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A SPATE of collisions at Leongatha South has prompted calls for a turning lane to be built on the South Gippsland Highway before someone is killed. A tragedy was narrowly avoided when a three car collision occurred on the South Gippsland Highway outside Windmill Ag at Leongatha South on Thursday morning, April 17. Fencing contractor James Haasjes crested the rise on the bend at the ap-

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proach to Windmill Ag and was confronted by vehicles stationary on the two lane highway ahead of him. Unable to stop in time, he careered into the first vehicle, catapulting it into the turning vehicle ahead of it. “If I had been driving a B double rig, which takes all that much longer to stop, I could have killed everyone,” an upset Mr Haasjes said. The incident occurred on a fine morning with good visibility and not a hint of fog. “The way things work, it will take someone to be killed before anything is done,” Mr Haasjes said.

Burchell Panels Leongatha owner Malcolm Mackie said he has attended numerous accidents at the turn-off to Windmill Ag. “It will take more than one person to be killed to get things changed. Our roads around here are stuffed,” he said. Mr Mackie cannot understand why variable speed limit signs of the type used in school precincts are not installed. He believed restricting speed in the area on sale days such as Thursday morning was warranted. But regional manager at Windmill

Ag, Travers Scott, said restricting the speed limit was not the answer. “This is a workplace safety issue for Windmill Ag staff, a number of whom have been involved in accidents out the front. The highway needs a turning lane into Windmill Ag,” he said. “I have addressed this with VicRoads repeatedly without any success and have now turned to WorkSafe to see if it can make something happen. “This is a hazard for our staff.” VicRoads regional director Scott Lawrence said as part of the development of Windmill Ag, VicRoads was

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involved with the access design requirements in conjunction with South Gippsland Shire Council. “As part of this process council placed a number of conditions on the developer to improve the intersection, which were supported by VicRoads and VicRoads is currently working with council to determine if these conditions have been met,” he said. Mr Lawrence said new developments adjacent to arterial roads, in this case the South Gippsland Highway, required approvals and conditions from VicRoads and council.

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Fete delight in Inverloch By Tayla Kershaw

Fair on Saturday.

INVERLOCH Primary School came alive with its annual Easter

The total money raised is expected to far exceed the total funds in previous years. People flocked to the

school to join in on the fun starting at 9am. There was plenty to see and do with amazing rides, food, drinks, cakes, jams, fairy floss, lollies, Devonshire tea, showbags and lots of activities to keep

the children entertained. Quality secondhand goods stalls were set up with clothes, books, toys and gorgeous crafts to be sold. Many attractions were kept undercover or in-

doors to keep the huge crowd happy and dry in the drizzly weather. The Inverloch Primary School is appreciative of the generous donations and the support to organise the annual event.


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Plenty of showbags: Jessica and Matilda Thomas find a nice undercover spot to get out of the rain and check out their showbags at the Easter Fair.

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All aboard: children gathered for the Thomas the Tank Engine train ride at Inverloch Primary School’s Easter Fair.

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By Tayla Kershaw

THE Goods Shed at Wonthaggi was home to the 17th annual Bass Coast Artists Society’s Easter Art and Photo Show on the weekend. The crowd was overflowing on Friday night and the exhibition was opened by special guest Zoe Kidd. She was one of the original founders of the Wonthaggi Art Group 50 years ago. “She’s a very special lady to us,” society president Colin Billington said. The exhibition has been incorporating photography for three years and is continuing to be a valuable addition. A range of 20 locally sponsored prizes were up for grabs. The major prize was the best in show valued at $1000 and sponsored by the Bass Coast Shire Council, won by Kerri Spokes. This prize entitles Ms Spokes to be entered in the Your Art Collection (YAC)




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exhibition later this year. All entrants in the YAC exhibition are winners from art shows over the year in the Bass Coast Shire. The winner will be awarded $5000 and the painting will be acquired by the Bass Coast Shire Council. This year, the inaugural best youth award was given to Cameron Sammut. This award included artists under the age of 25 to encourage

art in schools. There were 125 art entries, eight youth entries and 46 photo entries this year. A people’s choice award was given on Sunday night. This is one of the few members’ only exhibitions in the area. The artists society has 170 members. All pieces were judged by Peter Biram. Mr Biram is highly qualified in visual arts.

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Slash rates By Brad Lester AN INTERNAL dispute is boiling within South Gippsland Shire Council over the degree of rate rises to be charged in 2014-15 and beyond. Councillors Don Hill and Andrew McEwen say council is unnecessarily raising rates to budget for future expenditure. But mayor Cr Jim Fawcett said that was not the case. Cr Hill said the current budget carries over an extra $53 million of expenditure from last year’s budget not indicated in the 15 year plan included within the 2012-13 budget. He said in this year’s budget, a total of $34 million was not allocated to be spent on any speciďŹ c project, but rather allocated in case a need arose to spend it. He told council without those expenses, council would be able to reduce rate rises to 4.75 percent next year followed by 4.25

percent (2015-16), four percent (2016-17), 3.75 percent (2017-18) and then 3.5 percent for several years thereafter. “There should be a process in place where that sort of money should not go into the budget without public scrutiny. It should be debated by council,â€? Cr Hill said. “In the mean time, it must be taken out of the current budget because it does inate the rates we are charging.â€? Cr Hill will move a motion at the next council meeting calling for such budgetary changes not to be made without council approval. Cr Fawcett said the current rate rise would only go towards capital projects to be undertaken over the next few years. He said if council removed the future expenditure, that would have no impact on the current budget. Cr Fawcett said Cr Hill only raised his views with councillors late Tuesday week (April 15).

“They have not been subject to any councillor, accounting or engineering scrutiny. Nor have the assumptions behind any changes been identiďŹ ed. For there to be any rate relief over the next three years over that provided in the budget out for public comment, there would need to be a signiďŹ cant reduction in the capital works program over the next seven years,â€? Cr Fawcett said. “Budgeted capital works over that period are in round terms $123.8 million or an average of $17.6 million each year. Note we will spend around $15.5 million this current year. A brief examination of changes put forward suggests a reduction in capital works of $13.4 million or 11 percent over that period.â€? Cr Hill said pool running costs could be reduced by $4 million over 15 years without closing a pool, and $8.7 million allocated for a Nyora community hub was unnecessary for “50 yearsâ€?. Neither should council allocate a further $5.6 million for a community

“Embarrassed� By Brad Lester FARMERS have been hard done by under South Gippsland Shire Council’s rating strategy, claimed the councillor who initiated a campaign for cheaper rates for farmers.

erties with a CIV of $258,804 will get a rates discount of 0.4 percent; and properties with a CIV of $375,000 and above will receive a rate rise of four percent. In all the above cases, the municipal charge of $181.70 is extra. Cr Hill attempted to amend the strategy but that was not accepted by Cr Fawcett. That change sought to: • alter the vacant land category differential in 2014-15 to 195 percent and in 2015-16 to 240 percent; • alter the farm category differential in the ďŹ rst year to 78 percent and in the second year to 66 percent; and • alter cultural and recreation category in the ďŹ rst year to 50 percent and in the second year to 60 percent.

Puppy love: Meeniyan’s Aileen Hughes showcased her four legged friends Bonnie and Tess at the Beloka Kelpie Stud trials at Welshpool on the weekend. Full story and more photos on page 43.




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Cr Don Hill said the rating strategy was initially mooted to reduce farmers’ rates but he said the new strategy has failed farmers and would only give them a rates discount of one to two percent. “The fact farmers pay three times the residential rate has not been addressed,â€? he said. “Apart from the municipal charge effect, this is just the status quo. Farmers have got very little beneďŹ t.â€? He told last Wednesday’s council meeting: “We as a shire council should be embarrassed by what we are offering farmers here.â€? Cr Andrew McEwen said the actual reduction in farm rates equated to 1.38 percent when the municipal charge was removed, not 20 percent as suggested by the differential. “This community is a farming community. Its wealth is driven by the farm-

ing sector,â€? he said. “Farmers in the last 10 years have seen a 300 percent rise in their inputs. They have been squeezed incredibly. Farmers are getting ďŹ ve percent less than they were 10 years ago so there is a question around farmers’ capacity to pay.â€? Mayor Cr Jim Fawcett said the strategy provided “for a remarkable change in the way our budget is framedâ€?. “We are one of the ďŹ rst councils off the rank (in Victoria) in relation to a differential rating strategy and we are the third lowest for farm rates and when we go to 70 percent next year, we will be the lowest in the state,â€? he said. The mayor said some farmers would pay higher rates due to the removal of the municipal charge. Under the new rating strategy, farmers will be charged a differential of 80 percent of residential rates in 2014-15, and then a differential of 70 percent in 2015-16. During 2014-15, farmers with a rateable property with a capital improved value (CIV) of $341,682 will enjoy a rates reduction of 6.1 percent; with a CIV of $621,240, a reduction of 1.4 percent; and with a CIV of $1,052,100, a rise of 1.4 percent. Residential ratepayers with properties with a CIV of $189,195 will receive a reduction of 4.5 percent; prop-

hub at Korumburra, Cr Hill said, as that project was dependent on council selling the Korumburra library. “Council was not keen on selling the library so I believe that is unlikely to succeed,â€? he said. Cr Hill said the $34 million had been placed in the last three years’ unallocated roads expenditure and “it was nothing to do with roadsâ€?. “Last week it was planned to be put in to major special projects and it was not needed for anything,â€? he said. He was supported by Cr Andrew McEwen. “The ofďŹ cers and some councillors are saying the $34 million is not material but that is not true because we have to raise rates to meet that,â€? Cr McEwen said. “I have not got any problems with reserve funds for a particular purpose but it has to be justiďŹ ed. To lump that $34 million in and say it’s for a rainy day is not proper.â€? Cr McEwen said the general rate rise of 5.5 percent could be reduced to 4.5 percent with “little effectâ€? on service standards by deferring capital works. Cr Hill’s claims come as council last Wednesday adopted a new rating strategy and a new draft budget for public consultation. â–ş Budget passed, page 5. â–ş Cr Andrew McEwen says cut managers, page 12.

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THE 20th Garden Club Flower and Vegetable Show blossomed in the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club on the weekend. Perpetual trophies and prizes were given to the best displays in show. Cyril and Elizabeth Taylor won the Gippsland

Open award. The Taylors have been putting in entries every year for all 20 years. Other results for best exhibit were: Margaret Owens – roses; Lita Gill – dahlias; Lita Gill – general; Jasmine Murray – art; Margaret Loh – fruit and veg; Colin Willmott – container plants; Teresa Basana – photography; Colin Willmott – John Pettigrew Best Exhibit.

The judges were all from South Gippsland and qualified in horticulture. This was the final show for organisers Colin and Sheila Ormerod. However, they are currently working hard to find someone to keep the annual event running. “People love the competition,” Mr Ormerod said. “We are hoping someone will take it on.”

Keeping cosy: everyone from far and wide flocked to Glen Alvie on Easter Saturday for Patchwork Maze’s Easter display. It was a great day for quilt enthusiasts with a beautiful range, music by Alison Vincent and the Wham Music Group, and Devonshire tea. Pictured is Glen Alvie’s Paige Clark, Jess Purvis, owner Jeanette Clark and Phillip Island’s Rena Drummond. The display follows Jeannette’s recent participation in the Australasian Quilt Convention, where she received an award for being a 10 year exhibitor.





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Cash Cowes bolt Thousands sign for Island breakaway By Helen Bowering THOUSANDS of people have backed Phillip Island Stand Alone group’s push to break away from the Bass Coast Shire by signing the de-amalgamation petition circulated around the Island during Easter. The Stand Alone group met at Pino’s Trattoria in Cowes last Wednesday to formalise plans for the campaign to secede from the Bass Coast and an executive was elected, including chair Stephen Fullarton, treasurer Gwen McRae and secretary Anne Oswin. Stephen has been flat stick over Easter dealing with national media hopping onto one of the biggest stories set to rock the foundations of the Bass Coast Shire and councils across South Gippsland. Phillip Island provides just under 50 per cent of rates for the whole of Bass Coast Shire. Inverloch too tips in a huge chunk and both communities are not happy at all with how the shire is being run. Stephen said he even had disgruntled Wonthaggi residents showing their support for the Stand Alone campaign over Easter. More than 4000 signatures were received in only a few days over Easter. The Island was chockers for Easter and the Stand Alone supporters were out in force,

with de-amalgamation petition stations set up at supermarkets, the newsagency and retail outlets. “People were rushing to sign the petition. We had people queuing six and eight deep at some of the stations in Cowes,” Stephen said. “I have never been involved in getting a petition up before and those keen to sign were all very well informed about the issues and happy to support our campaign. “The message coming through loud and clear from locals, holiday home owners and regular visitors was that people are fed up with the Bass Coast Shire and ‘its failure to provide basic local government services’. “Hundreds have the same story to tell of the shire’s neglect, many of the visitors saying they have been coming here for decades and have noticed the Island looking much worse and a lot more shabby.” Stephen said leading into Christmas, the grass along the roadside leading into Cowes was a metre high and that was a disgrace. “The Island is one of Australia’s major tourism destinations and generates 85 per cent of the tourism revenue for the shire and what do we get for that: nothing!” he said. Fundraising has been going on for years to see a heated indoor pool established on the Island and for the hospital to be reopened. Stephen said over Easter people were venting their

anger about how they donated money for the pool and were incensed by council’s decision to spend $17 million on the redevelopment of the Wonthaggi pool, saying it will consider Phillip Island in 15 years. Visitors to the Island were greeted with a sign that read: ‘’Drivers beware. No hospital on the island. Drive carefully.’’ Other complaints were no swimming pool, dirty streets, no drainage maintenance, the shabby state of Cowes,

the ugly green wheelie bins lining the main drag, lack of made roads and gardens in many of the estates, the toilet dumped in the centre of town, the closure of the tip and lack of attention to protecting the foreshore from high tide damage. “Bass Coast mayor Cr Neil Rankine made a big call on ABC News that the shire would be happy to go through the numbers and the costs,” Stephen said. “We would be happy with this also but by an

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will spend an extra $500,000 a year on resheeting roads, the 2014-15 draft budget adopted last Wednesday revealed. That extra funding will result in council resheeting all gravel roads in the shire within 14 years instead of 17. Poor road conditions have long been cited by the community as a major concern. The draft budget forecasts a general rate increase of 5.5 percent, and overall rates and charge increase of 4.13 percent once all charges are considered. A 16 percent reduction in waste services charges will result in saving of $46.17 for residential ratepayers with a property with a capital improved value of $252,000. Council adopted the draft budget for public consultation at last Wednesday’s council meeting. Mayor Cr Jim Fawcett said, “This is where the rubber hits the road.” He said the new rating strategy would result in “many winners and some

losers”, with 59 percent of ratepayers seeing a decrease in rates while 41 percent will pay up to 5.5 percent more. “I believe many ratepayers will only appreciate the changes when they receive their rates notice this year,” Cr Fawcett said. Despite community comment calling for a reduction of staff numbers at council, Cr Fawcett defended council’s staffing levels. Council will employ 261 staff next financial year compared to 256 last year, with 6.6 extra positions associated with taking over the Yanakie and Long Jetty caravan parks, and council losing 1.9 positions, including a contract strategic planning position. “People that are employed at council are actually doing work. They are doing a whole range of things that people do not see. If they are not employed, they will do less of it,” Cr Fawcett said. CEO Tim Tamlin said if council was to reduce wages, that would reduce services. Cr Andrew McEwen called for rates to be reduced by a further one percent. He said due to the compounding effect of past rate rises, rates had risen by eight percent per annum in the past 10 years. “This has far outstripped both CPI (Consumer Price

“She was elected to serve us, the ratepayers and she doesn’t seem to understand that,” Stephen said. He said support is growing by the day, with nearly 2000 people joining the Phillip Island Stand Alone Facebook page. Some high profile people in Noosa have offered their support after successfully de-

amalgamating last year from the Sunshine Coast Shire. The petition can be signed at the Phillip Island Advertiser office in Cowes or check out The Star Facebook site for details on how to get a copy. The petition will close April 30 and will be presented to retiring Bass MLA Ken Smith.

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Easter revolt: more than 4000 people rushed to sign the petition at Cowes over Easter in support of the Phillip Island Stand Alone group’s push to secede from the Bass Coast Shire.

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independent auditor who would undertake a full financial assessment.” Stephen said many locals were dismayed with comments made by resident councillor Kimberley Brown who stated she was elected to represent the views of the Bass Coast Shire as opposed to the residents and ratepayers.

Index) figures by some 35 percent and council’s cost index rises by 12 percent. If you feel that council rates are getting more difficult to pay, you are right,” he said. Cr McEwen said council had 30 percent more managers on a pro rata basis than neighbouring shires, costing more than $1 million a year. “There is a serious lack of modern management – business and organisational development approaches to productivity,” he writes in The Star today. “There is incontrovertible evidence that on average

30 percent of Australian organisations’ efforts are wasted on administration and bureaucracy. Despite the ample evidence that shared services between councils saves money, there appears to be a reticence to take such approaches.” Cr Nigel HutchinsonBrooks said council could not afford a rate rise of close to CPI because of cost shifting by State and Federal governments. He cited extra responsibilities due to emergency, roadside weeds and traffic management as examples.

Motorcyclists airlifted TWO men have suffered serious injuries after their motorcycles collided headon on private land at O’Meara Road, Poowong North on Easter Sunday, April 20. The two males, aged 16 and 22, were riding their trail bikes along various tracks in bushland when an accidental collision occurred,

forcing both riders to be ejected from their bikes. Fortunately both were wearing helmets which could have prevented more serious injury or even death. Both men were conveyed by ambulance from the scene; one to the Alfred Hospital and the other to the Royal Children’s Hospital by Air Ambulance. Korumburra Police are investigating.

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Easter fun found at Coal Creek By Tayla Kershaw COAL Creek’s Easter egg hunt was a sold out success this year. For the first time in three years, tickets for the hunt were snapped up, with 1500 people going through the door of the Korumburra venue by 12.30pm on Sunday. Children spent the morning gathering eggs in their baskets and participating in family activities. The puppet show for the children was a success, along with the fun of free family games and painting. The Easter holiday session was also expanded this year to incorporate Easter Wars. The session ran at the same time as the Easter egg hunt so every child was entertained. The Easter Wars were for children over 10 years old. Using pre painted figures, the children took com-

mand of Ninja Commando Easter Bunnies to save oppressed teddy bear peasants from terrible toads and retrieve eggs. “It’s fantastic,” Coal Creek customer service officer Suzanne Conlain said. “It’s great to see it so hugely successful again.”

Yum: Matthew Cross was all set with a chocolate egg as he explored Coal Creek.

Easter fun: Carrie, Piper and Kallem Harding from Korumburra had a great Easter at Coal Creek.

Found some: Rex Parini from Cape Paterson and friend Ava Giardina were successful in Coal Creek’s Easter hunt.

Colourful bunnies: Amelia and Isabella Monahan from Strzelecki loved the free painting at Coal Creek.


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Cuts force TAFE merger By Laura Gibb LEONGATHA is expected to retain a TAFE campus beyond the merger of GippsTAFE and Advance TAFE to form a new institute called Federation Training. Funding cuts forced the merger, effective from May 1. Marketing manager at GippsTAFE, Kristin Dunbar, said students currently enrolled at GippsTafe Leongatha have nothing to worry about. “In terms of what the students are concerned with, it’s a name change. We are now just one TAFE rather than two,” she said. “We’ve still got all the same courses on offer at the moment as we did in the past. There’s no impact to current courses.” Ms Dunbar said current students would be able to finish their course and would graduate with a Federation Training qualification instead. The Star asked GippsTAFE if staff and student numbers would be affected at the Leongatha campus and was told, “over the next year, Federation Training will be determining how to improve campuses and ensure that facilities are well resourced. “To support face-to-face learning, Federation Training is looking to expand access to online learning. This will be particularly beneficial to those students who live far from their local campus and those who work while studying.” Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Nick Wakeling, announced the formation of the new Tertiary and Further Education (TAFE) institute on Wednesday. “This investment will help GippsTAFE and Advance TAFE deliver a more innovative, modern and responsive educational institution,” he said. “The Federation Training initiative will give Gippsland students access to an educational institution that offers the very best facilities and courses that provide an attractive option to study close to home.” In the second stage of the TAFE merger, Federation Training will integrate with FedUni in January 2016. Advance TAFE, GippsTAFE and

FedUni announced in December 2013 they were exploring a potential alliance to maximise training opportunities and educational outcomes in Gippsland. While the State Government is providing $40.2 million to support the merger, it previously cut $15 million from the collective budgets of GippsTAFE and Advance TAFE, according to Victorian Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Skills and Apprenticeships, Steve Herbert. “After the record cuts to the TAFE sector in 2012, Denis Napthine said that he wouldn’t support any TAFE mergers,” Mr Herbert said. “Yet here we are, only 12 months later, and two TAFEs, Advance TAFE and GippsTAFE, will be merging out of financial desperation. “Denis Napthine has deserted the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland. “This merger raises the likelihood of further course cuts, fee hikes, campus closures and job losses. The Napthine Government must rule this out.” The exact workings of Federation Training will not be decided until the new board of management, reporting to the minister, is formed. “With all our campuses, they will all still be in operation, as will our courses. It is business as usual,” Ms Dunbar said. “We are just waiting for a new board and a new CEO to be appointed before we know anything further.” Board chairman of Advance TAFE, Scott Rossetti, and board chairman of GippsTAFE, John Mitchell, said the merger provided students with a clear pathway from secondary to tertiary education. Mr Rossetti said the merger and the eventual integration into Federation University would deliver one united education model in Gippsland. However, some will feel the merger reduces the study options for students in Gippsland. The TAFE merger takes place just months after Monash University’s Churchill campus became Federation University. GippsTAFE has six campuses, in Leongatha, the Latrobe Valley and Chadstone, while Advance TAFE has eight campuses in east Gippsland.

Pool campaigners: Foster residents, from left, Dr David Iser, Narelle Iser, David Blake, Linda Giddy, Greg Cox, Rose Wathen and John Wathen call for the town’s pool to stay. They are with South Gippsland Shire councillors Mohya Davies (centre) and Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks (second from right).

Jumping in Foster, council to unite on pool By Brad Lester THE Foster community and South Gippsland Shire Council will join forces to determine the future of the town’s pool. Council last week voted to explore options for the alternative management of the pool, now managed by the YMCA. A budget blowout and low attendances forced council to review the pool’s future. The pool will operate only when temperatures reach 26 degrees, the season length will be reduced and so will pool operating hours. Any non essential expenditure at the pool will be deferred and council will review its Strategic Direction for Aquatic Facilities next financial year – two years earlier than planned. That latter point agitated Cr Don Hill, who said council was merely


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trying to avoid making a decision about the pool’s future. The final resolution was the amended motion tabled by Cr Mohya Davies. “The pools are highly valued in our communities but council has to recognise that is pays $750,000; nearly three percent of our rates,” she said. “Councillors felt that we needed to put the Foster community on notice that this is the situation.” Cr Davies said the community would need to work hard to reduce costs and increase attendances. “It’s basically a call to arms,” she said. Cr Jeanette Harding said she felt Foster was a big enough community to devise a solution. Cr Andrew McEwen said the pools debate proved the need for “community budgeting”, which he said entailed allocating a certain amount

to communities and letting residents determine how it will be spent. Addressing council, Foster Golf Club president Greg Cox said the pool cost too much to run and called for cheaper wages and management to be taken over by the community. He suggested volunteers take up duties now performed by paid staff and said Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club members could work there for a small fee. Mr Cox said a charity golf day could be held by the club to raise funds for the pool. Dr David Iser said the pool was vital for swimming lessons and former Foster and Toora teacher David Blake agreed. He said South Gippsland Secondary College would not be able to bus students to Toora pool within the existing timetable, and said the Toora pool was too small to take the extra demand.

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COUNCIL SPECIAL COMMITTEES (Section 86) AGM NOTICE Nominations to Committee Invited MARDAN HALL Thursday 24 April, 8pm 1950 Meeniyan-Mirboo North Rd, Mardan Contact: 5664 1209 DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC EXHIBITION AND PUBLIC NOTICES PREPARATION OF PROPOSED 2014-2015 BUDGET INCORPORATING THE 15 YEAR LONG- TERM FINANCIAL PLAN South Gippsland Shire Council has prepared a proposed 20142015 Budget for the financial year commencing on 1 July 2014, in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989 - Section 127, which will be considered at the Wednesday 25 June 2014 Ordinary Council Meeting. The proposed budget provides: 1. That the total amount borrowed as at 30 June 2014, was $3,511,000. 2. That the total amount proposed to be borrowed by the Council during the 2014/15 financial year is nil. 3. That the total amount projected to be redeemed during the 2014/15 financial year is $514,000. 4. That the projected amount of borrowings as at 30 June 2015 is $2,997,000. 5. That the projected cost of servicing the borrowings during the 2014/15 financial year is $166,000. 6. That the proposed rate in the dollar for each type of general rate to be levied by the Council is: General – 0.452857 cents in the dollar; Commercial – 0.464179 cents in the dollar; Industrial – 0.464179 cents in the dollar; Vacant Land – 0.792500 cents in the dollar; Farm – 0.362286 cents in the dollar. Cultural/Recreational – 0.198125 cents in the dollar; 7. That the proposed municipal charge shall be $181.70 in respect of each rateable property other than any rateable property exempt from such municipal charge pursuant to Section 159 (3) of the Local Government Act 1989. 8. Waste Services Charge A - $179.10 Kerbside garbage & recycling collection service charge – Residential (120 litre weekly garbage/240 litre fortnightly recycling). 9. Waste Services Charge B - $179.10 Kerbside recycling only collection service charge - Commercial (2 x 240 litre fortnightly recycling service only). 10. Waste Services Charge C - $259.60 Kerbside garbage & recycling collection service – Commercial premises only (240 litre weekly garbage / 240 litre fortnightly recycling. 11. Waste Services Charge D – $185.20 Kerbside garbage & recycling collection service - Sandy Point (120 litre weekly garbage/240 litre fortnightly recycling, plus 3 additional recycling collections during summer). 12. Waste Services Charge E – $215.60 Kerbside garbage & recycling collection service - Waratah Bay (120 litre weekly garbage/240 litre fortnightly recycling, plus 3 additional recycling collections during summer). 13. Waste Services Charge G – $109.70 Kerbside garbage & recycling collection service - Venus Bay (120 litre weekly garbage/240 litre fortnightly recycling) for 6 months from November to April. 14. Waste Services Charge H – $195.70 Kerbside garbage & recycling collection service - Venus Bay (120 litre weekly garbage/240 litre fortnightly recycling) for 12 months. 15. Waste Services Charge J – $127.60 Kerbside garbage & recycling collection service - Walkerville (120 litre weekly garbage/240 litre fortnightly recycling) for 6 months from November to April. 16. Waste Services Charge H – $225.70 Kerbside garbage & recycling collection service - Walkerville (120 litre weekly garbage/240 litre fortnightly recycling) for 12 months. Copies of the proposed 2014/15 Budget together with the information prescribed by Regulation 8 of the Local Government (Finance and Reporting) Regulations 2004 are available for inspection on Council's website and from Council's Main Office, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha from 8.30am to 5pm between 22 April and 28 May 2014. A person may make a submission to the 2014/15 Budget. Submissions should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer and received at Council's Main Office, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha, or mailed to Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953, or by email to and received by close of business Wednesday 28 May 2014. Any person lodging a submission may request to be heard in support of the submission or to be represented by a person specified in the submission, at a meeting to be heard in support of their submission. Submissions will be considered, and representations from submitters heard at a Special Meeting of the Council in the Council Chambers, Michael Place, Leongatha at 12.45pm on Wednesday 11 June 2014.


Please note that copies of submissions (including submitters' names and addresses) will be made available at the Council meeting on 25 June 2014. The Council is also required to make submissions available for public inspection for a period of 12 months. For further enquiries, contact June Ernst Director Corporate Services on 5662-9200. Tim Tamlin Chief Executive Officer

PREPARATION OF PROPOSED RATING STRATEGY 2014-2018 South Gippsland Shire Council has prepared a proposed Rating Strategy 2014-2018 which will be considered at the Wednesday 25 June 2014 Ordinary Council Meeting. Copies of the proposed Rating Strategy 2014-2018 is available for inspection on Council's website and Council's Main Office, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha from 8.30am to 5pm between 22 April and 28 May 2014. A person may make a submission to the Rating Strategy 20142018. Submissions should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer and received at Council's Main Office, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha, or mailed to Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953, or by email to and received by close of business Wednesday 28 May 2014. Any person lodging a submission may request to be heard in support of the submission or to be represented by a person specified in the submission, at a meeting to be heard in support of their submission. Submissions will be considered, and representations from submitters heard at a Special Meeting of the Council in the Council Chambers, Michael Place, Leongatha at 12.45pm on Wednesday 11 June 2014. Please note that copies of submissions (including submitters' names and addresses) will be made available at the Council meeting on 25 June 2014. The Council is also required to make submissions available for public inspection for a period of 12 months. For further enquiries, contact June Ernst Director Corporate Services on 5662-9200. Tim Tamlin Chief Executive Officer DRAFT TARWIN LOWER VENUS BAY COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN You are invited to submit comments on the draft Tarwin Lower Venus Bay Community Infrastructure Plan now on exhibition from Council's Main Office, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha, Tarwin Lower Community Health Centre, Tarwin Lower Post Office, Venus Bay Community Centre and Venus Bay General Store, libraries and This plan provides recommendations for community services/facilities to meet the needs of Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay's future population. It includes a detailed audit of current community infrastructure and projected demographic data and will guide community infrastructure priorities over the next 20 years. There will be two community meetings held in May. At Venus Bay Community Centre on 8 May from 12noon to 4.00pm. At Tarwin Lower Community Health Centre Thursday 15 May from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Presentations to community groups are also available by appointment by contacting Vicki Bradley. Submissions will be accepted in writing or via submission form addressed to Council until 5.00pm Friday 16 May 2014. Enquiries: Vicki Bradley 5662 9809 or via email DRAFT TOORA AND POOWONG SWIMMING POOL MASTER PLANS The Draft Toora and Poowong Swimming Pool Master Plan documents are now available for public exhibition. Council will consider public comment on the Master Plans when determining the strategic direction and future investment in the Poowong and Toora Swimming Pools. The Draft Master Plans will be on exhibition until 14 May 2014 and can be accessed on Council's website and from Council's Main Office, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha from 8.30am to 5.00pm Submissions will be accepted in writing addressed to Council until 5.00pm Wednesday 14 May 2014. Enquiries: Ian Murphy, Recreation Coordinator on 5662 9200 or via email DRAFT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM STRATEGY A new Economic Development and Tourism Strategy has been prepared to guide Council's desire to build a prosperous community. Council seeks to develop a strong economy for our residents and enhance the experience for our visitors. The Strategy has been reviewed by Council's Economic Development and Tourism Committee and endorsed by Council for public exhibition. The Draft Strategy will be available for public

exhibition until 5.00pm 16 May 2014 and can be accessed on Council's website and from Council's Main Office, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha from 8.30am to 5.00pm and Council's Libraries. Submissions will be accepted in writing addressed to Council until 5.00pm Friday 16 May 2014. Enquiries: Ken Fraser, Economic Development Coordinator on 5662 9200 or via email DRAFT COMMUNICATION AND ENGAGEMENT POLICY A Communication and Engagement Policy has been reviewed and developed by Council's Community Engagement and Evolving Vision Steering Committee and endorsed for public exhibition by Council. The premise of the Policy is that the best decisions will be made if those involved in the outcome have every opportunity to participate in the decision making process. The Policy is available for public comment until 5.00pm 16 May 2014 and can be accessed on Council's website and from Council's Main Office, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha from 8.30am to 5.00pm and Council Libraries. Submissions will be accepted in writing addressed to Council until 5.00pm Friday 16 May 2014. Enquiries: Christian Stefani, Manager Customer Relations on 5662 9200 or via email PUBLIC NOTICE SOUTH GIPPSLAND SHIRE COUNCIL NOTICE OF INTENTION TO LEASE LAND South Gippsland Shire Council (Council) gives notice under section 190 and 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 (Act) of its intention to enter into a lease with the Corner Inlet Motorcycle Club Inc. (CIMCC Inc.) for the use of the motorcycle track, 2746 Meeniyan Promontory Road, Yanakie and being part of Certificate of Title Volume 8171 Folio 293 (the Proposal). The proposed leased area is shown crossed hatched on the plan below.

The purpose of the lease will be for the use as a motorcycle track. The principle terms of the lease will be: 1. Term of 10 years. 2. Rental reviews to be conducted every 3 years. 3. Rental $104.00 per annum plus GST. Please contact Helen Heley on 5662 9309 for any further information on the Proposal. A person may make a submission on the Proposal. Any person proposing to make a submission under Section 223 of the Act must do so by the close of business Wednesday 21 May 2014. A Hearing pursuant to section 223 of the Act will be held for those who wish to speak to their submission on Wednesday 18 June 2014 at 12:45am in Meeting Room 2, Leongatha Memorial Hall. All submissions should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, South Gippsland Shire Council Private Bag 4, Leongatha, 3953 or can be hand delivered to Council's Office at 9 Smith Street, Leongatha. A person making the submission is entitled to request in the submission that the person wishes to appear in person, or be represented by a person specified in the submission, at a meeting of the Council (or a committee determined by Council) to be heard in support of the submission. Tim Tamlin Chief Executive Officer COUNCIL WORKS THIS WEEK (Weather permitting) Road Maintenance: Mardan/Koonwarra/Nerrena/Poowong East/Nyora/Loch/Hallston/Mirboo Nth/Leongatha Nth/Toora/Pt Franklin/Mt Best/Welshpool/Hedley/Binginwarri

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Boom times Dairy company reveals $20m investment

By Deb Lucas TOORA’S ViPlus Dairy has unveiled its $20 million stage two expansion. Residents were last Wednesday given the opportunity to see the plans and talk with company representatives at the open forum meeting held at the Toora town hall. Works will include extension to the warehouse and storage area, improvements to staff facilities, a new enclosed vehicle thoroughfare, water treatment plant and two storage ponds, independent electricity supply and an upgrade to the old shop. Chief engineer with the company Jon McNaughton, adminstration manager Marion Hannon and Melbourne based company representative Jenny Fang were on hand at the information session to answer local residents’ questions about the expansion and what impact it will have on the local community.

“The extension plans and costings have all been completed so we are ready to start once we get the stamp of approval from council and the EPA,” Ms Fang said. “We are aiming to start construction later this year and it will take around 12 months to complete.” Traffic in the area is set to increase once the extension is up and running, with ViPlus Dairy anticipating an increase in annual production of between 3000 tonnes and 10,000 tonnes. “There will be more comings and goings from the plant with the increased production. We expect around 11 trucks on average each day. Any large vehicles will use the existing heavy vehicle route from the South Gippsland Highway that runs via Grip and Jetty roads. Some corners on this road are currently under review for widening as part of regular road works,” Mr McNaughton said. Representatives from the company assured residents steps would be taken to ensure no odour emissions occurred. “We are installing new equipment

and detailed modelling shows it will operate with the regulatory limits prescribed by the EPA. We have compared this modelling to known emissions from two existing plants, one in Warranambool and the other in Darnum, and the results show the odour likely to come from the ViPlus plant will be less,” a company spokesperson stated. ViPlus Dairy anticipates an additional 29 jobs will be directly created once the project is completed, including jobs such as truck drivers, machine operators, packers and fork lift drivers. ViPlus Dairy told local residents a local ice cream wholesaler will operate from the processing plant and there will be additional indirect employment because they will hire local contractors like plumbers, electricians, cleaners and gardeners to maintain the plant. Catering will be sourced locally and the plant will also support the Gippsland dairy industry through purchase of raw milk from local dairy farmers. ViPlus Dairy started its canning operation six months ago.

Plans: Viplus Dairy chief engineer Jon McNaughton, company representative Jenny Fang and administration manager Marion Hannon discuss the company’s plans for a $20 million expansion of the Toora factory.

South Gippsland wows tree changers SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council staff sold the region to Melburnians at the Victorian Regional Living Expo recently. They urged suburbanites to consider living, working and investing in South Gippsland. Council’s business liaison officer Renae Littlejohn was buoyed by the interest in the region at the annual event in Melbourne. “South Gippsland just ticks all the boxes,” she said. “We have proximity to city markets and social activities, yet we can live in this beautiful productive environment that boasts strong safe inclusive communities perfect for raising a family or simply enjoying a more leisurely lifestyle. “We have the business networks to support newcomers, much improved technologies as the NBN is rolled out, natural gas and a wide array of primary produce that begs for value adding businesses to capitalise on. “Good education and childcare infrastructure, medical facilities and the opportunity for families to absorb into a friendly country community are highly conducive for those already contemplating

a move.” Council was represented in two forums. The first was an integrated Gippsland stand that combined the strengths of all six Gippsland councils, with a chef showcasing the region’s produce. The second was a dedicated stand where staff from council’s economic development, tourism, planning and community strengthening teams responded to enquiries regarding employment, education, business, industry, health services, land and housing affordability and retail choices. “The real work begins now,” Mrs Littlejohn said. “Naturally we collated data profiles of enquirers and we will follow up in the next few weeks to ascertain the true levels of interest. We will then run a familiarisation bus tour for the more committed, escorting them around the shire to get a sense of place. “It’s an excellent event hosted by the State Government that may help motivate people into a life changing decision. Especially, for those who dream of a better way of living and working, and we’re just the folk to help them make it happen, with lots of relevant support.”

Opening eyes: South Gippsland Shire Council’s team at the South Gippsland stand, from left, Danielle Todaro, Cr Mohya Davies, Anna Anthony, Ken Fraser and Renae Littlejohn.

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Bass Coast Council briefs Pindone condoned A WORRIED resident from the Surf Beach on Phillip Island questioned the Bass Coast Shire Council’s decision to allow the use of Pindone in the area. According to the RSPCA, Pindone is an inhumane way to kill rabbits, as they suffer for four days prior to their death and the bait is likely to kill other animals as well. The council says the bait is used strategically to maintain the feral rabbit population and measures such as exclusion cages are used to protect native animals such as kangaroos and wallabies. The RSPCA acknowledges the legal obligation for landowners to control rabbits.

Toilet petition considered A PETITION for the installation of public toilets on Inverloch’s Cuttriss Street foreshore has been received by the Bass Coast Shire Council. It will be presented to council at the next ordinary meeting on May 21. Cr Jordan Crugnale says the foreshore has become a popular destination in Inverloch and hopes the council will support the petition.

Ward funds request DIRECTOR of community and economic development Steven Piasente asks payments to recommended small projects in the ward fund policy be

allocated by the end of the financial year. The Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Program allows the opportunity for small projects to be identified within each ward and funding may be provided to support these projects. If funds are not allocated by June, it goes back into council’s surplus. “It’s great to support community groups,” Cr Clare Le Serve said. “They are a great asset.”

Dog owners object COUNCIL has received a petition containing 202 names not in favour of dog restrictions in Coronet Bay. These residents are also opposed to a com-

mon set of rules restricting dogs from beaches throughout the shire. The petition will be included in the data presented at the ordinary council meeting in May.

Street discontinued CAPE Paterson’s Pike Street will be sold to adjoining landowners. The road is currently an unmade, unused reserve and is not required for access of traffic. A committee of council has been formed in response to the required public notice. The estimated sale could recover $28,000. According to council, it is a small return and there is some ongoing maintenance.

Giving back WONTHAGGI’S South Dudley estate underwent a scheme providing construction and sealing including underground drainage, kerb and channel of existing gravel roads recently. Despite the weather, the scheme is coming along under budget. Landowners are expected to be reimbursed for their contributions or the outstanding principal balance will be reduced for landowners who have not yet paid in full. “It’s a great result, it was well costed and a lot of hard work has been done. It’s a great recommendation,” Cr Bradley Drew said.

A CAR was attacked with black spray paint in Korumburra recently. The rear driver side quarter panel and rear driver side alloy wheel was sprayed between 6pm on April 5 and 8.30am on April 6. The maroon Holden Sudan was parked out the front a home in Bridge Street but nothing was heard by the victim or neighbours when the vandals struck.

Fence pickets were broken and road work signs were dismantled and knocked to the ground on the same night further down the road. There was a party going on nearby and police believe the damage may have been caused by partygoers on their way home. No offenders have been found yet. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Korumburra Police.

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Column 7 THE MS 24 Hour Mega Swim event raises funds for MS Australia’s Go for Gold Scholarship program. These scholarships are awarded direct to people living with multiple sclerosis covering a broad range of categories including education, travel, sport, music, the arts and employment. Marie Werrett of Leongatha swam with the Drown Drown team last year and raised over $1000. The team’s combined fundraising was over $7000! Please help by sponsoring Marie and Drown Drown for the 2014 Mega Swim on May 3 and 4, at the Melbourne

Sports and Aquatic Centre. You can ring Marie on 56624092 or you can go online: POLICE officers are in training for the Oxfam trail walk on Friday, May 2. The event is a 100km trek commencing at Jells Park in Waverley and across the Dandenongs and then into the Yarra Valley. Teams of four complete the entire 100km together and have 48 hours to finish, but the local police team is aiming to complete the journey in under 20 hours.

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Dale McCahon, Rohan Michael and Don Haw from Leongatha Police Station along with Clint Goff from Wonthaggi Police Station are in team Grounded Parrots, and have a support crew of police and retired police from Leongatha and Wonthaggi. Apart from the physical challenge, the team is raising money for Oxfam with around $2000 raised so far. Anyone wishing to donate can do so on line by going to the Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne site and selecting Grounded Parrots team. Anyone can access the site and check out photographs and critique of the team’s longer training runs.


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TH THE HE Bendigo B di Bank B k Leongatha donated a $1000 cheque to the Varli Blake Family Appeal last week. The cheque was presented to the family by branch manager Ken Lester. The Varli Blake Family Appeal would like to express its appreciation towards the Bendigo Bank for its generous support.

THE Hengstberger girls spread Easter cheer in Leongatha for the 33rd year in a row.

Val Pistrucci and Nola Sneddon begin the tradition for their grandmother Evelyn Smith, who lived in Woorayl Lodge. They visited her at Easter but found they had nothing to talk to her about, so they dreamed up a way to bring a bit of fun into her life. Their grandmother died four years later but they have continued the tradition ever since, Ms Pistrucci even travelling home from South Australia for the occasion. They walk around Leongatha in festive Easter costumes, distributing Easter eggs and hugs. The Hengstberger sister thank the Lions Club of Leongatha, Woorayl Lodge Ladies’ Auxiliary, Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ken and Faye Olcorn at Leongatha Lunch Works and their mum, Freda Morris, for their support.

Easter Bunny: from left, Tom Pearson, Nola Sneddon, Bella Pearson and Val Pistrucci spread Easter eggs and hugs in Leongatha.

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Thank you: branch manager of the Leongatha Bendigo Bank Ken Lester (centre) hands over a $1000 donation to the Varli Blake Family Appeal. Receiving the cheque are two of the appeal managers Karen Wynne (left) and Julie Bloch (right).

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at Meeniyan. Rob agrees with those who see Gippsland as, at least, an equal to any of the other wine regions surrounding Melbourne, particularly with the Burgundian grape varieties chardonnay and pinot noir, along with aromatic varieties and shiraz. Against the warm hospitality of Moo’s and a tasty, three course menu, Rob will pour four wines to support his thoughts; Bellvale Pinot Grigio 2013, Cannibal Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Dirty 3 Pinot Noir and D’Angelo Ben’s Shiraz 2012. Rob taught his first wine appreciation class at William Angliss College in 1977. Thirty seven years later, he still gets great enjoyment from talking about what’s in his glass and the stories therein. Gippsland - Generosity and Finesse has an all inclusive price of $80 per person, Bookings can be made on 5664 0010 or

celebrated a very special birthday last week. Resident of two years Evelyn Nunn turned 101 on Easter Saturday. The Leongatha lodge threw her a small party on Thursday. Ms Nunn spent her special Easter Saturday birthday with family at a lunch and afternoon tea at the Leongatha RSL. Born in Shepparton, Ms Nunn lived in her home town for 50 years before moving to Sydney for the next 20 years. She came back to Victoria and has been in Leongatha for 16 and a half years. “Woorayl Lodge has been a nice place to come to,” Ms Nunn said. “Victoria is home.” Ms Nunn is delighted to be spending her 101st birthday with her only daughter Patricia, who gave her a wonderful 100th birthday in the company of five grandchildren, 16 grandchildren and many more relatives. Woorayl Lodge organised rainbow cakes for Ms Nunn’s party, as per her request. The rainbow colours represented a

bright way to enter a new century. Ms Nunn thanks everyone from the lodge who celebrated with her and takes care of her, and wishes them all the best. Ms Nunn is the first Woorayl Lodge resident to reach 101.

Happy Birthday: Evelyn Nunn loves the rainbow cakes made especially for her 101st birthday.

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Tourism icon plans revealed By Brad Lester A NEW viewing platform will showcase the majestic wonder of the Agnes Falls and gorge.

Land fight still on THE Venus Bay community has pledged to not give up on a campaign to save public open spaces from sale in Venus Bay. The Tarwin Lower Venus Bay Association said the town has only one percent designated open spaces and should have five to six percent open spaces within an urban development. South Gippsland Shire Council has not ruled out selling further blocks in Venus Bay as part of its Strategic Review of Land Holdings Project. The Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula commissioned a scientific audit of the vegetation types on Venus Bay blocks and that revealed an extensive range of indigenous flora. “We intend to ensure these remnant blocks from the original subdivision of Venus Bay be preserved for recreation and the environment,” association president Colin Suggett said. In other association

news, the group reported the first stage of a project to control weeds and plant indigenous species along the Tarwin Lower Venus Bay walking and bicycle path has been completed. Remaining funds will be used to plant mainly shade trees protected by substantial and highly visible stakes and tree guards. “Once these are well established, only then will smaller species, shrubs and grasses be planted and protected by the trees,” Mr Suggett said. On behalf of the association, he has served on a committee to look at involving the community, CFA and other emergency services to develop risk management plans for the area. “This is seen as one of a number of pilot plans for later expansion to other small communities across Victoria,” Mr Suggett said. “Charged with identifying risk issues particularly pertinent to Venus Bay, it was decided that fire was of particular concern and that

we had large numbers of city based visitors over the summer season with little ongoing understanding of local fire issues. “It was decided a Be Fire Aware poster be designed to provide basic fire information to Venus Bay visitors was in order.” As a result, 1500 A3 full colour laminated posters have been printed, and are available free from local business outlets and the Venus Bay Community Centre. The association continues to work on an initiative to set up a fire watch with residents on the other side of the inlet on high ground at Townsend’s Bluff. They would be able to pinpoint the location of a fire outbreak in the third estate at Venus Bay and in the remote reserve area beyond. “We continue to suggest that non residents should stay away from Venus Bay on days of extreme fire danger. This approach now has official support from fire authorities,” Mr Suggett said.

The $400,000 proposal was unveiled to South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednesday. The new cantilever platform will protrude five metres into the gorge, offering visitors a 180 degree view of the magnificent attraction north of Toora and Welshpool. Visitors now have a limited view of the falls and gorge. Parks Victoria has engaged renowned designers Thompson Berrill Landscape Design to complete the project. That company has been responsible for spectacular projects in the Ot-

ways and Grampians. Council will seek $300,000 from Regional Development Victoria and contribute $100,000. “This will lift Agnes Falls as a destination,” landscape designer Glenn Berrill said. “We are creating a product that will celebrate the largest falls in Victoria.” The platform will include a section of mesh floor that will enable visitors to look straight to the gorge below, giving a “thrill experience”, Mr Berrill said. The platform will be constructed west of the existing platform and extend from the current track. “We have splayed the barriers out slightly to increase the sense of drama,” Mr Berrill said. A new toilet block and picnic shelters are now being built at the falls site.

Phil Stone, council’s director of development services, said enhancing the falls site comes under council’s Corner Inlet Tourism Development Project and up to $100,000 had been set aside to contribute towards the project. Council will submit a project proposal to RDV and if successful, council will then be invited to apply for a grant. The project could increase tourism returns from the Corner Inlet area by $10,000 a year. The Friends of Agnes Falls reported 40 vehicles parked at the falls during one hour on Easter Saturday. The friends group has recently published a second run of a promotional fliers to be distributed to tourism outlets. The print run was made possible by a $200 grant from the Bendigo Bank, Toora and Foster.

Grand vision: excited about the new platform proposal at Agnes Falls are, from left, Ken Fraser of South Gippsland Shire Council, Peter Lee and Kathy Whelan of Friends of Agnes Falls, Gerard Delaney of Parks Victoria, Glenn Berrill of Thompson Berrill Landscape Design, and council’s Danielle Todaro and Phil Stone. Above left, Agnes Falls.

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Fair go for ratepayers

I TOOK a stand at the last council meeting in regard to two very important matters for all residents of South Gippsland. Firstly, I vote against the proposed budget, which incorporated a rise of 5.5 percent. Due to the compounding affect of past rate rises, rates have risen by eight percent per annum in the past 10 years. This has far outstripped both CPI figures by some 35 percent and council’s cost index rises by 12 percent. If you feel that council rates are getting more difficult to pay, you are right. Council and particularly officers of council have done a commendable job in reducing costs and saving money in some areas, but council continues to primarily pursue an admin-

istrative cost plus budgeting approach. The issues of having 30 percent more managers on a pro rata basis more than neighbouring shires, appear to be sacrosanct and costs over $1 million per annum. There is a serious lack of modern management – business and organisational development approaches to productivity. There is incontrovertible evidence that on average 30 percent of Australian organisations’ efforts is wasted on administration and bureaucracy. Despite the ample evidence that shared services between councils saves money, there appears to be a reticence to take such approaches. Councillors and senior managers have a responsibility to manage finances in a sustainable manner. While the budget is sus-


No room for pussy footing IT IS time for shire councils to sit down with representatives of State and Federal governments and have a decent conversation about council rates. We see a general rate rise of 5.5 percent being proposed by South Gippsland Shire Council in the 2014-15 draft budget, above the Consumer Price Index and a figure that has already prompted people to question what they are getting for the extra money they will be asked to pay. Council is saying cost shifting by State and Federal governments – increased responsibilities without adequate funding to match – is leaving council with no alternative but to pass the cost onto ratepayers. The level of staffing at council has come under public scrutiny and again council attributes the need for extra staff in part to satisfy the extra expectations imposed by higher levels of government. Rate rises are inevitable, but the cycle of high increases cannot go on. Families are already dealing with rising cost of living pressures and businesses are trying to lift revenue as customers keep their wallets closed on non-essential expenditure. Ratepayers cannot continue to keep shouldering the cost of council’s growing operations. South Gippsland and Bass Coast shire councils must demand action on government cost shifting or if that fails, ask their respective communities which services must go in a bid to make savings.

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tainable and meets government financial indicators, it is not sustainable for the farmers, business people and residents. We can’t just continue to raise rates above inflation indefinitely. With another 10 years like the past, rates will have almost doubled their percentage of people’s living costs. What is concerning is there appear to be no sense of urgency nor appetite for reforming council’s approach. There are ways to reduce the budget costs without impacting on service levels, but these have been dismissed out of hand and council has approved $34 million of capital works without identifying a purpose or a specific justifiable reserve fund. The rates could be reduced to a 4.5 percent rise with little effect and impact on service standards and levels. The second stand I took was in regard to the differential rates report. The State Government instituted a requirement for a clear policy to be established in regard to differential rates and to look at the equity and fairness of the system. This was primarily in response to farmers concerns about the impact of high rates on their operations. I believe the committee did an exemplary job and I agree wholeheartedly with all but one of their recommendation. Their recommendation to remove the municipal charge was inspired and means that there is far more equity within each categories of ratepayers. Indeed over 50 percent of ratepayers will receive a reduction in the level of rates, reflecting what their capital value of their properties says they should pay. Where I depart from the report’s recommendations is on one matter, the treatment of farms, which most people recognise is the lifeblood of our community and economy. On the surface there appears to be a significant reduction in farm rates by the reduction of differential rates from 90 percent to 70 percent for farmers. However, after the impact of the removal municipal charge, farms rates will fall by only 1.38 percent, a minuscule amount. Cr Hill was unsuccess-

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Letters to the Editor ful in moving an amendment that would have allowed an increase for vacant land rate and this to further offset farm rates. The average rise for vacant lands would amount to only around a $100 rise versus the current proposed average $25 rise. The report argues for an incentive for people to develop land, but $25 average figure is no real incentive. Farmers, according to ABARE statistics, have had a declined of income of five percent over the past 10 years. During this time farm inputs (fertiliser, diesel and grain) have rise by up to 300 percent. Farmers are price takers not price makers and their margins have been seriously eroded. Currently farm rates account for 2.5 percent of their income in comparison to 0.25 percent for retail and commercial rates. In my opinion this is patently unfair and does not meet the stated principles of capacity to pay and transparency. We have lost a significant opportunity to ensure that there is equity both within and between categories of differential rates by providing a real reduction to farmers, rather than a Clayton’s reduction. I urge people to respond to the draft budget and the differential rates. Your voice does matter and if sufficient people respond council will have to listen. Andrew McEwen, Councillor Strzelecki Ward.

Roads hypocrisy THE hypocrisy of Deputy Premier Peter Ryan labelling the Labor Party ‘tricky’ in relation to the disastrous state of our roads is gobsmacking for people in rural Victoria. This is a National Party Leader who has prevailed over the deterioration of our regional road network through inaction and cost cutting over a period of four years. This is the Deputy Premier who has prevailed over massive cuts to VicRoads. This is the Deputy Premier who has prevailed over the worst roads in living memory. Suddenly, just months out from an election, we see an urgent rush to patch-up those massive potholes on

our roads. This government is not fooling anyone. And while Mr Ryan would like you to believe the state coffers are still in dire straits due to the previous government, his government has recently announced a spending spree on roads for inner city Melbourne – with literally billions of dollars to be spent on a tunnel at the end of the Eastern Freeway for which the business case is still a secret. At the same time, we drive on roads fit for Mad Max, critical services to the regional community have been slashed and he refuses to pay ambulance paramedics a fair wage. This is the same leader of the National Party who sold out Victorians by endorsing massive cuts to TAFE education in this state, at great cost to regional Victoria. This is the same Leader of the National Party who will say nothing if his mates in the Federal Abbott Coalition break their election promise not to cut the ABC – a service which is critical to regional Victorians. Right now, all we can see is manufacturing closing down in this state and massive job losses in regional towns. Why should regional Victorians trust you again at this election, Mr Ryan? Andrew McFarland, Venus Bay.

Are they deaf? “WE HEAR you loud and clear”. That was the statement made by then mayor Cr Kennedy at last year’s budget acceptance meeting in June. It was his response to the many submissions made to council regarding its’ inability to control council expenditure, and to proposed rates increases well above CPI. But here we are nearly a year later, and obviously the council executive and a number of the councillors didn’t hear at all, or chose not to. The 2014-15 proposed budget includes the following: • an increase in the number of council employees by over four to 261.5 FTE (full time equivalent); • an increase in employee costs of 5.1 percent; • an increase in usage costs eg. revenue from tip fees etc, of 44 percent; • net spending of $5.9 million to be a ’prosperous shire’; net spending of $5.4 million to have ‘closely connected communities’; net spending of $7.8 million to be a ‘leading organisation’. Pity the net spending on ‘integrated services and infrastructure’ (roads etc) is $23.7 million, now just 55 percent of total spending. And how will it now be paid for?; • the general rate (that’s you, home owner) to increase by 19.25% from 0.379739c/$CIV to 0.452857c/$CIV. Yes that’s 19.25%. Watch out when you receive your next rates notice. So, are they deaf? There’s a lot more to dislike about this proposed

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budget, and the council executive. And there’s a lot that should make ratepayers particularly angry, those that can still afford to live in this area. But let’s leave that for another letter or correspondent. Gary Napthine, Waratah North.

Trail, gardens all valuable IT WAS reported in last week’s Star that during my presentation to South Gippsland Shire Council on Wednesday, April 9 in support of the Foster Pool I suggested there should be a cut to expenditure on the Great Southern Rail Trail. Apparently the intent of this reference was misinterpreted as my view is the rail trail is an excellent concept and should be fully developed from Leongatha to Yarram becoming a key tourism entity in its own right. The reference was an observation of the evaluation of swimming pool attendances which are unreliable and unaudited but which are a trigger point that can contribute to the demise of a community’s pool; whereas some other subsidised council assets such as the rail trail are not scrutinised on the basis of actual user numbers. The rail trail’s construction and ongoing maintenance may well have a significant cost per use ratio but is well worth it for the collateral community benefit; just as the communities with swimming pools know the range of community benefits they provide

are well worth it. In regard to references of median strip and roundabout gardens in Foster and other towns, while the flowers and vegies are indeed very pretty the repetitive replanting, watering etc must come at some considerable cost to ratepayers; yet other pretty street gardens of natives and roses require very little attention. Notwithstanding that this expenditure on flowers may equate to a fair proportion of a pool’s grant allocation, it is not suggested that varying the garden styles should be at the expense of any jobs as council outdoor staff could be more valuably deployed in other areas such as recreation reserves which have limited funding and rely almost entirely on volunteer labour to maintain a council asset. Many ratepayers believe council does not evaluate consistently or equitably the relative value to the community of its full scope of expenditure. Community services and facilities are evidently at risk of funding cuts because they can be; however the fiscal burden of a burgeoning bureaucracy appears unable to be constrained. What ratepayers want is a leaner more efficient administration; less consultants, red tape and glossy self-promotion; the retention of valued services and facilities that previous councils have managed to sustain for generations and fair representation without parochial influences. Ian Lyon, Foster North.


What does Anzac Day mean to you?

“Celebrating all the people who fought for our country.” Ella Cicala, Wonthaggi.

“We celebrate my friend’s pop’s contribution to the war.” Rebecca Gillin, Korumburra.

“It’s about paying respects to soldiers who fought in the Anzac war.” Leeann Byrne, Leongatha.

“It’s a time to reflect on the past and present war situations.” Peter Kershaw, Glen Alvie.

“THE STAR”, Wednesday April 23, 2014 - PAGE 13

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Standing out: South Gippsland Relay For Life organisers spell “HOPE” at the Dumbalk Recreation Reserve.

Region unites to fight cancer THE 2014 South Gippsland Relay For Life Committee and teams would like to thank the businesses and communities for supporting the relay on March 29 and 30 at the Dumbalk Recreation Reserve. A highlight of this relay was the aerial photo of relay participants spelling out the word “HOPE” during a fly-over by Michael Malone and photographer Peter Marshman. A special thanks to Michaels Supa IGA, for their ongoing support of Leongatha Lions Club, who provided the event catering. Relay organisers would also like to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of the Dumbalk Recreation Reserve and the Tarwin Valley Campdraft, businesses, volunteers and performers from across southern Gippsland and the generous promotional opportunities offered by local media oulets, including The Star. The Leongatha Paint the Town Purple event in February drew a terrific response from businesses, with purple window decorations popping up everywhere.

Over the weekend 269 registered participants gathered from all over South Gippsland with new teams, including the Wii get fit for Harper and the Leongatha Lightning teams adding a new energy to the event alongside teams from previous Relays, including the Mexican Hat, Scouts and Mixed Bunch teams. “Without the support of all these fantastic people the South Gippsland Relay For Life, Relay at Dumbalk would not have been the success it was,” said Walter Aich, chair of the 2014 South Gippsland Relay For Life Committee. People wishing to draw inspiration from the relay can visit the Facebook page and view the photos posted by Carmel Trease, event photographer and committee member. The relay has to date raised nearly $19,000; a fantastic effort especially as planning and publicity for the relay did not really get underway until the New Year. The Mexican Hat and Wii get fit for Harper teams were the most successful fundraisers. The South Gippsland Relay For Life Committee would like to thank all businesses and individuals who supported teams and the

overall fund raising effort. Mr Aich reminds people that, “fundraising stays open for four weeks after the relay; it’s not too late to contribute to your favourite team”. The 2015 South Gippsland Relay For Life will be held in autumn next year; venue and dates to be confirmed. The 2015 relay will be the tenth to be held in South Gippsland; the theme for the Relay will be Ten Years, Ten Towns, so organisers are looking for at least one team from at least 10 towns across South Gippsland. The committee is delighted to see that four teams from Leongatha, Dumbalk and Meeniyan have already registered for the 2015 South Gippsland Relay For Life. Mr Aich wishes to remind people that teams raising more than $5000 qualify for a Research Award and are able to negotiate with Cancer Council Victoria which research project their funds will support. Entering a team for 2015 is easy; contact Mr Aich 01419 559 367 or go the Relay For Life website ( and follow the register links.

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“Lest We Forget”

ANZAC DAY — APRIL 25, 2014

Veteran proud to be an Aussie without being pulled over by the police unless you break the law. “Even in the United States you are hammered by the police from one state to the next.” Widsom attended Leongatha Technical School in the year it opened, 1965. He loved school and did very well but left at the end of fourth year, turning down an apprenticeship as an electrician in favour of joining the navy “because it was the only way as a young kid you were able to get out of Leongatha.” The navy offered single men a great life and the opportunity to see the world. “We were away for eight months at a time and in five and a half years we pulled into Singapore and Hong Kong at least 80 times and in the Pacific, Hawaii and Fiji more than 20.”

By Stuart Biggins LEONGATHA born and bred Steven Wisdom joined the Royal Australian Navy as a 16 year old in 1971. He saw action in Vietnam from aboard the River Class destroyer, HMAS Stuart. For Wisdom, Anzac Day commemorations each year begin with the dawn service at the Leongatha cenotaph in McCartin Street. “Anzac Day is an acknowledgment of the sacrifices grandfathers, fathers and sons made so we now live in the best country in the world. “There is no country in the world where you can jump in a car here and drive for thousands of kilometres across the country

KORUMBURRA DAWN SERVICE The Korumburra Sub Branch will conduct a ANZAC Day Service, Friday April 25, 2014 at the Cenotaph located in Coleman Park, and all are invited to attend. There will be the opportunity to lay personal wreaths They will be supported again this year by all the local schools. The Scouts and Cubs will provide a hot breakfast. The form up time will be 0545hrs for the dawn Service commencing at 0600hrs. Another service will be conducted at the same location at 1030hrs later in the morning.

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Onboard the HMAS Stuart, Wisdom was a sonar operator in the TAS (Torpedo and Anti-Submarine) division. Plying the coast of Vietnam, the ship’s four and a half inch guns fired shot after shot onshore to support the ground assault. While the sailors didn’t see the results of salvos fired from 20 miles offshore, they were frequently confronted with the carnage Thai and Filipino pirates inflicted on Vietnamese refugees escaping war ravaged Vietnam by boat. “We saw a lot of death and trauma.” Other atrocities resulted from the Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos outlawing begging. Children bobbing about in boats who approached visiting American and Australian sailors “would be blasted out of the water by patrolling Filipino gun boats”. “In my first 10 minutes in the Philippines I saw a 10 year old boy who had robbed an American soldier have his head blown off by an armed Filipino guard.” Asked about the emotional impact of witnessing such horrendous incidents Wisdom says, “We didn’t lock things away. “Our way of coping was by discussing things, joking and taking the mickey.” He says it was the renowned Australian sense of humour, the ability to make a joke out of things, which was the coping mechanism


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cause I was a bush seed. “We were trained for active service. I was an 18 year old kid doing what I was told. I knew nothing of the politics of the war or anything.” Of one thing though, Wisdom is sure, “Australia does it better than anyone

else.” And as a testament perhaps to one of the greatest legacies of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, Wisdom said, “There is no greater buzz than hearing a Vietnamese Australian speaking with an ocker accent.”

Anzac Day across South Gippsland

The RSL bar and club rooms open at 9am. The march to the cenotaph commences at 10.45am with members from the Royal Australian Navy, then followed by a full service at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre Hall. A march back to the RSL for refreshments will conclude the service. A 2pm service will be held at the Prom Coast Aged Care facility.

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reunion and Wisdom said, “When we all get together we are 16 again.” The old camaraderie which served them all so well comes into play again. “Everyone has his nickname. I’m known as Jed (aka Clampett, The Beverley Hillbillies) be-

Arrive 10.30am for an 11am start at Fish Creek RSL clubrooms. There will be a march to the Fish Creek cenotaph for a short service. A full service will be held at the Fish Creek Hall which will also include a performance by the Fish Creek and District Primary School Choir.

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that saved them from emotional trauma. More taxing was the sheer physical drudgery of life at sea. “Physically everyone was a wreck. The most sleep you could expect to have at any one time for a six week period was four hours. “We worked four hours on, four hours off. There are things I remember vividly and see every day.” Off the Malaysian naval base at Butterworth, the HMAS Stuart was trailing a piece of equipment that sent up a water rooster tail as a target for air-force planes practicing bombing raids. “We watched as a misfire blew the wing off a fighter and the plane went straight down into the sea. There was little left to salvage except for an empty fuel tank floating on the surface and a helmet. “I reached out from the dingy for the helmet not knowing if it was still attached to a body or not. “The helmet was empty.” Wisdom has been been back to Vietnam three times. “It is a sensational place to visit.” Every five years the men who were part of the navy intake in 1971 hold a

Breakfast, tea and coffee will be provided by the 2nd Korumburra Scouts. A 10.30am a small ceremony will then follow, also at the Coleman Park cenotaph.

Leongatha There is a 6am dawn service at the Leongatha cenotaph, followed by a light breakfast at the Leongatha RSL. At 10.45am there will be a march to cenotaph from the RSL which is followed by a wreath laying ceremony. The march will also include the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band. HMAS Cerberus personnel will provide a guard of honour. A commemorative Anzac Day service will conclude the day at 11am in the Leongatha Memorial Hall.



A dawn service will be held at 6am at the RSL Hall, 15 Bolding Place, followed by a morning service at 10am at the Inverloch Hub, A’Beckett Street. There will be a guest speaker and the Inverloch and District Lions Club will serve breakfast.

At 10.45am, there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the cenotaph, outside old post office (if wet, move to Masonic Hall).

Kongwak There will be a 10am service beside the Kongwak Hall, with flag raising and wreath laying ceremonies. Following the service, there will be a morning tea provided.

Korumburra Arrive at 5.50am for a 6am dawn service at the Coleman Park cenotaph.


ments at the RSL clubrooms.

San Remo Bass MLA Ken Smith will be the speaker at an Anzac Day commemoration at the cenotaph on the San Remo foreshore at 11am. A marquee will provide shelter if necessary and there will be an opportunity for people to lay a wreath/ flowers.

Tarwin Lower There will be a midday service held at the Cenotaph in River Drive, followed by a flag raising and playing of The Last Post.

Toora There will be a 6am dawn service at the Toora cenotaph followed by gunfire breakfast at the Toora RSL clubrooms. There will then be an 11am commemorative service at the cenotaph followed by lunch at RSL clubrooms.


Arrive at 9.15am for 9.30am service to be delivered at the Meeniyan cenotaph, followed immediately by a morning tea in the Meeniyan Hall.

There is a 9.30am commemorative service at the Welshpool cenotaph followed by morning tea.

Mirboo North

There will be a 6am dawn service at the Wonthaggi cenotaph. At 9.45am assemble at the RSL Hall, Graham Street, to march to Soldiers Reserve and the cenotaph for a 10am morning service.

Arrive at 10.15am at the IGA supermarket for short march commencing at 10.30am. There will be a commemorative service at the cenotaph, followed by refresh-


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Winter WARM UP! Check heaters for safety NEW owners of Bass Coast Refrigeration in Wonthaggi, Ammon and Khushi Sahayam advise getting your heater checked before the cold nights set in. “It’s a good idea to get carbon monoxide testing done on heaters before you start using them to make sure they are nice and safe,” said Mr Sahayam. “Energy Safe says to do it every year. “It’s also a good idea to get your air conditioner serviced before you start using it as a heater in winter.” Mr and Ms Sahayam recently took over Bass Coast Refrigeration in Wonthaggi.

The pair has more than 15 years’ experience in the industry. They service an area from Pakenham to Port Welshpool and are new to the Bass Coast and South Gippsland areas. Bass Coast Refrigeration repairs, sells and installs heating and air conditioning units. They are able to work on all makes and models of air conditioners and to install, maintain and service both ducted and split system units. They can also repair, service and install all makes and models of gas heating and ducted heating. Repairs are also available on commercial cool rooms, fridges and freezers.

Bass Coast Refrigeration is the local Daikin dealer, saving hassle for residents needing repairs. “We are warranty agents for Daikin, for all the warranties, so everything from supplying, installing and repair or service is taken care of by Bass Coast Refrigeration,” Mr Sahayam said. “For areas that don’t have natural gas connected, a Daikin cooler also makes a good heater.” Bass Coast Refrigeration is able to design heating and cooling systems for new housing. Contact Ammon and Khushi on 5672 2426 or visit 1/13 Inverloch Road, Wonthaggi.

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Winter WARM UP!

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Winter WARM UP!

Firewood collection on public land THE Department of Environment and Primary Industry’s Autumn firewood collection season is on now until June 30, 2014. Firewood collection from public land is now more affordable and straightforward for the community. Collection of firewood for domestic use from state forests (and those parks where collection is allowed) no longer requires a permit. Seasons and collection areas apply to safeguard our forests and parks and mitigate safety risks. Firewood collection is only allowed in designated domestic firewood collection areas. These are clearly marked by signs. Rules apply when collecting domestic firewood. Collection areas are located, where possible, to avoid sites of environmental and cultural significance, and to make use of the byproducts of activities such as commercial timber harvesting and road construction. Domestic firewood collection is not permitted within VicForests commercial timber harvesting coupes. These coupes will be marked by signs from VicForests advising that they are unavailable to the public.

Firewood collection is only allowed in the autumn season (March 1 – June 30) and the spring season (September 1 – November 30). If there is a fire danger risk before November 30 or after March 1, the relevant firewood collection season may be shortened. The seasons are consistent across the state and aim to minimise risks to people, the environment and infrastructure by avoiding firewood collection during winter and during the highest fire hazard periods. Management of roadside vegetation remains with the road management authority, usually VicRoads or local government. Permission from local government is needed for the collection of firewood from roadsides under their management. VicRoads do not currently allow firewood collection on roadsides they manage. Roadside collection of firewood in State forests is only allowed in a designated firewood collection area. Two cubic metres is the maximum volume of firewood which may be collected per person per day. A maximum limit of 16m3 per household per financial year applies. Some households in regional areas rely on fire-

wood for winter energy. Please consider others when deciding how much firewood to collect. Four and half tonnes gross vehicle mass (GVM) is the maximum vehicle and trailer combination weight that can be used in a domestic firewood collection area. For further information or assistance call the DEPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

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Blue Light turns 30 By Laura Gibb

reation Reserve last Tuesday (April 15).

BLUE Light celebrated 30 years of events in Wonthaggi with a family fun day at Wonthaggi Rec-

Police, State Emergency Service (SES) and Country Fire Authority (CFA) demonstrated their equipment while dodgem cars, huge slides, a mini ferris wheel,

face painting and many other carnival attractions also drew crowds. Blue Light events in Wonthaggi turned 30 in late 2013. Brendan Horrocks, secretary/treasurer of Wonthaggi Blue Light, has been

involved for 17 years, during which time Blue Light has put on more than 200 underage discos and other events. Initially Blue Light was created partly to create a positive relationship between young people and police, but now it is run mostly by volunteers. Blue Light events are safe, supervised activities for under 18s. The events are free from alcohol, drugs and objectionable behaviour. Because of the quality of the events and the supervision, young people from diverse groups are able to attend, Mr Horrocks said. “A lot of kids get to come to our events that may not have come to others,” he said. An average of 300 to

350 participants attend Blue Light events. All money goes back into the community, since the organisation is not for profit.

Right, Bit of magic: from left, Grace Barton of Inverloch, Mikayla Thomas of Wonthaggi and Ruby Trew of Inverloch added colour to Blue Light Wonthaggi’s 30th Birthday Family Fun Day. Below, Water balls: from left, Adam Calder and Rikki Yarley of Wonthaggi tumbled across water in an inflatable tube at Blue Light Wonthaggi’s 30th Birthday Family Fun Day.

Super slide: from left, Brodee, Taylee and Tyge Silvester of Wonthaggi got a thrill out of the giant slide at Blue Light Wonthaggi’s 30th Birthday Family Fun Day.

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The Good Life

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment

Top entries contest portrait prize

THE Great Southern Portrait Prize has opened and although numbers are down a little this year, the quality is high.

Something special: Lucinda Estate Winery’s Lucy and Andrew Gromotka give Inverloch’s Judith Stachan a sampler of their delicious new apple and pear cider at last year’s Inverloch Food and Wine Festival.

Two great events, one fantastic day THIS year the ever popular Inverloch Food and Wine Festival have joined forces with the Inverloch Community Farmers Market to create one great event for you to enjoy! The Food and Wine Festival celebrates its ninth year and organisers of the two events are pleased to be working together. Inverloch Community Farmers Market manager Hannah Quilford said, “It just makes sense.” Visitors can expect to find a wide variety of locally produced food and wine as well as other local items.

In addition to the regular stallholders at the market there will also be an array of delicious, unique ready to go dishes available that will complement your glass of wine. It’s set to be a great day with entertainment from talented local musicians Holly Forsthye, Jessica Guyer and Hayley Norton, along with the super talented Colin Mathews and EJ and the popular cover band Ten 2 One! We are also lucky enough to have cooking demonstrations from local meat producer, Nadine Verboon of Wattlebank Park Farm and local garlic grower Julie Wallace of Weyhill Garlic.

Barn Buddies will also be there to keep the children entertained with their petting zoo! This year this wonderful event is free to attend! So come along and celebrate our beautiful region that gives us the ability to grow and make such an array of products and relax with a glass of Gippsland’s finest wine! Get to know our farmers and take pride in knowing where your food is coming from. At The Glade, Inverloch on Sunday, April 27, 9am – 3pm. Please note the market starts an hour later than normal.

Winners will be announced from 2.30pm onwards at Stockyard Gallery, Sunday, April 27. South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jim Fawcett will attend and possibly other councillors. Representatives of the new major sponsor, the Fish Creek Jaycees, will also be present, and all of last year’s sponsors have come on board as sponsors. Prom Coast Arts Council is keen to increase the crowd that attends the announcement of the winners as people will be able to hear speeches from the judges explaining how they arrived at their decisions. Portrait artists will be present to answer questions about their portraits, should they wish to. Event sponsors are: Fish Creek Jaycees, Basia Mille Luxury Accommodation, Waratah Hills Vineyard, Paragreen Real Estate, Wilsons Prom and Surrounds –Prom Country Accommodation Booking Service, Atoll Travel, Williams Tracy Cox Accountants, Mike and Rob-

in Stevens, Promaccom, Foster Pharmacy, 9 Acres Coffee Bar, Bookshop and Foodstore, Paul and Kath O’Neill, and Gecko Studio Gallery. Stockyard Gallery is open seven days from 10am to 4pm. Popular choice voters are eligible to win one of two vouchers offered by 9 Acres Coffee Bar in Fish Creek. The show closes on Monday, May 12. The panel for the Great Southern Forum (Satur-

day, April 26, 7.30pm at Fish Creek Memorial Hall supper room) has been finalized, with two of the Portrait Prize judges, Yvette Coppersmith and Dagmar Cyrulla, being joined by Claudia Murray-White of Wonthaggi and Mick Brody of Fish Creek. The topic this year is “Censorship in the Arts Do We Need It Today?”. Entry by donation, bring your own drinks and nibbles.

Striking piece: Ann Parry’s portrait of Yianni Banikos won the People’s Choice Award in 2013.

Lyric comes alive COME along to Lyric’s productions of Life after George and Young Frankenstein.

Eight cast members have been selected for Life after George with Bernadette Grainger as the director, and rehearsals started recently. The cast is Maddie Cantwell, Kaz Hughes, Bruce Grainger, Kerry Giles, Julie Strini and David Baggallay. The play, described as a “witty drama”, broke box office records during its premiere season in Melbourne and is a must see production by Lyric. The opening weekend will be May 9 and 10 with both shows starting at 8pm. It will also run on May 15 and 16 at 8pm and will finish with two shows on May 17. The matinee will be at 2pm and the closing show will be at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www. or call

0490 525 482. Lyric’s major musical in 2014 is Young Frankenstein under director Lisa Pellin. Further auditions are coming up in May for the cast. Secondary school aged actors and older will be accepted. The show will be huge with plenty of dancers, big dance numbers and a large cast.

Opening night is September 5 and closing is September 20, with the show running over three weekends. Young Frankenstein is based on the Oscar nominated smash hit 1974 film about a well respected medic who attempts to complete his grandfather’s work and bring a corpse back to life.

This Mel Brooks comedy classic masterpiece follows the hilarious complications of bright, young Dr Frankenstein, his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor, his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, and in spite of his incredibly selfinvolved madcap, fiancé Elizabeth. “It’s a fun, light-hearted show with a huge dance

background and lots to do,” Ms Pellin said. “We’ve started the set and are ready for auditions.” Elaine Epifano will be the musical director and the choreography will be done by Lisa Pellin and Cassie Van Hoorn. “Lyric is excited about the show in the lead up to its 50th anniversary,” Ms Pellin said.

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Stockyard Gallery, Foster at 2.30pm. Join us for drinks and nibbles. Exhibition finishes May 12. THE GREAT SOUTHERN FORUM warm up for the Portrait Prize announcement by joining us for a lively discussion with a bit of humour as we tackle the topic …

The cast: director Bernadette Grainger (left) presents the Life after George cast Maddie Cantwell, Kaz Hughes, Bruce Grainger, Kerry Giles, Julie Strini and David Baggallay.

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The Good Life

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment

Seaside icon: Prime Real Estate by Rob McGrath.

Peninsula talent shines

THE latest exhibition at Meeniyan Art Gallery heralds from the summer playground of the Mornington Peninsula. The seven artists bring a variety of mediums including photography, printmaking, painting and ceramics. The artists gain inspiration both from the Mornington Peninsula and from their travels further afield. The exhibition The Mornington Peninsula Collection will be at the Meeniyan Art Gallery from April 25 until May 22 with an official opening event on April 27 from 2pm to 4pm. The participating artists are Margo Vigorito, Rose Knight, Belinda Nye, Trish Andreoli, Rob McGrath, Emma Gilette and Brett Bennett. A well known and loved Mornington artist, Margo Vigorito has an exuberant passion for art and life. Her passion and her electric personality are evident

in her work and she is an inspiration to her students and those around her. Margo sees herself as a colourist using colour to mould shapes which then create the composition creating strong paintings. Colour is the driving force in her paintings which cover subjects of portraiture, landscape, still life and abstract. Painting images from the Mornington Peninsula or “the backyard from paradise”, Rose Knight gets to the essence of her subject matter disassembling and deleting to capture the mood and subject. Rose is also influenced by the energy of the city with its cafe culture as well as the beauty and contrasts of the Australian landscape. Belinda Nye is passionate about printmaking both the process of it and teaching the skill. Belinda’s prints portray a rich world of emotion, observation and rhythmic space. Using woodcut and linocut, Belinda’s work is

sometimes planned out, spontaneous or multilayered which is what drives her love of the medium so much. “It is my belief that there is no such thing as a bad print. Every print has the possibility of becoming part of another print or can be layered until you get a better result.” Belinda finds collaborating with others exciting, watching as artists work together to create the best possible print. Printmaker and oil painter Trish Andreoli loves to use colour in her work. Trish likes to work in themes and for this exhibition the works have been selected from a body of work called Viva L’italia. These works are inspired from Trish’s time in Italy in the ’70s when she was a young bride and more recently visiting friends and family. The works are colour linocuts, either multi-plate, reduction or jigsaw.

The influence of photography started early on in the family home for Rob McGrath. His father took slides and there were always photos around. This early influence set his path for a career in photography. Since then Rob has travelled the east coast of Australia discovering images that are uniquely Australian and finding interesting cameo’s contained in the bigger picture. Rob enjoys using digital photography technology, no longer having to make a leap of faith of what he has captured as he did with

film photography. He does not alter the captured image digitally, only employing the cropping tool and a little horizon straightening. The images are available framed using glossy paper or metallic finish paper, stretched on canvas, brushed aluminium and most recently on toughened glass. Using experimental techniques such as dribbling, impasto and dry brushing Emma Gilette creates highly textural, layered paintings. This is reflected in her photography which is

strongly influence by her painting style creating textural and ‘grungy’ images. Emma’s portfolio covers a wide range of different subject matter and techniques. She is constantly pushing herself and gleaning inspiration from others and trying new things. A ceramic artist, Brett Bennett finds a place of freedom and creativity in his craft. He loves the process marvelling at how his ideas start as a sketch and then come to life as he moulds the clay with his hands creating a piece of beauty.

Designing functional pieces, Brett envisages how they can become part of people’s everyday life. Brett finds creating his ceramic pieces as a creative outlet that is healing, bringing him a real sense of happiness. The exhibition is on display at Meeniyan art gallery weekdays (closed Tuesdays) from 10am to 4 pm weekends from 11am to 5pm. The gallery is located at 84 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan, and can be contacted by phone 5664 0101. Details are also on the website www.meeniyangallery.

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Adventure bound Newhaven College teens to explore Malawi By Lauren Adams, work experience NEWHAVEN College students are busily preparing for their month long expedition to Malawi in June this year. World Challenge is a company that provides students with a challenging adventure to a third world country. Students plan and lead their expedition which helps to expand their minds outside of the classroom and potentially go beyond the limits of their comfort zones. Students raise the money for the trip themselves as this adds to the challenge. Students have been running sausage sizzles, market stalls and community events to raise the $7400 needed for the trip. Newhaven College students were set to travel to Madagascar; however, the destination was changed a

few weeks ago due to political unrest in the country. The unrest was anticipated to resolve after the election in December but armed robberies and cattle rustling have continued to take place; and the school did not want to put the students at risk. The new destination for the trip is Malawi, Africa. Malawi lies landlocked between Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique and is often referred to as ‘the warm heart of Africa’. “At first I was pretty upset about the change of destination but I’m pretty excited about it now. It still sounds really fun and I will still get the experience I was hoping for,” said Tarni Macdonald, a Year 10 student. Two teams of 15 students will be taking part in the four week trip to Malawi. Both teams will be accompanied by a teacher from the school and an expedition leader from World Challenge. After arriving in Malawi, teams will be given a few days to acclimatise to

the new culture and climate before heading off on some of the most challenging treks that Malawi has to offer. Currently students are looking to climb two of Malawi’s most famous mountains: Zomba Plateau and Mulanje Massif. Mulanje Massif is home to the highest peak in Malawi which is known as the Sapwita peak and is 3002m high. Teams will then be travelling to a local community to interact with the people and do hands on work in a form of construction. “I am most looking forward to getting to experience a whole new culture. I am also looking forward to getting to spend a week in a small village, working on a project and hanging out with the locals,” Year 9 student Sianan Price said. After the physical challenges of trekking and building, teams will head to Liwonde National Park where they will go on safari and will be given the opportunity

to relax on the shores of Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in the world.

A great adventure is expected to be had by all participants.

• Lauren Adams is a Newhaven College student and will visit Malawi with her

school group. She undertook work experience at The Star recently.

Welcome Aussies: village children in Malawi will be visited by Newhaven College students in June.

Coastal secrets unravelled ONE of the highlights on the Gippsland Coastcare calendar is the annual Coastal Ecology and Management workshop.

Spectacular vista: the coastal workshop ended on the cliffs west of Kilcunda, with geomorphologist Neville Rosengren.

This event aims to reward coastal volunteers for their great work and to provide them with increased knowledge and skills to help their decision making. Gippsland’s Coastcare facilitator Bruce Atkin said: “We had an inspirational workshop at Kilcunda, with 45 volunteers who listened to a variety of presentations on aspects of coastal management topics, complemented by several field trips. “Geomorphologist Neville Rosengren was the key presenter at the workshop and he is without doubt the pre-eminent authority on the geology of the Victorian coast. “We also had presenters from Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), Phillip Island Nature Park and from five coastal volunteer groups,

covering topics as diverse as revegetation, weed control, coastal engineering and even how Coastcare has influenced coastal management in Ireland.” One of the many positive outcomes from these workshops is the networking opportunity they present: disparate groups form new relationships with others who share the same passion for the coast, and learn from each other’s successes and failures. “This leads to the sharing of best practice ideas, spreading of enthusiasm and increases in efficiency,” Mr Atkin said. One of the participants summed it up this way: “The thing about the weekend is that it gives context and inspiration, whether it is in the technical, social or geographic realm.” For further information about the workshop or about how to get involved with the Coastcare program, contact Bruce Atkin on 51839116 or

Inverloch CWA PRESIDENT Dorothy Riddiford welcomed everyone. It was good to see Joyce Arnold and Thelma Dow back, as well as Lois Pritchard. Two ladies are going to the RSL Anzac Day at Inverloch . International officer Marj White told us a little more on Mongolia, our country of study. The language is Mongolian, and while 95 percent of the population speak Mongolian, Russian is spoken mostly, followed by English. Japanese is spoken by the younger ones. Brenda Asquith, Dorothy Riddiford, Heather Owen and Joyce Ingle all did pavea and next month will make a scissor keep. Birthday girls Gwen Rees, Joyce Arnold and Thelma Dow received a gift from last month. Marj White won the blooms and coloured glass competition. Inverloch CWA is having an Easter raffle on Easter Saturday in A’Beckett Street. The meeting was closed with the Motto followed by afternoon tea.

Leading way: emergency services volunteers converged on Inverloch Fire Station recently to undertake the Volunteer Leadership Program offered by Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria. The Certificate IV in Frontline Management is being undertaken by volunteers with the Country Fire Authority, State Emergency Service, Life Saving Victoria, Ambulance Victoria – Community Emergency Response Team, St John and Australian Volunteer Coast Guard at Inverloch, Colac and Mooroopna.

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Absolute centre of the main commercial hub in Toora and with a commanding street presence, this 6 room solid brick, double fronted shop on a 512m2 has been extensively renovated throughout. Rear lane-way access with a secure, steel storage shed and there is off-street parking for several cars. Terms 10% on signing balance 60 days or earlier. LAN22920049

Situated on the edge of town this home is a must have for anyone looking to retire to a property with room to move or for a growing family after more space. It offers four large bedrooms, three with built in robes and a master bedroom boasting a large walk in robe and massive ensuite with separate shower and bath. There are two separate living areas at either end of the house and a dining and private study adjacent to the impressive large country style kitchen with walk in pantry and quality appliances. The house has large verandas to three sides which has quality brick paving and paths throughout and a large outdoor area to sit and take in the beautiful surroundings. To compliment this top quality built home there is a double carport 6.7m x 7.6m and a 123m2 shed with two roller doors and its own toilet. The home has a vacuum system and also a three kilowatt solar system which takes the pain out of those painful Stockdale and Leggo power bills. Leongatha It’s not often a property of this Mike West all round quality 56625800 comes on the market and it’s a pleasure to be able to offer it for sale.


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LEONGATHA 14 Griffin Road Alex Scott and Staff Leongatha 5662 0922

$399,000 4



It’s time to spoil yourself A

NYTHING less than this superb family home would be a compromise.

At only two years old, this outstanding home is a breath of fresh air, offering an abundance of features at an exceptionally realistic price. The home offers four bedrooms, master with full ensuite and walk in robe, remaining three bedrooms all with built in robes, a second bathroom with large shower and corner bath, large open plan living with rural views, stylish kitchen with gas cooking, dishwasher and ample bench space, all warmed by ducted gas heating and a private undercover outdoor entertaining area. Downstairs you will find a third toilet, laundry, a double garage which can easily feature as a large rumpus room, additional undercover car storage, water tank, solar power, double glazed windows, power efficient lighting, low maintenance yard and more. Yes this home is one of the best on offer for its price. Call today for an inspection.

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





3903 m2 block with 4 b/r brick residence Two living areas, 2 bathrooms large family room Secure and private area with well established garden Entrances to the property from Allison Street or Peart Street









3 bedroom brick home with plenty of living space Ducted heating, RC/AC, updated kitchen, 2 bathrooms 1213m2 corner block, walking distance of schools Extra large double garage with room for a workshop



Solid brick home on over ½ acres of exquisite gardens 3 bedrooms, ensuite, dual living areas All weather outdoor entertainment area with spa. Sealed driveways, extensive landscaping & paving. Double carport and 24' x 20' workshop



Quality pasture, 15 main paddocks with 2 laneways to stockyards Outstanding water supply from 2 permanent creeks Good fencing with 4-5 barbs supported by electricity Undulating country and tractorable.

$5950 per acre

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Fully renovated commercial premises L

OCATED within the centre of the main shopping hub in Toora and with a commanding street presence, this solid brick shop has been fully renovated throughout. Offering an expansive window display in the double fronted windows, the now vacant shop started life as a butcher shop and delicatessen. Recently operated as real estate premises, the solid brick shop with six main rooms will accommodate all manner of commercial enterprises and could easily be converted into a shop with dwelling. Recent renovations include new electrical wiring and new plumbing, fully re-plastered and painted throughout, new roof, fully insulated ceilings, new floor coverings, light fittings and venetian blinds, seven ceiling fans, new kitchen and bathroom, two Daikin inverter reverse cycle air conditioners and CBus wiring is installed throughout. The double fronted freehold building sits on 512 metre square of prime commercial land in the centre of town and offers dual

FOR SALE BY OWNER ARE YOU READY FOR LOW COST SUSTAINABLE LIVING? VALE COURT, LEONGATHA Immaculate 4 yr old, 3 B/r, 2 bath/r, 2 living zones, 2 car garage, 7 star rated home with solar electric and hot water systems. Fully double glazed and insulated with rural views. Large 1200m2 fully landscaped block in quiet location close to schools and facilities with low maintenance highly productive garden with potting shed, greenhouse, fruit trees, veggie plots and water tanks.

Everything is done, just move in and enjoy very low cost living!

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INVERLOCH | 556 & 574 VENUS BAY ROAD FOR SALE BY EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TWO SUPERB ALLOTMENTS WITH ABSOLUTE FORESHORE AND WATER FRONTAGE LOT 1 556 Inverloch Venus Bay Road, Inverloch 19.5 HA (48 acres) with 300m frontage to Anderson Inlet adjoining Mahers Landing Boat ramp. Includes 3 bedroom home.

LOT 2 574 Inverloch Venus Bay Road, Inverloch 46.5 HA (115 acres) Adjoining Lot 1, with 500m foreshore frontage with choice of home sites. Excellent location 5 minutes to Inverloch, potential for boat storage, accommodation, tourism related development (STCA). EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST | CLOSING FRIDAY MAY 9, 2014 AT 4PM CONTACT | Dennis Ginn 0412 317 360 Marni Lee Redmond 0403 525 413

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street frontages to Stanley Street and the rear laneway behind. To the rear of the property is a secure steel storage shed and there is off street car parking for six clients and shop operators. Offered with vacant possession and representing outstanding value at under replacement cost, the purchase of 49 Stanley Street in Toora will be exempt of GST. An auction will be held on site at 1.30pm on Mayy 9.

TOORA 49 Stanley Street Landmark Harcourts Leongatha Glenys Foster 0477 622 298

Auction Friday May 9 4


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Large homes perform better in regional Victoria


OMPARING median house prices is a useful house hunting tool.

It is helpful when researching which areas have shown attractive capital growth and where bargains are available. Refining the search by comparing the medians of particular towns, types of property and the number of bedrooms increases its usefulness. Australians love spacious homes – our new homes are among the world’s largest - and the REIV’s newly released median price data shows

four bedroom houses in regional Victoria increased in price more than smaller homes over the final three months of 2013. The median price was up 2.3 per cent on the September quarter, compared with 1.8 per cent for three bedroom houses and 1.7 per cent for two bedrooms. Prices for one bedroom units, favoured by buyto-rent investors, also increased by 1.7 per cent, but the median price of two-bedroom and three-bedroom units actually fell slightly over the three months. In the state’s south east, in Bairnsdale, the Sep-

tember median of $299,000 for a four bedroom house fell to $292,500 in the December quarter. This is a 2.1 per cent fall. It is worth noting that median prices include both the highest and lowest sales in a suburb so a few exceptionally high or low sales can have an impact on the median, particularly in towns such as Bairnsdale which recorded fewer than 50 four-bedroom house sales in the year. So areas with negative median price growth in the December quarter may still be a beneficial long term investment.

Factors such as a home’s quality, its location and how near it is to amenities such as schools and transport will determine exactly how much it’s worth. Local factors such as employment opportunities will also have a bearing on house prices. All this median price information, including annual capital growth over five years, is available free on the REIV website. To do this, simply choose the property type and then click on the map to see the information for your selected area.

The first home buyer price range F

IRST home buyers are an important part of the market.

They make up around 20 per cent of home buyers but their impact on the housing market can be felt strongly in certain price brackets of the market. REIV analysis of sales data over the past five years show that first home buyers have mainly been active in the $300,000 to $450,000 price range, especially at the lower end of this scale. This is evident

when you look at the relationship between the number of grants issued and the share of sales within the price bracket. When the First Home Owner Boost scheme came into effect in October 2008 there was a significant increase in first home buyer activity. The number of first home owner grants given increased by 76 per cent from 2,826 grants in September 2008, just before it came into effect, up to a peak of 4,977 grants in June 2009. The share of sales in the $300,000 to

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$450,000 price bracket also increased from 32 per cent to 37 per cent over this period. Subsequently, when the Boost was removed in January 2010, the number of first home owner grants issued fell from 3,088 to 2,133 twelve months later. The share of sales in this $300,000 to $450,000 price bracket also fell from 35 per cent to 30 per cent over this period. There are many ways to assist first home buyers to enter the housing market. Much of the focus in

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recent times has been on the giving and taking away of grants and concessions on stamp duty. Now that first home buyer assistance has been reduced, focus is again turning towards the provision of ‘affordable housing.’ A logical starting point to this discussion is therefore to consider the price range that first home buyers are most active in and look at increasing the supply and type of homes on offer within this price bracket.

5662 0922 45 Bair Street LEONGATHA

AUCTION Saturday May 3rd, 2014, 11am on site




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

'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!








AUCTION Friday May 2, 1pm at Fish Creek Town Hall


AUCTION Friday May 2, 1pm at Fish Creek Town Hall



This remarkable property features 2 buildings which both started their lives with different roles, but have been brought together and given new purpose. ! At just under 2 acres, the site was originally the home of the Hallston State School which has been transformed into studio style accommodation. ! The main building is a magnificent 6 bedroom homestead with multiple living areas, wide hallways, polished baltic floors, french doors and oversized glass doors, verandahs and decks on 3 sides & much more.



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

• 3 bedroom cottage on 2.5 acres • Cosy wood fire as new roof and wiring • Ideal weekender or city escape!









• 2 year old outstanding family home • 4 bedrooms, master with full ensuite and WIR • Open plan living with rural views



• Peaceful lifestyle property on 61 acres • 3-4 bedroom home • 3 water tanks, stockyards and shedding







• Fully renovated 4 bedroom home • Master bedroom with BIR + open fire place • 3 well fenced paddocks - perfect for horses!

• 2 bedroom townhouses, central lounge & dining • Fully landscaped-low maintenance gardens • Short walk to Safeway, RSL & CBD

• Builders own, 4 bedroom + Study • Formal lounge + family room • Low maintenance secure rear yard

• Great starter home or investment property • 3 bedroom home with north facing sunroom • Low maintenance level block


$330,000 each




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A regional partnership with the TAC and the Victorian Government.

Don’t risk child safety THE Victorian Government, together with its road safety partners, is urging parents to continue to use booster seats until their children have outgrown them. Minister for Roads Terry Mulder gave his reminder to all parents at a time when Victoria has just recorded zero deaths for the first time in 10 years for passengers under seven years old, for the year 2013. “Children who are using a booster seat are three and a half times less likely to be seriously injured in a crash than children using a seatbelt,” Mr Mulder said. “In what may be a surprise for many parents the right time to transition your child to an adult seatbelt should not be based on their age but when a child is at least 145 centimetres tall. “Moving your child into an adult seatbelt should not be a guessing game. Children need different restraints as they grow – restraints must be the right size for your child, properly adjusted and fastened, to be able to offer them the best protection in a crash. “The message we are sending to parents is simple; we know that child restraints and booster seats help save lives. Keeping your child in a booster seat is as easy as counting to five.” The Five Step Test is recommended in Australia’s new national child restraint guidelines to check if a child is ready for an adult seat. For a child to be able to sit in an adult seatbelt, the answers to all these questions should be ‘yes’: • can the child sit with their back against the vehicle seat back?

• do the child’s knees bend in front of the edge of the seat? • does the sash belt sit across the middle of the shoulder? • is the lap belt sitting low across the hips touching the thighs? • can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip? “We recognise the work of Neuroscience Research Australia and Kidsafe to develop this valuable resource and from next month we will be making the guide available to all Victorian schools,”

Mr Mulder said. He said children 12 years and under are safest in the rear seat, despite their insistence that they sit in the front. “Many children want to be allowed to sit in a ‘grownup seatbelt’, but there is a right time for this and it’s when it is safe to do so,” Mr Mulder said. “It is also crucial that friends and family think about child restraints and booster seats too. “Whether you are offering a lift home or dropping kids off at sport

– ask yourself – do I have the right type of restraint? Don’t risk it.” Professor Lynne Bilston from Neuroscience Research Australia said children who are not yet tall enough to use an adult seatbelt tend to slump into the vehicle seat so their legs bend at the seat edge. “This means the lap part of the seatbelt is positioned across the soft abdomen instead of on the hip bones, or the shoulder belt is across their neck and they are at risk of more serious injury

in a crash,” Professor Bilston said. “Another danger is that a child who is too small for a seatbelt will put the shoulder belt behind their back or under their arm, which means all the crash forces go on their soft abdomen. Using a restraint incorrectly increases the risk of serious injury by up to seven times in a crash. “We will be working with schools across Victoria to help share the safety message on child restraints and booster seats – look out for a road safety message in your local school newsletters.” CEO of Kidsafe Victoria

Melanie Courtney highlighted the importance of child restraints and booster seats being properly installed in vehicles. “I would advise parents and carers to choose a booster seat with an adjustable headrest that can move to suit the child’s height as they grow. This will enable children to remain in a booster seat for as long as possible,” she said. TAC chief executive officer Janet Dore said the vision of the TAC and its road safety partners was zero deaths and zero serious injuries on our roads. “To achieve this vision,

our target for the next 10 years is to further reduce the number of people who die on our roads by more than 30 per cent and further reduce the number of people who are seriously injured on our roads by more than 30 per cent,” Ms Dore said. “Our internationallyawarded public education programs and investment into safer roads and research will continue to play an important role in delivering on our road safety targets. Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy 2012-2022 underpins everything we do to keep all road users safe.”

Stop and rest FREE roadside refreshments will be at the front line of Transport Accident Commission and State Emergency Services efforts to combat drowsy driving over the Anzac Day weekend.

Smart choice: the right seat is paramount to child safety.

Nearly 50 Driver Reviver stations will be set up at strategic locations throughout regional Victoria, as thousands hit the state’s roads during the busy holiday period. These include locations at Leongatha and Kilcunda. Drivers are being encouraged to break up their trips by stopping and grabbing a coffee or something to eat as part of the long-running TAC and SES partnership targeting drowsy driving. TAC CEO Janet Dore said driver fatigue was responsible for an estimated 20 per cent of Victorian road deaths each year. “Stopping at a Driver Reviver station is an opportunity to break up a trip and stretch the legs but the fact remains driving with anything less than a good night’s sleep under your belt is a recipe for disaster,” she said. “People might think that quick fixes like winding down the window or grabbing a coffee from a drive-thru is enough to keep them going on a long trip but that is the wrong approach.”

The Easter holiday coincides with the TAC’s new Drowsy Drivers campaign, reminding Victorians that they can’t fight sleep. “If you are experiencing drowsiness while driving, it means you are already falling asleep and the only way to avoid falling asleep at the wheel is to pull over and have a powernap,” Ms Dore said. Drivers experiencing drowsiness are encouraged to use the Driver Reviver stations as a safe location for a 15-minute powernap but it is also important to plan your trip with plenty of rest breaks. Six people have lost their lives on Victorian roads over the past two Easter long weekends and Ms Dore called on all road users to play their part in ensuring there are no deaths or serious injuries this weekend. “We want everyone to reach their destination safely and that means planning your trip and ensuring you have had a good night’s sleep before getting behind the wheel,” she said. To find which Driver Reviver stations you’ll be passing by these holidays visit places-to-stop To see what the SES Driver Reviver stations look like, click here: =UU4W83YH_O5_k7KuY0JoTAzg

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Poolside ceremony THE poolside terrace at the RACV Resort Inverloch was the setting for the marriage of Carolyn Bentley and Gary Stevenson on Saturday, March 15. Carolyn is the only daughter of Robert and Lyn Bentley of Leongatha and Gary is the youngest son of Margaret and the late Geoff Stevenson of Macclesfield, United Kingdom. The bridal party arrived for the ceremony in a 1987 blue Rolls Royce and a 1950 black Pontiac, both of which belong to Carolyn’s father. Celebrant Cam Abood performed the nuptials and readings were done by friends Rachel Stewart and Danielle Helleran during the service. The bride wore a one shoulder grecian style slim fitting gown in white silk taffeta with a short train. It featured a pleated bod-

ice with a lace and jewelled attachment at the shoulder and hip. The short veil, which was handmade by Margaret Daw, a friend from Melbourne, was held in place by a diamanté clip. Carolyn was attended by her sister-in-law Tenielle Bentley and niece Louise Bentley, both from Leongatha, who looked stunning in strapless floor length light coral dresses of soft silky nylon. They all carried bouquets of white and tropical coloured frangipanis. Gary was attended by Owen Hussey a friend from the UK as his best man and Stewart Bentley from Leongatha was his groomsman. They all wore contemporary blue suits. The reception was held in the Cape Liptrap Room at the RACV Resort and the photos were taken by Gerard Bruning of Four Corners Framing. Carolyn and Gary enjoyed a honeymoon in Vanuatu before they returned to the UK to enjoy many years of happiness together.

Top left, ALISHA Jade Paterson is the first child for Shane Paterson and Vivian Carroll of Leongatha. She was born at Leongatha Hospital on April 2. Top right, LANA Maie Verboon was born at West Gippsland Hospital, Warragul, on April 2, to Andrew and Rebecca Verboon of Ruby. Lana is a sister to Amber. Seaside occasion: Carolyn Bentley and Gary Stevenson are now enjoying married life in the United Kingdom after marrying at Inverloch.

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star 30 years ago April 24, 1984 THE tranquillity of Easter Monday morning was shattered at 7am for anti-sewerage campaigner Jim Haw and nearby residents as bulldozers moved in to rip up farm land, making way for extensions to the Leongatha sewerage works. Mr Haw was outraged by what he termed “the callous actions” of the Leongatha Sewerage Authority. “We haven’t even set on a value for the compulsorily acquired land yet and here they are carving it up.”

10 years ago April 20, 2004 WIND farms will ruin tourism. One of the groups objecting to wind farms says they will be an economic

disaster because of their threat to South Gippsland’s fastest growing industry, tourism. Noreen Wills, representing Prom Coast Guardians at the Bald Hills Wind Farm EES hearing, told the panel the construction of wind farms in this coastal/ rural environment would not only cause loss of residential amenity to those living nearby, it would also be detrimental to tourism in the area.

5 years ago April 21, 2009 KORUMBURRA continued to experience tremors with earthquakes measuring 2.3 and 1.8 on the Richter scale. Geoscience Australia was expecting the tremors to continue for a while but believed a larger one some-

where else unlikely. “Looking at historical records, we’d say, certainly not,” a spokesperson said.

1 year ago April 16, 2013 ALDI hopes a new supermarket may still open in Leongatha. Aldi is often in contact with South Gippsland Shire Council’s director of development services Phil Stone about possibly opening a store in the town. “I have not got any information about when and if they are coming here,” he said. “We would welcome a planning permit application. “It is something we would be interested in and it’s just a matter of finding the right piece of land at the right price.”

Flood vision wins award BASS Coast Shire Council has received a commendation at the Australian National Coastal Awards for its work with the Land Subject to Inundation Planning Scheme proposed amendment. The Australian National Coastal Awards were established by the National Seachange Taskforce to raise awareness of the importance of Australia’s coastal zone and to acknowledge the organisations that have made a significant contribution to the nation’s coastal environment and communities. Deputy mayor Cr Kimberley Brown represented council at the Australian Coastal Councils Conference at Ballina, New South Wales, on March 25, and accepted the commendation on behalf of council. “We are absolutely delighted that Bass Coast was acknowledged with this commendation,” she said. “The Australian Coastal Councils Conference is an important national event that brings together representatives of local government,

researchers, policy makers and others with a stake in the future of the Australian coast and its communities. “There were more than 120 high profile delegates at the conference and more than 20 projects were assessed. “The Land Subject to Inundation Overlay (LSIO) project is a partnership between, Melbourne Water, the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and Bass Coast Shire Council. “This work now forms the basis of a planning scheme amendment that is currently on exhibition. “The Coastal Award was for the area of Planning and Management and recognises Council’s proactive approach to responding to the threat of coastal inundation using a planning scheme overlay that will ensure that new development is responsive to inundation risk. “I would also like to acknowledge the council’s strategic planning and the global information systems teams for their top-class work on this project.”

Right, JELENA Jane Campbell was born on April 10 at Leongatha Hospital. She is a daughter for Kylee and Jason of Mardan and a sister for Jordan, 16, Kayla, 12, Bailey, 11, and Corin, 9.

Milpara Community House news HAVE you recently moved into the area and would you like to meet other people and learn about this district? We take this opportunity to invite you to come to our newcomers’ luncheon. We hold these lunches each term and the next one is to be held on June 3 at 12.30pm. Please contact Milpara for further information and to book in for the luncheon. Do you feel confident with your computer skills? If you would like to build on your skills, Milpara Community House has a Computers Beyond Basics course commencing on Wednesday, May 14, 9.30am to 12.30pm. This course is run over a period of seven weeks and will cover many of the functions and operations necessary to utilise the computer without fear. Good basic computer skills are a pre-requisite to enrol in this course. Further information and enrolment details are available on our website www.milparacommuni- Please call us at the house if you have any queries. Neighbourhood House Week and National Volunteers Week is from May 12 to 18 to recognise the valuable contribution that neighbourhood houses and community houses make to the community in which they are located. These houses could just not operate without the significant contribution of the volunteers who support the work done. Milpara Community House will be celebrating and acknowledging this contribution in a number of ways during this period of time. Firstly will be our volunteers’ afternoon tea between 2pm and 4pm on Tuesday, May 13, and secondly will be the showcasing of Milpara Community House at A Fine Affair on May 17. We would welcome your comments on what we do and this can be done in a couple of ways - ‘like’ us on Facebook, comment on our website, come along to A Fine Affair or simply call into the house at 21

Dollars fight crime BASS MLA Ken Smith is encouraging councils and community groups in Bass Coast to apply for funding for community safety projects. Such groups can now access up to $10,000 for local crime prevention initiatives as part of the Victorian Government’s Community Safety Fund. “The Coalition Government recognises that locals are best placed to identify and prioritise safety and security issues in their communities, and we will support them to do so,” Mr Smith said. “The grants are open to councils, community and sporting groups, and local schools to imple-

ment practical community safety projects. “This includes installing security lighting, padlocks, security screens, fencing, or undertaking awareness activities to deter crime and increase community safety.” Under the program so far, $37,474 has been provided for five projects across Bass Coast. Cowes Primary School, Newhaven College, Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Inverloch Tennis Club and Wonthaggi North Primary School were all recipients of grants of up to $10,000 from the program so far. Applications close on May 12. To apply and for further information, visit www.crimeprevention.

Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra to have a look at what we do and meet some of the people involved. You are welcome at Milpara Community House. Don’t forget to get your enrolment form in for the upcoming course - Introduction to Quickbooks (Reckon Accounts) commencing Thursday, May 22, 9.30am to 3.30pm, for a four week period. Successful business practices include good financial management tools so take this opportunity to build your business skills. Participants do need good basic computer skills. For information about any of the offered classes or courses at Milpara, please call Sandra, Leisa or Jenni on 5655 2524, visit our website or call into Milpara at 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra.

Rubbish relief ABOUT 30 tonnes of recyclable items each year can now be diverted away from landfill in Korumburra thanks to the Victorian Coalition Government’s Regional Public Place Recycling Grants. Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan said the government will provide $30,000 for South Gippsland Shire Council to install 16 recycling stations in Korumburra’s Main Street. “A total of $815,000 has been allocated to 22 regional Victoria projects through this program, which aims to make it easier for people to dispose of their rubbish and recyclable materials correctly,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government has set a target to improve the littering behaviour of Regional Victorians by 25 per cent by the end of this year compared with figures recorded in 2003.” Mr Ryan said accessible recycling bins with education signage outlining what items are recyclable will make it easier for people to do the right thing. “These bins will also educate the community about the types of items that are able to be recycled to reduce landfill in Gippsland,” Mr Ryan said. Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the installation of the bins in Korumburra would help reduce unsightly litter while creating a safer and healthier environment for regional Victorians.


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Farming Insight Right, What a task!: volunteers join with members of the Poowong and District Landcare Group in celebrating the completion of the 20 year project.

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Job’s done after 20 years POOWONG Landcare Farm and District Landcare Group was happy to complete a 20 year project on the Bass River between Bena and Poowong recently. The project concentrated on five kilometres of the Bass River and the riparian area. In 1991 the river was covered in blackberries up to three metres high with ragwort and thistles infecting the surrounding area. Land Victoria, which was responsible for the land, asked Poowong Landcare if it would take on the job to restore it to its iconic status as a project. The group decided to do so. The first grant was received to rehabilitate the Giant Earthworm habitat. The group started by having the then Department of Natural Re-

sources and Environment bulldoze tracks into the blackberries to enable Landcarers to access and spray in May 1996. This continued for many years until the weeds were brought under control. Landcare was fortunate to receive funding from Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Federal funding via the NHT programs and the state Weeds Initiative Program. Once the weeds were under control, Landcarers started planting the denuded areas with indigenous plants and many thousands of trees, shrubs and grasses, which now provide food and habitat to many species of birds and animals, with the water quality vastly improved. Mostly the members planted, but had help from the Australian Conservation for Nature

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Steers: R.G. Whykes, Morwell, 4 x $1000; R. Clark, Alberton, 2 x $920; D. & M. Knibbs, Woodside North, 1 x $910; T. & L. Leppin, Bena, 1 x $890; P. Walsh, Warragul, 1 x $890; H. Kerby, Tinamba, 6 x $880; Beck, Gembrook, 14 x $870. Heifers: L. Smithhard, Cardinia, 2 x $815; T. Jacka, Mirboo South, 4 x $630; Kennington Park, Mount Martha, 6 x $620; Kalbrye P/L, Mardan, 7 x $600; B.R. & M.R. Peters, Narracan, 1 x $590; Nalajule Nominees, Leongatha, 14 x $585; T. & L. Leppin, Bena, 1 x $575. Cows: W. Waddell, Wantirna South, 6 x $970; N.E. & E.F. Ripper, Willung, 2 x $810; G.F. East, Dollar, 2 x $730; C. Boulton, Mirboo, 2 x $570; Kooloos Brown White, Leongatha, 1 x $505. Cows and calves: W. Wddell, Wantirna South, 4 x $970; C. Siaboulis, Woodleigh, 1 x $930; Centurians P/L, Dollar, 7 x $850; P. & L. Poulter, Heth Hill, 2 x $840; Burnley Properties P/L, Arthurs Seat, 5 x $830; T.F. Haw, Bena, 1 x $820.


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groups, Loch Primary School children, and Cubs and Scouts. Landcarers hired an excavator to remove large hawthorns in the drainage line and fence off the area. The hawthorns took six years to control. The group recently planted out the drainage lines and celebrated the end of the project. On that day, they had the help of 11 people from Melbourne and 12 Landcarers who helped plant and water the seedlings. The tiny camping ground on the Bass River is popular with visitors from all over Australia and they come to enjoy a beautiful bushland setting. The group is proud of its efforts and the result.

awaiting slaughter which restricted their purchasing ability. There were very few young cattle suitable for the trade in the limited offering and they were not well received by processors, while poor breeding in many of the plainer drafts kept restockers disinterested also. The 350 steers and bullocks were of mostly very good quality and demand was slightly weaker with prices easing 1c to 3c/kg. Heavy weight cows were well supplied as the light weight categories were not well represented and prices slipped 1c to 5c on most sales and up to 8c/ kg in places. The yearling cattle were predominately extra heavy weight yearling steers which sold from 184c to 186c, slipping 2c/ kg. Grown steers made between 163c and 183c, easing 3c/kg. Bullocks sold between 156c and 176c, easing 1c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers made from 128c to 144c, holding firm as the crossbred portion sold from 135c to 156c, falling 4c to 7c/kg. Light and medium weight cows made between 86c and 116c, slip-

ping 1c to 6c/kg. Heavy weight dairy cows sold between 103c and 126c, easing 1c to 7c/kg. Heavy weight beef cows made from 104c to 128c, falling 2c to 8c/kg. Heavy weight bulls

sold from 106c to 142c/ kg, recording fully firm averages. The next sale draw April 23: 1. Landmark, 2. Rodwells, 3. Alex Scott, 4. Elders, 5. David Phelan, 6. SEJ.

Tuesday, April 15 BULLOCKS 14 B.J. McRae, Wonthaggi 637kg 13 S.T. & R.E. Evans, Mirboo 557kg 1 P.G. Barry, Wonthaggi 600kg 2 G. & M. Moore, Hedley 592kg 10 Daly Bros, Archies Creek 568kg 14 J.W. & R.M. Dixon, Phillip Island 630kg STEERS 1 N.D., S.I., I.N. & G. Cornthwaite, Mirboo North 450kg 1 J.K. & D.L. Hales, Narracan 360kg 6 D.M. & L.S. Minogue, Kardella South 506kg 11 O’Beron Angus Stud P/L, Fish Creek 534kg 7 P.G. Barry, Wonthaggi 500kg 2 D. Goodwin, Wulla Wullock 502kg COWS 1 B.S. Cantwell Lstk, Toora 540kg 1 R.J. MacKenzie, Leongatha 550kg 1 J.D. & K.F. Dell, Korumburra 720kg 1 Kennington Park, Mount Martha 725kg 1 J. Zadnik, Mirboo North 500kg 6 G. Osbourne, Yinnar 625kg HEIFERS 1 N.D., S.I., I.N. & G. Cornthwaite, Mirboo North 365kg 9 J. Buhagiar, Traralgon 461kg 12 J. Myer, Carrajung 438kg 5 JJF Holdings, Glengarry 461kg 20 D.M. & L.S. Minogue, Kardella South 393kg 12 T.E. & A.M. Shandley, Koorooman 444kg BULLS 1 Westco Oast, Lance Creek 465kg 1 R.J. MacKenzie, Leongatha 1010kg 1 D.O. & M.T. Blake, Perry Bridge 995kg 1 R.J. Grylls, Welshpool 595kg 1 S. & L. Storti, Kongwak 780kg

214.0 213.6 213.2 213.2 212.6 121.0

$1363.00 $1191.00 $1279.20 $1263.21 $1208.63 $1336.36

230.0 215.6 214.6 213.2 213.2 212.0

$1035.00 $776.16 $1087.75 $1138.68 $1067.52 $1065.30

167.6 $908.04 165.0 $907.50 163.0 $1173.60 160.0 $1160.00 158.0 $790.00 156.2 $977.55

211.6 210.6 210.6 205.0 204.6 195.6

$772.34 $971.10 $923.13 $945.05 $805.61 $868.79

149.0 $692.85 142.6 $1440.26 140.0 $1393.00 137.6 $818.72 130.0 $1014.00

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Helping out: members of the Leongatha Fire Brigade took part in the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, seeking donations from around the community. From left, captain Tristan Morton-Pedersen, Ben Patterson, Sandra Morton-Pedersen, Chloe Corry, Zac, Sophie and Dale Carruthers, with Mick White driving.

Giving freely: Taya Cameron donates to Leongatha Fire Brigade’s Sandra Morton-Pedersen, who was collecting for The Royal Children’s Hospital on Good Friday.

Leongatha enjoys embroidery exhibit Summers to verloch, Cape Paterson, Phillip Island, Leongatha, Arawata and Kardella. The challenge in the exhibition this year was to create artist trade cards. These were explained to the group by a Melbourne liaison officer around Christmas. “We do it because we love it,” Leongatha group leader Lynette Sharp said. “We are really pleased with how it looks in the gal-

By Tayla Kershaw THE Leongatha group of the Embroiders Guild is holding an entirely local embroidery exhibition in the Leongatha Art and Craft Gallery. th

This is the 27 year the exhibition has run and will be on until April 28. It was closed during Easter and will be closed on Anzac Day. The group is affiliated with the Melbourne group and president from Melbourne, Anne Denmead, was welcomed to Leongatha to have a look. The Leongatha group has 25 members from In-

lery and the variety is great. There are a lot of talented people in this group.” New members are always welcome and the group meets every second Tuesday of the month at the Uniting Church hall from 9am onwards. Embroidery classes are offered at the Embroidery House in Malvern for those who want to pick up the skill.

stand trial FORMER Leongatha man Nick Summers has been directed to stand for trial in the County Court after a special mention last Thursday, April 17 at the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court. He was charged with child pornography offences in June last year. The trial is expected to commence on or soon after Monday, May 26.

Beautiful work: Leongatha group leader Lynette Sharp and Melbourne group president Anne Denmead love the work of Leongatha’s Judy Eddy.

POLICE BRIEFS Car and bus collide A PHILLIP Island Bus Lines bus collided with a Camry sedan near the intersection of Sunderland Bay Road, Phillip Island last Friday, April 18. The Camry was turning left from the CowesRhyll Road into the Phillip Island Tourist Road before colliding with the bus. The bus was carrying seven passengers plus the driver, while the Camry was carrying three people. Two passengers in the Camry were conveyed to the Wonthaggi hospital by ambulance whilst the driver was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital for treatment. Passengers in the bus had soreness but none required medical treatment. Police from Cowes, Bass Coast Highway Patrol, Ambulance Victoria and CFA attended.

Fire at station A FIRE was deliberately lit at the Korumburra Railway Station last Saturday, April 19 at around 4.45pm, causing extensive damage to internal timber of the historic carriage. A passerby noticed smoke coming from an old guards van carriage sitting idle on railway tracks at the northern end of the yards. The CFA attended and extinguished the fire. Arson squad investigators later attended and concluded the fire was de-

liberately lit using available rubbish left on the floor of the carriage.

Bank hands out fake money A BANK’S ATM was the unlikely source of counterfeit money at Foster. On Wednesday, April 16 a local resident withdrew money from the ATM and attempted to purchase goods from a local supermarket. On presenting a $50 note for payment, the resident was surprised to discover the note was in fact counterfeit currency. Police urge all persons receiving notes from any source to check whether it is counterfeit currency. Foster Police are investigating.

Boat stolen A BOAT was stolen from the beachfront off Anchorage Road, Ventnor between April 4 and 18. The silver coloured aluminium boat was registered BV 464 and was stolen after the offender cut a chain which secured the boat to a tree. The boat was valued at $1000.

Surf thefts A WEBBER Fatburner surfboard was stolen from an unsecured carport in Veronica Street, Inverloch on Saturday, April 19. Also stolen was a Creatures board cover and Balin leg strap. All items stolen were worth $870.

Inverloch Police are investigating.

Drug arrest A 22 YEAR OLD man from Mill Park was arrested in Wonthaggi last Wednesday, April 16 when he was checked by police in Billson Street and was found to be carrying a quantity of cannabis. The man, who was in a disorientated state, was arrested and cautioned for possessing a drug of dependence.

Poowong theft A RED Victa lawnmower valued at $500 was stolen from the backyard of a property in Nyora Road, Poowong overnight on Monday, April 14. Police urge all community members to ensure valuables are safely stowed in lockable sheds where possible. Korumburra Police are investigating.

Clothing theft AN OFFENDER attempted to steal clothing from a San Remo surf shop on Monday, April 14. When the items valued at $495 were rung up, the man grabbed the goods and ran out of the premises. A store employee gave chase and the offender dropped the clothes some distance away. San Remo police are seeking a slightly built male in his ’30s, weighing approximately 65kgs.

Talking futures: back, from left, guest speaker Peter Boyle, Mark Lindsay of Active After-school Communities, Darby Walker, Andy Law of Parks Victoria, Taylar Kerr and IIanna Jones. Front, Sharna Cumming, Renee Littlejohn of South Gippsland Shire Council and Marcus Brickle.

Young people inspired SIXTY people from all walks of life attend the Inspiring Young People’s event held in Foster at the Foster Football Club rooms recently. The program is designed to support students from South Gippsland Secondary College to gain an insight into the opportunities available locally by introducing them to mentors from the community to share career pathways over dinner. MC for the evening was Dana Hughes who did an outstanding job keeping the audience engaged and the evening running smoothly. Guest speaker was Peter Boyle, a professional dirt bike rider who spoke on his pathway, and how following his passion has led him to travel and live

the life he loves making a living from riding bikes. Peter grew up on a farm at Stony Creek and said his other passion is farming. Peter was an engaging speaker who encouraged students uncertain about their future career aspiration to think about what they enjoy and make career choices based on their interests. Students and mentors had the opportunity to listen to other inspirational speakers through the night, including ex student Anna Hopkins, now a diesel mechanic. Anna told students about her love of what she does and how hard work, passion and commitment can help you achieve your goals. A number of other speakers throughout the night spoke of opportunities and careers in council, the Department of

Environment and Primary Industries, car industry and trades. The evening was a success with a number of mentors from the group commenting on how inspired and privileged they felt after sharing their stories with this amazing group of young people, and the positive approach these students have for their future career directions and life in general. A number of students said they felt more relaxed about their own future pathways after having the opportunity to speak with mentors and listen to their stories. The evening was made possible by the generous support of sponsors South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network, South Gippsland Secondary College, Equip Super, Dana Hughes and mentors.

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WATERING CAN. $50. Ph. 5674 5601. OLD TOOLS VICE. $15. Plus bigger one. $35. Ph. 0447 114 383. OFFICE CHAIR. Brown tweed colour. Very Good condition. $25. Leongatha. Ph. 0419 301 463. DAWN VICE. 6 inch. no jaws, otherwise very good condition. $50. Ph. 5672 2510. OLD CHEVAL MIRROR. On stand. Very good condition. $50. ph. 5672 2510. ULTRA STEAM MOP. As new used once. $50. Ph. 0448 746 562. WATER FILTER. Stafani. Terracotta. $45. ph. 0448 746 562. TOWEL HEATER. Bosch. 80 watts. excellent condition. $30. Ph. 0409 192 026. CHEST OF DRAWS. Pine. 6 Drawers. 1.25m high x 90cm wide. $20. ph. 0409 192 026. MASSAGE TABLE. Blue. Wooden frame with carry bag. $50. Ph. 0438 012 150. SLOW COOKER. Russell Hobbs. With 2 recipe books. $45. ph. 0438 012 150. RECORDS. Approx. 800 LPs. Good condition. Also several in box sets. $50. Ph. 5655 2558. DOG BED. Size large style hammock aluminium frame. Good condition. can deliver to Leongatha. $10. ph. 0498 532 554 CATS CAGE. Size large. Plastic with swing door. Good condition. Can deliver to Leongatha. $20. Ph. 0498 532 554. PRAM STROLLER PUSHER. Vintage 1960s. Blue vinyl. White interior. Well sprung. Great for Nanna duties. Excellent condition. $20. Ph. 5662 2570. RECLINER CHAIR. Tan colour. Ideal for man cave! Good condition. $15. Ph. 5662 2570. AM/FM STEREO. Sherwood. Solid state receiver/manual. $50. Ph. 0409 018 095. TURNTABLE. Module 86SB. Garrard. Manual. $50. Ph. 0409 018 095. WOOL. Patons Trends. 8 ply. 800 grams. Navy tweed. $25. Ph. 5662 0838. PENDANT LIGHTS. White plastic. 28cm at base. Classic look. Require hard wiring. $15 for the two. Ph. 5662 5141. INFANT HIGH CHAIR. Chicco brand. Good condition. Can deliver to Leongatha or Wonthaggi. $40. Ph. 5952 2570. ANTIQUE CHAIRS. Colour teak stained wood. 2 dining chairs. In good condition. $20 each. ph. 5663 5439. BABY CHANGE TABLE. Colour black melamine. Storage underneath table. Excellent condition. $40. Ph. 5663 5439. SPINNING WHEEL. Excellent condition. Welcome to bring some fleece and try before you buy. $50. Ph. 0439 552 022. INFANT PORTACOT. Mothers choice brand. Good condition. Can deliver to Leongatha or Wonthaggi. $40. ph. 5952 2570.

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Extreme Climatic Events GML is seeking suitably qualified individuals or organisations to deliver mental health services to people impacted by extreme climatic events across Gippsland.

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LONG STREET FAMILY MEDICINE We are looking for a competent

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Located onsite at Yanakie Caravan Park Permanent full time Band 3 + industry, including on-call allowance and super Overtime payable when worked We require an experienced Park Caretaker to reside on site and attend to the daily park operations and reception duties at Yanakie Caravan Park. You will have previous experience in the maintenance and administration of a Caravan Park or accommodation in the Tourism sector. You will require strong communication skills to liaise with Park site holders, visitors, contractors and other staff. This is a hands on position that requires the successful person to be able to work in a team environment and to a 5 day roster that includes weekends. On occasion, you may have to work at Council’s other park located at Port Welshpool. Enquiries to Chris Van Der Ark, Manager Property on (03) 5662 9200. All applicants must submit an Application Form and address the selection criteria outlined in the position description by 5pm Wednesday 7 May 2014.

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REGISTERED NURSE / REGISTERED MIDWIFE - GRADE 2 Hours negotiable up to 64 hours per fortnight (0.84 EFT)

Applications are invited for the position of Registered Nurse / Registered Midwife. The successful applicant will be required to provide all facets of care, while working as part of a team in our midwifery and acute areas. You will possess the following: • Current registration from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency • Dual registration of Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife • Proven, and or, developing clinical and midwifery skills. As a minimum will have completed a Graduate Year/Transition Program. • Practice and promote commitment to Australian College of Midwives incorporated Competency Standards (Midwives) • Have well developed, or developing: o Interpersonal skills o Organisational and problem solving skills o Time management and decision making skills • Evidence of ongoing self development • Understanding of ANCI competencies and Codes of Ethics/Professional conduct 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 provide 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 Enquiries to Ngaire McCallum, Nurse Unit Manager on 5667 5614. Completed application kits can be forwarded by Friday, 2nd May 2014 to: Neil Langstaff Director of Nursing Gippsland Southern Health Service Private Bag 13 LEONGATHA VIC 3953

Team Manager - Child Protection Work location: Morwell Ongoing - Full Time $82,512 to $91,172 pa + superannuation The Child Protection Team Manager is responsible for effective service delivery, managing resources and budget, cases awaiting allocation and small teams of practitioners. The Team Manager has the formal delegation to endorse case plans and will work collaboratively with the Senior Child Protection Practitioner to strengthen case practice, provide effective service delivery and to support other practitioners. For further information please contact Lee McNeill on 5136 2400. Reference number DHS/S/00417527 Applications close: Tuesday 6 May 2014

Advanced Child Protection Practitioner Work location: Morwell Ongoing - Full Time $71,511 to $81,137 pa + superannuation The Advanced Child Protection Practitioner receives and assesses reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. They undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved. This may include taking matters to court.

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Caravan Park Caretaker

Cnr Allison & South Gippsland Hwy, LEONGATHA Ph: 5662 2028 L.M.C.T. 2714

Phone Judy or Geoff 0428 920 095 for full range of vehicles Or visit: NOTE: drive away means no more to pay. All on road costs paid.

FIREWOOD Local messmate / stringy. Discount for bulk loads, cut, split and dry.$100 per metre. Ph: 0437-176187.


FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175.

Will pay up to $300 for complete car Buyers of scrap metal

HAY: small squares, excellent quality, shedded, suitable for horses. New season, $10 each. Can deliver, conditions apply. 5664-1320. HAY small square bales, $6, min. 10 buy. Wonthaggi, pick up only. Ph: 0407866066. HAY $8 per bale, excellent quality. Free local delivery for 100 bales or more. 0419-313483. LUCERNE HAY 40 rolls, and 40 rolls of lucerne silage, in Mirboo North area. Contact Joe 0428585954. 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 0417-530662. TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 56812261.

situations vacant

All machinery Bins provided

Bass Coast Metal Recyclers 5672 2946 0417 556 593 FORD TERRITORY 2013, 5 months old, one owner, dual fuel, bluetooth, has all mod cons, has just had first free service, IBN2Z0, registered until October 2014, immac. cond. with roadworthy, $40,000 ONO. 5668-5250. FORD TERRITORY 2007, model SY TX, RWD auto, dual fuel, reg. WCW571, 139,000km, RWC, full service history, blue in colour, ex. cond. $15,000 ONO. Ph: 0439-552588. TOYOTA AURION Touring, 2008, 59,000km, November 2014 reg. WUS943. A/h 5658-1933.

wanted FOLDING mobility scooter. Ph: 56623061.

wanted to buy ANY OLD farm four wheelers, good or bad, 4WDs or trucks. Phone Matt 0401-194601.

situations vacant

A.W. Smith & Sons Pty Ltd

Permanent Part-Time Sales Assistant

For further information please contact Lee McNeill on 5136 2400. Reference number DHS/S/00417528 Applications close: Tuesday 6 May 2014

Rewrite tomorrow, one child at a time.

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Classified advertising closes 12 noon Mondays

A permanent part-time position has become available in our Gift & Homewares store. This position requires an enthusiastic person to be involved in the daily running of our business. The successful candidate will demonstrate sound customer service skills, and a willingness to learn. Flexibility with working hours are a must and weekend work will be required on a roster based system. Please forward written application and resumé to: The Manager 15 McCartin Street Leongatha 3953 Or email Applications close 26th April 2014

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work wanted FULLY Qualified Painter. No job too small. Good rates. Call Drew on 56624238 or 0418-517443.

garage sales

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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 GARAGE SALE April 27, 8am, 7 Byrne Street, Leongatha. GARAGE SALE April 26, 53 Parr Street, Leongatha, 7am start.

marriage celebrant CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

engagements McMILLAN - BOTHA 7.4.14 Linda of Leongatha along with Carl and Johanna of Canberra formerly South Africa, take pleasure in announcing the engagement of Vanessa and Abraham ‘Abe’. McMILLAN - DUURSEMA 2.3.14 Linda of Leongatha along with Bart and Annelies of Wehe Den Hoorn, Netherlands, have pleasure in announcing the engagement of Stephanie and Sjors ‘George’.

message of hope “... love one another deeply from the heart ...” 1 Peter 1:22.

bereavement thanks ELKIN - Eileen Margaret. The family of the late Eileen Elkin would like to thank their many friends for their phone calls, flowers and cards on the passing of our beloved mother. Special thanks to Paul and Margaret Beck and staff. Please accept this as our personal thanks. Shirley, Kevin and family. THE family of the late Tim Campbell extend their most sincere thanks to everyone for your loving support for us on the recent passing of our loved son Tim. Your overwhelming support with flowers, cards, visits and phone calls was deeply appreciated. Tim will be sadly missed. Ron, Alice and family.

in memoriam BROOKER - Robert Allen. 15.6.1958 - 19.4.2011 With me in my thoughts. You will always own my heart. Love you forever - wife Pam. SLANEY - Iris. 16.12.1920 - 22.04.2010 Miss you mum every day, you will be in our thoughts and hearts forever. From Alan and Helen, Joy and Vic, Pam, Sue and Sam, and families.

deaths GALE (nee Lade) - Dora Elaine (Elaine). 28.8.1941 - 19.4.2014 Aged 72 years. Late of Waratah Bay and formerly of Koornalla. Passed into the presence of the Lord, surrounded by her loving family. Dearly loved wife of Philip for nearly 48 years. Cherished mother of Bradley and Irene, Deborah and Kevin, Timothy and Lisa, Michelle, Nicole and Derek. Adored Nanna of her 11 grandchildren. I thank the Lord for giving me a faithful and loving soul mate and a wonderful mother for each of our children. No more suffering now, forever with the Lord. Love - Philip. Mum, our hearts ache, you were such a special part of our family. Thanks for the quiet and gentle example of love you showed us. Your patience and guidance will always be remembered. Forever loved. - Brad, Irene, Lauren, Lochie and Josh. Dearly loved Mum and Nanna, Thank you for just being Mum. Forever in our hearts. - Debbie, Kevin, Jessica, Laura, Brooke and Sam. May the wildflowers always bloom and the birds always sing. Love - Tim, Lisa, Mitchell and Lillian. To my dear Mum, I am so thankful that I was able to care for you. I will always treasure our special times together. You are an amazing lady that has touched and inspired so many lives. You have left a big hole that will never be filled. Love you and miss you dearly. - Shell. With thanks to God for a faithful life, adversity faced with faith and patience. A wonderful example of a mother and wife. Absent now from us for just a little while, but forever with the Lord. - Nicki, Derek, Joey and Cara. KINDELLAN (nee Murphy) - Margaret Mary. Passed away peacefully on April 15, 2014 aged 86 years, at Strzelecki House, Mirboo North. Loved wife of Tom (dec) and loving mother of Marie (dec), John and Julie, Anne and Paul, Pat and Julie, Cameron and Chris, Owen and Liz, Bernice and Paul, Joan and Brian. Loved and loving Nana K of Thomas and Katie; Alice and Brigid; Tim, Hannah and Joe; Jack, Maddi and Paddy; Grace and Amy; Dan, Emma and Mick; Matthew and Luke.

Win a trip

Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL presentation night

SUSTAINABILITY Gippsland is running a competition that will see three lucky Gippslanders win a trip to the 2014 Community Energy Congress in Canberra on June 15 and 16.

THE Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL Cricket Club presentation night was held in the Koonwarra Hall on Saturday, April 5.

You have a chance to be one of them. Each of the winners will receive a ticket for the congress, accommodation for two nights in Canberra and $250 towards travel expenses. “Sustainability Gippsland is a resource website initiated last year by the Gippsland Climate Change Network and the six Gippsland Councils to promote sustainable practices across Gippsland,” Heidi Hamm, South Gippsland Shire Council’s sustainability officer, said. Ms Hamm said technology now allows people to form online communities to support each other in practical ways from the comfort of their homes. “You might be at Leongatha having trouble making choices about alternate energy, for example, and someone at Bairnsdale might just have the key to helping you decide without the pressure of a salesperson,” she said. The congress will bring together for the first time all the key players in the emerging Australian community energy sector. “By sponsoring these representatives to attend and return with the latest information, we will be building our regional capacity to develop more community renewable energy,” Ms Hamm said. In exchange for this great prize, the lucky winners will share their experience at the congress with all other Gippslanders through the Sustainability Gippsland website. Applications close on Thursday, April 24, so get your entries in now! Application forms can be downloaded from: http://

A Grade: Sam Sperling, bowling, Sam Hughes, batting and COTY, Darcy O’Connor, fielding.


MORRISON (West) Dorothy. Loved sister of Reuben and Betty West (both dec). Auntie Dot to Irene, Barbara, Carol, Pauline and Peter, and their families. Treasured memories. YOUL (Morrison) - Valda Lorraine. Beloved wife and life partner of Don, cherished mother of Sue, Lyn, Andrew, Rod, Bruce and Geoff, and their partners, John, Owen, Wendie, Tracy, Kristen and Brooke. Adored Nan and Granny to all her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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GALE - A Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the life of Mrs Elaine Gale will be held at the Meeniyan Public Hall on Thursday, April 24, 2014 commencing at 1pm. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Leongatha Lawn Cemetery.

B Grade: Nick Arnup, bowling and COTY, Brett Moore, batting, Callum Moscript, fielding. KINDELLAN - A Funeral Mass for the repose of the soul of Mrs Margaret Mary Kindellan will be offered at St Laurence’s Catholic Church, Ogilvy Street, Leongatha on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 commencing at 11am. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of Mass for the Leongatha Lawn Cemetery.

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

C Grade: from left, Peter Kennedy, bowling, Ben Perry, batting and COTY, Tom Dudley, fielding.

South Gippsland ladies pennant golf Ladders After April 14 Round 4 Section 1 Leongatha ......................14.0 Meeniyan........................10.0 Foster................................8.5 Wonthaggi ........................7.5

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Wonthaggi ........................8.5 Meeniyan..........................8.0 Leongatha ........................6.0 Phillip Island .....................5.5 Section 4 Meeniyan........................12.0 Foster-Welshpool ........... 11.0 Korumburra .................. 11.0 Woorayl ............................6.0

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They’re off: not the eggs! Participants run off for the egg and spoon race.

Back to Charlie Brown’s

THE annual Back to Charlie Brown’s Day just keeps getting bigger and better.

The seventh annual event, put on by dedicated members of the Waratah Bay community, was widely supported by the whole township and the caravan

park community on Easter Saturday. Officially it is a contest between the Waratah Bay Caravan Park, the “Parkies”, and the Waratah Bay township, known as the “Waratites”. The day started with the beach sand sculpting competition, with a shower of rain passing over as judging took

place. Following some great music and the traditional strawberries and cream it was on to competition proper on the village green with generally fine conditions prevailing. Games such as egg and spoon, hoola hoop, sprints and sack racing

We won: after being narrowly defeated in 2013, the “Parkies” team enjoyed celebrating their big win in 2014. All events were conducted in great community spirit.

were all fiercely contested while the fitting finale was the respective tug of war for men and women and the Easter egg scramble for the children. The “Parkies” appeared to outnumber the “Waratities” this year as they claimed the annual shield with a big win, winning both tug of wars in the process.

The Parkies have now won five Charlie Brown days to the Waratites two, the shock narrow winners last year. Well done to Joan Newman, Ken and Kath Vagg, Lindsay Williams and all who volunteered their time in what is good, old fashioned fun and showing of community spirit.

Egg monitor: Ken Vagg had the huge job of handing out the coloured hard boiled eggs, one of many community volunteers making it all happen.

Team Toora: the family entry from Toora took out the “as- Tradition: handing out the annual strawberries and cream Go “Parkies”: spurring on their team were, from left, Will sisted” sand castle building first prize. Pictured is Imogen were, from left, Anne Williams, Rita Buttigieg and Rose Wearne doing her bit for the entry. Humphries, Oshi Yates and Lorimer Humphries. Miller.

Winners: showing off their first place ribbons were, left, Kate Jaunalksnis and Jess Stewart, both holidaying at Waratah Bay.

Pulling to win: the “Parkies” men made it a clean sweep in the tug of war.

Eggscited: Ruby Williams, left, and Charlotte Huntington had a ball despite not winning their egg and spoon race.

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Waratah Bay finishes surf season WARATAH Bay Surf Life Saving Club rounded out its season with a full program of events over Easter. Nippers enjoyed a special Easter nippers program on Easter Sunday morning with games and exercises on the beach whilst most dived into the water to complete some water drills. In the evening it was time for Nipper and patrol presentations with the results of the Nipper championships announced. Later the hundreds of hours of patrol were acknowledged amongst many awards handed out. Merrin Giles took out the Nipper of the Year award for

her dedication to Nippers. Despite breaking her arm in the Nipper championship during the flags event, she still came second in her age group. Patroller of the year with 240.5 hours (100 per cent attendance), as well as junior club person of the year went to Jameson Trainor. Georgia Wake of Foster took out best club person award. The patrol captain also completed 100 per cent attendance with 209 hours of patrol. Campbell Pike was announced as the Under 16 club champion whilst popular Mark “Wally” Wallace took out his seventh club championship. Julian Meagher will be

stepping down as surf club president after a dedicated six years in the top job. He was thanked for his years of service at the presentation night.

Right, Easter Nippers: these Nippers enjoyed light winds as they played games on the beach at the Easter Sunday Nipper event.

Top awards: Jameson Trainor and Georgia Wake were recognised for a big effort on patrol with Waratah Bay.

Well done: club president Julian Meagher congratulated Merrin Giles on taking out the Nipper of the Year award.

Korumburra Cricket presentations THE Korumburra Cricket Club held its presentation night on Friday, April 11. Iron men: Campbell Pike , left, and Mark Wallace, won the junior and senior club championships respectively.

TIDES 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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Plus performers: from left, R Jeremy Oxlee, seven wickets; Trevor Allen, 200 games and 100 runs; Shayne Harland, Rodney Hartigan Memorial Award, Most Dedicated and twice six wickets; Ashley Meade, six wickets, Sam Hall, 100 games; Ray Cruickshank, Certificate of Appreciation.

Promising junior: Cheryl Routley presenting Pierre Dunlevie the David Routley Memorial for Most Promising Junior U21.

Best Clubman: President Darren Scott presenting Jeremy Oxlee with the Best Clubman award.

Trophies: from left, Ilan Osman, A Grade Cricketer of the Year, bowling and batting average; Shayne Harland, B Grade bowling average; Daniel Salmon, captain/coach; Jeremy Oxlee, B Grade Cricketer of the Year; Travis Scott, C Grade Cricketer of the Year, bowling and batting average; Tom Harley, C Grade fielding award. Absent: Kallon Rigby, A Grade fielding award; Cameron Smith, B Grade batting average; Chris Mileto, B Grade fielding award.

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Presenting Red Caps THE Nerrena Cricket Club recently held its presentation night for the 2013-14 season at the Leongatha RSL. C Grade captain Barry Standfield had a great season and he was awarded the LDCA C Grade Cricketer of the Year trophy. He went on to win the batting and bowling averages for the club in very close contests with LDCA batting average winner Cameron Baudinette who was a very close second in the batting and Danny Grigg who just missed out on the bowling average. Barry gave his Captain’s award to Mark Walton who drove down from Melbourne each week to play. In B Grade LDCA batting average and Cricketer of the Year, Tim Clark won the batting average and Paul Matheson won the

bowling average. Ben Croatto was the recipient of the Captain’s award presented to him by captain Tim Clark. A Grade trophies were shared by brothers Ryan and Mitchell Clark. Mitchell won the batting average and Ryan the bowling. Damien Symmons presented wicket keeper Caine Salmon with the Captain’s award. Major club awards were then presented with Ryan Clark winning the Jack Clark Memorial Club Champion which was presented by Jack’s brother Frank. Frank spoke fondly of his family’s memories of Jack who suffered from polio and was confined to a wheelchair. Jack has been deceased for over 40 years. Brian “Ernie” Salmon presented the Best

and Fairest award name in his honour to his former premiership teammate Tim Clark. Tim has completed an outstanding season this year in B Grade. The prestigious best club person was won by Damien Symmons for the second time in three years. Symo is not only A Grade captain, he also spends countless hours working on the ground and coaches the U14’s. President Terry Clark presented his President’s trophy to tireless worker and ultimate “team man” Joel Renden. Caine Salmon presented his grandfather’s award, the Rex Trease Memorial Award to young player Jarrod Hoy. All captains and players were very thankful for the time and effort non-playing coach Murray Wightman has put into the Cricket Club this season.

A Grade: from left, Mitchell Clark, Ryan Clark and Caine Salmon.

Above, C Grade: from left, Mark Walton, Barry Standfield, Jarrod Hoy and Cameron Baudinette. Club Awards: from left, Damien Symons Right, B Grade: from left, Ben Croatto and Tim Clark. and Joel Renden.

Nerrena Juniors Presentations THE Nerrena Cricket Club junior presentations took the form of a pizza night at the clubrooms recently with over 80 players and family members in attendance.

The club was very pleased to have an Under 16’s team this year for the first time since 2008. The team had an outstanding season finishing on top of the ladder, losing the semi-final to eventual premiers Phillip Island.

Trophies were presented to Ben Perry who won the batting, Aiden Roberts won the bowling, Charlie Doherty was the most improved and Jarrod Hoy won the coaches’ award. Under 14 trophies were won by Ben Kewming for bowling, Angus Wright for batting

and Ben Martin was most improved. Michael Mowat won the coaches’ award. The club would like to thank all players and their parents for the season and a special thanks to Zack and Josh Trease U16 coaches and Damien Symmons U14 coach.

Under 16 trophy winners: from left, Josh Trease, Charlie Doherty, Aiden Roberts, Ben Under 14 trophy winners: from left, Michael Mowat, Ben Martin, Damien Symmons, Angus Wright. Perry, Jarrod Hoy.

Campdraft honours two drafting TWO minutes silence was observed by campdrafters at the Gippsland Campdrafting Championships at Yanakie recently just prior to the running of the open final to honour two of Gippsland’s beloved drafters, Dennis Neal and Graeme McKnight, who passed away recently. Dumbulk’s Kathryn Hengstberger of Dumbalk riding Rose waved the flag for the South Gippsland drafters by winning the U17s draft.

Gumboots were the order of the day as persistent rain over the past week and again on the Saturday turned the dust to mud. A very successful event was run. The great run of Hereford and Red Poll cattle supplied by Julie Khalid were the winners on the day, however, campdrafting and the camaraderie that exists amongst drafters also came up tops. Phil Collins from Bombala was the guest judge and with whip in hand commenced right on 7.00 am with the Maiden Event. Michael Hiscock of Maffra on Delight put in some

In the box seat: working in the commentary box, Gippsland Campdraft association volunteers, from left Sue Gilliland, Kerry Payton and Cheryl Joosten.

great runs to take this event. Mat Holz from Mardan riding Feel the Rhythm won the Novice, while Tinamba’s Peter Boulton won the Open Event on Bobby. Sister Tammy Goff of Sale took out the Ladies riding Maria while placegetter in two other events. To cap off the day, young Hanna Lamb of Denison riding the family favourite, C, came up trumps in the 13 and under section. Best of the Yarram team was Rhonda Stephens who made two finals and placed sixth in the Maiden on Harry.

Kealee Hamilton riding Lucille finished a creditable third in the U17s, while Peter Boddy, Kero Gilliland, Marni Hamilton, Jarryd Sutton and Karen Penney just couldn’t get the luck to swing their way, but that’s drafting! Many thanks to the cattle donors, Julie Khalid and Julie and Raoul Pridham who supplied the lovely cattle for the U13s & U17s, Lach Bowman for all the cattle organisation, the GCA Championship Team headed by Peter Boddy and Cheryl Joosten, all sponsors and everyone who helped to make this day another memorable Championship Event.

Ribbons galore: place getters for the GCA Championship Ladies Draft, from right, winner Tammy Goff, 2nd Bonnie Hiscock, 3rd Vicki Hiscock, 4th Michele Boulton, 5th Kenielle Bechaz and 6th Katherine Hengstberger.

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SPORT | GOLF A BIG field of 100 players took part in Saturday’s Stableford competition with Ken Wardle (9) successful in A Grade with 36 points. B Grade was taken out by B. Tucker (16) with 36 points, John Hassett (21) won in C Grade with 37 points and T. Merks took out D Grade with 31 points. The Pro Pin on the 14th was won by R. Mackenzie and other NTP’s were Chris Leaver on the 4th, Jon Smith on the 7th and Charles Baldwin on the 16th. Balls were awarded to Peter Hartigan, Steve Fisher, Gordon Morrison, Barry Attwood, Russell Williams, Peter Brownlie, Ed Poole, Ray Burton, Grant McRitchie, R Mackenzie, Peter Hart, Dan Poynton, P O’Meara, T McDonald, Geoff Sherman, Glenn Marsham, B Mathews, Caine Salmon, I Ferguson, Nick Savino, H Kornacki, Kevin Castwood, Paul Richardson, Dale Comrie and Wil Norden. Next Saturday is a stroke round and the 2nd round of the Club Championships. Tuesday was the 2nd round of the Tuesday Championship with Dave Vorwerg (13) successful in A Grade with 36 points. Ross Paul (16) took out B Grade with 36 points also. NTP’s were Bruce Hutton on the 4th, Alan Robertson on the 7th, Jon Smith on the 14th and David Forbes on the 16th. Balls went to Jon Smith,

Andy Cairns, Geoff McDonald, Mick Oliver, Kevin Scott, Rod Brown, Bruce Hutton, Russell Williams, Ian Sutherland and Peter Waters. 61 players took part in Thursday’s Stableford competition with Fred de Bondt (13) successful in A Grade with a very good 40 points. Neale Gillin (15) took out B Grade with 36 points and George Hines (32) had 36 points also to take the C Grade honours. NTP’s were Geoff Maher on the 4th, G Hewlett on the 14th and Doug Clemann on the 16th. Balls were awarded to Kevin Castwood, Doug Clemann, Peter Jaspene, Trevor Steer, Geoff Brewer, Paul Luck, Peter Horman, Ian Murchie, Bert Borg, Bill Warren, Peter Hobson, Geoff McDonald, Will Norden, Peter Waters, Peter Brownlie and Ian Sutherland.

Leongatha ladies LAST Wednesday an Ambrose event was held with teams of three, each team combining with a new player from our recent clinic, or a regular 9 hole player. This was a good, fun way of introducing these ladies to a round of golf, and we look forward to seeing them more often. Altogether 45 ladies took to the course in perfect conditions. Thanks to Glenyce McRobert for sponsoring the event. Winners were Marg Berry, Pat West, Jill Kenneally, Inike Daley 76-12 ½- 63 ½.

D.T.L. Toni West, Deb Miller, Libby Seebeck Sue Bowler 65 ½, Val Brydon, Ann Gibson, Glenyce McRobert , Jo Baron 65 ½, Joc Howson, , Helen McKenzie, Kit Boag, Kathy Moore, 67. Nearest the Pin on 16th was Portia Toussant. Twelve ladies contested a stableford event on Saturday. The winner was Marg Danks (31) 29 points. D.T.L. balls went to W. Parker 28 points, A. Gibson, S. Welsford 27 points.

Sponsor for the day was member Darryle Gregg and the club thanks him for his support and sponsorship. Winners of the fourball event were Graeme Revell and Shane Stewart with 43 points, runner-up was Brian Dewar and Ian Inglis 42 points. Pro pin was won by Bob McGeary. Nearest the pin was Graeme Revell. Members draw wll jackpot due to the absence of Graham Hoskin.


Mirboo North

THERE were 41 players on Saturday, April 19 for the second round 4BBB championships, with trophies by Murray Webb. A Grade: P. Vanagtmaal (11 hcp), T. Fowles (11 hcp) 62 net, S. Rose and J. Wilson 63 net, P. Johnson and M. Deleeuw 64 net. B Grade: B. Clasby (17 hcp), I. Gibson (14 hcp) 60 net, L. Webster and W. Hopkins 64 net, R. Besley and R. Blay 64 net. Nearest the pin: 1st D. Hislop, 7th R. Blay, 10th no one, 13th D. Vanrooye. Tuesday’s winner was R. Ludenia 39 pts, Thursday’s winner was D. Child 38 pts and Friday’s winners were N. Perks (men) 37 and Marg Clasby (ladies) 40. Winners: scratch - T. O’Neill and N. Perks (140), handicap - B. Clasby and I. Gibson 121 net.

Meeniyan TUESDAY, April 15 saw 13 players take to the field, Lloyd Redpath with 42 points and Lloyd Hemphill runner-up with 38 points.

Worthy winners: Julie Hislop and Barb Walker, after winning the RWH 4BBB, GV event, at Korumburra, last week.

Thursday, April 17 saw nine players with Jim Cusack winning 36 points and Peter Wilson runner-up with 33 points. Best nine was Col Stewart 19 pts. Nearest the pin Bob McGeary. Easter Saturday saw 28 turn out to play in great weather.

Thursday Results Competition: Stableford Date: 17.04.2014 Day Winner: M Grist (10) 41 DTL’s: W Turner 38pts, G Graeme 35pts &B Bradshaw 33pts Saturday Competition: Stableford Date: 19.04.2014 Winner ( A Grade) G Watson (5) 36pts Winner B Grade: R Schrieber (28) 39pts DTL’s: R Clark 38pts, J Hughes 36pts, J Kidd 35pts, J Blunsden35pts and G Shandley 35pts 2nd shot NTP 1st hole: R Hoskin NTP4th: J Stanhope6th, J Hughes13th, M Payne16th, J Kingshot.

Foster THE course is in good condition. Tuesday, April 15: Evergreen Athol McGrath (20) had a win with 38 pts from Chris Foulds (24) on 37 pts. Nearest the pins David Hutchinson and Neville Thompson Thursday, April 17: In a repeat of Tuesday Athol McGrath (19) won again with 38 pts, with Chris Foulds second again with 38 pts and then Neville Thompson (7) on 36 pts. Friday, April 18: Part time player Shaun Chaselling (18) showed he has a future in

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golf as he produced a great 37 off the stick to have 26 pts and take the chook. Down the line balls went to James Freeman and Dylan Williams on 21 pts, Steve Reid 19 pts, Gary Phelan and Ross MacKenzie on 17 pts. Geoff Nott got two balls also - the event was carried over from last week and Geoff had 20 pts last week and 19 pts this week. Nearest the pins were Dylan Williams and Gayle Reid. Saturday, April 19: Lloyd McKenzie (10) won A Grade on a countback from Cam Downing (9) with both having 40 pts. B Grade went to Greg Paine (17) with 39 pts. Down the line balls went to Trevor Jones 39 pts, James Freeman 38 pts, and Don Cripps, Gary Clavarino and Peter Wright all on 37 pts. Nearest the pins were Owen Kindellan, Steve Reid, David Hutchinson, David Knee and Norm Cooper. The encouragement award went to Andy Johnson with 22 pts. Hospital Charity Day Sunday, April 20: It was a four person Ambrose with trophies provided by the Freeman and Gilbert families. The day was very successful with a capacity field which included many non-regular players and around $3000 was raised for the hospital. The stars of the day was the team of David Knee, Scott Rathjen, Kevin Wake and Ben Doran who shot a fantastic 11 under par round of 61 off the stick to win the scratch trophy. This included a marvellous two hole run from David Knee when he chipped in for a birdie on the third, and followed that up by playing a perfect six iron shot for a hole in one on the fourth. The men’s handicap went to Lloyd McKenzie, Paul Spencer, Simon Barwick and Kevin Da Silviera with 557/8 net. The mixed team trophy went to the Esufali family with 544/8. Runners-up trophies went to Norm Cooper, B. Tatnell, Jean Ryan and Jocelyn Towns with 566/8 and Steve Reid, Gayle Reid, James Freeman and Chris Freeman with 57.

THIRTEEN pairs appreciated the perfect golfing weather to play in the qualifying round of the RWH 4BBB Stableford event, last Wednesday. The day’s game was kindly sponsored by Williams, Edwards and Findlay accounting firm, with some lovely trophies for the winners. There were a number of good scores on the day and the winners were Julie Hislop (37) and Barb Walker (21) with 45 points. Runners-up were Corrie George (28) and Marg Harper (35) with 44 points. Balls down the line went to Marg Clasby (21) and Jan Hewitt (26) with 43 points. Barb Twite (25) and Chris Rickard (19), 43 points., and Moira Rogers (19) and Judy Webb (15), 42 points. Nearest the Pins were won by Di Freene, 1st, Barb Twite, 7th, and Julie Brannaghan on both the 10th and 13th greens. Two teams, Julie H / Barb W and Marg C / Jan H will participate in the RWH District Playoff in Wonthaggi at the end of May. Our Section 2 pennant side had a 3 ½ / 1 ½ win against Leongatha last Monday. With Leongatha having a bye in the final round, it would be great to see our team have a win on April 28. Section 4 had some close games to narrowly be defeated by Meeniyan 2/3. Section 2 has just one remaining match and Section 4 has two more rounds, so good luck to the girls in these games. Thank you to those who have helped in the kitchen during home pennant matches, providing delicious lunches for the players. Next Wednesday, is the third and final round of the 2013 Gloria Burgess Stableford event. Please arrive between 9am and 9.20am to be sent out in the field. The first round of the Women’s Championships will commence on April 30 and will continue for three consecutive weeks. Please contact Lee if you know you are unavailable any of these weeks. Marg Clasby had a great score of 40 points on Friday. There are more details in a separate Uncle Bob’s Day report. Perhaps due to Easter or the inclement weather, no ladies played golf on Saturday. Next Saturday, is a Stableford event.

Other down the line balls went to Andrew Hobby, David Hobby and Scott Parkinson 58, Tim Gash, Kris Drangsholt, Val Soderlund and Francis McGlead 58, Shem Hawking, Shaun Chaselling, M.Brown and D. Williams 583/8, John Stone, J Hassin, P. Barry and Tony Vanin 583/8, Brad.Rooney, Ian Lyon, M.Comben and J. Bright 585/8 and Peter Wright, Terry Corcoran, Neville Thompson and Carmen Thompson 587/8. Nearest the pins were David Knee ( hole in one ), John Harrison, Tony Vanin, Scott Rathjen, Margaret Blake, Barbara Warren, Anne De Leeuw and Simone Dixon. Pennant results: There was no pennant last week. This Sunday Division 2 plays Wonthaggi at Phillip Island, with hit-off at 9am. Division 3 plays Korumburra at Wonthaggi with hit off at 9am. Members and golfers draws - $1700 this week. James Bartholomew was drawn out for the $1650 members draw but was not there to collect, so its $1700 this week. The golfers Saturday draw for $460 was not won by Peter Tilley so its $480 this week, and the card draw for the stubbies went to James Freeman.

Tony Vanin makes a splash We all know that Tony Vanin has his own unique way of doing things. In his pennant match last week the first hole required a carry over a pond onto the green. Tony just carried the water and his ball finished on the upslope between the pond and the front of the green. Tony parked his buggy and was carefully surveying his shot when he saw his buggy and bag take off down the slope and finished well into the pond. There were balls, tees and whatever else Tony carries floating in the pond. Despite Rule 15 of the Club’s Local Rules in fact stating that - “Players are not allowed entry to any wetlands”, Tony was not about to lose even a tee and he plunged into the pond to gather in all the flotsam and jetsam. Of course he came out soaking wet, as was

Grade winners: from left, B Grade winner, Maree Anderson and A Grade winner, Robyn Wilkinson.

We had two grades with 25 players playing on the day and A Grade (0-21) was won by Robyn Wilkinson (20) two up and the best round on the day. B Grade (22 plus) was won by Maree Anderson (25) one up. NTP second and 17th Jan Jeeves , Pro Pin eighth Maree Anderson. The singles knock out has now reached the final two combatants with Delores Harvey winning her match with Di Grimmond, and Lorraine Peters was too good for Pam Hanley. Next Wednesday is the qualifying for the RWH district playoff and these two girls have decided to partner each other; sneaky homework by both players for when they face each other in the Grand Final playoff match which should be a very exciting affair with both their handicaps within a shot of each other. Balls down the line were given to Dot Garry one down, Sev Piasente, Anne Longmire, Jan Jeeves, Julie Evens (all two down) and Betty Bowmar three down.

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Woorayl THE two man event was sponsored by Ross Winkler and John Bolge and was won by Brett Stubbs and Ashley Peters with net 61¼ from Warren Turner and Michael Grist. Balls to S. Sullivan, B. Robjant, G. Winkler, J. Howard, I. Atcheson and B. Wilson. Fair play prevailed with Graeme Winkler and Jack Howard winning the nearest the pins. The ball raffle went to No Luck syndicate. The Thursday competition saw Ross Winkler win with 37 points, with balls to Kev Riseley and Max Wood. Nearest the pin to Glenn Fitzpatrick. Next event Anzac Day mixed.

Woorayl ladies On a lovely sunny autumn day , Woorayl ladies took to the course for a 4BBB Stableford event , sponsored by Pomegranate ladies wear. The day also included the semi final of the D and J O’Connor 4BBB Stableford Board Event. The winners of the daily event were Jo Fennell and Fay Maynard with 45 points. The runners up were Inge Giliam and Jenny Riseley with 41 points. Down the line balls went to Joan Smith and Carol Johnson, 40 points and Marg Tuckett and Marlene Rayson, 39points. N.T.P. on 8th, Dianne O’onnor, 11th, Carol Johnson and 17th, Inge Giliam. The finalists in the D and J.O’Connor Event are Anne Grist and Heather Sullivan to play Jo Fennell and Fay Maynard on May 14. Next week is a Par event sponsored by Janet Thompson.

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Wonthaggi ladies WEDNESDAY 16. PAR Par Par Par: enough to make you think and make you more definite on the putting!

all his gear. The Aussie Golf Ranch is a par three course which is very open, so there were plenty of nearby spectators to this event and their laughter indicated their enjoyment of this unscheduled entertainment. When Tony’s opponent stopped laughing he also graciously declined to enforce any penalty. To Tony’s credit he somehow managed to regather his composure and ultimately win his match in a tight finish. Coming events: Thursday, April 24 - stableford. Friday, April 25 - twilight - holes 1 to 9. Saturday, April 26 - stableford Tony Vanin Trophy / 3rd round Frank McKenzie Trophy Sunday, April 27 - pennant. Tuesday, April 29 - stableford.

Autumn wonders: winners from left, Grace Benson, Section 2 and Heather Poletti, Section 1.

Meeniyan ON Wednesday, April 16 in fabulous conditions 21 ladies played at Meeniyan. Sponsor for the day was Joyce Symmons. Winners on the day were Heather Poletti in Section 1 with 37 points and Grace Benson in Section 2 with 35 points. The best nine was Lyn Jennison with 19 points. DLB Marilyn McGeary 33 points, Irene Holm 32 points, Fay Smallman 30 points and Faye Le Page with 30 points. Winners advancing towards the Heather Poletti 4BBB are Nereda Scholte, Linda Brown, Jenny Cope and Mandy Kuhne. Nearest the pin on the second was Dot Christie and Irene Holm on the 14th.

Join in our coaching programs Junior Clinics - Commencing Wed. April 23rd / Thur. 24th at 4.30pm, one hour session over 8 weeks for only $100 New Mixed Beginner Clinic - Commencing Thursday May 1 at 3.30pm, one hour session over 7 weeks for only $87-50 Ladies only clinics - Commencing Friday May 2 at 10am, 2 hour session over 7 weeks only $175 inc. light lunch/drink.

TUESDAY, April 15 saw 95 South Gippsland veteran golfers hit off in a Four Ball Better Ball Par event at the beautifully groomed Lang Lang Golf Club. What is a par event? Sufficient to say if a golfer plays the hole better than his handicap he or she gets a plus. If they play worse than their handicap they get a minus and if they play the hole to their handicap they are considered to have halved the hole. The day’s event saw players forming teams of two to attempt to play plus golf.

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Kelpies amaze Welshpool By Tayla Kershaw BELOKA Kelpie Stud welcomed cattle dogs and owners for trials over the weekend at Welshpool. From easy trials for dogs with limited experience to expert trials, there was something for everyone interested in unlocking their dog’s natural instinct. Professionals from the Australian Work Dog Rescue Inc (AWDRI) also attended to help the dogs reach their potential and to promote awareness of rescue dogs. The working dog race was won by Nimble, a kelpie from Sydney

Leongatha bowls WEDNESDAY, April 16 saw only six teams take to the greens for the midweek social bowls. The winners on the day were R. McGannon (s), J. Embleton and J. Lye with two wins plus 17; runners-up C. Richardson (s), F. Filomeno and D. McIntyre with one win plus nine. Friday, April 18 (Good Friday) saw 20 players take to the greens in the afternoon for a social two games. The winners of game one were Ollie Crouch (s) and J. Roffey and the winners of game two were John Hall (s) and Glenice Emmerson. The club also held a bring and buy stall as well as the Easter raffle, with all proceeds going to the Royal Children’s Hospital along with the money collected during the last 12 months associated with fines raised by players who put down a wrong bias bowl. The club raised $949.20 for the children’s hospital. This is a very good effort and many thanks to all who supported the day. Also thanks to those who organised the day and the raffle. Winner of the raffle was Mrs Marlene Rayson of Leongatha. There was no social bowls on Saturday, April 19 due to lack of entries. Reminders: The club’s annual general meeting will be held at the clubrooms commencing at 7.30pm on Tuesday, April 22. Wednesday, April 23 will see the monthly triples in action with a 9.30am start and BYO lunch. There is also the trip to the Dromana club on April 27

Golf continued from page 42 On this occasion the veteran veterans are justly famous, with Lang Lang’s own Angus Gregg and Geoff Cecil, one aged 90 and the other 88, coming home with seven up. Surely hope for us all. They were followed by Peter Evans and Ronnie May from the same club with three up. Fame also landed upon the shoulders of Korumburra’s John Little who holed in one on the 15th. The other two nearest the pins went to Foster’s Bo Fiek and Wonthaggi’s Peter Hookem. Congratulations to all the winners. News also from Bendigo where South Gippsland golf-

owned by AWDRI representative Carey Edwards. The obedience competition was won by a kelpie owned by Foster’s Cheryl Tosh. Andrew Bradford was the winner of the city slickers trial and the high jump was won by AFL Richmond ruckman Ben Griffiths and his dog Ralph. “It has run very smoothly,” stud owner Paul McPhail said. “We had a very good crowd and plenty of entries. It’s amazing to see the different people who come to watch.” As well as the trials, an Easter egg hunt and a colouring station was set up for the children. The

new shed was also officially opened. The construction of the shed be-

and if you would like to attend please place your name on the sheet near the match committee room as soon as possible. The bus leaves at 8.30am and a barbecue lunch is provided. Until the next report, good bowling - ‘Jackhigh’.

thaggi with both teams winning the coin wearing their colours. Winners with 73 points were G. Clarkson (S), Keith Poole and Ken Webb. Runners-up with 70 points were Frank Cimino (S), Noel Jackson and Stan Noad. Best Last Gamers with 13 shots up were Peter Forrest (S), Bill Francis and Ian Ferguson. We return to Mens Pairs next Thursday, April 24. Names in by 11am for a 12.30 start, and don’t forget the Wednesday mixed social games held every Wednesday. Wear your bowls attire, if possible, as this weekly event is organised by the ladies. The week prior to Easter saw five of our players representing our club and region up at the Victorian Champions week at Bendigo. While not matching the absolutely awesome ef-

Buffalo indoor A GOOD roll-up of bowlers this week enabled selectors to put six teams of triples up for competition, with five teams winning 12 ends and one end tied (most games decided on final end). Winners were Ian Benson (s), Peter Tiziani and granddaughter Danielle with (WWD) 12 ends +2 from Glenys Pilkington (s), Carolyn Benson and Nadia Stefani (WLW) 12 ends +8. Next Bill Wolswinkel (s), Graeme Tobias and Joy Dyson (LWD) 12 ends -6. Then on percentage Rod McConchie (s), Toni Heldens, Chloe (WLL) 12 ends -1 and Andrew Hanks (s), Joyce Occhipinti and Neta Watkins (LLW) 12 ends -1), and then Joe Occhipinti (s), Illene Tiziani and Ian Dyson (LWL) 11 ends (1 tied) -2. Names for the hospital night taken for next week and social bowls will take place next Wednesday as usual at 7.30pm.

Inverloch TURKEY triples, the last for this season, attracted 18 teams to play four twelve-end games in perfect autumn weather on Thursday, April 17. It was a great day for Woners excelled in the recent Goldfields Tournament. Rob Bride of Lang Lang won the A Grade competition and Midge Monk of Phillip Island won the associated ladies tournament. An outstanding achievement for both players. Our next event is the zone competition against East Gippsland at Yarram on Monday, April 28. This will be a single stableford shotgun start at 9.30am. You need to see your delegates soon or ring John Monk on 5952 5945 to ensure you get a game. The next regular SGVGA event is at Wonthaggi GC on Tuesday, May 13. This is also a single stableford with a shotgun start at 9am. Contact Norm Burne on 5678 7374 or email

gan in October last year. Beloka Kelpie Stud farm has two trails a

Dynamic duo: AWDRI representative Carey Edwards with the working dog race winner Nimble.

year. The next trail will be on the long weekend in November.

Last hurdle: Welshpool’s Neil McLeod instructs Bob to guide the sheep through the final obstacle.

forts of Janis they acquitted themselves well making the last eight in all events they played in. What was extremely pleasing to them was the fantastic support they received from a small but vocal group of supporters who had come to watch them. This week, Wednesday 23, is the Men’s Section yearly meeting. There will be an election held for selector with what must be a world record 10 nominees for the available five positions. Voting starts at 7pm for a half hour and the meeting will start at 7.30pm. Finally, in the first weekend in April, Inverloch and Korumburra bowlers represented the Inverloch RSL in the Edinburgh. In ideal weather conditions we took on teams from Mulwala, Geelong, Lakes En-

trance, Clayton and Rosebud, and by defeating Rosebud in our last game secured our first sectional win in over a decade. On Saturday night we had our barbecue dinner with our resident chefs Ron Hutton and Keith March presenting us with an awesome dinner. We toasted our good mate Tready and fondly remembered the good times. The theme was Pimps and Prostitutes and there certainly were some sights although I don’t know how one ladyof-the-night would be getting much business with a salt and pepper moustache and extreme amounts of hair poking through her fishnet stockings! It was a fantastic weekend as usual with much thanks to Trevor Scott our team manager/coach and to Chas and Jill Buccilli for all of their organisational efforts as well.

Big cuddles: Wendy Pywell became acquainted with an adorable kelpie pup.

Great achievement: from left, Rusty Davies, runner-up and Janis Parks, winner of the State Novice Singles title at Bendigo.

Strzelecki Region IN the week of April 11 to 16 the State Finals were held at Bendigo. Inverloch’s Janis Parks won the State Novice Singles title beating Rusty Davies from Darebin. Although Janis got off to a slow start she fought her way back to win 21-5. Well done Janis, winning a State title is a great achieve-

ment. Also to do very well was Angie Hackett from Loch and District who made it to the semi-finals of the Ladies Champion of Champions. There were several state players in this competition and it was a wonderful result to get that far. Congratulations to all other representatives who did well getting to this week.

Winners: from left, Yvonne Kee, Lorraine Dowson, Joan Clark and Harry Dunn won the mixed social bowls day.

Inverloch OUR mixed social bowls on Wednesday, April 16 brought out a few men to the greens. There were two, two game winners with the runners-up getting acknowledgment but no prize. The runner-up for the day was the team of Pud Kee, Carol Waters and Laurel Lee. Congratulations to Lorraine Dowson, Yvonne Kee, Harry Dunn and Joan Clark who claimed the prize. Thank you to whoever donated the Easter baskets for raffle prizes. Carol Waters and Lorraine Dowson were the lucky winners of these. An Easter Saturday mixed social day brought 18 people to the green for two games of two bowl triples. Chocolate Easter eggs were scattered on the green to start the day. There were two, two game winners. In the spirit of Easter both winning teams were given prizes.

The runners-up were Lorraine Dowson, Brian Growse and Terry Seaward who added to their chocolate egg collection. The winners were Joyce Arnold, Pat Stoneham and Carol Waters. Those who purchased the lucky raffle tickets were John Arnold, Judy Parker and Lorraine Dowson. Our next tournament is the RACV Day which will be held on Saturday, April 26. Teams will be selected from the names submitted. It is a 9.30am start, BYO lunch. Bowls wear please. Our season will end with the Skirts and Shirts match on Saturday, May 3 starting at 12.30pm. Bowls wear please. It will be followed by Presentation Night from 6.00pm. This will be catered by our ladies and there is no charge to attend. We hope to see the winners and runners up for the various club events in attendance. All members are invited. Our first AGM is for the

Men’s Section which will be held on Wednesday, April 23 at 7.30pm. Since there are more candidates nominated than required for selection, voting will be held from 7.00pm on April 23. A list of the nominated candidates has been posted in the clubhouse. The Ladies Section AGM will be on Wednesday, April 30 at 10am. Voting will take place for selection on Tuesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 23 from 10.30am-12.30pm. A list of the nominated candidates has been posted in the clubhouse. Nominations for three directors and club president are now open. These close at 5pm on Thursday, May 1. If voting is required it will take place at the AGM on May 6. Please consider nominating for a director’s position for a two year appointment. It is your club and it requires members to operate. Why not you?

A tidy sum: Garry Russell, president of Tarwin Bowls Club presenting the proceeds of the club’s fundraising to Karen Woolf of the Venus Bay Lifesavers Club.

Tarwin Lower LAST Wednesday, April 9 we played our first monthly triples with the winners being Peter Shaw, Alan and Rick from Inverloch, with the runners-up from Tarwin being Peter Tainton, Ned and Paul, and the BLG going to the Tarwin team of Steve Graham, Col and Garry. The next triples is on the April 23 so please contact Gordon Burke to put your team in for our last triples of our summer program. Then starting in May is our very popular pairs competition on the first and Tuesdays of each month. Notice that our Women’s Section meeting is on the April 28 and our Men’s Section is on May 8. Following these two meetings we will have our

club AGM on May 15 at 7pm in the club rooms. Also a reminder the club’s presentation night is on May 3 at 6.30pm and bookings and monies are payable as soon as possible as the event is being catered. The Tour De Tarwin was a great success on Easter Saturday for the bike/walk where about 2000 people attended, and on the Sunday we held a Barefoot Bowls event where full rinks were achieved. Congratulations to the event organisers which included many members from our club. Finally we were able to present a cheque to the Venus Bay Life Saving Club, raised on our charity day and many thanks to our members for the cakes, jams, fresh produce and bric-a brac, which enabled us to accumulate a tidy sum.

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Island goes to top of the table PHILLIP Island has moved into top position after its 67 point victory over Stony Creek in the big Easter game at the Cowes oval.

Johan Van Zanen kicked truly to see the Island back in the lead, but Stony Creek wouldn’t back down as they moved the ball well to kick their second. From there the Island started to take control of things as coach Brendan Kimber kicked the Island clear after 15 minutes. Beau Runnalls joined the party kicking two in two minutes but Stony Creek scored late in the quarter to narrow the Island lead to 10 points at the first break. 1/4 Time: Phillip Island 5.1.31 to Stony Creek 3.3.21 It only took the Island 30 seconds to score their first goal through the speed of Tom Cole. This was followed up by

Jack Taylor with his first of the afternoon and the Island was now starting to streak away. Kimber and Michael Duiker were starting to show their class in the middle of the ground, as they were pairing up to win clearance after clearance for the Island and had the ball constantly going forward. Mitch Price scored for the Island after 11 minutes and when Runnalls kicked his third for the day the Island looked like they had done the job and they went into the half time break 38 points up. 1/2 Time: Phillip Island 9.6.60 to Stony Creek 3.4.22 The Island came out after the break and they played

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With the Island suffering a few injuries after the game with Inverloch, the senior side had a few new faces. It was a scrappy first quarter with neither side seeming to be in control. Ben Van Brummelen, started the scoring for the Island with an easy goal from the goal square. Stony Creek hit back a couple of minutes later to even things up. Young Island ruckman

Results - Round 3 April 19 A Grade: Dalyston 91 d Kilcunda-Bass 13, Phillip Island 41 d Stony Creek 25, Korumburra-Bena 43 d Inverloch-Kongwak 35, Fish Creek 53 d Foster 39. B Grade: Dalyston 64 d Kilcunda-Bass 23, Phillip Island 36 drew Stony Creek 36, Korumburra-Bena 48 d Inverloch-Kongwak 45, Fish Creek 50 d Foster 42. C Grade: Dalyston 44 d Kilcunda-Bass 23, Phillip Island 35 d Stony Creek 17, Inverloch-Kongwak 46 d Korumburra-Bena 24, Fish Creek 47 d Foster 25. 17 & Under: Dalyston 39 d Kilcunda-Bass 19, Phillip Island 48 d Stony Creek 13, KorumburraBena 34 d Inverloch-Kongwak 26, Fish Creek 31 d Foster 16. 15 & Under: KilcundaBass 35 d Dalyston 22, Phillip Island 39 d Stony Creek 9, Inverloch-Kongwak 35 d Korumburra-Bena 17, Foster 20 d Fish Creek 14. 13 & Under: Dalyston 31 d Kilcunda-Bass 1, Phillip Island 43 d Stony Creek 3, Inverloch-Kongwak 30 d Korumburra-Bena 12, Fish Creek 28 d Foster 17.

Ladders A Grade Kor-Bena .....................155.17 12 Dalyston ......................171.74 8 Inv-Kongwak ..............143.40 8 Fish Creek ...................121.62 8 MDU ............................ 118.07 8 Foster........................... 114.29 4 Phillip Island ..................97.25 4 Toora ..............................62.50 4 Tarwin ............................75.00 0 Stony Creek....................71.01 0 Kil-Bass..........................31.05 0

B Grade Fish Creek ...................212.20 12 Kor-Bena ..................... 118.35 12 Inv-Kongwak ..............171.43 8 Tarwin .........................124.32 4 Foster........................... 116.13 4 Dalyston ......................109.57 4 MDU ..............................96.63 4 Toora ..............................60.00 4 Stony Creek....................96.61 2 Phillip Island ..................81.58 2 Kil-Bass..........................24.29 0 C Grade Inv-Kongwak ..............305.77 12 Fish Creek ...................232.20 12 Kor-Bena .....................121.95 8 Tarwin .........................175.00 4 Dalyston ......................100.00 4 Stony Creek ..................95.56 4 MDU ..............................94.55 4 Foster..............................75.76 4 Phillip Island ..................74.26 4 Toora ..............................58.62 0 Kil-Bass...........................20.81 0 17 & Under Fish Creek ...................195.65 12 MDU ............................173.68 8 Kor-Bena .....................136.51 8 Phillip Island...............126.47 8 Dalyston ......................123.81 8 Inv-Kongwak ...............101.14 4 Foster...............................84.21 4 Toora ...............................75.51 4 Tarwin .............................57.50 0 Kil-Bass...........................55.26 0 Stony Creek.....................43.94 0 15 & Under Foster...........................248.00 12 Inv-Kongwak ..............175.81 12 Kor-Bena ......................144.26 8 Fish Creek ......................98.04 8 MDU .............................210.53 4 Phillip Island................128.79 4 Kil-Bass...........................84.52 4 Stony Creek.....................44.23 4 Dalyston ..........................43.30 0 Toora ...............................42.86 0 Tarwin .............................14.71 0 13 & Under Inv-Kongwak ..............451.72 12 Fish Creek ...................225.00 12 Toora ............................360.00 8 MDU .............................252.17 8 Dalyston .......................226.92 8 Phillip Island................102.78 8 Kor-Bena .........................52.31 0 Foster...............................51.95 0 Tarwin .............................28.00 0 Kil-Bass........................... 11.50 0 Stony Creek.......................9.52 0







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like the game was all over but Stony Creek made them pay as they goaled in the first minute of the quarter. Stony Creek were starting to take the control away from the Island but luckily for the Island they couldn’t get it done on the scoreboard as the Island backmen stood strong for the whole quarter. The Island went goalless for the whole quarter to have the lead reduced to 32 points at the final break. 3/4 Time: Phillip Island 9.9.63 to Stony Creek 4.7.31 After some encouraging words from the coach the Island came out firing in the last quarter and took

the game away from Stony Creek. Runnalls kicked his fourth early in the quarter followed quickly with goals to Van Zanen and Cole. It was party time for the Island when Van Brummelen slotted a goal on the run from the boundary line to have the huge crowd standing and applauding his efforts. The Island finished off well with Runnalls kicking his fifth and Cole his third to see the Island cruise away with a 67 point win. The Island has another big game next week as they take on Dalyston over at Dalyston in their biggest challenge of the season.

SENIORS Phillip Island 15.11.101 Stony Creek 4.10.34 Phillip Island Goals: B. Runnalls 5, T. Cole 3, B. Van Brummelen 2, J. Van Zanen 2, B. Kimber 1, J. Taylor 1, M. Price 1 Stony Creek Goals: L. Park 2, J. Schelling 1, J. Byrnes 1 Phillip Island Best: B. Kimber, T. Cole, M. Duiker, J. Taylor, B. Runnalls, D. Hinkley Stony Creek Best: L. Bowman, C. Stone, R. McKnight, J. Schelling, D. Zuidema, J. Byrnes

RESERVES Phillip Island 22.14.146 Stony Creek 2.2.14 Leading Goalkicker: S. Murdoch 7 (P) Phillip Island Best: M. Jones, S. Murdoch, A. Behre, C. McPhillips, A. Cook, R. Linford Stony Creek Best: B. McKnight,

L. Byrnes, B. Hayes, D. Potter, S. Cope, R. Phelan

THIRDS Phillip Island 23.10.148 Stony Creek 6.1.37 Leading Goalkicker: J. Sanna 6 (P) Phillip Island Best: J. Sanna, E. Hines, B. Johnston, J. Black, T. Officer, D. Ryan Stony Creek Best: W. Stewart, L. Harrington, J. Hemming, J. Green, T. Francis, R. Harrington

FOURTHS Phillip Island 14.12.96 Stony Creek 6.2.38 Leading Goalkicker: M. Mattock 5 (P) Phillip Island Best: M. Mattock, J. Keating, M. Fletcher, B. Taylor, I. Batty, A. Farrell Stony Creek Best: N. Battersby, T. Westaway, J. Stockdale, M. Darmanin, W. Collins, J. Phillips.

April 26 11am: Julie Grant, Emily Chadwick, Sophie Clarke, Amy Smith, Madie Wright, Pat Kuhne, Millie Hannon, Helena Brew, Kaili Pitchett, Phil Smith, Chelsea Hofman and Lauren Baudinette. 12 noon: Sophie Clarke, Emily Chadwick, Brittany Price, Janice Sing, Nikki Stockdale, Karen Clarke, Phil Smith, Erin Baudinette, Candice Huntley, Lori Mckenzie, Pat Kuhne and Angelique Dunlevie. 1pm: Anna Patterson, Erin Baudinette, Katrina Spark, Emma Smith, Angelique Dunlevie and Tracey Miles. 2.15pm: Karen Clarke, Lauren Baudinette, Julie Grant, Janice Sing, Barb Challis and Sue Ritchie. Umpire Training course commences on Wednesday May 14th at 6pm - Contact Julie Grant 0407 076 425.

Doing battle: from left, Sean Cope, Lockie Park, Kevin Taylor and Bryce Rawson. Photo courtesy Gerard

LDNA Times Round 1 draw April 26 11.00am: crt 1 - Under 11 - Sec 2 Mount Eccles Aqua v Mirboo North Gold, crt 2 - Under 11 - Sec 2 Mount Eccles Purple v Town Tangerine, crt 3 - Under 13 Town v Mount Eccles Purple, crt 5 - Under 13 St Lawrence v Mirboo North Gold, crt 6 - Under 13 Meeniyan and District v Mirboo North Purple, crt 4 - Under 13 Mount Eccles Aqua v Mount Eccles Pink. 12 Noon: crt 2 - Under 11 - Sec 1 St Lawrence Gold v Mirboo North Purple,crt 3 - Under 11 - Sec 1 Mount Eccles White v Meeniyan and District, crt 4 - Under 11 - Sec 1 Mount Eccles Pink v Town Black, crt 5 - Under 15 Town Black v Mirboo North, crt 6 - Under 15 St Lawrence Blue v Stony Creek, crt 7 Under 15 St Lawrence Maroon v Town Tangerine. 1.00pm: crt 4 - C Grade Town v St Lawrence, crt 3 C Grade Meeniyan and District Yellow v Mount Eccles, crt 5 - Open Grade Mount Eccles White v Mount Eccles Navy. 2.15pm: crt 4 - C Grade Mirboo North v Meeniyan and District Blue, crt 6 Open Grade Town Green v Town Black, crt - 5 Open Grade St Lawrence v Town Tangerine. Byes: Under 11 - Sec 2 St Lawrence Maroon.

Fired up: from left, Phillip Island’s Ash Bell is challenged by Stony Creek’s Jess Gordon. Photo courtesy Gerard

Eye on the ball: I-K’s Sam Hodge distracts the Korumburra Bena shooter with long arms.

Intercept: Dalyston’s Hayley Pupetti leaps for the ball against Kilcunda Bass’ Kelsey Milton.

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Fish Creek outlast a persistent Foster FOSTER hosted Fish Creek under lights for the second year in a row on Easter Saturday night and the weather although cold was a lot better this year. Both sides looking vastly different to the 2013 versions were keen to get away to a good start and it was the Tigers that did so kicking the first goal of the game only minutes in when big forward, Galle marked strongly and kicked truly to open the scoring. This sparked the Kangaroos into action and with Manne in total control in the ruck they took over the quarter and dominated kicking five of the next six goals, three of which went to Fishy’s big forward, Damon. He was on fire leading and marking strongly and then going back and kicking straight which is something that has haunted Fish Creek over the last couple of seasons. Fish Creek took a 23 point lead into the first break and looked to be in command of the game. Foster being led by

its coach Hawking was not about to lie down, however, and in front of a big Easter crowd it rallied and booted three goals to one in the second quarter to get it right back into the game at the main break. Howell, Toner and Chaseling were all very active and for Fishy Snooks, Smith, Hill and Graham were also going well. With the third quarter underway and the first goal very important, Foster carried on from its fine second quarter and continued to challenge and a couple of goals giving the Tigers its first lead since very early on

SENIORS Fish Creek 12.17.89 Foster 10.10.70 Fish Creek Goals: L. Damon 4, J. Smith 3, T. Manne, B. Graham, C. Macri, A. Snooks, E. Park Foster Goals: L. Galle 5, D. Granger 2, J. Stevenson, J. Toner, E. Staley Fish Creek Best: A. Snooks, J. Smith, M. Hill, T. Price, L. Pratt, B. Cooper Foster best: L. Galle, M. Howell, M. Brown, J. Stevenson, J. Toner, S. Hawking

RESERVES Fish Creek 3.11.29 Foster 3.5.23 Leading Goalkicker: T. Shanahan 2 (FC) Fish Creek Best: R. Staley, S. Buckland, C. Batten, P. Mueller, J. McKenzie, T. Bowron Foster Best: A. Heal, C. Johnston, J. Chaseling, J. Bright, M. Segat,

in the game which had the home crowd excited. Fish Creek under pressure had to respond and it was able to do so with the next couple of goals of the quarter to take the lead back before the mid-point of the quarter. The second half of the quarter was a battle for both sides and if not for some missed opportunities by Foster the margin may have been different. Fish Creek went to the final change up by 10 points. The scene was set for a good last quarter with the game still in the balance and both sides desperate

for a win after a 0-2 start. With Manne still winning the ruck contests and also doing more damage around the ground than his counterpart, Fishy was getting first use of the ball and its on-ballers in Snooks, Graham, Urbans ,Cooper and Smith were active with the latter also having a strong presence up forward booting two last quarter goals. Fish Creek finished the stronger of the two

sides and although Foster continued to fight it could not get within a couple of goals, Damon again finding a fair bit of the ball but not being able to convert his shots. The final margin of 19 points in favor of the Kangaroos kick starting their season and getting them the very valuable four points. Best players for Fish Creek: Snooks, Smith, Hill, Price, Pratt and Cooper.

Foster: Galle, Howell, Brown, Stevenson, Toner and S.Hawking. Goal scorers for Fish Creek: Damon with 4, Smith 2 and singles to Snooks, Park, Macri, Graham and Manne. Foster: Galle finished with 5, Granger 2 and singles to Toner, Stevenson and Staley. Fish Creek will take on IK next week at Terrill Park while Foster is at home again hosting Tarwin.

J. Prain

THIRDS Fish Creek 14.9.93 Foster 7.5.47 Leading Goalkickers: J. Macri 4, R. McGannon 4 (FC) Fish Creek Best: J. O’Sullivan, K. Byers, J. Macri, B. Stefani, G. Park, J. McGannon Foster Best: L. Coffey, J. Coffey, M. Segat, B. Wake, S. Combridge, K. Rhodes


Phillip Is...... 3 MDU........... 2 Kil-Bass ...... 2 Dalyston ...... 2 Kor-Bena ..... 2 Toora... ....... 1 Stony Creek.... 1 Fish Creek ...... 1 Foster ............. 0 Inv-K’wak ....... 0 Tarwin ............ 0

0 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 1

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0



193.06 153.92 153.89 128.64 102.14 91.30 74.22 65.43 75.93 60.00 51.81

12 8 8 8 8 4 4 4 0 0 0

GOALKICKERS K. Bergles (Kil-Bass) .......... (3) B. Runnalls (Phillip Is) ....... (5) L. Damon (Fish Creek) ....... (4) B. Fisher (Dalyston) ........... (4) M. Kraska (Dalyston) ......... (4) C. Redl (Kor-Bena) ............. (1) L. McMillan (Inv-K’wak) ..... (2) J. Wells (Kil-Bass).............. (1) L. Galle (Foster) ................. (5) C. Endres (Kil-Bass) ........... (0) T. Wightman (Meeniyan) .... (0) B. Van Brummelen (Ph I) ... (2) D. Granger (Foster) ............ (2)

15 12 12 10 10 8 8 8 7 6 6 6 6


FOURTHS Fish Creek 14.6.90 Foster 3.4.22 Leading Goalkickers: J. Standfield 3, B. Rogers 3 (FC) Fish Creek Best: S. Flanders, M. McGannon, B. Rogers, S. McGannon, A. Tracy, B. Hams Foster Best: T. VanDyke, J. Smith, B. Smith, X. Duursma, A. Ginnane, W. Chester


Night duel: It is all eyes on the ball as the ball is up for contest in a tight match under lights at Foster on Easter Saturday. Far left, Lying in wait: Damien Holmes watches as the ball drops into his hands. left, Step higher: Dean Wylie from Kilcunda Bass reaches the ball before his opponent Chris Graham.

Kil-Bass ...... 3 Kor-Bena ..... 3 Phillip Is...... 2 MDU........... 2 Toora... ....... 2 Dalyston ...... 1 Fish Creek ...... 1 Foster ............. 0 Inv-K’wak ....... 0 Tarwin ............ 0 Stony Creek.... 0

0 0 1 0 0 2 2 3 3 1 2

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0



351.43 158.52 201.63 200.00 165.52 114.77 20.36 70.37 53.19 43.14 17.26

12 12 8 8 8 4 4 0 0 0 0

GOALKICKERS M. Edwards (Kor-Bena) ...... (7) K. Taylor (Phillip Is)............ (4) B. Egeberg (Kil-Bass) ......... (1) S. Murdoch (Phillip Is) ....... (7) T. Davey (Dalyston) ............ (0) B. Doran (Toora) ................ (0) S. Johnstone (Kil-Bass) ..... (0) R. Birnie (Dalyston)............ (2) B. Pedlow (MDU) ............... (0) P. Dunlop (Dalyston) .......... (1) S. McIntyre (Phillip Is) ....... (3) N. Eddy (MDU)................... (0) R. Butler (Inv-K’wak).......... (3)

20 9 7 7 6 6 5 5 5 4 4 4 4


FOOTY DRAWS THIS WEEKEND ALBERTON Round 4: April 26 Kilcunda-Bass v Kor-Bena Dalyston v Phillip Island Fish Creek v I-K Stony Creek v MDU Foster v Tarwin Toora - Bye (DW)

MID GIPPSLAND Round 4: April 26 Trafalgar v Morwell East Newborough v Yarragon Mirboo North v Boolarra Thorpdale v Hill End Yinnar v Yallourn-Yall Nth


Dalyston shows its mettle THE Dalyston ground having been recently resown was in tiptop condition for the match against Kilcunda Bass and weather conditions were also generally good for the much anticipated clash against the reigning premiers. Playing at Easter will hopefully become the start of long tradition of Easter matches between these traditional rivals. A huge crowd was on

hand to witness a big day of footy. Dalyston had a lot to prove after last week’s loss and the way it performed in last year’s finals. Both teams’ preparation during the week were very good and they took that on to the field. The game was very tight for the first half with Dalyston leading narrowly throughout. Their defensive pressure and tackling was first rate but the question was could it be maintained for the four quarters? Killy Bass looked good after the break and kicked

the first goal but Dalyston regrouped and stretched the lead to 21 points at the final break through very committed team football. Kurt Thomas was good in the ruck and with some solid support from big Sibba Dalyston was more than holding its own at the clearances and finished the game strongly kicking three goals to one in the last quarter to record a very important win. Dalyston proved that on its day it is capable of beating anybody. It put in a real four quarter effort and a strong and even team performance.

Round 3: April 25 Anzac Day Warragul v Bairnsdale Leongatha v Maffra (Anzac Day) April 26 Morwell v Moe Traralgon v Drouin Sale v Wonthaggi

ELLINBANK SENIORS Dalyston 13.7.85 Kilcunda-Bass 8.6.54 Dalyston Goals: M. Kraska 4, B. Fisher 4, S. Sibly 3, C. Graham 1, K. Thomas 1 Kilcunda-Bass Goals: K. Bergles 3, R. Fitzgerald 2, B. Law 1, J. Wells 1, B. McKay 1 Dalyston Best: M. Schreck, C. Samargis, H. Dick, K. Thomas, D. Wylie, K. Schrape Kilcunda-Bass Best: K. Bergles, B. Arnold, K. Asa Leausa, B. McKay, B. Interlandi, J. MacIntyre

RESERVES Kilcunda-Bass 11.7.73 Dalyston 6.3.39 Leading Goalkickers: J. Klevercamp 2 (K), R. Birnie 2 (D) Kilcunda-Bass Best: K. Ricketts, B. Anthony, J. Homer, S. Crawford, D. Crawford, J. Klevercamp

Dalyston Best: T. Hamilton, M. Loughridge, B. Van Agtmaal, D. Brown, S. Kuyper, P. Dunlop

THIRDS Dalyston 13.18.96 Kilcunda-Bass 1.1.7 Leading Goalkicker: H. Wright 4 (D) Dalyston Best: M. Marotta, L. West, H. Wright, N. Bainbridge, J. Honeysett, O. Bates Kilcunda-Bass Best: K. Condick, T. Thatcher, M. Homer, J. Burgess, M. Whitham, R. Scapin

FOURTHS Dalyston 18.20.128 Kilcunda-Bass 0.0.0 Leading Goalkicker: D. Brosnan 4 (D) Dalyston Best: L. Legione, C. Kilgour, D. Brosnan, F. Brosnan, M. Crutchfield, C. Loughridge Kilcunda-Bass Best: not submitted

EAST Round 3: April 26 Anzac weekend Buln Buln v Dusties Ellinbank v Nyora Longwarry v Poowong Neerim Sth v Nilma-Darnum WEST Round 4: April 25 Anzac Day Cora Lynn v Nar Nar Goon Kooweerup v Lang Lang April 26 Catani v Garfield Bunyip - bye


Inv-K’wak..... 3 Dalyston ...... 3 Fish Creek.... 2 Phillip Is...... 2 Foster ......... 2 Tarwin ........ 1 Toora... ........... 1 Kor-Bena ........ 0 Stony Creek.... 0 MDU............... 0 Kil-Bass.......... 0

0 0 1 1 1 0 1 3 2 2 3

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0



277.33 226.44 200.97 143.75 133.11 966.67 136.99 79.53 22.66 12.43 12.11

12 12 8 8 8 4 4 0 0 0 0

GOALKICKERS J. Sanna (Phillip Is) ............ (6) O. Toussaint (Inv-K’wak) .... (0) J. Buckland (Fish Ck) ......... (0) T. Tack (Phillip Is)............... (4) J. Black (Phillip Is) ............. (5) D. La Casa (Foster) ............ (0) X. Hughes (Inv-K’wak) ....... (3) J. Macri (Fish Ck) ............... (4) M. Jones (Foster) ............... (1) J. Scott (Inv-K’wak) ........... (0) B. Hateley (Foster) ............. (0) H. Wright (Dalyston) .......... (4) R. McGannon (Fish Ck) ...... (4) N. Bainbridge (Dalyston) .... (1) B. Willder (Toora) ............... (1) K. Byers (Fish Ck) .............. (2)

8 7 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4



Dalyston ...... 2 0 0 2010.00 Inv-K’wak..... 2 0 0 695.24 Phillip Is...... 1 1 0 38.52 Fish Creek.... 1 1 0 26.42 Tarwin ........ 0 0 0 5400.00 Toora... ....... 1 1 0 111.86 Stony Creek.... 1 0 0 281.25 Foster ............. 0 1 0 128.00 Kor-Bena ........ 0 2 0 35.71 Kil-Bass.......... 0 2 0 46.99 GOALKICKERS H. McInnes (Inv-K’wak) ..... (1) K. Reid (Inv-K’wak) ............ (4) M. Mattock (Phillip Is) ....... (5) D. Brosnan (Dalyston)........ (4) B. Rogers (Fish Ck) ............ (3) Z. Sprie (Dalyston) ............. (2) F. Brosnan (Dalyston) ......... (2) C. O’Halloran (Dalyston) .... (0) K. Wilson (Dalyston) .......... (1) M. McGannon (Fish Ck) ..... (2) J. Stockdale (Stony Ck) ...... (3) I. Batty (Phillip Is) .............. (3)


8 8 4 4 4 4 4 4 0 0 10 9 9 6 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4

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Vintage cars rally a crowd By Tayla Kershaw FORTY historical cars arrived at Wonthaggi’s Apex Park on Saturday. The Bass Coast Historical Automobile Show brought in all different local cars to be displayed. The club usually showcases the cars twice a month with close to 200 memberships. A rally is held every year in October. “It is very active club,” Bass Coast Historical Car Club president Darryl Rowe said. “And it’s not just for the boys; the women are also very involved. Without the

women, it wouldn’t be what it is today.” Autobarn Wonthaggi was a generous sponsor, donating a vacuum for the raffle. With only a light shower, the weather looked to be in their favour. Despite the cold, many still turned out to have a look at the cars. “Even in the freezing winter, 60 to 70 members will come to a meeting,” Mr Rowe said.

Right, Having a look: Wonthaggi’s Tyson Andrighetto and Angus Draper check out the motorcycle display at the Bass Coast Historical Automobile Show. Above, Nice ride: Anna Zebra is pleased to showcase her ’55 Austin Healey. Far left, On display: Kathy and Jim Maffet drove in their ’28 Vauxhall and ’22 Nash. Left, Car enthusiasts: Bass Coast Historical Car Club member Bev Kurrle and president Darryl Rowe helped organise the Wonthaggi meeting.

Mirboo North Football Netball Club Round 4 preview versus Boolarra April 26 By Rover MIRBOO North hosts Boolarra this Saturday at Tigerland when Mid Gippsland football and netball competitions return after the Easter break. A highlight of the day will be the unfurling of the mighty Tigers’ senior football 2013 premiership flag, prior to the main event at 2.30pm. Coach, Troy Hamilton, will be hoping Mirboo North can register its third win of the season, after its disastrous opening round defeat by Newborough. The Tigers have been running into some good form with successive victories over Thorpdale and Hill End earlier this month. Mirboo North will look to multi-purpose players, Josh Taylor, Matt Holland, Shane Peters and Damien Turner to continue their recent excellent form against the visiting Demons. Taylor and Holland have been repeat equal opportunity offenders, by rarely allowing their opponents to successfully mark, kick or handball the Sherrin. Champion full-forward, Tim Traill will also be keen to boot a bagful of goals, after registering six majors against Hill End. At their last meeting, Boolarra easily defeated Mirboo North in the wet at Boolarra, by playing superior and more desperate football. It was the wake-up call the Tigers needed, before making their successful tilt at the finals a few weeks later. This year, Boolarra has impressively defeated Trafalgar, but gone down to prospective finalists, Yinnar and Newborough by 58 and 21 points respectively. Boolarra’s 2011 premiership coach, Tony Giardina, will be asking the Demons to play with passion and use skills, motivation and courage to kick a winning score against the club he previously coached for five seasons.

Leongatha Badminton Club practice night Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30pm, ECA Centre, Leongatha Secondary College. Contact: Rhonda 0409 212 365. All players welcome. AGM to be held at Leongatha RSL 7:30pm Monday, April 28.

Local in action at Bells NIKKI Van Dijk (pictured) of Phillip Island, placed equal 9th at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach on Tuesday, April 22. Van Dijk reached Round 4 where she was eliminated by reigning ASP World Champion

Carissa Moore. The Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum met Ms Van Dijk at Parliament House and says, “Not only is she a world class surfer, she is a great role model and inspiration

for all young female athletes.” Nikki’s younger brother Joe last week claimed a silver medal at the International Surfing Association 2014 World Junior Championship in Equador.

Wonthaggi table tennis T R AV E L L I N G around our great state, interstate and overseas and playing the game you love, can only be a dream for many. For one person this dream has been dreamt regularly and again the dream has come true. Dirk Holwerda, on Sunday, April 6, competed at

the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC). Dirk Won the Victorian Closed Veterans Over 60 doubles title on Sunday and said “it helped that I had a very good partner, but I held my end up admirably!” Well done Dirk and we look forward to hearing about your next dream coming true. In A Grade all the teams have now com-

pleted their first round of games and each team having their turn of a bye. Now we have a true reflection of how close the top two teams are. My Team is leading a slight advantage over Legends+1 and a even smaller advantage for third position goes to DKAT over Farmers. See ladder for exact results. The surprise for all new B Grade juniors who have

paid their registration will be presented on Wednesday, April 23 between 5pm and 6.30pm. Parents please stay to watch this one you will not want to miss this.

Results A Grade: Farmers 7-21 d DKAT 4-15, My Team 9-24 d False Hope 2-11, Legends+1 8.28 d Dreamers 3-13, Dominators - bye.

Ladder My Team .... 12 Legends+1 ... 10 DKAT ............ 6 Farmers ......... 6 Dreamers ........ 4 Dominators..... 2 False Hope ..... 2

42 (149) 41 (147) 34 (135) 33 (120) 28 (105) 28 (85) 25 (96)

Aggregate Allan R. ........................18 Dirk H. .........................17 Neil C. ..........................15 Kevin D. .......................13 H. Bryce .......................12

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Families tour Tarwin

By Tayla Kershaw

CYCLISTS, walkers and joggers participated in the Tour de Tarwin on Saturday. The Tour de Tarwin event is now in its eighth year, with participants at an all time high. This year, $15,000 was raised for

the Tarwin Lower CFA. Dodging the rain, the turnout was good with an overall number of 1400 participants, approximately 100 more than last year. Locals joined in along the five kilometre track from Venus Bay to Tarwin, bumping the numbers to around the 2000 mark. The event has come a long way,

with only 200 people attending the first one in 2007. It still remains a major fundraiser for the CFA. “The reason we started was to raise money for the CFA,” Tour de Tarwin organiser Craig Williams said. “This area is one of the 51 high risk fire areas so we need to give back to these volunteers.”

There was no competition, except for those vying for the best dressed team or best decorated bike. A family picnic and raffles were also on offer. The Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club did a demonstration and mini golf was available for extra entertainment. “Our priority is to put on a good, family friendly event and I think we

achieve this,” Mr Williams said. “It isn’t a race so families can enjoy each other’s company and the scenery. We encourage them to explore the area.” Sponsors from 12 local businesses and the South Gippsland Shire Council help to fund Tour de Tarwin. Their support is greatly appreciated.

Day out: Koonwarra’s Brianna Newton, Tarwin Lower’s Ben Ellen, Venus Bay’s Jack Van der Kolk and Tarwin Lower’s Millie Ellen were back for another year of Tour de Tarwin. Above, Family event: Zara and Veronica Curran, Karin Ferstl, Greta and Anna Curran, Brenda Williams and George Curran have participated in Tour de Tarwin six times. Left, Tour experience: Elizabeth, Zac and Beatrice Zagon are supporting their father (centre) Tom Zagon’s eighth ride in Tour de Tarwin.

Alberton FNL App

Bikes galore: Elliot Black, Jackson Leopold, and Charlotte and Lachlan Pratt enjoyed the event.

ALBERTON FNL has a new smartphone App where live scores will be available at the tap of a button. For all senior matches the home club will enter the quarter

by quarter scores. By accessing the Alberton FNL app all interested people can keep abreast of what is happening around the league on match day. This has already proved very successful and popular during the last weekend’s games.

Patterson commended

A special presentation was made to Eleanor Patterson in commemoration of her high jump victory at the World Youth Championships which were held in Ukraine in July 2013. Amazingly, South Coast Athletics members have won 70 Victorian Championship titles and 23 Australian Championship titles in the last seven seasons since our formation. Club secretary Lyndall Green thanked the hard working committee consisting of Steve Plumb, David Green, Paula O’Loughlin, Helen Patterson and Sarah Lewis who have worked tirelessly throughout the season. Special mention was made of Steve Plumb who contributes countless hours over the winter in his role as team manager as well as his Sunday running group and just as many hours during the summer season coaching, line marking and maintaining the Wonthaggi oval, officiating, the list just goes on. He had a very challenging season and we must commend his perseverance and commitment. Sincere thanks to the statistics guru Graham George who has once again maintained our club records. Paula O’Loughlin was awarded the Gippsport Volunteer of the Year award.

The club does not function without our volunteers behind the scenes. Special thanks to all our coaches, officials, parents and sponsors who have supported the club in various ways this season, and finally to our members who are the reason why we are all involved The 2013-14 Club Champions were: U/14 Women, Lucinda Graeme; U/14 Men, Brodie Anderson; U/16 Men, Wesley Graeme; U/18 Women, Sandra Plumb; U/20 Women, Jezeloni Montgomery; U/20 Men, Michael Green; Open Women; Sarah Lewis; Open Men, Mark Coulter; Masters Women, Beth Montgomery and Masters Men, Steve Plumb. The club also celebrated its members who won a Victorian and Australian Championship title throughout the season. Victorian Champions 2014: Women Open, high jump, Eleanor Patterson; Women U/18 high jump, Claire Jobling; Women U/17 high jump, Taylah Gardner; Mens 65-69, 1500m race walk, Russ Dickenson. 2013: Mens 65-69, 10km road race walk, Russ Dickenson; Men’s 6569, 20km road race walk, Russ Dickenson; Women’s 40-45, 3000m race walk, Kylie Irshad; Men’s 65-69, 3000m race walk; Russ Dickenson. 2014: Men’s U/20, hammer throw, Patrick Ryan; Women’s U/20, 5km race walk, Stephanie George; Women’s U/20, high jump, Eleanor Patterson. Australian Champions: 2014: Men’s 65-69, 1500m walk, Russ Dickenson. 2013: Men’s 65-69, 20km road race walk, Russ Dickenson; Women’s U/20, high jump, Eleanor Patterson; Women’s Open, high

jump, Eleanor Patterson. With the track and field season over we look forward to the start of the cross country and road racing season commencing next month. Anyone interested in competing should contact our winter team manager – Steve Plumb 56724299.

Right, South Coast Champions: from left, Mark Coulter, Michael Green, Eleanor Patterson, Sarah Lewis, Stephanie George, Sandra Plumb and Brodie Anderson.

Parrots prepare for Anzac match By Tayla Kershaw THE Leongatha Football Club is gearing up for its first Anzac Day match. The seniors match against Maffra will start at 3.30pm. Families are welcome to come down and enjoy the day. The Leongatha RSL will hold an Anzac Day ceremony prior to the seniors match. This is the first time the Gippsland League has held an Anzac Day game. “The boys are all very excited,” Matthew Grylls from the Leongatha Football Club said. “This is a great opportunity for them to play on such an important day.”

The U/16s will get a game before the seniors start and the U/18s will play after the seniors. Leongatha is scheduled to play Maffra over the weekend and the team was more than willing to play the Friday match. “Maffra was willing to play and both sides are really keen,” Mr Grylls said. “It’ll be a really good day and a chance to pay our respects to our soldiers and watch some footy.” The boys are hoping to carry on the tradition and play another Anzac Day match next year. The U/13’s netball teams will play from 11am through to A Grade at 4.45pm, following the Anzac Day ceremony with the football club.


LEONGATHA vs MAFFRA FRIDAY, APRIL 25 Seniors Football - 3.30pm


THE South Coast Athletics presentation day was held last Sunday at the Par 3 Golf Course in Inverloch where members enjoyed a social game of golf together before presentations.

Under 18s to follow

Anzac Day remembrance service prior to senior match FULL CATERING AVAILABLE. NO BYO ALCOHOL - CARS WILL BE CHECKED!

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Former Pies swoop on MDU JUNE 21 looms as a huge day for the Alberton Football Netball League with MDU’s premiership campaign recruiting the services of retired Collingwood footballers, Chris Tarrant and Alan Didak.

The club is planning a President’s Lunch at which both players will speak to precede the match against Korumburra Bena at Meeniyan, and is hoping for a financial windfall from a boosted gate on the day.

MDU star recruit: Alan Didak in action for Collingwood.

The Australian Football League is encouraging its ex players to become involved in football at the grass roots level. MDU coach Mark Lafferty says “We have tapped into that and the interest this match is

Legendary magpies: from left, Alan Didak and Chris Tarrant will play for MDU in a showcase match which is sure to attract a bumper crowd at Meeniyan.

likely to attract is the kind of injection country football needs. “Both Tarrant and Didak are AFL All Australians and 200 gamers and people want to see them play and meet them.”

Celebrity footballer: Chris Tarrant, a Collingwood icon, who finished his playing career at Fremantle before retiring in 2012.

Korumburra Bena come over the top to blitz Inverloch ON an overcast day at Inverloch with the breeze favouring the scoreboard end of the ground IK got the jump and the first goal.

So began a fairly scrappy game with the tackling pressure from both sides preventing much free flowing football from happening. At the first change IK had not been able to util-

ise the breeze and Korumburra-Bena took a two point lead into the second quarter. As KB did in the first, IK found scoring against the breeze easier and turned the tide to go into

Power burst: I-K’s Ben Soumilas leads the pack towards the ball.

the major break with an 11 point lead. KB came out after half time fired up and outscored IK. At the final break two points separated the sides and it was anyone’s game but it looked as though the game had swung the way of KB. The game was evenly poised as the ball was held aloft to signal the beginning of the final chapter

of play. It was KB which kicked the first couple of goals and IK looked like it had run out of legs. KB was getting all of the clearances, indeed, IK players could not get their hands on the football and were run over the top of by a superior finishing KB. IK did not score in the final term and KB left the ground with a very comfortable 29 point win.

Concentrate: Louis Rankin has his eye on the ball despite the close presence of Korumburra Bena’s Robert Provan.

Big stretch: Oscar Toussaint from I-K grabs for the ball.

The Great Southern Star - April 23 2014  

April 23 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper

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