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).

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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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Detainees face bleak future

IT is a year since Reza Barati was killed in a violent incident on Manus Island.

Again we see desperate people, including many who have been found to be genuine refugees, protesting against the hopelessness of their situation.

There are reports of hunger strikes, detainees sewing their lips together and allegations that water has been withheld.

The Australian government imposes such secrecy that we can only piece together whatever information is released by various sources.

No journalists or independent observers are permitted.

Prisoners at the centre, called “transferees” by the government, are being driven to despair and violence by harsh treatment and the uncertainty of their situation.

Convicted criminals in prison have their human rights respected and can access legal services and social support.

The prison system is publicly accountable.

The only “crime” of the men imprisoned on Manus Island has been to ask Australia for safety and the opportunity to make a decent life for themselves.

The Australian government’s response has been to demonstrate its toughness by demonising and imprisoning these people under extremely harsh conditions while we taxpayers in whose name they are imprisoned are denied knowledge of their treatment.

Steve Kilburn, a former guard at Manus Island, stated on ABC television on January 19: “I don’t think you can guarantee anyone’s safety on Manus Island. There is a potential for violence… what is going on on Manus Island is wrong. We must be able to come up with a better solution.”

When will the government recognise the immorality of its actions?

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Responsible pet ownership reminder

ATTACK: Whyalla City Council is urging dog owners to be more responsible in the wake of a dog attack on Loring Street.

Whyalla City Council is urging dog owners to be more responsible in the wake of an incident on Loring Street.

Whyalla City Council acting team leader ranger services Rachel Coles said the council was aware of the dog attack on Loring Street but was unable to comment specifically about the incident as it was still investigating what happened.

“Council does have a process for assessing appropriate actions to be taken when dealing with a dog that has attacked,” she said.

“These actions range from a formal caution or warning, issuing an expiation notice for attack/harrass/chasing a person, animal or bird, placing orders on dogs requiring certain action be taken, [including] desexing, microchipping and training.

“Or, in extreme circumstances, prosecution in court and/or request for destruction of an unduly dangerous dog.”

Ms Coles said the council’s animal management officers were authorised to take action under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.

“The aim of the Act is to ensure owners who keep a dog are responsible and accountable for their dog’s behaviour in the community,” she said.

“Along with various other requirements, dogs must be registered, must not be allowed to wander at large and must not be allowed to attack, harass or chase a person, animal or bird.

“It [an attack] is an offence under the Act and there are a number of options available to officers depending on the severity of the attack and any previous history of the dog.”

Read more here:Dog attack leads to neighbourhood fallout.

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PHOTOS: Wimmera weekend sport action

PHOTOS: Wimmera weekend sport action EYES WIDE OPEN: Noradjuha-Toolondo’s Justtin Combe is a picture of concentration as he prepares to face a delivery from a Jung Tigers opponent at Horsham City Oval on Saturday. The Bullants were victorious in the one-day match.

PACE: Jung’s Ethan Hill bowls against Noradjuha-Toolondo in the A Grade.

SPRINT: Joel Pymer of Jung chases after a ball in a match against the Bullants.

PACE: Jung’s Ethan Hill bowls against the Bullants.

ANTICIPATION: Jung’s Brandon Campbell bowls to a waiting Noradjuha-Toolondo batsman.

WELL PLAYED: Noradjuha-Toolondo’s Justtin Combe plays a shot against Jung.

SHOT: Noradjuha-Toolondo’s Jordan McDonald works a ball away to the leg side in his team’s win against Jung Tigers on Saturday.

HARD WORK: Jung’s David Puls watches the ball as Noradjuha-Toolondo’s Jordan McDonald runs between the wickets.

STEADY: Ian Fisher from Horsham City prepares to roll one down on Saturday.

SET: Horsham City’s Gerard Murphy gets ready to ball during Wimmera Bowls Division Saturday competition.

ROLL: Jock Bone of Nhill plays a shot against Horsham City.

STATE OF PLAY: Coughlin Park’s Graeme Deleeuw and Horsham City’s Gerard Murphy take a close look at the standings after a rink on Saturday.

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Man killed in two-car crash near Wagin

Major Crash officers are investigating a fatality near Wagin which took place on Sunday, January 25. MAJOR Crash officers are investigating a fatal crash which occurred on Great Southern Highway, Wagin yesterday afternoon.

About 4.50pm on Sunday, January 25, a blue Holden Commodore travelling north along Great Southern Highway appears to have failed to negotiate a left hand bend, hitting the gravel verge.

In an attempt to correct the Commodore back onto the sealed road, the female driver appears to have lost control, which resulted in the vehicle entering into the path of a Mazda panel van travelling in the opposite direction.

As a result of the collision, the Mazda left the carriageway, down an embankment and rolled onto the driver’s side.

The only occupant of the Mazda, a 69-year-old Woodanilling man, died at the scene.

The Holden Commodore became engulfed in fire in the middle of the carriageway.

Fortunately the driver, a 17-year-old girl from Katanning, managed to exit the vehicle.

She was taken to Wagin Hospital for treatment.

Police would like to speak to anyone who was travelling in the area at the time who saw the crash or the either of the vehicles prior to the crash.

Anyone with information are asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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LAWN BOWLS: Thursday pennants action

Lining up: Jane Pascoe, Bridge White, in action in her Thursday pennants match last week.THE Mannum-Jervois Lower Murray Bowling Association Thursday pennants clash was a battle all day, with Jervois holding a 12-shot lead at the break and Mannum then fighting back during the afternoon to make up the deficit.

Mannum were able to win 18 of the 27 ends after the break to take the game by 10-shots with a solid win on one rink.

Gaynor Pitcher, Mannum, began well with two shots and Helen Roberts then picked up a single.

Pitcher then took the next three ends and added five shots to lead 7-1.

Roberts hit back hard with four shots and Pitcher then added two singles which were immediately countered by Roberts with two singles.

Three shots for Pitcher took her into the break leading 12-7.

Each team added two shots and Pitcher then took control adding eight shots over the next four ends to lead 22-9 after 17 ends.

Roberts broke the run with two shots but Pitcher steadied to win the last two ends with a three shots and a single to take the game 26-11.

Linda Smith, Jervois, got away to a great start with four shots and followed up with successive twos and another four to lead 12-0 after four ends.

Joan Jackson, Bridge Maroon

Kay Windebank added three shots to open her account but Smith replied with three shots to maintain the gap.

Windebank added another three shots only to see Smith hit back hard with five shots to lead 20-6 after eight ends.

Windebank added a single and followed up with four shots to hit double figures after 10 ends.

Smith then gained a single to go to the break leading 21-11.

Windebank came out firing and added three shots and followed up with two more.

Each team then added two singles.

Windebank broke the run and picked up three valuable shots to close the gap to just two shots, 23-21.

Smith gained a single and the final end went to Windebank with two shots leaving her just one shot short of Smith, 24-23. Grace Hameister, Jervois, got off to a great start with two threes, a single and two shots to lead 9-0 after four ends.

Denise Barnes broke in with two shots but Hameister then added three shots and followed up with two more to lead 14-2.

Barnes steadied and added three singles and two shots to go into the break trailing 14-7.

Each team added two singles and Barnes then added two shots and a single to close the gap to four shots after 17 ends, 16-12.

Hameister picked up two shots and a single to go into the final end with a seven shot lead.

Barnes countered with three shots on the final end to finish the day 19-15 down.

Bridge Maroon v Meningie

Bridge Maroon started well with two rinks scoring a six on the first end then held on to will the day with the score 85-49.

Skipper Faye Campbell skippered against Sally McKechnie and Maroon won 12 ends with one four and four threes which was good enough to give them the lead all game with the final score of 27-16.

Skipper Jan Kennedy started well with a six on the first end then struggled for the remainder of the game by winning eight ends to Meningie;s 12 with a final score of 17-26

Skipper Joan Jackson played skipper Margie Little and Jackson’s team scored a six on the first end then didn’t look back all day, winning 17 of the 20 ends which should give them rink of the week with a score of 41-7.

Bridge Royal v Karoonda

Bridge Royal had a good win which hopefully keeps them in top position with the score 93-43.

Skipper Sue Smart had a good win over skipper Barbara Pope, Royal was in front all game with the score at the lunch break being 23-10 then stayed in front for the remainder of the game.

The final score was 36-13.

Skipper Helen Lindner skippered along side Belinda O’Malley.

Royal had a bad start by being behind until the 14th end when it was 18 even, then Jane Pascoe, with great concentration, put down a wrong bias which embarrassed her no end.

Royal won five of the remaining six ends which gave them the win after a hard-fought game with a score of 27-19.

Skipper Myrna Gerlach played skipper Robyn Burnett and Royal lost the first five ends then scored a four which put them one behind.

Maroon then had good scoring ends with four fours, which kept them in front with a final score of 30-11.

Division two

Bridge Green v Mannum

This game was between top and third place with Green winning the game with the score being 43-31.

Skipper Betty Isaacson played alongside Cynthis Harbour and the score was close all game.

At the lunch break the score was 11-9, the biggest margin was five until the end with the final score being 22-16.

Skipper Margaret Stocker led all the way against Ellen Holmes with good scoring ends of five singles, three twos, two threes and one four on the last end. Green was up 12-2 on the seventh end, but then Mannum had the better scoring ends, winning eight ends to Green’s five but still not good enough to get in front, the final score or 21-15.

Bridge White v Tailem Bend

Bridge White are in second position so they were the favorites for the win with the score 43-26. Skipper Loretta Attrill played skipper Chris Beauglehal, another close game with it being nine-all onb the 11th end then white won six of the remaining nine ends which gave them a win of 19-13.

Skipper Denise Menzies won 13 of the 20 ends against skipper Shirley Feigert with Menzies’ team scoring a five on the 10 end which put them in front by six the Murray Bridge won seven of the remaining 10 ends which gave them a winning score of 24-13.

Denise Menzies, Bridge White

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