Tourists amuse themselves until warmer weather arrives

INDOOR activities have been a popular option for campers across the windy, wet south-west for the past two days.
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Movies and shopping were on the list for the Casey family, who call the Killarney campground home for about 10 days over the Christmas-New Year period.

Jami Renkauskas, 8, with Shelby the black pup, with the extended Casey family from Geelong and the Surf Coast, who are sheltering from the wind and rain at Killarney Recreation Reserve while waiting for the beach weather to arrive. 141230AS01 Picture: AARON SAWALL

Sue and Gerry Casey and their children and grandchildren form a 25-strong group that travels from the Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove and Geelong areas with a caravan, camper and tents.

Mrs Casey said they started camping at Killarney about five years ago because it was a quiet reserve and their home towns had become very busy.

“It’s just a lovely break. We swim, fish and go surfing. We’re used to extreme heat, wind and rain. We’ve nearly been blown away this week,” she said.

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Man airlifted from mine site

The RACQ NQ Rescue Helicopter lands in Mount Isa.A 49-YEAR-OLD man from a remote mine site was flown to Mount Isa Hospital on Monday after experiencing chest pains.
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RACQ NQ Rescue Helicopter chief executive Alex Dorr said a team responded to the incident about 4pm.

“The RACQ NQ Rescue Helicopter was tasked to airlift a 49-year-old male from a remote mine site suffering chest pains and a suspected cardiac condition,” he said.

“The male patient was treated by QAS Critical Care Flight Paramedic and transported back to Mount Isa Hospital in a stable condition.”

This is the second incident this month that has required RACQ NQ Rescue Helicopter to retrieve a patient from a remote mine site for medical reason.

Mr Dorr commended RACQ NQ Rescue Helicopter for being able to respond to critical matters.

“It has been one of those months that it is the Christmas holidays, and we aren’t flying as often which is a good thing as it means people are having a safer Christmas,” he said.

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Absentees deplete south-west police numbers for NYE

POLICE numbers will be stretched to the limit at popular south-west coastal venues for busy New Year celebrations.
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The Standard understands operating numbers across the Warrnambool-Southern Grampians region could be as much as 30 below official staff lists because of members off on maternity leave, WorkCover, long service, sick leave and other factors.

Police resources across the south-west will be stretched on New Year’s eve

There is minimal capacity within operational budgets to bring in support from other regions and metropolitan special units.

However, some Colac officers will be assigned to help out at Lorne and Apollo Bay.

Populations in south-west coastal venues have swollen by at least 30,000 for the summer holiday period and numbers are expected to expand even further this evening.

Police will step up patrols using available local officers and vehicles, relying on neigbouring stations to assist in peak demand.

Police Association secretary Ron Iddles said staff shortages were common across regional areas and he was pressing the new state government for additional numbers to handle population growth.

“We’ve had members ringing us about low resources,” Mr Iddles said. “Our officers do their best with limited resources and we appreciate what they do.”

Port Fairy, which has an estimated 10,000 visitors, will rely on the Warrnambool station to provide back-up patrols.

Sergeant Chris Moloney of Warrnambool said resources were also noticeably tighter last summer compared with previous years where special operational units from Melbourne could be assigned to regional areas.

“All available members will be on deck for extra patrols in the CBD and foreshore,” Sergeant Moloney said.

“We’ll have uniform and plain-clothes units and a brawler van, plus we’ll be working with local council laws officers particularly around the Lake Pertobe barbecue areas.”

Warrnambool’s main fore-shore caravan parks will operate a wristband entry system on New Year’s Eve to weed out intruders. It will be the first New Year where the city’s CBD entertainment precinct will be under the watch of surveillance cameras linked to the police station.

In Portland — the only city in Victoria where outdoor alcohol consumption in the CBD is allowed — police will closely monitor the popular entertainment precinct between hotels and foreshore.

“There’s a $738 fine for being drunk and disorderly and $590 for being drunk in a public place,” Acting Sergeant Darren Hanegraaf said.

“Roads will be blocked off in Bentinck Street between the pubs and grassed area to make it a no-vehicle area.”

Warrnambool-based traffic management officer Sergeant Cameron Ross warned drivers not to flout the law.

“There will be testing for drug and alcohol as well as speed and distractions,” he said.

n Three international visitors injured when their vehicle hit a truck on the Great Ocean Road at Nullawarre on Christmas Day are in a stable condition in hospital.

A Macarthur man, who received head, rib and pelvic injuries after colliding with a milk tanker on the Port Fairy-Hamilton Road last Wednesday is also in a stable condition.

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Terang harness racing mourns a gentleman

Former Terang Harness Racing Club (THRC) committeeman Harold Craven was a “gentleman” and a “great thinker” who was always willing to lend a hand.
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Craven, the patriarch of one of the most successful harness racing families in country Victoria, died at the Terang hospital on Sunday. He was 86.

Friends and colleagues yesterday paid tribute to the school teacher, farmer and horse owner whose influence in harness racing extended beyond his actions.

Craven grew up in Fairfield but moved to the south-west to take up a primary school teaching position at Curdievale in 1948.

“He didn’t know where he was going. He came down with his push bike, a bag of clothes and his dog,” his son Harry said.

Teaching stints at Curdievale and Timboon preceded 17 years at Nirranda East, while he also spent time educating at Cobden and Terang.

While at Curdievale he met his wife Alice, who with her brothers Jack and Watty instilled a passion for harness racing which remained strong until his death.

The couple married in 1952 and raised six children — Peter, Helen, Des, John, Marg and Harry — at their Ecklin South property.

Peter and Marg have become successful trainers, while Craven’s grandchildren Jason, Paddy, Matt and Glen are also immersed in the industry.

Together, they form the most well-known family dynasty in south-west Victorian harness racing circles.

Reinsman Jason saluted his grandfather while scoring a winning treble at Ararat on Monday.

Harness racing wasn’t Harold Craven’s only sporting passion.

He played more than 300 football matches with Nirranda as a ruckman and served as club secretary and on the Heytesbury league tribunal panel.

Former THRC president Michael O’Keeffe said Craven, who joined the committee in the late 1960s, was “a great fella”.

“He was a fella who was a great thinker with his involvement in the club and a terrific supporter of the club, gave outstanding service,” O’Keeffe said.

“He was a gentleman. He was always eager to help in any way he could.”

Terang couple Bruce and Elizabeth Clarke, winners of Harness Racing Victoria’s Gordon Rothacker Medal in 2008, also had high praise for Craven.

Elizabeth described him as “a man of integrity, absolute integrity” while Bruce recalled him as “the most perfect gentleman to deal with and a great friend”.

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2014 Devonport Athletic Carnivalpictures, photos

2014 Devonport Athletic Carnival | pictures, photos Womens Lightning Handicap winner Amy Cure, centre, crosses the line ahead of Kimberley Wells and Annette Edmondson.
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Winner of the womens 400m gift Samantha Lind, 18, of Sorell races from the blocks in her heat.

Heat one of the 275mm Australian Combination Championship, Dale Beams.

Heat one of the 275mm Australian Combination Championship, Kody Steers.

Winner of heat three of the womens 400m gift, Abbey de la Motte of Melbourne.

Cyclist in the Lightning Handicap Final at the 2014 Devonport Carnival.

Lightning Handicap Final, Christian Grasmann from Germany.

A grade womens scratch, Emma Paterson of New Zealand.

Heat one of the Keirin makes its way past the Eric Webster Stand at the Devonport oval.

Jess Cure and Brooke Jones break from the blocks in heat one of the Open 70m.

275mm Australian Combination Championship winner, Laurence O’Toole.

Beep Test Open Winner Douglas Hamerlock of Burnie, no 17, takes out the beep test over Gabe Dennison, no 4.

Beep Test Open Winner Douglas Hamerlock of Burnie.

Trampolinist Rose Bowermon of Hobart performs for the crowd at the 2014 Devonport Athletics Carnival.

Trampolinist Rose Bowermon of Hobart performs for the crowd at the 2014 Devonport Athletics Carnival.

Winner of the Open Mile, Kale Adams.

Annette Edmondson celebrates her victory in the Womens Wheel Race at the 2014 Devonport Carnival.

Annette Edmondson celebrates her victory in the Womens Wheel Race at the 2014 Devonport Carnival.

Samantha Lind, 18, of Sorell takes victory in the womens 400m gift at the 2014 Devonport Carnival.

Jacob Despard of Hoabrt celebrates his victory of the mens 400m gift at the 2014 Devonport Carnival.

Jacob Despard of Hoabrt celebrates his victory of the mens 400m gift at the 2014 Devonport Carnival.

Rohan Wright from South Australia claims his victory in the Devonport Wheel Race.

Rohan Wright from South Australia claims his victory in the Devonport Wheel Race.

Carrick Gill-Vallance from Albury, NSW, yellow, crosses the line in tight finish of the open 70m final at the Devonport Carnival.

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