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TAC Cup: Slick teamwork propels Stingrays towards top four

DANDENONG Stingrays are on the verge of the TAC Cup top four after defeating Murray Bushrangers by 50 points at Shepley Oval on Saturday.
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The Stingrays dominated every quarter in their most complete performance of the season to win 13.9 (87) to 5.7 (37) and move into fifth position.

Big boys: Murray Bushrangers’ James Taberner and Dandenong Stingray Agape Patolo compete in the ruck on Saturday. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

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Stingrays coach Graeme Yeats praised his team’s performance but warned there would be further tests ahead with the under-18 nationals looming and the unavailability of the Stingrays’ private school contingent.

“As the game went on I felt we continued to build on last week’s effort . . . we had a few more changes this week and at this time of the year and over the next month or so we really get to see what future we have next year and the depth needed if players go down this year.”

The Stingrays had several standouts including small forward Clayton McCartney, who returned to form with five majors.

Yeats said it wasn’t just McCartney’s goals that pleased him. “I was happy with those guys who came in and played their roles. Clay [McCartney] was good with five goals, but more pleasing was his work off the ball, something we’ve been working with him.”

The Stingrays took a 10-point lead into the second term and soon extended it when Dale Gawley kicked a major. The Bushies responded soon after but the pivotal move came soon after when Yeats switched Jack Lonie and Blake Mullane into the midfield to add to some pace.

Captain Nathan Foote and Kyle Gray mopped up any Bushies’ forward movements and McCartney capitalised up front to extend the margin to 32 points by the long change.

The Bushrangers lifted in the third with both teams booting three goals, but the likes of Alex Harnett, Sam Crawford and Jake Gain went up another notch in the final term as the Stingrays extended the margin.

Stingrays talent manager Mark Wheeler said the result showed they have a bright future. “We, like other regions, had a fair few out with injury and private school commitments. It’s great to give opportunities to others,” he said.

“It is pleasing for us as a club because it puts pressure on those out injured or others to retain their spots.”

“To keep Murray to only five goals, three after half-time showed the back six had a strong play in the team’s performance today. All our forwards featured in today’s goal-kickers. It also shows we started to work a little more as a team, which we haven’t done to date.”

The TAC Cup has a general bye this weekend because of the trial match between Vic Metro and Vic Country on Mother’s Day.

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What’s on in the eastern suburbs this week?

EXHIBITIONS
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Siri-Hayes: Back To Nature Scene:Melbourne-based photographer Siri Hayes found inspiration in the Heide gardens for her latest exhibition Back to Nature Scene. For example, the dye used to colour a shag-pile rug was extracted from plants in the garden. It was also during this process that the artist became “entangled with her creative self”, and in doing so made her first foray into wall-sized photographic imagery. Her tableau-style photographs are fittingly set in the museum grounds.

Heide III: Kerry Gardner & Andrew Myer Project Gallery, Heide Museum of Modern Art. 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen. Tuesday to Sunday until July 28, 10am-5pm. 9850 1500.

Bengek nyarrwa Bengoot. Errantherre Yenge eweme: For those more comfortable with the English tongue, this exhibition is called I see you, I hear you. It’s being shown in conjunction with Manningham City Council’s National Reconciliation Week, and will feature the work of two contemporary indigenous artists Deanne Gilson and Elizabeth Liddle. Their work centres on the themes of cultural recognition and individual identity. Both artists will be present to discuss these themes in relation to their work. RSVP by May 17.

Manningham Art Gallery, MC² (Manningham City Square) 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. Launch May 22, 6-8pm. Exhibition runs until June 29. 9840 9367.

COUNCIL MATTERS

Planning feedback: Manningham residents have one last chance to comment on planning scheme changes that will impact on the city’s busiest areas and the Doncaster Hill precinct. Manningham councilors will take questions from the public about the proposed amendment, named DD08, at the public meeting at the civic centre on May 8. Councillors will vote to support, change or abandon the DD08 proposal at the May 28 meeting.

Manningham City Council, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. May 8, from 7pm.Call 9848 4933 to RSVP.

FOOD & WINE

Edible alchemy –fermenting vegetables at home: Few are aware of the health benefits of fermented food. A single serving of lacto-fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut or kimchi gives the body a whole range of beneficial live lactic acid bacteria, which assists in the digestive process, produces vitamins and other nutrients, and keeps harmful micro-organisms at bay. This three-hour course will give you reason to hold on to your excess vegies as you learn the theory, benefits and processes involved.

Bulleen Art & Garden, 7 Manningham Road West, Bulleen. May 11, 1-4pm. 8850 3030.

MANNINGHAM AND NATIONAL TRUST HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Warrandyte waterfront walk: Jim Poulter, Warrandyte local, social worker, Wurundjeri elder and author or several Aboriginal-themed children’s books, will lead this 1.5-kilometre walk along the river during heritage week. Throughout the leisurely walk he will explain how Aboriginals traditionally used the land, the conservation practices used and historic events that took place in the area.

Starting behind the Warrandyte Bakery, 193 Yarra Street, and ending at Andersons Creek, Warrandyte. May 15, 10.30am-noon. 9840 9129.

Waldau Village historic walk: For history buffs wanting to make the most of Manningham’s heritage week, the Waldau Village walk sounds like a highlight not to be missed. The walk begins at Ruffey Lake Park and continues on to sites of cultural significance. Many of the points of interest can be traced to the four German Lutheran families who migrated here in the 1850s. They cleared the land and planted a network of orchards.

Ruffey Lake Park, Victoria Street entrance, Doncaster. May 16, 10.30am-noon. 9840 9129.

History of the Warrandyte Mechanics Institute and Arts Assocation: The Warrandyte Mechanics Institute Hall has a long, interesting history. It started out as the Andersons Creek Community School, but this soon relocated and the building became the home of the Mechanics Institute in the late 1870s. The hall continued to serve the community for decades to come, as a venue for weddings, bands, film screenings and deb balls, before it burnt down. A new site was found, and the hall was rebuilt, despite grandiose plans to include a theatre being shelved. All this and more will be documented in a display, alongside a small exhibition of paintings and pottery (with some items for sale) to celebrate Heritage Week.

Warrandyte Mechanics Institute, corner Yarra Street and Mitchell Avenue, Warrandyte. May 19, 10am-4pm. 9840 9129.

CHARITY & AWARENESS

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea 2013: The Box Hill Community Arts Centre is asking the community to embrace the Cancer Council’s charity event of the year, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, by coming dressed in their traditional national costume. As well as helping fight cancer, you’ll be able to snack on a delicious morning tea, enjoy live entertainment and check out an exhibition of teapots and cups from around the world, created by students and groups that use Box Hill Arts Centre. Entry is by donation.

Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station Street, Box Hill. May 23, from 10.30am. RSVP essential: 9895 8888.

Naional Reconciliation Week with Uncle Rex Murray. Photo supplied

Warrandyte Mechanics Institute Hall. Photo supplied

The osage-orange, used by artist Siri Hayes. Photo supplied

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Western do just enough

SOCCER
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THE Western Mariners FC women’s State League side have made it four wins in a row, but they had to do it the hard way as they procured a 1-0 result over the struggling Nepean side at Proctor Park on Sunday afternoon.

A goal to Gillian Rosconi in the latter stages of the second half proved the only difference on the scoreboard, although there was a marked gap in class in general play.

The home team dominated the affair, but couldn’t turn that into goals until a mistake from a Nepean defender. She delivered an errant pass across the face of her own goal which ended with Rosconi slotting an easy shot past the opposition custodian.

At the other end of the field Mariners custodian Jess Daymond was rarely called into serious action and could have counted on one hand the amount of times she was forced to actually pick the ball up.

On the back of three straight wins where his team had netted four goals, Western coach Adrian Cox was happy enough to come away with a scrappy victory given a large amount of personnel changes.

“We had seven under 16s players away with the Riverina side at their state titles, so that depleted our reserve grade pretty severely and as a result all but one of our first grade side had already played a match before the main game,” he explained.

“We had Teigan Cox forced to sit out after picking up a concussion last week, Leah Draper had food poisoning before the match and Megan Embleton had an Achilles problem she took into the game.

“These sorts of days are character building, we really had to work hard for our win.”

Coming off a horror stretch to start the season where they have been conceding around nine goals per match, Nepean made it clear from the outset that their focus was on simply tightening up their defence and playing almost their entire side in their back half.

It was understandable given the severity of some of their defeats and also taking into account the goal-scoring form of the Mariners.

As a result the home team had no trouble controlling the pace of the game and dominating possession, but getting clear shots on goal was another story and obvious chances in the first half were a rarity.

Embleton looked the most dangerous while Rosconi and Georgia Bennett had their moments, but too often their attack broke down at the last pass. At half-time the western Sydney side would have been pleased with their work.

The second half was a carbon copy of the first for the opening 25 minutes and suddenly it became clear that the Mariners were a very real chance of being held to a draw in a game they were expected to win.

Finally pressure took its toll and they managed to convert Nepean’s mistake into the match-defining moment as Rosconi added to her season tally.

From there the sting visibly went out of the game.

The Mariners coach acknowledged how tough it would have been for his opponents to lose the match the way they did having battled so hard to compete, but it was something his own side had dealt with a handful of times last year.

“What goes around comes around, we’ve been on the end of results like that too and it was nice to have one go our way,” he said.

“I think if we played as well as we did last week we could have put a very big score on them, but to have all those girls backing up and having a few out, it was important just to get the win and keep things rolling on.”

WESTERN NSW 1 (Gillian Rosconi) defeated NEPEAN FC 0

APPLYING PRESSURE: Western’s Lydia Nancarrow fires the ball towards goal during Sunday’s women’s State League match against Nepean. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 050513cwsoc5a

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Redland bulk water price up 14%

REDLAND water users should be prepared for higher water bills from July 1 after the state government announced it would hit the city with a 14.3 per cent hike in its bulk water price.
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On Friday, the state government said it would charge Redland City Council $1717 per megalitre for bulk water, an extra $245 a megalitre on last year’s price.

Redland’s bulk water price for the next financial year is the lowest of all 10 South East Queensland councils.

The Redlands will remain paying the lowest bulk water price of all councils until 2017, when it will suffer a 23.8 per cent hike, jacking its bulk water price to $3217 per megalitre, in line with all other councils.

Data from the Department of Energy and Water Supply shows Redland’s bulk water price will rise to $1962 in 2014, before hitting $2207 in 2015 and $2452 in 2016.

It is unknown what impact the increase in bulk water price will have on the Redland retail price of water, capped at 2.5 per cent in 2010 but due to be floated on July1.

Last year, Redland council paid $88 million to the state in bulk water charges and, on July 1, that bill will jackpot to $93 million.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she planned to lobby Water Minister Mark McArdle and ask ratepayers to consider ways to reduce the impact of the 14.3 per cent price hike, which equated to an extra $5 million in state coffers.

“I want the community to be able to consider a range of options to try to reduce the impact on consumers such as partnering with other water retailers such as Unity Water or Queensland Urban Utilities,” Cr Williams said.

“I will also continue to lobby the Water Minister so the city can purchase back its own bulk water assets, so we don’t face these price rises in the future.

“It is only fair that our water consumers pay the lowest price per megalitre because they once owned the assets and had paid for them before the state took them away.

“We also had an unfair and inequitable marriage with Allconnex where we were getting less return on our investment that we deserved.”

Redland Infrastructure and Operations general manager Gary Soutar said council had not had time to set its retail water price and was still modelling pricing decisions.

On Friday, Mr McArdle said the bulk water price increase was necessary to pay for a debt incurred when the previous Bligh Labor government tried to drought-proof the state.

Mr McArdle also said the price increase was needed after average water consumption failed to hit 2008 predicted targets of 230 litres per person a day.

In Redland, the average daily consumption rose from 169litres per person this time last year to 184litres for the two week period ending on May 1.

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Redland Bay first to get NBN 

NBN Co plans to start construction of the broadband network in Redland Bay in June 2014. Photo: Nic Walker ArmidaleNBN Co plans to start construction of the broadband network in Redland Bay in June 2014.Photo: Michele Mossop
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NBN Co plans to start construction of the broadband network in Redland Bay in June 2014. File images

NBN Co plans to start construction of the broadband network in Redland Bay in June 2014.

REDLAND Bay has been included in the next phase of the $37.4 billion National Broadband Network rollout, due to start in June next year.

An updated three-year plan of the NBN rollout, announced on Sunday, showed Redland Bay would be the first Redland city suburb to get the NBN’s high-speed broadband.

Precise boundaries of the roll-out in Redland are not yet available but according to NBN Co’s maps, the next phase of construction will go as far north as Benfer Road at Victoria Point and Double Jump Road, Redland Bay.

The maps also show the NBN rollout in Redland will go west to West Mount Cotton Road and the Venman Bushland and as far south as the Logan River.

Some NBN infrastructure is already at Mount Cotton’s Silkwood Estate, however, the development has not yet been connected to the network, despite NBN Co promises they would be connected in August last year.

Silkwood development manager Brent Hailey said the rollout hit a snag late last year but residents could expect to be connected by the end of this month.

NBNCo’s community relations manager for Queensland Ryan Williams said the rollout in the Redland Bay area was expected to be completed by 2017.

He said Redland Bay was chosen as the first rollout site in Redland City Council area “purely for engineering purposes” and said there was already some infrastructure at Mount Cotton’s Silkwood estate.

“We are looking at about 8000 homes as part of this first rollout in the city council area,” Mr Williams said.

“There have been delays in greenfield sites and estate developments but in brownfield areas (existing developments) it takes about 12 months of construction before customers are usually able to connect to the network.”

The entire rollout across the country is scheduled to be complete in 2021, when the government claims every household will be connected to the fibre optic network.

Redland Bay was one of 46 towns and suburbs across Queensland to be added to the NBN plan designed to build 12 million connections over the next eight years.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, at a Labor Day rally in Brisbane on Sunday, said the updated rollout plan would add 1.3 million homes and businesses to the NBN network, bringing the total to six million by 2016.

Member for Bowman Andrew Laming said Sunday’s announcement equated to pork barrelling in the lead up to September’s election.

“After six years of Labor and not a single NBN fibre rolled out in Redlands, no one will be fooled by Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s pre-election promises,” Mr Laming said.

Sunday’s announcement prompted Redland Mayor Karen Williams to claim on Twitter her meeting with Broadband Minister Senator Stephen Conroy had helped Redland Bay’s cause.

WHAT DO YOU THINK: Do you believe NBN Co’s claim the rollout is on track to start in Redland in June next year?

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