Bazzabeel belts rivals

PETER Moody’s patience with well bred stayer Bazzabeel is starting to pay off.
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Bazzabeel surges away from its rivals to win the Yalumba Handicap. Picture: PETER WEAVING

The champion trainer has been forced to take things slowly with Bazzabeel because of a string of muscle related injuries.

On Wednesday at Bendigo the five-year-old showed his class by leading all the way to win the Yalumba Benchmark 70 by five lengths.

With Luke Nolen in the saddle, Bazzabeel ($2.20 fav.)crossed straight to the front and never looked like being run down.

Cadel Triomphe ($3.40) ran on well from last to finish second, while Denoninator ($8) was a gallant third.

Bazzabeel has only had six starts for three wins and two second placings.

Moody said Bazzabeel would go out for a spell and return in the autumn with staying races the Adelaide Cup and Sydney Cup the likely targets.

“The further the better for this horse,’’ Moody said.

“He’s had a lot of muscular issues that we’ve had to work on over the years.

“We’ve given him plenty of time to get right.

“He’s had three runs back from a long spell. Now we’ll send him out for a break again because we don’t want to break him.

“He’s the the type of horse that could bob up in an Adelaide or Sydney Cup.”

Meanwhile, apprentice Ben Thompson guided Sir Mask to an upset victory in the final event of the day, the Stride Events Benchmark 64 Handicap.

Sir Mask ($18) was unwanted in betting, but he proved too strong for leader Johnny Roo Boy ($4.70).

Thompson’s four kilogram claim proved to be the difference in the concluding stages.

Johnny Roo Boy gave the winner five-and-a-half kilograms at the weights and was only beaten a head.

Sir Mask, trained at Mornington by Dean Binaisse, recorded its second win from just six career starts.

“Now that he wants to race just off the speed, and with his sharp turn of foot, I thought this track would suit him,’’ Binaise said.

Thompson was impressed with Sir Mask’s effort.

“He is the sort of horse where he needs things to go right for him,’’ Thompson said.

“With the pace from Johnny Roo Boy it did look a good race for him.

“He was able to work into the race well and finished it off nicely.”

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Schoolgirl’s search for Maitland WWI soldier complete

SEARCH COMPLETE: Charlotte Lambert, 18, from the North State High School in Mackay, began investigating the wartime service of Sergeant Arnold Lambert Worboys from Bolwarra when she discovered her surname matched his middle name.A Queensland schoolgirl whose research uncovered the history of a Maitland soldier killed in France during World War I has traced the probable site of his death.
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Charlotte Lambert, 18, from the North State High School in Mackay, began investigating the wartime service of Sergeant Arnold Lambert Worboys from Bolwarra when she discovered her surname matched his middle name.

She then found he had been killed at Villers-Bretonneux in 1917 on March 23 – the same day she celebrates her birthday.

And this week Charlotte accomplished her mission when, together with children from several schools, she visited Gallipoli and battle sites in France and Belgium.

The tour took her to a field of vegetables on a flat plain – the spot where Sergeant Worboys is believed to have been killed.

And there Charlotte planted a single poppy to honour the man she never knew, but who came to play such a big part in her life.

“It was an amazing experience, to find the place where we believe Sgt Worboys died during the fighting,” she said.

“It was a beautiful sunny day, not a bit like the weather our soldiers would have experienced.

“I placed a poppy on the spot to honour him, in what is now a field of vegetables that had been ploughed up.

“We all payed tribute to 17 Australian soldiers killed in the area, then held a service for all our soldiers.

“It was a really special occasion and I was able to share the experience with our school group.

“I was able to honour a man I never knew, yet who had come to play such a big part in my life.”

Charlotte said the scale of the war had shocked her.

“There were just so many cemeteries everywhere we went in Belgium and France,” she said. “We cannot undo the war nor give the soldiers back the lives they lost, but we can remember them and the sacrifices they made.

“I will always remember the soldiers – I have them to thank for the life I have.”

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Councils’ merged solution passed

MOUNT Isa and Cloncurry have joined forces to have the State Government’s Royalties for the Regions reverted back to its original model with only 14 councils eligible for funding.
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The Mount Isa City and Cloncurry Shire councils submitted the composition motion, presenting a merged solution to the debate which was passed to general applause by attending delegates.

Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady admitted he was surprised the motion was carried with such overwhelming support given the move would rule out many councils from eligibility.

The funding program came under fire after it was changed from its original rules to allow all regional councils and state government agencies to apply.

LGAQ president Margaret de Wit said that councils rejected the watered down version recently introduced by the state which has made state government bodies eligible for the funding pool.

‘‘We’re sending a clear message to the state that councils support a program which supports those impacted by resource sector development,’’ she said.

Cr McGrady said the Cloncurry Shire Council had initially put forward a submission to have a set percentage of mining revenue returned back to resource-impacted councils.

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Water, tariffs addressed

THREE motions submitted by the Mount Isa City Council were passed at yesterday’s Local Government Association of Queensland conference in Mackay.
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The council’s composite motion to revert back to the original Royalties for the Regions structure was passed, along with a national water summit and tariff equalisations.

The national water summit plea requested the “Queensland government invite the federal government to convene a national summit meeting between the federal government, the state governments Local Government Associations and a representative of the federal opposition to develop a national strategy to deal with the impacts of draughts on local government”.

“The drought is having a devastating impact on many Queenslanders and while governments are offering assistance to graziers and others, there are no grants available for councils who have to increase water rates by substantial amounts,” the motion said.

The tariff equalisation motion will reject any possible move for the removal of “schemes which assist residents of regional centres and remote areas with the same electricity prices as the larger centres by way of subsidised electricity costs”.

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No luck for local trainers on Cup day

BENDIGO trainers walked away from Bendigo Cup day a frustrated crew.
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Michael Rodd and Windfleet after they finished third in race two.

The local trainers supported the feature meeting strongly, but no-one was able to taste success.

Danny Curran had a shot at the stumps in the Cup with his mare Caves.

The stayer travelled well in the run, but she didn’t have the class to go with her more seasoned rivals in the home straight.

Jockey Nikita Beriman didn’t push Caves out in the final 200m and the mare finished last in the field of nine.

For Bendigo trainer Shane Fliedner, his four-year winning run on Bendigo Cup day came to a grinding halt on Wednesday.

Fliedner went into the meeting with high hopes that one of his eight runners would maintain his Cup day streak.

Despite most of his horses running well, the streak was broken at four.

Fliedner’s best hope for the day was in the final event where Silent Man was well-backed into favouritism.

The four-year-old travelled back in the field and didn’t warm up until the final 100m, flashing home to run third behind Sir Mask.

It was the second time in three starts this campaign that Silent Man has run third.

Fliedner’s other placing for the day came in the opening event when Blessings ran a gallant third behind Lock And Load.

Fellow Bendigo trainer Shaun Dwyer endured a frustrating Bendigo Cup day.

Dwyer saddled up four runners for the day and went home with three third placings and a fifth placing.

Windfleet had no luck at all in the second event of the day.

Ridden by Michael Rodd, Windfleet was held up for the majority of the home straight before storming home to run third to Margin Trader.

Promising mare Never Give An Inch came from last to run third behind Seul Spirit in race five, while Inkjet Sprinter returned to something like its best form in running third to the smart Tansy in the following event.

Dwyer has always had a good opinion of Da Paolino.

The four-year-old gelding returned from a long spell with a fifth placing in the final event of the day.

Da Paolino will be better suited when it gets out beyond 1600m.

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3 Bays Marathon entries could reach 300

ORGANISERS of Portland’s 3 Bays Marathon are confident about 300 runners will take part in the popular event on Sunday.
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Event secretary Terry Weissel said 154 competitors had signed up for the half or full marathon by Tuesday, with a rush of entries likely in coming days.

The 42.2-kilometre marathon uses a loop course from Portland to Cape Bridgewater and back, finishing in Bentinck Street.

The 21.1-kilometre half-marathon starts in the Bridgewater Lakes district and follows the second half of the marathon course.

Weissel said organisers received 265 entries for both events in 2013.

But the figure discounted the fact the dozens of teams had multiple runners, bumping the overall total up to about 300.

“We’re pretty even from last year. We could be quite close to similar to last year or even more,” she said.

“We’ve had quite a few inquiries. A few people are coming who haven’t come before and others are coming back.”

Weissel said the full marathon would crown a new champion, with four-time winner Barry Rogers not among the starters.

“Barry isn’t coming back this year. He won four years in a row previously, including last, but we’ll have a brand new winner,” she said.

“We’re not sure who it might be. There are a number of people who could take it out this year. We’re looking for some excitement there.”

Whoever does win, however, will have earned their title, Weissel said.

The course features a host of undulating hills, as well as a major climb about the halfway mark, known as The Shuffler “because everyone shuffles up it”.

Cashmore Straight, a five-kilometre straight section which starts at the 27-kilometre mark, also tests the mental resolve of runners.

Weissel said the 3 Bays Marathon was tied in with the Portland Rotary Club art show on Friday night and Portland Upwelling Festival on Saturday.

The Melbourne to Portland yacht race also finishes in the harbour in the early hours of Sunday morning, adding to the spectacle.

“It makes it a really good weekend for Portland. It brings people to town and they’re able to attend different things,” Weissel said.

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Warrnambool’s Bernadette Northeast gets something in return for volunteer work

Warrnambool’s Bernadette Northeast, with husband Matt and children Charlie, Edward and Nicholas, has won a state scholarship. 140327DW31WELL-known Warrnambool volunteer Bernadette Northeast won the praise of Victoria’s leader and a scholarship this week.
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Premier and South West Coast MP Denis Napthine said Dr Northeast would join 37 other women on the Victorian Women’s Governance Scholarships program.

“I am thrilled to offer this wonderful opportunity to Bernie on behalf of the government. This will give her the opportunity to further develop skills as a board member on a number of community boards by undertaking a highly-respected professional development course at no cost,” Dr Napthine said.

The scholarships offer corporate governance training.

Dr Northeast serves as secretary of Emma House Domestic Violence Services, is a director, trustee and company secretary of South West Community Foundation and has served as a steering committee member of Leadership Great South Coast.

She is also well known for her role with the Warrnambool SES.

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No buyers for ‘desirable’ block

A PARCEL of land at Townview desired by developers for years has been on the market for two months.
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Jays Real Estate principal Sophie Keily described the sale of the 15-block estate in Kingfisher Street as “an interesting situation” because the owner was only selling it in bulk.

But potential buyers seem reluctant to buy the land.

“The land has been hunted after by developers for years and now when it’s finally out there available on the market, those who take it on don’t have the funds and those who have the funds don’t have the confidence,” Ms Keily said.

She acknowledged that it was currently a buyer’s market.

“However, as history in Mount Isa has shown, it can swing around to an extreme housing shortage quite quickly as was the case in 2008 and 2012,” she said.

The principal believed the parcel of land was a great opportunity – perhaps for a long-term local – to create contemporary housing, which was mostly only available in Healy Heights.

“While the real estate market has taken a hit over the past 12 months primarily due to the general downturn in the resource sector, we are now fortunately starting to see newcomers who are relocating to the Isa rather than being based in a fly-in fly-out capacity,” Ms Keily said.

The land already had electricity, sewerage, water and road facilities already installed, which would normally cost a developer “thousands of dollars”.

There was no set price for the property and the owners are open to negotiation.

“I think it could be sold at a good price,” Ms Keily said.

“Land is really rare in Mount Isa.”

IN NEED OF DEVELOPMENT: Jays Real Estate principal Sophie Keily describes the sale of a 15-block estate in Kingfisher Street as “an interesting situation” for Mount Isa.

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Droste deal puts van Ginneken back on track

A CHANCE meeting in a hardware store and a Sunday afternoon chat in a Merrivale shed were behind Tim van Ginneken’s return to sprintcar racing.
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Tim van Ginneken and son Chase, 19 months, check out some new racing wheels. 141029AS10 Picture: AARON SAWALL

Van Ginneken has teamed up with renowned car owner Harry Droste for the summer, with the Warrnambool pair eyeing success across the state.

Their campaign, in the V36 Cool, starts with round one of the Sprintcar Racing Association of Victoria season at Moama on Saturday night.

Tasmanian Shaun Dobson drove for Droste last season and repaid the faith shown in him by winning the SRA Victoria series crown.

The partnership ended during the winter, prompting van Ginneken to approach Droste about replacing Dobson behind the wheel.

“I’ve known Harry for a little while and he’s known of me,” van Ginneken said, recalling an unlikely series of events which secured him the drive.

“I ran into him in Ponting’s one day and stirred him up, said ‘there’s no use a good car sitting in the shed’.

“A couple of lads at Ponting’s knew him and they stirred him up as well. After that he went to America for three weeks and came back for a week.

“On the Sunday at four in the afternoon he invited me to come to his shed. He said ‘what are we doing?’ I said ‘anything to make this deal happen’.”

Van Ginneken, a former junior sedans, formula 500 and super rod racer, said the chance to drive for Droste was “a dream come true”.

His sprintcar adventures started in 2011 when he purchased a car driven by Jason Meyers and spent two seasons largely funding his own campaign.

The results were encouraging: SRA Victoria rookie of the year honours in 2011-12, second in the Victorian title in 2012-13.

But motor dramas, a draining budget and becoming a father for the first time prompted him to step away from the sport last season.

Van Ginneken said his return would not have been possible without Droste and the more than 20 sponsors who have backed the team.

“I always wanted to race a sprintcar. I went out and bought one and put it in the shed. All we did was plan for the year,” he said.

“We said when we ran out of finances or weren’t having fun, we were going to stop. We kept going the next year. The motor blew up, work got busy and I didn’t have the money. When this came around, it was a dream come true.”

Van Ginneken acknowledged he was still a rookie in sprintcar circles: “I’ve only done 35 meetings in two years”.

He said the plan was to contest most of the SRA Victoria series rounds, as well as Speedweek, the Victorian title and the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.

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Plans for an extra 50,000 homes on Parramatta Road

UrbanGrowth reportedly wants to add 51,600 apartments along Parramatta Road. Photo: Tamara Dean
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Homes for about 100,000 extra residents will be built along Parramatta Road in the next few decades, according to an ambitious plan being developed by the state government’s property development arm.

The plans would include thousands of extra apartments around suburbs such as Taverners Hill, Camperdown and Leichhardt in Sydney’s inner west, but the bulk of the dwellings would be on the western end of Parramatta Road, around Homebush, Granville and Auburn.

The developer, UrbanGrowth NSW, has repeatedly delayed releasing its plans for Parramatta Road.

But according to sources briefed on its thinking, the government property agency wants to add 51,600 apartments along Parramatta Road to coincide with the WestConnex underground motorway, to be built underneath the notoriously congested corridor.

The draft strategy for the corridor, according to sources, includes an extra 17,000 apartments around Homebush and Sydney Olympic Park. Separate documents show the government is considering a “new CBD for the Corridor” in this area.

Another 13,000 apartments would be built near Granville; about 5000 near Burwood; and about 5000 at Taverners Hill near Petersham and Leichhardt.

UrbanGrowth NSW would not confirm the figures. The developer responded through a public relations consultant, Wise McBaron Communication, that it would not discuss the specifics of the draft strategy until it was released.

“The draft strategy will be a starting point for discussion with the community and will be made public after the release of the Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney,” consultant Trudy Wise said in an email.

The plans are certain to be controversial, with some residents and politicians already concerned about public transport and traffic congestion in the area and the impact on local amenity.

Separate documents tabled in state Parliament show that buses on Parramatta Road are already full during peak periods, and in the afternoon run on average about 10 minutes late.

“This travel time variability impacts on connections with other transport modes and reduces the attractiveness of bus, and public transport, as a travel mode,” said documents tabled in response to a call for papers on WestConnex.

Those documents also describe Homebush as representing an opportunity for a “new CBD”, Taverners Hill as a place for a new “creative industry hub to emerge”, and Auburn to become a “new mixed-use, live-work precinct”.

But it remains unclear how the government will stimulate its development plans. It also remains unclear how far from Parramatta Road UrbanGrowth NSW wants to promote high-rise and medium-density developments.

Of the 10 councils along the corridor, all but Leichhardt have resolved to or signed memoranda of understanding to work with the state government on its strategy for the corridor.

Burwood mayor John Faker said Planning Minister Pru Goward had been “pretty reasonable” about requests to trade off development near Parramatta Road for lower development in other areas.

“I’m open-minded to work with the minister because … at the last meeting she advised [she] will listen to our concerns,” Cr Faker said.

Asked about the potential for thousands of new apartments around Leichhardt and Taverners Hill, Leichhardt mayor Rochelle Porteous said her council was “the fourth most densely populated area in Australia and 70 per cent of our municipality is heritage conservation zones”.

“It is important that we preserve the character and livability of our local area – those kind of numbers are unsustainable and would have unacceptable impacts on the local residents and businesses,” Cr Porteous said.

UrbanGrowth NSW has invited mayors along the corridor to an urgent meeting on Thursday afternoon.

The Metropolitan Strategy, the government’s blueprint for managing population growth over the next 20 years, is expected to be released soon, after being delayed for about a year.

UrbanGrowth NSW had previously said it would release its plan for Parramatta Road for a three-month consultation period at the end of 2014. Detailed plans for the WestConnex tunnels underneath Parramatta Road have also been delayed and will not be released until next year.

A spokesman for Ms Goward said: “Renewing the Parramatta Road corridor is being made possible because we’re building the country’s largest road project to lift congestion on Parramatta Road.

“We have always said Sydney needs a mix of housing – new homes on greenfield sites and urban consolidation.

“When the vision for the strategy is complete, government will consider the most appropriate planning processes to bring the vision to life. In any scenario, communities and their local councils will play a key role,” the spokesman said.

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