20. 08. 2019
Graffiti project scores $25,000

Graffiti project scores $25,000

AN AREA attacked by vandals will be transformed into a public art space with legitimate graffiti, as the council moves to curb its spending on graffiti removal by increasing its proactive programs.
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Graffiti has continued to be a scourge on Ballarat that costs the council close to a quarter of a million dollars to remove each year.

Ballarat City Council was one of 23 council granted crime prevention funds, with the city receiving $25,000 to complete two graffiti-oriented projects.

The funding is for the Vickers Street Muralproject, a partnership with police, local scout groups and residents to develop an anti-graffiti education program and install a public art mural at the Ballarat Scouting Complex in Sebastopol.

The scouting complex will be located at the old squash courts which have been vacant and vandalised, said Mayor Des Hudson.

“The squash courts have beentargeted in the past,” Cr Hudson said.

“(This reduce will allow us) to reduce the blank canvas and provide an artistic, legitimate art form.”

Announcing the grants, police minister Lisa Neville said the grants were a key part of the government’s plan to reduce crime and clean up the streets.

Ballarat’s former top cop Bob Barby had previously labelled Ballarat as one of the worst places for graffiti in Victoria.

Cr Hudson said the education program was still in its planning stages, however he believed the program would be periodic and be rolled out when spikes in graffiti were recorded.

“We will work with a cohort of you people susceptible to be involved in vandalism to reduce the frequency of that occurring,” Cr Hudson said.

Cr Hudson said council knew the legitimate art form murals and education programs worked.

Cr Vicki Coltman has repeatedly pushed for more free spaces for art, says we must take away the blank spaces and encourage people paint artwork rather than tags.She called the project a good step forward.

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20. 08. 2019
What was happening on this day in BallaratJuly 4

What was happening on this day in BallaratJuly 4

What was happening on this exact day in years gone by in Ballarat?
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Well, now you can find out.

Using our photo archives, we can take you back 15 years to find out who was making the pages ofThe Courier.


What was happening on this day in Ballarat | July 4 2002 - Ballarat and Western Region Women In Business Awards: Overall winner Susie O'Neill- Community Environment or Government Services, is pictured with her mother, Margaret Gallagher, left, and her daughters Kate O'Neill, (second from left) and Emma O'Neil.

2002 - Ballarat and Western Region Women In Business Awards: Adam Hill, Katie Eames, and Carli Folker.

2002 - Ryan Waight

2002 - North Ballarat Roosters training: Levi Turner.

2002 - Aquatic Ice official opening, pictured from left, YMCA staff Marita Cougal, Mayor David Vendy, and Aquatic Ice coordinator Gregg Cooper.

2003 - Mitsubishi Dealership, Learmonth Rd, offical opening: Barry Stoddart, Maree Lee, Geoff Lee, Kathy Rivett, Jodie Morcombe, David Rivett, and dealer principal Peter King

2003 - YMCA Ice Skating: 8 Year old Thomas Miles.

2003 - New Winter Beer from CUB: Carlton and United Account Executive Liquor Stores Malcolm Rock and Craigs Royal Hotel Bar Manager Snow Baker.

2003 - Preview for Carnivale 2003: Bonnie Henderson, Paul Henderson, Ferndale Costumer Service Manager Vicki Edwards, Sally Spencer, Glenn Dennert, Charmaine Dennert, Barb Spencer.

2003 - YMCA Ice Supervisor Hannah Knoll.

2004 - NAIDOC Week flag raising ceremony and civic reception: Deb and Shianne Milera.

2004 - Concrete finisher Peter Bowers stands proudly in front of his handiwork at the Ballarat skatepark.

2004 - Donation to the Christmas in July Appeal by the Lions Club of Ballarat: Uniting Care Outreach Centre Welfare Worker Vicki Owers, Christmas in July Appeal Director Peter Calligari, Lions Club Of Ballarat Ray Thomas.

2004 - NAIDOC Week flag raising ceremony and civic reception: Patrick McCabe and Christine Ward.

2004 - Hannah O'Brien, 16 yo student who recently won the Open Division Victorian Interschool Climbing Championships.

2005 - Australian society for music education young composers concert at Ballarat High School: Brenton Sewart and Dean Gourley.

2005 - Australian society for music education young composers concert at Ballarat High School: Scott Mangos, Sam Boon, Daniel Watson.

2005 - Australian society for music education young composers concert at Ballarat High School: Tim Smolenaers, Danni Stefanetti.

2005 - Australian society for music education young composers concert at Ballarat High School: Jess Brookes , Hannah Casement.

2005 - Australian society for music education young composers concert at Ballarat High School: Megan Collins, Erica Wilson, Callum Gracie, Danni Stefanetti.

2006 - Members of the Ballarat Secondary College kayak team (l to r) Tim Buby, Amber Everitt, Bronwyn Buby and Jayde Everitt with Apex youth development officer Jay Smith (centre) who has donated $800 to the group for new equipment.

2006 - University Of Ballarat Gold winning tennis team: Kara Smith, Rachael Le Maitre, Anna Lehmann, Team Manager Peter Joyce.

2006 - Finalists in the English Speaking Awards: Mark Nicholson, Yvette Gallagher, Sam Smith, Anne Draffen, Kathryn Clare, Courtney Barnes, Whitney Pittard, Tristan Lambert.

2006 - Braith Nunn, LPFL preview.

2006 - UoB students undertake training to become part of the "Fit to Drive" program: John Taylor past president Rotary club of Wendouree (sponsor), program coordinator Graham Spencer , 4th yr Education student Leah Alder, Fit to Drive Program student facilitator

2007 - Lumen Christi students receive a letter from the Queen's office after they wrote telling about their school what they do in Ballarat. Grade 5/6 student Eliza Wood proudly displays the letter.

2007 - Australia Fair Pies in the Running for the Best Pie Competition: Debbie Lewis.

2007 - Creswick's Ben Murray.

2007 - Getting fired up for the junior Bendigo/Ballarat clash are left BFL football and netball and operations manager Aaron Nunn, U13.5 Captain Matthew Begbie and BFL junior football director Robert Allan.

2007 - Official opening of Sovereign Hill's new Chinese camp and blessing of the temple: Lisa and Emma Philips.

2008 - Local kid Ashley Duffy wins competition to the Beijing Olympics from a breakfast cereal promotion.

2008 - Preview to MAYTE production of "Maskerade" at BSC Wendouree campus: Senor Ennio Basilica (Tim Harris), Agne Nitt (Hermione Higgins), Granny Nehterway (Zoe De Jong), Hron (Lisa Hill).

2008 - Ballarat artist Ron Walker has opened his gallery and studio in Eureka Street.

2008 - Newly arrived refugees from the Horn of Africa visiting Sovereign Hill as a part of Jesuit Social Services program to strengthen refugee communities: Chala Mahammed amkes his first (real) snow ball.

2008 - Dr Aaron Luttrell (Ballarat Veterinary Practice) with "Nelson" the Boxer.

2009 - Karate Black Belt, Taylor Duffy, of Miners Rest is The Courier's Sport Star of the Week.

2009 - Circus Cooking and Craft Day at Canadian Lead School as Part of Pinarc School Holiday Program: Talyn Dart of Ballan plays with a ball on a small excercise trampoline.

2009 - FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands at Karova Lounge.

2009 - Ballarat Rebels player Andrew Hooper has been selected in the U/18 All-Australian team.

2009 - Battle of the Bands winner Howl at Karova Lounge.

2010 - New Coaches and Captain for East Ballarat cricket club: New Coach - Tom Brand, New Captain - Nathan Yates, Assistant Coach - Mark Shaw.

2010 - Preview for a fund raiser for the Borneo Orangutan Survival: Tina Sandlant and Scott Henderson.

2010 - Riley Green is off to America to celebrate 100 years of scouting around the world.

2010 - Maddison Delmo, Dora and Sophia Robinson.

2010 - Rhys Maguire with Elliot the Koala.

2011 - Eclectic Tastes Chef Suzi Fitzpatrick with the massive zuchini.

2011 - Angie McDonnell.

2011 - Ben and Matt Tuddenham have just returned from the Special Olympics after winning silver in the Basketball.

2011 - Red Devils players Paul McClounan and David King are looking forward to adding their part to the club's silverware collection.

2011 - Paralympians Chris Nunn and Don Elgin will be speaking at St.Patricks College for a Karden Disability Support Foundation Dinner.

2012 - Minister for Agriculture & Food Security and Minister for Water Peter Walsh seeding Lake Burrumbeet with thousands of trout fingerlings as part of re-stocking program.

2012 - Team photo at Victoria Armstrong Podiatry: Victoria Armstrong, Jock Hayes, Sue Bennett, Elisha Polkinghorne, Loretta Egan.

2012 - The Bridge Hotel are renivating into a rock music venue: Brendan Noonan from The Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine.

2012 - Downloading the Courier outside Europa Cafe on Sturt St: Jo Byrne, Chrisine Walker, Sarah Crane.

2012 - YAE run courses for troubled/disadvantaged youths with the aim of getting them back on the rails and into steady employment. Harley is a graduate of the program and works under Julian Field at O'Neill Plumbing.

2013 - Run Ballarat official launch in Bridge Mall: Tarryn Birch and Taylah Edmond.

2013 - Run Ballarat official launch in Bridge Mall: Erin and Polly Santamaria.

2013 - Run Ballarat official launch in Bridge Mall: Ben McGuane (National Project Manager - Cotton On Foundation).

2013 - Run Ballarat official launch in Bridge Mall: Liam Howlett, Justin Howlett.

2013 - Run Ballarat official launch in Bridge Mall: Libby Crumpler, Flash (dog), Emily Crumpler.

2014 - Headspace 1st birthday: Bob Morley, Larelle Kuczer.

2014 - Headspace 1st birthday: van Thorne, Jesse Park.

2014 - Headspace 1st birthday: Janine Martin, Remi Briody.

2014 - Headspace 1st birthday: Chandler Pearce and Terrence Curwen-King.

2014 - Headspace 1st birthday: David Anderson and Heather Pearce.

2015 - NAIDOC week celebrations: Amber Barker-Lovett and Zoraida Thomas.

2015 - NAIDOC week celebrations: Bronwyn Pickford, Anne Brinsden, Julian Harvey.

2015 - NAIDOC week celebrations: Jon Kanoa, Aaron Clarke, and Mitchell Gibbs.

2015 - NAIDOC week celebrations: Josh Muir, Angela Heard and Libby Jewson.

2015 - NAIDOC week celebrations: John Marmo and Bishop Peter Connors (Ballarat).

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20. 08. 2019
Four greats in Hall of Fame

Four greats in Hall of Fame

INAUGURAL INDUCTEES: Four legends of the club were inducted into the Panthers Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Picture: Supplied.Four rugby league greats have been revealed as the inaugural inductees to the Panthers Hall of Fame.
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Announced in chronological order,Grahame Moran, Royce Simmons, Greg Alexander and Craig Gower were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the club’s glittering 50thseason gala dinner on Saturday, June 25at the Panthers Exhibition Marquee.

An expert panel selected a shortlist of 12 nominees from 559 playersfor the announcement, a list which also included legends Ryan Girdler, Mark Geyer, Steve Carter,Tony Puletua,John Cartwright, Trent Waterhouse, Tim Sheens and Brad Fittler.

One of the original Panthers players, an emotional Moran said it was an honour to be announced as the first inductee to the Hall of Fame.

“I can’t believe it, I’m lost for words,” he told the audience.

“During the day my son rang up and said, ‘Dad, have you prepared a speech?’. I said, ‘What for? I rank number 13 out of the top 12. I’m never going to be in the Hall of Fame’.

“He said, ‘you never know’.”

The showpiece event was attended by dozens of former Panthers players, including members of the club’s 1991 and 2003 Premiership sides, along with the current NRL squad, staff and sponsors.

Phil Gould AM was master of ceremonies for the evening and was joined by rugby league historian David Middleton to reflect on the club’s humble beginnings, greatest achievements and the people who made it all possible.

NOMINATED: The 12 former players nominated for induction into the Panthers Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Picture: Supplied.

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20. 08. 2019
Great defence, great win

Great defence, great win

IMPRESSIVE: Oberon Junior Rugby League under 12s had a win against Mudgee. The side led from the start to the end of the match.Oberon Junior Rugby League under 12s played another brilliant game on a freezing Saturday morning to come up with a 28-14 win.
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It was great to have a 16-man team show up against a 12-mansquad from Mudgee.

Oberon led from the start to the end.Kane Danslow andRiley O'Bernier scored tries andTom Lemmich scored three.We had four conversions from Mack Richards, Brock Hogan, Riley O'Bernier and Kaidyn Whittaker (Jackie).

Team membershelped each other to tackle to keep the score against them a little lower this week. There was great defence from Liam, Keiran, Chaise, Brandon, Kynan, Charlie, Jordie, Ben, RileyOliver and Nick.

Jackie, Tom, Mack, Kane, Brock and Riley O'Bernier had great all-round games, digging in with defence and great attacking runs.Tom Lemmich won came away with the greatly deserved players’playeraward.

The parents, friends and families of the under 12s were extremely proud to see a great game from the boys,particularly in teamwork, and all the spectators were very impressed with their singing abilities for the team song at the end of the game.

A big thank you goes to Herb O'Bernier and Peter Lemmich for their time spent in training and coaching the team and also to our under 12s sponsors Gibbs Logging, Bearers 4 U, Mawhood's IGA, Wills Tyres and Mechanical, Multiworks Constructions and MCF Engineering.

Sport in brief:indoor bowlsRSL Club

Kevin Whalan and Inge Braun bowledwell in the doubles team matches on June 28 and won with a score of 20 points. The runners-up team was Armando Giovannetti and Lynette Maloney with 12 points.

Inge, Kevin and Lynette scored one rester each.

Remember, players’ names are to be in by 7pm to start bowling at 7.30pm every Tuesday at the RSL Club auditorium.


Nine players bowledat Burraga on June 29 and six players scored one rester each:Tony Press, Gary Fisher, Shane Stapleton, Adam Smith, Armando Giovannetti and Barbara Pearce.

The winning team was skip Armando Giovannetti and Shane Stapleton. Runners-up team players were skip Mick Stapleton and Shaun Hands.Gary Fisher won the Burraga raffle.

There will be no bowls on Wednesday, July 13 due to the State of Origin.

Well done bowlers. See you on July 20.

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20. 08. 2019
Simply no way to pay for plan

Simply no way to pay for plan

Northern Grampians Cr Wayne Rice believes the shires roads will suffer if council doesn't receive a fair share of the taxation dollar, or adequate government funding to maintain roads. NORTHERN Grampians Shire Council has identified $74-million in capital works projects desperately needed in the community, but admits it has no way to fund the plan.
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On Monday, councildiscussed its$4.3-million2016-17roads and bridges capital works program, andidentified unfunded projects worth $74-million.

Council’sroad allocation decreased by $1.5-million from the draft budget after the federal government cut backits Roads to Recovery money.

A report to council identified a significant shortfall in finances, with council indicating it currently budget $3 to $4-million a year on capital works, but wouldneed to spend close to $9-million in future to maintain current service standards.

Cr Wayne Rice said the predicted need was a massive issue of concern for councillors.

“We’re falling behind in infrastructure all the time,” he said.

Cr Rice said council and ratepayers were being hurt by thefreezing ofFinancial AssistanceGrants, indexation, rate capping and council’stoo small percentage of the taxation dollar.

“We’renot at all happy with the government. This is unfair on all of us,” he said.

“We’re generally concerned about the roads and safety.

“We look at the hierarchy of roads and look at those we can downgrade where we can, and even closed a few not so important roads.

“Wecan’t keep up.It’s unfair on ratepayers to keep doing it.”

Cr Rice said the longer infrastructure was neglected, the more it would cost.

“It’s a false economy,to just say we just cut back on spending – a dollar only goes so far,” he said

“NSWhashad ratecapping for years and look at their roads.They’reabsolutely shocking.If roads fall to that level it’ll takemany, many years to catch up –if you evercan.”

Cr Rice said the issue was dividingcouncil from the community.

“It’s the sort of thing that is used when people are making a point to say where’s the value for money from their rates,” he said.

“The dollars are getting less and needing to stretch further.”

Cr Rice said theyear had been particularly hard because it was a property valuation year.

He said residents expected rates to be steady because of the rate cap, only to findthey hadincreased along with their property’s value.

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