Ricky Smedts.WARRNAMBOOL Mountain Bike Club (WMTBC) will close its season with another two-hour enduro tonight before returning to the drawing board to work out its next chapter.
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WMTBC committee member Jeff Mutsaers said tonight’s race would mark “the end of chapter one”, with the club’s permit to use Thunder Point expiring with daylight savings.

He said the club was keen to continue hosting races in Warrnambool, particularly after its competitive schedule had been embraced this season.

Mutsaers believes hosting local races is crucial when it comes to the growth of the club.

“It’s really all come to an end so we have to go back to the drawing board and try and get another year,” he said.

“We’re really hopeful that we can make that happen.

“We’ll be working with the council and DSE to come to some sort of arrangement.”

WMTBC is ending its season with an eventful couple of days, with 2010 world 24-hour solo champion Jessica Douglas visiting the club last night to run junior clinics.

This afternoon the Forrest rider will assist coaches with a mountain bike skills session, which is part of her training business.

“The nucleus of the club is that we exist for juniors and development,” Mutsaers said.

“In this sport, generally what happens if you make it, you have to leave town and you spend a lot of time on the road chasing competition.

“Generally when somebody gets to that level, they’re not interested in little local events.”

But not Douglas, who is willing to share her knowledge and passion with clubs and give youngsters an insight into what it takes to reach the elite level.

This afternoon’s coaching session will be followed by the season-ending two-hour enduro, which will also incorporate the Thunder Point Dirt Criterium Series, as the first lap will count towards competitors’ handicaps. WMTBC held an enduro race in January, which attracted about 50 riders.

While the dirt criterium series is focused on improvement as riders compete against themselves, the enduro is a more competitive event.

“It’s who can do the most laps in two hours,” Mutsaers said.

Ricky Smedts took out the enduro in January and will be one of the riders to beat tonight.

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THE south-west has been left out of the three-year rollout for high-speed fibre cable internet delivered in the first stage of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
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The federal government’s eventual nationwide network will connect to 3.5 million homes in 1500 towns and suburbs over the next three years, but will not be fully complete until 2021.

NBN Co Ltd boss Mike Quigley said today’s launch of the three-year schedule was a “turning point” for the federal government project.

“We are moving out of doing the trials, doing all the planning, all the negotiations with Telstra deal, submissions with the ACCC,” Mr Quigley said.

NBN Co, the government-owned builder of the $35.9 billion network, is commissioned to deliver high-speed fibre cable broadband to 93 per cent of homes, schools and businesses by 2021.

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But an infuriated Member for Wannon Dan Tehan has described the rationale for the three-year rollout as a “complete joke”.

“The problem is this is a city-centric federal government, which is not allocating broadband on a needs basis,” he said.

“It finds all the excuses in the world to just deliver to major capital cities because they can get the commercial gains they need for the $50 billion the NBN is costing to roll out.

“That is why you’ll see areas of NBN rollout occuring in major metropolitan centres where broadband needs are not equivalent to those in regional and rural areas.

“I don’t think this government has the competenancy levels to determine how the rest of the rollout will take place.

“One lives in hope it could be based on a needs basis but everything we’ve seen indicates they will continue to operate on an ad hoc basis on the whim of the NBN and the minister.”

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Bob Dylan around the time of his first album in 1962.IN 1962, the musical landscape was very different.
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The Twist

As with every year, there are certain albums that helped shape the future of music more than others. Here are some of them.

Green Onions – Booker T & The MGs

WHILE the rock ‘n’ roll of fame inducted Booker T & The MGs in 1992, it’s a rare acknowledgement of the impact and importance of this oft-overlooked instrumental rhythm and blues combo. Beginning as a session band for Stax Records, the group backed Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, The Staple Singers, Albert King and many more on hundreds of recordings. They influenced The Beatles and Creedence Clearwater Revival, were one of the first racially integrated bands to make it big in the south (keyboardist Booker T Jones and drummer Al Jackson were black, guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Duck Dunn were white), and they helped shape soul music, R&B and the Memphis sound. Their recording landmark is the 1962 album

Here’s a pretty cookin’ live version of

Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music – Ray Charles

IN 1962, country and western music was primarily the domain of white musicians, while it was mostly black artists playing soul, blues and R&B. The US was still a segregated country and Martin Luther King Jr was yet to make his “I Have A Dream” speech. Such a political, racial and musical climate helps make Ray Charles first studio album of 1962 (he made a sequel later that year) one of the greatest crossover albums of all time and arguably one of the most important records of all time. Charles, who had played in a “hillbilly band” in his youth, had recently signed a new contract with ABC-Paramount Records that featured an annual advance, higher royalties, a studio space, ownership of his masters and – best of all – creative control. He exercised the latter to do the unthinkable (his label were initially against the idea) by reimagining honkytonk standards, country ballads, and Nashville twangers into swinging and stylish big band tunes. Charles’ soulful voice is backed by tasty horn arrangements, sweet strings and a “supper-club choir” (as it’s described in

Here’s that big hit, sounded like country has never sounded before:

Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan

THE Bob Dylan legend (at least on record) begins here. After a year of working his way up through the ranks of New York’s burgeoning folk scene, the 20-year-old secured a record deal, but instead of recording the songs he’d been playing in the coffee houses and bars of Greenwich Village, Dylan ditched most of his set in search of the ideal tracklisting. Only two of the songs on his self-titled debut are his own –

This version of

Howlin’ Wolf – Howlin’ Wolf

CHESTER “Howlin’ Wolf” Burnett was something of a rarity among black blues singers of his age. He didn’t succumb to the temptations that dogged many of his peers, he acquired a fair recording contract, and his career and popularity rarely waned over three decades. It was this album – the follow-up to his debut

Of course,

Live! At The Village Vanguard and Coltrane – John Coltrane

COLTRANE was one of the most important figures in jazz; he was also perhaps the only one to be canonised (he was made a saint by the African Orthodox Church). After doing his apprenticeship with Miles Davis and Thelonius Monk – he learnt from the best – Coltrane emerged in 1960 to form his own group. By 1962 the line-up had settled into what is known as Coltrane’s Classic Quartet and they released two albums –

And here’s 23 minutes of Coltrane live in Germany, including with his take on

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SAFETY fears for campers and their equipment have scuppered plans for an elite under 18 football match to be played at Port Fairy’s Gardens Oval on Easter Saturday.
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The south-west’s TAC Cup sides North Ballarat Rebels and Geelong Falcons were scheduled to meet at Port Fairy but organisers have been forced to relocate the game to Warrnambool’s Reid Oval.

Rebels regional manager Phil Partington said they had no choice but to abandon the Gardens Oval fixture after issues were raised by Moyne Shire.

“There were a few safety concerns with campers around the ground, especially behind the goals,” Partington told The Standard.

“We had quite a few meetings with the Port Fairy Football Club and the council felt it was too much of a risk to have it on Easter Saturday with so many campers and caravans there if one was damaged or if a person got hit with a football.”

Partington said the Rebels, who annually hold a game in the south-west, would continue to look at Port Fairy as a possible host.

“We are keen to hold a game at Port Fairy. It might not happen to be Easter Saturday,” he said.

“Just on the promotion of the TAC Cup’s 21st birthday, we thought the crowd and population in the town of Port Fairy, a TAC Cup game would have been great.”

Moyne Shire recreation officer Gerard Auld said he was as disappointed as anyone the game could not go ahead.

“Around three quarters of the oval, campers are going to be camping up against the rail,” Auld said.

“It would be great for Port Fairy and great for the AFL to bring it here, but it would be the same if you were at home with your family on Easter Saturday or Easter Sunday having a meal and a football went straight through the shade sail and landed on the table, sending everything everywhere.

“I doubt you would give the football back to your neighbour.

“We’ve got people who have been booked in for years and we have no idea whether they even like football.”

Auld said liability would have fallen on the Port Fairy club but under its insurance it was only covered for one claim.

“It may not happen, but if it does, people will be looking to council for money,” he said.

“Our risk assessment people have said the risk is too great.”

Auld said the shire had looked at installing temporary netting behind the goals but it would cost $20,000 to do it properly.

“And that was only going to be temporary,” he said.

He said the shire was keen for such a match to be held at the venue in the future and it would look into installing permanent nets behind the goals.

Partington said the Rebels had been fortunate to be able to switch the game to Reid Oval, which initially hadn’t been available. But after East Warrnambool and Deakin University moved their opening game to this Sunday, it opened up Reid Oval for use on Easter Saturday.

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CORANGAMITE MP Darren Cheeseman says Labor needs to reconnect with the average voter after the party’s drubbing in the Queensland state election.
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Newspoll this week revealed the Coalition leads Labor 57 to 43 per cent on a two-party preferred basis, enough to see Liberal and National MPs returned with a thumping majority.

The gap has blown out in recent weeks, from a two-party preferred margin of 53 to 47 per cent last month.

But Julia Gillard leads Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister after last month’s leadership ballot between the incumbent PM and her predecessor Kevin Rudd.

Mr Cheeseman told News Limited this week that the federal government needed to refocus on its traditional voting constituency in order to retain power.

“We have a massive amount of work to do. We are coming from a long way behind and I know there is a lot of anxiety in the caucus,” he said.

“We have to do a lot of work to reconnect with the group of people our party was established to represent, working people.”

Labor sources have confirmed that Mr Cheeseman has a reasonably safe footing as the endorsed Labor candidate for Corangamite.

Some figures within Labor branches were critical of Mr Cheeseman’s public support for former foreign minister Kevin Rudd in his bid to return to the prime ministership last month.

Senator Michael Ronaldson, who acts as the patron Coalition representative in the seat, said the relationship between the Prime Minister and Mr Cheeseman was frosty.

“Mr Cheeseman’s constituents now understand that he hates the Prime Minister and that he now believes the Labor Party no longer represents workers,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“But what they can’t understand is why he lied to them at the last election and said there would be no carbon tax imposed on the people of Corangamite.”

Corangamite has been a closely-fought electorate for the past decade, with veteran Liberal MP Stewart McArthur losing the seat to Mr Cheeseman at the 2007 election. The Labor MP won a second term by narrowly defeating Liberal candidate Sarah Henderson in 2010.

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Two beloved children: Kaden Griffin-Wilson, 3, and his sister Georgia, 8, who lost their lives in the horrific Dunkeld house fire last week. GRIEVING parents Tanya Griffin and Aaron Wilson were comforted by hundreds yesterday evening at a Dunkeld community tribute to their two children who died in a house fire last week.
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“They were the sunshine and light of our lives and we loved them deeply,” the parents said in a brief written statement describing their anguish over the loss of Georgia, 8, and Kaden, 3.

“We cannot convey to you the deep pain and overwhelming feelings of grief, sadness and sorrow at the loss of our two beloved children taken from us tragically on March 23.”

Tributes flowed from the primary school and kindergarten where the children attended as well as the wider community.

A formal funeral service is yet to be arranged. It is expected to be held next week after the Coroner’s Office releases the bodies.

Georgia and Kaden were last seen in their bedroom as fire quickly engulfed the 80-year-old weatherboard farm workers’ house on the historic Devon Park property, about 11 kilometres south of Dunkeld, early Friday morning. Their parents tried frantically to break in through a side door and window but were driven back by the inferno.

Police investigators determined the cause was accidental.

Community groups from the district and as far as Mildura have rallied with offers of support.

Georgia’s classmates at Dunkeld Consolidated Primary School expressed their feelings and memories in writings and drawings, which were compiled into a bound book and presented to her parents.

Principal Pat Gleeson encouraged yesterday’s community gathering to continue helping through tough times.

“I know there is nothing I can say that will fill the hole torn in your hearts, but please know that the support of a strong community is here with you,” he said.

“We all know what hurt feels like, we all know how hard it is to deal with that hurt and we all know how to help each other heal the hurt.

“We all have arms, they are very useful for hugging, we have a shoulder for someone to cry on and we all have a smile like Georgia’s that could brighten someone’s day.”

He described Georgia as a happy, balanced, chatty and gorgeous child — a reflection of a loving family.

“Georgia loved her little brother and spoke of him often,” Mr Gleeson said.

The school community will plant a tree of remembrance in the school garden near Georgia’s classroom and kitchen.

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CORANGAMITE Shire councillor Chris O’Connor has questioned the value of the National Broadband Network, saying most of the traffic on the internet was pornography.
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Cr O’Connor was referring to Cr Makin’s mayor report which was presented at the council meeting on Tuesday night in Timboon.

In his report Cr Makin noted the NBN would drive the Corangamite Shire economy and facilitate growth and productivity but Cr O’Connor said he was bemused by the claims. “The $36 billion could be spent on a fast train or dual highway to Warrnambool,” he said.

“I thought your view was a bit over the top.

“It’s my understanding that half the traffic on the internet is porn and the rest is kids playing video games.

“I’m not against the NBN as such.

“What makes you so confident though the NBN is such a good thing?”

Cr O’Connor said he didn’t believe the NBN would benefit medical centres and hospitals because they were already well served with internet infrastructure.

“The reason I ask is the government hasn’t handled major infrastructure projects very well.”

Cr Makin said the NBN would provide important economic growth for the shire.

“A lot of services in the future will not be delivered in person but via the internet,” he said.

Cr Makin said there was no question of the gap between rural and metro areas in terms of health and education and the NBN would help bridge that gap.

The council also supported a two lot subdivision for Port Campbell, which it is hoped will open up development opportunities in the town’s commercial precinct.

Cr Steve Cumming said one of the objections to the planning application was raised on how it would eventually impact on views.

“It’s important to note there are quite a few VCAT battles within the Port Campbell precinct,” he said.

“It’s quite odd to object to a view. You don’t own a view and you can’t choose your neighbours.”

The planning application, at 28 Lord Street, was backed unanimously by the council and any future proposal for development on the site above one storey will need a planning permit.

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AS experts and social workers meet tonight in Warrnambool to tackle the issue of homelessness, the city council’s first policy document on affordable housing is filtering into the community.
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It sets a framework to achieve a sustainable housing supply and better designs.

One of the first steps towards achieving the goal will be to help organise a regional forum this year with a wide range of stakeholders sharing ideas on how to make housing more affordable.

It is hoped the forum will guide development of an advocacy and action plan on future commitment to finding solutions.

The median residential property price in Warrnambool rose 250 per cent between 2000 and 2010 and rental prices are among the highest in regional Victoria.

Mayor Jacinta Ermacora said the new policy would look at how to continue to make Warrnambool housing affordable for new residents, young families and people with disabilities and on low incomes.

“It allows us to be creative and play a role in demonstrating innovative design and social housing models,” she said.

The policy says the impact of unaffordable housing is unevenly distributed across the community, with lone parents and their children, single people, young people and older people experiencing the worst outcomes.

“Affordable housing also has significant impact on the liveability and economic prosperity or the community.

“A lack of affordable housing has a negative impact on workforce attraction and is a barrier to attracting tertiary students.”

Policy objectives include advocating for sufficient supply of social and public housing, support best-practice urban design and ensure residential housing maintains a liveable community.

Cr John Harris said the policy would help the council put pressure on governments to address issues affecting country people.

“People have a right to affordable housing and government has a duty to make that happen,” he said.

Cr Peter Hulin said the council also had a responsibility to work with developers on reducing land holding costs, which would result in lower prices.

Tonight’s forum on homelessness will be at the Archie Graham Community Centre in Timor Street, and is scheduled to run from 6pm to 8.30pm.

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Food share operations co-ordinator Liz Field and volunteer Luke Carter at work. MORE than 85 tonnes of donated food was distributed to the needy in Warrnambool and district last year through a community food bank, but there are fears the service could crumble without renewed support.
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A special meeting will be held today to form a new leadership group to steer Warrnambool and District Foodshare to a more secure future, with a better chance of securing funds for expansion.

Every weekday a team of dedicated volunteers working from a shed at the Worn Gundidj Co-operative packs hampers for disadvantaged individuals and families who would otherwise struggle to enjoy wholesome food.

It also provides relief in times of emergency situations.

Foodbank Victoria provided goods worth $607,439 last year to the Warrnambool-based group, which was established in 2010.

It is supplemented by a local food “rescue” program using surplus products from Aldi and Woolworths supermarkets, Materia Brothers, Peaches and the community garden.

However, the service is floundering through lack of support from stakeholders, according to Community Southwest Ltd executive Allan Bassett.

“We were approached by Foodshare to help get it some strength and direction,” he said.

“The service is only surviving through the generosity of Worn Gundidj.

“It’s probably drifting because they don’t have the dedicated staff to take it to the next level.

“Our challenge is to progress the good work already done by calling for additional support for the committee, developing a business plan and adopting a revised constitution more appropriate for the business being undertaken.

“It’s not within our ambit to take over. We want to work with other organisations to provide support.”

Today’s meeting will be held at the Southern Way offices in Fairy Street at 12.30pm.

It will kick-start an application for charitable status for Foodshare, which will enable it to receive more financial assistance, particularly from philanthropic funds.

Another date will be set to elect and appoint seven stakeholder representatives for a committee of management.

Guest speaker, Dr Jane Stanley, a United Nations consultant, will speak today on regional food shares as hubs for social innovation.

Mr Bassett said other food share organisations had been able to expand with support from a strong local committee and board which enabled them to develop infrastructure and administration and training programs.

“In Warrnambool it would give rise to funding for buildings and transport,” Mr Bassett said.

“There’s a huge need for this service in our region.

“I hear about kids going to school hungry, who are assisted.”

Community Southwest is an alliance of not-for-profit organisations.

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VICTORIA Police say the homicide investigation into the deaths of two Portland’s women is ongoing but will not comment on whether they have spoken to a mystery woman who claims to know who committed the crime more than 20 years ago.
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Homicide Squad Detective Inspector John Potter said police had spoken to a number of people as part of their investigation in the murder of Claire Acocks and Margaret Penny.

“The investigation is active and ongoing,” he said.

Detective Inspector Potter encouraged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.

Mrs Acocks, 49, and Mrs Penny, 58, were murdered in a Portland hair salon between 3.05pm and 4.35pm on May 3, 1991. Last week Port Campbell author Leonie Wallace told The Standard that while researching her book on the murders she received a text message from a woman who claimed to know who committed the crime and that her story had never been told.

“We have shared various text messages and telephone conversations since then, with our last contact only a few weeks ago,” she said.

“Despite initial scepticism, I think she is genuine.

“Paranoia and concerns for her own family have so far fuelled her reluctance to reveal the full extent of what she allegedly knows.

“I am clinging to the chance this woman does hold that final vital piece of information and am optimistic she will soon find the courage to speak.

“Surely the killer shared what occurred with at least one other person, perhaps a trusted relative, a partner or a friend. Over time loyalties can change and people mature, so after close to 21 years, it would be incredible if these factors could align.”

Police suspect the women were murdered at about 3.30pm when two screams were heard at the Old London Coiffure hairdressing salon on the corner of Julia and Bentinck streets, and when the screen door at the back entrance was apparently opened violently.

Anyone with information about the crime can contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

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