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Musicians make magic MORE than 160 young musicians converged on Wonthaggi last week for the South Gippsland School Music Program 27th Music Camp. Students came from Wonthaggi, Korumburra, Leongatha, Mirboo North and South Gippsland secondary colleges playing a wide range of instruments from banjos to tubas and everything in between.

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Along with staff, students were treated to sessions with professional musicians, outside music teachers and past students of the programs. The three day camp was also filled with fun, with students visiting Wonthaggi Primary School to perform a ‘flash mob’ rendition of Party Rock Anthem. Students’ hard work was displayed at the

Wonthaggi Arts Centre on Wednesday night, with a concert showcasing all the bands taking part in the camp. The concert was brought to a close with a medley of Beatles songs, in which every student either sang or played. Sam Hughes, Jake Kershaw, Maddi Papa and Nick Mann became friends at the music camp.

Wi-Fi alarm Calls for high-tech ban to protect kids

By Matt Dunn A BRITISH neuroscientist is backing a Venus Bay mother’s call to ban Wi-Fi in schools, with fears the internet technology could cause cancer.

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Kylie Laing argues that “industrial strength” Wi-Fi networks could be putting children’s health at risk. It is a claim supported by Dr Sarah Starkey, who is calling for a similar ban in her own country. Victorian building biologist Narelle Haw is also supportive of stripping the technology from the state’s schools. Ms Haw, who assesses the healthiness of buildings, addressed a group of concerned locals at the Venus Bay Community Centre recently.

She told her audience: “As parents we have the right to demand a safe and healthy learning space for our children. Convenience should not come at the cost of our children’s health. We need to heed the warnings and when a wired option is available it should be adopted whenever possible.” Aside from cancer, Ms Haw believes the technology could be causing headaches and migraines; learning, concentration and behavioural problems; insomnia; fatigue; anxiety and depression; muscle and joint pains and spasms; ringing in the ears and hearing loss; palpitations, high blood pressure, arrhythmias and shortness of breath; Motor Neurone Disease; lowered sperm count; electrical hyper-sensitivity; and blood brain barrier penetration. ►Continued on page 6.

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Bah, humbug! Dampening spirits: cursing the people who vandalised the Christmas tree are Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry members Peter Watchorn, Senior Constable Michael Felton, Shirleyanne Wright, Kathy Smith and Sandra Fleming.

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Vandals last week destroyed the first public Christmas tree erected in the town for years. The tree was paid for by the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a bid to enliven the town in the lead-up to Christmas, and encourage people to shop in Leongatha. The chamber spent thousands of dollars on decorations this year and volunteer members erected decorations early last week. Overnight last Wednesday,

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Members had discussed the purchase for some time, eventually deciding the couple of thousand dollars would be well spent. It certainly was. On July 14 this year, he’d just finished playing bowls, when he “went a bit whirly” and fell over. Fellow club members Josie Lomagno and Charles Blogg took charge and, together with others worked on David, giving him CPR and administering the defibrillator, while someone else rang 000. “They did a marvellous job,” David recalled. In fact, if they hadn’t acted or didn’t have the defibrillator, David wouldn’t be here to tell the tale. “I was very thankful,” he said. “I had no idea I’d have the first notch on the defibrillator.” Club president Ken Cecil said the defibrillator is automatic and



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at the Leongatha Courthouse for two days, by one of the busiest intersections in the shire. Ms Smith, joint chamber secretary/treasurer, said chamber members had been working on the project all year. Chamber member Shirleyanne Wright was devastated by the lack of community pride shown by the offenders. Mrs Wright is a tireless community worker. “It’s gut wrenching really. You put in all that work just to do something for the town,” she said. Leongatha Police are seeking the public’s help to find the culprits. Senior Constable Michael Felton is leading the investigation.

“There is no camera here and there is nothing worth fingerprinting. There has absolutely got to be someone who says they know who did it,” he said. “I would be tipping there would be more than one person that has done this. Even in Frankston I have not seen them go and destroy the Christmas decorations. “I do not know what it is with their mentality.” Chamber members promptly returned the tree to its glorious state and plan to install a temporary security camera to monitor the tree until Christmas. Anyone with information is urged to contact Leongatha Police Station on 5662 2285.

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Bowlers saved David AS treasurer of the Korumburra Bowling Club, it was David Goodridge who signed the cheque to buy a defibrillator.

vandals tore branches and tinsel from the tree, broke lights and scattered ribbons made by trader Kathy Smith across the ground. Chamber president Darryl McGannon was outraged. “The chamber has put quite some effort into putting some Christmas cheer around the town and with a limited budget we have had a good result,” he said. “I was bitterly disappointed when I was told the tree was vandalised and I hope that the culprits are caught.” Chamber member Peter Watchorn said Santa Claus would not be visiting the culprits. “It makes me feel like I want to take them around the corner and kick them,” he said. The tree had stood proudly



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tells the user what to do. Paramedics arrived, assessed the situation and defibrillated David twice more before his spontaneous circulation returned. He then had a helicopter ride to Monash Medical Centre. His health is fine now and he was one of a group who travelled to Queens Hall Parliament House, Melbourne last Wednesday for a special presentation. Members of the club were honoured at the 13th annual Ambulance Victoria Community Hero Awards. They had been recommended by paramedics Emma Knee and Jon Allenby. The awards were presented by Health Minister David Davis, who said the recipients were being recognised for the urgent help they had given to others in trouble. “Each year, the common themes of courage and selflessness are evident in the actions of a group of ordinary people who have provided assistance in the most challenging and extraordinary of circumstances,” Mr Davis said. “All have risen to the challenge, providing vital assistance

to friends, family, workmates and strangers without hesitation.” Ken said members’ action on the day reflected the collegiate atmosphere of the Korumburra Bowling Club.



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Berrys Creek still Australia’s best By Simone Short BERRYS Creek Gourmet Cheese has gone back-to-back at an international level, winning Best Australian Cheese for the second year running.

The company’s Oak Blue not only followed in the footsteps of their Mossvale Blue, which claimed the title at the Guild of Fine Food’s World Cheese Awards last year, but went one better, winning a Super Gold medal in two classes as well as being named Best Australian Cheese. Berrys Creek was also named in the Top 55 out of almost 3000 entries into the show, putting them in the top two per cent in the world. Cheese maker, Barry Charlton,

and his partner Cheryl Hulls were proud to collect a swag of awards at a world level, with every cheese entered winning a medal. Berrys Creek medalled with all six blue varieties, including gold to Mossvale Blue, silvers to Bellingham Blue and Koorooman Blue, and bronzes to Tarwin Blue, and Roweford’s Goat Blue in two classes. Recognition for Roweford’s was especially impressive considering it was not only the first time the cheese had been exhibited, but the first sample Barry had made of the new line. Winning a Super Gold automatically put Berrys Creek in the running for Best Australian Cheese along with King Island and Woodside Cheese Wrights, and Barry was thrilled to take out top place. “It’s the best result we’ve ever had in a show; every cheese we en-

tered medalled,” he said. “It’s the most awards an Australian cheese company has won in the show.” Barry admits he wasn’t too confident going into the awards, as he wasn’t content with the Blue Oak they cut to send away. “It wasn’t quite right and I wasn’t happy with it, so we got another barrel but we weren’t happy with that one either, so in the end I just decided to send what we had,” he said, adding they weren’t even able to taste the cheese before it was sent. “We’re probably a bit hard on ourselves because while we might not think it was up to scratch, the judges obviously did. We just wanted it to be 100 per cent.” Coincidentally, Barry had made the winning Blue Oak cheese on his birthday.

Winning cheese: Barry Charlton and Cheryl Hulls from Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese celebrate their Oak Blue being recently named Best Australian Cheese at the World Cheese Awards with the line’s namesake – the oak trees at Mossvale Park.

Hospital cuts Co-op steals Christmas to sting By Simone Short

FEDERAL funding cuts to hospitals will cost Bass Coast Regional Health (BCRH) $375,000 this financial year. And the savings have to be found almost straight away. BCRH CEO, Lea Pope, describes the situation as ridiculous, saying the cuts are unprecedented. The health service is already trying to cope with a 2011-12 deficit of over $1.8m. Ms Pope said if pleas from hospital CEOs and the State Government fall on deaf ears, BCRH will have to cut services. She doesn’t know which ones yet and if that decision has to be made, the health service board and Department of Health will have to approve the cuts before they can go ahead. McMillan MHR, Russell Broadbent, said it’s all about the Gillard Government’s quest for a budget surplus. “Who’s paying?” he asked. “Very, very local people. This comes at a time when BCRH is under enormous pressure for their services.” Ms Pope said it is going to be “extremely difficult” for the health service to manage the cuts and she can’t see how they can be accommodated.

“We can’t make cuts without a reduction in services. We have not settled on anything yet but there’s not a lot of time left to plan it.” Although there had been talk of the cuts, Ms Pope said she only received notification last Thursday week and the extent of them was a nasty surprise. “We can only hope for a reversal or a reduction.” BCRH has a total budget of around $40m. Ms Pope said a $375,000 cut doesn’t seem a large sum in light of a budget that size, but it will have a big impact. “We’ve already factored in a deficit and we are working hard for that not to be any higher by making a lot of savings plans across the organisation. This comes on top of that. “It’s a great challenge. It’s pretty ridiculous and will affect all health services.” Ms Pope said the budget position in health services have been tight for some time. “No government could expect these cuts could be absorbed.” Ms Pope was speaking to The Star on her way to a quarterly CEOs’ meeting with the Department of Health in Traralgon, where she was certain the federal cuts would be a major topic of conversation. She said as she understands it, the Federal Government has put a “Treasury interpretation” on

2011 Census data, saying population growth in Victoria is very small and the state can therefore wear a cut of $405 million. Gippsland Southern Health Service’s share of the reductions is $180,000. CEO Gary Templeton said, “It’s a directive we’ve been given to comply with.” Mr Broadbent accused the Federal Government of misleading us all, saying former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had promised health funding increases. “They are in search of a (budget) surplus which doesn’t exist. This is not the time for a surplus.” Fiscal restraints mean BCRH can’t employ additional staff in Wonthaggi Hospital’s emergency department over summer, although an extra doctor will be rostered on for New Year’s Eve. “We get a lot of drunks,” Ms Pope said “and injuries related to people having too much alcohol.” While there’ll be no additional personnel, the emergency department will be fully staffed over the busy season.

Information leaked to The Star from a confidential meeting held recently between workers and Murray Goulburn revealed ‘at risk’ redundancy employees will be informed on December 10, with a notice period beginning on December 24. A disgruntled staff member who contacted The Star last week confirmed redundant workers wouldn’t be notified until

When asked to confirm if employees selected for redundancies would be notified on Christmas Eve, Ms Lovely refused to answer. Some redeployment opportunities would be made available, but Ms Lovely refused to verify exactly how many jobs would be made available.

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THE milk of human kindness has gone sour at Murray Goulburn with the revelation 15 workers could be sacked from the Leongatha factory on Christmas Eve.

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Fiji volunteers praised By Simone Short DECIDING to move your whole family and life to another country is a difficult decision to make.

Deciding to move to a country without all the comforts of the Western world is even harder. The Howard family made that life changing decision when Tim and Lisa, along with their 11-year-old son Joe, moved from South Gippsland to Fiji in April, 2010, to take part in a 12 month Australian Volunteers International (AVI) program. Lisa and Tim had always considered volunteering, with Tim having travelled extensively on his own, when they spotted an AVI ad calling for volunteers. “We thought it would be a good opportunity while Joe was in Grade 5 and 6, and we planned to be back in time for him to start secondary school,” Lisa said. “It’s just something we always wanted to do and the timing seemed right.” With a background in social work, particularly with children and families, a job in Fiji fit perfectly with Lisa’s experience. The family packed up and moved to the town of Labasa, which Lisa

said was a “huge lifestyle change”. “We did experience some culture shock when we arrived. Everyone said we would, but because we had travelled so much we thought we knew what we were in for,” she said, adding going somewhere to live is a different story. “It was hard. We had no accommodation when we first got there, so we were trying to find somewhere to live, start work and get to know the community.” Lisa described Labasa as a fairly isolated industrial town known for farming sugarcane, located inland on Fiji’s second largest island, Vanua Levu. The Howards learnt to live without hot water, but Lisa said they did “learn how to be patient”. “I missed fresh fruit and vegetables. We arrived not long after a cyclone and there wasn’t a lot of fruit and vegetables available,” she said. “They don’t grow a lot, just a small selection, so we had to learn to adjust all our meals around five or six vegetables.” The main aspect of Lisa’s work was to advocate for child rights and promote the United Nations Rights of the Child. She said a big challenge for Fijian children was to get a good education, in comparison to Western countries.

“They feel so privileged to be educated and take it very seriously. A challenge for them is to have the money to get their schoolbooks and uniform, and they look after everything so beautifully because it’s so important to them to have an education,” she said. “Some of their other challenges are around the enormous expectations to be helping at home; they’ve got so many jobs to do and feel they don’t have enough time to put towards their schoolwork.” Lisa helped to set up a youth group called Kids Link Fiji; a program for children to learn leadership skills, teach them about their rights and live a positive lifestyle. Lisa said Joe wasn’t quite ready for the change of attending a new school in Fiji, but made new friends and adjusted very well, doing home schooling with Tim. Lisa, Tim and Joe were recently recognised with a certificate of thanks from the Federal Government, presented to them by McMillan MP, Russell Broadbent. “We were welcomed into so many different peoples’ lives, in both the Fijian culture as well as the Indo-Fijian culture,” she said. “It was wonderful being able to hopefully make a difference in some people’s lives and we’d love to do it again.”

Saying thank you: Tim, Lisa and Joe Howard received a certificate of appreciation from the Federal Government last week, presented by McMillan MP Russell Broadbent and South Gippsland Shire Council mayor, Cr Kieran Kennedy, after spending 12 months volunteering in Fiji. Helping the children: Lisa Howard works with a group of young children in Fiji during her 12 month volunteer placement in 2010-11.

DPI loses reception By Matt Dunn STAFF will be cut at Leongatha’s DPI office, as the State Government continues its systematic program of public service blood-letting, a document leaked to The Star has revealed.

The office is among 10 in rural Victoria that will soon lose “front of house” reception services. The proposed cuts will take effect by mid January 2013 (the week beginning on the 14th). Scrawled across the leaked document was the message: “Bloody-minded DPI remove front of house reception services across Victoria, reducing service to regional Victoria.”

The Star reported planned cuts to the Leongatha DPI office in September, with one insider saying he believed the office would be whittled down to almost nothing. While a leaked internal DPI document shows the Leongatha and Ellinbank offices are not on the government’s planned “consolidation” (closure and merger) list, the worker said there were few workers still left in the region. The document outlined plans to reduce 66 staffed DPI/DSE sites in rural Victoria down to 41. Of the latest move, a DPI spokesman said there would be “no reduction in the accessibility of staff at the DPI Leongatha office to the public, nor in the services those staff provide to their community”. The spokesman said the community would

“continue to be able to access key DPI service delivery staff who are based at the Leongatha office,” though, “as part of organisational changes being implemented by the department, reception services will no longer be provided at some DPI offices”. Leongatha is one of these offices. “The public will be able to come to the DPI Leongatha office and make contact with key staff,” he said. “The public will continue to be able to speak to DPI staff via the DPI Hotline 138 186 and obtain other information via the DPI website. “The sites where reception services are being scaled back are those where there has historically been a low level of community visitation.”

More success for Anything Goes WONTHAGGI Theatre Group added to its recent award success, winning two more trophies at the 26th annual Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Awards for Excellence.

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Will Hanley scooped up the Dancers Award for his performance as Billy in Anything Goes, while Jay Nelson won The Gladys Moncrieff Award for the best first time performance in a featured role. WTG vice president Wayne Maloney said it is the second year in a row someone from the

group had won the Gladys Moncrieff Award. “It just shows what a wonderful and nurturing environment it is to produce these first time performances in major roles, or in Jay’s case, first time on stage, who are able to catch the eye of the judges,” he said. “The Theatre Guild looked at 92 productions in the state this year, so it is a great achievement to win two awards.” Anything Goes was nominated for six awards, with 16 WTG members attending the ceremony in Geelong in what Mr Maloney described as a “fantastic night”.

The vice president said the WTG was thrilled to have yet another successful year on stage. “We won a lot of Gippsland Associated Theatre awards for the year, following on from last year when Cabaret was judged joint best production in the state,” he said. “It’s a big ask to follow on a major production and its success and do another successful one, which we’ve achieved again.” Mr Maloney said to “watch this space” for WTG’s upcoming production, 13, with auditions to be held in January.

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Extra SESI money SESI investors can expect another distribution this month but it will be 12 to 18 months before receivers can finalise clawing back loans.

The entity went into receivership on February 11, 2009 leaving investors wondering if they would ever see their money again. With the pending December distribution they will have received a total of 85 cents in the dollar. In a letter to debenture holders Rupert Smoker, the head of Corporate and Debt Capital Markets Trustee Services, which has been working with receivers Craig Shepard and Mark Korda of KordaMentha, said the receivership had “progressed well”, with over $148.1 million being distributed “which represents a return of approximately 83 cents in the dollar”. Earlier estimates of total distributions ranged between 80 and 90 cents in the dollar. Mr Smoker said the collection of the loan portfolio was nearing completion, but “a small number of loans remain(s) outstanding”. “The receivers are working toward the collection of these residual loans as quickly as possible. Nonetheless, we anticipate the collection process will take at least another 12 to 18 months to conclude owing to the complexities associated with these difficult loans. “The final outcome will ultimately depend upon the collection of the residual loans in the portfolio and on the prices achieved in the realisation of SESI’s financial assets. “On present information from the receivers, we expect that the total eventual return to debenture holders will be in the range of 85 to 90 cents in the dollar. “Timing of future distributions after the one to be made in December 2012, will depend on the realisation of residual loans. “We will endeavour to make any such distributions as regularly as funds permit.” Mr Smoker said from now on, the receivers will concentrate “solely on the realisation of the outstanding assets of SESI” and debenture holders will be able to correspond with MainstreamBPO Pty Ltd, “a specialist registry provider”.

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Ships dump on beach A BEAUTIFUL stretch of a little-known South Gippsland beach has been ruined by piles of rubbish. The mess looks as though it has come from a ship because the containers have foreign labels from different parts of the world.

A Leongatha resident and her family visited Five Mile Beach at Tarwin Lower recently, expecting to enjoy a stroll along the sand and the spectacular views. It’s an isolated beach, necessitating a walk of more than three kilometres to access. Instead, they found rubbish strewn along more than one kilometre of the shoreline – far too much of it for them to pick up. They estimated it would

cover the equivalent of at least half a football oval. “We were blown away by it; we were horrified. It’s a beautiful beach and this is what we found,” the residents said. The rubbish included nets, buoys, glass bottles, a big Milo tin, litre lemonade bottles, a one litre container of energy drink and other items that aren’t sold in Australia. Some of the items originated in the UK, Malaysia and other countries.

After being provided with photographs by The Star, local Parks Victoria rangers are investigating. Ranger in charge Gerard Delaney, said Parks Victoria, Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula, and Lifesaving Victoria have conducted clean up days in this area in the past. “Due to the tides the area is prone to gathering rubbish dropped from boats at sea,” Mr Delaney said. “We’ll continue to mon-

Disgusting sight: rubbish litters the beach near Tarwin Lower.

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Safe and sound By Jane Ross BASS Coast is a really safe place to live.

Leaving: Bass Coast/South Gippsland’s district police inspector Glenn Weir finished recently, having been promoted to superintendent in the western suburbs.

That comment was made by Glenn Weir recently on the last day of his stint as Inspector of Police for the South Gippsland and Bass Coast district. He has been promoted to superintendent and started in his new role in Melbourne’s western suburbs last week. Superintendent Weir said all figures on crime in the local area are “trending in the right direction”, with the exception of assaults. He attributes that to a major effort on reporting family violence. He doesn’t believe it is a growing problem, but the figures are up because the violence is now being reported to police. The inspector is confident local police will be able to help reduce the incidence of family violence. Superintendent Weir is particularly pleased that road trauma is the

lowest in the district for many years. He said the district is not scheduled for any extra police for the next three years, but added at a divisional level, the superintendent is working hard to look at the numbers and extra police would be provided for holiday periods and special events. He commended his staff for the way they had responded to the challenges he set them. Speaking to The Star at the closure of the Thiess Degremont Community Information Centre in Murray Street, Wonthaggi the inspector said desalination plant construction created early challenges in the areas of traffic and enforcement. “Some of the (workers’) driving behaviour was not great but we worked actively with the joint venture (AquaSure) and unions and we noticed a real change in behaviour. Early on there were some pub brawls, but the company notified us when (work) break-ups were on and we worked with the unions and licensees.

“Overall, we are really pleased with the little impact on road trauma and public order.” With a workforce that peaked at over 3000, Glenn said there was the potential for a lot of risk in terms of people and traffic. But developing a community relationship between all involved helped ameliorate the risks. “In the end it turned out as well as it could.” As inspector, he chaired a desalination plant emergency services committee which included local government, emergency services and representatives of different parts of the project. The desalination plant’s emergency plan has now been incorporated into the shire’s emergency plan and, in the inspector’s eyes, “that’s been really good”. The inspector described his two and a bit years based at the Wonthaggi Police Station as “fantastic”. He said he wanted to thank the people of Bass Coast “for the way they engaged with me”.

Calls for high-tech ban to protect kids

Continued from page 1. Dr Starkey told The Star: “It is reasonable to suppose that Wi-Fi in schools may be damaging human DNA, altering brain activity, decreasing attention or cognitive abilities and damaging fertility, because there are published studies supporting these effects. “For some people WiFi may be having adverse

effects on heart rate. The question which I think needs asking is why, when there is evidence of harm from microwave radiation in the scientific literature, have health protection agencies not called for biological studies to be done into its safety. “For many people, finding out that WiFi is harmful would be inconvenient. But

inconvenience doesn’t stop it being true, stop children being damaged in schools or take away the responsibility of those who are advising on its safety for school environments.” Ms Laing said the “things showing up are quite scary as a parent”. “There is a group of people that are quite sensitive to the wireless technology, with studies suggesting that


there are immediate effects on some people, along with the unknowns, which may include cancer,” Ms Laing said. “They’re talking about a latency period of 20 to 30 years before evidence of brain tumours might manifest themselves. In schools the Wi-Fi is never switched off and this is the concern. “The guidelines for

radiation exposure in Australia are set up for thermal exposure not non-thermal exposure, the low-level type that Wi-Fi produces over a sustained period.” Ms Haw told The Star the issue of Wi-Fi radiation had been “on a lot of people’s minds”. She has plans to launch a website in Australia to “start getting the awareness out there” about the potentially negative effects of Wi-Fi.

“We really want to start a conversation about it. I meet people who are debilitated because of the effects Wi-Fi has on them. They go from being perfectly functioning people, to not being able to leave their homes,” she said. “There have been international studies suggesting Wi-Fi has a biological effect on people. I’m saying that a certain percentage of the

population succumb and we don’t know the whys and hows. So, why would we be putting them in every school and subjecting our children to that? “They’re at the developmental stage, where their metabolism is working so much faster, their heartbeats are so much quicker and their skulls are thinner. Everything they absorb is absorbed a lot more effectively than with adults.”

Conflict on Wi-Fi By Matt Dunn “THERE is no reliable evidence that Wi-Fi networks are a risk to children or others.” That’s the word from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), the Federal Government agency charged with protecting the health and safety of people, and the environment, from the harmful effects of ionising and non ionising radiation. “Health authorities around the world, including ARPANSA and the World Health Organisation (WHO), have examined the scientific evidence regarding possible health effects and have concluded that there is no consistent evidence that exposure to radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields from Wi-Fi and other wireless networks adversely affects the health of children or the general population,” a spokesman told The Star. ARPANSA’s claims about WHO may be technically correct, though the international authority is a long way from giving Wi-Fi the green light. WHO did not respond to questions emailed by The Star, but in 2011 the WHO/ International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use. Essentially, classifying Wi-Fi technology (which also included mobile phones and other wireless devices) as Group 2B, means that while there is not a definite link, neither has it been disproved. “Although some studies have reported a range of biological effects, these results are not substantiated, as many other studies have not shown a similar effect,” the ARPANSA spokesman said. “There are no studies proving ill-

health resulting from exposure to Wi-Fi networks. There are some claims of a variety of subjective ill-effects, including memory loss, reduced concentration, sleep disorders, tremors, fatigue, rashes and other effects which sufferers have attributed to Wi-Fi and other sources of electromagnetic fields. “This self-reported sensitivity to electromagnetic fields has been generally termed ‘electromagnetic hypersensitivity’ or EHS. ARPANSA and the WHO are not aware of any EHS symptoms being attributable to RF exposure in wellconducted scientific investigations.” The spokesman said that “on the basis of current scientific information” ARPANSA saw “no reason why Wi-Fi should not continue to be used in schools and in other places”. “However, ARPANSA recognises that exposure to RF fields from Wi-Fi and other wireless devices can be of concern to parents,” the spokesman said. “Radiofrequency exposures from Wi-Fi are well within the limits of the ARPANSA standard and typically lower than a mobile phone used held against the head. “Of reassurance to the public should be that ARPANSA gives consideration to these issues and continues to closely monitor the research being conducted in this field.” President of the Australian Education Union (Victorian Branch) Mary Bluett said that, to her knowledge, no teachers had ever complained about being adversely affected by Wi-Fi. A Department of Education and Early Childhood Development spokesman said that “acceptable signal levels” were set by the Federal Government’s Australian Communications and Media Authority. “All wireless networks in Victorian schools emit signals well below the ACMA standard – independent testing of Victorian government school Wi-Fi networks showed the highest reading was just 0.17 per cent of the ACMA limit,” he said.

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Tractor escape A FARMER was lucky to avoid injury after his tractor fell down an embankment on Saturday.

On the edge: Loch CFA Road Rescue members, with the assistance of Leongatha SES, paramedics and police, were able rescue a farmer and secure his tractor from falling over an embankment and into a creek last Saturday. Photo courtesy of Loch CFA.

Loch CFA Road Rescue was called to a property off the South Gippsland Highway near Nyora around 1.30pm to help free the trapped 71-year-old man. Crew members faced some difficulty reaching the accident scene, a remote location at the back of the property with limited access. Len Wyhoon from Loch CFA

said they were able to reach the man using borrowed 4WD utilities and a 4WD recently purchased by the brigade. “Crews made their way through the bush to a gentleman that was patiently waiting in his tractor, perched on the edge of a creek bank with a severe drop to the water,” he said. “Crews secured the tractor and assisted the male, who wasn’t able to climb out due to an existing medical condition. He was then given a lift back to the top of the property, no worse for

his close call with danger.” Mr Wyhoon said the incident was a reminder to farmers working alone on their properties. “This serves as a reminder that if you are working in a remote area of your farm, let someone know,” he said. “In this case, the man was found by his wife when he hadn’t returned for lunch.” The accident was also attended by Ambulance Victoria, Victoria Police and Leongatha SES, as well as Loch CFA.

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time as principal. “Where possible, he always tries to use local trades people and service providers,” he said. “His aim is always to do the very best Mr Jeffs was last week announced for our school – not his school – but our Gippsland Principal of the Year in the community’s school.” Gippsland Excellence in Education Mr Gray said Mr Jeffs has an intimate Awards. knowledge of the families Assistant principal at Korumburra Primary, Dave Gray said the award plays a large role in the was a wonderful recogniwider community and tion of the time and effort knows many of the stuMr Jeffs has put into the dents outside of school. school. “They see him as “He leads a great friendly, warm, caring school, made up of wonand approachable - all this derful, committed and from a mad Collingwood professional staff, terrific supporter who has done his students who never cease best to coerce as many stuto amaze us with their dents as possible to barrack various talents and abilifor the Magpies,” he said. ties and a supportive, car“To be recognised as ing and enthusiastic parent Gippsland’s Teacher of the and wider school commuGippsland’s best: Koru- Year in his final year of nity body. teaching is a great way to “To have the leadership mburra Primary School conclude a wonderful caprincipal Bill Jeffs. that Bill displays across reer in education.” these three groups means Excellence at the that we have all things in place to make school was also recognised when it was our school great, and it is,” he said. awarded Leadership Team of the Year. “There wouldn’t be too many principals The team is made up of both departin a school our size who know the names ment representatives at the school, nameof nearly every child in the school.” ly Kerrie McPherson, Lynne Dowel, Judy Mr Jeffs has worked tirelessly to im- Smith, Leigh McCahon, Candice Huntly, prove the physical grounds and buildings of Nigel Kilpatrick, Shelley Snooks, Jaci the school during his time as principal, over- Williams, principal Bill Jeffs and assistant seeing projects including the BER building principal, Mr Gray. and the Pony Paddock redevelopment. Both the Principal of the Year and Mr Gray said the Mr Jeffs takes great Leadership Team of the Year awards will pride in the school, and his knowledge be presented at a regional event to be held of local people and how they can sup- early this month. port the school has been a feature of his

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Sweet voices: members of the Sagala club are ready to entertain at Carols at the Drome in Leongatha this Saturday night.

Carols return CHRISTMAS was the theme of a play acted out by the Salvation Army’s Sagala children on Sunday morning. The children will re-

enact the play, which has a chocolate theme, at the Carols at the Drome event on Saturday in Leongatha. The concert will also feature the South Gippsland Singers, Aaron Gale, Beggs to Differ,

Noticeboard COUNCIL PUBLIC SESSIONS Council Chambers, Leongatha Public attendance welcome Wed, 12 December 2012 - COUNCILLOR BRIEFINGS - Public attendance welcome 1.30pm - Parks Vic Venus Bay Foreshore Infrastructure 2.00pm - Public Presentations Ph: 5662 9222 to book a speaking time 7.00pm - Public Presentations bookings essential by noon on 11 Dec Wed, 19 December 2012 - COUNCILLOR BRIEFINGS - Public attendance welcome 10.00am - Public Presentations Ph: 5662 9222 to book a speaking time 10.00am - GippsTAFE - Situational Overview 11.30am - Audit Committee Presentation Wed,19 December 2012 ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 2pm (10.00am - Public Presentations - Ph: 5662 9222 to book a speaking time) 1. Report on Assembly of Councillors - Nov 2012 2. Documents sealed - Nov 2012 3. Strategic Financial Issues 4. Venus Bay & Walkerville Kerbside Services 5. A.C.T - Black Spur section of GSRT - trestle bridges study 6. Council Meetings Timetable 2013 7. Planning Scheme Amendment C80 - safe, healthy, active communities 8. Adoption of Leongatha CBD Parking Strategy 9. Planning Panel Report –PSA C70, C71, C52 and C66 10. Leongatha Land Supply and Development Contributions 11. Capital Works Program 2012/13 - amendments 12. Korumburra Tourist Park Lease 13. Councillor Appointments to Committees – Update Closed items: 14. 2013 Australia Day Awards selection 15. 2012/2013 Community Grants Program - Round 1 allocation 16. Three proposed developments 17. Award of tender – Green Street Lighting 18. Audit Committee - Appointment of independent member 19. Five contractual Matters

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Golf robbery THIEVES broke into the Welshpool Golf Club and stole a leaf blower recently. Between 5pm on December 1 and 8.30am on December 2, offenders forced open an outside door and stole the equipment from the toilet area of the golf club. Anyone with information can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

Pole probe

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LEONGATHA Police have asked for the public’s help to stop vandals attacking signs around town. Poles, complete with concrete bases, have been pulled out across Leongatha in recent weeks. Anyone with information is urged to contact Leongatha Police Station on 5662 2285.

A HOUSE undergoing renovations was the target of burglars in Inverloch last week. Between 5pm last Wednesday and 6pm on Thursday, offenders entered the premises located in The Crescent through a pet door and stole television sets, knives and alcohol. Anyone with information can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

Copper crooks A LARGE amount of copper pipe was stolen from a rural property in Korumburra recently. Between 10pm on December 2 and 10am on December 3, offenders stole the copper pipe from a rural storage yard in McMillans Road.

Break, enter A TELEVISION and alcohol was stolen from a house in Inverloch last week. Between 2pm last Wednesday and 10am on Thursday, offenders en-

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Business Water Efficiency Grants Round 2 of South Gippsland Water's Business Grant Scheme closes soon, however there is still grant money available to improve water efficiency for South Gippsland Water customers. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for business, Schools and Community Groups, who are customers of South Gippsland Water, who can fund 50% of project costs. South Gippsland Water will match dollar for dollar, the investment into the project, up to a total of $5,000. Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis, providing the applicant and project meets guideline requirements. SOU6080749

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South Gippsland Shire Brass Band, carol singing and Jen Monk. A jumping castle, face painting and fireworks will be held. Hot food will be available to buy, supplied by the Apex club. Family fun starts at 6pm, Santa Claus will arrive at 7.30pm and carols will begin at 8pm. The event will be held at Leongatha Recreation Reserve. If the weather is wet, the event will be moved to St Laurence’s Primary School Hall. Sagala is the Salvation Army’s children club.

A WONTHAGGI man was caught driving more than six times over the legal blood alcohol limit last weekend. Around 4.30pm last Sunday, police took a 53year-old male to Wonthaggi Police Station for a positive alcohol breath test after intercepting his vehicle. The man returned a reading of 0.321. His licence was immediately suspended and he will be summonsed to court at a later date.

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tered the Cuttriss Street house by forcing a rear window. Anyone with information can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

Stolen cash A BAG containing $2000 in cash was stolen from Coles supermarket in Wonthaggi recently. Around 6.45pm on December 1, a male attended the Watt Street shopping centre, which was in the process of being

relocated. The male shopped and paid cash at the express lane. Upon leaving the store, he walked past another register which had a bag of cash left on the shelf under the till by mistake. The offender walked past it at first, then walked back to the register, looked around and stole the bag. Anyone with information can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

Ratepayers first: mayor By Brad Lester

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will try to minimise rate rises, despite facing extra costs of $8.4 million.

Council could borrow funds to cope with the impost, but to what extent is yet to be determined. Council will consider financial options for the future at next week’s council meeting. The major unavoidable costs council is facing include an unfunded superannuation call of $4.6 million, plus $104,000 for council’s contribution to the super bill of West Gippsland Library Corporation. Council officers have identified $3.2 million in savings over the next 15 years, but even with those in place, a council report states council faces “immediate sustainability issues with insufficient unencumbered current assets to cover liabilities”. Asked whether council could consider rates rises, and cuts to staff and services to meet the costs, mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy said: “Council is of a mind to minimise rate rises and have not discussed service and or staffing levels.” He added: “Council is committed to satisfying community service level requirements and accompanying strategic initiatives driving and dictating Financial Plan funding requirements in a financially responsible way. “On the whole, the new council is working as one team with the community and shire staff. The specifics will be fully discussed with the above mentioned parties.” Council’s director of corporate services, June Ernst, said the extent of borrowing – if any – would depend on the ambitions of council. Additional costs faced by council include its Workcover premium rising by $55,000 due to the need to include a portion of unfunded superannuation within the calculation of employee costs. Council will also receive $2.42 million less grants from the Victoria Grants Commission and less income due to changes to charges of interest on overdue rates. The cost of the Sandy Point Community Centre works exceeded budget projections by $175,000 and Corner Inlet projects will increase by $487,000 over four years. The $3.2 million in potential savings earmarked by council officers hail from increased income and reduced expenditure. Among the bigger sources are: • savings of $1.1 million in fleet replacements; • net saving of $473,000 at Coal Creek Heritage Village; • savings of $185,000 for Workcover premiums; and • immunisation program income to increase by $157,000. Many savings options will yield smaller returns, ranging from $5000 to around $50,000, covering biodiversity, planning and engineering services savings, and reduced design budget for civil capital works. Pools have been earmarked for a total of $65,000 in savings, with the current pool design budget reduced by $15,000 and the budget to replace the chemical shed at the Toora Pool decreased by $50,000. “Unfortunately, despite the identified savings, overall there is a significant adverse cost impact,” a council report for next week’s meeting stated. Councillors were briefed about council’s financial plight on November 21.

Fuel leak

FIRE fighters were called to Murray Goulburn’s Leongatha factory last Friday. The fuel tank of an employee’s vehicle was leaking in the factory staff car park. The Country Fire Authority was called to clean up the fuel as a precautionary measure. MG spokesperson Kim Lovely said no risk was posed to the factory.

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By Simone Short MORE than 200 motorists have already been fined by police in the lead up to the busy holiday period on South Gippsland roads. In conjunction with Victoria Police’s Summer Stay operation, local officers have been targeting speed, drink driving and other offences as part of Operation RAID (Remove All Impaired Drivers). The Bass Coast Highway Patrol, along with police from local stations, breath tested over 8000 motorists within the Bass Coast Police Service Area over the past three weeks, detecting more than a dozen motorists driving over the legal blood alcohol limit. Among those detected was a 52-yearold man from Bulleen, who returned a reading of 0.107 and had his licence suspended immediately. A female from Leongatha also returned a reading of 0.129 after a minor collision in a residential street and had her licence suspend-

ed immediately. Highway patrol Sergeant Jason Hullick said the aim of the operation was to detect and prosecute drivers who continue to ignore the fact that driving whilst affected by alcohol is dangerous and unacceptable. “Whilst considering the amount of tests we have conducted our detection rate has been quite low, unfortunately more than half of those people detected have come about from random intercepts,” he said. As well as drink drivers detected, police have also issued around 200 infringement notices for other traffic offences, including speeding, mobile phone use and failing to wear a proper seatbelt. Police targeted reduced speed zones with the focus on protecting our most vulnerable road users, including pedestrian and school crossings along with road work zones. “As a result, we issued a significant number of infringement notices for motorists who either chose to not obey reduced speed limits or were just not concentrating and didn’t see them,” Sgt Hullick said.

Among numerous motorists booked for speeding was a 72-year-old Korumburra man, who received a ticket for driving 38km/h over the speed limit. He will have his licence suspended for six months and be required to pay a $528 fine. A 21-year-old man, also from Korumburra, was caught driving 31km/h over the speed limit in Wattlebank, and will lose his licence for one month. Sgt Hullick said police would continue to focus on reduced speed zones and make no apologies to those who continue to endanger other road users, warning law breakers “We will catch you and book you”. He also encouraged the public to do their part to keep our roads safe this summer. “We cannot make our roads safer on our own so we are also calling on the community to take action on drink driving, speeding and any other unsafe practice on the roads,” he said. “If you know someone who drives too fast, drives whilst intoxicated or is simply placing other road users in danger, talk to them. If you feel unsafe in a vehicle – speak up.”

Wind farm neighbour seeks rate reduction By Jane Ross BALD Hills Wind Farm objector Tim Le Roy has asked South Gippsland Shire Council for a rate reduction. He believes the request is fair and reasonable given the facility will, he believes, reduce the value of neighbouring properties. “Council came back quite promptly saying ‘bad luck’. I’m not happy with what the valuer at council has said,” he said. Mr Le Roy said people with properties near the Toora Wind Farm had been given a rate reduction reflecting property value loss and that information had been placed before the panel hearing into the Bald Hills Wind Farm. He said he also had “very strong evidence” that property owners near wind farms in other areas had suffered sharp drops in valuation. Mr Le Roy said the issue would be costneutral for the council because those hosting turbines on their properties would be getting a capital improvement. “Turbine hosts should be charged more.” Mr Le Roy is not one to take “no” lightly. He has been an active member of a coastal guardians group formed to fight the Bald Hills

Wind Farm, a battle that went on for 10 years. “I’m not going to lie down on this,” he said, adding his request to the shire was “just the opening salvo”. Shire CEO Tim Tamlin said council had received a letter requesting a rate reduction in relation to Bald Hills Wind Farm. “We get lots of letters seeking rate reductions,” he said. “We will treat this one the same as any other. If an owner disputes a valuation there is a

mechanism in which to object.” Mr Tamlin said all properties in the shire are revalued every two years and those valuations are monitored. Unlike some councils, South Gippsland uses its own staff to undertake the valuations. “It is a rigorous process under the oversight of the Valuer-General,” Mr Tamlin said. Mr Tamlin said he did not know anything about the Toora precedence mentioned by Mr Le Roy.

Power bills rising PEOPLE having difficulty paying or understanding their power bills can call on a free federal program. It’s called Home Energy Saver Scheme (HESS) and it offers information about easy and affordable ways to use less energy in the home. There is also one-on-one budgeting assistance, advice and advocacy. And there’s a local representative. He is Brad Kijlstra-Shone, who recently

moved to Stony Creek. He said his brief is to cover the whole of Gippsland. Part of his role will be to run community education sessions and speak to groups about energy efficiency. With 15 years experience in Melbourne’s sustainability industry, Brad was snapped up by the South Gippsland Energy innovation Cooperative and is now one of its directors. He said HESS is run by Kildonan (CORRECT) Uniting Care and is specifically targeted at those on low incomes.

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BEST of luck to the Grade 6 students graduating from Tarwin Lower Primary School tomorrow (Wednesday) night. The event will coincide with the end of year concert. THE Leongatha Rose Show committee would like to thank all those who gave their time helping to make the latest show a great success. THE Leongatha Community House is running the following courses: chainsaw operations, Saturday, December 15, and traffic management on Monday, December 17. Please call the house on 5662 3962 to enrol or for more details.

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ENTRY forms for the Great Southern Portrait Prize are now available. Entries in the prize will be exhibited at Stockyard Gallery, Foster from April 18 to May 13. The subject of the portrait must be a resident of Gippsland and the portrait based on a live sitting. Any media may be used and the work must have been completed in the last 12 months. Limit of one entry per artist Prizes are: • open section. Grand prize $1000, second prize $500, popular choice $500; and • junior section (under 16 years). First prize $100, popular choice $100. Enquiries to Gecko Studio Gallery on 5683 2481, Monday to Thursday (seven days a week between December 13 and February 4) or Anda 5687 1206. Download entry forms from the Prom Coast Arts Council website, or acquire from Gecko Studio Gallery in Fish Creek by phone or email: framing@geckostudiogallery. Alternatively phone Anda Banikos on 5687 1206 or collect at various outlets including information centres. DOES anyone know where the Carols in the Drome billboards are? The signs were erected at the entrances to Leongatha last year but have not been seen since being removed. If you know their whereabouts, please ring Margaret Aeschlimann on 0439 628 053. The Carols in the Drome is on this Saturday, December 15. Family fun starts at 6pm, with carols beginning at 8pm. CHILDREN and families are invited to join the Summer Reading Club holiday fun at libraries.


Children can take part in writing and arts activities, and online games that encourage the love of books and reading, as well as literacy and computer skills. The Summer Reading Club is a free school holiday program with activities designed especially for children from birth to 16, and their families and friends. Children can join the Summer Reading Club at www.summerreadingclub.

MEENIYAN Preschool held its open day for new families and four-year-old kinder orientation day last Wednesday. Emily Ellery-Burke and Tyler Laing will be attending next year and made some Christmas pictures on the day. The kinder has just bought a new chicken coop and next year will have chickens for the children to enjoy. They will also be recycling their food scraps to help children to learn about the cycle of life.

Still waiting for Santa LOCH’S Knox family – led by matriarch Rosemary – has established a decade-long Christmas tradition. The Knoxs decorate the bus shelter at the corner of Dilger Road and South Gippsland Highway each year with a unique yuletide theme – this year a replica Santa sits on a toilet, Christmas decorations and toilet paper adorn the shelter and a sign reads, ‘Free photo with

Magical marriage: Col and Nance Sperling cut their 60th wedding anniversary cake.

In love for 60 years CONGRATULATIONS to Col and Nance Sperling of Leongatha who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 29. The golfers marked the occasion with a lunch for family and friends at the Leongatha Golf Club recently, where they will have been members for 50 years in 2013. The Sperlings married at the old Church of England in Leongatha, after meeting at a dance at the parish hall next door. Sixty years passed quickly for the couple, as much in love as in 1952. “It does not seem to be that long, to be honest,” Col said. Col and Nance have a daughter, Faye Le Page, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Nancy was club champion at Leongatha twice, holds a course record of 76 and reckons she can still beat Col at golf. He is a life member of the Leongatha Football Club and Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL Cricket Club.



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Ready for Christmas: the Friends of Agnes Falls held a working bee at the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve recently, with 11 people attending to complete maintenance and presentation works in the lead-up to Christmas. Parks Victoria staff helped with equipment and provided the welcome barbecue lunch to finish off the day. Christmas spirit: this bargain basement car spent a week in Lyon Street, Leongatha, before someone decided it needed to go under someone’s Christmas tree. Shortly after The Star took this photo, the Christmas fairies took it away.

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Santa, back in 5 minutes.’ However, the five minutes seems to stretch on forever, a fact already noted by locals who have stopped to take photos. This year a friend’s bathroom renovation gave the Knoxs their inspiration. Left over toilet paper was generously included by said friend. The Knoxs also decorate the bus shelter at other significant times of the year.

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Financing the future LEONGATHA’S esteemed Mountain View Retirement Village was packed out last week as an expert panel gave guests a lesson on financial planning.

Village manager Trevor Davis, Centrelink financial expert Matt Newey and project manager Tom Camp were all on hand. Speaking in the lead up to the event, Mr Davis said there were two or three models when it came to financing retirement villages, but those who bought at Mountain View were assured that their purchase was their purchase. “Often at these sorts of presentations there come questions about pensions and entitlements, which is why we have the input from Centrelink,” Mr Davis said. “I have a general philosophy to life that there’s a time and a season for everything. That means every season of our life, whether it be as a child, young person, married couple, whatever it is. We get to the latter stages of our lives and we’re thinking about lifestyle, and its opportunities. “We need to make decisions for that timeframe. The sooner we make those decisions the more we get out of them.” Mr Davis said Mountain View was not a care village and did not claim people’s pensions. “You buy your own villa, you live in your own villa. You pay a weekly fee of $107 and that covers everything – all the

amenities, the usage of the pool, the bowling green, everything. It covers all your rates, your insurances. We don’t touch the pension. That goes to the individual,” he said. Mr Davis said people had ownership of their own properties, with no strings attached. “If they sell, they can employ a real estate agent or ask us to do it on their behalf. They can sell anytime they wish. But our hope is that they’ll stay here for the long term. That’s what the village is built for. It’s all about lifestyle,” he said. “We have a caravan and boat parking area. If people want to go away on holidays for a month, or two or three, they can. Everything’s secure. It’s a gated village. Nobody can get in. All their assets are totally protected and under 24 hour surveillance.”

C Cool by the pool: village manager Trevor Davis believes the Mountain View Retirement Village is the only place to live. R A certain style: the luxury units at the Mountain View Retirement Village are ssomething special.

Embrace Life at Mountain View Leongatha There is no better time to discover the freedom and security of the retirement experience than now. Imagine this time next year you could be living in a residence at Mountain View Leongatha celebrating Christmas and New Year with friends and family. The Community Centre is the centrepiece of our over 55’s boutique lifestyle community and it is ready for you to start enjoying. With a built in heated pool, bowling green and a spacious new home to live in, it will be like Christmas everyday. Please visit for more details, so you can start living a life less complicated. 1 Dale Drive, Leongatha, VIC 3953 Phone. 1300 306 255 Email.

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Gas stance WELL done to all the Poowong residents who have already participated in the Coal Seam Gas (CSG) one question survey. We still have many to process. We thank you for your continuing participation. We have found there is a big awareness in the community of the risk and problems associated with this unregulated industry. There are many CSG exploration licences that have already been approved across Gippsland including the two over Poowong and surrounding towns. We hope to have the survey results ready by December which shall be presented to our

local council and the State and Federal governments to show what our community feels and wants. It is most likely that Poowong will be the first town in Victoria to officially declare themselves CSG Free. We plan to have a celebration of this in January 2013. We hope to be able to continue this survey into Loch, Nyora and Korumburra. However, we are in great need of volunteers, so if you would like to get involved or simply answer the survey please call 5659 2034 or email us at csgfreepoowong@hotmail. com. We have ‘Lock the Gate’ signs available for purchase


Money woes ANY ORGANISATION must be financially sound and never is that more so vital when the organisation is an arm of government. The new councillors of South Gippsland Shire face arduous decisions in the first six months of their term, when they sit down to discuss how to deal with costs amounting to $8.4 million. Chief among those expenses is the unfunded superannuation call of $4.6 million, to make up the shortfall in returns under defined benefits schemes applicable to some employees. Councillors will discuss the next course of action at the December 19 council meeting and will spend the coming months determining a strategy to address the gap. While council is yet to decide whether to borrow funds, that course of action seems inevitable given a recent review of council operations found $3.2 million in savings over the next 15 years, leaving a gap of $5.2 million. Borrowing would be unfortunate given council would be in the pleasing position of owing just $130,000 at June 30, 2013, after facing a debt of $13.5 million in 2003-04. However, no other course of action seems available. Mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy has indicated he wants to alleviate the burden on ratepayers by minimising rate rises and that intention is welcome. While ultimately the interest charged on loans may be paid for by ratepayers in some shape or form eventually, at least that impact would be spread over the years. Deputy mayor Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks has a desire to establish a sovereign fund that would hold monies for massive expenditures of the kind council is now facing and that idea has merit. Nevertheless, if the State and Federal governments refrained from shifting costs onto local government, that would go a long way to alleviating the situation. Residents should brace themselves for a delay in their road being improved or other items on their wishlists being placed on hold, as council seeks to tighten spending in a bid to address bills that just won’t go away.

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too. You can also visit our facebook page at ‘Csg Free Poowong’. There’s also plenty of information about CSG mining at www.lockthegate. CSG Free, Poowong.


Take action IT WAS common for children of this generation to ask grandparents, “What did you do in the war grandad?” The next generation will ask us, “Grandparent. What did you do to fight climate change?” With the latest release of climate data and talk by scientists that we need to adopt a war footing to fight global warming, it is a question that we all need to face up to. While many of us will be able to answer that we recycled, installed solar panels, bought green power and generally reduced our consumption and campaigned for sensible climate policy, Ted Baillieu, Peter Ryan, Michael O’Brien and Matthew Guy will have to say, “Well actually children, we fought for the other side. We slowed the rollout of solar panels, we stopped the wind farms, and we allocated 13 billion tonnes of dirty brown coal for export from the Latrobe Valley which when burnt produced 40 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases.” Posterity can be a tough judge. Dan Caffrey, Traralgon.


Dusted By Matt Dunn

The Red Revolution I’M not one of them, but I understand their struggle. And really, I feel like I should be given honourary status amongst their people. My wife is a red-head and so are my four children. I don’t want to perpetuate any myths here by saying they’re all mad – but, they’re all mad! It’s like living among some ancient Scottish mountain tribe and you never know when the next bloody battle is about to start. It should come as no surprise really, for red-headedness actually originated in Scandinavia, home of the Viking. In case you hadn’t heard, the Vikings were sometimes given over to their own fits of madness. Sometimes, before raids, they’d eat magic mushrooms, then drink the magic-mushroom-laced urine that came from it. The strange brew would send them into a hallucinogenic killing frenzy. Amongst these early trippers were the red-heads. Not sure what this practice did to their DNA, but it can’t have been

good. (Note: I read all about this stuff in a fairly trashy magazine. It sounds true, but may not be.) If the truth be known, my facial hair turns ginger when it grows long enough. So maybe I’m not as sane as I’d believed. I’d always thought my wife and kids were the mad ones – but maybe it’s just me, looking at their sane little world through my mad eyes. Maybe it’s the battle between my ginger side (kept forever at bay by a razor) and my blonde/grey side. The eternal conflict. It’s true that red-headed people feel different and are different. There was talk some time ago – my wife and children all knew it was bollocks – that red-heads’ days were numbered. They were being bred out of existence. This ridiculous theory was obliviously posited by someone who’d never been to Leongatha. Come to this little enclave of red-headedness, boffin. You’ll be given a rude shock. Far from being bred out of existence, the red-heads are actually gaining ground.

The resistance is a happy circumstance to me. I say they’re all mad and make silly references to drug-affected Vikings, but really I’d be quite happy for the whole world to turn red, with me known as the father – or at least a stud – of the revolution. Have no illusions, they do mean to take over. And when they outnumber the rest of us, there will be bloodshed. You can only call a people ranga, bonzo, Bluey, agent orange, annie, ang mo, copper head, copper knob, el gingero, Fred the red, Garfield, redzee, redwood, trusty rusty, bushfire, Fanta pants or Li’l Red for so long, before something gives. Watch out non red-headed people, for you may someday pay with your life. I know what I’ll been doing when the revolution starts in earnest. I’ll be growing a beard and hoping like hell it’s still ginger and not grey. Failing that, I’ll be calling on the protection of my wife and kids – and hoping they still love me.



What do you think of the Christmas decorations in the middle of Leongatha?

I hadn’t noticed them but I’m sure they’re quite good. Alistair Garrow Foster

My little girl loves the Christmas tree on the corner. Shannon Ramsbottom Mardan

It’s pleasing to the eye and makes it look festive. Maybe they should do street art eventually. Abigail Van Rooyen Walkerville

The decorations aren’t bad. I like the Christmas tree. Adam Smith Inverloch

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Great way to share Christmas By Jane Ross ON Christmas Day, George and Margaret Witherow will drive to Meeniyan to share some festive cheer with lots of others. They have done this for the past couple of years because their family is scattered and they don’t want to stay at home, just the two of them. They think it is wonderful that a group of people from the Meeniyan Uniting Church organises Christmas Day lunch in the church hall for anyone who wants to join in. The event began when Bill and Gillian Comans found themselves in the same position as the Witherows, with family members going in all directions and a festive season that was looking a little quiet. Now, nine years later, the lunch has grown and last year, 70 people took advantage of the chance to spend Christmas Day together. “We have a great time,” Margaret said. “There is a real family atmosphere.” “It’s a good time of friendship,” George added, “it’s marvellous.” It’s not all older people, there are chil-

dren and people of all ages, creating a true Christmas spirit. Bookings are essential and transport can be arranged. Ring Bill on 5683 2482 or Mary, 5664 7228. Teams of volunteers serve the food, much of which is donated. And according to George and Margaret, it’s absolutely delicious – a full Christmas roast with all the trimmings, including fresh vegetables. One of the best aspects for Margaret is she doesn’t have to do anything but sit there and enjoy herself. Guests help with cleaning up afterwards, making it a real community event. George said some of the people who come do so because they enjoy a chat, so the atmosphere is friendly as well as festive. “I’ve never heard a bad word about any of it; everyone who goes enjoys it.” Whatsmore, the meal doesn’t cost anything. Donations are welcome, but there’s no obligation. Those who want to can join in the singing of Christmas carols and it doesn’t matter if you’re a bit croaky. “God loves the crows as well as the nightingales,” George laughed.

Joining in: George and Margaret Witherow are looking forward to sharing Christmas Day with lots of others at the Meeniyan Uniting Church lunch – a full Christmas meal with all the trimmings.

Ambulance Victoria’s secret numbers By Matt Dunn ALTHOUGH Ambulance Victoria’s top brass in Gippsland say the service is improving all the time – with more paramedics on the ground – The Star has been denied official figures to back up the claims.

While AV has been trumpeting the addition of 143 paramedics and transport officers across the state as a major boost to the service, general secretary of the Ambulance Employees Australia Victorian branch Steve McGhie said newly appointed ambos were a modest gain for an organisa-

tion that is bleeding staff. The paper put in an official request to AV, requesting total staff numbers in the last two years of the Victorian Labor government, as well as during the reign of the incumbent Liberal one. The Star was advised that the information could not be supplied. AV public affairs manager Jacinta Cavalot said the service’s staff attrition rate was “just over four per cent”. “We don’t have the numbers, because that’s not something we actually release unless there’s an FOI (freedom of information request),” she said. “It’s the amount of resources that it takes to dig up that information that’s the issue. It’s not part of our

day to day operations and it takes time. It has to go through a formal process.” Mr McGhie believes AV’s refusal to grant The Star’s request was evidence the State Government was hiding the truth about a depleted ambulance service. While pushing for the figures through official channels has taken weeks, with nothing gained, Mr McGhie quickly accessed past annual reports, with relevant statistics attached. The 2011-12 annual report is yet to be tabled. The figures, The Star has since discovered, are also published on the service’s website. In the 2010-11 year, the service added 244 new “onroad clinical” recruits, which was largely made up of 188

intensive care paramedics of 7.1,” Mr McGhie said. “Even if they claim to be recruiting all these numbers, the gains are not very big.” But AV regional manager for Gippsland Mick Stephenson said there were 242 EFT (equivalent fulltime) officers in Gippsland, 38 more EFT officers than 12 months ago. He said the bulk of the extra staff has been

channelled toward South Gippsland, with the addition of 28 EFT. AV team leader for Gippsland Peter Phillips said that when he started working in Gippsland in 1992 there was just 92 EFT staff. “Compared to industry, which runs at about 10 per cent attrition per year, we’re streets ahead,” Mr Stephenson said.


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“The reality of it is that the number 143 was released by the department. The reality is we’ve got a lot more than that. That’s the reality. We’ll put on another 300. They’ll be spread across a number of different initiatives. “Some of that’s about improving rosters to improve fatigue, as well as filling vacancies in hard to fill areas and expanding services.”

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Roadwork at last WORK finally began to fix dangerous potholes on the Bass Highway between Leongatha and lnverloch on Friday.

Road crews repaired a persistent hole near the Nortons Road intersection, and work will soon start on a hole near the Inverloch-Outtrim Road junction that has plagued drivers for more than six weeks. But long awaited works on a rough stretch of the highway near Screw Creek will not start until January. That means holiday traffic from South Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley will be forced to slow to around 80km/h to navigate the bumpy stretch. A VicRoads spokesperson said: “The contract to carry out works on the Bass Highway near Screw Creek and many others across Gippsland have recently been advertised, with applications closing on Wednesday. “Once awarded, all the road repair works within the contract will be programmed and construction can

start from January next year. “Until these works are completed, the temporary warning signs advising drivers of the rough surface will remain in place with the reduced speed limit of 80km/h. Bass MLA Ken Smith urged drivers to report hazard to VicRoads on 13 11 70. He also announced traffic would be switched onto the newly constructed lanes of the Bass Highway between Hade Avenue South at Bass to Netherwood Lane near Anderson. Mr Smith said the traffic switch will be a key milestone for the $43.3 million project, as construction has passed the half way mark. “Once traffic is travelling on these new lanes, works can start on upgrading the existing highway, which will then become the new Melbourne-bound lanes,” he said. “Over the next six months, the existing Bass Highway through this area will undergo significant earthworks and drainage upgrades as well as road strengthening and resurfacing works.”

The other major component of this final stage of the project, the construction of the new link road from Bass Highway to Phillip Island Road, is also progressing well. “The new link road will divert more than half the traffic from the busy Anderson roundabout, which will be particularly beneficial during the many large events the island is famous for,” Mr Smith said. “In coming weeks, crews will target works around the location where the new tie in road from the new link road meets Phillip Island Road, near Anderson.” Mr Smith said these works would mean some delays, sections of unsealed road surface and reduced speed limits. “I thank everyone for their patience for the inconvenience over the years that this project has been in operation and ask that we continue to be patient as it will be worth the wait when completed,” he said. “At this stage the project is expected to finish by mid 2013, if the weather is suitable.”

Slow drive: motorists have been forced to slow to 40km/h on the Bass Highway north of Inverloch, due to a pothole, for more than six weeks.

VicRoads quick fix a sign of the times By Matt Dunn A LAW which allows VicRoads to “make safe with appropriate signage” hazardous roads is protecting the roads authority rather than motorists, an expert believes. “It was put in place by the government to protect the government. The Roads Management Act limits what VicRoads has to pay out to motorists for claims of damage,” RACV manager for roads and traffic Dave Jones said. “Any claim for damage from something on the road has a threshold of $1260. If it’s less than that amount VicRoads doesn’t have to pay. As long as VicRoads do something when they’re notified of a problem, they’re protected.” Under the provisions of the act, do-

ing “something” is as simple as putting up a sign to warn motorists of hazards ahead. According to a VicRoads spokesperson the act requires the roads authority to “repair, or make safe with appropriate signage, any defect which is considered to be a hazard.” “VicRoads regularly inspects the arterial road network to ensure that all roads are in a safe condition. In most cases, maintenance crews are able to carry out repairs quickly after a hazard is reported. Where required, VicRoads also erects warning signs to notify motorists of the condition of the road,” she said. “VicRoads aims to identify defects and repair them before they become a potential hazard.” But there is no stipulation under the act as to when repairs need to be carried out. Indeed the word “repair”

has a number of different meanings, including “providing a warning to road users of a defect in a roadway, pathway or road related infrastructure”. Mr Jones said VicRoads was “increasingly using warning signs to warn of problems rather than trying to fix them straight away or within a reasonable amount of time”. “The Road Management Act is in place to protect road authorities from spurious claims. It means that once they’ve been alerted to a hazard, so long as they take reasonable steps to ensure safety, they don’t have to do anything else,” he said. “The act does protect road users. Putting up a warning sign means a driver is aware of a hazard and can respond appropriately. But it also means there’s a loss of quality of service for road users. “Some problems on the road net-

work do take time to fix, particularly in a more remote area. VicRoads would rightly argue it is ensuring the safety of the public by warning you of hazards.” Shadow Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan believes the State Government has abandoned road safety by halving road resurfacing funding and cutting about 450 VicRoads staff. Mr Donnellan said the latest cuts to VicRoads followed the government’s axing of road incident response units designed to improve safety on busy arterial roads. “The Baillieu Government is gutting VicRoads as it penny pinches when it should be producing a road safety strategy and making our roads safer,” Mr Donnellan said. “These VicRoads job and funding cuts and division closures can only mean that road conditions, particularly

in regional Victoria, will worsen. “Roads Minister Terry Mulder can’t claim the funding cuts, job losses and divisional closures within VicRoads are an operational matter when he and the Premier approved the cuts. Motorists’ safety should be paramount to the Baillieu Government, not an afterthought.” Mr Donnellan said motorists’ complaints “about extremely poor road conditions and the need to fix them are falling on deaf Baillieu Government ears”. “The fact is Mr Mulder and the Baillieu Government cut the roads resurfacing budget by 60 per cent in regional Victoria,” he said. “Roads have deteriorated to an appalling state and it is the responsibility of the Baillieu Government to ensure the appropriate funding is provided to fix them.”

If you drink or take drugs then drive, if you speed, if you drive unlicensed or an unregistered car, the party’s over.

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Chamber spreads Christmas cheer By Matt Dunn THE Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry is painting the town red – not to mention white, green and every other yuletide colour. Chamber vice-president Tony Giles said it was all about spreading the Christmas cheer and helping people realise if they shopped locally, they ensured the future success of their town. To this end the traders have decorated Leongatha with ribbons, garland and an exquisitely adorned Christmas tree outside the old courthouse building. Unfortunately, a vandal chose to spoil the effect by tearing the tree down. But, reflective of the Christmas spirit, it is again standing proud – resurrected by a group of dedicated traders. “The chamber has responded to the call and this year has gone to great lengths to decorate the CBD of Leongatha,” Mr Giles said. “I have already received many comments about the decorations. It has really given the town a buzz and started off the month of December really well. “The chamber has gone for a grant from the South Gippsland Shire and I hope it is successful as the decorations have cost a considerable amount of money.” Mr Giles said it was important for

shoppers to get the message that spending in Leongatha was an investment in the town. “I totally agree with recent comments by traders that people really need to think local when they shop this Christmas. In fact, shopping locally should apply all the time,” he said. “The retailers can also play their part by making sure the shopper has a great experience in their stores by having courteous, friendly and helpful staff, being able to provide the product required and being willing to go out of their way to help. “The experience a shopper has in a store will be remembered. If they have a good experience they will tell others, but if they have a bad experience they will probably tell more.” This year the chamber is offering five lucky shoppers the chance to share in a Christmas tree decorated with shopping vouchers. Entry to the competition is available through purchase of goods from participating chamber member shops. The promotion ends on Sunday, December 23. The more you shop in town, the greater chance you have to win. The traders are also gearing up for a huge ‘sidewalk sale’ on Saturday, December 15 from 9am to 2pm, with discounted items up for grabs. Christmas carols will be performed on the day, and Apex will hold a sausage sizzle.

Spreading the cheer: Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry members Peter Watchorn, Sandra Fleming, Kathy Smith and president Darryl McGannon all played a part in erecting a grand Christmas tree.


Lovely stuff: Bi-Rite’s Emma Smith and Narelle McEwan are embracing the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas coffee: Lulu waitress Jackie Page never misses an opportunity to plug her employer’s fine products. She is pictured here with some of the ribbons put up by the traders along Bair Street.

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Sandy Point fire refuge revealed PEOPLE at Sandy Point now have a place to seek refuge during a bushfire.

The recently completed Sandy Point Community Centre has been chosen as a designated Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP) - a place

of last resort in the event of a bushfire emergency. Following the announcement, South Gippsland Shire Council is

now undertaking works to comply with the Country Fire Authority’s requirements for an NSP. “One component of

these works is the removal of some vegetation from the nature strips in Church Parade and Ocean View Parade,” said com-

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munity services director Jan Martin. “The blocks at 28 Ocean View Parade and 121 Beach Parade will also need to be cleared to reduce radiant heat, and a car park installed to support the Community Centre’s new role as an NSP. “Design plans are currently being assessed, and council will protect and manage an equivalent section of native vegetation to offset what has been affected by this compliance requirement.” Funding for these works was provided by the State Government through the offices of the Fire Services Commissioner. The application for planning permits to clear the vegetation will be advertised in

local papers this week. “We reiterate that personal safety cannot be guaranteed at this or any other NSP,” Ms Martin said. “It is still critical that each family has a fire plan, and that they leave early on Code Red days. The coastal areas are particularly vulnerable because of the limited network of roads in the area.” Residents are encouraged to visit to learn and understand how to be better prepared in the event of a fire. “This website can also assist you to develop your fire plan if you have not already done so,” Ms Martin said.

Safer place: the newly completed Sandy Point Community Centre has been declared a bushfire refuge, but safety is still not guaranteed.

Milestone time for desal plant THE desalination plant at Wonthaggi is reaching its final milestones.

AquaSure has announced the plant is now operating at full capacity and has achieved commercial acceptance. During a ceremony to mark the recent closure of Thiess Degremont’s community information centre, plant director, Mike Jury, said the official handover date is due just before Christmas. AquaSure CEO, Chris Herbert, said all three 50 gigalitre streams of the plant had been fully commissioned and it was successfully operating at its full capacity. “As a state asset for the long term, the plant required a 50 year design life with many assets having a 100 year life. This requirement resulted in an enormous investment in quality assurance. The investment and effort has paid off and resulted in an extremely efficient and successful commissioning phase,” he said. He estimated the wet commissioning of the plant had taken around half the time of any comparable project and he congratulated Thiess Degremont for such an “outstanding outcome”. “The performance of the plant is exceptional and the high quality of the water it produces complements the standard of drinking water that Melburnians have come to expect,” Mr Herbert said. The plant will now undergo “reliability testing finalisation”. This means it will have to run continuously at full capacity for 30 consecutive days. The water that is produced will flow into Cardinia Reservoir. Once that testing has been completed, water production will cease and the plant will be put on standby mode. An operations and maintenance team of 52 will ensure the plant remains ready to deliver water on demand. ► 1100 tour desal site, page 26.

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No need for CSG probe still: Ryan AN investigation into the risks of coal seam gas is still unnecessary, said Deputy Premier Peter Ryan.

FAMDA shares theatre spotlight FOSTER theatre company FAMDA joined the ranks of local acting groups to enjoy success at the Gippsland Associated Theatre awards recently. FAMDA won the Alby Fisher Memorial Award for Creative Design for the Night Mares in Dreamboats, designed by Anda Banikos and fabricated by Amanda Mahomed. Amanda also directed the choreography for the team of puppeteers consisting of Chloe Bindloss, Tania Bird, Hannah Fletcher, Sarah Maclean, Abbie Thomas,

Tracey Standfield, Megan Williams. FAMDA also earned three judges’ awards. Two awards went to aspects of the musical, Dreamboats. Jill Allen’s award was for using local talent to write and produce a musical and Lawrie Fildes praised the delightful transformation of the beds into boats. Mandy Clancey gave her award to FAMDA for the skilled integration of audio and video components into the production of The Shoe-Horn Sonata. Wonthaggi Theatrical Group and Leongatha Lyric Theatre also received awards.

Hospital turns 80 THE Korumburra Hospital’s 80th anniversary has been recognised in the Gippsland Southern Health Service annual report. The document devotes a page to the hospital’s history which is being written up for publication some time next year. On the annual report page, three

Happy actors: David Tattersall and Alison McIntyre with Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s nomination certificates at the Victorian Drama League awards night.

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Lyric garnered the gongs at the Victorian Drama League for its production of Habeas Corpus.

Gavin Dalrymple and Mike Pullar were nominated in the lead actor category, while Alison McIntyre and Jack Millar earned supporting actor nominations for performances in a comedy. Noel Stringer was nominated as a male in a minor role for his performance as Mr Perdue.


after concerns were raised about its effect on water tables in particular. In doing so, Labor sought to set up a parliamentary inquiry to investigate the impacts on the environment, human health, and the economy during the moratorium period. “This would have given the community a chance to have their say on the public record and where the politicians have to take notice,� Mr Viney said. “The government has voted against a parliamentary inquiry for the second time but back flipped on earlier comments that a moratorium was ‘hypocritical, unnecessary and would cost jobs’, placing an open-ended ban on fracking in August. “All the government has done is allow community concerns to go unanswered, while hurting local industry and investment, possibly costing jobs.� Mr Viney called on local National Party MPs Russell Northe, Peter Hall, Peter Ryan and Tim Bull to listen to the community and support Labor’s call to set up a public inquiry.

of the people who featured strongly in the hospital’s story are mentioned. They are Dr Joseph Reed, Dr Muir Lapin and Mr Ken Alp. The latter was a member of the board of management for 21 years, serving as president for a number of years. Dr Reed was a returned serviceman who served the Korumburra community for 35 years, while Dr

Lapin was president of the board of management for 25 years. He delivered over 2000 babies at Korumburra and used to say if the infants were laid head to toe, they’d stretch from the Korumburra Medical Centre out to the high school. He was also able to attract exceptional medical officers, including surgeon Sir Edward “Weary� Dunlop.

Watching patients MORE than 90 per cent of shifts at Gippsland Southern Health Service’s (GSHS) hospitals at Leongatha and Korumburra have at least one rostered staff member with advanced life support training. The health service’s annual report notes that one of the high risk areas for such facilities is ensuring staff have adequate knowledge and skills to recognise when a patient’s condition is deteriorating and then responding appropriately. “It is also vital to ensure that the documentation tool being used, adequately highlights any deterioration.�

A survey across the organisation at the end of 2009, recommended GSHS have a suitably trained staff member on every shift. At that time, there was only a small number of staff with the appropriate training. The health service then embarked on an extensive training program and work is still underway to ensure the final 10 per cent of shifts are appropriately covered. As a result of clinical reviews highlighting that patients whose condition was deteriorating were often not recognised as early as they should be, the health service changed the way vital signs such as pulse, blood pressure and temperature were recorded.




First class: FAMDA representatives Dianne and Jennifer Paragreen, Edwin Coad and Margaret Rudge with their spoils on GAT night.

That is in response to a call by Eastern Victoria MLC Matt Viney, calling for such a study. Mr Ryan said the former Labor Government, which included Mr Viney, granted more than 75 per cent of the exploration licences that now apply in Gippsland. “The investigation he says he now wants, was not needed then and it is not needed now,� Mr Ryan said. “Typical of Labor, Mr Viney ignores the fact that things have well and truly moved on since his government granted the licences about which he now complains.� The Nationals voted against a Victorian Labor Opposition motion to establish a public inquiry into CSG and the impacts of fracking, for the second time in as many months. Mr Viney condemned the government, saying it demonstrated that local National Party MPs were not representing Gippsland in parliament.

“The priority of local National Party MPs now they are in government is clearly not Gippsland,� he said. “It appears they have little regard for the sentiment of the community.� Mr Ryan said the State Government has acted to secure the interests of landowners and Gippslanders. “Fracking is banned pending the outcome of a meeting between all relevant ministers, including the Commonwealth, to be held in December,� he said. “It is there proposed that a national code be developed to cover fracking and the Victorian Government will consider that proposition as and when it is produced. “We have banned the use of BTEX chemicals which have caused concerns in other jurisdictions. That ban stands and will be applied comprehensively.� The Labor Opposition first called for a 12-month moratorium on unconventional gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing – ‘fracking’ – in Victoria in April

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New look Coles impresses WITH people lining up at the door waiting to see what the new Wonthaggi Coles would have to offer at the official opening last Wednesday, expectations were high. Fortunately, the supermarket delivered, with a “fantastic” response from

the public, according to store manager David Siutryk. “It was beyond our expectations,” he said. “We were busy the whole day up until 8pm and it’s still flat out now; it hasn’t stopped.” Mr Siutryk said customers shared positive comments about the new su-

permarket on opening day. “We had an overwhelming response, including the town was well overdue for a new supermarket; we got nothing but positive comments.” Impressing shoppers in particular were the fresh offers available in store, including at the bakery and delicatessen.

Fresh produce: Rob Ridgley, Ryan Dunbabin and Shaun Kelly were kept busy restocking fruit and vegetables at the opening of the new Wonthaggi Coles last Wednesday.

“Customers thought it was great that they could talk to the team members working in the departments,” Mr Siutryk said. “They can actually see the bakers baking and see the meat staff cutting.” With Christmas only weeks away, Mr Siutryk is expecting the store to stay busy in preparation for the big

holiday and said staff members had been working “flat out”. “The staff are great and they’re excited,” he said.

“It’s a very big buzz for them and they’re all very positive and always smiling. They love it.”

Sharing tips: Frank and Cheryl Knight (centre) were impressed with the fresh meat department at the new Wonthaggi Coles, receiving helpful advice from team members Andrew Appleton (far left) and Mandy Egan (far right).

Wonthaggi Plaza opens doors THE long-awaited day finally arrived last Wednesday when the Wonthaggi Plaza officially opened its doors.

Keen shoppers flocked to the new centre to browse the new range of shops, as well as bigger and brighter stores that had relocated to the plaza. With people from around the region all keen to grab an opening day bargain, a vacant car park was the most highly sought after item of the day.

Plenty of celebrations were going on inside the centre too, with balloons and face painting for both children and those young at heart, and Cookie Monster giving out plenty of hugs in Target. The Wonthaggi Lions Club was also busy cooking sausages for the masses. While the majority of stores were open for business on the day, the Commonwealth Bank, Centrelink and Michel’s Patisserie were scheduled to open later in the week.

Keen shoppers: Shirley Moyr from San Remo, Leanne Thrower from Anderson and Vi Churchill from San Remo had their trolleys ready to shop at the new Wonthaggi Plaza.

Plaza celebrations: Bridie Allan from Dalyston said hello to Breadhead and Megan Goodes from Baker’s Delight at the opening.

Fun for kids: Josh and Isabelle Wells from Wonthaggi were all smiles with their faces painted and new teddy friends at the plaza last week.

Thumbs up: Chloe Butler and Jarryd Papworth from Wonthaggi posed with the Target mascot at the plaza opening last Wednesday.

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Landcare in driver’s seat By Sarah Vella VICTORIA is the first state to have special interest number plates dedicated to Landcare thanks to the efforts of the South Gippsland Landcare Network. Taking over two years to develop, Victorians can now show their support for Landcare by investing in a set of Landcare number plates for their vehicle. Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith launched the number plates at Waratah Bay last Wednesday. “Out of Landcare’s thriving community of more than 60,000 members across Victoria, the South Gippsland Landcare Network was the first to come up with this great idea and turn it into a reality,” he said. “Driving around with Landcare number plates is a great way for people to fly the flag for this iconic grass-

roots movement. “I would like to congratulate the South Gippsland Landcare Network for coming up with this unique way of promoting the great work Landcare does, and has been doing for the environment and community for 25 years.” The minister thanked South Gippsland Landcare Network’s facilitator, Belinda Brennan for her contribution to bring the number plates to fruition. “It’s this kind of creative thinking, hard work and spirit that has kept Landcare thriving for a quarter of a century, and it gives me great confidence that the movement is in good hands,” he said. Each Landcare number plate has the slogan “Supporting Landcare” and sports a distinctive Landcare look with green lettering and the iconic Landcare hands. Supporters can choose a number between 001-LC and 100-LC, pending availability.

The funds raised from the Landcare number plates will assist the South Gippsland Landcare Network to continue its work for the environment and community. The number plates will cost $330, however plates numbered 001 to 009 are price on application. “Landcare is a very important part of maintaining the environment. There are literally tens of thousands of volunteers across the state,” Mr Smith said. “It is important they are supported by the government, but it is also important they are supported by other means. “Initiatives such as these number plates are so important because they help to supplement to existing resources that are already available.” Mark Uren, chair of the South Gippsland Landcare Network board, said the funds raised through the sale of the number plates will be invaluable. “The funding we get now is very project specific. The money we raise through the sale of the number plates

Plate pride: Mark Uren, Belinda Brennan, Damon Stynes, South Gippsland Landcare Network board member and Ryan Smith check out the new number plates officially launched last Wednesday.

for Landcare networks to engage city and urban people; it is great advertising for us.” The plates are available to all licensed motorists via the South Gippsland Landcare Network, with full details available at their website

can be more discretionary,” he said. “Sometimes there may not be a grant round available, so it is nice to have a separate income stream and not be wholly reliant on the government for grant money. “The number plates are also a way

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Currently, the site has a generous selection of ladieswear and accessories, but will soon expand to men’s and children’s clothing, and can be found at www.insideoutclothing. “For the people who really like to shop online, we offer free shipping on any orders over $50,” owner Janine Best said. “For all new custom-

ers, we also offer a 25 per cent discount on their first order.” Customers can shop by brand or category, and also check what is on sale. Mrs Best said the website is only new and they have a lot to add over the coming months. “We also have our helpful hints and tips on the website, which are things that we often get asked about in store, such as how to tie a tie, or how to dress well for your shape,” she said. Leading up to Christmas, InsideOut Clothing is well known in Foster for their creative, fun window displays. “This year the theme is the 12 days of Christmas,

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A Koorooman Christmas By Matt Dunn FOR the volunteers at Leongatha’s Koorooman Residential Aged Care Facility, last week’s Christmas party was a reason to celebrate.

It’s not that they were wishing for the year’s end – for the volunteers love being part of the fabric of the place – but because they get a huge kick out of seeing

the joy that a party brings to the faces of Koorooman’s residents. Many of the elderly residents were bed-ridden, but were still wheeled into the common room to bop along to the musical entertainment (local Australiana performers Ian and Philip Benson). While the residents soaked up the music in the crowded room, the volunteers hit the dance floor. It was a carnival atmosphere. It’s an atmosphere and a place that volunteer Mar-

garett (CORRECT) Steele can’t get enough of. “I lost my husband Geoff recently and this is keeping me going. It’s been really hard, as it’s only been a few months. This work here really keeps me going, it gets me out. I love it,” she said. “Life goes on, but sometimes it’s very hard.” Margarett said she was keen to get “dressed up” for the Christmas celebrations – she wore a string of flashing lights and a large hat

Cracker of a party: Juan and Max were ready to pull the Christmas cracker. Merry Christmas: Noel and Nancy Walker (back) and Nancy and Mac Stewart (front) had a great time at Koorooman’s Christmas celebrations.

Loving it: volunteers Janette Lester and Margarett Steele are part of the fabric of Koorooman.

adorned with green tinsel. “I’ve been volunteering here for two or three years now. My parents were residents of Koorooman House before they passed away. Because I don’t work anymore, I’ve got time to put something back,” she said. Margarett said there was a wealth of volunteers at the facility, but plenty more needed. “We still need more. We come in during the week and do activities with them. A friend and I do the footy tipping with the residents. Other volunteers run bingo and other activities. The residents really look forward to these things. The staff can only do so much. The residents need us in here,” she said. Margarett said that volunteering in Leongatha meant she generally knew most of the residents when they came in. “It’s great to see them right though,” she said. Margarett heaped praise on another volunteer, Betty Fitzpatrick, p , who has been but came living in Echuca, Ec for the back especially espe party. Asked about her part in a organising the party, Betty took the opportunity to special plea: “We’d make a spe love to have more volunteers and anyone who’s interested should ring up the hospital and ask to speak to the volunteer coordinator.” As any volunteer knows, the only thing better than one volunteer is more volunteers. It’s a sentiment shared by the partying residents of Koorooman.

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Red nosed: Marty Thomas with one of the red reindeer adorning shop windows in Meeniyan this Christmas.

Search for Rudolph THE Meeniyan Tourism and Traders Association has got Christmas covered, with many stores filling their shelves with great gift ideas and starting trading seven days a week. Association member Marty Thomas said there is a great competition around town throughout December, called ‘Where’s Rudolph?’ “Kids can try to find Rudolph hiding in the different shops and follow the red reindeer in the windows,” he said. “A lot of the shops are having specials

leading up to Christmas and we are encouraging shoppers to come to Meeniyan for the whole day.” Mr Thomas said many shops have great stock in for Christmas. “There is plenty for people to enjoy in Meeniyan while they are here doing some shopping,” he said. “Visitors can also spend some time checking out the gallery, walking on the rail trail or riding the go karts.” And once you have had your fill of shopping, don’t forget to drop into Moo’s at Meeniyan or one of the other cafes in town for a coffee, cake or meal.

Keeping the beat: Winifred Quinn loved the musical entertainment at the Christmas party.

Selling fast: Sue Cashin and Mavis Wightman were selling mountains of Christmas raffle tickets last week.

The Duck Hutt: in Meeniyan will be open seven days a week in the lead up to Christmas. Proprietor Kellie Thomas has a gift for everyone, including beautiful Australian made products suitable for posting overseas, unique giftware and homewares, locally handmade items, candles, jewellery, scarves, body products, ceramics and much more. They also have gorgeous gift wrapping available.

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1100 tour desal site MORE than 1100 people toured the desalination plant at Wonthaggi recently and were able to taste desalinated water. This was the second time construction company Thiess Degremont had invited the local community to a free trip around the site. Buses transported visitors from the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve and tour guides provided detailed commentary, including detail about the reverse osmosis building. The community relations manager for Thiess Degrémont, Karen Lee was delighted locals had the chance to see the completed plant before it was handed over to the operators. “We have had many people interested in visiting the plant site, and running bus tours for the community ensured that we could give everyone that opportunity.” And the community loved it, many responding to the tour with the comment, “It’s fantastic.”

Others said they really enjoyed it, it was “so interesting” and “It’s very well hidden, it’s not like some horrible eyesore.” Comment about the water tasting included, “It tastes just like water. Yeah it’s very good,” and “better than Wonthaggi’s water.” Several community groups were involved at the recreation reserve on the day. A barbecue was provided by the Rotary Club of Wonthaggi, car park marshalling by the SES and a first aid station by St John Ambulance. Wonthaggi and District Historical Society attended with their new trailer that was once the mobile information centre for the Victorian Desalination Project. The plant boasts the southern hemisphere’s largest green roof. It is running at full capacity and is expected to reach reliability testing finalisation by the end of the year. Construction began on the 263 hectare site in September 2009.

Big crowds: the ever-growing annual swap meet has been attracting big crowds for years.

A meet to remember THE South Gippsland Classic Automobile Club will celebrate its 30th annual swap meet on Sunday, January 13.

And according to club member and publicity officer Gerard Bruning, the Korumburra Recreation Reserve event is set to be huge. Although the swap meet has a classic car focus, there will be all manner of stallholders selling their wares, be they classic car parts, children’s toys or any number of other things. Mr Bruning said there was no entry charge for people who display their cars, while adults will pay just $5. Children are free. “We’re almost at capacity at Korumburra and again there’s going to be hundreds of stallholders there,” he said. “The first swap meet we had 70 sites at Korumburra. The ladies did the catering. The second year the number of sites doubled. It continued to grow from there on. “People come from interstate for the meet. They come from Queensland. We’ve had visitors from overseas. Korumburra’s still known for some of the old stuff. Some meets you go to and three quarters of it is modern – classic to present day.” He said the country meets, like the Korumburra one, still “pulled some of the old stuff”. “I’m not talking just about old car stuff. It’s old domestic stuff too. It’s old tractors, old beds, old furniture. Anything. We now have children with sites who sell their used toys. Then they pocket the money and start looking around the other sites for stuff.” Mr Bruning believes the meet has a “wonderful” way of bringing people together.

“Between 10am and 1pm is when the families come. There’s prams and young kids running around. It’s really great. Early in the morning at 6am, when it opens, it’s a totally different group of people,” he said. “You’ve got the antique dealers sniffing around and you’ve got the real enthusiasts – the collectors – and they don’t want to miss out on anything.” The atmosphere and the chance to sell and buy, are factors that have guaranteed they will return again. The only question that may soon arise is where to put them all. Sweet chariot: classic cars, like this 1937 Chevrolet Businessman’s Roadster, will be on display at the Korumburra event.

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Anniversary Navara at Edney’s EDNEY’S Leongatha has one of only 600 Nissan Navara 25th Anniversary Limited Edition vehicles in the country.

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based on the Navara ST Dual Cab 4x4 and comes fitted with a host of additional Nissan Genuine Accessories. “The Nissan Navara has a strong and impressive heritage that spans more than 25 years, so we are pleased to celebrate this milestone with the Nissan Navara 25th Anniversary Limited Edition,” Nissan Australia managing director and CEO William F. Peffer Jr said. One of the best-selling cars in the country and the second-highest selling nameplate in the competitive light commercial vehicle, the Navara certainly has something to crow about. The Navara D21 was sold in Australia from 1986 to 1992. The Navara D22 was introduced in 1993 and is currently offered alongside the Navara D40, which continues to lead its class as ‘Australia’s Most Powerful Tradie’ with the V6 turbo diesel-powered ST-X and ST-X 550 models.

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Sharing ideas: tourism leaders at this year’s Gippsland Tourism Conference.

Destination Gippsland: growing tourism together D E S T I N AT I O N Gippsland, the peak tourism body for Gippsland, has just released a range of opportunities available to Gippsland’s tourism industry. This initiative is part of Destination Gippsland’s strategy to help serve and grow the tourism sector. This year’s program extends beyond previous years, and includes promotional activities, training programs, business assessment tools and asset development. Opportunities for Tourism Businesses 2012-13 include becoming a Destination Gippsland marketing partner,

web deals, participation in marketing campaigns, attendance at the annual Gippsland Tourism Conference and training workshops. A key feature of the program is helping the industry to develop assets for their business such as digital strategy assessment, creating a new website, imagery or video. The promotional opportunities allow businesses to leverage off the strength of the multi award winning tourism brand, Inspired by Gippsland, by implementing a series of marketing campaigns in which the industry can participate. This allows the industry to work together to send a united marketing message that will

have a bigger impact on target markets. Chief executive officer of Destination Gippsland, Terry Robinson, said: “The intention of this year’s program is to connect tourism businesses with the full scope of services that they may need, based on best practice for the tourism industry. “With the majority of tourism businesses in the region being small to medium sized, we know that it’s difficult for businesses to finance these sorts of initiatives on their own. With economies of scale, Destination Gippsland can access better rates and pass these savings on to the industry.” The Opportunities for

Tourism Businesses program also offers ways for the industry to stay connected with Destination Gippsland – and each other – by subscribing to their bi-monthly newsletter, joining the tourism conversations on destinationgippslandindustry and accessing resources on their website. “A key feature of this initiative is to stay engaged with the industry, and encourage businesses to connect with each other, so that we can grow tourism in the region together,” Mr Robinson said. Businesses can view Opportunities for Tourism Businesses 2012-13 at www.

Beach delight BEACH access at Waratah Bay will be improved. Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith announced $58,000 to upgrade the steps at the foreshore and caravan park, during a visit to the town last Wednesday. The project is one among 17 state-wide to share in $846,000 of funding to help keep coastal places safe and accessible. Mr Smith announced the funding through the Coastal Risk Mitigation Program. Other projects include constructing boardwalks at Phillip Island Nature Parks, and reviewing risks and hazards at Westernport, Gippsland Lakes and 90 Mile Beach. “Victoria has more than

2000 kilometres of some of the world’s most spectacular and accessible coastline. As our coasts are ever-changing environments, governments and land managers have an ongoing role in assessing and managing risks relating to the impacts of coastal hazards on Victorian coasts,” Mr Smith said. The Coastal Risk Mitigation Program provides targeted funding for coastal public land managers, including local councils and committees of management, to reduce risks while helping to maintain public access to Victoria’s coastline. For more information about the Coastal Risk Mitigation Program visit au/coasts



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“THE STAR”, Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - PAGE 31

Country delight

This charming country home on 100 acres of farmland is available through SEJ Real Estate. See page 35 for details.




YANAKIE LEONGATHA 5662 3523 16 McCartin Street

Zel Svenson 0438 636 290





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Neat, tidy 3 bedroom unit Spacious living area, new carpets Lock up garage & small courtyard Genuine vendor says sell

PRICE: $159,750

Excellent central laneway system Outstanding reliable water supply Near new 18 aside herringbone dairy 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home

PRICE: $860,000

Large river frontage Balance of river flats and hilly country Magnificent home sites with power close by Scattered established gums

PRICE: $535,000 Sole agent

High quality productive dairy Mixture of sandy loam & peat soils Neat & comfortable 4 bedroom home Currently milking 150 cows

PRICE: $8,000 per acre

KORUMBURRA 5658 1894 105 Commercial St

Don Olden 0417 805 312 ELD924358

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Artist’s impression

Brand new villa in excellent location


UST completed, this brand new villa unit would make the perfect addition to your investment portfolio or a lovely place to call home.

MIRBOO NORTH Location: Unit 13, 19-21 Thorpdale Road Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Car spaces: 1 Price: $240,000 - $260,000 Agent: Prom Country First National Contact: Kaz Hughes on 0417 516 998


ERE is one to impress.

Just listed in a quiet court location only 400 metres from the beach, this large brick home has four bedrooms and a study, and features a gorgeous north facing secluded garden with a solar heated, salt water swimming pool, in ground

trampoline for the kids and outdoor alfresco barbecue area for everyone to relax and enjoy those balmy summer nights. There are two bathrooms, two separate living areas, a huge kitchen for entertaining. Priced to sell at $545,000.

INVERLOCH Location: 8 Evan Place Bedrooms: 4 (plus study) Bathrooms: 2 Price: $545,000 Open For Inspection: Sunday, December 16, 1pm to 1.30pm Agent: Alex Scott & Staff Inverloch Contact: 5674 1111




The open-plan living zone has a central kitchen and meals area, and a living area at both ends. The rear living area opens onto a private, enclosed garden with paving for an outdoor setting, lawns and low-maintenance garden beds. Features inside include quality floating timber floors over a concrete slab, soft carpets in the bedrooms, and a light cream colour scheme

throughout. Electric stainless steel appliances fit the contemporary look in the kitchen, and marble-look bench tops make cleaning a breeze. A gorgeous corner spa bath in the crisp bathroom is a real bonus, and perfect for long soaks. A real bonus is having direct access from the lock-up garage (remote roller) to the house providing convenience and added security. Ideally located, the property is just 500m from shops and parks, and 900m from the 1st tee of the popular Mirboo North Golf Club.

Splash into your new home!

71 A CRE


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




1298 MARDAN ROAD, MARDAN • Brand new home on 71 acres • 4bdrm,openplanliving,2xRC/AC • Stunning rural views. Ideal grazing hill country LI N S EW T IN G


73 PARR STREET, LEONGATHA • Large 4 bedroom family home • 2 separate living areas, 2 bathroom • Double garage & massive work shop


1 NORVIEW DRIVE, LEONGATHA • Ideal 4 bedroom home • 2 living areas, 2 bathrooms • Corner block, dual access


113 MCCARTIN STREET, LEONGATHA • Impressive 4br home on corner block • Stylish kitchen, quality fittings • Carport, shed, rear deck & stunning gardens

13 BRUCE STREET, LEONGATHA • Classic 60’s - 4 bedroom home • Business 1 Zone • Backs onto Leongatha CBD

26-27 BLAIR CRESCENT, LEONGATHA • Large 4 bedroom home • Double block - 1865m2 • Quiet court location


15 BUCKLEY STREET, TOORA • 4 bedroom family home • 3 titles • Large ‘Man Cave’




5662 0922 45 Bair Street LEONGATHA

Andrew Newton 0402 940 320

Alan Steenholdt 0409 423 822

Peter Dwyer 0428 855 244


Carly Roughead 0417 382 979


“THE STAR”, Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - PAGE 33

Stunning Californian E

VERY inch of this gorgeous Californian bungalow has been renovated. The love and dedication from its owner is reflected, with quality in ev-

ery corner. The house has an abundance of street appeal and from the moment you pull into the driveway it steals your heart. The home is located on popular Couper Street,

the perfect location with easy access to all the town has to offer: local schools, park and the main street. The home has a feeling of period class coupled with contemporary living. The inside has been

tastefully decorated and offers exceptional family living whilst still retaining many traditional features. There are three generous bedrooms all with builtin robes, master with a large en suite, central floor heating, split system, semi open plan lounge, large open kitchen / dining area complete with large cooker, ample storage space. An abundance of natural light floods through the large French doors that

open on to the rear deck, ideal for entertaining or relaxing on those warm summer nights. Outside is beautifully landscaped with cottage gardens and has a stunning old oak tree, the perfect place to escape the heat and enjoy the shade. There is a double carport, garden shed and a handy side access. This property is one of Mirboo North’s finest and it won’t fail to impress!

MIRBOO NORTH Location: 3 Couper Street Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Car Spaces: 2 Agent: Stockdale & Leggo Mirboo North Contact: Natalie Couper on 5668 1300 or 0428 941 541

Local people with national connections Real Estate

Available 7 Days 513 Acres - 207 Ha - Renowned Berryvale 520 BERRYS CREEK ROAD, LEONGATHA

Your new lifestyle awaits MIRBOO NORTH

Harmony living MIRBOO NORTH


close to town ! Spacious well-appointed kitchen open living ! Private courtyard with dble garage

An outstanding fattening property of high reputation complimented by exceptional brick residence in a Magnificent setting EXCLUSIVE SOUTH GIPPSLAND LOCATION -approx. 24 kms Leongatha, 6kms Mirboo North and 2 hours Melbourne A RENOWNED PROPERTY FOR FATTENING BULLOCKS & LAMB


Upwards of $2,800,000

! 3 bdrm Unit ‘as new condition’

Walk to town LEONGATHA

northerly aspect ! Safe & secure situated at the front of a block of 4 ! Nothing to do just move in & enjoy


3 bdrm home with study

! Nu-Steel frame, BV, 9 car garage

341 Acres Grazing Property POUND CREEK NEW G TIN LIS

D L SO ! Charming 2 bdrm unit with

natural bush setting of 11 acres

! 34sq country style north facing


Best value in town LEONGATHA

Comfortable home - Affordable price LEONGATHA

! ’Ellimatta’ ’meeting place’

! Solid brick 3 bdrm home on

790m2 block ! In ground pool, double garage & bbq area ! Colourful gardens, close to CBD

! 3 bedrooms quality built home ! Dual access bathroom ! Lge double garage with rear access

Upwards of $315,000

149 Acre grazing property Hollins Road -TRIDA


heavy duty yards

! Planning permit to subdivided

into 3 allotments

! Vendor terms available

$6,250 per acre

$295,000 192 Acre dairy farm MILLER RD YANAKIE

UNDER OFFER ! 2 stand shearing shed ! Stockyards ! 6 dams and semi permanent

! Bitumen road frontage with

! 4 bdrm home on bitumen road ! 14 S/O H/B with 4,800 litre

bulk vac, with feed system ! Subdivided into 24 main

Lifestyle With Rural Income MIRBOO NORTH NEW CE PRI

! 3 bdrm weatherboard home on 97 acres ! Updated kitchen & new carpets ! Large dam & all steel stockyards


$2,950 per acre

Barry Redmond 0418 515 666

Sole agent $6,950 per acre South Gippsland Hwy LEONGATHA

5662 4033


Glenys Foster 0408 515 665 SEJ5260393

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Extraordinary opportunity E

XTREME care has gone into every aspect of the design and building of 61 The Esplanade, Inverloch. Its auction on Saturday, January 12 offers a very rare chance for a high-end buyer to purchase the house

of their dreams. As Leighton Page from agent-inconjunction LJ Hooker Inverloch said, a property of this ilk is not often found on the South Gippsland real estate market. LJ Hooker is acting in conjunction with Burgess Rawson’s Mel-

bourne office. Designed by architect Bill McCorkell (described as an explosive talent) 61 The Esplanade was built by Martin Builders of Inverloch. The project took 18 months. It incites interest even from the front fence, where dark posts rather

Stunning: 61 The Esplanade Inverloch has a self cleaning pool with an inbuilt spa. This view looking back onto the house gives an indication of its remarkable design features.

Iconic Inverloch Be eac ch Fro ont Property 61 The Esplanade, Inverloch

Auction Saturday 12 January 2013 at 11am (Unless Sold Prior)

Town Centre

• Generous 1,123m2* corner allotment • Striking facades, including commercial-grade Alucobond and polished spotted gum (timber) features

Leighton Page 0422 275 760

Allan Mann 0409 855 753

• Floor-to-ceiling glass capturing Anderson Inlet views • Leading pool builder’s own self-cleaning pool • 4 person internal lift • Double garage plus free standing boat shed • Elevated north facing alfresco with integrated BBQ

Raoul Holderhead 0413 860 304

Open for inspection every Saturday 2-3pm

• For video and more information see:

All areas and figures approx only. All precaution has been taken to establish the accuracy of the above information but does not constitute any representation by the Vendor or Agent.

than solid palings afford a glimpse of the garden, without being intrusive to those within. The home has been constructed on one of the larger original blocks in the seaside town, covering 1123 square metres. Large windows at every angle afford spectacular views of Anderson Inlet, the foreshore and ocean. An upstairs office/study looks out to Eagles Nest. The office abuts the master bedroom where clever use of wardrobe space divides the bedroom from a dressing area and the bed head is recessed into the divider. Occupants have a perfect view of the inlet, with automatic blinds for privacy. There is a spa bath and shower in the wet room of the ensuite, adjoining functionally elegant hand basins and an expanse of mirror. A feature timber wall runs one length of a day sunbed haven that overlooks espaliered fruit trees in the garden below. Sliding doors concealed in the timber wall can close the area off. The master bedroom, en suite, office and sunbeds are upstairs and there is a four-person lift from the ground floor. Flooring is mostly hard wearing timber, which is replicated in the expansive kitchen, meals and lounge rooms. The effect adds to the light and airy ambience. Entry to the kitchen is via an al fresco patio with the barbecue situated such that the cook of the day looks out to sea. The window over a large stone bench in the kitchen can be opened onto the outdoor entertaining area, making entertaining a breeze. The same stone provides more bench space around an island double sink and there is a master chef-style stainless steel gas stove. Ample storage space throughout

the house keeps everything in its place, allowing the views and clean architectural lines to be enjoyed without the distraction of clutter. The meals area has a big window looking out to the swimming pool with a remote controlled outside blind. Inside, the meals space overlooks a split level lounge with its remarkable view of the foreshore and sea. A sweeping curve of darker timber tops ample storage cupboards, with more on the other side of the room concealing a bar, wine rack and trolley of wood for the solid fuel fire. The house is wired with a sound and projector system to keep occupants and guests entertained. Downstairs features a polished concrete floor that is heated hydroponically. There is a second bathroom and bedroom in the form of a bunkroom capable of sleeping six, with ceiling high shelving for books and toys. A guest bedroom has the same clever bedhead/wardrobe divider treatment as the master bedroom. The capacious laundry features lots of storage, with access both to the back garden and a two-car garage that doubles as a multi-purpose entertaining area. There is also an activity/billiards room with comfortable sun beds along one wall looking out onto the pool which is10m by 4m and, it must be stressed, is self cleaning. It includes an inbuilt spa and there are rainwater tanks to top up the water as needed. The garden is low maintenance and hosts a shed with room to store a boat or caravan. Open to interested buyers every Saturday between 2 and 3pm, the property can also be inspected by appointment with LJ Hooker, 5674 2888.

“THE STAR�, Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - PAGE 35

Hidden treasure O

NLY 14 km from Leongatha is this delightful home and a well cared-for 100 acre farm. acr Here you can enjoy the best of both worlds. A charming rendered brick home; the type you can get lost in. The extension provides a lovely bright and open large T lounge/dining area. loun The original entry leads to many rooms for you to explore. T There is a choice of four bedrooms, or three and utilise T the ooriginal lounge complete with its open fire place or as a separate lounge/family area. separ The kitchen is cosy and bright with a bay window comTh manding views overlooking the garden and a 25-year-old mand wisteria vine that provides a wonderful display each year and wister d natural shade to enjoy summer evening dining. natura The home is set amidst rambling country gardens that aree Th with Australian natives, cottage garden favourites, rosee filled w gardens garde n and established exotic trees such as Golden Elms. raised vegetable garden and orchard are well on the way A ra ay a d pl and pplenty e of water is available from the dam, while 135,000 litre ree rainwater tanks supply water to the house. rainwa The farm has under cover heavy duty stock yards suitable Th bullocks. for bu Pasture is in excellent order with super records over many Pa years. years Seventeen acres of shelter belts divide the five paddocks S water is supplied through dams. and w An A original shearing shed can house equipment plus a four bay garage with power is close by to the house.

LEONGATHA SOUTH Location: 170 Frys Road Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Price: $995,000.00 Agent: SEJ Real Estate Contact: 5662 4033

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

45 Darleen Court Leongatha This could be your lucky day

17-19 Brendan Street Meeniyan Ideal for growing a family

30 Morgans Road, Meeniyan Rural Paradise, Handy To Town

16 Gibson Street Leongatha Top of the town

A great opportunity here to buy one of the 1st & arguably best blocks to sell in the elite Springs Estate. 1 acre in size, fully serviced, level block at the top of a quiet court, fully fenced and ready to go.

Situated on a gently undulating 2.7 acres in an elevated position, this spacious Cedar home features much sought after outdoor & indoor living space. 2 living areas, updated kitchen, SFH & R/C, BI bar.

BV home on 7 acres. BIR, ensuite, WIR. RC/AC, new floor coverings throughout. 2nd living area. Secure backyard, 12x9 shed with power. Cattle yards, 2 paddocks. Spring-fed dam & great views.

Only 6 mths old, room for shedding if required. Open plan living, kitchen & dining. 2nd living area can be closed off for use as a rumpus room. Ducted natural gas heating & evap cooling & huge timber deck.

$225,000 Sole agent


$460,000 - $475,000

8 Lee Parade Leongatha A great way to start

2/24 Bellingham Street Leongatha Private location, handy to shops

14 Eldon Court, Mirboo North Ready to go

42 Grandridge West, Mirboo North Neat as a pin

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

Unit two of two on a no-through road. Modern, open plan design, living, kitchen and meals area, neat tiled bathroom, BIR's, single carport and enough yard for a delightful garden.

Perfectly positioned block in quiet court, short walk to the centre of town, swimming pool, park & schools. Ready to go with all services available.

Immaculately kept property in great location. Open plan lounge / dining, study, BIRs, modern bathroom, new kitchen, gas cook top, electric oven, ducted gas heating, Dbl lock up garage & manicured gardens

$265,000 Sole agent

$255,000 Sole Agent


$273,000 Sole Agent













$398,000 Sole agent






2 STO4890441

5662 5800 15 Bair Street, Leongatha

Michael Hanily 0417 311 756

Jason Harris 0417 640 079

Christie Bowler 0407 812 904

5668 1300

96 Ridgway, Mirboo North

Natalie Couper 0428 941 541

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Enjoy life, not labour S

ITUATED in one of the more peaceful streets of Leongatha, this builder’s own home is only 12 months old and boasts a quality finish throughout. Ideal for those looking for low maintenance and ease of living, the home comprises three bedrooms, stylish tiled en suite and walk-in robe to master bedroom, tempered glass sliding built-in robes in the remaining bedrooms, open

plan living, dining and kitchen with stainless steel appliances and glass sliding doors onto a private, sizeable, covered outdoor living area. The main bathroom is attractive and the laundry contains built-in overhead cupboards and a fresh water tank services the laundry and the toilets. Also with a single lock-up garage with remote door, seven star energy rating, north facing aspect, there is a lot to like about this property.

LEONGATHA Location: 2A Davison Street Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Car spaces: 1 Internet ID: 271033 Price: $350,000 Agent: Stockdale and Leggo Leongatha Contact: 5662 5800

Escape to the country S

ET on a picturesque parcel of just under two acres, this three to four bedroom home offers a rural lifestyle with uninterrupted views of the beautiful rolling hills of South Gippsland. Only 10 minutes drive to Leongatha, this home offers four bedrooms (or three plus two living areas), central kitchen and lounge, Reverse Cycle air conditioner plus a solid fuel heater and front and rear deck. Outside you will find a lock up garage, horse paddocks and stable, vegie garden, se-

cure yard for pets, ample water and more. With stunning views and well established gardens, this property would suit permanent living or even make a great weekend rural retreat. Call today to arrange an inspection.

LEONGATHA NORTH Location: 650 Canavans Road Bedrooms: 3-4 Bathrooms: 1 Price: $420,000 Agent: Alex Scott & Staff Leongatha Contact: 5662 0922

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A great chance to purchase an ideal rural retreat/ family home. This property is well sheltered & on 7 acres (approx) not far out of town. The low maintenance renovated home has verandahs to 3 sides, 4BRs, open plan living, bathroom, 2 semi -en suites & study. It is private & set on a rise with picturesque creek views . Also has 2 dams, stables, double machinery shed & 2 chook sheds.

An executive style home situated in a popular location; adjoining parkland, no through road & views. Modern design includes3 large living areas; 'Master Chef' kitchen/meals/family room, separate lounge, upstairs living room. Main BR has a huge WIR & en suite. Double garage, garden shed, private outdoor BBQ area, landscaped gardens complete the package. Very few homes like this in Leongatha.

A magnificent parcel of land noted for its heavy carrying capacity, with panoramic views across Leongatha township. Includes a comfortable weatherboard family home, machinery shed, disused dairy, hay shed, stockyards, spring-fed dam, pump & lane way. Suitable for grazing horses, market gardens or life-style property.

$360,000 Sole agent


$590,000 Sole agent


LEONGATHA RICH RIVER FLATS - 109 ACRES APPROX. PLUS 12 ACRES OF RIVER LEASE Fertile river-flats farm, right on town boundary with town water. Well maintained 4 BR home. Extensive shedding includes disused dairy, 3 hay sheds, 6 bay machinery shed & garage. Excellent stockyards, all weather farm tracks. 12 acres of river lease. Just minutes from schools precinct. Keen Vendor .

$981,000 Sole agent 5 McCartin Street LEONGATHA


Lindsay Powney 0428 515 103

Robyn Powney 0488 454 547

5662 2220 Web Email

“THE STAR�, Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - PAGE 37

Botanical paradise on the river Y

OU won’t ever want to come inside from the peaceful, botanic surrounds but when you do, it will be to a comfortable home with a brand

new kitchen in which to convert your garden produce into culinary delights. Set at the end of a quiet and green country driveway, this brick, ranchstyle home has its living zones facing

the necessary north. At its centre, a brand new vogue kitchen features endless self closing pot drawers, granite bench tops, appliance cupboards and pull out pantries – you name it! The large, adjoining meals area melds seamlessly via a new expanse of floor tiles to both, and provides direct outdoor access to a huge, paved and gabled entertaining zone. Branching out from this marvellous modern kitchen is a spacious and welcoming lounge, featuring an open fire place set in a brick feature wall, a dining area, and split system air conditioner. Bedrooms are zoned – the main is near the lounge/dining, with an en suite and walk-in robe. The two other bedrooms, a family bathroom, separate toilet, and laundry, are all at the opposite end. Additional features include zoned floor heating, garage, carport and plenty of water tank storage.

Outdoors is a wonderful verdant surround with a wide variety of plants including mature specimen trees and shrubs. These lead gently down to what could be a sheltered pony or sheep paddock, to the river flats.

MIRBOO Location: 335 Mirboo Road Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Car spaces: 4 Price: $380,000 - $410,000 Agent: First National Prom Country Contact: Allen Bartlett on 0417 274 624

The Life ‘n’ Style Specialists MARDAN




INSPECT Sat 12-12.30pm

INSPECT Sun 12-12.30pm 30pm

kaz hughes

0417 516 998

Beginner’s Luck!

Partially Renovated Residence on 7 Superb Acres

Stunning House & Land Package

Impeccably maintained, 3 BR home with lovely big rooms, high ceilings, huge farm-style kitchen meals, 2 separate garages, all on a delightfully rambling garden block. Opposite the park. 13 Nerrena Road $165,000 - $180,000

In a picturesque rural setting, surrounded by other small holdings and farms, this 7-plus acre lifestyle parcel has rich soils, fenced paddocks, shelter trees, a dam, and very gentle fall suitable for horses or your choice of stock. The home is a “work-in-progressâ€? and the renovation to-date has                       There’s extensive older-style shedding, ample parking, and we’re priced to suit your pocket.

Always admired the Kohlman homes? Here is the opportunity to “tailor-make� your own colour schemes and buy before construction. North facing elevated position, compact block. Lot 2, Royal Place $340,000

170 Old Nicholls Road

$340,000 - $365,000



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allen bartlett


0417 274 624

Massive Town Block

Falls in Love - Forty Acre Paradise!

New Villa - Excellent location

Mud Brick Home on 4+ acres

Highly appealing property. Soaring ceilings, quadruple garage (internal access). Roomy kitchen, sitting room, lounge & dining, 4 BRs, 2 bathrooms. Level access, lawns and trees, 3a Sawyer Street $415,000

$   %              '    ( living areas. Features 3-bay massive shed, 3 dams, fenced paddocks, new kitchen, generous lounge. 65 Falls Road $390,000 - $420,000

This brand new 2BR townhouse will impress with its bright, open-plan living, tasteful colour scheme, stainless steel appliances, private courtyard garden. 500m to shops. Unit 13, 19-21 Thorpdale Road $240,000 - $260,000

Earthy mudbrick with expansive living space, 4 bedrooms, study, library & sep studio with =>?$          oversize garage, paddock, and dam. 187 Allambee South Road $425,000 - $475,000



INSPECT Sun 12-12.30pm

lisa williams

0438 133 385

Be Dazzled! Dream property in private acre setting.

Pizzazz, personality AND potential!

A very special property set well back on a gracious, & securely fenced, park-like acre-plus. Comprises: front lounge room with farm views, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms; gorgeous kitchen featuring a Belling 5 burner range; spacious dining & family room with pool outlooks; solar heated pool; huge gabled pergola; double garage; Man Cave with wood heater. Features spa bath, down             !    "      #

Every once in a while buyers are treated to a home that is unlike all the others. Here, natural              

     )       *       % +/<(     access, subdivision potential and plans and permits approved for a dual occupancy development. 3 bedrooms, 3 living spaces, updated kitchen and bathroom, shed, mature trees and in town.

159 Baromi Road

4 Balook Street

$510,000 - $540,000

Prom Country


$280,000 - $310,000

Mirboo Nth

5668 1660

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An elegant blend of luxury, lifestyle and location T

HIS stunning home presents as being brand new.

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Happy Birthday Alexander Battersby of Nerrena for December 12

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of Mirboo North for December 15

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

Misunderstandings can be resolved with give and take - don’t give more than you take. Relatives excel in competitive events. Financial manoeuverings are your strong point now. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

A workmate may prove more trouble than he or she is worth. You may decide to opt for an old fashioned approach as you reach a critical deadline at the workplace. A small financial risk may pay off by the end of the week. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

This is an excellent week for trying to get work published. You shine in any project that involves writing. In romance, don’t press issues. In diet, avoid spicy delicacies. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

A professional acquaintance may ask for a personal favour - don’t feel intimidated. Rumours are circulating but believe little of what you see and even less of what you hear now. LEO - July 23 - August 22

Your attention to detail is paying off now, but be sure you understand the larger concepts too. Don’t be reluctant to question the wisdom or motives of an advisor, no matter how trustworthy. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

The standards of others may be unrealistically low. Encourage friends to try harder still. A relative may press for a decision. It’s better to say nothing than to answer impulsively. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

This week sees you devoting time and energy to domestic matters - anything from moving to decorating. Being direct but tactful wins points at work and in personal relationships. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

Dreams can come true this week when your persistence combines with a friend’s generosity. A family fued is put to rest thanks to the offbeat approach of a junior diplomat. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

Doctors orders, especially on diet matters should be followed seriously. This week finds you championing the underdog, though you can be taking on a lot more than you realise. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

Money manoeuvres should be based on careful research, not mere intuition. Education is accented. Try learning a lot about a little - not the other way round. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

If evaluating any object, the first appraisal may be unrealistically high or low. An aloof friend crashes down to earth when he realises how drastically his values have changed. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

Compensation for injustice or injury comes your way after a long wait. You are quick to change your mind now. Think out a situation and experiment before making a drastic move. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

Personal magnetism is your famous trait. In any group you are the centre of attraction. On the flip side, you are highly impatient and highly secretive. In the coming months you are influenced by a force that encourages personal and/or professional partnerships.

Church Times ANGLICAN: Tuesday, December 11: 7pm St Andrew’s, Dumbalk / St David’s, Meeniyan Fellowship. Wednesday, December 12: 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Sunday, December 16: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Contemporary Worship with HC. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Mirboo North. Phone 5668 1346. Holy Communion 8.30am: Worship and Sunday School 10am. ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Korumburra: Sunday 9.30am and Wednesday 11.30am. Poowong: Second and fourth Sundays, 11am. ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi. Sunday, 9.30am Eucharist, 11am Family Service, Wednesday 10am Eucharist. Anglican Church of the Ascension: The Crescent, Inverloch. Sunday 9am Eucharist, Tuesday 10am Eucharist. For details of Community Meal, Youth Group, Bible Studies & Kids Club, contact Rev. Graeme Peters 5672 4590 or visit www. AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (AOG): Prom Coast Community Church Inc. - Foster Community House, Station Street, 10am: Sunday. Sunday School and Creche operates. Pastor Bill Watson 5686 2248. A.O.G. Inverloch - Cnr Bear and McIntosh Street, Inverloch. Sunday Service 10am; Imagine Christmas Day Service 9am. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, 10am: Sunday. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: Pastor Rob Davey 5625 3226. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Equip Church - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Sunday service 10am. Contact: John 0408 305 880. Wonthaggi A.O.G. - Billson Street, 10am: Sunday. Contact: Pastor Barry Smith 5672 3984. CHRISTIAN REVIVAL CRUSADE: 40 Hughes Street, Leongatha. Sunday, Morning Service 10.30 am: Inspirational Service, 6.30pm: Children’s Church 10.30am: Home cells weekly. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455. THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES CREEK: Every Sunday 11am Worship, 6pm Faith Forum; 1st Sunday of each month simultaneous service for singles to age 25. Tea/coffee and lunch provided. Phone: Ps. Chris Chetland 5678 7692, 0447 724 989. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Saturdays, Church service 10am.,

Leongatha Sabbath School - 11.30am. CATHOLIC: St Laurence’s Parish Leongatha: 5 pm Mass Saturday, 11am Mass Sunday. Tarwin Lower: In St Andrew’s Union Church, 5pm winter, 6pm summer Mass Saturday. Meeniyan: 9.30am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 11am, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Mirboo North: 11am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 9.30am Mass, 2nd and 4th Sundays. St. Joseph’s Parish Korumburra: 9.30am Sunday Mass. Loch: 5pm/6pm Daylight saving Sunday Mass. Wonthaggi: Saturday evening 6.30pm: Evening Mass; Sunday, 10.30am: Mass. Inverloch: Sunday 9 am: Mass. KORUMBURRA’S AGLOW: First Monday every month at Korumburra Day Centre, Korumburra Hospital, Bridge St., Korumburra at 7.45pm. Inquiries phone 5657 2214. GIPPSLAND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: meets at the Baromi Centre Mirboo North, Sunday 4-5pm Family Communion, 5-530pm refreshments, 5.306.15pm Bible Studies for adults, teens and children. Friday-Home Fellowships. More info: Bob Stevens 0400 403 765 or www. SALVATION ARMY LEONGATHA COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 52 Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) - Sunday: Family Worship at 10am: Sagala Tuesday, 4 - 5.30pm; mainly music, Thursday 10am. All welcome. Please contact Captain Martyn and Heather Scrimshaw, ph. 5662 5122. SALVATION ARMY WONTHAGGI COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 149 McKenzie Street every Sunday at 11am for Family Worship. Kids' Club - every Tuesday at 4 pm, Women's Group - Wednesday at 1.30pm, and Playgroup - Friday 9.30am. Evening Ladies' Fellowship - First Monday each month and Youth Groups held monthly. All welcome. Please contact Lt. Robyn and Max Lean. Ph. 5672 1228. PRESBYTERIAN: Sunday Service 10am, corner Bent and Turner Streets, Leongatha. Moderator Rev. Mark Smith 5625 4112.

CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH: Reformed Church meeting at the corner of Peart and Brown Streets. Sunday family service at 10.30am. (10am daylight saving time), creche and Sunday School available. All Sunday evening services at 5pm. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2527. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, December 16, 10am. Tarwin Lower: 10.30am. Mirboo North: 9.30am. Meeniyan: 10am. Wonthaggi: Sunday 9.30am, Family Service, all welcome. Inverloch: Sunday 11am: Korumburra: Sunday, 9.30am: Rev. Pastors Gavin and Sue Sharp, 5655 1997. Arawata: 11.30am 1st & 3rd Sundays. Kongwak: 11.30am 4th Sunday. B A P T I S T C H U R C H KORUMBURRA: 39 Mine Rd, Korumburra. Service and Sunday School 10.30am. Pastor Ian Wilkinson. Phone 5658 1366. BAPTIST CHURCH WONTHAGGI: Cnr McBride & Broome Crescent, Wonthaggi. Morning Service & Children’s Activities, Sunday 10am. Weekly activities see www., Pastor Geoff Pegler 5672 4769. MEENIYAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Sunday, 10am: Meeniyan Youth Club Hall. COMBINED CHURCHES WONTHAGGI / INVERLOCH: 4th Sunday each month at 7pm. SCOTS PIONEER CHURCH: Mardan South. Pleasant Sunday Afternoons on the last Sunday of each month at 2pm. See occasional ad in this paper for details. For enquiries phone 5664 9306. FISH CREEK UNION CHURCH: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 9am; 2nd & 4th Sundays, 7pm. Contacts: Fran Grimes 5683 2650, Sue Poletti 5663 6325.



1. 6. 8. 9. 10. 11. 13. 15. 17. 19. 22. 23. 24. 25.

ACROSS Innocuous (8) Light (4) Stingy (4) Apt (8) Pile (5) Sluggish (6) Scattered (6) Affront (6) Savage (6) Practice (5) Huge (8) Musical instrument (4) Surfeit (4) Nationality (8)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 12. 14. 16. 18. 20. 21.

DOWN Vigilant (5) Eyeglass (7) Peer (4) Answer (8) Organ (5) House (7) Breakdown (8) Commotion (7) Garland (7) Fish (5) Polish (5) Pleased (4)

CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8355 ACROSS 1. Shorten it, do, stupid! (8). 6. Opens with the return fight (4). 8. Manage to avoid the girl (4). 9. The last part is indeed very comprehensive (8). 10. Race, within a year, roughly fifty (5). 11. Produce a stretcher (6). 13. Lessons for golfers? (6). 15. Is, from the first, small (6). 17. The very best runner (6). 19. Implement you may have in your hand (5). 22. Don’t vote conservative and strike (8). 23. Just over a British pound a year (4). 24. Spend so much money it’s indecent? (4). 25. Does it make dressing quicker? (8). DOWN 2. A bad egg turn green (5). 3. Lose hope for the man and the two with him (7). 4. Gives the signal that it’s bedtime? (4). 5. At once rang and spoke highly of (8). 6. Cheat in turn (5). 7. Here with the donation (7). 12. Detaches roughly and hurries away (5,3). 14. Keep running smoothly and it could make you rich (3-4). 16. Appeal to a naughty child to acquire knowledge (7). 18. A really great swimmer (5). 20. Dig the man up, love, nothing less! (5). 21. In the choir, is she? (4).

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Disabilities no barrier

IN CONJUNCTION with International Day of People with Disability, South Gippsland Shire Council held a small celebration on December 3.

It also recognised three people who have overcome obstacles to excel in their own lives and the local community. Mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy presented the council’s Access and Inclusion Committee’s inaugural South Gippsland Achievement Award for a Person with Disability to Peter Carruthers. Peter actively participates in the community with the support of an electric buggy, despite suffering a major stroke 17 years ago, losing the use of his right arm and impairment of the right side of his body. With a life history of community leadership and contribution, Peter has continued to make a difference, demonstrating honesty and integrity in all his endeavours. He is an active member of the Leongatha RSL, and also assists with the Leongatha Fire Brigade and the district’s Veteran Welfare Centre. Two recognition awards were also presented on the day, with the first given to Doug Prescott, who was described as a capable man who contributes in many valuable ways to his community. Mr Prescott is a Justice of the Peace, making himself readily available to the police and the community to add his authority and friendly advice when needed. He is also president of his local senior citizens club and has worked with local councils to provide advice on disability issues, and still has time to be a devoted father and family man who lives life to the fullest, playing bowls and pottering in his garden. The next award went to Alex Welsh, who at 21-yearsold has not let a motorcycle accident, which left him confined to a wheelchair in 2009, impair his great spirit. Alex has overcome personal challenges and achieved outcomes that he never imagined possible, focusing on his capability rather than his disability. Employed by Oz Sport, he now gives talks and works with school children to encourage them to become involved in sport after school. Alex is passionate about hand cycling and also works with others in the motorcycling community who have suffered similar accidents to become involved in cycling and other sports.


Overcoming challenges: awards were presented to Peter Carruthers, Alex Welsh and Doug Prescott, pictured with South Gippsland Shire Council’s Access and Inclusion Committee acting officer Peter Hinton (second from left) and mayor, Cr Kieran Kennedy (second from right).


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Mayor’s message Cr Kieran Kennedy GOOD news from the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Ryan Smith, last week, with the announcement of $58,000 funding for steps leading from the Waratah Bay Caravan Park down to the beach. It is hoped that the steps will be completed in time for the infl ux of summer holidaymakers at this popular spot, long a tradition for many families. Well known Leongatha resident Peter Carruthers was last week awarded the inaugural Achievement Award for a Person with Disability. A leading businessman in the town, Peter’s lifestyle changed radically when he suffered a major stroke 17 years ago, but it didn’t stop him from contributing to his community. He continues to be an active RSL member, working behind the scenes and out on the street selling poppies and Anzac badges. He also supports the CFA and the District’s Veteran Welfare Centre, often liaising with State and Commonwealth agencies to improve services. The celebrations outside council last Monday to mark International Day for People with Disability highlighted the infectious joie de vivre and capability of many people who are often overlooked in society. Council has a strong policy on the access and inclusion of all people, a philosophy that is generously embraced by South Gippslanders. It really doesn’t take a lot of effort to brighten someone else’s world, and it usually bounces back! Councillors locked down for a two day workshop last week to set the directions for our four year term, with the aim of defining our short, medium and long term goals. We looked at Council’s strengths and weaknesses, our election promises and how we can develop more effective relationships with our community and provide the good civic leadership it deserves. It was challenging and exciting, meshing enthusiasm and experience for a practical game plan. Last Wednesday was International Volunteers Day and as always, we are deeply indebted to the army of over 800 volunteers that assist council to deliver services – thank you once again. Instead of the usual volunteer appreciation events, we have responded to feedback from volunteers who have said they would like specialist training to help them in their roles. So in the New Year, a series of workshops will be held to deliver training in CPR, managing budgets and running effective meetings, food safety etc, life skills that can be applied to all facets of our lives and are no burden to carry. It denotes the thoughtful and progressive people who support us and we’re delighted to be able to find further practical ways to support them in return.

Cr Kieran Kennedy, mayor.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - PAGE 41

• Open day at Time 4 Tots Childcare Centre, Leongatha • Parents and helpers morning tea at Wonthaggi Primary School • Sophie Harris fundraiser, Inverloch • Leongatha Gymnastics Club presentation

Bouncing around: Tamikah Johnson, Rohan Walls and Belinda Whiteside took a quick break from the jumping castle at the Time 4 Tots Childcare Centre open day.

Parents and helpers: Roz Burton, Barbara Muller and Casey Nation caught up over a cuppa at the morning tea at Wonthaggi Primary School.

All together: Nathan, Sarah and Frankie Belsar with Sarah’s mum Deb Wells enjoy the Leongatha Gymnastics Club end of year show.

Cute and cuddly: Jason Cue, Alex Begg and Clancy Smart met some furry friends in the petting farm at Time 4 Tots Childcare Centre open day recently.

Open day: Aphra Lamers and Ayanna, Ieisha and Brooke Cashmore had fun feeding a hungry calf at Time 4 Tots Childcare Centre.

Family outing: John, Lucy and Alec Francis of Leongatha cheer on daughter Ariella at the Leongatha Gymnastics Club. Wonthaggi Primary School: Robyn Duke and Sally Lowe sat back and relaxed at the parents and helpers morning tea last week.

Lunchtime success: diner Robin Warren of Inverloch and waitress Jessie Pellizzer did their bit to help raise money for Leongatha teen Sophie Harris. She is battling cancer and Inverloch’s Inlet Hotel hosted a fundraising lunch recently.

Proud parents: Ben and Bec Stoops of Leongatha watched daughter Chloe at the Leongatha Gymnastics Club end of year display last Wednesday.

Saying thank you: Nazi Neem with daughter Eshal, Esther Tonello and daughter Elise, Wendy Bradley and Ailsa Goding at the Wonthaggi Primary School parents and helpers morning tea last Wednesday.

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Sculptures in the vineyard HELEN McInnes and her boys have been busy installing one of Helen’s sculpture works in the vineyard gardens of Lyre Bird Hill Win-

ery at Koonwarra. The Lost Dogs Pound is holding a collection of gorgeous dogs, all looking for a home and ready to be cuddled. Made of cypress and banksias, they will prove very little trouble to


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As well as setting up Gecko Studio Gallery in Fish Creek with Michael Lester, Kerry has developed her passion for art practice, has won many awards, and is represented in collections in Australia and overseas. The sculpture exhibition will be open for visitors every day from now until Sunday, January 27, from 10am, except Christmas Day. Woodfired pizzas for lunch will be available every Sunday, and some Saturdays. The award winning local Berrys Creek cheeses are available every day to make up a platter, so relax and enjoy the sculptures, the gardens, and the delightful wines from the estate. For details, phone Robyn on 5664 3204.

Wine and art: artist HelenMcInnes gets help from her two sons to install one of her sculpture works in the Lyre Bird Hill Winery vineyard recently. The exhibition opened last weekend and will run until January 27.


Spider realises ambition

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new owners. Art works from Gippsland sculptors were installed recently, ready for the opening last Sunday. Helen Bristol, Lisa Burrell, Laurie Collins, Lawrie Havrillay, Bob Hickman, Barry and Tric Hill, Andrew Kasper and Marlene Abela, Leslie Monahan, Meg Viney, and David Wakefield are among the list of artists who have been working with steel, concrete, glass, timbers, horse shoes, natural materials of twigs and string and other. All the works are new, and have been created especially for this exhibition. Inside the winery shed, Kerry Spokes will be mounting an adjunct exhibition of etchings, linocuts, drawings, paintings and iphoneography.

By Spider Lee EVERY professional sportsperson has that moment; whether it’s standing on the starting blocks, lining up a serve for match point or walking out on to the MCG for the first time. It’s the moment where you take a deep breath and contemplate all the steps you have taken in your life to get to this point, this one important moment which will define your future. Step one to becoming an artist started with a dream, a childhood passion which was nurtured by my grandmother, who amongst other things, gave me the name Spider. Little fingers working on little projects, which decades on, still take pride of place in the display cabinet.

Step two was the harsh reality that many artists throughout history lived in poverty. Should I suffer for my art? Life demanded a compromise and a teaching degree with an art major would provide a comfortable income while I practised my passion. So I found myself with the skills and enough knowledge to create works of art. But what was the next step? How would I step away from the shadow of a hobbyist and into the light of a professional artist? Does someone come and hand you a diploma, a licence or even just a badge? I wasn’t sure. So I waited. For what I honestly couldn’t say. Sweeping brushstrokes coloured my canvas as I contemplated the next step. Then an epiphany! The next step was not a step at all, but a leap. A leap of faith! With portfolio in hand, I began introducing myself as

an artist to gallery owners. Some part of me felt I had a right to the title, but another part of me didn’t and it flushed my cheeks red as I flipped over the glossy pages of my work. The turning point came when I met a curator, a softly spoken woman who saw the potential in my portfolio pages. At last I was an artist, a real artist with an upcoming exhibition. I was like an Olympic athlete in training, eating, sleeping and breathing my artwork. Every night and weekend was spent honing my skills and applying myself to the canvas, speaking through the images and words, hoping to touch the emotions of others. I can stand back now and look at my collection justly entitled Diversity of the Creative Self with pride. It is as I intended; an expression of who I am, my values and beliefs. A visual journal of

Inverloch Community Carols “The Hub” Community Hall 7.30pm, Tuesday, December 18 Hosted by Kate Lindsay (3mfm) & Jeff Robertson (Edge) Featuring the music of: • The U3A choir • “Stringz Costero” … and with special presentations from children of the Inverloch & Kongwak Primary School. Come along with all the family & sing-a-long with many of our best loved Christmas Carols.


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brushstrokes which reveal the bumps, bruises and

belly laughs which make up my life, the life of an artist.

Dream realised: Nyora artist Spider Lee with artworks from her upcoming exhibition, Diversity of the Creative Self, a collection of paintings, illustrated poems, picture books and ceramics, showing at the Meeniyan Art Gallery from December 22 through to January 17.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - PAGE 43

Fresh medium inspires Spokes THERE is more to modern phones than simply making calls.

Navigation, internet access and voice recording are some of the extra features available with contemporary devices. But using a phone to make art? Who would have thought! Kerry Spokes did and her work features in the next exhibition at her Fish Creek art house, Gecko Studio Gallery. Letting Go - new works by Kerry Spokes opens this Sunday, December 16 from 2-5pm and continues until January 19. The medium Spokes works in is ‘Iphoneography’, a term which has surfaced to describe the art being created on the IOS portable devices of the iPhone and iPad. “This medium has grown rapidly in the last few years and has a strong

“Our memories, coins of phrase, plays on words, humour, social comment and exploration of self all inform the content of my work, along with the use of different mediums, techniques and ways to combine these.” The title of the exhibition is loosely based on the transition and change which occurs

presence in the international art scene as a legitimate form of creative expression,” she said. “I have been working with this media for a while now, teaching myself how to use the myriad of apps available for download to my phone. “The images I capture with one of the downloaded cameras on my phone are often put through various apps and altered to produce new images using digital collage techniques.” While she does not profess to be a photographer, Spokes uses the photographic medium as a basis for creating the works, which in turn informs her other art practices of printmaking, drawing and painting. “Whilst my environment around me is familiar, I am ‘seeing’ my world with a heightened sense of beauty and wonderment even more than ever before,” she said.

throughout life, and the ‘letting go’ of various aspects of ourselves. “Whether it be materially or emotionally based, we all have to let go of things,” Spokes said. “This can be a liberating experience, a chance for personal growth and insight.”

Above, South Gippsland icon: Tarwin River 1.

Passion for sea MUSHROOM Gallery’s latest exhibition has brought the stunning seascapes of the region indoors. Artist John Watson has a deep love for the sea and anything related to it, and hopes people will feel his passion whilst viewing his artworks in his latest exhibition titled Sea Fever. Having spent several years studying painting and sculpture at McClelland Gallery, followed by an enjoyable period with the painting group at Leongatha South, John finds art to be a relaxing, if sometimes frustrating, pastime. When he was first approached by Margaret Tattersall from Mushroom Crafts asking if he’d like his own exhibition, John admits he was initially hesitant. “On reflection, I noticed

seascapes and the ocean have tended to be a favourite subject for me over the years,” he said. “At the same time I recalled a song composed by John Ireland, to the words of a famous poem written by John Masefield, Sea Fever; a song I have enjoyed singing on many occasions.” John said when he reads and sings about “the wind’s song”, “white sails shaking”, and “flung spray”, his

love of the sea, ships, lighthouses and storms is most vivid, and perhaps “a little romantic”. Having learnt the techniques of using fibreglass for sculpture, John’s fibreglass artworks are also on display in the gallery. He also warns visitors to the gallery that there “is an elephant in the room”. Sea Fever will be on display at Mushroom Gallery until the end of December.

Carols, Inverloch style

The Inverloch Community Carols will be held once again in the Hub at 7.30pm on Tuesday, December 18. This community event is sponsored by the Bass Coast Shire Council and local businesses, and is organised by the churches of Inverloch, with help from local community groups and schools. Kate Lindsay from 3MFM and Jeff Robertson from Edge will be this year’s comperes. Last year we were enthralled by the music of local string ensemble Stringz Costero, and

this year they will be providing a beautiful accompaniment to the carols we sing as well as greeting us on arrival with Correlli’s Christmas Concerto. This is not to be missed, so it’s worth getting there early. Local jazz musicians Takwai Mak and Bert Milligan will join in on the carols with drums and trumpet to give the music an edge. Lorna White will direct the U3A choir, singing many wellloved carols such as O Come All Ye Faithful, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Silent Night, but there will also be some Aussie versions as we sing of Dashing through the bush in a rusty Holden Ute and Six Big Boomers. One of the features of this year’s carols will be the items brought to us by the students of the Inverloch/Kongwak Pri-


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happened on that Holy night. Come along with all the family for a fabulous night out at the Inverloch Community Carols and get into the spirit of the season.

Clipper Red Jacket: exhibiting artist for December at Mushroom Crafts, John Watson, pictured with one of his paintings, hopes visitors feel his passion for the sea.

Leadlight magic THE art of leadlighting might seem intricate, but for a local tradesman-cum-truck driver and farmer, it just comes naturally. Donald Wellard learnt the art of leadlighting around 10 years ago, from his father Weary Wellard, a local plumber whom so many of us knew and loved. Donald is quiet modest about his ability to create these amazing pieces of work, whether it is a clock, lamp shade, or one of those pieces of work that only family receives, like

“You are my Valentine”, all crafted from glass and given on that special occasion. Donald just loves to create. He loves the idea that he can sit, create and tinker; he feels he is in another space. Donald’s work can be seen at the Leongatha Art and Craft Gallery, throughout December and January. Enquiries and orders can be taken through the gallery. The gallery is full of handcrafted work at present, with lots to see and buy for those special large or small Christmas gifts.

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Based on a true story The Intouchables is an irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility. Philippe, a millionaire who has been paralysed from the neck down after a para-gliding accident, hires Driss, a Senegalese street smart ex-con man as his caretaker. The no-nonsense Driss wastes no time in getting his employer out of the stuffy atmosphere in which he's been closeted, taking him out and about, getting him to smoke pot and introducing him to rock and roll. The Intouchables has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe.

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INVERLOCH will again be filled with the sound of Christmas Carols as the community comes together to remember the birth of Jesus and share Christmas cheer.

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Branding Tarwin Valley By Sarah Vella THE Tarwin Valley Development Group Inc held several branding project workshops recently, as a first step in the design process for a Tarwin Valley regional brand. President of the group, Neil Travers said the workshops were an important first step in helping them fully understand the key influenced and attributes that shape the region. “As part of an advancing country towns State Government project, funding has recently been received to undertake a branding program for the region,” he said. “Recent studies suggest that for progressive regions such as ours looking to attract more business, sell their produce and increase tourism, a focused branding strategy is an absolute must.” Mr Travers said 45 people attended six workshops. “The discussions we had were really

because it was the first time interesting because branding has been discussed in the region for a number of years,” he said. “Our job is to look specifically at the Tarwin Valley area and work out how to work this brand in with the others already established in the region. “A lot of good ideas emerged over the sessions, so now it is up to (consultant) Peter Singline to take the content from the workshops and develop it into themes that will be discussed in more detail at future meetings.” Mr Singline led the workshops. He is leading brand specialist of the brand agency Truly Deeply. “The focus of the meetings was to gather information and ideas from stakeholders around the region, and to come up with some strategies to help distinguish the Tarwin Valley from other regions,” Mr Singline said. “The outputs from the sessions will assist in shaping the thinking devoted to defining the region’s future brand proposition.”

Brand new: Tarwin Valley Development Group Inc members Andrew McEwen and Lindsey Moore, brand specialist Peter Singline and president of the group Neil Travers.


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Last year I gave a bottle of Tarragon vinegar to the guests at our neighbour's Christmas party, with a recipe for Bearnaise sauce attached. Herb vinegars are really beautiful, and so easy to make. You can use basil, oregano, rosemary, tarragon, thyme or whatever your favourite herb flavour may be.

TARRAGON VINEGAR You will need to work out how many bottles you have and what capacity they are, so you can decide how much white wine vinegar to buy. I will give an example for eight 250ml bottles with either a plastic lined screw top or a cork top. 8 x 250 ml bottles 2 litres white wine vinegar 8 generous sprigs of fresh Tarragon Firstly, wash and sterilize your jars – wash in warm soapy water, rinse, then place in a 100C oven for 10 minutes. Remove and place on a tea towel to cool a little. Wash the Tarragon and place on a tea towel to dry. Place a sprig of Tarragon into each bottle. Bring the vinegar to just under boiling point (a few small bubbles in the bottom of the pot). Using a funnel, pour the vinegar over the tarragon and fill the bottles to the brim. Seal. Leave on a window sill that gets some sun for a week to infuse the flavour well. Label the bottles. Repeat with any fresh herbs as they come into season. This vinegar lasts for years.

Music for all: James (far right) and Maggie Rigby (far left) spent the week teaching music, both vocal and instrumental, to Wonthaggi Primary School students, including Grades 5 and 6 students Zoe, Jewel, Hayley, Micah and Kiera.

Musical week at Wonthaggi CHILDREN at Wonthaggi Primary School turned from students to songbirds last week, with their annual artist in residence visiting. James Rigby and daughter Maggie visited the school from Castlemaine to teach a week of

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music sessions in preparation for the Annual Family Picnic and Concert. Having played in a family band, The Rain Makers, since 2005, the Rigby family have an infectious passion and enthusiasm for singing, being talented singers, songwriters and multiinstrumentalists and were thrilled to share their talents with the students. “The whole program introduces music and singing to the students as something everybody does, and that it’s not just an expert act,” James said. “We show them the rewards and pleasures of singing can be experienced by people at any school level and that everybody can participate.” James said he and Maggie had been busy teaching students a wide

range of new songs, with game and action songs for the younger years, and songs with powerful messages for the older students. The music sessions weren’t limited to sitting and singing either; students also learnt dances and actions to music, as well as body percussion. A small group of students from Grades 2 to 6 also got the chance to learn how to play the ukulele. James said within the first 25 minute class with Grades 2 and 3 students, they had learned enough chords on the ukulele to play two songs. Students performed a variety of musical acts for their family and friends at the concert on Friday night, celebrating the end of their week with James and Maggie.

THE past fortnight has been a busy time in Bass Coast. We’ve had a celebration for the Cowes Town Square, the Cowes Beach Festival, Carols in Grantville and Coronet Bay, the opening of the Wonthaggi Plaza and a visit from the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. I’m starting to realise that this is an average week for a councillor and so it’s fantastic that we have training and development opportunities through the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV). In fact, this week Cr Brown and I have attended a session for councillors – titled Performance and Accountability – doing it smarter. As councillors, we all nominated to get better results for the Bass Coast community so this session really resonated with me. We heard from the Hon Jeanette Powell, Minister for Local Government and Des Pearson, the Auditor General of Victoria who described our role as councillors as ‘temporary custodians of local resources’. Des spoke about achieving the best outcomes for the community and ensuring the community was well informed of the consequences of its aspirations. We had an important presentation from Russell Rees, who was the CFA chief and is now a risk adviser at the MAV. Russell spoke about emergency management planning, risks and recovery and the role local government plays. Coming into the fire danger period this was a timely presentation. Council staff have done a lot of work over the past four years to ensure we have a clear Municipal Emergency Management Plan and strong relationships with other agencies like the Police, CFA, SES, Red Cross and other government departments. Author, commentator and speech writer Don Watson, challenged us to remove bureaucracy from our processes, change rate payer expectations and the voting system, reduce cost shifting to ensure we get the best for our community and increase the share of GST revenue that local government can access. This may seem far-fetched, but change doesn’t happen without hard work and this gives us inspiration. Being new to local government has its challenges, but I’m learning there are some benefits. We might be a ‘young’ council, but we are keen, engaged, interested and ready to take up some challenges. Cr Clare Le Serve, mayor.

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Learning Stones create special place By Simone Short SOUTH Gippsland’s indigenous history and heritage is significant to our local communities, and now has a special place to be honoured in schools across the region. A creation of Koorie engagement support officer for South Gippsland, John Murray, the Learning Stones project was designed to create an indigenous cultural safe space for awareness and

community participation within South Gippsland and Bass Coast schools. Already established or planned for 35 primary and secondary schools, the special places feature a rock as a centre piece, kindly donated by former South Gippsland mayor Warren Raabe, as well as totem poles, murals, seating and indigenous plants. So far, the project has been warmly received in every school, with students adding their own personal touches to the Learning Stones. Mr Murray said the special places are for all people to enjoy, with numer-

Connecting our communities: South Gippsland Shire Council CEO Tim Tamlin, Koorie engagement support officer for South Gippsland, John Murray, and mayor, Cr Kieran Kennedy, with Mr Murray’s artwork representation of the Learning Stones.

ous benefits and opportunities, including helping to strengthen local indigenous and non-indigenous community partnerships. “They will provide an outside educational classroom area within the school precinct which is attractive to elders and local community, and where they can engage with and teach, while developing their own skill level,” he said. “They also allow for student reflection where a student can place themselves and address issues and behaviour with or without support. It provides a safe place to explore culture and identity,

both personal and local.” The four colours incorporated within the Learning Stones – brown, yellow, red and green – symbolise students, families, the community and the school around them. An artwork, painted by Mr Murray, displays the way Learning Stones across the region will be connected to each other, linking the different communities. A number of schools have already taken part in a traditional smoking ceremony after the completion of their Learning Stone places, with Poowong Primary School and South Gippsland

Secondary College the most recent. At Poowong, the students worked together to create their special place, with handprints of every student painted on the poles. Principal Leonie Anstey said the school’s Learning Stone created a place to link the history of indigenous Australia to the present. “It’s our responsibility as parents and community members to create an environment where our country’s history can be recognised and celebrated,” she said. “The Learning Stone helps link our past and our future.”

Special place: Poowong Primary School students and principal, Leonie Anstey, celebrate the opening of their Learning Stone with Koorie engagement support officer for South Gippsland, John Murray (far left) and Ringo Hood from the Latrobe Valley (far right).

Deveny captivates Writers launch anthology JOURNALIST, writer, comedienne and media personality Catherine Deveny captivated her audience at The Cottage restaurant in Inverloch on Friday, November 30. Guest speaker at Friends of the Inverloch Library’s (FOIL’s) annual end of year dinner event, Authors at the Inlet, she talked about her career, her dyslexia and her novel, The Happiness Show, which was written 10 years ago but has only re-

cently been published. Engaging and entertaining, Catherine Deveny spoke about her life and said she was the first member of her family to attend university. She told members of the FOIL committee she loved going to regional areas and had a soft spot for Inverloch. Her books, signed by the author, sold well at the end of the evening. The event was a great success, with tickets sold out well ahead of the night and many favourable comments afterwards.

Bravo, bravo: author Catherine Deveny, FOIL vice president Pat Hawker and FOIL treasurer Chris Gillman.

TALENTED authors from the Bass Coast Writers Group launched their newest book, Tales from the Beach Box, recently. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the group, a 2012 anthology edition was launched by Bass Coast Shire Council arts officer Josie Kent at the Inverloch Library. Tales from the Beach Box features short stories, prose and poetry by 17 authors, all of whom have contributed up to seven works each. Ms Kent congratulated the group not only on its newest book, but on

reaching a decade of friendship, support and writing. “I love that the title of the anthology comes from the cafe that the group gathers at after their meetings,” she said. “Writing is often a lone occupation, and so the companionship and support that comes from the group is even more important. “I also think that the analogy of the Beach Box is perfect for an anthology. Like a book of many tales, a beach box can be colourful or a rustic shed; a place that hides what is inside.” Ms Kent said although the stories in the book were written by individuals, she saw many similarities.

“It is a fascinating collection of short stories and poems by a diverse group and yet I found some common themes,” she said. “If Only by Barbara Moyle and Goodbye Doctor by Barbara Orlowska-Westwood tell about timing and choice. Then there is reconciliation and connexion in Georges Girl by Carol Campbell, I need my Poppy by Penny Walker and Old Rosie by Noreen Matier. There is much humour and pathos in this anthology throughout all the stories.” Copies of the book can be purchased from the Inverloch Library for $15.

Celebrating 10 years: members of the Bass Coast Writers Group at the launch of Tales from the Beach Box, from left, Jellie Wyckelsma, Barbara Orlowska-Westwood, Rosemary Perry, Shirley Buckley, Alison Chapman, Anne Preston and Aileen Mitchell.

Council blokes grow mos TRUCKERS, Rockstars, Regents and After Eights have graced the faces of 14 Bass Coast Shire Council staff, who have raised more than $1000 for men’s health research.

The Happiness Show: Inverloch librarian Anna Gehardt, author and guest speaker Catherine Deveny, Wonthaggi librarian Colin Waring and Meagan Stewart couldn’t wipe the smiles from their faces.

The usually clean shaven corporate services director, Danny Luna, said staff had embraced the Movember fundraiser. “Council staff have a long history of supporting great causes and we’ve been involved in Movember

for about six years now.” Mr Luna said men’s health was extremely important, but was often a bit of a taboo subject. “Movember might seem a bit of fun, but there is a strong message behind it,” he said.

Council mo bros: Jeff Bond, Steve Fuery, Derek Peters, Simon Harris, Laurie Gervasi, John Wynen, Andrew Busana (team captain), Cohen Van der Velde and Danny Luna show off their mos during Movember.


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Kids aim high A CELEBRATORY afternoon tea was held at the Bass Coast Centennial Centre to mark the end of the first Building Aspiration program recently.

From back left: Rod Dunlop from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development with Wonthaggi students Jasmin, Roan, Jack, Ella, Mookyi, Jordan and Jaxon.

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Run over four weeks, the program involved a handful of Grade 6 students from Wonthaggi and Wonthaggi North primary schools. The program was designed to help selected students with their future career aspirations by encouraging them to think about what they enjoy and how this may help them with their future pathway into further education or employment. Vin Hally, assistant principal at Wonthaggi Primary School, said: “We have noticed at school a slight change in the children’s thinking and attitude towards planning future goals, and are at least thinking about their aspirations, and possible career pathways. “They are becoming more self aware, what their strengths and

weaknesses are, and also what they enjoy is extremely important when thinking about career choices. “The students loved visiting different workplaces in the Bass Coast region, like Bass Coast Regional Health, Bunnings, Phillip Island Nature Park, and the Desalination Information Centre, and all gained a great deal from the experience.” Career development and setting long term goals by primary school aged children even at this age is so important and South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network is striving towards better outcomes for students on completion of school by developing and partnering with schools and businesses to deliver these programs. If you would like more information regarding this program you can contact SGBCLLEN on 5662 5500

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10 years ago December 17, 2002

A LASS on the staff at The Star said on Monday that a farmer found one of his cows dead recently with no obvious cause. Next day two cows were history and it was later found that all three had died of snake bite. A search in a round bale revealed a nest of about 36 snakes and the feeding cows had paid the penalty of eating near the snakes’ ‘home’.

LIFESAVERS at the dangerous Venus Bay Number One beach fear they won’t be able to access the area in a crisis. The beach, which features in regular surf rescues, has become inaccessible following major erosion of the beach track. *******

A VERBAL altercation over jars of apricot jam at the South Gippsland Farmers Market has turned into a poison pen campaign involving anonymous letters. The Star became aware of the Koonwarra market drama after it was sent three letters – all posted from Meeniyan – which did not come from verifiable sources.

******* QUICK work by the Wonthaggi SEC and the Tarwin Lower Rural Fire Brigade saved a Venus Bay home from extensive fire damage on December 3. Fire damage to the Boulevard Street home was confined to the ceiling, a wall and part of the kitchen. Peter Grant was painting his parents’ home when he noticed the blaze and raised the alarm.

A FIREFIGHTER was robbed while volunteering at a car accident at Inverloch on Sunday. A mobile phone and sunglasses – total value $800 – were stolen from the vehicle belonging to the Country Fire Authority, after 5.35pm. The theft has shocked Inverloch Police.

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WONTHAGGI Theatrical Group is officially among the best in Victoria, after winning the major award at the Music Theatre Guild Awards on Saturday. The group’s production Cabaret this year was named Production of the Year, a prize shared with Ballarat’s Leading Note Theatre.

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Dealing with change By Sarah Vella

FISH Creek dairy farmer, Gillian Hayman has recently taken part in the first of three master classes as part of the Primary Industries Adaptation Research Network (PIARN).

The program, which is part of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, has been designed to build knowledge and capacity in climate change adaptation research and action. It also aims to help close the communication gap between researchers, policy makers, funding organisations, industry professionals and producers, fostering productive networks and building knowledge. “The national program is all about climate change adaptation, part of that is PIARN hosted by the University of Melbourne,” Ms Hayman said. She applied to be a part of PIARN, as an opportunity to do some work with a group of people from around Australia and New Zealand who are involved in agriculture. “There were 18 of us who came together to talk about agriculture and how farmers are adapting to the change in climate,” Ms Hayman said. “We have the opportu-

Master class: Gillian Hayman is learning how climate change is affecting agriculture around Australia with the help of the Primary Industries Adaptation Research Network. nity to travel to different places in Australia and learn from farmers and researchers and learn about agriculture in the future under changing climatic conditions.” Ms Hayman’s first master class was three days in

South Australia, which allowed her to experience a range of farming systems, management, adaptation and practices with a dramatically reducing annual rainfall. “We were given the opportunity to travel

across the state, through the Barossa Valley, into Riverland and then out to Waikerie,” she said. Site visits included vineyards in the Barossa Valley, an apple orchard at the border of the low rainfall zone, wheat growing

properties in the Murray Darling Basin and horticulture on the peri-urban fringe. “We learnt from farmers what they have done to continue producing food in these environmental extremes,” Ms Hayman said.

On the tour were researchers, consultants, farmers, research managers, extension officers and policy makers. Ms Hayman is on the tour as a farmer. “The purpose of the South Australian Master

Class was to get to know each other, hear from researchers and to learn and network with researchers, farmers and extension officers,” she said. Ms Hayman will also visit Canberra in February to learn about policy. “We will be able to talk to politicians and advisors about what the policies are with regard to agriculture and climate change,” she said. “Then in April, we will go to Townsville to look at the tropical situation and industries such as sugar cane.” Ms Hayman said the main thing Gippslanders need to understand is the impact of climate change and what it means for this region. “Dairying and grazing are the key industries in Gippsland at the moment, but as the climate changes we need to decide what we want Gippsland to do,” she said. “It is about being proactive and visionary and thinking through how we want to use our region, and how we fit in terms of food production for the country in the future. “Gippsland and Tasmania are looking well placed to continue to produce food into the future, despite climate change challenges.” Ms Hayman and her husband Graeme Nicoll run Montrose Dairy at Hoddle near Fish Creek.


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A larger field of buyers showed stronger interest in a better quality yarding with price increases being recorded in all categories. Yearling grass steers were 2c to 3c/kg dearer. Yearling grass heifers were mostly 12c to 18c better on the secondary D3 lines. Grown steers were 2c to 4c stronger, while the C muscle bullocks gained 2c to 6c/kg. Plainer shaped D muscle straight bred bullocks sold 6c to 11c dearer. Friesian steers were 3c dearer while the crossbred manufacturing steers gained 7c to 13c/kg. The best heavy weight three and four score cows were close to firm, while the leaner one and two score grades were 4c to 7c/kg better and more in places. The best yearling grass steers sold from 172c to 190c/kg. The best yearling grass heifers made between 172c and 191c, with the secondary D3 lines from 142c to 162c/kg. Grown steers made from 168c to 183c/kg. four score bullocks sold between 171c and 184c, with the secondary three score lines from 166c to 177c/kg. Most grown empty heifers sold from 132c to 164c/ kg. D2 Friesian manufacturing steers made between 128c and 133c/kg. Crossbred manufacturing steers sold mostly between 140c and 162c/kg. Plain condition one score and light weight dairy cows made from 100c to 122c/kg. Better condition two and three score heavy weight dairy cows sold from 115c to 128c/kg. Plain condition one and two score and light weight beef cows made between 113c and 127c/kg. Good condition three and four score heavy weight beef cows sold between 120c and 135c/kg. Heavy weight B and C muscle bulls sold from 130c to 150c with a good number of D muscle Friesian bulls selling mostly from 127c to 136c/kg.

This week’s sale draw - December 12, 13 and 14: 1. David Phelan, 2. Alex Scott, 3. Landmark, 4. SEJ, 5. Elders, 6. Rodwells.

Wednesday, December 5 BULLOCKS 8 N.L. & J.A. Haw, Mirboo North 2 F. Walka, Yarram 10 D. Eric, Glengarry 14 J. Khalid, Foster 9 G.E., R.I. & G.J. Baillie, Tyers 13 G.E. Truscott, Toora

613kg 565kg 564kg 639kg 631kg 581kg

183.6 182.6 182.6 180.0 179.6 179.2

$1125 $1031 $1030 $1150 $1134 $1042

STEERS 2 E.J. & A. Opray, Dumbalk 1 M. Hanily, Meeniyan 1 R. & D. Clench, Yarram 2 D. & P. Whiteley, Mirboo North 6 J. Dean, Rosedale 3 N.G. Hanks, Mirboo North

395kg 410kg 455kg 425kg 542kg 528kg

190.0 190.0 188.6 185.6 183.6 181.6

$750 $779 $858 $788 $996 $959

COWS 1 R.G. & L.R. Gray, Mardan 3 R.K. & I.J. Brumley, Leongatha 9 I. & R. Hengstberger, Stony Creek 5 N. Littlejohn & Son, Mirboo North 1 A. Dixon, Loch 1 B.J. & T.L. McCormack, Mirboo Nth

760kg 611kg 508kg 561kg 595kg 550kg

135.0 $1026 135.0 $825 134.2 $682 133.6 $749 132.0 $785 132.0 $726

HEIFERS 1 Leonie Gray, Mardan 2 R. & D. Clench, Yarram 2 N. Bond, Yinnar 1 C. Wilson, Middle Tarwin 5 E.J. & A. Opray, Dumbalk 2 R.K. & W.J. Horner, Inverloch

460kg 360kg 315kg 435kg 388kg 442kg

190.6 185.0 176.0 172.0 165.2 164.2

$876 $666 $554 $748 $640 $726

BULLS 1 S. Tirpcou, Woolamai 1 A. Dixon, Loch 1 Takcarm P/L, Fish Creek 1 M. & K. Smith, Hazelwood South 1 P. Donchi, Dumbalk 1 G.E., R.I. & G.J. Baillie, Tyers

755kg 755kg 795kg 900kg 770kg 785kg

181.6 150.0 147.6 146.6 145.6 142.6

$1371 $1132 $1173 $1319 $1121 $1119

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What affects curing of hay? FOR EACH tonne of hay cured down to 12 per cent moisture content, about 1.7 tonnes of water must be removed.

The quicker this occurs, the lower are the dry matter (DM) and quality losses due to plant respiration initially and microbial activity in the latter stages of curing. We need to dry down hay as quickly as possible to reduce the above losses but equally important, to reduce the potential damage caused by rain. Losses due to a heavy downpour are bad enough, but are much worse in extended showery weather. So what factors influence the curing rate and what can we do about these? Physical form of the forage. Leaves dry faster than the stems and nodes so stems should be crushed or crimped by a conditioner to speed up their curing compared to the leaves. If possible try to leave the majority of the stems near the top of the swath and leaves facing downwards if using a roller mowerconditioner. Temperature. As temperature rises from 5 to 300C so does the curing rate, but its relative impact is marginal compared to other factors described later. 3. Sunshine and wind. A combination of sunshine and even a light breeze is best because the moving air takes the evaporating moisture away from the windrows, allowing more moisture to escape. Humidity. As hay dries down, the water evaporates out of the stems and leaves and the humidity rises to 100 per cent quickly close to the plant material in the windrow. Slight or high wind speed will remove this ‘wet’ air and replace it with low humidity or ‘drier’ air, which allows continued curing. Humidity is second to wind as the most important factor in curing hay. If the relative humidity (RH) is at, say 60 per cent, the driest that hay can be harvested at is approximately 16 per cent moisture. There will be minimal drying until the RH drops to below 40 per cent, if the target moisture is 12 per cent. If the crop has been windrowed and the RH is not likely to decrease, consider applying a hay preservative. 5. Options to increase curing rate a. Drying agents. Potassium carbonate can in-

crease the drying rate of lucerne, but not grasses, by spraying it onto the plant stems at mowing. The chemical breaks up the outer waxy layer of the plant stems, allowing a faster water movement outwards. b. Hay conditioning and tedding. Roller-type mower-conditioners and conditioners break the waxy layer of the stem to increase curing rate. The spacing should be set per machinery guidelines to ensure enough crushing of the stems for increased drying. Two settings are used: roller pressure and roll spacing. Usually altering one setting requires the adjustment in the other. Flail type conditioners tend to bruise and crimp the stems and leave fluffier windrows than the roller types. This type is more suited to smaller stemmed species such as pastures. Super conditioners, albeit expensive to buy and operate, will increase drying rate at a greater rate than conditioners only in most situations. Tedding will greatly assist by spreading the material over 100 per cent of the ground, thus leaving

a much less dense swath which will dry quicker. c. Windrow management. The wider the windrow is left, the more rapid is the rate of curing due to solar radiation and wind action on the forage. However, this effect is significantly more so as the crop yield increases and the

windrows are left wider at mowing. d. Soil moisture. When soil is damp, capillary action moves moisture up into the drying forage as it is drying. This results in dry material in the middle and top of the windrow, but still wet at the bottom. Ideally do not cut when

the soil is wet, or leave a higher stubble to keep material off the ground. This avoids most capillary movement and also allows for better circulation of air around the windrow. Cutting higher will reduce yield slightly but may also increase quality very slightly.

CLEARING SALE 180 Harraps Road, Binginwarri THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 Starting at 10am Household ? Hitachi 42” LCD TV, Westinghouse Solar Electric System fridge/freezer, Suede lounge suite and ? Consisting of panels, invertors and chaise, 4 “poster” double beds. Full H/D batteries. Wind generator. household of kitchen/dining room Workshop furniture and sundry items. ? Air compressors, concrete mixer ? Extensive collection of men’s and tools, metal cut-off saw, portable leather jackets (80) motor racing and welders,10” table saw, portable tool recreational. cabinet, large quantity of power and Vehicles hand tools, Stihl 034 chainsaw and ? Toyota 4 runner with canopy, fencing equipment. Toyota twin cab diesel, Toyota Coaster ? 7 NEW Bee boxes. bus, Holden sedan. (These vehicles are ? 5 X Petrol & Diesel generators, 2.5- unregistered and to be sold without 8 kva PLUS a NEW 2.2kw camping RWC) ? Viscount 13’ Pop-Top Caravan inverter/generator. ? Husqvarna 14 hp Ride-on mower, Much of this large inventory of Tandem trailer 10’, New fully enclosed 6x4’ trailer with solar system, items are new or near new and quantity of water pumps present purchasers great ? Kids quad bike and Dune Buggy opportunity


Terms: Cash on sale day. ID required as number system will apply. Directions: 24kms West of Yarram, off Tap Tap Rd. YAR6890225

Greg Tuckett | 0428 826 600 | 51826600

Thinking ahead: preparation can result in higher quality hay.



1200 CATTLE 1200 Thursday, Dec 13, 2012, Starting at 10am

STEERS & HEIFERS A/C LJ & NB SMITH, POUND CREEK 170 Mixed Sex Euro & British Bred Weaners. 9 - 11 months (SEJ) A/C LIONEL HOLDINGS 60 Angus Steers, 14 months, Yard weaned Dectomax, Multimim, Vit B12 on 15/11/12. (SEJ) A/C F & C CAMERON 'WILD DOG', PHILLIP ISLAND 4 Angus Steers, 9-10 months Yancowinna Blood, tops of the drop Outstanding calves. (ELDERS) A/C PG & D ALLITT, CAPE PATERSON 40 Angus mix sex weaners “Holmwood” Blood. (ALEX SCOTT) A/C P & H COLACIELLO, TYERS 20 Angus Steers, 8-10 months By Carrington Park Angus Bull 20 Angus/Blond D'Aquitaine x mix sex, 8-10 months By Linforde Park Stud Bull. (LANDMARK) A/C EH CLARKE, CALLIGNEE NORTH 20 Angus & BB Steers, Weaners 4 Angus & BB Heifer Weaners 2 x 5 in 1 & Drenched with Eprinex 21/11/12 Very quiet. (LANDMARK) A/C OWNER 22 Angus Steers, 14 months. (LANDMARK) A/C I & D BELL, TARWIN LOWER 15 Angus Steers, 10 months Yancowinna Blood, weaned. (ELDERS) A/C M HARRISON, STONY CREEK 1 White Shorthorn Bull, rising 3 years. (ALEX SCOTT)

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David Phelan & Co. Pty. Ltd.


by Frank Mickan, pasture and fodder conservation specialist, DPI Ellinbank

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public notices CHIROPRACTOR NORMAN G. VRADENBURG “NON-FORCE PRACTITIONER” 28 Reilly Street, INVERLOCH HOURS - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday by appointment Phone and fax 5674 3666 South Gippsland Chiropractic Services & Adjunctive Therapies P/L

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Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday By appointment Ph: 5674 8290 HAIRDRESSING SALON 150 Bald Hills Road, Tarwin Lower. Ph: 5663-5439. www. theorganicbeautysalon. com INVERLOCH Family Christmas Carnival held at the recreation reserve, opposite Foodworks Supermarket in Reilly Street, opening 26.12.12 and 26.1.13, 6pm - 10pm every night.

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Do you have a passion for catchment management and the environment? COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUPS - MEMBERSHIP The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) is seeking expressions of interest from residents of the WGCMA region, from The Great Dividing Range to Wilsons Promontory, from Warragul to the Gippsland Lakes, for appointment to our Community Advisory Groups (CAGs). We are seeking people from the community with a commitment to sustainability and an ability to balance environmental values with the region’s need to manage and utilise natural resources. This role brings with it a great range of learning opportunities and the WGCMA places a high priority on having a CAG membership with a diversity of skills, backgrounds, networks and experiences. The functions of the CAGs are to: • Provide strategic policy and program advice to WGCMA Board, Management and Staff on Natural Resource Management (NRM). • Identify emerging trends and issues on NRM. • Provide a historical knowledge-base and conduit for information exchange. • Provide a knowledge-base and conduit for information exchange between the WGCMA and the community. You will be expected to attend a minimum of 6 meetings per year, pre-read any relevant briefing papers and participate in associated community consultation processes. Meetings are generally held in Traralgon or Leongatha. Sitting fees and travel costs are provided. People of all ages and experience are encouraged to apply. An application form and information package will be available from December 10 2012. For further information please contact Amie Twentyman, Organisational Development and Support Coordinator on 1300 094 262 or by emailing or visit our website Closing date for return of expressions of interest is 31 January 2013. Martin Fuller Chief Executive Officer

Mail PO Box 1374, Traralgon VIC 3844 Phone 1300 094 262 Fax (03) 5175 7899 Email Web

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An Application for Planning Permit has been made which may affect you The land affected by the application is located at 920 Meeniyan Mirboo North Road, Dumbalk VIC 3956 being L2 PS616954D Parish of Dumbalk. The application is for a permit to: Development of Telecommunications Facility (40m high monopole, 3 panel antennas, 1 parabolic antenna, 2 outdoor cabinets and ancillary equipment). The applicant for the permit is: Visionstream. The Application Reference Number is: 2012/326. You may look at the Application and any documents that support the Application at the office of the Responsible Authority. This can be done during office hours (8.30am to 5pm) and is free of charge. The Responsible Authority is: South Gippsland Shire Council Private Bag 4 9 Smith Street, Leongatha 3953 Any person who may be affected by the granting of the permit may object or make other submissions to the Responsible Authority. An objection must be sent to the Responsible Authority in writing, include the reasons for the objection and state how the objector would be affected. If you object, the Responsible Authority will tell you its decision. The Responsible Authority will not decide on the Application until 14 days after the date of this Notice. Dated: 11.12.2012. * Please be aware that copies of submissions received by Council may be made available for inspection to any person for the purpose of consideration as part of the planning process.

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WOORAYL LODGE INC. POSITIONS VACANT EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Woorayl Lodge Aged Care Inc. is seeking expressions of interest for the following positions:

Casual RN - Approximately sixteen (16) hours per week. Experience in Aged Care an advantage. Personal Care Attendants

- Permanent Part Time and Relieving. Must have minimum qualification of Certificate 3 in Aged Care and also be prepared to work all shifts. Applicants please forward resumé to the Manager at Woorayl Lodge, 71 McCartin Street, Leongatha, which must also include a current National Police Certificate.


Applications are invited from interested persons for the above position. To succeed in this position you will have: • Sound knowledge of and commitment to customer service • Computer literacy and ability to work unsupervised • Agent’s Representatives Certificate or preparedness to obtain such certificate • Ability to perform and support others in a small office environment • Driver’s licence and reliable car


Advertisements must be received at The Star by Friday 12 noon *The Star reserves the right to refuse any advertisement PRIVATE ADVERTISEMENTS ONLY - NO BUSINESSES Max. 2 advs. per week - Single phone number for contact NOTE: No advertisements for animals, birds or fish accepted

CHIROPRACTOR 19 Moonah Street Cape Paterson

TOTAL VALUE OF ITEMS PER ADVERT MUST NOT EXCEED $50 SIDE TABLES. Two black wrought iron tables with glass tops. Exc. cond. $35 the pair. Ph. 5662 5930. SIDE TABLES. Two. Cane. Glass top. Good condition. $50. Ph. 0428 859 583. SIDE TABLE. Pine. 3 Drawers. Good condition. $20. Ph. 0428 859 583. FILING CABINET. Brownbuilt, 3-drawer, lockable, good cond. $35 or offer. Ph. 5662 5930. TRAMPOLINE. 10’ x 6’ in good order. $50. Ph. 5655 1792. BOXING GLOVES. Two pairs, 6oz. Good order, as new. $10 per pair. Ph. 5655 1792. TRAINER WHEELS for pushbike. As new. $10. Ph. 5655 1792. TRAILER AXLE, old, with bearings, guards, and four 10” boat tyres. $50. Ph. 0439 101 338. BOY’S BMX BIKE, “Gravity”, blue, good cond. $15. Ph. 0439 101 338. WHIPPER SNIPPER. Electric. $10. Ph. 5674 1658 DOLL ACCESSORIES. Bath, Pram (pink) with capsule, sleeping bag, change mat and nappy bag. All in very good condition. $45. Ph. 0421 097 451. BED FRAME & MATTRESS. Single. White metal. very good condition. $50. Ph. 0418 574 539. FUTON LOUNGE. Ex. Cond. $50. Ph. 0427 878 572. AB FITNESS CHAIR. $40. Ph. 0427 878 572. DUCK EGGS. Fertile Khaki Campbell eggs. Five dozen @ $10 per dozen. Ph. 5664 1215. WOODHEATER. Inbuilt with fan. Works well. $40. Ph. 0418 179 977. BABY BJORN CARRIER. Faded black. $25. Ph. 0438 597 204. DINING SUITE. Extends to seat 8. Six chairs. $40. Ph. 0468 354 145. DOUBLE BED & BASE. Iron frame. $50. Ph. 5664 8275. TV CABINET and DVD storage unit. Timber, 2m high. Glass doors. $50. Ph. 5664 8275. HARDWOOD PARQUETRY. 1sq. metre $10 per box. Ph. 5169 6626. PORTACOT. Steelcraft. Blue, in excellent cond. $35. Ph. 0407 343 341. BOUNCINETTE. Pink with music box and toy mobile. Exc. cond. $20. Ph. 0407 343 341. PORTA-COT. Weekender 3 in 1. Steelcraft. Excellent condition. $50. Ph. 5668 1571. 100 OLD BRICKS. Can deliver. $50. Ph. 5657 3291. PICNIC TABLE. Treated pine, 1 piece with bench seats. $50. Ph. 5657 3291. MATTRESS. Queen size, hardly used. Very clean. Suit slat base. $40. Ph. 5657 2308. SOFA BED. Innerspring double mattress. Makes good couch. In good cond. $30. Ph. 5657 2308. “ANNE” sheer continuous curtaining. Drop 122cm x 10.7m. $30. Ph. 5664 4292.

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HEADLIGHTS. Ford falcon. Series II. years 2000 onward. Lens in Good condition. New after market $100 each. Selling for $20. Ph. 0427 444 601. COFFEE DRIPOLATOR. Melita. 10 cups. Very good condition. $10. Ph. 0407 4444 051. FRIDGE. Philips. 460 Litre. 2 door. Frost Free. Good working order. Ideal spare fridge. $50. Ph. 5655 1574. POLO TOPS, Leongatha Sec. College, white, with logo, new. Size M. Two at $20 ea. Ph. 5662 5141. VP COMMODORE WHEELS. 6”x14”, suit trailer. HQ stud pattern. Three only. $50. Ph. 0413 060 875. GARDEN WHEELBARROWS. Two old concretor’s barrows. $20 each. Ph. 0413 060 875. DOOR. interior flush panel with handles and hinges. 2040 x 820. $10. VGC. Ph. 5658 1050. BISCUIT TINS. Carrs and Arnotts 1lb 3oz. English. VGC. $10. Ph. 5658 1050. PRINTER. Colour. Dell. With spare black ink. $25. Ph. 5662 0838. CURTAIN/DRAPE Draw track, complete. Brown metal, adjustable to 18’. $50. Ph. 5662 3336. ALUMINIUM WINDOW, 1500x1200, white. $50. Ph. 5668 7246. ALUMINIUM WINDOW. 1500X1200, silver. $30. Ph. 5668 7246. WALL UNIT. Unusual solid cane/bamboo open lattice appearance. Four shelves.190cm high x 75cm wide. $30. Ph. 5663 6392. PINE TABLE. 100cm diameter. $25. Ph. 5663 6392. POWER HACKSAW. “Little Giant”. Great for work or display. $50. Ph. 5672 2510. OLD WARES. Unique wheelbarrow with metal wheel and child’s metal rocker plus tricycle. $50 the lot. Ph. 5672 2510. SOFA BED. Folds to double with trampoline base. Navy, Good cond. $50. Ph. 5678 8538. COMPUTER DESK, corner unit with shelves, metal, brown, good cond. 80 x 200. $40. Ph. 5678 8538. STEREO, double tape, CD player and 2 speakers. $50. Ph. 0428 859 583. ONE LEG STOOL with dark wood legs and cloth cushion top. $20. Ph. 0428 859 583. WETSUIT. Girl’s 6, purple and black, short arms and legs. Great cond. $15. Ph. 0427 102 225. FISHING REEL. Used, Penn Powerspin 4000. Exc. cond. $30. Ph. 0427 102 225. BIRD CAGE. Detailed wooden Balinese style. $30. Ph. 5662 5141. TOOL BOX. $30. Ph. 5658 1443. PVC CLASS 12, 25mm misc. barrel union/fittings. New. $35. Ph. 5658 1443. DISPLAY CABINET. Corner unit, black, exc. cond. Four glass doors and shelves, 193cm high, 90cm wide. $30. Ph. 5638 8119. MINI TRAMPOLINE. Exc. cond. Great for aerobic fitness. $30. Ph. 5662 5930.

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TO OBTAIN PROPERTY MANAGER’S DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES call Sarah on 5682 2100 or email Applications in writing to: Property Manager’s Position C/- Paragreen Real Estate 17 Main Street, Foster or by 7th January 2013

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CASUAL WORK, cleaners needed, Walkerville area. 0418-580076.


Sales Support Officer/ Property Manager, Leongatha

Preferably B Double Licence Call Tom 0408 515 243 Cummaudo Farms

Elders have a great opportunity for a Sales Support Officer/Property Manager to join their team at Leongatha. Duties would include property management, reception duties, livestock sales processing, banking, and daily administration tasks. The successful applicant would need to have: • Strong organisation, communication and time management skills • Competent with Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Outlook • Agents Rep certificate (desirable, but not essential) • Year 12 or equivalent experience • FSRA Tier 2 accreditation (not essential) Applications in writing to: Rohan McRae Branch Manager 105 Commercial St Korumburra Vic 3950 Applications close Friday 4th January 2013

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GippsDairy classifieds has 4 new dairy farm positions available and 11 new dairy positions wanted. To find out more about the new listings go to our website: “Dairy job classifieds”.

Hamilton Terang

Ballarat Maffra Leongatha

Spare Parts Manager - Leongatha Windmill Ag, a fast growing leading supplier of John Deere equipment and general agricultural equipment with locations throughout Victoria, is seeking a highly motivated Spare Parts Manager for our Leongatha branch. Reporting to the Branch Manager, and with the support of a group parts manager, this role focuses on driving the Parts department, partnering current clients in shop and managing new business for parts with efficient inventory control. The necessary skills and requirements for the job are: • Experience and knowledge of the Automotive Industry as Spare Parts Interpreter or Salesperson • Proven skills at managing and getting the best out of others • Exceptional customer service record • Demonstrated customer focus • Enthusiastic and self motivated team member • The ability to efficiently maintain a large stock file This position will offer the successful applicant a fantastic opportunity to enter into a long term career. The position offers ongoing training, stability and the opportunity to be part of a growing company. An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant. So if you’re a totally self motivated, reliable and punctual team player, and wish to work in a climate of high productivity, with a professional team and find total job satisfaction please apply to the: Manager, Windmill Ag Leongatha South Gippsland Hwy, Leongatha South or email to Phone 03 5667 6600 Closing date Monday 17th December

“Focussed on your farming”

Hamilton Terang

Ballarat Maffra Leongatha

Spare Parts Interpreter Trainee - Leongatha Windmill Ag, a fast growing leading supplier of John Deere equipment and general agricultural equipment with locations throughout Victoria, is seeking a highly motivated Spare Parts interpreter or someone who would like to take on a parts traineeship (possible school leaver), for our Leongatha branch. Reporting to the Parts Manager, this role focuses on driving the Parts Department, partnering current clients in shop and managing new business for parts with efficient inventory control. The necessary skills and requirements for the job are: • Interest and knowledge of the Automotive Industry as Spare Parts Interpreter or Salesperson • Exceptional customer service record • Demonstrated customer focus • Enthusiastic and self motivated team member • The ability to efficiently maintain a large stock file This position will offer the successful applicant a fantastic opportunity to enter into a long term career. The position offers ongoing training, stability and the opportunity to be part of a growing company. An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant. So if you’re a totally self motivated, reliable and punctual team player, and wish to work in a climate of high productivity, with a professional team and find total job satisfaction please apply to the: Manager, Windmill Ag Leongatha South Gippsland Hwy, Leongatha South or email to Phone 03 5667 6600 Closing date Monday 17th December

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Position Vacant SOUTH EAST SERVICES NETWORK GIPPSCARE Leongatha The Salvation Army South East Services Network, GippsCare Service seeks the following position.

Family Violence Outreach Worker (Full time 38hrs per week)

GippsCare assists individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness within the Bass Coast and South Gippsland shires. An exciting opportunity exists for an enthusiastic and highly motivated professional to join our Family Violence Service. GippsCare provides support to women and children in the community who are experiencing or escaping family violence. Applicants must have relevant qualifications and/or experience in risk management, report writing, case planning, advocacy and have sound written and verbal communication skills. The successful applicant will have an ability to develop ways of engaging women at risk. The position is based at our Leongatha office. The above position advertised will be required to meet the following criteria: • Applicants must be willing to work within the mission and values of The Salvation Army. • A driver’s licence is essential. • A satisfactory police check is essential. • A Working With Children Check is essential. • Proof of eligibility to work in Australia is essential. • All applicants are required to cite the names of three (3) referees. • Applications for the above position are to be received no later than close of business, Monday, December 17, 2012. • Interview date will be Wednesday, December 19, 2012 A position description can be obtained by contacting Veronica Ross on 5662 4502 or email South East Services Network is a Child Safe Organisation

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Farm Workers Wanted Vacancies exist for

EXPERIENCED FARMHANDS and RELIEF MILKERS On our 450 cow dairy farm at Poowong, South Gippsland. Reporting to the farm manager your role will include milking, tractor work, calf rearing, fencing and farm maintenance. Driver’s licence essential, competitive hourly rate available to the right applicants. This is a long term position. For further enquiries please contact Andrew on 0418 881 283

Traineeship: Cert III Business Administration - 18 months FT Contract University not your thing? Looking for a career in a dynamic industry? Want to kick start a career through a traineeship? Want nationally recognised accreditation, yet stay based in your local region? South Gippsland Water is looking for a year 12 school leaver or similar, from our local region, who is interested in kick starting a career in Business Administration. The role is based in South Gippsland Water’s Foster office and will provide admin support to the Corporation's Customer Service department. You must possess a strong customer focus and a desire to shine in customer support. Desired Attributes: • A motivated self starter • Sound computer skills • Enthusiasm for all things admin All training costs and uniform will be provided. Applicants should read the position description located at for enquiries please contact Paula Smith on 03 5682 0403. Applications close on Friday 21st December 2012 Email or post to: HR & Payroll Coordinator South Gippsland Water PO Box 102 Foster Vic 3960

The Salvation Army South East Services Network Gippscare VICTORIA’S LEADING ADVENTURE CAMP

‘Supporting people to achieve self-reliance’


Position Vacant


Case Manager Home Based Care Part Time (4 days per week)

Are you looking for a rewarding job in a great industry or are you considering a gap year, unsure what to do? How about a traineeship at Camp Rumbug? A position is available for a positive role model with a caring nature. We are looking for an exceptional person to complement an already dynamic and industry leading team. You will need to have a “can do” attitude, an eye for detail, a drive to deliver exceptional service to children and adults alike, and make a real difference to the school children attending their once in a lifetime adventure camp experience. Included in this traineeship: • Certificate 3 or 4 in Sport & Recreation (National Recognised Training). • Level 2 First Aid Certificate • Level 1 Food Handling Certificate. Through this traineeship you will have the opportunity of working and training at an adventure campsite with one of the best reputations in Victoria. You will also have the opportunity of learning skills from an exceptional team of staff who are leading the industry in best practice. Your work role will include: Leading groups, running activities including specialised adventure activities, assisting in a commercial kitchen, cleaning and general maintenance. Comprehensive and ongoing training included. Approximate 38 hours per week available Work on school holidays optional, with some weekends required. Casual position with the expectation of ongoing employment. Prerequisites for employment are: • A current Police Check • A current Working With Children Check (for employment) • manual driver’s licence for use of vehicles onsite Email resumé to BH (03) 5664 6524

12 Months fixed term A new and exciting opportunity exists at GippsCare for an enthusiastic and highly motivated professional to join our team. Home Based Care is an established program working with young people in Out of Home Care. Working within a team setting the program is responsible for the engagement and support of caregivers to enable stable and appropriate placements for young people in our care. Applicants must have a passion for working with young people and be experienced in case management, report writing, case planning and have sound written and communication skills. The successful applicant will have an ability to develop ways of engaging young people, a knowledge of the Children, Youth and Families Act and an understanding of complex systems. A qualification in social welfare and experience within the sector would be highly desirable. Applicants should address the Job Competencies in the position description. The following criteria is applicable to this position: • Applicants must be willing to work within the mission and values of The Salvation Army. • A current driver’s licence is essential. • A satisfactory Police Check is essential. • A Working With Children Check is essential. • Proof of eligibility to work in Australia is essential. • All applicants are required to cite the names of three (3) referees. • Applications are to be received no later than close of business, Friday, December 14, 2012. A position description and application for appolntment can be obtained by contacting: Stuart Simmie, Program Manager, GippsCare Youth Services 5662 4502 or email: South East Services Network is a Child Safe Organisation

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Secondary Educators ❖ Are you a teacher with skill and talent in the following areas? ❖ Are you a committed Christian who has a passion for Christian Education? ❖ Would you like the opportunity to become part of a small dynamic teaching team? South Coast Christian College is located in Leongatha in picturesque South Gippsland, Victoria. We are seeking VIT registered teachers in the following areas: • English • Humanities • Mandarin If this is you, then we would love to hear from you! Graduate teachers are encouraged to apply. Part-time positions may be considered for the right people. Please contact South Coast Christian College for an application pack. (03) 5662 4355 - email: Applications close 14/12/2012 Australian residents only need apply.


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POULTRY and Cage Bird Auction at the Traralgon Showgrounds Poultry Pavilion on Sunday, December 16, starting at 10.30am. Wide variety of poultry, hens, ducks, many breeds, fertile eggs. Open for sellers from 8am. Ph: 5197 7270 or 0400-934202.


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Lions cheque: Leongatha Lions Club’s Stan Markley & Robert Bruce (president) presents fete co-ordinator Sharron Stephens with a cheque for St Laurence’s.

THANK YOU Denis Hawkins New Beginnings Bookshop Hay’s Jewellery Flower Power Hair Bairs Stewarts Tyres Collier’s Carpets So!me Paint Place Fawcett & Pickersgill Koonwarra Store Toyworld Millie & Romeo Koonwarra Essentials Shop Koonwarra Wellness Clinic Stockdale & Leggo Bairs Hotel Nick’s Clothing Amcal Pharmacy McCartin’s Hotel Lyrebird Café Gatha Food Store Henrietta’s Nikolina Florist AW Smiths Home Hardware Lc Excessorize Leongatha Healthfood Riseley Tranport Kelvin John’s Birite Jackson Lawry Optom. Sportscene Voyage Gym Target C.S.C Snackbar

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ing St Laurence O’Toole Parish and School thank the follow businesses who sponsored, or donated goods or money towards the recent fete which raised an amazing $19,000. result Thanks to the broader parish & school community for working towards the great Southern Saddlery Moo’s Chocolates Water Catchment Swanlee Craft Mushroom Craft Picture Framers Essendon Football Club Harvey Norman Wonthaggi Bunnings Wonthaggi Geelong Football Club Red Energy Hawthorn Football Club Ecolab The Esplanade Hotel Shane Tieman Excavation John Fletcher Timber Services Russel Hinds Evans Petroleum Hartley Wells Leongatha Garden Supplies Select Produce IGA Langdon Chiropractics Indigo Hair Studio Mary MacKillop CRC Meeniyan Catholic Womens League Leongatha Lions Club Leongatha Apex Club Leongatha Medieval Society Peter Gili Rythmic Colours Landcare Gypsy Boards Leongatha Catholic Womens League

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HILL - EVANS Congratulations Jessie and Reuben on your beautiful engagement. Love and happiness for your future together. Also acknowledgements of parents, Carol and David Evans of Rotorua, New Zealand 40th wedding anniversary, and Reuben’s birthday, all on the same day 9.12.12. Tric and Barry Hill.

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BRAUMANN (Whitehill) Congratulations to Sharmian and Kyle on the arrival of Riley Alexander. A beautiful little brother for Madison and Ella, and cousin for Milly. Love from the Braumann and Whitehill families.

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message of hope Cheque handover: Alex Spencer of Leongatha Apex presents a cheque to fete co-ordinatator Sharron Stephens.

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BENSON - The family of the late Isobel Benson, formerly of Buffalo and Woorayl Lodge Leongatha would like to express their thanks for the support and sympathies for Isobel on her passing. Special thanks to the staff and volunteers at the Woorayl Lodge, Leongatha Hospital and Seahaven Inverloch for their care. Thank you to Handley Funeral Services and the Meeniyan Uniting Church Auxiliary. Please accept this as our personal thank you. Phil and Grace, Ian and Carolyn Benson, Marg and Ade Johnson, and families.

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RICHARDS (nee Robbins) - Elma Margaret. Passed away peacefully at Grandridge Lodge, Mirboo North on December 6, 2012. Aged 83 years. Loving wife of Lindsay. Caring mother of Ian and Joy, Robyn and Ian, Lynette, Jenni and Frank. Loving nan to 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Forever in our hearts. Rest in peace. RICHARDS - Elma (nee Robbins). Thank You Ma So many loving memories. Love you forever

Ian and Joy, Linda, Albert and Peter, Glendon, Tenielle, Megan and Hannah, Neville, Tammy, Alex, Brendan and Logan, Justin, Janelle and Koby.

RICHARDS - Elma. Dear friend and neighbour of Marg, Rod and family. Sleep peacefully Elma.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - PAGE 55

Speech inspires DAVID McAlpine has represented Mary MacKillop College in the state final of the Legacy Junior Public Speaking competition. Although he did not win, David was one of just 12 students to make the state final, from a starting pool of 450. The event was held at the ABC’s Iwaki Auditorium in Melbourne. David won the local round of this com-

petition at Wonthaggi and then competed at the district level at Dandenong in September. There he was selected as one of three students to proceed to the state final. David spoke about Professor Barry Marshall, a Nobel Prize winning medical scientist who became a human guinea-pig in the quest to establish a link between a certain sort of bacteria and the development of stomach ulcers. David actually spoke to Professor Marshall about his life and work.

Top class: David McAlpine was presented with a medallion and certificate by Legatee, Bryce Phillips, president, Melbourne Legacy and an Australian Pocket Oxford Dictionary from Alyce Crosbie of Oxford University Press.

Winners on track WINNERS of the Railway Station Garden competition were awarded with their prizes last Friday morning. The Korumburra Rotary Club awarded a cheque for $750 to the Nyora Community Development Association for the best sustainable railway station garden, while the Koringal Ladies presented a cheque to the Loch Community Development Association for the most beautiful garden. The prize money is an incentive for towns to work on their Tourist Railway Station gardens and help improve the links between the towns and tourism, as well as aid volunteers who dedicate their time to the gardens.

Shane Byrne to join athletics tour LEONGATHA based sprinter Shane Byrne has been selected to go on a Boys Athletics World Tour in 2013.

funerals LANGENBERG - A service to celebrate the life of the late Mr Herman Jacob Langenberg will be held at the Daker’s Centre (cnr Smith and Watt Streets) Leongatha on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 commencing at 2pm. A private service for cremation will precede the above service. No flowers by request please, donations in lieu may be made to The Garvan Research Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the service.


funerals RICHARDS - The Funeral Service for the late Mrs Elma Margaret Richards will be held at the Dumbalk and District Hall, Dumbalk, on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 commencing at 11am. Private cremation. No flowers by request please, donations in lieu may be made to Diabetes Australia Victoria. Envelopes will be available at the service.


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The 14-year-old Leongatha Secondary College Year 8 student will tour England, Wales, the Isle of Man, Scotland, and Austria along with eight other boys selected to represent Australia in a number of athletics meetings. As part of the trip Shane will be running in events at the Highlands Games in Scotland which will be a big thrill. The team manager will be athletics coach with Caulfield Grammar School, Neville Sillitoe and the tour has the support of the Leongatha Secondary College. The school is helping to fund some of the cost of the trip which the Byrne family is very grateful for. Shane was selected for the tour after performing well at the Victorian State Aths finals at Albert Park in October. Shane finished with silver in the 100 metres and bronze in the 200 metres. Shane has also been invited to join the Victorian Aths League. The seven week tour takes place in May-July, 2013.

Medal presentation: Shane Byrne is pictured right receiving one of his two medals at the Victorian State School athletics championships at Albert Park recently.

Korumburra volleyball

South Gippsland Bridge

Preliminary final results

Meeniyan – Monday evening: 1st Margaret Munro, Ellie McIntyre. 2nd Kathryn Smith, David Baggallay. 3rd Clive Hope, Susan Ruffin. Inverloch – Friday afternoon: North/South: 1st Anne and Bruce Gibson. 2nd Greg Nicholson, Arendina Drury. 3rd John Farr, Anne Williams. 4th Marj Freeman, Mary McCaughan. East/West: 1st Hannah Martin, Margaret Munro. 2nd Kaye Douglas, John Sutton. 3rd John Sullivan, Alan Johnston. 4th Vivian Westaway, Maureen Stiles.

A Grade: Giants d Bugs (3:2) 25:19, 25:13, 24:26, 20:25, 15:11. B Grade: Why? d HELP (3:0) 25:22, 25:15, 25:19.

Next week A Grade: Show Court 1 7.40: Pirates v Giants. 1st ref Keith Jenkins, 2nd ref Russell Brown, two scorers and two linespeople Bugs. B Grade: Show Court 2 7.40: Panthers v Why? 1st Tom Saario, 2nd ref, two scorers and two linespeople HELP.

Prizes were also presented to the winner of the Korumburra Logo competition, Zane Wil-

son, and Korumburra Primary School, which Zane attends. A cheque was also

awarded to St Joseph’s Primary School for their efforts in the competition.

Primary school awards: Korumburra Primary School teacher Jaci Williams, Korumburra Logo competition winner Zane Wilson, Korumburra Community Development and Action Incorporation president Maurie Thiele and principal Bill Jeffs.

50 years on for pony club CORNER Inlet Pony Club’s 50th birthday celebrations were a huge success, with many past members, families and friends returning to join in the weekend’s activities. Despite Saturday’s hot weather a good crowd gathered in the air conditioned comfort of the historic Port Franklin hall where photo and memorabilia displays kept visitors busy throughout the afternoon. After the formalities were over visitors enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea organised by committee member Anne Green. The day began with a welcome from CIPC president Mr Andrew Abernethy followed by an opening address by Councilor Jeanette Harding, herself a past CIPC committee person. Kate Crowl (nee McKinKa ney) – the girl who followed in 1961 of starting her dream dre a Pony Club - gave an inspirational talk on how it all spiratio began. Kate, who now lives at Ka Foster North kept the crowd engaged with stories from engage those early days at Pony Club. Current Life members Kevin Thorburn, Gayle Taylor and Bruce Best each gave a brief run down on the recipients of new life memberships before making the presentations to three of our

long time instructors Shane Simpson, Sue Josephs and Barb Wright. The anniversary cake was then cut by the three new life members. The celebrations continued on Sunday at the Open day at the CIPC rally at Bennison in slightly better weather and visitors enjoyed watching Pony Clubbers and their horses demonstrate their riding talents throughout the day. Councillor Mohya Davies representing the South Gippsland Shire Council spoke to the crowd about her family’s experience with the club and how proud she was to be associated with the Corner Inlet

Pony Club. The club will be compiling all of the information gathered to date for the written history of the club which we hope to publish some time in 2013. Anyone who has records, photos and stories to tell are encouraged to get in touch with Deb Collins ( or 56871341 or post to CIPC, P.O. Box 75, Foster 3960. The attendance books, meeting minutes and records from the first 25 years of the club (1962-1887) have not been found so if any past committee members could help us find these we would be most grateful.

Old rider: Shane Simpson, Adeline Collins, Julia Green and Bruce Best with Bruce’s 100-year-old side saddle which was on display at the CIPC 50th birthday celebrations.


$200 GIFT CARD COMPETITION WINNERS Angus Cousins, Meeniyan Congratulations to... Carol Gathercole, Hallston Scott Bugbird, Cape Paterson Donald Cashin, Koonwarra Malinda Ball, Tarwin

In it for life: CIPC Life members who attended the celebrations on Saturday (from left) Barb Wright, Sue Josephs, Gayle Taylor, Sue Thorburn, Shane Simpson, Kevin Thorburn, Terry Josephs, Kathy Whelan, Ivan Ray, Heather Ray and Bruce Best.

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Lifeguard challenge goes SPLASH IN preparation for the opening of local outdoor pools and a busy summer season, the South Gippsland YMCA Lifeguard teams participated in the annual Lifeguard Challenge on Friday, November 23.

Twelve participants tackled a series of situations and were rated on their responses. The winner was Nick Paterson who was named as the 2012 Lifeguard of the Year. The challenge was designed to simulate a certain level of stress to test the lifeguards’ reactions and skills to critical situations. The unknown nature of the challenges, shortened time frames and physical exertion encouraged a natural response to stress and encouraged sharpened reactions, team work and communication. There were seven different challenges in place with staff being assessed by senior staff at each station. The aim was to simulate scenarios that may occur and to deal with them quickly and efficiently. The challenges included: - One-minute treading water with hands out of the water, 25m swim, 25m tow, patient removal from water, object retrieval from the bottom of the pool; - Dealing with an un-

conscious patient who had vomited and completing two minutes of CPR on manikin; - Putting together completely dismantled oxygen equipment; - Putting together the oxygen equipment - this time blindfolded; - Identifying and dealing with a dry spinal scenario; - 25m swim and unconscious patient removal from bottom of the pool; - Completing administration paperwork and relevant documentation from information they were provided at each station. SPLASH manager Emma Dowling said the element of the unknown had highlighted any skill deficiencies and these would be addressed as a priority with follow up training. Ms Dowling added the event was a good team building exercise. “The types of challenges set for the lifeguards were based on real situations so it was stressful in that regard. The staff were nervous prior to the event with the element of the unknown,” she said. “Overall the standard was excellent and Nick was outstanding and a deserved winner.” Nick’s skills will be on display at South Gippsland SPLASH, Korumburra Outdoor Pool and Poowong Outdoor Pool over the 2012-2013 summer season.

Aerial magic as gymnasts show off KIDS somersaulted, twisted and nearly flew through the air at the annual end of year show and presentation night of the Leongatha Gymnastics Club last Wednesday.

Impressive feat: Darcy Wearne performs a tuck jump.

Family and friends of young gymnasts filled the sports centre at St Laurence’s Primary School for the spectacular event. The talents of gymnasts from toddlers through to teenagers impressed. The club’s Tegan Bray said: “Our display night is an event for all the gymnasts to be able to perform gymnastics/ dance/trampoline or acrobatic routines to their parents and friends. “It’s an opportunity for these children to demonstrate the skills

Fine form: Alice Reid, Ella Tough and Aaron Murray warm-up for the show.

they have been training in throughout the year, as well as to show off the accomplishments they have achieved for the year.” Encouragement awards were presented to: Lily Hume, Milla Fixter, Ella Thompson, Anja Smolders, Sarah Ellery-Burke, Kiarra Hollier, Ariella Francis, Kirra Jones, Maddi Cruickshank, Mia Bellingham, Grace Adams, Alexandra Scott, Holly Belsar-Brailey, Grace

Holding tight: Chloe Stoops shows her style on the rings.

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

Croquet club hosts Rotary On Monday December 3, Leongatha Rotary visited our lawns.

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Allen, Katrina Brandon, Lily Akers, Cassie Moodie, Tea Clark, Kim Birkett, Kai McMahon, Riley Reaby, George Beilby, Daniel Sturvent and Ryan Sturvent. Most improved awards were given to: Elly Jones, Paris Brann, Luca Riseley, Kelsea Schnoor and Philippa Wayne. Coach’s awards were won by: Bethany Lawson, Darcy Wearne and Sarah Sauvarin.

Above Testing it out: Joan Fawcett, Harry Leggett, Grant McDonald and Phil Botte from Leongatha Rotary came out for a knock on the croquet rink recently. Left Interesting exchange: enjoying an Australian barbecue at the Leongatha Croquet Club were Jonathan Weinbrenner of Germany and Annika Ruakolahti.

The croquet members set up four lawns and then proceeded to coach and assist the Rotary members to the game of golf croquet. This game introduces players to croquet in a fun and uncomplicated way. Rotary is very strong in Leongatha so there were more than 40 to play, cheer and cheat (most acceptable on these nights). A barbecue tea was enjoyed with croquet members supplying supper to the delight of Nick Dudley. Rotary is sponsoring two young exchange students - Annika Ruokolahti from Finland and Jonothan Weinbrenner from Germany. Jonathan was one step ahead of Annika as he has played croquet in Germany. Twilight croquet has commenced and already we have new players that are enjoying this wonderful game. On December 12 we are having a Christmas breakup starting at 3pm and playing through to 8.30pm. All welcome. Merry Christmas to all and happy birthday to our life member Bee Cramp, 99 years young.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - PAGE 57


Aths not maths IT’S been a busy time in the past couple of weeks for primary school children on the track, with athletics events taking centre stage at most schools. Of course, Leongatha Primary School and nearneighbour St Laurences, have been as busy as anyone as The Star’s pictorial shows.

Sporting trio: it’s easier to maintain friendships when you’re all in the same house. But in truth it’s hard to imagine LPS students Ava Patterson, Ali Baumgartner and Sienna Russ ever fighting.

Family affair: St Laurence Primary School students and cousins Stella McGannon and Ada Hill were happy to show off their ribbons after a recent aths event at the school.

Away she goes: LPS student Hannah Richards was adept at throwing, while maintaining a smile throughout.

Meeniyan Pony Club Show Jumping Day ON Sunday, December 2, Meeniyan Pony Club hosted the final round of the West Gippsland Zone of Pony Clubs Show Jumping Championships series.

With the wonderful support of the Stony Creek Football and Netball Club, jumping was held on the football oval, and the canteen pavilion provided an excellent viewing and socialising area for spectators and stall holders. There was a great field of riders from as far as Phillip Island and Pakenham, with fabulous camaraderie and competition between the local clubs. This was the last chance to ride for selection to represent the Zone at a state level. The two rings had terrific courses designed by Michelle Debenham, Deb Collins, Bev Shandley and Molly Barry, and judges on the day were Ellen Wilson and Deb Collins. A successful day and a big sigh of relief over the weather was had by all, especially by the many volunteers who put in a huge effort. Major sponsors on the day were Grays Contracting, and Tarwin Veterinary Group. Hopefully we will be able to continue to host events on the football oval,

and even bigger events in the future, if the proposed equestrian centre at the Stony Creek Racecourse and Recreation Reserve becomes a reality. The Stony Creek Riding Club is hosting their show jumping day on the Stony Creek football oval next weekend (Dec 16). The general public is welcome to come and see plenty of thrills, but hopefully no spills. Results AM7: A Grade; 1st Molly Barry on Jumpin Jack, Berrys Creek, 2nd Emily Hill on Redrigo, Loch-Nyora. B Grade; 1st Stefanie Carfrae on Touch Up, Wonthaggi, 2nd Alex O’Sullivan on Voe, Tarwin Lower, 3rd Emily Clifford on St.Saviour, Loch-Nyora, 4th Grace McLean on Victory Dance, Wonthaggi. C Grade; 1st Grace McLean on Maggie May, Wonthaggi, 2nd Viviene Carfrae on Bob Conroy, Wonthaggi, 3rd Sophia Landy on Prince Edward, Tarwin Lower, 4th Lisa Browning on Pirate Mission, Berrys Creek, 5th Jessica Bolding on A Touch of Gossip, Wonthaggi, 6th Emma Spencer on Fairview Caprice, Phillip Island. D Grade; 1st Lisa Browning on Impulsive Jet, Berry’s Creek, 2nd Madeline Chalmers on Sharinga Jubilant, Wonthaggi, 3rd Charlie Chila on Pirate, Mirboo North,

High flier: LPS student Ben Hanrahan sailed through the air with the greatest of ease in the high jump. 4th Tyla Riley on Frankie, Meeniyan, =5th Elli Clavarino on Spot the Difference, Corner Inlet and Fleur Timmins on Ally Cat, Meeniyan. E Grade; 1st Kaitlyn McNaughton on Jack, Berrys Creek, 2nd Marnie Hamilton on Krunchie, Corner Inlet, 3rd Felicity Warren on Earl of Loxley, Berrys Creek, 4th Cassidy Ronalds on Alice, Berrys Creek, 5th Jessica Ronalds on Moose, Berrys Creek, 6th Nicholas Battersby on Aria, Berrys Creek. F Grade; 1st Jasmine Milne on Jessie, Boolarra, 2nd Holly DeGaris on Toy Boy, Meeniyan, 3rd Boyd West on Rossie, Wonthaggi, 4th Jazmin Eatwell on Sundae, Meeniyan, 5th Macie McNaughton on Pippi, Berrys Creek, 6th Lucy Phipps on Storm, Wonthaggi. Competition Over 2 Rounds: A Grade; 1st Emily Hill on Redrigo, LochNyora, 2nd Molly Barry on Jumpin Jack, Berrys

Creek. B Grade; 1st Alex O’Sullivan on Voe, Tarwin Lower, 2nd Emily Clifford on St. Saviour, Loch-Nyora, 3rd Stephanie Carfrae on Touch Up, Wonthaggi. C Grade; 1st Sophia Landy, on Prince Edward, Tarwin Lower, 2nd Jessica Bolding on A Touch of Gossip, Wonthaggi, 3rd Kaity-Lee Zuidema on Finnwizz, Meeniyan, 4th Viviene Carfrae on Bob Conroy, Wonthaggi, 5th Adeline Collins on RPC The Third Wiseman, Corner Inlet, 6th Lisa Browning on Pirate Mission, Berrys Creek. D Grade; 1st Lisa Browning on Impulsive Jet, Berrys Creek, 2nd Charlie Chila on Pirate, Mirboo North. E Grade; 1st Kaitlyn McNaughton on Jack, Berrys Creek, 2nd Shayla Rigby on Bruce, Korumburra, 3rd Nicholas Battersby on Aria, Berrys Creek, 4th Marnie Hamilton on Krunchie, Corner Inlet, 5th Felicity Warren on Earl of Loxley,

Grays Contracting champions: from left, A/B Grade’s Molly Barry and Jumpin Jack, C Grade Sophia Landy and Prince Edward, D Grade Lisa Browning and Impulsive Jet, E Grade Kaitlyn McNaughton and Jack, F Grade Jasmine Milne and Jessie.

Berrys Creek, 6th Annika Ross on Charlie, Meeniyan. F Grade; 1st Holly DeGaris on Toy Boy, Meeniyan, 2nd Jasmine Milne on Jessie, Boolarra, 3rd Brigid Johnson on Chester, Meeniyan. 4th Lucy Phipps on Storm, Wonthaggi. Take Your Own Line: A Grade; 1st Molly Barry on Jumpin Jack, Berrys Creek, 2nd Emily Hill on Redrigo, Loch-Nyora. B Grade; 1st Emily Clifford on St. Saviour, Loch-Nyora, 2nd Alex O’Sullivan on Voe, Tarwin Lower. C Grade; 1st Sophia Landy on Prince Edward, Tarwin Lower, 2nd Jessica Bolding on A Touch of Gossip, Wonthaggi, 3rd Viviene Carfrae on Bob Conroy, Wonthaggi, 4th Grace McLean on Maggie May, Wonthaggi, 5th Emma Spencer on Fairview Caprice, Phillip Island, 6th Kaity-Lee Zuidema on Finwizz, Meeniyan. D Grade;

1st Lisa Browning on Impulsive Jet, Berry’s Creek, 2nd Charlie Chila on Pirate, Mirboo North, 3rd Madeline Chalmers on Sharinga Jubilant, Wonthaggi, 4th Tyla Riley on Frankie, Meeniyan. E Grade; 1st Marnie Hamilton on Krunchie, Corner Inlet, 2nd Kaitlyn McNaughton on Jack, Berrys Creek, 3rd Maddison Frahamer on Moorooluck Jet, Meeniyan, 4th Felicity Warren on Earl of Loxley, Berrys Creek, 5th Logan West on Azza, Wonthaggi, 6th Kealee Hamilton on Voodoo’s Brother, Corner Inlet. Optimum Time: F Grade; 1st Jasmine Milne on Jessie, Boolarra, 2nd Boyd West on Rossie, Wonthaggi, 3rd Lucy Phipps on Storm, Wonthaggi, 4th Holly DeGaris on Toy Boy, Meeniyan, 5th Brigid Johnson on Chester, Meeniyan. The overall Grays Contracting Champion Prize Rugs were awarded to: A/B

Grades combined, Molly Barry on Jumpin Jack, Berrys Creek; C Grade Champion Sophia Landy on Prince Edward, Tarwin Lower; D Grade Champion Lisa Browning on Impulsive Jet, Berrys Creek; E Grade Champion Kaitlyn McNaughton on Jack, Berrys Creek; F Grade Champion Jasmine Milne on Jessie, Boolarra. The overall Tarwin Veterinary Group Reserve Champion Prize Saddle Blankets were awarded to: A/B Grades Alex O’Sullivan on Voe, Tarwin Lower; C Grade Jessica Bolding on A Touch of Gossip, Wonthaggi; D Grade Charlie Chila on Pirate, Mirboo North; E Grade Marnie Hamilton on Krunchie, Corner Inlet; F Grade Holly DeGaris on Toy Boy, Meeniyan.

Tarwin Veterinary Group Reserve champions: from left, E Grade Marnie Hamilton, A/B Grade Alex O’Sullivan, C Grade Jessica Bolding, F Grade Holly DeGaris. D Grade Charlie Chila is absent.

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Lapping it up YOU could say Leongatha Primary School has been lapping it up lately. Recently the kids were sweating it out on the school oval, going around and around and around, as part of the annual LPS Lap-A-Thon. The money raised by

the event is expected to be heaps and will go toward completing the undercover walkway and garden area around the school’s basketball courts. Last week the junior kids were at it again, slugging it out in the house sports. The Star got tired just watching the action.

Lapping it up: Mason McGannon, Ben Cantwell and Tyrone Harry have some fun.

Michael Eastwood: the tough competitor still had time to smile.

Hello mate: Rem Dal Pozzo was all smiles as he hit the track.

Haylea Ringeri: she may have been slightly wounded but nothing was going to stop this determined girl.

Angus Kemp: he was exhausted and more than a little hot under the collar, but he was not going to stop.

The smiling assassin: Emma Birrell kept up the pace, recording lap after lap.

Great mates: Evie Dekker and Ebony Burns took a few moments to pose for the camera.

On track: Travis Gale, Kasey Thorson, Lani Caughey, Adam Mangiafico, Tim Hardacre and Regan Law had a great time.

Girls play it safe by the water

OVER 120 girls from schools across the South Gippsland Region saw off the final stop on the Play it Safe by the Water Surfing for Girls Tour with a bang last Thursday at Sandy Point. With South Gippsland Secondary, Sale College, Wonthaggi Secondary and Yarram Secondary all participating, it was the biggest ever stop in the five-year history of the Surfing for Girls program.

Everyone participated: all of the girls got the chance to go surfing at the scenic Sandy Point.

This follows successful events at Phillip Island and Inverloch on November 30 and December 1. The event aims to improve the water safety and surfing skills of female surfers through surf lessons from World Tour surfer Bec Woods (Copacabana) and former Victorian Junior champions, Jess Laing (Phillip Island) and India Payne (Phillip Island). The girls were taken through a water safety lesson before getting a surfing lesson from the

Big Bi B ig thrill: th th Lexi Barnby catches her first ever wave with w ithh the th help of Surfing Victoria coach, Jess Laing Inverloch’s Play it Safe by the Water event. at Inv at nvve

surf stars and also time to go surfing with the girls out in the waves “It was an amazing success! With some new faces and some returning from last year it was great to see everyone so enthusiastic” said world number 11, Woods. “One hundred and twenty girls is an amazing effort and it was incredible to see so many smiling faces in the water.” Each participant received a show bag filled with prizes from Oakley, EVO, Play it Safe by the

Water, and a Ghanda t-shirt. Jesse Wilson, Samantha Holt and Jasmin Garry were selected by Ghanda ambassador, Bec Woods, to win brand new wetsuits from Ghanda. Amy Thornell won the raffle for a voucher for 50 per cent off a new board from Global Surf Industries. The Play it Safe by the Water Surfing for Girls Program is presented by Oakley, Ghanda, Global Surf Industries and supported by Cancer Council Sunscreen.

Huge turnout: World Tour Surfer Bec Woods, teaches some water safety skills at Sandy Point.

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Bennison Adult Riding Club hosts dressage event BENNISON Adult Riding Club hosted the annual HRCAV Top Team Trophy Dressage competition at the Sale Showgrounds on November 9, 10 and 11, attracting more than 350 riders from all over Victoria.

As daunting as the task was the response from all competitors, sponsors and trade site operators was very positive. In total 90 teams contested the honour of being named the champions for the weekend. Last year Bennison’s team, The Young Guns won the event in November 2011 at Werribee National Equestrian Centre, so we were very pleased with the feedback from competitors who would not normally travel to a regional centre for a competition such as this. The Sale Show Society has made some major improvements to their grounds and provided

excellent facilities, with eight dressage arenas set out on the main oval and also the Perc Martin arena at the greyhound track. BARC members would also like to say a special thanks to the Sale and District Agricultural Society for the hire of the venue and use of equipment. The sponsorship for this year’s event exceeded all expectations, with BARC club members securing over 60 sponsors who generously donated cash, vouchers, feeds and every equestrian product imaginable. Trophy rugs, sashes and prizes were awarded to placegetters in every section and special prizes were given for horses in specialist sections such as best performed thoroughbred and barefoot horse. Riders enjoyed a social evening at the Sale Greyhound Club on Saturday night, with a meal and more prizes supplied by our sponsors. The club extends a huge thank you to Hol-

cim Australia, the main sponsor of this prestigious event. Without such sponsorship these events would not be possible. Scoring and compiling the results for an event of this size is a job in itself and BARC is grateful to Warwick Slade of Event Secretary for the professional manner in which he handled all the scoring over the three days. The 350 riders competed in 14 different sections over the three days, with the competition further divided into 90 teams.

Section winners Advanced, Lorraine Pope, South Eastern DC. Level 1, Jackie Pollack, Horsham and District EPSC. Level 2.1, Jamie Portman, Kinglake RC. Level 2.2, Wendy Higgins, Buln Buln East EC. Level 3.1, Danni Vidler, Rosedale and District ARC. Level 3.2, Melissa Wheeler, Shadmoor EC. Level 3.3, Cindy Francis, Horsham and District EPSC.

Level 3.4, Anna Thirkell, Mt Cannibal ARC. Level 3.5, Stephanie Orpik, Werribee Central EC. Level 4.1 Alexandra Diprose, Granite Rock ARC. Level 4.2, Rhiannon Clarke, Rosedale and District ARC. Level 4.3, Brooke Wheeler, Shadmoor EC. Level 4.4, Simone Bruns, Yarram and District ARC. Level 5, Penny Camm, Hinnomunjie RC. Team results 1st Shadmoor Blues, Shadmoore EC. 2nd Kollected Kangaroos, Kangaroo Ground ARC. 3rd Rip It Up Rosedale, Rosedale and District ARC. 4th The Purple People, Yarram and District ARC. 5th On The Road Again, Bulla ARC. 6th Buln Buln Butt Kickers, Buln Buln East EC. 7th Horsham High Rollers, Horsham and District EPSC. 8th All 4s, Hinnomunjie RC. A weekend of competition like this cannot succeed without the won-

derful support of our sponsors, judges, volunteers and the tireless work of the Bennison ARC members. A special thank you goes to all those who supported us throughout the planning and actual competition stages. Bennison ARC extends its congratulations to all competitors who conducted themselves so well and in the way that we have come to expect from the members of the HRCAV. We also extend our congratulations to the Shadmoor EC and wish them all the best if they decide to host the HRCAV 2013 TTT Dressage. The Bennison Adult Riding Club shares its home ground at Bennison Recreation Reserve near Foster with the Corner Inlet Pony Club and holds rallies on the third weekend of the month. New members are always welcome. The club has had quite a lot of success over the last few years with members representing the club at all the Top Team Trophy events around Victoria including showing, dressage, combined training, navigation rides, horse trials and showjumping.

A couple of big successes have been winning the Top Team Trophy Dressage 2011, as well as winning the TTT Show jumping in March 2007, which was also held in Sale. The success Bennison ARC is having has been mainly due to a great organising executive committee and enthusiastic

riders who are willing to put in the effort to improve whilst maintaining a happy and friendly environment. There is a lower age limit of 16 years to join. Stallions are allowed at Club level. Further information can be found on the BARC website : www.

Pitching in: Liz Pallet ready for work

Isabelle Tomas: placed third in the Under 15 women’s beach flags.

Inverloch youngster tastes success at Torquay ON Saturday, December 1 lifesavers from across the state gathered at Torquay Surf Life Saving Club for the opening carnival of the summer. Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club’s senior competition team was amongst the large number of clubs competing in water and beach events for those aged U/15 to Open,

both male and female. The carnival nearly didn’t go ahead as the red algae bloom that saw swimmers banned from entering the water earlier in the week at Bondi, made its way down to the Victorian coastline. However fortunately for competitors, the algae blew back out to sea the evening prior. As a whole, Inverloch SLSC’s competitors battled gallantly throughout

Inverloch’s surf team: competing at Torquay were, from left, Jed Hughes, Luke Foster, Isabelle Tomas, Sam Creswell, Thomas Malan, Jordy Tomas and Erin Kerr.

the day and had many top 10 finishes. Isabelle Tomas however, made it through all the heats and into the final to finish in 3rd place in the U/15 Women’s Beach Flags. Issy, as known to her friends, was ‘ecstatic’ with her placing and put it down to the hard work and training during the off season and most recently at the teams successful training camp held in November. Inverloch SLSC’s Senior Summer Competition Team will compete at many more carnivals throughout the season, with the Victorian State Championships to be again held at Anglesea in March. If you are interested in joining the team, catering for all disciplines, fitness leve levels and experience; then please do not hesitate to contact the club’s dire director of competition, Luk Luke Foster at seniorcom

Successful ride: Simone Bruns and Golden Chardonnay (winner of the L4 jackpot on the Sunday).

Leongatha squash grand finals FRIDAY, December 30 saw the Leongatha squash club hold its grand finals and presentation evening for the spring season. In A Grade the points did not equate with the toughness of the matches with Tom Ryan and Shane Collier going down to the wire in the last game to a one point advantage by Tom and Bracey working hard against Darren Lavarda to narrowly miss the points. In B Grade the Bandidos got home, with Matt Borschman and Chaddy deciding the last match in five games with a hard hitting match. Great night had by all, looking forward to a new season starting in January, new members welcome to come along.

A Grade : bottom row, winners, from left, Darren Lavarda, Phill Smith, Shane Collier, Clint Newcombe (absent); top row, runners-up, from left, Merv Mee, Tom Ryan, Michael Bracecamp, Tom Trail (absent).

B Grade: bottom row, winners, from left, Matt Borschman, Mark Danancher, Luke Ashton (absent); top row, B Grade runners-up, from left, Darren Chadwick, Grant Hosking, Peter Ferguson (absent).

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50 years on and still a winner By Brad Lester

NORM West is still a force to be reckoned with on the bowling green after 50 years in the sport. The Inverloch man is just shy of his 83rd birthday and will contest the pairs championship at Inverloch Bowls Club, with long time playing partner Ron Burge. The pair won their semi final last Wednesday. Norm’s success reflects the quality of bowlers at Inverloch in the past decade. The club has won 11 A Grade pennant flags in 14 years and Norm was fortunate to play in 10 of those. He was sick for the other. He is still part of Inverloch’s A Grade pennant team and the club recently defeated top side Phillip Island. Despite Norm’s

achievements, camaraderie is what draws him to the greens. “I like the company. I like the game. You make a lot of friends in bowls,” bowls ” Norm said. “I love team games. It’s nice to win singles at club championships but you get more of a kick playing in fours or pairs.” Since playing bowls with Inverloch in 1984, Norm has achieved singles titles in 1984-85 and 200809, and 11 pairs titles with Ron, three association triples gongs and four association fours. He has also won two Arnold Metherall (IBC handicap singles) titles, association and group singles, and a group eight round robin in 2002-03. “If success comes along, then it does, but if it does not, then there is no need to worry. The sun keeps coming up in the morning,” Norm said. He has played with

Ron for about 20 years, sharing wins in pairs and pennant sides. “They know how one another plays and that makes a difference,” difference ” Norm’s wife Mavis said. After picking up his first bowl at Korumburra in 1962, Norm later enjoyed success with Melbourne clubs Tooronga, Heathmont and Ringwood. He won the Heathmont singles championship in 1976-77 and also at Ringwood in 1981-82, as well as two club pairs titles. “Nowadays I prefer forehand but I used to play either way. I lead now. The skipper sets up the head now and I just try to get one close. I watch the whole game all the time,” Norm said. “Practice is the key. You just have to learn the pace and the green that you are playing.” Grass is Norm’s

favourite surface. “You can play shots on grass that you can’t play on synthetic,” he said.

Sporting talent: Norm West reflects on his 50 years as a bowler.

Norm’s sporting prowess has been passed on through the generations, with his grandson Trent West now an AFL player with Geelong.

Mavis said: “It’s in you. Norm was invited to play at Fitzroy but he did not because there was no money in it then.”

Wonthaggi Table Tennis Association Grand Finals

Yacht race: the start of the Knights of Leongatha Toyota Series Race 8.

A Grade runners-up: Bruce Harmer and Brittney Taylor. Premiership pair: A Grade grand final winners Glenn Bolam and Michael Ede.

South Gippsland Yacht Club Racing results from last Sunday, 2/12/12. A Division 1st Wayne Smith sailing on Raskal. 2nd Gary Reeves sailing on Catitude.

B Division 1st Toby Leppin sailing on Too Blue. 2nd Ivan Abbott sailing on Hex. 3rd Keith Cousins sailing on AFFI.

C Division 1st Jacob Horton sailing on Waverunner. For further information about the club visit our web site at

A Reserve runners-up: (from left) David Bulbulion, Hector Hilberto, Brad Scott.

Winning streak: A Reserve grand final winners (from left) Dudley Bulbulion, Sean Michael and Jarrod Donohue.

Finals success: B Grade grand final winners Jesse Condron and Matthew Kent.

Christmas meeting WOOLAMAI racing is on this Saturday, December 15 with all pavilions and marquees booked for the day. B Grade runners-up: Branden Massey Chase and Aiden Thompson.

It is the club’s big pre-Christmas meeting and it should be a big highlight, with plenty of groups organising their break-

ups and catch-ups with friends. Pictured above at the last meeting, is Pakenham trainer Paul Kramer and his wife with jockey Tyson Buck. The horse is Little Miss Izzy, winner of the third race. Paul also trained the winner of race four Cavallo Reigns, ridden by Clayton Douglas.

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BOWLS | SPORT Leongatha

FIRST up, apologies for no reports last week, I was hospitalised for a few days, so will endeavour to now catch up.

Ladies’ report

Ladies pennant results for Tuesday, December 4 saw Division 3 ladies visit Tarwin Lower, only to have a washed out game, howeverDivision 1 ladies were able to play at Korumburra and came away with a win, 72 shots to 60. Tuesday, December 11 will be Division 1 ladies at home to Inverloch and Division 3 away to Wonthaggi. December 6 saw the Leongatha club’s ladies medley event, with 16 teams entered. Winners on the day were the Inverloch team of G. Burge, Y. Kee, V. Muir and L. Luby (s); runners-up were the Leongatha team of J. Bee, Pat Fleming, G. Emmerson and Ellie McIntyre (s). Joint sponsors for the day were Terry White Chemists and Birch Ross and Barlow, and the club thanks them for their valued support.

Men’s report

Wednesday, November 28 saw the monthly triples in action, with the winners on four wins plus 51 the Inverloch team of M. Yates, K. Gardner and Alan Easterbrook (s). Runners-up were the Yarram team of N. Gore, T. Cockshutt and A. Moore (s) also on four wins plus 33. Best last game went to the Meeniyan team of N. Meikle, J. Morris and B. Wylie (s) with plus 15. Sponsors for the day were the Bendigo Bank, and the club thanks them for their valued support.

The monthly triples for December will be held Wednesday, December 19 with a 9.30am start. Saturday, December 1 saw Division 1 away to Wonthaggi, but they were unable to come up with a win, while Division 2 at home were able to claim a win over Wonthaggi as did Division 4, so well done Division 2 and 4. The next round, December 8 will see Division 1 at home to Lang Lang, Division 2 away to San Remo and Division 4 away to Meeniyan. Division 1 at home managed a win against Lang Lang 89 shots to 64: J. Kuiper (s) won 32 to 19, R. Trotman (s) lost 18 to 26 and J. Hall (s) won 39 to 19. Division 2: San Remo won 76 to 66 shots: G. Drury (s) won 27 to 20, L. Lancaster (s) drew 20 to 20, B. Davidson (s) lost 19 to 36 shots. Division 4 away to Meeniyan were narrowly defeated by five shots: J. Embleton (s) lost 22 to 27, J. Pendergast (s) lost 21 to 28, R. Saunders (s) won 27 to 20. Next round, December 15 sees Division 1 away to Mirboo North, Division 2 at home to Loch and Division 4 home to Toora. Business bowls Results of round three sees the following teams in the top 10: Tennis Club, The Chalkies, Sports 1st, McDonald and Roberts, Silver, Dyson’s Bus Lines, The Tradies, Gold, The Layers and B.J. Earthmoving. Round 4 was to take place on Tuesday evening, December 4 but mother nature put a stop to that, so

South Gippsland pennant bowls Division 1: Phillip Island 16-83 d Mirboo North 0-58; Toora 16-77 d Wonthaggi 0-53; Leongatha 14-89 d Lang Lang 2-64; Korumburra 14-74 d Inverloch 2-64. Division 2: Wonthaggi 15-76 d Meeniyan 1-60; Loch 14-75 d Phillip Island 2-56; Inverloch 16-71 d Corinella 0-54; San Remo 13-76 d Leongatha 3-66. Division 3: Phillip Island 2-56 lt Korumburra Gold 1473; Fish Creek 14-74 d Wonthaggi 2-73; Foster 15-78 d Tarwin Lower 1-56; Korumburra Maroon 14-74 d Inverloch 2-65. Division 4: Wonthaggi 2-67 lt San Remo 14-84; Toora 0-46 lt Phillip Island 16-84; Inverloch 14-81 d Lang Lang 2-56; Meeniyan 14-75 d Leongatha 2-70. Division 5: Corinella 16-0 (bye); Loch 2-69 lt Fish Creek 14-78; Mirboo North 14-75 d Phillip Island 2-69; Port Welshpool 16-86 d San Remo 0-33; Tarwin Lower 2-71 lt Foster 14-83.


Division 1 Phillip Island...............+208 Wonthaggi .....................+18 Korumburra .................+50 Inverloch .......................+91 Lang Lang ......................-61 Leongatha........................-88 Toora .............................-100 Mirboo North ................-118 Division 2 Phillip Island.................+31 Corinella........................+26 Meeniyan.......................+30 Loch ...............................+36 San Remo ....................+19.5 Inverloch ........................-5.5 Wonthaggi ......................+11 Leongatha......................-148 Division 3 Fish Creek ...................+229 Foster .............................-11 Korumburra Gold...........-3

122 99 90 83 65 43 38 36 94 80 78 76 68 68 61 51 134 86 70

Phillip Island..................-19 Tarwin Lower ..................-18 Wonthaggi .......................-19 Korumburra Maroon .......-76 Inverloch .........................-83 Division 4 Meeniyan.....................+105 San Remo ....................+121 Phillip Island....................-6 Wonthaggi .....................+85 Toora ...............................-31 Leongatha......................-121 Inverloch .........................-13 Lang Lang .....................-140 Division 5 Port Welshpool ...........+210 Foster.............................+89 Loch ...............................+47 Mirboo North ...............+37 San Remo ..........................-2 Fish Creek .......................-28 Phillip Island ...................-62 Corinella........................-186 Tarwin Lower ................-105


Buffalo indoor

69 64 62 62 30 114 107 72 71 58 57 53 44 134 101 84 84 82 81 56 49 46

My Kiss of Death tips for Round 10 (Division 1): After dropping all rinks to lowly Toora, Wonthaggi (home) will be ‘like bees out of a hornet’s nest’ when they take on Korumburra. Wonthaggi by 15 shots. Inverloch (home) should have no trouble against lowly Toora. Inverloch by 36 shots. Lang Lang (home) will be the surprise of the round and defeat Phillip Island in a close one. Lang Lang by six shots. Mirboo North (home) will not be troubled by Leongatha. Mirboo North by 12 shots. With only five rounds to be played before the finals commence, questions are being asked about qualification for finals. Managers and clubs are requested to read the SGBD website www.southgippslandbowls.bowlsnet. and click on the ‘pennant’ link to read the resulations regarding finals. Good bowling to all during the pennant season.

Tuesday evening, December 11 should see some very interesting battles. December 5 saw the midweek mixed social bowls in action and the winners were F. Filomeno and Ray Saunders (s) with two wins plus 17, runners-up were T. Haywood and O. Crouch (s) with one win, one loss, minus two.

General THE club is very proud of four of our ladies who recently won round one of the South Gippsland Division of the State fours played at Inverloch. They were the team of Trish McCormack, Lyn Davidson, Laurel Cox and Elaine White, who were due to play in round two last week at Toora but again mother nature put paid to that, however I understand this could take place December 17. The club wishes our ladies the very best and may you have another win. Sunday, December 9 saw the final four in the men’s singles championship play off, with Wayne Walker versus Ray Saunders and John Hall versus Jack Kuiper. The grand final play saw J. Hall versus Ray Saunders. The 2012 singles for Leongatha was John Hall. Well done to John and to all four who played off. In our ladies’ club singles championship, Sue Crouch versus Trish McCormack and Ellie McIntyre versus Laurel Cox, and the grand final between Ellie McIntyre and Sue Crouch, with the 2012 ladies’ club champion being Susan Crouch. Well done Susan and to all four who played off. Until the next report, good bowling - Jackhigh.

ON Wednesday, December 5 selectors were pondering the teams for the night when they realised there were even numbers of ladies and men, so the challenge ladies versus men was laid and the answer, ‘bring it on’ from the ladies. Toni, Glenys and Mary took on Andrew, Charlie and Joe for a 9-4 win. Lee, Carolyn and Joyce spanked Rod, Ian and Bill 13-1 with brilliant draw bowling. Rod unlucky on one occasion with kitty tippling off when holding three shots for a seven shot turnaround. The men swapped over to different mats to see if that would help their bowling but (L.C.J.) continued their winning way 10-7. The slower mat one suited Bill who led superbly but Mary shot him out on several occasions, (R.I.B.) got up 11-5 (ladies 37 - men 23). The next game had everyone guessing when Ian started pulling the three mats together with 12 bowls on each mat and two kittys near edge of centre mat. Everyone had to bowl one bowl from each station at either kitty. 1st game: ladies 4-2, 2nd game: ladies 6-2 (extra kitty), 3rd game: ladies 5-0 (4 kittys), 4th game: men 5-0 (not allowed to bowl to kitty on same mat - bowls flying everywhere). Victors for the night were the ladies 52 shots to 32 for men. Congratulations to the ladies who ‘talked the talk’ and ‘walked the walk’. Reminder - last night of bowls for Buffalo for 2012 on Wednesday, December 12. Resume January 9.

SGBD ladies pennant Round 8 - December 4 Division 1: Wonthaggi 68 (8 shots) d Meeniyan 60 (K. Simpson 25 d L. Hanks 24, J. Clarkson 24 d M. Pearson 15, I. Donohue 19 lt A. Van Wamel 21). San Remo 69 (5 shots) d Foster 64 (R. Dennis 30 d S. Gifford 23, J. AllenDayle 22 d L. Wheeler 16, S. Carvosso 17 lt M. Climas 25). Inverloch v Phillip Island (washout - 8 pts each). Leongatha 72 (12 shots) d Korumburra 60 (F. Turner 26 d J. McVeigh 18, E. McIntyre 34 d D. Williams 18, T. McCormack 12 lt M. Goad 24). Division 2: Fish Creek 76 (5 shots) d Lang Lang 71 (P. Hazeltine 23 d J. Dowson 16, D. Buckland 23 d J. Prowd 22, P. O’Neil 30 lt B. Button 33). Inverloch v Loch & District (washout - 8 pts each). Phillip Island 71 (12 shots) d Toora 59 (G. Caile 22 d R. Richardson 18, J. Dyer 25 d B. Curram 21, J. Boyce 24 d K. Barwick 20). Wonthaggi 89 (34 shots) d Corinella 55 (K. Bird 24 d E. Johnston 18, D. Yarley 35 d T. Durbridge 24, A. Green 30 d B. O’Keefe 13). Port Welshpool 71 drew Tarwin Lower 71

(M. McDonald 37 d B. De Rooy 12, A. Collins 25 d H. Twite 24, L. Greaves 9 lt R. Griffiths 35). Division 3: San Remo v Inverloch (washout 7 pts each). Mirboo North v Foster (washout - 7 pts each). Wonthaggi 49 (13 shots) d Phillip Island 36 (G. Mitford 22 d M. Rogers 15, G. Wilson 27 d E. Stephenson 21). Leongatha v Tarwin Lower (washout - 7 pts each). Korumburra 45 (9 shots) d Meeniyan 36 (M. Wrench 27 d B. Grant 21, M. Hams 18 d I. Hill 15).

Ladders Division 1 Wonthaggi .................. +108 San Remo ..................... +19 Meeniyan...................... +22 Phillip Island................ +69 Inverloch ........................ -14 Foster.............................. -29 Leongatha....................... -39 Korumburra .................. -136 Division 2 Inverloch ...................... +44 Wonthaggi .................. +105 Lang Lang .................. +131 Loch & District.............. +6 Phillip Island .................... -1 Port Welshpool ......... +87.25 Toora .............................. -59 Tarwin Lower ................ +42 Corinella....................... -119 Fish Creek ............... -236.25 Division 3 Wonthaggi .................... +52 Inverloch ...................... +62 Mirboo North .............. +86 Korumburra ................... -4 Leongatha....................... -14 San Remo ....................... -16 Meeniyan........................ -25 Tarwin Lower ............... -105 Phillip Island .................... -9 Foster.............................. -27

ON Tuesday, pennant was played in cold, wet and windy conditions with both games reaching a result. Away to Wonthaggi Division 1 went down by a small margin with one rink successful. At Korumburra Division 3 lost by eight shots with no rink getting the points. Tuesday night corporate bowls was played in better conditions. In its fourth week, winners were Puppies with Meeniyan Gentlemen’s Club runners-up. With two weeks to go the top team positions are very tight. Thursday was our regular monthly triples sponsored by Numix. There were four threegame winners. The unlucky ones were Dave Christie’s Fish Creek team and Kevin Queale’s Mirboo North team.

Winners were Peter Shaw, Allan Baines and Jim Hutton (Inverloch) with Jack Kuiper, Graeme Drury and Trish McCormack (Leongatha) runners-up. In Saturday pennant Division 2 were away to Wonthaggi and experienced little joy as they only managed a draw on one rink. Division 4 at home to Leongatha had a very close battle with the score 75 shots to 70, with two rinks successful. Next week twos are home to Inverloch and fours are away to Phillip Island. This Thursday is our Christmas break-up with a 6.30 start and meal at 7pm. Members are reminded to have their hamper tickets in ASAP.

Fish Creek GOOD news this week as our ladies had their first win in pennant with success on two rinks. The men also were successful with both divisions winning. Men’s teams for Saturday are: Division 3 away to Inverloch – bus departs 11.45 am. R. Mortlock (S), L. McKenzie, R. McKenzie, R. Wheeler. D. Christie (S), R. Knight, R. Staley, B. O’Keefe. T. McLean (S), M. Heywood, R. Grylls (manager), A. Kerr. Division 5 away to Mirboo North – bus departs 11.30 am. D. Stefani (S), N. Buckland (manager), R. Poletti, R. Constantine. J. Lindeman (S), J. Lavarda, C. McGannon, W. Ferbrache. K. Flanders (S), R. Barham, R. Vuillermin, G. Napier. Our Christmas party was a huge success with approximately 70 people attending. As usual gorgeous food – enough to feed the 5000. There were lots of raffle prizes and a very entertaining auction thanks to Bob Constantine and Dave Christie, the latter having definitely missed his vocation. All our thanks go to everyone who helped make the night a success, far too many to name, but especial thanks to Tim and Chris who provided the meat, all the ladies who brought the salads and the like and the catering committee who worked tirelessly as usual. Finals on club games must be getting close so good luck to everyone.

Tarwin Lower A VERY busy program for the club with Saturday and Tuesday pennant, tournaments and barefoot bowls, all keeping our great bunch of voluntary workers extremely involved. Wednesday triples on November 14 was won by Arthur Newsome’s Tarwin Lower team, runner-up John Bird’s team from Inverloch, with the best last game to Rob Howard’s team, also from Inverloch. The day was sponsored by Coldon Homes/Capeview Hardware. On Wednesday, November 28 the winner was Aldo Sartori’s team from Wonthaggi, runner-up Deano’s team from Toora, with the best last game Reg Poulton’s team from Tarwin. The day was sponsored by Venus Bay General Store. We thank these two sponsors and all the other contributors for their excellent support throughout the year. Barefoot bowls continues every Tuesday evening with December 18 our last game until we return on the January 8, 2013.


More riders come to cycle WEATHER wise it was a great night for racing on Friday night. Once again the numbers at racing were only around half those at Wednesday night training. In our first event – the a lap time trial, the best ride for the night went to Thomas McFarlane who clocked in a 31.75 as he experimented with the best gear to ride. He was followed by Lachie Matthews at 33.35sec, Liam

McCall 35.47 sec., Kevin Feely 36.49 sec and Dane Herbert at 41.29 sec for his first ride. For the juniors it was Austin Timmins at 37.51 sec having a great battle with Hamish Bissett at 37.75 sec. They were followed by Alex Bennett 42.75, Matt Winchester 43.00 and Sullieat 54.52, also on his first ride. Next events were short scratch races. For the A Grade riders it was eight laps and the sprint finish saw placings as follows – Tom 1st, Lachie 2nd and Liam 3rd. For the junior

98 83 80 69 51 47 44 40 87 85 84 74 74 57 56 55 42 26 77 72 70 66 56 54 47 42 39 37

Inverloch ONCE again some of the pennant divisions were washed out, hopefully next week the sun will come out so we can play. Wednesday’s social day saw 11 ladies brave the windy and cold conditions. Cynthia Hensley and Judith Moule were the winners on the day. Raffle winners were Chris Gillman and Judith Moule. It was great to see our new lady bowlers Laurel Lee, Judith Parker and Marea Kiekebosch playing. A few more ladies on a Wednesday would be appreciated. December 14 at 10am the ladies single championship will be played between Lorraine Dowson and Joy Hargreaves. Ladies pairs will be played on the December 12 at 10am with Ivy Sheppard and Maureen Paynting playing Lorraine Dowson and Gail Burge. Good luck to all the ladies. These matches will be great to watch so please come and support. Twilight bowls to be held on the December 14 and 28. Names in by 4.30pm and start at 5.30pm. Mufti and a sausage sizzle with raffle to follow. The Christmas dinner is on December 15. Please put your names down.

Helping hand: Austin Timmins is being push started by his father John on Friday night.

event it was a win to Austin from Hamish and Alex. The juniors had a one lap handicap and this time a determined Hamish (35) grabbed the win from Matt (75) and Austin (25) in a hectic bunch finish. For the A Grade riders race over two laps, Dane Herbert (180) surprised the others as after a slow start he powered home with a handy break for a first up win from Kevin Feely (90) and Liam McCall (50). The final races for the night were again scratch races. The junior race was over five laps. Austin continued his battle with Hamish and grabbed the win whilst an exuberant Alex, fresh from his teams race win with Tom raced strongly to claim 3rd place. In the A Grade race over eight laps, Dane had a start and swapped turns well until the pressure laps at the finish. Tom McFarlane lead through at the bell with Liam stuck on the wheel, perhaps thinking of his come from behind win from two weeks past. However, Tom was riding smartly and answered the challenge to race home a clear winner from Liam and Kevin. There is still opportunity for new riders to try out on a Wednesday night – the club can assist with a bike. Come and give it a try.

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Bowl winners: Linda Brown, Lyn Jennison and Faye LePage, Meeniyan.

Grade winners: A Grade winner Veronica Park, Meeniyan, B Grade winner Faye LePage, Meeniyan, C Grade winner Frances McGlead, Foster.


Meeniyan wins ladies’ bowl THE district ladies bowl was held at Meeniyan Golf Club on Monday, December 3 with 42 players. The winning team was the Meeniyan number two team of Faye LePage, Lyn Jennison and Linda Brown with a score of 95 points. A Grade winner was Veronica Park, Meeniyan 37 points, B Grade


SATURDAY’s fourball was played in two grades. Chris Leaver and Peter Hartigan led the charge in A Grade, winning with 45 points on countback from a trusty old pairing of Geoff McDonald and Ray Burton. B Grade winners, Neville Williamson and John French had an exceptional day scoring a great 49 points. Neville included nearest the pin in his round and John Eabry won pro-pin. Ball winners: D. Malone - N. Cairns 47, G. McDonald - R. Burton 45, G. and J. Burt 44, F. and S. de Bondt 44, A. Sparkes - M. Hunter 43, P. Stivic - J. King 43, K. Castwood - N. Cairns 42. Thursday The S.G. Veterans held their final event at our club on Tuesday. Thursday’s winners was Craig Hams on a temporary handicap of 15 with 39 points, the day’s best effort. Frank Smedley’s name has been appearing regularly in recent weeks and Frank took B Grade on 36 points. Nearest the pin winners were Ted Bruinewoud on 14 and Peter Walsh on 16. Balls were won by: D. Vorwerg 38, D. Hanna, B. McCorkell, D. Clemann, R. Cathie 36; J. Lowell, H. Sedelies, N. Mackenzie, T. Steer, T. Bruinewoud, I. Watson 35, G. Maher 34. This Thursday is the annual whisky run event and it is sponsored jointly by the Inverloch Esplanade Hotel and our joker - poker crew. Saturday’s event is stableford.

winner Faye LePage, Meeniyan 34 points and the C Grade winner was Frances McGlade, Foster with 36 points. Down the line balls went to Inge Royce, Phillip Island 34, Nancye Hammet, Meeniyan 34, Barb Warren, Foster 33, Sue Hoskin, Meeniyan 33, Dot Christie, Meeniyan 32, Jennifer Sullivan, Lang Lang 31, Betty Yann, Korumburra 31 and Lee Clements,

Korumburra 30 on a countback. Nearest the pins: Mary Trease, Meeniyan and Gale Tyers, Foster. Thank you to Tallwood Lodge Bed and Breakfast Loch for their sponsorship of this event. Thank you all players who have represented their clubs in the district events over this long season. The committee wishes everyone a happy and safe Christmas.

Mirboo North ladies Results December 5 MONTHLY medal winner: Chris Gunn (17) 88 - 17 - 71. Down the line: Sandra Hughes (26) 101 - 26 - 75 on a countback. Putting: Sue Traill and

Chris Gunn both had 30 putts. Nearest the pin: 16th Mary Beruldsen. NTA: 6th Lynne Winderlich. Birdies: 6th Lynne Winderlich.

Leongatha ladies DESPITE the extremely windy conditions on Wednesday, ladies captain, Toni West, won her first ever monthly medal with an impressive 67 net: Toni was seven shots ahead of the next competitor. She had a day out, winning the Scratch event with 80, (her best ever score at Leongatha) and A Grade. Shirley Welsford continued her winning streak, taking out the B Grade event with 74 net. Libby Seebeck won the putting competition with 26 putts. Libby was also closest to the pin on the 14th, while Marea Maher was the winner on the 16th. Down the line balls went to Libby Seebeck 76, Marea Maher, Jackie Barraclough (her last competition day at Leongatha) and Marg Griffiths 76, Marg Danks 78 and Lesley Renwick 80 (on a countback from three others). Joan Scott won the nine hole event with 16 points. On Saturday 10 ladies competed in a 4BBB event. Marg Griffiths and Wendy Parker won with 41 points. Down the line balls went to Anne Gibson and Anna de Bondt with 40 points.

A REMINDER to everyone to please complete the putting knockout and singles matches as a matter of urgency - both events must be finished by next Monday. As most of you are aware we have dug up the 12th fairway so for the next few months the 12th hole is a par three with a temporary tee. On Saturday we played a stableford event with a field of 83 players. A Grade winner: P. Shultz 41 points. B Grade winner B. Cornelis 39 points. C Grade winner J. Leslie 41 points. Balls down the line: P. Magnussen 41, F. Anderson 39, J. Sartori 39, K. O’Halloran 39, J. Davies 39, C. Potter 38, K. Bayley 38, S. Laing 38, D. Paproth 37. Nearest the pins: 2nd T. Dennis, 8th G. Linguey, 13th J. Wintle, 17th E. Vanagtmaal. Eagle 10th J. Wintle. This Saturday is monthly medal and your last chance to qualify for the medal of medalists. Good golfing and I will see you all this Saturday.

Welshpool TUESDAY’s barbecue pub event saw a small field take to the track. The winner was Andrew Brown with 17 points. Ball down the line K. Lear 15. Achiever’s award to Brian MacPherson. Pub points: Toora 16, Pier Port 13, Welshpool 12. Other scores: E. Fischer 15, B. MacPherson, P. Carroll, A. Hayes, L. Pope 12; J. Welsh 14. Friday saw our Christmas ham nine hole event where the lucky winner was Lionel Pope 18 points, followed by balls down the line to T. Welsh 16 and Pat Carroll 16 on countback from Bob Easton. Nearest the pins: 15th and 17th P. Carroll. Other scores: K. Hallett, R. Barwick, W. Matthews, P. Westaway all 15; B. MacPherson, G. Wilkinson, P. Jansen 14. Saturday was the Toora Hotel voucher nine hole stableford which saw Rachael Brown beat the men with 18 points on countback from Russell Barwick. Nearest the pin 15th Alan Hayes. Other scores: Dan and Mary Conley 16, Les Taylor 14, K. Lear 13, Jeanette Swann 12. Sunday was our monthly medal where Russell Barwick came good with a net 70 (27). Ball down the line to Ken Hallett 72 (31), putting for the bottle of port Andrew Brown 26 putts. Nearest the pins: 6th Lionel Pope, 8th and 17th Alan Hayes. Other scores: Alan Hayes 73 (15), Graeme English 74 (27), G. Brown, E. Fischer 75; P. Westaway, K. Lear 76; A. Brown 76.

Woorayl LAST Saturday we held a stroke event sponsored by Leongatha Car Detailing. Most of the day’s winners played early. A Grade went to Paul Challis with a 69 net from our captain. B Grade and best score of the day was John Diaper with his net 61 from Graham Challis, while C Grade went to Kev Riseley, his net 68 too good for Rob Warren. Balls went to S. Sullivan, G. Blew, Bo Fiek, M. Herrald, P. McCaughan and D. Vandervorm. The nearest the pins went to Brian Thomas and Otto Vandervorm. The ladies’ event went to Ann Poole, her net 69 winning from Sue Wakefield who had to withstand a countback.The nearest the pin to Jackie Hockey. Our Thursday competition was won by Bo Fiek with 38 points and balls to R. Higgins and P. McCaughan. Next week we will play a two man aggregate event sponsored by R. and J. Spokes, and of course on Thursday we will have another Christmas raffle and meal night.

Woorayl ladies

Top players: Shirley Welsford (B Grade winner) and Toni West (Monthly Medal, A Grade and scratch winner).

LAST Wednesday was Jo’s Green Card day, a stableford round played in teams of three. The winners were Melinda Martin, Thel Scoble and Marg Higgins, who received lovely trophies from sponsor Jo Fennell. Balls down the line went to Janet Thompson, Lois Young and Sue Wakefield. Nearest the pin on the 8th was Shirley Thomas, on the 11th was Ann Poole and on the 17th was Dot Jarvis. With the year coming to an end, our final day for this year will be a nine hole event which will be followed by lunch and presentations.

Foulds gets his ace

FOSTER veteran golfer Chris Foulds achieved every golfer’s dream last week when he scored a hole in one. He achieved the feat on the 4th hole of the Foster course, the longest par three on the course. What’s more, to show it was no fluke Chris went on to blitz the course and have the fantastic round of 45 points. At age 78 this was Chris’s first hole in one, but that’s one more than most people. Genial playing partner Dave Hutchinson, knowing Chris cannot see very far at all, walked through the green and tricked Foulds into thinking the ball had sailed past the before, then informing him that it was in the hole.

Foster THE course now has a bit of run and the scores are improving dramatically. It is great to see our older members back in the winning list. The course will be in perfect condition for the summer holidays. On Thursday Chris Foulds (25) streeted the field to win with 45 pts. Down the line balls went to George Draegar (26) with 39 pts and Fred Tyers (12) on 37 pts. The nearest the pin was won by John Stone. Another veteran Ross MacKenzie (33) has been knocking on the door lately and on Friday finally got the chook this week with the good score of 22 pts. The down the line balls went to Peter Dight on 19 pts and Bill Fuller on 17 pts. The nearest the pins were won by Peter Dight and John Mathers. Saturday was Medal day for trophies provided by Geoff and Suzanne Anderson. James McIntyre had a good day to win B Grade and the medal with 95-27-68. James was leaking a bit of oil towards the end with seven and six on the 16th and 17th. He shanked his tee shot on 17 into the bush but luckily it hit a tree and bounced back onto the ladies tee. After taking two more to reach the green he then left his putt hanging over the hole. Unfortunately he then had the world’s shortest recorded airy – his casual jab at the ball already hanging over the hole missed altogether – giving him a six. However like all good golfers James summoned his inner strength to dispel the demons and rebound with a solid regulation par on the last to take the medal. A Grade was won by Noel Black with 76-6-70 – he has really struck form again after a lean period and some ill health. Noel beat Neville Thompson 81-11-70 on a countback. Greg Paine was unlucky to miss out with 86-17-69 as his 10 on the 9th hole proved costly. The other down the line ball winners were Randy Reusch 91-21-70, Norm Cooper 80-9-71, and Don Cripps 94-23-71. A Scratch went to Noel Black with 76 and B Scratch went to Greg Paine with 86. The putting was won by David Knee with 27 putts. The encouragement award went to Phil Nightingall with 91 net. Val Gow (33) had the best ladies score with 35 pts – she has been in great form lately and was in the successful Foster Plate team at Welshpool the day before too. Dean Walker was not present to collect the $300 in the members cash draw. The prize will go to $350 next Friday. You need to be in the clubhouse between 7pm and 8pm when the draw is made to be eligible to win the cash. We have a three ball Ambrose draw for partners scheduled with a free barbecue and drinks for everyone afterwards to celebrate another good year. It is also bad dress day – so wear your weirdest outfit. Everyone welcome. Please turn up or phone your names in to the club (5682 2272) by 10.30am for a shotgun start at 11am.

Korumburra ladies

LAST Wednesday 25 girls played a Stableford round. The results were: A Grade (0-23) Norrie Little (21) 39 pts, runner-up Marg Young (22) 38 pts. B Grade (24-31) Barb Twite (31) 36 pts, runner-up Corrie George (27) 35 pts. C Grade (32-45) Marj Dixon (32) 27 pts. on a countback from Julie Hislop (43). Nearest the pins were: 1st Norrie Little and 13th Lyn McIvor. After golf minor trophies were presented for the year. The winners were- 2s and 3s: A Grade Lee Clements, B Grade Chris Rickard. Eclectic (Wed): A Grade Marg Young, B Grade Lyn McIvor. Eclectic (Sat): Marg Young, Birdies: Lee Clements, Gobbles: Marg Young. Next week major trophies will be presented after golf. Please remember to hand your Kris Kringle to Julie before our dinner on Wednesday night. On Thursday there were 58 players at twilight golf. It was a lovely afternoon/evening to enjoy the course which is at its best right now. On the front nine holes Peter and Carol Johnson had the best score with 21 pts and on the back nine Chris and Lee Clements had 22 pts, winning on a countback from Col and Louise Reilly.

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Meeniyan Golf Club annual general meeting THE annual general meeting for Meeniyan Golf Club was held on November 29 at the clubhouse.

The evening was well attended, with president Will Bullock welcoming everyone and thanking them for their continued support through a variety of fundraising and volunteer efforts throughout the year. In his report, Will highlighted that all South Gippsland has had a very difficult year to contend with, weather wise, and thanked Dave Thomson, course curator, for his perseverance and efforts which now have paid off, with the course looking a picture. Will also thanked Denise Poletti, clubhouse manager for her excellent work throughout the year, and retiring treasurer Cheryl White for her support and financial management over the past four years. Chris Buckland, although still a junior, won the captain’s trophy for men for the lowest total net score, taking in the six best medal days, with a score of 427 points. Reg Hannay won the David Christie trophy for the lowest total putts, taking in the six best medal days, with a score of 168, and Col Stewart the Wilf Richards trophy (men) for points awarded for the 10

best scores, with a score of 263. Other presentations went to Freddy Stalker, men’s Star Medallist, Veronica Park, ladies Star Medallist, and Peter Riddle, the Peter Wilson trophy for men, points awarded for each Saturday in the summer season. Best club person for the 2011-12 season was Sue Hoskin who was presented


with a beautiful wall clock by Craig Buckland, trophy sponsor. Will Bullock was reelected as president for 2012-13. The club is looking forward to a busy and prosperous year, hopefully a little dryer than the past two. Enquiries regarding membership, Christmas breakups / functions and casual green fees, call Denise on 5664 7490.

Child’s play: Leongatha Tennis Club juniors Simone and Evie Dekker, Jye Gourlay and James Ryan were all smiles in the lead up to their hotly contested match.

Sue Hoskin: Best Club Person 2011-12 with Craig Buckland, trophy sponsor.

Allambee Mirboo & District Tennis LEONGATHA North and Baromi played three tie-breakers with 10 games North’s way the score at the end of play.

Aye aye captain: Chris Buckland, who is still a junior, won the Captain’s Trophy.

Retiring treasurer: Cheryl White.

Meeniyan ladies golf WEDNESDAY, December 5 was the second round of the club championships and Medal Day. Twenty ladies braved the wet and windy conditions. Section 1 and monthly medal winner was Sue Hoskin (23) with a very nice 73. Section 2 winner was Lyn Jennison (42) with 81 net. Best nine was Veronica Park (15) with 37½. Nine hole comp winner was Mary Trease (33) with 41.5 net. Nancy Hammet won the putting with 29 putts. Down the line: Dot Christie (9) 78, Irene Holm (13) 79, Jan Trease (18) 81, Faye Smallman (30) with 84.

Sue Hoskin: the ladies December monthly medal winner for Meeniyan Golf Club.

Aces and Koony had four tie-breakers, three going Koony’s way. Justin and Glenn had all three sets tiebreakers, well played. Aces only won one tie-breaker but won the other sets well enough to win the match. Lucky Strings were big winners in the other match against Korumburra, two tiebreakers both against Korumburra. In A Reserve, Gold and Maroon, the Outtrim derby was a close one going to Gold by a game. Hallston played well to take the points against Berrys Creek. Koony were big winners against Leongatha. A 7/5 to Leongatha, Koony winning a 7/5 and a tie-breaker. Mardan went closer to the four with a win over Korumburra. Thanks to Fay for helping Mardan out, enabling all players to have a game. In B Grade, Baromi and Leongatha had a good game. Baromi won by 12 games. Jack played his first senior game, well done. Mardan won over Leon-

Tennis titans: Ange Williams, Frank Dekker, Marg Barter and Neil Langstaff take time out for a photo before doing battle at the Leongatha Tennis Club recently.

gatha North, well done Will winning a set. Watch out in the years to come with these juniors just beginning senior tennis. Results A Grade: Smokin Aces 6.69 d Koonwarra 3.52, Lucky Strings 9.75 d Korumburra 0.40, Leongatha North 6.62 d Baromi 3.52. A Reserve: Mardan 8.50 d Korumburra 1.25, Outtrim Gold 5.46 d Outtrim Maroon 4.45, Hallston 7.50 d Berrys Creek 2.33, Koonwarra 8.55 d Leongatha 1.32, Baromi bye. B Grade: Mardan 7.46 d Leongatha North 2.23, Baromi 6.43 d Leongatha 3.31.

Ladders A Grade Smokin Aces.........................87.5 Koonwarra ...........................60.5 Baromi. .................................60.5 Leongatha North. ................56.5 Lucky Strings ........................52.5 Korumburra ...........................12.5 A Reserve Outtrim Gold .......................76.0 Baromi ..................................71.0 Koonwarra ...........................69.0 Hallston ................................64.0 Leongatha..............................53.0 Mardan ..................................53.0 Outtrim Maroon ....................43.0 Berrys Creek .........................32.0 Korumburra ...........................31.0 B Grade Baromi ..................................76.5 Leongatha ............................61.5 Mardan.................................44.5 Leongatha North .................15.5

Picture of poise: Warren Littlejohn was all class as he took the court at the Leongatha Tennis Club recently.

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Heat doesn’t deter athletes HOT and windy conditions failed to deter competitors at Leongatha Little Athletics Club’s 10th meeting at the velodrome oval last Saturday, with excellent performances across all age groups on the track and field. Athletes still managed a combined total of 143 personal best efforts, with four competitors each picking up four PBs: Jude Fixter, Maddie Herbert, Emma Trease and Maverick Matheson. This Saturday is the final competition meeting before the Christmas break, and will take the form of a special interclub event that gives athletes the chance to compete against children from other little athletics centres in the district including Corner Inlet, Yarram and Wonthaggi. A special presentation will also be made to the up-and-coming On Trackers, who have completed their program and will be invited to join the regular competition when the club returns in the New Year. All athletes at the club are encouraged to participate in the forthcoming Gippsland Region Junior Carnival (Under 6-8 age groups) on the morning

of Saturday, February 23, and the Gippsland Region Track and Field Championships (Under 9-15) following in the afternoon and continuing on Sunday, February 24. Both events will be held at Joe Carmody Athletics Track in Newborough and are a great chance for Leongatha Little Aths to join together as a team and compete against other young athletes from across Gippsland in a spirit of participation and friendly competition. Please see Helen Patterson or other committee members on Saturday for more information on entries, which are due in the coming weeks. PBs last Saturday were as follows: Under 6 Boys: C. Richards 70m. Under 6 Girls: A. Snell 400m, long jump. Under 7 Boys: T. Taylor-Wilton 400m, 70m, javelin; X. Bolge 400m, 70m; B. Abernathy long jump; T. Roberts 400m, long jump; F. Dunn long jump; J. Fixter long jump, 70m, javelin, 400m; N. Occhipinti javelin, long jump. Under 7 Girls: T. Kenzie javelin, long jump; E Allen long jump, javelin; P. Barry javelin, long jump, 70m; M. Herbert javelin, long jump, 70m,

400m; N. Wight javelin, long jump; E. O’Neill 70m, long jump, javelin; S. Munro 70m, javelin, long jump; P. Thompson 70m. Under 8 Boys: T. Richards shotput; D. Abernathy shotput; D. Shone triple jump; M. Bath 70m, triple jump, 50m. Under 8 Girls: J. Bevis shotput; N. Crimp triple jump, shotput; C. Nesci 70m; C. Caithness shotput, triple jump; E. Snell triple jump, shotput, 70m. Under 9 Boys: M. Molloy javelin; M. Mancarella 50m; H Sheedy 100m, long jump, 70m; L. Vanderzalm javelin. Under 9 Girls: J. Standfield javelin; B. Roy 50m, javelin; E. Birrell long jump, 50m; E. Trease 50m, 70m, long jump, 100m; E. Comell javelin. Under 10 Boys: S. Herbert discus, 800m; C. Riseley high jump; R. Giliam 800m; M. Matheson 800m, high jump, 50m, discus; J. Wrigley 800m, high jump; N. Fixter high jump, discus. Under 10 Girls: C. Allen high jump; A. Crimp high jump; B. Drury high jump, discus; M. Giles 70m, high jump; N. Martin 70m, discus; B. Dyer high jump, 70m; T. Kelly discus; E. Bath high jump, discus; H. Hughes discus;

Let it rip: Sam Cross loads up for a big throw in the U11 Boys discus. E. Clarke high jump. Under 11 Boys: A. Herbert discus, 800m; L. Stothart high jump, discus; S. Cross 800m. Under 11 Girls: M. Cruickshank 300m hurdles, 50m; L. Edmondson 50m, discus, 70m; B. Johnson discus; E

Lyons discus; C. Standfield high jump, discus, 300m hurdles; M. Birrell 800m, discus; E. James 50m, 300m hurdles; A. Mancarella 70m, discus; F. Timmins high jump, 300m hurdles. Under 12 Boys: P. Bevis 800m, high jump;

D. Mancarella high jump, discus. Under 12 Girls: S. Allen long jump, javelin, 800m; R. Martin javelin, long jump, 50m; J. Caithness 300m hurdles, 800m. Under 13 Boys: C. White shotput, 800m; B. Thorson 800m, 300m hur-

dles, shotput. Under 13 Girls: A. Wrigley shotput, 70m; N. Allen 300m hurdles; S. Riseley shotput. Under 14 Girls: R. Skinner shotput. Under 15 Girls: G. Martin triple jump, shotput.


Getting ready for regionals THE first half of the season is drawing to a close and next week will be the last meet before Christmas.

Athletes fared well in the hot conditions this Saturday obtaining 124 personal bests. A big effort from Sonny McMillan (U6 Boys)

saw him smash the club record for the 400 metres. Tess Wingfield (U8 Girls), Silas O’Halloran (U9 Boys), Cooper Wagner (U12 Boys) and Imi-

Running racers: Olivia Bramley and Lani Kulbe gave it their all on Saturday.

gen Langford (U15 Girls) all recorded four out of five PBs. Athletes who wish to compete in the Regionals are reminded to get their entries completed on line and are advised to book accommodation for the weekend in February. Good luck to Tegan Lowe, Rohan Slade, Nicola Slade and Cooper Smith who are all competing in the State Multi Event Championships next weekend.

Results U6 Boy: 400 metres Sonny McMillan 1:43.8; shot put Hayden Schmidt 2.99. U6 Girl: 400 metres Eva Garnham 1:57.2; shot put Eva Garnham 2.91. U7 Boy: 400 metres Xavier Lindsay 1:36.4; shot put Tate Slade 3.44. U7 Girl: 400 metres Olivia Bramley 1:41.8; shot put Olivia Bramley 3.34. U8 Boy: 200 metre sprint Archie O’Neill 36.93; 70 metre sprint Saher Biggs 12.25; 80 metre hurdles Archie O’Neill 17.45; discus Archer Reid 16.26; triple jump Archie O’Neill 6.70. U8 Girl: 200 metre sprint Bella Schmidt

41.30; 70 metre sprint Tevuro Ihomana-Montgomery 12.82; 80 metre hurdles Tevuro Ihomana-Montgomery 18.18; discus Tevuro Ihomana-Montgomery 12.75; triple jump Tevuro Ihomana-Montgomery 5.59. U9 Boy: 70 metre sprint Tully Dickie 12.43; 80 metre hurdles Tully Dickie 16.73; 800 metres Jacob Timmermans 3:12.3; discus Silas O’Halloran 15.93; long jump Tully Dickie 2.88. U9 Girl: 70 metre sprint Dallas Loughridge 12.65; 80 metre hurdles Dallas Loughridge 17.71; 800 metres Dallas Loughridge 3:23.4; discus Dallas Loughridge 13.28; long jump Dallas Loughridge 2.80. U10 Boy: 100 metre sprint Balin Delievergini 16.45; 400 metres Balin Delievergini 1:30.0; 80 metre hurdles Balin Delievergini 17.35; high jump Jenson Garnham 1.15; shot put Balin Delievergini 6.51. U10 Girl: 100 metre sprint Nicola Slade 17.45; 400 metres Harriet Fallaw 1:30.5; 80 metre hurdles Nicola Slade 18.30; high jump Nicola Slade 1.10; shot put

Chloe Bramley 5.20. U11 Boy: 1500 metres Patrick Ryan 5:47.6; 70 metre sprint Cooper Smith 10.77; 80 metre hurdles Declan Kirkpatrick 17.15; discus Cooper Smith 15.05; triple jump Patrick Ryan 7.43. U11 Girl: 1500 metres Lanni Pryor 6:17.6; 70 metre sprint Lanni Pryor 11.19; 80 metre hurdles Lanni Pryor 16.94; discus Lanni Pryor 17.10; triple jump Lanni Pryor 7.88. U12 Boy: 1500 metres Luke Nicholson 5:45.5; 400 metres Luke Nicholson 1:14.6; 80 metre hurdles Cooper Wagner 17.55; high jump Cooper Wagner 1.26; javelin Declan Logan 16.40. U12 Girl: 1500 metres Cassie Fallaw 8:05.8; 400 metres Cassie Fallaw 1:31.4; 80 metre hurdles Cassie Fallaw 21.83; high jump Cassie Fallaw 1.05; javelin Cassie Fallaw 10.84. U13 Boy: 100 metre sprint Mitchell Fallaw 15.03; 1500 metres Brodie Anderson 5:12.2; 80 metre hurdles Brodie Anderson 17.97; discus Brodie Anderson 17.89; long jump Mitchell Fallaw 3.99. U13 Girl: 100 metre sprint Ciara Ryan 14.89;

1500 metres Ciara Ryan 7:14.7; 80 metre hurdles Bridget Lowe 18.55; discus Ciara Ryan 10.85; long jump Ciara Ryan 3.53. U14 Boy: 1500 metres Declan Ryan 4:56.1; 200 metre sprint Andre Toussaint 27.38; 80 metre hurdles Andre Toussaint 15.98; long jump Declan Ryan 4.33; shot put Andre Toussaint 8.58. U14 Girl 1500 metres Daisy Filippi 8:06.5; 200 metre sprint Georgia Filippi 37.70; 80 metre hurdles Georgia Filippi 20.07; long jump Stephanie Slade 3.45; shot put Georgia Filippi 5.37. U15 Boy: 100 metre hurdle Sam Peters 22.71; 1500 metres Ethan Slade 6:37.2; 200 metre sprint Ethan Slade 26.19; long jump Ethan Slade 4.47; shot put Ethan Slade 7.59. U15 Girl: 1500 metres Imigen Langford 5:44.1; 200 metre sprint Imigen Langford 32.00; 90 metre hurdles Jade Dalton 18.70; long jump Tegan Lowe 3.96; shot put Nicole Davis 8.54.

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Representative juniors LEONGATHA and District Cricket Association Under 14 and 15 representative sides played practice games on Sunday against the West Gippsland Association, with the Under 14s at Cardinia and the Under 15s at Devon Meadows.

OVER 220 riders took to the dirt for the Korumburra Motorcycle Club come and try day on Sunday. Riders young and old jumped on their bikes for a few laps of the high class Outtrim track. Club president Graham Bird was overwhelmed with the response. “It went really well,” he said. “We had more people than expected and great weather.” Kawasaki bikes from Wonthaggi Motorcycles were on hand for riders to test out which also brought more riders through the gates. The club received more than 20 memberships on the day, with many more riders taking home membership forms after their time on the dirt.

Grounds and facilities were excellent with excellent support from the clubs involved, the West Gippsland Association and the players.

Under 14 Leongatha lost the toss and fielded, with Louis Riseley 0 for 11 off six overs and Nick Wylie 0 for 21 off five overs opening the bowling, but it was first change bowler Jack Keating, who took the first wicket (1 for 10) with the score at 27. Flynn Brosnan chipped in with three wickets (two caught by his twin brother) for 10 off five overs, Ben Perry 1 for 8 off three overs, Darcy Brosnan 1 for 7, Tim Sauvarin 0 for 4, Jye Celebrine 0 for 9, Adam Busana 1 for 15, Jacob Beckwith 0 for 15 and Connor Epifamo 0 for 10 all off three overs. West Gippsland were 8 for 125 off 40 overs. Bowlers will have to work on the sundries but otherwise a very good effort. Leongatha batted with Jack Keating 22 and Jye Celebrine 10 opening the batting both retired, Nick Wylie 22 retired and Tim Sauvarin 19 retired, Louis made 0, Adam Busana 4, Connor Epifamo 9 retired,

Right Love their bikes: Patrick Martin and Charlie Bird were happy to get dirty at the Korumburra Motorcycle Club come and try day. Photo courtesy Kate Hemming.

Ready to ride: young riders were pumped to take to the track on Sunday. Photo courtesy Kate Hemming.

C Grade, Division 2

WONTHAGGI WORKMEN’S d MEENIYAN DUMBALK UNITED RED 1st innings MDU Red Total .......................................138 1st innings Wonthaggi Workmen’s S Knight b B Thomas ................... 5 B Jeffries c D Tuckett b J Riley .................................. 16 B Evans b B Thomas .................... 2 M Davey c T Sinclair .................. 15 C Casey c & b P Robinson ......... 43 M Cadwallender ro ..................... 19 M Dobbie lbw b M Olden............................... 15 A Busana c & b M Olden ............. 8 J Licis no...................................... 35 A Ray lbw b K Newton ............................ 17 M Smallwood c B Thomas b K Newton .............................. 4 Extras ........................................... 35 Total .......................................214 Bowling: M Olden 2/28, J Riley 2/36, J Opray 0/34, D Tuckett 0/15, B Thomas 2/36, S Opray 0/13, P Robinson 1/12, T Sinclair 0/19, K Newton 2/7. OUTTRIM MOYARRA KONGWAK lt FOSTER 1st innings OMK Total .........................................87 1st innings Foster A Starret c N Wylie b M Walker ............................. 16 M Da Costa b G Adams................ 3 N Da Costa b G Adams ................ 4 T Garvey c M Gow b N Wylie................................ 39

P Jervies c J Whiteside b D Olden ............................... 73 S Chaseling c N Wylie b D Olden ................................. 8 T Byrnes c M Walker b D Olden ................................. 1 J Chaseling no ............................... 9 R Johnston no ................................ 7 Extras .......................................19 Total .......................... 7/180 (dec) Bowling: G Adams 2/18, D Wylie 0/44, M Walker 1/45, N Wylie 1/24, D Olden 3/38. 2nd innings OMK G Adams no................................. 47 M Walker c T Byrnes b P Jervies ................................. 1 D Olden b A Starret..................... 11 D Wylie c S Chaseling b M Da Costa ........................... 2 N Wylie no .................................... 9 Extras .......................................10 Total ......................................3/80 Bowling: P Jervies 1/15, R Johnston 0/6, A Starret 1/7, N Da Costa 0/27, M Da Costa 1/4, J Chaseling 0/4, S Chaseling 0/5, B Cripps 0/7. MEENIYAN DUMBALK UNITED BLUE lt PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings MDU Blue Total .........................................65 1st innings Phillip Island J Johnston b K Sinclair ................. 5 C Muscat c L Mercer b K Brown .............................. 18 J Blair no...................................... 18 M Taylor c W Darmanin

b J Brown ................................. 6 J Taylor b L Mercer..................... 36 G Taylor c G Jones b L Mercer ................................ 8 L Papa ret..................................... 33 K Jones c C Dyke b J Brown ............................... 20 B Insall no ..................................... 6 M Duyker no ............................... 22 Extras .......................................22 Total ....................................8/193 Bowling: L Mercer 2/64, K Sinclair 1/12, K Brown 1/27, J Brown 2/22, C Dyke 0/21, B Coulter 0/42. 2nd innings MDU Blue T Bright b L Papa .......................... 2 K Sinclair b L Papa ....................... 1 B Coulter c & b J Taylor ............... 1 C Olden c b J Taylor .................................. 2 C Dyke no...................................... 9 G Jones c b J Johnston ............................ 10 N Grayden b L Papa...................... 3 L Mercer c J Keating b J Johnston .............................. 2 J Brown c b J Johnston .............................. 8 K Brown no ................................... 0 Extras ............................................. 6 Total ......................................8/44 Bowling: J Taylor 2/3, L Papa 3/6, M Taylor 0/8, J Johnston 3/16, J Keating 0/3, B Insall 0/8. KOONWARRA LRSL lt KORUMBURRA 1st innings Korumburra Total .............................7/205 (cc)

1st innings Koonwarra LRSL La Gale c b J Scott .................................. 13 M Green b T Scott......................... 1 N Summers c b J Scott .................................... 2 P Buckley lbw b J Celebrine........................... 40 H Langenburg b T Scott ............... 6 L Hughes b J Scott ........................ 0 B Perry b T Scott........................... 1 P Kennedy c b A McKinnon.......................... 3 S Anderson b T Scott .................. 15 A Vaughan no ................................ 8 A Ironside st b T Scott.................................... 1 Extras ........................................... 25 Total ....................................... 115 Bowling: T Scott 5/35, S Hall 0/12, D Fearnley 0/20, J Scott 3/6, A McKinnon 1/13, J Celebrine 1/15, T Boyd 0/7. 2nd innings Korumburra A McKinnon c La gale b B Perry................................... 1 T Scott c b N Summers.......................... 18 D Fearnley b B Perry .................... 4 T Boyd c S Anderson b N Summers.......................... 11 C Mileto no.................................... 5 J Celebrine no................................ 0 Extras ............................................. 1 Total ......................................4/40 Bowling: H Langenburg 0/4, B Perry 2/16, N Summers 2/14, S Anderson 0/5. GLEN ALVIE - bye

Alex Duyker 8, Damon Ginnane 2, Darcy Brosnan 14 not out, Jacob Beckwith 1, Flynn Brosnan 2 and Ben Perry 1 not out. Total 6 for 148. A very good batting performance from the team with most getting a start. The West Gippsland bowling was steady and they struggled with the wide count too. Courtney Neale and Toby Weinziel each took two wickets.

Under 15 Leongatha won the toss and sent West Gippsland in. Jason Riley had a wicket in his first over 2 for 22 off six overs, Bailey Baine 0 for 39 off five overs Kevin McGavin 1 for 17 off five overs, Todd Smith 1 for 20 off six overs, Ethan Garratt 1 for 13 off four overs, Shaun Hayes 0 for 13 off three overs, Liam Buckland 0 for 32 off five overs, Toby Redpath four overs 0 for 15, and Tom Jenkins 0 for 17 off two overs. Bowling was good with some good efforts into a strong breeze but will have to watch the sundry count, ground fielding good but a couple of dropped catches were costly. It was a good workout under the conditions. G. Interlandi 73 and T. Glen 42 hit the ball well late in the innings of six for 191 off 40 overs. For Leongatha Tom Jenkins 15 and Blake Insall 14 opened the batting both retiring, Toby Smith 9 retired, Kevin McGavin 22, Jason Riley 10, Toby Redpath 7, Shaun Hayes 5, with Liam Miller 0 not out and Bailey Baine 0 not out with a total 4 for 115.

Every player got a start which was positive and had a good hit out which is what we wanted to achieve. We have practice matches next weekend against Warragul, the Under 14s at Longwarry and Under 15s on the turf ground to be confirmed.

Junior Country week teams Under 15: Damon Ginnane, Imperials; Liam Miller, Korumburra; Sam Farrington, Workmens; Kevin McGavin, Imperials; Thomas Jenkin, Korumburra; Michael Olden. MDU; Blake Insall, Phillip Island; Todd Smith, Kilcunda-Bass; Ethan Garrett, Kilcunda-Bass; Liam Buckland, Fish Creek-Tarwin; Bailey Baine, Workmens; Jason Riley, MDU; Toby Redpath, Fish Creek-Tarwin; Shaun Hayes, Inverloch. Coach, Stuart Jenkin. Manager, Phil Miller. Under 14: Jye Celebrine, Korumburra; Koby Brann, Workmens; Tim Sauvarin (captain), Imperials; Ben Perry, Nerrena/KoonwarraRSL; Jacob Beckwith, Korumburra; Jack Keating, Phillip Island; Darcy Brosnan, Miners; Flynn Brosnan, Miners; Alex Duyker, Phillip Island; Nick Wylie, OMK; Louis Riseley, Imperials; Adam Busana, Workmens; Tom Officer (vice captain), Phillip Island; Connor Epifano, Phillip Island. Coach, Gary Sauvarin. Manager, Don Wylie. Assistant, Steve Brann.

C Grade, Division 1 INVERLOCH d NERRENA 1st innings Nerrena Total ....................................... 113 1st innings Inverloch I Smith c G Gillam b B Standfield......................16 P Johnson b C Dougherty.........16 J Belli c M Trotto b B Standfield........................0 B Phillips c C Dougherty b G Wightman .....................63 J Muir c & b S Gaddam ...........32 F Keily c S Gaddam b C Dougherty .......................6 W Williams st B Standfield b G Gilliam ...........................4 M Goldsmith c C Dougherty b G Gilliam ...........................0 S Saldanha c B Standfield b C Dougherty .......................1 L Keily no ..................................9 H Dubberley no ..........................1 Extras .......................................18 Total ....................................9/167 Bowling: K Clark 0/21, B Standfield 2/19, C Dougherty 3/29, D Campbell 0/22, D Grigg 0/13, M Trotto 0/7, G Wightman 1/23, S Gaddam 1/7, M Waltom 0/13, G Gillam 2/5. POOWONG LOCH d KILCUNDA/BASS 1st innings Kilcunda/Bass Total .......................................100 1st innings Poowong Loch Total .......................................127 2nd innings Kilcunda/Bass Extras .........................................2 Total .....................................4/83 PHILLIP ISLAND d TOWN 1st innings Phillip Island Total .............................6/302 (cc) 1st innings Town G Pouw b S Niven......................5 D Pell no ..................................37 J Schelling c G Marshall

b M Haringsma .....................0 M Craig b T Officer ...................1 K Fleming c M Cleary b S Niven.............................26 G Goss c G Marshall b M Haringsma .....................7 P Hulshof c A Finlayson b M Cleary ..........................12 L O’Brien b M Haringsma .........3 C Dowling c G Marshall b M Haringsma .....................0 M O’Loughlin b C O’Neill ........8

A Vankuyk b M Haringsma........1 Extras .......................................19 Total ....................................... 119 Bowling: S Niven 2/11, J Cox 0/18, T Officer 1/10, M Haringsma 5/17, R Jenkin 0/23, S Cox 0/16, M Cleary 1/14, C O’Neill 1/8. IMPERIALS d WONTHAGGI MINERS on forfeit

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SPORT | CRICKET Under 16 KORUMBURRA d INVERLOCH 1st innings Inverloch Total ....................................8/112 1st innings Korumburra P Dunlevie c J Ritchie b J Dalmau ..........................23 T Jenkin c J Ritchie b S Hayes ..............................7 B Codolucci c J Teakle b N Brayley ......................... 11 J Arestia b J Dalmau ..................0 L Miller c L Anderson b J Dalmau ............................0 J Celebrine lbw b J Dalmau ............................3 H McNeil b D Lawson ...............3 J Beckwith c J Van Zanen b N Brayley .........................17 M Allen c N Brayley b J Ritchie ...........................24 G Allen c S Hayes b N Brayley ...........................0 A Ringer no ................................2 Extras .......................................41 Total .......................................132 Bowling: J Dalmau 4/23, L Anderson 0/16, S Hayes 1/19, N Brayley 3/9, D Lawson 1/4, M Woods 0/13, F McKittrick 0/6, J Van Zanen 0/16, J Teakle 0/7, M Ritchie 1/4. WONTHAGGI MINERS lt IMPERIALS 1st innings Wonthaggi Miners Total .............................6/147 (cc) 1st innings Imperials B Pickersgill ret........................50 L Riseley c H Forsyth b D Brosnan ..........................0 B Moscript c H Forsyth b D Brosnan ..........................5 J Ginnane ret ............................51 L Wright b L Hamilton .............15 K McGavin c D Tiziani b D Brosnan ........................10 R Smith b L Hamilton ................4 T Sauvarin ret .............................7 Z Fiddelaers c F Brosnan b D Brosnan ..........................2 Extras .......................................24 Total ....................................6/168 Bowling: D Brosnan 4/22, F Brosnan 0/14, D Tiziani 0/24, A Honeysett 0/10, H Forsyth 0/11, E Cargill 0/25, J Honeysett 0/10, S Watson 0/19, L Hamilton 2/19, J Beesey 0/9. PHILLIP ISLAND lt FISH CREEK -TARWIN 1st innings Phillip Island Total ...............................8/97 (cc) 1st innings Fish Creek-Tarwin R McGannon ret.......................73 M McGannon b T Officer ........10 T Redpath b T Officer ................2 G Staley c J Taylor b H Watson ..........................26 G Park b H Watson.....................1 H Griggs c & b C Epifano........13 L Edgelow c B Young b J Asbury ...........................17 O Brennan c J Keating b C Epifano ...........................0 L Buckland no ..........................10 A Watkins c H Watson b J Excell ...............................0 J Hill no ......................................3 Extras .......................................17 Total .............................8/172 (cc) Bowling: T Officer 2/26, J Taylor 0/26, H Watson 2/27, J Keating 0/21, C Epifano 1/11, B Insall 0/28, J Excel 1/17, J Asbury 1/3. KILCUNDA/BASS d POOWONG LOCH 1st innings Kilcunda/Bass Total .........................................67 1st innings Poowong-Loch Extras .........................................8 Total .........................................36 Bowling: K Condick 2/9, T Smith 1/18, E Luke 0/1, E Garratt 4/4, J Bastwrous 2/4. 2nd innings Kilcunda/Bass J Bastwrous b .............................7 K Condick lbw ...........................1 E Luke c ...................................23 B Caile no ................................39 L May no ....................................4 Extras .........................................9 Total ......................................3/83 WONTHAGGI WORKMEN’S d MDU 1st innings Won Workmen’s Extras .......................................19 Total .............................5/255 (cc) 1st innings MDU L Harrington b D Turton ..........33 J Riley b J Thomas ...................15 J Hoy b J Thomas .......................0 M Olden c K Brann b E Senior............................12 M Trotto c M Davey b E Senior............................16 T Sinclair b Z Macdermid ........29 C Dougherty b A Busana............0 C Dyke st K Brann b D Turton .............................2 K Newton c M Davey b D Turton .............................0 A Brown no ................................2 Extras .......................................18 Total .......................................127 Bowling: J Thomas 2/25, Z Macdermid 1/14, E Senior 2/32, N Dobbie 0/13, C Casey 0/16, B Cocks 0/8, M Davey 0/9, D Turton 3/3, A Busana 1/2.


179 for DeBono INVERLOCH master blaster Brett DeBono produced an inspired batting performance against a hapless Wonthaggi Miners, smashing his way to 179. While the Miners were hardly disgraced when they batted, hitting their way to 214, the Inverloch boys – courtesy of DeBono – were always in charge. Reflective of DeBono’s dominance, the Miners’ best bowler Phil Owen, ended the day with 5/124. One of those, mercifully for his team, was DeBono. Inverloch’s Sword (59) and Sharrock (37) also put in good batting performances, before being dismissed by Owen. Nerrena bowling guru Wayne Telfer led the charge against an under-performing Phillip Island, finishing with the impressive figures of 4/24. Telfer was instrumental in making sure the top order had little breathing space. But he was not the only Nerrena bowler who was on song. Jakye Hoy was also impressive, with 2/24, along with stalwart Dave Trotman, who took 2/31. Trotman was equally damaging with the bat, bashing his way to 57 not out in the second innings. Wonthaggi Workmens cruised to victory against OMK, despite a long list of economical OMK bowlers claiming wickets. An impressive 100 runs by Workmens’ Allan McLean, and a 55 by the ever reliable Yann helped push the total up to an

impressive 270. OMK bowler Russell White (who made an impressive 64 in his team’s first innings) took 2/38, while team mate White was on target, with 2/34. MDU has smashed Glen Alvie, who faltered twice when batting. Chasing MDU’s first innings 348, the Glen Alvie boys were never in the hunt. Consistent bowling from MDU bowlers McKnight, McRae, Harris, Riley and Zukovskis kept the wickets falling.

Details NERRENA d PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Nerrena Total .......................................195 1st innings Phillip Island Z Brown c T Renden b Z Trease..............................0 B Young lbw b W Telfer..............................5 A Tolley lbw b W Telfer..............................9 A Thomas c & b W Telfer ..........6 J Manning c D Baldi b J Hoy ................................17 S Boyack c C Salmon b W Telfer..............................5 P Francis c J Renden b J Hoy ................................15 J Blackwell no ..........................25 G Odghers lbw b T Clark ...............................4 A Nicholson c & b D Trotman .12 R Thomas b D Trotman............12 Extras .......................................14 Total .......................................124 Bowling: Z Trease 1/11, J Hoy 2/24, W Telfer 4/24, J Hoy 0/14, T Clark 1/14, D Trotman 2/31. 2nd innings Nerrena T Clark b S Boyack ..................35 D Trotman no ...........................57 D Baldi no ................................28 Extras .......................................10 Total ....................................1/130 Bowling: G Odgers 0/31, S Boyack 1/14, J Blackwell 0/13, A Thomas 0/5, Z Brown 0/21, B Young 0/26, A Tolley 0/13. WONTHAGGI MINERS lt INVERLOCH 1st innings Wonthaggi Miners Total .......................................214 1st innings Inverloch S Brayley b R Jones ................. 11 A Brayley c L Jones b D Bettess ............................1

Leongatha District Cricket Association Umpire Appointments EVANS PETROLEUM Round 8 - December 15 & 22 Home team Grade A1 Miners Nerrena Imperials OMK Grade A2 MDU Kilcunda-Bass Poowong-Loch Town Grade B1 Phillip Island Inverloch Glen Alvie MDU Grade B2 Fish Ck-Tarwin Korumburra OMK Koonwarra-RSL Grade C1 Miners Imperials Town Kilcunda-Bass Grade C2 Foster Phillip Island Korumburra Won Workers MDU Blue

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v v v v

Phillip Island Inverloch Won Workmens Korumburra

Won Rec Nerr L Turf Butch W

M. Heenan P. Absolom L. White G. Laird

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Koonwarra-RSL Fish Ck-Tarwin Glen Alvie Foster

Meen Newh C Loch WC 1

K. Lester T. Rogers A. Jordan B. Bek

v v v v

Won Miners Nerrena Won Workmens OMK

Cowes I Turf GA Dumb

S. Lanyon A. Roberts A. Stride I. Thomas

v v v v

Kilcunda-Bass Imperials Won Workmens Town

FC Turf Kor Rec Outt Koon

TBA TBA M. Wishart TBA

v v v v

Inverloch Nerrena Poowong-Loch Phillip Island

Won Nth TBA EC TBA WC 2 TBA Bass 2 TBA

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Glen Alvie OMK MDU Red Koonwarra-RSL Bye

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L Sharrock c L Jones b P Owen .............................37 B Debono c C Honeysett b P Owen ...........................179 B Sword c R Bettess b P Owen .............................59 J Jackson c P Cornelis b D Atherton..........................1 J Dalmau c R Jones b P Owen .............................21 J Dalmau b P Owen ..................14 J Ritchie b C Honeysett..............6 S Hayes no .................................0 Extras .......................................18 Total .............................9/346 (cc) Bowling: P Cornelis 0/4, R Jones 1/78, D Bettess 1/15, C Honeysett 1/29, P Owen 5/124, D Atherton 1/27, L Jones 0/15, T Walker 0/13, R Bettess 0/37. OUTTRIM MOYARRA KONGWAK lt WONTHAGGI WORKMEN’S 1st innings OMK Total .......................................199 1st innings Wonthaggi Workmen’s D Dutchman lbw b R White ..............................0 R Geyer c G Miller b D Jeffries ..........................14 A Yann c G Miller b K Kerr ..............................55 M Thomas c D Jeffries b R White ............................34 L Sawyer c & b D Jeffries ..........4 A McLean c b W Dowel ........................100 M McCall c & b J Greenwood ............30 L McLean no ..............................7 L Borne no .................................2 Extras .......................................23 Total ....................................7/270 Bowling: R White 2/38, T Eustace 0/20, D McMeekin 0/52, D Jeffries 2/34, K Kerr 1/10, J Greenwood 1/31, B Maguire 0/9, N Creed 0/22, G Miller 0/17, W Dowel 1/32. MEENIYAN DUMBALK UNITED d GLEN ALVIE

Grand final rematch: Thomas Mitchell prepares for a big hit in the Wonthaggi Workmens’ win over OMK on Saturday. 1st innings MDU Total .......................... 9/348 (dec) 1st innings Glen Alvie M Hull c S Browne b C Harris ............................12 J Wheeler b T Zukovskis............0 E Chandler c R Olden b T Zukovskis........................4 R Slade ro...................................8 B Andrighetto c B Davey b C Harris ............................14 D Gilbert c B Davey b C Harris ..............................3 D Tiziani st R Olden b S Riley................................1 I Johnson c L Corry

b S Riley................................7 B Davidson c B McKnight b S Riley................................0 P Palmer no ................................1 B Glover b B McKnight.............0 Extras .........................................9 Total .........................................59 Bowling: B McKnight 2/15, S McRae 0/6, S Riley 3/3, T Zukovskis 2/4, C Harris 2/28, S Browne 0/2. 2nd innings Glen Alvie M Hull c S Browne b B McKnight .......................0 R Slade c T Zukovskis b B Heppell ...........................7

B Andrighetto c T Zukovskis b B McKnight .....................19 J Wheeler c D Thomas b C Harris ..............................5 D Tiziani no..............................15 E Chandler b S McRae...............7 I Johnson b S McRae .................0 D Gilbert b S McRae................10 B Davidson no............................8 Extras .......................................10 Total ...............................7/81 (cc) Bowling: B McKnight 2/18, S McRae 3/9, C Harris 1/17, T Zukovskis 0/2, S Browne 0/8, B Heppell 1/5, S Riley 0/14, L Corry 0/6.


Town’s Clarke bowls up a storm OMK has fallen short, after Town bowler Sam Clarke tore a hole through its batting line up. Clarke finished his spell with 6/63 (five bowled, one LBW). OMK’s Walker (44) and Harper (42) batted well, but were almost amongst Clarke’s victims. Creek Tarwin has fallen short of its run target after a concerted bowling assault on the part of Imperials. With Elliot (3/19) and McLennan (3/46) leading the charge, Imperials were always in command. They backed up their bowling with a good batting performance in the second innings, with Michael Comben in scintillating form, scoring 64 not out. Kilcunda Bass batsman Heath Grace helped his team to victory with a solid 66 against Korumburra. Aplin scored 29. But Killy Bass never looked comfortable, and they were kept on their toes all day, with Korumburra’s Allen, Gilroy and Dunlevie each claiming three wickets apiece. In the second innings Korumburra edged to 6/157, with Newton and Allen (not out) both scoring 48. Wonthaggi Workmens have been comprehensively beaten, scoring a dismal 97 in their first innings against Koonwarra Leongatha RSL.

Moore (57 not out) was the best of the Koony batsmen. Workmens bowler Corey Smith was very impressive, taking 5/30. Batting a second time, Workmens were just as poor. Koony young gun Jordan Pickersgill was in fine form, claiming 3/8.

Details IMPERIALS d FISH CREEK TARWIN 1st innings Imperials Total .......................................206 1st innings Fish Creek Tarwin G Webster b B Maskell ..............7 D Lavarda c S Vagg b M Elliott ...........................34 C Bawden c B Maskell b S McLennan .......................0 J Pouw c J Forrester b K McGavin.......................13 M Bright c S McLennan b M Elliott ...........................14 M Van Boven b S McLennan .....9 G Buckland c J Ginnane b M Elliott ...........................15 T Redpath b R McGavin ............9 M Danckert b B Maskell ..........22 D Stevenson lbw b S McLennan .....................12 L Buckland no ............................3 Extras .......................................17 Total .......................................155 Bowling: S McLennan 3/46, B Maskell 2/14, K McGavin 1/28, M Elliott 3/19, T Sauvarin 0/25, R McGavin 1/15. 2nd innings Imperials J Ginnane b C Bawden...............0 M Comben no ..........................64 S Vagg c G Webster b M Danckert ........................4 R Higgins b G Buckland ..........24 R McGavin no ..........................20 Extras .........................................8 Total ....................................3/120 Bowling: M Danckert 1/23, C Bawden 1/11, J Pouw 0/25, M Van Boven 0/16, G Buckland 1/17, L Buckland 0/22. KORUMBURRA lt KILCUNDA/BASS 1st innings Korumburra Total .......................................167 1st innings Kilcunda/Bass T Aplin c T Morrison

b J Gilroy.............................29 R Gardiner c C Truscott b J Gilroy.............................16 H Grace c J Richards b N Allen .............................66 D Hunt c J Oxlee b J Gilroy...............................9 S Tapscott c P Dunlevie b C Truscott ...........................3 S Blake b P Dunlevie ...............10 D Masinovic c N Allen b P Dunlevie ........................12 R Duff b N Allen ......................14 D Clay no ................................16 L May .........................................2 R Duff c J Gilroy b P Dunlevie ..........................2 Extras .......................................17 Total .......................................197 Bowling: N Allen 3/39, J Gilroy 3/45, C Truscott 1/23, P Dunlevie 3/57, I Riddell 0/25. 2nd innings Korumburra J Richards ro ............................29 R Webster lbw b R Duff ................................1 T Allen c R Duff b S Blake .............................22 S Newton c R Duff b S Tapscott .........................48 N Allen no ................................48 J Oxlee c b S Blake ..............................6 P Dunlevie lbw b S Tapscott ..........................1 C Truscott no ..............................1 Extras .........................................1 Total ....................................6/157 Bowling: D Masinovic 1/39, R Duff 1/27, S Tapscott 2/46, S Blake 2/32, R Duff 0/1, L May 0/11. WONTHAGGI WORKMEN’S lt KOONWARRA LRSL 1st innings Wonthaggi Workmen’s Total .........................................97 1st innings Koonwarra LRSL L Enter c L Gennicarro b W McCall ...........................2 B Pickersgill c K Brann b W McCall .........................12 S Paterson c I Barnes b C Smith ...........................21 P Dower lbw b C Smith ............................30 N Toms lbw b C Smith ............................ 11 S Moore no...............................57 B Thomas c I Barnes b J Sheerin .............................0

M Clarke c K Brann b S Roche ..............................4 S Turner b S Roche ..................21 J Pickersgill st I Barnes b S Roche ..............................6 M Pickersgill c S Brann b C Smith ..............................4 Extras .......................................24 Total .......................................192 Bowling: W McCall 2/21, J Turner 0/28, C Smith 5/30, J Sheerin 1/30, SRoche 2/35, S Jeffries 0/30. 2nd innings Wonthaggi Workmen’s J Sheerin b M Clarke..................6 S Roche c b J Pickersgill ......................10 L Gennicarro c b S Turner..............................0 K Brann c b J Pickersgill ........................2 S Jeffries no..............................18 C Smith c b J Pickersgill ........................0 I Barnes no .................................1 Extras .......................................10 Total ......................................5/47 Bowling: S Turner 1/7, M Clarke 1/7, M Pickersgill 0/2, J Pickersgill 3/8, N Toms 0/14, B Thomas 0/3, B Pickersgill 0/6. TOWN d OUTTRIM MOYARRA KONGWAK 1st innings Town Total .......................................253 1st innings OMK T Miller lbw b S Clark .............................25 G Lomagno ro ............................4 C O’Brien c J Hume b W Turner ..........................17 P Miller c J Hume b J Bolge .............................17 J Cochrane c D Goss b S Clark .............................22 P Harper b S Clark ...................42 R Quaife c J Hume b S Clark .............................16 C Walker b S Clark .............................44 N Audino lbw b S Clark ...............................3 B Nation c S Clark b J Schelling ..........................9 D Wylie no .................................0 Extras .......................................12 Total .......................................212 Bowling: J Schelling 1/41, W Turner 1/25, J Bologe 1/54, S Clark 6/63, S Fixter 0/20.

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Fast pace: Geoff Peters puts one down the pitch for the Miners in A1.

Richards a big hit for Island PHILLIP Island’s Eli Richards was in stellar form, bashing his way to 136 not out against Nerrena. The Island was chasing just 120, after a capitulation by the Nerrena batsmen. Richards was well supported by a number of team mates, including Black (43) and Cleeland (35). On the other side of the ledger, Tim Wightman acquitted himself well with the ball (5/116), though he was unable to be economical under

A Grade, Division 1

PHILLIP ISLAND d NERRENA 1st innings Nerrena Total .......................................120 1st innings Phillip Island R Cleeland b T Wightman ........35 J Black c S Helms b T Davison .........................43 E Richards no .........................136 J Broomhall lbw b T Wightman........................8 B Johnston c M Clark b T Wightman......................16 C Viljoen c J Trease b T Wightman...................... 11 J Finnigan lbw b T Davison .........................14 L Keating c L Roberts b D Symmons......................29 S Kirton c L Roberts b T Wightman........................0 S Murdoch c T Wightman b T Davison .........................22 C Wilson no................................0 Extras .........................................4 Total ....................................9/318 Bowling: J Trease 0/31, R Clark 0/29, T Wightman 5/116, T Davison 3/58, G Murphy 0/35, M Clark 0/4, S Helms 0/24, D Symmons 1/18. INVERLOCH d WONTHAGGI MINERS 1st innings Wonthaggi Miners Total .......................................161 1st innings Inverloch W Taberner c J O’Reilly b G Peters ............................26 J Smith c P Nelson b G Peters ............................78 W Rankin c A Donohue b D Beesey ..........................55 D Clark c R Birkett b M Johnson ........................24 T Thornby c R Birkett b M Johnson ..........................6 K Rothier c A Warren b R Birkett .............................6 N Brayley c G Peters b P Nelson ...........................16 N Goodall b R Birkett ................0 R Tegg c C Thomas b J O’Reilly .........................13 N Cant b P Nelson ......................4 L Rankin no ................................1 Extras .........................................9 Total .......................................238 IMPERIALS lt KORUMBURRA 1st innings Korumburra Total .............................8/274 (cc) 1st innings Imperials G Sauvarin c & b U Weerasinghe ........ 111 A Meyer b L Williams ................7

the Island batting onslaught. Davison finished the day with 3/58. Inverloch’s Jason Smith (78) and William Rankin (55) made sure their team was out on top of Wonthaggi Miners on the weekend, securing a 77 run win. Despite an inspired 111 run stand by Imperials top order batsman Gary Sauvarin, his team still fell short in its run chase of Korumburra’s 274. Sauvarin had a few other team mates making serious totals. The exception was a solid 30 by Mark Lafferty.

L Rogers c D Scott b L Williams ..........................2 N Eddy c U Weerasinghe b J Cook ..............................14 T Williams c K Miller b U Weerasinghe .................18 M Lafferty b U Weerasinghe....30 B Wright c K Rigby b D Salmon ...........................4 K Gray b D Salmon..................10 A DeGennaro b U Weerasinghe ................. 11 Z Price no ...................................2 L Wright st K Miller b B Schmidt...........................4 Extras .......................................12 Total ..................................10/225 Bowling: L Williams 2/25, K Dorman 0/8, J Cook 1/11, D Salmon 2/39, U Weerasinghe 4/82, I Osman 0/13, D Scott 0/35, B Schmidt 1/4. WONTHAGGI WORKMEN’S d OUTTRIM MOYARRA KONGWAK 1st innings OMK Total .......................................169 1st innings Wonthaggi Workmen’s D Britt c T Wyatt b B Wyatt ............................48 T Hooper lbw b B Wytatt ...........................33 G Britt c P Dyer b A Jenkins ..........................21 R Thomas c R Greaves b P Dell.................................6 C Harvey b P Dell ....................24 D Turton b P Dell .......................0 G Bolding c P Dyer b J Wilson ..............................2 S Huitema lbw b D Lloyd ............................36 A Lang c J Paterson b P Dell................................38 J Liddle no................................17 J Thomas b R Greaves .............19 Extras .......................................19 Total .......................................263 Bowling: A Jenkins 1/47, R Greaves 1/37, B Wyatt 2/32, J Wilson 1/19, P Dell 4/56, J Van Rooye 0/16, D Lloyd 1/20, T Wyatt 0/22. 2nd innings OMK D Creed c G Bolding b A Lang ................................0 J Wilson no ...............................39 T Wyatt c R Thomas b A Lang ..............................19 J Van Rooye no ........................34 Extras .........................................3 Total ......................................2/94 Bowling: R Thomas 0/47, A Lang 2/21, J Thomas 0/25.

LDCA ladders

Korumburra bowlers Weerasinghe (4/82), Salmon (2/39) and Williams (2/25) were all in good form. Wonthaggi Workmens had no trouble surpassing OMK, with an aggressive 48 runs by David Britt getting his team off to a flier. He was backed up well by Lang (38) and Hooper (33). OMK bowler Peter Dell was in brilliant form, taking 4/56. OMK fared better in its second attempt at batting, with Wilson finishing on 39 not out and Van Rooye still standing on 34.


Foster’s Allott timed out! UMPIRE Stephen Lanyon made one of the rarer calls in cricket on the weekend, declaring Foster’s Mitch Allott out before he even stepped on the ground – and precisely for that reason. After two quick wickets Allott was required to take to the crease and was given the allotted four minutes to pad-up and take to the ground but never appeared. “I was waiting and counting the

A Grade, Division 2 FISH CREEK TARWIN d MEENIYAN DUMBALK UNITED 1st innings MDU Total .......................................132 1st innings Fish Creek Tarwin C Watkins c C Le Page b M Cantwell.......................16 C Fisher lbw b M Cantwell.........................0 J Danckert c M Olden b M Patching .......................13 J Law lbw b M Cantwell.......................32 V Kedamath c M Cantwell b M Le Page ........................18 N Wilkins b T Harris ................15 S Rabbitt c M Martin b M Cantwell.......................16 H Buckland no ...........................5 W Cocksedge lbw b M Cantwell.........................2 J Flanders b M Cantwell ............5 A Straw c M Olden b S Arnup ..............................1 Extras .......................................10 Total .......................................133 Bowling: T Harris 1/24, M Cantwell 6/41, M Patching 1/26, M Le Page 1/23, S Arnup 2/10, C Hoober 0/0. 2nd innings MDU C Le Page c V Kedamath b A Straw .............................14 J Sinclair no..............................15 Extras .........................................3 Total ......................................1/32 Bowling: S Rabbitt 0/7, J Flan-

A1 cricket: Will Rankin gets bat to ball for Inverloch A1 on the weekend.

time, I just had to make the call in the end,” umpire Lanyon said. “I was shocked to find out that the bloke wasn’t even in the change rooms but over the other side of the ground with his mates.” Despite his lack of effort, Allott’s team had an easy win over PoowongLoch. Fish Creek/Tarwin managed a single run victory over MDU despite Mark Cantwell’s effort when bowling. Cantwell claimed 6/41 in 22 overs as well as scoring a catch, but it was Fish Creek/Tarwin’s lucky day, walk-

ders 0/9, A Straw 1/6, H Buckland 0/7. KILCUNDA BASS lt KOONWARRA LRSL 1st innings Koonwarra LRSL Total .......................................145 1st innings Kilcunda/Bass J Tregear .....................................1 S Oates .......................................2 P Palmer c B Anderson b C Wise ..............................27 J Mahood c S Hughes b J Kennedy.........................10 A Larcombe c J Hughes b J Kennedy...........................0 J Dakin c b J Kennedy...........................0 T Miller c C Wise b S Sperling .........................22 P Matthews lbw b C Wise ................................9 S Shelton no .............................14 D Pipicelli b S Sperling..............0 B Egeberg lbw b J Kennedy...........................5 Extras .......................................13 Total .......................................103 Bowling: J Kennedy 6/52, C Wise 2/20, S Sperling 2/12, N Arnup 0/4, B Moscript 0/8. 2nd innings Koonwarra LRSL D O’Connor c & b J Mahood.....3 J Moore c P Palmer b B Egeberg.........................16 D Pearce b P Matthews ............ 11 S Sperling c S Shelton b A Larcombe ......................18 B Anderson c J Dakin b T Miller ..............................6 J Hughes no ................................1

ing away with the win. Kilcunda/Bass could not manage a strong enough reply against Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL. Cougar Jason Kennedy managed to dismiss six opponents including two for ducks, allowing an easy win for his team. A century by Leongatha Town batsman Brett Moore led the Scorpions to a solid win over Glen Alive. Two sixes and 15 fours led to the score of 104 while Joe O’Loughlin gave his team another leg up with 70 runs handing them a 126 run victory.

N Arnup c S Oates b T Miller ..............................0 B Moscript no ............................0 Extras .........................................4 Total ......................................6/59 Bowling: D Pipicelli 0/6, J Mahood 1/16, P Palmer 0/5, P Matthews 1/17, B Egeberg 1/0, T Miller 2/4, A Larcombe 1/8. FOSTER d POOWONG LOCH 1st innings Foster Total .............................7/265 (cc) 1st innings Poowong Loch C Knox c J Prain b F Griggs .............................3 G Birnie lbw b S Lanyon ..........................62 R North c M Lynch b J Prain.................................5 R Knox lbw b B Doran ............................12 N Findlay b B Doran ................12 S Jenkins c J Toner b B Doran ..............................1 R Carvill c G Tanner b J Toner ................................6 M Adderley c G Tanner b D Clearihan-Jervies ..........18 S Dinger no ................................2 T Hancock b D Clearihan-Jervies ............0 S McKinnon b S Lanyon............0 Extras .......................................24 Total .......................................145 Bowling: J Prain 1/22, F Griggs 1/28, D Clearihan-Jervies 2/32, B Doran 3/16, G Tanner 0/30, J Toner 1/7, S Lanyon 2/3. 2nd innings Foster J Toner b R Knox .....................57

B Doran c R Knox b M Adderley ........................2 J Prain no..................................32 S Lanyon b R Knox...................0 M Allott timed out......................0 S Jeffery no ..............................14 Extras .........................................5 Total ....................................4/110 Bowling: T Hancock 0/30, M Adderley 1/31, G Birnie 0/20, R Knox 2/14, N Findlay 0/10. GLEN ALVIE lt TOWN 1st innings Glen Alvie Total .............................7/193 (cc) 1st innings Town J O’Loughlin c S Lowe b S Coppell..........................70 B Moore b R Bolding.............104 M Davies c S Lowe b S Coppell............................2 M Weerasinghe Silva c S Smith b R Bolding .........................59 A Ratnayake c D Tiziani b S Coppell............................1 C Bruce c & b D Williams .......16 J Burge c S Lowe b R Arestia...........................10 J Withers c S Lowe b R Arestia...........................16 I Hanks no ..................................1 A Hickey no ...............................2 M Borschman c J Tiziani b R Bolding .........................18 Extras .......................................20 Total .............................9/319 (cc) Bowling: S Coppell 3/55, L McRae 0/17, A Hamilton 0/23, D Williams 1/67, J Hamilton 0/42, R Bolding 3/43, R Arestia 2/58.

A Grade Division 1 Won Workmen’s ..............103.09 OMK...................................81.86 Inverloch ............................79.22 Korumburra ......................77.59 Imperials .............................63.19 Phillip Island .......................62.96 Nerrena ................................39.60 Won Miners .........................25.32 A Grade Division 2 Town ................................. 112.62 Koonwarra LRSL............108.74 Fish Creek Tarwin.............76.05 Kilcunda/Bass ....................63.36 MDU ...................................63.20 Glen Alvie ...........................60.01 Foster...................................36.25 Poowong Loch ....................24.57 B Grade Division 1 Won Workmen’s ..............127.55 OMK...................................71.76 Nerrena ..............................67.77 Inverloch ............................61.10 MDU ...................................60.84 Won Miners .........................56.45 Phillip Island .......................56.38 Glen Alvie ...........................27.73 B Grade Division 2 Town ...................................97.62 Kilcunda/Bass ....................76.70 Won Workmen’s ................68.70 Koonwarra LRSL..............67.45 OMK ...................................63.86 Imperials .............................52.20 Fish Creek Tarwin ...............45.96 Korumburra .........................39.60 C Grade Division 1 Inverloch ............................97.04 Phillip Island......................83.81 Imperials ............................80.05 Nerrena ..............................76.95 Poowong Loch ....................67.71 Town....................................48.73 Kilcunda/Bass .....................25.76 Won Miners .........................25.08 C Grade Division 2 Foster..................................85.15 Won Workmen’s ................72.01 OMK...................................66.26 MDU Red ...........................49.31 Korumburra ......................46.80 Koonwarra LRSL ................46.63 Phillip Island .......................46.40 MDU Blue...........................37.50 Glen Alvie ........................... 18.11 Under 16 Won Workmen’s ................64.48 Imperials ............................62.04 MDU ...................................48.72 Fish Creek Tarwin............. 40.11 Inverloch ............................38.24 Korumburra .........................34.88 Kilcunda/Bass .....................34.14 Phillip Island .......................21.49 Won Miners ...........................9.46 Poowong Loch ......................5.24

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Ginn appointed head coach OLYMPIC rower Drew Ginn is hanging up the oars but taking on the role as head coach of Rowing Australia. Ginn announced his retirement from competitive rowing last week but is looking forward to the new role. The former Inverloch resident has competed in four Olympic Games, in three of which he has taken home gold. Ginn said he was excited about the new role and the tasks ahead. “I am lucky to have been part of one of the world’s most successful rowing teams over the last two decades as an athlete and I am very excited to continue my involvement - this time from the head coach position,” he said. “We were very successful in London with five medals, but we have bigger goals and I am passionate about our sport and its ongoing success. “It is a great honour to be offered this role and a fantastic opportunity to have an

Coach Ginn: former Inverloch rower Drew Ginn is trading the oars for the whistle as he takes on the role of National Head Coach – Integration for Rowing Australia.

impact and be part of implementing a program that will consistently produce gold medals.” In his role as National Head Coach – Integration, Drew Ginn will be responsible for the consistent delivery of the national training and technical model across all Australian performance rowing programs. As part of this, he will work closely with domestic program partners and provide national technical leadership to the lead category coaches across the country. He will be part of the wider high performance management team of the National Rowing Centre of Excellence and work under the leadership of National High Performance director Chris O’Brien, who also was Ginn’s coach over the last three Olympic campaigns. CEO of Rowing Australia Andrew Dee, said Ginn’s appointment was another important step forward for the success of the program. “We are delighted that Drew has accepted this role. His character, knowledge and experience are sure to enhance our ability to achieve further success and meet the expectations of ‘Australia’s Winning Edge 2012-2022’ policy.” Ginn is set to lead the Australian team to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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The Great Southern Star  

December 11, 2012 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper

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December 11, 2012 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper