Quilt raffle to raise funds for Chaplaincy

Ararat College students Masooma and Fizza Zahra are pictured admiring the quilt being raffled in support of the school chaplaincy.THE Ararat College Chaplaincy Committee recently launched a raffle with a beautiful quilt, hand-made by members of the Willaura and District Quilters Group, up for grabs.
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Funds raised from the raffle will go towards student welfare needs, supporting the Ararat College chaplain, Phil Stevens and the special work he does with local families and their students.

The Willaura and District quilters spent 12 months preparing the hand embroidered quilt and their generous donation has been greatly appreciated by the Chaplaincy Committee.

Tickets for the raffle may be purchased from the Ararat College general office or by contacting Rick Thomas on 0407 857 378 or Lois Reynolds on 0428 541 482.

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Action packed night of harness racing in Ararat

Father/son winning Trotters Cup combination, trainer Neville Welsh (right) and Clinton with their spoils. Clinton Welsh takes Wildenstein to victory in the Clive Reed Memorial Ararat Trotters Cup. Pictures: PETER PICKERING
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THE $10,505 Clive Reed Memorial Ararat Trotters Cup for T5 or better class (D-H) over 2570 metres went to another Elmore trained runner.

Six-year-old Sundon/Wheels To Go gelding Wildenstein, for Neville Welsh and trotting devotee owner Graham Mulhall, saluted in the second feature race of the Ararat Harness Racing Club’s major meeting.

Driven by Melton-based son Clinton, Wildenstein was best to begin from the pole in the semi walk-in start and after being rated to perfection, defied all challengers to record a 3.3-metre victory in a mile rate of 2-07.2.

Finishing second was the pre-race favourite Death Defying, with outsider Maorisfavouritesun scoring third from three back in the moving line.

It was Wildenstein’s 11th victory in 81 outings.

Meanwhile, trainer Emma Stewart and reinsman Gavin Lang combined with Our Petite Soeur to take out the Angelique Club Vicbred Platinum Mares Sprint Championship (18th heat) by 2.3m over So Demanding, with Graceful Affair third.

The meeting also proved fruitful for the hometown runners, with the Michael Bellman-trained and driven Kingsup saluting in the first of the night, the Kevin and Colleen Smith Pace, while Strappersorphan for Terry Young and Grant Campbell was victorious in the VSTA 3YO Trotters Mobile.

Other western district winners on the night were Jilliby Jitterbug (Marg Lee and Jason Lee – Terang) in the Ararat Advertiser 2Y0 Pace, Keayang Storm (Marg Lee and Glen Craven) in the Collins Family Pace, and Whats Nicky Got (Matt Craven – Terang) in the Ararat Hotel Back To The Rat Trotters Handicap for T0 & T1 class.

Ararat Harness Racing secretary Lloyd Grice said the club was very happy with the overall success of the night.

“The crowd was definitely bigger than last year’s cup and the tote turnover was up on last year’s too,” he said.

“That shows us the Easter time slot for our Pacing and Trotting Cups is certainly a winner. I must thank the TAB, who was generous in its support too, giving us 100 $10 betting vouchers to give away and I’m sure with continued success that support will continue at future cup meetings.

“We also have Easter Saturday next year and it’s something I will be pushing to retain forever.

“Hopefully I will be able to do more cross promotion next year with Great Western Rodeo on Friday, Stawell Races on Sunday and the Stawell Gift Final on the Monday. Lets face it, Ararat, Great Western, Stawell and Halls Gap are the places to be over Easter in Victoria.”

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From the Commander’s Desk: Friday, April 10

THE miracle of Easter Sunday.
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Now, I am not talking about any religious statement, I am talking about the NRL. Finally, the mighty Cronulla Sharks have had a win and my household was very excited and apparently very loud.

The Sharks have, for the time being, climbed off the bottom of the ladder and now Manly, everyone’s favourite team, has taken that honour.

Of late, it is not often that Sharks supporters have much to cheer about and in fact it feels like an eternity since Cronulla had their last victory.

Only two weeks ago I was at Shark Park (Remondis Stadium) with my sons thinking with four minutes to go, this is it, this will be our win. Sadly a wayward pass to the quickest player in the Titans outfit and our hopes were dashed.

Another loss.

Counting back to 2014, that made 10 in a row.

But no time to reflect on previous losses, we have had a win and that is good enough for now.

Hopefully the fortunes of all our local league, union, soccer and other sporting teams are much better than one win from the last 10 matches.

Talking about being fortunate, some in our community still try their luck and sadly, they have fallen victim to some petty crimes of late.

As wrong as it is that people think it is okay to steal, each of you need to ensure that the temptation is taken away from these criminals.

Over the last week there has been an increase in thefts from motor vehicles in our CBDs and surrounding streets.

Each of these incidents were thefts from unlocked cars and where valuable items were left in clear view of people walking past parked cars.

Personal accountability must be more prevalent especially when there are more people out and about, such as school holidays.

Lock your doors and keep valuables out of sight and you won’t need luck.

Until next week.

Zoran Dzevlan



The Hume Local Area Command

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Wherrol Flat Tennis Club trivia night

The current Wherrol Flat Tennis Club ‘clubhouse’. Pictured: James Kemp and Fay ProtheroWHERROL Flat Tennis Club is holding a trivia night at the Wherrol Flat Hall on Saturday April 18.
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The evening starts at 6pm for a 6.30 pm dinner. The cost is $25 per person for a two course meal and children are welcome.

Funds raised through the dinner and trivia night will go toward a new shed at the tennis court, as the old one is more of a farm shelter than a ‘clubhouse’.

The tennis court at Wherrol Flat is nearing 70 years old and has a history of deterioration and rejuvenation at varying times.

Currently a social competition is being held every second Friday night and is inclusive of all ages and abilities.

The club is also keen to encourage new players to join.

Bookings for the trivia night will be helpful for catering purposes, so please contact Marelle Robinson on 6550 7386 if you are attending.

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It’s not all rosy in Branxton

THINGS are not so rosy for the owners of Branxton Newsagency, David and Susan Smith – they have experienced a 40-50 per cent drop in sales.
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Susan Smith said her business had suffered a 40-50 per cent drop in sales.

Although, they acknowledge that thanks to their loyal customers they are managing to stay afloat.

But now the many miners who once travelled through town early in the morning, and late in the afternoon, are bypassing Branxton, they are calling for the main street to be improved to attract visitors.

Mrs Smith says the town has been “forgotten” for a long time andimprovements must be made.

“A lot of money has been spent on studies, surveys and reports,” she says.

“Promises have been made, butnothing has been done.

“We have food outlets but no alfresco dining options, footpaths need levelling and potholes in front of our shop need to be filled.

“We need more facilities and more services – something to get people off the freeway.”

A frustrated Mrs Smith says she would like to see the Cessnock Council apply for Resource for Regions funding to improve the town.

This type of funding is available for regions affected by mining and is how the Singleton Council has been able to upgrade their main street.

A spokesperson from Cessnock Council says they are working on a plan to guide the further development of Branxton.

“The Branxton Sub-Regional Land Use Strategy will be developed by January 2016 and will guide the future development of the Branxtonsub-region, capitalising on theopportunities offered by the Hunter Expressway and Huntlee – aiming to minimise any adverse impactsresulting from future development,” the spokesperson says.

“The aim of the strategy is to respond to future impacts and opportunities in the Branxton area initiated by the opening of the Hunter Expressway and the development of Huntlee.”

The spokesperson says it will also coordinate cross-boundary issues and provide a framework for future

planning decisions across the broader Branxton area within both Singleton and Cessnock local governmentareas.

“We have also just issued approval for Branxton Tidy Towns to complete adollar-for-dollar funded project withus.

“The scope of works includesestablishment of two outdoor dining areas plus minor landscaping.”

The establishment of an RV area at Branxton Oval has also been included in the draft 2015-2016 Operational Plan for council’s consideration.

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Changes to the championships

ON COURSE: Leading C1 contender John Crichton, Adrian Poulten and current B grade champion Steve Serong. Poulton will be trying to take Serong’s title.GOLF over the Easter weekend was disrupted by some timely and beautiful rain. No golf was played on Saturday due to the rain.
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Thursday afternoon golf was well-supported.

Peter Ryan, who is showing a bit of good form coming into the club championships, was the victor on the day. Balls went to Bob Bearup, Hugh O’Neil, Steve Serong, Brian Balaam, Bob Slattery and Billy Wilcox.

A reasonably good field played a stableford event on Monday.

Bob Rickard stole the show with a good round of 39 points and Dennis O’Connell was the runner-up with 38 points.

Irene Bishop was the best of the ladies with 40 points.

Nearest the pin on the first went to Bob Rickard. Balls went to Eric Whalan, Neil Whalan and Ray Ross.

Club championships will begin next Saturday with an 18-hole stroke event.Members will play for the monthly medal and a putting competition.

This year we have made some changes to the championships, especially for the higher handicap players.

A grade will be from 0-10, B grade from 11-15, C grade from 16-19 and C1 will be 20 and up. Players on a handicap of 20 or more can still win the C grade championship, but they can play the event as a stableford competition instead of a stroke event.

Players will be seeded from the second round of the championship.

The A grade seeded players will hit off at 11am on Sunday, B grade seeded players at 11.15, C grade seeded players at 11.30 and C1 seeded players at 11.45.

All players will need to check with the club house on Saturday evening to determine their seeding. Handicaps are fairly close in each of the grades, however, the most keenly contested grade is probably B grade.

Defending champions are Kyall Ryan in A grade, Steve Serong in B grade, Terry Robinson in C grade and Don Miller in C1.

I am sure that there will be plenty of guys trying to knock them off their perch.

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Locals launch better belly bread

A NEW bread, especially designed for people sensitive to wheat, will be launched in Tuncurry next week.
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Local doctor Geoff Whitehouse and dietitian Kerith Duncanson have developed a new bread designed for people sensitive to wheat.

Local doctor Geoff Whitehouse and dietitian Kerith Duncanson through the Forster based company the Good Gut Group (GGG) have developed a breakthrough dough-based technology which will be used to create ‘better belly bread.’ It is designed for people who are sensitive to wheat, experience symptoms consistent with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and may be on a low FODMAP diet.

According to its founders, the bread is a tastier and healthier option than the gluten-free products that are currently on the market.

Dr Whitehouse says after eating gluten-free bread for a number of years as part of a low FODMAP diet, he was inspired to find a better alternative.

“Basically I feel the taste and texture of gluten free products are terrible,” Dr Whitehouse said.

“I got sick of eating gluten-free bread and wanted to enjoy eating bread again. Bread was also the obvious starting point for our business as it is the thing that most people miss if they have to cut out wheat.”

The bread’s technology builds on recent research from Monash University on IBS and fermentable sugars known as FODMAPs which cause gas formation and fluid shifts in the gut.

New research shows that the majority of people sensitive to wheat or with IBS will benefit from a diet low in FODMAPs.

Up until now, however, the only way to buy wheat-like products low in FODMAPs was to convert to a gluten-free diet.

Dr Duncanson says gluten-free products are often “inferior in texture and taste” when compared to products that contain gluten.

“Gluten-free products serve a role for coeliac disease but 90 per cent of people who use gluten free will feel just as good with our products and will enjoy a vast improvement in their culinary experience,” she said.

“It will also improve people’s diet as gluten free products are usually low in fibre and have a higher glycemic index than regular foods.”

As part of the development of the product, Dr Whitehouse and Dr Duncanson employed local baker, Daniel Henderson of Butterfingers Bakery in Tuncurry to help refine their bread line.

Samples were then sent to Monash University where they were tested and verified as low in FODMAPs. They then performed a pilot study on 20 people with IBS who were following a low FODMAP diet. At the end of the study, none of the participants who had added the GGG bread into their diet reported a recurrence of symptoms.

Local baker Daniel Henderson said it will be interesting to see people’s response to the bread locally.

“I’ve made gluten-free bread in the past and it’s just tasteless so this is definitely a healthier choice of bread.”

Better Belly Bread will be available at Butterfingers Bakery from next Wednesday (April 15). For more information visit http://goodgutgroup南京夜网/

So, what are FODMAPs?

FODMAPs are a cluster of sugars found in food that can cause gut symptoms in sensitive people.

FODMAPS are an abbreviation for ‘fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharide’s and polyols.’ They are found in foods such as onions, garlic, beetroot, apples, wheat and dairy products, just to name a few.

Most of us can eat a meal loaded with these fermentable sugars and feel fine but one problem for IBS sufferers is that the nerve endings in their gut are extra-sensitive making them more likely to react with pain when gas distends their bowel.

“FODMAPs pass through the small intestine to the large bowel where they are fermented by naturally occurring bacteria. This results in the production of gas and additional fluid being drawn into the bowel,” Forster dietician Kerith Duncanson explains.

The low FODMAP diet was created by doctor Sue Sheppard in 1999. Through her research, Dr Sheppard has proven that by limiting dietary FODMAPs it is an effective treatment for people with symptoms of IBS rather than the traditionally recommended gluten free diet.

For more information about FODMAPs visit: http://梧桐夜网med.monash.edu/cecs/gastro/fodmap/

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Show off your skateboarding skills at [email protected] Park

Calling keen skateboarders: An example of some of the action to be expected from [email protected] Park at Oran Park Town on April 16.Skate boarders, BMX and scooter fans who want to show their skills and learn some new ones will have the opportunity next Thursday, April 16, when the crew from Big Air School visits Oran Park.
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Big Air School will bring a team of action sports athletes who will put on demonstrations, run workshops and hold mini competitions.

[email protected] Park will turn the Oran Park Town sales office car park into a skate park between 11am and 3pm.

Entry to the event is free, although anyone under the age of 18 who wants to participate will need to have a waiver signed by their parents.

[email protected] Park is supported by Camden Council and National Youth Week.

Details: Josephine Roccisano on 0400743779.

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Dan Tehan wants to see regional newspapers grow

FEDERAL Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan hopes Fairfax Media has listened and consulted widely as it prepares to make a decision on a proposal to restructure Victorian newspaper mastheads including The Ararat Advertiser and Stawell Times-News.
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Under the proposal, announced in March, job losses will occur at both newspapers.

Mr Tehan said newspapers such as The Ararat Advertiser and Stawell Times-News are an integral part of a local community.

“I met with Fairfax before Christmas and during that meeting I implored Fairfax to carry out a thorough and proper consultative process,” he said.

“To listen to what employees had to say when consultations took place.”

Mr Tehan said he was particularly concerned about the potential loss of local photographers and a full time journalist position shared between Ararat and Stawell.

“The idea that one photographer could service three newspapers: Horsham, Ararat and Stawell is ludicrous,” he said.

“I would hope that having been told this, they (Fairfax) will not follow through with such a plan.

“Also, there is a need for quality journalists, that is what the success of local newspapers is based on and Fairfax as an organisation should know this.”

Mr Tehan said editorial staff are an important part of the news gathering process.

“One of the things I was eager to point out is the important role photographers and journalists play in country communities,” he said.

“I also asked them to consider it is the rural newspapers which are the profitable part of their business.

“Newspapers like The Ararat Advertiser and Stawell Times-News have a proud history of servicing the local community and I want to see that continue and grow rather than diminish and I would hope that Fairfax as an organisation is striving for that as well.”

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New Marian College principal has great expectations

Carmel Barker was appointed principal of Marian College at the start of the year. Picture: BEN KIMBER
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MARIAN College’s first female lay principal is convinced her secondary school students can perform better and one of her main priorities is to ensure they do.

Carmel Barker was head of teaching and learning at the school for three years before she was appointed principal at the start of this year.

Prior to that Mrs Barker had lived in Queensland where she was deputy principal at a large school and acting principal for a time.

Mrs Barker said she and her husband, who grew up on a wheat farm north of Ararat always had the desire to return to the region. It was just about finding the ‘right time’.

“I love the area, both my husband and I have strong connections to this area,” she said.

“We lived in Queensland for 20 years and we always had the desire to come back it was just about being the right time.”

Mrs Barker has brought a renewed push for improved tertiary entrance scores and focus on self development at all levels.

“I suppose in any school, it’s about setting high expectations and helping the students to believe that just getting through is not always okay, if they’re capable of better,” she said.

“It is about making sure that students don’t accept that ‘I am only this role’ or ‘only this person’ and that the opportunities today are really endless, the world is their oyster to a degree.”

Mrs Barker said the more than 600 students enrolled at Marian College have two pathways, VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) or VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning).

“We don’t want to just improve VCE results we want to start right from year seven and say to every year level we need to set the bar higher,” she said.

“If it is not good enough, it is not good enough. If you’re not working hard enough then what can we do to try and motivate you better.

“We’ve got two pathways here at the school and we’re saying which ever pathway you choose, you be the best you can and don’t accept that it’s okay to just get by.

“You need high expectations if you want an apprenticeship, because you may want to own your own business one day, and to do that you will need the skills to be able to communicate and converse with people, lead staff and be role models.”

Mrs Barker said today’s crop of students face a multitude of distractions unparalleled in past generations.

“The challenges for students are always going to be those competing outside interests,” she said.

“There is just so much going on in their world, I think more than compared to us when we were going through school.

“It is always a challenge with work and their social life and other outside influences, but what we are saying is ‘no, knuckle down, it is just one or two years of VCE or VCAL and you are through’.

“It is really about maintaining that focus and realising that those other things can wait.”

Mrs Barker said improved learning outcomes are as much about the teachers, as they are the students.

“I’m hoping to empower those around me, that’s my greatest vision,” she said.

“It’s not just about looking at the students, it’s also about looking at the teachers.

“We are being very self reflective, spending a lot of time working together and developing what we need to do as far as making sure we’re life-long learners.

“Learning should be seen as a priority over the teaching, because at the end of the day you can teach a beautiful lesson, but if the kids aren’t learning anything it’s a waste.”

Mrs Barker said the attitude of the students from year seven through to 12 has always struck her as positive.

“They just have a very nice way about them, I think that struck me a lot when I came here, how friendly they are, both here and out on the street when you run into them at the supermarket,” she said.

“We have really friendly students here and I think, in large, part that is a reflection of their families.”

Mrs Barker said she hopes to collaborate with student leaders, as they are key to continued growth and development.

“One of my goals this year is to have very close ties to our student leaders here at the school,” she said.

“I think it is really important to support your student leaders and to help develop their ability to feel like they have some ownership over what is going on and to ensure they build a profile in front of the other students.”

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