Rewind Wednesday: April 18-24, 2007-15

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April 20, 2007:A wild pub brawl involving prominent Wimmera footballers is likely to lead to several being banned from nightspots in Horsham.

Police investigating the fight, at Horsham’s Royal Hotel in the early hours of Sunday, said they were preparing recommendations for Horsham Community Local Liquor Accord.

Accord signatories have called a special meeting at 9am today to deal with the matter.

The accord has already banned nine people from 16 licensed venues this year.

Sergeant Michael Salter said police had viewed security camera footage of the brawl and interviewed several people.

He said the fight had involved a large group in a crowded bar and one side had clearly involved Horsham Football Club representatives.

April 23, 2007:Sixpeople involved in a brawl at a Horsham nightspot are banned from hotels and clubs in the city. Three have12-month bans and three six-month bans.

Horsham Community Local Liquor Accord members, who called a special meeting at Horsham Police Station lastFriday, agreed on the penalties.

The decision means the six men are banned from the Horsham’s Royal, Bull and Mouth, Exchange, Commercial,Victoria and White Hart hotels, Natimuk’s National Hotel and Dooen Hotel and Horsham Sports and Communityand Horsham RSL clubs.

Sergeant Brendan Broadbent of Horsham said accord members had been quick and decisive in dealing with the issue.

‘‘It shows they are pro-active in having safe and well-run organisations and won’t tolerate this sort of behaviour,’’he said.

Sgt Broadbent stressed that people who became involved in unacceptable behaviour had to realise where theiractions might lead.

‘‘In a small community, people, particularly those who are figureheads or hold positions of responsibility in any organisation, have to be aware of where their actions might lead — and what impact that might have on theirrespective organisations,’’ he said.

April 18, 2008:A lack of rail infrastructure investment could cost the Wimmera more than $50 million.

The Wimmera Export Container Alliance has argued the region’s lack of a sustainable rail freight service hasput 140 families’ livelihoods in jeopardy.

Concerned Wimmera export companies met on Wednesday to discuss Wimmera rail freight service costs.

JK Milling, Wimmera Container Line, Wimmera Grain Company, Australian Milling Group, Professional Grain Services, Johnson Asahi and Wimpak Export Company formed Wimmera Export Container Alliance.

Together the alliance’s businesses are worth more than $50 million in future Wimmera infrastructure developmentsand more than 140 jobs.

JK Milling commercial manager Andrew Saunders said the alliance’s goal was to guarantee a Wimmera rail freight service.

He said it cost Pacific National $4.8 million to run a base rate rail freight service over two years.

‘‘If they don’t run any trains, it costs that much,’’ Mr Saunders said.

April 21, 2008:Horshammountain bike riders have found two nail board traps on a path near the Wimmera River.

Police suspect a person concerned about motorbike riders using bush near the Dooen Weir placed nails protrudingfrom a piece of wood on the track.

Horsham Sergeant Michael Salter said the nail boards were extremely dangerous.

‘‘I don’t think the people who put the devices down thought about the possible consequences of theiractions,’’ he said.‘‘A lot of time has gone into making these devices — it’s quite premeditated.’’

Sgt Salter said riding motorbikes in bush near Dooen Weir was prohibited.

He said the spikes had been placed on the track by someone concerned about motorbike riders using the tracks.

‘‘Someone’s aggrieved by the fact that motorbikes have been ridden in that area,’’ he said.

‘‘People are not to take this sort of action. The appropriate action is to report them to us or Parks Victoria.’’

SgtSalter said police would use the spikes to help find the person or people who placed them on tracks.

‘‘They could cause serious injury to people falling from their bikes. The injuries would be horrific.’’

April 18, 2011:The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has rejected Horsham Rural City Council’s application to redevelop Horsham Town Hall.

VCAT senior tribunal member Margaret Baird handed down her decision late on Friday afternoon.

He decision is final and binding unless the Supreme Court sets it aside on appeal on a point of law.

In her-11 page ruling, Ms Baird said the proposed alteration or change left little of the town hall auditoriumitself behind the original entry off Wilson Street, Horsham.

“Given the architectural and aesthetic value ascribed to the town hall as part of the former municipal offices complex, I find this loss would be significant in terms of the historic character and appearance of the precinct, including the public buildings,” Ms Baird said.

“Having regard to the historical values of the hall identified in evidence before me…I find the extent of alterations orchange to the hall will negatively impact on the historic value of the town hall complex.”

April 18, 2012:Wimmera Health Care Group will develop a master plan to help solve parking issues around Wimmera BaseHospital.

Increasing numbers of patients and staff at the Horsham hospital is placing extra pressure on parking availability atthe hospital precinct.

Mr Scott said the hospital would not move from its Baillie Street site and the need for parking would expandin the future.

He said the hospital had 12,000 patients a year and the demand for outpatient procedures had risen from 60,000to 120,000 each year.

The oncology service ‘had exploded’, there was a growth in day procedures and day stays, visiting specialists hadmultiple procedures and many patients brought relatives.

The emergency department also had more single incident visitors after hours, and the hospital employed more than800 staff with many driving to work.

Mr Scott said he could not see the hospital expanding to a multi-storey building because the cost of installing alift was $100,000.

April 19, 2013:Horsham doctor Mihaela Guguila will be forced to leave Australia because she is too old to be granted permanent residency.

Romanian-born Dr Guguila, 52, has lived in Horsham for a year after arriving in Australia in 2010.

As a qualified surgeon, general practitioner and skin cancer specialist, Dr Guguila works at Horsham’s ListerHouse Clinic and the Australian Skin Face Body skin cancer clinic.

“When I wanted to apply for permanent residency I was refused because I am too old – you can only be granted residency until the age of 49 and I am 52,” she said.

“I was very surprised because this new regulation was only introduced last July and I was also surprised because they are looking to get specialists like me in regional areas.

“I would really like to have some roots and stay in one place, to know people as I get more experienced – I don’t like to say older – and enjoy them knowing me.”

Dr Guguila said the stress of being denied permanent residency caused heart palpitations just days after the decision was handed down.

“I was pretty upset and I was taken by ambulance to the hospital. It was probably just too much for me to handle,” she said. “I love what I do so obviously when I go to work I am able to forget for a while but then when I return homeit is still a concern.

“I normally follow the laws and I don’t like to fight decisions because I am not a politician. I am a doctor whojust wants a chance to do what I do.”

April 18, 2014:Facing the impending death of a friend is unimaginable for most students.

But St Brigid’s College year 12 students in Horsham have thrown their support behind classmate Cory Panozzoand his final wish.

Cory, 17, was born with neurofibromatosis type 1, or NF-1 – a disease that causes tumours along the nervous system.The disease can cause mobility issues, debilitating pain and organ malfunction.

It does not have a cure.

Cory has become the poster child for the disease and has a final wish – to raise money for Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.

Older sister Emma Ward said Cory was admitted to hospital six months ago after a tumour in his neck popped.He has been in care in Ballarat since last week.

“In March he lost the mobility in his legs,’’ Mrs Ward said.

“He lost bladder function as well.He’s on a catheter and morphine 24-7.’’

Cory wants to raise awareness of the little-known disease.

In raising awareness, he also wants to support the Royal Children’s Hospital and its work.

“He decided to donate $1000 of his own money to the Royal Children’s Hospital because of the care he’s beengiven,’’ Mrs Ward said.

“He’s only 17. That’s a big decision.I’m extremely proud. He’s such a brave little man.

“You know when you’re in pain and you don’t really think about anyone else? He’s the opposite.’’

April 23, 2014:A man has survived after becoming tightly wedged inside a boulder at Mt Arapiles for about 10 hours overnighton Monday.

The NSW man, 24, became stuck in the rock crevice, known as the Squeeze Test, about 10pm on Monday.

Victoria Police, Country Fire Authority and State Emergency Service crews, along with Arapiles Rescue

Group members, freed the man about 8am yesterday after several unsuccessful attempts throughout the night.

Heavy rain at times hampered the rescue effort.

Rescuers tried oil and considered using a jackhammer to release the man, before using ropes and two broadfire hoses to lift and manoeuvre him to freedom.

The man, in obvious pain, was under constant medical care during the 10-hour operation.

Ambulance Victoria Wimmera group manager Nick Thresher said it was impossible for emergency crews toaccurately assess or access the interior of the Squeeze Test. A thermal imaging camera was used to check for injuries, pressure points and the victim’s position.

He said an Advanced Life Support crew, a Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance single responder, three intensive care flight paramedics and an Advanced Life Support flight paramedic were involved in the rescue.

“The only option was to work with other emergency services to come up with a plan,’’ he said.

“Specialists from Victoria Police Search and Rescue Squad, along with other emergency service representatives,came up with a pulley system.

“He was actually raised into a position where he could be extricated from the crevice.’’

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