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The Gippsland Experience

All Roads Lead to Sale

Shaun K ing April 4-10 will welcome the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia to Sale, East Gippsland. The CMCA was founded in 1986 as a social and support network for motorhome owners. Their current membership stands at 60,000 members, and growing daily. The CMCA holds two Rallies every year, rotating between all the States and Territories. “An expected 900 motorhomes are to converge on Sale this April,” says Colin Gard, the Rally Manager. “They will make the Sale Showgrounds, the Greyhound Club and the Gippsland Grammar School their home for the duration of their stay.” This year marks the 26th Anniversary Rally of the CMCA,

promising to bring 1000s of visitors to Gippsland. “This event is a great opportunity for local business and tourism operators,” said Mr Gard. “Whilst here, rally participants will have to purchase fuel, food and all manner of supplies. It’s a fantastic boost to a region in an otherwise quiet period.” Rally Members will also be participating in a variety of activities while here. “We put on a great show for our Members. We keep them entertained with seminars, craft sessions, disc bowls, competitions and some major entertainment.” Opportunities will also be available for local businesses to promote their products and services to the RV Travellers. CMCA will have a Trade Exhibitor Area setup specifically for this purpose.

Hi-tech Cafe’s utilise iPhone application As a retail shop owner, do you find it difficult and expensive to maintain your loyalty card system? Printing cards, stamping them, handing out free goods? Well there’s a new iPhone app in town that’s about to change all that. In partnership with the Gippslander, Wealie is offering you an economical, easy to use Loyalty Card program based around the use of the iPhone and Android phone. The scenario is simple. A customer walks into your store, makes their purchase, then swipes their phone across your “code”. Their purchase is then recorded in your system. Each swipe of your “code”, The real benefit of the system, gives your customer points. Whether that’s a sixth coffee for is that retailers will then be able free, or a discount on further pur- to “push” instant messages out to chases. It’s up to you. their loyalty card users phones. For the customer, it’s easy. If you’re interested in setting up No more loyalty cards to keep your own Loyalty Card program, track of, no more missing out on without the cards, contact Mark at “points” because you forgot your the Gippslander on sales@gippscards.

Monday, April 9 will be an Open Day where members of the public will be able to visit the Rally Site and mix with the CMCA Members. “You’re welcome to come along on Monday, sit and chat with us, hear our tales and ask our advice,” said Colin. “With such a

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large and varied group, all coming together in one place, we’ve got some real expertise amongst us, when it comes to “living on the road”.” Sale, along with the Wellington Shire have worked tirelessly to bring this event to Gippsland. Sale is an RV friendly town,

which means facilities have been provided, by the Shire, for dumping points and off-street parking facilities. If you’re a local business, wanting to participate, or have a stall at the market, then call Colin on 0488 136 868 or email him at

Riding Rodeo’s in the High Country

See our spotlight on Lakes Entrance, pages 12 & 13.

Cobb & Co. Market Opens in Sale See full story on back page.

Visit Rosedale Gippsland’s hidden Gem Full feature Page 16-18.

East Gippsland has it’s fair share of Rodeo’s this year, with both Omeo and Buchan putting on Easter shows back-to-back. High country lovers will be off to Omeo over the Easter break, with their Rodeo kicking off early on Easter Saturday, April 7. Entries are looking good with some old-time regulars making appearances. Buchan puts on it’s show the following day, Easter Sunday, April 8, with a huge show planned for the 2,000 odd visitors who make the annual pilgramage to

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Buchan in East Gippsland. Both these events are offical Rodeo events sponsored by the Australian Professional Rodeo Association. Events held will include Saddle Bronc, Bull Ride, Bareback, Rope and Tie, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and the ever popular Barrel Race. Last year’s winner of the Bull Ride, Tony Cross, took home over $1,500 in prize money. Junior events planned are the Steer Ride and Barrel Race. See




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4WD Muster takes off again More please! at Lardner Park

Lardner Park is to host this years 4WD Muster to raise funds for Variety, the Children’s Charity. The Muster is a family friendly event to be held on April 20-22, 2012 for the broader 4WD community. Not only will they raise funds for Variety, but also attempt a world record. The idea is to parade as many 4WD’s as possible, as well as have entertainment and activities over the weekend. Exhibitors will display their goods, along with a 4WD test track, for those willing to test the latest and greatest on offer.

Friday night entertainment will include the Rockits and Saturday will be a packed line up, with Doug Bruce and the Tailgaters, The Sunny Cowgirls and Pete Denahy. Events such as this don’t happen without hard work from a diverse group. Tickets can be obtained by visiting their website at or email All inclusive prices of $150 for 2 adults (children are free) with additional adult tickets for $50 each. This includes a camp site and entry of your 4x4 into the Muster Parade.

Why can’t we have more of the same? That was the call from one of the locals after the Rippon Lea Renaissance Dancers performed in Warragul last year. Event organisers, the Early Arts Guild, took the request to heart. Their response is Renaissance Warragul – Australia’s only regional concert series to feature renaissance and baroque dance, music, costumes, instruments and gesture. The opening program, on March 25, will be Shakespeare and the Highwayman. Performers will be the Rippon Lea Baroque Dancers, Early Music Consort and two of Australia’s finest exponents of gesture – vocalist Caitlin Noble and actress Annabel Green. See the show at Wesley of Warragul, 62 Victoria St, Warragul. Each performance is 1 hour and commences at 2:15 pm. Bookings phone 9699 8417.

East Gippsland Shire

Choices for Living Expo Local community organisations present the Choices for Living – Health + Wealth + Wellbeing Expo, March 26th – 30th at the Community College East Gippsland. It will include a week of workshops, seminars, displays and activities culminating in a Grand Expo day on Friday 30th March, showcasing all East Gippsland has to offer for Over 50’s living. The Expo day will be a getting said “This will be a fantastic optogether of services, facilities and portunity for local businesses to businesses that offer opportuni- showcase their products, and for ties for people planning retire- people who are thinking about ment. their choices for having a healthy CEO of Community Col- lifestyle in retirement to find inlege East Gippsland, Ray Ferres formation.” The Program for the week will include: • Monday 26th March - Women’s Health Day • Tuesday 27th March - Men’s Health Day • Wednesday 28th March – Legal & Financial Information Day • Thursday 29th March - Technology Day • Friday 30th March - Expo Day 10:00am – 3:00pm For more information and contact details, see their advertisement on page 11 of the Gippslander.

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Latrobe Library annual Book Sale

Don’t miss out on the Friends of Latrobe City Libraries next Book Sale. Saturday 24th March at Kernot Hall in Morwell. The doors will open at 9 am. Surplus book stock, used Hear-a–Book tapes, CD’s, videos and magazines from the Latrobe City Library service, as well as donations will be available at $1 each or sold by the bag. Customers are advised to bring their own environmentally friendly bags. Since 2003 the Friends of Latrobe City Libraries have raised over $28,000.

Swap Meet The Latrobe Valley Branch of GHAC Inc , are having their annual Swap Meet at Toners Lane Morwell on 25th March 2012. Cars, Bike Parts, Collectable,Antiques, Tools and Equipment are all on Sale. Admission $3.00 Under 16 Free. No Additional charges for sites. For more details contact Alan 0351274397 or Ken 0351261414.

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Bass Coast Shire

Wonthaggi Human Power Wonthaggi Human Powered Grand Prix Race Teams get into Top Gear! Local teams are gearing up for what looks like the biggest race field with 90 teams booked in for this year’s Wonthaggi Human Powered Grand Prix being held at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve track on March 24th and 25th, commencing at 12noon on Saturday, running 24 hours nonstop until the thrilling race finish at 12noon on Sunday. The push carts will run on the Friday morning. For the past 6 years, the Wonthaggi HPV was part of the Wonthaggi Energy Innovation Festival, which brought in revenue in order to run the event. The event has now outgrown the festival and is proudly now able to fund itself. The Energy Innovation Festival will not be going this year, but the organising committee say that the HPV is still very orientated with an energy efficient and renewable energy focus still on our race with

Affordable Housing The Bass Coast Shire has taken the inititive of producing an Affordable Housing Plan to address the perceived increase in house prices in their Shire. With the construction of the Victorian Desalination Plant in Wonthaggi, the Shire claims there has never been a more important time to ensure affordability for new and existing residents alike.

business and community displays. See Swinburne University and their highly competitive electric powered F-SAE race car on display! The event is fully catered with great new range of food and coffee, with the new food area right in front of the Wonthaggi pool, giving our spectators a great view

as they enjoy the friendly atmosphere of our race. This is a thrilling ride with great corners, requiring lots of clever manoeuvring by all riders. Entry to race and festival is free. For further details, visit their website at or call Michelle 0411 265 401.

South Gippsland Shire

South Gippsland has an amazing spread of artists, galleries and exhibitions, right under our noses. Just a short drive through the a huge amount of useful informadistrict, reveals galleries in towns tion for visitors and locals alike. like Fish Creek, Foster, Meeniyan, Local markets, accommodaLeongatha, Kongwak and Korum- tion, points of interest and even a very interesting page about their burra, to name a few. Art shows are another strong local community vegetable garpoint of the region, with regular den, situated in Foster, behind the exhibitions being held in the most community house. A very informative website, unlikely places. Browsing the internet, I stum- and a must if you’re thinking of bled upon a great website, listing travelling to the rolling green hills of South Gippsland. all this information and more. Naturally Magic., has

Wellington Shire

Introduce your kids to dance

Korumburra is home to the Coal Creek Museum Park. Initially, the park was created to preserve the unique history of coal and the Sth Gippy Railway. Ghost Tours are now on, with the next planned for April 7. As night falls upon the village your senses come alive, and in total darkness, with the help of a guide, wander the streets of Coal Creek with fellow adventurers and those who call Coal Creek home.

Paddy’s Market Coongulla Paddy’s Market & Boot Sale

and the annual End of Year Concert. “We have many students who will be performing at the Sale Eisteddfod in many Solo, Duo and Troupe Sections beginning March 31st. For more information contact Melissa 51442336 after hours.

Fun classes for all including: Tiny Tots Prep Dance Classical Ballet Jazz Dance Fusion Adult Ballet All Classes are held at Gregg Hall, Sale. Exams and Eisteddfod work available but not compulsory. End of Year Concert for all students. New Enrolments welcome – first class FREE. Family and Multi-class discounts apply.

Enquiries to Melissa 5144 2336 (ah) or 0438 441 959 Email:

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In-Step Dance School has been providing dance tuition in Sale for the past 9 years under current Principal Melissa Hall. Melissa said they offer a range of classes for students aged from three right through to adult classes. “We have special Tiny Tots and Prep Dance classes which are designed to introduce young girls and boys to dancing and free movement in a fun and nurturing environment.” Classes are also run in Classical Ballet and Jazz, and the brand new Dance Fusion for teenagers which covers a range of dance styles including Contemporary, Hip Hop, Bollywood, Musical Theatre and Jive to name but a few. Melissa’s aim is to provide students with many opportunities to perform through local Eisteddfods -

Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 9am sharp sees the annual Paddy’s Market at the Coongulla Hall. Every Easter Saturday sees the market well attended, with visitor numbers last year exceeding organisers expectations. All funds go to the Coongulla Reserve Committee for the local hall and reserve. Stallholders are required. If you’re interested, call Paula on 5148 0235.

Letters to the Editor 199 Raymond St, Sale.

Human Powered Grand Prix

Midday Saturday 24th March to Midday Sunday 25th March 2012. 24 hours of endurance, skill, design & teamwork

Free Entry - See you there! Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve, Korumburra Road, Wonthaggi

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Gippslander’s Country Life

Women on Farms

A Gathering in Buchan - March 2012 Women from across rural Australia are invited to Buchan for the 23rd annual Women on Farms Gathering, which will run from 16 to 18 March 2012. This year’s gathering, hosted by Learn Local organisation Buchan Neighbourhood House, will feature workshops, tours of the region, socialising and keynote presentations from prominent rural women. Evelyn Schmidt, Buchan Neighbourhood House Centre Coordinator, says the Buchan and District steering group have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring together a very exciting program. “This is the first time this event has ever been hosted in East Gippsland and we will be showcasing some of the best of East Gippsland,” Ms Schmidt said. “There will be tours into the stunning countryside north east of Buchan, including visits to W Tree, Gelantipy, Seldom Seen and Mc Killops Bridge.

“We will also have tours to Marlo with a trip on the paddle steamer Curlip, a heritage drive around the Buchan district and a visit to the Buchan Caves,” Ms Schmidt said. Speakers at the event will include Angela Betheras, Victorian Rural Woman of the Year, Professor Kate Auty, Commissioner of Environmental Sustainability and Carol Clay, President of the Victorian Country Women’s Association.

In addition to hearing keynote speakers and learning about the local area, the gathering will give attendees the chance to learn new skills across a wide range of areas.

There will be practical workshops on solar power, social networking, finding out about funerals, financial literacy and community planning – as well as arts and crafts activities, including jewellery making, singing, floral art, pampering, textiles, relaxation and sewing. Ms Schmidt says this year’s Women on Farms Gathering is going to be a fantastic event. “I encourage women living in rural Australia to make sure they don’t miss out on this great networking and development opportunity,” Ms Schmidt said. The Buchan Women on Farms Gathering is sponsored by East Gippsland Shire Council, Vicforests, Murray Goulburn, Gippsland Women’s Network, Parks Victoria, Powercor, Centre for Rural Communities, Beacon Solar, Toyota, Victorian Farmers Federation, Avon and Gippsland Lakes Community Health. Support for the project has also come from Tim Bull, State Member for Gippsland.

Buchan Neighbourhood House

Black Dog Daze ... one man’s story By Wendy R eeves

Dennis Gilbert’s Clock

Buchan’s icon for 2012 Each year, the Women on Farms Gathering has an icon produced by a local artist. These icons have been chosen by the organisers of each Gathering to symbolise and celebrate the leadership, unity, diversity and resilience of rural women. The Museum of Victoria has a collection of over 450 items, collected from various Women’s Gatherings over the past 20 years. Ann Jarvis, an inaugural member of the Women on Farms Heritage Group, says, “We are creating living history. It’s the first time Museum Victoria has attempted to collate a collection such as this.” The collection now has State and National significance. The clock (above) was made by local artist Dennis Gilbert out of Buchan Black Marble.

There is a serious reason why more single vehicle fatalities occur on country roads – and it isn’t because we’re all bad drivers. Federal Parliamentarian Andrew Robb told Gippslanders last month that there were still so many people struggling to cope with mental illness who don’t seek help before it’s too late. Mr Robb shared his own personal story of depression with more than 180 people at a dinner organised by the Rotary clubs of Sale and Sale Central at Greenwattle Racecourse on 20 February. A cross-section of the local community listened intently to Mr Robb’s account of his journey from a 12-year-old boy when he first began to experience anxiety and depression, to some four decades later when he was finally freed from what is often referred to as “the black dog”. “Every night since I was 12 years old I’d go to sleep taking on the world and I’d wake up a different person,” he recalled. “I just thought I wasn’t a morning person. “In the mornings I’d wake up pessimistic, I didn’t want to talk to anyone, I didn’t want to interact and I’d avoid making decisions until I got over it about 8.30am and then I’d get on with it.”

“Politics was the perfect vocation, especially during election campaigns.” Mr Robb explained that just as any other ‘disability’, he learned coping strategies over the years. One was to immerse himself in stressful situations where adrenalin would take over his body – making politics the perfect vocation, especially during high-drama election campaigns. But as the years wore on, Mr Robb found that his ‘morning problem’ became progressively harder to cover up and was getting worse. “My morning problem took longer and longer to resolve, until it wasn’t lifting until about midday and was then extending into the afternoon.” As a Member of Parliament, Mr Robb knew he wouldn’t be able to keep this problem covered up forever, but feared his career in ‘public life’ as it is referred to, would be in jeopardy if he sought help. “For me, that little black dog concerned me because of the stigma.” “I was worried it would be seen as a character weakness and that you’re likely to let your team down. “At the time, the stigma horrified me.” However there came a time when enough was enough. “I thought going public would be the end of my political career but in the end I didn’t care, it was my life and if I could get better, how great would that be?”

Federal Parliamentarian Andrew Robb (centre) with Sale Central Rotary Club president Brian Norris and Sale Rotary Club president Daniel Smolenaars.

Andrew Robb did seek help and what followed was a long and frustrating path that led him into the most extreme depths of his illness, but eventually to recovery. Mr Robb told the group that his recovery involved trying many medications and experiencing some horrendous side-effects, but ultimately it was worth every minute of angst to finally be free from depression for the first time since he was a child. He implored everyone at the event to get over the stigma of mental illness and seek help if you need it; and also support others who need help because for some people it can ultimately be the difference between life and death. “I feel for the first time in four decades that I’m making the most of my abilities and my life,” he said. “All I know is my experience but there are lessons from my story – if you have a problem, face it. “You have to tell somebody, you need love, support and understanding.” Mr Robb has written a book about his experience with depression titled Black Dog Daze – Public Life, Private Demons. Anyone struggling with personal issues can find out more about mental illness at or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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Touring around Gippsland

Wellington Shire is offering a Touring Fest when it comes to getting to know Gippsland. On offer is a huge selection of half day and full day tours, available to CMCA members. Most of the Tours available are within 1 or 2 hours of Sale, and include Winery trips, fun parks, cave dwelling and a robotic dairy for milking cows. Beginning on Thursday, April 5, the first of the tours takes off to Walhalla. Walhalla: Enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque landscape of Central Gippsland as you head to the historic village of Walhalla, which was a major goldmining town in the gold rush that swept the area in the 1800’s and is now a quiet little village. During this tour you will ride on Walhalla’s Goldfields Railway, and you’ll also take a tour through of Tinamba to Glenmaggie Wines. the Long Tunnel Extended Mine. Continuing on to Briagolong EsPort Albert Cruise: Port Al- tate then onto Mt Moornapa Wines bert is a beautiful as yet undis- in Stockdale. Stop in and explore covered historic village. This tour Stratford on the way home. takes you on a leisurely cruise Sale-Maffra Heritage Tour: around the Nooramunga Marine Visit the Gippsland Armed Forces and Coastal Park, joining Captain Museum which preserves the MilWynne Hobson aboard his cata- itary history in Gippsland. Tour maran, the Nooramunga. He has the West Sale Immigrant Museum many years of fishing knowledge and discover the hardships that and sailing is in his blood. they endured. On to Maffra and Winery Wander: Sample the Gippsland Vehicle Collection spectacular Sauvignon Blanc, that showcases over 100 classic crisp and clean Chardonnays and cars. Then visit the Pino Deriu some refreshing Rieslings. Gemstone Collection. This tour showcases some of Gippsland Art Gallery: The Gippslands best wineries. Start- Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale ing with Avon Ridge Winery and houses some fantastic work from Blue Gables Winery in Maffra. local artists. Relax with an inThen along the rolling farmlands cluded coffee and cake at Rel-

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ish @ the Gallery and take in the views of the Port of Sale. Take a walking tour of St Marys Cathedral and onto the nearby entertainment centre to view some Annemieke Mein Bronzes. Stratford: Visit historic Stratford, home to the Stratford on the Avon, Shakespeare Festival. Checkout the Courthouse and Gallery featuring local artists, and meander on to the Wa-De-Lock Cellar Door for some scrumptious local food and wines. All tours are available by contacting the Wellington Information Centre on 1800 677 520.

Great food, fine wine, cheerful music, wonderful weather and very pleasant company, was enjoyed at the Austrian Heurigen event held at Captains Lodge International Motel, Sale on Sunday. On arrival, our host, Elisabeth Staberhofer, greeted us dressed in traditional Austrian costume. The outdoor garden surrounding the pool was filled with people chatting, drinking, enjoying the music and soaking up the sunshine. The smell of the barbeque had us all excitedly waiting for the food to arrive, and in a short time we were treated with several courses. First, entrees of dips, breads and a traditional jellied pork terrine. The mains followed with sausages and side dishes of sauerkraut, potatoe salad and more dips. Next was what we had all been waiting for, the Austrian Wiener Schnitzel, with yet more sausages, side dishes and dipping sauces, and just when you thought you had tried it all, Elisabeth produced the most succulent roast pork and gravy. A beer and a wine, as well as great company from local people, showcased Sale as an interesting and diverse community. By 4pm we were ready for the finale, the famous Strudel, and a delightful chocolate Torte, a traditional Viennese Sachertorte and coffee. It seemed such a short time from when we had arrived, and it was time to thank our wonderful host Elisabeth, and head off home feeling perhaps a little over full but very happy. And the music, it wouldn’t have been an Austrian Heurigen afternoon, without Renee Groiss on his Styrian Harmonica.

Tarra Bulga National Park

Tarra Bulga National Park is one of the most stunning parks you’ll discover in Gippsland. Hidden within the Strzelecki Ranges, it’s a pocket of untainted rain forest. The remnants of a magnificent rainforest that once covered the entire ranges. The park covers over 1625 hectares of Mountain Ash forest and cool temperate rain forest. Easiest way to access the Park, is to leave the M1 at Traralgon and follow the road to Balook. All roads in this area are narrow and windy, so take care and practice patience.

The Wellington Visitor Information Centre’s are open every day over Easter to help you explore our wonderful area. They have an extensive range of maps and souvenirs including hat pins, cloth badges and local produce.

There are several walks available. The pictured Corrigan Suspension Bridge is a 1.2km walk of astounding beauty. Alternatively there are shorter walks leading from the Information Centre. Cynthia Falls is accessed by taking a bus to the other side of the Park. The park has two picnic areas. One at Balook, and the other at the historic Tarra Valley picnic ground, complete with fireplaces and toilets. Onsite camping is not allowed, but there are several caravan parks nearby.

Wellington Visitor Information Centre 8 Foster Street, Sale Tel: (03) 5144 1108 Maffra Visitor Information Centre Johnson Street, Maffra Tel: (03) 5141 1811




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Bass Coast walking trails Bunurong Marine and Coastal Park

Wonthaggi Heathlands

The rugged sandstone cliffs, broad rock platforms and underwater reefs of the Bunurong Marine and Coastal Park represent some of Victoria’s most spectacular coastal scenery. Stretching along the coast from Harmers Haven to Inverloch, the park provides for boating, fishing, swimming and snorkelling or a quiet walk along a secluded sandy beach. The park contains one of the most significant fossil sites, where dinosaur bones over 115 million years old have been excavated.

Reserve Walking tracks lead through this reserve linking the rugged ocean beach to the extensive coastal heathlands and scrubs. During spring, the heathlands host a spectacular display of wildflowers. The reserve is a bird watcher’s paradise being home to over 80 species of birds.

State Coal Mine At its peak the State Coal Mine at Wonthaggi was a bustling network of underground tunnels filled with men, pit ponies, dust and dim lights. Operating from 1909 to 1968, some seventeen million tonnes of coal was mined in underground operations during the life of the Wonthaggi mines. Today visitors can inspect the original East Area workings and take a self-guided tour of the relics.

A Monash University Dinosaur Dig near Inverloch.

Bunurong Marine National Park The Bunurong Marine National Park’s underwater reefs are home to a multitude of plants and animals that flourish in a richunderwater ‘garden’ of seaweeds. Found amongst the seaweeds are an abundance of brightly coloured sea-stars, feature stars, crabs, large marine snails and many smaller animals. The park provides opportunities for snorkelling and diving or exploring the marine life of the intertidal rock platforms. Marine National Parks are protected areas of the sea, like national parks on land. They are “no take” areas, ensuring preservation for future generations.

New Gippsland Cycling Map Destination Gippsland has just released their new, updated Gippsland Cycling and Touring Map. A very detailed and comprehensive map showing the entire Rail Trail network across Gippsland. You can cycle your way through the network of disused railway lines, transformed into gently graded paths through bushland and rainforest. You can challenge yourself at one of the mountain bike parks or hit the road for a long, scenic ride through some of the best scenery Victoria has to offer. It is possible to cycle from Phillip Island, along the Bass Coast, through West Gippsland and onward to the far reaches of East Gippsland and the rainforests. Mountain Bike parks are located at Erica, Walhalla, Mt Baw Baw, Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail and Nowa Nowa. Country villages and historic townships such as Walhalla, Loch, Omeo and Port Albert, make those well earned rest-stops an experience in themself.

Dinosaur Dreaming

Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the discovery of the Flat Rocks site, near Inverloch and the 18th Dinosaur Dreaming field season. It is hard to believe that 20 300 fossil bones and teeth and so years have elapsed since a group the Dinosaur Dreaming site was of researchers discovered a four born. metre wide conglomerate layer In the past 20 years many thouexposed on the rocky shore plat- sands of bones and teeth have form, just south of Inverloch, been recovered from the Flat Victoria. Rocks site, making it the richest The discovery caused great Early Cretaceous site in Australia. excitement as it was the first time Although it has not produced that a number of bones had been articulated skeletons, like those found, along the Victorian south from Dinosaur Cove and Eric the coast, so close together in one Red in the Otway Group, it is the fossil layer. only site in Australia where eviTwenty bones were discovered dence of three groups of mammals exposed on the surface of the fos- has been found, alongside the sil layer, but they proved to be bones of at least six different types just the “tip of the iceberg”. A test of dinosaurs. dig, which took place in 1992 to Information courtesy of explore the potential of the site, Monash University. You can find resulted in the recovery of over out more by visiting their website.

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Wilsons Promontory simply beautiful ... naturally Prom Country is located a leisurely two hour drive from Melbourne, and approximately 3 hours drive from Sale. The Prom region is renowned for spectacular scenery, unspoilt beaches, lush rainforests and plenty of farm-fresh produce. It is a must to see on your travels. Wilsons Promontory National You can start the day with lei- emus and koalas. park covers over 50,000 hectares surely strolls through gently slopAccommodation at the Prom of wilderness, and is host to some ing terrain. Or, you can up the ante consists of camping, cabins, lodgof Victoria’s most spectacular with serious treks that can be as es and wilderness retreats. Plenty scenery. relaxing or physically invigorating of room for a motor home and a Striking and beautiful, the as you choose. fully stocked shop ensures you’ll “Prom” as it is known, features The abundant wildlife is a fea- not run out of supplies. over 30 self-guided walking tracks ture of the Prom. With clearly There are 20 powered sites and that showcase the natural aesthet- marked viewing areas, you’re 484 non-powered at Tidal River. ics of this popular holiday destina- guaranteed to get some great holiday pics of kangaroos, wombats, tion.

Easter at Stony Creek Races, picnics & prizes

It’s on again this Easter, the Stony Creek racing season, Sunday, April 8, 2012. This is the last meeting of the season, and the emphasis will be on families picnicing together. The six race program will entertain everyone. Krackers and Jessiekins will be on their Easter Egg patrol, and intend to select six family groups as winner of the special Stony Creek picnic rugs. The MS Auxillary will finish it’s season of crayfish raffles, with the prizes being the freshest crayfish in South Gippsland. Free entertainment for the children will be supplied by Camp Australia. They’re bringing a bundle of activities including the Chair-O-Plane, Tug of War, Face -

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Back to Charlie Brown’s Picnic Day The Fifth Annual ‘Back To’ Charlie Brown’s Picnic Day. This is an old style family picnic sports day that we experienced fifty years ago. Festivities will include the old favourite Sand Castle competition, an Easter Egg hunt, 3 legged races, egg and spoon races, sack and flat races for all age groups, culminating in a Tug of War event for the adults and a lolly scramble for the children. Participants will be allocated into two groups - the Waratite’s (villages) and the Parkers (Caravan Park dwellers). Day trippers will be ‘adopted’ by the Waratites. Music, food and drink will be available on the day, supplied by local vendors. The Picnic Day starts on Saturday April 7 at 10 am. Waratah Bay Recreaction Reserve, Cnr Gale & Moongana St, Waratah Bay.

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The Prom Country region is located an easy 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne.... Prom Country is renowned for spectacular scenery, unspoilt beaches, lush rainforests and farm fresh produce. Home to Wilsons Promontory Na�onal Park and other pris�ne natural a�rac�ons, the Prom Country region is Gippsland’s southern secret. To plan your next visit to Prom Country, please visit our website or contact our friendly Visitor Informa�on Centres for assistance.

12 Popular Things to See & Do • Explore Wilsons Promontory Na�onal Park • Cycle the Great Southern or Grand Ridge Rail Trails • Sample farm fresh food and wine • Visit our local art galleries • Ride the South Gippsland Tourist Railway • View the Loch Suspension Bridge • Walk the Lyrebird Forest Walk • View na�ve birdlife at the Toora Bird Hide • Picnic at the Korumburra Botanic Park • Visit Agnes Falls waterfall • Explore Coal Creek Community Park • Discover the historic Cape Liptrap lighthouse

Prom Country Visitor Information Centres painting and more. Entry for children under 17 is free. A bus service will operate from Wonthaggi, Cape Paterson, Inverloch, Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay. For bookings, contact Ross Wise on 0407 343 451, or Darell Verdon on 0400 573 344. Promises to be a great day for everyone.


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Latrobe Valley

Old Gippstown Historical Village. Step back in time to relive Gippsland’s heritage. Open every day 9-5, with home baked fare available in the cafe.

Peterson’s Lookout. Situated in Tyers Park is a crag of conglomerate rock overlooking the Tyers Gorge. Access by car is just north of Tyers on W2 track.

Latrobe City is a thriving rural region located an easy 90 minute drive from the CBD of Melbourne. It encompasses the major towns of Traralgon, Morwell and Moe / Newborough as well as a number of smaller rural townships. Latrobe City is recognised as Victoria’s centre for electricity production. Enjoy alfresco dining and great shopping by day and fine dining and live entertainment by night. With a string of excellent bars, pubs and clubs, there is a venue to suit everyone. Latrobe City has a rich history which can be discovered at one of the many museums including Old Gippstown - Gippsland’s Heritage Park, the Old Brown Coal Mine Museum and PowerWorks Energy Technology Centre. Get closer to nature and meander through one of the many parks and gardens or view the native and rare orchids at the Morwell National Park. Enjoy the beauty of the world renowned Morwell Centenary Rose Garden which showcases over 3 000 rose bushes spread over four acres. Hazelwood Pondage, the cooling pond for Hazelwood Power Station, provides warm water all year round.

PowerWorks Public Tours Discover the vast energy technology complex centred on Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. See energy systems of today and tomorrow in interactive displays at the Energy Education Visitors Centre. Tours are available Tuesday and Thursday at 11am, with a minimum of 8 persons required. Bookings essential on 5135 3415 or Pricing for tours: Adults: $25.00 Children: $7.50 Seniors/Concession: $15 Family: $55 (2 adults, 2 kids)

Strezlecki Trail - Route 94

Route 94 marks the scenic drive through Latrobe Valley into the Strzelecki Ranges, through villages, past manicured farmland to magnificentforests. With two distinct loops, following Route 94 will take you past Loy Yang power station and open mine, to the splendour of TarraBulga National Park, famous for its dense mountain gullies, suspension bridge, Cyathea Falls and wildlife. Route 94 will lead you past the warm waters of Hazelwood Pondage, great for all year round water sports, past galleries too numerous to mention, to the ‘Mural’ town of Mirboo North. Stroll through this country town to enjoy the many murals. This route takes in many walking and cycling trails.

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Places to stay on the Lakes Latrobe City has two Caravan Parks suitable for Motor homes and Caravans. Both are situated on the shores of lakes, and close to major shopping centres. Lake Narracan Park Set on the shores of Lake Narracan, there are BBQs, toilets and picnic tables, as well as shower and washing facilities. No powered sites. A kiosk at the park is open on weekends for snacks. Phone 03 5127 8724. Hazelwood Pondage With a minimum temperature of 22 degrees, the Ponds are perfect for all year round activities. Non-powered and powered sites are available. Facilities include BBQs, picnic tables, playground and toilets on the foreshore. Phone 03 5163 1566.

What’s on in Latrobe? There’s plenty to see and do throughout the Latrobe Shire this April, with many events planned across the region. Gippslife Alternative Lifestyle Festival - Starts Saturday, March 31 for two days. A showcase of Psychics and Reiki practitioners. 10 am till 4pm. Contact 5127 3082 for details. Gippsland Car Club Multiclub Hillclimb - Sunday, April 1. Based at Bryant Park in Yallourn from 9:30 am till 4:30 pm. Phone 5174 1473. All Ages Music Event - Old Gippstown - Saturday, April 14 from 1:00 pm till 11:00 pm. Old Gippstown can be accessed via the turn-off on Princes Hwy near McDonalds. Phone 5127 3082 for details. REH Cork Club Family Day - Good Friday Appeal - Friday, April 7, at the Royal Exchange Hotel in Traralgon. Phone 0413 134 350 for details. Traralgon Farmers Market - Kay Street Gardens, Traralgon, Sat April 21, starts at 8:00 am till 1:00 pm. Phone 0409 232 715. Antique & Collectables Expo - Old Gippstown, Moe. Runs from 10:00 am till 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 28. There’s sure to be some interesting collectables on display.

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Trekking through West Gippsland

Just over an hour’s drive east of Melbourne, you will find the West Gippsland region. Diversity is the region’s strong point. West Gippsland offers a wide range of activities and accommodation styles and choices to suit any taste or budget. It is great in any season and its close proximity to Melbourne makes it a wonderful choice for a day trip, short break, or an extended holiday. From emerald pastures and fields of golden hay, to clear rivers, waterfalls, temperate rain forests, green rolling hills, alpine landscapes, public and private gardens and vineyards, you are reminded that truly spectacular scenery still exists. Here you will find the food and wine treasures of West Gippsland. You can fill your esky with the freshest variety of local produce, including cheeses, fruits, olives, vegetables, fish and free range meats. Enjoy a picnic at the picturesque Tarago Reservoir, stroll through Neerim South, taking in the art and craft, and savour the food and wine. Take a walk through Glen Nayook, visit the Historic Noojee Trestle Bridge – the only remaining of seven tres-

tle bridges between Nayook and Noojee, and rumoured to be one of the largest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. The Walhalla and Mountain Rivers area incorporates the towns of Erica, Rawson, Walhalla Historic Township and localities such as Coopers Creek, Aberfeldy, Moondarra and Tyers Junction. This region is like an island in the sky and sets itself apart from other parts of Gippsland by providing year-round activities that suit all tastes and budgets. Meet the locals in a country pub, go skiing on a choice of two mountains in winter, camp at the numerous sites dotted throughout the region, enjoy the many hiking trails, mountain bike in Erica and experience fascinating goldera heritage in the beautiful Walhalla Historic Township – definitely a ‘must do’. Experience the spectacular Walhalla Goldfields Railway or take a deep tour underground at the Walhalla Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine. With easy access from either Moe, Traralgon or South Face Road, the Walhalla & Mountain Rivers region is perfect as a day trip, but it’s best enjoyed when you stay in the region overnight. Wake up to

sounds of birds and the smell of the bush. It’s a real Aussie experience that cannot be beaten. Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort is nestled high amongst the Great Dividing Range, and is the closest downhill ski resort to Melbourne. The resort is situated on the edge of the Baw Baw Plateau and offers spectacular views across West Gippsland towards Bass Strait and Westernport Bay. There are colourful wildflowers throughout summer and an abundance of animal life, making it a spectacular year-round destination. The village, with its friendly atmosphere and modern facilities caters for the day tripper and long-term visitor.

Walhalla Railway

In 1993, a group of enthusiasts started to rebuild the most spectacular section of this line from the Thomson River up Stringers Creek Gorge to Walhalla. Trains returned to Walhalla in 2002 and now the Walhalla Goldfields Railway operates every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday. Contact the Baw Baw Shire for departure times on 1300 133 309.

Long Tunnel Gold Mine

Tour deep under the mountain in Walhalla as you venture on a fascinating tour in the original workings of the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine. This mine is one of the most successful mines in Victoria’s history. The mine is basically as is was when it closed in 1911 and tours today take approximately 45 minutes.

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Explore a region of diversity and beauty, from the alpine majesty of the Baw Baw Plateau and the rich gold mining history of Walhalla to lush valleys and gourmet country pastures. A feast for the senses awaits with breathtaking scenery, adventure, history and a myriad of events. Quality local food and wine with excellent accommodation options, all wrapped up in genuine warm country hospitality. Have we enticed you to extend your stay yet? Want more information? For further information on living in Yarragon Visitor Information Centre - 1300 133 309 or Baw Baw Shire, please visit: Baw Baw Shire Council W: E:



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Nature Lovers Paradise Alpine meadows and twisted gums

West Gippsland is a diverse and exciting part of Gippsland. Mt Baw Baw offers a unique Alpine experience all year, the historic township of Walhalla gives you insight into the county’s rich history and the green rolling foothills offer charming villages, fine produce and cosy B &B’s. Mt Baw Baw may be renowned for skiing and snowboarding in winter however the mountain is just as spectacular in the warmer months. Blessed with twisted snow gums, alpine meadows, native wildflowers, pre-historic Myrtle Beech and stunning geological formations the mountain is a nature lover’s paradise. The Resort offers 10km of walking trails and a walk to suit every fitness level. The best views are found along the summit trail, from the summit lookout there is a beautiful view over the Australian Alps. For those seeking an easier walk Beech trail follows the Tanjil Creek and is a much shorter and less strenuous. The beautiful Baw Baw National Park can be accessed via the Resort trails, guided walks from Mt Baw Baw to Mushroom rocks at Mt Erica or

even an overnight walk to Walhalla can be arranged. Mt Baw Baw’s Sea to Sky Restaurant offers great food, friendly hospitality and stunning views over West Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula. Head Chef Brett Marshman has won numerous Melbourne awards for his cooking and has really lifted the profile of the restaurant. The menu has been developed to showcase Gippsland’s fine produce and terrific local wines have been sourced to match. Sharing a Gippsland Grazing Platter and a glass of wine on the sunny deck is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Stay overnight in the Alps in one of the Resort’s cosy cabins of family friendly lodges. The nearby towns of Erica, Rawson, Walhalla, Noojee and Neerim South are definitely worth exploring. The Walhalla Goldfields Railway winds its way through the lush fern scattered valley and is a great family experience The Erica Pub is famous for its hot rock, cook it yourself steak and the Outpost at Noojee offers a unique Aussie Pub experience with a big a big open fire and is definitely worth a visit.

Mount Baw Baw is hosting the inaugural TR FM Baw Baw Fun Run on Sunday, March 25, to raise money for the West Gippsland Hospital Emergency Department. The whole family can be in- prams and strollers, and pets are volved with various events being not permitted. planned. A BBQ will be provided on the As with all Cross Country Fun day, along with spot prizes and a Runs, this one is sure to get the raffle, with all proceeds going to heart pumping and the legs burn- the hospital. ing. First off the line will be the Entry fees for the Fun Run are: 10km Run event at 10 am. At $20 - 10km run 10:15 am the 5km Run event $15 - 5km run and walk leaves, and 10:45 am the 5km $10 - all kids. Walk leaves. The course is a 5km loop, with Mount Baw Baw would like to the 10km runner doing 2 laps of express thanks to their sponsors, the circuit. TR FM, Athletes Foot, Sports Co, Registrations are available CJA Lee Property, PFD Food Serfrom the Mount Baw Baw web- vices, PV Meats, Carmens, Macsite, or on the day from 8:30 am. cas Megasports and Cactus Black. The course is not suitable for See you there in your runners.

Mount Baw Baw a place for all seasons

Mount Baw Baw is just 50km north of the Latrobe Valley, itself one of several peaks on the Baw Baw Plateau. Other peaks on the plateau include Mt Whitelaw, Mt St Phillack (highest) and Mt St Gwinear. The Baw Baw Plateau is actu- consisting of snow gums and subally seperated from the rest of the alpine grasslands. high country by the two main rivWith snow cover from June ers, the Thompson and Aberfeldy. to September, the rest of the year For those interested in it’s geol- enables hikers and sightseerers to ogy, most of the plateau consists of marvel at the breathtaking landgranite type deposits. scapes and views. The lower areas are covered Cycling is well catered for, with in eucalypt forest, including cool the approach into Mt Baw Baw temperate rainforests of myrtle considered one of the toughest hill beech, with the higher plateau climbs in Australia.

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Spirit, Mind & Body

Creating a New Earth

Mind, Body or Soul? The age old question still haunts us today. Am I a Body? a Mind? or a Soul? Or am I all three? Christians began the Triology of Father, Son, Holy Ghost. All three were taught as very seperate entities, to be dealt with differently. How about we merge the three together. Using the other ancient Christian perspective that All Is One. There is no other, just One. That would suggest, that my Soul, or my Spirit, is also my Body and also my Mind. So if I’m looking for my Soul, I’ve only to look to my body to find it.

Shwami K ingsley This being the first of our Spirit, Mind & Body columns, I’d like to begin by talking about a great spiritual teacher of our time, Eckhart Tolle. Over the last few years he’s written two major pieces of work. The first being The Power of Now and the second, A New Earth. Both, in my eyes, are spiritual masterpieces. Both required reading for anyone serious about moving on from this ego centric world we find ourselves in. Eckhart sees the world very simply. Insane. War, poverty, greed, competition, economics, media, they’re all products of insane minds, imposed upon societies as the “normal way” of living. Those of us who have started questioning this “normal way”, are wondering, “If this isn’t “normal” then what is?” And that’s the question Eckhart attempts to explain in his last two books. He takes you through the first big realisation that any human being needs to realise, and that is, “you are not your thoughts.” All those thoughts you think - 11

during the day ... greed, jealousy, selfishness, self-centred uncaring thoughts. He shows you through simple examples, that is not you. Not in an airy fairy way. But a solid, explanation of who you are and who you are not. All those thoughts you have, that you don’t like, are not actually you. Meaning, you don’t have to deal with them, analyse them and heal them, but instead, very simply, you see they’re just thoughts. His explanation of who you really are is very simple, and easy to

digest. You are simply the being or presence that is able to observe those thoughts. No attachment to them, no guilt, no regret, just an acceptance that those thoughts are simply thoughts, and you, the real you, exists with or without them. It’s a breath of fresh air to all those who are tortured with mental thought processes. You can pickup his books, CD’s and DVD’s from Purpose in the Hub, 10 Myer St, Lakes Entrance.

Quantum Physics is catching up to Spiritulism, with the discovery that there is no physical. Only energy. And the mind has now been discovered to be entirely energy. So we have the Body as energy, and thoughts (Mind) as energy, then that just leaves the Soul. If you practice meditation, you’ll be aware of the existence of your Soul, or your core Being. It’s usually that awareness you have when you stop thinking. Next time you’re meditating, take time to connect with your body. Entertain the thought that it’s an outward expression of who you are. Not a seperate entity.

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Fishing the Lakes, Ocean and Rivers in Gippsland Some folk just love to fish, it may be the escape from daily routine or to take on the challenge of person versus nature. Fishing is a great family hobby, and it can be as cheap or as expensive as you want. You do not have to be an expert to catch dinner. Lakes Entrance is historically a popular fishing destination because it offers a diverse range of fishing experiences with ample accommodation for all budgets .The whole family can fish from jetties, go prawning on summer and autumn nights, collect mussels from rocks, fish from river banks, lakeside & surf, or venture out in a boat. The Gippsland Lakes & Rivers cover 400 square kilometres - it is the largest protected inland waterway in the southern hemisphere. The Gippsland Lakes is protected from the ocean by sand dunes and runs parallel to the 90 Mile Beach. Seven major rivers run into the lakes. The region is a mecca for water sports. Fishing this year has been a

prosperous King George Whiting season, with good flathead being caught at Lake Tyers. The warm ocean currents have drifted further along the coast, allowing King fish and Marlin to be caught off shore.

located centrally, not too far from boat ramps and an easy walk for non fishers in the family to visit shops, cafes, beach & clubs. Helen MacCubbin, from Lazy Acre is an avid fisher, and has all

Described as Victoria’s Riviera, the weather is warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Keeping all the family satisfied when you take off fishing is easy when you stay locally. Lazy Acre Log Cabins, Kickback Cottages and the Central Hotel are all

the local fishing hot-spots up her sleeve. She & Nikki Bryant won the Females Pairs Prize in the recent 2012 Lakes Entrance Fishing Classic. Lakes Entrance well suits all the family - whether fishing, shopping or relaxing.

Accommodation and meal deals to tempt you Lakes Entrance, as it’s name implies, is the gateway to the Gippsland Lakes waterways. A national treasure renowned for it’s prolific bird and marine life. Locals and visitors alike use the Lazy Acre Log Cabins are Lakes as a playground for a range situated in the heart of Lakes Enof water activities, including sail- trance, walking distance to shops, ing, kayaking, cruising, jet skiing beaches and clubs. Plenty of room and fishing of course. for boat parking with your own This month, many Lakes En- self contained log cabin. trance accommodation and tourHelen MacCubbin, from Lazy ism operators are offering you Acre, will give you the latest fishtempting deals to come and enjoy ing news, best fishing spots and fill the Lakes. you in on the recommended baits The Central Hotel, on the Es- or plastics. planade in Lakes Entrance, has Helen knows fishing, just ask a two night accommodation and the locals. meal package on offer. Kickback Cottages, just across For just $249, you can stay for the road, is another cosy, fully self two nights on the waterfront, sam- contained cabin style accommodaple local seafood and produce with tion, suited perfectly for families a dinner for two in their Bistro, or couples wanting to get away and enjoy a continental breakfast. from it all, and relax. Their chef, Heath, has joined Alison, at Kickback, has 1, 2 the Central Hotel after cooking in and 3 bedroom cottages in a treeCanada, Japan and New Zealand. lined setting, and a huge entertainIf you’re looking at a longer ment area for those group gatherstay, Lazy Acre Log Cabins are ings. offering a special pay for 4 nights Kickback are offering rates and stay for 5 deal. starting at $100 per night.

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Tambo Gourmet Foods relish and jams are handmade in small batches using fruit and vegetables sourced locally from growers using organic principles where possible. Our range of pre mixed gourmet spices allows the customer to conveniently add taste and variety to their cooking. Our range is growing weekly. We have a selection of over 20 flavours of traditionally made Gluten Free fudge. The smooth, creamy, non grainy texture will really excite your taste buds. Dukkah is the latest addition. We have 6 different varieties to choose from and the biggest problem our customers have is “which one will I buy, they are all so good.” Look for our stall at local markets in East Gippsland and southern NSW or visit us online at

With the opening of the new Cactus Black store in Paynesville, Jamie Malady has introduced the new water sport craze, Stand up Paddle Boards. The waterways around Paynesville are perfect for stand up paddle boards. To ensure you get the most out of the sport, Jamie has introduced paddle board lessons. “It’s important that you learn the correct techniques from the start,” says Jamie. “Our instructors will have you

paddling effectively in a short space of time and ensure you will be able to paddle on your own.” There are group lessons and individual lessons. Group lessons usually begin at 9:00am and 10:30am, continuing throughout the day, weather permitting. Cost is $60 per person, or $50 if you bring a friend. If you’re not standing up on your own after your lesson, it’s free. Call 5152 2857 or 0419 504 707 for bookings.

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Visit Rosedale

Rosedale township - gateway to East Gippsland & beyond Nestled between Traralgon and Sale is the bustling township of Rosedale, originally known as Blind Man’s Hut. Filled with country charm, this small and inviting town has come together to form a new “Rosedale

and District Tourism Associations” pulling local business owners and individuals interested in tourism together to show case what Rosedale has to offer and provide future events. With a growing population,

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Rosedale is the central point before heading off to the Gippsland Lakes, Holey Plain State National Park, Alpine National Park or the ninety mile beach. On the east entry of Rosedale you will be first meet with the Aboriginal Canoe Tree. The canoe Tree is historically listed. The indigenous people over 170 years ago used the bark for their canoes. The tree displays the original curving of the canoe. Rosedale also is a RV Friendly location with a national well known camping area Willow Park . Willow park is located less than 1km out of town and has an easy walking track directly into town. There is a dump point and a potable water available in the town with easy access. Highlights of the town include the huge variety of antique and collectables shops, Tearooms, Bakery, craft shop, local preserves ,butcher, patchwork shop, nurseries and two hotels. Rosedale prides itself on these shops and the fact that some have won awards for their local produce or homemade work. The town is also home to a large wood carving display. Located in the famous Rosedale Bakery is a array of unique wood carvings with more wood carvings located in various spots around the town. The main large sculpture of a hand crafted eagle was carved by a local man and can be found a short scroll from the CBD

Rosedale has all the facilities required for a thriving community including reasonably price housing, an excellent Primary school, doctors, senior citizen, neighbourhood house, early learning centre , and preschool. There is also a number of sporting facilities such as bowling club, football club, basketball ball club and transport facilities. Prince St Reserve located on the Princes Highway offers free BBQ, playground and skate park . The Reserve also holds a monthly market on the 2nd Sunday of every month. Rosedale is the only town in Gippsland to have a Melbourne Cup winner. Patrobus’ owner was

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to become the first woman owner to take the prize cup in 1915. A full size statue of Patrobus and rider is located in Prince St Reserve and is a must see for all visitors. A Historic walk starts at the Prince Street reserve, site of the Rosedale State School from 18701989. Then past the Mechanics Institute, Bank of Australasia, Masonic Lodge, original post office, the Rosedale Hotel, The Tavern Rosedale/Royal Hotel, Old Bridge, Willow park reserve, Tanning Pitts and Stock Route. Local winery close by will tempt your palate, so why not sample what is on offer. Just a short drive out of Rosedale is Tom Caps Winery located off the Hyland Highway, Willung South. Toms Cap Winery not only offers a huge range of wines, but also fine dining and luxury self contained accommodation located on the vineyard. Rosedale has an international speedway which features great local and international racing.

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Rotary Club of Maffra Mardi Gras

Last years entrants, from left, Jason Langshaw, Jacelyn Shields, Tricia Newgreen and the winner, Lynley Bertacchini.

In 1957 a Back to Maffra was held which was very successful. During this event six local business men got together and decided to start and raise money for the Maffra District Hospital. These men were Arthur Watts, Ken Davies, Lex Leslie, Athol Ralph, Harry Van der Mewe and Max Jennings. It was first held on the long weekend in March and became known as the Rotary Club of Maffra Mardi Gras. The fund raising started off with a couple of entrants who were nominated. They raised money for the hospital with penny votes. The entrant getting the most votes and money was the winner with all proceeds going to the hospital. The committee often had to improvise having to borrow tarpaulins from the factory one year to shelter them from the rain. They also had train rides in Johnson street for the children. The format has changed a little since 1958. The entrants still raise money over a 6 week period. - 19

The entrants represent community groups from throughout the Wellington Shire. The money raised goes towards special projects that the community groups are working on.

The Mayor of the Wellington Shire hosts a Civic Reception at Duart where the President of the Rotary club of Maffra Mardi Gras committee introduces the entrants. Each entrant makes a speech specifying which Club they represent and what their special project is. The Mayor then announces that

Maffra Mardi Gras 2012 the fund raising may begin. Typically on the Friday evening of the launch there are lots of raffle tickets being sold. The next 6 weeks brings about a flurry of social functions within the Wellington Shire. This entails a lot of hard work for the entrants and their committees, but is also a lot of fun for all concerned. The culmination of all this is a street festival on Saturday afternoon and evening, March 17, 2012. This year the inaugural Maffra Idol competition will be held during the afternoon with the Winner announced during the evening. The winner will also be in the parade. During the afternoon there will be carnival rides, market stalls, food stalls and street entertainment where families can gather in the beautiful tree lined main street of Maffra. The street parade commences at 7pm with our Patron Arthur Watts leading. The writer of this article, Liz Shepard has since passed away.

Maffra’s own Motoring Museum displays British classics

The Maffra Shed is one of those places, that unlcess you stop and check it out, remains a bit of a mystery. It’s not what you expect. “The Maffra Shed” Is becoming a regular must do visit for Gippsland residents as well as tourists, with its changing displays each four month’s and an increasing number of Car Clubs and Vintage Rallies now coming to Gippsland to visit this attraction. It is really worthwhile watching out for their special events. These are a treat for all, not just car enthusiasts. Their current “British” display will run March through to June and this display is a ripper with a variety of Vintage through Classic British marques on display .

Early in July the display will change over to a Holden display with some really exciting cars promised. With such an iconic range of vehicles produced by Holden this will also be a must see, and after the earlier Fabulous Fords display we have high expectations. Gippsland Vehicle Collection who run the Shed are growing quickly with over 400 members and attracting over 10,000 visitors last year. The committee are now considering the purchase of the building they have been leasing from dairy Co-Operative, Murray Goulburn. This small not for profit group have now won Wellington Regional Tourism awards 3 years in a row, they are a real success story right here in Gippsland, so drop in and have a look.

Arthur - this is your life ... Recently the Rotary Club of Maffra held a “This is Your Life” to honour their oldest serving member Arthur Watts. Arthur was asked to join Rotary by Herman Rautman and was inducted into Rotary in 1953. Arthur was an electrician. Arthur went on to be Chairman of various Rotary committees before becoming Rotary Club President in 1958. A highlight of Arthur’s involve-

ment with Rotary was having a Paul Harris Fellow bestowed on him in 1984. More recently he has been awarded a Sapphire Pin. Initially, Arthur was subject to a mock interview, to see if he was a worthy candidate for Rotary. Rotarian, Ross Neilson then announced that this was a “This is Your Life” Arthur Watts. Arthur thanked Dulcie, his wife of nearly 68 years, before becoming totally speechless.

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March/April 2012

Home & Garden

Solar technology just got smarter Traditional inverter systems typically shut off during lowlight conditions, such as the morning and evening or during thick cloud cover. This is due to the fact that they require a minimum amount of incoming power to operate efficiently. Micro inverters fix this issue. A micro inverter system goes into generation mode during lowlight conditions. During these times, the micro inverter stores up the small trickle of power coming from the panel, until there’s enough to send a burst of energy. By doing this, the microinverter is able to maintain highly efficient operation, even during low-light conditions. The micro inverter solar system package was created to allow customers access to quality products that provides a higher electricity generation yield, returning increased benefits for customers. Solar systems are constantly affected by environmental factors, such as shade, dust and debris. Using a traditional inverter means that everything is wired in series and the lowest performing module determines the performance of the entire series. This is commonly known as “The Christmas Light Effect,” and can significantly decrease the energy produc-

Micro-inverter solves shading issues

Traditional inverters typically shut off or reduce output considerably when partly shaded or in low light conditions. The new Microinverters are individually connected to each Panel, storing up the small trickle of power coming in during low light conditions, then letting it go in bursts, maintaining a highly efficient operation. tion of the system. Micro inverters allow each solar panel to operate independently and control the power from each with 99.6% accuracy. This results in a significant increase in the performance of the entire system. The micro inverter is highly reliable, has a 25 year life expectancy which matches the solar panels. The inverter designs to operate in real world conditions from -40OC to +85OC and achieve a peak efficiency of 94.1% for high reliability over the temperature range.

The Micro Inverter Solar System Package from Metro Solar includes: Monocrystalline Panels, Inverter Monitoring System, Mounting Accessories, Electrical Accessories and Servicing. The micro inverter is installed at the back of the every solar panel and offers a unique and excellent value proposition compared to conventional string or central inverters. • Significantly increased energy harvest • Lower lifetime cost of so-

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lar photovoltaic systems Increased inverter reliability to match the life of solar modules Comprehensive web based monitoring Communications systems that analyzes and reports the performance of each solar module with the PV array to enable system performance optimization Simplification of PV array design Ease of installation.

Wind Power requires planning Noise seems to be the major issue when planning Wind Power Generator Farms. The Victorian Government has introduced new guidelines and regulations to restrict locations used for wind farms. The changes appear to make it more difficult for Victoria to eventually ween itself off fossil fuel power generation, in preference for renewable energy sources. Victoria has seen an ongoing debate over the development of wind farms, despite the importance of meeting our global reduction in green house emissions. A Senate Committee, setup to investigate sound and shadow flicker, concluded there was no scientific evidence to suggest the wind farms caused adverse effects. However, they did adopt New Zealand’s noise limit of 40 decibels for dwellings in close proximity. Extensive new no-go zones have also been created. Originally they consisted of all National, State and Coastal Parks (43% of our coastline). New excluded zones include the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Mt Macedon and Mc Harg Ranges.

March/April 2012

Home & Garden

Out with the foam and in with the inner spring

Gone are the days of driving for hours, only to bed down on a tired, worn, foam mattress in the caravan. The team at Signature Bedding have revolutionised the way we sleep when we’re travelling on the road. For a minimal price, you can now replace the tired old foam mattresses in your camper van, caravan or camp trailer, with a comfortable, slim inner spring mattress. The Bonnel spring system they use, offers great support and it’s even possible to have custom shaped ends. Straight cut corners, round cut corners, pillow tops and bolsters. They use needled felt pads and

layers of “Joyce” comfort foams with quality quilting and the choice of cream damask, or Aztec print cottons. Camper Trailers sometimes require a lower profile spring unit, which comes complete with foam layers and quality quilting. Another addition to their product range are the semi trailer sleeper cabin mattresses. They’re specially engineered for long haul drivers, using zoned pocket springs for pressure relief, topped off with comfortable foam layers. Of course, they’re all washable with zip-off quilted covers made from high quality commercial grade fire retardant fabric. Specially designed to squeeze

through small openings, making it a breeze to fit them into your sleeper cabin. Pocket Spring mattresses are another new range. With individually wrapped coils, they contour to your body shape, making them perfect for distinct weight differences. Forget that bouncing feeling when sleeping with your partner, as these springs move only when the springs are contacted. Signature Bedding’s range of RV Master custom made mattresses can be viewed at their showroom. Fitting one for your campervan is easy, just turn up at their Sale store, and Mandy and the team will measure, quote and manufacture your mattress. - 21

What a pretty little weed you are, Oxalis Almost every garden in Victoria would be home to our friend commonly referred to as Soursob. How do you deal with it? One option is to leave it, and enjoy it’s masses of small white or pink flowers. However, it does tend to smother any smaller plants close by. My experience has been the only way to eradicate it is to pull the tops and bulbs out. Meticulously, one by one, it’s the only way. Poison should never be an option living near waterways.

Bananas down south? Our bananas have just thrown their first bunch, after a three year wait. I’m told it takes three years before they will fruit. After shooting plenty of suckers, and making a fine clump of banana palm leaves, it’s wonderful to finally see some fruit developing. They may not ripen, but that’s okay. I’ve found heaps of compost, manure and plenty of water is all that’s required to get a good clump thriving. A north facing wall helps too.



Camping in a Trailer?

March/April 2012

Travelling in Gippsland

The little things you can miss

There is more to the Gippsland Rail Trail than an easy pathway, big trees and wonderful rivers. Take the time to look at the ground, move quietly and keep a sharp look out and some amazing little critters can catch ones attention. This small lizard was spotted taking in the morning sun near a vegetation clean up site. It was about 12 cms long and quite unfazed by a close up camera.

50 Years on at Lardner Park Stop over at any caravan park these days and you’ll see more than just motor homes and caravans. A new way of camping has taken hold throughout Australia, and it’s all based around a trailer. Now, it’s possible to go caravaning without carting a full sized caravan along. The camper trailer consists of a full sized tent setup, a portable kitchen, storage for fuel and water, as well as a full electrical system for plugging in those kettles or heaters on chilly nights. All the comforts of a caravan,

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without the size, fuel consumption and a 4WD to tow. Setting up is supposed to be relatively pain free, however, after reading many reviews, most campers prefer to only setup when staying put for more than a few days. Otherwise it’s sleep in the car for overnight stops. They sound like a great idea for budget conscious campers. If you’re considering one, drop in and see Paul at Gippsland Caravan Centre. They stock only Australian Trailers, manufactured and serviced in Australia.

Used Vans Camper Trailers

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$63,000 Coromal Capri 535 2004


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$36,990 1998 Pedigree Elite

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Gippsland’s premier agricultural event Farm World will celebrate its 50th birthday next month, attracting more than 50,000 to Lardner Park in Warragul. Held March 22-25, this year’s event has been themed “50 Years of Farm World” and will showcase its progression from humble beginnings in 1963 through to its growth and success to become the largest regional agricultural event in Victoria. Arguably Gippsland’s most anticipated annual event among the agricultural sector, the 50th Farm World field day won’t disappoint, with more than 650 exhibitors from all around Australia scheduled to take part – promoting and displaying their products, services and information for everything from All Swiss tractors to Zenten website design. As usual there will be plenty of toys for the boys. In the Lardner Park Exhibition Centre, the theme for the event will be “A Focus for Information and Technology in Agriculture 2012”, with exhibitors focussing on new technologies, extension and agronomic services, hardware, software and telecommunication suppliers. There will also be plenty of fun activities to keep

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the kids amused, along with the opportunity to sample some of the best food and refreshments Gippsland has to offer. The 50th Farm World field days will begin Thursday, 22 March at 8.30am and will close Sunday, 25th March at 4pm at Lardner Park Warragul. A V/Line bus service will run between the Drouin train station and Lardner Park on all four days.

Fishing in Gippsland

Thinking about it ... takes the frustration out of fishing for fun Andy - Spinestackle Andy, from Spinestackle, explains the intricate details and benefits of using a new hook with which to fish with. The “Spine” and “W” hook combination came about due to the frustration of short strikes and wasted bait caused by the fact that the actual hook on a traditional “Jig-Head” protrudes through the shoulders of the bait within the first one third of its length. This leaves the remaining two thirds of the bait prone to being bitten off or mutilated by the target fish, resulting in lost tails and the frustration of missed fish. I fish for fun and relaxation, not frustration. The “Spine” was developed in Northern NSW by Andy and Sue. It consists of a coated high carbon steel wire and has a lead weight cast onto it which sits internally in the bait and prevents the bait being pulled off. There are five different lengths in the “Spine” which suits a large variety of baits.

The “Spine” uses a super sharp “W” hook, which I learnt about from an article written by the Gun Fisherman and Fishing Journalist, Brett Geddes, whom is a Gippsland local. Brett has carried out

extensive testing of the “Spines” and has written several favourable articles about them. For more information on, and how to purchase, please visit

March/April 2012

Markets & What’s On

LATROBE REH Cork Club Craft Market 2nd Saturday of the month (Sept to May) Kay Street Gardens, Traralgon Contact 0487 342 675 Latrobe Country Market Every Sunday 8:30am - 1:30 pm Latrobe Road, Morwell Contact 0407 532 957 Traralgon Farmers Market 4th Sat of the month 8am-1pm Kay Street Gardens Contact 5174 2279 Old Gippstown Market - Moe 3rd Sat of the month 9am-2pm Old Gippstown Heritage Park Contact 5127 3082

Surf Club Market Foreshore Rotunda, near the Footbridge Lakes Entrance 1st Sun of month 9am-3pm Contact 5153 1916 Metung Farmers Market Village Green, Metung 2nd Sat of month 8:30am-1pm Contact 0458 431 844 Paynesville Lions Club Market Gilsenan Reserve, P’ville 2nd Sun of month 8am-1pm Contact 0400 327 526 Bairnsdale Uniting Church Car & Boot Market Great Alpine Road, Lucknow 3rd Sat of month 8:30-11:00am

Drouin Craft & Produce Civic Park, Drouin 3rd Sat of month 8am-12:30pm Contact 0428 252 440

Longwarry Fire Brigade Market Bennett St, Longwarry 1st Sunday of Month 8am-1pm March to December Contact 0419 158 946 Yarragon Community Craft & Produce Market 4th Sat of the month 9am-2pm Yarragon Public Hall Campbell St, Yarragon Contact 5634 2209

Stratford Variety & Farmers Market Apex Park, Princes Highway Stratford 4th Sun of month 9am-1pm Contact 0408 057 772 Rosedale Community Market Prince St Park, Rosedale 2nd Sun of month 7am-1:30pm Contact 5199 2818 Sale Charity Market Thompson River Canal Reserve Sale, Gippsland 3rd Sun of month 7am-1pm Contact 5144 1258 Yarram Variety Market Guide/Scout Hall Cnr Church Rd & Sth Gipp Hwy 1st Sun of month 8am-1pm


Rokeby Community Market Main Road, Rokeby 2nd Sat of month 8am-1pm September to May Contact 56 26 8523

Maffra Variety & Farmers Market 1st Sun of month 9am-1pm Contact 0408 057 772

Bruthen Village Market Bruthen Mechanics Hall Main Street, Bruthen 4th Sat of month 9am-1pm Contact 0428 501 634 or 03 5156 4148 Lucknow Market Howitt Park, Lucknow 4th Sun of month 8:30-1pm Contact 5152 4662



Heyfield Market John Greaves Memorial Park, Temple St, Heyfield 1st Sat of month from 8am Contact 5148 0505

Farmers Market Secondary College Oval, McKean St, Bairnsdale 1st Sat of month 8am-12pm Contact 5156 9342

Wellington Farmers Market 3rd Sat of month 8am-1pm Cobb & Co. Stables Raymond Street, Sale Contact 0408 057 772

Additional markets in Yarram: Port Albert Regatta - April 8 Rutters Park. Yarram Tarra Festival - April 9 Monster Market Showgrounds, Buckley St Port Albert Hall, Victoria St, 5th Sun in month Contact 5183 2649

SOUTH GIPPSLAND Prom Farmers Market Foster Showgrounds, Foster 3rd Sat of month 8am-12pm Contact 5682 2654 or 0427 809 509 Promontory Home Produce & Craft Market Sundays - April 8, 8am-2pm Foster Showgrounds, Foster Contact 5682 2654 Prom Country Farmers Market Main St, Foster 3rd Sat of month 8am-12pm Contact 680 8509 - 23

Tarwin Lower Market Tarwin Lower Memorial Hall Tarwin Lower Contact 5663 7345 or 5663 7505 Venus Bay Farmers Market Venus Bay Village Jupiter Bvd, Venus Bay Every Sunday in January Contact 5664 0096 Mirboo Nth Market Baromi Park, Mirboo Nth Last Sat of month, 9am-2pm Contact 5668 2465 Sth Gippsland Farmers Market Koonwarra Memorial Park Koonwarra 1st Sat of month 8:30am start Contact 0408 619 182 Kongwak Market Korumburra-Wonthaggi Rd, Kongwak Sundays 10-2:30pm Contact 0417 142 478 Coal Creek Farmers Market Coal Creek Community Park Korumburra 2nd Sat of month 8am-1pm Toora Market Former Bonlac Store, Jetty Road, Toora 2nd Sat of month 8:30am start Contact 5686 2690 Loch Public Hall Winter Market Loch Public Hall, Smith Street, Loch 2nd Sun of month 9am-1pm May to September only Contact 5659 4305 Loch Village Market Railway Siding, Loch 2nd Sun of month 8:30am start Contact 5659 0212 Inverloch Farmers Market The Glade, Inverloch 3rd Sunday of month 8am-1pm Contact 5664 0096

Fabric Sculpture Workshops - Cobb & Co Stables, Sale

Come along and make your own beautiful outdoor fabric sculpture with Rhonda Hunt from “Faeries with Attitude”. Rhonda is an Accredited Workshop Instructor with Powertex, as well as the Victorian Distributor and Instructor Trainer. Sculptures are made using Powertex, a water-based, nontoxic, fabric hardener, that has the AP ACMI award. You are able to choose from a fisherman, faerie, culturally based figures, or elegant lady. A wide selection of colours and fabric are available for the sculpture, as well as a choice

of bases, such as rocks, treated pine or natural timber. Workshop is on Sunday, 27th May, 9.30am – 4.00pm All materials are supplied for the workshop, just bring your creativity. You will need to wear old clothing or bring a protective apron and it is best not to wear jewellery. Tea and coffee available. BYO lunch or purchase at nearby venues. Cost for the workshop is $120. Book with Mark by telephoning 0408 057 772 or email Places are limited, so please book early.



Gippsland Market News

March/April 2012

Micro Business Centre 20 Micro Shops & an Indoor Market The old Cobb & Co Stables in Raymond Street Sale, has found a new breath of life. A far cry from it’s days as stables and warehouse used by the Cobb & Co stagecoaches of old. The concept of combining permanent minishops in a heritage building with a weekly themed market, came from listening to the wishes of those visiting existing markets around Gippsland. Mark Watson, advertising manager and partner of the Gippslander, has brought the idea to life from rather humble beginnings. Mark has been co-ordinating the Sale Farmers market, among others, for the past few years, and saw the need for a multi-use shopping precinct in Sale. His idea was to bring back to life, the old Cobb & Co. stable warehouse in Raymond Street, for the benefit of market goers and stallholders alike. Micro Business Centres have been operating in other towns for some time, successfully. Cobb & Co. is going to house up to 20 small retail shops, which other-

wise would not be able to afford the rent and overheads of their own independant shop. With this idea in mind, Mark has gathered a group of interested parties together, and will open the Cobb & Co. Stables Market in late March, 2012. Twenty small shops will operate within the actual centre. Each shop will have a 12 metre square space for setting up their own, individual store.

“Twenty indoor shops and an indoor market” A roster system will then operate, with one cash register to service all 20 shops. Shop owners will be rostered on at least 1 day per week for manning the register. Shared marketing and advertising campaigns will also benefit the smaller operators, previously unable to afford the cost of advertising on their own. Not stopping there, Mark has also created an Indoor Market themed event, happening every

weekend within the centre. There should be at least 20 extra sites. On the first Saturday of each month, there will be a Variety Market, running from 8am till 1pm. The second Sunday of each month will see a Craft Market operating. The third Saturday, the Wellington Farmers Market will move from it’s old digs at the skate park, into the Cobb & Co. Stables Market. And finally, on the fourth Sunday of each month, there will be an Art and Wine market. These indoor markets will be setup in the centre of the Cobb & Co. building, with the permanent micro-businesses operating from the old “stalls” down the side. Outdoor stalls will also be available on those weekends. Being a walk-through from the supermarket carpark through to Raymond Street, foot traffic is anticipated to be regular and high volume, benefiting both the permanent businesses as well as the temporary market stall holders. Casual market stalls cost $20 and measure 3m x 3m.

Berwick Clothing And Homemade Market Berwick Clothing and Homemade Market Sunday April 22, August 19 & November 18, 9-2pm. Berwick Leisure Centre, Manuka Rd, Berwick, Mel Ref 111 H7. Lots of Clothing, Homewares, Art and Jewellery for all the family.

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