Heat’s on rock bands in Stonnington

BUDDING rock stars and singing sensations, Stonnington wants you. Applications are open for the FreeZA Push Start Stonnington Battle of the Bands on June 28, with unsigned solo artists, duos, and bands invited to apply.
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RECORDING LEG-UP: Stereo Kings Campbell Mowat, 15, Harry Leggatt, 14, and Sam Hunt, 15, (on drums) won last year’s Stonnington heat

The all-ages, alcohol-free event at Malvern Town Hall offers the chance to win a $1000 recording package with Birdland Studios and a crack at the national finals.

Last year’s winners of the Stonnington heat were alternative rock trio Stereo Kings, featuring Wesley College students Harry Leggatt, Campbell Mowat, and Sam Hunt.

“We hadn’t recorded in a professional studio before so we got to see the process. It was great,” Leggatt said.

Applications close on May 7. For details, contact Soundslike Productions on 8290 7020 or email [email protected]

GrainCorp bought by American food giant

GRAINCORP has conditionally accepted a $2.9-billion bid by US food giant Archer-Daniels-Midland.
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Shareholders will receive $12.20 a share, with a further $1 a share to be paid in dividends.

This is third offer sinceArcher-Daniels-Midland’s initial approach in October 2012.

GrainCorp has more than 35 sites across the Wimmera and an office in Horsham.

GrainCorp chairman Don Taylor said the board believed the food giant’s offer highlighted the strategic value of the business.

“It highlights GrainCorp’s enviable proximity to the fast-growing Asian markets,” he said.

GrainCorp has grantedArcher-Daniels-Midlanda week to complete due diligence.

“We will work with ADM to ensure that their due diligence requirements can be satisfied, following which a takeover offer would be made,” Mr Taylor said.

He said GrainCorp would keep shareholders informed of developments and they did not need to do anything at this stage.

Archer-Daniels-Midlandchief executive Patricia Woertz said the company was pleased to reach an agreement with GrainCorp.

The sale would giveArcher-Daniels-Midlandcontrol of seven ports that ship grain in bulk from Australia’s east coast.

Horsham GrainCorp representatives were unable to comment on the issue.

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Moe stalwart passes on

Peter Lerstang was rememberd for his many years of local service to the community today.THE day before Anzac Day Moe lost a true stalwart of the town with the passing of long-time Returned and Services League treasurer Peter Lerstang.
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Peter’s life was honoured at a memorial service in Moe today, a town he has given decades of service to in a multitude of community-based roles.

Peter attended primary and secondary school in Traralgon and won a Traralgon Rotary citizenship prize in 1965.

He was an accomplished sportsman, winning best and fairest accolades in local football leagues.

Peter married Helen Cairns in 1970 and, after working outside of the area, returned to area in 1974 as Moe’s deputy town clerk.

Later, he became Moe’s town clerk and, according to daughter Michelle, was instrumental in “many changes throughout Moe” and was “particularly pleased with his work with local Co-operative Housing Societies”.

Peter helped develop a “unique funding scheme” which helped provide local families with an opportunity to buy homes, winning a local government innovation award for Moe City.

Peter officially resigned from local government on his 47th birthday, while expecting his first grandchild.

He continued to work in numerous part-time positions, including as a cemetery manager and airport manager, and was Justice of the Peace for 30 years and Bail Justice for three years.

Peter was on the former Moe Hospital Board and involved with Rotary and the WRAP Organisation, which works with locally rescued wildlife.

From 2003 until his recent passing, as a result of cancer, Peter served as Moe RSL treasurer and financial adviser and Michelle said, “he was also known for wearing an apron and getting his hands wet volunteering for dishes duty in the kitchen”.

Today Peter was remembered a devoted husband to Helen and father to his children, Michelle and Tony.

He was also a “generous father, proud uncle and loving grandfather, to both his own and those he adopted as his own children, Christine, Joanne, Beth and Naomi,” Michelle said.

“He was an extremely hardworking person, a man of great dedication and service to those he believed deserved it,” she said.

Moe RSL president Ray Watson said he would miss Peter dearly.

“He has been bloody marvellous to me and there is not enough praise I can give as far as Peter goes, it will hurt for a long time, I will really miss him,” he said.

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What’s On this weekend

Friday
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Lunchtime Recital: Phil Luke and Adam Bishop who usually play in the Dinner with Milton jazz band, Glasshouse podium, 12.30pm, free

Coffee Morning: Guest speaker landscape artist Angus Nivison, 10am, Glasshouse, $8

Shining Armour Helmets: Kids creative workshop, Glasshouse ArtLab, 10am until noon, $15

Antiques & Collectibles: Port Macquarie Panthers, 10am until 4pm, until Sunday.

Boeing Boeing: The Players Theatre, Corner Lord and Gordon Streets, 8pm, adult $27, concession $23, child younger than 12 years $18

Geoff Jones: Tacking Point Tavern, from 6pm, free

Kotodama: Port City Bowling Club, 8pm, free

The Rebel Rousers: Paws Lounge, Panthers Port Macquarie, 8.15pm, DJ from 7.30pm, free

Eli Wolfe: The Pier, Clarence Street, 7.30pm, free

Ghost Road: Finnian’s Irish Tavern, 8.30pm, free

Hastings Valley Fine Arts Gallery: 1a Murray Street, Port Macquarie, Autumn exhibit Thursday to Sunday, 10am until 4pm, free

Glasshouse Regional Gallery: Tinytoreum – Gunna the Goanna’s big ideas; Art, Light & Space – Contemporary Abstraction; Vintage –The Lost works of Max Dupain – all until tomorrow. Hours – Friday 10am until 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am until 4pm, free

It’s Friday I’m In Love: Tasty Tunes at Zebu Bar + Grill, 5pm, $8 cocktail, $4 domestic beer, $10 tasting plates

Party with DJ Sav: DownUnder Nite Club, free entry early

Saturday

St Thomas’ Anglican Church Open Day and Variety Concert: Hay and William Streets, 9.30am until 2.30pm, gold coin donation

Streetwise Skate Workshop: Wauchope Skatepark, 9am until 11am, free

Jordan Millar and Jack Carty: The Pier on Clarence, 7.30pm, free

Boeing Boeing: The Players Theatre, Corner Lord and Gordon Streets, 8pm, adult $27, concession $23, child younger than 12 years $18

Rotor: Settlers Inn, 8pm until 11pm, free

Familiar Faces: Paws Lounge, Port Macquarie Panthers, 7.30pm, free

The Syndicators: Port City Bowling Club, 8pm, free

Kotodama: Finnian’s Irish Tavern, 9pm, free

Hastings Farmers’ Markets: Wauchope Showground, 8am until noon

Sunday

Mid North Coast Maritime Museum Open Day: 6 William Street, Port Macquarie, adult $5, child six to 14 years $2, family (two adults, two children) $12

Richard Cook: The Westport Club, 2pm until 5pm, free

Jordan Millar and Jack Carty: The Fig, Town Green, 3pm, free

Sunday Sessions: Zebu Bar + Grill, 2pm, $10 cocktails

Playing for Change: Scampis Seafood Bar & Grill, 1pm until 3pm, free

Boeing Boeing: The Players Theatre, Corner Lord and Gordon Streets, 2pm, adult $27, concession $23, child younger than 12 years $18

Port Macquarie Art Society Market Bazaar: Hamilton House, 198 Hastings River Drive, 8am until 1pm

Port Macquarie Sunday Markets: Westport High School, Findlay Avenue, 8am until 1pm

The Artists Markets in the Vines: Cassegrain Winery, 9am until 3pm

Boeing, Boeing will start tonight at The Players Theatre.

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Adrian Bailey pleads not guilty to bayside rape charges

Adrian Bayley has pleaded not guilty to multiple rape charges in Melbourne’s bayside area.
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Bayley, 41, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court via videolink from prison for a committal mention of the charges.

Bayley, of Coburg, is charged with:

One charge of rape and one charge of false imprisonment at Balaclava on July 15 last year.

One count of rape, one count of false imprisonment and one count of intentionally cause injury on April 5 last year at Elwood.

Three counts of rape, two counts of intentionally cause injury, one count of unlawful imprisonment and one count of make threats to kill at Elwood in November 2000.

Bayley told the court he was pleading not guilty to all the charges.

Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge said he found the evidence in each set of charges had sufficent weight for Bayley to be committed to stand trial.

Bayley was remanded to appear in the County Court on May 21 for a directions hearing.

Fairfax Media is restricted from reporting any further details of the case.

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Setting boundaries on local governance issue

LET the games begin.
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The proposals issued by the Future Directions report suggesting reform in local government will give many a chance to whip up some fervour and froth. Closest to us at home is the suggestion that Dubbo take on Narromine and Wellington as method of improving their financial outlook. From the outset, the Dubbo City Council through its mayor, Mathew Dickerson have said the proposal of amalgamation was something the council had not expected or sought.

Local government is a rare and often selfless form of community involvement. Yes there are some who take on local government to further their own ambitions. One of the region’s best political representatives, the late Tony McGrane came through local government in Gilgandra and Dubbo before arriving in state politics. But there are many who go onto their local council because they want to ensure there are few or no potholes or the rubbish bins are emptied. They usually arrive with enthusiasm and while most maintain the pace some also get frustrated.

The unavoidable elephant in the the room is shrinking incomes, matched with politically driven rate pegging policies and the legacy of governments cost shifting from their own purses to those of local governments. Septic tank inspection and companion animals’ policies for example. Local government’s reliance on grants from above is also a discussion point that must be included with any draft proposals behind amalgamations [voluntary or forced].Where will treasurers find the ready cash to meet the promises they will offer in the September federal election? It’s a discussion that must be had and the sooner the better.

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Hastings port: Lives on hold over plan

HUNDREDS of Lyndhurst and Cranbourne South home owners could find themselves in limbo — unable to sell or move — until the state government finalises plans for the Port of Hastings.
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The state government last month allocated $110 million over the next four years for design and planning for port and transport connections, including a rail freight link along the Western Port Highway.

Slater & Gordon solicitor Ben Hardwick told the Weekly residents could wait 10 or more years for their properties to be compulsorily acquired or for the government to dump the port plan. Adding to the uncertainty is the ALP’s opposition to the port development. Although the Hastings plan was developed under the former Labor government, the ALP now favours a Bay West option near Avalon.

Mr Hardwick said government announcements about long-term infrastructure created a lot of uncertainty. “Unfortunately, compulsory acquisition rights are only triggered when the government formally reserves land required for roads or rail.

“It’s difficult for governments because they need to reserve land for infrastructure projects but they don’t want to go too early.

“But it causes real problems for those in proximity to those corridors.”

Mr Hardwick, who acted for residents of the western suburbs affected by the Regional Rail Link, said Casey residents should press the government to decide “sooner rather than later”.

They should also be lobbying their MPs to close gaps in laws covering compulsory acquisition, he said.

Issue also arose for those living next to any compulsory acquisitions who had no rights to compensation for the loss in value of their properties.

“People who could be affected by this really should be lobbying now to get the law changed so it can be resolved as the project proceeds.”

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Painting from a sociable palette

IMAGINE moving to a country where one of your favourite things didn’t exist. That’s what American artist Melinda Janiszewski found when researching her move to Australia, so she opened a business: a trendy, socialising art studio in Ascot Vale.
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Fun with paint: Melinda has combined her passions for art and socialising.

Cocktails and Canvas, and Cupcakes n Canvas — one place for adults, the other for children — were born in March this year to provide a place to be creative and have fun with like-minded people.

“Painting and art have always been amazing outlets to express myself and a great form of therapy to relax and unwind,” Melinda says. “So I opened my business to give Aussies the first socialising art studio of its kind in the country.

“No painting experience is required. Our instructor walks each class through the same artwork, from start to finish in our two to three-hour sessions where we encourage everyone to leave their inhibitions at the door.”

Artists need only bring along their favourite wine or other tipple to sip on while painting — and don’t forget some nibbles to share.

Aside from the fun-filled adult art sessions, kids aged 7 to 15 can let their creativity run wild and explore the world of paint at Cupcakes n Canvas classes. “We encourage them to use their imagination, to discover a unique style.”

The business also caters to girls’ nights out, date and hens’ nights, private parties, team building, fundraisers, kids’ parties, mother-daughter or father-daughter days, and more.

Cocktails and Canvas, and Cupcakes n Canvas, at 544 Mount Alexander Road, Ascot Vale, open 6.30-10pm Wednesdays-Sundays; and 1-4pm Wednesday and Sundays. Inquiries: 93709959 or cocktailsandcanvas南京夜网.au

International softball action continues in Ormiston 

The Redlands RSL Southern Cross Challenge continues until Sundayat The Softball Centre – Redlands, home of Redlands Softball Association.
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An initiative ofSoftball Queensland and Canterbury Softball Association in Christchurch, NewZea-land, the premier international men’s and women’s softball tournament ishosted by the two organisations in alternate years, providing internationalsoftball opportunities for athletes from Australia and New Zealand.

For further information, visit the Softball Queenslandwebsite at www.qld.softball南京夜网.au or email Nicki Riley [email protected]

Alan Minifie caught some of the early action.

Alan Minifie caught some of the early action.

Alan Minifie caught some of the early action.

Alan Minifie caught some of the early action.

Alan Minifie caught some of the early action.

Alan Minifie caught some of the early action.

Alan Minifie caught some of the early action.

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Thumbs down for truancy fine plan

SCEPTICAL Casey residents have given state Education Minister Martin Dixon a D-minus for his plan to fine parents of truant children.
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State parliament is considering a bill that would make parents liable for a $70 fine if their child is absent for five days in a year without a reasonable excuse.

When the Weekly asked shoppers at Centro in Cranbourne their views, several pointed out that parents had limited control once their children reached adolescence.

Elijah Bruzzesi said he was sceptical of the government’s motives. “They would catch a few parents and make an example of them. I think a lot of politicians are scrambling to find easy answers.”

Edie Paterson thought fining parents would only create more family problems without reducing truancy and 17-year-old friends Sharmaine Carey and Shae Kelsen described it as a stupid plan.

Sharmaine, who regularly wagged school, said fining parents would just make them angry and Shae said: “They’ll just end up taking their kids out of school. I didn’t go to school for two-three months. I went back to school — I’d turned my life around — and they’d unenrolled me. TAFE was way better than school.”

Fred Wellzen said creating the right environment so children wanted to go to school was a more practical solution than punishing parents.

He recalled a period when he was unhappy at a new school and wagged for about six weeks. “I got a walloping from my father when he found out. Eventually, I settled in and went back to school.”

Julie Hartnett was the only one who thought the plan might work, although she admitted she had done her share of wagging as a child.

Her friend Amy Vaughan recalled doing the same but said wagging wasn’t such a big deal in her day because the streets were safer and there was less kidnapping.

Victorian Education Union state secretary Meredith Peace said the plan would unfairly target already vulnerable families.

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