Mildura Weekly : Friday July 11 Vol 8 No 36
www.milduraweekly.com.au 16 Mildura Weekly – 11/07/14 LIFE hasn’t been an easy road for Whyalla’s Greg Vigar, son Oskar, 14, and their loved seven-year-old long-haired German Shepherd/Rottweil- er cross family pet ‘Bear.’ The trio has criss-crossed parts of SA, Victoria, NSW and Queensland looking for a place to settle down, and reckon Mildura could be it. It’s been a battle...they have slept in some unique places...but Greg, 48, has fi- nally been allocated a unit, which he hopes to move into in the next week or so. But there’s a slight hitch – there’s no dogs allowed, so Greg and Oskar need a temporary foster home for ‘Bear’ until they are more permanently settled, which Greg confidently says will be around December. “Bear is a beautiful dog,” Greg said “He’s a real fam- ily pet...he follows us every- where, but he doesn’t like other male dogs for some reason.” Greg and Oskar say they will part with ‘Bear’ “reluc- tantly.” After all, he’s a part of the family, and the deal would be that they take him back as soon as their housing circumstances change. Greg has explored a few avenues in search of a suit- able foster home, but none have been suitable. Sadly, he’s even had to consider put- ting their family pet down – an option that he says would be a last resort only. “But if we can’t find a loving home for ‘Bear’ within a week, when we are sched- uled to move into the unit, we might have to have a re- think,” he said. ‘Bear’ was only a pup when the family moved from Whyalla to Mildura. Greg’s two older children have since left home, so now it’s just Greg, Oskar and ‘Bear.’ Greg, who survives on a disability pension after breaking his back - twice - has made Mil- dura his base since 2008. He was lucky enough to get a Housing Commis- sion house in Ambleside Crescent, where he lived for five years, but gave it up and hit the road after Oskar left home to live with his moth- er. Now that the youngster has decided to return home to live with his Dad, he’s a lot happier, and like Greg hopes there are brighter days ahead. Greg says the three of them have been living day to day, finding a different place to sleep each night, including the railway sta- tion, under the bridge, in the national park, and on the Mildura riverfront. Sometimes they would even catch the return bus to Mel- bourne, just so they could have somewhere warm and reasonably comfortable for the night. “I would feel a lot better if I could find a good tem- porary home for Bear,” Greg said. “He hasn’t been de- sexed...I want to use him as a breeder...so that’s probably the reason the only things he doesn’t get on with are other male dogs. But apart from that he’s beautiful.” Any reader who can pro- vide a temporary home for ‘Bear’ can get in touch with Greg through Natasha Col- bourne, practice nurse at Mildura District Aboriginal Services, on 5018 4102. Greg and Oskar need a foster home for ‘Bear’ • HOMELESS ‘BEAR;’ Greg Vigar and his son Oskar relax in the park with seven-year-old ‘Bear.’ THE Sunraysia Farmers Market will relocate to Merbein temporarily on August 16, with stall- holders to take part in the 2014 Merbein Great Vanilla Slice Triumph event. “Merbein Vanilla Slice Inc. is absolutely delighted to welcome the Sunraysia Farmers Market to be part of the Merbein Great Austra- lian Vanilla Slice and National Dried Vine Fruit Bake-Off event,” Merbein Vanilla Slice Inc. Chair, Bernadette Wells, said. “With the addition of the Sunraysia Farm- ers Market, visitors will not only be able to purchase a wide selection of locally grown and freshly baked produce, but will also be able to enjoy one of the delicious breakfasts as well as their ‘all-day menu’ that the market is becom- ing renowned for.” The food-focused event will fall on what is a scheduled market day, and according to Sunraysia Farmers Market coordinator Lyndall Vandenberg, all the stallholders were in favour of relocating to Merbein for that day to support the Vanilla Slice Triumph. “The Sunraysia Farmers Market is about community, genuine food producers and giv- ing people the opportunity to access good food,” she said. “Given that the Merbein Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph celebrates food that is produced locally, we feel we are a good fit.” The inclusion of the Sunraysia Farmers Market will further enhance the event which – while a national baking competition – acts as a valuable platform to showcase Sunraysia’s quality produce. Sunraysia Farmers Market stallholders will join Adriano Zumbo on the day, with the na- tional celebrity chef to act as event ambassador. Farmers Market to partner with Vanilla Slice Triumph SHIREFocus THE SHIRE ON TWO RIVERS Tel: (03) 5027 5027 | Fax: (03) 5027 5000 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org P. O. Box 81, Wentworth, N.S.W. 2648. (26-28 Adelaide Street) PETER KOZLOWSKI GENERAL MANAGER www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au TEMPORARY INTERUPTION TO TRAFFIC From Monday 14 July 2014 to 21 July 2014, between the hours of 7.00am to 5.00pm, there will be a temporary road closure of Rufus River Road between Lake Victoria Inlet Structure and Lake Victoria SA Water Depot due to works currently being undertaken on the Inlet Structure. Site Contact 0488 166 433 PS RUBY CRUISES Overnight Cruise to Mildura Homestead and Return. Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 July 2014 Depart 9am Wentworth Wharf Return 4.00pm Day & Short cruises also available. Tickets and information available from Wentworth Visitor Information Centre, telephone 50275080. 16 JULY 2014 COUNCIL MEETING The next Ordinary Council Meeting will be held at Council Chambers on 16 July 2014 to begin at 9.00am. DARETON MARKET DATES Dareton Market is being held from 8am–1pmonthe 26 July 2014 For all enquires please call 0428 306 460 GENIE GEMS With Leanne Watmuff. A guided tour of the family history site Wentworth Library Wednesday July 23rd 11.00 – 4.00 pm BYO lunch. Afternoon tea provided Places limited, bookings essential Phone 50275060 or email Leanne.Watmuff@wentworth. nsw.com.au PUBLIC NOTICES ACROSS THE MAYORS DESK WENTWORTH SPORTING COMPLEX AND SPORTING CLUBS With the Wentworth Services Sporting Club’s fate to be decided today I can advise ratepayers that Council will be securing the sporting complex assets to ensure that the existing sporting clubs can continue to provide their members with golf, bowls and tennis facilities and playing fields. MEETING WITH MINISTER FOR RESOURCES AND ENERGY During the week I attended a meeting with the Minister on a range of mining related issues. These included suggested systemic changes in relation to consultation on applications to develop or modify mining applications. We also discussed funding sources under the Resources for Regions Program and how we may be able to obtain funding for local infrastructure. Ginkgo Modification No 9 (Crayfish) On 8 July I met with Planning NSW and Cristal Mining representatives to attempt to finalise the Ginkgo Modification No. 9 (Crayfish) application. Council has been concerned for some time about the cost of road construction and maintenance on roads leading to the mines and I am trying to secure a fair deal for all parties. The onsite meeting was instigated as a result of representations made by this Council to the Minister, Pru Goward and Planning NSW staff. Other Meetings In Sydney this week I represented Council at a meeting with NSW Tr easury Corporation at which methodology was discussed in relation to the sustainability rating of councils. I also attended a forum with the Public Energy Regulator expressing Council’s concerns about proposed substantial increases in the charges to public street lighting.
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