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TWO teams from Congupna Primary School, dubbed the Sea Shockers and Solar Smashers, stole the limelight at the Australian International Model Solar Challenges this year, coming away with a first, second and third in regionals and second and third.
The excited teams designed, constructed and raced solar boats in the regional section of the competition in Melbourne in October, and took out the first three spots as well as second and third overall in Victoria, meaning the students qualified for the Nationals in Adelaide in November, where again they came away victorious.
Congupna Primary School principal, Adam Cleary said, The teams were all very excited and wore uniforms they had made with pride.
In Melbourne, the students went up against approximately 50 boats and in Adelaide there were 30 boats in total.
Our wins show that a small regional school can be as competitive as the metropolitan teams. Our teams put in a lot of time and effort, up-skilled and had the support from our local community to ensure we could perform just as well as a metropolitan competitor.
All our students involved should be very proud of their efforts and the way they conducted themselves at both the Melbourne and Adelaide events.
The podium places were just reward for the many hours designing, testing and refining these two boats and the smiles on our students faces in Adelaide and back at school has been testament to this.
The support and sponsorship we received was overwhelming and to see our small rural school achieving such things on the national stage is fantastic.
ITS been 60 years since the Shepparton & Youth Club United Cricket Club has had a new cricket pitch roller, but that is all about to change thanks to a donation of $15,000 through Holdens Home Ground Advantage program.
Local Holden dealer, Thompson Motor Group handed over the cheque last week, with the cricket club pitching in the addition $10,000 to purchase the reconditioned roller, which is hoped to see the club through the next 20 years.
Thompson Motor Group dealer principal, Jarrod Thompson said, Local sporting clubs play a really important role within their communities and we are thrilled to help invest in their futures.
Anything we can do to help the local community is great.
Shepparton & Youth Club United Cricket Club vice president, Tony Giblin said, The new roller is similar to the one used at the MCG and having been battling with the old one for the last 60 years, this is a great thing for the club.
We will be contributing funds toward the roller that we have raised through various fundraising efforts.
We will no longer have to sit in a seat with no padding and deal with something that we cannot get parts for.
Wed like to thank Holden for their contribution.
LOCAL resident, 14 year old Jordan Michel is certainly one to watch as an upcoming basketball superstar, after scoring a once in a lifetime basketball scholarship from Basketball Australia.
In January this year, Jordan was one of 20 top country kids under 15 following the Southern Cross Challenge and was successfully selected in the U16 Country Team. He went on to play in the National Championships in Perth in July where he was offered the National Performance Program (NPP) Scholarship, which started in August.
Jordan said, Im pretty happy to have been selected for the scholarship. It will mean a lot of hard work, but opens up a lot of opportunities. For the next two to three years I will be taking part in the National Intensive Training Program every Wednesday and taking part in NPP camps in Melbourne every month.
The training involves a strong commitment on my behalf and includes shooting programs as well as strength and conditioning sessions.
Im hoping this helps to lead to playing college basketball in America after I finish year 12.
Im looking forward to increasing my skill set.
Its all going well so far. Im going up against older guys and kids from the metropolitan areas at the camps and I feel like I am going pretty well.
THE Haven was officially launched on Wednesday last week, with over 50 people attending the programs new premises at 92 Wyndham Street.
The Haven manager, Konrad Fepuleai said, The kids proudly showed off their space giving tours on the night to all guests.
150 kids from diverse backgrounds are registered at The Haven. The kids are mainly aged between 12 and 18. They come for a meal, company, mentors and programs such as bowling and swimming.
Alongside our trained youth workers there are 34 volunteers that come from a range of businesses around Shepparton. There are various individuals and organisations that have donated their time and materials to get The Haven to this point.
Funding from the Department of Education and Training has enabled us to secure the wonderful premises in Wyndham Street.
Wed like to pass on a big thank you to all those who are involved and who attended the launch night.
For more information on The Haven, contact the manager, Konrad Fepuleai on 0487 315 999.
FOR local resident, Rosie Roberts the soon to be established $6.95M radiotherapy service provided by GenesisCare in Shepparton will come too late. While by the time it opens in Shepparton it is hoped she will have already beaten her breast cancer, Rosie says it is positive that the region will finally have a service available that was long overdue.
Having been diagnosed with HER2 breast cancer in March this year, Rosie had her first chemotherapy treatment in April, and following her final treatment in October and a lumpectomy operation last month, she now has to undergo radiation therapy, but in order to do that, she has to travel to and from Bendigo every day for at least three weeks.
Rosie said, This is a big thing for the region. Ive been told that there are 300 people from this area travel to Bendigo every year for treatment.
Im going to have to travel every day to and from Bendigo because I need to be back to get my children ready for school in the morning.
Its going to be a struggle, and whats more is that there are others who have a worse situation that I do, and I really feel for them.
With the size of Shepparton and the number of people here it is a wonder that we dont already have this service available.
Nobody asks for cancer, so to have this service available will make a big difference.
This is a service that is well needed, and while it might not benefit me, it will help others in the future.
Liberal Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell said, GenesisCare is the largest provider of radiation oncology in Australia and operates eight radiation oncology centres in Victoria, including the Regional Cancer Centre in Albury.
Because they are a private provider, it is vital that the State Government works with GenesisCare so that any planned services in Shepparton are available and affordable to all patients.
Ms Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government and Health Minister, Jill Hennessy to ensure the creation of a public/private partnership between GenesisCare and government to provide treatment i...
THE Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said that free (timed) parking permanently in Shepparton would go a long way to helping breathe life back into the city, and help to boost shopping in the CBD.
At its monthly meeting, the chamber discussed several ways of helping to achieve this positive outcome for the city, with parking fees being high on the agenda as being significantly negative to shoppers and visitors to the city.
Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, Carl Hainsworth said, The challenge is to make Shepparton as shopping friendly as possible in an ever changing business world.
Shepparton is competing with large shopping centres, other large regional cities and many smaller towns who dont charge for parking.
According to businesses during the last free parking trial in 2013, which council experimented with free parking on Mondays during a six week period, there was a huge increase in early week shopping, with one of Sheppartons largest retailers, Harris Scarfe, experiencing a 33 percent increase in business.
The chamber advocates free timed parking to boost shopping and at the same time encouraging car park movements in the CBD.
To help reduce the abuse of free parking by employees and business owners, the chamber would encourage number plate recognition fines, something carried out successfully in other regional cities.
The chamber believes that results of free parking in the CBD would be considerably noticeable among shoppers and retailers soon after implementation, however for Shepparton CBD to thrive again, it would require long term implementation as soon as possible.
THE local community is set to benefit greatly from $4.07M that is set to be delivered to continuing the work of the Skills and Jobs Centre at GOTAFE, through the Andrews Labor Governments Skills First TAFE Community Service funding.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp said, Were making sure locals in Northern Victoria have access to the support they need to complete their training and to get a job.
GOTAFE will use $977,495 to continue the good work of its Skills and Jobs Centres in Shepparton, Wangaratta, Benalla and Seymour.
Im proud to be a part of the government thatll always put the needs of students first, Mr Gepp said.
Since they opened last year, the centres have helped more than 1,500 people get the skills development, job readiness, and training and career support they need to find a job or to move into further training.
More than $431,000 will be used for the Trade Apprentice Learner Support program, which provides mentoring and support for apprentices with low language, literacy and numeracy skills.
Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney said, This funding will help GOTAFE keep students on track to finish their training to get the job they want.
All Victorians deserve access to high quality training and thats exactly what our Skills First TAFE Community Service Fund is delivering.
GOTAFE Acting CEO, Margie Fixter said, This funding will ensure GOTAFE trade students are supported with fundamental literacy and numeracy skills to better equip them as the workforce of the future.
This funding will provide positive outcomes not only for the individuals but for our regions industry and communities.
NEW YEARS EVE FOR CHARITY. Celebrations with a dance and welcome the New Year in with friends at the Sir Ian McLennan Centre, Mooroopna. Featuring guest artists with Kerran Keats, Joyce Yeats, Vanessa Waara, Callum Gleeson and Craig Giles. Doors open from 6:30pm with the show from 7pm and finishing at 1am. BYO nibbles. Entry is $25 with children under 14 $10 per head. Proceeds to Royal Childrens Hospital. Booking can be made by calling 0408 218 411.
THE LEUKAEMIA FOUNDATION HUME OFFICE provides information, assistance and support for people living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, MDS and MPN. Contact Morgan Lang, support services coordinator on 5821 0033. For volunteering or fundraising opportunities with the foundation, please ask for Kristin Paton on 0481 009 754.
BARGAINS FOUND AT THE SALVATION ARMY THRIFT SHOP, 3 Mill Street, Mooroopna. Open weekdays from 10am to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 12:30pm. All funds raised from sales stay in the Goulburn Valley to directly support the work of The Salvation Army.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at The Salvation Army Thrift Shop, 3 Mill Street, Mooroopna. Weekdays from 9:30am to 4:30pm and Saturdays from 9:30am to 1pm. Register your interest by visiting the shop or contact us on 5825 4308.
ORCHARD DAY CLUB meets on second and fourth Thursday of each month from 10:30am to 2:30pm at Shepparton RSL for friendly company, gentle exercises, mind games, cards, guest speakers, bus tours and a delicious lunch. All ages and gender welcome. For further information, phone Judy on 5823 5941 or Betty on 5821 3838.
ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT RETIREES meets on the third Monday of each month at 9:45am at the Overlander Hotel, Benalla Road in Shepparton. Share group meets at 9am. For further information, phone Bill on 5821 1854.
VIEW CLUB is a ladies friendship group who help to support the Smith Family and meet on the first Friday of the month at the Terminus Hotel for lunch at 11:30am. For further information, phone Helen on 5821 7503.
NAGAMBIE LAKES COMMUNITY MARKET runs on the first Saturday of every month (except January) from 9am to 1pm. Lots of locally grown and made items, live music, food and drinks. Located in the main street of Nagambie on the banks of Lake Nagambie. Disabled access friendly. For further information, phone 0475 885 047.
SHEPPARTON MS PEER SUPPORT GROUP would like to welcome back all its members for the year, and also any new members who wish to join. Meetings and outings are held on the third Tuesday of the month from approximately 10am to 12:30pm. For further information, contact Ken Mo...
THERE was lots of fun and laughter had by all who took to the cricket pitch to take part in this years GV Harmony Cup event last week.
The event, which has come about through a partnership between ConnectGV and Shepparton Youth Club United Cricket Club, provides a way to get more people in the community involved in cricket.
Shepparton Youth Club United Cricket Club committee member, Chris Giblin said, It was a fantastic day. The weather was perfect and had a huge amount of participants. We had Shepparton Access, Providing All Living Support (PALS) and Verney Road School.
It was a really fun atmosphere and everyone was excited to be there.
Wed like to thank the Greater Shepparton City Council for their help in providing the venue at Victoria Park Lake and especially Kathryn Foster.
ConnectGV manager future directions, Treena Best said, We had around 60 participants, which is fantastic because it was more than previous years.
It was very exciting. The mascots from the Renegades were a real hit. They got a lot of attention.
It was a great day and everybody enjoyed themselves. Weve had some organisations say they are going to get a team together for next year, which it will mean it will become more of a tournament competition.
Wed like to thank the sponsors that supported us with the event and the committee for their hard work. We couldnt have done it without them.
Greater Shepparton City Council proudly presents the return of our beloved local family tradition, Carols by Candlelight. On December 17, Sheppartons Queens Gardens will once again come alive with the merry sounds and joyful smiles of Christmas. Carols by Candlelight is a loved annual tradition where many generations of families and friends gather to ... Read more...
Dont be alone at Christmas, come along and enjoy the Christmas Spirit with others at the McIntosh Centre at the Shepparton Showgrounds on Christmas Day. Dont be alone, come along and enjoy the Christmas spirit with the company of others. Event Details When: Mon, 25 Dec 2017 Monday 25th of December, 2017, at 11:00am ... Read more...
Hanukkah 2017 begins in the evening of Tuesday, 12 December ad ends in the evening of Wednesday , 20 December. Here, we bring you the traditional Hannukah Blessings as the Menorah is lit during this Jewish festival. Hanukkah Blessings Candles are added to the hanukkiyah (menorah) from right to left but are kindled from ... Read more...
This is the time of the year that insectophiles like myself start closely examining the young leaves of eucalypt trees. The leaves are a mecca for insects like eucalyptus beetles, emperor gum moths and cup moths to eat, play and mate on. It was on one casual gum leaf observation trip I came across the 
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