Students spread their wings all the way to Vietnam

Time to fly: Heading to Vietnam this weekend are students (from left) Jess Gardiner, 16, Georgia Miller, 15, Alyssa Gunn, 17, Justin Robertson, 16, Grace Storey, 17, Sarah Berger, 16, and Hannah Oates, 16. 081121LP10Picture: LEANNE PICKETTJUST raising the money for the trip has been demanding but this weekend seven Warrnambool students will jet off to Vietnam on a testing humanitarian trip of a lifetime. There’s been many a sausage sizzled and chocolate sold to ensure the group of students from Warrnambool College (and one from Brauer College) could embark on the trek across Vietnam.The year 10 and 11 students yesterday had their last day of school after a busy year fund-raising, planning and training for the month-long World Challenge Expedition. Year 11 student Georgia Miller, 15, was looking forward to experiencing life in the mountain villages. “It will just be so good to see how other people live, people who are less fortunate, and to see how we take things for granted,” she said.Group leader and Warrnambool College teacher Kathy Stacey said the trip would tests the limits of students in the southern mountainous Dalat region while encouraging leadership roles. The six girls and one boy will then head north for another trek and a village home-stay experience, where they will help refurbish an orphanage with materials they purchased. Year 10 student Hannah Oates said other students didn’t understand how demanding the trip would be. “It’s not just fun and games,” she said. But the group knows that after nearly a month in the one set of clothes and plenty of tough days, they will relax in spectacular Halong Bay before returning home on December 19.
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Moustache back in vogue: Movember a real ball

(From left) Jarrod Neal, Matty Stewart, Matt Monk, Garry Smith and James Smith get ready for the Movember fancy dress ball. 081114lp01 Picture: LEANNE PICKETTDENNIS Lillee made the moustache famous during the golden years of World Series Cricket, now south-west Movember participants are set to bring back the mo.Warrnambool’s Movember celebrations will culminate at the Flying Horse Inn next week when more than 100 participants will get together for the Movember fancy dress ball.Organiser Garry Smith said Movember’s prominence on the calendar had grown significantly since he and a few mates got involved in the fund-raiser four years ago.”We’ve been part of Movember at WHK (accountants) for a fair few years now and more and more blokes have got involved in it which is great,” he said.”Twenty-six Warrnambool businesses have got involved this year in Movember and I hear more are going to get on board in 2009 which is great.”Mr Smith said the ball, held on Friday from 7.30pm, would be a ‘retro-themed’ celebration of the moustache’s heyday of the 1970s and ’80s.”The whole theme of the ball is to ‘dress to your mo’ and the 70s and ’80s were when you could be proud to wear a moustache,” he laughed.”All the proceeds from the night will go towards raising money for depression and prostate cancer and there will be a prize of a car stereo for the best mo in town so it should be a great night.”Mr Smith said many Warrnambool Movember participants overlooked more famous identities for moustache inspiration in favour of The Standard’s Tim Auld.”Tim Auld was the guest judge at last year’s Movember contest and I think most of the blokes involved want to aspire to his moustache greatness.”
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Nurturing maths and science

Principal manager of the Resources and Energy Program Sean Holden is looking forward to a Maths and Science summit in Port Augusta on November 23.“It takes a village to raise a child” is the mantra of an upcoming maths and science summit in Port Augusta.
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The summit is targeted at teachers, parents, community members and employers, to identify who the villagers are and how they can play a part in educating students in a community leading to pathways into employment.

The Resources and Energy Program ( REP), an initiative of the state government’s Department of Education and Child Development, is coordinating the summit for the upper Spencer Gulf in Port Augusta.

During the Summit, the spotlight will be on maths and science and how all members of the community can work together to improve the uptake and achievement levels in our schools.

A holistic overview will be provided covering the transition from early childhood to school to training to a job in the resources and energy generation sectors.

Principal manager of REP Sean Holden says there will be a range of special guest speakers attending the summit.

Those guests include OZ Mineral’s general manager of Prominent Hill operations Brian Kilgariff, Regional Development Australia Far North chair Jen Cleary and recent students who have used maths and science to determine their choices into careers.

“We are very pleased to have secured Professor Martin Westwell as the Summit facilitator,” Mr Holden said.

Professor Westwell is the first director of the Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century, and is also a member on the South Australian Certificate of Education Board.

“Not only that he is a passionate advocate for maths and science and has worked with communities overseas to help them discover the individual, social, cultural and economic benefits of greater maths and science skills,” Mr Holden said.

To take part in the November 23 summit call Sean Holden on 0428 101 990.

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Kitchen knife revealed in Bunbury murder trial

A FIFTEEN centimetre kitchen knife allegedly used to stab an Australind man was presented in court yesterday as part of a five day murder trial.
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Today is the third day in the murder trial of Australind woman Rachel Elizabeth Boyd.

Boyd is accused of stabbing her former boyfriend, Trent John Panizza, at their Australind home after an argument on January 28.

The trial will hear from a range of witnesses including family members, friends of the deceased and accused as well as police, forensics experts, a neighbour and an ambulance paramedic who was called to the stabbing.

Mr Panizza sustained a stab wound to his chest and later died in hospital.

Boyd has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Yesterday the jury heard statements from police officers and forensic officers, who examined the scene, and saw photographs of the scene and the weapon allegedly used.

Both families of the accused and the deceased were in court for the opening statements on Monday and were back in court yesterday.

Prosecutor Robert Wilson spent more than half an hour outlining details of the case.

Defence lawyer Linda Black is representing the accused.

The first witness called was the deceased man’s father, John Panizza.

Boyd was released from Bandyup Women’s Prison on bail in September.

Today is day three of a five day murder trial over the death of Australind man Trent Panizza.

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Moruya drops its head at Tuross

Follow @Dean_Benson14A STRING of early dropped catches cost Moruya dearly on Saturday as the men in blue were beaten convincingly by Tuross Head at Kyla Oval.
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The home side made the most of its second chances and went on to post 7/145 before Moruya was reduced to just 80 in reply.

Matt Sethi was the pick of the Tuross Head batsmen with a classy innings that ended on 34,while Barry Jones (29), Nathan Carruthers (28) and Les Roberts-Thompson (25) all provided valuable backup.

Brody Strahan’s figures of 2/21 were the best for Moruya but Brett Chown was arguably the pick of the visiting bowlers and showed good line and length on his way to 2/24.

Moruya skipper Scott Sullivan put in his usual reliable shift to finish with 1/25.

“Moruya bowled without luck as their opening bowlers created enough opportunities to open up our fragile batting line-up,” Tuross Head skipper Boyd Brennan said.

“Dropped catches early on cost Moruya from chasing a manageable total to one that was probably well out of their reach.”

Needing 146 for victory, Ross Wilkinson took the game to the Tuross bowlers and went on the attack before his luck ran out on 22.

Sullivan put in a steady captain’s knock for 17, while Chown, in what was an admirable all-round display, also finished with 17 runs.

AJ King made a solid start with the bat but failed to go on with his innings and returned to the sheds for 14.

Man of the match Roberts-Thompson finished off the job for the home side when he tore through Moruya’s tail end to finish with game-best figures of 3/6.

Brae Kelly (2/9) took care of Moruya’s top order with some aggressive bowling, while Jones and young debutant Alex Filmer-Smith were both unfortunate not to get more than a wicket each.

However, Tuross Head did more than enough to ensure it heads into a tricky run of matches with winning form.

“It was a good team effort from us, but we are under no illusions that the coming weeks will be tough as we take on the more fancied sides of the competition in the Bay Tigers and Broulee,” Brennan said.

MATCH WINNER: Les Roberts-Thompson was superb with both bat and ball for Tuross Head on Saturday. PHOTO: Dean Benson.

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Remembrance Day approaches

Remembrance Day is one of the most widely distinguished days in Australian history.
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Northern Region’s Women’s Auxiliary state vice president Pam Faber organised a ‘Poppy Day Appeal’ stall to help promote awareness.

Lieutenant Lee Holmes and his army cadets assisted in the running of the stall, which was open from 9am to 12pm outside Woolworths shopping centre.

‘Poppy Day’ is a popular term for Remembrance Day and signifies the death of Australian soldiers in World War I.

The day was aptly named after the famous battle at Flanders Field, where red poppies grew in abundance after the bloodshed.

Proceeds from the Poppy Day Appeal were to go towards helping the Ex-services Welfare Bureau, which assists ex-services families in difficult circumstances.

A remembrance ceremony will be held at Gladstone Square on Sunday, followed by a barbecue lunch at the RSL.

Recruit Thomas Campbell, seaman Nicholas Meyers, recruit Hannah Hancock, recruit Gordon Meyers and recruit Antonio Kramer helped out at the stall on Saturday and are looking forward to participating in the function on Sunday.

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Bunbury eyes off 20-year Waterfront vision

A MODEL of the development which could cement Bunbury’s identity as the second capital city is available for public comment.
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Residents can view Koombana North Precinct’s structure plan and a model which shows possible urban development on the site.

City of Bunbury strategic integration director Geoff Klem said he was excited to show the public what Koombana North could look like.

“Although there has been public support for urban development on the land adjoining the ski beach, the finer detail of how development should proceed now needs to be reviewed,” he said.

Mr Klem said he had invested his time and energy into the waterfront for more than 20 years.

The model of Koombana North shows five development sites which would be used for commercial, office and residential use.

“I want it to be iconic and an entry statement to the city,” he said.

“We need to claim our second city status.”

He said there would be room for a tavern and a bar on the site which would boost the social vitality of the city.

People can view the model at the City of Bunbury chambers and submit their comments until December 18.

The forward works proposal includes the construction of a sea wall, infrastructure and landscaping works which needs to be completed before urban development.

The forward works submissions closes on November 21.

For more information, contact 9792 7000.

City of Bunbury strategic integration director Geoff Klem overlooks a waterfront model he believes could cement the city’s second capital status.

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Portland burglars steal from safe 

WARRNAMBOOL crime scene police officers are heading to Portland after a safe was broken into at a business in the north of the city.
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Detective Sergeant Steve Brown, of the Portland police crime investigation unit, said the safe looked like it had been opened with a can opener.

He said the business premises of Bluescope Distributions on the Portland-Nelson Road was broken into between11am Monday and 4.15pm yesterday after a toilet window was removed.

“The office office was ransacked and damaged caused to computer screens and air conditioning units,” he said.

“A safe was removed from a storage room, dragged into the office and the thieves have used some sort of tool to force open the safe. We believe that an as yet unknown quantity of cash was then stolen from the safe. Damage to the safe was substantial – the safe looked like it had been opened by a can opener.”

Detective Sergeant Brown said neighbouring truck yard was also burgled overnight Monday with a prime mover stolen and crashed.

He said thieves had entered the yard of K J Pty Ltd on the Portland-Nelson Road between 8pm Monday and when the damage was reported to police at 7.30am Tuesday.

“Items have been stolen from a prime mover including a hard hat, hatchet binders and a fire extinguisher,” he said.

“They then got into a Kenworth prime mover and driven it around before crashing into a side fence and getting bogged. The thieves have then fled. The driver’s side window, rear cabin window and the windscreen were smashed.”

That followed a brazen car theft in Portland’s main street on Monday morning.

The 1989 blue Ford Telstar sedan was found along the Portland-Nelson Road Tuesday morning.

Detective Sergeant Brown said damage to the vehicle included a burnt out clutch, the boot had been forced opened and there was a dent to a panel.

“The car was stolen between 9.30am and 10am on Monday morning when a lady parked in Percy Street and went into a shop. When she returned her sedan was gone,” he said.

Anyone with information about any of the offences is requested to contact the Portland police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Bluescope Distributions on the Portland-Nelson Road was broken into between 11am Monday and 4.15pm Tuesday after a toilet window was removed.

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Hometown trainer makes Boxing Day races his own

THE partnership of trainer Kerry Weir and jockey Simon Miller dominated at Tumut on Saturday, winning two consecutive races.The pair was engaged in all five races and managed to claim wins in races three and four.Six-year-old gelding Volts came out in front by more than two lengths in the A. Murray & Sons Benchmark 57 Handicap (1400m), capping off a successful day for all involved.Weir said the stable was confident leading into the race following on from some recent good form.”He has won two from his last four starts,” said Weir.”He has won one at Tumut so we are happy with how he was running.”Volts entered the race as clear favourite due to heavy backing by the punters and was carrying 58 kilograms on his back, the top weight in the nine-horse field.Miller has a long history with the gelding, stretching back to 2006 and has claimed a win four times out of seven starts on his back.Weir said the heavy rainfall prior to the meeting helped the horse on the day.”We were happy to see the rain,” he said.”It softened the track and took the sting out of it which is better for his running style.”Volts started well from barrier six, jumping straight to the lead and holding his field position all throughout the race.Weir says Gundagai is next on the calendar for Volts, as the six-year-old will line up on New Year’s Day to try his luck.Comeback jockey Miller and Weir have been a force in Southern District racing in recent months.
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Maguire gives rivals the slip with Whotoldu

MIA BREEDERS PLATEBy Matt MaloneMIRROOL magician Steve Maguire was at his driving best as he stole the second MIA Breeders Plate heat on Saturday night with Sydney visitor Whotoldu.Condell Park trainer Peter Dewsbury booked the services of top local reinsman Maguire and he was not let down after a clever drive on the $7 outsider.With $1.40 favourite Perfect Sequence locked away three back on the inside, Maguire went for home at the 400-metre mark and left his rivals for dead.Whotoldu surged clear around the final turn and the race was all over by the time Perfect Sequence gained clear running in the home straight.Whotoldu defeated Victorian Modern Star ($11.00) by eight metres and Perfect Sequence charged home to finish in third place.Dewsbury believes his two-year-old will be a force in Friday night’s $30,000 final.”He wanted the run (on Saturday night) so I think he’ll be a lot better in the final,” Dewsbury said.”It had been very difficult to get a run at home, there were just no races around.”We picked this out for him and he did go very good.”Whotoldu reeled off a closing sectional of 29.7 to record a winning mile rate of 2:03.0 for the 1758-metre journey.Leeton got two major players into the final after David Lang’s Perfect Sequence and Bill Trembath’s Tow The Line finished in third and fourth place.Sydney qualified a second representative in the final when Weona Ace finished fifth.Whotoldu had only previously raced once for a fourth placing at Menangle Park in Sydney. Dewsbury was confident the fourth was good enough to win at Leeton.”He went two minutes there,” Dewsbury said. “I thought he would go all right.”
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