Monthly Archives: July 2019

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

Gippsland League
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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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