St Benedict’s opens for Anti-Poverty Week

Volunteers Jeanette Buckley (left) and Kris Mitchell helping out in the kitchen at St Benedict’s Community Centre. Photo: Miles ThompsonST BENEDICT’S Community Centre in Crawford Street will be working to raise awareness for Anti-Poverty Week in the coming days, by opening their doors for lunch to the whole Queanbeyan community.
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The Community Centre will be serving lunch to both the public, as well as those in need, between 12:00pm and 1:00pm on Tuesday, October 13, Wednesday, October 14 and Friday, October 16.

St Benedict’s serves lunch five days a week to the poverty stricken, normally to around 70 people a day.

However this week, they will be increasing their capacity where possible, as well as seeking involvement from local dignitaries, Co-ordinator Elaine Lollback said .

“The Councillors will be cooking lunch on Wednesday,” she said.

“We’re hoping the Mayor’s going to come down to serve on Friday.”

All those who regularly volunteer at the centre will also be on hand. Ms Lollback said there were around 80 in all, and some who travel from as far as Cooma to help out.

“St Benedict’s wouldn’t exist without the community,” she said.

“We’re really going great guns at the moment.”

Ms Lollback had great praise for Queanbeyan’s support of the organisation, with people regularly providing donations of milk, blankets, or simply just their time.

“It can really make a difference in someone’s life,” she said.

Tom Parkes, a member of St Benedict’s Community care program, said that the initiative was a great opportunity for the general population to take a closer look at what St Benedicts provides.

“It’s an opportunity to chat to the people who are there regularly, the people who are homeless, and people who’ve got difficult circumstances,” he said.

“That’s what Anti-Poverty Week is all about.”

Mr Parkes said opening up understanding, particularly about the different circumstances the poverty struck find themselves in, was crucial to helping make poverty a thing of the past.

“We’ve got young people who need counselling, who’ve got no where to go.

“We’ve got people who are out of jail and looking for a new start.

“We’ve got people with drug problems, and some people with mental health problems.”

Anti-Poverty Week starts on Sunday, October 11 and concludes on Saturday, October 17, with the United Nations initiated ‘International Anti-Poverty Day’.

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Students raise $9,500 from walkathon

Pictured enjoying the walkathon are Jorja Davis, Jorja Mann, Georgia Sideris, Holly Kerrigan and Ally Fryer. The Holy Family Parents and Friends Association held a special walkathon to raise funds.
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The students at Holy Family sourced sponsorship from family and friends to participate in the event.

The walkathon was held at Pioneer Oval with students, staff and parents walking around the oval for approximately two hours.

A total of $9500 was raised on the day – a phenomenal achievement!

Josef Swindle, a Year 6 student, won the prize of Mini iPad for being the student who raised the most amount of money in the school.

Class awards for highest fundraisers as well as participation awards and lucky draw prizes were also presented.

Holy Family School would like to thank their wonderful P&F Association, everyone who was able to sponsor a child and the many local businesses who supported the event.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Miss You Already

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Stars: Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Screening: Selected cinemas

Rating: ★★★

CATHERINE Hardwicke, the Los-Angeles based Texan who gave us Thirteen and the first Twilight movie, crosses the Atlantic here to direct Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore in a female friendship ‘‘tramedy’’ set in London. That’s a film that is both comedy and tragedy, and I promise never to use the word again.

Who wouldn’t cross an ocean to work with those two? Collette can do anything, and often does; Barrymore does very little, but she brings a tonne of love with her. It’s hard to think of an actress so beloved; she doesn’t always show a great range but she has that lopsided grin that says: ‘‘I’ve seen some life and come out the other side.’’

Casting her as the best friend is clever, because Collette’s character here needs someone to convince us that she’s loveable. If she didn’t have breast cancer, it would be easy to dismiss her as spoiled and irritating. The disease doesn’t change that; it just amplifies it, which is also clever.

We want to judge her, but we can’t, because we must have pity on anyone fighting cancer. That makes it both morehuman and more challenging.

Actress and writer Morwenna Banks lost three friends to breast cancer, so she wrote a radio play about it. Here it is a movie about 10 things: vivid, occasionally funny, but not as funny as it thinks; heartbreaking and gut-wrenching; too self-aware and hipster by half; and true enough when it matters to be disturbing and confronting.

If you get the sense that I was both moved and frustrated by it, you’d be right, but I think that was what Hardwicke intended. She tries to avoid gross sentiment. She fails, but she puts up a fight.

Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette are best friends in Miss You Already.

Movies about cancer almost never avoid that swamp. This one tries to skirt it by focusing on 30years of friendship between Milly, an English girl, and Jess, an American who arrived at the same school when they were about six.

For anyone being treated for cancer, the movie will be close to home. For those who have lost someone, it will bring back awful memories. For the young, who may not have thought about it, Miss You Already might be an eye-opener, or a glum introduction to a place they don’t want to go.

Forget that it’s about cancer. As a film about female friendship, it has some energy and style, not least because these two actors are so lovely together.

Collette never loses Milly’s humanity, even when she’s behaving badly. Barrymore oozes affection and humour in every scene. I would have preferred more of that bond, because films about cancer just knock everything else into the wings. It’s just so implacable in a dramatic sense, like a herd of elephants tramping through Regent’s Park.

As in life, everything becomes about the illness, no matter how hard the filmmakers try to hold it back.

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Daniel cracks the top 1000

SLICE…Daniel Hobart moving swiftly to the ball in a recent match of the Australian Futures Tour.Our tennis star Daniel Hobart has cracked the top 1000 in the world, with a current singles ranking of 989 and doubles ranking of 899.
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This is a huge jump from the position he finished in at the end of last year, with a singles ranking of 1839 and doubles 983.

Daniel put his improvement down to, “working hard and gaining more experience”.

The 17-year-old has been busy refining his skills and technique all over the world in that last few month and this past week in Alice Springs, as a part of the Australian Futures Tour. Returning home to Mount Barker soon, Daniel, formerly of Port Pirie, will finalise his Year 12 commitments and move freely into his well- deserved professional tennis career.

Daniel has been recently nominated for the Sport SA Country Athlete of the Year award, with the winners soon to be announced.

His booked-up schedule with tournaments in the Australian Futures Tour will see him through to Christmas, after which Daniel will be completely focused on the Australian Open.

His father Brenton Hobart said Daniel will be hoping to do well in the junior singles competition, make the qualifying finals for the men’s singles and also perform well in the doubles at the Australian Open.

Reflecting on his progressively improving performance, Daniel said, “There is still a lot of work to do”.

The young gun is definitely one to keep your eye on as he climbs through the ranks at a rapid rate.

Daniel said he hopes to crack the top 500 by the end of next year.

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Ominous portents for a catastrophic bushfire season

THIS week’s fire emergency a few hours down the road is an ominousprelude to a bushfire season thatthreatens to erupt.
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Two homes, six sheds and two vehicles have been destroyed in the 4000-hectare blaze near Lancefield, which was sparked by a government-controlled burn-off.

Any summer in our hot, dry continentpresents fertile bushfire conditions.

But the portents of doom areparticularly strong this season.

Just a week into October, and the region is sweltering through an unseasonal mini-heatwave, with the mercury nudging 35 degrees in Wagga on Tuesday.

September was the third driest on record nationwide and forecasters have warned the dry hand of El Nino is likely to extend its reach over much of the continent in coming months.

Couple that with a high fuel-load onthe ground, caused by a wet winter and an asphyxiating dry spell, and a dramaticreduction inburn-offs, and you have a recipe forcatastrophe.

We don’t have to glance far back intohistory to see how real the threat is.

The fire crisis that engulfed the BlueMountains two years ago offers a soberingreminder of how fleeting fate can be inour sunburnt country.

And it was just over 18 months ago that homes were destroyed by a furious bushfire south-east of Wagga.

Despite the freshness of thosetragedies, recent surveys suggest only afraction of residents have properemergency preparedness plans forbushfires.

The message is simple: if you live nearbushland, you need to be prepared forthe prospect of a bushfire coming nearyour home.

Ensure your home is free from debrisand old leaves, and keep woodpiles andother flammable materials well awayfrom the house.

Keep your lawn short and thebackyard tidy and consider purchasinga portable pump to use from yourswimming pool or water tank.

We are on the cusp of a long, hotsummer where a perfect storm offactors means the bushfire threat is at apeak.Complacency is as big a threat as thefire itself.It could cost you your houseand belongings, or even worse, your life.

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Little interest on water security plan in Beaudesert

Seeking feedback: Seqwater senior planning engineer for integrated master planning Jim Fear, community relations adviser Tina Donovan and water supply planning manager Mick Drews hosted a public meeting to seek feedback on the Seqwater water security plan.A PUBLIC meeting to get feedback on a 30-year water security plan for south-east Queensland attracted little interest in Beaudesert on Wednesday.
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Less than a handful of people attended the meeting which bulk water supplierSeqwater hosted at The Centre on Brisbane Street.

The meeting was part of a 12-month community consultation program on 30-year plan Waterfor life: South East Queensland’swaterfuture 2015-2045.

Seqwater external relations manager Mike Foster said he was not surprised by the low turnout because it was unlikely any major works would be required until 2030.

“We wanted to do the neighbourhood meetings on the basis of giving people a chance to come along if they wanted to have a chat but it’s fair to say the small numbers seen in Beaudesert are pretty reflective of what we’ve seen across the region,” he said.

“It’s not surprising given the decision of any source is not actually imminent – it’s not happening for such a a long period of time.

“My message is people will continue to hear from us, we’ll continue to give people the opportunities to come in and have their say.”

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Making our waterways safer

Tenders are open for the construction of a rock ramp and fishway at the South Dubbo weir.Tenders are open for the construction of a rock ramp and fishway at the South Dubbo weir.
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Dubbo City Council director technical services Stewart McLeod said the weir safety improvements included the construction of a rock ramp and fishway and would be completed early in 2016.

Since it was built in 1942, nine people have drowned at the weir, two of which occurred in 2008 and 2011.

“The construction will take place in accordance with approved designs and include creating a number of ridges and pools on the downstream side of the weir to create the ramp.

“Importantly the construction will have to ensure the protection of the existing weir, maintain the existing river flows and have contingencies in place in case of high flows throughout the construction period.

“This will involve putting in diversions around the work area to maintain the river flow while also preventing any pollution to the river downstream or upstream of the operations. “The fishway is created by creating a series of ridges of large rocks with spaces in between. Migrating fish will be able to swim from pool to pool and eventually swim upstream of the weir.”

Construction is expected to start in December. During construction the area will not be accessible to the public.

Dubbo City Council has allocated $4 million in its 2015/2016 Draft Operational Plan and Budget to construction works at the South Dubbo Weir.

Initially, council would have had to fork out $1 million of that funding just to acquire the weir from the NSW government, however that was reduced to about $15,000.

The $857,000 was based on the value of the weir itself, however after council pursued to attain the weir at “a nil or nominal cost” from the NSW government, only the value of the land plus reasonable administrative and legal costs would need to be paid.

Tenders will be received up to 10am November 3 and a mandatory site meeting will be held on October 21.

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Krystle clear on why she’s in the pageant

Dubbo’s Krystle Bourne is vying for the title of Miss Australia International. Photo: Syham Elomar
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ONE of five women vying to be the next Miss Australia International is proud to call Dubbo home.

Sydney-based Krystle Bourne is new to the world of pageants but an old hand at raising money for good causes.

It was the chance to help a favourite charity that convinced Ms Bourne to take part in her first-ever pageant.

The 26-year-old was told of the Miss Australia International contest and encouraged to enter it by a Myer work colleague impressed by her efforts to help others.

At Hornsby, Sydney City, Blacktown and Castle Hill stores she has joined committees and helped staff raise money for charities, with Myer providing matching money.

The annual exercise has nurtured a charitable bent in the young woman who entered the pageant for one reason.

“We got to choose a charity to promote during our time in the pageant,” Ms Bourne said.

“I chose the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). I’ve always had a love of animals”.

Pets were aplenty in the Dubbo household of Ron and Margaret Bourne, parents of a young woman “proud to be their daughter and grateful for their constant support”.

The couple brought their daughter to Dubbo where she was about six months old.

She was educated at St Pius X Primary School, Buninyong Public School and Dubbo College’s South and Senior campuses.

After completing her secondary education, Ms Bourne worked for a year at Dubbo’s Comfort Inn Blue Lagoon and Shoe Shuffle.

In 2009, with a puppy rescued from the city’s animal shelter under her arm, she moved to Sydney to study for a degree in fashion design at the Whitehouse Institute of Design.

Paris the Chihuahua is still her treasured companion and a reminder of the goals of the IFAW to “rescue individual animals, protect entire populations and preserve precious habitat”.

Ms Bourne is accepting donations for the IFAW at 梧桐夜网gofundme南京夜网/missaust4ifaw.

She is also seeking at least one sponsor to optimise her chance of winning the title and representing Australia at the Miss International pageant in the United states next year.

Entrants in the Miss Australia International contest get 20 bonus points if they “have been active in the community and located sponsors”.

“The sponsorship goes to the overall pageant and running of the pageant,” Miss Bourne said.

Potential sponsors of Miss Bourne should contact pageant director Ferial Youakim on 1300 595 898.

The contest’s “crowning ceremony” will be held at the King’s School theatre at Sydney on November 7.

Miss Bourne believes judges are looking for “someone who is dynamic and passionate about the charity they have chosen and really believe in what they are doing”.

“I think it’s really important to be well-rounded,” she said.

Currently a sales manager at Myer Castle Hill, a grounded Miss Bourne is planning for her future beyond the pageant.

“I have aspirations to be an assistant store manager, then hopefully a store manager or maybe a buyer,” she said.

Mrs Australia International and Miss Teen International will also be crowned at the November 7 ceremony.

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Headspace service in demand

MORE than 340 young people have been helped by headspace Dubbo since it opened its doors at the start of this year.
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They attended more than 1400 appointments.

Operations manager Peter Rohr reports that it is in “high demand”.

“We’re over the moon at the positive response to the headspace program in the Dubbo community,” he said.

“Young people and their families have really welcomed the services we have available.

“We’re excited to see how many young people are seeking support from the centre.

“Considering how new the service is, it’s outstanding to get to where we are in such a short space of time.”

The operations manager said headspace Dubbo offered a range of mental health and related services, delivered free to young people aged 12 to 25 years.

“We have a fantastic GP who comes in each week, along with psychologists, youth workers, sexual health nurses, tenancy advisers, as well as employment and study advisers,” he said.

“Many of these services are made possible by the support of our extremely valuable consortium partners.

“We’re in a fortunate position to be able to offer a range of supports under one roof, and all available in a youth-friendly and welcoming environment which we know is important for young people.

“If any organisations are interested in getting involved with headspace Dubbo or its consortium, please contact the centre on 5852 1900.”

Mr Rohr reported that headspace Dubbo was a finalist in the categories of excellence in community involvement and excellence in presentation and marketing of the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Orana Mutual 2015 Rhino Awards

On its website, headspace is referred to as the National Youth Mental Health Foundation with centres across metropolitan, regional and rural Australia.

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Hard to Swallow

The price, quality and seasonality of Australia’s food is increasingly being affected by climate change with Australia’s future food security under threat, a ground-breaking report by the Climate Council has revealed.
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Australia’s food supply chain is highly exposed to disruption from increasing extreme weather events driven by climate change with farmers already struggling to cope with more frequent and intense droughts and changing weather patterns, the Feeding a Hungry Nation: Climate Change, Food and Farming in Australia report found.

The Climate Council’s Professor Lesley Hughes said Australia’s agricultural competitiveness in many agricultural markets will be challenged by the warming climate and changing weather patterns.

“Australia is one of the most vulnerable developed countries in the world to climate change impacts,” she said.

“This is already posing very significant challenges to food production. Food prices will continue to go up, the quality of food could be compromised and the seasonality of food could change as the climate continues to warm and weather patterns become more unpredictable.

“Many of our favourite foods, including milk, fruit, vegetables, wine and beef are already being affected by climate change and these impacts will grow as weather extremes get worse.”

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Borders shift on Williamtown contamination zone

The expanded map released on Friday. UPDATE:THE Environment Protection Authority has released this afternoon a new map of the expanded contamination zone around the RAAF Williamtown base.
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The revised area now takes in properties to the north-east of the base, including Salt Ash, towards Tilligerry Creek.

Residents had been told not to drink water from private bores or use the water in food preparation. The ban now extends to water from dams, ponds, creeks and drains.

The earlier map of the contamination area, which has been expanded.

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THE environmental scandal engulfing Williamtown RAAF Base has widened as experts agreed to expand the contamination zone and investigate the threat to human health.

More residents to the north-east of the base, towards Tilligerry Creek, will be affected by the extended contamination zone after dangerous levels of fire-fighting chemicals were detected in surface water further afield.

Another round of testing will be conducted that could see the zone extended even further.

However, health authorities have dismissed residents’ calls for human blood testing, saying it would have no value.

Instead, they would conduct a ‘‘human health risk assessment’’.

Rhianna Gorfine of the Williamtown and Surrounds Residents’ Action Group speaks to an expert panel regarding the RAAF scandal. Picture: Ryan Osland

The expert panel tasked with examining the contamination threat met at Newcastle Airport on Thursday afternoon and later informed residents of the decision.

It was a day of high-level meetings that included NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman and federal Assistant Minister for Defence Darren Chester.

Mr Speakman said the government was doing everything it could to address the problem, adding that his advice was that the risk remained low.

Academics said scientific literature showed the risk to people could not be quantified.

Residents said they want government to do more testing and act faster on the problem.

Mr Chester said he was ‘‘keen to make sure we’re seen in Defence as being responsible corporate citizens’’.

‘‘We need to do whatever we reasonably can to alleviate the current situation,’’ Mr Chester said.

NSW chief scientist and panel chair Mary O’Kane said the latest surface water test results were received by the Environment Protection Authority on Thursday morning.

‘‘Based on a preliminary review of those results, the panel resolved as a precautionary measure to extend the current investigation area further from the RAAF base in an easterly direction towards the areas covered by the existing fishing bans,’’ she said.

Environment Protection Authority Hunter region manager Adam Gilligan said this zone extended ‘‘a number of kilometres to the north-east towards Tilligerry Creek’’.

An updated map is expected to be issued by the EPA on Friday.

Ms O’Kane said residents were advised not to drink water from private bores or use the water in food preparation.

The ban extends to water from dams, ponds, creeks and drains.

Town water is safe, but many residents in the affected area are not connected.

Newcastle councillor Michael Osborne, who attended the meeting on behalf of Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, described the outcome as ‘‘very concerning’’.

‘‘The reality is they don’t have a handle on the extent of the contamination or what it means,’’ he said.

‘‘Right now they are conceding not enough sampling and testing has been done.

‘‘More sampling will be carried out which could redefine the boundaries again.’’

Cr Osborne said the human health risk assessment ‘‘should have been done years ago’’.

The chemicals PFOA and PFOS – contained in disused fire-retardant foams – were used on the RAAF base for 50 years to 2012.

In 2005, chemical company DuPont was fined almost $20million for failing to alert the US environmental regulator to the ‘‘substantial risk of injury to human health or the environment’’ caused by PFOA.

‘‘This is a clear example of how not to manage an issue like this,’’ Cr Osborne said.

‘‘There has been a real failure from Defence and the NSW government agencies.’’

Residents in the zone have been warned not to eat eggs from backyard chickens or use milk from cows or goats that have been drinking bore or surface water.

Fish, prawns and wild oysters caught in the area have also been banned.

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Dunsborough Butcher crowned sausage Royalty

Butchers Danny Duane and Robbie Tan are proud of their achievements A VEGETARIAN and a butcher walk into a shop.
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No this isn’t a bad joke, this is my next news story.

It is somewhat ironic asI am the only vegetarian in the Busselton-Dunsborough Mail office; I’m not sure why I keep getting stories about Sausage King Finals.

Maybe my editor doesn’t like me?

But I’m certainly proud to share the good news about a hard working local business.

Dunsborough butchers Reef by the Beef have been crowned Sausage Royalty, taking out first place in the State in the Australian lamb class.

This means the butchers will be representing not just Dunsborough, but all of Western Australia in Brisbane for the Nationals next February.

Beef by the Reef came second in the 2014 Nationals and the butchers are hoping to take the first place plaque back with them this time.

The sausages that sizzled in the competition where the traditional BBQ, Australian Pork, Australian lamb and the continental Italian sausage.

Butcher and owner Robbie Tan believes it’s a lot of love that makes their sausages special.

“We use fresh, good quality, local meats, which really reflects in our products,” Mr Tan said.

“We will also make custom sausages to order, we like to go above and beyond for our customers.”

Despite my preference for veggies, I wish the butchers all the best in the nationals.

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Companies sought for $46.5 million works

An artist’s impression of the Bendigo Stadium expansion.CONSTRUCTION companies will be sought from this weekend to complete $46.5 million of major construction workin the City of Greater Bendigo.
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The council will call for expressions of interest from Saturday for the construction of the $30 million aquatic centre in Kangaroo Flat and the $16.5 million expansion of the Bendigo Stadium.

The two projects are believed to be the largest package of works to be completed in the City of Greater Bendigo.

The final design of the aquatic centre will be determined when a centre operator is chosen.

A petition opposing the demolition of the Kangaroo Flat Community Leisure Centre –to make way for the aquatic centre –will be discussed bycouncil next week.

Bendigo mayor Peter Cox said he could understand the disappointmentfrom some in Kangaroo Flat at the demolition of the leisure centre, but said council was committed to “moving on with the project”.

“In public life, council can’t satisfy everybody’s needs all the time,” he said.

“I think we’ve done our very best to get the best possible outcome with a mix of retaining public open space, retaining the oval, and building a new aquatic and wellbeing centre.”

Cr Cox was one of four councillors to vote against the project in its current form when it came before council earlier this year.

Despite his previous position, he said the aquatic centre would be a “win-win” for the city.

Construction of the aquatic centre is expected to begin in the early part of 2016, and will take 15 months to complete.

The interior design of the aquatic centre will be finalised when an operator is chosen.

Council will also enter a procurement process for the Bendigo Stadium development, which includes a new 4000-seat arena and the expansion of other sporting areas.

The project is expected to take 12 months and will also begin early next year.

Bendigo Stadium chairman Brendon Goddard said it was pleasing to see the project moving to the next stage.

“We’ve workedon this since 2009, so this is a very long gestation period. So the quicker we can start, the better off we’ll be,” he said.

“No other place in Bendigo will be able to seat 4000. We reckon we can seat about 2000 on the floor of it as well, so there’s opportunities.”

The aquatic centre included $15 million in state government funding, plus funding from the City of Greater Bendigo, the Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise and the commercial operator.

The stadium expansion has been funded with $10 million from the Bendigo Stadium, $5 million from the state government and $1.5 million from the City of Greater Bendigo.

Director of city futures Stan Liacos said there would be opportunities for dozens of local businesses to be involved in the build of the two projects.

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