Unique Victorian property ready for restoration in Kangaroo Flat

Posted on 03/18/2019

Unique Victorian property ready for restoration HISTORIC: Hope Park in Kangaroo Flat was designed in 1867. New owners Joanne Mananis and Michael Bonavita plan to restore the property.

Hope Park in Kangaroo Flat was designed in 1867.

Hope Park in Kangaroo Flat was designed in 1867.

Hope Park in Kangaroo Flat was designed in 1867.

TweetFacebookJoanne Mananis and her husband Michael Bonavita looked all over Victoria for a unique property.

They found 12 Weir Court in Kangaroo Flat –a historic site known as Hope Park that was designed and built by Scottish immigrant architect David Weir in 1867.

The stone house was built with stone quarried from the site and, prior to Joanne and Michael buying it, had been in one family’s hands for more than 110 years.

“We walked through the first time and knew it was really special,” Joanne said.

“It’s nice that it has been in one family for so long. We love the area and feel very fortunate to have the house.”

Hope Park is an orne-style cottage that has an L-shaped plan, steeply pitched roofs, stone or masonry drip mouldings, prominent chimneys andcanted bay windows in the projecting wings.

Asa geologist, the stone and rock design appealed to Joanne.

“It has a beautiful European feel. I like to work with stone,” she said.

“We settle in about a month and are planning to move and do as much restoration as we can ourselves.

“It’s going to be a labour of love. When you do the work yourself, you really care about it and do it well.”

Joanne said the restoration will be a project that the couple will slowly complete over a number of years.

“We want to make it look nice in the gardens andmaintain the unique features inside but modernise it a little bit,” she said.

“We won’tchange to much about it. The walls are made of stone so we can’t knock down too many of those but rooms nice and large.

“Hopefully we can have an open house and garden in years to come. It’s nice that people are interestedin that sort of history.”

When shopping for their new home Joanne and Michael weren’t necessarily looking at Bendigo.

“We were looking all over Victoria for a unique property and found this online. We loved the whole design and structure with the stone,” Joanne said.

“There is also a nice community feel in Bendigo. It really ticked all the boxes.”

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A-League rivals unhappy at Roar’s FFA coup

Posted on 03/18/2019

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi says Pedj Radinovic will play a big part in the team’s set-up.Brisbane Roar have scored a massive off-field advantage after recruiting former FFA employee Pedj Radinovic as their new football director in a move that has irritated rival A-League clubs.

Coach John Aloisi said it was a “massive plus” that the embattled Roar were able to snare the unheralded Radinovic as a replacement for the departing Craig Moore.

Radinovic will start work next month and bring with him an enviable amount of inside information from FFA having worked there for the past six years, most recently as compliance manager.

Not only does he have an intimate knowledge of all relevant rules and regulations, he was in charge of A-League salary cap reporting and policing – meaning he has seen almost every contract in the competition and is aware of what players are earning.

It’s understood other teams are unhappy that the Roar will benefit from that influx of FFA intellectual property, but have largely given the hard-working and well-respected Radinovic their blessing in his new endeavour.

Brisbane have 17 senior players coming off contract and will be a big player in the end-of-season transfer market.

“I’m sure he’ll have his hands full once he does come in because there’s a few contracts that are up and also, we have to plan for next season,” Aloisi told reporters on Saturday.

“We have to make sure we build a squad that we believe is going to win it. That’s our goal.

“He’s going to be very important for us, Pedj.

“He’s going to be great support for myself and the football department but also the club, because his work ethic is second to none. He’s passionate about the game.”

One of the first players Radinovic will speak to when he arrives in Brisbane is left-back Corey Brown, the reigning club champion who has attracted strong interest from Melbourne Victory.

“I’ve been at the club for seven years, I’ve grown up in Brisbane. I love the club immensely,” Brown said.

“Obviously if that’s an option, I’d love to (stay). We’ll see what happens. I just leave all that talk to my agent.”

Further changes to the Roar’s football department are likely, with a new physiotherapist having recently started following a review of the club’s fitness and medical operations.

PM to meet Trump and address US governors

Posted on 03/18/2019

Malcolm Turnbull will meet with US President Donald Trump next month to talk economic growth.Malcolm Turnbull will meet with Donald Trump at the White House and address a conference of American governors when he visits the United States later this month.

The prime minister will sit down with Mr Trump on February 23 to talk terrorism, economic growth and expanding security and defence co-operation in the Indo-Pacific region.

“The United States is ‘s most important ally,” Mr Turnbull said in a statement.

“And there is more we can do to strengthen our partnership and drive economic growth and prosperity across the region.”

It’s expected Mr Turnbull will also raise the issue of the US taking part in the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership, after Mr Trump signalled he could re-engage in the trade pact if it was in his nation’s interests.

“President Trump looks forward to further enhancing our partnership and alliance, and demonstrating our shared commitment to the democratic values that underpin peace and prosperity around the world,” Mr Trump’s press secretary said in a statement.

The prime minister will also deliver a keynote speech to the National Governors Association, which is partnering with the n embassy in Washington.

“This is consistent with our objective of deepening engagement with the US at all levels of government,” Mr Turnbull said.

The White House also flagged a celebration of “100 years of mateship through war, peace, and prosperity, charting the course for the coming century of partnership”.

Confirmation of the visit came 12 months after details of a robust phone call between the two leaders was leaked to US media.

The Washington Post reported at the time Mr Trump claimed the refugee resettlement deal struck with Barack Obama was “the worst deal ever”.

However, the US president later honoured the agreement.

The leaders held a face-to-face meeting in New York in May, at which Mr Trump declared he and Mr Turnbull “get along great”.

BBL finalists welcome back key players

Posted on 03/18/2019

D’Arcy Short will be released from the n Twenty20 squad to play in the BBL final.BBL grand finalists Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes have praised as common sense the release of some n players for the tournament decider.

Strikers captain Travis Head and wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey and Hurricanes opener D’Arcy Short fly to Adelaide on Sunday, in time to play in the BBL finale.

The trio have been granted a release from the n Twenty20 squad in Sydney, in a move welcomed by Hobart skipper George Bailey and Strikers vice-captain Colin Ingram.

“You just want your best players playing so it’s great for both teams and great for the tournament,” Bailey told reporters in Adelaide on Saturday.

“As players, if we want top be winning a tournament, we want to be winning against the absolute best.

“And you want to be playing in the best possible team you can, so it’s a great compromise.”

Adelaide’s Head was his side’s match-winner in a white-knuckle last-ball semi-final win against Melbourne Renegades on Friday night.

Head cracked 85 from 57 balls and then flew to Sydney to rejoin the n T20 squad – but he won’t play in the tri-series opener against New Zealand on Saturday.

Head will fly back to Adelaide with Carey and Short for the grand final, which starts at 4.30pm AEDT.

“It’s just another big confidence boost going into the grand final,” Ingram told reporters on Saturday.

“Getting a couple of players back is great for the group. Everyone is in the best space we have been in through the season.”

But Adelaide will be without their legspinning trumpcard Rashid Khan, who flew out of Adelaide on Saturday to join his Afghanistan teammates for a series against Zimbabwe.

Rashid took 18 wickets – the equal-most in the competition – and conceded the least runs per over of any bowler.

“Someone should have just hid his passport away, to be honest,” Ingram said.

“He has been a great contributor for us .. he’s a wholehearted cricketer and it’s obviously sad to see him go.”

Fellow leggie Liam O’Connor, who hasn’t played all tournament, is in the frame to replace Rashid.

“We have been planning for it for a number of weeks,” Ingram said.

“Liam has been preparing for this game … he’s an exciting spinner so if he gets a chance, I’m looking forward to seeing him bowl.”

Lucy Gichuhi steps out as Liberal senator

Posted on 02/18/2019

Senator Lucy Gichuhi’s defection has secured an essential upper house vote for the government.South n senator Lucy Gichuhi has given the Turnbull government a handy boost ahead of parliament’s return by joining the Liberal Party.

The surprise move eases the coalition’s pain in the Senate, reducing the size of the crossbench and boosting its numbers to 30.

The Kenyan-born crossbencher, who was catapulted into federal parliament to replace disqualified Family First senator Bob Day, hit the streets with senior South n Liberal Simon Birmingham on Saturday.

Senator Gichuhi said learning from Liberal politicians over the past nine months had convinced her to join the party.

“For me, this is an opportunity to learn how to serve South ,” she told reporters in Adelaide.

“I have been a student – I mean literally, a student – learning from parliamentarians because as you may all know I’m not coming from a political background.”

Senator Gichuhi said Liberal Party values closely aligned with her own core beliefs.

Senator Birmingham said his party’s new recruit would help the Liberals connect with communities from a broad diversity of views and backgrounds.

“This is a wonderful testament to the fact that we have, over the last year, worked co-operatively with Lucy in the Senate and here in South to build a strong relationship,” he said.

“I am confident that in Canberra Lucy will be a strong advocate for South and for Liberal values, and that here in South , Lucy will continue to be a hard-working senator.”

The government will now require the votes of nine of 11 crossbenchers to pass legislation opposed by Labor and the Greens, rather than 10 of 12.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is ecstatic about the surprise manoeuvre, which comes days before parliament’s first sitting day for the year on Monday.

“She is a true n success story and we are honoured that she has chosen to join the Liberal Party,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Lucy’s values are fundamentally Liberal values; freedom of choice, conscience, thought and belief, a fair go, mutual obligation and contributing to society.”

Senator Gichuhi took Bob Day’s seat following a vote recount after he was ruled ineligible to stand for election.

She then quit Family First after it merged with the n Conservatives.

Her defection is another boost for Mr Turnbull after the resignation of Labor MP David Feeney who was unable to prove he was no longer a British citizen.

The Greens are a big chance to win the by-election in Mr Feeney’s Melbourne seat of Batman, which would give the government some breathing space in the lower house where it currently holds a one-seat majority.

Preschool funding deal extended for year

Posted on 02/18/2019

The Turnbull government is chipping in $440 million to extend preschool funding for a year.Federal funding for preschools has been extended by a year, at a cost of $440 million, as the Turnbull government continues to negotiate a long-term deal with the states.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the funding injection will extend the national partnership on early childhood education into 2019, covering more than 348,000 children.

This will ensure children have access to 15 hours of quality early learning in the year before school.

The announcement comes as new data shows nearly one in 10 of the children the program was supposed to support weren’t enrolled in preschool.

And only around 70 per cent of children enrolled in dedicated preschool were attending for the full 15 hours a week.

“There’s clearly an opportunity to work with states and territories to ensure our funding for preschool is best supporting all children, especially those who most need it,” Senator Birmingham said.

He said too often students not getting the full 15 hours of preschool came from disadvantaged backgrounds, raising the potential for a “lost generation” of children who start school too far behind their counterparts.

The extension would provide time to work through such issues with the states, but the federal opposition is not impressed.

“Whilst Labor welcomes this last minute stop-gap, it’s a weak effort by the minister who has once again left uncertainty in the sector and uncertainty for families,” Labor MP Amanda Rishworth said.

“If the Turnbull government were serious about giving our children the best possible opportunities in life they would ensure long-term funding for four-year-old preschool was secured.”

Senator Birmingham argued states must do more to lift attendance rates before the end of 2019.

“We’re not going to give the states a blank cheque when they’re failing to actually get kids who could benefit the most to turn up to preschool,” he said.

“We want to work with the states to make sure we can target those children with disadvantage, lift those attendance rates, and get over the next couple of years better data and better attendance that can provide the basis to better structure the preschool arrangements for the long term.”

Sixers and Scorchers clash in WBBL finale

Posted on 02/18/2019

Sarah Aley says disrupting Perth’s top-order batting will be a key factor in the WBBL grand final.The Sydney Sixers believe making early strikes with the ball against the Perth Scorchers will determine if they defend their WBBL crown.

The Sixers and Scorchers clash at Adelaide Oval on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s WBBL grand final.

Sydney won that game and strike bowler Sarah Aley says disrupting Perth’s top-order batting will be vital to repeating the feat.

While Sydney topped the table in this edition of the tournament, the Scorchers beat them twice in their minor-round meetings.

“The games against the Scorchers, they are probably a couple of times when we missed out on taking early wickets,” Aley said.

“With them, that is crucial.

“Obviously Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton have been batting really well and are keys in their line-up and they have got some really strong players in their middle order as well.

“So for us, it’s making sure we take early chances.

“We have seen in the last few games that when we do that, we have got on a bit of a roll and been able to put a squeeze on.”

Aley will be a pivotal player in that template after her semi-final heroics – she claimed four wickets in a 17-run win against the Adelaide Strikers.

Aley snared wickets with her initial two balls and, after two overs, had remarkable figures of 4-1.

That took her tournament total to 22 wickets, second only to Perth’s Katherine Brunt (23 wickets).

The Scorchers’ Villani is the leading run-scorer with 519 runs and her opening partner Bolton is third with 477.

And while cheaply dismissing that duo is central to Sydney’s plans, Aley said the Sixers would also look inward.

“We just look at ourselves mostly and make sure that we’re doing the things that we want to do,” she said.

“With the bat we probably didn’t score as many runs as we would have liked (in the semi-final) so that is an area we will look at – making sure we’re scoring off as many balls as we can and just eliminating the dot balls.

“And then making sure we’re nice and sharp in the field, I think those things are what is going to keep us in good stead.”

Lyle Shelton quits ACL to join Bernardi

Posted on 02/18/2019

Lyle Shelton has withdraw from the n Christian Lobby to chase a career in federal politics.High profile activist Lyle Shelton will join Cory Bernardi’s n Conservatives party after stepping down from the n Christian Lobby.

Mr Shelton, a key figure in the fight against same-sex marriage, announced on Saturday his resignation as managing director of the ACL to pursue a career in federal politics.

“Last year during the marriage campaign I felt very much drawn to the political side of things, to the partisan side of politics,” he said.

“I’m not leaving the battle for the values that you and I hold dear – just simply going to a different part of the battlefield.”

Mr Shelton will move from Canberra to his home state of Queensland to prepare for a tilt at the next federal election.

He did not say which party he would represent but sources say he will announce a new role with the n Conservatives at a community event in Toowoomba on Sunday.

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz wished Mr Shelton well in his pivot to politics.

“Lyle Shelton has been a strong and effective advocate for Judeo-Christian values during a period where it’s been unfashionable to be so,” Senator Abetz said.

“His steadfast defence of some of our most important institutions has been both inspiring and refreshing. All the best.”

Mr Shelton’s former chief of staff Martyn Iles will take over as managing director of the ACL.

“There’s never been more pressure on people of faith and on the church simply for living out our timeless convictions,” Mr Iles said.

“Therefore there’s never been a more crucial time in history in for the church and for Christian people to continue to engage with law and with politics and with culture.”

Hundreds attend funeral for pilot Sandra Southwell killed in Tasmania light air crash

Posted on 02/18/2019

Sad Loss: Plane crash survivor, Barry Bransden, receives support at the funeral of his partner Sandra Southwell. Picture: Brodie Weeding. The partner of a respected Tasmanian aviation identity has penned aheartfelt tribute to his “soulmate Sandy” delivered at her funeral on Friday.

Pilot Sandra Southwell, 63, of Sheffield, who was killed in last month’slight aircrash,was farewelled by about 400 mourners at a fitting celebration of her adventure-packedlife in Devonport. Her partner Barry Bransden, 68, survived the crash.

Ms Southwell was attemptingto landher Cessna 182 aircraft on a runway on a property atBoobyalla on January 20 when it crashed. Sadly Ms Southwell died being airlifted tohospital.Mr Bransden attended herfuneral on crutches and asked his brother, Brian, to readtheloving words he wrote.

Mournersat the Mersey Gardens Chapel included members of the aviation communitywho camefrom around the country to be there.

A picture was painted of anaccomplished, loving andgenerous woman who contributed a lot to aviation andgavelife everything. Mr Bransden thankedpeople for comingto help wish “my princess a good flight to her final destination.”

“Sandy and I have had the best time together I doubtmany couples could have fitted the number ofadventures in their lives Sandy and I have,” he said.

“Sandy was one of the most hardworking, honest and loving people on this Earth…she was strong-willed and extremely highly principled. She was a great role model to young women.”

Glowing tributes for pilot killed in Tasmania light air crash Brian Bransden delivers the tribute his brother Barry wrote for his beloved Sandy.

President of the Devonport Aero Club, Terry Travers, speaks at the funeral of aviation identity Sandra Southwell.

TweetFacebook The funeral of pilot Sandra Southwell.Mourners heardaboutthe talented equestrian’s lifelong passionfor horses. She first met Barry at the Trowutta Showground wherehesaid hecould not help but notice “she was a star”.After becominga couple she joined him in his business, Tasmanian Horse Transport, as office managerand within two weeks was driving a truck.

“Together with a lot of hard work, long days and determination we turned itinto one of ’s leading horse transport companies,” hesaid.

Sandra Southwell and Barry Bransden at the Devonport Aero Club.

After 17 years of shipping horses it was time for a change of pace and retirement.

Mr Bransdenrecalled whenhe gave Sandy a diary forChristmas and later she gently suggested she was possibly worth a bit more.

“Out of the blue so to speak, I gave her a birthday present of five flying lessons and I was redeemed,” he said.

Aviation soon became a huge part of her life. Ms Southwell was Tasmanian president of the n Women Pilots’ Association and astrongadvocate for womenin aviation.

Devonport Aero Club president Terry Travers,Cessna 182 Association of president Frank Lewis and n Women Pilots’ Association president Deborah Evans also deliveredtributes.

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Unanderra grandmother Georgina Masters sentenced to jail for role in $100k phishing scam

Posted on 01/18/2019

Scammed: Georgina Masters admitted in court that her actions in dealing with the cash were ‘reckless’ and that she should have known the money wasn’t legitimate.A lonely grandmother who unwittingly helped her online“fiancee” carry out a$100,000 phishing scam that defrauded a retiree of his life savings has been sentenced to six months’ jail.

Georgina Masters, from the Illawarra,believed she was in a committed relationship with an Africanman named Joseph Trimblewhen she agreed in February 2017to let him use her bank account for a series of moneytransfers.

She told police the pair had connectedon Facebook and spoke on the phone daily, but had never met in person. Still, she said Trimble had confessed his loveand planned to move to so they could marry.

So Masters said she didn’t hesitate when Trimble initially asked her to accept a stranger’sdepositof $15,000into her account.

He then had her send him the cashvia international money transfer, telling her the funds would be used forbuilding projects in South Africa.

She later told investigating police there were seven transactions in total worth a combined $68,500.

She admitted having concerns about the authenticity of the moneybut didn’t act on those concerns.

“I honestly thought he loved me…I trusted him,” she told police, but admitted her actions had been“reckless” and that she shouldhave known the money was not legitimate.

In fact, it would later become apparent that Masters was the third person to have been duped by the same elaborate scam–and the second to have done it for love.

A police investigation revealed the $68,500originally belonged to a Wagga Wagga retiree who fell for a fake email, purportedly from his lawyers, advisinghim to deposit $100,000 into their trust account to finalise his purchase of an investment property.

The money instead went to a bank account owned by Western n man Agustino Bellombra.

As it happened, Bellombra,had recentlyfallen for a mysterious woman named Angela Robert, whom he’d met on adating website.

Just days before the $100,000 landed in his account, Bellombra had been contacted by Robert who claimedshe had been detained by the Belgian government while in the country to collect a sizableinheritance.

She said herbank accounts had been frozen and she needed money for a lawyer.Bellombra responded immediately, selling some of his personal belongings to send her funds.

Like Masters, he too did not hesitate when his online “lover” then asked him to act as an intermediary in monetary matters.

He agreed to accept transfers for her and gave her his bank details. A few days later the $100,000 from the unsuspecting Wagga retiree landed in his account.

Bellombra then followed Robert’s directions where to put the money–including depositing $68,500 into Georgina Masters’ bank account.

The remaining cash was filtered overseas via international money transfer.

The extent of thefraudcame to light after the Wagga retiree discovered he’d been scammed and reported the matter to police.

Detectives connected the dots and subsequently raided Master’s Unanderra house in June 2017, seizinga vast quantity of evidence including transaction receipts, bank statements and hand-written notes

Masters was eventually charged withdealing with proceeds of crime to which she pleaded guilty in court on Friday.

Defence lawyerMatt Ward said the case was unique and described Masters as a“cog in the wheel” of a much larger, well organised fraud circle.

“It’s a cog that needs to be there for the scam to work…but she had no knowledge of the original scam [involving the $100,000],” he said.

“She accepts she’s done a horrible thing to someone she doesn’t know at all.”

Mr Ward confirmed Masters had also transferred $10,000 of her own money to Trimble, which she would never see again.

“She’s received no financial benefit from her actions and now she finds herself in this position,” he said.

In imposing thesentence, Magistrate Michael Stoddart said the matter was a serious one that warranted full time jail.

He also questioned what led Masters to think the scam was legitimate.

“Where does common sense come into the equation?” he said.

“Surely common sense would tell you there’s something wrong with this…now there’s an unfortunate gentleman in Wagga who has lost his life savings.”

Masters was taken into custody but released a short time later after lodging an appeal against the sentence and receiving bail.

The appeal is expected to be heard in Wollongong District Court in late March.

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