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Tribute to a lost mate

Tribute to a lost mate

SOMBRE: Lee and Mitch Botting outside a debutante ball in Albury on Saturday night which paid tribute to their late son and brother, Spencer.FRIENDS of late teenager Spencer Botting have paid their respects to their friend during an emotional debutante ball in Albury.
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The popular 16-year-old, who was killed in a car crash in May, had been due to attend Saturday night’s event at the Albury Entertainment Centre.

Instead, his friends were remembering the former Wodonga Senior Secondary College and marking his life by donning red –his favourite colour.

Spencer’s family also attended and sat on the same table as Rylea Brooks, who had been due to go to the ball with Spencer.

Lee Botting said rather than getting easier to cope with, his son’s death was becoming more painful with time.

“We really miss him,” he said.

“At the start, I was expecting him to walk through the door every day.

“His brother said to me last week, ‘my brother’s not coming home, is he?’.

“That was tough.

“But there are so many reminders of Spencer which is great for us.

“All of his mates, they’ll never forget him.”

Rylea lit a red candle during Saturday night’s deb ball and broke down several times while reading out a speech remembering Spencer.

Spencer Flynn, who was a passenger in the utility that rolled at Staghorn Flat, also attended.

“He’s still suffering,” Mr Botting said.

“He looked me in the eye and said it has changed his life forever.”

Mr Botting is continuing to look at ways to educate young people on road safety so that other families won’t have to go through the pain of losing a loved one.

He hopes to use the utility involved in the fatal crash if possible, and take the vehicle to young people to show them the impact of road trauma.

“The kids want it themselves,” he said.

“They all want something positive to come from this.”

Officers from the Major Collision Investigation Unit, which is investigating the crash, will head to the Border this week to conduct interviews.

FLAME: Rylea Brooks lights a candle in memory of Spencer. Picture: DYANNE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Strategy reveals vision for 2040

Strategy reveals vision for 2040

Councillors look set to approve the Today, Tomorrow, Together: Ballarat Strategy which outlines a plan for the city next 25 years. A 25-YEAR plan to shape Ballarat’s future looks set to be approved by city’scouncillors.
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The draft Today, Tomorrow, Together: Ballarat Strategy will come before Wednesday night’s Ballarat City Council meeting. It follows more than two years of publicconsultation

Its purpose is to show how the city will ideally look in 2040, focusing on development, transport, economic, environmental and land use issues. Two of its main plansinclude making Ballarat a “10-minute city” and turning the town greener.

An officer’s report to the council says the “10-minute city” concept promotes more local neighbourhood centres within the larger town, so that residents can carry out their day-to-day shopping and access services and businesses within 10 minutes of home.

Following almost two years of community consultation, including more than 6,500 individual submissions and ideas, the draft Ballarat Strategy was released for comment in April 2015.

In the last six weeks of publicconsultation 64 submissions were received including 50 in support of the plan, 10 generally supported the the plan but requested minor changes. Onlytwo said thestrategy fell short of their expectations.

The strategy was formed from community discussions since early 2013, including Ballarat Imagine, 10 Game Changing Questions and the Preliminary Ballarat Strategy.

Ballarat Imagine asked residents to provide feedback on community values and collective aspirations for the town via postcards, social media and online, resulting in more than 6000 responses.

The Council’sstrategic plannerCaroline Reisacher said in her report that giventhat thousands of ideasand submissions wereconsidered to date, it was an“overwhelmingly positive result.”

Ms Reisacher said asmall number of submissions requested refinement of the document, often focusing on wording, local issues, specific projects or specific pieces of land.

She said allsuggestions have been reviewed and the document updated where possible.

Ballarathas more than100,000 residents which is expectedto swellto more than 160,000 people by 2040.

If the strategy is approved, the council will submit a request to the state government requesting an amendmentto the Ballarat Planning Scheme.

To view the document, visit 梧桐夜网ballarat.vic.gov419论坛

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Big second half for Power

Big second half for Power

Linda Clifford
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ANOTHER step has been taken in Kolora-Noorat’s path to cementing its place in the top three.

At Noorat on Saturday the Power were too good for Russells Creek winning 35-29.

The Kangaroos took it up to the home side in the opening two quarters and at half-time an upsetwas brewing with Russells Creek leading 20-16.

But it was the wake-up call Kolora-Noorat needed, producing a telling third quarter where they stole the lead with a 9-3 burst.

They finished the job in the last quarter with wing attack Claire O’Connor best on court and Linda Clifford shooting 21 goals.

Kolora-Noorat coach Glenice Justin said she was happy with her teams performance.

“The most pleasing thing was the way we came back after being down at half-time,” Justin said.

“Credit to Russells Creek, they played well which we were expecting, there are no easy games this season.

“At half-time I put it on the girls to work really hard and they responded really well and by half way through the third quarter we were back in front.

“The aim is to finish top three because in such an even competition that double chance is going to be so valuable.”

The loss is a damaging one for the Kangaroos who have now dropped six points from the top five.

Six-placedMerrivale did its finals chances no harmwith a 47-28 win over East Warrnambool.

Kate Ryan, Chantelle Moloney and Danielle McInerney were the stars for the Tigers while Tanaya Harradine was the Bombers best.

It was the Tigers seventh win for the season and puts them just a game outside the top five, chasing Allansford and Timboon Demons who have eight wins.

The Cats were comfortable winners over Deakin University on Saturday, cruising to a 57-37 victory.

Stephanie Jamieson had a game to remember shooting 43 goals while Liz Bryne was also a good performer in the centre.

For TimboonDemons wins are proving hard to come by, losing their second game in a row when they went down to Old Collegians 50-44.

The Demons were up and about early and at quarter-time they led 12-9 and had the unbeaten Warriors on the back foot.By half-time the Warriors had reduced the margin to one goal before taking their game to another level in the second half and sealing win number 14.

Kylie Grayland was best on court for the Warriors while the dynamic duo, Steph Townsend and Sophie Ballinger, were again dominant in goals.The Demons leading goal scorer was coach Hayley Plozza with 24 while wing defence Sharni Smethurst was the teams best player.

The Dennington juggernaut continues to steamroll anything that gets in its way with the victim on Saturday being South Rovers.A 17-8 first quarter paved the way for the Dogs to have a percentage boostingvictory, finishing with a 63-21 scoreline when the final whistle sounded.

Captain Lana Keane was a star for the Dogs at goal keeper and also drifted forward briefly to shoot three goals.It was Kate Burt who done most of the damage in the goal ring shooting 44 while JessicaHaberfield shot 16.The Dogs also had control through the midcourt with Rebecca Madden at wing attack and Victoria Davies in centre controlling play.

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Man of principle

Man of principle

Home: Ken and Audrey at their Tolland home in Wagga. The couple are now dual citizens in Australia and America after becoming Australian citizens in 1996.“My story is very typical of many educators, I didn’t start out to be a teacher, I thought I was going to be a minister to the Lutheran Church,” Dr Ken Albinger said.
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After studying for four years to become a minister he realised he was meant to be a teacher and transferred.

In what ended up being 51 years in the Lutheran school system, his presence certainly would have been missed if he had gone down the path of being a minister.

During his career he has held some of the highest positions within Lutheran schools, completed a masters degree and doctorate, changed the way Lutheran teachers were trained and has a very positive view on what education can be in the future.

He didn’t jump into the high positions, he started where most do, as a teacher and moved to working as principal before moving into the administration side of the schooling system.

A fiercely humble man, you wouldn’t know about any of those achievements unless you ask.

“What does one actually achieve? Essentially you try to be a faithful steward of whatever responsibility you’re given,” Dr Albinger said.

Speaking with a slight accent and sitting comfortably in his Tolland home, Dr Albinger and his wife Audrey love their home in Wagga but it is a long way from where they first met.

The couple are originally from America, and first met when they were both studying to become teachers at Concordia Teachers College in Nebraska.

Audrey finished her study six months before Dr Albinger and was sent to California to teach.

“I went in for an interview and they asked where I wanted to go and I said California. They asked why and I said because I am engaged to a lady who is teaching in California and they said ‘well son, in the church the women follow the men, the men don’t follow the women, so they assigned me to Philadelphia,” he said.

The couple were married the following July in 1964 with their first daughter, Dawn, born the following year.

A few years later, they had their second daughter, Danielle, before moving to Iowa, Audrey’s home town where they had their third child, a boy, Chad. Their fourth child, Nathan, was born in South Australia in Loxton.

A shortage of teachers in Australia saw the Lutheran schools reaching out to America to fill the void.

Dr Albinger wrote to the Lutheran Church of Australia for more information on the positions.

Instead of more information, he was offered a position at the Loxton Lutheran Parish School as principal.

Adventure: The passport photo that started his journey to Australia in 1973.

They packed what belongings they could fit into seven 44 gallon drums which included linen, clothes and books. These drums were loaded onto a ship and transported to Australia.

The young family left for Australia during a blizzard in Iowa and landed in Australia a week later, welcomed to Adelaide with a dust storm.

In 1973, long haul flights didn’t exist and their trip consisted of a series of short hauls from Iowa to California to Hawaii, Noumea, Sydney, Melbourne and finally Adelaide.

At that stage, their three children were aged seven, four and two.

“After 35 or 40 hours travel we arrived with some very tired children,” Dr Albinger said.

“It was 104 degrees (Fahrenheit, 40 degrees C). When we stepped onto the tarmac it was semi-fluid because it was so hot.

“The people from Loxton had met us and one of them was going to drive us back so we hopped in his white Kingswood and were driven the three and a half hours to Loxton.

“By the time we got there we were exhausted to put it mildly.”

Family: Ken and Audrey with their three children Dawn, Danielle and Chad before they left the states for Australia. Their youngest son, Nathan, was born in Loxton, Australia. The young family left Iowa in a blizzard and were welcomed to Adelide by a dust storm.

During his five years at Loxton the school increased from 89 students to 210.

At the completion of this job, the family was planning on going back to the US but decided to stay as teachers and principals were still needed in Australia.

After accepting a role at Grace Lutheran Primary School in Redcliffe, Queensland, the family relocated again.

Although he believed he was taking up the role as principal, upon arrival he was told the school was starting a high school.

For two years he developed the high school which started with just 16 enrolments. Today the school has 1653 students.

Leader: Ken (centre) with staff at Grace Lutheran Primary School. He worked as principal at the school for three years, two of which were spent developing the school’s high school.

Starting the high school was quite stressful and saw Dr Albinger have a serious accident on the playground damaging his left knee.

“I went into the hospital to get it fixed and they said it was cartilage. So I went to sleep thinking it was cartilage and woke up in plaster from my groin to by big toe,” he said.

It was discovered he had damaged the cruciate ligament and did a knee reconstruction.

“That was fine except I got golden staph, and I almost died before they found out what I had,” he said.

“They had to cut a hole in the plaster and when they did it just ballooned.”

Arthritis followed and eventually he got the knee replaced.

“It was very stressful and I felt that I needed to move on and was offered a position at a small school in the Barossa valley,” Dr Albinger said.

“As it turns out, that small school had just been given 27 acres and they were going to build a new school.”

When he started, the school had about 80 students and five years later there were around 200 in a new campus.

“It was like Loxton all over again, it was a good time, I was really enjoying my work and I told the family we’ll stay here for a while, it’s a lovely place to live,” Dr Albinger said.

Due to the massive growth in all Lutheran schools across the country, Queensland and South Australia both appointed directors for Lutheran schools.

The first person they appointed was a businessman – not an educator. It was quickly evident that an educator was needed in the position.

Dr Albinger was recruited back to Queensland in 1986 to take up the position as the second director for Lutheran Schools in Queensland which he stayed in until 1999.

Although in the position he was working upwards of 90 hours a week travelling around to schools which were expanding rapidly he undertook his masters degrees in curriculum studies (how curriculum is developed and delivered in schools).

“It must have been a bad year, I ended up taking out all the prizes for top scholarship in the master program,” Dr Albinger said.

He was offered scholarships to work on his doctorate and he decided to look at the Lutheran school system.

“I had noticed that a number of principals lost their jobs when their boards didn’t like what they were doing or there was some kind of stress,” he said.

“They would make what I considered crazy decisions and they end up losing their work and I couldn’t understand why. I thought it needed research.”

After 13 years in the position of director, Dr Albinger decided it was time to step down and let someone else take over the role.

This gave him the opportunity to work on his doctorate and develop his teacher education program, getting teachers ready to work in Lutheran schools. The program stemmed from the study he completed in his Master’s Degree.

Educated: Dr Albinger’s Degrees, Masters and Doctorate hanging proudly on his office wall. He completed his doctorate in 2005 at 65 years of age.

He started as head teacher in Adelaide and eventually the program spread to Queensland where he found a lecturer.

But in 2002 that lecturer left partway through the year, leaving the program in Queensland without a staff member and nobody to go there.

His passion for the program he developed was obvious when he moved back to Queensland to keep it going.

“Essentially my understanding of my work is as a servant, I’m in service to the church and however my gifts and abilities can be used that’s what I want to do,” he said.

In 2008 the church requested he retire but he wasn’t ready to stop working so sought out a new position, this time in Canada.

At the end of October the same year they packed up their lives and headed to Edmonton Alberta and back to being a principal.

“Unfortunately the school wasn’t in good financial situation – we couldn’t keep it going,” Dr Albinger said.

At the end of the school year (June) in 2012 the school was closed.

Despite being 72 he still felt he could be service to Lutheran schools and got in touch with the National Director for Lutheran Schools, Stephen Rudolph.

Mr Rudolph was the founding principal of Lutheran School Wagga and convinced Dr Albinger to take on the role of principal.

Dr Ken Albinger took over the job as principal of Lutheran School Wagga in 2012 after working around Australia, America and in Canada.

“My job as I saw it was to breathe some fresh life into the program at the school,” Dr Albinger said.

“Change can be dangerous, it’s a two-edged sword.

“In any situation if you’re an agent of change there is always a price. Not everyone has been happy with the changes that had been made at the school, generally we have prospered but enrollments have generally remained the same.”

Unlike the 80s Lutheran schools now have to fight for their share of the market but Dr Albinger believes the Lutheran philosophy will continue to attract parents.

“What makes Lutheran schools special in my opinion is their commitment to the understanding that every person, every single person, is created by God for a purpose,” he said.

“A school’s job is to help the families of their students uncover the students’ gifts and abilities and develop them for a purpose.

“That purpose, obviously, is to make a contribution to the world.

“It is an overriding understanding of that that says if everyone is important, everyone’s gifts are important then everybody is worthy of our attention care and concern.”

Although he is now retired from Lutheran School Wagga due to age and health considerations, he hasn’t finished serving Lutheran schools.

He plans to continue his mentor work with young principals and work with others as well as writing a book.

Using his experience within the Lutheran schooling system, his book will develop a philosophy for Lutheran schooling which will be appropriate for the church in an era where not all staff are from the Lutheran tradition.

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An authentic Aussie yarn

An authentic Aussie yarn

LITTLE RIPPER: Henty author Terry Richardson has penned a mystery set in Wagga and surrounds.
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HENTY author Terry Richardson writes stories based in realism.

The retired Fire and Recue NSW officer and former cop is celebrating his second ripping tale, The Justice Force.

Richardson’s new bundle of joy is set on our own streets, a mystery based in Wagga and surrounds.

The genuine Aussie bloke puts his authentic stamp on this story of a detective who notices a pattern in the deaths of the state’s most wanted.

The detective must wrestle with his conscience and his loyalties to get to the bottom of a powerful mystery.

Richardson, a dyed-in-the-wool league fan, again brings a real Australian character to his story, which has touches of intrigue and plenty of mirth to keep the reader turning the pages.

With the author’syears spent in the emergency services and the Riverina connection, The Justice Force is a genuinepearler.

The Justice Force is now available at in atThe Book Shop in theMarketplaceand the Henty Newsagency as wellas online through Xilbris (bookstore.xlibris南京夜网).

The Justice Force

Quick-fire questionsMy earliest memory is … 1960, prior to starting school at Rhodes, Sydney

When I was a child I wanted to be … a doctor or a professional footballer

My parents always said … I was too cheeky

The greatest moment in my life was … meeting Linda (wife of 40 years)in July, 1971

In four words, I am … Old-fashioned, polite, open and concerned

I wish I’d never … left school at 15 years of age

I often wonder … if there is life in some form in space

When I want to spoil myself … open a beer and a good book

The first thing I reach for on Sunday morning is … a cup of tea

The hardest thing I’ve done in my life is … retire from Fire and Rescue NSW

My ideal day would be spent … with all of my ten grandkids together

I love … Australia, before we went soft

In life, I have learned … you cannot please everyone

My pet dislike is … political correctness

I can’t live without … my wife Linda

Before I die I would love to … watch rugby league live in England, NZ and USA

If I could invite any five people to dinner they would be …Allan Moffat, Paul Gallen, Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs Brown),Julie Bishop and Sandra Bullock.

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