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Happy Christmas FESTIVE spirit arrived in a great way with a huge night of carols in Leongatha last Saturday. Despite the change to an indoor venue, hundreds of people enjoyed a night of singing, music, and fun for the kids and, of course, Santa Claus. See story and pictures on page 2. On behalf of management and staff at The Star, we wish you a happy, holy and safe Christmas. Look out for next week’s issue on the special date of Boxing Day, Wednesday, December 26 from 6am. In this issue will be the free bumper tourist liftout, South Coast Tourist News, now in its tenth year of publication.

Yuletide icon: Santa Claus and Neil Warren from the Leongatha State Emergency Service were swamped when the man in the red suit arrived for the Carols in the Drome on Saturday. Among the welcoming party were, front, from left, Laura Richmond, Kyah Clarkson, Molly-Mae Nicols and Vincent Trease.

Top marks Teens celebrate end of VCE By Simone Short SOUTH Gippsland students are among the most successful in Victoria, with nearly every school in the region reporting high achievers after Year 12 results were released yesterday (Monday). Most schools awarded dux to stu-

dents with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score in the nineties. Newhaven College topped the board with a dux ATAR of 98.1, while Wonthaggi Secondary College’s Anna Kentwell was not far behind, achieving a score of 97.90. Third highest was the dux of Mary MacKillop Catholic College in Leongatha, Rebecca Argento, who was thrilled to see her score of 97.75 on the

internet yesterday morning. “I didn’t sleep much the night before and kept hitting the refresh button on the page before I got my result around five to seven,” Rebecca said. “I saw my study scores first and thought my ATAR would be fairly high, but I was only expecting around a 90. “When I finally saw it I just screamed and woke up my sister. I’m just really stoked.”

Rebecca also received a message from Monash University, where she hopes to study a double degree in commerce and engineering, informing her she had received a Women in Engineering Scholarship as a result of her score. The whole Argento family was celebrating, with Rebecca’s younger sister, Bridget, receiving a study score of 45 in Further Mathematics despite only being in Year 11.

Mary MacKillop had six students achieve an ATAR of 90 or better including Angus Harrison (94.30), Kai Busch (92.60), Clare De Silva (92.20), Alice Lindsay (91.45) and Ben Thomas (90.55). Another three students earned an ATAR score in the 80s and 11 more an ATAR score in the 70s. Twelve students also received study scores of 40 or more in selected subjects. Continued on page 4.

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Carols unite community LEONGATHA’s Carols in the Drome on Saturday night was another huge success with hundreds filling the St Laurence’s multi-purpose hall for

the event. A decision was made early to move the event from the recreation reserve to indoors because of early heavy rain and the prediction of thunderstorms.

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Concert impresses THE audience was in awe at the Lisa Pellin Dancers’ concert, iPod Shuffle, in the Wonthaggi Arts Centre on Sunday. Both the matinee and evening performances showcased the brilliant work of dancers over the year in different styles. Colourful costumes and fine skills went hand in hand, leaving the audience wanting more. Dancers aged from four to 18 graced the stage, dancing a number of different genres including jazz, tap, ballet and contemporary. The concert signalled the end of classes for the year, but they will resume once again in February 2013. Enrolments will be held at Foster on January 31 from 4pm until 5pm, and in Leongatha on February 1 from 4pm until 5pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and take part, with classes held for recreational students and beginners all the way through to advanced dancers.

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Great start: getting the carols off on the right foot were singers from the Leongatha Children’s Centre kindergarten group led by Anna Wilson and Kirsten Herrald.

Left, Soloists: Marlee Alba (left) and Ella Findlay lead the Leongatha Primary School choir. Photo by Nick Jeremiah.

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of children and the many children’s activities in the St Laurence’s playground kept everyone amused before the main event. One of the organisers, Margaret Aeschlimann, said the crowd responded well to the change of venue. “Although people would prefer an outdoor venue, St Laurence’s now gives us a great alternative if we do have inclement weather,” Mrs Aeschlimann said. “People still brought their chairs, rugs and food and there was a real buzz around. “We particularly want to thank Megan Harris for being our MC for the night. She did a fantastic job and we thank her for giving up her time.”

Above, Polished performance: Terry Lay (left) and Phil Beggs from Beggs to Differ entertain the crowd. Photo by Nick Jeremiah.

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The change of venue failed to dint community spirit, with a wonderful night of carols, some great soloists and bands plus beautiful choirs. The kindergarten children from Leongatha Children’s Centre opened the night with a cleverly sung and acted piece which really set the night off on the right footing. The South Gippsland Shire Brass Band, the South Gippsland Singers, the Leongatha Primary School choir, Beggs to Differ, Jen Monk and Aaron Gale all performed beautifully as the crowd joined in with the carol singing. The Salvation Army’s Sagala children performed the Christmas play perfectly to focus everyone on the true meaning of Christmas. Earlier on Santa Claus arrived to the excitement





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A VCAT ruling has allowed a Leongatha restaurant to reopen after South Gippsland Shire Council locked out staff from the establishment.

Carino’s Cafe and Wine Bar reopened on Friday night after being closed by the council for a week. Council owns the restaurant building and closed the establishment and cancelled the lease because management was behind in rent payments. After clearing the debts, Carino’s management took the case to VCAT to reinstate the lease on an interim order. Carino’s Arrie Kaushik was more than happy to open his restaurant doors again on Friday night. “Nothing is more important than getting our livelihood back. It has been difficult for me and my partner,” he said. “For the second I’m only concentrating on my customers and the service I can provide them with.” Mr Kaushik was disappointed with the loss of business over the festive period but was glad he could serve again. Council CEO Tim Tamlin said Carino’s management had been issued with many warnings before the lease was cancelled. “There had been verbal requests for follow up of overdue rent but we got serious on October 16 and issued a letter,” he said. Doors of the restaurant were locked on Friday, December 7. Mr Tamlin quashed rumours that cancelling the lease was a move to increase office space. “We’ve got another building out the back that we could’ve fitted out if we were desperate, so it’s not a push to get office

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space,” he said. Despite the hassles of owning the restaurant building, Mr Tamlin supported the past council’s decision to buy the building. “The building that we bought wasn’t just the restaurant, but the whole building where our offices are,” he said. “We bought it so we wouldn’t be paying rent for the offices and now the money that is paid in rent by Carino’s goes back into the council profit. “Long term, we’ve

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case about fully reinstating the lease sometime in the New Year. In the meantime Carino’s is open for business as usual.

Congratulations! Newhaven College Class of 2012

Well done to all 67 students who studied for their VCE with Newhaven College this year. With results reaching as high as an impressive ATAR of 98.1 and almost 50% of students placing in the top 30% with an ATAR score over 70, we not only applaud your academic success, but were proud to support your diverse range of aspirations. Thank-you for your outstanding leadership and contribution to our College community, we wish you every success as you pursue your further study and career goals. 5956 7505 or



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Teens celebrate end of VCE

Top of the school: dux of Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Rebecca Argento, (left) celebrated her 97.75 ATAR with her younger sister Bridget and mother Karen in Leongatha yesterday.

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Continued from page 1. Principal Michael Delaney said students’ results were outstanding. “These individuals, along with most of their fellow students, have applied themselves to their studies with diligence and commitment throughout the 2012 academic year,” he said. “It is pleasing to see their efforts rewarded by such good results, that they can look back over their year’s work with satisfaction and that they have real options for their future. “Those wishing to move on to tertiary study now have the wait for offers of places. We expect most of these students to gain entry to further study in the areas that they have chosen.” With only a small class of 24 students, Mirboo North Secondary College also received high results. Principal Karen Lanyon said all Year 12 students passed, with the dux of the school achieving an ATAR of 95.60. “We had six students with ATARS over 90, and 38 per cent of our students over 80, 46 per cent over 70 and 58 per cent over 60,” she said. “Overall, it was an outstanding result for a little school.” Ms Lanyon said a number of students had already received early university offers through the RMIT School Network Access Program, with 15 students applying for courses in 2013. “We’re exceptionally proud; they’ve all worked really, really hard,” she said. “We’d anticipate the greater majority are going to have first round offers

School’s out: Korumburra Secondary College students Kim Hillberg, Daniel O’Flaherty and Kaitlyn O’Brien celebrated the end of VCE after receiving their ATAR scores yesterday morning. based on their scores.” Newhaven principal Gea Lovell said the college applauded the success of their dux, while also acknowledging that almost 50 per cent of 67 students placed in the top 30 per cent of the state, with an ATAR score of over 70. “As is well known in regional Victoria, retention is a huge concern for schools, so this year our focus for our Year 12 cohort was to encourage all students to complete their VCE certificate,” she said. “We had a diverse cohort of students this year, with many students pursuing non-tertiary pathways, which the school was happy to support. “There were many personal successes in our class of 2012 which makes us extremely proud of each and every student.”

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While South Gippsland Secondary College principal Cheryl Glowrey chose not to reveal the dux, she said students did well, with many students achieving a personal best. “We were quite pleased to see some of our students who worked hard through the year actually get a pleasing result,” she said. “I’d like to thank all the students and teachers who contributed towards the outcome. We anticipate that our students should be able to find a course that will fit with their results.” Korumburra Secondary College management chose not to reveal dux of the school or score statistics. “On a whole as a school we really value the efforts of our students. We believe this is just one measurement and not by any means the be all and end all,” acting assistant principal Sam Hughes said. “We are really supportive of the future of the students, whatever they choose. “ South Coast Christian College management declined to comment on VCE results, with only two Year 12 students at the school.

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Wonthaggi senior campus principal Darren Parker said the school was pleased with the fantastic achievements of their dux, Anna, as well as her fellow students. “We had 114 students pass VCE which is a significant number, and in addition, we had 19 senior VCAL students complete their course,” he said. “We’re really pleased our kids are increasingly considering tertiary options. They have achieved well as a group to go for their personal goals.” Dux of Leongatha Secondary College was awarded to Sabrina Jansen for her ATAR of 92.10. Principal Brett Windsor said the school achieved its highest pass rate in five years, despite overall scores being down. “The results are nothing out of the ordinary and are exactly how we expected them to be,” he said. “Two thirds of our students achieved ATAR scores over 50. We’re always proud of our kids regardless of what the numbers are, and it’s only one measure of the quality of students we have here.”


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Tired of waiting

By Matt Dunn

A LEONGATHA businessman who feared his premises would be demolished as part of VicRoads’ ‘alternative heavy vehicle route’ was told the road may not be built for decades.

Lost in time: the R & R Building Consultants’ building, on the corner of Hughes and Roughead streets, was earmarked for destruction years ago. Owner Richard Cleveland is still waiting to find out whether this will happen. released its commissioned Korumburra and Leongatha Traffic Study. Consequently, he has done little to maintain the building, the oldest standing commercial property in town. “The bypass and the destruction of the building may never happen. As to what is going to happen to this building, and when, they couldn’t say. I’ve been told nothing may happen for the next five, 10, 20 or 40 years,” he said. “But I need to know what will happen. I can’t do anything and I can’t wait for 40 years. It’s pretty hard when you hear about something like this in 2008, and here we are, in almost 2013 – and we’re still waiting. They’ve been talking about a Leongatha bypass

for almost 40 years. “I would like to see it happen, but I know they don’t have any money. You have to accept progress. Most people want this to happen.” A VicRoads spokesperson said the roads authority was “working with South Gippsland Shire Council, Department of Transport, Public Transport Victoria, VicTrack and numerous other stakeholders on design concepts, mostly around the reconfiguration of intersections. “Although construction of the alternate route is not expected to start for some time, the preferred route has been identified and is currently part of the Leongatha Structure Plan. VicRoads is currently in the process to identify any land required for

the construction of the bypass, so it can be reserved in the South Gippsland Planning Scheme,” she said. “Designs and options are expected to be open for comment to the community and stakeholders by mid next year, as part of the Planning Scheme Amendment process.” Last week VicRoads hosted a meeting of landholders along the route. While more than a few attended, many others stayed away – sick of the talk surrounding the proposed project. Some cynics remain doubtful the project will get off the ground in their lifetimes. Michael Westaway from Westaway Ford said he would be a “very rich man if he had a dollar for

every time the corner of Hughes Street had been surveyed”. Leongatha Bowling Club board chairman Allan Rayson said the only concerns the club had was losing some of its parking on Hughes Street. But, like Mr Cleveland, he doesn’t believe anything will happen in the near future. “We’re really not too concerned. We need to get a bypass, otherwise the town will be in all sorts of trouble. But the pace at which these things happen sort of suggests that nothing will happen for some time yet,” he said. “The bypass has been spoken about for decades.”

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A VicRoads spokesperson refused to say how long the town would wait for an alternative heavy vehicle route, but conceded that construction “is not expected to start for some time”. Despite the fact that no firm dates have been set, VicRoads has allocated $270,000 “for the planning study component” of the project. R & R Building Consultants’ Richard Cleveland – whose business premises was earmarked for destruction to make way for the planned route up Hughes and Long streets – was told unofficially by VicRoads there was no money for the alternative heavy vehicle route plan. Mr Cleveland said he first learnt about the possibility his business could be bulldozed in 2008 after South Gippsland Shire Council

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Meeniyan enjoys party WHILE the rain fell on Friday evening, Meeniyan partied on at the recreation reserve, with

a delicious barbecue dinner, jumping castle for the children and stalls for those last minute

Christmas gift purchases. • More photos in next week’s Star and online at www.thestar.

Ho, ho, ho: Santa Claus made an appearance in Leongatha on Saturday.

Traders bring cheer LEONGATHA traders are embracing the Christmas rush after a sidewalk sale on Saturday.

Despite the wet weather casting a downer on some outdoor trading, Christmas cheer filled the streets. Apex ran a sausage sizzle to feed the shopping hordes, while students from St Laurence’s Primary School sang carols. Even the big man in red made an appearance riding atop the CFA truck. Remember to look locally for those last minute Christmas gifts.

Meeniyan celebrates: enjoying the Meeniyan Christmas Party at the recreation reserve on Friday night were, back, from left: the Lafferty family Ayla, 6, Kate, MDU coach Mark and Tahlia, 3 and Darlene Jones. Front, from left: Andrea Thorson, Kathy Reid and Dean and Sue Johnson.

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Delays will stifle growth By Brad Lester SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has been urged to allow residential and commercial development at Leongatha and Korumburra – now. Developers claim further delays will cost the region jobs and population growth. Council will tomorrow (Wednesday) decide

whether to rezone land at Leongatha and Korumburra to enable development. The Leongatha land is at Simons Lane, South Gippsland Highway and Old Korumburra Road, and would add up to 1000 new homes, enough supply for 16-23 years. Leongatha’s infrastructure needs over the next 20 years amount to $20-$25 million. There is just under nine years’ land supply in Leongatha. Council is required by state policy to

have at least 15 years’ land supply available. The Korumburra land is south of Jumbunna Road, and another lot north of Jumbunna Road to beyond Bena Road. Council officers stated there is up to seven years’ worth of available land in town and the land identified for rezoning would satisfy needs for 20-25 years. Korumburra’s infrastructure costs over the next 15 years amount to $12-$15 million.

But council officers are concerned releasing too much land at once will result in an oversupply of land and a high cost to council of providing infrastructure. Developers will contribute to the costs but only as blocks are sold. Geoff Murphy, representing the Shamrock Springs estate off Old Korumburra Road, said developers would pay for more than 3.2 kilometres of footpaths but most of that should have been

Here you go: 12 community groups have won $57,000 from the Gardiner Foundation in the final round of community project funding offered through the Lower Tarwin Valley Project. The grants, ranging between $1000 and $8000, were presented to community groups participating in the Lower Tarwin Valley Project at a community celebration at the Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute Hall last Thursday. Welcoming the funding were, from left: project facilitator Marzia Maurilli, Venus Bay Community Centre coordinator Alyson Skinner, Don Kennedy of the Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay Men’s Shed, Fay Sinclair and Kate Randall of the Gardiner Foundation. More news and photos in next week’s Star.

funded through previous developments. “There should be a nexus between developer contributions and works to be carried out,” Mr Murphy said at last Wednesday’s public presentation session to council. Mr Murphy sought the rezoning of 32ha from Farming Zone to Residential Zone One. Gary Chisholm of Beveridge and Williams was representing landowners seeking to rezone 20ha. He said he was “disappointed” and “frustrated” at the recommendation before council at tomorrow’s meeting, which, if adopted, will set the project back by at least 12 months. Mr Chisholm said the inclusion of a development contributions plan had not been recommended by a planning panel. “If council is not legally obliged to accept the panel’s decision, then it is morally obliged to do so,” he said. Deputy mayor, Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, responded: “I think any developer these days who thinks they can do a development without a developer contribution is living in the past.” To which Mr Chisholm replied: “But when the amendment was put on exhibition, there were no developer contributions. If they had been required up

front, we would not have had an issue. It’s the fact they were included at the eleventh hour.” John Patterson has been trying to develop land south of Leongatha for more than 13 years. “We have been presented with circumstances that have gone around the mulberry bush about a dozen times and where are we now? Probably back where we started,” he said. Mr Patterson said if both developments before council were brought online at the same time, there would be 25-30 years of land available for housing in Leongatha. He said that would increase the risk faced by himself

in recouping costs for providing infrastructure. Joe Rossi is the developer behind a bid to rezone land around Bena and Jumbunna roads. Council officers have recommended council seek a 12 month extension from the Planning Minister to finalise development contributions. “A further 12 month delay in the rezoning of the land would have a detrimental impact on the growth of Korumburra,” he said. “This will cause a decline in housing affordability, inviting young families to move out of the area for more affordable housing and work opportunities elsewhere.”

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Beau home for Christmas BEAU Vernon will be home with family and friends this Christmas.

The Leongatha footballer suffered a neck injury causing severe spinal damage during a match against Wonthaggi at Leongatha on Saturday, June 23. A fund set up soon after has raised considerable funds for Beau’s rehabilitation. Beau’s Mum Kerrie told The Star Beau will be home for five days starting Christmas Eve. “All the family will be home plus a few friends, so we’ll be having a big Christmas for about 30 people,” Kerrie said. Beau will then return to the Royal Talbot to continue his rehabilitation. At this stage Beau may return home for a longer stint of about two months in February. Eventually though, Beau will base himself in Melbourne where he has

access to all the facilities he needs to progress his rehab further. “Our house has been modified at one end to cater for Beau, and we thank all the tradies and contractors for their assistance with this,” Kerrie said. Beau’s dad Darryl said the community had rallied around Beau and their support had been massive. “Even though Beau has great inner strength, he certainly feels the positive vibes from the community; he feels well supported,” Darryl said. “The Star and all the local newspapers have been able to convey our messages and really help garner support, not just with fundraising but with all the progress reports on Beau. “It has been a rush getting everything finished for 2012; I’m really looking forward to 2013.”

Holiday burglary

BURGLARS broke into a holiday house in Turtons Creek recently, stealing money and keys. Between December 7 and 15, offenders entered the locked house in McCartins Road by unknown means and stole coins and a set of keys. Anyone with information regarding the incident can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

Surfboard stolen

TWO surfboards were stolen from a shop display in Cape Woolamai recently.

Around 11am last Saturday, two male offenders aged around 18 removed the two surfboards from a display stand in front of a shop in Vista Place. Witnesses saw the two males walk off with the surfboards along Pinedale Avenue, but didn’t realise they had stolen the boards. Anyone with information regarding the incident can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

Strong spirit: Beau Vernon will head home for five days this Christmas.

Tools taken

TOOLS were stolen from a work trailer in Foster recently.

Between 10am on December 7 and 9am on December 8, offenders stole around $180 worth of tools from a trailer parked outside the owner’s address in Pioneer Street. Anyone with information regarding the incident can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

Computer theft

COUNCIL HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS Council offices will open on normal trading days excepting Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years' Day. Emergencies: Phone 5662 9200 (24/7) for urgent Council matters eg. livestock or fallen trees on road. (NB: If you incur damage to property or injury resulting from a Council owned asset, you are required to contact your insurance company first). General emergencies: 000. Visitor Services: Visitor Information Centres in Korumburra and Foster open daily from 9am to 5pm. Coal Creek opens daily from 10am to 4.30pm. (All closed Christmas Day). Community Services: Provision of meals and showers for HACC clients will continue as usual. All M&CH Centres are open as usual but limited to Key Ages and Stages (KAS) checks for babies eight weeks and younger. Appointments required. For support, call 13 22 29. If you or your child is unwell, seek advice from your GP or the nearest hospital emergency unit. Council and community playgroups do not run during school holidays. Go to to find contact details for your local playgroup. Waste Management: There will be no kerbside garbage and recycling collections performed on Christmas Day. Properties scheduled to have their bins emptied on Christmas Day will have them emptied on Boxing Day instead. Sandy Point and Waratah Bay residents are reminded that recycling will be collected weekly from the Monday following Christmas Day, through until the end of January. Bins must be placed out for collection on each Sunday night for collection on Monday. All transfer stations and the Koonwarra landfill will be closed on Christmas Day. All other transfer station hours are displayed at the sites and on


Between 9.30pm on December 10 and 5am on December 11, the offender entered the house in Dudley Street through an unlocked and open sliding front door. They stole the laptop and charger, valued at about $500, from the lounge room table. Anyone with information regarding the incident can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

JANUARY IMMUNISATION SESSIONS FOSTER - WMA Centre, Main Street Tue 8 Jan 10am - 10.30am LEONGATHA - Uniting Church Hall, Peart Street Tue 8 Jan 12.30pm - 1.30pm MIRBOO NORTH - M & CH Centre, Brennan Street Wed 9 Jan 9am - 9.30am KORUMBURRA - Community Rooms, Commercial Street Wed 9 Jan 11.30am - 12pm NYORA - Community Hall, Henley Street Wed 9 Jan 1pm - 1.30pm Note: This month’s sessions are in the 2nd week (normally the first week). Enquiries 5662 9362.

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COAL CREEK SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES PROGRAM Bring your children every Thursday in January to enjoy old fashioned craft activities and a ride on the Bush Tram. $10 per child. 11am start. Bookings essential. Ph 5655 1811.

By Jane Ross THE generous capital works program undertaken in recent years by Bass Coast Shire Council won’t be able to continue.

COAL CREEK’S SECOND COMPETITION! The second and final competition for the Coal Creek Feasibility Study and Business Plan is now open! Choose one of these shortlisted ideas, and describe what kind of 'wow factor' could turn the idea into a ‘must do’ experience: 1. Accommodation, classrooms and soft adventure activities for school groups; 2. A restaurant overlooking the top of the village, that features a short sound and light show, and can be expanded into a modest function and conference centre; or 3. Interactive technology that visitors take with them around the site to hear and perhaps see the stories that shaped Coal Creek. In 30 to 50 words, describe features of the proposal that would draw people from Melbourne to pay for the experience. The winning proposal will have: 1. An interesting and significant story that shaped Coal Creek 2. A creative way to share the story and deliver an entertaining experience 3. Look so good that people want to pay for the experience. The winner of our second competition will receive a night’s deluxe cabin at Waratah Bay Caravan Park for a family of four, with surfing lessons for two children and a gourmet basket of local produce. Competition closes 25 January 2012. Download terms and conditions from Send your idea to: COUNCIL WORKS 17 DECEMBER Area Works Leongatha/Leongatha South area Road maintenance Leongatha-Yarragon Road, Hallston Landslip repair Mirboo Road, Mirboo Culvert replacement Nippards Track, Foster North Landslip repair North Poowong Road, Poowong North Drainage works Welshpool/Hedley to Binginwarri area Road maintenance

Merry Christmas Best wishes for the Festive Season from our Councillors & Staff


COUNCIL PUBLIC SESSIONS Council Chambers, Leongatha Public attendance welcome Wed,19 December - COUNCILLOR BRIEFINGS 1. 10.00am - Public Presentations Ph: 5662 9222 to book a speaking time 2. 10.05am - GippsTAFE - Situational Overview 3. 11.30am - Audit Committee Presentation Wed,19 December - ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 2pm 10.00am - Public Presentations Ph: 5662 9222 to book a speaking time 4. Report on Assembly of Councillors - Nov 2012 5. Documents sealed - Nov 2012 6. Strategic Financial Issues 7. Venus Bay and Walkerville Kerbside Services 8. Black Spur section GS Rail Trail-trestle bridges study 9. Council Meetings Timetable 2013 10. PSA C80 - safe, healthy, active communities 11. Adoption of Leongatha CBD Parking Strategy. 12. Planning Panel Report - PSAs C70, C71, C52 and C66 13. Leongatha Land Supply and Development Contributions 14. Capital Works Program 2012/13 - amendments 15. Korumburra Tourist Park Lease 16. Councillor Appointments to Committees - Update Closed items: 17. Australia Day Awards selection 18. Community Grants Program allocation 19. Three proposed developments 20. Award of tender - Green Street Lighting 21. Audit Committee - Appointment 22. Five contractual Matters

A THIEF entered an unlocked home in Wonthaggi recently, stealing a laptop computer.

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This year’s budget sets aside a record capital works pool of $25.5 million, including $16m on roads and paths. But a decision made by the new council at their second open meeting last week, means spending will have to be reined in. Council agreed to pay its unfunded superannuation liability of just over $4m upfront by the end of last week. Paying by last Friday would gain a discount from $4,079,086 to $3.9m. Corporate services director, Danny Luna, had recommended such action, saying it represented a saving of about $1m, debt would not increase and it made “good financial sense”. But he did admit it would mean “we’ll have to tighten our belt with capital works”. Mr Luna said council’s unfunded superannuation liability included more than $600,000 in federal contributions tax. He listed a number of options for meeting the $4m-plus bill. These were: • using existing cash resources; • borrowing money; • reallocating projected surplus funds in the 2012-13 budget; • allocating money in the 2013-14 budget; • paying $430,000 annually for 15 years; • a combination of some or all of the above. Mr Luna said he had concluded the best thing to do was use existing cash resources and money from the 2012-13 budget. He explained the cash would come from $3.4m invested to support the council’s long service leave liability, with the remainder drawn from this year’s budget surplus, expected to be $700,000. He said recent regulatory changes meant council no longer had to “lock up” money for staff long service leave. He didn’t like the idea of borrowing money for the unfunded super liability because council’s debt was already at $7.8m and extra interest would be ongoing. Apart from the impact on future capital works, there’s another downside to the upfront payment: its negative impact on cash holdings. “Any organisation has to have working capital in a ratio of $1:1.10. At the moment we’re running at $4.53 to every dollar. If we take money from reserves, the ratio could drop below $1:1.10 and we need sufficient funds for day-to-day operations. If we drop below $1:1.10, it will be difficult to borrow for capital works.” Crs Andrew Phillips and Neil Rankine moved the payment.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - PAGE 9

Super cute: Tyson and Casey Tumino check out a bunny rabbit with Casey Ollier from Animals on the Move at the Leongatha Children’s Centre on Thursday. ► More photos on page 18.


By Jacob de Kunder SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has been urged to finalise rezoning of the land occupied by Korumburra’s library to Business 1 Zone at tomorrow’s council meeting. An independent planning panel has recommended council adopt planning scheme amendment C70. This will allow a rumoured full line supermarket to be introduced into the town on the land at the corner of Commercial and King streets. Phil Stone, council’s director of

development services, told The Star this would not mean the current use would be changed. “It’s very important that the community understands that this is a change to the use allowed on the site, but it doesn’t insinuate that we will start kicking people out or demolishing buildings,” he said. “We’ve added to the recommendation that council confirm as a policy statement that all the uses that are on the site will be incorporated into any future use or relocated to another site.” Developers have been asked to put forward expressions of interest on the property once it is rezoned.

“We’ve got a separate process that’s running in which we’re asking for expressions of interest from developers on the site,” Mr Stone said. “There has been one so far and we are seeking a bit more detail.” Council officers have also encouraged council to adopt the Korumburra Town Centre Framework Plan, amendment C70. However amendments C52 and C66, which include residential rezonings that will allow housing estates either side of Jumbunna Road, are recommended to be put on hold while more work is done finalising finer details.

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ONE of the volunteers at Koorooman House is disappointed The Star article last week about the facility’s Christmas break up didn’t pay tribute to the hard work of the nursing and kitchen staff. She said the happy event where residents, family, friends and volunteers gather to share some festive cheer wouldn’t happen without the efforts of Koorooman House staff. Residents echoed that sentiment, thanking kitchen staff for the wonderful spread, nurses, The Buffalo Boys who provided music, Betty who came all the way from Echuca, and Santa, who came from even further afield.

CHRISTMAS carols will be held at Fish

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Creek Hall on Friday, December 21 at 7pm. All are welcome to attend. SOUTH Gippsland Genealogical Society completed an interesting year with dinner for 30 or more members and friends at Bair’s Hotel, Leongatha on Wednesday. Guest speaker Pat Spinks spoke of the Shandley family, early settlers from Tasmania who settled in Corinella, from where descendants spread throughout South Gippsland. ON Saturday, February 23, 1000 cricket clubs, businesses, schools and community groups will stump up for the McGrath Foundation for the third annual Pink Stumps Day, an initiative

of the McGrath Foundation and Cricket Cares, Cricket Australia’s community action program. The first 1000 cricket clubs, schools, businesses or community groups to register will not only receive a unique online fundraising page to help their fundraising efforts, but will also receive a Pink Stumps Day Team Kit valued at more than $500. The kit includes one set of hot pink stumps and bails, one set of hot pink wicket-keeping pads, one hot pink duffle bag, six hot pink cricket training balls, 15 hot pink caps, 15 sew-on badges, Pink Stumps Day tattoos and three McGrath Foundation collection tins. Groups can now register to participate in

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A WONDERFUL way to start your Christmas day is to visit the stable at St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Leongatha, where there will be a re-enactment of the Christmas Story at 9am. This service will take about an hour. You are warmly invited to attend.

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Season’s greetings: Poowong children prepare for their Christmas event.

$30,000 IN GRANT MONEY AVAILABLE 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.


CHILDREN have been working hard to help Poowong celebrate Christmas. They have been preparing sketches to put on as part of the community Christmas celebration at 6.30pm this Friday, December 21 at the Uniting Church. The Poowong Uniting and Anglican churches are combining to present this event for all ages that begins with a sausage sizzle and children’s activities. Reverend Judy McLeod and Pastor Gavin Sharp have been helping the children.

Thinking of others: members of the Leongatha branch of the Cake Decorators Association of Victoria with puddings and cakes they made: Back: Marilyn Mackie, Jenny Cope, Gail Browne, Tammy Ball, Jasmine Mackie, Judith Pettigrew and Twila Cecil. Front: Alice Ball, Ethel Hanks, Astrid Cecil, Alex Cecil, Sue Randall and Fay Sinclair.

Decorating with love CAKES made with thought will brighten Christmas for people less fortunate. Members of the Leongatha branch of the Cake Decorators Association of Victoria have been busy creating cakes for people in need. Volunteers made 160

plum puddings to be given to residents at Woorayl Lodge in Leongatha, the lodges at Toora and Foster, and those attending the Christmas luncheon at the Meeniyan Uniting Church who would otherwise be on their own for Christmas. Members also decorated 20 Christmas cakes that will be given to the Salvation

Army to distribute. The cake decorators are a great group of people of all ages and abilities who enjoy decorating cakes. Anyone is most welcome to join by ringing Fay Sinclair on 5664 4354. The group usually meets once a month on a Friday night and in February will host the state president.

Pays to look locally A DUMBALK North farmer came close to paying an extra $300 for a product on the internet compared to shopping locally.

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DANCERS from as far as Yarram, Morwell and Rosebud joined the Gatha Rock’n’Roll group for the club’s end of year breakup at the Dakers Centre in Leongatha last Thursday night. On behalf of the group, John Kerville presented $1000 donations to the Salvation Army’s Martyn Scrimshaw, Leongatha CFA’s Andy Kay and Woorayl Lodge’s Di Farrell. Dancers enjoyed the music of the Gypsy Detonators. Lessons resume in the first week of the new school term in 2013. See photo on page 44. ANOTHER of Chelsea Moscript’s dreams will be realised in February, when the Leongatha girl plays cricket on the hallowed turf at the MCG. She will join her Gippsland Pride team mates in the Under 18 state championship grand final against South East Metro.

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Ken Harris was after a piece of high-class shear-

ing equipment which he found through an online store for $959 (including delivery) and then decided to look around locally as well. Expecting a local price tag in excess of $1000, Mr Harris was more than pleasantly surprised to

find a local retailer had the same product for $650. “It just pays to look around locally and proves that you don’t have to jump on the computer or go up to the city to get what you want or a good deal,” he said. “It’s all right here.”

Going, going, gone AN auction added to the excitement of the evening at the Southern Business Women’s Network Christmas Garden Party, held at the Ruby home of member Denise Lees last Thursday. Forty local business women, ate, drank, mingled and enjoyed the music of local singer Elly Polletti. As it is the season for giving, the network raised more than $600 at the event. This money has been donated to empower women

in the Third World via the charity Care. The funds will help women start their own small businesses. One of the organisers, Andrea Evans-McCall, said: “It fits perfectly: women in small business helping others not so fortunate to be able to support their families.” The Southern Business Women’s Network has a dinner meeting on the second Thursday of every month. The venue for the meetings move around the region. If you would like more information on the network visit the website

Supporting charity: members of the Southern Business Women’s Network, Nicole Salmon, Carrie Bruce and Dana Hughes, at the Christmas function.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - PAGE 11

Paw situation Pest meets best

By Matt Dunn

FOR family-owned business South Gippsland Pest Control it's a case of “anyone, anywhere, anytime”.

A SOUTH Gippsland Animal Aid volunteer has made an emotional plea for people to de-sex their pets.

The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, has nursed countless cats and kittens in the lead up to Christmas. She said an explosion in the local population was seeing scores of animals being abandoned. “Every year across Australia about 250,000 companion animals are killed in pounds and the majority of those are cats and kittens. The only way it can be stopped is by people desexing their animals,” she said. “Animals are for life, not just for Christmas. You just don’t get your child a free cat, thinking that you’re never going to have to spend any money on them. “In seven years one un de-sexed female cat can be responsible for producing 420,000 cats – by the time each of her cats has kittens and reproduces again. One un de-sexed female dog will produce 70,000 in the same period. People get puppies and kittens because they’re cute.” The volunteer said the SGAA had about 20 cats

Find me a home: this cat is looking for a “forever” home this Christmas. in its care, not to mention scores of kittens. “People advertise free to good home kittens, but in truth they don’t always end up in good homes. People buy them for their kids at Christmas, but by the time they hit eight to nine months they may be pregnant, have kittens or simply aren’t cute anymore,” she said. “People get sick of them and they surrender them. The number one thing to do is de-sex your animals. There are so many millions of animals born every year. To not de-sex your animals is false economy. “People say they can’t afford it, but by the time you’ve raised two litters of

kittens you’ve paid out more than the de-sexing fee.” The volunteer said SGAA was looking for people to adopt cats and kittens for “forever” homes or to become SGAA members. Cats can be purchased from $60, while kittens are going for $120. All are micro chipped and de-sexed. Donations can be made at SGAA’s Op Shop, Paws Galore, at 74a Watt St, Wonthaggi. Direct deposits can be made to South Gippsland Animal Aid Inc, Paws Galore Gift Account, Bendigo Bank, BSB-633 000, account number-12871 7675. Phone 5672 3948 or visit SGAA on Facebook.

Wi-Fi safe, says agency By Matt Dunn

Pests' best: Russell Grabham, Kylie Walker, Colin Walker, Grant Eliasen, Adam Norton, Kevin Whelan and Richard Kirton make up the team at South Gippsland Pest Control. urge anyone who discovers termites to immediately contact a licensed pest control expert,” he said. “Termites needn't be such a problem, if you follow this simple tip.” But there are some bad bugs in the region and bed bugs are definitely on the march, according to the company's sales manager, Colin Walker. But for many pest problems, a simple maintenance program can do the trick. “In February, when the weather changes, we're going to get thrips,” he said. “You've got to find out where they're coming in and be creative about the treatment. If they're coming in through the air-conditioning, as in the case of a recent hospital job, you need to find an alternative to simply using chemicals.” Colin said the company had continued to grow, but he was “paranoid” about not servicing clients.

“If they ring up, it's got to be done,” he said. Kevin said SGPC competes “vigorously” with the big companies in Melbourne, and does better because of a commitment to being on the road by 7am and never knocking back work. It's something that bugs him, pardon the pun, but some within the pest control industry aren't always as scrupulous or committed to doing well by clients. He has been forced to deny malicious rumours that SGPC has gone out of business. On the contrary, it continues to grow – with a fleet of vehicles crisscrossing the countryside. Another rumour, that the company is not the recognised owner of 'Adrian Kells Pest Control', also gets under his skin. The late Mr Kells was Kevin’s uncle and Kevin is proud to continue honouring his good name through a commitment to quality work.


A SPOKESPERSON for the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer affirmed the research body’s view on Wi-Fi. Even though radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) could be “possibly carcinogenic to humans” (Group 2B), those produced by Wi-Fi were not strong enough to cause harm. Sharon Grant, speaking for Dr Nicolas Gaudin, Head, IARC Communications Group said: “There is no evidence for an association between low-level RF-EMF like Wi-Fi and risk of cancer in children” Last week The Star’s front page story centred around a Venus Bay mother’s call for a ban on the technology in schools, citing a string of potential health complaints, including cancer. A spokesperson for the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) – the Federal Government agency charged with responsibility for protecting the health and safety of people, and the environment, from the harmful effects of ionising and non ionising radiation – told the paper that “health authorities around the world, including... 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”. But Ms Grant said the jury was out on the risk posed to humans by RF-EMF. Wi-Fi is not the only source of RFEMF. It is also produced by broadcast antennas, base stations, medical devices, smart meters, Wi-Fi, high-frequency dielectric and induction heaters, radar installations, personal devices like iPods, cordless telephones, mobile telephones and Bluetooth. Ms Grant said the IARC’s “possibly carcinogenic to humans” (Group 2B) statement on RF-EMF-producing devices

The highly-trained team works from Melbourne to Orbost, and has a host of big commercial clients, including builders Coldon Homes and Rawdon Hill, Hazelwood Power Station and a long list of hospitals, nursing homes, hotels and motels. However, manager Kevin Whelan said homeowners are still “just as important” to the company, which has built a word-of-mouth reputation for punctuality and reliability. “Homeowners are really our bread and butter. We operate on the guarantee, 'You ring today, we're there tomorrow.' It doesn't matter if it's a homeowner with a small job or one of our biggest commercial clients. That's the way we operate,” he said. “All the calls that are made today are serviced tomorrow. We pride ourselves on being fast, efficient and doing quality work. When you say you'll be there tomorrow – or even that day, if one of the utes is close by – it catches everyone by surprise. They generally go silent on the end of the line.” The company is the only licensed installer of Kordon termite barriers in Gippsland. Kevin believes that prevention is often better than a cure, and SGPC installs bait stations across the state. “People often make the mistake, though, when they do discover termites, of disturbing the workings. I

Narelle Haw: the building biologist is part of an alliance demanding a rethink on Wi-Fi technology in schools. “reflects some scientific uncertainty, to be explored by further research, which hopefully will allow future conclusions to be drawn about either a causality of an effect or of a lack of an effect. “The evidence showing that there may be an association between RF-EMF and cancer comes from studies on brain tumours suggesting an association in heavy users of mobile phones, but not at lower levels of use,” she said. “Wi-Fi, even when humans are permanently exposed, leads to exposures that are orders of magnitude lower than those in heavy mobile phone users. “A more appropriate comparison is therefore to look at studies investigating environmental levels of RF-EMF. Two large-scale studies in South Korea and in Germany investigated childhood leukaemia risk in relation to RF-EMF from high-output-power TV or radio broadcast transmitters but found no association, as well as a UK study on childhood cancer in RF-EMF emitted from mobile phone base stations.” Ms Grant said: “To our knowledge, however, WHO endorses the guidelines proposed by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) that regulates exposure for the whole RF range, including Wi-Fi. “Wi-Fi complies with these guidelines.”

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E D I T O R I A L Unwrap a compliment “SO this is Christmas and what have you done?”

So sang John Lennon in his famous festive song, So this is Christmas. Yuletide is a reflective time of year, when we look back over the 12 months just gone and recall the highs, lows and the memories. Perhaps though, particularly as we get older and as Lennon alluded to in his lyrics, we consider our successes and measure them by achievements. Some may be pleased with goals achieved at school or work. For others, personal ambitions such as learning a new skill or buying that house long dreamed of. It may be developing a meaningful relationship or mending wounded ties. In our community, we can be proud of numerous achievements during 2012. A highlight was the tremendous public support of the centenary of state school education in Leongatha in April, when thousands of people gathered to reflect on the place school holds in their hearts. There have been numerous community events supporting charities locally and afar, such as Bryn’s schools in Africa and Asia. South Gippsland and Bass Coast shire councils voted to back the community’s plea to campaign against coal seam gas mining. At this time of year when gift shopping is at the forefront of many people’s minds, the greatest gift we can give anybody is available to share year round: a compliment. Compliments underpin people’s level of confidence and that in turn leads to successes. Such confidence was displayed by performers at recent school concerts and carols events at Leongatha and Wonthaggi over the weekend. But on a more basic, even more significant level, is that degree of confidence people can hold in just being comfortable with themselves. It is that confidence that underpins success in every aspect of life and leads to personal achievements of all kinds every day of the year, and which at this time of the year, we can be proud of. Often all that takes is a little recognition from others.

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

MR DAN Caffrey (The Star, December 11, 2012) compares the urgency of the need to deal with climate change as though it were a war. During World War Two, Imperial Japanese forces conquered South East Asia in a matter of weeks. If Australia had not urgently sent forces to the Kokoda Trail, it is likely northern Australia would have been invaded by the Japanese. With climate change, we have been warned for several years now that if the world did not reduce its `carbon footprint’, we would face higher global temperatures and entrenched drought in Australia. Since, 1998, the world has been increasing its carbon footprint but global temperatures

have stayed flat and the Australian drought has broken. Therefore, (unlike with World War Two) there is no urgency to act in relation to climate change. In the future, it is likely that people will look back on the climate change scare as similar to the Y2K Bug scare. Mr Caffrey is correct in trying to compare the climate change scare to World War Two in one sense. During that war, many Germans “went with the flow” in acquiescing to the forced removal and murder of ordinary Jewish people. Now, too many people are “going with the flow” of the climate change scare and acquiescing to higher electricity, water and carbon taxes which hit the poor and middle-class the hardest for no benefit to the environment. As Mr Caffrey

says, “Posterity can be a tough judge”. Suryan Chandrasegaran, Nerrena.

Smokescreen THE Baillieu Government’s Emergency Services Whitepaper is a smokescreen designed to focus the community’s attention away from the more than $65 million cut from the CFA and MFB’s budgets just before the fire season. Of course, better coordination between emergency services is vital, but these improvements fly in the face of budget cuts that have already hindered the efforts of the CFA to recruit and train the new fire fighters recommended by the Bushfires Royal Commission and promised by Ted Baillieu

before the 2010 election. Last Tuesday’s rally outside Peter Hall’s Traralgon office shows the frustration of our firefighters who have to deal with these multimillion dollar cuts at the most dangerous time of the year. Emergency Management Victoria, the new bureaucracy in the Baillieu Government’s Whitepaper, won’t be providing the training and equipment that our fire fighters need to effectively do their jobs. Peter Ryan has created another paper-shuffling bureaucracy while Ted Baillieu has ripped millions in funding from our fire services, just before bushfire season. Johan Scheffer MP, Member for Eastern Victoria Region.


Do you slip, slop, slap?

Yes. We lost a family member to melanoma so it’s really important to us. Fiona Van Poyenbroek Leongatha

Yeah, I do sometimes. Zoe McEachern Leongatha

I do when I go to the beach. Sam Holland Leongatha

I don’t have sunscreen on but I do have a hat and sunnies. James Wilkinson Venus Bay

Yanakie asks for help VOLUNTEERS at Yanakie have called on South Gippsland Shire Council to help rejuvenate the town’s recreation reserve. That plea was made by Deidre Zuidema and Sean Taylor from the Yanakie Hall Committee at last Wednesday’s council briefing session. The reserve includes the hall, tennis courts, rotunda, barbecue, playground, picnic tables and campdraft facilities. Now 45-years-old, the toilet block is in poor condition and unable to cope with increased demand during campdrafts, as run-off from the septic is a major problem. The toilets are also used by coach passengers stopping to and from the Prom, and the floor of the toilets is below ground level and prone to flooding. Children are playing on a playground that does not comply with standards and is often used by campers as a clothesline, deterring locals from using the equipment. The original external doors of the hall need replacing and cannot be secured, allowing campers to enter the hall to use kitchen facilities without permission. There is no heating or cooling available, and the hot water service cannot cope with large functions. That is despite the hall being a designated emergency and disaster relief centre. When used for such purposes in the past, people queued just to use the toilets, Cr Jeanette Harding said. While the reserve was not a council facility, Cr Mohya Davies said it was nonetheless “a valuable community facility”. The committee has erected bollards to stop campers parking in the park area beside the playground, behind the hall and beside the tennis courts. A school group stayed at the hall for three days recently after being evacuated from the Prom due to wild weather.

People power: more than 95 per cent of Poowong residents want the town to remain free of coal seam gas and coal mining, according to a survey. The study was undertaken by a local action group and members are pictured celebrating. To commemorate the findings, an event will be held at the Poowong Recreation Reserve on Sunday, February 3.

Ten years for Trida assault A LEONGATHA man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail after he attacked his partner with a sledgehammer earlier this year. Hugh Marshall, 34, pleaded guilty to a number of offences in March and April, with the at-

tack occurring on the night of March 31. Trida woman, Carla Gagliardi, was left in a coma for almost a month after the attack, where her eight-year-old son was left to call triple zero after witnessing the horrific assault. Mr Marshall admitted he dragged his former partner from the bathroom and repeatedly

struck her with a sledgehammer after his relationship with Ms Gagliardi broke down. Mr Mashall then fled the scene before crashing his car a short distance away, where he phoned police and handed himself in. Police said Ms Gagliardi had made a miraculous recovery after the incident.

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Beach bus on way By Brad Lester A NEW bus service will be trialled at Venus Bay this summer to reduce parking congestion at the bay’s popular beaches.

The service will start between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and then run every weekend in January until Australia Day. The Venus Bay Community Centre will operate the service, with some funding from South Gippsland Shire Council. The bus will stop at up to 13 locations four times a day, primarily servicing beach one. Centre representatives will discuss the final

detail with council officers over the next week. Parks Victoria is also working to upgrade the car park and stairs at number five beach, and has committed $450,000 and three staff to the project. Parks’ district chief ranger Roger Fenwick and ranger in charge Gerard Delaney briefed councillors about the project last Wednesday. At beach five, the gravel car park will have designated parking bays to maximise parking space available and improve pedestrian access. Toilets will be upgraded, fences repaired, staircases fixed and risk signs installed. The car park works will be funded through money raised through recreational fishing licence grants, and works undertaken next financial year.

“Our goal is to improve visitor access at the park but we have to manage that with community expectations,” Mr Fenwick said. With nearly 4000 people visiting the beaches at peak times and just 300 parking spaces, parking is limited at Venus Bay. Mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy said: “On Good Friday this year, I could not get down to beaches three, four and five, and you just had to back out.” Cr Kennedy raised concerns about emergency service vehicles being able to access beaches safely among the crowds. Mr Fenwick said Parks Victoria would undertake patrolling of beach car parks to ensure parking rules are enforced. The project has been in the pipeline for many

years. A public forum in 2007 asked people for their views about Venus Bay’s beaches and 250 people commented. That forum resulted in improvements at beach one, with an overflow car park set behind the dunes. Mr Fenwick suggested other parties could contribute to funding the works, as “by ourselves, we do not have any hope of funding every expectation of the community”. The boundaries of responsibility within Parks Victoria will be changed next year. The new South Gippsland district will include Wilsons Promontory, and extend from San Remo in the west through to McLoughlins Beach in the east, and also Mirboo North.




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As 2012 draws to a close I would like to thank our students, staff and the Gippsland community for your support and commitment to local education through what has been an undeniably difficult year. I, and the entire GippsTAFE community, congratulate our completing students on their success and wish them all the very best for the future. To our continuing students we wish you a safe, happy and well deserved summer break and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2013. Whilst the year past has been challenging, GippsTAFE is preparing to tackle the New Year with renewed energy and a firm commitment to making a positive difference in eastern Victoria. We look forward to welcoming a new cohort of students and sharing in their excitement, enthusiasm and aspirations throughout their education journey. On behalf of GippsTAFE, the Board and staff, I wish each and every one of you a happy and safe festive break.

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The GippsTAFE Academy (Traralgon), in collaboration with the University of Ballarat will be hosting six Bachelor Degrees in 2013. Interest in these programs has been extremely positive and we look forward to providing Gippslanders with flexible higher education offerings designed to fit with busy local lifestyles. These programs will expand into our Warragul and Chadstone Campuses as required throughout the New Year. GippsTAFE is also excited to have announced the introduction of new ‘Technology Enabled Learning Centres (TELC’s), in collaboration with Chisholm Institute and Advance TAFE. New technologies based at these centres will enable local TAFE providers to offer courses across regional eastern Victoria and ensure regional students gain access to learning that is flexible, progressive and tailored to meet their needs. We are also enthusiastic about the new 2013 suite of TAFE Programs. Our new and continuing programs are designed to engage our students in an applied learning mode ensuring that your TAFE experience prepares you for the real world application of skills and knowledge. At GippsTAFE you will benefit from a friendly and supportive learning environment, a successful history of employment and further education outcomes for students and modern learning technologies.

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enrolments from January 2 (Morwell and Yallourn) and January 7 (GippsTAFE Academy, Leongatha and Warragul).

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Bucket list: Jill Carmody was determined that one day, her husband Ed would fly over the Grand Canyon in America. She had her wish this year.

Awards, service and challenges

“We have seen a lot of changes and challenges but we’ve met them all very well,” Jill said, adding she wanted to thank her hard working staff and all Jetset’s loyal clients for their support. “We wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and prosperous new year and look forward to servicing their travel needs in 2013.” Jill said this past year, the travel agency industry has been impacted by global situations, the weather, three airline and several international company collapses affecting Jetset Leongatha clients, necessitating efforts to get the best outcomes for clients. “We have to meet those challenges every day.” On top of that, Jetset Leongatha has coped with short staffing issues which, Jill said, has put pressure on those who are there. “We have a fantastic team of travel consultants and we are grateful to them.” Ed, Jill and consultant Renee Cook have undertaken some travel themselves, with Jill ensuring Ed flew over the Grand Canyon. She said travel

enhances knowledge and skills and “you wouldn’t be in travel if you didn’t love it”. “We take as many opportunities as we can.” In doing so, Jill believes she and her staff are better able to assist clients with their travel needs. Jetset Leongatha won three awards at this year’s state conference and a national Allianz Global Assistance one at a Jetset gathering in Las Vegas in November. That trip, said Jill, took in “some surreal and some real America”; the latter including the Grand Canyon which Ed hadn’t seen before. He loved it.

Between them, Jill, Ed and Renee have this year travelled to America, Hawaii, Perth, Adelaide, the wine region in the southern vales of South Australia, the UK, Europe, Russia, India and Brazil. “We are very optimistic for the new year,” Jill explained. “You have to be an optimist in our industry because you don’t always know what challenges might lie ahead.” She said as ever, Jetset Leongatha would focus on service to clients. “At the end of the day, we’re very busy and very happily looking forward to continuing that service.”



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VOLUNTEERS are constantly improving Coal Creek at Korumburra. A restored train carriage is the newest feat by the team. The team of Bill Klauer, Geoff Measom, Ben Peachey and Doug Martin have been working hard to transform an old dilapidated train carriage back to its former glory.

The team has put countless volunteer hours into restoring the fantastic piece of history and plan for it to be a lookout over the park. Park coordinator Rowena Ashley is more than impressed with the work of the volunteers. “The ‘A Team’ has done a wonderful job with the carriage and it looks fantastic,” she said. “They have practically rebuilt the

whole thing and it will be a great addition to the park.” Ms Ashley said volunteers make the park so great and the work and effort they put in is astounding. “They really are the backbone of the park,” she said. “Having them here just helps the park run smoothly and look fantastic.”

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Proud workers: Bill Klauer and Geoff Measom have put a lot of hard work into one of Coal Creek’s train carriages.

Push for coastal trail Accountancy high achievers CARDELL Chartered Accountants (Cardells) congratulate Stacey O'Malley and Tracey McFee for being accepted as new members of the Institute of Chartered Accountantsin Australia. The Chartered Accountant designation is the hallmark of a highly qualified, ethical accounting professional who is well regarded by business, regulators, and members of the public. After completing a University degree, four years working in their field and two years of post-graduate studies, Cardell’s is very proud of both Tracey and Stacey having completed the most rigorous accounting examination process in Australia, and becoming newly Qualified Chartered Accountants. Barry Hughes, a partner at Cardells said that “local accounting practices face similar challenges to local medical practices where it is difficult to attract qualified professionals

to the area”. To fill this growing need to provide professional accounting services to the local area, Cardells offered two trainee accountant positions back in 2007 to Stacey and Tracey. The strategy has proven challenging and rewarding for both women and the firm. In looking to the future Cardells currently have five trainee accountants in the process of working, studying and on their own path to joining the profession. They include John Kilsby from Inverloch, Jason Kennedy from Leongatha, Taylor Holub from Surf Beach, Surya Kondanapanny from San Remo and Jessica Kemp from Leongatha. The firm also recognises the continuous contribution made by both Marcus Bond and Rebecca Bond to the Chartered Accountancy program over the last 10 years. The award ceremony was held at Crown Casino recently.


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Dr Neil Shaw, president of the Sandy Point Community Group, urged South Gippsland Shire councillors to support the path when he briefed them last Wednesday. The 4.5km pathway is mooted along the route of the existing fire track behind the sand dunes, and the concept had been “dragging on for some years”, Dr Shaw said. He said a rail trail engineer had costed the project at $180,000. “I possibly have a benefactor that may support it but I can’t guarantee that,” Dr Shaw said.

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He urged council to add the proposal to its Paths and Trails Strategy, to “reflect the community’s support for such a path”, enabling the community to seek funding. Dr Shaw said the fire track is currently managed by council and DSE, and said some people would object to the proposal, citing infringement of privacy. Jan Martin, council’s director of community services, said the proposal sounded “exciting”. She said the paths strategy includes close to 90 projects and while a full review of the plan was not due until 2015, the Sandy Point to Waratah Bay proposal could be included as part of an annual review. Mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy said council would discuss the prospect of including the path within the strategy before 2015. The path would begin at the start of the existing fire track at Sandy Point and end at The Gap at Waratah Bay. Dr Shaw suggested council remove the proposed bike path from Manuka Street to Shallow Inlet, saying the popular Roy Henderson pathway duplicates that path. He also called for council to drop a proposed bike loop path around Sandy Point in place of Sandy PointWaratah Bay trail, saying the loop was along the edge of busy roads, posing a danger.

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Stacey O'Malley: a new member of the Tracey McFee: a new member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia is congratulated by one of Cardell's partners Marcus Bond. Australia with Cardell's Marcus Bond.

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Here goes: Michael Guest (left) and Eliza Charlton prepare to remove Allister Dowling’s red locks. Michael, of Leongatha Prestige Concrete Pumping, was a major donor.

Men kiss hair goodbye ONCE hairy men have raised $5000 for charity. Nathan Lovie, Allister Dowling, Col Widdows, Roger Callister and Luke Ashton shaved their moustaches, beards or heads to raise funds for the not-forprofit organisation, Ride Hard to Breathe Easy. The men underwent their transformation before a 100-strong crowd at the Leongatha RSL, transformed by Leongatha hairdresser Eliza Charlton of EJ Hair Design. Allister had been growing his hair for a year and dyed it red, while the others either had been growing moustaches recently or in Col’s case, for 40 years. Another participant, Alan McCluskey, sacrificed his long held moustache last Friday night. Leongatha Photographics and Electronics supplied a big cheque for the

presentation. The men raised $4580 before the night and Allister said donations afterwards boosted the total to $5000.

Its annual report states the health service has always had a cultural diversity plan covering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, those at risk of homelessness, those with dementia, gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and those in remote areas. Now however, it has recognised diversity extends further than being merely cultural. A diversity plan was developed in June, 2012 and submitted to the Department of Health. It covers the next three years and will “build the organisation’s capacity to

Its annual report shows in the past year, the service has supported a new men’s shed at Leongatha and continued to back those at Nyora, Korumburra, Mirboo North and Venus Bay. Vegetable gardens have been set up at these sites. Health-themed forums have been provided for the sheds and support offered for




So long: Col Widdows bids his beard goodbye as hairdresser Eliza Charlton gets to work.

cater for all consumers and improve staff’s understanding and acknowledgement of diversity”. The plan was developed in consultation with other services such as South Gippsland Shire Council and Aboriginal elders. According to the annual report, South Gippsland “has a small but significant cohort of population identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander”; the latter having four times greater need for assistance than the general population. Under the plan, GSHS staff will ask the local indigenous community for help and advice so a range of strategies can be drawn up and the catchment population monitored to ensure consumer information is easily understood.

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community kitchens in Korumburra, Leongatha and Mirboo North, together with cooking courses for men in Leongatha, Korumburra and Venus Bay. The health service has developed and maintained a food garden in Korumburra with volunteers from the men’s shed. Food grown supplies the community kitchen and Foodworks Supermarket in Korumburra. Walking groups, older adult bicycle riding and gardening groups have also been developed to encourage physical activity.

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Children celebrate Christmas

FAMILIES of the Leongatha Children’s Centre gathered on Thursday for an afternoon of activities before breaking up for Christmas.

Children were invited to take part in fun end of year action including a petting zoo. Rabbits, lambs, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs and even a calf were at the centre

for cuddling and playing with. Many kids enjoyed getting up close with the animals. All the children were impressed when the big, jolly man in red made an appearance. Santa received a warm welcome and was a great way to end the year at the centre.

Getting close: Sophie Kreutzberger, Kinesha Anderson and Harper McLennen get close with a lamb.

So little: Zara Kreutzberger and Jake Matherson play with a shy rabbit at the Leongatha Children’s Centre on Thursday.

Our dry November By Jane Ross PRETTY sad. That’s how Meeniyan weather recorder Lindsay Fromhold describes the rainfall for the town for November. He tipped a total of 29.5mm out of his gauge, saying rain fell on eight days during November and Meeniyan has had more in this first half of December than for the whole of the previous month. Fish Creek had 54mm which Neville Buckland said is much lower than the November average of around 80mm. “It’s the driest November since 2006.” And, as most of us remember, that was a drought year when water storages dropped to alarming levels and South Gippsland Water (SGW) had to scurry around and plumb the aquifer. It was dry in Leongatha this November too, but weather recorder Kay Puru said that made “a nice change”. “We only had 38mm of rain over only five days. It has been our driest November for quite some time. “Last year was very wet with 170.4mm, in 2010 we had 86.2mm, 72.9mm in 2009 and in 2008 we had 77.9mm.” This year we even beat our dry year of 2006 when we had 50mm. The year-to-date tally for Leongatha is 912.8mm, which Kay says is “a bit drier that last year when it was 1085.1mm and

wetter than 2010, 2009 and 2008 when we had 768.6mm, 729.1mm and 686.4mm”. The Bureau of Meteorology also reports lower than average rainfall for November, a trend that SGW managing director Philippe du Plessis says is reflected in the authority’s rainfall readings. He said the combination of lower than average rainfall and warmer than average weather in November usually puts pressure on water storages, “South Gippsland Water is in the fortunate position that the winter months saw heavy rains and all storages filled to capacity before the warmer, drier weather set in.” SGW rainfall records indicate November 2012 was a lot drier than November last year. This November, a total of 247mm fell across SGW catchments, compared with 1123mm last November. Leongatha’s Coalition Creek storage recorded SGW’s highest November tally of 42mm, followed by 37, at Fish Creek’s Battery Creek. Mr du Plessis said while storages remain “very satisfactory” for this time of year, the November rainfall reports “are a timely reminder that our water is a precious resource and everyday water efficiency should not be forgotten”. He said many of the corporation’s reservoir catchments are small and rely on yearly rains to refill. SGW can help customers interested in increasing their water efficiency. Ring 5682 0444.


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Good fun: Ashlin Matherson was having a great time in the petting zoo at the Leongatha Children’s Centre on Thursday.

Garden workers: hard working volunteers behind the Korumburra Hospital Community Garden are, from left: Peter Walker, Marg Patton, Neil and Kay Coxon, and Frank Considine with hospital staff Judy Abbey and Tim Howard.

Garden inspires health all round THE new community garden at Korumburra Hospital was launched on Thursday. Clients and volunteers enjoyed a lunch made from produce freshly picked from the garden, as well as a morning tea amongst the vegie patch. The garden promotes many health facets, including good nutrition as well as being social and active. The garden is due to the hard work by volunteers Peter Walker, Marg Patton, Frank Considine, and Neil and Kay Coxon. This team took on the task of getting the garden into working order and spent a day a week for the past five months making the garden a reality. Day clients from the Gippsland Southern Health Service’s Planned Activity Group (PAG) are invited to work in the garden also, monitor the growth of the vegetables and take produce. “We encourage the PAG guys to come down and enjoy the garden,” health promotions officer Tim

Howard said. “This garden is also for broader hospital clientele to come and enjoy.” High raised garden beds and seats offer ideas for elderly people who want to continue gardening, while different methods of growth are on display, giving gardeners new ideas. Excess harvest vegetables are heading to Milpara Community House’s food bank while another plan to give hospital staff access to buying the vegetables is in the pipeline. To complement the vegie patch, a ‘sensory’ garden was also built by the volunteers, including seats, strong smelling flowers, a trickling water feature, soft plants and colourful tiles. This is another place where visitors can take hospital clients that is a nice environment and provides privacy and serenity. ► More photos in Social Scene on page 46.

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Volunteers celebrate milestone VOLUNTEERS have commemorated positive findings for their latest season of monitoring at Corner Inlet, with healthy seagrass found at all sites.

The findings coincided with state-wide celebrations marking the 10th anniversary for Victoria’s marine national parks and marine sanctuaries. Parks Victoria marine ranger, Jonathon Stevenson said the growth and healthy condition of the

seagrass supported findings over the past seven years of monitoring. “Seagrass is an important habitat and nursery feeding area for many marine creatures including native fish, so this is good news and reflects the great work that has been done in the catchment to improve water quality entering the inlet,” he said. The Corner Inlet Community Seagrass Monitoring Project Team surveyed Broadleaf seagrass (Posidonia australis) at seven sites.

“All sites showed strong, healthy spring growth with some leaves almost a metre long and developing seed pods were common at most sites, indicating healthy seagrass,” Mr Stevenson said. The monitoring project is part of Parks Victoria’s state wide Sea Search program that aims to encourage community groups and volunteers to help monitor the health of Victoria’s marine national parks and marine sanctuaries. The program provides opportunities for commu-

On water: seagrass volunteers Jo and Dave James and Hugh Kirkman enjoy the day on Corner Inlet.

Keeping fit and loving it CHILDREN at Nyora Primary School have enjoyed a range of activities as part of the Active After School Program.

A large number of students take advantage of the free activities provided, learning new skills and experiencing new sports. In keeping with the aim of promoting good health, students enjoy a free fruit platter before gathering their equipment and heading off with the coaches. The twice weekly program has included karate, hockey, circus skills and golf, as well as the more traditional sports. Planned activities for early 2013 include soccer and triathlon training.

Smooth swing: Nyora Primary School students, from left, Patrick, Tyler and Diezel, practise their golf swing on the school oval as part of the Active After School Program.

nity groups and volunteers to learn more about their local marine protected areas while generating important data that helps guide management. The Corner Inlet Community Seagrass Monitoring Project has involved over 50 volunteers and is

the longest running Sea Search project in the state. Parks Victoria district chief ranger Roger Fenwick said, “Victoria’s marine national parks and marine sanctuaries are among the best in the world and Parks Victoria is looking forward to

working with the community, through programs like Sea Search, to protect these magnificent places into the future.” The Corner Inlet Community Seagrass Monitoring Project is always interested in new volunteers who are experienced snor-

kellers or divers. For more information about the project contact Jonathon Stevenson through the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963 or visit for more information on Victoria’s marine protected areas.

Pleasing results: the Corner Inlet Community Seagrass Monitoring team celebrates 10 years of Victoria’s marine national parks and marine sanctuaries. Back, from left: Roger Fenwick, Keith Couper, Dave James, Jo James, Hugh Kirkman, Tim Forster and Jonathon Stevenson. Front, from left: Gerard Delaney, Miles Jennings and Hugh Sarjent.

Bass Coast Council briefs THE second open council meeting of this four-year tenure nure was held last Wednesday in the Cowes Cultural Centre. The acoustics aren’t good and councillors had to use a microphone in order to be heard. They didn’t all comply, but some didn’t need to. Sadly for the press representatives eager for newsy tit bits, the meeting was a dull affair. While councillors aren’t there to snipe at each other or spout forth with ire, a little “colour” would have added to the otherwise heavy atmosphere. NEW mayor Cr Clare Le Serve who has been diligently attending Municipal Association of Victoria conferences to learn how to be a councillor and mayor, did, at meeting’s end, wish everyone all the best for the festive season. BUT the only real high point during the two and a half hour meeting came during discussion about the proposed four-year meeting schedule. Monthly open gatherings were set down to start at 4pm, instead of the customary 5pm. Cr Phil Wright didn’t like the idea of a 4pm start. “I don’t see any benefit for anyone other than councillors who want to go home, put their feet up and drink beer!” He opted for 5pm and after a little discussion, his colleagues agreed. COUNCIL has one of the greatest number of unmade roads of any municipality in Victoria. CEO, Allan Bawden, said this in addressing a question from Karen Van Dijk of Smiths Beach. She was complaining about the dust caused by unmade roads which had been scheduled for sealing in the 1990s. Mr Bawden said it would cost council $150 million to make all the roads and drains in the shire that need doing. He said trials of dust suppression materials for unmade roads had proven too ineffective for the amount they cost. ANNE Davie reminded council that Phillip Island’s sesquicentenary (150 years) is in 2018. “This is an exciting project for the island,” she said, adding given it took seven years to organise Wonthaggi’s centenary, “we need that five years”. She suggested a grand opening could include a sculpture by Ricky Swallow, “one of the great sculptors in the world”. Ricky grew up in San Remo. Mr Bawden told Ms Davie a council sesquicentenary committee would be convened early in the new year. DURING gallery question time former councillor, Peter Paul, wanted to know if there was any guarantee the shire’s electronic gaming cap would be reduced. Allan Bawden replied it is council’s intent to reduce the shire cap and the number of machines, but that depends on the Minister for Gaming, Michael O’Brien. Mr Bawden said the cap is 216 and under State Government rules, the number of machines must be below 10 per 1000 adults. The shire’s ratio stands at 7.8 machines per 1000 adults, computed on the permanent population.

IN Margaret Hancock’s view, green waste is actually a green asset. She asked council what plans it had to make productive use of green waste. She also wondered whether local gardeners could be given some assistance with the cost of taking green waste disposal by making it free all the time. Mr Bawden said waste is owned by the contractor running the waste disposal facility. The council is making its own green asset contribution, with its two teams of trucks and chippers, using tree prunings on its own projects. Mr Bawden said the points raised by Ms Hancock “could be taken up”. GROWTH is great said Cr Brad Drew, but big shopping centres have an impact on small business. He was commenting on an application by Coles to extend its planning permit for a new supermarket and shops in Thompson Avenue, Cowes to rival the Woolworths complex. Cr Drew said he was in favour of the extension (the others agreed) but “it is the small business people I fear for”. Cr Drew speaks from experience for he is a small business owner himself. CR Andrew Phillips acknowledged the work of Steve Johnson, a retired Wonthaggi Police officer who began – and is still involved in – a learner driver mentoring program whereby volunteers help young people gain their requisite driving hours before going for their licence. CR Drew acknowledged the San Remo Traders and Tourism Association which he said is doing a great job, while Cr Wright acknowledged the shire for its car park at YCW, Cowes. AMONG the events attended by the mayor since the October meeting are the opening of The Glades Farmers Market in Inverloch and Wonthaggi Historical Society’s 100 year anniversary dinner, as well as the opening of the Grantville Ambulance Station which is in her ward of Leadbeater. THE council agreed to lease land behind the Bass Coast Adult Education Centre so the facility can provide better traffic flow and, hopefully, add three more classrooms. They need external funding for the latter. Councillors also agreed to extend the lease of the Bass Coast Children’s Centre for three more years, with three further terms of three years. The lease charge is $12,000 annually. Cr Jordan Crugnale said, “It’s a great child care centre and they do a lot of work to maintain the building.” AFTER the meeting, councillors and council officers enjoyed the conviviality of dining at a Cowes restaurant, where the atmosphere was much more laid back and jolly than that of the council chamber. Cr Drew was seen to wave his arms in the air and Cr Wright confessed to the press, seated at a distant table, that he had downed a libation or two.

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Skills show potential SOUTH Gippsland Specialist School students proved nothing stands in the way of achievement when they received Duke of Edinburgh Awards recently. For the first time, students aged 10 to 18 were given the chance to complete Compass, Bridge and Bronze levels of the award. Students were required to complete a physical act, such as a sport, a hobby or skill and provide a service

to the community over a period of time, as well as go on an exploration or adventure, whether it be an excursion to a new place or camping. Some of the students completed hospitality courses at Community College Gippsland, or had a go at doing woodwork or painting, and some learned how to play tennis, and later squash. As part of the service requirement, some students also helped out the Friends of the Rail Trail once a week, cleaning out gutters and pick-

ing up rubbish in rain, hail or shine. School principal Heather Brayden said the award helped connect children to the community. “The Duke of Edinburgh Award was a chance for the students to discover their potential and focus on the kids’ own unique abilities,” she said. “They were able to set their own goals and they really showed that having a disability doesn’t stop someone from being a big contributor to the community.”

Relay committee: back row, from left: Chris Oliver, Walter Aich, Bev Hanley and Sandra Young with front, from left: Karen Lawson, Mary Trease, Belinda Bright and Cate Eadon. Absent: Carmel Trease, Kevin Robinson, Toine Bovill, Katie Stewart, Leanne Larkin, Renee Maskell, Marg Cantwell and Jessica Odgers.

Give a night to save a life

WE invite you, the South Gippsland community, to give up one night of your life on Saturday April 20, 2013 to use your hearts and feet to fight cancer.

The South Gippsland Relay For Life committee is well underway with preparations for next year’s relay and is hopeful it will be the biggest one Dumbalk has ever seen. Relay For Life is an event entailing teams camping overnight and keeping their team baton moving around a track. Walk or run, this fundraising event is for all ages and participants enjoy a fun filled atmosphere with live entertainment, bands, radio broadcasts and children’s activities. A candlelight ceremony will be held to remember those who have lost their fight with cancer, for those who have survived cancer and for those fighting their battle today. This will be the fourth year that Dumbalk has hosted The Relay For Life event, raising more than $100,000 so far, with every dollar raised supporting services and research for those affected by cancer here in South Gippsland. For more information and or to register your interest in The South Gippsland Relay For Life 2013 contact Cate Eadon on 0428 071 892 or email or go to If you have someone close to you who is facing cancer, call our Cancer Council hotline on 131120.

Teens shine By Tayla Kershaw STUDENTS at Mirboo North Secondary College have soared this past year. A highlight has been the introduction of the year 11 VCAL program, led by Andrew McGrath. This provides students with life skills and an international insight through working with the language school in Traralgon. Students have also been involved in the Students Making a Difference program, working alongside the chaplain to conduct fundraisers for disadvantaged children. The Year 9 Community Breakout program. Students work in the community, experiencing Landcare, environmental stability and community awareness. New school buildings are under construction, with a $7.5 million project underway to rebuild old sections of the school.

Cultural experience: Kailah, Alchol, Elizabeth, Tori, Aluet, Nyachudier and Sharon contribute to the successful VCAL program.

Great achievement: students at the South Gippsland Specialist School undertook a period of physical activity, a hobby or skill, community service and an exploration in order to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Awards recently.

Disabled? You’re welcome TEN Bass Coast businesses and community groups have improved access and customer service for people with a disability through State Government grants. Bass Coast Shire Council economic and community development director, Steven Piasente, said the grants helped increase the number of people with a disability as customers, members or employees. “This is good for local business and community groups, as up to 35 per cent of the population can have a permanent or temporary disability,” he said. “Groups took different approaches as to how to best use the funding. Bass Coast District Girl Guides put their leaders through disability awareness training, while Corinella and District Community Centre bought a wheelchair for participants. “Local businesses San Remo Automotive, Party ‘n’ Play, Island Quality Meats and Seafoods and The Castle – Villa by the Sea, improved physical access to their businesses with things like ramps and handrails.” Wayne Moloney from Wonthaggi Lotto/RACV said one regular customer who uses a motorised wheelchair had never entered the shop until the improvements were made. “Previously we would meet her on the footpath outside our shop to assist,” he said. “Now she can independently shop in our store

anytime she likes.” Owners of The Castle – Villa by the Sea in Cowes, Jenni and Harley Boyle, said they were glad to improve access to a ground floor apartment but have also made other changes. “We are now part of a program which provides assistance to enable those with long term disabilities to re-enter the workforce,” Mr Boyle said. “We employ a young man to manage our grounds and this has proved a huge benefit to all concerned.” Both the Boyles and

Mr Moloney recommend other businesses improve access for people with a disability. If you’d like to know how to attract more customers by improving access to your business or organisation, please go to the Accessibility page at for a free electronic copy of the Good Access is Good Business guide. For a bound copy of the guide, please contact Lisa Pettinella, administration officer, on 1300 226 278 or via the National Relay

Service on 13 36 77 (for people with communication difficulties) or email ruralaccess@basscoast. Alternatively, you can contact community facilitator – RuralAccess to discuss how you can make access improvement to your business. The grants were funded by the Department of Human Services, Office for Disability as part of the Building Disability Inclusive Organisations Project.

Give locally THE community has started giving generously to disadvantaged children this Christmas, with many presents already under the Christmas Giving Tree. Bass Coast mayor, Cr Clare Le Serve, said there is still plenty of room under the tree for more presents. “For those wanting to donate gifts you can drop them at any of Bass Coast Shire Council’s customer service centres in Cowes, Inverloch, Grantville and Wonthaggi,” she said. “Please also keep in mind that there

is always a shortage of presents for children aged zero to 12 and gifts left under the tree need to be new.” All gifts left under the Christmas Giving Tree will be distributed across the shire by the Combined Welfare Group, which consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, Davey House and churches from Wonthaggi and Inverloch. Cr Le Serve said “Christmas is a time for giving, so help spread the festive cheer and make it a special celebration for everyone in Bass Coast.”

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Foster doctors praised TWO doctors at Foster Medical Centre, one vastly experienced and the other in the early stages of her career, have been recognised for their excellent work by winning Gippsland-wide awards.

Worthy winners: Dr Ruyu Yao, left, with Dr Mike Fitzgerald and Foster Medical Centre practice manager Maureen Buckley at the awards night.

At the annual Southern GP Training Gippsland awards, Dr Mike Fitzgerald was presented with the Supervisor of the Year award while Dr Ruyu Yao earned the Junior Registrar of the Year award. Southern GP Training runs training programs for qualified doctors who are seeking to specialise in general practice. Dr Yao is in the first year of her registrar placement, while Dr Fitzgerald is one of a group of skilled and experienced doctors across Gippsland who works as a medical supervisor. The supervisor

role includes working with registrars on a day-to-day basis. Dr Ftizgerald’s nomination for the Supervisor of the Year award said, in part: “Mike Fitzgerald is one of the many great supervisors in general practice, and I hope many more registrars will be able to learn from him in the future.” The nomination added: “When I discuss cases with Mike, he always enlightens me with differential diagnosis that I haven’t thought of, points out investigations that should be done to ensure patient safety and gives many fantastic treatment tips.” Dr Fitzgerald’s passion in aged care and palliative medicine has also impressed registrars. Dr Yao’s nomination described her as an excellent colleague and a thoughtful and attentive GP. It was noted that “practice partners and countless patients are looking for-

ward to having her back late next year.” Nominations for both awards were put forward from all parts of Gippsland, where there are 37 accredited training practices working with the Southern GP Training program. In these practices the GP registrars undergo on-the-job training as well as further study through Southern GP Training, with the support of supervisors who are qualified and experienced GPs. Having already achieved their degree in medicine, the registrars are now working towards Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practice or Fellowship of the Australian College of Remote and Rural Medicine, which qualifies them as general practitioners.

Thanks for kindness Merry Christmas THE Bendigo Bank has joined with the Wonthaggi Anglican Church to give less fortunate people food hampers in time for Christmas. The Inverloch Community Bank

and District Branch and

Caring, giving: goods donated to the Inverloch and District Community Bank Branch.

Wonthaggi branch of Bendigo Bank, and the church are collecting as many donations of non-perishable items as possible, to make a difference in the community for people who need help this Christmas. Graeme Peters from the Inverloch/ Wonthaggi Anglican Church collected

the non-perishable items from Inverloch branch recently, and was pleased and appreciative of the goods donated. The banks and church thanked people in the Inverloch and Wonthaggi communities for contributing.

Much appreciated: Reverend Graeme Peters thanks Jackie Laurie of the Inverloch and District Community Bank Branch for the donations.

CHRISTMAS is upon us again and the year 2012 is nearly over. I would like to send my best wishes to everyone for a happy and joyful Christmas period and a healthy and prosperous year in 2013. With the busy lifestyles that we lead the Christmas festive season gives us a chance to sit down and relax with our families and friends. Christmas is also a time to stop and remember those who are less fortunate than us. Each night over 100,000 Australians are homeless, half of these people are under 24 years old and 10,000 are children. Just a small contribution to one of the organisations that help the disadvantaged, I am sure, would be greatly received. And for those who can, perhaps you could consider visiting someone before Christmas who may be lonely, or who will not have family with them over the festive season. Put some cheer into their heart with a spontaneous visit. The pleasure of giving happiness to someone who is less fortunate or lonely during the festive season will stay with you for some time. For those travelling around Gippsland over the holidays, make sure that you are vigilant around children.

Be very aware of safety when driving, even as you reverse out of the driveway of a home. Young children might be out in the court or street, trying out a new Christmas toy and they will be distracted from concentrating on their own personal safety. While our police will be out in numbers breath testing and watching for speeding motorists, safe driving behaviour is a personal responsibility and I ask that we all make this a major priority. And please take care if you go to any of the glorious beaches along our coastline, remember any beach can be dangerous. Always swim between the red and yellow flags and always look back to the beach to check that you are still between flags. Be aware that not all beaches are patrolled every day of the year so if you are planning to visit an unpatrolled beach, please remember to check it is safe to swim, never swim alone and read and obey the water safety signs. I wish all Gippslanders a joyful Christmas and a happy New Year and ask especially that we think of others. Care is the greatest gift we can offer.

Peter Hall MLC, Member for Eastern Region.

Newhaven reveals leaders

NEWHAVEN College has announced students who will take on leadership roles as members of the Junior and Senior School Student Cabinet in 2013. Twenty-eight senior and eighteen junior cabinet positions were available for students to apply for who enjoy taking on positions of responsibility and peer leadership. Each applicant participated in an interview process before a selection panel and the successful candidates were presented at recent assemblies. Specific responsibilities vary between cabinet positions, but all require positive role modelling, upholding college values, modelling best practice on school policies and public speaking duties. Cabinet members run all school assemblies and college captains meet weekly with the principal or head of junior school, and represent the college at internal and

external functions. Senior college members have already spent a day of induction training in preparation for their 2013 duties. They attended a number of workshops to set personal, academic and position goals, met with the heads of their area of responsibility and discussed leadership styles with a focus on the advantages that youth have in leadership positions. Junior school cabinet members presented acceptance speeches at a recent assembly. Many congratulated the outgoing cabinet members, thanked their families and peers, shared how excited they were at their appointment and promised to encourage others, listen, and uphold college values. The Year 9 Student Cabinet will be selected early in the 2013 school year to allow students time to get to know each other and settle in to their new Environmental Centre campus.

Senior School Cabinet: front, from left: Catie Kavanagh (music), college captains Thomas Duncan and Rebecca Cope, vice principal and head of senior school Jason Scott, principal Gea Lovell, college captains Jack Bird and Charlee Gough, Nanami Dade (Sambell House), Georgia du Plessis (Clarke House), Rebecca Gysberts (McHaffie House). Middle: Carly Heislers (equestrian), Madeline Sampson (Bass House), Jessica Bolding (Bass House), Jack Homer (sport), Alice Johnston (events), Chelsea Ferteis (events), Emi McRae (McHaffie House), Tayla MacDonald (Sambell House), Karlee Hayes (Clarke House), Antigone Chester (drama). Back: Camille Thompson (Sambell House), Cassandra Tamburo (McHaffie House), Angelo Raso (McHaffie House), Jericho O’Shea-Playne (Clarke House), Shane Taylor (Sambell House), Zac Plowright (Clarke House), Corrie-Lyn Wilson (Bass House), Cherry Skinner-Tarlo (visual arts).

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Partnerships pay off A STRONG partnership withh Gi Gip Gippsland ippsland Southern Health Service and South Gippsland Hospital was the vital component in the success of South Gippsland Shire Council’s Aged and Disability team winning the Victorian LGPro Award for Outstanding Team Contribution.

Winning team: from left, Jan Martin, South Gippsland Shire Council’s director of community services, Tania Ryan, aged and disability project officer, Sara Cox, intake and assessment team leader, and Louise Brydon, manager aged and disability services.

Show to shine By Sarah Vella THE Welshpool Show and Shine is on again in 2013 and will be held in conjunction with the Port Welshpool Sea Days Festival on Saturday, January 5.

Organised by the Arthur Sutherland Recreation Reserve committee of management, president David Grylls said the event will have 20 categories. “We only had 62 entries last year, but it turned out to be a really good day. We are hoping to double the entries next year,” Mr Grylls said. “We are going to have two categories for trucks next year, as well as motorbikes, hot rods, vintage cars and more. “At our first event, the number of local entries was quite surprising. It is amazing the number of locals that have cars hidden away, or are car enthusiasts. “We had two car clubs come along to this year’s show as well, which made the event really.” The event was born from the requirement to raise funds for the replacement of the basketball stadium floor. Mr Grylls said it was suggested that something else needed to be done on top of the Sea Days Festival. “The show and shine idea was suggested and it turned out to be a very successful event for us money wise,” he said. “It was such a success, we have decided to make it an annual event from now on and any money raised through the event will continue to go towards the new floor.” While the oval at the recreation re-

serve is no longer used for playing much sport, the grass that it grows over the winter and spring is baled and sold as another clever fundraiser. “The money that we get from the hay, which is already sold, also goes into the kitty for repairs and maintenance at the recreation reserve,” Mr Grylls said. On event day, each category is judged on various aspects, depending on which class they are in and a trophy is awarded to each winner. Mr Grylls said there will also be a people’s choice award next year, where visitors can vote for their favourite car. “It is a really family orientated day. We will be having a jumping castle for the kids and other family friendly activities running throughout the day,” he said. Next year, for the duration of the Sea Days Festival, buses will be running between the various events including the Show and Shine. “The idea behind it is people will be able to park their car in the one spot and catch the bus to get from one event to the next,” Mr Grylls said. “We have a really great crew working behind the scenes on next year’s event and we have a few different ways of reaching people this time around. “We learnt a few things from organising and running the first event and this time we are doing a bit more of it ourselves. “Shannons will be our major sponsor again next year and our only hope is that it is bigger and better. That is what we are working towards.”

Nice wheels: Brendan Rawson, better known as “Jug”, with his 1971 HQ Monaro, which incidentally, is for sale. “Jug” will be entering his car in the Show and Shine in 2013.

The prestigious award recognises an outstanding contribution that demonstrates effective approaches in servicing the community, creativity and continuous improvement. “This award deservedly goes to all three organisations, even though it is a Local Government award,” explained Louise Brydon, council’s elated manager of aged and disability services. “In 2009 we recognised that there were overlaps and gaps in services provided by various agencies caring for clients with complex needs. So the South Gippsland Coordinated Care Team formed, comprising health practitioners from was formed Gippsland Southern Health Service, and council, Gip Hospital, all of whom were commitSouth Gippsland Gipps multi-disciplinary approach to client care. ted to a mult

““As “A As a result we now noow work wo together with our shared clients to streamline their journey through the system to get the various types of support they require. “We meet fortnightly to review client information and find we can reduce duplication and bureaucracy support It’s a great environment and deliver better support. for us to learn, share and network for continuous improvement and innovation”. Samantha Park, manager of the Community Health Centre at South Gippsland Hospital, agreed. “It’s allowed us to effectively plan interventions and deliver better health outcomes for clients and their carers,” she said. “It’s also extremely supportive for staff and we can now put faces to names and appreciate the role and function that council plays in client health care. “By being aware of each others’ services we can offer a ‘no wrong door’ policy and our clients are much more likely get the services they need, in a timely manner no matter which organisation they go through.” Inspired by the significant benefits, council’s aged and disability services team has spread the partnership model to other programs that they are administering in the community.

Men, listen up! GIPPSLAND Medicare Local hosted an education session last week on erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Nineteen representatives from Phillip Island Medical Group, Wonthaggi Medical Group, South Gippsland Family Medicine, Foster and Toora Medical Centres, Leongatha Healthcare and Bass Coast Community Health attended. They heard Dr Andrew Pattison from East Ivanhoe General Practice discuss diagnosis and management of erectile issues in men and how to encourage male patients to be proac-

tive in discussing these issues with their General Practitioner (GP). Men’s health issues are something you can talk to your GP or nurse practitoner about and as can be seen by the attendance, GPs are aware it is something that occurs quite commonly. They are open to having a conversation about how to best manage each man’s individual situation. Dr Pattison is regularly asked to comment on men’s health issues in the media, having previously had a talkback session on 3AW and a regular column in The Age. Dr Pattison published The M Factor..Men and Their Health in 1998.

Paul Greenhalgh, senior program coordinator for Gippsland Medicare Local, thanked Dr Pattison for “his engaging presentation on erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation which provided valuable insight for practitioners in and strategies for engaging male patients in discussion around these issues. “Gippsland Medicare Local encourages all men to be proactive in managing their health - speak to your GP at the first sign of any changes or new symptoms,” he said. “If you have been putting it off because of embarrassment or hoping it will go away, then now is the time for a checkup with your GP”.

Here to help: ready to assist men with reproductive health issues are, from left: Dr Peter Ward, Dr John Hackett, Dr Andrew Pattison, Dr Mauricio Haddad, nurse practitioner Deb Garvey, Dr Chris Perry and Dr Tim Linton.

Legacy greets newcomers

GREG Lyon of Cowes and Hans Kamphius of Lance Creek were inducted as Legatees recently.

They were made official members of South Gippsland Legacy Group by Bill Rogers, Legacy group liaison officer from Berwick. Legacy is a voluntary organisation dedicated to caring for the widows and families of deceased veterans. South Gippsland Legacy consists of 46 Legatees and provides support to more than 500 widows. The group occasionally brings them together with shared experiences to form friendships and attend organised New faces: South Gippsland Legacy Group president Russell Spencer, Legacy events such as concerts, Legatees Greg Lyon and Hans Kamphius, and Legacy group liaison officer film days and coach trips to the Bill Rogers. Shrine during the year.

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Christmas in ... WONTHAGGI

Play wraps up musical fun MUSIC and the laughter of children echo from St George’s Anglican Church at Wonthaggi every Tuesday.

Inside, children and their families enjoy the weekly Mainly Music program, combining songs and movement, and giving parents and

toddlers an opportunity to mix with others. After the routine of songs with movement, parents share a delicious morning tea while

children enjoy play time. There are places left for 2013 and the cost is just $5 per family per session. The group of 2012 enjoyed a Christmas break-up lunch recently and children donned costumes to act out the story of Jesus’ birth.

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Rising stars: acting out the nativity story were, from left, Felix Finlay, Martin Peters, Silas O’Halloran, Sam Peters, Annalise O’Halloran, Harriet Finlay, Abigail O’Halloran, Jessica Finlay, Ciaran Toomey, Phoebe Lester and Rhys Potter.

By Jane Ross THE Graham Street, Wonthaggi special charge scheme will finally go ahead.

In the pipeline for more than 30 years, the scheme has been discussed, set aside, revived and set aside by various Bass Coast councils. Cr Neil Rankine, who represents Hovell Ward, was the man who put the seal on the deal. “Something has to be done about the entrance to Wonthaggi, it really is a disgrace.” The work involves kerb and channelling, underground drains, road and asphalt sealing and nature strip upgrades. It is expected to cost more than $2 million, with land owners expected to pay a total of $592,085. Council will contribute $1,502,437, including $750,000 from a grant from the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD). The grant amounts to $1,150,000, with the remainder set aside for additional works that aren’t part of the special charge scheme. There have been petitions against the scheme including two this year, with residents pleading against the cost. At the September meeting of the previous council, then Cr John Duscher sought a rescoping of the works that would allow retention of the DPCD grant, but relieve residents of the financial burden. When that went through, residents in the gallery applauded. Eighty properties are affected by the scheme, paying between $1329 and $15,350. Residents and successive councils have been angered by the fact that, even though Graham Street is part of the Bass Highway and therefore the responsibility of VicRoads, that authority has consistently refused to put any money in. Speaking at last week’s open council meeting in Cowes, Cr Rankine, who is deputy mayor, said he was reluctant to put a high cost on the residents there but he felt council had come up with a scheme that significantly reduces the impost of the original proposal. He said he had spoken to the residents involved, who all said yes, it’s a good project, but they have issues with the amount they have to pay. “VicRoads is not prepared to do it. The State Government is not funding VicRoads at the moment, so we have to do the scheme ourselves. It’s an absolute priority,” Cr Rankine said. He suggested once it is finished, property values will go up by more than the cost of the scheme to residents. He and his colleagues passed unanimously a motion that the scheme go ahead. Construction plans will now be finalised – subject to any appeal to VCAT.

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Savings claim splashed about By Jane Ross BY using rammed earth and old car tyres, the Wonthaggi Aquatic Centre could be built for much less than the projected $16 million. So much so, there would be enough money left over to construct the long-awaited public pool at Phillip Island. Darren Callesen, of Phillip Island, made that suggestion at the final Bass Coast Shire Council meeting for the year.

He spoke up during community question time discussion about dust problems from unmade roads at Smiths Beach, suggesting hyper saline water from the Wonthaggi desalination plant could be used because it keeps dust down. Then, he added, if alternative building materials were employed for the aquatic centre, costs could be kept lower. He said one concept is rammed earth, making use of the dirt dug out for the swimming pool. Mr Callesen explained that used car tyres filled with rammed earth is gaining a lot of traction

as a building material. Employing other recycled materials could create further savings. Director of community and economic development, Steve Piasente, said the figure of $16m covers the whole project, with the aquatic part coming in at around $11m. He said the new council had asked for a briefing on the project with a view to reconsidering it. Mayor Cr Clare Le Serve said in revisiting the project, council would look at alternative building products.

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World comes to stage By Tayla Kershaw LEONGATHA Primary School marked the end of another school year with a concert on Friday.

Originally scheduled for Thursday, the concert was postponed until Friday due to poor weather conditions. Under the guidance of their teachers, students collaborated as classes to perform songs and dances that represent a range of countries under the overall theme “Around the world.” Colourful costumes and props were created by the students to set the scene for the show, held at Mesley Hall. The show was part of the final celebration for Grade 6 students, who for the last time represented the primary school to friends and family.

Combining cultures: students from Leongatha Primary School in national dress.

Strike a pose: Zara Kreutzberger represents Hawaii in Leongatha Primary School’s end of year concert.

Pink elephants: Prep students Molly Allen and Ava Bennett danced as African animals.

Abba vs Aqua: Jordan McFarland and Marley Alba lead the Grade 6 class in a Swedish sing-off.

Hats off: Grade 4 students perform Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York.

Help for water savers IF YOU want to improve your water efficiency at home or your business, South Gippsland Water can help, offering a range of programs and rebates. South Gippsland Water customers are eligible to register for free water efficient showerheads. It’s as simple as calling 1300 851 636 to register and one can be delivered to your door. The State Government offers rebates through the Living Victoria Rebate program, to homes that are on a reticulated water supply. This year homes on self supplied water are also eligible, for the purchase of a range of water efficient products. Examples of products included in the scheme are: rain water tanks, pool covers, water efficient washing machines and dual flush toilets. In addition, the State Government also offers Small Business Rebates for businesses with 20 employees or less. Examples of products included in the business scheme are rain water tanks, water efficient

glass washers, rinse trigger nozzles and flow control devices. For more information visit

saving/home/rebates Alternately, South Gippsland Water staff can help guide you through the rebate process. Just phone 1300 851 636.

Apply now SOUTH Gippsland Water is offering grants of up to $5000 to business customers to improve their water efficiency.

Stop right now!: Grade 5 girls recreate UK band, the Spice Girls.

Surfer inspires kids

Round two of the grant scheme closes on December

A CHRISTIAN surfer took religious education to another level at Leongatha Primary School last week.

30. The business grant scheme has been designed to help businesses improve their water efficiency with funding available to any project that improves water efficiency or reduces the use of mains water supplies. Applicants will need to be a customer of South Gippsland Water, have an Australian Business Number, provide evidence their proposed project delivers water savings and be able to fund 50 per cent of the project costs. South Gippsland Water will match dollar for dollar project costs up to a maximum of $5000. Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis, provided the project and applicant meets the grant guidelines. Businesses, schools and community groups who are customers of South Gippsland Water are encouraged to apply now, before it is too late. South Gippsland Water’s managing director Philippe du Plessis said: “Water is a precious and vital resource, homeowners and businesses would be wise to take advantage of rebates and grants available now, to save on water expenses and ensure the efficient use and management of this vital resource into the future.” For more information regarding the business grants scheme please contact Brett Vurlow on 5672 0305 or 0437 252 899. To download an application visit au. Applications are under the ‘community’ page.

Driving force: surfer Glyndyn Ringrose talks about his passion for sport and Christianity at Leongatha Primary School.

Glyndyn Ringrose from Phillip Island visited the school for the Christian Religious Education break-up. He shared about his experiences being a former pro surfer, the countries he and his wife Kate travelled to for surfing competitions, and about his Christian upbringing and his faith. Mr Ringrose wowed Grades 4-6 students with his down to earth friendly attitude and surfing stories. He shared about growing up in Vanuatu, Fuji and the Solomon Islands with his parents while they were working as practical missionaries. A picture of a surfer riding a huge wave sparked his curiosity in trying the sport. When he moved to Australia he took surfing up and the rest is history. His achievements in winning Australian titles moved him through the ranks until he was surfing on the World Championship Tour. Mr Ringrose spoke about nearly drowning while competing in a competition in Teahupoo Tahiti, after a large wave dumped him and a series of waves relentlessly pummeled him. Tired and weak, he prayed to God to rescue him. He said immediately after praying, the ocean flattened out and he was pulled out to sea, away from where the waves were breaking. Using a part of his broken surfboard he was able to rest and return to shore. Another story he relayed was meeting Bethany Hamilton, another Christian surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack in 2003. Mr Ringrose spoke about working with Bethany on the Surfers Bible and her talent with wave knowledge, drive and passion that enables her to compete professionally on the surfing circuit.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - PAGE 29

A place for everyone

Feeling cramped? We’ve got space! I

F YOUR current dwelling is leaving you feeling a little cramped, then you’ll love tthe generous living area of this family home. From the master bedroom (and en suite), through tthe lounge, kitchen/family and rumpus rooms, along tthe north and east facing decks, and down to the w workshop below, everything about this house has that ‘‘larger than average’ feel. The four bedrooms all have built-in robes (master w with walk-in), and with a separate 6m x 5m rumpus

room, there’s a place for all the family to ‘do their thing’ without tripping over each other. With nearly 10 squares of deck deck, there’s also plenty of outdoor space to enjoy as well. Under the house, and with vehicle access down the side, there’s a brilliant workshop with concrete floor, power and its own toilet. There’s also a double garage at the front of the house. Located in ever popular Parr Street, this one is the complete package.


Location: 73 Parr Street Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Price: $499,000 Agent: Alex Scott & Staff Leongatha Contact: 5662 0922

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All you need is here W

ITH stunning rural views of undulating farmland, this 40 acre propfar erty offers a lifestyle dream or a potential income for the right venture. rig

Iconic Inverloch Beac ch Fro ont Property 61 The Esplanade, Inverloch Auction Saturday 12 Jan 2013 at 11am (Unless Sold Prior)

Town Centre

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

Leighton Page

Allan Mann

0422 275 760

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 • For video and more information see:

Raoul Holderhead

0413 860 304

Open for inspection every Saturday 2-3pm 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.

The land is meticulously set up with wit a huge amount of infrastructure, ture including; • four dams • 17 paddocks with hot-wired fencing. 1.8m central laneway • excellent cattle yards and crush • 12 shelter sheds placed individually throughout paddocks • 21 gravity fed stock troughs • two large machinery and storage sheds, ideal for horse floats, caravan or trailers. • 100’x 30’ and 40’ x 25’lock up sheds at the entrance of the property • old shearing shed

• chemical storage in workshop • outbuildings suitable for tack rooms • chook pens and orchard • approximately three acres of bush. The home is north facing, quality built and features open plan living, kitchen and dining area with delightful timber features. The views are superb from the large windows and verandahs and overlook a couple of acres of garden. There are two sizeable bedrooms plus a study or nursery with built-in robes, the master bedroom boasts a walk-in robe, en suite with spa, and sliding door onto the deck. Reverse cycle air conditioning and ducted gas heating service the home’s heating and cooling requirements. For those who have visitors or teenagers, a two bedroom cottage

contains a bathroom, kitchen and a reverse cycle air conditioner. This is a unique property situated at the end of a private driveway. With so much to offer, inspection is a must.


Location: 240 Egans Road Bedrooms: 2 (plus study) Bathrooms: 2 Car spaces: 2 Internet ID: 271650 Price: $735,000 Agent: Stockdale & Leggo Leongatha Contact: 5662 5800

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ERE is a gem thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfect for buyers seeking a project that presents an opportunity to do some cosmetic improvement, rather than any need to reconstruct.

Impeccably maintained and spotlessly clean, with much of its original circa 1950s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;fabricâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in place, the nostalgic three bedroom weatherboard home has a real â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;home sweet homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; feel. The high ceilings feature ornate roses and decorative cornices. The rooms are lovely and large and (so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re told) there are hardwood floors hiding under the carpets just waiting to be shown in all their glory. The front door opens into a spacious hallway and entrance with a huge main bedroom typically on the left, while opening to the right is the lounge with its mantelpiece and old fire place surround that now houses a gas heater. A huge farm-style kitchen and meals area has an abundance of cupboards and opens into the lounge through a set of French doors. There are two further bedrooms, both with a single robe each. The central bathroom is original with white pedestal basin and bath plus a separate shower recess. Step down from the kitchen to a fully enclosed porch area that leads off to a roomy laundry and second toilet. Outdoor living is what you might expect: pathways athways with mature shrubs such as camellias and lemon trees, a wonderful fenced-off vegetable garden for the serious gardener, two old-style separate garages and a water tank for drinking, all on a delightfully rambling garden block. Opposite the park and quaint old timber church, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found a real treasure in the sweet little town of Dumbalk. Inspect at advertised open times or by appointment.

DUMBALK Location: 13 Nerrena Road Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Car spaces: 2 Price: $165,000 - $180,000 Agent: First National Prom Country Contact: Kaz Hughes 0417 516 998





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0417 516 998

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Exquisite getaway. Period charm, modern comfort, tranquil 1 acre garden & close to shops. Opportunity to purchase on a WIWO basis all furniture and Business Registration. 12 Old Thorpdale Road $285,000

       1582sqm, side lane access, plans and permits          spaces, updated kitchen and bathroom. 4 Balook Street $280,000 - $310,000

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Mirboo Nth

lisa williams

0438 133 385

5668 1660

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Country residence at its best T

HIS light-filled country residence is set on 2.5 acres of manicured gardens; established native and exotic trees surround this beautiful three bedroom home. A master bedroom with walk-in robes, en suite and sliding doors opening out to the verandah overlook the scented rose garden. The kitchen living area with its bay window captures the spectacular views over pasture towards Berrys Creek and sliding doors open out onto a large undercover outside entertaining area. The formal lounge room features a gas fire place and

gives the home plenty of living space. With quality fittings, ducted vacuum system, reverse cycle air conditioning and direct access to the double garage, this is country living at its best. Complete with a 30 x 20 workshop, orchards, berries, birch grove and substantial chicken coop, this is a beautiful private and peaceful retreat. Located on a bitumen road it is 12km from Mirboo North or 22km from Leongatha.


Location: 2500 Grand Ridge Road Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Price: $420,000 Agent: SEJ Real Estate Contact: 5662 4033

Local people with national connections Real Estate

Available 7 Days

Barry, Glenys and Jenny wish all our valued clients a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2013

Family luxury in Parkside Close LEONGATHA

Classic Jeffrey Street LEONGATHA




2 storey executive home of 35sq on a 900m2 block ! Large open living, quality kitchen & alfresco dining area ! Formal lounge wired for home theatre


• 3 bedrooms plus study & Upstairs parent’s retreat • Delightful cottage gardens • Large 1121m2 level block

! ! !



Large window exposure with natural light Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning & Security System Separate amenities and storage area

Your new lifestyle awaits MIRBOO NORTH

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

Character Cottage on 80 acres LEONGATHA SOUTH

! 3 bdrm Unit ‘as new condition’

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

! ’Farmhouse style’ 3 spacious bdrms ! Homely kitchen northerly aspect ! Gentle undulating country divided


Upwards of $2,800,000

$670,000 Sole agent


2 Acre Retreat STONY CREEK

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‘Kanangra’ 181 Acres GLEN ALVIE

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Highly maintained 3 bdrm Brick residence Open plan living with separate living areas ! Large workshop, dam, close to Meeniyan Village

2 storey - 3 bdrm home with rural views Heavy duty stockyards with concrete floor, plenty of shedding ? Bitumen road frontage 12 kms from Wonthaggi & 1.5 hrs to Melbourne.

$369,000 Sole Agent


Barry Redmond 0418 515 666

Outstanding Grazing Block MIRBOO NORTH

! Quality pastures & water supply

from 2 creeks ! 15 main paddocks with 2 laneways to H/D stockyard ! As new fencing, undulating country

into 5 paddocks with dam

! Private & secluded.

Home is where the story begins MEENIYAN

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

areas ! Gorgeous gardens in a quiet &

private area of town

$6,350 Per Acre

South Gippsland Hwy LEONGATHA

5662 4033


Glenys Foster 0408 515 665 SEJ5260393

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - PAGE 33

Words won’t do, must view H

rooms, the main with walk-in robe and adjoining en suite making a total of three bathrooms. A big formal dining room awaits those who love to entertain, or you can choose to just relax in the spacious lounge which leads out onto a private undercover timber deck. Other features include single

ERE is a great opportunity to secure a well-loved property in a much sought after position. It is an easy stroll to the village of Koonwarra with its renowned cafes, organic fruit and vegetable store, monthly food markets, rail trail and much more. This well maintained weatherboard home sits on approximately one acre of beautiful landscaped gardens and large native trees. Once you enter this home you really appreciate what’s on offer here. The open plan kitchen has new timber bench tops and a large walkin pantry. There are four good sized bed-

carport, a concrete tank converted into a storage shed, double lockup garage/shed, solar gas hot water service, a variety of fruit trees, town water, large chook pen and a fenced off dam. Within a short drive to Leongatha, Meeniyan and the stunning beaches of Inverloch are not far away either.


Location: 10 Bacon Avenue Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Car spaces: 3 Internet ID: 271785 Price: $450,000 Agent: Stockdale & Leggo Leongatha Contact: 5662 5800

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

Mick, Jason and the team at Stockdale & Leggo wish all their many valued clients Season’s Greetings and a safe and prosperous 2013.


8 9/10 Bellingham Street Leongatha Prime location for prime of life

10 Warralong Court Leongatha For growing families

29 Bent Street, Leongatha Period charmer

3 Couper Street, Mirboo North Stunning Californian

Neat unit in one of best positions in Leongatha. The unit is only short flat walk to the shops. Open plan living , BIR's & a semi-ensuite. The spacious backyard & secure access from the single garage.

Spacious brick home with great views in quiet court position plus 2-3 bdrm self-contained bungalow downstairs. Open plan kitchen, meals & living area, some new floor coverings, R/C & SFH, double garage.

Classic WB home with pressed tin & dado features, two living areas, timber floor & OFP, R/C A/C, combined kitchen, dining & living area. Elevated deck with rural view, sizeable yard & lock up garage with mezzanine floor for storage.

Lovingly restored Californian bungalow. Open kitchen/ dining, dishwasher, BIR, master with ensuite, semi open plan lounge, spit system, ducted floor heating, rear entertaining deck, landscaped cottage gardens, dbl carport.


$360,000 Sole Agent

$340,000 Sole agent

$320,000 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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Neat as a pin I

F YOU’RE looking for a home to tick all the boxes then you can’t go past this beautifully presented property. Move in and just enjoy this immaculately kept property located within a handy stroll to the centre of town and local schools. The home consists of three generous bedrooms, all with built-in robes plus a study that could lend itself to a fourth bedroom. Modern bathroom complete with bath and extra long vanity, open plan

lounge/dining, new kitchen and meals area complete with ample storage, gas cook top, electric oven and ducted gas heating. Outside there is a double lock up garage with side street access, storage area underneath the house, beautifully manicured gardens and the back yard is fully fenced to keep the kids safe or the pets secure. This property is a great opportunity for anyone looking to start out, retire, invest or if you’re just looking for a home with absolutely nothing to do!


Location: 42 Grandridge West Bedrooms: 3 Bathroom: 1 Car spaces: 2 Price: $273,000 Agent: Stockdale & Leggo Mirboo North SOLE AGENT Contact: Natalie Couper on 5668 1300 or 0428 941 541

Blue chip opportunity W

HEN it comes to investment in real estate, the classic catch-cry of ‘Position, position’ is one that should not be ignored. Situated within Leongatha’s ‘Business 1’ zone, this classic 60s brick veneer has great position and offers versatility as well. Currently tenanted as a residence, this property would also ideally suit commercial rental, or owner occupied as either a business or residence, or a combination of both. As solid as the day it was built, the house offers four bedrooms, a large lounge and equally spacious kitchen/dining area. Located on Bruce Street, 150 metres from IGA, and backing on to the all day car park, the possibilities for this property are limited only by your imagination. With the same family ownership for generations, this is a rare opportunity to purchase a piece of Leongatha’s future.


Location: 13 Bruce St Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Price: $369,000 Agent: Alex Scott & Staff Leongatha Contact: 5662 0922

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - PAGE 35

Classic beach home with architectural flair R

ENOWNED for its beach ambience and delightful village atmosphere, this unique central location property offers great quality right down to the majestic garden studio/self contained unit with en suite in the private backyard. This home features four bedrooms including an upstairs with main bedroom retreat, large en suite and private deck. Three living zones, each with access to its own outdoor space

also give this distinctive holiday or permanent residence an edge for the larger family. A beautiful open plan kitchen and dining room upstairs soaked in light from all angles is the feature of this classic coastal property which also offers water views. Spread over three levels with a kitchenette downstairs for guests, for the kids and their friend or just for convenience. The land comprises of 625sq area and is located in the most sought after pocket on the doorstep of shops, cafes and restaurants, within a few minutes’ walk to the beach.



Location: 12 Scarborough Street Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Price: $699,000 Agent: Alex Scott & Staff Inverloch Contact: 5674 1111



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

3 KENNETH STREET, INVERLOCH • Solid 3 bdrm BV home • Huge shed, ideal for trade or caravan storage • Short walk to shops




Asking $425,000


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

71 A CRE


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

1298 MARDAN ROAD, MARDAN • Brand new home on 71 acres • 4bdrm,openplanliving,2xRC/AC • Stunning rural views. Ideal grazing hill country

10 LEICESTER SQUARE, INVERLOCH • Very well presented 3 bdrm BV home in quiet court • Gas ducted heating • Verandah on 3 sides, nothing to do




Asking $445,000


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


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

24 HORN STREET, LEONGATHA • Charming 3 br home with formal lounge • U/C outdoor entertaining, L/U garage, 2 carports • Low maintenance - easy living

$369,000 LI N ST EW IN G



— UNITS — 1.25

7 HONEYEATER COURT, INVERLOCH • 3 bdrm as new home • 2 living areas, fantastic buying • Double lockup garage



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

61 PEART STREET, LEONGATHA • Builders own - full renovations • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living areas • Great location - A must see!

22 HALFORD STREET, INVERLOCH • 4 bdrm BV home, ensuite • plus self contained dble storey unit • workshop /garage

PRICED FROM $299,000



Asking $550,000




99 BROWN STREET, LEONGATHA • 5 Units under construction • Offering quality, value and position • 5 Star energy rating, caesarstone benchtops

ILA AVA 3 & D, 2 SOL 1 T UNI




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

650 CANAVANS ROAD, LEONGATHA NORTH • Rural retreat on just under 2 acres • 4 bedroom home • Horse paddocks, shed & stables

UNIT 5, 10-12 BELLINGHAM ST, LEONGATHA • Neat 2 bedroom unit with semi-ensuite • Single car garage • Great location - walk to Safeway

$330,000 each.



1/7 A’Beckett Street 5674 1111

5662 0922 45 Bair Street Andrew Newton 0402 940 320

Alan Steenholdt 0409 423 822

Peter Dwyer 0428 855 244


Carly Roughead 0417 382 979

Dawn Hughes Dennis Ginn Marnie Lee Redmond Heather Atkins

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


12 MEIKLE STREET, MEENIYAN • 3 bdrm home in excellent condition • Renovated from front to back • Big block, large shed

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Star KIDS Happy Birthday Chelsea Funnell

Ruby Whelan

of Leongatha for December 18

of Leongatha for December 30

Jack Hasell

Heath Clifford

of Leongatha for December 19

of Leongatha for December 31

Billy Manicaro

STAR Kid’s Club

of Kardella South for December 23

Lucy Louise Phipps of Inverloch for December 24

Amaya Malcolm of Inverloch for December 26


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A friend may be over eager to help you solve a problem that only you can sort out. Romance appears on a steadier course, thanks to your partner’s willingness to share concerns. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

Praise for your work arrives from an influential party. Work tensions ease and you can get on with the job. Think about taking an extramural course. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

Mysteries appear in letters and emails. The solutions are more obvious than you realise. Creative pursuits are highlighted and may be more profitable than expected. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

Your relationships with some of your neighbours are improving, but don’t rush the process. Small surprises cheer you after the weekend. A workmate will respect your ideas. LEO - July 23 - August 22

Carefully weigh pros and cons to household or career matters. Diet and fitness programs should benefit from a more sensible approach. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

A younger relative helps you over a personal hurdle. Hunches are generally strong in your career, but leave nothing to chance. Financial reviews and planning are important. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

This week may find you travelling to interesting places. Detective work is accented as you solve a major mystery. Being observant may lead to financial gains. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

Mental contests particularly, are accented and you excel in all kinds of intellectual debates. A platonic friendship is highlighted now. Other relationships see you becoming more assertive. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

A domestic dilemma is solved, thanks to added ingenuity on your part. Information coming your way is less than one hundred per cent reliable. A loved one is more encouraging than you realise. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

Intuition is strong, especially in the field of human relations. Travel is favourable, even if your destination is close to home. You may be on the verge of advancement in the workplace. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

A new area of interest is even more appealing than you initially realise. Friendship ties strengthen. Judgement is sharp - you understand just where a key relationship is headed. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

Despite an apparently ordinary week, behind-the-scenes activities are leading to improved status. Writing skills and public speaking are highlighted. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

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Church Times ANGLICAN: Wednesday, December 19: 9.30am Woorayl Lodge HC; 10.15am Koorooman House HC; 11am St Peter’s MidWeek HC. Friday, December 21: 7.30pm St David’s, Meeniyan HC. Sunday, December 23: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Family Service; 10.30am Union Church, Tarwin Lower MP. Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve): 5.30pm St Peter’s Crib Service, 7pm St David’s, Meeniyan, Christmas Service; 11pm St Peter’s Midnight Service. Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day): 9am St Peter’s Christmas Service, 10.30am Union Church, Tarwin Lower Christmas Service. 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 23, 10am; Christmas Day 9am. 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.


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Kinder kids party LAST week’s Allora Kindergarten’s Christmas celebration had it all: Santa, party food, Christmas songs and enough goodwill to sink a ship. Little wonder the children and the parents couldn’t wipe the grins from their faces.

Santa loves me: Jemason and Hattie were ready to celebrate Christmas in the grandest style, with cordial, cakes and Here’s cheers: Jai raises his cup to wish everyone a merry Loving it: Bree had a great time singing along to the Christmas carols. Christmas and happy new year. frankfurters. Up high: the ecological burn as seen from the air.

Prom burn a success

RANGERS believe a planned burn at Wilsons Promontory National Park last week will help the environment. Burns controller Brett Mitchell said Parks Victoria crews were presented with favourable weather conditions, resulting in a successful burn. The 303ha ecological burn took place 12km south-west of Yanakie. The fire aimed to help control in-

vading Coast Tea Tree and improve conditions for the re-establishment of Coastal Grassy Woodland vegetation as part of the Yanakie Isthmus Restoration Project. The burn was carried out by Parks Victoria and the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) at Old Burn Track. For information about planned burning in Victoria visit www.dse. or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL)

on freecall 1800 240 667. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment you can contact VBIL through National Relay Service on 1800 555 677. If you have a smartphone you can download the free CFA FireReady application to see planned burns on a map. Information about fires is available at or by calling the bushfire information line.

Hard at work: firefighters were satisfied with the result of the burn.

Beach wedding A SECLUDED beach was the setting for the wedding of Jason Morter and Sharni Gould on November 17. The couple married at Bass Point Reserve at Shellharbour, New South Wales. The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Sebel Harbourside, Kiama. Jason is the youngest son of Philip and Leanne Morter of Leongatha, and formerly of Mardan. Sharni Gould, of Alice Springs, is the eldest daughter of David and Jan Gould. She wore a Luci Di Bella wedding dress of oyster colour pure silk which featured a small train and dark beading around the neckline.

The bride wore native flowers in her hair and carried a small bouquet of native flowers and gum nuts made by her sisterin-law Kaylene Morter. Sharni was attended by her sister Kiri Gould, who wore a navy strapless chiffon dress with beading across the front, and also carried a bouquet of native flowers and gum nuts. Her other two attendants were close friends Billy St John and Paul Matarazzo, who wore beige wool suits with white shirts, navy bow ties and white sandshoes. They wore buttonholes of native flowers and gum nuts. Other bridal attendants were the groom’s nieces, Samantha Morter and Rebecca Osborne, who wore oyster chiffon ruffled dresses featuring navy sashes and a dragon fly broach, and

carried rose petals and small bouquets of native flowers. Jason wore a beige suit, white shirt and sandshoes and a beige tie made by the bride. He was supported by his cousin Tim Hageman as best man and two friends Matt Howard and Aaron Winkler. They wore beige wool suits with white shirts, navy ties and white sandshoes. They all had buttonholes of native flowers and gumnuts. Eighty guests travelled to Shellharbour from Northern Territory and Victoria, with one of the bride’s attendants coming from as far away as Africa to attend. Returning home from their honeymoon in Hawaii, Jason and Sharniwill continue to live in Shellharbour.

Magical day: Jason Morter and Sharni Gould.

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Reason to celebrate

LAST week’s Mary MacKillop end of year Mass and awards ceremony was a special occasion – celebrating the grand contribution of teachers and students.

And there were more than a few who were honoured. Rightly so, too for it takes more than just a couple of dedicated people to make a school great. At Mary Mac the will to strive permeates through the whole school community. The will to do better – not just as a student or teacher, but as a person – is something that is celebrated by all. The award that embraces this ideal more fully than any other is the coveted Peter Noonan Award, named after the late and highly-regarded teacher. The award – this year won by the ever-smiling Sarah Lindsay – is given to a student in Year 10 who has achieved his/her best, in the academic and co-curricular life of the college; has displayed leadership qualities and been a positive role model to their peers; is proud of their college, and through their words and actions, shows respect to the entire Mary MacKillop College Community. Sarah, so everyone The Star spoke to said, was the worthiest of winners. Other high achievers included Kaila Bentvelzen, who excels in everything she does, whether sporting or academic; and champion debater and writer, David McAlpine.

The girls clubs: Kaila Bentvelzen, Elise Dowling, Bianca Hoober, Grace Davison, Sarah Castell, Hannah Carew, Julia Enter and Tania Dyke were all smiles after being honoured by the college.

Sister act: Sarah and Alice Lindsay are well-credentialed in all respects. And no, they are not twins. But they do have a Future leaders: David McAlpine and Kaila Bentvelzen are Bright sparks: Year 11 dux recipients Madeline McGarvey shared ambition to do brilliantly well. amongst the college’s leading lights. and Bridget Argento.

Beach wheelchairs for kids at Prom

PARKSVictoria has bought new beach access wheelchairs specifically designed for children, now available for use at the spectacular beaches of Wilsons Promontory National Park and Cape Conran Coastal Park.

The light-weight chairs are free of charge and easily dismantled for storage or transport in the car - just in time for some summer fun in Victoria’s parks. Adult beach-access wheelchairs are also available at Wilsons Promontory, Cape Conran and Point Nepean National Parks. All-terrain wheelchairs can be booked in a number of Victoria’s parks to help visitors with significant physical disabilities to explore the great outdoors. Businesses interested in donating a beach-access wheelchair or all-terrain wheelchair to their favourite park this holiday season are encouraged to contact Parks Victoria and the People and Parks Foundation on 13 1963. See the TrailRider all-terrain

wheelchairs in action in Wild Places: A Parks Victoria film with Dr David Stratton watch?v=EVyZ8FgjazY Accommodation Wilsons Promontory National Park and Cape Conran Coastal Park have specially modified cabins with entrance ramps, accessible bathrooms and parking close by to make it much easier for people with a disability, families and carers to enjoy their park stay. In addition to the accommodation, personal hoist and specialised bathroom equipment, such as a shower commode chair, are available to visitors free of charge. For further information about park accessibility visit the Parks Victoria website at Parks Victoria won the National Disability Award in 2011 under the Health and Wellbeing category and is implementing access strategies for people with disabilities across the state.

Outdoor fun: Nessa and her family enjoy the water at the Prom: Photo: Thomas Parkes.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - PAGE 39

Making poverty history THE final Pleasant Sunday Afternoon for the year at Scots Pioneer Church, Mardan South, usually anticipates Christmas with carols and Christmas stories.

This year, the Christmas flavour was delivered by Johanna Haasjes with her emphasis on “making poverty history.” The phrase, and title of her address, derives from an action group formed in 2007: the Leongatha make poverty history action group, though for Johanna the relief of poverty has been a life-long concern. Born Johanna Biersteker in the Netherlands, she came to Australia at age 11, where she completed her formal education, married Albert Haasjes, and spent many years farming, parenting and teaching. For 25 of those years, she was a teacher or interim principal of what is now called the South Coast Christian College in Leongatha. Retiring in 2003, she continued combating poverty where she found it, not only by raising funds and providing goods and services to the poor, but by helping to tackle some of the causes of poverty, such as the lack of education. In all her work Johanna said she was

guidedd by b two main considerations: to treat others as you would want to be treated yourself and to ask whether what you are doing is safe, fair and kind. Johanna’s talk was supported by two scripture readings delivered by Bronwyn Crawford, who did them both complete justice. Christine Hibma at the organ, gave quality support to the hymn singing as well as the musical interludes. The latter were performed by the South Coast Christian College musicians (including many Hibmas) in exemplary fashion. The foregoing, and others, were welcomed at the start by Wendy McIndoe, who after the introductions handed over to the Reverend Arthur Stamp. Arthur, as he has done so many times, presided over the rest of the proceedings, and at the end called people to assemble in the hall for a chat and refreshments. The Pleasant Sunday Afternoon services will resume next year on the last Sunday of April (28th ) with an address by Max Griffiths, who succeeded the Revs Flynn and Mackay as superintendent of the Australian (formerly the Presbyterian) Inland Mission. Make a note in your diary.

Making music: Esther Hibma, Christine Hibma, Len Clark, Johanna Haasjes, Bronwyn Crawford, and in front Natasha Hibma who between them, provided music, singing and the address.

From pages past

Historical snippets from The Star 30 years ago December 21, 1982 SANTA was leaving the Woorayl Golf Club on Thursday evening, when one youngster gave him a pinch on the rump. Maybe he just wanted to find out if Santa was human, or maybe it was a warning that if he didn’t bring the right toy, he would get a whack. ******* PRE-CHRISTMAS shoplifting is giving Leongatha business people a headache. Several shop proprietors told The Star that it is a problem all year, but is accentuated now because there are more people around. They say that young teenagers create the biggest worry.

10 yearss agoo December 24, 2002 VANDALS have run amok in Wonthaggi for the second consecutive week, in a rage that has dampened Christmas spirit around town. A car was stolen and set alight as Christmas lights were damaged and an inflatable Santa was slashed with a knife. “Not even Santa is safe,” commented Wonthaggi Police. ******* THE townships of Leongatha, Korumburra, Inverloch and Wonthaggi will all be in the new federal electorate of McMillan after a major change to electoral boundaries in Gippsland. The redistribution makes both the seats of Gippsland and McMillan into “marginal” electorates.

5 years ago December 18, 2007 THE inaugural Carols in the Drome saw around 1500 people enjoy a Christmas sing-a-long in Leongatha. Sunday night’s carols were hailed a great success, with hundreds of families warming themselves with Christmas spirit despite the chilly conditions. ******* A BUMPER season coupled with high milk prices is pouring millions of dollars into the South Gippsland economy. After years of drought, the farming stars have finally aligned, with furious grass growth, high milk prices, strong demand for cattle and recently announced drought assistance.

1 year ago December 20, 2011 THIS Christmas, Bass Coast residents will have twice as many opportunities to recycle, with weekly recycling collections from Boxing Day until January 27, instead of the usual fortnightly service. ******* CHILDREN at the Meeniyan Dumbalk Football Netball Club Christmas party got a special surprise last Saturday evening, when Santa Claus swapped his usual reindeer for some different four legged friends. While the man in red met with children and handed out lolly bags, guests enjoyed horse and cart rides around the oval

Mayor’s message

Inv Inverloch CWA C PRE PRESIDENT ESID Dorowelthy Riddiford R comed everyone to com the last meeting of the year. We then had the Australian Anthem followed by the Collect. Seeing that it was the last meeting we had our meeting in the morning. We have had our share of sickies this year. Mary Williams is doing well in the Traralgon hospital after her really bad fall.Thelma Dow is also going well after her fall and broke her hip. Marj White is back home after having a knee replacement. Hope you are all feeling a lot better and we hope to see you back at CWA next year. Blooms: first, Phyllis O’Dea; equal second Dorothy Riddiford and Pat Griggs. We all at CWAInverloch hope that everyone has a great Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

Cr Kieran Kennedy AS FAMILIES converge both here and afar to celebrate Christmas and unwind from a busy year, councillors and staff send you our best wishes for a happy holiday season. It’s a magic time of the year here, with sun, sand, surf, and great walking trails to be enjoyed, plus fascinating markets, galleries and cafes where you can while away the hours. I’m pleased to advise that 26 new recycling bins have been installed in the Venus Bay and Tarwin Lower area to encourage more recycling in public places. This trial is a three month initiative over the holiday period, generously supported by grant funding from Keep Australia Beautiful and the Coca Cola Foundation. As well, Venus Bay real estate agents will assist council to distribute a kit to holidaymakers to educate them about local waste services and facilities. Overflowing street bins have been an eyesore and health hazard in past years. They are not designed to take

excess household waste, so please use the transfer stations for this and use the street bins when you’re out and about. I would hope that locals too, do the right thing to keep their environment attractive and pristine. All our public pools are now open for the summer season, so don’t forget to include them in your leisure options. Thanks to our excellent pool committees, they are a great place to gather friends and families for a picnic or barbecue on long languid evenings, as well as having a dip to cool off. Coal Creek and the Visitor Information Services at Foster and Korumburra will be open every day except Christmas Day. Information on what events are on around the region can be viewed on www.visitvictoria. or you can phone 1800 630 704 between 9am-5pm every day. This year council will remain open on business days throughout the Christmas period so that we can respond appropriately to meet community needs and maintain

services. There are lots of items on the agenda for our last council meeting for the year this Wednesday. Council will be considering, among other things, the Leongatha land supply contributions, the Leongatha CBD Parking Strategy, Venus Bay and Walkerville optional kerbside services, and the Planning Panel Reports on four Planning Scheme Amendments. It’s indicative of the busy year we’ve had, with some major strategic work done in our planning department. A full agenda is available under our weekly Council Noticeboard ad in this issue, and you are welcome to attend the meeting. With thousands of visitors sharing our beautiful region over the next few weeks, let’s be patient and welcoming, and take care on the roads and in our coastal towns that wear the brunt of this summer boom. Merry Christmas and a safe and happy 2013. Cr Kieran Kennedy, mayor.

Meals roster (Leongatha) Rd 1: Reformed Church Ladies (all week); Rd 2: Mr & Mrs Hogan (Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri), Volunteer needed (Thur); Rd 3: St Peter’s Ladies Guild (all week) will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning December 24, 2012.



CHRISTMAS TURKEY WITH FRENCH FRUIT STUFFING 2 onions 1 peeled, coarsely chopped orange 3 apples, peeled and chopped 14 prunes, soaked, pitted and chopped 2 sprigs each of thyme and marjoram, fresh ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1 tablespoon brandy 2 tablespoons Madeira 1 cup breadcrumbs salt and pepper Remove the liver and giblets from the turkey along with the neck, place in a saucepan with some fresh thyme and marjoram, salt and peppercorns, cover with water and cook for about half an hour. Cool, then strain. This is your stock. Give the giblets etc. to the dog! In 3 tablespoons of butter, sauté the chopped onion with a good pinch of salt, lid on, over a low heat for 10 minutes, until golden and aromatic. Add the orange and simmer, covered, for 2 minutes. Add the apples, the prunes, thyme, marjoram, nutmeg, brandy, Madeira and breadcrumbs. Mix well. Place some fresh sage inside the cavity of the turkey then pack loosely with the stuffing (extra can be cooked in a little casserole and be served as a sidedish). Preheat the oven to 200, and roast the turkey for 20 minutes, then turn the heat down to 180. It is probably wise to baste the turkey at this point and to cover loosely with butter paper and foil. Cook for the recommended time, according to the size of the turkey, but it should be well cooked. Remove cover for last 15 minutes to crisp the skin. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then remove to serving platter. To the juices in the pan, add about a tablespoon of flour, mix well, then add the stock, mixing well. Place over a low heat and stir constantly until thickened to a thin gravy. Serve this with the turkey, at room temperature.


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Anthem in sign YEAR 4 students at Newhaven College were eager to showcase their new Auslan skills with a signing performance of the Australian National Anthem at junior school assembly. They learnt the skill from Paula Grimmer Grimmer, a qualified Auslan interpreter who started at the school as an aide for Year 4 student Brooke Pearce. Paula began teaching weekly Auslan sessions and the students quickly embraced learning to sign. She taught them the national anthem and they were invited to perform it for the junior school. The students can now use Auslan to include Brooke in their conversations and she, in turn, can sign the names of all her friends in class. Year 4 teacher Shona O’Dempsey has also been learning Auslan and uses signing to help Brooke follow daily classroom routines.

Fresh talent on stage By Tayla Kershaw THE final tavern night of the year was held at Meeniyan recently. This event has been a tradition in Meeniyan for 28 years. The night consisted of eight local acts from a variety of musical backgrounds. These talents ranged from a boys’ rock band known as Midnight’s Distance to the Meeniyan Ecumenical Choir. “The guys did really well, I was happy with the performance,” said Jake Kershaw, singer and guitarist from Midnight’s Distance. This was a new experience for Jake, who for the first time sang in front of a live audience. The event welcomed back familiar faces and introduced promising new musicians, giving them the opportunity to showcase their talent to a full audience. Making their debut in the Meeniyan Ecumenical Choir were two new youthful members. “It’s wonderful to see such amazing talents from all walks and ages of life,” said Meeniyan’s Tisheena Cartwright. “It went absolutely fantastic,” said Eric Mould of the Meeniyan Progress Association. As well as enjoying some excellent music, the audience contributed by participating in a raffle. The money raised goes towards the upkeep of the hall. Meeniyan generally conducts five tavern nights a year, starting in February. However, due to upcoming restorations to the hall, the first event in 2013 will hopefully occur in the first week of March.

Anthem: Newhaven College Year 4 students signing Australia. Back, from left: Paula Grimmer, Patrick Ryan, Sophia Hughes, Emily Goode, Oscar Van Der Zwet, Declan Kirkpatrick, Ebany McGuiness, Natalie Mehes. Middle: Angus Bradford, Darcy Keating, Xander Broadbear, Shem Glasscock, Flynn McMahon, Shae White, Emily Carlson, Hayley Robb. Front: Heidi Anagnostou, Kaelie Fox, Lucy Griffiths, Juliette Townsend, Ashley Steet, Brooke Pearce, Cameron Fieldew.

Mayor’s message Cr Clare Le Serve

CHRISTMAS is fast approaching and so is the end of a very interesting and busy year for Bass Coast and our community. As many people are winding down for the year, businesses are gearing up for what is set to be another busy summer season. As a council, we have been setting our new direction for the coming year and over our four year term. In early 2013 we will hold community forums to help us create our Council Plan. This plan is the guiding document that allocates resources (money, grant funding and staff time) over the next four years. It is vital we get community input into this plan to ensure we get this right. Details of the community forums including dates and locations will be available early in the New Year. As a group we also plan to visit communities within the shire to get a better understanding of the strengths and challenges of each community and each area. I am looking forward to this opportunity and the knowledge we will get from it. Christmas is now only one short week away and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all residents a happy and safe Christmas and New Year. It will no doubt be another busy summer and I urge everyone to take care and be patient on our roads. If we respect each other and our environment we’re all sure to have a fantastic summer. A few weeks ago, I encouraged community groups to check their community directory listing and contact customer service staff if any changes are necessary. I would like to again remind groups to do this. Renewal forms were sent out to community groups at the end of November, so please check your listings and make sure your information is right. To make changes contact our friendly customer service staff on 1300 BCOAST (226 278). On behalf of everyone here at Bass Coast Shire Council, stay safe; enjoy your holidays and best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Cr Clare Le Serve, mayor.

Be ready for storms SOUTH Gippslanders are urged to prepare for summer storms by ensuring trees and branches are cleared near homes and private electricity assets. With summer approaching, taking the necessary steps can significantly reduce property damage and the inconvenience of being without power. SP AusNet’s east regional manager, Jim Haylock, said the company has been working hard during the winter to minimise the impact of trees on the electricity network. “SP AusNet has comprehensive vegetation management program to ensure a safe and reliable supply of electricity to customers,” Mr Haylock said. “As such, this year SP AusNet is on track to prune or cut around 135,000 trees from powerlines throughout our network in northern and eastern Victoria. “With summer approaching, residents must act now to reduce the potential impact strong winds and heavy rain can have on trees near your home and private electricity assets. “Importantly, under no circumstances should you climb a power pole or prune branches near powerlines. Contact a registered electrician or a properly certified person in tree clearing to cut or clean vegetation away from power lines.” People should stay well clear

of any fallen power lines, trees or branches that have fallen across power lines and report the hazard immediately to SP AusNet’s 24 hour fault line on 13 17 99. To help you manage summer storms and possible power outages SP AusNet suggests you: • have emergency contact details easily available; • have a fully charged torch with fresh batteries and a battery-operated radio; • make sure your all mobile phones in the home are fully charged; • a hand pump is required as electricity powered water pumps will not work in a power outage; • consider turning your fridge and freezer to a cooler setting to maintain food freshness; • if flooding occurs unplug electrical appliances and move them to a higher location; • don’t use any water damaged appliances. Have them checked by your electrician; • if you have to leave your property due to potential flooding and have time, turn off all your utilities at the meter, as you leave your home; and • if you are deaf, or hard of hearing you can also contact SP AusNet on 1300 305 043. For all general enquiries, customers can contact SP AusNet’s customer service line on 1300 360 795 during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm) or visit the website for further information


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Off to see the wizard

LYRIC Theatre is looking for more interested adults to fill the lead roles in the

2013 production of The Wizard of Oz.

They held their first information session for the production in Novem-

ber and director of the show, Peter McAlpine was thrilled with the turn out. “We had around 100 people at our first informa-

CAIDEN Lawson was born at Leongatha Memorial Hospital on November 23. He is a son for Brian and Sarah of Mirboo North, and a sister to Jessica, 3.

Life together: Jamie and Lisa Jenkin of Korumburra after their wedding at Koonwarra.

Summer wedding THE shady trees, lawns and gardens of Koonwarra Cottages provided the ideal setting for a summer’s day wedding on Saturday, December 8 for Jamie Jenkin and Lisa Kelly, both of Korumburra.

Lisa, who is the youngest daughter of Jenny Kelly of Loch, chose a stylish gown by Leah S Exclusive Design of Hallam for her special day. Featuring a gathered bodice with jewelled detail, an exposed lace-up back and sweetheart neckline, the gown of soft, ivory chiffon flowed down into a full A-line skirt and train that was both elegant and ideal for the warm conditions. Lisa was attended by her sister Melissa Beveridge, the matron of honour, and bridesmaids Jenna Jenkin (sister of the groom), Michelle Peacock (sister of the bride) and Jen Daniells. They wore full-length gowns of ‘seamist’ coloured chiffon featuring lightly gathered bodices extending all the way round to the back and creating an empire form which flowed through to the floor in a soft inverted pleat.

The groom, Jamie Jenkin, son of Stuart Jenkin of Korumburra and Maria Arestia of Korumburra, was supported by best man Tim Beveridge and groomsmen Jordan Myors, Chris Amor and Dale Wyhoon, with Bailey Peacock and Cody Amor pageboys and Abbey Beveridge the flowergirl. After the wedding ceremony, performed by civil celebrant Barbara Houghton, which featured a memorial tribute to Lisa’s grandfather Les Wyhoon, the wedding party, their friends and family retired to the Italian Social Club in Korumburra which had been superbly decorated by family and friends for the occasion. Wedding photos were taken by Bree Fennell of Leongatha. After enjoying a three-course dinner, catered by Brett Sinclair, speeches and the cutting of a caramel and chocolate mud cake made by Jamie’s aunty, Helen Arestia, the couple and their guests danced the night away to music by Dave Manning and Mark Howard. The couple will holiday in Fiji before returning home to Korumburra to live.

Above, RHYS Christian Armstrong was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on October 7 to Bec and Phil Armstrong of Inverloch, and is a brother for Carys, 2. Left, TARA Louise Mitchell was born in Shanghai on November 13. She is the first child for proud parents, Kim Gilliland, formerly of Wonthaggi, and Bobby Mitchell, from New Zealand.

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tion session, of which about 50 were kids, so that was really pleasing,” he said. “There were also a lot of parents present, which we encouraged so they could learn what is expected of their kids in a Lyric production. “We were hoping for a few more adults though, as many of the lead roles except Dorothy, are for adults.” The show, which will open on July 5, 2013, has a large number of lead roles for children and adults, a range of cameo roles and a large children’s and adult chorus. Following the information session, there was a trio of workshops held for aspiring young actors, singers and dancers. “We also held a mock audition, to show the kids and their parents what will be expected of them when auditions are held early next year. “We had our example child sing part of a song, read a monologue and complete a small dance routine as stepped out by the choreographer. “The production team was giving feedback on how to improve the audition throughout the process to both the actor and the audience, so they got a good idea of what we will be looking for come audition time. “It was a really beneficial afternoon. The kids and their parents really came away learning a lot from the workshops.” The show will have a big cast of more than 50 players, but Mr McAlpine said it is not specifically a children’s show. “There are a lot of adult roles, dancing/movement roles, cameos and an adult’s chorus. There will be a lot of roles for children too, but we want to encourage more adults to the auditions,” he said. “Auditions will be held in early February, once school has started and we may also have another information session/workshop between now and then.” Mr McAlpine is directing the show, Tanya Chalmers is choreographer, Cheryl Connor is musical director and Glenda Smith is assistant musical director. Any enquiries regarding the production can be directed to Mr McAlpine on 0407 538 245.

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Dancing with donations: members of the Gatha Rock rock’n’roll group commemorated the end of the year by donating to community groups last Thursday night. Dancers raised funds for the Salvation Army, Woorayl Lodge and Leongatha Country Fire Authority, and representatives from those organisations gathered to receive cheques. Keeping safe: James Dell from Gardner Electronics has a wide range of security systems on offer to suit any home or business.

Health and wellbeing Safe and secure in Bass Coast DO you care about your health? Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking community input into the next Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan. This plan will guide strategic activities over the next four years as we strive to enhance the health and wellbeing of our community. Council’s community and economic development director, Steve Piasente, said it was important to get a broad range of views. “Already we’ve heard that some people want more

opportunities to be active and to connect with others,” he said. “Some are telling us that better access to public transport and support for people living with disability is most important to them, others are concerned about the impact of climate change on health and wellbeing. “All these points of view are valid and will help create a plan for the whole of Bass Coast.” Go online to complete the Health and Wellbeing Survey at, the link is available from the homepage. For a hardcopy of the survey, call customer service on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).

Saving lives for 50 years WARATAH Beach Surf Life Saving Club is celebrating 50 years of surf patrol this year, but its influence spans a lot further than its sandy shoreline. Brayden Ryan, 17, was walking down his street after a severe storm when he saw an elderly lady lying in her driveway. “I asked if she was all right, and she couldn’t move” he said. “I called triple zero, went into her house and got something I could use as a bandage to stop her arm bleeding and I kept her comfortable for 45 minutes while we waited for further help to arrive.” This is not the only time Brayden has helped people in emergencies. Two years later his family came across a car that had rolled on a highway with a family inside and last year he was first on the scene when a car hit a telephone pole in his neighbourhood. In each situation, Brayden kept his calm and applied first aid just like he’d been taught at the Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club development camp. “The training that we did with the club was spot on. They ran us through scenarios with mock-up car crashes that were very realistic. Without a doubt, they gave me the skills I needed to help the people out in these situations,” he said. Brayden is one of over 1200 people who have completed their bronze surf lifesaving medallions at Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club since it was founded 50 years ago. Over the years, club members have helped SES, fire brigades and police in numerous search and rescue operations. Max Collins has been a member of the club since 1968 and has been involved in many rescues. “In the 1970s, there was one case when four people disappeared out at sea. Unfortunately they were

never found, but it was our club who discovered their tinny,” he said. “As well as emergency situations, the club forms a really important social role in the Sandy Point community and is the reason that people come here.” Tony Thorburn was a founding member of the club and a lifeguard for 10 years before going on to become the State Life Saving president and national treasurer with Surf Life Saving Australia. “There were five of us lads around the age of 20 or 21 who were going to do our Bronze Medallion in 1963, but you needed six to form a life saving team. We were able to get one of our dads, aged 45 to do it with us and that’s how it all started,” Tony said. “Surf lifesaving is an organisation where people dedicate their own time on a voluntary basis to help other people. “Unfortunately young kids these days are often portrayed as being selfish or unmotivated, but we see the opposite, with countless young people training and volunteering their time to give something back to their community. “The surf lifesaving community knows no boundaries of class or creed and it binds people together. When we’re out on the beach it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you do. It’s a community enterprise that absolutely anyone can join.” The Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is seeking all past and present members to get involved over the Australia Day long weekend, January 25-27, 2013 at Sandy Point. This is an opportunity to celebrate the many achievements and long-lasting friendships that have formed at the club. For more information visit www.

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of your contents, including things like clothing, jewellery, tools and garden equipment, new for old?” If your home burns down and you are not adequately insured, “you could potentially be left with nothing.” Mr McAlpine said it is important to regularly review your insurance to ensure changes in your home and contents are reflected in your policy. “Go from room to room and check, list down everything and

research a replacement price including carpet, curtains, wardrobes, furniture and clothing, ” he said. “Contents also include your CD collection, DVDs, computer and items on your computer, such as your iTunes library.” Even though insurance is only money, it gives the policy holder peace of mind that they will be able to replace their most valuable assets. “Home insurance policies usu-

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• Korumburra Hospital Community Garden launch. • South Gippsland Music Program music camp. • Wonthaggi Plaza opening.

Play it loud: Harley Rotez lets Luke May hear his skills on the trumpet at the South Gippsland Schools Music Program music camp.

Great garden: Thellie Goss and Chris Farming enjoyed a morning tea in the Korumburra Hospital Community Garden on Thursday.

Happy with that: Barbara Young and Debbie Wilson were impressed with the Korumburra Hospital Community Garden on Thursday.

Wonthaggi Plaza opening: Jaxon and Archer Welcoming shoppers: Kim Cardilini and Crystal Wood from Wonthaggi had fun with their balloon Tomasic were busy handing out balloons and lollies at the new Reject Shop at the Wonthaggi Plaza. creations at the plaza with mum Julie.

Family shopping: Craig and Angela Thomas from Wonthaggi, with their children Oliver, Jackson and Amelia, enjoyed the festivities at the plaza opening.

Music makers: Mungo Trumble and Jess Paulson chat at the music camp.

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Well regarded: Koonwarra artist Bob Hickman and his work Peacock Bling, sold on opening day.

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The winery is hosting the exhibition Sculptures in the Vineyard, with 37 works displayed around the winery. The exhibition features works by Gippsland sculptors Helen Collins, l Bristol, i l Lisa i Burrell, ll Laurie i C lli Lawrie i Havrillay, Bob Hickman, Barry and Tric Hill, Andrew Kasper and Marlene Abela, Leslie Monahan, Meg Viney, and David Wakefield. The exhibition opened recently and will feature works in steel, concrete, glass, timbers, horse shoes, natural materials of twigs and string. All the works are new, and have been created especially for this exhibition. Inside the winery shed, Kerry Spokes is showing etchings, linocuts, drawings, paintings and iphoneography. The sculpture exhibition will be open for visitors every day 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, and relax and enjoy the sculptures, the gardens, and the delightful wines from the estate. For details, phone Robyn on 5664 3204.

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Store sale sparks interest Thursday, December 13

Looking around: from left, Mark and Tim Stoney from Bass and Robert Findlay from Leongatha check out some of the cattle at the store sale in Koonwarra last Thursday.

Total yarding: 1215. Steers: P. Ringer, Bass, 2 x $1010; Rocklands Pastoral, Kilmore, 8 x $935; R. & L. Sutton, Traralgon, 7 x $935; H. Staben, Poowong East, 1 x $910; L.N. & A.M. Watt, Won Wron, 1 x $910; J.W. Moore & K.L.N. McRae, Leongatha, 10 x $835. Heifers: R.L. & L.K. Laurie-Rhodes, Alberton, 14 x $565; I. & V. Hodges, Lang Lang East, 11 x $560; I. & J. Blake, Yinnar, 3 x $550; N.B., A. & L.J. Smith, Pound Creek, 18 x $550; F. & H. Colaciello, Tyers, 2 x $500; C. Lukins, Foster, 1 x $500. Cows and calves: M.W. & M.M. Hobain, Gelliondale, 1 x $1010; R. & M. Ellis, Leongatha, 2 x $825; L. Spriggs, Traralgon, 1 x $380.

Sale: Owen Kindellan from Foster and LKD Livestock and Danni Klinkhamer from Korumburra were checking out some pens before the cattle sale started at Koonwarra last week.

Cattle buying: Tony Briffa (left) from Yinnar has a chat about some cattle with Kev Clark from Landmark in Leongatha at the VLE store sale last Thursday.

Look twice: Owen Hutchinson, with daughters Anna and Georgia, inspected cattle at the store sale in Koonwarra last week.


Interstate buyers improve returns THERE were approximately 220 trade and 1400 grown cattle penned.

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BULLS 1 L.C. & G.L. Anthony, Meeniyan 1 J.M. & B.N. Cox, East Yarram 1 P. Hicken, Mirboo North 1 A. & P. Maple, Tarraville 1 J.T. Sibly Pastoral, Archies Creek 1 P. Nimmitybel Co, Jeetho

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135.0 132.6 127.6 126.6 126.2 125.6

$1566 $1332 $816 $1019 $1034 $1036

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Tactics for success PAUL Hannigan and partner Kylie Irvin seem to live by the mantra, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

The Fish Creek farmers are the South Gippsland focus of the Tactics for Tight Times project, which is aimed at spreading information on how to cope with low milk prices and high grain costs. A series of long term investments in recent times has helped reduce running costs of the farm and helped them cope with the reduced income caused by factors out of their control. Among the proactive decisions have been installing a feed mill to crush their own grain, a fertiliser bunker to reduce cartage costs and leasing neighbouring land to protect pasture over winter. A silage pit has also

saved up to $20,000 a year compared to baling. While many farmers would be tempted to keep their herd current numbers or even reduce stocking rates, Paul said he was planning to lift his herd size from 270, to 400 next year and more than 500 in 2014. “A lot of the higher stocked farms, particularly the wet ones who have struggled through the spring because of damage they did during winter, have cut back on numbers because they can’t grow the grass and can’t afford the feed,” Paul said. With plenty of planning and a little luck with lower rainfall than many in the district, Paul and Kylie were able to protect their pastures and make the most of good spring growing conditions. They are confident they can use this season

as a launching pad for further expansion. Tactics for Tight Times facilitator, Matt Harms, believes Paul’s ability to understand his farm business is the key factor in dealing successfully with a tough season. “He is a strategic thinker who understands the drivers of profit and he has a good handle on those drivers,” Matt said. “He understands where his money is going to come from.” Matt used the example of well timed cropping as one of the many decisions that has helped Paul and Kylie deal successfully with a tough 2012. “What that has allowed him to do is put it in the pit or graze it, which gives him flexibility,” he said. “He was right in thinking that money spent to cropping would save even more money that would

have been spent on hay.” Tactics For Tight times was developed by Dairy Australia to help dairy farmers across Australia who are facing major challenges in the 2012/13 season, as lower milk prices and higher input costs and climatic challenges affect cash flow and on-going farm profitability. GippsDairy will help co-ordinate the regional project, with information sent to farmers and field days organised at project farms. GippsDairy executive officer Dr Danielle Auldist said Tactics for Tight Times was developed by Dairy Australia after farmers made it clear they could do with a helping hand during difficult seasons. “This is a great example of levy funds being used in ways that directly help dairy farmers to re-

main productive and profitable in tough years like 2012,” she said.

The next Tactics for Tight Times field day at Fish Creek will be held

on January 24, 2013 from 11am to 2pm. A barbecue lunch will be provided.

Think quad bike safety WITH Christmas and overturned bike. These devices, insummer holidays apcluding the Quadbar - a proaching, Monash padded, hairpin shaped University researchers are calling for people in regional and rural areas to think carefully about the potential dangers of quad bikes.

Thinking ahead: Kylie Irvin, Emma, Paul Hannigan, Kelly and Luke (front) are coping well with tight times on their Fish Creek farm.

Safety first: crush protection devices can reduce the incidence of quad bike injuries, a Monash University study has found.

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A literature review conducted in 2012 found the fitting of crush protection devices to quad bikes had some potential to reduce injuries and fatalities. The review was conducted for the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) by Dr Scott Wordley and Dr Bruce Field from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash University. The findings of the initial literature review were reaffirmed in a study completed last month by Dr Wordley. ISCRR chief research officer Dr Alex Collie said since 2011 quad bikes had become the leading cause of deaths on Australian farms. “Quad bikes accounted for around one-third of fatalities, with children under 14 years and adults over 45 years the most common victims,” Dr Collie said. “Around half of all Australian quad bike fatalities occurred due to roll-over of the bike, which can result in severe chest, head and spinal injuries. The vast majority of these roll-over deaths were also found to occur on farms.” The review looked at the effectiveness of crush protection devices designed to provide increased protection from quad bike crush injuries and to reduce the likelihood of riders being pinned beneath an

metal hoop which is mounted behind the rider - can be retro-fitted to most bikes.

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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.

TOTAL VALUE OF ITEMS PER ADVERT MUST NOT EXCEED $50 WASHING MACHINE. Fisher & Paykel. Top load. $50. Ph. 5664 2219. BABY BUMBO SEAT. Green, with feeding tray. $50. Ph. 0427 641 294. BABY SWING. Bright Starts, portable. Six speeds and music. $50. Ph. 0427 641 294. CHILD’S SEESAW, Indoor, VGC. $10. Ph. 0400 640 019. CHILD’S BIKE. 12”, VGC. $10. Ph. 0400 640 019. EVAPORATIVE COOLER. As new. $50. Ph. 5664 0244. BUNK BED. Grey metal. can separate into 2 single beds. Good cond. $40. Ph. 5664 4457. BEDSIDE CABINET, 4-drawer. and timber wine rack holds approx 70 bottles. $35 the lot. Ph. 5658 1443. GOLF CLUBS. Ladies’ left handed. Six clubs. $50. Ph. 5663 2350. 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. 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. 0433 733 937. SIDE TABLES. Two black wrought iron tables with glass tops. Exc. cond. $35 the pair. Ph. 0433 733 937. 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.

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Proposed Upgrade Wonthaggi Wastewater Treatment Plant South Gippsland Water is currently applying for approval to upgrade the Wonthaggi Wastewater Treatment Plant. The proposed upgrade includes construction of a sludge drying pan to enable improved treatment efficiency of the facultative lagoon.

PUBLIC NOTICE Gippsland Ports wishes to advise its customers and the public of the following office and depot closures over the Christmas - New Year period. Head Office Bairnsdale Closes noon Fri 21 December 2012: Reopens Wed 2 January 2013 Paynesville Boatyard Closes noon Fri 21 December 2012: Re-opens Mon 7 January 2013 Bullock Island Boatyard Closes noon Fri 21 December 2012: Re-opens Mon 7 January 2013 Lakes Entrance Depot Closes noon Thurs 20 December 2012: Re-opens Mon 7 January 2013 Port Welshpool Depot Closes noon Fri 21 December 2012: Re-opens Mon 7 January 2013 Please note that there will be NO ACCESS to these sites during the closure. Contacts in the event of emergency: Marine Pollution: 0400 605 645 Marine Incidents: 0427 610 025 Navigation Aids: 0427 610 025 Damage to Property/Infrastructure: 0418 104 474

South Gippsland Water is currently conducting community consultation regarding the project and welcomes discussion with the community via phone or in person. For more information, or to arrange an in person discussion please call: Rick Szydzik Project Services Manager (03) 5682 0416

Mardan Family Dance NEW YEAR’S EVE

Gippsland Ports wishes all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a safe and HAPPY NEW YEAR

Commencing 8pm Music Rhonda Richards A plate of supper please

Nick Murray Chief Executive Officer

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


Community Announcement

Garry Harrison

SP AusNet Electricity Network Reliability Targets for 2013

19 Moonah Street Cape Paterson

SP AusNet is the largest diversified energy infrastructure business in Victoria. The company is committed to the safe and reliable supply of electricity within your network and aims to outperform the reliability targets below. To do so, SP AusNet has been working hard to complete asset renewal works to prevent failures, a mitigation program to reduce the number of supply interruptions caused by animals and trees and the implementation of new technologies, such as automated and controlled equipment across the network, to also minimise interruptions.

In accordance with the requirements of the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and as part of our commitment to customer service, we’re aiming for the following targets in 2013:

Measure for 2013 On average, the number of minutes a customer will experience loss of supply due to unplanned interruptions per year (eg. lightning, storm, fauna) (USAIDI)

Supplied by Urban Feeder

Supplied by Short Rural Feeder

Supplied by Long Rural Feeder

102 minutes

209 minutes

257 minutes




70 minutes

79 minutes

77 minutes




Note: The AER has not set a performance benchmark for planned interruptions On average, the number of unplanned interruptions a customer will experience per year (longer than one minute) (USAIFI) On average, the duration of an unplanned customer interruption (UCAIDI) On average, the number of momentary interruptions (less than one minute) (MAIFI)

In the event that we do not meet reliability thresholds established by the AER, some customers (approximately 50,000) may be entitled to Guaranteed Service Level payments under clause 6.3 of the Electricity Distribution Code. If you would like to know more please visit or contact our customer service centre on 1300 360 795. Follow us on twitter @sp_ausnet


Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday By appointment Ph: 5674 8290

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

RELIEF MILKER wanted 3 to 4 milkings a week, to start ASAP. Ph: 0419692317.

FARM HAND wanted Self motivated. Duties include looking after cows, weed spraying, and fence repair. Able to work alone. Call Tom 0408 515 243

SENIOR SALES ASSISTANT Required at Mirboo North Pharmacy Retail experience is essential. FULL OR PART-TIME depending on the applicant. Apply by interview only. Phone Sarah 0409 235 733

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DENTAL CLINIC FOSTER A growing dental practice in Foster is currently seeking candidates for the following full time positions:

Primary Educators ❖ Are you a passionate Primary teacher? ❖ 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 a VIT registered teacher to work in the Primary section of the College. 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 21/12/2012 Australian residents only need apply

An opportunity exists for a

FULL TIME POSITION IN SALES at our Gift and Homewares Store in McCartin Street. To be a successful applicant you must be able to work weekends. Experience in retail would be an advantage, but not essential. Applications and resumés can be forwarded to: The Manager, 15 McCartin Street, Leongatha 3953 or emailed to Applications close 4th January 2013


SUPPORT LEADER “TRAINEESHIP” 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

• Qualified Dental Assistant (Experience essential) • Trainee Dental Assistant (No experience necessary) All applicants must have the ability to work in a team and unsupervised environments, excellent communication skills and be highly motivated. Applications close: Tuesday January 8th 2013 Please forward in writing, resumés with a cover letter to: Sheree Livingstone, 14 Main Street Foster 3960 – 5682 2696

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INSURANCE SALES SUPPORT OFFICER Leongatha We currently have an opportunity available for an experienced Sales Support Officer. Responsible for processing insurance quotes and renewals, you will display strong administrative skills and deliver exceptional customer service. For more information, visit: or email your application to David Mathieson at Elders Insurance: Applications close: 25th January 2013

SWIM TEACHER Our growing business requires an enthusiastic motivated Certified AUSTSWIM TEACHER TO START TERM 1 2013 Infants, Toddlers and primary aged children are our main clientele. You will be teaching 2 children max per class. Email your resumé and cover letter to For more info re our program CONTACT LINDA on 0400 375 201 Or visit our website

Sales Support Officer/ Property Manager, Leongatha 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


FIRST CHOICE RESUMES 24-48 hour turnaround. All areas. From $40. 7 day service. au Ph: 0412-252895.

ADVANCED TREE SALE 347 McKenzie Road, Bass Cnr McGrath Rd - off the Bass Hwy


TRADE PRICE: First Quality Grade general lines MANY TREES 1.5 – 2.5M from $55 + GST Exotics and Natives 1.5, 26, 50 and 100 lt ARP pots, 50 lt 2 – 3m 100 lt 3 – 4m 200 lt 5 – 6m Maples, Birch, Golden, Claret & Pennsylvanian Ash Gleditsia Lime Gold, Robinia, Native Frangipani, Eucs, Cercis, Crepe Myrtles, Liquidamber, Crab Apples, Poplar, Wattle, Ornamental Pears, Chinese Elms etc


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Take the next step and assist with the growth of business in your community

FOR LEASE 2 x 3BR, 1 x 2BR WONTHAGGI UNITS New 7 star energy rated luxury at no extra cost. Northern sunlit and very easy walking distance to town, these homes are feature-filled way above the average build quality. Available Jan 2, 2013 Ken - 0428 288 310

STONY CREEK 3 BR house long term, $205 pw. Available late January, school bus route, strictly non smokers, no animals and references essential. Mobile: 0407-647314.

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

wanted to rent

OLDER couple seeking farmhouse for rental. Open to area, excellent references. Mob. 0432278188 or 5655-2445.

work wanted

SHEARER Shearer available, top quality. Phone Peter 0418831750.

wanted STANDING wanted, for 961377.

GRASS hay. 0438-

wanted to buy

ANY OLD FARM four wheelers, ag bikes, machinery, to do up. Call and let me know what you have. Will pay cash. Phone Matt 0401-194601.

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Business Banking Officer Enjoy delivering tailored financial solutions? Located in Leongatha, VIC - 8 Month Fixed Term Contract


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

Bendigo Bank’s success has been built on partnering with customers to understand their needs and deliver tailored financial solutions. As a Business Banking Officer you will play a front line role in servicing a portfolio of business customers in an accurate and timely manner. You will support and be mentored by a Business Banking Manager, to take the next step with your credit and lending skills, to service the needs of Small to Medium Enterprises. You’ll also have the chance to further develop your relationship building, communication and time management skills in servicing the needs of the local business community. In return you’ll become a key part of a diverse team in a rewarding work environment to continue with the development of your career. So if you think you’ve got what it takes to be part of the Bendigo team, we want to hear from you. Visit to find out more or to submit your application, quoting reference number VIC856309. Or write to Mark Hoffman, Retail Operations Officer, PO Box 698, Warragul VIC 3820. Applications close on Friday, 4 January 2013.

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

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited, ABN 11 068 049 178. AFSL 237879. (174267_v4) (12/12/2012)

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CHOOKS Silver laced Wyandotte X and Andalusian pullets, blue with lacing, $25 each. 0407-855708. ISA BROWN chickens, point of lay. 0433-776369. BrownWigg is excited to announce that we are opening the Bendigo Bank Agency in Meeniyan. This is an exciting move for the Meeniyan township and surrounding areas. As such we are looking for a motivated, self-starter to manage the branch and be a part of this exciting opportunity. You will be responsible for all day-to-day operations and as well as actively promoting the Bank’s benefits to existing and potential customers you will need to demonstrate a very high degree of confidentiality. Most of all you will enjoy working with the local community. The Agency will open 5 days a week from 10 am to 3pm and at times you will be required to work in BrownWigg’s rural store. So if you think you’ve got what it takes and are looking forward to a rewarding challenge we want to hear from you. Please send your resumés to attention Luke Johnston PO Box 9292 Sale Vic 3850. Interviewing is commencing immediately.

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167 Graham Street Wonthaggi

5672 3127


From $149


We stock the largest range of new and used mowers in South Gippsland, including Honda, Victa, Rover, Masport, Flymo, Supa Swift, Viking, Greenfield, Murray, Deutscher, Husqvarna

Professional repair & service to all makes of mowers. We also have a large range of secondhand mowers available


Cnr Allison and South Gippsland Hwy, LEONGATHA

Phone 5662 2028

L.M.C.T. 2714

RASPBERRIES Pick your own. Open 8am to 6pm daily. 250 Fishers Road, Boolarra. PH: 5169-6622. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175.

FRIESIAN STEERS 17 months old. Very, very friendly grass eaters. Ph: 5664-4344.

HAY 5’ x 4’ net hay rolls, good local pasture hay, $52 each plus GST. Delivery can be arranged. Phone Steve 0428 649 212.

NISSAN X-TRAIL 2010, $19,500. 6-speed manual petrol, 108,000km. Rego XWN620. Good condition. Nudge and towbar, cargo barrier, bluetooth etc. Contact Kim 0433-333805.

PARKWOOD (pellet fire). Purchased 18 months ago $4,500, will sell for $1,500 ONO. * High heat output. * Push button start. * Programmable timer. * Uses carbon neutral fuel. * Environmentally sustainable. * Quiet operation. Installation can be arranged if required. Enquiries 5674-2246 or 0418-314794. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662. SUZUKI JR80, excellent condition $1,400 ONO. Suzuki Quad Runner 185, in good condition $800 ONO. 0427-512875. TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 56812261.

PIGS - large white, weaners and porkers, from $80. Ph: 0409-741477.

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Garage Sale Saturday 22nd December 8am - 4pm 52 Ripple Drive INVERLOCH Girl’s bike (near new), black & white photo enlarging equipment, quality children’s games/toys/ dolls, doll’s house, children’s clothes, lots of books, XC snow skis & poles, outdoor table & chairs, crockery, cameras - slide & digital, TV, ipods, chairs, children’s play kitchen, family/child DVD/videos, garage hand tools.

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Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

used vehicles

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191



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


All machinery Bins provided

Bass Coast Metal Recyclers 5672 2946 0417 556 593 COMMODORE 1997, 4 months rego (OGN178), dual fuel. $1,700 ONO. 5662-2066 or 0400830417. FORD TRANSIT 2007, rego UMN842, 122,000km, 4 cyl diesel 6-speed manual. Full service history, single owner. New brakes 5,000km ago. Never been in an accident, country kms. $18,990 ONO. Phone Renee on 0427-807118. JEEP CHEROKEE Sport 1997, fair condition, 4WD, bullbar, roof racks and tow pack. $1,000 ONO. Ph: 0487-813534

5662 2553 0438 097 181

McLAREN - HANNIVER Craig and Pam of Leongatha together with John and Michaela of Altona are thrilled to announce the engagement of Kris and Brooke on December 16, 2012. Our love to you both.

message of hope DO not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today, in the town of David, a Saviour has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord! Luke 2:10-11.

in memoriam SHEEN - Martin Warren (Warren). 4.3.1940 - 25.12.2011 A year ago, I lost my best mate, my idol, my hero. . Not a day goes by when I don’t think about you. I miss your smile, I miss your laugh, but it’s comforting to know, you’re watching over me. I miss you so much, Dad. Love Amy.

BRIGHT - Roy Graham. Passed away peacefully at Koorooman House, Leongatha on December 11, 2012 aged 79 years. Late of Dumbalk. Dearly loved husband of Noelle for 57 years. Much loved father of Neil, Janette and Kerryn, loved fatherin-law of Anne, Alan and Todd. Pop of Justin and Kylie, Andrew, Rebecca, Troy, Raice, Madeline, Matthew, Tane and Joel. Great grandpop of Georgie and Zac. Resting peacefully now. Forever in our hearts. BRIGHT - Roy. 11.12.2012 Dear Roy, The battle is over, rest peacefully now. Brother, brother-in-law and uncle. With our love, Mervin, Merilyn and family.

BRIGHT - Roy. The President, members and supporters of the Meeniyan Dumbalk United Football Netball Club are deeply saddened by the passing of our No. 1 ticket holder. Roy was a past president, life member, sponsor and staunch supporter of our club, highly respected by all members of the football community, who will be sadly missed. Our sincere condolences to Noelle, Neil, Janette, Kerryn and families.

BRIGHT - Roy. Members of the Alberton Football Netball League wish to express their sympathy on the passing of Roy, life member of the league since 1990. Our sincere condolences to the family. MARSHMAN (nee Vanstone) - Daphne Jean (Jean). 17.07.1912 - 14.12.2012 Passed away peacefully at Koorooman House, Leongatha. Loved wife of Allin (dec). Loved mother of Keith and Elaine, Dorothy and Graeme Hastings. Grandma and Cargie of Ian and Jacqui, Greg and Annette; Julie and Kevin, Susan, Kathryn and Anthony, and Nathan. Great grandma and Cargie of Kate, Ryan, Casey and Matt, Alicia, and Luke; Zoe, Abbey, Caitlin, and James. “The End of an Era” RYAN (nee Kennedy) Joan. 8.4.22 - 13.12.12 From Inverloch, formerly of Tantaraboo, via Kilmore and Leongatha. Loving wife of Vin (dec) and loved mother of Maria, Peter and Virginia. Loved grandmother of Sarah and Ben, Xavier, Alex, Brendan, William and Elizabeth. Loved great grandmother of Danica. RIP. Mum didn’t die, she just shot through.

deaths RYAN - Joan. December 13, 2012 at Seahaven, Inverloch. A great lady has gone ferreting or fishing, she loved both. Thank you for your years of friendship. Always remembered, Marg and Ted Leamon, Jill, Rob and family. SMITH (nee Dunlop) Heather Delma. Loved wife of Alf Smith (dec). Loving daughter of Viola and Joseph Dunlop (both dec.). Loved sister of Vaun (dec.), Muriel (dec.), Glenda (dec.) and Keith. Loved and missed by all her family. WHELAN Gordon Thomas (Bill). Passed away peacefully at Korumburra Hospital on December 15, 2012 aged 89 years. Dearly loved husband of Maisie for 65 wonderful years. Devoted father of Daryll and Pam, Janette and Ian (Doc), Brenda, Leesa and Brendan. Loving Pa of David and Bec, Vikki and Chris, and Trish; Karen and Dave, Paul and Simone, Lindy and Anthony; Becci and Jacko, Kim and Ken; Kate, and Jack. Proud Pa of his 15 great grandchildren. A life made beautiful by kindly deeds, A helping hand for others needs, Big in heart, honest and true, Loved and respected by all he knew. Beautiful thoughts of one so dear Treasured forever with love sincere A loving heart, a smiling face A broken link we can never replace. - Your darling wife Maisie. Loving Dad of Daryll and Pam. Proud Pa of David and Bec, Vikki and Chris, Trish. Great grandpa of Lily, Darcy and Isabella; Jessica, Katie and Matthew and Roxanne. Forever in our hearts. Dad you’ve had 89 wonderful years. You have taught us so much and have been an amazing Dad and Pa. We love you dearly and our lives will never be the same without you. Love always Janette and Ian. We might not be able to see you while we are awake, but we see you so clearly in our memories that we hold so close to our hearts. We will always treasure them and as we sleep we know you will come and visit us all. We will always love you, our Dad and Pa. Brenda, Becci, Kim and families. Xo Dad You are my Dad You are my friend You are the person that makes everything alright again. Your warm smile and long hugs will stay in my heart. Your love to create was there from the start. You were always there to fix anything that broke down. You had the biggest heart in all the town. We will miss you my love. There are no words to explain, The love we have for you will always remain. Love Leesa, Brendan, Kate and Jack.



Our Pa A man who loved a chat, was never wrong and could fix anything. We will miss watching you ride the scooter down the driveway. Love you forever Karen, David, Tom and Ellen. Pa, I will always remember and cherish the time we spent in the shed fixing cars, bikes and anything else that needed it, your attention to detail was sometimes frustrating, but it taught me the value of doing something right. I couldn’t imagine a better grandfather. The girls loved to visit you and nan for a chat and a laugh. Now it’s time for you to rest, we will miss you so much. Love Paul, Simone, Tenae and Maddie. Pa, I will miss popping in for a cup of tea with you and nan. Love Lindy and Anthony. Our dear Pa, we will miss all the laughs, jokes, hugs, handshakes and kisses. Love always Jack, Kate and Mike. WHELAN - Bill. The committee and members of the Korumburra Motorcycle Club, past and present would like to express their condolences to Bill’s family on his passing. Bill played a huge part in the history of the club.

funerals SMITH (nee Dunlop) - The Funeral Service for the late Mrs Heather Delma Smith will be held at our Leongatha Chapel (cnr South Gippsland Hwy and Bellingham St) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 commencing at 11am. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Leongatha Cemetery.


BRIGHT - A Memorial Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the late Mr Roy Graham Bright will be held at the Dumbalk and District Hall, Dumbalk on Wednesday December 19, 2012 commencing at 2pm. A family service for burial will precede the above service. No flowers by request please, in lieu donations may be made to Parkinsons Victoria. Envelopes will be available at the service.

MARSHMAN The Funeral Service for the late Mrs Daphne Jean (Jean) Marshman will be held at St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Leongatha on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 2pm. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Leongatha Lawn Cemetery.

WHELAN - The Funeral Service (Prayers) for the late Mr Gordon Thomas (Bill) Whelan will be held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Korumburra on Thursday, December 20 at 12.30pm. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of prayers for the Korumburra Cemetery. All ex-Service Personnel and Korumburra Golf Club members are respectfully invited to attend.

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More police this summer AN increased police presence will be in force around South Gippsland and Bass Coast to help keep holiday-goers safe this Christmas. Additional officers from both Baw Baw and Latrobe shires and the Operational Response Unit in Melbourne will be assisting local police, especially over busier times such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Wonthaggi Police Senior Sergeant Damian Whitford said people could expect to see a strong police presence on the roads. “We will certainly have additional police in the Bass Coast PSA for the summer period, with a focus being on the coastal areas,” he said. “This will also allow us to provide additional resources into South Gippsland and to perform various operations.” Snr Sgt Whitford said additional resources would also see more police take to the streets with bike patrols. “There will be greater police presence throughout the

Carols lure 500 at Wonthaggi Keeping watch: Leongatha Police officers Senior Constables Mick Thomas and Rohan Michael took to the streets on their bikes last week, a common policing operation over the summer holiday period.

99 and loving life By Tayla Kershaw

BEA Cramp celebrated her 99th birthday on Saturday, December 8.

The Leongatha lady spent the occasion with her loving family and friends from Woorayl Lodge. Anyone from the lodge was welcome to come along. Among them was Ms Cramp’s friend of 10 years, Evelyn Nunn, who also turned 99 earlier this year.

period,” he said. “Expect to see a lot of police conducting breath tests as well as other road traffic enforcement.” Police encourage both locals and visitors to the region to enjoy their holiday, but to make sure they stay safe and act responsibly. “We’re encouraging everyone to enjoy their time and be mindful that it is a busy period both on and off the road,” Snr Sgt Whitford said. “We’ll be out there trying to ensure everyone does enjoy the experience, but that everyone is safe too; we’ll be focusing very much on a highly visible police presence.” Snr Sgt Whitford said police would also be focusing on licensed premises around the holiday period. “Each night the hotels are operating, and especially on the weekend, police will be ensuring people do safely enjoy their night out.”

Ms Cramp has spent seven years living independently in a unit with the weekly assistance of Julie Dean, a carer from South Gippsland Shire Council. Ms Cramp has enjoyed a full and active life as an avid sports follower. She loves cricket, football and dancing, and played basketball after leaving high school. She taught for three years at a primary school in Moorooduc, where she grew up. Ms Cramp is devoted to

her family and enjoys receiving lovely letters from her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They are her reason for living in the unit so they can visit her whenever they wish. These days, Ms Cramp enjoys trips to the RSL, cooking and bingo on Friday afternoons at the lodge. Looking after herself is a priority. Ms Cramp is grateful for the “wonderful job” done by helpers at the lodge.

A SPECTACULAR night was had by more than 500 people at the Wonthaggi Carols by Candlelight on Sunday. Despite cold weather at Wishart Reserve, families and friends came together to enjoy a great time of fun and entertainment. Sausages, drinks, candyfloss, icy poles, face painting and entertainment by a balloonist were enjoyed. Natasha Crestani compered the event, with carols led by the U3A choir, with the Wonthaggi Citizens Band. The nativity story was performed by the children from St Joseph’s Primary School. A local church group sang two items, one of which was Silent Night in Portuguese. The U3A choir also sang a couple of items and the band played a melody of Christmas carols. The highlight of the night was when the Evans children, Max, 9, and Brooke, 10, to a hush from the crowd, sang unaccompanied, Do you know what I know? The crowd gave them the loudest applause of the night. Before closing in prayer, Pastor Barry Smith gave a short message about peace, hope and reconciliation in families and with friends.

Full praise: Max and Brooke Evans brought a beautiful song for all to enjoy: Do you know what I know?

Still celebrating: at the request of no gifts, Bea Cramp received many birthday cards from friends and family.

Stunning voices: Lorna White and Jan Kershaw from the U3A choir led the singing

Truck twist A B-DOUBLE truck became stuck on the overhead bridge at the end of Leongatha’s Bair Street on Saturday. Leongatha Police’s Senior Constable Rohan Michaels said the truck had been coming from the Koonwarra direction around 2.15pm when the female driver of a silver Mercedes wagon indicated to turn right into Ogilvy Street. He said she changed her mind and pulled back out in front of the truck. “The truck had to

swerve to miss her and the back wheels have clipped the Armco railing,” he said. “It held up traffic for a while and police were called to attend.” S/C Michaels said witnesses said the driver of the Mercedes left the scene after deciding to turn back down Ogilvy Street. He asked for any further witnesses to please come forward and provide police with more information about the Mercedes. “The driver may even be unaware of the accident she’s caused,” he said.

Stuck on the bridge: this b-double held up traffic last Saturday afternoon after swerving to avoid a car and becoming stuck on the overhead bridge at the end of Bair Street in Leongatha.

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Group 1: Riley Levey, Jayden Battersby, Luke Stothart, Bridgette Eldred, Olivia Winchcombe, Hannah Charlton and parent volunteer Matt Da Costa lead the ride.

Best wave: winner of the junior section, Luke O’Neill on one of the better waves to come through on the day.

Cycling Craze First event for boardriders

BRAVING the summer weather, students from St Laurence’s Primary School participated in their annual Bike Ed program.

SOUTH Coast Boardriders held their first contest of the 2012 – 13 season at Sandy Point last weekend in reasonable conditions.

The program has been running for a number of years and lasts from a week to 10 days. Students from Grades 3-6 had the opportunity to take part. The bikes are provided by the students but arrangements are made to obtain bikes so everyone can be involved. The program began last Thursday with a bike registration with the police. The riders are guided by Bike Ed coordinator and PE teacher, Lachie Hughes. Parents also volunteers to assist. On the final day of the program, students from Grade 5 have the opportunity to participate in a bike hike to Koonwarra. Grade 6 students will be riding to Inverloch, where they will stay the night and ride back the next morning as part of their end of year celebrations.

A strong south west wind change the day before meant conditions weren’t ideal for competitors, but there was a good sized swell around 3-4 foot and some okay waves to be had provided you chose the right one. First in the lineup was the juniors and cadets and the boys struggled at times to make sense of the messy waves. Luke ONeill found a nice long left and rode it right to the shore and this was enough to get him first place. In the cadets, Jordan Hill, showing great improvement, got a few in the shorebreak and got the nod from the judges. The open division was next and in a reduced field, Dare Ahern bolted out of the gates with a cracking lefthander, unfortunately the heat hadn’t started so Dare was not scored! Jason Law also picked off a couple of nice lefts with some stylish carves. Tye Dunnoe was in good form

TIDES Here is an easy guide to tides in your area. To determine tides for a particular area, add or subtract periods of times as shown below. Earlier Minutes Apollo Bay ...........................25 King Island (Grassy) ...........10 King Island (Surprise Bay)....40 King Island (Franklin) ...........40 Lakes Entrance .................... 170 Lorne ...................................... 20 Mallacoota Inlet.................... 158 Rip Bank ................................ 15 Snowy River Entrance ......... 170 _______________________ Cape Schanck, Flinders, Mornington Ocean Beaches, Seal Rocks, Venus Bay, Waratah Bay, Woolamai ....... nil _________________________ Later Minutes Altona ................................... 195 Barwon Heads Bridge ........... 15 Carrum ................................. 195 Corinella ................................. 68 Cowes Pier............................. 50 Dromana .............................. 195 Frankston ............................. 195 Geelong ............................... 210 Hastings ................................. 66 Hovell Pile ............................ 195 Inverloch Pier ......................... 15 Melbourne ............................ 200 Mornington ........................... 195 Newhaven Jetty ..................... 30 No. 1 West Channel (Annulus)........................... 50 No. 2 South Channel Light .... 70 No. 8 South Channel Light .. 150 Port Albert Pier ...................... 90 Portarlington Pier ................. 190 Portsea Pier ........................... 80 Port Welshpool (Rabbit Island .................... 10 Queenscliffe Pier ................... 30 Rhyll ....................................... 60 Rosebud............................... 195 Rye Pier ............................... 170 St. Leonards Pier ................. 190 Sandringham ....................... 195 Sorrento Pier........................ 130 Stony Point ............................. 40 South Channel Pile Light ..... 190 Swan Island Dock ................ 120 Tooradin ............................... 105 Warneet.................................. 84 Williamstown ........................ 200 Welshpool Pier....................... 90

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Rocking rider: This young rider had the coolest helmet out of them all during Bike Ed at St Laurence’s.

Sports boost in Bass EVEN more people in Bass Electorate will have the chance to boost their skills and reach their potential through sport thanks to a $3550 Victorian Government funding boost to five local sport and recreation initiatives.

Ready to go: Grade 5’s Luca Riseley participates in her second week of Bike Ed.

also but no one could match defending champion Derek Bassed. In conditions that were right up Derek’s alley he waited patiently for a clean wave to unleash a couple of big backhand re entries and comfortably took out first place. The over 40s were last in the water and the old boys took to Sandy with a variety of different shapes and sizes of surfboards. Conditions were deteriorating quickly by this stage and very few decent waves were found. Pete Mc Laraty couldn’t sustain his earlier form and Jamie Gair in a welcome return to the club’s contest scene was just pipped on the last wave. It was a good start to the contest season with a high level of surfing across the board. SCB have no contest in January due to Junior Development days at Sandy Point and the staging of the movie Storm Surfers in the new Community Centre at Sandy Point. As always check our facebook page for further details. The next contest is the weekend of Feb 9 - 10.

Member for Bass, Ken Smith MP today announced the funding recipients of the first phase of the 2013 Country Action Grant Scheme and Victalent grants. “Many of Victoria’s rural and regional teams, coaches, and athletes cover large distances just to compete in their local competitions,” he said. “The Victalent grants help these Victorians with travel costs, removing potential barriers to training, competition and realising their sporting dreams. “The Country Action Grant Scheme grants go a long way to help local sports organisations improve their administration and program delivery so they can provide even better participation opportunities for their communities,” he said. Ken Smith said together the programs assist grassroots sport in rural and regional communities to increase their local skill base, implement best practice and promote active participation by helping to meet the travel costs incurred by local clubs and members. “Supporting local organisations to operate more effectively is just one of the many ways the Victorian Government is

ensuring even more Victorians get their chance to play sport and get active, more often,” he said. Successful organisations receive up to $5000 through the Country Action Grant Scheme and/or one or two Victalent grants of $500 for travel assistance. “I congratulate the recipients of each of the successful projects and recommend all clubs take the opportunity to utilise these grants. Living in the Bass Coast usually means significant travel is required for coaches, trainers, first aiders and members in order to meet the club’s needs,” said Ken Smith. “Phase Two of the VicTalent 2013 Program is now open and applications close on March 5, 2013, access the Department of Planning and Community Development website for all the details,” he said. In Bass Electorate funded projects include: • Inverloch Bowling Club received $1550 for Certified First Aid Training under the Country Action Grants Program; • Inverloch Surf Life Saving received $1000 for two nominees under the VicTalent Grants Program; and • Inverloch Tennis Club received $1000 for two nominees under the VicTalent Grants Program. “By investing in great initiatives like these we can encourage more people to get involved in sport and recreation; increasing participation and improving our overall collective well being,” Ken Smith said.

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Stony Creek ready to race RACING Victoria (RV) this week gave Stony Creek Racing Club (SCRC) the all-clear to return to racing after official trials were successfully conducted at the racecourse. RV stewards and the Victorian Jockeys’ Association (VJA) have given the racing surface their tick of approval after six trials were held on Wednesday.

SCRC will hold its return race meeting on Saturday, December 29. Pre-emptive remedial drainage works were completed on the Stony Creek racetrack throughout October in preparation for its summer racing season. Competing jockeys reported the track was in excellent condition, with a good cover of grass and good ‘give’ in the surface and said they were confident in the track surface. As part of RV’s return

to racing program, each track undergoing remedial works must be signed off by RV stewards and the VJA as suitable for racing in official trials at least two weeks prior to the date of their return race meeting. SCRC chief executive, Ralph Gallagher thanked trainers for providing horses and the jockeys who participated for their support. “We are especially grateful to the senior jock-

eys, one of whom said at the end of trials the track was in ideal condition,” Gallagher said. “That’s an accolade for those who did the hard work to get the track ready.” He said their new, later race date had proved popular with locals. “Our new race date, being slightly later in December, has proved to be very popular not only with those who had planned to come to the first meet-

ing of the Club’s season, but also as a perfect opportunity to celebrate the Christmas season with friends and family.” RV general manager – Infrastructure and Club Support, Jamie McGuinness, said the completion of proactive track upgrades were an important focus of the industry and vital to ensuring the integrity of the Stony Creek racing surface is maintained. “It’s important that participants have faith in

the integrity of the track, and after the positive appraisal of the track by both participating jockeys and stewards, we are comfortable in approving the track for the resumption of racing at this important Gippsland venue,” McGuinness said. Pre-emptive remedial work has been undertaken at Victorian racetracks over the past two seasons to ensure any potential issues with drainage systems are identified and ad-

dressed before they could compromise horse and rider safety at a point in the future. “As an industry we are committed to the safety of our athletes and horses and the proactive nature of this investigative program is indicative of our stance on safety.” Stony Creek is one of a number of tracks coming back on line after remedial works, with racing returning to Terang and Hanging Rock.

Riding high: Michelle Sen of Traralgon was ready to take on the course on her mare Flood.

Taking a break: Kellie Simpson and Sam Wilson chill out between matches on Saturday at the Leongatha tennis courts.

Allambee Mirboo & District Tennis BAROMI and Koony had a close game, 11 games and 5/4 sets, a tie-breaker each way.

Riders come to Stony Creek THE Stony Creek Adult Riders Club hosted riders from all over the region at their show jumping day on Sunday. Janine Bullock from the club said the day was fantastic apart from the inclement weather. “The day started off pretty horrible but it got better and riders enjoyed the event,” she said. “We had some riders travelling from the other side of Bairnsdale to compete so it shows we should be having more of these events.” Ms Bullock said she is very thankful to all those who made the day happen. “A big thankyou goes out to all the club members and volunteers who set up the jumps and supplied flowers,” she said. “A massive thankyou has to go to the Stony Creek Football Netball Club for letting us use the ground.” The club would like to thank all their valued sponsors. Results next week.

Top horse: Stony Creek’s Kate Caldwell prepares Macca for a ride at the show jumping day.

Keen spectators: Blake and David Dutchman of Wonthaggi were enjoying their day watching the riders.

Ready to ride: Brooke Wheeler of Hillend tends to her horses in between rides.

Smokin Aces were big winners over co-tenants Lucky Strings. Leongatha North won against Korumburra but three tiebreakers, two going to the Northerners. A good effort. In A Reserve, Koony were winners over Hallston, a tie-breaker and a 7/5 to Hallston. A good day’s tennis. Maroon were 11 game winners against Berrys Creek, two tie-breakers to Berrys Creek. Baromi versus Korumburra and Mardan versus Gold were both washed out. In B Grade, Leongatha

North did well and only lost by four games against Baromi. Three fill-ins helped with a bit of experience. No results for the Leongatha versus Mardan game. Christmas break now. Mixed doubles will be held on January 13 at the Leongatha tennis courts. Make this a good family day. Round 12 January 19. Happy Christmas to you all.

Results A Grade: Baromi 5.62 d Koonwarra 4.51; Smokin Aces 9.72 d Lucky Strings 0.23; Leongatha North 7.66 d Korumburra 2.49. A Reserve: Koonwarra 6.49 d Hallston 3.36; Outtrim Maroon 5.48 d Berrys Creek 4.37; Mar-

dan v Outtrim Gold - wash out; Baromi v Korumburra - wash out; Leongatha bye. B Grade: Baromi 5.35 d Leongatha North 4.31; Leongatha v Mardan (no result).

Ladders A Grade Smokin Aces.........................98.5 Baromi. .................................67.5 Leongatha North. ................65.5 Koonwarra ...........................64.5 Lucky Strings ........................52.5 Korumburra ...........................14.5 A Reserve Outtrim Gold .......................81.0 Koonwarra ...........................77.0 Baromi ..................................76.5 Hallston ................................67.0 Leongatha..............................58.5 Mardan ..................................58.5 Outtrim Maroon ....................50.0 Korumburra ...........................36.5 Berrys Creek .........................36.0 B Grade Baromi ..................................83.5 Leongatha ............................61.5 Mardan.................................44.5 Leongatha North .................19.5

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TUESDAY December 11 saw our Division 1 ladies at home to Inverloch ladies, however I have not received any report as to how our ladies went. Division 3 travelled to play the Wonthaggi ladies but were unable to have a win. B. Thompson (s) lost 20 to 24, G. Emmerson (s) lost 21 to 26. Tuesday December 18 sees Division 1 at home to Meeniyan and Division 3 at home to Korumburra. This will be the last round before the Christmas break and the ladies will resume on January 8. Division 1 is away to Foster and Division 3 away to San Remo. Wednesday December 12 saw midweek mixed social bowls in action and the winners were A. Rayson (s), J. White and Julia Soundwood with three wins plus 16. The runners-up were the team of F. Filomeno (s) and S. Holch on two wins, one loss, plus three. Saturday December 15 men’s pennant saw Division 1 away to Mirboo North and they came away with a win, 73 shots to 69. J. Hall (s) won 28 to 20, R. Trotman (s) 28 to 24 and J. Kuiper (s) lost 17 to 25. Division 2 were home to Loch and they won 76 to 67 shots. R. Young (s) won 36 shots to 17, L. Lancaster (s) lost 15 to 33, B. Davidson (s) won 25 to 17. Division 4 were also at home, this time to Toora and won 68 to 62 shots. J. Embleton lost 20 to 26, J. Pendergast (s) won 27 to 15 and G. Washfold (s) drew 21 to 21. The last round before the Christmas break, December 22, sees Division 1 at home to Inverloch, Divisions 2 and 3 away to Inverloch. Men’s pennant will resume on January 19, with Division 1 away to Korumburra, Division 2 at


Ladies: Club champion Susan Crouch (right) with runner-up Ellie McIntyre.

Men: Club champion John Hall with runner-up Ray Saunders. home to Meeniyan and Division 4 at home to San Remo. Wednesday December 12 saw Leongatha club’s ladies pairs’ final in action and the winners were Marlene Rayson (s), Mary Jepson defeat-


Division 1 Phillip Island..........+242.25 Wonthaggi .....................+41 Inverloch .....................+101 Korumburra .................+27 Lang Lang ..................-95.25 Leongatha........................-84 Toora .............................-110 Mirboo North ................-122 Division 2 Phillip Island.................+19 Corinella........................+34 San Remo ...................+31.5 Meeniyan.......................+11 Inverloch .....................+13.5 Loch ...............................+27 Leongatha......................-139 Wonthaggi ........................+3 Division 3 Fish Creek ...................+235 Korumburra Gold........+47

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in our Division 4 side. Saturday pennant was “one of those days” for both divisions. Home to Inverloch Division 2 won two rinks but went down 61 shots to 80. At Phillip Island Division 4 also won two rinks but went down 59 shots to 72. Next week in the final round before the break twos are home to San Remo and fours are away to San Remo. Our pairs and singles are getting to the final stages and will be played this week. In the ladies singles semifinals Marj Pearson defeated Barbara Scott and Kaz Hughes defeated Barbara Grant. In the men’s Mick Scott defeated Bob Wylie and Bob Graeme defeated Allen Bartlett. On a sad note life member Roy Bright passed away last week. Roy was a member from 1975 until 2007 and became a life member in 2003. During his time he was instrumental in carrying out massive work on our grass green. In addition he served two terms as club president and two years as president of the old South Gippsland Bowls Association. A truly wonderful contribution to club and district bowls.

Winner: Bev Martin (winner) being congratulated by Helen Twite and Pauline Henwood.

Tarwin Lower

THE winners of the Monthly Triples were Rob Howard, Dave Roberts R b t and dB Brian i G Grouse off IInverloch, l h with ith th the runners-up bbeing i John Bird, Alan Mcfayden and Frank Simeno of Wonthaggi. Best last game was won by Marko, Alan Spooner and John Richardson of Toora. Our sponsor for the day was Ocean View Electrical – Dave Cummings. In mens pennant Division 3 defeated Phillip Island, Division 5 defeated Loch, both good strong wins. Ladies pennant saw Division 2 have a good win over Corninella while Division 3 were defeated by Korumburra. The ladies final was played last Sunday with Bev Martin winning in a very close game over Helen Twite by one shot on the last end. Our congratulations go to Bev on this close win. Thank you to Pauline Henwood for marking for the game. Barefoot Christmas party and bowling on this Tuesday, all welcome, barbecue, huge raffles, wear Christmas gear or come as your favourite character. Club Christmas party on Saturday night, great success with good food and excellent decorations, hamper and other goodies were a hit with all. Winners of the hamper were Pat and Jamie O’Donohue, the leg of ham was Tony Swinden, the decorated cake went to Liz Greaves of Port Welshpool, and the pudding to Mary Massier. Thanks to our hardworking members.

Fish Creek THE final of the ladies’ pairs was played on Saturday in very unpleasant weather with Diane Buckland and Irene Staley the winners over Peg O’Neill and Anne Cowell the runners-up. It was a very good match with fun and friendship dominating. Well done to all the ladies in reaching the final. Good news all round for our pennant players with the ladies and both divisions of the men having wins this week.

South Gippsland pennant

Division 1: Wonthaggi 1677 d Korumburra 0-54; Inverloch 15-71 d Toora 1-61; Lang Lang 0-34.25 lt Phillip Island 16-80; Mirboo North 2-69 lt Leongatha 14.73. Division 2: Leongatha 14-76 d Loch 2-67; Phillip Island 2-68 lt San Remo 14-80; Corinella 14-68 d Wonthaggi 2-60; Meeniyan 4-61 lt Inverloch 12-80. Division 3: Wonthaggi 1671 d Korumburra Maroon 0-46; Inverloch 2-59 lt Fish Creek 14-65; Korumburra Gold 16-98 d Foster 0-48; Tarwin Lower 14-84 d Phillip Island 2-59. Division 4: Phillip Island 12-72 d Meeniyan 4-59; Leongatha 13-68 d Toora 3-62; Lang Lang 0-55 lt Wonthaggi 16-77; San Remo 14-67 d Inverloch 2-61. Division 5: Foster 16-0 (bye); Mirboo North 0-59 lt Fish Creek 16-90; Corinella 1-65 lt San Remo 15-83; Port Welshpool 16-114 d Phillip Island 0-27; Tarwin Lower 14-96 d Loch 2-55.

ing B. Thompson (s) and Sue Symmonds. Congratulations to Marlene and Mary being the 2012 club ladies’ pairs champions. Until the next report, good bowling - Jackhigh.

PENNANT was a home game for both teams on Tuesday. Division one played Korumburra and had two winning rinks with the score 69 shots to 55. Division 3 played San Remo with both rinks having a win. This week ones are away to Leongatha and threes are home to Mirboo North in the final match before the break. Corporate bowls winners for Tuesday night were Kevin Robinson and Helen Boyle with the ever-consistent MacAttack runners-up. This Tuesday is the final night of this very successful program. Triples begin in January with a couple of vacancies for team or single entries. Thursday night was our annual Christmas break-up which was catered for by Meeniyan Red Cross. Santa didn’t bring any goodies as his elves were on a go slow, but he did make nine people happy when he drew our Christmas raffle. During the evening South Gippsland Bowls Division president Joy Hargreaves presented Dave Gillett with his super veterans medal. Dave, among his many roles has been club champion, green keeper for many years, bar manager, carpenter/handyman, and a life member of the club and is currently a skipper

Foster .............................-61 Tarwin Lower .................+7 Wonthaggi ........................+6 Phillip Island ...................-44 Korumburra Maroon .....-101 Inverloch .........................-89 Division 4 San Remo ....................+127 Meeniyan.......................+92 Wonthaggi ...................+107 Phillip Island...................+7 Toora ...............................-37 Inverloch .........................-19 Leongatha......................-162 Lang Lang .....................-140 Division 5 Port Welshpool ...........+297 Foster.............................+89 San Remo ......................+16 Fish Creek .......................+3 Mirboo North ....................-6 Loch .................................+6 Tarwin Lower ..................-84 Phillip Island .................-149 Corinella........................-204

85 78 78 71 62 32 121 118 87 84 61 55 44 44 148 117 97 97 89 86 60 56 50

My Kiss of Death tips for Round 11 (Division 1): Toora (home) upset Wonthaggi 2 weeks ago and may just do the same with Phillip Island. Toora to win by five shots. Leongatha (home) will not have the goods to score a win over Inverloch. Inverloch by 11 shots. Mirboo North (home) will not be strong enough to defeat Korumburra. Korumburra by 15 shots. Wonthaggi (home) will have no trouble against Lang Lang. Wonthaggi to take all 3 rinks by 28 shots. Remember, if there are any queries concerning qualification for finals then simply go to www.southgippslandbowls. and click on the ‘Pennant’ link to read the regulations regarding finals. Next round is the last round before the Christmas/ New Year break, so from the SGDB and all bowlers, have a happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2013.

The men’s teams for Saturday are as follows: Division 3 home to Phillip Island: 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 home to Port Welshpool: D. Stefani (S), N. Buckland (manager), R. Poletti, R. Constantine. J. Lindeman (S), J. Lavarda, C. McGannon, W. Ferbrache.

K. Flanders (S), R. Barham, C. Bell, P. Dean. I would like to wish all members and their families a very Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.

Right Winners: Diane Buckland and Irene Staley.

SGBD ladies pennant Round 9 - December 11 Division 1: Foster 81.75 (19.75 shots) d Wonthaggi 62 (M. Climas 39 d K. Simpson 9, S. Gifford 18.75 lt I. Donohue 26, R. Speers 24 lt J. Clarkson 27). San Remo 67 (4 shots) d Phillip Island 63 (S. Carvosso 24 d H. Crewdson 18, J. Allen-Dayle 26 d R. James 21, R. Dennis 17 lt P. Francis 24). Inverloch 66 (5 shots) v Leongatha 61 (A. Tschiderer 28 d F. Turner 22, I. Sheppard 19 drew T. McCormack 19, L. Luby 19 lt E. McIntyre 20). Meeniyan 69 (14 shots) d Korumburra 55 (M. Pearson 26 d J. McVeigh 15, A. Van Wamel 26 d M. Goad 15, L. Hanks 17 lt D. Williams 25). Division 2: Lang Lang 67 (3 shots) d Wonthaggi 64 (B. Button 35 d D. Yarley 12, J. Dowson 16 lt A. Green 21, J. Prowd 16 lt K. Bird 31). Fish Creek 84 (18 shots) v Loch & District 66 (D. Buckland 34 d J. Miller 17, P. O’Neil 32 d K. Moss 22, V. Kennedy 27 d M. Kerr 18). Toora 82 (35 shots) d Inverloch 47 (R. Richardson 27 d L. Marsh 13, B. Curram 28 d V. Muir 11, K. Barwick 27 d P. Stoneham 23). Tarwin Lower 83 (29 shots) d Corinella 54 (H. Twite 37 d E. Johnston 16, B. De Rooy 26 d T. Durbridge 15, R. Griffiths 20 lt B. O’Keefe 23). Port Welshpool 79 (17 shots) d Phillip Island 62 (A. Collins 34 d G. Caile 22, L. McLaine 24 d J. Dyer 18, M. McDonald 21 lt J. Boyce 22).

Division 3: Meeniyan 56 (13 shots) d San Remo 43 (B. Grant 27 d P. Cameron 23, I. Hill 29 d W. Brunsden 20). Mirboo North 55 (18 shots) d Inverloch 37 (D. McFarland 35 d E. Perrett 20, A. Plowman 20 d Y. Kee 17). Foster 39 (4 shots) d Phillip Island 35 (J. Bohn 22 d M. Rogers 15, J. Miles 17 lt E. Stephenson 20). Wonthaggi 50 (9 shots) d Leongatha 41 (G. Mitford 24 d B. Thompson 20, G. Wilson 26 d G. Emmerson 21). Korumburra 63 (24 shots) d Tarwin Lower 39 (M. Wrench 40 d M. Emmett 15, M. Hams 23 lt S. Browne 24).

Ladders Division 1 Wonthaggi ................+88.25 102 San Remo ......................+23 97 Meeniyan.......................+36 94 Phillip Island.................+65 71 Inverloch ...........................-9 64 Foster............................-9.25 59 Leongatha........................-44 47 Korumburra ...................-150 42 Division 2 Lang Lang ...................+134 96 Wonthaggi ...................+102 89 Inverloch .........................+9 87 Loch & District..............-12 76 Phillip Island ...................-18 76 Toora ...............................-24 72 Port Welshpool ........+104.25 71 Tarwin Lower .................+71 69 Corinella........................-148 44 Fish Creek ..................-218.25 40 Division 3 Wonthaggi .....................+61 91 Mirboo North .............+104 84 Korumburra .................+20 78 Inverloch .......................+44 72 Meeniyan.........................-12 61 Leongatha........................-23 56 San Remo ........................-29 54 Foster...............................-23 49 Tarwin Lower ..................-129 48 Phillip Island ...................-13 41

Buffalo indoor WEDNESDAY December 12: A very enjoyable end-of-season Christmas party / break-up night at Buffalo this week when 33 district bowlers participated in three games of indoor bowls, plenty of talking and catching up and partaking in a magnificent supper (thanks to all involved). The first game saw bowling to the kitty where it was tossed by the lead bowler. The shot of the night belonged to Bev Tyers, with Andy Plowman holding a match-winning four shots. Bev stepped up to sneak around the back for an equalling toucher. Andy all smiles applauding a magnificent bowl. The second game was 75 up format when (4321) scoring system was used, with several 10s scored. Again Andy was unlucky when holding a possible nine shots on the last end after drawing level with a 10-0 7th end, this time it was Charlie Tyers picking up and moving kitty to his other bowls (with his last bowl) for victory. The last game was reduced to six ends as time was marching on. This time skippers placed kitty to their liking, some near the edge but most chosing to alter the lengths (not very adventurous). Winners of the night were the Charlie Tyers team of C.T. (s), Arc Gammaldi, Jeanette Grady and Ashley Van Dufflen, with (WWW) 14 ends and 27 shots. Equal second place were Bev Tyers (s), Glenis Densley, Alex Thompson and Mary Tumino, and Vito Serafino (s), Peter Heldens, Veronica Kilpin and Michael Matthews, (WWL) 10 ends plus two. The encouragement award went to Andy’s team of Andy Plowman (s), Carolyn and Ian Benson, Joe Occhipinti and Sally Gammaldi with (LLD) but won eight ends. Col, Rod, Charlie T. and Toni all had one win each. Vice president Ian Benson thanked all for their attendance and an enjoyable evening, and took the opportunity to congratulate Buffalo’s singles champions of 2012 season and presented Toni Heldens and (president) Rod McConchie their respective trophies. Rod then presented Carolyn Benson (secretary) a sheaf of flowers for her work during the season and a photo album to Ian for the photos. Lucky ticket: Lots of prizes for the lucky ticket holders, with everyone a winner and Carolyn presented all with a bonbon of lollies to take home. Thanks to all for making Buffalo indoor bowling a great thing to do on a Wednesday night. Thanks to Leongatha Star and Foster Mirror for their reports and a reminder bowling resumes at Buffalo on January 9 at 7.30pm. Enjoy the break. Merry Christmas and happy new year.

South Gippsland Bridge Results Meeniyan – Monday evening: 1st Brian and Sally Hoskins. 2nd Susan Ruffin, Clive Hope. 3rd June Metcalf, Colin Cameron. Tarwin Lower – Tuesday afternoon:1st Jack Kuiper, John Sutton. 2nd John Sullivan, Alan Johnston. 3rd Anne Gibson, Althea Drew. Inverloch – Friday afternoon: North/South: 1st Jack Kuiper, Clive Hope. 2nd Ken McKenzie, Marie Sands. 3rd Marj Freeman, Norma Hannay. East/West: 1st Kaye Douglas, John Sutton. 2nd Arendina Drury, Greg Nicholson. 3rd Sally and Geoff.

Korumburra volleyball Grand final results A Grade: Pirates d Giants (3:0) 25:16, 25:23, 25:20. B Grade: Panthers d Why? (3:1) 25:13, 24:26, 25:8, 25:18.

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GOLF | SPORT Leongatha GEOFF McDONALD is playing great golf and seems to be getting better as he gets older. An excellent 77 offthe-stick earned him 36 points off a seven handicap, and with it the prize in A Grade. Gerry Carcour won B Grade with the same score of 17, and Fred Debono had the day’s best score of 38 to take out C Grade. Pro-pin went to Peter Brownlie and nearest the pin to Tony Goldie. Ball winners: M. Kavanagh, P. Hobson 36; R. Thompson, B. Hutton 35; G. Morrison, B. McCorkell, P. Horman 34; V. Tettamanti, R. Thurston, T. McCarthy, A. Adcock, R. Davies 33; C. Geradts, S. de Bondt 32.

Tuesday Bert Borg had the round of the day, his score of 39 points sitting comfortably ahead of nearest rival Kevin Scott who took the runner-up prize with 36. Ian Murchie and Ray Burton were nearest the pin winners, while the following won balls: J. Arnott, J. Lowell, N. Cairns 35; I. Murchie, P. Waters, C. Sperling 34; M. Oliver, K. Gardner 33.

Thursday The last Thursday shot-

gun start of the year is always a popular event, and this year was no exception with 78 playing. Thank you to our sponsors Esplanade Hotel Inverloch and the Joker Poker team. Playing partners Bruce Hutton and Rob Bride both played well to record 37 points, with Bruce favoured by the countback to win A Grade. A countback was also required in B Grade where Al Sperling took the prize from runner-up Mick Herrald, both on 35. Bob Cathie starred in C Grade with a mighty 41 points. Runner-up was Ken Gardner with 36. Nearest the pin winners were Harry Harrison 14th and Kevin Castwood 16th. Balls went to: J. Cummins, K. Castwood, C. Leaver, R. Burton 35; P. Horman, P. Renwick, G. Maher 34; A. Edney, E. Poole, F. Debono, J. Smith, G. McRitchie, P. Walsh, G. McDonald, N. Lafferty, J. Lowell 33; M. Oliver, H. Harrison, M. Street 32. Stableford this Saturday and all midweek events will be time-sheet starts.

Leongatha ladies Sunday THIRTY eight players competed in the annual R and M Hodges 4BBB Stableford Board event on Sunday, December 9. The winners, with 43 points, were husband and wife ‘dynamic duo’ Jill and Trevor Steer with 43 points. Close behind were Mick Oliver and Wendy Parker with 42 points (on a countback). Down the line balls were won by David and Noreen Webster with 42 points, Nic Cairns and Dot Stubbs 41, Col and Nancy Sperling, Keith Finney and Toni West, Stuart and Rita de Bondt and Geoff and Marea Maher all on 40 points. Nearest the pins were won by Anna de Bondt and Nic Cairns on the 14th and Neil Mackenzie and Noreen Webster on the 16th

Wednesday It was the annual break up and Christmas luncheon on Wednesday, provided by our capable staff and volunteers. It was a very festive occa-

Woorayl WHO won our fourball aggregate sponsored by R. and J. Spokes Leongatha Meats? The winners on a countback were Greg Fennell and Geoff McKinnon, their 77 points winning from Anthony Clemann and Tim Burgess. The ball distribution was Bo Fiek, R. Gourlay, M. Grist, C. James and J. Diaper, N. McKenzie on a countback.

sion, with many golfers decked out in colourful red and pink finery. The event was Stabrose, (a bit like Ambrose, but spelt differently and played a little differently). The Manna Gum Restaurant at Inverloch and the Lyrebird Hill winery sponsored this event. The winners, with an excellent score of 60 points, were Pat Pease, Glenys Day, Fay Quilford and Barb Fleming. The runners-up, just one point behind, were Toni West, Helen Mackenzie and Lianne Adamson. Down the line balls went to Gwen Chapman, Jan Birrell and Lesley Renwick on 57, Val Brydon, Libby Seebeck and Pam Christensen with 56 points and Wendy Parker, Jill Steer and Noreen Williams also on 56 points. Nearest the pins were awarded to Marea Maher on the 14th and Wendy ‘sure shot’ Parker on the 16th.

The nearest the pins to Col James and Michael Grist. The ladies’ event went to the early playing Marg Tuckett with 37 points, with a ball to Thel Scoble, who also won both nearest the pins. Next week we will play a stableford event sponsored by SportsFirst and on Thursday we will have our last raffle and meal night of the year, and I believe the man in red will be there.

South Gippsland veteran golfers Competition at Leongatha Golf club on Tuesday, December 4.

Once again the true golfers showed their intrepid disregard for the worst that nature could throw at them. The early morning hours at this writer’s home were filled with the sound of howling wind and frequent rain squalls lashing the windows. So the weather proved throughout the day, the last players staggered back to the Leongatha Clubhouse in a very windblown state. The stableford competition was the last for 2012 and our Christmas break up. The meal was delicious with Christmas pudding to die for. The A Grade trophy was won by Leongatha’s Roy Davies playing off a handicap of 18. He finished with 36 points. B Grade went to Phillip Island’s 85 years young John Watt handicapped to 21. This colossus of the clutch putt returned with 40 points, a gigantic effort given the conditions. The course was in excellent condition but the weather undoubtedly affected everyone. Nearest the pins went to Meeniyan’s Graham Hughes on 14 and Wonthaggi golfer Secondo Tiziani on 16. Ball run down went to 29 points Membership cards for 2013 are now in the hands of the club delegates with year books still to be delivered. Seize your delegates and thrust your $15 upon them. It is certainly cheap golf for 12 months, and you pay less than $20 for a game

of golf and a light meal at the different courses in the district on Veterans days, that’s cheap as chips! The day also saw changes to personnel as president and captain. After two years of absolute power Don and Tom are reduced to the ranks and Leongatha’s Peter Horman and Ian Murchie take those

positions respectively. Don and Tom are likely to be remembered as the rain makers whereas Peter and Ian will bring the sunshine back to our lives. We wish them every success during their tenure. It only remains to wish all golfers and readers a happy Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous

New Year. Please drive carefully over the holidays, too many people get their name in the news for all the wrong reasons. Our next game will be at Lang Lang Golf Club on Tuesday January 15. It will be a rolling start from 8.30 am and there will be a delegates meeting after the game.

Meeniyan ladies THE Meeniyan ladies have just completed their final round of the 2012 championships. After the long wet winter and the many hard hours put in by David Thomson the curator along with his many helpers, the course looked a treat. The first round saw nice weather and lots of good golf, with Veronica Park coming in with the best score of 85 off the stick with Dot Christie one shot back.

Round two was played in shocking conditions with strong wind and rain for most of the day. This saw Dot Christie handle the conditions the best with 87 off the stick to lead by six shots. With almost perfect conditions to play the final round, the ladies went out with a couple of the grades very close so it was to come down to who could hold their nerve and play their best golf. Dot Christie won her 42nd championships by 12 shots from Veronica Park.

B Grade was won by Faye LePage from Sue Hoskin and C Grade went to Kristen Elliott from Nancye Hammet and D Grade went to Lyn Jennison. This year we held a nine hole championship for the ladies on handicaps 42 to 45 and they played three Wednesdays, with Jenny Cope winning this. Our thanks must go to the ladies championship sponsor IGA Meeniyan. It was great to have Mark McLauchlan in attendance on the final day.

Top players: championship winners were Lyn Jennison (D Grade), Kristen Elliott (C Grade), Mark McLauchlan IGA general manager, Dot Christie (Club Champion) and Faye LePage (B Grade).

Men on the green: from left Keith Godridge, Michael Herrald and Frank Welsford braved the heat and the breeze for a knock around the Leongatha Golf Course last Thursday.

Korumburra THERE were 40 players for a stableford event on Wednesday December 5.

Trophies Scott Rodda, CCR 70. A Grade 12 hcp winners were T. Herbert 39 on countback S. Rose 39, R. Johnson 38, T. Jones 37, R. Ludenia 37, B. Hessels 36, S. Bromby 36. B Grade 17 hcp winners were J.S. Wilson 36 on countback P. Van Agtmaal 36. C Grade 34 hcp: T. Fredericks 39, D. Hislop 37. Nearest the pin: 1st B. Wessels, 7th D. Van Rooye, 10th B. Hessels, 13th R. Ludenia. NAGA: Greg Jones 21. Tuesday’s winner: R. Hamill 36 pts. Friday’s winner: L. Sharp 32 pts. Notices: Fourball singles knockout - Gibbs / Thommo, by January 6.

Korumburra ladies A GREAT field of 34 women played a par round last Wednesday, in warm to hot weather conditions. In A Grade (0-23), Heather Grist (22) won on a countback from Judy Webb (21) both scoring +1. Betty Dowel (32) finished with a nice +3 to win B Grade (24-33) and Corrie George (27) was the runnerup on +1. In C Grade (34-45), Di Freene (36) was the winner with +2 from Marj Dixon (35) on +1. Nearest the pins were: 1st Jan Hewitt, 7th Barb Walker, 13th Heather Grist and 13th Betty Dowel. After golf the major trophies were presented to the winners of board events held throughout the year. Many thanks to the numerous donors who took time and care in selecting

the awards and also to the committee who provided nice nibbles before the awards. Marg Clasby was officially “badged” as the new president. In the evening our end of year dinner was held at Coal Creek Motel Restaurant and from all reports it was a most enjoyable evening. Outgoing president, Joan Peters, was thanked for her considerable time and effort in making the women’s activities run smoothly over the last two years. A reminder to the ladies that our heat policy states that if the forecast temperature for Wonthaggi on the night before golf is 35 degrees or more, then the scheduled golf competition is cancelled. Members are welcome to play a social round if they wish.

Foster THE course is in top condition. The lovely bit of rain will delay the onset of summer conditions, and means the greens will be even better in 10 days or so. On Tuesday Randy Reusch (20) found some welcome form to have 40 points and win from Geoff McKenzie (14) on 36 points. John Mathers got the down the line ball while Fred Tyers won nearest the pin. On Thursday Peter Dight (7) had 74 off the stick to win with +5. Good to see Larry Giddy (18) find some touch after a lean period to have +3. Kevin Witheridge (12) got the other down the line ball with +1. Ray Prain took the nearest the pin. Andrew Boyd (26) made a comeback after a long absence in the chicken run and showed he had lost none of his old magic. He had 18 points to take the chook. Down the line balls went to John Stone 17 points and Scott Rathjen 16 points. The nearest the pins went to Lloyd McKenzie and Andrew Boyd. Saturday was the Christmas break-up Three Ball Ambrose for trophies provided by Steve and Gayle Reid. Every group had a gross score under par, highlighting the excellent conditions. The winners with a great round of eight under par were Jim Freeman (6), John Warren (24) and Tim Gash (18) who had 64-8-56. Runners-up were Noel Black (6), Chris Foulds (25) and Trevor Jones (27) with 69-9 4/6- 59 2/6. Down the line balls went to Lloyd McKenzie (7), Terry “Mudman” Jewson (15) and Phil Nightingall (18) on 66- 6 4/6- 59 2/6 and Kevin Witheridge (12), Phil Schofield (16) and Geoff Nott (31) with 70- 9 5/6 – 60 1/6. The nearest the pins went to the Mudman, Neville Thompson, Scott Rathjen, and John

(DeeDee) Warren on two holes. The encouragement award went to Cam Downing, Ray Prain and Geoff Prue with 717-64. We were lucky to have hydration expert Clarke “Mr Whippy” Gray on hand to keep everyone lubricated – Clarke is an expert in hydration after years of study and experimentation. Kane Esler did a great job cooking the food for afterwards. The finalists in the bad taste outfits were Kiwi, Jim Freeman and Col Pulham – with Colin getting the nod. He thinks Foster is a great place to start his new venture and is looking for recruits. The new manager Tim Gash starts next week and we look forward to sharing good times with him. He has already made a big impression and also wasted no time getting on the winners list in his first golf round at the club. Val Gow won the ladies event with 35 points, and Pam Witheridge took the nearest the pin. Jodie Vanin was not present to collect the $350 in the members cash draw. The prize will go to $400 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. A three ball Ambrose golf day in aid of Banksia Lodge will be held on January 13. Teams of three can include men or ladies or a combination. Non-handicap golfers very welcome. Cost is $30 per team. Assembly is at 10am for a 10.30 shotgun start. Please call Gary Clavarino on 5682 2303 if you need more information.

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Four represent at state comp FOUR Athletes represented Wonthaggi Little Athletics Club at the IGA State Multi Event on the weekend with great success. Nicola Slade (under 10), Rohan Slade, Cooper Smith (both under 11) and Tegan Lowe (under 15) competed alongside some of the best young athletes in the state in a range of events. All athletes achieved multiple personal bests at the event which was held at

Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park. Wonthaggi Little Athletics is now finished for the year and will return on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The region Track and Field event is coming up in February and athletes need to register online at and follow the links. Registration must be done by January 28. If assistance is needed please contact a committee member.

Top athletes: Cooper Smith, Rohan Slade, Tegan Lowe and Nicola Slade all represented Wonthaggi Little Athletics at a state competition on the weekend.


‘On Trackers’ graduate PARENTS, supporters and members of the Leongatha Little Athletics Club celebrated the achievements of a special group of ‘On Trackers’ who graduated from their 10-week program at the velodrome oval last Saturday. Under the guidance of Sue Ritchie and Georgia Riseley, the junior athletes have this season participated in a wide variety of games and activities designed to provide a strong level of motor skills and confidence in running, jumping and throwing before starting competition. The enthusiastic group also proved they were ready for action, joining in a variety of sprint and middle distance races held for all athletes in an amended schedule due to the wet ground conditions. The On Trackers are now welcome to participate in the regular Saturday competition season, which resumes on February 2. Parents and athletes are reminded that entries close on January 28 (and must be completed online) for

the forthcoming Gippsland Region Track and Field Championships at Newborough, which are held on February 23-24. If you require further information or assistance with registering for the championships – as well as the Gippsland Region Junior Carnival (Under 6-8), held on the morning of February 23 – please refer to the club’s website ( or ring Sue Ritchie (0413 000 877) or Helen Patterson (5662 4797). Spurred on by a visit from Santa, who provided lots of encouragement and an energy boost via a handful of lollies, the athletes collectively recorded 87 personal best performances, including four PBs each by Xavier Bolge, Jude Fixter and Sienna Cruickshank. PBs last Saturday were as follows: Under 6 Boys: C. Richards 200m. Under 7 Boys: X. Bolge 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m; B. Abernethy 400m; J. Fixter 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m; C. Swan 400m; N. Occhipinti 100m, 200m.

Under 7 Girls: S. Cruickshank 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m; E. Allen 100m, 400m; P. Barry 100m; M. Herbert 100m; N. Wight 100m; S. Munro 100m; P. Thompson 100m, 200m. Under 8 Boys: H. Herbert 50m, 100m; T. Richard 200m; D. Abernethy 100m; H. Barnes 100m. Under 8 Girls: N. Crimp 100m, 400m; C. Nesci 100m, 400m; C. Caithness 50m, 200m, 400m; T. Matheson 400m. Under 9 Boys: D. Johnson 200m, 400m; J. Soumilas 200m, 400m; R. Carter 400m. Under 9 Girls: L. Caithness 400m; E. Birrell 50m, 400m; E. Cornell 50m. Under 10 Boys: S. Herbert 400m; M. Matheson 100m; N. Fixter 400m; J. Dean 100m, 400m. Under 10 Girls: A. Crimp 50m, 400m; M. Giles 400m; B. Dyer 100m; E. Clarke 100m, 200m. Under 11 Boys: A. Herbert 50m. Under 11 Girls: M. Cruickshank 50m; L. Edmondson 100m; M. Birrell 100m; C. Martin 100m; J. Ashley 50m.

On the right track: The 2012/13 Leongatha Little Athletics Club ‘On Track’ graduates, with coordinator Sue Ritchie and assistant Georgia Riseley.

State champions: Wonthaggi Primary School Grade 5 and 6 boys were thrilled to be named 2012 Primary Boys Softball State Champions recently, pictured here with teacher and coach Will Rankine.

Wonthaggi boys softball champs WONTHAGGI Primary School Grade 5 and 6 boys are the 2012 Primary Boys Softball State Champions after an outstanding performance in Melbourne recently. Led by captains Luke and Jake, 10 boys qualified for the state finals after being named South Coast District and Gippsland Region winners, with over 500 schools starting out in the competition, and many teams fielding regular softball players. Teacher and coach, Will Rankine, said the boys displayed “tremendous skill under pressure, a fierce competitive streak and above all, a supportive and inclusive team culture that delivered many forms of success”. To win the championship, the team had to play against Hastings Primary School and Mother of God Primary School in a round robin format at Jells Park in Glen Waverly on November 22. The Wonthaggi team just got over the line in their first match against Hastings, winning 5-4, and then went on to win convincingly against Mother of God, 8-2. The boys then came up against Kennington Primary School from Bendigo in the state final. “After scoring 11 home runs in our first two innings, WPS had a sense of belief that they could indeed take the title,” Mr Rankine said. “However, Kennington knew how to play and seldom gave any sort of chance to our fielders when batting. They raced

to 14 runs after two innings with only a couple of outs.” In the third innings, Wonthaggi scored six home runs to take the lead 17-14, but with 10 minutes remaining, time was going to play a factor in the completion of the Kennington innings, with both innings required to be finishing for scores to be counted. “The boys – tired, under pressure and facing defeat – went out to field knowing that the odds were against them,” Mr Rankine said. “Giving it one last crack, the boys faced up to the prospect of losing graciously, and with this superb attitude for such young boys, and with only a small amount of teacher and parent guidance, they managed to get three outs in two minutes to claim the title!” Mr Rankine said the team demonstrated that you don’t need fancy softball uniforms, nor the best equipment to be successful. “The boys showed that you must work hard to achieve success and be prepared to accept decisions that don’t go your way,” he said. “They have also shown that winning takes many forms – obviously the State Title - but also, the success of becoming a better person who includes others in a team environment, supports and encourages each other to be the best that they can be. The team has shown that success will favour those that are prepared to work the hardest for it!”

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CRICKET | SPORT LDCA ladders Cricketers get behind Beau C Grade, Division 1 WON MINERS v INVERLOCH Won Miners lost on forfeit IMPERIALS v NERRENA 1st innings Nerrena G. Gilliam b. G. Price....................87 D. Grigg n.o. ..................................26 J. Stockdale c. G. Wright b. M. Price ....................................7 K. Young c. D. Ginnane b. T. Shanahan............................13 T. Clark n.o.......................................5 Extras..............................................34 Total ......................................... 3/172 Bowling: P. McGavin 0/15, K. McGavin 0/13, L. Bourke 0/7, G. Wright 0/27, B. Maskell 0/34, T. Cashin 0/18, G. Price 1/18, M. Price 1/7, T. Shanahan 1/12, B. Casbolt 0/3. 1st innings Imperials T. Cashin b. K. Clark.......................0 B. Casbolt b. C. Dougherty ..........24 K. McGavin c. G. Giliam b. J. Stockdale ............................17 B. Maskell b. M. Trotto.................11 P. McGavin b. K. Clark.................21 D. Ginnane n.o...............................13 G. Wright c. J. Stockdale b. K. Clark ....................................2 L. Bourke n.o. ..................................2 Extras..............................................11 Total ..................................6/105 (cc) Bowling: K. Clark 3/5, D. Grigg 0/15, G. Wightman 0/20, M. Trotto 1/9, C. Dougherty 1/23, J. Stockdale 1/13, N. Trotto 0/5, J. Kelly 0/10. TOWN v POOWONG-LOCH 1st innings Town K. Fleming b. .................................64 G. Goss caught...............................12 M. Craig caught .............................14 D. Pell caught...................................4 J. Scott b. .......................................21 G. Fleming caught .........................23 J. Schelling caught.........................64 P. Hulshof r.o....................................8 C. Dowling n.o. .............................23

C Grade, Division 2

FOSTER v GLEN ALVIE 1st innings Glen Alvie G. Chisholm c. M. Da Costa b. H. Griggs ............................. 29 F. Gheller r.o. ................................. 2 R. Matthews b. A. Starret ........... 10 M. Hull c. J. Pilkington b. M. Da Costa ........................ 22 J. Smith c. T. Vanin b. H. Griggs ............................... 1 P. Palmer c. T. Byrnes b. H. Griggs ............................... 0 C. Hull n.o. .................................... 7 B. Glover n.o. ................................ 4 Extras ........................................... 28 Total ................................6/103 (cc) Bowling: P. Jervies 0/15, J. Pilkington 0/10, A. Starret 1/19, J. Chaseling 0/9, H. Griggs 3/20, M. Da Costa 1/16. 1st innings Foster A. Starret c. N. Wood b. G. Chisholm ........................ 47 J. Pilkington b. R. Matthews ........ 5 T. Garvey ret. hurt ....................... 54 P. Jervies stp. J. Smith ................. 14 S. Chaseling c. B. Glover b. M. Hull ................................ 22 H. Griggs c. C. Hull ...................... 5 B. Cripps c. J. Smith ................... 10 M. Da Costa n.o. ........................... 2 T. Vanin n.o.................................... 1 Extras ............................................. 8 Total ................................6/168 (cc) Bowling: B. Glover 0/24, R. Matthews 1/21, P. Palmer 0/17, G. Chisholm 1/33, J. Hull 1/25, M. Hull 1/26, F. Gheller 0/7, B. Hull 2/10, C. Hull 0/2. PHILLIP ISLAND v OMK 1st innings Phillip Island J. Johnston b. G. Adams ............... 5 C. Muscat c. D. Wylie b. D. Wylie............................... 27 J. Taylor b. G. Adams ................... 0 K. Jones b. D. Wylie ................... 14 M. Jones c. M. Gow b. D. Wylie................................. 4 L. Papa c. M. Gow b. D. Wylie................................. 0 S. Riordan r.o................................. 9 G. Taylor c. G. Adams b. C. Walker ............................... 5 B. Insall n.o. ................................ 32 C. O’Neill r.o. .............................. 15 Extras ........................................... 22

M. O’Loughlin n.o. .........................0 Extras..............................................16 Total ..................................8/249 (cc) 1st innings Poowong-Loch Extras..............................................12 Total ......................................... 8/144 Bowling: J. Scott 3/24, K. Fleming 0/10, G. Fleming 1/29, M. O’Loughlin 1/44, C. Dowling 1/18, L. O’Brien 1/11, P. Hulshof 1/3. KILCUNDA-BASS v PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Phillip Island R. Good c. J. Oates b. D. O’Neill ..............................17 B. Young c. J. Oates b. K. Condick...............................0 R. Jenkin b. D. O’Neill .................31 A. Nicholson r.o.............................10 G. Marshall b. D. O’Neill ...............0 M. Cleary n.o. ................................70 J. Cox c. J. Smith b. A. Blackney ...........................31 S. Cox n.o.........................................5 Extras..............................................28 Total ..................................6/192 (cc) Bowling: A. Blackney 1/33, K. Condick 1/41, D. O’Neill 3/20, B. Jones 0/30, J. Smith 0/25, K. Henry 0/33. 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass A. Blackney c. M. Cleary b. J. Cox......................................19 K. Condick b. M. Cleary...............32 R. Blackney n.o. ............................45 B. Jones b. M. Cleary ......................0 D. O’Neill b. A. Nicholson .............1 J. Smith b. M. Cleary ......................9 P. Coleman c. S. Cox b. R. Jenkin ................................23 J. Oates c. S. Cox b. J. Cox........................................5 K. Henry n.o. ...................................1 Extras..............................................22 Total ..................................7/157 (cc) Bowling: T. Officer 0/19, J. Cox 2/17, B. Young 0/19, M. Cleary 3/24, A. Nicholson 1/15, R. Jenkin 1/28, S. Cox 0/23.

A Grade Division 1 Won Workmens ............ 118.76 Inverloch .......................... 95.21 OMK ................................ 81.86 Phillip Island ................... 77.85 Korumburra ...................... 77.59 Imperials ........................... 65.24 Nerrena ............................. 42.47 Won Miners ...................... 28.18 A Grade Division 2 Town ............................... 128.81 Koonwarra-LRSL .........111.71 Kilcunda/Bass ................. 79.11 MDU ................................. 78.88 Fish Creek-Tarwin ............ 78.45 Glen Alvie ......................... 75.40 Foster ................................ 38.58 Poowong-Loch ................. 26.80 B Grade Division 1 Won Workmens ............ 143.21 OMK ................................ 87.43 Inverloch .......................... 76.56 Phillip Island ................... 72.24 Nerrena ............................. 70.37 MDU ................................. 63.15 Won Miners ...................... 58.29 Glen Alvie ......................... 29.62 B Grade Division 2 Town ............................... 114.80 Kilcunda/Bass ................. 79.58 OMK ................................ 79.21 Won Workmens .............. 70.63 Koonwarra-LRSL ............. 69.62 Fish Creek-Tarwin ............ 60.87 Korumburra ...................... 55.27 Imperials ........................... 55.09 C Grade Division 1 Inverloch ........................ 113.13 Phillip Island ................... 99.13 Nerrena ............................ 91.87

Total ................................9/134 (cc) Bowling: G. Adams 2/1, N. Wylie 0/38, D. Wylie 3/22, D. Wylie 1/24, C. Walker 1/17, G. Snow 0/16, J. Whiteside 0/10. 1st innings OMK G. Adams lbw. b. L. Papa ................................. 10 D. Wylie c. C. Muscat................... 3 C. Walker c. L. Papa b. S. Riordan............................ 21 K. Houghton c. L. Papa b. S. Riordan.............................. 3 N. Wylie lbw. b. J. Johnston ............................. 5 M. Gow b. J. Keating.................. 18 R. Paterson c&b. J. Keating ......... 1 D. Wylie n.o. ................................. 3 J. Whiteside c. S. Riordan b. J. Keating............................... 1 G. Snow r.o.................................... 0 R. Wyatt n.o................................... 0 Extras ............................................. 9 Total ..................................9/73 (cc) Bowling: J. Taylor 1/18, L. Papa 1/11, S. Riordan 2/16, J. Johnston 1/6, J. Keating 3/9, G. Taylor 0/8. KORUMBURRA v MDU RED 1st innings MDU Red T. Bright c. A. McKinnon b. J. Scott ................................... 7 T. Sinclair b. S. Hall ...................... 0 P. Robinson c. C. Truscott b. J. Scott ................................. 27 M. Olden c. C. Truscott b. J. Scott ................................... 5 D. Tuckett b. S. Hall...................... 4 K. Sinclair b. J. Scott .................. 13 G. Peters r.o. .................................. 3 L. Mercer n.o. .............................. 21 S. Opray b. D. Fearnley ................ 1 J. Brown b. D. Fearnley ................ 0 J. Opray n.o. .................................. 1 Extras ........................................... 37 Total ................................9/119 (cc) Bowling: S. Hall 2/22, C. Truscott 0/20, J. Scott 4/22, I. Riddell 0/30, D. Fearnley 2/17. 1st innings Korumburra M. Fearnley c. M. Olden b. J. Opray ............................... 17 A. McKinnon lbw. b. L. Mercer ............................... 1 C. Mileto lbw. b. L. Mercer ............................... 2 I. Riddell b. D. Tuckett ............... 12

D. Fearnley b. D. Tuckett ............. 5 T. Jenkin c. G. Peters b. J. Opray ................................. 0 T. Gray b. K. Sinclair .................. 11 S. Hall c. M. Olden b. D. Tuckett .............................. 0 C. Truscott lbw. b. K. Sinclair............................ 14 B. Condolucci n.o. ........................ 5 J. Scott c. T. Sinclair b. S. Opray................................. 5 Extras ........................................... 26 Total ............................................ 98 Bowling: M. Olden 0/22, L. Mercer 2/13, J. Opray 2/24, D. Tuckett 3/16, K. Sinclair 2/17, S. Opray 1/2. WON WORKMENS v KOONWARRA-RSL 1st innings Koonwarra-RSL J. Missen c&b. M. Smallwood ..... 5 M. Pickersgill r.o. ........................ 29 N. Summers c. J. Licis b. S. Knight.............................. 28 P. Buckley b. C. Casey.................. 5 M. Green n.o. .............................. 48 L. Gale n.o. .................................... 4 Extras ........................................... 28 Total ................................4/147 (cc) Bowling: S. Liddle 0/33, M. Smallwood 1/16, M. Dobbie 0/11, C. Casey 1/14, S. Knight 1/31, A. Ray 0/12, M. Cadwallender 0/16. 1st innings Won Workmens S. Knight b. B. Perry ..................... 9 M. Dobbie lbw. b. H. Langenburg .................... 10 C. Casey b. N. Summers............. 13 L. Gennaccaro b. H. Langenburg ...................... 0 M. Cadwallender c&b. M. Pickersgill ................. 45 J. Licis lbw. b. M. Pickersgill ...................... 24 S. Farrington b. M. Pickersgill ... 12 A. Busana b. M. Pickersgill.......... 2 A. Ray lbw. b. B. Perry................................ 17 M. Smallwood c&b. M. Pickersgill ................... 0 S. Liddle n.o. ................................. 2 Extras ............................................. 8 Total .......................................... 142 Bowling: H. Langenburg 2/29, B. Perry 2/20, N. Summers 1/38, P. Buckley 0/30, M. Pickersgill 5/24.



Imperials .......................... 81.70 Poowong-Loch ................. 70.75 Town ................................. 64.82 Kilcunda-Bass................... 28.53 Won Miners ...................... 25.08 C Grade Division 2 Foster.............................. 100.03 Won Workmens .............. 74.23 OMK ................................ 68.79 MDU Red......................... 64.50 Koonwarra-LRSL ............. 62.10 Phillip Island ..................... 61.54 Korumburra ...................... 49.58 MDU Blue ........................ 37.50 Glen Alvie ....................... 20.34

FIFTY-seven cricket clubs across the Gippsland Region banded together for “A Day at the Cricket with Beau Vernon” on Saturday. Beau Vernon, aged 23, sustained severe spinal injuries playing football for Leongatha this year. The injuries have left him a quadriplegic with only minimal movement and feeling in some of his arm muscles and he cannot use his hands, torso or legs at all. The clubs involved on Saturday will be selling wrist bands at $5 each with seniors,

juniors and supporters participating. According to Gippsland Cricket Region 7 chair George Munro, many football, and other sporting clubs and community groups, have come together in an effort to relieve the financial nightmare since Beau’s accident. “I think it great that 60 clubs in the Gippsland Cricket Region 7 have seen fit to support this cause,” he said. All funds raised will go to the Beau Vernon Trust Fund. • For an update on Beau’s rehabilitation see page 8.

Cricket legends to hit Wonthaggi FORMER Australian greats will be among a host of cricket legends to play in Wonthaggi as part of the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) Masters Tour on February 23-25 2013. The players will take on a representative team from Bass Coast in an action packed Twenty20 game as well as take part in a range of other activities. The ACA Masters team will include players like Craig McDermott, Rodney Hogg and Jimmy Maher. McDermott took 291 Test wickets as a spearhead of the Australian attack and more recently, has helped guide the next generation of quicks as the Aussies’ bowling coach. He is credited with the development of bowlers like Peter Siddle, Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc. Another fiery paceman, Hogg played 38 Tests and 71 ODIs for Australia, taking 208 wickets including six five-wicket hauls. He famously took 41 wickets at 12.85 in an Ashes series. Queensland legend Jimmy Maher made more than 13,000 runs in 206 first-class matches alongside his 26 ODIs for Australia. The bubbly left-hander was also a member of Australia’s 2003 World Cup-winning squad. There will be lots of opportunities to meet the players at events around the town, with a Sportsman’s Night to be held on Saturday, February 23 at the Inverloch Town Hall. For tickets to the Sportsman’s Night, contact event organiser Rob Geyer on 0434 676 406, or purchase tickets from Paint Place Leongatha and Wonthaggi, SportsFirst in Cowes and the National Australia Bank in Inverloch. The excitement of the main game will take place at 2pm on Sunday, February 24 while in2CRICKET clinics and community visits will also be staged as part of the tour. Prior to the main match a curtain raiser will be

staged when the Leongatha and District Cricket Association 20/20 grand final is played. The Tour is supported by Bass Coast Shire Council. The Masters program has been developed by the ACA, the official representative body of past and present players, with a focus on the promotion of cricket. ACA Chief Executive Paul Marsh said the program helps local cricket associations to raise funds and identify local talent through a scholarship program. “Our tours have proved to be a real hit with communities in the sporting areas we have visited to date,” he said. “Regional Victoria is renowned for its passion for sport, so we hope to build some excitement around the tour and continue to raise the profile of cricket in the community.” The tour program has been primarily funded by the current first-class and Australian players as part of their commitment to developing the game in regional Australia and engaging with local communities.

Under 16 FISH CREEK-TARWIN v WON MINERS 1st innings Fish Creek-Tarwin R. McGannon c. .......................20 M. McGannon b. ..................... 11 G. Staley b..................................2 T. Redpath c. ............................33 G. Park b. ................................13 H. Griggs b. .............................38 J. Hill b. ......................................3 L. Edgelow n.o. ........................24 L. Buckland n.o. .........................6 Extras .......................................20 Total .............................7/170 (cc) INVERLOCH v MDU 1st innings Inverloch

N. Brayley c. K. Newton b. L. Harrington....................39 M. Woods r.o. .............................2 L. Anderson r.o...........................4 J. Dalmau b. K. Newton ........... 11 F. McKittrick c. K. Newton b. M. Olden ............................4 S. Hayes lbw. b. J. Riley ..........27 J. Teakle b. J. Hoy ......................3 H. Keily n.o. ...............................2 C. McCaughan n.o. ..................10 Extras .......................................21 Total .............................7/124 (cc) Bowling: M. Olden 1/24, J. Riley 1/19, M. Trotto 0/16, J. Hoy 1/21, K. Newton 1/16, L. Harrington 1/15, M. Damanin 0/3.

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SPORT | CRICKET Have it in: Josh Moore tests his throwing skills after stopping a four on Saturday.


Miners in the dark WONTH WONTHAGGI Miners capitulated cap in dramatic fashion, making just 64 runs against a rampant Phillip Island bowling attack. Blackwell led the charge, with 3/12. But he was well backed by the economical Odgers (2/13) and Thomas (2/14). Phillip Island’s batting was led by the indefatigable Finlayson (61) and Manning (47). Inverloch overshadowed Nerrena in a hotly-contested match


Pride of the Nation WONTHAGGI Workmens recorded the deplorable total of 53 after a fabulous bowling display by OMK’s Brad Nation, who took 5/14. O’Brien was also impressive, with 3/12.

OMK batsmen Miller (44) and Eustace (45) saved their team from a poor showing, with Sheering taking 3/8. Korumburra overcame Imperials in a tough match, with Cameron Smith saving the day with an inspired 68 not out. Team mates Oxlee (4/24) and Dunlevie (3/22) were outstanding too, giving the Imperials’ batsmen very little breathing space. Fish Creek Tarwin beat Kilcunda Bass by just three runs on the weekend. Both teams played well, with Aplin

(73) batting well for FCT and Kilcunda Bass opener Webster (52) also playing some impressive shots. Town was far too good for Koonwarra Leongatha RSL. The Town boys smashed their way to 318, for the loss of just four wickets. Withers (86), Wilson (66), Borschman (46) and Smith (78 not out) led the charge, while the evergreen Steve Fixter was sensational with the ball, taking 4/31.

Details KORUMBURRA v IMPERIALS 1st innings Imperials J. Ginnane r.o................................. 9 R. Higgins b. T. Scott .................. 20 R. McGavin c. B. Grabham b. P. Dunlevie ............................ 6 J. Forrester b. P. Dunlevie ........... 20 J. Rushton b. P. Dunlevie ............ 10 Z. Price c. J. Gilroy b. J. Oxlee ................................ 22 R. O’Loughlin c. J. Richards b. J. Oxlee ................................ 15 S. McLennan c. B. Grabham b. J. Oxlee .................................. 1 P. McCaughan c. J. Oxlee

Leongatha District Cricket Association Umpire Appointments EVANS PETROLEUM Round 9 - December 22 Home team Grade A1 Korumburra Inverloch Phillip Island Won Workers Grade A2 Fish Ck-Tarwin Glen Alvie Foster Koonwarra-RSL Grade B1 Nerrena Glen Alvie OMK Won Miners Grade B2 Town Kilcunda-Bass Imperials Won Workmens Grade C1 Phillip Island Imperials Inverloch Poowong-Loch Grade C2 MDU Red Korumburra MDU Blue Phillip Island Won Workmens

Away Team



v v v v

Nerrena Imperials OMK Won Miners

Kor Rec I Turf Cowes McM Res

T. Rogers G. Laird K. Lester A. Jordan

v v v v

Town Kilcunda-Bass MDU Poowong-Loch

FC Turf Butch W Foster L Turf

L. White S. Lanyon M. Heenan C. Salmon

v v v v

MDU Inverloch Phillip Island Won Workmens

Nerr GA Outt Won Rec

A. Stride I. Thomas B. Bek A. Roberts

v v v v

Fish Ck-Tarwin OMK Koonwarra-RSL Korumburra

WC 1 Bass 2 LSC Won Nth

TBA TBA TBA M. Wishart

v v v v

Nerrena Town Kilcunda-Bass Won Miners

Newh L Velo Inv Loch


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OMK Foster Koonwarra-RSL Glen Alvie Bye

Meen KSC Dumb Rhyll


b. M. Olden................................ 1 G. Forrester n.o. .......................... 15 T. Sauvarin b. J. Oxlee .................. 9 Extras ........................................... 21 Total .....................................10/149 Bowling: J. Gilroy 0/35, T. Scott 1/17, M. Olden 1/27, P. Dunlevie 3/22, T. Allen 0/19, J. Oxlee 4/24. 1st innings Korumburra R. Webster c. J. Forrester b. S. McLennan ....................... 18 B. Grabham lbw. b. R. O’Loughlin ....................... 8 T. Allen lbw. b. Z. Price .................................. 3 P. Dunlevie c. G. Forrester b. Z. Price .................................. 1 C. Smith n.o................................. 68 S. Newton c. P. McCaughan b. G. Forrester............................ 7 M. Olden c. R. O’Loughlin b. J. Rushton ............................ 21 J. Richards c. Z. Price b. R. McGavin ........................... 9 T. Scott n.o................................... 11 Extras ........................................... 21 Total .......................................7/167 Bowling: R. O’Loughlin 1/26, Z. Price 2/24, S. McLennan 1/33, G. Forrester 1/29, J. Rushton 1/12, J. Forrester 0/17, R. McGavin 1/13, T. Sauvarin 0/8. FISH CREEK-TARWIN v KILCUNDA-BASS 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass T. Aplin lbw. b. M. Danckert ........................ 73 P. Mohascy c. J. Staley b. J. Pouw .................................. 5 J. Tregear c. G. Webster b. J. Staley................................ 24 H. Grace r.o. .................................. 0 S. Tapscott b. M. Danckert ........... 3 S. Shelton c. J. Staley b. L. Buckland ........................... 9 D. Clay n.o. ................................... 5 R. Duff n.o. .................................. 26 Extras ........................................... 23 Total ................................6/168 (cc) Bowling: M. Danckert 2/28, M. Van Boven 0/16, J. Pouw 1/36, G. Buckland 0/15, J. Staley 1/26, A. Hamilton 0/20, L. Buckland 1/13. 1st innings Fish Creek-Tarwin G. Webster lbw. b. R. Duff ................................. 52 J. Shaw b. J. Tregear ................... 27 J. Staley c. D. Masinovic b. S. Blake ............................... 12 A. Hamilton caught b. S. Shelton ............................ 11 M. Danckert c. J. Tregear b. S. Blake ................................. 1 J. Pouw c. S. Shelton b. R. Duff ................................. 20 L. Pratt n.o. .................................. 12 M. Bright n.o. .............................. 12 Extras ........................................... 24 Total ................................6/171 (cc) Bowling: D. Masinovic 0/32, R. Duff 1/39, J. Tregear 1/37, S. Blake 2/16, S. Shelton 2/23, S. Tapscott 0/15. OMK v WON WORKMENS 1st innings Won Workmens S. Brann b. B. Nation .................. 21 S. Roche c. R. Quaife b. T. Eustace .............................. 0 B. Jeffries c. R. Quaife b. B. Nation ............................... 8 J. Sheerin c. R. Quaife b. C. O’Brien ............................. 3 S. Morrison c. T. Miller

b. B. Nation ............................... 1 J. Bolding c. P. Harper b. B. Nation ............................... 0 B. Evans b. B. Nation ................... 1 M. Davey c. B. Nation b. C. O’Brien ........................... 10 S. Jeffries n.o. ................................ 1 K. Brann c. P. Harper b. C. O’Brien ............................. 0 C. Rigby c. G. Lomagno b. R. Provan ............................... 4 Extras ............................................. 4 Total ............................................ 53 Bowling: T. Eustace 1/16, G. Lomagno 0/7, B. Nation 5/14, C. O’Brien 3/12, N. Audino 0/3, R. Provan 1/1. 1st innings OMK P. Miller c. S. Morison b. S. Roche .............................. 44 T. Miller c. K. Brann b. J. Sheerin ............................... 0 C. O’Brien c. S. Roche b. J. Sheerin ............................... 1 R. Quaife c. S. Jeffries b. J. Sheerin ............................... 0 T. Eustace c. S. Roche b. C. Rigby .............................. 45 N. Audino c. J. Bolding b. C. Rigby ................................ 9 B. Maguire n.o. ........................... 17 R. Provan c. C. Rigby b. B. Evans ................................ 0 P. Harper n.o. ................................. 0 Extras ........................................... 19 Total ................................7/135 (cc) Bowling: J. Sheerin 3/8, S. Jeffries 0/23, B. Jeffries 0/27, S. Roche 1/27, S. Morison 0/8, C. Rigby 2/16, B. Evans 0/19. KOONWARRA-RSL v TOWN 1st innings Koonwarra-RSL L. Enter r.o. .................................... 1 N. Toms c. J. Hume b. M. Warren............................ 44 P. Dower c. M. Wilson b. N. Johnston.......................... 23 D. O’Connor c. D. Burge b. M. Warren.............................. 7 C. Moscript c. D. Burge b. S. Fixter ................................. 6 B. Pickersgill stp. M. Wilson b. S. Fixter ................................. 7 B. Moscript stp. M. Wilson b. S. Fixter ............................... 18 E. Charles c. W. Turner b. J. Hume.................................. 4 S. Turner c. M. Borschman b. J. Hume.................................. 5 M. Clarke c. M. Smith b. S. Fixter ................................. 1 J. Pickersgill n.o. ........................... 0 Extras ........................................... 21 Total .......................................... 137 Bowling: N. Johnston 1/29, W. Turner 0/29, A. Hickey 0/16, M. Warren 2/18, S. Fixter 4/31, J. Hume 2/11. 1st innings Town J. Withers c. L. Enter b. B. Pickersgill ....................... 86 M. Wilson b. M. Clarke .............. 66 M. Borschman b. P. Dower ........ 46 A. Hickey c. E. Charles b. B. Pickersgill ......................... 5 M. Smith n.o................................ 78 D. Burge n.o. ............................... 18 Extras ........................................... 19 Total .......................................4/318 Bowling: P. Dower 1/62, J. Pickersgill 0/24, E. Charles 0/57, S. Turner 0/41, M. Clarke 1/41, B. Pickersgill 2/37, N. Toms 0/28, L. Enter 0/19.

last weekend. Inverloch opener Brayley (38) was the top scorer in the game, while Nerrena bowler Ryan Clark bowled an impressive 2/15. Wonthaggi Workmens were far too good for a lacklustre Glen Alvie. With Dutchman (46) and Sawyer (48 not out) scoring at will, the Workmens were never really challenged by their rivals. The only shining light for Glen Alvie was Edwards, who made 55 before being run out. His innings featured seven boundaries and two sixes. Nine was the next highest score. Wonthaggi Workmens bowler Chad Harvey was impressive, taking 3/11. OMK gave MDU a cricket lesson on the weekend, smashing its way to 187 before dismissing its hapless opposition for 71. Despite the poor performance of his team, MDU’s Joel Sinclair was outstanding with the bat and ball. He scored 26, and took 2/27. OMK’s Miller scored 45.

Details PHILLIP ISLAND v WON MINERS 1st innings Won Miners L. Jones c. M. Francis b. P. Cleary .......................1 C. Honeysett c. A. Thomas b. G. Odgers .....................9 S. Webster b. G. Odgers ........0 J. Armstrong b. A. Thomas .. 14 T. Latham r.o. ..................... 13 R. Bettess c&b. J. Blackwell .4 T. Hamilton b. J. Blackwell ...5 P. Loos c. G. Odgers b. J. Blackwell ..................1 D. Perryman lbw. b. Z. Brown ......................1 P. Owen b. A. Thomas ...........0 D. Hamilton n.o. ...................1 Extras ................................. 15 Total .................................. 64 Bowling: G. Odgers 2/13, P. Clear 1/19, A. Thomas 2/14, J. Blackwell 3/12, P. Francis

0/2, Z. Brown 1/0. 1st innings Phillip Island A. Finlayson b. P. Loos ....... 61 Z. Brown b. J. Armstrong ......4 M. Francis c. P. Loos b. C. Honeysett ............... 22 J. Manning c. C. Honeysett b. P. Owen ...................... 47 J. Blackwell n.o. ................. 23 P. Francis c. P. Loos b. T. Hamilton ...................3 P. Cleary c. C. Honeysett b. T. Hamilton ...................1 G. Odgers n.o. ......................8 Extras ................................. 17 Total ...................... 6/186 (cc) Bowling: J. Armstrong 1/48, L. Jones 0/24, C. Honeysett 1/39, P. Loos 1/26, P. Owen 1/25, T. Hamilton 2/18. INVERLOCH v NERRENA 1st innings Inverloch S. Brayley c. D. Baldi b. J. Hoy ......................... 38 L. Sharrock c. T. Clark b. R. Clark ........................2 B. Phillips b. W. Telfer ........ 10 M. Anderson c. R. Clark b. T. Clark ...................... 18 N. Brayley r.o. .................... 21 B. Sword c. J. Renden b. T. Clark ...................... 28 J. Dalmau r.o. .......................2 A. Brayley n.o. .....................6 J. Dalmau n.o. .......................6 Extras ................................. 15 Total ...................... 7/146 (cc) Bowling: R. Clark 2/15, Z. Trease 0/26, W. Telfer 1/30, J. Hoy 1/37, T. Clark 1/28, S. Gaddam 0/5. 1st innings Nerrena D. Baldi lbw. ...................... 13 T. Clark caught .....................0 S. Gaddam b. .......................0 J. Renden caught ................. 33 A. Harrison caught ................9 T. Renden b. ...................... 14 W. Telfer caught....................6 R. Clark caught .....................7 Z. Trease caught ................. 29 D. Campbell b.......................0 J. Hoy n.o. ............................0 Extras ...................................9 Total ................................ 120 GLEN ALVIE v WON WORKMENS 1st innings Won Workmens L. McLean c. J. Wheeler b. E. Chandler ...................4 D. Dutchman c. B. Andrighetto b. B. Davidson ................ 46 A. Yann c. D. Gilbert b. B. Davidson ................ 31 C. Harvey c. D. Gilbert b. B. Andrighetto ............ 29 L. Sawyer n.o. .................... 48 L. Gennicarro n.o. .................6 Extras ................................. 42 Total ...................... 4/206 (cc) Bowling: D. Gilbert 0/31, E. Chandler 1/33, J. Hamilton 0/22, M. Greenway 0/37, B. Davidson 2/36, D. Tiziani 0/17, B. Andrighetto 1/27. 1st innings Glen Alvie

B. Andrighetto c. A. McLean b. M. McCall ....................4 J. Hamilton c. A. Yann b. L. McGuirk ...................0 J. Wheeler b. M. McCall .......4 S. Edwards r.o..................... 55 J. Tiziani c. A. Yann b. C. Harvey .....................9 M. Greenway b. C. Harvey ....4 D. Tiziani r.o. .......................1 D. Gilbert n.o. ......................6 D. Hateley c. M. McCall b. C. Harvey .....................0 Extras ................................. 26 Total ...................... 8/109 (cc) Bowling: L. McGuirk 1/17, M. McCall 2/10, Z. Macdermid 0/7, C. Smith 0/13, L. McLean 0/29, L. Sawyer 0/21, C. Harvey 3/11. MDU v OMK 1st innings OMK R. White c&b. J. Sinclair .... 24 D. Creed lbw. b. B. McKnight ............... 20 J. Greenwood b. S. Browne . 32 G. Miller caught b. J. Sinclair ................... 45 K. Kerr b. S. Browne ............0 J. Cochrane caught b. S. Riley ...................... 21 D. McMeekin c. B. Davey b. B. Heppell .................. 12 N. Creed c. J. Sinclair b. B. Heppell .................. 21 D. Jeffries n.o. ......................0 Extras ................................. 12 Total ...................... 8/187 (cc) Bowling: J. Riley 0/31, B. McKnight 1/26, B. Coulter 0/12, J. Sinclair 2/27, S. Browne 2/29, C. Harris 0/12, S. Riley 1/45, B. Heppell 2/3. 1st innings MDU B. Davey c. J. Cochrane b. J. Greenwood ................0 C. Harris c. R. White b. J. Greenwood .............. 14 R. Olden c. T. Knox b. D. McMeekin .............. 14 B. Heppell c&b. D. McMeekin 0 S. Riley c. N. Creed b. J. Greenwood ................0 J. Sinclair c. G. Miller b. D. Jeffries ................... 26 D. Thomas c. J. Cochrane b. D. Jeffries .....................6 B. McKnight r.o. ...................2 S. Browne c. D. McMeekin b. D. Jeffries .....................0 J. Riley n.o. ..........................2 B. Coulter n.o. ......................2 Extras ...................................5 Total ........................ 9/71 (cc) Bowling: R. White 0/15, J. Greenwood 3/12, D. McMeekin 2/19, J. Cochrane 0/14, D. Jeffries 3/6, K. Kerr 0/3, B. Walker 0/2.

Good block: MDU’s Craig Hoober gives a neat block to a fast ball.

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OMK’s Wyatt hits 101 not out OMK CRUISED to victory over Korumburra thanks to a 101 not out knock by middle order batsmen Tom Wyatt.

not out. Workmens all-rounder Gavin Britt played a big part in the win, hitting his way to 21 and claiming 3/17 when it was his turn to bowl.

The Korumburra total would have been much less, but for the resistance shown by lower order batsmen Osman (29 not out) and Scott (32 not out). OMK’s Russell Greaves was great with the ball, claiming 3/19. Phillip Island has come out on top in its game against Wonthaggi Miners, with Shane Murdoch top-scoring with a well constructed 68. Black wasn’t too far off the pace with a respectable 51. Miners’ batsmen Birkett, with 38, and Donohue, 35 not out, were good for their team. Best amongst the bowlers were the Miners’ Piasente (3/29) and Honeysett (2/12). Inverloch opener Walter Taberner has continued his stellar batting form, smashing his way to 87 and ensuring victory over Nerrena. While Nerrena master blaster Damien Symmons made a solid 41 and Clarke (23), Murphy (39) and Trotman (26) were all respectable, many of the other Nerrena batsmen fell cheaply. Wonthaggi Workmens has trounced Imperials, with Huitema leading the charge with an inspired 56

A Grade, Division 1 WON MINERS v PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Won Miners R. Birkett b. J. Finnigan ...........38 P. Nelson b. D. Johnston ............5 A. Donohue n.o. .......................35 A. Warren c. S. Murdoch b. J. Finnigan ........................13 M. Johnson b. C. Wilson ..........14 J. Honeysett n.o. .........................8 Extras .......................................13 Total .............................4/126 (cc) Bowling: S. Boyack 0/22, S. Kirton 0/8, D. Johnston 1/26, J. Finnigan 2/26, C. Wilson 1/24, E. Richards 0/6, S. Murdoch 0/9. 1st innings Phillip Island E. Richards c. A. Warren b. G. Peters ...........................17 J. Black c&b. J. Piasente ..........51 T. Hornsby c. C. Thomas b. G. Peters .............................8 S. Murdoch c. M. Johnson b. J. Piasente.........................68 J. Finnigan c. M. Johnson b. R. Jones ..............................4 B. Johnston c. C. Thomas b. J. Piasente...........................0 S. Kirton c. G. Peters b. J. Honeysett ........................9 D. Johnston n.o. .......................20 S. Boyack c. R. Jones b. J. Honeysett ........................8 L. Keating n.o. ...........................0 Extras .......................................24 Total ....................................8/209 Bowling: R. Birkett 0/29, D. Beesey 0/12, M. Johnson 0/10, G. Peters 2/36, A. Donohue 0/19, P. Nelson 0/31, J. Piasente 3/29, R. Jones 1/29, J. Honeysett 2/12. NERRENA v INVERLOCH 1st innings Nerrena D. Symmons c. L. Rankin b. D. Clark ............................41 M. Clark c. B. Debono b. R. Tegg .............................23 T. Wightman c. B. Debono b. D. Clark ..............................0 G. Murphy b. L. Rankin ...........39 P. Matheson lbw. b. N. Cant .............................14

T. Trotman c. D. Clark b. K. Rothier.........................26 L. Roberts c. W. Rankin b. K. Rothier...........................5 C. Salmon stp. W. Taberner b. R. Tegg ...............................1 J. Trease c. N. Cant b. R. Tegg ...............................2 T. Davison n.o. ...........................0 J. Hoy r.o. ...................................0 Extras .......................................16 Total .......................................167 Bowling: K. Rothier 2/24, L. Rankin 1/29, N. Cant 1/28, D. Clark 2/34, R. Tegg 3/47. 1st innings Inverloch W. Taberner c. M. Clark b. D. Symmons.....................87 J. Smith c. L. Roberts b. T. Davison ..........................7 W. Rankin c. M. Clark b. T. Wightman .....................34 D. Clark b. T. Wightman ..........24 B. Debono b. J. Hoy .................10 K. Rothier n.o...........................13 T. Thornby c. C. Salmon b. J. Hoy .................................0 R. Tegg n.o. ................................1 Extras .......................................23 Total ....................................6/199 Bowling: J. Trease 0/27, T. Davison 1/36, J. Hoy 2/29, G. Murphy 0/21, D. Symmons 1/25, T. Wightman 2/41, M. Clark 0/15. IMPERIALS v WON WORKMENS 1st innings Won Workmens D. Britt c. G. Sauvarin b. A. DeGennaro ..................26 T. Hooper lbw. b. L. Wright ............................1 G. Britt c. A. Meyer b. L. Wright ..........................21 R. Thomas c. N. Eddy b. L. Rogers ............................0 C. Harvey c. A. Meyer b. K. Gray.............................28 S. Huitema n.o..........................56 G. Bolding c. L. Wright b. K. Gray.............................10 D. Turton n.o. ...........................16 Extras .........................................9 Total .............................6/167 (cc) Bowling: L. Rogers 1/12, L. Wright 2/43, A. DeGennaro 1/34, M. Lafferty 0/26, K Gray 2/51. 1st innings Imperials G. Sauvarin c. T. Hooper b. R. Thomas ..........................0 M. Lafferty c. G. Bolding b. J. Thomas .........................10 L. Rogers c. G. Bolding

b. G. Britt ...............................7 N. Eddy b. A. Lang .................. 11 T. Williams c. R. Thomas b. G. Britt ...............................7 A. Meyer c. J. Thomas b. G. Britt ...............................2 S. Vagg b. A. Lang .....................0 B. Wright n.o. ...........................18 K. Gray b. G. Bolding ..............17 A. DeGennaro b. G. Bolding .....0 L. Wright n.o. .............................0 Extras .......................................13 Total .........................................85 Bowling: R. Thomas 1/19, J. Thomas 1/18, G. Britt 3/17, A. Lang 2/11, G. Bolding 2/12, T. Hooper 0/6. OMK v KORUMBURRA 1st innings Korumburra J. Cook b. R. Greaves.................9 K. Rigby c. P. Dyer b. R. Greaves ..........................7 D. Salmon c. A. Jenkins b. R. Greaves ..........................3 U. Weerasinghe c. T. Wyatt b. A. Jenkins ...........................0 K. Miller c. R. Greaves b. B. Wyatt ...........................15 B. Schmidt lbw. b. J. Wilson .............................3 K. Dorman c. D. Lloyd b. B. Wyatt .............................9 I. Osman n.o. ............................29 D. Scott n.o. .............................32 Extras .......................................12 Total .............................7/119 (cc) Bowling: A. Jenkins 1/27, R. Greaves 3/19, J. Wilson 1/23, P. Dell 0/19, B. Wyatt 2/31. 1st innings OMK A. Miller b. K. Dorman..............0 T. Wyatt n.o. ...........................101 D. Lloyd c. D. Salmon b. N. Allen ............................31 J. Wilson n.o. ............................21 Extras .......................................19 Total ....................................2/172 Bowling: D. Scott 0/23, D. Salmon 0/12, K. Dorman 1/18, K. Rigby 0/33, U. Weerasinghe 0/34, L. Williams 0/24, N. Allen 1/23.

Scoring duo: Simon McRae and Mark Cantwell make sure everything is going down correctly in the A2 match on Saturday.

Bracing: Mark ‘Icon’ LePage waits for the perfect time to swing in the A2 match on Saturday.


McRae sinks Cougars with 6/11 MDU bowler Simon McRae has sunk Leongatha Koonwarra RSL’s chances of victory on the weekend, with an astounding (6/11). McRae cut a swath through the Koony line-up, well supported by some deft fielding from his team mates. Koony’s Sam Hughes did well with both the bat and ball (hitting a respectable 53) and taking 1/27. Batting partner Clint Wise was good, hitting his way to 50. Kilcunda-Bass outgunned Fish Creek Tarwin, who could find little ground with the bat – and finally recorded a dismal total of 100. Kilcunda-Bass’ effervescent Pipicelli was good with the ball, knocking over three wickets for 24. His team mates Hunt (58) and Palmer (32) put their team in good stead, with solid batting performances. Poowong-Loch was pulverised by an impressive bowling assault from Glen Alvie. Coppell (2/21), McRae (2/21), Bolding (2/11) and Hamilton (2/11) all played a significant part in the win. Chasing just 84 to claim victory, Glen Alvie looked shaky, losing its top order cheaply, before Coppell (43) and Arestia (29 not out) steadied the ship. Town opener Joe O’Loughlin outscored Foster on his own, with a slashing 127 run stance. Although few others in his team could do much with the bat, O’Loughlin was able to help his team push its total to 219, 106 more than Foster had recorded.

A Grade, Division 2 MDUv KOONWARRA-RSL 1st innings MDU C. LePage c. S. Sperling b. J. Kennedy..........................2 M. LePage c. J. Hughes b. B. Moscript ......................20 C. Hoober c. D. Pearce b. S. Hughes .........................19 M. Martin c. J. Kennedy b. S. Moscript .......................17 M. Olden c. J. Hughes b. C. Wise .............................16 S. Arnup b. J. Kennedy ............73 W. Prosser c. J. Hughes b. J. Kennedy..........................3 S. McRae n.o. .............................0 M. Cantwell n.o..........................0

Extras .......................................18 Total .............................7/168 (cc) Bowling: J. Kennedy 3/25, C. Wise 1/40, B. Moscript 2/13, S. Sperling 0/24, S. Hughes 1/27, J. Moore 0/37. 1st innings Koonwarra-RSL S. Hughes c. M. Martin b. M. Cantwell......................53 N. Grimes b. M. Patching ........13 C. Wise c. M. Cantwell b. S. McRae ..........................50 B. Moscript c. S. Arnup b. M. Cantwell........................1 B. Anderson c. W. Prosser b. S. Mcrae .............................6 D. Pearce c. T. Harris b. S. Mcrae .............................3 S. Sperling c. M. LePage b. S. Mcrae ........................... 11 S. Moore c. M. Cantwell b. S. McRae ............................6 J. Kennedy c. T. Harris b. S. Mcrae .............................0 J. Hughes n.o. .............................0 J. Moore c. M. Martin b. M. LePage ..........................2 Extras ....................................... 11 Total .......................................157 Bowling: T. Harris 0/31, M. Cantwell 2/23, M. Patching 1/42, M. LePage 1/28, S. Arnup 0/21, S. Mcrae 6/11. KILCUNDA-BASS v FISH CREEK-TARWIN 1st innings Fish Creek-Tarwin G. Watkins caught b. D. Pipicelli .......................14 S. Rabbitt c. A. Shackelford b. D. Pipicelli .........................1 J. Danckert lbw. b. P. Matthews ........................1 J. Law c. J. Dakin b. D. Pipicelli .........................5 V. Kedamath caught b. J. Dakin ............................16 N. Wilkins c. S. Oates b. B. Egeberg........................20 R. McGannon r.o. .......................0 W. Cocksedge lbw. b. A. Shackelford....................0 H. Buckland c. P. Matthews b. J. Mahood...........................1 J. Flanders n.o. .........................24 C. Bawden c. A. Larcombe b. J. Mahood...........................3 Extras .......................................15 Total .......................................100 Bowling: D. Pipicelli 3/24, P. Matthews 1/7, A. Shackelford 1/20, J. Dakin 1/15, B. Egeberg 1/12, J. Mahood 2/15. 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass D. Hunt lbw. b. R. McGannon ...................58 T. Miller b. S. Rabbitt ..............20 P. Palmer caught b. V. Kedamath .....................32 S. Oates caught b. J. Law ...............................19 A. Larcombe b. J. Law ...............4 J. Dakin c. V. Kedamath b. C. Bawden ..........................8 J. Mahood n.o.............................7 A. Shackelford lbw. b. C. Bawden ..........................2 B. Egeberg n.o............................7 Extras .......................................18 Total ....................................7/175 Bowling: J. Flanders 0/32, J. Danckert 0/19, S. Rabbitt 1/39, V. Kedamath 1/32, J. Law 2/30, R. McGannon 1/9, C. Bawden 2/11. POOWONG-LOCH v GLEN ALVIE 1st innings Poowong-Loch C. Knox b. L. McRae .................3 G. Birnie stp. R. Arestia b. L. McRae............................0 R. Knox c. R. Arestia b. S. Coppell...........................5 S. Jenkins lbw.

b. J. Hales .............................20 N. Findlay c. R. Arestia b. R. Bolding ..........................3 M. Adderley b. S. Coppell .........0 T. Miller b. R. Bolding ...............8 T. Hancock n.o. ........................10 G. Staindl c. S. Coppell b. A. Hamilton ........................8 B. King c. J. Glen b. A. Hamilton ........................7 Extras .......................................19 Total .........................................83 Bowling: S. Coppell 2/21, L. McRae 2/21, R. Bolding 2/11, J. Hales 1/7, D. Williams 0/8, A. Hamilton 2/11. 1st innings Glen Alvie S. Smith c. T. Hancock b. S. Jenkins .........................10 S. Bolding c. R. Knox b. S. Jenkins ...........................8 D. Tiziani c. G. Staindl b. G. Birnie.............................2 J. Glen c. C. Knox b. G. Birnie.............................9 S. Coppell c. S. Jenkins b. T. Hancock .......................43 R. Arestia n.o............................29 D. Williams c&b. B. King ..........8 A. Hamilton r.o. .........................1 L. McRae n.o..............................0 Extras .......................................29 Total ....................................7/139 Bowling: T. Hancock 1/28, G. Birnie 3/20, N. Findlay 0/18, M. Adderley 0/21, S. Jenkins 1/24, R. Knox 0/19, B. King 1/6, G. Staindl 0/0. TOWN v FOSTER 1st innings Foster M. Lynch c. J. Schelling b. J. Bolge ............................25 R. Johnston b. A. Ratnayake ....14 S. Jeffery c. B. Moore b. J. Schelling .........................6 G. Tanner lbw. b. M. Borschman ..................13 J. Prain c. A. Ratnayake b. M. Borschman ....................2 S. Lanyon b. J. O’Loughlin......15 D. Clearihan-Jervies n.o. ..........16 F. Griggs b. M. Weerasinghe-Silva ........9 G. Prain b. M. Weerasinghe-Silva ........0 Extras .......................................13 Total ....................................... 113 Bowling: A. Ratnayake 1/11, M. Davies 1/24, J. Schelling 1/17, M. Borschman 2/19, J. O’Loughlin 1/21, M. Weerasinghe-Silva 2/8, J. Bolge 1/10. 1st innings Town J. O’Loughlin lbw. b. S. Jeffery ........................127 B. Moore c&b. R. Johnston .....24 M. Weerasinghe-Silva c. S. Lanyon b. R. Johnston.............................4 J. Burge caught b. G. Tanner ..........................28 C. Bruce lbw. b. G. Tanner ............................0 M. Davies c. R. Johnston b. S. Jeffery ............................7 M. Borschman n.o. .....................5 J. Bolge n.o. ...............................1 Extras .......................................23 Total .............................6/219 (cc) Bowling: J. Prain 0/34, F. Griggs 0/53, D. Clearihan-Jervies 0/25, R. Johnston 2/24, G. Tanner 2/37, S. Lanyon 0/28, S. Jeffery 2/14.

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Hams the newest Bomber By Jacob de Kunder WILL Hams will be donning the red and black for 2013 after Essendon picked him up in the pre-season draft. Hams was picked up by the Bombers with pick six and the Inverloch resident is excited about the draft. “I was just super excited really when I found out; I suppose it’s been my dream to play AFL my whole life and when I got the call I was stoked,” he said. The former Sale based footballer represented the region in the Gippsland Power squad this year as well as averaging 11.5 disposals in four games for Vic Country at the NAB AFL Under-18 championships. Hams said playing for the Power has set him up well for AFL. “Peter Francis and Nick Stevens down there do a fantastic job getting the boys ready to play AFL footy.” The small midfielder/defender said he is being welcomed at Essendon. “It’s been really good. Everyone’s made me feel welcome and training’s been really good; tough, but I’ve really enjoyed it,” he said. “It’s a bit weird standing up there next to Jobe Wat-

son and some of the other boys, but it’s good.” Hams is also preparing for a bit of extra training over the summer with fellow Bomber Dyson Heppell. “I think I’ll be doing a bit of training over the summer with Heps (Heppell) at Inverloch and hopefully he gets me into shape and the season goes well. List manager Adrian Dodoro said the 18-year-old trained with the club in the past week and possessed a never-say-die attitude that would be a welcome addition to the red and black. “He has trained with us in the last week and demonstrated how professional he is in the way he goes about his football,” Dodoro said. “He has an elite engine and is a left-footer. “He has the courage to play inside and out and has also demonstrated that he has a good goal sense.” His relentless attack on the football as well as the opposition are real features of his game. “With these terrific qualities, we thought he was the best player available at the selection today so we’re thrilled to have him at the club,” Dodoro said. Before being drafted Hams was a Richmond supporter, but since last week he said he thinks the whole family will be swapping to the Bombers now.

Line honors: ridden by Dani Walker, Fontainette was first past the post in Race One at Woolamai on Saturday, and Almighty Flash came in second.

Creative: Leongatha’s artistic face painter Margaret Nelson paints a ghoulish design for Grace McRae of Wonthaggi at the Woolamai races.

Santa trophy: Cranbourne jockey Dani Walker in the mounting yard after she rode her mother and trainer Karen Walker’s horse Fontainette to a win in the first at Woolamai, watched on by clerk of the course, Cindy Conn.

Woolamai secretary: Bev Carmichael, pictured with her horse Just Jordi which raced in the third at Woolamai.

Winner : jockey Adam Bodey rode Onya Keithy to a win in the second race at Woolamai on Saturday.

New Don: Will Hams of Inverloch has been drafted with Essendon.

Festive: Lang Lang trainer Dianne Clover added some Christmas sparkle to her Shetland pony, Dusty, best mate of her horse Set Zena, which placed second in the fourth race at Woolamai on Saturday.

Race judge: from left Woolamai racing club judge Don Matheson caught up with jockey Adam Bodey and Kristi Thomas at the races on Saturday.

Festive racing at Woolamai SANTA arrived at the Woolamai picnic races on Saturday and delighted the many children who came to enjoy a day out with their family and friends. While the rain fell early in the morning, the skies

Stony pony: local strapper Kirsty Taylor attends to Stony Creek trained horse Furbin, which placed third in Race One at Woolamai.

cleared for the first race and the sun shone for the rest of the six race event. The race meeting attracted a good crowd, many who had come to celebrate their work breakups and bucks parties. The next meeting at Woolamai is scheduled for Sunday, January 16, 2013.

Onya Keithy: jockey Adam Bodey rides winner of Race Two Onya Keithy into the mounting yard.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - PAGE 63


From Federer to Foster

By Brad Lester

HE is the personal massage therapist to former world tennis number one, Roger Federer, and the Swiss Davis Cup team.

He has soothed the injuries of Australia’s cricketers and relieved the aches of Commonwealth Games athletes. Now the next role for Wonthaggi’s Gary Hamilton is coaching Foster’s Thirds boys. The massage therapist and personal trainer has worked with Federer’s camp since 2007 and while he has travelled to grand slams and tournaments across the globe, Hamilton remains as passionate as ever about grassroots footy. Hamilton talks football like it’s another language, discussing fat and skinny areas of the ground, playing zone defence and he’s not afraid to overturn longstanding football tactics in a bid to improve results. “Coaching the Foster Under 18s is certainly different to my experience in elite sport, although the Foster Football Club is an open, friendly, welcoming club. “I will endeavour to prepare the boys well, covering all the components of fitness, encouraging respect, good sportsmanship and team work - a level of professionalism as close to elite as possible. “Grassroots football, or any sport for that matter is where we all began, so it has to be supported well and I think that I should put something back into the sport and club that supported me.” Hamilton played most of his senior football at Foster: he played in three grand finals, was captain in the club’s centenary year in 1990 and coached

the senior team for four years. His sons, Trent, 17, and Ty, 15, play at Foster and his wife Jacqui is team manager. Her family is involved at the club and the boys play football with their cousins every week. Hamilton has also played with Wonthaggi Rovers, coached Wonthaggi Power and served as assistant coach with the TAC Cup side, Gippsland Power. Hawthorn’s Under 19s side enjoyed his services. Hamilton issued Foster’s Thirds with their preseason training program last week, before he spends January at the Australian Open, the tennis grand slam of AsiaPacific, and then flies to Switzerland to work with the Swiss Davis Cup team in the opening match of the year. “There are certain moments when I think ‘What am I doing?’ but with Roger it’s like being with friends and that’s the really important thing.” Hamilton returns to the open on January 4, treating players contesting the qualifying tournament in the lead up to the main event. With 250 hopefuls playing in the singles competitions alone, he expects long hours. “Most of the work I do is recovery work, working closely with physios and sports doctors as well. When I’m with Roger, it’s just me and him.” Hamilton’s work will continue into the open proper, working 14 days straight, anywhere up until 1am, soothing players’ bodies after practice sessions and matches. Switzerland’s first Davis Cup match will be played in the city of Geneva, and contested indoors due to sub-zero temperatures. The team will most likely comprise Federer,

Stanislas Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli, Michael Lammer and Henri Laaksonen. Hamilton will work alongside the team coach, captain, doctor, physio, team manager and racquet stringer, and add strength and conditioning duties to his massage therapist’s role. “It’s a team environment where everyone does a bit of something.” On match days, Hamilton monitors players’ drinks to ensure they are not tampered with, and is charged with supplying towels and tissues. He is the only Australian on the team working alongside a team, of not only Swiss, but also an American and a French physio. “The Swiss fly me everywhere. It’s about the opportunity. You always hear of people that want to go overseas to do what they want to do. “It’s great fun and is exciting, but I have to remind myself why I’m doing it. I do not want to take it for granted because it could all end tomorrow.” Ironically, his first tie with the Swiss team was against Australia in Sydney in 2011. Federer’s former coach, Tony Roche, then the Australian Davis Cup coach, saw Hamilton wearing the Swiss red and white, and remarked: “Gary, what are you doing?!” His foray into elite tennis began after he secured a role as massage therapist at the 2006 open. At the 2007 grand slam, a tournament official rang him at home in Wonthaggi and said Federer would like a massage at 1pm. After the second session with Federer, the tennis great asked Hamilton to work with him for the tournament.

Elite connections: Gary Hamilton, massage therapist to tennis great Roger Federer, with a racquet used by the Swiss star. So impressed was Federer, he invited Hamilton to Europe and since then Hamilton has travelled around the world with Federer’s camp, including the Beijing Olympics, and numerous Wimbledon and French Open tournaments. “Roger is just like you see him.” Always interested in sports medicine, Hamilton studied massage therapy later in life after initially training as an electrical inspector with the former State Electricity Commission. His work at the elite level results in advanced treatment for his clients at the Wonthaggi business, New Level Body Therapy, he runs with Jacqui, herself a personal trainer and keen tennis player. “Working with athletes, you are always treating similar injuries, but when I come home, I can get five-year-olds to 85-year-olds.” He continues to expand his knowledge, studying for diplomas of sport and fitness.

Star volleyball players hit Inverloch

FOR the first time, Inverloch hosted the Girl’s Australian National Volleyball Camp on December 15 and 16. Approximately 50 under 17 girls flew in from across the country to participate in a five day extensive training course. This was the camp’s third year in Gippsland. “We’ve had some positive feedback,” said organiser Dan Anderson. “We’ll run it for many more years.” Due to the lack of beach courts in Churchill, the two-day beach training session was held at Pensioner’s Point, with the aim of providing greater exposure for Gippsland. The remaining three days were

indoor sessions held in Churchill. The girls were under the guidance of 10 coaches from all over Australia. Amongst them were two aspiring Gippsland volleyball players from Morwell and Traralgon. Two Gippsland coaches, Chris Wood from Traralgon and Glenn Trembath from Morwell, were also involved with the training sessions. In the past the majority of the girls have played tournaments in Dandenong and have been spotted and invited to join the program. Of the 50 girls involved, 12 will be selected to represent Australia in an international tournament in 2013. The destination has yet to be decided. A male equivalent of this event

was held in Bendigo on the same dates. Two local boys from Lakes Entrance and Inverloch were involved. Twelve of these boys will also be selected to form an Australian team next year. The event is supported by Bass Coast, Cool Aqua Group and Energy Australia. Cool Aqua Group and Energy Australia offer sponsorship and host a junior clinic which was held on December 16 from 3pm-4pm. The junior clinic was open to all Gippslanders of any age or ability at the Latrobe Valley Leisure Centre. The event was run by coaches from the Australian clinic. For more information, contact Dan Anderson on 0407 818 257 or

English trip: Gary Hamilton on centre court at Wimbledon 2009, where Roger Federer overcame Andy Roddick 16.14 in the fifth set of the final, breaking Pete Sampras’ record of most grand slams won and regaining his world number one ranking.

TINS OVERFLOW FOR BEAU Thank you Leongatha and the wider community for your support of the Beau Vernon appeal. Several local businesses displayed the tins which so far have raised $5500.00, not to mention the countless donations from individuals, sporting clubs, and businesses from far and wide. The generosity of people has been overwhelming to both Beau and his family.These funds will help contribute towards Beau having access to the best possible rehabilitation, physio programs and carers, once he leaves Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in Kew. Beau recently attended the Leongatha Football Club charity golf day event and talked about his injury, his rehabilitation, and his goals and aspirations for the future. His inspiring story, left not a dry eye in the house. If you would like to read more about Beau's injury, or follow Beau's progress, he has set up a blog at LUM1470002

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