OLE Ole Ole — lovers of fine food are set to experience a distinctly Spanish flavour at this year’s Corangamite Foodies Feast.
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Corangamite Shire’s director of sustainable development Ian Gibb said this year’s event would feature local produce served with a Spanish twist created by chef Leno Lattarulo of Simply Spanish restaurant in South Melbourne. He said people needed to purchase their tickets to avoid missing out.

“The menu, consisting of local produce, will see guests explore the tastes of Spain in a unique and cultural celebration,” he said.

Those attending will be treated to fiery flamenco dancing and Spanish-style music at the Five Star Function Centre in Camperdown.

The event, on Friday, March 15, is part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and is now in its 21st year.

Mr Gibb said the Foodies Feast will feature locally produced cheese, meats, heirloom vegetables, wine and beer.

Mr Gibb said Corangamite’s producers — the 12 Apostles Food Artisans — have teamed with Mr Lattarulo to put on a fun evening dinner fiesta celebrating the produce from the region.

Other events for foodies during March will include the Simpson Progressive Farmers Market featuring a sit-down lunch using stallholder produce, and a local produce lunch at the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery. Tickets are available from Corangamite Shire Civic Centre and on online at www.corangamitefoodiesfeast南京夜网

Spanish food will feature at this year’s Corangamite Foodies Feast.

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MELBOURNE – Brad Rawiller is looking to reignite his season when he returns from injury at Caulfield on Saturday.
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Rawiller had hit top form in the early part of 2013 before he fractured a bone in his foot in a barrier incident at Terang earlier this month.

He has ridden 97 winners this season to lead the national premiership, but his chances in feature races have been limited, with just two Group One rides so far this season.

He has the all-clear to return from the untimely setback and is eagerly awaiting the chance to team with classy Queensland sprinter Facile Tigre in the Group One Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

He has trained with a protective boot on since last Thursday and will ride trackwork on Thursday and Friday to be prepared.

“This is the time of the year when you really want to be firing,” Rawiller said.

“It’s certainly frustrating having to miss three weeks, but it could have been a lot worse.”

Rawiller’s return coincides with his brother Nash’s comeback at Warwick Farm after suffering a broken ankle in December.

Nash is in the running for the bankmecu-backed Bendigo Advertiser-WIN Television Sports Star of the Year award for 2012-13, which will be announced on Friday, March 1.

“We’re both coming back on Saturday and both of us are certainly looking to start with a winner straight away,” Brad said.

The Jason McLachlan-trained Facile Tigre, who has 55kg in the Oakleigh Plate, resumes after a lengthy break and was a first-up third in the race last year.

“His two wins during the Melbourne spring of 2011 were outstanding and then he came back and ran third in the Oakleigh Plate last year which was a terrific run,” Brad Rawiller said.

“His runs after that were below par for him but he gives me a fantastic feel, ability wise, and I certainly think he’s got the ability to be a Group One horse.

“Group Ones are never easy to win and with the West Australian horse (Barakey) going into it unbeaten this one is not going to be easy.”

The Oakleigh Plate yesterday attracted 22 nominations, including big name sprinters Ortensia and Barakey, and last year’s winner Woorim.

Rawiller’s other rides at Caulfield include Summer Gem in the Group Two Angus Armanasco Stakes and Spirit Song in the Group Three Mannerism Stakes.

– AAP

ALL SMILES: Brad Rawiller and trainer Michael Kent after winning last month’s Dover Handicap at Flemington. Picture: GETTY

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Avoid Adelaide Lightning at all costs.
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That’s the message for the Bendigo Bank Spirit from Canberra coach Carrie Graf and Logan coach Jason Chainey ahead of WNBL finals.

Bendigo’s immediate focus is on beating Dandenong at Bendigo Stadium on Sunday to earn a grand final spot.

But the loser is likely to face a rampant Lightning if, as expected, Adelaide douses Townsville Fire in the other semi-final on Saturday.

It’s not a match-up the Spirit would look forward to, according to Graf and Chainey.

The Lightning has won seven games in a row – including one against Bendigo and two on Dandenong’s home court – after returning to full strength from injury setbacks.

Adelaide is increasingly seen as a genuine title contender and has added motivation following a straight-sets finals exit last season.

“If I was a betting man I’d put my money on Adelaide,” Chainey said.

“I think momentum is very important going into finals, they’ve got good momentum and they’re extremely deep across the floor with Olympic and finals experience.”

Graf believes any of the top-three teams can win it.

“I’d flip a coin, it’s anyone’s ball game,” the former Australian Opals coach said. “Bendigo has the wood on Dandenong having beaten them three times this year, so they have a great chance to win that semi.

“But having said that, finals play is a whole lot different to regular season play – anything goes in finals.

“I think Adelaide are desperate, they’ve got veteran experience and there’s less pressure on them coming from third in some respects.

“Dandenong have got athletic talent and great experience from last year’s championship win, so I think it’s anyone’s championship.

“If you’re Bendigo you’d much prefer to play Dandenong (in a grand final) because there’s that comfortability about how to play them.”

In Bendigo’s favour is home court advantage, with the club certain to host a preliminary final at Bendigo Stadium if it loses on Sunday.

The grand final venue is yet to be decided, but the Spirit has guaranteed it can hold the minimum 3000 spectators if it earns the right to host the game.

“(Home court advantage) is a big one, when you get momentum the crowd jumps on your back,” Graf said. “There’s no question home court advantage is a positive.”

Chainey recalled the crowd’s impact in the only final the Spirit has hosted, a 21-point elimination final win over Logan two seasons ago.

“They packed the stadium out, you couldn’t hear at timeouts, it was an awesome atmosphere,” he said.

“I think it’s probably worth a few points early and late in a game, but apart from that you can shut out the crowd as a player – but it’s still fairly important.”

Although the Spirit doesn’t have an abundance of WNBL finals experience, many of the squad have played in big matches – including senior and junior internationals.

The most experienced campaigner of all, skipper and point guard Kristi Harrower, is crucial to the Spirit’s title hopes, Graf and Chainey agreed.

“Kristi is just at an amazing part of her career and is playing extremely well and I think she’s going to be the lynchpin as to whether or not they win,” Chainey said of the four-time Olympic medalist.

The Spirit has never played in a grand final in its five previous season, but Chainey believes Bendigo can make franchise history.

The Spirit’s second semi-final tips-off at 4pm on Sunday, with tickets available from Bendigo Stadium’s box office or on its website.

leader: Kristi Harrower holds the key to Bendigo’s chances according to Carrie Graf and Jason Chainey. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

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THE new playground and barbecues at Payne Reserve in Dennington got quite a workout at the official opening on Sunday.
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More than five years have transpired since the idea of revamping the reserve was first floated and it’s more than three months since it was completed.

Since then, the Dennington Community Association, which created the playspace in conjunction with city council and state government funding, have seen their hard work pay off already, association president David Kelson said.

“There’s seldom a day when you come past and there’s no one here,” he said.

Mr Kelson said the reserve — which now features a sheltered barbecue area, a playground, a basketball/netball half court and toilet facilities — was popular with tourists looking for a place to break their drive.

“You see a lot of people driving through call in to use the toilets and have lunch. And after school and kinder most days there are people using the playground.”

About 50 people, including Warrnambool mayor Michael Neoh, attended the official opening yesterday.

Mr Kelson estimated 550 volunteer hours went into building the barbecue shelter.

Dennington children help Warrnambool mayor Michael Neoh (left) and Dennington Community Association’s David Kelson celebrate the opening of the new playground.

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MORE than 50 supporters of the Save the Golden Square Swimming Pool last night attended a meeting to decide the fate of the group.
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The Golden Square Football Club rooms were filled with disappointed locals after the City of Greater Bendigo council last week passed a motion to permanently close the pool. Councillors Rod Fyffe, Elise Chapman, Peter Cox and James Williams all attended the meeting.

One of the first issues on the agenda was to select a pool committee, with supporters asked to nominate who they thought would best represent the group.

Ken Hamilton was nominated as president, Bernadette Wright the vice-president, Linda Howell the secretary and Karen Moore the treasurer.

Six committee members were also selected.

Mr Hamilton then addressed the supporters on the latest developments regarding the pool’s future.

He said the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal had already been contacted.

“VCAT has been approached,” Mr Hamilton said.

“However, because there has been no application before the council regarding the pool, they won’t accept our appeal.

“I then contacted the Ombudsman and they were very helpful. “They said they would be interested in having a look into the issue.

“We will also be contacting a local solicitor.”

Mr Hamilton also informed the supporters about the recision motion that will be put before the council this week.

ELECTED: Members of the Save the Golden Square Swimming Pool group vote for the committee members during last night’s meeting. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

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BENDIGO East kept premiership hopes alive in yesterday’s division one match in Bendigo Bowls midweek pennant.
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East won the preliminary final against Eaglehawk by two shots at Golden Square’s greens.

Scores from yesterday’s play:

Division 1 – Bendigo East 12-69 d Eaglehawk 4-67. H. Clough 22 lt Y.Boyd 24, G. Holt 21 lt B.Bodinnar 23, S. Howes 26 d J.Robertson 20.

Division 2 – Woodbury 14-77 d White Hills 2-65. E. McMaster-Smith 18 lt C.Jansen 32, K. Tanner 23 d N. Crothers 19, J. Grainger 36 d P. Franzi 14.

Division 3 – North Bendigo 14-71 d Golden Square 2-59. M. Griffiths 19 lt J.Brennan 24, P. Stevenson 22 d R. Pearce 18, D. Hocking 30 d J. Warfe 17.

Division 4 – Golden Square 14-74 d Castlemaine 2-62. A. Schultz 29 d M.Stevens 22, M. Craze 19 lt B. Renn 20, J. Owins 26 d B. McLean 20.

Division 5 – Lockwood South 14-42 d Inglewood 0-33. G. Manallack 24 d E.Roberts 18, M.McClure 18 d B.Wardley 15.

BOWLING ON: Bendigo East’s Hlen Clough bowls in yesterday’s BBD division one preliminary final win against Eaglehawk at Golden Square. Picture: PETER WEAVING

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TOUGH decisions may be on the way at Glenormiston College as cuts to TAFE continue to bite, according to one of South West TAFE’s bosses.
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South West TAFE executive manager of teaching and learning Paul Oprean said any talk that enrolment numbers had dwindled to four at Glenormiston were incorrect.

He said the challenges facing the campus were no different to those facing TAFE campuses around the state.

“There are a lot more students enrolled than four,” he said.

“This year there are some programs which are getting great numbers.

“TAFEs in general are still facing interesting times.

“I’ve got no doubt we might have to make tough decisions at Glenormiston. But that is not particular to Glenormiston.

“Every TAFE in Victoria is facing the same challenges.

“Last year we had record levels of delivery. We’re looking forward to record levels in 2014 and 2015.”

Mr Oprean said most full-time programs would start at the end of the month and other programs had rolling enrolments throughout the year.

Late last year, a planned diploma in horse breeding, which was scheduled to go ahead this year, was cancelled and the advanced diploma of horse management did not take any new enrolments for next year.

Mr Oprean said there had been low level interest in the horse management course.

He said numbers had been strong in horticulture and arboriculture courses and also short courses for industry.

He said that next week about 60 Melbourne University students would be at the college for an animal handling course.

More than $7 million has been removed from the TAFE’s operating account this year, which triggered 43 job losses and an increase in fees.

Glenormiston College will face cuts, according to South West TAFE boss Paul Oprean.

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ALMOST 18,000 Hunter households could not afford to pay their water bills last year and entered deferred payment plans with Hunter Water.
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It is the first time that Hunter Water has reported the figure, and provides more evidence that household budgets are feeling the squeeze.

Financial counsellors and charities told the Herald that the figure was not surprising and reflected the large increase in the number of people seeking financial assistance and guidance.

‘‘We’re seeing more and more people needing assistance every day,’’ Samaritans chief executive Cec Shevels said. ‘‘And rents and rising utilities bills are the most common issue.’’

The data is contained in the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s latest report card on Hunter Water.

All up, 17,946 households sought to defer their water bill payments in the 2011-12 financial year.

‘‘That figure includes short time extensions that assist customers with short-term payment difficulties,’’ a Hunter Water spokesperson said.

The report also shows that more than 170 people complained to the NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman about Hunter Water last financial year – the highest number since 2007-08.

But it noted that ‘‘the change in the economic environment and financial impact on customers are contributing to higher rates’’ of complaints.

For every 100,000 customers, Hunter Water received 2.87 complaints – a rate five times higher than Sydney Water, but vastly better than neighbouring Gosford and Wyong.

On a more positive note, the new data shows that Hunter households have reined in the amount of water they use.

The region soaked up 65.7billion litres of water last financial year, down from the 73.4billion litres used two years prior. The difference equates to about 3080 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

In terms of supply continuity, water quality and performance, the report shows that the utility met its key targets in the year to June30, 2012.

Meanwhile, recent rain has done its bit for the Hunter region’s reserves. Grahamstown Dam, the region’s largest, is at 90.6per cent capacity while the region’s overall reserves are at 91per cent of capacity.


WORK has started on a $10 million railway passing loop at Warncoort which will enable more passenger and freight trains to use the route to Warrnambool.
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Work is expected to be completed by Christmas.

Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder, who inspected the project late last week, said the new 1200-metre loop would allow trains to pass each other safely.

“Late-running freight trains are less likely to have to sit at North Geelong for hours waiting for a clear run on the largely single-track Warrnambool line,” he said.

“When it opens at the end of 2013 the new Warncoort crossing loop will complement the recently upgraded Warrnambool intermodal terminal.

“Rail freight is not just efficient, but environmentally friendly.

“Warrnambool freight trains, operating five nights a week, keep 280 trucks a week off the Princes Highway west, while also lowering farmers’ and exporters’ costs.

“The crossing loop is a further step in the revitalisation of rail that is occurring under the Coalition government.”

An old passing loop at Winchelsea was ripped out under the previous Labor government.

Mr Mulder said the existing shorter crossing loop at Camperdown would remain open to assist with the operation of trains.

He said passenger numbers on the Warrnambool to Melbourne service rose by almost 10 per cent last year to about 480,000.

“It’s great to see local residents and visitors taking advantage of good value V/Line fares,” he said.

The Department of Transport said track and civil works were contracted to Whelans Earthmoving and new signalling to Invensys Rail.

VicTrack is also rolling out fibre optic cable between Geelong and Warrnambool and signals at the loop will be connected to the new cable.

Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the new 1200-metre loop would allow trains to pass each other safely on the Melbourne to Warrnambool line.

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THE operation of Terang’s showcase DemoDAIRY is under review after making a $78,000 loss last year.
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The demonstration and research farm, which is expected to make a further loss this year, has been placed under the management of farm consultant Paul Groves.

DemoDAIRY chairman Bryan Dickson said it was expected to take 18 months to two years to return the farm to profit.

Mr Groves, from near Timboon, said control of costs would be essential in returning the farm to profit.

“We don’t have the milk income to do everything as we would want in an ideal world, so we will be looking at better feed budgeting, better cash flow budgeting and making sure the farm is stocked and staffed appropriately,” he said.

“We have to make compromises to make the farm work. The farm needs to make a profit without external funding.”

Mr Groves said overstocking has been a major contributor to the farm’s poor results.

The 166-hectare property has about 110 hectares devoted to the dairy.

“The board has been focused on having a 300-cow herd to be representative of a typical dairy in the region,” Mr Groves said.

“But you can’t milk 300 cows on 110 hectares. We’ll be looking at more like 240 cows next season.”

DemoDAIRY employs the equivalent of three full-time employees in administration and two on the farm.

“You wouldn’t have three administrative positions on a normal farm. I have yet to get my head around how these costs are distributed, but we have to ensure administrative costs that don’t arise from the farm operation are not borne by the farm,” Mr Groves said.

“I’m not suggesting a reduction in numbers, but costs that arise from work with outside companies have to be properly allocated.”

About 22 hectares of the farm are devoted to research trials, for which DemoDAIRY receives income.

“That’s not included in the farm income. I’m looking at money made from milking cows,” Mr Groves said.

He said the farm’s costs were inevitably higher than a normal farm because it was run entirely by employee labour, but he was confident it could be profitable.

“It has made a profit in the past and I’m sure it can make a profit again.”

DemoDAIRY is owned by a co-operative of about 300 dairy farmers and service providers. It was set up in 1996 as a showcase dairy and a centre for industry research.

Its facilities host industry events and it also rents office space to WestVic Dairy, the National Centre for Dairy Education Australia and the University of Melbourne.

DemoDAIRY chairman Bryan Dickson (pictured) said it was expected to take 18 months to two years to return the farm to profit.

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