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Council may sever Telstra links By Niall Boyle

LATROBE City Council looks set to sever any of its links with Telstra in response to the telecom giant’s decision to ditch 114 workers at its Moe call centre. As The Voice went to press on Monday evening, the council was looking into services the telecoms firm provides them with. A council spokesman said: “We don’t actually know at present what services Telstra provide to Latrobe City Council. We would need to commission a report to find out whether they do or not.” Cr Sharon Gibson tabled a motion at this week’s council meeting calling for council officers to provide a report on Telstra’s links with the Latrobe City Council – and the implications of any such links. Cr Gibson said: “Why should we help and fund them (Telstra) if they line their pockets at the expense of the people of Moe and regional Australia? “Telstra is an Australian company and meant to be friendly for the region – it’s anything but. They’re not helping the people of Australia’s interests by going offshore.” However, Cr Gibson says that priority should be given to the public – in regards any possible cessation with Telstra. “The people of the Latrobe Valley shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of any possible severing of services with Telstra. They’ve already been kicked in the guts with the call centre closure – this would be a double whammy. “It’s un-Australian what Telstra have done. I’m hopeful the motion will be passed – it’s the right thing to do. I’ve spoken to a couple of other councillors and they’ve been quite receptive.” A Telstra spokesperson refused to be drawn on the subject saying: “We cannot comment on existing commercial contracts.”

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Seth serves up five courses of compassion By Niall Boyle

SETH Slade isn’t your average nine-year-old. The Newborough East primary school student recently raised over $300 for Orfund – a charity providing care for orphans in Asia and Africa cooking a delicious five-course meal for his mother and seven friends. An incredible feat, considering the Moe boy had never cooked a single meal in his life. Seth pulled out a little MasterChef magic in his home kitchen, preparing a superb evening of culinary delights, the highlight of which was a tasty lasagne dish. His proud mother, Monica Lowes, said: “Seth’s a very mindful, helpful and familyorientated boy. “I wanted to introduce him to helping others less fortunate than us – and we were wondering what we could do to help.

“Seth decided to help Orfund after watching an ad on TV.” Seth said: “I wanted to help the people overseas with food and shelter. “Making the five courses was kind of hard. The lasagne was probably the hardest thing to make – but I really enjoyed the cooking. “Everyone said the food was awesome,” he added. Overall, Seth raised $312 for the volunteer-run charity. Orfund partners and establishes orphanages, orphan centres and children’s homes in Asia and Africa operating since 1983. The organisation provides food, shelter, clothing, medical care, educational support and more. ▪ Turn to P18 for C h e f ’s Corner feature.

Seth’s five-course meal Entrée: Cobb loaf with dip Starter: Pumpkin soup Main: Lasagne with side of garlic bread and Greek salad Dessert: Jelly whip with berry compote Afters: Tea and coffee

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THE new Stammer’s Rd roundabout in Traralgon saw its first major incident on Friday evening. A truck carrying a load of leather hides overturned in the 80km/hour zone. Latrobe Highway Patrol officer-incharge Clint Wilson believes that speed wasn’t a factor in the incident. Sgt Wilson told The Voice: “The load the driver was carrying may not have been secured appropriately. It was over-loaded with ‘A Frames’ and this can cause it to sway when the load moves.” When quizzed regarding any possible speed reductions or signage changes at the roundabout, VicRoads was tight-lipped. Ian Inglis, acting project director, VicRoads southeastern projects, said: “VicRoads is working with Victoria Police to review the circumstances surrounding the truck roll-over.”

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Bunning’s expansion? BUNNING’S has revealed that it’s interested in expanding into Traralgon – but not at the expense of its Morwell outlet. The hardware store has been widely linked with a move from their Mid-Valley store to a location outside of Traralgon, on the Princes Hwy. However, a spokesperson told The Voice: “While we are actively interested in Traralgon as a new location we also remain fully committed to Morwell. “We look forward to continuing to provide Gippsland customers with the widest range of home-improvement and outdoor-living products at the lowest prices.”

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General manager - Bruce Betts: A native of Yallourn, our general manager served his newspaper apprenticeship in Victoria before making the move to WA in the mid 80s. Three successful newspaper start-ups and 20 years later, Bruce returned home to the Valley recognising the niche in the market for another title– thus began The Voice. Editor - Niall Boyle: From Donegal, in the North West of Ireland, Niall’s the only non-Valley member of the team. Having worked on a number of regional publications in his home country, Niall has vast experience in the print market and aims to bring a fresh editorial approach to The Voice. Sub editor - Cherry Prior: Cherry’s distinguished career has seen her move from journalist, to electoral press officer, Lonely Planet editor, blogger, critic and back again! Back to subbing, Cherry’s responsible for dotting every ‘i’ and crossing every ‘t’! Journalist - Bryce Campbell: Resident sports reporter and news hound, Bryce will cover all the breaking news and sport in the Valley. He’ll also be your go-to guy for Churchill and Moe area news. His previous media experience in the power industry gives him a key insight into the issues that drive the Valley.

Journalist – Tristan O’Kane: Moved from Melbourne seven years ago for a “tree change”. After many years in recruitment and sales, Tristan took the plunge and began a media career. Tristan has written for newspapers and magazines and “dabbled” in radio production.

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Police, VicRoads reassure residents


NEWS BRIEFS Morwell high speed pursuit A 34-year-old man of no fixed address has been remanded in custody and charged with offences of conduct relating to endangering persons and various traffic offences following an incident on Thursday, March 17. Police allege the driver of a Holden Commodore was travelling at high speed from Trafalgar to Morwell on the Princes Hwy and failed to stop when they tried to intercept the car. A pursuit ensued but was called off in Morwell as police assessed the chase to be dangerous. A car was found later abandoned in Tarwin St. A man was later arrested.

▪ Superintendent Geoff Newby reassures residents of Wallace St, Morwell. Photo: Bryce Campbell. By Bryce Campbell

POLICE and VicRoads have moved to allay the fears of Morwell’s Wallace St residents, taking them on a bus tour of the Princes Fwy and reassuring them that the freeway will reopen. The residents – 27 in total – raised concerns about falling home values and worries over safety when they met police and VicRoads representatives, last Saturday. Incident controller Geoff Newby and leading senior constable Brett Godden were joined by Harvey Dinelli and Franco Francolino from VicRoads on the bus to share their knowledge

on the freeway closure, and any effect it may have on Wallace St residents. The purpose of the tour was to alleviate concerns any residents had, as well as dispel any rumours that had been circulating. “I’d be happy to say that you should have no worries about your homes,” Supt Newby said. Residents Shirley and Bob Skinner said one of the major concerns was that people in Morwell believed property values in Wallace St had dropped. “Can you tell the rest of Morwell that it’s safe? I had someone tell me

the other day that my house was only worth $500,” she said. Leading Snr Const Godden said the community was being kept informed. “The newsletter that we’re putting out to you guys every fortnight to keep you informed, I also send out to the wider community, including other residents, other organisations and so on,” he said. “The idea is to get the proper information out there, so that people aren’t going around saying ‘no one’s going to buy your house’ and ‘your house is going to fall into the mine’.” Supt Newby acknowledged that

the consequences if there was a disaster were pretty dire, but it was important to be realistic. “Let’s put it into perspective. Things aren’t moving, and every day that there is no movement is another day closer to everyone getting back to their own lives,” he said. Supt Newby and the VicRoads representatives were confident that the freeway would reopen. “We will not be opening the freeway in three months. It will take time to ensure that it is safe. That being said, I am genuinely confident that it will reopen,” he said.

Hospital petition A PETITION calling for improved conditions at Latrobe Regional Hospital – and listing the office of Morwell MLA Russell Northe as a contact point – was being circulated in Traralgon last week. A spokeswoman for Mr Northe said his office was aware of the petition but hadn’t been approached by its mystery creator, nor had any completed petitions been sent to him. A spokesman for Latrobe Regional Hospital said he was unaware of the petition. “This is the first time I have heard of it,” he said.

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MONASH University this week celebrates Diversity and Inclusion Week with a program of workshops and functions at its Gippsland campus. Events include a barbecue for indigenous students, photo competition awards, a welcome dinner for international students and information seminars. The week-long program of events is designed to showcase the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

FOOTY historian and author Laurie Williams is writing a new book chronicling the early days of the game from 1879 to present in Gippsland.

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Head on collision A HEAD-ON collision on a bend in Hazelwood North last weekend resulted in a teenage driver being airlifted to hospital. Police said the 19-year-old male was driving on the wrong side of Hazelwood Road and collided with a 21-year-old female. The female was also taken to the hospital. The male is a local from Hazelwood North and the female is from Hazelwood South. Enquiries are pending.

The Valley looks set to experience plenty of wet weather this coming week – with showers aplenty predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology. The highest temperature for the week is forecast for Wednesday, of 23 degrees, with residents expected to feel the chill when it hits just 10 degrees on Sunday. The Valley can expect winds of up to 30 km/hour with temperatures dropping by the weekend.


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▪ Gippsland footy historian Laurie Williams.

Williams is currently halfway through his newest title – but needs help from the public. Mr Williams aims to include complete scores of every game played across the area in the various leagues. Premiership and team photos will also be included. He explained: “I’ve been working on the book for about two years now, but there’s a lot of research still to be done. It would be great if anyone had any old photographs or information they could send to me. “Getting the results and info is a big task and I’ve spent a lot of time in local libraries going through old newspapers. Books, historical societies and footy clubs have been a great help also.” Mr Williams has also penned six books on Gippsland including The Police Boys Story-Boys in Blue, A Tale of Tigers, Gone But Not Forgotten, From the Ashes, Gippsland Football Trivia and the Mid Gippsland Grand Finals 1935-2010. Well-equipped to comment on the differences of footballers from years gone by, Mr Williams believes the players of yesteryear were a totally

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▪ The Morwell team of 1927 in fancy dress. different breed to today’s players. “Back then, I’d reckon the players were harder and tougher – especially before the days of cars. They would ride to games on horses, or walk a couple of miles, play the match then go home and milk the cows. Players would play for a feed or some work in the area – quite unlike today’s players.” He hopes his latest title, which as yet unnamed, will be a firm favourite in years to come.

“The book, hopefully, will be a great resource for both young and old. It’s going to be a source of nostalgia for people.” Also in the pipeline for Mr Williams is a history of Gippsland soccer from 1951 to 2011. Anyone with information that would assist Mr Williams is encouraged to contact him on 5133 3303 or email lauriefooty@hotmail. com.

Moustache for a premiership At the beginning of the 2010/2011 season, Errol Flynn of Latrobe Cricket Club bet his moustache for a premiership. On Sunday, Latrobe cricketers defeated JeeralangBoolarra and Errol enjoyed a few post-match beverages… without his facial fuzz!

Police question Morwell man By Tristan O’Kane

POLICE on Monday were questioning a 34-year-old Morwell man in relation to a hit-run collision that involved a family travelling on Maryvale Road on Monday, March 14. Latrobe Highway patrol investigators were told a Daewoo Lanos was travelling north on Maryvale Road near the intersection of Old Melbourne Road

in Morwell around 2.20pm, when it collided head-on with a Toyota Hilux. It is believed the Hilux then drove into a tree. The family included a mother, father and seven-year-old girl. The father is believed to have sustained minor injuries. Investigators were told the driver stopped briefly a short distance from the scene before driving away.

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Goodbye Gudes By Cherry Prior

THE well-known Gudes Arcade in Princes Drive, Morwell, was demolished on Monday after delays halted work for several weeks. Heritage Victoria photographer Graeme Cornell was on hand to record the demolition for the Morwell Historical Society. Mr Cornell said he decided to record the demolition of Gudes, which is more than 50 years old, because it was an important part of Morwell’s history.

“If you don’t record it, you don’t see it and then it’s gone and you have nothing on the public record,” Mr Cornell said. He said the arcade had not been used for some 15 years and it had fallen into disrepair with trees and other vegetation growing through the middle of it. Mr Cornell said: “The arcade has been closed for a long time, but there will be a new medical clinic built in its place”. Mr Cornell’s photographs will be added to the historical society’s extensive collection.

▪ The signage of the old Gudes Arcade.

▪ Heritage Victoria photographer Graeme Cornell captured this image of the Gudes Arcade as it was being demolished earlier this week.

Police walk for charity By Tristan O’Kane and Bryce Campbell

TEAM Whoopsadaisy, named for its renowned clumsiness, is a team of Latrobe Valley Police officers on a walking mission for charity. Moe police sergeant Sharon Matheson, constable Sarah Bartorelli and teammates Andrea McAlpine and Amy Dorcich make up team Whoopsadaisy. Their aim is to walk 100km beginning at Jells Park in Wheelers Hill, Melbourne, traipsing through three national parks to then finish in the Yarra Valley. But wait, there’s more! The team is attempting to finish the walk in less than the time specified, a painful 24 hours! The Trailwalker Endurance Event has been referred to as one of the toughest charity challenges in Australia. The police officers are walking to raise money to reduce poverty and suffering around the world. Sgt Matheson said that team

Whoopsadaisy got involved with the event because it was associated with something they enjoyed already, and because of the work Oxfam does. “The reason we got involved was because we enjoy walking together, it’s a good charity, and the event is a good team challenge. We’re all friends now, so the team aspect is an important one,” she said. “We’ve been doing a fair bit of walking throughout the Valley together, and while we’ve been busy with work, we’ve been training individually.” To those who think they may not be able to do such a difficult endurance event, Sgt Matheson said that it wasn’t as difficult as it may seem. “Even though it is a pretty big challenge, you don’t have to do it all at once. You can build up to the 100km over time in training, and work at it piece by piece,” she said. To donate to the Trailwalker event charity, visit

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Clarification LATROBE Valley Voice would like to clarify the Save Osborne Park Community Group isn’t opposed to the establishment of a new pool in Traralgon (Park Supporters continue anti-pool push, The Voice, March 16), rather it objects to the sale and development of the eastern portion of the park. A statement from the group said: “We’re not opposed to an indoor aquatic centre, just not at the expense of the parkland.”

Fun day THE Royal Exchange Hotel Cork Club is holding a fun day at the Royal Exchange Hotel, Traralgon, on Friday, April 22. The event will run from 10.30am to 3.30pm. All money raised will be donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Enquiries: Roy Arnold on 0413 134 350.

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MCCORMACK Demby Timber’s general manager Ross Smith says staff morale at the ailing timber mill is “as good as can be expected” and that the imminent closure is a blow for both employees and the company. Mr Smith said staff and employers weren’t at loggerheads: “It’s a loss for all concerned. “We are not going to make a song and dance about it, it’s painful for all. “The owners have spent millions and when there is no money coming in, you can’t keep putting hands in pockets.” A union meeting took place Monday, March 21, regarding the closure of the Morwell mill. Part owner Greg McCormack told The Voice that Centrelink had also been contacted to talk with employees. His business partner Gary Demby said that while there had been no announcement, employees were well aware of the mill’s demise and would be told officially “sometime next month”. Mr Smith said the mill was obligated to give five weeks notice to employees.

“The owners have spent millions and when there is no money coming in, you can’t keep putting hands in pockets.” When asked if staff had any hint of the closure before it became widely known, he explained: “Logs stopped coming in. When we stop receiving logs then staff know.

▪ The McCormack Demby saw mill in Morwell “Due to inept attitudes to auctioning logs, importws have been made so attractive. The Australian dollar was the straw in the camel’s back.” Mr. Smith went on to say that the owners were honourable and would abide by the award. Mr Demby reaffirmed that the reasons for the closure were due to the global financial crisis, the

high Aussie dollar, the housing market in Australia being slow and international imports. Prices were increasing due to wood also being sold on online auction sites. The Voice tried to contact the Construction, Forestry. Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) for a comment but a spokesperson was unavailable.

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British India to rock Saloon MELBOURNE garage pop group British India will rock The Saloon Bar, Traralgon, on Thursday (March 24) as part of their March Into The Ocean tour. Widely recognised as one of the hottest young bands on the scene, British India will play in the Valley as part of an 18-town regional tour extravaganza.

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British India first came to prominence in 2007 with its acclaimed debut hit Guillotine, further cementing its reputation with a second album, Thieves, one year later. Fast-forward to 2010, the fourpiece band released its third album Avalanche – which featured one of the band’s most popular tracks to date, Vanilla. Released exclusively to

Triple J, it became the station’s most popular download in November and gave the rockers their third entry in the Triple J Hottest 100. Tickets are available online at for $20 plus booking fee. A limited number of tickets, costing $25, will be available at the door. For more information, call Saloon on 5176 0463.

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Artists up for Indigenous awards By Niall Boyle

THREE artists from the Latrobe Valley are in the running to scoop the 2011 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. Marilyn Fenton and Irene Ridgeway, both from Traralgon, and Gerald Fysh, from Morwell, are included on a 27-person shortlist showcasing some of Victoria’s most exciting Indigenous artists. Their works are featured in an exhibition, which includes sculpture, photography, digital works and traditional basket weaving. Ms Fenton’s work is entitled the Stolen Generation. The inspiration for her piece, which is acrylic on canvas, was being taken away from her mother, of Gunnai/Kurnai background, and being placed with white foster parents by the Department of Human Services (DHS). Ms Ridgeway’s piece, inspired by the Drover’s Boy by Ted Egan, retells the story of young Aboriginal girls taken from

families, forced to dress and work like boys and be the lovers of white colonial drovers.

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Mr Fysh’s piece, Fairy Penguins, looks at the Wadi Wadi peoples’ background in NSW. Underneath his piece, the Morwell man wrote: “I have never lived in my people’s Wadi Wadi country in NSW, but I know of my people’s stories through my mother. She was born and brought up in Wadi Wadi country.


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Joel scores a licence and a friend By Kellie Scott

WHEN Joel Becker joined the Berry Street L2P driver education program he expected to obtain his P plates but he also gained a friend in mentor Dennis “The Men-Ace” McDine. “It cost us a fortune for tea… and toast,” Mr McDine joked, “But it was worth every penny.” Mr McDine was introduced to the program by coordinator Jennifer Murray when they met at a party.

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▪ Joel Becker got the 120 hours driving experience he needed to obtain his licence thanks to driver mentor Dennis McDine. “She said she was looking for people to teach people to drive,” Mr McDine explained. “So, being the soft-hearted mug that I am…I gave in and said yes. “I think you’ve really got to be committed. He (Joel) was committed. He never let me down. I used to drag him out of bed at 6 o’clock in the morning. “As long as they show commitment, I don’t mind putting the effort in.”

“I think it is an excellent program because this 120 hours, it obviously takes a long time to get them if you’re only doing one drive a week, and one hour a week.” Mr Becker agrees: “Unless I got lucky to find someone with an open licence, I would have been stuck at the hours I was at.” The Berry Street program provided him with that oppurtunity. For more information or to volunteer as a driver mentor, contact Ms Murray on 5134 6673.

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HEADWAY Gippsland has recognised the contribution of a decade of service from employee Donna Walker. Donna, manager of client services for the independent living program, has proven her dedication to supporting people with acquired brain injury. Donna is also responsible for the great break respite program, which allows carers to have a much-needed

break while providing recreational opportunities for Headway clients. “Ultimately it’s about supporting individuals with acquired brain injury to reach their optimum levels and to live independently through goal identification and skill development. It’s really a ‘whatever it takes model’,” Donna said. To find out more about Headway services or to volunteer phone 5127 7166.

▪ Joshua Wright was presented with a brand new bike, courtesy of Anish Parekh from Good Guys. On hand to present it was Morwell MLA Russell Northe, Member for Gippsland Darren Chester and Flinders principal Peter McNamara.

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Runners line-up for hospital IT’S time to pull on your sneakers and head outdoors – the inaugural Latrobe Regional Hospital fun run is being held this Sunday.

through Traralgon’s CBD, completing a loop that travels up and down the iconic Kay Street hill. Proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of new equipment for the operating theatres at Latrobe Regional Hospital.

Run For Your Life - with options of completing a 10km fun run or a 5km walk – will begin in Traralgon’s Kay St gardens. The run will be professionally timed.

To date the Operation LRH appeal has raised $400,000 and made four valuable purchases.

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“We will continue to fundraise for this appeal until the target of $500,000 has been reached,” LRH chair Lorraine Bartling said. The foundation is also seeking those less inclined to work up a sweat to assist as volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help with traffic management, marshalling runners on the day, setting up drink

stations and similar activities. “The hospital has received great support from the Ulysses Motorcycle Club who will assist with traffic management,” Mrs Bartling said. “We need to block off a number of streets to ensure the safety of participants. At this stage we need a few more volunteers with a traffic management ticket.

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NURSE Tania Gardner works on a “patient” under observation from fellow practice nurses Karen Lodge, Kim Paul and Carol Lake. They were among 30 nurses from the Latrobe Valley and West Gippsland undergoing emergency management training run by the Central West Gippsland Division of General Practice recently. The workshop covered cardiopulmonary resuscitation, life support, airway management, anaphylaxis, asthma, crisis scene safety and patient assessment.

EPA hosts open house LAST week the EPA hosted an information evening for all Traralgon residents. The event attracted around 30 residents, and covered the areas that the EPA is involved with throughout Victoria. A spokesperson from the EPA said the event covered a large number of areas, and insisted it’s a good opportunity to speak with the community. “A range of regional and broader issues were discussed, including waste and landfill management, air quality, renewable energy and odour issues relating to local industry. “We were pleased to have the opportunity to engage in a two-way discussion on how we can better assist communities across Gippsland,” the spokesperson said.

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NEWS BRIEFS Scottish strings THE Gippsland Acoustic Music Club (GAMC) hosts Shetland fiddler and Scottish harp player, Chis Stout and Catriona McKay on Sunday, April 3. Both are regarded amongst Scotland’s leading traditional musicians. The event will run from 7.30pm to 10.30pm at Tyers Hall. Enquiries: Barb Branets at GAMC on 5174 7903.

Anxiety group TRARALGON Neighbourhood House’s anxiety support group will hold the first of its fortnightly meetings from 5pm to 7pm on March 29 at the Kath Teychenne Centre in Breed St. Cost: gold coin donation. The program offers support for people suffering from the effects of anxiety disorders. Family, friends and carers of sufferers are also welcome to attend.


KELLIE SCOTT took to the streets of Traralgon to ask: “Do you support the council’s proposal to change from angle parking to parallel parking in Church and Hotham Streets? Doug Campbell Age: 76, Carrajung Lower “No because it’s so much easier to angle park. It’s great getting in and out and, fit more cars in as well. It’s going to reduce the amount of spaces…The streets are wide enough. Good wide streets, not a problem”

Jenny Christensen Age: 62, Traralgon “It’s worth considering…I think parking’s a real issue in Traralgon. I think the more cars they can fit into the shopping centre the better, as long as it doesn’t create difficulty in traffic flow. It’s more about traffic flow as well as parking.”

Craft market THE Royal Exchange Hotel Cork Club craft market, featuring home baked, made or grown goodies, craft and secondhand goods, will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 7am to 1pm in the Kay St Gardens, Traralgon. Sites cost $20. The market is held on the second Saturday of each month from September to May. Enquiries: Chris Van Der Meer on 0487 342 675. All proceeds go to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.



Graham Ross Age: 48, Gormandale “(With) the amount of traffic in Traralgon they need to stay at the angle parking.”

Voda Nylund Age: 21, Traralgon “I’m fully against it… It’s easier to park angled.”

Ben Pokidin Age: 27, Rosedale “If they’re changing it to straight parking then that’s going to take the roads in a bit more, isn’t it?….And you can probably fit more cars on angle parking as well. But the main thing is the street’s just a good size the way it is, so moving it out to straight parking is just going to get a lot smaller and it’s going to make it a lot squashier and it might affect the pedestrian crossways as well.”

Shirley Roles Age: 58, Traralgon “No I don’t…it takes up much more room. I mean, it’s easier to… angle park than to parallel [park]. And there won’t be as many spaces then for people to park if it is parallel, as angle.”

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March 23 2011


Pay attention to the prostate, or risk your life

Prostate cancer stats

Down at the pub, it’s all beer and footy. But men’s health – and the prostate in particular – need to be put on the agenda. Niall Boyle reports.

- 3,350 men die each year

MEN. We’re a funny old breed. Between enjoying the footy, the occasional beer and all things “manly”, health matters never really get a look-in. Us guys don’t tend to think about our fallibilities when getting older. Obviously we know we should eat better (drink less), stay active and keep off the fags. Ignorance is said to be bliss, but ignorance about prostate cancer is sending hundreds of men in Australia to an early grave. While women are au fait with breast cancer and self-assessments, a recent national survey by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) has shown only 52 per cent of men felt informed about prostate cancer. “Prostate?” I hear your ask. There are no discernible signs for men to even determine they have prostate cancer. It’s the most common cancer in Australian men and is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in men. Aside from cancer, the size of the male prostate increases in the latter stages of men’s lives – with the potential to cause huge problems, if left unchecked. In the Valley, the issue is gathering pace. Latrobe Valley Prostate Support Group was launched last week to help men in the area dealing with the cancer. Over 25 men attended the group’s enthusiastic first meeting at the Latrobe Community Health Centre last week. PCFA ambassador Roy Francis, himself a cancer survivor, chaired the meeting. Roy’s case is unique among many cancer survivors. A career in the pharmaceutical industry led to a certain level of knowledge about prostate issues. His wife Helen, who has a degree in advancing nursing, would remind him about getting his prostate checked on a regular basis. Heeding his wife’s advice, he had a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a biopsy, which revealed the onset of cancer. Roy revealed that without his wife’s



- 20,000 men diagnosed every year - 32 men diagnosed a day - One death every three hours

Diagnosis stats For every 100 men diagnosed in metro, 121 diagnosed in regional areas

Chance of diagnosis For a man in his 40s - 1 in 1000 For a man in his 50s - 12 in 1000 For a man in his 60s - 45 in 1000

▪ Alan Cunningham and Roy Francis discuss prostate cancer over a cuppa. perseverance, he wouldn’t be alive today “I’d be dead if my wife wasn’t so vigilant about my health. Even during my career, prostate cancer was never mentioned. There’s been more media attention in the last two years than in the last 20 put together – which is a step in the right direction.” The group, which is inclusive to partners, will cater for cancer survivors, those diagnosed with the disease, and men with prostate problems.

“Men need to know that prostate cancer isn’t a death sentence – if caught early you can have a normal life.” Traralgon native Allan Cunningham, who suffers from prostate problems, spoke effusively about the need for a support group in the area. “I’ve lost some very close friends over the last few years to prostate cancer. This group gives men the opportunity to discuss their problems and to share their experiences,” he said. “Men don’t talk about these sorts of problems – but it’s a fact that being proactive can save your

life. Men need to know that prostate cancer isn’t a death sentence – if caught early you can have a normal life.” Allan and Roy are in agreement that awareness is the key to beating the disease. “Men need to be aware of the options open to them when they leave the doctor’s office. That’s where this sort of group comes in,” Allan said. “This group is about encouragement, empathy and a bit of humour thrown in as well,” Roy added. “People are shattered when they’re first diagnosed and have got no-one to go to. People can share their personal experiences and pass on advice to others in a nonthreatening atmosphere,” he said. Regional areas such as the Valley suffer even worse than metropolitan in terms of prostate diagnosis. For every 100 men diagnosed in the city, an additional 21 men will be found to have prostate cancer in rural areas. And, Roy says, age-old “macho” mindsets are to blame for this. “Men in the country believe themselves to be more ‘macho’ than their metro counterparts

For a man in his 70s - 80 in 1000 – and this is a contributing factor. A lot of men believe they’re infallible and they’ll never have to deal with anything like cancer in their lives,” he said. “This, as we know, isn’t true. A lot of areas don’t have the same access to services as their metro counterparts, but that’s certainly not the case in the Valley.” Early detection of prostate cancer can be the difference between life and death. The previously mentioned PSA blood test or digital rectal examination (DRE) are the two testing methods. The latter will send shudders through menfolk everywhere. Roy believes that embarrassment or trepidation about the detection methods should be left at the door. “The DRE is an uncomfortable experience, but people need to realise that it can save a life. Ten seconds in the doctor’s once a year, depending on age, is all that it takes.” The Latrobe Valley Prostate Support Group will meet on the final Wednesday of each month. For more information call secretary Carl Birmingham on 5135 3353 or 0419 116 825.

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TRARALGON Kellie Scott

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Putting bullying to BED

MEMBERS of the Women’s Action Coalition (WAC) are holding their first ever Big Ears Day (BED) at Victory Park this Friday, March 25, to raise awareness about workplace bullying. BED has the support of WorkSafe, which is arranging a speaker to address the gathering. “We’d love to see about 100 people (in attendance),” WAC spokeswoman Anne Murphy said. “We want to get the message to major workplaces.” Although many workplaces have antibullying polices, Ms Murphy believes that these are ultimately ineffectual as bullying takes a variety of forms and the best that can be done is to police incidents after the fact. The event was conceived over a course of WAC meetings when the women realised that they had all each been the victim of some form of workplace bullying, and the idea grew from there. “It can happen to anyone,” Ms Murphy explained, stating that it didn’t matter how gregarious or meek a person might be, that various personality types can be made the victim. “There are no statistics,” Ms Murphy said. “Nobody really, talks about it. “People resign from their jobs, because they don’t know what to do.” Entry is by gold coin donation. There will be a BBQ. All welcome.

Triple the fun

MEMBERS of the Latrobe Valley Multiple Birth Playgroup last Thursday welcomed expectant mother of triplets Cassandra Ellerington into their fold. The 24-year-old mother is “jittery” about the prospect of adding triplets to her young family but has not yet succumbed to “panic”. Taking it as it comes, Ms Ellerington, like most of the mothers at the playgroup, lives by the maxim that it “must be meant to be”. “We probably all say it’s meant to be,” mother Amber Airey said, nursing one of her 11-week-old twins. Ms Ellerington didn’t know what to expect when struck with this surprise pregnancy, already having

suffered complications with the ectopic pregnancy of her son. Ms Ellerington conceived the triplets, two identical one fraternal, with only one ovary. When her doctor “joked that it might be twins”, Ms Ellerington said that her husband “didn’t think it was funny”. But the joke was to be on him. After attending an early scan alone, in Moe, Ms Ellerington hastily called her husband at work and told him how the ultrasound had gone. The ultrasound technician pointed out the first embryo on the screen before directing Ms Ellerington’s attention to

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▪ Mother Trish Paradise watches over twins Fergus and Abbey Plozza. another, and another. Walking in with expectations that this early appointment would convey news of further complications she walked out pleasantly surprised.

Ms Ellerington will be the first in the group to give birth to identical twins, all the mothers having sets of fraternal twins. The playgroup runs every Thursday from 12 midday to

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▪ Ada and Amelie Airey, 11 months, take a brief moment to snooze.

NEWS BRIEFS GippsTAFE managers share knowledge in North America TWO GippsTAFE managers are in Dallas, Texas, to share their experience and knowledge with colleagues from community colleges and universities from around the world. Jenni Hardy, manager of people and culture, and David Bruce, manager Yallourn Campus, will make a presentation to the Chair Academy International Leadership Conference. Their presentation, based on research they undertook and the methods they employed to improve staff skills and knowledge, will discuss how managers can improve performance. The conference will be attended by more than 1,000 leaders and delegates from community colleges in the USA and Canada and further education colleges from the UK, as well as vocational colleges and universities throughout Europe. Prior to his departure, Mr Bruce said it was a wonderful opportunity. He and Ms Hardy will visit community colleges in Texas and California when the conference concludes, on March 25. Mr Bruce and Ms Hardy will prepare a paper for presentation to the GippsTAFE Board and senior management when they return.

Music tour THE Saloon Bar on Kay Street hosts Black Devil Yard Boss and The Delta Riggs and their Four to the Floor Tour on Thursday, 14 April. Tickets are available from www.oztix. For more information log onto the and www.

Bound South THE band Bound South is heading into Traralgon to give the Valley a taste of southern hard rock. Bound South will appear at the Saloon Bar on Friday, March 25, alongside the Thieving Gypsies and the Green Tea Circus. Doors open 8pm and entry is free.

Guided meditation THE Traralgon Guided Mediation Group holds regular monthly sessions on the fourth Thursday of each month at the rear of LV Physiotherapy Group, 9 Breed St, Traralgon. The cost is $15 per session or you can purchase a voucher for five sessions for $60. Bookings are essential. Enquiries: Elaine on 0428 436 035 or 9796 2413, or visit au.


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MORWELL A ‘Lifeline’ for computers


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Submissions deadline Wednesday 5pm

THE Lifeline op shop in Morwell is currently taking old and out of date computers off your hands for no cost, at least until Tuesday, March 22, when the $10 processing fee resumes. “It’s cheaper than the tip,” foreman Bill Lambourn laughed. Mr Lambourn and his team of 20 volunteers work year-round stripping down computers for reusable parts. “There’s only about three to five per cent that goes into actual landfill now,” Mr Lambourn added. The program, originally a joint project supported by Lifeline, PGM Refiners, Latrobe City Council, Gippsland Regional Waste Management Group and Sustainability Victoria, is now independently supported by Lifeline. All proceeds of the recycling process go to supporting Lifeline counselLing services and the management of its

suicide prevention hotline. “There used to be a lot,” said Mr Lambourn, of the computers that would wind up in landfill, “but there’s not a lot going out to the tip out here at the moment… they’re all tellies.” According to Australian E-Waste Statistics, if people recycled half the number of televisions that they currently send to landfill it would save an estimated 23,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Although the Lifeline recycling centre does accept televisions and computer monitors it prefers not to deal with them, as it “costs us 47c a kilo to get rid of the glass from the monitors,” Mr Lambourn said. With the recent farewell to analogue television, the centre expects to be inundated with CRT screen televisions as people upgrade to LSD or flat-screen models.

▪ GippsTAFE student Taylor Lawton serves dessert to diners at the Latrobe Longest Lunch.

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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 7. The event will run from 8am to 5pm, tee-off is 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

Community expo ▪ Volunteers Kathy Wilson, Brian Lawrence and Robert Luckel strip away reusable components from discarded printers.

Lunch appeals to all tastes STUDENTS at the Waratah training restaurant, GippsTAFE, hosted the Latrobe Longest Lunch, al fresco style, during March. The event, providing an opportunity to showcase students’ talents, was held by Civic Lake, near Kernot Hall, in Morwell. The students, undertaking studies in a range of fields including event management, hospitality and kitchen operations,

were integral to coordination and organisation of the event. The students acted as both chefs and wait staff, providing diners with a course of seven internationally inspired dishes, made from the very best of Gippsland’s produce. Attendees were also treated to a selection of local wines while they witnessed some of the best in local entertainment.

THE Latrobe community services expo will take place on Tuesday, March 29 at Kernot Hall, Princes Drive, Morwell. The event will run from 10am to 3pm. There will be information stands and presentations from the likes of Latrobe City Council, Office of Victorian Privacy Commissioner and Centrelink. For more information call Chris Childs on 5116 5704 or email chris.childs@justice.vic.

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THE Steel Birds, in conjunction with Khristian Mizzi & Andrew Ferguson are playing at Old Gippstown in Moe on Saturday, March 26. Tickets cost $15 presale but will be $17 at the door, if any remain. This is an all ages gig. For minors aged seven to 14 tickets cost $10 and children six and under go free. For more information go to the Steel Birds’ website,


NEWBOROUGH card shark Adrian Koot has hit the big time, winning a spot in the national poker championships on the Gold Coast. After learning to play poker only 18 months ago, Adrian said his win at the Point Cook state finals in January was exciting, and that he was looking forward to the nationals. “When you are talking about a national sized competition, it gets a bit tense. But it’s something I haven’t done before, so I’m pumped for it,” said Adrian.

THE Latrobe Valley Triathlon Club is holding a triathlon at Hazelwood Pondage on Sunday March 27. The day will comprise of three events: distance (500m swim, 24km bike, 5km run), which kicks off at 10am. Beginners’ fun tri (200m swim, 12km bike, 2km run), also kicking off at 10am. And, a kids’ fun try it (50m swim, 2km bike, 500m run) which starts earlier at 9.15am. Registration is from 8am on the day. The cost is $30 for non members and $20 for members - and $5 for kids.

The national championships also come with a hefty prize pool – which Adrian said isn’t bad considering he began playing in free games. “Initially I started for a bit of fun, playing the free poker games in pubs and clubs. When I realised I was going well I put more time into it. There’s potential to win good money if you really focus on it,” he said. While he has done well in poker so far, he said it was difficult to make a career of it without financial backing. “It’s hard to do without funds

▪ Adrian with the winning hand at the state finals.

to back yourself up. If I wanted to have a real go at it, I’d need to have enough money behind me to sustain my family and myself for six months,” he said. To people who may consider themselves a poker buff, or perhaps want to get into poker, it’s an exciting game to get into according to Adrian. “It’s a good social outing, you tend to meet all sorts of folks, and you really have to try everything once,” he said. “Now more than ever people focus

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AFTER fighting many battles for the people of Moe in 2010, the Moe and District Residents Association (MADRA) is back in action. With the first members meeting held on Tuesday, March 22, MADRA is planning to bring the same level of dedication to the community in 2011. Established in 2008, MADRA has since provided the residents of Moe with a channel to communicate with various organisations. MADRA’s goals for 2011 are to continue to lobby for changes to give the community more power regarding decisions that affect Moe, as well as continuing to advocate on behalf of residents where the government may have failed to address the residents’ needs. One big issue facing MADRA for 2011 has been the announcement of the Telstra call centre in Moe being shut down – something that MADRA secretary Cheryl Wragg said is a case of Telstra ignoring the public. “All they care about is trying to lift the Telstra share price by sacking Australian workers and replacing them with [cheap] labour in the Philippines,” she said. Despite meeting with Telstra executive manager of customer service Phil Jamieson and the Victorian corporate affairs manager Angela Martinkus, MADRA wasn’t able to sway the position of Telstra, who maintain that the call centre will close. “The Federal government must step in and stop Telstra from offshoring this work,” said Ms Wragg. If you are interested in being involved in MADRA or want more information, contact Ms Wragg on 5127 3790.

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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 held from April 1 to May 7. The official opening will be on Saturday, April 2, from 3pm to 5pm. Artists exhibiting include Pat Dale, Werner Theinert, Ann Parry, Fiona West and Janine Goodwill.

Shorelines LATROBE Contemporary Gallery is pleased to present Shorelines, a series of ocean-themed mixed media artwork by Susan Hall. The opening is on Friday, March 25 at 7pm. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. Business hours are 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Friday, and 10am to 2pm at weekends. The show will run until April 9.

Sports day THE successful Yinnar and district sports day was held on Thursday last (March 17). Eight schools took part in the event, which took place at Yinnar Recreation Reserve. Hundreds of students competed in disciplines such as long jump, discuss and 100m sprint. For photos see P20-21.

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Take a trip out to Walhalla this weekend and check out the Old Post Office, which is 125 years old this month. The post office is open for inspection after a long period of restoration and is just one of the charming attractions of this historic village.

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There’s an incredible amount of planetary activity in Aries right now. Yet still, with Mars in Pisces, you feel like you are floating rather than roaring ahead at jet speed. It’s all about aligning your will with the will of life. There is still time to fully get the knack. TAUrUs

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With Mercury in Aries, you are likely to be a whole lot more feisty and impulsive than usual. This is bound to get you into more trouble than you are used to – but that in turn makes life more interesting. Though there’s a bit of chaos, blockages are moving at last.


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A little tension isn’t a bad thing. There’s no music on a guitar string if it’s slack. The moment any negative mindset kicks in, note it and then remember that it is possible to look at events in another more creative and compassionate way.

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Political agendas just don’t work. Whatever glory or victories happen in the shortterm, they generally subvert any long-term gain. It’s not politicians who are wrong per se; it’s the political mind. Watch where your own desire for power collides with your better interests. sAGITTArIUs rIU IUs (Nov 22–Dec 21)

From one minute to the next, the same set of circumstances can shift from hell to heaven and back again. The struggle won’t last: wait out the storm. Both its intensity and its brevity will surprise you. The momentum you are seeking is coming. cAprIcorN cor corN

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Sometimes the horses of our emotions need to be reined in. It’s not that you are denying their strength. It’s more like you are inviting them into awareness and pointing out that their desire to be omnipotent is ungrounded. To find balance is an act of love. AQUArIUs IUs

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Venus remains in Aquarius, along with Neptune. Love and longing are their other names. Let them pull you along in their wake. It doesn’t matter how unrealistic your imagination is, it contains a seed of truth. Let it blossom and you’ll discover what that is. pIsces

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Mars is driving you to do things surely and steadily. When you move, the ocean moves, so not much can thwart your plans. Others will eventually recognise the method in your madness, so don’t let their present non-understanding get in your way.


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100g butter 100g onion – finely chopped 600g arborio rice 1750ml chicken stock - hot 100g Grana Padano parmesan cheese – grated 50g greek feta 100g butternut pumpkin – diced into 1cm 20g pinenuts 1 cup spinach leaves – washed ¼ bunch spring onion – sliced and washed well


1. Melt the butter in a medium-sized pot, then add the onion and cook without colouring. 2. Add the rice to the pot and fry it gently and stirring occasionally until the rice goes a light golden colour. 3. While the rice is frying place the diced pumpkin on a baking tray and coat with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven until golden brown. 4. Toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan until golden. Watch these carefully as they burn really easily! 5. Add the stock a ladle at a time to the rice. Stir it gently until most of the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding a ladle of the stock and stirring until absorbed and the stock is used up. 6. To finish the risotto add the toasted pine nuts, spring onions, spinach leaves and the roasted pumpkin to the pot. Carefully stir in these ingredients without crushing the pumpkin too much. Taste to check seasoning and add a little salt or pepper to your liking. Finally mix in half of the grated parmesan and serve into four serving bowls. Crumble the feta over the top and sprinkle with the remaining parmesan. Enjoy!

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hand/eye skills. Brisbane Bronco’s strength coach Dr Dan Baker did a study on core strength in rugby players and found a strong link between level of player and level of core strength. If I had three 115kg super athletes trying to pole drive me into the ground head first, core strength would be necessary to avoid death. More strength in the middle means: • Improved agility; • Improved joint alignment (less damage to cartilage); • Improved summation of force (creating power); • Improved resistance to injury • Fitness Guru with Sam Fenton, strength and conditioning coach. due to all of the above; • Better training, more winning, match. Investigate dynamic warmmore success, more motivation to ups and perhaps get an expert stay in the sport due to all of the in to get a routine started – and make sure it’s a routine you can above. Sounds good? What exercises, do every training and every game. how many repetitions, how often Done consistently this is a sledge and how do we motivate athletes to hammer rather than an edge on your competition! do them? * Email your sports and fitness Dynamic warm-ups are a good start. You’ll see them on TV at the questions for Sam to cherry.prior@ start of every football and netball

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Core strength the key to success AS a coach you have a simple goal – develop a team of respectful, well behaved, disciplined and supertalented players. Simple. How do you get there? More training? Recruit more talented kids? A special secret training method? The truth is that core training is the holy grail of super talent. It determines the quality of footwork, game skills and head control hence hand-eye coordination and the ability to judge speed and distance. This also leads to the rapid development of skill with proper form, as kids and adults alike can respond to their coach and “connect” their footwork to their

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All over the shop

Lovin’ electricity bills

YOU might think I’m nuts but I look forward to my power bill. I never used to. In the September quarter of 2010, I had a slight tantrum – if rolling around on the floor kicking and biting the furniture can be called such a thing at my age – upon opening my Red Energy envelope. The amount due $798.30. The next bill, after running around the house for three months switching off lights (it’s a fallacy that reading in the dark is bad for your eyes, kids), came in at $550.84 plus $165 for a new meter. A little better, but don’t wait for me to thank my energy supplier. So when I grabbed my bill for the March quarter from the letterbox, it was with some trepidation. And I was very afraid. We now have solar panels – a 1.5 kilowatt system, whatever that means – and that should be a good thing, but a friend of ours with a similar system had told us he was selling his because it was worthless. Ouch.

The second change was that we had installed a 1500-litre outdoor spa that required heating every day. For hours. Double ouch. I actually left the bill unopened on the kitchen bench because I couldn’t bear the thought of it. Hubby found it in the middle of the night, amid a bout of sleeplessness. He woke me to tell me the news: $47.99 for three months. And we haven’t even had a summer. For once, I didn’t mind being woken. I spent the rest of the night mapping out how I would spend the hundreds in savings.

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Sorry I was supposed to get to my new sports bra, but the brutal details will have to wait until next week! Buying glasses is all about how you look, not how you see.

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Green Thumb Rotten year for tomatoes THANK you to those who read, and responded to last week’s introductory edition of Green Thumb. For those of you reading this column for the first time, Green Thumb is a weekly gardening information column designed to help you out with all your home garden queries. We have had a number of questions from readers about their tomato crops. As the season comes to a close many growers have been left wondering why their plants aren’t performing as well this year as they have in the past. This year’s tomatoes have shown extremely fast plant growth - the stems and leaves have grown faster and more vigorously than in other years. However, the plants have taken longer to develop flowers this year, and these flowers have not been developing into fruit.

A number of things could be responsible for the change in behavior of this year’s tomato plants. Firstly, the rapid growth of plants is likely the result of greater than usual rainfall across the spring and summer months, which has encouraged plant development. As a result plants have produced an excess of large sprawling heads. Unfortunately, the increased number of overcast and wet weather days this summer has limited the ability of bees to service such large areas of plants. Cooler weather towards the end of the season has also prevented fruit from ripening. High humidity has also created the perfect conditions for fungi to attach to the plants. Many plants are being constantly attacked by downy mildew, a condition easily identified by white to grey furry growth on the leaves and shoots of the plants. Many of this year’s tomatoes have also been attacked by tomato grub and earworms. These insects bore holes into the fruits and eat out the insides, creating an opening for millipedes and earwigs to move in and devour what remains of the fruit. The tomato stem borer, the larvae of a moth, is also known

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to be causing a considerable amount of damage. This critter tunnels in to the stem of the plant, killing it off. In one case, seven plants infected by this pest all died within a week. If you are concerned that your plants have been the victim of these or any other pest, please contact us for more information. We can provide tips on how to recover your plants and prevent future infestations. Contact Any questions for this column should be directed to cherry.

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March 23 2011


Results Sunday, March 13 (BBQ) Ken Tierney and Geoff Davidson Robyn Couch and Chris Oberink

77.50% 60.00%


Monday, March 14 North - South Pairs

Winners of the Handicap Pairs trophy, Robin Hecker and Don Tylee.

Bridge news THE Tuesday team’s championship concludes on March 23. Each team will then have played 12 boards against the other five teams. The Victorian simultaneous pairs will be played on Monday, March 21, 28 and April 4. Many clubs in the state will be playing the same boards as us. The top 60 pairs will be invited to play in the State final to be played in Melbourne on May 7. A grand national open teams (GNOT) heat is run by every club. The top teams in each heat play off in the regional final - the two best teams are sent to Tweed Heads to play in the national final. Well done to the team of Moira

Don Walters and Robyn Couch 62.20% Gavin Wigginton and Michael Zarb 52.98% Heather Watt and Anne Howes 50.00%

East - West Pairs Irene Hole and Rhonda van Dyke


and Robin Hecker, Helen McAdam Fred Baxter and Geoff Dixon 54.17% and Don Tylee who were runners up Bee Bodin and Geoff Davidson 48.21% at Philip Island on Sunday. The next heat will be played at Bairnsdale on March 27. problems explained. Hands are then played The next nationwide pairs will be played on Saturday, April 2. The day out with the more experienced members. commences at 1pm with afternoon tea Beginners’ classes will be held from provided. Congratulations to Robin Hecker Thursday, April 28. If you would like to learn and Don Tylee who finished 16th in the last this great game and enjoy a social club then nationwide pairs. give Barbara a call on 5174 7903. All other Supervised play is continuing each Thursday enquiries can be directed to Geoff (5176 5726 from 7.30pm. These sessions give the newer or 0418 381 386), Rob (5174 3145 or 0427 players time to ask bridge questions and have 743 145) or

SPECIAL Olympics Gippsland wants to hear from people interested in joining its ranks as volunteer coordinator, event coordinator and senior basketball coach. Special Olympics Gippsland provides ongoing sports training and competition for children and adults with an intellectual disability, with programs delivered by volunteers. Enquiries: phone 9275 6922 or email victoria@specialolympics. Special Olympics Victoria also has a website at

MOE GOLF CLUB: Results Twilight Wednesday 9/3 Stableford Winner: T Knox 21pts c/b

Thursday 10/3 Stableford

TRARALGON GOLF CLUB: Results SENIORS’ RESULTS 21/3: WINNER: M.Lethborg DTL: G. Thomas H. Becker L. Roberts D. King

Winner: M Smith 42pts DTL: D Hams 41; B Savage, T Knox, J Bassman 39 NTP: 4th M Weir 8th B Savage 14th M Smith ▪ Winner of the on-course golf shop trophy, Glen Thomas (left) with Martin Clements.

Mens Moe: A Pickard 42pts; Mens Eastwood: R Kent 36pts Ladies Moe: J Beath 40pts; Ladies Eastwood: L Walker 35pts DTL: N Clarke, L Sprake 40; D Frazer, G Young 39; S Tate 38; M Fife, R Tomlinson, L Sprake 37; K Bays 36 NTP Mens: 4th D Laurito 8th G Wilson 14th D Riches NTP Ladies: 4th K Bays 8th J Beuthin 14th S Tate

M. Cheney L. Grasby D. Payne P. Cogan

SENIORS’ RESULTS 14/3: WINNER: M. Templeton DTL: P. Thomas S. Payne M. Meadows I. Beasley C. Payne NTP : MEN WOMEN

25 22 22 21 20 20

I. Truscott 20 D. Curnick 20 G. Thomas 19 J. Williams 19 B. Easter 19 J. Middleton H. Becker

Sunday 13/3 Moe Vs Eastwood Stableford

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March 23 2011


Medal winners

▪ The Traralgon Swimming Club in full force.

Traralgon swimmers dominate By Bryce Campbell

TRARALGON Swimming Club has shown its dominance at the recent Gippsland Swimming Championships, with its 12th win in a row – a new record. With 110 swimmers, the club finished up on 1974 points – well ahead of second place’s 923, and third place’s 348. To top it all off, throughout the three days of competition, the club broke 29 Gippsland and 19 event records. Senior head coach Brian Ford had nothing but praise for the team. “It is an amazing effort from all the parents, swimmers and coaches to win

number 12 in succession,” he said. “From the first win in 2000 there are maybe one or two swimmers still competing (in) and part of this year’s winning team, which is a testament to the quality of people currently involved. “It’s tough to win one and even tougher to keep winning, a challenge which the group seems to thrive upon.” Fourteen-year-old Georgia Tsebelis was the standout during the event, with a massive nine gold, three silver and three bronze. Georgia took out the two major individual trophies – the best 14 years and under, and the open swimmer award. “She was outstanding, winning medals in every individual and relay event she

▪ Emily Beecroft swims her way to a gold medal.

competed in,” said Brian. For the guys, 29-year-old Ben Geard was the most outstanding, winning four gold, one silver and five bronze as well as the best swimming award for the second year running. The relay teams were just as successful, winning 21 of the 32 events, as well as 13 silver and 12 bronze medals. “The swimmers take great pride in competing in relays for the club, whether they are in A, B, C or even our H team,” Brian said. “We have a terrific competitive culture right throughout the club and the relays are where the team aspect of the sport is really on display.”

▪ Georgia in action last weekend at the Gippsland Championships in Sale.

Lauren Akers (2B)

Georgia Moon (1B)

Jordan Arther (1S)

Nicole Moon (1G, 1S, 2B)

Emily Beecroft (4G)

Stephanie Morgan (5G, 1S)

Zac Bezzina (1S)

Trent Morrow (2G)

Philip Blunt (1G 2S 1B)

Jessica Norwood (1S, 1B)

Bridget Cain (1G)

Matt Norwood (1G, 2S, 2B)

William Clare (1S)

Maggie O’Keefe (1G, 3S, 1B)

Mikaela Cornelissen (1G)

Connor O’Neill (1S, 2B)

Taylah Da Ros (1S)

Alice Peddle (1S)

Jasmine Doultree (1S, 2B)

Elayna Pistrin (1S)

Ben Fleming (1S)

Gemma Radosavljevic (1G, 2S, 1B)

Thomas Fleming (1B)

Jordan Radosavljevic (3G, 2B)

Brian Ford (1S)

Erin Roberts (4G, 2S)

Ben Geard (4G, 1S, 5B)

Fabienne Schoutens (1S)

Caiden Gill (1G, 3S)

Elliot Shaw (1G, 3S)

Carolyn Grasby (1S, 1B)

Zoe Trembath (1S)

Brayden Haney (2B)

Alex Tsebelis (5G, 1B)

Oscar Harry (2S, 2B)

Jasmin Underwood (2S)

Cameron Juha (2S)

Brayden Waltham (2G, 2S, 2B)

Andrew Legge (1S)

Taylah Willaton (2B)

Alice Lieshout (1G, 2B)

Dylan Wyatt (4G, 2S, 3B)

Ian Melrose (1S, 3B)

Mitchell Young (1G)

▪ Standout swimmer Georgia Tsebelis won nine gold, three silver and three bronze medals.

Medal winners Oscar Harry (3G) Emily Beecroft (2G) Alex Tsebelis (1G, 1S) Mikaela Cornelissen (1G, 1B) Bridget Cain (1G) Taylah DaRos (1G) William Clare (1G) Taylah Da Ros (1S) William Clare (1G) ▪ William Clare, winner of the nine year old’s 50m breaststroke.

Juniors tear up the pool By Bryce Campbell

TRARALGON Swimming Club has shown its strength at the recent all-junior competition in Melbourne. After qualifying for the competition in February, 42 of Traralgon’s young guns competed in their heats on Saturday, March 19, before the finals on Sunday, March 20. The finals, held at the Melbourne

Sports and Aquatic Centre, featured 31 of Traralgon’s swimmers competing in 58 finals events. At the end of the day, the club finished with a fantastic result of 13 gold medals, five silver medals and three bronze medals. Extra congratulations go to the 14 years and under team, which won the Ashley Delaney Trophy at the Gippsland Championships.

▪ Daniel Gill and Brayden Haney came first and second in the 14 year olds 50m breaststroke

Thomas Fleming (1G) Sam May (1G) Daniel Gill (1G) Brayden Haney (1S) Bridie O’Keefe (1S) Jasmine Doultree (1S) Gemma Radosavljevic (1B) Connor O’Neill (1B)

▪ Emily Beecroft finished top of the podium in the mixed 14 and under 50m freestyle





March 23 2011


Track gets a tidy up By Ant Middlemiss

IT’S that time of the year again for those fuel-loving rev heads to push their bikes out of the shed and dust off the cobwebs. The Traralgon Motorcycle club held its first working bee for the season on Sunday. The day was quite a success with a good turnout of club members rolling up their sleeves and getting right into the dirt. Shovels were passed around and the club’s trusty old tractor got a jumpstart, blowing its first puff of smoke for the year. After such a wet summer the track needed some TLC with water ruts appearing around every corner and making the track unsafe to ride. The club’s faithful tractor went into overdrive managing to fill in the holes and smooth out the track while the junior riders watched with most haste, raring to get out and have some fun. In the coming week the club is set to receive major track repairs with a contractor from Rosebud making

▪ Club member Chris Perry filling in a water rut.

the journey down to resurface the track. The club looks forward to the coming season having been appointed a round in the Shell Advance Gippsland Motocross Championship in late September. More than 500 riders are expected to participate. Committee member Lahrra Cloak said a lot of time and organising was required to prepare for the annual event.

“This is our fifth year being involved in the series and with every year comes various changes and upgrades catering for the evergrowing sport,” Ms Cloak said. “Last year we installed a watering system and increased the number of start gates. We believe we are ready for this season and hope to keep our club in the series for years to come. “We hope all members jump on board and help out over the busy year.”

▪ Ryan Sim on his Kawasaki.

Football season is back

▪ Tommy Ravenhorst scopes out the track for the first time this season.

THE countdown is on to the 2011 football season, with the North Gippsland Football Netball League, the TAC Cup, and Mid Gippsland Football League set to kick off next weekend. The first round will be held on Saturday, April 2, for all three leagues. The big match of the three leagues will be the rematch of last year’s NGFNL grand final between Sale City and Rosedale at Stephensons Park, Sale.

Other fixtures for round one of the NGFNL are Stratford v TTU Glengarry v Boisdale/Briagolong Churchill v Woodside Gormandale v Cowwarr Heyfield BYE Round one of the TAC Cup will see Gippsland Power facing Dandenong Stingrays at Morwell Football Ground, with kickoff at 2pm.

Over at the Mid Gippsland Football League, round one will also see some big matches, including the grand final rematch between Trafalgar and Morwell East. All matches will kick-off at 2.30pm. Boolarra v Yarragon Yallourn/Yallourn North v Thorpdale Newborough v Hill End Trafalgar v Morwell East Mirboo North v Yinnar

Badminton talent heads to Valley

▪ Ann Slee in action.

SOME of Australia’s best badminton talent will join the Latrobe Valley Badminton Association in hosting an open day to showcase the fastest racquet sport in the world. The open day is being held at Traralgon Sports Centre on Tuesday, March 29, from 7.30pm. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to come along and try the sport that is enjoyed by millions across the world. Former national junior player Nick Ong along with Jen Kang will conduct the skills sessions and look to both introduce and build on the existing skills of a number of the local community. They will also take part in an exhibition game and are visiting the Latrobe Valley to conduct school clinics.

President of the Latrobe Valley Badminton Association John Ansell is excited about the future of badminton in the area. “There is a number of quality players already involved in local competition and this day will be a great opportunity to showcase our great sport and hopefully get more people involved,” Mr Ansell said. “It’s also great to have top-class players such as Nick and Jen to showcase their skills and hopefully we can all learn from them and pick up some new skills ourselves.” This year’s open day follows last year’s successful visit by Australian players Anne Slee and Jun Ban. Enquiries: John Ansell on 5174 7714.

▪ Junior player Ryan Venpin.

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Panthers’ double disappointment JEERALANG Boolarra’s dream of a double premiership has been crushed by Latrobe, which ended the grand final match in stunning fashion. After getting off to a great start, Jeeralang Boolarra slumped and dropped three wickets in almost as many runs. After picking up the pace, Stan Urbanic Jr and Ryan Wilk managed to take the score to 64. Dermott Leys gave spectators a moment of excitement when he hit one

Results Thirds

Moe Total 8/215 Overs 50 Jeeralang Boolara Total 10/173 Overs 45.5

of the largest sixers at the Yallourn North oval, landing it right outside the local fish and chip shop – 120m from the wicket. Unfortunately, Jeeralang Boolarra was all out for 100, which wasn’t enough to stop Latrobe. Latrobe was able to pass the run count while losing only four wickets. The Anthony Bloomfield Man of the Match medal went to Jarryd Atkinson who managed a polished half-century.

MOE has won its second third-grade premiership in a row, after beating Jeeralang Boolarra by 42 runs. After being sent into bat first, Moe finished with 8/215 off 50 overs, with Matt Webber and Chad Williamson showing their class with 49 and 45 runs respectively. Rob Straughair and Jayde Leech also made useful contributions for the Lions, scoring 26 and 21 not out.


Jeeralang Boolarra Total 10/100 Overs 43.3

Latrobe Total 4/105 Overs 37

Adam Parker (2/38), Matt Allan (2/33) and Paul Howes (2/20) shared the wickets with Dirk Nel (1/10) taking the other wicket to fall. Dale Thomas and Scott Berechree gave Jeeralang Boolarra a 46-run start but after losing four wickets without any runs added, things looked bleak. Nathan Spark went out at 7/111 and Matt McCormack (25 not out)

Aphale awarded season’s best player THE Central Gippsland Cricket Association awards were held recently, with Latrobe’s own Kaushik Aphale taking home the Byrne James Medal for best player. With a total of 13 votes, Kaushik ended up one point clear of Morwell’s Mark Cukier thanks to three votes for his century in the final round. Rob Phoenix (Moe), Michael Higgins (Morwell), Brendan Brincat (Newborough) and Glen Sheekey (Yallourn North) tied for third on 11 votes, showing how close the voting had been. Kaushik was also named in the CGCA’s team of the year alongside team mate Brendan Evans, as well as Dale Banks, Chris Baugh (Mirboo North), Dale Walshe, Andrew Philip, Rob Phoenix (Moe), Mark Cukier, Dave Embleton, Michael Higgins (Morwell), Glen Sheekey (Yallourn North) and Brendan Brincat (Newborough). Kaushik showed why he won best player, by picking up the batting average (59.4) and aggregate (594) and bowling average (19 wickets at 10.26). Brendan Evans picked up bowling aggregate with 34 wickets for the season. Stuart Bailey from Morwell picked


▪ Jarryd Atkinson won the man of the match. and Paul Howes (41 not out) gave the Panthers some hope to reach the score, but it wasn’t enough. Matt Webber finished off a good match taking 4/27 from 9.5 overs while Chas Williamson (3/22) and Anthony Mayes (2/39) shared in the spoils. Matt Webber won the inaugural Wayne Mills man of the match medal.

▪ Second grade premiers, Latrobe.

up the Marslen Medal for second grade, with three Jeeralang Boolarra players tying for second. Steve Rennie from Moe won the Mathison Medal for third grade, ahead of Willow Grove’s Peter Maggs and Moe teammate Paul Kane. The Freshwater Medal for the colts was a tie between Ben Noy of Willow Grove and Hazelwood North’s Brendan Mason. Jeeralang Boolarra’s Stan Urbanic Jr picked up the second grade batting average award with 39.75 for the season, with Thorpdale’s Harley O’Connell picking up the aggregate with a total of 370 runs. Brendan Wilson from Jeeralang Boolarra won both bowling average and aggregate with 30 wickets at 7.67. The third grade batting average went to Paul Kane with 89.6 and Moe teammate Steve Rennie picked up the aggregate with 471 runs. Jarred Landmeter won the thirds’ bowling average and aggregate with 27 wickets at 8.93. Mirboo North won the club championship, and Jeeralang Boolarra won the club administration. Volunteer of the Year was won by Yallourn North’s ▪ Kaushik Aphale, third from the right on the bottom row, picked up the honors at the recent CGCA awards. Steve Byrne.

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▪ Rob Phoenix gladly accepts Moe’s sixth trophy in as many years. Photo: Bryce Campbell. MOE Lions took out a sixth Central Gippsland Cricket Association premiership, winning against Latrobe Sharks at the weekend. The Lions got off to a strong start on day one batting a 9/191 before following it up by bowling out all 100 overs, keeping Latrobe at bay the whole innings. Tom Long was the star of the match, making 48 runs on day one before bowling a brilliant 6/52 – upsetting Latrobe’s batters. He was rewarded for his play by being named winner of the Matt Clarke medal for man of the match, named after the CGCA legend who has now played in a record eight premierships for Moe.

Tom Long and Dale Walshe pulled in the runs despite the strong Latrobe bowling attack, before Walshe slipped and was run out for 30. Andrew Philip then came in to bat and helped bring the score to 91 before being caught by Justin Vajler. Contributions were made by Rob Phoenix (29 runs) and Matt Lincoln (17 runs) before the Lions innings ended with Matt Clarke being run out at the end of the 100th over. Anthony Bloomfield showed his class for Latrobe, bowling 3/23 from 16 overs, while Kaushik Aphale showed his strength with 1/26 from 23 overs. Despite strong bowling, Latrobe

was off to a poor start, dropping four wickets for only 23 runs, with key batsmen Justin Vajler and Kaushik Aphale falling for 12 and five respectively. Steven Freshwater and Anthony Bloomfield went out for ducks. Kris Wells made a strong effort with Ian Kennedy, but unfortunately went out for 17 before lunch. Ian went on to take the score to 5/65 with youngster Nick Celima, before going out for 40. Seventeen-year-old Celima continued till the end scoring an unbeaten 31, an excellent effort, but it was not enough to hold back Tom Long’s bowling attack, which finished off Latrobe in the final 55 overs.

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