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Walk for hope HUNDREDS joined in to raise $18,471 for Relay for Life and the Cancer Council held at Dumbalk over the weekend. Hope was again the emphasis from the opening ribbon cut by Mary Crosthwaite to the wind-up 19 hours later. A plane flew over during the afternoon to capture the “human sign” called HOPE. “There will be a relay next year. It will be the tenth relay with the theme ‘10 years, 10 towns’,” relay chairman Walter Aich said. See story and photos page 2.

Funny hats: these boys sported weird hats for the Relay For Life event. From left, Rory Hanks of Meeniyan, Stuart Bright of Dumbalk and John Phillips of Meeniyan.

Wrestle mania

By Stuart Biggins

A WRESTLING event has been barred from being held at Leongatha’s Mesley Hall to prevent young people being exposed to violence. Gippsland Pro Wrestling spokesman Da-

vid Drane said he was disappointed the South Gippsland community has been denied the opportunity to see a different type of sports entertainment. With the intention of bringing 20 athletes to Leongatha to perform and exhibit their skills, Gippsland Pro Wrestling approached Leongatha Secondary College to hire the adjacent

Mesley Hall to present the event, but the request was declined. “We require venues large enough for the setting up of a wrestling ring and seating around it. Only certain places are suitable to conduct our shows,” Mr Drane said. “It is disappointing in this case those in charge of a very suitable venue in Leongatha

have decided our type of family friendly event is not what they want on their property, and don’t wish to be associated with us. “It means the sports loving fraternity of South Gippsland has been denied the opportunity to enjoy a show the likes of which has never been seen in Leongatha before. Continued on page 4.

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South Gippsland rallies for cancer SOUTH Gippsland’s Relay for Life was held at the Dumbalk Recreation Reserve on Saturday night and into the dark, finishing

at 10am on Sunday. The evening was held in perfect weather with marquees and tents set up around the perimeter of the oval as lap after lap was walked to help fund-


“There will be a relay next year. It will be the tenth relay with the theme ‘10 years, 10 towns’,” relay chairman Walter Aich said. “Although numbers were a little down on last year, it was a monumental effort considering a late start of January to get the event up and running.” There were eight new teams, including Happy Feet, Leongatha Lightning, and Wii Get Fit for Harper, the winners of the spirit of the relay. The Mexican Hat team is in front of the team fundraising and has a good chance to receive a research award, meaning that team can nominate a research project. If you still wish to donate go to www.cancervic. and from there follow the links to donate and search by region or team.

Cutting the ribbon: survivor Mary Crosthwaite had the honour of cutting the ribbon to start the Relay for Life event at Dumbalk. She is surrounded by family members. Back row from left, Kerrie Tudor, Amy Tudor, Kim Crosthwaite. Front row, Ethan Tudor, Brielle Tudor and Olivia Jerram.

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raise for the cause. Cutting the ribbon to officially open the relay was survivor Mary Crossthwaite surrounded by her carers and family. Barry Callister, Josh Baker (DJ), Sammi Vanston, Peter Vanston, Tom Green, Marty Box (played harp during evening ceremony and for a lap after), band Bubstone and a DJ kept the crowd moving and motivated for the cause. A plane flew over during the afternoon to capture the “human sign” called HOPE. The Leongatha Lions Club did the catering and donated profits of their catering to the Cancer Council (the ninth time they have done this). Although still counting the money raised, the tally was at $18,471 on Sunday night.

One down: completing the first lap of the relay were, back, Adam Martin and Morgan Fisher, with front, Harper Martin who started school this year.

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THE proud Darmanin family shaved their hair for the Leukaemia Foundation recently. They were ecstatic to exceed their goal of $2000, raising $2141 with donations still rolling in. The Meeniyan Hotel was packed to support the family and several people joined in on the great cause spur of the moment. Leongatha’s Damien Noonan shaved the men’s hair while Meeniyan’s Jacki Deering shaved the hair of Tania and Taylah Darmanin. Taylah was the driving force behind the head shave. After a year of sporting dreadlocks, the teenager gave those who sponsored her the opportunity to cut one off. Ms Deering helped the donations along by selling hair extensions and colouring people’s locks with hair

chalk in the night. Taylah gave a speech about leukaemia, her own medical history and how it life is too short to be concerned about what others think of you. She has not been diagnosed with cancer herself, but has experienced her fair share of hospital treatment. After seven surgeries to mend a sporting injury, she wanted to give back for the care she received. “By our raising of funds today for the Leukaemia Foundation, we may not see the 40 percent survival rate increase to 60 percent, but what I can guarantee because of you (her sponsors) the impact of blood cancer on those diagnosed and their families will be reduced,” she said. “The Leukaemia Foundation’s important work, like supporting families through free emotional and practical services, can continue because of the generosity from people like all of

you.” Taylah’s generosity and bravery doesn’t end there. Her “everyone is beautiful, no matter what” motto was proved again as she participated in her debutante ball on Friday - with a shaved head. “I think people need to realise there are bigger things in the world than beauty, or status or what others think. One of the reasons people with cancer are so devastated by their diagnosis is not because of their illness, it’s because they suddenly realise life is not an infinite thing,” the 17 year old said. “We all have a certain amount of time in this world and every day we’re running out of time to do what we want with our lives. “So rather than worry about looks, worrying about what others think, or feeling sorry for ourselves for what we ourselves are going through, we need to learn how to live.













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Manslaughter Teens convicted after Tauri’s death By Brad Lester THE family of former South Gippslander Tauri Litchfield has thanked the community for its support, as four teenagers were found guilty of his manslaughter on Friday. The 28 year old died after being assaulted and then chased in Mandurah, Western Australia, on Sunday, March 17, 2013. He grew up in Cape Paterson and attended Newhaven College, before his family moved to Allambee South

and he transferred to Leongatha Secondary College. The Children’s Court of Western Australia found four boys – all aged between 14 and 15 at the time of the offence – not guilty of the charge of murder but guilty of manslaughter. Another boy was found not guilty of any charge. Judge Reynolds found one boy had attempted to pickpocket Mr Litchfield, prompting Mr Litchfield to slap the boy. That boy then hit Mr Litchfield in the jaw and Mr Litchfield then fled, with the boys in pursuit. Judge Reynolds said Mr Litchfield fell and hit his head on bitumen,

which caused him to later die. Sentencing will be delivered on April 24. Mr Litchfield’s sister, Kirra Litchfield, told The Star from Perth on Friday, “This is basically indescribable, the impact it has had on our family, friends and the community of Western Australia. “No family should have to go through what we have had to go through. Whatever the court verdict is, it is never going to give us Tauri back.” Ms Litchfield described her brother as “vibrant and caring, and he is very much missed”.

“He was so enthusiastic. He had that ability to motivate people and was that kind of bloke that would walk into a room and by the time he left, he knew everyone’s names and was quite a go-getter,” she said. “His enthusiasm was so infectious and he had that massive smile, even when he was being a little bit cheeky.” Mr Litchfield’s mother Kerry Biggs did not wish to comment about the verdict but praised the Allambee South community, where she still lives, for its support during the ordeal. “They are there for us all the time.

I can choose to be by myself or I can make a phone call and have someone here in two minutes if I crash. They have just surrounded us with love,” she said. The family was in Western Australia last year when a bushfire at Hallston threatened their home. Friends moved Ms Biggs’ five horses to safety, and retrieved photos and her financial records

in case the fire razed her property. Mr Litchfied’s family has established a trust in his honour, the Tauri Litchfield Memorial Trust, with proceeds possibly going towards Reach, an organisation that supports young people. To give to the trust, donate to the account 033059 569841 at any Westpac Bank.

MG fails to satisfy farmers By Sarah Vella ONE of the region’s biggest economic drivers, Murray Goulburn, has left some of its suppliers feeling unsatisfied following the latest round of shareholder meetings. Talking to The Star following a meeting held in Leongatha last Tuesday, several farmers expressed frustration at the lack of clarity surrounding the company’s controversial capital investment proposal. Leongatha North suppli-

er Bernard Lubitz said it was not clear how the capital restructure proposal would be implemented. “It is flawed in its conception and the way it has been presented to farmers is confusing,” he said. “We do have to raise capital and they have told us what they want to do, but the more questions we ask, the more confusing it gets.” Chairman Phil Tracy and managing director Gary Helou shared an update on MG’s results, strategic direction, state of the industry and took questions from suppliers/shareholders. Mr Tracy said it was a “really positive meeting”. “Which is understand-

able when milk prices are where they are at the moment, and the commodity markets have been very favourable, the dollar has corrected down and even the weather has been very favourable,” he said. Mr Lubitz was not so positive and said MG management did not have the answers to many questions. “It is about the next generation of farmers. For 100,000 kg of milk solids, we need 100,000 shares. If they have quoted $3, that is $300,000 for a new entrant supplying 1.5 million litres,” he said. Mr Tracy said statewide meetings between MG and farmers had been

“engaging”. “We have been getting lots of questions and issues that our suppliers see with the proposal we have put forward, but we have also been getting lots of suggestions for possible resolutions for those issues,” he said. Leongatha South supplier Gordon Vagg said some attendees were disappointed there was not more talk about the capital investment. “There was a huge crowd there, but this meeting was more of a regular six monthly report. There will be another round of meetings in a couple of months to talk about the investment proposal,” he said.

“I came away positive with what I saw. We saw a graph of this season’s stepups, which demonstrated how other companies see MG as a market leader.” Mr Vagg said capital investment is required if Murray Goulburn is to retain is market leading status, and take on world markets. “Currently, milk powder sells for around $5000 a tonne. Baby formula sells for around $20,000 a tonne. To chase that market, we need to build some new driers and for that you are talking about millions of dollars,” he said. “We want to chase those markets and increase our bottom line, and putting in the larger driers will help us do that.”

Memorable times: Tauri Litchfield pursuing his passion for watersports at Port Douglas, Queensland.

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Pioneer Reserve launched SUNDAY delivered the sunshine and a huge crowd of people to the official opening of the major renovation works at Kongwak’s Pioneer Reserve.

grade works were officially launched. Those gathered then explored the wonderful new tracks and checked out the new signs, while others headed to the Kongwak Hall for a delicious afternoon tea.

Former Korumburra Shire councillor and president Stan Miles, responsible for the land being retained as a council reserve, was honoured with a track named after him. Following addresses by MC Greg Logan, Kongwak Hills Landcare Group president Susan Pryde, Kongwak Community Group president Graeme Brown, Kongwak CFA captain Ross Olden and South Gippsland Shire councillor Bob Newton, the major up-

Right, Cutting the ribbon: Stan Miles children’ Neville Miles, Wilfred Miles and Irene Cosson had the honour of officially cutting the ribbon to launch the major upgrade works at Kongwak Pioneer Reserve on Sunday. Other members of the Miles family travelled from all parts of the state to attend the launch.


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Birch Ross & Barlow Lawyers of South Gippsland Following the retirement of Korumburra Partner Mr John Maguire, the office premises located at 15 Commercial Street have been sold by the landlord owner. All client files and document packets have therefore been relocated for safekeeping to BRB’s head office at 50 Bair Street, Leongatha. BRB is fully committed to ensuring that its Korumburra clients have continuing access to the extensive range of legal services offered by BRB. Korumburra’s friendly staff are now located at the Leongatha office and can be contacted at any time. To make an enquiry or appointment, please contact BRB on 5662 2275.

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Wrong spot: Leongatha Secondary College school council was not confident in letting wrestling take place in Mesley Hall.

Wrestle mania Continued from page 1. “Let’s hope in the future, other local venue owners may see the benefit in hosting family friendly sports entertainment events, and provide opportunities for the sports loving public to enjoy yet another unique event in their local area.” College assistant principal Greg Ellt expressed surprise at the criticism from the wrestling organisation. He said the only dispute had been over the cost of the hall, which Mr

Ellt said the group had wanted to negotiate with some rigour. “But the cost of the hall is the cost of the hall,” he said. In defending the school’s decision to decline the booking, Mr Ellt said, “We have been working hard to establish a non-violent atmosphere around the school. “Yes, it is staged entertainment, but all the same it is implied violence.” The booking request was brought before the school council, which was

unanimous in its agreement to turn the wrestlers away. “We weren’t confident about handing them the hall,” Mr Ellt said. Furthermore, Mr Ellt maintains “anecdotal feedback from around the community was also supportive of our decision. “Besides, there are other venues around the town such as the Memorial Hall which I would have thought more suitable to the kind of set up the wrestlers want,” he said.

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Jump in and help Volunteers should share pool load By Brad Lester VOLUNTEERS should be willing to subsidise pool operating costs if they want to keep them open, South Gippsland Shire Council was told last week. Some of the 26 people who attended council’s budget workshops called for greater community involvement in running pools to reduce the financial impact on council. People also called for council to cut staff or wages to lessen rate rises, while others wanted rate freezes or rises of below the Consumer Price Index. Others debated the social and economic benefits of retaining Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, and even selling the park to a private operator. The prospect of council transferring home and community care services to a private provider was also raised. Some called for council to do away with its tourism and economic development units, while others wanted those departments to stay. Council will consider the community’s opinions in preparing the 2014-15 budget. Mayor Cr Jim Fawcett said pools were a major topic of conversation at the day and evening sessions held in council’s chambers in Leongatha on Tuesday (March 25). “People were saying that if people value them (pools), they should be standing up and partnering with council and looking at ways of reducing the costs,” he said.

While volunteers could help with such tasks as gardening, Cr Fawcett said they would not be able to perform more highly qualified roles such as acting as lifeguards. The cost of running all pools in the shire is $1.783 million a year, with half of that cost met through user fees and kiosk sales, and the balance of about $740,000 funded by ratepayers. Over the next 15 years, council expects to spend $4.8 million on maintenance and $16.5 million on capital renewal. The meetings’ discussion paper stated rate capping may be introduced by the government in the next 12 months, but warned of “compounding ramifications if this eventuates”. “Council and our communities will have no choice but to determine which discretionary services must go or which levels of provision will need to be cut,” the paper stated. The same paper justified staff increases, saying increased regulations and the need for greater risk management placed greater requirements on council. Failing to adhere to traffic management regulations, for example, could leave council exposed to exorbitant claims and potential jail terms in the event of an accident. However Sue Svenson of Cape Liptrap said high rates deterred developers from building. Others felt increasing rates for vacant land penalised developers. Government reforms may change the way home and community care is provided, with the discussion paper warning of “a less se-

cure and consistent funding model to council”. “In the next 12 months, council has to decide if it should remain in the business of providing home and community care services given that there may not be a guaranteed income stream, and if this eventuates, determine if it should continue to subsidise a service that it may no longer have any responsibility to provide, or means of ensuring the funds would be used to deliver the same or better level of care as is currently provided,” the paper stated. The cost of council’s fleet frequently arose during discussions. Cr Fawcett said while council does operate a fleet of cars for employees’ use, some staff have a vehicle as part of their package and receive less money as a result. He said reducing the car fleet would not necessarily save costs as doing so would increase wage costs. Coal Creek – either loved or loathed in South Gippsland – attracted 68,000 visitors in 2013, up from 11,000 in 2007-08, and generating $2.9 million in economic benefit to the shire. Phil Stone, council’s director of development services, said if council was to close Coal Creek, it would be required to return the site to “a parkland state”. That would cost $2.4 million. Council has raised the possibility of a school camp, sound and light show, and other activities at Coal Creek, but those would cost in the order of $6 million and would have to be largely funded by the State Government. New offices for council on the former railyards in Leon-

On the table: sharing their opinions were, from left, Jill Plowright and Viv Jones, both of Foster, and Prom Coast Tourism secretary Georgia Wilson with South Gippsland Shire Council’s customer relations manager Christian Stefani. gatha were mentioned, with the discussion paper stating municipal offices in Leongatha and Korumburra “would be enhanced significantly by turning the prime retail land currently housing the municipal offices into retail spaces”. Wayne Osborne, CEO of Victorian Livestock Exchange, felt there was an anti-change sentiment within Leongatha and Korumburra, with people often objecting

to development proposals from outside interests. “New businesses are needed to give people job opportunities,” he said. The draft 2014-15 budget will be presented to council at the April 16 meeting. Formal public submissions will be received during April and May, with the final budget to be adopted on June 25. ► Wilma’s view, Opinions, page 12.

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Inverloch locks the gates By Tayla Kershaw INVERLOCH is saying no to coal seam gas mining. Victoria is experiencing a rush of exploration for unconventional gas and experimental coal projects. Protestors claim the potential compromise of land and water is too great a risk and Inverloch landowners are determined to keep mining companies off their properties. Environmental group Coal Seam Gas Free Bass Coast said Inverloch’s pride stems from its tourism industry. They say Queensland tourism industries have fallen since mining began in 2010 and the Inverloch community is unwilling to suffer the same consequences. Gippsland also produces 23 per cent of Australia’s milk and some of the best beef in the country. Contamination from coal seam gas mining threatens contaminated beef and dairy products, fertility issues and death within exposed herds, Coal Seam Gas Free Bass Coast stated. Environmental lawyer Ariane Wilkinson says it is legal for landowners to “lock their gates” and deny mining companies land access, until such time a compensation agreement is in place. “Locals do have power,” Ms Wilkinson said. “Landowners declaring their gates are locked make

investors hesitant.” Mining companies can gain land access when landowners agree to compensation or attend VCAT after negotiation. If the mining company takes the landowner to VCAT, the mining company must pay the landowners’ costs. Ms Wilkinson advised locals to obtain advice from a lawyer before negotiating or signing agreements with mining companies. She also noted locals should always ask the mining company if they can pay for the costs of that legal advice. A public information evening was held at the Inverloch Community Hub on Thursday night. Along with Ms Wilkinson, Kerrin Schelfhout was a guest speaker on behalf of Seaspray, a small coastal town already under threat of mining. Ms Schelfhout says she has heard farmers say the gas is toxic and destroying the land, and activists agree not enough research has been conducted to ensure the chemicals are not harmful. “We were unclear of the implications until it was too late,” Ms Schelfhout said. “Mining companies are able to tell us it’s safe but are unable to tell us exactly what chemicals they are using.” Seaspray has undergone the exploration stage of the mining project, with fracking still to come. A mining well site has been put in just 500 metres from the town’s

water supply. Since then, the town has suffered birth defects and illnesses of livestock and contaminated soil, Ms Schelfhout claimed. Locking the gate is a symbolic measure for towns to refuse mining companies. Once a town is declared to be coal seam gas free, mining companies have not invaded. Poowong was the first community in Victoria to declare itself a coal seam gas free region after Lock the Gate surveyed 600 landowners, with a result of 95 per cent against mining. Inverloch landowners have decided to try to lock

their gates as a community to maintain the land. Kongwak will celebrate a coal seam gas free declaration day on May 25.

No go zone: Coal Seam Gas Free Bass Coast members and guest speakers Mary Ellen Cantieni, Jessica Harrison, environmental lawyer Ariane Wilkinson, Peter Wonfor, Seaspray representative Kerrin Schelfhout and John Abbott are against coal seam gas mining in the region.

What a night: from left, Captain’s Lounge function co-ordinator Monique Densley, Sue McNamara from Blossoms and Branches, Kylie Hodge of Haze Boutique, Sue Clark of Inverloch Esplanade Hotel, Bonny Huitema of BH Beauty, Skin and Body and MC for the night Kate Lindsay.


High tea feels good A LADIES cocktail and high tea evening raised $3200 for the Jane McGrath Foundation on Friday night at the Inverloch Esplanade Hotel. Held upstairs in the Captain’s Lounge, the event was co-ordinated by Monique Densley, the functions co-ordinator and events manager at the hotel. Hotel publican Sue Clark was delighted with the result, and thanked the sponsors and the 89 ladies who turned out to support the cause. “We hope this will become an annual event and we are delighted with the support and hope it just keeps getting bigger,” Mrs Clark said.


Money was raised through a number of avenues; $20 from each ticket purchased for the event went straight to the cause. There was also a raffle conducted by Haze Boutique, donations and balloons containing prizes for the price of $20 each. Katherine Tessari from Bunurong Sports and Body also provided two massages, one going to the door prize and another for best pink outfit. Mrs Clark thanked the sponsors who contributed to fundraising, including Kylie Hodge from Haze Boutique, Bonnie Huitema from BH Beauty Skin and Body, and Sue McNamara from Blossoms and Branches. The Jane McGrath Foundation was set up as a fundraiser to support predominantly women who have experienced breast cancer, and to support families involved through education and awareness.

Bald Hills blockade By Brad Lester


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People blockaded entry to the wind farm construction site last Wednesday, forcing builders to direct workers to the Tarwin Lower Recreation Reserve to avoid a confrontation. Bald Hills Wind Farm project manager Matthew Croome said he was unsure whom the people represented, but he had heard reports they were members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU). The union did not respond to The Star’s query regarding this report before going to print. “There was a decision made not to work for the day to avoid any issues getting through because the entry was blocked,” Mr Croome said. Before The Star was made aware of the

blockade, CFMEU organiser Gareth Stephenson said wind farm builders Hazell Brothers had convened the meeting at the recreation reserve and confirmed it was held at 5am. He said Hazell Brothers directed staff to remain there for several hours before sending them home, but did not mention a blockade was underway at the construction site. “Any group of workers on any kind of job site is entitled to workplace representation. They are entitled to a safe and healthy workplace and entitled to a decent wage, and on each of those three fronts, that workplace fails,” he said. “Until those issues are resolved, we will continue to protest.” Mr Croome said Victoria Police, Fair Work Commission and WorkSafe Victoria were now investigating reports of an alleged assault of CFMEU member at Bald Hills Wind Farm recently. He expects those reports to be released soon.

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Child care vision

By Laura Gibb

A NEW approach to child care in Mirboo North was unveiled last Wednesday, when Ballarat YMCA declared its intentions as the new managers of St Andrew’s Child Care from Monday, May 5. The organisation has pledged to “deliver a quality, affordable education and care program designed to extend each child’s learning in a play based environment”. The decision brings relief to families and businesses who have awaited news of the centre’s future since UnitingCare Gippsland announced in November it would withdraw from operations. YMCA Ballarat already runs Mirboo North Kindergarten, next door to St Andrew’s Child Care Centre. “We’re very excited,” YMCA manager of children’s services Julie Beatty said at a ceremony last Wednesday. “It was an opportunity to further develop the children’s services in Mirboo North.” The YMCA Ballarat’s presence was welcomed by South Gippsland Shire Council and members of the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation. The foundation is providing financial backing to ease the transition, and ensure the centre is viable and remains in operation. “We see that as our role in the fabric of the town,” foundation executive officer Derrick Ehmke said. “We are underwriting any deficits the YMCA has in March and April. It’s probably fair to say if that hadn’t happened it would have closed. “We are underwriting any deficit to a set amount the YMCA has over the next few years. There will also be grants for more equipment and improvements.” In January, the foundation announced it would fund the operational deficit of UnitingCare until the end of April 2014, allowing time for a new provider to take over the service. Foundation chair Kate Buxton said this was outside of the foundation’s usual remit. “We could see there was a community need for the service. We could also see not having child care services in Mirboo North had the potential to create a domino effect with people leaving the district in order to secure child care in other areas,” she said. “The foundation members are proud the commitment to fund operating losses has bought enough time for the Ballarat YMCA to step into the breach. It is a great result, one that could not have happened without the determined efforts of the foundation, South Gippsland Shire Council and of course Ballarat YMCA.” Council mayor Cr Jim Fawcett thanked the foundation for its timely intervention. “This is the beauty of a community based foundation. It was able to respond quickly to an obvious community need. It is a credit to all concerned the families of Mirboo North have had ongoing access to child care this year,” he said. Ballarat YMCA CEO Mal Healey said once the YMCA is settled in its management role, it will look for regular opportunities for the foundation to be involved, where possible, in the centre’s successes. Centre coordinator Katrina Beekman plans to have new tanbark put down in the yard, to relocate the vegetable patch and to create a prehistoric themed outdoor playspace with yuccas and footprint pavers. Now the future of the child care centre is assured, Ms Beatty is calling for interested families to show their support by enrolling for places. “We need lots of people to enroll to ensure the ongoing viability of the centre,” Ms Beatty said. An information night about the centre’s services will be held at the Baromi Centre at 38 Couper Street, Mirboo North on Thursday, April 3.

Child care relief: Abbey and Phoebe are relieved their child care centre can remain in operation. They are accompanied by YMCA manager of children’s services Julie Beatty, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jim Fawcett and St Andrew’s Child Care Centre coordinator Katrina Beekman.



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Firebug targets Narrow escape By Tayla Kershaw charity shop A FIRE was discovered burning at the rear of St Vincent de Paul Wonthaggi on Sunday. At around 3.50pm workers from a nearby building site used a bob cat to move a charity bin away from the building and extinguish the fire, preventing further damage to the building burning in Hefford Lane. Wonthaggi CFA also attended and helped extinguish the fire. Bass Coast Crime Investigation Unit is seeking information from anyone who may have witnessed the fire or seen a man, aged between 20 and 40 wearing a hoodie jacket, blue jeans and work boots in the vicinity of Hefford Lane and Murray Street, Wonthaggi about 3.45pm on Sunday. Anyone with information is urged to call Bass Coast CIU on 5671 4190 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A CAR became lodged between an embankment and a tree when a driver lost control in Stony Creek on Thursday. Emergency service units were called to Grassy Spur at 8.45am when the incident occurred. The female driver had skidded sideways off the road and rolled off the bank. The car rolled onto its roof. The19 year old was trapped for 45 minutes. One lane on the road was closed at this time. The Foster woman was taken by an ambulance to Dandenong with minor injuries. The road was under wet conditions at the time.

Noticeboard SUSTAINABILITY FESTIVAL RETURNS! Sun 13 April, 9am – 2pm FREE ENTRY All the sustainable action returns to Coal Creek with dozens of eco-displays, talks, demonstrations, food stalls, recycled art exhibition, live music and children's activities. Learn about roof ventilation systems, cheese-making, fencing, beekeeping, garlic, veggie and truffle growing, energy and water saving initiatives and lots more - all in the car park for easy access! Stallholder or visitor enquiries 5662 9314 . PUBLIC SESSIONS Council Chambers, Leongatha # Public Presentation/ Council Meeting Day one week earlier PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS Bookings for speaking times essential Ph 5662 9222 Wed, 9 April 2.00pm; 7.00pm* (*by noon 8/04) Wed, 16 April 10.00am OPEN BRIEFING Wed, 16 April 11.30am - Agnes Falls Development Project ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING Wed, 16 April – 2.00pm PUBLIC EXHIBITION FOR COMMENT Mirboo North Community Infrastructure Plan You are invited to view and submit comments on the draft Mirboo North Community Infrastructure Plan now on exhibition at , Council and in Mirboo North- the Bendigo Bank, MN Times office, Pharmacy, library & community shed. This plan provides recommendations for services/facilities to meet the needs of Mirboo North's future population. You are also welcome to attend a 'drop-in' information session on Thurs 10 April 4pm – 7pm at Baromi Senior Citizens Centre, Submissions will be accepted in writing or via submission form addressed to Council until Fri 2 May 2014.Enquiries:Vicki Bradley 5662 9809 CORRECTION In recent articles regarding responsible pet management Council inferred that dogs must be on a restraining lead when in a public place. While Council has the power to invoke such an order (S26 DMA), at this point in time it has not done so. As such, people are permitted to walk with unrestrained dogs in a public place (unless there is a sign specifically stating otherwise) provided they can exercise good command of their dog/s to ensure the safety of other people and their animals. Given that there can be many unforeseen provocations in a public place, it is however advisable to have dogs on leads. An attack by your dog on another dog or person could lead to prosecution and related fines and costs. Recent prosecutions have related to unregistered dogs, and uncontrolled dogs attacking and injuring. Council apologises for any confusion caused by this inference. Enquiries: 5662 9200 SUPPLIER / CONSULTANT PREQUALIFICATION FOR ENGINEERING CONSULTING & DESIGN SERVICES Council is seeking prequalification submissions from qualified companies/applicants for Civil Engineering, Geotechnical and Building Design. Prequalification submissions close 2pm AEST on Tues 29 April 2014. Documentation available from or 5662 9254. COUNCIL WORKS THIS WEEK Resealing: Ruby Arawata Rd, Wild Dog Valley Rd, Road Maintenance: Poowong E/Nyora/Loch/Venus Bay/Pound Ck/ Koonwarra Drainage works: Middle Tarwin area Play Ground Replacement: Helens Park, Brendan St, Meeniyan 9 Smith St., Leongatha 3953 (Private Bag 4) Ph: 5662 9200 Fax: 5662 3754

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Ninja turtle: Jethro Cuman from Dalyston gets a makeover from face painter Margaret Nelson. Rolled: the car rolled eight or nine metres down a steep embankment and was wedged against the tree (Photo by Meeniyan CFA).

POLICE BRIEFS Speed demon A PROBATIONARY driver from Leongatha was detected speeding at 128km/h on Wednesday morning. The 18 year old had only gained his licence two months ago before being caught along Leongatha North Road, Leongatha, at 8.50am. He received a $397 fine and will serve a one month suspension of his licence, as well as receiving four demerit points.

Fun for all

By Stuart Biggins

SCENIC Woolamai race course under a glorious blue sky was the perfect location for the Bass Coast Community Fun Day on Saturday. Numerous stalls promoting local busi-

nesses provided plenty of browsing interest for the grown-ups while the children were more interested, of course, in having their faces painted, on the jumping castle, in the sack races and other activities. Whether young or old, though, one could hardly imagine a more enjoyable and relaxing day to begin the weekend.

Reckless hooning A DRIVER was observed doing wheelies in Loch on March 13. During the afternoon, Mary Street residents became concerned and alerted police. The vehicle was located at an address in Korumburra and an 18 year old man was charged. He is to appear in court under the hoon driving legislation. Leading Senior Constable Gary Slink said police appreciate people willing to help police charge offenders.

School smash A WINDOW was smashed at Leongatha Secondary College recently. The incident occurred on the same weekend as the smashed door incident at the Leongatha Primary School, but was unreported. If anyone saw anything suspicious or knows anything about the incident, they are urged to contact Leongatha Police.

Sack race: from left, Leit and Sonny Rivers from Dalyston, Asta Goutsiaris from Vermont, and Molly Rivers and Jethro Cuman from Dalyton finish an exciting sack race.

Ammo found POLICE were called to a cafe in Loch in relation to a suspicious man late Friday night. He was located by police and arrested. The 34 year old was charged with the possession of ammunition as well as numerous driving offences.

Happy person AS a result of the article in last week’s Star, a wheeled walking frame has been returned to its appreciative 92 year old owner. A reminder that JPs are in attendance at the Leongatha Police Station each Monday between 10am and 3pm for document signing. Police encourage people to use the service on Mondays if possible, as that is the only time police can guarantee the station will be open.


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Quick to act: Leongatha CFA’s Paul Pitkethly and Sandra Morton-Pederson were quick to the Lee Parade fire.

Fire mystery THE cause of small fire in a Leongatha home remains undetermined. The home owner and children were at their Lee Parade home on Wednesday afternoon when the fire started. The fire appeared to start inside at the back of the house behind gas cylinders. A plume of smoke erupted from the blaze. At 2.15pm, Leongatha CFA’s Andrew

Kay was alerted from his nearby workplace. Using a next door neighbour’s garden hose, Mr Kay helped extinguish the fire. Leongatha CFA’s Paul Pitkethly and Sandra Morton-Pederson were also quick to arrive to contain the fire. Mr Pitkethly and Ms Morton-Pederson spoke with the homeowners. No conclusion about the cause could be reached.

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Life savers hang on By Tayla Kershaw THE well loved Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club Hall is coming apart at the seams. The building currently has three or four major structural cracks and an assessment has proven it has a real risk of falling.

It is an older building constructed in the 1960s. The cracks have been there for some time now. The salt from the beach has made the building tired and results in cement seeping from the mortar. Stability has become an issue and weather makes the building impractical. Wind and rain now causes flooding through

the roof. “It’s in sad condition,” patrolling life member Tony O’Connell said. “It hasn’t cost the community much before and it has helped the community come together. Now we are at the tipping point.” The club is looking at $100,000 for repairs or $2 million to rebuild the hall completely. There are al-

ready fundraisers throughout the year to maintain the club, so public support is needed. It is home to 60 members and well in excess of 100 nippers. They need a proper facility when the summer program comes around again. While the long term goal is to replace the building, the club is look-

A lot of work: Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club patrolling life member Tony O’Connell points out the structural damage to the club’s hall.

ing towards pulling down the wall and putting colorbond in as a short term solution. “It’s not ideal, but it will see us through,” Mr O’Connell said. Life Saving Victoria has acknowledged the Cape Paterson club has an issue and it will become a priority down the track. The club is now trying to access grants for the short term remedial fix. A total of $100,000 will be required. “We will be seeking public support somewhere along the line. At the moment, we are just looking for public awareness that we do have a problem that is restricting for us,” Mr O’Connell said. Restoration of the hall will mean a safer facility in Cape Paterson for functions and annual events, such as the Aquathon.

Island anger $3.3m new health centre not enough DEMANDS for a 24 hour, seven days a week emergency health service by Phillip Island residents on Sunday in Cowes fell on deaf ears when State Minister for Health David Davis came to announce $3.3million funding for a new health centre. Residents gathered on the site of the proposed new community health centre to be funded in part by the State Government. The centre will provide a range of services but not a 24/7 emergency service. When it soon became clear to the crowd gathered on the site of the new health centre in Church Street, on land donated by the Bass Coast Shire there would be no 24/7

emergency service established to replace the Warley Hospital, closed on February 28, 2008 and people, started to vent their anger at Minister Davis and Bass MLA Ken Smith. Long time Phillip Island resident Greg Price was the first to spell out to Minister Davis “the Island would settle for nothing less than a 24/7 emergency service”. “If you do not support us Phillip Island will not be voting for Liberal in the next election,” he said. Locals were further angered by the fact Federal Member for Flinders Greg Hunt, a strong supporter of the campaign to reinstate a hospital on Phillip Island, was not invited to attend and furious some $1 million held by the Warley Trust Fund was lumped into the $3.3 million funding announcement when

those funds are only to be used to “provide to people, of or on, Phillip Island nursing, hospital, and related medical and paramedical services”. The Warley Trust funds were never meant to be used for a community health centre and this will be spelt out to Minister Davis by chairman of the Warley Trust advisory board David Luscombe. Mr Smith came under fire when accused of being against any push for better health facilities on the Island and said, “I originally said you will not get a hospital.” The minister refused to have his photo taken with the hard working Phillip Island Action Group members and made a hasty exit, leaving locals less than happy with what was seen as a token funding announcement.


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$400,000 spending spree BASS Coast Shire Council is about to commence resealing of roads throughout the shire in the coming weeks – a project valued at $400,000. Mayor Cr Neil Rankine said the program was part of council’s periodic road maintenance work and consists of resurfacing existing bitumen sealed roads. “Resealing our roads is an important part of maintaining our roads,” Cr Rankine

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DID you leave some shopping at the Dumbalk Village Market? The Dumbalk and District Progress Association has two baskets, an old bottle and two games found on a stall. Contact Joy on 5664 4227 to identify the goods to confirm they are yours. CLOTHES are needed for the Inverloch Primary School’s Easter Fair Clothes Stall. Ladies, men’s, kids and babies’ clothes, shoes, scarves, jewellery, dress ups, hats and bags are all needed. Contact the school if you can help. SCHOOLS can receive a grant of up to $10,000 to invest in energy saving actions as part of the ResourceSmart Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative Victoria (AuSSI Vic) framework. The grants are available to schools committed to sign up to ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic. Grant applications close on May 30. Eligible schools should contact the Gippsland ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic Coordinator, Alison Taylor, for details about how to sign up to ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic. Ph: 5633 3335 or email Alison.Taylor@grwmg.vic.


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LEONGATHA Primary School has elected its school council for 2014: president Tim Kemp, treasurer Tim Bolge, vice president Adam Martin, Jen Buckland, Leah Dal Pozzo, Mal Lavis, Andrea Clifford, Deb McLean, Sally McGrath, Rob Higgins, Grant Kuhne, Leonnie McCluskey, Szilvia Smith and Dot Coghlan. RED Cross is celebrating 100 years of service, and is looking for any memorabilia people may have collected over the years, to be included in the centenary display at the historical society rooms, in Leongatha. Contact Lois Young on 5668 6275. FOSTER Primary School will officially launch its Learning Stone program tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11.30am. The launch will celebrate the diversity of the school community; recognise the original Aboriginal inhabitants of the area and welcome the nationalities represented at the school. The launch will include an explanation of the learning stone area, including how the totem poles were painted, the symbolic link with the Learning Stone and the students’ rocks and a smoking ceremony.

The afternoon will culminate with a celebration rap by the Grade 5 and 6 class. MCMILLAN MP Russell Broadbent is urging friends and family to nominate high achieving young people for the 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) Program. “I know there are many, many outstanding young people in this electorate, achieving outstanding results across all kinds of disciplines. Often they’re quiet achievers, not wanting to put their hands up and be recognised,” Mr Broadbent said. The JCI TOYP Program recognises young people who excel in their chosen fields and exemplify the best attributes of the world’s young people. By recognising these young leaders, JCI encourages them and others to strive for excellence and serve others. National nominations received will be entered into the International JCI TOYP Program. Nominations can be found online at www. or by emailing toyp@jciaustralia. and must be completed no later than midnight, April 30, 2014.

College head leaves LEONGATHA Secondary College principal Brett Windsor is leaving the school this Friday, the last day of term. He will be farewelled at an assembly today (Tuesday), to take up a new role as executive principal at Lowanna College in Newborough. “I leave with mixed emotions as I have enjoyed every moment and every challenge we have faced over the last five years,” he wrote in the college newsletter. “I do not leave Leongatha Secondary College because I am not happy here. The opposite is true. I will sorely miss the professional interaction with the staff, the never ending

enjoyment I get from dealing with the students and the great support from the parent community.” Greg Ellt will take over as acting principal and Matt McPhee will be assistant principal. Leith Cummins will be junior school leader. The ongoing principal position will be advertised during next term and a new principal will begin in term three.

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Students tour Wonthaggi POWLETT River Primary School students used the visitors centre on their travels around Wonthaggi recently. Each student learned to use a map and was given brochures to guide their trip. During the tour they were excited to take a look at plants and vegetables and see how the bike repair shop worked. The walk interested them, though left them tired by the end of the day.

New skills: Debbie from the Wonthaggi Visitors Centre teaches grades 3 and 4 students from Powlett River Primary School about the local area and what she does as a job.

Tasty produce: Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan talked horticulture with Justin and Margaret Fleming from Fleming Berries in Korumburra, at the Farm World field days on Friday. Check out The Star’s full pictorial on page 47.

Hoppy shopper: Leongatha’s CBD had a shopper of a different kind recently when a wallaby hopped into the IGA car park. It seemed the wallaby was also looking for one of the few car spaces available in town. Kathy Smith from Bi-Rite also had to give way to the wallaby at the roundabout. Photos courtesy of Stephanie Thoonen.

Remember your smoke alarm FIREFIGHTERS are urging all householders to change their smoke alarm batteries on Sunday, April 6 as part of the annual Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery campaign. “We know the time we ask everyone to change their smoke alarm batteries seems to come around quickly every year, but we can’t emphasise enough the importance of working smoke alarms,” CFA deputy chief officer Steve Warrington said. “The statistics alone should raise the alarm for all Victorians. Without working smoke alarms you are four times more likely to die in a house fire.” In 2013 Victoria’s fire services attended more than 3500 house fires. The fires resulted in 13 fatalities and $88 million in property loss. The Duracell Fire Safety survey found as many as 70 per cent of parents are not planning ahead and organising to change the batteries in their smoke alarms every year. Instead, they rely on random prompts from family and friends, news reminders or simply waiting until the smoke alarm starts to beep before replacing them. In fact, 43 percent of Victorian parents only changed smoke alarm batteries when prompted by the smoke alarm beep, indicating the battery had gone flat or the

unit had passed its use-by date. “Waiting for the battery to go flat can be too late. Victorians are placing themselves in danger by failing to ensure they have working smoke alarms, according to this latest research,” Mr Warrington said. “Smoke alarms are crucial in giving you and your family the early warning needed to escape a fire. “When it comes to protecting your family and your-

self, a working smoke alarm tested regularly and a rehearsed home escape plan are easy tasks to ensure everyone in the family is given plenty of warning and knows what to do should a fire occur. “We recommend replacing the battery yearly with a long-lasting nine volt alkaline and regularly testing alarms to ensure year-round protection.” MFB and CFA recommend households: • monthly: test smoke

alarms by pressing the test button with a broom handle; • annually: vacuum around your smoke alarm vents; • annually: replace your nine volt battery at the end of daylight saving; and • every 10 years: replace your smoke alarms. For more information on the recommendations for smoke alarm usage and fire escape plans visit www.mfb. .au or

Locks off: Wonthaggi Secondary College Year 10 student Shaun Hayes and teachers Marty Waters and Jo Reader are great supporters of the World’s Greatest Shave campaign.

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NEARLY $700 was raised by the staff and students of Wonthaggi Secondary College in support of the World’s Greatest Shave. Students were let loose on the locks of science teacher and volunteer Jo Reader. Fellow teacher and good friend Marty

Waters reveled in the opportunity to give his colleague her fourth haircut in as many years. Much to the delight of the crowd, Ms Reader was joined by surprise late comer Year 10 student Shaun Hayes, who raised $180 on his own.

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Still creative, 60 years on THE Country Women’s Association (CWA) Bass Group has moved its annual Creative Arts Exhibition to fabulous Loch. This will be the 60th Annual Exhibition and promises to have a wide range of superb exhibits. These include members’ cooking, preserves, needlework, knitting, crochet, flora and photography. With cooking and craft demonstrations, raffles, lucky dips and activities for the kids, there is something for all the family, even those who just want to sit and eat the famous scones with jam and cream.

The exhibition will be in the Public Hall at 11 Smith Street, Loch. It will be open from 10am until 4pm on April 12 and 13. Admission is $3 for adults and children accompanied by an adult are free. Morning and afternoon tea and a light lunch will be available. Previously, the exhibition has been held in Corinella but a larger hall was needed to celebrate the 60th anniversary. There are three main branch entries for artworks. The colour theme this year is black and white. Five different craft items will be observed for the Lucy Greaves

Memorial Trophy. The theme for the Florence Gunson Memorial Trophy is diamonds to celebrate 60 years. The Helen Bell Perpetual Trophy will be judged on presentation only and entrants can produce whatever they like based on their own perceptions of what “60 years” means to them. “Over the years the exhibition has become larger, better and always well received by the public,” CWA Bass Group craft convenor Gwenda Swan said. “We are looking forward to seeing many people come along and see what we do. There’s plenty to see and do at Loch.”

Super station opens By Stuart Biggins A FAR cry from the four knapsacks, one water tank and no tanker facility of the Meeniyan Bush Fire Brigade when it began in 1944, Meeniyan now has brand spanking new $525,000 fire station. The new facility on McKitterick Street replaces the one on the highway built in 1977 at a cost of $8643. The new station will increase the capacity of firefighters to protect lives and property in the Meeniyan community and surrounding areas. Representing the Minister for Police and Emergency Services

and Bushfire Response, Member for Eastern Victoria Region Andrew Ronalds performed the official opening on Sunday, March 30. The new modern station offers ample space, boasting an extensive meeting room, kitchen, office and three engine bays. It also features improved training facilities allowing brigade members to train in all weather conditions and ensuring they will be better equipped to protect the community. The new station also means firefighters can continue their commitment to promoting fire safety to local schools and the community. “The new facility supports the brigade’s dedicated members who respond to as many as

40 incidents per year, including the recent fires in East Gippsland,” Mr Ronalds said. “In the past the Meeniyan fire brigade has been called to some significant fires across the district including at Potters Shed, the IGA Store, Henriettas and Wilsons Promontory fires. “The brigade currently has 53 members including some who have been protecting lives and the community for as long as 70 years. “The brigade also has two new junior firefighters who recently joined its ranks. Emergency services volunteers are vital in protecting our country areas and the backbone of Victoria’s emergency response.” Mr Ronalds said the

new station was part of the Victorian Government’s ongoing commitment to build and upgrade 250 rural fire stations across the state. “The investment fosters growth in rural and regional Victoria and builds on the Coalition Government’s significant work to strengthen Victoria’s emergency services,” he said. “The Coalition Government is proud to support CFA members by providing them with the facilities and equipment they need to save lives and property.”

Two by two: from left, artists Leslie Monahan and Helen McInnes at the Meeniyan Art Gallery where a crowd attended the opening of an exhibition of their art on Sunday. The show, Two Ladies, Two Sheds, features steel and timber sculpture.




Grand unveiling: Member for Eastern Victoria Region Andrew Ronalds, left, reveals the plaque to open the new Meeniyan Fire Station with Dean Delany, captain of the Meeniyan CFA.

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Bad deal I REFER to your story “Slash Costs” about farmers demanding council action March 25. Cr Lorraine said if the community wanted council to reduce costs, people must specify services they wanted cut. Farmers all live out of town and only give benefits to towns by purchasing from them. The only benefit farmers receive is road maintenance and if they are lucky (I am not) mowed verges. I would have every other service cut and have my rates reflect this. Since 1976 my rates increased from $76 to $1230, and I receive no more services, only twice yearly road grading. Perhaps a user pays system of council services should apply. If services are not used enough to justify employing staff, cut that staffing back. Even our CEO finds our shire too expensive to live in. Harry Baess, Wonga.

Consultation? IT WAS good that South Gippsland Shire Council invited people who’d written rates submissions to attend the recent budget workshop. But the event began to look like a determined defence of the shire’s present practice and plans rather than a “community input” session. We were apparently expected to unquestioningly accept statements in the 13-page handout and proceed from there.

However the handout includes incorrect statements and exaggerations , some examples itemised below: 1. Page 4. “Ten years ago 80 percent of (library) funding was provided by the state.” Actually 15 years ago the State Government provided about 33 percent of library funding, down from the original 66 percent. 2. Page 5. “Ten years ago we could send a grader operator to grade the gravel roads by themselves”....(now the shire)... “send out an additional two staff for traffic management every time the grader maintains the roads.” So how come roadside slashers, tree loppers and road linemarking can happen on much busier roads under VicRoads management, only using traffic caution signs and flashing lights? How come street sweepers and garbage trucks operate without “traffic management” on busy urban roads? If the above account is accurate, wouldn’t any good manager make sure the extra two staff do something else useful as well as “managing” the occasional car, tractor, truck or roaming cow? And what about getting such a nonsensical requirement changed? The alternative might be less grading, which from the state of many gravel roads seems to be the case. Contracting out, anyone? 3. Page 7. “There are increasing demands for multi-purpose community hubs to be established in the main towns.” Apart from amalgamation of kindergarten services with day child care, where are these demands? Who are making them?

E D I T O R I A L MG must communicate IF MURRAY Goulburn is going to get its capital investment proposal over the line, it must have the support of farmers. Judging by the reaction of farmers to last week’s supplier meeting in Leongatha, there are mixed feelings towards the idea. Some farmers believe the proposal is a sure way to raise the funds MG needs to buy equipment to make it competitive. Others, however, are concerned the proposal will not fulfil its objectives and by requiring suppliers to buy shares, will place excessive financial pressure on many young farmers who could well in turn not be able to afford to supply MG. Given The Star is told the topic received little air time at the suppliers’ meeting, and the lack of information in MG’s Devondaler newspaper to suppliers in March, one does wonder if MG really has the answers just yet or is playing mum. Given the restructure is one of the biggest changes to MG in the co-operative’s history and stands to reinvent the whole notion of what farmers and the community know MG to be, one would have thought MG management would have come armed with more information than they seemed to be when addressing suppliers. There is no doubt there are more players in today’s dairy industry, all vying for a limited pool of farmers whom are becoming older, and MG is just in seeking ways of raising capital in order to invest in market opportunities. But if the talk of young farmers having to pay massive amounts of money to remain with their milk company is true, then this needs addressing as the easiest and cheapest option would be for them to jump ship. Without milk volume passing through the factories, MG won’t have the milk it needs to supply new markets and therefore won’t need to raise capital anyway. While the capital raising proposal will be discussed at another round of meetings in months to come, that is too long for farmers to wait. MG must keep suppliers – and the communities that rely on them and MG – in the loop.

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Chambers of Commerce? Progress associations? Not in the public domain, it seems, unless it’s at Foster. The public is accused of being unwilling to share existing facilities. Perhaps this is true of a few groups, but places such as the Dakers Centre, the Foster Arts Centre and Dumbalk Hall are used for voting, birthday parties, formal dinners, funerals, wedding receptions, awards ceremonies and information sessions by DEPI, conservation groups and the like. 4. Page 9. “The growth and vibrancy of the Leongatha retail centre and Korumburra township would be enhanced significantly by turning the prime retail land currently housing the municipal offices into retail spaces”. Have any of the people responsible for this statement noticed all the empty shops in Bair Street? How would adding more in Smith Street help? Where are the extra parking places in Smith Street? How will the new glam offices be paid for? And the steep site at the end of Korumburra’s shopping centre unfortunately does not lend itself easily to a new supermarket, even with underground parking. Better potential sites not owned by the shire might be found on the railway side of the main shopping drag, and if the aim is to facilitate a larger supermarket, extending the present one might be a better solution. And of course, in case denizens of the shire offices haven’t noticed, yet another supermarket is being built in Bruce Street, Leongatha across from IGA, while two new large developments can be seen on Koonwarra Road and near the station. Where do council people get the idea that residents of Korumburra and Leongatha are unwilling to grow these towns? Opposition to new council offices does not equate unwillingness to “grow the town”. To sum up, the “Community Engagement Workshop” attempted to cover too much in just over two hours and appeared far too defensive of the shire’s present practice. Feedback was somewhat sanitised. The shire cannot claim that attendees endorsed the claims in the handout. Wilma Western, Leongatha.

Walk 4 Water SAFE water is essential for life, yet one in 10 of the world’s population still does not have access to it. Ten thousand steps is the average distance walked every day just to reach water in the developing world. This deprives women of time to earn a living, and children of an education. For six days I walked an extra 10,000 steps a day – not to fetch and carry water, but to raise funds and awareness so they no longer need to. Thank you to everyone who heeded the call to “Make change with your change”. Many of you purchased ThankYou water, and $1952.50 was raised for WaterAid. Our combined efforts will save hundreds of lives and improve the health and quality of many more. Safe water is the first essential step in overcoming poverty, improving health, education and livelihoods. Thank you for making a difference. Johanna Haasjes, Leongatha.

Fed-up with poor roads WE ARE told in the newspapers the funding for the poor quality roads is coming and the potholes in Peter Ryan’s western end of his electorate will be repaired, but are they being addressed properly? Yes, some of the MeeniyanFish Creek Road at Buffalo is being replaced and some of the Foster-Fish Creek Road at Munro’s Hill has been replaced also. But were they more urgent than others? What about the potholes at Hoddle now over two years old, the potholes at Stony Creek, the depression 0.5 km from the Tarwin Road that’s over two years old and others close by, the potholes at Waratah on the Walkerville Road, the disgraceful main street holes in Yarram, the South Gippsland Highway between Foster and Yarram over 12 months old and the Prom Road between Foster and the Prom? What is the local member doing about these notorious road complaints we all dodge and take risks and sometimes travel on the opposite side of the road to avoid?

Well he’s too busy having his photo taken and is fiddling while his electorate anguishes. Ryan’s been dragged kicking and screaming to repair the roads before this year’s election, the same as he and his government needed to be dragged kicking and screaming to extinguish the fire in Morwell. Does he or they care? The Victorian Government is disgraceful for allowing these issues to continue for so long. We the electors of the western end of the Ryan’s electorate deserve better. These roads are renowned throughout Australia as the worst anyone has driven on. Visitors from WA and Queensland cannot believe we accept the poor quality, while in WA the roads are of the highest quality. Does he or this State Government care? I doubt it? These comfortable sitting member/s need to be working for us and showing they are responsible and care. We are certainly not confident in their ability to stand up for us. Perhaps we need someone else who puts their electorate first? Doug Knez, Fish Creek.

No transparency I NOTED last week’s comments from the South Gippsland Shire mayor and Councillor Brunt on the rates issues. Can the mayor, in the interests of transparency, please tell us what items were cost shifted from other governments and at what cost occurred in the past year. What are the new items which we are supposed to now fund and what sum is now in our budget? It is too easy for council to hide behind the cost shift tag. In respect of Cr Brunt, she posed the question of what items do we want council to cut when in fact council should be asking a whole lot of other questions before needing to ask that question. I would have thought council could ask the staff to take their budget and “find say a 10 per cent efficiency target” or “can we do this in another way” or “do we need to be doing this” or “does someone else do something similar that could be extended to cover this”? Our council spends around

$1120 out of the average rate assessment of about $1650 on administration. In Bass Coast the figure is just under $900 for the average assessment. That is a difference of around 24 percent. That would suggest our council staff and councillors need to review how they operate. If they cannot improve then they need to allow for a structure which is more efficient, say merge with Bass Coast. There are farming operations in our shires which run a $5 million operation and employ perhaps 10 people. Our shire is perhaps a $50 million to $60 million operation but employs several hundred people so you can see the operators of the lifeblood of the community see the council operation as bloated and inefficient. Farmers and businesses are not in a position to say “let’s put the rates up” whenever a financial impost arises. They need to address the question of “how can we manage to finance” the change or “do we need this” or a multitude of other questions. The administration of local government is set up on the wrong basis. The council goes about planning to bring services to the community without being given the costs for those services. The planning just looks at what services it would like to supply. The task of implementing the service is given to staff and they present that cost in the budget. Nobody asks the questions of how can we deliver the service and what the costs are. The simple means of administration is “put the rates up”. The water boards have their budget reviewed by State Government and increases are approved externally. Health funds and power and gas charges are vetted by governments. Nobody reviews the council rates. There is no requirement to review their efficiency. We the ratepayers have it in our hands to ask for changes. I would like to ask our councillors to look at the option of merging with Bass Coast as an efficiency measure. Lindsay Love, Leongatha.


Why are you looking forward to the football/netball season this year?

“I’ve never played for Inverloch before so I’m looking forward to representing the club and playing in a competitive league.” Olivia Peterson, Inverloch.

Leah: “I’m looking forward to netball to play with friends and compete.” Jesse: “To go to the footy with dad.” Leah Zappa and Jesse DeMenech, Wonthaggi.

“I’m excited because it’s fun to hang out with friends and watch on a Saturday.” Ellie Bates, Wonthaggi.

“We look forward to it because it’s enjoyable to watch.” Georgia Markley and Ella Clark, Leongatha.

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Leongatha debutantes presented on Friday The Leongatha and District Netball Association held two debutante balls at the Leongatha Memorial Hall on the weekend. On Friday night, March 28 debs were presented to Federal Member for McMillan Mr Russell Broadbent and Mrs Bronwyn Broadbent, Mrs Trish Berryman and Jeff Berryman. The debs danced the Jubilee, Festival Glade, Evening 3 Step Progressive, Chicago Swing, Killarny and were trained by Mrs Coral Johnston and Mrs Vicki Neal. Back from left Rhys Hanks, Liam Harrington, Troy Sinclair, Jesse Zuidema, Lachie Moore, Lachie Wright, Ethan Park, Michael Olden, Jack Panozzo, Adam Turner, middle from left, Jack Hemming, Nikita Wright, Layla Robinson, Tyler Ralph, Shari Nicholls, Jess Clark, Abby Bolge, Tenille Leicester, Taylah Darmanin, Tom Stone,front from left, Ashlee Goss, Gemma Coulter, Coral Johnston, Russell Broadbent, Bronwyn Broadbent, Jeff Berryman, Trish Berryman, Vicki Neal, Eden Cook, Dekodah Brewer and flower girls Chloe Goff and Elsie Steenholdt. Saturday debs on page 14.

CAB needs you DO YOU have skills you would like to use to help the community in a voluntary capacity? Are you a ‘people person’? Did you know the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau helps people in our community in all sorts of ways? The bureau provides information to clients with regard to benefits, pensions and concessions, youth issues, consumer affairs, health and lots more. It helps with referral to social workers, and legal services. For clients on low incomes, the bureau’s tax office trained volunteers can provide assistance with tax returns. The bureau is also the body overseeing the Community and Visitor Information Centre in Leongatha





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which provides tourism information to travellers passing through South Gippsland. The bureau is currently looking to increase its team of committed volunteers. New volunteers will be required to attend an orientation course with the option of attending an additional component. The bureau might just be the right place for you, if what you’ve just read seems a fulfilling way to help people in our community. If you are interested, please contact the Citizens Advice Bureau to arrange a meeting with the training coordinator before training commences. You can contact the bureau on 5662 2111 from Monday to Friday, between 10am and 4pm for further details and to register your interest.




Gibsons Groundspread would like to welcome Paul Battersby to the team. Gibsons Groundspread is a family owned fertiliser spreading business company which has been servicing the local farmers for 60 years. Gibsons Groundspread are able to offer a complete fertiliser and bin delivery service using modern equipment.

Call Paul Battersby on 0419 782 804 for all your local fertiliser requirements. Yarram Depot: 33 Pound Rd West, Yarram, 3971. Phone 03 5182 5875 Fax 03 5182 6069 w


The South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau (and Community and Visitor Information Centre) in Leongatha is currently looking to increase its team of committed volunteers. New volunteers will be required to attend an orientation course (with an option to complete an additional component) designed to provide the skills to be an effective Bureau and Visitor Information Centre volunteer. Full details of the course will be finalized after the level of interest in the course is gauged. If you are interested please contact the Citizens Advice Bureau to arrange a meeting with the training coordinator before training commences.

You can contact the Bureau in person (opposite the Post office) or call 5662 2111, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. SOU5220039

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Leongatha debutantes presented on Saturday The Leongatha and District Netball Association held two debutante balls at the Leongatha Memorial Hall on the weekend. On Saturday night, March 29 debs were presented to The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie, Leongatha Netball Association president, Mrs Julie Grant and South Gippsland Shire Citizen of the Year Mrs Anne McIntyre and Mr Ian McIntyre. The debs danced the Merrilyn, Festival Glide, Evening 3 Step Progressive, Sanantonio Stroll and Pride of Erin and were trained by Mrs Coral Johnston and Mrs Vicki Neal. Back from left, Daniel Campbell, Fraser Drew, Ben Hannon, Jared Ronalds, Lucas Anderson, Jonte Berryman, Michael Trotto, Tim Wolswinkel, Matt Hayward, middle from left, Luke Tree, Jorjah Hansch, Rachelle Daniel, Phoebe Lamb-Hale, Courteney Westaway, Poppy Trewin, Ashlee Tennyenhuis, Lauren Baudinette, Khaleb Smart, front from left, Kayla Beaton, Helena Brew, Coral Johnston, Bridget McKenzie, Ian McIntyre, Anne McIntyre, Julie Grant, Vicki Neal, Sophie Clarkson, Tanya Derrick and flowergirls, Zara Harland and Georgia Challis. Friday debs on page 13.

CWA celebrates 60 years By Tayla Kershaw

CWA of Vic. Inc. Gippsland Hills Group invites you to the


60 Exhibition of Handicrafts, Art & Home Industries Open to the Public

at Leongatha Memorial Hall, 6-8 McCartin Street Leongatha

FRIDAY APRIL 4, 2014 10AM - 4.30PM SATURDAY APRIL 5, 2014 10AM - 3.30PM

THE Gippsland Hills Country Women’s Association (CWA) is delighted to be hosting its 60th Gippsland Hills CWA Exhibition of Handicrafts, Art and Home Industries this Friday and Saturday. The exhibition will be held at Memorial Hall in Leongatha and the theme is diamonds to celebrate 60 years. Diamond patterned knitting, quilts and baking will be among the fabulous works to uphold the theme. Over 1000 entries are expected this year. Member of honour and past state president of the CWA Noela Macleod will open the proceedings. Interesting demonstrations such as china painting are a must see. A special display of knitted toys and dolls, and displays of antique needlework are also fascinating features.

“We had a lot of success in Inverloch last year,” Gippsland Hills CWA’s Heather Scott said. “We hope people come see the beautiful work, enjoy the occasion and sample the food once again.” Refreshments will be available, as well as the famous scones with jam and cream. Trophies will be awards for the best exhibits in each class. For the first time this year, the Elinor Scott Individual Aggregate Cup will be awarded in memory of life member Elinor Scott. Ms Scott was a member of the Meeniyan branch from 1946 until she passed away in June 2013. She won the individual aggregate at least 13 times between 1957 and 1996, was a steward at the exhibition every year, except when she was overseas in 1965, until she was 90. She exhibited at every exhibition except 1965 up to and including 2013, when she was 99.


Official Opening and Presentation of Awards Friday 11am Entry: Adults $3, children & school students free

Refreshments available Raffle | Craft demonstrations & workshops | Stalls

Individual aggregate winners: Bena’s Maryke Dann came second, Meeniyan’s Marilyn Mackie came first and Inverloch’s Patricia Griggs came third in 2013. Photo by Marion Dewar.

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Budding journalists By Stuart Biggins

formed a media crew.

A GROUP of eight enthusiastic students from Years 7 to 12 at Korumburra Secondary College have

At a lunchtime workshop, the crew benefitted from listening to tips and asking questions of Star reporter Stuart Biggins. As well as reporting on events such as the house

athletics championships, the crew has other project ideas such as featuring a teacher for the weekly newsletter. Jodie Matthews, who has recently returned from a year in Darwin, is their first subject.

Shiny and new: Terry Benton and Leongatha store manager Ray Pearson are pleased to announce the opening of the new showroom at Bentons Plumbtec onAnderson Street.

New showroom now open BENTONS Plumbtec is celebrating the show rooms, trade for plumbers, drainers and HVAC commercial for major projects and a gas opening of showroom number 12 at the contractors, division servicing the owners of the state gas Leongatha store at 15Anderson Street. infrastructure.

School reporters: Korumburra Secondary College students, from left, Rebecca Norris, Kristen Muir, Jayde Clark, Lachie Snooks and Emma Reeves interview teacher Jodie Matthews about her year in Darwin.

Council eyes prime art site By Stuart Biggins THE prime Korumburra Federation Art Gallery site in Commercial Street looks set to continue in its present guise for some time to come. Paul Stampton, South Gippsland Shire Council’s manager for strategic planning and development, said while rezoning has opened the way for commercial development of the site, no progress

The Leongatha showroom is open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and from 8am to midday on Saturday. Store manager Ray Pearson and his staff are on hand to give advice and consult on the bathroom, kitchen or laundry look that you are seeking for that renovation, new home build or replacement/repair. The showroom features the latest products and designs of bathroom, kitchen and laundry equipment sourced from local and global suppliers. The Bentons story started in 1987 when brothers Terry, Michael, Brian and Wayne Benton opened in East Keilor and Hoppers Crossing in Melbourne. All four brothers still work for the business and many relatives and friends known to the Benton family work for the company from their various premises, stretching from Bendigo to Leongatha. The Benton name is well known in Gippsland football as Terry Benton captained-coached Leongatha and Foster to premierships in the 1970s. Younger brother Michael, now the managing director, was also a dashing half back flanker in the Foster premiership side of 1978 that broke a 40 year drought for the Tigers. The Bentons Plumbtec business comprises retail

Many employees have notched up 20 plus years service, including some who have been involved since the inception of the business. The family ethos of friendly and efficient service, combined with quality and value for money, is still the principle that guides the business today. Ray and his team at Leongatha can source thousands of products from the Bentons buying range and order in for your requirements. The new showroom features many leading Australian and global brands of tapware, bathroom mixers and accessories, showers, hand showers and shower mixers. And for the kitchen, select from the Euro appliance range, sinks from Oliveri and kitchen mixers from the Italian inspiredArmando Vicario range. There is no better time than now to consider adding value and comfort to your home with a bathroom upgrade as Bentons 'think beautiful bathrooms, think Bentons' catalogue is out now. The 16 page catalogue features a full complement of bathroom products and you can see it online at or pick one up in store. Kitchen and laundry products are too on sale with a comprehensive range of hot water services and gas heaters also featured.

has yet been made. The council has been proactively pursuing a number of supermarket chains to set up shop in Korumburra and the site is one location that would be highly suitable for such development. In the event of that happening, the current library and gallery facility would be relocated to new premises elsewhere in the town. A permit was issued some time ago for the building of an office development on the privately owned vacant land next door but was not acted upon.

Shape ’Burra’s future KORUMBURRA and district residents now have the opportunity to comment on a proposal to guide future development in the heart of the town. Planning Amendment C93 is now open for public input before it is submitted for inclusion in the South Gippsland Planning Scheme. C93 proposes changing the Planning Scheme to include the key recommendations of the Korumburra Town Centre Framework Plan (KTCFP): Framework Report October 2013. It also proposes to add the Framework Report and its associated documents – the Korumburra Town Centre Economic Assessment and Parking Strategy, as well as the Safer Design Guidelines for Victoria - as reference documents. “The changes will guide new developments to retain the town’s character,” Phil Stone, council’s director of development services said. “The plan also supports an active, accessible retail core which benefits customers and businesses.” Mr Stone said the framework plan was developed following extensive community engagement. “Amendment C93 is one of several actions from the Framework Report that is within council’s area of responsibility. Other projects are also being followed up in liaison with VicRoads and via future budget recommendations,” he said.

“I urge the community and other stakeholders to see what actions they can pursue to contribute to Korumburra’s prosperity, liveability and attractiveness over the next 10 years.” This is the final stage of the Planning Scheme process driven by the Framework Plan which was adopted by council in November 2013. The plan cannot be modified but suggestions on the how the plan best be placed into the planning scheme are welcomed Anyone affected may make a submission to council about the amendment. The submission must state the issue/s being supported or objected to, and the grounds for those views. Submissions must be in writing, include the submitters name and contact details and be received by 5pm, Wednesday, April 30. Submissions are public documents and can be inspected, however phone and email details of private individuals will be blanked out from public view. The amendment documents are available online at www.southgippsland.vic. (Link from home page ‘Documents currently on public exhibition’, www.dpcd. and at council’s reception, Milpara House and Korumburra Library. A hard copy can also be posted on request. For further information please contact Fiona Mottram on 5662 9837 (Tuesdays to Thursdays) or email


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Debutantes dance in Korumburra DEBUTANTES were presented during the Korumburra Lions Club Debutante Ball on Friday night, March 28 at the Korumburra Recreation Centre. The annual event proved another success for chairman of the organising committee. Lion John Lit-

tle and wife Lion Norrie Little coordinated the ball. Back, Jordan Anderson, Jeremy Brammar, Luke Zwiersen, Craig McCormack, Jacob Zwiersen, Ashley Tilling, Kyle Cochrane and Kurt Cosson. Third row, Jeremy Aitken, Travis Jones,

Jesse Heylen, Tim Francis, Mitchell Moriarty, Josh McNabb, Sam Anderson, Hayden Smith and Reid Tollitt. Second row, Chloe Rodda, Georgia Chiavaroli, Stephanie Watson, Samantha Hanks, Gemma Dixon, Maddie Auddino, Annatina Weber, Vivienne

Carfrae, Tenae Dixon, Caroline Crawford and Rhiannon Haines. Front row, Megan Woolley, Aleisha Dunks, Mairead Donohue, trainers Mark and Margaret Brammar, District Governor Lion David Barnes, Lion Raelene Barnes, Korumburra


Lions president Lorelle Logan, Emma Parkinson, Natasha

Hurst and Zoe Allen. Page boy, Blake Thoonen, flower girls

Georgia Kyle, Alanah Grist and page boy Tom Walker.

Korumburra street revamp SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s road crews will undertake road reconstruction works in Bridge Street, Korumburra this week. The works will occur between South Gippsland Highway and Victoria Street. “This job, which was listed as a priority project in this year’s capital works program and costed at $65,000, is expected to be completed by April 18, weather permitting,” said John Moylan, manager engineering projects. “It’s yet another job in our focus on Korumburra’s road network over the past

month.” Those works have included: • road reconstruction in Station Street; • drainage works in Swanston Street and Melville Avenue; • resealing works in Boston Place, Boundary Road, Hyman Street, James Street, Mine Road, Nuttal Street, Princes Street, Richards Street, Station Street, Walters Street and William Street; and • footpath renewal in Queen Street. Mr Moylan said there may be some minor disruption to traffic in Bridge Street during construction, but at least one traffic lane will remain open at all to ensure minimal impact to motorists.

Amazing effort

We did it: Pat Kuhne and Rhia from Trulli’s Pizzeria have a chat before Pat’s big shave off recently.

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Pat Kuhne would like to thank the following people and organisations for helping her reach an amazing appeal total of $10,051 for the Leukaemia Foundation during this month's World's Greatest Shave. Rhia and Francesco of Trulli Woodfired Pizzeria, Meeniyan, Sandra Fleming from Hair Bairs, Barry Redmond and helpers at the auction, Meeniyan IGA and Monacellars - Leongatha, Bargain Plus, Black Cockatoo Cottages - Yanakie, Bushlea Farms, Capeview Mitre 10 Leongatha, Considine & Johnston, CSC Bakery and Snack Bar, Food & Events Brett Kuhne, Gatha Gardens, GDN Flowers - Korumburra, Hair Bairs, Hays Jewellers Leongatha, IGA SUPA - Leongatha, Indigo Hair, Koenders, J & D ‘Mayfield Gallery’, Koonwarra Store, Lacy Jewellery Studio and Gallery - Meeniyan, Leongatha Newsagency, Leongatha RSL, Massage and Bowen Therapies, G & R Beasley, Mornings Light Organic Day Spa & Retreat, Murray Goulburn Trading, Nagels Pharmacy, Network Video - Leongatha, Nicks Clothing - Leongatha, Parmalat Aust. P/L, Phoenix Greeting cards, Shan’s Lingerie & Leisure, So Me - Leongatha, The Duck Hutt - Meeniyan, The Gatha Foodstore, the Great Southern Star, The Rusty Windmill, Bread & Pickles - Meeniyan, Leongatha Topic Club, T. Rahilly, J. Fennell, G. Tomlin, R. Weaver, L. Rees. If I have overlooked anybody please accept my apologies.


Thanks from Pat

PAT Kuhne is amazed by the support which has seen a total of $10,051 raised for the Leukaemia Foundation during this month’s World’s Greatest Shave. Pat recently had her head shaved at Rhia and Francesco’s Trulli Woodfired Pizzeria, Meeniyan by Sandra Fleming from Hair Bairs. “I am astounded by the generosity of the community, people have been so supportive in so many different ways,” Mrs Kuhne said. “It’s the 10th anniversary of my mother’s passing from Leukaemia so it is great that the fundraising since that time represents $1,000 each year.” “Ten years ago I raised $2,000 and this year I was aiming to double that. “Rhia and Francesco from Trulli Pizzeria have generously supported this cause from the outset as well as their staff; rasing $3,600 in one night plus $500 from their own “tips” jar which is just fantastic.”

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Koala habitat must be saved THE value of the Strzelecki koala population to regional biodiversity will be the subject of a presentation to be given by South Gippsland Landcare Network project officer Nicole Walsh this month. She will speak at the Sustainability Festival at Coal Creek, Korumburra on Sunday, April 13 at 10am in the main forum area. This will be followed by a session for younger children at 11.50am. Protecting existing koala habitat and creating new habitat corridors is critical to the long term survival of this iconic species in South Gippsland. The population of koalas in the Strzelecki Ranges is important because it is genetically different to other populations of koalas in Victoria. In the early 1900s,

koalas in Victoria were nearly wiped out due to the fur trade, bushfires and habitat loss. Victoria was gradually repopulated by koalas from French Island and Phillip Island but only from a handful of breeding pairs. As a result there was a low level of genetic diversity amongst these koalas. The Strzelecki koala is significant as it represents a remnant of the original wild Victorian population. Having a broad genetic base is important as it avoids in inbreeding making the species more resilient to diseases such as chlamydia and the effects of climate change. Unfortunately koalas are under threat from loss of habitat. The fragmentation of remaining habitat is a serious issue for koala conservation as koalas have a specialised low-energy, low-nutrient diet. This means they have a limited amount

of energy when travelling between food trees and are vulnerable to car strike and dog attack. They have even been known to be trampled by cows! Much of the koala habitat in South Gippsland is on private land. That’s why the network is keen to work with landowners to help protect remnant vegetation, plant more koala friendly species and raise community awareness about how to protect this important population.

So important: Strzelecki koalas ensure biodiversity within the region’s koala population.

Mayor’s message Cr Jim Fawcett LAST Wednesday it was my pleasure to attend the Ballarat YMCA’s official announcement it would take over provision of childcare services in Mirboo North. The community is grateful that such a vital service has been maintained, thanks to the generous financial support of the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation and the professional guidance of Jan Martin, council’s director of community services, to attain such a positive outcome. Small communities are easily bruised by the loss of a service; in this case people may have left the district in order to secure child care in other areas, causing economic loss to many local businesses. It is a great result that we can all be proud of and we welcome YMCA’s further involvement in the Mirboo North community. Our community budget workshops last Tuesday proved worthwhile, with a high calibre of attendees who had clearly thought about issues and were willing to share their suggestions and consider those of others. It was an excellent opportunity for councillors and officers to hear the aspirations, frustrations, suggestions and priorities that they brought to the table and which we will most certainly consider in our budget deliberations. To those who attended – thank you. The CEO attended Deadly in Gippsland- the Gathering in Lakes Entrance last week.The gathering is a celebration of Aboriginal people and culture and spreads the word about the positive work being done by Aboriginal people every day. All Gippsland councils and many local organisations support this annual event to build on and strengthen their relationships with the community. A friendly reminder that you need to renew your pet registrations by April 9 - registration means council can quickly identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners. The fees also fund council’s animal management program which includes attendance to nuisance complaints such as excessive barking, dog attacks, plus straying and spraying problems. Animal owners found with unregistered animals may be subjected to enforcement action and face ‘on the spot’ fines or potential court action While we have had some cooler weather and rain, we are still under fire restrictions for another month, until May 1. This means no fires can be lit in the open air without a permit still.The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), Parks Victoria and CFA advise that planned burning is now being carried out, weather conditions permitting. Ifyou see smoke and are concerned,visit, or free call 1800 249 667 to ascertain if the fire is planned or not. Cr Jim Fawcett, mayor.

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Tour lends a hand PLANS are well under way to make this year’s 8th Venus Bay Tour de Tarwin the biggest and best yet.

Outstanding contribution: Doreen Meikle was awarded life membership of the Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc at Meeniyan branch by immediate past state president Carol Clay. Ms Meikle celebrated with three of her five daughters and her sister-in-law. Her daughters are Jenny, Kathy and Chris, while her sister-in-law is Grace Kuhne.

The annual family friendly walk and bike ride primarily raises funds for the Tarwin Lower CFA, and covers the whole of the Easter weekend, with plenty of events and activities for the whole family. Recently Tour organisers donated $1000 to the Tarwin Lower Primary school to help with the many unfunded projects the school has on its drawing board. “The Tarwin Lower Primary School has been a long-time supporter and helper in all our past tours and our committee is happy we are able to make this donation to assist the school,” tour president Craig Williams said. “We started small with about 150 participants in 2007 to over 1300 in 2013, bringing the total amount donated to more than $75,000. “As Tarwin Lower/Venus Bay is one of the 50 state designated extreme fire danger areas, we want to ensure our local CFA is well equipped to do their job. “You can walk, hop, stroll, dawdle, dance

or pedal your way around the beautiful river route - either five kilometres or nine kilometres.” On Good Friday, April 18, registrations for the ride/walk along the trail open with sales for the You Beaut raffle at the Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay general stores. The Tour de Tarwin is officially launched and opened at 6.30pm on Good Friday at the Cavity Bar and Restaurant in Venus Bay. On Saturday, April 19 it’s the big event with stalls and displays and live music set up at the Venus Bay shops from 9am. At noon the National Anthem will start the 2014 Tour de Tarwin. Participants are expected to complete the course and arrive at the Tarwin Lower Long Table picnic area around 1pm where many food stalls and activities await, including the drawing of the raffle. Participants are reminded there are big prizes for the best team theme and also the best decorated bike on the Easter Saturday tour. More details of all activities for the 2014 Tour de Tarwin can be found at www.

CWA honours Doreen Meikle MEENIYAN CWA Branch celebrated its 83rd birthday this month with the presentation of a life membership of the Country Women’s Association of Victoria to one of its best-loved and most valued member, Doreen Meikle. The occasion was held at the home of member Virginia Pace, and members had the opportunity to explore her beautiful garden, and to share in a splendid high tea. The competition of the day was to make and wear a fascinator. Mrs Doreen Meikle has given 61 years of service to CWA at Meeniyan branch, having been branch president and vice president. She served as branch treasurer for a

total of 18 years in four terms between 1973 and 2010. Mrs Meikle is one of only three members of Gippsland Hills Group who has exhibited at every one of the 59 previous exhibitions, and she already has some entries made for Gippsland Hills’ special Diamond 60th Exhibition, to be held on April 4-5. She is a dedicated branch member, who always contributes to branch activities, whether it is taking part in branch song and costume items for the Group Performing Arts Day, or baking sponges and yo-yos for cake stalls. Three of Mrs Meikle’s daughters joined her to celebrate the occasion, along with her sister-in-law Grace Kuhne.

Inlet home, world focus THE Federal Government’s announced cuts to Australia’s overseas aid budget was fiercely debated at the official launch of the Corner Inlet Social Justice Group at Fish Creek recently. More than 40 people attended and the guest speaker was McMillan MP Russell Broadbent. The chairman of the group, Peter Philp, said he was pleased to see so many South Gippsland people concerned that Australia will be cutting back on its commitments to the world’s poor. “The Corner Inlet Social Justice Group believes this is an injustice to the most vulnerable people on earth,”

Socially aware: from left, St Joseph’s Parish’s Pam Ricardo, McMillan MP Russell Broadbent and president of the Catholic Women’s League Margaret Comrie discuss Australia’s foreign aid.

he said. “The world’s rich developed nations once pledged to commit one percent of their gross national product to overseas aid. That was later cut back to 0.7 percent. Today Australia’s budget is only 0.36 percent and likely to fall further.” Mr Philp added Australia had a responsibility to meet its key priorities such as health, education and infrastructure and that development aid to vulnerable people here and overseas must also be a priority. “Australians constantly demonstrated their compassion by being the most generous donors in the world to local and overseas appeals even though most people could argue their personal budgets are very tight,” he said. Mr Philp highlighted Mr Broadbent provided the group with a valuable briefing and was certainly sympathetic to this and other social justice issues. During this session, Mr Broadbent emphasised a number of key international and local issues of major concern, asking the social justice group: “Is this fair?” “He is a person who is deeply committed to the common good of people and has an excellent record of standing up for the issues of justice including the well being of refugees. Our group was very impressed with what he had to say,” Mr Philp said The Corner Inlet Social

Justice Group will keep in contact with Mr Broadbent and plans to have another detailed briefing with him in about 12 months. Before the official launch, members of the Corner Inlet Social Justice Group spent time meeting with local aid agencies such as St Vincent de Paul, Anglicare, UnitingCare and the Salvation Army to find out where it could make a local contribution. “This group will continue talking to local agencies and support them wherever it can. In the meantime, anybody interested in joining the group is very welcome,” Mr Philp said. The contact is or PO Box 44 Fish Creek, 3959.

School wins: Tour de Tarwin president Craig Williams presents $1000 to Tarwin Lower Primary School captains Travis (centre) and Flynn.

Legends lead students TARWIN Valley Primary School gathered to launch the new school year with a family barbecue and leadership badge presentation. School families enjoyed a sausage sizzle and a scavenger hunt, looking for clues around the school to make a family flower to add to their KidsMatter display. The student leadership badges were presented by a local legendary leader and

former TVPS school captain, Taylah Darmanin. Taylah spoke about her experiences developing her leadership skills, and seizing every opportunity to grow and contribute as a productive member of the community. The new leaders were inspired by her words of wisdom, and the importance of passion and commitment in leading others.

2014 student leaders: back row, Tarwin Valley Primary School student leaders Jessica, Jocelin, Joshua and Stuart with 2009 school captain Taylah; front row, student leaders Fleur, Angus, Lachlan, Rory, Brigid and Holly.

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Business people inspired THREE first class presenters inspired businesspeople at a presentation held by South Gippsland Shire Council recently.

Insightful evening: expanding their knowledge at the business information session were back, from left, Brooke Barrett, Kelly Hughes, Tracey Ryan, Yarna Kraft, Amy Atkins and Darren Eastwood. Front, from left, Janine Nolan of Workways, Chris Childs of Consumer Affairs Victoria and Geoff Browne, Victorian Small Business Commissioner.

Council’s economic development and tourism team presented the session, Be Informed, Understand your Rights and Ask Questions. Held at the council chambers in Leongatha, the evening featured Geoff Browne, Victorian Small Business Commissioner. He spoke about simple ways to avoid unnecessary business costs, retail leases, starting a business, and building and maintaining successful business relationships. Chris Childs, Consumer Affairs Victoria, discussed what the department does, trading fairly, consumer guarantees, fair contract terms, product safety, complaint management and scams. Janine Nolan of Workways talked about recruitment processes and employer rights, equal opportunity and tips for recruitment. The event was a huge success with about 20 businesses from across the shire.

Joey mob spotted More than just flowers J0EY Scouts may start in Leongatha soon. Scouts Victoria’s district commissioner Sue Kemp said Joey Scout mobs now run at Korumburra, Wonthaggi and Mirboo North, and Leongatha could be next. Joey Scouts is the first section of Scouts and ac-

cording to Shirley Reeves, Joey Scouts district leader, “It is a gentle way to complement the child’s schooling by extending their understanding of the world around them, and its main aim is fun and friendship.” Joey Scouts is conducted by trained leaders who guide mobs of up to 20 boys and girls aged six and sev-

Great fun: Briana Marshall and Jason Cue from the 2nd Korumburra Joey Scouts enjoy themselves at the South Gippsland District Joey Scout Zoo Day at Maru Park, Grantville. The Joey Scouts had a fun day meeting the animals, having a barbeque Lunch, and playing mini golf.

THE Welshpool Autumn Flower Show is this week, Friday, April 4 from 1.30pm to 5pm and Saturday, April 5, from 10am -4.30pm. While the autumn flower shows features dahlias, some as large as dinner plates and others cute little balls of colour, that’s not all that will be on display. Vegetables, fruit and herbs are in full swing and should make a fine display. Home produce, jams, chutneys and the like will be there, as will pot plants and the amazing floral art. Society scribe Kate Crowl said the theme of this year’s show was Shades of Fire. “Contestants in the floral art will have to invent pieces, such as a pedestal design, a cascade arrangement another titled Sunset and yet another called Hot Hot Hot,” she said. “It’s a fair bet red will be a predominant colour. “On entering you will be able to admire the photo entries which will be on display in the foyer, along with work from the children of the Welshpool Primary School. “Then you will be drawn into the seduction of colour and perfume in the hall.” Ms Crowl said the schedule includes a public choice competition, where contestants are invited to decorate a card-sized table, under the banner Around the Campfire. “Visitors to the show are invited to select their preference by donating a coin into the relevant box. All money collected will be donated appropriately to the Welshpool CFA,” she said. “The show provides a place to buy plants as well. There will be a room full of all sorts of plants from ground covers to trees, and everything in between on sale at reasonable prices. “These plants have been grown by club members and mostly watered and cared for by Rob Austin. It gladdens the

heart – this is the time to plant before the ground gets too cold, and after a drop of rain.” For exhibitors, entries officially close on April 1, but newbies can bring in their exhibits on Friday before 10.30am and seek assistance in staging from the stewards. Show secretary Fran Grylls can be contacted on 5184 1376.

New library chief BAW Baw Shire’s Cr Mikaela Power was elected as the new chair of the West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation Board recently. Cr Power, who previously served as deputy chair, takes over from South Gippsland Shire’s Cr Bob Newton who has been on the board since its inception in 1994. Cr Newton, who was elected on the day as deputy chair, was praised by board members for

his contribution as chair over the last year. “The board noted Cr Newton has been a passionate advocate for our library service over a long period of time and a welcoming, inclusive board chair over this last year,” library corporation CEO John Murrell said. “Cr Power brings a wealth of skills and experience to the role of chair and her insight and contributions to board meetings have been much valued by her board colleagues and library officers over the last year.”

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en. Meetings are held once a week for about one hour during school terms. Shirley said, “Joey Scouts are taught to be creative through games, stories and craft activities. They might build spaceships from scrap items, grow plants from seedlings or learn and sing songs together. “Through this they all develop a strong sense of belonging, and just like their namesake (Kangaroo Joey) they H.O.P. They are taught to jump in and ‘help other people’, as well as to share with their friends. “Joeys learn how to recognise Australian birds and animals and develop an understanding of the impact of our modern world on the environment.” Just like Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers, Joey Scouts show their awareness of important subjects and their ability to set and reach goals by working towards achieving four main badges: Caring and Sharing, Adventure, Environment and The Buddy Badge. Also each Joey Scout has the opportunity to achieve The Promise Challenge Award before moving on to Cub Scouts. Joey Scout mobs can also be established in any existing Scout group, providing there are two people willing to sign up and train as leaders. If you are interested in finding out more about Joey Scouts or about becoming a Joey Scout leader, please phone Shirley Reeves on 5655 2273 or 0427 804 362.

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Leongatha Probus changes over LEONGATHA identity Jim Geary is the new president of Leongatha Probus. Former policeman Jim moved to Leongatha as a young constable in 1954. He considers himself to be nearly a local. Special guests were Woorayl Probus Club president Warren Warner and secretary Pat Allaway. Leongatha Probus has a membership of 101. They are al-

ways looking to welcome new members who are interested in meeting new people, go on interesting outings, eat out once a month, enjoy the knit and natter group, read books and make use of the DVD library. The club meets every third Monday of the month. For more details phone secretary Pauline Kamphuis on 5662 3996.

Setting direction: the new committee of Leongatha Probus, from left, Tony Kamphuis, Lia Robinson, Cynthia Bellingham, Leo Bleeser, Alan Hoy, Pauline Kamphuis, Marie Pickersgill, Heather Carter, Jim Geary, Wilma Coates, Barbara Hoy, Phil Carter, Maureen Casey, John Gaze, Lis Taylor, Marie Rundell, Gwen Wrigley and Pat West.

New Cowes library on way By Laura Gibb COWES Library will be the next to benefit under plans to continue improving Bass Coast libraries. “Cowes Library is the next on the list as it is the one remaining building to be redeveloped,” Bass Coast council’s acting community and economic development director Antoinette Mitchell said. “This upgrade is part of a larger redevelopment in Cowes.” A date for the library upgrade has not yet been set.

Bass Coast libraries are going strong following the opening of the Bass Coast Principal Library’s new premises in Wonthaggi, which is temporary. The long-term plan for Wonthaggi is to build a cultural precinct and within it, a permanent library. “The cultural precinct development will not begin until the senior campus of Wonthaggi Secondary College is redeveloped elsewhere,” Ms Mitchell said. “The date for this is unknown at this stage.” The old Wonthaggi library will remain empty for the time being. West Gippsland Regional Li-

brary Corporation CEO John Murrell said the new Bass Coast Principal Library “ups the ante” for the standard of library facilities. “When council considers replacing libraries in those other townships, Bass Coast Principal Library sets the standard,” he said. The State Government chipped in $300,000 for the Bass Coast Principal Library project and in the past has provided many West Gippsland libraries with funding through the Living Libraries program. “We’re very keen for the State Government to continue that capital funding through the Living Libraries program,” Mr Murrell said.

Veterans’ pension rise legislated MCMILLAN MP Russell Broadbent said 648 veterans living in the electorate would benefit from the Federal Government’s legislation to deliver fair indexation. The legislation was introduced into Parliament on March 20. “The government promised to deliver fair indexation to Defence Forces Retirement Benefit (DFRB) and Defence Force Retire-

ment and Death Benefit (DFRDB) scheme superannuants aged 55 and over from July 1, 2014. Our legislation delivers on this promise,” Mr Broadbent said. “The Coalition promised fair indexation in 2010, and this commitment was restated before the last election. The introduction of this legislation today means that military superannuants and their families will finally get the fair go they deserve. “From July 1, 2014, DFRB and DFRDB super-

annuants aged 55 and over will have their benefits indexed in line with age and service pension. As promised, the fair indexation provisions will also extend to reversionary (widow) pensioners aged 55 and over.” Mr Broadbent said addressing fair indexation has been “an article of faith.” “This government has long recognised the unique nature of military service and the sacrifices military personnel and their families make on behalf of all Australians. Australia’s

Fire warning issued By Tayla Kershaw KORUMBURRA CFA units were called to two burn offs recently. The first call was to a property in Shellcotts Road, the second was in Holmes Court. The fire in Shellcotts Road was a burn off. A group of party goers were burning off rubbish in Holmes Court as well. This is still illegal, despite the weather cooling down.

Police attended several other unregistered burn offs in Leongatha North and Meeniyan. Locals are reminded the restrictions are still in place. Unless the fire is contained in a properly constructed barbeque or registered in a clear environment, burn offs should be avoided. The restrictions will remain in place until April 1. For more details and information on gaining a permit, follow the link to cfa.

veterans have waited long enough for this reform,” he said. More than 272,000 veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia received a pension increase under the changes, Mr Broadbent said. As pension rates are calculated on a daily basis, the next pension paid after the March 20 increase (on payday April 3, 2014) will be paid partly at the old rate and partly at the new rate. The first full payment at the new rates of pension will be payday April 17, 2014.

Sounding superb: Year 12 students Mitchell Gin and Megan McCoy were accompanied by violin teacher Athena Anca for their performance of Oblivion.

Evening music just magic NEWHAVEN College showcased its depth of musical talent at the Autumn Soiree last week. Hosted by the college’s Friends of Music, Year 12 music captain Sunicha Nakrua did a wonderful job as master of ceremonies for the event that attracted an audience of more than 100 guests. The 22 performers ranged in age from five to 17. Tiny Prep student Jemilla Prideaux warmed the audience’s hearts with her confident performance of Froggy Froggy while her little feet rested on a box enabling her to reach the keys of the grand piano. In contrast, VCE students Mitchell Gin (violin) and Megan McCoy (piano) were accompanied by violin teacher Athena Anca for a polished performance of Oblivion by Astor Piazolla. Director of music at Newhaven College, Kirk Skinner, complimented Mitchell and Megan on their dedication to music, describing them as, “an inspiration to younger students”, for paving the way for music at Newhaven and continuing their studies through to VCE level. The college’s new electric drum kit was purchased along with three new pianos thanks to marvellous fundraising efforts by the Friends of Music. Liam Fuery (Year 2), Akie Brown (Year 6) and Connor Epifano (Year 10)

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Meet the new Crew

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and hassle free service for customers throughout Gippsland. Locally owned and operated by partners Jason Henry, Alex Aeschlimann and Andrew Holman, the business has been providing quality and friendly service to Gippslanders from Seaspray through to Yarram, Foster, Leongatha, Wonthaggi, San Remo and all places in between for more than 30 years. Established in 1985,

Country Cart operated with only a single truck servicing rural properties around Leongatha. Since then it has grown to nine compactor trucks and is approaching 1000 customers across Gippsland and has made all the necessary technological advances with a new website www. and full online customer access for bookings and payment. You can still pick up the phone and chat to a

friendly staff member who can arrange all your waste disposal needs and is happy to arrange for bills in a way most convenient to the customer. The Coopers and formers partners handed the over reins to the new owners and have stayed on with the business with roles in transport and administration management. Along with the Coopers, the company now employs seven drivers all

Happy handover: from left, new Country Cart co-owners Andrew Holman and Alex Aeschlimann with former owners Melva and Laurie Cooper, who will stay involved with the business, and new co-owner Jason Henry.

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Truck drivers: from left, Grant Gale and Peter Van der Hulst work hard to get rid of your waste at Country Cart Waste Disposal. They get especially busy around spring and Christmas with calls for extra bins that can be emptied fortnightly or monthly. If you do need to get rid of a load of rubbish all in one go, you can choose one of the bigger dumpsters that can be dropped off and picked up and disposed of in a 10 day turn around. You know when you are moving house or renovating just how handy this would be. The best thing is this is one job you can pass onto someone else. There are different size bins you can opt for including the 1500 litre front loader dumpster, equivalent to six wheelie bins, the 3000 litre front loader dumpster, that holds around 12 wheelie bins of rubbish, and still the most popular, the 240 litre wheelie bins. If you do not have access to the council pick up service out on the farm, or live in town and would like to have an extra bin

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Time to renew your pet registrations SOUTH Gippsland residents can expect to receive their pet registration renewal forms, which need to be paid by April 10, in the mail. “First and foremost, registration assists in the speedy recovery of lost animals and reuniting them with their owners,” South Gippsland Shire Council’s local laws coordinator Bruce Gardiner said. “Your registration fees also help provide important pet related services within your municipality such as animal management and community education about responsible pet ownership.” What do you get for your registration fees? • supply of a council identification marker; • lost and found animal service –

a guarantee that if your pet is found wearing its council identification, we will attempt to notify you; • animal management service – response to problems including reports of dog attacks or complaints about animals wandering on private property; • nuisance service – to help solve animal barking, straying and spraying problems; • assistance with trapping and impounding feral cats; • public education about responsible pet ownership; • council’s monitoring and enforcement of legislation regarding minimum animal welfare standards in animal businesses. These include pet shops, council pounds, animal welfare shelters, breeding and dog training establishments; and • general advice about pet care.

Pet owners are reminded to check their registration renewal forms to ensure their current contact details are correct. This will assist us in reuniting you with your pet if it becomes lost. “If you no longer have a pet that has been registered, for whatever reason, please advise council so that we can amend our records. Any new animals of course need to be registered as well. Visit www. or simply call 5662 9200 to find out what is required,” Mr Gardiner said. Council’s local laws officers conduct random inspections throughout the municipality to identify unregistered dogs and cats. Animal owners found with unregistered animals may be subjected to enforcement action and face ‘on the spot’ fines or potential court action.

On the job: South Gippsland Shire Council’s biodiversity officer Chris Rankin and local laws officer Clare O’Callaghan are encouraging pet owners to register their animals.

Beryl Kelly turns 100 BERYL Kelly celebrated her 100th birthday at the home of her granddaughter Andrea Curtis at Leongatha recently. Some 70 family and friends travelled from as far away as Queensland and Heytesbury for the occasion. Beryl is the mother of four: Toby of Koonwarra, Fay Cook of Ranceby, Adelyn Joy Parks of Mardan and Kathleen Nash of Queensland, and she has six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Born in 1914 to Walter and Elsie Rowe at the family home, Musgrove, Beryl was delivered by her Beryl’s paternal grandmother who acted as the district midwife. Beryl’s arrival was unique as she was the one in 80,000 baby born with a caul covering her face. This is a thin membrane like a veil. Although rarely seen, it was recognised as being significant at the time and its remnants has been kept preserved to this day. On average, only one person in 50,000 will reach the age of 100. Beryl was the fifth of eight children, arriving six months before World War One. Beryl’s mother chose Inverloch for the family’s regular summer holiday destination and they would camp in tents for three weeks near Pine Lodge. Beryl started school

at Arawata Primary and continued her schooling there until Eighth Grade. It was during her school years she strengthened her friendship with her future sweetheart, Fredrick Kelly. They would sit together in class and he always ensured her pencils were kept well sharpened. They became inseparable from an early age. Beryl completed her schooling in Eighth Grade and went on to assist her mother in the Arawata Post Office. She later went to work on the family farm, Musgrove. She helped out in the kitchen and assumed the role of making all the wedding and 21st cakes, including her parent’s 60th wedding anniversary cake and grandchildren’s wedding cakes. Fred started courting Beryl from around the age of 15. They enjoyed a seven year engagement before marrying, when she was 22. Beryl wore a white brocaded taffeta dress to her midday service at the Arawata church followed by the reception at the hall. Their honeymoon adventure included camping in a tent in East Gippsland for three weeks. On return the newlyweds made their new home at Strathblane, home of Fred’s parents, Jack and Adeline. They welcomed Beryl into their family, stating she was the daughter they never had. Beryl recalled the

Strathblane homestead cost 420 pounds to build, equivalent to $800 decimal currency. They milked 40 head of Jersey cows by hand which provided their main income. Whilst Beryl continued working on the farm, she also assumed the care of both her mother and mother in law as they became sick. Beryl’s mother Elsie flicked the switch in the Arawata hall to bring electricity to the district. In 1978 Fred and Beryl decided it was time for retirement and they sold Strathblane, and relocated to 8 Halford Street, Inverloch. During this time they took the opportunity to travel across the Nullarbor with the Cooks in their Ford with a pop-up van in tow. Fred and Beryl enjoyed nine years together at Inverloch but farm life was ever too far away as they willingly helped out both on the Loch and Mardan farms when needed. Beryl continued her love of cooking and is famous for her divine lemon butter, apple pies, blackberry jam, quince jelly, date scones, biscuits and slices, shortbread and rock cakes. She assumed her first plum pudding making at around the age of 16 and still continues to participate in this tradition every year. Every spring for many years, Beryl jet sets off to Burleigh Heads for a few

weeks to enjoy a different lifestyle with the Nashs. During these trips, she has discovered a love for shopping, music and dining out. It also gives her a valuable opportunity to see her family and grandchildren. Now Beryl enjoys her days residing with a wonderful group of friends at Carinya. Competition was high prior to her arrival as many were fighting for the poll position of being the eldest, it would seem a prestige status. Beryl’s sharp wit allows her to play along and get a little humour from their entertainment. Beryl is much loved by all her family and friends.

Much loved: centenarian Beryl Kelly.

All helps: from left, Peter Gardner, Bendigo Bank, Graeme Sennett, Gippsland Business Awards, and Sophia Cole, Bendigo Bank, at a cheque presentation for the launch of the 2014 Gippsland Business Awards.

Celebrate businesses A NEW website was unveiled at the launch of the 2014 Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards recently. The launch also signified the opening of nominations for this year. The event included an announcement of an extension of Bendigo Bank’s naming rights sponsorship for a further two years, and the launch of a new website designed and constructed by local firm and new sponsor Scribblevision. The new website incorporates an integrated entry management and judging platform, is accessible remotely from hand held devices and will enable better profiling of finalists and sponsors. Chair of the Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards, Graeme Sennett, said the new web site was a significant step forward for the awards, which will this year culminate in the gala presentation night in late August. “Through our new sponsorship arrangement with Scribblevision, we have been provided with a contemporary and state of the art web site which far exceeded our initial objectives,” Mr Sennett said. “Scibbelvision has used its specialist knowledge in website design and development to design an innovative, high-end, accessible web-site for us which will revitalise the way entrants apply for and we manage the awards. “After a consultation process with our sponsors and supporters the awards continue to refined and improved, hence the new category structure and development of the web site and an on line entry system. “We think the new website will make the Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards more accessible for a whole range of businesses from across Gippsland, and we urge all businesses to consider entering.” Entries are now open and will close in early June, giving local businesses more than two months to make their nomination. Bendigo Bank’s Sophia Cole presented a cheque for $24,200 as a part of an ongoing

sponsorship agreement that commenced in 2007. Mr Sennett said, “There are many strong synergies between Bendigo Bank and the awards. The awards are about celebrating success within the Gippsland business community and Bendigo Bank is a great example of building success within local communities.” With the support of the Bendigo Bank and the Bendigo Bank Community Bank branches, the 2013 awards enjoyed a high level of interest from the business community. There was a strong field of nominations from across the entire region and the awards night was an outstanding success with around 380 guests. Ms Cole said, “The Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards have grown in stature over the last 15 years to become the premier event on the Gippsland business calendar. “Bendigo Bank can see the value of the awards to the Gippsland Community and we continue to support the awards as they reflect Bendigo Bank’s commitment to developing positive partnerships within our home market.” Attending the launch, Morwell MP and Minister for Small Business Russell Northe announced the Victorian Government was again sponsoring the Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business awards in 2014. “The Coalition Government will support the manufacturing and fabrication category of the awards, which celebrate local business excellence, innovation, development and success,” he said. “The awards highlight successful businesses within Gippsland and help raise the profile of businesses in the region. “By showcasing businesses from across Gippsland, the awards will encourage the Gippsland residents to shop locally and take advantage of many goods and services that exist across Gippsland.” Nominations for the 2014 awards can be submitted from the Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards website at

Mayor’s message Cr Neil Rankine AT OUR meeting last week, council unanimously passed a motion to extend our position against coal seam gas (CSG, often including ‘fracking’) to include all exploration and mining of coal and unconventional gas within the shire. Bass Coast Shire has led the way advocating against coal mining and unconventional gas extraction, and back in 2012 we played a leading role in getting the government to declare a moratorium on fracking until a national framework was developed. A Gas Market Taskforce established by the Victorian Government to review the issue, presented a report in late 2013 that urged the government to actively support the development of the onshore gas industry. Our community believes this is wrong and is strongly opposed to unconventional gas extraction. In October last year, Harmers Haven declared its community CSG Free. Wattlebank and Kongwak have announced their Declaration Day on May 25, and last Thursday, the Inverloch community held a well-attended CSG information night at the hub. Communities in neighbouring shires have also taken steps to protect their envi-

ronment from the impacts of unconventional gas extraction, including Poowong, Seaspray and Mirboo North. We support our community and reflected our community’s sentiment in a submission to the Victorian Government, which ultimately seeks suspension of all exploration and mining of coal and unconventional gas. We simply cannot support activities that could have a negative impact on our pristine natural environment and premium agricultural land. Our water supplies and food production are vital for the future, not just of our shire but for the whole state. We should not put them at risk. I am personally committed to supporting our community on this matter, and so are my fellow councillors. I have written to the Premier and minister, and have sent copies of our submission to all mayors, water boards and catchment management authorities in Victoria, and will do everything in our power to continue to put forward our community’s views forcibly and effectively. A copy of our submission is available on council’s website. Thank you. Cr Neil Rankine, mayor.

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Cultural traditions unite couple MICHAEL-DAVID Krause and Saomai Tran enjoyed two days of celebrations to commemorate their marriage in March.

Country style: the rural setting of Koonwarra Cottages provided the backdrop for the wedding of Zack Trease and Skye Hanks.

They began with a traditional Buddhist wedding Vietnamese tea ceremony on Saturday, March

1, followed by a full Catholic church wedding ceremony at St Ignatius Catholic Church, Richmond on Friday, March 7. The couple are both from Melbourne. Michael is formerly of Leongatha, and is the eldest child of Laura and Michael Krause of Leongatha.

Love, family, friends ZACK Trease and Skye Hanks wed in the rustic setting of Koonwarra Cottages on January 4. Zack, a bricklayer, is the youngest son of Peter and Jane Trease of Leongatha. Skye, a hairdresser, is the only daughter of Mark and Michelle Hanks of Leongatha. The bride wore a Crystal White, one shoulder greechian style gown of satin, overlaid with silky chiffon. The veil was handmade by the bride’s grandmother Lyn Brown, and a flower in her hair was made from material from her dress by Tracey McColl. Maid of honour was the bride’s cousin, Teana Price, of Meeni-

yan, and bridesmaids were lifelong friends Amy Redmond and Hayley McAlpine, and the bride’s cousin Kate Heath, all of Leongatha. They wore coral coloured dresses in different styles. The groom’s brother Josh Trease of Leongatha was best man and groomsmen were lifelong friends Nathan Lovie and Tim Wightman, and the groom’s cousin Clint Johnston. All are from Leongatha. The best man and groomsmen wore grey shorts, leather thongs and white long sleeve shirts to match the groom. Flower girls and page boy, were the groom’s nieces and nephew, Laila Holt, Judd Holt and Piper Holt, all of Leongatha. Celebrant Cam Abood performed

the nuptials. The reception was held at Leongatha Memorial Hall, which was decorated in a rustic/antique style of black, white and hessian by the bride. The cake was made and decorated by the bride’s grandmother Marg Hanks, with fresh flowers from the groom’s grandmother’s Edna Johnston’s garden. Jesse at Flower Power supplied flowers, photos were taken by Shelley from SJP Studios and catering was undertaken by Di from 2Di4 Catering. Hair and makeup was by Hair Bairs, Leongatha. Zack and Skye enjoyed a honeymoon to Broadbeach in Queensland and have built a house in Leongatha.

Oriental touch: Michael-David Krause and Saomai Tran’s wedding celebrations started with a traditional Buddhist wedding Vietnamese tea ceremony. Active students: sports captains and vice captains at Inverloch-Kongwak Primary School, with guest speaker and badge presenter Bowen Gough and physical education teacher Jess Boyd. From left, Tristan Thomas, Michael Kennedy, Holly Hughes, Zali Anderson, Izzy Shone, Kye Benson, Tristan Donohue, Lanni Pryor, Casey Sim, Oliver Schmidt and Oliver Leys.

110 million reasons to celebrate BENDIGO Bank has opened its 300th Community Bank branch, in Port Sorell, Tasmania.

On track: library monitors at Inverloch-Kongwak Primary School, back, from left, Catey Beattie, Mia Scott, Eamonn Toomey and Jessy Sadler. Front, from left, Gabbi Elliott, Ellie Burns and Isabella Golding. Absent: Mikayla Davey. Students were presented with badges.

Right, Creative pair: Inverloch-Kongwak Primary School’s art captains, Brodee Silvester and Orana Lynch with guest speaker Bowen Gough and art teacher Sarah Reark. They received their badges recently. School captains are Briar Rose Smith and Nicholas Rigby (absent).

Saomai is the eldest child of Loan and Nyan Tran of Abbotsford. The wedding was officiated by Father Thein. Saomai wore a classic ivory satin, Audrey Hepburn style wedding gown with a bateau neckline and a full a line skirt. She carried a bouquet posey of ivory David Austin roses, peonies, freesias and dark green ivy berry leaves. The stems were bound in black and white ribbon with a diamanté brooch. Saomai was attended by Tran Dao as maid of honour and bridesmaids Inna Barac, Liya Perelman and Lorena Palma, all school and university friends. Michael was attended by school friends Lachlan Smirl as best man and groomsmen Garth Turnbull, Nikki Miller and the groom’s brother Jake-Peter Krause. The bride’s grandparents and aunt travelled from Vietnam and Canada to attend the wedding. Following the 1pm wedding ceremony, a dinner reception was held for 130 guests at Quat Quatta homestead in Elsternwick, with the highlight of the evening being the choreographed bridal dance between the bride and groom to Frank Sinatra’s The Way You Looked Tonight. Following their honeymoon in Thailand, the couple has settled into married life in their new home in Abbotsford.

The network of community owned and run branches has collectively returned more than $110 million to the communities in which they operate. The Toora and District Community Bank Branch has been part of the network since 1999 and has returned more than $717,900 to help strengthen the local community. Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s executive community engagement, Robert Musgrove, said Community Banking has revolutionised Australia’s banking system. “The Community Bank model was introduced to Australian communities in 1998 by Bendigo Bank. At the time it was working with rural communities seeking to return banking services to their towns,” he said. “The concept quickly translated to suburban and urban communities, as people living in capital cities also saw the value in partnering with our bank to establish its own branch and keep about half the revenue made off its banking business. “Community Banking is the ultimate example of a win/win partnership – the communities we partner with keep a share of the money made from their banking business and secure an income stream that empowers them to improve the places they live. “And our bank has significantly expanded and strengthened its retail network and connect with many new customers who recognise the efforts we make to share prosperity.” Community Banking has been popular in Tasmania, where eight branches have already been established with a further six communities working to open their own branch.

Promontory District Finance Group Ltd, the community company that overseas Toora and District Community Bank Branch, Foster Branch and Meeniyan Agency, chairman Robert Liley, said Community Banking has played an important role in making Corner Inlet a better place to live and work. “We have given over $717,900 back to our community, and have been a major pillar of funds towards everything from local sporting groups to the arts, as well as sponsoring community events such as the Seachange festival and the Waratah to Sandy Point Fun Run,” he said. “In the last 15 years, our funding support has made a real difference and created opportunities for committees that would not have been able to continue without our help. “It’s that kind of difference that makes banking with our Community Bank worthwhile. Can you say where your bank fees go? I can; back into our community.” Mr Musgrove said the success of the Community Bank network was testament to the effort and dedication of the communities that operate and support them. “We have almost 2000 Community Bank directors who volunteer their time to run their company. They’re supported by more than 1500 staff, 71,000 shareholders and many more customers who share the vision of using banking to make their community more successful,” he said. “They’re a driving force behind the network. These milestones have been made possible by their hard work and the support of the people who bank with their local Community Bank branch.” For more information about the Community Bank model visit www.bendigobank.

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A regional partnership with the TAC and the Victorian Government.

Bus safety boost SEATBELTS are being fitted on all new dedicated free rural and regional school buses to improve safety, Minister for Roads Terry Mulder announced recently. “This is an important Victorian Government project that builds on the significant advances we have already made with regard to school bus safety,” he said. “In order to install seatbelts on school buses as quickly as possible, Public Transport Victoria will replace 90 dedicated free school buses each year, ensuring students have safe and modern buses to get to and from school. “PTV will also retrofit 10 existing buses with seatbelts each year. These improvements will be funded by the government at no cost to the bus operator.” This new blitz on seat belts on school buses is in addition to 54 replacement school buses that have been ordered since 2013. The program will lift the percentage of school buses fitted with seat belts from 43 per cent to 70 per cent within the next five years. “The government is committed to improving the safety of the state’s fleet of dedicated free school buses,” Mr Mulder said. “I am pleased to announce local bus operators will receive a replacement or retrofitted school bus as part of this program in 2014.”

Kids at risk Stay safe: truck driver Glen Schmidtke and Vicroads road safety coordinator Alan Pincott came to Leongatha to teach young drivers to interact safely with trucks on the road.

Teens travel with trucks By Tayla Kershaw TRUCK safety was demonstrated in the Leongatha Safeway car park on Wednesday. The Australian Trucking Association set up its educational Pantech Safety Truck in Leongatha to educate young people about interacting safely with trucks on the road. This is the final leg of public awareness. The Light up my Truck campaign has been running for 10 weeks now and there has been a significant decrease in road accidents. “We urge parents to encourage their teenage learner drivers and young children too, to attend,” South Gippsland Shire Council’s road safety coordinator John Ernst said. “They can have the opportunity to sit in the

cab and get the very different perspective that a trucker has, faced with limitations of manoeuvring these massive transports that can weigh up to 30 times more than the average car. It’s one thing to understand it theoretically but another to actually experience it on the simulator.” It is vital for inexperienced drivers to have a good understanding of safe ways to share roads with trucks, as well as cars and motorcycles. Car drivers are responsible for 80 percent of fatal accidents that occur between a car and truck. “A 60 tonne truck naturally can’t stop as quickly as a car if a vehicle cuts in or brakes suddenly in front of them, and doesn’t leave adequate space for a managed response,” Mr Ernst said. “Add unforeseen hazards such as pedes-

trians and potholes and it can be a recipe for disaster.” The safety truck has been sponsored to travel across Gippsland to educate young drivers. They are warned of the dangers of tailgating and overtaking turning vehicles, and videos are available for visual reference. The tour of the truck ends with a quiz on the six available iPads to see how much teens took in. The truck driver is Glen Schimdtke who has gained his road safety knowledge through 27 years of working for a police highway patrol in New South Wales. “I find secondary school age children really respond to it,” Mr Schmidtke said. “Primary school kids learn bits and pieces but it’s the ones who are just about to get their licence who take the most from it.”

VICTORIAN paramedics were called to an alarming 620 cases of people locked in cars during the five months between September 2013 and January 2104. Recent Ambulance Victoria data reveals 99 of these incidents required treatment from paramedics and 24 were conveyed to hospital. Almost two thirds of these cases involved children under the age of 13. Local paramedic Gordon Bowman says a child’s body can’t regulate heat the same way an adult can. “People need to be very careful,” Mr Bowman said. “Children need to be taken out of cars promptly. You can only really leave them for a minute.” Mr Bowman also suggests covering the windows to protect children. Children in car seats have no ability to move out of the direct sunlight and can’t roll down the window if they feel they are becoming too hot. “People don’t realise that it only has to be 20 degrees for it to be too hot,” Mr Bowman said. “While strapped in a car, children can’t protect themselves.” Children below the age of the 13 amount to 65.7 per cent of incidents reported. The majority of incidents involve newborns or toddlers.

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HAMISH Duncan Wilson was born at Leongatha Hospital on January 24. He is the third child for Paul and Louise Wilson (formerly Brocklebank) of Korumburra. Hamish is adored by his brother and sister, twins Angus and Quinn, 23 months.

POPPY Raine Richards was born on March 22 at Leongatha MILLY Iris and Leila Renee McKinnon are twins for Scott Hospital. Poppy is a girl for Warren and Belinda of Boolarra and and Melissa of Inverloch. They were born on March 17 and are baby sisters for Matilda, 6, and Charlie, 3. a sister for Dusty, 18 months.

NIAH Elise Gow was born on March 19 at Leongatha Hospital. She is the first daughter for Murray and Kerryn of Korumburra and a sister for Ky, 5. ZARA Skye Olden was born on March 15 at Leongatha Hos- Right, HENRY John Hodson was born at Leongatha Hospital on pital to Simon and Allison of Inverloch. She has a big brother March 17. He is the third child for Brad and Robyn of Inverloch, and a brother for Macey, 4, and Amy, 1. Curtis, 21 months.

Tarwin Lower Red Cross PRESIDENT Glenda Arbuthnot welcomed everyone to the March meeting, especially Sue Flere, a new member.

Sharp putters: Tarwin Lower Primary School’s new school leaders Travis Nash (left) and Flynn Moore (right) meet Fred Flintstone on the mini golf course.

School surprises families FAMILIES at Tarwin Lower Primary School enjoyed a lovely autumn evening at the school recently. Families brought picnic rugs and hampers to share in the tranquil and peaceful setting. The newly appointed school leaders Flynn Moore and Travis Nash hosted the evening as part of their leadership duties for 2014. Both students have been at the school since Prep and will continue to be fantastic ambassadors and role models for the younger students. The school leaders welcomed all the families and thanked the Venus Bay Men’s Shed for providing their mini-golf course for all the families to enjoy. Picnic races such as: egg and spoon, obstacle, three legged races and lots more were organised by Flynn and Travis. Many families attended and delighted in the surprise that awaits the students when they return to school to attend the annual picnic. This year’s surprise was the mini-golf. Last year it was a jumping castle for the families to enjoy. Planning is well underway for next year’s surprise. The school’s next great event is on Sunday, April 20: a craft expo extravaganza organised by school council member Robyn Robinson. Eight craft stations will be set up at the school for families to enjoy. Tickets must be pre-bought as places are limited.

This was followed by the Red Cross pledge. Deb Negus, treasurer reported money had been forwarded to headquarters in Melbourne. Some of our emergency team have been attending Outreach at Morwell, visiting people to see how they are coping with the smoke and how it is affecting their health on behalf of Latrobe City Council. Guest speaker Dr Kam spoke about his career after finishing medical school. He practised in Melbourne before travelling to India to learn yoga and meditation, as he felt it would help people along with medical practices. When Dr Kam came back he went to Urapuntja Health Services, north east of Alice Springs for the next 20 years. He found it hard to leave the Aboriginal community. On return he came back to practise medical acupuncture, his passion, and now practises at Tarwin Lower Health Centre. Glenda thanked him and said he had had an interesting medical journey.

Milpara Community House news INFORMATION on our courses and activities on offer in term two at Milpara is now available on our website: au. Have a look at what is scheduled for April, May and June and let us know if you would like further information about any of these. Do you have trouble getting your children to eat nutritious foods? If you are looking for some creative and fun ways of preparing and presenting vegies, you may find the following session will help you. Cooking For Kids Food Ideas for Fussy Eaters is a course that will be running over six weeks, held on Mondays, 10am to 1pm, commencing April 28. Places are limited for this course so you will need to let us know so we can reserve your spot. Another very popular session that we are running again in term two is Understanding Teenagers. Terry Guilford is a psychologist and she is experienced in this field. We are running two sessions, one for girls being held on Wednesday, May 28, 7pm to 9pm and one for boys being held on Wednesday, June 4, 7pm to 9pm. Here is an opportunity to find out how to better deal with changes in

behaviour, moodiness, defiance, anger and loss of self esteem which adolescents may experience. During the coming term we will once again be running the one day certificate courses - Food Safety Level 1, Food Safety Supervisors, Responsible Service of Alcohol, Administration of Adrenaline for Anaphylaxis, CPR, Apply First Aid Level 2, and construction Induction (White Card). Our website has the details of the dates for each of these

courses, or call us at Milpara Community House for further details. Wednesday last week saw the Soy Wax Candlemaking class go ahead and feedback from the participants was they thoroughly enjoyed the session, the teacher was fantastic, and they want more. We will be running this class again in terms three and four, so keep watching for more information or call us to register your interest. Thank you Eimear for stepping in to take this class at such short

notice. Tai Chi for Beginners is recommencing again after a short break. Classes get underway on Tuesday, May 6, 10.30am to 11.30am. Tai chi is an excellent exercise program for balance, joints, muscles, mind and spirit. For information about any of the offered classes or courses at Milpara, please call Sandra, Leisa or Jenni on 5655 2524, or call into Milpara at 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra.

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star 30 years ago April 3, 1984 THE introduction of the $100 note has caused a rush on local banks – by people who just want to see the new money. Banks reported there had been a great demand for the notes. Most people just wanted to hold the 172mm x 82.5mm note. Scientist Sir Douglas Mawson and astronomer John Tubbutt are pictured on the note.

10 years ago March 30, 2004 AT 24 years of age, Leongatha’s Matt Stevic has

arrived at the top of his chosen sport – Australian Rules Football umpiring. On Sunday, March 28 he walked out to take charge of his first AFL Seniors match and what a baptism of fire the contest between the Western Bulldogs and the West Coast Eagles turned out to be.

5 years ago March 31, 2009 A DEAD long finned pilot whale has been found on Williamsons Beach, Wonthaggi, directly in front of the desalination plant. It is the second dead whale to have washed

up on South Gippsland beaches in the past week. The other, also a long finned pilot whale, was at Kilcunda.

1 year ago April 3, 2013 RESIDENTS and firefighters have expressed anger and disbelief at DSE’s handling of a controlled burn that razed 625 hectares of land around Hallston. The blaze threatened houses, burned grazing land, destroyed hayshed and fences. It also forced 46 residents to evacuate their homes.

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The Good Life

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment

Tom’s not too green to be Jesus TOM Green is nineteen. He’s fit and lucky because not only is he good looking but he’s blessed with an incredible voice. Tom has been cast as Jesus in Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s (WTG) upcoming rock musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. So how did a 19 year old from Wonthaggi score the gig as the Son of God when only 12 months ago, director Wayne Moloney said young Tom was just too green to play Jesus. Wayne flew off to Europe for eight weeks just before the intense pre-production planning

phase began. While Wayne was visiting the Louvre, Tom was at spin class working on his core and Wayne was eating croissants on the Champs d’Élysées. Tom was doing stomach crunches and while Wayne was on a Gondola in Venice, Tom was on the rowing machine in the gym. At the same time Tom was honing his vocal skills with Kirk Skinner, one of the state’s finest music and vocal instructors. As the musical director for JC, Kirk well understood the magnitude of the role and was keen to get Tom prepared for the audition.

Kirk said men don’t usually hit their vocal peak until at least their mid-twenties. By these accounts, casting Tom in the role of Jesus was a long shot, at 19. “He was auditioning for one of the most sought after roles in musical theatre,” Kirk said. But they were determined to give it their best shot and Tom wasn’t fazed by the prestige of the role. “Sure, Jesus is big. It’s really big. But I was determined to get the role. I worked with Kirk on my audition song for 12 months and when the time came I knew it back to front, upside down, left to right,” he said.

Tom went onto succeed in his audition. He actually mucked up his audition number, but as Wayne said Tom recovered from his error magnificently and this cemented his success. “Tom’s recovery was fantastic and at that moment I knew this man was the one. Theatre is not just about talent; it’s a lot about skill, resilience and strength of character,” Wayne said. Tom is also working closely with well known Australian actress, Rowena Wallace, who is part of the cast of Jesus Christ. Wallace has spent a life time career on stage and in television, most famously in the 1980s as Pat the Rat in the series

Sons and Daughters. ‘’Rowena’s doing characterisation work with me. We spend time going over my character, talking about it and understanding it. I am very lucky,” Tom said. The demands of the role are intense, but Tom is surrounded by support, which he is clearly grateful for. “The cast and production team have become like an extended family to me. I’m lucky too, because my dad and brother are in the production. They’re with me every step of the way,” Tom said. Jesus Christ Superstar opens on Saturday, May 24 at the Wonthaggi Arts Centre.

Ready to perform: Tom Green will play Jesus Christ in Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar in May.

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They are Yvette Coppersmith, Dagmar Cyrulla and Laith McGregor, all celebrated artists in their own right. Entry forms for the competition are due on April 9, and works are to be delivered between 9am and 11am on Wednesday, April 16 at Stockyard Gallery in Foster. The exhibition opens the following day (Thursday 17), with the winners being announced at 2.30pm on Sunday, April 27 at Stockyard Gallery. The competition is staged by the Prom Coast Arts Council. Arts council president Michael Lester said the council was excited about “these vibrant and talented judges”. “The judges are compelled by community spirit to come down our way to judge the portrait prize and attend the Great Southern Forum,” he said. “Sure, they have a weekend in the country staying at Basia Mille accommodation in Fish Creek but much of that time is travelling, the judging, the forum and the announcement of the winners the following day. “Then we send them off again with a bottle of wine from Waratah Hills Vineyard. We make them work even if it is enjoyable work!” All three judges work with portraiture.

“Our judges don’t even have to be artists but can have empathy, outlook or understanding that could make them suitable,” Lester said. “In this case however they are artists who work largely with portraiture. It will be interesting to listen to the judge’s comments when the winners are being announced on Sunday, April 27, 2.30pm at Stockyard Gallery.” Coppersmith graduated from VCA in 2001 and has exhibited in Melbourne and Sydney at Utopian Slumps, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Blindside, Metro Gallery, MOP Projects, Chalk Horse, Horus and Deloris, Gallery Ecosse, and Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects. Coppersmith has been a finalist in The Archibald, The Doug Moran, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize, RBS Emerging Artist Award, Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize, Redland Art Award, Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong Art Prize, and the winner of Inaugural Metro Art Prize. Cyrulla has studied arts at Monash University and the New York Studio School, and also in Adelaide and Sydney. She has held numerous solo exhibitions, in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Bathurst, NSW, and participated in group exhibitions across the country, most recently last year Drawing a Fundamental Liberation III at Wagner Gallery, Sydney. A winner of numerous awards, she won the

2013 Hazelhurst Art Award work on paper prize. McGregor’s practice draws on illusionary material to convey a sense of the uncanny in his work. The figures he represents are derived from both factual and fictitious realms. The qualities that result from McGregor’s practice highlight the grey areas that exist between fiction and nonfiction. McGregor has exhibited widely throughout Australia, most recently in Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria (2014), Red Queen, MONA (2013), Physical Video, Gallery of Modern Art Queensland (2012) and Freehand: Recent Australian Drawing, Heide Museum of Art, Melbourne (2010). In 2012 he won the Mornington Peninsula Contemporary Drawing Prize and also received a residency in Barcelona through the Australian Arts Council. He lives and works in Melbourne. The judges will also be at the Great Southern Forum being held at the Fish Creek Memorial Hall, 7.30pm on Saturday, April 26. “The Great Southern Forum is now a regular adjunct to The Great Southern Portrait Prize as we take advantage of having the judges present to either be one of the panel or in the audience,” Lester said. “The topic for discussion this year will be Censorship in the Arts - Do We Need It Today?. Sure to be an interesting discussion.”

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Parry who has played top level suburban football, and has been at Yarram for the past two years is a fit defender. There could be more surprises to come out of the barrel yet. The club is awaiting the arrival of a talented player in his early twenties from the Tiwi Islands whose younger brother, Jarrod Puruntatameri, is already training with the Under 18s and will add speed, strength, skill and rotations through the midfield. On Saturday, March 15 the Parrots travelled to Melbourne for a practice match against VAFA team Ajax. The game was played in extremely windy conditions which led to a scrappy match. The club won its six quarter practice match away against Stratford the following weekend quite comfortably. The practice matches have been an opportunity for Garner to implement


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Netballers will ruffle feathers “The A Grade team was runner-up last year and the B Grade team won back to back premierships,” she said. Past players such as Kate and Wendy Sperling are back from Fish Creek and the club has recruited Andrea Lynch from Yarram. Andrea is the sister of the three Lynch boys, Ashley, Nathan and Brent who have joined the Seniors’ football team this year and the partner of James Perry, who is also playing for the seniors.


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Night game excites Bulldogs ON Thursday, Korumburra/Bena Football Netball Club held a training session that saw all age groups from both the club’s codes out on the oval as one. New coach Dean Hendrikse has a long and varied Australian Rules background, all of it in the Gippsland region, beginning in Warragul where he played all of his junior football and the first seven years of his senior football. Hendrikse retired as a player in 2012 He has been either coach or assistant coach of several clubs including Pakenham, Nilma Darnum, Buln Buln, Trafalgar

and Neerim. For the last three years, Dean has been the development coach and senior assistant coach at Warragul. An active man, Hendrikse is a health and physical education teacher at Marist-Sion College, Warragul and has been involved in the Gippsland Football development program. Looking around at the assembled football and netball players and the sizeable contingent of supporters who have turned up, Hendrikse is clearly impressed by the great support the club is well known for. This rides on the back of success on the field and on the court, and Hendrikse is keen to maintain

Captain’s pick: Chris Urie sees the opportunity to experience playing for a country football club as a drawcard. “Suburban football is a bit sterile,” he said.

He’s back: coach Dean Hendrikse is pleased to have players of Paul Patterson’s calibre around.

likes of Matt Thornycroft (Hampton) and Jarrod Sergeant (Old Brighton) are prepared to come to the country to play football, Urie says, “Suburban football is a bit sterile. Amateur suburban clubs don’t have the same following as country clubs.” There is nothing ster-

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Girl power: the senior netball girls are ready for the season to start.

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club but the seniors will maintain strength by filtering junior players through the senior ranks. “We are really looking to feature our juniors and improve their skills this year,” Ms LePage said. Preseason was a success and seemed to fly by with the first game just around the corner. Molly Edwards is the girl to watch in the centre court. The 17 year old is stepping up to A Grade this season. Nikki Cengia, Jasmine Chambers and Aimee Tessari are juniors who will also be given a run in B and C grades. The A Grade side finished in fifth position and will be aiming for finals again this year. The club is also looking to improve its court and club facilities down the track.

A practice match against Warragul Industrials has left the Panthers’ playing list with injuries and they are just hoping those woes are short term. Vice president Kris Baker said, “We are aiming for finals at this stage but our blokes are getting older and the other clubs are getting stronger,” he said. “We had a great era and we are trying to give those guys who played Reserves a go in the Seniors.” Competition for Seniors selection is strong, with young players aspiring and the return of two 2012 premiership players in Xaxier Reicha and Damien Holmes, both expected to fill the half back or mid-field. Players to watch this season include Casey Wells, the younger brother of Panthers Danny and Jason Wells, whom have played for Kilcunda-Bass for the past five years. Casey is expected to play around the back pocket. Young players Nathan Milton and Corey Smith should make an impression. “We played 10 new faces in our Seniors side last year and we’ve had some good Under 18s kids come up. “Our Reserves are battling for numbers, and four of last year’s Seniors players

have left: Jimmy Evans, Brett Anthony, Matthew Hutchinson and Jared Attenborough. The Thirds side is depleted and that seems to be a common problem across the league. Dean Alger retains his spot as Seniors coach. Scott Anderson will coach Reserves, Dean Pipicelli will coach Thirds and Jai Kleevercamp will coach Fourths. The netball club is yet to appoint a senior coach after receiving no interest in the job and just four senior players have registered – one with A Grade experience – as of last week. As a result, the club looks unlikely to field an A Grade side and rather focus on B and C grades. The club’s application to forgo an A Grade

side was yet to be approved by the AFL as of last week, club president Nicole Turner said. “If that does not go through, we will be probably fill an A Grade side but after five or six rounds, we probably will not have senior players because they will have got flogged,” Turner said. The Panthers are confident of playing B and C Grade, and believe the Under 17s will succeed. Solid numbers are also in the Under 15s and 13s. “I can guarantee that our 15s and 17s will play finals,” Turner said. Jenny Edberg will coach B and C grades at this stage, while her daughter Shae will coach Under 17s. Turner will coach Under 15s.

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The turnaround is remarkable, considering the club last year applied to the Alberton Netball Association to forgo an A Grade side because of a lack of numbers and depth of players, club secretary Erin Shingleton said. “We’ve had more girls try out than we’ve ever had before,” she said. The Sea Eagles have selected a squad of 29 senior girls, with many players returning to the court after a break last year. Amy Hodge is the new A Grade coach, after moving to the area from Ellinbank near Warragul. “She has given the club new life. There is a lot more unity between the football and netball and it’s just a nice environment to be around,” Shingleton said. I-K stalwart Sindy Boyd has been named B Grade coach and is joined by C Grade counterpart Deb Griffin, Kealey Carew as coach of Under 17s, Under 15s coach Kylie Debono and Under 13s coach Rebecca Wright. The club will field an Under 11 side in the new competition this year, and that team will be coached by Kate Turner. The girls have played practice matches against Bunyip and Ellinbank. Shingleton is joined on the committee by president Shannon Burke and is anticipating strong sides in all divisions this year. At the football club, Ben Soumilas continues as Seniors coach after an impressive first year. Club president Russell Miller praised the playing coach’s communication skills, and for being “a whole club person, from the juniors to the netball”. Lucas McMillan is the biggest name player the Sea Eagles have signed. The for-

mer Stony Creek big man will most likely play full forward. “It’s been a long time since we’ve had a tall target at full forward,” Miller said. Will Hume from Nar Nar Goon will be a first class ruckman and other players are expected to boost the ranks, including Lewis Rankin who will return from Hepburn. “The biggest thing is we only look like losing one player because he may have retired and that is Adam Sadler,” Miller said. Steve Fisher will coach Reserves after coaching the Thirds for the last five years, and Shane Bertacco will take on the Thirds job, stepping up from serving as an assistant coach to the Fourths in 2013. “For the first time in five years we have 25 kids for the Thirds,” Miller said. “We’ve had 11 come from the Under 15s premiership side last year.” Simon Mullins will coach the Fourths and has his charges’ respect. Craig Reid will coach Under 13s and Under 11s coach is Brian Roylance. Under 13s and 11s numbers are solid. “Our coaching line-up is as good as I’ve seen around here,” he said. Footballers, netballers and supporters recently enjoyed a weekend away at a camp at Trafalgar. Everyone was mixed into teams and took part in adventure activities in a bid for points. Miller said the event helped promote interaction between the kids and encouraged junior players to stay and play at senior level. “Ben says a kid that is 15 is welcome to come and train with the Seniors. It’s just gives them that idea that one day they can play senior footy,” Miller said. The club now has its own smartphone app for players and supporters to keep up with club news, such as team lists and training schedules.

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“Our trainings have been really well attended,” club president Tanya Thorson said. “There’s lots of enthusiasm. “Right through all grades we’ve got good numbers.” This season, MDU will also enjoy the benefits of a court redevelopment and a new shed. Team captains have not been announced yet. Kate Lafferty is coaching A Grade and the Under 17s, Jane Harrison coaches B Grade, Tarryn Boden coaches C Grade, Jodie Arnup coaches the Under 15s and An-

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“We’ve had good, solid numbers from the word go,” club president Neil Cope said. “We’ll be fit, we’ll be competitive and hopefully we’ll have a good run with injuries.” The Seniors finished seventh in 2013, two games shy of the finals. Training sessions have only just moved back to the Stony Creek ground, which has been reseeded. Preseason training began two nights per week in January. While team captains have not yet been announced, Chris Day is the Seniors coach and Shane Moore and Michael Dyer are joint Reserves coaches. Cam Le Page is the Thirds coach, Michael Darmanin is coaching the Fourths and Peter Helms is mentoring leaders among the young players. New players include Lachie Park from Fish Creek, Mitch Green from Foster, Brendan Hay from Poowong, and Jimmy and Pat Monaghan who are back from Melbourne. Players who have left include Lucas McMillan to Inverloch, Brenton Byrnes to Tarwin and Kyle Van Der Pluym to Chirnside Park. Mr Cope named some talented players

to watch, including Cam Stone, who is back from long term injury, Luke Bowman, Eli Taylor, Tom Stone, Liam Harrington, Troy Sinclair, Wayne Stewart, Jacob Bryden and Jimmy and Pat Monaghan. New Stony Creek jumpers will be unveiled in about round four. The netball club hopes to make finals this year, after finishing seventh in 2013. “We’ve been having good numbers and good junior numbers as well,” A Grade coach Dean Cashin said. Jess Gordon is the A Grade captain, while other captains have not yet been announced. Michaela Stretton coaches B Grade and Brent Casbolt coaches C Grade. New players include Kasey McLeod, Emma Cope, Jo Dyer, Corinne Hoddinott, Rachael Frassenei, Jazlin Kelly and Cat Gennaccaro. Cindy Winker is a maybe due to injury, while Teagan Burge has gone to Queensland and others have retired. Mr Cashin named Jade Cashin and Holly Monaghan as players to watch, since they have both come up from juniors into A Grade, as well as Olivia Cope, who plays with the Southern Saints Under 19s team. Stony Creek has a new coaches’ box and umpires’ box this season, purchased through fundraising efforts and the rodeo. More netballers are welcome.

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Football club president Darren Lomax said the club has nine new players, most under 21 and from Melbourne. “We have also lost a few good players including Brendan Weston and Jack Weston, and 2013 assistant coach Brad Rooney,” he said. “Callum Van Dyke has also left to play for the East Malvern Football Club, which is a big loss for us.” This year, Shem Hawking will return as captain coach for the Seniors side, Mark Prain is coming in as Seconds coach, Thirds will be coached by Nathan Clark and Fourths by Dean Duursma. “The Seniors did not finish well last year and were outside the finals,” Lomax said. “The Seconds made the finals last year but went out early on. Numbers are looking good for the Twos, so we are hoping to have a stronger showing.” Lomax is looking forward to the season and has high hopes for the club. “We are hoping to make the finals in the Seniors, and once we have made the finals we will be able to take it from there,” he said. Lomax said the club needs to be more competitive than last year. “We hope the new signings from Melbourne will be a long term investment for the club and will be here for years to come,” he said. Foster has two night games scheduled early in the season. In round one against Toora, and in round three against Fish

Creek on Easter Saturday, which Lomax said usually draws a decent crowd. In the netball club, numbers are down compared to previous years but the clubs will still field all teams. President Deb Allott said the club was fortunate to have coach Cath Chester on their team. “She coached the Gippsland Region State League side last year to victory. That team then went on to play the Premiers’ Cup and won that as well,” she said. “Cath also coached the regional team in November which she worked really hard at. She finally got the team she wanted and they ended up state champs as well.” Chester will be coaching A Grade again this year, as well as the Under 15 side. B Grade will be coached by Anne Cowell, C grade by Deb Hams; the Under 17 team will be led by Britney McKenzie. This will be the second year for Jess Wogan-Browne coaching the Under 13 team; Deb Hams is coach of Under 11. In 2013, A Grade finished fourth, B Grade was premiers and C Grade finished just out of the finals. “We welcome back Bree Wiggins after extended maternity leave, which will be good. She will be playing with upcoming Britt Roffey and Kelsey Angwin, who both play Under 17 when needed as well as A Grade,” Allott said. The netball court at Foster has just been fitted with lights, so the club will be ready for its first night game of the season.

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Club secretary Jason Harding said the Seniors finished fourth in 2013 and are hoping to improve on that in 2014. “This year our Seniors coach is Billy Clarke, our Reserves coach is Jeremy Lawson, Thirds coach is Brett Mitchell and our Fourths coach is Barry McGannon,” he said. “We have picked up a good list of new players including Robbie Smith, Luke Damon, Shane Urbans, Ben Graham, Ashley Snooks, Justin Smith, Josh Beard, Matt Hill, Toby Goss, Isaac McCallum, Daniel Hawking, Todd Mackie, Charlie Batten, Craig Blackberry, Jasper Macri, Matthew Harris and Sam McGannon. “That has been balanced by the loss of Callan Park, Lachlan Park, Steven Blencowe, Jordan Shaw, Jake Staley, Tim Woodall, Dale Hanratty, Dalton Clearihan Jervies, Dirk Mullhollond, Tyler Smith and Harrison McGannon.” Mr Harding said there are several players to watch on the field this year including Gus Staley, Kieren Byers, Bailey Harfield Park, Jack Flanders, Ethen Park and Gareth Park. “The club has been improved with the addition of an amazing new big, electronic color scoreboard with replay ability,” Harding said. “It was kindly donated by the late John Lea and hence named the John Lea Memorial Scoreboard. “Sponsorship packages for scoreboard advertising are available through the club for home and also for away club businesses during their trip to Terrill Park. “We also had new drainage installed through the ground.” Harding said pre season training has so far been positive with good numbers. “We also have nine boys involved in Gippsland Power trials right up until final cut stages,” he said. Fish Creek Netball Club

Richards has returned to play after a number of years off and it will great to see her athletic ability back on the court. “We have very committed senior coaches who began weekly preseason fitness training back in February and the seniors have been training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for some weeks now. “We have a number of players who are attending university studies or reside in Melbourne but will play for our club this season and so we greatly value their dedication and commitment to our club.” Tracy said last year, A Grade was defeated in the preliminary final in extra time. “We are excited about our prospects of achieving even better results this year with a quality list of players,” Tracey said. “B Grade made it to the grand final last season, but was defeated by Foster and is determined to get to there again this year with what looks like being a very talented team. “We believe all grades are fielding some very strong teams this season and are expecting some great results.”


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“Coaches for the 2014 season are Justin Mills for the Seniors, Craig Jenkins for the Reserves, Brandon Scammell for the Thirds and Troy Johnston for the Fourths,â€? club secretary Tara Hollier said. “Our captains are Linden Dyson for the Seniors, Jason Jolly for the Reserves, Thirds is still to be announced and Tristan Koolen will lead the Fourths.â€? New players to the Seniors this year include Justin King, Dirk Mulholland, Michael O’Sullivan, Jonathan Pintus, Ben Vardy, Dale Hanratty and Evan Stuchberry. Reserves, Thirds and Fourths have also recruited new names. Hollier said players to watch this season include Justin King, Justin Mills, Matt Harris, Jarryd Bloink, Michael O’Sullivan, Evan Stuchberry and Brandon Scammell, “The Seniors ďŹ nished second bottom last year, with several close losses,â€? Hollier said. “We hope this year to continue to build on the team improvement, morale and respect for ourselves and our club with a strong belief our win-loss ratio will be much better than the last few years.â€? The club has beneďŹ tted from a new electronic scoreboard, which Hollier said should be running at the ďŹ rst home game. “Preseason training has been well

attended since November. A training weekend in February at Waratah Bay was a terriďŹ c team building exercise as well as a great workout. Numbers at training have been consistently growing,â€? Hollier said. Toora netball club secretary Megan Shellcot said 2014 is looking to be a great year for the club. “A Grade ďŹ nished somewhere in the lower end of the ladder last year, but with such a strong team this year I am predicting top half, if not in the ďŹ nals,â€? she said. “We have been getting great numbers every Thursday night for training, and have been focusing on our ďŹ tness and skills with some different drills and routines.â€? Carla Jenkins will coach A Grade, Sarah Stone will be coaching B Grade and Sinead Hilder will be coaching C Grade. Under 17s will be coached by Sharelle Roberts, Under 15s by Emily Allott and Under 13s by Ebony Clavarino. “We are lucky enough to have Carla Jenkins, Emily Allott, Sharelle Roberts, Darcy Clearihan-Jervies, Kelly Garland, Belinda Crawford and Shannon Leggett coming from various clubs to Toora, which is a great win for us,â€? Shellcot said. “We also have quite a few girls returning after a few years off, including Michelle Bacon, Jade Storr and Bec Shanks.â€? Shellcot thinks all Toora’s players are worth watching. Toora’s court area is nearing completion, with the recent additions of some signs and a new scoreboard.

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Bulldogs set to bark PHILLIP Island Football Club hopes to play in the finals this year. “We’re hoping for at least a top four finish. The feeling amongst the people in our football operations is there’s a good group of guys who’ve come through,” club secretary Steven Porter said. “We’ve beefed up our forward line and in the middle.” “Hopefully that will make a difference between where we

were last year and where we are this year.” Brendan Kimber will coach the Seniors, while Scott Huther coaches the Reserves, Brad Drew the Under 18s and Zach Wagner the Under 15s. Captains for the sides have not been appointed yet. The side has put in a funding application for new change rooms. Preseason training began in late 2013 and has continued in

the new year. “The guys put in a number of training sessions before Christmas,” Porter said. “They have been training very well, with good numbers at training.” There’s a good feeling at Phillip Island Netball Club this season. “Overall the netball is looking strong,” A Grade coach Kasey Beattie said. “We are hoping to continue

our form from last year and we aim to make finals.” The A Grade team is staying stable, with seven players returning from the nine who played in 2013. Bree Rutherford and Lawri Piera are not returning due to family and travel. “We will miss their experience on court but are hoping to give junior netballers the opportunity to play in A and B Grades this year to develop their net-

lip Island Football Netball Club secretary Steven Porter said. “They certainly seem to be a motivated group. They would be hoping for a top four finish.” Porter explained the club has plans in place to improve its facilities. “We will be upgrading the courts to comply with Netball Victoria’s guidelines in terms of runoff,” Porter said. The work will take place later in the year.




ball,” Beattie said. The Phillip Island players this year are Mel Kalis, Ash Bell, Diddy Cuthbertson, Amber Formosa, Kate Sidebottom, Tessa Johnson, Kasey Beattie and Bridget Turner. Anne Duyker will coach the B Grade netballers while Rosemary Semple coaches C Grade. Preseason training has gone well. “They started a little bit earlier than they normally do,” Phil-

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Welcome back: promising junior Ben Ellen (left) congratulates new Sharks coach Hayden Browne on his appointment.

Browne returns to Sharks A HOMEGROWN favourite has returned to take the helm at Tarwin Lower Football Club this season. Hayden Browne – a two time Seniors best and fairest winner – has been named Seniors coach. Browne returns to the Sharks after playing with Leongatha for the last three years. Before his stint with the Parrots, he played with Southport in the North East Australian Football League – also named the Sharks and one of the most successful clubs in Queensland. Browne played with the Parrots before heading interstate and will take over the Tarwin coaching role from the retiring Brett O’Halloran. Club co-president Frank Keily is hopeful about season 2014. “Hayden has brought a few locals back and things are looking pretty good for the season. I’m pretty confident that we can be a vast improvement,” he said, adding the Seniors finished eighth last year, with many injuries resulting in 46 players rotating through the Seniors

playing list. “Hayden is a fresh face and he’s enthusiastic and he’s very competitive. “He’s popular, has a lot of respect from his peers and he’s a good footballer.” Browne played all his junior football at Tarwin Lower and several senior games before moving on in his late teens to further his football. He will take to the field as a playing coach and will most likely play in the middle or half back. He brings with him brothers John and Stuart Kilsby from Leongatha, and Brenton Byrnes from Stony Creek as players, and several other youngsters as helpers around the club. Keily praised O’Halloran’s contribution to the club. “He did a fantastic job for us over the past two years and he’s a terrific bloke,” Keily said. Keily shares the presidency with Anthony Hullick, and they will be joined by longstanding secretary Kieran O’Loughlin and treasurer Rod Holm. Captains are yet to be appointed. Tom Giroud will coach the Reserves,

Paul McRae the Thirds and Mark Garnham the Fourths. “Seniors numbers are really good, the Thirds are okay and in the Fourths, we need more, which is always the case but we do always get there,” Keily said. The netball club has recruited six new senior girls while retaining many faithful Sharks. The club has so many players it will be able to field seven sides this year, including Under 11s. Netball president Di Bell said Mark Garnham will coach A and B Grades, while Rachel Cameron will coach C Grade. Laura Browne is coaching Under 17s, Emma Wilson Under 15s, Elicia Garnham Under 13s, and Under 11s will be shared by Amanda Cann and Laurissa Falls, who will also lead the club’s Net Set Go coaching program for players aged five to 10. “Hopefully all seniors will be in A line dresses this year, giving more of a modern look,” Bell said. The netball club will erect seating on the other side of the court later in the year.

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“Players will be given more latitude for physical contact in marking contests, otherwise it’s the same old same old,” he said. “Although our numbers are good we would love some more especially goal umpires and kids for the boundaries.” Boundary umpires have to be a minimum of 12 years old and are paid $45 a match. The recent visit of AFL field umpires to the district was great exposure for umpiring. New umpires start out wearing a green shirt which is a signal to players and spectators, “Hands off, no sledging at all.” Sholtz confessed umpires need a thick skin at times. Coming off the oval at the end of a match, an umpire can sometimes feel that he (or she) hasn’t done his best job. “Colleagues will provide positive feedback, constructive criticism, and it is more important to push the good points,” Sholtz said. The umpires train at the velodrome every Wednesday night and they demonstrate high fitness. The group is tight knit and supportive, and the coach emphasises improvements in personal fitness over the course of the year. “It is not about being fitter than the next man, it is about being your fittest,” Sholtz said. Cameron Trewin is in Year 10 at the Korumburra Secondary College. Supremely fit, Trewin is a long distance runner. He is one of the new crop and is beginning his fourth year on the boundary. Trewin was inspired by

a mate’s dad who was an umpire, “and to get fit, have fun and make money”. “Players can get a bit narky at you at times if you give a wrong call but you just get on with it.” Trewin has no specific goal to be an AFL umpire but will see where it takes

him. As coach Sholtz said, “This is where the pathway to the top begins.” The process involves nomination and selection. The talented are invited to join the VFL squad and umpire the pre-season AFL competition.

On the up: Cameron Trewin practices his throw-in at umpires’ training.


ALBERTON Football Netball League umpires’ coach, Gary Sholtz, said no big surprises are in store for players or fans this season.

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Round 1: April 5 Kilcunda-Bass v I-K Dalyston v Fish Creek Phillip Island v Kor-Bena Foster v Toora (Night) Tarwin v MDU Stony Creek - Bye (DW) Round 2: April 12 Fish Creek v Kilcunda-Bass Kor-Bena v Dalyston (Night) I-K v Phillip Island Toora v Stony Creek MDU v Foster Tarwin - Bye Round 3: April 19 Easter Saturday Foster v Fish Creek (Night) Dalyston v Kilcunda-Bass Phillip Island v Stony Creek I-K v Kor-Bena MDU - Bye Tarwin - Bye Toora - Bye Round 4: April 26 Kilcunda-Bass v Kor-Bena Dalyston v Phillip Island Fish Creek v I-K Stony Creek v MDU

Round 6: May 10 Fish Creek v Phillip Island Stony Creek v Foster Tarwin v Toora Kilcunda-Bass - Bye Dalyston - Bye I-K - Bye Kor-Bena - Bye MDU - Bye (DW) Round 7: May 17 Dalyston v Stony Creek Fish Creek v Tarwin I-K v MDU Foster v Kilcunda-Bass Toora v Kor-Bena Phillip Island - Bye (DW) INTERLEAGUE - May 24 Round 8: May 31 Kor-Bena v Tarwin Phillip Island v Toora Dalyston v Foster Stony Creek v I-K MDU v Fish Creek Kilcunda-Bass - Bye (DW) Round 9: June 7 Kilcunda-Bass v Stony Creek Kor-Bena v Foster Phillip Island v MDU Tarwin v Dalyston Fish Creek v Toora I-K - Bye (DW)

Round 10: June 14 MDU v Dalyston Stony Creek v Fish Creek Tarwin v I-K Foster v Phillip Island Toora v Kilcunda-Bass Kor-Bena - Bye (DW) Round 11: June 21 I-K v Toora Tarwin v Kilcunda-Bass MDU v Kor-Bena Phillip Island - Bye Stony Creek - Bye Fish Creek - Bye Foster - Bye Dalyston - Bye (DW) Round 12: June 28 Kilcunda-Bass v MDU Kor-Bena v Stony Creek Phillip Island v Tarwin Foster v I-K Toora v Dalyston Fish Creek - Bye (DW) Round 13: July 5 I-K v Kilcunda-Bass Fish Creek v Dalyston Kor-Bena v Phillip Island Toora v Foster MDU v Tarwin Stony Creek - Bye (DW) Round 14: July 12 Kilcunda-Bass v Fish Creek Dalyston v Kor-Bena Phillip Island v I-K Stony Creek v Toora Foster v MDU Tarwin - Bye (DW) Round 15: July 19 I-K v Fish Creek MDU v Stony Creek Tarwin v Foster Kor-Bena - Bye (DW)

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Round 2: April 12 Buln Buln v Ellinbank Longwarry v Nilma-Darnum Neerim South v Nyora Poowong v Dusties

Round 12: July 5 Dusties v Ellinbank Longwarry v Buln Buln Nyora v Nilma-Darnum Poowong v Neerim South

Round 3: April 26 Anzac Weekend Buln Buln v Dusties Ellinbank v Nyora Longwarry v Poowong Neerim South v Nilma-Darnum

Round 13: July 12 Ellinbank v Poowong Neerim South v Longwarry Nilma-Darnum v Dusties Nyora v Buln Buln

Round 4: May 3 Dusties v Neerim South Nilma-Darnum v Ellinbank Nyora v Longwarry Poowong v Buln Buln Round 5: May 10 Buln Buln v Longwarry Ellinbank v Dusties Neerim South v Poowong Nilma-Darnum v Nyora Round 6: May 17 Buln Buln v Nilma-Darnum Longwarry v Dusties Neerim South v Ellinbank Poowong v Nyora Round 7: May 31 Dusties v Poowong Ellinbank v Buln Buln Nilma-Darnum v Longwarry Nyora v Neerim South Round 8: June 7 Ellinbank v Longwarry Neerim South v Buln Buln Nilma-Darnum v Poowong Nyora v Dusties Round 9: June 14 Buln Buln v Nyora Dusties v Nilma-Darnum Longwarry v Neerim South Poowong v Ellinbank Round 10: June 21 Buln Buln v Dusties Nilma-Darnum v Neerim South Nyora v Ellinbank

Round 14: July 19 Buln Buln v Neerim South Dusties v Nyora Longwarry v Ellinbank Poowong v Nilma-Darnum Round 15: July 26 Dusties v Longwarry Ellinbank v Neerim South Nilma-Darnum v Buln Buln Nyora v Poowong Round 16: August 2 Dusties v Buln Buln Ellinbank v Nyora Longwarry v Poowong Neerim South v Nilma-Darnum Round 17: August 9 Buln Buln v Ellinbank Longwarry v Nilma-Darnum Neerim South v Nyora Poowong v Dusties Round 18: August 16 Dusties v Neerim South Nilma-Darnum v Ellinbank Nyora v Longwarry Poowong v Buln Buln

WEST FIXTURE Round 1: March 29 Cora Lynn v Bunyip Catani v Lang Lang Garfield v Nar Nar Goon Kooweerup - bye Round 2: April 5 Kooweerup v Cora Lynn Bunyip v Catani

Lang Lang v Garfield Nar Nar Goon - bye Round 3: April 12 Nar Nar Goon v Catani Bunyip v Kooweerup Lang Lang v Cora Lynn Garfield - bye

Kooweerup v Nar Nar Goon Bunyip v Lang Lang Catani - bye Round 13: July 5 Catani v Cora Lynn Garfield v Kooweerup Nar Nar Goon v Bunyip Lang Lang - bye

Round 4: April 25 Anzac Day Cora Lynn v Nar Nar Goon Kooweerup v Lang Lang April 26 Catani v Garfield Bunyip - bye

Round 14: July 12 Kooweerup v Catani Bunyip v Garfield Lang Lang v Nar Nar Goon Cora Lynn - bye

Round 5: May 3 Garfield v Cora Lynn Nar Nar Goon v Kooweerup Lang Lang v Bunyip Catani - bye

Round 15: July 19 Cora Lynn v Bunyip Catani v Lang Lang Garfield v Nar Nar Goon Kooweerup - bye

Round 6: May 10 Cora Lynn v Catani Kooweerup v Garfield Bunyip v Nar Nar Goon Lang Lang - bye

Round 16: July 26 Kooweerup v Cora Lynn Bunyip v Catani Lang Lang v Garfield Nar Nar Goon - bye

Round 7: May 17 Catani v Kooweerup Garfield v Bunyip Nar Nar Goon v Lang Lang Cora Lynn - bye

Round 17: August 2 Nar Nar Goon v Catani Bunyip v Kooweerup Lang Lang v Cora Lynn Garfield - bye

Round 8: May 31 Bunyip v Cora Lynn Lang Lang v Catani Nar Nar Goon v Garfield Kooweerup - bye

Round 18: August 9 Cora Lynn v Nar Nar Goon Kooweerup v Lang Lang Catani v Garfield Bunyip - bye

Round 9: June 7 Queen’s Birthday Cora Lynn v Kooweerup Catani v Bunyip Garfield v Lang Lang Nar Nar Goon - bye

Round 19: August 16 Garfield v Cora Lynn Nar Nar Goon v Kooweerup Lang Lang v Bunyip Catani - bye

Round 10: June 14 Catani v Nar Nar Goon Kooweerup v Bunyip Cora Lynn v Lang Lang Garfield - bye Round 11: June 21 Nar Nar Goon v Cora Lynn Lang Lang v Kooweerup Garfield v Catani Bunyip - bye Round 12: June 28 Cora Lynn v Garfield

Round 20: August 23 Cora Lynn v Catani Kooweerup v Garfield Bunyip v Nar Nar Goon Lang Lang - bye Round 21: August 30 Catani v Kooweerup Garfield v Bunyip Nar Nar Goon v Lang Lang Cora Lynn - bye Easter - April 19 no games Interleague - May 24 no games

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - PAGE 41



Triple offer

Page 46

Leongatha South

MEENIYAN FANTASTIC POSITION, LARGE BLOCK Comfortable low maintenance home right in town. Lounge with r/c cooling & solid fuel heater. Country kitchen, dining room, 3 BRs with BIRs. Side veranda with shades for added privacy. Rear lane access to large yard, double garage & 2 years supply of fire wood. Plenty of solar-panels, sunny 1,640 m 2 (approx.) block. An eco-friendly property. Suit those wanting space.


Insight INS2200090

KARDELLA OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS ON 1 ACRE Delightful well-cared for 3 BR home on 1 acre with over 150 established fuschia bushes. Existing nursery infra- structure of numerous hot/ shade houses, igloos, propagation shed & watering systems in place to start up a nursery/ additional income producer. Handy highway exposure close by. Excellent shedding for tradesmen: 4-bay carport, lock-up garage, 2-bay machinery shed & huge lockable work-shop. Would suit small business operation too(STCA.)




Live a healthy lifestyle. 2½ acres of natural bushland. Sunfilled, low maintenance home with instant appeal. Open plan living & 3 BRs, all with pleasant outlooks. Solar panels, solid fuel heater & split–system inverter. Decked outdoor living area. Fenced section for pets, chooks, vegie patch. Combination of modern eco-friendly home in a lovely natural setting.

3 BR / 2 bathroom fully renovated country home captures light & garden vistas. 2 generous open living areas. Large shed/ workshop. Botanic wonderland on 4 magnificent acres. 2 dams, 3 paddocks, 150 fruit trees, native plantation, arboretum, house gardens & vegie patch. Be self- sufficient! Just minutes from town. A very special property.


$480,000 neg.

Lindsay Powney 0428 515 103

Robyn Powney 0488 454 547

5 McCartin Street LEONGATHA

5662 2220

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Good starter A

LL the hard work is done with solid brick home boasting a brand new kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a new bathroom with deluxe spa bath. The home is heated by a huge wood heater, floor heating throughout plus a reverse cycle air conditioner. The master bedroom is quite spacious and has a large bank of built in

robes. The home has also been retiled right through the kitchen/dining, bathroom and the laundry. A gas boosted solar hot water service is an added feature. Outside has a large covered barbecue area adjoining the lock up garage. The backyard is accessible through a gate ideal if you have a caravan or boat. Ideal for an investment property or retiree.

LEONGATHA 4 Gibson Street Stockdale and Leggo Leongatha Mick Hanily 0417 311 756





MIRBOO NTH 1095 Boolarra Sth Mirboo Nth Road Stockdale & Leggo Mirboo North Natalie Couper 0428 941 541



Peaceful and private L

OCATED within a short drive of the quaint Mirboo North township is this stunning home set on 10 acres. The home boasts peaceful views of rural land and native eucalypts.

Head down the driveway you will be greeted by grand old oaks trees and a house that blends well with earthy tones into the surroundings. Inside the home the sense of calmness greets you at the front door, the use natural materials of

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raw wooden beams, stone flooring, rendered mud brick walls and the neutral color palette are complimented by the large floor to ceiling windows and cathedral ceilings offering a feeling of warmth and light. The home comprises three generous bedrooms all with built in robes, master with a walk in robe and ensuite and a study that could easily lend itsself to a fourth bedroom. The main bathroom has a separate shower and a lovely old claw foot bath is the perfect place to soak away the day’s worries. The house is centered around the living space with an open dining, sitting area, lounge and a brand new kitchen complete with electric cook top, wall oven, large pantry and smart storage draws. The lounge is the ideal place to read the paper in front of the cozy

wood heater. A touch of local history are the stand out features of this home with a working antique telephone and candelabras from the Mirboo North post office. Outside there is an attached double carport and verandas on both side of the home, offering the perfect place to sit and watch the sunset. The house is set amongst a park like setting of established trees, low maintenance gardens and clear open spaces that could easily be fenced off to house a few cows and the family horse. The large orchard, abundance of room for a veggie patch and endless bore water make sustainable living easy. An added bonus to the property is a large shed with workshop and a handy enclosed storage area inside complete with electricity and concrete flooring.



“THE STAR”, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - PAGE 43

Michael Hanily 0417 311 756

Jason Harris 0417 640 079

Mike West 0409 583 692

Natalie Couper 0428 941 541




Mirboo North



Beautifully renovated 3-4 BR home with original features ? 2 living areas, Baltic pine floorboards, RC/AC plus 3 x OFPs ? U/cover area, man cave/4th BR plus a 5m x 6m shed ?

102 McCartin Street, Leongatha $375,000 4







145 Gooleys Lane, Dumbalk AUCTION: Friday, May 9, 11am on site

Well maintained home, 3-4 BRs, beautiful polished floors Large sunken lounge, great kitchen, SS A/C & spa bath Single carport, rear paved area & under house storage

31 Blackmore Avenue, Leongatha $255,000 4

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Long established business with a strong clientele base Very affordable opportunity for the right person Located on a prominent corner with IGA car park

9 Lyon Street, Leongatha $67,500 Sole Agent


2 storey home on approx 62 Acres with wonderful views 5 BRs, ensuite, open plan living, 2 bay garage with studio 4 paddocks, 5 dams, new fencing & approx 10 acres of bush

1192 Boolarra-Mirboo Nth Rd, Boolarra $675,000 Sole Agent 5 2

2.75 Acres plus well maintained home with new roof Freshly painted outside, updated kitchen 3 paddocks, orchard, 4 sheds, 5 tanks & amazing views


? Californian bungalow, only a short walk to town centre 4 BRs, high ceilings, spacious living areas, timber kitchen ? ? RC air cond, OFP, great back yard with rear lane access

17 Young Street, Leongatha $249,000

Spacious 4 BR home with garden views on 10 Acres Large living, huge games room & formal dining Outdoor ent. area, great shedding and large dam

5662 5800 15 Bair Street, Leongatha


2090 Foster Mirboo Rd, Mirboo $295,000 Sole Agent 3



Peaceful 3 Acre parcel with a current planning permit ? 5 Acre River lease, frontage to entire northern boundary ? River frontage provides privacy – build your dream home ?

135 Koonwarra-Inverloch Rd, Koonwarra $560,000 Sole Agent 4 2



Farmers Road, Dumbalk North $175,000 Sole Agent

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Maintained 3 BR home, spacious lounge with SFH & RC/AC Rear lane access to bungalow, double carport & garage Development site of 1214m2 suitable for 4 units (STCA)

4 Jeffrey Street, Leongatha $325,000 Sole Agent



Substantial weatherboard home on a great 2427m2 block Great location - development site for up to 8 units (STCA) Could produce a handy rental income until you build the units


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5 Jeffrey Street, Leongatha $329,000 Sole Agent

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37 Young Street, Leongatha $429,000 Sole Agent

53 Koonwarra Road, Leongatha 3 $255,000 Sole Agent


Beautifully presented Edwardian home with new roof & neat paintwork inside & out Baltic pine boards throughout, large lounge & kitchen/dining with timber doors Large double carport, LU shed & rear lane access – all on a massive 1350m2 block


3 BRs, renovated bathroom, ensuite, high ceilings Outdoor living area, chook pen & plenty of backyard Adjoining block available bringing land to 1440m2

Solid home ideal for the young family looking to expand 3 large bdrms, 2 living areas, open kitchen/meals Lock up garage, single carport & room for a van, boat, etc


30 Parr Street, Leongatha NEW PRICE $359,000 Sole Agent

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Stunning renovated family home, impeccable presentation, 4 bedrooms, ensuite Open plan living, new red gum polished boards, huge kitchen, SF heating, RC a/c Beautiful covered deck with bistro blinds, large double carport plus large LU shed


24 Allison Street, Leongatha $290,000 Sole Agent




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Solid BV home on a much sought after corner block 2 BRs, BIRs, galley kitchen/meals & lounge with RC/AC Rear enclosed sunroom, double LU garage, enclosed yard

54 Horn Street, Leongatha $250,000 Sole Agent


50 stand rotary dairy with automatic cup removers & 17,500 litre milk vat Machinery sheds, calf shed & workshop, capable of milking up to 450 cows Comfortable 4 BR home & study. 6 titles, 45 paddocks, drought proof water supply


Neat home with handy bungalow, located close to schools 2 BRs, polished timber floors, spa bath, nth facing sunroom Triple carport, enclosed backyard, veggie patch & workshop

5 Giles Street, Mirboo North $240,000 Sole Agent

96 Ridgway, Mirboo North



5668 1300


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Contemporary family home D ESIGNED and built by the current owner to accommodate extended family or holiday accommodation, this contemporary modern home is located in a quiet Inverloch Estate. The entry hall opens into the large

open plan kitchen/dining/lounge, which features sweeping cathedral ceilings, gas cooking, and electric heating. Adjoining is the fourth bedroom or office, and master bedroom with a lovely ensuite including large bath. Still under roof line yet at the other end of the home, an additional two bedrooms are separated by a family room and second bathroom. Ideally set up for extended

family, or holiday accommodation this area of the home is separate and private from the kitchen area. Both living rooms are easily accessed via the excellent outdoor undercover patio, which would be ideal for entertaining. This is property that is best inspected to appreciate its versatility and privacy.

INVERLOCH 12 Melaleuca Mews Elders Leongatha Don 0417 805 312 Zel 0438 636 290





Love where you live T

HE current owners fell in love with this home, and it’s not hard to see why.

To arrange an inspection or for more information, call Andrew, Peter or Alan on 5662 0922. Come and share the love.

From the front picket fence through to the backyard, this house has character and charm throughout. You’ll love the polished hardwood floors, the provincial style kitchen, the original open fire places, one with a gas log heater, and the decorative plaster ceiling panels, as well as the modern conveniences of air conditioning, a second toilet and shower, and a double garage. Centrally located, it’s an easy walk to the main street, the schools and the medical centres.

LEONGATHA 17 Ogilvy Street Alex Scott and Staff Leongatha 5662 0922





GLENYS FOSTER BARRY REDMOND SARAH PRICE 0477 622 298 0477 622 292 0439 885 078 NEW LISTING


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3 B/R brick home with plenty of living space Ducted heating, RC/AC, updated kitchen, 2 bthrms 1213m2 corner block, walking distance of schools









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4 bdrm on a 950m² block on a very quiet street 2 separate living zones & superb alfresco dining area Rural views and easy to maintain garden

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BV 3 bdrms with BIR's master with ensuite. Separate lounge room with solid wood heater. BBQ area, workshop, dble carport, under cover shed


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Excellent building site with outstanding views Excellent pasture, 2 main paddocks, watered by dams. Corner block with power, 2 road frontages








? 1 acre (approx) block, gorgeous setting with 2 bdrm cottage ? Open plan living with sun room & doors to the verandah ? Ideal place to renovate, built in the 1970's timber floors

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968m² block boasting 4 big bdrms, 2 bthrms, 3 toilets. Double glazed windows, ducted natural gas heating Professionally sound proofed for a cinema room.

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Exquisite residential building block comprising 5423m² Ideal building site to capture the views Easy walking distance to schools & sporting facilities


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Neat unit within walking distance to all facilities 2 bdrooms, open plan living, breakfast bar, RC/AC Single garage, rear yard offering great privacy.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - PAGE 45



Seize the opportunity


HE Latin poet Horace wrote an ode called Carpe Diem, simply meaning to make the utmost of a particular point in time and translating to seize the day.

Seize the day you can with this stunning lifestyle property on the fringe of the thriving township of Leongatha. The Elms at seven Davis Court is located within three kilometres of the central part of this burgeoning regional town, with its wealthy commercial hub, new regional hospital, medical centres, gym and aquatic facilities, TAFE, primary schools, and secondary schools. On offer here are three and a half acres of botanic beauty with landscaped gardens and lawns, meandering pathways, majestic Elm trees, garden gazebo, heated in ground pool and

an established vineyard producing three varieties of red wine grapes. A substantial brick home nestles within these garden surrounds, and Davis Court is a quiet enclave of small acreage and true lifestyle properties on the edge of town. The well appointed brick home offers five large bedrooms and an adjoining home office, as well as three bathrooms and two living spaces. Contained within the home is a separate wing with two bedrooms, a small sitting room and a luxury bathroom with spa bath and garden window, ideal as guest accommodation or private accommodation for the extended family. An added bonus is the 18 solar panels that generate 2.5 kilowatts of solar power directly connected into an electricity grid and the additional solar panels heat the in ground pool.

A climate controlled cellar room is located within the shedding complex, and there are fenced vegetable gardens, a mature orchard and a chicken run adjoining the small vineyard. The Elms offers three and a half acres of prime red soils, superb location, town water, impressive gardens, small vineyard, massive infrastructure, and a lifestyle opportunity with a realistic asking price. Contact Deni Lisle for more information.

LEONGATHA 7 Davis Court Garth Lisle San Remo Deni Lisle 5678 5878

$669,000 5

Andrew Newton 0402 940 320


Alan Steenholdt 0409 423 822

Peter Dwyer 0428 855 244

Carly Hurst 0417 382 979

5662 0922 45 Bair Street LEONGATHA




Friday April 11, 2014 at 1pm on site

Friday April 11, 2014 at 1pm on site

Friday May 2, 1pm at Fish Creek Town Hall

Friday May 2, 1pm at Fish Creek Town Hall





“VIVALEIGH” is one of the districts earliest homesteads on 82 productive flat acres. ! 3 Bedroom W/B home ! Outstanding character of the era ! “Renovators Dream” ! Would make an ideal weekend retreat or permanent residence. ! Includes disused dairy, stockyards and loading race ! 5 minutes drive to the seaside - village of Port Welshpool.

If you are looking for a turnout block in the Welshpool area, then you must inspect this property. ! 145 flat to gently undulating acres with some bush ! Sandy loam soils watered by dams ! Currently being run as a dairy support property with dairy heifers, plus harvesting silage and hay for the main dairy. ! 5 minutes drive to the seaside village of Port Welshpool. ! This property is opposite the 82 acres with home that is also being offered by auction. TERMS 10% DEPOSIT, BALANCE 60 DAYS

Located in the heart of dairy country, on offer is a 315 ac undulating dairy farm with an abundance of water! ! Outstanding water – 217 meg water licence ! 34 unit dairy with cup removers ! 2 family homes ! Large machinery shed & various hay sheds ! Central laneways, stock yards & loading race ! Gently undulating country throughout ! Minute's drive from the township of Fish Creek.

318 Acres of prime grazing land with outstanding licenced water storage. ! Massive water storage dams with 89meg licence ! 4 bedroom family home ! Various machinery and hay sheds ! Central laneways, stock yards & loading race ! Undulating country throughout with some bush ! Central to Meeniyan, Foster & Buffalo







Saturday May 3rd, 2014, 11am on site







• 4br + Bungalow with RC/AC, new wood heater • Double garage, 6m x 10m shed • Decks & verandah’s on 3 sides. 3 paddocks & dam

• 2 year old home on 1.5 acres • 3 bedroom + study • Walking distance to shops

• Beautifully restored Californian Bungalow • 1300m² block with rear lane access • Ideally located family home.

OFFERS OVER $490,000






• 6 bedroom homestead, formerly a bush hospital • Plus studio, formerly Hallston State School • Picture perfect rural aspect - approx 2 acres

• Ideal 1st home buyer or investor • 3 bedrooms, undercover entertaining • 3 bay open shed, workshop, garage

• Classic 3 bedroom Edwardian home • Ducted natural gas + 2 original fireplaces • 2 carports, office, bungalow & workshop



REDUCED TO $375,000



'COTTONTREE' - Outstanding grazing property just min's from Leongatha. Undoubtedly one of the best properties for its size to come on the market in recent times. ! As new 4 bedroom home. 2 bathrooms. VIEWS! ! Grazing paddocks with 2 road frontages ! 105 acres on title plus 7 acre road lease ! 7 dams, stock yards, storage shed, excellent tracks & fencing. An inspection will impress! TERMS 10% DEPOSIT, BALANCE 60 DAYS


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Three Springs on offer Lot 1 HIS exceptional architectural designed residence is sitting on 40.5 acres, located to maximise the panoramic views.


The home comprises four spacious bedrooms, master bedroom with ensuite, two bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows that

capture the expansive views over Leongatha and to the Baw Baw Mountains. A central open fire place provides a cosy and warm feeling and is supported by a reverse cycle air conditioner. French doors open off the extensive living zones to a large verandah providing a wonderful entertaining area. There is a study/office and the Pool

Room. Magnificent English gardens of established deciduous trees, box hedges, water feature, garden beds, large gazebo are a feature along with a fully fenced tennis court. From the living area you look out over a beautiful manmade lake covered in water lilies and bird life. It is located 16 kilome-


LEONGATHA STH tres south west of Leongatha with bitumen road frontage and adjoining the Leongatha Golf Course.

there is an air strip with fully enclosed hanger.

Lot 2

This residence, adjoining both Titles above, consists of areas of natural shelter fully fenced and 247.8 acres. The country is heavy carrying and is currently fattening grown cattle also this block has another road access and could be run separately. Please note the property “Three Springs” is being offered as a whole in three Titles for a price of $2,800,000.00.

This property, adjoining the main block, has a well kept and comfortable residence. Located on 100.8 acres, this two bedroom cottage is fully self contained. It is an ideal manager’s residence. All land is undulating to flat country and watered by dams with access to laneways to heavy duty stockyards suitable for bullocks. On this Title


‘Carpe Diem’...Seize the day On offer, this magnificent park like 3 acre property, rich in history and rich in soil type, gives the astute buyer the opportunity to purchase an established property at below replacement cost. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 living zones, office, vineyard, cellar, orchard, chicken run, abundant shedding and much more.

Lot 3

805 Koonwarra Inverloch Road Landmark Harcourts Leongatha Glenys Foster 0477 622 298

Contact agent for price 4



PRICE: $669,000


An amazing property worthy of your inspection

GARTH LISLE Property consultant SHOP 3/129 MARINE PDE, SAN REMO | 5678 5878





• Brick home offering 3 b/r, each with BIR, bathroom with separate shower room & toilet. • Near new kitchen offering dishwasher & electric cooking • Neat enclosed backyard which includes a lock up work shop • This home would make an ideal investment property or smaller family home.

PRICE: $285,000

WEB ID: 6327074




• Outstanding small acreage of 2.5 acres in a bush & rural setting • This superb block is level for building & has a current planning permit to build. • There is a dam and power is at the boundary • Property is on a sealed road, only 6km from Korumburra & just a few minutes drive to Leongatha.

PRICE: $225,000

WEB ID: 3569281


PRICE: $890,000


• Family home constructed of sandstone and rough sawn timber • Four spacious bedrooms, two with full stunning ensuites • Central chefs' kitchen with granite bench tops • Paved roofed patio allows for year round outdoor entertaining • 150 acres with approx. 50 acres of cleared land, ideal for cattle WEB ID: 6269809

Approx. 600 acres Heavy carrying blue gum country • Excellent water & fencing

• 3 bedroom weatherboard home • 2 sets of stockyards



Rich river flats, 17 acres

PRICE: $4000 per acre

Elders KORUMBURRA - 5658 1894 11 Commercial Street

Elders LEONGATHA - 5662 3523 16 McCartin Street

Don Olden - 0417 805 312

Zel Svenson 0438 636 290

ITH an endless supply of water, rich river flats, good shedding and an immaculate home, this outstanding parcel of heavy carrying country, approximately 17 acres and a government road lease, is priced to sell. On a sealed road, the renovated home is well appointed with three generous sized bedrooms, one of which includes a built in robe and ensuite, light filled open plan living including kitchen/meals/ lounge, separate dining room and large entertainment sun- room. Hidden behind a door in the kitchen,

you will find the biggest of pantries with plenty of power points, and plenty of room for appliances to be conveniently left out to be used. Solid fuel heating in the living area, ducted vacuum system, solar boosted hot water service, terrific storage throughout and beautiful gardens are just a few of the extras. This fertile farmlet is suitable for horses and cattle grazing. Great sheds include a five bay machinery shed with power, a disused dairy set up as a shearing she, and a single garage and work shop attached to the house. An underground wine cellar is located beneath the workshop. There are also stockyards and a loading race. With plenty of roof catchment from the house and

shed, plus pumping rights from the creek, there’s no shortage of water. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, p p p y this is an exceptional property.

BERRYS CREEK 29 Berrys creek Road Insight Real Estate 5662 2220





“THE STAR”, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - PAGE 47

So So much much to to see see at at Farm Farm World World

FARM World is in its 52nd year and is still one of the largest field day events in Australia. It attracts visitors from through-

out Victoria, southeast of South Australia and Tasmania and has grown to be Victoria’s largest regional agricultural event, attracting more the 650 exhibitors and 50,000 people

through the gates over the four days. Many South Gippsland businesses and farmers attended the four day event at Lardner Park, near Warragul, last Thursday to Sunday.

Right, Pet and poultry: CopRice representatives Gavin Davies from western Victoria and Katrina Smith from Gippsland at Farm World last Thursday.

Above, Fuelling up: Warren Evans, representing one of Farm World’s major sponsors, Evans Petroleum, on site at Farm World on Thursday. Right above, New baler: Marc Smith and Tony Peters from New Holland Australia, and Tim Burgess and Kevin Smith from Gendore in Leongatha with New Holland’s new roll belt baler, just released for the coming season. Right below, Bikes and all: Ryan Claessen and Tom Marriott from Marriotts Motorcycles and Power Equipment in Leongatha with the new Polaris Ace, on show at Farm World on the weekend.

Green power: Mark Le Page and Samantha Drinkwater from Windmill Ag, with one of the 50 tractors specially built to commemorate the 50th year of Windmill Ag.

Feeding stock: from left, Lindsay Davies, Cameron Brown and Adam Hanley from Browns Stockfeed in Leongatha were keen to talk to people about their animal nutrition needs at Farm World across the weekend.

Above, Holden on: Russell Hemming from Leongatha Holden was at Farm World last week, flying the flag for the iconic car maker. Right, Get learning: Wendy Watsford, enrolment officer at Chairo Christian School’s Leongatha campus, was at Farm World last week, showing what the school has to offer.


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Farming Insight New look logo for Agribusiness Gippsland REGIONAL agribusiness group Agribusiness Gippsland has a new logo to represent a new year, a new chair and a new energy. Paul Ford assumed the chair’s role in 2014, the group’s 17th year of operation. He said: “We felt a simplified version of our inaugural logo was called-for. Working with a local graphic artist, the board chose the new design to represent the growth of farming and allied industries in Gippsland.” And Gippyagchat, the electronic newsletter produced by Agribusiness Gippsland has now shifted to bulk distribution which creates a delivery report.

Executive officer Sue Webster said: “It’s been amazing. The recipients’ list is now well over 9000 – most of them in Australia, however, there were 272 readers in the US and 84 in Japan. The readership was scattered globally. We even have a single reader in Latvia and another in Peru!” Members of the board had been visiting the municipalities that help support Agribusiness Gippsland. These are Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Cardinia, Casey, East Gippsland, Mornington Peninsula, Latrobe, South Gippsland and Wellington. Gippsland produces about one-third of Victoria’s milk, and Victoria produces around 65 per cent of Australia’s milk.

Leading way: members of the Agribusiness Gippsland board, from left, Marie Trigg, Chris Shearer, deputy chair Mark Cockerell, Dr Ras Lawson, chair Paul Ford, Ted Benjamin, Alex Arbuthnot AM, executive officer Sue Webster and Christine Holland. Absent were Courtney Ferguson, Brian Norwood and Cr Michael Freshwater. LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENTS LIVESTOCK AGENTS AUCTIONEERS, PROPERTY MANAGERS

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THERE were approximately 2,250 export and 200 young cattle penned to equal 50 head less week-on-week.

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A full field of buyers was operating in a slightly stronger market overall. The limited selection of young cattle suited to the trade was predominantly heifers which sold to stronger demand. The 1500 grown steers and bullocks were of very good quality overall, with a large proportion of heavy weights which sold 2c to 4c dearer on most. The crossbred manufacturing steers managed firm averages, while the Friesian portion eased 4c/kg on the majority. There was a good selection of heavy grown heifers showing good finish, which were well received by processors improving 6c/kg. Most weights and grades were represented in the cows, with the lighter weights improving around 4c, while the heavy weights sold close to firm, although restockers were active and competing keenly for suitable

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dairy lines, with some sales significantly dearer. Heavy weight bulls sold to firm demand. A handful of yearling steers sold to a top of 188c/ kg. The well-finished yearling heifers sold from 145c to 174c, lifting 6c to 8c for most, with a handful of C muscled heifers from 185c to 190c/kg. Grown steers showing good finish made between 168c and 195c, while bullocks showing good finish sold between 171c and 190c/kg. Heavy weight three score grown heifers made from 140c to 175c, while heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers sold from 133c to 145c, easing 4c on most, with the crossbred portion from 139c to 175c/kg. Light and medium weight cows to processors made between 68c and 117c/kg. Heavy dairy cows sold between 104c and 129c, and heavy beef cows made from 106c to 145c/kg. Restocking cows sold from 94c to 148c/kg. Heavy weight bulls made between 112c and 140c/kg. The next sale draw - April 2 & 3: 1. Elders, 2. Landmark, 3. Rodwells, 4. Alex Scott, 5. SEJ, 6. David Phelan.

Wednesday, March 26 BULLOCKS 1 Borrento Bobcat Hire, Jumbuk 14 S.W. Scott, Inverloch 14 Rumridge P/L, Mt Eliza 15 C.T. Ferguson, Longford 13 Pettitt P/L, Koorooman 14 S. & Y. Tamburo, Woodleigh

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STEERS 6 Borrento Bobcat Hire, Jumbuk 1 N. Carbone, Narracan South 4 A.G. & L. Christensen, Welshpool 1 D. & K.M. McMillan, Airly 11 B.F. & J.M. McIlwaine, Dumbalk 1 P. Springer, Ranceby

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195.0 188.2 186.0 185.0 183.0 182.0

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COWS 1 Vuillerman Past Co, Yanakie 1 A.F. & D.J. McCaughan, Leongatha Sth 2 C.E. & B.J. Matthews, Glen Alvie 3 W.C. & M.S. Prosser, Nerrena 1 Lionel Holdings, Yanakie 2 S. & F. Blancato, Foster

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HEIFERS 1 B.F. & J.M. McIlwaine, Dumbalk 1 E.A., G.E., R.I. & G.J. Baillie, Tyers 2 N. Carbone, Narracan Sth 5 A.J. & L.M. Dunkley, Yarram 1 S. & J. Schmidt, Wonga Wonga 1 Wallace Dumlope KI, Nyora

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BULLS 1 S, J, D. & C. McNaughton, Korumburra 1040kg 1 C. Mabilia, Bass 815kg 1 A. Provis, Loch 855kg 1 A.W. Van Kuyk, Foster 825kg 1 D. Martin, Lance Creek 920kg 1 J. Langley Nom P/L, Inverloch 645kg

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Farming Insight

Fencing waterways pays off terways also provides the option to protect existing vegetation and/or undertake revegetation as a way of reducing salinity and waterlogging and improving on-farm biodiversity. Mark Bland is one of many farmers in the Corner Inlet catchment who has incorporated this practice into his land management approach on his dairy farm just east of Foster. The property is bordered to the west by Bennison Creek, one of the western tributaries of the Corner Inlet catchment, which flows from the hills of the surrounding Strzelecki Ranges to the Corner Inlet Ramsar site. “Prior to this project there was no fencing on this side of the property, it was a constant hassle trying to get cattle out of the creek,” Mr Bland said. “The WGCMA have done a great job. We really appreciate it and we’re looking forward to watching it establish over time.” As part of the current project, about 2500 plants per hectare will be planted in

early spring 2014. The plants used are comprised of 25 different species indigenous to the area. According to Matt Bowler, delivery team leader with the WGCMA, there is a strong history of waterway management work in the Corner Inlet catchment. “Eighty-four percent of dairy farmers in WGCMA’s management region have had some river frontage fenced off, typically for farm management reasons such as stock movement and preventing stock loss,” he said. “Of those who have fenced off river frontage, 76 percent indicated there had been no loss in farm productivity as a result of the works. Adding to the case for good waterway management, Matt Bowler also explained 80 percent of fish species in region migrate through estuarine and river environments, therefore the health and condition of rivers and creeks within the catchment were vital to the function of these key ecological processes and to the overall

health of the Ramsar site. Dairy farmers in the Corner Inlet have been working for many years to protect the inlet. Landcare projects, CORE4 and GipRip have all facilitated on ground works in the past. Many farmers have annual revegetation programs built in to the work they do each year. Dairy Australia’s NRM technical specialist Gillian Hayman encouraged farmers across the Corner Inlet catchment to speak with the WGCMA about partnership projects. “Programs like these are a great opportunity to gain on farm advice and address those more difficult or large scale projects,” she said. This event was made possible through the Corner Inlet Connections partnership program through funding from the Australian Government. For further information regarding on-farm waterway management and funding currently available through the WGCMA, please call 1300 094 262.

Nitrogen plans closer RESEARCHERS are a step closer to developing improved tools to help dairy farmers predictproduction and response to nitrogen fertiliser on-farm.

Taking shape: a waterway rehabilitation site on Mark Bland’s Foster property, showin fencing off the bank of Bennison Creek prior to revegetation. Photo courtesy Dairy Australia.

Burra Foods lifts price A FIFTH increase to the Burra Foods milk price was announced last week. The announcement of a further 16 c/kg fat and 40c/ kg protein price increase by chief executive officer Grant Crothers has resulted in a rise of 25 percent since the opening price was announced at the start of the current season. “This further increase of 26c/kg milk solids again reaffirms our commitment to deliver higher returns for our farm milk supply partners,” he said. In a letter sent out by the company last week, Mr Crothers confirmed Burra Foods was expecting to announce further price increases before the end of the season.

“The international dairy market conditions have continued to remain firm throughout the first quarter of 2014 which is delivering the higher farm gate returns for all of our farm milk supply partners,” he said. “We remain well positioned to capture the higher returns available in the export market, and forecast further price increases for the current season before finalising our milk price at the end of the financial year.” In a further positive, the Korumburra-based processor also confirmed it is has commenced production of nutritional milk powders including infant formula, earlier this month. “We remain on track with our plans to enter this dynamic category. It is an

extension of our skills of producing safe and traceable food and at the same time, secures our site for the next generation,” Mr Crothers said. Burra Foods continues to grow and will this year process more than 250 million litres of milk supplied by 140 farm milk supply partners located across Victoria.

Department of Environment and Primary Industries’ project leader Cameron Gourley said Australian dairy farmers spent $200 million a year on nitrogen fertiliser. “However the conversion of this nitrogen fertiliser into extra feed is often low and with the uncertainty around the extra pasture produced, it is often difficult to say whether nitrogen fertiliser decisions will pay,” Dr Gourley said. “Eventually we expect dairy farmers will be able to increase profitability without wasting nitrogen fertiliser. However, according to Dr Gourley, this average value can be misleading. The project, conducted at DEPI’s Ellinbank research centre, used previous research findings to improve national predictions of the extra pasture growth achieved from nitrogen fertiliser applications. More than 19,000 experimental results were collected and analysed. “The on-farm research component of this project involved field studies on commercial dairy farms, covering a range of pasture types, soils, irrigation and climate zones,” Dr Gourley said. “The economic, production and environmental aspects of each dairy farm are being monitored and pasture production responses to nitrogen fertiliser applications measured at the paddock scale. “While we are still in the early stages of research, our newly-derived model appears to be accurately predicting pasture yield response to applied nitrogen.” The final stage of this work will be to make available a simple nitrogen fertiliser decision calculator based on the potential pasture yield response (including variation) and profitability of nitrogen fertiliser decisions, at the individual farm and paddock scale.





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THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014 Starting at 10am ENTRIES INCLUDE: A/C WHITE CREEK, WALKERVILLE 60 Angus & Angus x steers 12-14 months. (SEJ) A/C A & K MCDOUGALL 50 Hereford & Hereford Sim & steers 14-15 months. (SEJ) A/C P & S CAMPBELL, MARDAN 29 Angus steers, 16-17 months 27 Angus Heifers, 16-17 months Parameatin 10/3/14, 2 x 5 in 1, ‘Ythanbrae’ and ‘Barwidgee’Blood. (SEJ) A/C VENDOR. 25 Angus steers, 10-12 months. (ELDERS) A/C ‘WONGUNGARRA UNIT TRUST’ (BREEDER), CROOKED RIVER 30 Hereford & Hereford/Red Angus x mixed sex, 12-14 months, by ‘Karoondah’ Bulls (ALEX SCOTT) ADVAL PTY LTD, ANDERSON 20 Hereford x steers, 20-22 months, East Gippsland Bred. (SEJ) E & A OPRAY, DUMBALK 20 Angus steers, 12 months. (LANDMARK) A/C M JACKSON, HALLSTON 10 Hereford cows with Black Baldy calves, 1st and 2nd calvers. (SEJ) A/C LINKS LIMOUSIN STUD, YALLOURN 4 Limousin Bulls, 18-30 months. (LANDMARK) A/C KW & RF BATTERSBY, KORUMBURRA 3 Angus bulls, 2 years old. (RODWELLS) 5662 4033 David Phelan & Co. Pty. Ltd.

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This is particularly so in the Corner Inlet catchment, it is a key mechanism by which nutrient and sediment flow into the internationally significant Corner Inlet Ramsar Site can be reduced. Recently, Dairy Australia, GippsDairy and the WGCMA hosted a Riparian Field Day in Foster to outline both the environmental and, importantly, on-farm benefits of good waterway management and to highlight project funding and support available to get this work done. Associate Professor Ian Rutherford, expert in waterway management with Melbourne University, discussed with local landholders the sustainability of on-farm waterway management from both a business and environmental perspective. Dr Rutherford described scientific research that vali-

dates the economic benefits to landholdings of fencing off riparian areas. “Excluding cattle, even by five to six metres from a waterway, will reduce nutrient run-off by 78 percent, reduce turbidity and stop most of the pathogens (from faecal contamination) entering the waterway,” he said. “Reducing nutrient runoff, particularly nitrogen, is good news for water quality given increased nitrogen results in algal blooms. Reduced turbidity results in cleaner drinking water for cattle, which results in productivity gains.” Dr Rutherford cited a Canadian study that found yearling cattle gained 23 percent more weight drinking clean water (trough) than contaminated water (pond). The water in the trough was more palatable and as a result the cattle drank, and subsequently ate more, resulting in weight gain. Dr Rutherford also explained to participants that, aside from excluding or restricting stock from waterways, the fencing of wa-

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THERE are many good environmental reasons for fencing off waterways.

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PROPOSAL TO UPGRADE MOBILE PHONE BASE STATION AT VENUS BAY Telstra plans to upgrade a telecommunications facility at 113 Canterbury Road, Venus Bay. 1. The proposed facility consists of the reuse of three (3) existing antennas to operate at 1800MHz and the installation of six (6) remote radio units. 2. Telstra regards the proposed installation as a Low-impact Facility under the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 1997 ("The Determination") based on the description above. 3. Further information can be obtained from Michaela Moore on behalf of Telstra, (03) 8663 4838, and at http://www.rfnsa. 4. Written submissions should be sent to: Urbis Pty Ltd, Level 12, 120 Collins Street, MELBOURNE VIC 3000 by 15th April 2014.

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The Water Compliance Project is underway in Victoria helping rural water users understand their rights and obligations for taking and using water. The Water Compliance Project is Victoria’s implementation of the National Framework for Compliance and Enforcement of water resource management systems. The Framework promotes common water laws and compliance mechanisms across Australia and is funded by the Australian Government through the Water for the Future initiative. Most water users are responsible and abide by the conditions of their water licence. However, each year a small number of users break the law when they take and use rural water from an aquifer, dam, stream, river, creek or irrigation channel. They may take water without an entitlement or licence, they may build an illegal bore or dam, or they might interfere with a water meter. Sometimes these offences are deliberate, and sometimes they happen because people do not know the law. Water corporations already actively monitor and enforce water compliance in their jurisdictions. The project will provide more resources to extend their compliance monitoring and enforcement capabilities including: • additional monitoring officers to check that water users are only using the water they are allocated; • more easy-to-understand information about licensing requirements and compliance obligations for existing and potential water users. Monitoring officers may be more visible in all regions. Amongst other things they will conduct additional inspections of meters on unregulated systems throughout Victoria, identify unlawful take and uses of water and validate license details. There are six water corporations that provide non-urban water supplies to customers who are involved in this project and can advise water users about their rights and responsibilities: - Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water* - Goulburn-Murray Water - Southern Rural Water - Lower Murray Water* - Melbourne Water - Coliban Water* *only applies to rural customers

Election of office bearers for 2014 - 2015 J. Jackson (president) TEMPORARY Road Closures 2014 Tour De Tarwin community event: On Saturday, April 19 Tarwin Lower boat ramp and car park will be closed until 4pm and Jupiter Blvd closed from Centre Rd to the Venus Bay Caravan Park until 1pm.

TAXI DRIVERS WANTED TAXI DRIVERS NEEDED FOR DAY AND NIGHT SHIFTS FOR LEONGATHA AREA Must be professional and customer service oriented. Experience preferred but not essential. Call Marc 5662 4241

Casual Housekeeper required WEEKDAYS, SOME WEEKENDS Experience preferred but not essential Please forward resumés to: leongathamotel@dcsi. Or phone 0413 140 043

If you are in one of these regions and take and use water from sources such as a dam, bore, stream, river, creek, or irrigation channel, you should: • check your water entitlement (license) to make sure you understand your compliance obligations; or


• contact your water corporation if you are unclear about your obligations. Water users (and prospective users) can find out more about their rights and obligations in relation to water use from the Victorian Water Register or by contacting their local water corporation.

Deliver Catalogues in your local area. Up to $150/wk for 8-14 hrs work

More information about the Water Compliance Project can be found at Customer Service Centre 136 186

at 8pm Leongatha Memorial Hall

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Water Compliance Project

The Victorian Government is currently reviewing its water legislation including penalty levels. A copy of the exposure draft and explanatory draft are available at


RELIEF MILKER Casual weekend and/or weekdays. Leongatha North. 56689292. Please leave mobile and landline contact.


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CLEANER We are a growing Australian based company, which produces a range of premium dairy products for the domestic and international market. A current full time vacancy exists for a cleaner who will be responsible for cleaning the manufacturing facility. A high level of housekeeping and hygiene standards are essential along with a personal commitment to health and safety. Participation in related training and compliance with HACCP and environmental requirements is essential in this role. To be successful in this role you will require: • Prior cleaning experience in a manufacturing environment • Compliance and commitment with GMP and food safety requirements • Excellent Time Management Skills with good attention to detail • To work well within a team environment If you are looking for an opportunity to work for a friendly medium-sized business in Korumburra then apply via email. Burra Foods Pty Ltd PO Box 379 Korumburra, 3950 or to Applications close: 9th April 2014

Corporate Services Executive Assistant

Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding role which displays your dynamic executive administration skills? Council has an exciting opportunity for a senior Executive Assistant to join their Corporate Services team.

To be successful in obtaining a position, you must be enthusiastic, have highly developed people skills and be passionate about delivering exceptional customer service to our valued customers.

Reporting to the Director Corporate Services, you will be responsible for coordinating a range of administrative and executive functions across the committed Corporate Services Directorate.

If you feel you have the attributes required for this position, please contact the Chemist on 5662 2183 to arrange a copy of the position description, prior to sending your resumĂŠ and covering letter to: the Manager, Terry White Chemist, 42 Bair Street, Leongatha 3953. Applications close Friday 11th April 2014

Your key focus will be across but not limited to; • Corporate Services OfďŹ ce Coordination • Providing direct assistance to the Director and Corporate Services Management team • Providing assistant to the organisation’s corporate planning, reporting and community engagement activities • Committee and project coordination on behalf of the Director Corporate Services To be successful, you will have experience in a senior executive administration role, the ability to manage multiple activities and coordinate the ow and presentation of documents whilst managing relationships effectively & discretely in meeting required deadlines.

Operations Director

Centre Administrator This position is responsible for administering the day to day ofďŹ ce and bookkeeping requirements for PCCC. You will report directly to the Operations Director and play a key role in liaising with families utilising the services of the centres. To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate proven experience in: • building strong relationships with community and peers • general administration and reception duties • bookkeeping duties • time management and multi tasking • have a certiďŹ cate IV in bookkeeping (or higher related qualiďŹ cation) This role is a .7EFT position, hours spread over ďŹ ve days a week with a remuneration package ranging from $50K - $55K (pro rata). Training will be provided for the centres’ speciďŹ c software. For further information, including a position description please contact Elisa Nudelman on 0401 574 060. Applications addressing the experience/qualiďŹ cations requirements to be emailed to or posted to COM, PCCC Inc, PO Box 92, Foster 3960. Applications for these roles close 13 April 2014

Further information and a position description is available from our website.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4 at Leongatha Town Cricket Club rooms 6pm start

A unique opportunity exists for Permanent Part Time Pharmacy Assistant within Leongatha The Leongatha Terry White Chemist is seeking a motivated and passionate person to join its team.

All applicants must submit an Application Form and address the Selection Criteria outlined at the end of the position description, by 5pm Wednesday 16 April 2014.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking for a secondment/interim role to lead the transition of management of the services and strategic direction of the organisation for a 12 month period. You will report directly to the Committee of Management and play a key role in ensuring PCCC is well positioned to meet the ongoing kindergarten and child care needs of our community. To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate proven experience in: • change management • management of and maintaining a ďŹ nancially sustainable organisation • leading a strong team • building strong relationships with community and other key stakeholders; and • have a tertiary qualiďŹ cation in (business/ďŹ nance/ management discipline) or related experience This position is a .8 EFT position, with a remuneration package ranging from $75k - $85k (pro rata).


• Permanent Full time with option of 9 day fortnight • $79,115k total salary package

Enquiries to June Ernst, Director Corporate Services on (03) 5662 9200.

Prom Coast Centres for Children Inc (PCCC) is a newly created, not for proďŹ t incorporated association established to takeover the management of the education and care services (kindergarten and long day care) at Foster, Fish Creek, Toora and Welshpool. PCCC has two newly created positions to assist the Committee of Management transition the business and administer the day to day operations of the centres. Both positions will commence early to mid June 2014 (earlier if possible). Terms and conditions to achieve outcomes will be negotiated with suitable applicants. Working with Children and Police checks will be required for both positions.


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personal BIANCA First time in town, busty blonde mature lady, Thursday only 17th of April, Leongatha area, 0488 148 857 swa6664xe.

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Disability Support Worker Disability Accommodation Services Inner Gippsland Area $41,009 - $50,213 pro rata supplemented by penalty rates Casual positions available Operating with a high-level commitment to our values of integrity, responsiveness and accountability this role supports our residents to exercise choice and enable their involvement at home and in the community irrespective of their disability. You will assist people with a disability achieve their personal goals and aspirations. What can we offer you? A position in the Disability Accommodation Services means an opportunity to contribute to the greater good of the community. In return the Department offers you: - Flexible working arrangements - A range of shifts spaning 24 hours a day 7 days a week; and - An attractive salary supplemented by penalty rates and the opportunity to salary package benefits. James Hutchinson, Operations Manager (03) 5136 2516 Please quote position no DHS/S/00099946 Closing date: Sunday 20 April 2014


Police Checks form part of the Department of Human Services recruitment process. The department encourages and welcomes interest from Aboriginal Australians for this role. Please contact our Aboriginal employment information and support line (phone: 1300 092 406 or email: should you wish to access assistance with your application. To apply online and view the job description, visit For other Victorian Government opportunities, please visit

Leongatha • Retail & Trade based business • Great team and company culture • Attractive salary, plus super, plus company vehicle As part of the Capeview Groups succession planning, we are seeking to employ a candidate in the position of a Store Manager. As the store manager you will deliver and lead, through a loyal and dedicated retail and trade team, excellent customer service in the provision of hardware and building products. You will have extensive retail and trade sales experience, strong communication skills, proven leadership skills, at least 5 years experience in a similar role and will have controlled a staff compliment of at least 30 people. To be successful you will have proven skills in meeting company objectives and maximising store revenues. With a passion to succeed, you will be able to motivate and encourage your store team with gusto and enthusiasm with a desire to grow the business. Key responsibilities include: • Drive store budgets, monitor results and lead actions for a successful outcome • Provide exemplary customer service and satisfaction • Plan and prepare staff rosters ensuring adequate coverage • Provide problem solving skills • Manage inventory and merchandise, to company expectations • Comply with and adhere to O,H&S standards • Provide effective leadership, coaching and direction to your team If you have the desire and the passion to succeed within this highly successful organisation then you are encouraged to apply immediately. You are invited to apply in writing by Friday 4th April 2014 to: The Chief Executive OfďŹ cer, Capeview Mitre 10 Group, Cape Paterson Road, Wonthaggi Vic 3995, or by email to The CEO, Capeview Mitre 10 Group, Only applicants successful in making it through to the next recruitment stage will be contacted.

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BIRCH ROSS & BARLOW Lawyers 50 Bair Street, Leongatha 3953 Phone 5662 2275

Karma P3000613

Swim instructor needed Due to ever increasing interest and community support invy swimmers is growing. And we are excited to be looking for a new team member. Are you someone who loves working with children in both a team and private environment? Running from the resort style pool at Broadbeach Inverloch, Our classes have a maximum of two students giving an accelerated learning curve for the child and a relaxed and enjoyable environment for both teacher and student. Experience and qualifications favoured but not essential. Please email your cv and cover letter to:


Gippsland Southern Health Service seeks applications for the above position. The successful applicant will provide all facets of care, while working as part of a team. Applicants should possess the following qualifications/experience: • Current registration with AHPRA • Evidence of recent professional development • Effective interpersonal skills • Basic computer literacy • Proficient written and communication skills GSHS offers a comprehensive orientation program on commencement of employment. All staff have access to excellent staff mentoring, education and support programs. Salary Packaging is available to all staff. All applicants will be required to supply a current satisfactory police check. If you are interested in joining a supportive and progressive team, please contact the Executive Assistant, Dianna Mollica, on 5667 5504 to obtain an application kit and position description or download from Applicants are also encouraged to contact Neil Langstaff on 5667 5507 to discuss employment opportunities at GSHS. Completed application kits can be forwarded by Friday 11th April 2014 to: Neil Langstaff Director of Nursing Inpatient/Residential Care Gippsland Southern Health Service Private Bag 13 LEONGATHA VIC 3953

TRAINEE POSITION A leading dental practice in Gippsland requires a Dental Nurse. For those who have recently completed Year 12 or have graduated and are interested in starting a great career in the dental profession should contact our office without delay. The successful candidate will have exceptional communication skills, ability to foster great customer relationships, strong organisational skills and initiative, be friendly, hardworking and reliable, and have a real interest in caring for customers. The position is for 5 days per week from Monday to Friday. To apply for the position please send your resumé to Karli Brislin at 32-34 ANZ Arcade, Bair Street, Leongatha 3953. Applications close Friday 11th April 2014

UnitingCare Gippsland is a quality accredited community service agency. The Agency has a vision of a healthy Gippsland, where disadvantage and inequity are challenged. UnitingCare Gippsland has the following vacancy:

Family Services Worker

South Coast Child FIRST and Integrated Family Services Based in Leongatha (Mat leave position) Further information is available at: or call Pam Porter on 5152 9600

Shire Council

Caravan Park Coordinator Located at Leongatha Band 6 Permanent full time

Clinical Lead Aged Care Services (17940) Permanent Full Time, location negotiable. We are offering an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to become part of the fastest growing health provider in Victoria The Clinical Lead position is integral to the service and the delivery of programs that include home care packages, national respite for carers of aged people and HACC immediate response.

For more information please contact Bernadette Kennedy, Manager Aged Care Services on 5136 5455. Applications close on Thursday 24 April 2014, at 5pm.


By embracing the Commonwealth Aged Care Reforms, the successful applicant will be enthusiastic in leading and implementing practices to ensure LCHS are valued as an aged care service provider because of the high quality of service provided. The Clinical Lead will also join the Directorate’s leadership team where they will have an opportunity to positively influence the future direction of our service.

• For further information and copies of each position description visit our careers page • Applicants must address the Selection Criteria and lodge their application online. • No late or hard copy applications will be accepted.

Phone 0402 384 127

MOWERS We stock the largest range of New push and ride-on mowers in South Gippsland, including - Honda,Victa, Greenfield, Deutscher, Cab Cadet, MTD, Masport, Toro, Yard Machines & Rover from $149. Professional repairs and service for ALL mower makes and models. Husqvarna Specialist. Also stocking a large range of parts and accessories. We also have a large range of secondhand mowers available.

MOTORCYCLES & POWER EQUIPMENT Cnr Allison & South Gippsland Hwy, Leongatha. L.M.C.T. 2714

Ph: 5662 2028

BUNK BED with mattress $150; 2 x 2-seater lounges $80 each, $150 pair. Ph: 0418-905531.

South Gippsland

We are currently offering the following career opportunity:

Perfect condition PAID $3,900 ASKING $1,500 ONO

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UnitingCare Gippsland interviews in the interests of safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

Latrobe Community Health Service is one of the largest community health providers in Victoria. We provide professional and career development, salary packaging, an employee assistance program, work life balance and much more.

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PROBATE CLERK Birch Ross & Barlow has a vacancy for a Probate Clerk at their Leongatha office. Duties will include administrative support to the Probate Partner and team, preparation of documents and correspondence, file management, diary management, general administrative duties and client liaison. Please forward your application to the Probate Manager, Birch Ross & Barlow, 50 Bair Street, Leongatha or email Applications close Thursday 17 April.

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Due to the resignation of one of our senior caravan park staff, an exciting opportunity has arisen to join our newly created Caravan Park Team. This position brings with it a high level of autonomy in co-ordinating business operations at the Long Jetty Foreshore Caravan Park and Yanakie Caravan Park. It includes frequent travel and staying at both parks to supervise staff, their job performance and team building activities, monitor budgets and improve communications with park patrons. The successful candidate will assist with progressing marketing activities for both parks, co-ordinate maintenance works as well as new and exciting capital improvement projects. A high level of communication will be required with 12 month site holders regarding compliance with relevant Regulations and Crown Land Caravan Park practices and guidelines. A Tertiary qualification in Business or a Tourism related field and demonstrated experience working in a government or tourism related industry is required. Enquiries to Chris Van Der Ark, Manager Property on 5662 9200. All applicants must submit an Application Form and address the selection criteria outlined in the position description by 5pm Wednesday 9 April 2014.

BUTCHER’s meat mincer benchtop type, s/s, 240 volt. Sausage attachment brand new still in box. Cost $2,200, sell $750. 0402385692. CAMPER TRAILER 2004 Kimberley. Very little use, excellent condition, full annex and ensuite. Reg No Q31437. 0428-595482. CARAVAN 1986 Windsor 14’ pop top in good condition. Fully equipped including full annex with floor, microwave, 3 way fridge, stove, radio, TV etc. No rego. $2,500 full price. Ph: 9555-6579 or 0438556579. CARAVAN Royal Flair, 2000 tandem pop top, awning, island bed, rarely used. As new. 5662-5578 for inspection.

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CHEST FREEZER Fisher & Paykel 360 ltr. Excellent condition $450 ONO. Mirboo North 5668 1571. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175. FIREWOOD Local messmate / stringy. Discount for bulk loads, cut, split and dry.$100 per metre. Ph: 0437-176187. HAY: small squares, excellent quality, shedded, suitable for horses. New season, $10 each. Can deliver, conditions apply. 5664-1320. HAY $8 per bale, excellent quality. Free local delivery for 100 bales or more. 0419-313483. MOBILITY SCOOTER Victory, $800. 5662-5944, 0428-681500. RIDE-ON MOWER for sale, Cox brand, new battery/ blades. Goes well $750 ONO. 5662-3170. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each, 200x75x3.0 $ 20.90 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417530662. TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 56812261.

found SMALL white with brown face and ears, course haired terrier on Saturday night, March 29 at 7 Blackburns Road, Meeniyan. Ph: 56640086.

livestock ALPACA WEEK Open Day Sale, Sandy Park Alpacas, Sunday, April 6, 10am 3pm, 910 Amey’s Track, Foster North. Phone Steve 0427-257222. PIGLETS - large white weaners, $70. Ph: 0409741477. RAMS Southdown, Poll Dorset, Border Leicester. Flock registered, brucellosis accredited, well bred, established breeder, from $100 each. Can deliver. 0428-356376.

lost GENTS gold ring. Lost in Leongatha late last week. Great sentimental value. Reward offered. Ph: 0418998833 or 0418-199797.

garage sales

GARAGE SALE The “STAR” can help you promote your event with our

$27.50 GARAGE SALE KIT KIT INCLUDES 5cm x S/C advert (valued at $33.00) • 2 x A4 Garage Sale Signs • Garage Sale Tips (dos and don’ts) • Sheet of Price Stickers • Star Carry Bag

Total package valued at $41 ADVERTISE by calling 5662 5555 or emailing or call in to 36 McCartin Street LEONGATHA to pick up your kit when you place your advertisement LEONGATHA 10 Holt Street, Saturday, April 5, 8am. No early birds. Everything must go, owners touring.

used vehicles

FREE CAR REMOVAL Will pay up to $300 for complete car Buyers of scrap metal All machinery Bins provided

Bass Coast Metal Recyclers 5672 2946 0417 556 593 FORD RANGER 4x2, 2007, 2.4m tray, low 99,600 kms, towbar, reg. 9/14 (YJO111), RWC, immaculate. Priced to sell $10,990. Suit tradesman. 0427-642233.


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Victorian Livestock Exchange Leongatha

Antique Bottles


Phone Jack 0417 385 035

LIVESTOCK PERSON – DROVER Must haves: • Good Livestock handling experience • Good reading, writing and math skills • Good communication skills • Good organisational skills • Be able to work as part of a team • Be able to work flexible hours Preferred but not necessary, basic computer skills Send applications to: Attention: The CEO P.O. Box 301 Pakenham 3810 Applications close the 16th April 2014

WANTED similar to these

wanted to buy ANY OLD farm four wheelers, good or bad, 4WDs or trucks. Phone Matt 0401-194601. EXERCISE BIKE for elderly gentleman. Ph: 5662-3318.

work wanted HOUSEWORK Very reliable, and a good worker. Ph: 0417-106242.

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SKILLERN (Spadetto) Andrew and Sarah are thrilled to announce the arrival of their beautiful daughter, Madison Harper on March 12. Proud grandparents Rob and Lyn are besotted with her.

engagements CASHIN - LUCAS Congratulations on your engagement Mark and Kim. Elva and family along with Peter and Denise (Echuca) wish them every happiness together.

marriage celebrant PAM HERRALD 5662 2553 0438 097 181

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

in memoriam BOWTELL - Barbara. 2.4.04 Ten years have passed. We miss you, always in our thoughts and our hearts. Our magnificent mother, Nanna, mentor, companion and friend. Remembered always with love. Keith, Pat, Mark, Brett, Wayne, Lisa, Ruby.

deaths BRYDON (nee Cross) Audrey Muriel. Died peacefully March 28, 2014. Dearly loved wife of Jock (dec). Loved and loving mother of Kerry, Ross and Karen. ‘Audie’ to Chris, Isaac and Jake. Great grandmother of Zane. Daughter of George and Jessie Cross, only sister to Ted and Dave Cross (all dec). Resting peacefully. BRYDON - Audrey. Dear friend of Nancy, Col and family. Fond memories of happy times we had together. Sleep peacefully. BRYDON - Audrey. Long time friend of Joy and John (dec) Hayward and family. Reunited with Jock. Fondest memories. CAMPBELL - Tim. Passed away March 27, 2014. Aged 43. Dearly loved son of Alice and Ron. Brother of Leanne (dec), Debbie and Stuart, Steve, Kylie and Tony. Uncle of Jessica and Daniel, Paula, Marty, Jake, Aimee and Blake. Loved and remembered always. Now at peace. Private funeral. CAMPBELL - Tim. Passed away 27.3.14 Loved brother of Debbie. Brother-in-law of Stuart. Uncle of Jessica and Daniel and Paula. Great uncle of Blake. Loved and remembered always. CAMPBELL - Tim. Rest in paradise Uncle Tim. Love you always. Love your Niece, Paula. xo

DEMERLO Darren William John (Wilba). 19.8.1969 - 28.3.2014 Our beautiful ‘Wilba’ was tragically taken from us all by a car accident on March 28, 2014, the only son of John and Ivy De-Merlo of Childers, Queensland, formerly of Tarwin Lower. Brother of Joe Anne, husband and soulmate of Karen, father to Kane, Kirsten, Amber and Sam. The family would like to thank everyone for their wonderful support and loving thoughts of ‘Wilba’, who will be cremated at Bundaberg in Queensland. The family requests something red to be worn. Memorial Service: To be held at the Tarwin Lower Football Clubrooms, Friday, April 4 from 3pm. Contact Tracey De-Merlo 0408588273. DEMERLO Darren (Wilba). Died 28.3.2014 Nephew of Uncle Leon (dec) and Aunty Faye. Cousin to Tanya, Tricia and Tracey. Our paths have not crossed for a while but we have lots of treasured memories. Taken in the prime of your life, hard to believe we won’t see you again, you will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy to Karen, Kane, Kristen, Amber, Sam and families. Aunty Faye, Tracey and Lucy, Tanya, Paul, Bentia, Kodi and Paige; Tricia, Andrew, Emmett, Dermott and Charlie. DEMERLO Darren William John (Wilba). A Golden Ray of Sunshine has been taken from us tragically on 28.3.2014. Loving nephew of Mari and Vin, cousin to Trudi and Stuart, friend of Tony and Kate. He will be sadly missed. MAYO (nee Drake) Lorna. 24.01.1929 - 27.03.2014 Peacefully at Laurina Lodge, Heyfield. Formerly of Mirboo North. Loving wife of George (dec). Treasured mother of Elizabeth, Anthony and Kathryn. Much loved mother-in-law of Jeff, Chrissie and Pat. Adored Nana of 11 and great Nana of 6. Mum at peace. Reunited with Dad. MAYO - Lorna. 24.01.1929 - 27.03.2014 Beautiful memories of a loving and caring Nana Lorna to Simon, Haydn, Zoe and Brianna. Loved and respected by Naomi and Charlie. MAYO - Lorna. 24.01.1929 - 27.03.2014 Our beloved Nana, gone but not forgotten, you’ll be with us always, like a handprint on our hearts. Rest in peace and know we remember you with love. Give Poppa a big hug for us. Simon, Haydn and Zoe, Brianna, Erica and Jason. SCHELLING - Corry. Deepest sympathy to Bert and family on the loss of Corry. Also to Bill, Peter and Hans on the loss of a sister. Our thoughts are with you all. Toora Lions Club.

deaths STEVENS - Margaret Rosalie. Passed away peacefully at Leongatha Hospital on March 30, 2014, aged 85 years. Loved mother of Robert and Paul, mother-in-law of Sue and Colleen. Devoted grandmother to Danny, Jodie, Jessica, Samantha, Emma, Ben and spouses. Loving great grandmother to Logan, Campbell, Sasha, Sharnee and Indi. Cherished ‘Nanna’ to many. “I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord... plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

funerals BRYDON - The Funeral Service for the late Mrs Audrey Muriel Brydon will be held at St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Peart Street, Leongatha on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 commencing at 10.30am. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Leongatha Cemetery.

MAYO - The Funeral Service for the late Mrs Lorna Mayo will be held at St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Mirboo North on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 commencing at 2pm. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Mirboo North Cemetery. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Laurina Lodge, Heyfield. Envelopes will be available at the service.

STEVENS - The Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Margaret Rosalie Stevens will be held at the Dakers Centre, Cnr Smith and Watt Streets, Leongatha on Thursday, April 3, 2014 commencing at 2pm. A private interment will precede the above service.

Regional championships bound THE South Gippsland Division SSV Tennis Championships held at the Inverloch Tennis Club on Wednesday, March 26 showed off the best young tennis talent from South Gippsland.

were still equal which resulted in a tiebreaker with Nicholas winning 7-1. It was a fantastic day and thanks to all the competitors and parents. Results: Tristan Thomas 38 (games won) 1 (ranking); Caleb Cummins 28 2, Oscar

Marks 27 3, Nicholas Rigby 25 4, Jesse Condron 25 4, Harry Taylor-Smith 19 6, Brodie Mabilia 16 7, James Sage 11 8, Xander Broadbear 11 8, Darcy Keating 11 8m Hugh Webber 9 11.

Eleven boys played and made it through to the Gippsland Region Tennis Championships held on Thursday, May 1. All the boys played with a great attitude and positive sportsmanship on the day. A good learning experience for some of the Grade 5 students who will be ready to give it another go next year. All the players played the best four games against the other 10 competitors with

Fabulous four: left to right, Oscar Marks, Cowes PS; Caleb Cummins, Inverloch PS; Tristan Thomas, Inverloch PS and Nicholas Rigby, Inverloch PS.

Section 2: back, night tennis runners-up at Leongatha Tennis Club, left to right: Steve Charlton, Michelle Charlton, Belinda Whiteside, Mick Hemming, Natasha O’Neill. Winners, left to right, front: Brayden Krohn, Bronwyn Williams, Sean Fraser, Ange Williams, Lucas Byrnes, Shelly Walker, Jarryd Heyward Right Section 1: back, night tennis runners-up at Leongatha Tennis Club, left to right: Jarryd Heyward, Sam Wilson, Roger Callister. Winners, left to right, front: Greg Edwards, Warren Littlejohn, Neil Langstaff.

Wonthaggi table tennis WONTHAGGI table tennis A Grade teams will continue over the school holidays.

message of hope “... WALK in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us...” Ephesians 5:2.


the total number of games won added up. It was a close contest near the end with two players, Nicholas Rigby and Jesse Sage, equal on games won. They then had to play two more games and they


Paul & Margaret Beck proprietors Caring for our Community, personal dignified service to all areas 5662 2717 Pre-need Funeral Plans available Office and Chapel: 24 Anderson Street, Leongatha MEMBER OF AUSTRALIAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION

A Reserve, B Grade and junior coaching will have a break. The table tennis centre in Korumburra Road, Wonthaggi will remain open for social table tennis on Thursdays, 1-3pm. Everyone is welcome. Young people (7-13) are reminded that there is still room for more players to come along to coaching on Thursdays, 6-7pm. When school resumes - just turn up. Phone 5674 4628 or 5672 2130. In A Grade Bruce Harmer and Justin Licis are the only remaining undefeated players. Because of the bye, team and leading player ladders will not be conclusive until the end of each round. Local players Zach, Luke and Claire Anstey will be competing in the Warrnambool Junior Open Table tennis Championships on Saturday.

Ladders A Grade Hit Out ...................... 12 11 (45) Clog Wogs .................... 8 8 (35)

Inverloch ...................... 8 First Timers ................. 8 Handicapped ................. 0 Me and Myself .............. 0 Question Mark .............. 0 A Reserve SDM............................. 4 Fearsome 3some ......... 4 Young & Oldies .......... 4 Just Rite ...................... 0 Rollin Rabbits .............. 0 DLC.............................. 0 B Grade The Experts................. 8 Epic & Awesome ......... 4 The Eleits .................... 4 No Idea ........................ 0 The Experienced .......... 0

8 (32) 7 (35) 4 (23) 4 (16) 3 (18) 6 (20) 5 (17) 5 (17) 4 (15) 3 (12) 2 (10) 6 (14) 6 (16) 3 ( 6) 3 ( 8) 2 ( 4)

Undefeated players: Matthew Kent, Archie Paxton.

Leading players A Grade Justin Licis .................. 6 (24) Case deBondt .............. 4 (18) Dirk Holwerda ............ 4 (17) Bruce Harmer .............. 4 (16) Sebastian V. ................. 3 (12) Fred deBondt............... 3 (12) A Reserve SeanMichael ............... 2 (6) Nicholas Gilmore ........ 2 (6) Nancy Pattinson .......... 2 (6) Matthew Kent...............2 (6) B Grade Rory Gow .................... 3 (7) Bent Kent .................... 3 (7) Darcy Allamby ............ 2 (5) Hamish Dizane ............ 2 (5)

State track and field: Brodie Anderson on the podium, third in the 800m at Albert Park Lake Track.

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Racing carnival By Stuart Biggins

the weekend.

THE usual relaxed family picnic atmosphere reigned at the Stony Creek races on

Glorious sunshine bathed the course with children well entertained by a range of fun activities at one end of the course while the adult folk took a keen interest in the on track entertainment.

Right, Mounting yard: strapper, Lee Horner leads his charge.

Winning smile: Kate Mallyon rode Attatood to win the fourth.

Familiar face: Darren Gauchi listens to his orders as he prepares to ride Prussian Power in the fifth race.

Balloon class: lots of children’s activities at the Stony Creek races. Left to right, Neka and Dillon Sheppard with Leya, Wayd and Toby Goldsworthy prepare to learn to create with sausage balloons.

Narrow finish: Attatood from Another legend in the fourth.

TIDES Leongatha table tennis results Here is an easy guide to tides in your area. To determine tides for a particular area, add or subtract periods of times as shown below. Earlier Minutes Apollo Bay ...........................25 King Island (Grassy) ...........10 King Island (Surprise Bay)....40 King Island (Franklin) ...........40 Lakes Entrance .................... 170 Lorne ...................................... 20 Mallacoota Inlet.................... 158 Rip Bank ................................ 15 Snowy River Entrance ......... 170 _______________________ Cape Schanck, Flinders, Mornington Ocean Beaches, Seal Rocks, Venus Bay, Waratah Bay, Woolamai ....... nil _________________________ Later Minutes Altona ................................... 195 Barwon Heads Bridge ........... 15 Carrum ................................. 195 Corinella ................................. 68 Cowes Pier............................. 50 Dromana .............................. 195 Frankston ............................. 195 Geelong ............................... 210 Hastings ................................. 66 Hovell Pile ............................ 195 Inverloch Pier ......................... 15 Melbourne ............................ 200 Mornington ........................... 195 Newhaven Jetty ..................... 30 No. 1 West Channel (Annulus)........................... 50 No. 2 South Channel Light .... 70 No. 8 South Channel Light .. 150 Port Albert Pier ...................... 90 Portarlington Pier ................. 190 Portsea Pier ........................... 80 Port Welshpool (Rabbit Island .................... 10 Queenscliffe Pier ................... 30 Rhyll ....................................... 60 Rosebud............................... 195 Rye Pier ............................... 170 St. Leonards Pier ................. 190 Sandringham ....................... 195 Sorrento Pier........................ 130 Stony Point ............................. 40 South Channel Pile Light ..... 190 Swan Island Dock ................ 120 Tooradin ............................... 105 Warneet.................................. 84 Williamstown ........................ 200 Welshpool Pier....................... 90

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1.53 0.24 1.67 0.48

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1.55 0.19 1.70 0.48

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1.55 0.18 1.69 0.49

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1.53 0.20 1.65 0.51

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1.44 0.29 1.51 0.58

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IN A Grade the first win for the season was recorded for False Hope this week.

Can Bryce, Neil S and Michaela continue this assault or is this False Hope’s one and only run to the checkered flag? If they continue to play at their current form, they have doubled their chances for a podium finish. A Reserve finished later than normal with two teams continuing to battle for the win. Not winning in straight sets team JCM fought hard for their games. Michael Westaway and Michaela Campbell started the night playing a five set match. Michael did, however, finish the match winning three to two. Scores were Michael 8,11,7,12,12 to Michaela’s 11,9,11,10,10. So close.


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Michaela again had a five set match against Connor Krohn who fought to keep the match alive in the third game. Michaela 11,11, 11, 8, 11 to Connor’s 7, 5, 13, 11, 2. The third five set match was the first set of doubles and the fourth five set match was again a tussle between Connor and Jacob Beckwith. Jacob won the first two sets 12-10, 11-9. Connor refocused and came back to win the next three sets 11-8, 11-5 & 11-8. It was an enjoyable night to sit back and watch the rising talent taking it to some more seasoned players. We are so proud of all the players in the B Grade section. They continue to develop their competitive skills and sportsmanship. We have witnessed players who started with few skills five weeks ago now enjoying a rally and winning big points. Watch this space because the committee has a huge surprise up their sleeves for all new juniors starting in 2014 and it will be Autumn Competition group getting their chance next week. In the past our Leongatha Table Tennis Association has been heavily represented over many grades. Now is your time to commit to a weekend of playing

Table Tennis, making new friends and having a genuinely exhilarating three days. So June 7 – 9 (Queen’s Birthday weekend). If you want to participate but can only play part of the time that is ok too. You still need to speak to Tammy or Michael Holwerda who are available on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 7pm onwards at our club rooms (Leongatha Recreation Reserve, Roughead St, Leongatha). A Grade Dreamers 6-18 def Farmers 5-20, False Hope 7-23 def Dominators 3-9, My Team 6-20 def Legends 5-18 Bye: Dkat Ladder Legends .................8-33-109 My Team..................8-26-95 DKAT ......................4-23-90 Dreamers .................4-21-76 Dominators ..............2-24-73 Farmers ....................2-19-75 False Hope...............2-19-69 Aggregate Allan R 15, Dirk H 11, Kevin D 11, Bryce H 9, Neil C 9, A Reserve JCM 7-23 def RJ’s 4-19, STG 8-26 def DIA 3-13, DTB 6-22def No Names 5-17, Nissan 6-21 def HMR 3-10. Bye: T3B’s Ladder JCM ...................10-37-127 STG .....................8-40-158 T3B’s .....................8-26-84 No Names ...........6-37-137 DTB.......................6-28-93

RJ’s........................4-28-94 DIA........................4-16-69 Nissan..................2-24-103 HMR .....................0-16-69 Aggregate Stuart C 16, Michael W 15, Tom E 13, Bill H13, Michaela C 13. Mathew O ,Michael B, Daniel T and Danny Z all on 12points B Grade Malibu 3-9 def Team Teame 2-7, Meat cleavers 3-9 def Allsome 2-10, The

Flaming Table Tennis Balls 6-18 def Stingers 0-0 Ladder Meat Cleavers .....10-16-53 Allsome .................8-17-56 Team Teame ..........4-13-51 Malibu ...................4-13-46 The Flaming Table Tennis Balls .....................2-11-34 Stingers ...................2-6-18 Aggregate (Top 4 only) Justin A 10, Keiron B 8, Calvin D 7, Eldon W 5.

Here’s proof: Len Hawkins with the 9kg snapper hooked on Friday, March 21 in Corner Inlet. “We will be eating it for a month,” he says.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - PAGE 57


Leongatha Bowls Club The winners and runners-up of club competitions at the Leongatha Bowls Club presentation night, Friday, March 28: back row from left, Mark Coulter, Wayne Walker, John Richards, Bill Harry, Ray McGannon, Rod Jackson, Jo Runciman, Ollie Crouch, Chris Richardson, Sue Symmons, Fred Sauvarin, Russell Trotman. Front row from left: Mary Jepson, Bev Thompson, Carol Harry, Glenda Trotman, Lynne McIntyre, Laurel Cox and Trish McCormack.

Leongatha VALE Ken Dean. The Leongatha Bowls Club was saddened by the passing on March 17 of well respected member Ken Dean. A large gathering consisting of family, friends, bowlers and ambulance personnel attended the service held on March 24 at the Grandstand Complex, Leongatha Recreation Reserve to pay respects and farewell Ken. After the service many attended the Leongatha Bowls Club for refreshments and to join with Delma and family.

Inverloch OUR Ladies Invitation Day saw the two greens full with 28 teams on a perfect early autumn day. Our tables were decorated in a beach theme. Players found beach balls, umbrellas, shells, footprints and sea life as the table centrepiece. In keeping with this beach theme, lunch was served in a picnic box. The contents were well received by the players. It was a great idea for catering that caught the interest of other clubs. The competition was as hot as the day with seven teams claiming two wins of which five teams scored 40 points. So it was down to percentage to determine the placegetters.

Ken will be sadly missed and the Leongatha Bowls Club extends to Delma and the family its deepest sympathy, love and support. RIP Ken. Wednesday, March 26 saw the monthly triples in action, with the winners on the day being the Leongatha team of Wayne Walker (s), Barry Davidson and John White with four wins plus 36. Runners-up were Rod Jackson (s), G. Tobias and George Witherow with four wins plus eight. Best last game went to the Mirboo North team of

The winner of the day was Maureen Leighton’s team from Drouin. Thank you to our sponsors, Bendigo Bank and Stockdale and Leggo for making this day possible. The Monthly Nominated Triples were held on Wednesday, March 26. The trio of Lorraine Dowson, Mary McBain and Pam Wintrup took home the win. The team of Nellie Martin, Gail Burge and Janis Parks were runnersup. The Best Last Game went to Shirley Phillipson, Rhonda Davies and Jill Bateman. Our final Nominated Triples for the season will be on Wednesday April 9 starting at 10.00am. Our Gala Day brought 10 teams out to play.

Greg Lewis, Julie Lewis and Bert Bright with plus 15. The John O’Connor wines went to the team led by Alan Easterbrook. Sponsors for the day were Paint Place, and the club thanks them for their valued support. Friday evening, March 28 saw a good number attend at the clubrooms for the presentation night. After enjoying a nice meal the night got down to the real business. The following is a rundown of the events and awards for the 2013-14 season.

This event had to be rescheduled due to bad weather but only perfect conditions met our players today. We welcomed teams from Leongatha, Mirboo North and Wonthaggi to join our home teams. The teams were mixed with a lady skip. There was no three game winner but six teams had won two games. The runners up with 41 points were Pam Sutcliffe, Rob Howard, John Sutcliffe and Marg Flett. Winners on 43 points were Shirley Cook, Carol Waters, Ron Lawson and Bev Kurrle. Raffles were won by John Arnold, Cynthia Hensley and Harry Dunn. Thanks for our sponsor, South Coast First National.

Inverloch winners: congratulations to Carol Waters, Ron Lawson, Shirley Cook and Bev Kurrle, the winners of Gala Day sponsored by South Coast First National.

Firstly congratulations to the ladies Division 2 side for its great pennant win defeating Inverloch in the grand final. Ladies awards: Pennant Player of the Year, Mary Jepson. Ladies pairs champions, Laurel Cox and Trish McCormack. Runners-up Sue Symmons and Bev Thompson. Handicap pairs champions, Jo Runciman and Carol Harry. Runners-up Lynne McIntyre and Trish McCormack. 100 up champion, Jo Runciman, runner-up Sue Symmons. B Grade champion, Jo Runciman, runner-up Carol Harry. Club champion, Trish McCormack, runner-up Glenda Trotman. Men’s awards: Pennant Player of the Year, Fred Sauvarin. Men’s pairs champions, Wayne Walker, Ray McGannon. Runners-up Mark Coulter and Russell Trotman. President’s handicap champion, Rod Jackson, runner-up Chris Richardson. 100 up champion, Bill Harry, runner-up Tas Haywood. Mixed pairs champions, Glenda and Russell Trotman. Runners-up Julie and Rod Pursell. C Grade champion, Bill Harry, runner-up John Richards. B Grade champion, Ollie Crouch, runner-up John Richards. Club champion, Rod Jackson, runner-up Russell Trotman. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up. Reminders: Members are reminded that at 9.30am April 1 at the clubrooms there will be a working bee. Remember many hands make light work. Also nominations are still required for the following positions: bowls committee secretary, board chairperson and catering manager male/ female before the annual meeting to be held at the clubrooms on April 22. Until the next report, good bowling - ‘Jackhigh’.

Buffalo indoor Wednesday, March 27

AT Buffalo this week 11 bowlers were ready for an enjoyable evening of bowls. It was the ladies night to be skippers so after two teams of three and two pairs were selected, bowling began. In the first game Mary and Ian had a win over Joyce and Rod 7-3 and Toni, Glenys and Joe narrowly beat Carolyn, Andrew and Charlie on the last end 7-6. The second game saw Mary and Ian continue on their winning way to beat Toni’s team 9-5, and Carolyn’s team had their first win over Joyce 8-5. Peter joined Mary and Ian for the last game against Carolyn, Andrew and Charlie, and after a tussle Carolyn won over Mary 10-6. Toni had her second win, narrowly defeating Joyce 5-4. After countbacks the night’s winners were Mary, Ian and Peter (WWL) 16 ends, second Carolyn, Andrew, Charlie (LWW) 13 ends, next Toni, Glenys, Joe (WLW) nine ends, and fourth Joyce and Rod (LLL) eight ends. We are looking forward to seeing other bowlers for our open night on Wednesday, April 9. Social bowls Wednesday, 7.30pm at Buffalo Hall. All welcome.

three. Nick Rutjens skipping for the third week in a row got off to a good start again this week but went down by seven in his first game against the three man team, however, he exacted his revenge when he took on the might of Vito’s team and won by a very commendable five shots. So who, I hear you ask, were the winners of this fantastic night of combat on the baize carpets! Well two of them are the latest in the artificial hip brigade and the third is an ex club member who hasn’t lost his touch even though he seems to bowl everywhere he can, but seems to favour Dumbalk at the moment. To end the suspense here are the results for this week: Runners-up with one win and 12 ends were: Russell Grady, Tony Snell, Ian Hasty and Vito Serafino (skip). Winners with two wins were: Bert Bright, Robert Matthies and Tony AllenClay (skip). That’s all from me for the next couple of weeks. Vito will get his secretary to type something up and Ian Hasty will follow up in two weeks time.

Mirboo North Winners of the Mirboo North Ladies Triples on Tuesday were a team from Morwell, with the runners up a team from Sale. Thank you to everyone who helped out in any way. A team of Phil, Greg L and Mike finished runners up with three wins and 59 points in the Foster ‘Roffey Paragreen’ Triples; the winners with three wins and a draw and 62 points were a local team from Foster skipped by Ian Park. Other winners during the week were Bert Bright and Julie, who won best last game (20 shots to 5) at Leongatha. Important dates to note are our Charity Day Fours on Sunday 13 April (please confirm teams or single entries); the South Gippsland Bowling Division Presentation Night on Friday 2 May at Wonthaggi Bowling Club; Norm McLean day on Sunday 4 May at 1.30 followed by our Presentation Dinner (BBQ Dinner at $5 per head) – please put names on board inside club rooms or see Ann; and our Annual General Meeting at 7.30 on Monday 12 May (please see Ann if you want to nominate for any position or pick up a nomination form from the Club).

Inverloch THURSDAY, March 27 and eighteen players enjoyed the doubles competition. Winners with 34 points were Trevor Scott (S), Malcolm Marshall and Terry Seaward. Runners-up with 31 points, were Nic VanGrunsven (S), Gavin Blew and Arthur Moule. Male bowlers are reminded that they are also invited to play in the Mixed Social events organised by the ladies on Wednesdays.

Mardan indoor IT was a low turnout this week with only 15 players two of whom were previous members coming along for a night out. It was good to see Tony and Lorna Snell and also Robert Matthies. Lorna was looking remarkably well and appears to be making good headway on her road to recovery after what she went through last year. Keep up the fight back Lorna and when you have had your shoulder fixed we expect we’ll see you bowling again. The night panned out to four teams playing two games of 10 ends and one team of three. The lower numbers didn’t make it any quieter and it wasn’t long before the banter got going and battle commenced. The Plowmans and the Campbells locked horns with Vito’s team and despite coming from behind with a four on the last end left it a bit late and lost by a shot. Unfortunately their next game, although drawn with two ends to go, went a similar way and they were cut off at the knees to go down by

Eye on end: Inverloch’s Pud Kee remains focused as he delivers during the monthly triples event against Leongatha at Leongatha Bowls Club last Wednesday.



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SPORT | GOLF South Gippsland pennant golf Results - March 30 Division 1 (at Leongatha): Meeniyan 5 d Korumburra 2, Phillip Island 4 d Woorayl 3, Lang Lang 4 d Wonthaggi 3, Leongatha - bye. Division 2 (at Lang Lang): Lang Lang 5 d Wonthaggi 2, Phillip Island 6 d Foster 1, Leongatha 4 d Aussie Golf 3 Division 3 (at Phillip Island): Lang Lang 6 d Aussie Golf 1, Phillip Island 6 d Leongatha 1, Wonthaggi 4 d Korumburra 3, Foster 5 d Woorayl 2. Division 4 (at Lang Lang): Meeniyan 5 d Wonthaggi 2, Lang Lang 5 d Woorayl 2, Korumburra 6 d Welshpool 1, Leongatha 5 d Phillip Island 2.

Ladders Division 1 Lang Lang ...................3 Phillip Island .............. 2 Meeniyan .....................2 Korumburra ...............1 Wonthaggi ....................1 Woorayl ........................0 Leongatha .....................0 Division 2 Phillip Island ..............1 Lang Lang ...................1 Leongatha....................1 Aussie Golf ..................0 Wonthaggi ....................0 Foster ............................0 Division 3 Lang Lang ...................3 Phillip Island...............2 Wonthaggi ...................2 Korumburra ............... 1 Foster ............................1 Woorayl ........................1 Aussie Golf...................1 Leongatha .....................1 Division 4 Meeniyan .....................3 Korumburra ...............2 Welshpool .................... 2 Lang Lang ...................2 Leongatha .....................1 Wonthaggi ....................1 Phillip Island ................1 Woorayl ........................0

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6 5 4 3 2 1

53.85 58.26 52.36 47.64 41.74 46.15

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52.75 50.56 51.69 51.99 51.26 51.13 44.44 46.09

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53.86 52.75 50.42 49.86 50.00 48.71 47.71 46.88

Foster-Welshpool.................. 4.5 4 Leongatha.............................. 3.0 4 Phillip Island......................... 2.0 0 Meeniyan ............................... 0.5 0 Wonthaggi - bye ............................ 0 Section 4 Korumburra ......................... 5.0 4 Meeniyan ............................... 3.5 4 Foster-Welshpool.................. 1.5 0 Woorayl ................................. 0.0 0

Foster SOME more rain and the course has slowed a little. Tuesday, March 25: Ray Prain (17) won with 40 points from Neil Chandler (22) on 36 pts and Peter Dight (7) on 34 pts. Nearest the pins were Neil Chandler and Robert Fulton. Thursday, March 27: Peter Dight (8) nosed out Neville Thompson (9) on a countback - both on +2. Nearest the pins were Peter Dight and John Mathers. Friday, March 28: Visitor N. Banbury (18) had 21 points to get the chook on a countback from Josh Toner and Shaun Chaseling. The other down the line ball was Gary Phelan on 20 pts. Nearest the pins were Shaun Chaseling and Ben Dash. Saturday, March 29: Peter Cambridge (12) made a rare appearance and showed he had lost none of his touch in scoring 41 points to win A Grade. Andrew Naylor (19) was also in form to shoot 41 points to win B Grade. Down the line balls went to Neville Thompson (9) and Kevin Witheridge (10) on 40 points, and James Freeman (7), Tony Vanin (6) and Lloyd McKenzie all on 39 points. Nearest the pins were Kevin Witheridge, Neville Thompson, Andrew Naylor, Noel Black and Peter Dight. The encouragement award went to Kris Drangsholt with 27 points.

Pennant results

South Gippsland ladies pennant Ladders After March 24 Section 1 Leongatha.............................. 4.5 4 Meeniyan ............................... 2.5 2 Foster ..................................... 2.5 2 Wonthaggi ........................... ..0.5 0 Section 2 Korumburra ......................... 3.0 4 Leongatha.............................. 3.0 4 Woorayl ................................. 2.0 0 Phillip Island......................... 2.0 0 Lang Lang - bye ............................ 0 Section 3

Division 2 played Phillip Island at Lang Lang and lost 6/1. The winner was Norm Cooper 4/3, and the losers were Steve Reid 1 down, Greg Cox 5/3, Can Downing 2 down, Kevin Flett 3/1, Kris Drangsholt 19th and James Freeman 4/2. Division 3 played Woorayl at Phillip Island and they won 5/2. Winners were Owen Kindellan 3/2, Andrew Naylor 2 up, Greg Paine 2 up, Ray Prain 1 up and Neville Thompson 2/1. Losers were Trevor Jones 1 down and Kane Esler 2/1. This week Division 2 plays

Lang Lang at home at Foster with 9am hit-off. Division 3 plays Leongatha at Leongatha with 9.45am hit-off. Members and golfers draws - $1550 this week. Sean Durkin was drawn out for the $1500 members draw but was not there to collect, so it’s $1550 this week. The golfers Saturday draw for $400 was not won by Samuel Clark so it’s $420 this week, and the card draw for the stubbies went to Lloyd McKenzie. Coming events: Thursday, April 3 - stableford. Friday, April 4 - twilight - holes one to nine. Saturday, April 5 - Medal Day - David Knee trophies. Sunday, April 6 - pennant. Tuesday, April 8 - stableford. The Happy Hooker

Leongatha golf IN near perfect autumn weather with the course in magnificent condition a big field took part in the A E Edney 4 BBBB Par event on Saturday. The team of Denis McDonald (15) and Dan Poynton (16) took the honours with a score of +7. Runner up in a countback was the team of Ryan and Michael Thomas with +6. Other qualifiers for the Match play final were the teams of Henry Sedelies and Bryan McCorkell, and Anthony Sparkes and Mathew Hunter. The Pro Pin on the 14th was won by Craig Nuske and the NTP’s on the other par 3’s were Trevor Rickard on the 4th, Steve Fisher on the 7th and a visitor from Drouin John Gardiner on the 16th. DTL Balls were awarded to Henry Sedelies, Bryan McCorkell, Anthony Sparkes, Mathew Hunter, Ian Murchie, Fergal Connon, Davis Forbes, John Eabry, Bob Prowse, Peter Hart, Noel Johnson, Allan Edney, D Sharrock, D Hughes, Ben Ferrari-Mela and B Parker. On Tuesday Andrew Henley (16) took the A Grade honours with 36 points and Ron McCann (24) won B Grade in a countback from Mike Street with 37 points. NTP’s were Chris Leaver on the 4th, Bob Birrell on the 7th, Ron McCann on the 14th and Joe Lovell on the 16th. Balls were awarded to Mike Street, Bill Molloy, Andy Cairns, Jon Smith, Bert Borg, George Hines, Ian Sutherland,

Graeme Spruzen, Peter Hobson, Chris Leaver, Peter Stivic and Hugh Goodman. Thursday was also a Stableford event with John Moor (15) successful in A Grade with a very good score of 40 points. B Grade was taken out by Gary Sharrock (22) with 37 Points. NTP’s were Peter Seth on the 4th, Ian Murchie on the 7th, Ray Davies on the 14th and Geoff McDonald on the 16th. DTL Balls were won by Trevor Seebeck, Bill Warren, Bert Borg, Peter Hartigan, Fred de Bondt, Peter Hobson, Steve Fisher, Les Newton, Mike Street, Bruce Cathie, Geoff Maher and Ian Barlow. The greens have now recovered well from the recent coring and are in excellent condition in good time for the upcoming Club Championships. The work on the new bunkers is progressing quickly and will add real character to the course. Dylan and his staff, and the many volunteers are to be congratulated on the excellent condition of the course.

Sunday nine hole competition The final round of the season was played on Sunday in excellent conditions. Good individual scores were recorded. Wendy Parker with 43 strokes won the ladies best gross while John Hassett scored 40 to win the men’s best gross. John Hassett also won the best net for the men with 40-10½-29½. Gwen Chapman 46-12-34 and Noreen Webster 47-13-34 shared the ladies best net. Roy Kleverkamp won nearest the pin on the 14th. The winning team for the event of the day was LLT. The Espy Eagles scored the highest points for the season and are the winners of the Gordon West Memorial Shield. Congratulations. The players enjoyed a barbecue lunch and all who have helped throughout the season were thanked. A special thank you to our sponsors Kevin and Deborah Scott from South Gippsland Kennels and Cattery. The next season will commence on Sunday, October 5.

Korumburra THERE were 53 players on

Saturday, March 29 for the par (KBDT) event, with trophies by Jim Watts. A Grade: P. Hornibrook (11 hcp) +3, T. Marotti +1, missed out on +1 S. Rose, I. Gibson. B Grade: J. Little (14 hcp) +6, J. Solly +4, P. Harris +3, B. Pope +2, N. Ladgrove +1, K. Pope +1, P. Vanagtmaal +1, G. Jones +2. C Grade: A. Rosa (19 hcp) +3 countback from R. Gallagher +3, T. Humphrey +2, D. Hislop +2, M. Deleeuw +1, G. Wilson +2. Nearest the pin: 1st T. O’Neill, 7th A. Worthy, 10th J. Solly, 13th B. Pope. Eagles: L. Clements 18th, Tyler Marotti 16th. Kelvin John’s raffle, Dave Austin. Tuesday’s winner was R. Besley 41 pts and Thursday’s winner was L. Sharp 35 pts.

Korumburra Ladies THE second round of the Gloria Burgess event was played by 25 women last Wednesday. This event was rescheduled from 2013 due to wet weather. The third and final round is in late April, with winners for each grade being determined from the best two of the three rounds. The Division 1 (0-21) winner was Barb Walker (21), with a great score of 40 points, and runner-up was Moira Rogers (19) with 38 points. Corrie George (29) won Division 2 (22-31) with 38 points and Barb Twite (26) was runner-up with 35 points. Kathleen Bronsema (33) had an excellent score of 43 points to win Division 3 (3245), with runner-up, Lyn Perks (40) 37 points. Nearest the pins were won by Marg Clasby, 1st, Judy Webb, 7th and Barb Twite on the 13th. Thank you to Barb Walker, who provided delicious cakes for the raffle, and the lucky winners were Lynette McIvor, Judy Webb, Betty Thomson and Corrie George. Next Wednesday is a Stroke event with Monthly Medal and a Silver Spoon round. Please arrive between 9am and 9.20am so the field can be sent out. There will be salad rolls available and the stall will be running.

Leongatha ladies A PAR event was held with 46 women competing on Wednesday. Noreen Williams, a club stalwart for many years, generously sponsored the A, B and C Grade event, the raffle and nearest the pins. Maxine Eabry, finding some excellent form, won A Grade with +3. Loris Clark completed the round with a tidy -1 to win B Grade on a count back. Marg Danks has decided that playing more frequently does improve your golf. Marg has had two re-

Congratulations to Julie Hislop and Lyn Perks who were the finalists in the Long Markers Singles Knock-out. They had a close match last Sunday, with Julie winning on the 18th hole. Pennant began well with both Sections 2 and 4 having wins last Monday. Section 2 played Woorayl at Lang Lang and won 3/2. Section 4 played Woorayl at Korumburra and had a 5/0 win. Good luck to the teams for next week. Two teams played in the Wonthaggi Bowl last Friday, with Marg Clasby winning a ball down the line and Betty Thomson winning the raffle. Nine women played in a Stableford game on Saturday. Well done to Lee Clements (12) who had an Eagle on the 18th to score 3 for 5 points. Lee also won on the day with 36 points and Julie Brannaghan (20) was runner-up with 33points. Betty Thomson was nearest the pin on the 1st. DSR was 72.


decided by the roll of a dice. The winners were Sue and Graham Hoskin, Jenny and Brod Courtney and Heather and Ray Sullivan. The Buckland family were runners up and the other special award went to Simon Sullivan and Kelly and John Cadd. A special thank you to all who came along each Friday night and enjoyed the fabulous meal prepared by our super chef Simon Sullivan, and all the members who helped in the kitchen bar and on the desk over the 20 weeks.

Meeniyan ladies ON Wednesday March 26, 18 ladies played off for the Lorraine Eddy Singles Champion-p ship. Sponsor for the day was Betty Stanfield. Winner of Section 1 was Sue Hoskin with a nice 71 net. Winner of Section 2 was Helen Helms Boyle with an excellent score of 67 net. b Best 9 was Heather Poletti with 33.5 net. Putting was Nancy Hammet 27 Putts. D.L.B. Nancy Hammet 71, Dot Christie 73, and Jenny Cope 75, on a count back from Faye Le Page also on 75.

Mirboo North ladies

Julie Hislop: winner of the 2014 Korumburra Long Markers Singles Knockout.

Meeniyan twilight FRIDAY was the perfect night for the final twilight night for the season. There were reports of UFO’s on the golf course but to our relief it seems that the reports were wrong and it was just 45 people out playing night golf with glow balls and their torches laughing and finding their way around in the dark. The short course was set up by president Bill Pratt and curator David Thomson and the glow sticks activated just before sunset. After a delicious hot beef roll and sweets the players set out to play a six hole Ambrose event and after play the teams handicap were

cent wins and finished +1 to win C Grade on a count back. Down the line balls were won by Barb Fleming +1, Isobel Sutherland, Sue Woods and Marea Maher -1, Gwen Chapman, Wendy Parker, Glenyce McRobert and Marg Berry -2 and Shirley Welsford and Julie Howard -3 on a count back. Barb Fleming and Libby Seebeck were the winners of the nearest the pins on the 14th and 16th holes. Julie McPhee won the 9 hole competi-

Winner: Dot Kidd, 42 points. Runner-up: Barb Stimson, 39 points. D/L: Chris Gunn, 36 points. N/P 6TH Maree Thompson. 13TH Dot Kidd. Birdies 16TH Raylene Millsom.

Woorayl OUR medal day was sponsored by Hartley Wells Furniture and a countback was needed to decide the medallist. A Grade was won by Graeme Calder with a net 67 but Bob Beilby’s net 67 secured him the medal and B Grade. Dennis Hogan took out C Grade with a net 73. Ball earners were C. James, D. Dwyer, T. Ryan, P. Burgess, Dale Burge, G. Fennell, B. Stubbs, R. Brown, T. Walters and C. Hall. Nearest the pins went to Ian Atcheson and Zac Trease, while the T. Charlton syndicate won the ball raffle. Next week is the Wooraylp pairs aggregate stableford sponsored by G.R. and T. Plastering P/L.

tion with 21 points, and Pam Christensen and Hannah Martin both won a ball down the line. Club captain Marea Maher congratulated all three sections for their pennant wins last week. Saturday March 29 4BBB Par event Winner: Marg Danks and Wendy b Parker +5 Down the line: Marg Berry and Rita de Bondt +1

Above, Andrew Villinger for Lang Lang Golf Club chipping on to the 18th. He lost the round to Danny Crellin from the Wonthaggi Golf Club.

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Left, Danny Crellin for Wonthaggi Golf Club putting out as the winner of inter-club golf on the 18th tee at Leongatha on Sunday, March 30. “I’m tired. It takes a lot out of you emotionally. The first one to make a mistake lost.”

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| SPORT Woorayl ladies THE first round of the Tony McLeod Memorial Stableford event was played and the daily event was sponsored by Thel Scoble. Good scores were recorded once again with the course in top condition. A Grade winner was Sue Wakefield (15) 34 points on a count back from Chris Perrett. B Grade went to Dot Jarvis (22) 37 points and C Grade also with 37 points was Joan Smith (31). Down the Line balls went to Chris Perrett and Melinda Martin, both with 34 points and Barb James and Anne Grist 33 points on a count back from Marlene Rayson. Nearest the Pins go to Marg Tuckett on 8th, Lois Young on 11th and Dianne O’ Connor on 17th. Dianne O’ Connor not only had a nearest the pin on the 17th but she had the ultimate shot of a Hole in One. Great excitement for all. Congratulations Dianne. Next week we have our April Monthly Medal sponsored by Berry’s Creek Cheese and the first round of the Ken

Grist Memorial Singles Trophy sponsored by Frankie Johnson, Michael Grist, Kate and Craig Gourlay.

Wonthaggi ladies golf THE annual challenge against Centenary Park ladies saw 30 Wonthaggi players enjoy their hospitality at their home course at Frankston and their great course conditions. Unfortunately home advantage again saw the host club regain the cup until next year The Wonthaggi ladies results saw Di Grimmond eat up the course and came in with the best score for Wonthaggi with 39 points and the A Grade prize. Delores Harvey with 32 points won B Grade while Leonie Bentick 30 won the C Grade prize. Thanks to the Wonthaggi Club for the bus and everyone who helped to get everyone and all their gear down to ensure a great response for the day With a great field of 57 players from the local associations, a perfect autumn day saw the contest for the Wonthaggi Bowl commence on Friday. It was closely contested

with only two points deciding the winners of the Trophy and with a combined score of 103 saw one of the Wonthaggi teams of Dot Garry 37 points, Jan Jeeves 33 points and Marg Ryan 33 points, narrowly defeat a gallant Philip Island team. The section winners were A Grade Irene Holm (12) 34 points Meeniyan on C/B Val Soderlund Foster , B Grade Sev Piasente (22) 37 points Wonthaggi and C Grade Dot Garry (28) 37 points. Birdies on the day were scored by Irene Holm, Sue Brown, Margaret Frith and Dot Garry. NTP 2nd Dot Jarvis (Woorayl), NTP 13th Irene Holm (Meeniyan), NTP 17th Toni West (Leongatha), Pro Pin 8th Jan Jeeves (Wonthaggi). BDL D Garry 37, S Piasente 37, S Brown 36, M Frith 36, I Holm 34, V Soderlund 34, J Jeeves 33, P Pease 33, M Ryan 33, D Walker 33, P Russell 33, M Glasby 32, S Hoskin 32, J Beaumont 32, F Maynard 32, T Owen 31, S Welsford 31.

Friday, March 28 on a perfect day for the event, Leongatha Primary School held its House Athletics Carnival. The enthusiastic competition, at which the school’s staff were supported by an army of parent helpers, was won by the blue house, Whiteman.

Right, Hands up: Eddie Colwell is happy with his performance in the relay. Below left, Winning post: Anna Selings-Hanily for Herrald house. Below right, Girls in blue: left to right, Kelsea Schnoor, Maeve Muldoon, Rachel Barker and Chloe Brown have plenty of ribbons to show for their efforts.

Blue shield: celebrating the Whiteman House win from left to right, Hannah Perry, Adam Watchorn, Aaron Trease and Ella Lyons.

Royal Pair: Peter Waters (left) and Kevin Castwood (Right) before hitting off in the 2014 Auto Club Golf Championship Tournament Final at Royal Pines

Not always about winning CHRISTINE Byrne, a Year 9 student at the Leongatha Secondary School who competes for the Glenhuntly Athletics Club, competed at The Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney March 12 – 16.

Golf duo contest championship LOCAL golfers, Kevin Castwood and Peter Waters (Men’s Captain and Vice Captain at Leongatha Golf Club) have just returned home from Queensland after playing in the final of the 2014 Auto Golf Club Championship. The event, held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast was compared by former Australian test cricketer, Wayne Phillips. Kevin and Peter qualified for the final by winning a 4ball aggregate stableford qualifying event held at Leongatha Golf Club in December last year, one of 68 such events held by the Auto clubs across Australia and new Zealand. In addition to winning good prizes on the day at the qualifying event, each player won an allexpenses paid trip to play in the final. Some 68 pairs contested the final, this year being the second year the event has been held. Unfortunately this year’s two day event coincided with drought breaking rains in the area, with the first day’s play being held in wet conditions and the second day having to be abandoned en-

tirely with the course unplayable after more than 200mm of rain overnight. A pair from Toowoomba City (Qld) won the event with an aggregate stableford score of 83 for the single round played, an amazing effort considering the wet conditions! In addition to playing golf, the finalists were treated to a putting clinic by women pro golfer Stacey Keating, a demonstration of driving by World longest drive champion Stephen Kennedy, a trick shot demonstration by golf pro Henry Epstein, a welcome cocktail reception, and a Gala Dinner on the final evening. The huge success of this event, which is now sanctioned by the PGA, has led Leongatha Golf Club to request that they host another qualifying event this year. The date requested (yet to be finally confirmed) for this is Sunday, November 2. All golfers with a Golflink handicap are invited to play in this event but at least one of the pair needs to be a motoring organisation member (eg, RACV). As the event is a handicap event, all golfers, male or female, high or low handicappers have a chance to win their way to the final.

Gordon West Memorial Shield: Sunday nine hole competition winners at the Leongatha Golf Club, front from left, Bill Phillips, Wendy Jordan and Roy Kleverkamp; back from left, Ian Danks, Paul Wilson and Pat West.

Tough cookie: Christine Byrne proves herself a survivor to record personal bests on the track.

While she did not make the finals of her events, the 100m and 200m, she ran two season personal bests Her coach was extremely pleased with her performance considering

she sprained her sacroiliac joint at the Victorian Junior Championships four weeks earlier and lost three crucial training weeks in the lead up to the Sydney event. Christine was also happy with the end result. Christine had fractured the navicular bone in her foot last season which had her out for most of the season and then her back this year. All concerned think she done a great job considering the injuries and just making nationals is half the battle.

Hole in One for Dianne

PLAYING golf for 40 years Woorayl Golf Club president Dianne O’Connor couldn’t believe her eyes when

she scored her first ever hole in one on the 17th last Wednesday.

Dianne admitted she was happy with her hit. “It was a

good straight shot,” she said. She was even happier she got to see the ball roll into the hole. Dianne shared her joy with her two fellow golfers that day, Fay Maynard and

Hole in one: The ultimate shot causes great excitement at Woorayl. Congratulations to Dianne O’Connor. Dianne also had the nearest the pin on the 17th.

Barb James, on the course. “Yes I am very excited, it is a wonder no one heard the screams,” Dianne said. “It is very special and even more so having the hole in one at home. “Woorayl is a great golf club, the members are so friendly and we always have a lot of fun,” Wife of John O’Connor Dianne said she still hadn’t told John as he was busy on the bowling green. While she scored a hole in one Dianne also clocked up an Eagles Nest. To mark her success Dianne will be rewarded with a special hole in one trophy, soon to be engraved. Woorayl captain Marg Tuckett congratulated Dianne on her success and said, “It isn’t a common and the last hole in one here was by a visiting golfer back in October and before that Jo Fennell scored one in 2009.”

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Mirboo North rocks athletics

By Laura Gibb

TALENT and school spirit were the winners at Mirboo North

Secondary College’s house athletics day Tuesday, March 25. Students displayed their athletic prowess as well as

their sense of fun and flair for costumes as they competed for their houses of Narracan, Allambee, Mirboo and Mardan. Narracan House captains Gabby O’Loughlin and Sam Powell accepted the athletics shield on behalf of the winning red

team, which scored the most points on the day. It follows Narracan House’s recent win at the swimming sports. Age group champions Max Hendrickse, Wes Graeme, Gabby O’Loughlin, Shannon Pickering, Kayne O’Connell,

Henry Turner, Nikita Kelly, Lucinda Graeme, Lateasha Hansch, Roxy Hibberson, Rhys Kratzat and Anne Marshall were awarded medallions for their successes. Many students put in

determined efforts in individual events or contributed to the day in other ways. “We have really good participation here,” Mirboo North Secondary College publicity officer Lesla Ford said.

“The kids really get into

it.” Dress ups added to the occasion, with some students putting an amazing effort into wearing their house colours and even competing in full costume.

Committed to costume: Bronte Marriott representing Mirboo House in the women’s Under 21s 4 x 100m relay.

Bananas: from left, Jarred Best and Sean Brennan got into the spirit of Mirboo North Secondary College’s house athletics.

Red house: Gabby O’Loughlin and Sam Powell receiving the house athletics shield for Narracan House.

Handfuls of ribbons: from left, Ben Fletcher, Henry Turner and Sam Pratt won did Allambee House proud at Mirboo North Secondary College house athletics.

Age group champions: back row from left, Max Hendrickse, Wes Graeme, Gabby O’Loughlin, Shannon Pickering and Kane O’Connell, front row from left, Henry Turner, Nikita Kelly, Lucinda Graeme, Lateasha Hansch, Roxy Hibberson, Rhys Kratzat and Anne Marshall all received medallions for performing best in their age group divisions.

Athletes shine at State Finals A TEAM of 13 athletes represented the Leongatha Little Athletics Club at the Victorian State Track and Field Championships in Melbourne last weekend, all performing with distinction in their events against competitors from across Victoria. Budding young track champion Ella Snell was the sole athlete from the club to clinch a medal at the twoday event, securing bronze on Saturday afternoon in the Under 9 Girls 80m hurdles with a sensational time of 14.57 seconds.

This was four tenths of a second faster than her performance in the heat, in which she placed fourth. Ella also qualified for the final of the 60m hurdles on Sunday, placing second in her heat and finishing fifth in the final with a time of 11.09sec. Just 0.1 seconds separated third and fifth. Also performing brilliantly in the hurdles, Meaghan Stothart finished just a fraction of a second outside the medals with fourth place in both the U10 Girls 80m hurdles (15.30sec) and 60m hurdles

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(11.05sec), having qualified first and second in her respective heats. Other finalists at the championships included: Dylan Shone, who finished seventh in both the U9 Boys 60m hurdles (11.0sec) and 70m sprint (11.28sec); Jasmine Woods, who placed fifth in the U11 Girls 70m (10.31sec) after finishing third in her heat; and Ruby Martin, who took third in her U13 Girls 100m heat with a 13.36sec qualifier and, as the only country region athlete in the mix, placed eighth in the final (13.51sec). Congratulations to all athletes who participated in the championships: Ryan Giliam (U11 200m 30.52sec, 80m hurdles 15.09sec); Courtney Martin (U12 400m 1:10.00min); Niamh Martin (U11 80m hurdles 15.63sec, long jump 3.78m); Ruby Martin (U13 100m 13.36sec heat/13.51sec final, 200m 28.04sec); Jacob McRae

(U9 60m hurdles 11.62sec); Joel Norton (U15 200m 26.43sec, triple jump 10.71m); Cambell Riseley (U11 1500m race walk 9:00.29min); Sara Riseley (U14 long jump 4.49m, triple jump 9.92m); Dylan Shone (U9 60m hurdles 11.25sec heat/11.0sec final, 70m 11.11sec heat/11.28sec final, 80m hurdles 14.86sec); Ella Snell (U9 60m hurdles 10.96sec heat/11.09sec final, 80m hurdles 14.97sec heat/14.57sec final); Meaghan Stothart (U10 60m hurdles 11.43sec heat/11.05sec final, 70m 11.58sec, 80m hurdles 15.36sec heat/15.30sec final, high jump 1.0m); Jas-

mine Woods (U11 100m 14.81sec, 70m 10.45sec heat/10.31sec final, long jump 3.86m, triple jump 8.78m); andAliesha Wrigley (U14 1500m 5:30.45min, 800m 2:36.79min, 400m result TBC). Thanks to team manager Mike Shone and the many others involved in preparing the team ahead of the championships. The club’s presentation night will be held this Friday, April 4 at the Leongatha Primary School’s performing arts centre, starting at 5.30pm with a sausage sizzle. Presentations start at 6pm.

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On parade: from left, some of the Leongatha team participate in the club parade march on Saturday, Cambell Riseley, Dylan Shone, Meaghan Stothart, Jasmine Woods, Aliesha Wrigley and Ruby Martin.

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Join our netball club

THE Leongatha and District Netball Association is gearing up for the upcoming

season which commences on Saturday, April 26.

All netball clubs with-

in the association are welcoming new members to join them in all age groups from Net Set Go (children

aged 5-10 years) to senior and all ages in between. There are five clubs within the association all welcoming new players; they are Town Netball Club, Mirboo North, Mount Eccles, Meeniyan and district and St Laurences. Stony Creek Football Netball Club is also entering an Under 15 team this season. Training for most of the clubs has started or is starting soon so come down, contact the club and be involved.

Committee member for the LDNA Emma Smith said the competition was great for a number of reasons. “There’s very little travel involved as matches are always at Leongatha, it does not eat into your whole day plus being a local competition you are playing against many people you know and it is quite social at the same time,” Emma said. “There is also no entry fee at the gate so parents, grandparents, brothers and

sisters can come along and support and it doesn’t cost anything,.” Players pay a one-off registration fee which includes joining the club and being covered for insurance and all costs of running the competition including trophies. The association offers a family friendly competition, with no games held on long weekends or school holidays. Weekly training is offered by individual clubs and the association enter

teams in local tournaments as a way of developing budding netballers and saving on travel costs. Those interested in umpiring can further their skills through development courses also offered through the Association. For more information on any aspect contact LDNA president Julie Grant on 0407 076 425 or refer to the club contact details in the advertisement on this page.

Above, Getting ready: preparing for the start of the LDNA netball season are, from left, Mirboo North’s Casey Pocklington, Meeniyan and district’s Miranda Wilson, Town’s Emma Smith, umpire Erin Baudinette, St Laurence’s Philomena Smith, and Emily Cashin of Mount Eccles. Right, Gearing up: from left, Emma Smith, Alyssa Knox, Kerri Bentvelzen, Michelle Chandler, Lina Green, and Danielle Jones are looking forward to the LDNA’s autumn/winter day competition starting.

No jostle for juniors By Stuart Biggins M E E N I YA N Dumbalk United Football Netball Club, along with several other clubs in the district, is struggling to field younger teams. This problem is at the heart of the VicHealth Active Club Grants, $1.8m granted to 742 sports clubs across Victoria in 2014 and designed to get more people involved in sport and active recreation. Shining the spotlight specifically on the younger age group, why are clubs like Meeniyan Dumbalk United having so much difficulty attracting them to the sport? Reportedly cricket clubs too are struggling to attract the same age group so it is not a problem unique to football. Attendance records at cricket and football matches continue to be broken so our love of these sports is growing rather than diminishing. So if we are so keen to watch, why not to play?

Why is this happening and how do we get kids back to playing sport? Principal Program Officer at VicHealth, Rayoni Nelson, cites several factors at play here. One is the question of time in an age when people can feel time poor, and have trouble striking balance in their lives between all of the demands competing for attention. Nelson says, “The scheduled nature of sport is a challenge for some and may be a deterrent.” There is midweek training to get to and the parent showing support by putting aside Saturday mornings to attend the son’s match. “Lack of parent support is a factor at times.” She mentions the high cost of fees and equipment as another barrier as well as the risk or fear of injury. The VicHealth Active Clubs Grants of up to $3000 each aim to make it easier for clubs to encourage people to join their club, fund items or equipment, and help them improve the safety of those taking part. VicHealth has also

created a smartphone app called TeamUp which encourages people to connect and take part in physical activity when and where they want. “On the flip side, sports clubs use TeamUp to promote themselves,” says Rayoni. An active and vibrant Facebook page or Twitter following are also ways in which clubs can be proactive and capture the interest of GenYs. Ideally these club facilities are managed by a subcommittee and operated by club youth.

Korumburra volleyball Results Round 7 A Grade: Bugs d Champions (2:0) 31:29, 25:11, 10:11. Warriors d Golliwogs (2:1) 26:24, 22:25, 13:8. B Grade: T.N.T. d Misfits (3:0) 25:13, 25:13, 21:16. Hopefuls d Shark Bait (3:0) 25:22, 26:24, 24:22. HELP d Panthers (2:0) 25:23, 25:20, 10:12.

Centenary just ace THE Hallston community will commemorate the centenary of the Hallston Tennis Club this Saturday, April 5. Junior tennis will open the party from 11am-12pm, to be followed by a barbecue lunch and afternoon tea. Posters, old photos, trophies and other memorabilia will be on display in the hall.

Hundred of players came through the club over the years. From 6pm, come along to the hall for a spit roast tea with speeches and guest speaker Margaret Harris, a former Dumbalk resident, Wimbledon player and junior coach at Hallston. To book for the tea, ring Frank Dekker on 5668 5285 or Mary Jepson on 5662 3787.

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Town Netball Club Leanne Hofman president 0419 141 723 or 5662 4738 Cherie Pritchett Secretary 0417 057 297 Training: Start Wednesday April 2 4-5pm at LDNA courts.

Mirboo North Netball Club

Mt Eccles Netball Club

Lee-Anne Falkingham president 0400 291 072, Karen Woods secretary 0439 941 317 Junior training: Thursday nights at Mirboo Primary school or Rec. Reserve starts April 3.

Sue Richie 0413 000 877 Julie Lomas for juniors 0459 191 695 E: Training: Thursday nights between 4-5pm at LDNA courts starts April 3. No training April 10 & 17 due to school holidays.

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Nena Caithness 5664 2387 Training: Tuesday nights at 4pm at The Meeniyan Netball Courts

Jane Wright 0400 764 438 Training: Thursdays between 4-5.15pm at Mary MacKillop netball courts We have vacancies for coaching positions of junior teams available. Enquiries welcome. Players of all sections welcome. e:

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Mirboo North Football/Netball Club AN unrepentant Newborough thrashed 2013 premier Mirboo North by 129 points to claim the Ron Skinner Memorial Cup, in bright autumn sunshine at Tigerland on Saturday. No doubt, Newborough’s decisive victory has erased some of the pain of its four point grand final loss to the Tigers, six months ago. Skinner, who died in 2011, was a top rate Newborough and Yallourn North footballer, who later coached Mirboo North in 1986 and 1987, after settling in the town. Due to the season’s unprecedented early start, the replay of last year’s Mid Gippsland grand final was always going to be a fizzer, with only four of Mirboo North’s premiership side available for selection. History will record

it was just one of those things, one of those crazy things about football. Seven of the Tigers’ line-up participated in reserves, thirds or fourths contests, prior to saddling up for the seniors and by game’s end, they could barely talk or walk, much less run and jump. Talented juniors, Wes Graeme, Paul Hinkley and Liam Smit, will forever recall wearing their yellow and black jumpers with courage, pride and aplomb in their first senior appearances for the club. Veterans, Steven Rogers, Andrew McCarthy and Pat Aveling, who have been grazing in the reserves in recent years, also eagerly answered the emergency call for a senior upgrade. James Grande and Shane Littlejohn were other reserves stalwarts, who keenly stepped up to help the seniors. Not surprisingly, New-

borough soon took control of the match with early goals to Travis Boyle, Michael Gelagotis and new playing coach, Glenn Michie. The Bulldogs’ run and carry through the midfield and powerful marking in the forward corridor put the Tigers under constant pressure and stress. Some innovative defensive work by Drew Gardener, McCarthy and Smit, plus two outstanding goals from Sam Pratt, temporarily held the Bulldogs at bay, but the floodgates were threatening to open. When they did, it was more than a few surf breakers coming through, this was a tsunami. The excited Doggies thought all their Christmases had come at once, as they piled on goal after goal. At half time, Newborough was 58 points in front and had increased its lead to a commanding

96 points by three quarter time. Giant ruckman, Chris Hancock, was dominant at the stoppages and in the air, whilst star recruit, Liam Carolan, also had a big day out in the Doggies’ first win at Tigerland for 12 years. Speedy runners, Jeremy Cattanach, Rhys Jacobs and Jarrod Bennets were in excellent form around the packs for the winners. Gardener, Luke Palmer, Luke Gervasi, Jack Robertson and newcomer, Tristan Salerno, all battled hard for the Tigers, but the Newborough goals just kept on coming. Although defeat was inevitable, the scoreboard couldn’t tell the full story of the commitment of this makeshift combination, with age variances of 30 years, banding together to fly the flag for the mighty Tigers. An example was a fatigued McCarthy taking



the full force of a young red-headed Bulldog ploughing into him in an overhead marking contest, that laid the old Tiger prostrate for several minutes on the final siren. In the end, the Tigers went down by heaps, but they earned the respect of everyone. Stand-in coach, Chris Joustra, praised his players for the 100% effort they had given for four quarters, against much stronger opposition. This Saturday, Mirboo North will be near full strength when coach, Troy Hamilton and up to 14 senior players return to the side against Thorpdale.

Reserves Newborough 9 – 12 66 d Mirboo North 8 – 8 - 56 Fears of a Mirboo North forfeit were allayed at the 11th hour when a mixture of juniors, seniors and reserves players filled the breach, by rotating on and off the field during the match. In the first three quarters, Tim Traill booted six magnificent goals, as Shane Peters and Alex Windsor knocked up get-

Mid Gippsland League SENIORS LADDER Newborough ........... 490.91 Trafalgar ................. 325.00 Yinnar ..................... 218.37 Morwell East........... 135.29 Yarragon ................. 129.63 Yall-Yall North ............ 77.14 Thorpdale .................. 73.91 Boolarra ..................... 45.79 Hill End ...................... 30.77 Mirboo North.............. 20.37

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ting kicks, before all headed off to the 2.30 pm wedding of Matt Holland and Jess Hilliar in the scenic Mirboo hills. Trailing by a point at the last change, Mirboo North fought hard, but didn’t have the resources to finish the job and lost by 10 points. Forward pocket specialist, Tom Hopcraft, booted the goal of the day, after leading well to safely mark the Sherrin on his chest. Mirboo North Goals: T Traill 6, A Soplakow, T Hopcraft Mirboo North Best: S Peters, J Robertson, T Traill, A Windsor, J Brooks, C Dalliston

Thirds Mirboo North 15.12.102 d Newborough 7.10.0. Mirboo North opened its season in fine style with a resounding 52-point victory over the Bulldogs. Paul Hinkley kicked five terrific goals before he, Sam Pratt and Jeremy Salinger pulled the boots on again in the seniors. Well played, lads.

Fourths Mirboo North 4.8.32 d Newborough 4.5.29 Mirboo North led narrowly at every change, before recording a tight three-point win over the Bulldogs. Wes Graeme, who kicked two goals and was best afield, later featured in Mirboo North’s best players in his first senior game for the mighty Tigers. Well done, Wes. Mirboo North Goals:

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Morwell East 14.8.92 d Thorpdale 9.14.68 Yarragon 16.9.105 d Yallourn-Yall Nth 12.9.81 Trafalgar 17.15.117 d Hill End 5.6.36 RESERVES Trafalgar 14.7.91 d Hill End 6.8.44 Thorpdale 10.9.69 d Morwell East 10.8.68 Yarragon 10.8.68 d Yallourn-Yall Nth 9.6.60 THIRDS Yarragon 13.11.89 d Yallourn-Yall Nth 10.6.66 Morwell East 10.11.71 d Thorpdale 10.11.71 Trafalgar 18.13.121 d Hill End 4.6.30 FOURTHS Thorpdale 9.5.59 d Morwell East 5.6.36 Traralgar 4.8.32 d Hill End 3.6.24

W. Graeme 2, J. Hohmann, R. Oddy. Mirboo North Best: W. Graeme, D. Huynh, D. Allen, K. Wilson, B. Thomson, A. Miller .

Netball 15 and Under: Newborough 43 d MN 15. MN Best: C. Chila, N. Kelly, M. Phillips-Power. 17 and Under: Newborough 47 d MN 18. MN Best: A. Loh, S. Giardina. D Grade: Newborough 31 d MN 27. MN Best: H. Anderson, M. Brooks. C Grade: Newborough 32 d MN 30. MN Best: A. Dyke, C. Dyke. B Grade: MN 56 d Newborough 27. MN Best: R. Vansittart, G. O’Loughlin. A Grade: MN 71 d Newborough 28. MN Best: S. Mueller, A. Nash.

SENIORS Newborough 24.18.162 d Mirboo North 5.3.33

THIRDS Mirboo North 15.12.102 d Newborough 7.10.52

Newborough goals: M. Gelagotis 4, L. Carolan 3, A. Kennedy 3, L. Webber 3, G. Michie 3, D. Risol 3, J. Cattanach 1, J. Todd 1, S. Robertson 1, T. Boyle 1, C. Hancock 1. Newborough best: D. Risol, C. Hancock, L. Carolan, J. Cattanach, R. Jacobs, J. Bennets. Mirboo North goals: S. Pratt 2, B. Waters 1, J. Brooks 1, J. Pellicano 1. Mirboo North best: D. Gardener, L. Palmer, L. Gervasi, J. Robertson, L. Smit, W. Graeme.

Mirboo North goals: P. Hinkley 5, J. Moro 3, J. Buxton 2, T. Taylor 2, A. Miller 2, J. Richards 1. Mirboo North best: S. Pratt, B. Linforth, J. Salinger, T. Taylor, J. Moro, K. Robb. Newborough goals: J. Pullar 1, J. Pearce 1, B. McColl 1, B. Drowley 1, L. Bauman 1, J. Bland 1, H. Robinson 1. Newborough best: O. Potts, L. Mulqueen, D. Somerville, J. Pearce, B. Drowley, D. Brooks.

RESERVES Newborough 9.12.66 d Mirboo North 8.8.56 Newborough goals: J. Donelly 3, D. Schembri 2, J. Brincat 1, D. Drowley 1, B. Mizzi 1, D. Payne 1. Newborough best: M. Hamilton, M. Rosato, M. Sporle, R. Williams, J. Brincat, R. Beck. Mirboo North goals: T. Traill 6, B. Hopcraft 1, A. Soplakow 1. Mirboo North best: S. Peters, J. Robertson, T. Traill, A. Windsor, J. Brooks, C. Dalliston.

FOURTHS Mirboo North 4.8.32 d Newborough 4.5.29 Mirboo North goals: W. Graeme 2, R. Oddy 1, J. Hohmann 1. Mirboo North best: W. Graeme, D. Huynh, D. Allen, K. Wilson, B. Thomson, A. Miller. Newborough goals: L. O’Farrell 1, A. Rosato 1, L. Barry 1, L. Michie 1. Newborough best: L. Michie, J. Mitchell, M. Barry, J. Paulet, A. Rosato.


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Thorpdale ............... 163.89 Trafalgar ................. 133.33 Mirboo North .......... 110.34 Yall-Yall North............. 0.00 Yinnar ......................... 0.00 Newborough .............. 90.62 Hill End ...................... 75.00 Morwell East .............. 61.02

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SENIORS Yinnar 15.17.107 d Boolarra 7.7.49

RESERVES Yinnar 9.12.66 d Boolarra 3.9.27

Yinnar goals: T. Aitken 5, S. Mills 3, C. Harwood 2, K. Grinstead-Jones 2, T. Hillier 1, D. King 1, J. Bowe 1. Yinnar best: T. Hillier, T. Aitken, J. Sleswick, S. Mills, K. GrinsteadJones, R. Malcolmson. Boolarra goals: K. Towt 2, J. Giardina 1, A. Thorpe 1, M. Van Dyke 1, S. Mazou 1, T. Dowe 1. Boolarra best: M. Buglisi, D. Wilson, K. Towt, J. Emery, C. Riseley, D. Mayman.

Yinnar goals: M. Webb 2, L. Monacella 2, C. Alexander 2, M. Renwick 1, J. Lawless 1, A. McKay 1. Yinnar best: M. Webb, M. Nardino, L. Bremner, D. Nardino, A. McKay, M. Renwick. Boolarra goals: S. Cooper 1, M. Wigg 1, J. Dudek 1. Boolarra best: T. Beamish, R. Beamish, J. Wilson, L. Lewis, T. Tobin.

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CRICKET | SPORT • C Grade Division 1

OMK clinch C Division 1

C Grade Division One: premiers, OMK, back row, from left, Justin Greenwood, Robert Quaife, Jake Cochrane, Luke Van Rooye, George Lomagno, Paul Green, front row from left, Josh Whiteside Nick Auddino, Clarrie O’Brien, Paul Harper (captain), Tom Eustace, and Peter Miller.

THE OMK team had a clear win in its grand final 9/191 to Inverloch’s all out 79.

just 79 runs. Justin Greenwood proved a real weapon with the ball, taking 5/11 whilst Clarrie O’Brien took 4/22.

Winning the toss and batting OMK quest for runs started badly when openers Robert Quaife, a duck, and Justin Greenwood 4 were back in the sheds and the score 2/7. Peter Miller set about restoring the innings and his well made top score of 46 got OMK well on the way to a competitive total. When he went out the score was pushed to 5/92 with more work to be done. Middle order bat and captain Paul Harper stood up with 34 for the Diggers. A good partnership between Harper and Luke Van Rooye 20 pushed the score to 138. Some great down the order batting from Paul Green 23 gave the Diggers a good total to defend, 9/191. Best of the Inverloch bowlers was Justin Jackson with 4/45. Inverloch crumbled in its innings despite the good conditions for cricket and were eventually all out for

OMK d INVERLOCH 1st innings OMK J. Greenwood c. M. Goldsmith b. J. Jackson ...........................4 R. Quaife c. J. Brosnan b. J. Jackson ...........................0 P. Miller lbw. b. I. Fowler ...........................46 T. Eustace b. J. Jackson ..............8 J. Cochrane c. M. Goldsmith b. J. Brosnan...........................9 P. Harper c. J. Belli b. W. Williams ......................34 G. Lomagno lbw. b. I. Smith...............................2

L. Van Rooye c. M. Goldsmith b. W. Williams ......................20 C. O’Brien b. J. Jackson...........12 P. Green n.o. .............................23 N. Audino n.o. ............................3 Extras ......................................30 Total .............................9/191 (cc) Bowling: J. Jackson 4/45, D. Connelly 0/28, W. Williams 2/37, J. Brosnan 1/18, I. Fowler 1/21, I. Smith 1/26. 1st innings Inverloch Extras ......................................18 Total .........................................79 Bowling: J. Greenwood 5/11, L. Van Rooye 0/3, T. Eustace 0/7, G. Lomagno 0/10, N. Audino 0/8, C. O’Brien 4/22, J. Cochrane 1/8.

Inverloch’s scores were not submitted in time for publication.

Not out: Paul Green is safe, as Inverloch’s Justin Jackson can’t get the bails off in time.

• C Grade Division 2

Another flag for OMK OMK completed a sweep of the C Grade cricket titles with a premiership in C Grade Division 2 over Kilcunda Bass. Played on the McMahon Reserve in Wonthaggi, OMK won the toss and batted in ideal conditions. The openers had a great start to the innings. Gary Adams and Donald Wylie pushed the score to a 77 run partnership before Wylie fell for 23. Adams and Alan McKinnon then settled in for another partnership before Adams fell for 61; it was then 2/114. McKinnon 47, Ben Maguire 16 , then Craig Walker 25, pushed the score on to 3/185 before Walker fell. Despite a collapse of 6/16 the competitive total had been established of 9/201. Simon Blake took 3/28

for Killy Bass. Killy Bass fought hard to make this a contest and at one stage was 3/109 and looking in good shape. Opener Gary Burchell had made 24, second drop Joe Reilly 45 and Darren Aurisch 29 as Killy Bass started to look a threat. But when Reilly fell the Killy Bass bats capitulated with five wickets falling for eight runs. The team was all out for 128, still 74 runs short of victory. Wylie completed a top match and took a fine 6/44 for the Diggers and Ben Maguire 3/20. OMK d KILCUNDA-BASS 1st innings OMK G. Adams c. S. Ashenden b. B. Jones ............................61 D. Wylie c. J. Oates b. S. Blake ............................23 A. McKinnon c&b. D. Aurisch ...................47 C. Walker b. D. Aurisch ...........25 B. Maguire b. A. Blackney.......16 K. Houghton r.o..........................0 M. Gow c. b. S. Blake ..............................2

B. Nation c&b. S. Blake.............6 L. Lamers n.o. ............................3 D. Wylie b. D. Aurisch ...............0 N. Paterson n.o. ..........................2 Extras ......................................16 Total .............................9/201 (cc) Bowling: A. Bray 0/25, I. Brown 0/17, D. O’Neill 0/16, S. Blake 3/28, D. Aurisch 3/70, B. Jones 1/20, A. Blackney 1/18. 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass G. Burchell c. b. G. Adams..........................24 A. Blackney b. B. Maguire ........0 S. Ashenden lbw. b. B. Maguire .........................1 J. Reilly c. b. D. Wylie ...........................45 D. Aurisch c. b. D. Wylie ...........................29 I. Brown lbw. b. D. Wylie .............................0 A. Bray lbw. b. D. Wylie .............................4 S. Blake c. b. D. Wylie .............................2 D. O’Neill lbw. b. B. Maguire .........................0 B. Jones c. b. D. Wylie .............................0 J. Oates n.o. ................................1 Extras ......................................22 Total .......................................128 Bowling: B. Maguire 3/20, D. Wylie 6/44, B. Nation 0/18, G. Adams 1/14, D. Wylie 0/18.

C Grade Division 2 premiers: OMK, back, from left, Nick Paterson, Daniel Wylie, Luke Lamers, Dom Wylie, Murray Gow, Gary Adams, Aaron McKinnon, Keith Houghton; front, Ben Maguire, Craig Walker, Brad Nation, Josh Whiteside and Ryan Wyatt.

Local triathletes triumph BARRACUDA triathletes Phil Hanley and Matt Sullivan both claimed series wins in the prestigious Gatorade Triathlon Series in Melbourne on Sunday, while Kara Landells claimed second place. The series was comprised of five races held over the last five months; with races one and three at Elwood, race four at Portarlington and races two and five at St Kilda. An Olympic distance (1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run) was covered in race two, with the other four races being sprints, of varying distances. Phil had a good lead on the championship and only had to finish the event to claim victory.

Despite having completed the Melbourne Ironman the previous Sunday, where he won his category, Phil put any lingering soreness aside to not only finish, but win his age group on the day. He was not going to let the series first prize slip away! Matt’s task was a little bit harder. Going into this race he had only a few points advantage over the second placed athlete. In the previous four races they had finished within 2½ minutes of each other; whoever won race five was going to take out the series. Matt was behind on the swim, but took the lead on the first lap of the bike. Then Matt was overtaken, but managed to regain the lead on the final leg of the bike section.

Matt ran well and managed to finish one minute and seven seconds ahead. Kara was sitting in second place before the final race and needed to perform well to maintain her position. Although she raced well, Kara was devastated on being told that she had been disqualified for incorrect riding technique, which would put her out of placing in the series. After a lengthy conversation with officials, it was decided that due to the ambiguity of the ‘offense’ a time penalty would be imposed instead. This meant Kara was able to claim second place in the series. Both Phil and Matt received an Aqua Sphere Phantom wetsuit valued at $700 each and Kara was awarded a $450 Garmin voucher.

Strong performance: Kara Landells had to survive a nervous wait before being placed second in the series.

Big fish: Barracudas, Phil Handley and Matt Sullivan claimed series wins in the prestigious Gatorade Triathlon Series in Melbourne on Sunday.

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• B Grade Division 2

Grand victory to Imperials A 270 run Imperials first innings proved way beyond Koonwarra /Leongatha RSLs reach in the season grand final at the West Campus oval. Batting first the Imperials’ openers were away to a reasonable start but coming in at 2/38 Mark Lafferty dug in for a sturdy 86 and while several wickets fell cheaply around him, Andrew Meyer and Geoff Forrester found form with the bat to each post handy 45s. Lafferty scored his 86 off 73 balls, an innings that included 12 fours and two sixes. Of Koony’s bowlers Daniel Pearce provided great service with four wickets from 16 overs, yielding 44 runs and with seven maidens. He outshone his next best team mates, Paris Buckley with 2/39 and Nick Arnup with 2/57. On Sunday, as perfect a day for cricket as Saturday had been, Koony failed to fire and only two players managed to post double scores; Daniel Bakers with 22 and Paul Stows 10; Koony all out for 70 runs. Zac Price and Brock Davidson were match winners with the ball; Price posted 5/17 from 16 overs and Davidson 3/29 off 19. With the least wickets lost and the most wickets taken for the season, the Imperials had finished on top of the ladder

and went on to a well earned grand final win. IMPERIALS d KOONWARRA-L/RSL 1st innings Imperials K. Gray c. L. Enter b. N. Arnup...........................21 B. Davidson b. S. Paterson....... 11 M. Lafferty c. S. Paterson b. P. Buckley ........................86 R. Higgins c. N. Grimes b. D. Pearce ............................5 J. Ginnane c. L. Enter b. D. Pearce ..........................19 A. Meyer r.o. ............................45 N. Eddy c. C. Moscript b. P. Buckley ........................12 J. Forrester b. N. Arnup..............5 G. Forrester c. C. Moscript b. D. Pearce ..........................45 Z. Price c. N. Grimes b. D. Pearce ............................7 D. Ginnane n.o. ..........................0 Extras ......................................14 Total .......................................270 Bowling: N. Arnup 2/57, S. Paterson 1/48, M. Boswell 0/47, D. Pearce 4/44, P. Buckley 2/39, D. Bakers 0/31. 1st innings Koonwarra-L/RSL C. Moscript c. J. Ginnane b. B. Davidson........................6 L. Enter b. Z. Price .....................1 D. Bakers c. J. Ginnane b. B. Davidson......................22 B. Moore c&b. M. Lafferty ........4 D. Pearce b. N. Eddy ..................7 P. Stow c. Z. Price b. B. Davidson......................10 N. Grimes lbw. b. Z. Price ...............................1 N. Arnup b. Z. Price ...................2 M. Boswell n.o. ..........................4 P. Buckley lbw. b. Z. Price ...............................0 S. Paterson b. Z. Price ................6 Extras ........................................7 Total .........................................70 Bowling: Z. Price 5/17, B. Davidson 3/29, M. Lafferty 1/7, N. Eddy 1/11, G. Forrester 0/5.

B Grade Division 2 premiers: Imperials, back from left, Geof Forrester, Brock Davidson, Ryan Higgins, Kristian Gray, Zac Price, Nick Eddy (holding Jaxon Eddy), front from left, Mark Lafferty, Jack Ginnane, James Forrester (captain), Damon Ginnane and Andrew Meyer.

Sharing the glory: despite being 12th man Jake Mackie (middle) is still happy to join in the celebrations with Mark Lafferty, left, and Kristian Gray.

Busy family: after a huge weekend at footy and cricket; man of the match Mark Lafferty shares the victory with family members, wife Kate, and daughters Ayla and Tahlia.

Brothers share win: Jack and Damon Ginnane, pictured with the cup trophy, were part of the Imperials success.

We did it: Mark Lafferty and Nick Eddy spend some time admiring the B2 premiership cup.

Matt Boswell: The Cougars’ all-rounder battled on in spite of a dodgy hamstring. Photo by Run machine: Mark Lafferty hits yet another boundary. With 12 fours and two sixes in his Mark Drury. score on 86, he didn’t have to do a lot of running. Photo by Mark Drury.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - PAGE 65

CRICKET | SPORT • B Grade Division1

Workmens post a grand winner THERE was not a lot separating top of the ladder OMK from second placed Wonthaggi Workmens, at least on paper, at season’s end. An enthralling grand final was to be expected. Winning the toss Workmens went out to bat first. OMK had four teams playing in four grand finals this weekend and all at the club must have been dreaming of a quadrella but as Workmens set about constructing an ever impressive looking score, hearts must have begun to sink. Opening for Workmens, Geyer settled in at the crease and while Dutchman’s wicket fell for 10 at the other end and Yann’s for 28, 2/98 was a healthy looking start on a perfect autumn day. Geyer was joined by Harvey and when Geyer was out lbw the tally was 3/118.

Harvey notched up 63 and coming in at number seven Osbourne’s 98 not out had the result looking almost beyond doubt. Workmen left the field 7/359. For OMK Dell took 3/67 and Cant 2/41. At 4/37 on Sunday OMK was facing an uphill battle. Top score was Jeffries 34 batting at number seven. All was lost. OMK posted an innings total, all out for 176. McGuirk took 4/23 and Williams 3/49. Harvey bowled two late innings’ overs. Two of them were maidens and his third bagged two wickets: 2/4. Wonthaggi Workmens earned themselves a long weekend.

Details WON WORKMENS d OMK 1st innings Won Workmens R. Geyer lbw. b. D. McMeekin ...................48

D. Dutchman c. N. Cant b. P. Dell ...............................10 A. Yann b. P. Dell .....................28 C. Harvey c. M. Cooke b. N. Cant .............................63 S. Williams c. b. N. Cant .............................22 C. Harvey c. A. Rose b. P. Dell ............................... 11 B. Osborne n.o. ........................98 L. McLean r.o...........................47 L. McGuirk n.o. .........................0 Extras ......................................31 Total .............................7/359 (cc) Bowling: R. White 0/46, N. Cant 2/41, P. Dell 3/67, M. Cooke 0/20, D. Jeffries 0/64, D. McMeekin 1/69, J. Paterson 0/38. 1st innings OMK L. Jones c. C. Harvey b. L. McGuirk ......................10 R. White b. L. McGuirk .............4 A. Rose c. R. Geyer b. L. McGuirk ........................3 W. Dowel c. D. Dutchman b. S. Williams .......................13 J. Paterson b. S. Williams.........32 M. Cooke c. C. Harvey b. L. McGuirk ......................23 D. McMeekin c. R. Geyer b. L. McLean ........................17 P. Dell b. C. Harvey .................23 D. Jeffries b. S. Williams .........34 N. Cant b. C. Harvey..................8 T. Knox n.o.................................0 Extras ........................................9 Total .......................................176 Bowling: L. McGuirk 4/23, Z. Macdermid 0/32, S. Williams 3/49, L. McLean 1/40, M. McCall 0/26, C. Harvey 2/4.

We did it: a beaming Rob Geyer accepts his priership medal.

All smiles: Wonthaggi Workmen’s B Grade Division 1 captain David Dutchman celebrated his team’s premiership win against OMK on Sunday at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve with wife Emma and son Blake.

B Grade’s best: man of the match in the B Grade cricket grand final between Wonthaggi Workmen’s and OMK was Brian Osborne.

Thumbs up: Wonthaggi Workmen’s B Grade cricketer Luke McGuirk shared his team’s premiership win on Sunday with son Patrick.



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Premiers A Grade Division 2: Miners, back L-R, Adam Warren, Jayden Loos, Adam Hall, Gerard Kent (C), James Honeysett, Paul Nelson, Daniel Loos. Front: left to right, Cameron Thomas, Josh Andrighetto, Ryan Birkett, Ben Foon, Blake Andrighetto.

• A Grade Division 2

Easy win to Wonthaggi Miners WONTHAGGI Miners proved they were the top side all year with a resounding win in the grand final of A Grade Division 2 over Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL. The Miners certainly turned the tables after Koony had given them a hiding in the last round of the season. The Koony side won the toss and elected to bat in perfect conditions on the Inverloch turf. But it was not long before the innings would falter with bats falling at regular intervals. Openers Sam Hughes and Nev Toms couldn’t capture some of their recent top form; Hughes falling for a duck and Toms for just two. Only Brad Anderson held up with his 20, the only light in what was a dismal batting performance. In the end Koony could only muster 47 runs off

39.1 overs. The Miners’ Ben Foon with 4/18 and Ryan Birkett 4/11 were the destroyers of the innings. Miners just had to turn up to win this game and after the loss of just two wickets the target had been passed. James Honeysett with 25 and Josh Andrighetto 31 were the top scorers with the Miners scoring 111 all out after 72 overs to claim victory. WON MINERS d KOONWARRA-L/RSL 1st innings Koonwarra-L/RSL S. Hughes b. R. Birkett ..............0 N. Toms lbw. b. B. Foon...............................2 J. Moore lbw. b. B. Foon...............................0 B. Anderson c. C. Thomas b. R. Birkett ..........................20 S. Moore c. C. Thomas b. A. Hall ................................6 S. Sperling c. C. Thomas b. B. Foon...............................2 J. Hughes c. R. Birkett b. A. Hall ................................0 D. O’Connor c. P. Nelson b. B. Foon...............................5

J. Kennedy c. C. Thomas b. R. Birkett ............................0 K. Thorne n.o. ............................0 S. Turner c. C. Thomas b. R. Birkett ............................3 Extras ........................................9 Total .........................................47 Bowling: B. Foon 4/18, R. Birkett 4/11, P. Nelson 0/8, A. Hall 2/5. 1st innings Won Miners G. Kent b. J. Kennedy ................9 A. Warren lbw. b. J. Kennedy..........................1 P. Nelson c. J. Hughes b. K. Thorne .........................10 J. Honeysett c. S. Hughes b. S. Sperling ........................25 J. Andrighetto c. S. Hughes b. J. Kennedy........................31 B. Andrighetto c. D. O’Connor b. K. Thorne ...........................1 C. Thomas c. N. Toms b. J. Kennedy..........................7 D. Loos n.o...............................10 R. Birkett c. B. Anderson b. S. Sperling ..........................1 B. Foon lbw. b. J. Kennedy..........................0 A. Hall c. N. Toms b. S. Sperling ..........................4 Extras ......................................12 Total ....................................... 111 Bowling: J. Kennedy 5/25, S. Sperling 3/38, N. Toms 0/10, K. Thorne 2/26.

Captains: from left, Wonthaggi Miners captain Gerard Kent (right) and vice captain Ryan Birkett proudly hold the grand final cup following their win in the A2 grand final on Sunday.

Miners celebrate: Wonthaggi Miners returned to Wonthaggi to start the party after winning the A2 Grade grand final against Koonwarra Leongatha RSL at Inverloch on Sunday.

Runners-up A Grade Division 2: Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL, back L-R, Sam Hughes, Darcy O’Connor, Jason Kennedy, Sam Turner, Nev Toms, Sam Sperling, Brad Anderson. Front, left to right, Kevin Thorne, Shane Moore, Josh Moore, Jack Hughes (C), Ben Perry (12th man).

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - PAGE 67

CRICKET | SPORT Left, Thomas boys: proud dad Russell Thomas congratulated his three A1 Grade sons Ryan, Mitchell and Jakeb on their team Wonthaggi Workmen’s win in the LDCA Grade A1 grand final against OMK on Sunday. Right, Winning smile: Wonthaggi Workmen’s A1 captain Tim Hooper proudly holds the premiership after a big win against OMK on Sunday.

Family winners: proud dad Tim Hooper shared his team Wonthaggi Workmen’s win in the A1 Grade premiership with his children Zara, Aiden and Cale. On the same day Zara won silver at the Champions day swimming competition in Leongatha and Aiden won gold in his judo competition.

Victory at last: it was hugs all round when Wonthaggi Workers A1 cricketers won the 2014 grand final on Sunday.

Workers triumph: Wonthaggi Workmens Grade A1 and B Grade cricketers celebrated their grand final wins at Wonthaggi on Sunday.

Dad and son: Joel Liddle with his father Peter following this team’s grand final win.

• A Grade Division 1

Workers redeemed

WONTHAGGI Workmens has taken out the A Grade Division 1 cricket premiership with a solid win 9/181 over Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak (OMK) all out 111. The Workers won the toss and elected to bat on the turf wicket in Wonthaggi. But with opener Tim Hooper out for 17 then Jay Baker for 13, Workers sat on 2/38. Gavin Bolding 10

and Gavin Britt 9 didn’t score well either and it was Workers then 4/62. With solid contributions by David Britt 29 and Ryan Thomas 29 Workers started to slowly build a respectable score. Runs were hard to come by but with the help of Mitchell Thomas’s 29 the Workers finished on 9/181. They managed to bat out the full 90 overs but at just two runs an over to get, OMK must have felt a

big chance overnight. Barry Wyatt with 3/40 and Sam Jenkins 3/52 were the prime wicket takers for the Diggers. The OMK innings started disastrously when both openers in Adam Miller and Jesse Van Rooye made ducks and it was OMK 2/0. When captain Jason Wilson was dismissed for just one OMK was 3/7. A partnership ensued between Daniel Lloyd and Tom Wyatt. Lloyd made

31 and Wyatt 33 and a partnership of 58 between the two gave the Diggers some hope. But these two set batsmen were dismissed when the score was 65 and 70 and again OMK had to form a new partnership. Barry Wyatt stuck around for a patient 16 but the tail enders were falling around him, OMK all out well short of the target. The Workers bowlers were brilliant led by Ryan

Thomas’s 4/33, Jakeb Thomas’s 3/29 and Gavin Bolding taking 3/9. WON WORKMENS d OMK 1st innings Won Workmens T. Hooper c. P. Dyer b. J. Wilson ........................... 11 D. Britt c. A. Miller b. S. Jenkins .........................29 J. Baker c. P. Dyer b. B. Wyatt ...........................13 G. Bolding c. J. Van Rooye b. S. Jenkins .........................10 G. Britt c. B. Wyatt b. S. Jenkins ...........................9 R. Thomas lbw. b. B. Wyatt ...........................29 S. Huitema lbw.

b. B. Wyatt ...........................13 M. Thomas c. A. Miller b. A. Jenkins .........................29 D. Turton c&b. A. Jenkins .........0 J. Thomas n.o. ..........................12 J. Liddle n.o..............................10 Extras ......................................16 Total .............................9/181 (cc) Bowling: A. Jenkins 2/38, R. Greaves 0/22, J. Wilson 1/16, B. Wyatt 3/40, S. Jenkins 3/52. 1st innings OMK A. Miller c. G. Britt b. R. Thomas ..........................0 J. Van Rooye lbw. b. J. Thomas ...........................0 D. Lloyd c. R. Thomas b. J. Thomas .........................31 J. Wilson c. J. Liddle b. R. Thomas ..........................1

T. Wyatt c. G. Britt b. J. Thomas .........................33 K. Kerr c. S. Huitema b. G. Bolding ........................13 P. Dyer c. G. Bolding b. R. Thomas ..........................1 B. Wyatt c&b. G. Bolding ........16 R. Greaves c. b. R. Thomas ..........................9 S. Jenkins c. J. Liddle b. G. Bolding ..........................4 A. Jenkins n.o.............................0 Extras ........................................3 Total ........................................111 Bowling: R. Thomas 4/33, J. Thomas 3/29, M. Thomas 0/21, G. Britt 0/18, T. Hooper 0/1, G. Bolding 3/9.

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A Grade Division One: premiers for 2013-14 are Wonthaggi Workmen’s Cricket Club, L-R back, Mitch Davey (12th), Jacob Thomas, Gav Britt, Ryan Thomas, Dave Britt, Joel Liddle, front, Sam Huitema, Mitch Thomas, Tim Hooper (c), Daniel Turton, Jay Baker and Gavin Bolding.

Workers win this time

WONTHAGGI Workmen’s A Grade team has brought the silverware back to the club following its resounding 70 run victory over Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak on Sunday in Wonthaggi. Leongatha and District Cricket Association president Russell

Matthews presented the premiership medals and cup to Grade A1 premiers Wonthaggi Workmen’s and announced Man of the Match as Workmen’s Ryan Thomas. Addressing the two top teams in the association following the grand final Russell said, “It gives me great pleasure to see these two powerhouse teams contest the Grand Final today.”

“Both clubs carry four teams and this is a great effort.” He congratulated Butch and Aldo for their great efforts in preparing the grounds and to the Bass Coast Shire for the support and work all year in keeping the grounds in top shape. “The shire even mowed the ground again Sunday morning before play.” Russell also thanked the Miners

Cricket Club, and Power Football Netball Club for making its rooms available and umpires Clive Salmon and Graham Laird. Wonthaggi Workmen’s A Grade captain said they had to fight hard for runs against OMK. “OMK should be proud of its efforts, we are always close every time we play and we are stoked to have played you today.

“It really could have gone either way today and well done to OMK.” “To my guys I am unbelievably proud, especially to have bounced back from the bitter pill we had to swallow last year when we lost on the last ball. “We weren’t going to accept a loss under any circumstances this year and I am proud to lift this cup up today.” Match report Page 67.




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