IVF parents lose $10m wrongful birth case, hit with legal costs

Debbie Waller with her disabled son Keeden. Photo: Quentin JonesThe parents of a severely disabled boy have lost a $10 million case against an IVF specialist who failed to properly warn them of the likelihood their son would inherit a blood-clotting condition, but are considering appealing against the decision.
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The couple face the prospect of having to pay the doctor’s legal costs, which could run to tens of thousands of dollars.

Days after Debbie Waller gave birth to Keeden in August 2000, the infant suffered a stroke that caused severe brain damage and meant he was never able to walk, talk or go to the toilet unaided.

Mrs Waller and husband Lawrence claimed the stroke was the result of a rare blood-clotting condition known as antithrombin deficiency [ATD], which Keeden inherited from his father.

They sued the IVF specialist who oversaw his conception – Christopher James – in the NSW Supreme Court for what is known as ”wrongful birth”. The couple were not properly made aware there was a 50 per cent chance Keeden would have the defective gene and said that had they been properly informed of the risk, they would not have had the IVF treatment that resulted in his birth.

They sought compensation in the order of $10 million for the lifelong care of their handicapped son.

On Monday – 15 months after the case was heard – Justice John Hislop found Dr James had failed to ensure the Wallers were properly informed about the risks of inheriting ATD, and that had they been so informed, they would not have given birth to Keeden.

But he said the Wallers had not proved Keeden’s stroke had actually been caused by the blood-clotting condition. He accepted the evidence of a medical expert called by the defendant that Keeden’s antithrombin condition ”at most was a minor contributing factor and was possibly irrelevant to the outcome”.

”In my opinion the plaintiffs have failed to establish that the CSVT [stroke] was caused or materially contributed to by the ATD,” Justice Hislop said.

The Wallers were ordered to pay Dr James’ legal costs. Given that the hearing ran for four weeks, these costs are likely to run to thousands of dollars.

The couple’s lawyer, Bill Madden of Slater & Gordon, said his clients were ”upset and disappointed” and were considering an appeal.

”They want an opportunity to read through the judgment and its conclusions before making a final decision.” He said it was up to Dr James’ insurer, Avant, to decide whether it would seek to have the legal costs order enforced.

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‘Good on them’: Father of red-faced robber supports chilli attack

An alleged chicken shop robber who was thwarted by a splash of chilli sauce to the face has been refused bail with his father saying the shop’s quick-thinking staff did not go far enough in efforts to stop his son.
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Tyrone Holmwood, 19, on Monday appeared in Waverley Court with red, irritated eyes and wearing a blue plastic forensic jump suit after his clothes were taken by Botany police.

The alleged chicken shop thief was left red faced and empty handed when an employee on Sunday night thwarted the heist with a serve of chilli to the face.

Mr Holmwood, charged with assault with intent to rob, had been in trouble with the law before and that on each occasion alcohol had been a factor, the court heard.

He had allegedly been drinking prior to the incident on Sunday night when he is alleged to have assaulted worker Joanna Petry-Tartnoski.

“Tyrone, now he is sober, is shocked at the allegations,” his solicitor Anthony Brookman told the court.

His father offered his son support as he made an unsuccessful bail application but outside that support wavered with Mr Holmwood saying if his son did what is alleged the shop owners should have come at him with more than just chilli.

“They poured hot chilli on his head? Good on them. I would have poured hot fat upon his head.”

He was refused bail and the matter returns to court next Tuesday.

Botany police were called to O’Le Portuguese style chicken takeaway in Rosebery when Mr Holmwood was incapacitated with minor burns from the bucket of chilli.

Inspector Paul Thornton said there was a dispute with staff about payment before the alleged robbery attempt about 6.15pm.

“It’s alleged he walked behind the counter and tried to push the two workers aside before attempting to open the cash register,” he said.

Inspector Thornton said one employee ran to the front of the store and called police while the other, a 27-year-old woman, tried to hold the man back from the register.

“We will allege he’s tried to smash open the cash register on the floor and struck the woman, she’s responded with a bucket of chilli flakes over his face, it was the actual chilli that’s got in the face and floored him,” he said.

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Without wetlands, what will protect the Great Barrier Reef?

Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Supplied. Aerial view of Great Barrier Reef, Cairns.
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UNESCO has released its latest report on the state of the Great Barrier Reef, and has once again raised concerns about excessive port development along the coast, and the state of water quality around the reef.

In March I was invited to Queensland to see for myself the threat posed by proposed massive port expansions along the Great Barrier Reef.

I flew over Abbott Point to examine the present coal terminal. We visited the adjacent Caley Valley Wetlands in a tinny, revealing dozens to hundreds of birds at every creek turn. Huge flocks of whistling ducks took flight as we approached, herons perched in trees or stalked among water lilies; we saw great pelicans, magpie geese, kingfishers, elegant long-necked cormorants, kites, and half a dozen other species of duck, rails and black swans. The density of birds was astonishing, the highest I have ever seen in any wetland. It was immediately clear that this was an extraordinary haven for wildlife.

The present coal terminal and connecting road and rail links follow the southern side of the wetlands to a long loading jetty. This infrastructure is large and has clearly had a significant impact, but there is much intact and unspoiled wetland left. The plan is to expand the port to become the largest coal terminal in the world; that expansion would be the end for these wetlands. The impacts on the Great Barrier Reef directly would also be considerable: millions of tonnes of dredge material are likely to be dumped near Holbourne Island and its coral reefs, with potential for much greater dispersal further offshore.

Further south we travelled by boat from Yeppoon to Gladstone. The Fitzroy River delta is one of the wonders of this coastline. Approached by sea, it probably looks much as it did when Captain Cook sailed by more than 200 years ago.

People tend to develop estuaries wherever they find them. They have lots of low-lying land to build on, easy access to the ocean and plentiful water to flush away waste. Given this long historical association, there are very few of the size and importance of the Fitzroy that are left undeveloped. This means the estuary is as significant, extraordinary and precious as the Great Barrier Reef itself. If it is destroyed it cannot be recovered. Yet it is deeply threatened by proposals for a massive new port.

The importance of the estuary is underlined by the presence of endangered and iconic species, such as a small and genetically distinct resident population of snub fin dolphin.

Travelling south we encountered the mangrove-laced Narrows, flushed by powerful tidal currents that promote high productivity and attract large animals like bull sharks and even occasional crocodiles. The northern section, like the Fitzroy Delta to which it is connected, is undeveloped and has a timeless quality about it. On the southern stretch, construction cranes and the silhouettes of bulk carrier ships loom, soon merging into a relentless string of industrial constructions.

I have never seen such a sprawling port. Every company appears to have its own separate facility, so that Gladstone is more like a collection of many ports than a single entity. There seems to have been little need to build gas hubs on the world heritage-listed Curtis Island, had land been used more wisely. Images taken before dredging operations opened up the Curtis Island jetties revealed that dredging hadn’t just deepened and widened channels, it had removed the entire network of shallow wetlands.

Gladstone’s wasteful sprawl now threatens more of Curtis Island as well as the Fitzroy Delta.

I doubt that many Queenslanders or other Australians realise what they are about to lose: the wild open spaces, places for recreation, inspiration and fun, and habitats that sustain the wider ecology of the coast, support significant fisheries and protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Wetlands along the coast are vital to the survival of the Great Barrier Reef region. They are the reef’s first line of defence from adverse terrestrial influences, retaining and trapping sediments and nutrients that would otherwise be moved offshore to stress and damage corals. They help limit the spread of flood waters, which will be an increasingly important function in the future as the climate changes. And they provide nurseries for many commercially important species of fish like prawns, snappers and emperors.

I was alarmed by the enormous threats to the unspoiled coastal environment and quality of life for Australians; one cannot ignore the global significance of the Queensland coast, the role of intact, healthy habitats in the economic prosperity of the region, and the interdependent nature of the entire coast to the outer reef region – you can’t damage one part without damaging others.

Visiting these amazing places first-hand has revealed to me how mining interests are prepared to squander the future of many to enrich just a few in the present. Open spaces and unspoiled country are the soul of Australia, embedded in the national psyche. But there is a real danger that Australia is selling its soul to the mining industry.

The World Heritage Committee was wise to send a mission to investigate. The risk to the Reef is profound.

Coastal wetland protection and protection of the Reef from port expansion, dredging and shipping are fundamentally intertwined. Without a swift change of direction, Queenslanders and the world risk ruining a living priceless treasure.

Callum Roberts has in the past received research funding from a variety of organisations, including the UK Natural Environment Research Council, UK Department for International Development, UK Darwin Initiative, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Fauna and Flora International, Pew Charitable Trusts, WWF, and Greenpeace. Callum is a WWF UK Ambassador, trustee of Seaweb, Fauna and Flora International and Blue Marine Foundation, and advisor to Save our Seas and The Manta Trust.

This article was originally published at The Conversation. Read the original article.

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Letters tothe Editor, Casey Weekly

Re: Medical centre ‘eyesore’
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Didn’t the Casey Weekly report of looming doctor shortages on August 3, 2010? I think Casey residents need to make up their minds about what they want.

Brett58 (via web)

Time to get angry

Are you angry that we are going to pay more for our water and sewerage? If you are not, you should be, because the extra costs will go into someone else’s pocket.

Ever since Jeff Kennett made the foolish move of privatising utilities, we have had nothing but rising costs, because private consortiums have to make a profit to pay shareholders a dividend.

If you can’t afford to pay your water bill, what are you going to do? You can’t catch and store enough water to keep you in water and you don’t have a big enough garden for a septic system, which you will also need, as you won’t be able to afford sewerage.

Also apply this to electricity. If retailers keep putting up the price to keep their shareholders sweet, how will you run your fridge, TV, pump, lights, heating, cooling, etc, as there is no alternative to electricity. You can’t run your TV on gas.

Lastly, there is the service charge, which we never had before privatisation. This is used by the private consortiums to get around the government’s attempts to freeze the utility price by saying it costs more for services.

I am not saying privatisation is wrong in every case, just in water, sewerage and electricity for which there is no alternative. We have to do something about this. Sitting back and hoping it will go away doesn’t work. Any ideas?

Maurice Quinn, Cranbourne East

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Gemmell compared to rugby union star

RUGBY UNION
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OPENSIDE flanker David Pocock has skippered the Wallabies and has been ranked as one of the best players in the world, so that Sam Gemmell’s NSW Country Colts team-mates compare him to the rugby star is a massive compliment.

A member of CSU’s Central West Rugby Union side, Gemmell impressed enough in early representative fixtures for the zone to get the nod as a member of the Cockatoos colts squad.

Last week he started in both games of the Cockatoos’ Melbourne tour and both resulted in wins – a 29-10 result over the Victorian Rugby Union Development XV then a 28-19 victory against the VRU colts.

The Cockatoos’ match against their Victorian opposites on Friday night, which was the main curtain raiser to the Super Rugby fixture between the Melbourne Rebels and Chiefs at AAMI Park, saw Gemmell play an important role.

“We call him baby Pocock, he looks like him and he plays exactly the same style as him,” NSW Country colts coach Matt Thomas said of Gemmell.

“He is very dynamic and his defence is a real attribute to his game.

“His work rate around the paddock is incredible, around the ruck and in tight he was great.”

But Gemmell was not the only CSU talent to impress in the representative fixture. Club-mate and hooker Justin Picker earned praise from Thomas as well as he matched up against a physically bigger Victorian pack.

“Justin played a very strong game around the paddock, his scrummaging was excellent,” Thomas said.

“He was outweighed by about 30 or 40 kilos, both the opposition props were massive, both probably weighed about 140-155 kilos and their hooker wasn’t far behind them.

“But when he [Picker] concentrated on his technique, our scrum was very strong

“It was very imposing to play against guys like that, but I just told our forwards if they concentrated on technique and timing they’d get on top of them and they soon did.

“His [Picker’s] work rate around the paddock is improving. That is something we asked him to do, working at line-outs and scrums is a given, but we wanted him to work more across the paddock and he did that.”

Both Picker and Gemmell were given the nod as members of the starting XV on Friday night after doing well in Wednesday’s win over the development side.

In the ninth minute the Cockatoos took the lead thanks to a Daniel Damen penalty goal before the Victorian’s responded with three quick penalty goals in succession to make it 9-3.

But Gemmell, Picker and their team-mates maintained their composure. The first of their three tries for the match in the 20th minute gave them a 10-9 advantage and from there they stayed in front.

Victoria still pressured, but the Cockatoos went on from a 17-9 half-time lead to post a nine-point win.

The CSU duo will now return to club rugby before going into camp with the Cockatoos on May 18. The following day they will line up against an ACT Colts side in Wollongong that Thomas said would be “very well disciplined and structured.”

NSW COUNTRY COCKATOO COLTS 28 (Rhys Peters 2, Tarpaki Rahui tries; Daniel Damen 3 penalty goals; Daniel Damen 2 conversions) defeated VRU COLTS 19

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Teacher still gets a kick out of taekwondo

Kicking ahead: Amy Bodziony scores a jackpot in Las Vegas.RING Amy Bodziony and you’ll get a message that says “you have rung Psychkwondo”.
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That sums up her life.

She likes a fight and a feed.

Her proficiency at taekwondo has led to her operating a growing string of martial arts centres with her partner.

What she also does is perform more than just proficiently at the kick-contact caper.

Bodziony recently returned from the United States, where she won a gold medal in the lightweight division at the US Open.

“Everyone’s a bit nervous but it was what I expected,” she said of the competition, and the fights that led to a fulfilled ambition.

But the description “fight” suggests a brutality that is at odds with the precision, technique and flexibility involved.

Here’s her coach Simon Taite describing one exchange.

“She baited the Texan with a move we had been practising throughout our Christmas training sessions, yet had avoided using it, as we were waiting for the right moment.

“Success.

“The Texan took the bait, avoided the false attack thrown and came in attacking at what she believed to be a mistake by Amy.

“Boom. Face kick and three points Amy’s way.”

There’s less of that competition since the 34-year-old became involved in the business seven years ago.

“I do a lot more teaching now,” Bodziony said.

“I became involved at 12 when my father wanted my sister and I to learn self-defence,” she said of her start in Riverstone.

“I love it. It’s my life.”

She acknowledged the importance of Laurel Burn’s taekwondo gold medal for Australia at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

“It increased its popularity,” said the practitioner who, like Burns, has a petite build and soft voice at odds with the physical contact sport at which she excels.

There have been successes.

“I’ve won state titles, a commonwealth championship and at a tournament in Korea,” she said

“I’ve never won an Australian championship.”

The plan is to try and rectify that at the Australian titles in Brisbane.

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Doubts cast over Sunbury report

SEVERAL Hume residents have sought meetings with Local Government Minister Jeanette Powell about Sunbury’s possible secession from Hume.
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Sunbury Residents Association president Bernie O’Farrell is among those who have also written to Northern Victoria MP Donna Petrovich about a report on services and infrastructure provided to Sunbury by Hume Council.

Mr O’Farrell said he had concerns over the report by accounting firm KPMG, which found the town gets a similar or higher share of funding than the rest of the municipality.

“I am deeply concerned that the report states the findings rely heavily on data provided by Hume Council and that such data was not audited or otherwise verified,” Mr O’Farrell said.

“I believe that this statement, therefore, places strong doubts on the validity and creditability of the findings in the report. The minister has made no attempt to get viewpoints from residents on ‘Sunbury out of Hume’.

“We have gone through Donna and have never been able to get a committed response. We also want to meet with her to air our concerns.”

Sunbury residents Trevor Dance and John McKerrow, both very critical of the report, have also written to the minister seeking a meeting.

Mr McKerrow, who worked at the former Shire of Bulla as an engineer and town planner for 34 years, says the report looks only at what is in the town, not who supplied it.

“The report left out the history of Sunbury and when those buildings were built — most while it was in the Shire of Bulla.”

He said the report also had errors on road and transport infrastructure.

Mr McKerrow said the report had similar failings to an earlier report that said ‘Sunbury out of Hume’ wouldn’t work.

A spokesman for Ms Powell, Greg Charter, said the minister had received several pieces of correspondence about the report. The minister is waiting for a second KPMG report due for completion at the end of June.

Ms Petrovich said residents just wanted to know when there would be a vote on the issue.

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Sale continues winning run

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SALE continued its winning run in Gippsland League netball, defeating Warragul 48-18 at home on Saturday.

Kate Eddy came back into the Sale team and Staci Scott played in attack to cover for goal shooter Ella Bertachinni, who was unavailable.

Warragul played well in the first quarter with Sale leading 11-8 at the first change, but Sale took control of the match with an outstanding second term when it scored 12 goals to four.

In the second half, Sale outscored the Gulls 25 goals to six to win 48-18.

Eddy and Kasey McKay were solid in defence, gathering rebounds and converting defence into attack. Scott and Lara Dunkley finished off the team work set up by the mid court players, who followed the game plan set up by Mel Johnston, who is still coaching from the sidelines.

Sale, who recorded a clean sweep on the netball court, will expect a tough contest in A grade next week with Moe who scored an upset win over Drouin in round two.

MAFFRA scored an eight-goal win at Drouin.

The win sees the Eagles part of a four-team log jam on two wins in the middle of the ladder.

The fifth-placed Maffra will be challenged by second-placed Morwell this week.

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HEYFIELD and Churchill remain undefeated after four rounds of North Gippsland netball.

Heyfield was too strong at home for Sale City, winning 51-19.

Churchill inflicted the first defeat of the season on Woodside, winning 50-28.

Cowwarr defeated Boisdale-Briagolong 51-19, Traralgon-Tyers United defeated Glengarry 56-35, while Gormandale had a 44-35 win over Rosedale.

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Sale under 15 goal shooter Ellie McLaren in action against Warragul.

Sale under 13 wing attack Kirsten Craft gathers the ball.

Heyfield defeated Sale City 51-19 in North Gippsland netball.

Heyfield defeated Sale City 51-19 in North Gippsland netball.

STRATFORD remains in second place on the East Gippsland netball ladder after a 54-20 win on the road against Orbost-Snowy Rovers.

Lucknow defeated Lindenow 42-35 and ladder leaderWy Yung won a thriller againstLakes Entrance 37-36, while Paynesville had the bye.

For all scores and ladders read Tuesday’s Gippsland Times.

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Sale Specialist School gains land funding

FUNDING to buy land and begin planning for the new Sale Specialist School has been secured as part of the 2013-14 Victorian Budget.
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Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan said the funding was the critical first step in delivering a new Sale Specialist School.

“I know how passionate and committed the Sale Specialist School community has been in pushing for a new school on a single site, so I am absolutely delighted to be announcing this funding commitment,” Mr Ryan said.

“The funding will enable land to be identified and purchased, and the planning and design of the school to be in place ready for construction when the remaining funding is secured.

“An expression of interest process will soon be launched to identify a well located, fully serviced site for the new Sale Specialist School.”

The news of the funding was welcomed with excitement by Sale Specialist School principal Shelagh Donegan.

“We at the school very much welcome this announcement; it will enable us to purchase a site and begin planning for a purpose built school,” she said.

“We look forward to securing the land as soon as possible.”

Ms Donegan stressed planning for the new school needed to take into account its increasing enrolment.

“We are excited and thankful for the support we have received from the New School Parents’ Action Group, the community and all the politicians who have lobbied on our behalf,” she said.

” This is the first step in a long process, which we need to keep on track,” she said.

“The hard work will not be over until we walk in the door.”

School council president Alan Rankin was equally excited by the announcement.

“The council is really pleased there is provision of funding to secure the site, but it is only the first step in a long journey,” he said.

Mr Rankin stressed this budget allocation needed to be followed up with funding to build the school in a subsequent budget.

” We appreciate the support of the community and acknowledge the support we have received from Mr Ryan and from Darren Chester, who raised our plight in federal parliament.

Mr Ryan said good financial management by the state government meant a new site could be purchased for the Sale Specialist School, which was at capacity.

“Due to rising enrolments, the Sale Specialist School has had to expand beyond its Raymond St campus to include a senior campus within the grounds of Sale College,” Mr Ryan said.

“Having two campuses is a less than ideal situation, however this announcement will mean the students of Sale Specialist School can look forward to a school which is designed to maximise their educational opportunities.”

Mr Ryan said the state government had been a champion of special education.

“The Coalition has provided record funding for the Program for Students with Disabilities and Students with Disabilities Transport Program, and the single largest capital investment in specialist and autism schools across metropolitan and regional Victoria for over a decade.”

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BFL: Sunbury surge thanks to Jack

Full force: Melton South’s Ben Peters rides a bump from Sunbury’s Matthew Parker Picture: Shawn SmitsJACK Sheahan’s Sunbury Lions debut set a lofty standard as his team crushed Melton South by 80 points on Saturday night.
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The 19-year-old out of Diggers Rest via the Calder Cannons kicked three first-quarter goals and five for the night in an impressive first showing in Ballarat Football League.

Sheahan, VFL listed with Bendigo Gold, held a key forward post in the absence of Simon Clarke to spearhead Sunbury’s 21.15 (141) to 9.7 (61) victory.

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A flowing exchange of first-quarter goals became one-way traffic in the second, with Sunbury’s six goals to one setting up a 41-point half-time lead.

The second half hit no great heights, with Sheahan spending the final quarter on the bench due to hitting his game-time limit.

Melton South was outmuscled in midfield and blanketed by the Sunbury defence.

The match-winning burst came early in the second quarter, with Sunbury extending its lead of 13 points in the ninth minute to 39 in the 19th.

A Sheahan set shot was followed immediately from the re-start by a quick clearance and Jamie Lobb snap, kickstarting the run of five Sunbury unanswered goals in 10 minutes. Scott Lobb’s courage to mark with the flight was an inspiring end to one Melton South attack, while another broke down due to back-chatting the umpire at a stoppage in the Panthers’ forward 50 metres.

Dale Ciunik (three goals) and Sheahan started the second half with back-to-back majors to ensure there would be no Melton South swing of momentum, like its comeback from 47points down against Melton the previous weekend.

Melton South coach Matt Sutton had a tough night as his team’s full forward but still finished with four goals. Jaiden Spicer also booted four.

The Panthers lost Ben Peters to a seemingly serious ankle injury mid-way through the third term.

SUNBURY coach Rick Horwood isn’t just winning without a raft of last year’s premiership team — he’s winning big.

After the rarity of an away win against Redan last week, Sunbury smashed a Melton South team that had been competitive to date in the Ballarat Football League.

With North Ballarat City storming out of the blocks with three monstrous wins, the first head-to-head clash between the premier and new title contender feels a long time away, not until June 22.

For now, Horwood has a number of returning players to reintegrate into a winning team.

‘‘At the moment we’ve got eight premiership players out of the side. It’s going to be a headache when they all come back.

‘‘Jack Landt, 16 years old, second game. Young (Jordan) Baumgartner, only his third game and he did well on Rex Hickman.

‘‘With players out our leaders have all stood up.’’

Jack Sheahan’s bag of five goals was by no means a surprise. His return perfectly timed with Simon Clarke suffering a groin injury.

Sheahan was cut from last year’s Vic Metro squad in the late stages of selection and was on the radar as a potential draftee for one AFL club.

‘‘That’s his first game of the year, having not played any football, and Melton South had to move a premier backman in the league in Leigh Burke onto him.

‘‘He’s come back from ankle and knee operations after the Calder Cannons. We’ll send his stats and his edits back to Bendigo (Gold). He’s got some raw talent.

‘‘Clarke’s got a groin injury and it’s early in the season. If it had have been a final he would have played, but at round four it’s not worth the risk.’’

Melton South coach Matt Sutton said his team had made a good start but could not match the work rate of Sunbury.

‘‘They were first in for the footy and outplayed us all night, probably the best run and spread team in the competition and we got taught a footy lesson in that regard.

‘‘We got outplayed by a better side.’’

Verbal exchanges between the umpires and players is likely to become an agenda item for South this week, with Sutton suggesting one umpire had baited his players.

‘‘I think the players are getting confused. We’re both in confusion with the differences between the Ballarat umpires and Riddell District umpires.

‘‘There was nothing in it. We spoke out on the ground. I’ll nail back-chat from my own players, but I said to one umpire, ‘do us a favour and don’t bait us’.

‘‘The players are heated. They’ll come back at it.’’

DARLEY paid the price for inaccurate kicking by coming up short against Ballarat by 12 points at Alfredton Oval on Saturday.

The Devils’ Ballarat Football League season was squared at two wins and two losses with the 6.16 (52) to 10.6 (66) defeat.

The third quarter told the story of the day, with Ballarat converting four goals from six scoring shots, whilst Darley could only manage two goals from fourteen scoring shots.

Harley Inglis was gallant for the Devils whilst the decision was made to send star player Jake Edwards forward to generate a bit of momentum.

Saturday was not the first time this season Darley had suffered from profligate kicking, missing no less than three shots for what would have been the late go-ahead goal against Sunbury a fortnight earlier.

“Do a lot of these guys even own their own footy?,’’ Darley coach Rod MacPherson said.

‘‘At the end of the day it is their tool of trade and they need to be able to use it to get by.

“You need these guys to practise but it’s a fine line.

“You can’t harp on it too much then it gets in their head if they miss one or two.”

Melton Bloods lost a battle of winless teams to Lake Wendouree at CE Brown Reserve, 13.17 (95) to 6.7 (43).

Melton led two goals to none at quarter time but fell off the pace after half time, kicking three goals to Lake Wendouree’s nine.

Tate McCutcheon was the Bloods’ best and also the team’s only multiple goal-kicker.

Bacchus Marsh sunk to one win and three defeats after East Point blew open the game in the third quarter.

The Cobras trailed by 16 at half time after a low scoring opening half but the Kangaroos jumped away with six goals to one, setting up the 16.16 (112) to 7.13 (55) result.

Alec Del Papa was Bacchus Marsh’s only multiple goal-kicker while Matt Denham was best in the defeat.

‘‘I just think we have too many blokes who, when they are not playing well, play really badly,’’ Marsh coach Doug Hawkins said.

‘‘It shows we’ve got a long way to go. We’re going to go back to training and work on our kicking skills, especially when we are under pressure.’’

BFL INTERLEAGUE SQUAD

Bacchus Marsh: Tyson Shea, Declan Phyland

Darley: Darren Leonard, Shane Page, Rhys Ellis, Brad Inglis, Dane Grenfell, Jarrod Edwards

Melton: Matthew Notman

Melton South: Leigh Burke, Rex Hickman, Doug Thomas

Sunbury: Jamie Lobb, Matthew Medcraft, Simon Clarke, Brett Chambers, Xavier Linton, Michael

Coleman, Pat Cariss, Jay Cheep, Andrew Duhau

East Point: Dan Jordan, Hayden Walters, Jason Delaney, Paul Koderenko

Sebastopol: Michael Powell

Redan: Dean Chester, Grant Bell, Jarrod Edwards, Ryan Waight, Brendan Pearce, Tom Lamb

North Ballarat City: Derick Micallef, Shaun Lyle, Michael Williams, Ryan Luke, Ryan Hobbs, Brendan

Howard, Ayden George, Jason McNamara, Jake Hicks, Tristan Cartledge, Daniel Jones

Lake wendouree: Tim Malone

Ballarat: Braeden Deary, Mitch Rodd, Chris Prockter

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VCAT: Shire, dog owner make another pitstop

AFTER more than a year without his best mate, Arthur Kalamaras will front a second Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal hearing in a final attempt to be reunited with his beloved dog.
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Mr Kalamaras has been embroiled in a 14-month legal stoush with Cardinia Shire after his dog, Rocket, was seized in March last year as an alleged American pit bull.

Mr Kalamaras said it was up to the council to allow him to see Rocket, after the dog’s location was revealed at directions hearing late last month.

“I would love to see Rocket. It’s been more than a year since I have seen him.”

Mr Kalamaras said he would rely on expert assessments of Rocket by a vet and breed judges to form his defence, for the May 30 hearing at the VCAT — “we are hoping a breed judge will find that Rocket does not fit the restricted breed standard”.

Rocket will be judged on a range of physical features including body shape, legs and tail to determine if he fits the characteristics of a restricted breed.

But Mr Kalamaras said DNA tests — which show Rocket is a Staffordshire terrier cross miniature bull terrier — were not admissible at the tribunal.

Canine geneticist at Australian Specialised Animal Pathology, George Sofronidis, said DNA testing should be used to determine if a dog was a restricted breed.

“Genetic testing is a lot more accurate than someone looking at the physical features of a dog,” he said. “When it comes to restricted breeds [in Victoria] they fall into the bull terrier breeds. The tests can distinguish [which type of bull terrier a dog is].”

Mr Sofronidis said it was difficult to develop a DNA signature for pit bulls given their restricted nature. Genetic testing was 98 per cent accurate for purebred dogs and tapered off as breeds were crossed.

Mr Kalamaras said Rocket was a “calm and friendly” dog but Cardinia Council argued that he was a potentially dangerous American pit bull.

Rocket escaped Mr Kalamaras’ Cardinia backyard last year and council officers impounded the dog under Victoria’s Domestic Animals Act.

Mr Kalamaras appealed to the VCAT and when the tribunal ruled against him in July last year, sought to take the matter to the Supreme Court.

But Cardinia Council said a Supreme Court hearing scheduled for April this year was “unnecessary” as both parties had agreed to return to the VCAT.

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Vic Uni to resume tertiary courses in Sunbury                       

THREE years after closing its Sunbury campus, Victoria University will resume running tertiary education courses in the town.
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As part of the Hume Multiversity project, the university will run classes from the Sunbury Neighbourhood House and Community Centre from semester one next year.

Hume Multiversity is a joint project of Hume Council, Kangan Institute and Deakin and Victoria universities.

It offers access to tertiary education courses across the municipality.

Classes started in Broadmeadows this year.

Council organisation and community learning director Kylie Ezzy said the courses might include bachelor degrees in the arts, business or the sciences.

“The expansion of the Hume Multiversity program reflects the council’s commitment to providing state-of-the-art facilities and services to Hume residents.”

She said the university had already invested in videoconferencing equipment at the Sunbury Neighbourhood House.

Victoria University educational innovation senior adviser Amanda Achterberg said the classes at Sunbury were part of a new approach by the university.

“Victoria University is deeply committed to demonstrating its mission to Melbourne’s west by providing tertiary education opportunities for the Sunbury community.

“The university will be establishing a new collaborative learning space in the local community to engage students in both formal and informal learning experiences.

“These spaces will be technology-rich and have high-definition videoconferencing facilities that can link to both the broader university and to industry.

“While the final details of specific courses are yet to be resolved Victoria University is developing ‘flipped classroom’ programs for Sunbury in 2014 that are responsive to the needs of Sunbury residents and contribute to the ongoing development of the local community.”

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Arthurs Seat quarry landfill plan closer

PENINSULA Waste Management is expected to submit plans this week to turn the former Pioneer Quarries site at Arthurs Seat into a landfill.
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The organisation has spent the past few months drawing up plans and consulting community members.

Peninsula Waste Management development manager David Maltby said everything had been signed off and it was simply a matter of lodging the forms with Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Environment Protection Authority.

Plans afoot: The proposed Arthurs Seat quarry site. Picture: Daryl Gordon

“I am confident the documentation is accurate and meets all the necessary requirements.”

He said the project could take months to go through the necessary protocols.

“We expect the project to go to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, so it could be up to a year before anything happens. Over the coming months we will be responding to issues people have raised and meeting with members of the community to discuss their concerns.”

The former quarry has already been recognised as a preferred landfill location under the council’s regional waste management plan.

Just off Boundary Road, the site is four kilometres from the main precinct of Arthurs Seat.

Mr Maltby was quick to clarify that it was the old quarry site that was being put forward as a proposed landfill site and not the current Hillview Quarry site, which is just west of the site in Dromana.

The development has been met with some community resistance

More than 100 people attended a public meeting about the tip proposal in March and banners have been displayed at various locations on the peninsula opposing the tip.

There was also an advertisement placed in local newspapers last week by Andrew and Joy Duncan of Dromana and headed ‘No tip for the Arthurs Seat escarpment, Dromana’. It described the proposed tip as a “toxic timebomb” that future generations would have to clean up.

The advertisement also raised queries over the site’s proximity to Sheepwash Creek and the possibility of leachate leaking into Port Phillip Bay.

Mr Maltby said opposition to the application was to be expected.

“Like most things, you can’t expect to keep everybody happy but we are confident the proposal won’t impact negatively on anybody,” he said. “If we couldn’t demonstrate that it could be run safety and properly, we wouldn’t be submitting the application.”

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