THE new look Casterton-Sandford Football-Netball Club is counting down the weeks before the start of the 2014 Western Border Football League season. Coach Dylan Ayton wasted no time once the 2013 season ended to get his charges back on the track for pre-season training well before the Christmas-New Year break and most senior players responded to the challenge. The club will gain a number of players from Sandford now that the merger has been officially endorsed by both clubs and recruiting has been the number one priority for the club since the final siren sounded to end the 2013 season. Players such as Matt Killey and dual best and fairest winner Dylan Ryan have re-signed with the club for 2014. Ryan will work in Melbourne for the first six months of the year and will drive back to Casterton each weekend with Chris Forbes, a lively half-forward/midfielder the club recruited from Labrador in Queensland. Full story in The Casterton News on Wednesday, January 8, 2014
MORE than 18,500 sheep went under the hammer at last Friday’s Landmark sheep sale at the Casterton Saleyards. Buyers from all over the district attended the sale, which resulted in good prices for the district’s farmers.
CASTERTON parents will pay up to $80 a day to send their children to the new Kathleen Millikan Centre, which opened late last year. The fee will apply until June this year when they will be reviewed in line with a range of other council fees and charges. The council’s children’s services coordinator, Jodie Maybery, reported to the council’s November meeting that it received $1.1 million State Government funding towards the construction of an integrated children‘s centre in Casterton. “As part of the funding criteria, the project is required to house a variety of early years services including long day care (child care), maternal and child health and kindergarten programs,” Ms Maybery reported. “These programs are guided by a set of state and national benchmarks or standards. The council‘s fees and charges schedule for early year‘s services is based on the number of estimated annual enrolments, state and federal subsidy and the operational cost per service. “In 2013 Council agreed to streamline the kindergarten fees and charges schedule for all kindergarten services within the Cluster. Full story in The Casterton News on Wednesday, January 8, 2014
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