August, 2018

Showgrounds relocation a step closer as Victoria Park plan gets nod

THE City of Ballarat has given the green light on the highly-anticipated Victoria Park master plan.
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The City of Ballarat has given the Victoria Park master plan the go-ahead. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

At the council meeting on Wednesday night, Ballarat councillors also unanimously voted in favour of moving ahead with plans to seek an additional $10 million of funding for the project from the federal government.

The move brings the long-awaited relocation of the Ballarat Showgrounds a step closer.

The new National Stronger Regions Fund is being rolledout to encourage the development of significant infrastructure projects in regional areas that will provide major economic benefits.

Prior to the Victorian state election, funding for the revamp of the Ballarat Showgrounds was secured from both sides of politics.

The Labor Party has already earmarked $5 million for the project.

Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society director Gerard Ballinger said the council’s decision was a significant step forward in the process.

“It is a very, very exciting time,” Mr Ballinger said.

“It is a big shift from what we are doing.

“We see it as visionary project for Ballarat which will not only benefit Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society but the city as a whole.”

Mr Ballinger said the project would establish an events precinct in the heart of Ballarat and attract large-scale events, similar to the Showgrounds in Bendigo, Adelaide and Melbourne.

While an exact location for the Showgrounds in Victoria Park has yet to be decided, it is believed it would be positioned towards the south end of the facility.

A council officers report on the matter also outlined that a strategic plan for the current showgrounds site in Ballarat North was required.

This plan would outline the long-term future use of the society-owned and Crown land site, which has housed the Showgrounds since the 1930s.

Ballarat mayor John Philips said the master plan would revitalise the neglected park.

“For a long time, Victoria Park has been left behind,” he said.

“To see its potential be realised and at the same time to explore avenues of relocating the Showgrounds into the area is something very worthwhile.

“This is a very big step in the process and a great start to an exciting project.”

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Cure’s golden ride

ACROSS THE LINE: Amy Cure celebrates after crossing the line to win last night’s individual pursuit at the Australian track championships in Melbourne. Pictures: Cycling Australia.
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THE golden run of Coastal cycling star Amy Cure continued last night when she clinched the national 3000-metre individual pursuit title in Melbourne.

In doing so, the 22-year-old defended the title she won last year, and added to a brilliant 2014 in which she claimed world championship gold in the points race in Columbia.

More recently, Cure brought home another gold in the same event from the world cup meet staged in London in December.

Last night, Cure decisively won the gold medal ride-off by almost three seconds from the ACT’s Rebecca Wiasak, in a winning time of 3:33.320.

Cure had earlier earned her passage through to the ride for old by being the fastest in qualifying, clocking a time of 3:32.299.

“Being the reigning champ from last year, that was my goal to come out here and win it again,” she said after claiming gold.

“I knew Bec was always going to be the one to start out harder and if I wanted to win it, I had to improve in the start so I didn’t have to work so hard in the last half of my race.”

Cure said the victory would give her renewed confidence leading into the world championships in Paris next month.

“I really want to race well at the world championships, and it’s my goal to hopefully win an individual pursuit world championship,” she said.

“This is the step I’ve got to take to get there, I’ve still got a lot of improvement left but it’s a good stepping stone in the right direction.”

POWERING TO GOLD: West Pine’s Amy Cure won the gold medal ride-off by almost three seconds.

Ashlee Ankudinoff won the bronze medal ride off from Annette Edmondson.

Cure has a great chance to add to her nationals medal tally tonight when she competes in the points race, and in the Tasmanian team pursuit line-up.

She is the world champion in the points race and will be showing off her rainbow jersey for the last time before the worlds.

The team pursuit line-up will be defending the title they won last year, with Cure to be joined by Macey Stewart, Georgia Baker and Lauren Perry.

“I think we’re in with a really good shot,” she said.

“Unfortunately WA won’t be able to start but we will definitely have some strong competition from South Australia.

“We have all had different training but we are all fit and ready to go so we’ll come out and give it the best we can.”

On Wednesday, Cure and national teammates Edmondson, Ankudinoff and Melissa Hoskins broke the Australian record for the team pursuit in an exhibition ride to kick off the championships.

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Touch down as Devonport hosts Cup

THE cream of the state’s touch football talent will converge on Devonport this weekend for the annual Touch Football Tasmania State Cup.
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TUNING UP: Devonport’s Teegan Donaghy prepares to touch the ball down during a run at Meercroft Park last night. Picture: Stuart Wilson.

A total of 26 teams — both senior and junior — will battle it out at Meercroft Park tomorrow and Sunday.

It is the first time for several years that the Coast has hosted the tournament.

Devonport Touch Association president Matthew Bowles said the exposure to high-level competition would benefit up-and-coming junior players.

“With it being juniors and seniors, it gives all boys and girls exposure to top end touch footy, from under-12s through to under-18s,” he said.

“It’s good for them to see what top level touch footy is all about, and give them a good idea of the speed and fitness required.”

Launceston Touch will aim to continue its dominance after clinching the title last year.

Touch Football Tasmania state operations manager Scott McNaughton said the tournament promised plenty of highlights.

“It would not be possible without the tireless efforts of our volunteers across the state, putting in countless hours to ensure they provide a positive experience for all involved,” he said.

A referees forum and the selection for extended squads for Tasmanian teams later in the season will also be held over the weekend.

Action begins tomorrow from 9am, with finals expected to be complete by 4.30pm on Sunday.

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Broome racer out to clean up in V8 super sedan title

BROOME speedway star Kodee Brown won’t have long to celebrate if he can secure back-to-back V8 super sedan Australian titles at Latrobe this weekend.
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ALL REVVED UP: Defending Australian V8 super sedan title winner Kodee Brown, of Broome, Western Australia, is back to defend his title at Latrobe. Picture: Stuart Wilson.

Brown juggles his exploits on the track with work commitments in a family-based business in the remote Western Australian town, and will be back on the job on Tuesday.

He travels on the boat to Melbourne on Monday morning, and will then tackle the long journey back home.

The three-week trip to Tasmania has so far yielded Brown two podium placings, both thirds at the grand prix, at Latrobe two weeks ago, and the grand national in Hobart last weekend.

Those two events carried more prizemoney than this weekend’s feature but Brown is determined to return home with the prestige of another national championship.

Brown enters the fray as one of a host of chances for the title, after being one of the youngest ever drivers to claim the national spoils at Murray Bridge in South Australia last year.

The 27-year-old has brought a sizeable crew with him for an assault on the Tasmanian riches.

“We came from 11th to third at the grand prix and qualified pole at the grand national and came back to third, so that was a bit disappointing,” he said.

“But we’re confident, and it’s a good feeling to know you’re on pace with the other guys.

“It’s a confidence booster that the equipment is good enough.”

While confident of his own chances, Brown concedes the race for the honours is wide open.

“It’s anyone’s title at Latrobe,” he said.

“It’s one of those tracks where it doesn’t favour anyone in particular, you’ve just got to prepare well and have a clear mind.”

Brown started racing in super sedans seven years ago, winning the WA state title in only his third meeting.

Twelve heats of the Australian championship will be run tonight, with four more heats and the 40-lap final tomorrow night.

Support class racing tonight will include street stock sedans, lightning sprints and junior sedans and tomorrow night, V8 AMCAs, Formula 500s, wingless sprints and modified production sedans.

Gates open at 3pm on both days, with racing starting from 6pm on both nights.

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Gallery: Snare captures the raw truth of cancer

Allison Snare has had her professional photos shared 17,000 times on social media. Photo: Bruce MoyleALLISON Snare looks happy, goofy and proud as she removes her shirt and shows her scars for the camera.
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The 24-year-old Launceston woman wants the photos to capture it all: her bald head, the scars in place of her breasts, the “bum fluff” on her face, and the look in her eyes after a double mastectomy and months of chemotherapy.

Gallery: Snare captures the raw truth of cancer Photo: Bruce Moyle at http://joffrestreetproductions南京夜网/

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