Mr Stoves up for four awards

MR STOVES Pool World has got it all for you, and now they’ve got four Chamber Business Award nominations as well.
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The Mate Street, Albury, business is a finalist in four categories including best small/medium business, excellence in marketing, excellence in retail and staff development.

Owners Garry and Michelle Rutland were thrilled with the results, announced last night.

“We knew that we’d done the work, we’re very happy and the team’s going to be happy too because they’ve all contributed,” Mr Rutland said.

The Rutland family took over the business 11 years ago and resurrected its catchy jingle, “Mr Stoves Pool World has got it all for you. Oi!” soon after.

“Our jingle was probably one of the best bits of equipment we bought, it came with the business,” Mr Rutland said.

“It had sort of died, the previous owner wasn’t using it much but we’ve just pumped it.

“I walked into a charcoal chicken after work one night, not long after we had bought the business and the girl behind the counter saw the Mr Stoves badge on my shirt and she said ‘now I’ve got that song in my head’.

“From that moment I knew it was really powerful.”

The business was a finalist in three sections last year.

The awards are run by the Albury Northside and Wodonga chambers and winners will be announced on October 7.

For the full list of finalists see page 10.

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Support for van de Ven melts away

Henk van de VenHENK van de Ven is facing an increasingly difficult task to topple Alice Glachan in the Albury mayoral race.
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One of Cr van de Ven’s key backers 12 months ago, Cr Philomena Sawyer, is refusing to declare where her vote rests in the mayoral battle to be decided on September 26.

“I am not entering into it,” Cr Sawyer said.

“The night of the election is when I will make my decision.”

Cr Sawyer’s reluctance to publicly support Cr van de Ven, who has stated his intention to run for mayor again, could be interpreted as another setback for the deputy mayor of the previous two years.

Cr van de Ven is the only councillor who has made his intentions clear, but previous supporters of the present mayor are adamant she will seek re-election for a third term.

Cr Sawyer supported Cr Glachan when she became mayor in 2009, but switched camps 12 months later and supported Cr van de Ven.

Cr Glachan held onto the mayoral robes by lucky dip last year when voting was locked together at 4-all after Cr Paul Wareham abstained from voting.

Cr Wareham is on a leave of absence and not due back at council until after the mayoral election.

Lobbying for votes is about to intensify with Cr van de Ven looking to shore up support with his only certain vote presently being Cr Amanda Duncan-Strelec.

Another of his supporters from last year, Cr Neville Hull, is poised to switch his allegiance to Cr Glachan and run for deputy mayor.

Cr Hull has voted for Cr van de Ven in the past two mayoral elections.

But his anticipated switch will make the mayoral election a “non event” with Cr Glachan having five firm votes in Cr Hull, Cr Daryl Betteridge, Cr Patricia Gould, Cr Rob Angus and herself if required.

The same bloc will deliver Cr Hull the deputy mayor position.

Cr Hull is the chairman of the community and cultural committee and intends standing for re-election next year.

The council will hold an extraordinary meeting today to vote on the management contract for the Albury and Lavington pools for the next three years.

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Jindera coach wary of fired-up Saints

JINDERA coach Ken Stevenson believes the exhilaration associated with Brock-Burrum’s first finals victory since 1995 last week against Howlong could spell danger for his side in the first semi-final at Walbundrie on Sunday.
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The success-starved Saints, who merged in 2006, played finals for the first time last year since 1995.

But the Saints upset victory against defending premier Howlong last Sunday was their first finals victory after exiting the finals in straight sets last season.

Stevenson was an interested onlooker at the match and believed the Saints’ desire was a contributing factor in the tense final quarter after clinging to a two-point lead at the final change.

“It was a terrific game up to three-quarter-time but Brock-Burrum were absolutely outstanding in the last quarter when the match was up for grabs,” Stevenson said.

Brock-Burrum recorded one of its best wins against Jindera early in the year before the Bulldogs reversed the result to score a convincing 47-point win in the final match of the season.

Stevenson was comfortable to assume the favourite tag ahead of the cut-throat encounter.

“We finished two games clear of them on the ladder and beat them in the last round comfortably so I would like to think that we will start favourites,” he said.

While Stevenson was pleased to dispose of finals wildcard Henty in last week’s elimination final, he felt there was still plenty of room for improvement.

“I was very happy with last week considering Henty’s record,” he said.

“But we kicked 4.12 in the second-half which helped to keep Henty in the contest.”

The biggest query for the Saints is their ability to kick a winning score.

Apart from Paul Glanville, the Saints lack a strong marking target inside forward 50 and rely heavily on coach Darryn McKimmie, Kylin Morey and Nathan Scott to kick a winning score.

The Bulldogs have a full-strength list to choose from with Mick Blomley an expected welcome addition after missing the past three weeks.

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Big winners are children

YET another splendid school building was officially opened on the Border yesterday.
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This time it was a $3 million multi-purpose hall for St Patrick’s Parish School in Albury.

It’s more than just a fine basketball stadium, it will be used for other sports and the performing arts.

Bishop Gerard Hanna acknowledged the Wagga diocese’s gratitude for the Building Education Revolution funding.

He admitted the school community could never have found the cash by using school fees and fund-raising.

This project was among 101 such projects in Wagga diocese’s $42 million investment under the special schools program initiated by the Rudd government.

A second motive of that program was to stimulate the economy both nationally and at a local level.

As a result, builders and contractors on the Border were able to keep afloat during and after the global downturn.

Happily the funding was shared around among non-government schools and public schools.

No doubt the biggest winners are the children who will enjoy these facilities for years to come.

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Much to learn from Harold

THOSE who remember Harold Mair might recall what a humble sort of bloke he was as a member of Parliament.
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For a start, he was Harold to almost everyone.

He went around shows and fetes with his offsider, Roy Guthrie, mixing it with people of all ages and views.

Plaques he unveiled on projects from Cabramurra down to the Murray may still be seen, but they aren’t his true legacy.

Actually, his memorials are right under our feet, as water and sewerage pipes.

For Mr Mair was concerned above all with the quality of life for his people: good schools and good hospitals, of course, but also clean water and first-rate sanitation.

Persistence, politeness and firmness but never rudeness were used to win funds for these.

It’s true that in 1988 he was defeated but mainly because of a state swing, not any personal failure.

Indeed, he had wanted to retire at 68 but was so loyal to his Labor comrades and Albury that he agreed, reluctantly, to give it another go.

Albury owes much to Harold Mair and, as Tim Fischer said yesterday, today’s MPs could learn much from his example.

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Albury and residents always came first

Harold Mair was devoted to serving the needs of the Albury community.
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FORMER deputy prime minister Tim Fischer, who served 10 years in the NSW Parliament with Mr Mair, led tributes to the former MP last night.

“Harold Mair was an outstanding local member of great example and much more,” Mr Fisher said from Belgrade, where he was representing the Australian government at a conference.

“With great dignity and purpose he served family, local community, state and nation for decades.

“His template should be studied by today’s crop of MPs, coast to coast, they would learn much.”

Albury Mayor Alice Glachan, whose father Ian followed Mr Mair in NSW Parliament, said the two men had found much to admire and respect in each other.

“Harold Mair was truly a man for the people, respected and well-liked by people of all parties,” she said.

Member for Albury Greg Aplin said Mr Mair had not only served the community well as member of Parliament, mayor and alderman but in many other ways.

“He was a great servant of Albury and always tried to do his very best for the community,” Mr Aplin said.

Long-time family friend and former Wodonga mayor Pam Stone said Mr Mair was always “the perfect gentleman”.

“Harold devoted himself to his country, but Albury and his constituents always came first,” she said.

Another long-time friend, Jean Whitla, was an ABC journalist who covered many stories about Mr Mair.

“Harold was a man of integrity and a dogged fighter,” Mrs Whitla said.

“If he wanted to get something done and couldn’t get the right answer he’d go to the top.’’

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Stabbed 7 times

Stabbing victim Lee Lane enters the Wodonga Magistrates Court to give evidence yesterday.A STABBING victim yesterday told a court how he was knifed at least seven times during an attack in his Wodonga home on New Year’s Day this year.
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Lee Lane, 35, gave evidence at the committal hearing of Raoul Levi Walton, 27, who has been charged over the stabbing soon after midnight on January 1.

After being committed to stand trial in the County Court by Wodonga magistrate Stella Stuthridge, Walton pleaded not guilty to five charges, including intentionally causing serious injury and aggravated burglary with an offensive weapon.

Lane, who gave evidence for more than two hours, said Walton had entered his London Road home with a group of men and assaulted him in his kitchen for five to 10 minutes.

He said Walton had held a curved, five-inch knife in his right hand while he repeatedly punched, cut and stabbed him.

The court heard the kitchen wall was left splattered with blood at the spot Lane was wedged between a microwave, refrigerator and some boxes.

Lane admitted to have brandished his own chef knife for “intimidation” after seeing Walton was armed with a blade.

But he denied using it to attack anyone or defend himself.

“If I was going to use the knife it would have gone through him and pinned one of his mates,” he said.

Lane said he did not know what motivated Walton, who he said he knew only in passing as the former partner of a woman friend.

“We never had an argument, never hung out, never had a drink, never ever tripped over each other’s feet,” he said.

During the defence’s long cross-examination of Lane, the former chef admitted to several convictions before 2004 and a history of drug use.

At one point, the magistrate chastised barrister David Gray for “raising his voice at the witness”.

“You’re exhibiting anger to him for telling the same stories three times in evidence,” Ms Stuthridge said.

The court later heard evidence from Acting Sgt Ray Causer about a police raid on a London Road home, near the victim’s, where two knives were found.

Walton pleaded not guilty to all charges when formally committed to stand trial in the County Court.

He was granted bail with the magistrate saying he had already spent nine months in custody, had good family support and was young.

Bail conditions include him reporting to Wodonga police three times a week and not approaching Lane.

Walton will face the County Court on December 7 for a directions hearing.

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St Patrick’s go one better to win Paul Kelly Cup

St Patrick’s students celebrate their victory in Sydney yesterday with former AFL players Michael O’Loughlin and Brett Kirk.ALBURY’S St Patrick’s Parish School has won its first Paul Kelly Cup, defeating Belmont in the boys state final by 20 points yesterday.
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The school has continued the recent success of southern NSW champions becoming the third school from the region in a row to take home the coveted title.

In just its second Paul Kelly Cup state final, St Pat’s led from start to finish to claim its maiden cup in perfect conditions at Blacktown International Sportspark.

“We lost in the semi-final last year so we thought we’d be thereabouts this year but to make the final and to win it is sensational,” St Pat’s coach Tony Hill said.

“This will certainly help with the growth of football.

“Albury is a very strong football area anyway but it just maintains the interest in AFL.

“I had five year 5 students here and hopefully they’ll back up again next year and generate the interest in the year 4 and 5 students going forward.”

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Arrogance no virtue, Julia

“I’M not going anywhere. I am the best person to lead this nation,” quoted Ms Gillard.
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If arrogance is any measure, I guess she’s right. But it doesn’t say much for our gene pool.

— LESLEY MEID,

Mt Beauty

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Keep dogs on a leash in public

SPRING has sprung and dog owners have “found” Fido still languishing in the backyard after the winter months.
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Before you decide that Fido needs a walk, could you please also “find” his or her lead. It is a requirement that all Albury dog owners have Fido attached to a lead at all times when out walking in public.

For your convenience, Albury City has five off-the-leash areas — Oddies Creek, Alexandra Park, Bunton Park, Poplar Drive Reserve and Gordon Street Reserve. Please use one if your feel compelled to exercise your dog without a leash.

And remember wherever you are, if Fido poops you scoop and dispose of the waste responsibly.

Our streets are for all to enjoy.

— CR PHILOMENA SAWYER,

Albury

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