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time sheet Eleven-year-old Tylah Whitehead topped the charts for the women’s 5km run in the Latrobe Regional Hospital’s inaugural fun run and walk at the weekend. The Traralgon girl came home just four seconds ahead of her mum Tanya. More than 600 people took to the Kay St circuit in Traralgon – and over $14,000 was raised for the Operation LRH appeal. The first man across the line in the 10km run was Jonathan Dillon in a time of 33m 9s. The fastest woman in this section was Kathryn Ewels in a time of 36m 58s. For more photos from the fun run turn to P23.

Mixed bag for Valley economy By Niall Boyle

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OVER 1,500 people swapped the dole queues for the workforce in the Valley in recent years – however unemployment in Latrobe City is still above the Victorian average. Released last week, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures show that in 2005 unemployment was 9.9% -

3,841 persons – compared with 6% - 2,335 – four years later. Morwell had the highest rate of unemployment with 875 people out of work, followed by Traralgon (645) then Moe (624). Just 0.9% above the state average at present, Prof Philip Taylor says the stats are signs of an upwards trend in the Valley. Prof Taylor, a director of research and graduate studies

at Monash University, told The Voice: “The figures released by the ABS are a very positive trend in terms of unemployment. However, they’re still slightly higher than the national and Victorian average.” Prof Taylor added that the employment market in the Valley was “transforming”. The stats showed that technicians and trade workers account for 19% of the Valley’s

workforce while white-collar professionals make up 14.4%. Clerical and admin workers (13.8%) are the third-largest component of the workforce. “The employment market in Latrobe Valley is transforming – and that’s indicative of the national average. The stats point to profound shift away from tradespersons to white collar – this is reflective of the trend we’re seeing nationally.”

Other figures released have shown that average wages in the area were higher for Traralgon residents, who raked in $45,905. Moe workers earned slightly more than their counterparts in Morwell - $40,962, just $37 more on average. Total earnings in the Valley came to a grand total of $1.6 million in 2008. Council signage may need

to be reworked also. Signage entering the Valley declares there are 74,000 residents here – but stats show this number to be incorrect. In 2009, there were 79,964 residents in the Latrobe Valley. The figure is expected to have easily topped the 80,000 mark in 2011 with an extremely healthy birth rate. Over 1,000 babies were born in 2008 in comparison with 856 three years previous.


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▪ Traffic to and from Tyers was greeted with a river instead of a road. By Bryce Campbell

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AN emergency information session was held in Moe following the flooding last week, with 20 families attending to voice their concerns and a further 60 receiving home visits. The town hall was visited by Latrobe City and Department of Human Services (DHS) staff in order to address concerns that citizens had, as well as provide information on what to do next in terms of recovery. The Latrobe City also visited 60 families in Moe in order to follow up on people who were on SES assistance lists, people who rang the call centre, and people who visited the town hall. Michael Edgar, general manager community liveability, said the council was collating all information gathered in order to

better assess what help people needed. “There are lots of issues with floods to deal with. There might be contamination, so people might need protective clothing when cleaning up. We may need to do electrical testing to avoid hazards,” he said. “We’re also assessing whether people are able to access emergency grants through DHS, and whether people need alternate accommodation, as well as providing information on insurance claims. “Our main task at the moment is assessing to what extent people have been impacted and how we can support those people getting the help they need.” Between 9am Tuesday and 9am Wednesday last week, 110mm of rain fell in Moe, an amount that Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Dean Stewart said was much larger than people thought. “On average the Latrobe Valley only receives 40mm to 45mm of rain in this season. The amount that fell in Moe was over triple this amount. The low-pressure

system over Victoria was to blame,” he said. A substantial landslip occurred on the westbound lanes of the Princes Fwy, approximately 200m west of Narracan Creek, blocking both westbound lanes. The train line in Moe was also affected due to the floods. “We had 120m of earth and ballast (crushed rock) underneath the track at Moe wash away,” said Clare Steel, V/Line communications adviser. This meant that buses were required to replace the stranded customers between Moe and Pakenham. “The track was fixed by 1pm on Wednesday so we could slowly resume train services, with everything back to normal by the evening peak,” said Ms Steel. The best advice that Mr Edgar could provide to people who have been affected is to make sure they know their insurance coverage. “This has been a bad storm event, so we recommend you check your policy and find out if you’re covered,” he said.

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Morwell touted as property ‘hotspot’ By Cherry Prior

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MORWELL is being touted as a property “hotspot” on the brink of a boom – and will be marketed as such to potential investors. The town has been reviewed by researchers of Property Success, a property-investing program for the SkyNews Business Channel, and will be featured throughout April as a hotspot worthy of investment. Program presenter Margaret Lomas said program researchers scrutinised each location on the basis of the 20 “must-ask” economic questions for property

investors – and Morwell had shown all the appropriate signs. “It’s almost a solar eclipse,” Ms Lomax said, pointing to the region’s growing population, low house prices, good rental returns, recent land releases, jobs growth, investment in infrastructure and proximity to Melbourne, among other factors. She said with rental returns equivalent to 6.8% per annum, the township could expect a significant rise in house prices – even a doubling - over the next five years. “When people move into an area they rent first. Then at

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after two years they start buying,” Ms Lomas said. “We are right at the beginning of that…prices will go up.” Latrobe City Mayor Darrell White said the municipality’s young, diverse population was continuing to grow. “The vibes are that we have got a lot of newcomers…a lot of young people that are growing their families here and (that) this is a great place to live, work and play,” Cr White said. He said that while unemployment was about 6.8% and a little above

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the national average, there were other aspects of the local economy to be impressed by. “My understanding is that jobs growth is something like 5% so that’s a positive,” Cr White said. “We do have affordable housing and we are a growing economy and we want to advertise…our doors are open for business.” The program screens between 20 and 24 episodes a year, with about half of the locations identified as hotspots ripe for property investment.

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Welcome, Mr Mayor, to the artificial world of television By Cherry Prior

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“SEASON three, episode three, airs on April 24. This is Darrell White.” The director claps. “Believe it or not we’re ready to go.” So begins the SkyNews Business Channel interview of Latrobe City Mayor, Darrell White. He is being questioned by Margaret Lomas, the presenter of Property Success, a show about property investing throughout Australia, on this dull, wet Thursday morning. The interview is scheduled for 9.30am, but setting up takes almost an hour longer, and by the time Cr White is ushered in to the intimate interview room at Latrobe City headquarters in Morwell, those present – there are eight

of us - are already needing air. The cooling system has been shut down because it’s too noisy and the television lights are giving a somewhat tropical feel. Over the course of the next 20 minutes – some seven to nine of which will actually go to air – Cr White is reminded not to move his head (the back of it gets in the way of one camera) or to tap his hand on his leg (it interferes with sound). What SkyNews needs is a talking head, so all the usual body language must be stifled. He is interrupted because there are video “hotspots” caused by the lights, and at times he is asked to repeat his answers – even coached on what to say by the director and Ms Lomas – when his replies don’t quite match what the program had envisaged.

Welcome to the world of television, Mr Mayor, where it’s important that everything be just so. Because, if it’s not right, you’re going to be reminded of it - over and over again. The program will be aired for the first time on Sunday, April 24, and will be repeated another four times before it is uploaded to the channel’s website where it is available for download right around the world. “Thanks for the opportunity,” Cr White says in conclusion, with what appears to be a great sense of relief.

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POLICE seized a semitrailer driver’s truck after members of the Port Phillip Hwy patrol intercepted him Wednesday night. A 35-year-old man from Morwell was stopped by police following calls to triple zero complaining about his behavior on the roads. He was stopped on the Monash Fwy near Blackburn Rd in Glen Waverley about 7.30pm on Wednesday, March 23. Police discovered the man’s licence was suspended. This has been extended for a further six months. His semi-trailer was impounded after the owner was issued with a notice to surrender the vehicle within 48 hours. The man is expected to be charged on summons with offences including driving in a dangerous manner.

PROPOSED changes to the Latrobe City planning scheme have identified an additional 1,403 properties as being at risk of flooding, while 248 other properties have had their risk downgraded. Planning scheme amendment C9 – currently before the Minister for Planning and on public display until the end of May – uses the latest data from the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) to accurately map flood-prone properties. The amendment seeks to apply “land subject to inundation” or the more hazardous “floodway” overlays to more than 2,200 properties. Properties subject to the

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Oil leak still a mystery EPA investigates business trio By Tristan O’Kane

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THE Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is investigating three local businesses as the possible source of an oil leak at Kernot Hall Lake in Morwell and has warned that the responsible body may be shut down. An EPA spokeswoman said Energy Brix, SP AusNet and Mecrus were being investigated, but that it could take some time to discover the source.

“The oil could be coming from anywhere,” spokeswoman Kate Gittings said. “Once we find the source, the company may have to be closed down but it is not what we are doing at the moment.” Passers-by reported an “oily sheen” on the lake’s surface last Thursday. The EPA was then contacted and proceeded to investigate. A representative from SP

AusNet in Melbourne, Joe Adamo told the Voice: “Our guys are investigating in Morwell. They are looking at the transformers. They are checking for any unusual occurrences or problems from storm activity.” When asked if there had been problems in the past, Mr Adamo replied that there were none that he knew of. Ms Gittings said the EPA was working to minimise the environmental impact of the leak.

“We have installed absorbent booms and taken finger print samples to try and locate the source,” she said. Ms Gittings reiterated that the EPA was looking at all potential sources as quickly as possible in order to minimise the environmental impact. Contacts from Mecrus and Energy Brix were unavailable for comment at the time of going to print.

NEWS BRIEFS Charity golf THE Rotary Club of Morwell is holding its 15th annual charity golf day at the Morwell Golf Club on Sunday, April 17. The event will run from 8am to 5pm, with tee-off from 8am until midday. It is an 18-hole men’s and ladies’ stableford and callaway event and the entry fee is $20. BBQ and drinks are available. Prizes total more than $2,500. All proceeds will go to local community organisations. Enquiries: Ken McMeeken on 5134 4085 or mcmeeken@ vic.australis.com.au.

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Motorcycle club bandits charged By Bryce Campbell

THREE men from Tyers and Rosedale have been charged over a break-in, theft and vandalism at Traralgon Motorcycle Club. Det Sgt Ian Ricardo from Morwell Police said that charges were laid over the weekend. “An 18-year-old and a 19-year-old from Tyers, as well as an 18-year-old from Rosedale were charged,” he said. Police have also recovered a Mule, a Kawasaki vehicle estimated to be worth more than $8000, which was allegedly stolen. Committee member Luke Massaro said it was disappointing to discover the break-in. “All the money for our equipment was raised by putting in hard work and hosting club days,” Mr Massaro said. Police are still seeking further information about the theft. Contact 5131 5000.

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A 36-year-old man was stabbed at a phone booth in Elizabeth St, Moe, on Saturday evening. The incident took place at approximately 8.40pm. An attending police officer explained: “Thanks to Good Samaritans, they came to the man’s aid when he flagged down their car after the stabbing and waited with him until an ambulance and police arrived.” It is alleged the victim was making a

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phone call when three men stopped on their motorcycle, an altercation took place and the man was then stabbed with an unknown weapon. He suffered stab wounds to the head and right side of the face. It appears the man knew his attackers. When police attended the incident, he was bleeding profusely and sent to the Latrobe Regional Hospital. The man has been released from hospital with swelling and stitches. Investigations are still pending.

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Boolarra mill site opening By Tristan O’Kane

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THE official opening of the new walking track at the old Boolarra saw mill took place on Sunday with locals in attendance who were involved in the work. The local Landcare group began working on reforesting the area back in 2005. Some of the area was then destroyed in the 2009 bushfires so developing the walking track and reforesting became a priority. Denise Schiller from the Boolarra

Landcare group explained: “We thought we could do a bit more to develop the area and redevelop the walking tracks where there was quite thick bracken.” The Latrobe City Council allocated funds for the signage and a permanent bin, which will be installed in the near future. Local groups have donated some of the funds for the project along with International Power. Volunteers did all the physical work in building the tracks and car park.

The car park is a generous size for visitors and there are five tracks leading to other parts of the town for bushwalkers or cyclists to enjoy. Alternatively, they can make a loop, which then leads back to the mill site. Drainage was installed after heavy rain led to a “bubbling” effect on the track, and crushed rock has been spread around, which will become more compacted the more it is used. The track is located on Foster Rd in Boolarra. Horses, trail bikes and 4WDs ▪ Pictured at the opening of the Old Mill Site in Boolarra are Mick Schiller, are not permitted. Rob Herni, Linda Minter and Denise Schiller. Photo: Tristan O’Kane.

THANK YOU On behalf of the Latrobe Valley Voice team we would like to thank our readers and advertisers for their overwhelming support. This is our 3rd issue and response to our new paper has been very positive. We will continue to enhance and expand the Voice as we grow. Please continue with your leads on articles that you would like to see, we are a small team and can’t cover everything that goes on in the Valley, without your input. Our editorial staff welcome your input at all times, contact us at editorial@lvvoice.com.au or phone 5176 4443

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Mental health needs your help By Bryce Campbell

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MENTAL health issues have long been a difficult topic to discuss, due to their private nature. For those who suffer from mental illness, daily life can be hard without support from other people or from mental health organisations. Susan Remington, a Traralgon resident who suffers from mental illness, has long fought to change this. “I have a caring heart, I want to get involved as much as I can in any way I can,” Ms Remington said. “It’s hard to know where to start, there’s only so much one person can do and I need as much help as I can get.” Ms Remington said that her aim was to increase awareness as well as fundraise for those who may be suffering from mental illness. “There are a large number of people with a mental illness who are homeless and they shouldn’t be. I want to raise money or do something to help them,” she said. A new advocacy and friendship group is being established under the auspices of Barrier Breakers. “I’m getting involved with this group because friendship means a lot,” Ms Remington said. “If you haven’t got friends, you can become lost. This group will give people some companionship and let them reach out when they need to.” For more information contact Barrier Breakers on 5174 4588.

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NEWS VOICE DPI hits back at union claims Latrobe Valley

By Niall Boyle and Bryce Campbell THE Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has rejected union claims it has neglected mine rehabilitation at the Loy Yang, Hazelwood and Yallourn mine sites. The DPI, responding to claims by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), said rehabilitation was high on the agenda. The CFMEU’s claims include that lack of action by the government body contributed to the recent closure of the Princes Fwy.

In a statement, the union said: “It has been more than 30 years since mining operations took place in the area adjacent to the Princes Fwy that bypasses Morwell. Little has been done to rehabilitate the area. “The feared mine batter slip and the consequential extended closure of the freeway could’ve been completely avoided if the mine operator had implemented real mine-rehabilitation programs.” DPI spokesman Alex Wilson said: “All mines, including Hazelwood, are required to have approved rehabilitation plans as

part of their work plan under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act. “The mine operators will be required to rehabilitate progressively during the life of the mine and after its closure. “While there has been no mining in the area of the Hazelwood mine closest to the Princes Fwy for some time, it is not disused. There is an active ash storage dam immediately under the area of concern as well as other infrastructure. “Rehabilitation of the large Latrobe Valley mines is a longterm process requiring significant

planning and major works. “DPI is in continuing discussions with the mine operator in terms of how best to implement ongoing rehabilitation.” International Power was also accused of poor mine rehabilitation by the CFMEU – whereas Loy Yang Power copped flak for a “growing mountain of overburden’”outside of its mine. The CFMEU outlined better drainage and overburden placement in the redundant north east of the Morwell mine as options for rehabilitation.

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International Power rejects claims by the CFMEU in regard to the Hazelwood mine. The reality is that progressive rehabilitation of the worked-out areas of the Hazelwood mine has been ongoing in accordance with an approved plan by the DPI. In fact, internal spreading of overburden material has been occurring since 1998 with a height of up to 50m of material placed against the northwest mine batter so far. Mine rehabilitation is often complex to ensure ground dewatering is not compromised and final rehabilitation can only occur once all mining activity has ceased.”

Gerald May, Loy Yang Power

Overburden dumping at Loy Yang Power was conducted in accordance with a mine rehabilitation master plan which is established in consultation with government authorities. Overburden dumping internal to the Loy Yang open cut is scheduled to commence around 20172018, and will continue for the life of the mining operation. Subsequent rehabilitation will be finished earlier than originally planned. Eventually most of the land disturbed by mining will be returned to a beneficial use, such as grazing or wetlands.”

Tru Energy, which operates the Yallourn mine, failed to respond to The Voice’s query at the time of going to press.

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Speed limit changes VICROADS, in consultation with Victoria Police, will temporarily reduce the speed limits on a number of “back roads” being used as alternate routes around the Princes Fwy closure at Morwell. Speed limits on the following roads will be reduced to increase safety, as they are experiencing a significant increase in traffic volumes. • Brown Coal Mine Rd (MoeGlengarry Rd) between Yallourn North and Maryvale Rd will be reduced

by 20km/h. This means the existing 100km/h will be reduced to 80km/h and the existing 80km/h section east of Quarry Rd (nearby houses) will be reduced to 60km/h. • Old Melbourne Rd from Traralgon to west of Scrubby Lane will be reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h. • Traralgon West Rd from Traralgon to west of Scrubby Lane will be reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h.

New signs have been installed to display the reduced speed limits. Some temporary speed zone reductions already in place include: Eastern side of Morwell• 80km/h - Morwell - Traralgon Road - eastbound and westbound between Alexanders Rd and Latrobe Regional Hospital. • 80km/h - Princes Fwy - eastbound and westbound between the Eastern Interchange and Monash Way. Western side of Morwell• 80km/h - Princes Fwy - eastbound between first and second off-ramps (including second off-ramp). • 80km/h - Princes Fwy - approach to eastbound first off-ramp and first off-ramp. VicRoads urges all motorists to be aware, and obey, all temporary restrictions that are in place.

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NEWS BRIEFS Big Ears Day LAST Friday the Women’s Action Coalition (WAC) hosted Big Ears Day in Victory Park in Traralgon. A march against bullying as well as a BBQ took place. On hand during the day were representatives from the Gippsland Trades and Labour Council, the WAC and WorkSafe.


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Gas checks VICTORIAN families have been urged to get their gas appliances regularly serviced and checked to stop accidental death from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning in the home becomes a danger when gas appliances, such as heaters, malfunction and do not burn the gas. The appliance may appear to be functioning normally but is also producing poisonous carbon monoxide. There have been nine fatalities from carbon monoxide poisoning in Victoria in the last 11 years. An Energy Safe Victoria campaign on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning begins this Sunday, March 27. Enquiries: 1800 800 158 or www.esv.vic. gov.au

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Keeping communities safe POLICE are urging residents to join them in making their communities safer by getting involved with Neighbourhood Watch and Safer Community Group initiatives. Police community liaison officer leading sen-const Brett Godden said town meetings were held once a month and empowered residents to voice their concerns and to let police know what was going on in their areas in a nonthreatening, informal arena. “Meetings allow the community and police to mutually assist each other in the aim of reducing crime and increasing public safety,” he said.

“Neighbourhood Watch is a community-based crime-prevention program that aims to reduce the incidence of preventable crimes such as burglary and theft as well as promoting closer community ties. “The program educates residents on security and safety and the reporting of suspicious incidents to the police.” Topics typically discussed include crime statistics, crime-prevention strategies, home-security advice, hoon driving, traffic problems (including the current freeway closure updates), graffiti, upcoming police operations and current scams, to name but a few.

April meetings Moe/Newborough: Monday, April 4, 7pm, Moe RSL Albert St, Traralgon: Tuesday April 5, 7.15pm, Latrobe City Civic Offices, Kay St Trafalgar: Wednesday April 6, 4pm, Trafalgar Bowling Club Morwell: Wednesday April 6, 7pm, Milne Bay Room, Morwell RSL, Elgin St Yallourn North: Wednesday April 13, 7.30pm,Yallourn North Bowling Club Churchill: Wednesday, April 20, 7pm, Churchill Pub meeting room Yinnar: Thursday April 21, at 7.30pm, Yinnar Hotel, 7.30pm

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Have your say on Latrobe tourism A DRAFT report reviewing Latrobe City’s tourism products and visitor services was released for public comment last week. The Latrobe City Tourism Product Audit and Review of Visitor Services draft report is designed to provide an understanding of the municipality’s products and

strengths, uniqueness and marketing as well as visitor trends. The final report will inform future tourism strategies. Allison Jones, Latrobe City’s general manager economic sustainability, said local and state governments, businesses and community groups had already

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Written submissions, to be received by 20 April, should be addressed to Linda Brock, Tourism Coordinator Latrobe City Council, PO Box 264, Morwell 3840. All submissions will be considered public documents. Enquiries: Linda Brock on 5128 5655 or Linda.Brock@latrobe.vic. gov.au.

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KELLIE SCOTT and BRYCE CAMPBELL took to the streets of Morwell and Moe to ask the locals if they support the council’s decision to potentially boycott Telstra.

P-platers info VALLEY p-platers can find out what sorts of vehicles they can and can’tdrive in a new section of VicRoads’ website. A new database will make it easier for probationary drivers to establish whether P-plate drivers are legally able to drive a particular vehicle make and model in Victoria. The database can be accessed at vicroads.vic.gov.au/pplatecars.

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THE Trafalgar rotary art show will take place from April 1-3 at the Baw Baw Technology Centre and Community Hall, 107 Princes Hwy, Trafalgar. Up to $3,000 is available in prize money, and the people’s choice award is included again. For enquiries contact Isabel on 5633 1502 or Sue on 5633 1902.

Art awards ENTRIES into the 2011 Cancer Council Victoria Arts Awards are closing on Friday, April 8. The awards give entrants a chance to express their experience with cancer through art, writing and film. For more information visit www. artsawards.com.au

Music awards THE Gippsland Country Music Awards are being held on Saturday, April 9, from 10am till 9pm at Old Gippstown in Moe. The MC for the event is Denise Drysdale, and entry costs $15 with $10 concession and $5 children. Entry forms can be obtained from Old Gippstown. Categories include male vocal ($1000 prize money), female vocal ($1000 prize money), junior vocal under 16 ($500 prize money) and best country songwriter ($500 prize money). For more information contact Karl on 5160 1266.

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▪ An excavator pulls out willows along the Latrobe River to improve the health of the waterway.

River workers set sights on willows LANDHOLDERS along the Latrobe River are working with the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority to eliminate one of our most invasive weeds – the willow. Eradication of willows - once valued, but now recognised as contributing to erosion, flooding, reduced water quality and flow – is part of the WGCMA’s annual river health program. WGCMA water and operations manager Kylie Debono said willows were now regarded as one of Australia’s most serious riparian and wetland weeds, causing substantial impacts on the local environment. “Willows are extremely invasive and can dominate waterways, resulting in fewer habitats available for native flora and fauna,” Ms Debono said.

The willows are cut off ensuring the root system is left in place to reduce soil disturbance and assist with bank stabilisation. The stumps are then treated to prevent regrowth and this work is followed up with fencing and replanting. Project officer Dan Cook said while the area looked bare following the willow reduction, it would soon have native vegetation to replace the willows. “Willow logs and debris are piled carefully and will be burnt once weather conditions allow. This will ensure that regrowth doesn’t occur as opposed to other methods such as mulching where there is a high risk of re-growth from willow fragments,” Mr Cook added. “After 12 months the new plantings will take off and the waterway will be looking great.”


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Mental health training PEOPLE living and working with adolescents are undergoing training in mental health first aid through a series of courses being held in the Latrobe Valley. A two-day youth mental health first aid course has just been run by the Central West Gippsland Division of General Practice (CWGDOGP), with another course planned for early May. The course, delivered by clinical psychologist John Reeves, teaches adults how to provide initial support to young

people experiencing mental health problems. CWGDOGP chair Julie Thompson said mental health first aid provided people with the tools to assist someone showing early signs of a mental health problem or mental health crisis. “Just like the traditional first aid, mental health first aid is about assisting people until professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves,” Dr Thompson said.

“Unfortunately, mental health issues do affect quite a number of young people in the community so it can be useful for people who work with adolescents to learn how to recognise the symptoms, how to provide initial help and how to go about guiding a person towards appropriate professional help.” Anyone interested in participating in future courses should phone 5126 2899, or email Leah Bell lbell@cwgdogp.com.au. Places are limited.

▪ Clinical psychologist John Reeves discusses the mental health issues facing young people.

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Lessons in sustainability Lisa Benn has been appointed to work with Gippsland schools to improve their sustainability practices and will introduce the topics of biodiversity, energy, waste and water, among other things, to students. Ms Benn may be contacted at the office of the Gippsland Regional Waste Management Group on 5633 3335.

Library program has kids all twisted

SMOKE, flame, hair-raising antics and a touch of magic – this is the description of kids’ activities being run by Latrobe City libraries during the upcoming school holidays. Latrobe City coordinator libraries, Debbie Skinner, said that the planned activities were designed to entertain children aged five to 10. “Our libraries have again planned an action-packed program, aimed at providing children with a place to enjoy themselves within a safe environment,” Ms Skinner said. “Week one features the Twisted Science Show. This one-hour interactive show is jam-packed with exciting science including lots of colourful and noisy demonstrations. “There is smoke, flames, hair-raising antics and a touch of magic. “Week two features Circus in a Suitcase presented by accomplished actor, director, musician and circus performer Terry Cole. “The 45-minute comedy-circus show will see children taken on a journey through the brilliant, and often chaotic, world of the circus.” The Twisted Science Show sessions will be held on Tuesday, April 12, at 10.30am (Traralgon) and 1pm (Morwell), and on Wednesday, April 13, at 11.30am (Churchill) and 2.30pm (Moe). Circus in a Suitcase will take place on Wednesday, April 20, at 10.30am (Traralgon), 1pm (Morwell) and 3pm (Moe). Bookings are essential and tickets, which must be pre-purchased, are available at any Latrobe City service centre or library. Cost: $5. Enquiries: Churchill Library on 1300 367 700; Moe Library on 5135 8350; Morwell Library on 5128 5436; and Traralgon Library on 5176 3630.

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Camp kids learn the meaning of team work GRADE six pupils at St Michael’s, Traralgon, have returned from a four-day camp on the Banksia Peninsula, near Paynesville. Camp Coolamatong put on near-perfect weather and great food, enhancing the team-

building activities of the pupils and teachers. Students took part in outdoor activities such as canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, low ropes courses, archery, milking and feeding farm animals, boat cruising, beach games and cycling.

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▪ St Michael’s pupils cook damper over their campfire, one of many team-building activities.

A NEW cooking class for men will be held at Traralgon Neighbourhood Learning House from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesdays starting in term two. This is a wonderful opportunity for men to come together socially to learn to cook fun and simple meals. Experienced chef of the new Butcher’s Dog café, Darren, will share his knowledge of good-quality homecooked meals. Places are limited so phone Julie or Lynda now on 5174 6199 to register your interest.

Hatchery history THE Traralgon and District Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 12, at 7.30pm. The meeting will be held at the Kath Teychenne Centre, 11 Breed St. The guest speaker will be treasurer Michael Thompson. Topics will include the history of the Traralgon Creek Fish Hatchery from 1921 to 1946, and the story of the Traralgon Creek trout. Supper will be provided, and visitors are invited to attend. Enquiries: Thelma on 0429 901 948.

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THE Rotary Club of Traralgon Central recently presented its inaugural “strength of character awards” – presented to some of the area’s youth for bravery in adversity, resilience or exceptional character and diligence in their everyday life. Each received a framed certificate, which read in part: “This award recognises

those who have quietly and modestly shown integrity and determination in their educational, family or community life”. More than 60 people attended the presentation. About 40 of these comprised the 10 awardees, their parents, guardians, grandparents and school representatives.

▪ Rotary club president Colin McKeon (right) and awards coordinator Ian Whitehead (left) with the strength of character award recipients.

Early Easter IN the spirit of its new slogan “we make learning fun”, Traralgon Neighbourhood Learning House is celebrating Easter early, from April 4 to 8. Adult education officer Julie Callahan said the Easter fun week was the house’s major fundraiser for the term. “But more importantly it’s a wonderful way to celebrate our neighbourhood

house community and enjoy some fun and laughter together,” she said. Activities during the week will include Easter trivia, yellow day, an egg hunt, and an Easter hat and decorative egg competitions. Most activities will cost $1. Enquiries: 5174 6199 or drop into 1113 Breed St.


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Parents come together to beat isolation By Tristan O’Kane

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TRARALGON resident Louise Varsaci is just like any doting mum. She has a son, seven-year-old Josh, and baby Mia, 14 weeks. The difference with Ms Varsaci is that she has a child with autism. Josh suffered brain damage at birth and was diagnosed with autism at age three. Having a child with a disability can be an isolating experience. Support groups help to break that isolation. With the assistance of the statewide family support organisation, Noahs Arc, the Parent-to-Parent support group – for Gippsland families - was set up three years ago. The parents meet in Morwell on the last Thursday of every month during the school term. It is an intimate group at present, but Ms Varsaci says numbers fluctuate

and there are potentially many more members in the Latrobe Valley community. Yvonne Waite, a co-ordinator for Noah’s Arc in Morwell, said the support group helped parents realise they were not the only ones living with autism. “It provides a sounding board and practical and emotional support for families with people who have a common interest, a common denominator, which is, children are so important.” A representative from Autism Victoria said Latrobe University research showed that one in 100 to 110 Australian children are diagnosed with some level of autism. To find out more about the support group in Morwell contact Yvonne Waite at Noah’s Arc 5135 3131 or yvonne.waite@ noahsarcinc.org.au. Or go to www.fahcsia.gov.au.

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▪ Parents David Rush, Hugh Lothringer with son Brody, and Sharon Lay get together for support and friendship.

Autism Facts - Autism Spectrum Disorder is named as such due to there being a wide range of impairments. No two children with the disorder are the same. - There are many levels of severity from mild high functioning to those who show quite extreme signs. - Autism is a neurological disorder that impacts on the ability of the brain to pass on messages that enable intuitive responses. - It impairs on social skills, communication skills and sensory processing.

A dramatic plan for Latrobe’s youth

THE annual Morwell Primary School fun day will be held on Wednesday, April 6, at the school grounds, corner of Crinigan and Maryvale Rds, Morwell. The activities will commence at 1.15pm with a hat parade for the students followed by a BBQ lunch. Other activities include spinningwheel mystery boxes, an auction, “minute to win it” games, sing star, frisbee and hoop throws, and trash and treasure. Sure to be a favourite with the kids is the opportunity to waterbomb the teachers. The day has been generously supported by many local businesses and industry groups and the school sincerely thanks them for supporting the students, staff and families at Morwell Primary School.

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▪ New members are welcome to join The Gippsland Youth Drama Workshop, with rehearsals already underway for its 2011 production. TO herald its 18th year in Latrobe, the Gippsland Youth Drama Workshop will soon begin writing and rehearsing a new show, with young performers travelling from across the region to be involved. After the sellout performance of the original comedy Sunset on Sunny Hills! last year, the group of 30 young performers was presented with production awards in recognition of their dedication and enthusiasm for the performing arts. The group is now setting themselves for a new production and welcomes new members. Since starting up in Gippsland in 1993, the youth drama group has produced over 50 original shows, involving more than 1200 local performers. Headed by experienced writer/director Phillip A. Mayer, the workshops focus on building performance skills, as well as confidence, teamwork, communication, responsibility and various other life assets. The workshop is enhanced by many key personnel including newly appointed stage manager Libby Wilhelm, herself a graduate of numerous workshop

productions, along with musical director Dani Capron, technical director John Reisinger and production assistant Karina Byrne. The young performers are involved in building plot, characters, themes and humour that appeals to them over 18 sessions. The sessions incorporate improvisations, theatre sports games, writer’s workshop sessions, the rehearsal process, voice projection techniques and a large final production open to family, friends and the general public. The excitement of performing in front of a large audience is an experience the participants remember forever. The workshop’s new production kicks off for rehearsals in early March, running on Tuesdays from 5pm until 6.30pm. Weekly rehearsals are conducted in Morwell, and are open to young participants from upper primary age with solid reading skills, through to teenagers. Final applications for the new show close soon, with bookings essential as places are extremely limited. Enquiries: 0409 878 688.

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MOST parents struggle at some stage when raising a family. There are bills to be paid, sleep deprivation, toddler tantrums and many other issues to deal with. We all muddle through the hard times, but sometimes the struggle becomes overwhelming. That’s where Good Beginnings comes in. Based in Moe and operating since 1997, Good Beginnings provides a family support program, with services including a telephone counselling line and play and learn groups. Through these programs, support workers and volunteers – some young, some with adult children – provide a sounding board and practical assistance for families. But more volunteers are needed for this important role. Good Beginnings state development officer Neci Sutherland says it’s important to support families so that children can develop to the best of their abilities. “If a child begins school and they are behind, the remediation is more

There is more tha way to raise a chil n one not the experts, w d. We’re parents are the e e think the Lifestyle expo xp THE Gippslife Alternative Lifestyle Expo, just provide an ext erts we to be held at Old Gippstown, Lloyd St, ra p e rs o n Moe, on April 2 and 3, promises to be to bounce ideas w ith.” anything but ordinary. The expo will feature holistic health practitioners, psychics and tarot readers, homewares, massage, astrologists, crystals, and other products for the mind and body. Entry costs $5 for adults, and there’s gold coin donation for kids.

expensive,” Ms Sutherland said. “We involve the family in play activities that are age-appropriate and stimulating. The parents can pick up ideas to help their child develop. If they have sleep problems or toddler tantrums are an issue, they can speak to a qualified worker.” Ms Sutherland said there were a variety of ways that children were referred to Good Beginnings. “They are sometimes selfreferrals or it may be picked up at the maternal child and health care visit. Isolation can be a problem in the rural areas so the groups help parents to meet other parents in a caring and supportive environment,” she said. “There is more than one way to raise a child. We’re not the experts, we think the parents are the experts we just provide an extra person to bounce ideas with.” For more information on becoming a volunteer contact Good Beginnings on 5127 7270.

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Moe courses MOE Neighbourhood house offers an astounding variety of courses and services, including computer classes, health and well being workshops, arts and craft and Scrabble club. It also provides a good opportunity to meet people if you are new to town. Enquiries: 5126 3123 or moemnh@bigpond.com.

Weight management KIDS life provides a free, safe, effective and evidence-based weightmanagement service for children aged five to 12 years and their families. The sessions are an enjoyable way to build a foundation for a healthy lifestyle. To register or participate in the program or for further information call 5136 5295 or free call 1800 242 696.

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▪ More than 80 young skateboarders and riders took part in Trafalgar’s inaugural skate festival. SKATERS, scooter riders and BMX trick masters – watched on by many spectators – took to the Trafalgar skate bowl for the inaugural Trafalgar festival on Sunday, March 6. YCMA Skate Services, which conducted the day’s competitions and games, was impressed with the talent of the 88 contestants, encouraged by friends and family watching on. Several community organisations contributed to the festival atmosphere, selling cold drinks, sausages and popcorn, and providing information about local

services. First aid for the day - fortunately only needed for two minor abrasions - was provided by two trained volunteers from St Mary’s and young local Ellie Harrison, who is completing her medical degree. Trafalgar Community Development Association, which organised the event, was delighted with the successful function and very grateful for the funding from Youth Foundations Victoria, a partnership between the local Bendigo Bank and the State Government.

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NEWS BRIEFS Party plan A PARTY plan night will be held at the Co-Operating Churches in Churchill, at 7.30pm on Friday, April 29. Entry costs $5 and includes a light supper. There will also be lucky door prizes, as well as a variety of party plan consultants who will be displaying their wares.

Junior netball ▪ Classrooms in the sky...Yinnar Primary school is making way for its new buildings.

Up, up and away STUDENTS of Yinnar Primary stood in awe last week “The classrooms…were separated into five as their classrooms were lifted into the air and pieces when being moved. So it only took them Skywest for nearly 50each years, dropped onto the oval.Airlines have been in operation around 25 minutes to move piece.currently I couldn’t howflquick managed to get a Western job of that to economic 14 destinations. Skywest believe operates ightsthey across regional As partflying of the stimulus package done,” said principal George Telford. implemented by theasFederal the magnitude Australia well asGovernment, Darwin, Melbourne & Internationally to Denpasar, Bali. school is receiving a brand new building, but not While the stimulus package was instigated before the With old classrooms are relocated. almost twocharter, years ago,‘Fly Mr Telford thatMining the new a strong presence in the corporate in Flysaid Out’ buildings had always been on the cards. Work began on Monday morning last week Market and Regular Passenger Transit, we carry over 800,000 and took a mere four hours to get the two rooms Until the new building is functional – in about airlifted to passengers their new, albeit temporary,servicing home. annually, business travellers, tourists andoperating in the eight weeks - there are two classes stadium as well as two more throughout the school.

▪ Yinnar Primary students eagerly watching the classrooms being moved. “The most important thing is to get our kids back in their classrooms. We don’t mind if the new building takes six, eight, 10 or even 12 weeks, I just want to get them back in their classrooms Darwin and get a Bali bit more structure back,” Mr Telford said. The new building is set to have four significantly bigger classrooms, a central project space, two small withdrawal rooms where teachers can work Kununurra with smaller groups of students, and an outdoor learning area. Broome

regional communities. Port Hedland The fleet consists of Fokker 50 turboprops and Fokker 100 jet Karratha aircraft. Skywest recently acquired its first Airbus A320 which Exmouth is fitted with 162 seats, bringing Skywest’s total fleet to 18 WORKS on Philip Parade are close to since but are now back on track and works. But it also allows the road to socialise. aircraft. completion, so Churchill residents will set to be completed by end of April be rebuilt to fit better with the overall “It is another step in Churchill’s have smoother trafficis in athe very nearof Velocity “There’s still a bit to do,award-winning but it has town plan, as well as pedestrians rejuvenation,” he said. Skywest member Rewards, the future. been going extremely well despite the from the Community Hub.” Peter Quigley, built and natural customer partnered bysaid. Virgin Blue, allowing Ian Gibson, place loyalty managerprogram of delays,” Mr Gibson As the road works on Philip Parade environment sustainability general Geraldton the Churchill town centre plan Velocity said are nearing completion, the next manager at Latrobe City, said that for passengers to earn Points Skywest’s domestic “I wouldon esti mate that the work is network. that locals could expect work to be around 80% completed.” phase will involve the realigning of Kalgoorlie a project of this size, there is always a finished shortly. We pride ourselves on our superior in flight service Georgina - everyPlace as well as building the disruption, and theMelbourne public have been The road works on Philip Parade new town centre PPerth plaza at the townRavensthorpe “Originally we had aimedoffers for abegan great throughout. in order to bothofimprove Skywest service quality product meals,thesnacks, 20kg completion at the end of February, road quality, as well as slow traffic hall. “We really appreciate the public’s Esperance baggage allowance infants)Hub.and the most spacious but there of were hold ups due to rain (10kg Mr Gibson said that the town patience and cooperation throughout past the for Community Albany throughoutlegroom the summer,” he said. centre in its class of any“Philip Western airline... all atplaza no would be a small but the project, and we look forward to its Parade Australian was falling apart, so The works, which began in that was the main reason to do the active community spot for people to completion,” he said. cost! several times come and have a coffee, relax and Novemberextra were halted

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THE annual general meeting for the Churchill and District Junior Indoor Netball Association will be held on Wednesday, March 30, at the Churchill Leisure Centre. All interested teams, coaches, players and umpires are invited to attend. For team entry sheets and further information, contact Kay Hill on 0419 118 510 or email dkhill@aanet.com.au.

Abstraction, realism TEASES the Line, an exhibition of works by Gippsland artists who tease the line between abstraction and realism while referencing their environment, will be on show at Yinnar’s ARC gallery from April 1 to May 7. The official opening will be held on Saturday, April 2, from 3pm to 5pm. Works by Pat Dale, Werner Theinert, Ann Parry, Fiona West and Janine Good will be exhibited

Open stage ARC open-stage events provide an opportunity for artists working in the performing arts field to test new material and to hone their stage skills. The next open stage event will be held in the Switchroom on April 2. Enquiries: 5163 1310.

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HUNDREDS of vessels – from traditional wooden gaffers to state-of-the-art yachts and cruisers - will take to the waters of McMillan Strait for the 2011 Gippsland Lakes Boat Muster. The muster begins at 10am on Sunday, April 3, with organisers aiming for the largest gathering of marine vessels in the country. Those taking part will cruise from Paynesville to Raymond Island and will be competing for prizes in categories including best-dressed boat, best-dressed crew and best-themed boat. Whether a boating enthusiast or you simply appreciate the aesthetics of fine craft on sparkling seas, this is worth checking out.

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TAUrUs

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Though you aren’t in a place that you would normally find comfortable, you are indeed comfortable. While others dodge the fireworks, you are travelling lightly. The knack of being both playful and real is a good one to get. It seems you are on the verge of it. GeMINI

(May 21–June 21)

It is definitely time to be a lover not a fighter. Gentleness and anything resembling visionary lights you up like a Catherine wheel. The harder people push, the more confused they seem to become. Don’t fall into the trap of the crowd. cANcer

(June 22–July 22)

The waning moon is always interesting to navigate. It is like a long existential out-breath that lasts a fortnight. At its best it feels like a sigh of relief and at its worst it feels like having to let go of one’s grip. The ebb cycle is healthy if it’s co-operated with. Breathe easy. Leo

(July 23–Aug 22)

With the sun now moving through Aries, adventures are at a premium. The Aries pitfall is to jump the gun. Be aware enough to avoid that snare. Don’t go tearing off into any wild undertakings, before you have given them a sizeable moment of reflection. VIrGo

(Aug 23–Sept 22)

Fortunately your eye is on the ball, because now is a moment when you really need to be properly focused. There’s plenty going on in the fire signs, so tumultuousness isn’t too far away. Clarity is a very healthy currency to have in the bank. Since you have it, use it.

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Chicken and prawn a la king

CHEF William Cleary, of Caffé Azzurri in Morwell, has worked in the industry for 16 years in the Valley and across the country. He has a strong passion for food and extensive knowledge of cooking. This recipe is unique and first introduced at Caffé Azzuri a few months ago. A la king means in the style of the king, and this dish is certainly fit for one.

Ingredients

250g chicken tenderloins Five raw greentail prawns 1 tblsp olive oil 1 tsp garlic 1 tsp wholegrain mustard ¼ cup white wine ¼ of large green capsicum, thinly sliced 1½ cups of thickened cream ½ brown onion finely diced Salt and pepper to taste

horoscopes It may surprise you to find yourself at odds with people you thought would be on your side. It’s one thing to philosophise about change. It’s another thing completely to bring it in. To push against the flow won’t help much. Good communication will do the trick.

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Venus is being a very well-behaved planet. She is expansive and sharing a broad sense of love and freedom with those who will listen. Her gift is nothing untoward. Its very essence is friendliness. Don’t let old habits prevent you from receiving life’s gifts.

1. Heat oil in medium sized frypan, add onions and sauté until transparent. 2. Add garlic and green capsicum and cook until slightly soft 3. Add prawns and chicken and toss until slightly cooked. 4. Incorporate mustard and wine into the pan. Reduce. 5. Combine cream and reduce until sauce becomes thick. 6. Serve with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables and enjoy.

scorpIo

(Oct 24–Nov 21)

Since you are going to be pushed, it’s best to know it. To slip into rigidity would be to inspire opposition. There’s so much activity in Aries at the moment that the atmosphere of impulsiveness could easily slide you into conservatism. Instead, stay flexible and responsive. sAGITTArIUs (Nov 22–Dec 21)

You are a hot tamale – and life keeps adding chilli sauce. The very people who love and support you the most are the ones who are sharing ‘hot and bothered’ with you. Life is shifting on its axis and going in the general direction of your most essential needs. Go gently. cAprIcorN

(Dec 22–Jan 19)

The hare and the tortoise are having an argument about who will win, before their race has begun. We know the result. Remember it. The presence of four planets in Aries seems to be giving the hare an awful lot of support. Don’t be fooled for an instant. Stay true. AQUArIUs

(Jan 20–Feb 18)

Venus continues to shine her love light all over you. You have absolutely no right to be this happy – but that’s not going to stop you. Side-step the mayhem that others are creating for themselves. There is really no need to get sucked into other people’s dramas. pIsces

(Feb 19–Mar 20)

Mars, who is the god of war after all, is parked in your ocean. Though he does have his redeeming qualities, they aren’t what’s on show here and now. His frustration is causing the sea to bubble and boil. Release tension by being very physical and very vocal.

Chef’s Corner welcomes submissions from Latrobe Valley chefs and home cooks. If you have a sensational original or family recipe, share it with the wider community by emailing us here at editorial@lvvoice.com.au

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We’re all a bit one sided in yourself is contagious.

with Sam Fenton EVERY day I come across someone with a special “problem” needing a correction of some description. Unless you are an ambidextrous supermodel with perfectly symmetrical features, it’s likely that your left side is not exactly the same as your right side, and your front side has no business being the same as your backside.

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Green Thumb Native bulbs bring life to the garden ONE of our readers has asked: “Are there are any native bulbs that you can grow in your garden?” The answer is yes! There are quite a few native varieties that have been grown in Australian gardens for years. If you have an opportunity to ask some older members of your family, I am sure that they will be able to tell you

Crinum lily

about the Crinum lily. The Crinum lily, also known as the swamp lily or darling lily, is a large bulbous plant with trumpetshaped flowers that can be white and cream to pale pink. With its striking features this plant can add a real focal point to your garden. It comes in around 10 different variations, is extremely tough and can grow in a wide range of conditions and soils. There are many other native bulbs that you can look out for. The Eurycles cunninghamii grows like a crocus and produces white flowers standing up to 30cm high. Blandfordia grandiflora, commonly known as Australian Christmas bells, produce a striking display of red and yellow bell-shaped flowers. The Thysanotus multiflorus, or many flowered fringed lily, originated in Western Australia but grows with relative ease across most of the eastern states. It is known for its grass-like foliage and fringed purple flowers. Many gardeners will also be aware of the many different varieties of native orchids available at specialised nurseries. Most of these are small, groundhugging plants. To get the best effect it is recommended they be grown in a well-defined garden area.

A scientist has come up with a mathematical formula for beauty based on symmetry of facial features – much more accurate than asking your partner or friends that loaded question: “How do I look?” But what is more important is how you feel about yourself, which ultimately determines how others perceive you. Confidence

If you have one longer leg, one larger foot, one bigger boob or any difference between your left and your right side, you are normal. The all-symmetrical, ambidextrous supermodel would be the rare exception. That said, gaining strength is a fantastic form of self improvement that changes the way you see and think about yourself. It’s a two-way feedback system between your brain and your body – as you take on a strength program you are making positive moves which affect how you think. As you feel the strength and tone kick in your inner superhero begins to emerge, which is an empowering feeling.

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Blandfordia grandiflora Why not look these plants up yourself or ask your local nursery to find out more. Better yet try some of these real Australian beauties in your own garden. Happy gardening

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THEY’RE important, aren’t they, sp¬orts bras. I mean, you don’t want to knock yourself out when you’re taking an intercept on the netball court. A friend of mine who was buying her first sports bra after raising and breast feeding three children did some important research. Did you know, she told me, that your boobs don’t travel up and down but in a figure of eight type motion when you run? Anyway, I have diverted. I bought a sports bra recently, and they are really embracing new technology in the added-value department. Not only do certain bras come recommended by the Australian institute of Sport, but they also have pockets for MP3 players and heart-rate monitors. The one I bought claims a 60% bounce reduction – I haven’t actually worked out how to measure if it’s effective or not. It felt pretty good when I tried it on, until the sales woman helped by doing up the crossover straps and I felt the air rush from my lungs. But it’s better than carving eights in the air.

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Regardless of your level of ability, you can always do something to improve your body and the things it can do. The better you get, the harder you have to work to improve – that’s the law of diminishing returns. This means beginners improve the fastest! If you do have some lop-sided issues, injuries or lack of ability in any area – start with a goal in mind then seek out physiotherapists and trainers who can get you there. Pilates is another good place to start to learn about your body and how to “centre” and “align” your odd bits and pieces. Remember to get medical advice before beginning an exercise program. * Email your sports and fitness questions for Sam to cherry.prior@ lvvoice.com.au

hairdressers – that they make the whole experience of buying new glasses very ego-destroying for a specific reason. First they shove you into thickframed metal contraptions and make you read minute text over and over; then they shove lights into your eyes and tell you to look at their ears while they breathe on you (and you try not to breathe on them); and, if you’re very lucky to also wear contact lenses, they might dye your eyeballs yellow with a lovely stinging solution. And, after all this, still feeling dazzled and looking a little jaundiced, you get to try on frames, which you find it hard to feel definite about because you can’t actually see them properly! I am sure there’s a rule that you must try on all the nerdy, dorky, Cokebottle-bottom styles first, the ones that make a mockery of your features. So that when you finally come across a style that’s not screaming “BaNana Mouskouri” – at least not in the magnifying glass that you are now holding - you want to ask the sales assistant to marry you. And you walk out, with such relief, until such time as you come to pick up your new spectacles, and you finally have clarity: how well you see can sometimes be less important than how good you look.

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Toyota Camry 1987 DCA976. P/S, A/C, central locking, all new tyres, clutch and battery. Tinted windows and tow bar. Sell as is $1300 0424248862

Jason recliner rockers x 2. Brown tweed upholstery. Good condition $50 each. Ph 5175 0464

Toyota MR2 Targa 1990 QEO461. 2.0L Turbo manual, all original, red duco, leather interior, climate control, cruise control. August rego. Genuine 131,000km. $7900. Ph 0419512238

Bar stools x 2, bean bags x 2. Hardly used $10 ea. Maternity clothing approx 25 items size 12/14 good cond. $50 the lot. Ph 0401249726 Bean Bag brand new - adult size. New beans. Never used. 1/2 price $25. Ph 51341429 Black Click Clak style sofa bed, leather look, exc cond as new. Paid $499 sell $250. Ph 5176 6554

Dog kennels. 1 x small $50. 1 x Large $100. Plastic, both in ex cond. Ph 0427992438

2004 Mazda 6 Luxury sedan fully optioned incl leather seats. Silver colour TET490. 101,000kms in exc cond. $15,500. Equiries please phone 0408 488 272

63 Stargate SG1 dvds. Full set and magazines. Never watched. Paid over $1200. Sell for $150 Ph 51337611 Ab King Pro abdominal exercise bench. Exc cond. Comes with instruction booklet and DVD $30 pick up from Churchill. Ph 0438380518

caravan Grant Tourer Pop-top caravan 17’9”. TV/DVD, aircon, radio/CD, hotplates/oven, microwave, dual batteries, dual gas bottles, mains water connection. Garaged since new. $28000 Ph 51272618

email us your FREE classifed : admin@lvvoice.com. au On site caravan. Two rooms and annex. 9ft x 9ft garden shed. Fully furnished, air con. Port Welshpool across from jetty. $12000 ONO. Ph 0431950246

caravan accessories Caravan cover suit 16ft van with Zips. $70 VGC 51223959 Caravan storage wheels. Cost $400. Caravan shock absorbers cost $100 sell $250 the lot. Ph 51750624 Van storage wheels, level riders, self coupling accessories $260 ONO Ph 51743955

car accessories 5 spoke US racing mag wheels. 14”x7” Ford/Chrysler stud pattern. Ideal for Ford Mustang. Genuine 1969 rims $400 ono Ph 51745061 Bullbar genuine steel to suit Toyota Hilux ‘04 - ‘07 $350 ONO Ph 0400458822 Cargo Barrier to uit AU ford $50 Ph 5192 4455 Toongabbie Dog boxes. Plenty storage fits hilux or landcruiser. $250 Ph 0400458822 Midford Cargo Barrier to suit 1995 VS Commodore or similar. VGC $50. Tow bar kit to suit VR/VS Commodore sedan $25. Ph 0400 099 253 Nissan Navara STR lockable hard top lid. Very good condition. Roll bar and all pieces included. $800 ono. Call Brad 0407508429 Towbar to suit Commodore Station Wagon from VN to VS $25. Ph 51222201 or 51221576 Trailer 5 x 7 Encloed box. Lockable. Great for camping or markets. $550 ono. Ph 0416012277

carers wanted Carers wanted to look after a young female quadriplegic. Students studying nursing, Cert 4 in disability would be an advantage but not essential. Please email: carers_wanted@ hotmail.com

clearance sales Arleah’s Beauty Works. 27 Church St, Morwell Ph 51348244. 50% off selected cosmetic items Saturday 2nd April 9am-12pm SNJ Kitchen & Homewares. 2a Church St Morwell. Ph 51330939. Prices start from 25c

95 Landrover Discovery. No RWC, no Reg, not working. Needs transfer case. plus 4 tyres on rims and 4 brand new tyres $1500. Ph 0414236005 Daihatsu Sirion 5 door. SDO802.5 Speed manual, air con, power steering, electric windows, cruise control, Pioneer 6 stacker, Feb rego, 176,000km. $3990 Ph 0419512238 Ford 1987 5sp manual windowless panel car, burgundy. Mags, lowered, extractors, big exhaust, tinted windows, dual fuel, towbar QXP374. $3000 ono no RWC 0432 912 987 Ford BA XR6 MKII 2004. 96000kms Mercury silver, Premium sound WHB484. $14000 Ph 0412609271 Holden Commodore 1995 model. STK526. Auto. New windscreen and tyres. RW June 2010. VGC $3500 ono 03 5126 2768 Holden Jackaroo 1997. XBN005. Manual 238,000ks 7 seats, rego CD/MP3 plus more. $5600. Phone 0447795718 or 51346561 Nissan Pulsar 2004 model. YEH682. Manual transmission. Air con. 95000kms. new windscreen & tyres. RW supplied exc cond. $8000 ono 03 5126 2768 Nissan Urvan poptop 1985. 5 speed diesel, 3 way fridge, stove, sink, towbar, reversing camera, RW Reg SWH489. Many extras. VGC $6900 Ph 51748918 Traralgon

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Ab-doer exercise machine, like new with video instructions $35. Ph 5126 2040 Alpaca wool. Straight from animals this year. 20kg+ P.O.A Brown, white and black available. Ph 0434 521 317 Antique blacksmith anville. Med size. $310. Post/leg vice $110. Dingo trap $125 ono. All VGC Ph 51745061 Antique day bed and boudoir chair. Ready for use but needs upholstering. Deep red colour, solid build, good frame. Bonus footstools included. $350 Ph 0417 015 604

Black imitation chair. $100. Phone 0450261373 Catamaran 12ft needs some minor repairs, comes with sails masts etc. Trailer ex race boat $500 ono Ph 0447698580 Chest freezer. Good condition 150 litres $75. Ph 0437699934

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Antique Kauri Pine Wardrobe, drawer under. Bevelled mirror. Moved home and no space. Photos available. $500 Ph 5176 6554

Holiday units Lakes Entrance. Good clean units, sleep up to 6 people, self contained, solar heated pool, small complex, onsite caretakers. Cheap rates. Walk to all amenities. Ph 51552735

Antique Pine Dresser. Beautiful cottagey piece of furniture. 3 cupboards under three drawers and hutch. Photos available. $800 Ph 5176 6554 Antique Singer sewing machine: UK model in green case. $125 ono 5126 2040

Coffee table. Very modern. Black 2 Pak and glass, one drawer, shelf under. Twelve months old and used for display only. Paid $299 Sell $100. Ph 5176 6554 after hours Cot and mattress. Exc cond. $40. Ph 51348332 Couch, blue, 2.5 seater. $50 Ph 5192 4455 Criterion TV Unit Large Walut TV Unit. 2 display cupoards with shelves and glass doors. 2 small storage cupboards. Fits 32” HD TV. Exc cond. 1.9Lx1.2Hx42cmD $100 ONO. Ph 0438746002

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Antique wooden chairs. Need a little work, 6 in total. $20 ea Ph 5192 4455 Toongabbie

Cubby house wooden with colour bond roof and veranda. $340 Ph 51761649

Apple Mac Pro Quad Core 2007 model. 20GB memory $2500 Ph 0407082098

Deb dress size 16. Medievil style. Corset detail on front, flared schiffon leeves. May need a clean but great cond. $80 ono. Ph 0410177307

equestrian Wintec Pro Stock Saddle CS Cair Panel and easy change gullet. Currently has blue gullet. Mounted. Size medum, black. Exc cond. $800 Ph 0438 261 540

2 x 2.5 HP 2 speed spa pumps with control boxes to suit. Never been used. Also corner bath with light only. Lots of other spa equipment. Ph 0402665485 281 litre 2 door fridge/freezer. Good clean unit with shelving $100. Ph Garry 0439 778 375 3 x Century Plants $10 ea. Requires removal from garden. 0449 959 004 5 burner BBQ. Hooded, side and lower shelves, gas tank, fittings. VG cond. $250 Ph 51262040

Argon Huffy Dual Linx mountain bike. VG condition 12 gear. $70. Ph 5133 6218 Baby bassinet. Exc cond, cream colour, used 3 months. Lockable wheels, vibrator and music attachment, adjustable canopy. Mattress, matching fitted sheet and coverlet. Folds flat. $100 Ph 51745141 Baby pram $50. Capsule $40. Bath $5 ONO Ph 0488481059

Desk with hutch light colour timber veneer. Will suit as study or computer desk. Good cond. $60 ono. Ph 51761109 Dirtbike gear. Fox helmet, gloves, knee pads, elbow pads and riding boots. Alpine Star body armour. Shift riding pants. Fit small adult - more suited for a teenager. $450 ono Ph 0418431391

Dux Forte Electric Hot Water Service 400ltr. only 2 years use. In exc cond, genuine reason for sale $500 Ph 0428 661 277 Electric bike. Cruiser Nomad. Exc cond. New batteries $500 Ph 5174 7814 Electric spray unit for atv/ quad bike. 57 litre with electric pump and 4 meters of hose. $799 brand new sell for $300 0447698580 Family size tent, hardly used. DMC brand. Australian made, no further use, exc cond. $80 Ph 5192 4455 Toongabbie For sale and removal Large shed 21’ x 19’. Mantel piece, 2 fire places. Ph 51765551 Futon - near new seating cushion. Exc condition. $45. Ph 51337710

email us your FREE classifed : admin@lvvoice.com. au Futon fold out sofa. Metal frame. GC $60. Ph 0427696640 H2O steam mop for carpets and lino. VGC $50 Queen size foam mattress. Exc condition $80. 0437 435 058 Home gym - Proteus as new condition. $400 ono Ph 0422163319 Home gym in exc cond. Moved house and no space for this. $120. Ph 5176 6554 after hours HP Flat screen computer monitor 19” small scratch bottom of screen $60. Upholstery material dark blue with leaf pattern 14 mtrs $50. ph 5174 5447 aftrer 5pm Jackaroo BBQ Stainless steel hood. Two door cabinet. Four burners. Wok, Rotisserie, Vinyl cover. Good cond $175 Ph 0351223959

Kambrook Multi-function toaster oven. As new. $40 Ph 51274011 Kitchen table & 8 chairs $40. Chest freezer $50. Crystal cabinet $40. Desk $15. Sewing table $10. Ph 51222466 Kitchen/dining setting. Cane frame with large round glass top. Table and 4 matching rattan backed chairs. Exc cond. $120 ono. Ph 51273119 Lounge suite 3 seater and 2 recliner chairs. VGC dark green fabric. Very comfortable well looked after. $630 ono Ph 0419113318 Lounge suite, three piece, pastel colours. $120 Ph 5192 4455 Mahogany dining table extends to seat 10. Exc condition $450. Pick up only 56332962 Mobility scooter by pride mobility. Revo model. Good cond. Has basket, manual and all charge gear. Easy to use and maintain. $1200 ono. Contact 51761109 MTD Ride on mower. 38” cut. Hardly used. $1800. Ph 0417546342 New classic cream garage roller door. Size 2400Hx3050W. Comes with tracks, brackets and u-bolts. Ph 0402743955 Nintendo DS as new with solid case. 2 brand new games. New rechargeable battery plus new adapter & recharger. $150. Ph 5133 6218 Office or study chairs. White PVC swivel, adjustable height, with arms, two matching. Good condition, will separate. $50 ea Ph 5176 6554 after hours Old newspapers 1945/1946 World War 2 Headlines, make an offer. Washing Machine Simpson 6kg VGC $300 Ph 0403165221

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LRH fun run ▪ These kids enjoy the fun run.

▪ Men’s 10km winner Jonathan Dillion, women’s 10km winner Kathryn Ewels, women’s 5k winner Tylah Whitehad and men’s 5km winner John Brennann pictured with LRH foundation chair Lorraine Bartling.

▪ Not everyone was keen to finish first some needing a little push.

▪ Some competitors, even the youngest ones, couldn’t get enough of the oranges after their run.

▪ The runners get ready to take off.

▪ Women’s 5km winner Tylah Whitehead. Photos: Bryce Campbell and Kate Lancaster

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Pentium 3 Computer. Upgraded with many top options, Fbed scanner/4port ADSL2, lots software with disks, CD’s and manuals $375 Ph 51262040 Pine television unit. $100 Ph 0450261373 Pool table. 100cm x 183cm. Comes with full set of small balls and triangle to suit. Two cues, felt in gc $180 Newborough 0432 912 987

Revolution Spinfit spin bike Studio 10 pass card. Only 2 used. Value $80 - Sell $50. Ph 0400 938 392 Rotisserie, electronic (Ausheat) fits 4 chickens. Glass door and drip tray. Works well $100 Ph 56352397 Safe ‘n Sound Discovery car seat for children 6 months to 4 years. Exc cond $60. Ph 51761649

York 230 Space Saver weight bench. Multiple exercises incl butterfly arms and leg extensions. Exc cond. Will incl selected barbell weights. $105. Ph 51337710

Free to good home. Border Collie x Kelpie 7yo Female. Desexed and microchipped. Ph 0434 521 317

Casserole Luncheon, plus entertainment. 13th April at 11.30am at Morwell East Senior Citizens hall in Vary St Morwell. For more details please phone 51341952

Lawn mowing and general garden maintenance. Latrobe Valley area. Call Tony for a competitive quote 0438 859 399

Pool table. 6 x 4 feet. Cues and balls included. Only in fair condition. $50 ono. Ph 51761109

Samsung slide mobile phone with QWERTY keyboard, camera. Able to connect to web, user manual and charger. Locked to Optus newtwork. Aqua colour and hardly been used. $90 ono Ph 0407994037

Tandem stroller. Valco brand. Exc cond. Suit infant and toddler. Easily folds flat. Front and back canopy, 2 trays, large basket underneath. $200 Ph 5174 5141 Treadle sewing machine, cast base, timber top and drawers. Needs restoration. $45.00 ph 0434 062 857 TV Palsonic 51cm with remote. Works fine $50 Traralgon Ph 0405602519 Two seater lounge. 2 recliner chairs. Extension table 6 chairs. Floral pattern, lovely. VGC. Matching set. $800 complete set. Deceased estate. Proceeds cancer research. Ph 51762084 AM only

Set of oak drawers, needs a little work on the top (or just cover it up). A lovely piece of furniture which is no longer needed. Would make a great project piece. Pick up only ph 51748241

Wall unit “Burgess” make. As new cond. Has two glass doors with mirror in back, small cocktail unit and double doors at the bottom. 200cmHx90cmW. Pick up only. $100 ono. Ph 0351743513

Shop rider mobility scooter - maroon. Good condition with head light and shopping basket on front. Batteries and charger in good order $1000. Phone 5176 2336

Webber Q BBQ with temperature gauge and spare hot plate in VGC. $250 ono Ph 0407994037

Porta Potti 335 Thetford VGC $50. Ph 51223959 Professional Quality workstation by “Ergoline”. L shape 1800x1800 plus side table, lockable drawer unit, bookcase hutch brand new in original packaging. Cost $950 sell for $600. Ph 51744100 Queen size bed, wooden posts wrought iron head and foot, with 2 wooden 3 drawer bedside cabinets, baltic pine colour. Exc cond. $300 Ph 51764265 Recliner chair. New/gift. Too big for unit. Blue/grape/ charcoal colour. $260 ONO. Ph 51277121 Replica Queen Anne table with mirror and drawer. Suitable for entrance hall, passage etc. Exc cond. $50 ono. Pick up. Ph 0351743513 Retro 60’s vintage couch and 2 armchairs, solid wooden frame with green velour upholstery. Exc cond. $150 ONO. Ph 0418271577

Single bed, pipe type, dark blue colour. Good cond. Can throw in a fair cond mattress. $40 ono Ph 51761109 Slate fireplace hearth with timber edge. Measures 1650mm wide x 1100mm deep. $125 Ph 0434062857 Soccer table near new $50. Fridge 380L Kel. Very good condition $50. ph 0402826981 or 51353522

Wheelchair. Good cond. $50 Traralgon. Ph 0401 626 818 Wood heater, Kent brand. Great for shed $80 Newborough 0432 912 987 X-box bundle with guitar, drums, disc and microphone. 2 1/2 months old, used twice only. $110 ono ph 0409941014 or 51342705 Yamaha Clavinova, exc cond. Full piano keyboard. $60. Contact 51744082

free Large Analogue TV with remote control. Pickup only from Neborough. 5126 2040

garage sale Traralgon, 1 Marion Crt from 9.00am Sat 2nd April. Lots of kids toys and books. Reading Master learn to read & maths system.

horse agistment Horse agistment available. Surrounded by beautiful riding trails, native bush and creeks. Includes all feed and supervision. Farrier and dentist visits organised. $25 p/w Ph 0438337211

livestock Alpacas. Males $250. Females from $400. Ph 0434 521 317

Greyhound Cross puppies. Two female, one male. Free to good home. Pls call 0438932931 after hours

email us your FREE classifed : admin@lvvoice.com. au Rabbits $10 each. 4 x male 4 x female. Ph 0412469543 Young ferretts, six months old $20 ea Ph 0356332182

motorbikes Honda VT750C Shadow, 7, 2007 Cruiser. One lady owner 8490 kms. Extras inc clock, leather saddle bags, sissy bar, bike cover and helmet lock. Regrettable sale. $8000 ONO Ph 0417110970 Hondas 750/4s x 2 incomplete motorcycles, 3 x tanks, 1 rickman style red f/glass seat and tank unit $650 the lot Ph 0409836647

Bluetongue lizard and enclosure. Originally bought from pet shop. No licence needed. $120 lot. Ph 51337611

Yamaha Quad bike 2006 bruin 250. Great bike motor a1. Plastics have minor damage, must sell. $3500 ono. Ph 0447698580 for more information

Border Collie x Kelpie puppies. 8 males. Ready to go end of April $200 ea. Ph 0459208405 for interest. Can email photos Canaries $10 each. Ph 0413148945

Yamaha WR250F 2005mdl, electric start, h/guards, pro taper bars, rad guards, f/ guards, bash plate, pro circuit exhaust, 90% tyres, 2295kms. $5500 ono Ph 0401249977

Come try Tae Kwon-Do. 2 free lessons. Get fit, have fun, learn something. In Traralgon and Churchill. Ph Dave 0402270347 Handwriting for all occassions. Invitations, certificates, cards, correspondence. All styles available-script, old style light/dark, calligraphy, cursive. $10 per line and bulk rates negotiated. Ph Mandi 51742129

public notes Indonesian Cultural night. Saturday April 2 from 6p.m. Traralgon Uniting Church, Park Lane, Traralgon. Reservations to be made before March 29. Please call Pastor Michael Easton 0458742363 or Traralgon Uniting Church office 51761029 Weight loss Counselling & Workshops for women. Ph Robyn Crawford 0439724751 www.weightlosswithheart.com

seeking employment 22 y.o uni student looking for p/t work. T’gon. Good computer skills, current WWC check. Flexible hours. Tutoring, newsletters, webpage updates suitable. Ph 0439699013 after 4pm

Mature woman, Churchill area, looking for part time work 2-6 hours p/w. Jill of all trades. Phone Kath 0437 435 058 Ironing done. Reasonable rates. Traralgon area. Ph 0400941987

room to let Boolarra - Furnished room and board $150pw. Own transport. Suit uni student/single worker. Ph 0427696640

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Station wagon up to $4000. Low kms RWC and registered. Ph 0451978055 Volunteer Ghost Host needed for Walhalla Ghost tours. Small petrol allowance paid for travel, must have good rapport with public. More details phone 5165 6250 Volunteer shop assistants to help in Walhalla Museum. Small petrol allowance paid for travel. Please phone 5165 6250 for more detail


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Bridge news CONGRATULATIONS to Ken Tierney and Geoff Davidson for successfully bidding and making seven no trump. They receive a free table pass for their efforts. The Victorian simultaneous pairs competition is currently being held around the state. We will play our last round on Monday, April 4. The top 60 players over the three weeks of the event are invited to Melbourne to compete in the state final held in Melbourne on May 7. The next nationwide pairs will be played on Saturday, April 2, commencing at 1pm. A delicious afternoon tea is provided for the hungry players. Heats of the grand national open teams have commenced. The next GNOT heat will be

played at Sale on May 1. The best of all the club teams will play in the regional final. The top two teams will then travel to Tweed Heads to compete in the national final. Supervised play is still being conducted on Thursdays at 7.30pm. If you want to ask questions and play some hands then come over and learn from the more experienced members. Beginners’ classes will be starting on Thursday, April 28. If you enjoy a challenge and would like to make new friends give Barbara a call on 5174 7903. All other enquiries can be directed to Geoff (5176 5726 or 0418 381 386) or Rob (5174 3145 or 0427 743 145), or check out www. bridgeclubtraralgon.org.au ▪ Robyn Couch, Anne Howes, Elizabeth Morrish and Bill Morrish with the Tuesday teams trophy.

Coach shares expertise TAE KWON DO master coach Paul Harper shared his expertise with local students at a recent seminar. Mr Harper, the holder of a fifth-degree black belt and a member of the ITF Australia coaching committee, conducted a three-hour training session for Il Shim Tae Kwon-Do. After the warm up, Mr Harper demonstrated basic techniques building from punching and blocking, as well as competition sparring techniques and the application of theory to realworld situations. Everyone who attended was impressed with Mr Harper’s knowledge and is looking forward to next weekend when students will travel to Melbourne to attend a master class run by Master Michael Daher, eighth-degree black belt, and for senior students to be graded. Finally Mr Harper assessed a student who is unable to attend a grading next week and the club congratulates Alexandra on achieving her white belt yellow stripe. If you’d like to try tae kwon do please feel free to contact local instructor Dave on 0402 270 347.

Results from Monday, March 21 - Vic sim pairs week 1 North - south pairs Don Walters and Robyn Couch Don Tylee and Robin Hecker Heather Watt and Anne Howes Helen McAdam and Moira Hecker

60.42% 56.25% 56.25% 51.49%

East - west pairs Heather Knorr and Rhonda van Dyke Fred Baxter and Geoff Dixon Jan Williams and Pat Davies Monika Cornell and Pat Still

74.87% 59.26% 52.38% 49.47%

Tuesday teams championships First: Anne Howes, Robyn Couch, Elizabeth Morrish and Bill Morrish 100 Second: Pat Davies, Jan Williams, Geoff Davidson and Ken Tierney 92 ▪Mr Harper shows kicking to a student.

Memorial golf day THE 11th annual Les and Annie Bird Memorial Golf Day will be held on April 3 at the Traralgon Golf Club. Run by the Centrals Cricket Club, this is a fun day of golf that raises money for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute. Last year more than $3000 was raised. Many local sponsors support the day, along with approximately 100 golfers. The event is run as four-person ambrose, with entry costing $50 per person. The cost includes breakfast, lunch, hat, ball and green fees. Anyone interested in entering a team should contact Rod Bird 0403 846 054 or Brad Howlett 0438 742 075.

Yallourn Golf Club

19/3 Stableford

26/3 Stableford

Winners: A grade W. Peter (18) 41 pts; B grade J. Banfield (24) 35 pts; C grade D. Steyn (27) 39 pts

Winners: A Grade (0-16) Howard Connell 11 (40pts cb); B Grade (17-36) Ash Bolton 26 (41pts)

DTL: J. Thornby 39, B. Downie 38, G. Down 38, A. Sherrock 37, H. Martin 37, M. Smith 36 c/b

NTP: 3rd Josh Hall 8th Peter Morris 12th Dennis Hicks 14th P.M. Brown

NTP: 3rd D. Byers, 12th G. Down, 14th J. Thornby

20/3 Stableford

Birdies: 3rd Josh Hall, M.Andrijczak, J.Mullen 8th- B.Estrada, R.Kincaid 12th- L.Taylor, 14th D.Hicks, A.Bowler, P.M.Brown,W. Hicks DTL: Ash Bolton, Howard Connell, P.M.Brown, Dennis Hicks, Les Stothard snr, Viv Brown-Sarre, Cliff Jamieson.

Men’s winner: B. Downie (13) 36 pts

Balls to 39pts on c/b

Ladies winner: J. Blizzard (30) 39 pts

Swindle: P.M.Brown

22/3 Ladies Open Day 4BBB Stableford

23/3 Stableford

Winners: D. Judkins (39), A. Williams (24) 44 pts

Winners: A Grade (0-16) T.Radford (13) 44 Pts; B Grade (17-36) J.Stephens (25) 42 Pts

Runner up: L. Pinner (21), S. Carmody (22) 43 pts Best 9: M. Munckton (37), J. Catherwood (23) 23 pts Best 9 Out: S. Trail (22), S. Hughes (31) 23 pts DTL: J. Leslie (28) T. Reside (28) 42 pts; M. Dear (36) M. Kamphius (25) 41 pts NTP: 3rd M. Proudfoot, 12th J. Woznica

Traralgon Golf Club Ladies Winners: Division 2 J. Fleming (29+3); Division 3 I. Stafford (322); Division 4 D. Ellaman (39+2) NTP: 5th M Burke 8th H. Woolcock 15th M. Wylie

Traralgon Seniors Winner: J. Rhimes 22 pts DTL: H. Lackas 21 pts, T.Richardson 21 pts, M. Neilson 20 pts, L. Bastianutto, 20 pts, B. Macintosh 19 pts, M. Lancaster 19 pts, M. Cheney 18 pts, J.Catherwood 18 pts

Third: Barbara Kurosinski, Dawn Cameron, Iris Thornhill and Ken Lamin 91

Churchill-Monash Golf Club

Birdies: 12rh B. Forrest

NTP: Men: B. Downie; Women: Y. Ferrel

Bridge news

Birdies: 8th J. Northe 15th M. Wylie 18th hole 3rd shot: H. Cameron Wed 9 hole comp: A. Lawrence 20pts, W. Collins 19 pts Division 2: K. Ahearne (square), J. Northe H. Woolcock (-1) Division 3: P. Coles H. Becker (-3) Division 4: J. Moon A. Bland (+1), C. Payne (-1)

NTP: 3rd A.Postlethwaite 8th L.Hall 12th F.Hyett 14th G.Wilkes Birdies: 3rd T.Radford, A.Postlethwaite, 8th F.Hyett, L.Towns, Eagle: 16th hole D.Dragon 2 balls DTL: T.Radford, H.Connell, J.Stephens, D.Dragon, A.DeVent Balls to 39 Points c/b

WGDGA Pennant 27/3 Results Division 2 Garfield 6, Traralgon 3 Mirboo North 1, Warragul 8 Moe 6, Morwell 3 Pakenham 5, Drouin 4 Trafalgar 4, Yallourn 5 Division 3 Traralgon 8, Warragul 1 Garfield 8, Morwell 1 Pakenham 7, Moe 2 Churchill/Monash 5, Yallourn 4


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Another season over Gippsland baseball for junior athletes championships THE Churchill Braves and the Morwell Cougars are set to host the 2011 Latrobe Valley Baseball Association (LVBA) Gippsland Championships on Saturday, April 2. Teams from the Latrobe Valley will compete against teams from Pakenham and Berwick in a round robin competition, with Berwick aiming to defend its 2010 championship. The annual competition is the start of the LVBA local season, which begins on April 10.

By Bryce Campbell

bryce.campbell@lvvoice.com.au

LITTLE Athletics has ended for the year, with a successful season for the Traralgon club. Despite getting rained out several times, the season’s events were a success. The Traralgon open day, one of the most popular events for Little Athletics, allowed competitors from all across the state to attend and compete. The state track and field competition, held at Olympic Park in Melbourne on March 19 and 20, drew competitors from across the state. Traralgon had 16 athletes travel to Melbourne to compete in 30 events over the weekend, of which nine athletes finished in the top 10, the most successful result for many years for Traralgon. “We had five washout days through the season, which meant no competition, so we did really well,” said Ann Aust from Traralgon’s Little Athletics club. A special mention goes to Flynn

▪ Zoe Roberts, Madison Rohde, Charley Ward and Saskia Eenjes represented Traralgon in the state under 10s relay team. Shields, who got silver in the under State Track and Field Athletes 10s long jump, and Aijith Achiek, were Chance Doultree, Chandler who got bronze in the under 11s Whitehead, Isabella Lia, Flynn 800m, which are the club’s first Shields, Jack Walton, Bailey, medals in four years. The club’s Flanigan, Sarah Becker, Aijith state and track athletes were: Achiek, Tylah Whitehead, Hannah The Traralgon Little Athletics presentation night is being held at Sas, Mason Shields, Michael Tulloch, Grey St Primary School on Friday, Mitchell Bourke, Rebecca O’Connor, Stephanie Nelson, Jordan Walton. April 1, at 6pm.

Hill End drops from A grade THE 2011 Mid Gippsland netball has been blasted wide open with the departure of Hill End from the A grade competition, several key players leaving Morwell East and Mirboo North and some key recruits at Thorpdale. Yarragon and Yallourn/Yallourn North – without A grade teams in 2010 – have regrouped and will both field teams at the highest level of the competition. But Hill End – suffering an exodus of senior players – will force a bye yet again in the competition for the remaining nine teams.

Mid Gippsland Netball Association president Jenny Mills said Hill End had worked extremely hard in recent years, with finals appearances across many grades. But the departure of some of their most talented A-grade players had a snowball effect, she said. “This has come right out of the blue,” Ms Mills said. “Once one (player) went then another then another, all wanting to have a go in another league. “I am hopeful and so is the club that they can, with a season off from A grade, pull themselves together and be ready with six sides for season 2012.

While Yarragon will field an A grade, it has the numbers for just three of the four senior teams and is hoping to make the finals in several grades. Netball vice president Paula Borsato said the club was pleased with its junior numbers.

CENTRALS/TWest are the under 17s champions in the Traralgon and District Junior Cricket Association (TDJCA) for the 2010/11 season. In good conditions at the Traralgon Recreation Reserve, Gormandale won the toss and elected to bat, getting off to a good start before Reece and Shaun Falla picked up a wicket each with the score on 24.

Gormandale then got on top with two good partnerships taking the score to 3/123 before Shaun Falla (2/25) and Justin Trew (4/17) finished off the Gormandale innings on 162. The other wicket takers were Reece Falla (1/26) and Josh Gray (1/18). With only 50 overs to make up the runs, Ji Eccles (48) and Lachie Pollard (29) got Centrals/TWest off to a great start putting on a strong

performance before Eccles went out just short of his half century. After two quick wickets, including star batsman Rhys Martin (9), pressure was on the rest of the side with 62 runs still needed. Reece Falla (16*) and man of the match, Josh Gray (45*) came to the rescue of Centrals/TWest, hitting the club through to its premiership win.

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Ms Mills said all clubs had worked hard to prepare for the first round, this weekend. “What we can expect from the season would be competitive netball in all grades, players respecting each other, also their coaches, opponents and above all our umpires,” Ms Mills said.

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Churchill battle through the semis CHURCHILL United earned itself a spot in the Battle of Britain Cup semi-final after defeating Tyers Lightning 3-1 last weekend. Churchill debuted several players with youngsters Nathan Lugton and Aidan Huizer getting promoted from the reserves. Part-time keeper Marc Johnson debuted to fill in for Jason Sands and former Falcons striker Jesse Kennedy also made his debut for the Rams. Churchill used the first half to set its

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pace before regrouping at half time with the introduction of star Luke Cheney. After going down 1-0 early in the second half, Churchill was given a bit of luck when a Tyers own goal leveled the scores. Cheney took the Rams ahead 2-1 befo re new recruit Jesse Kennedy guaranteed the win taking them ahead 3-1 with 15 minutes to spare. The result sets up an exciting semifinal this Friday night at Churchill with the Rams taking on Falcons.

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In the Reserves Shopwell Trophy, Churchill, Falcons, Monash and Sale United all progressed to the next round after some well-fought contests. Churchill smashed Tyers 6-1 in the highest scoring match of the round. Tyers showed signs of a win early on with Stephen Ward booting a goal in the 4th minute, but Churchill responded strongly, bringing the score line to 3-1 at halftime. Tyers played bravely, but failed to stop the onslaught with Churchill kicking another three goals in the second half. The other matches were much more contested with Falcons defeating Newborough-Yallourn 4-3, Sale overcoming Fortuna 2-1 and Monash taking the match against Olympians 2-1.

THE second round of the Battle of Britain Cup began this weekend, with Churchill, Fortuna, Falcons 2000 and Monash all advancing to semi-finals. Fortuna 60 outclassed Traralgon City winning 2-0, with Cameron Dunne scoring an early goal to put his team in front. Traralgon City fought back but was unable to find a gap in the Fortuna back half, before a Fortuna counter attack allowed Matthew Coward to seal the victory with a goal in the 87th minute. A heated match between Falcons and Newborough-Yallourn saw two Falcons players sent off before going one up late in the first half thanks to Adrian Fazioli. Monash managed to push back Traralgon Olympians, winning 2-0.

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▪ This season is set to be well fought for by all teams.

Countdown to the Gippsland League opener MOE, Traralgon and Morwell are looking forward to the expanded Gippsland League with a growing confidence when the season starts next weekend. The Lions hope to play their first game at the newly revamped Ted Summerton reserve in round four and are still training away from their home ground. In the opening round Traralgon are home to Leongatha while Morwell are away to Wonthaggi and Moe plays at Drouin on the Sunday. League president Brian McKenzie said that the inclusion of Bairnsdale after a 12year absence meant that all of Gippsland’s major towns were competing in the one competition. McKenzie said all clubs had been busy recruiting and many exciting new players were joining the League in 2011. New coaches are Josh Jennings (Traralgon), Damien Kerr (Morwell), George Morgan (Warragul), Leigh McDonald (Wonthaggi), and Brent Cowell, returning

from WA to take the reins at Bairnsdale. From last season Troy Makepeace (Moe), Ben Soumilas (Drouin), Nick Anderson (Sale) Adrian Campbell (Leongatha) and Graham Robbins (Maffra) remain in charge McKenzie said it was also pleasing to see that 25 of the 40 players on the 2011 list at Gippsland Power came from the 10 clubs in the Gippsland League (28 out of 38 in 2010), with development of the exciting young talent clearly a focus of the clubs in the Gippsland League. Last year Maffra finished a clear leader after the home and away rounds and won the flag defeating Drouin by 18 points. The Maroons are hoping to win a flag this season under Josh Jennings but have lost quite a number of key players from last season including Tim Aitken, Brian Graham, Sky Hammer, Luke Middleton, Scott Zuehlke, Ryan Potter, Tim Darby and Rohan Hore. The new coach of Morwell, Damien Kerr, recruited from Woodside, is confident of the Tigers being up there again this year

despite losing a swag of players to Yinnar and Boolarra. Former Richmond player Royce Vardy is expected to start at full forward. Moe has reappointed Troy Makepeace as coach for his fourth season. Makepeace relinquished the coaching role at the end of last season because of work commitments but was reappointed early this year. Lachlan Sim is the director of coaching and the pair will share the workload. The Lions have recruited strongly with Ryan Donaldson the biggest name recruit. Donaldson kicked a VCFL record a couple of seasons ago with 170 goals. Club president Jason Bek said Moe would be “pretty competitive and will worry a few sides”. Sale is expected to be one of the big improvers this year and has recruited strongly. Bairnsdale is the “X” factor in the competition but it may take a few games for it to become highly competitive.

NGFNL sides gear up for opener TEAMS will be aiming to begin the season on the front foot when North Gippsland Football Netball League (NGNFL) kicks off on Saturday. The stage is set for an action packed opening round with the anticipated replay of last year’s grand final among the highlights. While early talk sees reigning premiers Sale City as premiership favourites, there are many others that feel that it might be the year for an outside smoky to take the flag. So if the Dogs are to be deposed, who is the mostly likely to supersede them? Churchill is a likely contender having dominated the competition in past seasons. But the question around the Cougars will be whether they will be able to reclaim their dominance, which eluded them at stages throughout 2010. TTU know that with perseverance they can improve on their win loss ratio. Glengarry deserve to be ranked high after astute recruitment and a renewed belief that big things are to come from the nest.

CHURCHILL COUGARS

2010 stats - 13 wins, five losses, 4th position Coach - Tim Darby Honours - 2008 premiers Ins- Tim Darby, Brendan Holt, James Larkin, Jason Sutherland, Jarrod O’Neil Outs – Leigh McDonald, Daniel Hawking, Dean Jenkins, Neil Thompson One of six clubs to sign a new coach, Churchill has signed former player and well respected footballer Tim Darby who will be the Cougars third coach in three seasons. Darby and his coaching committee have worked hard off field over the preseason to ensure that they cover the loss of four premiership players among them Leigh McDonald, Dean Jenkins, Daniel Hawking and Neil Thompson. While the clubs departure list could imply that the Cougars may find themselves back among the pack, opposition clubs can write Churchill off at their own peril. The Cougars will benefit from the return of James Larkin and Jason Sutherland with the inclusion of key forward Brendan Holt set to bolster the Cougars stocks in front of goal.

GLENGARRY MAGPIES

2010 stats - Semi finalists - 14 wins, four losses, 3rd position Coach - Josh King Honours - 1996 premiers Ins- Ryan Potter, Bobby Jacobsen, Jack Jacobsen Outs – Darren White, Chris Bland All looks promising for Glengarry with a number of new Magpies having flown into the nest among them Traralgon’s Ryan Potter, Bobby and Jack Jacobsen. With strong recruitment and a solid preseason behind them, the Magpies are set to be among the top of the pecking order. Finishing the end of the 2010 season in third place, the Magpies struggled in a disappointing straight set exit to the finals series. Coach Josh King has been impressed with what he has seen from his side in recent practice matches and is hoping that his side can put it all together come Saturday. “We have shown some good form in past weeks, we have played a good brand of footy in our hit outs and have been putting in the hard yards on the track for hopefully a good year.” continued on next page

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Three wins, 15 losses, 10th position Tim Aitken 2004 premiers Ins- Tim Aitken, Daniel Hawking, Chris Graham, Brian Graham, Guy Sinclair, Luke Middleton, Daniel McLaughlin TTU will welcome the return of Tim Aitken to his home club after several seasons in the Gippsland League. Aitken is fully aware of the challenges that lay ahead of him and his coaching staff as the Bombers aim to make a return to finals for the first time since the club’s premiership in 2004. Securing the services of every required player on the senior list, Aitken has complimented his side with a number of recruits all of whom have impressed the coach with their commitment and approach to preseason. Aitken is confident that his side will be able to match it with the competitions front runners when the season gets underway at the weekend. He said: “We’re realistic we have a lot of work ahead of us, we have a number of new players to the line-up which will take some time to gel we may not hit our straps for some time. If we could get to the half way mark of the season and have a positive win loss ratio that would be pleasing.”

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THE Traralgon Premier Function centre was treated to glitz and glamour on Friday night at the Traralgon Tyers United Football Netball Club (TTUFNC) season opener. Suits replaced jumpers and dresses replaced bodysuits as TTU’s footy and netballers showed up in full force. The night began with presentation of a sponsorship cheque from the Traralgon RSL – who have been TTU’s major sponsor since 1998. Club president Andrew Falla said that TTU seem set to make a comeback in 2011. “Everyone who has helped out in the club across our three football and eight netball teams shows we’re set for a revival,” he said. Tim Aitken, head coach at TTU, said the footballers have been training hard since last year. “Most teams started their preseason training in January this year, we started at the end of November last year. We’ve been training three days a week since, and I cannot fault what everyone has done; I take my hat off to everyone,” he said. On hand to provide words of wisdom was guest speaker Nathan Thompson, the former AFL player turned commentator. He discussed his struggle with depression through the early 2000s and told the young players that they shouldn’t feel pressured into keeping their mental health to themselves. “I kept my depression to myself for years because I felt as though telling someone was weak,” he said. Thompson said that travelling to country football clubs like TTU brings him back to his roots at Kyneton and that it shows to him that country football still going strong. “I did the same as these guys when I was young. Hanging around the football club, spending all my time there practicing, dreaming of whether it be going to the seniors or the next level in AFL, it was just a great place to be. “It’s been great to be here, everyone I’ve talked to from the president Andrew to the coach Tim are all very committed and I wish them all the best and hope they have a great year,” he said.

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▪ Nathan Thompson attended the night to provide advice to up and coming players at TTU.

▪ Jim Saddington (right), president of Traralgon RSL presents TTU member Mark McMahon with the sponsorship cheque.

WITH premiership titles on the line, star recruitments, player milestones and new coaches at the helm, the coming NGFNL netball season promises plenty. The U17 competition has proven to the launching pad for young netballers with many set to step up into higher levels this season.

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The Cougars are expecting big things on the court this season. The club has put in a strong preseason and recruited well, pointing towards a promising year on the court for the gold and blue.

Glengarry is confident of all teams making their mark in 2011 with the foundations laid for a solid year. The Magpies will welcome back club life member Vicki Van Gelderen, who has been appointed to the newly developed role of head coach.

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A new era has been born at the Heyfield Netball Club as the changing of the guard sees a number of the club’s older players making way for an injection of youth.

Stratford netballers have hit the ground running with the club commencing training in January under new A Grade coach and league best and fairest winner Kerri Goode.

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One club who has shown their dominance on the court since their debut season three years ago, Woodside is again hungry for the premiership success that eluded them in 2010.

Boisdale Briagolong Netball Club is looking forward to developing a new group of young players, while improving its on-court performance in 2011.

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This season sees the return of a number of players to the A grade lineup including premiership player Kara Wheeler, Amy Bennetts and Amy Cain.

Placing their future success in the hands of the young brigade of girls moving up the ranks, Rosedale believes that the level of talent amongst the clubs youth will see the Blues continue their progression this season.

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The stars of the future By Niall Boyle

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THIRTEEN future footy stars from the Valley bolster the Gippsland Power ranks this year with ambitions of making it to the AFL. These talented youngsters will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Dyson Heppell, who made his Essendon debut this weekend. The former Power defender was in superb form in the Bombers’ 55-point win over the Western Bulldogs – making 20 disposals. Power is looking

forward to 2011 with renewed optimism – after losing out in the TAC Cup grandfinal last time out. It was defeated by Calder Canons in the 2010 showpiece, but region manager Peter Francis says Power is chomping at the bit to get started this time around. “We’ve had a really good preseason with three wins, including a seven-point victory against the highly rated Geelong Falcons,” he said. “It was disappointing to lose out in the grandfinal but we had a great year overall. We’re confident

about 2011 at Power. We’ve got a good bunch of players and looking forward to giving it a good crack.” Power is evolving after five key departures to the AFL during the draft. Apart from Heppell’s high-profile departure, 17-yearold Tomas Bugg hit the headlines as a priority pick to league newbies Greater Western Sydney. Midfielder Michael Ross also joined the Bombers. Jed Lamb (Sydney Swans) and Dean Macdonald (Richmond) made up the rest of Power’s 2011 departures. However,

Francis is enthusiastic about the latest crop of recruits at the club – and the impact his former charges can have in the AFL. “It’s really exciting for the players that have moved on. We’re especially hopeful that Dyson and Tomas can make the breakthrough this year. But, we’ve also got some really talented young players who’ve came through the ranks.” New head coach Adam Dowie, originally from Warrnambool, in South West Victoria, is now eagerly anticipating the season opener against Dandenong Stingrays.

“Coming to Power was a fantastic opportunity, it was too good to turn down. We’ll be playing a bit differently, some people might notice. Power prides themselves on playing hard, you’ll see some strong efforts and one-on-one football. We’ll also be looking to play through the corridor a bit more.” Power’s first fixture of the TAC Cup is against Dandenong Stingrays at Morwell footy ground at 1pm this Saturday.

▪ The Valley contingent at Gippsland Power for 2011. Standing: Kane Lewthwaite (Traralgon), Jack Doderico (Traralgon), Dylan Weir (Yinnar), Jayden Steers (Traralgon), Tim Membrey (Traralgon), Haydn Hector (Traralgon). Seated: Chris Williams (Churchill), Jordan Symons (Traralgon), Nicholas Graham (Traralgon), Damien Hector (Traralgon), Matt Northe (Traralgon), Drew McGrath (Traralgon), Luke Thompson (Moe).

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