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february, 2011


                                                    What’s happening in the city of Wodonga
                                                                                                                  into town
                                                                                                                             3                                      Wodonga’s
                                                                                                                                                                growth beating

                 by honour
THIS year’s citizen of the year, Jenny black,       She is proud to call australia home and
said it was “such a shock” when she was told     officially became an australian citizen in
she had been chosen for Wodonga’s top            June, 1994.
award.                                              Some of the things Jenny has achieved
   “it is very humbling,” the retired breast     include establishing the first young
care nurse said.                                 Women’s cancer Support Group, helped
   “i am part of a team and i would feel
                                                 obtain funding for breast care nurses in
better if the award recognised the whole
                                                 albury-Wodonga as part of the Hume
                                                 region breast Services enhancement
   “i have been privileged to work
alongside many great people.”                    program, and is currently helping to lobby
   the team Jenny is referring to is brave       the federal Government to obtain funds for
Hearts on the Murray inc, which she is           a major cancer centre for albury-Wodonga.
founding president of.                              there are numerous other fundraising
   the organisation and its volunteers           events Jenny volunteers to organise.
provide support for people/persons who              cancer survivor and vice president
are, or have been inflicted with breast or       of brave Hearts on the Murray, pauline
other forms of cancer.                           Harbick, said Jenny has a special gift of
   brave Hearts on the Murray inc has            being able to help people find the inner
raised thousands of dollars to help provide      strength to face a crisis and give them hope,
equipment, facilities, tuition and injury        and positive inspiration on their cancer
prevention strategies for sufferers of cancer.
   as part of the group, Jenny helped
                                                    “Jenny devotes many unpaid hours each
set-up programs such as look Good
feel better, pamper Days, a wig library          week to ensuring that there are supports in
for chemotherapy patients, brave Hearts          place for those who need them,” she said.
Dragon boat building project and the                “She visits patients in hospital, she
annual Dragon boat regatta.                      offers encouragement during gruelling
   their latest achievement was the belvoir      treatments, she reassures patients and
park celebration rose Garden, which gives        assists them to understand the situation
people somewhere to go and remember              they face and their treatment options.”
loved ones or be inspired to keep fighting.         Jenny is a former eagle award winner for
their next project is the completion of          Wodonga council and a proud receiver of
an inspirational book featuring beautiful        the rotary paul Harris fellow Medal.
photos and positive stories of cancer               in 2006, Jenny was chosen to take part
survivors.                                       in the Queen’s baton relay in the lead up to
   Jenny moved her family from New
                                                 the commonwealth Games.
Zealand to the border in 1988 and since
                                                    Jenny was presented with her citizen
then, has been an outstanding contributor
to Wodonga especially in the health sector.      of the year award at the australia Day
She has been a registered nurse for more         ceremony at les Stone park, Wodonga on
than 40 years in many fields, including          January 26.
lecturing at la trobe university from 1988          ■ See page two and 10 for other
to 2000 and as a regional breast care Nurse            Australia Day stories and more            THOUGHTFUL CARER: Jenny Black has given tremendous support to people in the local
on the border from 2000 to 2010.                       photographs.                              community.

                                           You’re invited...
                                           To a stomping hot barbecue luncheon to launch Carnivale Wodonga’s celebrations.
                                            When: Friday, March 4 Where: Woodland Grove                               Time: Noon

                                                                                                           FREE BARBECUE AND DRINKS,
                                            For more information, phone (02) 6022 9300                     PERFORMANCE AND ART

                                                                                                                                      our people • our city • our future
Wodonga council
104 Hovell St, Wodonga,

                                                         Australia Day awards
Victoria 3690
phone: (02) 6022 9300
fax: (02) 6022 9346

CityLife is Wodonga council’s monthly                                                                                                                 after completing her high school
publication and is delivered around Wodonga
from the first Monday of the month.
   approximately 14,000 copies are printed
                                                       Sophie’s                                                                                    studies in 2009, she took part in the
                                                                                                                                                   Latitude Gap Program where she spent
each month by border Mail printing, Wodonga.
   CityLife is printed on recycled paper, which is
made up of 20 to 40 per cent of recycled fibre
                                                       gap year                                                                                    five months teaching english at an
                                                                                                                                                   international school in tanzania last year.
from old newspapers. it can also be re-added
to newsprint production as a recycled fibre
after use.
                                                       worthwhile                                                                                     “i volunteered in a small school, which
                                                                                                                                                   was one of the better schools in tanzania,”
                                                                                                                                                   Sophie said.
                                                       THIS year’s young citizen of the year
Contact your councillors                                                                                                                              “the locals were allowed to come in
                                                       Sophie fuchsen was sick the day she
                                                                                                                                                   and use their facilities.
                                                       heard the news, but said it quickly turned
                                                       her day around.                                                                                “there were a couple of computers
                                                          “councillor anna Speedie called and i                                                    and some sporting equipment, but even
                                                       was home sick that day,” Sophie said.                                                       colouring pencils they really enjoyed as
                     Mark Byatt                           “it brightened my day.                                                                   they weren’t readily available.
                     Mayor                                “No-one was at home, but i had to tell                                                      “it was fantastic to be able to give them
                     phone: 0408 285 930               someone, so i ran mum and dad at work.”                                                     that opportunity.”
                                                          Sophie is a genuine mentor to other                                                         in tanzania, the children are taught in
                                                       young people and has demonstrated                                                           their native language in primary school
                                                       a commitment to volunteering locally,                                                       and speak english in high school so the
                                                       nationally and internationally.                                                             transition from year six to seven is difficult.
                                                          She has been a volunteer at               YOUNG LEADER: Sophie Fuchsen is                   the primary school teachers have
                     Angela Collins                    interchange camps and activities, re-        Wodonga’s Young Citizen of the Year.           limited english, which is why they need
                     Deputy Mayor
                                                       vegetation programs for baranduda
                     phone: 0428 464 678                                                                                                           english speaking volunteers to help with
                  landcare, face-painting at Wodonga
                                                       children’s fair and carnivale events, and                                                   this transition.
                                                                                                    clean-up, giving her time to rebuild fences
                                                       the yackandandah folk festival.                                                                Sophie will be moving to Melbourne
                                                                                                    on weekends for farmers and clean up
                                                          in 2008, Sophie was sponsored by          yards.                                         this month to study science at the
                                                       rotary to attend the National youth             Sophie was awarded the principal’s          university of Melbourne, but is yet to
                                                       Science awards in canberra. She put her      recognition award at catholic college          decide what career path she would like to
                                                       hand up to help in the 2009 bushfire         Wodonga for being an all-rounder in year 12.   take in the future.
                     Edward Foulston
                     phone: 0428 619 330

                                                     Neighbourhood house shares local food with local people
                                                     THE birallee park Neighbourhood House has been awarded this
                                                     year’s community organisation of the year award.
                     Chris Ferguson                      birallee park Neighbourhood House is one of three
                     phone: 0427 785 329             neighbourhood houses in Wodonga, which is operated the united
                                                     church in emerald ave.
                                                         the house has been around for more than 26 years and was
                                                     previously located at emerald House in emerald ave.
                                                         House co-ordinator Di Mant said it is fantastic to see its work
                                                         “We have seen ourselves as the quiet achievers and it is a real
                     Lisa Mahood                     coup to be recognised in such a public way,” she said.
                     phone: 0409 562 903                 one of its most successful and innovative programs has
                                                     been the Our Table To Yours, which has provided 3994 healthy
                                                     home-cooked meals to low-socio economic residents in its
                                                     neighbourhood in a 12-month period.
                                                         the meals are cooked by volunteers, with the food coming from
                                                     its own community garden and meat donated from uniting care
                                                     food Share.
                     Anna Speedie                        the meals are delivered by volunteers from the emmanuel
                     phone: 0417 138 938
                                                     uniting and St John anglican churches.
                                                         the community garden began with three beds after receiving a
                                                     Neighbourhood Power grant from Wodonga council and has now
                                                     grown to eight beds including tomatoes, corn, zucchinis and much
                                                         the house was awarded the Victorian premier’s award in
                                                     innovation for the program.
                     Rod Wangman
                     phone: 0400 956 253                 this successful program has now expanded into Our Garden To
                Yours, which encourages people to grow their own food at home.
                                                         Ms Mant said the new program will add a teaching arm, with
Council meetings                                     workshops planned on saving water, how to propagate and how to
council meetings are open to the public and are      install sprinkler systems.
held on the third Monday of the month (except            “We want people to go home and grow their own food,” she said.
if it falls on a public holiday, then it is                                                                                VEGETABLES GALORE: Birallee Park Neighbourhood House
                                                         “the need will always be there for us to continue cooking meals
on tuesday).                                                                                                               co-ordinator Di Mant and treasurer Sue Slater at the community
                                                     as they are not always for people who are financially struggling.     garden.
     there are also special meetings held at other
times of the year. all meetings are advertised in        “We support people who are ill and we now support the ronald
the classifieds section of The Border Mail.          McDonald House.”                                                         a monthly program newsletter is produced to share recipes,
     Meetings are held in the Wodonga council            the community garden has also been boosted by funding from        gardening tips, meeting dates, fundraising events and to thank
chambers on level two, council offices, 104          the Victorian Government’s Climate Communities Grants Program.        volunteers and sponsors.
Hovell St, Wodonga and commence at 6pm.
     agendas can be downloaded from the
                                                         the funding was used to recently install two 50,000 litre            the birallee park Neighbourhood House also runs a variety of
council’s website the friday prior to the meeting    rainwater tanks at the house, along with irrigation systems and a     other adult education courses. please visit or phone the centre on
and minutes are also available after the meeting.    plant propagation house.                                              (02) 6059 2590 for more information.
  2   our people • our city • our future
   Carnivale headlines city’s calendar of events
WODONGA’S premier event carnivale
enters its sixth year this March as the city’s
cbD turns into a frenzy of colour, creativity
                                                                                                  CARNIVALE WODONGA STOMP - 2011 DATES AND VENUES:
and entertainment.
                                                                                                             Todos Arte: Monday, February 28 to Friday, March 11
   carnivale is a true-all ages, free
                                                                                                                       Daily in the Woodland Grove
community event with something for
                                                                                                            STOMP Into Carnivale: Friday, March 11
   the theme StoMp is sure to take you on
                                                                                                   Gateway Village, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga from 6pm to 9pm
an unforgettable adventure through earth
and fire, and celebrate the community’s
                                                                                                                      Carnivale Market Day: Saturday, March 12
creativity, excitable and fantastically
                                                                                                                        Wodonga CBD from 9.30am to 1.30pm
foolhardy beats.
   initiated and run by Wodonga council’s
                                                                                                      Carnivale Wodonga STOMP Festival: Saturday, March 12
events’ team, carnivale Wodonga StoMp
                                                                                                     Woodland Grove, High St and Stanley St from 5pm to 10pm
promises three action-packed days from
friday, March 11, 2011 to Sunday, March 13,
                                                                                                      Carnivale Recovery Moonlight Cinema: Sunday, March 13
                                                                                                  Nell Wilson Pavilion, Wodonga Racecourse from 7pm to 10.30pm
   over time, carnivale has grown into a
three-day event attracting more
than 20,000 people from the
local community, wider region                                       RED HOT: The Batacuda fire shows will heat up Carnivale Wodonga STOMP.
and interstate who come
to enjoy the brilliant,                                                 StoMp will host two        ■ troupe de boot roving performers
interactive art, music, food,                                            live music stages, a      ■ livid productions roving cavemen
wearable art, parades,                                                    performance stage,          in the lead-up to the main event, the
performers, market                                                        interactive art and      two-week todos arte festival will bring
stalls and invigorating                                                   children’s workshops,    together a broad cross-section of the
atmosphere of carnivale                                                  performing artists,
                                                                                                   community to produce large 3D sculptures,
as a whole.                                                             community parades,
                                                                       food stalls and exciting    visual decor, costumes and funky
   carnivale Wodonga
StoMp will include todos                                             roving entertainment.         percussion rhythms for carnivale Wodonga
arte (Spanish for ‘total art’),                                                                    StoMp.
StoMp into carnivale, carnivale                                HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:                    the art workshops will be facilitated by
Market, carnivale Wodonga StoMp                           ■ Neoncity                               local professional artists and will involve
festival, and carnivale recovery Moonlight         ■ local singer richard perso                    local students, community groups and
cinema.                                            ■ Monroe’s Mill                                 budding artists.
   the main event, carnivale Wodonga               ■ beas Window                                      the council would like to thank
StoMp, on the Saturday night will                  ■ irie Jamaican band                            carnivale’s major sponsor McDonalds
incorporate all things with drums and beats;       ■ Musiki Manjaro
                                                                                                   Wodonga Homemaker centre; supporting
and all that is animalistic and pre-historic.      ■ Dos or Duo body percussion workshops
                                                                                                   sponsors Mars petcare and centro
   it will feature flavours from around the        ■ teatro flamenco dancers
world - everything from industrial tap to          ■ regional academy of performing arts           Wodonga; associate sponsor 24 Seven
flamenco, african, and Jamaican to home-           ■ circus act leo bonne                          events and party Hire; community partner                                           FAST DANCING: You will be able to see
grown aussie.                                      ■ clomp and Stomp tap Show                      cleanaway; and wearable art sponsor North                                          the Teatro Flamenco dancers in action at
   Hosted in High St, Stanley St and               ■ batacuda fire shows                           east textiles. Media partners include prime,                                       Carnivale Wodonga STOMP on the long
Woodland Grove, carnivale Wodonga                  ■ the Great Gizmo                               The Border Mail, the river and 2ay.                                                weekend in March.

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help of local school children, volunteers           Ms Hilder is also a gifted sculptor,
                                                 specialising in recycled and junk                    Government partners:       Major sponsor:     Supporting sponsors:       Associate sponsor:                   Media partners:
and community groups using the dynamic
                                                 assemblage.                                                                                                                   Community partner:
harmony colours, which focuses on the               Get along to todos arte to see her
use of orange complimented by yellow             creative energy in action. for more                                                                                           Wearable Art sponsor:
and red. the costumes will then be worn          information on todos arte, please phone
in the community parades at carnivale            the council’s arts development officer Verity
                                                                                                      For more information, phone (02) 6022 9300 or
Wodonga StoMp.                                   brookes on (02) 6022 9253.

Former councillor remembers when civic centre built
FORMER Wodonga councillor John
Drummond recalls the years leading
up to the construction of the Wodonga
civic centre, which is currently being
    Mr Drummond was a councillor from
1968 to 1979, with the Wodonga civic
centre officially opened on april 22, 1971
by the then premier of Victoria, the Hon. Sir
Henry bolte, K. c. M. G, M. p.
    the first proposed development of the
civic centre was received by the Shire of                                                                        FUTURE PLANNING: The civic centre set-up
Wodonga (as it was known) in January, 1969                                                                       for the leadership summit in April, 2008.
from a. K. lines, Macfarlane and Marshall
                                                                                                                    “uncle ben’s came in the late-1960s
    Mr Drummond said there were houses
                                                                                                                 and the Mates building in High St was a
on the land where the civic centre and
                                                                                                                 milestone for the city.”
Wodonga library stand today, which                                                                                                                                        IMPORTANT EVENT:
                                                                                                                    over the years, the civic centre has
needed to be purchased by the council.                                                                                                                                    Tammy Dean (nee Elliot) with her partner
                                                                                                                 hosted an eclectic mix of activities, ranging            Rhett Hillas at the A.F.S. International
    He said the decision to build the civic
                                                                                                                 from debutante balls to school concerts to               Exchange Students’ Debutante Ball at
centre to replace the Shire Hall (which
                                                                                                                 commercial forums and exhibitions.                       the Wodonga Civic Centre in 1991.
was located where the Safeway car park
                                                                                                                    the venue has hosted both touring and
off High St now is) was met with some                                                                            local product, often to a full house, and
opposition from the country ridings.                     FIRST HAND: Former Wodonga councillor
                                                         John Drummond was on council when the                   holds many memories for the people of
    “the proportion of the country riding                                                                        Wodonga.
                                                         Wodonga Civic Centre was built.
was larger than now and country people                                                                              in more recent times, it hosted the
thought it wouldn’t get much use,” he said.                                                                      sold out rogue traders and pete Murray
    in the late-1960s there were around                     after further research into Mt Gambier               concerts.
12,000 people in the Shire of Wodonga,                   stone, it was decided it would be open                     the School arts festival has been held
which had 12 councillors split into four                 to more vandalism and graffiti as it was                there for 27 years and the albury-Wodonga
ridings – east, West, Greenhill and bonegilla.           a softer stone and it was decided to go                 eisteddfod has also been held at the venue
    Mr Drummond said a poll was held and                 with the yellow brick (the city offices also            for more than 20 years.
it substantially backed the construction of              followed in 1976 with the same brick).                     the new $9.8 million arts, community
the civic centre.                                           later on, the original theatrette and                and entertainment centre (acec) will be
    after the decision to build the civic                library were demolished to make way for                 built on the same site and is being funded
centre was made, there was also debate                   the Wodonga library you see today.                      by three sources including $3 million from
about what it would be made out of.                         Mr Drummond said it was an exciting                  the federal Government’s regional local                  BANANA PARTY: Bananas In Pyjamas
    Mr Drummond said Mt Gambier                          time for Wodonga when the civic centre                  community infrastructure program, $4                     performed at the civic centre in March,
                                                                                                                                                                          2008 as part of the Play School tour that
stone, which is a large white stone, was                 was being built.                                        million from the State Government via
                                                                                                                                                                          comes to Wodonga each year.
recommended by the architect and also                       “things were happening in that era,” he              regional Development Victoria (rDV) and
proved to be controversial.                              said.                                                   the Wodonga council.

                                                                                  What is your
  Monday, February 28 to Friday, March 11
                                                                                  fondest memory of
  Woodland Grove (near the water tower)                                           the Wodonga Civic
  Wodonga Council is inviting everyone to come and take
  part in its premier community arts event Todos Arte.                            Centre?
  Workshop times: Workshops will be held at 9.30am to 11.30am,
  12.30pm to 2.30pm and 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.
  Sculpture: Lead artist: Donna Pinder. Emerging artist: Jennifer Bohner
  Creating a giant community footprint in Woodland Grove. Participants                                                                                    Xavier Martin, 19,               Marcia Armstrong, 50,
  will be able to design their own shoe to add to the mosaic of the                                                                                       Wodonga                          Wodonga
  Wodonga community footprint.                                                                                                                            it was a local metal gig that    thinking back to my high
                                                                                                                                                          i helped organise through
  Visual décor: Lead artist: Michelle Oxlee. Emerging artist: Meaghan                                                                                                                      school days, the civic
                                                                                                                                                          being on the freeZa
  Aitchinson.                                                                                                                                                                              centre was always a place
                                                                                                                                                          committee. i was Mc on           of important events. High
  Making tree totems for the streets of Wodonga and foot mobiles to                                                                                       the night and it was a great
                                                                                                                                                                                           school discos were held at
  adorn shop fronts and stages during Carnivale Wodonga STOMP.                                                                                            night. two seconds before i
                                                                                                                                                                                           the civic centre and were
  Participants will be learning how to make recycled paper, paper beads                                                                                   went onstage to announce
                                                                                                                                                                                           a major social event for
  and little people made out of plastic bottles.                                                                                                          the band, i realised i didn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                           Wodonga High School and
  Costume: Lead artist: Janine Hilder. Emerging artist: Morgan Pinder.                                                                                    know the band’s name.
                                                                                                                                                                                           senior students (year nine
                                                                                                                      Kelly Benstead, 27,                 i ran back and read a
  Making contemporary/tribal/Carnivale costumes out of plastics, foams                                                                                                                     to 12). My debutante ball
                                                                                                                      Wodonga                             running sheet quickly and
  and fabric in harmony colours of orange, red and yellow.                                                                                                                                 was also held their and was
                                                                                                                      i have many fun memories            i introduced the wrong
                                                                                                                      of the Wodonga civic                band. after two songs, i         with the St John’s anglican
  Participants will be making animal-inspired head dresses, fancy collars,                                                                                                                 church. My partner was
  crazy hooped skirts and bold belts.                                                                                 centre, having grown up in          apologised and everyone
                                                                                                                      Wodonga. i saw my first live        in the crowd just laughed.       Danny Zuzek (my maiden
  Music: Collin Bogaars from Batacuda will be holding stompin’                                                        band there as a 13-year-old,        Seeing australian band           name was Miller). apart from
  drumming workshops for participants to learn the rhythms to play in            Tammy Dean, 36,                      which was organised by              Karnivool when i was 15          the debutante (another
  the community parade at Wodonga Carnivale STOMP festival.                      Wodonga                              freeZa and many bands               was a highlight too. that gig    major event in one’s life), the
                                                                                 Having my debutante ball at          since. My year six graduation                                        Higher School certificate
  For more information or bookings contact:                                                                                                               was the moment i realised i
                                                                                 the Wodonga civic centre             for Wodonga primary School                                           (HSc) examinations were
  Verity Brookes                                                                                                                                          wanted to work in events/
                                                                                 back in 1991, as part of the         and my brother’s debutante          music industry. the first time   also held there. i sat all my
  Arts development officer
                                                                                 a.f.S. international exchange        ball were both held there,          i went to the Wodonga civic      five subjects at the civic
  Phone: (02) 6022 9253
                                                                                 Students’ Debutante ball. My         and who could forget those          centre i was about 10 and        centre in November, 1976.
                                                                                 partner was rhett Hillas (my         bluelight discos? i think           my dad was voting. it will be    HSc examinations are not
                                                                                 maiden name was elliot).             everyone in Wodonga will            sad to see it go. i remember     something you forget,
                                                                                 My best friend and i did our         recall similar stories. the civic   when the youth services          especially in that era when
                                                                                 debutante together and had           centre has been a huge part         building (in lawrence St)        your whole marks were
                                                                                 a great time.                        of the town.                        went, it was quite emotional.    based on one examination.

 4    our people • our city • our future
NEWER ESTATE: White Box Rise Estate continues to grow and fill up.

Wodonga’s growth
beating forecasts
NEW population forecast figures for              rise estate and North leneva is envisaged
Wodonga show the city is envisaged to            to experience the most rapid expansion
reach 50,000 by 2026 and grow at an              while other estates in the city’s east such as
average annual rate of 1.92 per cent.            Meridian and castel Verde rise will also see
   the figures were recently released            strong growth.                                                                                         House type
by profile .id, which is a company made             inner city areas can expect lower levels                                                            in 2006, the dominant household type
up of demographers, housing analysts,            of growth, which will mainly comprise of                                                            in Wodonga was couple families with
forecasters and census data experts who          in-fill development being undertaken.                                                               dependents, which accounted for 31.5 per
have developed online demographic and               Wodonga Mayor cr Mark byatt said                                                                 cent of all households.
                                                 understanding how Wodonga as a city                                                                    the main changes in household type
economic information products specifically
                                                 will grow and change over the next few               Age                                            between 2006 and 2021 are forecast to be:
for the local government market.
                                                 decades provides a powerful tool in                  in 2006, the most populous age group in           ■ the largest increase is forecast to be
   .id’s online profiles cover more than 75
                                                 planning for infrastructure requirements         Wodonga was 15 to 19-year-olds, with 2838                in couples without dependents, which
per cent of the australian population, with
                                                 and understanding the level of demand            persons.                                                 will increase by 1910 households,
more than 190 local government clients in
                                                 that will be placed on various services.             in 2021, the most populous forecast age              comprising 31.7 per cent of all
australia.                                                                                                                                                 households, compared to 28.3 per
                                                    “the city of Wodonga population and           group will be zero to four-year-olds, with
   Wodonga’s newest figures are the result                                                        3526 persons                                             cent in 2006.
                                                 household forecasts are designed to inform
of recently completed population forecasts                                                            the number of people aged under 15 is             ■ in contrast, one parent family
                                                 residents, the council, community groups,
which provide projections on estimated           investors, business and students on how          forecast to increase by 2501 (33 per cent),              is forecast to increase by 249
population, age structure, number of             Wodonga and its suburbs will change over         representing a rise in the proportion of the             households, to comprise 10.3 per cent
households, residential development trends       time,” he said.                                  population to 21.8 per cent.                             of all households in 2021, compared to
and components for population change                “these new forecasts will help to plan            the number of people aged over 65                    12.1 per cent in 2006.
for the city as a whole and various suburbs      housing policy and service delivery, attract     is expected to increase by 2471 (68.6 per             areas included in the forecasts are:
until 2031.                                      investment and promote Wodonga,                  cent), and represent 13.1 per cent of the          Wodonga, baranduda, belvoir, Martin park,
   by 2031, figures suggest the population       support funding submissions, and advocate        population by 2021.                                Melrose, North leneva, rural balance, White
in Wodonga will reach 54,777 almost a 50         for the community.                                   the age group which is forecast to have        box rise estate, Wodonga central, Wodonga
per cent change on 2006 population levels.          “Wodonga’s building figures remain            the largest proportional increase (relative to     east, Wodonga South and Wodonga West
   While the city as a whole is estimated        high and the city’s largest housing estate to    its population size) by 2021 is 70 to 74-year-     - federation park.
to grow at an average rate of 1.92 per           date was recently launched in Killara called     olds, who are forecast to increase by 84.9            for the full forecasts, go to http://www.
cent, the growth corridor of White box           riverside estate.”                               per cent to 1601 persons                 

Charger to be remembered at Chryslers On The Murray                                               Good neighbours to be recognised
CHRYSLERS on the Murray is once again shaping up to be a huge event on the Wodonga
calendar this year with around 600 entries expected to be received.                               DO you have a great neighbour who you’d             yet, they are valuable contributors to our
   More than 200 pre-entries have already been received for the two-day event, which will         like to nominate for Wodonga council’s Good      neighbourhoods and to the safety and well
be held on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20, 2011 at Gateway lakes                         Neighbour award?                                 being of our communities.
(off the lincoln causeway).                                                                          the Good Neighbour awards encourage              the next Good Neighbour awards will
   the event will help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the charger - car of the year 1971 in    each of us to reach out and help others in our   be held on Sunday, March 27, 2011. this will
a special seminar commencing at noon on the Saturday.                                             neighbourhood.                                   be in conjunction with activities celebrating
   Sponsored by fuchs oil, it will feature some well-known race car drivers who raced                When we take the time to volunteer            Neighbour Day.
chargers in their time.                                                                           and help neighbours, we strengthen local            Nomination forms are available from the
   the 19th annual chryslers on the Murray also features a show ‘n’ shine, swap meet, raffles,    bonds, enrich community life, and contribute     city offices in Hovell St, Wodonga or can be
auctions and Saturday night dinner at three Monkeys tavern, Wodonga.                              to a greater sense of security in our            downloaded from
   the Shannons insurance top 5 uS and the chrysler action Magazine top 5 auS will both           neighbourhood.                                      Nominations are due by february 25, 2011.
be professionally judged.                                                                            being a “good neighbour” is citizenship in       if you would like more information on the
   there is also the street categories with a special Mayor’s choice award.                       action.                                          Good Neighbour award, please contact the
   pre-entries will only be accepted until March 7, with full details available from                 Good neighbours are often quiet achievers     Neighbourhood power co-ordinator on including the official 2011 program.                                 who don’t look for any reward or recognition     (02) 6022 9300 or email
   Wodonga council is a proud sponsor of the event and is contributing $5000 under its            for themselves.                        
Event Attraction Contribution Program.

  High St Reference Group thanked for input
WODONGA council would like to thank                                                                   She said the group had a difficult task
the members of the High St reference
Group for their valuable input into the
                                                                                                  as it was established at a time of changing
                                                                                                  opinions about how the planning of
                                                                                                                                                    Hannah Seymour,
revitalisation of Wodonga’s central business                                                      Wodonga’s main street should proceed.             community
   the group consisted of High St traders,
                                                                                                      “the reference group needed to
                                                                                                  determine what was sound and worthy               member on High St
Wodonga chamber of commerce
representatives, councillors and community
                                                                                                  from previous community consultations
                                                                                                  and plans and what needed to change,” she
                                                                                                                                                    reference Group
members.                                                                                          said.                                             MOTHER of four, Hannah Seymour,
   councillor anna Speedie was                                                                        “the removal of the railway line from         put her hand up on the last day of
chairperson of the group, with cr lisa                                                            Wodonga’s cbD now opens up even more              acceptances to share her thoughts on
Mahood a group member. Wodonga                                                                    possibilities with Victrack and the council       the revitalisation of High St.
                                                  TERRIFIC JOB: (From left to right) Hannah
council’s director community development                                                          working closely on plans for this land.”             She said it is one of the most
                                                  Seymour, Cr Anna Speedie, Mike Fraser,
patience Harrington also provided                 Colin Elliott, Wodonga Council’s director           together with Vicroads, the Wodonga           “fantastic” experiences she has had and
guidance for the group.                           community development Patience                  arterial Network Study has been                   was “sad to see it end”.
   at its January, 2009 meeting, the              Harrington, Dawn George, Dianne King            undertaken and will be considered by the             “it was a steep learning curve for me,”
Wodonga council formed the group, which           and Dell Poppins at the group’s thank you       council in coming weeks.                          Ms Seymour said.
concluded in December, 2010 with a thank          dinner at Real Thai Kitchen in High St.             Vicroads will not consider the                   “i was a community member so had
you dinner.                                                                                       declassification of High St (that is, handing     no vested interest in High St, just that i
   Members of the group included Dell                                                             back responsibility of the road to the            wanted to make it a better place for the
poppins, Dawn George, David McWaters,             development of the Wodonga High Street          council) until the completion of both the         community and my children.
colin elliott, Gary Knight, Karl bounader,        Revitalisation Guidelines and the High Street   extension of Victoria cross parade, which            “Working with different people was
Mike fraser, Hannah Seymour, Dianne King          Precinct Functional Design, which are both      is expected to be completed in 2012, and          great and it was a character building
and Karen Gardner.                                important documents in moving forward,”         the yarralumla Drive extension to the castle      exercise as well.
   During its operation, the reference            she said.                                       creek intersection, which is to be finalised         “We didn’t see eye-to-eye all the time,
group advised the council on all aspects of          “the development of these two                in 2012.                                          which made it more worthwhile.
the High St revitalisation, including social      documents was a five-month process of               While minor improvements to the                  “i learnt a lot about how councils run
programs, economic development and                researching the key design principles and       aesthetics of High St will continue, any          as i have never had any experience with
physical infrastructure design.                   functional elements that had emerged from       major works are unable to be undertaken           councils.”
   cr Speedie said the group was                  the community consultations and research        until responsibility for High St is handed           Ms Seymour encouraged other
enthusiastic, attending meetings and              conducted during the previous two years.”       back to the council.                              members of the community to be
travelling to research other municipalities          “the reference group has also                    research the High St reference Group          involved with council processes and
in Victoria.                                      provided valuable insights into the future      has compiled will be useful and available at      consultations in the future, and said she
   “the group achieved many things                development of public art, landscape            this time, and members of the group may           wouldn’t hesitate to step forward again if
in a short space of time including the            design, way-finding and place-making.”          be consulted in the future.                       the opportunity arose.

                                                                                                  Storytelling returns to the library
                                                                                                  STORY time at the Wodonga library will recommence in 2011 on tuesday, february 8.
                                                                                                     the free sessions are held tuesdays, Wednesdays and fridays at 10am in the children’s
                                                                                                  area at the library.
                                                                                                  Session groups are below:
                                                                                                  ■ tuesday mornings at 10am
                                                                                                  ■ for children 18 months to three years
                                                                                                  ■ come and join in a fun program of age-appropriate stories, song, rhymes and puppets
                                                                                                  ■ Wednesday mornings at 10am
                                                                                                  ■ for children three to five years
                                                                                                  ■ a fun-filled program of stories, songs, rhymes and crafts
                                                                                                  ■ friday mornings at 10am
                                                                                                  ■ for children aged up to 18 months
                                                                                                  ■ using stories, song, rhymes and pictures to introduce your child to literature
                                                                                                      Wodonga council’s storytellers look forward to meeting you this year.
  EARLY LITERACY: Wodonga Council’s storyteller Heather McNamara at Story Time.                       for more information, please phone the Wodonga library on (02) 6022 9117.

  Wodonga Council is calling for volunteers to assist with:
                                                                                                  Wodonga to host
  Todos Arte -
  Monday, February 28 to Friday, March 11                                                         state basketball finals
  The council is looking for people with a sense of adventure and fun who love meeting            WODONGA’S bid to host the country basketball league (cbl) men’s and women’s finals
  new people and would like to o er a few hours of their time to this exciting arts               series in february, 2011 has been successful.
  festival. No artistic experience is necessary, just your interest to be involved in this fun       Wodonga basketball association, in conjunction with the cbl Wolves and the city
  community project.                                                                              of Wodonga, will host the North east conference title matches on february 12 and the
  Carnivale Wodonga STOMP festival                                                                Victorian State titles on february 26 and 27 at the Wodonga Sports and leisure centre.
  on Saturday, March 12                                                                              Wodonga Mayor cr Mark byatt said it is a fantastic coup for the Wodonga basketball
  Volunteers are required for logistical support during Wodonga Carnivale STOMP.                  association and the city to be hosting the finals series next year.
  Carnivale Wodonga STOMP will incorporate all things animalistic and prehistoric. It will           “We have a strong sporting community and great facilities in Wodonga, and this will
  feature avours from around the world – everything from Industrial Tap to Flamenco,              help showcase it to people from all over Victoria,” he said.
  African, Jamaican to home-grown Australian. Follow the beat of the drum this March                 “events like these bring many visitors into our city, and i congratulate council staff and
  for Carnivale Wodonga STOMP; it’s sure to take you on an adventure.                             members of the association for working together on securing this. the council will be
  If you would like to be involved in this exciting community project and are willing             contributing $2000 from its festival and event contribution program to this event.”
  to volunteer your time, please contact Alex Terblanche on (02) 6022 9356 or email                  the North east conference title matches will be played as feature games on the                                                                 Saturday night of the Wodonga Junior representative tournament on Saturday,
                                                                                                  february 12.
  For more information on Carnivale Wodonga STOMP, please visit the ‘What’s On’
                                                                                                     Wodonga Wolves men’s coach, Mick Merrilees, said it is a tremendous boost for
  section of the council’s website at
                                                                                                  basketball in the area and will impact on the community by bringing teams, supporters
                                                                                                  and officials to Wodonga for what should be a great climax to the cbl season.
 6   our people • our city • our future
                                                                                                                                                 New digital switchover
                                                                                                                                                 liaison officer based
being                                                                                                                                            in Wodonga
                                                                                                                                                 LOCAL residents will benefit from the
                                                                                                                                                 newly appointed digital switchover

for the shave
                                                                                                                                                 liaison officer (DSlo), who will be based at
                                                                                                                                                 Wodonga council.
                                                                                                                                                     Sarah Moloney has been appointed as
                                                                                                                                                 a DSlo for the Goulburn Valley and upper
                                                                                                                                                 Murray region of Victoria.
                                                                                                                                                     Ms Moloney will work with local
TWO young women have put on their                    Jessica and Jacinta have been friends                                                       organisations and community groups to
brave faces and are willing to lose their hair    since year eight and are glad they have                                                        raise awareness of the digital switchover
- all of it - for this year’s World’s Greatest    each other for support, and the support of                                                     and advise people how to get ready for
Shave.                                            their workplaces.                                                                              digital-only free to air television from
    Wodonga council home carer Jacinta               their team, off With it, is registered                                                      May 5, 2011.
Murray, 18, and commercial club waitress          online at the World’s Great Shave website at                                                       executive director of the Digital
Jessica Mionnet, 19, say they won’t back out where you                                                          Switchover taskforce, andy townend, said
of it and have aimed to raise an amazing          can sponsor them together or individually                                                      82 per cent of households in the Goulburn
$10,000 for the leukaemia foundation.             by searching for their names.                                                                  Valley and upper Murray region were
    Since 1998, World’s Greatest Shave has           a link is also available from the council’s                                                 digital ready in the third quarter of 2010,
raised in excess of $106 million.                 website at                                                              according to the Digital tracker survey.
    every hour, someone in australia is           under ‘latest News’.                                                                               this was up by four percentage points
diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or                all money raised is used to fund services                                                   on the previous quarter, and up by 27
myeloma. every two hours, someone dies            to support patients and families living with      SPONSOR US: Wodonga Council home             percentage points on the first quarter in
from one of these blood cancers.                  leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and                carer Jacinta Murray, 18, and Commercial     2009.
    More than 125,000 people are expected         related blood disorders. it also funds blood      Club waitress Jessica Mionnet, 19, will          “the liaison officer will work closely with
to shave or colour their hair this March.         cancer research to find better treatments         go through with shaving their heads          local organisations and community groups
    Jessica said the pair has always wanted       and cures.                                        together.                                    with a particular focus on those households
to do it and they have finally “got the guts         Jessica and Jacinta will shave their                                                        yet to convert to digital television,” Mr
to”.                                              heads on Saturday, March 12 at the Kinross        donations are automatically tax deductible   townend said.
    “i know a few people who have been            Woolshed Hotel at noon.                           and people giving cash donations can             the DSlo position is funded by the
diagnosed with cancer before,” she said.             off With it will be accepting donations        request a receipt from the team.             australian Government and is one of four in
    Jacinta also has a friend who is currently    until this date, both online and in person,          it is not too late for others to also     the state that are being co-ordinated by the
battling cervical cancer.                         and can be contacted on 0423 114 803              take part and raise funds by shaving or      Municipal association of Victoria (MaV).
    “i have never had short hair before, but it   (Jacinta) and 0406 831 021 (Jessica).             colouring their hair.                            Ms Moloney can be contacted through
will be good to see it all grow back again,”         border businesses are urged to help               Go to         the Digital ready information line on
Jacinta said.                                     their team reach its goal of $10,000. online      for more information.                        1800 201 013.

MUST SEE: Some visitors check out the exhibition at Bonegilla Migrant Experience.

 Lake Hume and Bonegilla prove to
  be most popular among visitors
MANY visitors enjoyed a visit to Wodonga             the council’s Visitor information centre
during the christmas/New year period.             (Vic) at Gateway Village was open every
   Wodonga council’s manager customer             day except christmas Day, with an average
relations Sue beattie said many were              of 200 visitors per day between boxing Day
headed to lake Hume to enjoy it at full           and last Sunday (January 9, 2011).
capacity and go fishing, jet skiing, water           the most visitors calling into the centre
skiing and swimming.                              were on December 29 and 30, which saw
   “bonegilla Migrant experience proved           almost 300 visitors from all over australia
                                                  and several international tourists.
popular among these visitors due to its
                                                     “the most popular day trip was
close location to the lake Hume and its
                                                  beechworth, and cyclists were keen to try
current exhibition on offer,” she said.
                                                  Wodonga’s pathways and the High country
   “paid accommodation adjacent to                rail trail,” Mrs beattie said.
the lake Hume was at full capacity, with             Wodonga council has taken over the
holidaymakers seeking free camping                operation of the Vic from Destination
grounds where possible due to some                albury-Wodonga, which has information
ground closures from the December floods.         on all states in australia as well as the local
   “the boxing Day races at Wodonga               area.
racecourse were popular again, with                  its staff and volunteers have an extensive
around 5000 people attending from the             knowledge of Wodonga and the North east
region.”                                          region.
     bill busters’ bids to cut gas and electricity worked
  BY KRISTY GRANT                                  “the bill busters working party
  THE bill busters challenge is now over        congratulates all the participants on their
  and we can report great results from all      results and thanks them for sharing their
  participants involved in the project.         experiences throughout the challenge with
      three of the four participating           the border community.”
  households achieved their challenge              DeriNDa Dyt
  target to reduce their electricity               While Derinda and her partner Matthew
  consumption by 20 per cent compared           did not achieve their challenge target,
  to the same time last year.                   factors beyond their control played a part.
      the challenge has been running for           Matthew’s working hours changed
  the past two months, during which             during the challenge, with him spending
  time the four women profiled and their        more time at home than he usually does,
  partners and families worked hard at          resulting in more electricity use.
  implementing various energy saving               they achieved reductions of up to 14
  methods to achieve this target.               per cent on their electricity use during
      each participant had a personal           the challenge and a 30 per cent reduction
  energy assessment conducted on their          in their gas use for the final month of the
  property and were encouraged to use           challenge.
  the strategies identified by sustainability      BARB STIEBER
  assessor Karen retra in reducing the use.        barb and her husband richard achieved
      electricity and gas meter readings        a 21 per cent reduction in their electricity
  were taken throughout the challenge so        use over the challenge period.
  their progress could be monitored.                                                            CUTTING COSTS: Karen Retra helped guide the Bill Busters’ participants and says
                                                   their gas use also fell by around 15 per     everyone can find ways to reduce your energy bills without compromising lifestyles.
      “the timing of the challenge worked
                                                cent.                                           PHOTO: Courtesy of The Border Mail
  out well for the participants, with mild
                                                   their habits were quite energy efficient
  weather offering
                                                even before the challenge so they have
      a chance to note their energy use with
                                                done well to hit a fairly challenging target.   party for 50 people with all the bells and          for several of the weeks, they were
  little or no use of heating and cooling,”
                                                   DI THOMAS                                    whistles toward the end of the challenge         using almost 50 per cent less electricity
  Ms retra said.
                                                   again, the challenge period was not          didn’t undo their energy saving efforts.         than they usually do at this time of year.
      “as the weather warmed, those
                                                really an “average” time for Di and her            across the challenge period their                their gas efforts were also rewarded
  figures helped show what impact
                                                husband Don.                                    average electricity use was an impressive        with an astounding 37 per cent average
  using their cooling had on their energy
                                                   they had some time away and then             27 per cent less than this time last year.       reduction.
      “taking the meter reads also helped       spent more time at home toward the end of

                                                                                                    BILL BUSTERS
  the participants track the factors that had   the challenge than is typical for them.
  influenced their energy use.                     this made Di a bit nervous about her
      “they noted how being away,               target but not to fear, the pair averaged a
  having guests and/or trialling the            22 per cent reduction in electricity for the
  various recommendations from their            challenge period.
  assessment report affected their energy          Di and Don’s use was quite low to start
  consumption.                                  with, so small changes do deliver.
      “the bill busters participants’ success      ROSE MARTIN
  shows that while every home is different,        it seems the whole family was in on the

  often you can find ways to reduce your        act at rose’s house.                                                Rural Women
                                                                                                                    Leading Change Project
  energy bills without compromising your           rose took extra meter readings to track                          Department of Planning and
  lifestyle,” Ms retra said.                    their use, and even hosting a christmas                             Community Development        Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health

New members
sought for                                       Books to be your                                                                                Selling your
                                                                                                                                                 car correctly
indoor bowls
                   INDOOR bowls will return
                   on thursday, february 3
                   6pm in the 3rd Wodonga
                                                    valentine    THIS Valentine’s Day why not celebrate your love of libraries
                                                                                                                                                 WODONGA council would like to remind
                                                                                                                                                 its residents that it is illegal under both
                                                                                                                                                 state and local laws to advertise a motor
                   Scout Hall, on the corner                                                                                                     vehicle for sale on public land including
                                                                            and go on a blind date with a book?
                   of lawrence and Morrison                                                                                                      roads.
                                                                   Wodonga library will be hosting library lovers’ Day on                            people may place a vehicle on private
                                                                 Monday, february 14 with a morning tea to be held at 11am.                      property and are urged to place their
                      the Wodonga indoor
bowls club (Wibc) encourages new people                            the morning will be a great way to discover everything                        vehicle on their own land.
to come down and play this sport-for-all.                        about Wodonga council’s library services and curl up in one                         parking vehicles on nature strips or
   Wibc secretary Jenny Scattergood said                                  of the lounges to read a classic romance.                              dividing strips is also not permitted as they
new members are most welcome.                                              this event is free. for more information,                             are likely to obstruct vision and also may
   “indoor bowls is a good activity in                                         please phone Wodonga library                                      damage the grass, underground pipes, and
that you are indoors - it can be played in                                            on (02) 6022 9117.                                         wires or gutters.
summer and winter, and all you need is a
pair of bowls shoes,” she said.
   it costs $3 to play, with games held every
thursday night.
   the club was recently given funding
                                                New shopping plaza to commence
from Wodonga council’s Financial                CONSTRUCTION is set to begin on Wodonga’s newest shopping plaza at White box rise
Assistance To Community Groups Fund to          estate in March this year.
purchase yellow bowls to improve visibility        Joss constructions has won the $12 million contract to build the Woolworths
on the playing surface.                         supermarket and around 18 specialty shops.
   for more information, please phone              the supermarket is expected to be open prior to christmas.
Jenny on (02) 6040 1594 or Des on                  there are already two Safeway supermarkets in High St and centro Wodonga, which are
(02) 6024 3739.                                 both operated by Woolworths.
 8    our people • our city • our future
                      Sustainability initiatives
                                                                                               plastics fantastic recycling initiative
                                                                                               RIGID plastics will now be fully recycled at
                                                                                               Wodonga’s Waste transfer Station in Kane
                                                                                               rd, saving approximately 210 tonnes per
                                                                                               year from going into landfill.
                                                                                                  a custom-made plastics compaction
                                                                                               machine was delivered to the site last
                                                                                               month thanks to $70,000 funding from
                                                                                               Sustainability Victoria.
                                                                                                  an existing shed will also need to be
                                                                                               extended to house the machinery with the
                                                                                               total project costing $140,000. Wodonga
                                                                                               council and the recovery GaMe are also                                              BIG MACHINERY: The custom-made
                                                                                               contributing funding.                                                               plastics compaction machine being
                                                                                                  the recovery GaMe is a not-for-profit                                            delivered to the Waste Transfer Station
                                                                                               community-based company who generate                                                in Kane Rd, Wodonga by Dunn’s Twin City
                                                                                               jobs for the disadvantaged and the long-                                            Cranes.
                                                                                               term unemployed.
                                                                                                  the council’s waste management co-                                               up to 12 new jobs within the first year of
                                                                                               ordinator David pinder said the aim of                                              the project.
                                                                                               project is to capture all large rigid plastics                                          Mr pinder said plastics retrieval will be
                                                                                               generated in the Wodonga community.                                                 increased, which will generate the new jobs
                                                                                                  “it is a huge win for Wodonga as rigid                                           for the recovery GaMe.
                                                                                               plastics that are currently brought to the                                              “plastic fantastic is a project that ticks
                                                                                               Waste transfer Station go to landfill,” he                                          all the boxes - socially by generating jobs;
                                                                                               said.                                                                               financially by reducing waste disposal
                                                                                                  “these include outdoor furniture,                                                costs for the Wodonga community; and
                                                                                               children’s toys, chemical drums and the                                             environmentally through not burying
                                                                                               likes.                                                                              products that contain valuable re-usable
                                                                                                  “plastics generated as a result of the                                           resources,” he said.
                                                                                               e-waste dismantling facility currently                                                  the machinery will compact and create
                                                                                               operated by the recovery GaMe will also                                             plastic bails weighing up to 200kgs each,
   RECYCLING PLASTICS: Wodonga Council’s waste management co-ordinator David                   be captured.”                                                                       which will be sold to plastics buyers.
Pinder with the new machine and some of the plastics that will be saved from going to             the project is expected to be fully-                                             the recovery GaMe will use the funds
landfill. PHOTO: Kylie Goldsmith, courtesy of The Border Mail                                  operational by July this year and will create                                       generated from sales to employ new staff.

Halve Waste                                     tax, fire safety, policing, parenting and a
                                                preparing for your l plates program.

working with                                       Halve Waste has also donated a compost
                                                bin to albury Wodonga community college

new migrants                                    for educational purposes. the college
                                                plans to build a vegetable garden and
                                                introduce a cooking/hospitality course to
A GROUP of new migrant students                 the curriculum in 2011 and the compost bin
studying at the albury Wodonga                  will be a valuable addition to the teachings
community college recently helped to            for these programs.
reduce waste to landfill at the albury             the Halve Waste Home composting
Waste Management centre through their           program is just one initiative of the two-
participation in the Halve Waste Home           year campaign – Halve Waste – reduce,
composting program.                             reuse, recycle – which is endorsed by the
    a total of 31 students undertook the        mayors from albury, corowa, Greater Hume,
Halve Waste home composting training            towong, indigo and Wodonga and the 15
workshop last year at the college with the      other councils represented by raMroc (the
help of an interpreter.                         riverina and Murray regional organisation
    the Halve Waste composting package          of councils).

                                                                                                      Which future are
costs only $10 to residents and consists of a      albury landfill receives 200,000 tonnes
composting guide booklet, a compost bin, a
                                                of waste per year and is the fourth largest
kitchen tidy bin and a training workshop.

                                                                                                      you looking forward to?
                                                landfill in New South Wales and the largest
    Many of the students were familiar
                                                outside Sydney.
with composting techniques as they had
practised composting in their homeland.
                                                THE CAMPAIGN INCLUDES:
None of them had ever used a compost bin                                                              The Albury region is facing some serious challenges. Recycling rates are below average and
                                                1. Business pledge to reduce waste                    our landfill is filling fast. With new State landfill taxes and the proposed emissions trading
before.                                                                                               scheme pushing up rates and tipping costs, the time has come to make a change.
                                                   to landfill
    the students have recently settled in                                                             Of the 200,000 tonnes of waste we landfill each year, nearly 75% could be recycled. Our
the albury Wodonga area. Many of them           2. Free waste assessments for businesses              goal is to recycle an additional 100,000 tonnes of this waste – effectively halving the amount
                                                                                                      sent to landfill – to keep our environment, and our future, looking bright. You can help by
have suffered significant hardship, having      3. Business A-Z Waste Guide                           joining the Halve Waste campaign to reduce waste and increase recycling at home, work            halve [hɑːv]
been forced to live in refugee camps for up
                                                                                                      and school.                                                                                      vb (tr) halved, halv·ing, halves
                                                4. Resident A-Z Waste Guide                           Because a brighter future can be achieved by halves.                                             1. To lessen or reduce by half
to 20 years. Many of the refugees are from
                                                5. Recycling information
bhutan and africa.
    the students participated in the            6. Waste education for the community
Certificate in Spoken and Written English        7. Schools education program–launched
course which covers all aspects of speaking,       in October, 2010                                   To learn more about the Halve Waste campaign
listening, writing and reading english. along   8. Home composting program–launched                   visit
with the english component of the course,          in November, 2010
the students participate in information
sessions on such things as healthy living,        Many of these are available on the                  Proudly supported by

first aid, consumer affairs, budgeting,         website at
New citizens
loving the Australian
way of life
MOVING to australia has been a “dream
come true” for the terblanche family, who
                                                  NEW AUSSIES: Anton and Alex Terblanche,
received their australian citizenship at          with their children Alexiean (back left)
a special ceremony at les Stone park in           and Julian (back right
Wodonga on australia Day.                             “We came to australia without jobs and
    originally from Secunda, Mpumalanga in        we did not know anyone, it was very scary
South africa, the family moved to australia       and hard,” anton and alex said.
four and a half years ago.                            “australia is our new country and home.
    they were initially restricted to the         We are very grateful for this privilege and
Murray regional Development board’s               honour.
                                                      “We are very committed to australia and
jurisdiction due to Visa sponsorship, but fell
                                                  its people who have been so good to us.”
in love with the area and remained.
                                                      the children are excelling in their new
    anton (43), alex (42), alexiean (16) and
                                                  home, with alexiean on the albury youth
Julian (11) now live in albury and alexiean       council and Julian is school captain this
studies at border christian college in            year.
thurgoona and Julian goes to St John’s                the couple said there are many            NEW ARRIVALS: Joseline and Nelly Bashengezi are settling in Wodonga.
primary School in Jindera.                        similarities between South africa and

                                                                                                Sisters learning
    anton is the enterprise solutions co-         australia.
ordinator at charles Sturt university and             “both are former english colonies, they
alex is events officer at Wodonga council.        love the outdoors, sports, socialising, and
    alex was born in angola and went to           having a good time,” they said.

                                                                                                new life, new skills
                                                      “We love the australian culture and way
South africa in the 1970s as a war refuge,
                                                  of life.”
but she has never felt completely safe in
                                                      the terblanche family were joined by
africa.                                           nine other new citizens on australia Day
    the couple said the biggest reason for        from diverse backgrounds including the        THE bashengezi sisters from Democratic             felltimber Stitches’ tutor Helen Quarel
coming to australia was for safety and            philippines, New Zealand, united Kingdom,     republic of congo, africa are learning the      taught the sisters how to sew and has
security, as well as career opportunities for     ireland, Germany and lao people’s             australian way of life.                         formed a strong bond with them.
their children.                                   Democratic republic.                             Nelly and Joseline arrived in australia in      “i was excited at the prospect of
                                                                                                September, 2009 after living in a refugee       teaching them dressmaking/craft skills
                                                                                                camp for more than two years.                   beginning from simple machining
                                                                                                   Nelly’s fiancée, who she met in the          familiarisation and the oH and S
     CITY OF WODONGA       Building Services                                                    refugee camp, has also settled in australia     requirements,” she said.
                                                                                                in adelaide.                                       “the ladies have become confident in
                        WARNING                                                                    the sisters feel blessed to have so          using a machine to produce the projects
                                                                                                many new opportunities ahead of them in         and community centre murals.
       INFLATABLE AND ABOVE GROUND                                                              their new home, but also miss their home           “they have contributed their ideas to
              SWIMMING POOLS                                                                    country.                                        represent their culture/country as well
     In atable and above ground swimming pools are                                                 “i miss africa sometimes and miss            as learn the use of commercial and block
     becoming increasingly popular with families as                                             african food,” Nelly said.                      patterns, fabric laying and cutting.
     initially, they appear to be an inexpensive alternative                                       “africa is very different to australia.”        “in recent times, as a group, we have
                                                                                                   the sisters had to deal with a tragic        introduced the opportunity for Nelly and
     for swimming entertainment especially for toddlers
                                                                                                death in the family soon after arriving in      Joseline to be involved in the studies of
     and young children.
                                                                                                Wodonga, but are adjusting quite well           CUVVSP55B Produce Textile/Fibre Work
     Consumers need to be aware that any pool capable                                           with time.                                      being a component of the CUV03 Visual
     of holding 300mm (30cm) of water requires a                                                   Wodonga council’s settlement                 Arts, Craft and Design training package.
     building permit and must be designed, constructed,                                         assistance program has been helping the            “the girls have embraced this
     installed and maintained in accordance with                                                family settle in the city and introduced        opportunity with much enthusiasm
     building regulations and the Australian Standard (AS                                       them to the felltimber Stitches group at        and appreciate the chance to develop
     1926.1-2007). This means they must have a suitable                                         felltimber community centre.                    their skills and be recognised for their
     and e ective barrier placed around them.                                                      felltimber Stitches is a group for           respective efforts with credits should they
     Hazards associated with in atable and above                                                volunteers with a passion for sewing and        wish to pursue their studies.”
     ground pools include:                                                                      mending things.                                    Joseline is also studying children’s
                                                                                                   they meet each week to provide their         Services through tafe.
                                                                                                sewing skills and to meet new friends.             felltimber Stitches is held on friday
     there have been seven toddler deaths as a result of
                                                                                                   it is a great way to pick up new             afternoons. if you would like more
                                                                                                skills while helping the community by           information, please phone felltimber
                                                                                                producing clothes or materials for a            community centre on (02) 6043 4550.
     dangerous because they are not very deep. Children                                         diverse range of projects.                         the Settlement Grants program assists
     can drown in as little as a few centimetres of water.                                         the bashengezi sisters have been a part      newly-arrived refugees and migrants in
                                                                                                of the group for seven months and were          their first five years of arrival in australia
     untreated for long periods of time.                                                        given a sewing machine by a community           and is funded by the Department of
                                                                                                member to practice at home.                     immigration and citizenship.

                                                 Mark your calendars now for REDfest 2011.                                           Featuring Wickid Force breakdancers, Extreme
                                                                                                                                     BMX Stuntman Sean, skating, BMX and
                                                 Date: Sunday, April 3                                                               scooter demos, live bands, a giant slide,
                                                 Time: Noon to 5pm                                                                   theatre make-up workshops, Red Faces talent
                                                 Venue:Willow Park, Pearce St, Wodonga                                               show, food and market stalls.
                                                 Cost: FREE                                                                          THIS IS AN ALL AGES (12+), SMOKE,
                                                 For more information contact Nicole Cornell, Youth services                         DRUG AND ALCOHOL FREE EVENT
                                                 project o cer on (02) 6022 9704.

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                                                                                                   early learning
                                                                                                   the key
                                                                                                   BETWEEN 60 to 70 young families in
                                                                                                   Wodonga will take part in a two-year
                                                                                                   study that will trial three different
                                                                                                   types of smalltalk playgroups aimed at          RESEARCH PROJECT: Wodonga Council’s
                                                                                                   improving early learning and development        facilitator and home coach Jenni
                                                                                                   foundations for children aged between six       Singleton and supported playgroup
                                                                                                   months and three years.                         co-ordinator Tanya McMaster-Thiele, who
                                                                                                      the smalltalk program will be                previously worked for council for more
                                                                                                   introduced in the normal rhythm and             than eight years at the Willow Park long
                                                                                                                                                   day care centre (now Felltimber Children’s
                                                                                                   activities of a supported playgroup, using a
WODONGA EVENT: Junior tennis players Andrew Healy, 15, from Wodonga and Joshua                     flexible approach depending on the needs
Graetz, 16, from Albury with former women’s number one Margaret Court and Wodonga                  of the families in the playgroup.
Mayor Cr Mark Byatt.                                                                                  smalltalk will encourage parents to          ■ smalltalk plus group - a smalltalk
                                                                                                   identify natural learning opportunities in      supported playgroup plus individual
                                                                                                   their daily interactions with their children    coaching of families in the home

Tennis legend Margaret Court                                                                       in which to use the smalltalk parenting
                                                                                                      Wodonga council was one of the
                                                                                                                                                   ■ standard group - a supported playgroup
                                                                                                                                                   that does not include the smalltalk
                                                                                                                                                   parenting strategies

inspires a new generation                                                                          councils chosen to undertake the early
                                                                                                   Home learning Study (eHlS) with the
                                                                                                   parenting research centre (prc) through
                                                                                                                                                      Ms McMaster-thiele said the first three
                                                                                                                                                   years of a child’s life are a time of enormous
                                                                                                                                                   learning and development.
MARGARET court recently inspired a                told everyone i would be the first australian    funding from the Victorian Department              “there is no research saying how much
room full of budding young tennis players         woman to win Wimbledon.                          of education and early childhood                support families need in the home for early
from 14 countries when she opened the                 “in 1963, i made it come true.”              Development.                                    learning,” she said.
Victorian Junior Grass court championships            court moved from the border to                  the council has employed tanya                  “trialing these three types of early
at the Wodonga tennis centre.                     Melbourne when she was 15 because her            McMaster-thiele to conduct the                  learning should give some indication
    More than 260 players took part in the        coach Wally rutter saw promise in her.           research and she will be assisted by five       as to what fits best for families, taking
tournament, where players could earn                                                               facilitators, who will each run a different     into account different family types and
                                                      She gave advice to the young players,
australian ranking points as part of the                                                           playgroup across various locations in           situations.
                                                  telling them to set their goals and focus.
optus junior tour in the lead up to the                                                            Wodonga including Stanley St children’s            “the collected data can then be used
                                                      “it’s important to have a goal in front of
australian open last month.                                                                        centre, belgrade children’s centre,             to improve existing parenting strengths,
                                                  you,” she said.                                                                                  target specific parenting skills that are
    court is tennis royalty in australia and                                                       baranduda community centre, felltimber
                                                      “after i had my first child, i became the    community centre, Mungabareena                  known to promote early learning, and
retains the record of 62 major titles (singles,
                                                  first number one mum in the world because        aboriginal corporation and trudewind            incorporate strategies that assist parents
doubles and mixed) won during her 17-year
                                                  i had that goal.”                                Neighbourhood House.                            to adequately meet their own needs as a
    “i have fond memories of the area                 court went on to have three more                there will be two of each of the             person and a parent.”
as i went to school in Wodonga (St                children, retiring in 1977 after learning she    following playgroups introduced in                 the smalltalk program was developed
augustine’s),” she said at the official           was pregnant with her fourth child.              Wodonga:                                        in close collaboration with parents
opening.                                              in 1970, she achieved the ultimate goal      ■ smalltalk group - a smalltalk supported       and service providers in the supported
    “Half my time was over here as a              and became the first woman during the            playgroup                                       playgroups and McH sectors.
youngster.”                                       open era and the second woman in history
    court admitted that she loved tennis          to win all four grand slam tournament
more than school.                                 singles titles in the same calendar year.
    “i breathed it; i ate it,” she said.              Wodonga council sponsored the
    “i was very much a tomboy growing up          Victorian Junior Grass court championships
- i was good at football, cricket and tennis.     with $2000 through its Festival and Event           NELL WILSON PAVILION
    “at 13, i was a young girl with a dream – i   Contribution Program.                               Is this your next event venue?
                                                                                                      A versatile concrete floor venue suitable for a range of events including meetings,
Household organics trial across councils                                                              dinners, corporate and private functions, etc. The pavilion has a fully functional
                                                                                                      commercial kitchen and double roller doors can be opened from three sides. A
NINE hundred households across Wodonga, indigo and towong will trial an expanded,
                                                                                                      landscaped quadrangle with extensive paving adjoins the venue and connects to
weekly green waste/organics collection service for 16 weeks from february to June this year.
                                                                                                      adjacent buildings.
   the trial aims to divert organic material, including food waste and garden prunings, from
landfill. trial participants have already been given a 240-litre wheelie bin for greenwaste/
organics, a kitchen tidy bin and corn starch bags, along with instructions for using the bins.
   During the trial, the greenwaste/organics bin will be collected weekly while the existing
140-litre garbage bin will only be collected fortnightly instead of weekly (in the alternate
week to the 240-litre recycling bin).
   “currently, about 50 per cent of the contents of residents’ rubbish bins is organic,”
transpacific cleanaway’s albury area manager Stuart Masters said.
   “this trial will test one method for reducing the amount of organics sent to landfill.
the collected organic waste will be composted in a closed cell system.
   “this avoids the problems that organic matter in landfill can cause, namely that they do
not effectively break down and this creates methane, a greenhouse gas.
   “We will ask households participating in the trial for feedback about the system.”
   Wodonga council’s waste management co-ordinator David pinder said the aim of the
trial is to find out if there are things councils can do to make it work better or if there are
issues for some people.
   “councils are committed to reducing their impact on landfill, with Wodonga, indigo and
towong council all supporters of the Halve Waste initiative to dramatically reduce waste of
                                                                                                      Hamilton Smith Drive, Wodonga
any kind ending up in the albury landfill,” he said.
   “at Wodonga’s Waste transfer Station, we pride ourselves on re-use and recycling, and              For enquiries and bookings, please phone the council on (02) 6022 9223.
green waste can certainly be easily turned into something that can be re-used such as       
   the trial is a joint project between transpacific cleanaway, and Wodonga, indigo and
towong councils. it is part-funded by Sustainability Victoria.
                                                                                        events calendar
Kaleidoscope #2
Date: friday, february 4 to friday,
          March 5, 2011
Time: arts Space Wodonga opening
Venue: arts Space Wodonga
Kaleidoscope #2 is a group exhibition
from the year 12 students from
Wodonga Senior Secondary college.
                                                  Murray Music presents Bluegrass Band
                                                  Emmy Lou and The Side Saddle Gals
                                                  Date: Saturday, february 19, 2011
                                                  Time: 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)
                                                  Venue: arts Space Wodonga
                                                  emily Hayes, trish anderson and flip
                                                  case will present a show with exquisite
                                                  vocal harmonies accompanied by
                                                  guitar, ukulele and violin. together
                                                                                               Todos Arte (Total Art)
                                                                                               Date: Monday, february 28 to friday,
                                                                                                         March 11
                                                                                               Time: Workshops will be held at
                                                                                                         9.30am to 11.30am, 12.30pm to
                                                                                                         2.30pm and 3.30pm to 5.30pm,
                                                                                                         Monday to friday.
                                                                                               Venue: Woodland Grove
                                                                                               come and look, or join in the free
                                                                                                                                           Arts For All
                                                                                                                                          Dates: every Wednesday during
                                                                                                                                                   school terms
                                                                                                                                          Term 1: Wednesday, february 9 to
                                                                                                                                                   Wednesday, March 23, 2011
                                                                                                                                          Time: 4pm to 5.30pm
                                                                                                                                          Venue: arts Space Wodonga
                                                                                                                                          be inspired by current exhibitions and
                                                                                                                                          learn new techniques to create your
this exciting and often very personal             they perform a unique music genre            community workshops creating               own masterpiece.
display of work shows the creative spirit         commonly known as “black-comedy-             sculpture, décor, costumes and music
                                                                                                                                          for ages eight to 13. bookings are
inherent in these students. the official          death-country music”  .                      at todos arte. there will be activities
opening will be held on friday, february          Enquiries: Karen roben on                    available for all ages and abilities and
4, 2011 at 5.30pm.                                                                             fun for everyone. community groups         Enquiries: arts Space Wodonga on
                                                  0458 454 050
                                                                                               will also be hosting displays and          (02) 6022 9600
Enquiries: arts Space Wodonga on                  Cost: $20/$15 concession. byo drinks
(02) 6022 9600                                                                                 activities for people to get informed      Cost: $5 per session
                                                  and snacks.
Cost: free                                                                                     and involved with.
                                                                                               Enquiries: Verity brookes on
                                                  Big Sing                                     (02) 6022 9253
                                                  Date: Sunday, february 20, 2011              Cost: free
                                                  Time: 11am to 4pm
                                                  Venue: arts Space Wodonga
                                                  the big Sing provides an opportunity
                                                  to participate in group singing and to
                                                  learn about making music in a relaxed
                                                  environment. big Sing will be facilitated
The Bridge by Monique Kuseff                      by the Side Saddle Gals.
                                                  Enquiries: arts Space Wodonga on
Wodonga Apex Moonlight Cinema                     (02) 6022 9600
Date: Saturday, february 12, 2011                 Cost: $12 per session including
                                                                                                                                          Fluff and Stuff mini workshops
Time: Gates open at 7pm, movie                                                                                                            Dates: third thursday of every month.
          starts at dusk.                                                                      Carnivale Wodonga STOMP                              Next one is thursday, february
Venue: Nell Wilson pavilion, Wodonga                                                           Date: friday, March 11 to Sunday,                    17, 2011.
racecourse, Hamilton Smith Drive                                                                         March 13                         Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Sit back and relax while watching                                                              Time: Various                              Venue: arts Space Wodonga
Gulliver’s travels. byo chairs and                                                             Venue: Various                             come and join our textile group and
blankets. ice-creams, popcorn and
                                                                                               Stomp into carnivale at Gateway Village    participate in a series of mini-workshops
drinks available on site.
                                                                                               – friday from 6pm to 9pm, Gateway          facilitated by local textile artists.
Cost: $5 per head (adults and children)                                                        Village, lincoln causeway, Wodonga         february workshop – felt making.
                                                                                               carnivale Market – Saturday from           bookings are essential.
                                                                                               9.30am to 1.30pm – High St, Wodonga        Enquiries: arts Space Wodonga on
                                                                                               carnivale StoMp street festival –          (02) 6022 9600
                                                                                               Saturday from 5pm to 10pm – High and       Cost: $12 per session including all
                                                  Café Culture Series 2011                     Stanley streets, Wodonga                   materials
                                                  Belle Musette
                                                                                               carnivale recovery moonlight cinema
                                                  Date: Sunday, february 27, 2011              – Sunday from 7pm to 10.30pm, Nell
                                                  Time: 5pm (please arrive 15 minutes          Wilson pavilion, Wodonga racecourse
                                                            prior)                             Enquiries: customer service on
Art Buzz                                          Venue: arts Space Wodonga                    (02) 6022 9300
Dates: every friday during school                 Welcome to the wonderful world of            Cost: free
         terms                                    music from paris, the city of light. belle
Term 1: friday, february 11 to friday,            Musette’s repertoire is inspired from
         March 25, 2011                           recordings of the past mixed with
                                                  original tunes in a gypsy swing style.
Time: 10.30am to 11.30am
                                                  their authentic sound captures the joie                                                 Manga and Anime
Venue: arts Space Wodonga                         de vivre of the paris city.                                                             Date: thursday, february 17
buzz into arts Space Wodonga for fun              Enquiries: arts Space Wodonga on                                                        Time: 6pm to 8pm
and creative activities designed for little       (02) 6022 9600
hands.                                                                                                                                    Venue: Wodonga library
                                                  Cost: pre-purchased tickets: arts
for ages three to six years. bookings are                                                                                                 Meet with other fans at the Wodonga
                                                  Wodonga members/concession $18,
essential.                                                                                                                                library to watch, draw and discuss. feel
                                                  non-member $20. all tickets at the door:

                                                           events calendar
                                                                                                                                          free to bring along your sketchbook,
Enquiries: arts Space Wodonga on                  $25. Season tickets for all four events
                                                                                                                                          drawing materials and favourite Manga
(02) 6022 9600                                    in the café culture Series 2011 also
                                                                                                                                          volumes. age: High school to 25 years.
Cost: Gold coin donation                          available.
                                                                                                                                          Enquiries: Wodonga library on
                                                                                                                                          (02) 6022 9117
                                                                                                                                          Cost: bring $3 for pizza

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