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Introducing, The Cube Wodonga

The Cube’s logoBORING, humdrum and drab is how deputy mayor Angela Collins has summed up the name for Wodonga’s new arts, community and ­entertainment centre.
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Last night councillors christened the $11.2?million project The Cube Wodonga.

The name was not among those in a community survey and was shortened from an online suggestion — The Culture Cube.

“It is nondescript, characterless, boring, I find it drab and I find it humdrum,” Cr Collins said

“It sounds to me like we are paying homage to Master­Chef — The Cube.

“My fellow councillors know of my passionate distaste for this name — it is the wrong name and doesn’t sit well with me.”

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Former deputy mayor Ed Foulston was the only other councillor to vote against the name.

“I’m not happy with the process, for starters this was not one of the five names we went to the community with,” he said.

The name was selected after community consultation that included online, email and hardcopy suggestions.

Council notes said it represented a community space which can be fixed or flexible, inside or out, youthful or mature, formal or informal.

A logo was also released for the building.

Cr Lisa Mahood believed the name and branding would be an effective marketing tool.

“A name is a bit like public art, it is not always to everyone’s taste,” she said.

“But when we choose something we hope it is easy to sell, something people will remember.”

Former mayor Rod Wangman defended the process that had seen the previously untested name adopted by the council.

“There is a process that we have gone through, it just doesn’t come out of left field although in some ways it might seem like that,” he said.

“I can live with it.”

Mayor Mark Byatt said in time it would be known as The Cube.

“Councillors were looking for a name that would represent the community and the diverse role the venue will play into the future hosting events such as live comedy and music, functions, theatre, conferences and lectures,” he said.

“We didn’t want people referring to this great venue as the entertainment centre or performing arts centre — that was too generic.

“This way people can simply say they are going to see a show at The Cube, and everyone in the region will know what they mean.”

The two-storey building will have a capacity of 1140 people standing, 300 seats for a dinner dance-banquet or 268 seats in the function layout.

It is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.

Council notes said a performing arts centre at Campbelltown, on the outskirts of Sydney, was also called The Cube.

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Carbon convoy: ‘Loony’ scientists, ‘dirty’ government targetted

THEY say the government doesn’t care about Australian workers, they insist “man-made” climate change has been imagined by “looney” scientists — and they are on their way to the Border.
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Truckies and farmers from around Australia will convoy along a number of the region’s highways next week on their way to Canberra to declare their “no confidence” in the Gillard government.

From the pink batts scheme, to foreign ownership of land, the “No Confidence Convoy” has a long list of complaints and their goal is a new election.

Truck driver Rick Finning will drive from Bendigo through Deniliquin and Jerilderie on his way to the protest at Parliament House on Monday.

Mr Finning is concerned the carbon tax, which will exempt heavy vehicles until 2014, will add another 15 to 20 cents a kilometre to his driving costs.

He insists the scheme will be just another hit to the working Australia from “the most ruthless, dirty government out there”.

“We’re all trying to do our best to buy trucks and vehicles that are not big emitters but it doesn’t happen in five minutes,” Mr Finning said.

Farmer and truck driver Noel Porter will drive from Colac through to Albury-Wodonga to the protest.

Mr Porter is angry the Gillard government lied about introducing the carbon tax and says “the majority” of the protesters do not believe climate change is a problem.

He said he knows better than scientists and the government’s climate change department.

“Carbon is a source of life,” Mr Porter said.

“I think they’ve got their facts wrong. I think the data they are using hasn’t gone back far enough.”

The convoys are expected to leave the Border region on Monday, but organisers said they would not be a big disruption to local traffic.

Mr Porter said his procession of about 100 demonstrators would be led by about half a dozen trucks.

Sen-Constable Steve Schausinger from Albury Highway Patrol said they did not expect any problems with the convoy.

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Cook sizzles in Falls Creek jumping

FORMER Scots School student Jodan Cook made a high-flying return from a serious hip injury at the weekend.
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The 19-year-old achieved the highestscoring jump at the finals of the Falls Creek Big Airs event, in his first skiing competition after 12 months on the sidelines.

Cook had two jumps to impress the judges and began the competition in flawless style, rocketing off a 50-foot jump and rotating 360 degrees mid-air to pull off a “misty tip 720” and a score of 24.8 out of 30.

For his second jump — a switch 1080 — he scored 22.6.

A combined total of 47.4 gave him second overall placing, just behind Melbourne’s Watkin McLennan who won with 47.8.

The Falls Creek barman said he was happy with the result, given it was his first competition since he tore hip ligaments during the Aspen Open in America last year.

“It was the worst pain that I’ve ever had,” said Cook, who broke his back when he was 13.

The teenager moved to Albury to study at Scots School at 17, and to be closer to nearby ski fields.

Originally from Queensland, he took to the snow with natural flair as a young boy travelling around the country with his mother.

Cook now has his sights set on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, which will for the first time offer medals in slopestyle events.

The event also hosted snowboarders with first place in the women’s open snowboard division going to Jade McJannett, while the men’s competition was claimed by Mat Galina.

The snowboarding action will continue at Falls Creek on Sunday.

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$50,000 bike raid

SIX motorbikes and a collection of mag wheels have been seized by police in a raid on a Chiltern Valley home at the weekend.
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A public tip-off lead detectives to the Franks Road property on Saturday night and investigators believe the find could be linked to a recent ram raid on motorcycle shop Wodonga KTM.

Wodonga Detective Sen-Sgt Barry McIntosh said the suspected stolen goods were valued at about $50,000.

Charges are yet to be laid by police in relation to the find.

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Yarra: Poor kicking hurt us

YARRAWONGA co-coach Chris Kennedy believes the Pigeons were hurt dearly by a lapse in concentration and poor goal-kicking during Sunday’s blockbuster against defending premier Albury at Albury Sportsground.
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Kennedy blamed a poor 15 minutes during the third term and scoreline of 12.21 for the eight-point loss after his team charged back from an eight-goal deficit at the last change.

Trailing by 24 points at half-time, the Pigeons let their opponents seize control with four goals as Zac Williams, Luke Daly, Josh Maher and Josh Merkel scored in succession.

“It really got away from us then,” Kennedy said.

“We didn’t take our opportunities either, kicking 3.14 by half-time makes it tough.

“They took their chances and full credit to Albury.

“We finish games off well so I still thought we were a chance at three quarter-time, but it was too much in the end.

“We probably tried a few things and it was a real learning curve for us.”

Kennedy has used former AFL player Joel Smith sparingly in attack this season and hinted he may start the veteran forward during the finals series after he kicked four goals during the final quarter.

“Joel was playing a defensive role on Josh Merkel and I thought he shut him out of it,” Kennedy said.

“He can play at both ends though, we might have to try that one again after today.

“I thought he was good.”

Yarrawonga is confident Corey Greer will return from a broken knuckle in September, while Brad Henderson (broken thumb) came through his comeback match in the reserves unscathed on Sunday and is a chance of being included this weekend.

Star Albury recruit Chris Varsamakis looks unlikely to break back into the Tigers’ line-up this season.

He resumed from groin soreness in the reserves in round 16, but pulled up sore and sat out Sunday’s action.

The Tigers are confident Luke Packer (shoulder) will be fit to play in the second semi-final.

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Thieves stole cigarettes as owners slept in nearby house

Barnawartha post office and newsagency owners Glenn and Katrina Smith are upset they were targeted by thieves who stole cigarettes worth more than $500. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYNTHIEVES forced their way into a Barnawartha business while the owners slept in an adjourning house in two overnight break-ins in the North East.
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Detective Sen-Sgt Barry McIntosh said a drawer full of cigarettes was taken from the Barnawartha post office and newsagency while lollies from a charity box were stolen from Rutherglen High School.

The shop’s new owners Glenn and Katrina Smith said they felt violated as they and their two daughters, 11 and 15, slept nearby when the break-in occurred.

Mr Smith said they had been in business for two months and it appeared the thieves knew exactly where the cigarettes were kept.

He said the cigarettes were worth between $500 and $1000.

“We’ve been in the town for 14 years and I know that back then half the (locals) didn’t worry about locking their doors,” he said.

“The sad part about it is it just feels like we were settling in and getting on our feet.”

Police believe the same offenders were responsible for a break-in at Rutherglen High School early yesterday.

The thieves smashed two windows and forced their way into the office before the alarm went off and they fled.

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TT: The O&M’s no.1 chat forum

SHOULD we just give Albury its third premiership flag now? Or did Sunday’s match mean nothing? Join the debate here.
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In tomorrow’s Border Mail

WHY is popular North East musician Pete Denahy singing about Indigo Council?
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Yarrawonga’s comeback did not surprise Tigers’ veteran

Big men Kyle Archibald and Matt Fowler contest a boundary throw-in during Yarrawonga’s loss to the Tigers at the Albury Sportsground yesterday. Luke Carroll flies high for Albury yesterday.
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ALBURY veteran Luke Carroll says he wasn’t surprised by Yarrawonga’s stirring final quarter comeback in yesterday’s blockbuster at Albury Sportsground.

The Pigeons, who trailed the Tigers by 48 points at three-quarter-time, piled on nine goals to two in the final term to almost pinch an unlikely win after three dominant quarters from the Tigers.

However, Carroll, who wound back the clock yesterday to play a starring role across half-back for the Tigers, said he was always expecting Yarrawonga to come and come hard.

“They’re a fairly flexible side,” Carroll said.

“They have got a lot of blokes who can play in a lot of positions.

“We probably had control of the game for a fair part but they’re a quality side who were always going to come back at us at some stage and they came fairly hard too.”

Carroll, who played a pivotal role in the defensive half during the first three quarters, was one of several Tigers forced to re-adjust at the final change, with the evergreen player directly opposed to Pigeon Joel Smith for the final quarter after the former All Australian was thrown forward after three ordinary quarters across half back.

“I got shown up for 15 minutes,” Carroll said.

“I couldn’t get out of there quick enough at the end.

“Obviously Joel’s a quality player. I just played my role today.

“I’ve been a bit scratchy.

“That’s the key though, everyone played their role and stuck to the plans, structures and I guess all those other cliches.”

While thrilled to square the ledger heading into finals, Carroll, who has recently found form after early season foot troubles, said Albury could ill-afford to read too much into yesterday’s win.

“It just gives you a bit of confidence moving forward,” he said.

“We’re probably going to meet Yarra again in the finals at some stage you’d reckon so mentally I guess it’s one-all.

“But finals is a different kettle of fish.”

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