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65 Roses Day – Raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis

Bridget Zuin preparing for 65 Roses Day, a day to raise fund to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.Picture: PETER PICKERINGARARAT – Tin shakers will be out this Friday – also known as 65 Roses Day – to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis, a cruel disease which affects infants and young people.
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Cystic Fibrosis is a disease which has hit close to home for Ararat business woman Bridget Zuin; her young niece has the disease.

Ms Zuin has organised a monster raffle, merchandise sale and importantly tin shakes at the intersections of High and Vincent and Vincent and Barkly streets on Friday, from 8am to 6pm, so if you’re driving around town on Friday, make sure you drop some coins into the tins or buy a raffle ticket or some merchandise, available out the front of the Bendigo Bank between 9am and 5pm.

The raffle features some great prizes, including first prize of Vera May luggage, donated by Zulu De-Zines, valued at $200 and second prize a one hour massage supplied by Bec Mirtschin.

Raffle tickets and 65 Roses Day merchandise, including pens, wrist bands and lapel pins, will also be available from Zulu De-Zines.

All money raised will go directly to Cystic Fibrosis Victoria to help find a cure for the disease. This organisation was founded in 1974 by parents of children with CF, and provides advocacy, support and information services to people living with CF and their families.

CF is ‘autosomal recessive’ meaning that it occurs equally in males and females, the CF gene must be inherited from both parents and it can ‘skip’ generations.

In Australia, one in 2500 babies are born with CF and on average one in 25 people carry the CF gene, most of whom are unaware that they are carriers. Because carriers of CF are unaffected (and therefore show no symptoms) it is hard for them to appreciate that CF may be a real risk.

Since 1986 all newborns in Victoria have been subject to a heel prick test. This test is used to screen for a number of conditions, one of which is an indicator for CF. Diagnosis may also result after the baby is born with obvious CF symptoms such as bowel blockage or failure to ‘thrive’. The heel prick test does not detect everyone and the definitive test for CF continues to be the Sweat Test, as high levels of salt in perspiration is extremely common among those with CF.

Management and treatment of CF is lifelong, ongoing and relentless.

Treatment generally involves intensive daily physiotherapy to clear the lungs, enzyme replacement capsules with food to aid digestion, antibiotic treatment to treat lung infections, aerosol mist inhalations via a nebuliser to help open the airways, salt and vitamin supplements, a nutritious diet and exercise.

There is no cure for CF at present. Research is being conducted around the world, with large scale programs in both the USA and UK. In Australia, Cystic Fibrosis Victoria works through the Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust, which supports more than $500,000 of research a year across Australia.

The raffle will be drawn at 7pm on Friday at the Shire Hall Hotel, with all welcome to attend.

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400 jobs gone, sub contractors owed thousands of dollars.

The Hopkins Correctional Centre work site was closed this week after Aegis Consortium member St Hilliers Ararat went into liquidation.ARARAT – The loss of 400 jobs at the Hopkins Correctional Centre work site, following Aegis Consortium member St Hilliers Ararat Pty Ltd being placed into liquidation, will have far reaching and devastating consequences in the Ararat community.
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Contractors are owed hundreds of thousands of dollars, with The Ararat Advertiser believing at least three contractors to be owed up to $400,000.

The work site was shut down this week with contractors and sub contractors removing equipment.

St Hilliers Construction Pty Ltd, the construction arm of the St Hilliers Group, has appointed Hancock and Michael Hird of Moore Stephens Sydney Corporate Recovery Group as voluntary administrators.

St Hilliers Ararat Pty Ltd has at the same time been placed into liquidation.

The Administration does not involve St Hilliers Property Pty Ltd, the entity responsible for the Group’s activities in funds management, property development and asset management. The operations of St Hilliers Property Pty Ltd and funds and individual investments in each fund are not part of the administration process with independent custody arrangements in place.

St Hilliers Ararat Pty Ltd is part of the consortium contracted to undertake the $350 million expansion of the Ararat Prison, which also includes Bilfinger Berger and the Commonwealth Bank.

The Administration of St Hilliers construction Pty Ltd is due to exposure under guarantees for debts of St Hilliers Ararat Pty Ltd relating to the Ararat Prison project.

Negotiations over several months between the Ararat Prison equity investors and its bankers in conjunction with the State of Victoria have failed to reach a definitive agreement for additional funding of approximately $150 million.

The St Hilliers Group said it could not allow further debts to be incurred without adequate funding.

As a consequence the Group determined that the only prudent course of action was to cease work on the Ararat project and place St Hilliers Construction Ltd into Voluntary Administration.

The Administrators will be seeking to complete viable projects once they assess the position of each of the projects.

“It is very regrettable that we have had to initiate this action,” St Hilliers Group executive chairman Tim Casey said.

“We have over a number of months explored and exhausted all possible avenues to re capitalise the construction business and find a solution to the significant cost and time overruns on the Ararat project. Unfortunately a solution was not possible under the current regime.

“We will now work actively and constructively with the Administrators and all stakeholders to continue all viable projects and to find a way to restructure the construction business going forward. For the rest of the St Hilliers Group is remains business as usual.”

Corrections Minister Andrew McIntosh visited Ararat yesterday to visit the work site, meet sub contractors and tradespeople involved and to meet with Ararat Rural City Council.

Mr McIntosh said the Victorian Government remained committed to the project.

“The discussions we are having with consortium members is to try and ensure that this project proceeds, the most important thing that we have emphasised to the consortium is their obligation to ensure that all workers and sub contractors on site are paid in full,” he said.

“Discussions are on going and have been lengthy and tiring, hopefully we will get an outcome in relation to this matter.

“We are well and truly aware of the impact and lack of progress on the Hopkins Correctional Centre development … will have on a town like Ararat and the surrounding areas.

“It is an important project for the Government. We have a contract with those consortium members and we expect those members to uphold that contract.

“We have made it perfectly clear that as a priority we expect those workers and subcontractors that haven’t been paid should be.”

Mr McIntosh said there were a number of other corporations who were members of that consortium.

“It wasn’t just that one company, it is now incumbent upon them to deliver on their contractual obligations and the government expects them to deliver.

“At the end of last year we heard there were concerns about the delivery date, it was expected to be delivered by December this year, but we believe that won’t happen now. I inspected the works in February, but in relation to the difficulties of one of the consortium members which led to the liquidation of St Hilliers that only came to the attention of the government about two weeks ago.

“There is a team in both Treasury/Finance as well as Justice who are dealing with the consortium on an on going basis.”

Leader of the Opposition Daniel Andrews was also in Ararat demanding the State Government resolve the issue.

“They are owed significant amounts of money and this government must today step in and provide a rescue package for those small businesses in this community and this region,” Mr Andrews said.

“(They’ve) been talking about their private meetings and private discussions…It is not good enough, we need action from this government and we need it today.

“There are 400 or 500 people who are owed some smaller amounts of money and some very significant amounts of money.

“These are not big companies, these are small businesses and their enterprises are staked and secured against their homes.

“They have done the work, they have incurred the costs and they haven’t been paid. They are significantly out of pocket and if they are not paid who knows what this will mean for this local community?

“This is a kick in the guts for this town. It is a big issue, a major challenge and unless the government steps in and provides immediate financial support for those direct employees and subcontractors, then a tough situation in Ararat is only going to get worse.”

Council demands meeting with Premier Ted Baillieu – See page 3

Editorial – See page 6

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Rats face arch rivals

ARARAT – The Ararat Rats will be looking to keep their winning streak alive and reclaim the Perc Bushby Cup when they host arch-rivals Stawell on Sunday in round five of the Wimmera Football League.
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Last week Ararat got its hands on the 2012 RoadSafe Cup by trashing Nhill to the tune of 52 points and with more silverware on offer Scott Turner’s team is expected to hit Alexandra Oval running.

“With the weekend off the following week (due to interleague) I am sure no one will be holding back and that fierce rivalry just adds to that,” Turner said.

“It is an important match for both clubs now that we are a month or so into the season and in similar positions.”

The Rats currently sit in sixth position on the ladder with two wins, while the Warriors are a game behind in seventh spot. Whichever team gets the four points this weekend will be knocking on the door of the top five and Turner is hopeful the momentum Ararat has gathered over the past fortnight will continue.

The Rats’ coach said he was pleased with the consistent effort his charges put in against the Tigers last week and will be looking to take a similar line-up into Sunday’s blockbuster.

“Tom Cairns is over his illness and is a chance, but there won’t be too many changes,” he said.

“We’ve got to make sure we take the best side in and someone will always miss out, but that is football.”

Former Toohey Medallist Dale Bligh is also a possibility of making a return to the team after missing the past two matches with a lower back complaint.

Turner said he would wait and see how the forward pulled up from training this week before making a decision.

Talented duo Jake Robinson and Luke Todd have been super impressive roaming the wings for Ararat this year and should prove a handful for Stawell’s onballers.

Turner is confident the Rats’ combination of versatile talls and speedy ball carriers will be an advantage against the Warriors.

“Down back we’ll match up well on their big fellas in (James) Delahunty and (Todd) Matthews,” he said.

“We’ve got Bernie (Peoples), (Brett) Dowie and a couple of others down there and then Tommy Rowe and Dan Vearing on the ball also gives us more tall options.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to get that miss-match with height in our forward line too and give ourselves an opportunity.”

Aaron Searle has been one of Ararat’s most important players in the last two games and he will need plenty of support from Mick Fratin, Aaron McKinnis and Jake Williamson in front of goals to again kick a winning score.

In previous years the Warriors have struggled to cover the wide open spaces of Alexandra Oval and Turner said part of that reason was due to Ararat’s ability not to allow Stawell’s key players space to roam.

“They’ve got a few regulars in Shane Field and Justin Eales that we need to get our onballers to match up on and shut down, but there are quite a few young blokes that are a bit unknown too, so we need to take a look at them as well,” he said.

“The atmosphere and intensity is like a mini-final and experience during these types of days is important.

“Playing in front of hopefully a big crowd on our home turf, I reckon we can get the job done.”

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Rats look back: 2004

Tim Shea was rewarded for his consistent year in 2004 by winning the Ararat Football Club�s senior best and fairest award. Shea played 263 senior games for the Rats and should be in line for a spot in the club�s Team of the Decade, 2001-2010.ARARAT – In the lead up to the announcement of the Ararat Football Club’s Team of the Decade The Ararat Advertiser continues its look at the period between 2001-2010.
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After an extended period of success through the 90s and early 2000s, 2004 saw the Rats struggle to match it with the best teams in the Wimmera Football League.

David Jennings remained at the helm as coach and was joined by his brother Michael who shared duties, while star onballer Paul McLoughin was appointed senior captain.

Ararat’s first win of the season came in round one against Minyip-Murtoa at Alexandra Oval, however that success was short lived with the Horsham Demons handing the Rats a 204-point trashing in round two.

Throughout the year Jennings gave the Rats’ junior talent a taste of senior football, with Alan Batchelor, Jarrod Searle, Tom Foster and Bobby Garley all making their senior debut.

Following round two’s capitulation the team went on to win just two more matches for the year, finishing seventh on the ladder and missing September action for the first time in more than a decade.

A month before the season ended Jennings announced that he would step aside from coaching following the final home and away match of the year, after guiding Ararat through one of its most successful eras in the club’s proud history, which included two premierships.

David Law, coach of St Bernards in the Victorian Amateur Football Association was appointed Jennings’ successor in August.

At season’s end Tim Shea was crowned the club’s senior best and fairest winner for his outstanding year roaming across the half back line and through the middle.

The retirement of Rohan May at the end of the 2003 season left a big gap in the Rats’ forward line, highlighted by Luke Cox winning Ararat’s leading goal kicker award with just 20 majors.

The Ararat Football Club is holding a function at the Ararat Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, June 9 where it will announce the Team of the Decade. Tickets will need to be purchased prior to the night. For further information contact Murray Jensen on 0422 608 458.

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A grade make light work of Tigers

WNA – Both Stawell Warriors under fifteen teams scored their second wins of the season after defeating Horsham Demons last weekend in the Wimmera Netball Association.
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Under 15 and A Warriors ran out 10 goal (36-26) winners in a great team effort.

Stawell looked polished from the start, with Kearnie Warren (Gold Reef) putting on an outstanding performance in goal defence and Dana Humphrey (Subway) feeding the ball consistently to create many scoring opportunities.

The under 15 and B Stawell team worked very hard to seal a 25-20 victory over Horsham, with Madi Smith (WHK Accountants best player) playing a very consistent game and putting training skills into practice.

Monique Stephens received the Subway award.

A grade Stawell Warriors started out strong and played a hard contested game against an unbeaten Horsham side, who eventually prevailed 45-38.

Junior Lisa Flemming stepped in and played a top in goal defence.

Defender Emma Henry was awarded Matthews Family best on court and Jessie Antonio received the Sportspower award.

B grade Warriors had a slow start and could not recover as Horsham ran away with a 49-34 victory.

Warriors settled down after the sluggish start and were competitive.

Erin Freeland (Town Hall) was best on court while Courtney Morrow won the Subway award.

Lapses in concentration cost Warriors against Horsham in C grade, losing out by 15 goals (42-27).

Players adjusted well to positional changes, and shooters were accurate but there are areas that the team will work on at training.

Warriors have a three week break due to Ararat having no C grade team and the Interleague round.

Melinda Jardine (Sheer Illusions) and Laura Farrer (Rumba) were named Stawell’s best players.

Warriors under 17s were rattled by the intensity and pressure shown by their Horsham opponents, succumbing to the Demons 57-27.

Stawell defenders played consistently all day and put pressure on the ball, getting some intercepts.

Lisa Flemming (Byron Family) and Bethany Griffiths (Gold Reef) were Warriors’ best players in the heavy loss.

In the under 13s, Stawell were outplayed by a top Horsham side.

Captain Jessie Cowen was awarded Grampians Pharmacy best on court for her defensive work and leadership, while Tessa Mornane (Subway) showed great strength in defence.

However, despite losing to the Demons (34-14), Stawell achieved their set goal of 14 majors against the tough Horsham side.

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