Mateship pushed aside in IPL final


Bulli’s Dean Heffernan. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Theyplayed side-by-side on the A-League’s biggest stage, but Bulli midfielder Dean Heffernan isn’t planning on paying former teammate and Dapto-Dandaloo player-coach Noel Spencer any favours when the pair meet on Sunday.

The former A-League duo will face-off at opposite sides of the Illawarra Premier League decider at WIN Stadium, which will potentially bring to a close two illustrious careers.

Spencer has already made the decision to hang up the boots at season’s end while Heffernan’s playing future will come under the microscope after the grand final stoush.

Both had extensive careers in the A-League and the old NSL and teamed up for Central Coast Mariners in their 2006 1-0 grand final loss to Sydney FC.

Heffernan, who was later sent off in Perth Glory’s 2012 grand final defeat, described his former teammate as “one of the best captains” he has ever played under, but admits any history will be cast aside on Illawarra football’s grand final day.

“He is a good bloke and a good player, but he is not going to get a present this week,” Heffernan said.

“Maybe if I see him out I can buy him a beer or something.”

While it mightn’t have the same prestige as an A-League decider, Heffernan was adamant he’d be taking things just as seriously come kick-off.

“A grand final is a grand final. There is no easy way to get to a grand final let alone win the league, so this one will be rated up there with all the other grand finals,” Heffernan said.

Many will be expecting the former A-League defender to play a starring role on Sunday.

But with an impressive young squad by his side, Heffernan was confident the entire League Championship-winning side would be ready for the rigours of a grand final stoush.

“The thing is with these boys, they love the big occasion and they love the big games,” Heffernan said.

“There are a lot of young players and really good players. I have been so impressed with all of them. Their attitude and things like that. I think all these boys will be well up for it to play on WIN Stadium in front of a decent crowd.

“There are so many people who put a tireless amount of effort every weekend and every week for us boys to only have to worry about training.

“All we can do is repay all that on the pitch.”

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No pressure on Cyril Rioli

Cyril Rioli at Tuesday’s training session at Waverley Park. Picture: GETTY IMAGESAUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL

IfHawthorn’s Cyril Rioli gets a game in Saturday’s AFL grand final, he won’t be under pressure to win the match off his left boot.

Rioli’s dual-premiership teammate Sam Mitchell says the small forward, who suffered a hamstring injury in June and made his comeback in the VFL last weekend, just needs to play his role.

“It’s not about absolutely firing,” Mitchell said on Tuesday.

“For Cyril, it’s not about getting best on ground or kicking five goals or setting up five goals.

“It’s about whether or not we think he can play his role.

“That’s the decision and I’m very, very thankful it’s not mine because it would be very difficult to leave Cyril out of a grand final.”

Mitchell says 2012 All-Australian Rioli would be prepared to sacrifice his own personal glory for the team if he felt he wasn’t fully fit to take on the Swans at the MCG.

Rioli was rested at three-quarter time in last week’s VFL grand final between Box Hill Hawks and Footscray.

“It’s going to come down to an honest conversation,” Mitchell said.

“Cyril, for anyone that knows him, would be the first to put his hand up and say ‘I’m not ready’.

“If he says he is, there’s a decision to make for the match committee, and if he can play his role to a level that’s better than whoever he replaces, he plays.”

Ruckman Ben McEvoy and veteran onballer Brad Sewell are also pushing for recalls to the senior side.

“You look at Ben McEvoy and he’s played four best on grounds in a row in the VFL and still hasn’t had a look in,” Mitchell said.

“In any squad there’s real depth if you get this far. It’s not like 22 players get you to a grand final.

“We had 18 players get a vote in the Brownlow last night, which was by far the most.

“We have very good depth in our squad and there’s going to be a sad story for someone on the weekend.”

Mitchell said the Hawks were blown away by Sydney’s 71-point win in their preliminary final against North Melbourne.

“We all watched Sydney on Friday night and thought ‘wow’,” Mitchell said.

“We’re underdogs as far as everyone thinks, and that’s probably rightly so. They deserve to be the favourites.”

Former skipper Mitchell says it’s fitting that current captain Luke Hodge will reach a milestone on Saturday by playing his 250th game.

Mitchell said Hodge’s match-winning smother off the boot of Port Adelaide’s Brad Ebert in the last minute of Hawthorn’s three-point win last weekend was typical of Hodge.

“In finals, sometimes composure is what makes all the difference,” Mitchell said. AAP

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Murder victim’s father jailed for car crash on ice

Geoffrey Hocking, 60, of Ballater Street, Portland, was jailed on August 5 in the Portland Magistrates Court, but appealed against the severity of his sentence.THE father of a Portland murder victim has started a six-month jail sentence after causing a car accident while under the influence of the drug ice.

Geoffrey Hocking, 60, of Ballater Street, Portland, was jailed on August 5 in the Portland Magistrates Court, but appealed against the severity of his sentence.

Late last week he abandoned his appeal and started serving the six-month prison term.

Hocking’s son, 20-year-old Troy Hocking, was gunned down in a Portland residential street on October 15, 2012, during a Portland drug turf war for allegedly owing a $65,000 drug debt.

On December 30 last year his father caused an accident in Percy Street, Portland, when he veered onto the wrong side of the road and ran into a vehicle containing four people, including a mother and her two children.

The court heard that although no injuries were caused, the family members were put in extreme fear.

Hocking pleaded guilty in the Portland court to six charges, including driving under the influence of drugs (methamphetamine) and driving in a dangerous manner.

His new six-month jail term included a previously suspended jail sentence.

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Coastal plan hails potential of Peterborough

Peterborough, described in a draft masterplan as “an idyllic playground”, is listed for a local history museum, upgraded boat ramps and an extended golf course.AN extension of Peterborough’s golf course, a pedestrian-focused town green in Port Campbell and an eco-adventure hub in Princetown are among the bold visions outlined in a draft masterplan to boost tourism numbers on the Shipwreck Coast.

Peterborough, described in the plan as “an idyllic playground”, is also listed for a local history museum.

The document, which is out for a month of public scrutiny before being adopted, proposes better connections to nearby coastal parks and a revamp of the foreshore area, including ramps and decks to the Curdies inlet and Newfield Bay.

Irvine Road and Irvine Street have been listed for new north-south tree plantings, a cluster of recreation uses including wetland boardwalks and small-scale accommodation including a local café/provedor.

A town green is proposed to edge the south-east end of Irvine Road with a visitor pod, transport stop, bike share base and play and picnic facilities facing the beach.

“There is also potential for private-sector investment with an extension to the golf course if the land becomes available,” the plan says.

“Extension of the golf course will provide an opportunity for a new clubhouse to be established in a north-facing and relatively wind protected location close to the Curdies inlet which will in turn support existing and proposed accommodation offers.” Upgraded boat ramp facilities and a deck with multi-season bar/café are also in the plan.

Port Campbell is described as the historic heart of the Shipwreck Coast and is proposed as the head link with trails looping east and west.

The southern end of Lord Street is proposed for a “town green”.

“The green presents a unique opportunity to achieve a wind-protected, sun-filled space with opportunities for seating, shade and beach-edge views coupled with a retail edge,” the plan says.

A pedestrian-friendly main street would be encouraged.

“An opportunity exists for further private sector tourism investment near the rifle range or Two Mile Bay,” the plan says.

The Parks Victoria office would be moved to the depot and be replaced by a public transport park and ride hub which would also have a visitor centre.

In Princetown proposed new recreation attractions include boardwalks, viewing hides, a kayak/canoe and bicycle hub and a trail loop to the Glenample Homestead.

New trails, lookouts, access steps and pedestrian and bicycle bridges over the Sherbrook River are proposed along with a visitor pod on the Great Ocean Road.

The draft masterplan is available on the shipwreckcoastyourplan website.

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Port Waratah Coal cuts 32 jobs

ANOTHER 32 coal industry jobs are threatened after Port Waratah Coal Services announced more retrenchments at its Carrington and Kooragang Island coal terminals.

PWCS chief executive Hennie du Plooy said the company wanted to retrench 14 operators and trades people, nine staff and nine contractors.

But Australian Manufacturing Workers Union state organiser Cory Wright said unions were unhappy at the way the company had ‘‘announced the job cuts by press release’’ and that the loss of unionised jobs would be opposed.

‘‘We have a meeting with the company at 9.30am on Thursday and we need to see the evidence for them being genuine redundancies,’’ Mr Wright said.

‘‘There will be some older workers happy to take a package but as far as the union is concerned the important thing is to protect permanent jobs in the long run.’’

The latest cuts follow the loss of 34 jobs announced in July.

In total, PWCS will have shed about 10per cent of its workforce in the two tranches of retrenchment, but it still employs about 350 people and about 190 contractors.

Tonne for tonne, PWCS employs far more people than the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group terminal on Kooragang Island, which was built to be as mechanised as possible.

Mr du Plooy said on Tuesday the job cuts were part of the coal industry’s ‘‘focus on improving efficiency and productivity in response to current market conditions’’.

“We recognise the impact of changes like this on people and therefore don’t make these decisions lightly,” Mr du Plooy said.

“Industry demand for Port Waratah’s coal handling services remains high but it is important that we position our business to support the sustainability of the coal chain as a whole.’’

A PWCS spokesperson said the company expected to ship slightly more coal this year than last year.

He said coal companies were lodging their requests or ‘‘nominations’’ for capacity next year, with the results likely to be known in November.

Latest figures from the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Co-ordinator, which oversees the movement of coal from mines to the port, show that the industry is producing about 95per cent of the coal it expected to ship at the start of the year.

Corangamite Shire celebrates 20 years

THE outlook was uninterrupted vistas over lakes, craters and volcanic mounds — a quintessential Corangamite Shire scene — as current and former councillors and long-serving staff gathered to commemorate an important day in the shire’s history.

Corangamite Shire’s Cr Geoff Smith (left), mayor Chris O’Connor and CEO Andrew Mason at yesterday’s tree-planting ceremony.140923VH14 Picture: VICKY HUGHSON

Yesterday marked 20 years since the shire was formed in 1994 following state government amalgamations.

To mark the anniversary a tree was planted on a hilltop in the arboretum at the Camperdown Botanic Gardens.

Shire chief executive officer Andrew Mason said it was a small way to commemorate a significant date in the region’s history.

The Bunya Bunya pine, a Queensland native species that produces large pine cones and can grow to be 40 metres tall, was planted by Mr Mason, mayor Chris O’Connor, long-serving councillor Geoff Smith and former commissioner Alan Waterson.

The shire was formed after the Kennett Liberal government restructured local governments across the state.

The reforms dissolved 210 councils and sacked 1600 elected councillors, creating 78 new councils through amalgamations. Commissioners were appointed to drive the amalgamations and develop structures for the new councils before elections were held in 1996.

“We were very keen to mark the date to acknowledge the significant amount of work the three commissioners, Bernie Millroy, Neville Smith and Allan Waterson, did to bring the shire into what we know today,” Mr Mason said.

“They were responsible for setting the culture that continues in the shire.

“There are 37 staff members still working here that have been here since day one and of course Cr Geoff Smith has also been here since the first Corangamite Shire Council elections.

“I think that speaks very highly of what the commissioners achieved.”

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South-west’s most generous giver gets something in return

Geoff Handbury.

DECADES of health care philanthropy by businessman Geoff Handbury will be recognised today with the renaming of a Warrnambool building.

The Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD) will be renamed to honour Mr Handbury as well as to reflect its expanded range of medical services.

The Merri Street site will be renamed the Handbury Medical Suites, honouring the Hamilton-based businessman’s philanthropy.

WRAD director Geoff Soma said it was fitting the centre recognised the tremendous efforts of Mr Handbury, who has donated $700,000 to the organisation over the past seven years.

“The support of Geoff Handbury has been greatly appreciated and has been instrumental in helping WRAD to develop its medical services,” he said.

The renaming also reflects the development of general practice services from the centre. The Handbury Medical Suites are also home to psychology and drug and alcohol intake and assessment services.

Mr Soma said the new name was a positive move in the development of the organisation which started three decades ago as a drug and alcohol support service.

“We will be known as the Handbury Medical Suites incorporating WRAD services, psychology services and Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) services,” Mr Soma said.

“WRAD no longer correctly describes what happens at the centre. Our services have developed with the support of South West Healthcare and the Deakin School of Medicine who have helped us to provide accessible medical care for those in need.”

The centre, on Merri Street, will soon have four GPs providing bulk-billing services for the general community.

“Over the past seven years medical services have become a permanent and important part of our centre’s operations,” Mr Soma said.

“Many people don’t realise we provide GP services and the new name will be more descriptive of what we do.”

Mr Handbury, who owns and operates the ACE Radio network, has donated millions of dollars to several south-west institutions over the past three decades, including Hamilton Base Hospital, Peter’s Project, Hamilton and Alexandra College, RMIT University and the National Centre for Farmer Health.

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No bail for accused ice dealer

Jordan Carmody, 21, of Cordina Court, unsuccessfully applied for bail in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday after being charged with trafficking crystal methamphetamine.AN accused Warrnambool drug dealer alleged to have sought revenge after buying rock salt instead of ice has been remanded in custody after police raided his home last Friday.

Jordan Carmody, 21, of Cordina Court, unsuccessfully applied for bail in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday after being charged with trafficking crystal methamphetamine.

He was remanded in custody until December 12, when he has other matters listed in court.

Magistrate Peter Mellas said Mr Carmody by his own admissions was a heavy ice user and had decided to start trafficking. He said it was alleged a dispute had arisen which led to an aggravated burglary and Mr Carmody also failed to answer bail.

Mr Mellas denied bail, saying there had been a warrant executed by police last Friday and Mr Carmody was an unacceptable risk of reoffending or not attending court.

Police allege that on July 6 Mr Carmody and three co-offenders went to a Raglan Parade address looking for a convicted drug trafficker who had sold them rock salt instead of ice.

They forced open the door armed with a stick, baseball bat and axe but the drug dealer was not there. The men are alleged to have threatened women in the home.

Mr Carmody was charged by police but failed to appear in court on September 9. Last Friday, Warrnambool police divisional response unit officers executed a search warrant at Mr Carmody’s Cordina Court home.

After initially being told Mr Carmody was not home, police found him hiding in a rear bedroom wardrobe.

Officers also located a zip-lock bag containing 1.7 grams of ice in a book, empty zip-lock bags with residue and a number of tick lists detailing amounts of drugs sold and money owed.

Police allege Mr Carmody told them he used up to 0.4 grams of ice a day and had been using amphetamine for 12 months.

He is alleged to have told police he had been selling ice since March, buying it in $1250 lots before splitting it up for sale to cover the cost of his own extensive drug habit.

Mr Carmody told the court he had no prior convictions, wouldn’t reoffend if granted bail, would seek help for his addiction and that he had good family support.

He said he failed to appear in court because of “complete confusion” after his home was ransacked and he had property stolen.

Mr Carmody said when he reported that incident to police he had his head sliced open in an assault and he was suffering depression and anxiety due to the recent death of his grandfather.

He said he wanted to do something about his drug problem but didn’t know how to go about seeking help.

All Mr Carmody’s charges have now been adjourned until December 12, although he was told he could reapply for bail before then.

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Merri’s back on her bike for a good cause

FOUR months ago Killarney nurse Merri Vandekolk was a virtual non-cyclist — now she pushes the pedals almost every day in a bid to ride 500 kilometres next month to raise money for cancer research.

“In my work I see many cases where adults have cancer, but I’m also aware of the very young who have it in their infancy,” Ms Vandekolk said.

“They should be able to live a full life. I decided to join the Great Cycle Challenge to help find cures for cancer.”

The challenge is a national initiative aimed at raising $1.5 million this year towards a research centre at the Children’s Medical Research Institute.

More than 5150 people, including several from the south-west, are preparing for the October challenge in which they set distance and funding targets.

Ms Vandekolk has raised her profile via Facebook and raised more than $200 so far towards her $500 target.

“Before I bought a road bike in May I hadn’t been on a bike much since I was a kid,” she confessed.

“Now I try to go riding three or four times a week.”

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Julia Gillard cried when she found out Kevin Rudd viewed her as disloyal, former PM tells Ray Martin

Julia Gillard says she went out of her way to prop up Kevin Rudd when he was prime minister. Photo: Channel Nine Julia Gillard speaks to Ray Martin on Tuesday night. Photo: Channel Nine

A screen grab of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard being interviewed by Ray Martin, Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Photo credit Channel Nine

Ratings: Gillard more popular than Howard and Home and Away

Julia Gillard was so upset at being viewed as disloyal by Kevin Rudd that she broke down in tears on the day she challenged him for the leadership.

Ms Gillard stood behind her decision to challenge Mr Rudd – and her later decision to form a minority government with The Greens – in an interview with Ray Martin on Channel Nine.

On the morning of Ms Gillard’s leadership challenge in June 2010, Fairfax Media published a report saying Mr Rudd had dispatched his chief of staff to test his caucus support, because he did not believe his deputy’s public assurances that she was not interested in the leadership.

This upset Ms Gillard, who said she and other senior ministers had worked hard to shield the public from Mr Rudd’s flaws as leader.

“I’d felt like I’d done everything I possibly could to help and support and prop Kevin up and there had already, in the days before, been some signs that you know now I was being viewed with suspicion, and just I cried because I felt it was just so unfair,” she said.

But Ms Gillard admitted she felt “self-recrimination” about a conversation she had with Mr Rudd and NSW Labor elder John Faulkner. While Ms Gillard denies offering Mr Rudd extra time as leader, she says she “fed” his hope by talking to him for too long.

“[I]f anything, the accusations against me in politics and [that] you … still read in the newspapers – you know, the women who wielded the knife – if anything, the reputation I have from that night is one of political brutality.

“Actually in the moment I was hesitant, a conversation went too long, I certainly fed hope. I shouldn’t have done that. I, you know, really do here and more extensively in the book talk about my sense of self-recrimination over that.”

Ms Gillard says she expected Mr Rudd to feel “shock” and “grief” about losing the leadership but did not expect him to retain leadership ambitions.

“I thought it was likely that he would, or at least possible that he would, walk away,” she said.

Ms Gillard said she had “no choice” but to offer Mr Rudd the job of foreign minister after the 2010 election, because he would otherwise have leaked against the government.

As Prime Minister, Ms Gillard said she faced a “cocktail” of internal destabilisation and public criticism – some of which was related to the fact she was an unmarried woman.

Ms Gillard defended her decision to attack then opposition leader Tony Abbott as a misogynist in a famous speech to Parliament.

“I know the dictionary has been moving these definitions on;  the traditional definition is obviously hatred of women,” she said. “I guess I’ve expanded that to conduct that shows a hatred of women enjoying true equal opportunities, trying to confine them  to more traditional roles or lesser roles by word or deed.”

Ms Gillard said her decision to form a minority government with the Greens and independents was not dissimilar to the situation the Abbott  government faces today in the Senate.

“One could say: is Mr Abbott Clive Palmer’s slave today?” she said. “I mean it depends on how people want to argue it and put the politics but it’s certainly true, that on big questions where the major parties have divided, Mr Abbott can’t do anything unless Clive Palmer says yes.”

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