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Football commissioners announced ( admin posted on October 21st, 2018 )

AFL Victoria and AFL Victoria Country have announced the inaugural seven-member Gippsland Region Commission which has been established to oversee the direction of Australian football in Gippsland.

One of the key recommendations to come from the 2011 AFL Review of Football in Country Victoria was the desire to establish 13 region commissions which would be responsible for the strategic direction and planning of football across regional and rural Victoria.

The Gippsland Region Commission members were selected after an extensive process seeking out suitably qualified and experienced candidates from across the local region.

Angus Hume takes the chair in the inaugural commission. Hume has a long experience in local football at Toora, Foster and Leongatha football clubs, along with an extensive professional career in education and the environmental industry.

He is currently the chairman of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.

Hume is joined by Paul Buckley, Mikaela Power, Trevor Wilson, Jim Fawcett, Brian Quigley and Andrew Francis as the foundation commissioners.

Gippsland working party chairman John Anderson said he and his fellow working party members were extremely pleased with the calibre of the foundation commission.

“Each member brings with them some great community sport and professional experiences, along with the strategic ability to grow the game of Australian football throughout the region,” he said.

“The governance and management skills of the selected commission are of the highest order.

“This is the first step in putting in place a structure to ensure football in the region prospers, but in time also develop a football administration structure that can provide outstanding support to leagues, clubs and umpiring associations.”

AFL Victoria general manager Grant Williams said the establishment of the Gippsland commission was an exciting time for a new era of football in the region.

“We see how strategic and professional all sports are becoming these days, and if we want local football to grow and flourish throughout the Gippsland region we need to ensure we have good levels of management and governance. These commissioners will give the concept in Gippsland the very best start,” Williams said.

The new Gippsland commission will incorporate the Gippsland, North Gippsland, Mid Gippsland, Alberton, Ellinbank and District football leagues, Sale, Warragul, Traralgon and Central Gippsland junior associations and the Sale, South Gippsland, Latrobe Valley and Gippsland umpires associations.

With the commission established, the next phase will be for the respective leagues, clubs and associations to become members of the Gippsland Region Commission while also maintaining their current affiliation with the VCFL.

A Gippsland region general manager will be appointed to manage the strategic direction of football in the region in consultation with the members and under the guidance of the commission.

A separate commission has been established to govern football in East Gippsland.

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Woman tries to grab children ( admin posted on October 21st, 2018 )

POLICE are hunting for a man and woman who tried to abduct three children in Colyton on Monday night.

A boy, 9, and his sisters, aged 12 and 11 were riding scooters along Carpenter Street near their home at around 8pm when a white Subaru Forrester drew near.

A man and a woman yelled out to them but continued driving.

The siblings continued riding their scooters; the car returned and stopped near them when they were on Cooinda Street .

The woman in the front passenger seat got out of the car and attempted to grab the girls.

They screamed and the couple fled in the vehicle.

A canvass of the surrounding area for potential witnesses by police was unsuccessful.

The woman is described as aged in her 40s and with orange shoulder-length hair.

The man had short hair, a slight beard and was wearing a black shirt.

The incident has prompted police to again encourage parents to discuss the Safe People, Safe Places messages with their children, including:

■Make sure your parents or another adult you know knows where you are at all times.

■Always walk straight home or to the place you are walking to.

■Know where safe places are – a shop, service station, police station, library or school. If you are ever frightened, you should go to one of these places and ask them to call the police.

■Learn about safe adults you can look for and talk to if you need help – police officers, teachers at school, adults you know and trust.

■Don’t talk to people you don’t know and never get into a car with someone you don’t know. If a car stops on the side of the road and you don’t know the person inside, do not stop.

■If you are scared and can use a phone, call 000 and tell the operator you are scared.

Shot rings out

MOUNT Druitt police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a single shot being fired into a Dharruk home.

The shot was fired into the front of a Livingstone Avenue home at 1am on Thursday.

A man home at the time was not injured.

A white dual cab utility was seen in the area at the time.

Police are investigating several lines of inquiry.

Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Bag of medals for Redlands masters ( admin posted on October 21st, 2018 )

MASTERS swimmer Doreen Matthews with Olympian Liesel Jones. REDLANDS Masters returned from the PanPac Games with a swag of medals. Pictured are (from left) Kathy Ellis, Sharon Devitt (club captain), Doreen Matthews, Nathan Mead, Alan Patterson (coach), Lisa Lower, Sharon Dettmer and Trevor Green. Paul Nichols was absent.

NINE Redlands Bayside Masters swimmers returned from the bi-ennial Pan Pac Masters Games on the Gold Coast with 41 medals, including an impressive haul of 17 gold.

The result was a big turn around from the 2010 games when they achieved 14 medals.

It was an inspiring result from everyone and was most rewarding for Lisa Lower, who brought home six gold.

She had equalled the record for the 200m individual medley at the previous games, but returned in 2012 to prove her ability and smashed the Pan Pacs record by an impressive 10 seconds.

Doreen Matthews, at 88, having learnt to swim six years earlier, had set her sights on competing as well.

After a swimming layoff of three years, she decided that she would like a Pan Pac medal.

Her determination is based in her past activities, when, at the age of 68, in a night exercise in the SES, Doreen was winched down from a Black Hawk helicopter.

She followed this up in 1995 at the age of 71, when she abseiled off Kangaroo Point.

Congratulations go to the swimmers for keeping the Redlands’ flag flying high in the swimming lanes.

If you want to master your swimming and improve your fitness, attend free coaching sessions in the club’s adult Master Your Swimming program at the Cleveland Aquatic Centre, made possible through the support of the Redlands City Council Community Grants and our volunteer coaches. For details contact Alan on 0412 143 742.

Results: Lisa Lower six gold; Alan Patterson four gold, four silver, two bronze and gold in the 2.5km open water swim; Paul Nichols three, gold, two silver, five bronze; Trevor Green two gold, one silver, one bronze, one gold and one silver in the open water swims; Sharon Devitt one gold, three silver, one bronze and two gold in the 1.25 open water swim; Nathan Mead one gold, one silver and two bronze; Sharon Dettmer one gold, one silver; Doreen Matthews three gold, three silver.

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Gas conditioning plan confirmed ( admin posted on October 21st, 2018 )

The construction of a gas conditioning plant at Longford will create around 250 jobs.CONSTRUCTION of a new gas conditioning plant at Esso’s Longford facilities will begin during the third quarter of 2013.

Esso Australia, a part of the ExxonMobil Australia group of companies, announced it would support development of domestic natural gas supplies by building the gas conditioning plant.

Pending regulatory approval, the plant will process gas from the multi-billion dollar Kipper Tuna Turrum Project, Australia’s largest domestic gas development located on the eastern seaboard.

The news, revealed in the Gippsland Times on November 23, was confirmed last week.

Esso Australia will be the operator and will be investing $500 million for its share of the project, including associated works within the existing Longford facilities.

ExxonMobil Australia chairman John Dashwood said the gas conditioning plant was an important project for Gippsland and would create around 250 direct construction jobs as well as providing other indirect employment opportunities.

Mr Dashwood said the gas conditioning plant was part of ExxonMobil Australia’s current multi-billion dollar investment program in natural gas projects, which would help provide energy to enable economic growth while also meeting a commitment to a cleaner energy future.

“Australian energy consumption will continue to grow during the next 20 years,” he said.

“The gas conditioning plant will process gas to help meet this expected increase in demand. And because of its cleaner-burning qualities, natural gas is a powerful option for reducing the environmental impact of energy use.”

Esso Australia’s facilities at Longford have been operating for more than 40 years but were designed to treat natural gas with a different composition.

The new plant is needed to condition Kipper Tuna Turrum natural gas to meet gas quality specifications for sale into the market.

Esso Australia is working with a number of government bodies to ensure the gas conditioning plant project is completed safely and with minimal impact on the surrounding community and environment.

Construction of the plant is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2013, subject to appropriate regulatory approvals.

It is anticipated the facility will be operational in 2016. Esso Australia and co-venturer BHP Billiton each have 50 percent equity in the project.

Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan welcomed Esso’s committment of its share of funding to the $1 billion gas conditioning plant.

“I welcome today’s announcement by Esso Australia that parent company ExxonMobil Australia, in partnership with BHP Billiton, will invest a further $1 billion in Gippsland for the construction of a new gas conditioning plant at Longford, alongside existing facilities.

“The new facility at Longford will create around 250 direct construction jobs and countless more indirect jobs,” Mr Ryan said.

“Esso Australia has been a strong source of employment in Gippsland for more than 40 years and today’s announcement ensures this will continue to be the case for many years to come.

“The Victorian Coalition Government remains committed to supporting local jobs and industry through projects such as the recently opened $56.9 million third and final stage of the South Gippsland Highway Sale to Longford Flood Protection Project, which will see far less frequent road closures due to flooding, providing local residents and industry with a much more reliable route between Sale and Longford.”

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Dead cow soup reported ( admin posted on October 21st, 2018 )

THE West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and the Environmental Protection Authority have been alerted about the presence of a dead and decomposing cow in the Macalister River upstream of Maffra’s town water supply.

Gippsland Water has alerted the authorities and isseeking to establish the carcass’exact location and the options for having it removed as quickly aspossible after the Gippsland Times had reported the carcasswas still there Saturday afternoon despite Gippsland Water being advised last Tuesday, December 11.

A regular kayak paddler on the Macalister River, who spoke to the Gippsland Times on condition of anonymity, noticed a horrible stench about two weeks ago and early last week found the source of the stench, a floating dead cow caught in the branches of a fallen wattle tree.

The rotting animal was just 500 metres upstream from Maffra’s town water supply off take.

“I phoned Gippsland Water last Tuesday morning to report the contamination of the town’s water supply but basically got told it was a Southern Rural Water problem,” the resident said.

After some discussion the Gippsland Water staff member agreed that they would contact SRW to get the rotting carcass removed. However the carcass was still in the river on Saturday.

“We are boiling our drinking water and I would suggest other Maffra residents do the same until the dead animal is removed from our town water supply,” he said.

In an initialstatement to the Gippsland Times, Gippsland Water said the river itself was not managed by Gippsland Water.

“Water quality in the Macalister River is highly variable, and is particularly influenced by seasonal events in the catchment,” the statement said.

“Gippsland Water’s Maffra Water Treatment Plant is designed to treat the highly variable water from the Macalister River to a standard that complies with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and the Victorian Safe Drinking Water Act.

A dead and decomposing cow was found floating just upstream of Maffra’s town water supply last week.

“This is achieved through the continuous monitoring of a wide number of critical control points, and is operated by highly trained staff used to dealing with the variable raw water supply at Maffra.”

In a subsequent statement issued Monday night,Gippsland Water said ithad investigated the matter further and has acknowledged itreceiveda call last week regarding the dead carcass and that Southern Rural Water was not responsible for the Macalister River.

“We acknowledge this was inaccurate advice and apologise to Southern Rural Water for the inconvenience and concern this may have caused,” the statement said.

“Gippsland Water has contacted West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and the EPA to advise of the carcass and is currently seeking to establish it exact location and the options for having it removed as quickly aspossible.”

Gippsland Water reiterated the presence of the carcass, while unpleasant, did notpose a risk to drinking water quality as the water off take from the river was treated at the Maffra treatment plant.

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