Has Baird’s victory given the west a permanent blue hue?

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Four years ago, as Labor campaign director, Luke Foley declared: “The heartland is gone.” Photo: Alex Ellinghausen NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley visits the Lidcombe Public school voting booth during the NSW State Election campaign on Saturday 28 March 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley visits the Lidcombe Public school voting booth during the NSW State Election campaign on Saturday 28 March 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

As the reckoning began about Barry O’Farrell’s whopping election victory four years ago, some senior Liberals dared to ask themselves a question: could this be an opportunity to rewrite the NSW electoral map forever?

The catalyst was the tsunami of Liberal blue that flooded seats in western Sydney the party had never before considered itself capable of holding.

In his victory speech O’Farrell nominated Campbelltown, just won by a former local policeman, Bryan Doyle, and Parramatta, won by Geoff Lee.

But there were plenty of others such as Penrith – where Stuart Ayres was returned after setting the stage by winning it in a byelection the previous June – as well as Mulgoa and Granville.

On election night, a jubilant O’Farrell said the Liberals had “won tonight seats we never dreamed of winning”. The victories in Campbelltown and Penrith, he declared, demonstrated that “we Liberals can represent anyone”.

Meanwhile, a dejected Labor campaign spokesman Luke Foley declared of the result: “The heartland is gone.”

The next day former premier Nick Greiner went so far as to tell Fairfax Media that O’Farrell had an unprecedented opportunity “to rework the electoral map in a permanent sense”.

So on the other side of another election, how has the Coalition fared in that task?

The raw numbers certainly favour the idea that the Liberals have made great strides towards the goal.

The party managed to hold four western Sydney seats Labor could have expected to bank in the natural “swing back” to the party after the thumping 2011 defeat.

Liberal candidates held onto East Hills, Mulgoa, Parramatta and Penrith.

In East Hills (where it must be noted an appalling smear campaign was undertaken against Labor candidate Cameron Murphy) the swing to the Liberals was 0.9 per cent. In Parramatta it was 1 per cent.

Elsewhere in western Sydney there was a 1.5 per cent swing to the Liberals in Auburn, the seat won by Labor leader Luke Foley.

(Although this was probably more to do with the campaign against Foley run by the Lebanese Muslim Association over the disendorsement of former local mayor Hicham Zraika following branch-stacking revelations.)

All of this against the backdrop of a statewide swing against the government of about 9 per cent.

On the negative side of the western Sydney ledger for the Liberals, the party lost Campbelltown with a significant swing to the ALP.

Campbelltown in particular, whose former MP Bryan Doyle had been singled out for praise by O’Farrell in his 2011 victory speech, was an unexpected loss.

So the Liberals held onto four key western Sydney seats and lost one.

But it is another seat that some Liberals are pointing to as an example of the Liberals’ consolidation in western Sydney: Seven Hills.

Created under the recent distribution of electoral boundaries, it was formed from the old seat of Toongabbie, most recently held by retiring former Labor premier Nathan Rees.

The redistribution turned it into a notionally Liberal seat, but local Liberals say it remains significant that their candidate, Mark Taylor, managed to win a seat held by a former Labor premier.

There was, they point out, a small swing to the Liberals of 0.3 per cent.

So far so good for the Liberal party. But what if Labor won back those western Sydney seats? Where would it stand in terms of forming government?

The short answer is that it would still be a long way from the prize.

Labor looks like making a net gain of 14 seats this election, bringing it to 34 seats in the Parliament. With the four western Sydney seats it would get to 38.

Suppose it even managed to win back from the Greens the inner-city seats of Newtown and Balmain. The total would still be just 40 – a full seven seats short of the magic number for an outright majority.

Viewed this way, Luke Foley’s declaration last Saturday night during his concession speech that Labor was back in the game for the 2019 election was valid, but a little optimistic.

It’s clear the party still has a long way to go before it can be confident of preventing a third term for the Coalition. Winning back its former heartland of western Sydney is only part of the task.

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Demons too strong for dismal Swans

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CAUGHT BEHIND: East Devonport’s Bradley French tackles Latrobe’s Aaron Bissett in yesterday’s opening round clash in the NWFL. Picture: Jason Hollister.

LATROBE started the new NWFL season in grand style with an 80-point win over nearby neighbour East Devonport, 18.19 (127) to 6.11 (47).

The Demons kicked the first four goals before the Swans found the big opening.

Kurt Byard, returning to Latrobe, nailed the first, bringing the supporters to their feet, as Latrobe held a 41-point advantage at quarter-time.

East seemed to settle better in the second stanza, but inaccurate kicking for goal was a problem.

The Swans won the term, but it could have been better on the scoreboard.

At half-time, Latrobe led by 39 points, with lots of mistakes from both sides.

The third quarter was all Latrobe – the Demons kicked 4.6, with Corey Bissett kicking two to take his tally to four.

Cameron McCauliffe chimed in with his third to give the Demons a 68-point lead at the last break.

The final stanza saw Latrobe kick four goals to two, but the young Swans never gave in.

Their backline was under plenty of pressure, but Nathan Applebee, Chris Poole, Stewart Carter, along with Cody Walker and Aiden Hewitt all had their moments.

For the winners, Michael Flint, Rodney Coghlan and Sam Maney looked good, while up forward Bissett, McCauliffe and Adam Jeffrey showed plenty.

The loss in the last half of Gavin Woodcock (hamstring), who was one of the best until injured, put a dampener on things.

Latrobe coach Wade Anthony was happy with the win first up as the Demons trek west next week to take on Smithton.

East’s master tactician, Dale Perry, knew he had a battle on his hands against his old side, but it gets no easier next week as they face the reigning premier and early flag favourite Wynyard.

In other NWFL matches yesterday, Devonport flogged fellow newcomersBurnie by 96 points and reigning premierWynyard continued where they left off last season, handing Ulverstone a 94-point shellacking.

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Architect Eli Giannini gives Bendigo library a new chapter in its life

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MGS architects used the solid concrete base of Bendigo Library to bring it into the 21st century. Photo: Andrew Latreille

Golden yellow hues reflect back to the gold rush days in the revamp of Bendigo Library by MGS architects. Photo: Andrew Latreille

Golden yellow hues reflect back to the gold rush days in the revamp of Bendigo Library by MGS architects. Photo: Andrew Latreille

MGS architects used the solid concrete base of Bendigo Library to bring it into the 21st century. Photo: Andrew Latreille

Golden yellow hues reflect back to the gold rush days in the revamp of Bendigo Library by MGS architects. Photo: Andrew Latreille

MGS architects used the solid concrete base of Bendigo Library to bring it into the 21st century. Photo: Andrew Latreille

Golden yellow hues reflect back to the gold rush days in the revamp of Bendigo Library by MGS architects. Photo: Andrew Latreille

Occupying a prominent site in Bendigo’s CBD is the library. Adjacent to the historic town hall, the library, originally designed in the mid-1980s, was one of the least ‘polished jewels’ in the streetscape. However, with its solid concrete-block walls, the brief was to renovate, rather than demolish.

“The original building had past its use-by date, but the ‘bones’ were there,” says architect Eli Giannini, a director of MGS Architects, who worked closely with fellow director architect Joshua Wheeler. “You could see the spaces weren’t functioning, either for staff or the community,” said Ms Giannini, whose brief came from the City of Bendigo and the Goldfields Library Corporation.

Originally occupying 4000 square metres of floor space, the other problem with the previous design, was the configuration of public and staff areas. The library staff were  tucked away on the first floor, with minimal connection to the book collection. Likewise, apart from a few bookshelves, there was little call for the public to venture onto the first floor.

“The facade also didn’t engage with the public or the street,” said Ms Giannini, whoappreciated the many fine historic buildings in the immediate vicinity.

So the rather twee-style latticework that appeared on the 1980s design, was removed in favour of a dramatic 2.5 metre awning. Made from perforated golden yellow steel (a nod to Bendigo’s gold rush days), the awning provided a welcoming gesture in the streetscape. New entrances were also created for the new library/community hub, including ramps that are popular with youth in the area. “It’s an informal meeting area after school,” said Ms Giannini, whose firm received two architectural awards for the renovation, including the Regional Prize for 2014 from the Australian Institute of Architects (Victorian Chapter).

The new wing, comprising an additional 1000 square metres of floor area, combines the best of the present with the past. The original sawtooth ceiling has been reworked with new materials such as bamboo veneer. And gold metal, used in the primary awning, has been introduced into the interior spaces. One of the most important changes made by MGS Architects is the reconfiguration of spaces. The library staff, for example, have been relocated to the ground floor, partially concealed by a glass-and-joinery wall made from bamboo.

“This allows for passive surveillance, as well as a more comfortable environment for staff,” Ms Giannini said. Likewise, the younger audience, from toddlers to 10 year olds, can enjoy their own space. A two-level cubby, complete with bookshelves and audio equipment, is tucked into one corner of the library.

While many of the features in the Bendigo library, such as the cafe, break-out areas and enclosed meeting rooms are new, others, such as a theatrette, are unveiled by removing an enclosing wall. “This area was previously a ‘dark hole’,” Ms Giannini said, recalling the theatrette’s black walls. Now the stepped auditorium forms part of the children’s library, allowing users to engage with the furniture, as well as the spaces. Like many contemporary libraries, the emphasis is now on appealing to all sectors of the community, in all age groups. Older members can sit back and read a book in one of the many lounge areas.

MGS Architects also included amenities for the Goldfield Library Corporation, which has 10 separate libraries in rural Victoria. The architects included display nooks for the display of Bendigo’s memorabilia, as well as storage for city records. “Libraries are much more complex buildings to design, with numerous requirements to satisfy a broader community,” Ms Giannini said, recalling the antiquated storage systems used previously.

“It’s a rich archive, but it’s now a place that people want to come to on a daily basis and, importantly, spend time.”

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Reduced park fees in force

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THOSE planning trips away for the Easter long weekend may save some money.

Fees for basic camping sites across Victoria, introduced by the former Liberal state government, have been abolished.

On Thursday the Minister for Environment, Lisa Neville, announced the “unfair” basic camping fees would be scrapped.

There are now 500 basic camping sites on more than 70 campgrounds in 19 parks throughout regional Victoria that no longer have fees.

Those who have already made bookings before July 1 will also be refunded and are allowed to keep their spot.

Shooters and Fishers Party Northern Victoria member Daniel Young welcomed the announcement.

“National parks are a fantastic place to camp in,” he said.

“Families should not be unfairly charged for services that are not provided.”

Fees still remain at sites with better services.

They cost up to $38 per night and ones with showers, toilets and barbecue areas cost up to $60 per night.

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Hawks sink Demons, thanks to back line

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PROSPECT HAWKS 17.14 (116) -d- LILYDALE 8.10 (58)THE Prospect Hawks got their 2015 NTFA division 2 season off to a winning start with a 58-point victory over Lilydale in their Good Friday clash yesterday.

The Hawks led at every change, building a 23-point advantage at quarter-time, extending it to 37 at the main break and kicking seven goals to four in the final quarter to run out winners 17.14 (116) to 8.10 (58).

Michael Murfett kicked three goals for Prospect, and Michael Sinclair, Jamie Rayner and Callen Hart finished with two each.

Josh Griggs booted three to be Lilydale’s best goalkicker, while Patrick Sulzberger was the Demons’ best.

“Lilydale were very competitive all day but some of the stuff we’ve been working on through the pre-season worked and it showed on the scoreboard,” Prospect coach Danny Hall said.

“We have a few new players and have to get them to gel well together and the things that worked well we’re happy about and just have to iron out a few creases.”

Hall praised his back line for standing up well, and rated Josh Horder, Nick Claxton, Mason Keane, Callen Hart and Mick Sinclair as among the Hawks’ best players.

“Our attitude was on from the start and we will be looking to our backline to provide us with a lot of strength this year,” Hall said.

“They have a couple of big men in Sulzberger and McLean, and we tried to not let them get too much of the ball and keep it away from them which seemed to work well because they have a lot of experience and can be very dominant if you let them into the game.”

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Good Friday AppealMoney flows in for the kids

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Kirsty Rowe lifts her son Henry, 8 months, so he can donate to John Vandeven. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

SIRENS and horns gained plenty of attention on the Border yesterday.

Children flew out to the street in their pyjamas, begging for a ride in the fire truck as parents produced coins for the Good Friday Appeal.

The efforts of volunteers and the generosity of residents helped raise about $137,000 for the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

Initial counts show Albury contributed $63,518 and Wodonga dug deep — coming up with just over $74,000.

This was through tin rattling alone, with further donations flowing in via the Good Friday Appeal phone service.

While the numbers were down on last year, Albury fire captain John Vandeven said the money tins filled quickly as firefighters offered to wash cars for a $50 donation and people emptied out jars full of coins for the very popular cause.

Mr Vandeven circled East Albury and found the youngest contributor, eight-month-old Henry Rowe.

His mother Kirsty Rowe lifted him up to greet Mr Vandeven.

Ms Rowe had spent the morning waiting to donate to the cause, which was close to her heart.

She stayed in the Royal Children’s Hospital for about a month when she was 12.

“I had major back surgery because I had scoliosis as a kid and had to get a rod in my back,” Ms Rowe said.

“The staff were amazing.”

Meanwhile it was just as busy on the Victorian side of the Border.

About 130 volunteers were rattling tins and by noon were concentrating on the heart of the city.

Wodonga fire brigade deputy group officer Alex Todd said there was a good vibe to the public holiday.

“People want to donate,” he said.

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Litbits, April 4: Omar Musa longlisted for Miles Franklin Literary Award

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Queanbeyan-born poet Omar Musa.CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Queanbeyan author Omar Musa whose first novel, Here Come the Dogs, has been longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The shortlist will be announced on May 18 and the winner on June 23.


Entries are now open for the Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry, with a total prize pool of $10,000. The theme is Peace, Tolerance and Understanding. Entries close on June 16. Website:  acu.edu419论坛.


The 2015 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is now open with a total prize pool of $8000. Entries close at midnight on May 1. Website: australianbookreview苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛.


On May 22 from 5 to 7.30pm at ALIA House, 9 Napier Close, Deakin, Hazel Edwards  will talk about her memoir, Let Hippos Eat Cake: Being a Children’s Author or Not? .Cost $25 at the door. RSVP by May 18 to [email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训学校. Events


April 4: At 2pm Moruya Books is holding a free event at SAGE Community Gardens, 110 Queen Street, Moruya for the launch of The River Cottage Cookbook. Paul West will be in conversation with local identity and president of SAGE, Fraser Bailey.


April 9: At 6.30pm meet Kate Forsyth at Harry Hartog bookshop in Westfield Woden. RSVP: 6232 5832.


April 9: At Paperchain Bookstore Manuka at 5.45pm for 6pm, former Independent politician Tony Windsor will speak about his new book Windsor’s Way. RSVP: 62956723.


April 9: In a Canberra times/ANU meet the author event, Kate Grenville will talk to Marion Halligan about Grenville’s new book One Life. My Mother’s Story at the Copland Lecture Theatre at 6.30pm. Bookings: 6125 4144 .


April 10: At 12.30pm Harry Hartog Woden and Woden Library invite you to meet Kate Grenville at the Heritage Library (upstairs at  Woden Library). She will be discussing  One Life: My Mother’s Story. RSVP:6232 5832.


April 11: River Cottage Australia author and television presenter Paul West will speak with Sydney Morning Herald literary editor Susan Wyndham at the Catalina Country Club in Batemans Bay at noon for 12.30pm. Tickets $45. Bookings:batemansbaywritersfestival苏州美甲美睫培训学校.


April 14: Editor and author of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.Irma Gold will read her children’s book Megumi and the Bear at Harry Hartog, Westfield Woden at 10am.


April 14: Goodbye Sweetheart by Marion Halligan will be launched at Paperchain Bookstore Manuka at 5.45pm for 6pm by Carmel Bird. It is a novel about love, the desire for understanding and the messiness of life. RSVP 6295 6723.


April 14: At the Gods Cafe ANU Arts Centre,six Canberra poets will read their choice of Judith Wright and David Campbell’s work in a centenary tribute. Dinner at 6, readings at 7.30pm. Bookings: 62485538.


April 16: Jennifer Bradley’s book Girl With Wings, based on the true story of a young girl growing up in the 1920s with a passion for flying, will be launched at Paperchain Manuka by  Rosemary Follett, at 5.45pm for 6pm. RSVP 62956723.


April 21: Military/history author Peter Rees will be talking about Bearing Witness, on the life of war correspondent Charles Bean, at Harry Hartog, Westfield Woden at 6.30pm. RSVP: 6232 5832.

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Ballarat duo off to world titles

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Jared Tallent

JARED Tallent and Kathryn Mitchell will represent Australia at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

The Ballarat athletes are part of the first batch of 26 representatives named by Athletics Australia to contest the August 22-30 championships at the iconic Bird’s Nest Stadium – the central venue for the 2008 Olympics.

Mitchell was a finalist at the 2013 world cham-

pionships in Moscow, finishing fifth, while Tallent is a two-time bronze medallist in the 50km walk.

Tallent will compete in both the 20km and 50km walks in Beijing.

Former Eureka Athletic Club member Victoria Mitchell has also qualified for the championships and will race in the 3000m steeplechase.

Hurdles champion Sally Pearson is the Australian team captain.


800m – Jeff Riseley, Alex Rowe

110m hurdles – Nick Hough

High jump – Brandon Starc, Joel Baden

Discus – Julian Wruck

Javelin – Hamish Peacock

20km walk – Dane Bird-Smith, Jared Tallent

50km walk – Chris Erickson, Jared Tallent


100m – Melissa Breen

200m – Ella Nelson

5000m – Eloise Wellings (subject to ratification of performance)

100m hurdles – Sally Pearson, Michelle Jenneke

400m hurdles – Lauren Wells

3000m steeplechase – Madeline Heiner, Victoria Mitchell

High jump – Eleanor Patterson

Pole vault – Alana Boyd, Nina Kennedy

Long jump – Brooke Stratton

Discus – Dani Samuels

Javelin – Kim Mickle, Kathryn Mitchell, Kelsey-Lee Roberts

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Jordan Roughead has his say: now, it’s just the pigskin

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Jordan RougheadTHE great unknown: it was a period of drastic change and disturbance.

At the start of November, we found ourselves in a bit of a pickle down at the Kennel.

No coach, no captain and a raft of experienced players were shaking their collars.

There were a few dark days when some of us were left puzzled, not knowing what was going to happen next.

But what did happen was a beautiful thing and it’s continuing to grow as we go into our opening game of the season just six months later.

One of the challenges of the modern game is achieving balance. Be it the balance between experience and youth, defence and attack, or boldness and caution, it is something that all clubs are trying to achieve.

As we head into our round-one fixture against West Coast on Saturday night, I like to think we have achieved a balance that we can build on.

We’ve appointed a captain who for 16 years has shed blood, sweat and tears for his club in Bob Murphy; a coach who has unified our playing group, supported us to learn through experiment and failure, and forged relationships with numerous assistant coaches, support and administrative staff; and, reinvigorated a relatively inexperienced playing group by creating our own style of play, aimed at allowing us to trust our instincts, to do the things that helped us get to the big league in the first place.

But it hasn’t been without its challenges.

Our chief executive officer Simon Garlick has moved on, our 2014 best and fairest Tom Liberatore has gone down, and we have made headlines for different reasons along the way.

Saturday night is the first chance we have to put that all behind us.

The magnificence of football is that once you cross that white line, nothing else matters, and if things go wrong, you get that chance again seven days later.

While the classic footy cliches get thrown around like confetti at a wedding at this time of year – “our new recruits are flying”, “Brehaut is tearing up the track” – there is a trepidation that raises its head in the lead-in to round one.

Not a fear exactly, but an excited anticipation to see just how far we can take it, to see how far we’ve come.

Despite everything that has transpired in the past six months, this Saturday night, nothing but the pigskin matters.

• Western Bulldogs vice-captain Jordan Roughead was drafted from North Ballarat Rebels in the 2008 AFL Draft and made his AFL debut in round five, 2010. Roughead played his junior football with Lake Wendouree.

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TAC Cup: Rebels’ depth stands firm

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Mass changes to the North Ballarat Rebels this round produced big signs of depth and versatility in the playing group.

The Rebels made seven changes to their round-one TAC Cup under-18 winning side, due to injury and AFL Academy duties, and each player called to step up made an impact.

Playing against an unknown Bendigo Pioneers outfit in Bendigo, the Rebels secured an 80-point win on Friday.

And that was on a four-day turnaround from their campaign launch against Geelong.

Rebels coach David Loader said those called up had seized their opportunity.

“The new players that came in were absolutely fantastic. It’s great for so early in the year and shows the benefits of a big pre-season,” he said. “These guys came in and played roles for us. Some had midfield roles and were really solid … they’ve really tried to live up to our brand.”

This sets the tone for what looms as more likely mass changes for the Rebels. Loader said there were another five or six injuries from the game, although he hoped a couple of these players would be ready to face the strong-starting Murray Bushrangers in Bendigo next Saturday.

Rebels full forward Shannon Beks was knocked out in a collision early in the game, forcing the Rebels to move debutant Lloyd Meek and Nick Hausler between ruck and forward duties. Meek, from SMW Rovers, was strong in the hit-outs and booted three goals.

Matt Johnston continued his stellar work with six goals.

Johnston and roving half-back Josh Webster were again the Rebels’ standouts.

MATCH DETAILSNTH BALLARAT 2.0 9.4 14.7 20.8 (128)

BENDIGO 2.1 4.2 6.5 7.6 (48)

GOALS – North Ballarat: Johnston 6 Meek 3 Cowan 2 Templeton 2 White Lee Simpson Lusby Beks Hausler Berry. Bendigo: Mutch 2 Simmons Firebrace White Schultz Free.

BEST – North Ballarat: Johnston Webster Templeton Cowan McClure Hausler. Bendigo: Free Fox Ryan Mahony Burke Tardrew.


BENDIGO 4.3 6.8 7.9 14.10 (94)

NTH BALLARAT 1.4 2.5 5.6 7.7 (49)

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