Solway Primary School cleans up at eco award

SOLWAY Primary School has gone to the top of the class for its commitment to sustainability.
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The Ashburton school was named Sustainable School of the Year at the Boroondara Sustainability Awards, which honoured schools for the first time for embracing environmentally responsible practices.

The awards last week attracted 21 entries from 11 schools, with Solway primary, Bialik College and Chatham primary battling for top gong after entering in three or more categories.

Having recently received a 5-Star Sustainability Certification from the state government, Solway’s practices shone above the rest. Judges praised its long-term commitment to biodiversity, waste management and community leadership.

Solway principal Julie Wilkinson said it was an exciting time for the school. “We are lucky to have parents that are very hands-on and work with teachers and students to support what we do,” she said.

The school was planning an open day to show its program to other schools, and was raising funds for more water tanks and more aquaBUBBLER drinking fountains that transfer excess water to gardens.

Boroondara mayor Jack Wegman said schools that embraced sustainability had a positive flow-on effect on the community.

“Solway Primary School has led the way when it comes to sustainability in the classroom and they thoroughly deserve the crown,” he said.

The awards were presented by sustainability advocate and host of ABC TV’s Gardening Australia, Costa Georgiadis.

TOP TEAM: Students Finn, 11, Wesley, 10, Misty, 10, Megan, 10, project co-captains Philippa, 11 and Bailey, 12, with Cr Jack Wegman, Captain Smogbuster Will Tait and Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis

Residents claim TRAK off the rails

TOORAK residents are fed up with anti-social behaviour including cars being keyed and bottles thrown over fences.
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At a meeting last week, residents criticised patrons from TRAK nightclub for noise, violence, vandalism and public drinking.

One resident said vehicles parked in Carters Avenue had been scratched as much as six times in the past two years.

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Residents suggested the car park in Carters Avenue was the cause for the damage and called for CCTV cameras to be installed in the area.

A Late Night Liquor Trading Social Impact Assessment tabled at Stonnington council earlier this year stated noise, safety, property damage and youths drinking alcohol in the streets were major community concerns.

However, Toorak Village Residents Action Group president Eddie Young commended the nightclub for adhering to the demands of the 2011 agreement reached between the nightclub, the council, the Toorak Village Residents Action Group, the Stonnington Concerned Citizens Association and the Toorak Village Traders Association.

The agreement – Neighbourhood Amenity Protection Plan – requires the nightclub to have security patrols in surrounding streets every trading night, a manned taxi rank, additional crowd control barriers and noise management systems.

The plan also requires CCTV surveillance on Toorak Road and Jackson Street, which is fed back to the council.

Mr Young said the club adopted the plan “in the spirit of the surrounding neighbourhood” and that issues in Carters Avenue were too far from the nightclub to be related.

“We would all prefer there to be no nightclub at all, but we acknowledge that we have made the best of a bad situation.”

“I have … not seen one instance of the club not carrying out the requirements of the plan … but I think CCTV would be a good idea.”

Their art’s in the right place

ARTIST Anna Blatman knows what makes an art buyer’s sap rise – she’s inspired by the plants in her garden, which she transfers to canvas in a flurry of colour.
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Blatman, pictured with expressionist painter Roy Wilkins, are among about 150 artists taking part in the 41st Canterbury Art Exhibition.

About 650 works will be on display, and on Saturday at 11am Anna Walker will sign her latest books Peggy and Today We Have No Plans.

The exhibition opens at Canterbury Primary, Molesworth Street, Canterbury, on May 3 at 8pm.

General entry is on May 4-5 from 10am; $5 adults. A café and gift shop will be open all weekend and Sunday is Family Day. Details: visit canterburyart南京夜网.

Wolves at home take on Tigers

LITHGOW Workmens Club Wolves are expecting a hard match against visitors Oberon Tigers tomorrow, despite the lofty position the Wolves are holding after only three rounds.
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The Tigers are entering tomorrow’ match with mixed results, having had a bye, a draw and then last week a loss to the Cowra Magpies.

In contrast the Wolves are undefeated and have racked up some big scores to hold a 110 advantage over Orange hawks, both teams not losing a game so far, although the Hawks have also had a bye.

Coach Graeme Osborne is expecting another big game from the Van Veen brothers Jono and Brendan.

Captain Jono has been on fire this season and is close to being expelled from the front row fraternity after having crossed for a bag of tries, including five against Blayney.

Osborne is also happy with the form of Corey Willmott who is playing out of position in the centres.

A strong premier division side has been named for tomorrow and is: 1 Ben Hewes, 2 Blake Shepheard, 3 Jeremy Fittler, 4 Corey Willmott, 5 Joel O’Brien, 6 Taf Nicholas, 7 Josh Howarth, 8 Alex Byrne, 9 Jamie Clark, 10 Chris Rhodes, 11 Jonathan Van Veen, 12 Brendan West, 13 Brendan Van Veen; reserves Steve Lang, Wade Newham-Jones and Brodie Casey.

The first grade side started the season well with two wins, but then suffered a setback last week in going down to Bathurst Panthers to relegate them to fourth spot on percentages on the table.

However, a big win tomorrow could well see them in a higher position come Monday.

The Wolves selectors have given coach Ross Harrington a solid squad to work with and named are: 1 David Millmore, 2 Jarrod Dowsett, 3 Brent Brogan, 4 Brad Cornwall, 5 Paul Cinat, 6 Evan Hughes, 7 Matt Hughes, 8 Brad Morris, 9 Steve Hughes, 10 Joe Noon, 11 Aaron Manton, 12 Tait Bresac, 13 Harry Knight; reserves Ben Gleeson, Brad Pender, Anthony Capamolla, Clint Chadwick, Ben Trupkovic, Harley Osland and Aaron Crowder.

Like the first graders, the under 18s also started the season with 2 wins and then a loss but are hoping for a big victory over the winless Tigers.

The squad is: 1 Joel Gurney, 2 Cody Duncan, 3 Nathan Redding, 4 Liam Wilson, 5 Aaron Joyce, 6 Eli Felton, 7 Trent Sutherland, 8 Luke Morris, 9 Jake Gale, 10 Sam Rushworth, 11 John Mogan, 12Keelan Bresac, 13 Matt Swift; reserves Josh Denley, Zack Flynn, Hayden Cornwell, Hayden Crowder, Joel Walsh, Ryan Gurney and Harry Bender.

Next week the premier grade has the bye with first division and under 18 playing Blackheath on Friday night at the Tony Luchetti Sportsground starting at 6pm.

ACTION FROM THE LAST HOME GAME: Wolves’ centre Jeremy Fittler storms towards the try line

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Camberwell Junction’s ‘Shrek’ has its admirers

THE controversial Aerial Apartments at Camberwell Junction have defied critics to be a finalist in this year’s Victorian Architecture Awards.
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Aerial Apartments in Camberwell Junction

Nicknamed Shrek, the 14-storey structure that was the subject of a 2009 VCAT battle is nominated in the multiple housing category and is one of 16 Boroondara buildings to make the short list of 240 projects.

Other local finalists include Boroondara General Cemetery garden crypts and Camberwell Primary’s new gymnasium and classroom block and Balwyn High’s arts building.

The awards will be announced on June 21, with winners to contest the national awards in November.

Hands-on characters second that emotion

FEELS GOOD: Sam and Mabel get some quiet time with their KimochisAN EXPRESSIVE family of cuddly toys are proving a useful tool for autistic children in Stonnington.
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Stonnington Primary School students have been using Kimochis – known as toys with feelings – to develop an understanding of emotions and learn skills essential to building relationships.

The Kimochis characters, which each feature a different emotion, encourage children to talk as they learn to identify and manage their feelings, particularly those with an autism spectrum disorder.

Stonnington primary principal Anne McPhee said the Kimochis were already proving to be an effective tool in the classroom.

“As a teacher I really like using puppets as a lot of children will talk to them in the third person when they can’t talk about themselves,” she said. “The Kimochis are often used with students that are feeling anxious or stressed so we can identify their feelings.

“It helps particularly with students on the autism spectrum, as that’s one of the difficulties they have. Visual learning also has a high impact for these students.”

Ms McPhee said using the range of Kimochis characters as a teaching tool allowed children to better relate to emotions and build up a repertoire of responses.

“I have seen how effective the Kimochis can be and the value of them,” she said.

Kimochis were launched in the US in 2007 and have been available in Australia since 2009.

Stefan a star on the rise

BUDDING sports star Stefan Ristic has scored a top award for his talents on the pitch.
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Kew East Primary School pupil Stefan Ristic (middle) receiving a Victorian School Sports Award from netballer Madisone Browne (left) and Paralympian Hannah MacDougall.

The talented soccer star – pictured with netballer Madison Browne and paralympian Hannah MacDougall – who was in grade 6 at Kew East Primary School last year, has been awarded the Victorian School Sports Award sporting blue accolade, which recognises sporting excellence in state schools.

Despite playing competitive soccer for only a couple of years, Stefan qualified for the 2012 Victorian School Sport under-12 soccer team and top-scored for the Victorians at the national championships in September.

The 12-year-old’s talents have also earned him a place with the Victorian under-12 indoor soccer team, in a game known as futsal, and he represented the state at the nationals in Canberra in January.

They’ve got the look for a good cause in Prahran

A PRAHRAN business will cop a dressing down in the name of charity on May 1.
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DRESSING DOWN: Jodie and Erz Imam will take part in Tracky Dacks Day

Erz Iman and his wife Jodie, creators of the occasionalbutler南京夜网 are one of an estimated 6000 businesses around Australia taking part in Tracky Dack Day for TLC for Kids.

TLC for Kids is a not-for-profit organisation that provides financial, emotional and respite support to families with ill or injured children.

TLC chief executive Tim Conolan said the organisation was the “firefighters of children’s support”, because it did not focus on a specific area of children’s health.

“From cancer, broken arms, to car accidents, burns, and cystic fibrosis, TLC provides immediate support for kids facing all health crises,” Mr Conolan said.

“We help about 1750 children around Australia every day.”

Mr Iman said because they share a building with eight other businesses, they hope to spread the word and increase the number of businesses taking part in Tracky Dack Day.

Businesses can nominate any day during May to wear trackies to work.

“We hope to raise up to $1000 for TLC. Coming to work in trackies feels a little strange, but it is certainly a good proposition,” Mr Iman said. “Just hope we don’t get too comfortable.”

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Traffic expert to table Macca’s report

ORANGE City Council’s traffic consultant will consider a range of different options to solve the traffic problems at the site of the proposed new McDonald’s in north Orange.
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Council spokesperson Allan Reeder said council acknowledged there were concerns over traffic conditions in the area, including at intersection of Farrell Road and Telopea Way.

“A traffic consultant will take a look at what can be done to fix that intersection,” Mr Reeder said.

Mr Reeder said the consultant, who will report their findings within the next couple of months, hadn’t ruled out putting a set of traffic lights at the intersection.

“It’s all on the table,” he said.

Mr Reeder said the consultant would not only provide a number of options for fixing the intersection but would also give a ball-park figure on the costs involved.

He said the findings would be presented at an upcoming council meeting and put on display for public discussion.

In the meantime Mr Reeder said work was already underway on upgrading the area including the painting of new line markings.

He said the Roads and Maritime Services was looking at changing the phasing of the lights in the area.

Mr Reeder said he didn’t expect the development to be delayed as a result of employing the traffic consultant.

Mr Reeder said the findings will feed into the broader study of traffic in the north Orange area.

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WHAT’S COOKING: Council will look at solutions to traffic problems at a the north Orange McDonald’s site.

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Shops no longer corner market

THE old-fashioned corner shop is losing its flavour, with more than 1400 closing in the past two years, according to research.
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A report by BIS Foodservice says Australia had 2725 independent convenience stores in 2012, down from 4131 in 2010.

But in Boroondara, a well-sited milk bar – especially if near a school full of thirsty kids – is still a desirable proposition, according to business broker Gordon Wei.

“Water, they all want water,” Mr Wei said. “If they buy it at Coles it costs 70 cents, but in a milk bar, $2. It’s a good profit, and students after school are thirsty; they buy water in the first place they can find.

“I had a milk bar for sale near MLC and another near Balwyn High. They are both good places.”

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The BIS Trade Routes Survey 2012 found that in 2010 corner shops ranked first among all snack food outlets, with 20 per cent of takings. Now they rank fifth, outstripped by service stations that offer mini-supermarkets alongside the petrol pumps.

The average turnover per store shrank from $985,000 to $750,000. Also looking stale was the meat pie, with sales down 9 per cent, while sales of cakes rose 14 per cent and lollies 18 per cent.

Mr Wei, who recently sold the Greythorn Milk Bar in Balwyn North, said migrants now dominated Boroondara’s milk bar business, owning 80-90 per cent of all outlets.

“Some want to start their own business and they’ll buy a fish and chip shop and expand it into another community store,” he said.