Spec.com.au | News Online from Hamilton, Portland and South-West Victoria | Australia http://www.spec.com.au News headlines from Hamilton, Portland and South-West Victoria. The latest headlines, news, sport, classifieds, online subscriptions, advertising and more from Spec.com.au. Mon, 25 May 2015 05:00:58 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 PO-20150525 http://eobserver.spec.com.au/?iid=120176 http://eobserver.spec.com.au/?iid=120176#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 05:00:58 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=51037 The post PO-20150525 appeared first on Spec.com.au | News Online from Hamilton, Portland and South-West Victoria | Australia.

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Notorious road keeps decaying http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/notorious-road-keeps-decaying/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/notorious-road-keeps-decaying/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 03:34:48 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=51035 MEMBER for South West Coast Denis Napthine has slammed the Andrews’ Labor Government for failing...

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MEMBER for South West Coast Denis Napthine has slammed the Andrews’ Labor Government for failing to commit to funding on fixing the dangerous Myamyn-Macarthur Road in the state’s south-west.
Regarded as one of the worst stretches of road in the Western District, Dr Napthine committed $2.6m to the project before losing the state election in November.

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The great wall of Dunkeld http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/the-great-wall-of-dunkeld/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/the-great-wall-of-dunkeld/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 03:34:07 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=51033 PORTLAND stonemason Allan Waters has put the finishing touches on his two year contribution to...

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PORTLAND stonemason Allan Waters has put the finishing touches on his two year contribution to a stone wall around a Dunkeld home and garden estate.
Rex Martinich reports that Mr Waters placed the final stones on top of a 1.5 kilometre section of exterior and interior wall on Wednesday.

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Celebrating 90 years http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/celebrating-90-years/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/celebrating-90-years/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 03:32:59 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=51031 NINETY years ago a health service was started for the people of Balmoral. Tessa Hayward...

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NINETY years ago a health service was started for the people of Balmoral.
Tessa Hayward reports that the Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre will celebrate its 90th anniversary milestone on July 2 with a community open afternoon and the unveiling of a Nurses’ Honour Board.

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Stable Star’s Casterton Cup http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/stable-stars-casterton-cup/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/stable-stars-casterton-cup/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 03:31:20 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=51029 STABLE Star, ridden by second year apprentice Chelsea Hall and trained by Stawell mentor Terry...

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STABLE Star, ridden by second year apprentice Chelsea Hall and trained by Stawell mentor Terry O’Sullivan, scored an emphatic victory in the Casterton Foodworks Casterton Cup on Sunday.
While they shared the spotlight, training and riding honours for the meeting went to Darren Weir and his track rider/jockey John Allen.

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New contenders http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/new-contenders/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/new-contenders/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 03:30:07 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=51027 COLERAINE has upset premiership favourites Heywood with a 32-point triumph in round six of the...

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COLERAINE has upset premiership favourites Heywood with a 32-point triumph in round six of the South West District Football League.
Brendan Bunworth reports that the win lifted the Maroons into second spot on the premiership table, with only percentage separating it from top spot.

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Hampden bounces back with huge victory http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/hampden-bounces-back-with-huge-victory/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/hampden-bounces-back-with-huge-victory/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 03:29:23 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=51025 INTERLEAGUE football took centre stage for the Hampden and Mininera leagues on Saturday. Hampden punished...

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INTERLEAGUE football took centre stage for the Hampden and Mininera leagues on Saturday.
Hampden punished the Murray Football League by 97 points at Warrnambool’s Reid Oval, while Mininera and District suffered a 95-point defeat against Kyabram in Shepparton.

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Community shows their support for Nepal http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/community-shows-their-support-for-nepal/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/community-shows-their-support-for-nepal/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 01:03:59 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=51021 Portland was awash with positivity on Friday night as 120 people packed the Portland Football...

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Portland was awash with positivity on Friday night as 120 people packed the Portland Football Netball Cricket Club function room for a Nepalese-themed fundraising dinner for displaced Nepalese communities.

The sold out event raised $4000 on the night, providing direct support to several destroyed villages of the April 25 earthquake.

Event spokesperson Di Burch said she was blown away by the response and support of the community.

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Community exceeds 2014 total http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/community-exceeds-2014-total/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/community-exceeds-2014-total/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 01:02:29 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=51019 A CROWD of nearly 100 people made this year’s Narrawong Cuppa for Cancer event one...

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A CROWD of nearly 100 people made this year’s Narrawong Cuppa for Cancer event one worth remembering, raising more than $1000 for the Australian Cancer Council.

A delectable Devonshire tea was on offer for each patron, and with a large hamper given away in the raffle, plus plenty on offer in the craft display and stalls, people came from far and wide to support the fundraiser.

At the end of the Thursday’s event, $1024.90 was raised, surpassing last year’s total of $962.40.

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Onshore gas divisive as blue gums http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/onshore-gas-divisive-as-blue-gums/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/onshore-gas-divisive-as-blue-gums/#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 23:20:21 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=51023 A REPORT on community attitudes to onshore gas developments in the south-west has raised the...

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A REPORT on community attitudes to onshore gas developments in the south-west has raised the prospect the industry could be as divisive as the blue gum managed investment schemes.

The details are contained in the report released late last week by independent facilitator The Primary Agency on community and stakeholder attitudes to onshore natural gas in Victoria.

The consultancy held 16 community meetings statewide, including two at Casterton and Heywood; key stakeholder meetings and a survey of 960 Victorians, 400 of whom where from Melbourne.

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Tigersharks Red makes grand final http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/tigersharks-red-makes-grand-final/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/tigersharks-red-makes-grand-final/#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 23:15:00 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=51015 TIGERSHARKS Red has won its way into the 2015 Portland Basketball Association men’s division one...

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TIGERSHARKS Red has won its way into the 2015 Portland Basketball Association men’s division one grand final, after a 48-39 win over Celtix last Wednesday night.

Tigersharks got off to a slow start as Celtix jumped away to an early lead thanks to some quick scoring from David Denboer (10 points) and David Groten (15 points).

But Tigersharks hit back with a big run of points, led by star guard Hayden Annett who scored 18 of his 24 points in the first half and help Tigersharks take a 32-20 half time lead.

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Bottle Greens bounce back http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/bottle-greens-bounce-back/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/bottle-greens-bounce-back/#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 23:14:05 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=51013 THE Hampden Football League interleague squad has bounced back from last year’s horror loss to...

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THE Hampden Football League interleague squad has bounced back from last year’s horror loss to Ovens and Murray in the most impressive style imaginable.

After losing to Ovens and Murray by 135 points in 2014, the Bottle Greens produced a stunning performance at Warrnambool’s Reid Oval on Saturday, punishing Murray Football League by 97 points.

Hampden started the game slowly, but a big second half saw it run away with a 22.10 (142) to 6.9 (45) victory.

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Westerns bounces Giants in comeback http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/westerns-bounces-giants-in-comeback/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/westerns-bounces-giants-in-comeback/#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 23:13:02 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=51011 WESTERNS posted its best – and most important – win of the South West District...

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WESTERNS posted its best – and most important – win of the South West District Football League season on Saturday, defeating Dartmoor 12.6 (78) to 7.13 (55).

Westerns needed a win to stay in front of a Dartmoor side that was looking to displace the Roos in the top five, and had to do it the hard way after overcoming a three-goal half time deficit to post the 23-point win.

The Roos got away to a good start, kicking the first goal of the match. But the opening quarter belonged to Dartmoor as it drew ahead midway through the quarter.

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Coleraine cause South West upset http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/coleraine-cause-south-west-upset/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/coleraine-cause-south-west-upset/#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 23:11:55 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=51009 COLERAINE has caused the upset of the season in the South West Football League, defeating...

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COLERAINE has caused the upset of the season in the South West Football League, defeating Heywood 14.4 (88) to 8.8 (56) at Silvester Oval on Saturday.

The win was set up by a strong second quarter by the Maroons, which saw them outscore Heywood six goals to two.

Coleraine coach Josh Eats acknowledged that although Heywood was well below full strength on the day, he was nonetheless proud of his team’s efforts to claim a victory against the premiership favourites.

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HS-20150523 http://espectator.spec.com.au/?iid=120066 http://espectator.spec.com.au/?iid=120066#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 00:00:01 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=51005 The post HS-20150523 appeared first on Spec.com.au | News Online from Hamilton, Portland and South-West Victoria | Australia.

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Hit a brick wall http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/hit-a-brick-wall/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/05/hit-a-brick-wall/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 03:14:37 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=51003 GLENTHOMPSON Bricks quarry and brickworks has been pushed to the wall by a State Government...

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GLENTHOMPSON Bricks quarry and brickworks has been pushed to the wall by a State Government demand that it pay almost $230,000 cash upfront after being reclassified an ‘open cut mine’.
Rex Martinich reports that the small town now stands to lose four jobs, three full-time and one part-time, which have been held by the same workers for 28 years, 17 years, three years and five years, respectively.

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