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AFTER working with Bent Architects in Brunswick for six months, Berwick Fields Primary School got the green light for a new eco cubby multi-learning space to be built.
Some $100,000 in State Government funding will go towards the school upgrade and Berwick Fields Primary School Principal Stephen Wigney hopes to see it built next year.
“Representatives from each grade helped design the cubby with the architects who visited once a month and students got to learn about sustainability within the structure itself and how to build with recycled materials,” he said.
Mr Wigney said the multi-purpose space could be used for hands-on activities, such as engineering and woodwork.
“It will be great to see all their ideas and learning transformed into something they can use on a day to day basis,” he said.
The floor plan for the eco cubby is still under construction, but mock-up plans have been put together giving the students an idea of what it might look like.
BEACONSFIELD’S quest to win back-to-back premierships in the newly-formed South East Football League has received a massive boost, with former Hawthorn key-position player Beau Dowler signing on with the Eagles for the remainder of the 2015 season.
Dowler, who with pick six was sandwiched between Collingwood’s Scott Pendlebury and Port Power’s Patrick Ryder in the highly-touted 2005 AFL draft, played 16 games for the Hawks after being recruited from the Oakleigh Chargers after a standout season in the TAC Cup.
The 27-year-old was delisted by the Hawks at the end of 2010, played in a premiership with Noble Park in 2011, before signing with Sandringham, and was announced captain of the Zebras for the 2012 season.
Beaconsfield president Gary Valentine said the club was delighted to secure the services of a quality individual, both on and off the field.
“We’re absolutely rapt that Beau has decided to start a new chapter in his career with the Beaconsfield Football Club,” Valentine said.
“He has some friends here at Beaconsfield, and he wanted to come to us, which makes the whole thing even more exciting. We’re obviously looking forward to what he can bring to the team, but he’s also a terrific bloke and we’re confident he’ll fit in with what we’re trying to achieve here at Beaconsfield.”
Dowler will train with the Eagles on Tuesday night and will make his debut for the Eagles in this Saturday’s grand final rematch against Cranbourne at Casey Fields.
HEALESVILLE Sanctuary has been an unexpected benefactor of last weekend’s royal birth, after the Federal Government announced a $10,000 donation to the sanctuary as a gift to the newborn.
The Prime Minister’s Office announced the donation this afternoon as part of Australia’s gift to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, to mark the birth of their new princess on 2 May.
The $10,000 donation in honour of the princess’s birth will go towards the sanctuary’s work to save the critically endangered Mountain Pygmy Possum.
Fewer than 2000 of the possums exist in the wild, and the possum is part of Zoos Victoria’s 2014-19 Wildlife Conservation Master Plan, a $30 million plan to save 20 Australian native species from extinction.
“The Mountain Pygmy-possum is Australia’s only hibernating marsupial,” a statement from Prime Minister Tony Abbott read.
“I hope one day the princess can visit Australia and hold a Mountain Pygmy-possum herself.”
The donation accompanies a cot blanket made from Tasmanian merino wool, from Launceston’s Waverly Woollen Mills. The blanket will feature the wattle – Australia’s floral emblem.
Healesville Sanctuary has been contacted for comment.
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AN application to build two industrial sheds next to a heritage-listed silent theatre looks likely to be given the green light at Noosa Council’s ordinary meeting on Thursday 7 May.
In a report to the council, staff recommended approval of an application that would see two light industrial buildings built next to the Majestic Theatre, Pomona.
The report states concerns were raised about the amount of noise the industrial buildings may emit, given the Majestic Theatre is a silent theatre, but one of the conditions of the building approval includes an acoustic report to be submitted by the applicants to the council before works can begin.
During discussions at the general committee meeting, meeting chairwoman councillor Sandy Bolton praised council staff for working with the applicant and other involved parties to help reach an agreement in regards to the proposal.
The two buildings are expected to house “small-scale service-type industries” and the council is expected to approve the building application at Thursday’s ordinary meeting, at the Cooran Hall.
The proposed development of the Cooroy Myall Street service station has also been held over to the ordinary meeting on 7 May, with the council disagreeing with the report’s recommendation to refuse the application.
Currently, in a report to the Planning and Organisation Committee meeting on 28 April, council staff have recommended the council refuse the developer’s application for a material change of use from rural and water catchment to mixed-use development, citing a number of “significant conflicts with the Noosa Plan” as the reason for refusal.
The report also states the development – which would include a fast-food restaurant, convenience store, tourist park, self-storage facility and car wash – would disperse and fragment the Cooroy Business Centre and compound existing traffic problems.
The report to the council concludes the application for a mixed-use development on rural zoned land within Noosa’s water supply catchment area “raises complex planning issues”.
In the general committee meeting on Monday 4 May, councillors were divided on the issue and decided to hold the decision over to the ordinary meeting to allow time to discuss the application with the applicant.
The ordinary meeting will be held at the Cooran Hall on Thursday 7 May, from 6pm.
GREYHOUND Racing Victoria has internally charged seven Tooradin trainers following the live baiting scandal.
GRV stewards on Friday laid 33 charges against seven of the 15 trainers who were suspended after RSPCA officers raided the Tooradin Trial Track in February.
Days after the raid, the ABC’s Four Corners program aired damning footage from various tracks of piglets, possums and rabbits being strapped to lures and ripped apart as live-bait to blood greyhounds.
The episode sent shockwaves through the greyhound industry that were felt across the country.
Christopher Connolly, Dennis Dean, Brett Mackie, Darren McDonald, Anthony Mills, Jon Roberts and Eric Sykes will answer “serious offences” under GRV Local Racing Rules and Greyhounds Australasia Rules.
GRV Chairman Ray Gunston said the independent Greyhound Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) would hear the charges but was yet to set a timeframe.
“There has been a need to do a thorough and comprehensive investigation into all matters associated with the alleged activities at the Tooradin Trial Track, which is why the investigation has taken the time it has,” he said.
“Where persons are found to have been involved in this heinous activity, we are determined to ensure the strongest possible penalty is handed down.
“There is absolutely and categorically no place for people within this sport that are proven to have been involved in such barbaric and disgraceful activities that are not befitting of industry and community values.”
Steward investigations into the actions of a further eight suspended people are continuing.
ALBURY mayor Kevin Mack has apologised for comments he made earlier this week suggesting that women who walked alone issued an “invitation” to be taken advantage of.
Cr Mack’s controversial comments were made on Wednesday as he addressed local media following an alleged sexual assault on a 17-year-old Albury girl by three men.
The mayor addressed local media in Friday afternoon, and issued an apology to the victim, the victim’s family, and the wider community.
“I would like to use this opportunity to offer a personal and sincere apology to the victim and family of the alleged vicious assault in Albury on Tuesday night,” Cr Mack said.
“As a father, I was both saddened and angered by the events of Tuesday night.
“My comments were not intended to upset or offend anyone.
“On reflection, my focus and my choice of words was poor, and for that I’m extremely remorseful.
“My intent was to infer that sadly we live in a world where walking alone is not safe at times.
“I absolutely and categorically support women and their rights, and believe violence against women is totally unacceptable in any form, and to that end I encourage the community as one to support this and prevent this.
“Our focus now should be that we should be assisting the police in their investigations and bringing these callous perpetrators to justice, and to that end as the mayor of this city, I will commit my full support.”
ALL across the Southern Downs on Anzac Day, people answered the call to remember the fallen. Photographer Terry West found himself at four cermonies while Perditta O’Connor was kind enough to cover Stanthorpe for us.