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The Gables marks its first birthday

Future residents: Deborah Corkery, her son Jack and daughter Abbey cut The Gables first birthday cake with Development Director for The Gables Matthew Scard.
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Over 450 future residents of The Gables at Box Hill gathered on Sunday, August 28 to celebrate the first birthday of their new community.

Winning Design: The orchard theme design voted by future residents fosters adventure and exploration through a canopy of deciduous trees.

The Gables development director Matthew Scard said the day was a huge success with buyers treated torides, jumping castles, face painting and a birthday feast.

On arrival buyers were given a personalised name tag containing their future street name which encouraged a sense of community spirit as future residents sought out others set to live on their street.The residents heard more about plans for The Gables and were given the chance to vote on the design of their neighbourhood park.

“We gave the community the opportunity to choose which of two park designs they liked the most for their neighbourhood park,” Mr Scard said.

“We want our residents to play a part in creating the community they’ll soon call home.”

Future resident Deborah Corkery, her son Jack and daughter Abbey helped Mr Scard cut The Gables’ first birthday cake.

The Corkery family were among the first buyers at The Gables a year ago.

“The Gables is perfect for us,” Mrs Corkery said.

“We particularly love all the open spaces and the fact that we’ll have our own town centre.”

Construction is now underway with the first residentsexpected to move in aroundChristmas 2017.In 12 years time it will be home to more than 13 000 people and around 4000 dwellings.

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Decent salmon is on offer

DOWNin the south-east of the state our friends from Spot On Mount Gambier tell us that the barrels are in full swing.
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GIANT: Theresa Cowley with a mulloway from last season.

Numerous tuna more than100 kilograms have been landed, and a few hooked and lost.

It is getting towardthat time of the year again when we think about chasing the magnificent mulloway from the West Coast beaches.

A few crews are heading west now and we will let our readers know how successful they are.

Theresa Cowley is pictured with a cracker mulloway from last season.

Elliston/SheringaSheringa’s salmon beach was reported to have alot of seaweed, making fishing difficult for anglers. First beach had some mullet, tommies, salmon trout, and the odd king george whiting.

Locks Well does not have much of a gutter out the front but if the sea conditions allow, you can walk around to the left where there is a deep gutter.

Coffin BayLots of undersizedand a few legal king george whiting are being reported from within the bay.

Fish are averaging from 25 to 35 centimetres, with some anglers reporting one in fourfish caught are of legal size.

Gunyah and Almonta Beach has been on the quieter side of things over the past week. Not a lot of salmon were reported.

Port LincolnThe south coast is producing some decent Australian salmon. Wisemans Beach, Millers and the beaches back to Wanna proved to be the most reliable spot for bigger salmon, with smaller fish caught at the Salmon Hole.

The main wharf is producing good numbers of salmon trout, and some tommies.

Offshore anglers are reporting snapper of varying sizes, along with good numbers of Bight redfish. The best snapper reports came from anglers fishing around Rosalind Shoal, Buffalo Reef and Bridget Shoal. As for Bight redfish, most anglers fishing throughout the Passage returned with good results, along with the odd blue morwong.

King george whiting anglers did well fishing around September Beach, Carcass Rock, Taylors Lumps and Taylors Landing.

Squid are still firing along the town jetty, with most angers doing well using smaller jigs, fishing early in the morningor late in the afternoon and into the night.

Tumby BayThe Group remains a popular location for many anglers. searching for a feed of fish.

King george whiting was the most popular target, with good numbers of fish caught around Reevesby and Spilsby islands.

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Green with envy

DAVE Penny’s calling it a “testament to the talent in the city”.
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ALL SMILES: Dom Maley is expected to take over the halfback’s role from injured captain-coach Mick Sullivan, also pictured. Photo: NICK McGRATH

Andrew Logan believes Orange has had a“great sporting landscape for a number of years now”.

Either way, both agree it’s great to be green as the two Orange clubs continue to lead the way in the central west.

The green and gold of Orange CYMSand the bottle green of Orange Emuswill contest respectivemajor semi-finals in the Group 10 premier league and Blowes Clothing Cup this weekend.

If successful in winning both blockbusterfixtures, Orange will be locked and loaded to host the biggest days of both sporting codes in the region, for what would be the second straight season.

Penny can barely contain his excitement.

“Words can’t describe what it would mean to the club,” the first-year CYMS president said.

“Everyone at CYMSworks so well together, from the girls right through the grades and everyone is included in the running of the club. I think that’s what makes any success for us so special.”

On Saturday, Orange Emus will tackle Forbes in the Blowes Clothing Cup major semi-final at Endeavour Oval, the winner securing hosting rights for the biggest day on the Central West Rugby Union’s calendar, grand final day.

While the same carrot will be dangled in front of Group 10 juggernaut CYMS on Sunday, with the green and golds to face a red-hot Bathurst Panthers in another major semi-final showdown in the colour city.

“I’m really proud of both codes,” Penny added.

LOOKING SHARP: Emus flanker Andrew Selwood shows off his passing skills during one of his side’s earlier games in 2016. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

Depth is the obvious key to CYMS success this season, with premier league, first division and under-18s all playing for a spot in the September 18 grand finals when they run out on to Wade Park on Sunday.

While the club’s league tag outfit is still alive, and will contest the minor semi-final against Blayney at Wade Park as well.

While over at Emus, the bottle greens will be looking to claim back-to-back first grade titles with second grade still in the hunt for another grand final appearance and third grade alive and kicking too.

Logan was stoked the club’s success coincided with similar joy for the club’s rugby league cousins.

“We’ve got a pretty good relationship with CYMS. We like to see them do well and I’d like to think they’d enjoy seeing us do well too,” he said.

“It’s great to be green.”

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The scene of the crash in Glenroy. Photo: Courtesy of Ten News The driver allegedly blew a positive breath test. Photo: Courtesy of Ten News
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Two walls of the substation were destroyed. Photo: Courtesy of Ten News

A Melbourne man was reportedly seen shoving a beer can down his pants soon after crashing his car into an electrical substation in the city’s north.

While trying to park his car, a 52-year-old Glenroy man hit the accelerator instead of the brake and slammed his car into the substation on the corner of Lytton Street and Pascoe Vale Road about 3.20pm on Monday.

Witnesses told Ten News they saw the man put a beer can down his pants, before he tried to run from the scene.

The man allegedly appeared “dazed”.

He was arrested a short time later in nearby Gladstone Parade and blew a positive breath test, police said.

The man was expected to be charged on Monday night.

A Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokesman said the substation could have exploded.

About 100 businesses and homes are without power as a result of the crash.

MFB officers were working to secure the timber and brickwork on the damaged substation so power could be restored.

Power company Jemena said affected customers would not have power restored until 7pm or 8pm.

Most customers are offices and shops, including a bakery and a bank, but some homes are affected.

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Fresh faces on committee

IN the largest shake-up in many years, four of the five positions not tied to sub-committees on the Executive of the Millthorpe Village Committee (MVC) changed hands at the AGM on August 17.
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CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT: The announcement of upgrades to Millthorpe’s Redmond Oval in 2015 caused great excitement. Photo: BRYANT HEVESI

This was not due to any discontent or disinterest within what continues to be a very harmonious and active civic group, but rather because four already busy office bearers have recently become busier in their working lives outside the MVC.

John Mason continues as president and those retiring from the Executive will be working to ease the new office bearers into their roles.

Russell Keogh replaces Alvaro Marques as vice president, Sam Yates takes over from Ian Rogan as secretary, Richard Beach is the new treasurer taking over from Randall Edwardsand Phillipa Frogley takes the place of Laurie Williams as publicity officer.

The remaining four positions on the Executive are taken by nominated representatives of the Garden Ramble, Redmond Oval, Business and Garden Club sub-committees, which have not changed for 2016-17.

In his report on the year’s activities to the meeting, President Mason said that the outgoing Executive represented a “depth of talent that has brought major benefits to the village over the past five to 10 years”.

“There have been big improvements to our infrastructure, such as new tennis courts and a $700,000 upgrading of Redmond Oval and its surrounds, while many less obvious ones have flowed from our excellent relationship with Blayney Shire Council,” he said.

“We are a much more vibrant and sustainable community than a decade ago.”

Murmurs changeALONG with the changes mentioned above your ‘Murmurs’ scribe Laurie Williams is also moving on after sixyears writing this column.

This will be my last Murmurs.Pip Frogley will be taking over in October.

We will certainly not be leaving Millthorpe and look forward to seeing you in the sweet shop when it reopens.

Friday Night LiveTHE very popular Friday Night Live returns to the Millthorpe Bowling Club this Friday.

Gav, Jon, Gen and Ando are taking the caravan down to On the Green for an evening of great tunes.

Music kicks off sometime after 7.30pm.

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Drive progress and business

SNAPPED: A stunning painted sky captured over Port Macquarie by Kathy Hodge.Drive progressOne of the priority areas for my bid to be re-elected for a second term is to drive more progress and more initiatives with the Small Business Friendly Council program.
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The SBFC Program is part of a state-wide initiative to get all Councils to look at ways of being more supportive of small business and cutting red-tape.

Red tape can be such a burden on small businesses. Quite often they don’t have the capacity to deal with it so they just give up… so whatever initiative they were planning gets put on the back-burner indefinitely. I am a small business owner and have been in this situation myself.

A recent example of this Council cutting red tape to provide an opportunity for local business is the free outdoor dining trial currently underway in Wauchope and Laurieton – an initiative that came out of Council’s Economic Development Steering Group. Not only did Council waive the fees, but they also provided assistance with submitting the applications.

It was really positive to see how excited local shop owners in the Wauchope and Laurieton CBD were. It just goes to show that small, targeted initiatives can sometimes be just as important as the big ticket infrastructure projects.

In addition to cutting red tape for small business, I would like to see local businesses snare more of Council’s procurement.

I would definitely like to see local businesses get more than their fair share of Council’s procurement. After all, Council is one of the largest employers in the local area and where possible, we should always see locals supporting locals.

There’s an opportunity to look at the procurement policies of other Councils and develop something for Port Macquarie-Hastings that is best practice.”

Rob Turner,Councillor candidate

Vote below lineI attended the Lake Cathie meet the candidates meeting for the upcoming PortMacquarie Hastings Council election.

I commend all candidates on their representations which weremost informative.

I do not personally approve of voting in blocks for candidates.

Do yourself a favorif you approve of all candidates in a block party vote individually for them all below the line not inthe block form.

Give your local council more power as individuals making crucial decisions for you forthe duration of the four year term.

Don’t give them all a voice unless elected individually.

Steve Bryson,Bonny Hills

Thanks TonyIn his speech to the Master Builders Association last week, Tony Abbott somehow forgot to mention his greatest achievements.

With all the current talk from the Coalition government about the need for cutbacks on everything, Tony never said anything about the cost of the war in Syria. It’s now at least $2 million per day, perhaps $3 million – that’s between $730 million and $1095 million every year.

The war in Syria does not concern us and will profit us nothing. We are simply throwing away this money and watching it get burnt. Malcolm Turnbull is so proud of our participation in this war that he extended our contribution to it immediately after the recent Federal election.

Obviously, if we can afford to be in that war, then we can afford anything at all. There is no need for Malcolm Turnbull’s government to cut back on any spending whatever. And it’s all thanks to Tony Abbott – yet the great man himself won’t talk about it, not even modestly.

So why won’t Tony Abbott talk about all this, and tell us how good it is? And since Malcolm Turnbull says that the Coalition owes Tony Abbott an enormous debt, why won’t he give Tony Abbott the credit he deserves?

GT Agnew,Coopers Plains

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Advertising Feature
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START LOOKING NOW: It is time to start looking for the perfect venue for your 2016 Christmas party.

CHRISTMAS parties are a highlight of the year for businesses, work mates, social groups and sport teams.

It is a chance for people to gather, discuss the year that has gone and toast the silly season.

For many businesses, it is a valuable time to reconnect with colleagues in a social setting, particularly in the modern age, which allows people to work remotely outside an office setting.

While some Christmas parties are lavish, it is possible to organise an event to suit any group on a budget.

This Advertising Feature is sponsored by the following businesses. Click the link to learn more:

Victoria HotelGlen Logan RestaurantStawell Harness Racing ClubHere are some aspects of the Christmas party to consider before you book your perfect venue:

Size:Do not pick a venue based solely on the size of your workforce or group. Ask around for tentative numbers and, don’t forget, when you add partners, numbers will swell.

The only thing worse than too many people sweating it out in a venue too intimate for the party’s numbers is listening to the crickets chirpin a massive location with only a few people to fill it.

Amenities:Have a clear idea for what your party will need. Will it be a sit-down dinner, or would a venue serving courtyard drinks and nibbles be a more appropriate fit? Some venues will offerchild friendly options, or you could investigate specialist offerings, such askaraoke or paintball.

Location:However lovely the party, location will play a huge part in its success. If you find an out-of-the-way location, it may hamper some people’s ability to attend due to time and distance. If planning an event involving alcohol, transport to and from the venue is key to everyone having a great night out. If it is some distance a bus might be a good idea, or investigate venues with a courtesy service.

Once you have found the perfect venue, it is time to start thinking about those special touches that will set your party apart.

Christmas parties are often the talk of the office, or social group, in the weeks leading up to it and in the weeks afterwards. You can add to the buzz by adding a dress-up element, or creating games and prizes to be won throughout the event.

Whatever your plan for a Christmas event, it is important tobook early. Start looking for yourvenue now.

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Rewind Wednesday: August 29-September 4, 2007-15 TweetFacebookFront page news: August 29-September 4,2007-2015A snapshot of news from across the years
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August 29, 2007:The iconic Wimmera River is fightingfor survival.

That’s the assessment of a leadingenvironmental scientist who has studiedthe river for more than 20 years.

Research by water pollution ecologistDavid Tiller is echoed in a newreport by Wimmera Catchment ManagementAuthority to the State Government.

‘‘From the eyes of our water bugsand fish, the Wimmera River hasbecome an inhospitable environment.It is unhealthy and it’s dying,’’ he said.

Mr Tiller, a former head of waterprojects at Environment ProtectionAuthority Victoria, said what was oncea river was now a series of unconnectedpools.

‘‘The water level in the pools isdropping, which means smaller refugepools, which normally keep an assortmentof aquatic bugs and fish aliveuntil a flow arrives, simply don’t existin the river now,’’ he said.

‘‘Water quality is dropping andsome animals simply can’t toleratethese changes and are dying.’’

September 3, 2007:Police will target private parties aswell as traditional hot-spots in theirfight to curb property damage andother crimes fuelled by alcohol.

Horsham Inspector Colin Rentonsaid the uncontrolled consumption ofalcohol at parties had led to criminalbehaviour and was a problem.

‘‘We’ve been successful indropping crime in licensed areas of theCBD and we’re now going to have tolook at parties where it can be muchharder to deal with,’’ he said.

Insp Renton said enforcement mightinvolve officers patrolling in plainclothes and unmarked cars and morepolice operations similar to OperationStreet Sweeper.

But he emphasised that preventingincidents through education wouldform the cornerstone in the battle.

Insp Renton, also Horsham licensinginspector, was responding to latestfigures which showed the HorshamPolice Service Area of Horsham RuralCity, West Wimmera and Hindmarshshires having 111 more criminaloffences in 2006-2007 than theprevious 12 months.

‘‘To put it in perspective, that’sacross every offence category frommurder to minor theft, and involvedproperty damage,’’ he said.

September 3, 2008:GWMWater is allowing 300 megalitres of water to flow into Pine Lake, near Horsham.

The lake is consigned to the scrap heap under GWMWater’s plan for the water system when the Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline is complete.

GWMWater has denied claims thewater was put into Pine Lake by mistake, saying it was flows from the Wimmera River purposefully directed to the lake instead of Taylors Lake.

GWMWater said the watercould not be allowed to flow into Taylors Lake because of important pipeline works in progress at that site.

September 2, 2009:A Wimmera teenager has told how he and fourfriends cowered in a bedroom as a gang of youthsransacked a Murtoa home on Saturday.

Conan Williams, 17, said he was relaxing withfriends in the Breen Street house when fiveyouths burst through the front door.

Mr Williams alleged he and the otheroccupants were herded into a room by a knife-wieldingmale and told to stay there.

He said the offenders then took everything ofvalue from the property.

‘‘We were just trying to relax and play a bit ofGuitar Hero when it all happened,’’ he said.

‘‘It is a small town and you come to a placelike this to get away from this kind of thing.

‘‘I was scared. We were all really scared.

‘‘They even tried to steal my dog.

‘‘I don’t want to go back in that house… we’reall staying with friends at the moment.’’

Detective Senior Constable Guy Menhennittof Ararat Criminal Investigation Unitsaid four males and a female approached theBreen Street home at 1pm on Saturday andaggressively forced entry into the propertyafter a brief conversation with two occupants.

He said the offenders stole electricalequipment including televisions, computers,mobile phones and Xbox games.

‘‘The offenders threatened to kill or injurethe occupants. One occupant was punched inthe face as the offenders were leaving andthreatened to come back and cause more grief.The offenders did not try to cover theiridentity at all,’’ he said.

September 1, 2010:Edenhope resident Annette Jones has called forchange to rural ambulance services.

The wife of one of two professional full-timeparamedics in Edenhope, Mrs Jones says ruralVictorian ambulance services are short-staffedand overworked, putting people’s lives at risk andaffecting work-life balance.

“My husband is a paramedic and he can’t sayanything because of media restrictions, but whatI know is what I see,” she said.

“I see the conditions by which he operates andit’s a big area – it goes almost to Casterton andcovers Goroke, towards Nhill and not quite toArapiles – so about 250 square kilometres.

“Only two paramedics work full-time and onlyone works at any one time. They work seven daysstraight, 24 hours a day. They are on duty from7am to 5pm and are then on call.

“From my point of view, my husband is notavailable to take my kids to gym or anywhere elsebecause he has to be within spitting distance ofthe station.

“They do get a few extra dollars to be on call,but if they are called from Edenhope to Dergholm,which is in the middle of nowhere, they would nottransport a patient to hospital here. They wouldhave to go to Horsham, which takes about fourand a half hours.

“While they do that, there is no-one on duty inEdenhope. If they call the other paramedic andthey can’t do it or aren’t available to do it, theymight try the auxiliary service, which is a group ofvolunteers, and if no-one can do it then we have towait until the ambulance returns from Horsham.

“The isolation is worse than Stawell or Ararat,because they can draw from the area around them,but here, there isn’t that option.”

September 3, 2010:Green Lake supporters have pleadedwith GWMWater for a flow into thelake before the weekend.

Green Lake Community ActionGroup members want the flow to helpalleviate the Wimmera River whichcould flood following predicted heavyrain starting today.

Spokesman Glenn Mibus said thegroup had continued to speak with theauthority about a possible flow but hadreached breaking point with the Bureauof Meteorology forecasting between 25and 50 millimetres of rain in the regionbetween today and Sunday.

Mr Mibus said the authority had toldthe group a decision on a flow would bemade next week.

“That would be too late,” he said.

“We are running out of time. Wecould already be flooded by then and anopportunity to take this small amountout of the river could be lost.”

August 31, 2011:On thesame day family and friendsfarewelled Jacinda Twigg, they weredealing with the devastating news hermother Julie had also died.

Julie Twigg, of Nhill, died in RoyalMelbourne Hospital on Monday morning,two weeks after she was seriouslyinjured in an Angel Flight plane crashat Wallup which claimed the lives ofher daughter Jacinda, 15, and pilot DonKernot.

Mrs Twigg had been upgraded to astable condition and had woken from acoma a week earlier and was talking.

Jacinda’s funeral was at St Paul’sLutheran Church in Nhill on Mondayafternoon withmore than 400mourners inattendance. Mostof them hadheard of MrsTwigg’s death thatmorning.

A group ofJacinda’s friendswore her favourite colour aqua to thefuneral as a tribute to the schoolgirl whosuffered from juvenile diabetes.

Nhill Lutheran School principal GrantFiedler told the Mail-Times Mrs Twiggwas a dedicated member of the schoolcommunity.

“The whole school community is inmourning. She was a deeply respectedand valued member of the school communityas a parent and volunteer,” MrFiedler said.

September 3, 2012:Ararat Community College teachersstaged the school’s first protest onFriday, during a visit from EducationMinister Martin Dixon.

Nine teachers and one education supportofficer waited out the front of theschool for Mr Dixon, who avoided thegroup, and went inside via an alternateentrance.

The staff protested about the standardof the school buildings and wantedto raise Mr Dixon’s attention to thesituation.

Teacher Steven Mullin said the buildingshad needed repairing or replacingfor several years.

He said the work would cost millionsof dollars.

“The school has been slated for majorrenovations for a number of years,’’ hesaid. “It comes to a head before electionsbut then we never hear about it again.’’

Mr Mullin said several of the buildingswere from the 1960s.

He said an aged sewerage system,asbestos in the walls, sub-standardheating and cooling and rotted woodwere all common in the school.

“We have problems with blockages,we have problems with keeping rooms ata reasonable temperature,’’ he said.

“If these were offices we wouldn’twork in them.

“The L-wing has asbestos signs.That’s not the kind of conditions wewant to teach in, or students want tolearn in.’’

September 4, 2013:HorshamWar Memorial Pool couldbe demolished under a draft sport andrecreation plan for the city.

Residents have repeatedly called forthe Wimmera’s only Olympic-size poolwith eight lanes to be upgraded andsaved from demolition.

In 2001 former Horsham councillorCampbell Trewin said a priority listof works helped remove any shred ofdoubt about retaining the pool in lightof the proposed multi-million dollarleisure centre.

In 2009, former Horsham councillorGary Bird said the memorial poolwould be ‘around forever’.

But Horsham Rural City Council’sdraft Sport and Recreation Strategy2013-18, released on Monday, has putthe pool back on the chopping block.

Cr Mark Radford is a long-timeadvocate for the city’s outdoor pool.

He said while the draft plan recommendedthe pool be demolished,it played an important role for theWimmera community.

“Generally governments are notparticularly keen to support outdoorpools, but ours is special because itis a regional 50-metre outdoor pooland it was built as a war memorial,”Cr Radford said.

“The spirit of that pool is to providefacilities for the community in honourof people who lost their lives; that issomething we can’t get past.

“There are some things in the reportthat are a bit controversial and that isone of them.”

September 3, 2014:NorthernGrampians councillorshave floated the idea of an asylumseeker detention centre and refugeeresettlement program to arrest decliningpopulation in the shire.

Former mayor and Stawell wardcouncillor Wayne Rice said the shirehad experienced significant populationdecline since 2010.

“There’s no reason why we couldn’thave a detention centre in the NorthernGrampians Shire; it’s better than havinga prison,” he said.

“I think it would create employmentand it would get those people to comeinto the shire, with a view that they mightsettle here.

“That might be one way that we couldbuild our population.”

Cr Rice said a recent visit toWoomera, in South Australia, wherethere was a controversial detentioncentre until 2003, had shown a centre afew kilometres out of town was the rightproximity.

He said a detention centre couldpotentially boost the shire’s economyacross a range of sectors.

“There’s employment in the detentioncentre, employment in health fields,social workers and catering,” he said.

September 2, 2015:TheWimmera could faceanother high risk bushfireseason as dry conditionscontinue to plague the region.

The Bushfire and NaturalHazards Co-operative ResearchCentre has releasedits Southern Australia SeasonalBushfire Outlook for2015-16, which shows the

Wimmera will have abovenormal bushfire potentialthis summer.

The report said the abovenormal forecast was mostlydue to a strengthening ElNiño over the Pacific Ocean,which was now tracking asone of the strongest on record.

“There have also beensignificantly below averagerainfall in the past decadeand the dry conditions meanany surface moisture fromrain will quickly decline oncetemperatures start to warmup,” the report said.

The report said 2014 wasAustralia’s third warmestyear on record, and whencombined with long-termrainfall deficiencies, an earlystart to the bushfire seasonwas likely.

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Advertising Feature
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START LOOKING NOW: It is time to start looking for the perfect venue for your 2016 Christmas party.

CHRISTMAS parties are a highlight of the year for businesses, work mates, social groups and sport teams.

It is a chance for people to gather, discuss the year that has gone and toast the silly season.

For many businesses, it is a valuable time to reconnect with colleagues in a social setting, particularly in the modern age, which allows people to work remotely outside an office setting.

While some Christmas parties are lavish, it is possible to organise an event to suit any group on a budget.

This Advertising Feature is sponsored by the following businesses. Click the link to learn more:

Victoria HotelGlen Logan RestaurantStawell Harness Racing ClubHere are some aspects of the Christmas party to consider before you book your perfect venue:

Size:Do not pick a venue based solely on the size of your workforce or group. Ask around for tentative numbers and, don’t forget, when you add partners, numbers will swell.

The only thing worse than too many people sweating it out in a venue too intimate for the party’s numbers is listening to the crickets chirpin a massive location with only a few people to fill it.

Amenities:Have a clear idea for what your party will need. Will it be a sit-down dinner, or would a venue serving courtyard drinks and nibbles be a more appropriate fit? Some venues will offerchild friendly options, or you could investigate specialist offerings, such askaraoke or paintball.

Location:However lovely the party, location will play a huge part in its success. If you find an out-of-the-way location, it may hamper some people’s ability to attend due to time and distance. If planning an event involving alcohol, transport to and from the venue is key to everyone having a great night out. If it is some distance a bus might be a good idea, or investigate venues with a courtesy service.

Once you have found the perfect venue, it is time to start thinking about those special touches that will set your party apart.

Christmas parties are often the talk of the office, or social group, in the weeks leading up to it and in the weeks afterwards. You can add to the buzz by adding a dress-up element, or creating games and prizes to be won throughout the event.

Whatever your plan for a Christmas event, it is important tobook early. Start looking for yourvenue now.

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LITHGOW Zig Zag has one upset result to its credit in this year’s men’s Premier League Hockey finals series already and Jaden Ekert feels another could come.
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It was Ekert’s Saints who suffered a surprise 3-2 loss at the hands of Zig Zagin the first week of finals.

It was a result which ended the hopes Ekert and his fellow Saints had of defending the premiership they won in 2015.

It also moved Zig Zag within one win of making the premier league grand final.The Lithgow outfit will meet Souths in this Saturday’s preliminary final.

“Zig Zag are a good side and a great bunch of guys, you can’t take anything away from them,” Ekert said.

“They do have another upset in them, for sure. I really thought they were a top two side this year with the personnel they have got and especially with the leadership of Ben Kelly.

“He is second to none and I tell you what, I will jump on their bandwagon.”

As for his side, Ekert felt Pat’s should have earned a major semi-final spot instead of lining up in last Saturday’s elimination match.

“You lose four points at the start of the year, you draw three games you shouldn’t have drawn –we shouldn’t have been in thisgame,” he said.“But unfortunately we were and unfortunately we are out. That is sport, someone has to win and someone has to lose.”

MIXED EMOTIONS: Lithgow Zig Zag skipper Ben Kelly consoles St Pat’s opposite Jaden Ekert after last Saturday’s minor semi-final. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

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