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$9.95 THE MIDDLE OF EVERYWHERE Things to do Places to see FOSTER Great location & near the Prom GIPPSLAND HIGH COUNTRY Noel Lees the original bushman METUNG HOT SPRINGS Now open for indulgence! SUMMER #53 ISSN 1838-8124 ISSN 1838-8124 SUMMER #53
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Glad that Spring is now over, and we can finally get out and about again in Summer and enjoy long sunny days and enjoy what Gippsland offers to us all.

This edition is again packed with features on some of our unique characters, businesses, things to do, our canine friends, the stars, plenty to keep you informed and give the readers and visitors to the region plenty to do whilst here in Gippsland.

I had the pleasure of accompanying bush legend Noel Lees who for 40 odd years was the man who surveyed and kept an eye on this wonderful land at the back of Walhalla towards Aberfeldy. Noel has built and maintained many of the bush hikers huts that would still be a welcome relief for serious hikers who traverse through this area. His knowledge and sense of history must be told and I suspect that there will be more treks to come with Noel.

Plenty to do in The Middle of Everywhere, beautiful beaches along the Ninety Mile Beach region, but equally there is much to see and do in Maffra, Sale, Briagolong, Boisdale, Rosedale, Stratford, the list goes on.

We have also highlighted Foster in South Gippsland and the surrounding area. Foster is only a short 30-minute drive from Wilsons Promontory, again another must do and visit place.

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Enjoy this magazine, support our locals by shopping local and have a lovely and safe Christmas and see you all in 2023!
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Summer issue 53... our advertisers 47 Aherns Fruit Market – Foster’s finest selection of fruit and vegetables 90 Australian Forest & Garden – Home of Husqvarna Power Equipment 110 Bass Coast Boat & Caravan Storage – Bass Coast award winners 5 Bicycle Network – The Weekender Bike Ride in South Gippsland 79 BJS Insurance - Short term holiday rental available 118 Brent Sinclair Catering – Mobile Catering, Takeaway Meals 102-103 Brightside Cottage – Mount Eccles, relax and enjoy the surroundings 8 Carpet Court – Dream It Style It Live It 84 – 85 City To Coast Air Wonthaggi – Servicing Bass Coast & South Gippsland 110 Crawford Marine – Live the dream Campion and Stacer Boats 19 CPK McLaren Motor Body – Leongatha’s Motor Body & Vehicle Repairer 117 Curtis Australia – Designed and crafted in Australia 9 Edgewater Terraces Metung – Great accommodation in Metung 3 Edney’s Leongatha – All-new Nissan Qashqai 20 Elite Energy - The Swim Bass Coast – Swim the Island 46 Elite Energy – Bike the Bass – Bass Coast 79 Elite Energy - Run the Coast - Bass Coast 101 Evans Petroleum – BP Inverloch 2 G.J Gardner homes – Feel the joy building 91 Growmaster Traralgon – Garden, Fashion & Giftware solutions 130 Haymes Paint Shop – Wonthaggi, Cowes and Leongatha 46 Inside Out Clothing and Footwear – Specialist clothing store 125 Leongatha RSL – Family friendly venue 18 Mary Mackillop Catholic Regional College – Enquiries are welcome 80 – 81 Melaleuca Nursery – Indigenous & Native plant farm 52 Mirboo North Italian Festival – Sunday February 12, 2023 53 Moos At Meeniyan – Eat, Drink and check out our new menu 123 MYLI - 24/7 Library Memberships 49 Paragreen Real Estate – Locally owned & operated 126-127 Pets Doman – The home for pets 46 Pulhams Furniture & Carpet – Including Tattslotto 97 Redi Milk – Delivering to South Gippsland 97 Rigby Homemakers – Gippsland’s finest furniture & bedding store 42-43 South Gippsland Shire – Foster Over the hills, not so far away 50-51 South Gippsland Shire – Summer in South Gippsland 116 Stony Creek Go Karts – Fun for all the family, Go Kart hire 14 Sunscape Solar – Have you been thinking of getting solar? 111 The Gurdies Winery – Take a detour to the Gurdies Winery 47 The Kitchen Table – Great coffee and cakes 119 The Melbourne Furnishing Co – Quality furnishing store 88 The Middle Korumburra Hotel – Meals, Drinks and Fun 14 Van Steensel Timbers – We have everything for Summer 132 Virtue Homes – ‘Building Excellence’ 119 Waratah Hills Vineyard – Award winning wines, created for celebrations 89 Wattle Bank Farm – Horse riding lessons and trail rides etc 15 West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority 7 Wonthaggi Lotto – Authorised Tattslotto Agency our content 10 – 11 Edgewater Terraces at Metung, an East Gippsland gem 12 – 13 Curtis Australia – A studio with a precious difference 16 – 17 WGCMA – 25 Years & More to come 44 – 45 Foster – The Gateway to Wilsons Promontory 48 – 49 Highlights from South Gippsland 70 – 71 Virtue Homes – ‘Building Excellence’ 72 – 75 Metung Hot Springs – A Five-Star Wellness Experience 76 – 78 Mary Mackillop Leongatha – Caring for Education 82 – 83 G J Gardner Homes – Feel the joy building the G.J. Way 86 – 87 Jayson’s Fight for life 92 – 93 Redi Milk – A new chapter in a humble success story 94 – 95 The highlights from the return of the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge 96 Return to Leongatha Tech…..51 years later 98 – 100 Unearthing Gippsland’s High Country secrets 104 – 106 Newton’s Law of History 107 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival visits Thorpdale 108 – 109 Family property becomes site for safe & secure storage 112 – 113 The Gurdies Winery…The story so far… 114 – 115 A new era for Venus Bay General Store 120 – 121 Stephanie Johnson – A Shining Star in Astrology 122 – 123 Myli My Community Library – 24/7 flexibility at your library 124 Seeing with Stars Astrology – Stephanie Johnson 128 – 129 Canine Corner – Our best friends




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edgewater terraces

And if you’ve never had the pleasure of exploring the Gippsland Lakes, this unique accommodation is an enchanting anchor point to everything the vast water network has to offer.

A stay at Edgewater Terraces

Edgewater Terraces at Metung has a bush land resort feel, with a distinct Riviera look. The terraces are spacious, beautifully appointed, standalone houses tucked away into the hilly alcove just metres from the water. With its own private Edgewater Marina no less.

Arriving at Edgewater, it’s easy to see why it’s such a tourist draw card. The heady scent of eucalypt and the constant call of native birds envelopes each terrace. Views of the water or gardens from each window, and merely a glimpse of the nearest terrace give a sense of privacy, despite 13 houses on the property.

The fully self-contained terraces are spacious, spotlessly clean and despite many of them being around since the mid-eighties, surprisingly modern and fresh. The one bedroom terraces, ranging from resort to luxury and deluxe, are the perfect couple’s getaway haven. While families have the choice of two or three bedroom terraces, or the impressive four bedroom lakeview terrace house.

Despite Edgewater’s position on the main road into Metung, the location is peaceful. The sound of frogs at night and birdcalls during the day is its soundtrack.

The facilities include saltwater swimming and wading pools, spa, BBQ area and children’s playground. And if you do actually want to venture beyond the serene cocoon of the Edgewater Resort, cross the road and you’ll find yourself at the private Edgewater Marina. Take in the beauty of the Gippsland Lakes, watch the fish and seahorses at play, get out the fishing rod or pop on your walking shoes.

Head right along the boardwalk and it’s a gentle stroll into the Metung township, where stocking up on local produce is a must. Then walk back to your Edgewater terrace to cook up your finds in the full kitchen, or on the BBQ. Then sit out on one of the many balconies surrounding your terrace and take in the sights and sounds of the Gippsland Lakes, otherwise there is Foxtel and WIFI available for guests.

It’s easy to see why Edgewater Terraces is a Metung success story. Whether it’s a family mini-break or a romantic getaway, it’s an ideal central East Gippsland resort to base your next holiday. From the location, to the accommodation, facilities and friendly staff, it’s a hidden gem that every traveller should add to their bucket list.

Edgewater Terraces at Metung Corner of Metung Road and Nicholas Avenue Book direct: 03 5156 2666 www.edgewaterterraces.com.au

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If it’s a while since you’ve dipped your toes into the delight that is Metung, a stay at Edgewater Terraces will reintroduce you to this idyllic coastal town in the most delightful way possible.

at Metung, an East Gippsland gem

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A studio with a precious difference

Handcrafted works of art from the world's only watch, jewellery & pen making family

Walk into Curtis Australia's studio in Bairnsdale and a couple of things impress you straight away – one is undoubtedly the smart and private showroom filled with unique and exclusive designed pieces, the other the size of their purpose built, well lit and modern studio.

It's a clean and bright space, well organised and reassuring for clients who leave their treasured pieces for repair, restoration or remodelling, as nothing ever leaves the premises.

One fascinating piece of equipment to catch the eye is the 120 year old drawbench. This is used to create wire for all kinds of uses from watch screws to jewellery settings - even tubes can be formed from sheet to create rub over settings for precious gems. Watching the Curtis jewellers draw down gold wire is a mesmerising ballet of quickly moving hands and an informed eye.

The well oiled drawbench wheel spins quickly as the wire is fed through a succession of finely tapering holes in the hardened steel drawplate. The heavy 'dogs' grip onto the wire - so called as they bite down hard as the wire is drawn through the plate to reduce its diameter while increasing its length.

The tough leather strap transfers the energy efficiently, something the experienced jeweller can actually feel and control.

As the wire work hardens it needs annealing – heated by flame to a dull red, then quenching quickly in water to realign the hidden molecular structure of the gold.

This allows redrawing again, until the wire size and shape suits the work, whether for claws on a ring that secure a precious pink diamond, a pin for a brooch or part of a watch – the solid gold wire having a myriad of uses. Used every day, the drawbench is just one of the tools Curtis jewellers use to create much loved pieces of jewellery for you and yours.

Wax is ideal for crafting naturally inspired pieces

Sculpting is another skill you see in the Curtis studio. Models in wax are patiently hand crafted for pieces inspired by nature, such as the charming platypus seen here. Wax is an interesting medium, capable of holding very fine detail, but it's tricky to work and easily damaged, it takes years to master.

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The wheel of the drawbench is geared to transfer the energy needed to draw the wire through tapered holes in the drawplate (above) Handcrafted wire is used for jewellery gem settings (left) and even the tiny watch case screws on a Curtis hand crafted gold watch (above) Gumleaf earrings from the Woodland Collection Sterling silver Platypus brooch The Curtis Australia studio in Bairnsdale Heather & Glenn Curtis (right) with team member Trevor Brown HANDCRAFTING IS AT THE CORE OF EVERYTHING CURTIS AUSTRALIA CREATES.

Diamond setting is another vital skill for a jeweller. Many pieces contain gems, and each different gem and shape requires a different approach.

The princess cut gems in this remarkable handcrafted 'Manhattan' ring (above) have very delicate corners, so need precise skill when setting.

Curtis Australia also hand craft their own solid gold watches – again with a key difference.

Watches are part of the Curtis family history - with Glenn's grandfather and great grandfather both watchmakers. Again, with their jewellery skills in mind, Glenn Curtis wanted to disrupt the conventional, so his hand crafted watches have a strong bias towards jewellery techniques, with curves and forms any machine would struggle to make. From a modest range, there are now many different models available, from carefully measured designs to the colourful and expressive.

Cluster and halo rings require a lot of skill and many years of practice to gem set

Setting gems is an exercise in patience, skill and feeling how the gold and gems interact

Watches are pieces of jewellery that happen to tell the time, and it's clear to see the questioning mind of a jeweller at work in the clever details. Even a watch seemingly as simple as the popular Motima XT has a subtle change of form with its shaped profile adding more than just reflectivity and comfort.

The Colours Collection watches are perhaps the opposite, bright, colourful and playful watches for those with a sense of fun and a desire to be a little different.

Pens are also hand crafted at Curtis, from solid silver & colourful resins

Next time you're in Bairnsdale, drop in and see Curtis Australia for yourself. They're just behind the Shire Offices in Macleod Street. Why not pop in before Christmas, or phone or email for an appointment if you find yourself taking a holiday in the beautiful area that inspires not only happy memories - but beautiful works of art as well.

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In 1997, the Spice Girls were topping the charts, Jeff Kennett was Premier of Victoria, we lost Lady Di and Michael Hutchence, climate change wasn’t even a thing, $178,000 was the average price of a house in Melbourne and the iconic movie The Castle was released.

It was also the year when ten Catchment Management Authorities (CMA) were created around Victoria – including in West Gippsland - to work with community, landholders and partners to protect, improve and enhance the region’s rivers. Originating from River Management Trusts, this was not only a change in name and management structure, but also a philosophical shift to work together to care for whole catchments from the mountains to the sea.

Kae Densley has been with West Gippsland CMA from the start and recalled her first day with a laugh: “I started in the tariff office when all rateable properties received notices for the new CMA structure and I had to field the calls.”

People were asking why, when they paid their water supply bills, they also had an extra $25 charge. “I had to explain that we were here for the environment, not the water supply. I was definitely thrown in the deep end. That night my boss rang to ask if I was ok and if I was coming back tomorrow,” laughed Kae.

Rod Johnson came to the CMA from the River Improvement Trust: “When I started, we planted willows to stabilise banks, but then began removing them to build fences and plant native trees. So, our work was mainly willow removal and flood recovery,” said Rod.

CMAs brought about a new philosophy of integrated catchment management – to improve wetlands and biodiversity. This whole of catchment thinking was a great move for the environment.

“The 25-year mark is a milestone to measure our work and most importantly acknowledge the many hundreds of landholders and thousands of community members who have been with us along the way in working to improve our waterways,” said CEO of the WGCMA, Mr Martin Fuller.

Over the 25 years there have been droughts, bushfires and major floods such as in 2007 and 2019. CMAs play a key role in flood monitoring and mapping. Originally using paper maps and aerial photos, the process now is highly sophisticated utilising GIS modelling and incorporating predicted effects of climate change into the picture. In 2022, the CMA launched a community flood portal to publicly share this information.

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Water monitoring Wreck Creek Estuary Working with community members at Powlett River. Bass Coast Landcare Network's Paul Spiers and Dave Bateman

Deepening relationships with Traditional Owners has and continues to be a highlight.

“Working with Traditional Owners has been one of the most fulfilling parts of my career and there are exciting times ahead for all of us on that front,” Martin Fuller said.

Reconnecting rivers to allow fish movement is one key legacy with the completion of the Thomson River Fishway and a new fishway in development on the Macalister. The delivery of water allocated for the environment has also allowed rivers and wetlands and the wildlife that relies on them to thrive.


More than 3.25 million trees have been planted.  Close to 0.75 million hectares of weeds have been removed.  1,500 kilometres of fencing installed along riverbanks.  Held 1,200 community events with over 26,000 participants, who have all contributed to improving the outcomes for waterways and the environment in West Gippsland.  Partnering and supporting Landcare has also helped to transform the landscape and improve the environmental values of the catchment and community.

Other work includes flood recovery repairs and reinstatement of riverbanks, reinforcing river bends where erosion might occur and working with farmers to develop more efficient irrigation methods and improve water quality downstream into world renowned wetlands such as Corner Inlet and Gippsland Lakes.

"Looking back is useful, but the key is what we do in the future. Protecting and improving our environment is increasingly important for us all. The many landholders and community members we work with and even those who have never been to a CMA event, all want a better future for their children. One where they can swim in local rivers, catch fish off a riverbank and visit local sites of beauty and be confident those pastimes and sites are safe, protected and being managed sustainably,” concluded Martin Fuller.

So, here’s to an even better 25 years ahead for waterways in West Gippsland - we hope you’ll join us.

Follow the story www.wgcma.vic.gov.au

Matt Bowler, Team Leader – Project Delivery for WGCMA shows an area of revegetation along the Bass Coast Rail Trail. Guided canoe tour for community is a grest way to explore the catchment. Wreck Creek Estuary
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gippsland lifestyle Corner Inlet Landcare members above the Agnes River Walking with landholders and community at the Agnes River WGCMA Waterways Officer, Callum Edwards at the Powlett River Clean Up Australia Day event

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Education is progressing at an ever-increasing rate. Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College is committed to constant review supported by data and research, to ensure best practice in contemporary learning in order to engage and connect our students in learning. It is our aim to assist all students in developing the confidence and competence as well as the relevant skills and aptitudes they need to enter the world as good Christians and ethical global citizens.

Our students are engaged in a learning environment that is real and purposeful, that embraces 21st century learning pedagogies and technologies. All key learning areas use teaching, learning and assessment styles that draw on each child’s strengths. By the time each student is entering the Senior School, they will have been provided with the opportunity and support to reflect on his or her special interests and abilities in order to identify the ideal pathway towards further study or career opportunities.

The Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College Vision Statement speaks clearly of our strong desire to build partnerships with families as together we nurture our students as they develop within a child safe environment.

It is in the spirit of collaboration that we warmly invite you to consider Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College as you discern the next stage in your child’s educational journey.

All enquiries are welcome.

Principal: Mr John Freeman Phone: 03 5662 4255 115 Horn Street Leongatha www.mackillopleongatha.catholic.edu.au

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If the idea of breathtaking coastal views, unique wildlife and outdoor adventures sounds good to you, it might be time to add Phillip Island to the top of your to do list this summer. This island sanctuary is ready and waiting to help you reconnect with nature — especially now that the warmer months have arrived.

Phillip Island is known for its beautiful beaches, and plenty of water activities are on offer to keep you cool this summer! Join a Pioneer Kayaking Tour and witness the sheer beauty of Cape Woolamai’s cliffs. Learn to surf with Island Surfboards at Smiths Beach or go snorkelling, scuba diving or sea scootering with Ocean Adventures.

If you prefer to stay on top of the water, take a cruise with Wildlife Coast Cruises, an adrenaline-filled boat tour with Ocean Adventures or go in search of a big catch with a fishing charter with T-Cat Charters. Get a bird’s-eye-view of the island’s spectacular coastline on a scenic helicopter flight, take a drive out to the Nobbies to discover the cliffside boardwalks or visit one of the beautiful seaside hamlets such as Cowes, Rhyll, San Remo and Newhaven.

If you are yearning to experience more of Phillip Island’s unique wildlife and nature, embark on one of the many coastal or bush walks, watch the famous little penguins waddle in at sunset, the seals play at seal rocks or spot wallabies in the wild.

There is nothing quite like enjoying a delicious ice cream or a cold drink overlooking the ocean on a hot summer's day. Being surrounded by 360° of coastline means that Phillip Island offers some unique attractive spots to enjoy a range of summer flavours. From homemade gelato from Isola Gelato, or an icy cold beer from one of the many breweries and pubs such as Ocean Reaching Brewing, Phillip Island Brewing Co, North Pier Hotel, Westernport or San Remo Hotel. A cocktail at Kelp, The Tipsy Cowe, Saltwater Phillip Island or Hotel Phillip Island, or a crisp glass of wine from Phillip Island Winery, Purple Hen Winery or Grenache Wine Bar.

Wondering what’s on this summer? Don’t forget to check out our events page at visitphillipisland.com.au/events for the latest live gigs, live music, festivals, markets and more!

*Before a day at the beach, remember to swim at a beach patrolled by lifesavers and between the red and yellow flags.


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Smart travellers heading to Phillip Island take a last-minute detour off the highway just before the bridge at San Remo. The reward for the sidetrack to the journey is to sample any of the seafood delights on offer at the San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op located beside the jetty at the end of Marine Parade. You can’t miss it.

As well as being famous for serving the best fish and chips in town, the Co-op is also renowned for the daily pelican feeding and educational talk on the water’s edge at 12 noon. This long-established tradition is always a popular attraction amongst visitors of all ages.

The San Remo Fisherman’s Co-operative was established by a collection of like-minded local commercial fisherman in 1948.

“At that time there was a growing fishing fleet based out of San Remo and they decided to pool their resources for their mutual benefit,” explains San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op General Manager, Paul Mannix.

“The Co-op arrangement worked effectively across many aspects of their business needs including ice production, fuel, transportation, and bulk purchases of bait and gear.”

The original Co-op building, which provided freezer storage space, was also constructed in 1948 on the same site where the current premises stand.

Over the ensuing 74 years, the building has been upgraded and replaced on three separate occasions. The showpiece of the modern complex that welcomes a steady flow of visitors today is the fish and chip restaurant offering indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the San Remo jetty.

Also located in adjacent sections of the building are the Co-op’s seafood processing plant, along with an Information & Educational Centre and a ticket kiosk for boat tours offered by Wildlife Coast Cruises. The tour company is operated by John Dickie, a current member and former Chairman and Board member of the Co-op.

But the primary port of call within the Co-op complex is undoubtedly the fish and chip restaurant which is open daily from 10.30am to 8.00pm. Visitors can select from a delicious menu of classic Aussie fish and chips cooked to order for immediate consumption or alternatively purchase freshly caught seafood processed within the Co-op to take home.

“Our fish & chippery and fresh seafood counter focuses on sustainable fresh seafood sourced from our own fleet of fish and lobster vessels,” Paul states.

Amongst the variety of seafood options at the Co-op, the first choice of many customers is gummy shark (flake), a perennial favourite in most Victorian fish and chip shops which is generally considered the Rolls Royce of flake. Anyone who has tasted the gummy shark at the San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op will attest to its sublime quality and flavour.

But the choices only begin, not end there. Catches of snapper, flathead, whiting, duckfish (boarfish) and many other fish from the local boats are also always popular with Co-op customers. Although availability can vary according to season and weather, some of the other appetizing options include Southern Rock Lobster, Bass Strait scallops, Victorian abalone and oysters.

It is also highly recommended to time any visit to the San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op to coincide with the daily pelican feeding session at 12 noon.

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The local population of wild spectacled pelicans, which can vary anywhere between five to thirty-five birds, gather beside the jetty to eagerly feast on a meal of fresh fish fed to them by an expertly trained volunteer staff member who provides an informative and educational talk to the watching audience in the process. This activity has been provided free of charge by San Remo Co-op since 1985.

The waters around the San Remo jetty are also home to a large resident stingray family often spotted by keen-eyed visitors, which adds a further layer of interest to look out for.

Whilst many of the traditions at the San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op have remained constant over the years, some aspects of its operation have altered over time to maintain its financial longevity.

“The fundamental principles of the Co-op haven’t changed over the years, in that it still primarily exists for the shareholder members to supply them with their needs to operate their commercial fishing businesses,” Paul states.

“However, with the fishing fleet smaller today than what it was originally, the Co-op has evolved its operation over time into tourism and hospitality, with a focus on the fish and chip restaurant which has become our driving economic force. The economic benefits we derive from tourism and hospitality are put back into the Co-Op to keep supporting the members.”

At present, the Co-op comprises 27 members, the vast majority of whom are active commercial fisherman, with the remainder being a handful of retired fishermen who wish to maintain an involvement with the body through volunteer work.

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gummy shark fishermen, but we do have some cray fishermen, scallop fishermen, octopus fishermen, wrasse fishermen and a couple of guys doing trawl fishing,” Paul observes.

Staff numbers at the Co-op swell to a peak of around 35 during Summer, with Paul having overseen the operation in the role of General Manager since 2015. A Phillip Island resident for the past 30 years, he previously established and operated the former Rhyll Trout Farm for several years. One of the initiatives Paul has undertaken since arriving at the Co-op was creating the honour board of all 184 past and present members which is now on prominent display in the restaurant.

“When we were looking to list all the names for the honour board, we had an incomplete record of some shareholders in an old share certificate book, but the main list had been lost some years prior in unusual circumstances despite having been kept in the Co-op safe,” Paul recalls.

“The problem arose when the son of the previous General Manager decided to break in and steal the safe. He took it to nearby bushland and tried to blow it open with explosives. He succeeded in opening it but also destroyed all the contents in the safe in the process.

“Needing to somehow find the missing names for our honour board, we put the word out to the members and as luck would have it the wife of one of the retired fishermen still had an old hand-written recipe book in her possession that unwittingly provided the answers to the puzzle we were trying to solve.

“The book had originally been an old Co-op ledger and the entries had all been written in pencil. The fisherman’s wife had rubbed out the ledger entries and replaced them with her recipe notes. But fortunately, if you looked closely enough, you could still see the names of the Coop fishermen. I spent hours looking at the pages in strong light. Thankfully, she hadn’t rubbed their names out completely.

“From that we were able to finalise the complete list, helped by the other records we already had in our possession and the input of several members who helped clarify the correct spelling of names found hidden in the recipe book which were at times difficult to decipher.

“We put the honour board up about four years ago. It provides a nice tribute to our members, and the families really appreciate seeing their father’s or grandfather’s name up on the wall.”

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Phillip Island is the perfect summer destination where you can find endless things to do, discovering amazing beaches, hikes, nature, and wildlife, as well as plenty of entertainment and gastronomic delights.

Being an Island, one of the best ways to explore is with a Wildlife Coast Cruises tour, taking you on unique costal journeys. Head out on the water with a variety of short tours that are a suited to any age or interests.

For an incredible wildlife experience the Phillip Island Seal Cruise, takes you to visit the largest fur seal colony in Australia where there are always thousands of playful seals waiting to see you. Summer at the rocks is an interesting time as pups born from Oct - Dec can be spotted finding their feet and exploring their habitat in small rockpools and bleating at their mothers.

As well as Seal Rocks, there are lots of other stunning areas of Phillip Island to visit, Cape Woolamai being one of them. The cape is iconic for its towering granite cliffs, caves, and reminisce of the old granite quarry, all surrounded by impressive turquoise waters.

The Cape Cruise is a one-hour tour that takes you to view this scenic area and departs from the historic San Remo fishing village. After you return from your cruise make sure to try the delicious local Fisherman’s Co Op, fish n’ chips, using fresh flake straight off the boats.

In the evenings find yourself kicking back, enjoying a local wine and some delicious appetisers aboard an evening Sunset Cruise. Taking you across the bay viewing birdlife and watching the sun set along this alluring coastline.

Or if you’re in the mood for live music the Bay and Beats Cruise will keep you entertained boasting some excellent local talent as you take a tour around the bay.

There are so many fantastic options for cursing the Island, so make sure to get onboard this summer.

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A breeding ground for leading scientists, artists, sporting greats and even a Hollywood superstar, Newhaven College is a humble high achiever.

Each one of the 915 prep to year 12 students is nurtured on a path to their own success, with passionate teachers, unrivalled facilities and a relatively new principal who considers himself blessed to be at the helm of Phillip Island’s educational heart.

After a national and international search, Tony Corr was appointed Principal at Newhaven College in 2021. His 25-year career in education included Deputy Head at Xavier College and Deputy Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School, but setting down roots in South Gippsland has been something of a full circle moment for Tony.

In his teens, Tony had his first part time job at the Cowes fish ’n chip shop, with his parents owning a beach house on the Island for years and eventually retiring to the Island. Tony says he’s ‘thrilled’ to have joined the Newhaven community.

“It’s actually exceeded my expectations a little bit,” Tony explained. “I talk a lot to my colleagues in schools in Melbourne and they’ve got lots of challenges with enrolments and with such density of schooling but also around infrastructure, buildings.

“A lot of the older schools have their buildings falling down around them. There are different challenges compared to what I have. Here is a lot calmer and a bit more of a sanctuary. It’s a terrific lifestyle balance I think.”

Newhaven College has a vast and dynamic history. The initial idea for a secondary college on Phillip Island was floated in the late 70s by former Liberal Party deputy leader and Howard Government minister Peter Reith, who was a solicitor in Cowes at the time.

In 1980 the dream of an independent, ecumenical, co-educational school was realised, with Newhaven College officially opening to 51 Year 7 and 8 students, on what would be known as the Boys Home Road Campus. Throughout the 80s and 90s came the addition of a Year 11 and 12 complex, a lab and more classrooms.

New land was purchased with many cycles of fundraising and expansion. In 1999 the primary school opened at the Boys Home Road site, and by the year 2000, the student population had risen to 400, as well as 40 staff. The building expansions and construction continued, with the opening of the Auditorium in 2001, Year 3 and 4 students commencing in 2002 and the creation of a new Technology Centre.

In 2004, 82 acres of land was purchased for future development – and it would eventually become the current Phillip Island Road Campus. From 2005 until 2018 a huge amount of work was undertaken to bring all year levels and buildings to the site.

“We can’t underrate how hard it is to move actual, physical locations of a school. And even though it was only a few hectares, there were a lot of years there, probably 15 years where the school straddled the two sites. So Senior School was at Boys Home Road and Junior and Middle Schools were here.”

The school has continued its physical growth, with a new Gymnasium, open air Amphitheatre, soccer pitch, tennis and hockey field, outdoor basketball and netball courts, cricket nets and Performing Arts Wing all coming to fruition in the last few years.

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“We’ve got this lovely environment alongside the geese and the wallabies, that our kids can grow up in. And I often say to prospective families, young people are a bit like nature. You need to water them, nourish them, give them a bit of space and light and they’ll grow and flourish. And that’s what we’re lucky enough to have here in a really safe environment.”

Students travel from as far as Tooradin and Tarwin Lower to attend Newhaven College, with some spending close to two hours journeying to and from school each day. Such is the reputation of the College.

“We’ve got a really good reputation when it comes to education and supporting young people’s pathways. We have a high number that want to go on to university and we’re really proud of our VCE results and that certainly opens those doors for them. But we’ve also got some very strong structures around those who want to go into the world of work or also apprenticeship. We offer both the Trade Skills Centre and other vocational pathways as well."

“The school is in a sweet spot because we feel we can provide personalised care. We know the young people really well. The huge majority of staff either have sent their children here or currently have their own kids here or are planning to bring their kids here.”

Newhaven College Alumni include assistant lecturer and postdoctoral research associate at Monash University's Bioethics Centre Dr Molly Johnston, sculptor Ricky Swallow, Olympian Drew Ginn, professional surfer Nicky Van Dijk and actor Liam Hemsworth. An incredible cross-section of talents and skills fostered in no small part by passionate staff.

“We’re very fortunate to have really long-serving staff in general, a number of schools during Covid have found their staffing resources thin out. We haven’t experienced that. I think people live here and it’s quite a stable environment. That’s a good thing in schools."

“Schools want stability, and they want certainty. We’re always looking to bring in innovation of course so we want to support the teachers as far as professional development and continue to further them. We continue the investment in the human as well as the physical structures. We want to attract really high calibre teachers, but we also want to develop our teachers to be the best that they can be.”

Newhaven College is without doubt a huge source of pride for Phillip Island and surrounds, with strong roots in the community, and a reputation for helping students follow their dreams. And Principal Tony Corr is well aware of the legacy he’s continuing.

“I’m a firm believer that learning and care go hand in hand. And there’s a saying that kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. I think more than ever, we’ve learnt a lot through Covid, but one thing we have really learnt is the importance of resilience of young people and the challenges they face around youth mental health.

“The more we can provide that investment in care with them, they’re better off academically and personally.”

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Foster is the gateway to some of South Gippsland’s most spectacular attractions. Originally a gold mining town settled in the 1870s, it has grown into a bustling service centre, comfortably nestled in the foothills of Mount Hoddle and a short 20-minute drive from the entrance to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

The town is friendly and relaxed and features an eclectic mix of retail stores and eateries. Surrounded by dairy and grazing farms, Foster retains its country roots – people are happy to stop and have a chat – but it also has an emerging contemporary feel. Many artists live in or near Foster, and Stockyard Gallery in the centre of town regularly exhibits their works for the enjoyment of visitors and locals alike. Make sure you stop and check out the steampunk water fountain, located in the alley next to one of our local supermarkets. It’s a fun and artistic revamp of an everyday item.

Within town there is a lot to explore. Pearl Park is magnificent and is the perfect place to eat after you have picked up some lunch or morning tea from one of the many local eateries. Despite its location in the middle of town, it can be easily missed as it is neatly and politely tucked away. You can find it opposite the Visitor Information Centre and next to the public toilets.

In the middle of Pearl Park, you will find Stockyard Creek, which was the original name for Foster back when it was a resting place for drovers that were passing through the area. When gold was discovered in town in the 1870s it was renamed Foster. You can learn more about the town’s fascinating history at the Foster Museum, conveniently located opposite Pearl Park. Or if you would like to stretch your legs, enjoy Hayes Walk where you can view the site of Victory Mine – Foster’s largest gold mind during its modest gold rush era.

Foster is also fortunate to have a variety of farm fresh produce grown right on its doorstep. On the third Saturday of each month the Prom Country Farmers’ Market is held, providing an opportunity to buy fresh produce straight from the growers and producers. Our local eateries use these items to create tasty meals for you to enjoy which is a definite advantage of living in the heart of one of Victoria’s most important and diverse food bowls.

To complement the fresh produce, Foster is located near a number of great local wineries and is home to an award winning cidery that was recently crowned Gippsland’s ‘Business of the Year’.

Just out of town, on your way to Fish Creek, you will come across Mount Nicholl which is the start of the 45-minute return ‘Loader Walk’. The walk offers beautiful views from the lookout, as well as a variety of interesting flora, as you walk between Foster and Fish Creek through an area which is locally known as the Hoddle.

Foster is also a key stopping point on the Great Southern Rail Trail. From here you can walk or cycle to Fish Creek which is 12.4km along a particularly scenic, but slightly elevated with gentle inclines. Or you can travel to Toora, which is 10.2km on a mostly flat section which is more family friendly.

Of course, there are also so many attractions that are just a short drive from Foster itself, which makes the town the perfect base to explore what South Gippsland has to offer. Agnes Falls, the Long Jetty at Port Welshpool, Waratah Bay, Mount Fatigue and, of course, Wilsons Promontory National Park are all just a short drive away. There’s so much to do in and surrounding fabulous Foster.

If you would like to find out more about things to see and do, please drop-in to our local Visitor Information Centre in Foster or contact the team on 1800 630 704. The team are passionate about South Gippsland and love helping visitors create exciting itineraries.

You can also find out more via our website visitsouthgippsland.com.au


Buy fresh food at the Prom Country Farmers’ Market (3rd Saturday of the month)

Embark on Hayes Walk and view the site of Victory Mine, Foster’s largest gold mine

Admire the views from Foster North lookout

View an array of artwork at Stockyard Gallery

Walk, ride or cycle the Great Southern Rail Trail

Visit local wineries or our nearby cidery

Grab a drink of water from our steampunk water fountain


Wilsons Promontory National Park (an easy 20-minute drive to the Park entrance)

Explore Agnes Falls waterfall or picnic in the scenic surrounds (20-minute drive)

View the eclectic array of art in nearby Fish Creek (12-minute drive)

Walk the 45-minute return Loader Walk which starts at Mount Nicoll. The walk showcases beautiful views from the lookout as well as an interesting array of flora as you walk between Foster and Fish Creek, an area known locally as the Hoddle (10-minute drive)

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 Foster and District Historical Museum  Local Gallery  Foster Flora Reserve Foster 44 gippsland lifestyle summer ����/�3
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Inlet, Sandy Point and Waratah Bay. SOME OF THE ATTRACTIONS IN FOSTER
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Highlights from South Gippsland

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Agnes Falls Skull Rock from Mt Bishop The Long Jetty - Port Welshpool Tidal River from Mt Bishop Toora Wind Farm taken from Mt Nicoll Photography by Doug Pell
gippsland lifestyle summer ����/�3 49 If you're looking at selling or renting your property, contact our team for a no obligation chat. Locally Owned & Operated South Gippsland and the Prom Coast's Property Specialists Paragreen Real Estate www.paragreen.com.au Back: Brent Harriage and Justin Wightman Front: Grace Gee, Tiffany Wightman and Jade Storr Residential, Commercial, & Lifestyle Sales, as well as Body Corporate, Property Management and Storage Solutions 52 Main Street, Foster 3960 Tel: 03 5682 2100 54A Ridgway, Mirboo North 3871 Tel: 0417681 307 Surfboard Sculptures at Sandy Point Tarwin Lower River and Jetty Walkerville North Walkerville South Waratah Bay Yanakie


South Gippsland is a nature-lovers paradise with charming and vibrant communities ready to welcome you. The region is home to the iconic Wilsons Promontory National Park and a perfect blend of walks, beaches, waterfalls and natural attractions. Located only 1.5 hours’ drive from Melbourne, South Gippsland can be enjoyed in a day, but a longer getaway provides a greater chance to explore and discover.

During summer, there is an endless amount of activities on offer. Hot weather provides a great opportunity to hit the beach and enjoy a lazy afternoon at one of our seaside hamlets. Venus Bay, Walkerville, Waratah Bay and Sandy Point are all terrific places to admire the coastline or participate in your favourite beach game. In South Gippsland we have beaches suited to surfing, sailing and stand-up paddle boarding and others that are great for families with calm, lapping waves and rockpools perfect for exploration. If fishing is more your style, Yanakie, Port Franklin and Tarwin Lower are all popular fishing destinations and so too is Port Welshpool, where you can set up on the 800 metre ‘long jetty’ and try your luck.

Want to get active? South Gippsland has so many nature walks it’s difficult to know where to start. We suggest picking a town and then learning what walks are close by. In the northern part of the South Gippsland there is an abundance of little reserves that are tucked away, just waiting to be discovered. You might like to try Wuchatsch Reserve just out of Nyora, Pioneer Reserve in the heart of Kongwak or perhaps the Lyrebird Forest Walk near Mirboo North, where you can wander through the impressive native forest – just make sure to keep an eye out for the walk’s elusive namesake.

Further south, you can discover the Foster Flora Reserve, Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve (near Toora) or the Point Smythe Nature Trail near Venus Bay. And of course, no mention of walking trails would be complete without referencing two of South Gippsland’s best-known walking/ cycling trails – the Grand Ridge Rail Trail and the Great Southern Rail Trail.

The Grand Ridge Rail Trail extends 13km through dense and lush forest vegetation, capturing the beauty of the Strzelecki Ranges. It begins, or ends, in Mirboo North. The Great Southern Rail Trail is the big brother to the Grand Ridge. Running 103 km, the trail starts in Loch and continues through to Port Welshpool, with many villages to stop and explore along the way. Another section between Nyora and Loch is due to open early 2023. Both rail trails are well maintained with a compacted gravel surface and feature a variety of landscapes and trail gradations.

And of course, you can’t list walks in South Gippsland without mentioning one of Australia’s premier walking destinations, Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Comprising over 50,000 hectares, Wilsons Prom offers an eclectic mix of short, long, overnight and multi-day walks. Many of the trails take walkers through temperate rainforest, towering sand dunes and past pristine beaches offering spectacular panoramic views. Accommodation in the park primarily consists of unpowered campsites although there are some powered sites, onsite cabins, units, huts and group accommodation. Accommodation is very popular however, so visitors are encouraged to book early.

Food is another area where South Gippsland has built a fine reputation. Tasty, farm-fresh and organic are words that often spring to mind when talking about our local produce. From boutique cheeses, ciders, beers and wines to bustling Farmers’ Markets, you can find many ways to satisfy your taste buds during any visit to South Gippsland. Small villages such as Loch, Meeniyan and Fish Creek hide many foodie secrets. Local South Gippsland chefs love to take locally grown produce and transform it into tasty dishes, bursting with flavour.

If the weather takes a rainy turn, don’t despair. A shower or two provides a great opportunity to explore South Gippsland’s many galleries. Our region is bursting to the seams with renowned artists who were unable to resist the lure of our majestic landscape. You can find art galleries in most of our local townships and we would encourage you to stop in and enjoy the creativity.

If you would like to find out more about things to see and do, please drop-in to our local Visitor Information Centre in Foster or contact the team on 1800 630 704. The team are passionate about South Gippsland and love helping visitor to create exciting itineraries.

You can also find out more via our website visitsouthgippsland.com.au

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Mirboo North Italian Festa
Meeniyan Garlic Festival
Prom Coast Festival 10-13 March
Loch Long Lunch 19 March 2023
Loch Food and Wine Festival 11
Mirboo North Winterfest July


2023 Mirboo North Italian Festa will see the festival favourites, the flag throwers and musicians from Faenza return.

This will be the only event in Australia where you will see this unique and spectacular exhibition of internationally acclaimed performers.

The free, family-friendly event will bring together a collection of your best-loved Italian food, produce and beverages.

There will be a line-up of authentic Italian food stalls at the event to make everyone happy. The traditional bolognese, cheese-filled flavour bomb arancini, handmade gnocchi and the Italian favourite, pasta with tomato-laden sauce.

For dolce, dessert, there will be gelato, biscotti, cannoli and numerous sweet treats.

Altogether, there will be over 30 genuine food and drink options to nourish your inner Italian.

Following on from the successful ‘Nonna’s Secret Recipe’ Cookbook, cooking demonstrations will be running all day for you to discover the recipes and secrets of Italian cooking. Learn how to roll pasta, make traditional pizza the way Nonna does, or unearth the secrets of how Italians make their salami.

There will be plenty to keep the kids entertained with free children's activities and games, all day.

The Mirboo North Italian Festa runs from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on Sunday, 12th February 2023, in Baromi Park, Mirboo North.

The event will start with the traditional open-air mass at 10.00 am

For more information www.italianfesta.net or search Mirboo North Italian Festa on Facebook.

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Ciao, the Mirboo North Italian Festa is returning to Gippsland for everything Italian, food, drink, dancing and cooking.
Photography by Mark Thurman | Nicky Cawood



On the edge of town in Maffra, with views over the lush surrounding farmland, a project of amazing proportion is taking place. The former Willsmere Milk Company factory that originally opened over a century ago in 1921 is being reborn as a brewery, taphouse and function space. This is definitely a project for the bravehearted!

Local entrepreneurs Nicky Reeves and Lashay Tricker, a title they have yet come to grips with, just a farmer and a teacher they say, are transforming the tired building into what is going to be a district showpiece! The logistics of what they are doing and the amount of work involved in the project is mind blowing.

Whilst both working in their own professions in the past they purchased an underperforming pub in Heyfield, The Railway Hotel, and not only learned the ropes of how to run a pub but injected flair and style to make it a thriving business. After several years, they sold the pub and with a taste of that life they moved onto run the popular Newry pub, a local community institution that they still run. It seems that still wasn’t enough for these two dynamos. They both had a desire to create a venue that would showcase local produce and be a destination for locals and visitors.

After looking around at several options Nicky pulled her ute up in front of the old butter factory, then run as Thompson Timber Saddlery and Grain. She tried to convince Lashay that this huge building and site would be just the perfect place. Lashay’s response was, “you can’t just walk in and say we want to buy your building!”

There was a bit more involved than that, but after explaining their vision to the owners Robert and Brenda Thompson, they left saying if they were ever ready to sell to let them know. A few days later over a handshake, the deal was done.

A lot of planning and arrangements had to be made before any work could start, but once they were given the go ahead, it has been a roller coaster journey and a mountain of hard work. The place is now beginning to reveal more of what their vision will come to look like. My mind was spinning as they explained in detail all that they envisioned for their ‘Maffco Brewery and Taphouse’.

The voluminous main central space will be the heart of the function space with an adjoining brewery in a refurbished side building. The front of the building that had lost its matching wing has been rebuilt to house facilities, and in between, will be where a gin distillery is located. The workmanship is seamless and it’s difficult to differentiate between old and new. Eventually the rear of the building will have a kitchen and restaurant, and upstairs in a beautiful space overlooking the main hall, will be a private function area.

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Their eye for detail is incredible. They plan to reuse and recycle much of the old materials from the site. Already the walls have been sandblasted and cleaned to show the beauty of the original Maffra bricks. The ceiling timber boards have been repaired and painted, as have the metal trusses. An amazing feature is a mural that was painted on the walls in the 80’s. Wherever they can they are using local artisans to handmake feature pieces for the spaces. Recycled timber is used for tables, benchtops and doors. Everywhere you look there are points of interest, elements of history on show and unique individual works.

Nicky and Lashay have a limitless pool of ideas for the Maffco Brewery. They already have held their first wedding for the venue in late November 2022. There will parking for 140 cars, space for buses and five acres of grounds to be landscaped. They plan to grow their own hops to use in brewing, irrigated with recycled water. Native gardens, a wetland, terraces and courtyards are all planned for the site. Sited adjacent to rich Macalister River farmlands there are beautiful views from many aspects of the building.

It’s only a few months since they began work on the site so it’s quite incredible what has taken place in that short amount of time. It’s very heartwarming to hear them both talk about their commitment to preserving the history of this unique building and to make something that the whole community will be a part of and enjoy.

It will cater for everyone including families and the disabled. It really will be a social hub with the possibility for music, theatre, arts, celebrations or whatever else can be dreamt. It is a place of dreams!

When you speak to these amazing women they are humble in crediting the community support they have received for what they have achieved. They have been told so many stories by people who had a connection to the place. It could easily have been lost or have been taken on by someone with no regard for its significance.

Luckily for the town and the region these brave women have taken on a behemoth of a job and are making it into something that will last and thrive. With doors open in December their dreams will be on show for the public to share and enjoy. Their drive, enthusiasm and vision are what is going to put this venture on the map and be a major drawcard for visitors to Maffra.

It truly is spellbinding!

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A fantastic spot to spend some time and just let life walk on by

The serenity coupled with lure and lime make the estuary and beach ideal spots for fishing. A well maintained boat ramp, jetty and the footbridge links the mainland with the ocean beach. The walk is not difficult, the tracks are well maintained and I highly recommend to take the walk over the bridge to the land between the estuary and the ocean.

Depending on the time of the day when you visit this beautiful part of The Middle of Everywhere, the wetland area boasts the sightings of spot ducks, small marsupials and kangaroos.

McLoughlins Beach is one of the southernmost beaches on the Ninety Mile Beach.

For more information please check www.visitgippsland.com.au

Beautiful walks & places to

This lush green rain forest area is a walkers’ de light, as you meander your way through the various well maintained tracks you can delight in breathing in fresh mountain air, view magnificent eucalypts, running creeks and small waterfalls are plentiful in this pristine forest land in The Middle Of Everywhere located near Yarram and Sale.

One of the highlights of the various walking tracks which incidentally are well sign posted is Corrigan’s Suspension Bridge, which stretches over a mas sive fern gully.

There is a picnic ground available near the car park and often during summer and autumn there is mu sic played in the park

For further information please visit www.visitgippsland.com.au



A rocky waterfall enclosed in a deep valley west of Yarram, remote but still within a few steps from the road and your campsite. Minnehaha Falls suprises and delights, in fact the whole region in this part of the Middle of Everywhere is breathtaking, historic and definitely worth visiting for the day.

Despite being only a relatively small river, it has a powerful flow of water gushing down the near ver tical rock face, into the pool below.

In front of the falls there is a lawn area where you can bring a picnic and relax and there are plenty of walking tracks but please make sure you are wear ing good walking shoes as the various paths can be slippery particularly near the waterfall.

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The coastline of East Gippsland has always been a challenging place for sailors.

It’s long sweeping expanse means there is nowhere to escape to when an onshore gale is blowing.

These notorious waters have left a coastline scat tered with offshore wreck sites and the occasional beach relic.

The iron skeleton you will see at the end of the track is all that remains of the TRINCULO – an iron sailing barque which was driven ashore by a gale here in 1879.

Immediately next to the TRINCULO, the sand is covering the remains of another vessel – the PS Paynesville. The PS Paynesville was an ironframed , wooden-planked paddle steamer which was forced to beach here in 1881 when it began leaking soon after leaving Lakes Entrance.

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Port Albert remains one of Victoria’s oldest settlements and was originally the gateway to Gippsland being Victoria’s first established port. From the mid – 1800s, Port Albert was the supply port for Gippsland’s pioneers until the completion of the MelbourneSale railway in 1878. It has berthed ships from Europe and America and welcomed thousands of Chinese migrants on their way to the goldfields. More than 40 Georgian and Victorian-style buildings still exist in the town. Port Albert remains a commercial port, and its reputation for recreational fishing sees its population swell considerably during summer. Visit the Port Albert Maritime Museum, take a walk through history on the Alberton Cemetery guided tours, follow the Old Port Walking Trail, or enjoy scenic boat tours, fishing trips and bird watching.
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Places to visit, stay and enjoy
Another mural in Briagolong Boisdale Public Hall Briagolong Mechanics Institute Cricket Club Hotel Cowwarr Heyfield Wetlands Reserve Sale Visitor Centre and Art Gallery The Wedge

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Boisdale Stables Briagolong Art Gallery Briagolong Mural Chalk Festival Yarram Heesco Town Yarram Playground at Woodside Beach The Woody Woodside Surf Beach part of the 90 Mile Beach


Smallgoods made in the premises from ham and bacon to a range of cabanas, plain, garlic, chilli, cheese and chilli. Ready to heat home style meals. Fresh Gippsland fish on Wednesday’s. Maffra and Gippsland cheese, as well as other locally sourced Gippsland products.

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66 gippsland lifestyle summer ����/�3 Bookings: Rachel or Christina on M: 0400 933 112 www.saleheritagecruises.com.au Enjoy a serene voyage to the historic Swing Bridge and spot birds and native wildlife as you travel back in time aboard the 110-year-old Rubeena, along the longest canal in Australia Cruise Duration: up to 2 hours SAILING with the RUBEENA About to go under the Swing Bridge Alan and Elizabeth owners of the Rubeena The Swing Bridge Sale Rubeena

the best of adventures Millie’s

The Ninety Mile Beach has been a constant backdrop my entire life. Growing up, it was a regular summer ritual of my parents to pack up the van and join all of the other locals and visitors to nestle in together, cheek by jowl, at the Seaspray Foreshore Caravan Park. We loved it! Since then I have wandered near and far for many years but it seems now I am increasingly drawn back to the deserted and uninterrupted sandy shoreline of this part of the coast. It only seems right that I should introduce my trusty sidekick, Millie the Wonder Dog to the delights of days at the beach!

It has always been such an iconic moment when approaching Seaspray as you begin the descent past the school down into the tunnel formed by the Cypress trees. That’s when you always know you have truly arrived at the beach. The sleepy town from my childhood days is ever so slowly transforming itself into something more of a casual and relaxed ‘modern’ beachside retreat. The days of the vans crammed in along the strip of grass behind the dunes are gone, now they have relocated into a streamlined purpose built park where the annual Rodeo used to be held.

I remember the original timber lifesaver’s shed where you could pay for a bounce on the trampoline. It was replaced by an up to date big brown brick building on top of the dune.

That structure has now been demolished and a modern two storey clubroom and restaurant sits in the same spot. Here you can enjoy a meal and view of the beach at the same time. Thankfully the seemingly endless sandy beach is still there as well as the back and front creeks. I wonder how many generations of kids began their paddling and swimming days there and then graduated over to the surf?

Looking back they seemed like never ending days of summer. They were times full of fun and laughter. We enjoyed simple pleasures like collecting empty bottles and cashing them in to buy comics or Lime Spiders.

Current day visitors can still enjoy the glorious beach, fishing, a meal at the surf club and all in the relative unspoiled isolation of the wondrous coastline.

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Words & Images Ken Roberts

I remember times when we would all bundle in the car and Dad would drive up Shoreline Drive towards Golden Beach. He would find an isolated pull in and would set up his rods on the beach while we would take our zippy boards and toboggan down the steep dunes. Mum would sit under the shade of the beach umbrella, knit away and then prepare afternoon tea.

I still have the old cake tin where the cut marks are imprinted from where she sliced the cake on the lid.

We never wanted apple until she delicately cut one for herself and of course we then all wanted the same. On those trips we often saw busloads of people gathered around in tents on large gravelled areas. I never knew that over fifty years later the ramifications of those gatherings would still be felt. In the 1950’s Willmore and Randell, property developers, were given approval to plan a subdivision of over 11,000 blocks along the coast. They forecast that it would be like the Gold Coast. It was such a grand scheme that proposed a wondrous future.

Many people, particularly migrants, were lured in by the dream they offered. The company built miles of roads, now overgrown, and promoted the subdivision with much publicity. I often think of it when I drive into Golden Beach down the grand two lane boulevard entrance. It held so much promise for so many but unfortunately it was never to be as it was initially planned and has now become the longest property dispute in Victoria’s history. What remains are exotic named streets like Waikiki Way and Flamingo Drive and the lost dreams of many, many people. It’s a very sad ongoing story.

Some people were able to fulfil their dreams and establish houses there and it is still possible in many sections to buy a reasonable block and build a beach house. The beach remains a constant draw card and it still is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy time by the ocean. It is still a relatively undeveloped part of the coast.

When Millie and I visit we walk and roam and explore. We often visit the old wreck of the ‘Trinculo’ to see how much of it is showing, it varies dependant upon the sand and tides. You can actually be on the beach all day at times and not see another person. Years ago I was walking along and I picked up my very first piece of ‘seaglass’.

This is glass, usually from a bottle, that has been tumbled over and over on the ocean floor until it becomes smooth. It has a sandblasted texture and a softness that is difficult to explain.

When I held my very first piece in my hand I was entranced and immediately wanted to find more! It became an obsession. It’s akin to searching for gold nuggets. These ‘worthless’ jewels of the sea are relatively rare and random and I have walked miles, head down and ignoring the beautiful scenery as my eyes scan thousands of shells to spot that one ‘odd’ fragment of seaglass.

I have been known to do a little jig when I find a delicious coloured gem of seaglass. I have even ‘hooked’ others into my elusive searching and have friends who brought me back seaglass from Mexico! I use Millie as an excuse to take her for a day out so that I can search for seaglass. She loves it of course, running up and down the sand.

Sometimes Mills and I will abandon our hunting and wander down overgrown roads and find the remnants of people’s dreams. An abandoned hut, a broken slab or a garden of exotic plants now spreading unchecked through the coastal park tell their own story. There are so many lost promises and decades long tales.

We visit people whose homes reflect the relaxed way of life that this environment allows, some refined, some rustic, some modern and I am buoyed by those who have been able to find their piece of paradise in the wild coastal fringe within earshot of the ocean. They have created their own seaside havens. The ingenuity and work some people put in to carve their homes out of the scrub is impressive. It’s truly wonderful to see and experience.

When I drive home with my thoroughly exhausted sidekick I just wonder at our luck at having this paradise so near and accessible in this most wondrous of regions, Gippsland.

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“It’s captivating and highly addictive.”
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From the moment you step inside the welcoming environs of Metung Hot Springs, you get the feeling you are entering somewhere quite special; a place where you can be in harmony with nature and escape all the constant stresses of contemporary living.

Guests began experiencing this pleasure for themselves following the eagerly anticipated opening of the new attraction on Friday, 18th November.

The first stage of the multi-faceted project has delivered a truly stunning mix of hot springs bathing options, spa treatment and accommodation facilities in the most spectacular setting overlooking Lake King. The water views provided a combination of the site’s 700 metres of lake frontage and the internal lagoon within Metung Hot Springs are simply incredible.

Metung Hot Springs Director of Operations, Rachel Bromage says the response from guests since the facility opened to the public has been overwhelming.

“Accommodation reservations for our luxurious glamping tents were fully booked out for the opening weekend well in advance. Our bathing pools were also in maximum demand from a combination of advance bookings and walk-in visitors on the day. Similarly, treatments in our Banksia Spa Dome were also fully subscribed from the outset,” she reports.

“Guests have been describing our bathing experiences, glamping accommodation and spa treatments as next level. The feedback we have received since opening suggests that everyone has left our premises feeling happier and far more invigorated than when they arrived, which is exactly our aim! Our food and beverage offering has also been very successful and extremely well received.”

Metung Hot Springs also operate the adjacent Metung Country Club, creating a newly developed, unique hub combining wellness experiences with golf and hospitality in the same neighbourhood precinct.

Whether visiting for the day or an overnight guest, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice at Metung Hot Springs. Regardless of which type of experience you are seeking, all facilities on site are easily located and accessed. Ample change rooms and toilets are provided, along with a café and retail outlet at the entrance point.

Once inside and ready to immerse yourself in a blissful oasis, the first experience you’ll encounter in the Bathing Ridge is the Reflexology Walk. Also dotted along the hillside slopes of the Bathing Ridge are several prime stopping points including the Hill View Pool and nearby Hill View Sauna. Adjacent to the sauna are geothermal showers and a cold plunge pool providing an outlet for invigorating hot and cold therapy.

As you move between the various locations in Bathing Ridge it is impossible not to notice the magnificent large rocks featured in the landscaping design, many of which were sourced locally in East Gippsland from Buchan and Bruthen.

All the facilities and attractions at Metung Hot Springs have been strategically positioned to capitalise on the magnificent water views at every opportunity, but there is also a dedicated viewing deck with signage providing informative details about the story behind Metung Hot Springs, the vision and plans for the project, and the history of the former local hot pools.

Follow the pathway a little further up the hillside and you’ll reach the Banksia Spa Dome, a boutique day spa facility reserved exclusively for guests aged 16 and above.

Guests are pampered with massages and hot stone treatments in this tranquil relaxation space which embraces authentic Larn’wa Aboriginal Lore wellness rituals and native botanical spa creations to enhance the bathing and spa experiences.

All day spa treatments at Metung Hot Springs are designed to cleanse, refresh, restore and balance your body. Staff highly recommend guests try the Munda – an extremities treatment for the face, hands and feet.

Located between the day spa and the lagoon is the glamping accommodation consisting initially of the first 10 safari-style tents spread across two separate zones – Hillside glamping and Lagoon glamping. As its name suggests, Lagoon glamping has waterside positioning.

Both options offer five-star accommodation in a private setting which has been carefully tailored to a level of detail and quality that will exceed all expectations. Nothing has been overlooked in providing all that is needed for a truly unforgettable stay.

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All tents are fully equipped with split system air conditioning and a palatial four-poster King bed to ensure a restful sleep at any time of the year. Each tent includes an ensuite, bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, crockery and cutlery, plus the added allure of two private deckside bathing barrels which provide the finishing touch to the perfect couples’ experience.

The luxurious glamping accommodation at Metung Hot Springs provides the ideal opportunity for guests to put their technology devices away and be at one with nature.

Another setting guaranteed to awaken your senses is the Hilltop Escarpment, an exclusive bathing domain for visitors aged 16 and above, which offers the best vantage point on the site.

This area features a Stargazing Pool, seven individual bathing barrels and the larger Spotted Gum barrel in which to soak. As is the case with all the bathing facilities at Metung Hot Springs, the geothermal water is drawn from more than 500 metres below the earth’s surface and naturally infused with minerals and trace elements to add to its detoxifying and rejuvenating qualities.

The views across Lake King from the Hilltop Escarpment are simply jawdropping and should not be missed in any visit to Metung Hot Springs. When making a reservation, it is highly recommended to ensure your package includes access to this exclusive, showpiece area.

Managing Director, Adrian Bromage says he and Rachel felt an array of emotions when Metung Hot Springs opened its doors to the public for the first time.

“There was a huge sense of pride at what we’ve accomplished but also a slice of relief,” he suggests.

“A lot of blood, sweat and tears has gone into getting to this point. There has been plenty of external challenges along the way, many beyond our control, including Covid restrictions, supply chain issues, materials shortages and more than our share of unfavourable weather at times.”

Adrian says one of the crucial factors in the successful planning of Metung Hot Springs has been staging the project appropriately to be able to continue to evolve while staying operational.

“We’ve prepared for the future. So much of our infrastructure work is actually underground and out of sight, so nobody notices. All that structural work to allow our future growth is already done,” he notes.

Rachel describes the opening of Metung Hot Springs as the realisation of a long-held dream.

“This really has been fifteen years in the making since we first thought about the idea of reviving hot springs bathing in this village,” she says.

“Looking at what we have here now, I think the reality has turned out even better than our original vision!”

Rachel says the excitement was also shared by the entire staff at Metung Hot Springs who all invested so much energy and effort into the opening.

“We have an amazingly talented and dedicated team, and couldn’t have done it without them,” she comments.

In bringing Metung Hot Springs to life, the Bromages have collaborated with Charles Davidson, co-creator of the hugely successful Peninsula Hot Springs on the Mornington Peninsula.

In addition to Metung and the Mornington Peninsula sites, Charles and his group partners are also the visionaries behind a hot springs facility at Maruia on the South Island of New Zealand and have two more under construction at Phillip Island and Cunnamulla in South West Queensland, which are both scheduled to open next year.

“We always knew this site we found here at Metung was perfect. Our intent then became working out how best to fit the people into the natural environment,” Charles comments.

“From all the sites we have, I think Metung has the most community building potential. These springs can transform the area into a wellnessled community. The location of our site and its uniqueness in the region will ensure that Metung Hot Springs will not only be noticed but will make a big difference to the local community,” he suggests.

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Charles is a passionate advocate for wellness and promoting healthy, happy communities.

“Wellness is a term that can often be misunderstood. It simply equates to a feeling of wholeness and happiness. Good health is always the best reward,” he says.

“Hot springs bathing provides a setting where people of any age –young and old – can connect. Facilities like ours bring those community connections with nature and wellbeing all together.

“We are interested in measuring the social, environmental and economic impact Metung Hot Springs has on the local community going forward and will continue to observe and learn from the people who visit here.”

Charles, Adrian and Rachel all look upon the opening as just the beginning for Metung Hot Springs. Their attention now immediately turns to the next phase of the project.

Stage 1B will deliver more bathing pools, along with additional guest amenities and facilities in the coming months.

Further into the future, Stage 2 of the project will add again to the bathing pool and accommodation options. Also planned is an Amphitheatre and other amenities that will significantly increase the capacity at Metung Hot Springs from what it is today.

Ultimately, the project is planned to culminate in the future creation of a resort and marina as its crowning showpiece. The timing of the delivery of these future stages is dependent upon funding and subject to the necessary approvals.

More immediately, Charles highlights some innovative networking initiatives in the pipeline that will be available through Metung Hot Springs.

“We are starting a Hot Springs Holiday Rental business, so we’d invite anyone with a property that they would like managed to speak with us. We will be able to utilise our network to help secure rental bookings,” he reveals.

“Also coming soon is a concept we are implementing called Metung Concierge, which will act like a hotel concierge service with a booking office connecting to all the wellness and wellbeing related activities in the region.”

The team at Metung Hot Springs encourage everyone to plan a visit as soon as possible or treat someone you love to the world class, multifaceted wellbeing experience that awaits all guests.

A Metung Hot Springs gift voucher makes the perfect Christmas or birthday present, or just as a special treat for someone you’d really like to spoil at any time. Vouchers are also redeemable at any of the other hot springs locations within the company’s wider group.

“We’ve opened at a really good time of the year in readiness for the Summer peak,” Rachel says.

“Hot springs are the perfect year-round experience and we are open 365 days a year, however, it is always recommended that people make a booking first as daily visitor numbers are capped to prevent overcrowding.”

With the facility now open and the secret out about Metung Hot Springs, Rachel invites everyone to share in the experience.

“There are so many exciting things still to come and we’re looking forward to taking people, including our staff, but more importantly the local community, on the journey with us.”

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For general information, reservation enquiries, news updates and everything else you need to know about Metung Hot Springs, you can connect via any of the following platforms: METUNG HOT SPRINGS 73 Storth Ryes Avenue, Metung Phone: (03) 5141 2300 Email: info@metunghotsprings.com Web: www.metunghotsprings.com www.facebook.com/metunghotsprings www.instagram.com/metunghotsprings

Caring for



on student wellbeing ensures

In his Principal’s welcome address on the Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College website, John Freeman places students at the heart of everything the school does.

“Our approach is inspired by our Catholic faith and informed by the Josephite tradition. It is a faith espousing love, hope, justice and forgiveness,” he writes.

“Our motto Sapientia Domini Docet Nos – The Wisdom of the Lord Teaches Us – is a constant reminder to remember the past, honour the present and inspire the future of all those students, staff and families entrusted into our care.”

Principal Freeman describes an education gained at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College as an education for the here and now, as well as an education for the future.

“It is not just about academic subjects but about each student leading a fulfilling, positive life,” he says.

Prior to the College’s establishment in 1986, local students seeking a Catholic education were required to attend boarding schools in Melbourne and beyond or make long daily return journeys to schools in the Latrobe Valley.

In its opening year, the College comprised just two portable classrooms and was located behind St. Laurence O’Toole Primary in Leongatha. The following year saw the College expand and relocate to its present, permanent home. The school’s facilities at that time were modest in comparison to today, consisting of a collection of portable classrooms, a library and an old farmhouse which was utilised as an administration centre.

Aided by government funding, the College’s first permanent buildings were erected in 1989 and have been added to several times over the ensuing period.

“Our new senior school is only twelve months old,” John notes.

“Further improvements and building works are certain to follow into the future. We are developing a master plan at present.”

Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College continues to acknowledge and respect the Traditional Owners of the land on which the College stands, the Bunurong people.

“We are very fortunate to be blessed with such great facilities and so much outdoor space within our school environment,” John comments.

“We are committed to ensuring that everyone’s wellbeing is looked after. Our approach is to treat the students here like they are our own kids.”

Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College is a co-educational secondary school offering a curriculum from Year 7 to Year 12 on spacious grounds at 115 Horn Street in Leongatha.

“Each of our year levels has wellbeing staff in their area and our home room teachers are also extremely focused on the welfare of the students,” John says.

“The students themselves are very willing to proactively let teachers know about any issues of concern should they arise, as are the parents. We have counsellors on site which adds to the support available to students at school, along with the right mix of staff we’ve got which also really helps us.”

The College provides quality Catholic education to the five Catholic parishes of Cowes, Leongatha/Korumburra, Wonthaggi, Koo Wee Rup and Foster, and is aligned to the Association of Josephite Affiliated Secondary Schools (AJASS).

“We offer a Grade 5 and Grade 6 day each year which commences the enrolment process for entry into Year 7. Importantly, these days give the students an opportunity to come to the school and familiarise themselves, along with helping to form bonds and start new friendships,” John explains.

“This initiative is open to other state school students as well, and we run information days and open nights around it. We also offer personal tours to people who may have missed the opportunity to come to the Grade 5 or 6 days.

“We have 615 students this year and are looking to grow over the next several years.”

Although the process for Year 7 enrolment for 2023 has closed, enquiries are still welcome for Year 7 or entry into other year levels.

Whilst students are the focal cohort of the College, no school can be effective without quality teachers. Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College is fortunate to have assembled a highly-skilled team of just over 100 teaching and non-teaching staff to provide the education and support to its students.

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“Our school is not only renowned for its strong arts, technology and sporting programs, but I think our greatest asset is our pastoral care program and the care we show for the students.”
Words by Chris West | Photos supplied by Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College
Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College in Leongatha provides an inclusive and safe learning community.
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The College offers innovative programs across all levels of the school to engage students and build self-esteem.

“At Year 7 and 8 the students try all the subjects in our curriculum and when they get to Year 9 that’s when they start choosing their electives and their pathways based on what they might want to do beyond their education,” John says.

“French is the language class taught at our College as a compulsory subject in Year 7 and 8 before becoming an elective at Year 9.”

Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College also offers some wonderful opportunities in sport and music.

“Students can participate in a wide range of sporting pursuits, including football, netball, basketball, soccer, cricket, badminton, volleyball, table tennis and chess.

“We’re part of School Sports Victoria and compete with local schools around the area before progressing to regional and then state level,” John says.

“We have fabulous music teachers here and also have specialised external instructors who come to the school for private lessons with students,” he continues.

“We have a band and choir which students can be involved with. In the warmer months at the beginning and end of each year, the band often performs lunchtime sessions outside the music room on Fridays. The kids eat their lunch on the lawn and listen to the music. Not only does it provide a nice ambience, but it also gives the music students who are learning an opportunity to practise in front of an audience. We also have specific performance evenings as well.”

Student leadership holds a prominent place at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College.

Grace Berryman and Alessi Green have been announced as the new school captains for 2023, along with the support of three vice captains. Both Grace and Alessi are proud to be sharing the privilege of representing the College in their leadership role.

Grace is excited at the prospect of getting more involved in the school community, and with the wider AJASS community. Having attended the College since Year 7, she hopes to leave a positive impact for the benefit of future students by helping to build stronger connections between each of the year levels. At present, Grace intends to pursue a career as either an Occupational Therapist or Nurse after completing her education.

Alessi is also looking forward to being the voice of his peers and leading by example as a school captain. He says the best feeling is the fact that his peers and teachers chose him to lead the school, and to have their trust backing him makes him feel good. Alessi’s goal is to progress to university and study either Osteopathy or Myotherapy.

According to John, the student population are integral to the overwhelmingly positive and inclusive culture at the College and make it a pleasure to come to work each day.

The College is committed to promoting excellence in all endeavours and developing a welcoming Catholic faith community that inspires a passion for justice and service as lived by Mary MacKillop.

With such a framework of quality facilities, people and culture, Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College provides the necessary environment for students to reach their full potential.

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“For a comparatively small school, we perform very well and historically have seen our teams getting through to state level. Our chess team, for example, got as far as 12th nationally in 2020. They had to pivot to online during covid but are now back to participating face to face.”
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Fight For Jayson’sLife

At the tender age of 19, Jayson Filomeno was dealt a crushing blow. After years of unexplained health struggles, he was diagnosed with cancer. But instead of crumbling, the South Gippslander met his treatment headon, and now having emerged from the other side, is using his story to save the lives of others.

While plenty of teenage boys are keen to ditch school as often as they can, at 16-years-old Jayson Filomeno was a keen student. But he was regularly missing days at Leongatha Secondary College due to constant stomach and back pain. He was plagued by diarrhoea and vomiting, but he soldiered on.

After he graduated from high school, Jayson moved to Melbourne to study business, economics and accounting at university. But his health problems didn’t disappear.

“It started with a bit of knee pain in my left knee,” Jayson explained. “There was knee pain that felt like muscle pain at the beginning and then gradually as weeks and months went on it got worse and worse where it turned into a really sharp, stabbing pain. It became unbearable. Sleeping just didn’t happen.”

Jayson visited several doctors, as the pain continued, and he lost a dramatic amount of weight. He was told to take Panadol to treat the pain, which was becoming intolerable.

By June of 2015, Jayson could no longer function properly. He wasn’t sleeping and he couldn’t concentrate on his studies.

“The constant pain caused me to put my studies on hold and move back to Leongatha.”

The teenager was in constant pain, with no amount of pain killers able to dull the aches. As the days went on, the pain radiated from his knee, to his back. He wasn’t eating or hydrating properly, and over two months he lost 30 kilos.

Still doctors were unable to find the source of Jayson’s pain. Then he started developing lumps in his armpits, neck and groin – some growing to the size of golf balls.

Finally, after visiting a medical clinic in Leongatha, a local doctor quickly diagnosed Jayson with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

“It was a shock. I don’t think I processed it straight away. I think I was in a bit of denial, I guess for two or three days, before it really set in that this was a serious problem and I’m probably in for 12 to 18 months of vigorous chemotherapy. It was the last thing that I was thinking I’d be doing at the age of 19.”

It had been an incredibly long road already, full of agonising pain and the frustration of not being able to get a diagnosis. But Jayson admits that nobody was expecting the cause of his ailments to be cancer.

“The doctors weren’t looking for that. They were probably in the same headspace as me. That cancer wouldn’t be the case. That it was just some sort of muscle pain, or I’d torn something in my knee. "

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"Probably from beginning to end was maybe 14 months – from beginning of pain to diagnosis.”

After some testing in Melbourne, it was revealed that Jayson’s cancer had reached Stage 4, and he needed to start immediate treatment.

He became the youngest patient to attend the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre.

“I was 19 and everywhere I looked, all around the room they were 75, 80 years-old and beyond. It was definitely a weird experience.”

Jayson realised he was in for the fight of his life, just as his life was beginning. But his outlook was always positive.

“I was probably in one of those headspaces where I was thinking, I’m way too young to die. I was just prepared to do anything I had to in order to survive.

“They say if you’re going to get cancer, it’s the one to get. Survival rate is generally 99%. I wasn’t scared in the sense that I thought I was going to die. I just knew it wouldn’t be an easy 18 months.”

And it wasn’t. Jayson received chemotherapy for nine hours every Wednesday for months to reduce the size of the cancerous lymph nodes. And he admits that being in pain for the previous few months had done nothing to prepare him for his torturous treatment.

But after eight agonising months, Jayson was given the news he had longed for – he was in remission. Six years later and Jayson remains cancer-free.

“For that one person who is sitting at home that may be going through some sort of pain and has not been going to the doctors, to read this article and go, ‘You know what, I might just go to the doctor and get looked at’. If I can help one person that gets that diagnosis and can survive in the long run, then all of this is worth it.”

In September Jayson organised a morning tea on World Lymphoma Awareness Day to raise funds for Lymphoma Australia’s ongoing research. The event raised an incredible $6717.70.

“If it wasn’t for the research and development that they’ve done 10 years ago and come up with this treatment plan which in turn helped me, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Jayson is planning on making it an annual event, to keep raising awareness of lymphoma. He continues to undergo three monthly scans and performs daily checks on himself – and he’s urging others to listen to their bodies and push for answers if something doesn’t feel right.

“You know your body better than anyone. If you go to the doctor and you believe that what they’re telling you is not the correct thing, get a second opinion. It could be life or death.”

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Redi Milk

When it comes to success stories, Redi Milk is the cream of the crop. A hard-working family, with a love of quality products and supreme customer service, Redi Milk is bringing Gippslanders a taste of the best that Australian brands have to offer.

Gary Beardsley started Redi Milk in 1990 in Berwick, servicing Dandenong and surrounds. And his son Adam, just a child at the time, was always keen to help, as was his younger brother Shannon.

Adam recalls bumping along in their old Bedford truck, laden with milk crates, struggling to get up the hill, and Gary jokingly telling his young son that he might have to hop out and give the old girl a push.

It’s that same hard work and commitment to impeccable customer service that has seen Redi Milk grow from just one truck and 15 customers to a 20 strong vehicle fleet with brands lining up to be part of their success story.

“To start the business with that one Bedford truck and a handful of customers, it’s come a long way,” Adam explained.

“From very humble beginnings my father worked extremely hard to build his customer base. Whilst still at school in those days, once school holidays or weekends rolled in, I was straight out on the truck watching the growth begin, it was very impressive”.

Over the past 32 years Redi Milk has gone from strength to strength, with a steady stream of new brands joining the fold year after year. The company now sells much more than milk, including juices, alternative plant-based products, cheese, margarine, butter, water, eggs, yoghurts, smallgoods, health drinks, coffee, cups and even biodegradable straws.

“We could see the evolution of plant-based coming over the past few years and we’ve grown into this space. Soy entered the market, then almond milk really grew and developed. And now the oat milk category has really skyrocketed. We carry all the leading brands and are also involved with new product developments in which we can work alongside great companies from the ground up.

“We are aware of trends from overseas, and whilst able to see this develop into Victoria we are strongly aware of our unique offerings into our local areas we service.

Redi Milk’s base is now at Hallam, with the only purpose-built milk and food distribution centre of its type in metro Melbourne built in 2001. It was created with careful attention to detail, including Feng Shui principles.

The family lived in the Bairnsdale area early on before moving to Leongatha, where they were heavily involved in community groups and sporting clubs.

And that commitment to Gippsland has continued as the business has grown.

“There was a major change from milk brands in March this year, that was a pivot in what we can do now, not only in where we were, in the southeast and surrounds and into Melbourne, but obviously the focus is on Gippsland and to grow into this region going back to our roots where we’re from. We love the area, know the community, and our family are still involved there in some capacity.

“This has been an absolute pleasure to grow into this region with our new direction and grow those brands into different product opportunities, like plant-based and health based which is important to me. And also, sustainable products that we can bring to the marketplace; drinks, botanicals, kombuchas, products that are new and different to the market. It’s been with great joy we’ve been able to offer this to our customer base this year.”

For Gippsland businesses it means the opportunity to have access to brands including Devondale, Sungold, Jersey, Otway Pastures, Milk Lab, Alternative Dairy Co., Happy Soy Boy, Capi and Wheely Fruit to name a few.

And earlier this year Saputo Dairy Australia launched the local distribution of its range in Gippsland with Redi Milk.

“We’ve been able to do this by offering the customer service, offering a great portfolio of product and with great quality. We’re moving down further into south of Leongatha, coastal regions and also, we’ll be starting to deliver to Morwell in the coming weeks.

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"I’ve also looked at other opportunities that are less impact to the environment and now some of our customer base is enjoying the opportunity to use such alternative products like hemp milk providing a non-allergen offering.”

A New Chapter In A Humble Success Story

“With the range now brings this freshness and premium branding into Gippsland, customers seem to have been loving what we’ve been offering. The frequency and quality of service completed with care, and really having the opportunity to know the drivers we employ from this region is something that has resonated.”

While Redi Milk now has a substantial offering of brands and products, Adam says they are very selective in who they work with.

“We look at the products carefully. We spend much time with the companies we deal with to ensure that there’s an alignment of values and direction. It’s important we introduce products that mean something to us whilst working with suppliers who are community orientated and support the focus on caring for the environment.”

In turn, there’s a constant stream of brands keen to have Redi Milk distribute their products.

“I have to say humbly that we are inundated with new opportunities, companies who do reach out to us that want us to carry their brands and they want us to support their products into Victoria. We are, more and more, asked to carry their products because of the way we support, the way we offer customer service and how we’re able to help deliver these brands. It’s been so enjoyable to work with these companies, and meet new amazing people along the way.”

At the heart of Redi Milk is family. Gary’s son Shannon plays a key role in the business through sales growth, customer development and supporting product promotion and marketing.

And another very important part of the Redi Milk family is the dedicated staff.

“They’ve been a big part of our transition, our growth, our change and they’ve all adapted, they’ve all shared the vision and they’re part of the family,” Adam says.

“So, it’s an extension of us. It’s beautiful to be a part of. We’re growing our sales team as well and we’re looking to train and implement new systems, and support the development of our team.”

While Gary remains heavily involved in the business, Adam is now firmly in the driver’s seat, helping attract new brands and expand distribution, in line with his health-focused ethos.

“Adam is very, very conscious of eating good food and bringing up his family the same way,” Gary proudly explains. “He’s a very good sportsperson, he’s been very successful in sport. He’s also been strongly involved in the health and wellness space for many years. So, when we take on any new product, unless it ticks the boxes and has got the right ingredients, Adam won’t let it come in here.”

While the old Bedford truck has well and truly been retired, the passion and work ethic of a father and son delivering the best quality products to their customers are very much still in top gear.

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ADAM & GARY BEARDSLEY PHOTOS BY DOUG PELL At the starting line Gavin Slavin with Angus Hume

The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge

Saturday November 5

After an absence of two years due to covid-19, The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge was back in action, over 500 riders attended in what is one of Gippsland’s major cycling events.

It was also fantastic to have the man who started it all over 10 years ago back at the helm and in charge of the event in Gavin Slavin, ably assisted by the marketing guru Katie Hodge and the hard working committee of the Bass Coast Cycling Challenge and the volunteers that gave up their time to assist the riders along the course, it truly is a team effort.

Once again Gippsland Lifestyle sponsored the achievers in the over 60 category where a man and a woman is selected for taking part in the event, not for winning but for participating.

Winners: Anne Semken and Angus Hume Having a breather after battling Mount Misery I will not be beaten by this car going up Mount Misery
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Katie Hodge with Event Director Gavin Slavin

Return to Leongatha Tec. 51 years later

In1971 the first class 1L (form 1) Leongatha had a late start due to the school not quite being ready, all students came from South Gippsland Primary schools many of which are now closed.

They all entered a brand-new school building, no trees established, plenty of red mud on wet days.

1L was the form 1 (year 7) and L for Leongatha, this class started at locker number one with Gordon Alford.

On Saturday the 29th October 2022, 51 years (extra Covid Year) later, since the opening of the new school and beginning secondary school the reunion was held with twelve Ex-students and one former teacher.

The class celebrated long into the night at the Leongatha RSL starting 6pm until stumps.

There was some fond reminiscing, telling stories which most have long forgotten including, art projects, movies they watched, a disastrous school fete for 1L, school camps to Lake Tyres and Waratah Bay.

They spoke of many teaches and students, bus trips, getting the strap, Once 1L’s whole class got the strap for disrupting other classes in the trade wing.

Lunchtime canteen and hand ball, table tennis and other games, lots of talk of woodwork, Sheetmetal and motor mechanics projects and tasks. We made mini a steam engine, spirit level, magazine rack, dustpan, wooden food plater.

1970’s music and trivia questions, Tech burgers, potato chips and Twisties in a bread roll washed down by flavoured milk.

There was even a Leongatha Technical School football jumper on display.

A great night was had by all and thanks to all who attended, some from Melbourne suburbs and further, special mention to Ex teacher Bill Fisher who attended and was appreciated by the guys and no he didn’t bring his strap, also Doug Pell for taking some great photos.

1L says to all those teachers that said our class were full of no hopers and will never amount to anything. Well, they just got lucky!

The Leongatha Technical School orientation day was in late 1970 in temporary portables alongside the Leongatha High School Nicholas oval.
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Gippsland’s High Country is as beautiful as it is treacherous. Soaring forests, vast plateaus and historical secrets harboured below blackberry thickets and years of bushfire debris.

But every now and again, natural disasters and passionate history buffs like Newborough’s Noel Lees coax the alpine wilderness into giving up her secrets. The huts, the burial sites and untold stories swallowed up decades ago are slowly being brought back to life, for new generations to explore.

Noel’s love affair with Gippsland’s High Country region, which takes in a huge area north of Walhalla, started completely by chance, after his work as a carpenter took him to Erica in 1979. While the stay wasn’t meant to be permanent, his wife didn’t want to leave the picturesque town. After an encounter with the head forester of the then Forest Commission, Noel ended up being offered full-time work with the Commission, which led to a three-decade long career.

He marked coup boundaries with VicForests, graded logs and studied to become a Forest Officer and eventually worked as a Forest Ranger looking after campgrounds, walking tracks, wildlife and continuing with compliance work. Throughout his career, Noel amassed a huge knowledge of the mining and forestry history in the area. And it led to one of his most significant discoveries in 1992.

“I was marking a boundary down the lower side of the road, above Bell’s Creek and it took quite a while,” Noel explained. “And when I was marking it, I came across a steel railway line. I knew it was there because it was on our map. I followed it up the hill and across the road and that’s when I found the hut. There was a horse stable and a toilet still standing just down from it.”

Noel had found Bell’s Hut – a rare example of a pre-World War II era Victorian Forestry Commission Hut.

“I knew it was Bell’s Incline and this was Bell’s Incline Camp. So, I put a five-metre boundary either side of the railway line because it was being logged both sides. And because I was a Forest Officer, I made the contractor at the time drag his log right up to the top of the landing.

The railway line is still there today but covered in blackberries. I’m hoping the Victorian Bushwalking Club are going to head out with metal detectors and try and find it and clear it."

“I retired in 2017 but I’d been to the hut prior to that, the front wall had fallen down. A wattle tree had come down at some stage and pretty well demolished it. This is more than 20 years after I found it.”

The hut is the only remaining forestry hut in the Thomson, built after the 1939 fires to salvage burnt timber. Volunteers from the Victorian High Country Huts Association, including Noel, as well as Rudi Paoletti and the Pajero Four Wheel Drive Club of Victoria have since worked tirelessly to repair the damage.

Noel’s passion and knowledge of Gippsland’s Alpine High Country is as vast as it is colourful. He’s bursting with stories of forgotten townships, and bygone eras.

“BB Creek near Jericho used to be called Bare Bottom Creek. The miners, when they went in through Loch Fyne to get down into the township, they used to slide on their backsides and when they got there, they had bare bottoms. So, they called the creek Bare Bottom Creek.

“Now when Jericho was built, and there’s hotels, and just like towns here today, when the women came on board, they were pretty prim and proper and there was no swearing, so they couldn’t call it Bare Bottom Creek so they called it BB Creek, and that’s what it’s known as today.”

As he discovered with Bell’s Hut, Noel acknowledges the bush swallows her secrets just as quickly as she gives them up. It’s the reason why he’s so passionate about sharing his stories and historical knowledge with new generations.

“I think it takes people back. You go into the Jordan, and you look at the cemeteries and you look at the hydraulic sluicing and all the old equipment in the valley, it just takes people back to how hard it was.”

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Noel has also been part of the Aberfeldy Track project. Along with cofounder Rudi Paoletti the group is responsible for many of the significant historical finds, and the creation of a touring route which includes signage to help keen four-wheel-drivers, and a new generation, explore the historic areas and learn of Gippsland’s incredible past.

The work that Noel has done over the past forty years has helped plug gaps in history and lay old ghosts to rest. He’s spent countless days restoring graves near Matlock and at Red Jacket, where many ventured to try and find their fortune in gold during the rush.

“When we cleaned the ground, we found mound after mound after mound. I reckon over 40 graves we found there. We even used metal detectors and found the old clover leaves with the numbers on them. Some of them were a foot under the ground when we found them.”

And while his body may not be quite as able as it used to be, Noel still tries to venture up into the hills as often as he can. And each time, he’s helping piece together the vast historical tapestry of Gippsland.

“We find amazing sites, house sites, huge chimneys. We’ve found well over 2000 mines and probably three times that amount in old town and building sites.”

And as long as the mountains continue to echo their stories, Noel will keep listening, and sharing everything he learns.

“I think today people live for the moment but there are people like me that put a lot of work into preserving our history as so much of it is destroyed.”

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Newton's law of history

Few people can lay claim to knowing more about the history of South Gippsland than local identity Bob Newton.

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During an interesting and active lifetime based in his home town of Korumburra, Bob Newton has focused his efforts on several pursuits. At various intervals, and often simultaneously, he has been everything from a farmer to machinery trader, an avid collector of assorted items, Shire Councillor, community volunteer, published author of historical books and family man.

Each task he has undertaken, he has done so with gusto. But having turned 77 this year, Bob says that with the encouragement of wife Marilyn he is finally slowing down. Not that you’d know it, based on his current workload.

Fresh from recently releasing his fifth self-published book, Bob is already working on bringing several other historically themed projects to print, including his own family history.

“I don’t think you could find anyone more passionate about history than what I am,” he declares.

Bob’s latest book From Train Tracks … to Rail Trail (South Gippsland Region) is a comprehensive examination of the history of the line from Princes Bridge in Melbourne right through to Woodside near Port Albert.

“Writing this book was a wonderful experience. It is by no means a complete history, that would be impossible to do, but I have included everything I could find about the railway line route, how and who built it and what’s happened over the years. There are so many stories of interest, including notable occurrences from more than a century ago such as the Great Train Strike of 1903,” he reveals.

“From my own fond memories, I consider myself very lucky to have grown up in an era of the steam engines. I was also lucky in being able to ride in the engine and tender, not the carriages, with my father as a small child whenever he went to Melbourne, after he retired, with his mates that he drove the engines with.

“These memories will never leave me; the thunderous giants the noise and smell of the coal and steam, it was scary and exciting travelling along those two silvery rails, that the drivers put all their trust in, also the gangers that maintained the tracks for the safety of the trains for passengers and goods. Later I sat and passed the driving course for the Fowler steam engine that ran around Coal Creek, as a volunteer.”

Bob is justifiably proud of the work he has done on the book and has been surprised by the level of response in just a few months since its release.

“It is being stocked in the Hare & Tortoise bookshop in Korumburra, along with the local bakery and post office in Korumburra, the newsagency in Leongatha and Alex Scott & Staff real estate agents in Leongatha. On the back of just some publicity in the Sentinel Times newspaper and word of mouth, the book has been going only to local people but all over Australia,” he reveals.

Bob’s first book was published in 2014 to mark the 100 Year Anniversary of the Korumburra Golf Club, of which he is a member.

“The idea to write an account of the history from 1914 to 2014 for the centenary was raised by me and the club allowed me to do it,” he says. His next book project was Korumburra & District Road Names and Places History, followed by Mirboo North and District Road Names and Places History. (Alex, these 2 books are in italics. Forgive me for pointing this out as I am not sure if you pick this up.)

In researching both these works, Bob spent a considerable amount of time on the phone and visiting family members in person, along with sorting through volumes of historical society records.

“To me it’s fascinating,” he says.

“There are a few random names given to roads that are a bit of a mystery, but the vast majority have a story behind them that can be traced. Many are named after local people.”

Bob’s fourth book was another celebration of 100 years of golf, this time for the Finley Golf Club over the border in New South Wales in 2021.

“My connection with Finley is that I have a sister who lives there and am very friendly with the people at the golf club,” Bob explains.

“I suggested the book for their centenary and took it on as a labour of love.”

Not only does Bob write the content for his books, he also takes an active interest in designing the look and feel of the book covers.

Bob is unsure exactly how his quest for knowledge about the past began. “I guess it stems from my family having been in this area for one hundred and forty years and all the history and stories that are associated with that,” he suggests.

After arriving in Australia from Wales as a teenager in 1882, Bob’s grandfather William Frederick Ladd Newton made his way to South Gippsland and settled a short distance to the north-east of Korumburra at the township of Arawata. He met and married a local lass, Emily Rowe, and raised a family of ten children, including Bob’s father Thornton, who was born in 1895.

Thornton Newton served in the First World War before establishing a motor garage in the backyard of Radovick’s Hotel in Korumburra. Bob was the product of Thornton’s second marriage to his mother Olive, being delivered at Korumburra Hospital in 1945.

As a boy Bob lived in a house on Bena Road for a year before his parents bought a dairy farm in McMillans Road, Korumburra in 1946.

“After dad died in 1973, the property was in limbo for a while until I bought it in 1975 and continued the farming,” Bob recalls.

“I lease it out now and let others do the work,” he notes.

Bob and wife Marilyn tied the knot in 1974.

“The youngest of our family of five children, Andrew, is now Branch Manager at Alex Scott & Staff real estate company in Leongatha,” Bob says.

“Our family has enjoyed a long association with the Scott family. We originally bought our farm from James Thompson Scott, who was the brother of Alex Scott.”

Bob and Marilyn enjoy every opportunity to spend time with their growing family which includes a total of 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The couple has lived at their current home in town in Korumburra for the past 13 years after previously residing at the farm.

Bob has also been a tireless servant of the community over several decades. He spent a total of 24 years serving as a Councillor – six years with Korumburra Shire and a further 18 years following its amalgamation into South Gippsland Shire.

“I loved the experience. Over the whole 24 years I never lost an election,” Bob states.

“My final year at South Gippsland Shire was 2016, which also coincided with my one term as Mayor.”

Bob also spent 20 years as a Lions Club member and has also been heavily involved with both the Korumburra Historical Society and Leongatha Historical Society.

“I recently regained the presidency of the Korumburra Historical Society after previously holding that role for eight of the past nine years,” Bob notes.

Amongst his achievements as both a councillor but predominantly as an individual, Bob was the driving force behind getting a bronze statue dedicated to Lennie Gwyther, who famously rode his horse Ginger Mick unaccompanied to Sydney and back as a nine-year-old in 1932 to witness the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Bob organised a committee dedicated to the project and was instrumental in raising the $50,000 needed to commission the statue. Three years of hard work was ultimately rewarded when the life-sized commemorative statue of Lennie Gwyther atop Ginger Mick was unveiled by Lennie’s daughter Mary in October 2017.

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stories in the town’s history,” he comments.

Amongst Bob’s other endeavours, he bought and sold machinery most of his life and has been a collector of various items including blacksmithing tools, old farm machinery and cars.

“In recent times I have decided to dispose of some of my collections and have already parted with my chainsaw collection and bottle collection,” Bob says.

“It’s hard to break away from my attachment with a lot of stuff because collecting has been one of the loves of my life.”

Whilst he may be scaling back on his collecting, Bob intends to devote more time than ever with his writing. His to-do list of book projects is quite prolific.

“I am writing a historical book about the blacksmiths, wheelwrights, farriers, coachbuilders, foundries and whitesmiths of Victoria, right from the very first people that came here, which is a massive job,” he reveals.

“I have two more road and place name books in the pipeline –firstly Leongatha next and then Foster – to complete the series of the four former Shires that were amalgamated into South Gippsland Shire. I’m also doing a book about cattle stations of Victoria and working on a second edition of the new rail book, but that will be some time away yet.”

Perhaps the most important and personal work he is still yet to undertake

“Above all, I think it is the story I was meant to write,” he says.

“I’ve already unearthed many interesting stories from my family’s past. For instance, there is a true tale included in my Korumburra Road Names and Place History book about my dad’s lost war service medallion.

“To set the scene, dad served in the First World War but also spent 27 years working on the railways as a driver. Because he was a First World War serviceman, dad received a special medallion from a group called the Friends of Arawata, one of only nineteen that were issued. We never knew anything about this. At some point he lost the medallion, presumably having come off his fob watch chain somewhere without him noticing.

“One day many years later one of my cousins was putting a new letterbox in by the roadside at the front of his home, a farming property out at Ranceby just past Arawata which had previously been owned at some point by my dad. As my cousin was digging the hole for the new letterbox, he struck something buried in the dirt. He took it inside and cleaned it up, which revealed it to be my dad’s lost medallion. An inscription on the back read – Awarded to T. Newton on his return from active service in 1919. Apparently, my dad used to ride his horse out to the property to spend time working on it on his days off from the railways, which would explain why the medallion was found there. (Alex, 3 lines up the inscription is also in italics.)

“My cousin and his wife conferred with another of my cousins who was present at the discovery, and without hesitation they kindly agreed to return my dad’s medallion to my possession. It was such an incredibly amazing stroke of luck that it was found.”

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More reading Copies of all of Bob Newton’s five books are still available for sale. In addition to the retail locations mentioned in this article, the books can be purchased directly from Bob. Interested readers are welcome to contact him via email to inverburra@yahoo.com.au or phone 0408 515 923 for further details and pricing.

The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Thorpdale

A huge crowd was in attendance at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival held in the small rural town of Thorpdale which is nestled in the rolling hills between Mirboo North and Trafalgar.

The town has endured issues over the years with the burning down of the hotel, the loss of the general store and post office but the hotel re-opened and the popular bakery has also taken on the running of the post office and become a major focal point of the town, things are changing in Thorpdale and despite the threatening skies on Saturday the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival was a great success for the town.

As you can see from the photos, there was a massive crowd on hand and after chatting to a few of the stall holders on the day they were impressed with the turn out despite the horrid weather we have received in

November. Andrea from Only Good Stuff Everything's Better With Wine crew Marcus Satchell - Winemaker Marie Antonie from St Fiacres farm Tarago Olives

Bass Coast Boat and Caravan Storage is an award winning family business conveniently located on the Bass Highway in Glen Forbes, five minutes from the Corinella boat ramp and 10 minutes from Phillip Island.

Dean and Jenni Lewandowski established the business on the family property in 2017, with 12 months prior preparation, which included obtaining permits from the Shire.

Jenni said the business has become extremely successful. “The last 12 months has really kicked off for us. What was our little side hobby is now a full-time business.”

The couple over time have acquired several Bass Coast Shire Council Business Awards starting with 'Best New Business 2019’, then ‘People’s Choice Award for Retail and Services 2021’, and ‘People’s Choice Award for Retail and Services 2022’ plus ‘Runner Up for Marketing and Communications 2022’ in the judged category.

The business is one that stores boats, caravans and other items including trailers, RV’s and motor homes. “The smallest items we have in storage are a kayak and a jet ski while the largest is a 24ft caravan.”

Their storage is affordable and it’s so convenient for people who are short of space, particularly now that housing blocks are smaller and while many councils don’t allow parking on nature strips or roads for long periods.

“Using safe and secure storage can also save customer’s money on their insurance,” Jenni said. “Some of ours have contacted their insurance company to update their address as our premises and saved up to 100 dollars."

“We’re in a really good position. We are right on the Bass Highway with an entry turning circle so you can go left or right, which makes it handy for people going inbound or outbound without having to do a U turn with a large heavy item on the back.”

She said both Corinella and Rhyll boat ramps have recently been upgraded. They have a lot of boats that go to either option and some use Newhaven boat ramp as well.

“We also have a drop-off zone for anyone that’s not confident reversing onto their site. They can leave their van or boat out on the gravel and we will put it away with our tractor. For some people, putting large items into storage can be a bit concerning for them, so we try to make it as easy as we can.”

The small family farm, now the site for the business, belonged to Jenni’s parents. “I was lucky enough to be born on the property,” she said.

“But we lost my father 12 years ago. My mother then bought a house in San Remo.

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“My husband and I then approached Mum and said ‘we think we have got a great idea’, and asked if we could use the property to do a trial run for 12 months to make sure it would be a goer’. She agreed, so we did and at the end of the 12 months we purchased the property. It was wonderful to be able to buy it from family and to trial the idea before becoming heavily committed.”

They have since built all the shedding and placed gravel over a large area for customers. Jenni, Dean and their two young children live in the house on the site. Jenni said obviously with this type of business it’s difficult for them to go away. They make sure someone is in the house and especially overnight for security. They have video surveillance around the property and an automatic security gate at the front.

She said many people prefer to have their stored items undercover.

“I think it’s because our undercover rates are competitive and affordable.”

Prior to starting the business, Jenni and Dean attended a real estate course with education entrepreneur Dymphna Boholt, where the idea of using the property for the venture was born.

“We went to a few of her seminars, which is where we got ideas of trying to take advantage of property you currently have or could own without having a mortgage or without putting yourself into debt, and entering into a joint venture with someone else. We thought because the family property was on the highway and close to everything, it would be a great place for it.”

She said they didn’t have any previous experience in boating or caravanning so they adapted their business as they needed to and with feedback from their customers. “We are always wanting to improve it and make it better.”

Recently, Jenni attended a storage conference to look at what other people are doing in the industry and to look at different ideas for more ways to improve the business.

“Our under cover area is currently full,” she said. “The plan now is possibly to go back to the Shire to get permits for more sheds so we can expand the business.”

1835 Bass Highway, Glen Forbes Vic 3990 Tel: 0484 144 948

Em: mail@basscoastbcs.com.au Web: www.basscoastbcs.com.au

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All our wines are made from Estate grown grapes. Riesling, Chardonnay, Verdelho Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Our grazing platters showcase Bassine Cheese and local produce supporting our farmers. Bring your own picnic, or book one of our bbqs, Gippsland cider, Burra, Ocean Reach and Loch beer also available. TAKE A DETOUR TO THE GURDIES WINERY 215 Gurdies-St Helier Rd, The Gurdies VIC 3984 OPEN FRIDAY TO SUNDAY 11AM TO 5PM WE ARE OPEN FOR VICTORIAN SCHOOL & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS EXCEPT CHRISTMAS DAY Phone (03) 5997 6208 | Email info@thegurdieswinery.com.au www.thegurdieswinery.com.au Located on the top of the hill at The Gurdies, our winery boasts breathtaking views of French Island and Western Port Bay. Our large Cellar Door with open fire place, huge patio and outdoor function area, caters for all your special occasions. Come and experience what The Gurdies Winery has to offer.    GREAT WEDDING VENUE
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The Gurdies Story So Far…

In 2012, Wendy Heaney and Bruce Preston moved to The Gurdies buying a property next to the family farm. The property came with a little over an acre of diseased grape vines. Ignoring advice from several wine makers in the area to bulldoze the vines and start again, Bruce rolled up his sleeves and took on the challenge to turn these vines around and make a go of it. With the help and advice from our neighbour Dick Wettenhall from The Gurdies Winery, the vines started to improve and in 2015 Heaston Estate was established. That same ye, one of our black Angus cows gave birth to twins. Two heifers, one black and one red. In a herd of black cattle, the little red one named Ginge, stood out in the paddock and in our hearts. The cow on our label is a tribute to Ginge.

It’s Ours

In September 2020 we bought The Gurdies Winery, bringing the two properties back to one again. Since then the Cellar Door has endured many changes, transforming into a comfy, rustic meeting place where locals and travelers come to relax, take in our magnificent views and enjoy some of our wines.

In November 2021 we nervously held our first wedding at the winery, this turned out to be the first of many.

Coming Up

The success of our outdoor function area (perfect for Summer weddings, birthdays, etc.), has prompted us to start planning a purpose built private function room, separate to the main Cellar Door. Once complete, the function room will be available for Weddings, birthdays, corporate events and more, with a commercial kitchen available for external caterers to use.

We cater for the whole family at The Gurdies Winery, so bring the kids and take time out to enjoy a glass of wine, while taking in our truly magnificent breathtaking view.

A perfect backdrop for every occasion.

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A New Era For Venus Bay General Store

While the locals have always known it, the rest of Victoria is quickly coming to the realisation that Venus Bay is a gem of a seaside town. With incredible and wild surf, fabulous fishing and stunning beaches, it’s little wonder that it’s also attracted a new family, who is now at the helm of the popular Venus Bay General Store.

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Rupinder Multani, his wife and their two children have made a sublime sea change, swapping the charm of the Tinamba General Store for the coastal lifestyle running the Venus Bay General Store.

While they loved the dairy farming town of Tinamba, where they had lived since moving from Melbourne in 2015, it was time for a new challenge.

“It was an excellent time with the family. We loved it over there, the people are really nice, which is normal for a country town,” Rupinder said. “We’d been at Tinamba for six years and we were at that stage where we had done what we wanted to do in terms of growth.”

“An opportunity came up in Venus Bay. We tried to move in 2019 but because of Covid we couldn’t move until 2021.”

The family has been warmly welcomed by the Venus Bay community, which has a permeant population of around 1000, which swells to thousands more in the peak summer period.

The previous owners had been much-loved by the community, and according to long-time Venus Bay General Store employee Brooke Bridges, the locals have been just as welcoming of the Multani family.

“They’ve pretty much kept the winning formula, as per the last owners,” Brooke explained.

“I worked with the last owners as well. It’s a true general store in that you can get pretty much anything here, so it’s like a little mini supermarket, the bottle shop area, the hardware section, we’ve got the café. We open at 7am in the morning, and we have a regular crew that turn up right on the dot to get their coffees."

“The previous owners were very much loved by the community, so people were probably a little sad to see them go but Rupinder has filled the gap very neatly and I think people are relieved that the place is still being run in the same spirit.”

The delicious offerings and convenience of the General Store also attracts a large number of tradespeople who are now regulars in the town.

“We have cakes, hot food, burgers, focaccias all your standard café fare. We look after the constant tradies that are in Venus Bay. The population is expanding, there’s houses being built all the time, always renovations, so there’s often quite a few tradesmen in town on any given day. As well as during the holidays, all of the tourists.

“By default, we’re sort of an information centre as well, we’ve got the community noticeboard inside the shop. It’s like a social hub.”

And the community is growing just as fast as the holiday crowd, with city slickers searching for their own slice of Venus Bay.

“I think the cat’s been out of the bag for a little while now, as a lot of the available houses and land along the coast heading out of Melbourne have been bought up and we were one of the last little pockets where there was still some affordable housing in a paradise setting.”

The Venus Bay General Store is open seven days a week, from 7am to 7.30pm.

Venus Bay General Store

135 - 139 Jupiter Boulevard, Venus Bay Vic 3922

Open 7 days per week

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Second from left is owner Rupinder Multani with his staff at Venus Bay General Store
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Stephanie Johnson

A Shining Star In Astrology

Words by Anita Butterworth | Photos supplied by Stephanie Johnson
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As a little girl, Stephanie Johnson always had a burning desire to know more – an underlying curiosity about the world and people in general. Initially this drive propelled her to become a journalist, but eventually Stephanie found her true calling.

Over the past three decades, Stephanie has been a highly respected Astrologer, with a national and international following.

And she still draws on that innate curiosity.

“I think I was just always that sort of person that was always questioning what was going on beneath the surface,” Stephanie explained.

“I used to work as a journalist, and I do remember sitting in the courts and looking at some of the people who were up on quite serious charges like murder and a few of them just looked like normal people. There were only a couple that looked like you would think – a shady character. And so, it kind of got me thinking, what people are like on the outside is not necessarily how they are on the inside.

“So, I think that combined with the sort of kid I was anyway, just sort of always curious about what makes the world tick, that there had to be something more to life than what was just happening.”

After harbouring a personal interest in astrology for many years, and travelling and working as a journalist, Stephanie settled back in her home city of Adelaide, got married and had a son. And it was then she began studying astrology, completed a leading course and went ‘from strength to strength’.

People often turn to Stephanie at a time when their life is at a crossroads, or they need some reassurance, be that through star sign astrology in publications including Gippsland Lifestyle, or through one-on-one consultations.

“I love the fact that star sign astrology introduces so many people to astrology. And there is obviously a lot of truth in the horoscopes otherwise people wouldn’t keep reading them. But it is only one small part. You only have to look up at the night sky and see all the stars, there’s just so much up there."

“And that’s basically what we’re bringing down saying that at the moment you were born, this is where all the planets were and they all mean something different, so it’s quite complex. So, we look at not just the sun but look at where Venus is and Mercury and the moon.”

Working as an international consulting astrologer not only led to Stephanie helping people through consultations and astrology readings, but she also developed software to assist her fellow astrologers.

“I started a company called Esoteric Technologies which is astrology software. That was back when Windows was just starting up.

“It’s a bit like MYOB for people who are wanting to do their own bookwork and accounting. It’s like a specialist astrology software. The first one we did was for Windows and that’s now a world-leader, it’s called Solar Fire.

“Now I’m working on one for Mac and iPhones and that’s called Astro Gold. It’s what astrologers use, so the real professionals use it. But also, if you were just starting to study or getting an interest in astrology and you wanted something that was going to do those heavy calculations for you, we take the place, the date and time of birth and we do all these calculations to put the planets into particular house systems, it’s quite complicated.”

It means charts that used to take hours and sometimes days, can now be created for clients in mere moments.

“Back in the day they did it all by hand. It might take hours and hours to do one chart. And then to do the predictive work it would take even longer. And really in ancient days they were only doing it for kings and rich people. Because kings would want to know if they’re going to have a son or a daughter, am I going to have somebody who’s going to ascend the throne, are they going to be strong or not, are they going to live or not. It was very elite.

“Whereas now we’ve got ephemeris files we get from NASA which are incredibly accurate and with the power of a computer we can churn out thousands of charts.”

The highly sought-after Astrologer explained that while the charts reveal a huge amount of detail about our future, the paths we walk will always be of our own choosing.

“You take the moment that a person is born, it’s a bit like a fingerprint, or a snowflake. Even though people are maybe born at the same time and same place, that’s your blueprint for life that’s your personality but it’s also saying some things are predestined and some things are not."

“It’s like weather prediction. I can say it’s going to be raining in 2023, but then decide if you’re going to stay home and read a book on the couch or you go out and splash in the puddles. I do think there’s an element of prediction that can happen, but it’s also choice. We choose what we’re going to do with our lives as well.”

Stephanie, who is now based on the Mornington Peninsula, says she’s seen a shift over the past few years. While the majority of clients previously sought guidance on relationships, she says they’re now, “Searching for something deeper, they’re wanting to have a purpose”.

It’s a duty that weighs heavily on Stephanie but is also a source of fulfilment.

“Yes, it takes a lot out of you because you’re trying to tune into their chart, and I feel a great sense of responsibility because people are making life decisions and you do feel they’re tuning into something that they wouldn’t normally tune into. This is definitely an opportunity when you see an Astrologer to really hone into your inner world.

“On the other hand, it’s also invigorating because it’s such a privilege to take the time to do that, to have the connection with people.”

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Stephanie Johnson

With flexibility in mind, the 24-hour service offers library members open access to the library outside its conventional opening hours. This provides free access to study and lounge spaces, Wi-Fi and self-checkout facilities to pick up holds and borrow resources like books and DVDs.

24-hour library members from Foster have been using this service since officially opening in October, 2019. Here’s what they have to say about how they use 24-hour membership, “I use the library out of hours as a place to read the newspapers or write in my journal. I live alone and sometimes need a change of scenery to gather my thoughts for my writing” says Marion.

“I use the 24/7 library to study. I’m up early so that I’m often in the library before staff arrive and I use the Wi-Fi, power and order textbooks to borrow which saves me buying them,” says Mat.

Whether you’re a student, working full time or part time or just happen to be an early bird or night owl a 24-hour membership gives you the opportunity to access the library whenever it suits you.

We asked Aimee Able, Branch Manager from Mirboo North Library to tell us about how some of the new 24-hour members are using the library.

“I have one patron that loves coming in to study. She makes herself a hot chocolate and spreads herself out on our big community table. At home she doesn't have the room and lack of interruptions like she does at the library,” said Aimee.

She adds, “We have another member that has been absolutely delighted to finally update all his devices at the same time while enjoying a coffee in the corner. He loves sitting in our front window watching the world go by.”

The application process is simple. Complete a 24-hour membership application for assessment, that is followed by a new user induction during staffed library hours. The only cost is a once off $30 refundable deposit for your security pass that is activated after the compulsory membership induction. It then provides 24-hour, secure access to the library.

Parents and guardians have the option to apply for a family pass. A family pass allows one nominated adult to bring their nominated children aged under 18 into the library using their secure pass. Every person aged 18 or over requires their own secure pass to access the library after-hours.

24-hour membership applications are now open for Mirboo North, Poowong and Foster Libraries.

For more information please visit myli.org.au or call 1800 HI MYLI (1800 44 6954)

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Mirboo North, Poowong and Foster are now among the first three libraries in Victoria provided by South Gippsland Shire to now offer a 24-hour membership access.

24/7 flexibility at your library

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Stephanie Johnson


21 March – 19 April

As summer begins you are likely to feel like escaping to distant shores.  Travel is likely to recharge your batteries. So, too, could communing with nature or a spiritual retreat. You may welcome travellers from afar, people who lift your spirits. Other cultures and associated activities may appeal. As summer progresses then your attention turns to your professional aspirations. You shine in your career. Finally, you have time for your friends and social groups. Two positive planets, Venus and Jupiter, move into your sign this season making for pleasurable months for the Rams of the Zodiac.

20 April – 20 May

Your joint resources are under the microscope as summer starts. Joint resources include any financial matters shared with a personal or business partner, bank accounts, investment properties, stocks, shares and such like. Anything that is considered an asset. You may need to shuffle some of your investments, particularly if you want to extend your credit to pay for a trip or a big-ticket item. Perhaps you are planning to travel mid-season. If so, then you juggle your financial commitments to pay your way. By the end of summer, you are likely to be focussed again on your professional life.

21 May – 20 June

Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage, or so the song lyrics go. The start of summer sees someone, possibly a Sagittarius, gallop into the marriage sector of your Solar Chart. If you are already married then your partner is likely demanding attention and/or changes in the status quo. If you are single then be prepared to be swept off your feet. Are you ready to commit? Joint finances may be the cause of discussions mid-summer. And by the end of the season, you are looking for an escape, possibly travel, from everyday responsibilities.

21 June – 22 July

Incorporating fun on a daily basis is going to boost your energy and help you achieve your goals. You need to get moving in ways that are pleasurable. Rewards are coming your way. You only need to let go and trust in the flow of abundance. The lucky planet Jupiter is high in your Solar chart spreading good will. It’s time for your promotion, if you are due, or to find greener pastures, the publishing of your work or travel plans. Daily practices give you the ability to step out of your comfort zone, dream and fly.

23 July – 22 Aug

December is your month to seek fun in the sun. You can go out and about and enjoy the warmth and the radiance of the Solar centre. Your playful spirit is likely to inspire others, particularly if you are a member of a social club or group. As the season progresses you may need to slow down and get yourself in check. Your workaday life is likely to become more of the focus. And by the end of the season, your nearest and dearest is likely to be requesting more time. Partnership becomes the end of season focus.

23 Aug – 22 Sep

You gravitate towards family at the start of summer. As you focus on family, you are willing to change your routine to accommodate your nearest and dearest. You could literally have family visitors staying in your home, or travel to visit loved ones. Alternatively, your home may become your haven with projects that make it more comfortable and fun for yourself and those who share your living quarters. As the season progresses your own creative projects take more precedence, as does your relationship with any children in your life. You also need to carve out time for your own health.


Sep – 22 Oct

Decisions are never easy as you weigh up the pros and cons and still end up uncertain which direction to take. This is particularly true when Mars, the planet of action, is Retrograde in the sign of duality, Gemini. So, the start of summer sees you in somewhat of a fence-sitting dilemma, or acting yet again as mediator. Take steps to ensure you are in a positive frame of mind. Perhaps a short trip away could give you a fresh outlook? Mid-season sees family as the focus. Hopefully family politics is at a minimum so that you can enjoy pleasurable occasions in February.


Oct – 21 Nov

Your budget is foremost in your mind during December. This could be because you have taken out a loan, or an investment has required extra funds, or a joint project is costing more than you expected. Whatever your personal scenario, the idea is that you need to reassess your incomings and outgoings. Think twice before spending big on luxuries. You may take a short trip during the middle of summer, or spend some time with neighbours or siblings. Your focus switches to home and family during February. And then, you can enjoy moving ahead with home projects.

22 Nov – 21


December, the start of summer, is your month to shine, particularly in your private life. Home and family are highlighted and so you can enjoy spending time with loved ones. Home entertainment is the focus. This is also the ideal time for self-improvement, self-development and anything that boosts your physical and emotional health. Others gravitate to you. It’s your personal magnetism. As the season progresses you may take stock of your personal finances and make some decisions to either boost your income, or cut your expenditure. You may also take a short journey in February, or spend time with siblings.

22 Dec – 19 Jan

If you have been thinking of taking a sabbatical then December is the month. Capricorn season is a strange one to have chosen for Christmas. Sensible Capricorns are more likely to adopt a ‘bah humbug’ approach to the silly season. You may be more comfortable celebrating the solstice. You are happy to commemorate meaningful events, and reject anything linked to commercialism. As the new calendar year gets underway then you are more likely to get out and about, socialising in your own unique manner.  By the end of the summer season, you are focussed on your personal finances.

20 Jan – 18 Feb

Your social calendar fills in December. End of year celebrations are delightful for the more gregarious Aquarians. You are not necessarily religious. Rather you enjoy the opportunity to get out and network. If you have been thinking of joining a group or club, then this is the month to step outside your comfort zone and enrol. This could be purely for fun, or perhaps a topic close to your heart, something that inspires your passion. Midsummer sees you a little more withdrawn, taking some valuable down time before you enter your birthday celebrations and end of summer fun.

19 Feb – 20 March

The professional sector of your Solar Chart is lit up in December. Work takes precedence. You may receive a promotion, award or some form of recognition for a job well done. Alternatively, you may seek other employment with the aim of achieving more job satisfaction. This is your opportunity to pursue your professional dreams. Your social life, and your love life, pick up during January and in February as the planet Venus enters your Zodiac Sign. The end of summer is a quieter time as you retreat and commune with nature, or enjoy some valuable serenity.

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Stephanie Johnson (BA/J) is an international consulting astrologer running her own Seeing With Stars business for personal and business clients. Stephanie also heads up Esoteric Technologies, the company that produces astrology software for professional astrologers around the world. She was one of the original creators of the world-renowned Solar Fire for Windows and continues to co-create apps for the iPhone, iPad and macOS. Stephanie lives and works on the Mornington Peninsula, and writes horoscopes for her own business, as well as local bespoke magazines. She is also the author of numerous astrology reports which are used across the globe. You can follow Stephanie @seeingwithstars on Instagram | Twitter | www.seeingwithstars.net
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