Bears unveil Pigeon hero

It was time for a new challenge, I guess … It was pretty difficult to leave Yarra, considering the period we’ve had over the past six or seven years but I guess everything has an end date.
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JEREMY O’BRIEN

JEREMY O’Brien’s glittering Ovens and Murray career is over, with the Yarrawonga star to coach Tungamah next year.

The classy ballwinner admitted he found it difficult to leave J.C. Lowe Oval after being unveiled as the Bears’ new coach yesterday.

O’Brien, 32, notched up his 200th OandM senior game this year after playing the first 76 at Wangaratta Rovers.

“It was time for a new challenge, I guess,” he said.

“Coaching is something I’ve aspired to do for the last few years.

“It was pretty difficult to leave Yarra, considering the period we’ve had over the past six or seven years, but I guess everything has an end date.

“I’ll always cherish those two flags.”

The two-time premiership star replaces Nick Doyle at the Bears’ helm, with Doyle expected to remain as a player.

O’Brien, who played in the Pigeons’ shattering seven-point loss to Albury in the OandM decider, said he was looking forward to taking charge of the Picola heavyweight.

Tungamah was unbeaten this year and lost just once last season before as it captured back-to-back flags for the second time in September.

“I knew a few of the boys out there and it’s obviously close to home,” O’Brien said.

“The timing was right more than anything and I was keen to keep playing footy.

“The club is going for three in a row for the first time, which is exciting, and hopefully we can retain most of our players.”

O’Brien, who has been linked to several coaching jobs in recent years, revealed he was keen to take his coaching career as far as possible.

“This is a great opportunity and I plan on staying for a while, but hopefully I can keep progressing through the ranks,” he said.

“As I said, coaching is something that has interested me for a while and I’ve spoken to clubs for the last few years and maybe I can move onto a higher level at some point.

“But I’m just worried about Tungamah for now.”

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Sell to help reduce our carbon footprint

Jarmila Peric with some of the items she has listed on the Garage Sale Trail but the dogs are not for sale. Picture: JOHN RUSSELLREUSE and reduce waste is the message of one Wodonga resident taking part in this month’s national Garage Sale Trail.
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Jarmila Peric provided a peek inside her garage ahead of the October 25 event.

Among items for sale at her West Wodonga house will be five bikes, five beds, two vinyl lounge chairs, a piano, an outdoor setting and an exercise bike.

“Some of these items have been sitting in the garage for some time,” Mrs Peric said.

“It’s time to give them a new home, somewhere they can be used for their intended purpose or even a new purpose.”

The event encourages individuals, households, schools, community groups and businesses to get involved as they resell, reuse and recycle items to reduce landfill waste.

Individuals can host the sale at their home or groups can organise a location.

“The concept is great,” Mrs Peric said.

“It raises awareness about what is already out there.

“It’s all part of that environmental move to recycle rather than throw out.”

The event is now in its fourth year.

Organisers are expecting up to 10,000 garage sales, with more than 1.5million items for sale across the country.

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‘Forty a bridge too far’

Tracey Fraser, acting chief executive of The Personnel Group, is pleased with the decision to remain at 20 job applications a month for the unemployed. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK
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A BORDER employment agency has welcomed a decision to abandon a plan to force job seekers to apply for at least 40 jobs a month.

The government’s proposal to double the job application target for Newstart Allowance recipients was widely criticised as punitive for job seekers.

Instead, the requirement of 20 applications will remain.

The Personnel Group said the increased burden placed on jobseekers by 40 applications a month “far outweighs any benefit”.

“Jobseeker frustration in having to get double the amount of knock-backs from employers, when they are lodging applications will lower self esteem and confidence,” acting chief executive Tracey Fraser said.

The extra applications, she said, could have resulted in employers becoming frustrated with the potential disruption to their workplaces.

“In some towns, even five applications per unemployed person is too high for the jobs available,” she said.

When the initial 40-application plan was announced in late July, Farrer MP Sussan Ley said some leeway might be needed for rural residents who simply could not put in for so many jobs.

Ms Ley said she was pleased to see that individual employment regions or circumstances were being considered.

“The advice from employment service providers and others is that 20 jobs per month is achievable for most job seekers, but we should still allow some flexibility for specific requirements or individual situations,” she said.

Ms Ley said that was “simple commonsense”.

“Keep in mind, this is over $5billion in funding, so we want a program doing the job its intended to do and this is getting more people into work,” she said.

“The jobless rate is too high and much too high in the under 25 age group we’re not going to turn that around by sitting on our hands.”

Ms Fraser said The Personnel Group established regional employer reference groups last year, allowing it to get first- hand information from employers on the state of the local labour market.

A recent report from the perspective of employers drew an “extremely negative” response to the 40 job applications a month plan.

“At one meeting an employer quoted the statistic that if every jobseeker commenced doing this today each employer in his small town would begin receiving an average of 15 additional resumes per week,” Ms Fraser said.

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No shortcut on truck safety

A BARNAWARTHA truck driver has spoken out against a petition calling for B-doubles to stop using the Barnawartha-Chiltern Road.
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Bill Hancock yesterday said drivers were already going “out of their way” to minimise any danger and noise their trucks caused residents.

A petition with 125 signatures — and another 40 names collected by another resident — was tabled at Indigo Shire’s September 23 meeting.

Resident Jonathan Riley launched the petition which has raised safety concerns about trucks passing houses and a primary school and using a residential street as a short- cut to the Hume Freeway.

Mr Riley is also concerned about there being no pedestrian walkway at the Frying Pan Creek Bridge which was often used by trucks.

Indigo Shire’s Cr Don Chambers last week said the council would consider the petition.

Mr Hancock, who has driven B-doubles for the 11 years he has lived in the town, said drivers took safety precautions.

“We minimise movements by parking on the side of the freeway on the Barnawartha overpass,” he said.

And because driver change-overs were done on the Barnawartha overpass, there was no B-double trucks driving regularly through town, meaning there was no danger to any residents.

Mr Hancock said the truck drivers were only trying to do their job.

“The B-doubles only use the Barnawartha-Chiltern Road to access the truck owner’s property at weekends,” he said.

Mr Hancock also said the concerns about Frying Pan Creek Bridge were unfounded.

“In all my 11 years of crossing that bridge, either in a B-double or car, I have never seen a pedestrian on it,” he said.

“If someone was on the bridge, a driver would wait for them to go across — it’s commonsense.

“We really are no danger to anyone.”

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Sport causes to benefit from T20 bonanza

Charity Big Bash captains Sam Harris (2AY), Kane Arendarcikas (Insight Clinic), Trent Ball (Tradelink) and Matt Armstrong (Linde Forklifts) are gearing up for the Twenty20 competition. Picture: DAVID THORPETWO causes close to the Border sporting community’s heart will benefit from Cricket Albury- Wodonga’s revamped Charity Big Bash.
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The Twenty20 tournament, in its third year, kicks off on November 14.

Money raised during this summer’s tournament will go to the new Albury-Wodonga Reg-ional Cancer Centre in memory of former CAW star Braedon Hensel, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year, and the James McQuillan Future Fund for the injured Albury footballer.

Tradelink Hurricanes are back to defend their title, with inaugural winner Insight Clinic Privates also returning.

But two new teams are out to mark their mark, with the 2AY Aces and Linde Forklift Reds joining the competition.

CAW star and Hurricanes captain Trent Ball expected things to go up another gear this year.

“They are obviously high profile causes, which will hopefully mean even more people get involved,” he said.

“It keeps getting bigger each year.

“First and foremost, it’s for two good causes, which is the main thing.

“But it also gets people who don’t normally come to the cricket involved, which can only be a good thing. It’s pretty exciting.”

The annual player auction will be held at the Commercial Club on Nov-ember 1, with the competition’s naming rights also to be drawn.

Games will be at Lavington Oval on November 14, November 27, December 5 and January 9.

The previous two Charity Big Bash seasons raised more than $70,000 for local charities.

While he’s yet to pick his team, Ball was bullish about Tradelink’s chances of going back-to-back.

“We’ll win it again, don’t worry about that,” he said.

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