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Dancing tweens GIRLS and boys with a sense of rhythm will overwhelm Leongatha from this Friday to Sunday, for the second Great Southern Star Eisteddfod.

With more dancers and prizes than last year’s successful event, competition will be exceptional. Already, 550 dancers from 11 schools from as far as East Gippsland and Melbourne have confirmed they will attend, taking to the stage alongside local troupes. The eisteddfod will be held at Leongatha’s Mesley Hall. President of the eisteddfod committee, Tanya Bolam, said: “We’ve got more dancers than last year. It was tough but we actually had to knock people back.” Lisa Pellin Dancers Hayley Norton, Chloe Adkins, Brooke Cross and Ruby Adkins (front) are looking forward to the eisteddfod. See feature pages 38 and 39.

Crash chaos ’Burra accident renews bypass debate

By Jacob de Kunder KORUMBURRA must have a heavy vehicle bypass to protect pedestrians from trucks in the wake of last week’s potentially catastrophic accident, a shire councillor has claimed.

South Gippsland Shire Councillor Bob Newton has called for a bypass sooner rather than later to ensure the safety of people in the town’s CBD. The accident blocked Commercial Street for 12 hours, costing businesses lost trade. Up to $70,000 damage was caused to the Austral Hotel and the adjoining carpark.

Police continue to investigate the cause of the accident. “This incident is a sign to get these heavy vehicles out of the main street,” Cr Newton said. “I just think it’s important that it’s got to be done in the very near future, it’s just got Clean up: a recovery crew rights the diesel truck last to be done. Continued on page 3. Wednesday.

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Inverloch dances for a cause SOUTH Gippslanders continue to dance and shop to raise funds for a diabetes screening program at the Royal Children’s Hospital. The annual Royal Children’s Hospital Diabetic Ball lured 280 people to the Inverloch Community Hub on Saturday night. The event raised more than $40,000 to support a complications screening program for children with type one diabetes at the hospital in Melbourne. The Beauglehall family of Inverloch has organised the event with a dedicated band of volunteers for 15 years. Their daughter Carla Poletti was diagnosed with type one diabetes as a child. Guests enjoyed a three course meal in the hall decorated to a Moulin Rouge theme and danced to local band The Stiletto Group, which has donated their services for every one of the 15 balls.

Professor George Wurther and Dr Michelle O’Connor, from the hospital, spoke about the screening program and research that is only funded by proceeds from the ball. The crowd was silent as they watched a video showing images of diabetic children, some of them self injecting. “Since the ball started, complications have gone from 30 per cent to two per cent,” Kerrie Beauglehall said. “Type one diabetes does not go away when you leave the Royal Children’s Hospital. It is with you every second of your life.” The auction – conducted by Scott Hughes of LJ Hooker Real Estate of Inverloch – raised $20,000, with corporate boxes to the Geelong versus Collingwood match making $6500, and a Collingwood signed guernsey topping $1100. Twenty-six people had the chance to try to unlock a box to win weekend away, sponsored by LJ Hooker Real Estate. Winner Ken Harris

Making it happen: main ball organisers, the Beauglehall family of Inverloch: Kerrie Beauglehall, Carla Poletti, Brett Beauglehall, Laura Beauglehall and Ross Beauglehall.

of Leongatha has attended every ball. Badges were presented by Professor Wurther in honour of volunteers’ services. Fifteen year badges were given to Kerrie, Ross, Brett and Laura Beauglehall; Carla Poletti; Heather and Trevor Dowson; Heather and Don Atkins; Sheila Forster; Greg Tabner; Maree Peel; Maureen and Gerard Joss; Phil and Tina Bowden; and Gaye and Graeme Murphy. Darryl Thomas - catering for his last ball - received a 10 year service badge and badges marking five years’ service went to: Lloyd Bennetts, Roz Hulls, Beryl Millman, Barbara Houston, Derek and Lorraine Banks, and Paul Poletti. A highlight of the evening was a conga line dance led by Bill Phillips of Inverloch in his wheelchair. Bill, a much loved man about town, is recovering from a stroke. People travelled from as a far as interstate for the event and among the crowd were 15 doctors from the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Family occasion: at the Royal Children’s Hospital Diabetic Dance were Heather, Don and Meagan Atkins

Left: Fine night: Judy and Trevor Brewster.

Focusing on fishing: the state’s peak fishing body, VR Fish, held an open house session at Inverloch on Saturday, to find out anglers’ views on how fishing could be improved in Anderson Inlet. At the event were Murray MacDonald, Donald Tipping, Therese Bruce, Doug Walsh, Dick Brumley, Rebecca Jol, June Laycock, Paul Hardy-Smith, Trevor Buck, Ross Drury, Chris Collins and Max Fletcher.


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Forum eyes future Wonthaggi ponders life beyond desal By Simone Short BASS Coast businesses may suffer when the number of desalination plant workers begins to rapidly decrease from over 3000 to as low as 250 in October this year.

An information forum regarding Wonthaggi’s future, held at Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club last Tuesday night, was a great success. At least 190 business-people and residents attended to learn what is planned for the region once the desal plant is built. Some people also believed the number of tourists visiting Bass Coast had decreased, but council’s economic development manager Peter Francis, said tourist numbers had increased by seven per cent in the last year. “There has been no indication numbers have dropped off,” he said. “The building of a new information centre, which will encourage people to visit the desalination site, will hopefully improve tourism in the area even further.” It was revealed at the forum however, that 200 construction workers would remain on site for two years after the plant is finished in mid 2012. Bass Coast Shire Council CEO Allan Bawden was surprised to hear construction workers would remain, in addition to the 50 or so who would be employed on an ongoing basis. Mr Bawden said news of the 200

Wonthaggi’s future: (from left) Wonthaggi Business Association vice-president Michael Giles, Karen Lee from Thiess Degremont, Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Veronica Dowman, Westpac Wonthaggi manager Dean Herbert, Bass Coast Shire Council planning and environment director Hannah Duncan-Jones, CEO Allan Bawden and economic development manager Peter Francis. came from Karen Lee, representing plant construction company Thiess Degremont, at last week’s forum on the future of Wonthaggi. “That’s an economic bonus,” he said. Mr Bawden said the current desalination plant workforce was around the same size as that in the rest of Wonthaggi. “That gives you an idea of the scale,” he said. He said the night focused on the present economic boom in Wonthaggi, while council made the point the town had been growing before the desal

project began. “That has been consistent over the past 10 years because of seachange. And that strong, underlying growth will continue,” Mr Bawden said. One indication of that has been the investment in new housing in the town. There has, said Mr Bawden, been “a lot” of that. The fact that “big national brands” such as Bunnings are setting up in Wonthaggi are indications of the certainty. Council land use planning has reinforced the emergence of Wonthaggi as a regional service centre. “Commercial and industrial growth

is favoured for Wonthaggi. Coastal villages will grow, but retain their village feel,” he said. The commercial and industrial land is on either side of Inverloch Road. While the council has no statistics on the number of desalination construction workers who might want to find other jobs and remain in Wonthaggi, Mr Bawden thinks some of them will. He bases that on the council’s own experience as an employer. “People come here, bring their families and want to stay. One of the reasons we wanted to encourage (de-

salination) workers to live here and bring their families was that they’d fall in love with the place and stay on,” he said. Bass Coast mayor Cr Veronica Dowman described the forum as “very productive”. She said the forum showed an overriding goodwill to look at the way Wonthaggi is expanding and progressing and how opportunities for growth can be improved. One of the strategies discussed was to increase the town – and the shire’s percentage of “global knowledge” workers. The lack of global knowledge workers in Bass Coast Shire was identified in a report commissioned by the council. It was prepared by the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research and looks to the next 20 years. The report identifies such workers that would help elevate the shire’s standing, including importers and exporters, information technology managers, sales and marketing managers, medical scientists, technical sales representatives and computing professionals. To do this, said the mayor, the area needs to provide the education, arts and cultural facilities that young families want. Hence the Bass Coast Education Precinct slated for McKenzie Street, Wonthaggi and a cultural precinct opposite the shire offices in McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi.

’Burra accident renews bypass debate

Continued from page 1. “The need is there and it should be incorporated in the overall development plan for Korumburra.” Last Wednesday, a B-double fuel tanker overturned at the top of Commercial Street, pouring 13,000 litres of diesel into drains and forcing the evacuation of nearby businesses. “We’re very, very lucky it was a diesel tanker,” Cr Newton said. “If it had been a gas tanker or a petrol tanker and some of the fluid leaked down under the supermarket and if that had gone off, it would’ve been absolutely devastating if it had exploded. We’ve got a school and supermarket and shops (in that area).” Austral Hotel owner and Korumburra Business Association president Doug White is in two minds about the concept of a bypass. “This incident does highlight the need for an alternative but I don’t think a bypass would be good for the town,” he said. “A lot of businesses rely on the traffic passing through town and a bypass could see the closure of some small businesses.” However Mr White agreed the heavy vehicles were a hazard in Commercial Street. “Trucks in the main street are definitely an issue as well as the speed they travel – not saying speed was the cause of this incident – but restrictions need to be put in place,” he said.

“Trucks go down the street at speeds which they would surely not be able to stop at.” The Environmental Protection Agency continues to oversee the clean-up to ensure the Austral Hotel, main street, sewers, drains and local tributaries are protected. EPA contractors have been sucking the diesel out of the drainage system, while weirs were established in Coalition Creek and its tributaries it to protect waterways. “We will provide ongoing advice and support while the clean up continues,” the EPA’s Simon Frost said. Drinking water in reservoirs was not contaminated, said South Gippsland Water’s managing director Steve Evans. “There have been no effects on water quality or supply for our customers receiving water from reservoirs in the region,” he said. Korumburra’s IGA supermarket was evacuated by fire-fighters for an hour-and-a-half. Around 20 staff and 12 customers were removed from the store as diesel ran down hill from the accident site towards the supermarket. “It was just a precautionary measure,” IGA store manager Craig Marinus said. “We just needed to make sure that they didn’t find anything untoward. The staff followed the procedures really well.”

Expensive exercise Wednesday’s truck crash in Korumburra has resulted in large damage bills all round. The Austral Hotel sustained the most damage, after the truck collided with a balcony pole, threatening the integrity of the entire balcony. One of the pub’s carparks has also had to be excavated to remove spilt fuel. Owner Doug White said it could have been much worse. “It’s hard to say with the price, but it’s expected around $30,000 to $40,000 for the balcony and around $20,000 to $30,000 for the car park, so all up around $70,000,” he said. “This is better than what we first thought. We believe it could have been well over $100,000.” The balcony was assessed by builders and engineers, and was confirmed to be at no risk of falling but Mr White wants it removed as soon as possible. “Upstairs will be out of order for two to three weeks while we get the balcony repaired but the broken parts will be pulled down safely as soon as we can,” he said. “I’d like to get the carpark open again as soon

as possible so we can open it up a bit and look like we’re doing business.” Mr White praised the work of the emergency crews. “Full credit goes to all the emergency services, who acted quickly and controlled the situation,” he said. Evans Petroleum managing director Stuart Evans was not aware of the cost of the incident on Friday, but was able to put the amount of lost diesel at 13,000 litres. “I wouldn’t even like to hazard a guess at the cost at this stage,” he said. “The ISS First Response crew took care of the truck, so we’re unaware how that is at the moment.” Mr Evans was pleased

with his team’s emergency response to the incident. After initially presuming it would take all day, the team took around two hours to pump the fluid from the truck. Mr Evans said the driver of the truck escaped with a couple of cuts and bruises,

and was impressed with his employee’s actions immediately following the incident. “We were really proud of our driver. Despite the crash he had the state of mind to alert people to help him contain the fluid,” he said. “There was a big hole

in the tank. It was leaking quickly.” Mr Evans was unsure of the cause of the incident, but ruled out driver recklessness. “I don’t think speed was to blame,” he said. More reports and photos on page 20.


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Jock is ready to party By Matt Dunn JOCK Greenaway lives in an old farm house in Hedley. The weatherboard home, which was once his grandparents’, is modest by modern standards. “My grandfather, John Hodgson, was here in 1874, I think. He was the first man here in Hedley,” Jock said. It would do the old place a disservice to label it dilapidated, but the white ants have had quite a meal and it has developed a discernible lean. At near to 97, neither is Jock as upright as in years past. But just like his home, Hedley’s living legend is warm and inviting. He sits in his front room, with a fire burning and a hot pot of tea on the boil, ready to welcome guests and spin a yarn. Tongue in cheek, he said: “I’ve just got to the stage where I’ve become a nuisance to myself and a bloody nuisance to other people. That’s the way it is.” It’s Jock’s humour. He knows it’s not true. Daughter Sue Sedman, who sits next to her father, smiles wryly. “Dad was worried during a recent trip to Darwin that people would come along and take things. I told him the only thing worth taking was him,” she said. This Saturday (August 6), Jock will celebrate his 97th birthday at the Hedley Hall. Bruce Atkin’s The Unlikely Suspects will play. There will be dancing and singing. A big turnout is expected. Sue hopes it will reunite a community in which people no longer knew their neighbours. To this end, the family has invited anyone and everyone to come along. She remembers a time when “the whole community helped each other out”. “We had big Christmas parties out here for quite a few years. The reason for this dance is to try and reconnect Hedley, hopefully. We used to be connected. The family dances happened once a month,” she said. “Just with dad’s friends and family circle there should be a fair amount of people. I’m hoping a lot of Hedley people come. We knew everyone. Now nobody knows their neighbours.” Sue remembered her childhood fondly. Her life with sisters Frances and Judy and brother Richie was charmed, she said. Jock has been “a good dad” and her mother Nellie, long since passed, was a loving woman. “It was humble, but everyone’s life was. We didn’t know we were poor. In hindsight, we were probably financially poor, but we never knew it. We were rich with everything else,” she said. Jock has been in Hedley since before he was one. Born in Benalla, his family moved to the area in 1915. “I’m the oldest here in Hedley of the original mob. It’s nothing to boast about, just the same. I didn’t really expect to be around this long. But I’ve had relations that went over the hundred. So I’m dragging up behind them,” he said.

Still standing: Jock said he’d had a “bloody good life” and travelled along taking things as they came.

Ready to party: Jock Greenaway enjoys a good swig of tea from a Teacher’s Whisky bottle. The almost-97-year-old is readying himself for a big turnout this Saturday. “Some of them went over the hundred. If you’re good enough to get past 21 you don’t know what’s ahead of you. You’ve just got to get past 21 first. “I’m the last of my schoolmates. The last of the originals. Being old is not worth boasting about, because any number of people live to over 90. I don’t know what all the bloody fuss is about.” Jock said he “travelled along and took life as it came”. “Not very long ago a fella said to me, ‘By golly you must be able to tell a lot of stories.’ I agreed. But I said, ‘You don’t know how much is truth and how much is fiction.’ I’ve got no one else to verify it,” he said. Jock confesses he’s had a “bloody good life” and Hedley had been a great place to live.

The only “drawback” in his life was his reliance on a wheeled walking frame. After a fall in recent times, in which he suffered a suspected broken rib, he has slowed somewhat. He was a keen bushwalker until very recently and it wasn’t all that long ago that he was scaling mountains. While he calls the walking frame a “drawback,” moments later Jock proclaims it “the best thing they’ve come up with for the sick, the suffering, the wounded and the dying”. He is a man who values his freedom. “They’re a marvellous bloody thing. Walking sticks are alright up to a point. But with the frame, if you get tired and you want to stop and tell some bloody story, you can sit down on it. With the walking stick you can’t do that,” he said with a chuckle.


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Shire’s in deep end over pools By Brad Lester SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has been accused of dividing communities by treating them unequally.

Cr David Lewis said council should not be giving more support to pools at Leongatha, Korumburra and Toora than other pools in the shire, under a draft paper surrounding the pools’ future. The paper, Strategic Direction for Aquatic Facilities in South Gippsland, was authorised for public comment by council last Wednesday. That paper proposes council continue to improve infrastructure at the Leongatha, Korumburra and Toora pools as they are the most highly used in the municipality. But the paper recommends the other pools at Mirboo North, Poowong and Foster only receive maintenance funding and be considered for closure if usage drops by 20 per cent over two consecutive seasons or infrastructure needs replacing. Operating the six pools costs council 25 per cent of its annual building budget. Council expects to pay $6.272 million on pools over the next five years and attendances have been falling. Cr Lewis said under the proposal, the management committees of the Mirboo North, Poowong and Foster pools would be forced to raise money for repairs or upgrades themselves. “Even if the people of Poowong, Mirboo North and Foster raise the contribution themselves, if there is no council contribution, governments would support grant applications,” he said. Cr Lewis said all communities should be treated equally and urged council to revise the paper to support upgrades of all pools if the upgrade resulted in increased usage and/or less costs to council. His motion was lost, but Cr Kieran Kennedy supported him, saying Mirboo North, Poowong and Foster people had the right to feel they were being “severely discriminated against”. Cr Jim Fawcett said likely pool upgrade costs left a “huge unfunded liability in our long term budget”. “We are asking for community comment and we should be quite clear that the strategy proposes to maintain all our pools and improve three,” he said. Council operates a higher number

of pools per person than many other Gippsland councils, with a pool for every 4700 people, compared to Wellington (one pool per 6700 people), Baw Baw (one pool per 6700 people), Latrobe City (one pool for 11,600 people) and Bass Coast (one pool per 28,000 people). Cr Jeanette Harding said the committees of the Leongatha, Korumburra and Toora pools had earned the strong position they are now in. “I believe if the other towns worked a little harder they would be in the position that the other towns are in,” she said. Cr Bob Newton said the Poowong pool serviced the burgeoning western end of the shire and must be retained. “We have to remember why the pools are there in the first place. Our fathers and grandfathers worked tirelessly to get these pools for the benefit of future generations,” he said. Cr Newton noted SG SPLASH at Leongatha required ratepayers to make-up a major funding shortfall and urged council to maintain all pools across the shire. The Poowong and Mirboo North pools require significant work, Cr Jennie Deane said, believing council would in the long term have to turn to state and federal governments for support. “Pools are very important for the health of our children and our families because there are not too many things that people can do around the shire relating to sport that are not competitive,” she said. Cr Jim Fawcett believed the draft paper allowed communities to demonstrate the need for pools and their financial commitment. Meetings with each of the pool committees as well as public meetings have been scheduled. This will enable the community to discuss their views regarding this important matter. Public meetings: Tuesday, August 9, 7.30 pm, Poowong Hall; Thursday, August 11, 7.30 pm Korumburra Community Room (behind library); Tuesday, August 16, 7.30pm, Toora (venue to be confirmed); Thursday, August 18, 7.30pm, Foster (venue to be confirmed); Tuesday, August 23, 7.30pm, Mirboo North (venue to be confirmed); Thursday, August 25, 7.30 pm, Leongatha (venue to be confirmed). For further information, contact council’s recreational co-ordinator Ian Murphy on 5662 9231.

Big hit MURRAY Goulburn will cop a $5000 per supplier farm hit because of the carbon tax. And dairy farms face $3500 to $4000 more a year in electricity costs. Federal Shadow Agriculture Minister John Cobb said this at MG’s Leongatha Factory yesterday afternoon. He said the carbon tax would be disastrous for regional Australia and could bring down the Gillard Government. With him (second left) from left are MG Leongatha operations manager Craig Turner, McMillan MHR Russell Broadbent and MG director Bill Bodman.

Wonthaggi Pool goes ahead -Phillip Island to miss out again? By Jane Ross BASS Coast Shire Council will press ahead with plans for a new $16 million swimming pool complex in Wonthaggi. Councillors agreed at their meeting last week detailed design and costings should be undertaken. They did so in the knowledge that the facility will lose $220,000 a year, $1.8m will be needed to provide a temporary structure while the new pool is being built, and a two per cent special rate charge may be required to help pay for it all. As well, a petition bearing 46 signatures objected to both the pool and the use of ratepayer funds for the purpose. A strong contingent of Phillip Island ratepayers sat in the gallery of the Wonthaggi Council Chamber listening to the debate. They included the vice president of the Phillip Island Pool committee Pam Cameron, who said during community question time that a Phillip Island pool should have priority. Her committee has worked towards it for 10 years. Council received 620 responses and 42 submissions to a draft Bass Coast Aquatic Centre Feasibility Study released earlier this year. Most said the Wonthaggi Pool needed more lanes

and warm water for older, younger and rehabilitation users. Fifteen of the 42 submissions opposed the complex, mostly on the grounds a pool was needed at Phillip Island. The South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club pushed for a 50m pool, saying a 25m one wouldn’t meet current demand. Council’s director of community and economic development Steve Piasente said Swimming Victoria had recommended a 10-lane 25m pool or an eight-lane 50m one, but a population of 60 to 70,000 would be needed to justify a 50m pool. Bass Coast has around 30,000 people. “The operating cost (for 50m) would be higher and it is unlikely we would attract any state funding.” Money from State and Federal governments would be necessary for any new pool. Mr Piasente said the Wonthaggi aquatic complex was a 10-year project, with the pool construction alone costing between $8m and $10m. Crs Phil Wright and John Duscher moved a motion to adopt the feasibility study and go to detailed design stage, both saying the matter needed to proceed so that there could be a lot more community discussion. The motion also includes setting up a working party with the Phillip

Island pool committee and supporting Bass Valley Primary School in its efforts to provide out-of-school-hours community use of its pool. Cr Duscher said the next step will take time and will allow council to “engage a lot better than it has done” with the aquatic committee of Phillip Island. “Lots of questions need to be answered and a lot of work needs to be done.” Cr Ross Smith wanted to know who paid for the feasibility study. Mr Piasente said council did and it cost $50,000. Cr Peter Paul said, “The fiscal side will be there for a long, long time. The devil has to be in the detail. We don’t have it and we must get that. “I endorse the procedural parts of this; there is a heap of work to be done here. Let’s push it forward but a lot of things need to be ticked off. “I don’t see a financial plan to take this forward for both communities. I would like a lot of substantiation.” Cr Gareth Barlow said he had grave concerns. “I still need to be persuaded council needs to spend money on an aquatic facility.” There is already an allocation of $200,000 in the 2011/12 budget for this.


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Festival countdown is on FLOWER fans, get your entries ready. The 55th Leongatha Daffodil and Floral Festival will be held from August 25 to 27, featuring the best flowers from around South Gippsland and beyond. The flower show in Leongatha Memorial Hall is a highlight of the festival, also displaying camellias, Australian plants and floral art. Specialist judges from the Victorian Daffodil Society and

Camellias Victoria will attend. Around town, many community groups will hold their own displays and activities, relating to embroidery, genealogy, woodwork and lapidary, to name a few. Leongatha businesses are invited to take part in the shop window dressing competition. Show co-ordinator Margaret Fox said the event is a superb Leongatha – and South Gippsland – tradition. “It’s something that Leongatha

can be proud of because the show is something that people know Leongatha for,” she said. Mrs Fox thanked South Gippsland Shire Council gardeners for doing a superb job of preparing the region’s gardens to ensure they look their best for the festival. The Leongatha festival continues to be a week earlier than usual to not coincide with the Kyneton Daffodil Festival – the only other daffodil festival in Victoria.

Catching up: from left, Jane Stone, Janet McRae, and Emma Nicol at the conference.

Well done: part of the organising team, from left, Pat Bowman, Sue Toohill, Suzanne Simpson and Pat Jackson.

Sweets As theme was ‘Hope’ LEONGATHA’s Combined Churches held a highly successful Sweet As conference at the Dakers Centre in Leongatha on Saturday. Some 160 women regis-

tered for the conference and were greeted on arrival with tables beautifully decorated in a ‘Christmas in July’ theme. The ladies started off with high tea in the afternoon and heard from four speakers through the afternoon and evening: Fiona

McNeil, Val Jones, Lyn Gould and Meg Steenholdt. During the afternoon and evening, stringed band Rubenesque played. Chris Gale, who set up the sound, contributed a couple of songs as well. A sumptuous Christmas dinner was served in the evening, complete with plum pudding or pavlova. Men dressed in bow ties served at the tables. One of the organisers of the event, Pat Jackson, described the day as “a lot of fun with lovely food and a great atmosphere.” “It was really great how all churches worked together to put on a wonderful day. We had women from all ages mixing well together.”

Not long: Leongatha Daffodil and Floral Festival show co-ordinator Margaret Fox is looking forward to another successful event.

Survey must be heeded SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council must take note of the latest Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey, Cr David Lewis said. Roads and footpaths were among the areas council needed to improve in this year’s survey of ratepayers, and Cr Lewis wondered whether council paid enough attention to it. “We get a satisfaction survey every year but I do not really know whether we take note of it,” he said.

Cr Lewis said people wanted improvements to council’s outdoor services and he again raised his concern for council employing extra indoor staff at the expense of outdoor services. “We have to change the priorities we have at the moment,” he said. “I don’t believe the amount of funding is going to be able to keep up with the normal South Gippsland weather and the effects on roads. “We need to have enough money to ensure that our roads are graded

and our drains are cleared. “We are using people to provide sustainability services and we’re not using people to provide footpaths. We need to take notice of what the surveys are finding.” Cr Jim Fawcett said Cr Lewis was trying to find money from a “magic pudding”, and said council needed to focus on making savings through such measures as undertaking the aquatic strategy discussion paper, in a bid to reduce pool operating costs.

LEONGATHA

Secondary College 2012 Senior Information Evening “Excellence in education” Wed 17th August www.leonsec.vic.edu.au PH: 03 5662 4333 ACHIEVEMENT

EXCELLENCE

Year 10 at 6.30pm Year 11 at 7.15pm Year 12 at 8.00pm A course information evening will be held at Leongatha Secondary College’s new Performing Arts Centre (PAC) on Wednesday, August 17. All students wishing to enrol in Years 10, 11 or 12 should attend. Opportunities will be made to discuss courses and Pathways. Individual course counselling will take place on Wednesday, August 31, when selection forms are returned.

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Landlords face rent uncertainty beyond desal By Simone Short RENTAL prices around the Bass Coast could change again after workers at the desalination plant begin to leave.

Director of Stockdale and Leggo in Wonthaggi Pat Barry, said rental prices went up by around 10 per cent in mid2010 when the first workers began to arrive. He expects them to drop by the same amount once the workers leave and demand decreases. Mr Barry said while the average rental price in Wonthaggi is around $280 per week, the majority of desal workers were paying around $458 per week. “The rents aren’t as high as people think they are because most landlords have stayed with their tenants,” he said. Despite 48 per cent of desal workers who relocated to the Bass Coast renting properties in Inverloch, Adam Leys from Stockdale and Leggo in Inverloch said he is unsure how the departure of many workers would affect the market. “The Inverloch rental market has definitely been affected by the influx of desalination plant workers and their families in recent times,” he said. “The big unknown is how the market will respond once the desal

workers leave.” Mr Leys said one of the key factors that should stop rental prices from dropping too much is the fact many properties currently accommodating the workers are holiday houses converted to permanent rentals, due to the increased demand. “As these properties revert back to holiday accommodation, demand should remain high for the remaining permanent rentals,” he said. “This should ensure that both holiday and permanent rental returns remain strong for the foreseeable future.” And although rental prices in Wonthaggi may drop, Mr Barry said with 80 per cent of their landlords being people living in Melbourne, there is a great chance prices will steadily increase over the next few years. “Landlords have Melbourne expectations when it comes to the style of property they provide to their tenants and the return that they should receive,” he said. “They’re providing high quality town house and family homes, and they’d like a five per cent return if possible.” Mr Barry said Wonthaggi is no longer a Gippsland town, but “attached at the hip to Melbourne”. “Real estate is in competition with every other area and rents have to reflect places like Cranbourne, Pakenham and Narre Warren,” he said.

Climate change doubts raised COUNCILLORS clashed over the existence of climate change at last Wednesday’s South Gippsland Shire Council meeting.

Debate was prompted by a decision whether or not council should spend another $60,000 to support a project to investigate the effects of climate change on the region. Council opted to support the Gippsland Climate Change Adaption Project and authorise chief executive officer Tim Tamlin to sign a memorandum of understanding regarding the project. Cr Jennie Deane said climate change would affect the region. “The potential for our own land use planning is enormous,” she said, adding the $800,000 project would give council good value for money for a $60,000 investment. Cr Bob Newton said he was “sceptical of some of the things they are calling climate change” and believed such money was

creating “bureaucratic jobs”. He said prolonged droughts had been occurring throughout the years. Cr Kieran Kennedy believed council stood to benefit from the coastal planning information the project would provide, but Cr David Lewis was not convinced. “It’s just politically correct to support it....The climate is changing all the time,” he said. Cr Jeanette Harding said climate change had been “occurring since the world began” and said talk of rising sea levels was discouraging people from buying property in coastal communities. Mayor Cr Warren Raabe said he was unconvinced the results would be used by the community and so was uncomfortable spending unbudgeted money on the project. Cr Jim Fawcett said council had made a commitment to other councils to make the project a reality. Cr Mohya Davies was also for it. Councillors also re-

Minor diesel spill THE Korumburra and Leongatha CFA crews were called to a minor diesel spill on Monday at Korumburra’s Caltex service station. The teams arrived promptly and the Hazmat tanker from Leongatha was called to mop up the spill. The spill had occurred as a truck took off from the service station and excess fuel spilt on to the ground. The CFA crews acted promptly and had the scene cleaned up within half an hour and the service station was back in operation. Leongatha CFA captain Andy Kay said that it was only a minor incident.

quested a report from council staff about how the proposed carbon tax and broader Climate Change Package proposed by the Federal Government would affect council. This report would be given to council two months after the package is passed by Federal Parliament, if it is.

Our work: Yooralla caterers prepared lunch for nearly 90 members of the Leongatha Senior Citizens Club on Friday. Admiring their handiwork were, from left Brodie James, Mitchell Price, Mycali James, Brendan Allen, Tamara Chumbley and Amber Betts, members of the 5a Yooralla Way Catering team.

Rates to rise by 5.25% By Brad Lester RATES will rise by 5.25 per cent in South Gippsland Shire, after council adopted the 201112 budget last Wednesday. The budget includes nearly $15 million for capital works and such projects as the Leongatha Industrial Land Strategy, Korumburra Children’s Hub feasibility, and regional equestrian facility feasibility study. Council will spend $3.85 million on roads, $1.43 million on bridges, $550,000 on footpaths, and $3.32 million on buildings, including extending the Leongatha Children’s Centre and the Sandy Point Community Centre project. The budget forecasts council will owe just $450,000 by June 30 next year. Cr Jim Fawcett said the budget attempted to address planning issues and satisfy council’s information technology needs, but noted unbudgeted road repairs caused by recent wet weather would add extra pressure. Cr Mohya Davies said the debt levels were a far cry from the time

council borrowed $13 million, saying council has “built up some strong financial capacity”. She also backed the employment of extra staff this financial year, in conflict with Cr David Lewis who said council was employing 14.57 equivalent full-time staff. “Cr Lewis has said that we need more people out doing things. I realise there will be a significant increase in additional staff costs but we have a number of exciting initiatives and projects on the table that require a significant increase in equipment and staff to do this,” Cr Davies said. Cr Lewis continued his criticism of council employing extra staff, saying council should be spending more money on core services, which was affecting council’s community satisfaction survey results. He said council’s staff costs were rising by 15 per cent this year. If council were a business, he said, it would go broke. “This is not a situation of making money out of nothing. It’s a matter of reconsidering our priorities,” he said. Cr Lewis said savings made from reduced debt and interest payments – averaging $2.5 million a year in

recent years – was being directed into employing extra staff. “We’ve got to get out of this, otherwise we’re not going to maintain the standard of roads that we have got,” he said. Cr Jennie Deane however said regardless of how much money council spent on roads, drivers had to drive safely to avoid accidents. As for rates, Cr Davies said farmers are “unfairly rated” not just in South Gippsland, but across Victoria. She said some people also paid more rates for their holiday houses in the shire than their home properties in Melbourne, but this was due to the rate base being spread over a smaller population in the shire. Cr Bob Newton supported the budget with caution, believing council’s fuel costs would “go out of the roof” and believes that under the proposed carbon tax, material costs would skyrocket. “I believe the cost of gravel and the fuel used to make the bitumen to make the roads will cost an absolute arm and a leg in the future,” he said. “Looking into the future, it’s going to be an absolute expense for our ratepayers to cover.”


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Uni degrees coming here By Jane Ross THE Leongatha campus of Gipps TAFE may soon be able to provide a degree course.

This follows the launch in Bendigo recently of the State Government’s $20 million Regional Partnerships Facilitation Fund championed by Peter Hall. He is the Minister for Higher Education and Skills and long a supporter of ready access to higher education for regional students. The money, which will be met through a $1 billion Regional Growth Fund announced during last year’s election campaign, will be available in two $10 million rounds. Applications for the first round will open soon. GippsTAFE CEO Dr Peter Whitley said “you bet your bottom dollar” GippsTAFE would be applying. “We will certainly be looking at ways of accessing those dollars to provide the opportunity for people to do degree level studies,” he said. “The money is absolutely terrific. It’s about time us folk in regional areas got a piece of the pie.

“It gives people a nice smooth pathway and access to resources of university.” GippsTAFE has partnerships with both Monash and Ballarat universities. “We’ll be looking to extend the range of courses they have, through our Leongatha campus,” Dr Whitley said. “We’ll be looking at a health-related course, but not necessarily nursing.” Dr Whitley said there are a number of diplomas in community health and welfare, drug and alcohol services. It would, he said, “be a natural progression” for people working in those fields “along the South Gippsland coast to pick up a few subjects in our degree”. “We can exploit the top level technology available in our (Leongatha) campus building.” Chisholm Institute’s Bass Coast campus may not be eligible for the money, as Chisholm isn’t a regional TAFE. Nevertheless client co-ordinator Irene Wallis said, “We will be looking at the details with interest when they are released to determine the opportunities for Chisholm to access these funds to increase our students’ access to higher education at our sites on the Bass Coast, Phillip Island and Rosebud.”

POLICE BRIEFS Windows smashed TWO separate incidents of broken windows occurred over the weekend in Korumburra. A shop window in Commercial Street was kicked and cracked extensively late Saturday night. Police are confident that the window was kicked as there were shoe prints on the glass. The other vandalism incident occurred on Sunday night as two bricks were thrown through windows of a shop front on Mine Road. The incidents are not thought to be connected and anyone with information regarding either of the incidents is urged to contact the Korumburra police station or Crimestoppers.

House fire Police attended a fire at a Mirboo North address with the CFA on Saturday evening around 7pm. The 120-year-old house was empty at the time of the fire which was unable to be contained, and was burnt to the ground. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and investigations

are continuing, but the blaze is not being treated as suspicious.

Stolen calves THREE poddy calves were stolen from a pen on a farm in Korumburra South overnight on Sunday. Police are investigating the robbery and are talking with several calf dealers and stock agents. Would anyone with any information regarding stolen calves or suspicious behaviour please contact Leongatha police or Crimestoppers.

Warning for under-agers PEOPLE under the age of 18 in the Bass Coast area could be banned from licensed premises before they’re even legally allowed in, said Sergeant Joe Aiello. “If under-agers commit any liquor offences in the Bass Coast area, they are at risk of being banned from all licensed bars and clubs in the region when they turn 18,” he said. This strict new process should help minimise under-age binge drinking and public drunkenness from the region’s youth.

Pat on the back

LEONGATHA police are praising the work of McCartin’s Hotel in picking up on people using fake or false identification. On the weekend two people under the age of 18 were caught attempting to get in the premises using someone else’s ID. The police are reminding patrons that the fine for lending an under-age person your ID is almost $250 and is considered a similar offence to supplying a young person with alcohol. The public is also warned that the hotel employs security that is looking out for these kinds of incidents.

Hoon’s car impounded

THE Bass Coast Highway Patrol impounded a car on Sunday night around midnight for hoon related offences. The 25-year-old female driver was travelling at 138km/h in an 80 km/h zone along the Phillip Island Tourist Road. The car has been seized for 30 days at a cost of $765 and the driver will receive a summons over the incident.

Clean energy: Greg Allen is part of a team which is leading the way in wave energy.

Greg’s making waves AS TALK about the carbon tax continues, one former local is leading the way in renewable energy technology. Greg Allen is chief operating officer for Perthbased Carnegie Wave Energy, which is developing wave energy technology that will deliver a renewable energy solution for the future. Greg grew up in Leongatha with his family and went to Leongatha primary and secondary schools, before moving to Melbourne to study mechanical engineering at RMIT. After completing his degree, Greg moved to Western Australia to chase the mining, oil and gas

industries before finding himself working in renewable energy. He now is part of a team of around 25 mostly engineers who have been working on developing this project for the last 10 years and have recently launched the pilot unit in waters near Garden Island, off the West Australian coast. “We’ve had that unit in for a while and we’ve got some initial results out of it, and we’re doing an inspection on it soon,” Greg said. “The next stage of the project is to deploy about five units and that’ll happen over the course of 2012, that’s the aim.” Wave technology is likely to be the way of

the future for renewable energy. “It’s one of the emerging renewable technologies. It’s quite prominent world-wide with four or five different wave energy technologies. Most of the activity is in Europe though,” he said. “We’re all at the early commercialisation stage of development though, where we try and improve the performance and then do demonstration projects with the technology.” The project is likely to be in line for some funding from the Federal Government as part of the carbon tax. “There’s around $13 billion of funding that the Australian Government has got for renewable

technologies and some of that is allocated to emerging technologies, which we are one of,” Greg said. “If we don’t receive sufficient funding through that, our northern hemisphere partner is Electricity de France (EDF). They are one of the largest power generators worldwide and they’ve bought the rights to the technology for the northern hemisphere, so there’s been a fair bit of travel between Europe and Australia recently.” The project is set to be up and running, with commercial operations to start in 2013, after which the team will continue to try and improve the efficiency.

Yes, it was wet! FISH Creek has had as much rain so far this year as it had for the whole of 2009. Weather recorder Neville Buckland said this July’s 18 days of rain brought the year-to-date tally to 970mm and that’s the same figure he noted for the entirety of 2009. He’s been saying for a couple of months now that this year’s rain in Fish Creek has been record breaking. At the end of July last year, the figure was 602.5mm and the year before, 465mm.

Leongatha had 101.1mm, with Kay Puru noting 40.7mm for the week ending July 24 and 36mm for the week ending July 10. The tally so far for 2011 is 667mm, up around 200mm on previous years. Meeniyan has had 110.5mm over 18 days in July, taking the year’s total so far to 785.3mm. In Ruby, Margery Robson said, “we’re on target for 100mm per month average for the year.” She tipped 120mm out of her rain gauge over 18 days of rain for July,

making a cumulative 2011 total of 740.5mm. “It wasn’t our wettest July; that was in 2003, but this year, we had twice as much as last year. South Gippsland Water reports that all its storages are full to capacity. Rainfall measured in the past week was 2mm at both Ruby Creek and Lance Creek, 7.2mm at Coalition Creek, 5mm at Deep Creek, 2.6mm at Little Bass and 3mm at Battery Creek.


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Finding lost soldiers WHEN it comes to finding out about the servicemen and women in your family history, it can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. But with the help of the Leongatha Historical Society, tracking down your ancestors can be a whole lot easier. During Family History Week, people can go along to the Leongatha Mechanics’ Institute and find

out how to research military history, including how to get information from the national archives. An exhibition highlighting local service men and women is also on display, including the honour roll of the Leongatha Secondary College, formerly known as the Leongatha High School. Lyn Skillern from the historical society, has carefully put together photos and information about local men who went to war, many of

whom became airmen in World Wars One and Two. Mrs Skillern said she had already had visitors reveal some fascinating stories about their families, including one whose ancestor fought in the British Army in the time of Napoleon. The exhibition will be on display at the Mechanics’ Institute on August 3, 4 and 5 from 12 until 4pm. Thomas Maxwell Taylor is just one of the many local men included in the honour roll on display.

Thomas Maxwell Taylor (Max), 1921-1945 Max was an Air Force Flying Officer in the 101st Squadron. The son of Thomas and Jane Taylor, Max was born in Leongatha on August 6, 1921. He lived in Nerrena Road just past the Secondary College towards the Tarwin River. He attended Leongatha State School and Leongatha High School before becoming a bank official at the State Savings Bank, Leongatha. He was a keen participant in various sporting activities, notably football and cricket and “could run like the wind”. He was a member of the 22nd Militia Battalion from August 1939 and on June 20, 1941 he transferred to the Air Force. Max left Australia for the United Kingdom on August 7, 1942, arriving there on October 3. He continued to train as a navigator and was placed in the 101st Squadron before going into action against the Germans over Europe. On the night of April 16 and 17, 1943, Max was a member of a bomber crew on an operational flight over German occupied territory. The plane failed to return to base and Max lost his life. He is buried in the Durbach War Cemetery in Germany. His brother, Walter James Taylor, also an ex-student of Leongatha High School served in the Air Force.

Highlighting local servicemen: Leongatha Historical Society’s Lyn Skillern with the exhibition on display at the Mechanics Institute.

Bank closure not final More buses sought By Matt Dunn THE Meeniyan agency of the Bendigo Bank has closed - temporarily. The ATM will stay. The Bendigo Bank is hopeful of finding another business to re-open the agency. Meeniyan Bendigo Bank steering committee chairman Lindsay Moore said he was “obviously disappointed” at the way things had ended. But the closure was perhaps unavoidable, as the group, which has now disbanded, gave up on the idea of raising the $750,000 that needed to be pledged by the community for a community bank. After more than two years of trying – and only $500,000 pledged – the target seemed unobtainable. “We couldn’t raise the sufficient pledge total

from the community, even though we tried pretty hard. It’s still a positive rather than a negative, as far as we’re concerned. We did instigate the arrival of the ATM in the town,” he said. “We’re quite confident that the agency, if it doesn’t continue, will return. The Bendigo Bank is keen to continue its presence in the town. At the moment we haven’t got an appropriate, suitable site. “Things are happening, but there’s nothing definite yet. We’ve presented the opportunity for the community to get involved in a community bank. But we’re a very small community.” Mr Moore said the task of raising $750,000 was “always going to be difficult” in the small community. Another factor has also come into play,

with the relocation of First National Prom Country Real Estate from Meeniyan to Leongatha. The bank operates from the former premise of the real estate office. Prom Country Real Estate partner Kaz Hughes said the bank’s closure had come about through a lack of community support, not because the business had decided to move. “The Bendigo Bank agency was set up to support the community bank project. When the steering committee recently decided to disband the community bank project, it caused us to sit back and make some decisions – because the agency has never paid its way,” she said. Ms Hughes was instrumental in the setting up of the agency, but said her business could no longer absorb the heavy financial burden that came

Stay at school THERE are few mainstream programs targeting student disenchantment in years 5 to 8. And South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) wants to change that. Executive officer Wendy Major discussed the matter with Education Minister Martin Dixon when he visited Wonthaggi recently. “We want to put in programs that support schools, to assist young people to stay at school.” She said Mr Dixon “showed an interest” and acknowledged the LLEN idea fitted in with current issues in disengagement. “But he couldn’t offer much hope about funding.” Although, added Ms Major, the minister did say “he might direct us to people in his department”. She said the idea of the new program is to break the cycle with students who find school boring, to make education relevant to them. It would function outside schools, but also reach into them.

While there are some programs for disenchanted students later in their schooling, Ms Major said reaching them earlier would be an advantage. She agreed that was a tall order. “But that’s what LLENs are asked to do. (School) retention rates are not good in this region.” And, she said, school retention rates in South Gippsland Shire are actually worse than those in Bass Coast. In line with all of that, the Gippsland Youth Commitment will be re-launched later this month. The commitment, dubbed “everyone’s responsibility” has a number of signatories including Gippsland UnitingCare, Murray Goulburn Cooperative, Burra Foods, politicians Peter Ryan, Russell Broadbent and Peter Hall, and South Gippsland Bass Coast LLEN. Pledges include developing a community kitchen, providing science awards for young people, supporting youth engagement and trade training, promoting career and transition support.

with it. “We decided that if there was no community bank project, then we would not continue with the agency. That prompted us to make some decisions about our real estate business,” she said. “There have been suggestions in the community that they feel as though the agency and the community bank project have abandoned them. But the point is that the steering committee decided to cease going for a community bank, because there was insufficient community support. “There needed to be more pledges and there needed to be more business on the books, and the steering committee was a long way from achieving either.” Bendigo Bank regional manager Rob Francis is hopeful of a solution. “The agency will continue to operate there. We’ve just got to find someone suitable. We’re still supporting our customers in the town with a 24/7 ATM,” he said. “Certainly it’s been a very positive environment in the town. We’ve got a couple of people who have been talking with us and we’ve got some distinct possibilities. From that perspective it’s all positive. “We’re still very committed to Meeniyan.” Mr Francis believes the disbandment of the steering committee would not necessarily be permanent. “The basis of what we’re trying to do is build the agency and reinvigorate the steering committee down the track. It’s not a lost cause as far as I or the bank are concerned,” he said.

THE South Gippsland Transport Users Association is investigating the possibility of an increase in bus services to the South Gippsland and Bass Coast regions.

There are currently eight bus services from Leongatha to Melbourne on weekdays, but association member Max Semken believes this could be increased to 16 without any additional buses. “I believe we can utilise these services in a more efficient manner,” he said. “If the buses dropped passengers at the Pakenham train station, not only would commuters get to Melbourne more quickly, the buses could do twice the number of trips without extra cost.” With the Monash Freeway reaching its capacity 20 years ahead of schedule and petrol prices rising, using public transport is

becoming a more economical way of travelling. Now, the cost of a one-way bus ticket from Leongatha to Southern Cross Station in Melbourne is less than $12, significantly less than the cost of petrol for the same trip. Mr Semken said having more services between South Gippsland and Pakenham would encourage people to live in towns such as Leongatha, Korumburra and Wonthaggi and still commute to work closer to Melbourne. “Pakenham has 60 trains a day to the city, five days a week,” he said. “The more services we have here will bring people to live in the area and work in Melbourne.” Mr Semken said more buses would also give locals a better opportunity to visit Melbourne to attend AFL matches or go shopping.

Structure plan adoption COUNCIL will consider adopting the Structure Plan for the townships of Loch, Nyora, Poowong and Meeniyan at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Wednesday, August 24. This meeting will be held at the Nyora Public Hall, 5 Henley Street, Nyora, commencing at 2pm. These plans will guide the long term growth of the townships over the next 20 years and beyond.

People interested in the long-term planning for the four townships can review the Structure Plans before the council meeting. The plans are available on council’s website or at Council’s main office reception. If you wish to contribute to the Structure Plans you can make a presentation to Council. This can be done at one of the Public Presentation to Council sessions. It is important to book a presentation or speaking time with Council’s Governance Department by phoning 5662 9222.


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FAY Smallman, the nurse who won a merit award from the Royal College of Nursing, Australia continues to enjoy working at Leongatha Memorial Hospital as a night supervisor. She has not retired from her beloved work. LEONGATHA High School/Tech/Secondary College are celebrating their centenary reunion on April 28-29, 2012. To receive information on the program for the centenary, please register your name or that of family or friends by email at centeary@leonsec.vic.edu.au or by post to Private Bag 1, Leongatha 3953. HAPPY birthday (71) to Daisy Paterson of Leongatha for Wednesday,

August 3. Best wishes from all family and friends. Have a great day Daisy. FAREWELL to Colin and Margret Manley who are relocating to Merimbula from Inverloch.They were good supporters of the Inverloch Uniting Church, bridge and the Leongatha Golf Club. Good luck for the future. LEONGATHA Lyric Theatre’s production of Jekyll and Hyde wrapped up on the weekend. The show was an absolutely stellar production on every night it was performed. A big congratulations goes to all the cast and crew for putting on such a high class show and with the Gippsland Amateur

Theatre Awards looming, the show will surely pick up some awards. CONGRATULATIONS to local dancers who competed in the national competition in Sydney on the weekend. Jasmine Susic achieved second in her age group while Claudia Bolam achived fourth in her age group. Well done to all involved, more in next week’s Star. LEONGATHA Red Cross will be fundraising during August at IGA and Safeway supermarkets. Volunteers will be selling raffle tickects for fantastic Father’s Day prizes. Selling starts this Thursday at IGA.

Digging deep: Margaret Hyde, Ivy McInnes, Joy Stanley, Samantha Wearne, Judy Hunt, Mary Cook, Elinor Scott, Olive Laurie and Evelyn Stephens add more roses to the garden at the Courthouse.

CWA keeps tradition blooming WOORAYL CWA Branch planted five new roses in the gar-

den of the Leongatha Courthouse recently. The first roses there were planted by the branch in 1978 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Country Women’s Association of Victoria. They planted a rose specially made for the occasion, named “Countrywoman”. Many of those roses are still delighting passers-by with their blooms each year, but with the establishment of new garden beds since the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band took over the venue, there was room for

some more. The new roses are also gold – the CWA colours are green and gold. Two of the members who planted the original roses, Margaret Hyde and Ivy McInnes, were there to help with the new planting. Judy Hunt, on behalf of band president Daryl Hunt, thanked the CWA members for the roses. Memorial plaques in the garden remember band life members Frank Scott and Stan Elliott. Mrs Elinor Scott and her daughter Heather Scott were at the courthouse too.

TAMEKA Young recently graduated from Monash Gippsland after completing a Bachelor of Nursing. Tameka grew up in Leongatha and attended Leongatha Primary School and Secondary College. She is now working at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Congratulations Tameka.

THE STAR wishes a big belated happy birthday to Janet Mansfield, who turned 90 a couple of weeks ago. She is pictured here with her daughter Denise Swadling. Both Janet and Denise are active members of the Red Cross.

Proud: Store manager Chris O’Leary (back left) and the department managers are delighted with the huge national award going to Michael’s Supa IGA in Leongatha.

National award for IGA MICHAEL’S Supa IGA Leongatha has won the highly coveted IGA National Retailer of the Year Award at ceremonies held on the Gold Coast recently. Store owner Michael Lorenz from Michael’s Supa IGA Leongatha accepted the awards in front of over 1000 IGA retailers from across the country, there to celebrate the high level of excellence achieved by IGA’s retailers across Australia. Michael’s Supa IGA Leongatha was awarded the prestigious Supa IGA Retailer of the Year Award for

the significant refurbishment of their fresh produce and grocery departments, which has dramatically improved the customer shopping experience. The team’s commitment to quality and price sets the store apart from its competitors, including their ‘Locked Down Low Price’ program and 200 per cent fresh food guarantee. The store also has offered a genuine and long standing commitment to supporting the local community including schools, charities and key beneficiaries of their Community Chest programs. Store owner Michael

Lorenz commented: “Receiving a Retailer of the Year Award is considered a great honour amongst our stores, with tough competition each year. “It is a great achievement to win this award and we are delighted to be recognised for all our efforts. We would like to thank all our dedicated

team for their hard work throughout the year and we look forward to continue upholding the high standards that we are so proud of.” There are over 1300 IGA stores nationwide, and while they share the same brand, each is independently owned and operated.

Winner: Millie Surf Wear owner Mick Horell with competition winner Rowan Treacy.

Smiling skater THE lucky winner of Milie Surf Wear Globe skateboard competition was Rowan Treacy from Korumburra.

Rowan was stoked about receiving the skateboard. Milie Surf Wear owner Mick Horell said there were heaps of entries for the popular draw, open to customers who spent over $100 in-store.


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Roads not improving By Isaac McCallum IN SEPTEMBER 2009, Leongatha South resident Deb Scott stood on the side of the Bass Highway, unhappy with the state of the roads, saying something must be done.

Two years on, nothing has changed and the road continues to be littered with potholes. “Two years ago I was worried the road wasn’t coping,” she said. “But now with all that desal traffic, it certainly isn’t.” Mrs Scott noted that the road was initially built for local use, and has been made to cope with tourist traffic as well as the desalination plant workers and equipment. “When we moved here in 1988 it was called Inlet Road. All it was used for was local people as well as the school bus,” she said. “These potholes are downright dangerous. People speed along the highway and don’t know where the next one will be. “They swerve out of the way if they do see them and that’s just as bad.” Mrs Scott is a former board member of Destination Gippsland, Woorayl Shire councillor and Latrobe Valley state commissioner, so she knows the roads well. She also knows the importance of the roads to the area. “If tourists are coming through we want them spending money, but they’re not going to come back if they bust a tyre driving from one town to another,” she said. The main aim for Mrs Scott is to see a formal meeting held between

Happy days: the opening of Foster’s Prom Coast Centre for Children has been a boon for the region. Pictured at the centre on Monday were childcare workers Ashleigh Morris and Melissa Corry, with youngsters Zed, Harper, Jahkoa and Lara.

No change: Deb Scott hasn’t seen roads improve after two years of advocating for works. VicRoads, councillors from both Bass Coast and South Gippsland Shire Council’s, Ken Smith MLA, deputy premier Peter Ryan and of course, people from the community. It is a big ask but she believes it is the best way to move past the situation. “We need a leader to step up and take control of this thing,” she said. “I’ve spoken with Ken Smith and he is right behind the idea of fixing

the roads.” Mrs Scott wants the group to be run through the plan for the Bass Highway, whether it’s to be duplicated or fixed. “I know VicRoads funds are stretched, so are council’s, but we need to know they at least have a plan,” she said. “We need to stop chasing our tails and work together on this issue.”


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Memorable night WHAT a night was the Sweet As event in Leongatha on Saturday. Enjoyed by 160 women from Leongatha, surrounding

districts and beyond, the event was organised by the women of the Combined Churches of Leongatha’s brilliant committee. The theme of the evening was ‘Hope’, with four inspiring speakers telling of their per-

E D I T O R I A L Testing the waters THE South Gippsland Shire is adopting a use it or lose it strategy when it comes to three of the six pools in the shire. While the shire is focusing on infrastructure improvements to its high usage swimming pools in Leongatha, Korumburra and Toora the other pools at Foster, Mirboo North and Poowong are on notice. As documented in the newly released Strategic Direction for Aquatic Facilities in South Gippsland paper recommendations outline the pools at Mirboo North, Poowong and Foster only receive maintenance funding and be considered for closure if usage drops by 20 per cent over two consecutive seasons or infrastructure needs replacing. It must be said Leongatha, Korumburra and Toora pools are attracting good numbers but the other three pools are not getting the same community support. There are some things worth ďŹ ghting for and the communities of Foster, Poowong and Mirboo North need to take a look at this document and have a say. Pools need the community support and if numbers are down people need to put their hand up and start showing their support. This could mean forming a Friends of the Pool group, a membership drive and look at actively pursuing Government funding. It isn’t all done and dusted and the Shire is still planning to maintain all pools but there is only so much money in the budget and if the towns in question want to keep their pool a show of support needs to come from the community. Many towns in South Gippsland do not have a pool and while you still have a pool in the town it is worth ďŹ ghting for. Leongatha fought long and hard to get a pool established in the town, with great support and huge funding coming directly from the community and local businesses. Toora has always run great programs and is always pursuing Government funding for upgrades. Now is the time for the community to prove it needs its pools. If you want to have your say and save your local pool get along to these important public meetings. Meetings with each of the pool committees as well as public meetings have been scheduled to run throughout August and a copy of the document can also be posted by contacting Council reception on 5662 9200. Written submissions will be received until 5pm, Friday, September 9.

Letters guidelines ALL letters should be kept to 400 words or less. The Star reserves the right to edit all letters for length and style. Writer’s details, including full name, address and phone number (not for publication), must be included.

sonal challenges with hope sustained by their Christian faith. We are greeted by a magniďŹ cently decorated Dakers Centre. Christmas was there with tree and lights, beautiful music, fun and gifts, delicious food, and fellowship. Congratulations. Thanks too to the workers. Another ‘Sweet As’ success. Nancy Embleton, Leongatha.

Councillor criticism I WAS disappointed to read that Cr Kieran Kennedy has queried the authenticity and bona ďŹ des of a petition lodged by myself on behalf of the rate-payers of Venus Bay. The petition was in support of kerbside rubbish collection, which only Venus Bay and Walkerville do not have in the shire. The comments by Cr Kennedy are unfounded and insulting. I have asked for an explanation from the councillor but yet to receive a response as to how he justiďŹ es such a comment. I believe the councillor could better use his time, which we pay for, investigating how the petition was actually lost by council staff after I personally lodged it on May 23. The petition was only found after the corporate governance ofďŹ cer became involved at the

request of Phil Stone. Councillors should be representing and supporting the needs and ideas of the ratepayers, not questioning their integrity. David Liebelt, Venus Bay.

Jobs query THANK you Steve Vagg and Cr David Lewis for questioning the need for 25 new jobs in our South Gippsland Shire. The cost of $26 million (over 10 years) is a fair bit extra for we rate-payers to cough up. Our shire leaders should be concentrating on essential works and not on ‘feel good’ programs. Steve Finlay, Leongatha.

across the region. Local police will be joined by the State Highway Patrol and other state-wide police units who will conduct a number of large-scale blitzes across the area. But I am also calling on the community to take action. I’m calling on parents to speak with their children about the importance of being 100 per cent vigilant every time they drive. I’m calling on passengers to speak up if they feel their

driver is travelling too fast, has been driving too long or is distracted. I’m calling on our vulnerable road users, pedestrians, cyclists and motorbike riders to take extra care. I know that together we can make a difference and save local lives from being lost on local roads. Eastern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Wendy Steendam, Victoria Police.

Orphanage revamp uncertain A LARGE and controversial development of the old boys’ home at Newhaven remains unresolved. The matter came before Bass Coast Shire Council last Wednesday evening and has been deferred. Councillors considered an application to demolish part of the historic former orphanage and turn the rest into six apartments. Ten dwellings and a 21 lot subdivision make up the rest of the proposal. Some of the people of Newhaven object to the development, especially its design that would take trafďŹ c into Forrest Avenue, a favourite, yet narrow walking track. The ďŹ rst 25 minutes of the council meeting was taken up with questions from the public gallery about the development. Detail took up 57 pages of the evening’s agenda. Shire planning staff had recommended the development and associated submissions be referrred to a panel to be appointed by the Minister for Planning Matthew Guy. But Cr Gareth Barlow moved the application be deferred for a month. He said councillors needed to be “fully briefedâ€? and that council staff should hear councillors’ concerns. Cr Peter Paul seconded the motion.

Tragic year so far THE ďŹ rst part of 2011 has been a tragic one for the local area. We have lost 15 lives on roads across the Bass Coast, Baw Baw and Latrobe areas. That’s a 66 per cent increase from last year. But it’s more than that. It’s 15 families who have to deal with the fact their loved ones will never come home. We cannot let this continue. Police are this week launching a three month blitz, Operation Eastern, targeting speed and dangerous and distracted driving to reduce road trauma

VOXPOP! VOX Do you think a heavy vehicle bypass in Korumburra would address the problems associated with having trucks in the main street?

It would be effective but wherever you put the bypass, someone will lose farmland. Someone’s always going to be unhappy, bypass or not. Nick Paterson Moyarra

I don’t really see the trucks in the main street as a problem usually, but we don’t want them crashing into buildings and blocking the highway again. Sam Anderson Korumburra

Something needs to be done to get the trucks out of the street, that’s for sure, because if not we’ll have a fatal accident, either around the top corners or at the trafďŹ c lights. Herb Treacy Korumburra

It will turn Korumburra into a ghost town if we have a bypass. A lot of businesses rely on the passing trafďŹ c and without that they will close. Kay Rowe Loch

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Dalyston debs dance the night away THE Dalyston Football/Netball Club hosted a debutante ball at the Wonthaggi Workmens Club on Friday night, with a silver and blue colour scheme.

Dalyston Football Netball Club debutantes: Back row: Beau Fisher, Tommy Swain, Jethro Cooney, Mitchell Sanders, Kurt Thomas, Max Francis, Sam Kuyper, Ruben Bull-Milne, Curtis Hillbrick and Matthew Rogerson. Middle row: Joe Ray-Angarane, Phoebe Finlay, Jorde Chambers, Kirra Smith, Madeleine Wright, Chloe McRae, Ellie Miller, Amelia Robertson, Jennifer Dunlop and Alex Hamilton.Front row: Madeline Dunlop, Holly Parker, Kerri Ray, Debbie Dunlop, Paul Dunlop (president), instructors Eileen and Russell Harrison, Ruby Cantieni and Anna Pellizzer. Flower girl: Dallas Loughridge. Page boy: Jenson Garnham. Photo courtesy Foons Photographics.

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This week, you’ll get double Earn & Learn points for your school when you shop at Woolworths. Registered schools can then redeem points against a choice of more than 7,000 educational resources, such as library books, classroom equipment, art & craft materials and much, much more. Check to see if your school is registered by visiting woolworths.com.au/earnandlearn.

From Sunday 31st July until Sunday 7th August, 2011, earn two Earn & Learn points for every $10 spent in a single transaction, excluding cigarettes, alcohol and gift cards.

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When did you last cruise? STOP thinking about the cold winter weather and instead focus on your next extravagant holiday, by taking advantage of P&O Cruises’ lowest early bird fares to date for cruises next year and in 2013.

With lots of exciting itineraries and specials, you can sail out from Sydney or Newcastle and choose from two up to 16 nights of pure relaxation. Enjoy a tropical retreat by cruising the Queensland coast or circumnavigating New Zealand or the Pacific islands. There is also a range of specialty cruises for those who like to indulge in food and wine, comedy or lifestyle. Other luxuries such as spa treatments and gourmet restaurants are also available while you cruise, making it the perfect retreat. Jill Carmody and the team at Jetset, Leongatha have all had the pleasure of visiting one of P&O’s four cruise ships - the Pacific Sun, Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl – leaving no team more qualified to book your ideal holiday.

“The best value holiday you’ll ever have is a cruise,” Jill said. “You only have to unpack once, but have the opportunity to visit a wide variety of destinations.” You can also choose to do as little or as much as you want, from opting to take part in organised excursions, exploring new and exciting places on your own, or simply choosing to kick back and relax on board the ship. The cruises are ideal for families with P&O’s own circus, Pacific Cirque on board the Pacific Jewel and Pearl. However, with the ships only allowing a limited number of children on board, make sure to book in before you miss out. Looking for a group getaway? Jetset can also organise cruises for sporting clubs or just a group of friends wanting to get away. A number of last minute specials for the end of 2011 are also available. You have until September 30 to book in your cruise – so what are you waiting for? Book early for the best holiday you’ll have.

Assistance for railway THE SOUTH Gippsland Tourist Railway will be boosted by new regulations designed to improve longtime viability. The local railway is one of 17 across the state that will be supported by the Tourist and Heritage Railways Act 2010. President of the South Gippsland Tourist Railway Glenn Raven said the act would offer much more organised help than in the past. “If this works it will be a huge help,” Mr Raven said. “The Victorian Government is going to be taking more control of their assets.” Victorian Public Trans-

port Minister Terry Mulder announced the new regulations, which included a central register of assets used, controlled or managed by tourist and heritage rail operators. “Tourist and heritage railways make a vital contribution to Victoria’s social, cultural, economic, tourism and community fabric, especially in regional areas,” Mr Mulder said. “This new regulatory framework is designed to give tourist and heritage railway operators the increased certainty and security they need to survive, grow and prosper.” Mr Raven is looking forward to a more controlled format. “In the past most of the things we did were pretty

ad hoc, but now it appears things will be much more binding,” he said. The registrar will help source surplus stock, which will mean greater resources for the tourist railways. Old tracks with excess sleepers and other equipment will be offered instead of destroyed. “Sleepers on the Pakenham-Cranbourne line are being replaced with concrete ones, so they will be given away instead of being used for garden supplies,” Mr Raven said. “This is all stuff that VicTrack has done before, but I think the control will be there a lot more. “In the past VicTrack have rung us up to see what of theirs we actually had; they just didn’t know.”

Mayor’s message Cr Warren Raabe Mayor MANY South Gippsland families have embraced the various student exchange programs over the years. It was our turn to appreciate the opportunity when Cathy and I, along with our daughter Nyree visited our son Jarrah in Italy where he has been placed this year with a wonderful family. These programs showcase the full education experience, well beyond the classroom and exposing both the student and family members to new cultures, plus new levels of independence, family dynamics and an even greater appreciation for the outstanding lifestyle we have here in South Gippsland. I do encourage families to explore these opportunities when they are presented to build on the great educational foundations provided by our local schools. Our July council meeting was productive, with the annual budget and the Waste Management Strategy formally adopted, giving the go ahead on the many projects that council has scheduled for this financial year. Thank you to all who contributed their ideas during the consultation period. The draft aquatic strategy was also adopted for the consultation process. While no pool closures have been tabled,

the draft strategy does recommend that the focus be concentrated on the three high usage pools. The strategy can be viewed on the website and at our libraries and you have until September 9 to make formal comment on it. An online survey that will support the development of the Municipal Early Years Program review is available on www.southgippsland.vic.com.au I invite you to capitalise on this simple method to provide feedback on what support you would like to see for your young children in their first five years. With new regulations coming into play in 2013, council is addressing the various challenges these will present and your comment would be valued. In catching up on local news in my recent absence, it seems the whole community has been impacted by the excessive rain, with many slippages on private property and local roadways and several significant accidents. Much of the repair work cannot be carried out until drier conditions prevail and the soil can be stabilised, so please drive according to the conditions and be patient in these testing situations to avoid any further tragedies. Cr Warren Raabe, Mayor

Book in before it’s too late: Jill Carmody, Renee Cook, Caitlin Burge and Lisa O’Brien can help you book your perfect P&O Cruise at Jetset in Leongatha.


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Gippsland business on the table BUSINESS-PEOPLE in Gippsland were invited to attend a forum to network and discuss issues facing small business last Tuesday night.

Committee going strong: from left, Committee for Gippsland chairman Harry Rijs, Jenny O’Sullivan, Amanda Alderson, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business Russell Northe MP, Committee for Gippsland executive director Mary Aldred, Renae Littlejohn from the Southern Business Women’s Network and Burra Foods CEO Grant Crothers.

Held at the RACV resort in Inverloch, the evening included speeches from Burra Foods CEO Grant Crothers and Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, Russell Northe MP. Mr Northe, also MP for Morwell, praised the committee in his speech. “Gippsland now has a voice,” he said. “But as well as having a voice, we’ve got to be able to listen and I’m sure we have that right team of people who can both listen to issues and speak out on behalf of the region.” There was also an opportunity for attendees to discuss their small business concerns with Mr Northe.

This Census night, shed some light online. Tuesday August 9

This coming Census night, August 9 you have a choice… You can either fill out the Census form delivered to your home, or you can complete the eCensus online at census.gov.au. If you decide to complete it online, an SMS will notify the Collectors not to come back to your home. When you fill out your Census form, shed some light on who you are. What you say will light the way forward for health, education, transport, industry and the environment, making a brighter future for Australia. All information remains private and confidential. So shed some light on Census night with eCensus at census.gov.au

The issue of expanding development on good agricultural land was raised in a question and answer session. Mr Northe agreed this was an issue and said work with Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy is underway to preserve prime agricultural land from being developed. Another issue raised was the Princes Highway closure in Morwell. This was an introduction to the Committee for Gippsland roundtable session that will update the Gippsland Regional Plan over the next few weeks. These sessions will be held in Korumburra, Bairnsdale, Warragul and Traralgon. The Korumburra session will be held at Coal Creek between 9.30am and 12pm on Monday, August 8. Call Mary Aldred on 5127 0737 to RSVP.

South Gippsland Shire Council briefs RESIDENTS of Venus Bay and Walkerville could receive kerbside rubbish collection, under South Gippsland Shire Council’s Waste Management Strategy. Council will survey residents to gauge their level of support. David Liebelt presented a petition with 248 signatures to council supporting the move, saying the collection service would improve the tidiness of the towns and result in less littering of beaches. The strategy also proposes to reduce the amount of recyclables dumped in rubbish bins to five per cent by 2015; possibly introduce a green waste collection service in Leongatha and Korumburra; and encourage home composting, among 41 actions. Cr Mohya Davies said the fact council needed a strategy indicated how wasteful society was. “We ignore rubbish at our peril. The cost of rubbish is going to increase in the future,” she said. Cr David Lewis wondered about the cost implications of such a strategy. Council has approved locality boundary changes under its locality review. The changes approved resulted in: the creation of the locality of Wooreen, changes around Meeniyan, Dumbalk and Nerrena, and part of Yanakie becoming Fish Creek. As well: part of Dumbalk became Stony Creek, Bena to Jeetho, Inverloch to Pound Creek, Ruby to Leongatha, Wild Dog Valley to Fairbank, Fairbank to Mount Eccles, Allambee Reserve to Hallston, Fish Creek to Foster, Leongatha South to Pound Creek, Pound Creek to Tarwin Lower, Hedley to Welshpool, Korumburra South to Leongatha South, Hallston to Berrys Creek, Loch to Jeetho, Mardan to Mirboo North. Also: Strzelecki to Wild Dog Valley, Wild Dog Valley to Mount Eccles, Wild Dog Valley to Strzelecki, Foster North and Fish Creek to Foster, Meeniyan to Dumbalk, Poowong North to Nyora, Whitelaw to Bena, and Bena to Jeetho. Community groups to receive support from councillors’ discretionary funds in June were: • South Gippsland CWA to help with hall hire costs for art and craft exhibition; • South Gippsland Hospital to help buy six portable blood pressure machines for loan to clients; • Prom Coast Art and Community Inc to help beautify planter boxes in the main street of Toora; • Toora Bowls Club to help with the cost of gravel to repair a car park; • Toora Progress Association to buy and erect a garden seat along the Grip Road walkway; • Walter J. Tuck Reserve to help with drainage pipes and pits works at the reserve; • Meeniyan Art Gallery to assist with exhibition costs; • Dumbalk Recreation Reserve to buy crushed rock for a walking track; and • hall hire for a Royal Children’s Hospital fundraising event.

Another pothole WATCH out for the pothole near Minns Road on the highway to Meeniyan. It’s just another in the long list that grows by the day. Sue Charlton said the potholes concern her because she said they are a particular hazard for young motorists who lack driving experience.


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Turkish visitors delight Rotary By Simone Short THE ROTARY Club of Leongatha was treated to a lesson in foreign culture last Monday (July 25) with a visit from three Turkish exchange students and two teachers. Alper Elez, Yasemin Bahar and Ezgi Terzioglu stayed with host families in Leongatha as part of a one month exchange program with Mary MacKillop, Leongatha Secondary and South Coast Christian colleges and supported by Rotary. The three schools sent students Serena Cope, Sophie Beckwith and Paige Richards to Turkey for a month last April, with Serena and Sophie staying with Ezgi and Yasemin’s families. A fourth Turkish student, Ipek, also came but had to return home early for a family wedding. Alper, Yasemin and Ezgi spoke to Rotary members and guests about their lives in Turkey, including their family homes, school and traditional foods. Alper told the audience about tour-

ist destinations in his home country, such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Pamukkale, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. “Someday, you will come to Turkey,” he said. The students, who attend a school in Istanbul with around 6000 students, also spoke of their experiences in Australia over the past three weeks and as Yasemin said, coming to the small town of Leongatha was a “big difference”. “We don’t have recess or free time, our days are longer and our classes have around 20 students rather than just six, like Sophie’s,” she said. Ezgi also spoke of the rich history of the country, and the bond between Turkey and Australia following the events of Gallipoli during World War One, citing the famous words by Turkish leader Ataturk, stating the fallen soldiers were now sons of their country too. With their hosts, the three visitors were kept busy, including a weekend in Melbourne going to the football, the Queen Victoria Market, Heales-

ville Sanctuary, Federation Square and Koala Park. There was also a visit to DFO, although sole male Alper described the experience of shopping with four girls as “torture”. They also saw the penguins and the Nobbies at Phillip Island, and rode on the Great Southern Rail Trail. Serena said while in Turkey, she promised Ezgi’s mother she would teach her how to ride a bike and was surprised she learnt quickly. “She only fell off about six times during the ride!” Serena laughed, showing a photo of when Ezgi managed to disappear into a bush, thankfully unharmed. The Turkish students, who flew home on Sunday, thanked Rotarians for giving them the chance to experience Australia and their new ‘families’ for taking care of them over the past month. Rotarian Leonnie McCluskey said club members continued to learn how to make the exchange program bigger and better, and hopes it continues to grow in the future.

Aussie experience: Ezgi Terzioglu, Alper Elez, Paige Richards, Serena Cope and Yasemin Bahar saw the Saints smash the Crows in Melbourne during the Turkish students’ month on exchange.

Grant boosts port facilities Scooter safety bid launch BOATERS in South

BETWEEN July 2000 and May 2006, there were 30 deaths reported to coroners around Australia involving mobility scooters.

RoadSafe Gippsland says more people are using mobility scooters and with this increase comes the chance for more injuries. Research shows that the major cause of death comes from either colliding with a motor vehicle or falling from the scooter. To help counteract this, the RoadSafe Gippsland Mobility Scooter Safety Program was launched recently. The program is designed to give people, who

have already bought or are considering buying a mobility scooter, the knowledge to enable them to be as safe as possible. Chair of RoadSafe Gippsland Andy Milbourne said: “Purchasing a mobility scooter is the easy part. Knowing the rules and safe way of handling them is an entirely different matter. The program is designed to ensure our scooter users are safe and protected. “Many who purchase mobility scooters have no experience in driving anything like these and the rules that go along with them. The program will give these users more independence and self-esteem within the restrictions of their age or disability.”

Gippsland are set to benefit from a $6 million funding package provided to the Gippsland Ports Authority by the Victorian Government. At Port Welshpool, $170,000 has been allocated to repair mooring dolphins, install fire service and replace the wave screen at the Ferry Terminal Jetty. The jetty provides berths for 16 permanent commercial boats.

Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull announced the good news which he said would deliver more reliable and safer facilities for the Gippsland community. “The Coalition Government has identified a number of projects in need of attention in the Gippsland Ports area and has provided $2 million to upgrade these facilities,” he said. “This is an important investment for the future of the Gippsland community and the continued economic growth of the region.

“This funding includes $1.6 million to begin vital upgrades to a number of jetties, piers, seawalls and wharves. The Coalition Government recognises these works are integral to supporting the local economy and to providing safe infrastructure to port users. “We are also providing $300,000 for land-based improvements and a further $100,000 to upgrade navigation aids and signage around the ports.


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Quick response: emergency services were at the scene and controlled the situation as soon as possible.

Truck crash affects many By Jacob de Kunder THE truck crash that rocked Korumburra last Wednesday was a potential recipe for disaster.

Closed doors: Susan Richards and Korumburra IGA manager Craig Marinus. Mr Marinus had to close the supermarket for precautionary reasons on the morning of the incident.

A B-double tanker carrying a large supply of diesel tipped at the top of Commercial Street, resulting in broken power lines and spilt diesel. The balcony of the Austral Hotel was damaged and the South Gippsland Highway was blocked for around 12 hours. Emergency services came from as far as Leongatha, Loch and Wonthaggi. Many locals made their way to the top of the street during the day to see the astonishing scene. Damage bills from the incident are expected to be in the hundreds-of-thousands of dollars range, covering a new power pole needed, loss of fuel, a wrecked truck, and damage to the Austral Hotel and car parking. Emergency services were praised for their prompt work in preventing a possible explosion. The blocked highway resulted in a slow business day for Commercial Street retailers. Austral Hotel owner and Korumburra Business Association president Doug White said it was one of the quietest days ever for businesses in Korumburra. “Mine Road was dead because of the highway closure so no one had any business down there and the shops around the crash

area, like Alex Scott Real Estate and Bella Gusta, couldn’t open because of the loss of power,” he said. “Businesses in the top half of Commercial Street, which the traffic was directed around, also faced a very low number of customers.” Mikaelee Knox from Korumburra Video and Discount Smokes in Commercial Street said the power outage in the morning had a big effect on business. “The power going out early in the morning made serving customers difficult,” she said. “And throughout the day we had nowhere near the normal amount of customers and sales were very low, mainly because of the street being closed.” On the other side of the accident on Mine Road, Kay’s Takeaway had to close because of the lack of traffic. “We rely on getting business from passing traffic and since the road was closed there was no business,” owner Kay Rowe said. “There was no point being open when there was no business.” The spilt fuel caused the IGA supermarket to be evacuated for precautionary measures early in the morning. Store manager Craig Marinus was happy to do so for the safety of staff and customers. The Environment Protection Authority is dealing with the spilt diesel by digging up the carpark alongside the hotel and monitoring the waterways drains flow into.

Damage: Austral Hotel owner Doug White had a lot of cleaning up to do after the incident.


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Filling the gaps REPLACING lost teeth is vital for optimum oral health. That’s where dentures come in. There are various reasons why partial and full dentures are beneficial to oral health – they are not just to make you have a pretty smile. Teeth are constantly mobile; if there is a gap, the teeth will try to fill it. This can lead to pain in the moving teeth and make the good teeth you still have more prone to falling out. This is why you should fill these gaps with a partial denture. Another reason for getting partial dentures is to minimise super eruption. Super eruption is when a tooth continues to grow past its intended length when there is no opposing tooth in the vertical direction. This can cause the erupted tooth to al-

low plaque to accumulate underneath and rot, putting healthy teeth in jeopardy. A denture also aims to give up to 100 per cent chewing capacity. Another dental prosthetic which can preserve the health of your teeth is a mouth guard. Properly fitted and moulded mouth guards decrease your risk of losing or damaging your teeth in a contact sport. They also provide protection for your jaw, as well as minimise the risk of concussion. They are vital for keeping your teeth in your head while playing the sport you love. Full dentures, half dentures and mouth guards are all available from Rob Tesoriero, Advanced Dental Technician, in Wonthaggi.

Lifeline seeks counsellors LIFELINE Gippsland is seeking people interested in training to become volunteer telephone counsellors for Lifeline’s 24 hour Crisis Telephone Service line (13 11 14). The organisation will hold an information session at 7pm on Monday, August 29 at Garnham House (Wonthaggi Hospital) Graham Street, Wonthaggi. Lifeline Gippsland CEO, Dawn Gilbert, said: “If you are sitting at home watching the news on TV and asking yourself ‘What can I do’, then I urge you to consider training as a volunteer telephone counsellor. “It’s an excellent way to give back to your community and make a real difference to

Meals roster (Leongatha) Mary MacKillop College (all week), Reformed Church Ladies (Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri), SG Specialist School (Wed) and Leongatha Secondary College (all week) will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning August 8, 2011.

people’s lives.” Whilst the training is open to people from all walks of life, trainees will need to demonstrate that they have good communication and listening skills and a non-judgmental attitude. “Many of the qualities needed to be a telephone counsellor such as understanding and the ability to listen come with life experience,” Ms Gilbert said. Lifeline Gippsland expects to respond to more than 12,000 calls to the 13 11 14 service this year. “Without our volunteer counsellors, we simply would not be able to provide this vital service,” Ms Gilbert said. “We know, from talking to our volunteers, that the training delivers a wide range of benefits including practical counselling skills, personal growth and development, improved communication and relationship skills, and can open up career opportunities.” If you are interested in joining the Lifeline community and supporting its vital work, please come along to the information session or contact trainer Kathleen Pennicard on 5136 3509 or Kathleen@ llg.org.au for more information

New teeth: Rob Tesoriero makes partial and full dentures as well as mouth guards to suit each patient.


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Dentists celebrate year in new home IT HAS been a year since South Gippsland Dentistry moved into their new clinic in the ANZ Arcade, Leongatha. The time has flown by for the team of dentists, who have been busy with patients, new equipment and new techniques. The dentistry currently hosts five dentists (two principal dentists and three assisting), who have over 80 years of experience in their field between them. The clinic prepares to say goodbye to Kylie Lewis, who is leaving the team for London. She will be replaced by the able Jenny KirklandPotts, who has 18 years of dental experience, plenty of them in the Leongatha area. Principal dentist Dr Taehee Lee said the clinic has been working hard in the past 18 months to ensure they are providing the best service possible to their clients. “We’ve invested a lot of money getting equipment to make sure we can get the job done,” he said. “In the past people

have had to travel to Melbourne for things like orthodontic work and ceramic restorations. “We’re really hoping to make that a thing of the past.” The response from patients has reportedly been good, while the dentists themselves have enjoyed their new home. “Making change is not always easy,” principal dentist Dr Torsten Lekander said. “But at the moment we’ve got more dentists, more room and state of the art equipment.” And while problems like decay are still prevalent, despite people knowing more about preventative care these days, there is plenty of work for the dentists to do, from dentures for older people to braces for the younger. But with five dentists, and a wide array of talents available, the dentists can get most jobs done. “We’ve got five dentists of different ages, men and women, so we’ve got a lot of bases covered,” Dr Lee said.

One year on: principal dentists Dr Torsten Lekander and Dr Taehee Lee have settled in well to the new South Gippsland Dental clinic.


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Kids smile as job done THE sound of power tools and hammering will no longer be heard at Inverloch Primary School. Construction of the new $5 million school is complete. Staff and students moved into the second building over the school holidays, complementing the new main wing featuring classrooms, library and administration. Landscaping will be undertaken once finer weather arrives and an official opening is scheduled for November. The newest building comprises four classrooms for Prep and Grade 1 students, plus a kitchen, wet area and toilets. Members of the Electrical Trades Union working at the Wonthaggi desalination plant donated funds to buy electronic whiteboards for each room. The library has moved into the main building from the gymnasium, and the free space created in the gym will be used as a dedicated music room. Parents will run a sustainability festival over the Melbourne Cup long weekend, which will include a landscape design competition to shape the school grounds.

Reason to celebrate: loving the new building at Inverloch Primary School are Grade 1 students Levi, Valentina, Aedan, Tyson and Elle, with school council president Belinda Scott and principal Wendy Caple.

Agency tops state AN INVERLOCH real estate agency has starred at a Victorian awards ceremony.

LJ Hooker Inverloch won Top Country Office for the second year in a row at the real estate network’s 2011 Night of the Stars Awards held at Dockland’s Atlantic Peninsula. Four well-known local identities - Robin Bowman, Kevin McMahon, Allan Mann and Scott Hughes - joined forces in 2008 to establish LJ Hooker Inverloch. Since then, the office has gone from strength to strength. “The award, which is based on overall office performance for a 12 month period, recognises consumer confidence in real estate outside capital cities and major metropolitan cen-

tres and is indicative of a buoyant local market,” said Mr Mann, one of the directors of LJ Hooker Inverloch. “We have been in Inverloch for just over three years and have built a reputation for first rate customer service. “Being part of an international real estate network with over 700 offices around the world and a website recognised as the leading single brand real estate website, means we can globally market local properties to potential buyers.” LJ Hooker CEO L. Janusz Hooker said that LJ Hooker Inverloch’s award represented local expertise, team professionalism and commitment to the local community. “When my grandfather recognised more than 80 years ago that real estate was about people not houses, he

founded a philosophy that is as important today,” he said. “Recognising how our country offices are an integral player in the fabric of their community is more relevant than ever.” LJ Hooker Inverloch deals with both residential, permanent and holiday homes, and also has a solid and ever increasing rent roll. Mr Mann said good teamwork and determination were the keys to LJ Hooker Inverloch’s success. “The team gels so well, they work very hard and are very loyal - they are a growing team, both professionally and personally,” he said. “While the market is a bit tougher at the moment, this doesn’t deter our team. In fact it seems to spur them on to perform at even greater levels.

Top of Victoria: the team from LJ Hooker Inverloch celebrate their success. From left: sales executive Leighton Page, finance and facilities manager Carita Woods, director Scott Hughes, property investment manager Shayne Rolfe, Alan Lambert of LJ Hooker, director Kevin McMahon and director Allan Mann. Absent: business systems operator Jenny Brown, sales executive Euan Wightman, director Robin Bowman, property management representative Victoria Wolk and property management associate Tanya Bolding.

Mayor’s message Cr Veronica Dowman

THE 2011-12 budget has been formally adopted by council and there were several wins for those who enjoy sporting and recreation activities.

Thanks doc: Inverloch Primary School students Samantha, Abbey, Ryan, Valentin and Ebony, join with Monash medical students Kat Schelberger, Stephanie Nathan, Sean Wharfe (teddy bear) and Ben Nally in the mock operating theatre.

Teddy beats white coat anxiety HOSPITALS are not so scary. That was the message delivered to Prep children at Inverloch Primary School by student doctors last Thursday. The fourth year medical students from Monash University’s Gippsland campus ran a Teddy Bear Hospital session.

Children were exposed to a mock surgery complete with a drip and oxygen masks, and dressed in gowns to operate on a big, furry patient – a teddy bear. Student Kat Schelberger, a director of the Teddy Bear Hospital program, said the trainee doctors aimed to alleviate what the medical

field terms as ‘white coat anxiety’. “We’re aiming the program at the Preps because it’s around that age that kids will fall off things and end up in hospital,” she said. “We actually plaster the kids’ thumbs for them to decorate with glitter and they get to take the cast home.”

Council made an annual budget commitment of $7 million to leisure and recreation projects and services. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are well known and the aim of Council’s Municipal Recreation Plan 2009 - 2014 is to encourage people to participate in physical and social activities that match their interests, resources and abilities. There is community demand for council to maintain and develop recreation assets and support many pursuits across the whole of the shire. This ranges from libraries to sporting facilities, reserves, ovals and walking tracks. The aim for council is to provide access to these options for as many as possible. In addition to the budget, council ad-

opted some recommendations about the aquatic facilities for the shire. I believe it is important to see this decision in a broad context. Council needs to maintain existing leisure and recreational assets and also plan for new facilities. To do this, we seek support from other government agencies, and at budget time, weigh up decisions for funding these facilities with many other project proposals from across the whole of council. We also need to take into account population trends, changes in preferred leisure activities, an ability to provide low cost leisure options and a need to comply with changing legislative and building standards. I think the recommendations give us a way to move forward, fully examine our aquatic options and involve the community in these discussions. Cr Veronica Dowman, Mayor Bass Coast Shire Council


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Sunday just got better THE CAPTAIN’S Lounge at Inverloch’s Esplanade Hotel has sometimes been seen as purely an upperclass area. But in introducing Cruisy Sundays from August 7, the staff at the Espy want the public to realise they can still have their fine food in a relaxed atmosphere. “Some people will be used to going to the pub on Sunday, but I think some of the locals may be a bit intimidated by the Captain’s Lounge,” the hotel’s Ashley Toft said. “We want to show them that we can offer a relaxed atmosphere with fine food and great music.” From noon to 2pm on a Sunday, the Captain’s Lounge will host happy hour, offering half price ($8) on the cocktail of the week. Also on offer will be fine tapas with a quality range of beers, wines and spirits to help wash them down. And if fine food and drinks are not enough, the upstairs lounge will be displaying a huge range of local musical talent. Getting the musical ball rolling will be Russell Hemming, of Lionel Loves Vinyl. He will be followed by Willy Golightly, and no doubt the high calibre of acoustic entertainment will follow after those two performers. With a mix of fine food, drinks and music, Cruisy Sundays at the Captain’s Lounge is unlikely to be rivaled for atmosphere or entertainment. So head on down, grab a cocktail and a seat and enjoy your Sunday afternoon. Cruising: Ashley Toft is preparing for plenty of customers on Cruisy Sundays, beginning this weekend.


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A different kind of story By Simone Short KELLY Hunter always dreamed of writing and illustrating children’s picture books after retiring from her career as a primary school teacher.

Completed works: Kelly Hunter has finished two children’s picture books, Just Right and Wobbly Boots.

With the uncertainties of life, the Nyora woman decided to combine her passion for writing and artwork, and make it a reality. The Nyora Primary School teacher first decided to write for children because of her love for poetry and writing in rhyme. “Poetry is in a lot of picture story books, and the stories that have got a sense of rhyme and rhythm are the ones children love and they’re so easy for them to read,” she said. Her first completed picture book is titled Wobbly Boots, a brilliantly written story for young children, but with a twist you don’t generally find in most story books. The story addresses alcoholism; normally a taboo subject between parents and their children. Kelly decided to write about the topic after a personal experience as a teacher. “I went to try and find some resources for young children dealing with an alcoholic parent and there was nothing out there,” she said, adding it is a very common issue. “That made me think there’s an avenue for me, so I wrote a book called Wobbly Boots.” However, writing about such a touchy subject has made finding a

Nikolina’s

Photos courtesy of Brenner Liana Photography

NIKOLINA’S Florist and Gifts has lifted the bar in Leongatha, offering not only a gorgeous range of children’s clothes, but also exclusive gifts and beautiful fresh flowers for all occasions.

Vicki Halabarec and mother Lorraine Halabarec

Whatever the season, Nikolina’s is up with the latest baby wear trends with Bebe, run Scotty run, ecoboo organic and max and tilly, just to name a few of the top end brands for both boys and girls sizes 0000-4 years. Conveniently located in McCartin Street, Leongatha, this charming boutique has for five years built up a fine reputation for good taste, contemporary style and quality. If you have not visited Nikolina’s lately, haven’t you been missing out?

“At the moment I’m finding publisher difficult for Kelly. Because it’s not a lovely hearts opportunities to get my artwork and flowers-type subject, while they out there,” Kelly said. “It is different from what acknowledged my skill as a writer and illustrator, they said it was too I’ve seen in other places and big a risk for them.” At this stage, Kelly has found a publisher but is still trying to find funding to have the book produced. Another completed project is a book titled Just Right, a concept book for young children about something being too much, not enough or just right. And rather than just dipping her toe into new projects, Kelly has thrown herself in, with her list of current works not ending there. She recently won the judges’ choice award for the Etiko t-shirt competition with her design of an image reflecting the fair trade industry and is also working on a concept called Colour My Poem, incorporating children’s colouring-ins with poetry, a different spin on a plain colouring book. “I think that’s the key where my work is different,” she said. “What I’m doing is incorporating the text of whatever I do into the image.” Kelly is also working on a picture story book about Vincent van Gogh, which looks at his life and times. On top of her children’s works, Kelly has also started writing and illustrating poetry for adults, based around love, life and loss. She is currently preparing to enter a competition for the Brunswick Street Gallery, where around 50 artists will be selected to take part in an exhibition.

that can cause a problem if it’s something they’ve never seen. “You have to try and be different and new, but not too different.”


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Play evokes women’s Vietnam War memories DURING the 1960s and early 70s, there were close to a thousand Australian women in war-time Vietnam. They had roles as nurses, entertainers, secretaries, volunteers and consular staff.

“Though their backgrounds varied as much as their experiences, they have one thing in common. Vietnam transformed their lives and haunted their memories.” That is a quote from Minefields and Miniskirts, a one act play by Terence O’Connell, based on a book by journalist Siobhan McHugh, who interviewed some of the Australian women whose lives were affected by the war in Vietnam. The play is being presented by Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. Sophie Cuttriss of Inverloch, who has many years of experience with local amateur theatre, is directing this, her first play. She said it is sad, funny, confronting and uplifting. Although the play is about the women’s reflections rather than the war itself, opening night has been timed for Friday, August 19, the day after National Vietnam Veterans Day. Minefields and Miniskirts is centred around five characters: Eve, a volunteer played by Kelly Foster; Ruth, a journalist played by Michelle Dal Masetto; Kathy, a nurse, played by Julie Thomas; Sandy, an entertainer, played by Kerrie Giles; and Margaret, the wife of a Vietnam veteran, who is played by Karen Milkins-Hendry. The play includes songs from that era such as Leaving on a Jet Plane and Will You Still Love me Tomorrow? Well known musical identity Larry Hills is musical director, and John Cuttriss is using his creative and technical skills to design the set and lighting. Although there will be none of the sequinned finery that was so admired in WTG’s recent production of Cabaret, attention to costumes will be no less important to the talented team of Louise Adkins and Chris Denzel-Williams. Minefields and Miniskirts is on at the Wonthaggi Arts Centre and runs for five shows until Saturday August 27. Tickets can be booked at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club, 5762 1083.

Many talents: Karen Milkins-Hendry will go from her role as Fraulein Schneider in Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s triumphant production of Cabaret to playing the wife of a Vietnam veteran in the next WTG play, Minefields and Miniskirts.

Feature artists named for show WELL known and much admired South Gippsland artists Julie Lundgren-Coulter and Robert Barron, will feature at this year’s Arts Prom Country show. This will be the 35th art and photography show run by the Rotary Club of Leongatha. Julie, of Mardan, has exhibited at that and many other regional shows, for years. Her land and seascapes are breathtaking. Robert, a potter who lives at Ruby, has also been exhibiting for a long time. He creates magnificent pieces in his wood fired kiln. The art and photographic show will be held in Leongatha’s Memorial Hall from Friday, October 14 to Sunday, October 16. The official opening will be at 8pm on the Friday. The show, which is not an acquisitive one, will be judged by Ron Muller, who is regarded as an outstanding professional artist and teacher. He runs regular workshops around Australia and also tours to Tuscany and France. He is a regular tutor with the Doncaster Artists Society. Through his watercolour paintings in the Romantic tradition, Ron seeks to capture light, atmosphere and the natural beauty of the landscape. He travels widely and has won many awards. Arts Prom Country is one of the region’s premier art shows. Its prizes include a best in show award, worth $2000. Entries close on September 16. Proceeds from the show go to the Leongatha Ambulance Service, Woorayl Lodge Hostel, Leongatha Memorial Hospital and Rotary Centenary House which provides accommodation for patients and families undergoing medical treatment at the Latrobe Regional Hospital.

Well regarded: potter Robert Barron will be a feature artist at the Arts Prom Country Show.

Quiz. 1.How many leaves does a shamrock have? 2.What is Tofu made of? 3. Which Canadian actor who starred in the Matrix has a Hawaiian first name that means ‘coldness’? 4. How did Van Gogh commit suicide? 5.What is the currency of India? 6.Which famous distillery is located in Lynchburg, Tennessee? 7.What is the name of the main hobbit in The Lord Of The Rings?

8. What is Eric Clapton’s nickname? 9.Which sport has the highest ratio of officials to players? 10. What is the hardest tissue in men as well as women? 11.What is the former name of Bangladesh? 12. In which film does a cabaret singer on the run from the mafia end up training a choir of nuns? 13. How many pockets does a pool table have? 14. What colour is the ‘Black Box’ found in commercial planes?

Answers: 1. 3, 2. Soya Beans, 3.Keanu Reeves, 4. He shot himself, 5.Rupee, 6.Jack Daniels, 7.Bilbo Baggins, 8.Slow hand, 9.Tennis, 10. Tooth enamel, 11. East Pakistan, 12. Sister Act, 13. 6, 4. Orange.


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This modern home has everything you need to move straight in and is available through Alex Scott and Staff Inverloch. For more details see page 34.


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Watch the dollars pile up O

N a corner allotment in a prime location, this property has a three bedroom home plus a fully-self-contained bungalow/unit and investors will see dollar signs in front of their eyes. With an estimated income of $250p/w for the house and $160p/w for the unit, that’s a gross income of $21,320 pa (approximately). That’s a whopping 7.35 per cent return on investment! The property will also appeal to the owner/ occupier wanting a separate dwelling for extended family or guests, or to create an additional income from the unit. Developers will see the potential for subdivision and perhaps even building three townhouses (STCA). Facing Balding Street, the three bedroom home sits very comfortably in its level garden setting. Inside you’ll find an inviting and

character-filled space. There are original high ceilings in the front rooms which open onto an open-plan living space in the centre, with an updated kitchen at its heart, all heated by a cosy wood heater. A rear deck extends the living area by providing an alfresco area for summer and down the few steps you will find the leafy garden complete with a chook shed and single carport. With circular drive access from Bourke Street, the self-contained unit sits on an eastwest access with big windows to the north allowing plenty of light and the sun’s rays to enter the cosy space. Beautifully presented, and very well-maintained inside, the unit comprises an open-plan kitchen, meals and sitting area, a separate bedroom and combined bathroom and laundry. With an attractive deck on the northern side, the unit enjoys a private and pleasant outlook onto its own garden which also has a fenced vegie patch. There is a fence between both buildings in

the middle of the block, providing privacy for both. With so many options, any way you look at it, the property has plenty of appeal.

MIRBOO NORTH Location: 4 Balding St Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Price: $290,000 Agent: First National Prom Country, Mirboo North Contact: Call Lisa Williams on 0438 133 385 or 5668 1660 to organise an inspection.

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HO says size doesn’t matter? This massive 1372 square metre block is ideally located within walking distance of the

VENUS BAY Location: 14 Carol Court Land size: 1372 square metres Price: $115,000 Agent: Alex Scott & Staff,Venus Bay Contact: 5663 7111

local shops. The block is slightly raised above Carol Court, with extensive flat areas at the front and rear. The perfect building envelope is at the top of the block, which

would give you some water views over Anderson Inlet with a double storey home. Native vegetation surrounds the land, allowing complete privacy. This is the bargain of Venus Bay.


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House & Land Package on 896m2

Fab Views! Fab Opportunity!

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Don’t just wish, come & see this substantial, wellappointed 4 brm home on half acre. Expansive living space, 2 bath, timber floors, gorgeous kitchen, dado paneling, heating & cooling, great sheds. INSPECT Saturday @ 12.00 - 12.30pm Address 21 Wells Road, MIRBOO NORTH $290,000 - $310,000

Under construction, all the head-scratching work completed. Now is the time to purchase this welldesigned 3BR + study brick home to save on stamp duty. Have input into colour schemes and finishes! INSPECT By appointment Address L11 Eldon Court, MIRBOO NORTH $295,000 - $320,000

Perfect land, Planning Permit. 8 acres of pasture. Stunning views across your own property, and to the hills. Dam, and the power to boundary. Less than 10 mins to Leongatha. Near level home site. INSPECT At leisure or by appointment Address Huntingfords Rd, BOOROOL $275,000 - $295,000

This family sized brick home has 4 BRs all with BIR, main with en suite & WIR. Living area has cathedral ceilings & wood heater. Wrap around verandah. Two big sheds & double carport on 1+acre acre. INSPECT Saturday @ 11.00 - 11.30am Address 12 Jepson Court, MIRBOO NORTH $280,000 - $310,000

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Privacy and Perfection on 1+ acre

Quintessential Quarter Acre

Dollars and Sense!

This refurbished 4BR home features a new kitchen, new carpets & tiles, updated bathrooms, & ducted heating. Outdoors- undercover living, an enclosed side garden, & huge garage. Move straight in & enjoy INSPECT Cancelled - PROPERTY SOLD Address 26 Wells Rd, MIRBOO NORTH $360,000 - $375,000

With town services available and a school bus virtually at the door. Meeniyan around the corner, an easy commute to several of the major regional towns. Buy it and sit on it, or buy it and build on it. INSPECT Sunday @ 1.00 - 1.30pm Address 12 Farmers Rd, DUMBALK $55,000 - $65,000

Many options for owner occupiers, developers and investors with approx 7.35% return! Within 100 metres of Baromi Park & shops, this character home and self-contained unit on a 1000sqm block will surely appeal. The home features high ceilings, central open plan living, wood heater, 3 bdrms, sunny rear deck and a chook house. The light-filled unit, which is separated by garden and a fence, comprises a kitchen/meals/living room, bdrm, bath/laundry and deck. Ask us about rental returns.

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INSPECT Sunday @ 11.00 - 11.30am Address 4 Balding St, MIRBOO NORTH

$290,000

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kaz hughes 0417 516 998

California Dreamin! Character Plus on Ogilvy Street!

“The Ash Grove” - an Idyllic 6-plus acre Koonwarra Lifestyle

Stylish “Californian bungalow”- inspired cottage packed full of original features including high ceilings, Timber floors, and open fire place. Internal spaces are cheerful and bright, with grand hallway, spacious living and dining rooms, country kitchen and generous meals area, bathroom, and 3 bedrooms. Plus: covered timber deck, private rear garden and garage. Very livable now, with opportunity for further extension. Easy walk to shops and schools. Great investment potential.

A winding driveway lined with mature claret ash leads to a gorgeous country homestead, perfectly positioned on its 6 acre-plus surrounds. A northerly aspect to light-filled interior spaces & a delightfully modern decor is complemented by the warmth of timber floors, new carpets and high ceilings in a 3 bedroom plus study floor plan. Rich red soils, fenced paddocks, stock facilities, abundant tank & dam water, beautiful trees & gardens, triple carport & quality shedding.

INSPECT Saturday @ 11.00 - 11.30am Address 23 Ogilvy Street, LEONGATHA

INSPECT Saturday @ 12.00 - 12.30pm Address 103 Johnsons Road, KOONWARRA

$230,000 - $250,000

$530,000 - $560,000

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natasha ireland 0409 292 808

Miner’s Cottage, Major Delight!

Calm in Koonwarra

Original country charm in this renovated town miner’s cottage. Three bedrooms, stunning, new bathroom, open plan living zone with attractive kitchen, mezzanine-style dining room and sunken lounge all overlooking a timber deck seen through a wall of glass. Features: wood heater, ducted split system aircon, timber venetians, porcelain tiling, dado paneling. The long block has a central 3 bay shed with auto roller doors: access via rear laneway. Potential for subdivision (STCA).

This property is all about ‘lifestyle’... positioned on 1+ acre of near-level land on a no-through road... space both inside and out for leisure and hobbies... the opportunity to keep a horse or a few farmyard friends... and all in close proximity of the rail trail and golf course. The 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 living zone home features gas ducted heating, wood heater, and stainless steel appliances. Outdoors you’ll find leafy gardens, a big garage/workshop and separate paddock too!

INSPECT Sunday @ 11.00 - 11.30am Address 49 Victoria Street, Korumburra

INSPECT By appointment $290,000 - $310,000 Address 83 Kookaburra Drive, KOONWARRA

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emma sullings property manager 0403 129 376

Half an Acre in Village Centre - Option to Buy the Block Next Door

Elegant Country Hideaway on 3 Easy Acres At the end of a tree-lined drive, this gorgeous home takes advantage of northerly light with atriumstyled windows and soaring ceiling lines. Timber and glass finishes and informal open plan living: an earthy, gentle ambiance befitting a rural escape. 2 bedrooms inside plus extra study space, plus sep guest room or studio. Retreat sized main bedroom with a study or sitting room-end. Inspiring gardens, chook yard, and decked solar heated pool. 10 minutes from Meeniyan township.

5662 3100

INSPECT Sunday @ 1.00 - 1.30pm $240,000 - $260,000 Address 695 Dumbalk East - Stony Creek Road, DUMBALK EAST

47 Bair Street, Leongatha 84 Ridgway, Mirboo North promcountryre.com.au

allen bartlett 0417 274 624

$450,000 - $485,000

Modern home on 2 titles features spacious open plan living with vaulted ceilings, and a wall of glass orientated to the north overlooking a covered deck for outdoor entertaining. The living zone shares space with a bright, central kitchen. Currently set up as 2 bedrooms, it could easily convert to 3. Powered workshop, established gardens, fruit trees, carport and more. Off-street parking with town water and water tank. There is really nothing left to do here. INSPECT Sunday @ 1.00 - 1.30pm Address 14-16 Farmers Road, DUMBALK

lisa williams 0438 133 385

$350,000 - $365,000

glenys foster administration manager

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Family haven in Higg Street W

ELL designed for the whole family, this as new home not only boasts considerable space but a superb position for those who require close proximity to the shops, parks, school bus, kinder and day care facilities. Completed less than two years ago, this 32 square property features four bedrooms and study, or a handy fifth bedroom, plus three living areas. Step inside to appreciate the home’s practical design and added touches such as high ceilings, ducted vacuum, formal entrance with stylish bulk head and inset plaster features, which along with the modern colour scheme and furnishings throughout, make the home very aesthetically pleasing. The master bedroom is situated

towards the front of the home, is spacious and contains a walk-in robe and sizeable en suite with twin basins and large shower. The formal entrance leads past the main bedroom and into a well lit, open plan kitchen, dining and living room with easy access to the covered barbecue area. The kitchen layout is very workable with an island bench with stone tops, natural gas cook top, double sink, dishwasher and walk-in pantry, all overlooking the family and entertaining area, heated and cooled by reverse cycle air conditioning. Adjacent to the kitchen is the study and direct access into the house from the double garage via a utility area complete with ample space for shoe storage. The laundry is also very practical with a built-in ironing station, bench space and linen storage.

Three bedrooms, each with builtin robes, sensibly fan out from the rear living area, main bathroom and toilet, making it an ideal kids’ zone. This living area is made all the more appealing by a large, shelved walk-in storage cupboard for toys and games and reverse cycle air conditioner. Externally low maintenance garden beds and a private split level yard allow for great play areas or pets. Colorbond garden shed, quality retaining walls, and concrete paths encase the home for all year access to the garden and surrounds. Locations such as this are becoming increasingly harder to obtain, so if you’re looking for a new, spacious family home, ready to just add furniture, an inspection is a must.

LEONGATHA Location: 17 Higg Street Bedrooms: 4 (plus study) Bathrooms: 2 Price: $455,000 Agent: Stockdale and Leggo Leongatha Contact: 5622 5800

Affordable living and ideal investment S

TOP and take a good hard look at this appealing opportunity.

It is a well presented unit of generous proportions in a well presented complex. This charming unit has a good sized lounge/dining room, a laminated kitchen with electric cooking, plenty of cupboards and a pantry. The unit comprises two bedrooms each with built-in robes. The tidy bathroom has a bath plus a shower. Car accommodation is a carport at the back door, ideal for those rainy occasions.

A good feature of this property is the back yard; it’s not too big and not too small and has a new paling fence. The back yard is a neat lawn and garden at the moment and would also be good as a vegie patch if that is your desire. This is a well presented unit; it is now surplus to the family’s requirements and is offered for sale by a genuine vendor. This is an ideal opportunity to secure a nice property for affordable living or a prudent investment. You may be considering entering the property market as an investor, and it would be reasonable to ask what the strength of the rental market

in Korumburra is - it is strong! The demand always outstrips the supply, so there is a steady supply of reliable tenants available. Our office has a highly professional property management department and would welcome your enquiries. With the rapid growth in the price of real estate in the suburbs, we see a bright future for Korumburra in the years ahead. A number of people are enjoying the affordability of Korumburra - living there and commuting to work in the eastern suburbs and this trend will continue. Call today, this is an excellent opportunity.

KORUMBURRA Location: 7/6 Ruddville Avenue Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Auction: Saturday August 6 at 11:00am Agent: Stockdale & Leggo, Korumburra Contact: 5658 1500


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HIS brand new house in 12 Burrows Way, Leongatha with arguably the best and most extensive panoramic view is waiting for a new owner to enjoy the outstanding qualities it offers, whether you are a growing family or a retiring couple seeking a quality lifestyle. The new steel framed house consists of four bedrooms, two living areas and has one of the best panoramic views of the Leongatha township and to the distant horizon some 15

kilometres away. It can only be described as an “outstanding vista”, and will never be built out. The bedrooms are carpeted and all have built-in robes with the master having a walk-in robe and en suite. The kitchen and open plan living area are tiled, and ducted natural, gas heating is throughout the home. There is a double garage with a remote roller door and there are two pedestrian doors – one leading inside the house and the other to the backyard paved area and landscaped rear gardens. The whole block has been recently landscaped by a landscape

designer and once this landscape matures it should be a native garden showpiece. Having a house energy rating of seven stars, a view second to none, and all the hard work completed both inside and outside, this brand new house is an opportunity too good to miss. Inspection is strongly recommended so that you can see for yourself the outstanding attributes of 12 Burrows Way. Call Ross for a confidential chat and inspection as soon as possible.

LEONGATHA Location: 12 Burrows Way Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Price: $449,000 negotiable Agent: Ross Johnson Real Estate Contact: Ross Johnson on 0428 100 448

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EATURES of this as new home include 30 squares under roof, four bedrooms all with built-in robes, main with en suite and walk -in robe, plus study, formal lounge and dining room, rumpus room, and large family living area. The spacious kitchen offers an island

INVERLOCH Location: 6 Surrey Place Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Price: $485,000 Agent: Alex Scott & Staff, Inverloch Contact: 5674 1111

bench, walk-in pantry, 900ml stainless steel stove, dishwasher and glass splashback. The double lock-up garage with side access to the rear yard, low maintenance garden and two reverse cycle airconditioners completes this family home which is priced well inside replacement value. Why build when all the work has been done?


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Inspiring: at the recent Asia Pacific Youth Conference at Phillip Island are, from left: Shaun Andrews, Freya Sibly, Chilali Thorrowgood, Muy Pongsayaporn, Patrice Mahoney and Tahnee McBean. Freya, Chilali and Patrice were sponsored by Bass Coast Shire Council.

By Jane Ross THERE are so many opportunities in Australia, most of us have no appreciation of the gravity faced by our Asian Pacific neighbours. Pollution, human trafficking and rising sea levels pose threats Australians don’t really experience. Chilali Thorrowgood of Inverloch, was exposed to discussion about such matters during the recent week-long Asia Pacific Youth Conference at Phillip Island. The conference is an annual event, but this was the first time it had been held in Australia. Chilali was one of three delegates sponsored by Bass Coast Council. About 150 attended. Topics centred around social justice. “We were trying to build consensus and understanding with each other and engender a sense of community. “I came away with a far more complex understanding of issues around the environment, politics and socially. It was enlightening.” She said the greatest threat faced by our Asian Pacific neighbours is “pollution, pollution, pollution”. In Tuvalu, she learned, community elders are encouraging young people to emigrate because land is being lost each year to rising sea levels. “These are our first environmental refugees.” Chilali also found out that in Thailand, people are being sold for as little as $4 to $6, either for labour or sex. “At this time in history, slavery is a far bigger industry than

it ever has been.” While her good fortune at living in Australia was reinforced, Chilali said she realised how insulated we are, although she did meet delegates from Tennant Creek, who spoke to her about the Federal Government’s intervention in Aboriginal communities. “There is marginalisation of people in our own country; there are huge human rights violations.” But in the face of all that, Chilali said she met youngsters with passion for social justice and social change. “There are vast examples of people doing good and it was a great privilege to be meeting really driven and focused people.” Fellow delegates Freya Sibly and Patrice Mahoney will join with Chilali in reporting to council on the conference. But she has already resolved to make changes in her own life. Already environmentally aware, she said she will live more sustainably. “There is far more we can do in our own home. “I will be more conscious of the purchases I make, supporting fair trade and I’ll become more involved in the community.” A graduate from Wonthaggi Secondary College and the Victorian College of the Arts, Chilali already volunteers two days a week with Wonthaggi’s R3 Project, which works on social change through visual culture. “It’s an absolute privilege to work with young people in our community.” She hopes to enrol next year in a Bachelor of Youth Work and Community Service. Her eventual goal is to work in juvenile justice.


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Eisteddfod promises to be bigger WITH more dancers, more categories and more prizes, this year’s Great Southern Star Eisteddfod promises to be bigger and better than last year’s successful event. The show will be filled with 550 dancers from 11 schools from areas including Warragul, Sale, Paynesville and Melbourne, as well as local troupes. President of the eisteddfod committee, Tanya Bolam, began working tirelessly from the completion of last year’s event, in a bid to make this one as big, if not bigger than the last. “We’ve got more dancers than last year. It was tough but we actually had to knock people back,” she said. And of course, more dancers means more awards. The Mirboo North and District Community Bank will be offering two prestigious prizes, including the rising star award and best troupe award.

“The rising star award is huge,” Tanya said. “It comes with a summer school scholarship, a trophy and $100. It’s a big thing.” As well as the best young star, the eisteddfod adjudicator Mia Perry will be awarding six separate scholarships to deserving dancers. The scholarships are to Melbourne-based dance schools, and are more than just a reward for good dancing. “It’s a big opportunity for rural students to get a chance to dance in these reputable Melbourne dance schools,” Tanya said. “The dancers make a lot of friends at those events, just as they do at our own eisteddfod here. “Last year they all made a new friend.” As well as making friends, the children will get a chance to learn new dance moves and techniques with the help of choreographers BJ and Hilton of So You Think You Can Dance fame. The duo will be running two dance workshops, as well as performing on Saturday evening.

BJ will also co-adjudicate with Mia Perry on Saturday evening. Tanya was grateful for the support of the community, as well as all of the sponsors. “We’d like to send a big thank you to Tony and Helen from the Great Southern Star, our major sponsors,” she said. “Once again they have given us outstanding support.” The eisteddfod was bolstered by the South Gippsland Shire Council, who donated $4000 as part of the Community Grants program. “We were fortunate again this year to receive financial support from the council and we are very grateful for their ongoing assistance,” Tanya said. “We’re encouraging families to enjoy the local attractions of Leongatha and surrounding areas throughout the weekend. “The eisteddfod is a community event and we recognise the value of the support from our local community.”

Last year’s champs: the Ball sisters of Middle Tarwin, Tamika (left) and Rhiarna, placed second and first respectively in the 12 years and over category. Third was Stephanie Kemp of Traralgon and Matilda Patterson of Leongatha received an honourable mention.

Hayley Norton: the young dancer played a big part in last year’s Great Southern Star Eisteddfod.

Could be back again: Heidi Freeman, Jack McDonald and Hannah Kinnish all performed well last year.


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Ready to dance LEONGATHA’S Lisa Pellin Dancers are gearing up for the Great Southern Star Eisteddfod this weekend. Nearly all of the school’s students will be entering the eisteddfod, and have been practicing to make sure they will be in top form when the spotlight shines. On Friday, Great Southern Star general manager Tony Giles made time to wish some of the dancers well in the lead-up to the event. They are, from left: Brooke Cross, Hayley Norton, Ruby Adkins and Chloe Adkins. The eisteddfod starts on Friday, and continues until Sunday afternoon, including a guest appearance from former So You Think You Can Dance contestants BJ and Hilton, who will be holding master classes as well as performing on Saturday night.

Front page news THE front f cover off this hi year’s ’ Great G Southern S h Star S Eisteddfod program booklet has been designed by Morgan Mitchelson. The young dancer’s design includes a picture of herself in her ballerina outfit, preparing to dance. She is surrounded by stars, to symbolise it as the Star eisteddfod, as well as trophies, a dancing bag and a stereo. Morgan is proud to have her picture displayed on the front of the 96 page edition, of which 250 copies will be handed out. It includes a program of all the dancers’ names, the different competitions as well as sponsors and special sections. The creators of the booklet, Kerry Zuidema, Wendi Rahilly and Nella Mitchelson thank all the advertisers for helping them out.

Program creators: (clockwise from back left) Kerry Zuidema, Nella Mitchelson, Morgan Mitchelson and Wendi Rahilly, all played their part in bringing together the Great Southern Star Eisteddfod program booklet.


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Future of Wonthaggi forum: Anne Tschiderer and Betty Bowmar attended on behalf of the Wonthaggi Golf Club.

Committee for Gippsland Forum Wonthaggi Future Forum South Coast Christian College Fundraiser Rotary Exchange students from Turkey Stan Alves Speaks at MDU

Local businessmen: Pat and Ross Wishart from Bass Coast Paintball and Tim Robbins from Buildings Bitz at the Wonthaggi Future forum.

Every bit helps: Amelia Piening and Elora Noble contribute to the fundraising effort for South Coast Christian College last Friday. A team will journey to Cebu in the Philippines in September where they will support former Leongatha resident David Gray who runs an orphanage in the city. They will also visit another local Ingrid ten Hoopen who is helping educate children in four schools in slum areas of Cebu.

Business minded: Wonthaggi Rotary president Neville Goodwin with his wife Lyn and Roger Bengtsson at the Committee for Gippsland forum for small business.

Westpac Bank: Simon Carlisle and Nicole McMillan at the future forum.

PBE Real Estate: Adam Mabilia, Kainen Schrape and Mick Chambers won paintballing passes for attending the forum.

Rotary exchange: Ezgi Terzioglu, Paige Richards, Serena Cope, Ipek, Sophie Beckwith, Alper Elez and Yasemin Bahar enjoyed a day out at Phillip Island.

MDU: Sophie Thomas and Anne and Jim Read enjoyed listening to Stan Alves speak.

Stan Alves visits MDU: Dave Trotman, Jason Harris and Kevin Thorne in the clubrooms.

Helping hand: Tate Wheatley and Brendan Tomada were happy to sell baskets of ‘goodies’ to the Leongatha traders in support of their fundraising efforts for their trip to the Philippines in September.

Mission trip: busily cooking sausages to raise money for a Mission Trip to the Philippines were, from left, Tracie Tomada, Ian Daw and recently retired policeman Tony Tomada.


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Lose hair for a cause LAST year, Jo Stewart and Trevor Browning shaved their heads to raise more than $4500 for the charity, Very Special Kids.

Jo, from the Korumburra Newsagency, has opted to keep her hair this year, so Trevor is seeking men and women who would be willing to have their heads shaved for the cause. The Moyarra man said participants will be asked to seek sponsors to raise money for the cause. Very Special Kids is a unique Victorian organisation that supports families throughout their experience of caring for children with life-threatening illnesses, including cancer, muscular dystrophy and a range of neuro-degenerative, genetic and rare conditions. Very Special Kids House, Australia’s first and Victoria’s only children’s

hospice, provides respite, transitional and end of life care. All services are provided free to families. Very Special Kids relies on the generosity of the public to continue providing support services to more than 850 Victorian families caring for children with a life-threatening illness. Focusing on the quality of life for the whole family, Very Special Kids provides practical and emotional support for the child, the parents and the siblings, through a team of highly professional staff and a network of fully trained volunteers. Each year they organise a number of pink fibreglass giant pigs mounted on trailers that travel all around Victoria, to raise one million dollars to keep the organisation going. Tattersalls is also a major sponsor. As the pigs travel around Victoria,

they stop in towns and a local business hosts a fundraising activity. On Saturday, September 24, the pig will be in Korumburra and Trevor and other volunteers will have their heads shaved by a hairdresser from Studio 48 in Korumburra. This will be done outside the newsagency on the Saturday at 11am. Anyone is welcome to join Trevor and all you have to do, is get some sponsors and turn up on the day. There will be a raffle, a lucky dip and colouring competition for kids together with a sausage sizzle held by Apex. A colouring competition form is available at the newsagency for children. Donations can be made at the newsagency at anytime and all donations over $2 are tax deductible. Receipts will be available.

Entertaining emus: tourists and locals who have visited Coal Creek Heritage Village lately will have noticed a few new additions making their way around the park: Edward and Edwina the emus. The pair explores the park daily, making their way up and down the tracks and between the buildings, always being friendly towards visitors. They sometimes even get nosey and make it up to the information centre.

★★★★★★★★ ★★★★★★★★ ARIES - March 21 - April 20

Creative activities are spotlighted. This is a prime time for pursuing artistic activities. In matters involving shared finances, caution is critical. Romantic intuition pays off. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

Your judgement may be clouded when it comes to evaluating your own performance. The opinions of outsiders are worth considering. Community interests dominate your times through the weekend. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

This week sees you examining at least two different issues. Careerwise, review all evidence before making a prouncement. The romantic picture brightens, thanks to your partner’s sentimentality. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

Your competitors are on their toes and you can’t afford to be off guard. This is the time to crank everything up a notch - anything could happen. LEO - July 23 - August 22

Educational activities increase and travel prospects are bright. A self indulgent streak may surface, so make a special effort to stick to your diet and stay within the budget. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

Business and travel blend through the week, but romance may have to take a temporary back seat. Avoid impulses when making purchases. The accent should be on quality and value. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

Important contacts may be made after the weekend. Don’t be shy about promoting your special skills. A relative impresses you with a rare display of compassion and generosity. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

The keyword is recycle. Sometimes old ideas are the best - perhaps you could put some of them to good use. Self discipline is strong if planning a commonsense diet. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

Don’t wait too long before making your moves - someone could beat you to the punch. This week should accent your intellectual side. A bonus may arrive after the weekend. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

Petty jealousies all but disappear from the workplace and harmony returns to the home front too. Assignments become less repetitious. Variety spruces up your personal relationships. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

Business and friendship may blend surprisingly well. Culture and romance mix nicely too. This is a good week for attending concerts or visiting galleries and museums. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

When it comes to relationships or friends, you excel in the role of counsellor. Your objective approach also lets you stand back and plan your career path. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

You are compassionate and sympathetic but you can be too emotional and decisive. a strong positive outside influence could lead you to a career expansion. Poetry and other creative expressions are highlighted.

Children in mind: Jo Stewart and Trevor Browning are seeking volunteers willing to shave their heads for Very Special Kids.

Milpara Community House news COMPUTERS Beyond Basics course starts on Thursday, August 4 from 1pm to 4pm. **** Internet Training for Seniors contact Sandra or Belinda on 5655 2542 or call into Milpara at 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra. **** The QuickBooks accounting over four Mondays from August 8, 9.30am to 3pm. Or manual bookkeeping over six Mondays from August 8. **** Publisher starts on August 24 for three Wednesdays.

**** Thea Dent shares her skills in crochet, knitting or embroidery for six Wednesdays from August 3 from 1pm to 3pm. For beginners or those who need a little help. **** Lifeskills for Women with staff from Uniting Care Gippsland helping to build confidence and self esteem, manage stress and communicate more effectively, over six Mondays from August 8, 1pm to 3pm. **** Improve your Sewing Skills with Sarah Hudson for four Wednesdays

Church Times ANGLICAN: Wednesday, August 3: 9.30am Woorayl Lodge HC; 10.15am Koorooman House HC; 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Friday, August 5: 7.30pm St Andrew’s, Dumbalk HC. Sunday, August 7: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Contemporary Worship with HC. Tuesday, August 9: 7pm St Andrew’s, Dumbalk / St David’s, Meeniyan Fellowship. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Mirboo North. Phone 5668 1346. Holy Communion 8.30am: Worship and Sunday School 10am. ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Korumburra: Sunday 9.30am and Wednesday 11.30am. Poowong: Second and fourth Sundays, 11am. ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: McBride Av. Wonthaggi. Sunday, 9am Eucharist, 11am Family Service, Wednesday 10am Eucharist. ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION: The Crescent, Inverloch. Sunday 9am Eucharist, Tuesday 10am Eucharist. For details of Community Meal, Youth Group, Bible Studies & Kids Club contact Rev Graeme Peters 5672 4590 or visit www.basscoastanglican.org.au. ASSEMBLIES OF GOD: Prom Coast Community Church Inc. - Foster Community House, Station Street, 10am: Sunday. Sunday School and Creche operates. Pastor Bill Watson 5686 2248. A.O.G. Inverloch - Cnr Bear and McIntosh Street, Inverloch. Sunday Service 10am. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, Sunday, 10am Worship Service and 5pm Prayer Service. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: 5655 2478. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Leongatha Equip Church - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Ph: 0408 305 880. Sunday services: 10 am and 7pm. Office: 5662 3100. Wonthaggi A.O.G. - Billson Street, 10am: Sunday. Contact: Pastor Barry Smith 5672 3984. CHRISTIAN REVIVAL CRUSADE: 40 Hughes Street, Leongatha. Sunday, Morning Service 10.30 am: Inspirational Service, 6.30pm: Children’s Church 10.30am: Home cells weekly. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455. THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES CREEK: Meeting every Sunday at Archies Creek. Morning Communion Service 11 am: Evening Holy Spirit Revival 6pm: Phone:

Ps. Chris Chetland 5674 3867 or 5672 4660. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Saturdays, Church service 10am., Leongatha Sabbath School 11.30am. CATHOLIC: St Laurence’s Parish Leongatha: 5 pm Mass Saturday, 11am Mass Sunday. Tarwin Lower: In St Andrew’s Union Church, 5pm winter, 6pm summer Mass Saturday. Meeniyan: 9.30am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 11am, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Mirboo North: 11am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 9.30am Mass, 2nd and 4th Sundays. St. Joseph’s Parish Korumburra: 9.30am Sunday Mass. Loch: 5pm/6pm Daylight saving Sunday Mass. Wonthaggi: Saturday evening 6.30pm: Evening Mass; Sunday, 10.30am: Mass. Inverloch: Sunday 9 am: Mass. KORUMBURRA’S AGLOW: First Monday every month at Korumburra Day Centre, Korumburra Hospital, Bridge St., Korumburra at 7.45pm. Inquiries phone 5657 2214. GIPPSLAND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Meets at Baromi Centre, Mirboo North, Sundays 4pm - 5pm communion, 5pm - 5.30pm refreshments, 5.30pm - 6.15pm Bible studies for adults, teens and children. All enquiries: Bob Stevens 0400 403 765. SALVATION ARMY LEONGATHA COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 52 Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) - Sunday: Family Worship at 10am: Kid’s Club - Tuesday, 4 - 5pm; mainly music, Thursday 10am. All welcome. Please contact Captain Claire Emerton or Lieutenant Rachael Collins, ph. 5662 5122. SALVATION ARMY WONTHAGGI COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 149 McKenzie Street every Sunday at 11am for Family Worship. Kids' Club - every Tuesday at 4 pm, Women's Group - Wednesday at 1.30pm, and Playgroup - Friday 9.30am. Evening Ladies' Fellowship - First Monday each month and Youth Groups held monthly. All welcome. Please contact Lt. Robyn and Max Lean. Ph. 5672 1228. PRESBYTERIAN: Weekly Worship Service 10am Sunday, corner Bent and Turner Streets, Leongatha. Phone Rev. Dr D. Clarnette 0409 236 981 or elder Col Rump

5662 2107. CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH: Reformed Church meeting at the corner of Peart and Brown Streets. Sunday family service at 10.30am. (10am daylight saving time), creche and Sunday School available. Sunday evenings 5pm service. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2527. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, August 7: 9am & 10.45am. Tarwin Lower: 10.30am (HC). Mirboo North: 9.30am. Meeniyan: 10am. Wonthaggi: Sunday 9.30am, Family Service, all welcome. Inverloch: Sunday 11am: Korumburra: Sunday, 9.30am: Rev. Pastors Gavin and Sue Sharp, 5655 1997. Arawata: 11.30am 1st & 3rd Sundays. Kongwak: 11.30am 4th Sunday. BAPTIST CHURCH KORUMBURRA: 39 Mine Rd, Korumburra. Service and Sunday School 10.30am. Pastor Ian Wilkinson. Phone 5658 1366. BAPTIST CHURCH WONTHAGGI: Cnr McBride & Broome Crescent, Wonthaggi. Morning Service & Children’s Activities, Sunday 10am. Weekly activities see www. wonbaptist.org.au, Pastor Geoff Pegler 5672 4769. MEENIYAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Sunday, 10am: Meeniyan Youth Club Hall. COMBINED CHURCHES WONTHAGGI / INVERLOCH: 4th Sunday each month at 7pm. SCOTS PIONEER CHURCH: Mardan South. Pleasant Sunday Afternoons on the last Sunday of each month at 2pm. See occasional ad in this paper for details. For enquiries phone 9853 6627. FISH CREEK UNION CHURCH: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 9am; 2nd & 4th Sundays, 7pm. Contacts: Fran Grimes 5683 2650, Sue Poletti 5663 6325.

from August 24, 10am to 12.30pm. **** Korumburra Walking Group meets at the Richard Street football oval. Every Tuesday morning at 8.30am, rain hail or shine. **** Yoga commences on Monday, August 1 at Milpara from 10am to 11.30, evenings at the Korumburra Community Meeting Rooms from 6.30pm to 8pm and for Pain Relief and Stress at Milpara over eight Thursdays from August 4 from 11.45am to 1.15pm - bookings essential.

QUICK PUZZLE NO. 8284

ACROSS 1. Military decoration (8,5) 8. Board game (5) 9. Petty (7) 10. Shellfish (6) 11. Distant (6) 12. Allude (5) 14. Luxurious (5) 18. Jerk (6) 20. Boat (6) 23. Foot (7) 24. Language (5) 25. Resolution (13)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 13. 15. 16. 17. 19. 21. 22.

DOWN Winner (6) Plant (5) Repellent (7) Jot (4) Ring (5) Threatening (7) Metal (6) Incident (7) Pamphlet (7) Standing (6) Gratitude (6) Quoted (5) Saltpetre (5) Region (4)

CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8284 ACROSS 1. Early to bed? (8,5). 8. Rested for about a forty day period (5). 9. Are germs wafted along on it? (3,4). 10. Observing making an entry (6). 11. Guarantee when only fifty per cent confident (6). 12. Many taxis are very fast (5). 14. It doesn’t keep the guard from dropping off! (5). 18. Are numerous and certain to get ahead (6). 20. “It doesn’t matter which anaesthetic,” I interposed (6). 23. He’s let slip it’s a measuring device (7). 24. Has a job to get (5). 25. In any event, it is a start (5,6,2). DOWN 1. Gift of the tepee in which the boy is encamped (6). 2. A girl taking exercise that is quite unsuitable (5). 3. At home getting tight on it: it’s strong (7). 4. Not a warm hello! (4). 5. The woman taking over the beauty parlour (5). 6. A gourmet pie could be the solution (7). 7. Stretched out - or walked about (6). 13. Name of the cat-woman (7). 15. Fancy him entering the race, anyhow! (7). 16. The angry mother came back even angrier (6). 17. How the music is played for the conjurer’s act? (6). 19. Fast when it’s cold (5). 21. He’ll pester you (5). 22. Run uphill the time before (4).


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BILLY Andrew Cawood was born at Leongatha Memorial Hospital on July 23. He is the first child for Andrew and Nicky of Mirboo North.

SCARLETT Maris Dubignon was born on July 18 at Leongatha Memorial Hospital to Alex Berry and Justin Dubignon of Strzelecki.

AMY Lee Stevic was born at Leongatha Memorial Hospital on July 14. She is the first daughter for Kane and Emma Stevic of Leongatha.

EDWARD (Ned) Patrick Scott was born at Leongatha Memorial Hospital on July 21 to Steven and Rebecca of San Remo. He is a brother for Thomas, 4, and Samuel, 2.

HAYDEN Boyd Evans was born to Emma Dent and Casey Evans of Dalyston at Leongatha Memorial Hospital on July 22. He is a brother for Blake, 4.

HAZEL Geertje Riseley was born to Cyndi Burggraaff and Allen Riseley of Leongatha at Leongatha Memorial Hospital on July 18. She is a sister for Scarlet, 23 months, and a stepsister for Amelia, Louis and Josh.

ADDYSON Emery Fowler was born at Leongatha Memorial Hospital on July 23. She is the fourth child for Marc and Amy of Korumburra, and a sister for Ayla, 7, Ben, 5, and Holly, 3.

CHELSEA Ella Lester was born on July 19 at Leongatha Memorial Hospital. She is another daughter for Warren and Rhonda Lester of Mardan, and a sister to Sophie,4, and Tayla, 2.

Fire tanker trial rolls into Foster BIG, small, red and white fire tankers and trucks visited South Gippsland last week as part of a trial conducted by the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). Up to 10 fire trucks hailing from as far as Western Australia and Tasmania comprised the convoy of water-carrying vehicles which will be trialled near Foster. South Gippsland district manager Geoff Pike said the vehicles were trialled by local DSE and Parks Victoria field staff to determine what works best for their operational needs. “By testing a variety of water-carrying vehicles at the same time, we can accurately assess the performance and suitability of each vehicle’s specifications,” he said. “The vehicles will be used by our crews in South Gippsland in tests that mimic normal field operations.” Tony Edgar, DSE executive director of land and fire services, said the fleet of vehicles would be deployed across Victoria over the winter months. “We’ve got a broad spectrum of vehicles to test; from a 13 tonne

Safety conscious: DSE staff Emma Proctor and Emma Gosden don protection equipment.

Interstate focus: a water-carrying vehicle from Tasmania on trial. tanker from Western Australia with a ‘clip on’ firefighting unit, to a sixwheel cab chassis vehicle from Tassie,” he said. “By testing them around the state, we’re able to get a more complete picture of which specifications are suitable for all terrain, conditions and tasks. “Just because one

vehicle is well-suited to burning operations in the Mallee, doesn’t mean it will be appropriate for fire suppression in the Alpine National Park.” Staff feedback and assessments for each vehicle will be collated and analysed. Prototype vehicles will then be designed based on the trial’s findings.

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star One year ago, August 3, 2010 WATER supplies for Leongatha, Korumburra and nearby towns are likely to be secured by the desalination plant being built in Wonthaggi. Autumn and winter rains have been good and the reservoirs are all but full. **** LEONGATHA will be hosting the inaugural Great Southern Star Eisteddfod this Friday to Sunday, luring hundreds of dancers and their families from as far as Bairnsdale and Melbourne. Five years ago, August 1, 2006 POLICE have been angered by a false claim that a teenager was abducted from a party at Middle Tarwin early Saturday morning. A massive search was mounted for the allegedly missing teenager. **** STONY Creek gallopers dominated the Sale race meeting last Sunday, scoring last stride wins in the two main events.

10 years ago, July 31, 2001 A MULTI-million dollar expansion is under way at Burra Foods. This will create up to 20 new jobs, require the addition of more milk suppliers and boost annual output by 30 million litres. **** IT WAS a blend of cultures at Leongatha Secondary College last week as Japanese teachers and students were welcomed by local students and staff. 30 years ago, August 4, 1981 MURRAY Goulburn has sacked 100 of its 1500 employees since a former managing director has returned to the role. And he told The Star that he “hasn’t finished going through all the operations yet.” **** LEONGATHA Primary School’s Under 12 netball team won the Victorian Schoolgirls’ Championship in Melbourne last Saturday.

It’s Census time BASS Coast mayor Cr Vernonica Dowman is encouraging residents to co-operate with next Tuesday’s Census. She said the data collected by the census helps council plan for infrastructure and services such as roads, schools, medical fa-

cilities and public transport. Information provided is kept private. The Census is conducted every four years. Forms can be filled out in hard copy or online through eCensus. To find out more, ring 1300 338 776 or go to www. abs.gov.au/census


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Sea view: the ocean extends beyond the south coast of Africa at Kalk Bay, looking across to Simonstown, a suburb of Cape Town.

International icon: the famed Table Mountain with the tablecloth-like cloud that often covers the mountain above Cape Town.

The continent of Africa is one of diversity - landscapes and people unlike anywhere else the world, and a variety of cultures across a land that spans both sides of the Equator. Hallston lady, Linda Nicol, recently travelled to Angola on Africa’s western shores, and Cape Town, on the coastal tip of South Africa. Linda was in Angola for her work as an aviation specialist consultant to the airline industry, and then moved on to Cape Town to visit her ageing mother. Here is her tale.

Wonders of Africa call

I THOUGHT I would write my impressions of Luanda (Angola) some 16 years on, when I was last there in 1995.

It’s worse than I ever remember it. On arrival in Luanda, one might get the impression that one has landed in some vaguely first or at the very least third world country. Not so. As one exits the arrivals hall, albeit to wait for over an hour for one’s luggage, one is assaulted with the very worst that Africa has to offer: dirt, poverty, raw sewage, desperate people – it’s all so hard to take in. Climbing into the shabby buzzbox vehicle sent for my arrival, I can only feel relieved that I am not having to negotiate this on my own - hordes of people await the aircraft to either try and sell, or barter some mode of transport or some other item to the poor uninitiated traveller. I arrive at my hotel, the Alvalade. I am told this is a four star hotel. What am I in for? Arriving in my room, going by degrees – it’s cool, it is reasonably clean other than the little weird bugs that are crawling all around the bathroom. I think they might be bedbugs so am nervous as to the night’s entertainment to follow. Internet is blissfully free wireless and I have no trouble logging on and saying hi to my dearly beloved (husband Tony) back in Abu Dhabi. Next day I am ready for anything. My client Sonengal will pick me up at 0800. We arrive at the office. The company is situated along the perimeter of the airfield of the main international airport. I am teaching a course on risk! Yes, I know you may laugh and it may be an oxymoron but I am here to try, even if it is a box ticking exercise. Three days go by - fantastic, we have achieved what we set out to do.” Meanwhile, after hours, I have been fortunate one evening to visit what I used to know as a place called Barracuda Point. This was a glorious place in the old days. Now it’s just a spit of land. Barracuda Restaurant has long disappeared and we

eat a desultory meal at some other cafe. In the old days Barracuda Point was the place to go. On my last night in the country, I go on a tour with the chief pilot. He takes me to the south of Luanda – it’s not so bad here, he says. The Chinese are everywhere, army ants building bridges and compounds, but is it what Angola wants? A new colony of Chinese? Will they behave any better than the Portuguese? When they left in 1975 they chucked liquid cement down the sewage wells and lift wells. We end up in a souvenir shop in town. It’s been a long time since I have seen ivory fashioned into items for sale. I avoid these and search for other interesting artefacts. I am lucky. Dinner on my last night is at a nice cafe with good fish and vine verhde. But something is amiss. When I arrive in Cape Town the next night I can barely hold on to my stomach. Some kind of interesting Angolan bug has assailed me and I am in torment. It takes several days to pass. That is part of travel in this wild part of the world. On my flight out of Angola and into Namibia I am struck by the sense of the difference between the two places. Namibia is big sky country. I can see nothing all around the airport except savannah, mountains, sky - it is beautiful. I can’t wait to come back. I am now in Cape Town. Things are changing here too. Nothing remains the same. We are all a product of our past and our experiences. Still it’s good to be in the Cape. I see my mum, Joan. She is frail and she can barely remember, but she is still my mum. I have one day left and then back to Abu Dhabi. Africa is a weird place. It grabs you. Once she has you she never really lets go. Something pulls at my heartstrings gazing out over a moonlit night over False Bay. You can’t beat the view.

Above: Touching base: Linda Nicol and her mother Joan Nicol in Cape Town.

Up close: Linda Nicol relaxes with a water front meal.


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• OBITUARY

A life of family and faith JOY McGrath led a long and full life, devoted to her Catholic faith and her family.

along the platform at Geelong, Joy noticed confetti falling out of the suitcases Leo was carrying and hurried off, leaving him juggling luggage and the tell-tale trail. After leaving school, Joy became a tailoress; skills that she called on many times for her family and others. She made dresses for her daughters Mary, Tricia and Clare and pants for her sons John, Peter and Philip. Later, she created spectacular deb, wedding and bridesmaids’ gowns for her children and grandchildren. For 57 years of their married lives, Leo and Joy lived in Bena, where their six children grew up. The couple moved to Leongatha seven years ago. Joy devoted her time to her family, supporting the children in all their endeavours. She was involved in their schools, taught sewing to students, took her turn in the school canteen and was an active member of the mothers’ club. There was more canteen duty at her children’s sporting activities, where Joy cheered from the sidelines as well. While rearing her family, she also worked part time for several years at McFadden’s Milk Bar, then full-time at the Korumburra Sewing Factory,

It ended suddenly following a regular family meal in Leongatha on a Thursday evening. But there was time for Father Peter Kooloos to anoint her and give her communion, and for her family to gather and say the rosary with her as she slipped away next day, June 24. For those who loved her, that was a fitting and very peaceful end for the woman they knew as a wonderful mother, Nanna and Gran-Nan. Born Elena Rose on August 29, 1924, Joy, as she was known, was the eldest child of Albert and Alma White. Siblings Irene, Doris and John followed. They grew up in Yann Street, Preston and Joy went to school at Sacred Heart, which was just a couple of streets away. There, she met Leo McGrath, who became her deb partner and subsequently her husband. They married at Sacred Heart Church in Preston on January 27, 1947. The couple caught the train to Geelong for their honeymoon and their descendents always enjoyed hearing about how, as the newlyweds walked

Joy McGrath worked hard with her husband Leo to raise six children. where she was second in charge. Her home was always open to everyone; her soup, jelly cakes and picnic lunches were loved family favourites. At the age of 40, Joy decided to learn to drive. Once she had her licence, she revelled in the freedom it

gave her. Another much-told family story was about the time, soon after gaining her driver’s licence, Joy went to the doctor in Korumburra because she wasn’t feeling well. Dr Muir Lapin diagnosed her with appendicitis and told her to go straight to the hospital. When he arrived, there was no sign of his patient! Joy had taken a detour to Leo’s work to tell him she needed an operation, little realising the gravity of her situation. On a trip to Queensland towing a caravan, Joy took over driving so that Leo could rest and doze. He woke to find she was towing the van at 140km/h! Leo soon took the wheel. Joy was well known for her sweet tooth. When she was diagnosed in later life with diabetes, her favourite saying, when confronted with the lollies, cakes and desserts that she loved was, “I’ll just have a little bit.” Her idea of a social drink was lemonade with a dash of beer. She was involved with the Catholic Women’s League for many years, holding office positions including president. She did a lot of voluntary work for Vinnies, where she had a good eye for a bargain and her fam-

ily received lots of these, whether they needed them or not. But they all appreciated the hard work Leo and Joy had put into raising them and, when Clare, their youngest, married, the six children presented their parents with a trip to New Zealand as a thank you. Joy played golf for a short time, but preferred bowls because she thought the game more social. But her real passion was cards, teaching all her family how to play euchre and 500. When Leo, her husband of more than 60 years died last July, Joy found great solace and friendship with her card group that met at the Leongatha Community House three days a week and her family greatly appreciated that companionship in their mother’s life. Her funeral was conducted at St Laurence’s Church on June 30 and she has been buried at the Korumburra Lawn Cemetery. Joy McGrath is survived by her children Mary (Clarke) John, Peter, Philip, Tricia (Berryman) and Clare Fredrickson, 17 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Funding to finish path BASS Coast Shire Council has received $295,000 from the State Government to extend a bike path in Inverloch. The path runs along The Esplanade. The money will provide the remaining link between the bowling club car park and Grand View Grove. This follows the recent completion of a 300m section of path, providing a continuous run from Abbott Street to Grand View Grove.

Announcing the latest funding, the Minister for Roads and Public Transport Terry Mulder said the bike path would be made of concrete and would be 2.5 metres wide. Mr Mulder said an increasing number of people are taking up cycling and the new bike path will provide a safer, easier ride. “The path will also separate cyclists from the busy road, improving safety for all road users.” Bass MLA Ken Smith said the new path would be a wonderful addition

to Inverloch. Bass Coast’s director of infrastructure Felicity Sist said council applied for the funding and was pleased to have received it. Council will act as project managers.

New path: from left, Laurie Gervasi of Bass Coast Shire Council with Mick Purton, Mitch Hornsby and Guy Cicala from Super Paving at the completed section of path, which runs from Abbott Street to Grand View Grove, Inverloch.

50 year milestone for Rotary THIS YEAR’S change-over dinner of Mirboo North Rotary Club held special significance: 50 years since the club was formed. The Mirboo North club was originally sponsored by Leongatha Rotary, and was officially welcomed back in 1961 as the 11,000th Rotary Club. Among the 70 guests were many former Mirboo North Rotarians who had returned for the celebrations. Two founding members were present: Dr Geoff Rickarby (first president) and Bertie Bright. Dr Rickarby is still serving in Rotary at Newcastle, NSW and travelled with his wife Pauline and two sons, Malcolm and Douglas.

Geoff and Bertie entertained the guests by reminiscing about the early days of Rotary in Mirboo North. During the formal part of the evening, Bruno Kratzat was awarded a gold watch for 35 years service to Rotary and Paul Mancarella was praised for 43 years continual service. Outgoing president John Collins highlighted the club’s achievements for the year and thanked the 70 guests for attending. Incoming president Mark Uren briefed members and guests about plans for the coming year. Plenty of friendships were re-kindled and stories told. Past district governor David Piper congratulated the club on achieving this significant milestone.

Science fun AS PART of NAIDOC Week celebrations at Korumburra Primary School, kids were treated to a fun science activity.

Fun and learning: Rusty the Robot and the Professor had the kids laughing along while teaching them about science.

The students were taken through the world of science while relating to indigenous ways of life. The three areas of science covered were fire, sound and flight. Fire related to how indigenous people built fires before electricity was available; flight related to how a boomerang works; while sound related to instruments such as the didgeridoo. Characters the Professor and Rusty the Robot entertained kids as they experienced the world of science. Along with the serious science, there was fun to be had with amazing demonstrations resembling magic.

Brenda stitches history LEONGATHA’s Brenda Ryan has stitched her own Australian history.

Long time coming: founding members Dr Geoff Rickarby and Bertie Bright with retiring president John Collins.

The embroidery and stitching designer has created a unique quilt that depicts Australia’s history from the arrival of the first fleet in Botany Bay in 1788 until Australia’s federation in 1901. The quilt was on show at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on the weekend. Brenda has always had a love for history, including a thirst for knowledge about her own family’s history. “Both my parents were Irish immigrants who came here in the 1850s. My husband’s great, great grandfather came to Australia years ago, although there is no record of him ever arriving here,” she said. “I find that sort of thing fascinating as his family knows he was definitely here despite the lack of records. There is so much hidden history that you can find in each family. This is what inspired me to create my Australian Story quilt

that incorporates Australia’s history with your own family history.” Brenda’s quilt has three panels. The first depicts the first fleet arriving in Botany Bay; the second, convict girls dressed in bonnets; and the third, the federation of Australia in 1901. “I think these are pivotal moments in Australian history- the arrival, the set up and the joining together of the colonies. I have even incorporated aspects of the historical ‘Rajah’ quilt, that was made in 1841 by convict women on the ship, Rajah,” she said. “The quilt was sent back to England as proof of the kind of work that could be achieved under such circumstances and to show that convict women weren’t just strumpets and dangerous girls. I have used some of the flower patterns in my own quilt as dedication to the hard work of those women in such horrible conditions.” Brenda has left two long panels down the side of her quilt design others to add their own family history details.


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Students help penguins SOUTH Coast Christian College students have continued working toward saving the habitat of Phillip Island’s penguins. “We have been partnering with the Penguin Parade for two years now. This is our third group and so far we have put in over 30 burrows, which accommodate a penguin mating pair and chicks,” teacher John Long said. “The project will eventually put in over 1000 new burrows over the entire old estate. In creating breeding habitat our students are taking part in the important work of stewarding our wildlife.”

Recently, Year 9 students and the school’s outdoor and environmental studies group went to the penguin parade site to do some conservation work with the rangers. Students worked in the area behind the tourist centre, which had until recently been the site of more than 100 penguin homes. The parks department has bought back this acreage and is replanting and creating penguin burrows. During the workday, students created nine new burrows and, with the help of another group, planted more than 200 native plants.

Senior citizen leaders elected THE Leongatha Senior Citizens recently elected their committee for next year. Those elected were: president Topsy Winkler, secretary Geoff Harrison, treasurer and booking secretary Ian Rasmussen. President Topsy reported on a fantastic year socially, with terrific entertainment throughout organised by Margaret Wood, including Camille Marceau, Peter Denahy, Graeme Howie, Evelyn Bury, Buffalo Boys and more.

The group celebrated Christmas in July with a great party, also Mother’s Day and a special day for those members turning 80 or 90 during the year. Attendances were up, new members were made welcome and the year was also a financial success with enough cash in hand to proceed with the construction of a storeroom extension. This project is almost ready to start, thanks to the work put in by Ian to make this happen. Round tables are also being purchased to make the centre even better

to hire. Leongatha Senior Citizens welcome visitors and new members. A regular luncheon is held on the third Friday of each month, and also a second luncheon, is usually on the fifth Friday of the month as demand requires. This could be fish and chips in paper or a meal provided by the Yooralla Group, who do a fantastic job providing up to 90 meals. The senior citizens thank them sincerely for this service.

Dylan Chalmers and Jacob Simpson: the students had a great time helping out with conservation work at Phillip Island.

New chopper ‘flies’ in A LARGE new exhibit arrived at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum in Newhaven on Thursday afternoon. It’s a Westland Wessex HAS.31B helicopter, used by the Royal Australian Navy. The chopper was transported from its final base of operation, HMAS Albatross at Nowra in New South Wales. President of the veterans’museum Gary Parker said the helicopter was transported to Phillip Island thanks

to tri-service involvement. Royal Australian Army soldiers from 85 Transport Troop at the RAAF Base Amberley, transported the aircraft. This was no simple task. The chopper had to be loaded on to two heavy load carrying articulated truck tractors with extended trailer floats and driven all the way, making the difficult crossing of the Phillip Island Bridge before coming ‘home’ to the museum. It will go on display with the many other fascinating and commemorative items that are

on show. The facility is a triumph for the hard work of volunteers, who have built it up from its origins as a mobile trailer. The museum is now housed in a huge shed on Veterans Drive, Newhaven. The building and land are valued at around $2 million, all owned by the veteran community. Since the official opening of the enlarged museum in March 2007 by then Premier Steve Bracks, the facility has been open seven days a week, manned by volunteers.

Listening up THE Leongatha Red Cross held their AGM last Thursday at the RSL. Around 20 members attended the meeting, sharing ideas to continue their good work as well as gain new members. The members were also visited by Jeanette McGillivray of Hearing Australia, who answered questions about hearing aids.

Senior citizens: back, from left: Geoff Harrison, Max Winkler, Vera Derrick, Ray Debenham and Kay Cook. Middle: Mavis Harrison, Margaret Wood and Ian Rasmussen. Front: Val Pistrucci, president Topsy Winkler and Dawn Rasmussen.

Meeting adjourned: Glad Wilson (president), Denise Swadling (secretary), Noreen Williams (treasurer) and guest speaker Jeanette McGillivray after the Red Cross AGM.

Volunteers thanked INTERCHANGE Central Gippsland held a celebratory luncheon to thank adult volunteers recently.

Little kids, little guitars: South Coast Christian College Grade 2 students were excited to test out the new ukuleles bought recently for the Prep to Year 10 music program. Back, from left, are Luca Bobe, Jonathan Bishop, Corban Davis, Sophie Lunn and Keona Gale. Front are Cassie Piening and Emma Paterson.

The luncheon was made possible through the generous support of the RACV Good Citizen Program. For the first time, the celebration was a combined event for all adult volunteers involved with Interchange programs and host, recreation and board of management volunteers attended. The afternoon featured speeches to recognise and celebrate the contribution volunteers make to the lives of children and young people with a disability. General manager Debbie Knight said: “We are extremely fortunate to have over 50 active volunteers with such a diverse range of skills and backgrounds. We have a variety of volunteer roles, host, recreation, board of management, office and administrative which assist ICG to provide quality services. “Our volunteers provide over 7000 hours of care for our young people and families in

Latrobe, Baw Baw, South Gippsland and Bass Coast. I would like to thank you all so much for everything that you do.” Another highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of International Year of The Volunteer plus 10 anniversary awards to volunteers who have been with Interchange for 10 years or more. Recipients included: Shirley and Peter Walker, the Lubberink family, The Abblitt family, David Dzur, Trevor Waite and Peter Greenwood. Among the gathering were adult volunteers and staff Rani Donohue of Wonthaggi, Sami Vanston of Ryanston, Natalie Paulson of Wonthaggi, Jeremy Wheeler of Wonthaggi and Cody McKenzie of Bass. ICG is always keen to hear from people who are interested in volunteering to work, either directly with children and young people with disabilities or via other roles in the organisation. If you would like to find out more about the various volunteering roles available, contact the Newborough office on 5127 7979.


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• VLE LEONGATHA

Prices mixed overall DEMAND was very strong for most of the smaller penning of young and grown cattle, but weight, age and quality assisted in some very mixed trends. All of the regular buyers attended, and competition was very strong for vealers, and most of the cows penned. A large amount of rain fell late the previous week,

some areas up to 90mm, and this appears to have influenced some cattle to be sold. For the quality offered, prices were excellent for the 95 head sold. The top price was 264c, with most making 210c to 255c/kg, but it was quality for price paid that created the much higher trends of 12c to 18c/kg. In the penning of 125 yearlings, the quality was very mixed which was reflected in the prices. Steers made from 173c to 200c, and heifers 128c to 193c/kg. Prices were generally dearer, but the poor quality led to lower averages at times. The supply of grown steers and bullocks fell, with 370 head penned, and more lighter weight steers were penned. On top of this, the quality was not as good so the prices were better, and dressing percentages will be lower. Prime C muscle bullocks made from 182c to 193c, with steers to 196c which was 2c to 5c/kg dearer. Manufacturing bullocks made from 150c to 182c/kg. Approximately 760 cows and grown heifers sold quite well, especially with a very large number being poor to very poor quality dairy cows. The quality affected averages, and this saw cows sell to dearer trends overall, but varied in average from 6c dearer to 4c/kg cheaper. Better quality beef cows made from 152c to 160c, and grown heifers made to 168c/kg. Prices for better quality dairy cows were between 138c and 152c, with most others from 110c to 138c/kg. Only very poor condition, very light cows made from 72c to 118c/kg. The carcass weight price average was estimated to be 294c/kg.

Wednesday, July 27 BULLOCKS 8 D. Nave, Deepdene 11 R.W. & M.E. Leech, Mirboo North 12 J. Toole, Glen Alvie 1 Loch Park, Nyora 6 J. & P. Mabilia, Inverloch 4 Belgrano P/L, Glen Alvie STEERS 1 R. & M.E. Richards, Korumburra 3 J. & M. Herout, Corinella 1 G.W. Turner, Woodside 1 I. Snell, Dumbalk 5 A.M. & L.D. Callister, Koorooman 4 B.J. & N.D. Shandley, Leongatha North COWS 1 Quion Hill Partnership, Phillip Island 7 S. & K. Hogan, Woodside 13 T. & J. McRae, Buffalo 1 Dean J3, Rosedale 6 Belfrage Pastoral, Bass 2 G.W. Turner, Woodside HEIFERS 1 D.M. & L.S. Minogue, Kardella South 1 Keenage Past, Alberton West 3 J. & M. Herout, Corinella 5 Rath Pastoral, Dumbalk 5 R. & M.E. Richards, Korumburra 1 G.L. & M.L. Tuckett, Leongatha BULLS 1 B.V. & G.A. Sibly, Woolamai 1 Harris Pastoral, Dumbalk North 1 C. & M. Tumino, Leongatha 1 G.W. & G.J. Bland, Yarram 1 J. & C. Triantafyllou, Woodside 1 N. & J. Hazelton, Mirboo North

598kg 716kg 643kg 615kg 550kg 607kg

192.0 191.2 191.2 190.0 190.0 190.0

$1149 $1372 $1230 $1168 $1045 $1154

325kg 260kg 395kg 350kg 309kg 277kg

262.6 256.2 249.6 225.0 220.0 200.6

$853 $922 $985 $787 $679 $556

670kg 636kg 538kg 460kg 572kg 630kg

160.0 $1072 159.2 $1012 159.2 $856 158.0 $726 158.0 $903 157.0 $989

365kg 415kg 292kg 351kg 285kg 360kg

258.6 $943 245.6 $1019 245.0 $857 243.6 $855 242.6 $691 240.6 $866

800kg 825kg 850kg 950kg 895kg 675kg

185.0 182.6 179.2 178.0 176.6 172.6

$1480 $1506 $1523 $1691 $1580 $1165

Good sale: Brian Cummings was discussing a recent sale with Neil Arnup at Thursday’s store sale at VLE Leongatha.

VLE store sale Thursday, July 28 Total yarding: 508. Steers: G. Wright, Nerrena, 8 x $890; A. & J. Morris, Anderson, 23 x $872.61; M. & N. Bracecamp, Berrys Creek, 32 x $870.16; B. & A. Watson, Denison, 7 x $821.43; G.W. Bryne, Hazelwood, 7 x $818.57; S. & M. Bordonaro, Koorooman, 9 x $788.33. Heifers: R.J. & C.A. Bright, Fish Creek, 3 x $770; G.W. Bryne, Hazel-

wood, 6 x $688.33; M.R. & K.M. Hall, Budgeree, 17 x $683.53; B. & L. Cummins, Doomburrim, 20 x $681.60; N. Hobbs, Mirboo North, 4 x $673.75; S. & M. Bordonaro, Koorooman, 1 x $640. Cows and calves: G. Coulter, Mardan, 2 x $1380; P. & E. Bundy, Poowong, 7 x $1200; L.R. & K.A. Morris, Welshpool, 2 x $970; R. & L. Hoy, Leongatha, 1 x $1000; N.D. & J. Buckland, Fish Creek, 1 x $885; A. Gilding, Bass, 1 x $830.

Discussing: talking about farming issues were Paul Norton and Bernard Dilger.

VLE LEONGATHA KOONWARRA

Sale Draw August 3 1. Elders 2. Alex Scott 3. SEJ 4. David Phelan & Co 5. Landmark 6. Rodwells

Upcoming Sales LEONGATHA Wednesday, August 3 Prime Sale - 8.30am Thursday, August 11 Store Sale - 10am

PAKENHAM Thursday, August 4 Store Sale - 10am Monday, August 8 Prime Sale - 8am Tuesday, August 9 Export Sale - 8.30am


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Only one chance to get wet By Brad Lester MILKING once a day has saved Tarwin Lower dairy farmers Steve and Sarah Arbuthnot from the wet winter. The practice – which is becoming more conventional in South Gippsland – has resulted in less track damage, fewer cow health problems and eased pressure on pastures already waterlogged. And that is despite farming on river flats alongside the Tarwin River and Anderson Inlet. “We used to have to put sawdust on the hill laneway to stop the cows from slipping, but ever since we have gone once a day, we do not have to do that anymore,” Sarah said. “Even being so wet, we have had no problems with sore feet. Some farmers have been getting a lot of footrot because of their cattle standing in the mud but we’ve had none of that.” They are using all of their paddocks – avoiding the need to agist off-farm at a cost and to retain their organic status while also taking part in a Bovine Johnes program. “This is the first year since 1995 that our sandy ridges have been wet.

Usually it does not matter how wet it gets, we usually have these high dry spots still,” Steve said. After six years of milking once a day, the Arbuthnots approve of the approach. The Arbuthnots have another secret to battling the wet – organic farming. While there is little farmers can do to escape wet feet with so much rain, Steve believes organic farming has resulted in a healthier soil biology and plant root structure that has helped bind the soil together, to an extent. The smaller cows better suited to organic farming are causing less pugging due to being lighter on their feet. “This country can’t hold up to the big hoofed animals. We have a lot more Jersey and cross-bred cows to keep the frames a bit smaller,” Steve said. Ayrshires, Brown Swiss and a lot of New Zealand genetics are among the mix, allowing the Arbuthnots to run more cattle to the acre with pleasing milk ability. “A lot of New Zealand cattle are not grain fed, which is similar to what we are trying to achieve with organic farming, whereas in Australia, they

tend to have to grain feed cattle to get high production,” Steve said. “We might lose a bit of income by milking once a day but our costs are down, we only have to employ one person and we have a better quality of life.” The couple believes organic farming results in more interaction with cattle so they can better monitor animal health and address issues before they become problems. They treat problems with minerals and make their own drenches, using garlic and ginger for calves, and cider vinegar for older animals. The fact some cows are 16-years-old is proof of the healthy way of the organic approach. Fertiliser is typically chook manure although paddocks are too wet for tractors at the moment. Milk is sent to the Warragul based company Organic Dairy Farmers Co-operative and manufactured into such products as Parmalat organic milk and five am yoghurt. “Going organic is not something you do for the money. There is no reason why all farmers should not be looking beyond the end of their nose and starting to look at more sustainable farming,” Steve said.

Coping fine: by milking once a day, Steve Arbuthnot believes his farm is holding up well in the wet.

Working in the wet

Young farmers offered cash grants

LOOKING after your soils during wet weather was hot on the agenda at a field day hosted by the South Gippsland Landcare Network last Friday.

YOUNG farmers committed to a career in agriculture can now apply for Victorian Coalition Government grants of up to $10,000 to enhance the productivity and sustainability of their businesses.

Over 60 people from across Gippsland ventured into the Strzeleckis to Tetoora Road Hall to listen to talk about landslips, track design and drainage in periods of wet weather. The field day was tremendously well received by the crowd, most of whom had experienced their own problems at properties caused by the previous few months of heavy rains. Guest speakers included Roger Wrigley from the University of Melbourne and Monash University, Frank Mickan from the DPI, Geoff Trease from the South Gippsland Seedbank and Bruce Gardner from Melbourne Water. Another feature of the day included a farm walk on a nearby property, which like some properties in the area is extremely steep, and has a large amount of problems with sub-surface run-off and landslips. This allowed participants to study and view a landslip on site, with the guest speakers providing information to participants.

With landslips appearing all over the hills this season, Mr Wrigley gave an explanation of the importance of whole farm planning in order to mitigate future landslips on your property, as well as ways to better understand how and why your landslip formed. His talk also included the best way to design track drainage to ensure your farm is able to cope with wet weather. Looking after flatter paddocks was also discussed. Mr Mickan from the DPI summarised different types of sub-surface and surface drainage that can be used to improve drainage in flat areas. He highlighted the importance of understanding soil types and characteristics when deciding which drains were best for you. Mr Trease from the South Gippsland Seedbank spoke about the most cost effective way of removing the threat of landslips by planting out slips and soaks. Mr Gardner from Melbourne Water spoke about water sensitive farm design funding options for farmers in the area. The Landcare network thanks the Strzelecki Lions Club for providing lunch on the day.

Successful: the day brought many keen farmers to hear about dealing with soil in wet weather.

Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said the Victorian Government had allocated $1.2 million to the First Farm Grant Program, which would continue for one year or until the funds were allocated. “The First Farm grants are part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s comprehensive assistance package designed to support young people pursuing a career in food and fibre production,” Mr Walsh said.

“The program was due to expire under the Labor Government, but the Coalition Government allocated additional funds to reinstate the grants. “Food and fibre production underpins the well-being of rural communities and is crucial in ensuring Victoria’s economy grows strongly and is competitive in the future. “In this year’s budget we announced a range of initiatives to encourage more young people to take up a career in agriculture. “Farmers who were under 35 on July 1 are eligible to apply for the grants, and I would encourage them to do so.” Mr Walsh said grants include up to $3000 for business planning and an additional grant for development activities, totalling a combined value of

Shares smile on Murray Goulburn MURRAY Goulburn Co-Operative informed its suppliers last week that directors had declared a full year dividend of 12 per cent on ordinary shares held by suppliers. In a letter to suppliers, managing director, Stephen O’Rourke said that the dividend combined with the previously issued bonus of one ordinary share for every 10 ordinary shares held by suppliers in Murray Goulburn Co-Operative meant that MG suppliers have, in effect, received a total combined return of 23 per cent on their shares during 2011. “This dividend continues Murray Goulburn CoOperative’s strong record of dividend payment and represents an extremely important component of your total return from supplying and owning Murray Goulburn,” he said. Mr O’Rourke said that in the past six years the divi-

dend had been 12 per cent in five of those years and eight per cent in 2009 following the global financial crisis. “The one-for-ten bonus issue in April 2011 reflected the growing value of the cooperative and recognised the loyalty of dairy farmers who had supported Murray Goulburn through some difficult seasons,” he continued. The dividend announcement represents $26 million in payments to Murray Goulburn Co-Operative farm businesses and followed the recent July milk payments worth $160 million including the final step-up. “These milk payments and dividends provide important cash-flow for Murray Goulburn dairy farmers who are seeking to consolidate the position of their farm businesses,” Mr O’Rourke said. “Importantly, the combination of these two recent announcements has injected almost $190 million into our regional economies.”

up to $10,000. “This will allow young farmers to improve their management skills as well as prepare for future challenges, while also providing capital investment for their enterprise.” Young farmers who were on the waiting list for the First Farm Grant last year will need to apply again, as some of the eligibility criteria have changed to provide greater consistency across the government’s range of initiatives for young farmers. The First Farm Grant Program will be delivered through DPI and administered by the Rural Finance Corporation. The program will conclude on June 30, 2012. Selection criteria and other information can be viewed on the DPI and Rural Finance websites.


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ENROLMENTS FOR 2012 Enrolments are now being taken in both the Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Groups for 2012. To enable us to finalise the groups and timetable for next year we have set the closing date for enrolments at Wednesday 31st August 2011. Enrolments received after this date may be placed on a waiting list. Please contact Mirboo North Kindergarten if you would like to enrol your child. Teacher - Kate Ray, Mirboo North Kindergarten 56681223 Email - mirboo.north.kin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au

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garage sales BENA TENNIS CLUB off Bass Valley Road, Saturday August 6, 8.30 - 2pm. Massive sale of old china, kitchenware, bric-a-brac and vintage collectables.

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for hire

for sale

BULLS for hire, Angus, Friesian, Hereford, Limo and Jerseys. All tested. Ph: 0447-331762.

for rent

3 BEDROOM house, Leongatha, close to shops. No indoor pets. $290 pw ONO. Ph: 0409-559930.

VENUS BAY - house, short stroll to beach and shops, sleeps 7. Permanent rental also available. Contact: 0408-320001.

for sale

for sale

CHAINSAW, Stihl 039. 50cm bar, spare chains, all in carry box, $400. Ph: 5662-5804. COUCH - cane, 3-seater with ivory coloured cushions plus cane glass topped coffee table. $175 the lot. Mirboo North. 0429139242. DRAW CURTAINS (2), pale green, fully lined, as new, 1600 drop. $400 ONO. 0417-354041. ELLIPTICAL TRAINER, Tunturi C35 with floor mat. Heavy duty, all programs, monitors and settings on digital display. Great for fitness and weight loss. Ex cond. $450 ONO. 0437470778, 5662-3019. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175 GEESE - 1 male and 3 females. Ducks - 1 male, French Rouen. $100 lot. 5662-3221, 0428-350407. HAY - small square bales, new season’s, $7 each. Fully shedded, suitable for horses, never been wet. Quality guaranteed. Mardan - 5664-1320, 0428999691. HAY - small square bales, $7 each, Kardella South. 5662-2074. HAY FOR SALE 20 round bales (local). This year’s hay and fully shedded. Make an offer. 0417-315846. HAY - 5x4 net wrapped from $33 including delivery. 0428-177433.

HAY FOR SALE

HAY - round bales, shedded, easy access. Ph: 5664-5420.

VETCH HAY Excellent quality, shedded 4X3X8 BALES

HAY - excellent quality, $7 per bale. Free delivery locally, for 50 bales or more. Korumburra South. 0419-313483.

Phone Luke 0428 596 280 or Evan 0428 504 465

HAY - small squares, shedded, last season’s, $6 each. Ph: 0408-980711.

SEWING MACHINE

HAY - 5’x4’ round bales. Good quality clover and rye, net wrapped, 600 avail, $33 inc. GST. Outtrim. Phone Steve on 0427-743390.

REPAIRS & SALES

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HAY - good quality northern milking hay. Medic, sub, lucerne. Shedded, no rain, good tests. Ring for price and info 0408-495535. KELPIE pups (2), 1 female, 1 male, 10 weeks old, $50 each. Also 1 Kelpie male, 10 months old, $100 ONO. 0417-354041. LAYER PULLETS Quality disease resistant Tas White and Lavender, 320-340 eggs per year. Will deliver. 5668-5161, 0438565721.

HAY Good vetch and vetch / cereal Oaten and straw LARGE SQUARES

Phil: 0428 416 176 ALPACAS - Serious health problems necessitate sale of beautifully balanced herd. Details on www. dynastyalpacas.com.au. For hard copy phone 56688288, 0429-688288.

LUCERNE hay rolls, good quality, in shed, $55. Grass silage $60. 0428-513969. MINIATURE GOAT: Friendly, must sell regretfully, $200. Ducks: 5, $40 lot. 0408-688625.

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OLD PORT POULTRY FARM delivering 20 wk old laying hens to your area Saturday, August 6, $17 each. Ph: B/h 0438832535, a/h 5183-2515. RIDE-ON MOWER, Cox Stockman, 13hp, excellent condition $1,200. 0427302778. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662. 1 SPRINGING Friesian heifer, 4 Friesian X heifers that have calved. From 7,500 litre herd. $1,210 inc. GST. Can deliver within Leongatha area. 0409423604. TIMBER - kiln dried blackwood, clear pine, silver wattle. Most sizes for furniture and craft. Also builder’s graded structural pine. Phone 5681-2261. VETCH HAY shedded, protein 19, energy 8.6. Also oaten 8x4x3 bales. 0417563648.

situations vacant MILKING POSITION Korumburra South. Rotary experience required, AM/ PM, some weekends, 5 days per week. 0427667114.

situations vacant DAIRY POSITION Couple or persons required to work on dairy farm at Loch in South Gippsland. Conditions and remuneration negotiable.

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Courier/Driver (Casual) Genetics Australia is Australia’s leading artificial breeding centre and the leading supplier of elite genetics and herd improvement services to the Australian dairy industry. We have a vacancy for a casual driver to deliver chemicals on-farm to our customers throughout Gippsland. The successful applicant must have current light rigid or endorsed driver’s licence and a forklift licence. Experience in the dairy industry and a good knowledge of the local area would be advantageous. Applicants should forward a written application (marked “confidential”), detailing qualifications and experience to: Ms Liz Atkinson Human Resources Manager Genetics Australia Co-operative Limited PO Box 195 BACCHUS MARSH VIC. 3340 Or email eatkinson@genaust.com.au APPLICATIONS CLOSE 12TH AUGUST 2011

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The successful applicant will provide secretarial support to the Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Nursing. The successful applicant must have: • Highly advanced computer skills • Excellent organisational skills • Outstanding communication skills both verbal and written • Capacity to work independently as well as part of a team • Conscientious approach All enquiries to 5671

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FREE Pick-up and delivery in Leongatha/Meeniyan areas for MOTOR MOWERS,

CHAINSAWS AND STATIONARY ENGINES ETC. Repairs and services

Phone JOHN GOULD 5664 0012

lost LAMB - children’s pet, Merino X ram, 10-11 weeks old, lost from Beilby’s Road, Nerrena. Ph: 0409-521103 or 5664-2411.

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 NISSAN NAVARA 1991, dual fuel, aluminium tray, RWC, good condition, 215,000km, XIT327, $3,500. 0409-622394.

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CARAVANS WANTED Cash or Consignment 0417 592 169

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

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Inclusion Support Facilitator Wonthaggi • Make a difference to the lives of children • Flexible work conditions and salary packaging • Part-time position (3.5 days per week) Noah’s Ark is the largest provider of inclusion Support Services to childcare in Victoria. We are a not-for-profit community organisation that provides a range of early childhood intervention and inclusion support services. We are seeking an experienced and motivated individual to join our team in Wonthaggi. This role will support the inclusion of all children in Commonwealth funded child care settings. Applicants should have a relevant Early Childhood qualification and experience in the Early Childhood field. A committed approach to strength based and inclusive practices is essential. Please forward your application to careers@noahsarkinc.org.au quoting reference number NOAH0010 by Friday, August 19, 2011. A position description can be accessed at www.noahsarkinc.org.au/employment.htm Enquiries can be directed to Jenny Howell on 5134 3284. This vacancy is a fixed term contract until June 30, 2012. Applicants will be subject to a current Police Check and a Working with Children Check.

Casual Relief Support Worker We are looking for people who are enthusiastic about supporting people with a disability to make choices and explore their options in fulfilling their aspirations for life. Does this sound like you? Are you: • Creative • Flexible • A team player • Reliable • With sound computer skills Your responsibilities will include: • Assessing and reviewing the complex and changing needs of people with a disability • Hands on implementation of strategies • Liaising with families and carers • Documentation for each individual that is co-ordinated, planned and equitable and in accordance with the Disability Act 2006 We need workers who are flexible in their work days, can work at short notice and are available to work between 8am and 4pm. If you have a Certificate IV in Community Services Disability, or equivalent, and a current driver’s licence, then we want to hear from you. Applicants will need to pass a current police check and may be required to have a working with children check. For further information and a position description, call Laureen Hunt today on 5672 4343, or email: admin@moonya.org.au Applications Close Friday 19th August, 2011.

SERVICE TECHNICIAN Windmill Ag is a growing company with a big future in the agricultural machinery market. Due to the expansion of the company we are seeking motivated, punctual individuals with the right attitude towards their career and our company. With the agricultural industry growing significantly in this area there is always a demand for Service Technicians with a strong work ethic to tend to our valued customers' needs in the service department. Essential duties: 1. Follow all safety rules and regulations in performing work assignments. 2. Diagnose problems and determine what repairs are needed. 3. Develop skills in disassembly, assembly and repair of components and machines. 4. Perform all service tasks as assigned by the Service Manager or Shop Foreman. 5. Prepare all reports and forms required in conjunction with job assignments. 6. Report any additional work required on equipment to the Service Manager, for proper and safe operation by the customer. 7. Participate in all training programs as directed by the Service Manager. 8. Maintain a clean work area and perform work in a neat and orderly fashion. 9. Bring to the attention of the Service Manager any shop tools, equipment or vehicle that is not in a serviceable condition or is unsafe to use. 10. Always conduct self so as to present a professional image of the dealership. Skills & Qualifications: • Graduation from John Deere Tech program preferred but not essential. • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. • Ability to write diagnosis and work completed on routine reports and correspondence. • Ability to speak effectively one on one or before groups. • Ability to use personal computer and various types of diagnostic equipment. • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measurement using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. • Have a basic set of tools. • Ability to fill out all required paperwork such as Time Sheets and Repair Orders. • Ability to read electrical and hydraulic schematics. Applications close Friday August 5, 2011 Please send resumé and letter of application to: Jason Henry 110-116 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan VIC 3956 Jason.henry@windmillag.com.au


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situations vacant

situations vacant

Our busy workshop on Phillip Island is looking for a

FULLY QUALIFIED MECHANIC The successful applicant should have a good eye for detail, good diagnostic/problem solving skills and a strong work ethic. This position is full time, you will be required to carry out workshop repairs and RACV Patrol Work. We offer above award wages. Please call 5952 2059 or email resumé to ctcc@waterfront.net.au

meetings KORUMBURRA SENIOR CITIZENS Annual General Meeting THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 1.30pm At Radovick Street, Korumburra Chaired by Councillor Bob Newton

meetings LEONGATHA TENNIS CLUB

GRASSY SPUR CAMPING RESERVE INC

Monday August 15

Meeniyan Hotel on August 17 at 7pm

AGM

6.30pm at Leongatha RSL for a meal or 7.30pm for the meeting Enquiries Frank Dekker 5668 5285

situations vacant

situations vacant

The TRI-ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held at the

Please note positions run for a term of three years ALL WELCOME Enquiries to Secretary Cassie Haylock 5689 1254

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

message of hope I WILL praise the Lord with my whole heart... Psalm 111:1.

situations vacant

meetings

Inverloch Community House Inc Members, volunteers and other interested parties are advised that the Annual General Meeting of the Community House will be held on

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011 at 7.30pm Venue: Inverloch Community House, Inverloch Hub,16 A’Beckett Street, Inverloch South Gippsland Shire Council

Broaden your career while enjoying the lifestyle

Development/Project Engineer Permanent Full Time, flexible work options available $78k total salary package At South Gippsland Shire Council we offer the best of both worlds, rewarding careers, coastal and rural lifestyles. Join our dynamic and innovative team to deliver engineering advice, solutions and expertise to Council. Your days will be varied, working cooperatively with internal and external clients. If you have a passion for urban and rural civil engineering, along with Tertiary qualifications in Engineering or similar and relevant experience in land development assessment and/or engineering design and construction of civil works associated with development, we’d love to hear from you. We welcome direct discussion with Paul Challis, Engineering Coordinator on (03) 5662 9200, regarding this position.

To receive the Annual Report, Financial Report, and elect the Committee of Management There are vacancies on the Committee of Management and nominations are welcome

birthdays

marriage celebrant

90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Jenny Milkins

JACK HULLS Please join family and friends at an

AFTERNOON TEA SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 1.30pm to 4pm Uniting Church Hall Peart Street, Leongatha RSVP Trevor 5662 3653 Jennifer 5662 3582

Waste Management Coordinator $78k total salary package Permanent Full Time with option of 9 day fortnight An exciting opportunity exists to join our Sustainability Services team, your role will be to ensure the efficient and effective planning and delivery of Waste Management services to the South Gippsland community, including kerbside collection services and landfill and transfer station operations. To be successful in this role you will have: • Tertiary qualifications in Environmental Engineering, Waste Management or a related discipline • Extensive experience in the planning and delivery of waste management services including kerbside waste and recycling collection services, the provision of public litter bins, transfer station operations and the construction, operation and rehabilitation of landfills • A broad knowledge of waste management legislation and best practice guidelines • A desire to provide excellent services with a strong focus on customer satisfaction A current driver’s licence is essential for this position. We welcome direct discussion with Geoff McKinnon, Manager Sustainability on (03) 5662 9200, regarding this position.

Sealing Team Leader Permanent Full Time $47k total salary package Fortnightly rostered day off Council is seeking a suitably experienced Sealing Team Leader to join our Operations team at the Leongatha Depot. You will be responsible for organising and implementing sealing works and ensuring maximum efficiency and quality of works performed by the sealing crew, you will have experience in all aspects of sprayer operations and sprayed seal works, and in leading, supervising and training a sealing crew. In addition to this, you will have experience in infrastructure maintenance works or civil engineering practices along with well developed written and oral communication skills. You will be required to have a Heavy Combination licence, and Worksite Traffic Management Certificate. The position is subject to a satisfactory pre-employment medical assessment. We welcome direct discussion with Fred Huitema, Manager Operations on (03) 5662 9100, regarding this position.

Children’s Crossing Supervisor Permanent Part Time position – Korumburra Casual Positions – Korumburra, Leongatha and Foster areas Rewarding opportunities exist for Children’s Crossing Supervisors to join our Community Safety Team. Your priorities will include supervising the morning and afternoon use of school crossings throughout school terms, limiting the traffic flows in accordance with VicRoads instructions and promoting a positive community attitude to crossing supervision by motorists and pedestrians. You will also develop good relationships with the children whilst encouraging road safety. A satisfactory Police and Working with Children Check (WWC) is essential. We also welcome direct discussion with Ian Nicholas, Local Laws Coordinator on (03) 5662 9200, regarding this position. Applications, for the above positions, addressing the selection criteria are to be submitted by 5pm Wednesday 10 August 201. Further information and position descriptions are available from Human Resources or visit our website.

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thanks HALL - Pat and family wish to warmly thank all those involved in the care of our husband and father, Charlie, in his last days. The doctors, the nurses at Korumburra Hospital - wonderful people. Paul and Margaret Beck with their understanding and concern for detail. Fathers Kooloos and Matthew with their consoling words and prayers, and last but not least, everyone who brought food, who offered help, who consoled us with words, cards, attendance at the Requiem Mass and many other ways. May God bless each one of you, and thank you.

births RISELEY (Burggraaff) Allen, Cyndi and Scarlet welcome with love a second daughter and little sister, Hazel Geertje, born July 18 at 8.20am, weighing 7lb 14oz, and a sister for Allen’s children, Josh, Louis and Amelia. A special thank you to Tim, Sewellyn, Kim, Bec and theatre staff.

engagements ALLAN - GREEN Ken and Dawn Green and John and Sheena Allan are proud to announce the engagement of Katherine and David in Scotland. We wish them happiness together. LESTER - WISE Dawn, Max and Hazel and Stef and Mark are thrilled to announce the engagement of Melissa and Grenville on July 23, 2011. Lots of love to you both. MURDICA - BOOTH Lynda and Dominic are pleased to announce the engagement of our son Paul to Sarah, daughter of Debbie and John (dec).

All areas - 5672 3123 jenny_milkins@hotmail.com

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PAM HERRALD 5662 2553 0438 097 181

deaths COLLINS - Gale. 17.8.26 - 31.7.11 Formerly of Meeniyan, passed away Monash Hospital July 31. Loving sister of Rex, sister-in-law of Isobel. Loving aunty of Marilyn and Geoffrey (both dec), Jenny and Guy. Great aunt of Bradley and Belinda, and great great aunt of Madison, Mitchell and Kirk. Peacefully sleeping. NICHOLS - Mike (Michael Anthony. Died peacefully at home Monday, July 25, 2011. Long-suffering husband of Janica, loving father of Peter, David and Lyndy, and beloved master of Barney. Mike requested no funeral but that donations be made in his memory to the Peter Mac Foundation to fund the work of the Haematology Department. Donations to Mike’s tribute record may be made online at petermac.org/foundation or by phone to Freecall 1800111440.

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NICHOLS - Mike. Mike was a loyal friend, a true gentleman, a warm host and a generous guest. He lived a long, interesting and full life with gusto. Together, Mike and Janica relished many good times with good friends, great food, fine wine and his own very good beer. With tireless support from Janica, Mike’s courage and spirit never failed him throughout his long illness. He even chaired a meeting of friends in his last weeks, complete with an agenda on a clipboard, to plan his passing and help Janica through it. Mike was Mike to the end and we were privileged that he allowed us to share his final weeks and days. It has been a sad time but a further opportunity to celebrate our wonderful friendship. Cheers and smooth sailing, Mike, and all our love to Janica from ‘the usual suspects’, Irene and Tony, Christine and Barry, Sue and Nick, and Jen. PARRISH - Beth Alice. My beautiful niece, if only I could hold you one more time and tell you how much I love you. RIP Loved niece of Kylie and Tim Pearson, cousin of Ebony, Billy, Tom and Bella. Deepest sympathy to Trev, Mardi, Andrew and Michael.

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bereavement thanks HANNON - Jack. Helga and family would like to sincerely thank everyone for their condolences, flowers, cards, visits and wishes, and their support during our sad time on the loss of Jack. We especially thank Paul and Marg Beck, Pam Herrald and Woorayl Golf Club. McGRATH - Joy. Joy’s family thanks everyone who sent cards, flowers and the phone calls. It was greatly appreciated at this sad time. Please accept this as our personal thank-you.

in memoriam MARSHMAN - Isabel. To my darling Mum, To hold your hand, to see your beautiful face, to hear your soft gentle voice, and to hold you in my arms once more. What I would give. Missing you every day and loving you forever. Love Thel and family. SMITH - Aileen. Nine long years since we said goodbye to you. Miss you every single day. Love and miss you so so much. Coog, Gary, Leanne, Janny, Greg, and families. STUBBS - Trevor Grant. 31.7.2011 Eight years today. Miss you. Loved and remembered always. Love Jen.

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WITH CARE & DIGNITY WE RESPECTFULLY SERVE THE DISTRICTS OF: LEONGATHA / KORUMBURRA Paul and Margaret Beck

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FOSTER Paul and Margaret Beck

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WONTHAGGI / INVERLOCH Ray and Maree Anderson

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AN UPDATE FROM AQUASURE

Last week, the Wonthaggi Business Association hosted a forum to discuss Wonthaggi’s future ‘AD’ – After Desal.

Many regional towns, particularly those impacted by temporary mining operations, have faced this challenge before.

Our construction contractor, Thiess Degrémont, was one of the presenters at last week’s forum.

It can be easy to underestimate just how big an impact this is.

They were invited to brief local businesses on the status of construction, anticipated worker numbers into the future and what to expect with the departure of the construction team and the arrival of a different and much smaller team to operate and maintain the plant for the next 27 years.

Sometimes it’s the little things we don’t notice – more people in town means more customers spending in local shops and supermarkets, more customers taking their families out for dinner, buying coffee in the morning, using the local laundromat or getting their car serviced by the local mechanic.

The forum generated some highly positive and productive discussion amongst local businesses about the economic benefits construction of the project has brought to the local area and I am extremely pleased to hear that there is a high level of awareness of the need to plan for the departure of a large number of people from the community over the coming months.

I am pleased to hear that the Bass Coast Shire Council and groups like the Wonthaggi Business Association are focused on maximising the benefits of the construction phase of the desalination project, but also aware of the plans that need to be put in place now to ensure continued economic sustainability into the future.

The Wonthaggi Business Association was one of the first organisations we met with upon being awarded the contract for the Victorian Desalination Project back in July 2009.

In closing today, I wanted to make a brief comment about a matter of significant concern to me.

Our message at that time was very much the same as it is today – plan, plan, plan ahead for a soft landing. Construction projects come and go, and so too do the economic benefits they bring to a community.

www.aquasure.com.au

Last week, The Age ran a comment piece by columnist Kenneth Davidson which contained some seriously inaccurate and irresponsible claims about the desalination project. One of the most alarming and irresponsible claims was regarding boron levels and that ‘additional modifications’ would be needed at the plant to achieve the required levels.

This is not true. The Victorian Desalination Project is designed to deliver drinking water that is amongst the best in Australia. Boron occurs naturally in seawater, foods and water sources all over the world. Water produced by Victoria’s new desalination plant will deliver water at 0.5 milligrams of boron per litre, or less. This is one eighth of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines’ requirement, and nearly one fifth of the current World Health Organisation levels. No modifications will be needed at the plant to meet these requirements. The piece in The Age ran the risk of generating completely unnecessary alarm in the community and I felt it was important to set the record straight. If you have any questions about this or any other aspect of the Victorian Desalination Project, please don’t hesitate to call us on 1800 811 214 or drop in and see us at our Community Information Centre.

Chris Herbert CEO, AquaSure


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Leongatha spring basketball teams

THE Leongatha junior basketball teams have been announced for the spring season. They are as follows: UNDER 14 BOYS Team 1: (coach Veronica Park), Julian Patterson, Gareth Park, Caleb Webb, Brock Jones, Clay Alexander, Sam Hanrahan, Jack Ballagh. Team 2: (coach Terry Ginnane), Brodie Chadwick, Luke Olington, Lachlan Thomas, Nathan Trotto, Jordie Geary, Damon Ginnane, Riley Smith. Team 3: (coach Leanne McLean), Riley McLean, Michael Franklin, Anthony Argento, Zac VanDelft, Michael McKinnon, Josh Bowler, Nick Battersby. Team 4: (coach Michael Westaway), Hamish Bisset, Tim Sauvarin, Trent Westaway, Dylan Vanpuyenbroek, Kyle Kennedy, Cam Olden, Jed Pearce. Team 5: (coach Dan Monaghan), Oliver Maclean, Sam Forrester, Harrison McGannon, Vincent Monaghan, Joshua Haywood, Hayden Fennell, George Batten. Team 6: (coach Damian Minogue), Matthew Minogue, Ethan Stevenson, Joel Norton, Zack Caughey, Caleb Nicol, Cameron Tucket, Jackson Smith. UNDER 17 BOYS Team 1: (coach Karen Argento), Jake Brydon, Neil Bracecamp, Jack Stuart, Nicholas Argento, Nick Moore, Lachlan Moore, Brayden Smith. Team 2: (coach Gavin Price),

Zac Price, Brok Davidson, Dylan Turner, Jack Hemming, Lucas Anderson, Troy Sinclair, Ethan Park. Team 3: (coach Paula Ingram / Sue Borschman), Matthew Borschman, Jake McMillan, Daniel Betts, Josh Riseley, Brayden Pickersgill, Tom Francis, Jordan Bolge. Team 4: (coach Anne Olden), Michael Olden, Ryan Olden, Luke Thwaites, Fraser Kelly, Josh McGannon, Adam Turner, Joel Webb. Team 5: (coach Terry Ginnane), Brendan Cashin, Ben Thomas, Anthony Taranto, Lachlan Wright, Brod MeadAmeri, Jack Ginnane, Jordan Wilson. 15 & UNDER GIRLS Team 1: (coach Gary Sauvarin), Sarah Sauvarin, Matilda Coleman, Emily Cashin, Brittiny Price, Jaimee Tuckett, Kimberly Hill. Team 2: (coach Kev Clark), Brittini Hayward, Bec Dowthwaite, Tea Clark, Katherine Fitzgerald, Emily Adams, Brooke Materia. Team 3: (coach Kath Clark), Megan Fraser, Jess Clark, Abbey Bolge, Nikki Stockdale, Ashley McDonald, Taylah Kerr. Team 4: (coach Melinda Cannata), Jorja Markley, Shae Carratello, Ebony Cannata, Bernadette Fitzgerald, Lauren Adams, Julia Cocksedge. UNDER 12 BOYS Team 1: (coach Morgan Fisher), Zayn Clark, Elii Clark,

Javier Alba, Jonah Ball, Hamish Fisher, Sam Chadwick. Team 2: (coach Trina Lindsay), Mason McGannon, Rhys Lindsay, Lucas Cannata, Ryan Hayward, Tim Boler, Jayden Battersby. Team 3: (coach Butch McGannon), Thomas Martin, Oscar Harry, Rhys Gray, Sam McGannon, Will Littlejohn, Matthew Griffiths. Team 4: (coach Colleen Herbert), Riley DeGues, Jack Stockdale, Ben Perry, Alfie Herbert, Zaiden Kemp, Jake VanPuyenbroek, Blaine Cox. Team 5: (coach Tracey Ryan), Ben Kewming, Jacob Lamers, Adrian Ballagh, Connary Webb, James Ryan, Sam Bainbridge. Team 6: (coach Melissa Hume), Ryan Thomas, Riley Coleman, Izak Kennedy, Jack Hume, Bailey Bacon, Connor Krohn, Jordan Brown. UNDER 12 GIRLS Team 1: (coach Kath Materia), Brooke Materia, Zoe Michael, Abbey Enoss, Kelly Geary, Sophie Allen, TBD. Team 2: (coach Jackie Cocksedge), Julia Cocksedge, Alexia Van Delft, Natalie Jans, Bridget Eldred, Jayne Dowthwaite, Maya Kadarusman Corbett. Team 3: (coach Tanya Weaver), Molly Clark, Cassidy Ronalds, Breanna Weaver, Chelsea Markley, Shelby Jones, Jasmine Ewing. Team 4: (coach Mel Harris), Nykala Mills, Cobie Standfield,

Shea Kyle, Kyla Green, Hayley Geary, Ella Harris. UNDER 10 MIXED Team 1: (coach Gary Roughead), Ethan Lamers, Adam Roughead, Toby McLean, Matt Fowkes, Jessie Fowkes, Matthew Portelli, Chelsea Geary. Team 2: (coach Rick Coleman), Sean Coleman, Andrew Van Hammond, Jasper Dennison, Luca Bobe, Kyle Brown, Jessica Geary, Ashley Geary. Team 3: (coach Bub Clark), Noah Clark, Reegan Kemp, Sidnee Martin, Tyler Bacon, Chloe Brown, Brylie Dyer. Team 4: (coach Jackie Cocksedge), Darcy Hume, Jared Lawson, Joshua Wright, Ryan Cocksedge, Jasper Dennison, Joaquin Alba, Tyler Chadwick. Team 5: (coach Natalie Gilliam), Ryan Gillian, Ned Hanily, Haidyn Kewming, Joseph Chandrasegaran, William Chandrasegaran, Shantelle Rowe, Phoebe Davidson. Team 6: (coach Darryl Lyons), Flynn Materia, Alexander Battersby, Corban Davis, Aidan Law, Ella Lyons, Chelsea Allen, Noah Fixter. Team 7: (coach Colleen Herbert), Jay Lindsay, Sulli Herbert, Campbell Riseley, Dylan Hanily, Brooke Johnston, Kaitlin Funnell. Team 8: (coach Jodie Jans), Charles Russell, Riley Drysdale, Michael Kennedy-Mifsud, Gemma Drysdale, Mitchell McGrath, Mikayla Pedley, Kaleb Jans.

Meeniyan junior basketball teams SECTION 1 Shayla Guymer, Jennifer Moss, Talia Janssen, Zarni Brennan-Holt, Anneka Webster, Shania TaylorStewart, Hayley Proudlock, Lily Gorman. SECTION 2 Friday nights 1. Navy: (coach Gene Vanderzalm), Amy Tudor, Harry Vanderzalm, Lucas Vanderzalm, Matt Moss, Ethan Tudor, Conor Salmons.

2. Silver: (coach Jocelyn Mackie), Jasmin Mackie, Kasey Thorson, Rory Hanks, Nicholas Bongers, Kit Skinner-Tarlo, Ben Mackie, Eli Butler-Reid. 3. Maroon: (coach Cassie Veale), Jai Bright, Alix Veale, Sam Bright, Hannah McEwan, Tylah O’Connor, Lachie Elliott. 4. Light Blue: (coach Terry Martin), Jye Davey, Stuart Bright, Liam Waldron, Bianca Proudlock, Jake Waldron, Beau Davey, Niamh Martin.

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

AUGUST Time

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0158 0739 1436 2018

1.50 0.35 1.65 0.46

0249 0827 1515 2104

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1.59 0.42 1.65 0.28

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1.59 0.49 1.63 0.24

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1.56 0.56 1.59 0.23

0619 1130 1753

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

5. Jade: (coach Darlene Jones), Mark Beattie, Elly Jones, Will McDonald, Adam Mangiafica, Aaron Mowat, Mitchell Denbrok, Tim Hardacre. Draw for August 5: 5pm - Navy v Jade, (scorers Tudor / Beattie), 5.40pm - Silver v Light Blue (scorers Mackie/Davey), Maroon - bye. SECTION 3 Friday nights 1. Aqua: (coach Kodi Eygenraam), Brett Thorson, Rebecca Riddiford, Grant Cole, Jaxon Tiziani, Hannah Potter. 2. Black: (coach Danny Butler), Trent Westaway, Darby Butler-Reid, Hugh Collins, Ruby Martin, Milly James, Aiden Holwerda. 3. Green: (coach David Cummings), Harrison Cummings, Zac Scholte, Kian Pratt, Michael Mowat, Kayla Redpath, Elijah Tracanelli. 4. Blue: (coach Lucas Byrnes), Lochie DeGaris, Breeanna Hohmann, George Batten, Kurt Newton, Irene Thorson, Jessie Salmons. 5. Yellow: (coach Doug Hanks), Rory Harrington, Tristan Hanks, Ashlee McDonald, Ozzy

B-Holt, Grace Thorson, James Kelly. Draw for August 5: 6.20pm - Aqua v Yellow (scorers Thorson / Harrington), 7pm - Black v Blue (scorers Westaway / Degaris, Green - bye. SECTION 4 Monday nights 1. Green: (coach Alex Scholte), Liam Harrington, Jesse Zuidema, Eloise Scholte, Bonny Weymouth, David Cole, Jamie Stefani. 2. Blue: (coach Sam Wilson), Sam Opray, Harry Stuart, Vanessa Redpath, Matt Darmanin, Dean Thorson, Hannah Thorson. 3. Maroon: (coach Lucas Byrnes), Dominic Enter, Kodi Eygenraam, Jayden Hohmann, Will Collins, Laura Browne, Sophie Thomas, Gen Scholte. 4. Black: (coach Daniel Potter), Tom Stone, Olivia Cope, Jordan Bell, Lauren Redpath, Bryce Holwerda, Taylah Darmanin, Paige Eygenraam. Draw for Monday, August 8: 5.30pm - Green v Blue (scorers Harrington / Opray), 6.15pm - Maroon v Black (scorers Enter / Stone).

Tarwin bowls ON FRIDAY July 29 Indoor bowls was held followed by a lovely meal prepared by Terri and Marion, which was enjoyed by 23 people. The winners of the bowls were Pat, Val and Frank. A very enjoyable night was had by all. Unfortunately the Classic Pairs competition has had to be cancelled for the rest of the winter period due to unforeseen circumstances but we hope to see everyone back next year. Special thanks to our sponsors PBE Real Estate Venus Bay and Alex Scott and Staff Venus Bay for their support over the preceding weeks.

Korumburra Motorcycle Club Results Round 2 July 24 50CC Division 1 Three laps Race number 711: Anthony Atanasovski. Race 1 - 22, race 2 - DNS, race 3 - DNS. Total 22. Race number 104: Phoenix James. Race 1 - 25, race 2 - 25, race 3 - 25. Total 75. 50CC Division 1 Three laps Race 96: Bailey Stephens. Race 1 - 25, race 2 - 25, race 3 - 25. Total 75. Race 82: Scott May. Race 1 - 20, race 2 - 20, race 3 20. Total 60. Race 64: Luke Bell. Race 1 - 22, race 2 - 22, race 3 - 22. Total 66. 65cc. Four laps Race 582 C: Nathan Cuteri. Race 1 - 25, race 2 - 25, race 3 - 25. Total 75. Race 300 C: Jordan Holt. Race 1 - 22, race 2 - 20, race 3 - 22. Total 64. Race 352 Clint Walford. Race 1 - 20, race 2 - 25, race 3 - 18. Total 63. Race 7 C. Kaan Ocal. Race 1 - 18, race 2 - 18, race 3 - 20. Total 56. 85cc/150cc small wheel Four laps Race 11 A: Josh Bailey. Races 1, 2 and 3, DNS. Total 0. Race 322 C: Jack Stockdale. Race 1 - 18, race 2 - 22, race 3 - 20. Total 60. Race 326 C: Sam Packer. Race 1 - 22, race 2 - 20, race 3 - 22. Total 64. Race 331 C: Jacob Woolley. Race 1 - 25, race 2 - 25, race 3 - 25. Total 75. Race 345 C: Bailey Koonen. Race 1 - 20, race 2 18, race 3 - 18. Total 56. Race 407 C: Madeline May. Race 1 16, races 2 and 3 - DNS. 85cc/150cc big wheel Four laps Race 29 A: Wayne Stewart. Race 1 - 20, race 2 - 20, race 3 - 22. Total 62. Race 44 A: Thomas Taylor. Race 1 22, race 2 22, race 3 20. Total 64. Race 129 A: Jake Salems. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 25 each. Total 75. Race 34 A: Jack Walford. Race 1 - 18. Races 2 and 3 DNS. Total 18. Race 143 B: Tanner Kram. Race 1, 2 and 3 - 25 each. Total 75. Race 189 B: Dan Bailey. Races 1, 2 and 3 - DNS. Total 0. Race 326 C: Harrison Knight. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 18 each. Total 54. Race 43 C: Travis Chapman. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 13 each. Total 39. Race 435 C: Josh Stubbs. Race 1 - 15, race 2 - 16, race 3 - 14. Total 45. Race 468 C: Ricky Males. Races 1 and 2 - 14 each. Race 3 - 16. Total 44. Race 478 C: Callum Briffa. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 20 each. Total 60. Race 514 C: Luke Middlemiss. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 22 each. Total 66. Race 536 C: Jack Hemming. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 25 each. Total 75.

Yarram wet THIS young player battled the elements at a recent football training, certainly earning his spot in the side. So maybe from now on when you hear someone complaining about the wet weather you can tell them they should be glad they don’t play footy for Yarram.

Slip ‘n’ slide: For those complaining about the recent wet weather, spare a thought for this Yarram footballer.

Race 642 C: Matthew Stewart. Race 1 - 16, race s 2 and 3 - 15 each. Total 46. Race 759 C: Tom Francis. Race 1, 2 and 3 - 12 each. Total 36. Jnr 125/250 Five laps Race 34 A: Jack Walford. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 25 each. Total 75. Race 44 A: Thomas Taylor. Races 1 and 2 - 22 each. Race 3 - 20. Total 64. Race 62 A: Wayne Stewart. Races 1 and 2 - 20 each. Race 3 - 22. Total 62. Race 146 B: Jake Cahir. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 25 each. Total 75. Race 143 B: Tanner Kram. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 20 each. Total 60. Race 162 B. Sarah Stubbs. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 22 each. Total 66. Race 324 C: Acland Rush. Race 1 - 20, race 2 - 18, race 3 - 20. Total 58. Race 478 C: Callum Briffa. Race 1 - 18, race 2 - 22, race 3 25. Total 65. Race 509 C. Jonte Berryman. Race 1 - 22, race 2 - 16, race 3 - DNS. Total 38. Race 514 C: L. Middlemiss. Race 1 - 16, race 2 - 25, race 3 - 18. Total 54. Race 808 C: Harrison Pescarini. Races 1 and 2 25 each, race 3 - 22. Total 72. Race V44 C: Jack Forrester. Races 1, 2 and 3 - DNS. Total 0. Womens Five laps Race 22: Sarah McLaughlin. Races 1 and 2 - 16 each, race 3 - DNS. Total 32. Race 42: Hayley Wilkinson. Race 1 - 22, races 2 and 3 - 25 each. Total 72. Race 44: Jade Taylor. Race 1 25, races 2 and 3 - 22 each. Total 69. Race 50: Burgan Svenson. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 20 each. Total 60. Race 53. Ebony Caldwell. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 18 each. Total 54. Vets Five laps Race 88: Brett Rogers. Race 1 - 16, race 2 - 15, race 3 - DNS. Total 31. Race 429: Craig Bonney. Race 1 - 15, race 2 - 18, race 3 - 16. Total 49. Race 450: Craig Holt. Race 1, 2 and 3 - 22 each. Total 66. Race 807: Scott Burley. Race 1 - 18, race 2 - 16, race 3 -18. Total 52. Race V50: Andrew Brown. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 20 each. Total 60. V44: Danny Forrester. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 25 each. Total 75. Snr 125/250 Race 113 A: Ben Gardiner. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 25 each. Total 75. Race X B: Kallan Dean. Races 1 - 16, race 2 - 20, race 3 - DNS. Total 36. Race 311 B: Nicholas Stewart. Races 1 asnd 2 - 22, race 3 - 25. Total 69. Race 314 B: Josh Brown. Race 1 - 18, races 2 and 3 DNS. Total 18. Race 355 B: Matt Manks. Race 1 - 15. Races 2 and 3 -

DNS. Total 15. Race 357 B: Dylan Stubbs. Races 1 and 2 - 25 each, race 3 - 22. Total 72. Race 484 B: Jake Hallyburton. Race 1 - 20, race 2- 18, race 3 - 20. Total 58. Race 42 C: Hayley Wilkinson. Race 1 - 12, race 2 - 14, race 3 - DNS. Total 26. Race 521 C: Ben Williams. Races 1 and 2 - 16 each, race 3 - 15. Total 47. Race 523x C: Ezequiel Murador. Race 1 - 7, race 2 11, race 3 - DNS. Total 18. Race 530 C: Brad Bordonaro. Race 1 - 8, race 2 - 15, race 3 - 12. Total 35. Race 598 C: Jarryd Briffa. Race 1 - 10, races 2 and 3 - 18 each. Total 46. Race 577 C: Ilyan Decarttaz. Race 1 - 20. Races 2 and 3 - 25 each. Total 70. Race 627 C: David Aldeman. Race 1 - 11, race 2 - 12, race 3 - 20. Total 43. Race 749 C: Greg Parkinson. Race 1 - 9, race 2 - 13, race 3 - 16. Total 38. Race 912 C: Matthew Brown. Race 1 - 22, race 2 - 10, race 3 - DNS. Total 32. Race 930 C: Haydn Jones. Races 1, 2 and 3 - DNS. Total 0. Race 955 C: Gaven Forrester. Race 1 - 15, races 2 and 3 - DNS. Total 15. Race 969 C: Michael James. Race 1 - 18, race 2 - 20, race 3 - 22. Total 60. Race 989 C: Neil Brown. Race 1 - 14, race 2 - 9, race 3 14. Total 37. Race J C: Josh Lethbridge. Race 1 - 25, races 2 and 3 DNS. Total 25. Race V44 C: Danny Forrester. Races 1 - 13, race 2 - 22, race 3 - 13. Total 48. Snr 250 and Over Open Six laps Race 26 A: Peter Kyle. Race 1 - 25, race 2 - 20, race 3 - 25. Total 70. Race 27 A: Aidan Smith. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 22. Total 66. Race 113 A: Ben Gardiner. Race 1 - 20, race 2 - 25, race 3 - 20. Total 65. Race 337 B: Chris Hunter. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 22. Total 66. Race 355 B: Matt Manks. Races 1 and 2 - 20 each, race 3 - DNS. Total 40. Race 357 B: Dylan Stubbs. Races 1, 2 and 3 - 25 each. Total 75. Race M C: Mick Kyle. Race 1 - 20, races 2 and 3 - 18 each. Total 56. Race V50 C: Andrew Brown. Races 1 and 2 - 14 each, race 3 - 18. Total 46. Race 428 C: Hayden Everett. Races 1 and 2 - 15 each, race 3 - 14. Total 44. Race 597 C: Steven Forrester. Race 1 - 25, race 2 - 22, race 3 - 25. Total 72. Race 601 C: Andrew Whalley. Races 1 and 2 - 13 each, race 3 - 16. Total 72. Race 911 C: Jai Edgar. Race 1 - 22, race 2 - 16, race 3 - 22. Total 60. Race 380 C: Steve Hunter. Race 1 - 18, race 2 - 25, race 3 - 20. Total 63. Race 141 C: Jake Hallyburton. Race 1 - 16, race 2 - 20, race 3 - DNS; Total 36.


“THE STAR”, Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - PAGE 55

Netballers prepare for finals By Tayla Kershaw THE Alberton Netball League is shaping up nicely in the two week build-up to the finals.

Teams are trying to manage their byes and stay in top form to secure a position on top of the ladder. A Grade is finding the management of byes particularly difficult as Kilcunda-Bass and Tarwin haven’t got teams. In any case, fitness is a high priority for any team despite weeks off. A few teams are sitting comfortably on top of the ladder, having so far had an undefeated season. A Grade’s Korumburra-Bena, B and C Grade’s Foster and Under 17s Yarram sides are the teams who have

remained undefeated through to the opening of round two. No team has been unbeatable in the Under 13s or 15s. At this stage, Yarram and Dalyston are the top teams for the Under 13s. However, changes can still occur, with each team having similar strengths. The top teams for the Under 15s have proved interesting this year. Fish Creek, Stony Creek and DWWWW have taken leading positions, as opposed to the generally stronger sides. This is expected to have a positive effect, drawing larger crowds to the finals to see different children participating. This change may result in a shift

in leading teams that will continue on as they develop. Inverloch-Kongwak president, Jen Scott, commented that I-K’s B Grade side has a strong position, sitting fourth on the ladder. As for the rest of the Inverloch side, any team has a good chance of ending the season on a high note, with each team within or just outside the top six. Inverloch-Kongwak has every intention to play at their strongest due to their tough run home. Overall, planning for the finals has been a simple task. Finals will begin on Saturday August 20 in the elimination round. The grand final will be held on Saturday September 10.

Setting up: Tamicca Clottu brings the ball back into play.

Alberton netball Results - Round 18 July 30 A Grade: KorumburraBena 47 d MDU 35, Stony Creek 74 d Toora 22, Dalyston 61 d InverlochKongwak 38, Fish Creek 44 d Yarram 39, Foster, Phillip Island and DWWWW - bye. B Grade: Korumburra-Bena 46 drew MDU 46, Stony Creek 57 d Toora 42, Dalyston 48 d InverlochKongwak 38, Fish Creek 62 d Yarram 26, Foster 74 d Kilcunda-Bass 17, Tarwin 43 d Phillip Island 41, DWWWW - bye. C Grade: Korumburra-Bena 38 d MDU 37, Stony Creek 50 d Toora 24, Dalyston 29 d InverlochKongwak 22, Foster 69 d Kilcunda-Bass 5, Tarwin 36 d Phillip Island 26, Fish Creek and DWWWW bye. 17 & Under: Korumburra-Bena 55 d MDU 18, Stony Creek 42 d Toora 21, Inverloch-Kongwak 29 d Dalyston 24, Yarram 35 d Fish Creek 30, Foster 59 d Kilcunda-Bass 14, Phillip Island 38 d Tarwin 19, DWWWW - bye. 15 & Under: Korumburra-Bena 32 d MDU 14, Stony Creek 39 d Toora 13, Dalyston 43 d Inverloch-

A Grade: The Dalyston team before their netball game against Inverloch-Kongwak.

Mirboo North netball 15 and Under MN 38 d Yarragon 20 MN best: A. Loh, A. Turnbull. 17 and Under MN 64 d Yarragon 4 MN best: E. Loh, L.Robbins. D Grade MN 39 d Yarragon 27 MN best: Team effort C Grade Yarragon 46 d MN 31 MN best: H. Anderson, S Holland. B Grade Yarragon 50 d MN 44 MN best: E. Loh. A Grade MN 58 d Yarragon 35 MN best: A. Pratt, S. Munn.

LDNA umpires

Crash and bash: Danielle Logan and Kayla McIndoe sandwich Dalyston’s Jasmin Jones. Photo courtesy of Gerard Bruning@ www.fourcornersframing. biz

Ladders A Grade Kor-Bena ......................232.2 Foster............................230.8 Dalyston .......................200.0 Stony Creek .................130.9 MDU .............................129.8 Fish Creek ......................97.1 Phillip Island ...................89.2 Inv-Kongwak ................103.1 Yarram .............................76.3 Toora ...............................50.5 DWWWW.......................33.7 B Grade Foster............................254.8 Dalyston .......................183.8 Kor-Bena ......................160.8 MDU .............................128.2 Inv-Kongwak ...............141.6 Phillip Island................ 112.6 DWWWW..................... 114.2 Fish Creek .......................90.3 Toora ...............................86.4 Stony Creek.....................99.4 Tarwin .............................42.6 Kil-Bass...........................55.6 Yarram .............................21.2

72 64 58 50 48 44 42 32 32 30 24 16 4

C Grade Foster............................ 311.6 MDU .............................147.6 Kor-Bena ......................161.7 Dalyston .......................158.1 Stony Creek .................147.6

72 64 60 60 52

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Leongatha & District netball Results Saturday July 30 11/Under: Town Black 14 d Mt Eccles Navy 8, Mirboo North Gold 21 d Town Green 7, St Laurence Blue 17 d Town Tangerine 13, Mt Eccles White 4 drew St Laurence Gold 4, South Gippsland 16 d Mt Eccles Aqua 5, Mirboo North Purple 28 d Mt Eccles Pink 5. 13/Under: Mt Eccles Purple 14 d Town Tangerine 7, St Laurence Gold 30 d Mt Eccles Pink 24, Town Black 28 d Mirboo North 4, Town Green 23 d Mt Eccles Aqua 12, St Laurence Burgundy 43 d South Gippsland 13. 15/Under: Mt Eccles 30 d Town Tangerine

17, South Gippsland 30 d Town Green 20, Town Black 26 d Mirboo North 16. 17/Under / C Grade: Town 73 d Mirboo North 17, South Gippsland 65 d St Laurence 20. B Grade: Mt Eccles White 34 d St Laurence 24, Mt Eccles Navy 35 d Mt Eccles Aqua 26, Town Black 47 d Mt Eccles Pink 36. A Grade: St Laurence 49 d Mt Eccles White 26, Town 56 d Mt Eccles Aqua 48.

Ladders 13/Under Town Green................156.63 St Laurence Burg .....188.80 Town Black ...............137.01 St Laurence Gold ......127.59 Mt Eccles Pink ............ 118.75 Mt Eccles Aqua .............94.61

21 20 15 13 12 9

Mt Eccles Purple ..........84.14 Town Tangerine.............79.88 Mirboo North ................37.55 South Gippsland ............56.94 15/Under South Gippsland ........275.89 Town Green................216.67 Mt Eccles ................... 118.13 Town Black ..................77.17 Town Tangerine.............50.36 Mirboo North ................30.14 17/Under / C Grade Town ...........................218.30 South Gippsland ........157.48 Mirboo North ..............77.60 St Laurence ..................33.21 B Grade Town Black ................143.17 Mt Eccles Aqua..........144.12 Mt Eccles Navy ..........142.90 Mt Eccles White ..........83.60 Town Tangerine.............81.05 St Laurence ...................71.03 Mt Eccles Pink ..............54.57 A Grade St Laurence ................137.05 Town ...........................121.21 Mt Eccles Aqua............94.21 Mt Eccles White ..........62.72

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Fish Creek ....................124.0 Inv-Kongwak ................123.2 Phillip Island ...................93.4 Tarwin .............................67.6 Toora ...............................52.2 DWWWW.......................51.4 Kil-Bass...........................36.9 17 & Under Yarram .........................274.0 Kor-Bena ......................356.3 Fish Creek ....................280.8 Phillip Island ...............138.1 Dalyston .......................134.1 Stony Creek .................100.2 Inv-Kongwak ................103.5 Foster...............................75.4 MDU ...............................81.0 DWWWW.......................37.6 Tarwin .............................54.9 Toora ...............................40.2 Kilcunda-Bass .................20.3 15 & Under Stony Creek .................183.4 Fish Creek ....................180.5 DWWWW....................147.1 Inv-Kongwak ...............129.0 Kor-Bena ......................128.6 Foster............................105.8 Dalyston ........................101.5 Toora ...............................99.5 MDU ...............................86.6 Phillip Island ...................91.7 Yarram .............................66.5 Tarwin .............................56.9 Kil-Bass...........................31.5 13 & Under Yarram .........................267.7 Kor-Bena ......................336.2 Dalyston .......................288.6 Phillip Island................270.8 Fish Creek ....................208.3 Foster............................167.1 Inv-Kongwak ................159.8 MDU ............................. 111.6 Toora ...............................43.7 Tarwin .............................35.9 Kilcunda-Bass .................30.6 Stony Creek.....................22.2 DWWWW.......................17.0

44 40 32 28 24 20 16 72 68 60 56 48 44 40 36 32 20 16 16 8 68 64 52 48 48 48 40 36 36 28 20 16 12 68 62 62 60 50 48 38 32 26 24 22 12 8

Tough day for Power A Grade: Wonthaggi 46 lt Traralgon

Saturday August 6 11am: Anita Gourlay, Maria Evison, Julie Grant, Anna Patterson, Mariah Grant, Angelique Dunlevie, Sue Ritchie, Jorja Markley, Narelle Hanily, Jamie Gourlay, Steph Wylie, Lauren Baudinette, Rebecca Wylie, Tanya Derrick. 12 noon: Erin Baudinette, Brittany Tennyenhuis, Emalie Gordon, Janice Sing, Lori McKenzie, Belinda Dyke, Amy Egan, Holly Hurst, Chelsea Deenan, Jenny Goss, Janice Hill, Kellie Walker, Kate Norton, Hannah Engel, Karen Clarke, Amy Smith. 1pm: Heather Beilby, Andrea Funnell, Barb Challis, Janice Sing, Kim Lawrence, Kerri Bentvelzen, Janice Hill, Julie Grant. 2.15pm: Heather Beilby, Anna Patterson, Anita Gourlay, Kim Lawrence, Danielle Jones, Kate Gourlay, Samantha Anderson, Gabrielle Patterson.

Kongwak 30, Fish Creek 32 d Yarram 22, Foster 24 d Kilcunda-Bass 5, Phillip Island 34 d Tarwin 17, DWWWW - bye. 13 & Under: Korumburra-Bena 21 d MDU 11, Toora 27 d Stony Creek 8, Dalyston 23 d InverlochKongwak 12, Yarram 24 d Fish Creek 13, Foster 29 d Kilcunda-Bass 10, Phillip Island 42 d Tarwin 8, DWWWW - bye.

Bad luck girls. A hard fought game by all. Keep your heads up and it will fall our way. Happy 21st birthday to Carly. Awards: (Caledonian Bistro) Courtney Blair, (Evans Petroleum) Kayla Bowler. B Grade: Wonthaggi 21 lt Traralgon 90. Very quiet on the court. We need to have confidence in our team-mates and pass to the space. With practically a new line-up each week it has been hard to get consistency on the court. You are a great group of girls. Awards: (Caledonian Bistro) Claire Atherton, (Evans Petroleum) Sarah Foon. C Grade: Wonthaggi 34 lt Traralgon 35. What a game. Great team effort for four quarters. Our pressure and attack was fantastic again. Welcome back Sommer. Keep training hard for the next few tough games. Awards: (Revive) Fiona Cengia, (Evans Petroleum) Nicole Moresco. 17 and Under: Wonthaggi 26 lt Traralgon 37. After a fantastic first half our third quarter

did not go to plan. Everyone did their best to keep the momentum going but the gap was too large. A great team effort against one of the top teams in our competition. Keep training hard and we will be playing finals. Awards: (Vortex) Katie McCall, (Evans Petroleum) Annie Forsyth. 15 and Under: Wonthaggi 20 lt Traralgon 26. Level at three quarter time, our girls played extremely well. We all know what needs to be done. Big improvement from the first time we played them. We might head to the gym and increase our muscles. We will learn to push hard girls and next time come away with a win. Awards: (Sports Power) Bonni Garry, (Evans Petroleum) Ashlenn Chambers. 13 and Under: Wonthaggi 27 d Traralgon 17. Awesome game girls.All seven players on the court did exactly what was asked of them. Our defensive pressure all down the court was excellent. Beautiful shooting all game. Aimee played the game of her life. Awards:(EvansPetroleum)(McDonalds) (Encouragement) team effort.


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Leongatha

WEDNESDAY July 27 saw the Leongatha monthly affiliated triples in action. However the number of entries was down on the usual due mainly to it being the winter season when most South Gipsland bowls clubs have members either taking a break from bowls or who have migrated to the warmer areas. Those who did participate enjoyed the day, with the weather also being kind. Winners on the day were the Foster team of S. Blancato (s), Dino Vignocchi and Lucy Vignocchi, with three wins plus 33. Runners-up were a Leongatha team of A. Rayson (s), B. Turner and David Bee on three wins plus 32. Best last game also went to a Le-

ongatha team of R. Withers (s), F. Filomeno and Mike Carnell with plus 17. The John O’Connor wines on the day went to a Meeniyan team led by J. Cocking. The sponsors for the day were the Leongatha Motel, and the club thanks them for their valued support. The next monthly affiliated triples will be on Wednesday, August 24. Play to commence at 9.30am. If you wish to enter a team please contact the match committee chair, Jeff Pendergast on 5662 0974. Leongatha members/bowlers are reminded that affiliation subs for the 2011-2012 season are due and payable. Members are advised that the cleaning roster for the months of August / September have been sent to

those who are required to take their turn and a copy is also on the board room noticeboard. The co-ordinator thanks those who were rostered for the trial period June / July. During the 2011-2012 season in place of the usual Regent Caravans tournament, there will be a fourperson medley event held on Sunday September 4, October 2, December 4, as well as February 5, 2012, March 4 and April 1. It is 10am start, BYO lunch, with afternoon tea provided. Teams of four bowlers can be either ladies mixed or men’s teams, and if you want more details please contact Jeff Pendergast on 5662 0974 or David Bee 5676 2605. Until next report, good bowling Jackhigh.

Buffalo indoor bowls

Singles champions: bias bowls winners decided recently were Vito Serafino and Glenys Pilkington.

Tuesday July 26 Indoor (carpet) bowls. Eight players, two games of fours, each of 10 ends. First (one win and one draw, 21 points) were Margaret Flett (skip), Carol Hughes (3rd), Robert Huntley (2nd), Edith Perrett (lead). Second were Rob Howard (skip), Harry Dunn (3rd), Joyce Hutchinson (2nd), Pat Stoneham (lead). Wednesday July 27 Mixed Mufti lawn bowls. Thirty-six players, two games of triples, each of

12 ends. There were three twogame winners. First (two wins, 35 points, 9 shots up) were Brian Phillipson (skip), Maureen Paynting (2nd), Wilma Coleman (lead). Second (two wins, 35 points, 8 shots up) were Margaret Flett (skip), Syd Gostling (2nd), Keith Cousens (lead). Third (two wins, 34 points, 3 shots up) were Rob Howard (skip), Carol Waters (2nd), Graeme Dunlop (lead). Thursday July 28 Men’s Mufti Triples lawn bowls. Thirty-six players,

Mardan Bowls THIS WEEK saw the lowest turnout so far for the year, since we have a number of members who have taken off in search of a warmer location during this bleak winter we are having. Ian ‘Cadel’ Bristow is amongst these so I will be reporting for the next three weeks. On Tuesday it was the SGIBBA presentation night and a number of members attended for a tournament and to applaud the winners of the pennant and singles competitions. Our Mardan Purple team were the pennant winners, as reported in an earlier issue of the paper and Vito Serafino had his name once again inscribed on the Men’s

three games, each of 14 ends. First (3 wins, 57 points) were Harry Rybalka (skip), Ray Gostling (2nd), Malcolm Marshall (lead). Second (3 wins, 50 points) were Dave Roberts (skip), T. Hancock (2nd), B. Peady (lead). Wine donated by Michael Raman was won by Kieran Gardiner, Michael Raman, Ernie Treadwell. Sunday July 31 Mixed Mufti lawn bowls. Twenty players, twp games of pairs, each of 12 ends. First were Mike Coram (skip), Ron Rees (lead).

singles trophy. We also had club members in the winning and runner-up teams on the night. Wednesday night saw nine loyal and keen bowlers turn out for probably the quietest night’s bowling I can recall in a long time. We had three teams of two and a team of three battle it out for honours over two games of 10 ends. Battle lines were drawn and resulted in the following results: Runners-up were Jeanette Grady and Vito Serafino with one win and 11 ends Winners were Mal Andrews and Cliff Smith with two wins. I hope we see a few more faces next Wednesday for another fun-filled night of bowling.

South Gippsland Bridge Club

Meeniyan – Monday evening:1st Susan Ruffin, Clive Hope, 2nd Margaret Munro, Colin Cameron, 3rd Sally and Brian Hoskins and June Metcalf, Marion Francis. Tarwin Lower – Tuesday: 1st John Sutton, Clive Hope, 2nd Kathryn Smith, Colin Cameron, 3rd Vivienne Westaway, Maureen Stiles. Inverloch – Friday - North/South: 1st Richard Moss, Dina Drury, 2nd Colin Manley, Lorrie Read, 3rd Jack Kuiper, Jean Barbour, 4th Hannah Martin, Beth Hopcraft. East/West: 1st John Sullivan, Alan Johnston, 2nd Kaye Douglas, John Sutton, 3rd Mavis Parks, Ron Webster, 4th Ken Tierney, Geoff Davidson.

• WONTHAGGI TABLE TENNIS

Pennant winners: Mardan Purple, from left, Vito Serafino, Therese Bateman, Robert Matthies. Absent Bert Bright. Runners-up Foster Black, Josie Bonn and Lorraine Wheeler. Absent Charlie Tyers-Ena Dudfield.

• LEONGATHA BADMINTON

Early start suits

PLAY in B Grade has an earlier starting time of 7pm, with all grades now using the one stadium. With this earlier beginning all matches were completed in their usual allotted time. In fact, having all grades playing in the one area made for a more sociable evening, with many A Grade players admiring the skills of the up and coming talent in B Grade, and there was far more spectator participation in all matches. The match of the round in A Grade was Mauritius defeating a determined Bali side by nine points, this contest seesawed all evening. Josh Almond put in a solid match and along with teammates Paul Sokhom and Jose Shelton secured a good win for Mauritius, while for Bali it was a case of too little, too late. Better luck next week. Fiji nearly pulled off the upset of the year, narrowly going down to second-placed Maldives. The boisterous Rodney Wyatt, filling in, created quite a stir winning many of his sets. He was capably supported by Roger Callister and Leonie Degnan. The Maldives’ star was the ever-consistent Gary McGrath, with Jim Newton showing some good touch after a nice

ON Wednesday July 27, 11 players on a cold night to bowl saw four teams, three of three and one of two. We played three games of eight ends. In fourth (LLL), skipper Graeme Tobias and Joe Occhipinti; third (WLL), skipper Alex Thompson, Lee Armstrong and Mary Tumino; second (LWW), skipper Bill Wolswinkle, Peter Heldens and Joyce Occhipinti; first (WWW), skipper Toni Heldens, Charlie Tumino and Pam Thompson. The best first game Toni 13-9, second Toni 190, third Bill 10-4. In the second game Alex did not score a point. We hope to see you all next Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Inverloch bowls

holiday. Hawaii again proved too strong for Phuket who are treading water at present. The only set Phuket won was the first where Frank Dekker and Ryan Jeremiah slayed the dragon by inflicting Tim Bright and Jason Richards’ first defeat together for the season, but it was all downhill for Phuket from there. The unique skills of Maurice Simpson combined with the experience of Bev Porter totally destroyed the shattered Phuket team. The highlight of B Grade action was the debut performance by young Evie Dekker. Evie showed plenty of ability for the future, but overall her direct opponent Kathy Smith was too experienced. Evie’s team Neptune went down to premiership contenders Jupiter by five sets to one. A top display by Rhonda Newton and Jo Parsons to win their set in a classic doubles match. Jupiter look an excellent side, and with young Callum Porter as their trump card, anything is possible. Venus created a major upset by defeating Pluto by 11 points. Lauren Goldie and Dianna Neary played well, with Pluto using a number of fill-ins to help their team out, in particular, a very well groomed

Karsten Krohn. In the final match for analysis, Saturn had a stirring win over Mercury to cement their position in the top four. Guilia Joyce had a sensational night along with the greatly improved Tiffany Yap. Trish Berryman and Sherrill Winkler were great contributors for Mercury. B Grade will continue to start at 7pm, could all players be there ready to go at this time. Results A Grade: Mauritius 3/119 d Bali 3/108, Hawaii 5/120 d Phuket 1/69, Maldives 3/111 d Fiji 3/98. B Grade: Jupiter 5/84 d Neptune 1/66, Saturn 4/76 d Mercury 2/59, Venus 3/76 d Pluto 3/65. Ladders A Grade Hawaii .............................. 72 Maldives ........................... 47 Bali.................................... 42 Mauritius ......................... 41 Phuket ............................... 37 Fiji ..................................... 25 B Grade Jupiter .............................. 60 Pluto ................................. 57 Venus ................................ 53 Saturn ............................... 45 Mercury ............................. 38 Mars .................................. 36 Neptune ............................. 19

A Reserve fight on for finals WITH two more weeks to go in A Reserve, the fight is on to make the final four. Six of the eight teams have a chance to get there and the top three teams are separated only by percentage. Leading player Will Joplin has a one set lead on Wayne Pitts. They meet in the final match next week so the result will be interesting. Let Ball (Chris, Daniel and Sam Chetland) have been mak-

ing waves lately and have won all their recent matches. Sam is replacing an injured Rosemary Perry until the end of the season. A Grade play their third match of the spring pennant this week. The teams are very even and there have been some close sets. Justin Licis is playing particularly well and is unbeaten so far. B Grade commences this week. A record number of players have registered their names. Junior coaching winners

Leongatha squash A Grade Picnic 3-11-130 d Cherry Ripe 1-7-113; Snickers 2-10-131 d Kit Kat 2-7-106: Mars 4-12-140 d Aero 0-6117; Flake 3-9-98 d Twirl 1-5-84.

B Grade JS 2-7-94 d TR 1-6-98; RG 2-8-95 d DC 1-4-68. BB and LB are one rubber each with one match still

to be played. Match of the week was a very close contest between Daniel Campbell and Tracey Gordon. These two play very different games, with Daniel liking to hit the ball hard and run around the court and Tracey has great drop shots and high lobs. Daniel won the match three games 42 points to Tracey two games 41 points.

Tarwin pool Round 13 results Burra 7 d Riversiders 2, Bairs 7 d McCartins 2, Grizzlys 8 d Middle 1, Gingers 6 v Gladiators 3.

Ladder Games % Pts Bairs .................81-36 225.0 48 Burra ................77-40 192.5 44

Middle ..............61-56 108.9 32 Grizzlys ............59-58 101.7 28 Gladiators ..........55-62 88.7 16 Gingers ..............52-65 80.0 16 Riversiders ........42-75 56.0 16 McCartins..........41-76 53.9 8

Round 14: McCartins v Grizzlys, Riversiders v Gingers, Bairs v Gladiators, Middle v Burra.

July 28 Top shot: Ayden Shaw, Hamish Dizane. Numbers: Juan Lacanaria (24). Hit the bat: Hamish Dizane, Elly Burnes, Ayden Shaw. Singles: Harrison Burns.

Ladders AGrade New and Ancient ............ 4 Gurus ............................... 4 Double As ........................ 4 Inverloch ......................... 4 Improvers ......................... 0

6 5 5 3 1

(30) (31) (27) (15) (6)

A Reserve Kicknrs ...................... 36 61 (193)

Let Ball ...................... 36 Marauders................. 36 Balls of Fury.............. 24 Young Ones +1........... 24 Gen XYZ .................... 20 Odd Angry Shot ........... 8 KAB.............................. 8

57 56 54 46 42 40 38

(202) (194) (185) (148) (164) (154) (154)

Leading players Will Joplin .......................... 22 Wayne Pitts......................... 21 Chris Chetland.................... 17 Dean Snelling ..................... 16 Nancy Pattinson ................. 16 Daniel Chetland ................. 15 Jarrod Donohue ................. 14 Micahel Veal....................... 13 Kyle Cester ......................... 13 Andrew Bright ................... 13

(66) (68) (60) (56) (54) (50) (46) (54) (44) (41)

Leongatha table tennis AS a result of the new after schools program now running on Thursdays from 4pm to 5.30pm and a good number of participants, these juniors have gained skills to take into a game situation where results are calculated. Because of this program we are thrilled to have six teams in B Grade this season. It is confirmed this competition will start Thursday August 4 and the players are rearing to go. The second season is under way for A–A/Reserve. With 10 teams entered there is sure to be excitement along the way. With seven quality eager players travelling from Wonthaggi, the regular Leongatha players have new playing styles to contend with. This has been a welcomed challenge.

All the best to each team for this season.

Results A -A/Reserve

July 20: Mixtures 6-19 d Road Runners 5-17; Coyotes 6-21 d Flinstones 5-16; TNT 9-28 d Fudd 2-8; Stingrays 7-22 d Sure Shots 4-13; Yosemite Sam 7-25 d Yogi Bears 4-17. July 27: Sure Shots 6-23 d Coyotes 5-17; TNT 9-28 d Yogi Bears 2-12; Flinstones 6-21 d Stingrays 5-17; Yosemite Sam 7-21 d Mixtures 4-25; Fudd 7-23 d Road Runners 4-17.

Ladder A-A/Reserve TNT ................................ 4-18-56 Yosemite Sam................. 4-14-46 Stingrays ........................ 2-12-39 Coyotes ........................... 2-11-38 Flinstones ....................... 2-11-37 Mixtures .......................... 2-10-44 Sure Shots ....................... 2-10-36 Fudd .................................. 2-9-31 Road Runners .................... 0-9-34 Yogi Bears ......................... 0-6-29


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Power shows class in loss WONTHAGGI Power took on Traralgon on the weekend, the home side showing some glimpses of matching it with one of the competition’s best, but they went down in a spirited effort by 35 points. Wonthaggi welcomed back Aiden Lindsay from the Casey Scorpions. Lindsay was a real standout for the Power and he didn’t stop trying all game. The Maroons however, started strongly and showed some class in the first quarter. They ran well off half back and went into the first break five goals to two Traralgon’s way. The ground was in pristine condition and the game really heated up in the second term. Wonthaggi evened the odds with Earl Shaw dominating around the traps.

Lucas White and Jack Blair were both having good games and getting their hands on the ball. McCarthy was best on ground for the Power by the final siren, laying some heavy bumps and great tackles. Wonthaggi’s intensity was up, but again they were struggling to keep it in their forward line, they kicked three goals to four in the second quarter. The Power’s third quarter was exciting to watch, although they didn’t dominate the score, they were beginning to release their running game and come hard at the Maroons. Lindsay and White both doing well around the ground. Tim Gilliland played well again, he went back with the flight of the ball on several occasions, desperate to get the ball clear out of defence. Mayling and Jones were both solid also off half back. White goaled late in the term from a beauty

of a set shot. He split the middle and the margin was back to 30 points at the last change. The final term saw some light rain set in, making the surface greasy underfoot. This meant that opportunities to score were hard to come by, there wasn’t a goal kicked for the first 15 minutes of the quarter with both teams showing some real grunt to try and push the ball forward. Andrew Seccull played up forward again and he finished with two goals as did Tom Wells. Solohub was also named amongst the best, with his hardness around the packs and ball winning ability a real strength for his side lately. Wonthaggi are still in the hunt for finals, they have a week’s rest and then take on the Maffra Eagles away in what will be a massive game.

Foster AFTER a few dry days the course has improved a lot. It was nice to see the ball actually bounce again. Thursday July 28 There were 12 players including a couple of visitors from Leongatha who were made most welcome. Both figured in the winning list. The winner was J. Hassett - Leongatha (29) with 43 points .

Mirboo North

Weekend golfers: Danny Dwyer, Michael Grist, Damien Burge and Warren Turner from Woorayl Golf Club.

Woorayl ON Saturday Woorayl played the July monthly medal, generously sponsored by Leongatha Refrigeration and Daikin. After a few weeks of slopping through the mud, a week of fine weather found the course remarkably improved and we were able to allow carts back on the course. In fine conditions a good field of 52 players ventured out and the scores reflected the improved conditions. A Grade winner was early player Paul Challis with 67 net on a countback from last week’s winner Damien Burge, who is in a good vein of form. Rumour has it that Damien may have choked on the last couple of holes, but that rumour is unconfirmed at this time. The B Grade and monthly medal winner was local dairy farmer George

Leongatha

NICK LAFFERTYhad a super round to win A Grade in Saturday’s stableford event. Playing off 17, Nick finished with a most impressive 42 points, four clear of his nearest rival in A Grade. B Grade winner was Gordon Morrison who came in with a very good 39 points. What happened to the C Graders? Ted Bruinewoud will be most surprised to learn that he won C Grade with 32 points. Well done Ted, but the truth is you wouldn’t have won a ball with that score. Pro-pin went to Shane Law and nearest the pin to Rod Brown. Ball winners: R. Brown 38, N. Johnson, G. Burt 37; S. Harry, J. Feddersen, R. Paice 36; S. Fisher, R. Findlay, T. Rickard, P. Stivic 35; T. McCarthy, R. Burton, T. Lund, F. de Bondt 34.

Tuesday Thank you to our sponsor Manna

Johnson, who after a bit a holiday and now in the middle of calving was heard to say: “it’s ok, nothing goes wrong during the day so I’ll play golf.” This proved a good decision as he blitzed the field with the best score of the day, 63 net. Runner-up for B Grade was Ty Hogan with 70 net. With the second best score of the day Rob Warren showed his class posting a fine score of 66 net to win C Grade. Runner-up for C grade was junior Ryan Higgins with good score of 68 net. Down the line balls: O Vandervorm 69, P. Burgess 71, B. Wilson 72, T. Charlton 72, W. Turner 73, D. Dwyer 73, J. Hassett, B. Thomas, B. Stubbs, T. Walters, M. Grist 74. Next week is a 4BBB stroke event sponsored by Graeme Salmon and Rob

Cook, so grab a partner and get your name on the timesheet. See you there.

Gum Restaurant at Broadbeach in Inverloch. Kevin Scott will have the pleasure of visiting the restaurant thanks to his 39 point round. Kevin had to survive a countback against Peter Waters. Peter’s consolation was to win nearest the pin on the 16th, while Keith Macfarlane was closest on the 14th hole. Ball winners: P. Waters 39, D. Clemann 38, J. Lowell 37, R. Martin 36, O. Vandervorm 35, E. Poole 34, B. Stevens 33, M. Thomas 31.

64, D. Malone - F. De Bono 62, R. Burton - G. McDonald 62. Monthly medal this Saturday.

Thursday The fourball aggregate event was kindly sponsored by Lyre Bird Hill Winery. Winners were president Chris Leaver and Ken Gardner who totalled 69 points between them. Runners-up on a countback were Al Sperling and Harry Forrester with 67 points. Welcome back Harry. John Eabry was nearest the pin winner and pairs to win balls were: P. Hartigan - K. Scott 67, R. Brown R. Paice 65, D. Vorwerg - B. Cathie

Ladies WE HAVE had a fine Wednesday at last and were able to play for the July monthly medal, which was won by Di O’Connor with 77 net, on a countback from Sue Wakefield who was our Silver Spoon winner. Sue will represent the club in the Silver Spoon playoff at Waverley to be held at the end of October. She also won the putting with 30 putts, and a ball down the line along with Fay Maynard and Jenny Riseley. Nearest the pins were Jenny Riseley on the eighth, Sue Wakefield on the 17th and second shot on the 11th was Marg Higgins. Next week the August monthly medal will be held.

Leongatha ladies ON Wednesday July 27, the Walter and Eliza Hall Charity Day, a 4BBB Stableford competition was held. The runaway winners were Maria Bell 36, and Marea Maher 25, who scored a great 48 points to carry the day. Dot Stubbs, 20, and Di Williams, 21, were runners-up with 42 points. Maxine Eabry and Ann Blundy 41, Elaine Dempsey and Marion Chalmers 41, plus Julie Howard and Marion Bellingham 40 won balls down the line. Marion Bellingham (14th) and Loris Clark (16th) won nearest the pins. Rebecca Wilson (20) won the stableford competition on Saturday 30 with 35 points. Dot Stubbs 33, and Toni West 32 both won balls.

THIRTY-SIX starters attended the stableford (presidents trophy third round) on Saturday July 30. A Grade was won by M. Payne (10) 42 points. The B Grade winner was R. Anderson (16) 42 points on countback Down the line balls: J. Clark 42, P. Woodall 41, A. Williams 40, N. Whitelaw 40, M. Higginbottom 39. Nearest the pin: 4th, pro pin and 16th T. Whitelaw, 6th M. Payne. Nearest the pin 2nd shot 1st N. Whitelaw. Birdies: A. Williams (6), T. Whitelaw (16). There were 16 starters for the stableford event on Thursday July 28. The CCR was 71. A Grade winner was Gary Shandley (25) 41. Down the line: Peter Chapman (15) 38, Tony Tomada (23) 37. Birdies: Maree Thompson 16th, Col James 4th.

Wonthaggi ON Saturday July 30 72 players hit off in a stableford round with the afternoon players obviously having the best conditions again, seeing that all the winners came in late. Winners for the day: A Grade - D. Green 41; B Grade - I. Chalmers 40. Balls down the line to 37 on countback. Nearest the pins: hole 2 M. Scott, hole 13 D. Green. Pro pin 8th I. Buadromo. Money cheerfully collected by Eric Van Agtmaal. Next week is stroke for the monthly medal and also qualifier for the singles knockout. Singles knockout must be entered. If you are not going to play the matches, do not enter.

Traralgon 14.12.96 d Wonthaggi Power 8.13.61 Traralgon Best: D.Campbell, M.Geary, S.McCulloch, J.Doderico, K.Harrold, M.Burge Goals: M.Burge 4, T.Johnston 2, N.Quenault 2, J.Jennings 1, M.Geary 1, K.Grinstead-Jones 1, J.Symons 1, D.Campbell 1, S.McCulloch 1 Wonthaggi Power Best: K.McCarthy, E.Shaw, P.Solohub, A.Lindsay, P.Brosnan, L.White Goals: A.Seccull 2, T.Wells 2, L.White 1, E.Shaw 1, L.McDonald 1, A.Lindsay 1 RESERVES

Wonthaggi Power 13.7.85 d Traralgon 7.7.49 Top goalkicker: R.Todd (Wonthaggi Power) 5. Wonthaggi Power Best: F.O’Connor, K.Atkinson, R.Todd, L.Jones, M.Chapman Traralgon Best: A.Thorton,

P.Calabrese, D.Loprese, L.Pollard, D.Tripp, D.McEntee THIRDS

Traralgon 17.4.106 d Wonthaggi Power 7.10.52 Top goalkicker: L.White (Traralgon) 4. Traralgon Best: B.Hammer, L.Pollard, B.Ambler, Z.Gray, D.Loprese Wonthaggi Power Best: S.Roche, J.Liddle, B.Graham, A.Grinham, Z.Gilmour, D.O’Connor FOURTHS

Traralgon 11.7.73 d Wonthaggi Power 6.11.47 Top goalkicker: Z. Guttridge (Traralgon) 3. Traralgon Best: B.Northover, M.Mustoe, R.Hildebrand, J.Rogan, R.Jacobsen, J.Jenkins Wonthaggi Power Best: T.Landells, J.Fletcher, A.Ferreira-Neto, S.Scott, M.Combridge, C.Waters

Down the line balls went to Gary Clavarino (19) with 39 points, and R. Beilby (Leongatha) (25) with 38 points. The nearest the pins went to Phil Schofield. The NAGA went to George Draeger. Friday July 29 There were only a few players, and the scores will carry over to next week. The best score was Rae Knee with 19 points. Saturday July 30 Sixteen players contested for the Noble Lifting Gear trophies. The winner of A Grade was Norm Cooper (13) with +3. The B Grade winner was Geoff Prue (23) with +2. Nearest the pins went to Tony Vanin on 6th, and Lloyd McKenzie on 17th. The NAGA award went to Lloyd McKenzie (10) with -7. Greg Dean posted an eagle on the 5th with a great chip in. Neil Chandler also holed

out his tee shot on the 12th – but unfortunately it was only into the sand barrel next to the ladies tee. In the ladies event the winner was Pam Witheridge with 32 points, from Inneke De Graaf. Coming events Tuesday August 2 - par. Thursday August 4 stableford. Saturday August 6 monthly medal - sponsored by Foster IGA. Foster Plate - August 13 please organise your teams of four for this big day. Friday night members draw – Kevin Flett was not on hand to collect the $350 when his name was drawn out so the money jackpots to next week. Kevin took the week off to go to Port Douglas, but he got a phone call from his ‘friends’ to give him the news and commiserate with him.

Wonthaggi festival of golf

Golf events are for ladies and men, and cost $25 per day. The Singles Stableford begins at 10am on Thursday with a shotgun start. The Friday event, the 4BBB will begin at 9am. The event will include prizes to the value of $4000 over two days. Nearest the pins, longest drive and straightest drive each day for ladies and men. For any other information please contact the tournament secretary.

THE Festival is being hosted by the Wonthaggi Golf Club again this year at McKenzie St Wonthaggi. The Wonthaggi Seniors Festival Of Golf is being held at Wonthaggi Golf Course on October 6 and 7 in conjunction with The Victorian Government Seniors Festival Week. Festival booklets are available at Coles in Wonthaggi.

Korumburra

38.

THE winner on Tuesday was A. Worthy 40 points. Thirty-six played stableford on Saturday July 30. Trophies: D. and G. Evison. The CCR was 69. A Grade: P. Johnson 47 points. 69 O.T.S. Balls: M. Garnham 39, T. O’Neill 38, C. Clasby

B Grade: N. Alger 40 points. Balls: K. Pope 39, M. Giles 39, R. Blay 39, R. Newton 38, M. Belvedere 38. Putting: 1st R. Ludenia, 7th C. Clasby, 10th M. Garnham, 13th L. Guilfoyle. NAGA M. De Leeuw 22 points.

Leongatha indoor netball

Mixed: Hot Shots 32 d Grand Opening 19, Gunners 20 lt Mixtures 23, Show Stoppers - bye. August 8: Juniors and Ladies: 5pm Jnr Bushrangers v Jets, 5.30pm Vixens v Swifts, 6pm Energetics v Reps, 6.30pm Mixtures v Who Cares, 7pm Rising Stars v Yummy Mummys, 7.30pm Banana Splits v Gunners, 8pm Lil Rascals v Aches & Pains, Divas bye. August 10: 6.30pm Grand Opening v Gunners, 6.30pm Mixtures v Show Stoppers, Hot Shots - bye.

Results Monday July 25

Juniors: Jets 21 d Swifts 1, Jnr Bushrangers 26 d Vixens 3. Ladies: Aches & Pains 18 lt Divas 19, Yummy Mummys 10 lt Who Cares 47, Banana Splits 6 lt Reps 36, Lil Rascals 10 lt Gunners 18, Rising Stars 16 lt Mixtures 21, Energetics - bye. Wednesday July 27


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• SENIOR SOCCER

Big win to Phillip Island Phillip Island has thrashed Korumburra 6-1 after a dominant opening in round 14 of the seniors’ competition. Phillip Island blistered their opposition in the first half, scoring three goals and managing to control the majority of possession around the ground. Korumburra was sluggish from the outset and the Island side

used it to its advantage, setting up a commanding lead early on. Korumburra eventually found its feet, but struggled to peg back its opponents’ lead, managing just one goal before the half time break. The second half was equally tough for the visitors as Phillip Island pressed its advantage and continued to pile on the goals. Korumburra held up bravely at first, but soon began to crumble

under the continuous pressure. Phillip Island held the midfield well, which allowed the side to make effective delivery of the ball to its forwards and sustain an agile style of football. In the other match of the round, Wonthaggi United handily defeated Leongatha 4-1 after a solid, overall performance. Wonthaggi put the pressure on early and had Leongatha

Finals around the corner THE South Division finals series will kick off on August 21 2011. With the venues still to be determined the final ladder position for all grades, with the exception of the senior men’s, is still too early to call. Drouin Dragons first season in sees them secure top position and will be crowned league champions for the senior men’s with Korumburra and Leongatha to still fight out the 4th position and see who progresses to the semi finals. The Women’s grade has Phillip Island 37 points with a narrow 3 point lead over Korumburra. The two teams meet this weekend which will determine the women’s league champions for 2011 as both clubs have byes going into the finals In the Under 19s Leongatha and Phillip Island are placed 1 and 2 with Drouin close behind in 3rd position. The next few rounds will determine their positions for the end of the season finals campaign. In the juniors the Under 15 ladder leaders are Phillip Island who have a strong lead over Mirboo North and the Under 13 league champions will be fought out between Wonthaggi and Drouin.

on the back foot, but the ‘Gatha team stood strong and defended well. Wonthaggi gave themselves a two goal buffer, but Leongatha responded just before half time to bring the margin back to one. After the break, Wonthaggi lifted its intensity and began to give themselves more opportunities on goal. Leongatha counter-attacked, but was unable to break past the alert Wonthaggi

defenders. The home side capitalised and scored twice more in the second half, running out three goal victors. Mirboo North and Drouin had the bye In Round 15, Phillip Island is set to take on Wonthaggi while Mirboo North comes up against the Drouin Dragons. Leongatha and Korumburra are scheduled for the break.

Phillip Island Breakers Under 13s On a beautiful Sunday morning with the sun shining brightly the Phillip Island Breakers played host to Korumburra City. Both teams manned up really well and the Breakers had multiple shots on goals early but were not converted due to some amazing saves from Korumburra City goalie Fraser Boys. Within the first ten minutes Korumburra City scored their first goal off the boot of Zac Allman. Korumburra City also scored next goal by Hayden Smith. The 2nd half started well from the Breakers with midfielders Mungo Moje O’Brien, Rosie Colletta, Lachie Phillips and Sam Duncan passing to Kai Lumsden for the Breakers first. Korumburra City was next to score from the boot of Zac Allman. After a handball from a Korumburra City player in front of goals, the breakers were awarded a penalty allowing Rosie Colletta to score for the Breakers. After a lot of hard work and lots of passing, defenders Casper Hiatt, Billy Timmermans, Callum Fisher and Matt Morgan passed through the midfielders Liam McLaren and Austin Szova and through to Maddie Wilson who passed to Rosie Colletta and she was able to score her second of the day. Tyler JamesCampbell was put under a lot of pressure

in goals and pulled off some amazing saves. Both teams worked tirelessly all day talking up the play and holding tight to their players. Final score Phillip Island Breakers 3 Korumburra City 3 Special Note *** The Club wishes The Newhaven College Junior School Soccer Team all the best at regionals later this week! Huge effort to have made it this far - well done **** Under 15s Early into the game Max Bolton scored a goal from a penalty shot awarded, from a handball in front of goals. After great teamwork from the midfielders, Georgia Butterfield and Bailey Smith passed through to striker Justin Barbare to score the second for the Breakers. Basil Anastasi took possesion of the ball in defence, weaving through at least two Korumburra players and passing off to Eddie Hines so he could score. Issy Hally took control of the ball in the midfield and passed the ball beautifully to Joe Van Dijk to score. Great teamwork saw the Breakers keeping the ball down their scoring end thus allowing more shots on goal and Justin Barbare was next to score. Then a great cross from Justin Barbare resulted in Joe scoring his second from a well executed header. Izaak McCall was next to score for the home team. Shortly after being

subbed onto the field, Maddie Sanders ran into the forward line and scored her first goal of the year. Korumburra City broke through the defense for a shot on goals but goalie Michael Timmermans took a confident save. The second half began very well for the Breakers, within a minute of play, Justin Babare slotted one through. Continuing the domination of play the Breakers next goal came off the boot of Max Bolton from well outside the 18 yard box after a pass from Victor Santos. Justin Babare took control of the ball and took a run up the field to score his fourth for the day. Midway through the second half the Korumburra City team took multiple shots on goals but Michael Timmermans would not let any through and was supported really well by defenders Connor Hadley, Elliot Longford and Nathan Cleeland. Izaak McCall, Eduardo Hines and Joe Van Dijk teamed up really well in the forward line allowing Joe to score. Within minutes Joe scored again when Korumburra’s keeper fumbled the ball letting it through goals. Surrey Fisher passed off to Jake Paulding who took control of the ball to score a goal for the home team just before the final whistle. Final score Phillip Island Breakers 14 D Korumburra City 0.

The winners: from a depleted field of riders on Saturday, July 30, from left, second Greg Bill, first Malcolm Gin, and third Clem Fries with junior event winner Hamish Bissett.

Leongatha Cycling MALCOLM GIN enjoyed the perfect weather conditions and the hills on Saturday as he took out the George Martin Trophy race around the Leongatha-NerrenaMardan-Leongatha circuit over 38km. The race started and fin-

ished at the Derricott Centre in Nerrena Rd with the riders enjoying a mild afternoon with no wind. Unfortunately there were only 7 starters as several riders were saving for a 6 hour mountain bike enduro on Sunday and other riders are away on holidays. The handicapper put 3 riders on scratch – Clen Fries, Elliot Gin and Jason Scott, 2 riders on 7 minutes – Greg Bill and Morgan Barnes whilst limit was 9 minutes with Kerry Pritchard and Malcolm Gin. Right from the start all the bunches were working hard as they rode through Nerrena past the junior riders. The lack of wind helped the outmarkers handle the big climb up to Mardan and the ride back into Leongatha. Up the climb Greg Bill caught up with Malcolm and these two left their comarkers and set out for the run home. Often there is a strong wind blowing for this descent and it seems the run is wasted. However, as the riders neared Leongatha it appeared the handicapper had it pretty right as the 3 bunches were in sight of each other. The run along Horn St is pretty tough and the scratch bunch managed to catch the stragglers from the limit bunches but were still about 100m behind at the finish. Malcolm Gin finished best on the downhill run to the line, grabbing the win and trophy with Greg Bill in 2nd. In a desperate sprint to the

line Clem Fries just edged out Elliot for 3rd and fastest in a time of 65.12 minutes. Kerry Pritchard took out 5th, Morgan Barnes 6th and Jason Scott 7th. In the Junior race over 14km out to the Nerrena Hall Rd and return the club welcomed new rider Hamish Bissett into the sport. The club organised a bike for Hamish and sent him off with a 2 minute lead to regular Alex Bennett and a further 2 minutes back to Matt Minogue. Whilst the handicap was pretty good for the chasers, Hamish showed he is a fit and fierce competitor. With senior rider Tony Clark chaperoning Hamish to the turn point he was barely sited and finished a clear winner with a very good time of 29.15min. Matt managed to catch Alex just 500m from the line to go on and claim 2nd and fastest time in 28.38 minutes. Any other youngsters – boys and girls – wishing to try out the sport just need to contact the club and they too can be like Hamish giving the sport a go. Next week the State junior titles are on at Wangaratta so there is no racing scheduled. The club is hoping Thomas McFarlane and Will Lumby can put in good rides over the weekend. In a fortnights time racing will resume at Pound Creek with the McIndoe Cup for seniors and the Watchorn Trophy for the juniors.

Victorious: the Phillip Island Under 15’s after a magnificent win on Sunday. Back L-R Surrey Fisher, Basil Anastasi, Michael Timmermans, Elliot Langford, Connor Hadley, Coach Gary Cleeland. Middle Eduardo Hines, Victor Santos, Max Bolton, Jake Palding, Justin Babare, Joe van Dijk, Front Izaak McCall and Bailey Smith. (Missing Issy Hally, Maddie Sanders and Georgia Butterfield who were off to play on the womens team)

Soccer results Sunday July 31 Seniors: Wonthaggi 4 d Leongatha 1. Phillip Island 6 d Korumburra 1. Women: Phillip Island 2 d Korumburra 0. Under 19: Phillip Island 6 d Korumburra 2. Under 15: Phillip Island 14 d Korumburra 0. Wonthaggi 9 d Leongatha 5. Under 13: Prom Coast 0 lt Mirboo North 1. Phillip Island 3 drew Korm-

burra 3. Wonthaggi 7 d Leongatha 3.

Ladders Seniors Drouin Dragons ......................40 Won United SC .......................33 Phillip Island...........................29 Leongatha ...............................18 Korumburra ..............................18 Mirboo North ...........................18

Women Phillip Island...........................40 Korumburra ...........................34 Leongatha ...............................29 Mirboo North .........................25 Drouin Dragons........................19

Under 19 Leongatha ...............................36

Phillip Island...........................36 Drouin Dragons ......................33 Korumburra ...........................24 Prom Coast (SC (Foster) ..........18

Under 15

SOCCER FIXTURES ROUND 15 - AUGUST 7

Phillip Island...........................38 Mirboo North .........................32 Won United SC .......................24 Leongatha ...............................23 Drouin Dragons........................20 Korumburra ..............................18

Leongatha v Prom Coast SC

Under 13

(Foster) at Mary MacKillop

Won United SC .......................39 Drouin Dragons ......................37 Leongatha ...............................28 Phillip Island...........................23 Korumburra ..............................20 Mirboo North ...........................12 Prom Coast SC (Foster) .............6

Regional College

Phillip Island v Wonthaggi United SC at Newhaven Recreation Reserve

Mirboo North v Drouin Dragons at Walter Tuck Reserve Korumburra - bye


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Mirboo North win a close one

MIRBOO NORTH celebrated Peter Mongta’s 100th senior game with a hardfought six-point victory over a gallant Yarragon, in a low scoring encounter at Tigerland last Saturday.

Delighted team-mates chaired the popular 2006 and 2007 Mirboo North premiership representative from the field high on their shoulders. Renowned for his exquisite ground skills and beautiful leftfoot kicking, Mongta contributed to the mighty Tigers’ fighting win with a vital goal from the 50-metre line during the third quarter. Yarragon’s narrow loss puts paid to its 2011 finals hopes, but its long-term future appears bright. The Panthers’ line-up included six current Thirds and Fourths players - Sam Cougle, Zaron Smith, Jake Cropley, Lex Wright, Mitchell Jolly and Dylan Kelly - who have been progressively promoted to the Seniors during the season. Mirboo North’s depth was severely tested after it was forced to make six changes to the team which drew against Yallourn Yallourn North the previous week. If the Tigers were to win, they needed to don their Superman capes. Yarragon’s Kelly brought up the first goal of the day from a free kick and Ben Stoops soon

answered for the Tigers, after marking a pass from Jed Alexander. Both sides were using compatible logistical flexibility to create functionally synchronised mobility through the midfield in the early stages. High risk, play-on footy was the order of the day in an attempt to break up packs forming in heavy corridor traffic. “It’s all part of the game plan,” explained an enthusiastic Tiger fan on the terraces. In one crisp passage of play, Josh Taylor and Smokin’ Joe O’Loughlin combined to find full-forward Tim Traill, for Mirboo North’s second major. Then Daniel Taylor, Josh Taylor and Kris Berchtold linked together perfectly to move the footy quickly to O’Loughlin, who booted the Tigers’ third close to quarter-time. Tackling pressure was fierce and anyone who tried to do too much with the Sherrin, was soon brought back to earth with a giant thud. Daniel Taylor and Drew Gardener were superb defenders for Mirboo North, turning back many potentially harmful Yarragon forward entries. Although Mirboo North led at every change, the margin was never more than 14 points at any of the breaks. Michael Ablett, Shane Burgmann, Cougle and Chris Ostojic

were all strong performers for the Panthers. Ben Damschke was another Panther who provided plenty of forceful drive around the packs for the visitors. In the second half, the intense pressure wore players down; weary kicks began to fall short and there were too many misdirected handballs at bootlace level. Ugly packs began to form and ball-ups were prominent; breaking free and finding team-mates in space became more and more challenging. Simon Busuttil’s in-and-under work rate for Mirboo North was sensational, whilst Alex Windsor and Dom Pinneri gathered many quality possessions out wide. Joe Brooks rammed home a lovely long goal from the bottom boundary to put Mirboo North 20 points clear at the beginning of the final quarter. However, Yarragon refused to yield and kept coming; Nick Murray goaled, then a snap from nowhere went through and the Panthers were only a goal behind. Gardener, Daniel Taylor and Dwayne Gunn were persistently resolute in the back 50 for the Tigers, as they defiantly held the desperate Panthers out. The last few minutes weren’t pretty to watch; this was nittygritty, push and shove, rough and tough footy in the clinches - a scrap to end all scraps.

Highlights? There were a few, but then again too few to mention. Reserves Mirboo North’s workman-like 31-point victory over Yarragon now sees it one game plus percentage out of the five. With matches against Hill End and Morwell East remaining, it’s still mathematically possible for the eighth-placed Tigers to play finals footy. Rover, Joel Graeme, made a successful return after injuring his shoulder earlier in the season. Andrew Soplakow and Keith Clerks had a great battle in the goal square, with Soplakow coming out on top with four goals. Play of the day involved Mirboo North’s two Toms. Tom O’Loughlin cleverly eluded two opponents near the boundary, before passing perfectly to Tom Hopcraft, who marked and kicked a lovely goal for the mighty Tigers. Fourths Undefeated premiership favorite, Yarragon, thrashed Mirboo North by an uncompromising 102 points. Sam Pratt showed plenty of stiff upper lip to be Mirboo North’s best player. Robert Wallace booted four goals for the Panthers, whilst Jarrad Abbey, with two majors, was Mirboo North’s only goal scorer.

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Trafalgar 11.11.77 d Yall Yall North 8.4.52. Yinnar 16.5.101 d Hill End 9.8.62. Morwell East 1611.107 d Thorpdale 6.13.49. RESERVES Trafalgar 8.10.58 d Yall Yall North 7.4.46. Hill End 13.7.85 d Yinnar 4.6.30. Morwell East 10.8.68 d Thorpdale 6.11.47. THIRDS Trafalgar 20.6.126 d Yall Yall North 8.4.52. Yinnar 7.9.51 d Hill End 4.8.32. Morwell East 11.7.73 d Thorpdale 8.10.58. FOURTHS Yinnar 8.6.54 d Hill End 4.4.28. Thorpdale 17.15.117 d Morwell East 0.1.1.

Mirboo North 7.9.51 d Yarragon 6.9.45 Mirboo North Best: D Taylor, D Gardener, B Stoops, S Busuttil, D Gunn, D Pinneri Mirboo North Goals: B Stoops 3, P Mongta, J Brooks, T Traill, J O’Loughlin Yarragon Best: M Ablett, S Burgmann, S Cougle, C Ostojic, N Murray, H Black Yarragon Goals: N Murray 2, D Kelly, 2, M Jolly, J Cropley RESERVES

Mirboo North 11.13.79 d Yarragon 6.12.48 Mirboo North Best: N Gardiner, A McCarthy, A Soplakow, P Lea, J Graeme, T Hopcraft Mirboo North Goals: A Soplakow 4, P Lea 2, N Gardiner 2, A McCarthy, J Graeme, T Hopcraft FOURTHS

Yarragon 18.8.116 d Mirboo North 2.2.14 Mirboo North Best: S Pratt, B Richards, J Abbey, J Hough, B Bradshaw, J Van Der Zalm Mirboo North Goals: J Abbey

Mid Gippsland League SENIORS LADDER Trafalgar ............... 174.06 Mirboo North ....... 129.63 Boolarra ................ 125.69 Newborough ........... 99.39 Yall Yall North ....... 108.47 Hill end..................... 86.10 Yarragon ................ 103.86 Yinnar ...................... 81.69 Thorpdale ................ 66.38 Morwell East ............ 70.98

64 46 40 40 36 28 24 20 12 10

RESERVES LADDER Boolarra ................ 184.05 Hill End ................. 144.72 Morwell East......... 147.77 Yinnar ................... 112.93 Trafalgar ............... 119.73 Thorpdale .............. 105.01 Newborough ............ 98.18 Mirboo North............ 80.30 Yall Yall North ........... 42.71 Yarragon .................. 47.92

56 48 40 40 32 32 28 28 12 4

THIRDS LADDER Newborough ......... 274.25 Yarragon ............... 143.41 Mirboo North ........ 170.74 Yinnar ................... 138.61 Trafalgar ............... 136.28 Hill End .................... 96.55 Thorpdale ................ 67.60 Morwell East ............ 37.95 Yall Yall North ........... 30.31

64 52 46 44 38 32 16 16 12

FOURTHS LADDER Yarragon ............... 710.13 Newborough ......... 386.82 Boolarra ................ 297.85 Trafalgar ............... 111.99 Thorpdale ............. 131.30 Mirboo North............ 58.21 Yinnar ...................... 32.87 Morwell East ............ 19.97 Hill End .................... 28.51

64 60 48 40 32 28 20 16 12

Alberton Junior Football league results 1st semi final Under 11s Dalyston 3.3.21 d Wonthaggi Power 2.2.14. Under 13s Inverloch-Kongwak 14.5.89 d Dalyston 4.3.27. 2nd Semi Final Under 11s Corner Inlet 10.11.71 d Inverloch-Kongwak 1.0.6. Under13s Korumburra-Bena 7.6.48 d Leongatha 3.7.25. This week’s preliminary final will be played at the Leongatha Velodrome on Sunday August 7 at 9.45 am. Under 11s Inverloch-Kongwak v Dalyston 10.50 am. Under 13s

Battling it out: Corner Inlet and Inverloch-Kongwak players were part of a great clash on the weekend. Leongatha v Inverloch-Kongwak. Grand final to be played at Korumburra Showgrounds on Sunday

August 14. Under 11s commence at 10am. Corner Inlet v Inverloch-Kongwak or Dalyston.

Under 13s commence at 11.30 am. Korumburra-Bena v Leongatha or Inverloch-Kongwak.

Back to Bass: the Bass Auskick group had a surprise visit from Brisbane Lions player Mitch Golby last Friday night. Mitch was home on a break, catching up with family and friends while Brisbane had the bye. Mitch also helped out Kilcunda-Bass Under 18s with training on Thursday night and on game day against Foster.

On the run: the Parrots' Michael McKinnon, one of many big contributors, had a great game. • UNDER 12

Another win for Parrots THE Leongatha Parrots have gone through the season undefeated, outgunning third-placed Newborough Reds by 40 points on Sunday. The team’s depth of talent is the envy of the competition, and the boys will now have a week off before contesting the preliminary final. Cam Olden led the charge early, laying an inspiring tackle. Nick Battersby was superb as a forward target. Nathan Trotto was showing his signature dash, while everywhere man Tom Evans was dominating the aerial duels. Despite the Parrots’ forward momentum, they could only produce points. Zac Caughey was running hard and Tully Benaldo took a saving mark as Newborough bustled the ball into its forward line. Michael McKinnon was another linchpin in defence, standing tall in the contests. Meanwhile, Clay Alexander was hitting the packs hard and making the Newborough boys wary. Caughey took a specky just before the quarter time siren, with his team up by four points. An early second quarter goal to the

Reds saw them briefly hit the lead. But the tough tackling of Caughey and Damon Ginnane and the inspired dash of Trotto and Joel Norton, helped the Parrots again take control. A fabulous snap from big man Trent Westaway gave the Parrots a lift. Tom Brew was under every pack and Olden took a strong grab against the current of play. Josh “Shorty” Boler was controlling the play from defence. In the third quarter things really started to roll Leongatha’s way, with Cameron Tuckett kicking to Jack Dunn. Dunn kicked a clever goal. Caughey marked and kicked a long bomb for another major. Dunn followed up some good work and slotted a further goal, putting the Parrots 22 points up. Caughey took a brilliant one-handed mark at the beginning of the last quarter. Dunn kicked a goal from a strong mark. Jordi Geary was playing superb running football, as was the effervescent Zac Van Delft, who copped a heavy knock. A checkside goal to Tuckett finished off a wonderful team win.


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Leongatha and District Netball Association THE LEONGATHA and District Netball Association had an almost full program of entries for its annual netball tournament recently.

Nearly 50 teams from Gippsland and Eastern Melbourne area competed in six sections from 11 and under to 17 and under age groups. Leongatha Football Netball Club was the most successful of the local teams, winning the 17 and under section.

The Parrots won six out of seven matches leading up to the finals. They won easily over fourth placed Cranbourne in the semi final and held a two point lead for most of the grand final, winning over regional team Mid Gippsland 14 to 12. LDNA had eight teams competing with two in 11 and under, three in 13 and under, two in 15 and under and one team in 17 and under. Most sections played seven games for the day with the 13 and under team making the semi final.

Nine teams played a round robin in the 11 and under section. Each team played eight games for the day. For many players this was their first tournament and all had a fun sporting experience. No finals were played but all 80 participants were awarded with a certificate and giveaway. Many thanks go to local sponsors Retravision Leongatha, Bair’s Hotel and South Gippsland Mini Skips for their continued support and contributions on the day.

Above: Parrots: the successful 17 and under Leongatha netball team, back, from left; Tayla Kerr, Rachel O’Loughlin, Kate McCracken, Meg Rosser, Maddie Kerr, Nicola Marriott, Laura Williams, front; Jaclyn Smith and coach Cathy Govers. Left: LDNA 11 and under team B: Jemma Caithness, Hannah Charlton, Harry McNiel, Lisa Mildenhall, Meg Minogue, Kian Pratt and Michaelea Stephens.

LDNA under 11 team A: Melody Martin (coach) Grace Thorson, Hannah Box, Trudi Wright (team manager), Brooke Materia, Millie Hannon, Sarah Francis, front; Nikya Wright, Ruby Martin, Natasha Turton and Chelsea Loh.

Cross country championships THE SOUTH Coast Athletics Club Cross Country Championships incorporating the Leongatha Little Athletics Club Championships were held at Mary MacKillop College on Sunday in perfect conditions. The event attracted athletes from the Leongatha, Sale, Wonthaggi and Corner Inlet Little Athletics Centres as well as athletes from across Gippsland. The Men’s Open eight kilometre was won easily by Phillip Island local, Dean Langford, with Michael Peverill (Sale) taking second place and Peter Cardilini (Fish Creek) third. The Women’s Open six kilometre was won by 15 year old Wonthaggi athlete Sandra Plumb, followed by Lotje McDonald (Sale) second and Kristal Murrell (third). Chelsea Caple placed second in the South Coast Club Championship event. The women’s open three

kilometre was won by Emily Standfield (Koonwarra) and the Men’s Masters was taken out by Bruce Derham of Sale. Sharna Warry (Sale) took out the South Coast Under 16 womens three kilometre title and Imigen Langford (Phillip Island) the Under 14 Women’s three kilometre. The junior races were hotly contested with the Under 6, 7 and 8 age group running impressive times for their respective 1km events. The quickest girl was Yasmin Duursma of Corner Inlet in a time of 4.18minutes and the fastest boy was Kai McDonald of Sale in a time of 4.15min. Amber Ross and Ellen O’Brien both of Sale won the U/10 and U/9 1.5km event and the boys section was won by Blake Thompson (Wonthaggi) and Oliver Derham (Sale). The Under 11 boys event was decided in a sprint finish with Wonthaggi athlete Brodie Anderson taking the honours. Xavier Duursma and Brett Thorson both played for the Corner Inlet Stingrays U/11

football team in their second semi final clash against Inverloch before competing in the Cross Country event. Sale’s Eliza McLachlan was a comfortable winner in the U/11 girls event. In the last event of the day Imigen Langford scored another title, taking out the Little Aths U/13 Girls three kilometre event and Jayden Lee (Sale) the Boys U/14 three kilometre event. Leongatha Little Athletics Club Champions were: Jemma Satndfield – U/7 Girls. Merrin Giles – U/8 Girls. Cambell Riseley – U/8 Boys. Cobie Standfield – U/9 Girls. Kasey Thorson – U/10 Girls. Jasmine McJames-Court – U/11 Girls. Brett Thorson – U/11 Boys. Leongatha Medallists: Niamh Martin – U/8 Girls (silver). Kiara McJames Court – U/9 (silver). Amber Standfield – U/11 Girls (silver).

Athletes: these four girls participated well in the South Coast Athletics Club cross country event.

Mine, no mine: Dalyston’s Cindy Batchelor and Stony Creek’s Di Schelling battle for the ball. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning@www.fourcornersframing.biz

Prom Country Challenge calls all competitors THE PROM Country Challenge is being held in Toora on Sunday, August 14. The event offers both a 30km challenging circuit run from Toora to the top of Mt Best and return or alternatively, a fun run along minor gravel roads on the flats of Toora. The 30km run featuring a climb up Mt Best is not for everyone. For those who enjoy running long distances, such a challenge may even fit the definition of a fun run. For others, 30km is not a distance that could be covered by foot while having fun. However 6km is a whole different story. It is the perfect distance to run or walk either with friends or challenging yourself against the clock. The faster runners will be covering the distance in around 23 minutes while many of the walkers will take their time

to enjoy the company of their friends and the views across Corner Inlet. For those keen to run, but unsure of whether 6km is within their reach, this is the perfect event to give it a go. The course is flat with one slight uphill that is matched by a downhill

at the start and the finish line in the main street of Toora. It is not a distance or course that would require any significant training regime. In fact, for someone that lives an active lifestyle, 6km is a distance that could be covered by

foot with no training. It is an event that is made to be fun and give everyone a chance to have a go. More information and entry is available at www. promcountrychallenge. org.au or from 8am on Sunday August 14 at the Toora Town Hall.

Ready and raring: competitors at last year’s Prom Country Challenge prepare to take off.


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Smith places well in tour LEONGATHA cyclist Stu Smith finished in 20th place after the nine stage Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland cycling classic. The winner of the tour was Nathan Haas from Sydney, winning by a margin of just 18 seconds. In a field of around 150 competitors Stu rode comfortably in the top end of the field throughout the five day event. He was next best for his Jayco VIS/Apollo team, coming in after fourth placed team-mate Nicholas Schultz. Stu was very happy with his performance, said his father Tony. “We’re very happy with Stu

placing 20th,” he said. “There was a group of about 10 riders who snuck off on Thursday which Stu could usually beat, but we’re happy with the result.” Despite a crash on Friday night on Stage six of the tour around 2.5 km from the finish, the local boy managed to keep his position and thankfully not sustain any injuries. The best result Stu received on the tour was in Stage two: Wonthaggi Road Race. Stu received seventh place on what is considered his own home soil. “It was great weather throughout the tour,” Mr Smith said. “It was very well run too, with good entry and excellent support on

the roads which made for good racing for the riders.” A lot of people flocked to the road sides to see the tour go past or view the speed shown in a criterium. This spike in supporters can most likely be attributed to Australian Cadel Evans’ recent win in the Tour de France. Next on the cards for Stu is the tour of Geelong which kicks off on August 10. “This tour has set him up well and hopefully the success will continue in Geelong,” Mr Smith said. “He is looking in good form and has no injuries so things are looking good.”

Underway: cyclists starting Stage one of the Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland in Wonthaggi on Wednesday.

Fishy recovers from poor start FISH Creek were shocked into action in the second quarter of Saturday’s game after Yarram held them scoreless in the first term. The Demons kicked one goal to no score in the first quarter, and looked as if they may have been set for an upset. But Fish Creek quick-

ly steadied themselves, and came out with a huge seven goal second quarter to reassure their supporters. Young guns Jake Staley and Lachie Park were the key players in the second term onslaught, using the ball well across half forward and half back respectively. At half time the margin sat at 25 points,

with Fishy running as smoothly as a well oiled machine. Yarram were prepared for a fight back of their own, and they slowed the Kangaroos in the third term. They held the Creekers to two goals, but only managed one of their own, leaving the deficit at 35 going into the last term..

RESERVES

Fish Creek 12.21.93 d Yarram 8.4.52 Fish Creek Goals: J. Rouda 3, J. Law 3, M. Livingstone 2, J. Staley 2, T. Manne 2. Yarram Goals: C. Sutherland 3, J. Swift 2, J. Moore 1, C. Bruns 1, J. Swift 1. Fish Creek Best: J. Staley, L. Park, T. Price, J. Law, J. Rouda, D. Jago. Yarram Best: L. Jenkins, C. Bruns, M. Clavarino, L. Borne, R. Jamieson, C. Sutherland.

Fish Creek 22.13.145 d Yarram 4.3.27 Leading Goalkicker: B. Redpath (FC) 8. Fish Creek Best: D. McKenzie, R. Bohn, M. Van Boven, D. Jenkins, M. Danckert, K. Staff. Yarram Best: W. Coulthard, J. Reid, M. O’Connor, G. Barlow, R. Coulthard, B. McMahon. THIRDS

Yarram started the final term well, with the game becoming more open as players began to tire. The Demons added four last term goals, but Fishy managed three to run out comfortable 41 point winners. Next week Fishy faces Tarwin in an important game while Yarram will have the bye.

Fish Creek 12.9.81 d Yarram 6.0.36 Leading Goalkicker: R. Musinskas (FC) 5. Fish Creek Best: R. Musinskas, K. Young, L. O’Neill, T. Smith, B. Demaria, S. Buckland. Yarram Best: J. Le Blanc, M. McKenzie, A. Holt, B. Davis, P. Le Blanc, R. Baxter. FOURTHS Fish Creek won by forfeit.

Winner: Steele Van Hoff was the winner of the tour’s first stage: the Wonthaggi Criterium.

Milestone weekend TWO football and netball matches saw milestone performances on the weekend. The Senior football game between Dalyston and Inverloch-Kongwak saw Rogan Jennings play game number 100 in the firsts. Jennings led the team out and was part of their big win that keeps their finals aspirations alive. Caitlin Burge was the other milestone performer, as she played game number 200 for Stony Creek in the A Grade match on Saturday. Her parade wasn’t rained on either, with the team going on to beat Toora 74-22.

Get around her: Olivia Cope, Dannielle Logan, 200 game player Caitlin Burge, Bec Browne, Cindy Winkler, Kayla McIndoe, Steph Goss, Jess Gordon and coach Dean Cashin before their match against Toora on Saturday. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning@ www.fourcornersframing.biz

On the podium: Rico Rodgers, Steele Van Hoff and Nicholas Sanderson celebrate their performance in the first stage of the Tour of Gippsland.

Congratulations: Rogan Jennings is wished the best of luck before his 100th game by team-mate Kane Maloney.

Reaching high: in her 200th game Caitlin Burge went to all lengths to ensure her team had the edge. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning@ www.fourcornersframing.biz


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Sea Eagles’ season all but over SUPPORTERS who were not at the game would have been extremely disappointed that Inverloch-Kongwak lost on Saturday.

SENIORS LADDER W L D

Kil-Bass ......14 2 Foster .........13 3 Kor-Bena .....12 5 Fish Creek....11 5 Stony Creek ..11 5 MDU...........10 6 Dalyston ...........9 7 Inv-Kongwak ....9 7 Yarram ...........7 10 Phillip Island ..4 12 Tarwin ............4 12 Toora ..............1 15 DWWWW .......0 16

%

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

176.34 174.59 157.04 175.45 139.44 143.15 136.95 121.90 97.82 93.90 70.62 24.37 21.89

Pts

56 52 48 44 44 40 36 36 28 16 16 4 0

GOALKICKERS L. James (Kil-Bass) .......... (3) 103 T. Bartholomew (Foster)..... (6) 82 J. Best (Foster) .................. (6) 67 C. Maskell (Kor-Bena) ........ (6) 61 J. Swift (Yarram) ................ (2) 51 B. Anderson (Fish Creek) ... (0) 50 T. Krause (Inv-Kongwak) .... (6) 44 J. Wells (Kil-Bass).............. (5) 42 C. Graham (Dalyston) ........ (2) 41 M. Standfield (Fish Creek) .. (0) 40 C. Langley (Stony Creek) ... (3) 40

RESERVES LADDER W L D

Kor-Bena .... 17 0 Fish Creek... 14 2 Dalyston ..... 13 3 Kil-Bass ..... 11 5 PI ............. 10 5 Tarwin .........9 7 Foster ..............7 9 MDU................7 9 Inv-K’wak ......6 10 Stony Creek...6 10 Yarram ..........2 15 DWWWW ......1 14 Toora .............1 15

%

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

The Sea Eagles began brilliantly, racing away to a four goal to nothing lead by the 18 minute mark. Pressure slackened in the last five minutes of the quarter, allowing Dalyston to goal a minute before the first break. In the second term, Dalyston had a goal on the board within a minute. Corey Chapman regained the advantage four minutes later after a great pass from Will Rankin. Errors and turnovers whenever I-K had a chance to score could have proved costly, but didn’t because the heroics of Mark Billows and Mat Coyne kept them out. The neglect from a defender when he attempted to mark instead of punching from behind cost I-K six points. Bazza Withers took a neat intelligent mark and kicked straight, to answer that goal. Dalyston half forward Matt Rosendale found himself all alone in a forward pocket to mark and from a tight angle booted a very handy goal.

This left Dalyston only a goal down. A quick break from the centre found Josh Dowie 50 metres out, his long kick for goal was a gem. A good passage of play by Adam Saddler and Rankin who with another great pass found Krause who kicked his fourth after playing on. The half time score was I-K 8.4.52 to Dalyston 5.3.33. Third quarter: Dalyston were taking over the centre breaks and clearances and it was showing on the scoreboard. By the 11 minute mark they had hit the front. Albert Russell was supreme. Up against arguably the best centre half back in the league, Byron Dryden, his strong marking was a telling factor. He booted two goals this term and set Patrick McKenna for the other goal that the Magpies kicked. They were well on top and looked like they were going to run away from the home side. Billows, Coyne and Co was doing everything possible to keep them at bay. I/K stopped many forward moves with desperate dives to smother off the boot. They were rewarded when the brilliant

68 56 52 44 44 36 28 28 24 24 8 4 4

GOALKICKERS L. Wilkinson (Dalyston) . (4) R. Quaife (Kor-Bena) .... (5) B. Redpath (Fish Crk) ... (0) J. Wallis (Kor-Bena) ...... (0) J. Jackson (Inv-K’wak) .. (4) K. Taylor (Phillip Island) (3) D. Smith (Foster) ........... (5) D. Jenkins (Fish Crk) .... (3) S. McRae (Tarwin) ........ (1) J. Law (Fish Creek) ....... (0)

67 55 43 39 38 36 29 25 25 24

KORUMBURRABENA defeated the MDU Demons on Saturday, almost knocking them out of finals contention.

LADDER %

1 0 382.44 1 0 317.23 3 0 394.03 4 0 186.80 6 0 237.54 6 0 179.49 7 0 121.19 10 0 59.14 11 0 41.49 11 0 36.59 15 0 32.34 14 0 28.95 15 0 26.98

GOALKICKERS M. Green (Foster) ............... (0) J. Meade (Kor-Bena) .......... (2) P. Pattison (Kor-Bena) ........ (3) J. Goewie (Kil-Bass) ........... (0) D. Vardy (DWWWW).......... (0) K. Salama (Kil-Bass) .......... (0) M. Edwards (Kor-Bena) ...... (7) M. Howell (Dalyston) ......... (2) A. Schreck (Dalyston) ........ (1) L. Wall (Dalyston) .............. (0)

Pts

64 60 52 48 40 40 36 24 20 16 8 8 4 61 51 44 43 40 34 31 29 25 24

UNDER 15 LADDER W L D

Kor-Bena ... 17 0 Fish Creek.. 13 1 Dalyston .... 13 2 PI ............11 4 Foster ....... 11 5 Kil-Bass ......8 6 Stony Creek....7 8 Inv-Kongwak ..6 9 DWWW ........3 12 Toora ............3 13 Tarwin ..........2 14 MDU.............1 14 Yarram ...........0 7

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

%

Dalyston Goals: C. Graham 2, M. Rosendale 2, P. Dunlop 2, A. Russell 2, P. McKenna 1, C. Samargis 1, D. Kelly 1, M. Garnham 1. Inverloch-Kongwak Goals: T. Krause 6, C. Chapman 2, J. Dowie 1, B. Withers 1. Dalyston Best: A. Russell, J. Sibly, P. McKenna, P. Dunlop, R. Beaton, T. Osbaldeston. Inverloch-Kongwak Best: M. Coyne, M. Billows, A. Sadler, W. Rankin, T. Krause, R. Tegg. RESERVES

Dalyston 13.6.84 d Inverloch-Kongwak 10.5.65 Leading Goalkickers: L. Wilkinson (Dal) 4, J. Jackson (IK) 4. Dalyston Best: R. Birnie, A. Wallis, A. Donohue, J. Hosking, W. Luke, S. Coldebella. Inverloch-Kongwak Best: T. Whelan, T. Blackney, D. Clark, T. Wyatt, W. Holmes, N. Maher. THIRDS

Dalyston 19.17.131 d Inverloch-Kongwak 1.4.10 Leading Goalkicker: T. Davey (Dal) 7. Dalyston Best: M. Schreck, T. Davey, S. Joma, M. Howell, S. Kuyper, B. Huitema. Inverloch-Kongwak Best: C. Allum, W. Eriwata, J. McCarthy, D. Cuff, T. Miller, A. Dowie. FOURTHS

Dalyston 14.10.94 d Inverloch-Kongwak 2.5.17 Leading Goalkicker: J. Thomas (Dal) 5. Dalyston Best: D. McRae, J. Thomas, M. Davey, J. Legione, N. Bainbridge, H. Wright. Inverloch-Kongwak Best: T. Miller, E. Taranto, M. Burton, L. Michael, J. Kershaw, J. Dowie.

Bulldogs shake their demons

UNDER 18 W L D

Dalyston 12.10.82 d Inverloch-Kongwak 10.8.68

Pts

457.68 354.59 249.91 163.16 120.90 115.56 103.71 82 28 112.63 83.99 24.45 31.15 20.90

Kor-Bena .....16 Kil-Bass ......15 Dalyston ......13 Foster .........12 PI ..............10 MDU...........10 DWWWW .........9 Fish Creek ........6 Stony Creek......4 Toora ...............4 Yarram .............2 Inv-Kongwak ....2 Tarwin ..............1

Krause goaled after a neat handball from Rhys Tegg. Tegg was brave all game and was one of Inverloch’s best. This goal regained the lead to give I-K a five point lead heading into the last quarter. I-K 9.6.60 to Dalyston 8.7.55. Fourth quarter: Favoured by what was the scoring end in all games the I-K faithful was full of hope. That hope was lifted with another class act from Krause where he gathered the ball near the point post, deftly avoided the attempted tackles to kick his sixth. Should have been team lifting but it wasn’t. Dalyston was continuously delighted by the turnovers that Inverloch-Kongwak gave them. These turnovers were prevalent for the entire game. Dalyston kicked the last four goals to win a game they surely should have lost. Unless they can provide a miracle against top side Kilcunda-Bass next week at Bass, their season is over. A pity seeing the great effort put in by the InverlochKongwak lesser lights. To the blokes who took up the challenge during this period; fantastic effort.

Pts

753.71 1011.76 664.71 235.27 163.47 182.12 71.82 122.19 23.51 16.59 26.15 19.32 10.90

68 60 56 48 44 40 32 28 16 12 8 8 0

GOALKICKERS J. Buckland (Fish Creek) .... (0) E. Staley (Foster)................ (3) J. Hopkins (Kor-Bena) ........ (3) N. Arney (Kil-Bass) ............ (0) B. Dorling (Kor-Bena)......... (0) B. Johnston (PI)................. (3) O. Bates (Dalyston) ............ (4) M. Manteit (PI)................... (4) M. Boyd (Kor-Bena) ........... (2) G. Staley (Fish Creek)......... (0) H. Wright (Dalyston) .......... (1)

64 61 55 46 39 38 34 31 29 29 29

Full throttle: Cruze Tohiariki and Ashley Zuidema went hard for the ball after spilling out of a contest.

Sharks too strong for Island PHILLIP ISLAND were up and about early. Lawrence scored the opening goal and Phillip Island soon added another two goals to lead by 20 points. Strong defence from Nick McRae, McKenzie-Edwards and Lamers. Around the ground the Sharks worked hard. Cameron and Lawton scored late goals to trail by a goal at quarter time. Quarter time score: Tarwin 2.2.14, Phillip Island 3.2.20. In the second quarter the Sharks dominated general play and scored early points before scoring five goals to one to lead by 22 points at half time. Half time score: Tarwin 7.6.48, Phillip Island 4.2.26. During the third quarter, Tarwin won the centre clearance for a long goal. Lawrence soon replied for the Bulldogs. Both sides scored three goals for the quarter.

Tarwin 12.8.80 d Phillip Island 10.6.66 Tarwin Goals: D. Lawton 5, J. McKenzie-Edwards 2, T. Lomax 1, J. Stewart 1, T. Cameron 1, L. Thwaites 1, A. Bell 1. Phillip Island Goals: B. Van Brummelen 3, B. Lawrence 3, J. Emery 1, Z. Wagner 1, C. Terlich 1, J. Niven 1. Tarwin Best: J. McKenzie-Edwards, C. Lamers, N. McRae, T. Cameron, B. Taber, S. O’Neil. Phillip Island Best: C. Terlich, J. Niven, S. Riordan, B. Van Brummelen, D. Larsson, B. Lawrence.

Terlich goaled for Phillip Island on the three-quarter time siren. Tarwin led by 23 points at three-quarter time after an even quarter of football. Three-quarter time score: Tarwin 10.8.68, Phillip Island 7.3.45. Rain began falling at the start of the final quarter, making ground conditions greasy. The early minutes were a battle between half back lines before McKenzie-Edwards snapped his second goal and Lawton his fifth.The Sharks’ lead extended to 34 points. The Bulldogs rallied and played the game out to the siren, scoring the last three goals of the game, to go down by 14 points at the final siren. Tarwin finish their season with two away games next week at Fish Creek and then Toora.Phillip Island finish with two home games - Stony Creek and Yarram. Final score: Tarwin 12.8.80 d Phillip Island 10.6.66.

RESERVES

Phillip Island 12.6.78 d Tarwin 9.4.58 Leading Goalkicker: J. Turner (PI) 4. Phillip Island Best: J. Turner, A. O’Gorman, J. Elson, A. Hornsby, M. Manteit, S. Kirton. Tarwin Best: G. Brennan, V. Van Dillen, N. McRae, W. Lomax, M. Carter, D. Leggo. THIRDS

Phillip Island 23.8.146 d Tarwin 0.0.0 Leading Goalkicker: not submitted. Phillip Island Best: not submitted.

The weather started off well for the match, as both teams were preparing for a good healthy game of footy. The Bulldogs quickly got a grip on the game with a few quick goals while the visitors fell behind a bit. Korumburra-Bena led by 18 at quarter time and

it only got better for the home side. Slight rain in the second didn’t dampen the spirits of the Bulldogs as they continued to increase their lead on the struggling Demons. Tempers got in the way of the game at stages as players got locked up in close encounters, but on the scoreboard Korumburra-Bena were bringing the goods, leading by 38 at the main break. It was the Demons’ time to reply in the third as they slightly closed the

Korumburra-Bena 19.12.126 d M.D.U. 10.9.69 Korumburra-Bena Goals: C. Maskell 6, A. Hillberg 5, B. Fitzpatrick 3, I. Osman 2, J. Wilson 2, S. Bray 1. M.D.U. Goals: S. Clark 3, C. Hutcheson 2, D. Adkins 1, K. Gowers 1, T. Tohiariki 1, C. Tohiariki 1, B. Maxwell 1. Korumburra-Bena Best: D. Mayman, C. Maskell, A. Zuidema, C. Macri, L. Carpenter, B. Anthony. M.D.U. Best: C. Tohiariki, K. Gowers, B. Pedlow, D. Adkins, R. Taylor, J. Sinclair. RESERVES

Korumburra-Bena 24.9.153 d M.D.U. 3.3.21 Leading Goalkicker: R. Quaife (KB) 5. Korumburra-Bena Best: A. Alger, J. Caporale, J. Whiteside, L. Wilson, D. Myors, J. Myors. M.D.U. Best: A. Kuhne, T. Trotman, Y. Zorzos, T. Jans, S. White, M. Olden.

gap with Joel Sinclair and Roy Taylor performing well. At three quarter time MDU had taken the Bulldogs’ lead down but it was still a long shot to come back for a win. Korumburra-Bena were determined not to let that happen and powered on until the final siren. The Bulldogs ended the game 57 points in front. MDU are going up against last year’s premiers Foster for Round 19, which will surely be a tough match.

THIRDS

Korumburra-Bena 14.9.93 d M.D.U. 4.4.28 Leading Goalkicker: M. Edwards (KB) 7. Korumburra-Bena Best: P. Pattison, A. Harrison, M. Edwards, A. Snooks, J. Harris, M. Wight. M.D.U. Best: N. Pye, H. Morris, L. Findlay, J. Winderlich, M. Olden, M. Winderlich. FOURTHS

Korumburra-Bena 18.16.124 d M.D.U. 1.1.7 Leading Goalkicker: J. Rigby (KB) 4. Korumburra-Bena Best: J. Macri, M. Boyd, J. Rigby, P. Dunlevie, J. Hopkins, J. Arestia. M.D.U. Best: J. Graham, M. Olden, D. Campbell, C. McInnes, M. Redmond, J. Van Dyk.

Tarwin Best: O. Cumming, D. Holden, M. Chalmers, J. Wilkinson, D. Ginkel, K. Edwards. FOURTHS

Phillip Island 13.9.87 d Tarwin 3.8.26 Leading Goalkicker: M. Manteit (PI) 4. Phillip Island Best: C. Lawrence, B. Redmond, C. Phillips, J. Wright, B. Johnston, M. Manteit. Tarwin Best: J. Simpson, B. Ellen, K. Teylor, N. Lomax, C. Brown, M. Chalmers.

Just in time: Tremaine Tohiariki got his kick away just before KorumburraBena’s Beau Anthony got to him.


“THE STAR”, Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - PAGE 63

A visit from Stan By Simone Short WHEN AFL legend Stan Alves spoke to members and visitors of Meeniyan Dumbalk United Football and Netball Club last Thursday night, you could have heard a pin drop.

Alves captured the attention of young and old with his stories of growing up and barely knowing his father until the age of seven, when they began to build a relationship by going to watch St Kilda play every weekend. He spoke about joining the Edithvale-Aspendale Football Club Under 17s at the age of 12 and having to wait two years before getting his first game. He also spoke of his invitations to train with four VFL clubs, followed by four rejections and turning up to a second day of training with Melbourne Football Club despite being

told to never come back by coach at the time, the great Norm Smith. “I’ll tell you what, it was almost the worst night of my life because I knew within a short period of time, I shouldn’t have been there,” he said. It’s hard to imagine a man who would go on to play 283 VFL games and captain the Demons, finish runner-up in the 1975 Brownlow Medal, play in the 1977 North Melbourne premiership team and coach St Kilda to their first grand final in 26 years, had such a difficult start to his career. Alves continued to speak of his departure from Melbourne and after being approached by both North Melbourne and Collingwood, his decision to join the Kangaroos came from the flip of a coin. And in the unimaginable, North Melbourne ended up playing Collingwood for the premiership that very year; after an initial draw, the Kangaroos won the rematch by 27 points. Alves finished by sharing with

the audience the lowest point in his life, losing his 13-year-old son Matthew in a tragic accident and his battle with depression. “Luckily for me, I believe he came to me and spoke to me and out of that, I developed a fair bit of faith. Out of that, I believe that I will be with him someday because I’ve lost him physically, but I haven’t lost him spiritually.” After watching the night’s training sessions, Alves told the club they were in good hands, impressed at the coaching skills and the feedback given to the players. “The fascinating thing is, it’s so hard to get kids to come along and get involved and there’s the fourths, haven’t won a game, getting belted, and there’s 18 kids out there,” he said. “If that’s not a recommendation of what’s going on, I don’t know what is. I just want to say personally, congratulations on that and thank you for letting me be a part of it.”

Inspirational: AFL legend Stan Alves spoke to the MDU Football and Netball Club last Thursday night, pictured here with club president Michael Taylor.

Happy camper: Suzie Brannan with her brand new camper trailer after Stony Creek’s auction night last week.

Stony raises record amount

THE Stony Creek Football Netball Club has raised a record $38,000 from their annual auction function recently. The club was pleased with the funds received, which are the main source of fundraising the club does for the season. Around 160 people made their way to

Leongatha’s Dakers Centre to bid on almost 140 items in both silent and general auctions. The major key prize was a camper trailer donated by Great Southern Outdoors. It was taken home by Suzie Brannan and Mark LePage.

No mark here: Scott Benton, Michael Dyer, Brad Koetsveld and Lee Whittle form a pack as the ball flies in. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning@ www. fourcornersframing.biz

Reuniting 100 years on: Stony Creek had a small gathering of friends and relatives and life members for the 1911 premiership win. The group got together to share their memories of that era, which saw an historic grand final win for the club. The men standing left to right are; Gavin Zerbe, Kieren Brown, Robert Brown, John Schelling (League President) Paul Cummins and Greg Burge. Seated are current president Bill Pratt, Stan Dunlop and Alan Brown. The men (with the exception of Bill Pratt), are all life members.

Stony continues to cruise STONY Creek continued their good form on the weekend, knocking off Toora by 82 points at Stony Creek. The Lions started the game with a bang, slotting home seven goals in the first term. Toora managed four goals, and were battling gallantly for a side with only one win to its name so far

this year. The second quarter was much the same, with Stony Creek this time kicking five goals to Toora’s three. At half time most of the damage had been done, with the Creek five goals clear. However the Magpies could be happy with their effort, they stuck with their more equipped opponents

Stony Creek 23.10.148 d Toora & District 10.6.66 Stony Creek Goals: A. Huggins 5, C. Langley 3, A. Myhal 3, B. Langley 3, R. Harmes 2, K. Van Der Pluym 2, J. Byrnes 2, L. Bowman 1, B. Bowman 1, J. Stuart 1. Toora & District Goals: A. Green 3, R. Cartledge 3, M. Roberts 2, C. Hanratty 1, M. Brown 1. Stony Creek Best: K. Van Der Pluym, A. Myhal, C. Langley, M. Linke, J. Byrnes. Toora & District Best: M. Roberts, P. Grant, A. Green, J. Toner, L. Toner, M. Brown. RESERVES

Stony Creek 18.14.122 d Toora & District 8.3.51

for most of the day. In the third quarter they outscored Stony, kicking three goals to two and reducing the margin to 23 points going into the final change. But the home side came home with a wet sail, kicking nine last quarter goals to no score to completely eliminate the chance of an upset.

Leading Goalkicker: B. McKnight (SC) 5. Stony Creek Best: B. McKnight, J. Charlton, S. Hughes, B. Koetsveld, S. Browne, P. Monaghan. Toora & District Best: not submitted. THIRDS Stony Creek won by forfeit. FOURTHS

Stony Creek 9.10.64 d Toora & District 1.2.8 Leading Goalkicker: J. Riseley (SC) 2. Stony Creek Best: T. Stone, J. Tiziani, L. Harrington, D. Enter, J. Riseley, H. Stuart. Toora & District Best: M. Edwards, V. Ditta, B. East, M. Harris, S. Fischer, R. Rawson.

Ash Huggins was the main destroyer up forward for Stony Creek, kicking five goals, while three of his team-mates chipped in with three. Next week Toora will take on Korumburra-Bena in what will be a tough game for them, while Stony Creek should account for Phillip Island, despite the fact that they’ll be playing away.


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Tigers topple leaders THIS year’s Alberton Football League finals series is shaping up as the most exciting in recent years, with second placed Foster beating ladder leader Kilcunda-Bass on Saturday.

The reigning premiers let the rest of the competition know that they are not to be messed with coming into the finals, blowing the Panthers out of the water in the first term. A nine goal to two head-start proved too much for the visitors, who were forced to peg back the lead for the rest of the game. Kilcunda-Bass were perhaps a little relaxed going into the match after coming off the bye. The loss could be described as the “one they had to have”, similar to the losses the Tigers themselves had last year. The Panthers last played finals two decades ago, so the weight of expectation may be a factor as they come up against past premiers Foster and Stony Creek as well as improving young sides Korumburra-Bena and Fish Creek. The Bulldogs fended off MDU in a mostly one-sided clash at Korumburra on the weekend. It gives them breathing space above Fish Creek, however they do have the bye in the last round.

Fishy will need to beat Tarwin next week, as they come up against KilcundaBass in the last round. Foster Kilcunda-Bass match report The one versus two showdown was played in perfect conditions and the Foster ground was in great shape. In the first term Foster completely dominated and stunned Killy-Bass, kicking nine goals from all parts of the ground in a classy brand of football, and Bass could only manage two. The second term was much more even as the game slowed down. Kilcunda-Bass coach Steve O’Bryan, still on the sidelines, begged his group to lift and claw their way back into the game. They did lift, and they began to push Foster who were starting to make mistakes. Jason Wells and Luke James, who kicked eight between them, were making life difficult for their defenders. But at the other end the duo of Tom Bartholomew and Jake Best (six each) were proving just as damaging. The Killy-Bass boys still thought they had a show in the last quarter, with the back line standing strong. Again they outscored the Tigers six goals to four, but the deficit was too great and Foster got away with a 23 point win.

Foster 18.4.112 d Kilcunda Bass 14.5.89

Kilcunda Bass 11.6.72 d Foster 9.7.61

Foster Goals: T. Bartholomew 6, J. Best 6, D. Waser 2, T. King 1, B. Rooney 1, S. Condon 1, M. Aabryn 1. Kilcunda Bass Goals: J. Wells 5, L. James 3, R. Fitzgerald 1, J. Attenborough 1, P. Lange 1, B. Vague 1, D. Wells 1, T. Smith 1. Foster Best: M. Aabryn, D. Waser, T. King, T. Bartholomew, B. Rooney, J. Best. Kilcunda Bass Best: J. Attenborough, J. Attenborough, J. Wells, D. Holmes, A. Miller, P. Lange. RESERVES

Leading Goalkicker: D. Smith (Fos) 5. Kilcunda Bass Best: S. Crawford, S. Fairthorne, B. Nolan, S. Cunningham, J. Smith, J. Born. Foster Best: D. Smith, J. Dows, M. Comben, E. Davies, K. Wake, J. Lowe. THIRDS

Kilcunda Bass 12.12.84 d Foster 7.2.44 Leading Goalkickers: J. Dakin (KB) 3, S. Chaseling (Fos) 3. Kilcunda Bass Best: D. Wake, L. Golby, A. Marks, B. Egeberg, J.

Andersen, M. Doyle. Foster Best: M. Howell, S. Chaseling, D. Hateley, J. Prain, J. Moore, S. Dobson. FOURTHS

Foster 7.3.45 d Kilcunda Bass 3.7.25 Leading Goalkicker: E. Staley (Fos) 3. Foster Best: E. Staley, L. Coffey, B. Hateley, J. Coffey, M. Jones, G. Rerden. Kilcunda Bass Best: J. JordanLelliott, M. Homer, C. Withall, B. McInroy-Howard, B. North, D. Stacey-Van Steensel.

Battle for the ball: Ashley Zuidema and Ben Maxwell going one on one in the goal square during Korumburra-Bena’s clash with MDU.

Inverloch gets the nod INVERLOCH will host the Alberton Football League grand final for the second year in a row. After a record breaking attendance last season the Sea Eagles’ home venue was again chosen. The finals venues are subject to change, depending on ladder placement and ground conditions.

Alberton Football League 2011 finals Venues and catering August 20 Elimination final 3v6 at Phillip Island Catering: Phillip Island August 21 Elimination final 4v5 at Yarram Catering: DWWWW August 27 2nd semi final 1v2 at Korumburra-Bena

Catering: Dalyston August 28 2nd semi final at Foster Catering: Stony Creek September 3 Preliminary final at Tarwin Catering: Inverloch-Kongwak September 10 Grand final at Inverloch-Kongwak Catering: Tarwin

The Great Southern Star  

August 2 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper

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