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Hungry driver loses his licence

A QUANTONG man caught driving while his licence was suspended told police he was hungry.
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Patrick Chenoweth, 27, pleaded guilty in Horsham Magistrate's Court on Wednesday last week to having driven while authorisation was suspended, having used an unregistered motor vehicle and having forged identification plates.

Magistrate Ian von Einem fined Chenoweth $500, with conviction, ordered him to pay $69.70 costs and suspended his licence for two months.

Mr von Einem warned Chenoweth could have gone to jail.

He said Chenoweth had driven after losing his licence before, and his new offending might breach an existing community-based order.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Belinda Ryan told the court that police officers stopped Chenoweth while he was driving in Horsham on May 9 at 3.30am.

Members found Chenoweth's car was not registered and its expired registration plates belonged to a different car.

They also found his licence had been suspended due to a breach of a VicRoads bond for demerit point loss.

Chenoweth told police he had taken the registration plates from another vehicle.

He also said he was 'desperate for something to eat', having not eaten for three days.

Victoria Legal Aid solicitor Jacqui Parker said her client had an intellectual disability, was not well-organised and usually had a weekly shopping trip with a support worker.

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Wimmera Business Awards nominations now open

ABOUT 40 people including past winners attended the 2012 Powercor Wimmera Business Awards launch at Wesley Performing Arts Centre in Horsham on Monday.
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Wimmera Development Association executive director Jo Bourke said nominations were now open for the annual awards.

"We're encouraging businesses to have a look at the 13 different categories, which range from manufacturing, retail and tourism to primary industries, and apply," she said.

"We also have a section for skilled migration, an award for trainee or apprentice of the year and a young leader in business award.

"These awards are a great way to showcase what businesses are doing, with award winners used to promote our region to potential residents or investors."

Ms Bourke said the association would run a series of information sessions on the awards.

There will be sessions in Horsham and Stawell from 6.30 tonight.

The Horsham session will be at Wimmera Business Centre, while the Stawell session will be at Northern Grampians Shire Council's office on the Western Highway.

There will also be sessions at St Arnaud and Warracknabeal tomorrow and at Edenhope, Kaniva, Hopetoun and Nhill next week.

Ms Bourke said nominations for the awards closed on July 30, with the black tie awards dinner to be in Horsham Town Hall on September 28.

She said people could visit www.wda南京夜网.au/ for more information or to nominate.

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Horsham Rotary Club farewells first female president

ROTARY CHANGEOVER: Horsham Rotary Club's new Paul Harris Fellows Denise Queale and Chris Hood, pictured with newly inducted 2012-13 president Franz Turri and past president Loloma Puls at the club's annual changeover dinner. Picture: KAITLYN OPIETHE reign of Horsham Rotary Club's first woman president ended with the club's annual changeover dinner at Westlander Motor Inn on Friday.
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President Loloma Puls, the first woman president in the club's 84-year history, inducted president-elect Franz Tursi as 2012-13 president.

About 90 people attended the dinner, with the theme for the 2012-13 Rotary International year being 'Peace through service'.

Mr Tursi said the club would strive to embrace the theme and the challenges of the year ahead, including attracting new members.

The club also presented two Paul Harris Fellowships, the highest honour an individual club can bestow.

Denise Queale of Riverside received a fellowship for her many years of service to the Wimmera community.

Mrs Queale is not a Rotary member, but has been involved with numerous other clubs and organisations and has supported Horsham Rotary Club since her husband joined more than 20 years ago.

With tears in her eyes, Mrs Queale said she was shocked to receive the award.

"I am a partner, not a member, but I have worked with Rotary for a long time," she said.

"I'm really thrilled to get this."

Rotary member Chris Hood of Horsham was also emotional when accepting his award.

A former Apex member with clubs at Donald, Nhill, Kaniva and with Jardwa Apex Club in Horsham, Mr Hood joined Horsham Rotary Club four years ago.

Since then, Mr Hood has been on the club's youth committee, international committee and Horsham Spring Garden Festival committee.

He has also edited the club's bulletin, helped set up the club website and been involved with numerous other community activities.

"This award was utterly unexpected I'm totally overwhelmed," Mr Hood said.

"As I understand it, this award is given to people who have been involved with Rotary for years and I've only been involved for four years.

"It's an incredible honour to receive it."

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Northern Grampians businesses gain easier access to tourism

NORTHERN Grampians Shire Council has changed its Tourism Industry Participation Policy to provide tourism operators, businesses and tourism associations with clearer and more equitable guidelines.
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Businesses that council classes as attractions will now automatically receive level two services.

Level two services include having brochures displayed in visitor information centres, inclusion on council's tourism website, access to discounted workshops and access to familiarisation tours.

As part of the review, the annual fee for businesses to secure level two services will be cut from $600 to $150.

Council removed an option for businesses to do 10 hours of volunteer work in lieu of the fee.

Cr Ray Hewitt said the changes made the policy more efficient.

"Before these changes being made, there was some confusion as to what constituted 'acceptable' volunteer activity and whether the work being done was encouraging active development of tourism as an industry sector,'' he said.

"The removal of volunteer hours will eliminate this confusion and decrease the additional administrative burden on staff.''

Cr Hewitt said council reduced the annual fee to make it a more accessible option for businesses.

"We believe the changes are warranted and will greatly improve the way the Tourism Industry Participation Policy operates within our shire,'' he said.

Cr Hewitt said all Northern Grampians Shire businesses automatically received level one services and benefits such as the Business Assistance Scheme and access to professional advice and support.

He said businesses could access level two services by being classified as an attraction by council, becoming a member of a business or tourism association or paying the annual tourism services fee.

Council adopted the Tourism Industry Participation Policy in February 2010 to encourage business owners and operators to actively contribute to the shire's tourism industry.

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