Civic Hall works to finally start

Civic HallWORKS on the much maligned Civic Hall site could begin within months.
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Ballarat Mayor Des Hudson said if a proposal to start work was approved by council on Wednesday night,preliminaryconstructioncould commence in early 2016.

Phase two of theCivic Hall design processwill be brought before council this week, with the start ofworks to theCivic Hall main hall,foyer,Ballarat Civic Plaza, landscape works and relocation of existing car parking a key recommendation.

The councilhas recievedits fair share of criticism from the community for lack of progress at the site, however,Cr Hudson said construction could “absolutely” begin in the short term.

“I think the community has beensaying that whatever it will be, lets justget on with it,” hesaid.

“Realistically I think we can start early next year with the view that hopefully we could have some sort of the ceremony later in the year.

“From this perspective, we’re talking about the retention of the site.

“Certainly over my time in 13 years we’ve had three or four attempts (at finding a use for the site) and thisis the closest we’ve ever been.”

If approved, the proposal would see the Civic Hall main hall and foyerrenovated, while hard landscape for the Ballarat Civic Plaza would be created alongside soft landscape for a civic park.Existing car parks would be relocated fromthe site’swest tothe east, but would notresult in theloss of any parks.

Council is yet to decide what the Civic Hall site will be used for, with fivedesignscurrently being considered.

All five proposals – including a ribbon library, performing arts centre, commercial innovation hub, civic library on Armstrong Street and community courtyard library –require the completion of stage one works.

A figure of $7.483 million was carried forward into 2015-16 financial year for project works, with Cr Hudson confirming that about $500,000 had been spent through theplanning process and community consultation.Other recommendations include design directions for the entire Civic Hall site and the withdrawal ofthe demolition application to allow for a new planning application for the construction ofstage one works.

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Bertacco takes on new role

Hanwood FC have made a change in their coaching staff for the upcomingGriffith District Football Association first grade competition.
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FRESH FACE: Co-coach Brian Bertolin, president Ross Patane and newly appointed co-coach Jason Betacco are looking forward to their title defence. Picture: Riley Krause.

Long-time Hanwood playerJason Bertacco will join Brian Bertolin on the sidelines this year as they hope to make it back-to-back premierships.

He hasn’t given up the boots just yet though, as he looks to manage the difficulttask of player-coach.

Jason Bertacco

“It’s going to be tricky (playing and coaching), to start off the season it’s going to be very hard and I’m going to have to get used to it.,” he said.

“In saying that it will take a little bit of pressure off by trying to take it all in first and then the playing will come second.”

He’s not short on coaching experience either.

He’s coached juniors and under 18s before but admitted his first role on a senior team will take some getting used to.

“It will be a bit of a challenge, a bit nervy but I got Brian by my side so that should help out a fair bit,” he said.

“We also have afew older blokes within the squad that should be able to help out.”

When asked whether he had some big changes in mind he said you don’t try and change a winning formula too much.

“Brian and (former coach) Anthony (Agresta) had it sorted from all the other years,” he said.

“They’ve got the runs on the board and it’s just about keeping the momentum going with the club.”

Existing Hanwood coachBrian Bertolin is eager to see what Bertacco can bring to the coaching ranks.

“It’s exciting having Jason on board, he’s a natural leader,” he said.

“I think he’s probably been earmarked for this role for a couple of years and now’s the perfect time for him.

“I think he’s still got a lot to offer on the field as well.”

Bertolin is also excited to see a few youngsters continue to develop their talents.

“The nucleus of the squad is still at a very good age when we should be up there for the next few years,” he said.

“The maturity in the squad is very good, we got some young kids coming through in Cameron Mcwhirter, Ben Favero and a few others which I think freshens things up a bit.

“It also puts a bit of pressure on the older boys to go a little bit harder.

“I’m really excited actually.”

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Pennells will go on a Mini mission

CONFIRMED ENTRANTS: Bathurst driver David Pennells and Orange’s Trevor Keene with the car they will drive in next year’s inaugural Bathurst 6 Hour race at Mount Panorama. Photo: Phil Blatch 112815pbsixhr3MOTOR SPORT
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WHEN the inaugural Bathurst 6 Hour hits the track for the first time next Easter at Mount Panorama, there will be an incredibly large number of drivers from the local region competing in a variety of cars.

The latest to confirm he will compete is Bathurst’s David Pennells, who has joined forces with another Central West driver in Trevor Keene plus 27-year-old Sydney product Dominic Martens. They will drive Keene’s Mini Cooper S.

Pennells joins fellow Bathurst driver Terry Nightingale, who will run with Dylan Thomas in a CXC Global Mitsubishi Evo X, and Aubin brothers Blake and Kyle in their Renault Megane for the new endurance race.

Pennells is a long time motor racing tragic, having picked up the bug from in the early 1970s when he drove in Bathurst Light Car Club events in his own Morris Cooper S.

“Having grown up with the Bathurst 1000 in its very early days with Production Touring Cars and several classes, this six hour race is so similar and to get the opportunity to compete in it is really great,” Pennells said.

“I always loved the Porsche make of car, and have owned and competed in a Boxster, a Carrera S, 994 Turbo which was a dedicated race car, and now a GT3 and a very rare 996 Turbo S.”

He has competed in those cars at Sydney Motorsport Park, Wakefield Park and in Victoria at Sandown Raceway, Winton Raceway and Phillip Island.

Apart from the Porsches, the well known local builder also raced a Formula Ford in the 2013-14 state championship.

He is familiar with the Mount Panorama track, having raced there for several years in numerous regularity events in various Porsches, while in 2014 he competed in the Formula Ford races at the Bathurst 12 Hour weekend.

“When I first heard of the six hour race I thought ‘This is for me’. I saw it as a real challenge, something different, and really it looks like being a great race, and it’s on the best Bathurst race weekend,” Pennells said.

“Trevor [Keene] is pretty competitive, his record is great, and I look forward to driving with him. And being in a Cooper S will take me back to where it all began.”

A 51-year-old from Orange, Keene started racing in 1985 behind the wheel of an Improved Production Holden Gemini, before switching to Production Touring Cars in 2002. He raced a series of Toyotas (MR2, Celica and Corolla), a Mazda 3 MPS and then the Mini Cooper S.

More recently, he has been driving in the Pulsar Challenge where he has had a number of race and round wins.

Keene has gained an incredible amount of experience in endurance racing, having competed in the Nurburgring 24 Hour race and Bathurst 24 Hour in 2004 when he was part of the driving team in a Toyota Celica which won their class and finished 16th outright.

Keene has also had multiple Bathurst 12 Hour starts, his best finish being a first in class and seventh outright driving the Mini.

On top of that, the Orange driver posted a class win in the 2007 Australian Production Car Championship.

With 12 years of racing behind him, Martens fits in well with his co-drivers. All three have a wealth of experience, with a total of almost 70 years racing between them.

The team manager will be Paul Nagle, former TAFE motor sport instructor in Bathurst.

It is expected another three Bathurst drivers will be confirmed entrants in the race soon.

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BLTC Rising revels in heat in Premier League

BACKHAND: BLTC Quest’s Isaac Watson plays a shot during Saturday’s defeat to BLTC Rising on the lawn courts. Picture: DARREN HOWESATURDAY SPORT | PHOTOS
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RISING’S form matched the soaring temperature in Saturday’s ninth round in the Bendigo Tennis Association’s Premier League season.

The ladder-leading Rising outpointed Quest in the all-BLTC clash on the Bendigo Lawn Tennis Club courts.

Rising’s run hit off by winning the opening three doubles contests, 8-2 8-1 and 8-5.

Eliza Long played superb tennis to beat Quest captain Isaac Watson, 2-11 to 1-8.

The in-form Jordan Hicks beat Jayden Baber, 13-7, as Simon Kelly, Jayd Davis, Peter Somerville and Marcus McDougal joined in Rising’s win spree.

Across sets six to nine, Rising conceded just four games as Kelly won 8-0, Somerville and McDougal won 8-1, and Davis won 8-2.

It was not until the 12th and final rubber that Quest added to its sets tally when Rebecca Tweed and Brett Maloney teamed for an 8-5 victory against Davis and McDougal.

A 13-101 to 2-44 by Rising was the most comprehensive in this season’s action in the Quest Bendigo-backed Premier League.

Strathfieldsaye’s run of closely-fought losses rolled on as Epsom won 9-81 to 5-78.

Epsom captain Jack Baker started an unbeaten afternoon in a 12-2 win against Jayden Baber.

The No.2 singles rubber ended in a 13-10 win for Travis Johnston against Michael Smyth.

Highs for Epsom included an 8-5 win by Michael Nihill against Easton Smyth.

Baker’s run started with an 8-3 victory with Johnston in the opening doubles clash with Blencowe and Michael Smyth.

Set 10 ended in an 8-6 win for Baker and Mick Mulgrew against Blencowe and Chiappazzo.

Chris Chiappazzo, Rashelle Blencowe and Jack Armstrong won their singles matches for Strathfieldsaye.

Despite forfeiting three sets, South Bendigo was just 24 games short against Spring Gully Butterflies.

South won the opening two doubles matches, 9-7 and 8-2.

Sam McHarg and Jamie Brown scored 12-9 and 12-6 wins against Matt Hartland and Ryan Leader respectively to give South a 6-41 to 2-32 lead after five rubbers.

Butterflies struck back to win six of the next seven rubbers and claim an 8-86 to 7-62 victory.

Premier League standings after nine rounds: Rising 89 points 121 per cent; Butterflies 80 122; Epsom 60 91; South Bendigo 59.5 93; Quest 57.5 91; Strathfieldsaye 52 86.4.

In section one, Spring Gully Panthers won all 10 sets against BLTC Blue.

The Panthers won 10-81 to 0-29.

Spring Gully Phoenix beat BLTC Sensation, 8-76 to 2-48.

Spring Gully Racqueteers won eight sets on their way to a 72-51 victory against BLTC Stingers.

A highlight of next Saturday’s 10th round for Premier League teams will be the clash between Epsom and South Bendigo on courts one, five and six at the Bendigo Bank tennis complex in Nolan Street.

Quest faces Spring Gully Butterflies on courts two, seven and eight.

BLTC Rising will aim to keep the momentum rolling against Strathfieldsaye on courts 9, 10 and 11.

In section one, Panthers play Phoenix in the all-Spring Gully match on courts 16 and 17.

Spring Gully Racqueteers take on BLTC Blue on 14, 15; and Stingers play BLTC clubmates Sensation on courts 18 and 19.

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Retailer sees stock plunge

THEmarketfinished the week at 5151.6, down 76.1points from the previous week’s close of 5251.4. The All Ordinaries finished down 75.2points or 1.4per cent on Friday’s trade.
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Customer-facing stocks enjoyed vastly differing fortunes on Monday. Electronics retailer Dick Smith (DSH) saw its shares more than halve in value after a falling sales forced it to dump its profit forecast. DSH said sales were weaker during October and November. DSH slashed up to $8 million off its full year net profit guidance in October saying it would fall to between $45 million and $48 million.

The Reserve Bank decided to keep interest rates on hold at twoper cent for the seventh straight month on Tuesday. Although the door remains open for the central bank to cut rates if needed, chances remain slim in the short-term.

BHP rose by 3.6 per cent after slumping by 21 per cent in November. Australia’s largest miner said it was ‘considering the matters raised’in its Brazil suit.

Spotless (SPO) slumped 39.7 per cent on Wednesdayafter the cleaning services company delivered a profit warning.

SPO anticipates net profit after tax will fall by 10 per cent and will be held back partly by one-off costs linked to acquisitions and restructuring.

The local share market finished the session weaker on Thursday,weighed down by heavy falls from mining and energy stocks which were sold off in response to tumbling commodity prices.

World oil prices slumped almost 4.5 per centas US crude oil inventories rose for the 10th straight week. Woodside Petroleum shares fell 3.8 per cent.

Santos shares resumed trade after selling off the shares left over from its $2.5 billion capital raising. Shares ended up 1.7 per cent.

At the close of weekly trading, the gold price finished at $1086per ounce, the WTI oil price traded at $40.11 a barreland the Australian dollar was worth US $0.73.

In the US, the Dow Jones finished up 369.96 points to end the week at 17,847.63. Theresult caused the Share Price Index to move down 75 point to 5201 which should lead to a negative start to today’s trading.

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Social media helps Instagram star recover from depression | Photos, Video KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM
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KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

KEEP SMILING: Sjana Earp has spoken about her history with depression and how she aims to be a kind and positive person. Photos: INSTAGRAM

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“I am now one of the happiest people and I wake up every day truly excited about what the day will bring.”

Miss Earp said she could understand the way others with depression were feeling “because I have been there in the past”.

“I am well aware of the need to be surrounded by more positive messages and vibes, if you are in that mindset,” she said.

“I know how impossible it can feel to see or find your own positivity.”

As well as having more than a million followers on Instagram, Miss Earp has a blog called Smyle – Secrets To Make Your Life Exceptional.

“I strive to provide the kind of positivity, kindness and inspiration that I needed in the hope it will help someone else bring the same kind of sunshine into their own life,” she said.

She said this could be an inspiring quote or capturing and sharing the world’s beauty in a photo or motivating people to become more active and make healthier choices.

Her social-media presence was about “empowering others, spreading kindness and messages of acceptance”.

She sought to helpothers to “seektheir own happiness and joy”, adding that social media had the potential to be “a source of inspiration and motivation for health and happiness”.

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Tanunda RSL looks back at 2015

President of the Tanunda RSL, Mr Trevor Whitehorn at Remembrance Day 2015.President of the Tanunda RSL, Mr Trevor Whitehorn spoke of the great year 2015 had been for the sub-branch at the recent annual general meeting.
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He was pleased to work in conjunction with Tanunda community groups to commemorate Anzac Day 2015.

“We conducted another successful Anzac Day commemmoration with the Tanunda Football Club, Tanunda Netball Club, Tanunda CFS, Red Cross and the Pipe Band.

“Remembrance Day was also well attended this year,” Mr Whitehorn said.

One of the outstanding events this year was the National Servicemen’s Luncheon.

“Thanks to Neville Jaeschke for all of his hard work in putting this great day together.”

One of the major 2015 projects conducted by the Tanunda RSL was painting the pool and kitchen areas and installation of picture rails and refurbishment of the World War One pictures for display.

“We have also received the planning approval for our counselling room and are currently sourcing quotes for this construction.

“Our project to assist members with mobility aidshas been fully implemented with all necessary processes now in place.”

Mr Whitehorn thanked his 2015 executive for their hard work and support throughout the year, along with the RSL’ssponsors.

The 2016 executive is: President Mr Trevor Whitehorn, vice president, Trevor Klose, secretary Graham Semmler, treasurer Jane Whitehorn, minute secretary Raelene Falland, grants officer Frank Lynam.

Committee for 2016 is: Neville Jaeschke, Trevor Bartlett, Charmane Klose, Joy Price-Beck, Rob Nitschke, Norm McInnes, Elaine Bartlett and Melva Schmitke.

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When worlds collide, life gets complicated

Yolande Grosser
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EVERYONEloves time travel don’t they?

Doctor Whoand his Tardis fascinated me as a child, and I always loved Narnia, where many years could pass in that world while not a moment went by here.

With time travel though, it’s always a disaster when one version of a person crosses paths with a copy of him or herself, visiting from another time.

Think Marty McFly in Back to the Future or the characters in Peabody and MrSherman.

It’s similar to how some different aspects of our lives seldom meet, but when worlds collide, life gets very complicatedvery quickly.

The perfect storm unfolded for me in the past week, with many different roles in my life needing to step up to the plate at the same time.

I was in great need of a flux capacitor, or a time machine of some nature.

The waters started to get choppy on Friday morning when our parents’ club at school wrapped the Christmas hampers.

Our fabulous team got the job done in no time.

After I tied my last ribbon, I raced off to help run a kids’ club at church, where I was in the kitchen supervising decoration of brownie Christmas trees I’d baked at home.

The wind really picked up Sunday though, with my role as director of our Christmas play in Sunday School clashing with my full-time job as taxi mum from home.

I needed three girls to be at Carols by Candlelight rehearsals and two girls to be at the Horsham Arts Council 50th anniversary spectacular rehearsals, all at the same time, in different locations.

During thathectic couple ofhours, I was a part of the Operation 19:14 team, building a kid’s activities tent for the Carols by Candlelight eventand taking the time to deliver my plates of supper backstage in my role as chair of the Horsham College Chaplaincy Committee.

On the upside, there will be no need for the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Comefrom A Christmas Carolto visit from the future, to encourage me to be more generous with my time, to improve my future … if you know what I mean.

Time is a gift we haveand a gift we give, but our time is limited.

It might be time for me to have a little lay down.

– Yolande Grosser

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Letters to the Editor

On the bottom rungNOTHING epitomises the failure of the economic rules to cope with the needs of modern society than the plight of local government over the past two to three decades.
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The Kennett government in 1996 took action which purported to relieve the pressure on smaller councils by amalgamating them into larger units delivering ‘economies of scale’.

It was nothing more than a re-work of the disastrous advice to farmers, ‘get big or get out’.

This slogan has produced nothing but a procession of farmers falling off the bottom rung of the viability ladder.

In the case of municipalities, it is impossible to place boundaries so that every one of 79 councils will be equally viable.

Thus there will always be the council on the bottom rung that will sooner if not later be grossly unable to service itself.

You could divide Victoria into three with a containment line around Melbourne and a line from Taylors Lakes to Echuca creating three mega-cities and one would be unviable. Guess which one?

So the Andrews Labor government proposes a pseudo amalgamation through its Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford in the formation of a Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership(Mail-Times, December 4)

No doubt some 20 other regional partnerships will spring up to waste more of the scant money that is the core of the original problem.

Until the flaw in the finance-economic system that does not accommodate the increment that machinery and technology offer us is neutralised, all such activity is futile.

RON FISCHER

Horsham

Be generousSOmany people give the Salvos a hand and in the lead up to Christmas we ask people to please be generous, because there are so many Aussies doing it tough – we believe no one should go it alone.

Disturbing research that Roy Morgan has just undertaken for the Salvos reveals more than18 per centof people (equivalent to 2.7 million people aged 18 to 64) say they know at least fivefamilies who will experience financial hardship and poverty this Christmas.

Just under 25 per centof people in our survey (equivalent to 3.7 million) say they are worried about how they will pay for Christmas this year.More than71 per centof people in the research (equivalent to 10.6 million) say the gap between rich and poor has been getting bigger.

It has never been a more critical time to donate to the Salvos to help Aussies in need.

This Christmas we expect to help 300,000 Australians needing a hand.Australiais a nation of people that stands by those in need.

By donating $29 to the Salvos’ Christmas Appeal, people can help put a present under the tree and food on the table for a family that would go without.

For those facing poverty, Christmas is a deeply isolating time. Look around for people who might need help or to reach out to the Salvos if they or a loved one need support.

To donate to TheSalvationArmy’s Christmas Appeal, visitsalvos.org419论坛or call 137 258.

You can bring hope where it’s needed most this Christmas, so no one has to go it alone.

TheSalvationArmywould like to wish everyone a happy and holy Christmas and a great 2016.

MAJOR BRUCE HARMER

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Why the difference?I LEFTHorsham at 6pm last Saturdayand unleaded petrol was selling at 134c per litre.

An hour later, passing through Edenhope, petrol was selling at 127c per litre.

The next day in Robe, petrol was 131c perlitre. At Stawell, petrol is selling for 126c perlitre.

Why the difference between a large regional centre, presumably with larger sales volumes and smaller towns?

Obviously the trucking companies are charging the Horsham outlets much more for their fuel cartage.

BRIAN SIMONDS

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Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad.

Not up to the NutbushTHEREwere many people in Parliament House last weekbreathing a sigh of relief when I refrained from giving a dancing demonstration on the completion of a speech praisingHorsham’s recent Nutbush dance world record attempt.

Despite putting in at least 30 seconds of high intensity training, I felt Iwasn’t up to the task and left the record attempt to the professionals.

Professionals like 90-year-old Claire McKenry, the oldest participant ofthe attempt.

Claire went five minutes and 15 seconds doing the Nutbush andI challenged anyone in thechamber to beat her.

The world record attempt at Horsham City Oval saw 256 dancers turnup to help try and get Horsham into the record books.

The ‘Nutbushers’ are now eagerly awaiting the verdict from the Guinness World Records in London, on whether their attempt will officially become a world record, but in my eyes, the people of Horsham are already winners.

This record breaking event just demonstrates that even in a tough season, the people of the Wimmera know how to have fun and how to embrace the true meaning of community spirit.

IofferHorsham mycongratulations and promisenot to attempt any further public dancing of myown.

ANDREW BROAD

Member for Mallee

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