Ballarat’s 40 Under 40

ALLISTER MORRISON – Age: 35, Occupation: General manager of Ballarat Real Estate Pty Ltd
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KATRINA BEER – Age: 32, Occupation: Vocation program manager, Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative

STUART BENJAMIN – Age: 37, Occupation: Property developer

SCOTT BERTUS – Age: 26, Occupation: University of Ballarat student and extensive community involvement.

SAM BORNER – Age: 24, Occupation: Real estate consultant

JANE BUNN – Age: 33, Occupation: Meteorologist and weather presenter – WIN News Victoria

KATE BURROWS – Age: 31, Occupation: Director, Eventique Consulting

SIMON COGHLAN – Age: 37, Occupation: Hotelier

BEN DAINTON – Age: 21, Occupation: Youth pastor

KERRI GORDON – Age: 32, Occupation: Health management team leader and dietician

STACEY GROSE – Age: 29, Occupation: Director and commercial solicitor of BJT Legal Pty Ltd. Extensive involvement in community organisations.

NICK GRYLEWICZ – Age: 37, Occupation: Developer

TAMSIN HINCHLEY – Age: 32, Occupation: Mum, pro-beach volleyballer, coach.

JAALA PULFORD – Age: 38, Occupation: Labor Member of Parliament for Western Victoria

AMY JOHNSON – Age: 25, Occupation: City of Ballarat councillor

CHRIS KARAMEROS – Age: 38, Occupation: Physical education teacher , sport co-ordinator

ALDONA KMIEC – Age: 35, Occupation: Professional photographer and multicultural ambassador of the City of Ballarat (2012 – 2014)

LARELLE KUCZER – Age: 29, Occupation: Youth worker, currently working in youth drug and alcohol

ROGER LE GRAND – Age: 37, Occupation: General manager Victoria, Go Transit Media Group

ASH LIEB – Age: 30, Occupation: Artist, comedian, writer

TIM MATTHEWS – Age: 33, Occupation: Director, The Forge Pizzeria.

JADE MORRISON – Age: 30, Occupation: Advertising manager, The Courier, Fairfax Regional Media

JANE NIELD – Age: 38, Occupation: Radio announcer at Power FM and 3BA Ballarat. Extensive community involvement.

PAUL NOLAN – Age: 36, Occupation: Director of community development at St Patrick’s College

BRENDAN O CONNELL – Age: 34, Occupation: Partnership,broker,team leader Highlands Local Learning & Employment Network.

TESS PEARCE – Age: 20, Occupation: Law student

DREW PETRIE – Age: 30, Occupation: Sportsperson (AFL)

WAYNE RIGG – Age: 39, Occupation: CFA operations officer instructor

BRAD SEWELL – Age: 28, Occupation: AFL footballer

KATIE SPURGO – Age: 33, Occupation: Editorial manager, Fairfax Regional Digital Media

REBECCA STEWART – Age: 27, Occupation: Youth project officer,producer (radio) / early childhood carer

JARED TALLENT – Age: 28, Occupation: Athlete (race walker), three-time Olympic medallist

BEN TAYLOR – Age: 36, Occupation: Sales manager at Southern Cross Business Machines

TULLY SMITH – Age: 27, Occupation: Sales and marketing manager, Ballarat Turf Club. Extensive involvement in other organisations.

STEPH WALLACE – Age: 33, Occupation: Owner of Red Brick art gallery and shop

JOSHUA MORRIS – Age: 30, Occupation: Ballarat City councillor and physical education teacher

JULIA ZASS – Age: 29, Occupation: Breakfast announcer on 103.1 Power FM

NICOLE BARTLETT – Age: 30, Occupation: Events manager at Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute and mum of two boys

JANELLE RYAN – Age: 28, Occupation: Communications and marketing director

JOANNA STEVENS – Age: 37, Occupation: Managing director of a PR company

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Christmas devils

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON. A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.
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A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

Source: The Examiner

South Mandurah prove too strong for Hillman

PINJARRA notched up its fifth win of the season when they met Shoalwater Bay at home in round 10 of the Peel Cricket Association competition.
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Pinjarra won the toss and elected to bat with openers Jamie Lee and Ryan Pack putting Shoalwater on the back foot early.

Lee was the first to go for 32.

When Shoalwater dismissed Nathan Porth for only two runs momentum looked like it may have shifted.

That was not the case with Chris Zadow joining Pack at the crease.

The pair put on an 82-run partnership before Zadow fell for 39.

Pack went onto make 81 runs which included nine fours to be his sides top run scorer.

Pinjarra finished their innings at 8/221 leaving Shoalwater with a difficult, yet manageable, task.

Shoalwater put up a good fight but Pinjarra’s bowling attack did the job dismissing Shoalwater in the 47th over for 173.

Dylan Skipper was the pick of the Pinjarra bowlers taking 3/24 off his 10 overs.

Phillip Walshaw also took three wickets for Pinjarra.

The win moved Pinjarra into fourth position only on percentage above Warnbro.

In other results South Mandurah proved to strong for Hillman.

Hillman won the toss and sent South Mandurah into bat.

The Hillman bowlers were able to dismiss South Mandurah before they completed their allocated 50 overs though South Mandurah’s score of 208 was still going to be hard to beat.

Jimmy Reed was the pick of the bowlers taking 4/40.

Hillman would have been hoping to start strongly but that was not to be with the side left at 5/63 before Reed (38) and Michael Burgess (54) settled the innings.

Hillman couldn’t fight their way back from the early loss of wickets ending their innings all out for 164 in the 46th over.

The win secured South Mandurah’s position in the top four.

Top of the ladder Halls Head extended their winning streak when they defeated Singleton in their round 10 clash.

Singleton was sent in to to bat and were immediately put under pressure from the Halls Head bowling attack.

Chris Phelps tore through the Singleton attack taking 5/26 off his 10 overs.

Singleton ended their innings all out for just 137.

The run chase didn’t all go Halls Head way with opener Andrew Tatterson falling for four however Cary and Mitchell Green were able to settle the innings making 28 and 31 respectively.

Number five Sam Inward took away any chance of a Singleton win making a well made 53 to push Halls Head towards the modest 137.

Halls Head finished their innings on 166 off 38 overs.

It was White Knights Baldivis who came out on top in its clash against Old Irwinians Cricket Club.

Irwinians won the toss and elected to bat first but failed to gain any momentum ending their innings all out for 138.

No batter made it above 19.

The pick of the Baldivis bowlers was Kyle Gardiner who took 3/17 off his 10 overs.

Although not dominate, Baldivis managed to eclipse Old Irwinians’ score ending their inning all out for 160.

Leigh Sibley top scored with 37.

Ian Bowes was the highest wicket taker taking 3/45 off 10.

In the final game of the round Warnbro Swans defeated Mandurah in a low-scoring game.

Dane Ugle was the only Warnbro batter past 10 making an impressive 86; his side all out for 126.

In reply Mandurah would have been confident of victory but it was not to.

The side was dismissed for 117 in the 42nd over. Jared Motu was exceptional with the ball taking 5/10 off his 10 overs.

The win saw Warnbro move past Mandurah to second on the ladder.

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ACT swimmer hoping he’s not out of his depth

ACCOMPLISHED swimmer Jayde Martens-Shaw has been juggling a busy work schedule to try to train as much as possible for Saturday’s Wagga’s Sports Champion event.
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Martens-Shaw is one of eight new faces who will take part in the male division of Wagga’s Sports Champion on Saturday and will be the man to beat when the athletes hit the pool.

The 25-year-old athlete left Wagga when he was 16 and has spent time in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Perth as he pursued a career in swimming.

Martens-Shaw has since put swimming on the backburner as he balances his time between a double degree in sports science and sports management at University of Canberra, along with his job at Red Bull.

While he admits it is a busy lifestyle, Martens-Shaw explained yesterday he had been trying to fit in as much training as possible before of Saturday’s Wagga’s Sports Champion at Bolton Park.

“I’m based in Canberra and work between there and Sydney so there is a lot of driving between both which keeps me really busy,” Martens-Shaw said yesterday.

“Finding time to train is challenging but I’ve tried to do as much as I can, when I can, in order to try and match it with the full-time athletes.

“Like all athletes, I’m doing it because I like a challenge and it should be a bit of fun.”

Martens-Shaw will be the one to beat in the 50-metre freestyle given his background in swimming. It will also give him a handy advantage come the multi-sport challenge at the end of the day, which involves a 200-metre kayak, 800m run, 200m swim and 40m sprint finish.

He said the 100m sprint, plus the AFL goal kicking will be two of the more challenging events for him.

Martens-Shaw said he would love to walk away with a top-five finish.

“Who knows, it would be a dream to compete with the top guys,” Martens-Shaw said. “My goal is just to be able to mix it with those boys, it would great if I could finish top five.”

Martens-Shaw was unsure which athlete will be the one to beat on Saturday.

He said he was looking forward to competing with good mate Rob McMahon and described him as the dark horse of the competition.

Jayde Martens-Shaw

Age: 25

Sport: Swimming

Strengths: 50m freestyle, multi-sportchallenge

Weaknesses: 100m sprint, AFL goal kicking

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OPINION: Actions speak loudly

AS someone who’s only lived in this city for 18 months, I haven’t witnessed how the city has changed for better or worse like many of my colleagues.
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I still get lost in inner-city suburbs and don’t have intricate knowledge of much of the city’s history – though I was working as a cadet in Newcastle in 1994 when the second earthquake struck in Ellalong, I just didn’t feel the earth move beneath my seat in a city cinema.

I’m probably not as jaded as those who have heard successive state governments promise they’ll move heaven and earth to revitalise the city centre.

But as a city worker and city resident – and one who is so centrally located I can’t get a residential parking permit, but don’t get me started on that – that doesn’t mean I don’t despair about how the CBD has gone to rack and ruin and don’t wonder when things will finally start rolling.

The glorious images of a thriving Hunter Street in my learned colleague Greg Ray’s books on the town are a painful reminder of what has been and what could still be.

But amid all the depressing talk about what hasn’t been done, it’s important to consider what is happening behind the scenes, and often on a smaller scale.

From public organisations and private groups to residents imbued with a sense of place and civic pride who are simply cleaning up their patch, good things are happening and they are worth noting.

The first batch of Renew Newcastle graduates are mostly now running thriving commercial operations, a bunch of 20 and 30-something groovers who have the talent to work wherever they want in the world – and some have – but choose to work their magic in Newcastle, all adding to the value of the creative economy.

There’s new blood at Newcastle Now, with entrepreneur Michael Neilson all het up about placemaking and bringing Village Well, the people that put the mojo back into key Melbourne and Sydney hot spots, into town.

The newly formed Hunter DiGiT taskforce is working to put the Hunter on the map as a leading digital regional economy with a global reputation by 2020, and it’s being driven by the likes of Brendan Brooks, Steph Hinds, Gordon Whitehead and Craig Wilson – people who are in business and know what needs to be done to make many sectors more efficient.

Nouveaux nosheries like Restaurant Mason, Le Petit Deux, The Landing and Subo are bringing food currency to town, with hatted establishments here cutting it with their sizzling Sydney and Melburnian counterparts. City residents, from the East to West End in particular, are getting behind small projects to just make the place look better. From mounting sculptures and building community gardens raided daily by city chefs, to applying for grants to widen footpaths and cleaning up parks – it’s all helping.

At the bigger end of town, business folk including Keith Stronach and Jerry Schwartz, armed with can-do and cash-flow, are pushing ahead with commercial projects and doing their best not to let the red-tape brigade dull their visions for the town.

Hunter Development Corporation chairman and Infrastructure NSW chief Paul Broad no doubt admires them, given his colourful spray at last week’s Australian Property Council Hunter Chapter luncheon.

He preceded his wide-ranging soliloquy on the strengths and infrastructure priorities of the Hunter Region with mutterings about his disdain for time-wasting pollies of all creeds.

Whether or not he agrees with our lord mayor’s move to create another layer of bureaucracy in forming a special taskforce of Hunter businessmen to cast their collective eyes over council finances is another matter.

As for the rail line, while I get the views of the naysayers and progressives, actions will always speak louder than words.

And when all is said and done, it’s easy to despair but easier to support the doers.