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THE Killarney Cup in Warwick has been another resounding success with more than 400 people attending the winter race meeting.
The event on Saturday featured five races and 60 horses.
A great day was had by all but perhaps none more so than Storm Magic, winner of the 1500 metres, along with its jockey Amy Van DerSanden.
It was the five-year-old’s ninth win from 41 starts.
The Jackie Crompton trained horse has now won the Killarney, Kilcoy and Tara Cups to round out a nice resume.
Ms Crompton also had two other runners on the day although neither of them placed.
Everyone got into the spirit with a fashion parade and best dressed prizes awarded for the best couple, male, female and juniors.
Photographer Terry West was there to cover all the action.
Punters will get their next chance to show off at the Jumpers and Jazz race day in Warwick on 25 July.
The TAB has scheduled five events at the Warwick club between now and 20 February with the pinnacle being the Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup on 10 October.
EVERYONE has the right to a voice.
For more than 40 years Tony O’Hara has lived by this mantra as a passionate member and long-time treasurer of the Hampton Park Progress Association.
But after four decades, and a list as long as his arm of successful achievements for the suburb he has called home since 1973, Tony has moved from Hampton Park to live closer to his daughter in Pakenham.
And while he plans to stay involved with the progress association in a small way, he admits it was time to step aside from his role as treasurer after giving so much to the group over so many years.
“It was around about 1974 when I joined,” Tony said of the Hampton Park Progress Association.
“At the time Councillor Arthur Wren made this statement where he said everyone had the right to a voice and no-one should be afraid to approach councils with their own opinions.
“This stuck with me and kept me interested.
“He was right, you could talk to people.”
When Tony first joined the association, Hampton Park was part of the then Shire of Cranbourne. He said the suburb was like a “village” where “you knew everyone and everyone knew the association.”
“Hampton Park was the furthestmost northern point. We had to fight for bus stops, footpaths, everything,” Tony said.
“The progress association was an advocacy group looking after issues on behalf of the community.”
Tony reflects on the achievements the association helped advocate for throughout the last few decades with more than a touch of pride.
These include the introduction of a library to Hampton Park, the overpass on the Monash Freeway near Pound Road, and the successful protest against an advanced waste treatment plant being set up in the area.
But the most significant community campaign may have come in the wake of 2009’s car crash tragedy – the duplication of Hallam Road.
In February this year the State Government completed a $40 million upgrade to the section of the road between Pound and Ormond roads where five young lives were lost in two weeks.
Narre Warren P-12 students and friends Riyani Lowen, 16, Anja Miller, 15, and Joel Brimble, 19, and a fourth teenager in another vehicle were all killed in the two-car collision at the intersection of Hallam and Ormond roads in the early hours of 28 June 2009.
A fortnight later as she drove past a roadside memorial erected for the lost teenagers, a 21-year-old woman was killed instantly when her car was hit by a B-double truck at the same intersection.
After the tragedy the campaign to have Hallam Road upgraded reached fever pitch – culminating in the Walk for Hallam Road – but Tony remembers writing a letter pushing to have the road fixed as far back as the mid-90s.
He said it was just a pity it took so long and “had it not taken so long may it have not had the tragedy but you just don’t know.”
“It was a real shock when it happened, it stunned us all,” Tony said.
“But with others being involved because of all the people that were killed, including friends and relatives, we had others to help us.
“Everyone pulled together and we had the one aim and some were determined to walk down the middle of Hallam Road.”
CLEAN water is on the minds of seven Cranbourne Secondary College students as they prepare for an eye-opening trip through Thailand and Laos.
For three weeks the group will be trekking and visiting villages along the way.
Sports co-ordinator at the school Kellie Fellon said the group would be staying the night in local villages and interacting with the children.
“This expedition is not about the students simply jumping on a plane and being chaperoned around; it’s about them planning the whole expedition, budgeting and organising,” she said.
Every student has to do their best to raise $6000 or close to it which will cover their flights, travel within these countries, accommodation and food.
Ms Fellon said they were aiming to raise a further $3000 for the community work they would undertake in various communities.
“The expedition is aimed to challenge the personal growth of the students; they will be interacting with local children and teaching them basic English,” she said.
The group’s major project is building a water filter for a village in Laos and helping out in their local school.
“This is the first time the school has done anything like this, and we are very excited for the experience,” she said.
Students are currently fund-raising for the trip with the help of the Cranbourne Lions Club and have already received generous donations from the Blue Light Disco and Kelly’s Motor Club.
To donate, call Cranbourne Secondary College or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A PUBLIC school staffer from Officer has been charged with a number of alleged indecent assaults at a south-eastern primary school.
On Thursday 18 June, detectives arrested the 67-year-old Officer man following a series of alleged indecent assaults at a Narre Warren primary school.
The man, who is not believed to be a teacher, has been charged with committing an indecent act with child under 16 and assault.
Police spokeswoman Natalie Webster said the alleged assaults were believed to have happened over several months at the public school.
It is unclear if children were the victims.
The Department of Education was aware of the allegations against the staff member, confirming the school dismissed the man upon receiving reports of inappropriate behaviour.
“As soon as the alleged inappropriate behaviour was reported, the acting principal took immediate action to ensure the person in question did not return to the school,” the department spokesperson said.
“The well-being and safety of students is our top priority, and we are helping the school to communicate and support its community during this difficult time.”
The man has been released on bail and is expected to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for a committal mention on Friday 11 September.
FAMILY-friendly, strong employment opportunities, and faster trains.
That’s how leaders of Wodonga see their city’s 2033 future at today’s invitation-only forum which put the city’s progress under the microscope.
The vision was outlined in 2008, and today’s ‘Wodonga 2033: Revisited’ forum was a chance for 150 community leaders and residents to assess projects, actions, and priorities in the city.
Wodonga mayor Rodney Wangman said the council would take feedback from the forum and put it into action.
“Really it’s interesting that those the sorts of things business and community leaders are all seeking is continuing to have a family-based community at Wodonga, make sure we have all those employment opportunities that businesses and people want, to see the continuation of the redevelopment of the CBD, and certainly activity towards our major centres through rail and airports,” he said.
Building volunteerism and developing a stronger Albury Wodonga cross-Border community are also outlined as priorities to achieve the 2033 vision.
Deputy director of the Victorian Property Council of Australia Asher Judah was one of many regional growth experts who attended, and was eager to see Wodonga make its mark.
“I see Wodonga’s history as being … the shiniest pearl on the necklace we call the Hume Highway, and this century the goal is to make Wodonga the feature stone of that necklace,” he said.
“Wodonga has fantastic prospects because it’s got a diverse economic base, it’s strategically located between two major cities, and is within only a couple of hundred kilometres of several other regional centres.
Few towns in this country can claim such status and therefore it sets it up for a good long-term future.”
However, he also acknowledged the border difficulties the city faced, labelling its cross-border situation as an ‘orphan of Federation’.
ANOTHER successful Mount Evelyn Community market was held again over the weekend.
Local craftspeople, artisans, cooks and traders set up stalls while the Mount Evelyn RSL put on a classic Devonshire tea for everyone in attendance.
Held at the RSL Hall on Birmingham Road, the community market featured handmade local goods and fresh local produce.
There was a huge variety of handmade crafts from jewellery, to baby clothes and underwear as well as local business offering everything from travel advice to cosmetics.
There was also fund-raising for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and wonderful original artworks for sale.
The community market is held on the fourth Saturday of each month from 9am to 1pm.
WARBURTON Caravan Park looks set for a major transformation.
Simon Edwards and his father Ray Edwards detailed their plans to Yarra Ranges Council on 23 June in a special meeting that provided an opportunity for anyone who made a submission on the proposed sale of the park to put forward their view.
Yarra Ranges Council identified Ray Edwards and sons, Simon and Adrian, and David Pratt, as the preferred tenderers back in March.
Simon Edwards told council he and his business partner Mr Pratt were in the process of selling the Bright Caravan Park they were presently operating with the intention of operating the Warburton Caravan Park.
“We are very much hands-on operators,” he said.
Both have young families and Simon Edwards said one of the significant drivers was their desire to move closer to their families in Melbourne.
Ray Edwards has been a caravan park operator for more than 20 years, and currently owns the Big4 park at Inverloch.
He said there was a significant amount of infrastructure work that needed to be done to bring the park up to the level expected by families who were the main focus of their businesses.
Included in their plans is a redevelopment of the reception and office area, boom gates to control traffic and improve safety, a jumping pillow, games room and communal kitchen, a dump site for caravaners and more two and three bedroom cabins further down the track.
Providing modern shower and toilet facilities was a high priority according to Ray Edwards who has owned and run parks for more than 20 years.
On the issue of continuing community access to the park, Simon Edwards said, “We do want to control vehicle access, but would have no plans to restrict any sort of pedestrian access”.
On the issue of existing residents and their tenure, he said they were governed by the Residential Tenancies Act and council had requested a minimum of two years surety for residents.
“We have no plans to get rid of permanent residents or site holders,” he said.
Ray Edwards said they respectively run our own individual businesses and would be pulling together for the capital spend that Warburton requires.
“What we have committed to is to pour a lot of money into not only the caravan park, but into the district,“ he said.
“We would be increasing staff over time.“
Simon Edwards said a long-term combination of lifestyle and investment in the community was what he and David Pratt were very excited about.
“We think we are in a fantastic position, ideally situated as catchment for tourists within two hours of a major metropolitan area.”
Warburton Valley CEDA (Community, Economic Development Association) president, Peta Godenzi, told the Mail she trusted that the reassurances over residents and annual site holders would be honoured.
“Our main criteria was that they weren’t compromised by the sale,” she said.
“A lot of money will need to be spent, and we trust they are going to do very good job if the tender is successful.”
The matter will go back to council on 14 July.