Mildura Weekly : Friday January 29 Vol 10 No 12
NEWS 19 FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU WHEN 18-year-old Rhianna Duncan embarked on a 30- day voyage across the In- dian Ocean on the Young Endeavour last year, it took a little while to find her sea legs. “I was sick for three days straight!” Rhianna told Wentworth Shire Council- lors at their January month- ly meeting. A Coomealla High School Year 12 student at the time, Rhianna, who had never sailed previously, ap- plied for the Shire’s Young Endeavour program after her two sisters completed a similar voyage before her. “My sisters both loved it, and when I found out that the Wentworth Shire Council was willing to sponsor people to make the voyage, I put in an applica- tion and was accepted,” she said. Rhianna departed from Cape Town, South Africa in November last year with 23 other young Australians from around the country aged between 18 and 30. The Young Endeavour undertakes 20 voyages a year, conducted by nine, specially trained Royal Aus- tralian Navy crew. The ship itself was a gift from the United Kingdom to Australia to mark our country’s bicentenary of colonisation in 1988. Since then, the sailing scheme has provided chal- lenging training voyages for 11,000 young Australians. Rhianna said the jour- ney didn’t come without its challenges, popping out her patella 10 days into the trip. “It went straight back in which was good, but the doctor couldn’t do an X-ray to see if it was chipped, or anything else so he set it straight and I had to have a straight leg for 20 days. That was pretty hard on a boat because it’s rocking the whole time. Sometimes we leaned up to 45 degrees and I had to hold onto any- thing I could,” she said. As for her duties, Rhi- anna was able to experience what it takes to run a sail- ing ship. “We were divided into three different watches, and were rostered on shifts – four hours on, eight hours off,” she said. “When we were on a shift we ran the whole ship. That’s things like checking the ancilliary engine, and setting and furling the sails which is what I enjoyed the most.” While living on a ship for a month was an expe- rience in itself, Rhianna said the highlight was the people she met along the way. “Meeting all the different people was the highlight. I still keep in con- tact with all of them.” With one voy- age under her belt, Rhianna is excited about undertaking future jour- neys, having already ap- plied for a 10-day voyage on the Endeavour, a larger sailing ship than the Young Endeavour. “I loved it so much I’m going back,” she said. Rhianna’s Endeavour adventure • Rhianna Duncan, 18, recently completed a 30- day voyage from South Africa to Perth. said the highlight was the people she met With one voy- age under her belt, Rhianna is excited about Shire approves disposal station repairs funding WENTWORTH Shire Council has allocated up to $10,000 to begin repairs to the Wentworth Effluent Disposal Sta- tion (EDS) pontoon. A recent inspection of the Wentworth EDS found that damage had occurred to the pontoon’s bracing fixings, with immediate repairs required to stabilise it to ensure the safety of those accessing the structure, and to limit further damage. Additional bracing was welded to the structure to re- duce the strain on the existing fixings, with repairs con- sidered “necessary” to ensure the EDS remains safe to use. Speaking at last week’s monthly meeting, Wentworth Shire Councillors Peter Nunan and Melisa Hederics agreed that Council had no choice but to fix the EDS pontoon. Wentworth Mayor Bill Wheeldon indicated that while it was difficult to estimate the value of the proposed works due to much of the damage occurring below water level, he agreed the damage needed be repaired. Council will next move to assess the extent of the damage, and determine a method of repair. It’s believed that significant works will be required to address the damage, with Council to be briefed on the full extent of the works needed once it is known. Historical and genealogical first meetings THE Mildura and District His- torical and Genealogical Soci- eties will both host their first monthly meetings for 2016 next week. The genealogical society will hold its meeting at the Carnegie Centre on Monday, from 7.30pm. The meeting will be fol- lowed by a presentation on ‘How to organise a family re- union’ hosted by Jenny Ded- man and Graham Smith. New members are welcome to attend. Meanwhile, the historical society’s first meeting will be on Wednesday at the same venue and time. The guest speaker for the meeting will be Bert Van Ber- gen. For more information con- tact Barb Cornell on 0427 113 090. COMMUNITY groups and organisations are being encouraged to apply for one of six Mildura Rural City Council grants when applications open on Monday week. Funding is available through the fol- lowing grants programs: • Arts Development • Commercial Waste Management • Events and Festivals (for events held between 1 January and 30 June 2017) • Recreation Development • Recreation Facilities Upgrade • Rural Access “It is fantastic to be able to offer these valuable community grants again this year,” Mayor Glenn Milne said. “There are six different programs open- ing in early February, with funding from $1000 up to $50,000 available depending on your project, program or event.” Council will host information sessions to give community groups, clubs, not-for- profit organisations, businesses and resi- dents important details about the different types of grants available. Cr Milne said support would be pro- vided for anyone who is unfamiliar with the online grant application process and copies of the guide to Applying for Council Grants would also be available. “We also want to remind people who are looking at projects on Council-owned or managed land or facilities that they must apply for and receive approved Land Managers Consent from Council prior to submitting a grant application,” Cr Milne said. “The Land Managers Consent process can take up to six weeks from the date the completed application form is received un- til the final approval comes through.” People wishing to attend one of the grants information sessions are asked to contact Council to RSVP prior to the ses- sions on (03) 5018 8100, with the sessions to be held at: • Ouyen. Monday, February 1 from 6pm at Council’s Ouyen Service Centre in Oke Street. •Mildura. Tuesday, February 2 from 6pm in the Committee Room, upstairs at Council’s Deakin Avenue Service Centre. “Don’t forget that if you can’t attend the information sessions, please contact Council directly and discuss your applica- tion with the grants staff,” Cr Milne said. Applications for this round of funding close at 4pm on Monday, March 21, 2016. For more visit www.mildura.vic.gov.au/ grants. Council grants opening soon 424 San Mateo Avenue Mildura, Victoria, 3500 T (03) 5021 1777 F (03) 5021 1733 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.milduraweekly.com.au Keep the production line running smoothly this season, with next day turnaround on custom made stamps. Heavy duty stamps ranging from 40x23mm to 60x40mm. Variety of colours available. Contact the team at the Weekly today to have your custom stamp made today!
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