Ararat supports 65 Roses Day

A wet but cheerful Matthew Waites and Bridget Zuin at Friday’s collection. Matthew Waites takes a donation from Gaylene Cavanagh.
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ARARAT – The Ararat community again show its generosity with the first 65 Roses Day a huge success.

The Ararat total raised on the day was $4,070.15, which will go towards vital research and services that help extend the lives of Australians with Cystic Fibrosis.

Bridget Zuin, who helped organise the fundraising said the response from the local community was overwhelming.

“I spoke to the manager of Cystic Fibrosis Victoria and we were one of his best results and we even beat some of the Melbourne suburbs,” she said.

“It is absolutely overwhelming, as a small community we do tend to pull together and support these types of causes which is great, but not just that, the amount of people who donated on the highway who have been affected by Cystic Fibrosis through either a family member or friend was just amazing.”

Tin shakers at the intersections of High and Vincent and Vincent and Barkly streets braved wintry conditions all day to collect loose change from motorists, while merchandise and raffle tickets were sold out the front of Bendigo Bank from 9am-5pm.

Ms Zuin said the volunteer collectors began with eight tins, but had to make a quick dash to the shops to buy more, with 16 and a half being filled by the end of the day.

“All the organisation pays off when you see the end result,” she said.

“We need to find a cure and obviously it is a cause close to my heart with my niece having Cystic Fibrosis and my sister has another baby on the way with CF, that’s why we need to double the amount raised next year!”

“A massive thank you needs to go to all the volunteers and everyone who donated their time, money or both, I am lost for words at the generosity,” she said.

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We remember, Mr Baillieu

ARARAT – Ararat Regional Business Association has challenged the State Government over the closure of the Hopkins Correctional Centre work site by adopting the slogan: We remember, Mr Baillieu.
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ARBA will be holding an open public meeting on Monday night to discuss the recent closure of the work site after consortium member St Hilliers Ararat went into liquidation. Member for Ripon Joe Helper has been invited to address the meeting.

Contractors, sub contractors and other businesses are invited to attend and, if they wish, outline how the closure of the work site has impacted on them, while members of the public are also urged to attend to show their support for those affected.

The slogan ‘We remember Mr Baillieu’ echoes the sentiments of the early1990s when the railways and Aradale were closed during the time of the Kennett Government.

ARBA publicity officer Phil Clark said the Ararat business community remembered the closures that occurred in the Kennett era.

“ARBA and the business community are very mindful of that happening again,” he said.

Mr Clark said the government wanted the support of local contractors for the prison project, and now contractors are owed thousands of dollars from St Hilliers Ararat.

The analogy of the State government as ‘parents’, was an apt one, according to ARBA vice president Wayne Jerram.

“They should be leading,” he said.

“There is also an inherent responsibility, that’s where that parent thing comes into play, they are custodians of the state, it is their responsibility to take the good and bad of what previous governments have done and make the best of it. That is where the test of good government is.

“Tough decisions have to be made too. It’s frustrating, when they keep saying it’s not their responsibility or it’s someone else’s responsibility.”

Mr Jerram said contractors delivered their goods and services in good faith, to a project which they were given an indication would be secure, with business development officer Faith Warner agreeing, saying so many people were encouraged to get on board the project because it was going to be positive for the town.

“ARBA is concerned for these businesses and these people in our community and we are appealing to them to come along to the meeting at Ararat Performing Arts Centre on Monday night to tell their story, tell their story to the businesses community, council and also our local member Joe Helper,” Mr Clark said.

“Council has written to our Premier Mr Baillieu and hasn’t had an answer yet and the business community is concerned there is no response from the Premier and that he hasn’t been to Ararat to address the issue and speak to the people.

“We will gauge at the meeting what the business community wants to take as the next step.”

Mr Clark said in talking to some of the contractors, many indicated they wouldn’t return to the site.

“Once bitten, twice shy, so they’re actually reluctant to even consider coming back,” he said.

“At Monday’s meeting Council wants to hear some of the real stories and invites people to make a statement.”

Ms Warner said the meeting on Monday night would be at 6pm in the foyer of Ararat Performing Arts Centre with all welcome to attend.

“It is an open meeting and not just for businesses, it affects the whole town,” she said.

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We Are The Toll: Promoting a change in driver attitude

Acting Sergeant Shaun Allen, Northern Grampians Highway Patrol.ARARAT – I have been involved in road policing for 10 years.
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Working to prevent crashes that result in life-changing injuries, and of course fatalities, is the very reason I turn up to work, drive out my driveway and start booking people.

Booking people and slapping someone with a large fine gives me no satisfaction. I hope it is my interaction with the motorist that promotes and encourages a change in their behaviour.

People think a minor traffic breach is no big deal. Well it is. I could show you plenty of photos of the disastrous results of drivers speeding, using a mobile phone, failing to give way, conducting an unsafe u-turn, crossing double lines and failing to wear a seat belt. I’ve seen them all.

Even after attending numerous fatalities it still sends a shudder through my body every time I get called to a collision. It’s the unknown of what will confront me when I get there that gets my heart racing.

Certain things stick in your mind – seeing a lifeless body, deathly grey, still seated and trapped in their crumpled car is one of them. That is no way to go out.

I recall working a twilight shift as Acting Sergeant with another police officer one day. We received that dreaded radio call to attend a serious crash. The radio operator gave the location and we headed in that direction. The hysterical nature of the caller created confusion and they didn’t know where they were. We tried to locate the accident scene, but we couldn’t find it. Third time unlucky we drove down a quiet, dark, back road, and there is was.

Before I even got out of the car, I knew it wasn’t going to be good. Two cars with P-plates. One, severely damaged and one very long skid mark. Lying in the table drain, a young lady – lifeless, bloodstained and obviously dead. This young lady was the daughter of a fellow member. I worked with her father. Both were my neighbours.

I experienced varying emotions at that time. Firstly, the sorrow for the people involved, and of course, the tragic fallout for family. Secondly, the frustration and anger at the driver who showed no remorse for their actions. Thirdly, the empty feeling of having been on patrol at the time and not preventing what happened. What if we had have been at a different location and pulled them over earlier? It may not have ever happened.

This tragedy is a very sad example of how the ripple effect of road trauma affects so many people, especially in a small community like ours.

Please, don’t you be the next one.

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Brides flock to Great Western wedding expo

A bevy of bridal models, with Britney Paterson, Amy Dempsey, Grace Molloy, Nicki Hillier, Laura Higgins, Sheridan Hancock, Ellie Jeffrey, Emma Rusden, Sarah Vanina, Demi Holcombe, Lauren Bococ, Maddie Molloy and Addy Jamieson.GREAT WESTERN – Hundreds of locals and tourists flocked to Seppelt Great Western Winery last Sunday for the 2012 Wedding Expo.
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Seppelt’s functions and weddings co-ordinator, Alli Fitzpatrick said the event was highly successful, with crowd numbers up by more than 100 on last year.

“There were nearly 400 people attending the expo which was fabulous,” she said.

“The expo was a huge success and all exhibitors went to a lot of effort with their stands this year. There were gift bags floating around everywhere which was really great to see.”

Lee’s Limo Service created plenty of buzz outside on the lawn, while a marquee by Grampians Event Hire was full of entertainment with Pure Vibe DJ, Wimmera Photo Booth and Donna Cameron’s Tupperware.

Another popular attraction was Bellellen Horsedrawn, which had a carriage and horses on display, with some lucky people able to take a ride around the grounds of the winery.

Guests also enjoyed a stroll through Seppelt’s historical homestead, which had on display a vintage and two classic wedding gowns and were able to take a glimpse at Allure Wedding Hire’s impressive garden ceremony display.

Ms Fitzpatrick said CAS Couture had their magnificent display of wedding gowns in the foyer which later came to life on the catwalk.

“Cheryl Shinners organised 15 models and put on a Fashion Parade in the Chapel (during the afternoon),” she said.

“The fashion parade created a huge amount of interest with the Chapel being filled. Sarah from Skinco, Amanda from Didjun, Marti Osborne-Bell, The Body Shop and Kim from Hello Gorgeous had the pleasure of creating beautiful hairstyles on all the girls and applying their makeup in front of crowds of people.”

Guests at the Expo also enjoyed tasting Schubert Caterings Cocktail food, Seppelt’s Fleur De Lys Sparkling Wine and heading underground on the free Cellar Tours, while they were kept entertained with the musical styling of Swift Revenge and Dave and Parso.

In Seppelt’s function venue those interested also had the opportunity to discuss their special day with celebrants Kevin Dallinger, Viv Moore, Ron Roberts and John Whitford and photographers Kerri Kingston, Rebecca McLean, Danielle Thomas, as well as businesses including Westage Accommodation, JD Cakes, Allure Wedding Hire, Jetset Travel Horsham, Foster’s Mensland, Morgi Mac Stationary, Weddings ‘n Things (carriage), Intimo and Igniting Desires, florists Natural Flaire, Ararat and Stawell Flowers and Gifts, and Grampians Everlasting.

The door prizes were won by Ararat’s Viv Moar and Tamara Bremner of Melton.

More pictures – See page 14

Visit www.araratadvertiser南京夜网.au to view photos from the 2012 Wedding Expo.

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Green, clean and beautiful

WAGGA has been labelled a strong contender for the annual Tidy Towns Awards following two days of assessment.
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Keep Australia Beautiful assessor Syd Smith, who has cast an eye over Wagga in the past, yesterday said in the last three years the city had made leaps and bounds in improving heritage, conservation, education and sustainability projects.

Thoroughly impressed with projects including declarations of cultural heritage sites, environmental education in schools and Riverina Water County Council’s nature strip project, Mr Smith said Wagga was achieving what it had set out to do.

“There has been a strategic plan, which has achieved its goals over that period of time,” he said.

“There’s been fantastic governing leadership by the council, but also by feet on the ground like the Tidy Towns committee.”

Mr Smith toured Wiradjuri Reserve, the Wollundry Lagoon, Wagga Public School, Riverina Water County Council, North Wagga and the Botanic Gardens making his assessments.

The report will now be handed to Tidy Towns judges for a final decision.

Wagga will be up against the big three Dubbo, Orange and Tamworth for the awards.

The city has been entered into six categories including the Bush Spirit Award for flood recovery and the Cultural Heritage Award for Aboriginal places.

The annual Community Award presentations also took place yesterday.

Ulandra Place in Estella won the top gong with Street of the Year.

Garden of the Season went to Lindsay Street couple Michael and Julie Wurf for their cottage garden.

“We were very excited, surprised and just delighted to see our efforts had been acknowledged,” Mrs Wurf said.

TOP STREETS NAMED: Street of the Year Ulandra Place representative Helmut Kater, Garden of the Season winners Michael and Julie Wurf (front) and Street of the Season Beauty Point Avenue representatives Steven and Sue Sutherland stand proudly with their Tidy Towns awards. Picture: Oscar Colman

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