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Bendigo Cup day a success

FRIENDS: Catina Eyres and Joey Ryan. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHYThe Bendigo Cup finished its 156th year today, with stylish crowds, exciting racing and a very satisfied BendigoJockey Club.
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Club chief executive Ian Hart said the general public was particularly well dressed this year.

“I just think there was a real step-up this year,” Mr Hart said.

“We are just always thankful that people come and support it and come out with their families to have a good time,” he said.

The Bendigo Cup is the premiere fundraising event for the Jockey Club and is critical for ensuring the club’s financial viability for the following year.

Mr Hart said, thanks to the revenue raised,the club would be able to undertake an ambitious program of works to improve the facilities.

“Each yearwe try to get twoor three projects done,” he said.

“Last year we did big paving projects and now (we have)plans for upgrades of rooms andshade structures.”

Club president Brendan Drechsler said BendigoJockey Clubhad been trying to lift the profile of the Bendigo Cup for a long time.

The club’s efforts were successful and next year will mark the race’sfirst year as a listed event.

“We’re extremely proud of the fact that the 2015 Jayco Bendigo Cup has been elevated in status and joins Geelong as the second only group three race in provincial Victoria,” Mr Drechsler said.

He said attendance numbers at the cup were slightly down this year but he was thrilled with the quality of horses and standard of fashion.

“It certainly is country Victoria’s social and sporting event of the year.”

Mr Drechsler said many race goers probably didn’t realise how much money was spent on preparations for cup day.

“We spend over $100,000 for infrastructure costs. All those marquees,they havegot to go up and come down,” he said.

“Weserved over 3000 corporatemeals today on the racecourse.”

The Jockey Club hired 80 security staff and 200 casual staff just for Cup day.

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Installers of crusher plant sued

A CLONCURRY-BASED mining company is taking the installers of its recently built crusher plant to the Supreme Court.
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CuDeco is seeking costs and damages from Equipment & Machinery Sales Pty Ltd for an alleged “substandard installation”.

The mining company’s quarterly report alleges that the recently built crusher plant based at the Rocklands Project needed major works and improvements to the electrical systems.

“The installation failed to comply with relevant contractual standards, Australian Standards and Queensland Mining Regulations,” the report said.

“The company also had to replace two failed gearboxes in the secondary and tertiary roller crusher circuits and was required to replace a number of other sub-standard parts during this period.”

The crusher is now operational, but needs fine-tuning and modifications to increase operational time.

“Indications are from our experienced crusher operators that up to an additional 200 tonnes per hour is achievable as a result of the rectification work undertaken,” the report said.

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Man stole vehicle to drive to funeral

A 19-YEAR-OLD man stole his employer’s vehicle in Quilpie to attend his grandmother’s funeral in Lake Nash, the Mount Isa Magistrates Court heard.
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Darius Webb also stole the vehicle to attend the Boulia Rodeo on April 26, 2013.

He was in the dock when he pleaded guilty to the charge.

Webb was placed on a good behaviour bond lasting six months.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Paige Barrow said Webb was a stock hand for a cattle company.

Three weeks into the job Webb asked his employer for time off to attend the funeral, Senior Constable Barrow said.

The employer asked for details of the funeral, but was not given them, so refused the time off.

At 1am on April 26 Webb and a friend stole a Toyota Landcruiser and two motorcycles on the back of it, the court heard.

The vehicle ran out of fuel and was found in scrubland by the side of the road about 11 hours later.

“There was no damage to the vehicle, it was in the same condition other than having no fuel,” Senior Constable Barrow said.

Solicitor of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, Bob Quilliam, said the main reason his client stole the vehicle was to get to the grandmother’s funeral and the Boulia Rodeo was a minor reason.

Webb had no previous criminal history.

The conviction was not recorded.

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Greenacres workers given training to help well-being

Emily Chodat shows Greenacres employees how to get fit. Picture: ROBERT PEETEmployees at Greenacres Disability Services were put through their paces on Wednesday in a new fitness class, aimed at improving workers’ overall health.
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The North Wollongong service is set to offer regular exercise sessions for its supported employees, under a new partnership with Wollongong trainer Chodat Fitness.

CEO Chris Christodoulou said the program was important, given many people with disabilities struggled to manage their weight.

“The fact is that many of our employees, because of the nature of their disability, are a bit overweight,” he said.

“We’ve always given them time to do stretches on the job, because of the nature of their work, but this is a way for them to get active on a regular basis.”

Mr Christodoulou hoped nearly half of the service’s 150 supported employees would take up the challenge, noting it was purely voluntary.

Chodat Fitness director Emily Chodat said the classes had been tailored for the specific ability level of the employees.

“While the workouts are designed to raise the heartbeat, activate muscle groups and increase flexibility, the main focus is demonstrating functional fitness and how to have fun keeping fit,” she said.

The classes are part of the service’s ongoing partnership with the group, which also includes fund-raising activities.

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Flaherty close to golf tournament breakthrough

ANOTHER promising result, another near miss.
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Warrnambool golfer Joanna Flaherty is in consistent competition form. 140211RG01 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Warrnambool teenager Joanna Flaherty’s latest effort in a Golf Victoria tournament left her encouraged but also ruing what might have been.

Flaherty was runner-up in the annual 36-hole Spring Country Tournament at Portsea and Sorrento this week, going down by a solitary stroke.

The 19-year-old signed for a round of 73 at Portsea on Monday and backed up with 81 at Sorrento on Tuesday.

But she couldn’t hold out Victoria Golf Club’s Kono Matsumoto (75, 78), who took home the Ruby McKenzie Trophy for her display.

Flaherty, a member at Warrnambool and Port Fairy golf clubs, said she was pleased with her performance.

“I hit the ball really well both days. I had a guy that I was staying with who showed me around Portsea the day before, which really helped,” she said.

“I struggled a little bit around Sorrento. I didn’t know where to hit the ball.”

But Flaherty, whose handicap has dropped six shots since she finished school last year, was slightly frustrated at another missed opportunity.

She also placed second in the Victorian Country Championships at Yarrawonga in August, losing a matchplay contest on the 18th hole.

“I’ve had a couple of really close seconds this year, which is a bit disappointing. I’ve still been pretty happy with the way I’ve gone this year,” she said.

Flaherty’s effort was one of a host of solid performances from Warrnambool Golf Club members.

Karen Jenkins took out the C grade gross section with rounds of 102 at Portsea and 97 at Sorrento. Jenkins was also the runner-up in the overall handicap section, which carries the Vi Teesdale Trophy, with net 150.

Di Sullivan won best net score in C grade for her 73 on day one, while Di Goodall did likewise on day two with 68.

Jenkins said she was surprised to win C grade, admitting “I hadn’t taken much notice of what the others had been doing”.

“Day one at Portsea I didn’t think I played terribly well at all but day two at Sorrento I played OK, just didn’t get into any trouble.”

Meanwhile, Flaherty is on target to claim Warrnambool Golf Club’s women’s championship when the 72-hole tournament ends on Sunday.

Flaherty shot a round of 79 yesterday to take her three-round score to 240.

She is 20 shots clear of Di Robinson, who shot 86 yesterday. Alison Sinclair is third with 263 thanks to her round of 87.

Beryl Drake leads B grade after her round of 96 took her to 281. Joan Jacobson is second with 294 and Marian McKenzie third with 296.

Heather Haberfield has one hand on the C grade title. Haberfield leads with 311, ahead of Jessie Johnson, 318, and Pam Arklay, 324.

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