Poor start for Tigers

GONE: Andy Newton is bowled out by Blake Nixon. Newton made 47 runs. PHOTO: Peter Whitten

SATURDAY marked the return of cricket for Ovens Valley United but unfortunately it was some all too common errors that cost the Tigers victory in its opening round clash with Rovers United Bruck.

The home side failed to bat out their 40 overs while dropped catches again proved costly when defending a small total.

Ovens Valley was all out for 121 inside 35 overs after being sent into bat at McNamara Reserve before RUB claimed the points with a final score of 7/151.

After a solid start from Corey Southern (10) and Tom Chettleburgh (14) the Tigers fell from 0/26 to 4/27 as both openers departed and Josh Newton and Bernard Ruaro failed to trouble the scorers.

Andrew Newton helped rebuild the innings with a run-a-ball 47 before succumbing to Blake Nixon when the score was 87 while Michael Newton contributed 17 to get the Tigers past 100.

Tim Ruaro was the last man to fall with 34 balls still left in the innings.

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Strong demand for new U3A presenters

MYRTLEFORD Neighbourhood Centre president Gillian Gasser and Alpine seniors’ advocacy program’s Barbara Nannapieri think opportunities for Myrtleford’s older people to share knowledge and skills can only benefit the community. The pair has welcomed the possibility of forming a ‘University of the Third Age’ in Myrtleford, which is to be canvassed at a meeting on October 24.

THE call by Mount Beauty’s Alpine U3A for new presenters who could help to deliver its course program is testament to strong demand from older people in the community for learning, skills and knowledge sharing.

Member Fay Mason and activities co-ordinator Judith Falle said the 165-strong membership of the U3A branch regularly took part in a wide range of courses, which are largely informal and in which participation is voluntary.

“On the first Friday of every month we have a coffee morning with a guest speaker and the Senior Citizens’ Hall is invariably full,” Ms Mason said.

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Farm planning worry

Local small farmers concerned by draft livestock proposals

PRINCIPLES: Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance president Tammi Jonas, in the North East this week, is deeply concerned about inconsistencies in the Victorian government’s draft animal industries planning changes. PHOTO: Jamie Kronborg

AN Australian farming and food organisation believes the enterprise of North East small farmers free-ranging pigs and poultry will be at risk unless the Victorian government makes radical changes to draft animal industries planning controls.

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance – which represents about 250 small-scale farmers – has this week launched a petition to alert the government to the effect of the draft changes on farmers and their communities.

Alliance president Tammi Jonas, who on Sunday and Monday was in the North East where there is a growing number of small-scale producers, told the Times-Observer the government in 2015 had established an Animal Industries Advisory Committee.

It had been set up to determine how the state planning provisions might, as the government described the strategy, “better support the establishment and expansion of productive…animal industries…balancing environmental outcomes and community expectations”.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has subsequently released a ‘Planning for sustainable animal industries’ discussion paper about the draft recommendations which is open for public comment until November 14.

In contention is a proposal to introduce a system of “graduated” planning controls.

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Spartan Race bigger and better in year two

NET TROUBLE: Hundreds of kids took to the junior Spartan race on Saturday morning. PHOTOS: Justin Jenvey

SPARTAN Race organisers say the weekend’s Bright Trifecta couldn’t have gone better.

“We had four new marquee obstacles, a lot of new stuff in the festival area and an atmosphere that was just buzzing all weekend,” Spartan Race CEO Max DeLacy said.

“Numbers were good, we actually got completely wrong footed by the amount of people, adults and kids, that signed up on Saturday.

“Normally you only have 50 or 100 people sign up on the day but we had 400-500 and a que that was 150 metres long.

“We weren’t ready for that but it was amazing.

“The kind of weather for racing couldn’t have been better, overcast at times but still with a good amount of sunshine and no rain apart from a little bit on Sunday.

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Fundraiser set to get fresh water flowing in Myanmar

CONNECTION: A crowd funding campaign has allowed people in the remote village of Mindat in Myanmar to begin laying a pipe to give them acccess to fresh drinking water.

A FUNDING target of $10,000 to complete a 7km pipeline which will deliver fresh drinking water to the villagers of Mindat in Chin State, Myanmar has been reached within three weeks of opening.

On September 18, a crowd funding campaign was launched by Bright man Gei Lin Thang with a goal to raise $20,000 to improve the living conditions for those in his home village of around 150 people.

Almost $15,000 has already been raised through the crowd funding page and from direct bank deposits with more than 100 people donating to the cause.

Ric Williamson, who helped set up the campaign, said with the first $10,000 target secured, villagers had commenced work to complete the pipeline.

“The great thing about this project is there is no bureaucracy, they don’t have to wait for money to be delivered to them,” he said.

“They have access to it straight away and have already bought pipes and have started to lay them.

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Bright park plan

Community feedback needed to address town centre concerns

ALPINE Shire Council is set to begin developing a comprehensive car parking plan for Bright.

Local residents will be invited to provide feedback on the plan that will support the continued economic growth of Bright and its reputation as a popular tourism and events drawcard.

Alpine Shire assets director Will Jeremy said the council was looking to develop a plan that sets out clear actions to address the current and future parking demands within the town centre.

“We know that Bright is a great town in which to live, work and visit which has a variety of car parking options,” he said.

“However, we also know that during our busy times there is very strong demand for town centre parking.

“We frequently have concerns raised with us about an increasing difficulty in finding a convenient car park.

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Crime down again in the Alpine Shire

CRIME in the Alpine Shire has fallen for the third year in a row.

The latest Crime Agency Statistics released last Friday for the year ending June 30, shows a 9.1 per cent overall reduction in criminal activity in the Alpine LGA.

Total offences were at their lowest since 2013 with 38 fewer incidents reported over the 12 month period.

Inspector Kerrie Hicks (pictured above) said the drop from 419 offences to 381 was pleasing for police and the community in the Ovens and Kiewa valleys.

“The data is good but what’s really important to me is that people feel safe and part of that is having that communication with the community and actually making sure they feel safe,” he said.

Despite an overall reduction in crime there were some offences that increased.

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Runners enjoy another Harrietville Half Marathon

LONG WAY: Natallie and Holli Amos make heir way through Germantown in the half marathon.PHOTOS: Graham Gales

A BIGGER than expected crowd turned out for the Harrietville Half Marathon on Sunday.

Organisers were concerned that this coming weekend’s Spartan Race would draw numbers away from the fun run, but almost 200 competitors made their way to Tavare Park for the event.

The 21.1km half marathon field was bigger than ever before with more than one-third of runners taking on the longest race distance.

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Cars line up for ‘Shine’

PURRING MOTORING NOSTALGIA SET FOR SHOW Myrtleford Rotary Club and Myrtleford Chopped and Changed Kustom Car Club on Saturday host the community’s second annual Show ‘n’ Shine and Swap Meet at Myrtleford Showgrounds. Kustom Car Club co-founders Garry Cole (front), Stefan Saric and Alby Barton, member Steve Lamb and club president Will Watson (not pictured) brought some of their collective range out for a preview on Tuesday – including a 1964 XM Ford Falcon, 1975 Daimler, Holden HR utility, 1957 Chevrolet pick-up and 1966 Valiant. Alby thinks Her Late Majesty the Queen Mother would have enjoyed a ride in his Daimler if ever she had visited Myrtleford. “It would have been the right car,” he said.

MYRTLEFORD Rotary Club and Myrtleford Chopped and Changed Kustom Car Club are oiled up to host the community’s second annual Show ‘n’ Shine and Swap Meet at Myrtleford Showgrounds on Saturday.

Gates open at 8am after set up from 6am.

Kustom Car Club co-founder Garry Cole said the club had enjoyed great support in Myrtleford since it was formed two years ago with the help of Alby and Sean Barton, Stefan Saric and Will Watson.

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Taxi trial falters

Service usage is struggling, at only 54 per cent of capacity

HIRING: Myrtleford Taxi driver Alan Muller says fares during the recent sporting season finals have been good but day-to-day uptake has been patchy. PHOTO: Jamie Kronborg

AN attempt by Myrtleford’s James and Denise Wei to revive a community taxi service may come to nothing unless it secures a significant jump in fare pick-ups.

The Myrtleford doctor and his wife – who launched a three-month trial on August 21 to enable them to test demand for cab hire in Alpine Shire’s main Ovens Valley communities – told the Times Observer last week that the trial was slated to fail given the current level of hiring.

“Five to six weeks in we are running at 54 per cent capacity of what the service used to be prior to it shutting down in December, 2016, and bleeding $1000 per month just for operational costs,” Dr Wei said.

“In the past three weeks hiring has essentially stagnated.”

The Weis set out to assess the need for a local service by arranging with the Wilson family, which operated Myrtleford’s former taxi service, to lease their still-valid carriage licence.

The couple also made a hybrid car available for the trial and secured the necessary Taxi Commission and VicRoads’ approvals.

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