Monthly Archives:December 2018

Early healthy Christmas cheer ( admin posted on December 21st, 2018 )

Australian Breastfeeding Association Warrnambool Group leader Suellen Dodson, Spotlight Sew Centre manager Sheree Rentsch, Delta Therapy Dogs Program members Barbara Kirkby and Lacy and Shannon McKay with Mawson and Warrnambool Chevy Car Club s Ella Baudinette. 121213VH20 Picture: VICKY HUGHSONCHRISTMAS came early at the Warrnambool Base Hospital last week.
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Thanks to some generous local organisations, the hospital took delivery of a new electronic breast pump for the maternity ward and funding for 12 months of Delta Therapy Dogs placement in the mental health area.

The donations have also helped the hospital to take big steps towards full funding for the purchase of a reconstructive microscope, a new paediatric vital signs monitor and funding for therapy dog visits in the palliative care and rehabilitation units next year.

The electronic breast pump was donated by the Australian Breast Feeding Association Warrnambool group at a cost of $4000.

Group leader Suellen Dodson said the money was raised from the annual baby and children’s bonanza.

“It’s an expensive piece of equipment so we were very happy to be able to help the hospital out with that.” she said.

The Chevrolet Car Club of Victoria south-west branch raised $1900 from its display at the Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic finish line with $500 donated toward the therapy dogs visits and the remainder going towards the vital signs monitor.

Spotlight Warrnambool’s annual student design awards night also contributed with the $6608 raised going towards the purchase of a $141,000 reconstructive microscope.

South West Healthcare’s community partnerships manager Suzan Morey said the hospital was extremely grateful to the groups generous donations.

“These four groups are always big supporters of the hospital and we can’t thank them enough,” she said.

“We are well on the way to reaching the fund-raising goal for the paediatric vital signs monitor, only needing another $287 to meet the $9417 total.

“The reconstructive microscope is essential for breast flap surgery. We still need $55,454 for that, which we hope to have by Christmas so we can get the ordering and staff training process underway.”

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Switch – easier than they thought  ( admin posted on December 21st, 2018 )

WHEN Goulburn netballers and basketball players accepted the challenge to switch codes in a special exhibition match to highlight how easy it can be and show a parallel with people switching energy providers the players were uncertain that they could make the transition.
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Energy company Australian Power and Gas who sponsored the game, knew it was possible for the young players to make the adjustment, just like people who step out of their comfort zone to change gas and electricity providers to save money.

It only took the youngsters a few minutes each half to adjust.

While the boys quickly gained the upper hand in the first half, the girls did not let them score all the baskets. The game was played in a light hearted spirit and the score really didn’t seem to matter much with the level of laughter both on court, and from the spectator stands.

When it came time to put on the positional playing bibs and switch to netball, the boys were all over the court learning where they could not go and avoiding contact with their opposites.

However it was not long before they started gaining more possession and with a shooter who was accurate from just about anywhere close to the ring when unimpeded by opposition, the boys were able to lift their scoring rate.

Boys coach Andrew Stewart said that the experience was a positive one for his young players and they learnt quite a bit about positional play and teamwork.

Goulburn District Netball president Simone Blay thanked Australian Power and Gas for the opportunity to switch.

“It was loads of fun and I don’t know who enjoyed themselves the most, the spectators, referees or the players it is certainly worth doing again,” Mrs Blay said.

Australian Power and Gas general manager David Goadby said, through his representative on the day, that the company was delighted to support Goulburn sport by hosting the Sport Switch event.

He said that half the people in NSW had never switched energy providers, and were missing out on substantial savings they could make by making the change.

While the boys won, both teams received a trophy and individual medals, reminding them of the fun afternoon they had switching.

MIXING IT: Goulburn 2012 Under 12s Basketball representatives and some of the city’s promising junior netballers prepare for their first half basketball then second half netball game to show that switching is possible. From left: Chloe Furner, Will Mooney, Kirsty Toole, Lucas Ross, Hannah Cudaj, Ryan Thomas, Chloe Baird, Caleb Croker, Bailey Stewart, Eleesha Harvey, Caelan Hunter, Lucy Condylios, Lachlan Caldwell, Ella Fennamore, Anthony Cummins and Hannah Greaves. Front: Riley Weeks and Laura Baird exchanging balls.

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Highlanders look up ( admin posted on December 21st, 2018 )

UNDERESTIMATE us at your peril. That’s the warning sent to the George Tooke Shield from incoming Highlanders coach Michael Brown.
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The former Bulldogs back rower takes over the reins at a critical time in the club’s short history.

The Highlanders this year failed to field a team and have just two wins to show for their four seasons of hard work.

Even so Brown is confident his team can shake history and vie for the semi-finals in 2013.

“We’ve got a pretty good side coming down here, a few of the boys from reggies at the Bulldogs are coming over,” he said.

“A few more wins than they’ve had in previous years would be a start.”

The coach’s hopes for a semi-final berth are match by that of the board. President Mick Gordon, a founding member of the club back in 2008, believes the team has the cattle to challenge for the top four.

The club’s finances are in good stead too. Gordon said the Highlanders had five major sponsors lined-up for the 2013 season.

First thing’s first: the Highlanders need to assemble a squad and begin pre-season training.

Brown, a rookie coach, expects his charges to get stuck early in the new year.

“Pretty much straight after Christmas, we’ll get stuck into it,” he said.

“I’ve played plenty of footy, but never coached, so it’ll be a challenge for me. I’m looking forward to it.”

The status of the George Tooke Shield has suffered with the withdrawal of the Binalong Brahmans, premiers in 2010, the Exchange Rabbitohs and the West Belconnen Warriors.

The competition will be bolstered by the introduction of the Yass Magpies, semi-finalists in this year’s Canberra Raiders Cup demoted due to a lack of players.

Brown expects the Magpies and Harden Hawks to be tough toss in 2013.

The Harman Seadogs and ADFA Knights, the only two teams the Highlanders have beaten in their five year history, are set to again line-up next season.

The Highlanders will be eager to repeat history when they face the Knights and Seadogs in the new year.

THE BOSSES: Highlanders president Mick Gordon welcomes new captain-coach Michael Brown.

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Nomination mix-up rules out champion ( admin posted on December 21st, 2018 )

THE much anticipated appearance, at Sale, of Australia’s champion stayer Miata has been put on hold because of a mix-up with nominations for Boxing Day’s Sale Cup.
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The star greyhound was not among the 37 entries at closing time despite being specially flown over to Victoria to trial at Sale last Thursday morning. Miata, as expected, set the track alight trialling post to post over 590 metres.

While it is disappointing for the Gippsland people to be deprived of seeing Miata in the flesh, there is no shortage of talented greyhounds in Wednesday night’s heats.

The first of the cup heats is race three with Tasmanian Bell Haven going into the event with strong credentials. Bell Haven has been campaigning in group class staying events over the past few months with success in the Sydney Cup and Summer Cup and creditable performances in the Bold Trease at Sandown and the National Distance Championship at Hobart.

The hardest to beat will be classy sprinter Proven Impala, who last week ran third in the Brisbane Cup and followed up with a smart win over 600m on Saturday night at the Meadows.

In the second heat, two of last year’s cup combatants, Premier Boloney and Granduer, will be up against the extremely talented, but enigmatic, stayer Bizarre Barbie, who needs clear galloping room to unleash the strongest finishing burst in greyhound racing.

The nominal favourite for the Sale Cup will now be the Kelvin Greenough-trained Jethro, who is already a group one winner of the Hume City Cup and finished a close second to Miata in the Bold Trease at Sandown. Box four should pose no problems for Jethro and he should win the third heat from Johnny Ringo.

Lara trainers Graeme Bate and Robert Britton are both Sale Cup-winning trainers and well represented in heat four. The Bate-trained and Paul Wheeler-owned Irma Bale has already amassed $305,246 and with already having experience on the track is expected to be hard to beat. The Robert Britton-trained Two Tree Hill adds interest to the heats being a quality sprinter tackling a middle distance for the first time.

Supporters of the local hopes in the cup will have to wait until the final heat to see their best hope of a Gippsland victory.

The Michael Fearnley-trained Wy Yung Tiger has been a wonderful greyhound for connections amassing $116,000 in stakes and is rarely far from the money. This is the hardest heat to assess with several chances including South Australian Cousin Callum, the highly-talented AlpeD’Huez and in form Destini Fireball.

The remainder of the program is also very strong with local interest in race one at 6.56pm. The district’s leading sprinter Linden Magpie is trained by John Norden at Stratford and was a finalist in the Melbourne Cup, and from box one, can set punters off on the right track.

The first event commences at 6.56pm.

The final of the Sale Cup will be held Boxing Day night, Wednesday, December 26.

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Man damages Kenthurst Post Office  ( admin posted on December 21st, 2018 )

Upset over parcel
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Two men caused $200 worth of damage to Kenthurst Post Office on Friday after being told they couldn’t receive their mail without identification.

The men entered the store after 2pm and allegedly became violent and abusive to staff when they couldn’t take their parcel. After a short argument with staff the men pushed over a shelf and left.

Help find missing man

Police are calling on the public to find Matthew Allen, 18 (pictured above).

Mr Allen is described as 185 centimetres tall, medium build, about 85 kilograms with fair skin, blue eyes, and dark brown hair.

He wore blue jeans, white joggers and a black T-shirt. Mr Allen attends Castle Hill TAFE and is known to frequent the Castle Hill CBD.

He was last seen on November 27 when he left his home in Westleigh. Police have serious concerns for Mr Allen’s welfare. Details: Hornsby police station on 9476 9708.

Theft from vehicle

Police are reminding Christmas shoppers not to leave valuables in their vehicles following a $1685 robbery at Castle Towers. Thieves forced open a door of a Toyota Camry and stole a laptop, iPad, clothing and Xbox games.

Lucky pedestrian

A Baulkham Hills pedestrian was lucky to escape serious injury on Monday when he was hit by a car trying to cross Seven Hills Road. Police said the man was under the influence of alcohol when he stepped out into the path of a car. The car’s mirror struck him, knocking him to the ground.

He suffered minor injuries and cuts. Police said the man may be fined.

Speeding fines

Two motorists were each fined $799 on the weekend for speeding more than 30 km over the speed limit in Kellyville.

On Saturday a Castle Hill man, 35, was clocked driving at 100 km/h in a 60 km/h speed zone. The next day police fined a Narwee man, 24, for driving 99 km/h in a 60 km/h zone.

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