Hot spots for illegal emergency, bus and transit lane drivers

Melbourne drivers who illegally use emergency lanes aren’t the only ones drawing the ire of other road users.
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Impatient drivers who take to transit lanes and bus lanes to avoid peak-hour traffic congestion are viewed with the same contempt.

Police received an overwhelming response to their long-weekend operation targeting emergency lane drivers on the Western Ring Road, so much so they were cheered by other drivers on the side of the road.

More than 200 drivers were caught travelling in the emergency lane of the Western Ring Road over the three-day weekend. They were each fined $311.

Now law-abiding drivers, who wait patiently in traffic congestion, are imploring police to expand their operation and target people who feel entitled to use designated transit (T2, T3) lanes and bus lanes.

Transit lanes, which are marked with a transit lane sign, are typically reserved for buses and taxis. They are also reserved for vehicles carrying at least two people (T2) or a minimum of three (T3) people.

Drivers have told The Age of other trouble spots, including the intersection of Pascoe Vale Road and Barry Road in Meadow Heights, where motorists use the bus lane to overtake other cars.

The bus lane along Williamsons Road and Fitzsimons Lane in Templestowe is also reportedly popular with impatient drivers.

Similarly, the emergency lane on the Calder Freeway – inbound between Kings Road and the Melton Highway – at Keilor North, proves too tempting for some.

The emergency lanes on the Eastern Freeway before the Springvale Road exit at Donvale – both inbound and outbound, depending on the time of day – are also used illegally.

However, one driver told The Age motorists who commandeer the emergency lane on CityLink, approaching the Yarra Boulevard exit, help ease afternoon peak-hour congestion.

“Because the outbound congestion over West Gate gets so bad in the afternoon, it [affects traffic] all the way back through the [Burnley] Tunnel causing a crawl inbound,” the driver said.

“People trying to exit at Yarra Boulevard get completely stuck in this crawl and basically make a fifth lane [in the emergency lane].

“It’s not a conscious, devious thing, it almost has to happen. If it didn’t the left-hand lane would then in turn be blocking all the CityLink traffic too. The whole situation is just a terrible design.”

A VicRoads spokeswoman said it was almost a daily occurrence.

“But it is still illegal to drive in an emergency lane,” she said.

The Yarra Boulevard exit on CityLink, shortly before MacRobertson Bridge.

Over the long weekend, motorists cheered highway police as they nabbed emergency lane-users on the Western Ring Road.

“Drivers were pretty happy to see us out there, cheering and showing their support as they drove past,” Brimbank Highway Patrol Sergeant Andy Oakley said.

“This operation was about road safety but seems to have resonated well with those road users who obey the road rules.”

Other locations targeted by police included Park Orchards – where drivers frequently used the bus lane – and closed lanes in the Burnley Tunnel in Richmond.

Police declined to comment on which areas they might target yet, preferring to catch illegal emergency lane-users unaware. iFrameResize({resizedCallback : function(messageData){}},’#pez_iframe_216′);

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Rooboy in form to win Kimba Cup

Rooboy can continue the winning run of the Darryl Carrison stable and take out the $30,000 Kimba Cup this Sunday.
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Ridden with cover in the Port Lincoln Cup he finished a creditable fifth beaten by only two lengths. With less pressure expected early he will be sent to the front and to try to dictate the race like we saw in his previous Cup Prelude win in February. Moon Devil is the fly in his ointment.

Stablemate Spalding Cove stuck on well in the cup and Eye Of The World was brave in defeat. Both are must includes.

Zipalang has been racing well all season over longer trips and Artful Diva is a knockout hope up in grade.

Flying 1210m

Debeersonus looks suited, returning to the West Coast; gets in nicely at the weights but as usual the last 50 metres will be your worry.Hank’s Nephew is never missed by the handicapper but is too good to leave out. Geordie’s Second is the value.

Benchmark 64 1390m

A high quality race. Divadebeer does a power of work in the run and if she could save her sprint for the home straight she would be a clear top selection. A change of luck is due.Wind Spirit from the back and Point Drummond on speed are both chances depending on the tempo.

Benchmark 64 1000m

Who is going to get the gun trail behind Bold Senator? Look to Nippy Lippy, Heaven’s Flight and Icelandic Star to fight it out.

Benchmark 60 1750

Value As has not won for more than two years but gets his chance; he has stuck on well in recent starts and could pinch this.The dually nominated pair Tassie and Artful Diva are winning chances if they start.

Benchmark 60 1210m

Stick with the Brian Lear-trained Copper Coast Raider, this looks slightly easier than last start.Phantom Date, Wingards Mark and Joseph Arnold will make him earn the cheque.

Class 2 1390m

Ticket To Paris looks well placed and is working up to a win. The Angela Forster-trained mare gets back in her races, which is the concern around here.Tassie, who will race handy, is hardest to beat.

Maiden 1210m

Three-year-old Halls Bay gets the nod in a race where its hard to separate the fiveCarrison nominated runners.Insky a chance also with a better barrier draw.

CUP DAY: Horses racing at last year’s Kimba Cup.

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Down the years: Nurses show true courage

100 years agoBAGDAD AND BAUPAUME: It is announced that Bagdad has fallen. The Allied public await the commencement of tremendous fighting on the various fronts. Recent Berlin wireless messages from neutral journalists harp upon bad weather, declaring it suicidal for either side to attempt a great offensive before mid-April. A French semi-official report says: The British advance extended from Puisieux to Warlencourt, with the objectives gained within an hour. The advance is important because it begins the out flanking of Bapaume on the northwest. (12.3.1917)
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An AIF nurse from Cardross was recognised for her bravery when she and another nurse shielded wounded soldiers with their own bodies.

COLLEGE LANDS: As the Education Department is taking over control of college lands, it was requested that the trust should nominate a member of the council of the Mildura Agricultural High School, which will take over the duties formerly carried out by the Advisory Board. – Com H. P. Thomson was nominated. (14.3.1917)

ANZAC BUFFET IN LONDON: The local postmaster (Mr J. Hutson) received from one of the ladies of the Anzac Buffet which reads:-”Dear Sir,-Three of the boys from France came into the Anzac Buffet last week and asked me if I would write and let the good people of Mildura know how much they appreciated the gift of fruit sent specially from Mildura and specially addressed to the boys and not for sale. Well these boys say that fruit of yours was the only comfort they ever received at the Front during eight months and many a day they thank you folks for same. Our boys thoroughly deserve all the gifts sent; and therefore we do all we can to make the boys feel that the Anzac Buffet is a home and give them everything free. Dozens of boys say they would have been hungry and cold in London if the buffet had not existed. Not knowing anybody personally in Mildura I trust you will give publicity to this note.” (14.3.1917)

75 years ago

CARDROSS AIF NURSE BRAVERY: In the Press last week mention was made of the epic courage of two AIF nurses, Sisters Torney and Anderson, during a voyage on the last big ship to leave Singapore. Sister V.A. Torney is from Cardross, widely known in the Red Cliffs district, and for a time was employed at Tasma private hospital. The two nurses, when the ship was being bombed by the Japanese, shielded the wounded soldiers on deck with their own bodies. The crew of the ship on which Sister Torney escaped has strongly recommended to the authorities that she and Sister Anderson be decorated for their bravery. Sister Torney is now in Australia. (12.3.1942)

WAR NEWS: RAAF Salamaua attack – The heaviest aerial attack so far carried out in the New Guinea area was launched by the RAAF yesterday. They attacked an enemy cruiser in the face of anti-aircraft fire of considerable volume. One large ship was surrounded by bombs and left burning. Two other ships were also hit and set afire. An attempt by enemy aircraft to intercept our bombers failed. Japanese raids in Torrest Strait and Port Moresby – Twelve fighters and eight bombers took part in raids in Torres Strait, and nine heavy bombers were over Port Moresby. (12.3.1942)

HIGH SCHOOL CLERKS: In future the Education Department will appoint clerks to assist in office records at high schools. Miss Jean Bellerby has been appointed to such a position at the Mildura High School and will commence duty this month. (14.3.1942)

50 years agoSOUTH VIETNAM: Allied ground forces killed at least 500 Vietcong in heavy weekend fighting in South Vietnam, but Communist gunners in the north shot down four American jet bombers and damaged a US destroyer, military spokesmen reported. The Communists exacted a price for their heavy losses in the South, killing at least 21 Americans and wounding 97 in a series of weekend battles. The biggest ground victory was scored on Saturday by US infantry, airborne and cavalry troops in Operation “Junction City,” the biggest allied sweep of the war. (13.3.1967)

SABIN VACCINE: Health officials in the NSW areas of Sunraysia are preparing to open the most intensive campaign yet against poliomyelitis by using for the first time Sabin oral vaccine instead of the Salk injection method. Sabin vaccine has been accepted throughout the world as being superior to Salk vaccine and has the approval of health authorities in every State in Australia except Victoria. (14.3.1967)

GRAPE THIEVES: A Yelta fruitgrower yesterday chased three men by car for five miles after they had stolen some grapes from his property. The men drove up the driveway of Redgrove tourist attraction, stopped the car, and made several trips from vines to the car with grapes. Owner, Mr Lyal Smith, noticed the men driving away and, calling two of his pickers, chased them in his car and managed to stop. The men had no money so Mr Smith promptly retrieved the grapes which weighed about 30 pounds. (15.3.1967)

25 years agoPOLICE WORK IN THE 30s: A lot of things have changed since Ron Kirk first came to Mildura as a mounted trooper in 1932. Back then, Mr Kirk was the youngest of nine policemen at a police station which had stables at the rear. Mr Kirk retired from the force in 1961. On his return for the first time in 60 years, Mr Kirk, 86, now holds the distinction of being the oldest former officer to have been stationed at Mildura and of being the last mounted trooper in Victoria. Mr Kirk was also gazetted as an honorary officer with the NSW Police force. Motorists wishing to cross the bridge from Victoria into NSW were required to get a permit, from the Mildura police, which lasted six weeks. (12.3.1992)

SENIOR CITIZENS’ WEEK: This week will be launched with a picnic in Henderson Park, on Sunday, April 5. The program includes riverboat trips, a health day and free entry to the Mildura Arts Centre, and the Old Mildura Homestead. The theme for this year’s program is “Take Advantage of Your Age” and involves the City of Mildura, Shire of Mildura, and the Shire of Wentworth. (13.3.1992)

COURT VOLUNTEERS: Attendance in a court of law no longer has to be a nerve-wracking experience – thanks to the initiative of a Merbein woman. Three years ago Mrs Eileen Pica established three Sunraysia branches of the Northern Mallee Victorian Court Information and Welfare Network. They learned about the legal system, court procedure, child abuse, family law, neglect, domestic violence and crisis intervention; and now provide support and information and personalise the legal system to all court users. (13.3.1992)

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HEAR ALL ABOUT IT: 2MCE presenters Megan Jackson and Susan Lacey reaching out to isolated community members through the daily Talking Newspaper service.THE Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) has released a report outlining the importance of community radio stations in reducing social isolation and loneliness.
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The CBF is an independent non-profit agency that seeks and distributes funding to support the development of community broadcasting Australia wide.

The Joy of Social Connection, researched by Murdoch University, states that three groups are more likely to be lonely in Australia: men, isolated parents with young children and people living alone.

The report finds community broadcasting can support the reduction of loneliness in three key ways: by reducing the stigma of being lonely, connecting people across communities and increasing volunteering.

Five million Australians listen to community radio each week and just over 23,000 people regularly volunteer in community stations. The research found that with such a big reach, community broadcasting is perfectly placed to tackle the social issue of loneliness.

2MCE not only provides a wide ranging radio service but also encourages people from all backgrounds the opportunity to become involved with the sector.

Some sad newsSAD news this week as we learnt of the sudden passing of regular 2MCE presenter Tony Conroy.

Tony had been struggling with ill health for some time and unfortunately deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks.

A quietly spoken gentleman probably best described Tony, who for the past few years had been the presenter of the Oldies, Goldies and Mouldies program each Thursday between 11am and noon and also did fill in shifts when other presenters were unavailable.

Tony enjoyed a chat, loved his involvement in community radio and was a proud grandad, he was also a keen four wheel drive enthusiast and his pride and joy was his big Toyota Landcruiser.

Tony presented his final program on 2MCE just a little over three weeks ago and we all extend our sympathy to his family.

The funeral service for Tony Conroy is taking place this afternoon (Thursday) at the Assumption Church in Mitre Street at 1.30pm.

Get well soonTWO of our regular presenters are on the incapacitated list at the moment, long serving classical music presenter and life member Judy Rutherford is recovering from a fall and is unable to be involved in her Tuesday night program for a few weeks while she recovers.

Tuesday Talking Newspaper presenter Cathy Segaert is also out of action for a while with a fractured arm.

We wish both a speedy recovery.

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Seventh time lucky for Latrobe?

Rob Phoenix plays a shot during last year’s A grade final between Mirboo North and Latrobe.CGCA
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Here we go again.

Another Central Gippsland Cricket Association first grade grand final, another Mirboo North versus Latrobe clash.

Saturday’s match will mark the third time the two powerhouses have squared off on the final weekend of the season since 2013/14.

Mirboo North was the victor on both occasions, walking away with the silverware last season and in 2013/14.

Those results were in fact symptomatic of a greater malaise affecting the Sharks – the club has appeared in every grand final since 2010/11 without winning a single one. But while many of the players remain the same, this isn’t the Latrobe team of old. Since last season Chris Johnson has decided to become an all-rounder, adding big runs to his already considerable firepower with the ball.

His pairing with Tyron Gamage has been devastating, with the pair sharing 70 wickets between them.

With the bat Johnson has amassed 552 runs at an average of 39.43 and has formed a formidable partnership with Rob McKinley since the Irish import’s post-Christmas arrival.

McKinley has hardly put a foot wrong since arriving, with scores of 20, 124 not out, 93, zero not out, 48 and 72.

Latrobe can also count on the experience of club stalwart Anthony Bloomfield, who made 78 not out in his team’s 110-run first innings semi-final victory over Morwell.

The Tigers have retained the bulk of the team which won last season’s flag, which should present the Sharks with a stiff challenge.

Mirboo North bats deep with Cameron Le Page, Will Cheatley, Rob Phoenix, Steve Rogers and Brett Pedlow all registering tons this season.

Phoenix alone boasts two big unbeaten centuries, 157 not out against Yallourn North last month and 160 not out against his former club Moe in last weekend’s semi-final.

The knocks mean the CGCA’s most decorated champion – he has 11 flags to his name, including 2005/06 to 2012 eight premiership streak with Moe – enters this weekend’s match primed to add to his tally.

Meanwhile, captain Shane Peters, Adam Mates and Jesse Giardina all have posted scores of 50 or above this season.

When it comes to bowling, the major point of difference between the two sides is the presence of front-line spinner Dale Banks in the Mirboo North line-up.

Banks has 44 scalps this season, which included seven in the semi-final against the Lions.

Anything can happen in a grand final but after a home and away season in which they dominated the competition – only losing three matches – the Tigers will feel their performances this season will put them in good stead to go back-to-back.

For the Sharks, this match represents a shot at redemption and ending the heartache caused by the loss of six consecutive grand finals.

This would be the year to do it, with the club recently celebrating its 60th anniversary. With both sides eager to write their own chapter of CGCA history, expect fireworks when these two teams face off at Moe’s Ted Summerton Reserve from 11am on Saturday and Sunday.

Latrobe will need one more weekend of Chris Johnson magic to secure the CGCA A grade premiership. photograph hayley mills

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