Occhilupo backs Newcastle 

TWO-time Surfest winner and 1999 world champion Mark Occhilupo believes Newcastle has what it takes to fill the void in Australian surfing and host a prime-rated event next year.
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The 46-year-old, who won Surfest in 1986 and 1998, is preparing to compete in the $155,000 six-star World Qualifying Series event in two weeks.

Although not making a full-scale comeback, the popular goofy-footer is keen to keep his ranking high enough to surf at selected events and scratch a competitive itch.

The Gold Coast surfer is also entering the Margaret River Pro, which is the only prime event held in Australia.

Prime events offer $250,000 in prizemoney and are the step just below the elite World Championship Tour.

The Margaret River Pro will become part of the WCT next year, leaving Australia without a prime contest.

Occhilupo said Surfest, which found the financial backing to secure six-star WQS status for the first time last year, was an ideal event to take Margaret River’s prime place.

‘‘I’m just really stoked it’s back to a six-star event now, and hopefully Newcastle might even be a prime next year,’’ Occhilupo said.

‘‘We need more primes in Australia. We should have the same as the other countries, really. We have a lot of events, but we need more bigger ones to give all the kids who want to qualify something to aspire to.’’

Brazil, mainland America and Hawaii have two prime events, while South Africa has one.

Surfest organiser Warren Smith said his event would need a $130,000 boost in support to reach the next level, but he was sure they would tick all the other boxes.

‘‘I’m confident we’d meet all the KPIs for the criteria to be a prime event but dollars would be the big thing,’’ Smith said.

‘‘It’s not only the jump in prizemoney.

‘‘There’s a domino effect with that.

‘‘Things like your sanction fee and international wages all go up.

‘‘But in terms of location and coverage and all the other aspects that make up a prime event, we have all that.’’

Given Surfest has fought hard to secure and retain six-star status, the jump in backing needed for prime rating appears a bridge too far.

Smith said he was ‘‘looking outside the square’’ with his next three-year plan for Surfest and it would focus on building the festival concept.

Regardless, Smith said the vote of confidence from Occhilupo was a boost.

‘‘It’s unbelievable to have his support and it’s not only Occy, a lot of the surfers are saying we need more big events,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s great to have a surfer of Mark Occhilupo’s calibre speaking positively about our event, and he knows what it takes to host a prime.’’

Meanwhile Merewether’s Jesse Adam recorded the highest score of round two at the four-star men’s Burleigh Pro on Tuesday.

Adam earned a best two-wave score of 16.54 to secure a place in round three, which will feature fellow Merewether riders Jake Sylvester and Ryan Callinan.

Merewether’s Philippa Anderson is in round four of the six-star women’s event.

KING OF WAVES: Surfing royalty Mark Occhilupo at Surfest on Merewether beach in 2010. Occy has been competing at the top level since the 1980s. Picture: Simone De Peak

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Crookwell Show news

McGeechan FarmSupplies white ribbon
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MCGEECHAN FarmSupplies are once again white ribbon sponsors of the AP&H societies annualCrookwell Show through the cattle section.

“We are pleasedto support the AP&H Societies annual show, it is the main event of the yearhere in Crookwell,” said John McGeechan of McGeechan Farm Supplies.

“We havesupported the show through sponsorship for the past thirty years,” said John.

Fantastic weatherforecast

Show goers forthis coming weekend are in for a real treat with the weather.

“The weather manowes us this one,” said secretary Paul Anderson.

Forecast:

Saturday – Mostlysunny, warm, dry. Min 17 – Max 32.

Sunday – Mostlysunny, warm. Min 15 – Max 26.

Poultry

The poultrysection is shaping up to be one of the best ever with over 150 entries so farand looking to be close to 170 entries.

At least half ourentries will go onto the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the Crookwell poultrysection is the same as the cattle and sheep sections being a lead up show tothe Royal,” commented chief steward Kim George.

“The juniorpoultry section is on Sunday, it is getting better and better each show.

“The juniors lovebringing their fowls in, they receive good encouragement and advice fromestablished breeders.

“I started off bybreeding my own chooks by using an incubator in our high school agricultureclasses, it was great fun. From there as a 15 year old, I went into pure breedingand won at Crookwell Show in 1973.

“It was my firstshow, I still have my ribbon and card,” said Kim.

Showtimefundraiser

The AP&Htrotting sub-committee will conduct a fundraiser during the coming weekendshow.

There will be aload of wood as first prize, second prize 20 litres chain and bar oil and thirdprize 20 litres chain and bar oil.

“We are verygrateful to Caltex Energy for their sponsorship of the two drums of oil, it alladds up as a well worthwhile fundraiser,” said secretary Paul Anderson.

Australian BlueRibbon Cookbook

Crookwell Showwill feature in the upcoming Australian Blue Ribbon Cookbook by Liz Harfull ofCrafters, South Australia.

Our photographiccopies of the early days of the show society will be a centre point as will ourcooking steward, Reta Beattie.

We are very luckyto have a copy of ‘Turning The First Sod’ of the showgrounds which was on‘Stephenson’s paddock’ where the high school is today.

The photo, 1877,was provided by the late Joe Searle whose dad Bill Searle took the picture.

This photo willfeature in the book, it is the only of its type in known existence.

Footnote: If youdo have a historic photo of the Crookwell Show, please call the CrookwellGazette.

Sydney Royaljudge

Kim George hasbeen invited to judge the Langshanes section of the Sydney Royal Easter Show’spoultry section.

“I have judged inSydney before, it is a wonderful honour to be invited again,” Kim said.

Kim haspreviously judged at the Royal Shows of Sydney (four), Melbourne, Adelaide,Perth and Brisbane (one each).

Bus it to theshow

The AP&H hasarranged a bus service to operate over the coming weekend, Saturday and Sundayfor the Crookwell Show.

The service willbe provided by Kip and Wendy Skelly using their 13-seat mini bus.

The service willoperate on an hourly basis commencing at 9.00am all day whilst demand exists.

Bus plans:

Operates hourlyfrom Spring Street – bus shelter.

* Pick up hourlyfrom Todkil Park.

* Drop off andreturn from East Street showground gates.

* Disabled persondrop off inside Goulburn Road gates (if disabled persons require home pickupplease phone the show secretary on 48321140 to organise.

* All pick up anddrop offs require a gold coin donation.

Yellow ribbonsponsors of Crookwell Show

YELLOW ribbonsponsors of the 2013 show have been coming on board with the AP&H society.

“Our yellowribbon sponsors are an important part of the societies sponsorship program, weappreciate their support,” secretary Paul Anderson commented.

To this point theyellow ribbon sponsors are:

Divall’sEarthmoving and Bulk Haulage – Horse Section

Davies Newsagency– Photography

Australian WoolNetwork Pty Ltd – Flock Ewe Competition

Brian Doyle StoneMasons – Rose and Flower Sections

Tony and NatalieHewitt – Trotting

Crookwell Sport& Toy – Trotting

Roger and GlendaMcIntosh – Cattle

Paul and HenryAnderson – Trotting

Linden Stud –Welsh Pony Section Horses

Monbeef Pty Ltd –Cattle Section

MPC Kanga Hire –Wood Chop

Caltex Energy –Wood Chop

Anthony O’BrienPlumbing – Wood Chop

“We now haveViewfield Herefords as sponsors of the Young Farmer Challenge.

“ViewfieldHerefords will be supplying the Crookwell Young Farmer Challenge representativeshirts,” said Paul.

Volunteers needed

If you’re intovolunteering then the Show Society needs your help.

“We are always alittle short on staff in the show office so if you’re keen to assist even for acouple of hours, we would love to hear from you.” said show secretary PaulAnderson. Phone for information 0417 985 686.

Cancellation

Children’s PetCompetition

The children’spet competition has been cancelled for the 2013 Crookwell Show.

The cancellationis due to work commitments of the Crookwell Veterinary Hospital staff over thecoming weekend.

Horse Ring judges

Saturday

Ring 1; SeniorRiders – Sarah Wadswort

Ring 2;Intermediate Riders – Jan Denny

Ring 3; JuniorRiding Classes – Harriet Wadsworth

Rind 4; Breeds -Johanne Perry

Ring 5; HeavyHorses – Tony Riley

Ring 6; ShetlandPonies/Light Harness – Leicester Dewsbury

Sunday

Ring1;Australian Stock Horse – Johanne Perry

Ring 2; LocalRiders and Mounts – Harriet Wadsworth

Ring 3; Breeds -Sarah Wadsworth

Ring 4; CrookwellHotel/Motel Sporting Events – Robbie Hewitt

James Fraser, Mick Carlon, and Gerin Price

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Hill Top celebrate ninth straight victory

HILL TOP Gold remain on top of the third grade ladder after their ninth straight win on Saturday.
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They defeated Bundanoon, who were the last team to beat them, by 52 runs at Boronia Park.

Batting first, Hill Top posted a total of 125.

Skipper Jamie Stevenson scored 50 and was well supported by Rory Holdsworth (43).

With a slow outfield, Stevenson said 125 was worth more runs, probably about the 200 mark.

Adam Stephens picked up 2-16, while Chris Packer cleaned up the tail to finish with figures of 4-4.

“It was a pretty good win. We could have batted a little bit better though,” Stevenson said.

While Hill Top have gone through the competition almost undefeated before, Stevenson said they could be in for a tough finals campaign.

“We’ll see how we go in the finals. There’s a lot of good players that can win games for them (other teams).”

He said Bundanoon were definite contenders sitting in second spot on the ladder.

“Bundanoon have a good team. They’ve got some good players and I don’t think they batted as well as they could have (on Saturday).”

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Golden Wheel to take centre stage in Wagga

MORE than 160 of the best riders from across NSW and the ACT will converge on the city on Saturday for the highly-anticipated Wagga Golden Wheel Carnival.
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Hosted by the Wagga Cycling Club, the annual event is set to pit top class interstate athletes against the Riverina’s own home grown talents.

Among the riders expected to contest the carnival’s feature event, the open Gold Wheel competition, is Dubbo sensation and Australian Champion Andy Taylor.

While Andy is heavily-favoured to take out the premier title, he is expected to face a strong challenge from star Wagga rider Jamie Green.

“Andy just won the Australian Keirin title at the recent National Track Championships in Sydney,” Wagga Cycling Club secretary Rob Housden revealed.

“He will probably start on the scratch mark, but 20-year-old Jamie Green won’t be too far ahead.

“He was part of the New South Wales team that broke the Australian record at the Cycling Australia National Track Championships.”

Green and Taylor are tipped to be among the 20 riders who will qualify for Saturday night’s Golden Wheel final.

“There should be a good mix of top riders from all around NSW, as well as two to four local riders qualify for the final,” Housden said.

“Both male and female open’s and under 19 year’s riders will have the chance to compete in the heats of the Golden Wheel, which is a 2000 metre handicap event.”

Wagga rider Simone Alexander was yesterday ear-marked as one of the female riders to watch to at the championships, while juniors Emily Bruce and Cody Green are among the young riders hoping for success.

“We are really lucky to have a lot of very good junior riders,” Housden said.

There will be 15 divisions contested during the carnival, with the youngest competitors competing in the under 9 years category.

Competition will commence at 5.30pm on Saturday, with the Golden Wheel final likely to race between 7.30pm and 8pm.

The Golden Wheel is one of Wagga Cycling Club’s biggest events on the calendar, alongside the city’s Classic Road Race.

TALENTED TRIO: Wagga Cycling Club riders Joseph Cole, Will Francis and Joben Smith take a break from training for Saturday’s Golden Wheel. Pictures: Jacinta Coyne

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Homeless wait ‘years’ for public housing 

EASTERN suburbs families are being forced to wait years on public housing waiting lists, a local expert says.
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During this time they are living in unsound and sometimes dangerous places while their application is processed.

General manager of homelessness services at UnitingCare Harrison, Mark Dixon, said public housing waiting lists had always been an issue that was now only intensifying.

“In the waiting process a lot [of families] are being forced to live in unregistered and unsafe rooming houses. What we’re concerned about is that many of these places house people exiting prison, mental institutes etcetera, and people can leave these places more damaged than when they entered.”

State government figures show that the eastern metropolitan region public housing waiting lists rose by 1.1 per cent [49 applicants] in the December quarter.

Public housing allows low income families to live in publicly funded housing where rent is capped at a fixed percentage of income.

Mr Dixon said the number of applicants at the Ringwood housing office — 2113 — was likely to be much higher in reality.

“While waiting for housing many people turn to family members, cars, tents, just wherever they can. And they become transient. The problem is when they do this many don’t tell the department their new address, and thus can’t be put on the waiting lists. So we suspect [the number] is bigger than current waiting lists indicate.

“My concern is that we need to substantially grow our stock [properties] on the ground. It comes down to dollars and [public housing] properties. That will address homelessness.”

State Housing Minister Wendy Lovell said that despite the rise, the government had lowered the statewide waiting list by 4000 compared with the previous Labor government.

However, shadow housing minister Richard Wynne said the initial reduction in the waiting list was because the federal government invested in housing, but that funding had ended.

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Gremlins demolish Bowral Taipans

WITH the finals of indoor hockey getting closer, so too are the games.In A grade Dangleberries had a 4-2 win over Gryffindoor.Shane Wipp scored two goals for Dangleberries with Kathy Buffett and Gus Schofield also scoring a goal each.
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For Gryffindoor, Sean Cross and Megan Eringa were the goal scorers.Transformers beat Razzle Dazzle 5-3.

Ben Donovan scored three goals for Tranformers and Briony Reeves and Jack Donovan got the other two.

The goals were spread around for Razzle Dazzle between Hamish Kinsella, Cameeon Hughes and Rhiann Drewe.Hit for Brains had a good 6-2 win over BENton Fitness.

Ben Wright scored three goals for Hit for Brians while Mark Bisby, Claire Howe and Jamie Bow got the other three.

Hannah Urquhart and Rowan Tickner scored for BENton Fitness.

In B grade division one, Rebels edge out Titans to win 4-3.Tim Eringa, Blake Hill and Sean Cross all found the back of the net for Titans.

Water Buffalos had a comfortable 7-2 win over Wang Kings.Lauren Fahey, Jack Donovan and Brendan McDonald all scored two goals for Water Buffalos and Belinda Gilroy also found the back of the net.For Wang Kings, Mia Lavers scored both goals.

There were some close matches in division two with Swoosh just beating Fiddlesticks 3-2 in a tight match.

Jarrod Ireland got two goals for Swoosh and Tina Moore also scored.Wade Spence and Regan Economos were the goal scorers for Fiddlesticks.

High Voltage were victorious over The Rookies 6-2.Sam Airey (two), Josh Wilis, Josh Ditton, Craig Whatman and Hannah Whatman all scored for High Voltage.

For The Rookies it was Hayden Kerr and Jack Bennett who found the back of the net.

Toxic Potatoes and Whatever had a 3-3 draw.Zac Moran (two) and Steve McNaught scored for Toxic Potatos while Vickie Webb, Garth McClay and Quentin Kenneally found the back of the net for Whatever.

In the juniors, Robo Invincibles kept Bowral Blue Tongues scoreless as they went on to win 2-0, with Harrison Hill scoring both goals.

Gremlins had a massive 18-0 win over Bowral Taipans.Sarah Jane Seville scored an impressive 10 goals, Zac Seville scored three, Theo Ungle and Holly Thomson got two each and Zac Lake also scored one.

Avengers edged out Vipers to win 3-2.

Jordan Lilly scored two for Avengers and Russell Tully also found the back of the net.For Vipers, Lucinda Knowles and Jakeb Holland were the goal scorers.

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Station St first round won, apartments fight not over

FERNTREE Gully Village traders opposing the controversial 44 Station Street apartment block have won one round, but not yet the fight.
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Height controls imposed to restrict the proposal have succeeded in reducing its original four storeys of 38 apartments to two storeys of 18 flats, but traders say the plan still lacks sufficient parking.

A spokesman for the developer, town planner Michael Dunn, confirmed the proposal was rescaled to meet the new 7.5-metre height controls.

The amended proposal has a “similar footprint” to the first application, but is now only two storeys high with commercial use on the ground floor and apartments on the upper level.

Mr Dunn said the new plans were submitted straight to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal because there was no ordinary council meeting scheduled before the issue was heard on appeal at the tribunal on February 11.

Traders and residents were last year united in opposition to the development, warning it would block views towards the Dandenong Ranges, and result in over-crowding and undue pressure on parking. In response, the council sought interim height limits of 7.5 metres for the Village area, which were approved by the state government earlier this year and will stand for two years.

However, traders say the new application still does not address many of their issues, primarily parking concerns.

Village trader Des Higginbotham said they would fight at the tribunal for the application to be considered a “new application”, meaning it would be assessed again by the council.

He said the modifications should be assessed by the town planning department and that community consultation was vital. Mr Higginbotham said trade would suffer in the Village if the parking requirements outlined by the applicant were approved.

The two-level underground car park was reduced to one level, with one car space allocated per apartment. The applicant is asking for dispensation because there is parking in the surrounding areas.

Traders say those car spaces are for shoppers, not residents. “There are only 18 spaces out the front. If older people see there is no parking, they drive on — that is the nature of strip shopping,” Mr Higginbotham said.

As the application has been submitted directly to the VCAT, the council’s original decision to reject the proposal will also stand, because there is no time for the councillors to vote on the proposal.

Mr Higginbotham said it was his understanding that the council’s solicitor would also fight for the application to viewed as ‘new’.

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Organ donation kindness saved three lives

WHEN Laurie and Lyn Kane were told the news no parent ever wants to hear — their son had a 4 per cent chance of survival from a devastating car accident — the decision they made changed three lives forever.
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The Bayswater couple’s son Andrew was 17 and enjoying teenage life. He was about to start his third year as an apprentice, had a new girlfriend and was looking forward to Christmas.

But on December 22, 2005, he was hit by a car while crossing Scoresby Road. He died in The Alfred hospital.

An off-duty nurse, caught in the traffic that built up when Andrew was hit, administered CPR on the scene. It kept the blood flowing to his heart and meant his organs were suitable for donation.

After they were told that Andrew was unlikely to survive, Mr Kane said his wife approached the staff and told them she wanted their son considered for organ donation.

It was something the family had discussed several years before when an advertisement came on the television. “Andrew lived like that; he was generous. He began donating blood on his 16th birthday and in the November before his accident he made his fifth donation. It was always his decision. He was never forced,” Mr Kane said.

A day after the accident, the couple were told Andrew had not survived. A Donate Life nurse sat with the Kane family, including their other son Shaun, and talked to them about the organ donation process. “We couldn’t understand anything at that stage; she was an angel.”

The Donate Life nurse stayed with Andrew during the surgery, as his advocate. “She stayed with him; there was dignity.”

Andrew’s heart, liver and kidney saved three men’s lives that day. The Kane family have received several letters from the recipients since that time.

“We lost Andrew. Nothing could change that. If I could take back all his organs and put him back together, I would, but I really can’t. This [donation] represents all the good work our son did,” Mr Kane said.

In Victoria last year, there were 92 deceased organ donors — the highest rate in Australia — who provided transplants for 267 people.

Mr Kane urged families to discuss their wishes about organ donation. “If you had a child or a loved one who needed something, you would move heaven and earth to make that happen.”

Details: donatelife.gov.au.

Living on: Lynn and Laurie Kane saved three lives by donating the organs of their son Andrew. They have created a memorial in their back garden with a miniature Murrindindi Bridge, where the family often camped and where his ashes were scattered. Picture: Rob Carew

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Tigers spread the word

WITH West Tigers fever running high in the Southern Highlands over the weekend, players visited schools in the area on Monday to promote the message of anti-bullying.
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Players split into groups to cover as much ground as possible from Moss Vale out to Colo Vale and Hill Top.

Students were excited to say the least at being able to meet their NRL stars and the players were just as happy to give their time for a good cause.

“There’s a lot of important messages these days, anti-bullying is definitely one of them and healthy living and making sure you respect others and each individual,” new Tiger Braith Anasta said.

“It’s just a given for us and we’re blessed to be doing what we’re doing and to be able to try and help these young kids in any way that we can is a great thing for us.”

Senior Tigers player Lote Tiquiri said it was important that children knew bullying would not be tolerated and that people were there to help.

“It’s a very important message. I think kids suffer in silence with bullying. If you need a voice you should speak out and if we can help in any way I think that’s great,” he said. “I hope to meet a few kids and hopefully inspire or encourage kids to speak out about bullying.”

The Tigers have also had a busy pre-season under new coach Mick Potter and Tiquiri said while it was a bit of a shake up, things were going well.

“He’s certainly a lot different from Tim Sheens in the way he approaches things but we’re working really hard and we just can’t wait for the season to start. The boys are pretty fit and we’re ready to go.”

With a few players coming back from niggling injuries, Tiquiri said they were a long way from thinking about winning the premiership, but they would be working hard towards that goal.

“I think we want to get through the first part of the season first and the main thing is that everyone is healthy as well. We’ve got to be smart about what we do off the field as well.”

For Anasta, it has been a big change moving from the Roosters, but the new recruit said it had been a smooth transition.

“Mick coming in, he’s been fantastic. Very tough and stern and he’s building a culture at the club and I think it’s all been positive since he’s been here,” he said.

“I can’t fault the place since I’ve been at the club and I’m excited about the year ahead. “

The Tigers held a skills clinic at Mittagong Sportsground on Sunday afternoon, which also proved popular.

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. I think it’s probably a good time for me at this time of my career. Just to have responsibility myself and if I can concentrate on my own game a bit more in the back row.”

Tigers fans got to meet their favourite players. Photo by Roy Truscott

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Connecting Hands helps fight sex slavery

WHEN sisters Kate Hutchinson and Deb Dorn went on a holiday to Cambodia almost four years ago, they could not have known how much their lives were about to change.
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While travelling around the country, the Ferntree Gully women witnessed women and children struggling to rebuild their lives after being forcibly involved in the sex trafficking trade.

“We saw a really big gap. No one was supporting or finding solutions for them, they were shattered,” Miss Hutchinson said.

What they witnessed resulted in them starting a charity, Connecting Hands, to aid the women and girls in their plight. Miss Hutchinson said it was a matter of turning compassion into action, and not offering mere lip service.

They connected with another charity on the ground — AFESIP Cambodia — and for the past three years have helped rescue women from sex slavery, as well create better lives for them.

“Deb is a grandmother, and she kept thinking, ‘imagine if that was my child’. Everyone wants to sponsor a child, but when they’re affected by sex slavery, they don’t want to touch it,” Miss Hutchinson said. “But they’re normal everyday people and they can’t get out of the situation.

One of Connecting Hands’ fund-raising projects was a cook book featuring recipes from ‘celebrity chefs’, Pete Evans, Maggie Beer, Poh Ling Yeow and Neil Perry being among the 12 contributors.

Connecting Hands hopes to soon open a cafe in Cambodia where women can gain experience in running a small commercial kitchen in the hospitality industry. “A lot of the women want to become chefs, so the training will be empowering for them and teach them to live a sustainable life,” Miss Hutchinson said.

The sisters also want to open a cafe in Melbourne to raise money for their overseas programs and, one day, provide sex trafficking victims with an opportunity to live in Melbourne.

Miss Hutchinson said she and her sister were inspired by the women’s positivity and plans. “They sat in their huts, talked about their dreams — they were even bigger dreams than we have. One girl wants to be a lawyer, another a communications specialist.”

Connecting Hands also educates men to stop them using women in the sex trafficking industry, as well as provide psychologists for the women and a recreation cottage where they can relax.

“We look at the positive angle, because otherwise you can get bogged down. We’re more looking towards the future and hope,” Miss Hutchinson said.

Connecting Hands hopes to raise funds for its work with a fun run at Albert Park Lake on Sunday, February 17. Information is available at connecthinghands南京夜网.au.

Helping hand: Deb Dorn and Kate Hutchinson published a cook book to raise money for their charity. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

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Ifs and butts on alfresco smoke ban

A TOTAL ban on public smoking in Knox would be an infringement on civil rights, a Ferntree Gully trader says.
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The comments followed calls by a Melbourne City councillor to ban smoking in all public spaces right across the central business district last week.

Newly elected councillor Richard Foster wants the ban to apply throughout the city, from Southbank to North Melbourne. The plan has little appeal, however, for some cafe owners at Mountain Gate shopping district in Ferntree Gully who oppose any such ban in Knox.

Chosen Bean manager and owner Steve Koster said he would not support a smoking ban because it infringed on smokers’ rights.

“They are already relegated to the outside. The smokers say they would then have to sit in a car or in the car park — they might as well stay at home and not get a coffee,” Mr Koster said.

He called it an “infringement on people’s civil liberties” on an already “quite controlled society”. “They make up lots of rules, but like this one would be, they are very rarely enforced.”

However, Euro Bakehouse and Cafe supervisor Sothearith Seung said if smokers butted out, the environment would benefit.

He was hesitant about how exactly the law would be enforced, but is a keen advocate for self-enforcement. “I would be comfortable telling people to stop smoking if they lit up when they weren’t meant to,” Mr Seung said.

Kim’s Cafe and Bakehouse owner Kim Le said customers often asked to smoke outside her shop after buying a coffee. In her three years running the cafe, there had never been any complaints.

“But if they did ban it, they might just go and drink their coffee in their cars,” Miss Le said.

Quit Victoria policy manager Kylie Lindorff said that while the idea was good in theory, there were better ways to tackle the issue. “A total ban on smoking in all public places in an area as large as the City of Melbourne may be difficult to implement,” she said. “Most smokers want to quit but for those that can’t, they do need a space to smoke where they won’t impact on others.”

She said Quit’s focus was currently on banning smoking in outdoor dining and drinking spaces, to bring Victoria into line with other states.

“Smoke-free outdoor dining and drinking areas reduce the visibility of smoking to young people, remove cues that prompt quitters to relapse and protect hospitality workers and patrons from second-hand smoke.”

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Our choice: Steve Koster, second from right, sits down with smokers Ron Metcalf, Lyn Strune and Jan Metcalf outside his cafe. Picture: Wayne Hawkins