HAMILTON’S Chris Kennett has won the principal event of this year’s Ararat 40th Classic Track Carnival. Kennett claimed line honours in the final of the Ararat Business Houses 2000 Metre Wheelrace on Saturday night. In a field of 21 riders, the 23-year-old narrowly edged out 17-year-old Bendigo junior Robert Oakenfull to claim victory. Also among the placegetters were last weekend’s GMHBA 2000 Metre Wheelrace winner, Warrnambool’s Sam Lane (third) and Ararat’s Greg Hogan (fourth). “I felt pretty good,” Kennett told the Hamilton Spectator of his preparation for the Ararat carnival. “In the carnival at Hamilton last weekend I went okay there and had some pretty good form.” In fact, Kennett has enjoyed an outstanding track season. “The track has been pretty good, the last few Opens and such,” he said. His form-line on Saturday night read: fourth, second and first. He opened the program with a fourth placing in the Men’s B Grade 4000 Metre Motorpace. Kennett then ran second to Oakenfull in the 1500 Metre Frontmarkers Handicap before he turned the tables on his Bendigo rival in the 2000 Metre Wheelrace final. Former Hamilton rider Brendan Schultz qualified as the backmarker for the final, but the task proved just too great. “I got a second in the 1500 Meter Wheelrace final and won the 2000 Metre Wheelrace,” Kennett said. “I turned the tables on him (Oakenfull) in the big one. Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday February12, 2013
. . . but kindergartens struggle for staff CHANGES to opening hour requirements at Victorian kindergartens have posed significant staffing difficulties for smaller centres across the south-west. New Universal Access requirements have seen local kindergartens grappling to fill teaching vacancies and restructure their staff, with Cavendish Kindergarten one of many south-west kindergartens to undergo changes this year. Despite pupil numbers being up, the kindergarten is dealing with a separate struggle. Under new State Government legislation, every Victorian centre is required to open for a minimum of 15 hours a week for 40 weeks of the year; previously, kindergartens were required to be open for 11.5 hours. With increased opening hours, teachers can no longer job share as they used to, meaning many teachers have had to move to different locations to fill gaps. Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday February12, 2013 Teacher Debbie Millard, who had worked at Dunkeld and Cavendish Kindergartens for six years, had to choose where she worked, because it was no longer possible to do both. Choosing Dunkeld, the Cavendish Kindergarten was then required to fill two teaching vacancies, with Natalie Templeton filling one of the gaps. Mrs Templeton also works at Branxholme Kindergarten and is helping local children on their way to become a doctor, fireman and even a fairy – but said recent changes had been challenging. “It becomes really hard when you have low numbers and we have had to find two new teachers, which is hard being in the country,” she said. “There has been a lot of change in the field, it has changed all the kindergartens around here but while there are challenges now, it does mean more one-on-one time with kids that need that extra time.” The Cavendish Kindergarten features a playground, toys and an abundance of love, [...]
WE have hidden them away, covered packaging in grotesque images, increased the price and spread the word about the damage they cause, but south-west Victorians are calling for more: ban the cigarette completely. More than 500 people voted on The Spectator’s poll asking whether tobacco and tobacco products should be made illegal – 300 respondents, 56 per cent, voted yes. People living in outer regional and remote areas are more likely to be smokers and fewer have avoided at least trying a cigarette than those living in big cities. Research has proven that passive smoking increases the risk of heart disease, asthma and some cancers, prompting strict reforms from Government at a state level. Victoriais lagging behind most states, but last week Health Minister, David Davis, announced bans at public swimming pools and sea baths, children’s sporting grounds and other recreational areas such as skate parks. The new measures build on reforms introduced last year which banned smoking at patrolled beaches. Consultation with community groups will be sought, in March, but Mr Davis said the latest bans would be in place by the end of the year. “We know the cost of smoking is a huge drain on the community,” he said. “More than 4000 lives are lost each year inVictoriaas a result of smoking and it costs $2.4 million in direct health costs and lost productivity every year. “The State Government will take further steps over time to reduce the opportunities for smoking in public spaces.” Health groups – Quit Victoria, Heart Foundation Victoria, Cancer Council Victoria and Australian Medical Association – responded to the news by calling for smoke free outdoor dining and drinking. Victoriais the only state yet to explore such legislation; meanwhileTasmaniahas flagged banning the sale of cigarettes to anyone born after the year 2000. Locally [...]
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