What’s happening in the city of Wodonga
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.
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
104 Hovell St, Wodonga,
Australia Day awards
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
worthwhile “i volunteered in a small school, which
was one of the better schools in tanzania,”
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
vegetation programs for baranduda
phone: 0428 464 678 english speaking volunteers to help with
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.
phone: 0400 956 253 this successful program has now expanded into Our Garden To
email@example.com 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:
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
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
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.
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 id.com.au/wodonga/forecastid.
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 www.wodonga.vic.gov.au.
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
www.chryslersonthemurray.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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.
CARNIVALE WODONGA STOMP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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
email@example.com. Saturday night of the Wodonga Junior representative tournament on Saturday,
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 www.wodonga.vic.gov.au.
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
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 www.worldsgreatestshave.com 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 www.wodonga.vic.gov.au 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 www.worldsgreatestshave.com 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
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
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
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
sought for Books to be your Selling your
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 halvewaste.com.au
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 www.halvewaste.com.au.
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
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,
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.
10 o u r p e o p l e • o u r c i t y • o u r f u t u r e
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
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.
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 www.wodonga.vic.gov.au/council/venues/exhibition/details.htme
the trial is a joint project between transpacific cleanaway, and Wodonga, indigo and
towong councils. it is part-funded by Sustainability Victoria.
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,
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
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
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
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:
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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