City apartment boom dwarfs government projections

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Melbourne’s residential apartment boom is set to leave the central business district, Southbank and Docklands flooded with dwellings far outweighing the requirements predicted by the state government.

A research project by RMIT over the past nine months has found there are about 85,000 apartments and new residences either built or in the pipeline in Melbourne’s central city area in the decade between 2011 and 2021.

The government’s own Victoria in Future study, released in May, shows about 43,000 new dwellings needed for the area over the period covered by the RMIT analysis.

However, Planning Minister Matthew Guy continues to sign off on skyscrapers in the city and at the new suburb of Fishermans Bend, and last week shrugged off concerns there was a looming oversupply problem for Melbourne.

On Sunday, his spokeswoman said: “Any suggestion the government has or will approve anything like 85,000 apartments in central Melbourne is utterly false and grossly misleading.”

The research by RMIT used data from Melbourne City Council’s development activity monitor. It included a range of completed projects, under construction, and those slated to be built but not yet begun throughout the CBD and surrounds, plus the fledgling suburb of Fishermans Bend.

Since coming to office in December 2010, Mr Guy has approved about 90 buildings in Melbourne’s central city area, recently telling a group of property lawyers it was the biggest building boom “since the gold rush”.

His predecessor as planning minister Justin Madden approved about a third as many buildings in four years in the job.

The research by RMIT’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies adds to warnings from the Reserve Bank last week – and from researchers including BIS Shrapnel and Moody’s Analytics – that there are too many apartments being built.

Moody’s warned in July of a “housing glut”.

RMIT planning expert Michael Buxton, who worked on the research, said Melburnians should be alarmed at the number of skyscrapers being approved.

“We are in the big league of high rise internationally – there are very few cities approving the scale of what we are,” he said.

He criticised the pace and secrecy with which Mr Guy was approving skyscrapers, saying so many so quickly was unprecedented. “This is a really irresponsible way of planning a city.”

Professor Buxton said the high-rise towers being built were creating wind and overshadowing problems, and were “among the world’s worst energy performers”.

The apartment construction boom has in part been driven by development money coming to Australia from south-east Asia since 2009.

Analyst Charter Keck Cramer found last year that international property developers in Melbourne’s central city area were expected to be involved in almost half of the CBD’s development by 2015 – up from 10 per cent in 2008.

Its report found Melbourne’s central city apartment market was “no longer acting as a traditional housing sub-market to service the basic accommodation needs to the city’s growing population”.

Instead, globalised investment into apartments was funnelling money into Melbourne, as it was into cities such as Toronto, London, New York, Hong Kong and Dubai.

Charter Keck Cramer director Robert Papaleo said apartments in Melbourne had become part of a global market, but that prices and rents would adjust to balance any serious oversupply.

Victorian Property Council executive director Jennifer Cunich said not all of the planning applications approved by Mr Guy would be built.

“If the developer decides there is no market there, I think it would be unlikely they would risk capital in doing that,” she said.

She said the high-rise boom was bringing life to the city centre. “If people are in the city, those services [health and education] will follow. If it’s managed well … you can get a very vibrant city.”

Ms Cunich said that, if rents did drop in the central city, “isn’t that a good outcome?”

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures last week showed Victoria’s population continued to grow dramatically, with almost 109,000 people moving to the state in the year to March.

Meanwhile, another planning academic warned both sides of politics had adopted a “big, shovel-ready projects” ideology, often ignoring what people needed.

“The high-rise building boom in Melbourne is another example of a big project that the state government can say it accomplished,” said Carolyn Whitzman, an urban planning professor at Melbourne University.

But it could only be accomplished by “ignoring any sense [of] what good planning is, through approving things with very shonky planning practice, by not really costing out the alternatives, not costing out the social consequences. But hey, it’s a big achievement and shows planning can do something in Victoria.”

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Firefighting authorities working together on planned burns

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CFA volunters from Sassafras, Selby and Dixons Creek take part in an exercise near Plenty Gorge.CFA volunteers will increasingly join fire crews from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries to conduct planned burns across Victoria, under a new partnership to be announced on Monday.
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Under the partnership, which follows a pilot program involving more than 30 burns on public land over the past two years, the fire agencies will work together conducting burns on public land and private land.

Bushfire Response Minister Kim Wells said the new arrangement would cut the risk of bushfires across the state, as well as significantly improve co-ordination between the two firefighting authorities.

Historically, planned burns in Victoria on public land have been conducted by  DEPI crews, with only a limited involvement across Victoria from local CFA brigades. Mr Wells told Fairfax Media that while department crews conducted such burns, “at the same time, there were lots and lots of CFA trucks sitting in sheds, with [the department] trying to do everything”.

Mr Wells said that the new arrangements would give CFA crews a say in nominating which burns were prioritised, and that they could “actually take ownership of some of the planned burns”. He acknowledged that in some places, such as East Gippsland, CFA members had expressed frustration that some parts of the bush had not recently been treated by fuel reduction burning.

“The significant benefit of this will be of course that the relationship between the CFA and [the department] will be a lot closer, if they’re able to do planned burning in the cool seasons. Firstly, the personnel will get to know each other. They will get an understanding of what equipment each agency has, and there’s obviously the issue of communications – which they’ll work on,” he said.

“Strengthening CFA’s partnership with [the department] will provide firefighters with invaluable on-the-ground experience, and training and mentoring from experienced firefighters in a controlled, but real-life environment,” he said.

Asked whether the partnership was about saving money, Mr Wells strongly denied this: “Absolutely not. This is about improving the working relationship between CFA and [the department]. It’s about better use of equipment by both agencies, it’s about the ability to be able to train new CFA volunteers in real, live situations and for me it’s also about the ownership of planned burning around country towns.”

Chief Officer of the CFA, Euan Ferguson, said the trial had been a success. “We’ve had a fantastic reaction from both the [the department] and CFA brigades. I think through the trial we’ve realised that there is an untapped capability within CFA and many brigades are wanting to undertake more burning on public land. The other thing is that because we work together an awful lot, the process of both planning and conducting planned burns, it improves the relationships, it builds forest firefighting skills in the CFA members … it adds to the inter-operability between CFA and [the department], ” he said.

To illustrate the increase in joint operations between the fire agencies, Mr Ferguson said that in 2011-12 CFA crews were involved in 326 planned burns across Victoria over 3960 hectares. In 2012-13 this jumped to 763 planned burns and 5255 hectares. In addition, far more CFA brigades became involved in the burns.

The Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, conducted after the devastating Black Saturday bushfires, which claimed 173 lives, urged the state to significantly increase the amount of planned burning done across Victoria via an annual rolling target of at least 5 per cent of the state’s public land.

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Drinking session turns ugly for pair

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GRAND final celebrations went a bit too far for two Albury men who started fighting outside the Star Hotel on Saturday.
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The men became involved in a verbal disagreement inside the venue and became aggressive after they were asked to leave.

Co-owner of the Star Hotel Andy Newton said he believed the men had been drinking elsewhere during the day.

“It’s a difficult day because a lot of people are drinking all day and you try to be as careful as you can screening them but one slipped through and they are the ones who spoilt things for everyone else,” he said.

The men were quickly identified as being intoxicated after their arrival and were ejected from the Albury venue about 8pm.

Mr Newton said the fight moved 100 metres down Guinea Street towards Albury High School.

“They made a fuss about being asked to leave and wanted to get back in but weren’t allowed so they started fighting among themselves,” Mr Newton said.

“The thing that started to worry me was when neighbours came out on the street to see what the problem was, so when they got involved we knew we had to get them to move on as quickly as possible.”

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Goulburn hospital headache

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TIME TO TALK: Goulburn Health Service general manager Kerry Hort and Mayor Geoff Kettle discussing the hospital’s future when the State Government announced $600,000 for planning last January.A REPORT into Goulburn’s health services has identified ageing infrastructure split across several sites as a major hindrance.
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Despite this, authorities are still planning an upgraded Goulburn Base Hospital on the current location.

The draft Clinical Services Plan (CSP), released last week, puts it bluntly.

“The hospitals and health services in Goulburn have outgrown their physical infrastructure and are now outdated and unsuited to the delivery of contemporary health care,” it states.

“In particular, the Goulburn Base Hospital has a tightly packed campus overdue for redevelopment: the ageing, separately developed buildings do not provide an appropriate built environment for current clinical practice, nor an integrated service across the campus, nor a modern environment for staff. The hospital buildings do not comply with Australian Health Facility Guidelines.”

The report underpins planning for future health services but does not spell out the physical infrastructure needed. It will be used to develop a business plan later this year which will outline several options.

Medical opinion is split on whether Goulburn needs a new hospital on a Greenfield site or an upgraded one at the current location.

The NSW Nurses Association has long called for a new facility.

But the draft report drops a strong hint that a new hospital is warranted.

“Given the central role which Goulburn Base Hospital plays in the delivery of public health care to the local population, the current building stock does not allow the Local Health District to provide the best possible coordinated care locally, and one which is responsive to the changing needs of an ageing population with contemporary models of care.

“The existing stock has deteriorated beyond the level of cost effective refurbishment.”

Goulburn Health Service general manager Kerry Hort acknowledged the hospital’s aged infrastructure but appeared to leave open the possibility of a new site.

“To date the focus of planning has been on the future health care needs of the population,” she said.

“To enable the delivery of health care services, a range of options will be developed and tested to identify which will deliver the greatest benefits for the Goulburn community.

This is the next step in the planning process.”

The business case and options will soon be presented to government.

But both Goulburn MP Pru Goward and Mayor Geoff Kettle confirmed that planning so far had been for the current site. Cr Kettle said despite this, “nothing was off the table.”

He was briefed on the draft report with members of the Goulburn community consultation committee on Thursday night. Ms Hort and a member of Health Infrastructure delivered the presentation.

“Yes, there are shortcomings with the current site but it was just a ‘helicopter’ view of where the process is up to,” he said.

“For mine, it was very comprehensive and positive and I was buoyed by what was presented.”

He understood the process would be finalised by Christmas. Health Minister Jillian Skinner is currently reviewing the report.

Cr Kettle said he preferred the existing location due to the money already spent there. But a broader study on the cost effectiveness of this option still had to be completed.

The report found that clinical services split across three campuses – Goulburn Base, Bourke St and Community Health – compromised care, duplicated services and impacted on collaboration between staff. Medical records, for example, were often ‘triplicated’ between the campuses and Wi-Fi was not integrated.

Moreover, all of the buildings had “dysfunctional layouts” and staff lost time with the lack of parking at Goulburn Base.

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Out and About in September l GALLERY

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From the RFS Open Day to the Griffith Cup and the Group 20 grand finals- Area News photographers have captured some of the region’s most exciting events and best sporting days in September.
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Memagong Lane crash: Three injured

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Memagong Lane crash: Three injured Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.
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Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in the Memagong Lane car crash, just west of Young, on Friday afternoon.

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Tackling basic skills at Camp Waratah, photos

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Tackling basic skills at Camp Waratah, photos Nick Brown and Hamish Newell learning good tackling techniques.
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The boys learning how to take a tackle at the Waratah clinic on Friday.

The Waratah clinic was held by Rugby NSW and attracted keen rugby players between 6 and 12 from Grenfell, Bathurst, Cowra and Canowindra.

Front to back left to right: Joe Sullivan, Will Austin, Alex Brown, Josh Stevenson, Nick Brown, Ricky Langfield, Finbar Smythe, Thomas Heilman, Matt Banks, Ewen Killick, Rory Sullivan and Max Crookshank.

Drew and Carter Langfield at the rugby clinic.

James Best, Tristian England and Hugh Miller.

Rory Sullivan, Riley Langfield, Carter Langfield and Mitchell England.

Chloe Robertson and Nikki Chalker on the side lines of the rugby clinic.

Learning how to make a tackle in rugby 7s football.

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Driver killed after broken-down truck stops on freeway

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Driver killed after broken-down truck stops on freeway Crews spent much of Saturday morning clearing the crash site where two heavy vehicles crashed. Picture: TARA GOONAN
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Crews spent much of Saturday morning clearing the crash site where two heavy vehicles crashed. Picture: TARA GOONAN

Crews spent much of Saturday morning clearing the crash site where two heavy vehicles crashed. Picture: TARA GOONAN

Crews spent much of Saturday morning clearing the crash site where two heavy vehicles crashed. Picture: TARA GOONAN

Crews spent much of Saturday morning clearing the crash site where two heavy vehicles crashed. Picture: TARA GOONAN

Crews spent much of Saturday morning clearing the crash site where two heavy vehicles crashed. Picture: TARA GOONAN

Crews spent much of Saturday morning clearing the crash site where two heavy vehicles crashed. Picture: TARA GOONAN

TweetFacebookThe Border Mail’s website yesterday to leave their tributes.

“You will be forever in our hearts and not a day will ever pass without you in my thoughts,” wrote one.

“RIP to a true family man and a forever mate to us all,” said another.

The tanker’s driver was not in the vehicle at the time and suffered no injuries.

The Hume Freeway near Woomargama was closed northbound almost all day Saturday as salvage crews cleared the site from the crash and fire; the truck had been carrying a cargo of magazines.

Northbound traffic was diverted.

Population to impact health services

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Goulburn Health Service general manager Kerry Hort and Mayor Geoff Kettle
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AUTHORITIES say population increasewill drive demand for health services in coming years.

Goulburn Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan’s population is forecast to increase from 35,800 in 2011 to 38, 750 in 2021 and 41,000 in 3031.

Ageing will bring the most pressure to bear on services.

The draft clinical services plan recommends a new model of care across seven ‘health streams’ in Goulburn.

They are: critical care, medical, surgical, rehabilitation and aged care, child and family services and mental health, drug and alcohol, with ambulatory overarching all of these.

“(The streams) recognise the need to focus more on hospital avoidance and preventing readmission through managing patients in the community in new and innovative ways,” the document states.

Goulburn Health Service general manager Kerry Hort says it is about a vision for the community’s health needs “providing the right care, in the right place at the right time.

“These services need to be designed with patient outcomes and experiences in mind,” she said.

“To achieve this, it will require the right mix of hospital, community and homebased care. As the population and its needs change, this mix of services will also need to adapt to meet that need.

“While the physical infrastructure is an important component, it needs to be considered in a wider context.”

She says there will be an overall increase on the current 102 beds. The report recommends channelling resources to areas of growth and providing flexibility to meet fluctuations in demand over the longer term. The model is described as a more contemporary way of delivering care.

But it will mean cuts in some areas, like the maternity department. Beds are slated to drop from the current 10 to five over the seven to 10-year planning timeframe.

“The current and future proposed models of care – Towards a Normal Birth and Midwifery-led models of care will greatly enhance the delivery of maternity services to the Goulburn population,” Ms Hort said.

“Goulburn averages 300 births a year. The CSP projects only a moderate increase in demand. The models of care will allow the bed base to be more flexible to meet demand, because at present many of the maternity beds are often vacant.”

Paediatric beds would also be reduced from eight to six and two ‘flexible’ surgical beds allocated to another area.

There are wins in other areas, including recommendations for: * A 15-bay emergency department, building on the current nine bays; * A 10-bed critical care unit, four intensive care, two highdependency and four coronary care beds; * 40 overnight acute care beds, up from the current 24; * Establishment of a theatre procedure room.

Importantly, the report recommends establishment of an outpatient clinic with flexible design catering for a number of needs. It will be coupled with programs posing alternatives to hospital admission.

“The core goal of the ambulatory care stream will be to provide treatment and ongoing support for people with chronic or complex conditions which will minimise the need for hospital admission,” the report states.

Ms Skinner is reviewing the document. The challenge then is to score funding, based on the best option.

Both Ms Goward and Cr Kettle have been lobbying Health Minister Jillian Skinner for funding.

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Sharon Creasey’s artwork features on Mental Health Victoria website

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HEALTHY ART: Sharon Creasey with the paintings she entered in an art competition for Mental Health Week. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIHORSHAM resident Sharon Creasey’s artwork has been featured on Mental Health Victoria’s website in the lead up to Mental Health Week.
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Ms Creasey entered two paintings in the Mental Health Week Consumer Art Competition.

The competition supports community involvement for people living with mental illness.

“I didn’t win a prize, but my paintings are being displayed on the Mental Health Victoria website,” Ms Creasey said.

She said she was the only Wimmera person who took part in the competition.

“This was a very big, challenging achievement for me,” she said.

“It was a new experience and one that I enjoyed.”

Mental Health week starts on October 6.

Ms Creasey’s two paintings ‘An Inspirational Adventure in the Mountains at Night with Support From Family, Friends and Health Professionals’ and ‘A Day Out In The Gardens’ can be viewed athttp://www.mentalhealthvic.org.au/index.php?id=205.

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Four arrested in Medowie brawl

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AN ARRANGED fight between two women is believed to have sparked a violent brawl in Medowie that led to the arrest of three people at the weekend.

Three Medowie men, aged 18, 20 and 40, were charged with affray following a brawl in Coachwood Drive on Sunday, September 28.

A 16-year-old Karuah girl will also be cautioned under the Young Offender Act in relation to the incident.

As the charges were laid, police were still investigating an incident which occurred about 9.10pm on Saturday at the same Coachwood Drive house.

Police said five youths in a white Commodore sedan pulled up at the house on Saturday, allegedly forced themselves inside and terrorised the four occupants.

The front door of the house was kicked in and property inside the house smashed.

The youths left before police arrived.

The following day, about 4.40pm, two carloads of people pulled up at the house.

A violent brawl broke out between the occupants of the house and those from the cars, a wooden chair allegedly smashed and the legs brandished as a weapon.

It is believed the two incidents stemmed from a fight arranged between two women earlier in the week, which was held at Boyd Oval.

Police arrived after Sunday’s brawl had broken up. Officers later went to a Maple Close residence and interviewed its occupants.

The three Medowie men charged were issued court attendance notices and will appear in Raymond Terrace Local Court on October 27.

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THREE people, including a 16-year-old girl, will appear in court next month following an alleged violent brawl in Medowie on Sunday.

About 4.30pm on September 28, police were called to Coachwood Drive on reports a brawl had broken out between eight people, including two teenage girls, in the front yard of a house.

It is understood a wooden chair was smashed with the legs allegedly brandished as a weapon.

By the time police arrived two carloads of people had left the scene, police said.

Paramedics were called and treated a boy, 16, for minor injuries.

Officers searched the area and arrested two 16-year-old females and two men, aged 18 and 40.

All four were taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station.

Both men and one 16-year-old girl were charged with affray and given conditional bail to face Raymond Terrace Local Court on October 27.

The second teenage girl will be issued with a caution under the Young Offenders Act.

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First grade cricket Fairfield Liverpool Lions take on Sutherland

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First grade cricket Fairfield Liverpool Lions take on Sutherland First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett
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First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

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Season ends on an emotional high for Temora

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FOUR IN A ROW: Temora celebrate its Sullivan Cup premiership after it downed Brothers 22-12 in the grand final at Equex Centre yesterday. Pictures: Laura HardwickTEARS flowed after Temora completed a remarkable rise from rugby league adversity to capture the Sullivan Cup premiership at Equex Centre yesterday.
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In a fabulous end to a golden stretch of football success, the Dragons withstood a courageous challenge from Brothers to win the Sullivan Cup grand final 22-12.

After scoring three tries to one in the first half, Temora led 16-6 at half-time but had to wait until the final minutes to seal the victory.

In a cliffhanger finish, the Dragons held tight under intense pressure from the Brethren to ultimately secure the cherished Sullivan Cup trophy with a steaming try to second rower Luke Skidmore in the 54th minute.

Amid the celebrations later, Temora captain Joe Oliver was swept up in utter football emotion.

Speaking to The Daily Advertiser later, Oliver said he was devastated the team that had won four successive grand finals was to be broken up.

“This is my last game with best mate Hayden Lomax,” the Dragons skipper said.

“That’s why I’m so emotional.

“He’s going to Wollongong next year.”

Brushing aside the tears, Oliver said the Dragons team had a great bond of mateship.

“We all grew up together,” he said.

“We’ve played together for years too.

“This is our fourth grand final together.”

After three straight successes in Group Nine competitions, Oliver and his mates made it a sensational quartet in stunning style yesterday.

Lomax later admitted yesterday’s triumph had not come easy.

“At the start of the year we only had eight players,” he said.

“Then we had nine … it grew from there.

“It’s been a very tough year, but this has made it all worthwhile.”

For Oliver, yesterday’s grand final marked a new beginning in his career.

One of three Temora players to have played for the Country under 18 team this year, Oliver has already been snapped up for an NRL contract by the Bulldogs.

At a time when Canterbury prepares for the NRL premiership decider next Sunday, Oliver is savouring his own special football memory.

Despite the sadness, Oliver was delighted for his team, particularly rampaging second rower Luke Skidmore, who clinched the Reg Wheeler Medal as the best player on the ground.

And it was hard to argue with the selection of Skidmore as the top performer of the game.

The powerfully built back rower not only scored two tries, but made more line-breaks than other player on the day.

Skidmore’s charges gave Temora much of the momentum, but it was Oliver and his mate Hayden Lomax that got the Dragons in front in the opening minutes.

Barely 90 seconds after the start, Oliver split the Brethren up the middle before offloading brilliantly for Lomax to steam in the clear, eventually putting prop Kayne Gordon over for the first try.

By the time Heath Lomax chipped brilliantly for Zac Wiencke to snatch the ball for a try in the 11th minute, and Zac Lomax converted, the Dragons were booming at 12-0 ahead.

When Nick Hay struck back for Brothers in the 17th minute, the Brethren were back in it big time, but Skidmore skittled the recovery by barnstorming over for a try six minutes later.

Up 16-6 at half-time, Temora was stung minutes into the second half, with five-eighth Lachie Harper serving up a great pass for Riley Flint to miraculously ground the ball for a try in a tangle of Temora defenders.

With Hay’s conversion, Brothers trailed 16-12, but Oliver wrapped things up for Temora by setting up Skidmore for the winning try six minutes from the end.

For Temora, the victory continued a season-long domination of Brothers.

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