Lock it or lose it – It is that simple

IT is easy to see why Ararat Police continue to be frustrated with having to deal with theft from motor vehicle charges.

Following a quick trip down Barkly Street, from roundabout to roundabout, last Thursday with Ararat Crime Prevention Officer, Leading Senior Constable Eddy MacDonald, it was clear that the message isn’t getting through to some residents.

During our eight minute car ride on Thursday at 11am – not even ‘peak hour’ time – we counted more than 10 cars that had been left unlocked or with their windows left down enough to gain access.

LSC MacDonald said Operation Snipa, which was launched in the Wimmera, Grampians and Southern Mallee areas in early 2014 saw a decrease in opportunistic thefts from motor vehicles, however the number of reported incidents was beginning to rise once again.

“It is both staggering and frustrating that this message is not getting through,” he said.

“All we are asking is that people take a second to ensure that their vehicle is locked and valuables are hidden from sight.

“Yes the weather is warm at the moment and people might be leaving their windows down because of the heat, but a simple and far better solution is to use a sunshade.

“Even if you don’t have anything valuable in your car, if it is left unlocked thieves can easily go through your registration book, find your address and then target your house because they know you aren’t home.”

Car owners can also face the potential of a fine of $144 for an unsecured car. Another incentive to be responsible and follow this simple message.

Sometimes living in a country town we can be too trusting, but I must admit to witness first hand the amount of unlocked cars in Barkly Street was very surprising.

So remember Ararat – Lock up!

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Moyston fire – Additional disaster assistance announced

Local Government Minister Jane Garrett chats to Ararat Rural City Mayor Cr Paul Hooper during her visit to the bushfire affected area at Moyston.COMMONWEALTH Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services, Jane Garrett, have announced that additional disaster assistance has been activated in response to the bushfires that affected Victoria in December 2014 and January 2015, including the large fire at Moyston

Mr Keenan said that the assistance was being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

NDRRA assistance is being made available to the bushfire affected councils of Ararat, Benalla, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Mildura, Moira, Southern Grampians, Strathbogie, Wangaratta, West Wimmera and Wodonga.

Mr Keenan said that this assistance was in addition to the emergency relief and re-establishment assistance previously announced by the Australian and Victorian governments.

“The Australian and Victorian governments are providing additional financial assistance to support local governments that have been affected by these bushfires,” Mr Keenan said.

“The Australian and Victorian governments are committed to working together to ensure that disaster affected communities receive the necessary support to help them recover as soon as possible.”

Victorian Minister for Emergency Services, Jane Garrett said through the NDRRA, funding is being made available to assist with extraordinary disaster relief and recovery costs so that bushfire affected councils can undertake bushfire operations, clean-up activities and restore any damage to essential public assets.

“Anyone who has been affected by the bushfires and is suffering personal hardship and distress should call the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232 to find out about the assistance that is available,” she said.

“It is crucial as we head further into the bushfire season that all Victorians, especially those living in bushfire prone areas, are well prepared and have a bushfire plan.”

Information regarding the disaster assistance available can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and on the Emergency Relief and Recovery Victoria website at


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Juniors battle for cricket sixes title

The Cleveland-Thornlands Cricket Club recently hosted its 20th six-a-side carnival for under 12 and under 13 players.

New to the carnival this year were the Everton Comets in the under 12s, while in the under 13s an all girls team from Toowoomba participated for the first time.

The difference between this format and the 11-a-side game is quite marked and it takes teams a little time to adjust.

Bowlers quickly become aware that line and length are more important than wicket taking, while batters try to modify their approach to use the ‘maxi zone’.

Each team plays four preliminary rounds and accumulates points for wins or draws. After the completion of the preliminary rounds, the leading four teams play semi-finals, with the winners going on to meet in a final.

In the under 12s semi-finals, Glyn’s Gladiators proved too strong for the Kuraby Knights while the Ferny Firestorm edged out newcomers the Everton Comets.

The final went down to the wire. Batting first, Gladiators scored 39. In reply, after four overs, the Firestorm had scored 28. At the same stage, Gladiators had scored 30 so Firestorm were certainly in with a chance. However, Gladiators had wisely left their best bowler to last and his tight bowling restricted the Firestorm to just four runs in the final over, giving victory to Gladiators by seven runs.

In the under 13 semi-finals, the powerful Toowoomba West team beat local club Sharks.

In the other semi-final, host club the Cleveland-Thornlands Cougars played Merv’s Marvels in a high scoring match.

First at the crease, Marvels made 88 from their five overs, 57 of these coming off the first and last overs. Cougars made a supercharged response, racing to 70 by the end of the fourth over. However, a tight last over restricted Cougars to just eight runs, leaving them 10 short of victory.

In the final, Marvels batted first, amassing 41 runs by the end of over four. Disappointingly, they could only manage one run in the last over, finishing with a total of 42. This poor last over was to haunt them as they held Toowoomba to a score of 40 at the end of four overs but, unlike Marvels, Toowoomba were able to score the three runs needed to win in that final over.

Toowoomba made it two in a row, after winning in 2014 as under 12s.

The Cleveland-Thornlands Club would like to thank its generous sponsors, including the Redland City Bulletin, whose continued support for our carnivals is most valued.

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Wet weather takes toll

Redlands first grade player Sam Heazlett takes a super catch in the game against University last Saturday. Photo by Sue StimpsonThe three games scheduled to be played at Redlands Tigers’ home grounds at Wellington Point on Saturday, plus the away game for third grade, were abandoned because of wet weather, resulting in a draw for each team.

However, the Redlands versus University first grade game was able to start on time at St Lucia, with University losing four wickets as they took first innings points. Ryan LeLoux was among the wickets, taking two for 20.

Two games were played on Sunday, resulting in wins for Redlands.

Fifth grade scored a great win thanks to Stephan Gouws, who scored 109, and Mitch Davis, who finished on 45. Youngster Brayden Wallis also played a valuable role batting for more than two hours to hold things together.

The sixth grade no. 2 team continued on their winning way with a close win over Wests. After being in a winning position thanks to a solid innings of 65 from Matthew Bloye, Redlands lost valuable wickets. It took the number 9 batsman to score the winning runs. Wests batted again and were three for 41, with Fraser Haynes taking two wickets for four runs.

The Hoppy’s Car Wash Player of the Week award goes to Gouws for his match-winning century in fifth grade.


1st grade: Redlands 179 (L Hope-Shackley 50*, S Milenko 41) lost to University 4/185 (R LeLoux 2/20, J Stimpson 1/39).

2nd grade: Redlands 160 (M Drennan 47, C French 35, S Moss 28) drew with University 0/16 day two washed out.

3rd grade: Redlands 274 (J Goodwin 119, J Casalaina 60) drew with University day two washed out.

4th grade: Redlands 160 (J Stevenson 48, D Grey 48) drew with University 2/72 (A Barrie 1/12, B James 1/16) day two washed out.

5th grade: Redlands 236 (S Gouws 109, M Davis 45) def University 207 (M Davis 5/37, A Ward 3/49, D Wallis 2/46).

6th grade (1): Redlands 216 (M Redhead 66, E MacNamara 33, D Cassell 30) drew University 0/13 day two washed out.

6th grade (2): Redlands 158 (M Bloye 65, L Parsons 29) def Wests 154 (L Padley 3/30, F Haynes 2/17, D Mathieson 2/32, J Cross 2/35) and 3/41 (F Haynes 2/4).

Mark French

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Bulldogs find form in Silver Boot

The Capalaba Bulldogs will be looking for another win to secure top spot in their group when they meet Rochedale Rovers in tonight’s Silver Boot.

They will be on a high after their convincing 4-1 win over Ipswich Knights last week, as Knights can be tough opposition but were rarely in the game.

The match at Lions stadium kicks off at 8.30pm.

Coach Peter Davidson sees a continuing improvement is his squad both on and off the field, especially with the return of Geoff Hurford as assistant coach.

“This appointment has strengthened the team, not only his coaching ability and knowledge but being a former player at the club he knows the club’s culture and expectations,” Davidson said.

“I am extremely pleased that we also are beginning to attract quality younger players to the club, more so as some of them have played their junior football at Capalaba and now returning to senior football here.

“We are continuing with our philosophy ‘It’s not that we win, it’s how we win’.”

Capalaba’s attractive attacking style under Davidson has drawn a number of top players from other clubs, offsetting the loss of Steve Leslie, who has returned to England, and Steve Homer, who moved to Sydney.

Keiichi Ueda may return to the club after completing his visa extension duties.

With an early start to the pre-season both the Bulldogs and the Knights took a long time to settle down last Wednesday, and much of the first half was played mid-field.

Making a welcome return Paul O’Brien was in the action early, Ryan Faichnie put in a terrific cross, the resulting header just missing, Greg Warden came close when he hit the post, and Josh Sherwood opened the scoring when Warden put the sweetest of passes through to him.

The match opened up in the second half, the Bulldogs getting back into the swing of things with the fast passing game that makes them a great team to watch.

The build-up to the second goal was brilliant, Jose Mojica slotting the ball away after a pass from Sherwood.

Warden scored the third after a run that totally confused the defence; his perfectly placed drive gave the keeper no chance.

The Bulldogs’ defence was outstanding, with Jake Sherwood pulling off his trademark clean slide tackles and Josh Harding giving nothing away even under extreme pressure.

Yuji Hirayama’s inch-perfect cross from the wing brought off the fourth, a contender for goal of the match.

Tonight’s encounter will be a different proposition, as Rovers demolished Brisbane City 3-0, and will be determined to overcome their poor result last season.

Allan Watson

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