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Domic gets first outing with Rebels

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AIDEN Domic will join the list of 2016 first-gamers with North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup on Saturday.
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He has come through an interrupted start to the season to earn selection for the round six encounter with Oakleigh Chargers at Eureka Stadium.

Domic missed the latter part of the pre-season owing to rowing commitments with St Patrick’s College and travelled to Ireland and England with theschool.

He was then struck down by illness on returning home.

Domic, who has been named as 23rd man, has moved up from Mt Clear.

He also represented Vic Country under-16 last year.

The Rebels are pursuing a hattrick of wins after a slow start to the season in which they lost the opening three games.

They have turned their fortunes around against Calder and Bendigo –teams which have also been doing it tough.

Oakleighwill be a much more difficult assignment, with the Chargers boasting four wins in six matches. Their form-line is certainly stronger.

Hugh McCluggage (31 disposals),Jamaine Jones (31), Jarrod Berrty (29), Willem Drew (27) and Tom Williamson (23) were all big possession-getters against Bendigo Pioneers, but coach Gerard FitzGerald will be eager to see better use of the ball across the team through four quarters.

It took the Rebels a quarter to get their game on track in the battle of the Goldfields.

FitzGerald was impressed with the way they took stock and adjusted.

However,the Rebels cannot afford to start so slowly and have a lapse against the stronger Chargers.

REBELS LINE-UPB: Clay Bilney, Hasker Dawborn, Charlie Lee HB: Callan Wellings, Jarrod Korewha,Tom WilliamsonC: Lachlan Huppatz,Jarrod Berry,Naish McRoberts HF: Jacob Wheelahan,Sam White,Jamaine JonesF: Jordan Johnston,Shannon Beks,Izaac JohnsonR: Lloyd Meek,Willem Drew,Hugh McCluggageINTER from: Riley Taylor,James Gow,Jake McQueen,Todd Lawrence,Aiden Domic (23rd player),Zac Urquhart,Nick Hausler,Todd Clode DEBUT: Aidan Domic will make his TAC Cup debut at Eureka Stadium on Saturday after a disjointed start to the season.

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I love you, says dad

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Family: Kirk Dicker, diagnosed with MND in 2014, does beach patrols in an all-terrain wheelchair with his son Anthony and partner Joanna Sharp.Kirk Dicker says hewill lose his voice soon.
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Before ithappens, the SistersBeachfatherand former Rosebery mine worker isin the process of banking his own voice.

People with motor neurone diseasemay want to bank their voicefor future usewithin high-tech augmentative and alternative communicationsystems.

“I’ve gotabout 1600 phrasestoputontoacomputer tosendto bedigitised,” he said.

”It meansI can record saying`I love you’for my five-year-old child to hear.”

Mr Dickeris determined not to let life pass by and is“livinglife to the fullest”and“creating happy memories”

“Mypriority is my family; and we all know what the end result is.I want to do things while I have the ability to do so, and cram in as much laughter and cuddles.”

Mr Dickeris one of more than 40-people in Tasmania with MND, the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells controlling themuscles that enable peopleto move, speak, breathe and swallow undergo degeneration and die.

People with MNDhavean averagelife expectancy of two to five years.

As part of MND weekpeople aretelling their stories to raise awareness.

Mr Dicker and Boat Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club, where he’s a foundingmember, raisedfundsthrough theKirk Dicker Challenge Crazy Craft Raceto support MND research,hoping for a cure.

A donation was madeto the Menzies Institutewhere PhD student, Emily Handley, formerly of Boat Harbour, is looking intochanges between brain connections that take place in the early stages of fronto-temporal dementia and MND.

“I’ve beenhumbled byall the support fromthe surf club,myold workmates and the community,” Mr Dicker said.

His work mates helped renovate his house to selland the surf club raisedmoney for an all-terrain wheelchair that got him back on the beach.

Mr Dicker’s first symptoms of MND happened ona family holiday in 2013.

He found it washard to walk in thongs and hiscalf muscles were cramping.

“In the end it will stop me from breathing and this will happen with all my senses intact,” he said.

– The Advocate

Business welcomes tax relief

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CHALLENGES: Stawell SportsPower owner Robyn Young says a federal government tax break is welcome relief for small business owners. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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A FEDERAL tax breakfor small businesses has been welcomed Stawell business owner Robyn Young.

Mrs Young and her husband Shane have run the Stawell SportsPower store for the past 18 years.

She said the 27.5 per cent small business cuts announced in Tuesday night’s federal budget would provide some welcome relief.

“Any tax break is welcome. It might give us the ability to have another employee,” she said.

Mrs Young saidher business employed several casual staff and one permanent part-time employee who worked three days a week.

She said the challenges were significant for small businesses.

“Bank fees are a massive impost,” she said.

“A lot of people probably don’t realise we have to pay for EFTPOS.

“When we first started,20 per cent of purchases were made through EFTPOS and 80 per cent were cash purchases.

“That’s swung completely around now.

“The bigger you are the less fees you have to pay. The big supermarkets, for example, don’t pay those fees.”

The cost of freight was another ongoing expense for small businesses, Mrs Young said.

“It can sometimes cost up to three times more to freight something than the actual cost of the item,” she said.

“It then becomes a real balancing act in terms of what you stock instore.”

She said the rise and rise of internet shopping had presented its own challenges for businesses.

“There are a lot of educated shoppers out there these days,” she said.

“People do their research online and are a lot more selective about what they will and won’t pay for.

“Businesses are also becoming more savvy about marketing.

“People don’t tend to do catalogues anymore.

“They’re all electronic and can be changed in an instant.”

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Reassessment after car park purchase

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The former Plumb Motors site in Auckland St, Bega, is to be turned into car parking after being purchased by council for $600,000.The purchase of the Plumb Motors site in Auckland St, Bega, by council, is likely toresult in other council projects, such as some general road repairs and maintenance being delayed.
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The warning from BVSC director of strategy and business servicesLucas Scarpinis revealed inthe confidential documents that have just been declassified following the last council meeting on April 27.

“If council resolves to acquire 77-79Auckland Street, Bega, council’s long-term financial plan will have to be updated to reflect the new acquisition which will mean that currently committed projects will need to be reassessed for prioritised funding. This will occur during the 2017 financial year planning process,” Mr Scarpin said in his report to council in December 2015 when the opportunity to purchase the Plumb Motors site was being discussed.

Council had first looked at the site in 2013 and offered the vendor the unimproved land value of $348,000, but this was refused. Council then looked at leasing the site for car parking but the $20,000 annual lease was refused as the vendors wanted closer to $39,000.

Since then the site has been listed at $600,000, with Caddey, Searl and Jarman valuing the property at $625,000 in 2013.

Council purchased the site on April 1 for $600,000 and has said that it will cost an estimated $288,000 to turn the 2505sqm site into 90 car parking spaces.

Mr Scarpin also said that the acquisition of additional parking in Bega was not incouncil’s long-term asset management plans, but acknowledged it was reasonable to expect Bega would need extra parking at some time in the future and that “a strategic acquisition at the right price should not be ignored”.

The declassified documents also show that council paid$550,000 for the Hotel Australasia in Eden. Earlier in the financial year council paid $1.293million for the Auswide building in Merimbula. These purchases were also not part of the long-term plan and as such have no designated funding source, which means they must be paidfor from the general fund.

Eden’s Hotel Australasia was purchased by the Bega Valley Shire Council for $550,000.

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Schneider to play for Dogs

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CAT AMONGST THE DOGS: Adam Schneider will play for Thurgoona on May 14, just over a month after he turned out for his home club Osborne against Jindera in the Hume League. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG
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ADAM Schneider will wrap up his country football tour with a farewell appearance for Thurgoona.

The former Sydney Swans and St Kilda star will line up for the Bulldogs against Chiltern on May 14.

Schneider played for his home club Osborne against Jindera in April and has also made appearances in the Riverina for Barellan and Coolamon in recent weeks.

The 2005 premiership player said he had “loved giving a bit back to the country” before he turns his attention to playing for Beaumaris in Melbourne.

“I’ve really enjoyed it.I really wanted to put the emphasis on junior footy, everywhere I’ve been I’ve wanted to get involved in the junior side of it,” he said.

“I remember when I was a junior, if an AFL or an ex-AFL player came out it was something I never forgot.

“It was great to to do that with my brother and a few good mates at Osborne,it was something I wanted to do for 14 years since I left.

“I’m good mates with Jayden Kotzur so he’s twisted my arm to go up there and have a kick at Thurgoona.”

There could be plenty riding on the clash for the Bulldogs, who sit 2-3 and face undefeated ladder-leader Rutherglen on Saturday.

Thurgoona co-coach Jamarl O’Sullivan said he couldn’t wait to welcome the 228-game AFL veteran into the Bulldogs team.

“I’m a Swannies man so I have very fond memories of him in the 2005 grand final.He can do whatever he wants, even if he doesn’t get a kick I’ll be happy,” O’Sullivan said, only half-jokingly.

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