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www.spec.com.au HAMILTON SPECTATOR Saturday August 15 2009 1

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TEEN HOON

GROUNDED

...but he wants

front page

KAREN SWEENEY

ANOTHER hoon bites the dust.

Hamilton P-plater Joel Nagorcka was caught by

local police doing 175kmh after a 30km chase.

The 18-year-old immediately lost his car for

48 hours under the anti-hoon laws, but contacted

mates and The Spectator before telling his parents

what he’d done.

“I just got to the cop shop – they won’t be

impressed,” he said.

“They won’t be impressed at all.”

Hamilton Traffic Management Unit Leading

Senior Constable Ron Jones said the purple Ford

XR6 was detected at more than 70kmh over the

speed limit and a call went over the radio.

“Five units responded – we had him covered,”

he said.

ZANE IS

FLYING

He said not only did the incident follow the first

permanent seizure of a hoon vehicle in the southwest

last week but it was made even more serious

by a dangerously bald tyre.

“I was quite concerned because looking at the

vehicle one of the tyres is fairly bald. It would

have been bad driving at a normal speed in good

conditions,” he said.

Mr Nagorcka is facing a number of speed related

charges including ‘drive at a dangerous speed’ and

could lose his licence for more than a year, but

says it was all in the name of fun.

Continued page 3

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2009

JUST having fun . . . Joel Nagorcka reckons his hoon driving was just a bit of fun.

Pictures Chris Doheny 090813cd06

THROWING the book . . . Leading Senior Constable David Walkley, of Hamilton, is busy checking the vehicle 090813cd04

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www.spec.com.au HAMILTON SPECTATOR Saturday August 15 2009 3

Hockey turf could be a winner

ALEXANDRA WEAVER

LOCAL hockey players

could be one step closer

to a synthetic turf ground

after Southern Grampians

Shire Council moved to

seek funding for Pedrina

Park upgrades.

A lively and wide-ranging

meeting on Wednesday saw

the council consider three

major projects for a State

Government major facilities

funding application.

VicUrban lost out after

a recommendation that

the council support an

all-abilities playground

near the new Lakes

Edge development was

scrapped.

Improved tennis and

hockey facilities were the

other two projects up for

funding discussion with

feasibility studies on the

two sports now ready for

public comment.

Cr Katrina Rainsford

moved an alternative

recommendation that a

funding application for a

synthetic hockey turf pitch

at Pedrina Park be prepared

in conjunction with the

Glenelg Regional Hockey

Association.

She suggested the hockey

feasibility study be released

for public comment on

Thursday, rather than

Saturday, and asked that

a two-week application

extension be sought from

Sport and Recreation

Victoria.

Mr Price said the extension

would be sought but the

council should still try to

meet the August 17 deadline

due to tight competition for

grants.

A new synthetic pitch is

expected to cost about $1

million, and was identified

by feasibility study

consultants @leisure as

crucial to the success of

shire hockey.

The council had often

spoken of improvements

to Pedrina Park but hadn’t

yet sought funding, Cr

Rainsford said.

“This is not about

changing where the hockey

fields actually are, it’s

about changing the surface

to what everyone’s playing

on now.”

In discussion before the

all-abilities playground

recommendation was

scrapped, Cr Bruach

Colliton asked director

of shire services Geoff

Price how the Lakes Edge

project had progressed, and

was told three of its 33 first

stage blocks had been sold.

Deputy Mayor Bob Penny

said he was concerned a

new playground in an area

with few residents would

be prone to vandalism.

“Why does the all-abilities

reference have precedence

over hockey or tennis?” he

said.

Cr Don Robertson spoke

against the Cr Rainsford’s

hockey funding motion,

arguing that the council

would still need to find

$600,000 to support a

synthetic pitch beyond

any State Government

contribution.

HOCKEY grounds at Pedrina Park could see synthetic turf installed if funding

comes through.

“There is a clearly

identified need in this shire

for an inclusive recreation

environment. We haven’t

got it, we haven’t provided

it, and we have to look

after these people as well,”

he said.

But Cr Bruach Colliton

said it was time the council

dealt with Pedrina Park’s

shortcomings.

“This means that we can

really expand on a lot of

great sporting activities

in the shire. It’s sad that

we’ve got to choose it

at this time over the allabilities

playground, which

I think in some ways could

be more overdue.

“But putting it out there at

this time, with such slow

Teen hoon grounded

From: PAGE 1

“There’s no reason, it was just for fun

out the road,” he said.

“I went past a cop at 175kmh and then

just kept driving and they got me about

six km out of Dunkeld.

“I didn’t know they were behind me.”

Mr Nagorcka and a mate started their

joyride in Hensley Park Rd near the

airport and continued until they were

intercepted on the outskirts of Dunkeld.

It’s not the first time Mr Nagorcka’s

speed has been noticed.

“I’ve been in trouble once for speeding

but that was only 27km/h over,” he

said.

“This time I have (learnt my lesson).”

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Already the teen has become a legend

among his mates; and was impressed

when told his behaviour would make

the paper.

“Is this really going in the paper?” he

asked.

“Can it be near the front? Can it be

front page?”

Ldng Sen Const Jones said he didn’t

know when the message would get

through to local hoons.

“I really have to wonder, and I’ve got

about 39 shifts left until I retire, why the

message is not getting through.

“All young men have the devil in them

a bit, I did, but you only get killed

once.”

progress, is probably the

wrong decision.”

Cr Rainsford drew her

colleagues’ attention to

$60,000 allocated in the

council’s 2009-10 Budget

for the playground.

“VicUrban can still

contribute their $150,000

to get it started, and we can

contribute more next year

to finish it off,” she said.

Councillors Rentsch and

Robertson registered the

only two votes against the

revised recommendation.

Cr Paul Battista also

asked why shire pools,

particularly Hamilton’s

Hughan Park, were not in

line for a grant application.

“I was pretty keen, being

that Hughan Park missed

out on $200,000 from the

State Government, that we

would actually get into the

second round of the Better

Pools program,” he said.

“Unfortunately, because

of the timing of the Aquatic

Strategy, the timing’s

getting to the point where

our outdoor pools are going

to miss out again.”

Mr Price said the strategy’s

late August release would

leave insufficient time to

seek funding.

Department of Planning

and Community

Development deadlines

for grant applications were

brought forward by six

weeks, compounding the

problem

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