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Hooray: from left, milk giant Murray Goulburn gave South Gippsland Shire mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy, Cr Jeanette Harding and economic development coordinator Ken Fraser plenty to cheer about this week, with news of a multi million dollar injection of funding into the Leongatha factory.


Leongatha to expand after MG invests $19.1m

By Jane Ross and Helen Bowering LEONGATHA’S commercial future is on the rise, after Murray Goulburn announced a $19.1 million expansion of the Leongatha factory’s UHT plant last week and more business development on the way.

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Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Darryl McGannon welcomed the news and took the opportunity to spruik the town’s commercial attractions. “It’s good they’re investing substantial money here. It confirms their commitment to the town and the area. If Murray Goulburn is investing more money, that helps farmers,” he said. Mr McGannon said Leongatha’s future lies in boutique shops that provide excellent service. Such small businesses, combined with the larger players who are already here, offer an overall shopping experience that’s attractive. “If you look after your customers in a small town, they keep coming back,” he said.




Mr McGannon is keen to see more big corporations investing in Leongatha and hopes South Gippsland Shire Council will work hard to attract them. “When the Business Four zone is up and running that will be positive too,” he said. “But at the end of the day, business can only do so much. Council needs to be looking to entice more businesses to the town – they should be bending over backwards to entice people here. “And we need a decision on the railway land.” South Gippsland Shire mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy was elated with MG’s news.

“The $19 million injection of funding into the Murray Goulburn factory in Leongatha is just the sort of positive news we need and it will be the spring board for value adding to growth in the town and the shire,” he said. “Our shire is really becoming the dairy capital of Australia and we already produce seven per cent of the nation’s milk. “With four dairy manufacturing plants in the shire including Murray Goulburn in Leongatha, Burra Foods, Korumburra, United Dairy Power, Poowong and Toora’s new Viplus Dairy factory, we are one of the key players in Australia’s food production.” Cr Kennedy said council aimed for the region to be the “gateway to the dairy capital of Australia”. “Demand in Asia is driving the Murray Goulburn expansion and we are happy to support food production in the shire,” he said. Council’s economic development coordinator Ken Fraser said council is happy to promote and assist growth in the dairy industry in the local region. Continued on page 6. ► MG to upgrade UHT plant, page 6

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HALLSTON FIRE DSE leads recovery THE lives of Hallston residents affected by the fire will be returned “to normal as quickly as possible”, a senior Department of Sustainability and Environment official told last Wednesday’s meeting at the Hallston Hall.

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But Geoff Pike, DSE district manager for South Gippsland, added: “It may not be the normal that you expect.” The DSE has engaged contractors to repair fencing, focusing on external fencing and then internal fencing later, with all fencing to be done within three weeks. Dangerous trees have been addressed. DSE’s insurer will work with landholders to address claims for expenses and DSE recovery officer Peter McHugh hopes claims do not “drag on”. DSE regional manager for land and fire Grange Jephcott was a little less optimistic: “It is notoriously slow but I hope that it works faster than it has in the past.” Recovery has been underway since Easter, overseen by Mr McHugh.

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original fire, in bush with a fuel load accumulated over 50 years. DSE crews attempted to control the fire for two hours but to no avail. Crews from Country Fire Authority and Hancock Victorian Plantations joined DSE firefighters. The blaze continued and when winds increased on Wednesday afternoon, the fire jumped across Forresters Road and entered pine and eucalypt plantations, bush and paddocks, and headed north to Old Grand Ridge. At 5am Thursday, drizzle fell and the worst of the fire was over. The fire is now contained.

DSE sorry THE Department of Sustainability and Environment has apologised for the Hallston bushfire that destroyed farmland, fencing and buildings. DSE regional manager for land and fire Grange Jephcott opened his address to a meeting at the Hallston Hall last Wednesday night with an apology to the crowd of farmers and residents eager for answers. “We know you were scared, shocked and in some cases angered by the

fire,” he said. “I thought I would open it right up and say sorry for what has happened. “It is just as upsetting for the people that work on the fires too...Things do not always go to script.” Mr Jephcott’s sentiment was echoed by Geoff Pike, DSE district manager for South Gippsland. “It was not planned to cause the incident that it has,” he said. “For the distress and trauma, I wish to apologise to you.”

Fire damage toll • 570ha of public and private land (of that, 267ha was Mirboo North Regional Park, 150ha plantation, 47ha grassland) • tens of kilometres of fencing • one hay shed • several outbuildings • no one injured

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The fire was intended to reduce fuel load to lower future fire risk and help plants needing fire to progress through life stages. The burn had been proposed for two years and was to be limited to a northern section of the bush. The Department of Sustainability and Environment hoped to undertake the burn on Monday, March 25 and have the blaze secured by the Tuesday. Addressing a public meeting at the Hallston Hall last Wednesday night, DSE district manager for South Gippsland Geoff Pike said the section was last burned in 1988. Nearby sections had been burnt in 1982 and 2005, but the fire later spilled into bush that had not been burned for 50 years. On Sunday, March 24, fuel monitoring indicated moisture levels would be suitable for a burn the following Monday. Tuesday’s weather forecast was deemed to be on “the edge of suitable” Mr Pike said, and Wednesday unsuitable due to rising winds and warm temperatures.

Moisture levels were not low enough to burn until Monday, giving the DSE a burning window of three to five hours, Mr Pike said. “The weather was very mild in the afternoon and there was hardly any wind,” he said. The burn continued until 6pm Monday but only the perimeter of the intended burn area was burnt. The DSE assessed conditions again on Tuesday and decided the weather was appropriate to burn the unburnt bush. A fire was lit at 11am and finished at 2pm. At 2.30pm, a spot fire was discovered south east of the

So South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy told the Hallston meeting last Wednesday. “There is nothing more important than for the authorities to talk and have the local knowledge feed in before it (fire) happens,” he said. “There is no better local knowledge than from the community and that has to be ringing through the doors of parliament. He added: “Quite clearly this is something that should not have happened.” Council’s municipal recovery manager Penni Ellicott invites people needing help to contact council to outline their case and needs, and they will be guided  about how to access resources. This includes emotional support and help with stock.

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“Three weeks is our target to get it (fencing) all done. Some of it will be repaired and some of it will be replaced,” he said. “We will keep going to get the internal fencing done and the tracks consolidated.” Hallston farmer Gary Harris told the meeting he has 21 paddocks out of operation - 19 without fences - and a hayshed destroyed. “I have 250 cows calving next month. I can’t sit and wait. The internal fences are just as important to me as the boundary fences,” he said. Mr McHugh said 16km of fencing had been identified so far as needing repairing. Mr Harris said he owned about 10km of that. Jordan Grasser of Hallston said pasture renovation was a priority. “We are in the autumn break so it needs to be acted on,” he said. The Department of Primary Industries will run a pasture recovery field day and offer advice to farmers who lost pasture, but Mr McHugh said departments were not in a position to resow pasture, only clear trees and repair fences.

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Victims demand warning review Hallston residents have complained of poor notification of the threat posed by the bushfire that surrounded their properties before Easter. Residents raised concerns over the adequacy of emergency warnings at a public meeting at Hallston Hall last Wednesday night, attended by about 50 residents, DSE, Parks Victoria and South Gippsland Shire Council staff, and police. Residents demanded an independent investigation into the fire, but the DSE remains adamant the incident will be analysed by DSE officers. The cost of controlling the fire and the clean up is yet to be determined. The blaze is now contained. Kathleen Murray of Mirboo North said misleading information caused her further stress. She said a warning on the CFA website urged residents to “watch and act”, while the Victorian Bushfire Information Line advised her to wait for a message to leave. “Isn’t watch and act when you want to leave? I was totally confused by the messages I was receiving on the day,” she said. The St Ellens Road woman said the bushfire emergency line operator was not aware of her

follow through with that.” Resident Wayne Lindsay said some people were not told about the burn proceeding. Others said they had received a flier. DSE district manager for South Gippsland Geoff Pike said “the method of delivery of these messages could be worked on.” He also said residents near a burn may be notified by text message in the future. DSE regional manager for land and fire Grange Jephcott said the fire was the highest level of a breach of a planned burn – category four – as houses and business were at risk. Mr Jephcott told the meeting DSE officers from beyond Gippsland and with investigation experience would undertake the review into how the fire escaped. Hallston people wanted

an independent review and on Friday, Mr Jephcott told The Star: “I committed to expressing the community’s dissatisfaction with an internal review to the (DSE) chief fire officer (Alan Goodwin) and did so yesterday (Thursday). “The CFA has decided that the internal review process is normal procedure for DSE under these kinds of circumstances and will continue to follow this path.” He told the meeting he hoped the review would enable the DSE to “improve our processes and make sure it does not happen again”, and that most outcomes would be made public. “We will come back and brief you on the outcomes,” Mr Jephcott said. Continued on page 4.

Above, So close: fire surrounded the Hallston property of John Kenny (left). He spoke with CFA’s Mirboo group officer Mark Bourke and acting regional commander Bryan Russell.

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location in relation to the fire. “We were closer to the fire than they thought,” she said. “St Ellens Road was in the firing line. If the wind had not changed and it had not rained, we would have lost the property for sure.” Lillian Watsford learned of the fire risk through social media website Facebook. Teenager David McAlpine of Leongatha North said the CFA website indicated the fire was within the middle of Hallston Bush. He suggested the fire perimeter should have been shown instead. Geoff Pike, DSE district manager for South Gippsland, said: “Ultimately that needs to happen so that people can assess the situation. We will

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Hidden cost of Hallston fire

By Jane Ross

WHILE no houses were lost nor anyone injured in the Hallston blaze, there are myriad human costs.

These would normally go unnoticed but Allambee South resident Ellen-Jane Browne is determined to air them. In the whole scheme of life, the impacts on the Browne household were small but Ms Browne thinks they would have been replicated in one way or another, across many families and are therefore significant. She has written to Premier Denis Napthine to tell him so. Her letter is also posted on the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and CFA websites. Ms Browne and her daughter Daisy decided to stay and defend their home from the fire. They live in a converted dairy with limestone walls of double thickness and double glazed windows; their garden overlooking the West Branch of the Tarwin River. Spot fires came as close as 400 metres away and Ms Browne was up all night keeping watch, with sprinklers running to keep the garden wet, a fire pump, back pack and fire rated hose. She said the CFA did a wonderful job. But her daughter is a student and she lost a day’s wages from her casual job because the road to Leongatha was closed. Ms Browne’s elderly parents and others lost a night’s sleep “worrying that we were safe”. Her brother and his wife came to

help which meant they left a day late for their Easter holiday, having to face traffic they had planned to avoid. A favourite walking track has been burned and the Brownes are concerned about wildlife. Ms Browne missed farewelling a valued member of staff. Wood in a designated firewood collection area was burned and Ms Browne will have to replace it by the expensive bought variety. And a family tradition was broken. In the Thursday morning confusion following a sleepless night of fire, Ms Browne missed out on going on line to buy tickets for the annual Anzac Day football match. Daisy is a passionate Essendon supporter and has been to every Anzac Day game for years. Neighbours over the road were very anxious during the fire because their timber homes would have gone up in no time and one couple earns a living from growing organic vegetables. Their worry was made real by the dense forest nearby. Ms Browne pointed out it can take time to recover from such emotional dislocation. “My concern is there’s real damage from the hidden cost. The CFA guys gave up their time, farmers had to drop everything. I know at least half a dozen families who had to evacuate. It’s the little hidden stories in the townships there’s no accounting for. The question for me is what can we do to do this better?” The worst part is, none of it was necessary because it resulted from a controlled burn getting out of hand in highly unsuitable weather.

Hidden cost: Ellen-Jane Browne has written to the Premier Denis Napthine highlighting the hidden human costs of the Hallston blaze. Continued from page 3 Many in the crowd queried the level of independence of a review of the DSE by the DSE. Mr Jephcott responded: “It’s a fair question so that’s why we have gone to people on the other side of the state. “These are people that have not been picked by their good mates but because they are trained investigators.” But he said the public would be able to contribute to the review. Hallston resident Uwe Ross was incensed. “How can you have your own people do the investigation? Someone has to be held accountable,” he said. “If it was done by an outsider, at least the people would have got some satisfaction that there is no cover up.” Mr Ross said the DSE should have acted earlier to prevent the fire spreading. “There was a 150 foot wall of fire out my back door,” he said, saying a second fire should not have been lit

Laugh for Luke A FORMER Leongatha man will appear at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Beau Stegmann presents his show Beau, about the differences between rural and city life, this Thursday, April 11 and Thursday, April 18. “Leongatha gets mentioned quite a bit,” he said. All profits will be donated to Mirboo North lad Luke Helmuth who suffered an accident in Canberra and is now in a slight coma. Beau took to the stage after moving to Melbourne in 2006.

This will be his first solo 50 minute performance. “The show is called Beau because I’m not creative with names. It’s mostly about growing up in Leongatha and transitioning to a metropolitan area,” he said. “I talk about the differences between the two and what I like better about each lifestyle. There are jokes too.” In January this year, Luke and his friends visited Canberra to attend the Summernats car event. He had an accident and fell eight metres and hit his head. “He has a serious brain in-

’Burra leaders wanted THE community will be asked to shape Korumburra’s future, yet again. South Gippsland Shire Council will establish a community roundtable in what has been billed as a “collaborative approach... to lead social and economic development in Korumburra”, a council report stated. Cr Andrew McEwen said the roundtable presented a “golden opportunity”. “Today, the community in my view is sick of being consulted within and they want to be worked in

partnership with,” he said. The group of up to 17 people will include community representatives, Strzelecki ward councillors Bob Newton, McEwen and Lorraine Brunt, and council’s director of development services Phil Stone. A core group of six community leaders will nominate other members. The pilot project could be implemented into other communities if successful. The development of the Korumburra Community Plan will be postponed while council works through the roundtable.

jury and broken bones. The bones have now all healed. He still is in a minimal state of consciousness,” Beau said. “This means he is slightly in a coma still. He can’t talk or move his right side of his body. He is progressing everyday slowly and is now moving his left arm and leg. “We are hoping to get Luke transferred to a rehab facility soon as he doesn’t require any more medical attention.” See Beau at Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. Tickets from The show starts at 8.15pm.

A BID to consider removing litter bins from South Gippsland’s streets to save council has been lost. Cr Don Hill tabled a notice of motion calling for council offices to investigate a scheme to remove street litter bins, similar to a scheme adopted, and then reversed, by Sydney North Council. Addressing a recent council meeting in Leongatha, Cr Hill said the scheme could save $200,000 a year. “If we can find a way of saving money that does

taxpayers’ money. Mardan resident Philip Murphy demanded to know why Environment Minister Ryan Smith and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan were not at the meeting. Mr Murphy asked if the two helicopters used in the fire could have been directed to the Skipton fire at Ballarat – which claimed houses – if they were not at Hallston. Mr Pike replied: “Potentially.” CFA acting regional commander Bryan Russell said it is “an unfortunate fact of life that burnoffs do sometimes escape”. “We will flush out the reason why that occurred,” he said. “I’m sure the Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley will be involved in wanting to know the outcome of the inquiry.” A representative of the Victorian Council of Churches urged residents to ensure stress did not affect their health and to support each other.

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THE Wonthaggi CFA is bleeding for their community this April, with more than 21 local CFA members donating blood when the Mobile Blood Donor Unit comes to South Gippsland.

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on Tuesday, March 26 in a bid to burn further bush. “If someone had lit the fire, they would be getting a humungous fine. The same should be applicable to you guys.” South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy said the community must be told of the inquiry’s outcome. Hallston landholder Jordan Grasser told The Star on Friday a government ombudsman could investigate instead. Resident Steve Reinisch said Hallston residents always waited until the autumn break before lighting fires. He asked if DSE was under pressure to burn when the suitability of conditions was borderline. Mr Jephcott said: “I’m not in the business of taking risks. “The government (quota) target is one thing but I’m also accountable for a lot of other legislation.” Rodger Davis of Mirboo North said the clean up effort was a waste of

not reduce the services we are offering, it is worth considering,” he said. Mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy was wary of the idea, saying the costs of recovering rubbish, particularly during holiday seasons, “far outweigh the savings”. “It may work long term but in the first few years it may be chaos and lead to health issues,” he said. Cr Jeanette Harding opposed the proposal, saying the move would threaten the shire’s tourism industry – the second biggest industry in the municipality, behind farming. She said any investigation would waste ratepayers’ money.

With the Anzac Day public holiday coming the day after, the timing couldn’t be better. The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is concerned that some locals will take a long weekend from Anzac Day, leading to a drop in blood stocks if regular donors are away. A particular concern is for platelets, a part of the blood vital in clotting, and which have a shelf-life of just five days. Platelets are most often used to treat patients with leukaemia and blood disorders. Community relations officer Stacey Whitelaw urges local residents to show their thanks for the CFA’s contribution to blood donation by making an appointment themselves. Ms Whitelaw said that between the Anzac Day holiday and the lead-up to the critical winter period, now is an opportune time for South Gippsland residents to register and come in to donate this April in Wonthaggi, or early May in Leongatha. “With each blood donation saving up to three lives, the Wonthaggi CFA group will save over 60 lives when their group comes in to donate,” she said. “With a public holiday potentially turning onto a four-day weekend, it is vital that South Gippsland donors make an appointment to give blood to help replenish platelet stocks. “Appointments can fill fast on the

Mobile Blood Donor Unit so please call us now to reserve an appointment.” To make an appointment call 13 14 95 or visit The Mobile Blood Donor Unit will be at 11 Murray Street in Wonthaggi on: • Monday, April 15 from 3.307.30pm; • Tuesday, April 16 from 12.307.30pm; • Wednesday, April 17 from 12.307.30pm; • Thursday, April 18 from 12.305.30pm; • Friday, April 19 from 8-11am; • Monday, April 22 from 3.307.30pm; • Tuesday, April 23 from 12.307.30pm; • Wednesday, April 24 from 12.307.30pm; • Thursday, April 25 from 12.305.30pm; and • Friday, April 26 from 8-11am. The Mobile Blood Donor Unit will be in the Leongatha Memorial Hospital car park on: • Monday, April 29 from 3-7.30pm; • Tuesday, April 30 from 1.307.30pm; • Wednesday, May 1 from 12.307.30pm; • Thursday, May 2 from 9am-4pm; • Friday, May 3 from 8am12.30pm; • Monday, May 6 from 3-7.30pm; • Tuesday, May 7 from 1.307.30pm; • Wednesday, May 8 from 12.307.30pm; and • Thursday, May 9 from 8am12.30pm.

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Now that’s community Family support: more than 200 people enjoyed nine holes at Leongatha Golf Club on Sunday to raise funds for an Inverloch girl battling leukaemia. Dakota Rigby (front) spent most of the last seven months in hospital. She took a break from traversing the course to be with parents Courtenay and Aaron, and siblings Logan, Aston and Tate. Full story and more photos on page 51.



THE Essential Services Commission (ESC) has dropped a bombshell on the Poowong/Loch/Nyora sewerage scheme.

The ESC is saying the scheme should not go ahead in its current form because it’s too expensive. That means it can’t be included in the next five-year water pricing agreement that South Gippsland Water (SGW) is bound to have approved by the ESC. The news follows calls last week by the Nyora and District Development Association, other residents and South Gippsland Shire’s Cr Lorraine Brunt and Cr Andrew McEwen to have State Planning Minister Matthew Guy step in to get the scheme moving. Its cost has ballooned to over $28 million and, in considering SGW’s Water Price Review 2013-2018, the ESC says the bill is too high relative to the rest of SGW’s customers. SGW managing director Philippe du Plessis said the authority agrees the scheme is too expensive but there are public health issues involved

and SGW wants the sewerage scheme to go ahead during the next five year cycle. “The project has already experienced delays, due in the main to the regulatory approvals and the complexity of servicing three small towns,” he said. The ESC says dropping the expensive scheme from the next five year agreement would result in an average 1.7 per cent decrease in the tariffs SGW would have to charge its customers. SGW had sought an average 1.9 per cent increase. Mr du Plessis said SGW was prepared to consider alternatives to the $28m sewerage scheme, but does not want to put it off until after 2018. “This further delay will only exacerbate the negative public amenity and health impacts that ponding and stagnant effluent has on these townships.” E. coli readings in open stormwater drains have been found to be way above the accepted health standard. The ESC’s response to SGW’s 2013-2018 Water Price Review is in draft form, so Mr du Plessis pledged further discussions with the commission.

The Poowong/Loch/Nyora sewerage scheme is not the only part of SGW’s next five-year pricing agreement the ESC disagrees with. Other areas Mr du Plessis will raise with the ESC are water consumption and expenditure base. He said SGW does not agree with the ESC’s assessment of some elements of its water consumption estimates. “While the issue is far more minor than that of the Poowong/Loch/Nyora sewerage scheme, it does impact on the financial sustainability of the corporation. SGW will still work to resolve this over the coming months.” The managing director also stated SGW does not agree with some of the ESC’s assumptions about the corporation’s expenditure base. “The key area of concern for SGW is the provision of quality services to an expanding region on an ongoing basis. Some of the assumptions made by the ESC, in our view, will not provide for this.” He explained interest rates have gone down since September 2012 when SGW lodged its draft wa-

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ter plan with the ESC. The reduced rates have, Mr du Plessis said, contributed to a significant difference between SGW’s pricing proposal and the ESC’s draft determination. The ESC says culling the sewerage scheme would leave SGW in a position to reduce its proposed tariffs. At the last South Gippsland Shire Council

meeting, Cr Brunt moved a notice of motion calling on council to reiterate its commitment to a reticulated sewerage scheme for Poowong/ Loch/Nyora. Nyora mother Blyth Meechan told councillors at that meeting her son had contracted inflammation of the brain from septic water on Nyora’s streets.




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discussed the advantages of removing weeds and planning farm development, while stalls were also hold by such community groups as South Gippsland Conservation Society, Koonwarra Village School and South Gippsland Beekeepers. Children were entertained with such activities as solar boats, face painting and a petting zoo, and the South Gippsland Wind Orchestra performed. “There was a lot of community spirit about the festival,” Ms Hamilton said. This was the first festival held independently of the farmers’ market. The 2014 event is likely to be held during the middle weekend of the first school term holidays.

Spreading word: Rob Gray of Bass Coast Landcare Network and Kate Williams from South Gippsland Landcare Network joined to inform landholders about weeds and whole farm planning.

MG’s $19.1m boost By Jane Ross

The Great Southern Portrait Prize 2013

throwing it away.” Speakers canvassed many topics, such as the new feed in tariff, energy saving devices, cheese and yoghurt making, passive solar design and growing food in Rwanda. Bass Coast Shire Council staff shared information about composting, saving energy at home and the benefit of the Go Fresh, Go Local program in sourcing food locally, supporting local growers while reducing food mileage. South Gippsland Water officers sold water bottles, with $1 from each bottle going to Water Aid, an organisation responsible for providing clean water in Third World countries. Landcare officers

The announcement has been welcomed by South Gippsland Shire mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy. “That’s wonderful news in uncertain economic times,” he said. “It’s a very positive story for the dairy industry which is the backbone of our shire.” Leongatha Chamber of Commerce president Darryl McGannon echoed those sentiments. “It’s good for farmers and good for Leongatha that they are investing substantial money here,” he said. “It confirms their commitment to the town and area. MG managing director Gary Helou said the UHT plant expansion will “help

meet immediate increased demand for UHT milk”. Work will begin this month and should be completed by the end of the year. Mr Helou said the demand for Australian dairy products was growing rapidly, particularly in Asia. He added the expansion would “also help us to lift our supplier shareholder returns”. New suppliers will also be needed and current suppliers encouraged to boost their own farm growth. There won’t be any new jobs but current employees will have the chance to be trained in using the new UHT production lines which will add 70 million litres a year to the plant’s output. The co-operative was coy about divulging the resulting annual output total citing commercial in confidence, but The Star understands it will be in the order of 300 million litres. A spokesperson for MG said the size of the UHT

plant won’t alter, but some changes to the building will be necessary. The spokesperson also said the expansion will prompt increased transport capacity and that issue will be addressed later this year. The upgrade is part of a wider $200 million to be spent across the cooperative’s sites investing in UHT milk, butter/spreads and cheese. The money was announced by Mr Helou last August. A company spokesperson said Leongatha was surrounded by one of Australia’s top dairy regions, making it an important site for MG. “We appreciate the ongoing support of our supplier shareholders in the region and look forward to working with both our existing suppliers and new farmers to capture the increased milk supply required for this exciting new project.” Leongatha’s UHT plant opened in 1980.

Many ways: South Gippsland Water’s community relations officer Amy Love (left) and environment officer Courtney Lever encouraged people to buy water bottles instead of bottled water and use water saving sprinklers at home.

Leongatha buoyed Continued from page 1 “Murray Goulburn is very important in the growth of business in the shire and we are in discussions with the State Government to promote farming and food production in the shire,” he said. “Manufacturing is the key to economic growth and jobs creation in the shire, and we are actively promoting the shire to attract new business to the shire.” Cr Jeanette Harding said the opening of the Viplus Dairy factory at Toora had been fabulous for the town. “This is what Toora and surrounding towns, Welshpool, Port Welshpool and Foster have been looking for over the past 20 years,” she said. “Viplus has been great for the town and already has attracted another new boutique business that will open on the factory site. “Viplus is really working in with the community, and the development and new projects are exciting and great news for the shire.” As for new business coming to Leongatha, there has been talk in the community about Aldi coming to Leongatha. While Mr Fraser was tight lipped about this, he did say there were some exciting developments down the track and to “watch this space”. The chamber has long wanted development possibilities on the land between the back of Bair Street and the railway line. Mr McGannon thinks drawing Kmart or Aldi here would help give the commercial centre a fillip. But he thinks small business done well provides the point of difference Leongatha needs. “There have been some good success stories in town,” he said. “There are businesses that are thriving because they’ve found their niche.” Rusty Windmill Cafe in McCartin Street is one. Mr McGannon also mentioned Henriettas, Nikolina’s Florist and Gifts, and Flower Power as other examples of shops that provide great customer experience. “There are nice eateries around and a lot of people come to Leongatha for that type of shopping. It’s a nice, attractive town and always has a good feel to it. Businesses up the street do a fantastic job with customers,” he said. There will be other opportunities when the old Henriettas site is redeveloped. Owner Tony Westaway said he has received a planning permit for two shops that will retain the historic facade that survived the June 2010 fire that razed the rest of the store. Mr Westaway was particularly keen to retain the facade because his grandfather Vin Knight built what started out as Knight’s Garage. His grandson put the rebuilding out to tender and said he is currently reviewing the tender documents. He said he’d be happy to speak to any potential tenants. “You always have to be looking at your business. So many don’t realise people do so much internet shopping,” he said. “But there are still plenty who are looking for old fashioned service.” And that, stressed Mr McGannon, is just what Leongatha excels at providing. Chamber members met at the RSL last night to discuss ideas for boosting Leongatha’s commercial hub. Council representatives will be heading to the Regional Living Expo at the Exhibition Centre in Melbourne from April 19 to 21.

Family to walk 100km

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - PAGE 7

By Matt Dunn LEONGATHA’S Richards will hit the April 19, with plans thousands of dollars derprivileged kids.

Brooke road on to raise for un-

She’s not alone in her quest. The local Oxfam Trailwalkers’ team Family Ties - of Brooke, Phil Jones (Brooke’s dad), Kate Pulham (Brooke’s aunty) and Jess Harle (Brooke’s cousin) – is ready to walk 100km together in its quest to bring a little sunshine into the lives of children who do not have the basics in life. “There’s about 750 teams that will take part in this challenge. We’re raising money and a lot of local businesses have been really supportive,”

Brooke said. She said sponsors had been outstanding, and businesses both big and small had already helped the team reach its initial target. As a consequence, Family Ties is now setting its sights much, much higher. Major sponsors include South Gippsland Cars & Offroad, Leongatha Officesmart, Windmill Ag, Jess Harle Hairdressing, Shield Master, Sazzy Beauty and Day Spa, The Boolarra Shop, Pulhams Furniture and Bedding and Atoll Travel. A poker night at Welshpool and a bare foot bowls event at Boolarra also raised a total of about $2000, with businesses from Foster and surrounds donating prizes. A trivia night will be held on April 10 in Foster, with high expectations of raising more.

“The four of us have different motivations for doing this, but it’s such a great cause. Of course, the personal achievement of completing it will also be massive. It’s a brilliant cause, helping people who are less fortunate than us,” Brooke said. Oxfam Australia is part of a global movement of dedicated people working hard to fight poverty and injustice. The charity funds long-term projects around the world, with water, sanitation, education and health its top priorities. Oxfam Trailwalker now raises more than $7 million each year in Australia. To support ‘Family Ties’ log on to: and follow the links to the team.

Ready for action: Brooke Richards and her dedicated team will hit the road on April 19, with plans to raise thousands of dollars for underprivileged kids.

Cloud over quarry WHILE a spokesperson from Holcim Australia told The Star the Leongatha quarry on Whitelaws Track would close this month, workers, councils and customers appear to have been kept in the dark. One employee The Star quizzed about the closure said the paper had been given the wrong information. He said he had not been told anything by the company about the operation shutting down and believed his job was safe. “I work there and as far as I’m aware it’s not shutting. There’s a bit of bull going around,” he said. But an official statement from Lisa Driscoll, a spokesperson at Holcim’s Sydney head office, said four employees from the quarry had already been made redundant. She said

the company would stay in the region, but could not say when it would open up a new planned facility. “As announced in October last year the Leongatha quarry in its current form has reached the end of its economic life and will close in April this year,” Ms Driscoll said. “Our plans for a quarry extension were approved by the Victorian State Government last year, however due to economic conditions we are putting these expansion plans on hold. “Of the eight people who worked on site four have been redeployed within the organisation and four have taken redundancies. We have been in constant contact with all those affected by this closure, including not only our people but our customers, suppliers and council, who have been very supportive of us during this process.” Ms Driscoll said the company remains “positive about the long term economic outlook for Vic-

Thief alert FARMERS have been urged to lock their sheds after a spate of chainsaw thefts across South Gippsland. A chainsaw and cordless drill valued at $550 were stolen from an unlocked former milking shed at Harveys Road, Leongatha North between 10am on March 30 and 4pm on April 5. A $920 chainsaw was taken from an unlocked old milking shed at Soldiers Road, Poowong, on April 3. The same day, two chainsaws valued at about $1200 were taken from an unlocked shed at Fairbank Road, Fairbank about 5pm. Offenders were seen in a white Holden sedan with a sports kit rear spoiler. On Sunday night, the owner of Korumburra Light Engines in Victoria Street disturbed a potential burglar. The man was in a storage yard when he was interrupted by the owner at 9pm. Police believe the man may have stolen items if the owner had not arrived. The man drove off in white VP Commodore sedan. Police believe the offences may have been committed by the same people. Anyone with information is urged to contact Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit on 5671 4100.

toria and look forward to implementing our extension plans for this site and hence reopening it as soon as possible”. Bass Coast Shire Council infrastructure maintenance manager Jamie Sutherland said while council has been told the quarry might close, “nothing has been confirmed”. The council sources material from the quarry. “There are contingency plans in place in case it does close, such as using other types of road maintenance materials or sourcing the rock from other quarries in the region,” he said. South Gippsland Shire Council operations manager Fred Huitema said council has a “current contract for the supply of crushed rock products” with Holcim. “Holcim has not yet indicated that they wish to terminate the contract,” he said. “My understanding is that Holcim intend to honour the contract by supply-

ing council with crushed rock products from other quarries they operate within the region.” While the company had plans in recent times to expand its operations, with a new site close by to guarantee a supply of basalt to the region for 40 years, neighbours were not so keen, believing the blasting would damage homes and upset lives. In the past South Gippsland Shire Council received six objections to the proposal, citing noise; dust; impact on water supply, plants and animals; damage to roads; and impact on visual amenity. Council planners found the proposal complied with the South Gippsland Planning Scheme, and the Planning and Environment Act 1987. But objectors took their case to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), with the company ordered to modify its plans.

Plane mystery A POSSIBLE plane crash turned out to be a false alarm at Wild Dog Valley on Sunday. Emergency services rushed to the locality after receiving reports of a plane and smoke, but were unable to find evidence of an aviation disaster. CFA operations officer Simon Bloink said the smoke may have been from a burnoff or fertiliser from a crop duster. “Someone saw a plane in the area but the smoke may have been what it was dropping,” he said. The CFA concluded the incident was a false alarm.

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their water use by looking at their operations and water use practices,” he said. “To the landowners along the supplementary supply line, thank you for allowing staff access to your property in order to maintain the pumping of water. Staff of South Gippsland Water should also be thanked for their efforts and long hours in keeping the pumps running.” Some minor rainfall was recorded at all storages over the last week. All other supply systems are currently of no concern regarding the activation of restrictions, but South Gippsland Water reminds customers to maintain water efficient practices given the continuing mild weather. Ruby Creek (supplies Leongatha and surrounds) is at 52 per cent capacity. Lance Creek (Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Cape Paterson) is 70 per cent full.


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Chips spark fire

FIREFIGHTERS quickly controlled a house fire in Leongatha’s Greenwood Parade on Friday. Flames ignited from a kitchen stove while the occupants were cooking chips

and spread into the wall cavity, via the rangehood. The kitchen was damaged but nobody sustained injuries. Leongatha and Koonwarra fire brigades attended the blaze at 5.15pm.


Stole computer

A THIEF stole a computer, scanner and cables from an unlocked car in Wonthaggi overnight on April 2. The offender entered the vehicle parked in Dowling Street and searched the glove box. The offender then gained access to the boot of the vehicle and stole the goods.

CBs taken

AN offender stole CB radios from a locked grader at Nyora. The grader, belonging to South Gippsland Shire Council, was hit overnight on April 2 in the car park of Nyora Railway Station, Mitchell Street. The radios were valued at about $1200.

Thirsty work: Leongatha firefighters Greg Clifford and Scott Hillis replenish their bodies after containing the fire.

Police praise motorists

POLICE have praised the behaviour of road users over the Easter long weekend. Not one major accident was reported and while some minor collisions occurred, no one was seriously injured. Operation Crossroads kicked off on the Thursday before Easter, with members from the Bass Coast Highway Patrol conducting an automatic number plate recognition operation on the Bass Highway near Grantville. Police scanned the number plates of nearly 3000 vehicles and detected a number of unlicenced drivers, unregistered vehicles and several drivers not adhering to their alcohol interlock licence conditions.  “The technology is a fantastic tool for us as it really allows us to target those individuals who continue to drive motor vehicles whilst flouting the law, which resulted in us charging a number of motorists for

Noticeboard COUNCIL PUBLIC SESSION Wed,10 April 2013 – SPECIAL MEETING OF COUNCIL 9am - Council will transact the following business: That Council close the Meeting to discuss matters under Section 89(2)(e) and (h) as provided for by the LGA1989 in connection with setting of the Council Budget 2013-2014. Wed, 17 April 2013 - COUNCILLOR BRIEFINGS 1.05pm – Gardiner Foundation Program 1.30pm – Fish Creek Tea Cosy Committee 2.00pm - Public Presentations– Ph: 5662 9222 to book a speaking time 7.00pm - Public Presentations- bookings essential by noon on 16 April Wed, 24 April 2013 - ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 2pm 10.00am - Public Presentations– Ph: 5662 9222 to book a speaking time Planning and Environment Act 1987 SOUTH GIPPSLAND PLANNING SCHEME Notice of Preparation of Amendment C87 Auth A02498 The South Gippsland Shire Council has prepared Amendment C87 to the South Gippsland Planning Scheme.In accordance with section 8A(3) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, the Minister for Planning authorised the South Gippsland Shire Council as planning authority to prepare the amendment. The land affected by the amendment is: A) the Leongatha Hospital and surrounding areas to a maximum radius of approximately 700 metres from the centre of the Hospital site; and B) the Foster Hospital helicopter landing site (Foster Recreation Reserve oval) and the surrounding areas to a maximum radius of approximately 1 kilometre. The Amendment C87 exhibition maps (Design and Development Overlay maps) show the exact details of the extent of the proposed controls on affected land. The amendment proposes to introduce two Design and Development Overlay Schedules to both Leongatha and Foster helicopter landing sites and their surrounds for the purpose of introducing planning permit requirements for buildings and works likely to affect safe helicopter access to the helicopter landing sites. (Note: the Leongatha Hospital helicopter landing site is currently being relocated immediately south of the former landing site.) You may inspect the amendment, any documents that support the amendment and the explanatory report about the amendment, free of charge, during office hours, at the office of the planning authority, South Gippsland Shire Council, 9 Smith Street Leongatha; at the Department of Planning and Community Development web site Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission to the planning authority. The closing date for submissions is Mon 13 May 2013. A submission must be sent to Ken Griffiths, Strategic Planner, South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4 Leongatha 3953. Paul Stampton, Manager Strategic Planning and Development PUBLIC EXHIBITION Draft Municipal Public Health & Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017 The Plan can be viewed at Council, on or a copy obtained by calling 5662 9200. Written submissions are invited and should be addressed to Jan Martin, Director Community Services, Council 9 Smith Street (Private Bag 4 ) Leongatha 3953 and received no later than COB Mon 29 April 2013.

TENDER TENDER SGC13/20 DELIVERY OF LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. Council is seeking submissions from qualified companies / applicants for this Tender which closes at 2.00 pm AEST on Tues 30 April 2013.Copies of the documentation are available from or 5662 9254. COUNCIL WORKS Area Works Creamery Valley Rd, Toora Road stabilisation works Darlimurla/Mirboo to Koorooman Road maintenance Fish Creek/Waratah Nth toYanakie Road maintenance Grip Rd, Toora Road stabilisation works Hazel Park Rd, Hazel Park Road stabilisation works Markleys Rd, Mirboo Nth Culvert repair PROPOSED ROAD OPENING - FOSTER Council, at its 27 March 2013 meeting, resolved to Commence statutory procedures pursuant to Section 204(2), Section 207A(c) and Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989, to propose to declare the 354 metre section of unused government road to the east of Elphicks Road, Foster, Parish of Wonga Wonga South, open to public traffic to provide legal abuttal to Crown Allotment 9A Section A (shown cross hatched on the plan below), as a road that is required to be open to public traffic. A person may make a submission to the proposal no later than Wednesday 8 May 2013 addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953 or delivered to the Council Office, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha. Any person making a written submission is entitled to state in their submission that he or she wishes to appear in person, or be represented by a person specified in the submission. Submissions will be heard at the 223 hearing on Wednesday 22 May 2013 at 11.30am in the Council Chamber, Leongatha. Copies of submissions (including submitters' names and addresses) will be made available at the Council or Special Committee meeting at which the proposals are considered and Council is required to make submissions available for public inspection for a period of twelve months.

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a variety of offences such as those listed above,” the highway patrol’s Sergeant Jason Hullick said. “During the operation we also had an unmarked patrol vehicle which was conducting speed detection duties on the Bass Highway and surrounding roads.” Police breath tested nearly 3000 motorists and only detected a couple of motorists over the blood alcohol limit. “However, we did issue a further 83 on the spot penalty notices with the majority of those being for speed related offences and using a mobile phone whilst driving,” Sgt Hullick said.  “We also detected quite a few motorists not wearing seatbelts, including passengers.”   

P Plater blows limit A PROBATIONARY driver from Inverloch was caught driving under the influence of alcohol on Easter Saturday. The 19 year old was breath tested by police at Kilcunda. He said he had had a few drinks the previous night and thought he was okay to drive. The man was breath tested at the Wonthaggi Police Station where he was found to be driving with a breath alcohol reading of 0.045 per cent.  “This should serve as a warning for all licence holders who are not allowed to have any alcohol in their system whilst driving or in charge of a motor vehicle,” Bass Coast Highway Patrol’s Sergeant Jason Hullick said. “If you drink the night before you better make sure that you consider the fact that you may still have alco-

hol in your system the next day.”  

Hoon nabbed A MAN was recorded driving at 167km/h by police on the Bass Highway near Grantville on Good Friday. The Jam Jerrup man was initially detected by Bass Coast Highway Patrol police driving at 147km/h at 10.30pm near the South Gippsland Highway junction. Police followed the vehicle with the intention of intercepting it and later recorded him driving at 167 km/h. On intercepting the man, in his forties, police found he was driving under the influence of alcohol. Police impounded the man’s motor vehicle, which belonged to his mother, for 30 days and took the man back to the Wonthaggi Police Station for a breath test, where he returned a reading of 0.167 per cent. “It is quite disturbing to have these types of people on our roads who seem to have no regard for the safety of other road users,” Bass Coast Highway Patrol’s Sergeant Jason Hullick said. “I found this type of behaviour extremely disappointing; in fact it is just plain stupid.  This man will be charged on summons for speed and alcohol related offences and will appear at court in the next few months.  “He had his licence suspended on the spot by police and no doubt his mum will have a few choice words to say to him as she will be without a car for the next 30 days and it will cost over $1000 for her to get it back.”

Budget overhaul By Brad Lester

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will adopt a fresh approach to preparing the 2014-15 budget.

Cr Don Hill successfully moved a motion calling for that budget to be developed using a zero based budget approach. The 2013-14 budget will be used as a starting point in establishing the income and expenditure for the 2014-15 budget. According to Cr Hill, zero based budgeting reverses the way budgets are traditionally written. He said in traditional budgeting, department managers justify variances based on past years, assuming the baseline is automatically approved. However in zero based budgeting, every line item of the budget must be approved, not just changes. “Zero based budgeting requires the budget request be re-evaluated thoroughly, starting from the zero base,” Cr Hill said. He said council could not continue with the same arrangement. Cr Jim Fawcett opposed the motion, saying none of the 79 councils in Victoria used zero based budgeting. “It purely is a nonsense. You do not go back to zero,” he said. “It’s unfair to suggest that budgets have developed by just a percentage being added to them. We as a council have not just incrementally increased the budget. “I find the notice of motion offensive to me as a councillor, to the community and to the staff. It is not providing a meaningful tool.” Cr Andrew McEwen backed the notice of motion, saying zero based budgeting had been used elsewhere in the western world. Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks opposed the idea, confused by the notion and calling for an independent review to explain the matter. The motion was passed on the casting vote of mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - PAGE 9

Buy yourself a drink By Sarah Vella IF YOU have ever fancied owning your own business, now may be your chance, with a number of local pubs on the market.

Flooded market: Doug White form the Austral Hotel in Korumburra said there are now more pubs for sale than he has seen in a long time.

The freehold of the Austral Pub in Korumburra is for sale, while the Riverview Hotel in Tarwin Lower and the Cape Tavern in Cape Paterson are also on the market. “People aren’t supporting their local pubs like they used to and owners are getting out,” Doug White from the Austral Hotel in Korumburra said. “There is a heap of

them on the market at the moment, probably as many as I have ever seen.” Mr White said the publicans face substantial regulations and pubs are not necessarily easy businesses to run. Linda Purvis and her sister Jenny Zanella purchased the Cape Tavern with the intention of moving on in three years time. “We have had it for three and a half years now. The pub itself is a great little venue. We have great food and an amazing chef but we have achieved our goals and we are looking for some different adventures,” Linda said. “If you have vitality and energy, it is a great

business to run. You do need to have people skills, but it’s good fun. You have got to have the right personality.” Ms Purvis said a pub with a good menu will attract diners. “People will drive a fair distance for a good meal,” she said. One hotel owner said many long established hoteliers are looking to retire. “Like housing, some

newer inexperienced hoteliers may have paid too much four years ago and find they are turning over less and may need to get out,” he said. “But, with low interest rates and younger blood wanting to get in, there seems to have been a lot of new interest in hotels, especially country ones. “Maybe the cooking shows have something to do with that?”

Factory blooms in Toora RENOVATIONS at the Toora Milk Factory are well underway, with the delivery of the machinery needed for stage one expected in the next week. Part of ViPlus Dairy’s vision for the new factory is working with the community to develop the gardens in the grounds, including an organic vegetable garden. Jennie Deane has been appointed as a consultant for the company and said the relationship between the community and the company was important. “We see it as a partnership. The company is committed to involving the community in the development of the site,” she said. The equipment, arriving from China in the next week, will allow ViPlus to begin stage one operations at the factory by May. This will involve the purchase of milk powder, which will be blended into infant formula, canned and labelled on site. “Once the infant formula is canned, it will be exported to China. We are already working towards stage two, which we hope to achieve around September,” Ms Deane said. Stage one of production should see around 20 jobs created at the factory, which will be filled with local people where possible. ViPlus is currently working on the planning permit application that will need to go before council for stage two. Ms Deane said many of the existing buildings will not be needed. “ViPlus is committed to restoring and retaining as many of the original buildings as possible,” she said. “The iconic chimney stack will stay and some of the spare buildings may be made available for community use. “We have already started to look at what the community needs and what the buildings may be useful for.” Sharon Jones from Toora said the garden project has attracted community interest. “We have at least 20

volunteers on board and more that are interested in getting involved,” she said. “Initially, people will be able to bring plants down from their own gardens and when it is established, people will be able to take cuttings, or excess bulbs back to their own gardens. “So far we have cut back some trees and ripped a lot of weeds out. We had someone come and dig up the front garden with an excavator to get things started for us.” Initially, the community group was just to have the garden in front of the factory, but have now been given access to more land for a vegetable patch. “Even though the gardens will be primarily managed by the community, ViPlus will help out with little things like water for the plants,” Ms Jones said. A meeting will be held in early April to discuss the finer points of the community garden scheme and to form a committee to manage the project.

Green thumbs: Rob Lewis, Sharon Jones and Martin Jacobson are keen to get the gardens looking good around the ViPlus Dairy factory in Toora.

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FREE food safety information sessions are being run for volunteers and community groups at the Meeniyan Uniting Church on April 15 from 10am to noon. Anybody who serves, sells or provides food for sale or

donation in a community setting is invited to attend. Please register your interest with the volunteer coordinator of South Gippsland Shire Council on 5662 9200.

Vigilante speed stoppers: residents in Meeniyan have taken the liberty of warning visiting motorists of the risks of speeding in residential streets. Numerous signs have been erected to tell motorists who use the short cut of Geale Street when travelling to and from Melbourne to Fish Creek and beyond. This ‘speed camera’ sits in the 40km/h zone next to Tarwin Valley Primary School.

HOW good does the Meeniyan Art Gallery look after its fresh coat of paint? Thanks need to go to Lindsay Moore who has worked hard with a little bit of help from other volunteers and grant money

from South Gippsland Shire Council. DUE to the renovations of the Leongatha Football Clubrooms there will be no discos until further notice.

New sight: local optometrist Rod Jackson has set up a trial project to raise money for sight research in Victoria, including efforts to produce a bionic eye for the blind and insight into age-related retinal degeneration. He’s hoping to raise money by selling children’s Lego-compatible building blocks. If you have any you don’t want, please drop them off at the Christian Book Shop in Bair Street, Leongatha.

Dogs on best behaviour WASHED and cleaned and with rarely a bark between them, some 10 or more dogs turned up for Leongatha Lyric Theatre auditions on Saturday morning behind Leongatha Memorial Hall.

Getting to know you: Cassie Sheen of Mirboo North was one of the dog owners who came along with her dogs to meet Olivia Winchcombe, who plays Dorothy in Lyric Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz. Lyric held auditions for dogs which could play Toto in the show.

CWA members are busy preparing for their annual exhibition this week, to be held at the Inverloch Community Hub on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13.

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Party time: birthday girl and boy Nancy Sandercombe and James Kitson after receiving their OBE certificates.

As well as cookery, jams and preserves and floral art and plants, there will be a huge range of crafts practised by members, including embroidery, patchwork, knitting, crochet, paper tole, canvas work, beading, felting, and many more. Handmade toys and dolls will delight the children, and art and photography will be of interest to many. This is the 59th annual exhibition by the Gippsland Hills Group of the Country Women’s Association of Vic-

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That was highlighted when a member becomes an octogenarian and their 80th birthday is celebrated with other members in grand style with a banquet at the Inverloch Palace Chinese Restaurant. This was the case recently when two original members, Nancy Sandercombe and

James Kitson, reached their 80th birthday and enjoyed a Chinese banquet with 28 other members. OBE (Over Bloody Eighty) certificates were presented to them. Formed in 1992 to help Probus members keep fit, the Probus Friday Walking Group has several original members still walking alongside many new walkers. The group meets at 9am every Friday at the car park behind the Inverloch Environmental Centre, rain hail or shine to complete local

toria, and members are already starting to think about the 60th exhibition to be held in 2014. Several members have exhibited for every one of those 59 years, while others are enjoying the challenge of competing for the first time. Gippsland Hills Group has formed two new branches in the last two years, who meet at night to cater for women who work full time. The Leongatha Twilight Chicks meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm at Bairs Hotel, and the Mirboo North Night Owls meet on the second Monday of the month at the Mirboo North Community Shed. The exhibition is open to the public 10am-4.30pm on Friday and 10am-

3.30pm on Saturday. The Inverloch CWA Branch will be serving delicious home-made morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas. CWA cookbooks will be on sale, including the new jams and preserves book Well Preserved, published to celebrate 85 years of CWA service to the community. Admission to the exhibition is $3 for adults, children and school students are admitted free of charge. It is a great opportunity, at the end of the school holidays, to show children the range of domestic skills which women in our community have preserved and passed on for over 80 years, and which are now attracting a new generation of members.

and nearby town or bush walks. Members walk for about an hour and a half before adjourning for a welcome coffee and chat. If you are looking for some inspiration to increase your fitness level plus meet some great new friends, contact Pauline Kitson, group coordinator, on 5674 1292 and tell her you would like to join in the fun. You do not have to be a member of Probus and there is no fee for this activity, only a better heart rate.

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peared to suffer stage fright; a result is expected this week on which dog made the Toto role. Director Peter McAlpine settled on two dogs for now, “two great little dogs that did everything we wanted”. They will be trialled at rehearsals and a decision made from there.

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Domestic Short hair. Male. Tabby.

Lyric was on the hunt for a dog to play Toto in the July production of The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy, played by Olivia Winchcombe, was on hand to see if she could work well with each dog while Ross Garner helped put each dog through its paces. None of the dogs ap-

Here you go: the Salvation Army’s Foodbank in Leongatha has received a boost from an employment agency. Employment Inno-

vations Victoria gave groceries to the bank to help the Salvos give to the needy. The Salvos’ case worker Jodie Clarkson was only too happy to

receive the donations. To donate, drop food stuff in on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 1pm.

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Fire uncertainty HALLSTON residents affected by an out of control fire just before Easter finally had their chance to have questions answered, when a public meeting was held at the Hallston Hall last Wednesday night. What came out of the meeting was the Department of Sustainability and Environment was enthusiastic about pursuing the burn, given the department was aware of slightly unsuitable weather the day after the fire and unsuitable weather two days later. Hallston residents said they never undertake burns until after the autumn break – or substantial rain – arrived, reducing fire risk. Even though the DSE hoped to complete the burn within a day, the forecast of unsuitable weather just two days later was a risk. Even if the fire had been considered extinguished by the end of Monday, March 25 – the day it was initially lit – there is always a risk of fires burning beneath the ground, unbeknown to authorities, and that remnant smouldering can lead to a fire reigniting. DSE regional manager for land and fire Grange Jephcott was asked at the meeting if DSE was under pressure from the government to burn. He said he was not and was responsible for legislation other than government quotas. State governments set targets for prescribed burnings and have been known to tout the success of previous burning programs at the outset of the following bushfire season. This action is a bid to not only allay public fear of bushfire risk but also reduce any implication of responsibility should a major blaze break out. Governments can have penetrating influence over the actions of public servants and the State Government could do itself no harm in saying this does not apply in the case of the DSE satisfying burn targets.

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Dear Vietnam veterans, families and friends, It took me over 30 years to break-out of my silence of emotional pain, nightmares and shame and come-out at a Vietnam veterans counselling workshop, at Jumbunna House, Coldstream. For the first time, I met veterans and their partners who talked openly and emotionally about issues related to Vietnam service. In 2001 I attended an extraordinary exhibition at the new Melbourne Museum, Vietnam Voices. It was disturbing, but the beginning of a reconciliation process that has helped heal the scars of war and my traumatic homecoming. In 2005, veteran Barry Heard related so graphically in Well Done Those Men that young veterans were so well trained to fight a war, but no idea how to deal with their homecoming, trauma, personal and community relationships. In 2005, as a South Gippsland Shire councillor, I successfully moved a resolution that South Gippsland and Bass councils, with the RSL, identify and publicly name our largely forgotten Vietnam veterans. That resolution has not yet been resolved. In 2009, Paul Ham described in Vietnam The Australian War, a unique aspect of the Vietnam War,

is the collective cruelty of a nation, that ordered, with the threat of a two year jail term, a 20 year old lad to go to war – then damn him for going. A former director of Australian Army Medical Services claims that Vietnam vets’ combat stress levels were 200 times greater than World War Two. Now in 2013, as our personal experiences are increasingly being voiced, in print or photograph, could be a most meaningful opportunity to further reconcile our emotional and now, historically valuable experiences, to share with our communities. I understand some of us are not ready to tell their stories, however for those who are looking for further community acceptance and knowledge of how heroic our young Vietnam vets have been, in such a divisive war and their tragic coming home. I hope this is an opportunity to have your voice heard. Many families lost a loved one, however many know little of their loved Vietnam vet who never recovered from their

trauma, lost their way and many suicided. Our collective story is well worth telling. Trauma and grief are like ripples on a pond. It can be powerful enough to move a family, a community or a nation. If you are a Vietnam vet, or a friend of a Vietnam vet and would like to add to a story of South Gippsland vets and lives after their homecoming. Who are we now? Please contact Richard Lester, c/o PO Box 158, Leongatha 3953. Richard Lester, Leongatha.

Hall party THE celebration to open the renovated Jeetho Hall was a great success. A fantastic attendance of over 90 showed that we still have many interested people. The Jeetho Hall community has been working towards the restoration of this historic hall for many years now and all deserve our sincere thanks. Also a special thankyou to the shire for their great support to see this project to its conclusion. Our focus now is on mar-

keting the hall and we expect its heritage restoration, picturesque setting and modern facilities will attract much interest, not only locally but from shire, corporate, film, television and weddings. It is now up to all of us to take ownership and continue the legacy that all who have been involved in the Jeetho Hall since 1892, have left in our care. A well deserved ending to a long process which has now resulted in a hall that our community can be proud of.

Lorraine Knox, secretary, Jeetho Hall committee.

Fire tips AT THE meeting at the Hallston Hall on Wednesday, April 3, the DSE was able to say sorry. Would they have been so forthcoming if houses and/or loss of life had occurred? It was stated that there would be an investigation into the fire damage. The problem with this is that it is going to be an internal investigation, ie DSE investigating DSE. This brought a strong protest from the local people as it could be a cover


A local dairy farmer, who happens to be in the CFA, was asked by a person who was in CFA uniform if he would have lit a burn off on the Monday under the conditions at the time and the forecasted weather for the next few days. The answer was a definite no. The DSE stated they were having boundary fences repaired/replaced as fast as possible. One farmer asked about internal fencing as he had a lot of cows due to calve in about four weeks. The answer to this was that internal fencing would be done later. This farmer also asked about the replacement of his hay shed as he had nowhere to store any fodder and the answer to this was it could take 12-18 months for the government insurance to agree to the replacement. This is not good enough. The suggestion was put that he approach his own insurance company. I am not against burn offs but the DSE need to talk to local people about the conditions and local weather and use some common sense when burning off.

Rodger Davis, Mirboo North.

VOXPOP! What would you like to see built at the Korumburra saleyards?

A shopping centre. We do need more than one supermarket; there are a lot of people coming into town and we need the facilities to keep them here. Anne Watson, Korumburra

Either an industrial centre, or maybe even move the library there. There’s plenty of land and it needs to be cleaned up. Doug Appleton, Korumburra

Another supermarket. I know it will split the town, but I think we need one. Jan Appleton, Korumburra

SCH L’S BACK The second term starts next week. ‘School day’ speed limits apply on all days up to and including Friday 28 June, with the exception of weekends and public holidays.

Reduced speed limits of 40km/h or 60km/h apply as signposted. So slow down and obey the school rules. For more information visit:

An Aldi shopping centre and more take away food restaurants. Something should have been built already. Jonathan Sharp, Korumburra.

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A regional partnership with the TAC and the Victorian Government.

Safety focus in school zones By Simone Short WHILST the majority of drivers do the right thing, police are disappointed many motorists continue to endanger the lives of school children using designated crossings. Over 80 drivers were intercepted and almost 60 fines issued by police during a two week operation targeting school zones recently. Operation Vulnerable, which focused on pedestrian safety throughout South Gippsland and Bass Coast, was carried out by officers from the Bass Coast Highway Patrol along with support from local police members. In only a fortnight, 32 speedrelated infringement notices and another 26 infringement notices for various offences including unlicensed driving, unregistered vehicles and using a mobile phone whilst driving were issued. BCHP Sergeant Jason Hullick said despite the fines, he was pleased most drivers do the right thing.

“Whilst the number of bookings may seem high, which in itself is disappointing, we still find that the vast majority of drivers are doing the right thing and were obeying the speed limits,” he said. “We will continue to have a focus on pedestrian safety in the area and motorists can expect to see a police presence at the school zones and pedestrian crossings in the future.  “Operation Vulnerable (School Crossings) will again be conducted during each school term so we ask that all motorists obey the speed restrictions and concentrate wherever they are driving a vehicle.” Every police station in the area from Toora through to Cowes was involved in the operation, which primarily focused on improving community safety in and around school zones.  During the operation, police units were dedicated to enforcing speed restrictions in school zones during operating times as well as monitoring compliance with directions from the school crossing supervisors. Sgt Hullick said it is “vitally important” for motorists to

obey strict laws around school crossings. “We have a lot of pedestrian activity around those crossings, especially around school times,” he said. “One of the focuses we have is vulnerable road users and school crossings are one of our major focuses in the area.” For those found breaking the road laws in these areas, Sgt Hullick warned there would be serious consequences. “If someone is found to be speeding or not stopping at a crossing, there is a possibility they not just get a ticket, but could face more serious charges depending on whether or not there were people in the crossing,” he said. Sgt Hullick said speeding isn’t the police’s only concern around school zones, but also people using their phones, not wearing seatbelts and unlicensed drivers. “Speeding whilst on your phone is probably one of the most dangerous activities you Protecting pedestrians: school crossing supervisors Tracey Smith and Joanna Lomagno urge can be doing,” he said. “Monitoring school crossings all motorists to follow road laws around crossings to keep both themselves and pedestrians will be a continued focus for us.” safe.

Elmo and Grover keep kids safe PEDESTRIAN and driveway incidents, major causes of serious injury and death in young children, will be targeted in a new major road safety campaign as part of the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety. Spearheaded by Sesame Street’s Elmo and Grover, the campaign was launched at Federation Square in Melbourne recently. In the three years from 2006-2008, there were six deaths and 430 seriously injured pedestrians aged 0-14 years in Victoria. A further 14 children under six were killed and 73 were seriously injured as a result of a driveway run over between January 2000 and September 2012.

The campaign, developed by partners Sesame Workshop (the nonprofit educational organisation behind Sesame Street), Kidsafe, the TAC, RACV and Holden, will initially be delivered to Family Day Care Services throughout Victoria, with a view to a national roll out. Supported by a Community Service Announcement on television and social networks, the aim of the project is to educate children, parents, and teachers on the importance of simple road safety practices by harnessing the power of the Sesame Street characters. The Victorian Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, Wendy Lovell, with the help of Grover, Elmo and 20 children from the QV Early Learning Centre, launched the community service announcement

and educational material. Minister Lovell said: “The innovative and unique campaign led by Grover, a Road Safety Ambassador as part of the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety, and the lovable monster Elmo, not only relates to children but also to many parents who have grown up with Sesame Street over the past 43 years.” Robert Caulfield, president of Kidsafe Victoria, said: “A recent coroner’s report in Victoria has reinforced the need for awareness on driveway run overs and pedestrian safety among children as a high priority.” Kidsafe is proud to be co-coordinating the campaign with support from credible and highly experienced early childhood experts to help save lives and prevent injuries in driveways and on the roads.

Valuable message: popular Sesame St characters Elmo and Grover listen on while Children and Early Childhood Development Minister Wendy Lovell reads at the launch of the latest road safety campaign to keep children safe on the roads and in driveways.

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Back in business: Meeniyan/Stony Creek CFA members are back in fire wood mode with a replacement wood splitter. Earlier in the year their brand-new wood splitter was stolen after being used just once. Local business Brown Wigg and Red Gum Wood Splitters gladly helped the CFA guys in purchasing their new splitter. CFA members Colin Young, Justin Mould, Peter Graham and Charlie Young are with Brown Wigg’s Vicki Nink (centre).


SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will review its public presentation schedule in June.

Cr Don Hill requested a report for the April council meeting, considering the cost of the current schedule to ratepayers. He suggested council consider continue holding public presentations on the third Wednesday of the month, at 2pm, but cancel the 7pm session. He also proposed rescheduling the 10am session on the fourth Wednesday of the month – before the council meeting – to noon. “No one has turned up to the 7pm session since October so the public is not keen on this timeslot,” Cr Hill said. Fellow councillors believed more time was necessary for council officers to prepare a report and so voted for a report to come before the June meeting.

Health priority

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s draft Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan is now on public exhibition for four weeks.

The plan can be viewed at local libraries, Venus Bay Community Centre, Tarwin Lower District Health Care, council or “South Gippslanders enjoy a level of health and wellbeing above the state average which is wonderful,” community services director Jan Martin said. “There are many factors which impact us: the conditions in which we are born and live, the food we eat, our age, social status, whether we are employed, have access to transport and healthcare facilities, our level of stress and whether we feel part of the community.” The plan sets a strategic direction for the next four years, with priorities for improving the health and wellbeing of the community. The plan has been developed in consultation with the community and with the guidance of a steering committee representing a diverse range of primary health and community care organisations. The plan provides a strategic direction that guides a range of operational plans for council and other South Gippsland organisations and community groups. “Although we’ve already discussed these issues with over 400 people - in community groups and through survey and meetings, we welcome further comment from you before we present the final plan to council for adoption in June,” Mrs Martin added. Submissions should be sent to council by Monday, April 29.

Mayor’s message Cr Kieran Kennedy I INVITE you to take some time to study our draft Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan which is now on display at council, on our website and at local libraries for the next few weeks. The plan sets a strategic direction for the next four years and has been developed after broad consultation with the community. This is your last opportunity to provide input which we need to receive by April 29 so that the final plan can be presented to council for adoption in June. Given that we are looking at the health and wellbeing of our residents, the recent fire at Hallston showcased the outstanding strength of our communities and their generosity of spirit. Volunteers and relevant agencies slid into position seamlessly to deliver a professional response and recovery service. Leongatha Football Club members bent over backwards to assist us to establish a registration centre in their clubrooms for Hallston area residents who were self-evacuating and Red Cross members materialised magically to undertake the registration process. CFA volunteers, bosses who supported them to leave their jobs and others too numerous to mention – it’s an astonishing matrix of community resources and quiet heroes that should make each one of us proud and grateful to be a South Gippslander. Council was pleased to support the Incident Control Centre with staff from our emergency team, depot crew members to help clear hazards and erect road signage while our local laws officers monitored the area for wandering stock. Thank you to everyone who helped in some way and let us be thankful that no lives were lost in the effort. Let’s now support those people who have been affected and are undergoing the arduous physical and emotional ramifications of the incident. Easter visitation was high and tourism figures show that Venus Bay is now attracting as many day visitors as the Prom. Visitor numbers in the western end of the shire are also escalating, reflecting the improved access to the region through infrastructure improvements such as the Pakenham bypass and the Eastern Freeway over the past few years. The western end and its coastal fringes have really become peri-urban regions that show no sign of abating. We are no longer a secret and we need to capitalise on and service the day visitor market better. And council earnestly shoulders the responsibility to do that in a sustainable manner.

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Welcome: Mountain View Retirement Village manager Trevor Davis welcomes new receptionist Cathy Kinley.

New face at Mountain View

L E O N G AT H A’ S Mountain View Retirement Village is now operational.

Residents are moving in to the splendidly appointed units and there is a new receptionist to support manager Trevor Davis in his role. Cathy Kinley attends to reception and administrative duties three days a week, so between herself and Trevor, there is a staff member on site six days a week. She started at Mountain View at the end of March and is thoroughly enjoying her job. She’s a relative newcomer to Leongatha and absolutely loves the town. “We won’t be going

anywhere else! There is peace and quiet, the people and the atmosphere are lovely and we wake up to the cows mooing.” Cathy has settled with equal pleasure into her role at Mountain View. She meets and greets those coming to look over the Dale Court village, is working on some marketing material and keeping the data base up-to-date as well as liaising with Trevor over setting up a filing system. “There’s such a relaxing atmosphere at the village. “The units are so beautiful and I love meeting the people who come.” Trevor said these are numerous, with inquiries including from people out of the local area, but with

relatives nearby. Cathy has a background as a legal and medical secretary. She is undertaking an aged care course through Chisholm Institute’s Bass Coast Campus and is revelling in all the new skills she is learning. She said the teachers at the campus are impressive. Her course is demanding, leaving little spare time for hobbies, but Cathy did admit to enjoying “arty, crafty things”, with a particular penchant for mosaics. Trevor is keen to hear from anyone interested in being shown over the site. Some of the units have been set up with furnishings to give a better indication of how they could look.

Mayor’s message

Lifestyle & location at Mountain View Leongatha

With only 45 very affordable, architect designed luxury residences you won’t feel overcrowded. Picturesque views of Leongatha and surrounding countryside, offer a peaceful and relaxed environment. The purpose built, multi-use Community Centre will enhance your lifestyle. Swim in the morning, bowl in the afternoon and finish the day with an alfresco barbeque. The first stage of Mountain View Leongatha is ready for you to inspect. The location and lifestyle can’t be beaten. CALL US TO ARRANGE YOUR INSPECTION NOW 1 Dale Drive, Leongatha, VIC 3953 Phone. 1300 306 255 Mobile. 0419 575 700 Email.


Cr Clare Le Serve THE new council has put a lot of time and effort into developing the Council Plan. We are very close to the final draft and will present it at the April council meeting. The community provided input through the Speak Up Speak Out forums earlier this year. Since then, there has been lots of discussion between councillors. The process has been a very involved one, much more than I anticipated; however it has presented councillors with both real challenges and great insights. The new plan will set out a vision for what we hope to achieve over the next four years, under the headings of: healthy communities, economic development, effective governance, sustainable development and growth, and natural environment. After the April meeting, the Plan will be placed on public exhibition from April 23 until May 20 and everyone will have a chance to examine it and provide feedback. I encourage you to take the opportunity to be part of this plan, as it will shape the future of our shire. Council has also started putting together the 2013-14 budget. This document sits alongside the Council Plan and provides the funds for us to realise our vision. There are many decisions and compromises in setting the budget. Clearly, there is a big need and potential for community facilities such as cultural centres and aquatic centres.

These are big ticket items and we need to work out how to fund them. This is a challenge that faces every council, as people want an increase in facilities and services but not in their rates. Earlier this year, I attended a presentation by Local Government Minister Jeanette Powell who said that the model of local government revenue split 50/50 between grants and rates was not sustainable. Government grants are not keeping pace with inflation and increasingly councils have to find alternative funding sources. Bass Coast is no exception. This year, we expect to raise approximately 60 per cent of revenue from rates and will continue to look for ways, other than government grants, to fund our services and projects. No one likes rates or taxes, but it is important to really consider what you get for your rates. Even if you don’t directly use all the services council provides, you may benefit from them. For example, even people without children in childcare benefit from the service. The local economy needs childcare as it enables many people to go to work. The people serving you in a store, or providing your home care service could be using childcare. I look forward to sharing details of our Council Plan and the 2013-14 budget with you over the coming weeks. Cr Clare Le Serve, mayor.

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Whistle back in action

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WONTHAGGI workers will once again know it’s lunchtime, with the whistle finally back in action.

The part required to fix a small valve had been sourced by the State Coal Mine months ago, however finding someone to climb the nine metre high whistle tower to replace it was the only challenge. Friends of the State Coal Mine president Steve Harrop said: “We’ve had a few calls up to the mine already about it!� Mr Harrop reassured everyone the whistle would sound at noon from now on. He is “very, very relieved� to finally have the town icon fixed. “It’s been a long protracted operation but at least it’s going again!� he said.

There she blows!: Friends of the State Coal Mine president Steve Harrop is thrilled the whistle is working again.

Need to please SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council needs a new plan to please younger ratepayers in the wake of poor satisfaction levels among people aged under 40. Cr Andrew McEwen said a community satisfactory survey found people under 40 were less satisfied with council. “The results are challenging but we can either see it as a challenge or as an opportunity, an opportunity for greater community engagement,� he said. Cr Jeanette Harding agreed. “We don’t sell ourselves well,� she said. Council aims to engage with younger people through social media in a bid to improve future ratings. The Community Satisfaction Survey results were released to council in August last year but council only responded to the survey at a recent meeting. The survey found South Gippsland received the lowest overall result of all Gippsland shires, as well as Cardinia and Casey municipalities, and rated below the average for all large rural shires and the state average. Cr Mohya Davies said: “The results of the 2012 survey did give us grief really but because we’re a council, we are an easy group to blame. “It’s important to know

the result was just below the average for a large rural council,� she said. Cr Davies said council had “taken the results on the chin and changed the way we did things to consider the community’s concerns�. She said council had received positive feedback from the community about

its new web based road defect reporting system. Cr Jim Fawcett said the survey results reflected the fact council’s income had dropped and council was therefore unable to spend as much. Council officers said the survey method was changed in 2012.

DISADVANTAGED people will still have transport, but South Gippsland Shire Council will save money as a result of changes to community transport.

“It’s a good outcome. The community was being consulted and just quietly working through the issues to achieve savings for council.� Cr Jeanette Harding said the bus fee was too cheap. Council will increase the fee but users will still receive a government subsidy. Council will also cap its contribution to the service to 50 per cent of the operational cost. An extra bus stop for Leongatha will be advocated for to help people who are frail and have restricted mobility. The service costs council $86,000 a year. Demand for the service is expected to increase by 2000 people a year by 2021 due to the ageing population. The review was based on surveys with clients and volunteers of the service, as well as Red Cross Patient Transport, Department of Veterans Affairs and other groups.

Bus to go

The service helps 350 clients attend 2600 appointments each year, covering 217,500km via four cars and three buses. Clients include older people, people with a disability and their carers with no other means of affordable transport. Council recently voted to remove a bus from the fleet, increase passenger fees and investigate partnerships with community and private transport providers. The bus is based at Foster, but Cr Mohya Davies said given the bus was under used, council had no alternative. “The bus at Foster was only being used twice a week and the bus from Leongatha could come to Foster if required,� she said.


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New and improved RAV4 NOT only is Toyota’s brand new RAV4 from Knight’s in Leongatha versatile, spacious and sporty, but 100 per cent stylish from bonnet to boot. Whether you’re seeking a little adventure, starting a family or simply want to get about town, the new RAV4 will get you from A to B in

comfort and style. Knight’s sales manager Ian Mackay said the RAV4 is suited to a wide range of drivers, including young families, with plenty of room in the back for a booster seat, those who like to head off-road every now and then, and even older drivers looking for a smooth ride they can get in and out of with ease.

The RAV4 has been designed with driving comfort in mind, with precise steering feedback and minimised rotation vibration. For a small-sized SUV, it is whisper quiet, and comes with a choice of three engines: 2.2 litre turbo-diesel, 2.5 litre petrol or 2.0 litre petrol. It also comes equipped with all the latest technology you’d expect in

Sleek and stylish: Toyota has redesigned the brand new RAV4, available from Knight’s Toyota in Leongatha, to look sporty, yet sophisticated all at the same time.


a new car, such as a six-speaker system complete with Bluetooth and a USB port for your iPod, all controlled from an audio panel on the steering wheel. And while it’s great to be adventurous, it’s important to do it in safety, and the RAV4 is packed with the latest safety features including seven SRS airbags, ABS brakes and Hill-start Assist Control. Features aside, you cannot go past the stylish sophistication of the redesigned RAV4. With the angular headlamps, sculpted body, deep grille and squared off bumpers, it makes no effort to hide its sporty sense of adventure.

At the back, the spare tyre has been removed and the boot opens upwards, not sideways. The overall effect is a stylish, sporty silhouette that’s equally at home in the great outdoors or the inner city. So if you’re going off-road, or just off to the shops, the RAV4 will always look the part. If you’re still not quite convinced, why should you choose the new RAV4? “It has the Toyota badge for one!” Mr Mackay said. “Toyota is known for its quality, durability and reliability, and they hold their resale value so well.”

Latest technology: the new RAV4 from Knight’s Toyota in Leongatha is packed with superior technology, such as the six-speaker audio system, seven SRS airbags and Bluetooth.


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*Driveaway pricing applicable for private and ABN buyers on Prado & Hilux purchased and delivered between 1st – 30th April 2013 at participating Toyota dealers. Visit or your local Toyota dealer for more details. Toyota reserves the right to extend any offer. While stocks last. Excludes demos. Not available in conjunction with other registered fleet discounts or offers. TDAR0156A. VALID 10801

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - PAGE 19

Get in a Navara

THIS month at Edney’s Nissan and Hyundai it’s Navarathon!

There are some great deals to be made on the whole Nissan Navara range. Thousands of dollars of factory bonuses are up for grabs on some models, while free trays are available with some cab chassis models. The Navara has been a popular vehicle for tradesmen and families alike in the past and the updated 2013 range is no different. The vehicle has a great work ethic, looks good, is safe and drives perfectly. A high driving position and responsive driving controls helps you feel safe and the safety features included reinforce that. All Navaras come with ABS, driver and front passenger SRS airbags, front and rear crumple zones and door side intrusion bars. ST-X Dual Cab diesel versions also come with VDC (ESC) and ABLS (Active Brake Limited Slip Differential). With all these safety feature plus more, whether you’re working hard or playing hard, you will be doing it in comfort and safety. Inside the Navara is just as practical as outside. It has all the creature comforts to keep you relaxed when travelling between jobs and has easy to use controls that prevent you from being weighed down by the tyranny of countless knobs and switches. Leading the Navara family is the ST-X 550 dual cab and with a V6 turbo-diesel, it is ready to tackle anything. The engine creates 550Nm of torque and 170kw of power while also offering excellent fuel economy. All engines in the range provide large amounts of torque and power, as well as fuel economy. What you can put in the back of a Navara is just as important as what you can get inside. The tubs in all models are long, deep and wide, and provide a large and versatile space for your load. Leading models host the Utili-Track System which makes loading quick and safe. Heavy-duty cleats can be moved into a number of channels to wherever you need a tie-down point. An exciting new inclusion to the Navara range to celebrate Navarathon is on its way. The Navara STX Blackline is a limited edition vehicle that is packed full of extras. It includes a Nissan nudge bar, driving lights, towbar kit, tubliner, black sports bar, soft tonneau cover, carpet floor mats and free metallic paint. Get into Edney’s in Leongatha this month for fantastic deals in the Navarathon and remember to ask about the new Blackline Navara.

Ready for anything: a dual-cab Navara can seat five adults comfortably or a family, with everything else you could think of in the tub or tray.

Australia’s toughest tradie: the Nissan Navara is full of extras during this month’s Navarathon.


1-5 Roughead ST | LEONGATHA LMCT 1500 Simple and easy: all the controls in the driver’s seat of the Navara are easy to use and interpret.

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#Maximum recommended driveaway price for models ordered between 1/4/13 and 30/4/13 and delivered by 30/6/13 including dealer delivery and statutory charges. Prices will vary from dealer to dealer. Private buyers and ABN holders only. Offer for Navara RX Dual Cab 4x4 and Navara D22 ST-R Dual Cab 4x4 for ABN holders only. *For vehicles ordered between 1/4/13 and 30/4/13 and delivered by 30/6/13. Accessory pack for Navara D40 Pick Up models only. Accessory pack and factory bonus are not transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. Private buyers and ABN holders only. Excludes limited edition models. See your Nissan dealer for more information about accessory pack options. These offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer. Nissan reserves the right to vary, extend or withdraw these offers. ‡Applies to the first 12x10,000kms scheduled service intervals for up to 6 years/120,000kms (whichever occurs first). Some exclusions apply.

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Eloped in the west LEONGATHA’S Stella de Bondt and Alan McEachern wed at Matilda Bay in Perth on March 2. Stella, a personal carer at Woorayl Lodge and Alan, a farmhand were joined by bridesmaid Carolyn Kruzinga (Stella’s sister) and Gavin

McEachern (Alan’s brother). Stella wore a white Queen Anne dress with a V-cut shirred crossover bodice with embroidered lace accents on straps and bodice, with large flower appliqué accented by crystal stones and a long front streamer leading to flowing long dress.

The pair had a special afternoon tea at Woorayl Lodge where residents helped celebrate the wedding. The pair also celebrated with a main reception at the Leongatha Bowls Club on Saturday, March 23 with family and friends. The newlyweds honeymooned at Margaret River, Western Australia.

South Gippsland Shire briefs LEONGATHA South resident Ron Wangman asked if council would release information about coal seam gas supplied by the Department of Primary Industries at a closed briefing. “No,” said mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy. CEO Tim Tamlin said the briefing was solely for councillors’ information. A LONG held dream of Cr Mohya Davies has been achieved: the construction of a footpath through PJ Wilson Reserve at Foster. She said construction workers had been praised by passersby and rightly so.

Western wedding: Stella de Bondt and Alan McEachern wed at Matilda Bay, Perth.


SOUTH Gippsland needs to be marketed more effectively as a tourism destination, Cr Lorraine Brunt believed, after attending a recent meeting of the Korumburra Business Association. “South Gippsland has some of the most beautiful country you can drive through before you get to the Prom,” she said. “We don’t promote it well enough.”



The Australian Government’s Volunteer Grants initiative recognises the valuable work of volunteers. Volunteer Grants 2013 is now open - The Application Form and Application Guidelines are available at or by telephoning the Volunteer Grants 2013 Hotline on 1800 183 374. Applications close on Wednesday 24 April 2013 at 5pm AEST.

Catch V/Line’s updated timetable from Sunday 28 April 2013

THE Dumbalk campdraft requires council support to further improve and continue to attract people from as far as interstate, Cr

A new timetable will be introduced for the Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, Seymour and Ballarat lines from Sunday 28 April.

COUNCIL should revisit a proposal to establish a marina at Port Welshpool, Cr Hutchinson-Brooks said. The project was first proposed up to eight years ago and now is the right time to reconsider it, he said. “But the problem is that Gippsland Ports needs to have some money. They can barely maintain the assets they have yet alone consider any new ones,” he said. A CHEESE factory could be developed at Moyarra. Prom Country Cheeses has relocated operations from the Mornington Peninsula and plans to build a factory with an interpretative centre, mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy said. The company will be seeking a permit from council. CR Kennedy will be able to give the Tour de Tarwin event $402 from his discretionary fund to help with the costs of hiring a generator. Council approved the request although the event had received funding through council’s community grants program. TOWERS for the National Broadband Network will be built on part of the Long Jetty Caravan Park at Port Welshpool and also next to the Corner Inlet Motorcycle Club at Yanakie. Council will receive an ex-

tra $18,000 a year rent. COMMUNITY groups to benefit from councillors’ discretionary funds between January 22 and February 21 were: Toora Tennis Club ($300) for a family fun day; Foster and District Historical Society ($700) to hire space at Stockyard Gallery for an exhibition; Friends of Toora Heritage Pear Orchard ($800) for pear party musicians costs; Foster and District Agricultural Society ($500), show sponsorship; Toora and District Swimming Pool ($500) for movie night sponsorship; Venus Bay Community Centre ($1000), pilot beach shuttle bus service; Poowong CFA ($1000), insurance costs for freestyle motocross riders for CFA Mower Muster; Poowong Playgroup ($900), replacing vinyl flooring; Pound Creek Rural Fire Brigade ($200), catering costs for Australia Day barbecue; and Mirboo North Golf Club ($200), sponsorship for an Australia Day golf competition. A NEW Councillor Support and Expenditure Policy has been adopted to reflect changes to councillors’ “minimum toolkit”. This toolkit is deemed to include an office and vehicle for the mayor, computer, mobile phone and reimbursement for travel, parking and childcare. Approval to attend interstate events and conferences for council business must be obtained from the CEO. A TRACK at Tarwin Lower will not be

included on the Public Road Register despite a request from the Friends of Cape Liptrap Peninsula and Walkerville Ratepayers Association. The group sought inclusion of Five Mile Track on the register. To do so would require upgrading the road to an all weather, sealed pavement at a cost of $850,000. The track is navigable by four wheel drive only and leads to a remote section of ocean beach between Tarwin Lower and Walkerville. COUNCIL will sell land to South Gippsland Water. The Foster property is at 20-22 Pioneer Street. Council will also lease land at 24 Pioneer Street to the water corporation. The former kindergarten site is no longer needed since the construction of a new children’s centre. AN unused section of government road at Foster will be opened to public traffic to provide access to land. The road is to the east of Elphicks Road. AN UNNAMED road at Venus Bay will be known as Ockenga Close. The name for the road, off Inlet View Road, was suggested by the applicants of a subdivision the road serves in honour of John Ockenga, who established the Venus Bay Caravan Park in the early 1970s. COUNCIL has adopted an Asset Management Policy and Asset Management Strategy to ensure council maintains infrastructure within its means.

Wallets, hearts open

The new timetable will also affect coach services across various parts of the state.

SOUTH Gippslanders dug deep once again for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

In the new timetable some services will:


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A BOOK capturing the history of a tin mine near Toora was launched recently. Cr Jeanette Harding said the publication, The Water Races: The Tin Mine Story, reflects on the mine that opened in 1870 and closed in the early 1940s. The book, written by Colleen Bowen, is available at bookshops.

Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks said. People buy fuel and stay locally, and the campdraft is a “brilliant activity to have in a small community like Dumbalk,” he said.

A number of events were held throughout the region to raise money for the cause, whilst local fire brigades and volunteers doorknocked towns and collected donations. The Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club raised an impressive $39,388.65 at its annual function, with around 275 people attending. Club manager Rod Bye said they added a few different things this year, including an animal petting nursery and massages to help raise money. “The animal petting nursery was fan-

tastic; we had llamas, donkeys, chooks and all sorts of animals in the foyer, and the kids face painting was very popular,” he said. “We also had a lot of auction items, including a signed Australian cricket bat which created the most interest and sold for $450. “We’d like to thank all the local traders who donated auction items and our members and guests for supporting and making it a great day.” Uncle Bob’s Club in Wonthaggi and District added to the growing toll with over $27,380 raised from doorknocking, whilst the South Gippsland Fire Brigade Group also collected $17,560. Area organiser for Uncle Bob’s, John Duscher, said the region can be very proud of a “magnificent effort”.

“Community spirit is alive and well when you see this outstanding generosity every year as people dig deeply for a cause that means so much to them,” he said. “This year the collection was again led by the enthusiastic members of the fire brigade at Wonthaggi, a larger number of youngsters, parents and grandparents in what was the largest ever collection on the day.” The Wonthaggi collectors were also joined by CFA volunteers and community members at Kilcunda and Cape Paterson.The George Bass Hotel also did a great job raising over $6454 throughout the year, and Wonthaggi Woolworths also contributed $7541 to the appeal.

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By Sarah Vella

GARRY McCaughan from Stony Creek makes clocks.

And not your everyday, boring run of the mill clocks either. Garry makes big, colourful, quirky clocks out of recycled farming and agricultural materials. He has been making clocks for about 15 months and, for the last three or four months has also started making rustic birdbaths. “Our son got a wedding present of a great big wall clock. I was at his house watching television and I thought, I could do something like that,” he said. And that is how Garry became a clocksmith. “The idea initially was for large clocks in workshops and sheds. I started using big saw blades,” he said. “Then I started on the

smaller ones, as they are a bit more popular at the markets.” Garry goes to markets most weekends during the summer and has a regular spot at the Promontory Home Produce and Craft Market at Foster. “On the long weekend, I was at Cowes, Foster and Tarwin so it was a busy weekend.” Garry has just started adding numbers to his clocks and plans to make a few with mechanisms that go backwards. “Lots of people who buy my clocks are looking for something a little bit different. Most people would use the word quirky when describing my creations,” he said. “My favourite clock is one made out of a rabbit trap. Sometimes when I am making a clock, I think to myself, I don’t really like that, but I keep going, because someone will like it.” Garry’s clocks are

made out of recycled materials, such as saw blades, hubcaps, horse shoes, bin lids and anything else he can find; even the clock mechanisms are often recycled. “A lot of friends who are farmers help me out with materials and I try to make at least two tip runs every week,” he said. “Sometimes the tips want a little bit of money, but usually they are only too willing to help.” As well as clocks and birdbaths, Garry also makes garden ornament animals and book racks from giant springs and he has even made the odd horse shoe wine rack. “The first sculpture I made I decided to turn into a birdbath and it sold nearly straight away, so I decided to make a few more of them,” he said. Garry said if he has the right materials, he can easily knock up two or three clocks a day, but he doesn’t tend to move that fast.

New face for aged care

By Sarah Vella FINDING a new use for Banksia Lodge nursing home at Foster is a goal for the new chief of Prom Country Aged Care.

Rhett McLennan took over the role of chief executive officer following the resignation of Claire Schmierer. “We are looking at using Banksia Lodge for something else and within the next six months, we hope to present the committee of management with a number of viable options suitable for Foster’s medical precinct and the community,” he said. The building of the new 60 bed facility is well underway and remains on schedule to be completed by September this year. Mr McLennan is an exercise physiologist by trade and since leaving university, has been in various management roles in private and not-for-profit organisations. “I was general manager of an ASX listed biotech company for a few years and was also a corporate director for Stride Sports Management,” he said. His most recent roles have been transition leader at Gippsland Medicare Local and CEO of General Practice Alliance South Gippsland. “I finished up at the General Practice Alliance at the end of last year, which is when I came to Prom Country Aged Care,” Mr McLennan said. During his early weeks at Prom Country, Mr McLennan completed a systems review to make

sure everything was ready to go into the new facility. “I became interested in continuing in this area, as I have a real affinity with the Foster community in relation to the way it works, the volunteers and the feel that it has,” he said. “I feel the people here acknowledge the work of the GPs, the nurses and the staff and the role they play in the community. “Foster has an opportunity not just to be viable, but a leader among small rural communities with the health services it provides.” Mr McLennan said Ms Schmierer left the organisation in a much stronger position than it was when she arrived. “I need to bring about a seamless transition and not only move our residents into our new facility, but

also find viable options for our two existing sites,” he said. “The committee of management has not yet decided on the best option for Prom View Lodge in Toora.” The staff of Prom Country Aged Care are currently adopting the EDEN Philosophy, which is a best practice method for administering aged care. “It involves the wider community. Everyone is very positive about it, including the staff, our residents and the community,” Mr McLennan said. “It is very exciting and will be put into full swing when we move over to the new facility. “We have got challenges ahead but they are not insurmountable, which makes it very exciting. It is definitely not a seat warming position.”

Progress: new CEO of Prom Country Aged Care, Rhett McLennan checks out the progress of the new facility using the viewing area made especially for residents.

Clever clocker: Garry McCaughan with some of his innovative clock creations. He has only recently decided to start adding numbers to his clocks, and chose the 12, four and eight after seeing a similar design on television. “At one stage I was making around four a week, but was only selling around one a week, so I slowed it down a little.”

So far, Garry has sold around 110 clocks. Aside from the markets he attends, he also has his clocks in cafes and nurser-

ies in Cowes, Inverloch, Foster, Leongatha, Mirboo North, Meeniyan and Fish Creek. “When I first started,

I didn’t know what to expect. I thought I may sell maybe one a week, but to do better than that is great.”

Deterrent: Kevin Slater has tried everything he can think of to keep blackbirds away from his back step, including two toy cats and a plastic cobra!

Blackbirds won’t go away By Jane Ross WELL known Leongatha resident Kevin Slater sympathises with those irritated by noisy corellas and hated myna birds, but he has a feathered “friend” story of his own. Kevin lives in Roughead Street and says he’s tried all manner of deterrents to keep blackbirds away from his back garden, doorstep and house. He said he doesn’t know which genus they belong to but he wishes they’d go back there. Kevin has hung shiny CDs from his clothes line together with a shiny toy hawk and owl, hoping their grim visages would scare the blackbirds away. But they’re as haughty as you please, coming under his side gate or bounding across the grass, up the back wooden steps and into the house. Kevin has decorated the back steps with a fluoro jacket, two fluffy toy cats, a plastic cobra and red and

white stripes on the edge of each step. They haven’t worked. Plastic strips hanging over the back door aperture have been moved to a tree in the garden in the hope the rustling noise they make in the wind would keep the blackbirds out of the yard. They’ve been replaced in the doorway with a magnetic mesh screen. Kevin has a muchloved dog called Jock and he’s had to bring Jock’s food bowl inside because the blackbirds were eating it all. But the birds still come. “They wait at the back step as if to say when’s the cafe open!” Kevin declared. “I’ve never fed them. They disappear then come back first thing in the morning.” Then the birds hang around on and off all day. According to the website Birds in Backyards, the common blackbird is actually a thrush. It was introduced to Melbourne in the 1850s and has spread through south east Australia. The male is black with a deep orange or yellow bill and the female brown with some streaks or mottling.

The blackbird is most often found in urban areas and is often seen in orchards, vineyards, gardens, roadsides and parks. It eats insects, worms, snails and spiders, some seeds and fruit. Kevin would add, “And Jock’s food!” A cup-shaped nest

is usually built in trees, shrubs or tree hollows and is made of dried grass bound with mud and lined with fine grass. Browsing the web turns up the following main advice about blackbirds: learn to live with them.

Nuisance: blackbirds are driving Kevin Slater to distraction.

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Life savers: Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club members celebrated the end of patrol season on Easter Monday.

Busy season ends for Inverloch

THE Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club marked the end of a busy season on Easter Monday with their final patrol. An estimated 23,190 visi-

tors to the surf beach were watched over by volunteer members during the weekend patrols. The Nipper program attracted 180 kids ranging from under seven to under 14,



Moroccans who make bread at home are very inclined to use a mix of flours. This recipe for Moroccan Wheat Bread – Khobz dyal Zraa' – calls for half whole wheat and half white flour, which yields a rich flavor and light texture. Replace some of the white flour with more wheat if you prefer a denser consistency and heartier grain taste. It is traditionally shaped into flat, circular loaves. Allow 1 hour or more rising time. People with a Thermomix will know how to adapt the recipe, and people with breadmakers will just use the dough setting.


2 cups whole wheat flour 2 cups white flour 2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon yeast 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 or 2 tablespoons honey 1 cup warm water additional flour for kneading cornmeal, semolina, barley grits or oil for the pan Prepare two baking sheets by oiling the centres, or by dusting the pans with a little cornmeal, semolina or the barley grits. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Make a large well in the centre of the flour mixture, and add the yeast. Add the oil, honey and the water to the well, mixing to dissolve the yeast first, and then stirring the entire contents of the bowl to incorporate the water into the flour. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and begin kneading the dough. If necessary, add flour or water in very small amounts to make the dough soft and pliable, but not sticky. Continue kneading for 10 minutes, or until the dough is very smooth and elastic. Divide the dough in half, and shape each portion into a smooth circular mound. Place onto the prepared pans, and cover with a towel. Allow to rest for 10 minutes. After the dough has rested, use the palm of your hand to flatten the dough into circles about 1/4” thick. Cover with a towel, and leave to rise about one hour, or until the dough springs back when pressed lightly with a finger. Preheat an oven to 225 C. Score the top of the bread with a very sharp knife, or poke the dough with a fork in several places. Bake the bread for about 20 minutes – rotate the pans about halfway through the baking time – or until the loaves are richly colored and sound hollow when tapped. Transfer the bread to a rack or towel-lined basket to cool.

whilst the competition teams competed regularly at beaches in Victoria as well as the state titles. Patrol manager Tarryn Thom said: “We have had a fantastic patrolling season this

year, with approximately 190 members volunteering their time to patrol. “This enabled us to patrol the main surf beach effectively and meant we had sufficient resources to run an outpost patrol

at Anderson Inlet near the Angling Club and caravan parks during the January period. “I am extremely proud of the efforts of our volunteer surf lifesavers that performed seven rescues, 28 first aids and

1176 preventative actions over the season, ensuring that we are providing a safe environment for members of the public to enjoy.” Patrols will recommence the last weekend of November.

Youth Doctor tops list centre plan By Jacob de Kunder A YOUTH centre could be established at the Leongatha Railway Station. Talks between South Gippsland Shire Youth Council, youth organisations and the South Gippsland Tourist Railway committee are leading to formal conditions set for later this month. Ned Dennis, council’s manager of community strengthening, told The Star young people have been calling for a youth centre service for some time. “For some years there have been requests and interest from young people, particularly through the youth council and through different organisations that run things for young people, to set up a base for youth in Leongatha,” he said. “There’s also been an interest from the youth clinic for places that are a bit easier to access.” The centre would be a place where youth could socialise and meet in a safe environment. It would also become a base for event organisation, club meetings and various other uses. Council has been searching for a suitable venue for some time. “Our job has been to try and find a venue that could potentially be used,” Mr Dennis said. “It came to our attention that the old station building is not utilised a lot, apart from of course being used well on the weekends by the South Gippsland Tourist Railway. “If there is a coalition of different groups and the funding can be found for doing the repairs, the project should go ahead.” Mr Dennis said the station is a good location. “It’s really difficult to

find a facility or building that is publicly owned,” he said. “There are some privately owned buildings that would be all right, but then you have to find someone to buy it. “The difference here is that you have something that is public property. “The other thing is that you would potentially have shared users and if you have a facility that has shared users then you have a better chance for the upkeep and the long term interest.” South Gippsland Tourist Railway president Tony Nye is happy with the idea. “The proposal for the joint usage of the station is agreeable to us,” he said. “There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge before it happens but we agree with it and we support it.” Mr Nye is also hoping for a membership boost and some young members from the youth centre. “Young members are something that we desperately need,” he said. “It’s definitely one of the benefits I’d like to see come from this.”

A FOSTER doctor has been accepted into a highly competitive training scheme funded by the Australian Government, which will bring a range of benefits to local residents.

Dr Hutchison Thurairaja is among 23 doctors from across Australia who have scored a place on the Remote Vocational Training Scheme. The scheme targets doctors who want to further their medical careers in rural or remote general practice. RVTS chief executive officer Dr Patrick Giddings said Dr Thurairaja’s success represents a win for Foster’s community, as he will gain access to the latest advances in rural general practice without having to move to another centre. “We create a win-win situation, where doctors can train where they live and isolated communities get to keep the doctors they so desperately need,” Dr Giddings said. “We know that the great majority of the doctors we work with would have

which also made them less likely to more to urban areas. “Foster residents can be proud that Dr Thurairaja was chosen from a pool of 87 applicants,” Dr Giddings said. RVTS offers up to four years of support. It assists doctors practising in some of Australia’s most remote locations, from rural farming communities to remote outstations, and has benefited more than 150 rural or remote communities since its inception 12 years ago.

reluctantly left their small towns without our support. They are grateful they can continue working where they are valued, while receiving the same quality of training available to their big-city counterparts.” RVTS offers intensive workshops and online training, which require a large commitment from doctors outside of day-today consulting. He said having regular interaction with experts in the field reduced remote doctors’ feelings of professional isolation,

• Dr Hutchison Thurairaja.

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star 30 years ago April 12, 1983

10 years ago April 8, 2003

5 years ago April 8, 2008

1 year ago April 11, 2012

GRAFFITI artists had their say in the Woolworths public toilets last week. Large sprawling letters proclaimed antinuclear slogans such as ‘ban nuclear weapons’ and ‘stop Omega’. Woolworth’s manager Mr Allen said he was ‘not aware of it’ and would speak to the cleaner about the graffiti.

NEW 50km/hour speed limits are expected to be introduced in Leongatha this week. The signs will be installed in Bair Street and McCartin Street in the town’s main shopping precinct. The new speed limits will come into force the moment the signs are installed.

BASS Coast Shire’s population is growing faster than South Gippsland Shire’s by a rate of four to one. The coastal municipality has been identified as Victoria’s third fastest growing local government area outside Melbourne, with two per cent growth in the last financial year.

DESPITE months passing since initial discussion, plans for a new equestrian facility at Stony Creek have not yet been finalised. President of the Leongatha and District Equestrian Club, Kelly van den Berg, is involved with council discussions. She is concerned the Tilson Court grounds may be closed if the Stony Creek development is approved.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - PAGE 23

When it comes to location, it doesn’t get much better than this Bruce Street home, available through Alex Scott and Staff in Leongatha. See page 24 for details.

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This magnificent 4.9 acres, located less than 4kms out of town comes with a building permit, new fencing, dam & stockyards. Fenced into 3 paddocks, it has power near the boundary, magnificent panoramic rural views & superb home sites. Land of this size with views & building permit are few & far between. A very special, long held family parcel of land.

This comfortable family home is located right in the schools' precinct, just a short, flat easy walk into town. Open plan living includes renovated kitchen, adjoining meals (French door access to BBQ deck)& cosy lounge. A sunroom provides a second living area, a versatile space for TV / family room/ playroom. All of the hard work has been done. Easy side access to a good-sized rear yard. Realistically priced to sell, perfect for families, first home buyers & investors.

A private & affordable home in immaculate condition. Offers 3 BRs (all with BIRs,) plus versatile bungalow. Stylish renovated kitchen has all mod cons. Ducted heating, split system & ceiling fans provide excellent all year round heating/cooling. Attractive & private paved undercover patio/BBQ area, manicured lawns & gardens. Has rear yard access through the double carport. All in excellent condition & located in quiet leafy street.

When size & quality count. Many extras included: wide entry ;direct access from 3 car garage into kitchen; Butler's Pantry; extra spacious kitchen/dining/ lounge room ; 2nd TV room/lounge; 4 BRs & 'Home Theatre' room (possible 5th BR/ rumpus room);spacious en suite; storage cupboards galore; ducted vacuum; covered alfresco area; access to rear yard & lock-up shed. Inspection will reveal the many fantastic features & the elegant nature of this property.

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Blue chip opportunity W

HEN it comes to investment in real estate, the classic catch-cry of ‘Position, position!’ is one that should not be ignored. Situated within Leongatha’s Business 1 zone, this classic 60s brick veneer has great position and offers versatility as well.

Currently tenanted as a residence, this property would also ideally suit commercial rental, or owner occupied as either a business or residence, or combination of both. As solid as the day it was built, the house offers four bedrooms, large lounge and equally spacious kitchen/dining area.

Located on Bruce Street, 150 metres from IGA, and backing on to the all day car park, the possibilities for this property are limited only by your imagination. With the same family ownership for generations, this is a rare opportunity to purchase a piece of Leongatha’s future.

LEONGATHA Location: 13 Bruce Street Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Price: $349,000 Agent: Alex Scott & Staff Leongatha Contact: 5662 0922



Outstanding views and space assured P


Modern light filled dwelling with expansive northerly views over Shallow Inlet plus 2 self contained cabins,all on approx.1.4ha. Dwelling:4 bedrooms, gas appliances, RC/AC, large deck areas, very private, water views, natural setting. Cabins: Each self contained, 2 bedrooms,gas appliances,front verandahs,bush environs. Walk to the surf beach, approx. 5 mins Shallow Inlet, General Store & Café,approx.30 mins toWilsons Prom. SEJ2800033

8 STATION RD FOSTER P: 5682 2800 111 BEACH PDE SANDY POINT Real Estate P: 5684 1111 AH: Russell Jones 0428 822 801 | Andrea Adams 0429 822 801

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INVERLOCH 37 The Esplanade

AUCTION Sat 13th April 2013 at 12 noon unless sold prior


A stunning example of beach side elegance, this architecturally designed residence enjoys uninterrupted views of Anderson Inlet. Located 100 meters to the sandy shores it is a location which offers unique features. Ground floor features 3 bedrooms, laundry and bathroom. Upstairs, modern well equipped kitchen and open plan living taking in the expansive water views. The main bedroom with walk in robe and ensuite also has its own private deck. A property of this calibre, so close to the shops will be a wonderful investment for the purchaser.

Inspection will impress. 7 a'Beckett Street, Inverloch 5674 1111 A/H: Dawn Hughes 0417 380 736 Marni Lee Redmond 0403 525 413

ERFECTLY positioned to make the most of superb views across farmland, the airport and towards Venus Bay and Wilsons Prom, this large brick family home on approximately 8 acres is mid-way between Korumburra and Leongatha.


Location: 85 Wallaces Rd Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Car spaces: 2 Internet ID: 7528155 Land size: 8 acres (approx.) Price: $469,000 Agent: Insight Real Estate Contact: 5662 2220 New listing Sole agent

It is in a very private location. The home has two spacious main living areas, well-appointed timber kitchen (including two-drawer dishwasher), breakfast bar and adjoining meals area. Another adjoining room could easily become a formal dining room, study or playroom. The lounge room takes advantage of the spectacu-

lar views over the countryside and has recently had new carpet laid. There is a solid fuel heater, cosy in colder weather. A separate rumpus room downstairs could be utilised in a variety of ways: bedroom, study, home office, storage space. All bedrooms have built-in robes, main with a large walk through wardrobe, en suite and Daikin

Inverter. All in all there is heaps of room for the kids to play both inside and out. The property is well fenced. Entry is via impressive automatic gates. A cluster of mature trees provide added privacy and create a fantastic playground for children to roam around in. A timber fort, sandpit and inbuilt picnic table come with the property.

Improvements include a small wood/machinery shed, dam, levelled site for a 12x9 shed and fruit tree plantings. While the interior of this home is in very good condition, refreshing the exterior paintwork such as the decking, would be an easy way to make a huge difference and add considerable value to the property. Realistically priced to sell.

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Ultimate Mirboo North town home

HE design, floor plan, level of appointment, and practicality of this four year-young townhouse, and the Neo-Georgian facade, quickly sets it apart.


A modern, neutral décor in a coffee and latte theme flows throughout, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and very usable separate living spaces. The main bedroom accommodates a king-size bed with comfort, and has its own ensuite bathroom and walk-in robe.

The living spaces provide a casual dining area, informal living zone, plus a cosy lounge room. Great outdoors too, with a north facing courtyard patio and garden, double garage with remote control door and a rear roller door, as well as direct in-home access. Sun-blinds, split system air conditioner, ADSL internet, and free and paid TV antennae. On its own title, and the shortest of walks into town. Just brilliant!


Location: 9 Grandridge East Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Car spaces: 2 Price: $295,000 Agent: First National Prom Country Contact: Allen Bartlett on 0417 274 624

The Life ‘n’ Style Specialists MIRBOO NORTH


INSPECT Sun 12-12.30pm




kaz hughes

0417 516 998

NEW LISTING Ultimate Mirboo North Townhome

The design and quality of this 4 year-young Townhouse quickly sets it apart. With 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a “vogue” kitchen, and separate living. 9 Grandridge East $295,000

Paradise Found! Dream acre.

Gracious, securely fenced, park-like acre-plus. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living zones. gorgeous kitchen; solar pool; huge pergola; double garage; heated Man Cave. Fantastic position & property! 159 Baromi Road $499,000



allen bartlett

0417 274 624

Expect the unexpected! 4.7 hectares on town edge.

‘Waterfall Valley Lodge’- Paradise Found

The keywords here are Tranquil, Botanical and Magical! Located just 16km from Leongatha, but feeling like a world away, Waterfall Valley Lodge’s inspired mud brick construction, cathedral ceilings, clerestory windows and lofty mezzanine will set your spirits soaring. Set in a botanical paradise, it also features a small cottage studio, babbling stream with footbridges, a small waterfall, a pony paddock, and stunning views across a lake that is a Mecca for birdlife. 175 Denhams Road

$525,000 - $575,000

Prom Country

Flowing with the lie of the land, this intriguing residence meanders gracefully in an imaginative and striking renovation and extension: the result is an expansive home at one with its surrounds. Decks on all side allow four seasons’ outdoors and maximum enjoyment of wonderful rural views. Fabulous use of mostly new and some reclaimed materials combines modern comfort with eclectic charm. Two separate driveways, huge Colorbond shed, spring fed dam, near-level fertile land, close to town. 25 Sheens Road


$460,000 - $495,000

Mirboo Nth

lisa williams

0438 133 385

5668 1660

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Brand new and priced to sell T

HIS brand new home is an ideal property for those looking for their first home or to step up to a brick veneer.

The property is north facing with a delightful rural aspect and the feeling of not being “hemmed in”. This home features three bedrooms with an en suite and walkin robe to the master bedroom and built-in robes in the remaining bedrooms. There is a lounge room at the front of the home with views, and a spacious open plan family, kitchen and dining area in the central hub of the house. The kitchen boasts good storage, stainless steel appliances and natural gas cooking. There’s also natural gas/solar hot water and ducted heating. A double garage has an electric door and access to the back yard via a rear roller door. There is some landscaping to complete but this is a genuine vendor who has priced the home with this in mind.


Location: 24 Laura Grove Bedrooms:3 Bathrooms:2 Car spaces: 2 Internet ID: 278104 Price: $315,000 Agent: Stockdale & Leggo Leongatha Contact: 5662 5800

Greener pastures W

ANT to move into town and still have the feeling you’re out of town? This quality built home is on a double block overlooking the Nerrena valley with green pastures (when it rains), all the way to your back door. The home boasts three living areas, four bed-

rooms plus a study, reverse cycle air conditioning and solid fuel heater, three bathrooms with the third bathroom having direct access from the double garage; handy if you’re in a job where you get your hands dirty. The double garage is also of large proportions with ample room to house two cars and a number of tools/toys.

The kitchen overlooks the backyard and the views. Underneath the home there is more storage, with room for all the winter’s wood and a couple of trailers. There is a covered deck from the back door and adjoining pergola for summer living. The property is located in one of Leongatha’s quietest streets.

LEONGATHA Location: 26 Griffin Road Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Car spaces: 2 Internet ID: 277965 Price: $435,000 Agent: Stockdale & Leggo Leongatha Contact: 5662 5800

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - PAGE 27

Servicing South Gippsland with our 4 office network - Leongatha, Mirboo North, Korumburra and Inverloch


NEW LAND RELEASE 5 Chamberlain Drive Leongatha Growth potential

61 Peart Street, Leongatha Complete make over

1194m2 block with backyard access. Elevated views from towards the Nerrena Valley. Potential underneath the home for double garage, 4th bdrm or rumpus room. Newly constructed carport with high clearance.

Superbly renovated W/B home within walking distance to shops, level block & shedding. Stylish bathrooms & kitchen, dining area adjacent to living area & office, BIRS, WIR & ensuite to master bdrm. Inspect to appreciate.





$319,000 Sole agent




Exciting new land release located on a gently undulating parcel of land on the Eastern fringe of Leongatha. Mitchell's Rise is uniquely located to the Primary & Secondary Schools 11 Warralong Court, Leongatha Calling all families and presents a fantastic The ultimate in family living, near all school facilities. opportunity for a whole new Spacious open plan kitchen, dining & family area, WI pantry, views, deck, formal living area, R/C air con, 2 way of life.

FROM $110,000

bdrms downstairs with bathroom & toilet, secure yard. Currently tenanted with good return.

$370,000 Sole agent


OPEN FOR INSPECTION Sunday, April 14, 12pm - 12.30pm

19 A’Beckett Street, Leongatha He who hesitates is too late

11 Sapphire Court, Leongatha 1st home buyer gem

Neatly presented BV home in great location, easy walking distance to the main street, recreation reserve & local schools. This solid 3 bdrm home features ensuite & BIR's, formal lounge & dining area with R/C air con.for comfortable living. The kitchen has been tastefully renovated & there's a fantastic outdoor undercover deck, ideal for the busy entertainer. 9x6m Colorbond LU shed with solar panels & direct access from the street.

Affordable first home in quiet court location, 2 bedrooms with BIR's, laminated kitchen, meals area, lounge, tiled bathroom, sizeable yard, new carport with high clearance.

$220,000 Sole agent





Jason Harris 0417 640 079

Web ID



WB home on approx 1 acre of beautiful gardens & trees. Open plan kitchen, formal dining room & a spacious lounge, private undercover deck. Single carport, dble LU garage/shed, solar gas H.W.S, fruit trees, town water, large chook pen & a dam.

$410,000 Sole agent


Privately situated at the end of a no through road, this large 9/10 Bellingham Street Leongatha family home has been renovated throughout. Open plan dining Prime location for prime of life area, 2 big sep. living areas, SFH & R/C air con. BIRs & Neat unit in one of best positions in Leongatha. The polished floor boards to bdrms. 3 machinery sheds with power unit is only short flat walk to the shops. Open plan & concrete floors, a huge 4 bay colourbond shed, hay shed & a workshop with sep. office. Cattle yards with crush & loading living , BIR's & a semi-ensuite. The spacious backyard & secure access from the single garage. race. 2 x 90,000 litre tanks. Only 5 minutes to Leongatha and 15 minutes to Inverloch. 2


10 Bacon Avenue, Koonwarra Words won’t do, must view

$295,000 Sole Agent

85 Cross Road Leongatha South Sheds galore on 9.8 acres






OPEN FOR INSPECTION Sunday, April 14, 1pm - 1.30pm












14 Jeffery Street Leongatha Loads of space and appeal


Jason Harris 0417 640 079

Web ID


Charming period home with self -contained bungalow, ideal for teenagers or live-in relatives. High ceilings, new kitchen, bathrooms & floor coverings, open plan living & dining area + study. Fresh paint, nat. gas log fire, R/C A/C & cottage gardens.

$415,000 Sole agent





OPEN FOR INSPECTION Sunday, April 14, 11am - 11.30am

8 Lee Parade Leongatha A great way to start On a generous 843m2 block with ample room for a good shed. Sep. lounge & kitchen/dining. Sliding door leads to a covered outdoor area. Single carport & just a hop, skip and a jump to the schools.

$265,000 Sole agent




44 Koonwarra Road, Leongatha Just move in

16 Balding Street Mirboo North All I need is a house!

Renovated home on excellent corner block with new bathroom, kitchen and floor coverings and update paint throughout. 2 living areas, R/C air con, BIR's, secure yard, 2 lock up sheds & Colorbond fencing.

Excellently maintained family home close to school. Get on the property ladder with this affordable 900m2 block with 9x7m shed and established trees. Separate dining & lounge, electric cooking, R/C Air con, gas ducted heating & solid fuel heater. Dble Located with in an easy stroll to the main street carport, large shed & large undercover outdoor entertainment area.

$ 259,000 Sole agent





7 Bishop Street Mirboo North Bring the family and just move in

REDUCED TO $240,000 S/A





5662 5800 15 Bair Street, Leongatha

Michael Hanily Jason Harris 0417 640 079 0417 311 756

Christie Nelson 0407 812 904

5668 1300 96 Ridgway, Mirboo North

Natalie Couper 0428 941 541

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Esplanade elegance A

STUNNING example of beach side elegance, this architecturally designed residence enjoys uninterrupted views of Anderson Inlet.

Located within 100 metres of the sandy shores it is a location which offers unique features in an exclusive area of Inverloch. This multi storey has many impressive features,

the main being the spectacular view which can be enjoyed from the open plan modern living/kitchen area or from the spacious deck, perfect for alfresco dining, entertaining or enjoying a relaxing drink at the end of the day. The ground level offers three bedrooms, bathroom and laundry; timber stairs lead up to the main living and main bedroom which has private courtyard, modern en suite and walk-in robe.

A feature of the second level is the staircase, which leads up to a viewing deck where expansive views of

the coast can be enjoyed. A property of this calibre, so close to the town will be a wonderful


Location: 37 The Esplanade Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Auction: Saturday, April 13 at 12 noon on-site Agent: Alex Scott & Staff Inverloch Contact: 5674 1111




$310,000 LI N ST EW IN G




225 OLD KORUMBURRA RD, LEONGATHA • 2.5 acre farmlet minutes from town • 4 bedroom weatherboard farmhouse • Polished floorboards, return verandahs


132 LOHR AVE, INVERLOCH • Large 906 sq mt block • 1 bdrm beach pad • and also includes a self contained accommodation

ASKING $605,000


4 SHINGLER STREET, LEONGATHA • Solid brick home - 3 bedrooms and study • Renovated kitchen, R/C air con, solid fuel heater • Inground swimming pool

investment for the winning bidder. Inspection will impress.

4692m2 ICONIC LEONGATHA SITE 3 year lease - $75,000 pa Total building/s floor space 2493m2 (approx) 2 road frontages + side lane Industrial 1 zone - 1 block from L’gatha CBD Information memorandum available on request More info at

PRICE RANGE $725,000-$800,000

330 LEONGATHA NORTH RD, LEONGATHA • Executive living on 4 acres • 3 bedrooms, master with ensuite and BIR • North facing living areas, peaceful location LI N ST EW IN G






23 PARKSIDE CLOSE, LEONGATHA • Perfect position in Parkside Close • 3 year old builder’s own home • 4 bedrooms, master with ensuite

14 CALLAWAY CRESCENT, LEONGATHA • Great family home or investment • 3 bedrooms, master with ensuite • Central to all schools


21 BALOOK STREET, MIRBOO NORTH • 3 bedroom home on approx. 1 acre • Set amongst native gums • Close to main street and schools

REDUCED TO $435,000

13A CUTTRISS ST, INVERLOCH • Double storey 3 bdrm home • 2 bathroom • Only 3 minutes walk to the beach

McDONALD STREET, LEONGATHA • Corner block • 503 metres square • Great home site

2 GOODENIA PL, INVERLOCH • As new 3 bdrm, 2 bathroom home • Double lock up garage • In popular Woodland Heath estate


REDUCED TO $419,000




5 SCARLETT CLOSE, LEONGATHA • Architectural passive solar design • 4bdrm,2living,2bathroom.Uninterruptedruralviews • Built by renowned local builder

ASKING $480,000

ASKING $470,000



THREE 1st CLASS QUALITY TOWNHOUSES • 2 bedroom townhouses, central lounge & dining • Fully landscaped-low maintenance gardens • Short walk to Safeway, RSL & CBD

$330,000 each

32 YOUNG STREET, LEONGATHA • 3 Bedroom home plus study, 2 bathrooms • Renovated kitchen, double garage • Picture perfect views


Alan Steenholdt 0409 423 822

Peter Dwyer 0428 855 244

LOT 1 O’CONNELL RD, INVERLOCH • 5 acres with dam • Beautiful home site with views • Only 5 mins from Wonthaggi & Inverloch

ASKING $450,000

1/7 A’Beckett Street 5674 1111

5662 0922 45 Bair Street Andrew Newton 0402 940 320

ASKING $470,000




1/9 PARK ST, INVERLOCH • As new 3 bdrm, 2 bathroom home • Includes alfresco and courtyard • North facing, lock up garage


170 RYEBURN ROAD, OUTTRIM • 5 acre block of land. Build your rural dream here • 15 minutes drive to Leongatha, Inverloch & Korumburra

67 TURNER STREET, LEONGATHA • 3 bedroom brick veneer home • Open plan kitchen/lounge area • Secure backyard with covered outdoor area

26 GRIFFIN ROAD, LEONGATHA • 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home on huge block • 3 living areas, solid fuel heater, RC/AC • Overlooking rural views

Carly Roughead 0417 382 979

Dawn Hughes Dennis Ginn Marni Lee Redmond Heather Atkins

0417 380 736 0412 317 360 0403 525 413 0409 741 607


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“THE STAR”, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - PAGE 29

Cottage delight I

N ADDITION to retaining a strong sense of period character, this country cottage has much to offer. Set on 3.75 acres overlooking farmland and rolling hills, this quaint cottage has three bedrooms, bright living areas, feature fireplace and solid wood heater, not to mention the homely kitchen that creates a very warm and cosy atmosphere. You are surrounded by many of its original features including pressed ceilings, painted timber walls and boxed windows. French doors off the living room take you to a charming outdoor entertaining area with established trees and cottage gardens. It is a very versatile level allotment, easy to maintain and complete with a large garage and sundry shedding. This is a very appealing property, with all new boundary fences and the home has been well cared for with new stumping, wiring and roofing. Located just 7km from the village of Mirboo North, this property would make a wonderful escape to the country.


Location: 275 St Ellens Road Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Price: $390,000 Agent: SEJ Real Estate Contact: Glenys Foster on 0408 515 666

Local people with national connections Real Estate

Available 7 Days Expressions of Interest Invited LEONGATHA - Prime Commercial Building

Brilliant Exposure LEONGATHA


Stunning and sophisticated LEONGATHA

Friday May 3 @ 1.30pm on site


� 5 separate offices, reception,

� BV building on 538m2 block, 5

waiting area and kitchen � Boardroom with separate entrance � 9 customer parking facilities plus undercover drive through



Great First Home or Investment LEONGATHA ENT CE PRI JUSTM AD

� 1940s 3 bdrm plus large rumpus room � Very well presented, new roof, lots

of original features � Easy to maintain garden with carport, l/up garage, garden shed & workshop

separate rooms � Rear access with potential for further development � Excellent exposure, uses as a commercial rental, owner/occupier



� Outstanding solid brick residence 3 � 121.9 acres (two titles) grazing

property � 3 bdrm brick veneer home, Colorbond 20mx10m shed � All undulating country, watered by dams

Home is where the story begins MEENIYAN



Friday May 17 @ 11.30am on site

� 2.7 acres in the heart of Meeniyan � Cedar 3/4 bdrm or study, 2 living

areas � Gorgeous gardens in a quiet & private area of town


$240,000 Barry Redmond 0418 515 666

bdrm, dual living areas

� Ultimate all weather outdoor

entertainment area including spa

� Exquisite landscaped gardens,

double carport & 24’x20’ w/shop

$670,000 Country living at its best HALLSTON

� 2.5 acres manicured gardens, � Residential land � Services include town water, power

& sewerage � Crown land - no stamp duty payable � Terms: 10% deposit, Balance 60

orchard & more � 2 living areas, 3 bdrm, ensuite to

main/outstanding views � 30x20 workshop plus double garage

days or earlier by mutual agreement

South Gippsland Hwy LEONGATHA

5662 4033


Glenys Foster 0408 515 665 SEJ5260402

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Simply write your advert in this space and post it to:


SUPER PLANES 3 Davis Court Leongatha Vic 3953 Phone/Fax 03 5662 4833 Mobile 0409 234 951

Aerial Agricultural Services

48 Yarragon Road, Leongatha

Phone 5662 3933

JSL Light Engine Repairs “Old fashioned service at competitive rates”

Payment in advance required

SERVICING ALL MAKES & MODELS 4x4 Motor Bikes • Power Equipment • Lawn Mowers • Chainsaws • Brushcutters • Pumps etc. • Chain Sharpening & Bar Reconditioning


BUILDER/CARPENTER Over 25 years experience • • • • •


Joe & Chris McDonald



“Your LOCAL fencing contractors”

• • • •


Specialising in all types of residential fencing and outdoor maintenance





Mobile: 0427 750 568 FREE QUOTES

Servicing ALL areas.

Call Mick Adkins on 5662 2360 Mobile 0428 595 686








SHOP 1, 13 INVERLOCH RD, WONTHAGGI 3995 Phone: 5672 2426 Fax: 5672 4069



STUART SLEE Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Repairs

Newton Concreting Pty. Ltd.


Phone 5662 3070 Prompt and efficient service to: Refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric ranges and cook tops. Full range of stove elements and accessories in stock. 16 TILSON COURT, LEONGATHA VIN1780055

BATHROOM RENOVATIONS 25 years experience


5658 1827 - 0429 387 162 WILL TRAVEL ANYWHERE


� Complete bathroom renovations � Stepless showers (for the elderly & people with impaired mobility) � Tiling � En suites & spas � Vanities (supplied and installed) � No job too small � Hassle free


BOBCAT FOR HIRE Bobcat & Tipper Hire 5 Tonne excavator with auger Site levelling & clean-ups Rubbish removal Farm tracks

Stock owners - have your own stock killed, Brenton Williams cut, packed and frozen to your requirements

0433 033 347

2 Douglas Court, Leongatha



13 11 98

For a free, no obligation quote Phone Jim Newton Ph/Fax 5668 8292 Mobile 0407 505 507

KYM HOLNESS 0427 513 618



All Jobs Handyman Services

Garden, Lawn & Home Maintenance • Lawn Mowing • Pruning • Painting • Green Waste Removal • Paving & Concrete Cleaning • General Repairs • Much, much more - just call and ask!


All Maintenance, Repair and Renovations Carpentry, Painting, Plastering, Welding, Doors and Windows, Fencing, Tiling, Roofing, Locks, Screens, Decks, Pergolas, Verandahs Plus More

Phone Brian 0428 644 396 ELECTRICIAN

From changing a light bulb or tap washer to larger jobs Phillip Dorrity Leongatha Vic 3953 Phone: 0417 045 114 56622471 ABN: 62002618255


Vin Slee Appliance Service


House slabs - foundations floors - paths - dairy work stencil concrete



WORK WANTED •All types of maintenance •Plaster hanging, “Victaboard" sheets •Painting & tiling •Broken windows •Free quotes given •Wooden window sashes made to order.


Matt Haines | 0404 864 381 REC 20316 POW3810001-V2





ACN 075 828 581


• Fridges • Washers • Dryers • Dishwashers 16 Tilson Court, Leongatha. Phone 5662 3070 Mobile 0418 364 559


• Car, Truck, Tractor, Earthmoving • Domestic Air Conditioners

Paul Deering Ph 0408 335 948



RTA AU21680


Here’s My Card, The Great Southern Star P.O. Box 84, Leongatha 3953. or phone Leonie for more information on 5662 2294.


Please Ring Geoff Ph/Fax: 5662 3496 or 0409 868 504


Reg. 532654






Now operating from Sparrow Lane, Leongatha (At the rear of 62 McCartin Street) PHONE: 5662 3891, 5662 2861



“THE STAR”, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - PAGE 31



South Gippsland Security Services • Patrols • Guards • Alarm responses • Alarm monitoring

Would you like to get your message to over 18,000 readers a week for just $25.30 per week? With just one response you could pay for a year’s advertising.

Your local security company for Leongatha, Korumburra & district Lic. No. 655-194-50S








Phone: 5672 2497




Renders, Textures, Mouldings and Styrene Cladding


26 Hughes Street, Leongatha

Phone 5662 2692, AH Mobile 0418 302 594

Matt Pickersgill PIC3200004

Plumber and Gas Fitter

For all your plumbing, roofing, solar hot water installation and servicing, gas appliance installations and maintenance needs.

T 5662 3301 M 0412 673 190






PHONE 5662 2294




0458 733 227 • Hazard tree & confined space tree removals • Qualified arborist - tree reports • Pruning and removals • Certified climbers • Chipper, cherry picker • Commercial contracting • Powerline clearing • Free Quotes




at Capeview Mitre 10 Store, Cape Paterson Rd., Wonthaggi Email:




For a free measure and quote (doors, showers and insect screens),

call Glen Vernon 5672 0630 or call in to our showroom



ORDER YOUR T: 5672 1535 | F: 5672 3786 42 INVERLOCH ROAD, WONTHAGGI

YOUR ONE CALL SPECIALIST Insect Screens Security & Flywire Doors Shower Screens www.capeviewbuilding Windows With over 40 years experience, our products are manufactured locally to withstand the harsh coastal conditions of Phillip Island and South Gippsland.







Call Peter & Lesley Allman 5662 4280 Mob. 0427 516 317. Fax 5662 4259.



Lia Industries


• Licensed roof plumber • Gutter & fascia installation & repairs • Valley iron and flashing replacement • De-mossing & high pressure cleaning • Re-bed & re-point tiled roofs • Painting of tiled roofs and Colourbond roofs • Installation of skylights & turbo ventilators • Installation of leaf guard • 10 year warranty on all restorations

Call Frank Lia 0439 319 436 or 5668 2513 ABN: 16327422601





• New Tile & Iron Roofs • Guttering & Metal Fascia • Demossing • Repointing & Sealing • Colorbond • Zincalume & Cement Recolor • Full Warranty

5662 5553

Phil Jones

5663 6300



Ph/Fax 5182 5566 Mob 0407 846 086


51 Lawler Street Yarram





0418 319 436



Ph. GARRY 0409 132 124 Servicing Leongatha & District




16 Roughead St., Leongatha. Phone: 5662 3284 Fax: 5662 3851 Email:

Norm Hollier 0438 636 201


0413 335 149 or 5663 2238. Tarwin Lower

Call Tim on 0418 996 435 for a quote



All general plumbing Small jobs welcome • Roof work • Gutters • Gas • Excavator hire • Sewer/stormwater • Hot water replacements • Sewer blockages

� Clear Felling � Stump Grinding � Rubbish Removal � Fully Insured


Lic. No. 35061


20 years experience

� Lopping � Firewood Sawing � Tree Removal





New roofs Roof replacements Roof maintenance

“Beat the rush”, Call Mark today for your obligation free quote. Conversions to be completed by the March 31, 2013 cut-off date.

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Footy gets down to business FOOTBALL comes to the stage at Wonthaggi, with the production of The Club.

First class: renowned Australian actor John Woods stars in The Club at Wonthaggi.

Written by Australia’s best-known and most widely performed playwright, David Williamson, this is an iconic theatrical representation of the nation’s most popular sport. It was turned into a film in the 1980s, toured theatres in the US under the title Players, and will star award-winning stage and screen veteran John Wood in this rendition for HIT Productions, a huge success when HIT first toured it in 2007 and 2008 under the direction of Bruce Myles. HIT’s 2013 tour will be a brand new production. David Williamson’s The Club follows the seismic shift from Australian sport to Australian business. Old school coach and club doyen Laurie Holden has an eye on the future as well as a deep respect for the foundations and history of the club. Self-made millionaire

and club president Ted Parker has grand plans to drag them kicking and screaming into the modern era. High priced recruit Geoff Haywood has enough attitude to fill the MCG, but is he half as good as he thinks he is? With the finals looming and reputations on the line, the club has to decide – are old traditions worth preserving when success can seemingly be bought with the stroke of a fountain pen on a very large cheque book? Can the proudest club in the history of Aussie Rules football survive the back room dramas and boardroom brawls that are more ferocious than any on-field dust-up? Football has never been played like this… This play is at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on Monday, May 6 at 8pm. For bookings phone the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club on 5672 1083. Adults $35 and concession is $30.



with former ‘“Hunters & Collectors”’ front man

Tracy Wings

MARK SEYMOUR SEYMOU UR U and his band baaand live


Irene Proebsting Miriam Potts & Anne Lorraine Digital prints, woodblock prints & digital/mixed media paintings

April 14 to May 11 Opening Sunday, April 14 from 2-5 pm. All welcome.

Kids dance with passion

THE pace is fast and the kids are dripping with sweat as they learn the rhythm and steps of the lead song, 13, for Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s (WTG) upcoming rock musical, to open on May 25. They’re in the Wonthaggi Town Hall for their fourth rehearsal and the heat of the summer’s night has the kids stripped down to dance shoes and gym wear, resembling that funky cast from the hit show of the 80s, FAME. The perfection of these kids is inspiring and is matched with that of the award winning directors,

Kirk Skinner, Karen MilkinsHendry and Bron Kalos. This WTG team has boasted talent and craft these past few years, and now dares to transform 39 kids aged between 10 and 16 from great individual dancers and performers to an incredible cast for this Broadway rock musical. For Bron Kalos the challenge is exciting. Bron has won many awards in recent years, including most outstanding choreographer for Cabaret and Anything Goes. She has her own dance and lyrical theatre business, Care to Dance, and is used to working with teenagers. But this production, she says, is the most exciting she’s worked on yet. “I’ve directed school

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plays and they’re fantastic. But this is really exciting because all of these kids can move. They can dance! We’ve got some great standout lead dancers and the rest of the kids are really confident movers. The mix is very dynamic,” Bron said. So with 39 kids on stage, how does the production team manage? Director Karen MilkinsHendry said: “Twelve months ago, when WTG got the licence to put on this Broadway show, we knew that we needed a link between the production crew, many of whom are well into their 40s and beyond, and the kids. “Aside from the mere magnitude of the task, we knew we needed to have communication conduits between and support for the kids and the directors.” Enter mentees. Mentees work with their mentors to learn, to link, to emulate, to debate, to show and to support the production team and the cast. Each production coordinator, from lighting, to choreography, to the directors, has a younger off-sider. The role of the offsider is to support both the mentor and the kids. “While it’s important that I keep a broad overview of the dances, Celine, my mentee, can jump in and help the kids or a couple of them if they’re struggling with a move”. Celine came to Australia from Germany just four years ago as a traveller. She is now living in Inverloch for a while and loving every minute of her time with WTG. The only daughter of a professional ballet dancer, Celine grew up in the theatre.

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Body, mind and soul

DIFFICULT to miss, the bright green and orange Prom Coast Seachange Festival brochures are now at a venue near you.

According to Deb Bray, the festival’s chairperson, word about the festival is spreading and tickets to many events are selling well. “There is great interest locally in the festival and we are really pleased with the number of enquiries and bookings we are also getting from further afield,” Deb explained. “With over 40 events, including exhibitions, performances, presentations, tours, sport, workshops and local fare, the diverse program has something for the mind, body and soul.” With the festival beginning on Anzac Day it is only fitting that the area’s commemorative services be the first listed in the program. Services will be held on Thursday, April 25 at the Toora RSL at 6am and 11am, Welshpool RSL at 9am, Foster RSL at 11am and Fish Creek RSL at 11am. Locals and visitors are welcome to attend. Friday’s program includes movement and endorphins with Prom Coast U3A’s festival events. Lois Franklin and the Prom Coast U3A circle dancers will get your heart pumping and your feet moving with a circle dancing session. Following this, release those feel-good brain chemicals by taking part in a laughter workshop with chief happiness officer Bronwyn Roberts. Bookings can be made by calling 0427 862 342. Fancy an evening of trivia to challenge the grey matter? Fish Creek’s KO Café will host a trivia night at 6.30pm on Friday, April 26l. Make sure you book this one in, call the café on 5683 2207. Timed nicely for the festival program are two local sporting events that are sure to draw crowds. On Saturday morning the South Coast Board Rider’s surfing contest will take place with the best surfers on the Prom Coast gathering for the final contest of the season. For further information call Paul O’Neill 0427 332 294. Round five of the local footy fixture features a night match between Foster and MDU. Foster Football Club will host the match, played under lights, on Saturday, April 27 at the Foster football ground, Station Road Foster. Beginning at 10am on

Saturday, Sandy Point will be showcasing the seaside lifestyle with three fun events. Children can make and fly their own kites and can contribute, along with interested adults, to creating an art installation using inspiration and resources from this beautiful coastal setting. Rangers will also be on hand providing information and insight to bring the coastal environment to life. Contact Sally Gibson on 5684 1545 for further details. What better way to stretch your mind than with the strategy, tactics and precision that come with a friendly game of chess? Chess on Main Street provides a great opportunity to enjoy a friendly game in the main street of Foster on Saturday, April 27. If cycling is your thing, then join a Sunday morning ride from Foster to Fish Creek along the Great Southern Rail Trail. Make the most of a well-earned coffee break in Fish Creek before embarking on the return leg of the 10km round trip. No bookings are required, just meet at 9.45am on Sunday, April 28 where the rail trail intersects Station Road in Foster. Sunday morning’s program also features an Ecumenical Service conducted at 10.30am by the Uniting Church, Station Road, Foster. All are welcome to attend. Always a popular festival event, the hypothetical is on at 3.30pm Sunday afternoon. A well-known moderator will lead a lively panel discussion on a controversial topic of interest to all. Curious? Book at Main Street Revelations in Foster. “We encourage locals to invite friends along and for regular holiday makers and visitors to the region to put the festival ‘extended weekend’ in their diary,” added Deb. “The Prom Coast is a spectacular place and the festival provides a variety of ways to explore and enjoy it.” A summary of the festival program is in this week’s edition of The Mirror and the printed brochure is available from a variety of local shops, galleries, cafes and from Bendigo Bank branches. Further details about events are on the website www.promcoast seachange festival and updates are available on the festival Facebook page.

Trio makes art THREE artists unified by their shared experience at university are presenting a shared exhibition at Fish Creek’s Gecko Studio Gallery.

Irene Proebsting, Miriam Potts and Anne Lorraine offer Trace Wings, a collection of digital prints, woodblock prints and digital/mixed media paintings, from April 14 to May 11. The exhibition opens this Sunday, April 14 from 2-5pm. “The expression ‘trace

wings’ brings together two significant elements in my work,” Miriam Potts said. “My prints trace experiences of local places and these works often feature winged creatures.” The trio worked at Monash University, Churchill, finding opportunities to view and discuss art, in an inspiring and collaborative process. This exhibition is the next creative step. Trace Wings is the combination of three different disciplines: stills from Super 8 film, prints and paintings.

The artists share common interests and themes that underpin their artwork and have determined the concepts of this collection. The exhibition features traces of matter, remains and memories, drawn from the artists’ environment. Themes of rarity and loss prevail as well as a celebration of those wonders which the artists value and delight in. Wings feature as real or fictitious subjects or as fragments to suggest ideas. Flying conjures a sense of

Joint show: Anne Lorraine, Miriam Potts and Irene Proebsting have united to present Trace Wings.

Mushrooms spice up market YOU’LL be in mushie heaven this Saturday when you head down to the Coal Creek Farmers’ Market at Korumburra. Dalyston locals Chris and Anne Marie of Gippsland Mushrooms Dalyston will be up on the community stage taking a mushroom masterclass. Learn a bit about how they are grown, the different varieties they grow including Swiss brown, button and dinner plate, and some of the marvellous things you can do with them. Like one of AnneMarie’s favourites, Spicy Mushrooms. Yummo. She’ll be bringing her wok, secret spices (yes, she’ll tell you what they are) and loads of fleshy mushrooms to cook up for you to try. It’s hard to believe they’ve only been in the mushroom growing business for under a year given their already huge following, and demand. “Amazing flavour”, “love the freshness”, “they keep beautifully” are just some of the fabulous feedback they’ve had. As Chris said: “It makes the early mornings and eight day weeks worthwhile when people enjoy them so much.” They are part of the Australian Mushroom Growers’ Association, and you can find them nearly every weekend at one of the four VFMA accredited markets around the region: Koonwarra, Foster and the Inverloch Community Farmers’ Markets. Market goers will be

thrilled to know that one of their favourite faces will be back! Wayne from Port Franklin Fresh Fish will be in his usual spot with his usual delish fish. There’ll be all of the best gourmet fare from around the region so don’t forget to bring your bags, and keep

an eye out for a new furry celebrity: the resident koala likes fresh local food too. The market’s on 8am -12.30pm in the car park at Coal Creek Korumburra. See them on facebook for more details and make sure you’re there at 10.15am for the mushroom masterclass!

Thought provoking: Pantomine by Irene Proebsting. travelling and transcending, leaving behind only traces or memories. That notion of constant motion is true of time and life, endlessly in transition. Irene’s glimpses focus on slithers of time, as she selects stills from her films, re-contextualising fragments from the past in a

contemporary future. Miriam seeks beauty in her industrial environment by selecting plants and animals which she represents in print media. Anne’s paintings depict abstract specimens as odes to the natural world but also as a symbolic catalogue in case they are lost.

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Leongatha students explore Turkey

TWO students from each of Leongatha’s three secondary schools have been chosen to spend three weeks in Turkey this month. The six students in Year 10 were carefully chosen from many who applied. They are: Daniel Campbell and Megan Fraser from Leongatha Secondary College, Jackie Page and Larissa Cook from South Coast Christian College, and Royston McGavin and Abbie Watchorn from Mary MacKillop Regional College. They will be chaperoned by Leonnie McCluskey and Shauna Delaney. This will be Leonnie’s third visit and Shauna’s first visit to Turkey. The trip was arranged through the Leongatha Rotary Club. Students recently addressed the club and thanked members, the RSL, their parents and Leonnie and Shauna for giving them this opportunity. Daniel said he was interested in what war

was about and his great grandfather had fought in World War One. Megan said the experience would be a once in a lifetime opportunity and looked forward to experiencing Turkey, in particular the dawn service at Gallipoli. Larissa was looking forward to meeting new friends and discovering their way of life, in particular living with another family with a different culture. Jackie had a grandfather who fought in Turkey in World War One. She hasn’t been overseas before and looked forward to meeting her host family Abbie offered a big thanks to all who were involved in getting her selected. She is specially looking forward to the dawn service at Anzac Cove. Royston has researched World War One and battles in Turkey. His granddad fought there and he is looking forward to learning about Turkish culture. Leonnie thanked Lyn Skillern, a retired teacher who has helped students

All set: the Gallipoli entourage, from left: Leonnie McCluskey, Daniel Campbell, Jackie Page, Larissa Cook, Megan Fraser, Royston McGavin, Abbie Watchorn and Shauna Delaney. with research projects. Lyn is known in the community for her writings on historical subjects. She recently published the history of Leongatha secondary schooling, called From Inkwell to Internet.

While in Turkey, students will be hosted by students from Kadakoy High School. The students will attend school with their Turkish hosts.The Turkish students will travel to Australia in July this year to stay with our

students and attend the three schools in Leongatha. The highlight of the trip will be visiting Gallipoli and attending the dawn services at Anzac Cove and Lone Pine.A trip to Cappadocia is also planned.

The students and their chaperones have been meeting every week for the past eight weeks to prepare. They have prepared a Power Point presentation describing where they live, their families and

information about Australia which they will present at the host school in Turkey. Col and Barb Byatt, who were pioneers in this Turkish short term exchange, have also assisted in the preparations for the trip.

Goal to save kids RECENT research into how to prevent children of parents with a mental illness developing similar illnesses will be presented at free lectures in Wonthaggi and Leongatha.

Official group: Southern Business Women’s Network March committee member Jess Kemp and network president Patricia Hanrahan.

Women unite

PROFESSIONAL women gathered at Cowes recently for the March meeting of the Southern Business Women’s Network. The networking group meets regularly to provide a social outlet for women in business throughout the region.

Leongatha Red Cross

LEONGATHA Red Cros members have raised $2680 for Red Cross Calling.

This amount includes $548 raised from the Easter Eggs raffle won by Ada Baker of Koonwarra. We would like to sincerely thank all those who supported the appeal with special thanks to the Target Store and IGA Supermarket for their donations of Easter eggs and to members of the unit who also donated eggs. A report was given from the recent zone conference at Wonthaggi where reports were given from other units regarding their activities. It is hoped to call a meet-

ing in the near future in Wonthaggi with the hope of forming a unit there. Arrangements were made for delivering Meals on Wheels and also assisting at the Red Cross shop in Inverloch. Several members were called to man the registration area for evacuees from the fire at Hallston last week and during the weekend lunches have been provided by the unit for the workers who have been cleaning up and repairing damage done by the fires. Please note that the next meeting of the unit will be held on Thursday, April 18 due to Anzac Day falling on the normal meeting day.

Welcome aboard: Combined Probus Club of Coal Creek president Eddie Gill greets new members Sue Miles and Noel Martin.

Orangutans’ future headlines meeting

THE plight of the orangutans in Asia was the subject of a guest speaker at Korumburra recently. Amber Anile of The Orangutan Project informed members of the Combined Probus Club of Coal Creek how they could get involved in protecting the monkey from deafforestation. She spoke at the club’s annual meeting at the Korumburra Showgrounds.

Insightful presentation: Probus guest speaker coordinator Denise Corless with speaker Amber Anile of The Orangutan Project and orange friends.

Associate Professor Darryl Maybery of the Monash University School of Rural Health, who has been conducting the research over the last 12 years, said children’s resilience can be boosted through appropriate interventions. “Around one million Australian children have a parent with depression and/or anxiety,” he said. “These children are at a higher risk of developing learning difficulties, relationship problems, substance abuse or low self-esteem, as well as a mental illness. “We’ve been looking at practical measures that parents and health professionals can take to prevent that happening.” Associate Professor Maybery’s research contributed to the development by the Children of Parents with a Mental Illness national initiative of a free DVD resource which helps parents talk to their children about the illness. “We know that parents being able to talk to their kids about the illness is a major step,” he said. “It’s a very hard thing to do, but it helps the kids understand that they’re not to blame for their parent’s difficulties and to make sense of what’s happening. “This is an example of the kind of intervention that can have a major impact on how children cope with a parental mental illness.” Associate Professor Maybery is the director of the Monash University Department of Rural and Indigenous Health, part of the School of Rural Health. Based at Moe, he brings 15 years’ experience as a mental health clinician to his research into mental health. “Working with South Coast Primary Care Partnership to develop an intervention model specific to the community health sector is an exciting recent development of this research,” Associate Professor Maybery said. Hosted by South Coast Primary Care Partnership and Monash University Department of Rural and Indigenous Health, the lectures are open to anyone with an interest in the effects on children of parental mental illness. They will take place on Thursday, April 18 at 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the Wonthaggi Centennial Building, 1 Bent Street, Wonthaggi and on Wednesday, April 24 at 6.30pmto 7.30pm at Uniting Care Gippsland, 3 Church Street, Leongatha. For more information or to RSVP contact Marillyn Harkness on 5128 1004 or marillyn.harkness@ as places are limited.

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OLIVIA Rose Buckley was born at the Leongatha Memorial Hospital on February 11 to parents Matthew and Christine Buckley of Leongatha. Olivia is the first child for Matthew and Christine.

BETHANY-ROSE Gisele Roth was born on March 29 at Leongatha Memorial Hospital. She is the first daughter of Austen and Alysse of Mirboo North.

JAKE William Holwerda was born on March 21 at Leongatha Memorial Hospital. He is the first son of Aaron and Larissa of Leongatha.

HANNAH Marie Milnes was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on March 8 to Brooke Gartland and Paul Milnes of Wonthaggi.

Right, SUMMER Joy Wilson was born on March 19 at Leongatha Memorial Hospital. She is the first child for Ryan and Rhiannon of Korumburra. Below, MASON Leslie Palmer was born on March 14 at Leongatha Memorial Hospital.  He is the first son for Luke and Jenna of Korumburra and a brother for Sienna Rose, 2.

JACOB Harvey McLennan was born on March 6 to Rowen and Lauren at Leongatha Memorial Hospital. He is a brother for Jade, 8, Marcus, 5, and Noah, 4.

CITLALI Alves Lanson was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on March 21 to Beatriz Alves Da Silva Lanson and Clyde Lanson of Inverloch. Citlali is pictured with her sister Matilda, 2.

Emma (nee Appleyard) and Steve Trotman of Meeniyan are the proud parents of Tessa Kate Trotman, born at South Gippsland Hospital, Foster, on March 15.

RHYLEE James Moore was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on March 7 to Sarah Moore and Paul Britton of Wonthaggi. Rhylee is with his sister Shianne, 6, and brother Jordan, 3.

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$1015; B.G. Whittaker and J.L. Staton, Waratah South, 4 x $970; A. & Y. Morrison, Inverloch, 1 x $960; B.F., D.E. & M.A. Calder, Dumbalk, 10 x $940; Golden Gully Farms, Morwell, 16 x $845; I.E. & P.M. Smith, Inverloch, 12 x $840. Heifers: T.R. Burns, Moyarra, 5 x $605; R.G. & H.F. Stephens, Welshpool, 2 x $595; G. & M. Thomas, Meeniyan, 1 x $550; R.J. & L. Kimmins, Cape Paterson, 8 x $500; G. & J. Schepers, Won Wron, 6 x $500; V. & S. Bucello, Wonga Wonga, 13 x $498. Cows: T. & B. Bray, Jumbunna East, 1 x $800; B.J. Buckley Partnership, Buffalo, 3 x $740; J.S. & A.J. Kenny, Allambee East, 3 x $520; Geralem Services P/L, Mirboo, 1 x $460; L. & A. Williams, Fish Creek, 8 x $370; R.G. Crighton, Fish Creek, 1 x $310. Cows and calves: J.S. & A.M. Blackshaw, Leongatha South, 11 x $1010; D. Abernethy and A. Findlay, Devon, 4 x $1000; Seabreeze Farm P/L, Tarraville, 12 x $885; B. & C. MacKenzie, Boolarra South, 1 x $810; A. & Y. Morrison, Inverloch, 4 x $780.

competition. The grown steers and bullocks showed some good quality in places and sold to strong demand as did the Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers. Cows sold to a dearer trend with increased restocker attendance helping to lift activity from the gallery and improve prices in most categories 3c to 9c/ kg, while others remained firm. There was good enquiry in both beef and dairy bulls which also sold to a dearer trend. A handful of C muscle vealers sold from 180c to 215c/kg. Most yearling cattle were stores but a sprinkling of quality sold to a top of 194c/kg. C muscle grown steers made between 180c and 196c lifting 7c to 8c/kg. C muscle bullocks sold between 175c and 195c lifting 4c to 5c/kg. A limited number of plainer shaped beef bred grown steers and


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bullocks made from 150c to 177c lifting 6c to 9c/kg. Friesian manufacturing steers sold from 128c to 145c lifting 6c/kg. Most crossbred manufacturing steers made between 140c and 175c lifting 3c/kg. Plain condition one score dairy cows sold mostly between 95c and 118c, holding firm on the light weights and lifting up to 9c/kg on the heavy weights. Good condition two and three score heavy weight dairy cows made from 115c to 128c lifting 3c/kg.

Plain condition one and two score beef cows sold mostly from 95c to 128c, lifting 4c to 6c/kg on most sales. Good condition three and four score heavy weight beef cows made between 125c and 136c, lifting 1c to 3c/kg. Restocking cows sold between 85c and 124c/kg. Heavy weight bulls made from 122c to 147c lifting 4c to 8c/kg. The next sale draw - April 10: 1. Rodwells, 2. Landmark, 3. SEJ, 4. Alex Scott, 5. Elders, 6. David Phelan.

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Bullocks 12 G.J. & L.C. Sullivan, Strzelecki 617kg 16 G.E. & K.A. McEntee, Gormandale 625kg 14 J. MacLachlan P/L, Sale 640kg 19 A.W. Scarff, Mardan 560kg 14 B. Carr, Archies Creek 578kg 11 O’Loughlin Bros, Meeniyan 608kg STEERS 1 C. Nicholls, Alberton 310kg 2 B.G. & W.A. Anderson, Korumburra 342kg 9 Willox Earthmoving, Yarram 511kg 2 Gunyah Downs, Kardella South 532kg 1 A.S. & C. Cook, Toora 345kg 3 V. Albanese, Tyers 498kg COWS 1 T.J. & C.A. Hulls, Korumburra 735kg 1 S. & J. Rodwell, Poowong East 670kg 2 J. Dean, Rosedale 615kg 4 J.E. Bowron, Sandy Point 616kg 1 W.N. Haw, Leongatha 620kg 2 R.J. & K.V. Longbottom, Walkerville South 657kg heifers 1 B.G. & W.A. Anderson, Korumburra 375kg 1 A. Wilkin, Boolarra South 355kg 2 K. & M. Thomas, Meeniyan 282kg 1 S.R. & M.K. Greaves, Nerrena 350kg 1 D. & M. Jones, Mirboo 300kg 1 Gunyah Downs, Kardella South 425kg BULLs 1 J. Dean, Rosedale 1075kg 1 S. Conway, Traralgon 760kg 1 R. & C. Donat, Wonthaggi 820kg 1 R. & D. Fisher, Wheelers Hill 1030kg 1 R.W. Looker, Berrys Creek 1135kg 1 S. & D. Curtis, Korumburra 755kg

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Sell out: Rory and Douglas Hanks from Stony Creek had a few pens of steers to sell at Koonwarra.

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Big machine: Daryl Sinclair from Stony Creek looked at this monster John Deere tractor at the ride and drive day last week.

Held at Stony Creek, salesperson Art Renden said around 40 people came


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WINDMILL Ag held its annual ride and drive day last week, where interested farmers were able to come and try the latest in John Deere, Kuhn and Agrowdrill cultivation equipment and Croplands sprayers.

A FATHER and son team from South Gippsland were among those helping to repair fences destroyed during the Aberfeldy fires earlier this year. Jareth Hume from Ruby along with his father Angus Hume from Inverloch volunteered with fire aid organisation BlazeAid to help a family friend who had lost 90 per cent of their farm to the Aberfeldy blaze in late January. “I had heard about BlazeAid previously and


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through the gates for the day. “There was a strong interest from all of the visitors, so this was very positive,” he said. “The aim of the drive day is to allow people who are interested in the tractors to physically drive the tractors and test the machinery.” Mr Renden said Windmill Ag holds the drive day as a follow up to Farm World each year.

“People can sit in the tractors and have a look at Farm World, but they can’t drive them,” he said. There has been a decrease in machinery sales over the past months and Mr Renden said that could be a reflection of the dry summer and lower milk prices. “Following the recent autumn break things are looking a lot more positive than they were two months ago,” he said.

Family day: from bottom, Nicholas Matheson, Lachlan Burns, Mav, Tiffany-Blossom and Macca Matheson all from Wonthaggi took a ride in a John Deere at the Windmill Ag ride and drive day last week.

then it was twigged in my memory by the radio,” Jareth said. “For the first couple of days we helped out a family friend, fixing up their fences so they could try to get some part of their property stock proof.” Jareth said it was probably about two weeks after the fire went through, so it certainly opened his eyes, but the people affected were positive. “For the first few days, we worked out of the Maffra base camp, but I also went up alone a couple of weeks later to help out a bit more,” he said. BlazeAid is a volunteer organisation, and

Jareth said it gives everyday people an avenue to help out strangers when they need it most. “We met people from all over the place, including as far as Queensland. A lot of the people who volunteer are gray nomads,” he said. People know of the work of BlazeAid and how it has restored more than just fences and Jareth said it was something he would definitely do again should the need arise. BlazeAid hails back to the efforts of Kilmore East farmers Kevin and Rhonda Butler. They were among

those whose fences were burnt in the bush fires of February 2009, infamously known as Black Saturday. Needing to quickly secure their 1500 sheep, they sought assistance from family, friends and local volunteers to help rebuild their fences. Within a week, the fences were completed – a task that would have taken them months to do on their own. Grateful for the assistance they received, Rhonda and Kevin decided to try to help a few others with their fencing. Thus, BlazeAid was born.


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18 months to 4 years old Extremely quiet, very well grown All bull fertility tested approx. 6 bulls in total Starting from $2000

Since the devastation of the Black Saturday bushfires thousands of long and short term BlazeAid volunteers have come to help rebuild fences for bush fire survivors. Working tirelessly but cheerfully alongside the bushfire survivors, BlazeAid has rebuilt over 1000km of fences. In addition, volunteers have helped to remove hundreds of kilometres of damaged fencing and removed fallen trees from fence-lines. BlazeAid has helped restore the lives and sanity of many rural and farming families.

Left, Helping hands: Jareth Hume of Ruby and his father Angus Hume of Inverloch were among the volunteers to join with BlazeAid to help fire victims return to a normal life.

HAY FOR SALE Local, pasture hay Pick up or delivery PHONE COLIN

0418 595 988


JD cab 2250 tractor & F.E loader, 6800 hrs; Fordson tractor E27 (old); David Brown tractor 25 model (old); Leyland tractor (old); International tractor B275; Grey Ferguson tractor (parts or restoral); Red Ferguson tractor, FE35 model, petrol; Grey Ferguson 6v electrics; Ferguson rake (old); Ferguson plough (old); Ferguson saw bench (old); Ferguson post hole digger (old); Gel silage cart (old); New Holland 56 roller bar rake; Krump super spreader (old); Connor Shea seed drill; old harrows; replacement super spreader cone; carryalls; hay elevator; steel shed beams; mulcher (old); tractor scoops; 240 volt Mariner pump; 300 ltr poly water tank (new); Ferguson rims; old stationary engines & pumps, tractor seats, oil filters, rims, tyres, exhausts, Mitsubishi Canter truck; new heavy duty truck ramps; tandem trailer; 5x7 trailer; Yamaha 250 4x4 motorbike; Yamaha 175 2x2 motorbike (old); Spitwater pressure washer; stock crates; old Suzuki ute; 14ft boat, 40hp motor & trailer; 2 Dodge trucks (old); DM Triton bull bar; Masport lawn mower; Cubcadet ride on mower (as new); various old mowers; Flexiglass ute canopy; small trailers; Evinrude 25hp motor; 240 volt air compressor; Giltrap silage cart; New Holland 78 hay baler; Deutz tedder; Berends 5ft grader blade; Goldacres 500ltr spray unit with boom; Yellow smart super spreader (old); hay roll feeders; post rammers x2 (incomplete); Crommelins generator; shearing plant & press; feed troughs; elec fence units, post and wire; various pumps; camper trailer (as new); steel cabinet; quantity old chainsaws; horse sulky (good condition); various parts & sulky parts inc harness; Cigs tank; solo backpacks; 6 dble steel dog cages 8x3.6 ft; single dog cage; tool chest; old cast iron fencing; poly pipe & fittings; ladders; oil & feed drums; chain;240 volt welder; various timber inc sleepers, builders timber, turned verandah posts; mitre saw; various sundry items. Outside vendors: Honda 500cc motorbike, auto; Gehl 1460 round baler; Forte 5.2 mtr tedder rake; 4ft grader blade; Krump 15ft drop spreader. Terms: Cash or Cheque on day of sale. Photo ID registration. Light luncheon provided by Yinnar Lions club Outside vendors welcome.

Landmark Leongatha Andrew Bolton 0428 696 695 (after 5pm weekdays) Kev Clark 0419 193 592

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TOTAL VALUE OF ITEMS PER ADVERT MUST NOT EXCEED $50 QUEEN BED. Excellent condition. All timber with slat base. Mattress not included. $50. Ph. 0439 552 022. BEDSIDE CUPBOARDS. Two. All solid timber. $45 each or best offer. Ph. 0439 552 022. QUINCES. Chemical free. $3 per kg. Free delivery to Leongatha. Ph. 5668 6220 DOUBLE DIVAN. Pale pink. Excellent condition. $50. ph. 5662 4285. 3 WHEEL STROLLER. Valco. suitable to 18kg. Plenty of storage. Excellent condition. $50. Ph. 0458 942 517. BABY/INFANT SWING. Bright stars. Near new. swings and plays tunes. $40. Ph. 0458 942 517. PAINT. 4 litres. New. Acrylic. Colour classic cream. $30. Ph. 5658 1443. IKEA DRAFTSMAN’S TABLE, 4 DRAWER BEDSIDE CABINET & TOY BOX. Lift up lid. 4 drummer. $40 the lot. Ph. 5658 1443. COUNTY CRICKET PADS. Kookaburra high pad and Albion helmet. $35. Ph. 0411 439 856. PORTA COT. Light & easy. By BabyCo. As new. $35. Ph. 0411 439 856. XBOX 360 GAME. DANCING STAGE UNIVERSE 2. Like new. Dance mat included. negotiable price. $40. Ph. 0438 710 514. EXTERNAL DOOR JAMB. Glazed side panel & solid external door with glazed panel. $50. 5662 4774. COFFEE TABLE. Modern glass. Stainless steel frame. White glass. two levels. On casters. 1m diameter x 400” high. $50. Ph. 0413 060 875. QUEEN BED MATTRESS AND BASE SET. Good condition. $40. Ph. 0421 127 577. FUJIFILM S1500. Cracked screen. Viewfinder works. occasional 1 pixel red line on photo. Still good. negotiable $50. Ph. 0438 710 514. KIDS FOLDOUT COUCH. Foam with Winnie The Pooh cover. Excellent condition. $15. Ph. 0411 329 348. CAR SEAT COVER. Holden Omega. Vinyl. Full back. Custom made. $50. Ph. 0407 825 488. HAT AND COAT STAND. Wooden. $20. Ph. 0488 069 004. DRAWERS. with compartments. Drawers covered with yellow material. $30. Ph. 0488 069 004. BARBECUE. 6 Burner. Hood. cupboards. 2 wheels need replacing. $50. Ph. 5662 3838. TONKA TRUCKS. Brand new. $20 each. Ph. 5662 2851. DRYER. Good condition. Works well. $50. Ph. 0400 733 519. CORNER CUPBOARD. Very good condition. 123cm (L) x 77cm (W) x 57cm (H), 2 cupboards, 2 drawers, shelf. $50. Ph. 5668 6220. DESKS. Two. Suit computers. White. High backed. shelves and drawers. $10 each. Ph. 5668 6220. OLD MECHANICAL VANE INSTRUMENTS. Camangle. Bolt. ohm

and ammeter. Timing light and a fuel analyse. $40 the lot. Ph. 0419 301 463. BOOTS. Ladies. Red back. Size 4. Brown pull on. Almost new. $35. Ph. 5658 1050. TROLLEY. Wooden two tiered. On wheels. $20. Ph. 0488 069 004. WOODEN DOLL CRADLE. $10. Ph. 0488 069 004. GYMNASTICS LEOTARD. NK Brand. sparkling silver and red. Suit girl aged 5-8. $30. ph. 0457 995 155. GYMNASTICS LEOTARD. NK Brand. sparkling silver, black and gold. With stars. Suit girl 6-10 years old. $30. ph. 0457 995 155. SMALL FISH TANK. With lid, inc. 2 pumps, filters. Good cond. $45 the lot. Ph. 0438 982 729. PUSHBIKE RACK FOR CAR. Holds 3 bikes. $45. Ph. 0408 642 358. MICROWAVE, small, silver. Brand new cond. $40. Ph. 0438 982 729. BAR FRIDGE. Suit caravan or horse truck. 12v, works well. $50. Ph. 0411 743 648. ASSORTED PUPPY STUFF. New, unused. Inc. toilet training pads, puppy toilet tray with fake grass mat, metal puppy playpen. $45 the lot. Ph. 0408 848 728. SLIDING WINDOW. Large, cream aluminium, good cond. $50. Ph. 0408 848 728. TIMBER WINDOW. Wind out, in good cond.160 x 109cm. $30. Ph. 5662 2221. COMPOST MAKER, Tumbleweed. $50. Ph. 0417 505 731. EXERCISE BIKE. Big W. $50. Ph. 0417 505 731. CAMPING STOVE. Two burner, gas, with accessories. Brand new. $40. Ph. 0411 329 348. CAMPING BED with mattress, SB, new. $45. Ph. 0428 859 583 after 5pm. MOTORBIKE BOOTS. Shift brand. Black, youth size 2. Good cond. $50. Ph. 0409 641 300. GOLF SHOES. Niblick brand. White/black men’s size 10. Worn 3 times. $40. Ph. 0409 641 300. SINGLE BED. Solid pine, good cond. $15. Ph. 0409 585 080. HIGH CHAIR. Plastic, converts to play table/chair. $30. Ph. 0488 069 004. TREADMILL. Walking or running speed. Digital display. Currently in storage. $50. Ph. 5664 4231. FIRE HOSE. No fittings. Suit washdown or transfer hose. 38mm x 26m long x 2 $20 each. One x 12m long. $10. Ph. 0447 686 286. DESK. Large. Approx 1400x900 table top. No drawers. Electric height adjustable. Wattlebank. $50. Ph. 0428 311 321. TV CABINET. Corner. Pine. $50. Wattlebank. Ph. 0428 311 321. MOBILE. Nokia C2-01. Unlocked. Hardly used. Free case. $50. Ph. 8679 0386. LARGE AGAPANTHUS. Well established. 25m. $30 the lot. Ph. 0437 510 108. ROCKING CHAIR. Covered with tapestry. $50. Ph. 5474 2035.

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Established Established 1986 1986


Local Firewood Collection Area Update


The Mirboo North Regional Park / Forresters Road area has been closed to firewood collection due to public risk, until Tuesday 30 April 2013 when it will be reassessed. The closest firewood collection area is located near Boolarra.


For information on nearby areas to collect firewood, visit the DSE website Customer Service Centre 136 186

40 Bair Street, LEONGATHA. PH. 5662 2144 ZO350312


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BOAT LICENCE COURSE Vic. Marine Licence with Jetski endorsement


Request for Philanthropic Fundraising Services Gippsland Southern Health Service is requesting interested parties to register an expression of interest to provide fundraising services for the benefit of the Health Service with funds to be sourced from philanthropic entities. This expression of interest requires expertise in developing and managing fundraising initiatives. Respondents will be sent a document outlining the specific services that are required. You will be required to provide a response no later than Friday 26th April 2013. Your response should specify your capabilities to provide some or all of the requirements that are detailed and a statement of your specific expertise. Please forward any queries to: Dianna Mollica, Executive Assistant, Gippsland Southern Health Service, Private Bag 13, Leongatha. PH: 03 5667 5504

Art Show


Tuesday, April 16 6pm - 10pm BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Phone Bob: 0417 524 005 Approved TSV course ABN 43080057923


Doors closing Friday 12th April ALL STOCK TO GO

What motivates mature age allied health professionals to stay in the health workforce? - An information, discussion and planning forum Do you have an interest in retaining the skills and experience of allied health professionals in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland? Monash University researchers will present the results of the recent RETAINR survey of allied health professionals’ beliefs and attitudes towards work and retirement and also propose available resources that address the particular issues raised by the study. Forum participants will discuss local solutions and strategies to create an action plan to conserve the skills, knowledge, networks and experience of mature age allied health professionals in Bass Coast and South Gippsland. When: Wednesday 17 April 2013 Time: 9:30am – 2:00pm. Where: Inverloch Community Hub, 16 A’Beckett Street, Inverloch. Registration essential by 12 April: or Phone 03 5128 1004

A major art show of wildlife & landscapes by

Di & John Koenders

“Country Memories”

On now until April 27 Including Easter and all public holidays Open daily: 10am to 5pm


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Breaking generational cycle of mental illness Are you interested in learning about practical measures that parents and health professionals can take to reduce the risk of children developing the mental illness that their parent has? Associate Professor Darryl Maybery will share his knowledge of over 10 years of researching this area and discuss recent evidence of what can be done to break the generational cycle of mental illness. Who is it for? Mental Health professionals, health care professionals, parents, GP’s, teachers and anyone with an interest in mental health. Date: 18 April 2013. Venue: Wonthaggi Centennial Building, 1 Bent St, Wonthaggi. Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Date: 24 April 2013. Venue: Uniting Care Gippsland, 3 Church St , Leongatha. Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm. To register; Phone 03 5128 1004 or Email;

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19 Moonah Street Cape Paterson


Garry Harrison Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday By appointment Ph: 5674 8290


28 Reilly Street, INVERLOCH HOURS - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday by appointment Phone and fax 5674 3666 South Gippsland Chiropractic Services & Adjunctive Therapies P/L

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MEENIYAN DUMBALK United Football Netball Club would like to thank the community and the following businesses for their generosity and help in raising money for the Harris family:Tarwin Quality Meats, The Duck Hutt, Moo’s at Meeniyan, Dumbalk Village Store, Meeniyan Chemist, Meeniyan IGA, Meeniyan Hotel, Pomegranate, LC Excessorise, SportFirst, Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Stockdale and Leggo, Landmark Leongatha,Victorian Desalination Plant, Nagel’s Pharmacy.

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OPEN PUBLIC MEETING OF THE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT OF BASS COAST REGIONAL HEALTH As part of our obligation to our community to provide the opportunity for participation in an open access meeting of the Health Service Board of Management, we are offering this opportunity on Tuesday 23 April from 7pm to 8pm. Refreshments will be provided at the completion of the meeting. This meeting is in addition to our usual annual general meeting which is held each year in November. The Board of Management would like to focus the meeting on quality of care and service development, and has set the following for the meeting agenda: • The most recently published Quality of Care Report • The new National Accreditation program for hospitals • An update on current building projects The meeting will be held in the Grabham Wing Education Centre, Room 1, Wonthaggi Hospital. All members of the community are very welcome to attend. RSVP by Friday 19 April to Pat Grasby 5671 3209 or

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Customer Relationship Officer Can you listen and talk with people? Are you passionate about delivering real service and solutions? Full time position - 8 month Fixed Term Contract located in Leongatha, VIC Bendigo Bank branches are all about people working together to build stronger communities. To be successful as a Customer Relationship Officer you’ll be committed to putting customers’ needs first, developing financial solutions to suit their needs. You will use your interpersonal skills to build relationships with new and existing customers, developing and implementing customer communication and marketing strategies. You will assist the Branch Manager with the tailoring of financial solutions encompassing all facets of consumer solutions. In addition, your work will play an important role in the local community. In return you’ll become a key part of a diverse team in a rewarding work environment where you can continue your career development. So if you think you’ve got what it takes to be part of the Bendigo team, we want to hear from you. Visit to find out more or to submit your application, quoting reference number VIC874573. Or write to Mark Hoffman, Retail Operations Officer, PO Box 698, Warragul 3820. Applications close on Tuesday, 16 April 2013.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited ABN 11 068 049 178. AFSL 237879. (183297_v1) (5/04/2013)

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Assistant Maintenance Supervisor

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

• Tidal River • Full time ongoing position • $61,589pa plus 9% super Parks Victoria is looking for a highly motivated applicant with suitable experience to work at Tidal River in the position of Assistant Maintenance Supervisor. The position will support the Maintenance Supervisor in managing all contractors working within Tidal River or at the Wilsons Promontory Lightstation and in supervising and coordinating of the Maintenance Team. To succeed in this role you will have: • Demonstrated skills and trade qualification in one or more of the following trades: electrician, plumber, carpenter, builder or mechanic. • Demonstrated experience operating one or more of the following: Water Treatment Plant, Waste Water Treatment Plant or Power Plant. • Demonstrated commitment to Occupational Health and Safety. • An ability to work effectively and cohesively as a member of a team and work efficiently without direct supervision. • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and review annual or cyclic work programs. • A current driver’s licence is essential. To find out more about this position obtain a copy of the position description by visiting under ‘employment’. For further information, contact Ben Robertson by calling Parks Victoria on 13 1963. To apply, email your application, addressing the selection criteria including a resume to Applications close Friday 19 April 2013. Parks Victoria is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to merit, equity and diversity in the workplace. More information Phone 13 1963

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Child FIRST and Integrated Family Services Worker Based in Leongatha

Further information is available at: or call Pam Porter on 5152 9600 UnitingCare Gippsland interviews in the interests of safety and well-being of children and young people.

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

Client Services Officer - 17769 Permanent Full Time positions, based across Latrobe Valley and Warragul. This role requires a dynamic, well organised, self-starter and problem solver committed to providing excellent customer service to the community. Responsibilities include: • • •

Reception services Being part of a team in answering high volume incoming telephone calls on a daily basis across all LCHS sites in accordance with the staffing roster. The ability to learn about and master various data bases is essential for this role.

For further information in regards to this role please contact Janene Havers, Manager Quality & Front Office on (03) 5136 5305. Applications close 4.30pm, Friday 19 April 2013.

South East Services Network GippsCare Leongatha


The Salvation Army GippsCare provides assistance to individuals and families in need of a variety of support within the Bass Coast & South Gippsland Shires. GippsCare is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated professional to join our team. This position will be working with young people in the Youth Justice Community Support Services system to assist them to establish crime free lifestyles. The position will also assist young people Leaving Home Based Care to develop healthy community links, including employment, training, recreational and other services identified on an individual basis to enhance their opportunities for a positive experience transitioning to independent living. The successful applicant will have an ability to develop ways of engaging young people at risk, have a passion for working with young people and be experienced in case management, report writing, case planning and have sound written & communication skills. A qualification in social welfare, youth or housing would be highly desirable. The above position will be required to meet the following criteria: • Applicants must be willing to work within the mission and values of The Salvation Army. • A satisfactory police check is essential. • A Working with Children check is essential. • Proof of Eligibility to Work in Australia is essential. • A Victorian Driver’s Licence is essential. • All applicants are required to cite the name of three (3) referees and must address the Position Description Job Competencies. Applications for the above position are to be received no later than close of business, Monday 15th April 2013 A position description and letter of application is available by contacting Stuart Simmie on 5662 4502 or email: * SESN is a Child Safe organisation.


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

Most photos that appear in The Star can be purchased by calling 5662 2294. garage sales

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



KIT INCLUDES 5cm x S/C advert (valued at $33.00)

• 2 x A4 Garage Sale Signs • Garage Sale Tips (dos and don’ts) • Sheet of Price Stickers • Star Carry Bag

Total package valued at $41 ADVERTISE by calling 5662 5555 or emailing or call in to 36 McCartin Street LEONGATHA to pick up your kit when you place your advertisement

garage sales

Garage Sale 29 LEE PARADE LEONGATHA Saturday April 13 8am - 2pm Bric-a-brac and furniture

Garage Sale 26 GRIFFIN ROAD LEONGATHA Saturday April 13 9am - 3pm Antique furniture, electrical (new fridge), kitchenware, pot plants and much more Deceased estate

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for sale

PROFESSIONAL person seeks midweek self contained accommodation in Leongatha or Korumburra. Ph: 0431-380089.

for rent

REFRIGERATED Toyota HiAce 2005, excellent condition, roadworthy, POA. 0438-681396.

SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662.

WONTHAGGI modern central shop, $295 pw, central office $195 pw. Ph: 0408-981819.

SNOOKER/POOL table. Full size 12’ x 6’, 5 piece slate table. All accessories. $1,000. Ph: 5683-2518.


167 Graham Street Wonthaggi

5672 3127

HAY FOR SALE Local, pasture hay Pick up or delivery PHONE COLIN

0418 595 988


with every MS170 chainsaw sold this month


14” bar, SAVE $170



5662 2028

ALL excellent condition: 3 seater lounge suite $700; oak dining table, 4 chairs $400; 2 single beds $150. ONO. 0437-243225. C A M P E R V A N / motorhome/ mobile caravan, old but in good condition. Well laid out. $28,000 ONO. Enquiries Tony at 5682-2265. FIREWOOD Local gum, split, free delivery within Leongatha. Get your firewood before winter. $80 per metre. Ph: 5662-4112 or 0418-939112. FIREWOOD local hardwood mixture, split, dry, pick up or delivered. Bulk loads available, $85 per metre. Ph: 0437-176187. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175.

GARLIC SEED Mixed hard neck varieties, medium to large size, $38 per kilo. A/H 5662-3799, mob. 0402633773.

HAY: small squares, excellent quality, shedded, suitable for horses, new season, $9 each. Mardan, can deliver 50 or more, conditions apply. 56641320.

Affordable cars at drive away prices

RIDE-ON lawn mower, John Deere, $1,200. Ph: 5662-3968.

STONY CREEK 3 BR house long term, $195 pw. School bus route, strictly non smokers, no animals and references essential. Mobile: 0407-647314.

for sale

used vehicles

TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 56812261.

health and wellbeing Dharmaheart Yoga Centre Meeniyan YOGA CLASSES ARE BACK

SG CHEAPEST CARS Geary Road Leongatha LMCT 10804

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.

work wanted GUTTER Small homes $35 and large Contact Josh 0428-871872.

CLEANING and units homes $45. 5662-5037,

marriage celebrant PAM HERRALD 5662 2553 0438 097 181

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings

Jenny Milkins

Ring Kerrie 5664 4252 Yoga For Health

All areas - 5672 3123

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

livestock PULLETS

Wednesday, May 1 Commercial crossbreds. Fully vaccinated. Not debeaked.

12wk (Brown) $14

Available from Elders Past., Leongatha

11am Phone 5662 3523 to order now (Brian Larkin Poultry)

RAMS Southdown, Poll Dorset and Border Leicester, all flock registered. Bruccellosis accredited, well bred, grown. Can deliver. 0428356376.

lost OPAL PENDANT lost near Leongatha Post Office on Friday April 5. Enormous sentimental value. Contact the Star office.

message of hope WE were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Rely on God for deliverance, not yourself. Pray and accept His gracious favour.  2 Corinthians 1:8a

wanted BOATS wanted. Cash paid. Ph: 0417-592169.

wanted to buy CASH PAID farm four wheelers, ag bikes, trucks, 4WDs and ride-on mowers. Any condition. Phone Matt 0401-194601.

used vehicles

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

Bass Coast Metal Recyclers 5672 2946 0417 556 593

births CHARLTON (Opray) Scott and Lauren welcome with love Willow Sadie born March 20, 2013. Little sister for Georgie and second beautiful granddaughter for Mick and Ann and Brian and Allyson.

deaths JOHNSON (nee Hanks) Judy.  Passed away suddenly in Geraldton W.A. on 5.4.13.  Loving sister of Fred, loved sister-in-law of Marg. Auntie of Peter and Lorraine, Darren and Kerry, Mark and Chelle, Debbie and Drew, and their families.  Even tho the miles kept us apart,  We loved you with all our hearts.  Reunited with her beloved Ian after exactly 6 years.  Our love and thoughts to her daughter Steph, sons Troy and Scott and granddaughter Pheobe.  I will miss our phone calls Jude.  Love you Fred xx.  Reunited with Mum, Dad and David.  Sleep peacefully. JOHNSON (Hanks) Judith.  Passed away 5.4.2013 at Geraldton W.A. Aged 56.  Judy I will miss our chats and emails. Especially the jokes and laughter we shared.  Thank you for being who you were, my Mad Mate and sister-in-law.  Marlene and David (dec). JOHNSON (nee Hanks) Judith Ann.  Passed away suddenly 5.4.13 aged 56.  Darling sister of Heather, devoted aunt of Wendy, Matt, David, Steve, Katie, Travis and Charlie.  We’ll miss you my darling Sis.  Lots and lots of love to Steph, Troy, Scott and Phoebe.  XOXOXO

deaths LEWIS - John William.  Suddenly on 2.4.13, aged 70 years.  Son of William and Ellen Lewis (both dec).  Husband of Dianne. Father of Susan, Michelle and Anthony.  Brother of Patricia, Noelle (dec) and Kay.  Grandpa of Zachary, Cassandra and Stephanie. Uncle of Christie and Katrina.  Privately cremated.  R.I.P. Dear Brother POTTER - Thomas George (Tom).  Passed away peacefully at home in Leongatha sitting in his favourite chair reading the Age.  Loving husband of Julie (dec). Special Dad to Ruth, Lesley and Wendy (dec). Grandtom to Cameron, Matthew, Felicity, Julia and Ben. Great grandfather to seven.  Forever remembered.

funerals ANDERSON Family and friends of the late Mr John (Jock) Anderson of Korumburra are invited to attend his Funeral Service to be conducted at the Uniting Church, Bridge Street, Korumburra on Friday April 12, 2013 at 11am.  Following this service, the funeral will proceed to the Kilcunda Cemetery arriving approx. 12.45pm.  HAROLD MILKINS MILKINS FUNERALS 102 Graham Street, Wonthaggi 5672-3123 100% Australian

in memoriam CAFARELLA - Angela.  25.2.70 - 13.4.2010  Years come and go. Memories and thoughts of you forever in our hearts.  Your loving mum and family. GOLDSMITH Julie Lorraine.  18.01.1962 to 10.04.2003  Ten years have passed and time changes many things,  But not the memory this day brings.  You will be in our minds and hearts forever.  Love and miss you always, Alan, Pam and Graeme, Wendy, Wally and Barbara (dec), Audrey and Jim (dec), Mathew and Sheridan, Jason and Teagan, Kylie and Zac, Michael, Zoe and Holly. GOLDSMITH - Julie.  10 years have passed since we said goodbye.  Jules I miss you every day.  Best friend of Rhonda, Max, Daniel and Taylor. xxx

deaths ANDERSON - John Cecil James (Jock).  Passed away at Korumburra Hospital on April 5, 2013.  Devoted husband to Kay (dec), loving father to Chris and Lynne.  Grandfather to Meagan, James, Callan and Fraser. Great grandfather to Olive and Matthew. Father-in-law to Mary and John.  The many thousands of Australian native plants he grew are the legacy left by this amazing man.  Gone to the great Bush Bank in the sky.

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

Boys in the swim EIGHT boys represented Newhaven College at the Victorian All School Swimming Championships held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre recently. They competed in the Under 15 freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and medley relay events. Lachlan Nunn, Sam Hanrahan and Locke DeGaris competed in all five events, handling the pressure well. College head of sport Stewart Bathgate went with them and said he was proud of their efforts.

Hot? Not all agree By Jane Ross LONG time Koonwarra farmer Ken Caithness is questioning the record status of the hot weather we’ve been having.

Ken has also been flying his own aircraft for many years and takes a keen interest in the weather. He admits he’s a bit of a climate change sceptic and referred The Star to the website of Jo Nova, a science presenter, writer and speaker. The website notes that in explorer Charles Sturt’s time, it was so hot thermometers exploded in heat recorded at 122 degrees Fahrenheit or 53.9 degrees Celsius. This is borne out by the Australian Dictionary of Biography that says Charles Sturt began an expedition to trace the course of the Maquarie River on December 22, 1828, travelling “through country blasted by drought and searing heat”. The site also lists detail of extreme heat from west to east across Australia in early 1896, when the temperature was above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38.8 degrees Celsius for 24 days straight. Apparently 437 people died in the eastern states and there were reports of people being driven mad by the relentless heat. People fled the outback in panic and special trains were put on to take heat-stricken residents to cooler climes. A map of Australia is replicated on the website listing in red some of the hottest temperatures recorded in various parts of the nation. These include: 50.8 degrees Celsius at Mildura in 1906, 49.7 at Menindee in 1939, 53 at Cloncurry in 1889, 51.7 at Bourke in 1909, 51.7 at Geraldton in 1896 and 160 days above 38 at Marble Bar in 1924.

Milpara (Korumburra) Community House news

DURING term two, we will be offering a course from the end of May until the December 9. This course is Life Skills and Job Skills for Women and is aimed at helping women to build confidence, match their skills with job opportunities, increase job readiness through building computer skills and developing a resume or exploring educational options. Classes will be held on Mondays between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Another great opportunity for parents returning to work or people considering a change of occupation is the course being offered in term two, on Wednesdays, commencing June 5. An Introduction to Community Services is a four week course. If you are looking into working in aged care, home and community care, disability, child care or community services this course is aimed at helping people to make the right choice. This course is being offered at the Community College Gippsland, Leongatha Campus. For further details regarding this course call Sandra or Jenni after April 15.

Social Mahjong classes commence on Wednesday, April 17. If this is a game that you are interested in learning to play, here is your chance.

For the Blokes kicks off again for the term on Friday April 19. We have had an increase in the blokes coming in for a cuppa during this last term and they would welcome some new faces amongst them. For more information, please contact Colin on 5655 2510, or leave a message on 0428 520 034. Are you interested in learning the art of cake decorating? Classes commence over three weeks starting May 1 and you will learn how to make flowers and decorate a cake for that special occasion.

An event not to be missed and the proceeds of this function go to two very worthy beneficiaries: Milpara Community House Emergency Food Bank, and St Paul’s Anglican Church Door Appeal. A musical soiree will be held on Friday, April 26 from 7.30pm at Whitelaw Antiques, 9 Mine Road, Korumburra. A selection of classical and popular music will be presented by local musicians. Entry is by pre-purchased tickets. For further information please contact Sandra or Jenni on 5655 2524 or Lorna Treacy on 0409 404 612.

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Walkers back Prom effort

AN EAGER group of Inverloch Community House Walkie Talkies met up for an early start and travelled to Tidal River recently.

There, they were welcomed by their newest best friends, Friends of the Prom (FOTP). Former enthusiastic Walkie Talkie, the late John Foulkes, was also a passionate member of the

Turning the page: Korumburra author and illustrator Maude Farrugia is excited about being accepted in the Australian Society of Authors Annual Mentorship Program.

Prom friends group and it was in memory of John that Jan Millington presented a cheque on behalf of the Walkie Talkies, to Prom friends’ Mary Walker. The money will go towards a table and chairs to be located at the site, where the Prom friends work from. As a light rain fell, a delicious morning tea was enjoyed by the

Illustrator Dunn Dusted & attracts mentor

Out, about: members of Inverloch Community House Walkie Talkies and Friends of the Prom at Wilsons Prom.

By Matt Dunn

KORUMBURRA author and illustrator Maude Farrugia is set to expand her career after being accepted into a prestigious mentorship program.

She is one of 12 applicants from around the country who will be involved in the Australian Society of Authors Annual Mentorship Program. Maude, having been successful in the picture book category, now has 25 hours over the course of the year to spend with her mentor. “My mentor is Ann James, an illustrator,” she said. “It’s quite funny because I grew up reading books that she illustrated and now I get to work with her.” Together they will work on Maude’s latest project. “For the application I had to write a story and put some sample illustrations together,” she said. “The idea is that we will now develop that manuscript and a bunch of illustrations and then hopefully pitch to publishers. “I hope to develop the work and have a professional eye cast over it which will be really valuable; hopefully I will get some networks in the publishing world.” The project they will be working on, The Magnificent Splodge, is a slightly true

story of what can happen when drawing gets out of hand and onto the lounge room floor. Maude already has some published work but fortunately it fell out of the criteria boundaries for the mentorship. “I have written a junior chapter book, Sticks McLennan, and also illustrated an adult book by Mandy Sayer called Coco: an autobiography of my dog last year,” she said. “Thankfully this didn’t stop me receiving the mentorship.” Maude has always been surrounded by books, which has led to her love of writing. “I grew up in a house that was full of books,” she said. “My mum’s a teacher and my dad likes making up stories so we were always surrounded by stories. “I haven’t really grown up; I still read picture books and kids’ story books.” Maude still surrounds herself with books on an even grander scale, working full time with West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation. “I find that working at the library helps with my writing,” she said. “It’s great and I borrow a lot of books. “I think I can read about six books in a month.”

Treasures wanted PROM Coast Seachange Festival is scheduled for Anzac weekend in Foster and surrounding towns, with nearly 40 events scheduled to take place. Included will be the Antique Collectors’ Fair, to be held at the Foster Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 27, from 1pm to 4pm. Special guest will be sworn valuer David Freeman from Melbourne, who will be available to appraise your treasures for

$5 per item. He will be wired for sound so visitors can enjoy listening to his wise words while relaxing with a Devonshire tea. Collectors’ stalls will be there with all sorts of goodies available to entice you to add to your own collections, including antique jewellery, books and general collectables. Convener Kate Crowl is putting out a call for any pieces you may like to donate for the festival’s own table. “All proceeds will go to the Prom Coast Aged Care building fund, which

of course encompasses the wider Gippsland community,” she said. “If you have any really valuable items you would like to sell, we can take them on a commission basis. “Please delve into your archives and discover what hasn’t seen the light of day for years and the kids won’t take – pass them on to us for sale.” There is still room available in the hall for any collectors who would like to conduct their own stall; contact is Kate Crowl on 5682 2185 or crowl@dcsi.

group under cover as the Prom friends explained the job they do in conservation and helping park staff with the preservation and upkeep of Wilsons Promontory National Park. It was obvious to the group these friendly volunteers play an important role. Soon it was time for the Walkie Talkies to head off and enjoy some of the magnificent scenic walks The Prom has to offer.

Be brave, come on down

By Matt Dunn THE SS Coalition has hit an iceberg (in the shape of Frankston MP Geoff Shaw) and is now manning the lifeboats. The captain, Ted Baillieu, has dived overboard. I swear I can hear the sound of crunching metal, rushing seawater and Celene Dion warbling every time I see a state government polly on the news now. Worst of all this “crisis” follows news that Victoria is sliding into a recession. It’s all bleak and desperate and may just hasten the end of the world. Okay, that may be overstating things – but only by a little. Here in South Gippsland we know about adversity and disadvantage, especially when it comes to our Third World roads. People might be shaking their heads and asking, “Where’s the money going to come from now?” But, I reckon there’s a way to turn it all around. I had the idea a couple of weeks ago, but I can’t claim to be the first. Call it a phenomenon of collective consciousness or a confluence of thought. Whatever is happening, it’s almost like the universe is sending us a message. Rather than complaining about the deplorable state of our potholed thoroughfares, we need to turn the problem to our advantage. And make our potholes a tourist attraction. Local roads campaigner Lisa Burge told me she is already considering t-shirts, mugs and bumper stickers. The slogans are yet to be fleshed out, but would run along the lines of: “Welcome to pothole country” and “I survived South Gippsland’s roads and all I got was this crappy t-shirt”. A stubby holder could have something like: “I need a stiff drink after driving on South Gippsland’s roads”. Lisa has also suggested an official tour, with maps to South Gippsland’s worst potholes – something akin to one of those Hollywood star things. The potential problem would be buses falling into the potholes and ensuing lawsuits from the families of Japanese people who decided to take a tour of South Gippsland but were never seen again. I know this all sounds a bit silly, but if the roads are never going to be fixed let’s embrace it. You could get angry about the inaction of government, shout that nobody gives a damn about people in the country, or you could join me. Embrace it. Nothing’s ever going to change until we initiate change. The only way to rescue our region is tell the world: “South Gippsland has the worst roads in the world. Be brave, come on down.”

MG opens Dubai office AGRICULTURE and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh has officially opened Murray Goulburn’s new office in Dubai. Mr Walsh was in Dubai as part of the State Government’s Super Trade Mission to the Middle East. He believes the establishment of the new MG office reinforced major opportunities for growth in exports of Victorian dairy products to the region. “The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is the world’s second largest dairy import region, which currently imports a combined 1.2 million tonnes of dairy product valued at $3.8 billion,” Mr Walsh said. “MG is 100 per cent farmer-owned and is the largest dairy exporter from Australia. It is also one of the largest container exporters from the Port of Melbourne, generating export revenue of $1.2 billion in 2011-12. “The company recognises substantial opportunities for export growth in the MENA region and the establishment of a strategic business unit in Dubai will help drive its expanded presence in this rapidly developing market.” MG managing director Gary Helou said the MENA region represented an exciting opportunity for the company. “Demand from MENA nations is forecast to grow significantly and the Australian dairy industry is extremely well positioned to play a key role in meeting that demand,” he said. “Exports of Victorian dairy products to the MENA region were worth $285 million in 2011-12, but with Australian dairy accounting for less than 10 per cent of this crucial market, MG believes there is significant untapped potential for future export growth.” Mr Helou said MG’s presence in Dubai would strengthen relationships with important customers and enable MG to market its products in the region. He said consumers appreciate Australia’s natural pasturebased farming systems and its exemplary food safety record. The MG office in Dubai is one of four international offices, with other teams based in Tokyo, Ho Chi Min City and Singapore. MG participated in the Victorian Coalition Government’s Super Trade Mission to the Middle East, which is the largest ever undertaken by Victoria to this region and features 75 Victorian food and agribusiness companies.

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VicHealth boost for local clubs Inverloch enjoys club championships LAST Sunday saw the annual Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club Championship being held. Competitors had to put friendships aside as rivalries for placings in events emerged. Points tallied for placings during the various

events determined the winners on the day. The day started with beach events - 2km run, sprints and flags. The swim and board events saw competitors challenged, with the southerly wind making the three to five foot waves unpredictable.

Champions in each age group were: U15 Boys tie between Harry Campbell and Oliver Collett, U15 Girls Olivia Hughes, U18 Boys - TJ Blizzard, U18 Girls - Isabelle Tomas, Open Mens Nick Leman, Open Ladies - Erin Kerr and Mens Masters - Peter Creswell.

Tough gig: competitors take off in the Under 15 swim event.

Fun race: the Under 18 boys found time to laugh in their swim.

VICHEALTH grants of up to $2500 have been awarded to eight sporting groups throughout the South Gippsland Shire, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced last week.

Mr Ryan said the aim of the Victorian Government’s VicHealth Active Club Grants program was to get more people in the community physically active and to support smaller regional and rural clubs that sometimes need extra support. “These grants enable groups to train volunteers, purchase essential sporting equipment, and to acquire injury prevention and management equipment,” Mr Ryan said. “The grants have been prioritised to

support clubs that cater for older people, people living in rural or low-socio economic areas, those with disabilities, Aboriginal Victorians and people from diverse backgrounds.” Mr Ryan said the following clubs would receive a VicHealth grant: • Leongatha Table Tennis Club $2405; • Loch Sport Bowls Club - $1280; • Mirboo North Bowling Club $2300; • Poowong Amateur Basketball Association - $2200; • Prom Coast Soccer Club - $1490; • South Gippsland District Scout Group - $2280; • Tarwin Lower Pony Club - $2372; and • Welshpool Basketball Association - $2500.

“It is pleasing to see a wide range of sporting and recreation clubs from across the South Gippsland Shire represented in the latest round of VicHealth grant allocations,” Mr Ryan said. “It is an example of some of the many great recreational activities that are on offer throughout the South Gippsland Shire and I congratulate all eight clubs who have received a grant. “Regular physical activity not only helps us to maintain our physical health but is also very important in helping us maintain our mental health.” VicHealth chief executive officer Jerril Rechter said it was vital to continue to support local sporting organisations. “We hope these grants will encourage people to join a club, renew their membership or continue their involvement,” Ms Rechter said.

Top surfers

NEWHAVEN College entered a team in the annual Girlsurf event at Point Leo recently. Competing against 14 other teams, the college girls surfed strongly and were thrilled to finish in third place. Cape Woolamai surfer Sophie Fletcher was a standout performer on the day and was named best junior surfer. Many of the girls benefit from Newhaven’s popular Surfing Academy, the first of its kind in Victoria. It provides students with professional coaching to improve their surfing ability as well as accredited qualifications and career opportunities within the surfing industry.

Well placed: this Newhaven College team came third at Girlsurf. They are Jana Humbert, Shaela Peterson, Eliza Neal, Georgia Turner, Ebony Maier, Sophie Fletcher (best junior surfer), Nell Chaston, Taylah Tobias, Holly Thorogood and Jess Gleeson.

Gippsland Storm hits Korumburra

ON Sunday the Gippsland Storm Elite Netball Club ran a Netball Development clinic at the Korumburra Basketball Stadium.

Approximately 50 junior

netballers attended from the Alberton region and surrounding areas and were put through their paces. Gippsland Storm head coach Simon O’Shanassy, stated that Storm had some very talented players that were drawn from the Alberton region, and running the

netball development clinic was a way of giving something back to that Alberton netball community and associated clubs. Simon said that on the day the Storm coaching staff worked on the basics, foot work, space awareness and timing.

It all made for an enjoyable day for all concerned, with some skills picked up along the way. Those who participated in the clinic will take their skills back to their local courts therefore ever improving netball in the region.

Tom McMorrow: a top competitor in the mens board race.

Workout: some of the participants from local clubs in the Gippsland Storm netball clinic.

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| SPORT Buffalo indoor ON Wednesday April 3 when bowlers entered the Buffalo Hall for their weekly social game, they saw the Benson family trying their hand at bias bowls and a version of parlor bowls - even Michelle and Kevin had a go.. It was good to have Alex Thompson and Ron Gloster back for a roll. Four teams selected for three games of six bowl triples and all winning at least one game. The first game saw Ian, Bill and Michelle combine well in a close game, with Toni, Ruth and Peter 6-5 and Alex, Glenys and Kevin a win 9-6 over Rod, Andrew and Ron J. Winners over to mat three and Alex’s team down to Ian’s 2-14 after Ian skittled the one remaining yellow bowl off the mat leaving five black ones. Bill’s ‘zig-zag-zig’ bowl a talking point. Toni’s team (with Carolyn giving Pete a spell) finished fast to defeat Rod 8-6. The third game of the night Rod was victorious over Ian 7-6 and Toni with the ‘maximum 6’ on the sixth end outscoring Alex 13-5. Winners on countback: Ian Benson (3), Bill Wolswinkel and Michelle Douglas (WWL) 14 ends (+12) from Toni Heldens (s), Ruth Harrison, Peter Heldens (Carolyn Benson) (LWW) 12 ends (+9), and then on countback again Rod McConchie (s), Andrew Hanks and Ron Gloster (LLW) 12 ends (-4) from Alex Thompson (s), Glenys Pilkington and Ron Gloster (WLL) 10 ends (-17). Names are being taken for Buffalo open night for Friday April 12 (no bowling Wednesday April 10).

Korumburra Parlor KORUMBURRA parlor bowls was back into action on Thursday, April 4 following an extended Easter break. The bowlers wish to congratulate Barry and Thomas Wyatt, both former parlor bowlers, for their cricketing achievements this season. The three parlor bowls games were all close this week, with each one being decided on the last or second last ends. Sicilians played Kardella and enjoyed a victory. They were behind early but levelled the scores at the half-way and then led to the 22nd end when Kardella drew even. Sicilians then held the next two ends to win by four shots. It was a fine effort from both teams. Kookaburras and Pretenders fought out a similar game with the lead changing several times. The Pretenders players thought they had done enough to win but a determined Kookaburra’s effort wrestled the victory away from Pretenders, on the last end. It was a hard-fought game throughout with players from both sides enjoying the challenge. The third game was between VRI and The Burra and it too was a tough match with The Burra intent on performing well against a top

team. Unfortunately for The Burra, VRI managed to hold a one shot win on the last end to claim victory overall. Once again the lower teams have played with skill and spirit against top of the ladder teams. By the end of the second half of the season, the ladder could be turned upside down if these lower teams continue to play with confidence and the top teams don’t pull their socks up. The social bias bowlers met at Outtrim on Monday, April 1 to enjoy three games of eight ends. Joanna Lomagno and Lee Armstrong paired well to win the evening overall. They scored 3W+22 shots and bowled evenly enough to score 11 points in all three games. Two teams managed 2W but Arc Gammaldi, Andy Hanks and Laurie Wyhoon also drew one game which placed them ahead of Joe Occhipinti, Connie Occhipinti and Sally Gammaldi. Mary Tumino, George Bentley and Shirley Wyhoon began well but finished with 1W1D1L whilst the other two teams scraped in with three losses each. Anyone wishing to try their hands at indoor bias bowls is welcome to join the group on Monday evenings at Outtrim hall, 7:30pm.

Weather draws riders IT was a brilliant autumn day for racing around the challenging Outtrim circuit on Saturday.

Light winds and warm sun meant that the out markers were going to have an advantage this week over the scratchmen, however the tough 2km climb up to the Mt Misery saddle would always be the deciding factor. Five junior riders entered for a couple of laps of an out-and-back course along the Outtrim-Inverloch Road. Matt Winchester set off first on three minutes. He was chased by Alex Bennett on two minutes, Hamish Bissett and Aaron Fraser on one minute and Austin Timmins alone on scratch. After one lap the gaps had closed and all riders were in sight of each other as they turned for the second lap. Matt was still leading nicely as he took off on the downhill section. Alex had been caught by Aaron and Hamish and it looked like those three could work together to achieve a victory for one of them. However it was the big scratchman, Austin, who powered through the others to record a strong win, and fastest time, from Hamish in second and Aaron third. The senior riders were

split in to five groups by the handicapper. Youngsters Will Lumby and Matt Minogue led off on 13 minutes. They were followed three minutes later by David Bennett, Mark Bensley and Tony Giles. On eight minutes were Dave Lumby, Brian Cuman and Cameron Wyatt, making a welcome return to racing after a few years in the wilderness. Second scratch saw the defending champion on this circuit, Chris Rowe, ably supported by Jason Scott and Kevin Feely. Chasing alone on scratch after last weeks emphatic victory at Pound

Creek was Brett Franklin. The gaps were coming down after the initial climb up the hill to the Korumburra Road and the tough climb to Gows corner. Brian Cuman had broken a spoke and would not figure in the finish. The outmarkers were caught and the backmarkers were closing. By the end of Lynnes Road it was all together apart from the lone scratch rider Brett Franklin who was chasing hard. Unfortunately for Brett he had missed the all important rider briefing before the race and took a wrong turn around Kongwak, thus

Mardan indoor IT was almost a full house this week at Mardan, only seven members missing with a turnout of 23. It left us just short of six teams with an equal number of players. Jeanette Grady and Bev Greenwood, who took care of the selecting again this week, mixed it up a bit with a few surprised looks on some of the faces who were picked as skips. Ian Hasty was one of them, however it has to be said that this season he has skipped a number of times and has done very well so far. It was nice to see Heather Douglas come along to keep an eye on Bruce, who can be a handful at times. I think he is missing Ian Bristow as he seems to be his centre of attention for a pommie bashing when Bruce is about. All in good clean fun though. Let’s hope he gets at least one session in before Bruce disappears for the winter.

It was also nice to see Jan Curtis turn out for a game and also Cliff Smith, who got caught up with fires last week at Halston. And welcome back to Bert Bright who returns on a stick after straining his groin. Friday sees Ronnie Baker celebrate another birthday so we wish him a great day. It was a very enjoyable night as usual, with some well contested games and it was a surprise to see two three game winners at the end of the night. The results were as follows: Runners-up, with three wins 13ends were Ronnie Baker, Sebastian Terranova, Coral Gray and Nick Rutjens (skip). Winner, with three wins 14 ends were Margaret Campbell, Andy Plowman and Ian Hasty (skip). Well played and well done to the skips on their leadership. Thanks to all members who turned out for a great night of competition

Shooters swarm to Hallston

WITH nearly all the field and game clubs in the Latrobe Valley suspending their monthly shoots during the duck hunting season several shooters ventured across the hill to Hallston on Sunday to get a clay target fix. These shooters boosted participation numbers to 76 for the monthly 75 target event. New traps purchased recently by the club provided some difficult and entertaining targets. One shooter in particular put in a splendid round to score a perfect 25/25, this is the second time that Wayne Lieshout has shot a possible at our ground. Results on the day were: AA Grade: K. Jacobs 70, W. Lieshout 66, P. Johnson 61. A Grade: R. Hill 67, R. Lochiel 65, S. White 60. B Grade: R. Hemphill 58, S. Viney 55, D. Thompson 54.  C Grade: I. Perry 60, J. Lieshout 53, S. Hughes 51.  Vets: M. Terrington 64, G. Whykes 61, J. Tait 53. Ladies: T. Jacobs 52, K. Lancaster 51, J. Elfring 50. Juniors: C. Kivenan 60, L. Verdon 49, A. Polato 41. eliminating himself from the race. The bunch started to fragment along Stewarts Road back towards the foot of the climb. Waiting at the saddle the officials could see the riders slowly appear around the final corner, some pushing hard out of the saddle, others struggling as the fatigue of racing set in.

In the end it was Chris Rowe who took the win for the second year running from Jason Scott and young Will Lumby. Chris also had the fastest time. Next week racing is around the Mardan circuit, starting and finishing at Leongatha Secondary College at 2pm. Junior riders will race out to Nerrena and back starting at 1pm.

Top riders: place getters from the Outtrim race were: second, Jason Scott, first, Chris Rowe and third, Will Lumby.

• Wonthaggi Table Tennis

Dean and Zach lead the way TEENAGERS Dean Snelling and Zach Anstey are leading the way with top scores in Wonthaggi’s A Grade matches. Last week Dean (Real Deal) won both his matches, against Case deBondt and Sebastian (New Champs). Zach (Zaad) surprised by defeating Dirk Holwerda and Fred deBondt (Inverloch). Both Dean and Zach had a good work out at the Victorian Junior Championships on March 30, playing extremely well against some very tough opposition. Zach came home with a win in Division 5 again. Wonthaggi juniors coach Bruce Harmer is delighted with the progress being made by all of Wonthaggi’s top junior players. In A Reserve Heitor Hilberto remains the only undefeated player and it will be very difficult to knock him off that position, despite the high standard of this season’s comp. B Grade is well underway with the only girl (Mackenzie Gardner) on top of the player’s ladder with the other undefeated player, Brandon MasseyChase. Brandon had a

bye last week. Matthew Kent and Leigh Allamby are playing well in the same team, which is on top of the ladder.

Ladders A Grade Cape Haven ....... 12 Zaad....................... 8 Real Deal............... 8 Evil Minions.......... 8 New Champs.......... 0 Try Again............... 0 Inverloch (bye)....... 0 A Reserve HSM.......................8 Hat Trick............... 4 The Opposition..... 4 Blow Flys............... 4 Hopeful.................. 4 Stormers................. 0 B Grade Terrible Two......... 8 The Vicious Two... 4 Slazenger............... 4 The Vipers............. 0 Winners.................. 0

10 (50) 10 (50) 8 (48) 6 (27) 6 (33) 3 (19) 2 (19) 11 (38) 10 (29) 9 (31) 8 (29) 7 (29) 4 (17) 7 (16) 5 (10) 3 (10) 2 (5) 2 (5)

Leading players A Grade Bruce Harmer............... 5 (23) Zach Anstey................. 5 (22) Dean Snelling............... 4 (21) Case de Bondt.............. 4 (19) Michael Ede................. 4 (16) A Reserve Heitor Hilberto............. 4 (12) Hector Hilberto.............3 (11) Steve Anstey................. 3 (10) Wayne Pitts.................. 3 (10) Sean Michael................ 3 (10) Jacob Methven..............3 (9) B Grade Mackenzie Gardner...... 4 (8) Matthew Kent............... 3 (7) Leigh Allamby............. 3 (5) Brandon M-Chase........ 2 (4)

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

At Port Phillip Heads


10 WED


12 FRI

13 SAT

14 SUN

15 MON

16 TUE

height (metres)

0511 1201 1741

0.47 1.44 0.61

0008 0606 1259 1836

1.41 0.39 1.53 0.59

0055 0652 1347 1921

1.44 0.32 1.60 0.58

0136 0734 1430 2000

1.46 0.28 1.63 0.57

0213 0813 1506 2037

1.46 0.26 1.64 0.56

0247 0850 1539 2112

1.46 0.26 1.62 0.57

0321 0926 1611 2146

1.45 0.28 1.59 0.58

All times shown in 24 hour clock 0001 - 1200..................AM 1201 - 2400..................PM

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SPORT | Leongatha

SIXTY-three players contested a stableford event on Saturday in near perfect conditions. David Forbes (13) won the A Grade event with 39 points. Trevor Steer (14) was successful in B Grade with 36 points and Mark Boler (35) had a very good round to win C Grade with 44 points. NTP and PP on the 14th was taken out by Anthony Sparkes and Bryan McCorkell took out closest on the 16th. Balls DTL - A. Sparkes, B. Attwood, N. Johnson, E. Poole, G. Morrison, G. Marsham, P. Rayson, G. McRitchie, T. McCarthy, A. Wright, G. Sharrock, R. Davies, T. Lund, F. de Bondt, P. Hartigan and S. Fisher. Tuesday’s event was abandoned due to rain. Thursday’s event was American Foursomes and the winners with a net score of 59 were Ryan Thomas (30) and Mick Thomas (Scratch).

Leongatha ladies WEDNESDAY was Monthly Medal day with 45 ladies competing for the trophies supplied by Beaches N Cream, I Choose Awesome Inverloch and Jackie Barraclough. One of our more experienced players and great club supporter Nancy Sperling won the medal and A Grade with a fine score of 92-18-74 (c/b for the medal). Nancy also won the putting with 29 putts c/b. B Grade was won by Portia Williamson 103-29-74, C Grade Glenys Day 11337-76. Scratch winner was Toni West 89 c/b. DTL balls Val Brydon

Korumburra ladies

LAST Wednesday, 24 women played in the stroke and putting competition, sponsored by the House of Golf in Pakenham. It was lovely to see the course looking so much greener and with less run, due to the recent rainfall. The A Grade (0-20) and April Monthly Medal winner was Moira Rogers (15) 74 net. Moira had a good day, also winning the putting with 27 putts. Runner-up was Norrie Little (17) 76 net, on a count-back from Marg Young. In B Grade (21-24) Betty Yann was the winner (21) 79 net on a count-back from Kath Welsh (24). Marg Harper (29) 75 net won C Grade (25-45) and was also the winner of

April medal winner: Moira Rogers. Runners-up with net 63 ½ were Geoff Lingwey (13) and George Alexander (34). Undoubtely the highlight of the day was a hole in one by Ray Davies on the 16th to take out NTP. Fred De Bono was NTP on the 14th. Balls DTL – K. Castwood, P. Seth, M. Gordan, W. Norden, L. Thomas, I. Barlow, R. Davies, R. Martin, J. Moor, K. Gardiner, P. Waters, M. Stubbs, F. Debondt, F. Debono and N.McKenzie. Leongatha’s Division 4 side had another close win in the Pennant with Chris Indian and Brendan Simon having run away wins. Peter Waters and Mick Oliver won close matches to help the team to a 4/3 win and remain in contention for the finals. The course looks in magnificent condition for the club championships which begin on Saturday. It is also Monthly Medal and Round 2 of the Owen McMicking plate.

76, Sharyn Rayson, Julie Howard 77, Coral Gray, Marg Griffiths, Jill Steer 78, Maxine Eabry, Shirley Welsford 79, Marion Bellingham, Fay Quiford, Pam Christensen 80. NTP 14th Toni West, 16th Wendy Parker. Winner of the nine hole comp was Audree Wyhoon 19 points, DTL Geri Hastings 15 points c/b. On Saturday 16 ladies contested the stableford event with Rebecca Wilson coming out on top (12) 37 points, DTL balls won by Marianne Leaver 34 points, Dot Stubbs, Allison Wright, and Kerry Hogan 33 points. NTP was Coral Gray. the 3rd. round of the Silver Spoon. Barb Twite (26) 78 net was the runner-up in C Grade. The Scratch Score winner was Lee Clements with 86. The nearest the pins went to Betty Yann on the 1st and Lyn McIvor on the 10th and 13th. Balls down the line went to Marg Young, Lee Clements, Heather Grist, Jan Follett and Marg Clasby.  Two women played nine holes and the results for that competition will carry over to next week. On Saturday, eight women played in the RB Scratch and Putting event, enjoying perfect weather conditions throughout the day. The winner was Betty Thomson (25) 71 net and the runner-up was Joan Peters (21) 77 net. Betty also won the putting with only 24 putts, including two gobbles. Lee Clements was the Scratch Score winner with 88. Lee was nearest the pin on the 10th and Deb Wrigley on the 13th. There were no pennant matches played last week as it was Easter Monday. We are looking forward to the Ruby Stephens Memorial Ambrose to be played this Friday, April 12, when women from many different clubs in the district participate in this event.


OUR golfing week started with the club sponsoring a stableford event on Easter Monday. The winner was Michael Grist with 40 points from our captain, with balls going to B. Robjant, R. Higgins, Bo Fiek and T. Burgess. The nearest the pins went to Doug Clemann and Tim Burgess. Ray Drummond Golf sponsored our stableford day on Saturday, with Jason Redmond winning A Grade with 39 points, the best score of the day, George Johnson winning B Grade with 42 points and C Grade went to George Misson with 39 points. Balls went to P. Carter, C.

Woorayl ladies THE April winner of the monthly medal was Sue Symmons (18) with 79 net. Sue also took out A Grade and the putting with 30.  The winner of B Grade was Barb James (28) with 81 (on a countback) and balls down

Meeniyan SATURDAY’S event, kindly sponsored by Ava Bundy (McKnight’s), was medal day played in great weather. The A Grade winner, with 66, was M. Stockdale (13) whilst C. Graeme (10) was runner-up with 70. The B Grade, and medal winner was P. Wilson (27) with 66 followed by C. LePage (26) with 70. Balls to W. Bullock (70), A. Kuhne (73), C. Buckland (73) and D. Gregg (74).  W. Bullock also won the putting with a 27 and the pro pin, once again, went to C. Buckland.  Apparently the good conditions didn’t suit everyone, just ask P. Vandermeer!  We welcome two juniors putting in their first cards – N. Buckland and L. Vandermeer.    It seems that I. Warman was not too well this day and decided to go fishing instead. One can only hope that the value of the fish caught exceeded the value of the member’s draw that he didn’t win by being absent. It is merely a rumour that those present laughed uproariously when his name was announced.  Next week is a 4BBB stableford.

Wonthaggi ladies LAST Wednesday was medal day and like the Tale of Two Cities, it was a case of one lovely score by Anne Longmire and the rest of the field many shots in arrears. So Anne Longmire 104 (36) net 68  won C Grade, the April monthly medal and a two shot reduction of her handicap. Then came the rest of the field with Marg O’Halloran 93 (18) 75 being the best A Grade score and a dropped shot to new handicap of 17 and Sev Piasente 96 (19) 77 winning B Grade.

Turner, R. Winkler, M. Collins, J. Diaper, G. Blew and D. Hunt. The nearest the pins went to Brian Hogan and Ross Winkler. The ladies event was won by Alice Campbell with 33 points and a ball to Ann Poole. The nearest the pin on the 8th went begging but Marg Tuckett won the 17th. Our Thursday competitiion was won by John Hassett with 41 points, with a ball going to Graham Challis. The nearest the pin on the 17th also went to our winner. Next week will be a twoman ambrose event sponsored by Ross Winkler, Leongatha New and Used Building Materials. the line went to Ros Blew, Sue Wakefield, Jo Fennell and Janet Thompson. Nobody managed to land on the 8th green, nearest the pin on the 11th was Anne Grist and on the 17th was Inge Giliam. Next week Invisage Interiors will sponsor a 3BBB stableford round. Tuesday’s stableford round was won by G. Carroll (28) with 38 points.  Balls to I. Warman on 33 points and to L. Hemphill, D. McIntyre and R. Hannay – all on 32 points. NTP to W. Bullock and best nine to P. Wilson. Thursday’s stableford was won by C. Buckland (8) with 36 points and D. Finnegan (16) was runner-up, on a c/b, with 33.  NTP was C. Stewart and best nine L. Redpath.


The final round of the very successful Friday twilight golf held on Friday with a night golf event. With 48 players gathering for an early meal and then receiving their special glow golf ball they set out in the dark to play six modified holes on two different courses. The winners were Graeme and Lachie Cope, Robert and Malcolm Randell, with Nick, Chris and Craig Buckland the runners-up. Thank you must go to Veronica Park, Faye LePage, Sheila Constantine for the great meal, Robert McGeary and David Thomson for setting out the two courses, Irene Holm for running the evening and Denise behind the bar and all the players who made the evening such a success. Pro Pin 8th Ivy Ruby and NTP 17th Robyn Wilkinson, putting Irene Walsh 30 putts on C/B. BDL A Longmire 68, M O’Halloran 75, J Beaumont 76, A Poulton 76, S Piasente 77, I Walsh 78, B Bowmar 78, J Jeeves 78, On Thursday Wonthaggi hosted the SGLGA 27 hole Foursomes event. Congratulations to Mary Brewis and Rebecca Thomas from Leongatha for defending their title. Also congratulations to Anne Tschiderer and Robyn Wilkinson (Wonthaggi) for their 27 hole and 18 holes handicap win.

Top players: Marg O’Halloran (A Grade winner), Anne Longmire (C Grade and medal winner) and Sev Piasente (B Grade winner).

SGLGA Foursomes: from left handicap winners Frances McGlead, Anne Horstra of Foster with Anne Walker, SGLGA president, and winners Rebecca Thomas and Mary Brewis Leongatha.

• South Gippsland Ladies Golf Association

Thomas and Brewis take shield

WITH the Wonthaggi golf course in good condition after the recent rain and the beautiful weather, 52 ladies from the district played in the SGLGA 27 holes District Foursomes Championships.

The winners were the Leongatha pair of Rebecca Thomas and Mary Brewis with 125 gross, the 27 hole handicap A Grade went to Anne Tschiderer and Robyn Wilkinson with 112 net. The B Grade 27 hole championship scratch was won by Foster pair Anne Horstra and Frances McGlead 149 gross, they also took out the 27 hole handicap with 116 net.

Foster MORE rain during this week has greened up the fairways, however there is still not a lot of grass to hit off. Cooler weather will help from now on. Thursday John Stone (23) had a good day to win with 40 points c/b. DTL balls went to Kevin Flett (6) 40, and Geoff Prue (18) 37. NTP on the 6th Kevin Flett. Men’s winner of the chook on Friday was A. Brown (25) 21 with June Eddy (19) 17 winning the ladies. DTL balls to Geoff Nott 17 points, D. Bligh 17 points, Richard Johnson 17, and R. Brown 16 c/b. NTP on the 6th was won by Merle Barham.

South Gippsland pennant golf Round 3 results Division 1 (at Meeniyan): Woorayl 4 d Leongatha 3, Lang Lang 4 d Korumburra 3, Phillip Island 4 d Wonthaggi 3, Meeniyan - bye. Division 2 (at Phillip Island): Wonthaggi 5 d Leongatha 2, Foster 6 d Phillip Island 1, Lang Lang 4 d Aussie Golf 3. Division 3 (at Wonthaggi): Lang Lang 4 d Woorayl 3, Korumburra 4 d Foster 3, Phillip Island 4 d Leongatha 3, Wonthaggi - bye. Division 4 (at Welshpool): Leongatha 4 d Korumburra 3, Welshpool 6 d Meeniyan 1, Woorayl 7 d Aussie Golf 0, Wonthaggi 5 d Lang Lang 2.

Anne Tschiderer and Robyn Wilkinson won the 18 hole overall handicap event with 75 net. Down the line balls went to Barb Warren and Robyn Galloway 76 ½, Jan Beaumont and Pam Hanley 77 ½, Toni West and Wendy Parker 77 ½, Jocelyn Howson and Fay Quilford 78 and Anne Walker and Marg Johnson 78 ½. Veronica Park and Wendy Parker won the nearest the pins. Thanks must go to Maureen Masterman and her committee for all their hard work in running the successful day. The South Gippsland Ladies Golf Association sponsored the day.

Medal Day was Saturday with trophies provided by Pam and John Mathers. Don Cripps had a great day to easily win the medal. A Grade winner was Noel Black (5) 68 and Don Cripps (21) 66 the B Grade. Scratch winners - A Grade, Noel Black (5) 73, B Grade, Don Cripps (21) 87. Least number of putts was won by Noel Black (25). DTL balls went to Pat McKay (7) 69, Greg Dean (12) 71, George Draeger (24) 72, Norm Cooper (9) 73, and Kevin Flett (5) 73. NTP were won by Norm Cooper, Noel Black, George Draeger, Kevin Witheridge, and Greg Cox. Ladies winner was Jocelyn Town (30) with a brilliant 64.

Mirboo North

Ladders Division 1 Lang Lang................. 3 11 Woorayl..................... 2 11 Phillip Island ...........2 9 Wonthaggi.................1 8 Meeniyan....................1 6 Korumburra.................0 8 Leongatha....................0 6 Division 2 Foster..........................1 6 Wonthaggi..................1 5 Lang Lang..................1 4 Aussie Golf.................0 3 Leongatha....................0 2 Phillip Island...............0 1 Division 3 Lang Lang................. 2 11 Wonthaggi.................2 10 Woorayl.....................1 10 Leongatha.................1 10 Foster.........................1 10 Phillip Island..............1 7 Korumburra................1 5 Division 4 Woorayl.....................3 15 Wonthaggi.................3 14 Leongatha................. 2 11 Korumburra.............1 12 Lang Lang.................. 1 11 Meeniyan....................1 10 Welshpool..................1 9 Aussie Golf.................0 2

Great effort by the Division 2 team on Sunday with a resounding win against Phillip Island. Division 2, Round 1 the Foster team of Norm Cooper, Cam Downing, Neville Thompson, Paul Robertson, Noel Black, Pat Mckay and Jim Freeman won six matches to one. Division 3, Round 3 the Foster team of Andrew Naylor, Damian Soderland, Kane Esler, Colin Pulham, Phil Schofield, and Greg Cox lost three matches to four against Korumburra. Jessie Bethall was not present to collect the $500 for the members draw. The draw will be $550 next week. You need to be in the clubhouse between 7 – 8 pm to be eligible to win.

55.11 51.45 46.37 50.21 48.72 49.71 47.29 59.17 53.13 53.02 46.98 46.88 40.83 48.28 55.60 52.08 50.15 49.28 50.22 44.54 57.94 50.45 51.60 48.83 52.33 52.87 49.55 35.53

THURSDAY April 4, stableford competition.

Day winner was Warren Turner (12) 39 points. Down the line: Ray Thompson 37, Gordon Graeme 36, Tom Whitelaw 36, Jeff Hughes 36. Saturday April 6: Medal winner was Mal Payne (8) 68 net. Down the line: Tom Traill 69 net, Tony McConville 71 net countback, Greg Gunn 71 net countback. Nearest the pin: 4th Steve Mills, 6th Mal Payne, 13th Mal Payne, 16th Steve Mills, 2nd shot 1st hole Steve Bickerton. Ladies Wednesday April 3: Monthly medal, Randall Shield round two, C Grade special event round two. Winner was Maree Thompson 80-9-71. Down the line: Nicole Allen 91-17-74. Putting: Maree Thompson and Chris Gunn with 29 putts each. Nearest the pin: 4th Maree Thompson, 16th Mary Beruldsen. Birdies: 6th Maree Thompson. NTA: 6th Lynne Winderlich.

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Top fishing at Venus Bay THE Venus Bay Angling Club held its Annual Easter Fish-a-thon recently with great success. The club had 23 senior members, six junior members and four visitors who fished in the competition. The weather was not exactly kind to competitors, however there was still lots of opportunities to throw in a line, and try your luck. The late tides also weren’t in the fishermen’s favour for the weekend, but the fish were plentiful if competitors were happy to overlook the negatives. It was a busy weekend for the club, as this is one of the biggest events on their annual calendar. Around 50 of the members attended our Easter barbecue, which was partially run by candlelight after they lost some lighting. Every year our club also holds an Easter Egg hunt for the local kids on the Sunday morning. Around 30 kids attended and patiently waited inside doing craft activities while the Easter Bunny hid their eggs outside. After the announcement that the hunt had begun the kids had a great time searching for the eggs. We are happy to report

that no one went home empty handed. For the first time for this competition we also ran a “Battle of the Sexes” competition which was won by the ladies this year. This was hotly contested, and will now become a regular fixture in years to come.

Results Seniors: 1st Tom Aulsebrook, trevally 950g - 2nd John Watson, flathead 1100g 3rd Michelle Godfrey, mullet 280g. Juniors: 1st Thomas Grech, Mullet 260g - 2nd Daniel Ioannou. Heaviest elephant fish: Ros Shelly, 2080g. The next competition weekend is scheduled for April 26. This will be a two and a half day competition which will commence at noon on the first day of competition and final weigh in as always will be at Gerald Shed on the final day. For more info about our club, please email For any questions or comments relating to our web page, please email You can now find us on Facebook, search Venus Bay Angling Club.

Best elephant: Ros Shelly’s 2kg plus elephant fish got her a prize.

First place: Tom Aulsebrook took out a win with the trevally.

Close second: John Watson scored second spot with his flathead.

Third place: Michelle Godfrey secured third spot.

Young angler: Thomas Grech took out the junior competition at Venus Bay.

New facilities to make Magpies soar THE Toora Magpies Netball Club started the 2013 Alberton Football Netball League season with new and improved facilities, including a resurfaced netball court and competition-standard lighting.

Thanks for the funds: Councillor Jeannette Harding, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan, mayor Councillor Kieran Kennedy and Alberton League president John Schelling at the Toora netball courts.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan officially opened the $60,000 Toora Netball Club Facility Upgrade project on Saturday, on behalf of Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty. Mr Ryan said the facilities upgrade included a new asphalt netball court surface, competition-standard lighting, a new veranda, two coaches’ boxes/players’ shelters, fencing and landscaping work. “These upgrades will help ensure the Toora Netball Club can compete to the best of its ability, as well as cater for the growing number of community members keen to play and train here day and night,” Mr Ryan said. “It provides the opportunity for the club to host bigger and better matches, boosting the area’s growing reputation as a quality home for sport, as well as allow-

ing for training to be held later into the evenings.” Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government had provided $40,000 in funding for the project, through the Country Football and Netball Program, with the South Gippsland Shire Council and Toora Netball Club each contributing $10,000. “This project is a result of listening to local people and working collaboratively with all our project partners,” Mr Ryan said. “As today’s turn-out shows, sports clubs and their facilities are at the heart of regional communities, providing an important place for people to get together, strengthen ties and share their love of sport. “Local facilities like these play an important role in bringing people together, which is why we’re proud to invest in facilities that encourage even more residents to join in the fun, boost their health, develop their skills, and get more active more often.” For more information about community sporting facility funding programs on offer, please visit

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50 years of table tennis A LOT can happen in 50 years. Especially at a thriving sports club like the Leongatha Table Tennis Club. The club has had over 1200 members over this time and is hoping to reunite as many as possible for 50th anniversary celebrations on April 20 and 21. A large display of memorabilia will be up for viewing with newspaper articles, trophies and shields and plenty of other history regarding the club on display. Anniversary organiser Ian Rasmussen is hoping for a good turn out on the day. “It will be a fantastic weekend to renew some old friendships and rivalries,” he said. The club has had some great accomplishments in the

Celebration time: Kevin Dowling, Noel McMillan and Ian Rasmussen are preparing themselves for a weekend of action for the Leongatha Table Tennis Club 50th anniversary celebrations.

past which many members are sure to remember. “One past president has been an umpire at the Olympics games and another past president has held a world title in a veteran’s age group,” Mr Rasmussen said. A highlight of the club’s history was a large tournament competition in the 70s. “We had top players and top prize money at our Daffodil tournament,” Mr Rasmussen explained. “It was the biggest tournament outside the major cities in Victoria.” At the inaugural tournament in 1973, $850 in prize money was on offer. “We have had Australian and international players at the tournament over the years,” Mr Rasmussen said. “We had 670 over the

weekend at one stage.” The tournament ran for 10 successful years. As well as being a standout in the sporting world in the past 50 years the club has always been community minded. “More recently we’ve been involved in the Active After School Communities Program,” Mr Rasmussen said. “We’ve held clinics at Loch Primary School, the South Coast Christian College and St Laurence’s recently.” The club has had lots of junior success over the years and pride themselves on harbouring young talent. Any members who have ever been involved with the club are invited to join in for the celebrations and to call Ian Rasmussen on 5662 5578 or 0428 625 578.

South Gippsland Bridge Club Results Meeniyan - Monday evening: 1st June Metcalf, Colin Cameron. 2nd Jenny Oglesby, Peter Braker. 3rd Margaret Munro, Ellie McIntyre. 4th Pat West, Barbara Axten. Inverloch - Friday afternoon: North/South: 1st Anne and Bruce Gibson. 2nd Jack Kuiper, Jean Barbour. 3rd David and Wendy Saleeba. 4th Dawn Jolly, Althea Drew. 5th Debbie Anglia, Moya Crowley. East/West: 1st Anne Williams, John Farr. 2nd John Sullivan, Alan Johnston. 3rd Kaye Douglas, John Sutton. 4th Phillip and Neville Chapman. 5th Colin Cameron, Marj Freeman.

Inverloch junior cricket presentations

Thanks for coming: Stony Creek Football Netball Club hosted two special guests in the form of St Kilda’s Leigh Montagana and Sam Fisher last Tuesday night at training. The pair ran some drills at training as well as taking questions from club members and presenting them with a signed St Kilda jumper. Pictured are club president Neil Cope, seniors captain Mat Linke, Montagana, coach Sam Hughes and Fisher. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning@

• South Gippsland Yacht Club

Great day sailing THE Alex Scott Real Estate Series Race 5 and 6 were held on Sunday, April 7 in light conditions on Anderson Inlet. Results for Race 5 in A Division were 1st Tim Wilson, 2nd Craig Stewart, 3rd Jeff Mathews.

Under 14s: trophy winners were, back from left, Dylan Furneaux, Tom Harris, Cooper McGuiness, Xavier Robinson, Pat Harmer, coach Aaron Brayley, Josh Williams, middle, Caleb McCaughan, Eden Purnell, front, Rob Hughes (coach’s award) and Marcus Toussaint (bowling award). Absent Elija Cousins (batting and fielding awards).

B Division: 1st Noel Owens, 2nd Ian Jones, 3rd Ivan Abbott. Race 6 results were A Division: 1st Tim Wilson, 2nd Rob McNair, 3rd Jeff Mathews. B Division: 1st Ian Jones tied with Noel Owens, 3rd Ivan Abbott. Future race series can be seen at www.

Great race: Ivan Abbott cruises across the finish line in 3rd place during Race 5.

Under 16s: from left, Nathan Brayley won the batting award, Sean Hayes the fielding award, Hannah Keily won the most improved, Jye Dalmau won bowling, cricketer of the year and five wickets while Mitchell Woods took out the encouragement award.

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LADDER Yinnar...................... 418.75 Boolarra................... 321.43 Thorpdale................ 169.77 Mirboo North........... 162.50 Trafalgar.................. 109.64 Newborough............... 91.21 Morwell East............... 61.54 Yarragon..................... 58.90 Yall-Yall North............. 31.11 Hill End....................... 23.88

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RESERVES LADDER Yinnar.................... 1033.33 Boolarra................... 777.78 Mirboo North........... 264.52 Thorpdale................ 157.38 Newborough............ 110.45 Trafalgar...................... 90.54 Yarragon..................... 63.54 Morwell East............... 37.80 Yall-Yall North............. 12.86 Hill End......................... 9.68

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THIRDS LADDER Yinnar.................... 1280.00 Mirboo North......... 1260.00 Yall-Yall North......... 415.38 Newborough............ 303.23 Thorpdale................ 112.73 Yarragon..................... 88.71 Trafalgar...................... 32.98 Boolarra...................... 24.07 Morwell East................. 7.94 Hill End......................... 7.81

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by Rover

A HARD WORKING Mirboo North ground Morwell East into submission after half-time, to record a handsome 40-point victory at Tigerland in Saturday’s opening round of 2013 Mid Gippsland footy. Dual


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centre-half-forward, Kris Berchtold, led the mighty Tigers onto the field in his 100th senior appearance for the club. After a nervous, eightminute, error-ridden start by both sides, Mirboo North settled into a proactive process that produced three goals from Brian Waters, Dom Pinneri and Anthony Bence. Soon after, Morwell East’s inside-50 machinations bore fruit with a clev-

SENIORS Mirboo North 16.8.104 d Mowell East 10.4.64

THIRDS Mirboo North 29.15.189 d Mowell East 2.3.15

Mirboo North goals: M. Holland 4, D. Turner 2, J. Robertson 2, J. Nash 2, A. Bence 2, D. Pinneri 1, B. Waters 1, T. Traill 1, K. Berchtold 1. Mirboo North best: M. Holland, B. Waters, J. Nash, S. Keel, J. Brooks, K. Nash. Morwell East goals: B. Francis 2, S. Barnes 2, F. Marks 2, M. Brown 1, J. Donoghue 1, A. Donoghue 1, E. Semmler 1. Morwell East best: B. Marks, E. Semmler, B. Francis, F. Marks, P. Henry, A. Frood.

Mirboo North goals: M. Clark 6, D. O’Keefe 3, S. Pratt 3, B. Richards 3, J. Best 3, P. Hinkley 2, L. Smit 2, J. Redmond 2, J. Best 1, J. Salinger 1, N. Kreun 1, B. Bradshaw 1, L. Steenbach 1. Mirboo North best: L. Smit, S. Pratt, D. O’Keefe, M. Clark, G. Mihai, J. Redmond. Morwell East goals: Z. Dowdell 1, B. Aitken 1. Morwell East best: C. Cowen, B. Aitken, J. McCubbin, M. Van Loon, J. Brewer.

RESERVES Mirboo North 11.16.82 d Mowell East 4.7.31

LADDER Yinnar.................. 13600.00 Newborough............ 708.33 Yarragon.................. 671.43 Mirboo North........... 433.33 Yall-Yall North............. 0.00 Morwell East............... 23.08 Thorpdale................... 14.89 Trafalgar...................... 14.12 Hill End......................... 0.74 Boolarra........................ 0.00

Tigers open with victory

Mirboo North goals: D. Banks 3, P. Aveling 3, S. Lawson 2, T. Hopcraft 1, J. McDuffie 1, J. Grande 1. Mirboo North best: P. Taylor, B. Taylor, D. Banks, J. Alexander, P. Aveling, M. Jones. Morwell East goals: W. Arnold 2, R. Donoghue 1, J. Pollutro 1. Morwell East best: A. Blair, M. Lawrence, Z. Mangion, R. Henry, G. Greenwood, M. Van Loon.

FOURTHS Mirboo North 16.8.104 d Mowell East 3.6.24 Mirboo North goals: J. Richards 4, J. Moro 4, W. Graeme 2, P. Hinkley 2, T. Joustra 1, J. Buxton 1, D. Huynh 1, D. Allen 1. Mirboo North best: W. Graeme, J. Moro, T. Bolton, Z. Porter, J. Buxton. Morwell East goals: J. Collyer 1, J. Cargill 1, Z. Dowdell 1. Morwell East best: J. Cargill, Z. Mudge, L. Arnold, B. Semmler, B. Aitken, Z. Dowdell.

erly snapped goal by Eric Semmler. Then, two more from beanstalk key forward, Shaun Barnes, gave the Hawks a one-point lead at quarter time. Ben Marks, Frank Marks, Semmler and Brandon Francis were coming into the game for the Hawks and inflicting extreme pressure on the Tigers. The warm, sunny weather and a hard bouncy surface challenged the resolve and energy reserves of each team’s running brigade. Mirboo North regained the lead early in the second term after Matt Holland passed superbly to Tim Traill, who slotted the Sherrin through the big white sticks from a perfectly executed 45-degree, 45-metre set shot. Newcomers, Jack Robertson and Jacob Blair were contributing well around the packs for Mirboo North and rising star, Joe Brooks, was taking all before him in the ruck and marking contests. Other Tigers in good form were onballers, Waters and Jacob Nash, whilst Stuart Keel and Kallum Nash were solid in defence. The indefatigable Holland booted the goal of the day when he brilliantly pounced on and dispos-

sessed an unsuspecting Hawk, then U-turned and slammed home a 50-metre left-foot corridor gem. Holland ended the day with four majors and a best afield performance for the winners. Morwell East edged to within seven points after Frank Marks goaled from a free kick following the long break, but the visitors’ aerobic capacity was dwindling, as they began to run out of puff in the warm conditions. Mirboo North’s unified momentum suddenly gathered force, as its work-rate lifted and the tiring Hawks fumbled too frequently. Forced into self-preservation mode, Morwell East’s ball gathering intensity dropped to worrying levels. The Hawks’ onballers were running up and down on the spot, their midfielders had lost their bearings, their forwards were starved of scoring opportunities and their defenders couldn’t prevent the floodgates opening. Five quick-fire thirdterm goals from Jacob Nash, Berchtold, Robertson, Anthony Bence and Holland, saw Mirboo North double Morwell East’s score close to three-quarter time.

April 6 A Grade: InverlochKongwak 52 d Phillip Island 23, Tarwin 71 d KilcundaBass 23, Dalyston 70 d MDU 32, Stony Creek 63 d Toora 25, Korumburra-Bena 75 d Yarram 18, Foster 63 d DWWWW 15. B Grade: Foster 54 d DWWWW 45, Phillip Island 67 d Inverloch-Kongwak 26, Tarwin 42 d Kilcunda-Bass 25, Korumburra-Bena 47 d Yarram 29, Dalyston 62 d MDU 31, Stony Creek 41 d Toora 22. C Grade: Foster 29 d DWWWW 20, InverlochKongwak 34 d Phillip Island 30, Tarwin 42 d Kilcunda-Bass 30, Dalyston 36 d MDU 12, Stony Creek 49 d Toora 26. 17 & Under: Foster 28 d DWWWW 14, InverlochKongwak 34 d Phillip Island 20, Tarwin 57 d KilcundaBass 17, Korumburra-Bena 49 d Yarram 15, Dalyston 54 d MDU 20, Stony Creek 46 d Toora 11. 15 & Under: Foster 38 d DWWWW 4, Phillip Island 32 d Inverloch-Kongwak 21, Kilcunda-Bass 40 d Tarwin 7, Yarram 28 d Korumburra-Bena 13, Dalyston 22 d MDU 19, Stony Creek 14 d Toora 9. 13 & Under: Foster 33 d DWWWW 6, InverlochKongwak 19 d Phillip Island 14, Kilcunda-Bass 37 d Tarwin 16, Korumburra-Bena 31 d Yarram 4, Dalyston 30 d MDU 11.

Ladders A Grade Kor-Bena.......................293.48 Foster.............................204.00 Tarwin...........................308.70 Stony Creek..................252.00 Dalyston........................218.75 Phillip Island................198.46 Inv-Kongwak...................96.39 Yarram..............................50.67 Fish Creek........................89.74 MDU................................45.71 Toora................................39.68 DWWWW........................23.81 Kil-Bass...........................20.34 B Grade

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Phillip Island................216.36 Foster.............................159.15 Kor-Bena.......................140.00 Dalyston........................200.00 Stony Creek..................186.36 Tarwin...........................168.00 Yarram............................104.26 DWWWW........................83.33 Kil-Bass...........................57.45 Inv-Kongwak...................55.86 Toora................................53.66 MDU................................50.00 Fish Creek........................44.07 C Grade Dalyston........................300.00 Kor-Bena.......................242.86 Stony Creek..................188.46 Fish Creek.....................168.18 Tarwin...........................140.00 Phillip Island................ 113.46 Foster...............................89.47 Inv-Kongwak...................75.00 Yarram................................0.00 DWWWW........................68.97 Kil-Bass...........................67.61 Toora................................53.06 MDU................................33.33 17 & Under Foster.............................196.00 Inv-Kongwak................136.36 Stony Creek..................418.18 Tarwin...........................335.29 Dalyston........................270.00 Kor-Bena.......................178.05 Phillip Island..................129.41 Yarram..............................71.43 Fish Creek........................52.38 DWWWW........................50.00 MDU................................37.04 Kil-Bass...........................33.01 Toora................................23.91 15 & Under Yarram..........................369.23 Phillip Island................128.57 Foster.............................288.24 Kil-Bass.........................210.34 Stony Creek..................155.56 Fish Creek..................... 118.18 Dalyston......................... 115.79 Kor-Bena..........................79.55 MDU................................86.36 Inv-Kongwak...................68.52 Toora................................64.29 Tarwin..............................17.50 DWWWW........................10.53 13 & Under Foster.............................415.38 Inv-Kongwak................137.50 Phillip Island................284.21 Dalyston........................272.73 Kor-Bena.......................227.78 Yarram............................77.42 Kil-Bass...........................66.07 Tarwin..............................43.24 MDU................................36.67 Fish Creek........................33.33 DWWWW........................18.18 Stony Creek........................0.00 Toora..................................0.00

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RESERVES Boolarra 20.20.140 d Yallourn-Yall Nth 3.0.18 Boolarra goals: R. Jennings 4, A. Burgess 3, S. Cooper 3, C. Forbes 2, C. Sykes 2, M. Carnes 2, D. Brick 1, A. Fievez 1, C. Blackberry 1, R. Beamish 1.

A Grade

Boolarra best: R. Jennings, C. Sykes, S. Cooper, B. Ellis, S. Buglisi, T. Bye. Yallourn-Yall Nth goals: J. Redman 2, A. Mangion 1. Yallourn-Yall Nth best: L. Holt, R. Needham, S. Price, J. Redman, R. Bounds, A. Hunter.

THIRDS Yallourn-Yall Nth 16.12.108 d Boolarra 4.2.26 Yallourn-Yall Nth goals: S. Smith 5, R. Byrne 3, J. Edwards 2, D. Bath 2, C. Poco 2, T. Lawrey 1, A. Shaw 1. Yallourn-Yall Nth best: R. Byrne, R. Reid, J. Edwards, S. Smith, B. Lacey, J. Redman. Boolarra goals: A. Salerno 1, J. Dudek 1, P. Thomas 1, D. Brand 1. Boolarra best: D. Brick, L. Lewis, D. Brand, J. Battersby, C. Noy, D. Cooper.

Loose ball: Olivia Cope and Lora Parry go for a loose ball on Saturday. Photo courtesy Gerard

Madison Wight. Tangerine: Sarah Bouquet, Michaela Campbell, Tea Clark, Bo Hayward, Chelsea Hulls, Courtney Jinnette, Abby Kenny, Matilda McNeil.

B Grade

13 & Under

Black: Erin Baudinette, Kayla Beardsworth, Amy Egan, Mariah Grant, Holly Hurst, Deanna Jackson, Kate Riley. Green: Kaylee Appleyard, Rebecca Arnason, Katrina Beekman, Lisa Byrne, Hayley Hannon, Lori McKenzie, Brittany Tennyenhuis.

Black: Grace Allen, Ebony Burns, Molly Clark, Brooke Cross, Elise Kleeven, Kiarne Pratt, Olivia Trease, Aleisha Wrigley. Tangerine: Marlee Alba, Jesseme Arnason, Amelia Dunn, Lisa Mildenhall, Meg Minogue, Charlotte, Perry, Brittany Thomas, Hayley Wight.

C Grade Black: Lauren Baudinette, Shelby Baulch-Fincher, Helena Brew, Emma Routley-Brown, Samantha Smith, Ashlee Tennyenhuis, Poppy Trewin. Tangerine: Jaria Bernaldo, Charlotte Brew, Ella Clark, Belinda Dyke, Jorja Markley, Sarah Paterson, Kaillee Simpson, Amy Smith.

15 & Under Black: Lily Akers, Elly Egan, Milly Hannon, Chelsea Hofman, Milly James, Melanie Plunkett, Kaili Pritchett,

11 & Under

Black: Evie Bath, Charlie Burns, Beth Drury, Brylie Dyer, Bridie Fisher, Zara McKenzie, Katie McKinnon. Tangerine: Alanna Arnason, Georgia Burns, Harvey Chandler, Jaime Findlay, Madison Fletcher, Stacey Giliam, Hannah Perry, Kiara Noble. Training commences Wednesday April 10 at 4pm. Any queries please contact Pauline on 5662 3694 or 0409 001 694.


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Boolarra goals: T. Perczyk 6, J. Giardina 3, S. Boddy 1, D. Wilson 1, J. Holmes 1, J. Elson 1. Boolarra best: D. Metcalf, T. Perczyk, J. Emery, T. Salerno, K. Towt, M. Van Dyke. Yallourn-Yall Nth goals: D. Murphy 2, J. Cook 2. Yallourn-Yall Nth best: D. Stevens, D. Pol, M. Gore, D. Walsh, B. Burnett, A. Anderson.

Green: Melissa Beardsworth, Kerrie Bentvelzen, Michelle Chandler, Jo Dyer, Tracey Miles, Emma Smith, Sam Smith, Stacey Witton.

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SENIORS Boolarra 13.12.90 d Yallourn-Yall Nth 4.4.28

SENIORS Thorpdale 22.14.146 d Yarragon 13.8.86 Yinnar 20.14.134 d Hill End 4.8.32 Trafalgar 14.7.91 d Newborough 13.5.83 RESERVES Thorpdale 15.6.96 d Yarragon 9.7.61 Yinnar 13.15.93 d Hill End 1.3.9 Newborough 10.14.74 d Trafalgar 10.7.67 THIRDS Thorpdale 9.8.62 d Yarragon 8.7.55 Yinnar 18.20.128 d Hill End 1.4.10 Newborough 13.16.94 d Trafalgar 4.7.31 FOURTHS Yarragon 14.10.94 d Thorpdale 1.8.14 Yinnar 21.10.136 d Hill End 0.1.1 Newborough 11.19.85 d Trafalgar 2.0.12

Leongatha Town Netball Club team lists

Alberton netball Results - Round 2

The Tigers were angered and remonstrated accordingly when Blair was unnecessarily felled by a former Morwell East teammate on the members’ wing. With the game in the bag, Mirboo North continued to build on its 34-point three-quarter time lead, before late goals by Aaron Donoghue and Ben Marks reduced the Hawks’ final deficit to 40 points. Mirboo North coach, Troy Hamilton, was happy with the Tigers’ first-up win, which he described as “a solid team effort.” This Saturday, Mirboo North travels to Willow Grove to play Hill End.

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If you are 7 turning 8 in 2013 or older and keen to learn the skills of netball in a safe, fun and enjoyable environment come and join us


This is a 13 week program, with skills training and game preparation, cost for the program is $70.


Bring your sports gear and our first session will start at 11am on the same day.

We look forward to seeing you all on the courts! Battle: last year’s B Grade premiers Foster took on a spirited Allies on Saturday.


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Cant saves Bulldogs

AN inaccurate Korumburra-Bena outfit narrowly escaped defeat on Saturday when they hosted Yarram.

After trailing all day, a late charge by the Demons had the scores tied in the dying minutes. A late goal by new recruit Nathan Cant saved the victory. The Bulldogs controlled the game early on and led by two goals at the first break. However with four scoring shots to 11 the margin should have been much larger. Scores were identical in the second with the margin pushed out to four goals yet inaccuracy was still hurting the Bulldogs’ progress. Yarram were ready for action after the main break and team leader Corbin Sutherland kicked into gear. Sutherland was getting his hands on the ball all over the field and sparking his teammates along. The lead had been pushed back to three goals by three quarter time but with the Bulldogs’ score line reading 11.21.

Korumburra-Bena 15.23.113 Yarram 17.5.107)

Cant can!: Nathan Cant celebrates with a Bulldogs team mate after kicking the winning goal on Saturday against Yarram.

Foster trumps Allies FOSTER hosted a hopeful Allies outfit on Saturday, with both teams yet to record a win for the season.

The Tigers started in rapid fashion and with a very productive midfield blitzed the opposition to record 5-5 to nil in the first term. Shem Hawking, Rooney and Dan Granger peppered the full forward line and Hawking was leading by example. This in turn put the Allies backline under pressure and the youngsters in Blake Reed, Ben O’Loughlin and Dan Vardy worked hard to defend. On several occasions the visitors got the ball to centre half forward but the home side chopped off everything at halfback.

FOOTY DRAWS THIS WEEKEND ALBERTON Round 3 - April 13 Tarwin v Phillip Island Dalyston v Kil-Bass Stony Creek v MDU Yarram v Toora Kor-Bena v Foster Fish Creek v I-K DWWWW - bye

MID GIPPSLAND Round 2 - April 13 Yarragon v Yallourn-Yall Nth Morwell East v Thorpdale Hill End v Mirboo North Newborough v Yinnar Boolarra v Trafalgar

GIPPSLAND Round 1 - April 13 Bairnsdale v Leongatha Moe v Maffra Warragul v Drouin (Sunday) Wonthaggi v Morwell Sale v Traralgon

ELLINBANK Round 2 - April 13 Longwarry v Poowong Neerim-Nrm Sth v Bunyip Buln Buln v Warragul Ind Nilma-Darnum v Catani Lang Lang v Garfield Nyora v Nar Nar Goon Cora Lynn v Koo Wee Rup (Night) Ellinbank - bye

The Allies’ first goal came from the good work of Michael McKeane on the wing to find Adam Parry on the run and put through the first goal. Goals were very scarce for the Allies but the team kept on working hard. Ben Vardy did a great job in defence, Jim Poland was good in the middle and Shane Buckley was often called upon to do the hard work on the last line. Foster were strong around the midfield and half forward line and the running players set up scoring chances with ease. The goals were spread around the forward, with Hawking, Toner and Granger the go to players. A 120 point lead at three quar-

Foster 23.28.166 d DWWWW 3.4.22 Foster goals: M. Moseley 4, D. Granger 3, S. Chaseling 3, B. Weston 2, M. Brown 2, S. Hawking 2, B. Rooney 2, J. Williams 1, B. Angwin 1, D. Clearihan-Jervies 1, M. Eales 1, B. Coates 1. Foster best: S. Hawking, J. Toner, B. Rooney, D. Vandyke, D. Granger, B. Coates. DWWWW goals: A. Parry 1, G. Hayes 1, D. Vardy 1. DWWWW best: S. Buckley, J. Pintus, B. Reed, S. Kilgower, J. Poland, B. Vardy. RESERVES Foster 22.14.146 d DWWWW 4.7.31 Foster goals: M. Green 9, L. Cripps 2, R. Bohn 2, L. Roberts 2, J. Veal 2, W. Davy 1, J. Chaseling 1, J. Lowe 1, S. Dobson 1, D. Smith 1.

ter time to the Tigers had the Allies scratching their heads. The visitors’ second goal came when Gerard Hayes battled hard on the wing to receive a free plus 50 metres penalty as tempers flared and he made no mistake. Whilst Foster had a good even team performance, the younger Allies players worked hard but need a few games to get the set plays right. Late in the last term Dan Vardy marked strongly in the forward flank and truly but the Tigers had the game well and truly in hand. Twelve different Tigers managed a goal but with 28 behinds on the board as well, one is led to believe with accurate kicking the 144 point margin could have been much larger.

The Magpies soared out of the blocks, controlling the ball well and pushing forward with haste. With a well recruited line up the boys in black and white looked as though they couldn’t be stopped and led the Demons by 28 points at the first quarter break. Dalyston’s dominance continued in the second, however MDU managed to chalk up two majors on the scoreboard. This made little difference, with four goals going the Magpies’ way before half time. Dean Wylie, Blake Carew and James

RESERVES Korumburra-Bena 23.15.153 Yarram 2.3.15 Korumburra-Bena goals: J. Fowles 10, J. Kyle 4, C. Paterson 2, S. Rippingale 1, A. Zuidema 1, L. Baido 1, A. Harrison 1, K. Arestia 1, D. Muir 1, J. Myors 1. Yarram goals: J. Emery 1, W. Jenkins 1. Korumburra-Bena best: J. Fowles, J. Kilpatrick, K. Arestia, D. Myors, N. Auddino, J. Myors.4 THIRDS

Korumburra-Bena 28.16.184 Yarram 1.4.10) Korumburra-Bena goals: J. Breen 5, Z. Walker 4, B. Cosson 3, M. Kennewell 3, Z. Mayo 3, B. Dorling 3, J. Harris 2, J. Harris 2, N. Allen 1, N. Somerville 1, C. Harding Matuki 1. Korumburra-Bena best: B. Dorling, J. Breen, Z. Mayo, S. Lacy, Z. Walker, J. Harris. Yarram goals: J. Liversidge 1. Yarram best: L. Rodaughan, C. Coulthard, A. Caygill, A. Liversidge, J. Stubbe. FOURTHS Korumburra-Bena 14.15.99 Yarram 3.1.19 Korumburra-Bena goals: D. Crook 4, H. Suckling 2, J. Ellams 2, H. Anthony 2, B. Walker 2, J. Macri 1, L. O’Brien 1. Korumburra-Bena best: C. Martin, N. Wylie, L. O’Brien, T. Jenkin, B. Walker, J. Celebrine. Yarram goals: L. Bentley 1, W. McDonald 1. Yarram best: W. McDonald, J. Liversidge, J. Davis, W. Bodman, L. Bentley.

Foster best: M. Green, L. Cripps, W. Morgan, J. Veal, J. Moore, K. Staff. DWWWW goals: A. Heatherington 3, V. Pecora 1. DWWWW best: A. Heatherington, V. Pecora, T. Hunter, S. Thomas, J. Henderson, M. Hunter. THIRDS Foster won by foreit. FOURTHS Foster 9.6.60 d DWWWW 3.1.19 Foster goals: T. VanDyke 3, Z. House 2, L. Hateley 1, J. Smith 1, J. Cripps 1, X. Duursma 1. Foster best: B. Green, J. Cripps, X. Duursma, T. VanDyke, J. Smith, L. Wake. DWWWW goals: K. Hanning 2, B. Johnston 1. DWWWW best: C. Pettie, T. Garland, J. Mattern, J. Vening, B. Johnston, K. Hanning.

Dalyston makes their mark THE first game for the 2013 season for MDU may be one that they want to forget after falling to Dalyston by 12 goals.

Korumburra-Bena goals: M. Cooke 4, T. Wyatt 2, N. Besley 2, J. Smith 2, N. Cant 2, M. Bradley 1, B. Fitzpatrick 1, R. Mullens 1. Korumburra-Bena best: M. Bradley, R. Staples, J. Smith, M. Cooke, N. Besley, T. Mayo. Yarram goals: C. Sutherland 6, L. Jenkins 5, B. Lynch 3, S. Grazotis 1, N. Lynch 1, J. Swift 1. Yarram best: C. Bruns, S. Rendell, L. Le Blanc, J. Moore, B. Davis, C. Sutherland.

one would think they could’ve put the game away well before this. Lukas Jenkins joined Sutherland in the Yarram onslaught in the final quarter, with both of the players smashing out the goals. Jenkins managed five goals for the game and Sutherland six. This brought the scores to 107 apiece in the dying minutes. It was a dash by both teams, for victory but the ball made its way to the hands of Nathan Cant who came through for the Bulldogs. Cant slotted through a goal while on the run just moments before the final siren. Michael Cook was the stand out for Korumburra-Bena in the forward line, kicking four goals for the game. Nick Besley was another top player for the Bulldogs, scoring two majors and getting a lot of the ball. With 23 behinds on the board, accuracy in front of the sticks is something that Bulldogs forwards will need to work on.

Ross were dominating the field for the Magpies while MDU’s Jason Kennedy and Clint Johnston were giving it their all with no such success. The visitors kept pushing and with another three goals pushed the lead out to 58 points at the final break. Forwards Brad Fisher, Michael Kraska and Matt Rosendale were leading the Dalyston forward line all day and with four goals each were unstoppable in front of the big sticks. MDU fought until the final siren but ended the day 72 points behind. Both teams take on rivals in Round 3 with MDU facing off with neighbours Stony Creek and Dalyston taking on Kilcunda-Bass in a grand final rematch.

Smooth operator: Justin Smith puts one on the boot during Saturday’s close win over the Yarram Demons.

Dalyston 14.15.99 d MDU 4.3.27 Dalyston goals: M. Rosendale 4, B. Fisher 4, M. Kraska 4, M. Schreck 2. Dalyston best: M. Schreck, B. Fisher, D. Kelly, J. Ross, B. Carew, D. Wylie. MDU goals: A. Harris 2, P. Kindellan 1, T. Wightman 1. MDU best: J. Fisher, S. Peters, P. Kindellan, B. Thomas (Jnr), C. Johnston, J. Kennedy. RESERVES Dalyston 19.17.131 d M.D.U. 5.3.33 Dalyston goals: J. Brooker 6, L. Wilkinson 2, M. Boyle 2, T. Davey 2, D. Pruysers 1, P. Dunlop 1, J. McRae 1, A. Gennaccaro 1, R. Davey 1, M. Magill 1, S. Sibly 1. Dalyston best: A. Donohue, L. Borne, K. Thomas, M. Magill, J. Brooker, T. Davey. MDU goals: B. Arnup 1, R. Fisher 1, P. Harris 1, J. Krohn 1, C. Ricardo 1. MDU best: J. Krohn, M. Winderlich, K. Sinclair, R. Livingstone, C. Ricardo, S. White.

THIRDS Dalyston 10.8.68 d M.D.U. 8.6.54 Dalyston goals: J. Legione 2, T. Hamilton 2, E. Wilson 1, B. Wardle 1, J. McPhee 1, H. Wright 1, M. McCoy 1, J. Ray-Angarane 1. Dalyston best: J. Legione, J. Ray-Angarane, J. Magro, K. Kirk, M. McCoy, B. Wardle. MDU goals: J. McMillan 5, S. Wilson 2, J. Broadway 1. MDU best: S. Wilson, J. McMillan, S. Horvath, J. Broadway, A. Hill, N. Moore. FOURTHS Dalyston 6.19.55 M.D.U. 1.1.7 Dalyston goals: M. Marotta 2, D. Brosnan 1, L. Marotta 1, T. Beaton 1, Z. Sprie 1. Dalyston best: M. Marotta, C. Loughridge, R. Quinn, C. Collins, L. Legione, D. Brosnan. MDU goals: L. Harris 1. MDU goals: J. Smith, E. Stephenson, C. McInnes, W. Horvath, C. Dougherty, Z. Barnard .

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Stony too good for Toora SEASON 2013 got off to a glorious start weather wise at Toora with Stony Creek prepared to take it to the Magpies.

The home side, having recruited well, expected to be competitive against a Stony Creek side who also had some good new players. A slight breeze favoured the town end of the ground and Toora won the toss and kicked that way. The Magpies had the first major to Dyson but a quick reply to Van Der Pluym saw scores level and from then Stony led for the rest of the game. The visitors slowly increased their lead until three-quarter time when they led 10.12 to 6.9. For much of this time Toora were able to get the ball into their forward 50 but as has been the case over the last few seasons their lack of a dominant forward cost them dearly with the Stony Creek backmen clearly on top for the game. At the other end of the ground Luke

Bowman put on a great display kicking five goals and help from Lucas McMillan, Schelling , Van Der Pluym and Doran who also got two each lead to a dominating victory. Around the ground Toora had a had some great determination in Cat Grant and with good games by Mills, Scammell and Harris while Jacob Byrnes was Stony’s best with great support from, Bowman, Schelling and a slow starting Robert Eddy who improved as the game went on. The last quarter saw almost no scores to either side until about halfway through when an obviously fitter Stony Creek slammed 5.3 to Toora’s solitary point to run out winners by 57 points. Stony Creek may have improved a little on last season and will know a bit more about where they are placed after the next two rounds facing MDU and KilcundaBass. Toora will be tested by Yarram and Foster in the next two rounds and they will struggle unless a good forward can be found as soon as possible.



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

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207.55 122.56 366.67 223.91 192.11 173.58 141.13 90.64 71.84 44.66 31.62 27.27 19.38


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GOALKICKERS K. Bergles (Kil-Bass)..................15 J. Wells (Kil-Bass)......................10 M. Cook (Kor-Bena).....................8 C. Sutherland (Yarram)................8 T. Hooker (Fish Ck)......................6 K. Sutherland (Yarram)................6 B. Soumilas (Inv-K’wak)..............5 L. Bowman (Stony Ck).................5 L. Jenkins (Yarram)......................5 M. Kraska (Dalyston)...................4

RESERVES LADDER Stony Creek 15.13.103 Toora & District 6.10.46 GOALS, Stony Creek: L. Bowman 5, L. McMillan 2, S. Doran 2, K. Van Der Pluym 2, J. Schelling 2, J. Byrnes 1, D. Zuidema 1 Toora & District: M. Glowrey 2, L. Toner 2, C. Hanratty 1, J. Mills 1 BEST, Stony Creek: L. Bowman, J. Byrnes, J. Schelling, R. Eddy, J. Hughes, D. Zuidema Toora & District: P. Grant, J. Mills, B. Scammell, M. Harris, J. MaurilliPullin, A. Garlick

It’s mine: Scotty Benton and Andrew Verboon fight for the ball during Saturday’s match. Photo courtesy Gerard

Sea-eagles comeback not enough IN conditions more suited to cricket, Phillip Island travelled to Inverloch with both teams looking to redeem themselves from Round 1 loses.

Phillip Island dominated possession early with their pressure and attack on the ball, and it was Jaymie Youle who got on the end of some good work down the ground to kick the Island’s first. James Taylor and Kirby McConnon were in everything early and with all the play in the Island’s half of the ground it was only a matter of time before their dominance resulted in scoreboard pressure. The Inverloch midfield led by Chris Terlich started to work their way into the game but couldn’t penetrate the young Island defence. The Island went into the first break with a handy four goal lead and Inverloch goalless. After the break the Bulldogs picked up where they left off applying tremendous pressure all over the ground with James Taylor and the McConnan brothers in everything. Not long after Inverloch sparked into action and a 50 metre penalty resulting in a Phillip Island 13.8.86 Inverloch-Kongwak 10.8.68 GOALS, Phillip Island: W. McConnon 3, J. Youle 3, M. Price 2, J. Taylor 2, J. Taylor 1, S. Riordan 1, J. Weir 1 Inverloch-Kongwak: B. Soumilas 4, B. Hender 2, T. Thornby 1, M. Miller 1, P. McCall 1, R. Tegg 1 BEST, Phillip Island: W. McConnon, J. Taylor, E. Richards, J. Youle, M. Price, C. McConnon Inverloch-Kongwak: C. Terlich, A. Cross, T. Thornby, A. Sadler, T. Cannon, B. Soumilas

RESERVES Phillip Island 19.12.126 Inverloch-Kongwak 2.1.13 GOALS, Phillip Island: S. Ambler 5, T. Cole 4, C. McPhillips 2, A. Redmond 2, M. Jones 2, R. McK-

goal had the Sea-Eagles first major on the board. Cross, Terlich and Thornby started to get on top in the midfield and Inverloch’s big full forward Soumilas started to mark everything that came near him. Two more quick goals from free kicks saw Inverloch within three goals. Another few quick kicks had the margin at seven in the Bulldogs favour at the main break. After a slow start to the third Phillip Island took control again with a relentless attack on the ball and an ability to repel Inverloch’s attacks. This gave the Island a comfortable six goal lead at three quarter time. It was Inverloch who got off to the perfect start in the fourth with a strong mark and goal from Hender to give them some hope. Inverloch who had not given up all day again lifted and despite some ferocious tackling by Riordan, Eli Richards and John Emery, Inverloch slammed on two quick goals to give them a sniff. There was just not enough in the end for the Sea-Eagles with Phillip Island taking the 18 point win.

enzie 1, Z. Wagner 1, A. Tolley 1, H. Pearce 1 Inverloch-Kongwak: N. Williams 1, C. Maher 1 BEST, Phillip Island: C. McPhillips, P. Gardiner, Z. Wagner, D. Garton, S. Ambler, T. Cole Inverloch-Kongwak: C. Maher, J. Brosnan, N. Solomon, A. Dowie, N. Maher, R. Bertuleit

THIRDS Phillip Island 12.7.79 Inverloch-Kongwak 8.4.52 GOALS, Phillip Island: J. Black 3, J. Black 2, C. Wood 2, B. Johnston 2, J. Sanna 1, J. Cleeland 1, C. Phillips 1 Inverloch-Kongwak: M. Burton 2, S. Hayes 2, J. Best 1, J. Kershaw 1, L. Michael 1, J. Truman 1 BEST, Phillip Island: C. Wood, M.

Francis, R. Marshall, A. Cook, B. Johnston, J. Cleeland Inverloch-Kongwak: M. MacKay, J. Truman, E. Taranto, S. Hayes, B. Petersen, J. Kershaw

FOURTHS Inverloch-Kongwak 11.14.80 Phillip Island 2.5.17 GOALS, Inverloch-Kongwak: C. Mckenzie 3, A. Toussaint 2, O. Hutton 1, J. Scott 1, L. Scott 1, O. Toussaint 1, O. Collett 1, S. Wallace 1 Phillip Island: J. Black 1, T. Officer 1 BEST, Inverloch-Kongwak: O. Toussaint, J. Scott, O. Hutton, R. Sparkes, C. Mckenzie, J. Teakle Phillip Island: J. Keating, D. Ryan, M. Mattock, A. Duyker, A. Farrell, Z. Jankowicz

RESERVES Stony Creek 16.15.111 Toora & District 2.3.15 GOALS, Stony Creek: L. Byrnes 3, B. Koetsveld 3, M. Luscombe 2, G.

Gray 2, B. McKnight 2, M. Dyer 2, S. Browne 2 Toora & District: T. Need 1, B. Doran 1 BEST, Stony Creek: M. Luscombe, J. Accardi, B. McKnight, M. Dyer, A. Scholte, L. Byrnes Toora & District: D. Hanratty, T. Allott, B. East, V. Ditta, B. Stone, J. Robertson

THIRDS Toora & District 13.14.92 Stony Creek 2.5.17 GOALS, Toora & District: B. Doran 8, P. Doran 2, S. Bishop 2, M. Edwards 1 Stony Creek: T. Sinclair 2 BEST, Toora & District: K. Holmes, V. Ditta, P. Doran, M. Edwards, J. Mason

Stony Creek: J. Zuidema, D. Enter, T. Jones, J. Brydon, J. Wilson, L. Harrington

FOURTHS Stony Creek 16.10.106 Toora & District 0.2.2 GOALS, Stony Creek: A. Wright 4, M. Darmanin 3, H. Collins 3, B. Thomson 2, B. Jones 1, R. Harrington 1, H. Funnell 1, K. Newton 1. Toora & District: BEST, Stony Creek: B. Thomson, M. Darmanin, A. Wright, J. Tiziani, H. Watson, B. Jones Toora & District: K. Morgan, P. Doran, T. Koolen, C. Hilder, S. Walker, C. Edwards

Panthers pounce on Sharks

KILCUNDA Bass proudly unfurled their premiership flag from 2012 in their first home game on Saturday.

The premiers faced up against Tarwin in what should have been an interesting match for both teams. An even first quarter saw both teams pushing hard and with Tarwin surprising their opponents early on. The Panthers lead by just five points at the first break but things were set to change quickly. A quick fire quarter from KilcundaBass saw them expand their lead by 23 points thanks to four goals. The Sharks only managed to answer with one goal in the second. Despite hard work from Tarwin’s Jonathan McMicking, Chalmers, and Lamers the Panthers expanded their lead in the third and were 36 points in front at the

final break. Eight goals to one in the final quarter saw the 2012 premiers run home with an 80 point win despite having 11 players missing from the premiership side. Young players such as Johnny MacIntyre, Jacob Dakin, Dale Crawford, Shane Jerger, Tyson Charles, Luke O’Donogue and Darcy Clay were making the most of their opportunity in the seniors for KillyBass. Ryan Fitzgerald is getting back to his old form and Kael Bergles and Jason Wells are both kicking plenty of goals. The Panthers sustained a few injuries last Saturday but hopefully from them nothing too serious going into the grand final rematch with Dalyston this week. The two teams will be playing for the John Walsh Cup. Tarwin will face Phillip Island in Round 3.


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

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


813.04 287.88 255.00 740.00 396.97 114.89 61.81 84.48 54.55 27.76 25.19 13.51 13.12


8 8 8 4 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0

GOALKICKERS J. Fowles (Kor-Bena)..................12 M. Green (Foster).........................9 S. Ambler (Phillip Is)....................7 J. Brooker (Dalyston)...................6 J. Swift (Yarram)..........................5 M. Dickason (Kil-Bass)................5 T. Cole (Phillip Is).........................5 L. Roberts (Foster).......................4 J. Kyle (Kor-Bena)........................4 B. Koetsveld (Stony Ck)...............3


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


0 1400.00 0 655.81 0 130.95 0 541.18 0 125.93 0 53.69 0 53.03 0 79.41 0 76.36 0 31.53 0 19.19 0 18.48 0 12.50


8 8 8 4 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0

GOALKICKERS J. McDonald (Yarram)..................9 M. Manteit (Kil-Bass)...................9 B. Doran (Toora & Dist)...............8 J. Andersen (Kil-Bass).................7 B. Dorling (Kor-Bena)...................7 N. Somerville (Kor-Bena).............7 J. McMillan (MDU).......................5 J. Breen (Kor-Bena).....................5 J. Harris (Kor-Bena).....................5 Z. Walker (Kor-Bena)....................4

UNDER 15 LADDER Kilcunda Bass 18.9.117 Tarwin 5.7.37) GOALS, Kilcunda Bass: J. Wells 7, K. Bergles 7, B. Law 2, L. Harrison 1, R. Fitzgerald 1 Tarwin: N. Hughes 1, J. Cann 1, T. Williamson 1, S. McMicking 1, J. Chalmers 1 BEST, Kilcunda Bass: R. Fitzgerald, B. Arnold, K. Bergles, J. Wells, L. ODonoghue, J. MacIntyre Tarwin: R. Houston, T. Williamson, J. Bloom, C. Lamers, J. McMicking, J. Chalmers

RESERVES Kilcunda Bass 7.13.55 Tarwin 4.6.30 GOALS, Kilcunda Bass: M. Dickason 2, O. Milton 1, T. Hurley 1, M.

Thompson 1, N. Osler 1, B. Wells 1 Tarwin: G. Brennan 1, A. Newey 1, S. Blencowe 1, V. Van Dillen 1 BEST, Kilcunda Bass: J. Good, O. Milton, A. Marks, B. Fisher, J. Joyce, D. Snowden Tarwin: P. McRae, B. Launder, G. Brennan, W. Lomax, T. Giroud

Manteit, J. Andersen, T. Thatcher, C. Smith, M. Homer Tarwin: C. Brown, J. Smith, M. Chalmers, J. Moore, L. Anderson, L. Keily

THIRDS Kilcunda Bass 20.16.136 Tarwin 2.5.17

GOALS, Kilcunda Bass: S. Casey 3, L. Alford 3, A. Brown 2, F. Homer 1, S. Watson 1, R. Taylor 1, B. Fowler 1 Tarwin: T. Van der Kolk 1 BEST, Kilcunda Bass: S. Casey, J. Rosenow, A. Arney, A. Brown, S. Watson, L. Alford Tarwin: J. Hill, K. McGavin, D. Garnham, J. Beckwith, J. Van der Kolk, N. Johnstone

GOALS, Kilcunda Bass: M. Manteit 4, C. Withall 4, J. Andersen 3, J. Homer 2, J. Burgess 1, T. Thatcher 1, M. Homer 1, C. Smith 1, B. Caile 1, J. O’Shea-Playne 1, P. Babington 1 Tarwin: J. Moore 1, C. Brown 1 BEST, Kilcunda Bass: J. Homer, M.

FOURTHS Kilcunda Bass 12.18.90 Tarwin 1.1.7


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


0 222.03 0 5300.00 0 785.71 0 224.39 0 201.43 0 160.47 0 118.18 0 90.99 0 75.00 0 12.73 0 12.03 0 7.78 0 1.89


8 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 0 0 0 0

GOALKICKERS J. Black (Phillip Is).......................8 T. Van Dyke (Foster).....................7 D. Crook (Kor-Bena).....................6 A. Wright (Stony Ck)....................4 A. Toussaint (Inv-K’wak)..............4 L. Buckland (Fish Ck)...................4 M. Darmanin (Stony Ck)..............3 S. Casey (Kil-Bass)......................3 J. Macri (Kor-Bena)......................3 H. Collins (Stony Ck)....................3 T. Legg (Inv-K’wak)......................3

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LDCA cricket presentation night

A1 team of the year: Gavin Britt, Tim Hooper, Thomas Wyatt, Jason Wilson, Eli Richards, Damien Symmons, Cameron Thomas, Tim Wightman, Udara Weerasinghe, Ryan Thomas and Barry Wyatt.*

A2 team of the year: Sam Hughes, Jacob Dakin, Amila Ratnayake, Scott Jeffery, Mark Le Page, Joe O’Loughlin, Rob Arestia, Jason Kennedy, Madura Weerasinghe, Steve Coppell and Paul Matthews.*

B1 team of the year: David Dutchman, Russ White, David Baldi, Aaron Yann, Craig Harvey, Tim Clark, Leroy Sharrock, Dylan McMeeking, Liam Sawyer, Luke McGuirk and Phil Owen.*

C1 team of the year: Russell Good, Garry Knox, Steve Dinger, Warren Williams, Brad Phillips, Ken Fleming, Matt Hancock, Neil Hancock, Glenn Wright, Kevin Clark and Charlie Dougherty.* *Some players absent

Cricketers of the year: Sam Hughes (A2), Russell White (B1), Garry Knox (C1), Tom Eustace (B2), Donald Wylie (C2), Jakeb Thomas (Under 16) and Ryan Thomas (A1).

One day champions: Joe O’Loughlin representing Leongatha Town in A2 and Ryan Thomas representing Wonthaggi Workmens in A1.

B2 team of the year: Steve Brann, Peter Miller, Trevor Aplin, Gary Webster, Matt Smith, Tim Miller, Matt Wilson, Tom Eustace, Steve Fixter, Matt VanBoven and George Lomagno.*

C2 team of the year: Shaun Chaseling, Brayden Pickersgill, Paul Robinson, Matt Cadwallender, Matt Hull, Jake Pilkington, Michael Green, Donald Wylie, John Johnston, Nick Summers and Mark Dobbie.*

Leading batsmen: Gavin Britt (A1), Sam Hughes (A2), Tom Eustace (B2), Brayden Pickersgill (C2), David Dutchman (B1) and Jakeb Thomas (Under 16). Absent Russel Good (C1).

Top bowlers: Kevin Clark (C1), Barry Wyatt (A1), Jason Kennedy (A2), Dylan McMeekin (B1) and Jakeb Thomas (Under 16). Absent Steve Fixter (B2) and John Johnston (C2).

GCL victory: the GCL premiership side was congratulated on their win.

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Golfers tee off for Dakota

MORE than 200 people enjoyed golf at Leongatha Golf Club on Sunday and not just for the sake of a game.

They rather tackled nine holes for Dakota Rigby, an Inverloch girl enduring leukaemia. The event was arranged by family friends to raise funds for the 11 year old’s treatment, and attracted not just relatives and mates of the Rigby family, but also strangers wanting to help out. The student at St Joseph’s Primary School at Wonthaggi has spent most of the past seven months in Melbourne’s Monash Children’s Hospital. Dakota and her parents Aaron and Courtenay and siblings Aston, Tate and Logan attended the golf day, despite the overwhelming emotion surrounding the occasion.

Aaron was thankful for the community’s support. “There are people here we do not know and they have come to show support for Dakota,” he said. Friends of her father Aaron arranged the charity day, with prizes for top golfers and substantial auction prizes, from accommodation packages to a signed Hawthorn Football Club jumper. Visitors could also bid for a bicycle, a round of golf at Kingston Heath with pro player Stuart Appleby and a football clinic with Hawthorn captain Sam Mitchell. Thirty-six teams of golfers competed in the nine hole event and many were not golfers, said Aaron’s mate Wayne Butcher. “It’s more just about charity. They are just here to have fun and have a more social day,” he said.

Here to help: Inverloch-Kongwak footballers Chris Terlich, Tim Thornby, Chris Maher and Pete McCall, brother of Dakota’s Rigby’s mother Courtenay.

Upskill your club volunteers Is getting willing volunteers to travel great distances for training an issue? GippSport is offering subsidised First Aid and Food Handling training locally in various towns across South Gippsland in the coming weeks. Local clubs should jump on this opportunity as places are limited and going very fast. “We are offering the training in Wonthaggi, Cowes, Korumburra and Meeniyan. This should give everyone a chance to get to one,” GippSport co-ordinator Gene Parini explains. “By reducing the travel factor we believe we’ll get more of our local volunteers trained up which is critical

to the ongoing success of our clubs.” The sporting fabric of clubs means people move in and out of them frequently. Ensuring that people playing vital roles have the required skills isn’t always easy but nonetheless very important. “We have some great volunteers out there. Giving them the support they need is crucial,” Gene added. The costs of sessions are reduced for sporting clubs to ensure all have the opportunity to send members. Session details are as follows:

Food Handling Courses Monday, April 22 Wonthaggi 5.30pm. Tuesday, April 30 Meeniyan 5.30pm. Cost $10 per person

(Healthy Sporting Environments clubs). Cost $35 per person (All other sporting clubs).

First Aid Courses Thursday, May 16 Cowes 9am. Saturday, May 25 Korumburra 9am. Cost $25 per person (Healthy Sporting Environments clubs). Cost $75 per person (All other sporting clubs). All successful participants will receive a nationally-recognised Statement of Attainment. The initiative is supported by Department of Planning and Community Development and VicHealth. To find out more or to RSVP please contact GippSport (E) gene@ (T) 5674 6004 (M) 0428 358 335.

Master cooks: Kevin “Jock” Bradley of Outtrim, Ross Tanner of Inverloch, Frank McGarvey of Leongatha and Dakota’s grandfather Vic “Trixie” Butler of Inverloch kept golfers’ hunger pangs at bay.

Liam just shy of top 20 KORUMBURRA’S Liam McCall placed 21st at the Australian School Triathlon Titles in Sydney last week. After a slow start that left him behind the pack a strong bike leg had him set to recover some ground. “I came off the bike in 24 and I managed to run down three places, putting myself into 21st in the last 500 metres with a strong finish,” he said. McCall was happy with the race over all despite his best discipline

Left, Ready to go: Liam McCall preparing before the big race in Sydney.

letting him down. “The swim was slow and I was  disappointed  that the  wet suit  was a bit tight, but that is just how it is,” he said. “I rode well and ran well. I was just shy of the sub 20 run I wanted, but I was pleased.” McCall completed the swim leg in 11:38, bike in 32:52 and run in 20:30 for an overall time of 1:06:21. As part of the relay team McCall rode the 15km bike leg in 22:20 to place him as the third fastest bike and get Victoria a fourth place.


A Pack Collection & Information Night will be held on April 18 from 4pm - 5:30pm, at the Leongatha Rec Reserve. Registration & payment is only available online at Registrations paid before April 15 will get access to 4 free tickets to a selected 2013 Toyota AFL Premiership Season Game.

Enquiries: Adam 0418 816 914, Annette 0400 483 937 or via email at

Department of Planning and Community Development




Subsidised Volunteer Courses for Sporting Club Volunteers DON'T MISS OUT First Aid - Provide Basic Emergency Life Support (HLTFA211A) When: Thursday 16 May, 2013 When: Saturday 25 May, 2013 Where: Cowes Cultural Centre Where: Korumburra Recreation Reserve Time: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm Time: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm RSVP: To GippSport at or 5674 6004 Cost: $25 per person if a Healthy Sporting Environments Club & $75 per person for all other clubs

Food Hygiene for Handlers (SITXOHS002A) When: Monday 22 April 2013 When: Tuesday 30 April 2013 Where: Wonthaggi Information Centre Where: Meeniyan Golf Club, Meeniyan Time: 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm Time: 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm RSVP: To GippSport at or 5674 6004 Cost: $10 per person if a Healthy Sporting Environments Club $35 per person for all other clubs


DOES your sports club need more qualified volunteers?

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