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Crash shock A motorcyclist was killed after a devastating collision at Wooreen last Wednesday. Report, page 3.

BREAKTHROUGH Mobile reception chance at last By Laura Gibb COMMUNITIES in South Gippsland without mobile phone reception may finally be brought into the twenty-first century. Dumbalk could be one of the first towns to receive a service under the Federal Government’s $100 million Mobile Coverage Program. The news came as fires threaten isolated communities throughout broader Gippsland, highlighting the vital role mobile phones play in people receiving emergency warnings from

Scouting locations: Paul Fletcher, Russell Broadbent and Adrian Harris examine a potential mobile tower site at Dumbalk North.

authorities. The revelation also followed news that more fixed wireless facilities for the National Broadband Network are expected to be switched on from mid2015 in Bass Coast, South Gippsland and Cardinia shire (see story page 7). Paul Fletcher, parliamentary secretary to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, held a meeting at Dumbalk Community Centre last Wednesday to inform residents about their chances under the program. About 40 people attended, including McMillan MP Russell Broadbent and South Gippsland Shire Councillor Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks. Dumbalk, Dumbalk North and surrounding areas have been fighting for better mobile phone reception for more than 15 years. However, with low population numbers, commercial providers cannot justify the cost of erecting

a mobile phone tower at Dumbalk. Mr Fletcher acknowledged the need for mobile phone coverage for business use, road safety, fire safety and interacting with city people who assume people use a mobile phone. The government is developing a list of places where towers are required and is conducting community meetings such as the one at Dumbalk. “We want it to reflect community priorities,� Mr Fletcher said. The list will be based on representations made by citizens, organisations and elected representatives about locations which have poor, or no, mobile coverage; advice provided by state and territory governments; and mapping, drive testing and other relevant data. Under the Mobile Coverage Program, the first towers will be built by the end of 2015. Continued on page 6.

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Focus on Leongatha retail LEONGATHA was the topic at a revitalising rural retail workshop held last Friday, February 7. South Gippsland Shire

Council’s project for Leongatha was funded by the Victorian Government through the Department of State Development and Business Innovation’s Streetlife program. Present at the workshop

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Taking the tour: from left, exploring Leongatha are consultants Jennifer Cromarty from SOCOM and Orlando Harrison from Track Consulting along with South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jim Fawcett, StreetLife project coordinator Renee Littlejohn, director of development services Phil Stone, CEO Tim Tamlin and economic development manager Ken Fraser.

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ENDLESS LOVE (M) 105 mins *NFP THURS, MON, TUES, WED: 2.45pm, 4.50pm, 7.30pm. FRI: 2.50pm, 4.40pm, 7.15pm, 9.30pm. SAT: 2.50pm, 4.40pm, 7.15pm, 9.20pm. SUN: 2.50pm, 4.40pm, 7.20pm. 47 RONIN 3D (M) 119 mins *NFP THURS, MON, TUES, WED: 4.45pm. FRI: 4.30pm. SAT: 9.25pm. SUN: 4.30pm. 47 RONIN (M) 119 mins *NFP THURS, MON, TUES, WED: 2.25pm. FRI: 2.15pm, 9.25pm. SAT, SUN: 2.15pm. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (M) 115 mins *NFP THURS, MON, TUES, WED: 12.15pm, 4.55pm. FRI, SAT, SUN: 12.05pm, 4.55pm. MANDELA: A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM (M) 141 mins THURS, MON, TUES, WED: 10.00am, 2.00pm, 7.05pm. FRI, SAT: 9.50am, 1.45pm, 9.00pm. SUN: 9.50am, 1.45pm, 7.05pm. LAST VEGAS (M) 105 mins THURS, MON, TUES, WED: 10.10am, 12.45pm, 7.30pm. FRI, SAT: 10.05am, 12.35pm, 7.20pm. SUN: 10.05am, 12.35pm, 7.15pm. PHILOMENA (M) 98 mins THURS, MON, TUES, WED: 9.50am, 11.50am. FRI: 9.45am, 11.45am, 7.05pm. SAT: 9.50am, 11.45am, 7.05pm. SUN: 9.50am, 11.45am. ROBOCOP (M) 117 mins THURS, MON, TUES, WED: 2.55pm, 5.10pm, 7.05pm. FRI: 2.40pm, 4.55pm, 6.50pm, 9.20pm. SAT: 2.40pm, 4.55pm, 6.50pm, 9.30pm. SUN: 2.40pm, 4.55pm, 6.50pm. SAVING MR. BANKS (PG) 125 mins THURS, MON, TUES, WED: 9.50am. FRI: 9.45am. THE BOOK THIEF (PG) 131 mins THURS, FRI, MON, TUES, WED: 12.20pm. SAT, SUN: 12.10pm. NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (M) 111 mins SAT: 4.30pm. FROZEN (PG) 108 mins SAT, SUN: 10.00am.

were the council’s economic development team, members of the Leongatha business community and consultants, Jen Cromarty (SOCOM) and Orlando Harrison (Track Consulting). The aim of the workshop was to give Leongatha retailers specific insights into drivers, trends and preferences for residents, as well as facilitating collaboration between council, traders and local business industry groups to identify opportunities to revitalise the local retail precinct. Prior to the workshop, surveys of local residents and businesses were conducted to better understand the current retail trends. To help people understand the town centre, two walk throughs were conducted; one on Thursday by council management and on Friday by members of the Leongatha business community. Once results of the workshop have been assessed by the consultants, council will be informed of any recommendations in a report expected in April.

BASS MLA Ken Smith’s three year term as parliamentary speaker was the pinnacle of his career, he told The Star yesterday. Mr Smith resigned from the position last Tuesday in the best interests of the parliament, he said. Mr Smith said Labor and independent MP Geoff Shaw had disrupted parliament, and Mr Smith felt he should not continue as speaker. Mr Smith was replaced by Evelyn MLA Christine Fyffe. “Over the last three years, the Labor Party has done everything to ensure that parliament stops operating with their continual interjections and their frivolous points of order,” Mr Smith said, adding he did not think Labor’s behaviour would change under Ms Fyffe’s oversight. Premier Denis Napthine said he acknowledged Mr Smith’s service presiding over the Legislative Assembly for the last three years. “Mr Smith served as a diligent and hard-working speaker who presided over the assembly in cir-


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cumstances which were at times difficult and challenging,” he said. “I also acknowledge, on behalf of the Parliamentary Liberal Party, the outstanding and ongoing contribution made by Mr Smith as an excellent local Member of Parliament for the seat of Bass and as a loyal and dedicated member of the Liberal Party. “I look forward to continuing to work with Mr Smith as he continues his role as the Member for Bass up until election day in November this year.” Mr Smith will not recontest the seat of Bass at the November 29 election.

Speaker no longer: Bass MLA Ken Smith.


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Transport joy at Koonwarra don’t like driving to the city and as well as kids who want to get into Leongatha.” Mr Graley has been campaigning for this service for decades and he said this final development will mean saving people a lot of time and petrol money. A spokesperson for Public Transport Victoria said the need for a service in Koonwarra was proven. “The local community identified a need for access to public transport to Melbourne and across their regional centre,” the spokesperson said. “To improve access to public transport for Koonwarra residents, a V/Line bus stop was installed on Koala Drive, Koonwarra. “The bus stop has a flag, pole and timetable case and will be upgraded to be disability access compliant in the near future.”

By Jacob de Kunder KOONWARRA residents have enjoyed the services of a V/Line coach since late December last year. Those living in the town and surrounding areas now have access to three coach services to Melbourne and four coach services to Yarram on weekdays, as well as three each way on Saturdays and Sundays, greatly improving their access to public transport. Koonwarra resident Phil Graley used to have to catch a $25 taxi to just get to Leongatha, but now will be able to catch the bus for a much cheaper fare. “It is fantastic,” he said. “We need people to use the service now that we have got it. “It is fantastic for the retirees who

Push for Varli’s recovery POLICE will push a wheelbarrow through the streets of Melbourne on Friday, February 14 as a fundraiser for the three police officers injured in an explosion in Middle Park in January. Among those officers was Constable Varli Blake, a former MeeniyanDumbalk United netballer. The wheelbarrow journey will take them from Box Hill to St Kilda, symbolising Constable Emma Quick’s journey so far with Victoria Police. The event is called Push for a Quick Recovery. Constable Quick, Constable Blake and Sergeant Tony Scully were all injured in the explosion, along with two firefighters. Box Hill station commander Senior Sergeant Ron Sinclair said the event was about showing support to their colleagues and their families. “Along the way, we will be rattling the tins and accepting donations from supporters,” he said. “All of the money raised will then


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be deposited into the BankVic ‘Tony, Emma & Varli Recovery Fund’ account. “This money will assist the three members and their families cope with the years of recovery and rehabilitation that lie ahead of them.” While Sergeant Scully has been released from hospital and will continue treatment from home, Constable Quick and Constable Blake are still recovering in the Alfred Hospital. Police are charging a 40 year old man in relation to the explosion. Detectives from the Arson and Explosives Squad arrested the man in Sale on Thursday, February 6 around 8.30am. He was charged with six counts of reckless conduct endangering life, six counts of reckless conduct endangering serious injury, four counts of recklessly causing serious injury and one count of recklessly causing injury. The man appeared at the Morwell Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, February 6 and was bailed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on May 1.


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Fire dash By Brad Lester

FIREFIGHTERS from South Gippsland have rushed to the aid of bushfire stricken communities in Yarram, Morwell and East Gippsland. But the CFA is stressing South Gippsland remains well covered by remaining firefighters and vehicles. Brigades in the Mirboo, Leongatha-Korumburra, South Gippsland and Bass Coast groups have contributed volunteers to the effort, in various roles. Firefighters are expected to remain in bushfire afflicted areas for some time. They were called to the Hernes Oak fire that spread to Morwell and the Maryvale paper mill on the weekend, where Leongatha CFA’s pumper remains. A strike team, including such brigades as Koonwarra, Ruby, Korumburra and Loch, left Leongatha for Yarram on Sunday, where a fire at Madalya cast embers as far as Jack River and Won Wron. Leongatha-Korumburra group secretary Wayne Walker was busy organising crews over the weekend and into yesterday (Monday), as hot temperatures coupled with roaring winds to raise the fire risk. “We were just kept on a higher level of alert to start with, making sure everyone was ready to go if need be,” he said. “We had a fairly good response when we asked for people to go out. We have a really good bunch of volunteers.” Firefighters are now hoping for rain to reduce the fire risk across Gippsland, but are prepared should a large fire breakout locally. “We always keep an eye on the resources

we have left and move vehicles around to ensure we have all the areas covered,” Mr Walker, also Koonwarra CFA’s first lieutenant, said. South Gippsland CFA volunteers also joined in the firefighting effort against bushfires raging in East Gippsland. The fires threatened communities and spread to 17,000ha in size. Among the brigades assisting were Meeniyan, Korumburra, Kongwak, Tarwin Lower, Koonwarra, Inverloch, Pound Creek, Loch, Mirboo North, Dumbalk, Berrys Creek and Allambee. Bass Coast Group sent volunteers from Wonthaggi, Dalyston, Bass, Kernot, San Remo, Phillip Island and Corinella brigades. Some have been flown to Cooma, New South Wales, and bussed in to fight the northern front of the fire. Mr Walker said local brigades had sent teams there. Firefighters have worked three 12 hour shifts before returning home. “It’s been going for two to three weeks now, and we’re not sure how long it will go for because it’s a big area and some of the fires are joining together,” he said. “It just needs a big soaking of rain to give us a break.” Brigades also sent vehicles to the fireground in East Gippsland: Mirboo North CFA contributed a patrol vehicle; Allambee CFA a light tanker; a skip from Yanakie CFA; and ultralight tankers were sent from Meeniyan and Dumbalk. Those vehicles were staffed by crews from across CFA District 9, which encompasses South and West Gippsland.

Circus amazed: Circus Royale landed at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve last Tuesday and Wednesday. Milder weather made for big crowds under the big top, with some amazing performers from around the globe complete with camels, ducks, dogs, horses and even Friesians! The jugglers and the “man in the bottle” were standouts. The circus played to good crowds at Wonthaggi despite the hot weather over the weekend. Warming up on the clowns before the performance are Koonwarra residents, young Louis and Reggie Read with their father Darren.

POLICE BRIEFS Arson suspected

Knife threat

A FIRE was lit at an unoccupied Coldon display home next to Capeview, Mitre 10 on the Cape Paterson - Wonthaggi Road, Wonthaggi on Sunday. The fire started at about 11.25pm by unknown arsonists. CFA attended and extinguished the blaze, but not before it caused significant damage to the home. Bass Coast CIU and Wonthaggi Police are investigating.

A MAN was reported threatening another person with a knife at Wonthaggi’s Miner’s Rest Caravan Park last week. A 59 year old Wonthaggi man, who was in possession of a knife, was arrested after Wonthaggi Police were called to the scene. He has been charged with making threats to kill, and possessing a controlled weapon. He will appear in Korumburra Magistrates Court at a later date.

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A CAR hit a 50 year old pedestrian and a mailbox after it rolled down a hill in Leongatha on Wednesday.



By Brad Lester LEONGATHA’s heavy vehicle alternate route looks closure to becoming reality, with state and federal MPs backing South Gippsland Shire Council’s pursuit of $5 million to fund the project. VicRoads has completed a planning study and council endorsed that design at its December council meeting. Now council is seeking money from State and Federal governments to construct the route. Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan, and McMillan MP Russell Broadbent supported council’s funding bids. Mayor Cr Jim Fawcett said grander routes proposed could have cost up to $20 million and would have been highly unlikely to gain funding. “The need is here right now and we are keen to progress the project to redirect heavy vehicles away from the CBD and improve safety,” he said. “Along with VicRoads, we’ve consulted with residents and businesses to deliver the best possible design which now includes traffic lights at the Nerrena Road and Koonwarra Road intersection, plus footpaths along Long

Street to provide safer and easier access for pedestrians to the railway station and town centre. “While not all suggestions provided by the community can be accommodated, we remain committed to advocate on its behalf to progress these key projects.” Council will also start planning for amenity improvement within the town centre, with particular attention to Bair Street’s parking and streetscape as an improved retail precinct. Mr Ryan said the Victorian Government would work with council and the Federal Government on the project as further information comes to hand. “Any future funding application will be considered on its merits,” he said. “The Coalition Government provided VicRoads with $270,000 in 2011 to undertake the planning study that was completed in August 2013.” McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said he would “certainly push the cause as far as I can in Canberra”. He said the Federal Government was offering roads funding from two main sources, with the extension of the Roads to Recovery Program, along with $40 million per annum to 2018-19 for the continuation of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP). “Funding for round four of the HVSPP program commences from the 2014-15 financial year, and will be available to state, territory and local governments,” Mr Broadbent said. “Eligible applicants, including councils, will be notified by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development when applications are open. This is expected in the coming months. “It is expected allocations for the new Roads to Recovery Program will be determined in the first half of 2014, and work has begun on the arrangements to apply during the period from July 2014 to June 2019.” Mr Broadbent said council could elect to use Roads to Recover funds on the heavy vehicle bypass. Details of the planned route can be viewed on www. or a copy obtained from council reception at 9 Smith Street, Leongatha.

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Roundabout reminder A REMINDER to drivers that although being courteous to other road users is encouraged and appreciated, there are times when it can be taken too far and become dangerous. Police are aware of a

couple of incidents where drivers have, while about to exit a roundabout, stopped to wave pedestrians to cross the road in front. This risks a collision due to other drivers not anticipating a car stopping in the roundabout. It also has an effect of blocking the roundabout with cars and confusing pedestrians as to who has right of way at a roundabout. Pedestrians crossing the road at a roundabout do not have right of way over vehicles.





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Danger zone: the Leongatha CFA pumper at work battling the fire at the Maryvale paper mill on Sunday.

The vehicle was left unattended in Chamberlain Drive, Leongatha, and the handbrake had not been applied, when the incident occurred at 7pm. The man suffered minor injuries, and the car and mailbox were damaged. The owner of the car will be issued a penalty notice for failing to apply the handbrake.

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Show it off: John O'Connor is excited about the Rotary Club of Leongatha Show 'n' Shine and Swap Meet, which will be held at the velodrome on Sunday, February 23.

Top talker on way AUSTRALIA'S most recognised car show commentator Gordon “Pinky” Fellows will be on the microphone for the annual Rotary Club of Leongatha Show 'n' Shine and Swap Meet. The show, to be held on Sunday February 23 at the Leongatha Velodrome, is bound to have something for everyone. Event coordinator John O'Connor is excited to have Pinky commentating at the show for the first time. “I know of a lot of shows Pinky has been doing for 20 years and we are excited to have him at Leongatha for the first time,” he said. “We know he is going to add

pizzazz and colour to our show 'n' shine event.” The swap meet portion of the event gets underway early, with gates open at 6am. “The swap meet has been growing nicely over the last few years. People love our setting down there with the shady trees,” Mr O'Connor said. “There is still plenty of space available for stallholders. The cost is $20 per site which includes admittance andpublicliabilityinsurance.” The show 'n' shine component is essentially a lot of cars, trucks and tractors buffed to perfection and on display. “But what we say is, if you have something you are proud of, bring it along. Bring a jet ski, go kart, boat or even a caravan,” Mr O'Connor said. “If you are proud of it, bring it

down. “The show 'n' shine participants start arriving from around 8am, and we expect the public to come in from 9am.” Mr O'Connor said it was important for people to note activities tend to happen early. “The cars will start leaving around 1.30pm, so it is good to be down there early,” he said. “There are 20 categories in the show 'n' shine and every category winner will receive a trophy. “When we first started, we gave out prizes, such as oil or something they could use. But we found that when it was used up, there was nothing to show for their win and people enjoy the trophies.” Entry to the show 'n' shine is $10 for a display vehicle and a driver, and $5 for additional passengers.

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All done: outgoing Bass Coast Shire Council CEO Allan Bawden is finishing up this week.

CEO reflects on 19 years By Jacob de Kunder AFTER 19 years at the helm of the Bass Coast Shire Council, CEO Allan Bawden will retire from the top job this Friday, February 14. During his career, Mr Bawden has faced some major challenges, the first of which came as he stepped into the position. “I came here just after all the local government amalgamations and was appointed by the three commissioners to set up the organisation,” he said. “The task was to bring together all the involved municipalities in the new shire.” Mr Bawden had to build a functioning organisation from the three municipalities of Phillip Island, Bass and Wonthaggi, and sections of three others, gaining Inverloch from Woorayl, Wattle Bank from Korumburra and a section from the Cranbourne Shire. “We had to bring together people from four different workforces. There were six different planning schemes we had to administer for about five years,” he said. “If you think it is confusing having one planning scheme, try when you have a handful of planners and have six to administer it – it is really challenging.” The first year of the job, 1995, was about designing a new organisational structure. “This was hard because pretty much every position was declared vacant and people had to apply for their job and there were a lot of people who didn’t get jobs,” Mr Bawden said. “The next task was to integrate the various services because you had the same services being provided by a number of councils in the past, and there may have been different service levels and different ways of doing it. In some cases you had contractors and others in-house staff, so there had to be a rationalisation project which took a while.” After establishing the Bass Coast Shire Council and settling with service providers and other important local government matters, Mr Bawden was faced with an unexpected challenge at the turn of the century. “We were fortunate when we were going through that development stage the economy was just coming out of recession so things were picking up slowly, but by the end of the ’90s the ‘sea-change’ phenomena had kicked in,” he said. “From about 1999 to 2000 and onwards, there was a massive increase in population and a lot of development like residential housing in the first instance which was later on followed by commercial development. “I think councils everywhere were a bit caught out by that, so I think the challenge then was really to respond to that growth with the sort of services that had to expand to meet the new demand.” Managing the development of all these new residents and their developments prompted one of the council’s biggest achievements.

“Since the year 2001 we have spent a lot of time and money on the land use strategies and we have also got detailed structure plans for every one of our towns with set town boundaries,” Mr Bawden said, “In the coastal towns especially, we have been able to ensure the community understands there are firm town boundaries and the community will not just be spiralled along the coast. “We also have a firm boundary between the towns and the rural areas while allowing enough space to grow but not endless growth. “We have encouraged some of the higher order growth and the regional services to come into places like Wonthaggi where there is a lot of land and no constraints. “I think that has been a great investment and we have great planning policies in place I think the community are pretty happy with.” Another career highlight for Mr Bawden was how the council, under his leadership, made it through the debate and construction of the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant. “It divided the community and the council, and I had to find a way through while dealing with all the issues it brought up,” he said. “I think at the end of the day the plant has been built, but I think we were able to do it to minimise the inconvenience to our community and brought with it some great economic benefits during the construction phase.” Mr Bawden said he was proud of his achievements at Bass Coast. “As a CEO, the chance to set up a new viable organisation that is now financially sustainable and made up of some really good staff, really capable people doing really innovative things and delivering a wide range of services to the community, is fantastic,” he said. “I think the future for Bass Coast is a pretty rosy one. The kind of population growth we have had will continue; it will be an attractive place for retirees and people who want to move to a coastal lifestyle.” Mr Bawden will miss interacting with people every day in the position of CEO. “You have your staff and the councillors but also the people in the community, and I guess you will have to build strong relationships with government departments and other councils because we rely on working together,” he said. “Probably the group in the community I most admire is the volunteers, because like in most communities, we couldn’t operate without the energy and enthusiasm of all the groups that contribute.” Mr Bawden will continue to live in Inverloch and says it will be hard not to take notice of what is going on at the council. “You won’t find me sitting in the gallery,” he laughed. “But I will be taking an interest in the shire and its development and I will be happy to help in any way I can.” Mr Bawden’s final day in the job is this Friday, with his replacement Paul Buckley taking on the role from February 17.

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Burn risk Anniversary prompts fire plan plea

By Brad Lester PEOPLE are still complacent about bushfire safety five years on from Black Saturday and the bushfires that affected Darlimurla and Boolarra, according to a senior Country Fire Authority figure. Mirboo North CFA captain Rob Nyhuis said South Gippslanders need to take more responsibility for their own safety by preparing for a bushfire. He said Victoria’s rating for bushfire risk was one of the highest in the world and people needed to have fire plans before a bushfire arrived. “There is a lot of information out there but the reality is people are so busy they will not read it until it’s 45ºC,” Mr Nyhuis said. “We can’t guarantee to have a truck at someone’s place if there is a fire because there are only so many resources and volunteers that we have.

“We have run community forums before and have had a lack of attendance, and that is why the CFA is using social media now. When you are organising meetings now, people are so time poor and unable to attend.” He said the brigade was eager to educate the community about the danger posed by bushfires. “We have one member at Dickies Hill who is about to undertake another round of community education because we were surprised by how little people knew about fires when they actually happened,” Mr Nyhuis said. Victoria’s high bushfire risk is largely due to high rainfall in cooler months resulting in substantial vegetation growth that dries out quickly in summer, creating a big fuel load for fires. “That’s never going to change, so people had better get used to it,” Mr Nyhuis said. He said the brigade was unable to undertake fuel reduction burns as that responsibility was held by other agencies.

The bushfires of late January and early February, 2009 were deliberately lit, starting at Delburn on a Wednesday and spreading to Darlimurla and Boolarra by the following Friday, also threatening Mirboo North and Yinnar. The blaze destroyed 6385ha, burning 30 homes, 79 farm sheds, nine cars, livestock, 2200ha of timber plantation, and a large amount of farming equipment. CFA volunteers worked 18 hour days fighting the blaze, with units from across the region rushing to the aid of local brigades. More than 450 firefighters and 100 fire trucks were involved, with crews from the CFA, and the then Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Parks Victoria. Eleven water bombing helicopters, including the famous Elvis sky-crane, and fixed-wing aircraft were brought in. Mirboo North Primary School and Secondary College were closed.

Devastating sight: burnt-out cars in Darlimurla Road were among those destroyed by the bushfire of 2009.

Firefighters fear workload will rise By Brad Lester VOLUNTEER firefighters are concerned a new bylaw being considered by South Gippsland Shire Council will waste their time and resources.

Lovely ladies: Wonthaggi’s Katie Smith (left) was joined at the Woolamai Cup on Saturday by Sharon Camm and Marina Boyle of Berwick. More photos and full story on page 54.

’Burra water rescue SOUTH Gippsland Water is backing up Korumburra’s water supplies by pumping water from the Tarwin River to the town’s reservoir. Korumburra’s Coalition Creek supply is at 75 per cent capacity, after no rain was recorded between February 1 and 7. Little Bass Reservoir, which supplies Poowong, Nyora and Loch, is at 74 per cent full; Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Cape Paterson’s supply of Lance Creek is at 87 per cent; Leongatha’s Ruby Creek reservoir at 84 per cent; Foster Dam at 93; and Fish Creek’s Battery Creek reservoir is at 88 per cent. South Gippsland Water managing director Philippe du Plessis said, “The continued hot dry weather experienced across the region has impacted water storages. “As a result South Gippsland Water is taking precautionary measures and has commenced supplementary water supplies for Korumburra.

“The prospect of continued hot weather, the quick drawn down on storages and anticipated higher demand from Burra Food’s expansion, has lead the corporation to commence pumping from the Tarwin River, prior to river flows dwindling”. Water Restrictions have not been activated as yet, however, all customers are reminded that Permanent Water Saving Rules are in force for all water supply systems. The rules include: • all handheld garden hoses to be leak free and fitted with trigger nozzles; • only clean paved areas with water if it is required and there is a health or safety hazard, or if staining has occurred and then only once a year; • fountains and water features can be used only if they recirculate water; and • water gardens and lawns with sprinkler systems between 6pm and 10am (during the cool). Hand held hoses and buckets can used at any time.

The concern comes as fire brigades are already under pressure to respond to calls for help during a busy fire season, both in South Gippsland and beyond, with many volunteers battling blazes in Central and East Gippsland, and Yarram. Council is proposing to require residents to obtain a permit to burn-off in properties within town boundaries. Mirboo North CFA captain Rob Nyhuis said the bylaw would result in more people calling the CFA unnecessarily, instead of reporting breaches to council. “We are dead set against it. This is ridiculous because the shire is charging people to take their garden rubbish to the tip and this will cause people to ring the CFA every time their neighbor lights up a fire,” he said. “At the moment, you can burn any branches in your backyard but the shire now wants to make you get a permit to do it. “We will be the ones people will call because the shire will not have a bylaws officer on duty 24/7. “We are volunteers. We do not want to be going out there and collecting bylaws information for South Gippsland Shire.” Matthew Patterson, council’s manager regulatory services, said in residential areas, council was proposing a permit to be required to undertake

open air burning. “The requirements do not apply to barbecues, chimineas, etc. Open air burning restrictions are proposed as council receives a number of health/nuisance complaints each year from residents affected by open air burning on nearby properties,” he said. “The proposed change would also bring council into line with other Gippsland councils who restrict opening air burning in residential areas.” Mr Patterson said the CFA had raised concerns about the proposed open air burning requirements for residential areas. He said council was aware the CFA was worried people would contact them rather than council to report breaches; local laws officers not being available out of hours to enforce requirements; and more

green waste being dumped along roadsides, therefore increasing fuel loads and fire risk. “If the open air burning restrictions were introduced, council would undertake a campaign to raise public awareness of the new requirements and who to contact to report breaches,” Mr Patterson said. “It would be hoped that this would be a joint campaign with the CFA.” He said he was advised by the CFA that when Bass Coast Shire Council recently introduced open air burning restrictions, the CFA received a number of incorrectly addressed complaints initially. However once Bass Coast undertook a program to raise public awareness, the number of incorrectly addressed complaints to the CFA reduced significantly. Mr Patterson said

council provides an out of hours service for local laws matters. Therefore people will be able to report open burning complaints to council 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Council enforces Victoria’s litter prevention requirements and would investigate illegal green waste dumping complaints. “Council regularly issues infringements for littering offences and is currently prosecuting a person for allegedly illegally dumping green waste on a road reserve in Mardan,” Mr Patterson said. Council is planning to conduct small prescribed burns in Baths Road Reserve, Mirboo North in autumn or winter this year, weather and resources permitting.

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Art show draws a crowd By Stuart Biggins THE annual Rotary Art Show opening on Friday night, February 7 once again drew a large and appreciative crowd to the Federation Art Gallery in Korumburra.

Colour and movement: Rotary president George Auddino and his wife Renee with Frank Condolucci on the right.

Enjoying the evening: operations manager for the major sponsor, Bendigo Bank, Louise Gavros (right) with Robert and Jan Francis of Korumburra.

While the quantity of art was down on recent years, the three galleries were still wall to wall with an amazing array of art covering the full breadth of mediums, styles and subject matter by artists from beginners to professionals, and from far and wide. In the words of art director Marilyn Sim, “the quality is still up”. The exhibition was officially opened by the South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jim Fawcett who congratulated the Rotarians for “keeping something going and so vibrant over so many years.” Rotarian Peter Biggins honoured the legacy of past Rotarian Lance Sullivan who came up with the idea of the art show 37 years ago, by welcoming his son Graeme and his wife La-

verna as special guests. Peter also acknowledged and thanked the many local businesses for their generous sponsorship of the exhibition. The art on show was judged by the winner of last year’s exhibition Malcolm Webster and the main prize of $1500 was awarded to the landscape, Coming Storm by Kristyna Johnson. Popular winner of the artists with disabilities category was Sandra Van Duffelen for her atmospheric rainy windswept night street scene, Umbrellas. Profits from the show go towards a mix of local and international causes, and include sponsoring many local students through scholarships and exchanges. The current Rotary exchange student Annatina Weber from Aarau in Switzerland was in attendance. Judging by the proliferation of red dots appearing alongside works they were selling well.

From near and far: Rotary exchange student Annatina Weber from Switzerland with local Lily Lawrence in front of the painting judged best in the show, Coming storm by Kristyna Johnson.

Passengers left behind Breakthrough By Laura Gibb V/LINE passengers say they were left stranded in the dark at 5.40am on Friday, January 24 after their V/Line bus departed Leongatha bus station without picking them up. Leongatha residents Debbie Oldham and Jessie Spencer said the bus door never opened and the bus drove away, leaving them behind. Both travellers reported the bus stop was extremely dark, with none of the three lights at the bus stop illuminated. “It was black,” Ms Spencer said. They said the driver put on the bus’ internal lights, which may have prevented him from seeing them. The travellers, who did not know each other before January 24, want to alert others to their experience. They said passengers should make sure the driver knows they are present. “Just so that it doesn’t happen to other people,” Ms Spencer said.

“Don’t just stand there.” Ms Oldham added: “We should have thumped on the door but you try and be respectful.” Ms Spencer arrived at the station at 5.30am, 10 minutes before the bus was due to arrive, and waited in her car because the pitch-dark station was “a bit spooky”. Ms Oldham arrived sometime between 5.30 and 5.40. Ms Oldham had prepurchased her bus ticket so it would be simple for the driver to simply check it before she took her seat. Ms Oldham said she was standing up, changing her earrings with the door open and the internal light illuminated when the bus began to drive slowly along up the station driveway. She felt that the driver would probably have seen her illuminated car. She then locked her car and walked across behind Ms Spencer to stand under the shelter, beside the bus. Ms Oldham stood near the door while Ms Spencer stood further along the bus, near the luggage flaps, with her luggage. Ms Oldham said neither of them was more than four

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metres from the bus door. They saw the driver switch on the internal lights and move around inside the bus for several minutes. “We could see him clearly,” Ms Oldham said. Leongatha was the originating stop of the 5.40am service and Ms Oldham imagined the driver was preparing the bus for passengers. They say they then saw him resume his seat and begin to drive away, leaving Ms Spencer and Ms Oldham stranded. Ms Oldham said she ran after the bus yelling, “Stop! Stop!” “I thought it was very incompetent,” Ms Spencer said. Both women were distressed; Ms Oldham had an appointment in the city at 9.30am while Ms Spencer needed to catch a 9.30am plane flight. When they finally made it to Southern Cross Station at 9.15am they hugged. Ms Oldham reported the incident to V/Line as soon as their office opened at 6am. V/Line communicated with the bus company, Westernport Road Lines, who spoke to the driver of the 5.40am service.

Left behind: Jessie Spencer and Debbie Oldham were stranded at the Leongatha bus station at 5.40am. The driver claimed he opened the bus door. Two weeks after the incident, Ms Oldham had received no response from V/Line other than a standard ‘case acknowledgement’ email, so she called again. A V/Line spokesman said he would look into getting the Leongatha bus sta-

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tion lights switched on as a matter of urgency. Ms Oldham was offered a refund or complementary ticket but both Ms Oldham and Ms Spencer said their main motivation was to prevent other people from sharing their misfortune. “Our first priority is to act on principle,” Ms Oldham said.

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Continued from page 1. The Mobile Coverage Program provides $80 million under the Mobile Network Expansion Project, to improve mobile phone coverage along major transport routes, in small communities and in locations prone to experiencing natural disasters; and $20 million under the Mobile Black Spots Project to address unique mobile coverage problems such as areas with high demand for services during seasonal holiday periods. Mr Fletcher said the location of the towers would not be decided “on political considerations”. Mr Broadbent foresaw the possibility that in the future, contractors may refuse to come onto a property that can’t provide adequate contact with emergency services. Geoff Harrison of Dumbalk North recounted a recent car accident where a vehicle hit a tree and witnesses had to race to the nearest house to call an ambulance. Police efforts were hampered in 2010 by the lack of mobile phone reception during a siege at Dumbalk North. A man, armed with a shotgun, threatened to harm himself and police had to use the landline at a nearby farmhouse to negotiate with him. The government is looking for ways to give mobile network providers Optus, Telstra and Vodafone incentives to operate in affected areas. The government has outlined three possible ways to use the $80m allocated to the Mobile Network Expansion Project. A single mobile network operator could be contracted to deliver the whole program; the government could call for bids from mobile network operators on specific base stations; or the government could call for bids from interested parties wishing to build and maintain a network of base stations and coordinate the use of the base stations by multiple mobile network operators. The cost of a base station is $600,000 to $700,000, with the tower making up half of that cost. Since NBN Co will be building towers, the government is seeking ways for mobile phone providers to make use of those towers to provide mobile phone coverage for areas with poor or no coverage. The closing date for lodging submissions to the Mobile Coverage Program Discussion Paper is 5pm Friday, February 28. To have your say, contact Mr Broadbent’s office at Warragul or email au,and briefly list the name of the area and reasons why mobile coverage is required.

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NBN gains momentum the tourists visiting the area. “The NBN’s higher speeds help the potential for video communication, and people putting information up on to the web and into the cloud are some of the big differences available with the NBN.” Mr Fraser is excited about the fact smaller towns will receive the service first. “These small towns are getting a high quality service and they will have

By Jacob de Kunder THE next step in the National Broadband Network rollout in South Gippsland was announced last week. More fixed wireless facilities are expected to be switched on in stages starting from mid-2015 in Bass Coast, South Gippsland and Cardinia shire. Over the coming months, NBN Co and its design and construction partners will work with local governments to identify appropriate locations for fixed wireless network infrastructure in and around Gippsland. This comes as residents in South Gippsland’s smaller towns should expect fixed wireless in less than 12 months, with 13 fixed wireless transmitters currently under construction from Bena to Woodside. The service is not too far away from being connected in Fish Creek. This was great news for Fish Creek and District Primary School principal Michelle Turner. “Our internet at the moment is still like dial up so it will be fantastic,” she said. “Obviously we are moving towards using

their fixed telephone service go through that service as well,” he said, “Some will be switched on pretty soon too which will be fantastic.” NBN Co’s wholesale fixed wireless service offers retail service providers download speeds of up to 25 megabits per second and upload speeds of up to five megabits per second. For further information about NBN Co and construction plans, visit


Ready for NBN: Angus, Ebony, Sharli and Toby from Fish Creek and District Primary School are set to benefit from the National Broadband Network service that will be switched on in Fish Creek soon. more technology in terms of our net books and iPads and also Skype. “It will make a world of difference for our students having access to all that technology we are integrating into the curriculum.” Junior students at the school currently use Skype to learn Chinese

from a tutor in Beijing. “The upgrade will be fantastic for our Chinese lessons, which we have major issues with at the moment,” Ms Turner said. “We also have a Polycom video conferencing unit coming from the department, so we are hoping to be able to link up with schools in Mel-

bourne and overseas, so the fast internet will allow us to communicate that way.” South Gippsland Shire Council’s economic development manager Ken Fraser said the NBN would soon be critical infrastructure. “I guess the thing with NBN and broad-

band infrastructure is that we see it as critical like other infrastructure like roads, water and power,” he said. “It’s really important from the point of view of the businesses are operating in the towns and we have to take into account those who are in home businesses and of course

The Gardiner Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) announce that the “Working in Dairy Communities” Small Grants Program 2014 is open for applications. Gardiner Foundation is providing up to $100,000 in grants to strengthen small communities that underpin Victoria’s dairy industry. Community groups in Victorian dairy regions are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to support innovative, communitydriven projects that help build their capacity to deal with local issues or enhance existing community infrastructure. Please visit or contact FRRR on 1800 170 020 for more information. Applications close 5pm on 26 March 2014. For information about Gardiner Foundation visit

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Show defies heat to

On show: Chelsea Molloy and pony Cassie from Loch were ready to impress at the Korumburra Show.

Kicking back: Loch’s Brooke Olsen and pony Melina cool off in the shade. Open wide: Hannah and Thomas Veltri show off their soft prizes at the Korumburra Show.

Noticeboard COUNCIL PUBLIC SESSIONS Council Chambers, Leongatha Thurs, 13 February, SPECIAL MEETING OF COUNCIL 5.00pm Endorse Rating Strategy Discussion Paper for exhibition PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS Bookings for speaking times essential Ph: 5662 9222 Wed, 19 February 2.00pm; 7.00pm*(*by noon 18/02) 12.15pm - Hearing of Local Law Review Submissions (lodged by 7 Feb) 1.45pm - Ride Share Project Update Wed, 26 February 10.00am ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING Wed, 26 February – 2.00pm COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM NOW OPEN (Closing 31 March 2014) Round 2 applications from South Gippsland community, cultural and sporting organisations are invited under five categories: · Minor Projects (Max $5,000) · Celebrations, Festivals and Events (Max $5,000) · Planning Development Studies (Max $10,000) · Major Events (Max $5,000) · Major Projects (Max $10,000) Application forms and Guidelines are available from Council,, or can be forwarded upon request. Potential applicants are invited to make appointments to further discuss their application with Grants Officer on 5662 9378 or

Joy ride: Gisella and Joe Tripodi from Korumburra loved sideshow alley at the Korumburra Show.

Speed racer: Rocco Tripodi from Korumburra enjoyed the mini Honda ride.

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Supreme sheep: Ryan Bechaz from Mornington’s Beylor Blacks Stud came away with best lamb and best ewe in show, while Shanae Hall from Elisabeth Murdoch College took home the grand champion ram and the supreme black and white colour exhibit in show.

Prized silky: Ruby’s Cheryl Vernon won first prize with her champion silky chicken. p

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attract fun seekers

By Tayla Kershaw

THE Korumburra Showgrounds was full of life and colour as the 119th Korumburra show was celebrated last weekend. Unfortunately the heat had an effect on the show as Sunday’s horse events were cancelled, although this didn’t stop Saturday’s swarming crowds. Entry fees were cheaper due to the cancellations, but the show society was pleased with the turnout. “We were generally happy with the crowd,”

show society president Doug Appleton said. “It was surprising. We didn’t know what to expect following the rumours suggesting the show would cancel entirely.” Some exhibits were unable to run due to the weather, but there was plenty more to see and do. Korumburra proudly presented a large sheep exhibit and also ran poultry competitions. Among the livestock were some of the best complex displays the show has seen, including fruit and vegetable stalls and a young magician to entertain the children.

Lachlan Wilde was discovered by the show society after he performed his magical illusions at the Busker’s Festival in Coal Creek last year. “He performed shows throughout the day. He certainly pulls in the youngsters,” Mr Appleton said. Sideshow Alley was also a hit with the young show goers, with the carnival rides still in full function. Local band The Buffalo Boys ended the day with a performance at 5pm.

The show results are as follows:

Cute and cuddly: Alistair and Callum McLeod from Krowera won big in the Pop-A-Duck game.

Farm and Produce: Most successful exhibitor C. Blogg. Home Products: Most successful exhibitor: L. Brady. 3 plates baking, suitable for afternoon tea: D. Wylie. Senior Great Apple Pie Competition: 1st M. Morrison, 2nd L. Wust. Organisations/group championship cooking competition: 1st Bena CWA, 2nd Koringal Women’s Service Club. Best presented entry Koringal Women’s Service Club. Best individual entry: 1st Natalie Opray, sponge. Rich fruit cake competition: 1st R. Crawford, 2nd A. Hopwood. Preserves: Aggregate prize: D. Wylie. Mixed fruit jam: D. Wylie. Jam 2 jars distinct kinds, uniform size: T. Bright. Collection of sauces 2 distinct kinds: D. Wylie. Flowers and Plants: Cut flowers - most successful exhibitor: Maisie Brooks. Container grown plants most successful exhibitor: G. McRae. Floral art - best exhibit: R. Street. Needlework: Most successful exhibitor: Jan Appleton. Best exhibit classes 1-9: K. Dalziel. Best exhibit classes 10-21: Lynda Fisher. VAS Ltd. Knitting competition: 1st J. Appleton. One woman’s work: M. Dann. VAS Ltd Patchwork competition: 1st W. Brady. Best individual entry: Maryka Dann. Best exhibit: D. Wylie. Organisation/group craft exhibit: Make, bake and grow: 1st Bena CWA, 2nd Koringal WSC. Six articles to cost no more than $10 each suitable for craft market: 1st Koringal

WSC, 2nd Bena CWA. Best individual entry: Bena CWA, bag. Art: Class 1 Lois Wust, Class 2 Thea Dent, Class 3 Jacqui Rangott, Class 4 R. Street, Class 5 L. Arnold. Photography: Best exhibit Stuart de Bondt. Best exhibit (junior) Samantha Hanks. VAS Ltd. Photography competition: 1st D. Appleton, 2nd D. Appleton. Handcrafts: Woodwork best exhibit J. Geary. Best overall J. Frank.

Junior Sunbeam boiled fruit cake: C. Turton. Junior Apple Pie Competition: 1st Owen Jones, 2nd P. Nicholas. Junior Section: 13-16 years most successful exhibitor M. Brandon. 8-12 years most successful exhibitor N. Crimp. 7 years and under most successful exhibitor Zane Brady. Needlework and craft: Best entry Autumn Crimp. Original artwork 16 years and under best overall entry pre school kindergarten: Cal-

ab (Birralee). Prep to Grade 3: Amber Walker. Grade 3 to 4: Nevada Crimp. Grade 5-6: Autumn Crimp. Special Junior Art: Best entry Prep - Grade 2: Bailey Nettle. Grade 3-6: Thomas Matthies. Experimental art: Best individual entry Samuel Evans. Group/grade work Prep - Grade 2: Tennessee Crimp. Grade 3-6: Samuel Evans. Handwriting: Best entry Grades 1-3: Keedy Phillips. Grades 4-6: Charlotte Ferguson.

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What a champion: Luke Boyle and Mac boast six ribbons at their first Korumburra show.

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your ability? A beginner’s group of Meeniyan Bike Riders will be cycling the next few Wednesdays. Call Kerry on 0428 647 440l TWIN City Archery Club at Morwell is offering two events to the public in March. Join in a trivia night at the club

on Saturday, March 17 at 6.30pm, with raffles and games. Entry is $10 a person. On Saturday, March 29 from 10am-4pm, the club will hold a family fun day at the club. There will be face painting, wagon rides, a jumping castle, food, art, craft and an

archery display. The club is located at Toners Lane, Morwell. Phone Tammy on 0429 857 151 for more information or to book. PLEASE support Pat Kuhne. Our very own brave Leongatha resident will be shaving her hair for the

Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave on March 13. All money raised will be donated to further leukaemia research. Ms Kuhne’s event is registered online and all donations are welcome. To sponsor her, follow the link: http://

my.leukaemiafoundation. Cash donations around town would also be greatly appreciated. More information, including the venue in which Ms Kuhne will shave her hair, will be included in next week’s edition of The Star.

INVERLOCHKONGWAK Primary School is holding a casual dress day this Friday, February 14. Students are also urged to bring along items for cooking ladies to use in making goods for the school’s major fundraiser, the Easter Fair. MEENIYAN Harvest Festival takes place on Saturday, March 1. It’s a fundraiser for Meeniyan Town Hall. Competitive classes include three ripe tomatoes, largest pumpkin, three different pink flowers, a sponge and junior biggest zucchini.

Every little bit helps: Rachal and Isabella from Foster Primary School have done their bit to help keep the Foster Pool operational. The girls put collection tins around town and door knocked to raise funds. They ended up donating around $300 to the pool to help keep the doors open.

Grocery winner: Andrea Thorson from Leongatha won a Unilever trolley dash competition, which gave her the chance to select up to $500 worth of groceries off the shelves at IGA. She is pictured here after her dash around the supermarket with Unilever representative Pat Mitchell and Michael’s Supa IGA store manager Chris O’Leary last Thursday. Gathering support: Chris Murray and Jan Francis raised $1185.30 towards the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre at a movie night they held in Leongatha last Thursday. The evening attracted 66 people and featured the screening of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom at Stadium 4 Cinema. The Bendigo Bank staff from Leongatha is collecting money ahead of taking part in a 60km walk throughout Melbourne’s streets over two days. The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers will be held on March 1-2, in aid of the cancer centre. Pictured is Marg Johnson (centre) from the Bendigo Bank enjoying the evening with others.

MEENIYAN Golf Club is holding a Glo Golf event on Friday, March 28. Laugh your way around a six hole course using a ball that glows in the dark. WANT to start riding a bike but feel unsure about

Leongatha mum steps up CLAIRE Adcock may not be walking with a 20 litre bucket of water for six hours, but she has committed to walking 50 kilometres in one week so women and girls in poor countries don’t have to.


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challenge, having raised $1100 in 2013. “Last year, I was so happy to raise enough money to build vegetable farms for two communities. It means women and girls won’t have to walk such long distances to collect food. Instead, they can spend that time in school or earning an income,” she said. “I’m hoping to raise even more money this year so CARE can help more women and girls. Last year’s challenge just blew me away; I really enjoyed it.” Claire, who works as an at home consultant with The Body Shop, said she is hoping to clock up the majority of her steps while walking her eight year old daughter, Maggie, to and from school. “I’ll bring my two year old daughter Emily in the pram and get out every day. If by walking a few extra kilometres each day, I’m able to help women and girls in countries like Cambodia or Zimbabwe, then it’s a great motivator for every extra step,” she said. “And, as we get to choose the amount of steps we do each day, there is a level to suit everybody’s fitness levels and abilities.”

CARE Australia CEO Dr Julia Newton-Howes said in developing countries, women and girls were often the most disadvantaged and impoverished members of poor communities. “In poor countries, women and girls are the ones facing the biggest burden of collecting food, water and firewood. Women have to walk an average of six kilometres every day, many carrying around 15 to 20 litres of water per trip,” she said. “This prevents girls from going to school and women from earning an income, keeping them trapped in a devastating cycle of poverty.” Dr Newton-Howes said Australians could choose to walk 25 kilometres (approximately 5,000 steps), 50 kilometres (10,000 steps) or 100 kilometres (20,000 steps) over the course of one week. “We all walk somewhere every day whether to school, to work, or to the shops. Walk In Her Shoes is about going for that daily walk and making it mean something for women and girls in poor countries,” she added. The Walk In Her Shoes Challenge runs between

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Ready to walk: Leongatha mother Claire Adcock is taking steps for women and girls in developing countries.

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Mirboo North bans gas By Tayla Kershaw THE Mirboo North district came together on Sunday to declare the area the biggest Gippsland coal, coal seam gas exploration and mining free zone. The Declaration Day included an art and poetry exhibition entitled Our Precious Land., as well as raffles, artisans, gourmet foods and live music. “This is all to highlight a lot of work,” Mirboo North’s Marg Thomas said. The objective to become mining free has been a two year work in progress. Farmers, business owners, community organisations and families added their voice to the growing movement to stop the potential expansion of coal and gas mining. The declaration was based on a community survey, dur-

ing which 96 per cent of households support a mining free region. Of the 861 households approached, 830 were against coal seam gas mining. A petition was also distributed, gaining 7000 signatures. “It sends a very strong, verifiable signal to government and mining companies that people are standing together and will not allow access to their land for mining purposes,” Ms Thomas said. Poowong, Harmer’s Haven, Yarragon South and Seaspray are among the other towns to become gas free. The community is concerned Mirboo North’s tourism industry could be negatively affected if mining occurs in and around the town. Denyse Menzies is among the small business owners in town. After living in Syria for 30 years, Ms Menzies came to Mirboo North for the lifestyle and the country.

“We accept farming activities but would like to maintain the amenity of the area,” she said. “It would spoil the community.” Ms Menzies is also concerned about potential health effects. The potential dangers are concerning. Farmers become vulnerable to water contamination and livelihoods are at risk. “We have such an affinity to the land. We don’t want mining to ruin and contaminate it,” Ms Thomas said. “This is just another layer of protection.” Mirboo North residents identify strongly with the land and its amenity. Farmers have said they are unhappy about the idea of sharing their land with mining activities. The event on the weekend was hosted by Coal and CSG Free Mirboo North in conjunction with Friends of the Earth.

Coal free zone: Remy Dunkan, Kerrin Shelford, Kirra Bolton, Phoenix Darmuc, Julie Walton, Michael Bell, Marion Bell, Marggie Evison, Naomi Grant and Gary Evison are thrilled with Mirboo North’s declaration.

Bigger coastal park rejected By Sarah Vella A REPORT from the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA) has recommended the establishment of new and expanded parks, including the Corner Inlet-Nooramunga Coastal Park. Making a splash: Mirboo North teens Blake Rudling, Tim Burke, Sharnee West, Chris Kennedy, Angus Sauppe, Neil Kreun and Darcy Linforth were ready to dive back into the Mirboo North Pool on Sunday.

Blaze wait POLICE are awaiting test results on a cigarette butt thought to have started a fire at Leongatha South on Tuesday, January 28. The fire burnt 10 acres of bush and hay at an Andersons Road property. The cigarette butt was found in the area the CFA investigator identified as the origin of the fire. It may have been thrown from a car window. The cigarette end is being tested for fingerprints and DNA. Senior Sergeant Adrian Condron of Wonthaggi Police said the wait for test results could extend to three or four months. So far, no members of the public have called with information about the blaze. Contact police if you have information about traffic on Andersons Road between 4pm and 5pm on the day of the fire.

POLICE BRIEFS Toora burglary A YARDMAN ride-on mower and a Sony Bravia TV valued at $2800 were stolen from a Toora home on Friday night. The offender who entered the Irelands Road home is still unknown. Foster and Toora Police would like to hear from any person having information as to this burglary.

Lost property LEONGATHA Police have a lot of lost property handed in by the public. Two quantities of cash were located in Leongatha’s CBD in late 2013. Two rings were found in Leongatha’s CBD and one was found at the SG SPLASH pool complex. Brand name sunglasses were picked up from a residential street in Leongatha. Three skateboards and two bicycles have been handed in as recently as Sunday. Two mobile phones have also been brought in. For more details, con-

tact Leongatha Police.

Rubbish blaze A PILE of rubbish was set alight in Grantville on Wednesday. The rubbish was on the roadside of Bass Highway near Bonney Road, when the fire was lit at 7.45pm. This resulted in a small grass fire. The fire was extinguished by Grantville CFA. Enquiries are continuing into a vehicle seen leaving the scene of the fire. Police would like to hear from any witnesses.

Missing motorcycle A PEEWEE mini motorcycle valued at $1000 was stolen from the rear tray of a four wheel drive last Tuesday. The car had been parked in Shetland Heights Road, San Remo. San Remo Police attended the scene.

The Coast is Unclear report states climate change as well as coastal, urban, port and industrial development driven by rapid population growth are eroding Victoria’s coastline.

Vandals distress volunteers A VANDAL attack on a fence at the Venus Bay jetty has distressed the volunteers of Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula. Wires were cut at every post and one endassembly was damaged. The incident has been reported to police, South Gippsland Shire Council and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), who provided the funds for the fence through the Coastcare program. Volunteers erected the fence to protect remnant saltmarsh vegetation on the shores of Anderson Inlet and around the carpark. The vegetation was being progressively degraded by uncontrolled access to the water’s edge and there had been instances of illegal dumping of rubbish. Coastal Saltmarsh ecological communities are listed as vulnerable under the Federal Government Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. A spokesperson for the Friends of Venus Bay said, “Not only does this vandalism display a complete lack of respect for the environment and for the commitment of community groups; it is taxpayers’ money that is wasted when the damage must be repaired. “We are asking the local community and visitors to keep a watch out for further vandalism and report any incidents to the police”. DEPI’s Coastcare facilitator for Gippsland Bruce Atkin said he was disappointed. “The fence has since been repaired,” he said.

Port Franklin commercial fisherman Wayne Cripps said he would not support an expansion of the Corner Inlet-Nooramunga Coastal Park. “I don’t disagree with marine parks; I just don’t entirely agree with the location. They need to be in the right location,” he said. “The bottom line is there are 19 commercial fishing licences in Corner Inlet and reducing the area where they can fish will make it fairly difficult.” Mr Cripps said if the marine park was expanded, a buy back scheme would be necessary. “We have been down this path in the early 2000s when there was a government buy back system, but it wasn’t 100 per cent successful. The same sort of thing would have to be implemented,” he said. “A buy back would help to ensure the commercial fishermen can continue to operate efficiently and sustainably, but it is likely amateurs will be affected as much as commercials.” Mr Cripps said an expanded marine park would protect the resource for future generations, but would reduce the supply of fresh fish. “Every time there is another level of legislation that affects us, it gives the public less opportunity to have access to fresh fish,” he said. Mr Cripps’s main concern lies with the future for commercial fisherman. “I have four sons interested in the industry, and it will only make it harder for them to make a living and to continue commercial fishing as it has been done by our family in Corner Inlet since 1874,” he said. “It is not the fisherman killing things, it is the bureaucracy.”

The report also recommends against further development at Port Anthony and urges councils to refuse any further residential development along coastlines. “Victorians love their rugged coastlines and seaside towns, but the very landscapes that make summer holidays in this state so special are being transformed by development encouraged and approved by successive state governments,” VNPA marine spokesperson Simon Branigan said. “The rate of coastal urban sprawl over the past 20 years is alarming. We now face new pressures such as major port expansions at Port Anthony, the spread of coastal towns, and the opening up of national parks along the coast to large-scale commercial tourism developers.” Bass Coast Shire Council’s acting planning and environment director Jodi Kennedy said council placed significant value on its coastline. “The environmental significant and the significant landscape overlays are already in place along a considerable proportion of our undeveloped coastline,” she said. “The purpose of the environmental significant overlay is to identify areas where development of land may be affected by environmental constraints. “The purposes of the significant landscape overlay are to identify significant landscape, and also to conserve and enhance the character of significant landscapes.” Ms Kennedy said the Rural Land Use Strategy also made a number of significant recommendations regarding coastal development.

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Save pipis AN OPEN letter to the Honorable Peter Walsh, MP, Minister for Agriculture and Food Security. Dear Minister. This is a letter I never thought I would have to write. It is about the annual arrival of visitors to Venus Bay with a single purpose of harvesting pipis and the effect this activity is having on our small community as well as pipi sustainability. Much has been said about the sustainability of pipis at Venus Bay, but little about the effects pipi harvesting has had on the amenity and liveability of our tiny town. My wife and I have lived at Venus Bay for over 10 years and each year the annual invasion of thousands of pipi gatherers seems to increase exponentially. Originally, any objections to the activities of these visitors by the community were dismissed as racist. This complicated the issue and with it, any potential solutions. For those who dared to venture out of their homes on Christmas Day 2013, the beaches were packed with people digging for pipis. No other beach activity seems to attract the attention of pipi gatherers. I drove past entries to beaches three and four, and the roads were choked with cars, spilling onto Canterbury Road and Lees Road. Cars were parked on both sides of the access road to the two beaches and No Standing signs were ignored. As a member of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), I found this situation intolerable and irresponsible with dire consequences should an accident occur. Access by the CERT vehicle and ambulance would have been impossible. Venus Bay roads were busy with cars in convoys looking for beaches, getting lost, stopping and seeking directions and executing dangerous U-turns.

The beaches, car parks and any road leading to the five beaches were littered with rubbish. My wife and I regularly take plastic bags with us to collect rubbish on our walks. These are the issues: • Venus Bay is fortunate or perhaps unfortunate to have beaches where pips can be found. Some members of our community collect them for eating or for bait, but in very small quantities; • The visitors, who just happen to be of oriental origin, collect pipis in unprecedented and mostly uncontrolled quantities. They bring with them large families and children and are thus able to collect large quantities. Behaviour seen overseas indicates without intervention, this activity will continue until this resource has been totally depleted; and • In the process of collecting they devalue this wonderful coast by their lack of respect for the environment, leaving rubbish and increasing congestion to an untenable level. This has an adverse effect on the enjoyment this precious beach hamlet has to offer to residents and visitors alike. My wife and I as well as many in the community, settled here because we value what Venus Bay has to offer. We enjoy the largely unspoilt environment, lack of traffic, almost unkempt streets that add to the charm of what is the essence of Venus Bay. We accept Venus Bay, like all holiday destinations, faces the pressure of a large number of visitors during school holidays. But unlike other places, Venus Bay has to cope with a larger number of visitors with a single purpose of collecting pipis. We, as well as many others, are reluctant to visit our beaches during this period. When we get there, we find the beach scarred and ugly. We are sick of the rubbish, crowded roads, car parks and beaches that have become almost inaccessible. All areas are full

E D I T O R I A L Council must rethink policy SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is moving towards introducing a permit system in order for people to burn in their backyards within town boundaries. Mirboo North CFA captain Rob Nyhuis is not supportive of the idea, concerned the system will result in more people reporting burns to the Country Fire Authority, instead of council. His concerns have merit, as who would know if the fire was lit legally or illegally? Who would know they should report the fire to council and not the fire brigade? But in this day and age, do we really have to burn in our backyards? The associated fire risk is clear, with embers able to travel great distances and a high likelihood that somebody’s clean washing will be contaminated with smoke fumes. These problems mean burning off is not worth the hassle that will be created for neighbours, as well as the CFA. The permit system may help reduce incidences of people burning rubbish that exudes putrid fumes, but a blanket ban would not only solve the problem of policing permits, but also prevent fires breaking away and threatening neighbouring properties. Firefighters from across the region are now spending time away from work and home toiling hard to contain fires at Yarram, Morwell and East Gippsland. While that is no doubt arduous work, many firies would likely agree that is what they signed up for, not responding to legal backyard burns or big blazes started by those.

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of rubbish and we are seriously considering selling out or at least moving out of Venus Bay during this intolerable period. There are solutions and these do not rely on scientific studies into pipi numbers. There is sufficient anecdotal evidence pipis have significantly reduced in size and numbers in recent time. We have wasted much time in conducting surveys and yet the problem we face is primarily a social one. There is another way to look at the sustainability of pipis. Imagine a conservative estimate of 500 people, each collecting a legal two litres of pipis per person per day during the holiday period. That equates to nearly 30,000 litres of pipis over the holiday period and this is a very conservative estimate. Surely such a volume cannot possibly be sustainable. The only solution that will alleviate the angst this annual invasion causes Venus Bay residents as well as protecting the pipi population is to declare a total ban on collecting pips from December 1 to March 31. This will enable pips to regenerate not only in numbers but in size. It will make Venus Bay far more habitable and relaxed because visitors will be able to engage in a broader range of beach activities or simply not visit if collecting pipis is their only purpose. It would spread and reduce visitor pressure over a longer period of time. Catch limits as set by Fisheries would still apply and all aspects will be easier to police. This is not just a pipi problem; it is a very serious social problem in Venus Bay. I beg you, as the minister responsible, to implement the above recommendation. Peter Prysten, Venus Bay.

Just fix it AS THE high percentage of Inverloch residents are retired pensioners and for many years have always enjoyed a stroll along the beach with our dogs on their leads during the day, the dogs in general are very domesticated and also very spoiled pooches, but this simple pleasure has been taken away from us. Our council has decreed that someone walking a dog along the beach on a lead is a public nuisance and their dog on a lead will attack everyone it sees. There are more dogs on leads in very close contact with people in A’Beckett Street and markets

with no problems that you will ever see on the beach. The council should start acting like adults, and not like a kindergarten children and admit they have made a very bad decision and just fix it. Robert Scott, Inverloch.

It’s 9am; off the beach! IT WAS a truly glorious morning on Inverloch beach on Sunday, February 2. At 8.30am it was calm and tranquil with a clear blue sky and a definite warmth in the sun. People walked and children played, as did happy dogs. The tide was out and my husband and I, along with our elderly dog (on a lead) were enjoying a dip in the shallows. But all too soon it was 9am. We would have loved to linger a little longer, but of course we would then have been breaking the law, and as law abiding citizens, and responsible dog owners of some 30 years, that would never do. But as people who have always walked their dog/s on a lead and always picked up after them, to be suddenly banned from the beach because it was 9am seems nothing short of ridiculous. We did have a lovely morning prior to that though. Pity is what about later in the week? What about next weekend? You see while our elderly dog loves to cool off with a swim. His arthritis means he cannot handle waves, hence low tide is the only time we can take him. It is indeed a pity our council, now determined it seems to exercise control over everyone and everything without consultation, didn’t attempt to exercise some control over the tides! By next weekend, if we want to take our elderly dog for a “legal” swim at low tide, we’ll have to do it at midnight, because the other option is in the middle of the day when council obviously feel our dog would be a bother or a danger to countless other people on the beach. So in the heat of the day he’ll just have to swelter at home. There’ll be lots of people at the beach though, and sadly amongst them will be people who leave rubbish, food scraps, discarded fishing tackle, old thongs, papers and countless other pollutants. That’s obviously not of such concern though. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I thought local government was

meant to represent and act for the very people who voted for them, rather than sneak in laws as they see fit without community consultation? We too filled in the survey about proposed “off lead” areas, but it failed to mention council’s plans to ban dogs from the beach altogether for the majority of daylight hours. This is deceitful behaviour if nothing else. Clever of them too to congregate all of Inverloch’s dogs on the beach at the time our endangered coastal birds, hooded plovers for one, are at their most active. They really thought that one through. Council members who do not feel the need to listen to the very people they represent best enjoy the ride of power while they can, because it surely won’t be a long one. And while the tourists who thought Inverloch had something really special going for it for the whole family are heading elsewhere or staying home, the community and our four legged citizens are left lamenting this appalling decision. We can only hope council comes to its senses and revokes this “trial” and allows our dogs the comfort and joy they deserve. Dogs walking on a lead are not a bother to anyone, no matter what the time of day. Let’s hope we don’t get cleaned up by a car whilst trying to walk our dog along Surf Parade in the meantime. Kate Marshall, Inverloch.

Desal query AS ASKED in previous letter to local newspapers, can Bass MLA Ken Smith and/or deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan please answer the question: why the result of their investigation into re-finance of Wonthaggi desal plant is now claimed by Mr Ryan, at $24 billion over 28 years, to have resulted in almost 50 per cent increase in annual payment. Previously it was $600 million per year, which amounts to 17 per cent interest, on principal of $3.7 billion, fixed price for a turn key system. But now it amounts to $860 million per year, each and every year. Why is it so? Bernie McComb, Cowes.

Man’s best friend FIRST, sorry it’s depressing, but let’s not forget that all this fuss to invent local laws DAM (Domestic Animals Management) is another

legacy of when Victoria got Jeffed by Premier Kennett. Checking shire web sites, many are still verbatim, as received from Spring Street. Some have changed for the better, like Mornington and now, for the worse, Bass Coast. Presumably before the fuss in 1994, dog folks didn’t need to be regulated, behaviour being subject of plain old common sense. Second, let’s not overlook that humans have had special relationship with dogs for tens of thousands of years. Dog owners, with extremely few exceptions, care for their best friends, keeping them away and protecting them from any danger. Of course, in any large population, there will always be a few nutters at the edge. In our developed society with such powerful 24/7 communications, the barons of mainstream media scream from the rooftops whenever something “out-ofcontrol” happens with a dog. The point here is “out-ofcontrol” will always escape laws. Whatever well meaning laws are developed will only be observed by folks who happen to be law abiding. Anyhow, there’s no way man’s best friend is likely to disappear any time soon. Better get used to it. Even between Christmas and New Year, central beaches in Cowes are usually empty before 9am. Some of us moved here to enjoy being down there every day of the year, rain, hail or shine. You feel indebted to a dog for the fitness and well being you enjoy from walking, which is what gets you out to brave weather when it’s not so friendly. The family unit is a wonderful thing but it’s increasingly clear many are battlegrounds. You may try to battle with a dog but you’ll feel seriously guilty, in no time. They do wonders for small children, old folks and everybody in between. A recent OECD report on 33 countries rated Australia as silver medallist for consumption of anti depressants. Some of us doubt that such drug dependency applies for those who take care of man’s best friend. Could Jeff Kennett sell dogs as cure for depression? Surely there are more important subjects to fill the letters pages of local newspapers? Bernie McComb, Cowes.

VOXPOP! VOX Are you happy with V/Line’s service?

“Of course I am, as long as it’s on time. I don’t have to get a Myki.” Robert Wust, Korumburra.

“I’ve had no trouble with the drivers. I admire the way they handle some of the difficult people. The only complaint I have is about this station: no toilets.” Lloyd Chesterfield, Leongatha.

“We reckon it’s great, mate. I don’t have a licence at the moment so it’s great for us.” Michael Brewer, Foster.

“I guess so. It’s better when it’s on time.” Mitch Francis, Leongatha.

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other meeting with our group. The grant for the upgrade of beach five access was applied for and received by Parks Victoria, not by the Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula. The second report was provided to Fisheries Victoria’s senior fisheries officers as soon as it was completed in late January 2014. Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula have made every attempt to work constructively with Fisheries Victoria on this issue, but remain unconvinced by claims of sustainable management that are not supported by evidence. Marine Ecological Solutions Pty Ltd, authors of the two independent reports commissioned by the Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula, will meet with senior fisheries officers in mid February. We remain hopeful that an ecosystem based management for Venus Bay beaches can be achieved. From the management committee, Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula Inc.

Actions, not words A letter to Mr Peter Ryan, Deputy Premier Of Victoria and Member for South Gippsland. Dear Peter, Thank you for your response to my letter re: the poor condition of the roads in your electorate. Unfortunately, there were quite a few errors in your reply and I have been inundated with calls and emails from the length and breadth of your electorate. Many of your constituents are not happy with your answers in the newspapers. Peter, these holes haven’t just appeared from the late winter heavy rains we’ve had, they have been with us for over 12 months and some for over two years. The Meeniyan-Fish Creek Road at the Buffalo bend is a prime example of the poor quality of work where it’s been a problem for over two years. The contractors generally leave the signs in place after they have completed their work perhaps

knowing they will return. The area one kilometre towards Meeniyan from the Buffalo bend on the Meeniyan-Fish Creek Road is another long term disgrace. You just don’t understand the problems these road conditions have been for us. They never disappear. We all have to watch the road conditions every step of the way. We cannot relax for one moment. The South Gippsland Hwy between Foster and Toora is the same and the motor bike accident recently proves there’s little attention being paid to these major roads. The last time I drove to Yarram from Foster the road was disgraceful, and dangerous for all traffic but more so for the V/Line buses. I’m told Commercial Road in Yarram, which is the main street, is another disgrace where nothing is being done to improve the road. The locals are livid. What are you doing about it? Farmers on the Fish Creek-Walkerville Road are suffering the same conditions. Why is this happening when the roads elsewhere are in good condition? Why do your constituents have to put up with second class roads while the rest of Victoria has roads they can travel on positively and trust? Why are we being discriminated against while other electorates do not have any of these problems? Peter, I want to tell you about the Hoddle holes on the Foster-Fish Creek Road. Up to recently there wasn’t a sign displayed and when the hole was in the shade it wasn’t visible and dangerous. This is a hole that was filled with stone and bitumen previously, and as usual it lasted a week before becoming a problem to dodge again. Again, nothing is being followed up. It’s dangerous. Peter, you mentioned the repairs of the washed away Foster to Fish Creek Road was completed. Well, yes it was completed, but soon after completion potholes appeared on the Foster side of the repairs and for a whole week we all reduced our speed to zilch to pass, until the complaints forced the contractors to return to fix

the problem. How can these things happen in this day and age where we are all responsible? What is your government paying these contractors to make these repairs? While Royal Commissions are being bandied around, perhaps there should be one for road maintenance for it’s an absolute joke happening in our midst and nothing is being done to make our roads better. I am not an engineer but I’m concerned about the priorities of these road repairs. Is this the politics of your electorate? Is making the repairs on a larger scale giving more credence to your position, whilst ignoring the smaller more dangerous ones? Perhaps you need to explain your views to help us understand your motives rather than have someone write your replies on your behalf? Perhaps there needs to be an inquiry into the practices and procedures of VicRoads too who seem to be oblivious of most things that happen here in your electorate? Peter, I am pleased there have been many other responses to your reply in the newspapers both locally and in Melbourne. I’m not on my own complaining of these poor road conditions we are using every day and there are many complaints from what you may call ‘your rusted on supporters’ many who are not happy with you. Again, I repeat, “don’t take your electorate for granted”. Wherever I go throughout South Gippsland people come up to me supporting my newspaper articles. I am not stopping until you can prove to your electors that you are doing something positive about your poor roads, your potholes? One of your Yarram constituents recently noted, “The local roads were looked after better and attended to quicker when you were in Opposition.” Maybe this is the answer? Peter, trusting you will see logic in our complaints and not be remembered as the politician who never cared about the roads in his electorate. Doug Knez, Fish Creek.

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Yacht rescue By Brad Lester and Tayla Kershaw THREE men were rescued from a yacht in Bass Strait last week, the fourth incident on the region’s waterways this year. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) coordinated the rescue of the trio on February 3. At about 7pm, AMSA’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) detected a GPS encoded 406MHz distress beacon in Bass Strait. The beacon was traced to an 11 metre twin masted yacht in distress about 53 nautical miles south west of Wilson’s Promontory. RCC Australia tasked AMSA’s Essendon based dedicated search and rescue Dornier aircraft to respond and issued a broadcast to shipping. A nearby cargo ship responded to the broadcast to shipping and headed to the scene. An Air Ambulance Victoria helicopter was also tasked to assist and dropped a radio to the people on board the yacht. The Dornier aircraft arrived on scene about 8pm and remained overhead until the rescue was completed. All three men were rescued from the yacht by the cargo ship about 9.45pm.

The rescued men arrived in Melbourne early on February 4. One of the men was transported to hospital for medical assessment. This incident is a reminder for distress beacon owners to ensure contact details are up to date, an AMSA spokesperson said. “In this incident, the distress beacon was still registered to the yacht’s previous owner; however the fact that the beacon was GPS encoded assisted RCC Australia in pinpointing the yacht’s location within minutes,” the spokesperson said. All distress beacons should be registered with AMSA. To register your distress beacon or update your contact details, contact AMSA on 1800 406 406 or go online at www.beacons. “Having a properly registered distress beacon means emergency authorities can contact you or an emergency contact if your beacon is activated and get help to you as soon as possible,” the spokesperson said. The rescue is the latest in spate of water emergencies this summer. A man died after a wave swamped his boat while crossing the bar at Shallow Inlet in January. A fisherman is still missing after his boat washed onto rocks at Kilcunda the same day. Also on Shallow Inlet last

month, a family was rescued after becoming stranded on a sandbank at low tide. Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) is urging everyone to take care on the water. TSV spokesperson Paul Corkill said all boaters have a responsibility to make safety a high priority. “Speed and distance are often key contributing factors in boating collisions, many of which result in serious injuries and, in some circumstances, death,” he said. “It is the obligation of every boat operator to reduce the risk of collision by following the speed and distance rules at all times. “Regardless of where you are boating, you must stick to the speed limit of five knots when within 50 metres of a swimmer or another vessel.” On coastal and enclosed waters, a five knot speed limit applies to all vessels within 200 metres of the water’s edge. “There is a zero tolerance approach with boaters who flout speed and distance rules. TSV maritime safety officers will be enforcing the rules and cracking down on boaters who do the wrong thing,” Mr Corkill said. For more information, visit the TSV website at www.transportsafety.vic.

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Friends respond FRIENDS of Venus Bay Peninsula would like to correct some of the information included in the article “Pipis ‘sustainable’”, The Star, Tuesday, February 4, 2014, Page 7. The two studies referred to by a Fisheries Victoria spokesperson were undertaken in 2010 and 2011 with a summary re-published in 2013. Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula sought an independent assessment of these studies by an experienced marine ecologist; the investigation concluded the harvest is not proven to be sustainable. The peer reviewed report published in 2013 is based on 2011 data; from 2011 to 2014 we are not aware of any further on ground studies undertaken by Fisheries Victoria to monitor the Venus Bay pipi harvest. We don’t understand why Fisheries Victoria says it will continue to monitor the fishery when they are not actually doing any monitoring. Fisheries do carry out compliance operations at Venus Bay and quote a high rate of compliance to regulations, however, the use of tools is overlooked and supervision of the harvest is spasmodic. Fisheries officers travel from Yarram to Venus Bay and even the most dedicated on ground staff struggle to cope with the number of harvesters. Harvesting pressure is damaging the coastal environment and we are calling for ecosystem based management that considers all of the impacts related to pipi harvesting. We would also like to clarify our communications with Fisheries Victoria regarding the two independent reports commissioned by the Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula from Marine Ecological Solutions Pty. Ltd. The first report dated July 2013 we took directly to the executive director of Fisheries Victoria for discussion in a face to face meeting. A recreational fishing grant was not a result of this meeting or any



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Sewerage scheme has backing THE COMMUNITY group working with South Gippsland on a sewerage proposal for Nyora, Loch and Poowong has supported the proposal released by the water authority.

Broken seats: Max Semken is disappointed about vandalism at the Leongatha bus station.

Vandals break seats By Laura Gibb “NOT good enough.” That’s how Max Semken of South and West Gippsland Transport Group feels about vandals breaking the seats at Leongatha bus station. The seats were found broken about three weeks ago. The South and West Gippsland Transport Group is fighting to get the best possible public transport for the area. However, Mr Semken said efforts are being hampered by a few who graffiti and destroy public property. “We’ve got to look after what we’ve got,” he said. “The government won’t look after places where it’s being destroyed. “The group implores these people who are do-

ing the vandalism to stop, for we are a better town than that.” South and West Gippsland Transport Group is preparing a submission to the government asking for more services to Melbourne. Mr Semken would also like to see the footbridge over the railway line rebuilt. “They could build it within a week,” he said. Sgt Dale McCahon of Leongatha Police noted the timetables at the bus stop were broken and removed quite a long time ago. “There’s always a bit of damage in that area to gardens the shire puts in,” he said. “This is over a period of years. “You’ll find a bit of graffiti in the area but not a large amount. Even




though we have some graffiti, I don’t see it as being a problem. “It’s not even as bad as what it was 10 years ago. It’s nothing like Melbourne or a normal railway line. “We don’t see it as a major issue but obviously any amount of damage is one too many.” Vandals under the age of 18 who are caught for the first time can receive a

caution from police. The caution is recorded officially so if the person causes any more damage statewide, police know about it. An adult who is caught committing vandalism for the first time can get a diversion notice and an order for costs to be repaid. Second offences for juveniles or adults go to court.

The Waste Water Action Group has been in consultation with South Gippsland Water, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and South Gippsland Shire Councillor Lorraine Brunt for the past year about proposals for the sewerage system. The group met with SGW last week to hear its final plans for the project and, in general, was pleased with the proposals, said convenor Jennie Deane. “We believe the system now proposed and the methods of meeting the needs of current and future residents are as good as we could hope for,” she said. “We are especially pleased the scheme can be implemented relatively quickly within the timelines promised by SGW.” Ms Deane said the group realises SGW’s capacity to provide

comprehensive coverage had been restricted by a lack of funding from the State Government and by limitations on costs placed on it by the Essential Services Commission. “We are disappointed that, particularly in Nyora, many residents are now outside the $800 service area and will have to pay a much higher cost if they wish to join the scheme,” she said. “However SGW is ensuring that all existing homes can have sewerage. We note that SGW is still providing considerable subsidies for the scheme across all three towns and we shall all pay considerably less than the total cost.” Ms Deane thanked Mr Ryan for his readiness to work on the group’s behalf and congratulated SGW for consulting with the communities. “We encourage all residents in the three towns to take up the offer of SGW to seek further information about how the scheme will work for them,” she said.

Roads spat THE State Opposition has criticised the State Government for not pledging funding for the Gippsland Freight Infrastructure Master Plan. That plan, released recently, identified several projects for South Gippsland, including completing heavy vehicle alternate routes in Leongatha and Korumburra, and upgrading the South Gippsland Highway. Shadow Minister for Freight and Logistics, Natalie Hutchins met with local government and businesses in Gippsland on Friday to discuss the need for reliable freight movements for the region. She said the master plan identified a significant net reduction in rural and regional roads funding, with more than $130 million for maintenance cut over the past two years. Victorian Labor, as part of its Project 10,000, announced one billion dollars towards the improvement of country roads across the state. “Gippsland’s roads are crumbling and are more congested than ever and (Deputy Premier) Peter Ryan is making things worse for the region,” Ms Hutchins said. “Gippsland needs important freight infrastructure such as an intermodal terminal to stem the growth of trucks and traffic congestion on Gippsland roads.” Ms Hutchins said the current 496,000 truck movements on the South Gippsland Highway per annum at Leongatha and the inevitable increase in traffic are beyond the capacity of the highway, without serious upgrading. Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan said the Coalition Government was delivering the Princes Highway East upgrade, the $66 million Koo Wee Rup Bypass and $8.7 million on overtaking lanes on the Hyland and Strzelecki highways that would improve freight movement locally. He said the detail of Labor’s transport plan revealed it would cut country roads funding. “Labor’s plan sets aside $125 million a year for regional road spending - $1 billion over eight years. This year alone (2013-14), the Coalition Government is spending more than $340 million on regional roads initiatives,” Mr Ryan said.

High risk: a concerned resident has contacted The Star regarding what she believes is a high fire danger risk along the region’s highways. A cigarette butt is believed to have caused a fire that destroyed bush and threatened a home at Leongatha South recently. The motorist said while travelling between Leongatha, Foster and Wonthaggi in the past month, she saw three incidents of cigarette butts being thrown from cars. With long grass on the side of the South Gippsland and Bass highways, the resident was concerned the chance of another fire was high. She is urging VicRoads to cut the long grass.

Mayor’s message Cr Neil Rankine

OUR CEO Allan Bawden retires this Friday, 14 February and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge his enormous commitment and contribution to Bass Coast Shire. Allan was appointed CEO of Bass Coast Shire Council in March 1995. He has been council’s only CEO since and by the time he retires will have served 19 years in the role. Having the same CEO for so long is quite rare for any organisation and has provided council with great stability. Personally, and I know my fellow councillors feel the same way, I am grateful to him for extending his contract so that he could provide stability and guidance to the new council. During his time at the helm, Allan has overseen one of the fastest growing councils in Victoria. As the population has grown, so have the demands for services and infrastructure. The shire’s great financial situation, coupled with our relatively low level of rates, is evidence of Allan’s deft management. Many other councils could only dream about such an environment. Allan has worked with council and our community on challenging major projects such as the desalination plant construction. He has helped us advocate on coal seam gas, which ultimately resulted in the introduction of

a moratorium. His work and commitment to education have resulted in some great outcomes for the shire, including the development of the original Council Education Plan and the development of a master plan and business case for an education precinct, to name a few. One of Allan’s leading principles has been the need for sustainable development, and achieving balance between growth and conservation of our natural assets. He championed the strong and sustainable Landcare partnership and enabled the creation of the Land Management Rebate to provide a direct subsidy for environmental works. Perhaps more importantly, he has been a great leader to council staff. Allan has been instrumental in the development of many staff through the organisation to senior roles both within Bass Coast and other organisations for the broader benefit of local government. He is passionate about developing leadership skills in his staff, supporting them and guiding them to achieve and perform for the benefit of the community. I want to thank Allan formally for his great contribution. We are a better council for having had him lead the organisation all these years. Cr Neil Rankine, mayor.

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Get fit and win cash

THE challenge has been thrown out to get fit in 12 weeks for your chance to win big.

Personal trainer Darren Thompson from Fisical Therapy in Korumburra has thrown down the gauntlet to anyone who thinks they want a better body-and that covers most of us! If you enrol for Darren’s 12 week challenge, and win or come second or third, there are some great prizes. First prize in the challenge is $1,000 cash and $1,000 in ongoing training, second prize wins $500 cash and $400 in training while third place receives $400 in training. The name of the event is the ‘Body Transformation Challenge’ but for the winner it is not just who loses the most weight; there are many other factors which come into consideration in the challenge which will be explained by Darren. Basically there are two components to the challenge, one called ‘FIRE’, the other called ‘ICE’. FIRE stands for Focus Intense Resistance Exercise, or weight training leading to a better body shape; ICE stands for Intense Cardio Exercise, incorporating the science of weight loss. The challenge is open for anyone; those who have never been challenged in their lives and need some motivation right through to those who already are doing some exercise but want to explore the next level. Darren has been based at the Korumburra Recreation Centre for a few years now and takes regular classes. Clients are already excited about what Darren is attempting with a few showing interest. To explain the challenge further Darren invites anyone interested to come along to one of the information evenings. These will take place at 7.15pm on Tuesday, March 4, Thursday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 12 at the Korumburra Recreation Centre. There will be a chance at the end of the presentation to join the challenge. The night will go for approximately 45 minutes with questions to follow. Registrations for the chal-

lenge will close on Thursday, March 13 with the challenge proper to begin on Monday, March 17. All details regarding the cost of the program will be explained by Darren in the presentation. Everyone attending these seminars recieves a free: • Metabolic classification questionnaire (valued at $147) • Special fat loss report (valued at $147). The 12 week program includes: • Two FIRE classes per week for 12 weeks, • Nine nutrition group sessions, • an all the ICE training you need. Darren has already been around the area touting the challenge and a couple of corporate/business groups have shown an interest in sending their staff the challenge either as individuals or as a group. Darren welcomes corporate enquiries. All enquiries for the challenge can be directed to Darren on 0401 048 313. Darren is about to take his personal training to the highest level and is excited to have been excepted to complete level four which means he will become a certified metabolic precision trainer, there’s only 70 of these trainers worldwide. Level four involves advanced kinesiology and specialist nutrition and is the highest personal training certificate you can get. Metabolic Precision is the first ever science based approach to body transformation. For personal trainers, Metabolic Precision ensures a level of individualisation and quality of service that has never been seen before in the fitness industry. For clients, Metabolic Precision is what personal training should be a holistic, definitive service that delivers a life changing experience and guaranteed fantastic results, every time. Darren practices what he preaches and has run a number of full ironman events. This followed a horrific car crash years earlier that could have changed Darren’s life for the worst. Instead he used

it as motivation to get fit and get his body back to peak performance. Darren has changed the life of a number of clients already including Tess Pugliese. Tess is 12 months into training with Darren at Fisical Therapy and has lost an amazing 40kg. Tess is soon to become a personal trainer and she and Darren will be organising a fun run soon for Beyond Blue. Details will be released soon. Some of the services offered at Fisical Therapy include bootcamps and group trainings, one on one personal training, massage, rehabilitation, corrective exercise and nutrition advice. Darren has a number of clients in the FIRE or ICE group classes each week.

FIRE session: pictured at a recent personal training session with Fisical Therapy in Korumburra are, back from left, Earl Dinham-Wiltshire, Louise Cruickshank, Robyn Fairbrother, Kim Ward; front from left, Andrea Walker and Tess Pugliese.







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Inspiration: Darren Thompson helps with the training of Tess Pugliese, who has lost an amazing 40kg in just 12 months!



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New principal ready to rebuild By Jacob de Kunder

worked as the campus principal there for nearly three years. “There I learnt a lot about applying what I had learnt into the school context. From there I felt I was

ABIGAIL Graham has had an “awesome” start to her time at Korumburra Secondary College. “I have found the students friendly and staff supportive,” she told The Star. “Being new I have had to ask lots of question but I have found people to be really open and welcoming.” Ms Graham has taken on the top job at the college from interim principal Terry Harrington. Already the new principal is focusing on what she aims to bring to the college. “I think you have to cater in schools for the inner and the outer self,” she said. “Ultimately you want the students to be happy at school and feel like they have choices in what they do; feel like they are connected with other people; their teachers and friends and feel like they are empowered in where they want to go and their future. “That is what I want to bring.” Despite the college facing some challenges in past years, Mrs Graham has a positive outlook. “I think every school faces challenges - it is a bit like anyone’s personal life story,” she said. “You can’t have a life story without having challenges and I suppose all the schools I have worked in

ready to take on a principal role.” Mrs Graham is looking forward to working closely with the staff at Korumburra. “I think we have a very

dedicated group of staff and I think they want to work together with me and the school community, and create a vibrant and contemporary learning organisation,” she said.

Mayor’s message Cr Jim Fawcett

Ready to go: Abigail Graham is excited about her new position as principal at Korumburra Secondary College. have had those. “I have experience with schools in terms of creating their desired future, and working with the teachers and the students to enact that. “Every place has strength also. It is easy to look at a place and say what it hasn’t got, but you need to look at what a place has got and work from that strength.” Mrs Graham said student presentation and respect are big strengths she can already see at the school. “The kids all come looking fantastic. That shows

a fair bit of care from the families, and how they put effort and resources into getting their kids to school prepared,” she said. “In assembly, the students all came in and sat down in their appropriate places and were ready to listen - a very attentive group of students. I think their attitude towards the school is a strength.” Mrs Graham was an English immigrant who came to Australia during her secondary school years. She studied chemistry and mathematics at Melbourne University and then

a Diploma of Education at Monash University. “I then went and worked for the Department of Education in some of the regional initiatives so I was a cluster educator,” she said. “In that time I was awarded the Lindsay Thomas Fellowship Award which meant I had some money to spend on my personal development, and so I looked at a whole lot of schools performing well overseas. “After that I decided to commit to a school based leadership role, so I went to Traralgon College and

ON FRIDAY night I attended the always excellent Korumburra Rotary Art Show, now in its 37th year. Most events have a much shorter life cycle and I’d be interested to know the key to their continued success that we could pass on to other committees. It could be the seamless transition of new players that an organisation like Rotary brings, or simply the passion of a few longstanding members. Across our communities it is important we are fostering citizenry in the younger generations so the clubs and groups that enrich our lifestyles remain vibrant and sustainable. With the continuing hot weather that can be quite stressful, it is important we all have an awareness of how we and the people near to us are coping. There could be older neighbours or family members who may be reluctant to run air conditioning because of the cost, or who might need prompting to drink more fluids, draw curtains and stay indoors to combat heat fatigue. All too often we read reports of young children or pets seriously affected by, or dying from heat exposure in cars. In just five minutes a closed car can double its temperature and kill, so take the time to plan ahead so your family and pets are not placed in these predicaments. Don’t overlook the simple traps like leaving children in the car while you pay for petrol, etc - a simple distraction for some reason could result in a tragedy. Simply ar-







range to refuel when they are not with you. The landscape is drying out rapidly too. In some locations it is tinderbox dry and the risk of fire is escalating in tandem. Total fire bans are now current that also preclude the use of chainsaws, slashers and similar items that might ignite dry grass with a spark. Talk to your family to ensure you have a clear and practiced plan of action if a fire was in your vicinity. Never underestimate the speed which fire can travel at, with embers able to ignite up to 10 kilometres ahead of the fire front. As I write this, the sirens are wailing in Leongatha in response to a grassfire near town, so the threat is very real, not just platitudes from bureaucracy. Already there have been several small grass fires in the past few weeks which have been swiftly brought under control by our outstanding local volunteer brigades. During known fire activity and on Code Red days, stay informed via and tune in to ABC local radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV. You can also call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on freecall 1800 240 667 and check for any road closures on www. These high risk conditions are likely to be with us for another six to eight weeks, so if you haven’t already, do a little homework to keep your property and family safe. Cr Jim Fawcett, mayor.





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LEAVE AND LIVE. Grand opening for Wonthaggi CFA By Tayla Kershaw THE $2.8 million Wonthaggi CFA station will officially open this Saturday, February 15.

New appliance: Wonthaggi CFA Captain Kim O’Connor and brigade support officer Shane Keen in front of the new truck deployed from Ballarat City.

The project has been a five year process, from land acquisition to completion. The site of the new structure in White Road was obtained by swapping the CFA’s former Watt Street site with Bass Coast Shire Council. The design of the building was a modification of the standard CFA design. Wonthaggi CFA redrew these plans and put $100,000 of their own funding towards a building that will last another 50 years. “The place is built to last,” Captain Kim

O’Connor said. “A lot of thought has gone into a building that won’t become too small for the town.” Wonthaggi CFA outgrew its old station in Watt Street, their home since 1910. It could only hold three trucks, with two more in a separate shed. The new building can hold six appliances. The new building is spacious and includes staff office space, allowing CFA workers to work in an of-

fice closer to home. The location will improve turnout times as it is in a residential area and the new station can house more vehicles. Major incidents can be coordinated from the building, onsite training can be conducted, internal training facilities are included and the motor room is a lot safer. The 45 CFA volunteers moved into their new home in late December after the 10 month building process

was completed. The official opening will begin at 2pm and include the handover of a truck. The old Isuzu pumper, which has been operating for 15 years, will be refurbished and relocated to Grovedale Fire Brigade. In exchange, Wonthaggi CFA has received a five year old Scania type four heavy pumper deployed from Ballarat City. The truck is new and improved to match the station.




KILOMETRES AN HOUR ON RISKY FIRE DAYS. Grassfires can be as dangerous as bushfires. Know what to do. Listen to local radio and check for warnings.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO? visit call 1800 240 667 download the FireReady app

Thanks a million: Bass Coast Group officer Damien O’Connor and operations officer Jim Dore from CFA present Michael Halligan from Michael’s Trailers Healesville with a certificate of appreciation from the Bass Coast Group of Fire Brigades.

Donation keeps CFA on ball THE Bass Coast Group of Fire Brigades recently received a brand new custom made trailer by Michael’s Trailers of Healesville. The donation was made possible through the Rotary Club of Wonthaggi. The trailer will be put to great use transporting the new Bass Coast Group UTV. This vehicle is a purpose built all-terrain vehicle that can transfer members and equipment to anywhere within Bass Coast, especially along the coastal fringe and will be of great benefit to bri-

gades at the many major events and community gatherings that occur. The trailer features in built ramps for quick loading and unloading of the UTV, and is specially designed for ease of towing and reversing over all types of surfaces. The donation was gratefully accepted by group officer Damien O’Connor who thanked Michael Halligan from Michael’s Trailers Healesville for the wonderful gift as well as The Rotary Club of Wonthaggi, in particular Neville Goodwin and Bass MLA Ken Smith for their continued ongoing support of volun-

teers within Bass Coast. Mr O’Connor said, “This is another wonderful example of community groups and generous businesses coming together to benefit the wider community. Without the support of groups such as Rotary and businesses such as Michael’s Trailers Healesville, our volunteers would need to be selling lots of sausages, rattling tins and other fundraising activities which takes them away from their families and time that they can offer CFA in operational response. “We are very grateful for this wonderful donation”

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Home away from home by Stuart Biggins MORNING tea and cooked lunch are daily features of school life at the Koonwarra Village School. All food, including the bowls of fruit in each classroom, is organic and mostly sourced from the school’s impressive kitchen garden. The school environment, both indoors and out, is a combination of rustic charm and homeliness, and there is not the faintest whiff of institution anywhere. All of this is embraced by the most beautiful of Australian surroundings. With only 29 students and two full time staff (supplemented by one part-time information and communications technology/humanities/physical education teacher, a cook and a kitchen gardener), the Koonwarra Village School is a school that thinks differently about working with children. The school year begins and ends in line with the rest of the state, but in between the program runs to a five weeks on, one week off schedule. “A five week chunk of learning is great to plan for,” says school co-ordinator, Fiona McKenzie and the approach flattens out the year. At the end of five weeks, staff and students aren’t completely exhausted. The school caters for a cross section

of needs and provides learning flexibility and independence that are counter balanced by encouraging students to take control of their own learning programs. For example, at the beginning of the week each student has their own list of tasks to be completed for that week and becomes used to managing this less teacher centred approach. It was lunchtime when this correspondent visited. While the staff still lingered over their lunch under the shaded outdoor tables and kept six or so boys playing downball under their watchful eyes, other students had spread themselves out and busied themselves in various parts of the school, reading, creating, playing. Yes, it was lunchtime but it certainly wasn’t tools down time. The students get “out and about’ a lot and with the current block of learning being titled Home, the key excursions are to Inverloch to study how houses have changed over time. Classroom walls are already festooned with students’ preliminary responses to the theme. This is clearly a school where things get done. Koonwarra Village School fosters three key aspects of what it calls the pathway to self-actualisation: social and emotional intelligence; autonomy and shared decision making; and connection. Each of these was in evidence in abundance and it was only lunchtime! Visit the school’s facebook page.

Connection: Mitchell Cooke, Yasmin Tough, Tahlia Hampshire and Riley Forrest-Kennedy enjoy the atmosphere of Koonwarra Village School.

Office facelift at Welshpool WELSHPOOL and District Primary School received $51,738 from the State Government midway through 2013 to improve the condition of its aging office building.

Keen kids: new Prep students Ava, Sophie, Ella and Brydee couldn’t wait to get into the classroom at Toora Primary School.

Principal Geoff Cooling said the roof and the guttering has been replaced, lots of carpentry work has been done, as well as a new coat of paint inside and out. “We have also had new carpet and vinyl installed, and additional electrical work has been done. It looks magnificent,” he said. “The school has an enrolment consistent with previous years, including two new Prep students.”

Toora hits ground running CLASSES at Toora Primary School have started again, with 11 new Prep students added to the school community. With total enrolments sitting at around 60 students, principal Barb Purvis is looking forward to another school year. “We have Ali Wogan-Browne taking on Prep/1 again this year, our new teacher Louise Chalmers from Melbourne will be teaching the Grade 2/3 class and Brett Whittle will be taking grades 4/5/6,” she said. Over the holidays, the school received some new outdoor furniture and erected a shade cover off the stadium, made from new and recycled materials. “The outdoor furniture was organised

by the parents and friends association and school council. We now need to follow through with some concrete or paving for the new shaded area,” Ms Purvis said. “Our groundsman, Les Osbourne has also kept everything looking great over the holidays.” This term will start with aquatic education at the Toora Pool, focussing on water safety and stroke technique, as well as the swimming sports at the end of February. “This term, as part of the Country Education Project we have two performances coming up, including one on science and one with an indigenous performer,” Ms Purvis said. “Our integrated studies will take these two themes further in the classroom.”

FAMDA Theatre Company has announced its production of Bugsy Malone is under way, and is inviting young actors from Foster and from South Gippsland generally to audition for a role in this clever musical drama. The original film, written and directed by Alan Parker, has been adapted for the stage by the director and the song writer Paul Williams, and has been a popular choice for theatre companies for many years. It is probably unique insofar as the film and play are both designed to be performed by young actors aged from about 10 to 14 years of age (although if you are a little older or younger you should attend anyway), and has no adult roles at all. In the film the leads were taken by the young Jodie Foster and Scott Biaio.



As promised, another use for leftover Christmas ham. Cook long and slow to get the best results


New duo: Prep students Paul and Maddie are the newest additions to the Welshpool and District Primary School family.

Bugsy comes to Foster FROM the mean streets of New York 1929, to the mean streets of Foster 2014.

Activities to get term one rolling at Welshpool primary include swimming, the rock and water program and a performance at Prom Country House.

Bugsy, a man about town living in the dangerous streets of the prohibition era 1920s, finds himself in the middle of a gang war between Fat Sam Stacetto and Dandy Dan fighting over control of the illegal sarsaparilla trade and the speakeasies. This is the Roaring Twenties. FAMDA is looking for performers, actors, singers, dancers, musicians, wise guys, feisty gals, winners, losers, dumb cops, dumb hoods, a boxer and a ventriloquist! Bugsy Malone creates a world where the splurge gun is a secret weapon and a custard pie can be lifethreatening, where a young singer dreams of making it big in Hollywood In the past FAMDA has produced Annie, Oliver and, more recently, Bush Magic and Dreamboats to provide opportunities for young actors to participate in theatrical productions. This year FAMDA invites them to take part in its staging of Bugsy Malone which will hit the Foster stage in early July during the school holidays.

To learn more about getting involved in this remarkable show, young performers, teenage musicians and their parents are invited to the information night being held at 7.30pm this Friday, February 14, at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre. The next day there will be a special workshop at the hall with some training on preparing for the auditions scheduled for Sunday, February 16 when performers will be asked to show their talents at reading, acting, singing and/or dancing. Rehearsals will begin in the week beginning March 11. They will be held mostly after school (approximately 4.30pm – 6.30pm) and Sundays. Audition sheets will be handed out at the information night and will also be available on line. More information about FAMDA’s staging of Bugsy Malone and how to get involved can be found at Further details are available by contacting the director Pamela Coad on 5689 1305 or pandecoad@

¼ cup flour 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 cup (165g) chopped leg ham 1 large carrot, peeled, grated 1 large zucchini, grated 1 onion, sauteed in butter and a pinch of salt, over a low heat, covered, for 10 minutes. ½ cup grated tasty cheese olive oil ½ cup minted yoghurt Sift flour into a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Lightly whisk eggs and milk. Add to flour, stirring until smooth. Add ham, carrot, zucchini, onions and cheese. Stir to combine. Set aside for an hour to allow the flour to absorb the liquids. Heat pan over medium heat, add olive oil, place fritters in pan over a low heat. Cook for 25 minutes, turning once, until light golden. Mix mint jelly with Greek yoghurt and serve with the fritters.

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Kevin answers call to collect By Brad Lester WHEN the telephone rings in Kevin O’Brien’s shed, he knows which one of his 300 phones it is. Fortunately, only one phone is connected. The Inverloch man made his first telephone at age 15 and linked his parents’ Castlemaine house with a mate’s home a quarter mile away, even installing the line and fixing it to a tree at one point. After a career working with PMG and then Telstra, and teaching telecommunications at TAFE, Kevin is still fascinated by telephones, insulators and radio. His collection not only includes Australian wall phones but also a Morse code machine, exchanges, examples of Australian pub-

lic phones, early radio microphones and phones dating back to the 1880s made by Ericsson in Stockholm, Sweden. There are also 500 insulators from telegraph, phone and power lines. The collection is now one of the most comprehensive in Australia and a lifelong passion. “All the transmitters and receivers in telephones have not changed much at all, but the facilities you get with a phone and the signalling have,” Kevin said. “Before, you had to have a hard copper line between every phone and now it’s all done with microwave.” Kevin’s personal museum starts at the beginning of telephone history, complete with a replica of an original phone made by the telephone’s inventor, Alexander Graham Bell – along with a

copy of Alexander’s patent contract. Next came the Morse code machine. Kevin recalls the how Melbourne was linked with Sydney and Brisbane by telegraph, and also Melbourne and Adelaide. “But telegrams could not get out of Australia so there was a big race between South Australia and Queensland to be the first state to find a telegraph route to Darwin,” Kevin said. South Australia won, with the line connected to Darwin via the middle of Australia and resulting in the establishment of the town of Alice Springs. Telegraph operators would listen to a message via Morse, remember it, type it and then hand a telegram for a boy on a bike to deliver to the recipient. Kevin’s collection includes an Opeheimer tele-

Hello, hello: telephone collector Kevin O’Brien in his element, on an extension phone made by Kellogg in the early 1920s.

graph pole with insulators from the lines between Cairns and Cape York in far north Queensland, and also the Nullabor Plain in Western Australia. Later magneto exchanges – those wound by hand - featured quirky ways of indicating an incoming call to switchboard operators: a flap would drop down, revealing the number of an incoming caller or an indicator resembling an eyeball would fall. Candlestick phones – those with a transmitter on a short post and a receiver the caller held to their ear – were generally considered so ugly 100 years ago some people made dolls to place over the phones to hide them. As technology developed, in the 1920s extension apparatuses made phones more convenient. “These would have been in the house or on the wall of the house outside so the farmer could come running when he heard it ringing,”

Timeless devices: a swing arm phone (left) and a spider phone, both dating from around 1900.

Kevin said. Despite the many advances in early telephones, the well known dial telephones largely remained the same from the 1930s to the 1980s. But while Geelong received the first dial telephone in Australia in 1912 (and Kevin has that), some rural areas were still serviced by the old magneto phones as late as the 1970s. Public telephones were installed as early as 1912 also and Kevin recalls how a call from these cost double the rate of a call from a domestic phone. When automatic telephones were about to be introduced, a tone generator was taken to meetings in town halls across the country, demonstrating the tones people would hear when they were ringing out and when the line was engaged. Such a generator is part of Kevin’s collection.

Help from the outside By Brad Lester ALAN Price’s face beams as he reads the letter from a young man. The words tell how he is trying to right the wrong he has done in the past. He thanks Alan and his friends for inspiring him to do so. The writer was once a prisoner at Fulham Correctional Centre near Sale. He was among the participants in the Kairos prison ministry Alan and other Kairos team members from Leongatha, Wonthaggi and Mirboo North offer during twice monthly visits. For some inmates at Fulham, the Kairos team is the only visitors they will receive during their time inside. The visitors are Christians, from churches in South, East and West Gippsland and eastern Melbourne suburbs. They are farmers, builders, everyday people who until joining Kairos, had never

been inside before. They do so in the hope their efforts will help the inmates - or ‘guys in green’ as they prefer to call them - find a more fulfilling life inside and continue to do so once released. “Sessions revolve around values and give the members of the team, who are all Christians, an opportunity to act on their faith,” said Lance Perryman of St George’s Anglican Church, Wonthaggi. “It’s definitely not a one way thing. You do give the guys in green an option which they probably have never thought about.” Alan, of Pound Creek, is the Kairos group’s incoming leader and also a member of St George’s Anglican Church, Wonthaggi. “We are privileged as an organisation to be able to go in there and deliver a course to establish relationships with these guys,” he said. Alan knows Kairos members must conform with the prison’s rules and are there at the governor’s pleasure.

Kairos members must subject themselves to metal detectors before entering and take in nothing but the notes necessary for that session. Each gathering opens with songs, followed by a talk from either “a guy in green” or one of the Kairos team. Questions and small group discussions follow, exploring choices and their impacts, accepting oneself, and what a church is. “We always try to have a personal slant on it because we have to connect with these guys. We say we all stuff up and then it’s how we can make a choice,” Alan said. Entering the tough environment that prison is and spruiking the word of Christ is no easy feat. Some prisoners are sceptical, and some whom attend are mocked by others. Some Kairos volunteers find the program is not for them and finish after 12 months. Alan knows prisoners are perceptive and can spot a disingenuous person “from a mile away”,

but the fact the Kairos men are unpaid volunteers and from a variety of churches earns them kudos. “The guys in green say these blokes have given up two days a month for them,” Alan said. Kairos gives some prisoners the rare chance to meet with others and not feel judged for their actions, instigating the self respect needed for a fresh start. Kairos holds a special three and a half day program once a year and it’s at this program inmates receive letters from members of congregations, offering words of encouragement. “You don’t ask them how long they have been in there and what they are in there for, and whatever they tell you is kept in confidence,” Lance, of Cape Paterson, said. “We work on the four Ls: listen, listen, love, love. You just establish the rapport with the guys in green.” A lot of prisoners do not have a role model in their lives and Kairos vol-

Giving hope: Kairos members, from left, Tim Rock, Lance Perryman and Alan Price, are offering an alternative to prisoners at Fulham Correctional Centre near Sale. unteers can fill that void said another member, Tim Rock, a member of St Peter’s Anglican Church, Leongatha. “We are just everyday blokes who just walk the walk,” the Pound Creek man said. “When we go up and spend time with these blokes, we are enriched.” While some people in broader society feel

Christ is no longer relevant, inside prison that can change, Alan said. “When they hit rock bottom in prison, they find their faith again,” he said. Statistics show that prisoners who take part in Kairos are much less likely to reoffend. “It’s probably because (a), they feel valued, (b) they’ve had a look at themselves, and (c) they

can see there other alternatives,” Lance said. Kairos encourages prisoners to find a church once released to have a community to be attached to. Kairos prison ministry began in an American prison in 1976 and has spread as far as England, Costa Rica, South Africa and Canada and operates in most states in Australia.

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LEONGATHA 1 Turner Street Stockdale and Leggo Leongatha Mick Hanily 0417 311 756

$340,000 4



Great central location S

TEP inside to appreciate all this sizeable house has to offer. With extensive renovations to the kitchen, bathroom and ensuite, the big money has already been spent. Families will appreciate four bedrooms, three with built in robes,

AUCTION Friday March 14, 2014 - 1pm On Site 8565 BASS HWY, LEONGATHA 195 Acre DAIRY FARM An outstanding opportunity has arisen to purchase this 195.43 Acre dairy farm, which has been in the hands of the current owners for over 100 years. ? 1km from Leongatha town boundary ? TWO TITLES (96.59 & 98.84) ? 20 Unit swing over dairy, extensive shedding ? Two homes (both on front title) ? 34 main paddocks + town water & dams ? Part of the land identified in the Leongatha Structure plan as Future Rural Residential (STCA) ? Herd available at valuation For further details, visit Inspection by appointment only. TERMS 10% DEPOSIT, BALANCE 60 DAYS

formal living area with reverse cycle air conditioner and polished floor boards, study nook, combined kitchen, dining and living area. The kitchen, which opens up onto a covered outdoor entertaining area features a twin sink, 900mm gas stove, walk in pantry, dishwasher and loads of storage space. The yard is spacious and level, and has rear lane access with two lock up sheds. Located within walking distance to the corner shop, recreation reserve, pool and McIndoe Park, inspection is highly recommended.

CONTACT Peter Dwyer 0428 855 244 Alan Steenholdt 0409 423 822 Andrew Newton 0402 940 320

Leongatha Office

45 Bair Street

5662 0922

GLENYS FOSTER BARRY REDMOND SARAH PRICE 0477 622 298 0477 622 292 0439 885 078


Spacious 4 bdrm home, study & 2 separate living In ground salt water pool with alfresco dining area 16 Panel Solar System, rc/ac & open fire place



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BLUE CHIP INVESTMENT LEONGATHA’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS RURAL RESIDENTIAL BUILDING SITES SERVICES INCLUDE: - Water to boundary - Footpath gravel - Post and wire fencing (rural) - Septic - Zoned low density residential - Settlement 14 days after registering of title (approx 3 months)


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Immaculately maintained unit right in the heart of town


ITUATED at the rear of a flat block and in a blue-chip position, this immaculate unit has it all. It’s just a hop, step and a jump to the shops and it has privacy, easy access into the home and a carport with a security roller door. It is beautifully painted

and decorated throughout. There are two good sized bedrooms with builtin-robes, quality carpet, curtains and blinds, north facing living areas, sunny, low maintenance and securely fenced courtyards, an updated kitchen and bathroom, sensor-security lighting and a good sized

garden shed. The whole unit has a light, fresh and airy feel to it. The modern kitchen features a smart ‘antique white’ ship-lap effect cabinetry, pantry and small breakfast bar. A round extension table comfortably fits into the adjoining dining area. Two lovely large

windows in the lounge let light in, yet privacy is still maintained. The bathroom includes updated tiling, a new vanity, shower and a separate bath in pristine condition. The property is low maintenance with front gardens, lawns and common property managed by the body corporate. Watering systems are in place. So close to supermarkets, churches and the Daker Centre, you could throw away the car keys.

LEONGATHA Contact agent for location Insight Real Estate 5662 2220

$280,000 2



LEONGATHA 28 Brumley Street

California dreamin’

Alex Scott and Staff Leongatha 5662 0922


HIS lovingly restored Californian Bungalow blends classic charm and period details with modern convenience and a central location to offer fantastic family living.

$475,000 3



the kitchen/dining, and then out onto the rear outdoor entertaining deck, there’s plenty of living space on offer. The modern family bathroom, laundry and remaining bedrooms round out this complete renovation. Raised garden beds and a workshop are found in the enormous backyard, and a colourbond shed and carport are accessed from Norton Lane at the rear. Houses with true character are a rare find in Leongatha, and this one is certainly a must see. The property will be open for inspection this Saturday from 11 to 11.30am.

From its leadlight surrounded front door, the entrance foyer leads to the right to the formal lounge, with cast iron fireplace and leadlight windows. To the left is the master bedroom with ensuite, which is also equipped with original leadlight. With a second open living area which steps down to

Michael Hanily 0417 311 756

Jason Harris 0417 640 079

Mike West 0409 583 692

Natalie Couper 0428 941 541




Mirboo North





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Four BRs, large lounge, RC/AC & wood heating Baltic pine boards, new Colorbond roof Dble carport, LU shed, rear lane access, 1350m2 block

5 Jeffrey Street, Leongatha $350,000 Sole Agent





23/17 McDonald St, Leongatha 2 $289,500 Sole Agent




Sizeable brick home, 2 BRs, BIRs, spacious living ? RC/AC, tiled bathroom, kitchen and meals area ? Single carport, great first home or investment property ?

31 Turner Street, Leongatha $230,000 Sole Agent

Well maintained, open plan living, RC air cond 2 BRs, main with walk through bathroom, BIRs Sgle LU garage, very private undercover courtyard




Immaculate home, 1880m2 block, bitumen driveway 4 BRs, study, formal living & large rumpus room Covered outdoor area, double garage & 2 carports

3B Louise Simon Court, Leongatha $599,000 4

5662 5800 15 Bair Street, Leongatha



Solid brick home, 3 BRs, ensuite, 3401m2 block Large lounge room, family room, SFH & RC/AC Outdoor area, 30x20' shed, dble garage & workshop

3 Louise Simon Court, Leongatha $460,000 Sole Agent 3



Immaculate unit, central location close to everything Two BRs, lounge/dining, RC/AC, full bathroom Garage with internal entry, private courtyard

2/31 Peart Street, Leongatha $239,000

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Spacious 4 BR home with garden views on 10 Acres Large living, huge games room & formal dining Outdoor ent. area, great shedding and large dam



Just add the finishing touches and sit back & enjoy 3 BRs, BIRs, ensuite, RC/AC, open plan living Undercover area, close to schools & main st.

17 Eldon Court, Mirboo North 135 Koonwarra-Inverloch Rd, Koonwarra $560,000 Sole Agent 4 2 6 $285,000


96 Ridgway, Mirboo North


5668 1300


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A family residence of great appeal! S

ET on a sunny north facing double block, this four bedroom, three bathroom home offers a fantastic array of formal and informal living areas with study, lounge, dining family/meals, large kitchen with fantastic rural views, outdoor entertaining area and surrounded by well established garden and trees. Additional comforts includes a 16 panel Solar System, double garage with internal access, reverse cycle split system, centrally located solid wood heater, two water tanks plus town water and a large under the house workshop and storage area with a separate entrance. Constructed of solid clinker bricks this well loved home would make a great family home and represents good value for money.




Be the first to inspect this brilliant opportunity in Venus Bay. The property is currently being used as The Venus Foodtrap take away and licensed cafe, a popular business in the heart of Venus Bay, with good tenants. The property is currently set up with an under cover alfresco licensed area, dining area inside with bar area, separate take away section, kitchen and facilities, as well as an enclosed beer garden at the rear. This is a great investment opportunity for the savvy investor. Currently showing 7% PA return. FREEHOLD ONLY $550,000 Negotiable

LEONGATHA 26 Griffin Road Landmark Harcourts Leongatha

Inspection is by appointment only


Contact Daniel 0417 631 252 or Robb 0409 531 408

Carly Hurst 0417 382 979


5662 0922 45 Bair Street LEONGATHA 5A CRE S



Peter Dwyer 0428 855 244





• Renovated cottage • 1011m2 block • Rural Surrounds

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

• Superb location - close to shops • 2 bedroom brick veneer home • 6m x 12m Colorbond shed, fantastic level block

• 4br + Bungalow with RC/AC, new wood heater • Double garage, 6m x 10m shed • Decks & verandah’s on 3 sides. 3 paddocks & dam




OFFERS OVER $490,000



Alan Steenholdt 0409 423 822



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5663 7111

133 Jupiter Boulevard


Venus Bay Office





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• 4br custom built home on 2187m² block • Polished floors, formal lounge and Butlers Pantry. • Gas log fire, Hydronic floor heating

• 2 bedroom unit • Level walk to Safeway and shops • Quiet location

• Fully operational Dry Cleaning business • Large client base throughout South Gippsland • Located in the CBD of Leongatha

• 338 acre lifestyle property with an income • Renovated 3 bedroom home • Located just 10mins from Leongatha



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Country Homestead T

HIS beautiful country homestead established on 22 acres is being offered for sale. The unique property sits in a prominent location with commanding views over South Gippsland. The home is solid brick, has been well designed with magnificent exposed Oregon beams and three large bay windows capturing the warmth and light from the north. Nothing was spared when this home was built, and the quality is evident throughout. Consisting of three large bedrooms, the master bedroom looks out to the garden courtyard and is complete with an en suite luxurious spa bath, quality fittings and a walk in robe. The living areas comprise a formal lounge and dining area. The fully equipped timber kitchen has been designed to take in the fantastic views. It is well appointed with

a double multi-function electric oven, LPG cook top, open grill and a large pantry. The handmade tiles give this kitchen a unique touch. The kitchen overlooks the meals / family room. The magnificent open fire built with stone sourced from the Maldon area is without doubt a special feature of this home. The games room sliding doors open to the outdoor entertaining area providing a natural flow from inside to out. Heating the homestead is, via the open

fire, ducted heating and two portable LPG heaters. Outside the land is well fenced, productive and easy to look after with large established trees that will provide excellent shelter for stock. Water supply is abundant with three x 10,000 gallon tanks, and a dam supplying reticu-

lated water to the troughs. Also ample shedding, including an all steel 14m x 7m workshop/machinery shed with concrete floor and power, and a double garage with access to the home. Overall this is a truly unique opportunity, and inspection is a must.

KARDELLA Contact agent for location SEJ Leongatha 5662 4033 22 Acres

$670,000 3



Bidding activity increased THE strength in the market is evident not only in volume of auctions being held and the clearance rate but also the level and type of bidding activity. With a clearance rate of 72 per cent, 2013 sold the majority of auctioned properties. According to the Real Estate Institute of Victoria, the remainder was passed in on a vendor bid. “Vendor bids were commonly made by an auctioneer on behalf of the seller to get the bidding started or during the auction to protect the seller’s reserve price,”





3645 GRAND RIDGE RD, Mirboo North



A neat & tidy home. Comprising separate lounge, compact & functional kitchen/meals area, renovated bathroom with double shower & 3 BRS. Bright polished floorboards in hallways. Private back decking for entertaining. Excellent lockable double garage with concrete floor, woodshed & freshwater tank. A great opportunity!

Insight INS2200090





REIV CEO Enzo Raimondo said. “By law, the auctioneer must announce when a vendor bid has been made.” The share of auction being passed in on a vendor bid has shown the most improvement. Around 16 per cent of properties were passed in compared to 2012’s 26 per cent. The decline shows more bidding activity from potential buyers. “There is clearly an increase in the level of open competition at auctions lately and this can be measured by the clearance rate,” Mr Raimondo said.



24 acres of clear, undulating to part steep land. Stock yard/ loading race, 3 dams, good pastures, machinery/ hay shed with garage attached. Older cottage in need of a little renovation. Good kitchen, laundry & bathroom. Partly furnished, 2 BRs. Just 17 km on sealed road from Leongatha. Potential galore.

Delightful well-cared for 3 BR home on 1 acre surrounded by parklike gardens including over 150 established fuschia bushes. Existing nursery infra- structure of numerous hot/ shade houses, igloos, propagation shed & watering systems in place to start up a nursery/ additional income producer. Handy highway exposure close by. 4bay carport, lock-up garage, 2-bay machinery shed & huge lockable work-shop. Would suit small business operation too(STCA.)

When size & quality count. Private behind a beautiful garden lies many extras: wide entry ; direct access from 3 car garage into kitchen; extra spacious kitchen/dining/ lounge room ; 2nd TV room/lounge; Butler's Pantry ; 'Home Theatre' room (possible 5th BR/ rumpus room); stylish en suite; storage cupboards galore; ducted vacuum; covered alfresco area; access to rear yard & lock-up shed. Inspect to discover the many fantastic features of this elegant property.




Lindsay Powney 0428 515 103

Robyn Powney 0488 454 547

5 McCartin Street LEONGATHA

5662 2220

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Men spread love THE blokes of the Venus Bay, Tarwin Lower and District Men’s Shed are taking their projects beyond the workshop and into the community. The men built a portable mini golf course for public use in the middle of town late January, not only to raise funds for future projects but to also provide a community service. Hoops, twists and even a series of handpainted cartoon characters featured throughout the course, which is available to hire. A $3000 grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal went towards the cost of materials. Next on the jobs list is building billy carts for scouts to use at the regional billy cart derby at Nyora’s Bell Park Scout Camp in June. “It’s been getting a little competitive,” men’s shed president John Hyett said.

“They decided they would make 12 carts all the same to ensure everyone is on an equal footing and the kids have been coming along to help build them. “The kids learn a few skills as well, like painting and drilling.” The shed now features wood and metal workshops, an office, and lounge and kitchen. After all, a men’s shed is as much about socialising as it is building. “We are sitting on the same membership but we are trying to entice the retirees to come and do some work here,” Don Kennedy said. Workshops could be held to teach men new skills and there are regular speakers, such as staff from Bass Coast Regional Health whom discussed the value of inclusion in improving men’s mental and physical health. Horst Proeger makes park benches for sale and some have even made their way to Bass Coast Specialist School.

Ready to roll: the Nissan X-Trail is ready to for sale at Edney’s Leongatha.

Runout deals on offer EDNEY’S Leongatha and Nissan are combining to offer hug factory bonus on runout 2013 plate XTrail and Dualis models.

Tried and tested: get into to Edney’s Leongatha today for some great deals on the Nissan Dualis.

Kitted out: Venus Bay, Tarwin Lower and District Men’s Shed president John Hyett in his element, with Don Kennedy in the background.

Now is certainly the time to snatch up one of these great SUVs at a great price and with a plethora of extra features. All 2013 plate Dualis come with Nissan’s five year/150,000km extended warranty, as well as factory bonuses. Added to the already long list of standard features in the Dualis ST is the satellite naviga-

tion system with reverse camera, as well as alloy wheels, cruise control and Bluetooth. In the TI-L, bonuses include a panoramic glass roof, leather seats, fog lights and the around view monitor. The glass roof is a fantastic feature which allows you to let more natural light into the car, while the around view monitor gives you a birds-eye view of your car and the surroundings when parking. The Dualis is the kind of car you must test drive if you are in the market. It handles perfectly on the road with grippy tyres, suspension and brakes that all add together for a safer and smoother drive. Prices start at $25,990 drive-away for the ST manual and $32,990 driveaway for the TI-L manual. There is an added cost for automatic transmission and metallic paint. The versatile SUV that is the Nissan X-Trail is also up for grabs, with a great runout deals on 2013 plated models. All 2013 X-Trails have a $5000 bonus which lowers prices to $24,990 drive-away for a 2.0l 2WD manual. The 4WD manual starts at $28,990 driveaway. The X-Trail is a wonderful vehicle which has been a favourite in the Australian market for the past decade and still continues to impress. These prices are better value than ever seen before and are guaranteed not to last long. Edney’s has limited stock so get in quick to secure one of these popular SUVs.

Above left, X-Trail: the Nissan SUV is now available at the best ever prices. Steady hands: Julian Marsden from Warrandyte tries out the portable mini golf course built by the Venus Bay, Tarwin Lower and District Men’s Shed members, including Colin West (left) and Doug Grigg.

Left, Dualis: the one and only Nissan Dualis is a fantastic looking vehicle.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - PAGE 27


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5662 2327 LMCT 1500

AH Heather Walker 0418 564 157 AH Darryl McGannon 0409 151 463

*Maximum recommended driveaway price for models ordered and delivered between 1/2/14 and 31/3/14 including dealer delivery and statutory charges. Factory bonus cannot be redeemed for cash. Excludes Government, Rental and National Fleet customers. Prices may vary between dealers. Nissan reserves the right to vary, extend or withdraw this offer. Premium Paint available at additional cost. †Factory bonus available on 2013 compliance plate Pulsar Sedan Ti and Pulsar Hatch ST-S, SS and X-TRAIL range. Bonus not exchangeable for cash. ^Available on 2013 compliance plated models only. Extended warranty expires 60 months from date of first vehicle registration or after 150,000 km (whichever comes first). Conditions Apply. μiPod is a registered trade mark of Apple Inc. ‡Terms and conditions apply, please visit 6 year capped price servicing applies to the first 12x 10,000kms scheduled service intervals for up to 6years/120,000kms (whichever occurs first). Some exclusions apply. Ask your Nissan dealer or for full terms and conditions. NS D2980/HS/M

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We fix more than just your appliances!

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ALL BRANDS, ALL SIZES For service and advice at the right price


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To - Television Anten DVD - Phon Phone Local suppliers of Units and also supp





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(opposite medical clinic)

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European & local vehicles Claims assistance Windscreen repair/replacement Motorcycle repairs Company fleet vehicles 24 hour towing

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See Tom at:

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5658 1043



Preferred repairer for all major insurance companies • 24-hour towing & salvage • “Car-O-Liner” measuring bench • Low-bake oven and Lifetime Warranty 11 Ashenden St., Leongatha. 5662 3346 BUR6930017


Servicing all makes & models


Latest & fastest equipment for engine programming & diagnostics

24 Bear St Inverloch

5674 1348 panel beating

spray painting

24 hour towing

Senior cards accepted WOR0790003

2/50 YARRAGON ROAD, LEONGATHA fax 5674 2845

Travis Effern INV7730017

5662 0079




For mechanical repairs, etune ups and great servic

COMPLETE AUTO UPHOLSTERY SERVICE All types of Industrial, Commercial, Agricultural, Recreational & Domestic vehicles SPECIALISING IN STREET MACHINES, CUSTOM CARS & HOT RODS Ph: 5662 3221 | Mob: 0428 350 407 55 Barnes Road, Kardella South (between Korumburra & Leongatha)

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - PAGE 29



GRAYDENS MOTORCYCLES HARLEY SPECIALIST Service & repair of most makes & models of motorcycles Specialising in restorations

MADE TO ORDER Towbars Touring trailers


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Servicing all Onroad, Offroad & ATVs Repair & Sales Mowers, Chainsaws and Power Equipment Kawasaki Let the good times roll! WON5000014


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ABN 547 527 067 69 LMCT 10362




Starter & alternator repairs Battery sales | Spare parts Air conditioning | Bosch batteries Alcohol interlocks





Geary Road - Leongatha | 0428 920 095 LMCT 10804




6 Sanders St KORUMBURRA | 5655 2202

LMCT 11017


Exhaust & Service

ALCOHOL INTERLOCK DEVICES Alternators and Starter Motors Power tool repairs Air conditioning service and repairs Battery Sales

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9 Korumburra Rd Wonthaggi

Phone 5662 5454

40 Yarragon Rd LEONGATHA


•Exhausts • Towbars • Servicing older cars • Trailer repairs SGE4400015






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Phone 5662 2294

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

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

Joe & Chris McDonald

Phone/Fax 03 5662 4833 Mobile 0409 234 951

Specialising in all types of residential fencing and outdoor maintenance

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

Servicing ALL areas.

Call Mick Adkins on 5662 2360 Mobile 0428 595 686

0433 033 347

Aerial Agricultural Services

2 Douglas Court, Leongatha





BUILDER/CARPENTER Over 25 years experience

STUART SLEE Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Repairs

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RTA AU21680


• Car, Truck, Tractor, Earthmoving • Domestic Air Conditioners • Fridges • Washers • Dryers • Dishwashers 16 Tilson Court, Leongatha. Phone 5662 3070 Mobile 0418 364 559

“Your LOCAL fencing contractors”

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


3 Davis Court Leongatha Vic 3953




Payment in advance required



Garage Doors & Remote Controls

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Mobile: 0427 750 568 FREE QUOTES

Paul Deering Ph 0408 335 948 PAU9480009




Dan Price Carpentry


Carpenter and Handyman


13 11 98



ACN 075 828 581

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


House slabs - foundations floors - paths - dairy work stencil concrete For a free, no obligation quote Phone Jim Newton Ph/Fax 5668 8292 Mobile 0407 505 507


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



25 years experience



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


Jared Lovie SALES & SERVICE 48 Yarragon Road, Leongatha

Phone 5662 3933


JSL Light Engine Repairs


“Old fashioned service at competitive rates”

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

For bookings contact Tony or Leonie on 5662 2294 PLASTERERS



5658 1827 - 0429 387 162 WILL TRAVEL ANYWHERE



5672 4774


Reg. 532654

This space could be yours!!


These are all signs of poor TV reception, you may need your television system updated for Digital TV! We service your area! Call us for a free estimate

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



Sound dropping out? Blocks appearing on the screen? ‘No signal’ message on your TV? Sound but no video or vice versa? Missing channels?

•All types of maintenance •Plaster hanging, “Victaboard" sheets •Painting & tiling •Broken windows •Free quotes given •Wooden window sashes made to order. BOL1340008



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Servicing South Gippsland

Newton Concreting Pty. Ltd.

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| 5664 4322 |0437 862 764




Decks | Pergolas | Small renovations No job to small | Free quotes


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Renders, Textures, Mouldings and Styrene Cladding

Phone: 5672 2497





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E SAY HELLO TOLYTFHACES IN THE FRIEND Stuart Slee: Get the job done right! and keep your cool with the help of Leongatha's own, Stu Slee.



Servicing all major brands of truck and tractor air conditioners C and L Stainless: some of the team here to get the job done right at C and L Stainless, from left, Keith Rooney aka Rooster, Con Privitera, Ben Geitz, Harley Robins and new first year apprentice Alex Chadwick.

Also domestic and automotive on-site servicing available STU0700058



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Burchell panels: leave it to the boys at Burchell Panels to work their magic with your car, from left, Steven Welsh, Shane Chadwick, Travis Hamlett, Harley Barnes, Matt Kemper and Fons Govers.



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Leongatha Lunch shop: it's a family affair at the Leongatha Lunch Shop new owners Lyn McCarthy and daughter Deanna looking forward to welcoming you, so drop in for a super lunch or snack. They have many years of experience in hospitality.

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Full custom designed boats Custom alloy boat trailer's.

PHA Pelagic Boats: Brandon Savage is pictured building another fabulous custom Pelagic Boat. See the team if you want the best.

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Browns stockfeed: from left, friendly faces at Browns Stockfeeds, Tim Brown, Jade Drysdale, Freya Cornelissen, Chris Brown, Cameron Brown and Dean McNaughton (front).

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Above, REEF Alfie Metselaar was born on January 23 at Bass Coast Regional Health to Jessica and Jarrod Metselaar of Inverloch. Reef is with his brother Tex, 4, and sister Sadie, 2. Left, SIANNA Ivy Coote was born on January 30 at Leongatha Hospital. She is another gorgeous little girl for Sheree and Steve of Korumburra and a sister to Shylah, 2.

BLAKE Cameron Schellekens was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on January 31 to Rhiannon Parry and Cameron Schellekens of Wonthaggi.

Milpara Community House news

Wed in Leongatha

MILPARA Community House offers classes and courses in a variety of areas including craft, social and education and business. If you have a specific interest in any of these areas and we do not currently offer this, please get in contact with us on 5655 2525 and we would be happy to research the possibilities. The following are just some of the sessions being offered this term at the house.

KATE Govers and Hayden Browne were married at St Laurence’s Church in Leongatha on November 23, 2013. The bride was attended by bridesmaids Lissa Govers, Sally Trease and Carly McCahon, while Hayden was supported by Bill Blundy, Marc Truscio and Stu Kilsby, and page boy Liam Govers. Kate is the daughter of Fons and Cathy Govers of Leongatha, while Hayden is the son of Tom and Raelene Browne of Inverloch. Hayden and Kate live in Inverloch, and hope to honeymoon overseas towards the end of the year.

Beading classes have just commenced on Monday, February 3 (7pm – 9.30pm) but it is not too late for you to enrol in this ongoing fortnightly class. Noelle Walker is the experienced tutor and she enjoys teaching her craft to others. Beading classes usually continue throughout the year and there have been some lovely pieces made by students during this time. If you are interested in this class, please give us a call.

Wednesday, February 12 sees the start of the Computer Basics classes which continue on through until March 26. These classes run from 12.30pm to 4.30pm each week and they are designed to help users gain confidence and an understanding of the computer operating system. If you would like further information about what this beginners course contains, please get in touch with us ASAP as time is running out. Office Essentials which includes excel spreadsheets and Microsoft Powerpoint gets underway from Wednesday, February 12. Both of these computer programs are very beneficial for business operations. Having a good working knowledge of excel and powerpoint would be a great asset to the job seeker or club administrator.

Essential financial management tools are Quickbooks and MYOB AccountRight. Milpara Community House offers courses in both of these accounting programs, the first being MYOB which commences on Tuesday, February 11, 6.30pm to 9pm and which runs for seven weeks, and then Quickbooks which commences on Thursday, February 20, 9.30am to 3.30pm and that runs for four weeks. If you are looking at brushing up your skills for a new position we would be very happy to assist you by taking your enrolment. For information about any of the offered classes or courses at Milpara, please call Sandra, Leisa or Jenni on 5655 2524, or call into Milpara at 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra.

From pages past

Historical snippets from The Star

Rustic setting: Carly McCahon and Adam Govers wed on Carly’s parents’ property near Echuca.

Rural wedding CARLY McCAHON and Adam Govers enjoyed a remote country wedding on Carly’s parents’ property outside Echuca on January 25.

Wedded bliss: Hayden Browne and Kate Govers hope to enjoy a honeymoon overseas later this year.

Their beautiful son Liam was page boy, and bridesmaids were Carly’s sisters Sonia and Danica McCahon, while Kristian Gray and Guy Williams were groomsmen. Carly is the daughter of Bruce and Sally McCahon who reside near Echuca, and Adam is the son of Fons and Cathy Govers of Leongatha. The couple was wed by celebrant Cam Abood of Leongatha, and now live in Darwin, Northern Territory. They will honeymoon in Bali in May.

30 years ago February 7, 1984

5 years ago February 10, 2009

EMERGENCY housing in South Gippsland will get a boost if planning by the area’s new housing group comes to fruition. Formed last July, the South Gippsland Housing Group has lodged two submissions with the Ministry of Housing. One is for an emergency accommodation house and the other for a youth accommodation house.

A DINOSAUR fossil found at Inverloch last week has been hailed as a surprise find by palaeontologists. Just two days into the annual Dinosaur Dreaming dig at the prehistoric rock platforms at The Caves, fossil specialists were amazed by the discovery of the jaw bone, complete with teeth, belonging to an ornithopod from around 115 million years ago.

10 years ago February 10, 2004 A 16 YEAR old cyclist from Leongatha will compete against a world silver medallist in a duel that is being touted as the highlight of the 2004 Leongatha Cycling Carnival this weekend. Australia junior champion pursuit Gerard Murphy will race world pursuit medallist and women’s Australian champion Katie Mactier on Saturday night.

1 year ago February 12, 2013 IT is more likely schools around South Gippsland will be shut on Thursday. Teachers will be taking industrial action because the Australian Education Union is still in ongoing dispute with the State Government and as part of the negotiation process. The AEU is encouraging a number of bans to highlight the extra hours worked by teachers.

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A regional partnership with the TAC and the Victorian Government.

Patrolling our roads: Bass Coast Highway Patrol will be keeping a closer eye on road users after receiving extra funding from the TAC.

Drink drivers targeted OPERATION Dry Roads will help keep drink drivers off local roads. Bass Coast Highway Patrol and Traffic Accident Commission (TAC) teamed up to launch this operation to target irresponsible behaviour. Senior Constable Greg Worcester from the patrol applied for extra funding from TAC to bring in extra resources to combat affected drivers. TAC has provided the patrol with $22,000. “The extra funding means we can put more police on our roads, in addition to our normal patrols, and allows us to put extra focus on a particular trend,” Sergeant Jason Hullick of the patrol said. “We have access to the divisional booze bus and all the extra equipment that comes with it. We supply the staff and the TAC fund all the expenses which is a great initiative.” Covert vehicles will also be operating in the vicinity to target those suspected of trying to avoid the booze bus. The patrol recently investigated fatalities and a

number of serious injuries resulting from drivers impaired by alcohol and other substances. “Not only is driving whilst you are impaired illegal, but it is absolutely dangerous,” Sgt Hullick said. Results have shown Operation Dry Roads has been successful. Eight motorists have been detected and charged with drink driving. The highest reading was 0.139 per cent. The 42 year old man from Diamond Creek now faces over a year without a licence and a $614 fine. More disturbingly, half the detected drivers have been locals. “When you consider the amount of holiday traffic we have had over this period, it is quite concerning our locals figure in half of those detected,” Sgt Hullick said. “Along with drink driving, we are also focusing on unsafe vehicles and have issued numerous defect notices for a vast range of safety issues.” Operation Dry Roads will continue through to the middle of this year.

Check your licence VICROADS is urging Victorian’s to check their licence expiry date. Up to 15,000 people have not received a renewal for licences that expire between midnight Wednesday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Last week, VicRoads became aware of an administrative error that stopped a large batch of renewal notices from being sent to customers six weeks ago. VicRoads executive director of registration and licensing, Peter Welling, said VicRoads is working hard to make it easier for these affected people to contact VicRoads to make payment to ensure they have a valid licence while on the road. “If your licence expires between the dates outlined above, please call VicRoads on 13 11 71 and follow the prompts to make a payment and to receive further advice,” Mr Welling said. “Up until next Wednesday, the call centre hours for licence renewals will be extended from 6am to 7pm – Monday to Friday. Over the weekend, the phone lines will be open on Saturday and Sunday

between 6am and 2pm. “We also have a priority process within our customer service centres for dealing with customers affected by this issue.” Mr Welling stressed drivers and riders will be unlicensed if payment is not made before the licence expires. “We sincerely apologise to those drivers and riders impacted by this error and we will be doing everything we can to minimise the impacts as much as possible,” he said. “However, we need to stress you will be unlicensed if you do not pay your licence on time. Victoria Police is aware of the situation and if you are caught driving unknowingly with an expired licence it will be assessed on a case by case basis. “We are being flexible on when people can come in to get a new photo for their licence card, in the mean time, we ask people to make payment and get a receipt number to cover insurance and your right to be on the roads legally.” Further information is available on the VicRoads website – www.vicroads.vic.


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Celebrated artist comes to Fish Creek JOHN Adam has an uncanny ability to view landscapes in a way like no other.

Courageous artist: John Adam brings his individual style to Fish Creek’s Gecko Studio Gallery this Sunday.

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SATURDAY, FEB 22, 2014

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Wonthaggi Theatrical Group presents…

Audiences loved it so much in 2013, we're doing it again…

“Bend it Like Broadway” is a cabaret-style concert with a twist. Your favourite Broadway tunes delivered in a fresh and surprising way, by the stars of recent WTG shows. Performances are at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, Graham St, Wonthaggi for three shows only: • 8 pm on Friday, 14 February (it’s Valentine’s Day - why not surprise your Valentine with a night out?) • 8 pm on Saturday, 15 February • 2 pm matinee on Sunday, 16 February.

Don't miss out – book early – you know WTG shows always sell out!!


Tickets are $25 (adult) and $20 (concession), available from the Wonthaggi Workmens’ Club, 75 Graham St, Wonthaggi (phone 5672 1083). Credit card facilities are available, and the club is open 7 days a week. Why not stay for a drink or a meal when you're buying your tickets.

He captures the spirit, the essence of scenes by reducing scenes to essential elements and then reconstructing them into works that bear his distinctive style. The Phillip Island artist is the next exhibitor at Fish Creek’s Gecko Studio Gallery, with his show The Mind’s Eye - Landscapes From the Heart - John Adam – Paintings - to open this Sunday from 2-5pm, and continuing until March 15. Adam began painting landscapes as a teenager, inspired by early visits to the National Gallery of Victoria and in his final year of school, his art teacher, the famous John Brack. “Paintings by Arthur Streeton, Fred McCubbin, Hans Heysen and others resonated with images that existed in my mind, in my imagination. “I copied works by Streeton and Heysen, struggling to discover how it was done.” Thus began a lifelong love affair with painting. Between 1953 and 1956, he studied painting, drawing and design at Swinburne Technical College, completing a diploma of art. “The more I painted, the more I wanted to know what motivated other artists. Gradually I came to understand that mind and eye worked in unison, opening up a wealth of possibilities. “Artists such as Cezanne, Picasso, Magritte, Pollock, and others expanded my understanding. “Cezanne, for example, stated in a letter to Emile Bernard: ‘There are two things in the painter: the eye and the mind. Each of them should aid the other. It is necessary to work at their mutual development, the eye by looking at nature, the mind by the logic of organised sensations, giving concrete form to the heart of what is before you’.” Adam said he has attempted to connect his inner feelings, thoughts and perceptions with the essence of country familiar to himself. “Although the landscapes in this exhibition have been painted in the last few years, many have been evolving in my consciousness for decades,” he said. Adam painted throughout his teaching career. Early successes included the Camden Prize at the Victorian Artist’s Society in 1963, and the Georges Invitation Exhibition Commendation Award in 1967. Alan McCulloch, in his book The Encyclopedia of Australian Art, commented on Adam’s early work: “he combined impressionistic colour with flat cubistic patterns”. Alan Warren, in a review for the Sun Pictorial, said, “another unknown, John Adam, uses colours in his compositions that often shock, but are really brilliant together. His courage is apparent”. In 1974, Adam was appointed director of art at Melbourne Grammar School, and continued there as an art teacher until the end of 1992. In 2000, he and then wife Jenny moved to Phillip Island. Freed from full time teaching, he was able to devote more time and energy to full time painting, becoming a highly respected member of the Bass Coast arts community. Adam won many awards since coming to Phillip Island, notably the Bass Coast Shire Acquisitive Award on five occasions. He was president of the Artists’ Society of Phillip Island for some years, and is sought after as a judge of local exhibitions. The exhibition will be opened by Adam’s brother, Tony Adam, who once resided in Fish Creek and was known as the Australian “Marlboro man”. Tony has written a book about his life, Riding High in Marlboro Country : The Story of an Australian ‘Marlboro Man’; His Country and His Friends.

Leongatha Lyric Theatre Inc.

Information Session for 2014 play

‘Life After George’ Sunday Feb 23 | 5pm Lyric Studio, 13 Watson Road Leongatha


For further information contact Bernadette Grainger 5664 9385

John Adam

Wonthaggi Community Arts Centre Monday February 24* at 8pm Note date change Adults $35 Concession $30 Bookings: Wonthaggi Workmens Club Ph. 03 5672 1083 *

Audition bookings available at the information session


February 16 to March 15 Opening Sunday February16 2-5pm. All welcome.


Auditions Sunday March 2 Performance May 9-17

The Mind's Eye Landscapes from the Heart

15 Falls Rd, Fish Creek 3959. Thursday to Monday, 10am-5pm Phone 5683 2481. See our website for more info

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They’re Playing Music for young families Our Song WONTHAGGI Arts Centre together with HIT Productions, the company that brought

you The Book Club, are delighted to present They’re Playing Our Song at Wont-

haggi Arts Centre on Monday, February 24 at 8pm. In a story based on the real life relationship of composer Marvin Hamlisch and lyricist Carole Bayer Sager, a wisecracking composer finds a new, offbeat lyricist. When Vernon Gersch invites Sonia Walsk to his luxury Manhattan apartment, it signals the beginning of a whirlwind professional and romantic relationship for these two different personalities. When it comes to making music, they are a match made in heaven. But is this relationship doomed, or will love hit the right note? They’re Playing Our Song stars Scott Irwin (Hairspray, Les Misérables) and Teagan Wouters (The Addams Family Musical, Legally Blonde the Musical, Jersey Boys) and includes such memorable songs as I Still Believe in Love, If He Really Knew Me, They’re Playing Our Song and Fallin’, making this romantic comedy an unforgettable evening of stellar musical entertainment. Tickets are available from the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club by phoning 56721083. Adults are $35 and concession $30. Bookings essential. Please advise when booking of special seating needs.

A DIVERSE feast of fabulous music in the marvellous setting of Mossvale Park is reason enough to pencil the legendary Music for the People concert in on your calendar for Sunday, February 23, starting at 11 am.

This year it will also include a free pop up circus

play area for children to try while the bands play on. Now in its 45th year, this iconic concert has featured the renowned Victorian Concert Orchestra each year since its inception. Joining it to provide five hours of popular classics, light opera, old favourites and excerpts from modern musicals will be the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band, the South Gippsland Concert Band and the Wonthaggi Citizens Band. “We are keen to attract more young families this year and are providing a free circus play area with lots of fun activities and equipment for children to try between 1pm and 3pm,” council’s Sophie Dixon said. “With an entrance fee of only $15 per person and children under 15 free, it’s a very affordable day out for the whole family.” The park’s magnificent

Spoil your Valentine The stars: Scott Irwin and Teagan Wouters.

meeniyan art gallery invites you to


2 course dinner $60 per couple • Antipasto to share • Pizza to share • Glass of sparkling wine and Limoncello 3 Course dinner $70 per couple • Antipasto to share • Pizza to share, dessert plate • Glass of sparkling wine & Limoncello

Laurie Collins and Sue Osborn



February 21 to March 27

Opening February 23, 2pm to 4pm

84 Whitelaw St., Meeniyan. Phone: 5664 0101 Gallery hours: 10am – 4pm weekdays (closed Tuesdays) Weekends 11am – 5pm



Trulli Pizza specialises in homemade rustic Italian fare made from family recipes and locally produced ingredients

93 Whitelaw St Meeniyan 5664 7397 HOURS: WED TO FRI 4 TILL LATE SAT & SUN 12NOON TILL LATE

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Genre: Drama, Romance. Starring: Gabriella Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Bruce Greenwood & Joely Richardson David and Jade are consumed with each other: their rapport, their desire, their sexuality, take them further than they understand; and when Jade's father banishes David from the home, he fantasizes the forgiveness his rescue of the family will bring, and he sets a "perfectly safe" fire to their house. What unfolds is a nightmare, a dark world in which David's love is a crime and a disease, a world of anonymous phone calls, crazy letters, and new fears—and the inevitable and punishing pursuit of the one thing that remains most real to him: his endless love for Jade and her family.

Jump onto the Stadium 4 website for more information!

mature European trees offer a perfect place to settle in the shade with your own chairs or blanket and enjoy a picnic during the show. Alternatively, sausages and soft drinks can be purchased from the Apex Club operating at the kiosk. The Leongatha Lions Club will also provide seating and afternoon tea in a large marquee for senior citizen groups. Bookings for this service can be made by contacting 5662 3338. The concert is sponsored by the South Gippsland Shire Council and operated by volunteers whose

generous support ensures a quality programme at an affordable cost. Tickets can be purchased now from reception at council’s offices in Smith Street, Leongatha or at the gate from 10am, Sunday,

February 23. Further details are available from Sophie Dixon on 5662 9202 or you can email your query to sophie. dixon@southgippsland.vic.

Valentine’s Day Dinner for 2 ENTREE - SEAFOOD PLATTER

½ dozen oysters (2 natural, 2 kilpatrick, 2 creme fraiche, salmon roe & chives) 2 seafood skewers (chilli prawn & scallop, garlic prawn & scallop) & Salt and pepper calamari Dipping sauces - sweet chilli aioli, wasabi mayonnaise - lime wedge MAIN - MIXED GRILL AND SIDES FOR TWO

Cajun chicken breast filled with marinated fetta, roast capsicum, spinach & semi dried tomatoes 2 parmesan crumbed lamb cutlets and KOs famous twice cooked pork belly Sides include seasonal steamed greens, fat chips & salad of baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, roast pumpkin, red onion & pesto dressing DESSERT - PLATE FOR TWO

Vanilla creme brulee with raspberry tulle House made blueberry ice cream Chocolate mousse cake with chocolate mascarpone

$120 per couple, complimentary glass of champagne with meal (bookings essential) CAF2070011


5683 2207

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Farming Insight

Farmers on alert

RAMS FOR SALE Low Birth Weight, High Growth, Well Muscled with just the right amount of fat Ovine Johnes MN3, Acc. Brucellosis Free, Gold Lambplan Data



Farm Machinery & Sundries FRIDAY 14th FEBRUARY 2014 at 10am A/c M. & A. Green (Property Sold) Farm Machinery: M.F. 6455 4W.D tractor F/E loader, bucket, forks, 2008 model, 2,800 hrs, very good order, M.F. tractor 4W.D 6465, 2007 model, 2,200 hrs. old D.B. tractor & F/E loader, Kuhn vertical MAXX 5168. Mixer wagon, good order, 2005 Krone Combi pack, multi cut 1,500V, 17,000 bales, 700 last 2 yrs, Krone mower/conditioner easy cut 320 CVQ 3.2mtrs 2009 model, 3mtrs Celli roterra/air seeder, Krone Wadro rake 800/26, Propper-Topper large slasher, new clutch & drive shaft, Marshall multi-speed 2 ton spreader, Aitchison Agri spreader 350kg, Tarrap 8052 tedder, Hustler bale feeder, 2007 Windmill Warrior bale feeder, Large heavy duty roller, Burder soft hands, Hustler rear 3 P.L. soft hands, Waratah 8' grader blade, Silvan spray unit 20' booms, 600ltrs, Front end scraper, Chisel plough, shear grab, Wool press, Portable silo, 3 phase elec. effluent pump, Submersible effluent pump, 3 P.L. effluent pump, Manure irrigator, Old Yam A.G. bike, 14' x 6' hay trailer, Aluminium calf trailer as new. Suzuki 500cc 2011 4W.D motor bike. Sundry items: Trailing feed trough, Assorted net wrap/silage wrap/tarps, quant. assorted nuts, bolts, welding rods, 8' heavy duty carryall, 6 self feeding water troughs, quant. corrigated gal iron, quant. concrete troughs, 2 pendulum gates, 2 herringbone e-tag readers, Poly pipe, Bulk bags, 5mtr x 300mls plastic culvert, quant. plumbing parts, Oxy set, Paton trailing grain feeder, 4” Southern Cross irrigation pump, 2 x waste not square bale feeder, 4mtr railway line smudger, Calf troughs, quant. scrap iron, buckets, elec. fence posts reels & steel posts, qant. gates assorted sizes, ½ drum pasture energizer, 7 bags pasture seed, mineral dispenser, 2.2kw 3 phase motor, good hen house, Old wagon wheels, quant. timber & bricks, 240V welder long heavy duty leads, vintage garage jack etc. etc. Hay: approx 180 round bales of 5'x 4' this season. A/c outside vendor: Goldacre boom spray, New Cigweld 200, Gates, Pressure washer powered by 'Honda motor' quant. power & battery tools, Onga pump, quant. posts & gates, quant. hand tools & fence fittings, 1998 Honda Foreman S TRX 450, 60ltr spray tank with boom spray CDAX systems. Directions: situated corner Sth Gippsland Hwy & Dorans Road, Toora (10km from Foster) Light Refreshments by Toora Football & Netball club. Terms: cash or cheque day of sale (ID required) GST applies.

For further information contact selling agents

ALEX SCOTT KORUMBURRA Greg Spargo 0409 860 344 Simon Henderson 0428 740 750 Vendor Michael & Anne Green 0428 130 157 or view photo's & details at

required.” “The other important thing is that the feed company is sourcing an approved food grade zinc.” Zinc can be added in feed for up to 100 days. Monitoring the spore counts will help farmers decide when to start feeding it in their cows’ diet. Expert advice from a vet or feed supplier should be sought before adding zinc to the diet. GippsDairy executive officer Dr Danielle Auldist said the facial eczema monitoring program was a good example of the behind the scenes work that helps keep the region’s dairy industry both profitable and productive. “GippsDairy quickly identified the presence of facial eczema in South and West Gippsland. Farmers on irrigation have experience managing facial eczema but it caught out many on dryland dairy farms a few years ago,” she said. “With Dairy Australia’s resources, the monitoring program was established and an easy to use spore count page was soon on the internet.” “This is the dairy services levy being used for the direct benefit of Gippsland’s dairy farmers.” When spore counts are at high risk levels, farmers can be notified by text message, email or through local media. Subscribe to alerts through the facial eczema page on the Dairy

Australia website. Once alerted, farmers should begin their own spore monitoring program and contact their local vet to have grass samples

IN THE middle of a hot, dry summer, Southern Rural Water is encouraging landowners to think about trading water. General manager groundwater and rivers,

EXPORT HEIFERS Now buying for China - Unjoined Holstein Heifers 100-180kg, 180-320kg - Unjoined Jersey Heifers 130-160KG, 180kg plus

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Craig Parker, said farmers in the region are facing the toughest summer seen for some years, and many are already running low on water. He encouraged anyone who is not using their water this summer to consider listing it for temporary or permanent trade. “In the past, we’ve seen many ‘sleeper’ licences that never get used,” he said. “We would really encourage the owners of these licences to think about trading their water. “If the trade is approved, it could earn them some unexpected income, and it could really help out someone who needs more water for production,” Southern Rural Water has a free, online trading forum that allows people to register their interest in either buying or selling water in southern Victoria. Known as Watermatch, it currently has more than 70 listings for people either selling or looking for water, and the figure is


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Taking stock: Gippsland vet Dr Gerry Davis entering the spore count data into the website. He works at Maffra but grew up on a dairy farm at Leongatha.



system to alert farmers of danger signs. A series of 23 sentinel farms have been established across Gippsland to help monitor spore levels. Farms from Yannathan in West Gippsland down to Yanakie in the south and across to Bengworden in the east are the front-line in the battle against the disease. Weekly spore counts from each property are posted on the Dairy Australia website, with local farms easily located through a clickable map. Maffra veterinarian Dr Jakob Malmo, who has been instrumental in leading the battle against facial eczema, said the spore monitoring program was vital in minimising the harm caused by the fungus. “It’s a good news story that Dairy Australia and GippsDairy are supporting the monitoring project, because if they didn’t do it, it wouldn’t be done,” he said. Dr Malmo said it was crucial farmers were aware of spore counts (20,000 per gram is the danger level) in their local area and were prepared with a proper zinc supplement regime, which is the only known prevention for the condition. “If you wait until your animals have signs of facial eczema it is too late to give them zinc,” he said. “They should follow the recommendation for the dose rate of zinc that is


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Windmill Ag celebrates 50 years FROM humble beginnings as a service station in Hamilton in 1964, Windmill Ag is this year celebrating 50 years in business. Franchises in the early years were David Brown, Deutz and Chamberlain. In 1976 Windmill Ag took on the John Deere franchise, as a result of John Deere purchasing the Chamberlain Tractor Company. In 1994 a new dealership was built in Terang. In 2003 Windmill Ag expanded again with the purchase of Meeniyan Tractor Service. The Ballarat dealership was added to the group in 2006. The acquisition of a fifth dealership occurred in November 2012 when Maffra was purchased. This now gives Windmill Ag a solid footprint across Victoria with dealerships diversifying into many different farming facets. To commemorate the 50 years this year, Windmill Ag has purchased “50 tractors for 50 years” which have been purposely built. The models include the John Deere 6125M, 6140M, 6150M and 6170M (125hp-170hp) with the option of adding a front end loader. These tractors come fully optioned

up and include free features normally worth around $4,000. This includes power quad plus transmission with declutching button, triple link suspended front axle, three sets of remotes, a 114 litre hydraulic pump and upgrades of tyres. Other anniversary special features include a cool box, cup holder, field office (a large portfolio to store documents and items which can be removed from the tractor), instructional seat (located to the left of the operator, can be folded up), roof hatch (more head room with unobstructed view to the loader, comes with sun visor), and a 50 years gift pack (includes anniversary jacket, hat, toolbox, floor mat, and seat cover). Phil Van Wegan, the current managing director of Windmill Ag, has issued thanks to all the company’s valued customers over the years, “you are the ones who make this business grow”. “We look forward to assisting you over the next 50 years and growing Windmill Ag bigger and better to assist you, our valued customer,” he said. Amongst another recent change is the appointment of Travers Scott as the Gippsland regional manager who’ll oversee both the Leongatha and Maffra businesses.


Anniversary tractors: three of the four anniversary tractors are lined up ready for purchase at Windmill Ag, Leongatha South. All come with $4,000 worth of free extras. What a year: from left, at Windmill Ag’s Leongatha South premises are, from left, new regional manager Travers Scott, sales co-ordinator Samantha Drinkwater, salesman Glen Vernon and salesman Mark Le Page.



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Restockers vie for top cattle THERE were approximately 1200 export and 400 young cattle penned representing an increase of 700 cattle week-on-week. A recently absent processor returned to the sale, as all of the usual buyers were present and operated in a stronger market. The young cattle held some good quality in places and the good conditioned lines suited to the trade sold around 3c to 6c/kg dearer on most sales, with stronger demand and better quality affecting prices. Many of the young cattle showed dryness due to the recent hot weather and restockers were keen to secure the well-bred lines. The grown steers and bullocks were a little plainer in quality week-on-week, however stronger demand held prices firm. Most weights and grades were represented in the cows with prices improving 2c to 5c/kg, as stronger competition returned to the market, with processors trying to keep stock on hand in anticipation of the expected tightening of supply. Medium and heavy weight trade steers sold from 172c to 195c, lifting 5c to 6c, with the heavier weights from 176c to 185c, improving 3c/kg. Restocking steers made between 140c and 171c/kg. The well-finished yearling heifers sold between 145c and 183c, up 3c to 5c/kg on most sales. Grown steers made from 155c to 178c, increasing 1c, while bullocks sold from 150c to 182c/kg, holding firm. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers made between 134c and 140c, to improve 2c/ kg. Crossbred manufacturing steers saw the strongest demand for the leaner two scores which improved 3c,

selling between 135c and 157c, while the better three scores could only reach the same top price and eased 3c/kg. Light and medium weight cows made from 80c to 123c, lifting 2c on most, while heavy weight dairy cows sold from 92c to 124c, improving by 1c to 3c/kg. Heavy weight beef

cows made between 113c and 132c, lifting 4c to 5c/ kg on most. Heavy weight bulls improved from 2c to 8c, selling between 110c and 141c/kg. The next sale draw February 12: 1. SEJ, 2. Elders, 3. David Phelan, 4. Alex Scott, 5. Landmark, 6. Rodwells.

Wednesday, February 5 BULLOCKS 10 R.J. Campbell, Leongatha 14 L. Giardina, Thorpdale 7 Carnacoo Past Co, Stony Creek 10 A. & S. Edney, Leongatha 13 Harris Past, Dumbalk 16 A. & M. Horner, Doomburrim

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STEERS 1 G. Smith, Nerrena 1 A.J. & C.R. Cook, Yarram 2 M. Matthews, Kongwak 1 A. Hughes, Kernot 1 M. & D. Harms, Korumburra 1 T.R. & B.E. Dessent, Wonga Wonga

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COWS 1 Belgrano P/L, Glen Alvie 1 J. Hobson & A. Jones, Yarram 1 W. & K. Lynch, Devon 6 F. Walker, Bingo Munjie 1 A.J. & C.R. Cook, Yarram 1 W. Rendall, Yarram

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HEIFERS 3 M. Matthews, Kongwak 1 J.C. & R.F. Piasente, Mt Eccles 1 N. & J. Hazelton, Mirboo North 1 T.R. & B.E. Dessent, Wonga Wonga 1 W.J. Sheers, Mirboo North 7 A.J. & J.M. White, Mirboo North

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BULLS 1 Tarraleaha Past Co, Wonthaggi 1 W. Rendall, Yarram 1 R.J. & E.F. Foat, Woodside 1 D.C. & D.C. Wylie, Korumburra 1 Bischof & Morgan, Yanakie 1 Robinson O, Korumburra

Store sale market Thursday, February 6 Total yarding: 1073. Steers: P. McMaster, Giffard West, 11 x $875; G. & J. Wallis, Kongwak, 13 x $875; B. Thorn, Archies Creek, 4 x $855; W. Randall, Yarram, 1 x $845; P. & S. Gardiner, Warragul, 13 x $780; L.J. & J.L. Vale, Toora, 6 x $764. Heifers: A.F., H.F. & A.F. Sheridan, Loy Lang, 19 x $705; Golden Gully Farms, Morwell, 15 x $620; Romano Produce, Thorpdale, 4 x $615; N.B. & L.J. Smith, Pound Creek, 4 x $615; G.C. & G.S. Thompson, Doomburrim, 9 x $605; B. & R. Cashin, Foster North, 7 x $580. Cows: M.F. Wrench, Outtrim, 1 x $590. Cows and calves: M.F. Wrench, Outtrim, 1 x $800; Oxbow Inn P/L, Giffard, 1 x $770; Purcell Group P/L, French Island, 6 x $700; E.D. & M.J. O’Brien, Bulga, 1 x $420.

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Watch summer weeds works, to complete a one year weed project. “We will be working in collaboration with the other networks to broaden the scope of the community weeds taskforce,” Ms Williams said. The Corner Inlet Black-



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Truck registrations must stay: VFF THE Victorian Farmers Federation has defended the current Primary Producer Registrations (PPR) of heavy vehicle owners in Victoria, saying it must be maintained. With the National Transport Commission calling for comment on recommendations to change the current pricing of heavy vehicles, the VFF has maintained its position stating: “Any changes to heavy vehicle pricing must take into account the current Primary Producer Registration,” Victorian Farmers Federation president Peter Tuohey said. Currently, heavy vehicles pay a registration charge and a road user charge. The

registration charged to farmers is less than commercial use, reflecting the lower kilometres travelled by farmers’ trucks. “There should not be a change in the revenue split and this is why we support option A. There needs to be clarity about the impact on primary producers and the revenue sharing arrangements,” Mr Tuohey said. “The VFF survey of primary producers in Victoria in 2013 found that 79 per cent of primary producer vehicles travel less than 10,000km per year – and 57 per cent of farm based heavy vehicles travel less than 5000 km per year. “We would be very concerned if the heavy vehicle pricing changes impact the access to the PPRs for farmers.”

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South Gippsland Landcare Network project officer Kate Williams said while temperatures are above 30 degrees, or plants are looking stressed, there is no point spraying them. “Pick your days, but that is not to say to ignore the weeds completely,” she said. Landholder and project officer for the Corner Inlet Blackberry Action Group, Ed Szwaja, said the early rain gave blackberries a spurt and has prolonged their growth. “During this hotter weather, farmers should know what to do and how to do it with regards to weed control,” he said. “However, the challenging season may mean the treatment of weeds has been spasmodic.” Ms Williams said if there was an issue with landhold-

cation programs,” she said. “Landholders have done a fantastic job on the weeds throughout the district, but control needs to continue. “There has been some really great work done, and we need to keep that going.” Mr Szwaja said the best time to spray blackberries was just before Christmas when they are coming into flower. “This season is basically a month behind, but the critical thing is to keep an eye on the weeds and tackle them when they are most vulnerable,” he said. “Landholders can continue to spray blackberries for the next month or so, as long as the plant is not stressed.” Ms Williams said if ragwort and thistles are already in flower, the best thing to do is to chop off the flower heads and put them in a bag for disposal. “This will help to stop the spread of seeds,” she said. “We are lucky in this region that there is a community weeds taskforce, which provides a central point for community education on


WEEDS across South Gippsland are an ongoing issue and now is the time to remain on top of any potential problems.

ers not knowing how to combat weeds, Landcare can often help. “We can provide one on one advice on site, or they can contact their local council. Landcare groups also have spray tanks that can be rented out,” she said. Network coordinator Jenny O’Sullivan said problems with weeds often arise if the weeds are not dealt with regularly. “If weeds aren’t dealt with periodically, they can become a costly problem. One of the issues with eradicating weeds is timeliness,” she said. “There are specific timing requirements when it comes to spraying in order to be most effective. “If you can get the timing right, you will get better results and there will be less costs involved with your program next year.” Ms O’Sullivan said if landholders can’t get their weeds done themselves, the cost of hiring a professional was well worth it. “It is also worth considering building a support group with other Landcare groups and neighbours who can work together on eradi-


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GENERAL MANAGER Yarram Herd Services Inc. is seeking to appoint a General Manager to lead and build the business. The opportunity to work for one of Gippsland’s major herd improvement businesses provides a great challenge for an individual who wishes to make a positive contribution to the dairy and beef industries. To be successful in the position you will have: • A highly regarded, demonstrable track record in business in the relevant industries. • Excellent staff management, communication and interpersonal skills. • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the dairy and beef industries. • The ability to combine strategic thinking and innovation to build the business. A position description can be obtained by emailing the Chairman Damian Moore at Applications must address the key selection criteria outlined in the position description, contain a current resumé, contact details for two referees and should be submitted via email to Damian Moore or by post to the following address: The Chairman Yarram Herd Services, PO Box 126, Yarram 3971 Applications need to be received by close of business Friday, February 14, 2014.

SALES REPRESENTATIVE Capeview Building Products is the region’s leader for the supply of frames, trusses, windows and kitchens to the building trade. A position exists for an enthusiastic and energetic trade representative with the ability to build strong client relationships. Previous experience in trade sales is an advantage. The person will be responsible for managing and servicing an existing customer base and will be responsible for establishing new customer contacts. The successful person will have good computer skills, excellent attention to detail, be self motivated and be able to form part of a strong team environment. Current driver’s licence is essential. Applications should be sent attention: Mark Warren PO Box 115, Wonthaggi Closing date 21/02/2014

DEPOT MANAGER Brown’s is an established and respected distributor and spreader of fertiliser products. Our continued strong performance is backed by Impact Fertilisers, one of the leading suppliers of fertilisers in Eastern Australia. We are looking for a talented individual to take on the role of Depot Manager based at our Leongatha site, managing a team of seven operational and spreading staff. Reporting to the Manager, you will be a team leader with strong focus on customers, safety, environment and health. The successful applicant will be expected to: • Co-ordinate and manage the daily operations activities. • Manage the fertiliser storage and distribution depot for the regional Gippsland market. • Provide great customer service. • Ensure operational and delivery targets are achieved whilst complying with environmental, health and safety regulations. • Co-ordinate contract service providers as required. The successful candidate will be a proven leader, with a track record of fostering great teamwork and customer service. Excellent communication skills and a strong work ethic are vital. Agricultural industry experience and local knowledge is an advantage. You will be rewarded with a strong remuneration package commensurate with your skills and experience and further professional development opportunities. Applications and enquires to: Jason Torregrossa – HR Manager PO Box 33315 Domain LPO Melbourne VIC 3004 Email:

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WANTED TO BUY Any old rural and household items suitable for display in a museum in Gippsland: • Household items such as scales, grinders, kerosene lamps, fans, clocks, milk bottles, butter churns, tin toys, general kitchen items, school items, school bags, old books, desks, maps etc. • Farm items, hand held fertilisers and grain spreaders, blacksmith’s anvil, forge, bellows, tools, hand drills, old imperial oil tins, oil bottles, rabbit traps, rabbit fumigation equipment. • Dairy equipment: milking machines, wooden bales from walk through dairy; kerosene, petrol and diesel engines, separators such as Melotte and others. • Farm equipment: old tractors, shearing equipment, hay balers, horsedrawn wagons and machinery, stationary motors, harvestors, binders. • Old bondwood caravans, old cars and utes. • Any information as to where any items may be available would be greatly appreciated. We have opened a museum in Sale, concentrating on rural life. We are seeking items that are of public interest and will enhance the collection. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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FIREWOOD Local messmate / stringy. Discount for bulk loads, cut and split, $90 per metre. Ph: 0437-176187. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175. HAY $8 per bale, excellent quality. Free local delivery for 100 bales or more. 0419-313483. HAY: small squares, excellent quality, shedded, suitable for horses. New season, $10 each. Can deliver, conditions apply. 5664-1320. MOBILITY SCOOTER Pride. Carry bag on back. $2,200 inc. GST. Contact 0427-093063.

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RIDE-0N lawn mower. Toro zero turn Timecutter ZS 4200T series, 42” cut, side discharge or mulch, 18hp Kawasaki twin cylinder engine, 20 hrs operation and in as new condition. Save $$$ on new price, $3,950. Ph: 0408-622650. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each, 200x75x3.0 $ 20.90 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662. TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 56812261.

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Operations and Maintenance Officer A full time position exists in our Central Western Region based in Wonthaggi for an Operations and Maintenance Officer. This role involves carrying out all aspects of the operation and maintenance of South Gippsland Water’s water and wastewater systems.

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

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The successful applicant will need to be available to work outside of ordinary hours on a roster basis, and must reside within a 30 minute response time to Wonthaggi. A manual driver’s licence is required. Knowledge of the water industry and the ability to use computers are advantageous. Applicants should read the position description which is available with further information at or phone Paula Smith for a confidential conversation on 03 5682 0403. Applications close on Friday 14th February 2014 Email: Attn: HR & Payroll Coordinator South Gippsland Water PO Box 102 Foster Vic 3960

ASSISTANT DEPOT MANAGER / SPREADER DRIVER Brown’s is an established and respected distributor and spreader of fertiliser products. Our continued strong performance is backed by Impact Fertilisers, one of the leading suppliers of fertilisers in Eastern Australia. We are looking for a talented individual to take on the role of Assistant Depot Manager / Spreader Driver based at our Leongatha site. Reporting to the Depot Manager, you will be a key contributor to a work-efficient team with a strong focus on customers, safety, environment and health. The successful applicant will be expected to: • Assist the Brown’s Depot Manager with daily operations activities. • Operate a fertiliser spreader. • Assist with the management of the fertiliser storage and distribution depot for the regional Gippsland market. • Provide great customer service. • Ensure operational and delivery targets are achieved whilst complying with environmental, health and safety regulations. • Assist in coordinating contract service providers as required. This is an opportunity for you to take the next step in your career and whilst supervisory experience is an advantage, the most important thing is that you are a friendly, team-oriented person with excellent communication skills and a strong work ethic. Fertiliser spreading experience is required. You will be rewarded with a strong remuneration package commensurate with your skills and experience and further professional development opportunities. Applications and enquires to: Jason Torregrossa – HR Manager PO Box 33315 Domain LPO Melbourne VIC 3004 Email:



49 Harrisons Road DUMBALK NORTH Saturday, February 15

We stock the largest range of New push and ride-on mowers in South Gippsland, including - Honda,Victa, Greenfield, Deutscher, Cab Cadet, MTD, Masport, Toro, Yard Machines & Rover from $149. Professional repairs and service for ALL mower makes and models. Husqvarna Specialist. Also stocking a large range of parts and accessories. We also have a large range of secondhand mowers available.

8am - 2pm Window, sliding door, kitchenware, jewellery even a kitchen sink.

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

MOTORCYCLES & POWER EQUIPMENT Cnr Allison & South Gippsland Hwy, Leongatha. L.M.C.T. 2714

Ph: 5662 2028

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work wanted

The Corporation is committed to staff development and training and provides ample opportunity to gain skills and experience in a wide range of operations. Salary banding is commensurate with experience and ranges between: $46,261.28 - $52,642.20 per annum, plus superannuation. Commuter use of a vehicle is provided.

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

DAIRY RELIEF MILKER available Leongatha, Korumburra, Foster, Wonthaggi and Inverloch areas. Reliable worker with over 20 years experience. Can work unsupervised. Call 0467-502772.

UnitingCare Gippsland has the following vacancies:

Early Childhood Educator

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(Cert III)


St Andrew’s Childcare Centre, Mirboo North and

Cleaner Poowong Kindergarten Further information is available at: or call Pam Porter on 5152 9600 UnitingCare Gippsland interviews in the interests of safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

Industry Trainers Agriculture and NCDEA Dairy Farming Exciting roles exist at GOTAFE for experienced and accomplished trainers at our William Orr, Terang, Warragul, Leongatha and Wangaratta campuses. The positions are fixed term and full time, however those interested in parttime will also be considered. This is a great opportunity to work within the progressive agriculture industry for those with strong knowledge or experience in the agriculture and/or education sectors. You will be part of the Agriculture and National Centre for Dairy Education Australia (NCDEA) team of GOTAFE. You will be passionate about planning, developing and delivering quality training and assessment across a variety of training platforms. You will have a commitment to quality customer service, will keep abreast of industry changes and provide administration support across divisional activities. You will be a team player with the ability to effectively communicate and liaise with both internal and external stakeholders. An attractive remuneration package is on offer for the right individual. If you think you have what it takes to make a difference to our business and ultimately to our client’s experience we would love to hear from you Applications close: 11:59pm, Wednesday 26 February 2014 To view the position description and apply online please access our website at For more information please contact the Human Resource Department on (03) 5833 2701.


Responsiveness · Creativity · Collaboration Accountability · Excellence · Integrity · Respect We take pride in providing equal employment opportunities. 1300 GOTAFE (1300 48233)



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

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

livestock POULTRY / CAGE BIRD AUCTION Traralgon Showgrounds Poultry Pavilion, Sunday, February 16, 10.30am. Wide variety of poultry, hens, ducks, many breeds, fertile eggs. Open for sellers from 8am. Ph: 5197 7270, 0400-934202.

Must have HC & current forklift licence Please call after 12pm 0403 269 087 or email

OLD PORT POULTRY FARM delivering 20-weekold laying hens to your area, Saturday February 15, $20 each. Ph: 0438832535.

GOTAFE is growing and we’re looking for experienced, talented and enthusiastic people to join our dynamic and fast growing organisation.

lost PEACOCK HEN lost 5/2, from Barnes Road, Kardella. Small reward for return. 0428-350407.


The GOTAFE brand is aiming for excellence in education, delivering over 400 quality courses annually to 20,000 plus students.

Tarwin Lower Venus Bay Assoc. Inc.

With a focus on innovative, customised and flexible training solutions plus modern facilities you’re sure to find your niche.


At GOTAFE we value diverse experience as our business thrives through being responsive to industry needs and developments.

Venus Bay Community Centre

10.30 Sunday February 23, 2014

All Welcome

Great Opportunities To Achieve Fantastic Experiences.

Enquiries: 5663 7324


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Employee Ben

1. Superann


uation salar y sacrifice 2. Attractive salaries 3. Purchased leave for Ad ministration 4. Highly mo staff tivated and professiona l team 5. Strong cu stomer serv ice focus 6. Exciting op portunities fo r developme nt and growth 7. Leading te rtiary educat ion pr ovider in Northern Victoria 8. Opportunit y for career progression

Tuesday, February 11 to be held at the Grandstand Function Room at 7.30pm New members most welcome ZO410157

wanted to buy

Classified advertising closes 12 noon Mondays

used vehicles Affordable cars at drive away prices

SG CHEAPEST CARS Geary Road Leongatha LMCT 10804

Phone Judy or Geoff 0428 920 095 for full range of vehicles Or visit: NOTE: drive away means no more to pay. All on road costs paid.

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

Bass Coast Metal Recyclers 5672 2946 0417 556 593

marriage celebrant CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

message of hope “FOR we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works...” Ephesians 2:10

births BROWNLEY (Coulter) - Katherine and Luke welcome with love their daughter GRACE DIANE on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the Mercy Women’s Hospital, Heidelberg. Sister for Joshua and Isaac. Granddaughter for Bev and Geoff, niece for David and Mark, 7th great grandchild for Marge and Harry Prosser.

in memoriam CANOBIE (Bellingham) Valma Joyce. 10.8.1930 - 13.2.2013 Close to our hearts you will always stay, Loved and remembered every day. Lewis, Wayne, Jan and Wendy.

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deaths HIRIART - Reginald Ernest (Reg). Passed away peacefully at Leongatha Hospital on February 2, 2014 aged 83 years, late of Leongatha. Beloved husband of Lorna (dec). Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Robyn and Paul, Paul (dec) and Mary, Leanne and Geoff. Loved “Old Dad” of Carmen, Justin, James, Luke, Michael, Bridgette; Dale, Kate, Jarred; Matthew, Jessica and Sarah, and their families. Forever in our hearts. Loving father and fatherin-law to Leanne and Geoff. Adored loving ‘Old Dad’ to Dale, Bec, Kate and Jarred, and to 5 great grandchildren Taiha, Rylie, Amber, Jasper and Dustin. Mum and Dad reunited. Forever in our hearts. May you rest peacefully in the garden of heaven, All your aches and pains have gone away, but the pain in my heart remains. If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. We loved you more than words can say. Your loving granddaughter Carmen, Darren, Lachlan, Connor, Brock, Chloe, Kaycie and Big Chloe. Dearly loved Dad of Robyn and partner Paul. Old Dad to his grandchildren - Carmen, Justin, James, Luke, Michael and Bridgette, and his nine great grandchildren. So many untold stories, but the ones you shared will always remain in our hearts. Time to say goodbye, but your time to be reunited with Mum. Rest in peace. HIRIART - Reginald Ernest (Reg). Father of Paul (dec), fatherin-law of Mary. Old Dad to Matt, Jess and Vince, Sarah and Karl. Great Old Dad to Rylan, Jake and Mitchell, Logan and Addison. Reunited with Nan. He will be missed.

deaths KERR - Brian James. 08.12.1951 - 05.2.2014 Late of Wooreen. Tragically taken away from Wendy, Brett and Kevin, Rhys and Chloe, Jesse and Reiko, Serena and Emma. ‘So sadly missed’. Please see Herald Sun for funeral details. KERR - Brian. In loving memory of Brian our brother-in-law and friend. Ron, Jeanie, Robyn, David and families. Resting peacefully. KERR - Brian. On 5.2.14 as result of accident. Brother-in-law, neighbour and friend of Jill and Merv Forrester and families. With deepest sympathy to all families, we wish Brian eternal peace. R.I.P. McARTHUR - Betty Joan. 7.5.25 - 1.2.14 Loved sister-in-law of Colin and Glenda, dear aunty of Geoffrey, Yvonne, Russell and Phillip, and families. We remember the good times. MURPHY - Frank. 15.6.1920 - 4.2.2014 Died peacefully at Seahaven, Inverloch. Formerly of Leongatha. Dearly beloved husband and loving companion of Betty (dec). Dearly loved and treasured father of Penny, Paul and Pat. Loved father-in-law of Margaret. Adored Pop of Chris and Belinda, Patrick and Den; Ben and Nicole, Syd and Tanya, Tony, Mimmie and Victor. Great Pop of Oliver, Samantha, Sarah, Emma, Matthew, Hannah, Campbell and Bryn. “A life full of stories, card games and laughter.” MURPHY - Frank. A founding member of the South Gippsland Bridge Club. His presence at our bridge tables, his stories and gentle sense of humour are fondly remembered. Condolences to all the family.

funerals MURPHY - A Thanksgiving Service for the life of Mr Frank Murphy will be held at St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Peart Street, Leongatha on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 commencing at 10am. Private cremation.

MURPHY - Francis Arthur. (R.A.F. 917248) The President and members of Leongatha RSL regret the passing of their esteemed member and extend deepest sympathy to the family. Lest We Forget

Paul & Margaret Beck proprietors Caring for our Community, personal dignified service to all areas 5662 2717 Pre-need Funeral Plans available Office and Chapel: 24 Anderson Street, Leongatha MEMBER OF AUSTRALIAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION

Learning session: Doug Arnold, Lorraine Tram and Wendy Anderson form the National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Emma FellowsCooke, Diane Stirton, Clare Gibson and Jill Harrop from the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine and Peter Stainthorpe from the National Vietnam Veterans Museum at the education session last Wednesday.

Teaching educators at Coal Creek By Sarah Vella VOLUNTEER educators congregated at Coal Creek last Wednesday to attend an information session funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Coal Creek’s education program leader Emma Fellows-Cooke

said the session was specifically for museums, historical societies and similar organisations which run with volunteers. “We spent the session talking about curriculum and how these organisations can assist schools as community educators,” she said. Organisations represented included the National Vietnam Veterans Museum, the Leongatha Historical Society, The Wonthaggi

State Coal Mine, the Phillip Island Historical Society, the Port Welshpool Maritime Museum and Old Gippstown. Coal Creek coordinator Rowena Ashley said it was a great opportunity for volunteer institutions, as most of their education programs are run by volunteers. “These education sessions held at Coal Creek can help those volunteer educators learn how to

best use the resources they have,” she said. “Coal Creek has become an educational hub to help volunteer organisations to put together education programs they can deliver. “Coal Creek has such a high profile in terms of its educational programs, so we are a good resource tool for other organisations to use.”

Cape scheme vote BASS Coast Shire Council will vote on whether it will give notice of intention to declare the Cape Paterson road and drainage project at the February 19 meeting. This is the start of the democratic process. This will give all affected property owners and others in the community the opportunity to make submissions on the special charge scheme. Council’s infrastructure director Felicity Sist said the notice of intention to declare the scheme and the following submission period is part of a legislated process. “In fairness to both those who want the project to go ahead and those who do not want the project to go ahead, council must undertake the legislated process to determine the level of support,” Ms Sist said. “If the majority of property owners decide they do not want the

project to go ahead, then it will not proceed. “The resources for this project will be reallocated to the next upgrade on our priority list,” Council understands there are people within the proposed schemes who do not have the ability to pay a special charge, particularly those on fixed incomes. Bass Coast was one of the first councils in Victoria that recognised major road and drainage infrastructure upgrades can cause financial stress to those who do not have the ability to pay due to their circumstances, such as pensioners. This is why council has a policy with provisions to deal with the possible financial hardship that a special charge may cause. Council’s corporate services director Steve Piasente said around 10 per cent of property owners within the proposed Cape Paterson scheme currently receive a pensioner concession rebate.

“It is likely these property owners will qualify for assistance from council for flexible payment options as part of the scheme,” he said. “Other property owners can also apply in order to determine if a suitable payment arrangement can be put in place in line with council’s policy surrounding financial hardship. “Every individual property owner’s circumstances will be considered confidentially, with respect in a non-judgemental manner.” Mr Piasente said it was important for residents to understand a special charge is a charge of the property, not the person. “This means there is no risk council would sell the property to ensure payment of the debt,” Mr Piasente said. More information on the proposed Cape Paterson Special Charge Scheme can be found at

Hot pets are in! THANKS to those who sent in photos showing how their pets cope in the heat. We got wet cats, daggy dogs and enterprising rabbits. Go to the Star’s Facebook page to see our “Hot Pets” album and “like” your favourites. We will declare a winner based on how many “likes” each photo receives. Be sure to “like” the Star’s Facebook page to receive updates on local news and other Star events.

Have your say about council RESIDENTS and ratepayers will have the opportunity to have their say on the South Gippsland Shire Council’s performance by taking part in the 2014 Community Satisfaction Survey. Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan said the statewide telephone survey was an important tool used by the Victorian Government and councils each year to collect direct feed-

back from the community about council services. “Four hundred local survey respondents will be selected randomly and I encourage all those who do receive a phone call to take full advantage of this opportunity to share their opinion on the South Gippsland Shire Council’s performance,” Mr Ryan said. “Community opinion is sought on four main areas: council’s overall performance, community consultation, advocacy and cus-

tomer service. “South Gippsland Shire Council will receive its individual survey report in May and the Statewide Local Government Services Report will be made available at the Local Government Victoria website shortly thereafter.” Mr Ryan said the 2013 survey revealed customer service and consultation ratings had improved from the previous year’s survey. “When asked to describe the best things about the South Gipps-

land Shire Council, survey respondents highlighted customer service, parks and gardens and councillors,” Mr Ryan said. “Survey respondents indicated areas which needed improvement were sealed road maintenance and community consultation.” For more information on the Community Satisfaction Survey and the Statewide Local Government Services Report please visit localgovernment

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Koonwarra was better for Fred FREDERICK John Holt was farewelled in the heart of the community he loved. A service celebrating the life of Fred was held at Koonwarra Recreation Reserve, after he died on January 16, 2014. He was renowned for his capability, drive and determination to advance any project in Koonwarra’s interest. In fact, he wrote a history of the town, Koonwarra my home, 1878-2000, and proceeds from the sale of that book funded two signs featuring black swans at the two major entrances to Koonwarra. Born on June 3, 1916, Fred was the second child of 10 children for Rupert and Doretta, and he was a sibling to Dorothy, George, Ness, Mac, Kath, Lynne, Gwen, Olive and Eileen. He was nicknamed Snow in reflection of his light coloured hair. Fred’s grandparents lived nearby at a property called Edgcott, on the edge of Koonwarra. As a boy, Fred spent much time in his grandfather’s shadow and was profoundly influenced by their English ways and this was reflected in the English trees he planted around his farm, the recreation reserve and the township. His love for horses began with the pony Fairy he rode to school and continued in an era when horse teams were used to work the land and for transport. As a schoolboy, he enjoyed playing marbles,

Koonwarra through and through: Fred Holt. collecting firewood and nature walks, and singing God Save the King at school assemblies. He left Leongatha Agricultural High School at 14 to help on the farm. His father was not well and so for the next 10 years, Fred carried much responsibility, and removed much ragwort and completed fencing and other farm work. In early 1939, he joined the CMF (Citizen Military Force), and trained as a soldier at Puckapunyal near Seymour and also in Queensland. His 22nd Infantry Battalion saw action in New Guinea and Mr Holt served as a rifleman instructor, which affected his hearing from thereon. Fred was fiercely loyal to his men and such an attitude bonded his men

together. In 1944, Fred returned to the farm and in the late 1940s met Merle of the Koonwarra station where she was relief station caretaker. According to Merle, it wasn’t love at first sight but rather mutual interests in dancing, farming and animals that drew them together. The bond between them grew. Merle would often stay on the farm as she was a close friend of Fred’s sister Gwen. There must have been some chemistry between Fred and Merle, as they married in 1951 at the Church of England in Leongatha. Over the next 77 years, their own family grew, with the arrival of children Glenda, Maree and Leigh. Fred built the family home on the farm Bundilla, and while he and Merle worked on the farm together, they also enjoyed penny pontoon at Charlie and Edna Hengstberger’s home, dances at the Koonwarra Hall, and when the cows dried out in March, the family holidayed at Tidal River. Once retired, Fred and Merle moved into Koonwarra and he continued his community work, and tending his bee hives and fruit trees, and reading widely. The couple later moved to Leongatha and Fred spent his final days in care at Koorooman House in Leongatha. He died in his 97th year.

House passes in A HOME in one of Leongatha’s prestigious streets failed to sell at auction on Saturday. The property, at 14 Jeffery Street, is now for sale at $379,500. The house passed in with a vendor’s big of $365,000, despite a crowd of about a dozen people attending the 11am auc-

tion. The owners have renovated the period style home to include a new kitchen, new bathroom and new en suite. The house as high ceilings and leadlight features, combining old features with modern comforts. Stockdale and Leggo, Leongatha, has the listing.

Adopted son for cycling club By Stuart Biggins VISITING the Leongatha Cycling Club as a guest speaker last year 24 year old Selby resident Simon Clarke left a huge impression on club members. “Our club has adopted him as a son,” says Terry Watchorn who with his brother Leon remembers their first encounter with Clarke on the Great Vic-

torian Bike Ride when he was only a 14 year old. “We were impressed with the way he was riding.” Terry followed the young cyclist from Ballarat to Bendigo and Nagambie to Seymour as he competed in and won this year’s Jayco Herald Sun Tour. “He is a great role model for young cyclists like Tom McFarlane. If Tom contacts him Simon replies straight away.” Clarke now rides for Orica Green Edge and has a rapidly growing interna-

tional profile. He left for Europe today to begin acclimatizing for the start of the European circuit that starts in April with a series of One Day Classics and culminates in the famous national tours of Italy, Spain and of course the Tour de France. Terry says, “My aunt would say to me ‘you bike riders are all the same, weak in the head but strong on the back.’ But she was wrong, you actually have to be smart.”

Moscript in development squad CRICKET Australia yesterday announced the 2014 National U18 Talent and U15 Development squads, a selection of the country’s best underage cricketers as they continue their progress towards their Baggy Green dream. Chelsea Moscript of Leongatha South has been included with the Under 18 Female Talent Squad. Like all players selected, Chelsea will attend camps and undergo a range

of training, match scenarios, musculoskeletal screening, fitness testing and psychological profiling under the watchful eye of specialist coaches, including Australian test great and CA’s national talent manager Greg Chappell. Commenting on the National Talent and Development squads, CA’s executive general manager team performance Pat Howard said: “These national programs at U15 and U18 level play an important part in our player pathway system and have recently hosted players like Pat Cummins, Nic Maddinson and Holly Ferling.” “These cricketers have all shown

potential to follow in our senior players’ footsteps and their progress will continue during the camps, which will allow us to identify a best-fit approach to enhance their development. “The U18 talent camps are an excellent entry point into the national pathway and the state talent managers will also be watching the squads and camps with interest,” Howard said. The U18 female talent camp will run from 18-22 September, 2014 and will be managed by Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars head coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick.

Brad Anderson: the Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL stalwart finds the ball with this swing. Photo by Mark Drury.

Leongatha Basketball autumn comp DOMESTIC basketball is back in Leongatha with the men starting last night and registration and top collection night for the juniors this Thursday, February 13 from 4pm at SPLASH (Stadium). The season commences on February 17 and 18. For further details on fixtures, rules and code of conduct, see Some coaches are still to be confirmed. Under 10 Boys Team 1: Beau Grabham, Tyler Richards, Zavier Lamers, Sam Carmody, Charlie Swan, Dayne Abernathy. Team 2: Thomas Hanily, Xavier Bolge, Jacob Wightman, Kade Jarvis, Jake Matheson, Raph Jefferis, Bodhi Abernathy. Team 3: Will Brown, Finn Dunn, Maarli Burggraaff, Jhett Brown, Liam Nielsen, Nathan Occhipinti. Team 4: Jude Fixter, Jett Clark, Oscar Malcolm, Jack Wightman, Beau Russell, Kody Chalmers, Josh Smith. Under 10 Girls Team 1: Coach Shane Brewer, Ja’kohbi Brewer, Maddy Herbert, Ally Oliver, Kealey Oliver, Chloe Challis. Team 2: Coach Melissa Hume, Lily Hume, Tahlia Arnason, Chloe Battersby, Alicia McGrath. Team 3: Coach Bree Littlejohn, Ella Littlejohn, Harper McLennan, Sienna Matheson, Georgia Challis. Team 4: Kinesha Anderson, Acaisha Battersby, Ashlyn Matheson, Sophie Kreutzberger, Zara Kretzberger. Under 12 Boys Team 1: Coach Trevor Riseley.Campbell Riseley,

Darcy Hume, Callum Buckland, Patrick Johnston, J Holmes, Beau Fennell. Team 2: Coach A Burns, Cade James, Kaelin Littlejohn, Ben Puru, Josh Allen, Jesse Burns, Noah Clark. Team 3: Coach Mick Hanily, Ned Hanily, Kaleb Jans, Noah Fixter, Dylan Hanily, Rhys Weaver, Benjamin Peace. Team 4: Coach Adam Martin, Jacob Wrigley, Sullivan Herbert, Ben Hanrahan, Nash Beavis, Hudson Martin, Jacob Stewart. Team 5: Coach Natalie Giliam, Liam Deering, Haidyn Kewming, Ryan Giliam, Tom Burt, Ryan Sturvevant, Jacob Friend. Team 6: Coach Brook Brown, Kyle Brown, Andrew Van Hamond, Angus Kemper, Luke Marshman, Nash Jeffris. Team 7: Coach Paul Battersby, Levi Hickey, Alexander Battersby, Fletcher Moon, Mitchell McGrath, Ethan Lamers, Mitchell McGannon. Under 12 Girls Team 1: Coach Leesa Allcorn, Gemma Drysdale, Emma Patterson, Brylie Dyer, Sidnee Martin, Chloe Neilsen, Jaime Findlay. Team 2: Coach Jodie Brown, Chloe Brown, Tullie Malcom, Dekota Kemp, Phoebe Davidson, Masey Hastings. Team 3: Coach Rebecca Arnason, Alahna Arnason, Jesska Harry, Milla Fixter, Sam Schnoor, Kelsea Schnoor. Team 4: Coach Barry Standfield, Jemma Standfield, Mackenzie Gourlay, Alice Reid, Lily Walker, Lara Ryan, Ashley Geary. Under 14 Boys Team 1: Coach Doug Hanks, Jayden Battersby, Tyler Bentick, Ethan Lavis, Stuart Bright, Rory Hanks, Shaun Coleman. Team 2: Coach Tom Ryan,

James Ryan, Ben Cantwell, Jacob Lamers, Charles Russell, Ryan Hayward, Jay Lindsay, Matthew Portelli. Team 3: Coach Glen Bainbridge, Jordan Brown, Sam Bainbridge, James Cantwell, Samual Chadwick, Jasper Dennison, Joshua Wright. Team 4: Coach Melinda Cannata, Connor Krohn, Kye Casbolt, Adrian Ballagh, Reegan Kemp, Lucas Cannata, Wade Oliver. Team 5: Coach Kathy Materia, Jack Hume, Liam O’Neil, Tim Bowler, Sam Cross, Tyler Bacon, Flynn Materia. Team 6: Coach Lucas Byrnes, Mason McGannon, Alfred Herbert, Riely Drysdale, Colby Michael, Blaine Cox, Tom Van Der Kolk. Under 14 Girls Team 1: Tayla Brown, Cobie Standfeild, Hayley Geary, Jae Beavis, Jessica Geary, Simone Dekker. Team 2: Alexia Van Delft, Charlie Fixter, Holly McEachern, Brienna Lee Lavis, Laura Brennan Team 3: Ella Lyons, Shelby Jones, Kelly Geary, Stacey Giliam, Ashley Giliam, Katie Calder. Team 4: Brianna Weaver, Chelsea Markley, Abby Forrester, Paris Nicholas, Elly Jones, Chelsea Geary Geary Team 5: Kaitlyn Funnell, Ella Harris, Kasey Thorson, Cassidy Ronalds, Eliza Studd, Isla Hickey. Team 6: Alana Townsend, Keely Price, Brittany Deering, Ella Findlay, Ashleigh Challis, Brooke Johnstone. Under 17 Boys Team 1: Coach Michael Westaway, Dean Thorson, Jack Ballagh, Trent Westaway, Joshua Hayward, Joel Norton, Harrison Marshall. Team 2: Coach Jason Kennedy, Zac Van Delft, Sam Forrester, Matt Darmainin, Kyle Kennedy, Tom Evans,

Matthew Minogue, Nicholas Battersby. Team 3: Coach Gary Sauvarin, Tim Sauvarin, Caleb Webb, Harrison McGannon, Tim Potter, Zayn Clark, Kyle Cooper, Eldon Westaway. Team 4: Coach Kate Gourlay, James Rowley, Thomas Carmody, Mitchell Buckland, Jye Gourlay, Sam McGannon, Ben Kewming, Riley Smith. Team 5: Coach Pat Monaghan, Hamish Beecroft, George Batten, Vincent Monaghan, Kyle Wilson, Hamish Fisher, Dylan Clark, Bailey Bacon. Team 6: Coach Ann Olden, Brock Thompson, Anthony Argento, Joel Pearce, Rhys Lindsay, Cameron Olden, Joshua Boler. Team 7: Coach TBA, Harrison Cumming, Hayden Funnell, Damon Ginnane, Michael McKinnon, Luke Ollington, Nathan Trotto. Team 8: Coach Rick Coleman, Mitchell Hoober, Riley Coleman, Jack Dunn, Brett Thorson, Caleb Nicol, Lachlan Taylor, Samuel McCarthy. Under 17 Girls Team 1: Breanna Hohmann, Jorja Markley, Shea Kyle, Emily Adams, Lauren Adams, Shaelee Richmond. Team 2: Lisa Clark, Codie Davidson, Paige Matthews, Kaitlyn Casbolt, Abbie Ennos, Maya Kadarusman Corbett. Team 3: Emily Cashin, Rebecca Dowthwaite, Nikki Stockdale, Reanna Skinner, Zoe Michaels, Brooke Cross, Georgia Edwards. Team 4: Katherine Fitzgerald, Bernadette Fitzgerald, Sinaed O'Callorhan Parker, Molly Clark, Jesseme Arnason, Chelsea Deering. Team 5: Grace Davidson, Ashley McDonald, Tea Clark, Sean Rogers, Cleo Davidson, Casey Clark.

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Swimmers hit Foster

Ribbon winners: Aaron Lopez-Freeman, Blake Webb, Tom Crocker and Jack Mitchell after the Under 11 Boys’ breaststroke.

Blue dominates swimming BLUE was the colour of the water, sky and winning house at the Korumburra Primary School on Friday. The participation shield was also won by Blue House meaning

that they had the greatest percentage of Year 3-6 students attend on the day. The Year 6 overall champions were Macie McNaughton and Oliver McLean. Oliver and Macie also both won

Woo hoo: Rachal, Ayja, Grace, Issy, Megan, Tynisha and Amy support Waratah House at the Foster Primary School swimming sports.

the 160m individual medley championship events. The parents/staff/house captains/school captains freestyle relay was won by the parents team after a bit of cheating by the house captains in jumping the gun.

All smiles: Phoebe, Yasmin and Zali at the Foster Primary School swimming sports.

Record breaker: Sophie McKenzie smashed one of the swimming records on Friday.

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

Racing: competitors hit the water hard and fast on Friday.

Go green: Braydon, Oliver, Harrison and Jasper represented Derby House at the Foster Primary School swimming sports.

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The Korumburra Agricultural Show committee met on Thursday morning just prior to the show to decide if the show should go on. Entry prices were cut and the Saturday night entertainment went ahead with free admission. Horse events scheduled for Sunday were brought forward to Saturday when organisers ran four rings instead of three to complete the program. The horse riding events are important especially for those people who aspire to ride in the Melbourne Show for which they need to accrue points to qualify. President of the Korumburra Agricultural and Pastoral Show Society Doug Appleton said “We were quite happy given all the obstacles we had.” Some interstate entrants in the Flyball working dogs events cancelled due to the heat, a musician’s car broke down in the heat and forced him to cancel his appearance on Saturday night and the fireworks were unable to proceed. “The chooks went home early but mostly the show went ahead unaffected. All indoor exhibits were judged on Friday and the Miss Show Girl and Tiny Tots went ahead.” Too few people were in attendance on Sunday morning to warrant the carnival rides operating so the gate receipts will have been affected by the extreme heat. Powlett River Downs Campdraft outside Korumburra was cancelled due to the heat. Event Secretary Gail Baker said, “As it turned out many people were caught up in various fires so it was just as well we cancelled. “It’s the animals first and it was just too hot. Everything gets affected.”

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

THE heat impacted heavily on major community events over the weekend.

Steve Allen: the Leongatha Swimming Club competitor helped his club record a credible second behind Phillip Island Swimming Club – at its home pool – on Sunday. Next week the South Gippsland Swimming Association competition will be held at Korumburra.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - PAGE 47


Local athletes take state honours A TEAM of 18 athletes represented South Coast Athletics at the Victorian Country Track and Field Championships held in Ballarat on the Australia Day weekend. The small team of South Coast athletes amassed 33 medals including 13 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze. The Masters Men were in great form breaking three Victorian Country Championship meet records; Russ Dickenson in the Men’s 60+ 1500m Walk, David Green in the Men’s 200m and the

Men’s 50+ 4x100m relay team of Tim Crosbie, Steve Plumb, Conor O’Meara and David Green. Conor O’Meara won the Men’s 50+ High jump competition, David Green won the 50+ 200m and placed second in the 100m, while Steve Plumb took out the bronze in the Men’s 50+ Javelin. Ed Beischer was sensational winning the Men’s U/16 800m and 1500m double. He is a real talent and we look forward to watching Ed matching it with the best at the Australian Junior Championships in March. We were successful in

Going gold: South Coast Athletics gold medallists Conor O’Meara and Eleanor Patterson.

Third place: the womens U/20 4x100m relay team consisted of Kyla Green,Claire Jobling, Sandra Plumb and Sara Riseley.

the Steeple Chase events with the Plumb sisters, Emma and Sandra winning gold in the Women’s Open and U/20 event and young Ben Beischer claiming a silver in the Men’s U/14 age group. New members, Nicola Slade and Sara Riseley had great success in their South Coast debut. Nicola dominated the Under 12 competition with a gold medal and two silver medals, while Sara placed second in the Long and Triple Jump events. Eleanor Patterson was awarded the Australia Day medal for her 1.85m High Jump performance in the Open Women’s competition. The performance adds another Commonwealth Games “B” qualifier to her name. Victorian Country Champions: Men’s 50+ 4 x 100m Relay (Tim Crosbie, Steve Plumb, Conor O’Meara and David Green) 1st 53.57sec (Victorian Country Record) previous record was 57.18 Kyla Green – 1st U/14 Pole Vault (Club Record) Nicola Slade – 1st U/12 Women’s High Jump David Green –Mens 50+ 200m (Victorian Country and Club Record) Sharna Warry – U/18 Triple Jump Sandra Plumb –U/20 3km Steeple 13.25.30min (Club Record) Ed Beischer –U/16 Mens 800m (Club record) and 1500m Emma Plumb – Open Women 3km Steeple (Club Record) Eleanor Patterson – Open and U/20 High Jump (Comm Games B Qualifier and World Junior Qualifier) Conor O’Meara –50+ Mens High Jump (Club Record) Russ Dickenson – 60+ Mens 1500m Walk (Victorian Country and Club Record) Silver Medallists: Nicola Slade –U/12 Women’s Long Jump and 100m David Green –Mens 50+ 100m Sharna Warry – Open Women’s Triple Jump Taylah Gardner – U/18 Triple Jump Connor Gardner – U/14

High Jump Ben Beischer –U/14 Men 2km Steeple Sara Riseley –U/16 Triple Jump and Long Jump Claire Jobling – U/18 High Jump and Long Jump Bronze Medallists: Women’s U/20 4 x 100m Relay (Sandra Plumb, Sara Riseley, Kyla Green and Claire Jobling) Sharna Warry –U/18 Javelin and Long Jump Men’s 40+ 4 x 400m Relay (Tim Crosbie, Steve Plumb, Conor O’Meara and David Green) Eleanor Patterson –U/20 100m Connor Gardner –U/14 Long Jump Steve Plumb –50+ Javelin Caroline Beischer – 40+ Women 1500m Russ Dickenson – Open Men’s 5km Walk Full Results: Women’s U/20 4 x 100m Relay (Sandra Plumb, Sara Riseley, Kyla Green and Claire Jobling) 3rd 57.03sec Women’s Open 4 x400m relay (Sandra Plumb, Emma Plumb, Nicola Slade and Caroline Beischer) 8th 5.02.51min Women’s Open 4 x 100m relay (Sandra Plumb, Emma Plumb, Sara Riseley and Claire Jobling) 4th 55.26sec Men’s Open 4 x 100m Relay (Michael Green, Ben Green, Kyla Green and David Green) 7th 54.20sec Men’s 40+ 4 x 400m Relay (Tim Crosbie, Steve Plumb, Conor O’Meara and David Green) 3rd 4.22.46min Men’s 50+ 4 x 100m Relay (Tim Crosbie, Steve Plumb, Conor O’Meara and David Green) 1st 53.57sec (Victorian Country Record) previous record was 57.18 Nicola Slade – 1st U/12 Women’s High Jump 1.20m, 2nd Long Jump 3.36m, 2nd 100m 15.85sec Kyla Green – 1st U/14 Pole Vault 2.00m (Club Record) Ben Green – 4th Mens U/18 Discus 29.64m, 17th 100m David Green – 1st Mens 50+ 200m 25.63sec (Victorian Country and Club Record), 2nd 100m 13.28sec Sharna Warry – 2nd Open Womens Triple Jump

Meeniyan junior basketball teams Section 2 1. Navy: Liam Harrington (coach). Will Hannon, Conor Salmons, Aaron Mowat, Chelsea Elliott, Kit Skinner Tarlo, Jamie Findlay, Hayley Proudlock. 2. Silver: Darlene Jones (coach). Zara Jones, Cam Prosser, Ben Mackie, Ethan Farrell, Lexi Palmer, Bon McLean. 3. Teal: Dave Cumming (coach). Taite Cumming, Matt Moss, Holly Proudlock, Nicholas Bongers, Harry Herbert, Aleesha Hannon, Brody McEwan. 4. Red: Terry Martin (coach). Niamh Martin, Nicholas Jinette, Jen Moss, Ethan Tudor, Storm McLean, Shania Stewart Taylor, Jarrod Bongers.

Draw February 14: 1 v 2 - 5.00

(scorers Hannon/Prosser); 3 v 4 - 5.40 (scorers Moss/Jinette). February 21: 2 v 3 - 5.00 (scorers Mackie/Bongers); 1 v 4 - 5.40 (scorers Mowat/Tudor). February 28: 4 v 2 - 5.00 (scorers McLean/Farrell); 1 v 3 - 5.40 (scorers Salmons/ Herbert).

(coach). Aiden Holwerda, Jasmin Mackie, Bianca Proudlock, Liam Waldron, Jye Davey, Beau Davey. 5. Yellow: Liam Harrington (coach). Harrison Cumming, Alix Veale, Grace Thorson, Luke Boyle, Michael Mowat, Will McDonald.

Section 3

February 14: 1 v 5 - 6.20 (scorers Farrell/Veale); 2 v 4 - 7.00 (scorers Phillips/Holwerda). February 21: 5 v 4 - 6.20 (scorers Thorson/Machie); 1 v 3 - 7.00 (scorers McEwan/ Hanks). February 28: 4 v 3 - 6.20 (scorers Proudlock/Benra); 5 v 2 - 7.00 (scorers Mowat/ Fisher).

1. Black: Tim Bright (coach). Jai Bright, Hannah Potter, Sam Bright, Lachlan Elliott, Aaron Farrell, Hannah McEwan. 2. Blue: Ellie Scholte (coach). John Phillips, Jaslin Fisher, Amy Tudor, Stu Bright, Jake Palmer, Jake Waldron. 3. Green: Fizz Thorson (coach). Rory Hanks, Sam Benra, Mark Beattie, Irene Thorson, Elly Jones, Mitchell McGrath. 4. Maroon: Lucas Byrnes


Section 4 1. Black: Lauren Redpath, Grant Cole, Will Collins, Rory Harrington, Jesse Salmons, So-

phie Thomas. 2. Blue: Liam Harrington, Paige Eygenraam, Jaxon Tiziani, Gemma Coulter, Zac Scholte, Charlie McInnes. 3. Green: Bryce Holwerda, Hannah Thorson, Jess Clark, Thomas Martin, Abby Bolge, Tristan Hanks. 4. Maroon: David Cole, Eloise Scholte, Hugh Collins, Eden Cook, Darby Butler Reid, Tenille Leicester.

Draw February 17: 1 v 2 - 5.30 (scorers Harrington/Veale); 3 v 4 - 6.15 (scorers Thorson/ Scholte). February 24: 2 v 3 - 5.30 (scorers Coulter/Clark; 1 v 4 6.15 (scorers Cole/Collins). March 3: 4 v 2 - 5.30 (scorers Cook/McInnes); 1 v 3 - 6.15 (scorers Salmons/Martin).

10.60m, 3rd U/18 Javelin 31.48m, 3rd U/18 Long Jump 4.89m, 1st U/18 Triple Jump 10.36m, 5th High Jump 1.40m Summer Warry – 5th Open Women Hammer 21.33m Taylah Gardner – 2nd U/18 Triple Jump 10.30m, 7th Long Jump 4.64m , 4th High Jump 1.45m Connor Gardner – 2nd U/14 High Jump 1.20m, 3rd Long Jump 3.54m Steve Plumb – 3rd 50+ Javelin 31.83m, 4th 400m Hurdles 1.23.55min, 6th Discus 23.10m Sandra Plumb – 1st U/20 3km Steeple 13.25.30min (Club Record), 4th 400m

Hurdles 1.18.36min Ben Beischer – 12th U/14 Men 1500m 6.08.07min, 2nd 2km Steeple 9.12.98min Caroline Beischer – 3rd 40+ Women 1500m 5.41.64min Ed Beischer – 1st U/16 Mens 800m 203.77min (Club record), 1st 1500m 4.32.68min Sara Riseley – 2nd U/16 Triple Jump 10.09m (PB), 2nd Long Jump 4.43m Emma Plumb – 1st Open Women 3km Steeple Chase 14.55.90min, 11th Javelin 20.76m Claire Jobling – 2nd U/18 High Jump 1.50m, 2nd Long Jump 4.95m, 9th

200m Conor O’Meara – 1st 50+ Mens High Jump 1.55m (Club Record) Ruby Martin – 5th U/16 Womens 90m Hurdles 18.57sec, 4th 100m 13.70sec, 8th 200m 30.67sec Eleanor Patterson – 1st Open and U/20 High Jump 1.85m (Comm Games B Qualifier and World Junior Qualifer), 3rd U/20 100m 12.78sec Russ Dickenson – 60+ Mens 1500m Walk 8.08.65m (Victorian Country and Club Record), 3rd Open Mens 5km Walk 28.48.01min

Fast four: the winning Men’s 50+ 4x100m relay team Tim Crosbie, Steve Plumb, David Green and Conor O’Meara.

Allambee Mirboo & District Tennis IT was a very hot Saturday, with only B Grade using the heat out rule. Burra-PI had a good win with Leongatha losing an 8/6 and a tiebreaker. Leongatha North lost by a number of games but only five sets to four. In A Reserve Outtrim won well against Koony and is pushing for second spot on the ladder. There were three tiebreakers against the Koony team. Mardan also won well and is now level with Leongatha but out of the four. Baromi was the winner over Hallston. Hallston lost two tiebreakers and two 8/6, so they were close sets. Longshots won 7/2 against Berrys Creek, with tiebreakers

again in this match. Guess the heat had something to do with the tiebreakers. B Grade teams Leongatha and Leongatha North started but heated out. Baromi forfeited to Mardan but because the other match was heated out, the forfeit doesn’t count.Mardan scored 5.5 points and Baromi has no score. Let’s hope the very hot weather is over so sport can be sport.

Results A Grade: Burra-PI 9.72 d Leongatha 0.33, Baromi 5.62 d Leongatha North 4.47, Inverloch 9.72 d Koonwarra 0.0 (forfeit). A Reserve: Outtrim 7.67 d Koonwarra 2.52, Longshots 7.68 d Berrys Creek 2.51, Mardan 7.63 d Leongatha 2.49, Baromi 7.67 d Hallston 2.50,

Burra Gold - bye. B Grade: Leongatha North v Leongatha (heat out), Mardan v Baromi (heat out).

Ladders A Grade Inverloch ............................127.5 Baromi ................................109.5 Burra-P/I..............................91.5 Leongatha North .................79.5 Koonwarra.............................57.5 Leongatha..............................29.5 A Reserve Baromi ................................104.5 Koonwarra .........................104.0 Outtrim ..............................103.5 Longshots .............................99.0 Hallston .................................81.0 Leongatha..............................76.0 Mardan ..................................76.0 Berrys Creek .........................67.0 Burra Gold ............................27.5 B Grade Mardan...............................108.0 Leongatha North ...............100.0 Baromi ..................................48.5 Leongatha ............................44.0

Mirboo North & District junior tennis Round 13 results A Grade Leongatha Djokovic ............57.0 Baromi Rafa.........................50.0 Leongatha Murray ..............49.0 Leongatha Nadal .................46.5 Baromi Roger ........................46.0 Fish Creek .............................43.5 Mardan ..................................41.0 Baromi Novak .......................23.0 B Grade Hallston ................................84.0 Leongatha Ferrer ................51.0 Leongatha Federer ..............50.0 Fish Creek ............................43.5 Baromi Sam ..........................42.5 Mardan ..................................36.0 Baromi Bernard.....................27.0 Baromi Lleyton .....................22.0 C Grade Leongatha North .................47.5 Hallston ................................45.9 Leongatha Williams ............40.6 Fish Creek ............................39.4 Leongatha Azarenka..............30.0 Leongatha Radwanska ..........28.0 Mardan ..................................21.7 Baromi Andy .........................16.5 Leongatha Sharapova ............16.5

On it: James Ryan is a picture of concentration. Photo credit Matt Hayward.

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Korumburra THERE were 49 players for the par competition on Saturday,

February 8, and trophies were by K. Dixon and G.J. Best. A Grade (10 hcp): T. Herbert +6, R. Fields +4, S. Bowler +2, S. Hislop +2, P. Hopkins +2, R. Spokes +2. B Grade (16 hcp): B. Newton +2. C Grade (26 hcp): R. Blay +4 on countback from Ross Ware +4, D. Hislop +3, C. Corr +3, P. Broady +2, W. Jeffris +2, B. Maskell +2, C. Thornton +2. Nearest the pin: 1st G. Wilson, 7th P. May, 10th W. Hopkins, 13th A. Worthy. NAGA: W. Hopkins -5 countback. Tuesday’s winner was A. Worthy 42 pts and Thursday’s winner was E. Poole 36 pts.

Woorayl THAT say “mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun,” some golfers do also. Saturday’s event was Irish fourball and being an Irish fourball the rules were different to those used in the classic. The winning team was Craig Hall, Graeme Calder, S. Sullivan and B. Hogan with 135. Runners-up were Geoff McKinnon, Jason Redmond, Peter Burgess and Rod Goodwin. We gave balls to G. Challis, M. Herrald, G. Maisey, A. McEachern, T. Burgess, I. Atcheson, G. Fixter and T. Charlton.

Nearest the pins went to Terry Charlton and B. Hogan. The ball raffle went to T. Burgess syndicate. Next week we will play a fourball stableford and on Sunday we will hold the Forrester Plate.

Foster AFTER some very hot weather the course is now providing a lot of run making scoring a bit easier, especially for some of the older players. Tuesday, February 4: Larry Giddy continued his good form to win with 37 points from Peter Dight (7) and Chris Foulds (27) both on 34 points. NTP was Neville Thompson. Thursday, February 6: Kevin Witheridge (12) had a win with +3 from Neville Thompson (8) and Larry Giddy (18) both on +2 and Fred Tyers (12) on -1. Friday, February 7: Paul Spencer (22) got the chook with 22 points, with DTL balls to Ross MacKenzie on 19 points and Andrew Boyd on 17 points. NTP was Gary Phelan. Saturday February 8: It was the third round of the prestigious honour board event, the Stig Nelander Trophy. The day’s best score was Neil Chandler (22) who had 39 points to win B Grade. Peter Dight (7) won A Grade with 37 points. DTL ball winners were Noel Black (6), Geoff Prue (19)

On at last: Julie Hislop, Lee Clements, Margie Moulton-Ware, Kath Davidson (nee Moulton) and the Meeniyan team of Andrea Thorson, Faye LePage and Veronica Park.

Korumburra WEDNESDAY saw a good field of 24 players competing for the February Monthly Medal. The day was also a Silver Spoon round and the first of three Match Play Qualifying rounds (the others being March and April Monthly Medals). In Division 1 (0-20) Moira Rogers (20) had the best score with 92/72 net and the runner up was Marg Young (22) with 76 net, in a 3 way countback from Heather Grist and Joan Peters. Division 2 (21-30) was won by Lynette McIvor (24) with a lovely 91/67 net, Barb Walker (22) was the runner up 98/77. Division 3 (31-45) saw Lyn Perks (44) the runaway winner with 109/65 net and the runner up was Julie Hislop (41) on a countback from Jean White (39) both on 73 net. Lyn Perks also won the Monthly Medal (her first) and George Draeger (30) all on 37 points, and Fred Tyers (13) and Tim Gash (19) both on 36 points. NTPs were Brian Robinson (2 holes ), Fred Tyers, Peter Dight and Geoff Prue. The encouragement award went to Kevin Da Silveira on 22 points. Progress scores in Stig Nelander Trophy: The trophy winner is the player with the best aggregate 3 stableford scores out of the

Welcomed at Woorayl: Sherrill Winkler and Carlie McNamara from Leongatha try their hand at golf.

Love of learning: Jenny Turner, Maggie Robjant and Maree Coney enjoy the learning experience at Woorayl Golf Club.

Free to learn at Woorayl By Tayla Kershaw WOORAYL Golf Club is recruiting. The club welcomed all aspiring lady golfers to a free lesson last Sunday and plan to keep running the program for around six weeks. The lessons are from 9am until 10am on Sunday morning. Six eager beginners came out to Woorayl despite the weekend’s heat. “We have a wide spread

of ages interested,” Woorayl captain Marg Tuckett said. “We’ve had good publicity and they are an enthusiastic bunch. The shorter sessions in the heat makes a difference.” They have learnt the basics of golf so far including chipping and putting. Next week they will head out to the driving range. “It’s a lot to remember, but we’re learning,” new golfer Jenny Turner said. The teaching is shared between club members Brett Stubbs, Michael Grist, Trent Walters and Ian Balfour. All are no strangers to a golf

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course and are volunteering their time to train learning golfers. “We are very fortunate to have someone who can do it for free,” Maggie Robjant said. In the coming weeks, the Woorayl ladies club members will come along and teach the beginning golfers course rules and etiquette, and head down to play some holes with them. Woorayl Golf Club is hoping to have a men’s free clinic down the track. “It’s a really good club event,” Ms Tuckett said.

Leongatha Ladies OPENING Day on Wednesday, February 5 was well attended, busy, and with the usual clamour. There was the additional excitement of meeting the newly appointed manager, Josh Hall. Several potential new members played in this popular Ambrose event. The winning team consisting of Helen Mackenzie, Barb Fleming, Rosie Castwood (wife of our men’s captain) and Trish Owen won by the narrowest of margins with a score of 61 5/8. The runners–up, with 61 5/6 were Pat Pease, Pam Christensen and Marie Sands (a possible new recruit from Bendigo Golf Club). The observant reader will notice that the winners had a slight edge with four players in their team. Down the line balls were awarded to Toni West, Alison Strong and Carol Sowden with 62 2/6, Ann Blundy, Lesley Renwick and Jill Steer 62 ½, Coral Gray, Sharyn Rayson and Fay Quilford 62 ½, and Bec Thomas, Jan Bissett, Libby Seebeck and

and the Silver Spoon Round. The nearest the pins were won by Judy Webb and Marg Young on the 1st hole, Heather Grist on the 10th and Beryl Brown on the 13th. Balls down the line went to 78 net. The Daily Scratch Rating (DSR) was 72 on the day. Two girls played nine holes and their scores will be carried forward. Twilight golf on Thursday once again returned some good scores from the 46 players who went out on the lovely, cooler evening. The front nine winners were Don and Julie Hislop with 24 points and the runners up Rick Johnson and Kate McGregor on 23 points. On the back nine Bill and Pam Eyers scored 22 points and were the winners on countback from Peter VanAgtmaal and Carie Harding (runners up) and Roger Hamill and Jean White. The nearest the pin win4 possible rounds, and to win a player must play in the fourth round. The leading aggregate scores after 3 rounds are Noel Black 109, and Gary Clavarino, James Freeman and Terry Jewson all on 108, however, a good round from any of Kevin Flett, Greg Cox, Robert Fulton, Kevin Da Silveira, Paul Spencer, Kevin Witheridge, Peter Wright, Fred Tyers or Neville Thompson could also see them take the trophy. The fourth

ners were first, Bill Thomson and second, Marg Clasby. Next Wednesday is the first round of the singles knockout with players signed up for their chosen time. On Wednesday 19th our beginners will be paired up with more experienced players to play 9 holes Canadian Foursomes. Players are asked to be at the clubhouse at 8.30am for the first group to tee off at 9am. Contact Lee if there are any problems. Hopefully we’ll all have a bit of fun and also raise some money for the cancer unit in the Latrobe Valley. Thanks to Viv and Dave Enbom who are sponsoring the day. Best wishes to our 10 women members who are volunteering at the Australian Open at Victoria Golf Course at the end of the week. They are doing a variety round is on February 22.

Leongatha A SMALL field took part in a Stableford competition on Saturday in very hot and trying conditions. Nic Cairns playing off 2 under the new handicap system took out the A Grade event with 36 points. Colin Moyle (24) did very well to amass 39 points to win the B Grade.

of jobs and should get to see some terrific golf ‘up close’.

Below, A first Monthly Medal: Lyn Perks had a terrific day on the golf course last Wednesday, winning her first Monthly Medal.

The Pro Pin on the 14th was taken out by Chris Leaver and Geoff McDonald was NTP on the 16th. DTL Balls were awarded to Andy Cairns, Daniel Peterson, Gordan Morrison, John French, Geoff McDonald, Richard Nelson, Will Norden, Barry Hughes, Doug Clemann, Jon Smith, G. Morsham and Ian Watson. Continued on page 49

Portia Williamson 63 1/8. Nearest the pins were won by Sharyn Rayson and Pat Pease. Hannah Martin won the 9 hole competition with 16 points, and Kit Boag and Julie McPhee won a ball down the line. Saturday, February 8th Winner: Rebecca Wilson 33points Down the line: Rita de Bondt 29 points

Right, Runners up: Pat Pease, Pam Christensen and Marie Sands.

Winners: Trish Owen, Barb Fleming, Helen Mackenzie and Rosie Castwood.

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Wonthaggi ON Saturday we played a four ball and had 73 players. A Grade winners were D. Vanagtmaal and M. Stanes 45 points, B Grade D. Putt and S. Kane 47 points and C Grade F. Huber and A. Cubbon 48 points. There were no balls down the line due to a computer error which will be fixed during the week. Nearest the pins: 2nd A. Briggs, 8th J. Jordan, 13th T. Kennedy, 17th G. Crawford. May I say the greens have come back well only five days after being cored, should be back to their best very soon. The pennant sides will be chosen next week so please put your name down on the sheet in the pro shop if you are keen to represent the golf club in this truly great team game. The sheet will come down on Sunday. It is member’s night this Thursday and the $500 members draw must go off. You have to be present to win and the draw will take place at 7pm sharp. Be safe in this hot weather, enjoy your golf and I will see you all on the course this Saturday.

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Left, Friendly competition: Wonthaggi and Korumburra skippers Mike Smith and Glenn Fields met in the final round of pennant bowls on Saturday. Far Left, Young gun: Luke Bolding plays his first game in Division 1 for Wonthaggi on Saturday.

Good arm: Wonthaggi’s Frank Cimino takes his shot.

SGBD Tuesday pennant bowls 1st semi finals February 4 Division 1: Wonthaggi 83 d San Remo 53 (A. Green 31 d S. Carvosso 14, K. Simpson 26 d R. Dennis 18, J. Clarkson 26 d J. Allen-Dayle 21). Phillip Island 74 d Meeniyan 62 (J. Boyce 36 d L. Hanks 13, W. Braun 15 lt A. Van Wamel 33, R. James 23 d M. Pearson 16). Wonthaggi is in the final San Remo and Phillip Island to play in the second semifinal, Meeniyan is out of the competition. Division 2: Inverloch 76 d Leongatha 75 (D Patterson 27 d T. McCormack 21, M. Flett 29 d J. Pursell 25, J. Arnold 20 lt G. Trotman 29). Corinella 71 d Port Welshpool 69 (J. Carter 29 d A. Collins 19, B. O’Keefe 21 lt L. McLaine 25, E. Johnston 21 lt M. McDonald 25). Inverloch is in the final, Leongatha and Corinella to play in the second semi final, Port Welshpool is out of the competition. Division 3: San Remo 48 d Mirboo North 35 (W. Brunsden 21 d A. Plowman 19, J. Farquhar 27 d M. Briscoe 16). Wonthaggi 44 d Leongatha 43 (R. Stewart 25 d C. Harry 24, L. Beaumont 19 drew M. Rayson 19). San Remo is in the final, Mirboo North and Wonthaggi play in the second semi final, Leongatha is out of the competition.

South Gippsland pennant bowls Division 1: Leongatha Continued from page 48 Tuesday’s competition was also Stableford with Jon Smith (9) having a very solid 40 points to take out the A Grade. Phil Barron (24) had 34 points to win B Grade. NTPs were Jon Smith on the 14th and Mike Street on the 16th. Balls were awarded to Peter Hartigan, Ian Murchie, Russell Williams, Peter Cannon, Rob Martin, Bruce Hutton, Bruce Gibson, Peter Waters, Ian Barlow, Ted Bruinewoud, Hugh Goodman and Peter Hobson. On Thursday Doug Clemann (7) scored 37 points to win the A Grade event, with Peter Hartigan (15) continuing his good form to take out B Grade with 34 points on a countback. Jim Arnott (23) won the C Grade with 35 points. NTP’s were Marilyn Williams on the 14th and Will Norden on the 16th. Balls were awarded to Michael Thomas, Will Norden, Henry Sedelies, Stephen

14-67 d San Remo 2-63; Inverloch 14-72 d Phillip Island 2-54; Mirboo North 8-0 tied Lang Lang 8-0; (abandoned due to heat) Wonthaggi 3-67 lt Korumburra 13-70. Division 2: Fish Creek 14-82 d Toora 2-71; Loch 13-79 d Wonthaggi 3-61; Meeniyan 16-98 d Corinella 0-49; Phillip Island 14-67 d Inverloch 2-62. Division 3: Korumburra Gold 8-0 tied Foster 8-0; (games abandoned due to heat); Korumburra Maroon 2-62 lt Phillip Island 14-86; San Remo 0-58 lt Leongatha 16-78; Wonthaggi 2-61 lt Tarwin Lower 14-69. Division 4: Leongatha 0-0 lt Port Welshpool 16-15: (on forfeit); Inverloch White 16-90 d Wonthaggi 0-39; Meeniyan 16-15 d Lang Lang 0-0; (on forfeit); Phillip Island 4-60 lt Inverloch Blue 12-70. Division 5: Foster 16-77 d Toora 0-52; Loch 0-50 lt Tarwin Lower 16-81; Phillip Island 12-71 d San Remo 4-70; Mirboo North 16-15 d Corinella 0-0; (on forfeit); Fish Creek 0-48 lt Wonthaggi 16-71.

Ladders Division 1 Inverloch .......................213 Phillip Island.................182 Korumburra ...................68 Mirboo North ..................-1 Leongatha........................-77 Wonthaggi .......................-30 Lang Lang .....................-135 San Remo ......................-220 Division 2 Fish Creek ....................123 Phillip Island ................+19 Inverloch ....................... 49 Corinella ........................-27 Toora ............................... 75 Loch ..................................0 Meeniyan ........................-55 Wonthaggi ....................-184 Division 3 Wonthaggi ................... 220

186 152 134 106 94 90 83 51 166 124 119 119 117 105 88 58 155

O’Connor, Peter Hobson, Bob Birrell, Bruce Cathie, Mick Oliver, Ian Danks, Paul Luck, Ian Murchie, Mike Wrigley, John Moor, Bert Borg and Garry Sharrock.

Meeniyan Ladies Wednesday saw 21 ladies play in nice conditions for the Monthly Medal. Sponsor for the day was Dot Christie. Section one winner and medal winner was Faye Le Page with a nice 76 points. Section two winner was Fay Smallman with 78 points. Best nine was Dot Christie with 37 points. Putting was also Dot Christie with 29 putts. DLB went to Helen Helms Boyle with 79 points, Jenny Cope 80 points, Gwen Heppell 81 points and Sue Hoskin with 81 points. Congratulations to Marj Pearson and Leonie Hanks who have been selected to play in the Strzelecki Region at Swan Hill in March.

Tarwin Lower ............. 114 Phillip Island .................-27 Foster ........................... 155 Leongatha .......................-26 Korumburra Gold .......... -62 San Remo .......................-68 Korumburra Maroon ... -306 Division 4 Inverloch White ...........169 Meeniyan ....................... 82 Port Welshpool ............200 Inverloch Blue ...............61 Phillip Island .................. 74 Wonthaggi ....................-124 Leongatha .................... -130 Lang Lang ....................-332 Division 5 Mirboo North .............86.5 Foster .............................. 11 Tarwin Lower ................45 San Remo ..................140.5 Loch ..............................103 Fish Creek .......................87 Corinella........................-104 Wonthaggi ......................-95 Toora ............................-148 Phillip Island ................-126

148 131 129 106 105 100 22 153 152 142 126 116 90 82 35 144 138 135 133 125 124 92 91 82 55

With the home and away season now finished, the race is on for the top prize. Next week sees the semi final games being played which should create considerable interest. My ‘Kiss of Death’ tips for all divisions are as follows: Division 1 played at San Remo: Phillip Island will cause a major upset and roll flag favourites Inverloch by 12 shots, whilst Mirboo North will be no match for Korumburra who will win by 14 shots. Division 2 played at Wonthaggi: Fish Creek will begin its march to the grand final with a strong win over Phillip Island by 18 shots, whilst Inverloch will put paid to Corinella’s season with a narrow win by five shots. Division 3 played at Inverloch: Top of the table all season, Wonthaggi will have a strong win again Tarwin Lower by 19 shots, whilst Phillip Island will have no trouble against Foster winning by 14 shots. Division 4 played at Fish Creek: Inverloch White will account for Meeniyan with a narrow win by three shots, and Port Welshpool will put paid to Inverloch Blue’s season with a gutsy 22 shot win. Division 5 played at Korumburra: Mirboo North will account for Foster with a solid 17 shot win, whilst Tarwin Lower will be no match for San Remo who will record an 11 shot win.

Leongatha BUSINESS bowls sprung into action again on January 28, with some 22 teams lining up. Winners on the night on a countback were Parks who won 61 to Fillins 39. Round 2 took place on Tuesday evening, February 4 with B.J. Earthmovers taking the honours defeating Stewart’s Tyres 84 to 16. Other scores were Parks 65 d Jackos 35, McDonald &

Roberts 64 d Stockdale & Leggo 36, Tradies d Chalkies 59 to 41, Repco d Westaway Ford 59 to 41, Misfits d Beginners 54 to 46, Pag d Beers 54 to 46, Edneys d Leongatha Lions 53 to 47, We Us & Co d Mini Skips 53 to 47, Whackers d Nesci’s Transport 53 to 47, Murry Goulburn d Smiths 52 to 48 and Pagettes drew with Fillins 50 to 50. The next round will be Tuesday evening, February 11 at 6pm. Tuesday, February 4 saw Division 2 ladies play Inverloch at Fish Creek and went down by one shot 75 to 76 shots. Trish McCormack’s (s) team lost 21 to 27 shots, J. Purcell (s) lost 25 to 29 and Glenda Trotman (s) won 29 to 20. However, all is not lost as the ladies get the chance to come good when they play Corinella at Korumburra on Tuesday, February 11. Division 3 ladies also went down by a shot when they played Wonthaggi ladies, played at Korumburra, however they do not get the second chance. Ladies you have done the club proud for the season and can look to the next season when things can only get better. To our Division 2 ladies, best wishes for a good win at Korumburra. Wednesday, February 5 saw the midweek social bowls in action, with the winners being J. Embleton (s) and J. Runciman with three wins plus 29. The runners-up were M. Carnell (s) and R. Symmons with three wins plus five. Saturday, February 8 saw Division 1 with a win over San Remo 67 to 63 shots: J. Turner’s (s) team won 25 to 15 shots, R. McGannon (s) lost 18 to 27 shots and R. Trotman (s) won 24 to 21. Division 3 travelled to San Remo and won 78 to 58 shots, R. Saunder’s (s) team won 34 to 21 shots, B. Davidson (s) won 25 to 23 shots and E. Thompson (s) lost 19 to 17 shots. Division 4 played Port Welshpool but the game was abandoned during play due to the heat. Next Saturday sees the men’s pennant finals underway and at this stage I believe Division 3 and 4 will be out of finals’ contention, and am not sure on Division 1 prospects. Until the next report, good bowling - ‘Jackhigh’.

Buffalo indoor TEN bowlers at Buffalo this week so two teams of two and two of three selected. Joe, Sebastian and Ian Dyson started the night well with a 15-4 win over Toni, Joy and Ian Benson, and Carolyn and Joyce had a narrow win over Andrew and Peter 7-6.

In the second game Joyce skippered well for a 12-4 win over Joe, and Andrew narrowly beat Toni 6-4. In the third game Andrew had his second win from Joe 9-5 and Toni had her first win 7-6 from Carolyn and Joyce. Overall results were close but Joyce and Carolyn on countback won the night with (WWL) 14 ends +8; second Andrew, Peter (LWW) 14 ends +5; third Joe, Sebastian, Ian Dyson (WLL) 11 ends -1 and fourth Toni, Joy, Ian Benson (LLW) nine ends -12. Social bowls Wednesday night, 7.30pm at the Buffallo Hall, all welcome. Good bowling to all.

Mirboo North TOM Whitelaw was successful on Sunday in beating the West Gippsland Champion of Champions and is now the Strzelecki Region Champion of Champions. Tom now goes on to play in the State Championships in Bendigo. Tuesday bowlers played their first final against San Remo at Korumburra. San Remo was too good on the day but we have a second chance to make the final when we play against Wonthaggi at Korumburra. Saturday Division 1 played at home against Lang Lang but did not get to finish the game due to extreme heat. Best rink when play was called off was Phil, Watto, Ray and Mike. This means that Division 1 finishes the season in 4th position and will play Korumburra at San Remo in the first week of the finals. Saturday Division 5 received a forfeit in their game against Corinella and with all other games completed in Round 14 received the maximum 16 points. This forfeit means that Division 5 finished the season in top place on the ladder and play Foster at Korumburra for a spot in the Pennant Final. Friday Mixed bowls was played in very warm conditions and as a result the last game was reduced to 8 ends. Winner on the day with 4 wins and 60 points was Ian Park’s team from Foster. Runners up with 3 wins and a draw were a combined team of Sam and Lettie Mizzi and George Bruce (Yinnar) with 54 points.

Fish Creek Division 2 had a hard fought win against Toora and are into the finals. Team for this week: T. McLead, M. Heywood R. Grylls, A. Kerr.

R. Mortlock, L. McKenzie, F. Carter, R. Mc Kenzie. D. Cristie, R. Knight, R. Staley-Boka. Division 5 lost to Wonthaggi and are out of finals contention.

Meeniyan TUESDAY was semi-final day at Korumburra with division one playing Phillip Island for a place in the preliminary final. Competitive all day, our team went down by 12 shots with one rink winning. It has been a very successful season with division five very competitive and our ones performing very well against some of the bigger clubs in the association. Week five of corporate bowls and Tuesday’s winner was M.G.C. with runners-up Windmill Ag 1. Wednesday winners were Deans and Dumbalk North. Thursday was our

monthly triples sponsored by Meeniyan Area Community Shop. The only three game winners were Don, Brian and Ken (Mirboo Nth) assisted by Dave Morgan (Meeniyan). With two wins and a draw runners up were Dave, Tim and Robin (Fish Creek). Saturday was the last round of home and away pennant. Division two at home against Corinella began early and avoided the later heat. To complete a very mixed season they won on all rinks 98 shots to 49. Division four had a forfeit from Lang Lang and finished second on the ladder. In the first semi- final next Saturday they play Inverloch White at Fish Creek. Players are reminded to get their club games underway and keep to the suggested times.

Careful shot: Lorraine Farrell of the winning Wonthaggi champion pair.

Semi finalist: Jade Allen-Dale of San Remo competes in the state singles semi final.

Champions bowl finals KATHY Simpson and Lorraine Farrell of Wonthaggi were the champion pair and Anne Tschiderer the state singles winner in the South Gippsland Bowls Division at Meeniyan Bowling Club on Wednesday, February 5. In the champion pairs

final Wonthaggi was able to overcome Rita Richardson and Lucy Vignocchi of Toora. Anne Tschiderer of Inverloch outplayed Jade Allen-Dale of San Remo in the state singles semifinal. Tschiderer then went on to win the final ahead of Marj Pearson from Meeniyan.

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• Leongatha Little Aths

• Wonthaggi Little Athletics

Athletes heat up velodrome PBs fall at Wonthaggi COMPETITORS endured hot conditions and turned in some sizzling performances at Leongatha Little Athletics Club’s meeting at the velodrome oval last Saturday. No fewer than 113 personal bests were recorded across all age groups, including a clean sweep of five PBs each from Alfred Herbert (U12), Cobie Standfield (U12) and Luca Riseley (U13). PBs recorded on the day were as follows: Under 6 Boys: Z Roberts 400m; C O’Loughlin 400m, 70m, javelin. Under 6 Girls: T Crimp javelin. Under 7 Boys: T Lowe 400m, long jump; M Croatto long jump, 70m; C Richards 400m, long jump, 70m; R Nettle 70m, 400m; T Sherar 400m, javelin. Under 7 Girls: L Giles long jump; C Giliam long jump. Under 8 Boys: T Roberts triple

jump, 70m; X Bolge triple jump; H Livingstone shotput; B Nettle triple jump, 70m, shotput; C Carew triple jump. Under 8 Girls: E Allen shotput; P Thompson shotput; P Barry shotput, triple jump; S Cruickshank 70m; N Wight triple jump, 50m; M Herbert triple jump; E O’Neill 70m, triple jump, shotput. Under 9 Boys: T Richards 100m, 70m; H Herbert long jump; R Reardon 70m, javelin. Under 9 Girls: Z Harland javelin, 100m; E Snell 100m, long jump, 70m. Under 10 Boys: E Woodall 70m; D Johnson high jump; M Ashley discus. Under 10 Girls: B Roy 800m; J Standfield 800m; A Ritchie 800m, discus; L Caithness discus, 50m, high jump; G Burns high jump, discus; E Cornell high jump; R McKeown 50m, high jump, 800m, 70m. Under 11 Boys: R Giliam high jump.

Under 11 Girls: C Allen discus; N Martin discus, 50m; L Walker high jump. Under 12 Boys: C Roy high jump; A Herbert 800m, 300m hurdles, discus, 70m, 50m; S Cross high jump, 300m hurdles; A Ritchie high jump; D Sturtevant 300m hurdles, high jump, 70m, 50m. Under 12 Girls: B Johnson javelin, 50m; C Standfield javelin, 70m, 50m, 300m hurdles, 800m; E James 50m, 300m hurdles, 70m; L Edmondson 70m, 50m; J Ashley javelin, 300m hurdles. Under 13 Boys: D Mancarella 70m. Under 13 Girls: H Wight 300m hurdles; L Riseley 300m hurdles, triple jump, 50m, 70m, shotput; J Caithness 300m hurdles, 70m, 50m. Under 14 Girls: N Allen 300m hurdles, triple jump; A Wrigley 50m, 800m. Under 15 Boys: C Ellis 70m, triple jump, shotput.

SEVENTY-FIVE participants turned up early on Saturday to beat the heat. There were 92 personal bests for the day spread thinly across the age groups with the exception of Mitchell Fallaw (U14B) who recorded five PBs for the day. Also Ed Beischer (U15B) recorded four PBs out of a possible five. Five athletes will represent our club at the Traralgon Open Day this coming weekend and we wish them all PBs. There are only two weeks until the regionals. Participating athletes need to check the events timetable on the notice board to make sure you attend on the right days. Winners for Saturday’s events were: U6G: Riahn Hawthorne, Shot Put, Long Jump, 70m, 100m, 200m. U6B: Jake Marotta, 70m, Long Jump; Jimmy O’Neill, Shot Put, 100m, 200m. U7G: Baia Pugh, 200m 70m, 100m; Gabby Neal, Long Jump. U7B: Jesse Dugard, 100m; Sonny McMillan, 70m, 200m; Harrison DuBois, Long Jump. U8G: Olivia Bramley, 70m 100m, 400m; Zarah Scouller, Long Jump, Discus. U8B: Xavier Lindsay, 70m 100m, 400m, Long Jump, Discus. U9G: Tevuro Ihomana Montgomery, Triple Jump, 70m; Maya Fraser, 1100m walk, 800m; Tess Wingfield, Shot Put. U9B: Jai Williamson, 1100m walk, 800m,

Triple Jump; Saher Biggs, Shot Put, 70m. U10G: Jade Anderson, Discus, 100m; Alicia Smith, 1100m walk, High Jump, 400m. U10B: Matthew Nicholson, High Jump, Discus; Jacob Timmermans, 100m, 400m. U11G: Nicola Slade, Long Jump, 200m; Mikaela Notley, 1500m walk, Discus; Harriet Fallaw, 400m. U11B: Onni Joma, Discus, 200m, 400m, Long Jump; Oscar Beaton, 1500m walk. U12G: Lanni Pryor, Shot Put, Triple Jump, 1500m walk, 70m, 400m. U12B: Jarrod Anderson, Shot Put, 1500m walk; Cooper Smith, Triple Jump, 70m, 400m. U13G: Cassie Fallaw, Javelin, 1500m walk, 800m, 200m, High Jump. U13B: Luke Nicholson, 800m; Cooper Wagner, 200m, Javelin; Darcy Dellevergini, 1500m walk; Tarquin McMillan, High Jump. U14G: Bridget Lowe, Shot Put, Triple Jump, 1500m walk, 200m, 400m. U14B: Brodie Anderson, 200m, 400m; Mitchell Fallaw, 1500m walk, Triple Jump; Luke Graham, Shot Put. U15G: Georgia Filippi, 200m, Triple Jump; Daisy Filippi, Shot Put, 1500m walk, 400m. U15B: Edward Beischer, Shot Put, Triple Jump, 1500m walk, 200m, 400m. U16G: Nicole Davis, Shot Put; Tegan Lowe, Triple Jump, 1500m walk, 200m, 400m. U16B: Sam Peters, 1500m walk; Ethan Slade, 400m, 200m, Triple Jump, Shot Put.

Swimming for a cause EVERY child deserves to learn to swim and that’s the driving principle behind this year’s YMCA Swimathon.

Determination: Jocelin Ashley races through the electronic timing gates in the U12G 50m.

Long leaper: Tyler Richards is a picture of concentration in the U9B long jump.

• Leongatha cycling

Perfect conditions for racers FRIDAY night was a near perfect night for racing at the Leongatha Velodrome and the riders produced some great racing. The club was pleased to have Thomas McFarlane back after racing the state titles the previous weekend. With a podium finish in most of his events he has gained selection in the state team for the Nationals in Sydney at the end of February. The first event for the night was a one lap individual time trial against the clock. In the Junior B Grade event, Thomas Fitzgerald, racing on a new bike was able to peel another 1.5 sec off his personal best to record a 42.58 sec lap. Next was Fleur Timmins at 44.52, then Oliver McLean 46.49 and Cody Cox on the 24 inch bike at 51.8 sec. In the Junior A section it was Austin Timmins at 33.95 almost equalling his previous best time. Next in was Matt Minogue 35.67 just ahead of Harrison McLean and Aaron Fraser both at 35.98 sec. Bernadette Fitzgerald was also showing improvement at 36.64 whilst Alex Bennett clocked in at 39.95

and Matt Winchester at 41.35 sec. In the senior section, Thomas McFarlane turned in a slick 30.03 sec after coach Tony Smith had pushed him through several prior efforts. He was followed by Ronald Purtle 31.22, Will Lumby 33.7 and Kevin Feely at 35.42 sec. The next round of racing was short scratch races for each group. The Junior B three lap was won by Oliver from a very competitive Thomas Fitzgerald and Fleur. In the Junior A section a touch on wheels at 300m to go took out two riders. The winner of the five lap race was Austin Timmins from Harrison McLean and Matt Winchester. In the senior 8 lap scratch race it was a win to Tom McFarlane from Ronald and Will. The handicaps were next on the agenda. In the Junior B racing it was a win to Thomas Fitzgerald from 25m ahead of Cody Cox (50) and Oliver (scratch). Second time round for the one lap event it was a win to Oliver (scratch) from Thomas (10) and Fleur (15). In Junior A, the first race went to Matt Winchester (60) from Austin (scratch) and Bernadette (30). In the re-handicap it was a tearway win to Harrison (20) from Alex (55) and Austin

(scratch). For the seniors the handicap was over two laps and first time the race was won by Thomas McFarlane (scratch) from Will (75) and Kevin (85). For the second time, Thomas was on a reduced gear per coach’s order and quickly found he was pedalled out of the race. This time the win went to Ronald (45) from Will (65) and Kevin (100). The Junior B riders moved to some sprint derbies. The first race was won by Oliver over Thomas whilst in the second Fleur had the win over Cody. The other groups had Olympic sprint races. In Junior B the win went to Harrison, Alex and Matt Minogue. In the senior Olympic sprint it was a win to Ronald and Will. A second one lap dash for the junior B riders saw Thomas grab the win from Oliver and Fleur. Junior A riders were given an elimination race and once again Austin was able to rule winning from Harrison and Matt Minogue. Last racing saw the seniors ride an eight lap scratch and Thomas McFarlane chalked up another win from Ronald and Kevin. For the junior A riders over four laps it was a win to Austin from Harrison McLean and Matt Minogue. It had been a good

performance from Harrison over the night. Next week racing will see the riders competing in the club titles. This should see plenty of interest in the Wednesday night training. Riders were in action at Newborough on Sunday in very hot and windy conditions. Riders were down from Ballarat and the city so it was competitive and a learning experience for some of the club members who took part. Austin Timmins picked up several placings including Under 15 handicap. Ben Meadley took out the A Grade scratch race whilst Will Lumby grabbed the Senior B Grade kerin event. However, the club secretary, also in this final, managed to have a close encounter with the asphalt just after the finish line so ended the day on a bad note. It was not a good weekend for riders one week out from the club titles. The road season fixture should be sorted at the next club meeting on Tuesday, 18 at the Love residence. If you have any thoughts for road season get the info into club president Ronald. With several new juniors likely to try road season we are looking at some Bena criteriums in late March to get things underway.

Like a fun run or charity ride, the YMCA Swimathon asks teams or individuals to seek sponsorship to swim laps of their local YMCA pool on Sunday, March 2. Six-year old Leo O’Connor swims at YMCA managed South Gippsland SPLASH and loves spending time in the water. Leo was diagnosed with autism at a young age and his condition has meant participating in group swimming lessons has been difficult. The 2013 South Gippsland SPLASH Swimathon raised more than $5000 for YMCA Open Doors, part of which went towards funding a tailored swimming program for six-year old Leo. The St Laurence’s Primary School student has been attending weekly sessions with experienced local swimming teacher Renate Stefani and has made great progress. Leo’s mother Tona said the program had enabled Leo to join his classmates in school swimming sessions – something she once thought would not be possible. “We tried swimming lessons when he

was about three but he couldn’t concentrate and was overstimulated so it was unsuccessful,” Tona said. “I knew they would be doing lessons at school, so I spoke to Renate about Leo’s issues and found out about the program at SPLASH. “He’s gone from screaming and getting angry when his face got wet to now happily going under and being confident in the water. He joined in swimming with the school and it went quite well. That wouldn’t have happened if this program had not been available.” Tona said progress had been step by step, and the lessons have helped Leo understand and set boundaries, which was often a challenge. Leo was now starting to have a little free play time in the water after his lessons, and the long-term aim is to integrate him into a group. Stories like Leo’s are what make diving in and helping out worth it. Registrations for the 2014 YMCA Swimathon are now open, and it’s free to sign up. To see if your local YMCA is hosting the 2014 YMCA Swimathon, visit

Close and quick: Thomas Fitzgerald wins in a close finish with Oliver McLean in the Junior B one lap dash.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - PAGE 51


Town turf wicket opens By Tayla Kershaw THE Leongatha Town Cricket Club reunited for its official turf wicket opening on Saturday, February 8. It was a 10 year reunion for the A Grade premiership team, a 30 year reunion for the B Grade premiership team and 20 year reunion for the C Grade premiership team. Mayor Cr Jim Fawcett was the guest of honour who cut the ribbon for the new facility. The turf wicket was able to be upgraded with an $8000 grant from Cricket Victoria and a $10,000 community grant

from the Gippsland Shire Council. The improved pitch is to the credit of Matthew Smith from AW Smith and Son’s, whose passion led to the project. In just eight days the ground had been dug up, four trucks of Colac mud had been laid down and 40 by 25 metres of couch grass completed the project. Agricultural drains and irrigation were also put into place. This came from a third grant from South Gippsland Water. The cricket club purchased a roller from the MCG and a fairway mower for maintenance. This amounted to more than $80,000 spent. “We are really appre-

ciative of the grants and the help of the members who saw this project come to fruition,” club president

Jareth Hume said. “It has all gone extremely well. We played our first game on it just

before Christmas. We are really happy with the way the ground is coming along.”

Officially open: Warren Turner (left) and Jareth Hume (right) hold the ribbon as mayor Cr Jim Fawcett (centre) opens the new turf wicket at Leongatha Town Cricket Club on Saturday.

Beer with the boys: Glenn Paine, Richard Elliott, Brett Moore Cricket celebration: Neil Quick, Steve Fixter, Andrew Hawkins, and Paul Carter celebrate the Leongatha Town Cricket Club Michael Warren and Dyson Tootell gathered at Leongatha Town reunion. Cricket Club for the turf wicket opening.

C Grade results Division 1 PHILLIP ISLAND v OMK 1st innings OMK J. Greenwood c. M. Cleary b. S. Cox...............................23 W. Dowel r.o. ...........................41 P. Miller c. J. Manning b. M. Cleary .........................24 A. McKinnon c. M. Christopher b. J. Good ............................. 11 J. Cochrane c. R. Good b. S. Cox...............................29 P. Harper c. B. Insall b. B. Young...........................31 L. Van Rooye n.o......................60 B. Nation n.o. .............................2 Extras ......................................22 Total .............................6/243 (cc) Bowling: J. Manning 0/7, M. Cleary 1/20, B. Young 1/73, W. Paterson 0/29, S. Cox 2/31, J. Good 1/47, B. Insall 0/22. TOWN v WON WORKMENS 1st innings Town J. Schelling lbw. b. A. Yann ..............................38 G. Pouw r.o. ...............................5 G. Goss lbw. b. L. Borne .........................102 T. Willcocks c. C. Casey b. A. Yann ...............................4 C. Dowling c. C. Harvey b. C. Rigby .............................2 J. Bolge c. C. Casey b. Z. Macdermid...................33 L. O’Brien b. Z. Macdermid ......0 M. O’Loughlin c. C. Harvey b. L. Borne .............................2 J. Hume n.o. ...............................8 R. Edwards lbw. b. L. Borne .............................0 R. Shields n.o. ............................9 Extras ........................................8 Total .............................9/211 (cc) Bowling: L. Borne 3/39, Z. Macdermid 2/60, A. Yann 2/22, C. Rigby 1/69, S. Roche 0/16. INVERLOCH v IMPERIALS 1st innings Inverloch I. Smith c. D. Wright b. S. McLennan .................... 11 P. Johnson b. S. McLennan ........0 J. Belli n.o. ...............................50 D. Clarkley c&b. S. McLennan ...............52 I. Fowler r.o. ...............................2 J. Jackson b. B. Maskell ...........17 W. Williams c. H. McGannon (sub) b. S. McLennan ......................0 W. Holmes b. S. McLennan .......0 S. Hayes lbw. b. B. Maskell .......1 F. Keily c. T. Evans b. D. Ginnane .........................5 M. Goldsmith c. M. Malloy b. D. Ginnane .......................10 Extras ......................................10 Total .......................................158 Bowling: B. Maskell 2/17, S. McLennan 5/51, P. McGavin 0/13, M. Malloy 0/22, D. Ginnane 2/29, D. Wright 0/24. 1st innings Imperials S. McLennan c. F. Kelly b. W. Williams ........................0 M. Malloy n.o. .........................12 T. Evans c. P. Johnson b. J. Jackson ...........................4 B. Wright lbw. b. D. Clarkley .........................6 D. Ginnane n.o. ..........................0 Extras ........................................6 Total ......................................3/28 NERRRENA v MDU 1st innings Nerrena B. Gannon b. M. Perry ...............8 G. Giliam c. B. Thomas b. M. Perry .............................0

Past peers: enjoying the reunion celebrations from 10, 20 and 30 years ago were, from left, Ferg Elliott, Andrew Hawkins, Alex Aeschlimann, Ian Rutherford, Greg Goss, Nathan Johnston, Matt Davies, Neil Quick, Tony Willcocks, Glenn Paine, Richie Elliott, Warren Turner and front, John Schelling.

LDCA junior teams LDCA has selected Under 12 and Under 13 teams to play Warragul at Yarragon on Sunday, February 16, 10am start. Be at the ground at 9.15am - 9.30am. Please wear whites, white shirt (club shirt okay), rubber soled shoes (no spikes), hat, and bring sunscreen and a drink bottle.

Under 13 Coaches Rob Geyer (Wonthaggi Workmens) and Jareth Hume (Leongatha Town). Jack Hume, Leongatha Town (joint captain); Alex Geyer, Wonthaggi Workmens (joint captain); Matt Allen, Darcy Kemp, Korumburra; John Phillips, Mitchell Hoober, MDU; Robert Hughes, Dylan Furneaux, Inverloch; Jacob Lamers, OMK; Brad Monson, Poowong-Loch; Blake Christopher, Phillip Island; Jake Rockall,

Koonwarra-RSL; Will Barker, Leongatha Town; Ben Cantwell, MDU. Week 2 versus West Gippsland at Leongatha Town February 23, 10am start. On turf, white ball: Mitch Scrimshaw, Koonwarra-RSL; Angus Wright, Nerrena; Elijah Cousins, Inverloch. Emergencies: Jordy Geary, Koonwarra-RSL; Mitchell Row, OMK; Sam Benra, MDU; Tom Sheedy, Poowong-Loch. If unavailable contact Geoff Wyatt 5659 8225.

Under 12 Coach Steve Brann (Wonthaggi Workmens) and Matt Hull (Glen Alvie) v Warragul at Yarragon 9.15am - 9.30am, Sunday, February 16, 10am start. Joel Brann, Aaron Bardwell, Ben Winfield, Wonthaggi Workmens; Phillip Smith, Levi Hickey, Leongatha Town; Jai Hull, Rohan Slade, Glen Alvie; Stuart Bright, MDU; Josh Williams, Matt McCaughan, Jacob Strickland, Inverloch; Jarrod Thomas, Poowong-

Loch; Ethan Lamers, OMK; Rory Pattinson, Korumburra. Game 2 Sunday, February 23 at Leongatha Town: Darcy Hume, Leongatha Town; Mitchell Nicholas, OMK; Keith Robinson, Phillip Island. If unavailable contact Steve Brann 0429 001 396. If anyone would be interested in sponsoring junior cricket please contact Geoff Wyatt 5659 8225 or email wyatt@waterfront.

C. Baudinette c. B. Davey b. C. Hughes.........................26 B. Standfield b. C. Dyke ..........32 W. Waltom c. C. Hughes b. K. Newton ......................120 G. Wightman n.o. ...................101 J. Kelly c. C. Hughes b. K. Newton ..........................4 C. Dougherty n.o. .......................2 Extras ......................................37 Total .............................6/330 (cc) Bowling: M. Perry 2/51, B. Thomas 0/52, C. Hughes 1/38, C. Dyke 1/55, J. Brown 0/49, W. Collins 0/31, B. Davey 0/17, K. Newton 2/21.

Division 2 WON WORKMENS v KILCUNDA-BASS 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass D. Aurisch c. b. S. Liddle ...........7 G. Burchell b. S. Liddle .............1 J. Reilly r.o. ................................0 I. Brown b. S. Liddle..................2 A. Bray n.o. ..............................46 S. Ashenden lbw. b. W. McCall ..........................1 S. Blake c. b. A. Busana ...........20 D. O’Neill c. b. A. Busana .........2 D. Blackney c. b. A. Busana ......2 J. Oates r.o. .................................1 Extras ........................................5 Total ......................................9/87 1st innings Won Workmens Extras ........................................0 Total .........................................78 WON MINERS v GLEN ALVIE 1st innings Won Miners M. Thatcher b. B. McRae.........40 B. Thatcher c. M. Hull b. P. Palmer ..........................36 J. O’Reilly n.o. .......................207 T. Nelson b. W. Stirton .............30 J. Harpreet-Singh c. A. Spradbury b. E. Chandler ......................48 S. Ivekovic c. B. Carr b. I. Thorm ........................... 11 J. Rumbold b. I. Thorn ...............0 S. Watson n.o..............................1 Extras ......................................19 Total .............................6/392 (cc) Bowling: A. Spradbury 0/38, S. Day 0/78, P. Palmer 1/62, B. McRae 1/32, M. Hull 0/53, E. Chandler 1/27, B. Carr 0/25, W. Stirton 1/15, I. Thorn 2/46. KOONWARRA-L/RSL v KORUMBURRA 1st innings Korumburra N. Leppin b. S. Wentworth.......19 I. Riddell c. S. Wentworth b. S. Anderson ...................... 11 J. Kyle c. T. Dudley b. S. Anderson ......................27 T. Scott c. T. Dudley b. B. Moscript ......................77 T. Morrison b. S. Wentworth ....15 M. Patten c. S. Wentworth b. D. Clark ............................15 T. Harley c. A. Ironside b. H. Langenburg .................31 M. Allen c. T. Dudley b. D. Clark ............................10 S. Hall c. P. Kennedy b. A. Piksons ..........................4 B. Gibbs-King n.o. ...................12 T. Sorrell c. S. Wentworth b. S. Anderson ........................0 Extras ......................................22 Total .......................................244 Bowling: S. Wentworth 2/47, B. Perry 0/32, H. Langenburg 1/20, S. Anderson 3/51, P. Kennedy 0/22, B. Moscript 1/14, D. Clark 2/28, A. Piksons 1/29.

O’Reilly snares double ton WONTHAGGI Miners Jason O’Reilly is the toast of his club after smashing out a 207 not out against Glen Alvie on Saturday. Despite the heat O’Reilly found the boundary 30 times, 11 of which were sixes. This rocketed the Miners score to 6/392 for the innings setting them up with victory in their sights next week.


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• B Grade, Division 1

• B Grade, Division 2

Red Caps runs from victory Trevor gets his ton PROMPT bowling from the Nerrena side against the Wonthaggi Miners provided the Red Caps with a great first day chance opportunity. Three early wickets had the Miners at 3/32 leaving the likes of Brosnan and Honeysett to lead the way in the scoring. The pair managed 26 and 34 respectively, including five fours from Honeysett. Five single figure scores and a duck meant the Miners were all out on 151 before 50 overs. Tom Davison was the standout Red Cap bowler with 4/31. Telfer and Clark were ready to hit big with the bat when Nerrena took to the crease. The pair is both currently not out on 56 and 74 respectively and is just six runs from first innings victory on 0/146. Simon McRae was the big hitter on MDU’s way to a score of 252 on Saturday against Inverloch. The red and blue middle order man found triple figures using 15 fours and a six to reach 102 before being run out. He was complimented

by Thomas with 27, J. Sinclair with 26 and T Sinclair and L Corry with 23 each. It was a mixed bag for the Wonthaggi Workmens on Saturday against Leongatha Town. Despite a 48 from Sawyer the side fell for 168 thanks to a 5/55 effort from Bruce. Things started poorly for Town in its innings and after 20 overs the team is on 3/46. Four wickets from Phillip Island’s Tom Officer did not stop OMK from making a reasonable 240 on Saturday. Officer started the day with the first wicket before a run was scored but slowly the Diggers found the runs. Eustace was the highest scorer with 59 followed closely by Cooke on 45. Johnston deserves an honourable mention for Phillip Island with two wickets and two run outs for the innings.

Details WON WORKMENS v TOWN 1st innings Won Workmens D. Dutchman c. S. Browne b. C. Bruce ...........................17 L. Sawyer b. C. Bruce ..............48 D. Turton c. N. Johnston b. C. Bruce ...........................19 R. Geyer b. C. Bruce ..................2 C. Harvey c. M. Wilson b. S. Fixter ............................33 K. Maloney lbw.

b. C. Bruce .............................4 B. Osborne c. C. Bruce b. W. Turner..........................18 L. McLean r.o.............................5 M. McCall b. W. Turner .............0 L. McGuirk c. b. W. Turner........4 S. Coldebella n.o. .......................0 Extras ......................................18 Total .......................................168 Bowling: N. Johnston 0/12, M. Warren 0/20, C. Bruce 5/55, S. Browne 0/44, S. Fixter 1/13, W. Turner 3/15. 1st innings Town I. Hanks c&b. L. McGuirk .........4 S. Browne lbw. b. M. McCall ....4 M. Wilson n.o. ..........................14 A. Fixter b. S. Coldebella.........14 J. Burge n.o. ...............................6 Extras ........................................4 Total ......................................3/46 OMK v PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings OMK K. Kerr b. T. Officer ...................0 L. Jones b. J. Cox .....................32 R. White c&b. S. Niven ...........19 A. Rose c. P. Francis b. J. Johnston ........................15 J. Paterson r.o. ..........................18 T. Eustace stp. J. Keating b. J. Johnston ........................59 M. Cooke b. T. Officer .............45 D. Jeffries b. T. Officer............. 11 D. McMeekin c. L. Keating b. T. Officer ............................5 T. Knox n.o.................................8 P. Green r.o. ................................7 Extras ......................................21 Total .......................................240 Bowling: T. Officer 4/25, S. Niven 1/22, J. Cox 1/25, A. Thomas 0/20, T. McCoy 0/29, J. Johnston 2/79, P. Francis 0/39. WON MINERS v NERRENA 1st innings Won Miners R. Jones b. P. Joseph ..................4 D. Perryman lbw. b. T. Davison ..........................4 P. Hammer c. Z. Trease b. P. Matheson ......................19 R. Bettess r.o. ........................... 11 D. Brosnan c. P. Matheson b. J. Hoy ...............................26

J. Loos lbw. b. T. Davison ........................12 F. Brosnan lbw. b. P. Matheson ........................0 C. Honeysett c. Z. Trease b. T. Davison ........................34 D. Lambert c. W. Telfer b. T. Davison ..........................2 C. Gooch lbw. b. D. Campbell .......................4 B. Mattock n.o............................7 Extras ......................................28 Total .......................................151 Bowling: T. Davison 4/31, J. Hoy 0/2, P. Joseph 1/13, Z. Trease 0/18, J. Hoy 1/50, P. Matheson 2/14, D. Campbell 1/15. 1st innings Nerrena W. Telfer n.o. ............................56 T. Clark n.o...............................74 Extras ......................................16 Total ....................................0/146 Bowling: F. Brosnan 0/15, J. Loos 0/21, P. Hammer 0/26, B. Mattock 0/33, C. Honeysett 0/13, D. Brosnan 0/21, D. Lambert 0/7, C. Gooch 0/7. MDU v INVERLOCH 1st innings MDU T. Zukovskis lbw. b. B. Sword ............................6 J. Sinclair c. b. J. Muir .............26 T. Sinclair lbw. b. B. Sword ..........................23 L. Corry c. L. Anderson b. N. Goodall ........................23 S. McRae r.o...........................102 C. Harris c. b. J. Ritchie .............8 D. Thomas stp. L. Sharrock b. M. Anderson.....................27 L. Mercer c. L. Sharrock b. M. Anderson.......................0 J. Riley c. b. N. Goodall .............3 K. Sinclair c. L. Sharrock b. N. Goodall ..........................1 S. Riley n.o.................................8 Extras ......................................25 Total .......................................252 Bowling: B. Sword 2/35, L. Anderson 0/32, J. Muir 1/36, N. Goodall 3/90, J. Ritchie 1/21, A. Brayley 0/18, M. Anderson 2/10.

KORUMBURA will have been pleased with its decision to bat first against Kilcunda/Bass. Its first wicket fell for only 13 but a partnership of 198 between Harland and Allen saw the second wicket fall at 209 runs. Allen piled on an impressive 111 which included 16 fours before being trapped LBW and he was ably supported by Harland with 64 before retiring hurt. Korumburra’s middle order batsmen all left the crease with their heads held high contributing 129 runs to the eventual innings total of 376 when it ran out of overs. Batting at number seven Oxlee’s 72 included eights fours and a six. For Kilcunda/Bass Duff provided good service conceding 67 from 17 overs which included three maidens and three wickets. Foster struggled to stamp its mark on the game with Pilkington the only batsman able to hold his place out in the middle to make 49. Lacassa batting at number seven was able to add 38 and a late flurry from tailender Whitham contributed to an innings score of 189. Pouw bowling for Fish Creek took three wickets from 16 overs and conceded only 16 runs. His figures include 6 maidens. At the end of the first day’s play, Fish Creek is 51 off 13 overs for the loss of one wicket and will be looking to reestablish the momentum when play resumes this weekend.

In its first innings Koonwarra L/RSL middle order batsmen left it to the tailender Boswell to add respect to the run tally with a 45, second to opener Moscript’s 52. Imperials’ bowlers shared the spoils. Off nine overs Geoff. Forrester conceded 40 runs but took three valuable wickets. At the end of the day’s play the Imperials had faced 10 overs with the loss of one wicket for 38 runs. In the other match in the division PoowongLoch, as with all other teams in the division winning the toss, elected to bat. With 70 overs bowled it had notched up 208 runs with top run maker Slade belting 75 before being run out. Glen Alvie don the pads next weekend.

S. Chaseling 0/21, A. Wilson 0/3, J. Chaseling 1/0.


IMPERIALS v KOONWARRA-L/RSL 1st innings Koonwarra-L/RSL C. Moscript c. L. Wright b. G. Forrester ......................52 L. Enter c. J. Ginnane b. M. Lafferty .......................27 P. Stow c. K. McGavin b. K. Gray...............................1 B. Moore c. J. Ginnane b. M. Lafferty .........................5 N. Grimes lbw. b. Z. Price .........7 D. Bakers b. J. Rushton............21 M. Green stp. J. Ginnane b. G. Forrester ........................1 N. Arnup c. K. Gray b. G. Forrester ........................0 M. Boswell c. L. Wright b. K. Gray.............................45 P. Buckley n.o. .........................12 R. Brown b. L. Wright ...............0 Extras ........................................5 Total .......................................176 Bowling: Z. Price 1/22, L. Wright 1/25, K. Gray 2/42, M. Lafferty 2/31, G. Forrester 3/40, J. Forrester 0/4, J. Rushton 1/10. 1st innings Imperials A. Meyer c. S. Paterson b. P. Stow................................6 K. McGavin n.o........................19 R. McGavin n.o. .........................7 Extras ........................................6 Total ......................................1/38 Bowling: N. Arnup 0/13, P. Stow 1/21.

FOSTER v FISH CREEK-TARWIN 1st innings Foster J. Chaseling lbw. b. L. Buckland ........................6 J. Pilkington c. M. Bright b. J. Pouw .............................49 S. Chaseling c. L. Buckland b. O. Straw .............................6 A. Wilson b. J. Pouw..................9 M. Da Costa c. C. Fisher b. J. Pouw ...............................0 H. Griggs b. L. Edgelow ............2 D. Lacasa b. G. Buckland ........38 D. Thornell c. O. Straw b. C. Fisher ...........................13 M. Prain c. M. Bright b. T. Stybosh...........................8 T. Whitham n.o.........................28 B. Cripps b. O. Straw .................0 Extras ......................................30 Total .......................................189 Bowling: O. Straw 2/42, L. Buckland 1/21, J. Pouw 3/16, L. Edgelow 1/32, M. McGannon 0/26, C. Fisher 1/5, T. Stybosh 1/30, G. Buckland 1/3. 1st innings Fish Creek-Tarwin G. Webster n.o. .........................25 L. Edgelow b. J. Chaseling ......17 O. Brennan n.o. ..........................0 Extras ......................................15 Total ......................................1/57 Bowling: J. Pilkington 0/23,

POOWONG-LOCH v GLEN ALVIE 1st innings Glen Alvie J. Hamilton b. .............................7 J. Burke c. ................................37 P. Roberts c.................................1 R. Burke c. .................................0 R. Slade r.o. ..............................75 A. McBride b. ..........................29 D. Gilbert c.................................7 D. Burke lbw. .............................0 B. Davidson n.o........................25 L. McRae n.o............................14 Extras ......................................13 Total .............................8/208 (cc) KORUMBURRA v KILCUNDA-BASS 1st innings Korumburra S. Harland ret. hurt ...................64 C. Mileto lbw. b. R. Duff ...........3 T. Allen lbw. b. R. Duff .......... 111 J. Meade b. D. Clay..................12 M. Wrigley b. R. Duff ..............29 N. Allen c. b. H. Grace .............28 J. Oxlee n.o. .............................72 T. Gray c. b. S. Tapscott ...........14 L. Miller c. b. A. Blackney....... 11 B. Condolucci n.o. .....................4 Extras ......................................28 Total .............................7/376 (cc) Bowling: R. Duff 3/67, D. Clay 1/60, H. Grace 1/66, S. Tapscott 1/64, T. Aplin 0/46, A. Blackney 1/54.

Left, Netball natured: Ally Fitzpatrick, Ashleigh Barnett, Kaela Hughes, Hannah Flanders, Ramayer Gourley and Tayla Shannon will all participate in the Victorian Netball League playing for the Monash University Storm side.

Flanders makes VNL FISH Creek netballer Hannah Flanders has taken the next step in her netballing career having secured a place on the Monash University Storm side playing in the Victorian Netball League. Flanders will be part of the 19 and Under VNL squad thanks to her involvement in the Gippsland Storm Elite Netball Club over the past years and the merger between the two clubs. Brendan Murnane, Gippsland

Storm president stated that he was so very pleased to see the Storm talent development program working so very well, helping these young athletes to make the grade and take that next step in the Victorian Netball League. Murnane also touched on the VNL Home Game on February 22 where Monash University Storm play UV Western Lighting at the Pakenham Stadium. Gippsland Storm hasn’t hosted a state league game at Pakenham since 2006. There will be three

games on the night and the championship division will play in Gippsland Storm colours. Murnane said it’s a great opportunity to see Elite Netball played at the highest VNL level, on the doorstep of Gippsland. Brendan would like to encourage all former players, parents and administrators over the last 16 years to come along on the night to support this milestone. It been a long time coming and we are going to make it an annual event.

Here it comes: MDU paceman Mark Cantwell sends a delivery down in A2. Photo by Mark Drury.

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CRICKET | SPORT • A Grade, Division 1

Bowlers’ paradise THE Nerrena Recreation Reserve was used to full advantage by Renish Joy and Ash Meade who both claimed five wickets for their respective teams. After being sent into bat Korumburra started well with Cook (23) and Rigby (58) managing a 66 run partnership to open the day. Joy soon found his stride at the bowling end first claiming Katipearachchi (33) followed by Rigby, Salmon (6), Dorman (0) and Richards (13) all in quick succession. This destruction of the middle order had the Cobras on the ropes at 7/140. The tail enders only added 15 more runs before the team was all out for 155. Joy finished the innings 5/39. Meade attacked early with the ball when it was the Red Caps turn at the crease. He claimed Clark (5) and Baldi (21) before taking out big hitters Symmons (27) and Clark (42). Renden was the last to fall off Meade with 10 handing the bowler current figures of 5/75. Nerrena is at 8/181, securing it a first innings victory. Leongatha Town’s Madura Weerasinghe Silva’s five wicket haul was not enough to keep the Wonthaggi Workmens under wraps on Saturday. Weerasinghe Silva utilised his 33 overs to manage four maidens and 5/72 including the duck of Bolding. A 57 run batting perfor-

mance from Baker and 47 from Huitema intertwined with other decent efforts from fellow Workmens. The Scorpions will need 248 next week to secure victory. The Imperials are looking in trouble after losing three wickets in seven overs to start their first innings. This came after Inverloch used 67 overs against them to amass a score of 165. Dennerley (46) and Taberner (40) were the Stringrays’ top scorers. When the Imps took the crease McLennan was the first to fall with two while Sauvarin also fell for two and Davidson a duck. The Imps are 3/16 going into next week. OMK may be in trouble after only posting 196 runs against Phillip Island on a hot Saturday at Cowes. A strong start to the innings from Van Rooye (37), Lloyd (63), Wilson (36) and Wyatt (22) was great for the Diggers but the tail end was hammered by the Phillip Island bowlers. Kirton was the standout with five maidens and 4/37 while Keerthisinghe wasn’t far behind with four maidens and 3/56. OMK finished the day all out after 68 overs. TOWN v WON WORKMENS 1st innings Won Workmens T. Hoober c. M. Borschman b. M. Weerasinghe-Silva ......19 D. Britt stp. L. Smith b. M. Borschman .................. 11 J. Baker c. L. Smith b. A. Ratnayake ....................57 G. Britt c&b.

M. Weerasinghe-Silva ..........32 R. Thomas c. J. Hume b. M. Livingstone .................18 S. Huitema c. b. Weerasinghe-Silva............47 G. Bolding lbw. b. M. Weerasinghe-Silva ........0 M. Thomas b. M. Borschman ..13 S. Williams c. A. Hickey b. M. Weerasinghe-Silva ........1 J. Thomas n.o. ..........................20 J. Liddle r.o. ...............................7 Extras ......................................22 Total .......................................247 Bowling: A. Ratnayake 1/65, M. Borschman 2/35, M. Weerasinghe-Silva 5/72, J. Hume 0/40, M. Livingstone 1/19. PHILLIP ISLAND v OMK 1st innings OMK A. Miller c. M. Price b. S. Boyack ...........................2 J. Van Rooye c. T. Hornsby b. C. Keerthisinghe ..............37 D. Lloyd c. E. Richards b. C. Keerthisinghe ..............63 J. Wilson c. C. Viljoen b. S. Kirton ...........................36 T. Wyatt c. J. Black b. S. Kirton ...........................22 R. Quaife c. J. Black b. C. Keerthisinghe ................0 P. Dyer c. J. Black b. S. Kirton .............................2 B. Wyatt c. J. Black b. S. Kirton .............................0 R. Greaves r.o...........................12 N. Cant n.o. ................................5 S. Jenkins r.o. .............................1 Extras ......................................16 Total .......................................196 Bowling: S. Boyack 1/14, S. Kirton 4/37, C. Viljoen 0/13, C. Keerthisinghe 3/56, M. Price 0/8, Z. Brown 0/37, L. Cleeland 0/23. INVERLOCH v IMPERIALS 1st innings Inverloch B. Debono c. T. Williams b. A. Eddy ............................ 11 J. Dennerley c. T. Williams b. T. Sauvarin .......................46 W. Taberner c. T. Williams b. J. Parker............................40 K. Rotthier c&b. A. Eddy......... 11 D. Clark c. A. Eddy b. J. Parker..............................0 W. Rankin c. T. Williams

Madura Weerasinghe Silva: the Town bowler claimed five wickets on home soil at the weekend. Photo by Mark Drury. b. A. Eddy ..............................4 J. Smith c. T. Williams b. J. Parker..............................1 N. Brayley b. B. Davidson .........8 D. Mathews b. B. Davidson ..... 11 L. Rankin n.o..............................5 R. Thomas n.o. ...........................7 Extras ......................................21 Total .......................................165 Bowling: A. Eddy 3/38, B. Davidson 2/47, J. Parker 3/21, T. Sauvarin 1/25, J. O’Loughlin 0/23. 1st innings Imperials G. Sauvarin c. W. Taberner b. K. Rotthier..........................2 R. Higgins n.o. ...........................0 B. Davidson b. K. Rotthier.........0 R. McLennan c. W. Taberner

b. L. Rankin............................2 T. Piddington n.o. .......................6 Extras ........................................6 Total ......................................3/16 Bowling: L. Rankin 1/5, K. Rotthier 2/10. NERRENA v KORUMBURRA 1st innings Korumburra J. Cook c. J. Renden b. M. Croatto ........................23 K. Rigby c. D. Symmons b. R. Joy ...............................58 I. Osman c. D. Baldi b. T. Wightman .......................0 A. Katipearachchi ....................33 D. Salmon c. J. Renden b. R. Joy .................................6 K. Dorman c. J. Renden b. R. Joy .................................0

J. Richards c. J. Trease b. R. Joy ...............................13 K. Miller c. G. Labuschagne b. T. Wightman .......................4 T. Lucas c. R. Clark b. T. Wightman .......................7 P. Dunlevie lbw. b. R. Clark .......1 A. Meade n.o. .............................0 Extras ......................................10 Total .......................................155 Bowling: R. Joy 5/39, R. Clark 1/19, J. Trease 0/15, M. Croatto 1/34, T. Wightman 3/43. 1st innings Nerrena M. Clark c. T. Lucas b. A. Meade ............................5 D. Baldi c. K. Miller b. A. Meade ..........................21 B. Hayes c. J. Richards

b. A. Katipearachchi ...............0 T. Wightman c. A. Katipearachchi b. I. Osman ...........................12 D. Symmons c. P. Dunlevie b. A. Meade ..........................27 R. Clark c. J. Cook b. A. Meade ..........................42 G. Labuschagne c. A. Meade b. A. Katipearachchi .............21 J. Renden c. D. Salmon b. A. Meade ..........................10 J. Trease n.o..............................29 R. Joy n.o. ................................10 Extras ........................................4 Total ....................................8/181 Bowling: A. Katipearachchi 2/31, A. Meade 5/75, K. Dorman 0/24, J. Cook 0/16, I. Osman 1/35.

• A Grade, Division 2

Oats opens with 165 KILCUNDABASS’S opener Ashley Oats once again hit his stride with the bat finding his fourth century of the season with 165 against the Wonthaggi Miners. On his way to the triple

figures Oats found the boundary 25 five times, three of which sailed over it. A 216 run partnership between Oats and Mohascy put their side in good stead early while third order Donohue managed 77 not out. This will leave the Workmens chasing 7/364 next week.

Norm Wilkins was the standout for Fish Creek Tarwin at the weekend knocking out 110. The seventh bat in the FCT side came to the crease at 5/103 and powered them through to 258 being the last wicket to fall. Bowling stats of 3/70 from Foster’s Smith were the

stand out for the Tigers. Poowong Loch is looking the goods after dismissing Glen Alvie for 180 on Saturday in just 54 overs. Oliver (3/29) and Findlay (3/30) were bowling well for the Magpies while Hales was the standout for Glen Alvie with 76 including nine fours. When Poowong Loch took

Good to go: Cougar Sam Sperling finds some space with this shot against MDU on Saturday. Photo by Mark Drury.

to the field it was slow going after 21 overs at 0/39 delaying its innings till next week. After Toms and Hughes fell for Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL on Saturday there was not much left in the Cougars arsenal. Both openers were taken out by Meeniyan Dumbalk United with the team score at 33 leaving six single figure scores and a duck to captain Jack Hughes in their wake. Salvation came via Shane Moore with 27 not out despite his team sent from the pitch at 105. Michael Olden was the standout bowler for MDU with 4/21. The red and blue currently sit on 0/20 after 12 overs. GLEN ALVIE v POOWONG-LOCH 1st innings Glen Alvie S. Smith b. N. Findlay................0 S. Lowe c. M. Hancock b. C. Oliver.............................4 J. Glen c. M. Adderley b. N. Findlay ........................23 J. Tiziani c. A. Sheedy b. C. Knox ..............................5 S. Bolding c&b. C. Knox ...........4 D. Hales c. C. Knox b. C. Oliver...........................76 A. Hamilton lbw. b. M. Loader..........................13 D. Hateley c. N. Findlay b. C. Oliver.............................2 D. Williams c. M. Hancock b. A. Fisher ...........................20 J. Hales n.o. ..............................25 J. Wheeler c&b. N. Findlay........0

Extras ........................................8 Total .......................................180 Bowling: C. Oliver 3/29, N. Findlay 3/30, C. Knox 2/33, M. Adderley 0/17, T. Hancock 0/28, M. Loader 1/32, A. Fisher 1/8. 1st innings Poowong-Loch C. Knox n.o. .............................13 M. Adderley n.o. ......................16 Extras ......................................10 Total ......................................0/39 Bowling: D. Hales 0/10, J. Hales 0/4, D. Williams 0/3, J. Wheeler 0/14, J. Glen 0/1. FISH CREEK-TARWIN v FOSTER 1st innings Fish Creek-Tarwin B. Coates c. M. Lynch b. T. Smith ............................28 H. Buckland c. M. Lynch b. F. Griggs .............................9 J. Danckert c. M. Lynch b. T. Smith ..............................3 J. Buckland b. G. Collis ...........37 J. Law c. S. Jeffery b. G. Tanner ..........................20 G. Watkins c. D. Garlick b. T. Smith ..............................8 N. Wilkins c. G. Prain b. D. Garlick....................... 110 W. Cocksedge lbw. b. G. Tanner ..........................24 T. Williamson c. M. Lynch b. S. Corrie .............................0 J. Flanders c&b. D. Garlick .......6 A. Straw n.o. ..............................4 Extras ........................................9 Total .......................................258 Bowling: F. Griggs 1/47, G. Collis 1/34, T. Smith 3/70, J. Prain 0/33, G. Tanner 2/24, S. Corrie 1/28, D. Garlick 2/21. KOONWARRA-L/RSL v MDU 1st innings Koonwarra-L/RSL J. Hughes lbw. b. M. Le Page .........................0 S. Hughes c. M. Martin b. M. Cantwell......................19

N. Toms c. M. Cantwell b. M. Olden ..........................14 S. Sperling b. T. Harris ...............1 D. O’Connor c. M. Olden b. M. Cantwell......................17 J. Kennedy b. M. Olden .............3 K. Thorne c. M. Olden b. M. Olden ............................4 S. Moore n.o.............................27 B. Anderson b. T. Harris ............7 J. Moore r.o. ...............................2 S. Turner c. C. Hoober b. M. Olden ............................7 Extras ........................................4 Total .......................................105 Bowling: T. Harris 2/14, M. Cantwell 2/26, M. Patching 0/15, M. Olden 4/21, M. Le Page 1/12, S. Arnup 0/13. 1st innings MDU M. Olden n.o. .............................5 M. Le Page n.o. ........................13 Extras ........................................2 Total ......................................0/20 Bowling: J. Kennedy 0/9, S. Sperling 0/9, S. Hughes 0/0. KILCUNDA-BASS v WON MINERS 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass P. Mohascy c. A. Warren b. P. Owen ............................60 A. Oats c. R. Birkett b. D. Loos...........................165 A. Donohue n.o. .......................77 J. Dakin c. J. Andrighetto b. P. Owen ............................24 P. Palmer c. A. Warren b. D. Loos.............................19 J. Tregear r.o...............................1 S. Shelton b. P. Nelson ...............1 D. Pipicelli r.o. ...........................9 J. Mahood n.o.............................0 Extras ........................................8 Total .............................7/364 (cc) Bowling: B. Foon 0/20, R. Birkett 0/29, P. Nelson 1/130, B. Andrighetto 0/31, P. Owen 2/66, A. Warren 0/43, D. Loos 2/39.

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Born This Way takes out Cup By Tayla Kershaw A HUGE crowd turned out for the excitement of the Alex Scott and Staff Woolamai Cup Day on Saturday. The heat was no match for the enthusiastic supporters who came along to place a bet and cheer on the horses. “It’s been quite good considering the weather, we are very pleased,” Woolamai Racing Club secretary Bev Carmichael said. “We have a happy crowd and a great turn out of horses with very few scratchings.” The races started early to combat the heat. The first race was at 12.15pm and the last was run at 3pm. Proud trainer Cliff Murray watched on as Born This Way and jockey Angela Bence crossed the line first in the Woolamai Cup Race. Second and third place were claimed by Wait Forette and Kadena Lane. “It was enjoyable day with the help of our lovely elm trees to provide shade,” Mrs Carmichael said.

Right, Winners: trainer Michelle Murray, owner Gary Pratt and jockey Angela Bence hold their heads high after winning the Woolamai Cup.

Keeping cool: Sallie Dowdney and Alanah Moran managed to beat the sun with their beautiful hats.

Final stride: jockeys race past the post at the Woolamai Cup on Saturday.

Twins: Lillian Woolley and Ella Wilson from Philip Island share a cuddle after choosing matching face paint.

Dare Ahern wins Squeaky contest SOUTH Coast Boardriders (S.G.B) held its second contest of the season last weekend in pumping waves at Squeaky Beach, the Prom. The call was made early by our resident “surfologist” James Taylor and once again JT was right on the money with an excellent forecast of three to four foot waves with offshore winds all day. In fact many were calling it the best surf for a contest in the history of SCB. The group set up on a bank midway up the beach offering long left and short punchy right -handers. First in the water were the Cadets (Under 16) and these kids

really showed the benefits of their Friday night development sessions with some terrific surfing. Stand outs were Jed Kruger enjoying some long lefts on his forehand and super grom George Landy who surfed all day long in between heats and even managed to claim a nice tube with a double fist pump that would have been at home at the Pipeline Masters! Juniors follow cadets as conditions kept getting better with the incoming tide and it was the Chalmers versus Walkers in the four man final. Very little separated first and second but the judges gave the nod to Matt Chalmers over Riley Walker with

James Taylor: in the surf at Squeaky Beach on the weekend. James finished second in the open event.

the goofy footer having the slight advantage in the lefthanders. In the over 40’s division we had a large field of surfers looking to get out into a bit of Squeaky perfection. The Grey Warrior (JT) dominated his heat and was looking to repeat the dose in the final but got caught up in a paddle battle and lost valuable time in the shore break. The open division was of a very high standard with Rory Thomas completing a highly technical air reverse maneuver in his heat. Tim Davis was loving the long left-handers and the Warrior doubled up with another finals appearance. But coming from nowhere was Dare Ahern in the final. The unfancied natural footer snagged an eight point ride in the opening minutes and never looked back. It was a polished display and left more experienced surfers slack jawed as Dare reeled off a number of big back hand re-entries all the way to the beach. Onlookers were fully expecting Rory to produce a Kelly Slater moment in the final with a late come back from nowhere but it wasn’t

to be as wave after wave he took didn’t cooperate until 30 seconds after the hooter when a potential final winner came through a little too late. Overall it was a fantastic day’s competition from the Cadets being tested in unfamiliar conditions through to the high standard open final. SCB again thanks sponsors for their support of the club and all finalists went home with leg ropes, deck grip, towels and other goodies. SCB’s next competition is on the weekend of March 1and 2 at the annual Wilsons Promontory camping weekend. Please check the club’s Facebook page for details.

RESULTS: CADETS: 1st G. Landy 2nd J.Kruger 3rd J. Hill 4th Z. Hill JUNIORS: 1ST M. Chalmers 2nd R. Walker 3rd B. Chalmers 4th J. Walker OVER 40’s: 1st nd P.O’Neill 2 J.Taylor 3rd P.MacClacherty 4th J.Cicero OPEN: 1ST D. Ahern 2nd J.Taylor 3rd R. Thomas 4th T.Davis

Dedication: Bass’ Tash Aplin is commended for the hard yards she puts in with Wayne’s Command. Wayne’s Command took out first place in race 3.

League denies Allies issue THE Alberton Football Netball League is confident the Allies will have senior team ready to play for the 2014 season. While some teams in the league have been training since the end of 2013 the Allies still are yet to appoint a senior coach for the 2014 season some seven weeks out from the opening round. The Star also believes at a recent training session for the senior team only five players were present and only three of these participated in the session. Despite this, league president John Schelling said things will pick up for the Allies. “They have a temporary coach, they have advertising out on radio and so forth looking for a playing coach and two or three reasonable players,” he said. “They are very financial, they have great support and they just need a stroke of luck really.” “Once they get a couple of quality players and a quality coach, all the blokes will come, at the moment everyone is just sitting on the fence waiting

to see what happens.” Mr Schelling said the Allies have had some recruiting deals fall through. “They quite readily admit themselves to being greenhorns at recruiting,” he said. “They had a couple of real good recruits but were let down at the last minute which happens sometimes. “I have no doubts as a club they will be strong willed enough to ride this out and come out smelling like roses at the end of the day.” Mr Schelling said hypothetically the deadline for the club to have a team together would be the first round of the season on April 5. “But there are lots of different situations you could look at in the future,” he said. Mr Schelling said the club will not be allowed to just field a reserves side but may field just a senior side. “We’ve certainly been up there a couple of times and we are talking to them weekly and trying to help them out where we can,” he said. “They seem pretty comfortable with their juniors, and their netball numbers are quite reasonable.”

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Cyclist on the rise By Stuart Biggins BUDDING local champion cyclist Tom McFarlane will compete at the national titles at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Sydney in three weeks time. At the qualifying state titles Tom achieved personal bests in all of his timed events. “I was happy with it,” he said. Tom finds his motivation is highly events driven. “It is great to have the national titles to work towards.” To gain an edge on his competitors Tom trains two nights a week at the Leongatha velodrome with his coach, is back at the velodrome for club racing on Friday night and usually competes in an event in Melbourne of a weekend. Training often involves building strength by riding with bigger gear, and to increase his core strength Tom has been doing weights with Louise Letson in Mirboo North. Tom is doing Year 10 at the Leongatha Secondary College and says his cycling aspirations actually make

him work harder at school. As his mother Maree said, “Family first, then school, then cycling.” “School is very supportive,” said Tom. “They get it.” Asked whose footsteps he would most like to follow Tom nominates Simon Clarke as another Victorian cyclist who is really inspiring. “It would be pretty cool to do what he is doing,” he said. Of the prospects the future holds, via the stepping stone of the Junior Worlds which he can enter as an U19 in a few short years time, Tom is excited by the prospect of the Commonwealth Games on Australian soil on the Gold Coast in 2016, and the even larger arena of the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. Tom is equally enticed by road racing though and the romance of the Tour de France. But Tom is not one to have his head in the clouds or all of his eggs in the one basket as he is looking forward to doing his work experience this year in graphic design.

Future a ride away: Tom McFarlane with his new bicycle preparing for the national titles.

Wildcat Women lose nail biter final THE Korumburra Wildcats Women’s side came agonisingly close to Country Basketball League glory on Saturday night.

In 40 degree heat at the Korumburra Recreation Centre it came down to over time between the Wildcats and the undefeated Churchill Blue Devils. At the end of the extra five minutes it was the Blue Devils ahead by a

Close finish set in Bass Coast Series THIS Saturday will see the 22nd Anniversary of the Cowes Classic and it will again feature as the final leg of the Bass Coast Series for 2014. On Sunday the second event of the Classic weekend – the Phillip Island Penguin 2km Swim Classic and 800m Fun Swim - will also be held in the vicinity of the jetty at the Cowes foreshore. Please note the new location for the race registrations and presentations will be at Hotel on the corner of Thompson Ave and the Esplanade, in Cowes. The Bass Coast Series is made up of the three swim/ runs conducted in the Bass Shire each summer including: The Cape Aquathon; San Remo Channel Challenge; and Cowes Classic. Five points are awarded to competitors who finish each event and bonus points are allocated to the top 20 competitors in each of 12 categories. Next Saturday the finishing positions in the Cowes Classic will determine the overall winners of each category and there will be several close finishes with local competitors once again in the mix for many of the 12 categories. The Junior categories have both the Male and Female Open divisions being led by members of the Diston family, Ashlee and Mitchell. The local girls category will again be fought out by Georgia Turner and Molly Edwards. The local Junior Males have nine contenders within nine points of each other so that could be the closest contest of them all. Local Senior Female competitor, Roxanne Shahtahmase, is a good chance to win both the Open and Local divisions, while Melbourne based competitor, Brenton Ford, is leading the Senior Open Men’s Division from Woolamai lifesaver, Luke Plant, and Wonthaggi’s Mark Rowe. Luke and Mark are again running neck and neck in the Local Senior Males category. Another local competitor, Andrea Olsen, is leading both divisions in the O/40 Female category, while other locals, Jenny Hibble and Jenny Hollins, are again prominent along with regular visitor, Jennifer Dodd. The Open O/40 Male division sees local Rob Fleisner sitting equal with another regular visitor, Aural Wachter, on 52 points each, while Rob is being chased down by Jim Corbett, Peter Turner and Duncan Herbert for bragging rights in the local area. The winner’s cheques will be presented at the Cowes Classic presentations Cowes at 4pm.

single point to allow them victory. The Korumburra girls were a little slow out of the blocks but the girls then switched on and played a great game. The first quarter had both teams at 15 points. Once again Jamie-Lee Jeffs was on fire with her shooting and a very strong defensive performance. Gemma Dixon controlled the play with penetrating offence and hard nose defence. The Wildcats led by a point at the main break but there was really nothing between the two teams. Hannah Bassett was strong under the bucket all night and at the end of four quarters the scores were all tied up. There was not a weak link in the Korumburra side and every player did their bit in this game de-

spite the Blue Devils being too good in the end. Korumburra coach Bill Jeffs said the team was very happy with its effort and although disappointed with a loss, was satisfied it had given its best shot - to lose a grand final against an undefeated Churchill side by one point in overtime was an outstanding result. Jamie-Lee Jeffs was the top scorer for the Wildcats with 16 points closely followed by Bassett with 13. The men’s game followed and another entertaining match between Churchill and Warragul with the Blue Devils eventually breaking the deadlock to win the game. The atmosphere was electric with the large crowd making plenty of noise supporting their teams.

So close: the Wildcat Women huddle up during their one point loss against Churchill.

Faceoff: Wildcat Maddie Lumby gets defensive with her opponent on Saturday night.

Eyes up: Gemma Dixon has her eyes on the basket during the CBL grand final at Korumburra at the weekend.

Loni Jeffs: the Korumburra tall clashed with her opponent.

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The Great Southern Star - February 11 2014  

February 11 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper.

The Great Southern Star - February 11 2014  

February 11 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper.