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New $10m Leongatha Secondary College opens

By Brad Lester THE dream was many years in the making but the wait was worth the reward. Leongatha Secondary College’s $10 million new buildings were opened to staff and students when the school year began last week. There are new junior and senior school complexes, and a dedicated arts hub to be shared with the neighbouring Leongatha Primary School.

College principal Brett Windsor said the redevelopment secured the school’s place as a leader in education in South Gippsland. “It’s a state of the art facility,â€? he said. “Students will have access to the best facilities and ICT (information and communications technology).â€? Mr Windsor said the redevelopment “had been a long time comingâ€?, with the dilapidated former school building built in the late 1960s to service the former Leongatha Technical School. Continued on page 4. â–ş School wrap from page 19.

Standout school: admiring the new junior school building were junior school leader Matt McPhee and students. Front, from left, Taylah Clark and Ben Kewming. Middle, Gemma Pruin, Rhiannon Nicholls, Dylan Clark, Emily Cashin, Aliza Courtney and Paige Matthews. Back, Louise Bentley, Mikaela Cornelissen, Elly Egan, Lisa Clark and Lochie Pollard.



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Late for school: Sunrise weather presenter Edwina Bartholomew meets Inverloch Primary School children, from left, Sophie Phipps, Amity McInnes, Trinity McInnes and Lucy Phipps.

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National television show Sunrise broadcast from the jetty, with weather presenter Edwina Bartholomew meeting locals while sharing the day’s weather reports with the rest of Australia. Every half hour from 6am to 9am, she interspersed forecasts with discussions with Inverloch Primary School principal Wendy Caple, Mike Cleeland of the Bunurong Environment Centre and Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club members, as well as tourism operators, and children and adults alike. “Edwina asked questions about the first day of school, how many children we had and what we were planning to do today,” Ms Caple said. Surf life savers paddled around the jetty while a boat from Inverloch Charters showcased the town’s maritime appeal. Regional tourism body Destination Gippsland invited the Sunrise crew to visit Gippsland and as a result, the team visited Lakes Entrance last Tuesday and then Inverloch. The program’s ice cream van – complete with real ice cream – made a journey from Bundaberg in Queensland to Geelong to promote coastal tourism, Destination Gippsland’s Phoebe Honey said. “The show has a national audience so it was great exposure for region, especially for Inverloch,” she said. “Hopefully it might bring people here, especially now school has gone back it is a great opportunity for people to come to the coast when all the people have gone home.”

Hello, hello: Sunrise weather presenter Edwina Bartholomew meets the Van Hoorn family of Leongatha, from left, Daphne, Cassie and Brett.


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Looking over: visitors enjoy the view from one of the reserve’s viewing platforms. Photo: Foons Photographics.

Desal reserve draws 500 MORE than 500 people attended the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant Ecological Reserve opening and family day on Sunday under sunny skies. The new 225 hectare reserve hosts eight kilometres of trails for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders and hundreds of

Left, All open: AquaSure CEO Matthew Brassington joined Bass MLA Ken Smith in officially opening the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant Ecological Reserve. Photo: Foons Photographics.






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Rail fix ignored By Brad Lester GIPPSLAND’S peak council group has called on the State Government to fund realignment of the South Gippsland Highway at Koonwarra, but overlooked returning rail to the region. The Gippsland Local Government Network, which represents Gippsland’s shire councils, has listed the works at the Black Spur south of Koonwarra as a priority project for funding in the state budget in May. The project is estimated to cost $40 million. Returning rail to South Gippsland was also passed over by the Gippsland Freight Infrastucture Master Plan released on Friday, but many other local projects were mentioned. These included upgrading the South Gippsland Highway upgrade, the Leongatha heavy vehicle alternate route, Strzelecki Highway bridge and road upgrade, and the Korumburra heavy vehicle route. These projects were also mentioned in the committee’s state budget submission. The Committee for Gippsland CEO Mary Aldred said the group outlined the importance of a return of rail for South Gippsland in its 2011 Strategic Plan, and raised this again in its submission to the

Train lobbyist: Chris Cantlon is calling for rail services to be returned to South Gippsland. He is at the Korumburra Railway Station. Gippsland Freight Plan. “The Gippsland Freight Infrastructure Master Plan was compiled by AECOM following a survey of transport and related Gippsland businesses to gauge their views on what they saw as the most important transport infrastructure priorities for getting freight in and out of the region,” she said. “In South Gippsland, businesses nominated funding for South Gippsland Highway upgrade, Leongatha heavy vehi-

cle route, and Korumburra heavy vehicle route as the most immediate priorities. “These projects would also present important benefits to the safety and amenity of local towns.” Returning passenger and freight rail services to the region is a priority project for South Gippsland Shire Council. But mayor Cr Jim Fawcett said council’s priority projects did not always meet “the criteria of the broader region”. “So at times we may not get our pri-

ority projects into the GLGN arena,” he said. “We just have to continue advocacy on our behalf.” Cr Fawcett said there were issues with returning rail to the region based on previous studies, but said council was now working with rail return advocacy group, South and West Gippsland Transport Group, to prepare a proposal to the government. That would advocate for the government to undertake another study into the viability of returning rail based on freight and passenger demands, and the state of the region’s roads. “Unless we get the economic justification for it, we’re always going to struggle to get the case,” Cr Fawcett said. “We have got to put the word on both sides of parliament about the economic benefit, both from the damage to roads to (transporting) goods and everything else, and that involves quite a few dollars.” Cr Fawcett said Murray Goulburn and Burra Foods could transport goods from their Leongatha and Korumburra factories respectively by rail. Nonetheless, Cr Fawcett welcomed GLGN and the committee’s advocacy for other projects in South Gippsland. “That gives further weight to when we go to Regional Development Victoria and other groups, if we have these groups’ support,” he said. Chair of GLGN, mayor of Wellington

Shire Cr Scott Rossetti, said the submission was focused on major public transport, rail freight and road issues. Rail advocate Chris Cantlon is advocating for trains to return to South Gippsland and has initiated an online petition. The 18 year old is from Melbourne but has family ties to Foster. He was concerned GLGN did not push for rail services. “The subsidised current road coach services that were upgraded under the Brumby Labor government in May 2008 for South Gippsland was really a short term solution that had no real vision of the future prospects for this region,” he said. “Although a train has not operated past Cranbourne since April 1998, a frequent and fast commuting service as far as Leongatha by the next decade is justifiable and feasible, especially with the patronage, deteriorating condition of the region’s roads, travel time to Melbourne and the price of oil dramatically increasing. “More bus services are definitely required in the short term before the railway line is reopened.” ► Chris Cantlon’s petition can be viewed at:

Dairy company sold Driver reaches 200km/h

The new owners have no plans to take over the Toora milk factory, owned by another Chinese operator. Dairy farmers supplying UDP are not expected to face any changes. United Dairy Power yesterday (Monday) announced its founder and shareholder, Tony Esposito, has entered into an agreement to sell the business to William Hui, a private Hong Kong-based investor. UDP will retain its processing facilities at Poowong, and also at Murray Bridge and Jervois in South Australia. The business of UDP will continue to be managed by the current senior management team, led by Mark Smith who will be assuming the position of CEO. The UDP name and corporate identity will remain unchanged, and no changes are expected to the company’s day-to-day operations. Mr Esposito will be stepping back from the business over the next few months, but will remain involved with UDP and committed to ensuring the business continues to flourish. Mr Hui said he wanted to reiterate that

UDP’s current business and investment strategy will remain unchanged. Commenting on the sale, Mr Smith said: “We are pleased to have found a strategic partner who values the heritage and ongoing contribution of UDP to the local dairy industry. “I want to assure our staff, suppliers and customers that it is business as usual and they should expect the same high service level they have come to expect from UDP. “There are no plans to change any supplier arrangements, and we of course intend to maintain our industry-leading ratio of field representatives to farmers. We also will continue to pay competitive milk prices.” Mr Esposito added: “As I step aside from managing the UDP business, I wish to express my gratitude to our staff and suppliers for joining me on this journey. It has been a privilege to build this business with these partners, and Mr Hui is the ideal owner to guide the company on the next stage of its growth.” UDP was established in 1999 and has since developed into a significant processor of dairy products in Victoria and South Australia. As an off-market, private transaction, the sale is unconditional and not subject to regulatory approvals.

By Tayla Kershaw POLICE ended a pursuit after the offending driver reached speeds of more than 200km/h on Friday. The chase began after a driver was detected travelling three times over the speed limit in a 40km/h roadworks zone. Police from the Bass Coast Highway Patrol witnessed the driver travelling north east on the South Gippsland Highway near Stony Creek at 11.20pm on Friday. The police attempted to intercept the car but the driver accelerated away at the speed in excess of 200km/h. Police did not match the speed. The driver lost control of the vehicle after the pursuit was aborted, and the car left the road on a left hand curve, hitting a culvert.

“To force a pursuit simply to avoid prosecution for a traffic offence puts you at risk of being responsible for the death or serious injury of another person, as well as serious criminal offences,” Senior Sergeant Steve Gibson of Wonthaggi Police said. The driver was not seriously injured but will appear in court on a later date on serious traffic related offences. “I would like to stress to

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Lifesavers pursue patrol tower By Jacob de Kunder A NEW patrol tower is sorely needed at the Inverloch Surf Beach. The old patrol tower was removed before summer last year due to erosion. Since then, paid lifesavers and Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club volunteers have had to make do with other means to patrol one of the busiest beaches in the region. Patrollers now find themselves at the mercy of the elements when watching the water. Currently the patrollers are stationed in a marquee or the club’s all terrain ve-

hicle (ATV), but neither offer good protection against wind and rain. Patrolling members must also use unorthodox methods for radio control during their patrols. Because the old tower was the hub for radio communication between patrollers on the beach, Lifesaving Victoria and other local clubs, a temporary radio post has had to be introduced at the clubhouse. But rescues are complicated, as lifesavers cannot view the beach from the clubhouse during a patrol. Earlier in the season, before the temporary radio room was established, members were forced to use unreliable mobile phone technology during a

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rescue. Club president Angela Malan said the first steps had been made towards building a replacement tower for the beach. “The basic designs have been drawn up by Darren Brown Design in Wonthaggi. Then we just have to go through and get planning permission from the (Bass Coast Shire) Council and DEPI (Department of Environment and Primary Industry) because we are building on the beach,” she said. Ms Malan told The Star a new location a few metres west of the dune where the old tower stood would be suitable for the tower. “It is where we would like it to go because we would have a full line of sight to the beach from there,” she said. “This is important because even though we are contracted to patrol between the flags, the beach population here tends to spread out and things can go wrong up and down the beach.” Ms Malan said the new tower would also need to be removable so it could be salvaged if erosion happened again. The community has questioned the club about when a new tower would be erected, Ms Malan said. “We have had a number of people ask us when we will be getting a new patrol tower and what we are doing to fundraise for one,” she said. “People come to this beach because it is patrolled and we get a lot of community interest in our operations,” she said. The club is planning to seek local and state government approval for the new tower in April.


Out in the cold: Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club president Angela Malan stands alongside paid lifeguards Natalie Wabbis and Cassandra Mond sheltering from the rain at the Inverloch surf beach.

New $10m Leongatha Secondary College opens



Continued from page 1. “We had water leaks, the roof was shot and it had got to the stage where it was not reasonable to be spending money on it,” he said. The new school is designed to cater for 600 students; there are now 499. The college mirrors the modern design of the primary school, and has light open spaces, exposed timber, and shades of grey, green, blue and red. The junior building accommodates years 7-9 students, while years 10-12 students are based in the senior building. Some rooms have outdoor spaces and views over the town.

The senior complex has rooms dedicated to physics, chemistry and biology lessons, and a VCE study area and lounge. All rooms have drinking fountains. All rooms have wireless internet and a 60 inch colour television for presentations, and are fitted with Apple TV devices. These enable communication between teachers’ and students’ computers, and TV screens, removing the need for cumbersome electronic whiteboards. Both buildings are designed around central open spaces for shared learning, with individual classrooms that can be isolated for private lessons. The arts hub has areas for secondary and primary students, a digital arts room, pottery area, photography studio, textile space and general arts rooms. New furniture has been

fitted throughout and funded mostly by the school. The new buildings are largely built on the sites of the former TAFE and specialist school, as well as where some secondary college buildings stood. The former Community College Gippsland (once McMillan College) buildings have been demolished. Despite the grandeur of the new complex, the school redevelopment is not complete yet. The college is still awaiting funding to enable the refurbishment of the existing staff and administration block, and the Dearricott sports centre, with fingers crossed for an announcement in this year’s state budget. The school has dedicated funding to this next stage of the project, which is expected to total just under $4 million.


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Staff and administration staff are now working from the staff centre, with temporary offices and a larger uniform shop. The existing east wing remains, with the school using the existing technology rooms and space for lockers. Further funding is required to demolish this wing and provide for more open space. A new entrance off Nerrena Road was constructed last weekend, along with new car parking. The school will fund improvements to the school grounds, with more shading, and outdoor seating and tables. Funds will be sourced from voluntary parent payments. The community will be able to enjoy the new buildings when staff conduct guided tours after one school day this term. The existing library and performing arts centre – constructed as part of the primary school redevelopment – will continue to be shared by the primary and secondary schools. Mr Windsor praised the dedication of Wonthaggi based firm TS Constructions, which built the complex. “TS Constructions has just been magnificent to deal with; the quality of its work and it has just been so flexible and easy to deal with,” he said. Project manager Mark Patterson said the school took 14 months to complete, beginning with demolition works and then excavation. “This project was a bit more personal because I’m local and quite a few students are related or friends of my family, and I know a number of the teaching staff, so there was more interest in the end product,” he said. The project was challenging, with building undertaken amidst an operating school, but Mr Patterson said staff and students were co-operative. TS Constructions also built new facilities at Inverloch, Cowes, Wonthaggi North, Tarwin Valley and St Joseph’s Wonthaggi primary schools.

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Firefighters save home By Laura Gibb

POLICE are investigating a fire that came within 20 metres of destroying a house at Leongatha South.

Attack victims: Pam Brooker and her dog Stuart see the koala still sitting on the bird cage.

Koala attacks woman and dog By Tony Giles A KOALA has scratched and attacked a Leongatha woman and her dog after taking refuge in her house at the weekend. Pam Brooker was at home asleep with her Jack Russell terrier Stuart in Parr Street when just after midnight Saturday morning she was awoken by noises and the dog started barking. She went out to investigate and was shocked to see the koala in her dining room. “The koala had come in through the hutch in the door that I have for the dog,” Mrs Brooker said. “I picked up the dog and fortunately the koala decided it would head outside again. “I followed it out the door and it decided to climb up on the aviary.” Mrs Brooker decided to leave the koala there and turned around to go back into

the house. “To my surprise, it suddenly jumped down off the aviary and grabbed my leg, scratching it,” she said. “My dog decided to protect me and it started to bark at the koala. Unfortunately the dog and the koala rolled into a ball and had a bit of a scuffle. “The koala was obviously scared and it all happened so quickly. The dog has sustained scratches to its nose and under its neck. It was bleeding fairly badly by the nose. The koala seems to be all right. “My dog is now petrified; it won’t go outside and he is off his food.” The koala reappeared at Mrs Brooker’s home yesterday (Monday) and was perched on the family bird cage all day. “The three birds have this koala sitting on their cage and don’t know what to make of it,” she said. Next door neighbour Terry Watchorn has notified the authorities and hopes someone will come to the rescue this week.

Former RSL chief to face court FORMER Leongatha RSL Subbranch president Dr David Edwards will face court on February 20, charged with improperly wearing war medals. Dr Edwards has worn service medals denoting active fighting in key battles during the Vietnam War, but did not see such action. He was an equipment, supply and logistics officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. Australian Federal Police have charged

Dr Edwards for falsely representing himself as being a person upon whom a service decoration has been conferred. The charges were made under the ‘Improper use of service decorations’, SECT 80B (4) of the Defence Act 1903. Dr Edwards has been charged on summons to appear in Korumburra Magistrates Court. Last year, Dr Edwards told The Star he confessed to state RSL president Major General David McLachlan and reported himself to the Australian Federal Police.

Flames ripped through 10 acres of bush and hay at the Andersons Road property on Tuesday, January 28. The blaze is thought to have been started by a cigarette butt thrown from a car window. Police found a cigarette butt at the scene, and have taken it for fingerprint and DNA testing. “An ignition point was determined and a cigarette butt was located in that area,” Detective leading senior constable Adrian Condron of Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit said. “Police are seeking any information from people who were driving along that road between 4pm and 5pm.” The house of property owners Andrew and Penny Hunt was spared thanks to the efforts of the Country Fire Authority, and the courage and quick thinking of a passing driver who

was first on the scene. The driver saw flames and pulled over, grabbed a hose from the Hunts’ front yard and poured water on the fire. Around 60 CFA members soon arrived with 13 CFA vehicles and spent several hours getting the blaze under control. The CFA worked at the site for several more days, including overnight, to extinguish the fire with a grader, a water tanker and an excavator from the shire. CFA incident controller Hilco Zuidema said the fire started in the drain at the roadside, then raced through bushland before consuming a paddock full of cut hay which was ready to be baled. No animals were hurt during the fire. Mr and Mrs Hunt were in Leongatha, where they had taken their three young children to the swimming pool, when they received a phone call from Mr Hunt’s mother Judy notifying them of the blaze. Mr Hunt and his father Darryl Hunt attended the fire while Mrs Hunt and the children remained in town.

The Hunts marvelled at the CFA’s success in saving their house, which had burning trees falling down only 20 to 30 metres away from the side of the house and a paddock behind it in flames. They said the CFA put out spot fires on the kids’ cubby house three times. Trees at either end of the shed were also blackened but, thanks to the CFA dousing it with water, the shed was unharmed. The fire was contained within one property. The Hunts credit the CFA with saving their house and thank them very much, as well as the Salvation Army, who provided food to CFA volunteers. Police warned against

cigarette butt litter, which can start fires. “If you’re going to smoke, please don’t throw them out the window,” Detective LS/C Condron said. “If you see people doing it, get a registration number and report it to police because on days like yesterday there’s obviously a huge potential for disastrous outcomes.” The most serious criminal charge for a person caught throwing a lit cigarette butt on the ground is “recklessly causing a bushfire”, which could incur a prison sentence. Contact police if you have information about the fire. ► Hunt family says thanks, page 40.


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Wood lovers converge on Loch IT was a woodworker’s delight at Loch on the weekend.

Spin: Wonthaggi Woodcrafters’ life member Hartley Tobin shows his skill on Saturday in Loch.

Hundreds of those with the wood working bug ingrained in them flocked to the small town for the annual Woodworking and Timber Festival. There were demonstrations galore from professional wood crafters and lots of high class work on display and for sale. Local groups like the Wonthaggi Woodcrafters showed off their skills, while craftspeople picked up all the timber and associated products they would ever want. Organiser Terry Oakley said the weekend was absolutely brilliant. “It was a fantastic weekend,” he said. “Numbers were a tiny bit down because of the heat, but we still had lots of people coming through. “I would like to say a big thank you to all the sponsors and exhibitors that make the festival such a success and also my wife Faye who organises the festival with me. “I would also like to thank a lot of my family that had come up to help run the barbecue, set up the festival and clean up afterwards as well.” The festival is set to grow even further in the future and is fast becoming a prominent event on any wood enthusiast’s calendar.

Serve it up: Barbara Angus and Dean Esler were keeping the masses fed at the Loch Woodworking and Timber Festival.

Reverend farewelled THE Reverend Janet Wallis and Peter Wallis were farewelled from the Anglican Parish of Leongatha after more than six years of ministry, on Sunday evening.

Will be missed: Rev Janet Wallis (centre) and Peter Wallis (second from right) were farewelled by, from left, Al Steenholdt, Dr Hugh Chisholm and Pat Bowman.

People from St Peter’s Church, the other churches within the parish, people from other churches, as well as people from the community and nearby towns joined in an evening of celebration of the ministry of the Wallis family. The evening began with a barbecue tea, followed by home grown entertainment and speeches. Speeches were made by Hattie Steenholdt (on behalf of youth and children of the parish), Grace Kuhne (on behalf of centres of Dumbalk and Meeniyan), Doug Grigg (on behalf of centres of Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay), Howard Stevens (on behalf of Leongatha Primary School Christian Religious Education Program), South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jim Fawcett (on behalf of council and the community), Father Peter Kooloos (on behalf of the Ministers Fellowship

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Pipis ‘sustainable’ Fisheries Victoria reacts to study finding By Brad Lester FISHERIES Victoria is confident the pipi population at Venus Bay is adequately protected by current rules governing harvesting, despite a recent scientific report expressing concern.

That fact was revealed in responses to South Gippsland Shire Council’s Repairing our Roads survey. Council received 846 responses to the online survey. Many people cited highways and major roads in need of urgent attention. Council will use the survey results to call for more roads funding from the State Government, said council’s customer relations manager Christian Stefani.

New look sewerage scheme revealed By Jacob de Kunder THOSE who missed out on sewerage as part of the review of the Poowong, Loch and Nyora Sewerage Scheme will have the chance to buy into the scheme for a greater price. South Gippsland Water’s managing director Philippe du Plessis said there would be an $800 service area for people in the central town areas, while people residing on bigger lots and other areas can pay $5000 to be connected. The news came last week after the original scheme to service most of the towns’ properties for the $800 fee was deemed too costly by the Essential Services Commission in 2013. All waste will be taken to the Lang Lang treatment plant operated by South East Water, not the Hills Road site at Nyora as originally proposed. South Gippsland Water may sell that site, but will complete the scheme, and then review the Hills Road site and make a decision. A South Gippsland Water spokesperson said the voluntary service area was only possible as a result of the savings identified by the review, and was in response to stakeholder and community feedback. It will not be mandatory for properties within this area to participate in the scheme if they have a council compliant waste system. However, for those that do wish to participate, a subsidised connection will be provided for $5000, plus owner’s property

connection costs. Mr du Plessis outlined the outcomes of the review following recent stakeholder and community sessions. “The key review outcomes are that a pressure sewer system is to be installed for all three towns with wastewater transferred under agreement to South East Water for treatment and re-use,” he said. “In addition, much of the area originally proposed to be sewered will now be serviced, albeit under a tiered structure encompassing two service areas. “The wider network of sewer pipelines will enable connection of most township properties. A joint arrangement between South Gippsland Water and South East Water has been found to be the most economical and efficient option, potentially allowing customer connections as early as 2016.” South Gippsland Water will now finalise the review process and commence preparation of a business case for the approval of the Department of Treasury and Finance. Approval is expected by May 2014 which would allow design to commence in June 2014. It is envisaged the South Gippsland Water and South East Water joint agreement may even allow scheme completion prior to the original timelines. Further information including service area maps and pricing principles can be found at South Gippsland Water website, South Gippsland Water is preparing to mail another community update to homeowners in the townships of Poowong, Loch and Nyora. Community members who wish to discuss the scheme are welcome to contact South Gippsland Water on 1300 851 636.

Venus Bay to ensure recreational fishers understand and observe daily catch limits for pipis and to detect over-harvesting. “Fisheries Victoria will continue to closely monitor the fishery and run compliance operations that make sure all fishers observe the rules and take only their fair share of the resource,” the spokesperson said. Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA, Peter Ryan, Minister Peter Walsh and the executive director of Fisheries Victoria have met with the Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula to discuss the pipi fishery. “As a result, $100,000 from the Government’s Recreational Fishing Initiative was provided to Parks Victoria to assist with infrastructure upgrades, reduce parking congestion and improve amenities at the beach five entrance,” the spokesperson said. The DEPI, of which Fisheries Victoria is a part of, has not seen the Parry report and has contacted the Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula to obtain a copy. A friends spokesperson said,“The Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula have always been concerned there is no ongoing monitoring on the beach.”

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SOUTH Gippslanders are paying up to $500 to fix vehicles damaged by atrocious roads.

“It’s been a really good survey about capturing people’s sentiment about the roads,” he said. “Hopefully when it comes to funding time, the State Government looks our way because there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.” Among the issues raised were: • people paying between $100 and $500 for vehicle repairs due to damage caused by roads; • couriers losing trade due to road conditions; and • concerns about road safety. Respondents raised concerns about the state of major roads such as the South Gippsland, Bass and Strzelecki highways, tourism routes and roads linking towns – a mix of roads managed by VicRoads and council. Mr Stefani will prepare a report for council and council would then also discuss the results with such stakeholders as transport and tourism operators, and seek their input. ► Motorcyclist injured after pothole crash, page 8.


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Hot spot: pipi harvesters out in force at Venus Bay earlier this year.

The study, by Dr Greg Parry, director of Marine Ecological Solutions, found the most accessible beaches at Venus Bay were dominated by immature pipis, affecting the species’ ability to breed. The report was commissioned by Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula. Summer is the peak pipi harvesting season at Venus Bay and locals have been concerned by crowds of people collecting pipis for food and fishing on the town’s beaches over summer. Fisheries regulations now limit the daily catch limit for pipis in Venus Bay and the rest of the Cape Liptrap Coastal Park area to two litres, or half a litre of shucked pipis, per person. “DEPI fisheries scientists are confident that under current management arrangements, the Venus Bay pipi fishery is sustainable and will continue to provide recreational fishing opportunities for years to come,”

a Fisheries Victoria spokesperson said. The spokesperson said two research projects funded by the Recreational Fishing Trust Account focused on the population dynamics of the Venus Bay pipi stock and found the fishery was sustainably managed. “The latter peer-reviewed report, published in 2013, found that while the abundance of mature pipis is impacted by recreational fishing close to the public beach access points, there are significant stocks of large, mature pipis throughout the majority of the Cape Liptrap Coastal Park, most of which is relatively inaccessible to fishers and provides an adequate source for replenishing pipis in the fished areas,” the spokesperson said. DEPI has run plain-clothed and uniformed compliance operations on pipi harvesting at Venus Bay each year for the past five years and carries out inspections to ensure compliance with recreational pipi fishing regulations. “Compliance with the fisheries regulations is high but some significant offences have been dealt with by the courts,” the spokesperson said. The State Government recently announced a major education and enforcement operation, Operation Helix. That is now being undertaken at

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Road causes crash

By Sarah Vella

A 59 YEAR old New South Wales man was injured in a motorcycle accident after colliding with a pothole.

Holy moley: this is the pothole on the South Gippsland Highway at Toora where a 59 year old NSW man lost control of his motorbike recently.

POLICE BRIEFS Car still missing

Stolen trailer

A MAZDA Asti sedan was stolen overnight on Friday.

A GRAY ‘TRIK’ trailer was stolen from King Street, Korumburra, overnight on Thursday.

The 1996 model has the licence plate NYD465 and was taken from Turner Street, Wonthaggi. The car remains missing and Wonthaggi Police are investigating. Anyone who has information regarding this vehicle should contact Wonthaggi Police.

Car keyed A CAR was keyed by an unknown offender, leaving a 60 centimetre scratch along the passenger side door. The victim had parked their car in the Inverloch Foodworks car park last Sunday and the incident occurred while they were shopping. The scratch amounted to $200 worth of damage. Inverloch Police are investigating.

Please notify Korumburra Police with any information.

Dog cruelty A DOG was locked in a car in extreme heat on Saturday. The Wonthaggi Police were called to the Wonthaggi Plaza carparks following reports and found a dog locked in a vehicle in direct sun with no ventilation. The dog was heat distressed. Following a fruitless search for the owner, police exercised their power to enter the vehicle by force to rescue the dog, which was then re-hydrated. The owners were located some time later and have been interviewed over cruelty to animals offences. A 20 year old Whittlesea woman will be dealt with in court in due course.

The man suffered multiple fractures and a suspected punctured lung in the crash at Toora. Toora police officer Senior Constable Paul Delaney said a group of five bikes was travelling in a westerly direction along the South Gippsland Highway when the incident occurred. “Two of the riders hit a pothole and managed to correct themselves. The last rider in the group also hit the pothole,” he said. S/C Delaney said due to the ramp-like nature of the hole, it looks

as though the rider has lost control after launching off the hole. “There were two warning signs in place for west bound traffic, one of which I would say was invisible,” he said. “The other was partially obscured.” As a result of the accident, VicRoads was contacted and attended to the scene to reduce the speed limit, which is currently set at 40km/h. “Due to the hot temperature on the day, VicRoads was unable to reseal the hole on the day,” S/C Delaney said. With a suspected fractured sternum, a broken arm and a possible punctured lung, the man was conveyed by road ambulance to South Gippsland Hospital and later transferred to another hospital. “In my opinion, it was the road

Newsagency robbed

Burglary in Poowong

A TOTAL of 180 Herald Sun newspapers were stolen from outside the Strzelecki Newsagency in Mirboo North.

A PUMP, a spray and windmill components, and a Black and Decker drill stand to the value of $900 were stolen in Poowong during January.

Mirboo North Police are investigating since the incident occurred on January 27.

Offensive graffiti AN unknown offender wrote offensive graffiti across a car door overnight on Friday. The car had been parked in Russell Street, Inverloch, when the incident occurred. The mark was removed with no permanent damage done to the car. Inverloch Police are investigating.

The offenders forced open a front gate of a farming property to steal the farming items.

Dog attack A YOUNG boy was attacked by a dog in Grantville on Saturday. The 12 year old was walking with his grandparents and pups when he passed a nearby home. A dog tethered inside the yard broke its leash and attacked the passing pups. The youth covered the pups with his body, and in the process received

surface that caused the incident. Speed was not a contributing factor and other vehicles were not a factor,” S/C Delaney said. “It was because he hit the pothole the accident occurred.” VicRoads acting regional director Ray Paterson said there were warning signs advising road users on this section of road. “At the time of the accident along this section of the South Gippsland Highway, there were warning signs ahead of the damaged section, to advise all road users of the upcoming rough road surface,” he said. “Following the accident, VicRoads contractors reduced the speed limit to 40km/h through this section and temporarily filled the pothole, ahead of longer term repair works to be carried out in coming weeks.”

serious bite wounds. He was later treated at hospital. The pups escaped unscathed. Police and Bass Coast Shire Council rangers attended and seized the attacking dog, which will be euthanised. Police enquiries are continuing.

Traffic targeted WONTHAGGI Police mounted an operation targeting illegal use of mobile phones while driving and seatbelt offences last weekend. Generally, police were happy with road user behaviour, with only a handful of drivers apprehended for the most common offences of using mobile phones and failing to wear seatbelts. The fines are substantial, with a $433 fine and four demerit points for using a phone while driving, and a $289 fine and three demerit points for seatbelt offences.

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The 37 year old was not found after his 16 foot boat was washed ashore and lodged onto the rocks. Australian Maritime Search and Rescue and the Water Police picked up an emergency beacon

(EPIRB) signal indicating the boat was in trouble. The Croydon Hills fisherman was the only person in the vessel. The upturned boat was discovered by the Police Airwing near Seaview Road, Kilcunda, at 5.05am. The search continued the following day (January 20) with five police boats, two jet skis and other boats involved. The fisherman will be treated as

a missing person until the Victorian Water Police can determine he cannot be located. Search and rescue divers, the Airwing and the Water Police boats were out in Kilcunda until January 23. The search has been suspended until more information presents itself. If anyone has any information, they are urged to contact the Water Police.

Duo contest Rain vanishes RAINFALL in January has been typically Liberal chase lower than expected across South Gippsland.

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 COUNCIL WORKS THIS WEEK Ameys Track, Foster Nth Falls Rd, Fish Creek Loch Poowong Rd, Poowong Mt Eccles Rd, Mt Eccles Old Canavans Rd, Mt Eccles Poowong East/Nyora/Loch Ross & Witherdons Rd, Wild Dog Valley Summers Rd, Fish Creek Venus Bay - Pound Ck - Koonwarra

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TWO candidates will contest Liberal preselection for the seat of Bass in the wake of the resignation of Ken Smith, effective at the November election. They are Aaron Brown of Wattlebank and Pakenham accountant Brian Paynter. Mr Brown, a beef and sheep farmer and president of the Wonthaggi branch of the Liberal Party, is the son of former state opposition leader Alan Brown. Mr Paynter is a chartered accountant, served as president of the Pakenham Secondary College Council, a committee member with Cardinia Shire Council’s Audit Committee and chairman of the Cardinia Foundation. Applications for preselection closed last Friday. The successful contender will be announced at the preselection convention within a month.

Leongatha rainfall recorder Kay Puru tipped out a total of just 22mm over three days. “It was nice to have a dry month after all the rain we’ve had lately, but I suppose the farmers and growers didn’t think so,” she said. “And I’m sure the very high temperatures we’ve been having them hasn’t helped either.” Ms Puru said January in Leongatha has been relatively dry for the past few years. “Last year we had 48mm, in 2012 we had 49mm, in 2011 we had 41.7mm and in 2010 we had 32mm,” she said. Fish Creek farmer Neville Buckland received just 29mm for the month, half the monthly average of 58mm. “The rain was recorded on seven days and we had a period of 16 days without rain, which is the longest period since March 2008,” he said. “Things have certainly dried off here now.” Meeniyan rainfall recorder Lindsay Fromhold noted 26mm for January – surprisingly more than the 17.6mm he received in January 2013 but far less than the 87mm he got in January 2012. This January’s rain fell over just five days and Mr Fromhold has had no alternative but to water his garden to keep it alive.

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Summer fun: Mirboo North’s Nathan Belton, sisters Willow and Bethany Thomson, and Ari Welburn relax at the Mirboo North swimming pool.

New pool hopes rise POOL WATCH By Jacob de Kunder EVERYTHING is going swimmingly at the Mirboo North Swimming Pool but the committee is looking to the future. As noted in a master plan for the pool released in 2013, the facility is not sustainable and the committee is researching what a new or upgraded facility might include. “We have been doing some field trips (to other facilities) and we have been investigating what are the options for Mirboo North,” committee president Fred Cooper said. “This is not only for a pool but a surrounding recreational hub. Beyond just aquatics, maybe a gym could be included and we are also very interested in developing an RV camping park in the area too. “We are still very much in the consultation process where we are discussing with various stakeholders and the community but yeah, that’s the goal.” Mr Cooper assured The Star the pool was working fine. “We would like to say the pool is working really well at the moment and over that hot period, we averaged almost 500 people a day

for the four or five days and it coped with it no problems at all,” he said. “We’ve all accepted it is an ageing facility and we want to improve what’s there. “The facility could still have a few good years left in it and it’s not like it’s about to break down right now. “The council has put in a fair bit of money into it over the past five years and I think those investments seem to be working.” Even though the pool is going well, the committee is seeking ideas for the next facility. “We don’t get a sense and I don’t think anyone does that this pool will need to be replaced in the next year or two, but in the longer term we are definitely working towards a new facility on the site or in the immediate surroundings,” Mr Cooper said. “We are just trying to work out exactly what we want within those facilities.” More committee field trips are in the pipeline. “We are planning to make another trip out towards East Gippsland and maybe down to Toora and Yarram, and we will also be doing some more community consultation,” Mr Cooper said. “After that, we can take our findings to council and tell them what us and the community think would work best. “The pool is a much loved facility and we are working to make sure it will always be there for future generations.” South Gippsland Shire Council’s community strengthen manager Ned Dennis is pleased to see the community’s enthusiasm. “There has been a lot of community support and a lot of different groups putting in ideas about what things might go together in the future for the facility,” he said.

New doctor: the arrival of new doctor, Dr Dishani Ranasinghe, brings the total number of doctors to Leongatha Long Street family medicine to five.

Medical practice grows THE Long Street Family Medicine clinic in Leongatha has expanded to five doctors with the arrival of Dr Dishani Ranasinghe. After working as a General Practitioner in Sri Lanka for more than seven years, Dr Ranasinghe relocated to Australia with her family two years ago. She completed her Australian Medical Council exams in October 2012 and is delighted to be working in Leongatha since early December. “I am working with a great team here. Everyone is most helpful. If I need a second opinion there's also other doctors to call on which is great,” Dr Ranasinghe told The Star.

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Council staff could be offered new positions as a part of the review to improve council’s operations, CEO Tim Tamlin told The Star. He said there was the possibility staff could be offered new positions and the chance to learn skills to better meet council’s contemporary needs. Mr Tamlin also could not guarantee all jobs would remain. “I could not rule out anything,” he said. “We need to be effective and efficient, and we need to have a considered approach to these things.” Mr Tamlin urged staff not to worry about their prospects, saying staff were aware the review was underway and positions would be considered as part of that. “If one position was not as busy as it used to be, we can look at changing their job and look at skills training there,” he said. The CEO said the ultimate aim of the review was to improve council’s structure to

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later, having introduced other equity partners, this has now grown into the Medical and Aged Care Group, with 17 clinics employing over 100 doctors throughout the region. He is an active mentor to international medical graduates, registrars and students, an accredited supervisor with Southern GP training, and has been their supervisor with Southern GP Training, and has been their supervisor liaison officer for the last three years. He is also a supervisor to medical students from Monash University, and continues to maintain close interest in mentoring his John Flynn scholars.

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Council staff probe By Brad Lester

Dr Ranasinghe handles all general practice clients and particularly enjoys helping with women and children. She would also like to be more involved in dermatology in the future with further training. Dr Fred Edwards from the Long Street clinic has recently been honoured at the Victorian Rural Health Awards for his outstanding contribution to rural communities. Sponsored by Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) Dr Edwards received his award from Victorian Health Minister David Davis at a gala event at the Grand Hyatt on November 27. In 1993 Dr Edwards set up a solo practice in Churchill. Twenty years

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have not kept up with inflation,” said Ahmed Fahour, managing director and CEO of Australia Post. “This 10 cent increase will allow us to partially offset the growing losses we are seeing in our letters business. At 70 cents the Australian domestic stamp will remain among one of the lowest prices in the OECD.” AWESOME! is a free program for girls aged 1216 years old about low selfesteem, body image issues and self-confidence and is being held in Wonthaggi. AWESOME! was developed by UnitingCare Gippsland and is supported by the Victorian Government through the Engage! program. The program will be held every Tuesday over six weeks starting February 18 to March 25 running from 4pm-5.30pm at Wonthaggi Neighborhood House. The program incorporates creative activities and

provides an opportunity for young girls to develop a peer support network with other young girls.

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Back relay for life THE Cancer Council Victoria is calling for volunteer support and relayers to take part in the South Gippsland Relay For Life. Relay For Life is an inspirational, empowering and emotional community led experience, where locals form teams and walk overnight to raise funds for cancer research, prevention and support. With touching ceremonies such as an opening lap of honour, candlelight tribute, and personal pledges to cut the risk of cancer, often people arrive as complete strangers – and leave as friends united by their cancer experience. The South Gippsland Relay For Life will be held at the picturesque Dumbalk Recreation Reserve on Saturday, March 29

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to Sunday, March 30. Last year, 380 South Gippsland residents took to the track to raise an incredible $34,793. There will be a committee meeting held on Thursday, February 13 at 7pm at Dumbalk Community Centre (Kindergarten). Please come along to find out more. Every dollar raised through Relay For Life helps fund Cancer Council Victoria’s research, prevention programs and support services for those affected by cancer in South Gippsland. To join the volunteer committee for the South Gippsland Relay For Life event, or to find out other ways in which you can help, please phone 1300 65 65 85 or visit

Roll up, roll up: don’t miss the circus as it comes to Leongatha and Wonthaggi this week. The Circus Royale will perform under the big top at Leongatha tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm and Wednesday at 6pm. The circus will also be at Wonthaggi this Friday, February 7 at 7.30pm, Saturday, February 8 at 4pm and 7.30pm and Sunday, February 9 at 11am. See advertisement in today’s Star on page 35 for booking details. Pictured, the Fossett circus legacy goes back six generations, and Irish daredevil John Fossett and his high wire motorbike act are a definite thrill.

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The Beginning of My Adventure: that is the title of the newest exhibition at Mushroom Crafts featuring photography from Zara Sullivan. Eighteen and fresh out of high school, Zara has a real passion for photography. She is inspired by all aspects of the world which surrounds her nature, graphics, architecture and even the small corners of each room. This collection features photographs from both Zara’s schooling studies and photographs that were taken purely because they were caught in the moment. The exhibition runs until the end of February. Zara is pictured with her photo Now we are Seven.

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Chairo officially opens By Tayla Kershaw CHAIRO Christian School Leongatha opened its doors for the first time last week. Preps were welcomed in for a half day on Wednesday morning and the rest of the school ventured in the following day. Executive principal Rob Bray, principal Lisa Dumicich and two students cut the ribbon at the school’s official opening ceremony on Thursday. “It was really exciting,� Ms Dumicich said. Formerly the South Coast Christian College, this a small independent

school, found maintenance difficult due to government regulations. To keep the Leongatha campus, the school combined with sister school, Chairo. This helped the school keep its small, independent nature while tapping into the opportunities offered by a bigger school. Leongatha is the fourth Chairo campus, with other campuses located in Drouin, Drouin East and Pakenham. Students from Prep to Year 10 are welcomed to Chairo. VCE subjects are not available at the Leongatha campus. The school currently caters for seven grades and 130 students, about

the same amount of students the campus had before joining Chairo. As the year progresses, the school will undergo landscaping and introduce a new computer room to complement the iPad program. Agriculture will now be taught to years seven to 10 students, and Prep through to Year 8 students will learn French. Three new teachers have arrived at Chairo and will be teaching science, wood tech and English. Term one is action packed with camps, swimming sport, a dedication service and athletics all coming up. “I’m absolutely excited. It’s been a fantastic start to the year,� Ms Dumicich said.

Doing deed: executive principal Rob Bray, Emily Russell, Amber Hubbard, Hannah Chatelier and Leongatha campus principal Lisa Dumicich cut the ribbon at the Chairo Christian School official opening.

Playground buddies: Emilia, Hayley and Bella are among the first Preps to join Chairo’s Leongatha campus.

Gas vent tomorrow A FREE community information night looking at the threat of the coal seam gas industry be held tomorrow (Wednesday, February 5) at the Nyora Public Hall. The meeting has been called in response to growing community concern within the South Gippsland Shire and other regions of Gippsland. The shire is covered by five approved exploration licences for coal and coal seam gas. These licences cover towns such as Korumburra, Leongatha, Mirboo North and Koonwarra. In late 2013, Poowong was removed from the licence area, showing that communities locking their gates can work in protecting all regions from invasive unconventional gas mining. However much of the region still remains under approved exploration licences

for coal, coal seam gas and tight gas. “Locals right across Gippsland have the right to know about the huge risks involved in having the coal seam gas industry set-up shop here. This industry is invasive, destructive and highly unregulated,� said Lock the Gate Victorian coordinator Ursula Alquier. Meeting organiser Andrew Craig of Nyora said, “Whether you live under a licence or close to one, your water is at risk.� “We must protect communities like ours from high-impact, destructive activities like mining and the best way to do that is for landowners to lock their gates.� There will be three expert speakers: including Dr Merryn Redenbach of Doctors for the Environment; Felicity Millner, lawyer, The Environment Defenders Office; and Ursula Alquier, Lock the Gate Victoria. For more information contact Andrew on 0427 223 445 or email



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Not so grand WITH the much heralded grand opening of the Victorian desalination project ecological reserve, I feel it is time to reflect upon what Aquasure’s ‘community gift’ really symbolizes. Whilst it is laudable the community has a system of tracks and wetlands to use, it is not really a gift. The cost of this largesse is being borne by Victorian water users – paid for by the $1.8 million which fattens the wallet of an overseas-based water baron each and every day. A few million dollars spent on trees is merely a drop in the bucket. The sculpted dunes hide a dark secret – thousands of tonnes of acid sulphate soil which will hopefully not leach sulphuric acid into the Powlett River estuary over the coming decades. The road leading to the plant

will have to be maintained by Bass Coast Shire, mainly for the benefit of the corporation – another cost to ratepayers. We still don’t know – despite years of asking for comprehensive answers – what chemical compounds will be released into our coastal waters, and what the impact of siphoning tones of marine life every day the plant is operating, will be. This marine life is destined to be unceremoniously dumped at the Lyndhurst tip, rather than supporting the food chain of the Bunurong Marine Park, the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Victoria’s marine park system. It is of very small comfort that we have been assured there will be ‘no impacts to beneficial uses’. Will Aquasure commit to the proper maintenance of the park in coming decades, or will our community also bear the cost of avoiding this ‘gift’ becoming a weed


Rail vision NEWS this week the return of rail has been overlooked in submissions to this year’s state budget will not come as a surprise to many. The State Government regularly espouses the substantial budgetary pressure its faces and was unlikely to allocate funding to the project next financial year anyhow. We are fortunate to have the Committee for Gippsland and Gippsland Local Government Network advocate for more roads funding, but while roads will no doubt remain the main method of transportation in South Gippsland for some time yet, we must not lose sight of the growing likelihood we will one day need a train service to Leongatha. The region’s population is growing and will only continue to do so and with our roads already crumbling, they will be under more pressure as time goes on. Any study considering the feasibility of reinstating train services must look beyond the present needs to future demands, and determine whether Murray Goulburn and Burra Foods are likely to have any future intentions of shifting goods by rail. Private usage will strengthen the economic case for governments to invest in reopening rail in the region.

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and vermin ridden fire hazard? It is way past time for Aquasure to be open and honest about the real environmental and financial costs of their business, rather than continuing to hide behind a veneer of feel-good greenwash. We look forward to their response. Mark Robertson, president, Watershed Victoria.

It was stated the Surf Coast Shire bans dogs from December to February on its beaches. This is not the full story. Dogs are banned from 9am-7pm on the main beaches only at Anglesea, sections of Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven, parts of Lorne’s coastline and Torquay’s beaches also. There are 27 - yes 27 - nature reserves where dogs on leashes are allowed. On the iconic Bells Beach, dogs on leashes are allowed all year round. St Kilda, Melbourne’s busiest beach, has two areas. This council will have the hardest dog bylaws in Australia and seem to be proud of this. Laurie Tuddin, Inverloch.

Thank you REGARDING the article on the Seahaven nursing home fire at Inverloch recently. I am a family member of one of the staff working in the dementia ward on the day of the fire. There was no mention of the staff who risked their lives running in out burning building without regard to their own lives, to show the utter most care for the residents suffering burns and smoke inhalation. The community was astounded by their efforts. Just a quick thank you would be lovely from the community and residents to Tamara, Jeaneene, Elisa and Alan. Thank you kindly. Tammy Gardener, Leongatha.

Wind farm support MUCH of the discussion about the performance of wind energy during the recent heatwave over Victoria and South Australia misunderstood what happened. First, the facts. One of the four large 550 megawatt units at coal-fired Loy Yang A failed unexpectedly on the Tuesday afternoon (January 14). It was out of action for all of the Wednesday and didn’t return until the Thursday morning. As the grid is designed to do, other plants were ready to fill this

Dog response A REPLY to the article in The Star, January 21 regarding dogs at Inverloch.

gap immediately and did so. We’ve all heard the myth wind farms need extra backup in the system. In fact, the grid has massive amounts of backup power continually on standby for emergency breakdowns just like this one at coal and gas-fired stations. The South Australian grid has not needed any extra backup, even with wind power supplying 25 per cent of total demand. There was a lull in wind on Wednesday afternoon, which by contrast with the Loy Yang outage, was accurately forecast over 24 hours earlier and replacement generation was scheduled to accordingly. By Thursday and Friday the wind was blowing again, with wind producing 22 per cent and 25 per cent of South Australia’s energy on those days. This reduced the need to run super expensive gas fired peaking plants and the wholesale price of electricity came down dramatically. On Wednesday in Victoria, with the Loy Yang unit completely out and only a small amount of wind power, the average wholesale price was a whopping $497/MWh. On Thursday with more wind power and Loy Yang back it was $195/MWh. On Friday, with more wind power again, the price was down to $109/MWh. When the wind is blowing, the

wholesale price of electricity drops, which feeds through to household power bills. The more wind farms we have operating the greater the drop in wholesale prices. Andrew Bray, state coordinator, Victorian Wind Alliance, Ballarat.

Building and bushfires AS VICTORIAN Planning Minister Matthew Guy formalises his rejection of recommendations/regulations from Royal Commission into Black Friday, will he also be subsidising hugely high premiums for fire insurance? Or will he be funding full compensation when new sub-standard houses are destroyed in the next bush fire? Aren’t we supposed to learn from experience? Is permit to build to satisfy suburban codes in bushfire areas not an “act of wilful blindness”? How come we have planning ministers, with no previous experience or expertise, able to overrule communities, local government and VCAT? How come Matthew Guy is still in office at all after the fiasco of overruling land at Ventnor? Bernie McComb, Cowes.


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Green light By Brad Lester NO applications for housing permits have so far been refused in South Gippsland Shire under restrictions governing building in water supply catchments. South Gippsland Shire Council and South Gippsland Water are working to develop a catchment policy for the Tarwin River catchment - the source of drinking water for Dumbalk and Meeniyan, and also the back-up supply for Leongatha and Korumburra during droughts. But Bryan Sword, council’s manager of planning and environmental health, was unable to say whether the policy would allow more development in the catchment. “It’s difficult to comment until we see what the catchment study results are,” he said. The restrictions, imposed by the State Government, limit development in water supply catchments to eight houses within a one kilometre radius or one house within 40ha, to alleviate the risk of water supplies being contaminated by septic run-off. As a referral authority, South Gippsland Water is working in conjunction with council to address planning permit applications. Applications are assessed against the restrictions, the current guidelines for Planning Permit Applications in Open Potable Water Catchments (November 2012). Philippe du Plessis, managing director of South Gippsland Water, said the policy would address land use planning issues and the cumulative impact of on-site wastewater/septic tank systems. “The catchment policy to be developed will assist in the assessment of statutory planning applications and future strategic land use planning, based on identification of areas of risk and the appropriate implementation of risk based management responses,” he said. South Gippsland Water is currently undertaking modelling of the Tarwin River Water Supply Catchment. The quantitative Catchment Process Model will be based on a scientific assessment of the catchment. “This data will be shared with South Gippsland Shire Council and will provide an understanding of sources of water quality hazards, and will be a key component to in the development of the catchment policy,” Mr du Plessis said. Council and South Gippsland Water are also working on implementing a planning rule – an Environment Significance Overlay – that will alert potential purchasers of land that such a planning control is in place that may affect their ability to build, should they buy the land. Council is also preparing to finalise its domestic wastewater policy.

Quiet and cool: from left, Tristan Szetey, and Hetty, Elspeth and Atticus Lawson from Melbourne visited the secluded Grassy Spur pool recently, in an effort to escape the region’s scorching summer temperatures. The pool is located just off the South Gippsland Highway between Carmichael and McKnights roads at Foster North.

Mayor power By Brad Lester LOCAL mayors are unlikely to use new powers to be bestowed upon them by the State Government. The government is set to introduce tough new powers for mayors to remove misbehaving councillors from council meetings. South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jim Fawcett said while the powers would formalise a position as to how mayors would deal with difficult councillors, he believed using the powers would impact upon inter-councillor relations. “I think you can get more through diplomacy rather than wielding a big stick,” he said. Cr Fawcett said council’s local laws were adequate to deal with problem councillors. “At the end of the day, I think commonsense will prevail,” he said. Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Neil Rankine said there was a sense of frustration amongst Victorian mayors about the difficulties of dealing with ‘problem’ councillors. But he said he personally could not see himself using the powers. “I see every councillor as an elected representative, and as such removing them (from council meetings) represents removing the input from a section of the community,” he said. “I would have been happier if the councillor could be removed just for the item under discussion at the council meeting, rather than excluding them from subsequent items as well.” Cr Rankine said there was also the potential for a mayor to use the powers to change the numbers at a meeting, which concerned him. “In State Parliament we occasionally see a similar thing happen, but in local government, with smaller numbers of representatives, it would be a lot easier for a rogue mayor to do this,” he said. “My feeling is that we’ve failed if we were to use such powers. The minister has had discussions with local government associations and her own advisory committee. “The devil will be in the detail of course for this new power, when we see it.”


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Walkers target cancer TWO Bendigo Bank staff are challenging themselves in a marathon event to combat women’s cancers. Chris Murray and Jan Francis are colleagues at the bank’s Leongatha branch. They will walk 60km throughout Melbourne’s streets over two days as part of The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers on March 1-2. The event will benefit the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Chris, of Leongatha, and Jan, of Korumburra, are part of the Bendigo Bank Bosom Buddies team and will take part with more than 60 other Bendigo Bank staff. The women have committed to raising at least $2000 each for the cause, with the proceeds going towards breast and gynaecological cancers research, treatment

and services. As part of the pair’s fundraising efforts, they are hosting a trivia night on February 15 at the Leongatha RSL. They are also hosting a movie night this Thursday, February 6 at Stadium Cinema, Leongatha, featuring the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Many local businesses have kindly donated goods to be used for a raffle, a silent auction and as prizes for the trivia night. If you would like to support Chris and Jan, tickets for both events are available at Bendigo Bank branches in Leongatha and Korumburra. Like so many others, Chris and Jan have been touched by cancer and hope you will share this incredible adventure with them by supporting their fundraising efforts.

Thinking of others: Dean Goad of Korumburra donates blood at Leongatha last Thursday, under the eye of nurse Leanne Delaney.

Blood flows freely RESIDENTS of Leongatha and surrounds gave more than 600 blood donations to the Red Cross in 2013, equating to a massive 282 litres. Around 350 donors are registered in Leongatha and from January 20-

31, they were expected to make 234 donations to the Red Cross’ donor mobile unit at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve. Donated blood is used in many ways, with 34 per cent going to support cancer patients and people with blood disorders.


It is also used to support patients with immune disorders, people undergoing surgery, pregnant women and premature babies, and trauma victims too. The blood service donor mobile van will next visit Leongatha from May 5 to 15.


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Fire ban THE Country Fire Authority has declared the Fire Danger Period in Bass Coast Shire Council is now in force. The same period was introduced in South Gippsland Shire on January 20. During the Fire Danger Period, fires cannot be lit in the open air without a written permit from CFA or a municipal fire prevention officer. Fire Danger Periods are based on local conditions and take into account fuel moisture, fuel loads, grassland curing, weather and rainfall. CFA’s southern metropolitan operations manager Trevor Owen said the community needs to be fire ready – especially those living in high risk areas. “CFA looks to the community to do the right thing by their family and neighbours and follow the fire restrictions that are in place throughout the Fire Danger Period,” he said. “Fire restrictions are in place for a reason – to help prevent fires from starting. Preventing fires is something that every member of the community should see as their responsibility. “Last season Victoria experienced more than 4000 grass and bushfires and this summer we can expect similar conditions.” Mr Owen said Victoria is one of the most fire-prone regions in the world and it only takes two weeks of hot, dry and windy weather to create dangerous fire conditions. “While we saw several bushfires last season, grassfires should not be underestimated. They travel faster than you can run and can kill,” he said. “Living in a grassland area with driedout (brown or golden-coloured) grass that is over 10cm high is a significant risk to

people, houses and infrastructure.” Mr Owen said it was not too late to protect your home and property by slashing, mowing, grazing, and spraying grass. People living on larger properties should create fuel breaks by grading or ploughing fuel breaks down to the bare earth. “Farmers should also take precautions with haystacks, with the amount of rain the state has seen recently, coupled with some hot and humid weather, haystacks in sheds and outside could self-ignite,” Mr Owen said. “Spontaneous combustion is the leading cause of haystack fires in Victoria. Stacks become dangerous when heating approaches about 70ºC and can rapidly reach ignition point. “But while preparing your property is a good place to start, it’s just as important to prepare yourself and your family for fire. “Before the fire season, sit down and talk to everyone you live with. Have a fire plan in place and most importantly, practise it. “It’s up to you to check Fire Danger Ratings every day in summer – these help you know when the conditions are dangerous enough to enact your fire plan. Remember that if you can see smoke, you’re leaving it too late. A fire that is miles away could be at your door in minutes.” To find out more about getting ready for the fire season visit or call 1800 240 667. A map showing fire restriction across Victorian municipalities and a Can I or Can’t I? brochure is available at (detailing the restrictions and the differences between FDP and Total Fire Ban days) and is also available by phoning the VBIL on 1800 240 667.

History making education THIS Wednesday, Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra is running a training session for museums and historical societies. The aim is to help these organisations link with their local schools. The session will cover how such organisations can link what they are doing to the new Australian Curriculum and therefore offer schools relevant learning programs. It is hoped to be one of many events where attendees can create a network to support each other. It is running from 10am to 2pm with lunch provided. “This is a really exciting project as local museums and historical societies can play a vital role in the education of young people as there is a wealth of knowledge out in the community that needs to be passed to the next generation,” education program leader Emma Fellows-Cooke said. “This sort of session has only been made possible by funding from DEECD Strategic Partnerships.” Please contact Emma at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum on 5655 History heroes: Emma Fellows-Cooke teaching children about history at 1811 if you want further Coal Creek. details.

Pet owners beware NOT managing your pets can be a costly affair, as three owners found out in the Korumburra Magistrate’s Court recently, with fines and costs totalling $3200. Both incidents involved unrestrained unregistered dogs attacking dogs on leads in public places. “The cost is not only financial; it is also traumatic for the owners and their dogs,” said South Gippsland Shire Council’s manager of regulatory services, Matthew Patterson. “Depending on the circumstance, it may also require that the offending animal is destroyed, which is traumatic for its owner as well.” Council takes matters of public safety seriously and reminds owners of dogs that they must confine their animals to their property and ensure their dogs behave appropriately when off their property. They must also register their pets with council in accordance with the Domestic Animals Act.


If you own a dog or cat, you must: • register each dog or cat you own; • ensure each dog or cat you own is microchipped; • make sure that each dog or cat wears a valid council registration tag; • keep your dog confined to your property; • make sure you dog

doesn’t bark persistently; • obey any council orders about having your dog on a leash or disposing of your dog’s droppings; • stop your dog or cat straying onto another person’s property if that person objects; and • prevent your dog chasing or attacking people or other animals. Other people can object to: • barking dogs; • dogs or cats creating a health risk; • dogs or cats being repeatedly on their property without their permission; • dogs wandering outside their owner’s premises; • dogs rushing at or chasing a person or animal; • dogs attacking or bit-

ing a person or animal; and • excessive animal numbers. You can be fined for breaking the law in relation to dog and cat offences. Many offences are dealt with by a council officer issuing an on-thespot fine which can vary in amounts up to $360. If the offence is more serious or if you keep committing the same offence, you may be prosecuted in the Magistrates Court. The fines following prosecution are much higher and the magistrate could order you to pay court costs and damages as well. In the case of a dog attack, your dog may also be destroyed, depending on the severity of the incident.

Watch out: an unleashed dog on a kerb without a registration tag and known to be aggressive.

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Show time at Korumburra THE 119th Korumburra Agricultural Show this weekend is set to have a sense of magic about it. Lachlan Wilde the Magician will be bringing his fun and interactive magic to the show which is set to wow audience members of all ages.

Korumburra Agricultural and Pastoral Society president Doug Appleton is excited about the magician’s appearance. “I have seen him perform once before and he is really fantastic,” he said. Other additions to the jam packed show included a flyball dog competition and a scarecrow

the region. Animals will be judged in various categories, while others will be available to cuddle in the Barn Buddies Animal Nursery. Those with courage can head over to the Black Snake Productions to get up close and personal with some reptiles. Local bands will be

competition. The winning scarecrow will be purchased for $100 so it is well worth entering a creation. Hundreds of entries in the craft and cooking exhibits are set to impress, with Mr Appleton claiming the Korumburra show has more entries than any other agricultural show in

providing entertainment into the night while sideshows, rides and all the carnival goodies will be available as well. Don’t forget the fire-

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College sparks attention LEONGATHA Secondary College principal Brett Windsor would have liked just one more student. He has 499 students on the school’s books this year but was hoping to top 500, a milestone in the wake of rising enrolments in recent years. “We had 473 a few years ago and we are up from 483 last year,” Mr Windsor said. The school’s increased popularity could well be due to the new $10 million school buildings unveiled to staff and students for the first time last week. “Buildings are not most important but they really do help the perception of the school,” said college business manager Gabriel Windsor. Other new students have moved to South Gippsland from interstate and others have chosen the school to pursue particular subjects. “It could also have something to do with our ICT (information and communications technology)

program because all Year 7s get free iPads,” Mrs Windsor said. Students in years 10, 11 and 12 will receive MacBook Air laptop computers, while students in Year 9 have enjoyed using the computers for the past four years. Parents pay $250 a year towards the computer and students eventually own the device, which comes with a hard case and carry satchel paid for by the school, saving parents hundreds of dollars. Year 7 numbers are around the same as last year, with 79 enrolments. Year 12 numbers are up by about 10 to 73 this year. The college welcomes new staff: Sophie Taratuta, outdoor education and physical education; Bernadette Sweeney, maths and science; and Ryan Butler, outdoor ed trainee. A new learning management system, COMPASS, has been introduced to improve communication between staff, students and parents. Among the highlights for term

Creative types: Year 8 students Michael Mowat (left) and David Williams discover the new art building with teacher Jamie Cummins last Thursday. one will be the school swimming sports on February 14, the Year 7 camp to Cowes from February 17-19, school photos on Febru-

ary 20, Year 8 camp at Nayook from March 4-6 and Toyama visit (Japanese sister school) March 19-20.

Education milestone LEONGATHA’S St Laurence O’Toole Primary School will celebrate its centenary in March this year.



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Leongatha looking outward STUDENTS of Leongatha Primary School will enjoy using their new art room in 2014. The space is part of a shared facility located next to the campus of Leongatha Secondary College. The school welcomed 90 new Preps into five classes in 2014. Prep enrolments stayed at around the same number as last year, with the school population also sitting steady at around 580 students. Genevieve Ellt has joined the staff as a prep teacher.

In term one, students will take part in activities including house swimming sports, a Grade 3 camp to Cowes, a Grade 4 camp to Woorabinda and a Grade 6 camp to the Prom. Preps start school on a shorter orientation timetable as they get used to the routines of school. The school continues to teach students the Indonesian language. It also continues to forge a relationship with its sister school in China, which it communicates with through the internet and by student visits.

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To mark the occasion, there will be a school open day on March 7, a centenary dinner on March 8, and a centenary mass and picnic on March 9. In 1913, a timber church was relocated and converted into the school, which was opened in 1014. The current St Laurence O’Toole Church was built in 1913 and the St Joseph’s Convent for the Sisters of St Joseph in 1914. The school welcomed 222 students back to the first day of school last Thursday, up from 204 students in 2013. Among them were 31 Preps and 10 new students across grades 1 to 6. Glenn Bainbridge is the new student support officer. Each room now has a 150cm flat screen TV in each room with Apple TV for interactivity between computers and the TV. Beyond the classroom, students will take part in a swimming program, house and district athletics, swimming and cross-country, middle and senior school bike education program, state netball and gymnastics competitions, choir and eisteddfods, and camps to Licola and Walhalla.

Fresh faces: Reid Jones, newly arrived from Florida, USA, and Obi Bowler start their secondary schooling at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College.

The increase is due a large group of Year 7s starting. The college takes on 108 Year 7s in 2014, bringing total enrolments up to around 570. “First term is a busy term,” principal Michael Delaney said. “Our main focus is on welcoming our new Year 7 students and getting them settled in as quickly and smoothly as we can. “Highlights of the term include the Year 7 orientation camp, the Year 12 retreat, and settling all the students into good study habits as quickly as possible.” The new teachers at the school are Paul

Carroll, teaching religious education and physical education; Patrick McCarthy, teaching English and humanities; Penny Morris, teaching food technology; and Howard Stevens, teaching chemistry. During 2014, the college will be undergoing the Catholic School Renewal program run by the Diocese of Sale. The end result of the process is a four year school improvement plan to guide decision making over the period 2015 to 2018. Mary MacKillop College, along with other schools in the South Gippsland Trade Training Alliance, has received confirmation that Trade Training Centre funding is approved. The Trade Training Centre will bring better trade training opportunities for all students in South Gippsland.

School’s in 2014 Fresh start at Wonthaggi

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WONTHAGGI Secondary College staff and students enjoyed a fresh start this year with several changes being made. There are 1170 students in total, with 600 attending the South Dudley campus and 210 in the 10 Year 7 home groups. “Those are the numbers now but we get new enrolments all the time,” campus principal Glenn Sullivan said. The school has installed an eight metre climbing tower for students in years 7, 8 and 9. Students are looking smart in their new uniforms. From white and burgundy shirts to white and blue, the uniforms give a message of school pride. A new computer room will be set up in one of the standard classrooms to give

students more internet access. The school is introducing an administration system with parental access to strengthen relationships between parents and the school. “When parents have more involvement in the school, the child tends to excel,” Ms Findlay said. Four teachers have started, including two Wonthaggi Secondary College graduates. Andrew Hay and Aidan Harris will be teaching humanities, and Kori Stewart and Amy Wallace will be teaching maths and science. The students have a big term ahead with swimming sports, Year 7 camp, injections, school photos and athletics. “We’ve hit the ground running and looking forward to another great year,” Ms Findlay said.

New heights: Kallie Apisai, Blythe Page, Ben Chapman and Hayley Verboon stand in front of Wonthaggi Secondary College’s new climbing tower.

Preps ready to learn IT’S looking to be another exciting year at Wonthaggi Primary School. Student numbers are higher than last year with 280 students attending and 46 Preps. The overall enrolment is higher than last year’s enrolment of 264. The number of classes has gone from 11 to 12, including an extra Prep class. “They were all very excited to start this morning,” assistant principal Vin

Hally said. The only new teacher is Karyn Thomas, who will be teaching the grades 3/4. The Grade 1 classrooms were refurbished during the school holidays. There is plenty for the students to look forward to in first term, including swimming sessions for grades 2 to 6 in the school’s swimming pool, the life education program beginning on Monday and a bigger focus on literacy skills.

New Preps: Levi, Batista, Sam, Shaylah and Lily are in Wonthaggi North Primary School’s 2014 Prep classes.

Bright beginnings at Wonthaggi North WONTHAGGI North Primary School welcomed students last Thursday morning.

Good start: Hayden, Olivia and Jayden started Prep at Wonthaggi Primary School on Thursday.

Fewer students entered the school gate than last year, with their massive class of Grade 6 students heading away to secondary school. At the moment, there are around 330 students. Forty-five Preps and three new staff members were welcomed this

year. Karen Joyce will be in administration, Emily Edwards will be teaching Grade 4 and Shelley Rose will be taking on Grade 6. The bike shed in the yard is almost complete. The project began last year when the school received a grant from the Department of Justice. This term, the staff will undergo a professional learning project that supports profession practice. The

teachers will be observed in their classrooms to ensure they are following the correct practice. Students can look forward to the swimming program starting again and Grade 6 students will be given the opportunity to participate in the surfing program. “We’ve had a good start to the year,” school principal Matt McKittrick said.

Big plans at St Joseph’s STUDENTS will continue to develop as independent and inquiring learners at Wonthaggi’s St Joseph’s Primary School this year.

Making friends: Jessica and Jaelah are new Prep students at St Joseph’s Primary School, Wonthaggi.

Around 275 students were dropped off by their parents on Friday morning for their first day of 2014. Working alongside John Murray and other indigenous families, the school will set up a learning stone project to connect the children to indigenous heritage and history. Developments to the senior playground and improvements to the gymnasium are in store for 2014. The highlight for this year will be the school’s Green Team assisting with environmental awareness. After achieving an Energy Grant, the Green Team will help the school community develop knowledge and skills to make a difference to the environment. Grade 6 students have the Leadership and Adventure Camp at Forest Lodge in Yarram on their calendars.

Junior life savers: Prep students Jmara and Mitchell look set for the beach on their first day of school.

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School’s in 2014

Fresh faced Preps

FISH Creek Primary School began a new school year on Thursday with a fresh crop of 13 Prep students joining the classrooms. Principal Michelle Turner said enrolments were only slightly down on last year. “We have a new Grade 3/4 teacher this year in Barry Farrell and a new PE teacher in Michelle Richards who will come in to the school once a week,” she said. “We also have Kath Gilbert starting as a primary welfare officer. She will be taking on KidsMatter and eSmart as well as teaching ICT.” The Fish Creek Primary School underwent some extensive renovations over

summer to create a new senior learning centre. The junior students, from grades Prep to 4, will now be taught in the former senior building, and grades 5 and 6 students have the run of the renovated junior building. “We had a few walls removed to create the senior centre, which now includes a senior chill out lounge that will have some couches and a microwave installed,” Ms Turner said. The school’s topic for term one is be aware and be safe. Activities on the calendar include swimming, athletics, grades 3/4 camp to Wilsons Promontory, Life Education and first aid for kids.

Play time: some of Foster Primary School’s new Prep students on their first day, back, from left, Zaine, Ursula, Lara and Elle and front, from left, Indigo, Chase, Tyler, Fern and Charley.

Exciting times at Foster IT IS a brand new year for teachers and students at Foster Primary School, with 195 students enrolled, including 29 Preps. Principal Lorraine Gurnett said numbers were similar to last year and with a few new teachers joining the school, 2014 is looking exciting. “Jess Hutchison is joining the

school to teach Grades Prep/1 and Kristie Moore will be with the school for six months teaching a Grades 5/6 class,” she said. “We also welcome Tanya Jackson as our new music teacher and welcome back Jane Power who will be in the art room again this year.” The kitchen garden was maintained over summer and new safety

mulch was spread around the playground. Ms Gurnett said activities happening in first term include swimming, athletics, first aid training and the active after school program. “Our school swimming sports are on Friday, the district swimming sports will be held on February 20 and the Prom Coast cluster athletics will be on March 20,” she said.

First day: new students at Fish Creek Primary School, from left, Anouar, Audrey, Lily and Tara, hope they have everything packed for their first day of school.

Garden delight at Loch THE REMOVAL of an old pine tree plantation has opened up room for a larger vegetable patch and a small orchard at Loch Primary School. “We’ve had all the old pine tree stumps grumbled out now and we are finally ready to get some work done,” principal Greg Bull said. “We are planning to revegetate it with some native plants and we are hoping to extend our vegie garden and also put a small orchard in. “This is all because we are going to

kick off the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.” Ten bright young Preps started school on Wednesday, twice as many as last year and the school population has been boosted to 70 pupils. All former staff have stayed on, with the addition of a second integration aid Kerry Reid. The school is looking forward to a whole school family barbecue at the end of February where the grades 4, 5 and 6 prepare fun activities for the rest of the school and their families.

Poowong starts 2014 POOWONG Consolidated School principal Leonie Anstey is over the moon about the start of the 2014 school year. “It has been an amazing and fantastic start,” she said. “We have 23 new Preps which are slightly up from 20 on last year, and they are settling in well.” The school is also welcome two new staff members on board. Stacy Hood is taking on the role of Grade 1/2 teacher while Liz Hill is coming on as an integration aid. The focus for the start of the school year is social skills. Other events in the first term include swimming and athletics events.

Lock it in: from left, Samuel Flanders, Jake Thornell, Tamara Lavarda and Ella Schauble were mastering their combination locks on the first day of school at South Gippsland Secondary College last Thursday.

All set for 2014 SOUTH Gippsland Secondary College will benefit from the Federal Government’s trade training funding, with work on establishing a trade program expected to start later in the year. New staff: Liz Hill and Stacy Hood have joined the staff at Poowong Consolidated School.

The program will focus on building and construction, light engineering, agriculture and horticulture, with students able to enrol from 2015.

Principal Cheryl Glowrey said 310 students are enrolled at the school this year, which is a little down on previous years, but “was anticipated.” “We have 43 new Year 7 students, which is also a few less than previous years,” she said. Staffing arrangements at the school remain much the same, however the school does welcome back Nicole Coates after a year of leave. “We also welcome former student

Holly Pilkington back to the school as our sport and recreation trainee for the year,” she said. “Some of the major events happening in term one include the Year 7 camp to Waratah Bay, the Year 9 Wilsons Promontory camp, swimming and athletics. “We are also planning a 95 year school reunion for the first week of term two, which we are hoping many former students will return for.”

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School’s in 2014

Record enrolments at Newhaven NEWHAVEN College has welcomed a record 846 students this year, an increase of 100 students on 2013, with the opening of the state of the art new $5.5 million Middle School building. The college’s three school substructure will see around 550 students attend Junior School (Prep-4) and Middle School (years 5-9) at the Phillip Island Road Campus. With just two classes of students from Prep to Year 6 and four classes of students from years 7-12, Newhaven is able to offer the highest quality educational opportunities in a small and caring environment. “Many new students will go down in history as being the first to have their homerooms in the brand new Middle School, which is an exemplar model for Middle Schools around the world”, college principal Gea Lovell said. Fourteen new staff have commenced at Newhaven, with several moving to the area from overseas or interstate, and from highly regarded schools such as Haileybury College, Wesley College and Camberwell Grammar School. “The new staff will add a fresh perspective and optimism to the college’s mission to prepare every student

exceedingly well, ensuring that differentiation is woven into their programs so that all students can achieve their best,” Mrs Lovell said. “Our new Head of Junior School, Ralph Arceo from Camberwell Grammar, is pleased that the Junior School’s plan to have all primary classes double streamed is near fruition, with only Year 4 offering a single class. Enrolments are already in place for this class to double stream in 2015.” Mr Arceo has over a decade of leadership across academic, pastoral and administrative areas, teaching in NSW, the independent school system, Trinity Grammar (NSW) and then spending the last 12 years at Camberwell Grammar School. His two sons will be attending Junior School. “My vision for the Junior School is to be committed to providing an environment that is safe, supportive and welcoming and values the diversity of our school and wider community,” Mr Arceo said. “Our aim is to give every student in our care the best possible education to prepare them for life beyond school.” Mr Arceo began his first day at Newhaven welcoming parents and students before hosting a special morning tea for the parents of the 44 new Prep students.

New school: from left, Year 6 teachers Simon Furniss and Marcelle Kreig took their class on a tour of the brand new Middle School. The students were Jasmine Petrusch, Rhani Mann, Ashley Steet, Natalie Mehes, Mia Strattman, Bethany Scott, Shae White and Juliette Townsend.

First day: Year 6 student Hayley Robb was doing a great job helping new Preps Matilda Abraham-Williams and Savannah O’Keefe on the playground.

Focus on kids MIRBOO North Primary School is introducing a new program in 2014 for the wellbeing of its students.

Tarwin Valley Primary welcomes Mrs Ross TARWIN Valley Primary School has welcomed an exchange teacher from Canada. Kathleen Ross from Mountain Park Primary School has joined the staff at Tarwin Valley Primary School in 2014 to teach grades 5/6. She has brought her husband and her sons Lachlan and Hudson with her. “It’s an exciting time for us to learn about a different culture and different vocabulary,” principal Brett Smith said. “We’re really excited to have this opportunity to interact with someone from another country.” Teacher Kath Gilbert has returned to the school as primary welfare officer. She will implement the Kids Matter framework, a mental health and wellbeing program for primary aged children. At Tarwin Valley Primary

School, 101 students are enrolled, with nine Preps joining the school community. They will enjoy the brand new playground equipment being installed in February. In term one, the school holds its Stuart’s Cup house athletic sports, swimming events and other athletic events. After school students can take part in gymnastics. The grades 3/4 students will take part in a camp to Wilsons Promontory.

The program is called KidsMatter. It’s a mental health and wellbeing framework proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. Through the program, schools engage with their communities to nurture happy, balanced kids. In addition, in 2014 students will take part in house swimming sports in February and the annual Mirboo North Art Show on Mothers’ Day weekend. Mirboo North Primary School has 268 students enrolled this year and is running 12 classes. Thirty-three of the students are Preps - an average intake of Prep students. In 2013 there were 50 Preps. “Last year was unusually large,” principal Wendy Inman said. Classroom teacher Janine Hanning has returned from long service leave. For 12 months Mirboo North Primary School will also benefit from the presence of new acting assistant principal Matt Snell. He was the principal at the former Wollongong College.

Centenary party ST JOSEPH’S Korumburra is looking forward to celebrating its centenary year in 2014. The school is eager to reflect on the past 100 years as 23 new Preps and their families join the school community. The overall population of the school has expanded to 107, a great improvement on recent years and has pushed the school to five classrooms. Joining the staff at St Joseph’s are teacher’s aide Kylie Wright, Italian teacher Rosemary Daniels and classroom teacher Tammy Jones. Swimming sports are first on the agenda for term one, but any past students that would like to be involved in the centenary celebrations in June are encouraged to contact the school.

Preps up at Nyora NYORA Primary School has quadrupled its intake of Preps with 12 this year, up on 2013’s three.

Fresh faces: from front, some of Tarwin Valley Primary School’s new Preps, Holly, Emily and Anthony, with their new teacher, Donna Russell, on their first day last Thursday.

School principal Mick Hussey is happy with the increase. “It’s a markable increase from last year,” he said. “Our student population has stayed steady with 45 children here.” All the same staff are at Nyora PS in 2014, which provides students with consistency. Social interaction and peer mediation is the focus in term one at Nyora. “Our older kids are doing peer mediation and working on how to assist their peers in the playground and sorting through small differences,” Mr Hussey said. “We are also focusing on our swimming program then onto our athletics.”

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School’s in 2014

Enrolments rise at Inverloch

ENROLMENTS have climbed by 20 to 370 students at Inverloch Primary School this year, including 63 Preps.

Good luck: Prep Ruby McCartney is wished all the best for her first day at Inverloch Primary School by mum Rachael Millar and brother Lincoln McCartney.

Kids everywhere THREE classes of 53 Prep students started their first day of school at Korumburra Primary School last Wednesday. This boosted to enrolments to 416, compared to 402 at the start of 2013. The school year kicked off at KPS with a cheers and tears celebration to welcome the Preps. Returning teachers Jenny Mulqueeny, Candice Huntly and Natalie Ciavarella were welcomed back by fellow staff and students at assembly.

New facilities around the school include a new timber deck outside the music room, upgraded play equipment and a new named paved wall. Along with the usual first term swimming sports, students will focus on environmental aspects by examining recycling and energy usage, especially with the school’s 90 solar panels. One teacher, Jacqui Rotthier, who has previously worked as a learning coach across the district, will perform a similar role with just the KPS staff.

To cater for the extra numbers, a new double portable classroom has been installed. The school year is looking great, said principal Wendy Caple. “It’s always exciting on the first day with new families and we had a morning tea for parents of new families,” she said. The staff room will look quite different this year, with a mix of new and returning teachers. New teachers are Deanne Blanchard (literacy), intern Rebekah Vagg (helping grades 3 and 4), Kady Hemming (grades 1 and 2), Sam Hill (grades 5 and 6), and Kylie Horton (grades 3 and 4). Amy Geisler returns to take grades 3 and 4 after teaching in Canada. Mel McRae is back to teach grades 5 and 6 after taking maternity leave to have son Joel. Sarah Reark has returned to teach art after having maternity leave too. The school oval has been regraded and laser leveled to help with drainage, and Bass Coast Shire Council has also improved drainage along the rear of

the school. This term, senior students will soon be training for athletic sports, Grade 4 students will enjoy a camp at Waratah Bay and preparations are underway for

the Easter Saturday Fair. Ms Caple thanked volunteers for weeding the school grounds and tending to the vegetable garden over the school holidays. The school’s sister

campus Kongwak Primary School welcomes three Preps and a total of 24 students, slightly down on last year. Pam Quinlan is the new teacher for the junior room.

Kongwak kids: proud mum Kathleen Brown, nee Coleman well remembers her school days at St Laurence’s Primary School in Leongatha. She was all smiles as she dropped her five year old son Joshua off at Kongwak Primary School for his first day of school, accompanied by his sisters Shaye, Grade 2 and Chelsea, Grade 4.

Mirboo North growing strong MIRBOO North Secondary College is pleased to be able to offer students state of the art facilities.

First day: mum Kim, little brother Zac and dad Mark wish Max Fowles well on his first day of school at Korumburra Primary.

“Students have adapted extremely well to the open plan and spaciousness of the building,” Mirboo North Secondary College publicity officer Lesla Ford said. “They are especially appreciative of the technology wing, art area, food technology area and modern bathrooms. “They are really enjoying having

state of the art facilities that provide a positive learning environment. “The old structures are totally demolished. “Grounds work and landscape gardening are in progress and will be completed in readiness for the proposed official opening in term two.” Mirboo North Secondary College is taking on 44 new Year 7s. For demographic reasons, overall enrolment numbers are slightly lower than in 2013.

The teaching staff is unchanged since last year. In term one students will enjoy school camps for Year 7s and Year 12s, house swimming sports and house athletic sports. Students will also continue to work with a sister school in China through the China Globalisation Project. The schools are in similar time zones and the experience helps to broaden the horizons of students from both schools.

New principal for new year A NEW principal will be at the helm of Korumburra Secondary College into 2014. Abigail Graham has taken on the top job and loves it. “Everyone has been so welcoming,” she said. For the first time the school has had a staggered start to the year with years 7 and 8 starting on Wednesday and the whole school coming back on Thursday. Year 7 student Eric Zubcic said he was

enjoying the freedom of high school. “You are in control of yourself a lot more here,” he said. “You get to your own classes and you don’t have one specific teacher. I really like it so far though.” Eric is one of 60 Year 7 students at the college and makes up the 420 students school wide. The college welcomes back staff members Catherine McDougall, Jodie Matthews, Shane Kelly and Brogan Campbell who were away in 2013.

Starting again: Year 7 students Michael Lunch, Eric Zubcic, Peter Veltri and Patrick Stephens in the classroom at Korumburra Secondary College.

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quiet Cape Liptrap beach, ideal for swimming, rock pooling and fishing. The land is gently undulating with well-established shelter belts, divided into five good sized paddocks, watered by a number of dams. It is a short, five minute drive to Walkerville and within two and a half hours drive of Melbourne’s CBD.

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

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WBA looks forward to 2014

By Tayla Kershaw

THE Wonthaggi Business Association is preparing for another big year in 2014. After the success of the loyalty program late last year, the program will begin again in July with the winner announced at the Christmas festival. This year’s prize of $2000 to spend in any participating Wonthaggi store was Esther Tonello. “I was so pleased someone like Esther won it,” the Wonthaggi Business Association’s Hannah Quilford said. “From looking at her card, we could see she had shopped all over Wonthaggi and is likely to share her money around the different stores.” It’s not just the Wonthaggi stores that will benefit from Ms Tonello’s generous nature. The runner up was Juliet Bond, who won a night’s accommodation but planned to give her prize to a friend. Ms Tonello then offered to donate $200 of her prize money to her. “It snowballed from there,” association president Ross Langlois said.

“Darren Cartwright then donated $100 to Juliet and the ball kept rolling. Raneye Electronics donated $100 and the business association members donated $100. Juliet still ended up with $500.” “It rekindles your faith in humankind,” Ms Quilford said. The Christmas festival will run again in McBride Avenue at the end of the year, with hopes of being bigger and better than the last. Plans for the rest of the year are still in progress and ideas are always welcomed. One idea that has come to mind is a street market in one of the streets so all traders can feel the impact. “We are looking for different ways to raise Wonthaggi’s profile,” Ms Quilford said. “We just hope the business association can maintain the reputation we have built for the community and make a positive impact.” Anyone interested in joining the Wonthaggi Business Association can call Hannah Quilford on 0409748226 or email basscoast@ .



If you have leftover Christmas ham, this and next week’s recipes might help to use it up. Next week’s recipe, a ham, zucchini and carrot fritter, can be frozen prior to being cooked, so you can keep it until colder weather. Likewise, if you thinly slice the ham, you can label, date and freeze it for future use as well. This particular recipe uses pancetta, but you can substitute ham. Pancetta has a tang that ham does not have. Buy pancetta from the delicatessen - far more economical than prepackaged. Leftovers can be thinly sliced and tossed into a salad for lunch the next day.

CHICKEN WITH SPINACH & PANCETTA 8 chicken cutlets 1 ½ cups sautéed spinach/silver beet 8 tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese 8 slices very thin sliced Pancetta or Ham salt and pepper 3 tablespoons garlic oil 3/4 cup chicken stock 3/4 cup white wine 3 tablespoons fresh sage Pound the cutlets thin with a meat mallet and lightly season with salt and pepper. Lay the cutlets on a tray or cutting board and divide the spinach amongst the eight cutlets, arranging it to cover, leaving a little space along the sides. Sprinkle a tablespoon of the cheese on top of the spinach on each of the cutlets. Starting at one end, tightly roll the cutlets up. Using a slice of pancetta or ham, carefully wrap the chicken roll around and secure each with kitchen string. In a large, heavy skillet, heat the garlic oil over medium high heat and brown all the chicken rolls very well on all sides, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the broth and wine and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, partly cover the skillet and cook for 15 minutes. Remove the chicken to a heated plate, and bring the wine mixture remaining in the skillet up to a boil. Add the sage, season with salt and pepper, and reduce heat. Return the chicken to the skillet and turn to coat in the sauce. Place the chicken on a platter and pour the sauce on top. Serve hot.

Looking out for Wonthaggi: Hannah Quilford and Ross Langlois from the Wonthaggi Business Association are in the progress of planning 2014 for Wonthaggi.

Council lobbies Mayor’s message for funding Cr Neil Rankine

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has joined forces with other rural councils to seek renewal of vital Victorian Government funding programs for local roads and community projects. Three state programs have delivered $360 million over four years for local initiatives through the Country Roads and Bridges ($160 million), Local Government Infrastructure ($100 million) and Putting Locals First ($100 million) funding streams. However funding for these programs is due to finish next year. Mayor Cr James Fawcett said it was important for councils to show a united front and demonstrate the valuable role state funding had played in delivering more than 1500 local projects to communities across rural and regional Victoria. “This funding has been a huge windfall for our region and we want to see a commitment in the May State Budget for the programs to continue beyond 2014-15,” he said. “Renew – revive – revitalise is the theme of the Funding Regional Communities campaign, and that’s exactly what the Victorian Government’s investment has meant to South Gippsland. “Our communities have benefited from 41 local road, footpath and bridge projects being funded by the government to date, plus a further nine community

initiatives. “Many of these projects were either delivered ahead of schedule from our forward capital works plan, or identified as local solutions to address identified gaps in local services or infrastructure.” Cr Fawcett said South Gippsland was reaping the benefits of road maintenance and restoration improvements, including rehabilitation of the Lower Franklin Road at Foster, Grandridge West Road, Mirboo North footpath extension and Koonwarra Landfill Cell construction. “Other initiatives we have been able to deliver so far with state funding support include Corner Inlet Halls Network Redevelopment Project, Venus Bay’s Shared Pathway Missing Link, McIndoe Park Development Project, and TP Taylor Recreation Reserve (Sandy Point) Enhancement Project,” he said. “The new Plan Melbourne strategy and the Regional Growth Plans identify regional areas for significant future growth. While this represents a great opportunity for us, it also brings with it challenges of providing for the needs of our future communities. “With further Victorian Government investment we can continue to revive our regions and revitalise local communities with better access to services, infrastructure and jobs. “This will reduce pressure on our rates and more strongly position us to contribute to the future growth and prosperity of regional Victoria.”

Did someone say schnitzel? NADINE from Wattlebank Park Farm is a familiar face at local farmers’ markets across the region. They are known for their delicious range of meat, with prime cuts of beef and seasoned pork sausages a regular addition to plates around town. Their picturesque farm just out of Wonthaggi is home a diverse range of animals from sweet dairy cows to our mischievous pigs. They love to share their knowledge with others and take school groups for hands-on tours, or offer programs for budding farmers. Nadine is also happy to share some of her culinary secrets, and for lovers of schnitzel, you’re in for a treat. This Satur-

day at the Coal Creek Farmers’ Market at Korumburra she’ll be on the community stage showing you how to make the perfect schnitzel and there’ll be tastings too. Make sure you’re there around 10am to catch the action. Another one of the fabulous range of meaty morsels coming out of Wattlebank Park Farm is its famous Polish sausage. Make sure you get a slice or two of that while you’re there. They also have farm gate sales. See their website for details. All of your other favourite local producers will be down at the Coal Creek car park, Korumburra on Saturday so bring your bags, appetite and the family for a fun, delicious morning. The market kicks off at 8am and goes until 12.30pm.

ALTHOUGH it feels the year has been going on for a while, last week was really the ‘official’ start for many – children back at school, adults back at work. Many councillors also had their summer break during January and are now back working hard for the community – not that one ever really stops when you are in council. In this my first Mayor’s Message for 2014 I’d like to focus on some of the new things coming up this year. Bass Coast Shire Council was one of the first municipalities to bring together all the education providers and various levels of government to develop a shire-wide education plan. The original plan achieved many great outcomes for the community, including the establishment of the Wonthaggi Specialist School and the Phillip Island Early Learning Centre, greater support for kindergartens, development of partnerships with tertiary education providers, and the development of the Bass Coast Learning and Education Precinct plan. Plans of this importance and reach are not the sole responsibility of council. Council, however, plays a leadership role in bringing together all the groups, organisations and stakeholders to create a robust document that will guide the action of council and education providers in the planning, provision and delivery of education services in the shire until 2017. Last year, we began the process of reviewing the old plan and developing the plan that will see us through to 2017. We set up the Education Reference Group, which included representatives for more than 15 organisations, including local schools, Department of Education, universities, TAFE, and library, as well as council. The ERG has worked tirelessly during 2013 to assess the status of education provision in the shire, study best practice and identify strengths and opportunity. The result of this work is a new Bass Coast Shire Education Plan. Council will consider a motion to adopt the plan at the council meeting in February. Another interesting initiative is the creation of the position of community planning facilitator, which we have just advertised. The concept of community planning is about getting the local community involved in how they want their community to be. Council has been doing this for a long time. In fact, in this area too, Bass Coast has been leading other councils. However, to date we have not had a coordinated effort, so the creation of this position will help us achieve that. The purpose of community planning is to create stronger, more resilient communities and to increase the capability of community groups to achieve their objectives. Research has shown stronger communities are healthier, happier and are more sustainable. We think this is a great investment in the wellbeing of everyone in Bass Coast. We hope to have someone in this role by late February/ early March. I will provide you with updates. I look forward to working with you throughout the year. Cr Neil Rankine, mayor.

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Highway delays expected MOTORISTS travelling along the Strzelecki Highway west of Mirboo North can expect minor delays. VicRoads said the delay would impact the highway between Cropley Road and Stubbers Lane, as work continues on construction of the overtaking lane. Ray Paterson, acting VicRoads regional director – eastern, said the works involved construction of new pavement which requires removal of the existing bitumen to allow for strengthening of the existing road and drainage improvements. “Following pavement construction, wire rope safety barriers will be installed, a new bitumen seal added and linemarking completed,” he said. “There will be increased truck and machinery activity in the vicinity of the

Nice likeness: Liz Smith, crossing supervisor at St Laurence O’Toole Primary School, with a portrait of herself painted on the school building by parent Colleen Herbert late last year. Ms Smith was busy safely guiding students to the Leongatha school last Thursday.

Great online reads THE popular West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation Zinio eMagazine collection is set to get bigger, and libraries

around the region are running an online poll to find out which new magazines to add to the collection. The poll is open to any-

one, both members and non-members alike, and offers people a chance to have their say on what new titles will be available. “We already have a great selection of eMaga-

Keeping watch: Life Saving Victoria life guards Jameson Trainor (left) and Max Leonard kept a close eye at Inverloch Surf Beach recently. “It’s good to see people putting on the sunscreen and keeping hydrated,” Max said. Jameson added: “There were a lot of people in the flags as well which makes our job a lot easier.”

zines through Zinio, but the new titles we have to choose from are pretty exciting and include such popular titles as Country Style, delicious., donna hay magazine, Super Food Ideas and Men’s Fitness,” collections manager Sandra Jeffries said. The eMagazine collection launched late last year and since that date over 2000 eMagazines have been downloaded across West Gippsland. “We’re really pleased with that number,” Ms Jeffries said. “We think it shows that Gippslanders are embracing change, getting online and seeing the benefits that can be offered by the digital realm.” She said the digital magazines offer great convenience for users, being downloadable anywhere you have a web connection, meaning they can be downloaded at home or whilst travelling interstate or overseas, so long as you have a library card. To vote in the poll visit: http://www.surveygizmo. com/s3/1512021/LibraryeMagazines To borrow from the collection visit

Offenders give back A NEW partnership is getting offenders on community-based orders to roll up their sleeves to support the Wonthaggi Pony Club as part of their community service. Corrections Minister Edward O’Donohue recently visited Wonthaggi Pony Club to announce the new partnership and hear firsthand how the project would benefit the club. Mr O’Donohue said a community

work team will visit the grounds every fortnight from February to carry out maintenance, cleaning and beautification works for the club. “This exciting partnership will see offenders carry out a range of jobs around the grounds, including painting, paving and gardening,” Mr O’Donohue said. Mr O’Donohue said a team from Gippsland’s community work program would also undertake landscaping work at Leongatha Hospital, building a maternity ward

garden with plants donated by local businesses and agencies. Offenders in Gippsland have already completed at least 26,000 hours of unpaid work since July 1, 2013, and are expected to complete around 49,000 hours before the end June this year. Not-for-profit groups interested in forming a community work partnership should contact their Community Correctional Services office. Contact details can be found at

project and motorists are urged to exercise caution when travelling along this section of the Strzelecki Highway. “Delays of up to five minutes may be experienced due to altered traffic conditions and reduced speed limits. VicRoads encourages motorists travelling through the area to plan ahead and allow for this additional travel time.” A reduced speed limit will also be in place outside normal work hours as the road will be unsealed, with no lines marked. “Motorists are reminded to observe the changed traffic conditions for their own safety and the safety of workers,” Mr Paterson said. “VicRoads thanks motorists for their patience and understanding while these important works are carried out.” Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed by mid 2014.

Meeniyan wins THE dream of a recreational place for young people in Meeniyan is about to become a reality. South Gippsland Shire Council received a $93,000 grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria’s (SRV) Community Facility Funding Program. The grant will enable facilities at Meeniyan Recreation Reserve to be upgraded, as identified in the Meeniyan Community Plan and the reserve’s master plan. It will include a new playground, an entry level skate park, pedestrian walkways, themed park furniture and a bike stand. There will also be new signs and information to encourage rail trail users to use the community space as a rest stop. “This $140,000 project has been designed to be cost effective, easy to maintain, user friendly and one that can be implemented in stages,” mayor Cr Jim

Fawcett said. “The State Government will contribute $93,000, and council $23,500 and resources.” The remaining funds will come from: • Gardiner Foundation Grant, $6500; • Strengthening Small Dairy Communities,$4000; • Meeniyan Youth Committee, $5800; • Meeniyan Tennis Club, $1000; • Meeniyan Progress Association, $3000; • Meeniyan Recreation Reserve Committee, $3000; and • Meeniyan Area Community Shop $200. “A Meeniyan Youth Committee was established to advocate for the project, raise the necessary funds and to progress the project,” Cr Fawcett explained. “Their top two priorities were the development of a new playground and a safe place for kids to skateboard and blade.”

Mayor’s message Cr Jim Fawcett UP TO 30 per cent of community infrastructure upgrades around the shire are enabled by grant funding from State and Federal government bodies and through Council’s Community Grants Program. These sources generally seek some level of council and/or community investment through ‘in kind’ or dollar contribution (many people assume council’s budget is resourced solely from rates.) It was a prudent move some 10 years ago to create a dedicated grants officer position to research and capitalise on grant opportunities from a wide array of government and philanthropic sources. Our officer, Penni Ellicott, also assists community groups to access grants directly for their projects. The efforts of Penni and the team were again evident when the Minister for Sport and Recreation (SRV) Victoria, Hugh Delahunty, recently awarded $282,000 to council for four specific projects under SRV’s Community Facility Funding Program. The first was for $74,000 to assist with the creation of a Training Centre of Excellence for elite athletes at the Korumburra Recreation Centre - a great project that will help relieve the travel and displacement promising local athletes often incur. The second was a $93,000 grant to create a community play space for young people at the Meeniyan Recreation Reserve. This will include a new playground, an entry level skate rink and additional park furniture and signage that will also provide a pleasant rest area for families using the Rail Trail.

Soccer and cricket players will benefit from the $100,000 grant toward a major oval lighting project at Mirboo North that will allow evening practice and matches as the days get shorter. The benefits will flow on to emergency agencies that also use the lower oval at the Walter J Tuck Reserve as a staging area during crises. The fourth project will see the development of a South Gippsland Tennis Facilities Master Plan. The project officer will conduct an audit of all our courts, their condition and current usage. Relevant groups will be consulted to devise the plan which will see a 10 year prioritised and costed program of improvements to our tennis facilities that aligns us with Tennis Australia’s strategy for Gippsland. Council reallocated $135,000 and resources in the last budget to support these applications and many community groups also contributed. It is exciting to think of the changes these grants will make to our communities. It is an accessible investment in our near future, with these projects aligning with the Reserves’ Master Plans completed last year. We have closed our on-line Repairing our Roads Survey and will now collate the information you’ve provided to action those hazards which are our responsibility and to advocate for improved road conditions and safety with other tiers of government. Thank you to everyone who assisted us to gather this vital information and we will keep you up to date as progress is made.


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Art will impress at Korumburra display raising events this coming weekend, with its 37th annual Art Show.

It will be held in the Federation Art Gallery, on the corner of Commercial and King Streets in Korumburra.

The opening and preview will be on Friday, February 7 from 7.30pm, then Saturday, February 8 from 10am to 9pm, with the final day being Sunday, February 9, from 10am till 3.30pm. The Rotary Club of Korumburra has received entries from artists, both local and further afield. The standard of art in the exhibition promises to be at a high level and will be well worth viewing. Most of the artwork is available for purchase. The art show attracts generous sponsorship from local businesses and patrons. This year, prizes to the value of $5850 will be awarded. Prizes are: • first prize: best painting, any medium, acquired, $1500; • second prize: second best entry, any medium, acquired, $1250; • best oil painting: $500; • best watercolour painting: $500; • best pastel painting: $500;

Worthy of recognition: former South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy with 2013 art show director Marilyn Hill and the best oil painting in the show last year. • best local entry, any medium: $500; • best contemporary painting: $500; For artists resident within the South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires only: • highly commended, any medium: $100; • highly commended, any medium: $100; and • highly commended, any medium: $100. For all artists: • highly commended, any medium: $100;

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8AM-12.30PM Bring the family and relax under the shade of the gum trees, play in the playground and stock up on delicious local produce. 10am - VeggrowingtipswithMeredithfromGrowLightly 10.15am - Learn how to make schnitzel with Nadine from Wattlebank Park Farm. There'll be schnitz to try, plus her famous polish sausage too. Pick up some fresh fish, free-range eggs, cakes, chutneys, artisan breads, wines, seedlings, herbs to plant, hand-made soaps and lots more local goodies.

• highly commended, any medium: $100; and • highly commended, any medium: $100. This year, it is the club’s pleasure to have Malcolm Webster as judge. Malcolm graduated in art and industrial design at RMIT in 1970. He has since held over 36 solo and group exhibitions, has won over 100 first prizes alone for his distinct watercolours and has produced and sold over 700 works in watercolour, oil and mixed medium. Malcolm lectured in illustration at The National School of Design at Swinburne University. He now conducts workshops and demonstrations for select art societies, and holds watercolour classes twice a week. There is a raffle being conducted in conjunction with the art show. Malcolm has especially completed a painting called Gulf Sta-

tion, valued at $1200, as the prize. To have a chance to win this wonderful prize, tickets can be purchased for $2 at the Korumburra Post Office, or during the actual art show. Malcolm will also have a selection of four of his paintings at the art show available for purchase. Rotarians encourage people to attend the opening night, where for a $20 entry price, you get to view a wonderful exhibition of art, whilst enjoying drinks and finger foods. Patrons will also get the opportunity to vote for the most popular prize at any time over the three day exhibition. All funds raised are used for Rotary projects as designated by the members, so we urge people to come along and support this important annual event, over the three days from February 7 to 9.

Wonthaggi Theatrical Group presents…

Leongatha Red Cross is on the cake stall COA1310005 Other markets to visit: Foster Feb 15 | Inverloch Feb 23 | Koonwarra March 1 Stallholder enquiries phone 0459 629 000

Thirty-seventh Annual

Art Show

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.

KORUMBURRA ROTARY CLUB Friday, Feb 7 to Sunday, Feb 9 Federation Art Gallery, Korumburra FRIDAY Official Opening and supper 7.30pm. All Welcome. Admission to opening $20

Sat 10am - 9.00pm/Sun 10am - 3.30pm Tickets available at the door. Inquiries: John Kurrle 5655 1569 or Stewart Woods 5674 2019


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


THE Rotary Club of Korumburra will be conducting one of its major annual fund-

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - PAGE 35

Toora parties as bank turns 15 THE Toora and District Community Bank celebrated its 15th birthday in the Toora Hall recently, complete with cake, balloons and a live band.

Meeting the mascot: locals Takara, Sierra and Angus Barns got to know Piggy and helper Jill Throckmorton at the birthday celebrations.

Foster and Toora branch manager Allison Drury said since opening, the Toora and District Community Bank has given back $600,000 to the local community through grants and donations. “Toora was just the sixth community bank branch in Australia to open,” she said. “We wanted to use today to thank all of our customers for their support and our contributors, because they are the ones who put the money up to get us started in the first place.”

Left, Cake cutting: from left, Rob Liley, Llew Vale, Irene Spooner, Allen Van Kuyk, Pamela McIntyre, Rebecca Parker, David Roberts and Sophia Cole celebrated the 15th birthday of the Toora and District Community Bank.

Moonlight movie magic GATHER your family and friends pack a picnic rug and come along to enjoy a unique family evening of fun and entertainment at Newhaven College’s second annual Moonlight Movie Night on Friday, February 14. A giant inflatable 9 x 6.5m movie screen with a Bose surround sound system will dominate Newhaven College’s Phillip Island Road Campus oval (opposite the Adventure Resort) to screen the hilarious movie, Despicable Me 2. Newhaven’s Junior School students have been counting the sleeps to this eagerly anticipated evening ever since they voted Despicable Me 2 as their movie of choice. The college’s volunteer parents and friends committee has organised the evening with a strong emphasis on creating an affordable family event. For just $10, you can enjoy jumping castles, entertainment, craft activities and face painting. “We want every family to be able to afford to come,” committee member Shelley Muller said. “Child tickets are only $10 and adult

tickets are at children’s prices, so you can arrive any time after 6pm and be entertained for four and a half hours for a very reasonable price.” An attractive option is to take the night off organising dinner and enjoy the delicious food on offer. A gourmet barbecue, waffles, hot pancakes with maple syrup, good coffee and other movie treats will be available for purchase. Of course there will be showbags and lucky dips, but the real excitement will begin when the sun goes down and children can enjoy the full effect of the amazing glow rings and finger lights that will on sale. Well known local college music teachers Dave Prideaux and Rob Turton will be joined by their drummer Josh Albert to play a relaxing mix of cover music before the movie. The trio has recently played successful gigs at San Remo and students can’t wait to seeing their teachers performing on stage. Tickets are available online at www. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate – please bring cash. In case of poor weather, the event will be postponed to a new date and all pre-purchased tickets will remain valid.

day Intimate evening in the Captains Lounge - Friday Feb 14th - A'la Carte menu - Light entertainment from Harrison Dale - Limited availability

Ph: 5674 1432

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Farming Insight EXPORT HEIFERS Now buying for China

SEJ sells entire yarding By Tayla Kershaw

- Unjoined Holstein Heifers 100-180kg, 180-320kg - Unjoined Jersey Heifers 130-160KG, 180kg plus

Now also buying for new export order - Unjoined Angus Heifers - 240kg – 380kg China Protocols apply. Delivery middle of February and March.

Very competitive prices paid. Ring for further information. ALE5760194

LEONGATHA Dane Perczyk 0408 176 063. David Holden 0428 749 390

SOUTH Gippsland’s premier store cattle sale was held in Koonwarra on Friday. SEJ delivered with a number of outstanding entries of quality store cattle. Steers were dearer this week. Only a small yarding of heifers was available and they were $20 to $30 dearer as well due to the quality. Over the past three to four months, heifer prices have been inconsistent. There was a yarding of 1800 and all were sold. “I think it went very well in general,” SEJ’s James Kyle said. “Most cattle stayed local and they were all sold virtually at today’s market value.” All cattle were of a high standard quality that vendors and buyers could be happy with.

At auction: SEJ representatives Paul Wilson, Kane Sparkes, Mario Arestia, James Kyle, Neil Park, Michael Stevens, Bill Egan and Danni Klinkhamer sell cattle at Koonwarra on Friday.

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The young cattle were very mixed in quality and this was reflected in the prices with a wide variation being recorded. A few good soft vealers

sold to increased demand while the heavy weight yearling heifers improved 1c/kg. Grown steers were limited to a few pens and prices eased 1c on most while the bullocks were also not well supplied with a fully firm average recorded for most sales. Friesian manufacturing steers lifted 8c while the crossbred portion improved 4c/kg, with demand the major driver.


MYSTERY BAY JERSEYS AND HOLSTEINS COMPLETE DISPERSAL SALE OF ALL MILKERS & HEIFERS On Property, 7953 Princes Highway, Central Tilba, NSW A/C A & N Simpson 0418 735 165

Tuesday 18th February 2014 commencing at 10.30am Selling 141 Milkers - comprising of 79 Registered Jerseys, 30 Jersey/Holstein, 32 Holsteins of which 50 Autumn calving, 42 Spring calving, 25 Summer calving, 24 Winter calving 81 Heifers - comprising of 50 Jersey, 23 Jersey/ Holstein, 6 Holstein, 2 Aussie Red - aging from Dec 2011 - Jan 2014 drop 4 Jersey bulls Sires used Keystone, Larfalot, Jurace Tailboard, Bushlea Brook Biestarm, Vanahlem, Bartpower, Manhatten, Alta Arnald, Spiritual, Farmdealer, Bullbar, Jay Jump, Summersalt, Clinton Park Butter Bullion, Justifier, ARB Lawrence EBL Neg, BJD Score 0 2013 low BMCC Milk Quality Award from Dairy Australia Cell count under 100 mainly around 80 In top 5% in Australia mostly AI bred Herd has competed in the local on farm challenge in recent years with much success Very nice herd of predominately jersey cows with a small number of large framed Holstein cows. Very correct cows with superb udder in top condition. Cows will not disappoint upon inspection. Extremely good lines of Jersey heifers of varying ages by leading AI sires available. Mystery Bay Jerseys has always sought the very best of cow families at auctions with well known families from studs Cedar Vale Jerseys, Salvation Jerseys and Misty Glen Jerseys featuring predominately throughout the herd. Stuart Lockhart 0411 071 284 Brian Leslie 0418 365 934 Follow us on twitter

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

Most weights and grades were represented in the cows and a lift in interest for the leaner grades saw prices improve slightly, while the better two and three score heavy weights eased a little. A few vealers sold from 133c to 190c with the good C3 calves lifting 3c to 9c/ kg. The yearling steers were very mixed, with a few well finished drafts making between 169c and 185c holding firm on the heavy trade weights and slipping 1c to 6c/kg for the extra heavy weights. A limited selection of well finished yearling heifers sold between 142c and 168c lifting 1c for the heavy weights and 11c/ kg for the medium trade weight heifers. Grown steers made from 155c to 175c easing 1c/kg on most. Bullocks sold from 158c to 183c/kg holding a firm. A handful of well-conditioned grown heifers made between 142c and 160c lifting 7c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers sold between 132c and 137c, improving 8c, with the crossbred portion between 142c and 162c lifting 4c/kg. Medium weight cows made from 90c to 110c lifting 1c/kg on most.

Heavy weight dairy cows sold from 100c to 120c to gain 2c/kg. Heavy weight beef cows made between 105c and 129c easing 2c/kg. Heavy dairy bulls sold between 110c and 123c to improve 2c while the beef

bred bulls slipped 5c to 8c, making from 112c to 133c/kg. The next sale draw - February 3, 5 & 6: 1. Rodwells, 2. David Phelan, 3. Landmark, 4. Elders, 5. SEJ, 6. Alex Scott.

Wednesday, January 29 BULLOCKS 16 J.W. Moore & K.L. McRae, Leongatha 673kg 13 J. Khalid, Foster 606kg 9 T.A. & J.G. Waters, Dumbalk 655kg 6 R.F. & G.P. Hall, Woodleigh Vale 579kg 1 Egan Cattle Co, Leongatha 550kg 2 M. Selling, Sale 557kg STEERS 1 T.A. & J.G. Waters, Dumbalk 410kg 2 S.M. Davies, Outtrim 485kg 1 R.G., A.M. & C.A. Reiske, Boolarra 370kg 1 J.D. & S.M. Humphrey, Nerrena 395kg 1 R.F. & G.P. Hall, Woodleigh Vale 540kg 2 J.W. Buckland, Doomburrim 502kg COWS 2 E. Dunn, The Gurdies 722kg 1 M.R. & K.M. Hall, Budgeree 625kg 1 F. & K.D. Dutchman Nom, Almurta 635kg 3 P. Schneider, Hazelwood 685kg 3 Benson Brothers, Meeniyan 721kg 5 Harris Pastoral, Dumbalk North 633kg HEIFERS 1 T.A. & J.G. Waters, Dumbalk 420kg 3 N. Belchner, Woodside 315kg 1 J.A. & V.A. Brooks, Tarra Valley 295kg 3 I. & R. Hengstberger, Stony Creek 413kg 5 S. Richards, Tyers 518kg 2 S.M. Davies, Outtrim 328kg BULLS 1 M. Selling, Sale 900kg 1 L. & K. Argento & K. Harris, Middle Tarwin 920kg 1 A. Dixon, Loch 940kg 1 D. & E. Lowe, Binginwarri 940kg 1 R. & C. Donat, Wonthaggi 590kg 1 N. Belcher, Woodside 1195kg

182.6 177.6 177.2 175.2 174.6 174.2

$1230.00 $1077.00 $1160.66 $1014.70 $960.30 $971.17

190.0 185.0 182.6 177.6 175.2 174.6

$779.00 $897.25 $675.62 $701.52 $946.08 $877.37

128.6 126.0 125.0 124.6 124.6 124.0

$929.14 $787.50 $793.75 $853.51 $899.20 $784.92

182.0 167.6 166.6 162.0 160.2 160.0

$764.40 $527.94 $491.47 $669.60 $829.84 $612.00

133.2 $1198.80 129.6 128.6 126.0 125.6 125.0

$1192.32 $1208.84 $1184.40 $741.04 $1496.75


South Gippsland Hwy LEONGATHA Phone: 5662 4033 For professional advice and personal attention Servicing all areas of South Gippsland



Peter Bellingham.. ......................0418 515 666

Russell Jones..........5682 2227....0428 822 801 Andrea Adams ...........................0429 822 801



LIVESTOCK LEONGATHA Michael Stevens ...5687 1466 .....0418 553 010 Bill Egan ...............5662 3219 .....0418 553 011 Terry Johnston .....5664 0239 .....0418 561 290 Mario Arestia........5657 7290 .....0417 600 222 Brian Kyle ............. ......................0427 708 291` Owen Kindellan ... ......................0428 212 311 Nick Lafferty......... ......................0419 112 573

David Piggin ..........5682 1809....0418553 016 Neil Park ................5663 6279....0408 515 117 Paul Wilson............5655 2807....0407 865 202 Kane Sparkes..............................0427 830 035 Rod Draper.................................0427 824 733 James Kyle ..................................0427 826 491



Bruce Petersen .....5629 9720 .....0418 346 907 Dan Cameron ...... ......................0408 141 611

Paul Phillips ..........5997 8353 .....0418 553 123 Jim Harvey........... ......................0408 342 658



THERE were approximately 650 export and 230 young cattle penned, with most of the usual buying group present and operating in a mixed market.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - PAGE 37

Farming Insight

Beef Week sparks interest BEEF studs around the district opened their gates last week for the annual Beef Week. A number of local studs joined in on the event, holding open days to show off cattle available for purchase. Stud principal David Meikle had

a lot of interest in his bulls at Tarwin Poll Herefords on Friday, with buyers travelling from all over the region to buy. John Foat of Woodside said, “We have bought some good animals from here so we keep coming back and they keep producing.” Up at Cape Paterson on Sunday,

a good amount of potential buyers wandered through the gates to inspect what was on offer at Yancowinna Angus. Stud principal Dennis Ginn reported a lot of interest that should result in bulls selling at the stud’s upcoming sale.

Above, Knows his stuff: David Meikle from Tarwin Poll Herefords chats with Katie and Jim Macaulay of Jack River about what to look for in a bull. Left, Good look: checking out the Angus at Yancowinna were Andrew Bodycoat from Zoetis, Francis Pilkington, Michael Eales and Holly Pilkington from Doonagatha, Sandy Point, and Yancowinna Angus’s Rob Ewing and Dennis Ginn.

Open Invitation

Improving farm profitability MILK price, feed price and seasonal growing conditions have a huge impact on dairy farm profitability. Based on Dairy Farm Monitor results (2012-13), for an average sized dairy operation in Gippsland a change in milk price of 50c/kg milk solids is worth about $70,000 in annual income, while a change in concentrate price of $50/ tonne equates to around to $21,000 in feed costs. A bottom-line difference of around $100,000 between years is therefore not an unusual occurrence to expect. There is little doubt that analysing your situation one year at a time puts enormous strain on your financial position in a poor milking season. Being able to take a multi-year approach makes a big difference to a farm

business, in comparison to the more usual practice of taking each season as it comes and making short term decisions in response. Doing this competently, with one eye on the future, should make a big difference to closing the gap between business risk and profitability. So it may interest you that Greg O’Brien from DEPI Dairy Services, based at Ellinbank, has developed a multi-year decision making approach that helps dairy farmers better manage such seasonal volatility and is keen to trial it this year in the Macalister Irrigation District (beginning end February). According to Greg, using your dairy farm’s data, you will be able to look at the impact of changes in milk price, feed price and growing conditions and then assess options for changes in feeding and stocking aspects of farm management with

you better than those you came up with on your own. Greg highlights that such a multi-year, decision making approach focuses on smoothing out feeding input and milk production output and what feeding and stocking policy options might be considered. From this angle it will be possible to see the impact on milk income and feed costs for your herd using a specifically designed calculation tool which processes different values you can enter to represent: • changes to the level and cost of feed purchased; • amounts of home grown feed produced (to reflect seasonal growing conditions); and • stock numbers (including culling early or agisting stock off the milking platform to free up feed for milkers). These various calculation scenarios you can then use to support financial decisions

and discussions with your financial advisors about things such as tax averaging implications, farm management deposits and debt reduction. Often the ability to feed to the optimum long-term situation is hamstrung by cash flow in the poor year. Greg will speak at the meeting of the BoisdaleNewry Dairy Discussion Group from 7pm - 9.30pm Thursday, February 14 to give a demonstration on the calculation tool as described above, using real figures from an MID farm for last season (2012-13). To find out more, contact myself on 5147 0843 or Greg on 5624 2288.

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confidence and ease. This new service from DEPI to help better manage feeding and milk production and better control associated risks is in its first year and so those of you involved will be helping to test and refine it. As a trial activity, it starts with an initial visit by Greg to your farm to assess the impact of feeding, milk price and seasonal growing conditions on your business and options that might be considered for improved management. There will be four follow up visits by him to your individual farms at critical times during the season to discuss tactics for implementing the plan, taking into account how the season is panning out. Additionally there will be two-hour group discussion sessions held on-farm with around 10 other farmers involved in this trial activity planned for the MID, providing the additional opportunity to compare notes and glean other ideas that may suit




CULTIVATION & SPRAYING Direct Drilling Rotary Hoeing Power Harrowing with seed box

Deep Ripping Licensed Spraying

Phone: Justin Richards 0429 707619 SOMERSLEIGH FARMS AG Contracting


By Maria DEPI

Please join us to celebrate the retirement of Graeme Kershaw after 48 years of service. We are holding a light luncheon & drinks at Lardner Park for our clients, staff and members of the livestock industry (both past & present). Please join us and catch up with Graeme for a drink & a chat as we wish him well on his retirement.

DATE: Sunday March 2 from 12 noon LOCATION: The Baw Baw Pavillion at Lardner Park, Burnt Store Rd, Lardner (Melways X912 U8)

Please RSVP your attendance for catering purposes to 5941 1111 or Email



1200 CATTLE 1200 THURSDAY, FEB 6, 2014 Starting at 10am STEERS & HEIFERS A/C AF SHERIDAN & PARTNERS, “MARINYA” 100 Angus Heifers, 15 months Unjoined, Dunoon & Lawson blood. (LANDMARK) A/C MCGAURAN PAST COMPANY, NAMBROK 200 Hfd Steers, 10-12 months By Newcomen & Mawarra bulls Yard weaned. (LANDMARK) A/C R & B JOHNSON, TRARALGON 80 Hfd Steers, 12-16 months. (LANDMARK) A/C M & K HUNT, NEWRY 60 Hfd & Hfd/Angus x mix sex weaners 10-12 months. (LANDMARK) A/C NB & LJ SMITH, POUND CREEK 32 Mixed Sex Euro cross, 10 months. (SEJ) A/C M WYNNE, MAFFRA 13 Angus/Hfd x Heifers, 10-12 months 20 Angus mixed sex weaners (LANDMARK) A/C “DAVMAR PARK” (BREEDER) 1 Limousin Bull, 3 years old 1 Limousin Bull, 2 years old. (ELDERS)

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TOTAL VALUE OF ITEMS PER ADVERT MUST NOT EXCEED $50 COFFEE TABLE. Wood. excellent condition. With magazine rack. 116x58cm. $50 neg. Ph. 0431 567 383 MILK CAN. 1950s steel. $50. Ph. 0488 623 048. FIRE EXTINGUISHER. Dry chemical. 9kgs.Fully tested and reconditioned May 2013. Can deliver Leongatha. $50. Ph. 0447 686 286. GIRLS BIKE. 20inch. Sportsworld Foxy. Blue in colour in excellent condition. $40. Can deliver Leongatha. Ph. 0447 686 286. CHILD’S GOLF SET & BAG. Metal, suit primary age. $20. Very good condition. Ph. 5668 9269. CHILD’S ACOUSTIC GUITAR. Valencia. Half size. Excellent condition. $40. ph. 5668 9269. GEORGE FOREMAN GRILL AND GRIDDLE. As new. $50. Ph. 5662 2991. QUEEN BED. Black cast iron with head, end and slats. $50. Ph. 0400 640 019. DVDS. 50 Mixed. Good order. $50. Ph.5662 2903. DRIZABONE COAT. Full length. Size 3. Hardly used. $50. Ph. 0418 822 349. DRIZABONE COAT. Full length. Size 4. hardly used. $50. Ph. 0418 822 349. STONE JAR OLD. 45CM. $45. Ph. 5674 5601. EXERCISE BIKE. Very good condition. $40. ph. 5662 5141. SOLID TIMBER CHILDREN’S COT. Complies with Aus safety standards. Excellent condition. 88cm deep 133cm long 100cm high. $50. Ph.0439 552 022. LADIES ALLOY MOUNTAIN BIKE. 21 speed. 26”wheels with users manual. Very good condition. $50. Ph. 5662 5141. TIMBER SINGLE BED FRAME. Good used condition with shelf in bed head. Unable to dismantle. $30 ono. Ph. 0407 554 251. BOYS BIKE HELMET. Hardly used. Bought Christmas 2013. from Kmart. $10 ono. Ph. 0407 554 251. COMPUTER DESK. Very good condition. $50. Ph. 0418 515 342. WARDROBES. two brown varnished half hanging space half shelves. $20 each. ph. 0419 531 394. PRAM. Top lifts off wheels, Very good condition. $35. Ph.5672 4665. BATH. Good size. $50 ono. Ph. 5668 1886. 2 SEATER SEATTLE. green and white. $50 ono. Ph. 5668 1886. RIDING HELMET. Black size 58 with visor. as new, hardly worn. $50. Ph. 5663 6222.

RIDING BOOTS. Brown leather. Women’s size 8. As new, hardly worn. $50. Ph. 5663 6222. BATH. White. Very good condition. $50. Ph. 5664 1215. FOOT AND CALF MASSAGER. Brand new. $50. ph. 0418 376 932. KITCHEN CHAIRS. Three. Tubular steel frame. Quality beige vinyl. Very good condition. $10 each. Ph. 5658 1515. 4 BURNER GAS BBQ ON WHEELS. $50. Ph. 0409 179 011.In Leongatha. XBOX 360 GAME. Assassin’s Creed ‘Revelations’. Very good order. $10. Ph. 0407 528 192. PORTACOT. Popup. KindaKot brand. Keeps out bugs. Great for camping. Suits 0-4years. Excellent condition. $50. Ph. 0411 743 648. COT AND MATTRESS. Folds up. $25. Ph. 5672 4665. FRYPAN. Sunbeam Banquet. Never used. $50. Ph. 0466 965 992. CORNER TV UNIT. Baltic pine, exc. cond. $50. Ph. 0466 965 992. ROCK for landscaping. $30. Ph. 0418 791 840. ROCKING CHAIR, wooden. $40 ONO. Ph. 5668 1571. KITCHEN TABLE. Metal legs, laminated top, 90cmW X 130cmL extends to 2 metres. $45 ONO. Ph. 5668 1571. ENTERTAINMENT UNIT. Baltic pine stain, 210W X 125H X 62D. GC. $50 ONO. Ph. 5662 4810. HP PSC1350 COLOUR PRINTER/SCANNER/COPIER. GC, with extra black cartridge. $30. Ph. 5662 4810. NEWHAVEN COLLEGE Girl’s summer dress. $40. Ph. 0438 982 729. SADDLE, BRIDLE & LEAD ROPE. $40 the lot. Ph. 5674 5601. LPS UNIFORM, size 6/8. Exc. cond. Trackpants, t-shirts, shorts, jumpers, vests. 25 items. $50. Ph. 0448 623 888. STORAGE UNIT, white, lowline with 3 open compartments, 160cm x 39cm x 37cm. Exc. cond. $25. Ph. 5664 9295. PIANO or ORGAN STOOL, padded timber. $45. Ph. 5662 3807. WASHING MACHINE. Hitachi large top loader. Good cond. $50. Ph. 5662 3807. SOUTH COAST CHRISTIAN COLLEGE SPORTS UNIFORM. Size 16. $30. Ph. 0468 354 145. DECK CHAIRS. Two. Powder coated steel frames. Blue and white striped canvas. as new never used. $50 GIRLS CLOTHES. Size 8 to 16. $5 a bag. Ph. 5668 1886. BOYS CLOTHES. Size 8 to 18. $5 a bag Ph. 5668 1886.

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South Gippsland Ulysses

Bikers’ Ball Saturday, February 15, 2014 Leongatha Memorial Hall 8pm Band: I C Rock $15 per person prepaid / prebooked or $20 per person on the night BYO drinks & nibbles Dress code: Denim or leather Contact Val Grayden 5662 3519, 0407 623 515

Applicants must offer mechanical skills and willingness to work alongside experienced staff who provide opportunity to work in a learning / group environment. Experience in either: • Light engines / power equipment • Motorcycle and quads • Seadoo jet skis • Suspension tuning would be valuable Also considering: • 3rd or 4th year apprentices • Car, truck or bus mechanical experience Our up to date workshop presents the opportunity to perform in an innovative work space, progress with a cooperative team and the opportunity to receive above average wages. Contact: Wade Jarvis 5662 2028 PO Box 78, Leongatha 3953 Or email

DECLARATION OF SERVICED AREAS In accordance with Section 144 of the Water Act 1989, notice is hereby given that the lots listed below have been provided with water and/or sewer services and are now liable to be rated as serviced properties from the dates also given below. 6 Mine Road, Foster PS706458Q as from 18th June 2013 1 Dale Drive, Leongatha (Mountain View Retirement Village Stage 1) PS717009K as from 14th November 2013 Surf Beach Estate Stage 4, Paperbark Place, Inverloch PS710374X as from 26th November 2013

80 Wentworth Road, North Wonthaggi PS717720S as from 18th November 2013 21 Fincher Street, Wonthaggi PS714079D as from 27th November 2013 36-38 Nelson Street, Wonthaggi PS 700676M as from 4th November 2013 Wonthaggi Heartlands Estate, South Dudley Road, Wonthaggi PS703684W as from 11th December 2013 12 High Street, Inverloch PS714067L as from 19th December 2013 Philippe du Plessis Managing Director


Every Wednesday night start 7.30pm At the RSL Wonthaggi Starts again Feb 5, 2014 Every Thursday night start 7.30pm At Dakers Centre, Leongatha Starts again Feb 6, 2014 No partner necessary Cost $7 Enq: John & Judy 0418 586 324 New Beginner Classes Run by Gatha Rock Group

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

Dr R.P. Delbridge Dental Surgeon Falls Rd, Fish Creek 3959 Would like to advise all his patients that he is retiring - December 2013. It has been a pleasure to be of service to you all these many years. Thanking you for your support from Dr Rodney Delbridge and Jan Piggin (Nurse).

situations vacant INLET HOTEL IN INVERLOCH Bistro Restaurant is seeking

Chef and/or 2nd or 3rd Year Apprentice Chef Must be reliable, enthusiastic and have good work ethic For enquiries please call 5674 1481

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.

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. 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. 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

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Please call after 12pm 0403 269 087 or email

Seeking Catalogue Deliverers for local distribution. Up to $150/wk Flexible hrs Enquire ASAP 1300 663 161

Must have HC & current forklift licence

ICT Technician Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College prides itself on promoting excellence and is now seeking an ICT Technician with the same values. Based in Leongatha, this role is part time (0.5 FTE). With previous experience in an ICT technical support role, you have an analytical mindset and enjoy helping others. As a level one support role you will undertake the initial investigation of incidents logged with the service desk. Your duties will include, but not be limited to: • Desktop and Notebook troubleshooting and maintenance • The set up of students' accounts and email addresses • Training staff in the issue reporting process and use of relevant software • Escalating issues and faults when required • Monitoring of backups • Maintaining technical documentation and record keeping You will appreciate the importance of quality outcomes and will display exceptional customer service skills. The desired qualifications are Microsoft, Cisco or equivalent industry certifications such as MSCE or CCNA. With your proven track record of success, attention to detail and drive you will have the confidence to perform this role with results that will exceed our client’s expectations. Applications close 5pm Monday 10th February. To apply, please submit an application letter highlighting your proven experience for this role along with a current resumé to: Naomi Matchett BEST MATCH RECRUITMENT PO Box 287, Warragul 3820

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Working together for better mental health...

Support Facilitators, Partners in Recovery (PIR) 2 full-time positions Partners in Recovery is an exciting new collaborative initiative that is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health. The Gippsland Medicare Local is the Lead Agency for the program and has funded SNAP Gippsland to deliver services in South Gippsland, based in Leongatha and Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria to deliver services in Bass Coast, based in Wonthaggi. The Partners in Recovery Program (PIR) aims to support people with a severe and persistent mental illness who have multiple and complex needs, to access multiple services and supports to assist in their Recovery and address their health and wellbeing needs. PIR focuses on a coordinated and inclusive approach to care planning to ensure the best Recovery outcomes. These positions offer: • a unique opportunity to be involved in broader service system change by strengthening partnerships and building better links between various clinical, primary health and community support organisations • the opportunity to facilitate better service and support coordination to ensure wrap around care of people with multiple and complex needs who have severe and persistent mental illness. • Excellent salary packaging benefits • Fixed term contract until June 2016 (this may be extended dependent on continuation of funding) To be successful in this role, you will have a: • A tertiary qualification (minimum certificate IV) in Alcohol & Drugs and Mental Health, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Nursing (enrolled) or other health related field. • An understanding of mental health issues and experience working with people with severe mental illness and complex needs and to work with a Recovery orientation • Excellent communication and negotiation skills; • Knowledge of available support services and systems • Solid IT skills

Shire Council

Early Childhood Educator (Cert III)

For a confidential discussion about the SNAP Gippsland Leongatha position we encourage you to contact Chris McNamara, CEO on 0407 884 346 or Terrie Coleman, Client Services Unit Manager, on 0408 149 260 and for the Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria Wonthaggi position we encourage you to contact Beth Fogerty, Gippsland Programs Manager on 0414 530 298 For a copy of the position description and to find out more about our organisations please visit our websites and

AGM 7.30pm CHANGE OF VENUE Gibbo’s 41 Jumbunna Road Korumburra All team captains required to attend Thelma Snow - Secretary

Your primary responsibility will be recording and maintaining all requests in relation to road maintenance and parks & gardens. To be part of the team, you will bring highly developed administration and customer service skills, experience in working with spreadsheets and databases and the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people. Enquiries to Pam Kennedy, Depot Administration Team Leader on (03) 5662 9100. All applicants must submit an Employment Application Form and address the selection criteria outlined in the position description, by 5pm 12 February 2014. Further information and a position description are available from our website.

Latrobe Community Health Service is one of the largest community health providers in Victoria. We provide professional and career development, salary packaging, an employee assistance program, work life balance and much more. We are currently offering the following career opportunity:

for sale

Assistant Manager - Dental Services (17912)

CARAVAN Windsor Windcheater, mint condition, always been shedded, $10,000. Ph: 0408-591854.

Permanent, Full Time position, based across various LCHS sites Are you are a dynamic and energetic person with the proven ability to function effectively in a senior / leadership role within a large team? Are you committed to fostering a culture that promotes positive outcomes for our team and key stakeholders?

CERAMIC POTTERY gear. Must be sold. MAC wheel, work batts various sizes, tools, boxes of bisqued greenware. Suitable for glazing tests. All offers considered. Inverloch 0431-448980.

Do you have the drive to further develop your leadership skills within a supportive environment? The Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS) Dental Service is seeking a suitably qualified person for the position of Assistant Manager. The service has undergone and continues to experience, extraordinary growth and currently comprises of over 70 staff working across 4 sites at Warragul, Moe, Morwell and Churchill delivering both public and private dental services to the Gippsland community. Based in Morwell and reporting to the Manager Dental Services, the Assistant Manager will work with the Manager to provide operational support with the effective coordination of the human and physical resources that form the service. Whilst a background in the dental field would be an advantage, proven management experience in an unrelated field would be considered and any necessary training provided. For further information in regards to this position please contact Janice Ford, Manager Dental Services on 0423 048 068.

Applications close 4.30pm, Friday 7 February 2014

• For further information and copies of each position description visit our careers page • Applicants must address the Selection Criteria and lodge their application online. • No late or hard copy applications will be accepted.


We are seeking an enthusiastic and customer focused Administration & Request Officer to join our Operations team.

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.

Thursday February 6

Reporting to the Environmental Health Coordinator, you will be responsible for investigating a wide range of environmental food and health related matters across a specified district of the municipality.

Temporary Full Time – up to 12 months $58,533 total salary package Fortnightly rostered day off available

Cleaner Poowong Kindergarten


An exciting opportunity exists for a talented, qualified and experienced Environmental Health Officer to join our Planning and Environmental Health team.

Administration & Request Officer

St Andrew’s Childcare Centre, Mirboo North and


We are equal opportunity employers

Permanent Full Time Fortnightly rostered day off available $79,115 per annum incl super + vehicle Great career opportunity

Enquiries to Tim Brown, Environmental Health Coordinator, on (03) 5662 9200.

Full Time

Are you looking for a change; a new career challenge? An exciting opportunity exists for a qualified motor vehicle technician to join our team in our brand new state of the art Holden dealership in Leongatha. A position description is available on request from the dealership located at 8 Koonwarra Road Leongatha or for a confidential interview please call Russell Hemming on (03) 5662 4070. Resumés including two professional referees should be forwarded to: The General Manager Leongatha Holden 8 Koonwarra Road Leongatha, 3953 Applications close Friday 14th February 2014

UnitingCare Gippsland has the following vacancies:

Environmental Health Officer

To be successful, you will have a Degree in Applied Science (Environmental Health) or equivalent, demonstrated experience in the health services field as well as great communication and problem solving skills.

Motor Vehicle Technician

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

Applications are welcome now and will close at 5pm on the 7th of February, 2014. South Gippsland

situations vacant

FRIDGE/FREEZER (due to downsizing), Samsung 2-door 614L, 6 yo, excellent condition, white. Makes ice and cold filtered water. New filter and manual included. $800 - Inverloch 0431-448980. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175. FREEZER upright, Oracle by Haier, 7 drawers, 143 litre storage, excellent condition, approx 6 years old, $125. 0438-246566.

for sale 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. LUCERNE HAY and/ or silage. Mirboo North area. Price on application. Contact Joe 0428-585954. MINI BUS 1995 Mazda T3500, current bus rego, would make excellent motorhome, $15,000. 4777AO. Ph: 0408-591854. MINI FOXY X Chihuahua puppies, 8 weeks old. 1 male 956000003784138, 1 female 956000003804545. Tiny little friendly, playful and partly toilet trained. $350 ONO. 0419-549883. PINE HUTCH 770mm x 380mm x 2.0m high. Limed finish. Top section 3 shelves with 2 behind glass inset, doors. Base 2 drawers with 2 door cupboard below, single shelf and base floor for storage. Excellent condition, Inverloch. 0431448980. 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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livestock OLD PORT POULTRY FARM delivering 20-weekold laying hens to your area, Saturday February 15, $20 each. Ph: 0438832535. RAMS Southdown, Poll Dorset, Border Leicester. Flock registered, brucellosis accredited, well bred, established breeder, from $150 each. Can deliver. 0428-356376.

FOR SALE Purebred Schnauzer Puppy (Male) DOB: 18.12.13 Vaccinated and microchipped 956000003197252 Phone 0419 322 164

MOWERS 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.

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

Ph: 5662 2028

Classified advertising closes 12 noon Mondays

garage sales

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

$27.50 GARAGE SALE KIT KIT INCLUDES 5cm x S/C advert (valued at $33.00) • 2 x A4 Garage Sale Signs • Garage Sale Tips (dos and don’ts) • Sheet of Price Stickers • Star Carry Bag

Total package valued at $41 ADVERTISE by calling 5662 5555 or emailing or call in to 36 McCartin Street LEONGATHA to pick up your kit when you place your advertisement LEONGATHA 12 Clinton Court, February 8, 8am. Moving house sale. Household goods, electrical tools, furniture etc. LEONGATHA 7 James Court, Saturday 8th February. Ex Family Day Care and moving sale. MIRBOO NORTH 205 Clear Creek Valley Road. February 8 & 9, 9-4pm. Furniture, electrical, kitchenware, garden equipment and tools. Everything must go.

used machinery TRACTOR 2000 John Deere 6410 Premium 4x4 with new JD 633 loader. 3rd function remote, 24 power quad trans 40kmh, good tyres, VGC cond, $39,000 inc. ONO. Phone Steve 0428-649212.

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

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

marriage celebrant CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

PAM HERRALD 5662 2553 0438 097 181

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123


DAVIES - PAYNE Jill and Rob Davies are proud to announce the engagement of their eldest daughter Jessica to Joshua, son of Kate and David Payne on 31.1.14. Love and best wishes to you both. DAVIES - PAYNE Jessie Love and Josh (Roo). Congratulations on your engagement January 31. Wishing you both health and happiness together. Love from Nan and Pa.

thanks THANK YOU to everyone involved in saving our home from the fire. Although I would much rather it had not happened, it was a heartwarming experience to have so many people helping us in our time of great stress and panic. The CFA members are amazing people - so organised and professional - and until you’re in this situation you don’t realise what these great people do. Instead of running from danger, these people are running towards it. And the time that they spent away from their loved ones just to help out a stranger - days later there are still members dropping in to check for hotspots. I have huge respect for all CFA members and the few people I had the chance to thank simply said, “No need to thank us. That’s just what we do.” Thank you to the Salvos, the shire members, machinery operators, neighbours, police, the people who notified us, all the people who called or dropped in and offered to help; and a special thank you to the first person on the scene, the man who stopped, grabbed a hose and started fighting the fire. I feel blessed to live in such a great community full of these wonderful people. Thank you very much. Andrew Hunt and family.

message of hope “... [He has] blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3.

deaths HARRIS - Lilian (Lily). Passed away peacefully at Koorooman House, Leongatha on January 31, 2014 aged 87 years. Dearly loved wife of Joe (dec). Loving mother and motherin-law of Paul and Silvana. Loved Nana of Anne and David, Mark and Brigitta, Steven and Angela, Peter and Sarah. Treasured great grandmother of Julia, Laura, Isabelle, Jacob, Cody, Adele and April. Forever in our hearts. Rest in peace. LESTER - Bill. BILL WHAT’S ON THE GO! You were a great mate, we will miss the endless round table discussions. Rest peacefully with Mat and don’t exaggerate the truth about our fishing adventures. Our thoughts are with Robyn and family. Cherished memories. Warren and Kerrie, Stacey and Brad, Amy and Pete, and Matthew.

Send us your hot pet By Laura Gibb HOW does your pet respond to the hot weather? Do they hog the fan, dive into the dam or drink from your glass? Send us a photo of your hot pet, farm animal or wild bird or animal for our “Hot Pets” album on the Star’s Facebook page. Then “like” the Star’s Facebook page and in a week you’ll get the completed album and the op-

deaths LESTER - William (Bill). Passed away January 27, 2014. Dear cousin of Helen, Ian, Dick, David (dec) and Colin. Happy memories of our shared childhoods all growing up on the family farm “Weeroona”. Special condolences to Robyn and family. The family of Alan and Mary Lester. TAYLOR - Barry George (Pud). Peacefully at Korumburra Hospital on January 30, 2014 aged 60 years. Late of Jeetho. Loved and loving husband and best mate of Sue. Dearly loved dad of Louise (Squiz), and Bonz, fatherin-law of Rob and Kylie. Don’t think of him as gone away, His journey’s just begun. Life holds so many facets, This earth is only one. Think of him as living In the hearts of those he touched For nothing loved is ever lost And he was loved so much. I lost my best mate. Gone, but never forgotten. Bonz.

portunity to “like” your favourites. We will soon declare a winner based on how many “likes” each photo received. Email your photo to l a u r a @ t h e s t a r. c o m . a u by Monday, February 10 with the subject line “hot pets”.

Cool cat: The Star is on the lookout for photos of pets beating the heat.

funerals HARRIS - The Funeral Service for the late Mrs Lilian (Lily) Harris will be held at our Leongatha Chapel (corner of South Gippsland Highway and Bellingham Street) on Thursday, February 6, 2014 commencing at 11.30am. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Leongatha Lawn Cemetery. No flowers by request please.

TAYLOR - The Funeral Service for the late Barry George (Pud) Taylor will be held at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Korumburra on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 commencing at 1.30pm. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Korumburra Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the service.

TAYLOR - Barry (Pud). Remembering a dear friend whose sense of humour rarely wavered giving strength to those around him. We will miss you Pud. Give them hell up there. Sue, Squiz and Rob, Bonz and Kylie, who did such a wonderful job caring for Pud, our love to you all. Much respected God Father of Wombie. We shall toast a VB to you always. Steve, Deb, Jared, Nathan (Wombie), Alica and Tannah Lovie.

Doors open FINANCIAL hardship is one of the biggest barriers rural students face when enrolling in post-compulsory education such as TAFE or university. Mirboo North and District Educational Support Funding assistsyoung-adult and mature students with relocation expenses, study set up costs, and scholarships. The foundation is delighted to announce offers/ awards totalling $17,000 have been made to eight local district students either commencing or continuing their studies in 2014. Funding was awarded on the basis of: • equity: for example, students experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage or hardship, or students with a disability. Other reasons may include special needs because of age, gender, ethnicity or geographic location; and • merit: for example, academic criteria or non-academic criteria where there is sufficient connection with educational objectives. The formation of this separate fund has been made possible through a generous donation from the former Mirboo North Community Support Co-operative. The foundation is grateful to the former board and past members of the co-op for entrusting these funds for the long term benefit of the community.

From pages p g past p Historical snippets from The Star

30 years ago January 31, 1984 ELIGIBLE voters will go to the polls on Saturday next to select a councillor in the Central Riding seat of the Shire of Woorayl. The poll is perhaps the most interesting ever conducted in this municipality, with Col Handley resigning his seat and then deciding to recontest it.

10 years ago February 3, 2004 THE State Government is about to introduce one of the most radical changes ever to the planning provisions affecting rural land in Victoria, and most landholders know very little about it. South Gippsland is set to be one of the hardest hit by the changes, with rural/residential growth in the area expected to be severely curtailed and land values decimated.

LESTER - William Frances (Bill). Passed away 27.01.14. Dear friend and in-law of Robert and Leonie Gray. Happy memories, our long chats and special times we shared together. Deepest sympathy to Robyn and family. Rest in peace.

Paul & Margaret Beck proprietors

5 years ago February 3, 2009

Caring for our Community, personal dignified service to all areas 5662 2717

POLICE and fire investigators are certain arson is responsible for the horrendous fires that have destroyed 30 houses in the Boolarra and Darlimurla areas. The investigation is headed by the Morwell Criminal Investigation Unit and the hunt for the firebug is relentless and ongoing.

LESTER - William. Deepest sympathy to Robyn and family. It was a privilege to be your friend Billy. We will miss you, Gibbo and Giulia.

Pre-need Funeral Plans available Office and Chapel: 24 Anderson Street, Leongatha MEMBER OF AUSTRALIAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION

1 year ago February 5, 2013 SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is planning to sell of nine public reserves to clear a skyrocketing debt and to raise revenue. Council minutes reveal that 21 properties are on an initial list that will be considered for sale.

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Guarding the coast: Port Welshpool Coast Guard flotilla commander Rocco Maruzza at the port recently.

Coastal patrol PORT Welshpool Coast Guard was kept busy with retrieving broken down vessels in Corner Inlet recently. In the past few weeks, the coast guard has been called to tow several boats with mechanical faults. Rocco Maruzza from the coast guard said such incidents were unfortunate events. “A lot of the time people might only go out three of four times a year in their boat and the rest of the year the boat sits in the shed,” he said. “When they start the boat, it is fine but then stuff happens out in the water. “Just like any vehicle, you can be driving it all the time and you can be fixing it and maintaining it but it just breaks.” Mr Maruzza said it was important to make sure that your boat is fit for the water, no matter how big the trip is and that you are prepared for all situations.

The coast guard is aiming to upgrade its building and vessel in 2014. “We are in the process of applying through VESEP (Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program) grant,” Mr Maruzza said. The coast guard is happy with the fundraising efforts of the Sea Days Festival it hosted earlier this year. “It was a way of generating some funds to buy a new boat or add to the building or even just to run,” Mr Maruzz said. The fully volunteer organisation has dozens of members but could always use more. “We have 34 members at the moment but a lot of those members live all over the state,” Mr Maruzza said. “They are only available at certain times of the year when they are in the area. “We are slowly training some of our newer members to be competent crew but we are always after new members.”

Please help: CFA volunteers urging people not to burn-off during fire restrictions are, from left, Wayne Walker (Koonwarra Brigade), Jodi Butler (Korumburra Brigade), and Gary Williams and Hilco Zuidema (Leongatha South Brigade).

Please don’t burn! LOCAL CFA volunteers are reminding the public fire restrictions have commenced in the South Gippsland Shire and fires in the open air are legally restricted without a written permit. Permits can be downloaded from the CFA website or by calling 9262 8444. Many volunteer hours are wasted by

unnecessarily attending burns during the restriction period. Penalties and fines can be issued for non-compliance. Landholders are urged to make themselves aware of what the restrictions mean by viewing a copy of the CFA Can I Can’t I brochure available at your local CFA brigade, online at or by contacting 1800 240 667.

Milpara Community House news HAPPY New Year to everyone and we are now open again for our usual working hours between 9.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday. With the back to school rush it is hard to find some time to just think about something to do just for yourself, but hopefully the coming week will give you that chance. When you do, have a look at our term program, you should have received one in your letterbox by now, or you can check out our website and browse through the courses and classes being offered during this term. There is something for everyone and we would be very happy to answer your queries in relation to any of these.

You may be interested in developing your creative writing skills. This ongoing class, commencing February 6, 10am – noon, is motivating and fun, and also brings challenges to experiment with language and ideas. Kerry Coutts is our experienced and knowledgeable tutor again this year and she is looking forward to uncovering hidden literary talents. Have you been out of school for a while? Would you like to gain an understanding of workplace expectations so you feel more confident when applying for employment and all this entails? Some areas this class will cover are applications, resumes, and interviews etc. Our Work Readiness classes have been delayed slightly and

will now commence on Monday, February 10 between 10am and 1pm. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who gave so generously to the wishing tree which was set up at the local pharmacy. The gifts donated were distributed to over 21 families which included six teenagers and 26 children aged between three months and 12 years, and 17 adults. This was a fantastic effort and the families who received the benefit of the community’s generosity were very happy. 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.

Nice shot: Louisa Pratt for Baromi A Reserve puts in a good return. Photo by Mark Drury.

Stretch: Koonwarra A Reserve’s Karsten Krohn gives this shot his all. Photo by Mark Drury.

Allambee Mirboo & District Tennis

Heat repels shooters

INVERLOCH suffered its first loss for the season.

ALTHOUGH 60 shooters attended a 75 target graded shoot on Sunday at the South Gippsland Feild and Games shooting ground, there were many locals who took the chance to get to the beach and missed a great day in the shade of the trees at Hallston.

Well done to Baromi, close after the ladies and men’s sets. Two mixed sets to Baromi and a win. Leongatha North won well against Buffa-PI. Unfortunately Nicole Walker had to forfeit part way through a ladies set and did not play the mixed. Hope it was not too serious. Koony was big winners at Leongatha, Glenn Bainbridge and Kerri Besley won all their sets for Koony. In A Reserve Outtrim and Leongatha were both big winners over Berrys Creek and Burra Gold. Koony and Baromi had four tiebreakers all won by Baromi. Koony still managed to win by seven games. A hot day for such close sets. Hallston and Mardan had a close match too without the tiebreakers, with only one in this match. Alas Russell Trezise couldn’t get passed six in his sets. Olivia Cope played her sister Serena this week. Simone Dekker took the big step from juniors and helped Berrys Creek field a team. Everyone was looking for the Hallston breeze (wind) this week. Mardan has won well in B Grade since the break. Leongatha ladies won two sets. Mardan has two or three experienced players, the younger players will learn from these players. The Leongatha North and Baromi match only

nine games the end results. Players in all grades don’t forget to put fillins on the back of the scoresheet. Have a good week at country week next week. Players head to Shepparton this year. The two young players from way back drew some attention, they actually played for Hallston, let’s hope they can come to the centenary celebrations. Results A Grade: Leongatha North 8.68 d Burra-PI 1.28; Baromi 5.59 d Inverloch 4.50; Koonwarra 7.63 d Leongatha 2.45. A Reserve: Koonwarra 4.66 d Baromi 6.69; Hallston 4.63 d Mardan 5.56; Leongatha 8.66 d Burra Gold 1.23, Outtrim 8.68 d Berrys Creek 1.30, Longshots - bye. B Grade: Leongatha North 6.42 d Baromi 3.33; Mardan 7.47 d Leongatha 2.29.

Ladders A Grade Inverloch ............................ 116.5 Baromi ................................102.5 Burra-P/I..............................80.5 Leongatha North .................75.5 Koonwarra.............................57.5 Leongatha..............................29.5 A Reserve Koonwarra .........................102.0 Baromi ..................................95.0 Outtrim ................................94.5 Longshots .............................90.0 Hallston .................................79.0 Leongatha..............................74.0 Mardan ..................................67.0 Berrys Creek .........................65.0 Burra Gold ............................22.0 B Grade Mardan...............................102.5 Leongatha North .................94.5 Baromi ..................................48.5 Leongatha ............................38.5

The club was very saddened to hear of the tragic death of Laurie Bridle in a boating accident at Shallow Inlet. Laurie has been a keen shooter and fisherman all his life and we ex-

Mirboo North & District junior tennis Round 11 results A Grade Leongatha Djokovic ............47.0 Baromi Rafa.........................42.0 Leongatha Murray ..............41.0 Leongatha Nadal .................39.5 Baromi Roger ........................38.0 Fish Creek .............................37.5 Mardan ..................................36.0 Baromi Novak .......................19.0 B Grade Hallston ................................70.0 Leongatha Federer ..............45.0 Fish Creek ............................41.5 Leongatha Ferrer ................41.0 Baromi Sam ..........................37.5 Mardan ..................................25.0 Baromi Bernard.....................23.0 Baromi Lleyton .....................17.0 C Grade Leongatha North .................39.5 Hallston ................................36.9 Leongatha Williams ............33.5 Fish Creek ............................31.4 Leongatha Azarenka..............28.0 Leongatha Radwanska ..........21.5 Mardan ..................................19.0 Baromi Andy .........................15.5 Leongatha Sharapova ............15.5

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tend our sympathy to his family and friends. The club is again holding training for any new duck hunters wishing to obtain their Duck ID. The training is at Leongatha RSL Saturday, February at 7pm. Anyone interested can contact Geoff Cooper 0408 623 738. South Gippsland Field and Game also would like to thank and acknowledge the Leongatha RSL for coming on board as a sponsor. Results AA: P.Passarin 64. A: T Reid 64, D Rodriguez 60, S Silver 59. B: G Cooper 54, R Hemphill 53, S Gratten 51. C: Dave Rodriguez 51, N Nelson 49, J Walton 48. Vets: J Tait 47, J Spinks 32. Ladies: K Mathies 44, T Jacobs 41, K Bengston 24. Juniors: K Pentland 56, D McMahon 31, B Lilley 30.

Under 12 and 13 representative cricket

TRAINING is on this Sunday at the Outtrim Recration Reserve from 9am in preparation for the game against Warragul at Yarragon next Sunday, February 16 and the game the following week at Leongatha. Please bring a hat, sunscreen and drink bottle. Training will finish no later than 11am. If you could wear your club shirt it would be appreciated. Any queries contact Geoff Wyatt on 5659 8225.

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Wildcat women into grand final KORUMBURRA’s Country Basketball League (CBL) women put on a great display of basketball on Saturday night to beat Traralgon T-Birds in the semi final 74 to 53. The girls came out strong putting

Shannon Heylen #4 Koda Blizzard: the young gun took out four events at the recent surf lifesaving junior state carnival.

Leading Nipper INVERLOCH Surf Life Saving Club is quietly confident that one of their Nippers will be a force to be reckoned with in the competition field. Koda Blizzard was selected last year to join the Victorian Life Saving Development Squad and began training with it on a weekly basis. These sessions and personal training at Inverloch during January proved successful at the Junior

State Carnival Round 3 held at Chelsea Beach. Koda placed first in four events, the U12 Boys Iron Man, U12 Boys Surf Race, U12 Beach Flags and U12 Beach Sprint. Having wins in both the water events and beach events shows what a good all-round athlete he has become. Koda has participated in the Inverloch SLSC Nipper program each season and this year and won the club’s Boys Under 12 Nipper competition.

Shannon is a young point guard in her first season with the CBL team. She has great ball skills, can penetrate effectively and has an impressive outside shot, regularly hitting the three. Shannon has developed over the season into a player with limitless potential, who is gaining confidence with every game she plays.

pressure on early with great defence and scoring early buckets. Jamie-lee Jeffs was on fire both inside and from the perimeter with her shooting. Hannah Bassett was strong under the bucket getting many rebounds with Gemma Dixon controlling things up top. Despite the heat many

Kelsey Angwin #12

Bree Allen #5

Gemma Dixon #6

Kelsey is a young gun who has had an excellent season. Kelsey is a scoring forward who can also play as a small centre if required. She is a first-rate defender with great anticipation, often intercepting the loose pass for a lay-up.

The ‘pocket rocket’ Bree is another courageous guard who plays big for her size. An excellent ball handler, who consistently finds the open player. Bree is always looking to support her team by providing screening opportunities, taking the ‘charge’, diving on loose balls or running offensive sets effectively.

A young, outstanding point guard. Gemma can penetrate through a forest of defenders to score. She is a great decision maker who brings others into the game. Gemma is an exceptional defender, anticipating her opponents every move and putting them under extreme pressure.

Hannah Bassett #14

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

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Not Present Chloe McCrae Chloe is another of the courageous and fearless guards in the Wildcats team. She penetrates strongly and can score under pressure. Chloe has great anticipation as a defender and plays much taller than her physical size. Unfortunately Chloe has been unavailable for the latter part of the season.

Maddy Lumby # 9 Maddy is a young scoring forward who can also slot into a centre position if required. She has an amazing athletic leap that allows her to be a courageous rebounder and skilful defender who is rarely beaten. Maddy has an uncanny ability to loose her defender and is often seen taking uncontested shots where she is super reliable.

spectators still turned out to support the girls. Saturday night the girls will take on Churchill in the grand final at the Korumburra Recreation Centre at 6pm, followed by the men’s grand final at 8pm between Warragul and Churchill.

Hannah is another strong centre player, but can play a variety of roles. Hannah is an intimidating presence both offensively and defensively and a great rebounder. Although most of her scoring is inside she can also step outside the paint to hit the long shot as needed.

Alanah Williams #7 Returning after a season’s absence Alanah has added extra bite to the team in both offense and defence. Alanah is an exceptionally quick and flexible guard, who regularly runs her opposing players to exhaustion with her superior fitness.

Tenae Dixon Tenae is another promising Wildcat junior who stepped up to help out in a few games early in the season. She has excellent defensive qualities and is rarely beaten in a one on one situation. Her penetration and shot selection is developing nicely and she will be one to watch in coming seasons.

Jaimie- Lee Jeffs #15 Abbe Moriarty # 11

Assistant Coach - Mat Holmes

Tayla Smith #8

Coming into the assistant role this year Mat has provided the team with a wealth of experience. Mat has been involved with a number of Country Vic State teams in recent years and has used this experience to help develop this young Wildcats team into a cohesive unit. He has added an extra dimension to the coaching role throughout the year and is instrumental in the success of the team.

Tayla returned to the team late in the season after recovering from a knee reconstruction. Tayla is a former County Vic State team player, tough, athletic with an allround game. She can penetrate strongly, hit the big three or rebound strongly. Unfortunately after just getting back into playing has suffered another injury setback and her contribution to the team will be missed.

A strong, fearless and penetrating guard. Abbe has found her ‘shot’ this year and is providing the team with flexibility in scoring both in the paint, and the perimeter. Abbe is also a tough defender who is rarely beaten and often rebounds against much taller opponents.

Team captain and outstanding scoring centre. Jaimie-Lee can score in the paint under extreme pressure with an array of shots and a variety of scoring moves. She also has an excellent shot from the perimeter and is a scoring threat both inside and out. Her determination and resolve to compete is unmatched.

Loni Jeffs #10 Left, A penetrating forward who can float through the paint to score under pressure. Loni has also been a consistent perimeter shooter who can hit the three just when it is needed. Loni takes on a heavy defensive responsibility, picking up high scoring opponents and reducing their impact on the game.

Coach - Bill Jeffs Bill is one of the most experienced and respected coaches in the State, having held a huge amount of Country Vic State coaching and mentoring roles. His knowledge of the game is second to none and he constantly draws on his unmatched basketball IQ to put the Wildcats into winning positions. Bill has been able to develop a young, relatively inexperienced group into a confident aggressive, well-structured and formidable team.

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Volleyballers hit beach THIS year’s Australia Day provided a brilliant sunny day, blue sea, blue skies and lots of fun for all the competitors and spectators at the Annual Inverloch Beach Volleyball Competition run by Korumburra Volleyball. It was the 21st year of the competition and the new location at Pensioner’s Point provided a stunning back drop with the wooden boat regatta also in progress. Players of all ages came from Melbourne, Latrobe Valley, West

Gippsland and the local competition played at the Leongatha SPLASH stadium. There were 16 teams in all plus the Spikezone (primary school age) competition. Local businesses supported the event. One of the Latrobe Valley teams, the Young Guns, comprising Bronte Scott, Alice Shaw, Ainsley White and Lara Adam had recently excelled representing Victoria at the national level. They won the gold medal in the Under 15 girls at the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships held at Glenelg in South

Australia. Most of the finals were closely contested. However, in the top “Pink” division, well known local volleyball family, the De Salvo’s, dominated. Final results were Pink Division: Nature versus Nurture def Team Stoklos 31:16; Orange: Blash Beach def Tripod 31:28; Blue: Phoenix def Tempest 31:28; Yellow: Vikings def D.J. and P.J. 31:26; Spikezone: San Fran’s def Kao Tao’s. Local indoor volleyball kicks off this week at Leongatha SPLASH. Please contact Russell on 0418 301 681 for more information.

Josh Wight: the young Shark did brilliantly in the breaststroke, helping his club amass a massive points’ total.

Sharks set the pace THE Leongatha Sharks Swimming Club left competitors in its wake during the swimming season’s first carnival meeting at Mirboo North on Sunday. With healthy stocks in the junior ranks,

not to mention a few senior members dipping their toes in, the Sharks were in fine form. Rival Korumburra has been buoyed by the return of Lachie Harms, who has recovered from a shoulder injury and is slowly building toward his best form.

Lights on for sport MIRBOO North’s sporting credentials are likely to soar, with the go ahead given for the installation of lighting for the lower oval at the Walter J Tuck Recreation Reserve. South Gippsland Shire Council is contributing $78,500 plus resources to the project and has secured a further $100,000 from Sport and Recreation Victoria’s (SRV) Community Facility Funding Program – Soccer Facilities category. The total cost of the project is $257,000, with the remaining $78,500 covered by the reserve committee; Mirboo North United Football Netball Club, cricket club and pony club. “The lack of lighting has restricted training and match practice opportunities for the soccer club’s seven teams,” said Mayor Jim Fawcett. “This fantastic improvement will provide opportunities for other users too, in

particular the cricket club that shares the oval with the soccer club. “The lights will allow for extended training periods, especially at the beginning of the season when natural light is limited. “The reserve is also used by emergency services as a staging area in the event of major emergencies and will be a significant advantage when the reserve is utilised for these purposes.” The project was identified as a high priority in the Walter J Tuck Reserve Master Plan and is also noted in council’s recreation plan. “This project will help the club grow its membership and improve their game and enjoyment,” Cr Fawcett added. “It is vital the town and club have appropriate facilities for each form and level of the game.” Gippsland Soccer League fully supports the project which will improve access for training.

Anyone for tennis? SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will match a $15,000 grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria’s (SRV) Community Facility Funding Program to develop a South Gippsland Tennis Facilities Master Plan. The project will investigate all courts in the Shire that cater for competitive or social tennis to develop a hierarchy of facilities that integrates with Tennis Australia’s strategy for Gippsland. The Master Plan will log all current and former tennis court sites, their current condition, risks and the opportunities for improvement. It will also note the different surfaces available and the impact this may have on participation and player development. The project officers will also consult with relevant clubs, associations and au-

thorities to identify current and future requirements of tennis, detailing estimated future maintenance and capital upgrade requirements. “Council wants to develop a 10 year prioritised, costed program of improvements to facilities,” said mayor, Cr Jim Fawcett. “South Gippsland offers a wholesome family lifestyle and our diverse sporting facilities play a significant part in keeping people of all ages active and engaged. Tennis is one of those sports that can be played from eight to 80 years old and is a great social skill to have as well. It only needs two players to have a game to get some exercise, and we want to keep that informal aspect accessible in our communities as well as the competitions. “Any proposed facility development would naturally demonstrate universal design principles.”

Pink grand final: back, from left, Phill De Salvo, Allan De Salvo of Nature Vs Nurture, Sean Van Oosterwijck, Alek Ryan, Ryan Van Oosterwijck of Team Stoklos., ront, Matt and Wendy De Salvo (Nature vs Nurture) and Corey Chubb (Team Stoklos).

Orange finalists: from left, runners-up Tripod Jan Fletcher, Aaron Magnusson, Ian Jenkins and Rhiannon Parker with winners Blash Beach Cam Billingham, Evan Chatelier, Ben Pinniger, Ben Borys and Scott Field.

Blue division: from left, runners-up Tempest team Clinton, Joey and Linus Rodda and James Mercer with winners Phoenix Darcie White, Meg McIntosh, Phoebe Trembath and Mikaela Adam.

South Gippsland Bridge Club Results st

Meeniyan – Monday evening: 1 Brian and Sally Hoskins. 2nd June Metcalf, Colin Cameron. 3rd Kathy Dowd, John Cocking. Tarwin Lower – Tuesday afternoon: North/South: 1st Greg Nicholson, Jean Barbour. 2nd Clive Hope, Robert Kain. 3rd Jack Kuiper, John Sutton.

East/West: 1st Hannah Martin, Leila Bell. 2nd Neville and Phillip Chapman. 3rd Alan Johnston, John Sullivan. Inverloch – Friday afternoon: North/ South: 1st Greg Nicholson, Jean Barbour. 2nd Anne and Bruce Gibson. 3rd Mike Dooley, Bron Sund. East/West: 1st Kaye Douglas, John Sutton. 2nd John Sullivan, Alan Johnston. 3rd John Farr, Anne Williams.

Yellow winners: alternating team members from winners Vikings and runners-up DJ and PJ. From left, Lew Wilson, Jack McIntosh, Nic Ryan, Patrick Quinn, Genevieve Ryan, Joel Lipman, Annatina Weber, Darcy Dorwood and Liselott Webster.

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SPORT | GOLF Ladies Results for Wednesday, January 29: Winner Barb Stimson (22) +4. Down the line: Toni Buxton +4, Maree Thompson +3, Joyce Dyke +3, Sue Traill +3. Nearest the pin: 4th Lynne Winderlick, 16th Maree Thompson. Birdie 6th: Mary Beruldson.

Wonthaggi IT was monthly medal on Saturday and we had 93 players. A Grade winner and monthly medal was B. Vanagtmaal 64 net, B Grade N. Burne 68 net and C Grade F. Gill 66 net. Balls down the line: P. Dell, A. Copeland 67; T. Salmon 68, G. Henneguin, J. McEachern, D. Dye, P. Cornelis, J. Andrew 69; G. Linguey, E. Vanagtmaal, S. Laing, R. Johnson, L. Cooper, N. Cook 70, P. Evans, B. Howard 70; K. Bayley, P. Hanley, G. Ryan 71. Nearest the pins: 2nd J. Wintle, 8th G. Moresco, 13th K. Ridout, 17th F. Huber. Eagle 7th: J. Foon. The greens are being cored on Monday so be patient for two to three weeks and they will then be better than ever. Don’t forget men’s pennant starts in around five weeks, so if you are keen put your name down on the sheet in the Pro Shop as teams will be selected shortly. Good golfing and I hope you all have a great week.

Wonthaggi ladies WEDNESDAY saw 20 ladies play a round of Stableford with the new slope handicapping system in place. The summer conditions saw the fairways drying out and the run being obvious and helpful. There were some great scores but the round of the day was played by Chris Hamilton (41) 42 points, Runner up Marg Ryan (22) 41 points on a countback from Maree Anderson (24) 41 as well. Birdies were made by Marg Ryan, Sev Piasente and Lorraine Peters. NTP eighth Maree Anderson and 17th Pam Tiller. BDL C. Hamilton 42, M. Ryan 41, M. Anderson 41, B. Dobson 39, R. Wilkinson 39, M. Johnson 37. Next week is the ladies opening day. Be there at 8.30am for a 9am shotgun start.

Korumburra THERE were 61 players for the stroke monthly medal competition on Saturday, February 1, and trophies were by Ross Dowel. Goyne (handicap): S. Bromby 65 net. Parry (scratch): S. Bromby 67 O.T.S. Junior: (9 hcp): T. Jones 74 net. A Grade (2 hcp): S.

Bromby 65 net, runner-up T. O’Neill 68, R. Ludenia 70, C. Clements 71, M. Garnham 71, S. Rose 71. B Grade (14 hcp): G. Jones 70 net on countback B. Newton 70, P. Vanagtmaal. C Grade (20 hcp): A. Rosa 66 net, runner-up R. Gallagher 67, N. Alger 69, W. Jeffris 69, R. Blay 71, R. Hamill 71, W. Hopkins 71, M. Trewin 71, A. Worthy 71. Nearest the pin: 1st T. Herbert, 7th M. Deleeuw, 10th T. O’Neill, 13th P. May. NAGA: R. Crawford 87 net. Tuesday’s winner was J. Enbom 38 pts and Thursday’s winner was E. Poole 41 pts.

Woorayl OUR golfing week started with Lois and Graham Young sponsoring our four ball events on Australia Day. The winners were Roy Fisher and Janet Thompson from Pat and Chris Shepherd. Balls went to M. Robjant, A. Tsindos; M. Herrald, S. Wakefield; H. and R. Sullivan. Nearest the pins went to Trent Walters and Sue Wakefield. Saturday’s stableford saw Col James winning A Grade with 41 points. George Johnson won B Grade with 40 points and C Grade went to Nev McKenzie with 41 points. The ball distribution was G. Calder, P. Challis, B. Robjant, T. Burgess, S. Sullivan, M. Herrald, G. Challis, I. McLennan and R. Sullivan. Nearest the pins going to Graham Challis and Ray Sullivan. The ladies event was won by Pauline Lancaster with 43 points, with balls to Dot Jarvis and Elsie McBride. The Thursday competition went to Bo Fiek with 35 points on a countback, with balls to Jack Howard, Graeme Winkler and Al McEachern. The nearest the pin went to Ross Winkler. Next week is an Irish fourball. Check conditions of play before hitting off.

Woorayl golf A NINE hole Ambrose event was played and enjoyed by golfers, visitors and new players. The sponsors were Evans Petroleum. Winners for the day were Carol Johnson, Min Dwyer and Sue Wakefield with 30.5 nett. Runners up with 31 nett were Di O’Connor, Karin McKenzie, Roz Blew and Marlene Rayson. Down the line balls went to Thel Scoble, Jo Graeme, Danni Richardson and Shirley Thomas. Nearest the Pin went to Pauline Lancaster. A lovely luncheon was enjoyed by all. Next week is Monthly Medal and the start of the eclectic competitions. Don’t forget our free clinic is now on the go on Sunday morning from 9am to 10am.

Thought about joining?

If you need any information about this great opportunity to learn a bit about golf, contact Marg Tuckett, Lady Captain on 5662 3338.

Leongatha Sunday nine hole competition SUNDAY was a very hot day but 58 players hit off early in the morning. Great conditions produced many broken handicaps. Val Brydon won the best gross and net for the ladies with 41-9-32. Barry Attwood was the best gross winner for the men with 37 off the stick while Ken Gardiner with 43-14-29 shared the men’s best net with Kurt Newton 47-18-29. Nearest the pin was won by Lance Kibble. The Espy Eagles was the best team of the day, 7-Up came in second followed by the Grasshoppers, while Kit’s Litter and LLT shared fourth place. The event of the day was won by the Grasshoppers. Thank you to our sponsors Kevin and Deborah Scott of the South Gippsland Kennels and Catter. The final round of the season and presentation of the shield will be held on March 30 followed by a barbecue.

Leongatha golf WITH the school holidays finished, we had smaller, regular sized fields this week. Tuesday’s stableford event saw the single grade winner Keith Finney, off 14 handicap, have a good day. In addition to posting the day high 38 stableford points, Keith also hit a great shot in to the par three 14th hole to win the NTP on that hole. The NTP on the 16th was won by Joe Lowell. DTL balls went down to 31, with winners being Doug Clemann, Marilyn Williams, Craig Hams, Rod Mackenzie, Ron Paice, Josh Hall, Ian Murchie, Geoff McDonald, Peter Stivic, and Ed Poole on count back from three others. Thursday’s stableford event was again played in warm conditions. Peter Seth, playing of a 10 handicap, won A Grade with a fine 38 points. However, the best score of the day was posted in B Grade by new member, Jeff Brewer. Jeff, playing off a 22 handicap, posted an impressive 42 points to win. NTP’s were won on the 14th by Peter Brownlie and on the 16th by Bruce Cathie. DLT balls went down to 32 on countback , and were won by Ian Watson, Geoff McDonald, Doug Clemann, John Eabry, Trevor Moss, Mike Wrigley, Tim McCarthy, Peter Hartigan, Peter Hobson, Ken Gardner, Bruce Clark and Marilyn Williams. Saturday’s Monthly Medal Stroke event, sponsored by Leongatha Holden, was the first stroke round played since the new handicapping system was intro-

duced. While most players remembered to record both a stroke and stableford score on each hole, a few did not. It is a requirement of Golf Australia that you do so. In future we will have no option but to disqualify players from the event that fail to put down a stableford score as well as a stroke score. A big field saw four grades, with A Grade being taken out by Nathan Wardle with a seven handicap and 71 nett strokes. B Grade was won by Grant McRitchie with a 12 handicap on countback with nett 70, C Grade went to Evan Jenkins with a 14 handicap and 75 nett, while easily the best nett score of the day was posted in D Grade by Phil Baron off a 26 handicap with a great 65 nett to win the Monthly Medal. Best gross score of the day was Nathan Wardle’s fine 78. The Pro-pin on the 14th was won by Brendon Simon, while his playing partner, Chris Indian won the NTP on the 16th. DTL balls went up to 76 nett, with winners being Steve Fisher, Fred deBondt, Tom Sorrell, Ian Watson, Terry Lund, Gordon Morrison, Peter Hart, Peter Walsh, Paul Richardson, John Feddersen, Brendon Simon, Mark McDougall, Kevin Castwood, Max Kavanagh, Doug Clemann, Glenn Marsham, Anthony

Sparkes, Ian Murchie, and Neale Gillin. The A Grade winners in the ladies event on Wednesday were Di Williams 31 points, B Grade Fay Quilford 36 points and C Grade Jan Brownlie 40 points. Down the line: Jan Paice 34 points, Marg Danks and Julie Howard 33, Loris Clark and Ann Gibson 32, and Alison Strong, Marianne Leaver, Deb Miller, Maxine Eabry and Noreen Williams 31 points. Nearest the pin: Fay Quilford and Trish Owen The winner on Saturday was Marilyn Williams 94/16/78. Down the line: Ann Gibson 78 nett, Lyn Hart and Jo Baron 81 nett on a count back. Nearest the pin: R. Wilson

Foster golf IT is certainly summer conditions but the course is holding up well and there is plenty of grass on the fairways. Peter Dight (seven) took the honours with 35 points from D. Price (16) on 32 points on Tuesday. John Mathers (16) was on fire and shot a great 78 off the stick for 46 points on Thursday. DTL balls went to Jim Parry (12) on 39 points and Noel Black (seven) on 38 points. Noel was also

NTP. Gary Phelan (21) got the chook with 21 points. DTL balls went to Jim Harry with 21 points, Steve Reid with 20 points, and Leigh Roberts and James Freeman on 19 points. NTP’s were Leigh Roberts and Lloyd McKenzie. It was Medal Day on Saturday with trophies from Bruce and Rae Knee. Noel Black (seven) produced a top round of 74 off the stick to win A Grade and the medal with 67 net. Trevor Jones took out B Grade with 98-30-68. Kevin Flett also continued his consistent run with 76-7-69. Other DTL balls went to Gary Clavarino 87-17-70, Phil Schofield 87-15-72, Paul Robertson 79-6-73, Jim Parry 84-11-73 and John Mathers 88-15-73. Best Scratch scores in each grade were Noel Black 74 and Gary Clavarino 87. Kevin Flett won the putting with 25 putts. NTP’s were Paul Robertson, Kevin Flett, Peter Wright, Norm Cooper and Paul Spencer. Paul Robertson raided the eagle’s nest with his three on number 14. Owen Kindellan was a worthy winner of the encouragement award with his 92 net. Andrew Dessent was not there to collect the $1100 available in the Friday evening members draw, so it will

be $1150 next week. Bruce Knee also missed out on the $260 in the golfers Saturday afternoon cash draw, so it will be $280 next week. The card draw for the stubbies went to Barbara Warren.

Meeniyan golf SATURDAY’S Medal event, kindly sponsored by Henry Holman, was played under good conditions. The A Grade winner, with 72 nett , was R. McGeary (15) with C. Buckland (eight) runner-up with76. B Grade and Medal went to I. Warman (20) with 71 nett and R. Hannay (21) was next with 75. Balls went to J. Wilson, G. Hoskin, G. Revell, W. Reilly and D. Baggallay, all with 77. Putting went to G. Hoskin with 26 and the pro pin was taken by W. Bullock. The member’s draw was not won by the absent J. Sinclair. Tuesday’s 3-ball event was won by the team of C. Stewart (21), R. McGeary (15) and J. Mortensen (32) with 81 points. Runnersup were W. Bullock (13), I. Warman (20) and B. Dewar (15) with 62 points. NTP went to R. McGeary. Thursday’s small field was led by J. Hyett (36) with 34 points with runner-up I. Warman (20) on 32 points.

Storming the Summit GIPPSLAND Storm Elite Development Netball Club, had its annual fitness camp at “The Summit” camp in Trafalgar East recently. They enjoyed an action packed weekend with canoe races, rock wall, sky bridge and flying fox activities, plus the Monster Course. All of the eight squads of girls from all over Gippsland made up of two 13 and Under Squads, three 15 and Under Squads, two 17 and Under Squads and one Open Squad got very wet and very muddy, but had a great time. Storm’s head coach Simon O’Shanassy said the annual preseason camp was of immense value to both players and coaches, fostering team work, concurring the fear barrier and fast tracking the bonding process. Simon also mentioned that Saturday night was also lots of fun with each squad having to perform a music video skit, all up a fun time had by all. Shane O’Sullivan from Monash University Storm, also attended the camp over the weekend offering support to Storm coaches and committee members. Shane highlighted the upcoming VNL Monash University Storm home game at the Pakenham YMCA Cardinia Life Pakenham on Saturday, February 22.

High climbers: some of the Under 13 squad tackle the high rock wall during the camp.

Great camp: the eight Storm squads all together enjoying the weekend at The Summit camp.

We can offer you years of pleasure and healthy exercise, whilst enjoying the company of our Members, our natural bushland course and the activities of our club. Ring 5664 3314 to enquire on our Membership offers.

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Winning pairs: runners up Jaye Allen-Dayle (San Remo)and Pam Wintrup (Leongatha), SG Deputy Chairperson Ann Green and winners Angela Hackett and Jenny Miller (Loch and District).

Division state pairs SECTIONAL play of this event was a long hot day at Leongatha on January 23. The five sectional pair’s winners went on to play at Foster on January 29. The quarter final between Rosa James and Pat Davis (Phillip Island) and Jenny Miller and

South Gippsland pennant Division 1: San Remo 2-75 lt Inverloch 14-85; Phillip Island 14-97 d Leongatha 2-67; Lang Lang 13-67 d Wonthaggi 3-64; Korumburra 14-77 d Mirboo North 2-74.. Division 2: Toora 1481 d Loch 2-57; Wonthaggi 2-63 lt Fish Creek 14-69: Corinella 12-66 d Phillip Island 4-63: Inverloch 1580 d Meeniyan 1-50. Division 3: Foster 16104 d Korumburra Maroon 0-61; Phillip Island 16-107 d Korumburra Gold 0-58; Leongatha 2-57 lt Wonthaggi 14-81; Tarwin Lower 16-74 d San Remo 0-46. Division 4: Port Welshpool 14-74 d Inverloch White 2-54: Wonthaggi 14-78 d Leongatha 2-61; Lang Lang 4-63 lt Phillip Island 12-68; Inverloch Blue 14-64 d Meeniyan 2-58. Division 5: San Remo 16-84 d Loch 0-52; Tarwin Lower 15-70 d Foster 1-49; Toora 2-52 lt Mirboo North 14-73; Corinella 0-49 lt Wonthaggi 16-80; Phillip Island 2-67 lt Fish Creek 14-77.

Ladders Division 1 Inverloch .....................+195 Phillip Island...............+200 Korumburra .................+65 Mirboo North ..................-1 Wonthaggi .......................-27 Leongatha........................-81 Lang Lang .....................-135 San Remo ......................-216 Division 2 Fish Creek ..................+112 Corinella .......................+22 Inverloch ..................... +54 Toora ............................+86 Phillip Island .................+14 Loch ...............................-18 Meeniyan ......................-104 Wonthaggi ....................-166 Division 3

172 150 121 98 87 80 75 49 152 112 117 115 110 92 72 55

Angela Hackett (Loch and District) went to the Loch girls. The semi final between Rita Richardson and Lucy Vignocchi (Toora) and the composite team of Jaye AllenDayle (San Remo) and Pam Wintrup (Wonthaggi) was won by Jaye and Pam. The other semi final played between Laurel Cox and Mary Jepson (Leongatha) and the Wonthaggi ................. +228 153 Tarwin Lower ........... +106 134 Foster ......................... +155 121 Phillip Island .................-51 117 San Remo .......................-45 100 Korumburra Gold .......... -62 97 Leongatha .......................-46 90 Korumburra Maroon .... -282 20 Division 4 Inverloch White .........+118 137 Meeniyan ..................... +67 136 Port Welshpool ..........+185 126 Inverloch Blue .............+51 114 Phillip Island ................ +84 112 Leongatha ...................... -98 80 Wonthaggi ......................-73 90 Lang Lang ....................-317 35 Division 5 San Remo ................+141.5 129 Mirboo North ...........+71.5 128 Loch ............................+134 125 Fish Creek ..................+110 124 Foster ..............................-14 122 Tarwin Lower ................+14 120 Corinella..........................-89 92 Toora ............................-123 82 Wonthaggi ....................-118 75 Phillip Island ................-127 43

Next Saturday is the final round for the ‘home and away’ season. With the finals a mere two weeks away places are up for grabs in four of the five divisions. The only division to have a settled top four is Division 3, so next week should prove to be an exciting round to decide the finalists in all divisions. My Kiss of Death tips for the next round are (Division 1) Leongatha (home) will be too good for San Remo winning by 14 shots. Inverloch (home) will sneak home by three shots against Phillip Island in what will be the match of the round. Mirboo North (home) should consolidate their position in the top four with a win by 12 shots against Lang Lang and Wonthaggi (home) will make a ‘last gasp’ go at making the finals with a solid win against Korumburra in the hope that Mirboo North lose at home. Wonthaggi by 15 shots. Good bowling to all.

Loch girls went to Jenny and Angela. All games were close fought and a pleasure to watch. The final was played at Leongatha on Thursday with a one shot win over Jaye and Pam going to the mother and daughter combination of Jenny and Angela (Loch and District). They now go on to contest the Strzelecki final at Traralgon.

Leongatha WHAT a mixed up week again for bowlers, with our last round of the ladies’ home and away being abandoned halfway through the day due to extreme heat on Tuesday, January 28. However both Division 2 and 3 teams will be playing in the semi finals on Tuesday, February 4 and we wish them well. Wednesday, January 29 saw social bowls in action and the winners were Jeff Pendergast (s), F. Filomeno and Susan Crouch. Runnersup were R. McGannon (s), Jack Embleton and Fred Hanks. Saturday, February 1 was not a good day for our men’s

SGBD Tuesday pennant Round 14 - January 28 Division 1: Inverloch v Foster – no play due to heat – 8 points each; Meeniyan v Wonthaggi (1) play abandoned 8 points each. Wonthaggi (2) 16/15 received forfeit from Korumburra 0-15. San Remo v Phillip Island no play due to heat – 8 points each. Division 2: No matches completed due to heat so each team receives 8 points. Division 3: San Remo 14/48 d Meeniyan 0/32 (J. Farquhar 21 d B. Grady 14, W. Brunsden 27 d B. Dyke 18). Phillip Island 14/10 received forfeit from Korumburra 0/-10. Foster v Mirboo North play abandoned 7 points each. Leongatha v Inverloch

pennant teams with Division 1 losing at the Island 67 to 97 shots: J. Turner (s) lost 14 to 42, R. Trotman (s) won 25 to 19 and R. McGannon (s) lost 28 to 36. Division 3 were home to Wonthaggi but also lost 57 to 81 shots: R. Saunders (s) won 24 to 23 shots, H. Forrester (s) lost 13 to 28, E. Thompson (s) lost 20 to 30 shots. Division 4 travelled to Wonthaggi but could not find the winning form, going down 61 to 78 shots: G. Elliott (s) won 24 to 23 shots, G. Richardson (s) lost 20 to 28 and F. Sauvarin (s) lost 17 to 27 shots. The last round of the men’s home and away pennant will be held on Saturday, February 8 with Division 1 at home to San Remo, Division 3 will travel to San Remo and Division 4 will be home to Port Welshpool. Reminders: The next Kitty Club tea night will be on Friday night, February 7. Don’t forget the club’s two new tournament events for 2014, the Classic pairs six games by six ends for Sunday, February 23. Entries close one week prior to the event, play starts at 9.30am, BYO picnic lunch, cost $12 per team member. Contact either Jeff Pendergast 5662 0974 or Mike Carnell 5668 5265. More info about the second event next report. Until the next report, good bowling - ‘Jackhigh’.

Buffalo indoor ANOTHER enjoyable night of bowling at Buffalo on Wednesday, January 29, with 13 bowlers in attendance. Four teams of three were selected so one extra bowl was placed on the mats to enable everyone three bowls. Ian B. arrived after bowling had started so he and Carolyn bowled alternate ends. In the first game Andrew, Ian B., Carolyn and Ian Dyson won over Charlie, Peter and Joy 14-7. A narrow win to Toni, Joyce and Sebastian over Bill, Joe and Mary 10-8. In the second game Bill’s

team hit form to win 14-4 from Charlie, and Toni narrowly defeated Andrew 9-7. In the last game three bowls were removed from the mat giving bowlers two bowls each. Two close games ended the night with Andrew beating Bill 10-6 and Charlie winning over Toni 9-5. Close results at the end of the night with Andrew’s team winners (WLW) 15 ends +9, next Toni (WWL) 12 ends +1, third Bill (LWL) 11 ends +4 and fourth Charlie (LLW) 9 ends -14. Social bowls Wednesday night, 7.30pm at the Buffallo Hall, all welcome.

Fish Creek LAST week resulted in narrow wins for both divisions. Division 2 won by six shots overall and Division 5 won by 10. This week’s teams: Division 2 played at home against Toora. T. McLean (skip), M. Heywood, R. Grylls, A. Kerr. R. Mortlock (skip), L. McKenzie, F. Carter, R. McKenzie. D, Cristie (skip), R. Knight, R. Staley Boka. Division 5 played at Wonthaggi. K Flanders (skip), D. Stefani, C. Bell, C. McGannon. J. Lindeman (skip), B. Cooper, A. Atwell, B. Everett . R. Barham (skip), J. Lavarda, R. Poletti, B. Constantine. Remember next Sunday, Lindsay and Anne Williams sponsored day. Please make yourselves available if you can. Tuesday and Wednesday Barefoot Bowls was a big success. Remember to let Andy know if you are unavailable

on your designated night.

Meeniyan TUESDAY pennant concluded last week with Division 3 going down to San Remo in an away game. Division 1 at home to Wonthaggi were “heated out” but finished third on the ladder. This week they played Phillip Island at Korumburra. Corporate bowls has continued despite the hot weather. January 21 winners were Puppies with MacAttack runners up. January 22 winners were Who do you think? with a club team runners up. January 29 winners were M.G.C. with Windmill Ag. 2 runners-up. Thursday’s winners were Lindsay/ Russ/Nev with Dumbalk North runners up. Saturday pennant was an away match to Inverloch for both teams in the penultimate match of the season. Division two salvaged a point with a draw going down 50 shots to 80. Division four had another close match with one rink getting the points but going down overall 58 shots to 64. They are currently in second place. Next week both teams are at home. Twos to Corinella and fours to play Lang Lang. The married couple event scheduled for February 2 was postponed due to the heat. It will now be held on March 30. The draw is now up for all ladies and men’s club events plus the open singles with due dates for each round.

Mirboo North THE Tuesday bowlers finished the season on top of

the ladder with 143 points, six points ahead of San Remo. They now play San Remo at Korumburra in the first week of the finals, for a place in the Pennant Final. Division 1 played away at Korumburra and had a three shot loss, with two of the rinks losing on Saturday. The best rink with a 17 shot win was Phil, Watto, Ray and Mike. This means that Division 1 is still in fourth position, as the two teams below them both lost. They will play Lang Lang at home in the last game of the season. A win in this game will ensure a place in the finals. Division 5 played away at Toora and had a 21 shot win on Saturday as well. Best rink with a 21 shot win was Ann, Barry, Patrick and Russell. This win now puts Division 5 in second place on the ladder and playing Corinella (in 7th place on the at home next game. As with Division 1, a win in the last game will ensure a place in the finals and with a strong chance to play in the first week of the finals for a spot in the pennant final. The annual Trafalgar Bowling Club night was held on Monday and we had a good turn up of players, partners and spouses. Best winning rink was a team of Robyn and Jim Fox, and Geoff Whitelaw who each went away with a box of fruit and vegetables. BBQ bowls was back this week and it was a fun filled night. Even though some teams won and others lost, it was agreed that all teams were winners and, as a result, no prizes were given out. Please continue to support this night by continuing to come along and, if possible, by bringing a new bowler along.

play abandoned 7 points each Tarwin Lower v Wonthaggi play abandoned 7 points each.

Ladders Division 1 Wonthaggi (1) .............+342 San Remo ....................+179 Meeniyan.......................+62 Phillip Island....................-6 Foster...............................-47 Inverloch .......................-107 Wonthaggi (2) ...............-202 Korumburra ...................-221 Division 2 Leongatha ...................+273 Inverloch .......................+47 Port Welshpool ........+72.25 Corinella........................+14 Lang Lang ..................-34.25 Phillip Island ...................-91 Tarwin Lower ....................-2 Toora ..............................+18 Fish Creek .....................-144 Loch ..............................-153 Division 3 Mirboo North ............ +211 San Remo ..................... +98 Leongatha .................... +18 Wonthaggi ..................... -22 Inverloch ....................... +20 Phillip Island .................. -44 Tarwin Lower ................. -54 Meeniyan........................ -40 Korumburra .................... -60 Foster............................ -127

182 166 135 125 90 82 60 56 165 118 117 114 111 110 107 102 90 86 142 136 107 98 95 95 93 85 71 58

Ladies bowls: Wednesday’s winners were Lois Luby, Sue Nation and Joan Clark.

Inverloch PENNANT results saw a draw in Division 3. Division 1 didn’t play because of the heat. Division 2 went down to Port Welshpool with play very early to hopefully avoid the heat. By 11am a few of the ladies were overcome with the heat and it was called off. They will play at Fish Creek next.

Wednesday saw 28 players and the winners on the day were Lois Luby, Sue Nation and Joan Clark on 40 points. There were two teams on 38 points that came in runners up. Ron Kee, Pat Stoneham and Nel Van Grunsven and the team of Joyce Arnold, Yvonne Kee, Carol Waters and Gloria Growse. Raffle winners were Pat Stoneham, Nic Van

Grunsven, Edith Perrett, Carol Hughes and Ron Kee. A reminder for the ladies that there will be an 11am meeting before bowls on Wednesday. An information night will be held at the bowling club at 6 pm and a sausage sizzle after. The next Friday night meal will be on February 14, so please put your names down for this.

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• Wonthaggi Little Athletics

• Leongatha Little Aths

Athletes battle heat Back on track SEVENTY-nine athletes braved the hot conditions at Saturday’s meet to produce 81 personal bests. Congratulations go to Gypsi Schmidt (U7G), Saher Biggs (U9B), Xavier Lindsay (U8B), Uriah Notley (U6B) and Abdullah Mohamed (U9B), who all achieved three personal bests (PBs) out of a possible five for the day. Winners for individual events were U6G: Mia Dugard, 80m Hurdles, 70m, 400m, Discus, Triple Jump U6B: Hamish Gleeson, Discus, Triple Jump, 80m Hurdles; Jimmy O’Neill, 400m, 70m U7G: Baia Pugh, 400m, Triple Jump, 80m Hurdles, 70m; Gabby Neal, Discus U7B: Sonny McMillan, 80m Hurdles, 70m, Triple Jump, 400m; Hayden Schmidt, Discus

U8G: Olivia Bramley, 80m Hurdles, Triple Jump, 200m, 70m; Lani Kulbe, Shot Put U8B: Xavier Lindsay, Triple Jump, 200m 70m, Shot Put; Anthony Petropoulos, 80m Hurdles U9G: Mayer Fraser, 200m, 400m; Chelsea Kent, High Jump; Tevuro Ihomana Montgomery, Discus, 80m Hurdles U9B: Jai Williamson, High Jump, 200m, 400m; Archie O’Neill, Discus; Saher Biggs, 80m Hurdles U10G: Jordane Dobson, 80mHurdles, 70m, Shot Put; Alicia Smith, Long Jump,800m U10B: Jacob Timmermans, 70m, 80mHurdles, Shot Put, Long Jump, 800m U11G: Nicola Slade, Triple Jump, 100m, 80m Hurdles; Sinead Griffin, Shot Put; Mikaela Notley, 800m U11B: Onni Joma, Shot Put, 80m Hurdles, Triple Jump, 100m; Balin Dellivergini, 800m

U12G: Lanni Pryor, High Jump, 80m Hurdles, Javelin, 1500m, 200m U12B: Jarrod Anderson, 80m Hurdles, Javelin; Cooper Smith, 1500m, High Jump, 200m U13G: Siobhan Griffin, 100m, 400m; Melody Notley, Long Jump, 80m Hurdles, Discus U13B: Cooper Wagner, 80m Hurdles, Long Jump, 100m, 400m; Tarquin Mc Millan, Discus U14G: Bridget Lowe, 100m, High Jump, Javelin, 80m Hurdles, 1500m U14B: Brodie Anderson, 100m, High Jump, Javelin, 90m Hurdles, 1500m U15G: Georgia Filippi, Javelin, 90m Hurdles, High Jump; Daisy Filippi, 1500m, 100m U16G: Tegan Lowe, 100m, High Jump, Javelin, 90m Hurdles, 1500m U16B: Ethan Slade, 100m, High Jump, Javelin, 100m Hurdles, 1500m

AN eager group of young athletes returned to the velodrome oval last Saturday as Leongatha Little Athletics Club held its first competition meeting after the holiday recess.

In warm conditions, competitors turned in fine performances on the track and field, with more than a dozen junior on-track athletes ‘graduating’ to the Under 6 class and more than 100 personal bests (PBs) recorded across all age groups.

Field day: U7G Phoebe Collins prepares to launch the discus in Leongatha.

On the line: Jacob Timmermans leading Bianca Lyle in the 80m hurdles at Wonthaggi. Photo finish: Cameron Ellis and Joel Norton hit the line together in the U15B hurdles.

Oscar Beaton: the youngster gives his all in the Under 11 triple jump.

Up and about: Scarlett Beaton in the Under 13 long jump.

Easy does it: U8B Brett Dollard-Weston inches his way over the high jump bar.

• Leongatha cycling

Good times for riders

IT was back to school this week and back to the track for a large number of riders. State Titles over the weekend also meant some riders were missing on Friday night but we can report Thomas McFarlane was moving well at Wednesday night training. Club coach Tony Smith also has a surprise for Juniors Thomas Fitzgerald and

Cody Cox as they moved from sneakers to bike shoes and clip in pedals. Thomas Fitzgerald showed the benefit of this new gear as he wiped over two secs of his previous personal best for the one lap time trial. Austin Timmins is another who is continuing to break new territory with his times. The first event of the night – a 1 lap (400m) time trial saw Junior B best time


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go to Fleur Timmins in 44.14 sec, followed by Thomas Fitzgerald in 44.77 sec and Oliver McLean 46.27 sec. In the Junior A section it was Austin in 33.97 sec ahead of Matt Minogue 35.05 and Harrison McLean 35.58 sec. In the senior section it was Ronald Purtle in 31.19 sec ahead of Steve Allen 32.10 and Eric Veldman (Latrobe City) 35.60sec. Scratch races were next up and Junior B3 lap results were Oliver, Fleur and Thomas. In the Junior A 5 lap race it was Austin winning from Matt Minogue and Harrison McLean. For the seniors over 8 laps it was a win to Ronald ahead of Steve and Kevin Feely. The riders then raced their handicap races. In Junior B it was a fine win to Thomas just ahead of a fast finishing Fleur whilst Cody Cox finished determinedly for third. In the revised handicap it was Fleur winning from Thomas and Oliver. In the Junior A race over one lap it

was a tear-away win to Bernadette Fitzgerald ahead of Zoe Veldman (Latrobe City) and Matt Winchester. After the handicapper re-set the marks it was a win to Harrison McLean from Zoe and Alex Bennett. For the seniors the handicap was over two laps. First time around the results was Eric from Steve and Ronald Purtle. Second time around it was Ronald from Kevin and Eric. To keep speed in rider legs the riders were given some sprint heats. First match up saw Thomas winning from Jack Allen and Cody. Second time it was Jack Allan winning from Thomas and Cody. In the other Junior B heat first round it was Oliver with a narrow win over Fleur. Even though she tried some different tactics second time round the result was the same. In the Junior A division heat one saw Austin win from Matt Minogue and Harrison. The second heat saw Zoe snatch the win on the line from Bernadette

whilst in the third heat it was Alex Bennett flashing home to snatch the win from Matt Winchester. The Junior A riders finished their night with an elimination ride. Things were going well for the bunch until mid-way when Austin Timmins upped the pace and split the field. The end result was a win to Austin with Zoe claiming second and Matt Minogue at third.

The seniors had a 12 lap point score to finish the night with intermediate sprints at eight and four laps to go respectfully. However, the first sprint split the field with a very fit Kevin Feely keeping the pressure on to ride away with only Ronald Purtle handling the tempo. The end result was a win to Kevin (13 points) from Ronald (11 points) and Steve Allen at third with two points.

Riders will need to get some Wednesday night training in as club track titles are due to be held over the next two weeks weather permitting. The riders also have a Gippsland race meeting to go to on Sunday at Newborough. This is a great opportunity to dip into a larger field than normal with plenty of support from the other club members.

Good times: Junior A riders competing in the five lap scratch race are led by Alex Bennett from Matt Winchester, Zoe Veldman, Bernadette Fitzgerald, Austin Timmins, Harrison McLean and Matt Minogue.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - PAGE 47


Local training support for elite athletes A TRAINING Centre of Excellence to nurture potential elite athletes will be developed at the Korumburra Recreation Centre, thanks to $74,000 granted to Council by Sport and Recreation Victoria’s (SRV) Community Facility Funding Program. The project will see the underutilised ‘Drill Hall’ refurbished with a synthetic grass floor, sports netting for cricket, tennis and golf, video analysis equipment and software, a kitchen and office upgrade and lighting improvements. While it will be specifically designed to develop the potential of elite athletes, it will also provide a regional skill development program for all sports, including targeted pro-

grams for juniors, ladies, men and new sports. “This is an exciting breakthrough for South Gippsland,” said mayor, Cr Jim Fawcett. “We have many promising athletes emerging who are then forced to leave the district to realise their potential. This project will link the Recreation Centre with both the Gippsland Sports Academy and GippsTAFE to provide access to coaching and facilities, fitness expertise, and support for programs and events. There may also be opportunities for fieldwork students to extend their experience.” The total cost of the project is $111,000 with the State Government contributing $74,000 and South Gippsland Shire Council contributing $18,500 plus resources to deliver the project.

Cricket Victoria has also allocated $3,000, with the Korumburra Recreation Centre Committee of Management committing the remaining $15,500. In the absence of a formal community centre in the town, the Korumburra Recreation Centre has become a multipurpose facility catering for an array of recreational, sporting, social and cultural activities “The Committee of Management has a strategic plan for the next ten years to develop the facility as a major sporting hub for Gippsland with dexterity to meet the community’s varied needs,” said Cr Fawcett. Cricket Victoria’s 2012-15 Strategy aims to develop the best players and officials in Australia by enhancing regional centres like Korumburra as part of its elite facilities strategy.

C Grade cricket scores DIVISON 1 WON WORKMENS d NERRENA 1st innings Won Workmens 6/359 (cc) 1st innings Nerrena B. Gannon c. S. Osborne b. L. Borne .............................1 G. Giliam c. I. Barnes b. L. Borne ...........................18 C. Baudinette c. B. Osborne b. S. Liddle ...........................83 B. Standfield c. B. Osborne b. S. Osborne ......................126 M. Waltom lbw. b. S. Osborne ...4 D. Campbell b. S. Osborne ........0 D. Grigg n.o. ..............................2 C. Dougherty n.o. .......................3 Extras ......................................21 Total ....................................6/258 Bowling: L. Borne 2/45, A. Yann 0/59, S. Liddle 1/43, J. Sheerin 0/23, S. Roche 0/39, C. Casey 0/24, B. Osborne 0/6, S Osborne 3/5. IMPERIALS d PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Phillip Island 2/236 1st innings Imperials K. Gray b. W. Paterson...............0 T. Cameron lbw. b. W. Paterson ........................6 D. McLennan c. C. O’Neill b. B. Insall ............................45 P. McGavin b. W. Paterson.........3 M. Collins b. B. Young ..............7 N. Hodges c&b. S. Cox..........100 D. Pellin r.o. .............................31 H. Marshall lbw. b. S. Cox .........0 S. McLennan n.o. .....................35 S. Bentley b. B. Insall ................0 G. Price n.o. ...............................2 Extras ......................................23 Total ....................................9/251 Bowling: B. Young 1/72, W. Paterson 3/48, B. Insall 2/53, B. Christopher 0/28, S. Cox 2/43.

MDU def by TOWN 1st innings MDU 117 1st innings Town G. Pouw b. M. Perry ..................3 J. Schelling b. M. Perry..............1 T. Willcocks c. b. K. Brown .....32 M. Wilson b. M. Perry ...............0 J. Scott b. M. Perry.....................7 A. Fixter ret. ...........................100 D. Goss c. S. Dunlop b. K. Newton ........................39 G. Goss n.o...............................26 R. Edwards c&b. J. Brown.........8 L. O’Brien n.o. ...........................0 Extras ......................................36 Total ....................................7/252 Bowling: K. Brown 1/33, M. Perry 4/43, B. Thomas 0/9, M. Darmanin 0/37, J. Brown 1/46, C. Dyke 0/24, K. Newton 1/24, W. Horvarth 0/15. OMK d INVERLOCH 1st innings Inverloch 120 1st innings OMK J. Greenwood stp. I. Smith b. E. Cousins ........................30 W. Dowel r.o. ...........................89 A. McKinnon n.o. ..................103 J. Cochrane c. W. Williams b. I. Smith...............................5 D. McMeekin ret. n.o. ..............50 P. Harper n.o...............................6 L. Van Rooye c. M. Goldsmith b. J. Belli ................................0 Extras ......................................32 Total ....................................4/315 Bowling: W. Williams 0/23, D. Clarkley 0/40, I. Smith 1/35, D. Lawton 0/55, E. Cousins 1/71, J. Belli 1/53, I. Fowler 0/22. DIVISON 2 KORUMBURRA def by WON MINERS 1st innings Won Miners 195 1st innings Korumburra M. Olden c. J. O’Reilly b. J. Rumbold .......................24

J. Kyle c. G. Peters b. D. Jones ............................19 T. Scott c. D. Jones b. G. Peters ...........................15 I. Riddell c. M. Thatcher b. J. Harpreet-Singh .............34 S. McKenzie c&b. P. Loos .........8 T. Morrison b. D. Jones ..............6 N. Leppin lbw. b. G. Peters ......14 J. Celebrine b. P. Loos..............18 S. Hall b. G. Peters .....................4 B. Gibbs-King b. P. Loos ...........9 T. Harley n.o...............................4 Extras ......................................21 Total .......................................176 Bowling: J. Rumbold 1/20, T. Nelson 0/1, D. Jones 2/29, G. Peters 3/47, S. Watson 0/8, P. Loos 3/40, J. Harpreet-Singh 1/7, M. Lindsay 0/16. WON WORKMENS def by OMK 1st innings OMK 6/231 (cc) 1st innings Won Workmens M. Cadwallender c. B. Nation b. D. Wylie ...........................28 D. McGuirk lbw. b. D. Wylie ...16 B. Evans c. C. Walker b. D. Wylie ...........................13 S. Morison c. B. Maguire b. D. Wylie ...........................13 J. Licis b. D. Wylie.....................6 M. Davey c. M. Gow b. G. Adams............................2 C. Rigby c. D. Wylie b. B. Nation ............................0 W. McCall n.o. .........................38 A. Ray b. B. Maguire .................4 S. Knight c. C. Walker b. D. Wylie .............................3 P. McDonald lbw. b. D. Wylie....1 Extras ......................................24 Total .......................................148 Bowling: B. Maguire 1/44, D. Wylie 2/24, B. Nation 1/13, D. Wylie 5/29, G. Adams 1/20, N. Paterson 0/2, J. Whiteside 0/2.

GLEN ALVIE def by KILCUNDA-BASS 1st innings Glen Alvie 5/209 (cc) 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass D. Aurisch c. J. Smith b. A. Spradbury ....................35 G. Burchell c&b. A. Spradbury ...............57 J. Reilly n.o. .............................84 L. May b. A. Spradbury .............2 B. Jones b. A. Spradbury............3 S. Blake b. K. Simpson ............20 D. O’Neill n.o. ...........................7 Extras ......................................18 Total .............................5/227 (cc) Bowling: A. Spradbury 4/52, W. Stirton 0/22, K. Simpson 1/45, T. Piasente 0/47, K. Hull 0/10, J. Hull 0/35, B. Carr 0/13. KOONWARRA-L/RSL d INVERLOCH 1st innings Inverloch 30 1st innings Koonwarra-L/RSL L. Hughes ret. n.o.......................3 B. Perry stp. C. Butler b. D. Furneaux....................135 A. Piksons n.o. ...........................1 P. Kennedy lbw. b. J. Muir .......81 S. Wentworth b. L. Keily ...........2 A. Clark b. L. Keily ...................7 S. Hills b. L. Keily .....................0 T. Dudley n.o..............................7 A. Vaughan r.o............................4 Extras ......................................52 Total .......................... 6/292 (dec) Bowling: L. Keily 3/37, S. Hayes 0/31, C. Butler 0/14, H. Keily 0/21, J. Williams 0/18, D. Snelling 0/19, K. Fowles 0/19, J. Dennerley 0/16, B. Dennerley 0/1. 2nd innings Inverloch Extras ......................................16 Total ......................................5/74 Bowling: S. Wentworth 0/9, A. Clark 0/4, D. Clark 3/20, A. Piksons 1/25, M. Green 1/13.

Maiden ton: 13 year old K/LRSL allrounder, Ben Perry dispatched the Inverloch bowlers to all parts of the ground on his way to 123 in C2. Photo by Mark Drury.

Wildcats ready: Korumburra’s womens basketball side in the Country Basketball League will be contesting the grand final this weekend in Korumburra. To see the full team and details about the game turn to page 42. Here, young gun Gemma Dixon finds some speed during the recent semi final.

LDCA ladders A Grade Division 1 OMK......................................108 Won Workmens ....................108 Inverloch .................................92 Town ........................................72 Imperials ..................................60 Nerrena .....................................60 Phillip Island ............................24 Korumburra ..............................12 A Grade Division 2 Won Miners ..........................130 Kilcunda-Bass.......................102 Koonwarra-L/RSL .................98 Fish Creek-Tarwin .................54 MDU ........................................54 Poowong-Loch .........................48 Glen Alvie ................................36 Foster........................................30 B Grade Division 1 OMK...................................... 114 Phillip Island.........................108 Won Workmens ......................90 Town ........................................54 MDU ........................................54 Inverloch ..................................48 Nerrena .....................................30 Won Miners ..............................30 B Grade Division 2 Imperials ...............................142 Koonwarra-L/RSL ............... 110 Korumburra ...........................90 Kilcunda-Bass.........................68 Glen Alvie ................................54 Poowong-Loch .........................42 Foster........................................42 Fish Creek-Tarwin....................12 C Grade Division 1 OMK......................................108 Won Workmens ......................96 Inverloch .................................84 Phillip Island...........................66 Town.........................................66 Nerrena .....................................54 Imperials ..................................30 MDU ........................................24 C Grade Division 2 OMK......................................108 Kilcunda-Bass.........................96 Won Miners ............................90 Koonwarra-L/RSL .................66 Won Workmens ........................60 Korumburra ..............................42 Glen Alvie ................................30 Inverloch ..................................24 MDU ........................................12 Under 16 Nerrena ...................................96 Kilcunda-Bass.........................78 Phillip Island...........................72 Won Workmens ......................72 Fish Creek-Tarwin....................60 Imperials ..................................54 MDU ........................................42 Won Miners ..............................36 Korumburra ..............................18 OMK ..........................................6 Poowong-Loch ...........................6

Speed machine: Cougar quick, Nick Arnup sends down another delivery. Photo by Mark Drury.

Fair slog: Poowong/Loch opener Said Magnusson top scored for his side with 53 in B2. Photo by Mark Drury.

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• B Grade, Division 1

Red Caps chase down Workmens ONE would have thought the Wonthaggi Workmens had their match in the bag after amassing a score 351 last week but that wasn’t the case.

Big swing: Scott Head was hitting big late in the Poowong/Loch innings, but it wasn’t enough to get his team over the line in B2. Photo by Mark Drury.

Nerrena had a big task but victory was certainly not out of the question for them. Telfer fell early for one setting an odd tone on the game however Clark and Trotman then picked up the gauntlet and pushed on to a 140 run partnership before Clark fell for 89. Trotman continued to 49 with Matheson who found 26 and then Labuschange who found 49. Both fell close together to Coldebella leaving Irish and Harrison to finish the job. In just 17 overs they smashed out a 112 run partnership to finish the game off with Irish on 49 not out and Harrison on 52 not out. Two four wicket bowlers for OMK helped the Diggers over come Inverloch. The Stingrays were looking for 223 runs for a win but struggled to hit triple figures after being hit with an onslaught from Jeffries and

Paterson. Jeffries found four maidens in his 10 overs and claimed 4/23 while Paterson managed 4/16. Sharrock was the leading hitter for Inverloch with 51 while the team only could reach 109. A innings of 106 not out from Keating was enough to get Phillip Island a win over MDU on Saturday. The Sharks easily chased down the 183 run target loosing just two wicket along the way and taking 63 overs to win the game. The Wonthaggi Miners couldn’t find the path to victory on Saturday thanks to 5/47 from Leongatha Town’s Colin Bruce. Despite a 70 run haul from Beesey the Miners couldn’t find their target falling for 209.

Details PHILLIP ISLAND v MDU 1st innings MDU 9/183 (cc) 1st innings Phillip Island R. Cleeland b. S. McRae ..........43 L. Keating n.o. .......................106 S. Niven b. J. Riley ..................20 J. Keating n.o. ............................5 Extras ......................................14 Total .............................2/188 (cc) Bowling: J. Riley 1/34, L. Mercer 0/13, K. Sinclair 0/18, T.

Zukovskis 0/12, S. Riley 0/26, S. McRae 1/39, C. Harris 0/29, J. Sinclair 0/10. NERRENA d WON WORKMENS 1st innings Won Workmens 3/351 (cc) 1st innings Nerrena W. Telfer lbw. b. L. McGuirk .....1 T. Clark c. K. Brann b. L. McLean ........................89 D. Trotman c. D. Dutchman b. M. McCall ........................49 P. Matheson c. K. Maloney b. S. Coldebella ....................26 G. Labuschagne c. K. Brann b. S. Coldebella ....................49 B. Irish n.o................................49 A. Harrison n.o.........................53 Extras ......................................40 Total .......................................356 Bowling: L. McGuirk 1/30, M. McCall 1/104, S. Coldebella 2/44, L. McLean 1/81, L. Sawyer 0/74. INVERLOCH def by OMK 1st innings OMK 222 1st innings Inverloch S. Brayley c. T. Knox b. M. Cooke............................8 L. Sharrock b. J. Paterson ........51 D. Ruffin b. T. Eustace .............12 A. Brayley c&b. D. Jeffries........8 M. Anderson b. D. Jeffries .........4 B. Thomas c. b. D. Jeffries .......13 N. Goodall lbw. b. D. Jeffries ....0 J. Courtenay c. T. Knox b. J. Paterson ..........................0 L. Anderson b. J. Paterson .........4 D. Connelly c. T. Knox b. J. Paterson ..........................0 J. Ritchie n.o. .............................3 Extras ........................................6 Total .......................................109 Bowling: R. White 0/11, M.

Cooke 1/17, T. Eustace 1/31, P. Green 0/10, D. Jeffries 4/23, J. Paterson 4/16. 2nd innings OMK T. Knox c. S. Brayley b. L. Anderson ........................3 P. Green lbw. b. L. Anderson .....8 D. Jeffries c. J. Courtenay b. D. Connelly ......................13 M. Cooke lbw. b. J. Courtenay...7 T. Eustace c&b. B. Thomas......16 J. Paterson n.o. .........................38 A. Rose n.o.................................1 Extras ........................................1 Total ......................................5/86 Bowling: L. Anderson 2/20, J. Courtenay 1/19, D. Connelly 1/17, B. Thomas 1/20, N. Goodall 0/10. TOWN d WON MINERS 1st innings Town 334 1st innings Won Miners C. Honeysett c. N. Johnston b. C. Bruce ...........................12 R. Jones c. J. Withers b. C. Bruce .............................6 P. Hammer c. M. Warren b. C. Bruce ...........................43 D. Beesey c. N. Johnston b. M. Warren ........................70 B. Foon c. S. Clark b. M. Warren ........................25 D. Brosnan lbw. b. C. Bruce ......0 P. Owen stp. b. M. Warren .........8 F. Brosnan lbw. b. C. Bruce .......9 S. Ivekovic n.o. ........................16 D. Lambert c&b. J. Bolge ..........0 A. Honeysett c. M. Warren b. J. Bolge ..............................0 Extras ......................................20 Total .......................................209 Bowling: S. Clark 0/29, C. Bruce 5/47, M. Warren 3/38, W. Turner 0/18, D. Burge 0/50, J. Bolge 2/21.

• B Grade, Division 2

Imperials, Kilcunda-Bass take outrights IT was an easy outright two innings win for the Imperials on Saturday after already securing a large first innings victory in day one. Glen Alvie needed to make over 188 or last the whole second day to avoid an outright loss but it couldn’t be done.

A bowling onslaught lead by Zac Price with 4/34 kept the Glen Alvie side in check before Chandler stepped up the game late in the innings to reach 44. Despite this Glen Alvie were all out with 138 in just 40 overs handing the 20 ladder points to the Imperials. Kilcunda-Bass had similar success against Foster on

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Saturday with an outright win. The Panthers handed themselves a first innings win early in the day before sending Foster back into back for 21 overs where they made 99. Kilcunda-Bass returned to the crease needing over 45 runs to give them the win which they did quickly before calling it a day after 11 overs on 3/73. Poowong-Loch scored

well but couldn’t find their target against Koonwarra/ Leongatha RSL on Saturday. Opener Magnusson was the highest scored with 53 and scores in the 20s from Hancock, Birnie and Head also helped the cause. Despite this the Magpies couldn’t get over the line for a victory. Jayson Meade’s 5/28 was vital in securing a win for Korumburra over Fish Creek Tarwin at the weekend.

FTC found it hard to find runs early with Meade and Oxlee causing trouble but it was Fisher that stood out on the scoring end with 59 in the middle order. FCT couldn’t reach their target of 209, falling well short at 171.

Details GLEN ALVIE def by IMPERIALS 1st innings Glen Alvie 125 1st innings Imperials 8/313 2nd innings Glen Alvie

EVANS PETROLEUM Round 12 - February 8 & 15 Home team Grade A1 Town Phillip Island Nerrena Inverloch Grade A2 Kilcunda-Bass Glen Alvie Koonwarra-RSL Fish Crk-Tarwin Grade B1 Won Miners MDU OMK Won Workmens Grade B2 Poowong-Loch Foster Korumburra Imperials Grade C1 Phillip Island Inverloch Town Nerrena Grade C2 Won Miners Won Workmens Koonwarra-RSL OMK

Away Team



v v v v

Won Workmens OMK Korumburra Imperials

WC 1 Cowes Nerr I Turf

G. Laird C. Salmon V. Baskerville T. Rogers

v v v v

Won Miners Poowong-Loch MDU Foster

Bass Rec Butch W L Turf FC Turf

A. Roberts A. Jordan S. Lanyon M. Heenan

v v v v

Nerrena Inverloch Phillip Island Town

Won Rec Meen Outt McMhn

B. Bek A. Stride N. Barnes B. McDonald

v v v v

Glen Alvie Fish Ck-Tarwin Kilcunda-Bass Koonwarra-RSL

Loch FGC Kor Rec EC

G. Stabb TBA I. Richards TBA

v v v v

OMK Imperials Won Workmens MDU

Newh Inv Rec WC 2 L Velo

TBA TBA N. Graydon TBA

v v v v

Glen Alvie Kilcunda-Bass Korumburra Inverloch

Won Nth WSC Koon KSC

M. Wishart TBA TBA TBA


Got him: Blake Van Rooy celebrates a catch as his Cougar teammates Matt Boswell, Paris Buckley and Leo Enter come to congratulate him. Photo by Mark Drury.

B. Davidson b. Z. Price................. 0 R. Matthews b. Z. Price ................ 1 J. Burke stp. T. Williams b. Z. Price ................................ 22 R. Burke b. Z. Price ...................... 5 J. Hamilton b. K. McGavin .......... 2 R. Slade b. J. Bloom ................... 10 A. McBride c. T. Williams b. J. Bloom ................................ 1 E. Chandler b. D. Ginnane ......... 44 D. Burke c. A. Meyer (sub) b. G. Forrester.......................... 23 A. Newsome c. J. Bloom b. D. Ginnane .......................... 14 L. McRae n.o................................. 0 Extras.......................................... 16 Total .......................................... 138 Bowling: Z. Price 4/34, R. McGavin 0/12, K. McGavin 1/20, J. Rushton 0/6, J. Bloom 2/18, P. McCaughan 0/19, G. Forrester 1/20, D. Ginnane 2/6. KILCUNDA-BASS d FOSTER 1st innings Foster 140 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass T. Aplin lbw. b. S. Chaseling ...... 20 B. Joseph c. S. Chaseling b. J. Staley................................ 17 R. Gardiner c. J. Toner b. J. Staley.................................. 1 H. Grace c. J. Toner b. S. Chaseling........................... 0 S. Tapscott c. J. Toner b. F. Cooper ............................. 40 T. Smith b. S. Chaseling ............... 6 J. Bastwrous c. J. Toner b. S. Chaseling......................... 10 D. Clay n.o. ................................. 54 R. Duff b. S. Chaseling ................. 9 P. Coleman c. T. Byrnes b. T. Whitham .......................... 12 M. Whitham c. D. Williams b. T. Whitham ............................ 2 Extras.......................................... 22 Total .......................................... 193 Bowling: J. Pilkington 0/62, S. Chaseling 5/60, J. Staley 2/19, J. Toner 0/11, F. Cooper 1/16, T. Whitham 2/12. 2nd innings Foster J. Pilkington b. S. Tapscott ........... 0 J. Toner lbw. b. H. Grace ............ 39 S. Chaseling c. P.Coleman b. D. Clay.............................................. 26 T. Whitham b. M. Whitham ......... 5 T. Byrnes c. M. Whitham b. D. Clay................................... 1 D. Williams b. R. Duff ................ 18 Extras............................................ 9 Total ............................................ 99 Bowling: R. Duff 1/20, S. Tapscott 1/17, D. Clay 2/20, H. Grace 1/16, M. Whitham 1/10, T. Aplin 0/14. 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass T. Aplin c. J. Toner b. S. Chaseling........................... 3

B.Joseph c. J. Toner b. J. Pilkington........................... 2 H. Grace c. S. Chaseling b. T. Whitham .......................... 38 M. Whitham n.o. ......................... 19 S. Tapscott n.o. .............................. 0 Extras...........................................11 Total ......................................... 3/73 Bowling: J. Pilkington 1/19, S. Chaseling 1/19, D. Williams 0/8, B. Cripps 0/6, T. Whitham 0/12. KOONWARRA-L/RSL d POOWONG-LOCH 1st innings Koonwarra-L/RSL 8/327 (cc) 1st innings Poowong-Loch S. Dinger c. B. van Rooy b. N. Arnup ................................ 0 S. Magnusson b. S. Paterson ...... 53 G. Curry c. P. Buckley b. N. Arnup ................................ 4 N. Hancock r.o. ........................... 27 J. Patullo c. L. Enter b. S. Anderson ........................... 3 N. Brew c. B. van Rooy b. N. Arnup ................................ 7 G. Birnie c. R. Brown b. B. van Rooy......................... 21 S. Head c. S. Anderson b. S. Paterson ........................... 24 A. Dixon c. P. Buckley b. S. Turner .............................. 19 S. McKinnon b. S. Turner............. 0 S. Farbus n.o.................................. 0 Extras.......................................... 39 Total .......................................... 197 Bowling: N. Arnup 3/32, S. Turner 2/34, S. Paterson 2/23, M. Boswell 0/20, P. Buckley 0/16, S. Anderson 1/24, B. van Rooy 1/14, R. Brown 0/3. FISH CREEK-TARWIN def by KORUMBURRA 1st innings Korumburra 9/208 1st innings Fish Creek-Tarwin G. Webster c. J. Meade b. J. Oxlee .................................. 9 L. Edgelow c. B. Condolucci b. L. Miller................................. 7 O. Brennan c&b. J. Oxlee............. 9 M. McGannon c. C. Smith b. L. Miller............................... 22 C. Fisher lbw. b. J. Meade .......... 59 J. Pouw c. B. Condolucci b. J. Meade .............................. 10 M. Bright c. M. Wrigley b. J. Oxlee ................................ 16 T. Stybosh b. J. Meade ................ 16 O. Straw b. J. Meade..................... 3 G. Buckland b. J. Meade .............. 1 L. Buckland n.o. ............................ 1 Extras.......................................... 17 Total .......................................... 171 Bowling: J. Meade 5/28, J. Oxlee 3/32, P. Dunlevie 0/36, L. Miller 2/14, S. Harland 0/25, T. Gray 0/14, C. Mileto 0/13.

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Great match: Phillip Island fell short of its target against the Leongatha Imperials on Saturday in A1. Here Jay Parker fires a delivery down the pitch. Photo by Mark Drury.

• A Grade, Division 1

Nerrena chase not enough A VALIANT effort by Nerrena was not enough to hand it a win when chasing down Wonthaggi Workmens’ score of 406 on Saturday.

Tough slog: it was hard work in the hot weather for the Imperials fielding side on Saturday. Photo by Mark Drury.

Nerrena got off to a slow start with Workmens Scott Williams taking the first two wickets for 28. Mitchell Clark found his feet with captain Tim Wightman putting on 60 runs between them before

• A Grade, Division 2

Toms’ ton not enough A CENTURY for Neville Toms was not enough to hand Koonwarra/Leongatah RSL a win on the weekend when chasing Poowong/Loch on Saturday. A stunning opening partnership between Sam Hughes and Toms went for 135 runs before Hughes fell for 41. Toms went on to reach 123 which included 12 fours. Singles from four other batsman however kept the overall score down. Four wickets from Colin Knox were vital in keeping the Cougars down too with the veteran getting the job done. The Cougars were all out for 253, 36 runs short of the target. The Wonthaggi Miners found a win against Fish Creek Tarwin after chasing down a total of 294. Warren and Honeysett had the Miners running well early with 51 and 75 runs respectively while it was Andrighetto who stole the show. He knocked out a magnificent 12 fours and a six to make 111.

This all added together with other decent score to amass 8/360 t the end of the day. A clear win in the Miners’ favour. Kilcunda Bass romped home against Foster on Saturday. The Panthers devoured the Tigers’ score of 165 quickly with great batting from Donohue and Dakin. Five wickets from Collis couldn’t even stop the onslaught handing Kilcunda-Bass an easy win. Glen Alvie was unable to make a dint in the Meeniyan Dumbalk united score of 238 on Saturday. The chase started well with Smith and Luckhurst finding the ball easily but a middle order breakdown saw Glen Alvie exposed mid innings. Great bowling from the MDU boys finished the job quickly dismissing the side out for 121 in under 50 overs. FOSTER def by KILCUNDA-BASS 1st innings Foster 165 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass P. Mohascy c. G. Collis b. H. Griggs ..........................29 A. Oats c. M. Lynch b. G. Collis ...........................21 A. Donohue c. M. Lynch b. B. Corrie...........................49 J. Dakin c. H. Griggs

b. G. Collis ...........................43 P. Palmer c. J. Chaseling b. G. Collis ...........................10 J. Tregear c. S. Corrie b. G. Collis ...........................29 S. Shelton b. G. Collis................2 J. Mahood n.o...........................23 D. Pipicelli c&b. J. Prain ...........3 B. Egeberg c. M. Lynch b. T. Smith ............................22 Extras ......................................15 Total .......................................246 Bowling: B. Corrie 1/92, F. Griggs 0/0, G. Collis 5/39, G. Tanner 0/39, H. Griggs 1/31, J. Prain 0/14, J. Chaseling 0/15, T. Smith 3/11. MDU d GLEN ALVIE 1st innings MDU 8/238 (cc) 1st innings Glen Alvie S. Smith c. M. Olden b. M. Olden ..........................18 T. Luckhurst c. M. Martin b. M. Cantwell......................12 A. Hamilton c. M. Olden b. T. Harris .............................2 J. Glen c. M. Martin b. M. Olden ............................1 J. Tiziani c. R. Olden b. S. Arnup .............................4 S. Lowe c. M. Patching b. T. Harris .............................2 D. Hales c. M. Martin b. M. Patching ......................21 D. Hateley c. W. Prosser b. S. Arnup ...........................20 D. Williams r.o. ........................15 J. Wheeler b. S. Arnup ...............0 J. Hales n.o. ..............................13 Extras ......................................12 Total .......................................121 Bowling: T. Harris 2/31, M. Patching 1/20, M. Cantwell 1/12, M. Olden 2/8, S. Arnup 3/39, C. Le Page 0/5. WON MINERS d FISH CREEK-TARWIN 1st innings Fish Creek-Tarwin 294 1st innings Won Miners G. Kent c. G. Watkins b. J. Danckert .......................17

A. Warren c. G. Watkins b. A. Straw............................51 P. Nelson c. J. Law b. A. Straw..............................6 J. Honeysett c. G. Watkins b. A. Straw............................75 J. Andrighetto c. J. Danckert b. J. Buckland.......................19 B. Andrighetto stp. W. Cocksedge b. H. Buckland ................... 111 C. Thomas c. W. Cocksedge b. J. Danckert .........................0 D. Loos c. J. Flanders b. H. Buckland .....................40 R. Birkett n.o. ...........................10 B. Foon n.o.................................9 Extras ......................................22 Total .......................... 8/360 (dec) Bowling: A. Straw 3/74, J. Flanders 0/47, B. Coates 0/38, T. Williamson 0/77, J. Danckert 2/34, J. Buckland 1/40, H. Buckland 2/23, J. Law 0/11. POOWONG-LOCH d KOONWARRA-L/RSL 1st innings Poowong-Loch 8/288 1st innings Koonwarra-L/RSL J. Hughes c. M. Adderley b. C. Oliver...........................18 S. Hughes c. M. Hancock b. N. Findlay ........................41 N. Toms c. A. Fisher b. C. Oliver.........................123 S. Sperling c. M. Adderley b. C. Knox ..............................1 D. O’Connor b. N. Findlay ......30 D. Bakers c. M. Hancock b. C. Knox ..............................1 C. Sherriff b. M. Loader.............3 J. Kennedy r.o. .........................10 K. Thorne n.o. ............................1 S. Moore c. M. Hancock b. C. Knox ..............................1 B. Anderson c. M. Hancock b. C. Knox ..............................7 Extras ......................................16 Total .......................................253 Bowling: C. Oliver 2/55, M. Loader 1/43, A. Fisher 0/25, C. Knox 4/65, N. Findlay 2/58.

Clark was dismissed on run shy of a half century on 49. His effort however included eight fours. Wightman continued to hit big before partnering up with Ryan Clark for a 99 run partnership before the skipper fell for 92. Clark finished on 70 while late order batsman Josh Trease smashed out eight fours and four sixes lat in the match to make 85 not out. All this effort couldn’t get the Red Caps over the line ending the day 9/364. Consistent bowling from the Imperials side handed them a win on Saturday. Phillip Island was chasing the Imps score of 176 but got off to a rough start with two early wickets for just four runs. Johnston provided some hope with 26 but it was bowling from the likes of Eddy and Davidson that was hurting the most. Eddy managed 11 maidens off 23 overs and claimed 1/38 while Davidson had four maidens in his 13 overs when he managed 2/25. Every Imperials bowler managed to snare at least one wicket to demolish the Sharks all out for 148. Big hitting from Smith and Ratnayake lead Leongatha Town to victory on Saturday over Korumburra. The Scorpions were chasing 203 and opener Matt Smith certainly had a win in his sights. Smith found the boundary off the ground 10 times helping him rack up a score of 68 while Ratnayake managed 79 runs including nine fours and two sixes. Town roared home to all out for 260 in 65 overs handing them the win. Korumburra went back into bat with good hitting from Justin Cook and Kallon Rigby making a 120 run opening partnership that will most likely boost the Cobras confidence next round. Stingrays Ryan Thomas

(3/20) and Kit Rotthier (3/25) were vital in their sides win over premiers Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak on Saturday. The Inverloch side made short work of what is usually a powerhouse side in OMK. Opener Jesse Van Rooye was the only Digger to make double figures with a much needed 58 while the rest of his team failed at the crease. Skipper Wilson and former Stingray Cant both fell for ducks while the rest of the team couldn’t do much better. The Diggers were dismissed all out for just 101 handing the Stingrays the win. WON WORKMENS d NERRENA 1st innings Won Workmens 6/406 1st innings Nerrena D. Baldi c. J. Liddle b. S. Williams .........................8 M. Clark c. J. Liddle b. S. Williams .......................49 D. Symmons c. T. Hooper b. S. Williams .........................0 T. Wightman c&b. J. Thomas...92 B. Hayes c. J. Liddle b. R. Thomas ........................13 C. Salmon c&b. G. Bolding .......2 R. Clark b. J. Thomas...............70 J. Renden b. R. Thomas ...........13 J. Trease n.o..............................85 M. Croatto c. J. Baker b. R. Thomas ..........................5 T. Davison n.o. ...........................8 Extras ......................................18 Total ....................................9/364 Bowling: R. Thomas 3/78, S. Williams 2/92, M. Thomas 1/15, J. Thomas 2/84, G. Bolding 1/57, G. Britt 0/22. IMPERIALS d PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Imperials 176 1st innings Phillip Island L. Cleeland c. J. Ginnane b. A. Eddy ..............................2 E. Richards b. J. Parker ..............8 B. Johnston lbw. b. J. Parker ....26 J. Black c. J. Ginnane b. J. O’Loughlin ................... 11 T. Hornsby c&b. T. Piddington ..7 M. Price c. J. Ginnane b. B. Davidson......................16 C. Viljoen r.o. ...........................32 C. Keerthisinghe c. L. Rogers b. B. Davidson........................3 S. Boyack c. L. Wright b. L. Rogers ..........................28 S. Kirton c. J. O’Loughlin b. L. Rogers ............................6 D. Johnston n.o. .........................2 Extras ........................................7 Total .......................................148

Bowling: A. Eddy 1/38, J. O’Loughlin 1/21, J. Parker 2/19, L. Rogers 2/26, T. Piddington 1/13, B. Davidson 2/25. KORUMBURRA def by TOWN 1st innings Korumburra 203 1st innings Town I. Hanks c. K. Miller b. A. Katipearachchi ...............9 M. Smith c. K. Miller b. I. Osman ...........................68 M. Borschman r.o.......................8 M. Weerassinghe-Silva b. J. Cook ...............................9 A. Ratnayake c. K. Dorman b. I. Osman ...........................79 M. Borschman c. D. Salmon b. U. Weerasinghe ..................8 A. Hickey lbw. b. A. Katipearachchi ...............7 J. Hume c. J. Richards b. I. Osman ...........................22 J. Burge c. K. Miller b. A. Meade ..........................26 S. Browne n.o.............................0 L. Smith timed out .....................0 Extras ......................................24 Total .......................................260 Bowling: A. Meade 1/51, U. Weerasinghe 1/63, I. Osman 3/59, A. Katipearachchi 2/71, J. Cook 1/10, T. Lucas 0/1, D. Salmon 0/4. 2nd innings Korumburra J. Cook n.o. ..............................63 K. Rigby stp. L. Smith b. M. Smith ..........................66 A. Katipearachchi n.o. .............20 Extras ........................................4 Total ....................................1/153 Bowling: M. WeerasingheSilva 0/42, A. Hickey 0/20, S. Browne 0/29, J. Hume 0/15, M. Smith 1/26, A. Ratnayake 0/18. OMK def by INVERLOCH 1st innings Inverloch 134 1st innings OMK A. Miller c. W. Taberner b. R. Thomas ..........................5 J. Van Rooye r.o. ......................58 D. Lloyd b. R. Thomas...............6 J. Wilson c. W. Taberner b. R. Thomas ..........................0 T. Wyatt c. W. Rankin b. K. Rotthier..........................4 P. Dyer c. D. Clark b. D. Mathews ........................3 B. Wyatt c. L. Rankin b. D. Mathews ........................6 P. Dell c. W. Taberner b. K. Rotthier..........................8 N. Cant c. W. Taberner b. K. Rotthier..........................0 S. Jenkins c. W. Rankin b. J. Dennerley .......................8 A. Jenkins n.o.............................1 Extras ........................................2 Total .......................................101 Bowling: R. Thomas 3/20, L. Rankin 0/13, D. Mathews 2/20, K. Rotthier 3/25, D. Clark 0/16, J. Dennerley 1/6. 2nd innings Inverloch B. Debono n.o. .........................25 J. Dennerley n.o. ...................... 11 Extras ........................................0 Total ...............................0/36 (cc) Bowling: P. Dell 0/15, S. Jenkins 0/21.

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Campdraft draws hundreds MORE than 600 drafting runs were under taken over the weekend at the Meeniyan Dumbalk United Football Netball Club campdraft. Competitors travelled from all over the state to run in the Dumbalk event with the heat not keep many away. Club president Adrian Coulter said the whole event went well. “It was very good. A few pulled out due to the hot weather so we managed to run an extra event on the Saturday,” he said. “It all seemed to work really well

though apart from the heat.” Mr Coulter said dust from the arena was kept to a minimum thanks to watering from some local farmers. “The grounds were well watered by John Heppell and Ian Wise,” he said. “They put about 10 to 15,000 litres of water on the arena so there was virtually no dust right up to Sunday when we finished.” Campers who stayed over enjoyed over 100 meals provided by the club. It is estimated the club will pocket around $14,000 worth of funds from the event which will go towards setting the club up to begin the 2014 season.

Helping out: Nick Eddy and Mark Lafferty were selling drinks on a warm Saturday morning at the campdraft.

Visitors: Georgia Goff, Bonnie Hiscock, Charlie Goff and Chad Lawton from Sale and Maffra took in all the action at the MDU Campdraft.

In action: a competitor tries to control the bovine in the arena.

All smiles: Sophie Stewart and Ruby and Maddie Fullgrobe from Bairnsdale had front row seats of the action.

Tennis stars call on Gary MIXING with the world’s tennis stars is all part of one’s day job for Wonthaggi remedial massage therapist Gary Hamilton.

Behind the great: Swiss tennis star Roger Federer and his personal remedial massage therapist, Gary Hamilton of New Level Body Therapy, Wonthaggi.

He has just worked at his eighth Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, preparing tennis greats to be at their best for the Asia-Pacific Grand Slam. The proprietor of New Level Body Therapy in Wonthaggi was joined by fellow Wonthaggi resident Phil Dempster, who was a locker room attendant, looking after players’ needs and supplying massage therapists with an endless supply of towels. Hamilton has served as the personal massage therapist for former world number one, the Swiss star Roger Federer. “My great friend Roger Federer and his coach Severin Luthi are not sure Wonthaggi is big enough for both of us,” Hamilton said of two Wonthaggi people working at the open. Hamilton began at the open on January 3, 10 days before the tournament started, as players arrived and began their preparation, or contested the qualifying tournament. “From this time to the start of the second week is a busy time, with around 250 players in the men’s qualifying and main draw,” he said. “After that there is still the doubles, mixed, juniors, seniors and wheelchair tournaments to play; a

very busy tournament with around 4500 staff working during this period.” Players visit Hamilton for massage treatment for warming up, recovery and for injury treatment. “The gruelling nature of the sport and duration of matches can take its toll on players,” he said. “To add to that we had some extreme temperatures during the tournament, with four days in a row with 40-plus temperatures, leading to players cramping and experiencing increased muscle and joint pain. “There were a lot of ice packs and ice baths used in recovery of muscles and to reduce the players’ core temperature, all to prepare and recover the players to play again two days later.” Hamilton is among a medical team of eight massage therapists, four physiotherapists, as well as doctors and nurses, and others. “You get to meet and chat with a number of different players from all over the world and I also get to catch up with all the wonderful people I have met on this fantastic journey so far,” he said. “We have some very busy times and some quiet times where we can catch up with the great team we have working together at the Australian Open.” In the last week of the tournament, Hamilton was lucky enough to watch eventual champion Stan Wawrinka play, and Federer play against Tsonga,

Murray and the great Rafa Nadal in the semi final. Hamilton first worked as a massage therapist at the Australian Open in 2006 when Federer won his seventh Grand Slam title. In 2007, Hamilton was working personally with the Swiss star when he won his 10th Grand Slam title in Australia. Hamilton started travelling with Federer in 2008 where he was runner up at the French Open and Wimbledon, won in Halle, won a gold medal in doubles at the Beijing Olympics and also the US Open. In 2009, Federer was runner-up in Australia, won his first French Open and Wimbledon back to back to pass Pete Sampras’ record for most grand slams, and then win his 15th Grand Slam title, and finally regain the world number one ranking. Hamilton officially finished travelling with Federer after the 2009 Wimbledon triumph, although he has travelled every other year to one or two tournaments with the champion. Hamilton joined the Swiss Davis Cup Team in 2011, coincidently when Australia was drawn to play Switzerland in Sydney. He also travelled with the Swiss team in 2011, 2012 and 2013 to Switzerland and Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Gary returned to work at the Australian Open with Tennis Australia, as a massage therapist with the men’s medical team in 2011.

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Off and racing: the first group of swimmers hit the water for the start of the San Remo Channel Challenge on Saturday.

One and two: the first female across the line Grace Deveson was closely followed by local Chloe Butt.

Channel race set to celebrate 30 years SAN REMO’S annual Channel Challenge on Saturday attracted 438 competitors and proved another huge success and plans are already underway for the events 30th anniversary celebration and the 50th Year of the Woolamai Surf Life Saving Club (WBSLSC) next year. This year’s 550 metre swim and two kilometre run event saw Melbourne triathlete Mitchell Kibby the overall winner with a time of 11min 26sec ahead of second placed Jeremy Drake 11.30 and third Nathan Buschkuehl 11.34. Last year’s winner Ben Anderson, 19 came across the line in fourth place with a time of 11.53. Local competitor Luke Plant came in eighth overall with a time of 12.53 and was awarded First Senior Male local over the line, the title he holds from last year. Always one to look for San Remo competitor Chloe Butt placed 11th overall and won first Senior female across the line with her time of 13.13 and second across the line in the locals section ahead of third placed Mark Rowe with a time of 13.30.

San Remo Channel Challenge is Victoria’s Premier Aquathon event hosted by the WBSLSC that offers a total of 41 prizes awarded to competitors in junior, senior, over 40 & over 50 categories for both males and females and open and local competitors. First across the line took home $500 in cash and a total of $3,000 in cash and $2,500 in other prizes were presented after the race. The race started at the scheduled 1.45pm time and the perfect blue skies and sunny, warm weather saw hundreds flock to the event, lining the San Remo to Newhaven bridge and jetties. For the first time this year a Battle the Bridge run event was held for children 10 years and over and next year WSLSC administrator Lou Curtis-Smith said they are looking at introducing a special swim/run event for juniors. Competitors were kept safe by the wonderful team of Woolamai Beach Surf Life Savers on duty for the event. Sponsored by the San Remo and District Bendigo Community Bank the Channel Challenge event took on a festival atmosphere in San Remo with rides for the children, loads of delicious food, market stalls, a hole in one fundraiser and loads of fun activities.

Winner, winner: Mitchell Kibby was first over the line in the San Remo Channel Challenge.

Above, Safety watch: Woolamai Surf Life Savers were out in full force doing a great job making sure all competitors were safe in the water for the 550 metre swim leg of the Channel Challenge event. Right, Fun times: some spectators could not resist taking a dive of the San Remo jetty while waiting for the start of the challenge on Saturday.




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Island competitors: Cara Humbert, Ventnor completed the race in 18.43, Brittany Holub, Surf Beach ran across the line in 19.01 and Taylor Holub, Surf Beach was eight across the line in the locals section with a time of 14.35 in the annual San Remo Channel Challenge on Saturday.

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Brann, Knox recognised TWO legends of local cricket are set to be recognised in Leongatha and District Cricket Association’s Round 12. This round will be named after Steven Brann from the Wonthaggi Workmens and Colin Knox from Poowong Loch who have and still do contribute a huge amount to the game of cricket.

Steven Brann Colin Knox

STEVEN (OZ) Brann will be recognised in Round 12 for not only his achievements in cricket, but also for his ongoing support and passion for the game, and his contribution to junior cricket over the last few years.

Steven has been involved in cricket, mainly at the Wonthaggi Workmens Cricket Club for the majority of his life. He originally came from Rochester in Victoria, but moved to Wonthaggi and has played at the WWCC since he was 19. Steven has had a statistically phenomenal career. He has played in 11 A Grade premiership winning sides during which he scored two winning grand final hundreds. He made a highest score in A Grade of 187, up there with the best scores in Workmens history. He also partnered with his brother David Brann in a record breaking partnership in 1999. The partnership consisted of 265 runs which is the highest third wicket partnership in LDCA history. He also has played numerous representative games for the LDCA in the Gippsland Cricket League and other representative competitions. Steven has had an outstanding career with the bat in hand, but it’s the work he puts into the club, the LDCA and the game of cricket which also needs to be recognised. For 17 years he has been an integral part of the Workmens Cricket Club committee, always wanting to help out with the club and its direction. He has coached juniors for the last seven years since his boys Koby and Joel started their cricketing careers. He has coached them and their teams right through Under 12s and Under 14s and has seen them progress into aspiring young cricketers, and all the while he has developed other aspiring cricketers, which he does in a positive manner. A life member of the Workmens, Steven has been a great supporter of representative cricket at junior level helping with scoring, umpiring, bus

COLIN Knox will be recognised in Round 12 for not only his achievements in cricket, but also for his ongoing support and passion for the game, and his contribution to junior cricket over the last few years.

driving and many other roles. He also has coached the LDCA Under 12s and 13s, and is now embarking on coaching the Junior Country Week teams which is a great role. His effort and passion for cricket, and the time and enthusiasm for the game and the Workmens is well worth the recognition he deserves. A Workmens stalwart, Steven came out of retirement last year to play with Koby and the game was better for him being back.


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Col began his cricket career as a 10 year old for the Woodleigh Nyora U16 Juniors in the Ranceby league. He then progressed through to senior cricket, playing for the Woodleigh Colts. After five years of enjoyable cricket, on and off the field, the Woodleigh Colts folded and he went to play for Leongatha RSL. It was during his time at RSL where Col received his most valued personal award for A Grade fielding and where he felt very privileged to be playing with some of LDCA’s most esteemed cricketers. After two years with RSL Col left to play with Poowong Loch to be closer to his dairy farm in Yannathan. Col’s personal achievements include three premiership wins, one with the Woodleigh Colts and two with Poowong Loch. He is also a life member at the Poowong Loch Cricket Club. His highest score is 125 runs and his best bowling figures are 7/52. Col has also won an LDCA B Grade Bowling award. Col’s best contribution to cricket has been his availability every game. He enjoys coaching his son Jordy in the Poowong Loch juniors and playing senior cricket with his son Ricky. “Cricket is just the kind of game that everyone can play,” he said. “That’s what I love about it. The old guys can line up with the young blokes and play the game. It just keeps you young.” Col also appreciates the unpredictability of cricket. “You never know what could happen on that day and that is great.”

The Great Southern Star - February 4 2014  

February 4 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper.

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