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Spring heralds Daffodil Festival Pleasant spring weather is forecast for this week, just in time for the opening of Leongatha’s Daffodil Festival on Thursday. Leongatha Primary School students, from left, Molly, Brodie, Julia, Hannah and Sally are excited about seeing Grade 2 students’ daffodils on display during the festival. Enjoy The Star’s festival feature on pages 18-20.

SEASIDE SHOCK Inverloch rocked by alarming incidents

By Tayla Kershaw TWO serious incidents shook Inverloch in the past week. A Wonthaggi man was arrested on Saturday after he climbed onto the roof of the Inverloch Community Hub and threatened suicide. The man in his twenties was wanted by police before Saturday for numerous offences, including

evading police. At 11.50am on August 16, he was intercepted in Wonthaggi North by the Bass Coast Highway Patrol. He had two female passengers accompanying him. When questioned about irregularities on his licence, he rolled up the window and sped off. A police member was nearly hit by the car as the man drove away, and police did not pursue him.

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On Saturday at 11.30am, police intercepted a car in Inverloch, in which the man was a passenger. The man gave a false name and took off, and police pursued him on foot. The man climbed onto the roof of the Inverloch Community Hub and police spoke to him for three hours before he came down. The scene was attended by police from Inverloch and Wonthaggi, as well as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) from

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Melbourne. Detective Leading Senior Constable Syd Hadley from the Bass Coast CIU managed to encourage the man to come down. He was arrested on charges of breaching the peace and interviewed. He was remanded in custody until yesterday (Monday), when he faced the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court accompanied by Detective Hadley. Continued on page 4.

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Excitement builds Korumburra close to getting new children’s centre dren’s centre.

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The State Government is expected to announce whether it will fund the Korumburra Integrated Children’s Centre within a

fortnight. The project, to be built in Mair Crescent, is described as “shovel ready”. South Gippsland Shire

Council has submitted an application to the State Government under the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD)

Grand vision: an artist’s impression of the Korumburra Integrated Children’s Centre.

Big loss Funding gap risks young people’s futures YOUNG people will miss out on opportunities if Federal and State governments are unable to resolve funding for an organisation that opens doors to education and jobs. The South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network (SGBCLLEN) has been responsible for helping young people find work or continue learning by creating links between education institutions and employers. Many of those young people had left school or were unemployed, and in need of a life direction. But the future of LLENs in Victoria became uncertain in May, when the Federal Government announced it would withdraw $5 million. The State Government recently announced it would pay an extra $5.7 million on top of its existing funding to LLENs across Victoria, to make up for the withdrawal of federal support. But LLENs across Victoria don’t believe that is enough and are concerned about the future once state funding expires in December 2015. Labor has announced an election commitment to fund the LLENs $8 million each year for the next four years. SGBCLLEN executive officer Wendy Major said the lack of long term financial security was “fairly serious news for us”. “While we welcome the extension of the contract, such a severe cut in funding will necessitate a narrowing of the scope of

the LLEN,” she said. “Some programs may not happen at all. “We are about keeping kids connected to school. We can expose young people to experiences that make them value their education and stick with it.” Ms Major said the impact was particularly hard to take in the wake of the State Government stripping funding from the TAFE sector. “All government funded services are under severe financial stress. It makes it difficult for us to do our work,” she said. Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan said he valued the work of LLENs, given he was on the board of the East Gippsland LLEN. “We are very keen and indeed very concerned to remove this uncertainty as soon as this can be achieved, but we want to make sure the LLENs can continue to operate,” he said. The SGBCLLEN – based in Leongatha - has instigated many successful programs to improve young people’s prospects. The organisation facilitated the establishment of the Trade Training Alliance that is now working to establish trade training facilities at South Gippsland secondary colleges. It set up the Bass Coast Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning Program to increase youth’s practical skills and ability to start work. The SGBCLLEN’s YMCA mentoring program brought young people together with local professionals to build networks. The organisation established an industry partnership between Burra Foods, Murray Goulburn and secondary students to pro-

mote the diversity of jobs in the dairy industry. The SGBCLLEN continues to partner with the Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN to stage the Job Skills Expo at Lardner Park, Warragul, every year. ‘Taster’ programs, exposing young people to such industries, have been arranged. The LLEN’s Inspiring Young People work experience program has linked local professionals with hundreds of local students over more than six years. One of the young people helped by the LLEN is Lucy Mertens of Lucy May’s Cafe, Korumburra. “LLEN first assisted me with a joint scholarship with the Cowes CWA ladies which enabled me to travel to Leongatha to do my Certificate II in Hospitality and they have always been supportive over the years,” she said. “I am currently involved in the LLEN Inspiring Youth Dinner, which is a really great event for the kids of Korumburra and Leongatha, and gives them the chance to meet many successful people of all different fields of work and get an idea of how they achieved their success.”

Ms Major is also the chair of the Leongatha Education Precinct responsible for the co-location of Leongatha Secondary College, Leongatha Primary School, South Gippsland Specialist School and Federation Training on the same site to broaden students’ education options. The funding insecurity could also cast a shadow over local jobs, as the network employs five staff. The convener of the Victorian LLEN Chairs’ Network, Mike Grogan, said, “The work of the LLEN is strategic and long term in nature, which makes a one year contract a challenge.” In the last four years, the LLENs network has assisted more than 250,000 young Victorians who were at risk of disengaging, or who had already disengaged from school, training or work.

Planning session: at a meeting of key stakeholders on Friday overlooking plans for the Korumburra Integrated Children’s Centre were, back from left, South Gippsland Shire Council’s manager of children and family services Sally Baker, and director of community services Jan Martin. Front, from left, board of management president Bronwyn Beach and vice president Rebecca Marriott. The project has been five years in the making and over $2 million has been committed by council. Council’s director of community services Jan Martin said, “The reality is that 21 percent of children under the age of four are currently on a waitlist for kindergarten in Korumburra and waiting lists for day care are so long that families have no op-

tion but to seek day care outside of the area where they live and work. “Added to those challenges is the fact that 31.7 percent of households are classified low income, earning under $600 per week. “Affordable local childcare is fundamental to reduce barriers to parents wishing to return to the workforce.”



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sion news crew in New Zealand captured footage of airborne discs. The story of the missing pilot, Frederick Valentich, touched Grant Robinson who was just 10 at the time. “Someone was testing something. Something was going on,” he said. Now all these years later, the Venus Bay man has penned the stories of these and other mysteries in a new book, Great Gippsland Mysteries, to be launched at Fish Creek this Saturday. The book compiles reports of unsolved sightings and experiences across the region, spanning unidentified flying and submersible objects, Tasmanian tigers, black cats, and even a theory that John Friedrich, the National Security Council of Australia chief, was a CIA operative. The famed story of Tarwin Lower’s The Lady of the Swamp also rates a passage and there are enthralling yarns about ghosts, intriguing deaths and maritime tales. The book even mentions mysteries never written about before, including the tale of Erich Schweighofer, the Sale deer hunter. “For three hours he watched and was pursued by the disc. He was close to 50m from it. They took me to the spot,” Mr Robinson said. “This was three weeks before Valentich’s disappearance. Most people know about Valentich because it’s pretty endearing in Australian history. “I’m not saying aliens took him but there was definitely something going on.” Mr Valentich had left Moorabbin airport on a training flight in October 1978 when he went missing. Neither Mr Valentich nor his plane were ever found. Unusual scenarios were also reported at sea level. Unidentified submersible objects were seen off the beach near Wonthaggi. “A few blokes saw some things that were lit up off the beach for a while and then they disappeared under the water,” Mr Robinson said. Mr Friedrich was based



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at Sale during his work with the safety council and the book links him with the former Omega tower at Woodside, which opened in 1982 and since closed. “I think there is a lot more to him than we actually know,” he said. Tasmanian tigers – or thylacines – have been reported in South Gippsland in the past and the Wonthaggi Monster was most likely to have been one, Mr Robinson believed. “In 1915, a group of men reportedly released thylacines at the Prom because they wanted to turn Victoria into a free range zoo,” he said. “Since then, the thylacine sightings have branched out from the Prom, from Grantville through to Loch Sport.” Big cat sightings often come to light in Gippsland and Mr Robinson records reports as far as Mallacoota in far East Gippsland. Mr Robinson does not necessarily take reports of the paranormal as gospel, instead analysing the mysteries through the goggles of his profession as a maths and science teacher, and offering his own theories. But he has had a personal spiritual encounter and that experience has led him to believe there is more to the world than what one sees at face level. As a boy, he found his stepfather dead. While later walking past that location, he felt someone touch him but looked around to see nobody there – in person at least. “I felt that touch for long enough to make me look behind,” Mr Robinson said. In researching his book, Mr Robinson placed ads in newspapers across Gippsland seeking leads and explored the archives of the State Library of Victoria. He has so much information he is planning another book. • Mr Robinson will launch Great Gippsland Mysteries at the Fish Creek Newsagency this Saturday, August 30 from 10am onwards.


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Neighbours save house By Tayla Kershaw A KORUMBURRA home was saved from burning thanks to the quick actions of neighbours last Tuesday (August 19). A fire ignited on the back verandah but was contained to that area thanks to initial attempts by neighbours to extinguish the fire. A fire investigator was unable to determine the cause of the blaze, as the blaze was so intense it was difficult to pinpoint which electrical component may have started it. The homeowner said no one was home at the time the fire started, but had neighbours not acted, the family would have lost the whole house. A neighbour saw the black smoke and immediately called the CFA. Tradesmen working at another neighbour’s home also saw the smoke and quickly helped to put it out. CFA trucks from Leongatha, Korumburra and Ruby attended the scene with 15 personnel. CFA firefighters took 10 minutes to contain the fire, after which they spent time searching for the cause before calling fire investigators. The combined work of the CFA and tradesmen saved the house as the fire would have reached the roof cavity if it had burned any longer. The fire was mainly contained to the verandah but there was some smoke damage inside the house.

Fire investigated: the CFA could not determine the cause of a fire which started on the back verandah of a Korumburra home last Tuesday.

Wind probe still blows clearing linked to the Bald Hills Wind Farm. Contractors have agreed to halt vegetation

removal works along the Venus Bay- Inverloch Road, following concerns raised by local residents about excessive vegetation

Taking shape: more turbines are being erected as part of the Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower.

being removed for the purpose of installing 27km of powerline. Since the works started, two areas have generated the most number of enquiries. These are Walkerville Road and along the Inverloch–Venus Bay Road near the Tarwin Lower cemetery. Council recently convened a meeting in Leongatha to allow residents to raise their concerns with wind farm general manager Matthew Croome. Council staff and a representative from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) also attended. “At the meeting, Mr Croome committed to investigate ways to minimise the vegetation removal along the Inverloch–Venus

Bay Road and to investigate some replanting opportunities in areas where vegetation has already been removed,” Bryan Sword, council’s acting director of development services, said. “He also made a commitment to local residents that works in this area will not recommence until these opportunities have been investigated.” Most of the enquiries received by council questioned whether the wind farm has approval to remove the vegetation, whether the local community was consulted and why, in some areas, power poles are being placed in the road reserve and not within private property where vegetation has already been cleared. “A planning permit

Coast facelift backed By Laura Gibb BASS Coast Shire Council’s 20142015 budget aims to “invest in the future” by allocating $12.22 million for capital works such as roads, drainage, parks, playgrounds and buildings. Council intends to provide for future generations by “closing the renewal gap for existing infrastructure”: bringing its ageing assets up to date and catching up on maintenance work. The funding will be used to upgrade identified ‘black spots’ on roads; expand the path network, including the rail trail; improve drainage at Newhaven Reserves; harvest stormwater at Wonthaggi Reserve; design Bass Valley Integrated Children’s Centre; and rehabilitate waste landfill sites. General rates will rise by a total of 6.3 per cent. Council’s contribution to capital works has increased by $1.44 million or 22 per cent since the previous year, by increasing the contribution rate revenue makes to capital works and by decreasing the cost of everyday services. “While increasing the amount of funding for capital works, we have also ensured that we maintain a focus on efficiency and effectiveness in our operations,” mayor Cr Neil Rankine said. “This has resulted in a real decrease in service costs of $2.17 million or 2.4 per cent

whilst maintaining the same level of service to the community.” The budget also aims to reduce charge increases over a number of years, meaning overall rates will most likely continue to increase each year but the increase will gradually slow. Fees and charges have generally been increased by three per cent, with exceptions such as the landfill charge, which increased by more than three per cent in order to meet increased service costs. The garbage charge has increased by 8.1 per cent from $284 to $307 to meet an increased need. Council owes $2 million in general loans. General rates for an average property increased by 5.5 per cent, while the total increase in general rates was 6.3 per cent. Council received 19 public submissions to the draft budget, up from only two submissions in 2013. “It’s a great result,” Cr Rankine said. Submissions stated costs have risen far above Consumer Price Index (CPI); that rates should not rise above CPI; that rates are increasing faster than household income; that distribution of capital works across the municipality is inadequate; the budget document is thorough; the garbage charge is unfair; and the budget does not address waste management services on Phillip Island. “We found we really are addressing most of these people’s concerns,” Cr Rankine said, cit-

ing council’s strategies to reduce rate increases, to create a long time financial plan and to substantially increase spending on capital works. Cr Andrew Phillips thanked people for their submissions, saying contributors such as Neville Chapman, president of the Bass Coast branch of the Victorian Farmers Federation, had raised many pertinent points. “I hope some of the submitters can come back next year and say, ‘You’ve done a good job,’” Cr Phillips said. Cr Phil Wright noted there was no submission from Phillip Island Progress Association (PIPA), which is pushing for Phillip Island to secede from Bass Coast Shire. Only Cr Phil Wright voted against the motion to adopt the budget. He did so on the grounds farmers should begin paying a differential rate immediately. “Farmers contribute much, much more than primary produce,” he said. Other councillors support a differential farm rate but want it explored as part of an overall rate review. In 2014-2015, council will spend almost $70 million in total to deliver a range of services across Bass Coast and to build community facilities and infrastructure. Funding for the delivery of services and initiatives adds up to $52.3 million. The budget also provides for council to develop and 10 year financial plan and to implement its climate change action plan.

was issued on May 6 approving these works,” Mr Sword said. “Consideration of the most appropriate alignment for the powerline occurred over a four year period. “Early consultation was between the wind farm proponent, local landowners, council’s biodiversity officer and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI). “These discussions focussed on identifying the most practicable alignment and minimising the amount of vegetation required to be removed.” Mr Sword said locating power poles on private property required the consent of land owners and while this was provided for a number of locations, agreement could not be secured from all landowners. “A number of alternate design options and routes were considered and the final route was advertised for public comment as part of the planning permit process,” he said. “The planning permit application was advertised in local newspapers and

98 adjoining landowners were directly notified of the application.” During the advertising period, council received many enquiries about the application and copies of the relevant plans were made available for public comment. As part of the planning permit application, an independent assessment of the amount of vegetation required to be removed was undertaken. These assessments were referred to DEPI and the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority for comment prior to providing planning approval. Under Victoria’s Native Vegetation Assessment Framework, native and non-native vegetation is permitted to be removed, providing the application is consistent with the framework guidelines. This included providing an offset which protects native vegetation in perpetuity. An offset has been secured in Tarwin Lower and is 4.58 ha; this offset is greater than what is required under the guidelines.

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Cruises crowned top business WILDLIFE Coast Cruises took out three awards, including Business of the Year, at the 2014 Bass Coast Business Awards announced at the presentation dinner on Friday night. The business also won awards for Business Excellence six plus employees and for marketing and promotion. Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Neil Rankine said the judges were impressed by Wildlife Coast Cruises’ development initiatives to expand their market, ongoing market research, comprehensive targeted marketing plan and their innovative ideas, such as their SMS Whale Hotline. “I’d like to congratulate Wildlife Coast Cruises, all our award winners and runners up,” he said. “Interest is growing in the awards each year. Feedback we’ve had from businesses is that entering the awards is a fantastic experience.” Cr Rankine said the awards give people the opportunity to review their business, and help make decisions about

their goals and direction in the future. More than 100 representatives from Bass Coast businesses attended the event held at Silverwater Resort, San Remo, which created an atmosphere of excitement. Council’s chief executive officer Paul Buckley congratulated not only the winners, but all the businesses that entered the awards this year. “Our local businesses are delivering fantastic services and building a reputation across Victoria, which is great for our economy, for visitors and for residents,” he said. “The growing popularity of the awards reflects the strength of our local business community. “We know from past awards that there is an economic benefit that can be gained from entering.” 2014 Bass Coast People’s Choice Award winners: Health and Lifestyle Award, Aromatherapy in Action, Cowes; Hospitality Award, Cowes Caravan Park, Cowes; Professional Services Award, Sargeants Conveyancing, Bass Coast; Retail Business Award, Oaktree Boutique, Wonthaggi; Tour-

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On 1 July, Bass Coast Health was formed through the integration of Bass Coast Regional Health and Bass Coast Community Health Service. This was the result of more than 18 months of planning work following a request by the Board of Bass Coast Community Health Service that the two organisations integrate to become one. The two organisations have come together based on a number of principles, among them to enhance community based health service integration across the Bass Coast Shire and a commitment to grow and develop the services into the future. The range of services now provided by the one organisation will also boost the linkages with the range of acute and subacute hospital based services which are growing to meet the broader needs of the Gippsland South Coast area. Bass Coast Health provides services across 10 sites in Wonthaggi, San Remo, Cowes, Inverloch, Grantville and Corinella. The Board for the new organisation was approved by the Minister for Health and commenced on 1 July. The Board members are: Jeff Bennett (elected as Chair), Peter Laydon (elected as Deputy Chair), Sandy Bell, Keith Finney, Neville Goodwin, Christine Hammond, Peter Harcourt, Margaret Jarvis, Mim Kershaw, Mary O'Connor andTony Quinlan Both Mim Kershaw and Christine Hammond were previous Directors of Bass Coast Community Health Service and they join the previous Bass Coast Regional Health Board members to make up the new Board. The Board has now appointed a new Chief Executive Officer to replace Lea Pope, who announced her pending resignation earlier this year. Veronica Jamison, who will commence on 8 October, is currently the CEO at Dianella Community Health Service in the City of Hume and prior to that was CEO of Boort District Health. She has a broad range of experience in rural and metropolitan health services and will bring extensive experience to the role. Our new logo signifies the interconnectedness of all of the services we provide. Our services not only need to connect and interact smoothly with each other, but also with those provided by our many partners in the community.We will continue to work hard on those relationships and connections as our services grow and develop over time. As well as the Board and Executive, our CommunityAdvisory Group had input into the selection of the logo. It is difficult task to achieve a graphic which is meaningful and which over time becomes instantly recognisable as belonging to the organisation. We hope that we have been able to achieve that. Any queries can be directed to the Chief Executive Officer on 56713209

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - PAGE 7

Muddy waters cloud pools By Sarah Vella POOL committees are unsure how management changes will affect the success of pools across South Gippsland. YMCA Victoria has won the tender to manage SPLASH and seasonal aquatic facilities at Korumburra, Poowong, Mirboo North and Foster. South Gippsland Shire Council ratified the recommendation to award the contract to the YMCA for the next three years. The Toora pool will remain under the direction of a council committee of management. Council’s director of community services Jan Martin said the YMCA has managed some recreation facilities in South Gippsland over the last 14 years.

“The YMCA is familiar with the facilities the council has appointed them to manage and they are also well aware the council values community involvement in maximising use of our aquatic facilities,” she said. “We are confident the new contract, which includes services across most of this shire, will lead to a closer collaboration with our communities.” Mary Baker, secretary of the Mirboo North Swimming Pool committee of management, said this would be the first time YMCA has managed the pool. “Unified Community Sports and Leisure had managed the pool for around 15 years,” she said. “We haven’t met with the YMCA yet, so we are not sure what changes will be made to how the pool is run.”

Ms Baker said she is keen to hear whether or not community programs such as lap swimming, Mirboo North Idol and school sports would be affected. “The previous managers were very flexible with the community’s needs,” she said. One aspect of the new contract that is of concern to the committee of management is the temperature required before the pool will be opened. “The pool used to open when the forecast temperature for the Latrobe Valley was 22 degrees or higher,” Ms Baker said. “Now the pool won’t be opened unless the forecast temperature in Leongatha is 26 degrees or higher. “We used to extend the hours of the pool if the day was 28 degrees or hotter, and now it won’t open unless it is 26 degrees.”

Horror crash A WOMAN was killed at Berrys Creek when she lost control of her car on Sunday afternoon. The 18 year old from Delburn was travelling towards Mirboo North from Leongatha when she lost control and crashed into a tree. The crash occurred on the Strzelecki Highway near Mossvale Park Road. She was the only person in the car and died at the

scene. Police are still trying to work out the cause of the accident. The road was clear at the time of the accident. Two members from the Bass Coast Highway Patrol, the Leongatha Police, Berrys Creek CFA and the Mirboo North CFA attended the scene. The investigation was led by Leongatha’s State Emergency Service.

Some concerns: Mary Barker, secretary of the Mirboo North Swimming Pool committee of management, said the community may have less opportunities to enjoy the pool during summer due to new temperature restrictions. Ms Baker said the pool was likely to suffer under this change. “Now on those beautiful 25 degree days when the pool would normally be a social hub, it won’t even be open,” she said. “It is going to impact significantly on the pool and will be reflected in our numbers.” Ian Lyon, a member of the Foster Swimming Pool committee, said the YMCA ran the Foster pool for the last three summers. “The community and the Section 86 committee would have much preferred to have the committee resume management as in previous years, or that the

operators of the Toora Pool be given an opportunity,” he said. “However the council has made its decision and we can just hope with the reduced opening hours of the pool over summer the service provided to the community will be satisfactory.” Mr Lyon said traditional early morning lap swimming may be in doubt if the requirements placed on volunteers are impractical. “We also hope the overall numbers will not be too negatively impacted by the reduction opening hours,” he said. The new contract comes into effect on September 1.

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New equipment arrives to cater for growing demand for Child Dental Benefit Scheme Rapid Response Dental (RRD), renowned for its fast same day service, has expanded its service to look after young children and teenagers. Along with the introduction of the Child Dental Benefit Scheme (CDBS) by Medicare, it allowed RRD to deliver the very best care to our younger patients. According to Dr. Taehee Lee, director of RRD, already hundreds of patients have received dental care by dental therapist Ms. Lidija Susanj, and had fantastic responses from the community. Due to huge demand from the community, their brand new 4th dental chair and decay detecting camera has been delivered from Germany and installed. This will allow RRD to look after even more patients. Appointments can be made by calling 5662 0940 and as long as the child is eligible and enough balance is available under CDBS, there will be no charge to receive state of the art dental care by the team at RRD. This program provides dental care to eligible children aged between 2 and 17 with no out of pocket expenses up to $1,000. Principal Dentist, Dr. Taehee Lee explains why the program is such an important one. “There has been a lot of research into Dental Care and its

plays a really big role in our overall wellbeing and confidence as well as the prevention of disease. The Child Dental Benefits Schedule gives parents a fantastic opportunity to have their children seen by a dentist and treated up to a benefit of $1,000 with no out of pocket expenses.” In addition to the new staff members, Rapid Response Dental has also invested heavily in new equipment for the clinic, which will allow for a more comfortable and successful trip to the dentist. The clinic is now equipped with an additional German made dental chair, two new x-ray machines and a decay detecting digital camera.

Along with a no-fuss, no waiting same day dental service, Rapid Response Dental now provides optimal dental care to families and children. For an appointment call 5662 0940.

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Art win for Mahoney WONTHAGGI artist Patrice Mahoney won a major honour at the 2014 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

She received the $5000 Federation University Australia Acquisitive Award. Her piece, Jobs, Policy and LOST, was created from Intaglio copper plate, pigment, soft ground, open bite, aquatint, spit-bite,

Sparked reaction: Patrice Mahoney’s winning artwork, Jobs, Policy and LOST.

PUBLIC SESSIONS PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS Bookings for speaking times essential Ph 5662 9222 Wed, 27 Aug 10.00am – GippsTAFE Leongatha** ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING GippsTAFE, Leongatha** Wed, 27 August – 2.00pm 1. Notice of motion - Community fundraising 2. Quarterly performance report April to June 3. Councillor expenditure report - 30 June 4. Report on assembly of councillors - July 5. Councillor discretionary fund allocation report 6. Documents /contracts under CEO delegation 7. Proposed lease to the Corner Inlet motorcycle club 8. Applications to War Memorials/ Aves of Honour grants program 9. Award of tender SGC15/11 Closed item - contractual matter Upon conclusion of the Meeting, Council will present local athletes who participated in the Commonwealth Games with certificates in recognition of their efforts. TENDER SGC15/16 Reconstruction of Gray St, Leongatha Council is seeking submissions from qualified companies / applicants for the above Tender. Documentation available at or 03 5662 9254. Tenders close 2pm AEST on Tues 23 September 2014. HARD WASTE COLLECTION BOOKINGS CLOSING SOON You only have until the end of August to book and pay if you wish to take advantage of Council's Sept/Oct optional hard waste collection. The standard fee is $86 and Pension Card holders can apply for a discounted rate of $29. Payment & your booking form must be received by Council by 31 August. Booking forms and information sheets can be downloaded from or obtained from Reception when paying. Enquiries: 5662 9200. BMX TRACK TRIAL The Large Scale Club (Vic) has approached Council to use the BMX track in Horn St Leongatha. Club members race small petrol driven remote control vehicles on a dirt track. A trial day will be held on Sun 31 August from 11am. Enquiries: 5662 9231 BURNING OFF RESTRICTIONS Residents are reminded that the General Local Law (Cl 14) introduced in April, places some controls over open air burning (burning off) in Residential, Low Density Residential, Township, Commercial 1 & Mixed Use zones. Burning off activities are not allowed within these zones unless a permit is obtained. (Council is receiving reports of neighbours contravening these controls.) Enquiries: 5662 9252 SEPTEMBER IMMUNISATION PROGRAM Tue 2 September FOSTER, WMA Centre, Main St, 10am-10.30am LEONGATHA, Uniting Church Hall, Peart St, 12.30-1.30pm Wed 3 September MIRBOO NORTH, MCH Centre, Brennan St, 9am-9.30am KORUMBURRA, Community Rm, Commercial St, 11.30am -12pm NYORA, Nyora Community Hall, Henley St, 1pm1.30pm Enquiries: Ph 5662 9361 COUNCIL WORKS THIS WEEK Road Maintenance: Leongatha/Leongatha Sth/ Hedley/Binginwarri/Welshpool Drainage Works: Lewis St, Pt Welshpool Footpath Works: Hoddle St, Foster Pram Crossing: McDonald St, Foster 9 Smith St., Leongatha 3953 (Private Bag 4) Ph: 5662 9200 Fax: 5662 3754

stamping, relief, drawing and burnishing. Minister for the Arts Heidi Victoria said the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards built the profile of South East Australian Aboriginal art and Victoria’s indigenous artists. “The Victorian Indigenous Art Awards provide an incomparable glimpse into the power and quality of indigenous art, and on to the artists who live, work and take inspiration from this part of Australia,” Ms Victoria said. The works of the 35 finalists showcase traditional and contemporary art practices, and range from traditional basket weaving techniques to works on wood, as well as photography, painting, video and

sculpture. More than $50,000 in prizes was presented at the awards ceremony. “The works of this year’s finalists feature in a stunning exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. I strongly encourage everyone to visit the exhibition, or to visit online via the Arts Victoria website, to cast a vote for a favourite work,” Ms Victoria said. “This event is great for Victoria’s indigenous artists, and great for regional Victoria, which is home to many of our artists and to some world-class regional galleries.” The Victorian Indigenous Art Awards exhibition is now open at Art Gallery of Ballarat and runs until Sunday, October 5.

Prom vision A TOURIST development at the entrance to Wilsons Promontory National Park could be closer to becoming reality. South Gippsland Shire Council received a briefing about the lodge proposal last Wednesday. According to the lodge website, the project is the vision of Melbourne man Tom Tootell to redevelop a 100 hectare dairy farm at Yanakie. The proposal is already supported by council, Parks Victoria and Tourism Victoria, but requires investment.

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Piling up: Leongatha residents Tona O’Connor and Kylie Hardie were surprised by the delay in rubbish collection last week. Only Ms Hardie was affected.

Garbage delay

By Sarah Vella MURRAY Goulburn will make an additional milk payment to all Gippsland suppliers after new flow metre technology was found to be incorrectly calibrated. The payment adjustment will be the equivalent of one per cent of additional milk volume and will cover any underreading of milk meters within the period of May 7 to August 19. Before being fitted to tankers, the flow meters were certified for accuracy via the National Measurement Institute (NMI). Some larger MG suppliers with recently calibrated vats continued to notice variances outside the required plus or minus 0.5 per cent. This discrepancy was raised with the company that certified the meters. NMI has since confirmed the certifying vessel used was not correctly certified itself. This vessel has now been rectified and MG has commenced recertifying all its meters which will be completed in the coming weeks. Gippsland was selected as the first region to convert to flow meters, with all tankers in that region fitted and operational since early May. MG will continue to use the meters but will also check the farm vat measurement and use the higher of the two readings. Once all the meters are recertified, volume will be measured by flow meters alone.

By Brad Lester RUBBISH collection in parts of South Gippsland was delayed last week, after garbage trucks were taken off the road. South Gippsland Shire Council’s rubbish contractor, Cleanaway, removed its trucks from service pending roadworthy checks. A truck used by Cleanaway’s parent company, Transpacific, was involved in a fatal collision in South Australia recently, prompting Transpacific to voluntarily ground its entire fleet across Australia. Transpacific CEO Robert Boucher said: “We have taken the decision this evening to ground our entire fleet in order to conduct our own internal investigation and satisfy ourselves, the police and regulators of the roadworthiness of our fleet and the adequacy of our maintenance program.” Police were investigating speed and brake failure as possible causes of the crash.

The rubbish delay came into effect last Wednesday and affected Dumbalk, Koonwarra, Meeniyan, Tarwin and part of Leongatha: east of the South Gippsland Highway and south of Ogilvy Street to just south of Parr Street. Bins in Leongatha CBD and Mirboo North were collected on Thursday. All bins were due to be collected by late Friday. According to council, Cleanaway was obligated under its contract to source alternative trucks if significant delays occurred. Council’s customer relations manager Christian Stefani said council was surprised by the incident. “We understand they (Cleanaway) wish to take all necessary precautions to ensure its staff and other road users are safe,” he said. Leongatha resident Kylie Hardie told The Star last Wednesday - before rubbish was collected - she may have to take her rubbish to the tip. Cleanaway was contacted for comment but did not return The Star’s calls before going to print.

POLICE BRIEFS Body identified THE body found in the Meeniyan house fire two weeks ago was formally identified as John Kelly by the Coroner’s Court. The family was notified late last week. Fire investigators believe the blaze was caused by an electric heater and confirmed the fire was accidental. The home in Armstrong’s Road was completely destroyed after the fire caused the roof to collapse. The body was uncovered after an extensive search by fire investigators and the Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit. Mr Kelly was well known throughout Meeniyan and the district, as his family has resided in Meeniyan for a long time.

Car rolled A LEONGATHA man lost control of his car on the Grassy Spur corners on the South Gippsland Highway at 8am yesterday (Monday). The 24 year old was travelling south when

he slid across the road and into an embankment, rolling his car. The driver wasn’t hurt and the car was towed with moderate damage. Police from Foster attended the scene and the incident was written off as an accident. Police believe wet roads and inexperience were the probable causes.

Avenue, Venus Bay. Police said the theft may have occurred between August 16 and August 18. The offenders forced open a window to get inside the house. The value of the stolen goods is in excess of $2000.

Garden thief

A TUMBLE dryer caught fire in a Port Franklin home at 8.30am yesterday (Monday). The tumble dryer was left on while the owner wasn’t at home. The fire was contained to the bathroom and laundry but spread into the roof. Foster Police and Toora CFA attended the home in Reserve Street. The CFA extinguished the fire, which had left moderate damage to the house from the heat, steam and fire. While the fire was only contained to two rooms, the smoke and water damage has caused the house to be unliveable until it’s repaired.

A LAWNMOWER and other garden tools were recently reported missing from a home in Golf Street, Inverloch. Police said the theft could have occurred between August 11 and last Tuesday. The equipment was taken from an open carport. The total value of the missing property is $500.

House ransacked CASH, fishing equipment and household appliances were stolen from a home in McIndoe

Port Franklin house fire

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - PAGE 9

Growth stunt By Helen Bowering

WITH Leongatha and Wonthaggi set for a major growth in population by 2015, South West Gippsland Transport Group’s Max Semken has upped the push for better public transport services for Gippsland. Projections by the State Government will see more than 2.2 million people into regional Victoria by 2015. In light of these projections, Mr Semken, of Leongatha, would like to see a major boost to Gippsland’s public transport now rather than later. Mr Semken has been campaigning for more than 20 years for better public transport, ever since the train from Leongatha to Melbourne was shut down in 1993. In the lead up to the state election, Mr Semken and the South West Gippsland Transport Group would like to see some real commitments to better public transport and a huge injection of capital from Gippsland South MLA and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan. Mr Semken said the number of services in Gippsland does not reflect the needs of the local communities now, let alone into the future. “The lack of public transport in South Gippsland is proving detrimental to our growth and our politicians should sit up and start listening,” he said. “The lack of public transport in South Gippsland is hurting region’s economy and if the State Government improved services the people would come. “We would see more businesses coming to the area and more jobs would be created. There would be more people coming to live in the local towns, more ratepayers and better services.

“But with the lack of public transport options, the State Government is stunting our growth. “People are fed up with the lack of bus and train services, and the fact that sometimes you are struggling to get a seat on one of the limited number of buses. We have been treated second rate for too long. “Public transport is not a privilege, it is a right.” The transport group is pushing for increased bus services across Gippsland from Phillip Island to Leongatha and Traralgon with 10 new services a day, seven days a week and another between Mirboo North, Thorpdale and Trafalgar as a new service that would offer eight services a day, seven days a week. Mr Semken estimated these extra services would cost $20 million and said the State Government could afford it, given the hundreds of millions it plans to spend on Melbourne’s controversial East-West road link, valued at around $2.5 billion. Mr Semken is sceptical about the $2.5 billion costing and believed the project could blow out to $18 billion. Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy committed $12.4 million in the 2014-15 State Budget for regional Victoria to aid in the implementation of regional growth plans, and to assist councils with major projects and developments, and immediate statutory planning support. Mr Guy said, “Gippsland will always play a vital role in Victoria’s growth and development and the Gippsland Regional Growth Plan identifies opportunities to capitalise on the region’s strengths and protect its most valuable assets.” He said key features of the Gippsland Regional Growth Plan include supporting jobs and investment through diversifying growth, taking advantage of Gippsland’s importance as a food bowl, tourism destination and energy hub, as well as opportunities for aviation

and defence sector employment, and growing knowledge and service industries. Mr Semken wanted more buses in the meantime, and the return of a train to South Gippsland and an extensive network established to link the towns of Gippsland. In the long term, Mr Semken said the new and extensive public transport system would service all communities of Gippsland and link the towns from Phillip Island through Leongatha, Yarram and Sale and through to Sydney. “The State Government has mooted it will fund a $60 million to $90 million upgrade of the Geelong Football Ground,” Mr Semken said. “Well, if it can commit that sort of money to a football ground, we would like to see the same spent or more on public transport in Gippsland. “What we need in South Gippsland is our own State Government seat so we would see more funding flow to the area to benefit the people of South Gippsland.”

Transport push: South West Gippsland Transport Group’s Max Semken of Leongatha has put the State Government on notice that South Gippsland demands more public transport services now.

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Column 7 LEONGATHA Primary School is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The school is seeking items for a display on September 5 about how the school has changed. If you have memorabilia, old uniforms or old photographs, please lend it to the office in a clearly named envelope so it can be scanned or photographed for the display.

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SCHOOLS, churches and groups across South Gippsland are busy filling shoeboxes with gifts for the Operation Christmas Child project of Samaritan’s Purse. These are sent to needy children in the Asian Pacific area,



KINDERGARTENS may not know whether the mandatory 15 hours of class time will stay in place until October. The hours may drop to back 12 a week due to the lack of federal funding. Kindergarten committees are working to ensure the 15 hours a week is maintained, as a lot of work has been put into facilities and staff numbers to accommodate the extra three hours when it was

Insightful speaker: former Star journalist Jane Ross (left) joined by Helen Barrow at the July Ecumenical Pleasant Sunday Afternoon at Mardan South.

Finger on science, faith Generous donation: Inverloch youngsters, from left, Nicky Lawson, Dakota Rigby, Rani Stirton and Bri Wightman gave $5000 worth of goods to the Monash Children’s Cancer Centre last Thursday. The proceeds were from the Concert for Coco Nicky, Rani and Bri organised at Inverloch in aid of cancer patient Dakota. They are pictured with Liz Virgo, play therapist at the cancer centre, who appreciated the donations of outdoor furniture, arm chairs for the treatment room, WiiU, games, art and scrapbooking supplies.

Equine art: Kate Fooke, below, helped set the tone for the opening of the latest exhibition at Gecko Studio Gallery at Fish Creek recently, by arriving on her horse. The exhibition, Horse, features works on paper by Kim McDonald (left) and Abigail van Rooyen . The horse took interest in the exhibition, craning it’s neck to peer through the window.



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COMMUNITY clubs can apply for State Government funding, through the Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program.



SCIENCE and faith will be the topic of the next speaker at the Ecumenical Pleasant Sunday Afternoon at Mardan South this Sunday, August 31.

Funding chance Bass MLA Ken Smith said, “The program rewards innovative community clubs and organisations with dollar for dollar funding of up to $50,000 for small sport and recreation facility projects.” The program provides financial support for small facility projects, and rewards sport and recreation clubs that may be able to source materials or have qualified tradespeople provide in-kind support to projects. Groups are encouraged to contact their local council. Councils can apply for up to $50,000 towards two projects. Each project can have a total project cost up to $150,000. Applications close on Monday, September 15. For more information about the Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program and other community sporting facility funding programs on offer, visit


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PARENTS are reminded to be aware their children are responsible for comments they put on Facebook or other social media forums. Police have reinforced the message in primary schools. Children can be accountable for inappropriate comments. Everyone is asked to think before they type and to use respectable forums if there is an issue.

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“THE STAR”, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - PAGE 11

Lack of vision killing Leongatha By Brad Lester LEONGATHA could have a traffic-free mall as the heart of the community, a place where people could socialise and celebrate the town.

Fresh idea: Ron Brown believed the intersection of McCartin and Bair streets in Leongatha could be transformed into the social heart of town.

Last Wednesday, Ron Brown told South Gippsland Shire Council of his vision to close the intersection of McCartin and Bair streets to vehicles, and reinvigorate the junction as a plaza of the likes seen in Spain. The Turtons Creek man suggested the area be paved and planted with shrubs, and attractive lighting installed. “It could become a centre for Leongatha, which has been sadly lacking for a long time,” he said. “We have too many cars and car parks in Leongatha, and nothing for the people. Leongatha is a place that we should be trying to build upon.” Mayor Cr Jim Fawcett said the idea had merit.

“We could dust off a plan that was made 40 years ago that was for the same thing,” he said. But Cr Fawcett said McCartin Street carried traffic to the Bass Coast and closing the street to traffic would be an issue. Cr Bob Newton said he had long been trying to push for a bypass of Leongatha linking the South Gippsland Highway with Mitchells Road. “I just can’t get the support to back it. You are a one soldier army,” he said. Cr Andrew McEwen said council was bound to abide by planning requirements that specified a certain number of parking bays be constructed per square metre of building. However he agreed the shire’s major towns needed beautifying, with many empty shops in Leongatha and Korumburra. “Both Leongatha and Korumburra need a makeover to make them more attractive. They need to be more pedestrian friendly,” Cr McEwen said.

Mr Brown also criticised the design of new shops in Leongatha, saying they should have been built with flats above to accomodate young people. Mr Brown disagreed with the new heavy vehicle alternate route for Leongatha, saying the route should leave Anderson Street north of Turner Street and continue down Hughes Street and then into Long Street. The route will now start from the intersection of Anderson and McCartin streets, and then turn into Long Street, which Brown believed posed an excessively tight turning circle. He urged council to start planning for a heavy vehicle bypass at Mirboo North, warning of the prospect of a serious collision there. Mr Brown added the Aldi supermarket should have been built on the edge of Leongatha rather than in its current location in Bruce Street. He is fed up with a lack of vision and progress in the region, and is planning to move to Europe.

Farmers harbour rates anxiety By Tayla Kershaw FARMERS in South Gippsland are continuing to feel the pressure of Bass Coast Shire Council’s rates. Council’s acting corporate services director John Wynen said farmers represent 3.6 per cent of rateable properties and pay 7.5 per cent of all rates and charges. However, the value of farming properties – the basis of rating properties – represents over 10 per cent of the value of all properties. According to Mr Wynen, farmers have been advocating for a farm differential rate for the last few years. “In response to this, council has actively engaged with the farming sector to understand their concerns,” he said. “One of the actions taken by council was to establish the Rural Engagement

Group in 2013, as an advisory group, to assist in understanding issues facing the farming community. One of the issues that has been discussed by the group has been farm rates.” That is little comfort to Glen Alvie beef farmer Neville Chapman, who believes the system was broken. “We are no more of a burden to the shire than any other ratepayer,” the president of the Bass Coast branch of the Victorian Farmer’s Federation (VFF) said. “We don’t mind paying rates but we shouldn’t have to shoulder the burden of excessive rates.” Mr Chapman said farming was a way of life and for the most part has treated him well. However, he said rates have continued to rise annually and there are no signs of stopping. “Farmers have assets but they aren’t rich,” he said. “Council need to start taking care of the locals.”

Mr Chapman said farmers are asking for a 50 per cent differential rate and a 20 per cent environmental charge. “This will bring our rates down to paying the same amount as residential ratepayers,” he said. “We need a service based shire. Everyone should be treated fairly.” Though a differential rate doesn’t apply to farms, Mr Wynen said Bass Coast Shire Council was one of few councils that apply a land management rebate to farm properties. “This rebate equates to over $553,000 in the proposed 2014-15 budget and represents a reduction in farm rates to 16 per cent,” he said. “This amount of $553,000 is funded by all other categories of properties.” Mr Wynen said council has considered a differential rate as part of its past budgets. Council will be undertaking a full review of its rating strategy in the 2014-15 financial year.

Fight for fairness: Glen Alvie’s Neville Chapman wants to see a differential rate introduced to Bass Coast Shire Council’s rating system.

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Fresh perspective

AFTER the last two front page articles in The Star regarding the Bald Hills Wind Farm, I feel compelled to comment on how I see the situation. My husband and I live on four acres, basically between the road and the creek on Buffalo-Waratah Road, less than one kilometre south of the wind farm depot, so there are about 15 wind turbines to the north, south and west of our property, the closest being about one kilometre away. The complaints so far seem to be: • Noise: there is more traffic. The bulk is for short periods in the morning and evenings when the workers are either arriving or leaving. We also hear the beeps of reversing vehicles working on the hills. It is not excessive. The bellowing cattle and the waterbirds on the creek can be very noisy at night. That also, is not excessive. • Roads: potholes appear. They always have, but our road gets extra attention, with regular gradings and rollings. I can recall pre-wind farm, when we would be lucky to see a grader more than twice a year. I remember once ‘picking’ my way through the potholes to find myself on the wrong side of the road facing an oncoming vehicle. Fortunately that driver was also travelling slowly, so I could return to my side of the road without any damage done. • Internet: the Bald Hills Wind Farm is being blamed for the poor internet service. If that is the case,

then one would think internet service prior to the wind farm or in the evenings or Sundays should be excellent quality. Not so; our service is unchanged. • Truck drivers: I have never been run off the road. The truck drivers are courteous and considerate. I travel slowing along the unsealed section of BuffaloWaratah Road and any trucks following me have reduced to my speed, travelling behind at a safe distance. I cannot say the same for the impatient locals. • Loss of native vegetation: Personally, I cannot say that I have seen a 100 year old manna gum along the section of Walkerville Road, where the electricity poles are being erected. A tree of that age would be very large and whenever trees have branches reaching over the road severe lopping takes place. I did however see some mirror bush cut back, the first time I have ever seen such an act along that road. Mirror bushes are indigenous to New Zealand. • Loss of habitat: I drive along Walkerville Road to Tarwin regularly and I see rabbits, foxes and in the warmer months echidnas. Once I saw a kangaroo. Upon the return journey it appeared to be the same animal dead on the side of the road. If our native fauna is reliant on this narrow strip of land for their survival, their future is not looking good. • Poles erected too close to the road: I agree with this statement. Where else can they be erected?

E D I T O R I A L Feds must fill void A QUALITY education is essential to people finding the best job they can possibly obtain and above all, fulfil their dreams. At a time when young people in the country are only too frequently reported to be disadvantaged in being able to pursue a range of training and job options, a local program that helps them is at risk. Across Victoria, the future of Local Learning and Employment Networks beyond December 2015 is uncertain given the Federal Government’s withdrawal of funding. The State Government has made up the shortfall, but only until the end of next year. The South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network (SGBCLLEN) has helped many young people achieve, but may have to reduce its programs unless the funding debacle is settled. With so much money already taken from the TAFE sector, options for tertiary education locally are more limited, but at least LLEN staff have the ability and time to help young people find jobs and employers find qualified workers. Good on the State Government for making up the shortfall, but with Victoria’s finances reportedly under pressure, the Federal Government should not expect the State Government to carry its share of the funding in the long run.

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Are the farmers prepared to have the poles on their land? The other option is underground, which of course is more costly and would require more vegetation to be removed and prevented from regrowing so that any required maintenance could be carried out. The fact is the Bald Hills Wind Farm is here to stay and we will all have to live with that. Should the local residents still have the ‘environmental bug burning in the belly’, have a look at the chemicals which have been approved for use in the fracking of coal seam gas. What effect will they have on Gippsland’s groundwater? Rae Jarrett, Tarwin Lower.

Fare unfair AN OPEN letter to Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan, I am writing to you with a query I have regarding weekend bus fares from country Victoria to Melbourne. I use the bus from Korumburra to Melbourne frequently and find as a senior the fare structure at weekends not consistent in the country with public transport fares for metropolitan seniors. As a senior travelling on trains, trams or buses in Melbourne, I can travel on both Saturday and Sunday free by using my Senior Myki card. If I travel from Korumburra to Melbourne on Saturday or Sunday, not only do I have to pay the fare but it’s classed as peak travel, so country seniors pay a fare that is more expensive on weekends than if they travel on weekdays. I have no issue with paying the fares as I feel the senior fares are excellent. What I find unacceptable is that country people are discriminated against, when the cost of all types of travel is so much higher than for city folk and our petrol prices are much higher. I understand your government cannot do much about that, but you do control public transport so I wonder why country residents are not treated the same as city


residents. I am contacting you because you are not only my local member, but also a member of the National Party that represents country people. I wonder why this issue is not one you have considered. I would prefer if you did not just pass this letter onto the Minister of Transport. I feel it would be a good issue for you to take up on behalf of your constituents. Gerard Grenville, Korumburra.

Backwards step WHY do Tony and Phoneys keep making fools of themselves by claiming that ABC is a burden on taxpayers? Their Axe and Tax Budget is a wrecking ball again for ABC and so many other organisations. From comprehensive analysis on Crikey (at https://tinyurl. com/pk8ores): “In 2012-13, total ABC expenditure fell $12 million to $1.17 billion; revenue from the government was $1.023 billion (up from $997 million in 2012), and $158 million was received from commercial operations (down from $173 million the year before). Net cost of service was $1.009 billion, up from $1.006 billion in 2012. The four listed companies with TV businesses in their port-

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folios — Seven West Media, Nine, Ten and Southern Cross —could be used as a comparison. In the year to June 30, 2013, Seven West Media’s total revenue was $1.882 billion, down 3.6 per cent from the year before. “Nine’s revenue in 2013 was $1.492 billion, up $100 million from the year before. Ten and Southern Cross Austereo are too small for meaningful comparison. But none of those have the range and complexity of the ABC’s operations, and neither do other, more diverse media companies. “Companies such as APN (with its print, outdoor advertising and 50 per cent share of a major national radio business), Fairfax Media (with its websites and radio businesses, as well as print), or News Corp’s Australian business with pay TV (Foxtel and Fox Sports), newspapers, and magazines, do not provide the basis for meaningful comparison. “The ABC provides four television channels, five national radio networks on analogue, more channels on digital and a large number of radio channels online as well as Radio Australia. It has a massive online presence covering news, current affairs, entertainment, kids’ content and commentary, while the most popular TV replay centre in Australia is the ABC’s iView, which will be joined this year by a version for radio.” While the ABC is pitched as a

burden on taxpayers, private sector is seen as essential pillar of free enterprise. But there’s no way that free enterprise is ever free. Revenue comes from ads for products. Who pays for the ads? We do, concealed in prices we all pay. Service wise, the ABC delivers so much more than all of private media, to so many more people, in all corners of the country, for a measly 20 per cent of revenue to private media. The latest from Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is to sell off ABC studio assets, outsource all future drama and just concentrate on news. Obviously they care more about news coverage they organise with shock jocks and Murdoch press. For those of us on the edge of metro, who like to listen to 621 and other AM stations, digital radio has transformed quality, especially for pocket receivers. Mr Turnbull wants to take radio back to poor reception, scrapping digital radio from ABC broadcasting. Isn’t it curious that free market economics and wonders of competition were supposed to stimulate new products and services, while our leaders just keep cutting and cutting and taking us backwards. Bernie McComb, Cowes.


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“Miss Root from Demon Dentist because she’s scary.” Tegan, Chairo Christian School.

“Lily from Life with Lily because she is an Amish person.” Rebecca, Chairo Christian School.

“Geronimo Stilton from The Hunt for the Golden Book because he’s funny.” Chad, Chairo Christian School.

“Princess Poppy from the Princess Poppy books because she has the same name as me.” Poppy, Chairo Christian School.

Peter Pan comes to life By Tayla Kershaw PETER Pan lit up the stage of the Wonthaggi Union Arts Centre on August 15 and 16. After months of hard work, the Wonthaggi Secondary College students put on a fantastic

performance, portraying the childhood classic. The roles in the performance were doubled up, with so many talented and enthusiastic students ready to participate. The audience was treated to a different show over the two nights. The starring roles were performed by Nick Lawson and Will Semple as Peter Pan, Raf Pyka as Captain Hook, Maria Rosa Gatto as

Wendy, Miora Trainor and Jayde Gray as Tinker Bell, and Jack Botterill and Jacob Horton as Smee. With amazing performers, remarkable costumes, a creative set, and a wonderful musical ensemble, the show was an enjoyable experience for members of the cast, crew and audience.

Amazing performance: Indians took over the stage of the Wonthaggi Union Arts Centre on August 15 and 16 as Wonthaggi Secondary College wowed the audience with its performance of Peter Pan.

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Teens bleed for cause By Laura Gibb MORE than 40 students and staff from Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College, Leongatha, visited the Red Cross Blood Service bus last week to give blood. “It’s the largest school group donation in the region so far, by a long way,” Red Cross community relations officer Darren McClure said. “I want to make sure

they get recognised for really coming to the cause.” Even more people from the school wanted to donate, but spaces in the bus were limited. It’s the first time the bus has used the improved access point at Leongatha’s new hospital. Acting Year 9 coordinator Alexandra Rice and student Abbey Shaw, sports captain, arranged for students to attend the mobile collection site. “It’s a really great way to give back to the com-

munity,” Ms Rice said. “It allows the kids to give back without having to put their hands in their pockets. And obviously every donation saves three lives.” The mobile collection site will be in Wonthaggi from September 15 to 26 and returns to Leongatha from December 22 to 31. “The students who missed out can’t wait to donate,” Ms Rice said. Call 13 14 95 or go to to register as a blood donor.

More smiles: Satish Gaddam is pleased to announce several new and improved services at Leongatha's Southern Smiles Dental.

More reasons to smile SOUTHERN Smiles Dental in Leongatha will be extending business hours from the middle of September to five days a week.

Life saver: Rachel Shea of Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College, Leongatha, gives blood with Red Cross Blood Service nurses Jess Bortignon, left, and Cass Madsen, right.

Dentist Satish Gaddam said this will bring the Leongatha clinic in line with Foster, which is also open five days a week. “We provide a speciality service including orthodontic services and implants with myself and dentist Praveen Gundlapalli,” he said. “Praveen recently specialised in

treating TMJ and facial Pain with the help of Botox.” Dr Gaddam said implants can be provided to replace a single missing tooth or implant supported dentures. “ We p r o v i d e o r t h o d o n t i c treatment either with a traditional fixed braces or Truline which is our invisible orthodontic system,” he said. Both our clinics recently became accredited by Quality Innovation performance and the Australian DentalAssociation. “It means we provide a quality

practice with minimal risk to providers, patients and or staff. We make sure everything is documented and provide a safe delivery of dental services,” Dr Gaddam said. Our female dentist Divija Inaganti is very good in treating children, she had 5 years experience in treating children under general anaesthetic at Latrobe Regional Hospital he said. “We are currently in the process of applying for treatment under general anaesthetic at Leongatha Hospital.”

Seastar team awarded THE team responsible for the emergency response to eradicate an incursion of Northern Pacific Seastar at Tidal River in 2012 has won an award for its efforts. The 2014 Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) Science Awards were held at Parliament House last week, where the seastar team won the inaugural Emergency Management Award. Marine policy officer with DEPI John Barker nominated the team. He was glad people who work hard to manage marine pests in Victoria were acknowledged. “It was particularly noticed by people at the awards ceremony that it was a collaborative approach that did the good work on this eradication program,” he said. Mr Barker said in May 2012, a Parks Victoria ranger, noticed starfish at the bridge over Tidal River. “It turned out to be the Northern Pacific Seastar, which is a bad marine pest. To deal with that, we needed to pull together a team and find scientific information on how to contain and manage the pest so it didn’t spread,” he said. “Team members came

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Got it: Parks Victoria operations officer Matt Hoskins with a Northern Pacific Seastar from Tidal River in 2012. from the Department of Sustainability and Environment, the Department of Primary Industries, the Environment Protection Authority and Parks Victoria. “The team went through a number of steps to find out basic information including the size and age of the population, whether they had bred, where they were coming from and what would be the best way to contain, eradicate or manage them,” he said.

Mr Barker said the team used contacts in their own departments and pulled together a broad range of scientists. “We didn’t completely eradicate the stars, but we think the population down there has been contained,” he said. “We think we have stopped the spread of the pest along the coast. We do maintenance diving on a regular basis to check for stars, and remove them if found.”

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Bass Coast Council briefs Development denied COUNCIL has denied a planning application for a development at 64–80 Murray Street, Wonthaggi. Councillors said there were problems with vehicle access to one of the two proposed units. Cr Andrew Phillips said planning should include a road internal to the property and not depend on council constructing a road external to the property, along an unmade road reserve. Members of the public sent council 42 objections to the development. Council’s manager of strategic planning and engagement, Jodi Kennedy, explained the developers had failed over many months to present council with geotechnical evidence the land was safe for construction and free of dangers such as mine shafts.

Comment on containers Aussie pride: new citizens at South Gippsland Shire Council’s ceremony were, from left, McMillan MP Russell Broadbent, Rajnish Sharma, Pooja Sharma, Jimsy Palatty Varghese, Kamonwan Sriphet, Vineeth Sasikumar, Peter Sanal and son Aaron Sanal, Jacqueline Van Velzen, Bhupinder Singh and son Samarjot Dhami, and South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jim Fawcett.

New Aussies love South Gippsland IMMIGRANTS to Australia continue to choose to settle in South Gippsland Shire. Council hosted a citizenship ceremony last Wednesday, at which newcomers officially became Australians. While most of them were from India, others came from Thailand and New Zealand. The citizens noted South Gippsland

appealed because of its pleasant surrounds, job opportunities and welcoming community. McMillan MP Russell Broadbent read a message from Immigration Minister Scott Morrison urging the new citizens to honour the contribution of previous generations. Mr Broadbent reflected on his personal circumstances as an example of

the continual rise of multiculturalism in Australia, as his son recently married an Indian lady. “We are now a world community,” he said. “We are widely regarded throughout the world because of what we give and what we do.” The ceremony was held in the council chamber at Leongatha.

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COUNCIL has adopted the capital investment framework 2014. “We must have a framework for assessing capital investment,” infrastructure director Felicity Sist said. Cr Jordan Crugnale said the framework helps council prioritise its investment projects.

Infrastructure boosted THE sum of $450,000 has been freed up for use on projects that could not be funded in the past. Council raised the money by investing $150,000, which attracted $300,000 of funding through Regional Development Victoria’s (RDV) Putting Locals First program.

Council acts on health COUNCIL has adopted a municipal public health and wellbeing action plan. The plan provides for measures to benefit public health, including a register of people who have no one to help them in times of emergency. Measures will also be put in place to help with medical advocacy, women’s health, involving indigenous young people in sport and providing access to healthy food. Mayor Cr Neil Rankine was pleased to note losses from gambling had dropped to $15 million, down from $19 million the previous year.

Sponsorship policy backed THE policy for council sponsorship was adopted at Wednesday’s meeting. The document outlines principals for council sponsorship, such as avoiding sponsorship of events that are also sponsored by cigarette or gambling organisations. It is intended to be a guide for council, rather than an exhaustive list of rules. All councillors voted in favour of adopting the document, although Cr Kimberley Brown said she was keen the guidelines not hinder future events such as the Grand Prix.

Cenotaph petition received COUNCIL received a petition against the proposed removal of the cenotaph in Bass to a new location. Council officers said the community was divided on the issue. Cr Clare Le Serve said she will be glad when council can resolve the worry some people feel over the issue. “It’s a sacred site,” she said.

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Pike Street discontinued PIKE Street, Cape Paterson, has been discontinued as a road and will be sold to owners of adjoining property. Nobody made a submission to council after the proposal was advertised. The motion was carried, with only Cr Phil Wright voting against, saying he was reluctant for council to lose control of the land. “If we sell a bit of land here and a bit of land there, we’re never going to get them back,” he said.

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COUNCIL seeks public comment on its Port of Hastings Container Expansion Project draft position paper. Cr Clare Le Serve said council should try to stop the development if it has even “one ounce” of environmental impact. “The project must achieve a net gain benefit to the environmental, social and economic prosperity of Bass Coast Shire,” she said. The position paper recognises the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve.

Projects put forward SIX projects have been submitted to Regional Development Victoria for approval. The projects included are construction of a shared path in Dalyston; construction of traffic calming in Sandymount Avenue, Inverloch; and renewal of sealed pavements. If any of the projects is not approved, further projects will be submitted in order from council’s list of priority projects.

I RECENTLY had the honour of performing my first poetry reading at the San Remo Hotel. I read a poem from the book The Glass Staircase by Heather Murray-Tobias – a book that uses poetry and journal extracts to tell the story of motherdaughter experience and the effects of mental illness in a family through a time of crisis and recovery. As someone who has a background in maths and science, a live poetry reading was most certainly a new experience for me, yet one I enjoyed immensely. I was very excited to hear Australia’s number one competitive poetry event, The Australian Poetry Slam, is coming to the Bass Coast Principal Library in Wonthaggi on Thursday, August 28 starting at 7pm. This is a major event for the library, with poets, drama students and lovers of the English language from all over the area invited to come along and perform their poetry for two minutes in front of randomly selected judges from the audience. Winners will have the chance to compete at the Victorian final in September, and potentially qualify to perform at the Sydney Opera House in the national final. With the Wonthaggi event the only Poetry Slam heat this side of Melbourne, it will no doubt be a full house and I encourage everyone to head along

to witness some incredible talent in the making. On the topic of the arts, the Wonthaggi Arts Centre is the venue of numerous productions every year by local theatre groups and schools from the whole shire, who do a fantastic job putting on shows that are not only top class for rural and regional areas, but I believe outshine metro performances of the same calibre. We are committed to taking a serious look at the arts centre and its amenities, and investigate what improvements need to be done, including making it accessible for all. Council would love to see the facility utilised even more, attracting more shows throughout the year. We will work with various users of the facility and take every opportunity to source funding for the centre. I look forward to bringing you an update in the near future. The Bass Coast Your Art Collection Exhibition is also on again next month. With four very talented artists in the running for the annual YAC Award, there will be some fantastic pieces on display. The exhibition runs from September 6 to 14 at The Goods Shed Art Space in Wonthaggi, so make sure you don’t miss out! Cr Neil Rankine, mayor,

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NBN coming to Leongatha South LEONGATHA South will be the next local region hooked up to the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) superfast fixed wireless network, McMillan MP Russell Broadbent announced

last week. “This is great news for the 287 premises that will soon have access to lightning fast broadband. Little by little we’re seeing the electorate getting a taste of this essential technology,” he said. “As I’ve stated in the past, rural people deserve

everything given to those in the nation’s cities and metropolitan areas. When you’re talking about communications technology, the reality is, we probably need it even more here in the country. “The NBN could be a boon for education, medical consultations and business – not to mention entertainment. While McMillan has the dairy industry as the cornerstone of its economy, we need to do more to encourage businesses to set up here. The NBN could help make that a reality.” The fixed wireless network will utilise advanced 4G technology

to deliver speeds of up to 25 megabits per second, which will enable multiple high definition videos to be streamed at one time. Since the election, the fixed wireless network has more than doubled the number of premises it passes, with more than 115,000 homes and business in rural Australia passed by the network. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government’s plan to deliver better broadband will mean those in rural Australia are better off under the Coalition. A strategic review

conducted by the NBN Co revealed that Labor had drastically underestimated demand in rural Australia, meaning that 200,000 premises would not have been able to order a service once the networks had been built. The Coalition will invest up to $1.2 billion more in rural Australia to ensure the satellite and fixed wireless networks are able to cope with demand. “The rollout is happening faster than ever since the Coalition Government took office and trials have started to test other technologies which will dramatically lower

the cost and time it will take to deliver fast broadband to all Australians,” Mr Turnbull said. The government believed its changes to the NBN rollout would save $32 billion, see upgrades delivered four years sooner than under Labor and avoid internet retail bills increasing by up to 80 per cent. NBN Co spokesperson Corrie Withers said: “More families and businesses in Victoria are a step closer to being able to enjoy the benefits of fast and reliable broadband, which can deliver improved access to ehealth resources, online

education, teleworking opportunities and entertainment on demand. “For families in rural and regional communities in particular, NBN provides access to internet speeds and capacity that many in the big cities take for granted.” The NBN will update residents throughout McMillan when construction has finished and services are able to be ordered. Check the NBN’s website for updates at www. rollout-map or contact the NBN via phone on 1800 OUR NBN (1800 687 626).

On the way: Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) and McMillan MP Russell Broadbent welcome the expansion of the NBN to Leongatha South soon.

Toora station safe for now By Sarah Vella FOUR South Gippsland parcels of Crown land have been earmarked for sale to reduce the amount of surplus government land in Victoria. Surplus government land is made available for redevelopment and proceeds of sales are reinvested into new infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and public transport. The land will be offered for sale to other Victorian Government departments and agencies, as well as to local government and the Commonwealth Government, before being listed for public sale. South Gippsland Shire Council manager customer relations Christian Stefani said council was aware of a number of properties being considered for sale but would not buy any. “The playground site adjacent to the IGA Supermarket in Meeniyan is one the community and the council were aware of,” he said. “Council had a license over this site, but relinquished our agreement. When sold, the playground equipment will be relocated to another site.” There are plans to sell Toora’s old police station, the former DEPI depot and house at Port Welshpool, and 30 Jetty Road, Toora - former station grounds. Residents were concerned about which part of the station grounds would be sold, as much of the former station park has been looked after and developed by the community and council. The Department of Environment and Primary Industries said the information given on the Treasury website was misleading, as the land intended for sale was not the station ground, but rather the land on the south side of Jetty Road. Toora Railway Reserve Parkland Development Advisory Committee member Kathy Whelan was worried when she first read the station ground was to be sold. “The station ground is not an eyesore. Our main worry is that after all these years and after all of the development done there it was just going to be a piece of paper,” she said. Ms Whelan was relieved to hear the developed site of the station park would not be sold. “It’s a relief. After all of the work that has occurred in the preceding 15 years, it would have been pretty devastating for the community and even for the council if it were to be sold,” she said. The Star contacted the Department of Treasury and Finance but it failed to respond.

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Fishy fun C A f CHARACTERS from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were among those students appeared as at Fish Creek and District Primary School’s dress up on Friday.

Favourite book: Grade 3 and 4 students Shoshanah, Zhi Xia, Georgia and Will took inspiration for their costumes from their books at Chairo Christian School.

Looking the part: Nina Chang and Gretta Paul were dressed as Fancy Nancies at Fish Creek and District Primary School.

Commemorating Book Week, students also came as characters from Harry Potter, Tashi, Zac Power, Pony Pals and Fancy Nancy. Prizes were awarded to a boy and girl from each class. Principal Michelle Turner, dressed as Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, read everyone The Swap. This book is an award winner and tells the story of a Caroline Crocodile who tries to swap her baby brother for another animal.

Yellow Brick Road: Kaitlyn (Tin Man), Mercedes (the Cowardly Lion), Jessica (Dorothy), Tayla (the Good Witch of the North), teacher Christine Hibma (Toto) and Chloe Scarecrow chose The Wizard of Oz as their Book Week theme at Chairo Christian School.

Reading celebrated By Tayla Kershaw CHAIRO Christian School was full of colour on Friday as students swapped their uniforms for outfits worn by their favourite book character. The theme for Book Week was “connect to reading” and the students were given the chance to show off their costume in a whole school parade at the Leongatha school.

Everyone has been busy this week doing various aspects of book themed activities including sing a book, build a book and cook a book. At the end of the day, the students voted on their favourite costume and favourite cake in the cook a book contest. “The costumes are fantastic,” principal Lisa Dumicich said. “The kids are really creative in what they do.”

Book fun at Wonthaggi North

Literary types: enjoying Book Week festivities at Tarwin Valley Primary School on Friday were, from left, Hudson as Mr Twit from The Twits, Hayley as a bee, Alexandra as a knight from The Kiss That Missed and Declan as a Lego man.

STUDENTS and staff at Wonthaggi North Primary School started their day with a dress up parade to celebrate Book Week on Thursday. This was a fitting end to the library’s activities that have focused on the short listed books from the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards. These awards are held annually and celebrate Australian authors and illustrators. Students listened to a range of stories during their library lessons and voted on their favourites.

Top left, Imaginative: Annalise (Queen of Hearts), Cassidy (Cheshire Cat), Dakota (White Queen), Ella (Alice) and Kaitlyn (the White Rabbit) took their Book Week inspiration from the classic Lewis Carroll book Alice in Wonderland at Wonthaggi North Primary School. Left, Lovable characters: the Cookie Monster (Laura) and Elmo (Chloe) made an appearance at the Book Week parade at Wonthaggi North Primary School.

Building blocks: Samara, Lauren, Abigail, Breanna and Dakota got creative for Book Week at St Joseph’s Primary School, Wonthaggi.

Parade a page turner STUDENTS at St Joseph’s Primary School, Wonthaggi brought their favourite book characters to life during Book Week. Book week was celebrated with the annual parade. Students, parents and siblings all joined in on the fun. This was followed by Book Week activities in the classrooms and a cake decorating display by the Grade 5 and 6 students in the library.

Very cute: Sirahnn (left) went along to Book Week as Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter, while together Kiara and Imogen dressed as Snugglepot and Cuddlepie at St Joseph’s Primary School, Wonthaggi.

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Hair and flair order of evening STUDENTS of the Federation Training’s Leongatha hairdressing and hospitality departments showed off their amazing skills last Wednesday at a gala night.

Nice job: Samantha Peterson from Inverloch admires the handiwork of a fellow student on model Sophie Hogan from Wonthaggi.

Mayor’s message Cr Jim Fawcett I WAS saddened to hear of the death of Ron Stanley who served as shire secretary for the Shire of Woorayl from 1971 until 1992. Ron was highly respected in local government circles for his strong leadership and achievements, and as a mentor to many. His contribution to the community extended well beyond council, through his involvement with Rotary and other community groups. There are still some council staff who worked with Ron and who retain fond memories of those days. Our thoughts go out to his family at this sad time. South Gippsland is a better place for his outstanding contribution and humanity. For those who are newer to the district, amalgamation in 1994 consolidated four small councils into the structure we now have. Woorayl covered Leongatha and Inverloch, South Gippsland was based at Foster and then we had the shires of Korumburra and Mirboo. It was an emotional transition for rural communities, with many wins and some losses along the way. Coal Creek has yet again been named as finalist in the annual Tidy Towns Awards, once under Community Government Partnerships and twice under the Cultural Heritage category. This recognition comes hot on the heels of its recent gold star accreditation as a museum, a status that paves the way to some new funding opportunities. There really are some outstanding collections at the park and if you haven’t been for a while, it’s a wonderful place to indulge in some nostalgia for the past, seeing items you might not have spotted since you were

knee high to a grasshopper. I attended the AGM of the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) on Tuesday and renewed my appreciation for this great community resource. While council provides a venue in the Memorial Hall complex and some operational funding, the bureau is run brilliantly by more than 25 volunteers who keep it open for 38-40 hours a week over seven days, facilitating a visitor information centre in the same space. The bureau also maintains a directory of community agencies and groups which is uploaded onto council’s website for your easy access. Its community register provides support for people over 50 and those with a disability (many living on their own), contacting them in an emergency to see if they need assistance. If you’d like to be added to this list, give them a call. The CAB also receives income from the Department of Human Services which last year assisted 3100 Centrelink customers and 1400 Medicare customers from the CAB office. There’s also tax and legal assistance for low income earners, and so the list goes on; an extraordinary facility in the heart of Leongatha. So next time you need to know who to get in contact with at a club of interest, they’ll be happy to help you on 5662 2111 or cab@, or drop in to see them. Simply go up the steps in Michael Place and the office is just inside on the right, near the council chamber. I will be away for the next few weeks and Cr Jeanette Harding (no stranger to the mayoral chair) will ably step into the role of acting mayor. Thanks Jeanette.

A parade of hair fashion through the ages was accompanied by a three course meal at Wildflower Cafe, all provided by students. Hairdressing teacher Jan-Maree Constantine said the event was part of student’s studies. “Each student was given a different era between the 1900 and today, and were asked to create an inspiration board based on the era,” she said. “The hair, makeup and outfit chosen for the gala evening had to reflect the inspiration board.” Ms Constantine said the evening, which was an inaugural event, was a great way for the hairdressing students to showcase their skills to the community. Twenty two hairdressing students from certificate II, certificate III and apprenticeship classes were involved.

Linda Austin is the front of house teacher and Jacki Driscoll is the cookery teacher at the Leongatha campus, and both were present on the night to supervise the hospitality students.

Leongatha’s education coordinator, Sheree Wells said the gala night provided an opportunity for students to show what they have learnt. “The students are so

pumped. They were here the whole day preparing for the evening,” she said. “They have all been very dedicated and committed to the project right from the start.”

Bride style: Miki Hilliar and Ashlee Hilliar from Mirboo North, Lisa O’Donnell from Pakenham and Lisa Galley from Warragul make last minute adjustments before joining the crowd at the gala night held at Leongatha last Wednesday.

Chic looks: back from left, Brie Simpson from Leongatha and Britt Birrell from Meeniyan put a final touch of hairspray on their models Paige Richards from Ruby (left) and Kayla Sen from Warragul.

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58th Annual Leongatha DAFFODIL FESTIVAL

Gemstone delights THE South Gippsland Gem and Lapidary Club is based in the old Leongatha bowling club rooms, behind the big black and yellow sign on the fence at the north end of the bowling greens. There during the Daffodil Festival, you can meet club members, find out what they do and peruse the stall of homemade cakes, jams, pickles and produce.

Club members will be able to see the fun members have with their hobby and experience the fun they have searching for that elusive piece, including falling into the water and getting muddy just like children. Club members will be demonstrating the art of faceting cabachoning, wire wrapping, making critters and sterling silver bracelets. Classes can be arranged for making the bracelets in the morning and enjoy critters in the afternoon. All ma-

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Bright colour: there’s plenty to see in Greig and Jean Humphrey’s big beautiful garden.

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Make your own: an example of what can be taught at the gemstone exhibition.

Colourful and quirky VISIT the classy, quirky, colourful and cuddly collection of paintings, jewellery, cards, weaving, felting, knitwear, toys, basketry, mosaics, ceramics, glass, woodwork at the Leongatha Art and Craft Gallery this Daffodil Festival. All work is made by members of the Leongatha Art and Craft Society. For the festival, the painters are working on a floral theme to cover the walls in framed masterpieces, and the Woodies will have decorative and functional items. As well, other members will have an extensive range of locally made crafts on display and for sale; ideal for gifts or to treat yourself. The gallery is a pleasant place to

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browse, to extend your hobby network or start a new hobby, to purchase Australian made art/craft items (ideal for overseas visitors or friends), or to become a member. The annual membership of $20 enables artists and craftspeople to exhibit and well works in the gallery. The gallery will be open Wednesday, August 27, 10am to 4pm; Thursday and Friday, August 28 and 29, 9am to 5pm; and Saturday, August 30, 9am to 3pm. There is no charge for entry to the courtyard or the gallery. Access is up the round steps opposite the post office or up the steps or ramp to meeting room one/Centrelink in Michael Place and turn left along the corridor, or through Memorial Hall during flower show hours. There is wheelchair access up the ramp in Michael Place.

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August 29, 10am to 4.30pm; and Saturday, August 30, 10am to 3.30pm. Children must be accompanied by a parent and over 12.

Leongatha will come alive for the three day event with plenty for everyone to see and do, starting on Thursday at 2pm. Memorial Hall will host the Daffodil and Floral show while the celebrations continue in town. Shop windows will be decorated with daffodil displays in McCartin and Bair

streets, with a few displays in the industrial estate. Thursday and Friday will be full of excitement, featuring the historical society and genealogy, Country Women’s Association, woodwork display, gemstones and faith and fabric. The fun will continue on Saturday with live music from the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band, story time at the court house and face painting for the children.

THE open garden section of this year’s Daffodil Festival is a must see. Running on Friday and Saturday during the festival, gardens can be viewed from 10am until 4pm. The open garden sessions will be free to everyone who pays to enter the Daffodil and Floral Show at Memorial Hall with free transport on offer. One garden the public are invited to have a wander through belongs to Leongatha’s Jean and Greig Humphrey. This is the first time they will take part in an open garden session for the Daffodil Festival. Their one and a half garden offers something beautiful to see from the front yard to the backyard. They have lived in their home for five years and have nurtured the already flourished garden to suit them. They’ve made a few changes including taking out a few of the trees, and plants and replacing them with plants they prefer. Ms Humphrey said her plant preferences change from season to season. At the moment, boronias are a favourite for their beautiful scent. Both are looking forward to the upcoming festival, saying it’s a wonderful event to have in the town.

Timber in tent EVERYONE will find something of interest at the South Gippsland Woodies’ tent in the Leongatha Art and Craft Gallery courtyard. You will see a bird nesting box, bench seat, trundle train, pot plant stand, intricate scroll-sawn items and lots more, even free wood shavings for your hen house or bird aviary. There will be something made from a fallen limb of a 120 year old bluegum from Dumbalk and other items

made from a silky oak. Members will be demonstrating woodturning and scroll-sawing and, weather permitting, you could try your hand at pyrography. You may even buy or order some functional or creative item. Members’ craft will also be included in the woodwork exhibit in the adjacent Leongatha gallery. The working display in the courtyard will be on Thursday and Friday, August 28 and 29 from 9am to 4pm, Saturday, August 30 from 9am to 3pm.



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58th Annual Leongatha DAFFODIL FESTIVAL Children bloom for festival entry, which they can take home after the festival. “They love it,” Ms Mathieson said. “Every day they run outside to check how their daffodil is going.” Most children attend the festival to see their entries on display. The students were also given the option to perform another task for the festival – if they chose to, they could create their own horticultural creature or take photos of a garden. “They could make something creative like a creature made out of a potato,” Ms Mathieson said. “They were given the opportunity to bring in some material and make their creature during lunchtimes.” The children are excited to see everyone come along and have a look at their daffodils this weekend.

JUNIOR gardeners will be showing off their green thumbs at this year’s Daffodil Festival. For the past few months, students from grades 1 and 2 classes at Leongatha Primary School have been growing broad beans and daffodils with the help of Leongatha’s Margaret Fox. “She (Margaret Fox) has been incredible for us,” Grade 2 teacher Lucy Mathieson said. Ms Fox helps the children grow daffodils so they can join in on the fun of the festival as well. All flowering daffodils will be entered in the Daffodil and Floral Show, starting Thursday afternoon. The students each have their own

New entries: Julia, Sally, Molly, Brodie and Hannah hold up some of the daffodils that have already bloomed since the Leongatha Primary School’s Grade 2 students began growing them a few months ago.

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58th Annual Leongatha DAFFODIL FESTIVAL

Weave, South Gippsland SPRING is just around the corner so it’s a time for something new and exciting. Leongatha has been selected as one of the Weave 100 Communities to end violence as part of the One Million Stars to End Violence Campaign. Maryann Talia Pau, weaver artist and originator of this campaign, said, “My hope is we can use the power of light to build friendships and trust, and be part of a community that stands up to violence using the healing power of art and weaving together.” The Leongatha team invites schools, community groups, social groups, church groups and individuals to join it in weaving stars. The goal is to weave 6000 stars for a community installation to be launched at this year’s Daffodil Festival. The group will receive 1000 stars from the December 2014 installation in Melbourne. The total of 7000 stars will represent the population of Leongatha and surrounds. To get involved, contact local co-

ordinator Penny Duffield on 0430 727 138 or email The group aims to have a number of workshops during the next 12 months and to involve as many people as possible, with all ages represented. The heart of this project is to have fun getting together and making it safe for everyone to be part of the conversation to end violence. The goal is to create a community installation for display in Leongatha. The stars will be installed anytime between the end of 2015 and end of 2016. The vision of the campaign is to have as many eight pointed stars displayed round the world at the same time, in conjunction with other Weave 100 communities around the world. With the continued support of St Peter’s Church Parish Council, a popup stand will be in St Peter’s Church, Leongatha from Thursday, August 28 to Saturday, August 30 from 10am to 4pm. Come and learn how to weave stars.

Shining stars: from left, participants in the Star Weave Workshop last Thursday were members of The Greeting Card Group, Leongatha, Helen O’Driscoll, Judy Cleamen, Lindy Cleamen and Jean Fletcher, and back, from left, group leader Anne Rowe, Karen Williams, Betty Vansoest, Lyn Vassil, Gillian Bahn and Carol Forrester. They meet every third Thursday, except December and January, at St Peter’s Church Hall.



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In the garden: azaleas are just one the many beautiful plants flowering in Glenice Griggs’ garden.

Flower star returns By Tayla Kershaw GLENICE Griggs is renowned throughout the Daffodil Festival She has been placing entries for the past 15 years and has won most successful exhibitor the last few times. Ms Griggs likes to enter most sections, including cut flowers, trees and shrubs, and fruit and vegetables. She will be entering some of her favourite plants this year including violets, orchids and – of course – daffodils. She buys bulbs to grow the plants and she’s hoping her new daffodils will come out in time. “They will do a good job if I can keep the snails and slugs away,” she said.

Her home is surrounded by a beautiful garden. Her interest in flowers stemmed from her grandmother Jane Hulls. Ms Hulls was from Leongatha, belonged to the Leongatha Horticultural Society and was a great exhibitor herself. “She has a lovely garden in Young Street,” Ms Griggs said. “That’s where I got my love of flowers.” Ms Griggs said she hopes plenty of locals pick up a schedule and enter. “Entering is fun and if you win a prize or two along the way, it’s a bonus,” she said. “The more entries we get, the better the competition is.” The Daffodil and Floral show opens at 2pm on Thursday.

Faith, fabric to inspire ST ANDREW’S Uniting Church will be holding the Faith and Fabric Art Exhibition, courtesy of the members of the Traralgon Faith and Fabric Art Group. This is an experience not to be missed. These beautiful works of art are an inspiration of faith creatively designed to encourage people to pause, look and reflect on their journey through life, its wonder, beauty and the divine mystery. Familiar objects and features of the

Australian landscape are used as contemporary symbols of the human journey, contemporary social issues are tackled, and this combines to challenge the viewer to respond. The insights perceived by people are often far beyond the original intention or expectation as they seem to touch the core of one’s spirit. The church will be open daily from 10am to 4pm during the festival, so please come along and be inspired. Light refreshments will be available.

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• Obituary

Remembered by a loving family TALENTED craftsman and family man Armando Domenico Bolge passed away on June 29, 2014.

Long standing legacy: Armando Domenico Bolge. ly business in 1978 as an apprentice. He worked with Armando and Peter for many years. Over the years, 16 grandchildren added to his growing family: Anita, Claire and Christopher, Grace and Max, Sophie, Jordan and Abby, Amelia and Declan, Talya and Asher and Xavier, Isaac, Jacob and Oliver. Mr Bolge had a talent for lawn bowls and enjoyed playing with the Leongatha Bowling Club, being a club singles champion, and playing in state fours and pairs championship teams. One of his few annual holidays was the week each January he would spend in Melbourne as part of the fours side representing Leongatha at the Country Week Bowls Tournament.

Captains honoured FOSTER Primary School’s captains will participate in the 2014 Victorian Junior School Council Congress. Hugh Nicoll and Margot Bettles will travel to Melbourne’s Parliament House on Friday, September 12. Before the congress, Margot and Hugh need to survey 20 children each, and collate and enter the results on a survey website. The surveys are related to volunteering in the community. Both students have attended Foster Community Association meetings and have an understanding of the importance of volunteers in rural communities.

Art session: Connecting Skills Australia clients John Lewis, Chris Sangster and Trevor Cummings had a hand in this colourful creation recently.

Creating opportunities in Wonthaggi By Tayla Kershaw CONNECTING Skills Australia is focused on engaging its clients with the community. Since taking over the Moonya Community Services building over a year ago, Connecting Skills Australia has worked to develop a volunteer based program with its clients, all of whom have a disability. “We are working with our clients to engage with their communities in new and meaningful ways,” client services manager Sharon Exton said. Volunteer groups now clean the trucks and vehicles and motor room at Wonthaggi CFA. They also perform volunteer duties at the State Coal Mine including gardening, feeding chooks, sweeping and dusting, making bird boxes and helping in the shop. The organisation’s next mission is to find a volunteering opportunity for a small group of girls in areas such as hospitality, animals, children or helping others. “If anyone has an identified need for a volunteer group, then we have the

people for you, our volunteers are committed and hardworking,” Ms Exton said. At the Murray Street, Connecting Skills Australia is running art, drama and cooking programs, to name a few. The drama element will lead to a production at the

Wonthaggi Union Arts Centre on October 25 following their successful first performance last year of Gleep Shhh. Members of a girls’ aqua aerobics group participate in a water aerobics class and gym programs, and a shed program entails making props for the production.

The service is open from Monday to Friday, and a weekend program could be developed for interested people. For more information about Connecting Skills Australia, visit the website or like the Facebook page to receive regular updates.

Make a difference DO YOU harbour a dream to live in your own home in your later years, surrounded by mementos of happy times throughout your life? There might be a partner, a pet and a garden in the picture to bring you joy, as well as visits from family and friends. Then you’re not so different from the rest of us. Many of us hope to retain our independence and dignity in our own homes for as long as is practicable. And as time goes on, that often requires some gentle assistance, such as transport to a medical appointment or receiving South Gippsland Shire Council’s Meals on Wheels service. Right now you can make a real difference for many in our community by volunteering just a few hours to help with these services. “Our wonderful volunteers deliver over 15000 meals each year to people in South Gippsland and our volunteer drivers

help ensure around 2500 medical appointments are kept,” Dana Hughes, council’s volunteer coordinator, said. “These services are vital components of the home and community care services council coordinates to assist people to remain in their homes and for some, a volunteer’s friendly face may be the only person our clients see in a day. “Right now we need more volunteers to keep these services running. Volunteers go on holidays, retire or just need time out and we need to be able to replace them.” Meals on Wheels volunteers can be club members, community groups, businesses or individuals. It’s a fun way to catch up with a friend by sharing a delivery run together and is also a nice way to meet new people. To find out more, contact Ms Hughes at or 5662 9384. More information about what is involved in volunteering can be found on


Great example: Margot Bettles and Hugh Nicoll will attend the 2014 Victorian Junior School Congress in Melbourne in September.


Born in Vegelago, Italy, near Venice on August 4, 1926, he was the second of seven children to Eliseo and Ida Bolge. He worked in his hometown as a carpenter and joiner until he migrated to Australia in 1952. He arrived on the passenger ship The Napoli on March 19. After spending a short time at the migrant camp in Bonegilla near Albury, he was offered a job as a carpenter with Bill Tilson, a builder in Leongatha. He gladly accepted as he was not keen to be sent to the Snowy Mountain Scheme being constructed at the time. Mr Tilson had been in Italy during World War Two, and was impressed by the skill and workmanship of Italian carpenters. Mr Bolge started his own building business with Mr Tilson’s brother Peter in 1964. They worked together until they both retired. It was in Leongatha Mr Bolge met Amelia Croatto in 1953. They were married on January 26, 1957, and began building their home in Shingler Street, which is still their family home. Their first child John was born in 1958 followed by six more children: Damian, Sue, Tony, Gregory, Timothy and Ursula. John joined the fami-

After retiring, Mr Bolge spent time fixing and restoring old and antique furniture for his children and grandchildren. Some of the remodelling and renovations of the St Laurence’s Catholic Church were done by him. Mr Bolge died peacefully at his home in his 88th year. He is survived by family in Australia, his brother Mario and sisters Lena and Lidia in Italy and his brother Renato in Canada. His grandchildren remember many things about him, particularly playing and working with him in the vegetable garden he’d grown, of which he was so proud. They remember visiting his workshop and seeing the lovely things he had built or drawn and gave to them. All of his grandchildren have many beautiful pieces of furniture and colourful, detailed geometric drawings by him. He taught them to chop wood, speak Italian and even to crack walnuts just to eat with him. He was always patient and persistent. They read his many Phantom comics with him, and went into town together for raspberry lemonades and special treats from the newsagency while he talked to everyone he saw. Mostly, he will be remembered for the way he listened his family, thought of them, prayed for them, and loved every one of them very much.

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Save your ears HEARING loss affects one in six Australians, from newborn babies to the elderly and is the second most prevalent health problem in Australia. One in six Australians has some form of hearing impairment – that’s 3.55 million people. The number of Australians with deafness is expected to increase to one in four by 2050. National Hearing Awareness Week is held from Sunday, August 25 and is an ideal opportunity to focus on the needs of those who are hearing impaired or have a chronic ear disorder. It is also a chance to explain to all Australians the risks associated with long term exposure to excessive noise, often in the workplace. Hearing loss can range from mild to profound but as technology advances, many people with hearing loss have benefited from hearing aids and cochlear implants. Noise related hearing loss among young adults is concerning. Their ears are ageing faster than they should be and this form of hearing loss is almost entirely preventable. Thirty seven per cent of hearing loss is due to noise injury which is mostly preventable. Hearing loss is mainly on the increase due to leisure activities such as personal music players

and social and recreational noise. Noise induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells that are found in our inner ear. Hair cells are small sensory cells that convert the sounds we hear (sound energy) into electrical signals that travel to the brain. Once damaged our hair cells cannot grow back, causing permanent hearing loss. The key to keeping your hearing intact is to avoid loud noise. If this is not possible, then wear hearing protection. About Bass Coast Hearing offers a range of custom hearing devices including solid, musician’s and shooter’s hear savers. Noisy occupations, such as working in factories, on farms and roadworks, were historically the most common causeof hearing problems. Nowadays it’s also recreational loud noise from MP3 players, noisy clubs and music gigs which is increasingly affecting younger people. Noise levels are measured in decibels, or dB. The higher the number, thelouder the noise. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says noise levels above 105dB can damage your hearing if endured for more than 15 minutes each week. But lower levels, such as between 85dB and 90dB can also cause permanent damage if you’re exposed to them for hours every day.

Top tips for safer listening: • Turn down the music. Use the 60:60 rule. Listen to your music at 60 per cent of the player’s maximum volume for no more than 60 minutes a day; • Turn down the dial. Turn down the volume on your TV, radio or hi-fi a notch; • Use earplugs when you’re listening to live music. They can reduce average sound levels by between 15 and 35 decibels; • Don’t put up with work noise. Talk to your human resources department. Wear ear protectors; • Be careful in the car as listening to music in a confined space increases the risk of hearing damage. Don’t listen to music too loud for too long; and • Give your ears time to recover after they’ve been exposed to loud noise. During Hearing Awareness Week, About Bass Coast Hearing is offering free hearing checks for adults and information on ways to protect your hearing and prevent further damage. Contact the friendly staff at About Bass Coast Hearing on 5672 5598 for an appointment with Braden Betley.

Hearing expert: Braden Betley of About Bass Coast Hearing.

Worried about hearing loss? IF YOU’RE concerned you may be losing your hearing, tackling the problem early can improve both your hearing and your quality of life, including your relationships. People who are fitted with hearing aids early are likely to get more benefit from them than those who put up with hearing loss for years before seeking help Despite the fact that deafness can be socially isolating, it can take up to 15 years for people who clearly have hearing loss to get tested. A key reason for those long years in denial about deafness is the stigma of hearing loss. Losing your hearing is associated with getting old and hearing aids can be viewed negatively by people who aren’t aware of more recent advances in technology and design. If you have hearing loss, you may feel cut off from the world, and this can lead to depression. Your confidence can also be eroded, causing you to avoid social contact. Delaying diagnosis can also affect your relationships with family and friends. In some cases, hearing loss results in couples talking

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at cross-purposes. This causes friction, which can develop into ongoing resentment. Partners of people with hearing loss commonly complain of loneliness, feeling isolated, missing out on companionship and a poor social life. Ignoring the problem of hearing loss won’t make it go away. And you could be missing out on devices that could help you hear better and improve you and your partner’s quality of life. If it’s determined you require a hearing aid, the sooner you start using one the better off you are likely to be. You will benefit more from being fitted with a hearing aid while your hearing loss is relatively mild. If your hearing seems to be declining, there are good reasons to acknowledge there may be a problem and to seek help. There is a huge amount of hearing loss help available, including digital hearing aids, which are much smaller and easier to control than previous versions. There are also gadgets to make your life easier, including extra loud landlines and mobile phones, and vibrating watches. It’s better to start wearing hearing aids sooner rather than later. This is because getting used to amplified sound is harder if you’ve already got used to a quieter world, which means your hearing aid will be less effective. During Hearing Awareness Week, there are opportunities to check your hearing for free and to find out more information ways to protect your hearing and prevent further damage.

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Leongatha Open house

August, 30 at 11.30am - 12pm

‘We get results’ NEW LISTING


10 acre property with repainted & renovated brick home 3 bdrms, 2 bthrm plus large separate rumpus room. Well laid out property, ideal for horses or hobby farm


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513 acres, 15 main paddocks, 8 dams 4 bdrm brick home, master with ensuite, formal dining Electric floor heating, expansive English garden Shearing sheds, 2 stables, 3 car garage


Brick veneer home 3 bdrms, open plan living/dining 4 bay steel & timber shed with roller doors & workshop Fertileriverflatcountry,easytomanagewithcreekfrontage



$255 per week

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Strong blue gum country, well fertilised pasture Stock water with 7 dams & a permanent creek Well fenced with grassed laneway leading to heavy duty stockyards 60' x 30' x 17'- 4 bay machinery / hay shed

GLENYS FOSTER BARRY REDMOND 0477 622 298 0477 622 292

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2 bdrms both with built-in robes & large bthrm Spacious kitchen, dishwasher, electric cooking Single lock up garage & private courtyard

MEG EDWARDS SARAH PRICE 0429 841 555 0439 885 078

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Contemporary 4 b/r brick residence plus study Separate lounge/dining & rumpus room 1858 m2 block with lovely established gardens









Built in the 1940's and full of charm 3 bdrms, updated bthrm, formal living with open fire Centrally located close to shops & schools.

Are you a Landlord looking for an experienced agent devoted solely to Property Management? Contact Sarah today on 0439 885 078 to discuss your Property Management needs.


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Eight home winter blowout T

O celebrate the final days of winter 2014, and to herald the coming of spring, Alex Scott Real Estate is throwing open the doors of eight houses in an ‘Open for Inspection’ extravaganza.

Open house

Beginning at 9.15am on Saturday, August 30th, there’s a wide range of houses being opened, with something for everyone. From a starting price of $190,000, ranging through the $200’s and $300’s and even a couple in the $400’s, there is a broad cross section

of the Leongatha Real Estate market to view on Saturday morning. Check our advert for the times, addresses and prices of the homes open. Who knows, you might just see the home you love…you’ll never know if you never go.


August, 30 at 10.15am - 10.45am

Contact agent for locations Alex Scott and Staff Leongatha 5662 0922

Contact agent for prices

Open house

Open house

August, 30 at 9.30am - 10am

August, 30 at 10am - 10.30am

Modern home on four acres in the heart of town L OCATED in the heart of town and walking distance to the main street, this is truly a unique opportunity.

Situated on four acres (approx) of residential zoned land which is able to be subdivided (STCA) this property will suit a family, investor/ developer or both. The home is brick veneer and has been positioned on the block to take advantage of northerly aspects. It features three bedrooms plus study. The master bed has a walk in robe and and ensuite with a spa. All the family bedrooms have built in robes and the family bathroom is central. The kitchen, dining and lounge areas are open plan, light and generous in size. The kitchen has all electric appliances, good bench space and good size walk in pantry. Heating and cooling is via reverse cycle air and solar hot water is also a feature.

Outside there is a nice barbecue area surrounded by lawns and gardens planted out with a nice mix of low maintenance natives. There’s also a vegetable patch and a chook run.

The acreage is divided into two main paddocks with scope to divide further, water is via a dam and troughs, fencing is good, and there is also a tack shed and shelter for horses / stock.

This is really a unique opportunity and an inspection is a must. For more information please contact Peter Bellingham at SEJ Leongatha office.

LEONGATHA Contact agent for location SEJ Leongatha 5662 4033

$625,000 3



HALLSTON SOME OF THE HARD WORK ALREADY DONE • 4,810m² block, current building permit & construction commenced • Architecturally 2 BR home design, in-ground services installed • Private, magnificent views, single garage, sealed road frontage

$195,000 Sole agent




• Close to town centre, brick1-3 BR home in a private location • 2 lge living rooms, renovated kitchen & bathroom, solar power • 2 r/c aircons & gas log fire. Large workshop & tool shed

• Brand new 2 BR unit, easy 250m walk to town centre • Ideal for investors as recently leased for 12 months at $265pw • 7 star energy rating, single lock-up garage, landscaping completed

• Under 4 years old, close to schools, 1,047m2 allotment • 3 BRs/en suite, light open indoor living & large alfresco deck • gas ducted heating, side access to back yard, semi- rural views

NOW $260,000 Sole agent


$355,000 Sole agent







• Large quality-built light-filled 3 BR home, double garage & workshop • Open kitchen/ dining & formal lounge, additional sitting room/ study • Entertaining deck, town & rural views. Access to the rear yard

• 4 BR plus study family entertainer. 1,642 m2 block • Open- plan kitchen / family room, lounge, rumpus room • 2 outdoor entertaining areas, double garage, double-bay shed

• Quality built, close to schools, rear drive access to backyard • Luxurious lounge, massive kitchen/ family room, 4BRs • Solar power, saltwater pool, double & single garages

• Executive 4 BR plus study family home. Pleasant rural views • 2 large living areas. Gas ducted heating, solar power, timber flooring • Lge entertaining deck. Under-house storage, side access to rear yard



Sole agent



Lindsay Powney 0428 515 103

Robyn Powney 0488 454 547

5 McCartin Street LEONGATHA

5662 2220

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Super sized living and entertainment T

HIS is a home that is ‘generous’ in every aspect; approximately 28sq of indoor living, 10sq of outside decking and an especially designed four bay concealed workshop/shed underneath the house. All bedrooms have plenty of built in wardrobe space. The extra large main bedroom has a walk in robe that is virtually a room in itself, and an ensuite with corner spa. The first of the massive open plan living areas is the lounge. The main part of this room is carpeted, while the high

traffic areas are practical, low maintenance flooring. An open plan kitchen/dining /family room opens through to a rumpus room and out to an extensive covered entertaining area. The light filled kitchen features quality appliances, extensive storage and plenty of bench space including a long breakfast bar. The adjoining rumpus room also opens out onto a north facing wrap around deck; plenty of spots to enjoy the outdoors. There is direct access from the double garage onto the entertaining deck as well as into the house. There’s also rear access from the garage into the backyard.

A super sized workshop is concealed below the home. As well as being used as a workshop, it is an ideal storage space for boats, cars, campervans etc. It has concrete floor, power and a toilet. Other ‘extras’ that add to the special nature of this house include painted feature walls, bulkhead in the main bedroom, an abundance of storage cupboards, concreted vehicle side access and over-sized steel beams used in the construction of the home. Gardens are fully landscaped and low maintenance with plenty of flat lawn area for children to play on. This home is like brand new and is in immaculate condition. It is on the market for far below replacement value.

LEONGATHA 73 Parr Street Insight Real Estate 5662 2220





Michael Hanily 0417 311 756

Jason Harris 0417 640 079

Mike West 0409 583 692

Natalie Couper 0428 941 541

Brent Harriage 0417 681 307





Mirboo North







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16 Eden Crescent, Leongatha $380,000 Sole Agent




Neat 3 bed brick home with elevated views Formal lounge, open plan living, master with ensuite & WIR SFH, open fire place & large lock up garage 2


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3 bdrm home in handy location, easy walk to schools Master with ensuite, BIR's, 2 large living areas Large deck, double carport and lock up shed

19 Blackmore Avenue, Leongatha 3 $270,000 Sole Agent



Sort after location right in the heart of the Leongatha Oozes appeal with the old reds and open plan living 3 Bdrms, polished boards, covered decking, 250m to Safeway

21 Bellingham Street, Leongatha $299,000 Sole Agent 3




Large semi converted building with new roof 3480m2 rural block with excellent views Sealed road frontage, power connected & lge water tanks PRICED TO SELL AT LAND VALUE ONLY

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Set on 3.5 Acres of gardens with your own private vineyard ? 5 BRs, 3 bthrms, extensive living areas & adjoining bungalow ? ? Solar heated IG pool, covered pergola area & orchard

Terms 10% deposit on signing. Bal 60 days

7 Davis Court, Leongatha $645,000



1990 Grandridge Road, Hallston

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? Outstanding neat home on large flat block ? North facing living areas, 3 bed, ensuite and study 3carcarport,largecolourbondshed&coveredentertainingarea ?

12 Davison Street, Leongatha $295,000







11 Scarlett Close, Leongatha $370,000


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Large family brick home on 20 acres with views Renovated kitchen, bthrm & ensuite, polished boards Huge deck with views, triple garage & triple carport

49 Koorooman Road, Leongatha 4 $669,000 Sole Agent




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205 Harveys Rd, Leongatha $600,000

Neat 2 bed home on large flat block. Close to main st. • • Open plan dining, SFH and Gas heating Entertaining deck off living area & large Lock up shed. •

1 MacQueen Avenue, Korumburra 2 1 $235,000 Sole Agent

This magnificent hideaway is one of a kind Quality brick veneer home with huge living area's 20m indoor lap pool and an abundance of shedding 3





Quality built 4 bed brick home in quiet location Open plan kitchen/dining/lounge & sitting area, RC/AC Covered entertaining area, Dbl garage & lock up shed

5662 5800 15 Bair Street, Leongatha





Neat 3 Bedroom home with easy level walk to shops Spacious lounge with SFH, neat modern kitchen Rear lane access

4 Murray Street, Mirboo North 3 $209,000

96 Ridgway, Mirboo North



5668 1300

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Classic character – beautifully renovated J

UST around the corner from the local shops and schools, you’ll find this light and bright, three bedroom beautifully renovated home. Features include decorative cornices with higher ceilings, updated carpets, and attractive décor. The separate entrance opens to the right through French doors to a very generous lounge, dining with open fire place, large picture windows and a split system air conditioner.

This in turn leads through to the practical kitchen which is of generous proportions and quality fitted throughout. All three bedrooms are spacious in size. There is a stylish updated bathroom with deep freestanding oval bath. Outdoors, a covered verandah, perfect for morning coffee and separate laundry with an additional toilet. A large flat prepared area provides for extra car and caravan parking. Located only a one and a half hour drive from Melbourne picturesque South Gippsland.

KORUMBURRA 1 Leongatha Road Landmark Harcourts Leongatha Glenys Foster 0477 622 298



STONY CREEK 175 Helms Road


4 acre (1.64 ha) block, featuring stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Set on no-through road, part pasture, part established trees. Interest invited at around $95,000. |

Price range for first home buyers They make up around 20 per cent of home buyers but their impact on the housing market can be felt strongly in certain price brackets of the market. The Real Estate Institute of Victoria’s (REIV) analysis of sales data over the past five years show first home buyers have mainly been active in the $300,000 to $450,000 price range, especially at the lower end of this scale. This is evident when you look at the relationship between the number of grants issued and the share of sales within the price bracket.

Andrew Newton 0402 940 320

OPEN SATURDAY AUG 30, 9.15am - 9.45am


FIRST home buyers are an important part of the market.

5682 2100 | 0419 890 143 | 17 MAIN STREET, FOSTER PAR1000031


When the First Home Owner Boost scheme came into effect in October 2008, there was a significant increase in first home buyer activity. The number of first home owner grants given increased by 76 per cent from 2,826 grants in September 2008, just before it came into effect, up to a peak of 4,977 grants in June 2009. The share of sales in the $300,000 to $450,000 price bracket also increased from 32 per cent to 37 per cent over this period. Subsequently, when the Boost was removed in January 2010, the number of first home owner grants issued fell from 3,088 to 2,133 twelve months later. The share of sales in this $300,000 to $450,000 price bracket also

Alan Steenholdt 0409 423 822

OPEN SATURDAY AUG 30, 9.30am - 10am

Peter Dwyer 0428 855 244

fell from 35 per cent to 30 per cent over this period. There are many ways to assist first home buyers to enter the housing market. Much of the focus in recent times has been on giving (and taking away) grants and concessions on stamp duty. Now that first home buyer assistance has been reduced, focus is again turning towards the provision of ‘affordable housing.’ A logical starting point to this discussion is therefore to consider the price range first home buyers are most active in and look at increasing the supply and type of homes on offer within this price bracket.

5662 0922 45 Bair Street LEONGATHA

OPEN SATURDAY AUG 30, 10am - 10.30am

OPEN SATURDAY AUG 30, 10.15am - 10.45am




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

• 3 bedroom Brick Veneer • Great family home on a flat block • 3 car carport + garage


• 3 bedrooms, ensuite to master • Open plan kitchen/dining/living • Double carport, 6m x 9m shed



• 3 bedroom home with ensuite and WIR • 2 living areas, landscaped gardens • Excellent location, opposite McIndoe Park




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• 3 bedroom home with lock up garage • Large undercover entertaining area • Fully landscaped gardens

• Brick Veneer close to schools • 2nd living area • Well maintained inside & out

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

• 3 bedroom extremely neat home • Large block with a lock up shed • Secure rear yard





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Well below replacement value W

ANT to move into town and have the feeling you’re out of town? This is a quality built home and a double block overlooking the Nerrena Valley and green pastures all the way to your back door. The home boasts three living areas, four bedrooms plus a study, a large solar system, reverse cycle air conditioner and solid fuel heater, three bath-

rooms with the third bathroom having direct access from the double garage; handy if you’re in a job where you get your hands dirty. The double garage is also of large proportions with ample room to house two cars and a number of tools and toys. The kitchen overlooks the backyard and the views. Underneath the home there is more storage with room for all the winters’

wood and a couple of trailers. There is a covered deck from the back door and adjoining pergola for summer living. The property is located in one of Leongatha’s quietest streets.

LEONGATHA 26 Griffin Road Stockdale and Leggo Leongatha Jason Harris 5662 5800 0417 640 079





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Ideal first home/investment 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom Shed/workshop Well laid out garden/yard Keen Vendors

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PROPERTIES REQUIRED: We have buyer enquiries for Lifestyle blocks to 10 acres, Small acreage farms & farmlets, Operating dairy farms.

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Peter Bellingham 0418 515 666

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Poowong appeals A GROUP of 20 students and four teachers from Advance TAFE visited Poowong Pre School recently to learn about sustainable practices and to see the bush tucker garden. The students came from the Sale and Bairnsdale campuses and are all completing a certificate three in children’s services. Many will also go on

to complete a diploma in children’s services. A number of the students work in rural and remote kindergartens and childcare centres where the importance of sustainable practices is recognised. Director at Poowong Pre School Lisa Bodman said, “There was a lot of sharing of ideas and discussion about what we can do to reduce our

use of power and water, and reduce waste in early year services. “We also discussed ways of helping the children to become responsible and aware of the need to use less of these valuable resources. “The students were interested in seeing the tank and solar panel on the cubby house, and commented that it would be great to come back when the plants had grown more.”

Move this way: Tarwin Lower Primary School music teacher Ian Chambers leads a moment of fun and games.

Magic musical moments TARWIN Lower Primary School students travelled to Meeniyan Kinder last Wednesday to showcase their musical talents.

How it’s done: students and teachers from Advance TAFE’s Bairnsdale and Sale campuses visited Poowong Pre School recently to learn about sustainable practices.

Men, share your woes BOTTLING matters up is a peculiarly men’s thing, a problem some might say. Depression, alcohol and drug abuse, family violence, suicide and divorce are a few of the problems blokes encounter on their journey through life. Overcoming these obstacles can be nigh on impossible when faced alone and for many professional help can be out of reach for a variety of reasons. A local support group is about to be launched at the Leongatha Men’s Shed in Horn Street at the old primary school. Convened by local David Brereton to provide a safe and confidential environment where men can talk over their problems, offer support and life’s ex-

periences in a relaxed and friendly environment. Mr Brereton said, “The name for the group comes from the idea of leaving one’s baggage behind.” He has been involved in several other men’s groups such as the Father’s Pitstop several years ago. Men of all ages are invited to come along. You might be a farmer stuck in a rut, a man struggling with the day to day realities of married life or separation; a grandfather or a young single man; lonely or depressed; or you might like to think your life experiences could be shared to help guide others through the maze that is the life of being a man. “A problem shares is a problem halved,” Mr Brereton said.

Material from beyondblue, Relationships Australia and Lifeline will be available.

For further information and further meeting dates contact Mr Brereton on 0427 110 769.

Men’s maze: “A problem shared is a problem halved,” said David Brereton, convenor of a new support group for men of all ages, The Cloak Room.

The grades 3 to 6 students also promoted Tarwin Lower Primary School to prospective students, as part of the transition program at Tarwin Lower. Kinder students were able to familiarise themselves with school staff and students. The Tarwin Lower students opened the performance with a current chart

song, Riptide by Vance Joy, before music teacher Ian Chambers and Tarwin kinder students taught exciting new songs and dance moves. “It was wonderful to see the friendly and caring nature of the Tarwin Lower students as they finished their performance by helping to mentor the kinder students. They all played an instrument from the maracas to the drums to the marimba,” teacher Stephanie McDonald said. “There were some very talented musicians and happy kinder kids at the end of the musical morning.”

Playgroup opens at Powlett River POWLETT River Primary School playgroup has been running for five weeks and caters to children up to school age. The trial run for the playgroup was successful with up to 19 children attending in the first few weeks. “We decided to put the idea out there because there’s nothing in Dalyston besides school,” Dalyston’s Ainsley Battye said. “We thought we’d give it a go. It really suits our lifestyle.” Playgroup sessions run every Thursday from 9am until 11am. Ms Battye said Powlett River Primary School’s principal Justin Curry had been supportive. The Wonthaggi Library has supported the new playgroup by sending Becky Heyward to run a story time session each week. This was arranged by the library’s early years coordinator Geraldine Archibald. Principal librarian said Ms Heyward is a great storyteller and loves dealing with the younger age range. “She’s very enthusiastic about the power of the

power of the spoken word,” he said. “She understands the importance of learning aural skills before going to skills and the children really respond to her.” The library holds other story time sessions at Wonthaggi on Thursdays at 11am, Inverloch on Wednesdays at 10.30am, Phillip Island on Tuesdays at 10.30am and during this term sessions will be held at the Wonthaggi State School in Billson Street at 9.05am on Tuesdays.

Ms Heyward also helps the kids with a craft activity during her half an hour session at the playgroup. “We like to cater for interests and try to do a bit of everything,” Ms Battye said. “The idea is to create a stepping stone to school. It’s also a good chance for mums to debrief.” Toys have been donated to the Powlett River Playgroup and they are always open to accept more donations.

Toys galore: Mila Wylie has fun at Dalyston’s new playgroup at the Powlett River Primary School.

Savings in spotlight COUNCIL offices in South Gippsland and Bass Coast are being closely scrutinised for energy efficiency improvements.

Help appreciated: Bass Coast Shire Council recently thanked the members of the Lions Club of Inverloch and District for working with council to erect an $80,000 undercover barbecue at The Glade in Inverloch. Admiring the result were, from left, Lions Geoff Cole, Terry Hall, mayor Cr Neil Rankine, Cr Jordan Crugnale, Klaus Edel, Helen Cole, Alan Landers, Greg Dyke and David Butler. Photograph: Terry Shannon.

The study is thanks to a Federal Department of Industry grant of $124,693 secured by the two councils. Under the three year Efficient Buildings by the Coast program, work has already begun to install efficient lighting, air-conditioning upgrades and

equipment timers to slash the total energy consumption of these buildings. “South Gippsland and Bass Coast will contribute a combined amount of $74,170 over three years to the project which is expected to reduce our energy usage by over 70,000 kWh per year,” South Gippsland Shire Council’s sustainability officer Heidi Hamm said. “This translates to almost 100 tonnes of greenhouse gas - the equivalent of emissions from about

20 cars - and will save council almost $20,000 per year. “This is another successful partnership with Bass Coast that is delivering wins for both ratepayers and the environment.” A recent partnership between the two councils was the Green Street Lighting Project which will see savings of at least $60,000 per year for South Gippsland and annual greenhouse savings of 400 tonnes.

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A regional partnership with the TAC and the Victorian Government.

Drivers on ice targeted MOTORISTS who get behind the wheel with illicit drugs in their system, including ice, are the target of a TAC campaign that started last week. The Double Bus campaign, originally developed when booze buses became drug buses in 2006, addresses the growing issue of drug driving, with a particular focus on methamphetamine use and detection. Double Bus highlights that booze buses also test for drugs, including stimulants such as methamphetamines (ice and speed), and is a reminder to road users that if they drive on drugs they will be caught. In the last five years, approximately 37 per cent of all drivers and motorcyclists who died on Victorian roads had drugs in their system, with cannabis and stimulants the most common substances detected. TAC CEO Janet Dore said last year, Victoria experienced its worst year for deaths involving drivers and riders with stimulants in their system. “Nearly one in six (14.9 per cent) drivers and riders killed had a stimulant, such as ice or other amphetamines, in their system,” she said. “That is very concerning because we know that as well as tunnel vision, dizziness and loss of concentration while driv-

ing under the influence of illicit drugs, there is often a false sense of alertness which can lead to over confidence and the inability to make quick and good decisions. “The effects of ice can impair a person’s ability to drive safely not only while under the effect of the substance, but also when they’re coming down in the days after taking it, which can last up to six days. “Police tell us that many drivers are unaware that police are able to test for methamphetamines, including ice. “The Double Bus campaign aims to challenge and change perceptions of the effect illicit drugs have on the ability to drive and creates awareness that if you drive on drugs, including ice, you will be caught.” Victoria Police have the right to pull drivers over at any time and test their saliva for traces of illicit drugs including THC, the active component in cannabis, as well as methamphetamines (including ice and speed) and ecstasy. Improving the community’s understanding of how drugs affect driving ability is an action in the Victorian Government’s Road Safety Strategy 2013-2022. Find out more at au.

Drive smart: the TAC is urging drivers to stay away from drugs.

Don’t risk it: a scene from the TAC’s Double Bus campaign focusing on drug affected drivers.

TAC there to help THE Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has launched a new campaign focusing on helping Victorians access the support they need to get their lives back on track after a transport accident, Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said. The campaign highlights the TAC’s role as a provider of support and compensation for crash survivors, encouraging them to access these benefits to assist with their recovery. “The campaign is in addition to the well-received road safety education campaigns that have been synonymous with the TAC since its inception, and informs Victorians of the services the TAC offers,” Mr Rich-Phillips said. “All Victorians are familiar with the TAC’s role in accident prevention education and we want to ensure that Victorians are also aware of the TAC’s role in helping them get their lives back on track if they are injured on the roads. “Road safety continues to be a major focus for the TAC but this latest campaign is about promoting the organisation’s other

primary function as a compensation provider.” The campaign, to air on television and radio, encourages anyone injured in a transport accident to find out about their entitlements by contacting the TAC. “Initiating a claim is as simple as picking up the phone and calling the TAC, in much the same way that people call their vehicle insurer if their car has sustained damage,” Mr Rich-Phillips said. “The claims process is easy and more than 90 per cent of all claims lodged over the phone are accepted within five days, more than half are approved on the same day as lodgment, and the average call duration is 13 minutes.” The TAC last year delivered $1.08 billion in support services and benefits to 45,038 people affected by transport accidents in Victoria. The TAC scheme is funded by a premium included in vehicle registration fees. It covers all reasonable medical, rehabilitation and out-of-pocket expenses relating to injuries sustained in an accident directly caused by the driving of a car, motorcycle, bus, train or tram. Other benefits include income support, childcare and home modifications.

“The TAC is there to assist Victorians after an accident, and the benefits they may be entitled to under the scheme can be important in helping them make the best possible recovery,” Mr RichPhillips said. TAC CEO Janet Dore said the organisation had recently streamlined its claims process, resulting in an even faster and less complex client experience. “It is important that all Victorians understand the benefits they may be entitled to after an accident and the ease with which they can access that support, simply by picking up the phone and following the claims process,” she said. “For some Victorians who unfortunately experience serious long term injuries, they may require the support of the TAC well into the future. “The key goal of the TAC is to help these Victorians to get back on track, to an independent lifestyle as quickly as possible and it is important that these Victorians know that the TAC is always available to assist.” Anyone injured in a transport accident should call 1300 654 329 or visit

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Chip your pet


LOSING your beloved animal companion can be upsetting, but if your pet is registered and microchipped, your dog or cat has a much higher chance of being returned to you if it ends up in an animal shelter or vet clinic.

WILLIAM Charles (Bill) Bray of Illawong, Cape Liptrap, died peacefully on August 3 at Prom Country House, Foster, aged 94.

In the last 12 months, two out of three animals impounded with Bass Coast Shire Council have been reunited with their owners due to being registered and microchipped. Council’s acting community and economic development director, Antoinette Mitchell, said not only does legislation require all cats and dogs to be registered in their municipality under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, but registering your pet also pays for numerous animal related services. “Registering your pet not only helps council employ staff to attend nuisance complaints, but also assists with investigating dog attacks and patrolling the shire,” she said. “It also enables council to operate its pound, return stray animals to their owners and manage dangerous and restricted breeds.” Ms Mitchell said registering and microchipping animals can also prevent their owners from receiving large fines should their dog or cat end up at the pound. “Fines can range from $100 to $300, including an additional fee for every day your pet is kept at the pound, and a $295 fine will

Register your pet: Bass Coast Shire Council’s senior animal management officer, Lukretia Szova, with an impounded cat that was later reunited with its owner. be charged if your pet isn’t registered,” she said. “If your pet is registered, you may receive a warning, but if it isn’t a first offence, you may receive a fine in excess of $200. “We would rather see people doing the right thing and keeping their pets secure at home than having to pay these fines.” Ms Mitchell said a common misconception is that council puts down healthy animals, or they get ‘lost’ in the system; however, this is not true. “If an animal is surrendered to us or is not claimed, it is re-homed via the RSPCA on the Mornington Peninsula, pending the approval of a temperament test carried out by the local vet,” Ms Mitchell said. “Often when an animal is injured, we liaise with the

RSPCA so we can find a way for the animal to get the appropriate vet care and still find a ‘forever’ home. “Not long ago, council had a stray beagle cross dog come into the pound with an injured paw. The timid female dog had no ID and unfortunately was never claimed. “The dog was taken to the RSPCA after her eight day holding period with a broken toe, a deep wound, poor body condition and ear mites. “After a month of treatment, including toe surgery and a proper feeding plan, she was back to normal, before being desexed and adopted out to a good home.” For more information on registering and microchipping your pet, visit www.

Farewell “old” Bill Bray

He was an integral part of the local community, often referred to as “The Mayor of Cape Liptrap” and “Old Bill”. Bill Bray was a true gentleman, a man with vision and wisdom, a great friend to many, a wonderful husband to Margie and a fantastic father, grandfather and great grandfather. He attended Ripponlea State School, Caulfield Central School and Swinburne Technical College, and then became an electrician in Melbourne. In 1938 Bill joined the 14 Foot Sailing Club in St Kilda. He became an active member, racing competitively and competing in all states and Australian championship events. Bill was on the committee for the 14 Foot Sailing Club for 25 years as secretary and then commodore, and was later elected an honorary life member. Bill was a member of the Rotary Club of Malvern and a founding member of the Hearts of Oak Freemason’s Lodge, a yachtsman’s lodge. Bill joined the Royal Australian Navy Reserve in March 1939 and was mobilised in September of the same year to the Royal Australian Navy at the start of World War Two. He served for a short period on the HMS Arawa, then returned to employment at Australian General Electric and Commonwealth Aircraft Factory at Fisherman’s Bend. In 1945 he began his own business as an electrical contractor in East Malvern, and soon saw the opportunity to begin developing land and properties in southeast Melbourne. In 1948 Bill had the

good fortune to meet Margaret Doreen Gibbons, who became his dear wife for nearly 65 years. They married on August 20, 1949, at Malvern Presbyterian Church. Bill and Margie designed and built their first house in Karnak Road in Ashburton, which was their home for 23 years. Bill, their first son was soon born, followed by Sue, and then Steven, who died at the age of three months. A further two children followed: Terry and Lyndie. In the early 1960s, Bill’s interests turned to farming after spending time at Outtrim near Inverloch. This type of development captured his and Margie’s imagination plus they were introduced to the coastal areas between Inverloch and Walkerville, which were mostly undeveloped. In 1963, Bill and Margie purchased a 415 acre bush block at Cape Liptrap. The block was completely undeveloped, was accessed via a dirt road from Tarwin Lower and a rough sandy track from the Cape Liptrap Road and was covered with tea tree scrub. The block had spectacular views to Waratah Bay and Wilsons Promontory, and was to be their eventual home for more than 40 years. Over the years, Bill and Margie purchased and developed other adjacent properties on Cape Liptrap Road, clearing and developing approximately 1200 acres. Not having a farming background developing a farm with pasture, fencing, water and accommodation was a new challenge for the whole family. Every weekend for 10 years, the immediate and extended family travelled

Bill Bray: an integral part of the local community often referred to as “The Mayor of Cape Liptrap” and “Old Bill”. to “the farm” to clear the land and build fences, sheds and eventually a house. Accommodation consisted of a converted double garage that was also a machinery shed and part time animal shelter, with a wood chip hot water service and the walls lined with bunk beds. These days were busy and great fun as the small community at Cape Liptrap grew and more Melbournites bought weekenders, and became great friends and neighbour. Great times were had with neighbourhood gatherings and parties and the establishment of the Southerners’ New Year’s Eve woolshed parties. In the early 1970s, Bill and Margie decided with some regret to sell their home of 23 years in Melbourne and make Cape Liptrap their permanent home. The two oldest children were no longer living at home and the younger two had to adjust to the relative isolation of country life and long hours on the school bus. The whole family adjusted quickly to the new

lifestyle and embraced the joys of rural and coastal living, which became the lifestyle of both sons, who are now successful local farmers. Bill got to know the local businesses and trades people, and continued working as an electrical contractor in the area for the next 15 years. With development underway at Venus Bay, Tarwin Lower and surrounding areas, electricians were much in demand. The family joined the Tarwin Lower Pony Club, Margie joined the Waratah Red Cross group, Bill became a member of the Tarwin Lower CFA and the Tarwin Sharks reformed in 1988. Bill loved his Saturday afternoons at the Tarwin Lower footy ground and would wander over to the club house at half time to have a beer and catch up with the week’s happenings with his mates. Being on the coast with access to the beach, Bill always tried to share the property with the many people who wished to use it, including campers, walkers and surfers. Bill watched his family grow up, marry, have children and develop their own lives and careers as his pace slowed and he settled into retirement at Cape Liptrap. He remained surrounded by family and great friends, and celebrated with joy many of the milestones of aging, with a big party for his 90th birthday and just last year, a gathering to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the purchase of the property at Cape Liptrap. He saw with great pride one of his eight grandchildren marry at the farm earlier this year, and the birth of a great grandson and in July a great granddaughter. The full life of Old Bill benefited many.

Korumburra in spotlight By Stuart Biggins

Honourable centenary: Pat Spinks, treasurer of the Leongatha and District Historical Society, with the Red Cross display.

Centenary remembered AUGUST 4 marked 100 years since Australia declared war on Germany to support Britain. It was also 100 years since Red Cross was founded. To commemorate these events, the Leongatha and District Historical Society is mounting two displays. The first of several displays planned for the centenary of World War One, will include various battles and significant events in the war. The other display will be based around the work of Red Cross locally over the years, and contains many interesting items and memorabilia. The men who have their names carved on the black marble honour rolls in the Leongatha Memorial Hall are being researched and the society hopes to collect

as many photos of these men as possible. The society is also seeking photos of service personnel who returned. Those men have their names on the white marble honour rolls in the hall. Recently, The Star published the names of those who did not return and the public is urged to check the list to see if they have any relations named. Photographs of some of the fallen from World War One will be on display in the new exhibition. There are also photographs of the Light Horsemen in Palestine and much more The displays on World War One will be continuing with changes for the next few years. The exhibition will open for the Daffodil Festival, which starts on August 28.

THE Korumburra Business Association will promote Korumburra on radio for two months in a bid to encourage visitors to town. As the KBA president David Amor said, “The town, the gateway to the South Coast, has a lot to offer visitors from cafes, parks, the South Gippsland Tourist Railway, Coal Creek and much more.” Meeting last Wednesday evening, the KBA was also concerned about a perceived rise in the crime rate in the town, and the number of young children on the streets late at night. Sergeant Scott Morrison at Korumburra Police Station said the youth of today have more freedom and this was an issue everywhere. He described the incidence of

burglaries as “a bit hit and miss”. “Because of the highway we get a lot of itinerants, people passing through, so it is inconsistent,” he said. According to the KBA, there is hardly any police presence in the town after hours and no-one to police. “We have a $2.7 million police station that is hardly ever open,” Mr Amor said. “If the police on duty are called out there’s no-one there. Generally speaking you never know if there is anyone there or not. “We need a big neon sign that lights up saying ‘open’.” Mr Amor said a decision on the Burra Foods buffer zone is not expected until mid September and the matter would likely lead to a panel meeting in March. The continuing clean-up of the saleyards has made a fantastic im-

provement at the western gateway to the town, and the community now wonders and waits what might eventuate with the improved marketability of the prime location. Another issue considered by the association are the separate Telstra and NBN upgrades to the old communications tower on Bridge Street, both scheduled to proceed in the near future. “Is that the right place for the facility?” questioned Mr Amor. He also revealed the land allocated for the Korumburra Integrated Children’s Centre, which will become the hub for infancy and preschool services, is at 19a Mair Crescent, within 150 metres of the tower. Building of the centre will begin as soon as funds are made available by the Federal Government. The next meeting of the KBA is on Wednesday, October 8.

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Brotherly tale to enthral BLOOD Brothers is coming to Leongatha’s Mesley Hall on September 5.

Coming to Mesley Hall: director Peter McAlpine holds up the poster for Lyric’s latest production, Blood Brothers, opening in Leongatha on September 5. Left, Blood Brothers: Graeme O’Connor is playing the role of Edward Lyons, and Russell Hemming will be taking on the role of Mickey Johnstone.

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is formed between the two, and they become “blood brothers”, setting a train of funny and tragic events in motion. “It’s an all adult cast but the story begins when the brothers are seven,” director Peter McAlpine said. “Having some of the adult leads playing seven year olds has been an interesting process.” The characterisation has come together by workshops, including children’s games like hopscotch and tag. The entire show was pulled together in the space of just 12 weeks. “It’s been like light-

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The Good Life

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PHOTOGRAPHERS from Australia and Germany have united to present an exhibition at Foster’s Stockyard Gallery.

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Opening this Saturday, August 30 at noon, Rock ‘n’ Soul, digital art and photography inspired by music, will continue until September 22. Tessy Amesreiter of Toora compiled the exhibition of digital art and photographs by five men with different backgrounds: Max Adam from Foster, Bernd Amesreiter from Toora, Keith Haycroft from Port Welshpool, Hans Kawitzki from Geelong and Kurt Wörsdörfer from Flörsheim, Germany. They all share one thing: their love of photography. For the exhibition, Tessy challenged the five to take on the task to produce photographs inspired by music. From their broad range of different styles, the exhibition coordinator chose photographs and digital artwork that pictorially interpret different styles of music, from natural sounds and classical to pop, from Gothic to electronica. The work spans fragments, landscapes and inner landscapes, realistic and surrealistic, colourful and monochrome, beautiful and not so beautiful. “Look at and listen to these pictures, like you have never done before. They may take you on a path through your inner

self, on a journey to the universe, or to a place of beauty and tranquillity,” Tessy said. “Kurt’s pictures are a mirror of himself; they are controversial, provocative and confronting.

However, they are strongly influenced by Kurt’s favourite style of music, heavy metal and Gothic. “Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge this exhibition.”

Also on display in a six minute audio vision will be pictures from the exhibition that reflect different styles of music. Be aware some pictures in the exhibition may not be suitable for

young children. For more information, please ring Stockyard Gallery Foster on 5682 1125, or Tessy on 5681 6329 or 0428 595 699 or email to

Provocative show: Tessy Amesreiter has coordinated the exhibition Rock ‘n’ Soul to open at Foster’s Stockyard Gallery this Saturday. On her right, she holds a photo by Kurt Wörsdörfer from Germany, and on her left, a photo by Hans Kawitzki from Geelong.

Start creating Meeniyan to host Champion A Y U G A U D S T 30 THERE’LL be more footy singalong to the SATUR stories now legends than you can iconic Meeniyan Hall poke a stick at when Greg Champion and guest Coodabeens bring their fantastic


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on Saturday, August 30. After a sellout performance at hyper-cool Melbourne music venue The Caravan Club, and in the lead up to a big show at Hamer Hall (Melbourne Arts Centre) in September, Greg and friends will do it for South Gippslanders on the eve of the local netball and football finals. Introducing Greg will be paralympian Don Elgin, who’ll be hot off the plane from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games after a heroic emergence from retirement. Don might just have an F42/44 discus medal hanging round his neck, but you’ll love him even if he doesn’t. There will be the great traditional raffles the meat tray, the chook raffle, and a spectacular box of fruit and vegies from legendary Ahern’s in Foster (Champs is a vegetarian). All proceeds will go to

the hall. Recently celebrating its 75th anniversary, Meeniyan Hall has an established national and international reputation and continually attracts great Australian and overseas acts due to the fabulous work of Ian Bevington and the local Lyrebird Arts Council. The event will follow the format of a traditional Meeniyan Tavern Night, which means bringing your own drinks, nibbles and glasses. These nights have showcased local talent in the area for over 25 years, thanks to the untiring efforts of the Mahatma of Meeniyan, the marvellous Eric Mould. Grab your mates and get ready for a great night. Tables are for eight, but individuals, couples and smaller groups will be warmly welcomed and accommodated. Tickets are only $25, and are available by phoning 5687 1370 or 0408 871 379 or email aroussac@

THE Coal Creek Literary Festival will be running a number of writing competitions this year as part of the festival. The main competition will again be the Bert van Bedaf Memorial Award for the best short story. Bert was an integral part of getting the Coal Creek Literary Festival off the ground eight years ago. After Bert passed away in 2010, the open short story competition was renamed to honour his memory. The prize money was increased to $500 and has since drawn a very high standard of entries. Past winning entries have been posted on the Coal Creek Literary Festival web site at www.coalcreekliteraryfestival. com. The competition is open to anyone with an imagination, a pen and paper or word processing program. You can enter as many times as you like and each entry must have a $15 entry fee. The festival will also be running two poetry competitions. The open poetry competition offers a $200 prize, while the under 18 poetry competition is offering a $100 prize. There will also be a $100 prize for the under 18 short story competition. Past winners in all categories are on the Coal Creek Literary Festival website. Now entering its fourth year, the Bert van Bedaf award has proved to be a popular part of the Coal Creek Literary Festival, with entries coming from all over Australia. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Coal Creek Literary Festival website or picked up from Coal Creek in Korumburra. Conditions and entry fees are all on the entry form. So if you have a story crawling around in your head, something Grandpa did when he was a child, a weird dream crying out for a meaning, get it down on paper and send it in. It could be worth $500.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - PAGE 33

SAVANNAH Isla Pocklington was born on August 18 at Leongatha Hospital to Matthew and Sally of Dumbalk North. She is a sister for Kyra, 5.

FRASER William Johnson was born at Bass Coast Health on May 30 to Carly, SAMUEL James Adams was born at Matt and sister Maisie, 2, Johnson of Bass Coast Health on June 30 to Catriona Wonthaggi. and Christian Adams of Wonthaggi.

OLIVER Salmon was born at the Leongatha Hospital on LEITH Stewart Cameron was born at Leongatha Hospital August 19. He is the first child for Daniel and Cherie of on August 16. He is the third son for Allan and Rachael of Phillip Island, and a brother for Finlay, 6, and Archie, 4. Korumburra.

LOGAN Chase Booth was born at Bass Coast Health on July 16 to Jessica Hicks and Tao Booth of Inverloch.

DALZEIL Elizabeth Scott was born at Leongatha Hospital on August 14. He is the first child for Danny and Karen of Wild Dog Valley.

Milpara Community House news THANK you to the Korumburra Community, especially members of the Anglican Parish Church, the Uniting Church, the Baptist Church, the Koringal Women’s Service Club and the members of CWA Woodleigh who have regularly supplied cooked meals and essential food items the Emergency Foodbank located at Milpara. Just this past week, a cook up for the foodbank saw more than 70 casseroles delivered to the House. Cyber Safety for Seniors: there is only one more week so if you are interested in attending the upcoming Cyber Safety for Seniors session being held on Wednesday, September 10 please let us know. This is a great chance to learn how to stay safe when using the internet, This information session is especially designed for seniors and will provide practical strategies for personal protection when using the internet and will also cover topics

such as phishing emails, purchasing online, online banking, virus protection, updates and scams and most importantly, what information not to share. If you know of someone who should know about this information session, please bring this session to their attention. Soy Wax Candlemaking: we have another class in Soy Wax Candlemaking set for Wednesday, September 3 and we will be finalising the numbers for these classes

early next week. If this is a craft you are interested in learning to try, call us quickly so your place can be reserved. Personal Safety: on Wednesday, September 17, an information session for all members of the community is being provided to present practical strategies for personal protection. Topics covered in this session will include identity theft, fraud and scams as well as a general overview of what actions you

can take to increase your own personal safety. This session is being presented with support of the local crime prevention coordinator of Victoria Police. Please let us know if you would like to attend this important session. More information about what is available through the community house is available through our webpage at

LEVI Hudson Moren was born at Bass Coast Health on July 23 to Tenille and James Moren of Inverloch. Levi is with his parents and brother Archer, 22 months.

Helping hand: Gary Baumgartner of the Korumburra branch of the Bendigo Bank recently delivered food items to Milpara Community House, towards the house’s emergency foodbank.

ALIX Jane Blundell was born at Bass Coast Health on July 22 to Rachel Carter and Adam Blundell of Cape Paterson. Alix is with her parents and sister Dela, 2.


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FRIDAY AUGUST, 29 10AM ENTRIES INCLUDE: DJ & KM KUCH, DARRIMAN (EU ACCREDITED) 200 Angus Steers, 12 months, Banquet blood, yard weaned April, 2 x 5-1, drenched at weaning. SMITHS GRAZIERS, TAMBO CROSSING 110 Hereford Steers, 8 months, weaned 30 Hereford Heifers, 8 months, weaned DS O'Brien & Partners, Swifts Creek 70 Hereford & Poll Hereford Steers, 8-10 months, weaned, Mawarra blood 25 Hereford & Poll Hereford Heifers, 8-10 months, weaned, Mawarra blood 30 Hereford, Angus x Steers, 8-10 months, weaned, Innesdale blood 30 Hereford, Angus x Heifers, 8-10 months, weaned, Innesdale blood WINGAN VALLEY STATION, WINGAN RIVER 80 Char, Angus x mixed sex, 12 months, Rosedale & Paringa blood, weaned R & D DEGEUS, GENOA 35 Angus, Bel/Blue x Steers, 12 months, weaned, 2 x 5-1, B12 & drenched 12/8 LIVINGSTON P/SHIP, BUCHAN 35 Angus Steers, 12 months, Banquet blood, weaned, 2 x 5-1, drenched 11/8 CB, AS, KC & FY HUTTON, CALULU 40 Hereford Steers, 10 months, weaned, Mawarra blood 20 Hereford Heifers, 10 months weaned, Mawarra blood P & D SYKES, “MAWARRA” LONGFORD 30 Hereford Steers, 10 months, weaned, Mawarra blood 30 Hereford Heifers, 10 months , weaned, Mawarra blood R & E HUTTON, SWIFTS CREEK 40 Hereford Steers, 10 months, weaned, Mawarra blood 20 Hereford Heifers, 10 months, weaned, Mawarra blood PJ COMMINS, “NUNIONG” ENSAY 40 Hereford Steers, 10 months, weaned, Nuniong Blood JS BIRDSEY “RIVER PERRY” PERRY BRIDGE (EU ACCREDITED) 30 Poll Hereford Steers, 12 months, weaned, River Perry blood, MN3 HAVEN INDUSTRIES, TAMBO CROSSING 30 Angus Steers, 8-9 months, weaned 30 Angus Heifers, 8-9 months, weaned MRS CA MCKENNA, ENSAY 40 Angus & Angus, Hereford x mixed sex, 8-10 months, weaned, Innesdale blood D COURTOT, SWIFTS CREEK 20 Hereford Steers, 10 months, weaned, Mawarra blood ROBIN GIFFARD, ORBOST 16 Angus Steers, 16 months, Coolana blood, drenched 16/7 ML & G LEE, MUNRO 50 Angus mixed sex, 10 months, weaned POYNTON ARCHGROUNDS, ENSAY 20 Angus, Hereford x mixed sex, 8-10 months, River Perry blood 10 Poll Hereford Steers, 8-10 months, River Perry Blood RG WILSON, TAMBO CROSSING 15 Hereford Steers, 8-10 months, weaned




Graeme and Joy Stuckey: 0429 992 683 Email:

Un-joined Jersey Heifers -150kg and up China protocols apply Ring for further information

dairy industry with the help of two jersey calves. As part of the Cows Create Careers – farm module, the calves are helping to increase awareness of dairy industry careers in a hands on way. The Year 10 VCAL students will rear the calves dubbed Sharon and Brian, provided by Leongatha South dairy farmer Gordon Vagg, for two weeks. This year, 18 schools in the Gippsland region will participate in the program. The program was started in 2004 by dairy farmers in the Strzelecki Lions Club and since 2006 has been supported by Dairy Australia.

Cows Create Careers national coordinator John Hutchison said the program started in nine Gippsland schools and now runs in 209 schools across Australia. “The program is designed to create awareness among secondary school students of the different opportunities available in the dairy industry,” he said. “It teaches students about educational and vocational pathways within industry.” Mr Hutchison said a local farmer is asked to lend two calves to the school. “The students look after the calves for two weeks. They learn about animal husbandry and looking after animals,” he said. “At the same time they

are required to complete enquiry based projects on the dairy industry, such as a mootube movies or a 3D model. “Through creating, the students are able to discover something new about the dairy industry.” Mr Hutchison said the program is hands on and allows the students to enjoy what they are learning about. “It is amazing what they pick up about the industry on the way,” he said. At the end of the six week program, students and teachers will be recognised at a presentation finale where prizes will be awarded to winning schools and students.

Dane Perczyk 0408 176 063 Dick Faulkner 0408 595 174

FORTHCOMING DAIRY SALES Friday Sept 5 – Warragul Bi-Monthly Dairy Sale, 11am Tuesday Sept 9 – 58th Annual All Breeds Bull Sale VLE Leongatha 11:30am start on dairy bulls Friday Sept 12 – Clearing Sale Dairy Herd Warragul A/C S. & V. Tweedle, A.I. Bred, high ABV herd Top 2% Australia – 10am sharp Friday Sept 19 – Warragul Bi-Monthly Dairy Sale, 11am Friday Sept 26 – Clearing Sale Dairy Herd Warragul Details later issue Friday Oct 3 – Warragul Bi-Monthly Dairy Sale,11am Friday Oct 10 – Clearing Sale Organic Dairy Herd, VLE Leongatha. A/c G.D. & R. L. Trease Friday Oct 17 – Warragul Bi-Monthly Dairy Sale,11am Friday Oct 24 – Clearing Sale Dairy Herd VLE Leongatha, details later issue



Kevin Morgan: 0419 917 510 Ray Attwell: 0428 836 136 Neville Kelly: 0417 359 637

BAIRNSDALE Brad Obst 0417 398 026 Geoff Nichols 0429 398 026 Scott Mundy 0428 326 737



For further details contact selling agents Korumburra – 5655 1133 Warragul – 5623 4744

PRELIMINARY NOTICE 58th Annual All Breeds Bull Sale VLE Leongatha TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 9 2014 Commencing 11.30am on dairy bulls Entries invited Early advice of entries appreciated to aid advertising Contact local representatives or branches

KORUMBURRA 5655 1133 WONTHAGGI 5672 1911 Greg Spargo 0409 860 344 Rob Ould 0408 595 183 Dean Bailey 0438 531 672 David Holden 0428 749 390 Simon Henderson 0428 740 750 Alan Bolding 0419 723 255 LEONGATHA 5662 0922 Dane Perczyk 0408 176 063 Dick Faulkner 0408 595 174


Jersey sure: from left, Korumburra Secondary College students Tash Lacy, Jordan Bell, Spencer Foster and Justin Stewart give calves Sharon and Brian their afternoon feed. The calves are at the school as part of the Cows Create Careers program.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - PAGE 37

Farming Insight

Wallet out: Desma and Colin Kent came all the way from Warragul to the store sale at Koonwarra last Thursday to buy cattle. Seeing is believing: Bernie McRae from Lance Creek and Rohan McRae from Elders were at the store sale in Koonwarra last Thursday. Bernie was at the sale to have a look.

• VLE Leongatha

Young numbers drop 630.0kg 579.0kg 566.2kg 573.3kg 590.0kg 709.2kg

210.0 210.0 208.0 206.6 205.2 205.0

$1323.00 $1215.90 $1177.80 $1184.51 $1210.68 $1453.79

STEERS 2 D. & K.M. McMillan, Airly 6 R.P. & J. Lomagno, Jumbunna East 1 J.W. & L.G. Fiddelaers, Koorooman 1 G. & C. Furness, Jumbunna East 10 Koolomurt Pastoral, Tarwin Lower 6 B. & A. Gill, Kernot

480.0kg 546.7kg 505.0kg 515.0kg 546.5kg 513.3kg

208.6 204.2 201.6 201.2 200.6 200.0

$1001.28 $1116.29 $1018.08 $1036.18 $1096.28 $1026.67

585.0kg 562.5kg 575.0kg 564.2kg

174.0 $1017.90 170.0 $956.25 168.6 $969.45 167.6 $945.65

COWS 1 Westley Investments, Cowes 2 S. Desantis, Krowera 3 S. & L. Harrison, Giffard 13 R.J. & C.M. McGill Family Trust, Kongwak 1 J.S. & A.M. Blackshaw, Leongatha Sth 1 Melaleuca Pastoral, Meeniyan

640.0kg 165.0 $1056.00 670.0kg 165.0 $1105.50

HEIFERS 1 B.S. Cantwell Lstk, Toora 1 G. & D. Wylie, Inverloch 3 C.J. & P.D. Henwood, French Island 1 O’Hara Realty Pty Ltd, Yinnar 1 Z. & M. Spehar, Yinnar 1 S.P. Kelly, Leongatha

305.0kg 410.0kg 626.7kg 360.0kg 425.0kg 485.0kg

212.6 $648.43 196.6 $806.06 190.2 $1191.92 190.0 $684.00 188.0 $799.00 188.0 $911.80

BULLS 1 J.F. & M.C. Wilson, Glen Alvie 1 Arthur Grabham Beef A/c, Kongwak 1 D.G. & C.M. Roberts, Foster 1 Melaleuca Pastoral, Meeniyan 1 M.J. & L.M. Schwennesen, Poowong 1 Est A.C. & R.A. Coulthard, Won Wron

865.0kg 735.0kg 685.0kg 935.0kg 785.0kg 870.0kg

190.0 189.2 188.6 188.0 188.0 187.6

$1643.50 $1390.62 $1291.91 $1757.80 $1475.80 $1632.12

Farmers debate By Sarah Vella MORE than 300 Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) members, industry and supporters gathered at the Melbourne Showgrounds for two jam packed days of policy setting and networking, as part of the VFF annual conference recently. VFF South Gippsland Branch president Gordon Vagg and secretary Meg Parkinson attended. Mr Vagg said last year, around 650 people attended the AGRIculture Heart of Victoria dinner while

this year there was over 800 people. “Everyone who attended the conference wanted to be there, and anyone with anything to do with agriculture wanted to be there,” he said. “One interesting thing we learnt from Meat and Livestock Australia was the price of killing an animal in Australia is around $360, compared to $180 in the USA and $60 in Asia. “Another interesting thing was the debates on any proposals put forward.” Mr Vagg said the VFF’s Sunraysia branch put forward a resolution to the conference “that the VFF oppose the extension of the Goods and

Services Tax to food” and a second opposing “any increase in the rate of the GST”. “After much debate, the resolution was opposed, which was interesting,” he said. “In New Zealand, GST is at 15 per cent and its Federal Government has a balanced budget and its roads are beautiful.” Mr Vagg is keen to attend the conference again next year, as he said it is an important way to connect with other VFF members and industry professionals. “The conference is a great place to get out there and be seen, and provides excellent networking opportunities,” he said.

Little look: Lauren and Huntley Stephens from Welshpool were at Koonwarra’s store sale last Thursday to inspect the offering.

Store sale Thursday, August 21 Total yarding: 1290 Steers: D. & B. Kallady, Gelliondale, 6 x $1018; G. McAuliffe, Boolarra South, 1 x $960; Burrabardoo, Tarwin, 13 x $880; I. & J. Montgomery, Inverloch, 11 x $845; W.R. & J.S. Peters, Wonthaggi, 6 x $840; R.A. Jackson, Binginwarri, 1 x $830. Heifers: G. & M. Ardley, Agnes, 1 x $770; S. & L. Riley, Leongatha, 2 x $720; R.V.G. & A. Patullo, Lang Lang, 1 x $680; J. Jans, Nerrena, 10 x $640; C.J. & W.M. McAinch, Meeniyan, 1 x $615; Pukenui P/L, Mirboo, 14 x $580. Cows: R. & R.L. Hancock, Fish Creek, 9 x $670. Cows and calves: A. Shaw & P.A. Shaw, Hazelwood, 5 x $1430; C.J. & W.M. McAinch, Meeniyan, 1 x $1090; R.W. & L.M. Brooks, Korumburra South, 1 x $970; S. & L. Riley, Leongatha, 2 x $950; R. & R.L. Hancock, Fish Creek, 5 x $930; M.R. McRae & L.C. Hodges, Outtrim, 3 x $810.


OUTSIDE VENDORS Clearing Sale - Farm Machinery & Sundries Outtrim, Inverloch area, early October 2014 Contact selling agents ALE5760244

The usual buying group was present and operating in a dearer market. Young cattle were in short supply, with almost half being grown heifers which attracted stronger interest, to lift 8c/kg for the well-finished heavy weights. The 450 steers and bullocks were very mixed in quality with the better three and four score grown steers and bullocks lifting slightly, while the leaner two scores improved 4c to 5c, as the score score Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers gained 6c to 11c/kg. Buyers showed keen interest in the cow pens with one southern processor securing more than half of the offering as the light and medium weights gained 2c, while strong competition for heavy weights pushed prices up 6c to 10c/kg. Heavy weight bulls sold to steady demand. A single vealer sold for 213c, while a handful of yearling steers reached 202c/kg for a couple of C2 heavy weights. The limited selection of yearling heifers showing good finish sold between 175c and 197c/kg. Grown steers made from 191c to 210c, while bullocks sold from 195c to 210c/kg. Heavy weight three score grown heifers made between 167c and 190c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers sold between 165c and 184c, lifting 6c, with the crossbred portion between 181c and 198c, gaining 11c/kg for the 2 score drafts. Most light and medium weight cows made from 118c to 146c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold mostly from 147c to 170c/kg. Heavy weight bulls made between 165c and 190c/kg. The next sale draw - August 27: 1. David Phelan, 2. Rodwells, 3. SEJ, 4. Elders, 5. Landmark, 6. Alex Scott.

Wednesday, August 20 BULLOCKS 15 M. Bayczka, Airly 10 E.L. & A.M. Deppeler, Yinnar South 16 C.T. Ferguson, Longford 3 A. Lade, Flynns Creek 3 R.P. & J.A. Wise, Dumbalk 12 A. & A. Bressan, Strzelecki

Wonthaggi 5672 1911 Korumburra 5655 1133 Rob Ould 0408 595 183 Greg Spargo 0409 860 344

FOR SALE A/c Breeder 13 Friesian /Jersey X Heifers 2 years, Freshly calved & springing $1300 + GST Jersey Bulls, 2 years $1000 + GST Friesian Bulls, 2 years, registered. $2000 + GST


THERE were approximately 950 export and 130 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 80 head week on week.

Contact Paul Wilson Mob. 0407 865 202

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TOTAL VALUE OF ITEMS PER ADVERT MUST NOT EXCEED $50 CHILDREN’S BOOKS. 100s from new to fair condition. $5. Ph. 5664 0232. GOLF BALLS. New. 4 cartons. Plus 50 used balls. $50. Ph. 5662 3556. BIKE WITH TRAINING WHEELS. Very solid. Pneumatic wheels. $45. Ph. 5662 3556. SNOW CHAINS. König. As new. 5 mins on and off. fit 185 tyre. $50. Ph. 5664 0206. TABLET. 7”Thompson PC. 8gb. Very little use. $50. Ph. 5662 2404. ELECTRIC STOVE. 2 hotplates. Heller. $50. Ph. 5664 4387. WINE RACK. Smart brand. Holds 35 bottles. Very good condition. Wood and iron. W220 x H780 x L600. $12. Ph. 5658 1050. CEILING FAN. White. $20. Ph. 5662 5415. CEILING FAN WITH LIGHT. White. $25. Ph. 5662 5415. EXERCISE PEDALS. Used after joint replacement surgery. $20. Ph. 5689 1224. CUP, SAUCER & PLATE. Shelly. Fine bone chine. Never used. $45. Ph. 5689 1224. FRIDGE. Needs $80 thermostat. $10. Ph. 0419 357 340. MASSAGING NECK PILLOW. Never been used. $20. Ph. 0488 105 451. GAS HEATER. Rinnai LPG 6 bar gas. Not portable. In working condition. 2 ft 5”long, 1ft 11’’ high, 8” deep. $50. Ph. 0417 102 526. CABBAGE PATCH DOLL. With dress. has blonde hair and blue eyes. $45. Ph. 0417 102 526. MARBLE RUN. With motorised gear and power lifter. Over 330pcs. Over 2ft tall assembled. Used only once. $30. Ph. 5662 5141. ANZ PIG MONEY BOXES. Two. Melbourne 2007 swimming and cowboy/farmer. $20 for 2 or $15 each. excellent condition. ph. 5662 5141. TUPPERWARE TUPPERCHEF SLICE FORM. Brand new never used. $45. ph. 5655 2277. GYM BALL. York Fitness Anti burst. 65cm. Includes DVD, pump and instructional wallchart. $15. Ph. 5655 2277. ROOFING TILES. Terracotta. Dark brown. Used but good condition. Approx. 500. In Leongatha.$50. Ph. 0407 444 210. FISH TANK. 600x350x500mm. Heater and accessories included. Light doesn’t

work. $50. Ph. 0429 045 757. OLD TOOLS. Collectables. $20. Ph. 5674 5601 or 0447 114 383. DRIZABONE COAT. Ladies. 3/4 length. Navy blue. Beautiful lining. New $50. ph. 5674 5601 or 0448 860 292.. WOODEN SLIDING GLASS ENTRY DOORS. With fly screen door. Needs mesh repaired. 1.8m W x 2.1m H. $50. Ph. 5668 6301. WOODEN WINDOWS. two. 2.1 W x 2.1 H, 0.95m W x 2.1m H. Each with opening section. Two for $50. ph. 5668 6301. COFFEE CAPSULE RACK. Holds up to 30 Nespresso caps. Never used. $20. Ph. 0402 255 120. ANTIQUE GENLTEMEN’S SHAVING MIRROR. Cedar. 2 drawers. Large framed mirror. Needs attention. otherwise good condition. $48. ph. 5662 2570. DINING CHAIR. Oak. Liftout seat. Good condition. $45. More available. Ph. 5662 2570. KITCHEN HUTCH. Pine. 3ft wide 6ft high. 2 doors and 2 drawers. $50. Ph. 0418 138 324. ANTIQUE CHINA VEGETABLE DISH. Meakin brand. White. Oval. Lidded. Delicate raised pattern. excellent condition. $25. Ph. 5655 1760. ROYAL DOULTON PLATE. Bone china. Limited edition. Pastel birds and flowers. Excellent condition. $20. Ph. 5655 1760. TRAMPOLINE. $50. Ph. 5664 1222. WALKER MACHINE. $20. Ph. 5664 1222. RAT CAGES. Two. Medium. $25. Large. $50. Ph. 5668 8268. FISH TANKS. Two. With stands. 2”6. $50. Ph. 5668 8268. PORTABLE COT. Butterscotch check pattern. Good condition.$30. Ph. 0428 168 297 ZUZU PET TRACK & ACCESSORIES. Excellent condition. Value $150 plus. Selling for $40. Ph. 0428 168 297. RETRO HAT BOX WITH COLLECTION OF LADIES HATS. Some brand new. $50. Ph. 0488 999 005. BIKE. Repco. Folds up. Brand new. $50. Ph. 0400 686 880. LADIES BIKE. $35. Ph. 5672 3470. GIRLS BIKE. 16”. $30. Ph. 5672 3470. PEDESTAL HALL TABLE. Very good condition. L750mm x W450mm x H700mm. $50. Ph. 5658 1050. GOLF CLUBS & BAG. 4 woods, 7 irons. Mostly graphite shafts. $50. Ph. 5662 0916.

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Scots Pioneer Church

Vic. Boat Licence with Jetski endorsement


situations vacant

Mardan South Ecumenical Pleasant Sunday Afternoon

situations vacant

SITUATIONS VACANT FULL TIME (Part Timers would be considered) •

31st August 2014 at 2pm

• •

Saturday, August 30 1pm - 5pm

Welders (MIG, TIG & ARC) exp. in Carbon Steel & Stainless Steel Press Brake Operator CNC Plasma Cutter Operator Apply to: Hulls Engineering PO Box 319, Leongatha 3953 or email:

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Phone Bob: 0417 524 005 Approved TSV course ABN 43080057923


AGM & Presentation Night 2014 SATURDAY, AUGUST 30 Leongatha Daker Centre 23 Smith St, Leongatha Tea starting at 6.30pm then AGM and presentation to follow Cost: Adults $25 Children 13 and under $15 BYO drinks Please reply if you are coming as final numbers need to be given for catering. Contact Leanne 0419 141 723

Jim Finger speaks on Science and Faith Supported by Donka Family Singers Devotions by Rev. Arthur Stamp

POSITIONS VACANT We invite applications from suitably experienced Registered Nurse candidates for permanent part time positions at our Leongatha and Korumburra campuses.


All Welcome

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Expressions of Interest / Applications for Creative Team Warragul Theatre Company is pleased to announce their production for 2015 as being the ever-popular

“Hello Dolly!”

WTC welcome applications for the following positions:

Director ● Musical Director ● Choreographer

Persons interested in applying for the above positions should send their applications to: The Secretary, Warragul Theatre Company, PO Box 1262, Warragul 3820 or via email to: The Secretary, Bek McLean at: Applications close 31st August 2014.

situations vacant

Korumburra Multifunction Ward PPT 0.6-0.8 EFT and

REGISTERED NURSE, MIDWIFE Leongatha General Ward (Midwifery Unit) PPT 0.6-0.8 EFT Applicants should be a registered nurse with applicable qualifications and experience, as well as having sound communication, organisational and team-work skills and the ability to multi-task and work with a diverse range of clients. GSHS offers a comprehensive orientation program on commencement of employment. All staff have access to excellent staff mentoring, education and support programs. Salary Packaging is available to all staff. All applicants will be required to supply a current satisfactory police check. For further enquiries for this position please go to or contact Jenny Fitzgerald (Acting DON - Korumburra) on 03 5654 2751 or Vicki Farthing (DON – Leongatha) on 03 5667 5507. Applications close Friday 5th September 2014 and can be addressed to: Brendan Kellow Acting HR Manager Gippsland Southern Health Service Private Bag 13 Leongatha 3953


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ACSAG is a highly professional organisation that values staff and provides a warm and supportive team culture. We currently have the below vacancies to commence on a casual basis, with a view of permanent part time, at our Mirboo North Aged Care Facility.

Registered Nurse Successful applicants will possess: • A passion for, and previous experience working in an Aged Care environment • Experience with ACFI and accreditation requirements • Open communication skills • An active AHPRA registration followed by sufficient experience with a passion for Dementia Care.

Personal Care Worker Successful applicants will possess: • A passion for, and previous experience working in an aged care environment • Strong interpersonal and communication skills • A Certificate III in Aged Care Applications to: Alison Snell - Facility Manager 27 Giles Street, Mirboo North, VIC 3871 * All applicants must provide evidence of their right to work in Australia and a valid National Police Check* Please note: Only successful applicants will be contacted Please no recruiters at this time. Thank you.

Trades Assistant Leongatha The CLAAS Harvest Centre network is a leading provider of agricultural machinery throughout Australia and New Zealand and enjoys brand partnerships spanning more than 40 years with premium manufacturers including CLAAS, AMAZONE and Seed Hawk. Our South Gippsland dealership is seeking a mechanically minded person to join its team based in Leongatha on either a part-time or full-time basis. The successful candidate will be involved in the assembly of farm machinery for the upcoming harvest season. We are looking for someone who can display the following attributes: t Self-motived, punctual and versatile; t Strong mechanical aptitude; t Knowledge of farm machinery is an advantage but not essential; t The ability to work well within a team and independently This is an excellent opportunity for the right person. CLAAS Harvest Centres offer ongoing training and development opportunities and competitive experienced-based remuneration packages. Our employees enjoy excellent working conditions in a supportive and friendly team environment. Please forward your application in confidence to: The Dealer Principal CLAAS Harvest Centre South Gippsland PO Box 167, Leongatha, VIC 3953 or email: Applications close: 5pm, 5th September 2014

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - PAGE 39

situations vacant

situations vacant

situations vacant MILKING HAND REQUIRED

EXCITING NEW opportunity to work right next to the beach with the following casual positions available: • Day leaders (7.30am -3.30pm) Mon - Fri • Night leaders (3pm – 11pm) Mon-Thurs • Day Cooks (6.30am- 2.30pm) Mon - Fri • Night Cooks (2.30pm- 9.30pm) Mon-Thurs • Cleaners (9am-3pm) Wed & Fri We would love to hear from enthusiastic, well presented positive people who enjoy working with children and adults alike. A working with children check is essential. Email/post your resumé to the following address: NEW OWNERS: Peter & Jessica Gould 30 Gale St, Waratah Bay, 3959 Email:

UP TO 10 MILKINGS PER WEEK Contact 0429 011 852

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situations vacant

DAIRY FARM HAND Duties include milking and tractor work Experience preferred PHONE 0427 563 560

situations vacant

WANTED Casual relief milker for weekend work and some week days. Flexible. Leongatha North. 5668-9292.

South Gippsland Shire Council

Sustainability Officer • Temporary part time – 3 days per week • Maternity Leave Replacement – up to 12 months • $47,581 total pro-rata salary Enquiries to: Geoff McKinnon, Sustainability Manager on 5662 9200. Applications close 5pm Wednesday 3 September 2014.

BOARD DIRECTORS Nominaons are invited from suitably qualified individuals interested in serving as a Board Director in one of four vacancies available with Gippsland Medicare Local. Gippsland Medicare Local is a not for profit primary health organisaon responsible for coordinang primary health care in Gippsland, ensuring that services are beer tailored and connected to meet the needs of local communies. Board Directors are collecvely required to demonstrate professional skills relevant to the Board’s key funcons, preferably relang to the primary health sector. Candidates must demonstrate professional behaviours commensurate with performance requirements for Company Directors. Experse in the following areas will be preferable: • Strategic thinking and policy development • Corporate risk and governance • Execuve management and financial performance • Commercial experse HOW TO APPLY All potenal nominees should review the online informaon and complete nominaon documents available at For more informaon, please contact Peter Quigley on or 0499 600 334.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 5 September 2014

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Branch Manager A leadership role supporting business development in a dynamic team Located in Neerim South, VIC As a top 100 ASX Company Bendigo Bank’s success has been built on our Retail Network. As a Branch Manager you will play a key role in driving your branch and community forward, delivering tailored financial solutions to customers drawing on your proven business development and lending skills. To be successful as a Branch manager you’ll be committed to putting customers’ needs first and recognise the importance of mentoring your staff. You’ll be a proven communicator and leader who enjoys partnering with the community. In return you’ll receive support to advance a long-term career with our growing organisation. So if you think you’ve got what it takes to be part of the Bendigo team, we want to hear from you. Visit to find out more or to submit your application, quoting reference number VIC904464. Or write to Karen Visser, Retail Operations Officer, PO Box 698, Warragul 3820. Applications close on Tuesday, 2 September 2014.

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Clinical Care Supervisor Melaleuca Lodge is a 37 bed Residential Aged Care Facility in Cowes, and is part of Phillip Island Homes for the Aged Assoc. Inc. We are seeking a Registered Nurse Division 1 to fill the role of Clinical Care Supervisor. Position is 30 hours per week, weekdays only with some flexibility available. Salary Packaging is available and normal superannuation is applicable. Further training and ongoing education is encouraged. The successful applicant should have experience in Residential Aged Care, demonstrate skills and knowledge of ACFI, electronic documentation and Accreditation. The ability to supervise the care team and co-ordinate holistic care and advocacy for residents will be required. Further enquiries may be obtained together with a Job Description by telephoning 5952 3267. Applications to be addressed to: Secretary, Phillip Island Homes for the Aged Assoc. Inc. 1 Watchorn Road. Cowes Vic 3922 or emailed to: Applications close 15th September

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MILKER required for approx. 140 cows, 14 double up herringbone dairy, Toora area. Phone after 6.30pm 5686-2745.


TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF PERISHABLE FOODS FROZEN & PREPARED Tenders are invited for the supply of perishable foods – frozen and prepared to Gippsland Southern Health Service. Contract period for 12 months commencing from 27th October 2014. Tender specifications can be obtained by contacting Lynne Burgess on 03 5667 5518. All tenders must be marked “Tender – Supply of Perishable Foods - Frozen & Prepared” and forwarded to: Mr Mark Petty Acting Chief Executive Officer Gippsland Southern Health Service Private Bag 13 LEONGATHA VIC 3953 Tenders are to be submitted no later than 5pm Friday, 3rd October 2014.



NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Notice of Annual General Meeting to be conducted on Thursday 9th October 2014 at the Centre, commencing at 11am. Light refreshments will be served following the meeting. BUSINESS: 1. To confirm minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting. 2. To receive the reports of the committee and the financial statement. 3. To elect two (2) members of the committee in place of retiring members. The retiring members for 2014 are: Laura Barker Lila O'Connor. 4. To consider any resolutions delivered within at least seven days' notice. Nominations for the Committee close on Friday 3rd October 2014, a current satisfactory police record check is required when accepting positions for the Committee of Management. Committee Nomination, Centre Membership and Police Check forms (online) can be obtained from and completed at the Tarwin Lower Community Health Centre.

meetings Mirboo North & District Junior Tennis Association

Tenders are invited for the supply of meat and small goods to Gippsland Southern Health Service. Contract period for six months from 29th September 2014 to 27th March 2015. Tender specifications can be obtained by contacting Lynne Burgess on 03 5667 5518. All tenders must be marked “Tender – Meat & Small Goods” and forwarded to: Mr Mark Petty Acting Chief Executive Officer Gippsland Southern Health Service Private Bag 13 LEONGATHA VIC 3953 Tenders are to be submitted no later than 5pm Thursday, 18th September 2014.

for sale HAY Large square bales. Excellent quality, shedded, this season, $60 each. Contact 0419-617617.

Wednesday, August 27


HAY: Small squares, excellent quality, shedded. New season, $9 each. Can deliver, conditions apply. Mardan 5664-1320.

Leongatha Tennis Club rooms 7.30pm

HAY small squares $8, suitable horses, this season. 5655-2107.

Enquiries to Secretary Frank Dekker 5668 5285



for sale AIRCONDITIONER r/c Kelvinator 1¾hp, 2 yrs old, ex con. $500. Contact Jenny 0400-686880. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175. FIREWOOD Local messmate / stringy / bluegum. Cut, split and dry.$100 per metre. Ph: 0437-176187. FISH TANK 3’, with stand and complete set up $100. Pine set drawers with mirror $75. Pine table seats 6 $75. 5662-5415.

LUCERNE hay and silage, 40 rolls of each, in Mirboo North area. Contact Joe 0428-585954. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each, 200x75x3.0 $ 20.90 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417530662. TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 56812261.

found FOUND one Canary. Call 0402-268234. NINTENDO GAMES and case found in Leongatha. Ph: 0408-622650.

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LOST CAT Very much loved 8 year old, big fluffy ginger cat named Garfield from Young Street, Leongatha 2-3 weeks ago. Desperate for information on any sightings. Is timid. Please phone 5681 2290, 5672 5581

We stock the largest range of chainsaws in South Gippsland, including - Stihl, McCulloch and Husqvarna

from $199

used vehicles

Professional repairs and services to all makes of chainsaws. We also have a large range of secondhand chainsaws available.

Affordable cars at drive away prices



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

garage sales


GARAGE SALE 38 Jeffrey Street Leongatha Saturday, August 30 Start 7.30am until 2pm (or sold out) Art supplies, clothes, good quality products, knick-knacks

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




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

Total package valued at $41 ADVERTISE by calling 5662 5555 or emailing or call in to 36 McCartin Street LEONGATHA to pick up your kit when you place your advertisement LEONGATHA 29 Bent Street, Saturday, August 30, 8am - 2pm. Household goods.


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

Classified advertising closes 12 noon Mondays

in memoriam KEYS - Beryl Ruby. Twenty years since you died. Much loved wife of Brian (dec). Thanks for being a wonderful mother. Deidre, Margie, Heather, Martin, Alison and families.

deaths SG CHEAPEST CARS Geary Road Leongatha LMCT 10804

Phone Judy or Geoff 0428 920 095 for full range of vehicles Or visit:

KELLY - John. Result of tragic accident on August 13, 2014 at Tarwin. Loved son of Thomas Francis (dec) and Joyce Kelly. Loving brother of Rhonda, Tom and Peter (dec). Rest in peace.

NOTE: drive away means no more to pay. All on road costs paid.

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 TOYOTA 80 Series, 1993, VGC, low kms, reco head, new clutch, RWC, YDK449, $9,900 ONO. Ph: 0469619162.

work wanted

Pat Atkinson TUTOR NUMERACY AND LITERACY PRIMARY TO MID SECONDARY Places available Phone 0408 372 895 or 5672 2564


MELROSE Francis James. (14987819) The President and Members of Leongatha RSL regret the passing of their esteemed member, and extend deepest sympathy to the family. Lest We Forget SALINGER - Christel. 01.04.1932 - 19.08.2014 Finally gone to her eternal reward. Wife of Peter (dec). Mother of Gottfried, Regina, Peter (dec), Wally, Stephen and Erica. Honorary mum to Wanda and Ian, and family. Oma to Kaiwin, Michael, David, William, Sandra, Klara, Tim, Rebekkah, Andrew, Elliyah, Jeremy, Kailah, Olivia, Fabienne, Emily, Jesse and Perry. Great grandchildren Dakota and Faith. Will be missed by her children, partners and families. Heartfelt thanks to all staff at ACSAG Mirboo North Aged Care for their loving care and support for her last four years.


STANLEY - Ron. Ron Stanley was a highly respected board member at GSHS who made significant contributions to the effective function of the Board of GSHS from 2000 until his retirement in 2011 and was Treasurer of the Board for 9 years. Deepest sympathy to Joy and family from the Board of Management and staff at GSHS.

STANLEY - Ron. Councillors and staff are saddened by the recent death of Ron Stanley, Shire Secretary for the Shire of Woorayl from 1971 until 1992. During this time Ron provided strong leadership and growth for the Shire and was well respected by the community, staff and his peers. His contribution filtered into many aspects of the community where he will be remembered with much affection. Our thoughts go to his family at this sad time.

funerals SALINGER - A Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Mrs Christel Salinger will be held at the Shire Hall, Mirboo North on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 commencing at 2pm. Private cremation.

Wishes to thank Jonathan (Eddie) McMicking and Dave Newton for all their help with the lights at our netball courts. We sincerely appreciate your time and effort. Thanks from all of us at shark park.


Paul & Margaret Beck proprietors Caring for our Community, personal dignified service to all areas 5662 2717 Office and Chapel: 24 Anderson Street, Leongatha

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

Drug message delivered By Tayla Kershaw

YOUNG people attended a drug forum at Mary MacKillop College recently, with particular emphasis on ice. Organised by Yooralla’s community development worker Vanessa Holness, 250 students from Mary MacKillop College, Korumburra Secondary College, Yooralla, and Community College Gippsland gathered in Mary MacKillop College’s gym for a presentation from local police, an ex drug user and drug and alcohol counsellors. “We are very grateful to Mary MacKillop College for offering their facility to us,” Ms Holness said. “It’s really nice how the community

THE South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau held its 36th annual general meeting last Tuesday (August 19) at the Leongatha RSL.

Pre-need Funeral Plans available

marriage celebrant

Here to help: Lachlan Perrott, Jessica Hyde, guest speaker Jimmy, Yooralla community development worker Vanessa Holness, Sergeant Dale McCahon, Senior Constable Rohan Michael, Krystal Humphrey, Codie Turner, Brendan Hawkins, Jordynn Francis, Kane Wiggins, Alicia Williamson and Ryan Watson attended the youth drug forum at Mary MacKillop College.

come together to address issues such as this.” The forum was based on a similar drug forum held in Wonthaggi earlier this year. The Wonthaggi forum was in a more adult setting and Ms Holness thought it would be wise to address young people with the issue as well. “I’ve had lots of emails with positive responses to the forum,” she said. ‘Our guest speaker was the catch of the day. The kids were very attentive and engaged when he spoke.” The forum was also supported by GippSport, GippsCare, Bass Coast Health and Gippsland Southern Health Service, with representatives of the organisations present to provide students with useful information.

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FRIESIAN, ANGUS, HEREFORD, LIMO OR JERSEY All sound, young Hire or sale Phone 0447 331 762

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C H R I S T E N S E N (O’Donnell) - Matthew and Fiona welcome with love darling Jordan Jesse, adored brother to Lachlan 21 months, in Alice Springs. Precious 2nd grandchild for Columba and Brigid of Ireland and 7th grandchild for Ralph and Jenni of Leongatha North.


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

Guest speaker was Rachel Turnbull, visitor services coordinator at South Gippsland Shire Council. Speaking to a room filled with bureau members who volunteer at the community and visitor information centre in Leongatha, Ms Turnbull commented on the need to treat each client as special, even after having answered a particular question many times before. Presenting information in an individualised personal way was a way to make visitors more inclined to explore South Gippsland, she told the group. Commenting on the launch of the Prom Country app last year, Ms Turnbull noted this had introduced the area to a new generation of travellers; those more internet savvy than the previous generation. Arranging for accommodation booking facilities in all tourist information centres across South Gippsland was a current priority, Ms Turnbull said. Information centres were also perceived to be a point of contact for general information. For example, statistics show people tended to search out fire danger updates from such centres rather than visiting the CFA website. This view was being addressed in the centres’ responses to such perceptions. After the talk lunch was served followed by the presentation of reports. Mayor Cr Jim Fawcett was invited to take the chair for the annual election of office bearers and the committee. New office bearers and committee members were elected for 2014-2015. They are: president Lorraine Rome, vice president Clare Carmichael, secretary Nicholas Peck and treasurer Carol Cock. Further committee members are:

Dorothy Potter, Margot Rodwell, Graeme Rome, Bev Ellwood, Di Newton, Viki Sinclair, Susannah Martin and Val Caithness. The South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau is a referral service providing contacts for services around the shire. Its excellent database can provide a vast amount of information about local services. For clients on low incomes, taxation office trained volunteers provide assistance with tax returns. The bureau’s volunteers are trained to lend a sympathetic ear to clients who need to talk to someone who has the time to listen. In addition, the bureau is a Centrelink and Medicare agency operating from 9am to 1pm on weekdays. Consider contacting the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau next time you want to find out something and don’t know where to turn. The bureau is located in the Memorial Hall complex, Michael Place, Leongatha, or you can call 5662 2111 Monday to Friday, 10am to 4 pm.

New ideas: Rachel Turnbull, visitor services coordinator at South Gippsland Shire Council, addressed the annual general meeting of the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau last week.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - PAGE 41

Dairy dollars REGIONAL Development Australia (RDA) Gippsland has announced funding of $250,000 to support 11 projects addressing the priorities of the Gippsland Food Plan.

Africa bound: Mirboo North Secondary College girls involved in the Days for Girls project model packs bound for their less privileged peers in Africa.

Days for Girls Africa bound GREAT things are always happening at Mirboo North Secondary College. In the subject of community service this term, a group of girls has been working with an organisation called Days for Girls. Days for Girls is a not for profit organisation focused on providing women in Africa with reusable sanitary items and health education. The girls have been making packs to send to Africa and in the process learning what these packs mean: school girls in Africa can continue their daily lives and especially their education. Lauren said it has made her realise how

privileged she is and she is able to continue her education without such concerns. Georgia agreed that it was good to help with things Australians take for granted. Over three years, girls can miss up to eight months of school staying home because of menstruation due to cultural ideas and taboos. This is a severe disadvantage to the equality of educational outcomes for girls. Thirty two kits containing underwear, fabric pads, shields, soap, face washers and quality zip lock bags with instructions. The project began with a talk from a lady who is a mem-

ber of a sewing group that makes liners and shields. Involvement in the program has made the Mirboo North Secondary College girls feel how privileged and lucky they are to live in a society where the journey into womanhood is much less fraught with issues. There is also that special feeling that comes from giving back to those less fortunate by and feeling good about making a difference. Brianna said, “It amazed me how such simple things make the girls’ lives so much better.”

New paramedics on call AMBULANCE Victoria is responding to more calls for help than ever due to an increase in paramedics and a record number of shifts. Minister for Health David Davis said according to Ambulance Victoria figures, the Victorian Government had increased the number of paramedics across the state by 21.5 per cent, with an addition of 539 new paramedics. “This massive increase in paramedic numbers, along with a record budget of $696.5 million (a $132.4 million increase) for Ambulance Victoria demonstrates the Napthine Government’s commitment to a better ambulance service for all Victorians,” Mr Davis said. “Before coming to office, in June 2010, the Coalition committed to rolling out an extra 310 paramedics and 30 patient transport officers across the state but these figures clearly show the Napthine Government has well and truly exceeded that figure. “The Coalition Government will continue to deliver additional paramedics as new grad-

uates enter the workforce.” The figures are calculated in line with the same high standard used to determine employee numbers for the Ambulance Victoria annual report. “We have also increased Ambulance Victoria’s budget by 23.5 per cent since 20102011 which has meant more paramedics, more shifts and more vehicles than at any point in Victoria’s history,” Mr Davis said. “Our funding and boost to services has seen the number of qualified paramedics increase from 38.8 per 100,000 people in 200910 to 43.2 per 100,000 people in 2012-13.” Mr Davis said the increase in resources had allowed Ambulance Victoria to dramatically increase the number of paramedic shifts operating across Victoria and had also enabled them to respond to a record of 820,995 road and air cases across Victoria in 2012-13, compared with 747,072 in 2009-10. “We want to ensure that all Victorians have access to modern and efficient ambulance and health services, no matter where they live,” Mr Davis said. “To help achieve that we have added

MICA Single responder ambulances for the first time at Mildura, Wonthaggi, Horsham, Warrnambool, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Wodonga, Bairnsdale, Sale, and Swan Hill. “We have also spent $16 million to build new or to upgrade existing ambulance stations across Victoria. “The Napthine Government is also investing an estimated $550 million in a new fleet of state-of-the-art ambulance helicopters to deliver world-class care to all Victorians.” Gippsland regional manager of Ambulance Victoria, Mick Stephenson, said, “We continually review our service and staffing requirements to improve performance and meet community needs.” As a result in Gippsland, ambulance branches in Cowes and Maffra, as well as a new branch in Grantville, are now rostered by paramedics 24 hours a day rather than having paramedics on-call overnight. Korumburra now has multiple paramedics rostered on and on-call overnight, rather than a single paramedic and Ambulance Community Officers (ACOs) have been added to Yarram and Foster to support the single officer.

RDA Gippsland chair Richard Elkington said the funding was being provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund for projects that aligned with the objectives of the Gippsland Food Plan, which will help guide the future growth of the local food industry. “The Gippsland Food Plan is the first of its kind to be developed in response to the Australian National Food Plan, and was developed by a dedicated steering committee established by Regional Development Australia Gippsland,” he said. “The Gippsland Food Plan’s vision is to expand the food industry’s worth and contribution to the regional economy. “Funding has been provided to businesses, industry and community groups for projects that address the four priorities of the Gippsland Food Plan, including promoting growth and attracting investment, enabling infrastructure, innovation and adapting to change and advocacy and policy development.” One of eight funding recipients, GippsDairy Board Inc received $65,000. The not-for-profit organisation strives for a sustainable dairy industry that provides economic, social and environmental rewards to the dairy industry and the wider community. GippsDairy will be undertaking two projects aligned with the Gippsland Food Plan: • Focus on the Macalister Demonstration Farm project with a total cost of $63,300 is a study based on the focus farm model. Using the demonstration farm, it will look at the physical aspects of dairy farming and marry it with in-depth farm business analysis. The project will enable a detailed analysis of the corporate ownership model of dairy farming, build farmer capacity around decision making and adapting to change, and promote resource efficient practices on farms that directly link to improved profit; and • Stepping in and Stepping Back project, with a total cost of $7800, will deliver seminars based on business management in farming to support succession planning in dairy.

Poem About Photos By Steve Finlay, Leongatha Our daughter brought her wedding photos, To show to me and my wife. It seems we somehow look different in them, To how we look in real life. It could be the formal occasion, Different clothes, or new hairstyles we wear. Somehow we look fatter and older And how come there’s grey in my hair! My nose looks real big in one photo, It’s probably the lighting or Those darn flash digital cameras That show up each wrinkle and flaw. She showed us a big family photo, With my Dad acting foolish you see. Now he doesn’t look that much different, Hold on, that’s not Dad, that’s Me!

Teens taste farming STUDENTS are exploring pathways to careers in agriculture. South Gippsland Bass Coast LLEN has joined with National Centre for Dairy Education Australia to develop a partnership between schools and industry to offer opportunities for students to explore agriculture. The ag taster is centered around the agricultural industry, a major employer in South Gippsland that also plays a critical part in servicing major manufacturing and agricultural producers nationally. Nearly 30 year 9/10 students from South Gippsland secondary colleges took part in the ag taster that involved a trip to the Koonwarra saleyards, where Neil Park from SEJ conducted a mock auction using students as cattle. He explained the process of selling cattle and the type of careers related to the cattle industry. An excursion to Zuidemas’ dairy farm

at Leongatha South followed with hands on farm activities. Students learnt about the day to day operation of a large successful dairy business and how diversity in farming is required to obtain the best results from pasture and livestock. Lunch was served at Federation Training in Leongatha where mentors from various backgrounds within the agricultural industry discussed their pathways over lunch with students. This program was developed in partnership with South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning Employment Network (SGBCLLEN), secondary colleges, National Centre for Dairy Education Australia and GoTAFE.

Left, Calling shots: auctioneer Neil Park from SEJ gives secondary college students an insight into action on sale day.

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SPORT | • Wonthaggi table tennis

A Grade thrillers THERE were some great matches played in A Grade last week.

Triple: from left, Lincoln Reynolds (grandson), Dan Eddy and Joel Reynolds (grandson) all holding one of Dick’s three Brownlow Medals.

Star studded line-up for book launch A STAR studded event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne on Thursday 21 saw the launch of local author, Dan Eddy’s book of Essendon legend, Dick Reynolds. Hosted by the Dick Reynolds Club and MCd by Tim Watson, special guests included triple Brownlow medallist Bob Skilton, 1993 Brownlow medallist Gavin Wanganeen, 1970 Brownlow medallist Peter Bedford and Essendon president Paul Little. In Korumburra on Friday locals had the opportunity to attend a launch of the book at an evening MCd by Iain Findlay, a personal friend of Dick Reynolds.

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


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29 FRI

30 SAT

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Past champion: from left, Dan Eddy sign a copy of “King Richard” for Daryl Gerlach. Gerlach, was recognised in the sixties as one of the finest defenders in the game. He played back pocket in the winning grand final against St Kilda in 1965 and was the Essendon FC Best and Fairest in 1970.

A star studded event: from left, triple Brownlow medallist Bob Skilton with Dan Eddy.

Bomber great: from left, Brownlow medallist Gavin Wanganeen with Dan Eddy.

Daffodils (Luke Anstey, Sebastian Vethanayagam) had three sets that played out to the sixth game against Hit it On (Justin Licis, Rod Kimmins.) Justin won the first, Sebastion won the second and Luke and Sebastian then won the doubles against Justin and Rod. With the score at 2-1 to Daffodils Justin won the next singles against Sebastian and Luke clinched the win for Daffodils with a final set win against Rod. Two other matches on the night were close with 3-2 wins and Combi’s (Bruce Harmer and Steve Anstey) had the bye. A Reserve: Juicy Legends (Sam Watson, Daniel Park, Tharma Balasundaram) are in top place with Ramp it Up (Paul Dwyer, Matthew Kent, Archie Paxton) close behind. Teams are so evenly matched that every competition night brings a surprise. The set between top players Paul Dwyer (Ramp it Up) and Bryan Hoghton (Smashers) created some excitement. Paul has just returned to table tennis after some years away from the game and is regaining his form very quickly. In a hard hitting and spin display from both Paul and Bryan, Paul came out the winner 11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7. B Grade matches had some surprise results last week too. For the first time on record every set in one match went to a decider. Reptiles (Darcy Allamby, James Britt) played Bandicoots (Hayden Brown, Juan Lacanaria). It was exciting to watch these young players battle it out. Darcy has some very impressive accurate smashes, Juan (one of the youngest junior players) is playing a much improved consistent game, and Hayden and James, new players this season, are extremely competitive. Reptiles came in with a 4-1 win, but every set could have

gone either way. Junior coaching is going through a “growth spurt” at present under juniors coach, Bruce Harmer. It is always good to see new faces. Just turn up at the Wonthaggi Table Tennis Centre, 6pm to 7pm on Thursdays. Social Table Tennis continues on Thursdays, 1pm to 3pm. Six community groups are now involved, with enthusiastic players returning each week. The success of this program has been a real winner for Wonthaggi Table Tennis - and for the players who support it. Sunbury Championships: Congratulations to Zach Anstey, Dirk Holwerda and Trish Denier who won cash prizes last weekend at the Sunbury Championships.

Ladders A Grade Daffodils ...................... 8 Inverloch ..................... 8 No. 1............................. 4 Sevens .......................... 4 Hit it On ....................... 4 Spitfires ........................ 4 Combi’s (bye)............... 4 A Reserve Juicy Legends ............. 8 Ramp it Up.................. 8 Chettie’s Team ............ 8 The Terrors ................. 4 Smashers ...................... 4 Tripper Snippers (bye).. 4 First Timers Rock......... 0 B Grade B.A.M. ......................... 8 Reptiles ........................ 8 Premier Players .......... 4 The Dominators.......... 4 Bandicoots.................... 0 The Vipers .................... 0

9 7 7 6 6 5 5

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13 (48) 11 (40) 10 (38) 13 (50) 10 (41) 9 (34) 7 (43) 9 7 5 3 3 3

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Leading players A Grade Justin Licis ......................... 5 (22) Bruce Harmer (bye) ........... 4 (16) Dick Holwerda ................... 3 (14) Case de Bondt .................... 3 (12) Sebastian V ........................ 3 (12) A Reserve Bryan Hoghton ................... 5 (16) Sam Watson........................ 5 (16) Daniel Park......................... 4 (15) Catherine Rogerson............ 4 (14) Sean Michael (bye) ............ 4 (12) Paul Dwyer......................... 4 (12) Nancy Pattinson ................. 3 (14) Daniel Chetland ................. 3 (11) B Grade Rory Gow ........................... 4 (8) Max Jupp............................ 4 (8) Hayden Brown ................... 3 (7) James Britt ......................... 3 (7) Beau Allamby..................... 3 (6)

height (metres)

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1.35 0.47 1.48 0.58

0128 0724 1356 1951

1.41 0.46 1.52 0.51

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0440 1017 1642 2238

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

NetSetGo: back row from left, Melissa Busana and Sue Ritchie; middle row from left, Anabelle, Nevada, Shoshanah, Elsie, Mia, Sienna, Eloise, Amy; and front row from left, Ebony, Sophie, Kiera, Sienna, Alicia, Regan, Ishkah and Anissa.

NetSetGo finishes THE Leongatha and District Netball Association’s 14 week NetSetGo is a program that assists children new to the world of netball to develop valuable skills in a fun and enjoyable environment. The program this year had 20 participants across the 14 weeks and concluded last week with medal presentation and a small game. Many of the children also had a chance

to participate in this week’s Under 11’s season finale round robin as fill-ins to get a feel for the game as a whole. The Association would like to thank program coordinator Sue Ritchie and her team of helpers Chelsea Tuckett, Melissa Busana, Alex Ritchie and Jessica Harry. It was a fun program had by all and it was a delight to see the children’s confidence and skill level develop right in front of our eyes.

Korumburra volleyball Round 6 A Grade: Giants d Golliwogs (2:1) 25:15, 25:16, 13:24; Bugs d Warriors (2:0) 25:16, 25:17, 24:23. B Grade: Shark Bait d Hopefuls (3:1) 25:18, 22:25, 25:21, 18:11; T.N.T. d HELP (2:1) 19:25, 25:23, 22:20. Chargers d Panthers (3:0) 25:3, 25:8, 25:18.

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World Life Saving Championships LOCAL Life Saving identities, George Misson and his wife Janet Kolotelo from Inverloch, have been appointed to officiate at the World Life Saving Championships “Rescue14” in September, at Montpellier, France.

• Soccer - Leongatha Knights v Phillip Island

Season’s end for brave Knights South Women’s Cup Round 3 IN the final round of the South Women’s Cup, Leongatha Knights took on Phillip Island in what proved to be an exciting battle for the ball. Though the Knights took to the pitch a player short they played with a determination that pushed Phillip Island to up their game. A successful penalty shot scored by Leongatha’s captain Cassie, saw the Knights briefly take the lead before Phillip Island scored an equaliser. An injury brought Leongatha’s numbers down further while the Knights Women continued to play an excellent game. Leongatha’s Amber scored early in the second half once again putting Leongatha in the lead, however, Phillip Island managed to get another two balls in the net before the end of the game putting the finishing score at 3-2 Phillip Island’s way. Leongatha played a fantastic game under trying circumstances and should be proud of their commitment. Once again, well done to the team and coach for a fun season.

Under 13 The final game of the season arrived and the weather threatened to give the players a wet send off. The Knights players wanted to give their supporters a positive end to the year. Phillip Island showed all of the skills early that saw them finish second on the ladder. Perfectly placed passes

and great communication saw the Breakers start strongly. With both teams’ strikers being caught offside early, adjustments were made and the Island finally found the back of the net. Leongatha’s reply came when Curtis put a perfect pass to Joaquin who in turn crossed the ball across the face of goal to find Oscar who put it away. Half time saw Leongatha’s defence find their form and force the Breakers attack to work increasingly hard. As always Shem was brave in goals but it was the support of the defenders led by Jordan that made his job all the more easy. When Joaquin broke away from his defender and found space, there was little the Island keeper could do to stop him scoring. The game became increasingly physical and several players took heavy knocks, but continued battling on. Phillip Island would score twice more in the second half with teamwork being their best asset. The Breakers walked away with the win 4-2 in Leongatha’s best result against them all season. Knights Coach Fiona extended her thanks to all of the players, parents and supporters for their effort this season, and wishes all teams playing finals in the weeks ahead the best of luck.

Under 9 This was the last game for the year against Phillip Island.

The Leongatha boys put on the most amazing performance. They really put it all together. The main features they have learned all year have been improving team work, passing, shooting and one on one play. Last Sunday the boys were outstanding focusing on each aspect of their play. Some will move up next year to U11 and a bigger field and more complicated rules and they are ready and prepared. The boys who stay as U9 for another year are also vastly better and will continue to improve. The team this year was: Mitchell Bath, Robbie Reardon, Liam Chiappini, Luke Murphy, Brodie McNaughton, Brodie Hillis, Tyson Harris, Eli Smith, James Heneghan, Gerad Bashaw, Liam Ross, Ollie Buckley, Seb Lamers, Will Croatto, Jerym McKenzie. Thanks boys for a great year.

Under 11 The Under 11’s finished their season with a great tight tussle against Phillip Island. Both teams worked hard to get the ball and move it into attack. The Knight’s opened the scoring first with Phillip Island scoring an equaliser in the second half. Both teams had chances to score more but the end scoreline was 1-1. All team members played well and can be pleased with their attitude and achievements over the whole season. Well done!

Incredible journey: husband and wife team George Mission and Janet Kolotelo are officiating at the World Life Saving Championships in Montpellier, France in September.

• Leongatha badminton

Close race to the finals THE final round of Leongatha badminton was a tense affair, with many positions on the ladder up for grabs. In a remarkable result second and third position on the A Grade ladder was determined by mere percentage, the Kangaroos unlucky not to secure the double chance after having a solid victory over the lowly position Magpies. Gary McGrath, back from injury, was brilliant for the Kangaroos winning all his three sets, and club secretary Rhonda Newton was inspiring in her singles victory over Brayden Krohn winning 15-11 in a performance full of class and experience. The Bombers completed a magnificent season defeating second placed Hawks with relative ease, Greg Marshman yet again winning all his three sets. Nigel Grimes and Ian Cole both won their singles matches to give the Hawks just enough points to stay in second position. On to B Grade action and the Blues reaffirmed their premiership favouritism with an emphatic win over the struggling Bulldogs outfit. Chris Holt and Karsten Krohn dominant,

while Glen O’Neill couldn’t stop laughing all night. He must really have enjoyed himself despite the Bulldogs loss. Finally, the Demons finished the year on a high with a narrow 11 point win over the Swans, Leonie Dignan and Ben Ryan having good wins in their singles matches. The Swans will need to regroup for next week’s semi finals. The season is drawing to a close and club members are reminded of our presentation dinner at the Leongatha RSL on September 13. A huge night is assured, with a few surprises in store for those who attend. Good luck to all teams in this year’s finals.

Round 13 results A Grade: Kangaroos 4/92 d Magpies 2/82, Bombers 4/88 d Hawks 2/73, Tigers - bye. B Grade: Blues 4/81 d Bulldogs 1/51, Demons 2/59 d Swans 2/48, Saints - bye.

Ladders A Grade Bombers ..................................78 Hawks ........................... 111.7 56 Kangaroos ....................100.7 56 Tigers .......................................38 Magpies ....................................35 B Grade Blues ........................................64 Saints .......................................63 Swans.......................................30 Bulldogs...................................25 Demons ....................................23

Ruck: Fish Creek’s T. Price gets the tap away at this ruck contest during the Fourths’ elimination final at Terril Park on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Mal Heywood.

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Young knights: the Under 9s have put it all together and those who are moving up to the next division are ready and prepared.

Both are involved in local clubs Inverloch, Cape Paterson and Waratah Beach. Janet, a theatre nurse at Wonthaggi Hospital, has been officiating now for 15 years since George introduced her to one of his passions, life saving. Having begun his life saving career at Cape Patterson in 1963, this year George celebrated fifty two years of involvement and 45 years of competition officiating. George Mission has been appointed to the Appeals Committee, the final avenue that competitors have to put their case forward if they have been disqualified during competition. To be appointed to this committee George says one must be a dinosaur, and after having competed and officiated at state, national and international level himself for many years, he says that he certainly does fall into the dinosaur category. The committee is best explained to be like the Supreme Court; members must have a full understanding of the thousands of rules that are involved with such a competition, but also have a very open mind to the offence at hand. Many of the world’s top life saving competitors are professional and being disqualified and not winning events could have a dramatic affect on any sponsorship that they may receive. Ms Kolotelo has been appointed as starter/ check starter for the International Open and Youth Teams events at the cham,pionships. She is the only female ever to be appointed to such a position and was first appointed to the role in Egypt at Rescue 2008. Ten Thousand athletes will face the starter’s gun over the two weeks of competition. Nick Leman from the Inverloch SLSC will compete in the Open 2km Run. As reported in The Star on August 5 Leman was named Surf Life Saving Victoria’s 2014 Athlete of the Year and now has his chance to put his name on the world stage. Mr Mission says the locals and holiday makers who use patrolled beaches should feel very comfortable knowing that South Gippsland has some of the highest qualified volunteers monitoring their water safety. There are up to two hundred thousand drownings around

the world each year. In 2006 forty seven thousand children drowned in Vietnam alone. These unbelievable numbers which mostly occur in developing nations are slowly being decreased. Anyone interested in being involved in any of the local life saving clubs in any capacity, just not as a life savers should make contact with the clubs through the Life Saving Victoria. George Mission has not regretted being dragged off to join Cape Paterson fifty two years ago. He says the journey has been incredible and is still continuing.

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Stand out pairs: the “busy girls” Robyn Wilkinson and Chris Hamilton with “clever girls” Marion Walker and Dot Garry.

Wonthaggi ladies IRISH Stableford, when you and your partner’s scores are multiplied together, threw up a few challenges, especially when your partner gobbles a birdie two (four points) the pressure is on to get a score. Another great story Ivy Ruby (birdie on eighth and pro pin) and her partner Jan

Korumburra ladies LAST Wednesday our members enjoyed a ‘Day Out’ at Melaleuca Links Par 3 at Inverloch. The proceeds from raffles and monthly stalls were used to pay for the day; it’s a small thank you to all our girls who are so generous in many ways throughout the year. Twenty girls played the nine hole course before lunch with some good scores, despite quite a few balls being lost in the water and the surrounding bush. Lovely trophies were donated by Beryl Brown and Heather Grist. Since our last visit, the course was altered but our shot indexes weren’t resulting in some high scoring for

Beaumont got a par 12 points on one hole. Jan Jeeves and Geraldine Prentice both pared the fifth, nine points and so the great stories were shared. But the clever girls on the day were Dot Garry (26) and best mate Marion Walker (30) with a huge 53 points . The “busy girls” of happy pair Robyn Wilkinson and Chris

Hamilton were happy to receive a lovely prize for their endeavors from captain Jan. Further results NTP second Jan Jeeves, NTP 17th Ivy Ruby. BDL: M Johnson and P Russell 52, M Ryan and M O’Halloran 51, G Prentice and J Jeeves 49, J Beaumont and I Ruby 49.

some players. In Division 1 (0-26) Carie Harding had the best score of 21 points, with Moira Rogers taking out the runner up trophy, on a countback from Kath Welsh, both on 19 points. The Division 2 (27-45) winner was Betty Thomson with 25 points and the runner up was Janice Follett on a countback from Sharon Adams, both scoring 22 points. The nearest the pin winners were first Betty Thomson, second Barb Walker, third Julie Brannaghan, fourth Moira Rogers, sixth Carie Harding, eighth Betty Thomson and ninth Lee Clements. No players ‘got on and stayed on’ holes five and seven. Balls down the line went to Sharon Adams (22 points), Julie Hislop and Marg Harp-

er (20 points) and Pauline Howe and Kath Welsh (19 points). Lee Clements won the raffle, a hand knitted scarf made by Heather Grist, and Pauline Howe won 417 smarties in a jar for being very clever. It was good to see Piet Strykert and Betty Connors ‘dust off’ their golf sticks and play the nine holes. Another 13 girls joined the players at lunchtime which made for plenty of conversation on the sun deck. After lunch, 10 girls attempted to do better on the nine holes and played in quite warm conditions. When the final group came in no one was there to shout them the coffee they reckon they had earned. Next Wednesday the event will be a Fourball, not Ambrose as in the syllabus, with drawn partners on the day. Norrie and Heather will be putting the field out. Six women travelled to Lang Lang to play in the Bowl, last Friday. Unfortunately, there were no golf wins although Kathleen Bronsema was lucky with the raffle. A small field played in beautiful and ideal golfing weather on Saturday. The course had dried out considerably and it was great to have some run. The winner was Deb Wrigley (25) with 27 points, runner up was Kath Welsh (26) with 26 points and Chris Rickard was nearest the pin on the fourth. The Green Course was played, with a Slope Rating of 127. The DSR was 74. Good luck to the women in the South Gippsland Country Team, which includes Lee Clements from Korumburra. We wish the girls all the best in their matches from Monday to Wednesday and look forward to hearing the results.

Happy trio: Piet Strykert, Moira Rogers and Barb Walker had a lovely time in Inverloch.

Day out: Joan Peters, Betty Connors and Norrie Little enjoyed the day at Melaleuca Links last Wednesday.

A BIG field took part in Saturday’s Par competition which was played in ideal weather with the course in excellent condition. The A Grade honours went to Daryl Mathews (nine) with a score of -1. Neale Gillin (15) finished square to win B Grade and Nick Savino (17) had -1 to win C Grade. Ian Watson (22) had the best score of the day with +2 to win D Grade. The Super Comp was won by Sam Hughes who finished square. NTP’s were Fred de Bondt on the fourth hole, Sam Hughes on the seventh, G Baumgartner on the 14th and M Anderson on the 16th. DTL Balls went down to -4 and were won by Sam Hughes, Mick Thomas, John Fedderson, Tom Sorrell, Peter Hobson, Terry Lund, Andrew Smith, Ian Barlow, Bruce Hutton, Dave Vorwerg, Kevin Castwood, Geoff McDonald, Mark McHarg, Allan Schache, Merv Stubbs, Glen Marsham, Ron Chaplin, Jack Hughes, Mark Anderson, Garry Sharrock and Peter Brownlie. Tuesday’s Stableford competition was won by Peter Hobson (24) with 37 points. NTP’s were Bruce Hutton on the fourth hole, Ian Murchie on the 14th and Rob Martin on the 16th. DTL Balls: Richard Nel-

Korumburra THERE were 36 players on Saturday, August 23 for the stableford competition, with trophies by Rick and Deb Staples. A Grade: T. Herbert (10 hcp) 35 pts on countback I. Cash 35, T. Marotti 35, R. Newton 35, B. Pope 34, N. Perks 33, L. Sharp 33. B Grade: G. Bull (18

Meeniyan ladies: Veronica Park (left) was the runner up on Wednesday while Linda Brown was declared the winner.

Meeniyan ladies ELEVEN ladies played Stableford on Wednesday, August 20. The sponsor was Helen Twite. Winner on the day was

Linda Brown with 35 points. Runner up was Veronica Park with 32 points. Best nine was Nereda Scholte with 17 points. D.L.B Faye Le Page 30 points, Jan Roberts 28 points.

hcp) 35 pts, A. Rosa 33. Nearest the pin: 1st T. Marotti, 7th T. Herbert, M. Deleeuw, 13th L. Sharp. Tuesday’s winner was P. Vanagtmaal 39 pts countback and Thursday’s winner was C. Clements 37 pts countback. Grand final day 10am shotgun start, pot and a pie for tipsters.

Foster AFTER a wet start to the week, the weather really turned it on heading into the weekend. Tuesday August 19 men’s stableford: No golf. Thursday August 21 men’s stableford: A small field turned out for the stableford event. Phil Schofield continued his recent good form to win with 41 pts. Nearest the pin - Larry Giddy. Down the line - Larry Giddy. Friday August 22 stableford (chicken run): Small field will carry over into next week’s comp. Saturday August 23 - Flag event stroke, Kiwi Jones Trophy: Saturday’s flag event saw some very good scoring. Terry Jewson was good enough to snatch A Grade on countback from Noel Black. The pair both finished on net 72. In B Grade Brian Robinson found some sizzling hot form to shoot a net 66. That meant he still had six shots to play with heading up the 1st hole. Brian unfortunately used all his six strokes to finish just short of the green. That saw Peter Wright, who came in with a net 69, heading back up the first with three shots to play with. Peter was able to win the flag by getting inside Brian with his three shots. Winners A Grade - Terry Jewson 85 - 72. B Grade Peter Wright 90 -69. Nearest the pins: Larry Giddy, Bruce Knee, Larry Giddy, Kris Drangsholt and Bruce Knee. Down the line: Brian Robinson, John Warren, Noel Black and Steve Barnes. Members and golfers’ draws: The winner of the draw was Jeanette King, who wasn’t present. The draw will jackpot to $550 this coming Friday. The Saturday golfers’ draw was won by Gary Phelan who wasn’t on hand to collect the $380. Jackpots to $400 next week. Greg Paine

Top pairs: from left, Trish Owen and Glenyce McRobert were the winners and Debbie Miller and Barb Miller were the runners up.

Leongatha Ladies

Change of scenery: Pauline Howe, Sharon Adams and Dawn Marotti from Korumburra Golf Club playing at Par 3 golf course in Inverloch.

son, Norm Hughes, Bob Birrell, Doug Clemann, George Alexander and Bruce Hutton. Thursday’s Stableford saw Rob Martin (17) with 35 points to win A Grade, Ian Watson (22) was successful in B Grade with 34 points and Allan Schache (26) won C Grade with 27 points. NTP’s were John Moor on the fourth hole, David Forbes on the seventh, Rohan Walker on the 14th and Peter Brownlie on the 16th. DTL balls: Rohan Walker, Norm Hughes, Peter Brownlie, Merv Stubbs, Peter Walsh, Mick Oliver, Peter Hobson, Colin Bear John Moore, Ron Paice, Doug Clemann and Paul Luck. Qualification for the Top Gun competition continues with the top 19 qualifiers going through to the shoot out in November. Ian Murchie and Sam Sperling head the leaders’ board at the moment with 43 points, but there is plenty of time to post a good round and get amongst the 19 qualifiers for what promises to be an exciting finale.

THE Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research were the recipients of part of the entry fees paid last Wednesday. This well known institution also provided the trophies for a 4BBB stableford event in which 42 women participated. Glenyce McRobert and

partner Trish Owen won with 43 points. Sisters-in law, Debbie and Barb Miller were runners up with 42 points. Andrea Thorson (visiting from Meeniyan) and Pat Pease won a ball down the line with 41 points, followed by Jan Brownlie and Jan Birrell with 39, Louise Schache and partner 38, and Jill Steer and Pat West and Julie Howard and Colleen Touzel 37 points.

Glenyce McRobert won the nearest the pin on the 14th and Andrea Thorson was nearest to the flag on the 16th. Saturday, August 23: Winner: Di Betts 23 (Riversdale GC) -3 on a count back. Down the line: Wendy Parker -3, Ivy Ruby (Wonthaggi GC) -4, Linda Shannon -4, Jo Baumgartner (Box Hill GC) -5.

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was the winner of the card draw to collect the six pack of beer. Coming events: Thursday, August 28 - stableford. Friday, August 29 - chicken run; members cash draw 6.30pm - 8pm - $550. Saturday, August 30 - men’s foursomes championships - SEJ Trophy; golfers’ cash draw 5.30pm - $400. Tuesday, September 2 - par.

Meeniyan GOOD weather saw an improved field for Saturday’s Stableford event, sponsored by the club. The winner of A Grade, with 43 points, was R. McGeary (19) from P. Johnston (13) with 35. B Grade went to our canny Scot, R. Hannay (25) with 39 points from L. Cope (32) with 37. Balls to C. LePage (37), C. Buckland (35), C. Graeme and D.Gregg (both 34). NTP went to D. Gregg and the pro pin to P. Johnston. The member’s draw was narrowly missed by an absent J. Dumont. Tuesday saw a win to W. Reilly (26) with 41 points from R. McGeary (19) with 39. Best nine went to A. Kuhne and the NTP to F. Stalker. Thursday’s winner was P. Johnston (13) with 36 points whilst R. Hannay (25) was runner up with 31. Best nine was R. McGeary and NTP was F. Stalker.

Mirboo North Ladies Stableford winner : Sue Traill (19) 33Points. Down the line: Lia Brent (41) 33Points. Nearest the pin: 4th Chris Gunn, 16th Raelene Millsom.

Wonthaggi On Saturday we played a Stableford event with a field of 82 players. The day was beautiful with wonderful sunny weather and the course was as good as I have ever seen it in August. A Grade winner G. Hewlett 39 points, B Grade S. Laing 37 points and C Grade K. Green 37 points. Balls down the line: I. Baker 38, R. Johnson 36, K. Loughran 36, D. Williams 36, D. Crellin 36, R. Sheean 36, I. McDonald 35, D. Green 35, M.Johnson 35, I. Murrells 34, P. Studham 34, E. Vanagtmaal 34. Nearest the pin: 2nd K. Green, 8th M. Stanes, 13th P. Schultz and 17th G. Amott. Eagle 1st: I Baker. This Saturday is a stroke event and followed by monthly medal on September 6. The match committee has decided to have a seeded draw in round one of our club championships. The draw will only involve the top 16 players in the club decided in handicap order with tee times from 11am. This guarantees all players compete in similar weather conditions. For further detail contact Danny Crellin. Good golfing and let’s hope for more fine weather days similar to last Saturday. Continued on page 45.

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BOWLS | SPORT Leongatha WEDNESDAY, August 20 saw one of the smallest number of bowlers take to the greens for the midweek social bowls, only four teams / 10 bowlers. The winners were Ollie Crouch (s), John Richards and Joe Runciman with three wins plus nine, runners-up were Fred Sauvarin (s) and Don McIntyre, three wins plus two. Saturday, August 23 saw a bigger number of bowlers take to the greens in very pleasant conditions and very keen bowling was the order of the day. Winners were Harry Forrester (s) and John O’Connor with three wins plus 21, runners-up were Frank Filomeno (s) and Ewan Coulter with three wins plus 12. Reminders: Don’t forget the opening night dinner on Friday evening, September 5 at 6pm, for a 6.30pm start. It will be a three course meal, and if you wish to attend please make sure you place your names on the list near the entrance to the match committee room as soon as possible. Saturday, September 6 will be the official opening bowls day for season 2014-15, with a 1pm start and dress is uniform where possible, with names of players wishing to play on the sheet before 12 noon. I have been advised there are still a number of subs outstanding and our treasurer would like to have these paid as soon as possible. Until the next report, good bowling - ‘Jackhigh’.

Buffalo indoor ON Wednesday, August 20 there were four teams selected, five fours and two triples, using all the bowls. On mat one Rod McConchie (s), Glenys Pilkington, Carolyn Benson and Andrew Hanks got off to a flyer to defeat Bill Wolswinkel (s), Joyce Occhipinti, Mary Tumino and Peter Heldens, eight shots to six (8-6). On mat two Charlie Tumino (s), Ian Benson and Illene Tiziani had a close tussle with Toni Heldens (s), Peter Tiziani and Joe Occhipinti (9-4).

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Woorayl SATURDAY’s stableford saw Danny Dwyer overcome a countback to win A Grade with 37 points, B Grade went to Alan McEachern with 35 points and Bob Beilby took out C Grade with 34 points. Balls went to G. McKinnon, W. Turner, P. Burgess, S. Sullivan, I. Balfour, G. Johnson, D. Dwyer, R. Goodwin and J. Bolge. Nearest the pins went to Brendan Robjant and Simon Sullivan. It was nice to see the ladies compete, the winner was Sue Wakefield, and we gave balls to Shirley Thomas and Jan Pope. No lady was on the

Charlie used his bonus bowl to advantage on the first end when down five shots, to pinch the end. Tony (Lucky) Thornton joined us for the second game and after a bit of practice on the spare mat gradually found his touch, and Andrew sat this one out. Charlie 8-6 over Bill, Rod 14-7 over Toni. The last game was shortened to four ends for an early night in readiness to Friday’s Peter Mac night. Charlie 4-3 over Rod and Toni 5-3 over Bill. Results: 1st Charlie (WWW) 13 ends, 2nd Rod (WWL) 12 ends, 3rd Toni (LLW) 7 ends, 4th Bill (LLL) 7 ends. The Peter Mac charity tin counted $278 and $2 found to round it out to $280.

Peter Mac night On Friday, August 22 it was nearly a full house at Buffalo for the Peter Mac charity night, with daffodils aplenty and items on display. We had many ringing to see if there were any vacancies, several apologies received and donations in lieu of non attendance. We had several ‘new chum’ bowlers and some ‘old timers’ and all were well received by the bowling fraternity. Six mats were out and chairs placed so bowlers could congregate and chat, and rest if needed. An old set of wooden carpet bowls and collage of district bowlers and photos of previous Peter Mac nights were points of interest to start conversation and reminiscing. Three games of eight ends were played with lots of good natured comical banter and several close games with ‘shot bowl’ changing time and time again, made for a good night’s entertainment and enjoyment. Results: Encouragement award was presented to Peter, Graeme, Doreen and Malcolm (we know who you are), receiving a Peter Mac pen and a mighty cheer from bowlers. Runners-up were Robert Matthies (s), Carolyn Benson, Dudley Harrison and Colin Dowel (WWD) 15 ends from 8th green and Shirley Thomas won the 17th. The ball raffle was won by the G. Challis syndicate. Next week will be the monthly medal stableford.

Woorayl Ladies WITH the reasonably fine weather we have been having, the course was in excellent condition this week thanks to Greg and his helpers. Stableford was the game for the day and the winner was our captain, Marg Tuckett (23) with 32 points. Down the Line Ball winners were Chris Perrett 28 points and Fay Maynard 28 points on a count back from Sue Wakefield. Nearest the Pins on 8th and 11th to Shirley Thomas and on 17th Chris Perrett.

Joe Occhipinti (s), Joy Dyson and Sally Gammaldi (WWD) 14 ends - very close indeed. Winners for the night and receiving the meat tray (Rod and Judi Spokes - donors for the past 17 years) were Rod McConchie (s), Les Godkin, Sybil Breen and Ashley Van Dufflen (WWW) 14 ends congratulations. Lots of lucky tickets - prizes for everyone. Thanks donors. Wood raffle was won by Naomi of Meeniyan. We acknowledge the wonderful effort of Peter and Toni Heldens for their efforts and the businesses of the district for the generous donations by all and sundry. Together with the night’s takings and Peter Mac charity tin, wood raffle and goods and donations, a grand total of $3550 will be sent to Peter McCallum Hospital for cancer research - a magnificent effort. SGIBBA president Charlie Tumino congratulated the club’s effort and how all had enjoyed the night. He also mentioned that SGIBBA had forwarded $300 to each of the district’s hospitals - Korumburra, Leongatha and Foster and reminded delegates of the meeting on Sunday. Thanks one and all - social bowls Wednesdays at Buffalo, 7.30pm, all welcome.

Mardan Indoor THIS week saw the return of Theresa Bateman from her break away. The way she was playing you had to think she has been playing a bit during that time and we were also graced with the appearance of George Bentley again. As per last week the numbers were 13 and we played two games of 10 ends. Fortunes were mixed as the night went on and at the last end of the night in both games the results could easily have been a win and a loss for each team, but as we’ve all come to know it ain’t over until that last bowl comes to a rest. Low and behold, things didn’t turn out as expected for those teams wanting a win. Without further ado here are Next week’s competition is once again Stableford.

Mirboo North Thursday August 21 Competition: Stableford. Winner: Ray Thompson (24) 40 points. Eagle: S Bickerton on 17th. DTL: J. Kus 37 points and I .Evison 36 points. Saturday results: Competition: Stableford. Winner: R. Whirelaw (5) 37. DTL: J. Kus 37 points c/b, M. Payne 36 points, B. Pinner 36 points and T. Donnison 36 points. Second shot on 1st S. Bickerton, 4th B. Bradshaw, 6th S. Duff, 13th R. Whitelaw and 16th T. Donnison.

the results: Theresa Bateman, Russell Grady and Nic Rutjens (S) one win and a draw; Sebastian Terranova, Jeanette Grady and Ian Hasty (S) two wins. Next week sees Vito head off for a long awaited visit to

his birth place and yours truly won’t be around to play either so hopefully the Smiths will be back to keep the numbers up to around a dozen. My next report will be in four weeks.

Best Last Game winners: Murray and Anne Oehms from Wonthaggi.

Beautifully bowled: from left, Men’s champion, Harry Dunn with Don Stoneham Memorial Trophy winner, Jill Bateman after a great game. Pat Stoneham and her son, James are thrilled to present this perpetual shield to Jill.

Inverloch THE annual Carpet Bowls Dinner was held on Friday, August 22 with over 60 people enjoying the meal. The purpose of the dinner was to celebrate the end of Carpet Bowls for another season and the playoff for the Don Stoneham Memorial Shield Trophy. The evening was introduced by MC Allan Johnstone and Carol Hughes. It commenced with the presentation of a trophy to the Men’s and Ladies winners and runners-up of the season. Congratulations to Men’s runner-up, Allan Johnstone and the Ladies runner-up, Edith Perrett who had great games against the ultimate winners Harry and Jill. The Most Improved Player award went to Joan Clark. Well done Joan. After entrée, the carpet mat was rolled out for the playoff between Harry and Jill for the Memorial Shield Trophy. The game was played over 12 ends. Harry got off to an excellent start but Jill kept in touch with a few good ends. Harry maintained the lead up until the 10th end when Jill edged ahead by two shots on

the 11th end. At the last end it was still anyone’s game. Jill maintained her calm and bowled beautifully to win this end by two shots. The final score was Harry 11, Jill 15. Congratulations to Jill, the 2014 winner of the Don Stoneham Memorial Shield Trophy. First prize was won by Judy Parker, Heb Barclay claimed second prize and Fred Morrison third. This is the 20th year that Pat Stoneham has run the Carpet Bowls and her family have donated their time and effort in providing an excellent meal and evening. The club is grateful for over $2,000 being raised during the season. These are much needed funds for our on-going renovations. The Club Opening for the season will be held on Saturday, August 30 from 1.00pm. The current Ladies champion, Anne Tschiderer and the Men’s champion, Dave Roberts will roll the first bowl and jack for the season. We will have a game of bowls followed by afternoon tea. Ladies, please bring a

Wednesday Wizz: from left, Jill and Cynthia from Inverloch and Paul and Reg from Tarwin were the winners. plate. Club uniform, please. A name list is on the noticeboard. Please check the noticeboards for coming events as the Pennant season rapidly approaches. There are practice matches organised. Name sheets on noticeboards. Please note, if a member is not financial they will not be allowed to participate in any practice match. Payment of your membership subscriptions by August 31 is requested. Mixed social bowls on Wednesday 20 saw a good turn-up with the improving weather and the second game was extended to 14 ends to take advantage of the pleasant afternoon. Winners with 36 points were Brian Hensley (S) and Laurel Lee. Runners-up with 34 points were Rob Howard (S) and Dorothy Gilfillan.

Tarwin Lower OUR last Winter Pairs day was a great success. Thanks to all who have helped to make it so successful.

The winners for the day were Bob Wylie and Col Hair from Meeniyan. Runners-up were Keiran Gardiner and Garry Hardy from Inverloch. The best last game went to Murray and Anne Oehms from Wonthaggi. Wednesday Wizz was also the last for the winter season and the club enjoyed a fine turnout of 27 players. The winners were Jill and Cynthia from Inverloch and Paul and Reg from Tarwin. The ladies’ meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 2 at 10am. This will be followed by our first pennant practice so all players, hopefully, can attend. The following Tuesday 9 is another practice match followed by a game at Inverloch. The following week Tuesday 23 is a game at Meeniyan. With all this practice we should be in fine form to head towards a very successful season. Men’s pennant practice starts on Saturday 13 and again on Saturday 20.

Korumburra to host District Fourball Golf Championships THE South Gippsland District Golf Association Fourball Championship will be conducted at the Korumburra Golf Club on Sunday, September 14. The K. Macdonald Shield for the South Gippsland Championship will be played over 18 holes and is expected to attract a good field of local talent.

In addition to the 18 hole championship there will be various handicap trophies for A and B Grades. Entries are restricted to members of South Gippsland Golf Clubs who comply with the Country Week eligibility rules. The eligibility rule for entrants having to belong to the same club has been deleted which means that entrants now only have to be a member of a South Gippsland affiliated club.

The entry fee for all District Championships is free and entries should be forwarded to the tournament manager Mr Chris Clements, Korumburra Golf Club, 5672 3697. Entries for the event will be accepted up until the event but late entries will only be accepted depending on the capacity of the course. Entry forms are available at all South Gippsland Clubs.

Council gets in the swim LEONGATHA Swimming S i i Club gratefully accepted a $1000 grant from South Gippsland Shire Council for the purchase of a new white board and storage cupboard recently. “It’s a great thing to know we’ve got the support of the council,” LSC president Peter Bellingham said. The whiteboard, which is used by coaches to display training programs to the club’s swimmers, has been well

received those it. Ditt Ditto th the i d bby th h who h use it storage cupboard. Mr Bellingham said the club was “looking good for the upcoming season”. “Our membership numbers are strong for this time of year and we will be planning events for the spring and early summer,” he said. In addition to night time sessions, young and old alike have been enjoying a Wednesday morning training session under the expert eye of Lorrie McKenzie. For many of the older members of

th l b lik tt D di id the club, like M Matt Dunn, th the iindividualised coaching offered to the small group was something that kept them coming back. “We’re basically getting a personal trainer for the cost of a club membership. For a novice swimmer like me it’s a great way to get fit and become a little bit faster in the pool. Lorrie’s a fantastic coach and we’re certainly lucky to have her,” he said. “Even if you’re a very average swimmer like me, the club has a place for you. I’d certainly encourage adults to get involved.”

Lorrie McKenzie: the Leongatha Swimming Club coach is happy with the new white board, purchased with a grant from South Gippsland Shire Council.

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Parrots netball Leongatha v Traralgon Under 13 Leongatha 28 def by Traralgon 30 Buzz - Taylah Brown. Network Video - Alisha Marshman. Rusty Windmill - Simone Dekker. Wow, what a game to finish off the season. The third quarter was a thriller and both teams were neck and neck with ’Gatha in front by three. The determination and spirit weren’t quite enough to pull the girls across the line, with Traralgon’s bigger bodies out jumping Leongatha.

Under 15 Leongatha 22 def by Traralgon 60 Last game of the season, the girls fought hard. Some good passing and defensive work against the top team in the league. You have improved so much this year you all should be very proud of yourselves.

Under 17

Rebound: A Grade goal defence, Ali Rock leaps high to secure the ball for the Parrots. Photo by

Kathy Reid: the Parrots A Grade coach leads by example. Photo by www.markdrury.fotomerchant. com

Leongatha 15 def by Traralgon 41 Leongatha Skin Therapy - Georgia Riseley. Network Video - Lisa Clark. Rusty Windmill - Kath Harms. A very solid first quarter with great contesting and movement down the court. Lots of positive passages of play throughout the rest of the game. Stay together, work hard in the off season, mentally and physically and hit the court rearing to go

in 2015.

C Grade Leongatha 29 def by Traralgon 33 Sportfirst - Elise Dowling. Rusty Windmill - Ash Van Rooy. Darcy’s - Carli McNamara. Auction - Amelia McCarthy. C Grade played extremely well against a really strong side. You all should be very proud of the effort you have put in and it really showed on the court. Great season girls.

B Grade Leongatha 23 def by Traralgon 47 Buzz - Nicola Marriot. RSL - Abby Dowd. Rusty Windmill - Jacklyn Smith. Auction - Andrea Lynch. Strong defensive pressure down the court and a positive vibe throughout. Bad luck girls work hard for next season and it’s sure to be a better one.

A Grade Leongatha 29 def by Traralgon 48 Rusty Windmill - Kasie Rump. RSL - Kathy Reid. Darcy’s - Kate Sperling. Auction - Sarah McCahon. Tough game girls, you all fought hard to the very last second. Very entertaining and the score did not match the intensity of the game. In the off season take a break have a rest and then come back in refreshed and rearing to go and make it a long season for 2015.

LDNA netball Semi final results Saturday, August 23 13 & Under: Mirboo North Gold 21 d Mt Eccles Purple 14, Meeniyan & District 35 d Mirboo North Purple 20. 15 & Under: Mirboo North 41 d St Laurence Blue 19, Town Black 34 d Town Tangerine 29. C Grade: Meeniyan & District Blue 45 d Mirboo North 38, Meeniyan & District Yellow 32 d Town 19. B Grade: Town Black 36 d Town Tangerine 30, Mt

Eccles White 42 d Mt Eccles Navy 30. A Grade: Town Green 42 d St Laurence 36. Preliminary finals - Saturday, August 30: 13 & Under: Mirboo North Purple v Mirboo North Gold, 11am, Court 5. 15 & Under: St Laurence Blue v Town Black, 12 noon, Court 5. C Grade: Mirboo North v Meeniyan & District Yellow 1pm, Court 4. B Grade: Mt Eccles Navy v Town Black, 1pm, Court 6.

Gippsland netball Results - Round 18

Forward pass: 251 gamer Kate McCarthy looks for a teammate. Photo by


SINGLE PLAYER OR TEAM ENTRY FOR ALL SECTIONS Season: September 8 to December 8 All entries close: September 3 Enquiries: Wendy 0400 534 694 or Mandy 0409 868 470 e:


A Grade: Bairnsdale 37 lt Moe 43, Maffra 41 lt Drouin 55, Morwell 22 lt Sale 36, Leongatha 29 lt Traralgon 48. B Grade: Bairnsdale 37 lt Moe 46, Maffra 56 lt Drouin 62, Warragul 34 lt Wonthaggi Power 40, Morwell 51 d Sale 35, Leongatha 22 lt Traralgon 47. C Grade: Bairnsdale 33 lt Moe 47, Maffra 42 d Drouin 25, Warragul 28 lt Wonthaggi Power 55, Morwell 24 lt Sale 28, Leongatha 29 lt Traralgon 33. Under 17: Bairnsdale 28 lt Moe 50, Maffra 52 d Drouin 28, Warragul 23 lt Wonthaggi Power 66, Morwell 23 lt Sale 48, Leongatha 15 lt Traralgon 41. Under 15: Bairnsdale 27 lt Moe 38, Maffra 35 d Drouin 27, Warragul 18 lt Wonthaggi Power 42, Morwell 14 lt Sale 65, Leongatha 22 lt Traralgon 60. Under 13: Bairnsdale 25 lt Moe 36, Maffra 47 d Drouin 23, Warragul 10 lt Wonthaggi Power 45, Morwell 30 d Sale 26, Leongatha 28 lt Traralgon 30.

Ladders A Grade Morwell ...................... 111.99 Sale ............................. 117.02 Traralgon ................... 117.75 Drouin ........................ 112.35 Moe ...............................95.06 Bairnsdale .....................96.45 Wonthaggi Power ..........92.41 Leongatha......................95.54 Maffra............................73.85 Warragul ..........................0.00

56 54 50 50 38 36 36 32 8 0

B Grade Traralgon ...................146.17 Morwell ......................129.04 Moe .............................108.24 Drouin ........................ 110.10 Bairnsdale ..................104.90 Sale................................93.29 Wonthaggi Power ..........92.05 Leongatha......................86.92 Maffra............................81.85 Warragul ........................73.13 C Grade Traralgon ...................166.59 Morwell ......................140.29 Moe ............................. 114.91 Wonthaggi Power ...... 117.69 Sale ............................. 110.64 Maffra..........................109.74 Bairnsdale ...................105.36 Leongatha......................92.93 Drouin ...........................57.68 Warragul ........................43.90 Under 17 Moe .............................151.31 Traralgon ...................183.70 Maffra ........................187.17 Sale .............................161.83 Bairnsdale ....................83.95 Drouin ...........................84.60 Leongatha......................67.99 Wonthaggi Power ..........80.82 Morwell .........................57.29 Warragul ........................52.56 Under 15 Traralgon ...................249.72 Moe .............................154.16 Maffra ........................128.83 Sale .............................125.27 Bairnsdale .................. 111.85 Wonthaggi Power ........127.57 Drouin ......................... 117.43 Warragul ........................73.96 Leongatha......................45.28 Morwell .........................22.68 Under 13 Maffra ........................277.26 Wonthaggi Power ......195.13 Moe ...............................97.72 Bairnsdale ....................79.84 Traralgon .....................82.02 Morwell .........................81.25 Drouin ........................... 81.11 Sale................................82.91 Leongatha......................62.34 Warragul ........................57.83

64 62 50 44 42 28 24 22 12 12 68 58 48 44 42 36 30 26 8 0

Into the ring: Phillip Island’s Kate Sidebottom takes prime position in the goal circle after receiving a pass from the centre.

Alberton netball Results

68 60 58 54 34 32 18 14 14 8 68 60 46 44 42 40 36 16 8 0 72 64 46 34 32 32 32 24 16 8

Down the court: Inverloch Kongwak’s Kelsey Buxton has her eye on centre court.

1st Elimination final August 23 A Grade: Fish Creek 38 d MDU 36. B Grade: InverlochKongwak 47 d Fish Creek 34. C Grade: Tarwin 41 d MDU 22. 17&Under: Fish Creek 32 d Phillip Island 20. 15&Under: Foster 19 d Fish Creek 16. 13&Under: KorumburraBena 21 d Dalyston 19. 2nd Elimination final August 24 A Grade: Phillip Island 38 d Inverloch-Kongwak 35. B Grade: Dalyston 48 d Foster 42. C Grade: Fish Creek 26 d Stony Creek 19. 17&Under: Foster 32 d Korumburra-Bena 28. 15&Under: Phillip Island 25 d MDU 24. 13&Under: Fish Creek 28 d Phillip Island 23.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - PAGE 47

| SPORT • Leongatha Cycling Club

Riders tackle misery hill RIDERS were able to enjoy a glorious Saturday afternoon for racing. However, the day was not quite as planned as a motor bike rider had crashed on our road circuit just on the Kongwak side of the Outtrim Reserve. Racing was rescheduled onto a different circuit but still with the uphill finish on Mt

Misery. Instead of racing through Kongwak, Lance Creek and Wattle Bank riders did two loops of Outtrim to Leongatha South prior to tackling the hill. The Senior field of 18 riders included an old Leongatha resident in Brian Sing back on holidays from WA. The scratch trio of Brett Franklin, Clem Fries and Brian Sing gave away starts of three

minutes to a trio, five minutes to a five rider bunch, five riders on eight minutes and a duo on 14 minutes. The flat terrain to Leongatha South resulted in some high speed riding which saw the limit riders picked up after 30km. In addition there were others not handling the fast tempo. After the 40km loop there was a bunch of 11 riders who

hit the base of the Mt Misery. At the finish line it was a sprint between Brett and Brian with Brett just grabbing the honours. After this the riders limped over the line with individual efforts up the hill. David Supple continued his great form with third, then it was Clem Fries, Harrison McLean, Ronald Purtle, Garry Campbell, Rod Cheyne, Will Lumby and Tony Clark rounding out the top ten. Brett’s time was 1h , 8 min, 22 sec. The Junior riders raced out to Hudsons Rd and return with the finish at Rileys Rd up Mt Misery. Oliver McLean made a mockery of his disdain for riding hills as he bridged his three minute gap to Tom Fitzgerald

Right, Action: Senior riders turn for a second lap of the course set at Outtrim on Saturday.

to tackle the hill in the lead. Meanwhile the scratch duo of Bernadette Fitzgerald and Grace Fitzgerald had managed to chase down Alex Bennett and Matt Winchester. Up the hill to the finish and it was a clear win to Oliver from Tom with a further gap back to Bernadette who finished in third and fastest. She was followed in by Alex, Matt and Grace. Last weekend some of the Masters riders raced the State Masters Time Trail championships. Brett Franklin, Phil Handley and Rod Cheyne all got amongst the medals in the various age groupings. Phil Handley was surprised at how serious some of the competitors were with their time trial bikes, heart rate monitors and aero helmets. Next week racing is at Pound Creek with the Seniors racing for the McIndoe Cup whilst the juniors will race for the Dancs Cup.

Winners: from left, Junior winner Oliver McLean and with the fastest time, winner of the Senior event, Brett Franklin.

Back again: Leongatha will host the start of stage two of the Tour of Gippsland on Thursday, September 4 from 10.30am at the Velodrome.

Cycling roadtrain back in Leongatha LEONGATHA returns to the iconic national road series event, the Tour of Gippsland, part of the Subaru National Road Series, in September. Stage two, Leongatha to Yinnar, sets off from the velodrome at 10.30am on Thursday, September 4. Leongatha rider Stuart Smith says that starting a stage in your home town is a lot more exciting than people appreciate.

Twenty three year old Smith, a member of the Leongatha Cycling Club for 11 years, rides for and says the team is the strongest it has been for the season. “This is my fourth race for the year but it is my target race. “I know the terrain. I couldn’t ask for a more home course.” The team is currently fourth on the team classifications and will include the New Zealand Commonwealth Games rider Patrick

Bevan. For the first time in its nine year history the tour will feature the seaside town of Port Albert. Gippsland’s oldest port, Port Albert, will see the finish of stage four’s 124 kilometre road race which begins in Sale on Friday September 5. Wellington Shire Council, Mayor, Cr Scott Rossetti is thrilled that Port Albert is included for the first time in the Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland.

“Our community warmly welcomes the Tour of Gippsland participants to Wellington,” said Cr Rossetti. “This year’s participants will cycle from Sale, Gippsland’s first city, to Port Albert, one of Victoria’s first seaports. “Port Albert is a beautiful coastal town steeped in rich history dating back to the 1840’s. “Cyclists will travel through spectacular scenic farmland en route with views from the Strzelecki Ranges to Wilsons Promontory, arriving at the Port Albert Wharf with its

outlook over the Nooramunga Outlet and its plethora of fishing boats. “No doubt everyone will enjoy the town’s visual appeal as much as they will enjoy dining on fresh locally caught fish at one of the town’s great eateries. “I highly recommend a look round the Maritime Museum to learn more about the region’s prestigious history. “We hope to see participants inspired to return to the region and experience everything wonderful on offer in Wellington,” said Cr Rossetti.

Rogaining adventurers explore the island THE Victorian Rogaining Association (VRA) held a Metro/Cyclogaine on Sunday, August 17 at Phillip Island in ideal weather conditions. The event started and finished at Cowes Primary School with a great turn up of over 270 competitors in 98 teams. Many of these were regular rogainers from other parts of Victoria, mainly Melbourne, but many locals from Phillip Island to Inverloch also took the opportunity to try this fun event with most of these entering the novice or family categories. It was great to see local boys Jacob Horton and Nick Lawson, both from Inverloch, and Jachob Dynes from Ocean Grove win the Junior category of the Cyclogaine collecting 2970

points as they cycled over much of Phillip Island in the six hours duration of the event. Their impressive score also gained them fifth place overall with the event being won by Peter Brookes and Brett Sparkes, both of Melbourne, with a score of 3380 points. Brad and Penny Lester, from Inverloch, and their three children were second in the Pusher category, a novelty category introduced to this event for parents with children in pushers. It is rare for the VRA to hold an event in Gippsland even though they run events monthly throughout Victoria, usually in bushland. Rogaining is a team sport of cross country navigation. Teams search for as many checkpoints as they can find in a set time period using a topographical map and

a compass. Novelty events such as the Phillip Island Metro/Cyclogaine are held once or twice a year and have quite a different format. No compasses are necessary and competitors are provided with a street or road map on which checkpoints are marked. This particular event had checkpoints scattered over the whole of Phillip Island for the cyclists, with many checkpoints placed in Cowes, Ventnor, Silverleaves and Rhyll for the walkers and runners. The VRA is a non-profit making organisation and events are run completely by volunteers. More information about this growing sport can be found at

Team: from left, Jachob Dynes, Nick Lawson and Jacob Horton were the winning team of the Junior cyclogaining event. Nick and Jacob, both from Inverloch, are students at Wonthaggi Secondary College. They had a busy weekend also having major parts in the school production of ‘Peter Pan’.

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• Mirboo North v Newborough

Reigning premiers dismay supporters A FRESHER, faster and stronger Newborough advanced to this year’s Mid Gippsland grand final when it thrashed Mirboo North by 90 points in the second semi-final at Thorpdale on Saturday. Spectators paid $8900 at the gate to watch the one-sided flogging in bright sunshine on a quick and bouncy deck. “Oh gosh, the Tigers’ play was so terribly gauche today,” mumbled a dismayed Mirboo North supporter, as the final siren sounded. Many people now believe the only thing that can prevent the injury-free, hot-to-trot Bulldogs from winning their first senior premiership since 2003, is an overdose of confidence. Mirboo North struggled in all aspects of the game and its stressed-to-the-max defence was unable to contain playing coach, Glenn Michie, who booted eight magnificent goals for the winners. An indication of the Doggies’ dominance forward of centre, was having 10 individual goal kickers share in their 23 goal haul. Tim Traill kicked the first

goal of the match from longrange for Mirboo North, after marking a superb pass from teammate, Brian Waters. But, it was all downhill after that for the Tigers as the Bulldogs took control of proceedings, to lead by 19 points at quarter-time and seven goals at the main break. Mirboo North’s self confidence was down and its decision making processes had gone haywire; perceived pressure had taken hold and its clanger count was rising fast. The Tigers continued to be on red alert but there was nothing they could do to stop the Bulldogs’ seamless moves out of defence, through the midfield and into their scoring zone. Veteran Newborough warhorse, Darryl Disisto, restricted Traill to two goals and helped fellow defenders, Andrew Philip, Robert Wilson and Michael Gelagotis, to mop-up as efficiently as Sadie the cleaning lady. Daniel Risol, Chris Hancock, Stuart Robertson and Liam Carolan were other outstanding performers for the Bulldogs. In particular, Hancock’s tap-work at the stoppages was first class and gave Newborough’s fleet of runners, an armchair ride. Match ending injuries to Si-

mon Busuttil, Daniel Taylor and Josh Taylor eliminated Mirboo North’s options to rotate players on and off the bench. Jake Nash, Joe Brooks, Matt Holland and Tristan Salerno worked hard to prevent the carnage increasing in the third

23rd of August Semi Finals SENIORS Newborough 23.17.155 Mirboo North 9.11.65 Newborough Goals: Glenn Michie 8, Luke Webber 3, Daniel Risol 2, Stuart Robertson 2, Jeremy Cattanach 2, Chris Hancock 2, Rhys Jacobs 1, Joshua Keyhoe 1, James Grant 1, James Todd 1 Mirboo North Goals: Dwayne Gunn 2, Timothy Traill 2, Matthew Holland 2, Jacob Nash 1, Damien Turner 1, Kallum Nash 1 Newborough Best: Daniel Risol, Chris Hancock, Stuart Robertson, Glenn Michie, Liam Carolan, Joshua Whittaker Mirboo North Best: Jacob Nash, Joe Brooks, Matthew Holland, Tristan Salerno, Timothy Traill, Luke Palmer

RESERVES Yinnar 6.9.45 Newborough 6.7.43 Yinnar Goals: Marcus Webb 2, James Shea 1, Michael Higgins 1, Paul Roberts 1, Cameron Harwood 1 Newborough Goals: Lachlan Fanning 3, Chris Demicoli 1, Daniel Drowley 1, Jacob Mulqueen 1 Yinnar Best: Lee Clarke, Luke Linton, Matthew Dowling, Tom Sewell, James Shea, Paul Roberts Newborough Best: Chris Payne, Rowan Williams, Jacob Mulqueen,

quarter, but by the last change the Tigers were trailing by 68 points. Goals kept coming from everywhere for the Doggies in the last term as their dare, flair and run showed no signs of abating.

Despite being beaten all over the field, there was no surrender from the Tigers who put through three majors, before their misery was mercifully

ended. Mirboo North tackles Boolarra in the cutthroat preliminary final at Morwell East this Saturday.

THIRDS Mirboo North 14.12.96 Yinnar 4.7.31

Looking on: Kallum Nash turns back towards Mirboo North’s scoring end and looks for a teammate.

FOURTHS Yinnar 11.4.70 Newborough 7.6.48 Yinnar Goals: Aidan Quigley 5, Mitch Renwick 2, Ben Cheffers 2, Jacob Hibbert 1, Hudson Kerr 1 Newborough Goals: Joel Mitchell 3, Matthew Sawyer 1, Liam Michie 1, Alfranz Abvan 1, Liam O’Farrell 1 Yinnar Best: Joshua Liddicoat, Mitch Renwick, Aidan Quigley, Lachlan Griffiths, Liam Leatherland, Emerson Hicks Newborough Best: Jace Paulet, Liam Michie, Anthony Rosato, Royce Colgrave, Joel Mitchell, Brandon Grando

SENIORS Boolarra 14.6.90 Yinnar 11.9.75 Boolarra Goals: Chris Stasinowsky 7, Courtney Sherriff 1, Jesse Giardina 1, Troy Tobin 1, Kenneth Towt 1, Justin Emery 1, Daniel Metcalf 1, Scott Cooper 1 Yinnar Goals: Sam McCulloch 4, Max Renwick 3, Timothy Aitken 2, Jesse Sleswick 1, Sam Mills 1 Boolarra Best: Chris Stasinowsky, Matthew Buglisi, Courtney Sherriff, Justin Emery, Daniel Metcalf, Bevan Charlton-White Yinnar Best: Sam McCulloch, Damian Yates, James Dowling, Jesse Sleswick, Tyler Hillier, Kane Grinstead-Jones

Trafalgar Goals: Rhys Holdsworth 2, Connor Noonan 1, Mitchell Byrne 1, Matthew Taylor 1, William Cheatley 1, Luke Russell 1 Boolarra Goals: Kieren Foley 3, Joel Rasmus 1, Daniel Loprese 1 Trafalgar Best: Mitchell Gorman, Neil Rankin, Chris De Haas, Connor Noonan, Timothy Jenkins, Alex Weymouth Boolarra Best: Jacob Vuillermin, Barry Ellis, Michael Dunn, Shane Colbert, Tim Dowe, Kieren Foley

THIRDS Newborough 19.16.130 Yarragon 7.6.48 Newborough Goals: Harley Robinson 3, Joshua Pearce 3, Anthony Rosato 3, Dylan Brooks 2, Bailey Young 2, Joel Mitchell 2, Bryce Drowley 1, Joshua Bland 1, Ty Georgiou 1, Bradley McColl 1 Yarragon Goals: Thomas Follett 3, Lucas Kilday 2, Lachlan Fitzgerald 2 Newborough Best: Joshua Pearce, Dylan Brooks, Luke Molesworth, Joshua Bland, Bailey Young, Bryce Drowley Yarragon Best: Lachlan Fitzgerald, Thomas Follett, Devin Pollock, Jarryd Kilday, William Bayley, Lucas Kilday

FOURTHS Mirboo North 5.7.37 Trafalgar 5.3.33 Mirboo North Goals: Riley Oddy 2, David Robb 1, Jayden Hohmann 1, Benjamin Austin 1 Trafalgar Goals: Tom Sampson 1, Brodie Burgess 1, Keegan Tullett 1, Justin Morrow 1, Cameron Walkinshaw 1 Mirboo North Best: Kyle Wilson, Wesley Graeme, Riley Oddy, Dean Huynh, Tom Reiske, Thomas Paterson Trafalgar Best: Brodie Burgess, Jaryd Riddle, Adam Marx, Brayden Thomas, Caleb Beckett, Bailey Visser

Power given good workout by spirited Gulls

In doing so, despite still going down by 32 points, it has set up a confident foundation for the future. This comes as a reward for a lot of hard work on and off the field. Conditions were reasonably good and Warragul was up for this match, playing for pride and to give its players and supporters confidence for next season, hopefully still in the Gippsland League. For the visitors it was a matter of getting through the game unscathed and preparing for the finals next week. Warragul was keen to show they would not be intimidated or taken for granted, attacking the ball strongly and tackling hard from the start. Its plan was to shut down Wonthaggi’s running game which had ripped it apart in their last encounter and initially this was working. Chris Carey in the ruck for Warragul was giving them plenty of drive and Brad Scalzo

and Tom Morrow were busy through the centre. Power captain Tim Gilliland started well along with Aiden Lindsay, Aaron Ware and Michael Kelly pushing the ball forward repeatedly. Ware got Wonthaggi’s first goal and the dangerous Nathan Jones finished well with another. Ben Eddy showed his class with a great goal on the run and Travis Krause got another following some excellent teamwork. It had taken a while but Wonthaggi was clearly on top. Warragul responded by flooding the Power forward line in an effort to cut down its scoring opportunities. There was a lot to like about the Gull’s enthusiasm but they was under real pressure. Earl Shaw now in the ruck was dominating the contests using his height to full advantage and helping himself to a goal. The Power’s backline lead by Shannon Bray, Kane McCarthy,Matt Coyne, Jarrod Membrey and Ben Eddy was holding up any attack from the Gulls and had kept them goalless for the quarter. Warragul was still determined to make a game of it and threw itself into every contest. The second quarter saw Warragul lift its intensity but it was still battling to find

the goals until Mark Johnson snapped a great goal which brought the crowd to life. Dom O’Connor responded for the visitors with a long range goal on a tight angle. Proctor got another for the home side and its backline led by Chris Lee, Ty Galley and Lachlan Petch was doing a good job on the strong Wonthaggi forwards. Aloysio Ferriera-Neto showed his class with an outstanding goal on the run and the game was developing into a good workout which Wonthaggi was looking for coming into the finals next week. Phil Young goaled for the Power but again the team had to really work for it. The second half saw Warragul continue to play with confidence and it was quickly on the scoreboard with a goal to talented youngster Tom Fusinato. Wonthaggi was starting to miss easy chances until Jacob Thomas marked strongly and goaled. Scalzo, Morrow and Brady were hitting the packs hard and it was Wonthaggi which was now under pressure. A great smother and goal to Lee showed just how desperate Warragul was to do well. Ware steadied the ship for the visitors with his second goal but Fusinato notched another from yet another free

kick right on the buzzer. Warragul had won the quarter, a rare feat this season. Warragul had shown great heart and spirit all day and was determined to finish the game off in the same way. After all, this was its grand final and it had gone a long way to earn respect. Wonthaggi’s coach challenged his charges to finish off the game positively and to play their own game. Wonthaggi moved the ball forward quickly to score an easy goal through Shaw but the Gulls were not finished yet

as Sheehan scored the next. Thomas and Lindsay scored the next two goals for Wonthaggi and again Warragul responded through goals to Lee and Morrow, both from free kicks, much to the pleasure of the passionate home supporters. Unfortunately, the only blemish on this otherwise entertaining contest was the report and send off of B.Nott of Warragul for striking. When Nathan Jones goaled moments later Wonthaggi had skipped away for a comfortable win.

Next week Wonthaggi lines up in the qualifying final at Traralgon against the strong Sale side. This promises to be a great contest as there has only been a kick between them in both games played this season. It will be a big weekend for the club with the Reserves side also featuring in the qualifying final against the strong Traralgon side. For Warragul it showed clearly that it is a club on the rise and will be a very competitive unit next season.

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Wonthaggi Power 14.14.98 d Warragul 9.12.66 Wonthaggi Power goals: E. Shaw 2, N. Jones 2, A. Ware 2, J. Thomas 2, A. Lindsay 1, P. Young 1, D. O’Connor 1, A. Ferreira 1, T. Krause 1, B. Eddy 1. Wonthaggi Power best: K. McCarthy, M. Coyne, M. Kelly, J. Membrey, C. Wylie, B. Eddy. Warragul goals: T. Fusinato 2, C. Lee 2, T. Morrow 1, J. Proctor 1, M. Johnson 1, C. Mionichiello 1, B. Sheehan 1. Warragul best: B. Scalzo, T. Morrow, C. Lee, C. Minichiello, T. Galley, L. Petch.

RESERVES Wonthaggi Power 19.20.134 d Warragul 1.0.6 Wonthaggi Power goals: R. Tack 6, P. Ryan 4, J. Read 3, T. Wells 2, E. Richards 2, C. Waters 1, T. Landells 1. L. Wonthaggi Power best: O’Connor, S. Williams, T. Landells, J. Read, C. Waters, T. Wells.



Morwell ....16 2 0 211.56 64 Sale .........16 2 0 202.43 64 Wonthaggi ..13 4 1 190.49 54 Maffra.......11 7 0 166.14 44 Bairnsdale..11 7 0 151.15 44 Traralgon .... 9 8 1 147.74 38 Leongatha .....7 11 0 110.97 28 Moe...............4 14 0 75.05 16 Warragul .......2 16 0 23.92 8 Drouin ...........0 18 0 13.22 0 GOALKICKERS D. Sheen (Maffra) ........... (16) 100 J. Gibbs (Bairnsdale)......... (6) 85 N. Nagel (Leongatha) ........ (6) 59 S. Pickett (Bairnsdale)....... (1) 51 D. MacDonald (Morwell) ... (1) 41 M. Ferguson (Sale) ........... (3) 41 M. Davis (Sale) ................. (0) 39 D. Bedggood (Maffra) ....... (0) 39 E. Shaw (Won Pwr) ........... (2) 38 J. Gooch (Sale) ................. (0) 35


24th of August Semi Finals

• Warragul v Wonthaggi Power

WARRAGUL, which has struggled all season with only two wins on the board, had a very positive finish to their year, taking the game up to the promising young Wonthaggi side.



RESERVES Trafalgar 7.12.54 Boolarra 5.5.35

Forlorn premiers: a disconsolate Mirboo North team traipse from the ground after their second semifinal thrashing on Saturday.


Daniel Drowley, Jason St John, Mark Sporle

Mirboo North Goals: Thomas Taylor 4, Kyle Campbell 3, Jeremy Salinger 3, Jordan Richards 2, Jake Porter 1, Paul Hinkley 1 Yinnar Goals: Matt Dyke 1, Kyle Alexander 1, Matthew Hodder 1, Curtis Bolding 1 Mirboo North Best: Samuel Pratt, Thomas Taylor, Adam Miller, Paul Hinkley, Jeremy Salinger, Jordan Moro Yinnar Best: Luke Van Rooy, Matt Dyke, Dane Hicks, Patrick McGrath, Liam Hutchinson, Benjamin Hoskin


Warragul goals: S. Fairbairn 1. Warragul best: H. Bozelle, M. Rogers, S. Fairbairn, D. Gorman, H. Binstead.

UNDER 18 Warragul 23.5.143 d Wonthaggi Power 1.3.9 Warragul goals: M. Lynn 4, T. Hobbs 4, H. McKay 4, J. Orlicki 3, W. Barlow 2, J. Lane 2, S. ReidHoey 1, N. Stevenson 1, T. Kelly 1, L. Smith 1. Warragul best: T. Axford, J. Orlicki, S. Reid-Hoey, T. Hobbs, M. Lynn, J. Lane.

UNDER 16 Warragul 15.21.111 d Wonthaggi Power 0.0.0 Warragul goals: J. Callaway 3, R. Ford 2, J. Hughes 2, N. Mulqueen 1, D. Nielsen 1, S. Neville 1, A. Bainbridge 1, J. Ireland 1, R. King 1, L. Kaljouw 1, J. Bundle 1. Warragul best: J. Hughes, R. Ford, D. Nielsen, J. Callaway, N. Tutton. Wonthaggi Power best: D. Rielly, L. Dyball, J. Bates, M. Dyball, C. Collins, T. Beaton.

SENIORS Bairnsdale 13.11.89 d Moe 13.9.87 Maffra 36.15.231 d Drouin 2.5.17 Morwell 10.12.72 d Sale 6.9.45 RESERVES Maffra 33.6.204 d Drouin 0.2.2 Morwell 12.11.83 d Sale 4.4.28 UNDER 18 Maffra 7.8.50 d Drouin 4.9.33 Morwell 14.7.91 d Sale 9.5.59 Bairnsdale 17.11.113 d Moe 6.5.41 UNDER 16 Maffra 16.10.106 d Drouin 1.1.7 Sale 22.17.149 d Morwell 0.6.6 Bairnsdale 10.8.68 d Moe 5.6.36

Maffra.......15 1 Traralgon ...12 3 Wonthaggi ..12 4 Morwell ..... 9 6 Sale .......... 7 8 Leongatha .....6 10 Moe...............6 10 Drouin ...........2 11 Warragul .......0 16

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0



618.18 345.65 248.96 175.84 108.67 108.98 62.15 14.21 6.71

60 52 48 40 32 24 24 8 0

GOALKICKERS R. Tack (Wonthaggi) .......... (6) T. Phillips (Morwell) ........... (6) J. Langshaw (Maffra) ......... (5) J. Freeman (Sale) ............... (0) J. Tatterson (Maffra) .......... (0) M. Allman (Maffra)............. (4) D. Loprese (Traralgon) ....... (0) J. Rohde (Traralgon) .......... (0) M. Davies (Leongatha) ....... (0) J. Chessells (Moe) ............. (0)

63 34 33 28 28 25 21 19 19 18



Traralgon ...17 1 0 313.04 Sale .........14 4 0 170.98 Maffra.......12 5 0 178.38 Bairnsdale..11 7 0 195.18 Warragul ...10 8 0 102.36 Drouin .........10 8 0 92.99 Moe...............7 11 0 66.73 Morwell .........6 12 0 94.73 Wonthaggi.....2 16 0 28.43 Leongatha ..... 0 17 0 26.70 GOALKICKERS H. McKay (Warragul) ......... (4) B. McCarrey (Bairnsdale) ... (3) J. Green (Bairnsdale) ......... (4) D. Day (Morwell) ................ (4) D. Kosky (Maffra) ............... (2) H. Britten (Traralgon) ......... (2) J. Orlicki (Warragul) ........... (3) C. Graske (Bairnsdale) ....... (2) A. Jenkin (Morwell) ............ (1) J. Jacobsen ........................ (0) J. Jans (Maffra).................. (1) J. Van Dyk (Moe) ............... (0)


68 56 52 44 40 40 28 24 8 0 45 38 35 35 30 29 28 26 25 22 22 22




Moe .........15 3 0 355.16 Bairnsdale ..14 4 0 303.61 Maffra.......14 4 0 289.89 Sale .........14 4 0 264.60 Traralgon ...12 6 0 276.62 Warragul .......8 10 0 126.58 Drouin ...........7 11 0 85.04 Leongatha .....3 15 0 23.66 Morwell .........3 15 0 21.96 Wonthaggi.... 0 18 0 2.25 GOALKICKERS

60 56 56 56 48 32 28 12 12 0

L. Di Ciero (Traralgon)........ (9) B. Dessent (Sale) ............... (6) A. McKenzie (Maffra) ......... (2) P. Hill (Bairnsdale).............. (0) K. Renooy (Maffra) ............ (5) N. Pruscino (Bairnsdale) .... (2) R. Thatcher (Maffra) .......... (4) K. Duncan (Traralgon) ........ (3) S. Van Dyk (Moe) ............... (0) L. Farrell (Moe) .................. (0)

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FOOTBALL | SPORT Shining light: full forward Nick Nagel was the Parrots’ only real avenue to goal on Saturday. Photo by

Going forward: Lachie Dumont has made the most of his time in the seniors, consistently being named in the best. Photo by www.markdrury.fotomerchant. com

• Leongatha v. Traralgon

Wipeout for Parrots FOR the first time anyone can remember, Leongatha will have no football or netball teams represented in the finals of the Gippsland League this year. This is despite a bold showing by the senior Parrots in its final game for the season, going down to a classier Traralgon side at Leongatha on Saturday by 28 points.

And the other news is coach Glenn Garner will not be back coaching the Parrots next season. He is believed to have secured a job in Norway, meaning the Parrots will be on the hunt for a new coach. The seniors were already out of contention but the Parrots were hoping to inflict its second defeat of Traralgon this season. The Parrots were fielding an unchanged line-up which defeated Moe the previous week.

Leongatha’s prospects started well enough with the ‘Gatha kicking into a two goal breeze on a beautiful day for football. Traralgon was relishing the firmer footing after playing most of its games in the bog. Leongatha managed three goals (3.1) this term to Traralgon’s four (4.6), the even start setting up a good game. Traralgon had a hard tag on Marriott and Leongatha could not get the drive out of its usual engine room players.

Footy shake up UNREST in the Ellinbank and District Football League has opened the door for the Alberton Football Netball League that has been granted approval to have talks with three Ellinbank clubs including Poowong, Nyora and Lang Lang about joining the Alberton league. Ellinbank league clubs are divided over whether to return to a 15 club competition and the idea was knocked on the head at a recent league meeting. To date the Nyora and Lang Lang junior football clubs have had a formal approach from the Alberton Football Netball League (AFNL) showing interest in the two clubs joining the league but no decisions have been made at this stage. AFNL president John Schelling said the board was given approval by the AFL Gippsland Commission to have talks with three Ellinbank and District Football League (EDFL) clubs, Lang Lang, Nyora and Poowong about joining the Alberton league. Mr Schelling said approaches had been made to Nyora and Lang Lang with the view to growing the Alberton league and the board members would be speaking to both clubs following the AFNL finals. Poowong is the third club being considered but Mr Schelling said as yet there had been no discussions with the AFL board regarding joining the league. “I believe Poowong is in discussions to form a Poowong Loch junior team,” he said. At present there are eight football teams

in the Alberton junior football league including Leongatha, Korumburra Bena, Inverloch Kongwak, Wonthaggi, Corner Inlet, Dalyston, Kilcunda Bass and Phillip Island. Asked if the Alberton league would welcome Lang Lang, Nyora and other new teams to the league and Mr Schelling said it would be great to have 10 teams in the junior league. “It would be a nice fit for Alberton and could save parents travelling time. It would also give a better spread of players and makes for a better competition. “Leagues have had major changes for the past 70 years and we embrace change as the population evolves. “Changes to the Ellinbank junior league will see all the junior teams structured into the Warragul and District League and the Ellinbank league will have senior, reserves Under18 and Under16 teams.” Talking to The Star on Friday Nyora football club secretary Chris Thornton confirmed an approach had been made to the club by the AFNL. “There have been no discussions and we haven’t been presented with any proposals, as far as we know the league could stay the same and we will remain in the Ellinbank league,” Mr Thornton said. “We have not been given a brief and it all may go to AFL Gippsland to sort out. “It is public knowledge a formal approach has been made to our club by the Alberton league but there has been no proposals put to us. “There has been a lot of talk but at this stage we are happy to be in the Ellinbank league unless there is a better option. “I believe any decisions on the structure of the league has to be made by October 31.”

Traralgon gained the ascendancy in term two and really should have put the Parrots away, missing several gettable shots. The Maroons booted 2.7 to Leongatha’s 1.2 to go into the main change 22 points up. Leongatha was not going to give up the contest. Nick Nagel at full forward was presenting well and he added two goals this term to bring his tally so far to five goals. This is despite playing with a slight hamstring injury. Nathan Lynch played his best game for the season down back. He has played the entire season injury free and the Parrots are hoping the Lynches will say on for another season. Ever reliable captain Chris Verboon played back in the first half and moved to CHF where he again played consistently.

Zac Vernon was again in the action, never stopping running and trying and Tom Marriott was starting to break his tag and show potency around the ball. Leongatha outscored the Maroons this term and at the last change it was Traralgon 8.16 to Leongatha’s 7.7, a difference of only 15 points. Lachie Dumont was another Parrot worthy of mention, his on-ball role being valuable. Traralgon managed to get away in the last quarter in an entertaining match and signaled it as the best team not to make the finals. The umpires from the South Gippsland Umpire’s panel again did a superb job and are to be commended for the standard of the umpiring all season in the Parrots games. Leongatha has its vote

Boys and girls from Under 10 – 14 will be provided with professional advice and coaching on basic skill techniques including kicking, hand-balling, marking and game sense. Gippsland Power Tal-

ent Manager, Peter Francis said, “With an emphasis on fun and learning correct technique, boys and girls can come along and be coached by people with AFL experience and some of the Gippsland Power boys from the Under 18s and have a great day”. Coaching the future stars on the day will be current Power coach, Leigh Brown, a 246 game champion who is one of only two players to register 50 games for three teams.

Brown is a 2010 Collingwood premiership player. Joining Leigh Brown is Peter Francis, Gippsland Power coach from 1995 2000. Francis played 158 games for Carlton (1979 Premiership), Fitzroy, Richmond and Essendon and is the current Talent Manager at the club. Several of the Under 18 boys will be on hand to help the young players to develop their skills and playing confidence. Anybody interested

UNDER 18 Traralgon 11.15.81 d Leongatha 5.4.34

Traralgon goals: D. Loprese 3, J. Jennings 2, J. Fulton 2, M. Geary 2, T. Northe 1, A. Slottje 1, J. Hall 1. Traralgon best: M. Geary, J. Jennings, D. Campbell, T. Northe, J. Aitken, J. Zuehlke. Leongatha goals: N. Nagel 6, M. Truscio 2, Z. Vernon 1. Leongatha best: N. Lynch, C. Verboon, N. Nagel, Z. Vernon, L. Dumont, T. Marriott.

Traralgon goals: M. Jacobsen 5, N. Rowley 3, H. Britten 2, J. Colaciello 1. Traralgon best: M. Jacobsen, N. Rowley, J. Vucenovic, T. Forrest, H. Britten, A. Lawson. Leongatha goals: J. Ginnane 2, L. Bourke 1, B. Smith 1, J. Harry 1. Leongatha best: M. Dennison, M. Olden, J. Ginnane, J. Harry, B. Moscript, F. Kelly.

RESERVES Traralgon 7.10.52 d Leongatha 5.3.33

UNDER 16 Traralgon 21.12.138 d Leongatha 0.3.3

Traralgon goals: D. Brunt 2, G. Stevenson 1, L. Phillips 1, C. Dunn 1, J. Suter 1, M. Jones 1. Traralgon best: C. Sutton, J. Suter, M. Jones, L. Phillips, T. Hendricken, G. Stevenson. Leongatha goals: L. Castagna 3, B. Davidson 1, A. Fixter 1. Leongatha best: C. Rump, M. Borschman, E. O’Loughlin, M. Hardy, F. Kelly, B. Davidson.

Traralgon goals: L. Di Ciero 9, J. Sands 4, K. Duncan 3, L. Langmaid 2, C. Little 1, D. Barnes 1, R. Livingstone 1. Traralgon best: A. Arthur-Hay, T. Hourigan, L. Di Ciero, M. Bond, B. Thompson, J. Sands. Leongatha goals: Nil. Leongatha best: N. Trotto, H. McGannon, L. Riseley, K. Cooper, S. Barnard, L. Nunn.

count this Friday, August 29 and Zac Vernon goes in as the hot favourite to win the club’s best and fairest. The Parrots have had a competitive season; its lack of depth its obvious Achilles heel with perhaps two more class players short of a final’s chance; plus the list “tailing” off in its bottom six. Still, they’ve done well with the players they’ve had and a credit to the many thirds who have taken the chance and played senior football this year.

Left, Help wanted: Leongatha’s sole specialist ruckman, Ben Willis has done an outstanding job this season with little respite. The Parrots will need to recruit some assistance for him to be any chance next year. Photo by

FOOTY DRAWS THIS WEEKEND ALBERTON Saturday, August 30 2nd Semi final at Cowes Kilcunda-Bass v Dalyston Sunday, August 31 1st Semi final at Stony Creek Phillip Is v Inverloch-Kongwak

MID GIPPSLAND Saturday, August 30 Preliminary final at Morwell East Boolarra v Mirboo North

GIPPSLAND Saturday, August 30 Qualifying final at Traralgon Wonthaggi v Sale Sunday, August 31 Elimination final at Sale Maffra v Bairnsdale

Leongatha Junior footy CGJFL Preliminary Final Results

Gippsland Power holiday clinic GIPPSLAND Power is introducing youth skill acquisition sessions to be held over the Term 3 holidays at their ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Morwell.

SENIORS Traralgon 12.19.91 d Leongatha 9.9.63

should go to the club website at http://gippslandpower. or call the club directly on 5134 8133. Registrations close on Friday, September 19.

Right, Skill acquisition: experts of the calibre of Leigh Brown a 2010 Collingwood premiership player will school young players participating in the holiday football skill sessions.



Leongatha 2.2.14 Hill End & Grove Rovers 1.1.7

Youth Club 2.7.19 Leongatha 2.4.16

Leongatha Goals: J. Burns 1, B. Hanrahan 1 Hill End Goal: R. Cumiskey 1 Leongatha Best: H. Martin, B. Peace, A. Kemper, B. Weston, M. Mancarella, J. Burns Hill End Best: T. Blackshaw, J. Balfour, K. Mackenlay, M. McInnes, W. Robinson, N. Battley

Youth Club Goals: C. Hutchison 1, N. Noblett 1 Leongatha Goals: F. Materia 1, C. Russell 1 Youth Club Best: N. Noblett, G. Long, L. Burge, P. Carte, T. Lappin, O. Spiteri Leongatha Best: X. Robertson, L. Deering, C. Michael, R. Kemp, R. Patterson, S. Bright

CGJFL Grand Finals This Sunday, August 31 Northern Reserve Newborough U10’s – 10:30am Trafalgar v Leongatha U12’s - 11:45am Trafalgar v Youth Club Come and support U14’s – 1:00pm Leongatha v Trafalgar our future stars

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• Korumburra-Bena v Inverloch-Kongwak

Bulldogs and Sea Eagles in close encounter IN the second elimination final InverlochKongwak and Korumburra-Bena fought a close and engaging battle with the ebb and flow of a true final’s match. Had KB not squandered its chances in the first quarter it might have taken a healthier lead into the first break. As it was, a late goal to IK on the siren cut the lead at the change back to only one goal. IK kicked the first three majors of the second quarter with the talented midfielders Seccull and Rankin regularly finding the forward targets in McMillan and Clark. Able to take advantage of its deep forward entries IK’s confidence grew and then it all seemed to go their way. Played in perfect conditions at Terril Park in Fish Creek, KB battled on bravely and pushed hard throughout the match. IK held a sizeable break at three quarter time and would have been hoping to break further away, but such a result never eventuated; Korumburra-Bena had a different idea and pressure forced Inverloch-Kongwak to make the kind of missed scoring opportunities that had dogged KB in the first. IK’s misses let KB in and with 20 minutes to go the Bulldogs had all the running. IK was forced to lock down its defence and force stoppages to slow down the play, and the KorumburraBena threat.

SENIORS Inverloch-Kongwak 13.13.91 Korumburra-Bena 12.12.84


Inverloch-Kongwak Goals: L. McMillan 5, D. Clark 3, A. Seccull 1, J. Clottu 1, G. Munro 1, D. Houston 1, B. Hender 1 Korumburra-Bena Goals: M. Fleming 2, P. Pattison 2, J. Hopkins 2, C. Redl 2, J. Cochrane 1, C. Urie 1, M. Cooke 1, D. Muir 1 Inverloch-Kongwak Best: D. Clark, L. McMillan, A. Seccull, L. Rankin, C. Terlich, B. Hender Korumburra-Bena Best: J. North, P. Pattison, J. Hopkins, M. Fleming, B. Fitzgerald, A. Zuidema

Fish Creek Goals: K. Byers 5, B. Harfield/Park 5, J. Buckland 4, G. Staley 2, G. Park 1, J. Flanders 1, T. Redpath 1 Phillip Island Goals: T. Tack 2, B. Insall 1 Fish Creek Best: B. Harfield/Park, J. Buckland, L. Edgelow, J. Flanders, J. Clifton, J. O’Sullivan Phillip Island Best: B. Johnston, R. Marshall, B. Redmond, T. Officer, E. Hines, T. Tack

RESERVES Dalyston 11.5.71 M.D.U. 2.10.22 Dalyston Goals: P. Dunlop 4, L. Wall 3, R. Davey 2, R. Birnie 1, J. Magro 1 M.D.U. Goals: J. Krohn 1, N. Pye 1 Dalyston Best: M. Loughridge, S. Coldebella, P. Dunlop, A. Wallis, M. Shore, R. Beaton M.D.U. Best: J. Krohn, P. Harris, C. Harris, B. Coulter, M. East, R. Liv-

Inverloch-Kongwak held strong in the arm wrestle to run out seven point winners. Heading to Stony Creek to play the formidable opponent Phillip Island in the second semi final, IK will be emboldened by the 12 of its players who played in their first Seniors final. They will have come away with a can do attitude. This was positive reinforcement for those first time finals players against a KB side that fought it out until the end. IK will concentrate in the immediate future on making sure the boys are as fit as possible. It survived a highly physical game on Sunday without one injury to its list. On Thursday attention will switch to the equally important mental side of the game. The last time the two teams played in Round 14 the strong running Phillip Island beat Inverloch-Kongwak by one solitary point in a nail-biter.

Right, On the boot: Korumburra’s Murray Fleming goes for a kick with Inverloch’s Steven Scott close behind.

• Reserves elimination final

Kilcunda Bass v IK

THIRDS Fish Creek 19.11.125 Phillip Island 3.5.23

FOURTHS Fish Creek 9.10.64 Phillip Island 2.7.19 Fish Creek Goals: J. Standfield 3, B. Rogers 2, J. Stefani 2, M. McGannon 1, Z. Clark 1 Phillip Island Goals: J. Keating 1, J. Knowles 1 Fish Creek Best: M. McGannon, T. Price, B. Hams, S. Flanders, J. Standfield, Z. Clark Phillip Island Best: C. Thompson, B. Anderson, J. Keating, J. Knowles, A. Farrell, M. Fletcher


FOOTBALL Saturday Aug 30 - 2nd SEMI FINAL at Cowes Recreation Reserve: SENIORS 2.30pm Kilcunda-Bass v Dalyston RESERVES 12.30pm Phillip Island v Korumburra-Bena THIRDS 10.30am Dalyston v Inverloch-Kongwak FOURTHS 9.00am Dalyston v Inverloch-Kongwak Sunday Aug 31 - 1st SEMI FINAL at Stony Creek Recreation Reserve: SENIORS 2.30pm Phillip Island v Inverloch-Kongwak RESERVES 12.30pm Kilcunda-Bass v Dalyston THIRDS 10.30am Korumburra-Bena v Fish Creek FOURTHS 9.00am Korumburra-Bena v Fish Creek

NETBALL Saturday Aug 30 - 2nd SEMI FINAL at Cowes Recreation Reserve: A Grade 2.30pm Korumburra-Bena v Dalyston B Grade 1.15pm M.D.U. v Korumburra-Bena C Grade 12.15pm Inverloch-Kongwak v Korumburra-Bena Under 17 11.15am M.D.U. v Dalyston Under 15 10.25am Inverloch-Kongwak v Korumburra-Bena Under 13 9.35am Inverloch-Kongwak v M.D.U. SundayAug 31 - 1st SEMI FINAL at Stony Creek Recreation Reserve: A Grade 2.30pm Fish Creek v Phillip Island B Grade 1.15pm Dalyston v Inverloch-Kongwak C Grade 12.15pm Tarwin v Fish Creek Under 17 11.15am Fish Creek v Foster Under 15 10.25am Foster v Phillip Island Under 13 9.35am Fish Creek v Korumburra-Bena



Adults $12.00 | Age Pensioners & Students (with Pass) $6.00 Children 15 & under FREE | Cars $2.00 | Footy Follower $2.00 No alcohol or Battery Air Horns are allowed to be brought into the ground.

THE weather was glorious for the elimination final last weekend.

Defence: Dalyston’s Santo Joma attempts to defend the ball from his MDU opponent Neil Mathieson to allow teammate Liam Wall a clear run towards it. Wall (3) and Dunlop (4) kicked seven of Dalyston’s 11 goals. Dalyston defeated MDU by 49 points.

• Reserves elimination final

Dalyston v. M.D.U. Dalyston, in the Reserves second elimination final, continued the demise of MDU’s 2014 season with a resounding defeat. Dalyston’s dominance over MDU was barely in doubt from the opening bounce but it really stamped its authority on the game with a six goal second

quarter. This opened up what turned out to be a match winning lead that MDU was unable to challenge. Between them Dunlop and Wall kicked seven of Dalyston’s goals with Laughridge and Coldebella named best on the ground.

All the hard work that went into the improvement of our playing surface certainly paid off and I heard only positive remarks. Once again thank you to all that who were involved in that process over the last few years. A big thank you too to those who helped prepare the grounds and surrounds in the week leading up to the final. Having three teams playing on the day and also catering for the large crowd was a definite challenge and it was pleasing to see so many helping out with the canteen and BBQ and many other jobs that

August football August netball Rising Star award Rising Star award JOSH Hopkins is in his second season of playing senior football for KorumburraBena having played a few senior games in season 2013. He started his season back in November training with Gippsland Power’s Under 18 team. Josh played practice matches and got down to the final selection but missed out. He set himself to concentrate on playing regular Senior football which he has done while still being eligible for the Under 18’s. He was also selected to represent Alberton Football League in the winning interleague squad of which he was captain. Josh has made the

most of his opportunities this season and will be an important part of the Korumburra-Bena Football Netball Club in the coming years.

Josh Hopkins: focused on building a football career.

SHANNON started her netball career as a Junior at the Fish Creek Footy Netball Club in the Under 13 team after a short stint at Auskick. She has not looked back since and is getting better each year. Along the way she has picked up junior club best and fairest awards and a premiership medal. She has represented the Alberton League throughout her U15 and U17 years contributing to a couple of grand final wins. Shannon always strives to improve her netball and has been a part of the Eastern Zone Academy for two years and Gippsland Storm for five years. Shannon is a versatile player starting off in de-

fence then moving to goals and recently mid court where she now plays in Under 17 and A Grade. At the ripe age of 17, Shannon has much to offer and has an exciting netball career ahead. Well done Shannon!

needed to be done on the day. Thanks to everyone for their contribution in making a very successful day. Kilcunda-Bass fielded a strong side for the game against Inverloch-Kongwak and started fairly well but the IK boys were cracking in really hard as you would expect in a final. IK got a real run on in the third term and was only a kick behind. KB steadied and kicked a couple of late goals with a bit more run in the last quarter and ended up with a hard fought win. Full credit to IK which was good all game. Goal Kickers: B. Egeberg 4, B. Ridgeway 2, J. Evans 2, K. Ricketts , J. Ivanic. Best Players: K. Ricketts , L. ODonoghue , D. Crawford , J. Ivanic , S. Lucas , B. Egeberg.

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| SPORT • Fish Creek v Phillip Island

All over for Fishy THE first elimination final was played on Saturday between Fish Creek and Phillip Island at Bass Recreation Reserve in perfect conditions on a ground that is a credit to the Kilcunda Bass Club. Both sides were keen to get off to a good start and it was Fish Creek kicking to the

scoring end that did so doing all the attacking in the opening minutes, but to no avail. A solitary point to Smith was the result for Fishy before Phillip Island went forward and with their first inside 50 Runnalls scored the first goal of the match at the eight minute mark from one of 19 free kicks paid in the opening quarter. Fish Creek answered immediately when its big full forward marked a long kick in from Urbans on the goal line. Phillip Island then went

Too late: the ball heads over the line for a boundary throw in.

forward and should have capitalized on a couple of Fish Creek turnovers but could only register points. Fishy responded again and it was again its big man Damon who made something out of nothing when he scored his second at the 17 minute mark. This time it was the Bulldogs which would answer immediately when Jack Taylor scored a goal. Phillip Island was starting to get on top slightly and two goals in red time of the quarter to Price and Riordan gave them a nice 14 point lead at the first change. The second quarter and the game started to unfold. It was Phillip Island which started to really get on top. Fish Creek was faltering with its disposal and Phillip Island was capitalizing on the poor disposal. It kicked the opening three goals of the quarter to Runnalls, Duiker and Van Brummlen before Fish Creek managed to hit the scoreboard after a nice mark and goal from usual defender Rhys Staley. Phillip Island would again take control, however, and it was capitalizing on the poor disposal from the Kangaroo players who were using the ball well in close but missing their targets continually on the long kicks forward where they would often find unmarked

Bulldogs players. Three more goals to Phillip Island which now had a nice break on the scoreboard that was going to be difficult for the Fish Creek team to make up. The final goal of the half went to Fish Creek’s Justin Smith that gave some hope to the Kangaroos reducing the margin to 46 points at the main break, a half of footy that had seen 34 free kicks paid. The second half was underway with Fish Creek needing to kick goals quickly. The opener was a freak when Kangaroo Shane Urbans kicked a long bomb into his forward 50 that took a leg break Shane Warne would have been proud of. It went through for a goal 30 seconds into the quarter. As was the case throughout the afternoon Phillip Island was able to answer almost immediately. Again it was Runnalls who was extremely dangerous up forward for the Dogs and wreaking havoc for the Fish Creek defender Michael Danckert who had been charged with the tagging role. An even quarter that Fish Creek managed to win by a solitary point and at three quarter time the margin was at 45 points. The final quarter and Fish Creek needed some kind of

miracle for the Kangaroos to steal the win but it was not to be with Phillip Island as they had done in the second quarter controlling the final quarter. Runnalls kicked his sixth for the day early in the quarter. Edwards followed with a great snap for goal to score his second and the Island coach Brendan Kimber capped off a great day with a goal of his own. Urbans from Fish Creek kicked his second for the day after 12 minutes but this was followed up by a barrage of points from Runnalls which technically stretched the Island’s lead but only in baby steps. The Island’s best player for the day, Michael Duiker, goaled at the 19 minute mark and soon afterwards Shane Taylor joined the queue of goal kickers. As the sired blew the Island was up by 76 points but Mitch Price had a shot and kicked truly after the siren to stretch the Island victory to 82 points. The final margin was a sad way to finish the season for Fish Creek. The Island head over to Stony Creek next Sunday to take on Inverloch Kongwak in another do or die match with the winner to advance to the Preliminary Final

SENIORS Phillip Island 19.22.136 Fish Creek 8.6.54 Phillip Island Goals: B. Runnalls 6, B. Van Brummelen 2, A. Edwards 2, M. Price 2, B. Kimber 1, M. Duiker 1, J. Van Zanen 1, J. Youle 1, J. Taylor 1, S. Taylor 1, J. Taylor 1 Fish Creek Goals: L. Damon 4, S. Urbans 2, J. Smith 1, R. Staley 1 Phillip Island Best: M. Duiker, B. Kimber, J. Taylor, M. Price, J. Van Zanen, S. Riordan Fish Creek Best: R. McGannon, C. Macri, T. Price, G. Hoskin, S. Urbans, L. Pratt

RESERVES Kilcunda-Bass 10.11.71 Inverloch-Kongwak 5.8.38 Kilcunda-Bass Goals: B. Egeberg 4, J. Evans 2, B. Ridgeway 2, K. Ricketts 1, J. Ivanic 1 Inverloch-Kongwak Goals: J. Sheerin 2, T. Murdoch 1, A. Dowie 1, R. Butler 1 Kilcunda-Bass Best: K. Ricketts, L. ODonoghue, D. Crawford, J. Ivanic, S. Lucas, B. Egeberg Inverloch-Kongwak Best: S. Buxton, A. Dowie, R. Hummerston, J. Ogden, D. Friswell, D. Cuff

THIRDS Korumburra-Bena 16.15.111 Kilcunda-Bass 5.8.38 Korumburra-Bena Goals: B. Dorling 5, J. Henderson 4, D. Crook 2, J. Celebrine 1, D. Baido 1, H. Bull 1, H. Suckling 1, C. Hansen 1 Kilcunda-Bass Goals: L. May 1, M. Whitham 1, R. Scapin 1, M. Homer 1, N. Tamburo 1 Korumburra-Bena Best: B. Dorling, J. Harris, H. Suckling, M. Kennewell, T. Jenkin, C. Martin Kilcunda-Bass Best: M. Whitham, L. May, R. Scapin, J. Burgess, M. Homer

FOURTHS Korumburra-Bena 6.6.42 Kilcunda-Bass 1.4.10 Korumburra-Bena Goals: L. Norris 2, N. Wylie 1, T. Hanegraaf 1, B. Patterson 1, J. Celebrine 1 Kilcunda-Bass Goals: K. Cook 1 Korumburra-Bena Best: J. Wyhoon, B. Patterson, T. Anthony, L. Norris, J. Celebrine, A. Walker Kilcunda-Bass Best: J. Bastwrous, A. Arney, S. Casey, S. Bent, B. Aldwell, F. Homer

Right, Go long: Fish Creek’s Cooper kicks his team out of defence with Macri watching following play.

No quarter: Fish Creek’s Pratty is tackled strongly by Phillip Island’s Brummlen

Save it for the game FIVE Bass Coast sport clubs, Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club, Dalyston Football and Netball Club, Inverloch Kongwak Football and Netball Club, Kilcunda Bass Football Club, Wonthaggi Workmen’s Cricket Club are participating in an initiative to help save cashstrapped sports clubs money, maintain low fees and keep sports accessible for the local community. Launched officially on Monday, August 11 the ‘Save it for the Game’ program has been backed by sporting champions Liz Ellis and Billy Brownless and guides clubs through six easy steps to save energy and reduce their electricity bills. AFL great and community sports advocate, Mr Brownless, said that the project was not just about the environment but supported the ongoing financial sustainability of local community sports clubs. “We want to help clubs cut their electricity costs so they can spend more money on the good stuff, like new equipment, uniforms and training, without having to increase membership fees,” Mr Brownless said. “We’ve come up with the top six ways that every club can save energy and we’ve kept it simple so clubs can save their time, and money, for the game. “A few dollars a day saved by putting fridges and urns on timers could be the equivalent of new uniforms at the end of the year.” The pilot project, funded with $992,750 from the Australian Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program, is a partnership initiative between the Bass Cost Shire Council and seven other councils in the region through the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance. A total of 51 clubs with more than 13,500 members across the south east region have participated in energy audits. Energy saving initiatives have been tested and the top six

most beneficial interventions have been identified: fridges off, lights out, shorter showers, watch the weather, unplug and use the sun. The 51 clubs will now receive one-on-one support to develop and implement their individual energy-saving action plans. In addition, a suite of educational resources such as videos, factsheets and case studies will be available via the campaign website for all sports clubs across the country who wish to implement their own energy saving programs with their members. Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, said the project was a great example of sports club volunteers, sporting greats and local and federal government working together to provide much-needed grassroots support, with potential benefits Australia-wide. “Bass Coast’s sporting clubs are a vital part of the health, wellbeing and social make-up of our community and only exist because of the tireless efforts of thousands of volunteers,” Cr Rankine said. “This program not only benefits the environment, but saves clubs money, which may just mean one less sausage sizzle for these volunteers to organise each year.”

Suspension MITCH Nobelius of Korumburra-Bena FC received a match suspension resulting from a report by field umpire, Luke Holmes, on 16 August 2014 for engaging in rough conduct in the seniors match of KorumburraBena vs M.D.U.

Look up: from left, Paul Fearon, director of energy safety at Energy Safe Victoria with Leongatha Football Club president Malcolm Mackie and Energy Minister Russell Northe promote working safely near powerlines.

Minister kick offs safety plea VICTORIA’S Energy Minister Russell Northe was at the Leongatha versus Traralgon match on Saturday to promote working safely near powerlines. As a former country football champion who played 300 games for Traralgon, the minister was supporting Energy Safe Victoria’s Look up and live round across matches at the weekend. Victoria’s director of energy safety Paul Fearon and representatives from ESV attended the match at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve, handing out

safety information and free reusable coffee cups. Look up and live reminds workers to always remember the No Go Zone guidelines that require people and equipment to stay at least three metres away from live powerlines to avoid serious injury or death by electrocution. Carlton footballer Dale Thomas is a long-time ambassador of the Look up and live message. More information about the No Go Zone and working safely near powerlines can be found at au

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Off and racing Grace jumps in CEO’s saddle By Brad Lester COUNTRY Racing Victoria will continue to back the Stony Creek Racing Club.

Vision and passion: Terry Grace is now working in his dream job as CEO of Stony Creek Racing Club.

Burning hot By Brad Lester JESSE Burns loves the Collingwood Football Club and admires Magpie Dayne Beams’ flair with the Sherrin. Young Jesse could well find himself in an AFL jumper some day, given his outstanding performance on the football field this year. The Leongatha Junior Football Club player last week achieved the remarkable feat of not only winning the league’s Under 10s best and fairest trophy, but also earning the league’s leading goal kicking title – an amazing achievement for a footballer who plays centre. Jesse booted 29 goals for the home and away season – two ahead of his nearest rival. Despite being a star of the Central Gippsland Junior Football League, the youngster was modest about wielding two trophies nearly as big as himself. “I was happy,” the Leongatha boy said. “I like playing rover and running everywhere, and kicking goals. I’ve got friends here and I like the ground at Leongatha.” The son of Kristie and Adrian Burns knew he had received a few votes and would win the goal kicking gong at the presentation night at the Morwell Football Club. But to secure 33 votes from the umpires – five ahead of the runner-up’s tally of 28 – was a surprise to Jesse, but not so much his mum. “He does not stop at home. He’s in the backyard, practising and practising,” she said. Jesse’s coach Chad Weaver said Jesse is a standout player. “He’s a talented footballer and skillful, and listens well and trains hard,” Weaver said. “He certainly has a future in the game.” Club president Darryl McGannon said the club community congratulated Jesse. “He’s a fantastic little player and he has very good skills. It’s the first time one of our Under 10 players has won the best and fairest award for the league,” he said. Jesse’s success comes in just his second year in Under 10s and after two years learning footy skills through Auskick.

Hefty haul: Leongatha Junior Football Club player Jesse Burns with his trophies: the Energy Australia Central Gippsland Junior Football League best and fairest award, and goal kicking award.

That news has delighted the club’s new CEO, lifelong racing fan Terry Grace. The Inverloch man took over from Ralph Gallagher three weeks ago and comes to the role with national and international business experience, and a racing passion inspired by his grandparents. “The club is in a fantastic situation at the moment. Ralph Gallagher has done a really fantastic job. The club is strategically well placed and has got the finances and a solid framework,” Grace said. “Country Racing Victoria and Racing Victoria chiefs have agreed with our future and they are helping us along the way to keep improving the product.” Despite pleasing attendances at past race meetings, Grace aims to attract more race-goers and already has plans for the first meeting of the summer racing season: December 6, with a Christmas party theme and children’s activities. A family day will be held on December 27 and the highly successful ladies day on January 5, 2015 will continue to offer superb entertainment. Marquees will be offered at all race meetings, featuring quality catering and local wines. A December meeting could include a pony race, drawing on the existing support of the Meeniyan and Mirboo North pony clubs. “We hope to attract more than 1000 people to our summer race meetings,” Grace said, adding the club’s new look website would help promote the club’s activities. “We want to make the Stony Creek Racing Club a most important organisation within the local community. Our plan is to get more community groups involved.” With that in mind, the April race meeting will be a community day, with such groups as Probus and seniors, and farmers urged to take part. The club employs six staff, including Grace and a track manager. Paul O’Sullivan is acting club president while president Paul Boag recovers from a horse fall. “For me, the job is a great mix of my life’s passion and my business skills. It’s my dream job,” Grace said. He was a member of the club’s marketing committee under former CEO, the late Rob Armstrong.

Grace’s interest in racing stems from his grandparents’ involvement with the sport. His grandfather on his dad’s side was a successful owner and his mother’s mum was a keen punter. Grace accompanied his grandfather to race meetings as a teenager and Grace later helped a friend with his SP bookie business at country and city race meetings. He has since obtained a Master of Business Administration degree and worked with the Ford Motor Company for 37 years. He served as purchasing manager, overseeing $1 billion worth of contracts, and also managed travel and corporate events for Ford, Jaguar, Mazda, Land Rover and Volvo in Australia and Asia. Work travels enabled Grace to visit the famed Coolmore thoroughbred stud in Ireland, responsible for such horses as Danehill and Saddlers Wells. “I also got the chance to go to Hong Kong for International Race Day and was there the day Damien Oliver ran Falvelon to win the main international sprint race,” Grace said. He later managed the online racing discussion forum and has owned horses himself. With connections to Cape Paterson for 30 years, Grace is now treasurer of the Inverloch Rotary Club and a volunteer at the Inverloch Visitor Information Centre. Gallagher said Grace was well placed to take the reins. “Having worked in numerous senior roles in Melbourne, with a focus on administration, strategic planning, project management, purchasing and events management, Terry Grace will bring a valuable armoury of knowledge to the role,” former CEO, Ralph Gallagher said. “Club members, community leaders, the management committee, regular patrons and staff can all be confident the club is a very strong component of country racing. It is truly the home of thoroughbred racing in beautiful South Gippsland. “I have completed some six seasons as CEO and I will now return to my retirement. My capacity to do all of those things I wish to do is constrained – no doubt, at least partly, the price of an extended membership of the chemo café.” The club has race meetings on December 6 and 27 in 2014, and January 5, March 8 and April 7, 2015. • check out the Stony Creek Racing Club’s website: for information about hospitality packages.

The Bulldogs to become The Giants CLUB members who attended the Special General Meeting held at the KorumburraBena Football Netball Club on Thursday night agreed unanimously with the proposal to change the club colours. The change is designed to distinguish the club from Phillip Island Football Netball Club. Along with the change of colours the club moniker would change from The Bulldogs to The Giants. Club President Allan Summerfield said the meeting was to get members thoughts about the proposal. He said, “This is about forming our own identity.”

The club, formed in 2001, is 14 years old this year so such a change is not weighed down by tradition. The only constraint is the significant cost of such a move. “It is a goer if the money side is viable,” said Mr Summerfield. If the change goes ahead when the teams take to the field and courts in 2015 they will wear the Greater Western Sydney style orange, white and grey.

Right, Giants: in 2015 the Korumburra-Bena club is likely to wear a new strip. Photo courtesy of News Ltd.

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August 26 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper.

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August 26 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper.

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