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Final scores Stony Creek 14.10.94 Wonthaggi 11.14.80

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Stony Creek Premiers 2009 After 26 years, Stony Creek broke its premiership drought with an historic win over the Wonthaggi Power, which was playing its last ever match in the Alberton Football League. The celebrations started as soon as the final siren sounded and are yet to show any sign of abating. Read all about the little club’s big win in The Star’s souvenir grand final edition.

Premiership team: Stony Creek’s 2009 team celebrate their victory; back row from left, Matt Davies, Ash Zuidema, Leigh Horsborough (runner), Lucas McMillan, Brenton Byrnes, Cameron Stone, Jarod Byrnes, Brad Hutchinson, David Veale, Matt Cooke, Cameron LePage, Danny Grigg (waterboy), Justin Shields, Nathaniel Rodda; middle row from left, obscured Jacob Byrnes, coach Leigh McQuillen, captain Leigh Andrews, front from left, Murray Fleming, Kyle Van Der Pluym, Julian Stone, Mark Churchill, Chris Verboon, Matt Johnson.

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All over: Brad Hutchinson, Lucas McMillan and Josh Schelling celebrate soon after the siren sounded.

GOOD to see Jarryd Roughead taking a look at the Alberton grand final on Saturday at Foster.

NOT so much luck for former Stony Creek player now at St Kilda, Robert Eddy. He was required by his club who no doubt has more on its mind about this Saturday’s clash with the Bulldogs at the MCG on Friday night.

THE two biggest hard luck stories would have to be Kilcunda/Bass’s Fourths and Foster’s B Graders. Killy/Bass was undefeated all season only to go down by one point to Korumburra/Bena. In the netball Foster B Grade was going for its 60th win on the trot and they too were undefeated. They went down to Korumburra/Bena in another thriller.

COMMISERATIONS to Dalyston’s netballers who went down to Wonthaggi Power in A Grade by just one goal in a titanic struggle. Great sportsmanship was shown by both teams, particularly the young Dalyston side, who had tried so hard and were obviously shattered at the loss.

STONY Creek had the catering on Saturday but no doubt would much rather have been

leaning against the fence watching their side. The Maroons did a stirling effort in the kitchen but when things got tight in the last quarter the kitchens and barbecue were abandoned so the workers could watch the game unfold. Who can blame them! K/B netballer Angela Croatto proved on Saturday motherhood is no deterrent to striving to achieve your best, and helped her team to a grand final win in the Alberton Netball B Grade grand final at Foster on Saturday, having given birth to her third child, Tess only five and a half months earlier. THE tactical win of the grand final was Brad Hutchinson’s tag on AFL Best and Fairest player Aaron Ware. The only change to Stony Creek’s team for the grand final was Lucas Byrnes out for the Stony captain Leigh Andrews. Andrews, unfortunately, received a heavy knock and had only 10 minutes of game time. STONY Creek enjoyed a big night at their rooms on Saturday night, 15 players making it through until dawn! Celebrations continued on Monday at the Meeniyan Hotel.

Above: Best afield: Stony Creek’s Bill Pollock Medal winner, Nathaniel Rodda, dashes clear of his opponents. Photo courtesy www.

Go Stony: Becky Klingenberg, Kayla McIndoe, Kristie Moore and Renae Verboon cheer on the mighty Maroons.

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Divide and conquer Plan for split division Alberton competition By Matt Dunn PROMINENT football identity Jimmy Harry has a clear message: Let’s promote football in Gippsland, not kill it.

The Alberton Football League executive member is sick of the infighting and wants the competition to be one where all levels are catered to. He is putting out the call for two more teams to join the AFL, allowing the competition to be split into two divisions. The move may save the Wonthaggi Football Club and give Leongatha the chance to field another team. Mr Harry issued a notice to The Star that was to run in the public notices section of the paper. It reads: The Alberton Football League, expression of interest for season 2010 and beyond. Interested parties are seeking two new teams comprising all grades in football and netball to support a Division One/Division Two restructure proposal. It is of general consensus that these two teams are to be from Leongatha and Wonthaggi. Existing clubs in the Alberton Football League are invited to reply to this idea of a Division One/Division Two. Let’s promote football in Gippsland, not kill it. All expressions of interest to the proposal will be accepted via email:

Lifeline: a new proposal could see Wonthaggi playing in a split division AFL competition.

Mr Harry said since he contacted the paper and word of the proposal had filtered out, the phone had been running hot with expressions of support. “There’s about five teams on board at the moment. I’ve been looking at this for the past two months and I’ve been talking to so many people and the general consensus is, something needs to be done,” he said. “We need to save the junior competition. It’s getting to the stage where the little kids just cannot compete with the big kids any more. A Division One/Division Two system would be

great and it also opens up the door if Poowong decides to jump out of the EDFL, because Garfield might even go into that. “Even Mirboo North could come over. It would set it up well for the struggling clubs to compete and enjoy their football a lot more. Division One guys could just take it on. Wonthaggi could be invited back into the competition, but we would be seeking to have another side out of the town.” Mr Harry said there was interest in the idea from people in Leongatha: “That’s from a few people

Well-deserved medal: Diane Rawlins congratulates her husband Brian on receiving his Order of Australia recently.

in high places too.” “I don’t believe that would affect the West Gippsland Latrobe side of things as far as the Parrots go. You could have a Leongatha Saints, or whatever, in the Alberton Footy League. It would promote footy and get more people playing,” he said. Mr Harry said he was “going it alone” on the issue but did have support from people within the football community. Mr Harry is a likely contender as the next AFL president, with Graham Laird announcing that he will not re-nominate for the position.

But the idea of a two division competition was given a lukewarm response by Wonthaggi Football Club president Rob Tesoriero. “I don’t think the Wonthaggi Power Football Club will entertain the idea of going back to a two team structure. As a club, people see us as this huge entity, but our football/netball club is smaller now than what the Blues were in 2004 before the merger,” he said. “I don’t hear anyone at the club saying that they would be looking toward fielding two teams. We welcome the suggestions. There needs to be new models set up for football, not just around Wonthaggi, not just around South Gippsland, but around Gippsland. “It seems to me that if you ask most clubs, they’re looking for some sort of change. Change is in the wind, it’s just a matter of people putting up the models. If Jim wants to put up the model, well that’s good. If it’s a good model, that’s great, if it’s a bad model at least he’s putting his hand up and saying here’s a possibility.” Mr Tesoriero said nothing was assured, but the Power may have little choice but to go to the West Gippsland Latrobe Football League. “Our club, as it stands, unless something better is produced, will be looking toward going to West Gippsland. We haven’t actually voted on it, but it’s the only option at the moment. We’ll happily pursue any other option if it’s a viable one.” Mr Tesoriero said his club had no intention of folding.

Brian’s service worth a medal WELL-KNOWN Korumburra resident Brian Rawlins recently received his Order of Australia. He was presented with the order at Government House on September 3. Mr Rawlins has lived in Korumburra for 13 years. He was recognised for “his outstanding service and commitment to the South Gippsland community”. The presentation ceremony was well-timed, with Mr Rawlins just out of hospital after seven weeks recovering from major heart surgery. “We’re happy to report he is home and doing well,” said Prom Country

Visitor Information Centre (VIC) co-ordinator Danielle Todaro. “Brian has been a wonderful volunteer at the Centre at Korumburra for more than 10 years, dispensing charm and information to our many visitors. “You couldn’t meet a lovelier man, and on behalf

of our staff I’d like to congratulate him on this well deserved award and thank him for his commitment to the VIC. Among his many activities Mr Rawlins founded the Heart Support Australia South Gippsland Branch in 1997. Mr Rawlins volunteers for Red Cross, Am-

bulance Auxiliary, Korumburra Lions and Hillside Lodge. He can be regularly spotted selling raffle tickets to raise funds for equipment for Korumburra Hospital.

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Major revamp: Mr Marinus said the fruit and vegetable and meat departments will be revamped as well as the front part of the store and the liquor section.

IGA’s revamp THE Michael’s Supa IGA stores in Leongatha and Korumburra are undergoing major renovations to provide customers with an even higher standard of service and products than before. Owner and operator Michael Lorenz said the retailer was embarking on another multimillion dollar redevelopment in Leongatha, the second such revamp in the last 10 years. Craig Marinus, who is assistant team leader at IGA in Leongatha, said the store would get a new delicatessen section and bakery. The fruit and vegetable and meat departments would be revamped as well as the front part of the store and the liquor section. “Things will be shifting around a bit for a while, but everything will be back in its place eventually and we’re asking customers to be understanding. Once the job’s finished the store will be much better than it was.” The Korumburra store will receive a similar treatment with major sections to be upgraded, including the liquor store. Michael’s IGA owner and operator Michael Lorenz said he was investing in the redevelopments “to deliver a fresher offer, to expand the lines available and make every customer visit

the best possible experience. “Many areas will be in for a revamp,” Mr Lorenz said. “The stores will put on a new face to serve the local community for the coming years and bring us back to the forefront of grocery retailing in Australia. “We will be moving products within the store and we’re asking customers to please be patient and ask for assistance from any of our staff if they can’t find what they want. “Also, please note that the public conveniences inside the Leongatha store will be closed, while undergoing a major refit. The new facility will open as soon as the area is completed.” Believed to cost more than $2 million, the Leongatha renovations are extensive. They include a major expansion of fresh foods and a reformatting of the whole fresh foods department, with exciting new offerings that currently are not offered in the area. “At Michael’s IGA we are committed to stocking as many Australian products as we can and support the Fight Back campaign to let customers know of the damage that imported products do to our farmers and local manufacturers,” Mr Lorenz said. New shopping trolleys have been ordered

and a better trolley bay is being constructed instore for customer convenience. A new customer service community notice area is being incorporated into the development. Some new services will be offered to enable customers and supporting organisations to get their message across. The outside of the store will be upgraded. A new entry area will be developed to provide more comfortable weather proofing of the store. An entry/air lock section will provide a better environment, particularly near the registers, as well as a warmer place for community groups to meet during community day fundraising events. The renovations will also improve the store’s environmental impact through improved plant and equipment, air-conditioning and lighting. “We actively manage our carbon footprint and are undertaking every step we can to lessen our impact on the planet,” Mr Lorenz said. “Currently our recycling programs take care of the vast majority of our waste, much going to local farmers for feed, or returned to Amcor for recycling. The renovations are scheduled for completion before Christmas.

Victorian Desalination Project Community Liaison Group Nominations for Community Representatives The Desalination Project is a key part of the Victorian Government’s water solution as it will provide more than a third of Melbourne’s total water needs regardless of rainfall levels. Victoria’s water plan also includes increased water recycling, water savings from irrigation upgrades, a network of pipelines to move water around Victoria and ongoing water conservation. Members of the community are invited to nominate themselves for one of three positions on the Victorian Desalination Project Community Liaison Group (CLG). The formation of a CLG was recommended in the Environment Effects Statement and will emerge from the existing Council Liaison Group which has met regularly since the start of the Project. It will provide a forum to build on existing consultation and relationships with communities. The CLG will facilitate communication between communities, councils, government, the successful bidder for the Project (AquaSure) and its contractors during the construction phase of the Project. The aim of the CLG is to provide timely information and advice on project developments and to receive feedback from the community. The role of community representatives will be to attend regular meetings, provide advice on community issues and provide feedback to members of the Group and the public. Nominations will be accepted from individuals of Bass Coast Shire, City of Casey, and Cardinia Shire Council areas. Nominations have been extended to close at 5:00pm on Tuesday 29 September 2009. Nomination forms and the CLG Terms of Reference are available by:


• going online at • visiting the Project Information Office at 1 McBride Ave Wonthaggi (open Tues to Thurs 9.30am to 3.00pm) • emailing

Concrete pour: A concrete pour last Friday provided for improved flooring at the IGA store.

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Town set to dance By Bert van Bedaf

LEONGATHA may well have its own dance eisteddfod next year, boosting the town’s artistic as well as economic fortunes.

A working committee has been established and moves are underway to make a grant submission with South Gippsland Shire Council and work towards a date at the end of July and start of August. Gippsland holds eisteddfods in Yarram, Warragul, Morwell and Traralgon and some include music, singing as well as dance. Although the Leongatha event will be dance only initially, there’s scope to include the other branches of the performing arts in future years and make it an even bigger show. South Gippsland Shire Council, the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry and several councillors are believed to be supportive of the event. “I am supportive of it,” Mayor Jim Fawcett said. “The local dance schools have their end of year performances, but this is attractive for the whole of the community. “To make this a region-wide competition will showcase our kids and promote the area. It certainly will generate more economic activity, which is attractive for our business community and desirable.” Organisers have tentatively booked Mesley Hall for July 30-31 and August 1. Should the bid succeed, it would mean

Dance fest: Leongatha may well hold a regional eisteddfod next year, attracting lots of visitors to the town and district. a welcome eisteddfod return to Mesley Hall after more than a 20-year absence when music eisteddfods were held there. They will make use of local suppliers, use local photographers and sound technicians. The event will need substantial corporate sponsorship and the

Green win

THE Bass Coast Landcare Network has been judged the best in the state, and will go on to contest the title of Australia’s best. “We won the best Landcare network in the state, and my group was judged the second best group in the state from 1300 groups in the state,” Bass Coast Landcare Network’s West Gippsland Facilitator/Project officer Dave Bateman said. Mr Bateman was thrilled at the plaudits, but not entirely surprised. He said local Landcare people were dedicated to the cause and had planted a forest worth of trees. “I thought we had a bit of a chance. We’ve planted about 1.5 million plants in the past 15 years. That’s pretty much more than anyone else,” he said. The networks are judged on different criteria, including innovation and their recruitment of new members. Like the many trees they have planted, the Bass Coast Landcare Network has continued to grow.

organisers are also making a grant submission to council. “Members of the organising committee have been for an interview,” council’s grants officer Penni Ellicott said yesterday. “They had a chat with me and council anticipates they will put in an application for a community grant.”

The deadline for events grants is at the end of this week. Applications must be in by Friday. The Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry will assist the committee with its application. Chamber president Darryl McGannon welcomed the dance initiative. “We are more than happy to assist

with the application. This will be a good thing for the town, that’s for sure,” Mr McGannon said. “It will bring in lots of people. Eisteddfods are quite big. This will be a huge win for the town and the district.” Although the initial push has come from the Parents Club of Lisa Pellin Dancers, Ms Pellin said it was important parents should know this was an initiative “to benefit all of the South Gippsland and Bass Coast communities. “We hope everyone gets behind this to make it a success. We have been talking about this for a couple of years,” Ms Pellin said. “Finally we have a group of enthusiastic parents who want to give this a go and set up our own eisteddfod in the South Gippsland and Bass Coast region.” “We welcome other schools and parents in the region to be involved. We’re happy for any other parents to come on board. This will bring great exposure for our young dancers and bring the communities together.” The benefits for the region will be substantial, if other eisteddfods are anything to go by. Yarram, Warragul and Morwell are usually buzzing with visitors when their eisteddfods are being held. Motel, hotels and caravan parks are fully booked. Restaurants enjoy an influx of customers and shops are kept busy. For further details and inquiries, call Tanya Bolam on 0402 882 429.

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Siren back on

THE fire alert siren in Leongatha is back on after a couple of silent years.

Leongatha CFA captain Andrew Kay said it took a while to persuade the hierarchy of its return, but there were sound reasons for doing so.

Not all members of the Leongatha unit have pagers and text messages on their mobile phones did not always reach them quickly enough. Members who had pagers might not always have them on them, possibly because of work safety or

circumstances. Also, it is easier and quicker to alert volunteers working in town by sounding the siren. Capt Kay said a test alert would have sounded yesterday evening for one minute.

The leads: Bruce Grainger plays the lead role of Benoit Pinglet, pictured here with Christine Skicko who plays Angelique Pinglet. Bruce has made several appearances with FAMDA, most recently in Blue Remembered Hills (2008). Christine has performed many shows with Latrobe Theatre Company including Nobody’s Perfect and No Sex Please,We’re British.

Laughter at Lyric FOR a farce to succeed onstage it needs to be funny and Lyric Theatre’s latest production A Little Hotel on the Side is hilarious. Laughter was heard from all pockets of Mesley Hall last Friday as the cleverly concocted story written by Georges Fyedeau and Maurice Desvallieres in 1984, later translated by John Mortimer, unfolded. The opening night audience was treated to a delightful sequence of hilarious trysts by the well rehearsed Lyric cast. Set in Paris at the turn of the nineteenth century, Monsieur Benoit Pinglet, played by the talented Bruce Grainger, well known on Foster’s FAMDA stage is having a secret affair with his best friend’s neglected and neurotic wife, Marcelle Paillardin, played to a tee by well known Lyric actress Alison McIntyre. What follows is a hilarious romp through a series of ill-fated trysts, with the so-called secret affair being played out in an out of the way hotel with lots of comings and goings in and out of rooms. A seasoned performer, Bruce brings to this huge lead role a wealth of experience and this shines through as he delivers some of the funniest lines in the play to great applause by a most responsive opening night audience. Quite simply, Bruce made the play flow and along with great performances by Alison McIntyre in her role as Marcelle Paillardin, Bruce’s onstage love interest, Christine Skicko as Angelique Pinglet, the wife and Peter Gilbert as Henri

Paillardin, Alison’s onstage husband. These were all demanding roles and all four interacted with great professionalism and gave the audience some strong performances and laughs aplenty. Speaking of laughs, Brad Beach in his role as Mathieu, Pinglet’s friend, got his fare share and all were well deserved with his stuttering, funny walk and bag of comical antics. Director Raymond Dunstan has put together a superb cast of actors and there isn’t a weak link, with all cast members giving their all, including all leads and Aron Toman as Maxime, Jo Street as Victoire, David Tattersall as Bastien, Michael Dixon as Boulot, Mike Street as Boucard and the four young daughters played by Maddi Dale, Libby Panther, Louise Dower and Mikaela Kellaway. Raymond sets a very high standard and the cast have not let him down, giving weekend audiences a great play and lots of laughs. His attention to detail is obvious, with actors all well rehearsed, set design well thought out, providing smooth scene changes as the story moves from the Pinglets’ home to the “Little Hotel on the Side”. Raymond is backed by a talented crew on and off stage. Lyric has produced another winning show and for a great night out and a load of laughs, grab a ticket from Mushroom Crafts in Leongatha or phone 5662 3940. A Little Hotel on the Side will be staged this Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and an extra matinee on Saturday.

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Rate loss budget hole By Bert van Bedaf SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is facing severe rate losses as a result of the C48 planning amendment imposed by the State Government. The losses will bite into future budgets and may force council to cancel projects, cut services or increase other rates. According to the shire’s acting chief executive Dirk Holwerda, the rate loss is $247,680, which “makes a substantial hole” in council’s budget for 2009/10 as this came after the adoption of the draft budget. “Council will consider this shortfall in its quarterly budget review process,” Mr Holwerda said. “As is the case every year, supplementary rates for properties which have had developments (subdivision, new houses and improvements) will provide council with revenue that cannot be budgeted for until it is raised after valuations. “This is included in each of the quarterly budget reviews for Council to consider. It may well be that over the course of the year our losses from C48

are in fact covered by the supplementary rates. “This does not, however, compensate for the losses of the C48 as the amount of supplementary rates raised each year is generally used to offset unexpected/urgent expenditures which may arise. “These will now have to be strategically considered in the light of the total program and may lead to some projects having to be postponed. This will be presented to council at the quarterly reviews for decision, to ensure that we do not compromise the long term financial plan.” When Planning Minister Justin Madden removed key planning powers from council with his C48 Amendment last May, the impact and repercussions were felt immediately. Mr Madden’s amendment to the South Gippsland Planning Scheme removed council’s powers to approve dwellings on lots of less than 40ha in the farming zone. It meant that dwellings could no longer be built on lots of 40 hectares or less in the farming zone. Subdivisions to allow the excision of dwellings in the farming zone also became prohibited. Consequently, property values plum-

Dirk Holwerda meted and as a result council rates have fallen sharply as well. The impact was highlighted recently with the plight of Ken Irwin, who has owned a property in Foster for 20 years. Because his vacant block is less than 40ha, he cannot build on it. As a result, the land value dropped from $225,000 to $90,000. His rates went down from $1400 to $630, which will impact on council. When The Star contacted council-

lors for comment on how council will deal with the shortfall, only two councillors replied. Seven councillors, including the Mayor, remained silent on the issue. Cr Jennie Deane initially declined to comment, saying “At this stage I am awaiting notification of the extent of the loss and also discussions as to how that will be addressed.” Later last week, Cr Deane provided an opinion article (published today), in which she touches on the rate loss issue. Cr Deane acknowledges that “the Minister’s ban has also raised serious concerns among landowners about consequent reductions to their land values and thus also has significant implications for the level of income council will derive from rates this year, estimated at approximately $250,000 - and in subsequent years. “It is likely that council will need to consider delays in, or changes to, some planned projects in the coming year. This will be decided at our next quarterly budget review.” Cr David Lewis replied that there were probably three ways to compensate for the rate losses, “that is by rate increases elsewhere or by cutting shire

services or by cutting shire costs. “Based on the last budget deliberations, there is not the will on council to cut shire costs. If this continues to be the case, the loss of rates due to the C48 Amendment will probably be made up of some combination of increased rates elsewhere and reduced services. “The actual loss of rates from C48 will probably not be fully felt until early 2010, when yearly rate payments are due. I expect the 2010/11 budget process, that starts about then, will reveal how council proposes to deal with the drop in revenue. “I don’t think there is a general realisation in the community that the losses in rural land values, resulting from Planning Minister Madden’s C48 decree, are something that will eventually affect everyone in South Gippsland. “I suspect the C48 rates loss of $250,000 will prove to be an underestimate. Consequently, I requested last week that the shire rates department provide the number of properties affected by C48 and also whether these are just single titles, or if they include small titles within a larger farm and properties with a short time before a house permit expires. This should give a better idea of what is happening.”

Doing the hard yards A SPRING clean-up of the railway yards precinct in Leongatha will be conducted from 8.30 am this Saturday at the station. Water, rubber gloves and rubbish bags will be available to volunteers but, if people have their own strong gloves they should bring them along. Sturdy footwear is also a must. The morning clean-up will culminate with a free barbecue. Hard yakka: Kit Cathie gets ready for the clean-up at the Leongatha railway yard.

Getting council In camera decisions satisfaction WITH reference to Mick Jagger of more than four decades ago, ratepayers and residents in South Gippsland shire “can’t get no satisfaction” from council, according to the latest satisfaction survey. Whereas council received improved endorsement in “recreational facilities” and “the appearance of public areas”, council’s performance dropped in four key areas of operation, the 2009 survey by independent market research company Wallis Consulting Group revealed. The areas in need of improvement were town planning policy and approvals, economic development, local roads and footpaths and community engagement. An important issue for residents, town planning received the lowest percentage of

“excellent / good / adequate” ratings and “some 58 per cent would like to see improvement”, author of the council report, Desirae Hancock wrote. Another pressing item, economic development was considered by 50 per cent of the 350 respondents as needing improvement, despite the fact that council’s economic performance had improved since 2008. About 58 per cent of respondents are still seeking improvement in council’s local roads and footpaths program, which is already a substantial part of council’s overall budget. Finally, 36 per cent believe council needs to improve its community engagement. The report will be tabled at Wednesday night’s council meeting. It is the 12th Wallis report in which council has participated. It will be available on council’s website.

SOUTH Gippsland shire council discussed the Leongatha rail line during a closed session on VicTrack request. The session on September 2, discussed a VicTrack report, entitled Strategic Rail Corridor Plan. The plan involves the future of the railway land, which VicTrack has offered to council for sale. During the closed session, council resolved to “arrange a workshop on this issue”. Councillors will also write to VicTrack requesting that the report is made public and request that VicTrack attends a briefing with council following the workshop. Councillors also decided to sell the former Nerrena tennis court site on the open market through a real estate agency. The site has a reserve price of $40,000. Council has given Alex Scott and Staff “exclusive authority” to sell the site for a “negotiated commission of $3000 flat fee”.

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Getting their hands dirty ON a gorgeous South Gippsland morning over 100 people turned up to celebrate Landcare in South Gippsland and launch a project that is going to make a huge difference to our environment. Russell Broadbent joined members of our local Landcare groups and supporters to launch the One Million Trees for South Gippsland at Mossvale Park on Saturday, September 12. The morning started with everyone manning shovels to plant shrubs as part of an Australian Showcase garden. With shovels at the ready and buckets of mulch in less than an hour 70 gorgeous Australian Native plants were in the ground.

The Showcase Garden was planned in conjunction with the Mossvale Park Advisory Committee to showcase that our beautiful native plants can be grown in harmony with the gorgeous English trees at Mossvale Park. All the shrubs were chosen for their flowers and to attract native birds. Russell Broadbent has been a supporter of Landcare over time and this support continues, with him raising this project in Parliament on Friday. A minor slip has the Hansard recording we are planting a billion trees - we have always liked a challenge so we will see what we can do. The outcome of the project will be the protection of our valuable remnant vegetation by increasing the extent of vegetation across

Tree launch: from left, Russell Broadbent, Noel Maud, Geoff Hocking, Phil Piper Team effort: Phil Piper, of the Mardan Mirboo North Land- and Mark Uren, chair of the South Gippsland Landcare Network, at Saturday’s care group, helps with Saturday morning’s planting. one million tree launch.

the area and improving the resilience of high value ecosystems to the ever changing environment we live in. The project was officially launched when Russell handed Phil Piper – chair of the Mardan Mirboo North Landcare Group - his propagation kit. With funding from the State Landcare Program, 100 propagation kits will be distributed within the month, with another round being organised based on community demand. With each kit propagating 500 trees and shrubs, 50,000 plants will be growing up over summer ready for planting next autumn. Noel Maud, Director South Gippsland Water, announced their founding partnership for the project with the handover of a $20,000 cheque. The $20,000 will be used to supply trees and shrubs to our local Landcare members. “South Gippsland Water is a long time supporter of the Network and is proud to be associated with this wonderful project” said Noel. The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority is the other founding partner for the Project. Their support in funding the Landcare Network Co-ordinators across West Gippsland is just one way their support helps projects like this come to fruition. “It is great to see Landcare Networks taking the initiative and moving forward with projects like this”, said Geoff Hocking. Russell, Noel and Geoff all handed over a cheque for Network membership. With $22 from each Network membership going directly into the One Million Trees Project, even more trees will be planted. A fantastic start to a project that will make a huge difference to the environment in South Gippsland.

Dog gone: Greg Bradshaw enjoyed the company of his two dogs.

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Venus Bay quad hoons INVERLOCH Police, Parks Victoria and South Gippsland Shire Council local laws officers have been battling hard to keep quad bike hoons from tearing up native flora in Venus Bay. Police were again called to the township on Sunday after reports of hoons on quad bikes. “We were called to a particular property down there. It’s a mystery that’s been looked at by Parks Victoria, South Gippsland Shire and police,” Leading Senior Constable Andy Schrape said. “The people concerned are property owners on one of the bigger properties, using motorised recreational vehicles. The use contravenes a particular law for the properties down there. They’re a group of people that have been spoken to, but we’re still receiving complaints about their activities. “It involves all three services, because they’re on their properties, they’re using the road and the beach. They haven’t heeded warnings.” Aside from the damage done to local flora by the quad bike hoons, the car park at number one beach was also a target for a vandal who chose to smash through a barrier to drive his car on the beach. The incident occurred on the weekend of August 22 and 23. “They’d just sealed it, marked it and put in new bollards and really tidied it up and made it look really good,” Leading Snr Const Schrape said. “Some idiot pushed down a bollard so they could get access down. They drove onto number one beach. In the process of pushing the bollard down, they pushed all the new bitumen up. The damage bill was about $600. “With Parks we’re going to have a bit more of a look at that, and anyone who does something like that is going to get the book thrown at them.” Parks Victoria ranger Bill Gurnett said the quad bike problem had been an issue for about 18 months. “Vehicles have been accessing crown land illegally and last Monday we got a report from a

member of the public that there was a quad bike that had been down at Anderson Inlet, on some of the walking tracks,” he said. “We went and had a look, but there was no one down there at the time. We spoke to a couple of adjacent neighbours and just reinforced a few messages about the illegality of going off road.” Mr Gurnett said it was “primarily a safety issue” of the bikes accessing land where people could be walking, but the hoons also posed a threat to the ecology of the region. “In the marsh region around Anderson Inlet there’s a very fragile eco-system. Vehicle tracks do rip up the plant communities there. When the water comes in on the inlet it can cause erosion problems,” he said.

Charity theft A HAPLESS Frankston man was charged with theft after stealing a charity tin from IGA Liquor in Leongatha, on Saturday, August 8. “This guy came in to purchase liquor and his mates stayed outside. The offender was approached by staff who asked him for ID, which he couldn’t produce,” Senior Constable Geoff Watsford said. “He was asked to leave and he was observed removing the charity tin, and leaving the store with it concealed in his clothing.” The police were called. “The other parties didn’t know about it, so they were exonerated of wrongdoing. They were all spoken to and the police found the contents of the cash tin all over the floor at the point of sale,” Snr Const. Watsford said. “The police searched his vehicle and then he tried to struggle when he was being arrested.” The man was charged and bailed for a court appearance.

Bonnie and Clyde TWO Mirboo North teenagers have been nabbed in relation to a theft at the Leongatha Junior Football Club clubrooms. The 16-year-old boy was interviewed, while

his 15-year-old female partner in crime was still to talk to police. Her identity and whereabouts are known. “There was an offender processed on Friday, September 4 with burglary and theft and criminal damage,” Senior Constable Geoff Watsford said. “They stole some alcohol and used a fire extinguisher inside. They removed a keg and pushed it onto the golf course.” Due to the boy’s age, he received a caution for the offence.

Cannabis possession A DRUG-AFFECTED Leongatha man was questioned by police on Wednesday, September 9 and found to be in possession of a quantity of cannabis. “He was observed on McCartin Street and was obviously drug affected. He was searched and a small bag of cannabis was located on his person,” Senior Constable Geoff Watsford said. The 19-year-old was issued with cannabis caution, the standard process for offenders who don’t have any prior convictions.

spot fine.

Dangerous driving

THE Bass Coast Traffic Management Unit has reported a number of drink drivers and unlicensed drivers on local roads in recent weeks. “There’s been a lot of unlicensed drivers on the roads, which can be for a number of reasons. That can be four demerit point losses or the loss of licence for unpaid fines, as well as speeding,” Bass Coast TMU Acting Sergeant Gary Slink said. “There’s also been a number of people caught when driving while disqualified by a court.” Acting Sgt Slink said there was also an “issue of people driving with fog lights”. “It’s actually illegal. They’re a lot brighter and can cause temporary blindness to other drivers. You should only use them in heavy fog or heavy rain,” he said.

Careless crash A 28-YEAR-OLD Leongatha man has been charged with careless driving after an accident on Wednesday, September 9 on the South Gippsland Highway near Kardella South. “The man was going from Korumburra to Leongatha when he rounded a corner and ran off the road. He went into a boundary fence. He didn’t sustain any injuries, but was interviewed later on and has been summonsed to appear in court for careless driving,” Leading Senior Constable Brett Guy said.

Drink driver A LEONGATHA man was charged with drink driving after being pulled over on September 12 at 9pm on Nerrena Road just out of town. The 37-year-old man recorded a blood alcohol reading of .063. He was issued with an on the

Drink drive: local police have been targeting drink drivers, with one man caught on Nerrena Road.

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A LEONGATHA resident was excited to see former South Gippslander Rich Healey on the ABC’s Einstein Factor during their lunch break on Tuesday. It turns out that it was a repeat episode, which had originally been shown in August 2008. Rich scored 1550 points, being questioned about the television series, Red Dwarf. A TOUCH of Melbourne’s coffee culture will be added to the ever-evolving world of Coal Creek Heritage Village. Soon visitors will be able to buy an expert cup of latte or cappuccino at the Pig ’n Whistle hotel, once staff members have completed their training. A Barista workshop will be held at the village on September 25, which means from then on staff will be fully versed in the art of coffee making.

IF you are interested in a Wonthaggi wildflower walk you are welcome to join the Australian Plants Society South Gippsland Group’s outing on Sat-

urday next, September 19. Meet 10 am at the Wonthaggi Heathland car park. People with local knowledge will be on hand to help identify your finds. BYO lunch if you wish to continue at the Rifle Range in the afternoon. Enquiries may be directed to 5662 2449. INTERNATIONAL Talk like a Pirate Day will be celebrated at Coal Creek Heritage Village on Friday, September 18. The event is about having fun and raising funds for the Very Special Kids-Piggy Bank Appeal. People can join the international movement for talking, acting and dressing like a pirate on the day. They will also receive a Pirate Talk Fact Sheet that will help get the conversation going. A bottle of wine will be available for the best pirate of the day. For details, call Coal Creek on 5655 1811. AS of yesterday - the South Gippsland Landcare Office will be located within the West Gippsland Catchment

Management Office at the corner of Bair and Young Street, Leongatha. Its postal address (PO Box 419, Leongatha 3953) and phone number (5662 5759) will remain the same. THE first art exhibition at Coal Creek Heritage Village will open at the auditorium on Friday, September 18. The Mayor of South Gippsland Shire Council, Jim Fawcett will officiate at 7.30pm. The exhibition will feature artworks acquired by council and will run until September 27. Entertainment will be by the Stadler Trio, a division of the South Gippsland Wind Orchestra. For details, call Coal Creek on 5655 1811. THIS Thursday representatives from Leongatha Primary School will be out in force at Michael’s

Supa IGA in Leongatha. They will be handing out special community day cards and asking customers to scan these cards instead of their tags on the day. It is a great fundraiser for the school and customers will be approached to support the event as has been done in the past for the CFA and SES. The day will be a busy one and it coincides with the store’s market day. A prize is given to one lucky customer who donates their points on the day. At the IGA supermarket in Korumburra it is St Joseph’s Primary who will be benefiting from that store’s community day. Please support the efforts of both schools.

MILPARA Community House celebrated 30 years of giving to the Korumburra community with a special dinner last Thursday. Many of the volunteers who have helped support the organisation through tough times and even tougher times were given a chance to pat each other on the back and be thanked for a job well done. Every volunteer was given a congratulatory wine glass. Special thanks was given to John Lane, who retired as president, David Roache, who retired from the committee and Barbara Look who stood down as secretary.

Just reward: Carole Santin and Lyn Thiele were among the many volunteers thanked for their efforts.

THIS letter and picture were printed in UK story magazine, The People’s Friend. Leongatha’s Lily Harris had it sent to her from England and was wondering if anyone knew who the people in the photo are or where the photo was taken. Let us know at The Star if you have a clue about this photo.

Happy in the service: Peter and Barbara Hosking, Irene and Gerald Lynch, Gordon McPhee and Elaine Collyer were among those at the dinner.

Four’s company: Enjoying the night were Milpara president John Lane, coordinator Sandra Webster, out-going secretary Barbara Look and co-ordinator Belinda Smart.

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Thanks for the help Alive and kicking SOMETIMES fairytales do come true. Stony Creek’s win in the Alberton Football League grand final was a wonderful result for a tiny town with few resources to call upon except the people who make up the club. Who would have thought that little Stony could take on and defeat a club that is being removed from the league because it is too powerful? But win they did, and in doing so have inspired every club and every footballer in South Gippsland. When the celebrations have died down (sometime next month), Stony Creek can reflect on a magnificent and historic achievement that many thought was impossible. A solid administration, clever coaching, committed players and a small army of volunteers has seen the club take the ultimate prize. Well done, Stony and commiserations to Wonthaggi Power. It’s been a wonderful season with a wonderful ending. Local footy is well and truly alive and kicking.

Kick up our heels AN eisteddfod should be set up in Leongatha by this time next year. Organisers are busily paving the way for the festival of dance, which could grow into a more widespread artistic attraction in years to come. This is exactly the type of event that Leongatha needs to attract. It’s family friendly, brings in people from far and wide, and offers a healthy outlet for young people. The reasons for the old eisteddfod’s demise are clouded in history. But if lack of community support was one of the issues, then it is a mistake that should never be repeated. Too many events have gone by the wayside in Leongatha because people were “too busy” to pitch in for the greater good. Council and the community should get behind the eisteddfod idea and ensure this idea becomes a reality.

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ON behalf of our members and the many friends who enthusiastically supported last week’s Daffodil Show and Festival, I wish to thank you for your outstanding pre-event coverage. Also, it is timely to thank the many friends – the Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club, local businesses and schools, and the clubs and societies that bring their special interests to the festival. These attracted busloads of visitors from as far afield as Bairnsdale. Many private cars were reported at our three lovely open gardens. We even had an American visitor. For more than 50 years the Leongatha Daffodil Show has brought enjoyment to locals and visitors alike. It is a great credit to the co-operative spirit of the community. We sincerely thank everyone for their great support. Lillian Brittain, Secretary, Leongatha Horticultural Society.

A hot topic I REFER to the article “A burning question” published in the last edition of The Star. The bulk of the article quotes Mr Phil Ingamells of the Victorian National Parks Association and his views against increased controlled burns. Mr Ingamells claims that such burns may do “huge ecological damage” to the State’s bushland. However, continuing the current practice of inadequate burns can only cause greater ecological damage. Your article “Koala death reveals plight” (in the same edition of The Star) quotes Ms Susie Zent of Friends of the Gippsland Bush as stating that “50 per cent of the `best’ remaining koala habitat in the Strzelecki Ranges” was burned by the 2009 Delburn and Churchill fires. In addition, she estimates that “thousands of koalas most likely perished in the fires”. Most of this ecological damage (as well as loss of human life and property) could have been avoided if sufficient fuel-reduction burns had been conducted in the lead up to the January 2009 fire season. Less

fuel would have made the fires easier to control and reduced their severity. Aboriginal communties who lived in our area knew the value of such burns as a means of regenerating the bush and avoiding excessive fuel buildups causing cataclysmic fires. The Aboriginal practice of burning every five years is mentioned in the local history book Jackson’s Track. We need to urgently implement strategies to reduce fuel levels by controlled burns and/or cattle grazing in the lead up to this summer’s fire season. Suryan Robert Chandrasegaran Nerrena

Think local I REFER to your article “Australian Made too Costly” and the appalling attitude of some of our South Gippsland councillors. I would ask councillors Deane, Fawcett, Raabe and Jackson if they will be satisfied when they are consuming milk and dairy products from New Zealand, beef from South America, vegetables from Asia, wine from Europe and relaxing on their overseas holiday while the rest of South Gippslanders


MAD love

What should happen to controversial radio host Kyle Sandilands?

I think he should be sacked because he’s very rude and has offended a lot of people. I don’t think his jokes are funny. Terina Considine Leongatha

Sacked; because he opens his mouth before he thinks. Some of his comments have been a bit below the belt. Glenis Densley Buffalo

I don’t think he should be allowed on air again. He’s a sort of scandalous person, so whether he gets a second chance is debatable. Rhett Kelly Leongatha

are lining up at Centrelink for social security? Where do these councillors think that the children of today will find employment in the future if we as a country do not support local businesses and companies? We are slowly selling off our country to overseas interests and need to reverse the trend. How does the council expect to attract new business ventures into South Gippsland when it has a policy of not supporting Australian made product? It is too easy to say “we live in a global economy and must sell our goods” as Cr Deane stated. What she did not mention was there is not a level playing field and much of the cheap overseas product is subsidised to protect their local industries. If we want to continue selling the farm and our country’s assets, there will be little future for the next generation of South Gippsland children. To councillors Newton, Harding, Lewis and Kennedy you can sleep well knowing that you support local business. I urge South Gippslanders to remember which way councillors Deane, Fawcett, Raabe and Jackson voted at the next council elections. Ken Thomas Nerrena

Put him on a lie detector and get out all his dark secrets. Nick Phelan Leongatha

MEENIYAN Amateur Dramatics Society would like to thank all the people who made up the audiences of our recent successful comedy drama production Lord Chatterley’s Demise. We hope you enjoyed it as much as the cast enjoyed putting it on for you. It was a lot of fun for all and that is really what MADS is all about, having fun and giving newcomers to the stage an opportunity to learn some stagecraft in a friendly company and try themselves out in front of friendly audiences. MADS Inc was born out of the desire of many of the players who took part in the panto Twisted Tales From The Woods, which was performed in Foster in January 2008, to continue with this kind of fun entertainment. That production introduced a great many new and young

performers to the stage who had never gained the chance to prove their talents before local community audiences, and we continue to encourage new mature and young people to come and join our friendly theatre group to learn how much fun acting, singing and dancing on stage can be. Many of our members are also members of FAMDA and LYRIC and took part in the next year’s panto Bush Magic put on by Edwin Coad and will be seen in Lyric’s A Little Hotel On The Side. We put on a Cabaret for our first production and it proved to be extremely successful, with well over 200 seats sold in each of our three performances, an audience which almost fills the beautiful Meeniyan Hall Theatre. This year’s production was written by my husband Paul, from his hospital bed after “breaking his leg” (an actor’s encouragement, but not intended to be taken literally, as he did) just two weeks before the opening of our Cabaret Show. We had to take out a couple of sketches that he was supposed to be in and rearrange a few numbers but “the show had to go on” and it did (with Paul in the audience instead of on the stage). Since taking over the presidency from Paul, who needs a rest from the stress and politics of theatre management, I have a great many new ideas for the future growth of MADS as a community theatre group. I wish to compliment and not compete with other theatre groups in the area by providing workshops and fun nights of simple entertainment, as well as presenting at least one major show each year and an entry into the “One Act Play Festival” in Foster. So watch out for our press releases in the near future and, if you are interested in joining our friendly company, in whatever role: singing, dancing, acting, set or costume designing or even just helping out back-stage or at front of house, I would love to hear from you. Pat Hendry President, MADS Inc

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South Gippsland Shire Councillor Jennie Deane has watched the rural zoning debate from the heart of the storm within council. Here she offers her insights into a complex and challenging issue.

Farmland for farmers I CAN well understand the recently publicised concerns of some people who recently bought expensive small blocks in South Gippsland’s farming areas and who are now unable to obtain a permit for a house.

However, for many years a planning permit has been required for such dwellings, and although South Gippsland Shire Council has tended to approve such permits, there was never a guarantee of success. Throughout almost four years on Council and during two election campaigns, I have been one of the minority of councillors opposing such applications. I have consistently argued in Council that they are against both State and Council planning regulations and as such Council is not following what is “legally” required of it; that house permits in farmland are inflating land values to such an extent that many farmers are not able to purchase such blocks to expand their farms to viable size; and that such decisions are not in the best interests of the shire overall. Recent publicised public opinions on this issue have assumed that Council has the capacity to make its own ‘rules’ and ignore the State Government.

COUNCIL’S draft heatwave strategy is now on public exhibition until the end of September and I invite you to have a look and see if you can spot any improvements we can make. It is on the Council website, at Reception and in local libraries. With all the trauma of Black Saturday last summer, a fact that was overlooked was that more people died from heat stress than from the bushfires. This has prompted Council to ensure that we have mechanisms in place to ensure that vulnerable and isolated members of our community are being checked under heatwave conditions. It is a job too big for Council to handle on its own and we need the support of every resident to take sensible precautions for themselves and to watch out for their families, neighbours and friends. Commonsense steps such as drinking lots of water, finding cool relief and not undertaking physical exercise in heatwave conditions are necessary. In a city you would have an option to perhaps go to an air conditioned

This is not correct. Local Governments are required to follow state guidelines and the Minister for Planning can intervene to change councils’ regulations or take away their powers if they do not. South Gippsland has been on the receiving end of the Minister using both these powers in the past two years. Since the 1990s, Liberal and Labor State Governments have required rural councils to preserve farmland for agriculture, and to approve houses on small acreages only if they support farming. Unlike neighbouring Councils such as Baw Baw and Bass Coast, South Gippsland Council didn’t adopt this practice and, consequently, the Minister imposed it on us in 2007. Most unfortunately, he refused our request for transition arrangements for people who had recently bought small blocks in expectation of building a house. This was in line with his stance for every other rural shire in Victoria. In May 2009 he banned Council from approving dwellings on small blocks. He cited as his key reason that Council, against the state planning regulations, “regularly approves subdivisions and dwellings in the farming zone”. All councils must adhere to the state

shopping mall or such if you did not have air conditioning at home, but we have no such, relief venues in our shire, so it is important to think your course of action through. It might be as simple as filling the bath with cold water which will bring your body temperature down. Compounding the issue is the fact that if we have heatwave conditions we will be likely to have high fire danger as well, so your early planning is imperative. We all want to enjoy the pleasures of summer and not live in a state of anxiety, so by sorting these matters out early you are more likely to relax and enjoy the holiday season. In cleaning up around your homes, I remind you that Council’s Transfer Stations accept green waste free of charge. With the new 10/30 ruling announced by the State Government last week, I trust that people will strike an appropriate balance for safety and ecology. Council has recently approved the appointment of a full time Emergency Manager and the position is currently being advertised. With the trend towards drier times expected to continue, it is a responsible initiative for the safety and wellbeing of our communities.

Cr Jeanne Deane regulations and the Minister has the right to intervene if we don’t. I am bitterly disappointed at the Minister’s ban, particularly as it was imposed without any prior consultation, warnings or advice. However, I am opposed to Council initiating or supporting a protest campaign. It would be a waste of time and money as there is no right of appeal against the Minister’s intervention, and Council must legally comply. The only way to regain our powers to issue permits is for Council to finalise the Rural Land Use Strategy,

I’d like to acknowledge with sadness the passing of Dr Alex Bennett, formerly of Leongatha and a founding member of the Leongatha Medical Clinic. He was the quintessential country doctor of earlier times, dispensing medical advice and commonsense with a wonderful bedside manner and always keeping a fatherly eye on the progress of his patients and those he brought into the world, myself included. Although an extremely private person, he was very much part of the community and will be sorely missed by those whose lives he impacted. Cr Jim Fawcett Mayor

which is currently being worked on by Councillors, Council staff and State Government advisers. However, Council will need to obtain the Minister’s approval for this Strategy and so it will need to be developed within the framework of the existing State planning regulations. Given increasing droughts in other parts of Victoria, I believe we have a greater responsibility to grow food for local, national and international consumption and to protect farmland from ad hoc and scattered development. Council must continue to support dairy and beef farming as they are the key drivers of the Shire’s economy and providers of jobs. We must address the needs of family farms, as they will remain the backbone of our agriculture and so Council should facilitate permits for additional houses on those farms to accommodate succession planning. There is increasing interest in establishing small farms for horticulture and small animal husbandry and we need to find ways to support genuine newcomers into this area of agriculture to build a house on their farms. We need people to move here from metropolitan areas, as they bring needed growth skills and energy. Clearly most are drawn here with the desire to live in a

location with significant rural beauty. Whilst some are keen to commence an agriculture enterprise, others are purely seeking a change to rural living. The challenge for Council is to define, within our rural strategy, areas in which such rural living, unrelated to agriculture, can be supported and to encourage people to move there rather than taking over quality farmland. The Minister’s ban has also raised serious concerns among landowners about consequent reductions to their land values and thus also has significant implications for the level of income Council will derive from rates this year, estimated at approximately $250,000, and in subsequent years. To some extent the exact rate income is always subject to variation from original budget estimates, as some land increases in value whilst other decreases. It is likely that Council will need to consider delays in, or changes to, some planned projects in the coming year. This will be decided at our next quarterly budget review. However, we can take some comfort from the fact that a number of significant projects across the Shire are being brought to fruition unexpectedly due to the windfall from the Commonwealth’s economic stimulus packages.

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Winning mum: K/B B Grade netballer Angela Croatto, mother of baby Tess, Mitch, 2, and Will, 3, was congratulated by her mother and proud nanna, Denise Burke and aunty Shannon Burke, following her team’s win in the Alberton netball grand final on Saturday.

Supporters out in force SATURDAY’S fine conditions saw a hefty crowd support the Alberton Football League grand finals.

The fact that there were 11 clubs involved in netball and football grand finals brought interest from throughout South Gippsland. Local and Melbourne media were covering a most anticipated grand final to see if the tiny town of Stony Creek could defy the odds and win against the flag favourites, Wonthaggi Power. Stony Creek had to beat every big town in the competition in the last four weeks and beat them they did; from Phillip Island and Yarram through to Korumburra/Bena and Wonthaggi. Celebrations will continue throughout the week as the enormity of the task starts to sink in!



Hooray: stalwart Stony Creek supporters Stuart and Fran Eddy couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces when Stony triumphed over Wonthaggi in the Seniors grand final at Foster on Saturday.

Fishy supporters: Belle Cocksedge and Zali Rogers cheered on the Fish Creek netballers during the grand finals at Foster on the weekend.



Whatever it takes: Blake Farley went to extreme lengths to cheer on the Allies netballers.

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Family affair: Supporting Fish Creek Under 13s premiership star Maxi Park-Deere, were family members Sam, Paul, Scarlet, Ned, Lillie Jean, Maxi and Faith.

Solid support: Stony Creek received welcome support all over the ground. Pictured cheering on the Maroons are Amanda Logan, Jenna Browne, Ashleigh Browne, Danielle Logan, Eleni Trelour, Jessica Renden, Michelle Beaumont, and Crista Beaumont.

Well done: Nadine James congratulates son Darcy on the Bulldogs’ win.

Tiger tough: Amber Turvey, Tayla Hams and Brittany Roffey were on hand to lend Foster netballers their support.

Bulldog breed: Korumburra/Bena Bulldogs Thirds players celebrate their premiership during the senior game on Saturday; from left, Wayne Hubbard, Troy Shepherdson, Matthew Cozzio and Mitch Olden (captain).

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Gas hook up nears By Brad Lester

NATURAL gas should be connected to all nominated towns in South Gippsland by the end of October. That is when gas will flow to Inverloch - the last town to be linked to the network. More than 700 households and businesses in Leongatha, Korumburra, Wonthaggi and Lang Lang have gas connected, and more than 1000 prospective customers have applied. The uptake of gas seems to have been slightly slower than anticipated, described by James Wong, the marketing manager with the project manager, Jemena, as “steady” and “encouraging”. “Uptake has been steady but we want to get as many people connected as we can. A lot of residents are waiting for appliances to be replaced or LP gas bottles to run down, but it’s a good switch,” he said. “Natural gas is convenient, safe and economical.” Korumburra hospital and SG

Splash leisure centre have gas, and arrangements are now underway to connect Leongatha and Wonthaggi hospitals. “We will be taking requests for residents seeking connections in the township of Inverloch in October and we have done about 98 per cent of Wonthaggi,” he said. An information session will be held for prospective gas customers in Wonthaggi in late October. Customers can connect by: • determining whether or not they have gas in their street; • contacting sole retailer Red Energy to arrange connection; • phoning a licensed gas fitter to arrange fitting of plumbing and appliances; and • arranging for a meter to be installed. Multinet Gas is now offering incentives of up to $800 per property, comprising up to $500 towards connection costs and up to $300 for gas appliances, until the end of this year. To find out more, phone 1300 131 689 or Red Energy 13 18 06.

Stock footage: producer Jane Lewis and cameraman Matt Dennis, of DJW TV, Traralgon, were impressed with the Coal Creek surroundings and took lots of footage to promote a range of events to be held at the village.

Lit-fest magic exposure By Bert van Bedaf THE Magic of Words will be matched by the magic of television. Again using The Magic of Words as its theme, Coal Creek literary festival will be the first Coal Creek event to feature on television. A film production team visited Coal Creek heritage village last Thursday and took a variety of footage, which will form backdrops to the promotion of a number of events to be held at the

village in coming months. The festival commercial is scheduled to go to air on the three days before the event on Saturday, October 10. The 15-second commercial will be shown during the morning Sunrise program, the enduring Mash series and the popular Deal or No Deal show. Held for the second year, the festival will offer a variety of attractions. Several writers will hold workshops, including well-known poet Judith Rodriguez and authors

Michael Hyde and Bill Statham, with book launches, book signings and a book fair complementing the sessions. The winners of the short story, poetry and school writing competitions will also be announced. The day will finish with two one-act plays performed by Leongatha Lyric Theatre and entertainment by singer/ guitarist Willy Golightly. Proceeds will be donated to Vision Australia, talking books. For festival details, call Coal Creek on 5655 1811.

Making Victoria FireReady:

Simpler rules for clearing trees and vegetation The Victorian Government has made it simpler for landowners in bushfire prone areas to reduce the bushfire risk around their homes as part of their wider preparations for the 2009/10 bushfire season.

Do you own or manage a river or creek frontage?

These changes are helping make Victoria as fire-safe and fire-ready as possible. 10/30 Right-Clearing Vegetation on Private Property

Grants are currently available to help you manage your river or creek frontage. Melbourne Water’s River Health Incentive Program provides funding to help landowners, land managers, organisations and groups improve the condition and health of their waterways. Grants are available to assist with: • Fencing • Weed control • Revegetation • Off stream stock water systems • Maintenance of already fenced waterway frontages

If you own a property in a bushfire prone municipality, you can now clear any vegetation, including trees, on your property within 10 metres of your house and any ground fuel within 30 metres of your house – all without a permit. The ‘10/30 right’ applies across Victoria except in 20 metropolitan municipalities – where it is likely you can access the existing permit exemptions to clear vegetation for bushfire protection if required. Landowners are also allowed to clear all vegetation, including trees, for a combined maximum width of four metres either side of the property boundary fence. The written permission of the landowner is required before clearing any vegetation from a neighbouring property.

To be eligible you must live in the Port Phillip and Westernport region and own or manage land adjacent to a waterway. Preference is given to frontages of greater than 50m on priority rivers and creeks. To apply for a grant, complete an expression of interest form available on Melbourne Water’s website at or contact the River Health Team on (03) 9235 2231 or email LBV0691MWA/F

Victorians whose homes are at risk of bushfire should prepare a bushfire survival plan prior to the start of the 2009/10 bushfire season. As part of this, residents

For more information contact:

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are encouraged to remove fine fuels such as long dry grass, fallen leaves and twigs around their homes. Bushfires are fuelled by the amount, availability and arrangement of surface and near surface fine fuels, including leaf litter, twigs and shrubs. Trees and elevated fuels such as bark can contribute to extreme fire behaviour. The ‘10/30 right’ is part of a suite of measures to help Victorians in bushfire prone areas prepare for the season ahead. Residents should seek advice from their local council about achieving a sensible balance between creating a safer home and maintaining vegetation on their property. Roadside Firewood Collection Local councils and VicRoads are working with the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and the CFA to reduce fuels on roadsides to decrease the bushfire risk. This includes conducting controlled burns on roadsides that are identified as high risk. Careful selection of sites will minimise the impact on important plants and animals. Victorians can remove fallen firewood for personal use without a permit from nominated roadsides for two weeks before the planned burns begin. Look out for advertisements in local newspapers for more information about planned burns.

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The sacredness of water was celebrated on stage by the boys and girls of Wonthaggi North Primary School, when they presented a musical production on Friday. Led by Andrea Khoza (pictured rehearsing with students) and her band Akasa, the students enthralled family and friends at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre. More on page 20.

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Pies outflanked: Saints Daniela and Caitlyn outnumber their Magpie supporting friend Helen.

Footy finals frenzy WONTHAGGI Primary school had a dose of finals fever last week, with its students dressing up in the colours of their favourite club. It seems last year’s AFL premiership

win by Hawthorn has caught the imagination of local footy fans, with plenty of brown and gold seen around the playground. Collingwood supporters seemed to have gone back into the woodwork, with not much black and white to be seen.

Climbing the ladder: Brittany, Ellen and Connor on a high during footy finals.

Above: Go Blues: Jayde, Rya and Makayla having some fun at recess.

Ready for action: Jack and Paul fuel up before the weekend action.

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Champion orchid: the champion orchid of the show was a cymbidium displayed by Enring Smith.

WONTHAGGI hosted the 20th Annual Orchid Show at the town hall recently. Some 50 members from Leongatha, Korumburra, Cowes and Wonthaggi and other towns put together a wonderful collection of exhibits. A good attendance was recorded with lunch, afternoon teas and sales all doing well. Enring Smith and Lita Gill took out the champion orchid and reserve

champion orchid respectively. If you are interested in growing orchids, and would like to share your interest with others, then come along to one of their meetings. They’re held at the Angling Club Roms at the Wonthaggi Football ground on the second Wednesday of the month, starting at 7.30pm. For further information contact Glenda Smith 5655 1163, Marg McCulley 5672 2855 or Russell Bradley 5664 2336.

Hard working: some of the busy Society members admire the displays, from left, Les Rintoule, Julie Kilgour, and Russell Bradley.

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Getting ready: (clockwise from left) Devlin, Braydan, Taj and Jackson rehearse their performance.

THE story of water was enacted on stage when Wonthaggi North Primary School presented a musical spectacular last Friday. Students sang songs with a water theme, exploring the health of rivers and the availability of water to Australians compared to people in developing countries. After a week of rehearsing with visiting percussionist and singer Andrea Khoza of Melbourne band Akasa, students

performed a matinee and evening show at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre. “We are focusing on fresh water to give the kids an awareness of what fresh water means to them and to children worldwide,” Andrea said. Students sang backed by the band, offering them a unique stage experience. Akasa is an award-winning world folk music group, drawing on Brazilian and African influences.

Backstage pass: Lara, Hayley and Kallie getting ready for the show.

Behind the scenes: Wonthaggi North staff members Joy McKaige (left) and Roxanne Thomson set up the Wonthaggi Arts Centre foyer.

Young stars: Ava, Louise and Lily prepare to go on stage.

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WONTHAGGI Golf Club member Alan Wright (left) swapped tips with pro-shop manager Ian Barnes last week as they finetuned their games ahead of the golfing season.

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In front: pilot rider Wally Cayzer of Buffalo leads a drove across the sandbanks of Lewis Channel.

Corner inlet rough riders By Brad Lester AN icon of Australian agriculture will be commemorated in October, when the centenary of continuous grazing on Snake Island is held.

The men and women of the Snake Island Cattlemen’s Association will hold a celebratory dinner on October 24, to recognise 100 years of people on horseback droving cattle across Lewis Channel at low water to graze on Snake Island. Dairy and beef cattle are taken to the island to relieve home farms of grazing pressure, but the event has become much more than a farm job. Drovers love the unique experience of bringing cattle through the sea, dodging stingrays and choppy waves and then

spending two nights on Snake Island, riding through open spaces, camping in huts and spinning yarns around a fire. “When the tide is low, the stock are driven across the sand following a carefully chosen track through treacherous bogs where soft, sinking sand can trap cattle and horses alike in the pathway of the rising tide,” wrote Cheryl Glowrey in her book, Snake Island and The Cattlemen of the Sea. The tradition has attracted attention from around Australia and featured in numerous documentaries, including a special by National Geographic. Cattleman John Lees of Hedley is the second generation of his family to drove and has been joining the trips to Snake Island since he was 15. The Lees once took their dairy herd over in the winter. “You just love the place. It sort of grows on you. You’ve got to love riding

horses and being amongst animals, and the mateship of all the people you meet,” he said. “If you know someone, you can go across. People go over there and they just get hooked and want to go back again. “It’s really important to celebrate this. It’s part of Australia’s history.” The association leases the eastern part of Snake Island from the Department of Sustainability and Environment, and maintains a collection of huts and yards for man and animal. Two hundred cattle are permitted on the island during the summer and 500 in winter. Herds come from all over South Gippsland and as far as the Latrobe Valley. “We used to be able to take as many cattle as we wanted in the past and we could have the whole island,” Mr Lees said. Crossing is limited to certain parts

of the year when the waters of Corner Inlet are less than a metre deep. “It takes about two-and-a-half to three hours to do the crossing from the mainland to the huts at Snake Island,” Mr Lees said. “A lot of people used to fall off in the channel. One bloke used to fall off all the time.” While the cattle rested at night, the drovers would relax with a beer by a campfire and enjoy a meal cooked over the flames. “Now there is a generator over there and it’s a real home away from home. When I first started there was none of that. If you wanted a cold beer you used to tie a bit of string on your bottles and put them in the water tank,” Mr Lees said. A new route across the channel was found in 1980, less boggy and dangerous, and these days the drove leaves

from a property off Telegraph Road, Port Welshpool. The first grazing on the island was recorded in the 1880s, but grazing has only been continuous since 1909. “Sometimes waves break over the top of the horses,” Mr Lees said. More than 300 people have been invited to the afternoon and dinner celebration at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre, travelling from as far as New South Wales and Queensland. They will share tales of droving through the waters of the inlet and hear guest speakers Cr Jeanette Harding of South Gippsland Shire Council and Cheryl Glowrey. A raffle will be held on the night, with the prize a hand-painted plate of cattlemen crossing the channel by Mr Lees’ wife Merril.

Fascinating past SNAKE Island has been grazed by sheep and cattle since Europeans arrived in Gippsland in 1841. Agistment on a private basis started in 1887 and continued under government supervision from 1909 to 1959. Unlike the pastoralists of the High Country, the men who drove stock to Snake Island after 1909 were “struggling dairy farmers” trying to make a living from the hungry country of the Strzelecki Ranges. The Snake Island Agisters Association oversaw grazing from 1959 until the 1980s, when the government again assumed responsibility for the island. Parks Victoria now manages Snake Island, and men and women on horseback ride to the island four times a year, bringing cattle over and back for the summer and winter grazing periods. But women have only been a recent part of the island’s story. In her book, Cheryl Glowrey wrote: “As a place where men went to work, Snake Island’s history is essentially a masculine story, and women were not part of the agistment history of the island until the 1980s.” At 3452ha, Snake Island is the largest of the 25 islands in the Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park.Information sourced from Snake Island and The Cattlemen of the Sea by Cheryl Glowrey.

Aussie ingenuity: John Lees in the buggy he made to cart goods to Snake Island. These days, boats perform the role.

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Emergency leadership SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will get a full time emergency chief to manage natural and man-made disasters.

Red Cross meeting: at the conference were Bev Patterson (guest speaker), Anne Macarthur (vice chairwoman Australian Red Cross Victoria), John Duscher (Mayor Bass Coast Shire Council), Mary Jones, Helen Hayes (Red Cross Regional representative, obscured), Dawn Wangman, and Robert and Lorraine Scott.

Giving for 70 years LAST Tuesday held a special moment for Mary Jones, who celebrated 70 years as a Red Cross volunteer.

Mrs Jones was a foundation member of the Woodleigh Vale Red Cross unit in 1939 and still attends its meetings whenever she can. She received her commemorative certificate and 70-year service medal at the annual conference of the Red Cross Region 22 branch, which includes Bass Coast and South Gippsland, at the Woorayl Golf Club in Leongatha. “Mary was one of the first members when the Woodleigh Vale unit started in 1939 to knit scarves and socks for soldiers,” the Region 22 secretary, Sandy Ridge said. “They met at 2pm on the first Wednesday of each month. The unit held a number of fundraising events to provide money for the wool. Mary was elected president of the unit in 1942 and again in 1944. She remained president until 1951. “Mary was an important foundation member of the unit and she has continued as a member to this day, attending meetings when she can.” In 1948, the Woodleigh Vale women organised appeals for food and clothing for Britain and in 1954 for Korea. The first mention of an annual Red Cross appeal occurred in 1950 and the first mobile Blood Bank visited Loch in 1951 until 1961. The first regional conference was held in Meeniyan in 1953. They are shared around the region. The Mayor of Bass Coast Shire Council, John Duscher opened the conference, praising the role it plays around the globe. “I express my greatest appreciation for the work you do,” Cr Duscher said. “You go about your job without heralding it and you are very reliable.” Several special awards and service medals were presented. Lorraine Scott received her Service Award Citation for her outstanding work in managing the Red Cross shop in Inverloch for 11 years. She also received her 10-year service medal. Her husband Robert Scott received her 10-

year service medal as well. Dawn Wangman was also presented with her 10-year service medal and the Poowong East unit was cited for many years of service. Guest speaker at the conference was Bev Patterson, who is from the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law division in Melbourne. She spoke on IHL, the Geneva Convention and women in war. At home, people experience the Red Cross as the life saver at natural and man-made disasters, however, in other parts of the world it is the Samaritan in many war situations or other violent conflicts. Ms Patterson advises defence personnel going on overseas duties in international humanitarian law, which includes the Geneva Convention.

She also reflected on a recent touring photographic exhibition, called Women and War. “The exhibition comprised a series of colour and black and white photographs and provided an insight into the ways in which armed conflict and its aftermath affect women around the world,” Ms Patterson said. “It explored issues of sexual violence, displacement, reproductive health and international humanitarian law.” A neutral organisation at any conflict, the Red Cross offers a course in IHL, which covers the laws of war and military. It is available to members of the wider public, professionals, tertiary students, journalists, secondary and tertiary educators, and anyone with an interest in international law and international relations.

Service medal: Red Cross regional representative Helen Hayes presents Lorraine Scott with her 10-year service medal. Mrs Scott also received a citation for managing the Red Cross shop in Inverloch for the last 11 years.

Fox denial

Meals roster

TRUCKING king Lindsay Fox has denied rumours he has bought land at Barry Beach.

Woorayl Lodge Auxiliary, Cath Davies and Pat Molden, and St Peter’s Ladies Guild will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning September 21, 2009.

A story had been circulating throughout Yarram that Mr Fox had recently bought 40 acres at Barry Beach, prompting hopes for massive development associated with the deep sea port mooted for there. A spokesperson for Mr Fox and his family last week said the rumours were unfounded. “The family is unaware of having an eye on purchasing any property down there,” he said. Mr Fox is the tenth richest man in Australia and New Zealand, and believed to be worth about $1 billion.


(Meeniyan/Dumbalk) Meeniyan Red Cross will be responsible for delivery the week beginning September 21, 2009.

Councillors approved funding for a full time municipal emergency manager at its council meeting of September 2. Two emergency officers made presentations in support of the position. Stuart Beales, who is the regional officer emergency management of the Victoria State Emergency Service, and David Sherry, who is operations manager of the Country Fire Authority, said the person would need to have “a level of management importance” and be able to interact and be “empowered to influence the community network”. Mr Sherry said he could not stress enough the importance of the position, especially seen in the light of the four hot spots, Venus Bay, Sandy Point, Waratah Bay and Walkerville that had been identified in the Royal Commission bush fires interim report recently. He said it was a challenging role in the face of climate change. “Floods and fires are occurring more regularly and their impact is more difficult on communities.” When asked by Cr Kieran Kennedy if the CFA would provide additional funding to assist in community consultation in the townships, Mr Sherry said, “Absolutely; there will be an allocation of dollars.” In council terms an emergency comprises a response phase, which involved the opening of the municipal emergency co-ordination centre, and a recovery phase. Whereas the response phase may only last for a few days or weeks, the recovery phase could last for several years.

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Little purchase spreads far By Brad Lester

A LITTLE shop on an Inverloch corner is making a big impact further afield. The Australian Red Cross fundraising store sells goods to support the organisation’s social services throughout the country. More than $117,000 worth of items was sold through the Inverloch store last financial year - a pleasing result, according to manager Lorraine Scott, when the average price of goods is just $6. “Sales were up 12 per cent on last year and that has been very important, with the cancellation of March Red Cross Calling due to the bushfires,” she said. The store sells new and recycled

clothing, bric-a-brac and good quality secondhand goods to support such Red Cross activities as responses to emergencies and patient transport. Proceeds also benefit the Telecross phone service in which volunteers ring lonely people for a chat. A South Gippsland service is based at Tarwin Lower. “Red Cross calls the volunteers in our shops the face of Red Cross,” Mrs Scott said. Goods are sourced through Red Cross headquarters in North Melbourne and from local donations. “Once a week I usually put in an order of what we’ve been selling the most of and that is ladies’ tops,” Mrs Scott said. “Of the particular brands of seconds that we get in, they usually soon walk out the door.”

She is typically the volunteer responsible for dressing mannequins in the front window to attract customers most likely to shop there: people aged 20 to 40. A team of 40 volunteers, largely women, keep the shop open for a cause they believe in. “I’ve been managing the shop for seven years and I love it. You get to meet some lovely people,” Mrs Scott said. Riky Temminghoff enjoys spending her time among her fellow volunteers. “A lot of us are on our own and it’s the companionship we get here,” she said. Donations of recycled clothing and good quality goods are welcome, as are prospective volunteers. To find out more, pop into the shop.

Helping hands: Lorraine Scott, manager of the Red Cross shop at Inverloch, and volunteer Riky Temminghoff.

Centenary meeting success THE meeting called by the Leongatha High, Tech and Secondary College centenary committee last Monday night to discuss the centenary in 2012 attracted a strong attendance of past students and staff. Leonnie McCluskey, chair of the centenary committee, welcomed those in attendance saying that although the centenary was still some time away, it was likely to become such a major event that a long lead time for planning is necessary, given

that venues would have to be booked as soon as a date for the weekend was decided. Former teacher and local historian, Lyn Skillern has been researching, interviewing and collecting material for a book to be written on “The History of Government Secondary Education in Leongatha 1912 to 2012”. Lyn said: “the schools were such an important part of the development of the town and the stories that need to be told are significant to the community as a whole.” The meeting was given an outline of the immediate tasks facing the

ANDREW Hindle and Renee Cumner became the proud parents of Daisy Elizabeth Cumner-Hindle. Little Daisy was born at Tweed Heads Hospital on May 27. She weighed seven pounds and eight ounces. Formerly from Leongatha, Andrew is the son of Ken and Dianne West, of Leongatha. Daisy is the grandparents’ third grandchild.

Days gone by: Ex LHS/LSC staff, Joan Miller and Ed Ford, chat with former prominent ex-students, John Mitchell, Lois Young and Neville Meikle.

committee, and invited feedback and suggestions. There was discussion about the date for the celebrations, with those attending asked to complete an opinion sheet to guide the committee in relation to the best time to hold the celebrations, the sort of program that might be provided, and also, most importantly, strategies for contacting and informing past students and staff about the proposed program. A two-pronged strategy has been adopted in relation to contacting and communicating progress on planning for the centenary, asking past students and teachers to register their names and addresses, and names and addresses of friends or family, either by email to Leonie Smith (Young) at or by post to Centenary Committee, c/- Leongatha Secondary College, Private Bag 1, Leongatha 3953. The committee hopes the message about the centenary will be widely communicated informally, and in this way, given the time available a big percentage of the past students and staff can be traced. Particularly valuable players in this will be students who have been organisers of the many school reunions held over the years. These people will have significant numbers of names and addresses and are asked especially to pass on the information they have, as this will provide a substantial part of the data base to be used.

From pages past MAX Lindsay Andrews was born on September 4, 2009 at Leongatha hospital. Max is the first child and a son for Lindsay and Lexi.

JANAE Louise Hopwood was born on August 27, 2009 at Leongatha hospital. Janae is the first daughter for Adam Hopwood and fiancee Karen Van Puyenbroek.

Historical snippets from The Star One year ago, September 16, 2008 The South Gippsland Shire Brass Band is the toast of the district after winning its first competition in 36 years. The band won the D Grade Brass Bands Spring Contest at the 53rd Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod at Traralgon. **** Bass MLA Ken Smith is celebrating 20 years in Parliament and is one of only three parliamentarians to serve for so long. He initially represented the South Eastern Province, which spanned the Mornington Peninsula and West Gippsland. Five years ago, September 14, 2004 Wonthaggi football clubs, Rovers and Blues, are holding merger

talks, after ongoing discussions over the past 15 years. The Rovers contest the Alberton Football League and the Blues the West Gippsland Latrobe league. **** Olympic silver medallist Belinda Snell was back in Gippsland showing off her trophy after being part of the Australian Opals basketball team in Athens. The former Mirboo North woman was a guest at the Mid Gippsland Football League grand final. 10 years ago, September 14, 1999 Twelve South Gippsland flower growers have united in a bid to establish an export industry. Three trial sites will be undertaken in areas with red soils, coastal sandy soils

and broadacres wind breaks. **** Leongatha man Nick Dudley is off on a five week exchange to England, as part of a Rotary tour. The horticultural lecturer is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Leongatha. 30 years ago, September 18, 1979 The Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club is searching for new members in a bid to cater for the looming summer season. The club has the largest area to patrol in Victoria. **** Ian Balfour is the winner of this year’s Woorayl Golf Club A Grade championship, after equalling the course record of 70.

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On the edge of identity INVERLOCH and Moe-based artist John Mutsaers is one of several Dutch-born artists who live and work in South Gippsland and have achieved considerable success in different forms. Born in Eindhoven in 1942, John arrived in Australia with his parents on the Dutch government owned migrant ship Zuiderkruis in 1956. He will be exhibiting a range of his acrylics on canvas under the intriguing title of On the Edge of a Metaphor at the Meeniyan Art Gallery. The exhibition contains oil paintings and acrylic paintings on canvas. Some are a combination of both (mixed media). The subject matter varies and includes still life, landscape and figurative work. Explaining his title, John said “A metaphor is a leading edge. It is where we leave ambiguity and head towards something that is not yet fully know or understood. Metaphorically, we connect to being adrift, uncertain of our destination yet filled with the possibility of new discoveries. “I explore figurative language in my images. In my paintings visual art becomes speech without sound, narrative in similes and metaphors, idioms and personification. Like a composer uses sound, I use imagery in order to link ideas and hopefully connect the viewer to the familiar in their own experiences.” Although his work is generally figurative,

it should not be taken literally. The painting Dressed in Cohen is inspired by Leonard Cohen. However, it is not styled on any of his songs or poems, but rather based on the strong sense of social justice and the human character portrayed in his work. The painting Top Paddock comes from a figure of speech which John overheard at a funeral of a local farmer. A long-time friend said the deceased had gone to the top paddock. The metaphor links to an understanding of a better place. The exhibition will open on Sunday, September 27, 2-4pm, and run until November 6. John not only paints but also works as a sculptor, which gave him a generous measure of fame last year during the United Nations’ International Year of the Potato. John was commissioned to produce a series of potato sculptures to draw attention to the world’s food shortage. John’s sculptures enjoyed exhibition space on Federation Square in Melbourne before they were placed at the Spud Shed along the Princess Highway at Trafalgar. Also a poet, art teacher and publisher, John has held numerous solo exhibitions in Gippsland, Australia-wide and overseas, including London and Shanghai. He has won several major art awards with his distinctive work. For further inquiries and exhibition details, call the gallery on 5664 0101.

Society ready for renewal BASS Coast Artists’ Society is foreshadowing the need for renewal of its committee members. The society is holding its annual general meeting at the Goods Shed in Wonthaggi tomorrow, Wednesday, September 16, 11am, and members are asked to consider a changing of the guard within 12 months. Society president Brian Conroy, secretary Liz Glynn and treasurer Bob Tyler are looking towards retiring from their positions. “Our hard working secretary and treasurer have indicated that, if elected again, 2009/10 will probably be their last year in their present positions,” Mr Conroy wrote in the August edition of the Bass Arts newsletter. “Likewise, after three years as president, I would be more than willing to hand over to someone else in 2010/11. “This means if the society is to continue beyond 2009/10, we will need some new blood on the committee this year.” Mr Conroy also asked for more members to go on the committee “to keep the society working effectively”. “We need to spread the load a little more than we presently do,” Mr Conroy said. “We also need to prepare for the inevitable handing over of the mantle from those that are currently in executive positions on the committee.”

Hall toilets upgrade RESIDENTS and visitors to Leongatha appear to appreciate using the refurbished toilets in the Leongatha Memorial Hall foyer.

Funding of $115,000 was provided by the three tiers of government; South Gippsland Shire Council ($36,250), the Federal Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program ($26,250) and the State RDV Small Development Fund ($52,500). “The comments have been very positive,” Alister Fixter, council’s building coordinator said. “New toilets, tiling and benches have greatly improved the presentation and quality of the facilities. The ‘access for all’ bathroom has also been upgraded and baby change facilities added for the benefit of young families. They are another chapter in the ongoing restoration of the hall.” Earlier in the year the hall’s commercial kitchen was renovated and over the past two years the Hall has been painted internally and externally. Curtains have been replaced

and the floors were sanded and polished. Regarded as the most prestigious public building in the shire, Memorial Hall holds many pleasant memories for long term residents. It has been the venue for many balls, weddings, concerts and school graduations, where many a romance blossomed. Films were shown there in the past and even boxing matches staged. An enthusiastic hall committee and council are keen to see the hall used more often as a venue for social events. “It costs a lot to maintain these public buildings and we would really like to see the community making full use of them,” Mr Fixter said. Local contractors Maskell Maintenance Services managed the project, using many local sub-contractors during the works, which took about five weeks. Hall contractor Graeme Heath has a list of resources to assist people in holding an event. He can be contacted on 0419 546 395.

Humanity art: art is humanity sharing experiences, says John Mutsaers whose solo exhibition opens at Meeniyan Art Gallery on September 27.

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Marbling at beauty IT has been a wild time these last few months for Gecko studio and gallery owners Michael Lester and Kerry Spokes in Fish Creek. House and gallery renovations between organising exhibitions are taking a sizeable chunk out of their time. But the gallery extension is almost finished and will be completed when the next show opens, with two interesting artists Robert McLaren and Joan Ajala exhibiting their marbling (a wetting technique to create marblelike surfaces on paper with staggering results). The title of their show is Marbled Papers. It will run until October 17, with the opening on Sunday, September 20 between 2 and 5pm. “I have known Robert since the early days of the Victorian Bookbinders Guild, which was formed in 1981,” Michael said. Michael was the guild’s first president and is a life member. “Robert took over the family bookbinding business and developed an interest in marbling paper as an adjunct to the bookbinding,” Michael said. “Those early papers were mostly straight forward patterning for use in bookbinding, but he then started to explore what else could be done with a little imagination. “Robert’s specialty is doing ‘landscape’ marbling where he manipulates the colours on the size to take on the appearance of a rural scene. He also does a wide range of experimental pieces.” Robert will be producing a series of books on contemporary local marblers. He wants Michael to provide samples and information for a book of his paste papers, as well as samples and information from his mother Mary, who used

Marbling workshop: Joan Ajala (left) holds regular workshops on the art of paper marbling. paper marbling for many years. Michael has his mother’s work stored “somewhere” at home, he said. She will be at the opening. The second artist, Joan is also a marbler and a friend of Robert’s. She lives in northern NSW. She was going to attend the exhibition opening but fell and fractured her hip recently and “will be present if possible”. “She is very annoyed by it all,” Michael said. “Robert will be at the opening and speak on the subject of marbling. Joan would be very good to speak to, if she can make it,” Michael said. “Joan’s work is quite different to Robert’s, because she uses water-based colours, whereas

he uses oil-based colours. Joan will also be sending down a range of marbled cards that will be offered for sale during and after the exhibition.” Michael will have materials available to show how marble paper is created and how it is used in bookbinding, to cover boxes, used in lampshades “and, of course, how beautifully it is when framed. “We’ll have a good number of papers framed in stock frames, but the bulk will be exhibited attached to the walls with magnets,” Michael said. For inquiries, call the Gecko studio and gallery on 5683 2481.

Debra to sing for seniors FORMER Young Talent Time member and long-time pop star Debra Byrne will come to the shire for a one-off performance. Australia’s own ‘Queen of Pop’ Ms Byrne, will entertain South Gippsland Seniors as part of the 2009 Victorian Seniors Festival at Stony Creek Racecourse on Friday, October 9. The event is organised by South Gippsland Shire Council and sponsored by the Office of Senior Victorians. Debra first won Australian hearts as the ‘little girl with the big voice’ on the original Young Talent Time, where she performed for four years from the age of 12. After Young Talent Time, Debra launched a successful recording career, with hits ‘He’s a Rebel’ and ‘Da Doo Run’. With two Logie Awards to her credit, Debra’s television career moved her to London and appearances on the Cliff Richard BBC-TV series and her own ABC-TV series with John Farnham titled ‘Farnham and Byrne’. The next eight years saw Debra build her reputation as one of Australia’s leading theatre ladies before leaving the stage to return to concert and cabaret performances. Her 1991 album Caught in the Act reached number one on the Australian charts. Debra is the proud mother of Arja, Lauren and little Lucille. In its 27th year, the Victorian Seniors Festival, from October 4 to 11, includes more than 1000 free or low cost events across metropolitan Melbourne and regional and rural Victoria. Festival programs are now available at Michael’s IGA supermarket in Leongatha and local libraries. South Gippsland seniors heading to Melbourne will find a range of activities to keep them busy. For more details about the metropolitan program visit

Debra Byrne: will be singing at Stony Creek Racecourse on October 9. the Office of Senior Victorians website For the Byrne concert, racecourse gates open at 12pm and the concert starts at 1pm. Afternoon tea will be provided, but patrons are advised to bring their own picnic lunch. There is ample seating and an undercover area. V/line bus tickets are free for concert patrons travelling return from their local V/line stop to Meeniyan. Mini buses will transport passengers from Meeniyan to, and from the concert. This free shuttle service is provided with support from Transport Connections and the Department of Transport. V/line buses are equipped with toilets and ‘low rider’ steps level with the curb for easy boarding. Council Officers will be on V/line services to assist seniors travelling to the event. There will be ‘lucky traveller’ prize draws for people who travel by V/Line bus to the Seniors Concert. Transport bookings must be made by October 1 on 5662 9359. There is ample parking at the racecourse for people using their own transport. For further information, contact Susan on 5662 9294.

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DISCOVER this Allambee South, via Mirboo North, alpaca farm available through Rodwells on page 30.

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Leongatha living

Blue gum country A

NDORRA Valley Alpaca Farm is on heavy carrying blue gum country at Allambee South. The fully operational 99.98 acre alpaca farm is in a beautiful area a short drive from Mirboo North. A walk in walk out option is available that would include 32 pregnant female alpacas, seven young males, one wether and one certified male. All these alpacas are registered with the Australian Alpaca

Association. ‘Andorra Valley’ has a comfortable hardiplank home with three bedrooms, all with built-in robes. There’s also an open plan kitchen/ dining area with a separate lounge. Temperature control is easy, with solid fuel heating and a reverse cycle air conditioner for heating and cooling. A four car carport will protect your vehicles. Excellent shedding includes a

19m x 9m workshop, 26m x 7m shed, two-bay machinery shed and ancillary shedding. The stockyards are solid, the fences are good and the property has a good fertiliser history. Three dams including a permanent spring provide a good supply of water. This alpaca farm is just out of Mirboo North on Harveys Road, which is off the Grand Ridge Road.


IRST home buyers and investors are likely to find this Leongatha home appealing.

It is centrally located on Warralong Court, which is close to the schools. The three bedroom, brick veneer home has a Colorbond roof and aluminium windows. It was built to high standards by a local builder and the original owner is selling as they are leaving the area. The main bedroom has an en suite and a large walk-in robe. Open plan living is a feature of this

home, with two separate areas; a lounge/ dining area and the kitchen/family room. The kitchen has a dishwasher and wall oven, while the lounge has a wood heater. Coming off the family room area is a large paved patio/entertainment space. The toilet is separate from the bathroom. A single drive through carport accesses the side and rear of the block. This elevated block has lovely rural views towards the Nerrena hills. The established, landscaped block has a garden shed.

At a glance Location: 5 Warralong Court, Leongatha. Price: $254,000. Sole agent: SEJ, Leongatha. Contact: 5662 4033, Lyle Miller 0408 515 665 or Barry Redmond 0418 515 666.

At a glance Location: 50 Harveys Road, Allambee South via Mirboo North. Price: call for details regarding options. Agent: Rodwells Real Estate, Leongatha. Contact Kristin Richardson 0427 092 983.

Auction action TWO Leongatha homes were sold by auction recently. Stockdale & Leggo auctioned 5 Steele Street for $255,000 on September 5. The three bedroom home on a large block opposite Ellen Lyndon Park was sold to a local first home buyer. About 50 people watched the auction including relatives of the vendor, from New South Wales and Melbourne. Alex Scott & Staff auctioned 36 Roughead Street on August 29 for $272,000. Bidding was competitive for the two bedroom home with rear lane access. A large crowd attended on a rainy day.

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Dairy farming opportunity Y

OU only have to see this farm, which is at Mardan, 15 minutes from Leongatha, to appreciate that it is ready to produce a good income immediately. The property is 187 acres and is a well set-up hill farm with some rolling contour. The property has all weather tracks, excellent pasture, 26 paddocks, and is watered by five dams and a trough system. It has a 17 s/o herringbone dairy, cup removers, feed system, 30 ton silo and 8100 litre vat. There is a host of great sheds including calf, machinery, lockup workshop and hay sheds. The neat four bedroom

home has a vegie patch and good orchard. This property has been run in conjunction with an adjoining 139 acres, which is available to lease with an option to buy. It has 16 paddocks, four dams, three hay sheds and great all weather tracks. This land has been an established dairy farm for many years. Milking 180 cows has produced 1,200,000 litres of milk, 280kg of butterfat and 240 litres of protein. This is a well equipped, high producing dairy farm offered for sale by a successful farming couple. Possession now or in the autumn.

At a glance Location: 180 Smiths Road, Mardan. Price: $784,400. Agent: Stockdale & Leggo, Leongatha and Mirboo North. Contact: John O’Connor 0416 193 990.

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Inspirational I

DEALLY located amidst our beautiful rural district, this 150 acre property will challenge your thought processes. On a sealed road between Korumburra and Leongatha, the original farmhouse and direct surrounds occupy an influential crest with 360 degree views for as far as the eye can see. The property itself, still a working dairy farm, is predominantly rolling hills with areas of more gently falling pasture; well maintained and productive. Formed tracks supply access through multiple paddocks, and past a combination of 11 dams and a creek with almost permanent water-holes to provide for stock all year round. There are in fact two dwellings - the early farmhouse is a classic four bedroom home with central hallway, high ceilings and wide verandahs, suitable for redecoration or extension. The supporting two bedroom cottage might be a weekender for family and friends, or a place of temporary residence whilst the original home is regenerated to

today’s standards. An older, but serviceable, eight per side herringbone dairy, with 2700litre vat and 20 tonne Nelson silo with grain crusher fitted, will ensure the milking can continue. Equally, the decision might be taken to run beef cattle or sheep as an alternative, or to lease the farm out to others, or perhaps to introduce a gourmet enterprise complementary to the surrounding district’s developing food, wine and tourism aspects. Regardless of the vision, the lifestyle opportunity here is unmistakable, observing modern contemporary residences and heritage homes, both original and replica, on the meandering drive to the property. Yours to contemplate….The property, at 530-570 One Chain Road, Kardella is open to inspect this Sunday from 12 – 12.30pm. Alternatively, a personal property tour can be arranged by contacting the agent, Allen Bartlett of Prom Country First National Real Estate, on 0417 274 624, or (03) 5664 0224.

At a glance Location: 530-570 One Chain Road, Kardella. Price range: $700,000-$770,000. Agent: Prom Country First National, Meeniyan. Contact: Allen Bartlett 0417 274 624 or 5664 0224.

English cottage in Kongwak T

HIS fully renovated three bedroom homestead is on about five picturesque acres. It boasts views to the Kongwak Valley and Prom. The comfortable English style cottage is nestled in beautiful gardens only 10 minutes from Inverloch and Wonthaggi.

This cosy home features polished timber floors, spacious Blackwood kitchen, Eureka wood heater, separate dining room and three large bedrooms. The home has new spouting and has been completely re-wired. The potential exists for a loft conversion, which would take this property into a league of its own.

At a glance Location: 1320 Korumburra Rd, Kongwak. Price: $495,000. Agent: Alex Scott & Staff, Inverloch. Contact: 5674 1111.

Outside, this lifestyle property offers a self contained bungalow, workshop, 14 x 8 metre shed, as new yards, dam, good fencing with electric fence unit, excellent fertiliser history, 18,000 of rain water storage and much more. Centrally located, there is easy access to Leongatha, Korumburra, Wonthaggi and Inverloch.

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HIS three bedroom brick home is on the top side of Parr Street in Leongatha and offers rural views towards Nerrena. Enter into an L shaped lounge with northerly aspects that allow the winter sun to gently warm the home, whilst a reverse cycle air conditioner is perfectly placed to maximise cooling for the summer months. A central kitchen with electric cooking and breakfast bar is combined with a family/dining room, which has a sliding door to access the outside of the home. Three good sized bedrooms have builtin robes, whilst the master has a walk-in robe, and the bathroom located near the master bedroom has both a bath and a shower. Outside features a large neat rear yard with established gardens and secure fencing for kids and pets, a sealed driveway, and an elevated verandah that wraps around the front and side of the home. With a reduced price of $275,000, this property is well worth an inspection.

At a glance Location: 86a Parr Street, Leongatha. Price: reduced to $275,000. Sole agent: Alex Scott & Staff, Leongatha. Contact: 5662 0922.

Secluded Venus Bay home T

HIS property borders Cape Liptrap coastal park and is a short 800 metres from the pristine beaches of Venus Bay. Features include wood heating, ceiling fans and a generous

modern kitchen. There are two large bedrooms, each with built-in robes, with the potential for adding a third bedroom. A huge living area dominates the home with a covered verandah on one side and a huge covered deck on the other side.

The home is designed for easy living. Listen to the sound of the surf from this very secluded and private home. Priced to sell, which includes a new tank.

At a glance Location: 31 Atherton Drive,Venus Bay. Price: $215,000. Agent: Alex Scott & Staff,Venus Bay. Contact: 5663 7111.

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A date with Germany HOLLY Sizer Germany.




The Mirboo North Secondary College Year 10 student won a scholarship to study German in Germany for three weeks in January. Holly was one of two Victorians to receive the scholarship. She’s been learning German since Year 7 and is already preparing for her big trip by learning common phrases. “I can read German better than I speak it,” Holly said. “With the German phrase book you can do everything. You can ask someone out; you can say ‘easy tiger’.” Understandably the 15-year-old is looking forward to her European adventure. “It’s during January, so it will be snowing and as well as the intensive language course, you go skiing and see the sights. It should be really fun,” she said.

The event will be held in Grainau in the south-east German state of Bavaria. To be selected Holly entered an essay in English on how she will use German in the future and a brochure in German on Mirboo North. From this, 10 students were interviewed. “I went to the interview on a Friday and they called me up about 10am on Saturday and said ‘you’ve won a trip to Germany,’ and I said ‘I’ve won?’ ‘yep,’ ‘the trip?’ ‘yep,’ ‘to Germany?’ ‘yep,’ ‘in winter?’ ‘yep,’” Holly said. “Then I kind of screamed and ran around the house and partied that night.” Holly was officially presented with her award at Federation Square in Melbourne. The award is organised by the GoetheInstitut Melbourne and the Association of German Teachers of Victoria.

Learning German: Mirboo North’s Holly Sizer is preparing for her scholarship trip to Germany.

Going solar for Science Week TARWIN Valley and Tarwin Lower primary students recently celebrated Science Week 2009 with a visit to the Leongatha Secondary College to complete some spectacular solar powered boats they had designed back at school.

Going solar: Teachers Anthony Golding and Mark McPherson (back row) joining Tarwin PS students Tamsin, Ashlee and Sharna (centre row) and Mike and Andrew (from Tarwin Valley PS).

Investigating renewable energy is part of the curriculum at both primary schools, with a special focus on groups of students designing and producing a solar powered boat.

This fabulous collaborative project with Leongatha Secondary College provides students with an opportunity to learn a great many aspects of science such as constructing different circuit panels that will optimise weather conditions for the solar panels used on the boats. Apart from a few items such as the small motors and solar panels, all boats are made out of recycled materials. Even the solar panels are re-used

Church Times ARIES - March 21 - April 20

The week sees you pursuing and coming closer to an elusive goal. Your energy runs high so be sure to channel it in a positive direction. Educational prospects brighten through the week. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

This week may be deceptive. Your first impressions may not be entirely accurate ones. Decorating and designing respond to your bold and adventuresome mood. An emotional friend is more down-to-earth. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

This week finds you mingling with the rich and famous and chances are you are quite unimpressed. A surprising announcement may take a while to sink in. This is a great time for writing songs or poems. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

Sports and recreation are on the agenda this week and this could be a good week for entering or observing competitions. Friends are more generous with their time. LEO - July 23 - August 22

Positive financial news may arrive at an unexpected time. Family support helps you achieve a personal goal ahead of schedule. You may be travelling to a place you knew as a child. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

The week accents family get-togethers and an important reconciliation. If considering membership or an organisation, be sure to collect all the facts first. A friend appreciates your objectivity. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

Friends of the opposite sex help you understand where a key relationship is headed. Tie-ups are a way of life for much of the week. If travelling, you may enjoy some delightful detours. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

A workmate or neighbour may enter into a friendly disagreement. Be sure not to read too much into the situation, it will blow over as quick as it had started. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

A new group activity may capture your interest in a week that finds you unusually outgoing. A loved one may be under some pressure your quiet support is valued greatly. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

A loved one may oppose your plans and there may be a worthwhile reason behind the opposition. The week is generally favourable for completing a major project and learning a new skill. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

A friend proves his or her loyalty in an unexpected way. Intriguing correspondence may arrive - be sure to interpret it correctly before framing a reply. A relative may be in a cantankerous mood. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

You may be visiting someone from the distant past and it’s possible that very little has changed. Community interests can dominate your time and energy through all of the week. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

You are individualistic and broadminded, self-confident and a born leader. Some may find you a show off. Intellectual pursuits are accented over the coming months. In the community or at work, you make your mark at the end of the year.

ANGLICAN: Wednesday, September 16: 9.30am Woorayl Lodge HC; 10.15am Koorooman House HC;11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Friday, September 18: 7.30pm St David’s, Meeniyan HC. Sunday, September 20: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Contemporary Worship with HC. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Mirboo North. Phone 5668 1346. Holy Communion 8.30am: Worship and Sunday School 10am. ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Korumburra: Sunday 9.30am and Wednesday 11.30am. Poowong: Second and fourth Sundays, 11am. ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Wonthaggi. Sunday, 10.30am: Holy Communion & Sunday School; Monday, 7.30pm: Holy Communion; Wednesday, 8.45am: Christian prayer & meditation, 10am: Holy Communion. CHURCH OF ASCENSION: Inverloch, Sunday, 9am: Holy Communion & Sunday School; Tuesday, 9am: Christian prayer & meditation; 10am: Holy Communion; Thursday 7.30pm: Holy Communion. 5th Sunday services, alternating at Wonthaggi & Inverloch, contact Rev Bruce Charles for details, 5672 3984. THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES CREEK: Meeting every Sunday at Archies Creek. Morning Communion Service 11 am: Evening Holy Spirit Revival 6pm: Phone: Ps. Chris Chetland 5674 3867 or 5672 4660. ASSEMBLIES OF GOD: Prom Coast Community Church Inc. - Foster Community House, Station Street, 10am: Sunday. Sunday School and Creche operates. Pastor Bill Watson 5686 2248. A.O.G. Inverloch - Cnr Bear and McIntosh Street, Inverloch. Sunday Service 10am; Imagine Christmas Day Service 9am. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, 10am and 6pm: Sunday. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: Pastor Vic Butera 5655 2478. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Leongatha South Gippsland Liberty Fellowship - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Sunday services: 11 am and 7pm. All enquiries contact Pastor David Stegmann 5662 2785. Office: 5662 3100. Wonthaggi A.O.G. - Billson Street, 10am: Sunday. Contact: Pastor Barry Smith 5672 3984. CHRISTIAN REVIVAL CRUSADE: 40 Hughes Street, Leongatha. Sunday, Morning Service 10.30 am: Inspirational Service, 6.30pm: Children’s Church 10.30am: Home

cells weekly; Kids Club Thursdays 4pm Guide Hall. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Saturdays, Church service 10am., Leongatha Sabbath School - 11.30am. CATHOLIC: St Laurence’s Parish Leongatha: 5 pm Mass Saturday, 11am Mass Sunday. Tarwin Lower: In St Andrew’s Union Church, 5pm winter, 6pm summer Mass Saturday. Meeniyan: 9.30am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 11am, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Mirboo North: 11am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 9.30am Mass, 2nd and 4th Sundays. St. Joseph’s Parish Korumburra: 9.30am Sunday Mass. Loch: 5pm/6pm Daylight saving Sunday Mass. Wonthaggi: Saturday evening 6.30pm: Evening Mass; Sunday, 10.30am: Mass. Inverloch: Sunday 9 am: Mass. KORUMBURRA’S WOMEN’S AGLOW: First Monday every month at Korumburra Day Centre, Korumburra Hospital, Bridge St., Korumburra at 7.45pm. Inquiries phone 5657 2214. GIPPSLAND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Strongly family oriented church meets at the Senior Citizens Centre, Mirboo North, Sundays: 4-5.10pm Communion, 5.15-6pm Bible Studies for Adults, Youth and Children. Friday evenings: Home Fellowships 7.30pm; Youth Activities. Enquiries: 5668 2226 Bob Stevens. SALVATION ARMY LEONGATHA COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 52 Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) - Sunday: Family Worship at 10am: Kid’s Club - Tuesday, 4 - 5pm; mainly music, Thursday 10am. All welcome. Please contact Captain Martyn and Heather Scrimshaw, ph. 5662 5122. SALVATION ARMY WONTHAGGI COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 149 McKenzie Street every Sunday at 11am for Family Worship. Kids' Club - every Tuesday at 4 pm, Women's Group - Wednesday at 1.30pm, and Playgroup - Friday 9.30am. Evening Ladies' Fellowship - First Monday each month and Youth Groups held monthly. All welcome. Please contact Lt. Robyn and Max Lean. Ph. 5672 1228. PRESBYTERIAN: Weekly Worship Service 10am Sunday, corner Bent and Turner Streets, Leongatha. Phone Rev. Dr D. Clarnette 0409 236 981 or elder Col Rump 5662-2107.

CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH: Reformed Church meeting at the corner of Peart and Brown Streets. Sunday family service at 10.30am. (10am daylight saving time), creche and Sunday School available. Teaching service at 7.30pm. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2762. Minister: Rev. Ron Nauta. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, September 20, 9am and 10.45am, “Life to the Max” 7pm. Tarwin Lower: 10.30am. Mirboo North: 9.30am. Meeniyan: 10am. Wonthaggi: Sunday 9.30am, Family Service, all welcome. Inverloch: Sunday 11am: Korumburra: Sunday, 9.30am: Rev. Geoff Smith and Rev. Jim Foley, 5655 1997. BAPTIST CHURCH KORUMBURRA: 39 Mine Rd, Korumburra. Service and Sunday School 10.30am. Pastor Ian Wilkinson. Phone 5658 1366. BAPTIST CHURCH WONTHAGGI: Cnr McBride & Broome Crescent, Wonthaggi. Morning Service & Children’s Activities, Sunday 10am. Weekly activities see, Pastor Geoff Pegler 5672 4769. MEENIYAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Sunday, 10am: Meeniyan Youth Club Hall. COMBINED CHURCHES WONTHAGGI / INVERLOCH: 4th Sunday each month at 7pm. SCOTS PIONEER CHURCH: Mardan South. Pleasant Sunday Afternoons on the last Sunday of each month at 2pm. See occasional ad in this paper for details. For enquiries phone 9853 6627. FISH CREEK UNION CHURCH: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 9am; 2nd & 4th Sundays, 7pm. Contacts: Fran Grimes 5683 2650, Sue Poletti 5663 6325.

each year, reinforcing the concept of minimising waste. Students also have the benefit of learning to work in collaboration with their peers, Year 9 students from the college, who help the different teams of students produce their boat design. The finished boats will race against each other at the Science Olympics, an event held at Leongatha Secondary College at the beginning of fourth term.


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CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8188 ACROSS 1. Way in which the glove was casually tossed aside? (7,6). 8. The object is to get a spare key (5). 9. Fruit-bats! (7). 10. Having less of a sheen, which does make a difference (6). 11. The clerk at the information desk? (6). 12. Having a reduction by a quarter is shrewed (5). 14. He gets round us through having accomodation (5). 18. Work is out and you’ll see why (6). 20. To be cured would be preferable (6). 23. When the visa’s in order, gets me to ring. It’s great (7). 24. The rest comes off back-to-front (5). 25. He’s liable to have a nap when working (6,7). DOWN 1. Punctual - not I, being erratic myself (2,4). 2. The fellow isn’t illiterate; just dim (5). 3. To add to it, Meg turned in a member of the family (7). 4. Applied to fish (4). 5. Nina went off East with her (5). 6. Not an advantage, which does puzzle one (7). 7. It is, again, a kind of holiday spot (6). 13. Standard work for students, I figure (7). 15. Speaks out when you start to have a drink (5,2). 16. The book that tells you what to do? (6). 17. For a shopkeeper, the reverse: mean being in the red (6). 19. First, having no standing with the head (5). 21. Haggle with. You’ll enjoy that (5). 22. Has gone red (4).

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Coast Guard enlists horsepower THE Port Welshpool Coast Guard will enter the coming boating season with a faster, more powerful boat.

Hectic time: the warmer weather brings out boats and creates work for Coast Guard volunteers.

Two new 150HP outboards have been fitted to the flotilla’s 24 foot Bass Strait boat, adding 40HP of extra grunt. Flotilla commander Geoff Noad said the motors, funded by a $30,000 grant from Marine Safety Victoria as well as Coast Guard funds, would soon be followed by a modification to the cabin. “The other 130HP motors were too small. We had to have more power to tow the bigger boats that are going to sea now,” he said. The flotilla is also planning for a new building to replace the worn existing headquarters, built about 25 years ago.

Leongatha Red Cross OUR meeting went well, with a good turn-up of members. The president thanked all members for the great work they have been doing. The next venture was to man the Red Cross display at St. Peter’s, which was indeed a great display and was commented on many times during the time that I was there. There was a lot of interest shown and from that, I would hope, we will gain new members. The church was a blaze of colour, as were the displays from all the other organisations. So much great work had been put

into everything there. It was a credit to them all. Our fundraising was discussed. Our Father’s Day raffle went well, with four four great prizes – first to Helen Schellekens, second to Barry Delaney, third prize to Vera Derrick and fourth prize to Sandy Hogan. We would like to thank everyone who participated. It has been a great month in Leongatha, with the streets and gardens coming alive with all the beautiful spring flowers, and not forgetting the shops’ displays, the Memorial Hall and the hospital’s garden of daffodils, placed there for loved ones gone. Leongatha is a lovely place to be at this time of the year.

“It will take another year or two maybe; it just depends on who gives us money,” Mr Noad said. “We have to compete with all the other clubs around and because we have small towns, that’s a little bit hard.” Members will undertake training ahead of summer, ahead of the summer rush. Volunteers raise funds to cover the flotilla’s operating costs, often by rattling tins on the Nepean Highway in Melbourne. PSM, a company involved with operations at Barry Beach, generously donated $2300 to the flotilla and also donated funds to the Foster State Emergency Service. “Our membership is reasonable. We’ve got a few on the books and have five or six members that are active,” Mr Noad said.

Faster, stronger: the Port Welshpool Coast Guard’s Bass Strait boat has new twin motors.

Invy CWA news THE Inverloch CWA meeting on September 8 was welcomed by president Joyce Ingle, with a special welcome to Mary Williams and Dorothy Riddiford, who recently spent time in hospital. Craft for the morning was to assemble craft squares for a patch-

work wall hanging, which will be on display at various venues in Inverloch, one being Seahaven Seniors Rest Home. Mary Williams celebrated a birthday while Isabell Butterfield won the door prize. Best bloom: first was Marj White and joint second place were Phyllis O’Dea and Lois Pritchard. A reminder not to forget the

AGM at 10am and meeting at 1pm on October 13, 2009. Many ladies sported their Blume’s Fashions at the meeting. The next fashion show will be in November, so start saving your pennies. The meeting closed with The Motto and a lovely afternoon tea.

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IT’S silage time in South Gippsland, with paddocks soon to be dotted with giant hay bales wrapped in plastic. This year is shaping up as a fairly good year for silage production. The Star’s silage and cropping feature has all the information you need to turn your grass into valuable feed for those long dry summer months.

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No silage short cuts Silage bales are often incorrectly wrapped, resulting in substantial losses of dry matter (DM) and quality. There are no short cuts when wrapping round or square baled silage. Nor are there any cost savings by scrimping here and there on plastic – for example by not applying the last one or two turns of plastic; or stretching the film more than the machine is designed to do by swapping cogs. Forage ensiled into bales at the correct DM content, densely compacted and wrapped with the correct number of layers over the entire bale, should have a pleasant smell with negligible mould when opened up 12 months later. The amount of mould and its location can indicate how well bale wrapping was done and the quality of film used. Baled silage has six to eight times the surface area in contact with the plastic film compared to conventional stack silage, and about half of the silage volume is within 15 cm of the plastic film. Therefore, it is important that the film’s integrity is not compromised in any way. The points below discuss some of the reasons for failures in baled silage. Plastics ain’t plastics! Films can vary in permeability to air, consistency in their stretching capacity, degree and longevity of adhesiveness or ‘tackiness’. They can also contain irregularities from the production line, have unevenness of colour integration, and most importantly, the quality and amount of ultra-violet (UV) light

inhibitor impregnated into the plastic film can vary substantially between products. Some overseas films, for example, from Scandinavia are manufactured for low-level light intensity and contain very little UV inhibitor. At the end of their harvest season, excess film can arrive on our markets which are often cheaper, because the Australian product has a high concentration of UV inhibitor. Although much less frequent now, the result can be a very quick breakdown of some imported plastic films in our high solar radiation climate. However, most of our own products and several overseas products are well manufactured and meet our needs. Stretch rate Many people assume that all plastics will prevent all air from passing through the film and entering the bale. However, most stretch wrap films have a thickness 25 microns before application to a bale. If stretched at 55 per cent and four layers are applied, per common Australian practice, the final thickness will be about 18 to 20 microns. If stretched to 70 per cent, as is common in New Zealand, thickness is further reduced hence their recommendation to apply six layers versus our four. Most wrapping machines sold in Australia are designed to stretch the stretch-wrap plastic to 55 per cent. However, some older machines stretch the plastic to 70 per cent, which as mentioned previously is too thin with only four layers. Consequently, thinner layers of wrapping can allow substantial entry of air into the bales, resulting in mould. Wrapping in high ambient

temperatures (over about 25 degrees Celsius) may also affect the properties of some plastics, particularly the stretch rate. To check that the correct stretch is occurring, mark small distance on the unwrapped roll, for example 10 cm or roughly the length of a pocket knife. Once applied to the bale, the mark should now measure about 15.5 cm or just over 1.5 pocket knife lengths. Some Australian manufactured films are pre-stretched at the factory before being stretched again at bale application on the farm, usually requiring a separate set of gears to achieve the correct stretch ratio. The film arrives on the farm in a range of pre-determined thicknesses (12, 14 to 16 microns) and different recommended stretch ratios. This technology was developed to reduce the cost of the film per bale. Bale coverage Every round or rectangular bale that is being individually wrapped must have at least four layers of plastic over the entire bale. This is very difficult to achieve with slightly odd shaped bales, resulting in underlapping and only three layers will be applied at that section. This means that plastic coverage is reduced to 25 per cent on a seal where 100 per cent coverage is a must. Overlap for each layer should be at least 50 per cent and no less. Mature or stemmy crops should have six layers applied to reduce puncturing of the film. For more information, please contact Frank Mickan at DPI Ellinbank on 5624 2222.

Baled silage HAVING a small discrete volume, the trapped oxygen in a bale will reduce quickly due to the aerobic microbes. This applies to densely packed bales which have been wrapped within an hour of baling with at least four layers of stretchwrap film that covers the entire bale. However, bales still require three to five weeks to fully ferment due to the longer material and lack of laceration that occurs in bulk chopped forage that in turn releases plant sugars. Therefore, analysis sampling should be left for at least three weeks and preferably up to six weeks.

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New mixer feeder hits Australia A new range of mixer feeders has just been released on the Australian market and they have already made an impact in both the beef and dairy industries. The mixers are manufactured in Italy by Zago Srl, a company with over 20 years experience manufacturing innovative mixers, and whose owner holds the original patent for two auger horizontal mixers. The comprehensive range is distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Gendore. Gendore have a long history with mixers, they were the company who released and established Seko as a market

leader in 1988. Gendore are focusing on Zago’s horizontal auger mixers and they are available in two models, the Sabre which is a two auger mixer, and the King which is a two plus two auger mixer. The two plus two concept flattens the mix, allowing more product to be loaded into the mixer and also lessens the actual mixing time. Both models of Zago mixers have aggressive counter knives that are mounted along the full length of the 10 mm thick auger trough, that work in conjunction with star shaped blades mounted on the augers. This combination leads to reduced mixing/cutting times and therefore faster mixes. Zago mixers are covered by a two

year warranty. The drive train is protected from overload by shear bolts, and should a blockage need to be cleared, a reversing gearbox is standard on all Zago mixers. Gendore currently have mixers in stock and are keen to demonstrate how a Zago mixer can benefit your feeding program. For more information, call Kevin Smith at Gendore on 5662 4044.

New mixer feeder: the range of Zago mixer feeders has just been released in Australia. They are available from Gendore.

Silage needs wrapped up AS a distributor of the original silage stretch film, SilaWRAP and SilaNET round bale netting, Leongatha Rural Supplies is kept busy at this time of the year. Its team of Phil Morter, Joel Renden, Brendan Allen, Caine Salmon and Col Byatt are fully focused on ensuring prompt service and delivery of its product range. SilaWRAP is the original silage stretch film, which can wrap up to 27 bales. Arguably the world’s most respected silage bailing film, it comes with a 12-month guarantee against UV degradation and in green and black colours. It has been a proven international product for more than 20 years. Both products are part of the SilaFARM family of integrated baling solutions by Integrated Packaging. IP’s silage stretch films are popular and widely used and the company continues to expand the range. The company pioneered the technol-

ogy in 1984 and since then has continued to adapt its range to local demands. It can deliver high quality products in a variety of widths, lengths and yields, designed to maximise return on bale and silage investments, catering for any budget and application requirement. Its products are manufactured to international quality standards and tailored to suit Australia’s harsh conditions. SilaNET is available in widths of 1.23 and 1.30 and in 2100m or 3100m lengths, which is five per cent longer than standard net wraps. “The high quality round bale net wrapping achieves secure crop protection and complete round bales in hay or silage,” Col said. “The width of 1.23m suits all balers. The 1.3m width suits certain balers, such as John Deere Coveredge, New Holland BR Series, Welger, Vicon and Case late models.” For further details, contact Leongatha Rural Supplies on 5662 4153.

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Continuing to deliver EVANS Petroleum continue to deliver throughout South Gippsland with an extensive fleet of trucks serving the farming community. Evans run 11 sites, conveniently located to ensure deliveries are prompt to areas from Woodside to Phillip Island and Mirboo North to the coast. “The service stations are in strategic locations in South Gippsland and they all carry a substantial range of agricultural lubricants,” Evans’ John Schelling said. Most of the farmers require bulk loads of diesel and petrol but with the silage and hay season not far away, Mobil lubricants are starting

to be delivered; the 20 litre drums being the most popular. These drums are also available for pick-up at all sites. Six farm delivery trucks run from Monday to Friday to ensure farmers are guaranteed continuous supply at this busy time of the year. The depot can also be contacted from 7am until 5pm on business days. Evans Petroleum is a family company run by Stuart and Janine Evans. Son Warren joined the business some years ago and is involved in the farm delivery side. “Our staff members, at the service stations, are trained so they have the knowledge to prescribe the correct oil,” Mr Schelling said.

“The core business of Evans Petroleum is our agricultural trade. It’s been the core business for nearly 40 years so we have a fair knowledge of what we’re doing. “We also work closely with agricultural workshops to prescribe the correct oil and lubricants for the job.”

Ready to deliver: Warren Evans prepares to take out another delivery from the Hughes Street depot.

Tips for making good silage Cut high and dry It is essential to mow the crop when dry (no rain or dew on it), the best time to do this is after 12 noon. Long, wet grass, cut at 9am and bundled into a swath, does not wilt effectively. Raking and tedding Ensure rakes and tedders are set correctly to avoid ground contact, especially if you have applied slurry and farmyard manure. Soil and slurry contain undesirable bacteria, which will spoil your silage. Wilt quickly to concentrate sugar A fast wilting process will concentrate the sugar content in the grass and will lead to a faster fermentation and better quality silage, but do not wilt for more than 24 hours. Ideally a dry matter of 27 per cent should be aimed for, especially if the crop is high in nitrogen or low in sugars to begin with. Fill fast and evenly The clamp needs to be filled fast, but evenly to en-

sure there are no air pockets. Roll as you fill but minimise the length of time the silage is exposed to the air. Maximum roll time Roll for an hour maximum in the evening and put the sheet down every night. It takes only 20 minutes for the oxygen in the clamp to be used. A lactic acid fermentation (the sort required to make good quality silage) will begin only if no more air is getting in. Don’t roll the morning after Rolling squeezes out carbon dioxide, sucks in fresh air and starts a butyric fermentation instead, leading to a poor quality silage. Completely seal the clamp Lactic acid fermentations do not start until all air has been removed from the clamp and no more is getting in. So, sidewalls should be sealed before starting and shoulder and top sheets should be weighted down as soon as possible.

Silage wrap recycling SILAGE Wrap is a real problem, however the Gippsland Regional Waste Management Group and the Member Councils have developed a solution. Clean, uncontaminated silage wrap can be taken to the Koonwarra Transfer Station on special days. • shake the wrap to get rid of soil, twine, stones and silage contamination • roll each bale wrap into a tight ball about the size of a football • cart the full packs to nominated collection sites on the appropriate day

and time. Replacment wool packs will be available for you, but remember only clean, dry material will be accepted. South Gippsland and Baw Baw Shire farmers have been praised for making a record contribution to plastic recycling. The two collections managed to recover a total of 20 tonnes of silage wrap plastic – which would otherwise be illegally burned or sent to landfill. Ian Coles, CEO of EcoRecycle Victoria (the state government agency responsible for the recovery of solid

and industrial waste) has praised the region’s farming communities for their conscientious approach to silage wrap waste. “Silage wrap is a difficult issue for farmers and is a notoriously difficult material to recover,” he said. “EcoRecycle, in partnership with local government, is working at improving our collections systems year by year. We are listening to the farmers and are working at making it easier for everyone concerned – farmers and reprocessors - to recover silage plastic.

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Spreading the word SOME 25 farmers turned out last week to the Demo Day run by Windmill Ag and Landaco Equipment. Farmers were able to inspect and watch as some of the Landaco spreaders were put through their paces at the farm of Kevin Jones, between Foster and Toora. Landaco is one of Australia’s largest manufacturers of fertiliser

and manure spreaders. Landaco spreaders effectively spread lime, gypsum, urea, super, super fines, cattle manure, pig manure, crusher dust, cotton trash, dap, map, dolomite, seed and grasses. Landaco has spreaders to suit all facets of contracting and farming, including feedlots, broadacre, pasture, vineyards, orchards, macadamias, row cropping, dairy and environmental waste disposal.

With spreaders ranging from 2.5 tonne to 25 tonne, Landaco offer a range of robust trailing or linkage spreaders to spread all materials. Windmill Ag is the sole distributor of Landaco products throughout Victoria. “We were very pleased how the day went,” Windmill Ag’s Marilyn Conyers told The Star.

Taking a look: Landaco’s Peter Connor (back left) is pictured inspecting one of the new Landaco spreaders with farmer Ray Argento, and front, Windmill Ag sales consultant, Mark Allott.

Impressive machines: Landaco’s Robert Napier with farmer Gary Allott, and Windmill Ag’s Mark Allott talk about the benefits of a Landaco spreader.

History in the making The Agricultural History Review states that silage is an art that may pre-date the Romans. The book states that “there seems to be some evidence for the ensilage of green fodder in Carthage in 1200 BC, and Cato, writing about AD 100, speaks of the Teutons storing green fodder in the ground and covering it with dung.” The book also states that in the medieval period wilted grass was ensiled in Italy, in the 18th century in Sweden and Baltic Russia, and in early 19th century Germany beet tops and leaves were ensiled.

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‘Gatha silage night NO ONE can underestimate the importance of silage to South Gippsland’s farmers. With the price of feed continuing to skyrocket, silage is an important money saver in tough times. For those who produce a little bit more than they need, it can also be a handy second income. “When it comes into

It’s a wrap: Landmark’s Luke Sullivan and Ben Harman are readying themselves for the silage information night.

Denser, easier to use bales

Spring, most farms have an excess of feed and this is your best time to conserve grass. It’s the most effective and best feed we can make down here, whereas hay isn’t always the best product,” Landmark agronomy and accounts manager Sam Vagg said. Landmark Leongatha knows the importance of silage, but knows too that people are always keen to learn a little bit more about how to produce the best feed they can. Little wonder Landmark decided to devote a special night to the subject, to be held on Wednesday, September 16, from 7pm. “We’ve only just introduced it this year, but we’d really like to make it an annual event. We’d like to see all our customers there and all the people who do silage in the area,” Sam said. “It’s a great way to tell people about some of the new products on the market, and other features and imports that are available.” The handpicked group of speakers come from a wide range within the industry, with one thing in common – they’re undisputed experts in their respective fields. “We’ve got a fertiliser expert there, to give you a rundown on some of the fertiliser brands you can put out on the farm to get

good growth and good silage,” Sam said. “Also we’ve got the Wrightson seeds guy there to give us the rundown on good grass species and grass blends that you can use for silage crops, and we’ve also got the guy from Integrated Packaging and he’ll go through the process of what to use on the silage. “And then we’ve got Frank Mickan from DPI – he’s pretty much the main guru around the area on doing silage the correct way. He’s done a fair bit of work through the DPI on this subject. He has some really good ideas on how to do the job in the correct way.” Frank Mickan will be the main drawcard for the night, and will talk extensively about silage and how to produce the best possible product. Sam said the DPI expert was a “pretty well known identity in this area. “There is a process to silage and you can’t just wrap it and put it away in plastic. There is a wilting process and Frank will explain more on that,” Sam said. “They say there’s a certain range where you can make your best silage, dry matter-wise. Frank will elaborate on that on the night. There’s a certain range there you want to get your silage to, to produce your best fodder.”

Testing and feed out WHEN forages have been harvested and fully sealed, they undergo many compositional changes and this is initially due to the action of plant enzymes.

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Other chemical and organic changes also occur due to a range of undesirable aerobic micro-organisms (bacteria, yeasts and moulds) and desirable anaerobic bacteria. Their populations grow at different rates depending on the amount of oxygen present, moisture content of the forage, sugar level of the plants, amount of contamination etc. Ideally, the best process for silage fermentation should be fast. At harvesting, the parent material high in sugar content, is mown, wilted to the correct dry matter content, then foraged or baled quickly, densely compacted and sealed airtight with high quality plastic. If any one of the above “ensiling actions” is not carried out carefully, then ‘undesirable’ micro-organisms can develop to lesser or greater degrees. Air is one enemy of silage and while air is present in the stack or bale, the ‘undesirables’ use the air to live or respire and obtain their energy supply from plant sugars within the forage. The longer air is present in the stack or bale, the more energy - or dry matter (DM) - and quality will be lost, that equates to a loss of DM and nutritive value. Another enemy is excess moisture, which produces unpalatable silage.

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A woman’s place is in agriculture RUBY dairy farmer Leanne Verboon is a big supporter of women in agriculture. She has been involved with numerous groups and recently became a board member of Hico. Last week Leanne spoke to Star journalist Chris Brown. Tell me about your involvement in agriculture? I was not brought up on a farm, but I met my husband, Bill, and his family were share farmers at Koonwarra. I married Bill in 1974 and share farmed for 12 months to two years and then we purchased this farm at Ruby off my grandfather and we’ve been dairying ever since. What off farm agriculture roles have you had? I didn’t do a lot of off farm things for many years, because I was looking after our seven children. In the last five to six years I’ve been involved with discussion groups, a foundation member of Murray Goulburn’s women in farming group and I was on the Gippsland Herd Improvement board, which amalgamated to form Hico, but had to resign due to the amalgamation. I nominated and am now a board member of Hico. I’ve been very supportive of my husband and felt the time was right to have a little bit more involvement in the industry apart from on farm. Were there other things that led to the off farm involvement? I suppose raising the awareness of women in agriculture. I found when representatives called up, or others on the phone, they would ask to speak to your husband or the person who runs the farm. I would say, ‘well, I have a big input into the running of the farm, perhaps I can answer your question?’ When they sort of fobbed you off I thought, people need to be made aware that women know just as much and they have as much value working on the farm as men do. Why do you think there was that kind of reaction when you answered the phone? I don’t know. Maybe it’s an old fashioned type thing. Farmers have always

been thought of as being the men. It’s improved over the years because women have got out there and people have recognised the value of women in agriculture, so I would hope that frame of mind has changed. In the beginning it was very off putting. Are there things you’d like to say to other farming women in South Gippsland? I think years ago women weren’t recognised and maybe didn’t want to be recognised for what they did on the farm. Whether it was seen as a putdown for them, because they were seen as ‘you’re just a dairy farmer,’ rather than the business it is. Since there’s been discussion groups and women’s groups over the years, I would hope that’s changed and women are not afraid to let others know what they do on the farm. So I would say, don’t be afraid of being recognised for the input you give to the farm and the family. Are there other barriers that need to be broken down? Probably in the upper spectrums of dairy organisations. There are a lot of women with prominent roles in GippsDairy, but I think there is still a long way to go. We still don’t have any women on major boards of dairy companies. I know I was the first woman with GHI; now I’m with Hico there are two women on the board. That to me is a positive thing. What is your role on the Hico board? I had less than a year’s experience on the GHI board. It’s very hard when you first come on a board. It’s a learning curve, especially when you haven’t been involved in a lot of the higher workings of a co-op. Now I’m on the Hico board, which I have only just been elected to, I would hope to be very involved in their board discussions. It’s a crucial time in the herd improvement industry, with a lot of competition out there, and sometimes changes need to be made.


Sale Draw September 16 1. Rodwells 2. David Phelan & Co 3. Landmark 4. SEJ 5. Alex Scott 6. Elders

Woman in agriculture: Leanne Verboon at Ruby said the value of farming women has been recognised.

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Demand takes prices down

Agents association: Stuart Jenkin with the plaque that was presented to Kenneth O’Neill while Rohan McRae claps.

Years of loyalty KENNETH O’Neill was recognised at VLE Leongatha on Wednesday for his recent 90th birthday and contribution to agriculture in the region. Stock agents association president Stuart Jenkin said Kenneth had worked as a stock agent for about 30 years and was now with Elders Limited. “He’s shown loyalty to company, loyalty to clients and loyalty to his friends

here today,” Stewart said. “Though he’s seen a lot of endings in the cattle industry.” Stewart said Kenneth had seen the dollar and cents sale, liveweight selling and now post weighing. “Now he sits in the car and snores while he waits for the prices to come back,” he said. Kenneth attended the sale with his daughter Marilyn. He said the recognition was a “big surprise”.

EVEN though there was extra competition attending the bullock sale at VLE Leongatha, and all of the other regular buyers were present for young cattle and cows, demand was weaker and prices ranged between 2c and 14c/ kg cheaper.


Young cattle made from 145c to 182c for most grades, but some plain condition cattle made from 125c to 156c/ kg. With more competition available for the larger penning of bullocks, expectations were good, but prices were not. Better quality bullocks made from 165c to 175c for most sales, with isolated sales to 183c/kg. This was an average of 12c/kg lower. Demand for cows varied depending on the weight, quality and the end use, with price falls ranging from 2c to 10c/kg lower. Better quality beef cows made from 130c to 143c, and most of the leaner cows made from 108c to 132c/kg. However, some very poor condition cows were yarded and made from 70c to 105c/kg.


Wednesday, September 9 BULLOCKS

6 14 18 15 17 1

D.L. Farm, Hallston B.J. McRae, Wonthaggi C. & J. Carter, Tarwin Lower S. & Y. Tamburo, Kernot D. Dishoff, Kilmany P. Halstead, Tarwin

1 1 5 2 1 1

N.G. Hanks, Mirboo North P. Halstead, Tarwin J. Tumino, Mirboo North Andco P/L, Mardan R. Daff, Yarram B. Woodcock, Toongabbie North K.A. & J.E. McAlpine, Leongatha S.J. Vuillermin, Waratah North D.R. Ginn, Inverloch L.G., L.A. & T.C. Caulder, Meeniyan W. Leviston, Yinnar G.W. & G.J. Bland, Yarram

402 515 327 579 370 540

181.2 728.42 177.2 912.58 174.2 569.05 173.8 1006.40 170.0 629.00 166.0 896.40

540 143.0 772.20 725 143.0 1036.75 558 142.0 792.36 718 141.6 1015.98 590 140.0 826.00 665 140.0 931.00


12 1 1 4 2 1

Pearson Beef, Meeniyan B. & A. Gill, Kernot R. Daff, Yarram Rigano Bros., Warragul Doweldar, Kongwak Glendarra Past Co., Dumbalk

314 495 345 531 360 345

175.0 172.0 167.6 165.6 165.0 165.0

549.79 851.40 578.22 879.75 594.00 569.25

172.0 169.0 168.6 168.6 167.2 165.6

1479.20 1005.55 1458.39 1239.21 1283.40 1283.40


647 651 553 581 587 620

183.2 181.2 180.6 179.6 177.6 177.2

1186.22 1180.39 999.75 1041.00 1042.00 1098.64

1 D.J. Jeffries, Kongwak 1 B. & A. Gill, Kernot 1 A.C. & L.A. Mitchell, Leongatha 1 P. & B. Cook, Nyora 1 T. & G. Cashin, Leongatha South 1 N. & G. Stollery, Yarram

860 595 865 735 920 775

53rd Annual All VLE Leongatha Breeds Bull Sale store sale ALEX SCOTT & Staff conducted their 53rd Annual All Breeds Bull Sale at VLE Leongatha on Tuesday, September 8.

Well deserved recognition: Kenneth O’Neill with his daughter Marilyn at VLE Leongatha last week.

5 2 3 19 1 1

A very good representation of all breeds saw strong competition for the most, the exception being Herefords, with only the better ones selling reasonably. Friesian: A/c P. Price, 2 av. $2475; a/c Carisma Farms, 7 av. $1357; a/c A. Mackie, 2 @ $1800; a/c P. Dowel, 1 @ $1250; a/c C. Hemple, 1 @ $1200. Jersey: A/c James Park, 2 @ $1400; a/c Reiter & Willmott, 1 @ $1300; a/c P. Price, 1 @ $1300; a/c L. & K. Licciardello, 4 av. $1187.50; a/c G.R. Hulls, 6 av. $1166.50. Angus: A/c Fernleigh, top of $2300, 12 av. $1812.50; a/c D.L. McIndoe, 3 av. $1233. Hereford: A/c G. Anthony, 3 av. $1933; a/c W. & M. Armstrong, 1 @ $1500. Charolais: A/c K. & F. Whelan, 1 @ $2050. Limousin: A/c Ball & Gilbert, 1 @ $2000; a/c J. Lamont, 1 @ $1500. Murray Grey: A/c “Brayfield”, 1 @ $1200.

Thursday, September 10 Total yarding: Bulls - 2 av. $200, cows - 104 av. $801.83, calves - 105, cows and calves - 79 av. $740.70, heifers - 232 av. $356.84, steers - 511 av. $573.65, springers - 39 av. $634.62. Bulls R.B. & J.M. Templeton, Tarwin, 2 x $200. Cows J. Clarke, 5 av. $880; R. & L. Bean, 19 av. $870; B. Blackley, 12 av. $860; D. & S. Greig, 6 av. $840; Naree Jersey Stud, 7 av. $830; G.V. & J.A. Ray, Yarram, 12 av. $815; K. & F. Whelan, Outtrim, 5 av. $800; Estate E.C. Whateley, 8 av. $760; D.H. & M.J. Treasure, 13 av. $760. Cows and calves C.A. & S.M. Hughes, Koonwarra, 3 av. $980; D.H. & M.J. Treasure, 2 av. $860; R.G. & H.J. Stephens, 3 av. $855, 4 av.

$835; D. & S. Greig, 1 at $850; V. & L. Goodfellow, Mt Eccles, 4 av. $840; Fasdion Nom, Middle Tarwin, 4 av. $815; S. Desantis, 2 av. $800, 7 av. $785; Dowling Partners, Leongatha, 1 at $800. Heifers S.D. McIndoe, 2 av. $500; R. & T. Gamlin, Agnes, 2 av. $490; A.M. & T.L. Hill Family, Sandy Point, 1 at $485; D.R. Ginn, Cape Paterson, 1 at $470, 1 at $440; S. & J. Schmidt, Foster North, 11 av. $470; R.S. & E.C. Gloster, Tarwin, 8 av. $458; M.J. Reiter, Dalyston, 5 av. $446; A. Banik, 12 av. $442; D. Thompson, Fish Creek, 2 av. $435. Steers Greenwald Past Co., Foster, 2 av. $832; H. & K. Warr, Middle Tarwin, 1 at $815; Almarujo Nom, Leongatha, 8 av. $815, 8 av. $794; Maxray Nom, Buffalo, 12 av. $795, 10 av. $760; G. & S. Wiggins, Berrys Creek, 5 av. $780; N.R. & D.M. Grabham, Kongwak, 11 av. $770; K.H. Perry, Yinnar, 6 av. $755; D.H. & M.J. Treasure, 2 av. $752. Springers T.D. & L.L. Whyman, 2 av. $695; I.G. & J.J. Round, Welshpool, 5 av. $680, 5 av. $645; D.B. & S.J. Wilyman, 12 av. $675; W.H. & N.J. Johnston, 13 av. $595; Estate E.C. Whateley, 2 av. $450.

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C Grade Mirboo North’s only joy Dairy share finalist KARDELLA’S Lucas and Kylie Licciardello are among the finalists for the Genetics Australia Share Dairy Farmer Award. The winner will be announced at the Royal Melbourne Show on Friday, September 18. The award is designed to reward top sharefarmers for their contribution to productivity and to encourage young farmers into the industry, and has been instrumental in boosting the image of the share farming profession. Judging for the competition is based on financial management, making the most of the property, pasture and feed management, livestock management, sharefarmer/owner relationship, attitudes to dairying and aims for the future, family and leisure time and community affairs and offfarm interests. Along with their impressive trophy, the winner will receive semen to the value of $3300. Second prize is semen to the value of $2000 and a trophy, and third prize receives semen to the value of $1100, plus a trophy. Zone winners will each receive semen to the value of $700.

MIRBOO North Football Netball Club competed keenly and bravely in eight of Mid Gippsland’s 10 football and netball grand finals at Ted Summerton Reserve, Moe, last Saturday. However, only the C Grade netballers were successful in bringing a premiership flag home to Mirboo North. In the senior football Trafalgar 16.8.104 defeated Morwell East 7.5.47.

Reserves Morwell East 14.2.86 d Mirboo North 10.11.71. Despite having more scoring shots, Mirboo North went down to Morwell East by 15 points after being unable to reel in a decisive 29-point half-time lead established by the Hawks. Five goals without a miss from the Hawks in the second term had the Tigers haemorrhaging badly and in need of some serious productivity improvement in defence. Although Mirboo North outscored Morwell East in the last half, it was unable to match the Hawks’ unbelievably accurate shooting, which saw

them boot a further six goals straight after the long break. It seemed every time Mirboo North was working its way back into the match, the Hawks would pop another goal through from a tight angle. The mighty Tigers went into the grand final without their 2009 best and fairest winner, Luke Palmer, who had his appendix removed late in the week. Mirboo North, through talented full-forward, Andrew Soplakow, matched Morwell East’s two opening goals, but was unable to prevent the Hawks booting another three by quarter-time. Soplakow finished with five goals to take his season’s tally to a commendable 68. Morwell East’s indigenous excitement machine, Arthur Harrison, was proving far too slippery for the Tigers and set up many scoring opportunities for the Hawks. Mirboo North goals: A. Soplakow 5, S. Rogers, L. Snell, S. Lawson, P. Aveling, P. Gilpin. Mirboo North best: P. Aveling, A. Soplakow, M. Bankes, K. Loh, S. Helms, N. Gardiner.

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North 7.13.55. Thorpdale won its first Thirds premiership since 1987, when it hung on to defeat Mirboo North by four points in a cliffhanger. At half-time the Dales held a 30-point advantage and appeared headed for a comfortable victory. Forwards, Jason Richardson and Michael Atkinson were effortlessly booting multiple goals for Thorpdale. However, a third term momentum shift saw the Tigers add 3.7 and hold Thorpdale scoreless, to draw within striking distance at the last change. During the tense final quarter, both teams added two goals, but Mirboo North had most of the play. Kallum Nash, Peter Taylor, Harley Foat, Joe Brooks and Smokin’ Joe O’Loughlin, took control in the air for Mirboo North and a late come-frombehind Tiger victory was on the cards. A strong mark from skipper, Taylor, set up a last gasp opportunity for Mirboo North, but his subsequent 40-metre angled shot for goal slammed into the post with just seconds remaining. Mirboo North goals: J. O’Loughlin 3, M. Brooks 2, J. Farrington and P. Taylor. Mirboo North best: J. O’Loughlin, K. Nash, J. Brooks, P. Taylor, M. Dyke and A. Tangusso


Mirboo North was forced to play catch-up football after a sluggish start saw it trailing by 27 points at halftime. Coach, Matt Snell, challenged his players to lift their work rates and the Tigers responded with gusto. Brodie Groen, Ben Hopcraft, Liam Nash and Mitchell Wightman pushed themselves to exhaustion with desperate attacks on the Sherrin and the Yinnar ball carriers. Two goals from livewire forward, Jesse Giardina and another from Max Brooks brought Mirboo North within 16 points of the Magpies at three quarter time. But Yinnar held firm in the final term, the Tigers fell short by 10 points. Mirboo North goals: J. Giardina 2, M. Brooks, J. Gostling and J. Peters. Mirboo North best: B. Groen, B. Hopcraft, L. Nash, M. Brooks, J. Peters and M. Wightman.


15 & Under: Morwell East 31 d MN 26; 17 & Under: Morwell East 49 d MN 31; C Grade: Mirboo North 37 d Morwell East 31; B Grade: Morwell East 49 d MN 40; A Grade: Morwell East 42 d MN 38.

Be better at tennis GET fired up for the coming tennis season with coaching clinics during the school holidays. It’s the perfect time to hone your skills with the weather warming up and the sound of ball on racquet calling. The clinics will be run by Mark Sheppard Tennis Coaching at Leongatha, Korumburra, Inverloch, Wonthaggi, Kongwak, Poowong, Nyora, Foster and Fish Creek tennis clubs. Clinics run from 2.30pm to 4pm from September 21 to 29 and cost $75. All standards and age

groups are catered for with a focus on technique, fitness and fun, and incorporating ball machines, radar guns and other exciting equipment. “From the Monday to the Friday the children definitely accelerate enormously with the intensive one and a half hour sessions,” Mark Sheppard said. “It’s a great time to hone your sills prior to the commencement of the 2009 tennis season or if you are contemplating playing in the future.” For more information call Frank Dekker on 5668 5285 or Mark and Annette Sheppard on 5674 1866 or 0418 591 101.

Croquet ON Wednesday a minute’s silence was observed at Pennant Day between Leongatha 1 and 2 - a silent tribute for the recent loss of John Holland.

Tennis clinics: hone your skills this school holidays.

Meeniyan men’s golf TUESDAY, September 8. The winner was R. McGeary 39 pts on a countback from I. Warman 39 pts followed by F. Peile 38 pts. The fourball went to R. McGeary and S. Collins 45 pts. Nearest the pin, F. Stalker, best 9, W. Bullock 18 pts. Thursday 10, the winner was J. Cusack 38 pts from D. Gregg and F. Peile both 35 pts, nearest the pin, R. McGeary and best 9, L. Hemphill. Saturday 12 a 4 ball ambrose event won by the threesome of R. Thomas, P. Deering and R. Findlay 57.8, runners-up, P. Vandermere, C. Graeme, M. Darmanin and W. Reilly 58.25, balls down the line to P. Johnston, N. Wells, J. Walker and N. Williams with 60.25. Nearest the pin F. Stalker. Hopefully the back nine will be open next week.

SGBGA fourball NUMBER of competitors 32 pairs. Event No 1: 18 Holes Fourball Championships, (K. MacDonald Shield: Mark Boulton and Mark Ritterman (Phillip Island) 71. Event No 2: 18 Holes Scratch B Grade: Jared Lovie and Warren Turner (Woorayl) 81. Event No 3: 18 Hole Handicap A Grade: Danny Dwyer and Dale Burge (Woorayl) 42 pts. Event No 4: 18 Hole

Handicap B Grade: Graham Salmon and Brian Wilson (Woorayl) 42 pts. Event No 5: 9 Hole Handicap (Out) A and B Grades: Tom Ryan and Tim Walters (Woorayl) 23 pts. Event No 6: 9 Hole Handicap (In) A and B Grades: Ray Bird and Dean Funslow (Phillip Island) 22 pts. Event No 7: Nearest the Pin 8th Hole: Cam Poole (Woorayl). Event No 8: Nearest the Pin 17th Hole: Brian MacPherson.

Korumburra basketball Domestic results September 7

John was not only a committee member at Leongatha but has been on committees at headquarters, Cairnlea Melbourne and Gippsland. He was passionate about croquet and has spent many hours coaching, refereeing and promoting this wonderful game. Leongatha has lost a dedicated member but his inspiration will live on. Our thoughts are with his wife, Lorraine, three sons and their families. Pennant score: Leongatha 2 d Leongatha 1 4-2.

16 Boys: Bulls 36 d Spurs 31; Jazz 63 d Celtics 44. 18 Boys: Mortimer 36 drew Jeffs 36; Rodwell 48 d Caporale 44. B Women: Hoodies 59 d Foxes on Fire 21; Pretenders 41 d Blondies 30; Miami 30 d Shamrocks 27; Bunch of Grapes 24 d Golden Girls 13. A Women: Tigers 38 d Insp. Rayson 29; Bird 44 d Mozzies 29.

September 9 14 Girls: Snell 34 d Taylor 26; Jackson 32 d Harrower 20. 16 Girls: Fire 34 d Capitals 28; Boomers 39 d Spirit 36. Masters: Witches Hats 43 d Local Blokes 37; Mixtures 66 d Wannabes 27; Trav. Gilmores 35 d BSC 24. A Men: Molten 56 d Bird 55.

September 11 12 Boys: Hawks 32 d Dragons 19; Bullets 58 d Sixers 43. 14 Boys: Magic 56 d Sonics 34.

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Learning netball skills AFTER 14 weeks of learning the skills of netball, Leongatha Net Set GO finished up with a round robin recently. Four teams played each other in what was an exciting and fun way to finish off the program. During the program participants learnt skills and rules that will enable them to start playing competition netball next year. Many participants fill-in in the Under 11 competition and gained some valuable court experience. A great time was had by all 26 participants and their coaches.

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New twilight bowls competition LEONGATHA is set to launch a new competition that anyone can join. The new twilight competition aimed for all ages and standards will start on Thursday nights, commencing on October 8, then every Thursday, on October 15, 22, and 29. If there’s sufficient interest, it will go on for longer. Never played bowls? Don’t worry; you’ll be put into a team which includes a mentor or bowls member who will quickly show you how the game is played. “We’re not going to spend too much time on practising and coaching. We will start a game straight away and people can learn as they go,” men’s section president, Allan Rayson said. People just have to turn up at 5.45pm. Teams of three or four will be selected from those who turn up. The competition will start at 6pm. The club already runs the highly successful business bowls on Tuesday nights during summer but this competition is open to all takers. The club is running the event for the cost of just $2 a night and that includes a game of bowls and a sausage or two! Entrants can be aged 12 years old and

upwards and you can be a beginner or a current player. You can wear casual clothes, flat soled shoes; even thongs or bare feet will be accepted. The bowls club is a hive of activity with weekend and mid-week pennant, social and business bowls and invitation events. The club recently housed Jack’s Restaurant, a training program with GippsTafe. The club also has counter teas the first Friday of every month, public most welcome. John Hall is one of the most talented bowlers around, being current club champion and Gippsland Champion of Champions. He is right behind the new competition and will be there to play and help with coaching. “The whole idea behind the new competition is to introduce people at any age into the sport of bowls. Gone are the days where a bowling club is seen as stodgy and conservative. Hopefully we can introduce people into the sport and pick up a few new members along the way,” Mr Rayson said. For information about the new competition call John Hall on 5662 5969 or Allan Rayson 5662 3042.

Top club: Leongatha showed they were serious about success when they won the Division One pennant in March this year

Come bowling: Leongatha Bowling Club men’s president Allan Rayson enjoyed his game of social bowls with Murray Blackburn, David Bee and Graeme Elliott last Wednesday.

Joe allowed to play By Matt Dunn THE Victorian Country Football League has cleared Mirboo North seconds player Joe Bordonaro of vote tampering, but he was not part of the club’s grand final team on Saturday. While the VCFL decision allowed him to play again he would be certain to receive a frosty reception from his former club. Aside from that, Mr Bordonaro may have his eyes on a more lucrative reward. Although lawyer Garry Woodhams was remaining tightlipped about Mr Bordonaro’s plans, the VCFL’s decision makes legal action a distinct possibility, with the Channel Nine network the most obvious target. “We’re going to talk next week when the dust has settled a bit and see what we want to do,” he said. “It will be entirely up to Joe what he wants to do. He hasn’t even thought about it yet.” Channel Nine reporter Tony Jones has defended his initial story on the Bordonaro scandal, denying the Mirboo North player had been defamed. “Quite frankly we’re not worried

about it (being sued),” Mr Jones told The Star. “I think Channel Seven ran with a story that they were considering legal action against us, but honestly I’m not fussed about it.” Speaking to The Star in the leadup to the club’s Reserves premiership tilt, president Andrew Taylor said Mr Bordonaro would not be welcome back at Mirboo North FC. “He hasn’t trained and he won’t play. I don’t think he’d be real welcome,” he said. “They didn’t find him guilty and didn’t find him not guilty. They made that very clear at the outcome of the tribunal. The evidence there wasn’t enough to incriminate him convincingly. “My impression was that the North Gippsland footy league would be disappointed if he played.” The NGFL is understood to be upset at the VCFL’s decision to overturn its ruling, but it was refusing to talk to the media last week. Asked about Mr Bordonaro and the VCFL decision, league president Rod Taylor issued a terse, “No comment.” The NGFL and Mirboo North FC worked together to gain evidence against Mr Bordonaro’s alleged vote tampering. The sting was set up after

the MGFL became aware of voting irregularities and alerted the club. Mr Bordonaro won the league best and fairest prize in 2005, 2006 and 2008, and was on his way to another medal when he was banned. The club put a secret camera in its clubrooms to gain evidence against Mr Bordonaro, the footage of which was leaked to Channel Nine and aired on its news broadcast. VCFL operations manager Brett Connell said “insufficient evidence” was the main reason Mr Bordonaro’s appeal against the NGFL decision was upheld. “Whether he looks to continue playing footy next year is entirely up to him. He’s been cleared of that, with insufficient evidence,” he said. “The appeals board was convinced that the cards were altered, but obviously there was no evidence to suggest that it was Joe. So that’s where it was left. “I’m not certain what they’re doing with the medal, that’s a decision for the league to make. I don’t know if they’ll go back and look at the cards and strip back the liquid paper and see who’s won.” Mr Bordonaro did not return calls from The Star.

Leongatha Cycling Club STUART Smith and Matt Dudley were the trophy winners in Saturday’s club racing at Pound Creek. The day was warm and windy and riders were looking for plenty of hydration over the race. The senior A Grade riders had a scratch race over two laps of the 24 km circuit, racing for the McIndoe Cup. A field of 10 riders faced the starter and the clear favourite was club champ, Stuart Smith. Several of the normal backmarkers were missing and all he needed to do was make it hard enough to weaken the few power sprinters left in the field to secure the race. After the first lap the field had dwindled by two and by the time they lined up for the dash to the line the field was down to seven and perhaps importantly the main sprint danger was not among that number. Stuart led out with 200m to the line to win easily. Leading home the bunch was Phil Camenzuli for second, third Tom Debenham, fourth Neil White and fifth Peter Hollins. In the B Grade race over two laps there were five starters. The first lap saw plenty of work put in by Rod Cheney and Morgan Clark.

This resulted in an unfit Tom Dudley calling it quits after one lap. With Steve Wilson and Damian Crowe just trying to survive, it was a battle of wits between the master in Rod Cheney and the junior in Morgan Clark over the final lap. However it was the young legs prevailing at the finish, with Morgan winning easily from Rod, Damian and Steve. The Junior B Grade riders raced a handicap over 12km for the Dancs Trophy. First away on six minutes was James Scott on a new bike. Next was Matt Dudley on two min, Thomas McFarlane on one minute and Will Lumby on scratch. The head wind and uphill run to the turn saw the field close up, with Will catching Thomas. However, out front it was still James going well. With about 1km to go Matt finally caught up and cruised past to go on a claim the win. The others finished fast with Will getting up for second and fastest just ahead of Thomas and James a few seconds away. Next week racing is at Woolamai and in the hills. Club members have a monthly meeting at Phil Ewington’s on Tuesday night.

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SUPPORT OFFICERS - CASUAL Westernport Water is seeking to employ suitably experienced people to become part of our casual support team. The position is offered at the level of Band 2.1 with an hourly rate of $18.1218 plus a casual loading of 25%. The key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited, to responding to customer enquiries and requests for service, maintaining a range of customer records and databases, receipting and recording of payments and providing administrative support to various departments within Westernport Water. To be successful in this position, applicants must have demonstrated; • Demonstrated experience in customer service; • Demonstrated capability in administrative processes; • Demonstrated capability and experience in the use of computers in particular, Microsoft applications; • Demonstrated accuracy in the collection and inputting of data; • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; • Demonstrated ability in working as part of a team; • Demonstrated capability in exercising sound judgment, initiative and maintenance of confidentiality in the performance of work. Specific inquiries about this position and requests for position descriptions should be directed to Sadie Warkotsch 5956 4173 or email Applications addressing the Key Selection Criteria and a resume should be forwarded to Keith Gregory via email by the close of business on the 30th September 2009. Murray Jackson Managing Director


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Municipal Emergency Manager / Deputy Municipal Recovery Manager Attractive Salary Package including Vehicle South Gippsland is one of Victoria's most beautiful rural and coastal areas, yet is only an hour and a half from Melbourne. Vibrant communities and economic opportunity form a strong base for Council's vision of sustainable social, natural and built environments. As Municipal Emergency Manager you will join our Management Team in achieving our mission. To effectively plan and provide for the social, built, economic and natural environments that ensure the wellbeing of South Gippsland Communities. Your critical focus will be to ensure that the South Gippsland Shire community can feel safe and confident that Council is doing all it can in relation to prevention, preparation, responses and recovery to emergencies. Your duties will include but are not limited to: • Maintain the South Gippsland Shire Municipal Emergency Management Plan, in consultation with the Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee, to ensure that it is effective and current • Maintain effective liaison with all Regional, State or Commonwealth emergency agencies servicing the community • Ensure that in the event of an emergency a Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre and Council resources can be activated at short notice on a 24 hour 7 days per week basis You will need to have either formal qualifications or relevant experience in Emergency Management to apply for this position. We also welcome direct discussion with Andrew McEwen regarding this role. Applications addressing the selection criteria are to be submitted by 5pm 25th September addressed to: Human Resources, South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953 or emailed to Further information and a position description is available from Human Resources or visit

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PROPERTY MANAGER This friendly office is looking for an experienced Property Manager with knowledge of MACPRO Trust Manager preferred but not essential. Essential criteria: • Agent’s Representative Certificate • Excellent communication skills • Excellent work ethic • Good team player • Ability to grow portfolio • Reliable vehicle On-going training and full support will be provided. Applications addressing the above criteria are to be submitted by 5pm Friday, September 18: “Property Manager” PO Box 2, Korumburra 3950 A great opportunity to join a professional team

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GRADE 6 TEACHER Full time, ongoing position to commence on Monday 25 January 2010. Forward curriculum vitae including names of three referees to: Michael Brewin, Principal Newhaven College Boys Home Road, Newhaven 3925 Ph: 5956 7505 Fax: 5956 7131 email: Applications close: Wednesday 30 September 2009 An Independent Co-Educational School on Phillip Island, Prep to Year 12

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Service Technician Windmill Ag is a growing company with a big future in the agriculture machinery market. Due to the expansion of the company we are seeking motivated, punctual individuals with the right attitude towards their career and our company. With the agricultural industry growing significantly in this area we are always in demand for Service Technicians with a strong work ethic to tend to our valued customers needs in the service department. Essential Duties: 1. Follow all safety rules and regulations in performing work assignments. 2. Diagnose problems and determine what repairs are needed. 3. Develop skills in disassembly, assembly and repair of components and machines. 4. Perform all service tasks as assigned by the Service Manager or Shop Foreman. 5. Prepare all reports and forms required in conjunction with job assignments. 6. Report any additional work required on equipment to the Service Manager, for proper and safe operation by the customer. 7. Participate in all training programs as directed by the Service Manager. 8. Maintain a clean work area and perform work in a neat and orderly fashion. 9. Bring to the attention of the Service Manager any shop tools, equipment or vehicle that is not in a serviceable condition or is unsafe to use. 10. Always conduct self so as to present a professional image of the dealership. Skills & Qualifications: • Graduation from John Deere Tech program preferred but not essential. • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. • Ability to write diagnosis and work completed on routine reports and correspondence. • Ability to speak effectively one on one or before groups. • Ability to use personal computer and various types of diagnostic equipment. • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measurement using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. • Have a basic set of tools. • Ability to fill out all required paperwork such as Time Sheets and Repair Orders. The Manager 110 - 116 Whitelaw Street Meeniyan, VIC. 3956 5664 7365


TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Capeview Mitre 10 is the region’s leader for the supply of hardware and building materials to the building trade. Capeview Building Products also manufactures and supplies to the trade Frames, Trusses, Windows and Kitchens. A position exists for an enthusiastic and energetic trade representative with the ability to build strong client relationships. Previous experience in trade sales or a trade background is an advantage. The person will be responsible for managing and servicing an existing customer base and will be responsible for establishing new customer contacts. The successful person will have good organisational skills, be computer literate, have excellent attention to detail, self motivated and be able to form part of a strong team environment. Current driver’s licence is essential. Applications in writing to: Mark Warren PO Box 115 Wonthaggi 3995 Closing date 23/9/2009

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Must have: Working With Children Check Manual driver’s licence and own transport Outgoing personality Good sense of humour A love of the outdoors A willingness to give anything a go Duties include: Cleaning Running of activities (including canoeing, giant swing & abseiling) Water & pool treatments, tests and maintenance Maintenance Training will be provided Times required: Casual position with the potential for long days. A 9am start and an approximate 5pm finish. To apply please phone, fax or email your application BH 5664 6524 FAX 5664 6542 or email to

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DEPUTY PRINCIPAL - STUDENTS This is a full time position, commencing on Monday 18 January 2010. The College seeks an outstanding educator to fill this important senior role. The Deputy Principal – Students reports to the Principal and takes charge of student welfare, management and discipline across Years 7 to 12. Forward curriculum vitae including names of three referees to: Michael Brewin, Principal Newhaven College Boys Home Road, Newhaven 3925 Ph: 5956 7505 Fax: 5956 7131 email: : Applications close: Wednesday 30 September 2009

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FORM B SOUTH GIPPSLAND SHIRE COUNCIL PUBLIC NOTICE APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT PLANNING PERMIT An Application to AMEND a Planning Permit has been made which may affect you The land affected by the application is: 47 Station Street, Korumburra Vic. 3950 being L8 LP142620 Parish of Korumburra, PC164236F Parish of Korumburra. The application is for a permit to: Construction of milk powder drying facility, warehouse, boiler house and ancilliary offices - AMENDED PLANS. The applicant for the permit is: Burra Foods. The application reference number is: 2009/120/A. You may look at the application and any documents that support the application at the office of the responsible authority. This can be done during office hours and is free of charge. The responsible authority is: South Gippsland Shire Council Private Bag 4 9 Smith Street, Leongatha 3953 Any person who may be affected by the granting of the permit may object or make other submissions to the responsible authority. An objection must be sent to the responsible authority in writing, including the reasons for the objection and stating how the objector would be affected. The responsible authority will inform you of its decision. The Responsible Authority will not decide on this application until 14 days after the date of this Notice. Dated: September 15, 2009. * Please be aware that copies of submissions received by Council may be made available to any person for the purpose of consideration as part of the planning process.

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Agnes Jefferis Sunday, September 27 At 1.30pm At Warrawee Hall Inverloch All welcome Please bring a plate No presents please

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BOAT LICENCE 3 hr course MSV aproved, $85, 6.30pm Inverloch, Monday, September 21. Contact Joan 0427-275632 Marine Training Services.

“NON-FORCE PRACTITIONER” 28 Reilly Street, INVERLOCH HOURS - Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday by appointment Phone and fax 5674 3666 South Gippsland Chiropratic Services & Adjunctive Therapies P/L

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Bi Annual OPEN GARDEN DAY NOVEMBER 8 EIGHT GARDENS OPEN IN FOSTER AREA Live music throughout the day Collectors Tractor Display & Open Shed 9.30am till 4pm For further information contact Colleen at the college on 5682 2066 Watch for further details

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STAGHOUND / Wolfhound X bitch, 18 m.o., grey, vacc. Excellent dog, $250. Ph: 0429-675145. PUPPIES, Kelpie purebred, 2M and 2F, parents good workers, 8 w.o., $150 each. Ph: 0407-300329. HEN HOUSES, fox proof, good quality, 6-8 chooks; plus dog kennels. Ph: 56642443.

FOR SALE Golden Yolk Layer Pellets 20kg - 2 for $25 Calm Performer Horse Pellets 20kg - 2 for $26 Hypro Adult Dog Pellets 20kg - 2 for $403 19-23 Watson Road Leongatha 5662 5590


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Community Notice Re: Murray Goulburn Leongatha, Waste Water Treatment Plant The final stage of Murray Goulburn’s $20 million wastewater treatment plant was successfully commissioned in early 2009. Since that time it has been operating as expected, treating our factory waste to better than the strict EPA requirements. Over the last few weeks, a combination of electrical power supply problems to the factory, and other unanticipated factory loading issues, including those as a result of commissioning the new factory water recovery system, has resulted in a temporary reduction in the quality of the wastewater produced from the treatment facility. EPA and South Gippsland Water are working with Murray Goulburn in carrying out the corrective action plan. All necessary approvals have been obtained from EPA. We anticipate that the changes within our wastewater treatment plant will be completed within the next few weeks as we re-establish its performance back to maximum capability. We do not expect that this circumstance will affect the community. However, it is possible some odour may be detectable. If you have any concerns in respect to the above, please contact Murray Goulburn’s Technical Manager on 5662 9666 so we can respond promptly to your concerns. Bob Alcock Leongatha Site Manager Murray Goulburn Cooperative Co. Ltd.

MINIATURE Foxy X pups, 2M, 1F, 6 w.o. $120 ea. Ph: 0438-175713.

FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175 FIREWOOD Local messmate, split and delivered. Phone Jim Morgan on 5662-4329.

HAY, small square bales $8 each. Fully shedded, suitable for horses, never been wet. Quality guaranteed. Mardan 56641320.

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CARAVAN, Millard, 14’6” pop top with awning, e/ brakes, 2 single beds, sleeps 4, full oven, VGC, $8,500 ONO. 0448638883.

INVALID mobility scooter in very good condition, hardly used. Includes rear bag and green cover. $2,300 ONO. Ph: 5663-7109.

MOBILITY SCOOTER, 4 wheel suspension, luxury model, lights etc., new June 09, unused. Cost $3,900, sell $2,350. Can deliver. Ph: 0405-170994.

NSW red gum, split and delivered, 0412-486353 or 5664-9208. PINE BUFFET, in good condition, $250. Contact Rebekah 0427-622583.

SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662.

TIMBER - kiln dried blackwood, clear pine, silver wattle. Most sizes for furniture and craft. Also builder’s graded structural pine. Phone 5681-2261.

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FREE Pick-up and delivery in Leongatha/Meeniyan areas for MOTOR MOWERS,


Phone JOHN GOULD 5664 0012

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OLD CARS, Holden, Ford, Valiant, Chevrolet, hot rods, also Mazda 1300 coupe. Abandoned projects, wrecks or parts. Not for scrap. 0488-294894. FURNITURE: Parker, Noblett, Tessa, Chiswell, Moran, or any quality brand name used furniture. Phone Wendy on 0409-234482.


LEONGATHA, 36 Brown Street, Saturday 19th, 8am start, no early birds. Various items, great stocking filler ideas for Christmas. TARWIN LOWER Bowls Club, Walkerville Road, Saturday, September 19, 9am. Bargains galore, household goods, furniture, and much more.

marriage celebrant Creating everlasting memories for you and your guests Dianne Smart 0408 554 251

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191



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


All machinery Bins provided


Bass Coast Metal Recyclers

120 Select Holstein 120 Cows & Heifers Selling:

5672 2946 0417 556 593

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3 BDRM home, 2 living areas and shed, in Kongwak, $200 pw. Large family home in Leongatha, 3 bdrm, ducted gas heating and shed, $300 pw. 4 bdrm, 2 living area, double garage home, $320 pw. 2 homes at Meeniyan, 2 bdrm, both $170 pw. Contact Kellie at Stockdale & Leggo on 5662-5800.

VENUS BAY - house, short stroll to beach and shops, sleeps 7. Contact: 0408320001.

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Reg Holstein Cows class to EX. Prod to 11,886 litres 397 kgs Protein 392kgs Fat 17 Reg Holstein Heifers, calved & close. Dams class to VG 88. Prod to 15,240 litres 481kgs Prot 472kgs Fat 50 Holstein & xbred young cows in milk. AI Bred. Herd ave 9000 litres 40 Freshly calved young Holstein & Jersey cows and heifers - various Vendors 1 Embryo Package Sires include Goldwyn, Mr Sam, Lee, Zenith, Jocks, Gilbert, Luckystrike, Talent, Vale, AltaIce, Storm, Dundee. Red Holsteins sell by Faber, Retinue, NLD Poos, Beautiful Catalogues Available Please contact DLS Office 03 9338 9259 Terms are cash or cheque on day of sale or settlement by your Agent - Letter of Introductions MUST be provided. Further Entries Invited Andrew Mackie 0419 595 932 Phil Malcolm 0408 559 408 Brian Leslie 0418 365 934 16

NISSAN ute, 1986 crew cab 4WD diesel, unregistered, runs well, $1,150 ONO. Engine No. S025090063. Ph: 5659-8103. RODEO 4x4, 2007, 19,000km, 2 door cab chassis ex. tray, manual, UVS572. As new, $22,000. Ph: 0407-859405. TOYOTA Camry, 1998, 119,000km, white, 6 cyl, ex cond. PEP478. $7,500. 0437-647361, a/h 56636274.

wanted BOARD in a Leongatha home for a 24-year-old employed, quiet man. Chris on 0417-370080.

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Parks Victoria advises...

Ph: (03) 9338 9259 PO Box 462, Tullamarine Business Centre, Tullamarine VIC 3043



WILSON - WELLARD Stephen and Jennifer, together with Donald and Jill, would like to announce the engagement of Troy and Casey. Our love and congratulations to you both.

meetings Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula Inc.

Notice of Annual General Meeting Saturday, October 3 10.30am - 12pm

TARWIN LOWER HALL Riverview Drive Tarwin Lower


A.G.M. September 16, 2009 11.30am AGENDA 1. Election of Committee of Management Morning tea provided ALL WELCOME



Tender No. 7684 – Cleaning, laundry and housekeeping services, Wilsons Promontory National Park Maintaining the health of our parks and reserves, while providing a range of excellent visitor services contributes to the environmental health of our state and the physical and mental health of all Victorians – Healthy Parks Healthy People. Parks Victoria is calling for tenders from suitably qualified individuals or organisations to provide cleaning and housekeeping services in Wilsons Promontory National Park. The works will involve housekeeping of all roofed accommodation, office buildings, and amenities. Cleaning and servicing of toilet blocks, pick up and removal of litter, cleaning of BBQs and picnic tables and providing full linen and laundry services, for a period of 3 years with a further option of two 1 year periods. Tender documentation and further information may be obtained by calling the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963. Documents are available for inspection at the address below during 8.30am – 5.30pm. Respondents are to lodge their tenders responses marked CONFIDENTIAL, Tender No. 7684 -Cleaning, laundry and housekeeping services, Wilsons Promontory National Park, by 2.00pm Wednesday 23 September 2009 in the Tender Box located at Parks Victoria, Level 10, 535 Bourke St, Melbourne Vic 3000. The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. Parks Victoria is an Equal Opportunity Employer

LARKIN - Francis James (Frank). Maureen and family wish to thank everyone for their support and cards during Frank’s illness, and subsequent passing away. A special thanks to Leongatha Hospital general ward, palliative care nurses and Paul Beck and staff. GRAHAM - Patsi. Col, Melissa, Jason, Bonnie, Chris and Appy wish to thank everybody for their kind donations, cards, phone calls and love and support at this sad time. Heartfelt thanks to Dr Phil Worboys, Dr Owen Casson and the wonderful nurses and staff at South Gippsland Hospital, Foster for their above and beyond the call of duty compassion and care of Patsi over many weeks. Thank you also to Father Thomas for shining through during his own difficult time. Thanks to Peggy the dog for lifting Patsi’s spirits.


Parks Victoria invites…

Fox control program, Wonthaggi Heathland Nature Conservation Reserve Parks Victoria is committed to protecting and enhancing the natural values of parks and reserves across the state. Examples of this conservation management are the control of introduced plant and animal species which can impact on these values. As part of an ongoing strategy notice is hereby given that Parks Victoria will be conducting a trapping program in the Wonthaggi Heathland Nature Conservation Reserve. Non-lethal traps will be laid from Sunday 20 September 2009 until Saturday 10 October 2009 and Friday 20 November 2009 until Thursday 10 December 2009. Visitors are advised not to bring dogs into the Reserve during the trapping period as companion animals, especially dogs, could be caught by the traps. Visitors are reminded to observe the notices posted at all entry points. Operational details may be obtained from the Parks Victoria Wonthaggi Office by calling the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963.

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ASHENDEN Arthur Russell (Sonny). Passed away peacefully on September 12, 2009 aged 85 years. Dearly loved husband of Nola (dec.). Dearly loved father of Glenda, father-in-law of John. Cherished Poppa of Colin, Peter and Melanie, Maryanne and Clint. Great grandfather of Eva, Beau; and Jobie. Dearly loved father of Shirley (dec.), father-inlaw of Roy. Cherished grandfather and Poppa of Stephen and Kim, David and Michelle. Great Poppa of Kiah, Jayden and Cody; Sophie and Nathan. Loved father of Robert, father-in-law of Judi (dec.) and friend of Sue. Cherished grandfather and Poppa of Brooke and Peter, Ben and Jess, Kate and Stu. Great grandfather of Fraser, Willow and Kitty. Somehow it seems o.k. that you have chosen to slip away peacefully without any drama. You lived your life in the nicest possible way which influenced those around you. In your company, others felt unjudged and important. You saw the funny side of life and faced challenges with dignity. You have left a trail full of wonderful moments. Thanks for the ride. Gunna Miss Ya The End of An Era Poppa, Thanks for the memories, the cubby huts in the hay shed, the flick across the table and the impromptu performances at Christmas. Thanks for the jokes and laughter and the cheeky little grins, the big cuddles and sloppy kisses. thanks for being our friend, our Poppa, our Great Pop. Thanks for the treasured memories. Finally, with your best friend of all ... give her a cuddle for us.


ASHENDEN Arthur (Sonny). Loved only son of the late Arthur and May Ashenden (late of “Ashdale”, Dollar). Loving brother of Gwen, Mardi, Beth (dec.) and Dorothy (dec.). Loving brother and soulmate all his life of Mardi, brother-in-law of Henry Hilliar, loved uncle of Judith, Robert, Jennifer, Rhonda (dec.), John, and their families. Dearly loved brother of Gwen and Eddie (dec.) Halliwell. Adored uncle of Dorothy, Joy, Anne and Pam.

BOWLER (Millar) Margaret Jean (Jean). Passed away peacefully at Koorooman House, Leongatha on September 7, 2009. Aged 87 years. Late of Leongatha. Beloved wife and partner of Raymond Bowler (dec.) and Alec Millar (dec.). Loved and loving mother and mother-in-law of Raymond, Merv and Lyn, Marianne and Adrian, Wayne, Loretta and Gary, Grant and Diane, Ann and Darren. Devoted Nan to all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Forever in our hearts. BOWLER (McAuthur) Margaret Jean (Jean). Passed away September 7, 2009. Age 87. Late of Leongatha. Dearly loved Mother of Merv, mother-in-law of Lyn. Loved Nana of Leanne, Craig, Tamara, Sharelle, and their partners. Great Nana to 6. Now at peace.

BOWLER (Millar) - Jean. 27/01/1922 - 07/09/2009. 87 years. Mum, Nan, Words cannot explain how much we will miss you. We will love you always and forever. Gone to be with your true love Dad (Alec). Ann, Darren, Alana, Joel, Zac, Ethan, Bonnie and Jack.

BOWLER - Margaret Jean. Loved sister of Hazel and Bob (dec.). Loved aunty of Catherine and Linda, Ashley and Scarlett. Forever in our hearts. DEERING - John. JD. A gentleman who will be sadly missed. Condolences to Sumo, Mal, and families. Bruce, Alistair, Belinda and Matthew.

message of hope PSALM 11:7. For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright people will see his face.

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Leongatha District Netball Association grand finals

B Grade: Mt Eccles Pink 44 d Mt Eccles Purple 33. Back, from left: Caitlin Goodwin, Zoe Sargent and Jackie Bowler; front: Danielle Standeven, Jessica Perry, Brooke Jones and Kaye Tumino.

Classifieds PHONE 5662 5555 P FAX 5662 4350

deaths DEERING - John. The President and members of the committee of the Stony Creek Racing Club extend their warmest wishes to the family of life member John Deering. Jack joined the club as a foundation member, served on the committee for many, many years and worked as barrier supervisor for nigh on 25 years. In the latter role he ensured that the traditional informal rewards were available to his team of attendants both during and at the conclusion of each meeting. He led a very happy team of attendants. He made a mighty contribution over many years. Jack’s significant service to the club is honoured with naming of the John Deering Bar at Stony Creek. Paul Boag, President, Stony Creek Racing Club. FINDLAY - Margaret. Died peacefully at Greensborough Care Facility 7/9/09. Aged 83. A loving wife to Ron and mother to John, Peter (dec.), Ron and Andrew. Grandmother and great grandmother, whose words of wisdom and understanding will be truly missed. Our love for you will outlast our memories. Ron and Anja. HOLLAND - John. 7/9/2009. The Leongatha Croquet Club remembers with affection their late, hard working member, John, a true sportsman. MEE - Marjorie Janet. Passed away peacefully at Koorooman House, Leongatha on September 8, 2009. Aged 84 years, late of Leongatha South. Beloved wife of George. Loving and caring mother of Graham, Jean (Butler) and Mervyn. Respected mother-in-law of Trudy, Terry and Yvonne. Dearly loved Gran of 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Sadly missed.

deaths MEE - Marjorie Janet. Passed away September 8, 2009. Late of Leongatha South. Dearly loved and caring mother of Jean (Mrs Butler). Respected and loved mother-in-law of Terry, and adored Gran of Dale, Martin and Kate Butler. A golden heart stopped beating, Two loving hands at rest, God broke our hearts to prove, He only takes the best. Thanks Mum for always being there for us all.

Right A Grade: Town 56 d Mt Eccles Pink 31 From left: Suzi Bath, Melissa Beardsworth, Andrea Funnell, Karren Woods, Kerri Bentvelzen, Karlie Tucker, Michelle Chandler and Teresa Chadwick.

MEE - Marjorie Janet. Passed away September 8, 2009. Loved and cherished mother of Mervyn and Yvonne, cherished Gran of Daniel, Jessica and Kirsten. Great Gran of Kaleb. We are who we are because of her; she will live in our hearts forever. MEE - Marg. The South Gippsland Gem Club Inc. regrets the passing of Marg who was a valued club member for 38 years. Marg was a tireless worker, always willing to help making cuppas or goodies for our stalls. The club members extend their sympathy to George.

Above: 17/Under/C Grade: St Laurence Maroon 45 d Town 38. Back, from left: Caitlyn McKean, Kate Hulls, Olivia Fiddelaers, Bridie Allen, Sophie Herrald and Jacqueline Smith; front: Emalie Gordon, Monique Goss and Gillian Meikle.

15/Under: Mt Eccles 33 d Town Green 25. Back, from left: Sam Bright, Chelsea Moscript, Holly Gloster and Siobhan Henry; front: Charlotte Brew, Kodi Eygenraam and Kelsey Buxton.

MEE - Marjorie. Dearly loved sister-in-law of Lorraine and Albert. Much loved and respected aunt of Norm, Grace, and their families. In our hearts forever.

funerals ASHENDEN - The Funeral Service for the late Mr Arthur Russell (Sonny) Ashenden will be held at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Dumbalk, on Friday, September 18 commencing at 11.30am. The funeral will leave at the conclusionn of the service for the Meeniyan Lawn Cemetery. All Masonic Brethren are respectfully invited to attend. Paul & Margaret Beck HANDLEY FUNERAL SERVICES Leongatha Korumburra 5662-2717 Member AFDA

Right: 13/Under: St Laurence Blue 24 d St Laurence Maroon 14. Back, from left: Kaila Bentvelzen, Georgia Riseley, Gaby O’Loughlin, Eleanor Patterson and Sophie McHarg; front: Emma Wilson, Grace Gathercole and Kirsty Kennedy. (Absent Janie Gordon).

Above: A Grade: best and fairest Michelle Chandler (right) with runners-up Rebecca Murray, Kate Gourlay and Andrea Funnell.

crossword solutions CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8188 - SOLUTIONS Across - 1, Off-hand manner. 8, Thin-G. 9, Bananas. 10, Matter. 11, Teller. 12, A-cut-E. 14, H-O-us-e. 18, Reason. 20, Better. 23, M-assiv-e. 24, Sleep (rev.). 25, Racing tipster. Down - 1, On ti-me. 2, F-ain’t. 3, Au-gme-nt. 4, Dabs. 5, Anni-E. 6, Non-plus. 7, Re-sort. 13, Class-I-C. 15, Opens up . 16, Primer. 17, D-rap-er (rev.). 19, On-I-on (rev.). 21, Treat. 22, Left. QUICK PUZZLE NO. 8188 - SOLUTIONS Across - 1, Maladminister. 8, Moves. 9, Ceiling. 10, Silver. 11, Strive. 12, Amity. 14, Agent. 18, Arrest. 20, Supple. 23, Leisure. 24, Bland. 25, Paddle-steamer. Down - 1, Mimosa. 2, Level. 3, Dessert. 4, Itch. 5, Idiot. 6, Tuition. 7, Rugged. 13, Married. 15, Grumble. 16, Wallop. 17, Tender. 19, Scull. 21, Psalm. 22, Mews.

15/Under: best and fairest Jade Cashin (right) and runner-up Bree Allen.

Above: 17/Under/C Grade: equal best and fairest Kayla Beardsworth and Rachel McGrath.

Left: 13/Under: best and fairest Tanya Derrick and runner-up Eleanor Patterson.

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Korumburra and Island in soccer final PHILLIP Island Breakers and Korumburra City are through to the grand final of the Gippsland Soccer League South Division after wins against Mirboo North and Wonthaggi. All grand finals will be played at Korumburra this Sunday. The Phillip Island and Mirboo North game got off to an intense start, with fierce attacking from both sides. There were early signs the Breakers, always formidable, were going to take control but the Mirboo North defence blocked them at every turn. Andy Soplakow for Mirboo North set up a couple of early opportunities from throw-ins, but these could not be converted. A free kick taken by Mirboo North’s Patrick Finnigan created drama but again the opportunity was missed. The game settled down to a more

even turnover, but a dangerous corner from Phillip Island resulted in their first on the board, an own goal from Mirboo North’s Justin Mulry. The second half began with Phillip Island roaring out with great skill, relentless with their attack. Mirboo North showed signs of tiredness and were frustrated when a terrific passage of play from the Breakers converted after a long kick from the skilful Dave Riviere to make it 2-0. Shortly after, Stewart Bathgate scored again for the jubilant Phillip Island side. Mirboo North’s midfield found new legs, but just couldn’t get it into the forward zone. With Phillip Island now perilously close to full stride, there was a sense of urgency in the Mirboo North camp willing a goal to come their way, but when a free kick in the last few minutes of play taken by Steve Murphy sailed into the net, the game was well and truly sealed. Ultimately this was a big booting

game highlighted by great defence from Mirboo North and amazing skills from Phillip Island that was very entertaining to watch. Mirboo North can hold their heads up high in their first season in the league deemed a huge success, beaten on the day by the best team in the league. Final score: Phillip Island 4 def Mirboo North 0. Korumburra City had a 5-2 win over Wonthaggi after a shaky start that resulted in an early goal to Wonthaggi. The Wonthaggi midfield was on top early but the early goal stung the Korumburra City side into action and two goals saw them go into half time 2-1 up. Korumburra City started to take control of the game in the second half with two long range goals giving them a 4-1 lead that rattled the Wonthaggi team. A penalty gave Wonthaggi their second goal but Korumburra City responded with their fifth to put the

result beyond Wonthaggi’s reach. Goalscorers for Korumburra City were a hat trick to Andrey FrancoPerez and a goal each to Dreyan Franco-Perez and Michael Wyhoon. Women A goal in the dying minutes gave Korumburra City a 1-0 win over Mirboo North. Korumburra City found it hard to penetrate the Mirboo North defence in a goal-less first half. In the second half Korumburra City took control of the game but still could not break through the stubborn Mirboo North defence, until five minutes before the final whistle Brea Allen broke the deadlock with a timely goal. In wet, windy and trying conditions Leongatha won their way into the grand final with a 5-1 win over Phillip Island. Goalscorers for the Knights were Yani Crosthwaite, Cathy Dukes and Nessa Kirkus. Under 16 Korumburra City had a great tus-

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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sle with Leongatha Knights, to win 2-1 and Phillip Island defeated Prom Coast 3-1. Leongatha drew first blood, but a persistent Korumburra City leveled the score with a sensational goal from Scott McIvor. The game was heading into extra time before a Korumburra City corner taken by Keanu Miller found the foot of Sebastian Peattie, who made no mistake. Under 14 Korumburra City and Phillip Island will play off in the grand final this week after wins against Leongatha and Prom Coast. Phillip Island defeated Prom Coast 2-1 in an entertaining match while Korumburra City won 4-0. Lockie Taylor got Korumburra City off to a great start with a goal in the first 10 minutes. Taylor scored again as well as Mitch Willis and Keanu Miller to give City the victory.

Leongatha Knights: Under 14s after losing to Korumburra in the semi final.

Soccer grand finals KORUMBURRA City will feature in all grand finals this Sunday, which is a terrific effort. Phillip Island will feature in three grand finals and Leongatha one. Draw for grand finals to be played at Korumburra Recreation Reserve this Sunday. 10am Womens: Korumburra City v Leongatha Knights. 11am Under 14s: Korumburra City v. Phillip Island. 12.30 Under 16s: Korumburra City v. Phillip Island. 2pm Seniors: Korumburra City v. Phillip Island. All soccer supporters of all clubs most welcome to come along to an exciting day of soccer.

Small Bore Rifle Club Results 20m pennant (Section D). R12: Leongatha 490 d Ballarat East 485. R13: Leongatha 488 d Brunswick 476. R14: Leongatha 492 d Sandringham 485. Final ladder Leongatha.................................52 Brunswick ................................48 Warrnambool............................40

Sandringham ............................32 Ballarat East .............................28 Mildura.....................................16 Kyneton ......................................8

Leongatha won 20m pennant (D Section). The club shoots Friday nights at 8pm at the Rifle Club on the Leongatha Recreation Reserve. Any inquiries, please call R. Spratt on 5664 2358.

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THE top 10 ladies chosen from the nine South Gippsland clubs performed at top level in last week’s Women’s Golf Victoria Country Team Event. The team members were Reanna Matthews, Bec Thomas, Mary Brewis, Helen Fraser (Leongatha), Dot Christie (Meeniyan), Ann Walker (Wonthaggi), Barb Warren, Gale Tyers, Robyn Galloway (Foster) and Sarah Beale (Lang Lang). With some unexpected illness in the team, the squad was down to eight players. The three days of golf started at Rossdale on Monday 7 with South Gippsland playing Dalhousie district where the team had a 4½ to 2½ win in great conditions.

On Tuesday we all headed to Peninsula Golf course for 36 holes. We played the northern district in the morning where we had a strong win of five matches to two, in some indifferent weather. In the afternoon in matches against Bendigo district the weather took a turn for the worst with the wind blowing stronger, and then the rain came down. A special thank you for the encouragement and support shown to the team by the district supporters who travelled down for the day. The team played some inspiring golf to win 4½ to 2½. After a very long and trying day South Gippsland finished the day on the same points as the Western District, but we had half a game ahead and we were to play the Western District in the final match on Wednesday morning.

Mirboo North RESULTS of the ladies stableford competition held on September 9: The winner was Joyce Dyke (29) 37 pts. Down the line: Mary Beruldsen (35) 35 pts. Nearest the pin: 4th Sue Traill, 13th Maree Thompson. Birdie 16th: Barb Stimson.

Thursday, Sept 10 There were 18 starters for the stableford event, which was sponsored by Mirboo North Golf Club. The CCR was 70. A Grade winner was Ron Anderson (16) 40. Down the line: Tom Traill (8) 40, Wayne Reynolds (14) 37, Peter Chapman (13) 37. Birdies: Jeff Hughes (4th and 6th), Wayne Reynolds (16th), Ron Anderson (16th).

Saturday, Sept 12 THE second round of club championship - stroke was held on Saturday September 12 and was attended by 40 starters. CCR was 70. The A Grade winner was Shayne Stimson (5) 68. B Grade was won by Phil Stimson (15) 68 and C Grade was won by Nigel Bracecamp (23) 74. Down the line balls: Ray Matthews (10) 69, Graham Watson (5) 69, Noel Fox (15) 70, Jeff Hughes (16) 70, Wayne Reynolds (14) 71. Nearest the pin: 4th Joe Taylor, John Blunsden, 16th Ray Matthews, 2nd shot 1st hole Terry Bradshaw. Birdies: John Blunsden (6th), Chris Bracecamp (4th), Joe Taylor (4th).

Woorayl golf SATURDAY’S sponsor for our stableford event was Jason Kennedy. The winner of A Grade with 37 points was Greg Fennell, whilst B Grade went to George Johnson with 38 points, and C Grade and best score of the day was Les Wakefield with 41 points, winning on a countback. Ball winners were G. Young, B. Wilson, J. Hickey, C. Salmon, N. Lovie, A. Trease, B. Fiek, G. McKinnon and D. Stevens. The last six named all had 36 points and won on a countback. The nearest the pins went to M. Wallace and B. Wilson respectively. The Thursday bar voucher went to Nev McKenzie with 38 points and balls to John Diaper and Bo Fiek.

The weather on Wednesday was so-so, with rain around and the wind on the up. With an unchanged team we headed out with hope and conviction that we could do this. As the last pair was playing the 18th hole, scores in had South Gippsland with two wins and three losses and a squared match in, a win was needed but alas a squared match saw us go down to Western four games to three games. Congratulations and a big thankyou to the manager Sue Wakefield for all her effort in getting the practice sessions organised and the games on the three courses beforehand. This was very much appreciated by the players. Congratulations to all the players and their caddies for the wonderful way you represented the district and the effort you all put in.

Mens country week golf team named THE 2009 Country Week Golf series will be played in Melbourne between September 28 and October 2. The round robin match-play rounds will be played at various courses throughout the Melbourne metropolitan area commencing on Wednesday 30 and concluding on Friday, October 3. Following last year’s series, the district has been relegated to Division 3 (Bowl Division) for 2009. The round robin matchplay series will commence on the Wednesday morning, playing 18 holes at Settlers Run Golf Club with the first match against Kara Kara District. Wednesday afternoon sees South Gippsland matched against South Western District. Thursday morning play will see the South Gippsland District competing against Northern District at Latrobe Golf Club. Thursday afternoon sees the District with a bye.

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WE played for the grandmothers trophy on September 9. It is a stableford event and both the day and the Grandmothers trophy are sponsored by Audree Wyhoon. The weather was fine but the track is still heavy. The outstanding score was by Marg Berry who won A Grade with 34 points, suggesting that we make great aunts eligible for the trophy in the future. She also won nearest the pin with a beautiful shot on the 16th. Barbara Lee was the winner of the Grandmothers Trophy and also won B Grade with 30 points, adding to her successes before she leaves for warmer places. Deb Erwin continued her run of good rounds taking C Grade with 31 points. Down the line balls went to Val Brydon 33, Trish Owen 30, Bev Martin 28, Julie Howard, Dot Stubbs, Di Williams and Wendy Surman all 27.

SATURDAY, September 12 – monthly medal, Henk and Ineke de Graaf trophy. Medal winner: Peter Dight (7) 71 net. A Grade winner: Peter Dight (7) 71 net. B Grade winner: Phil Schofield (17) 72 net. A Grade scratch: Peter Dight 78 net. B Grade scratch: Phil Schofield 89 net. Down the line balls: Norm Cooper (11) 73 net, John Mathers (15) 74 net, Tony Vanin (6) 74 net, Fred Tyers (12) 74 net, Henk de Graaf (18) 74 net. Nearest the pin: 4th Geoff Prue, 6th Fred Tyers, 13th Tony Vanin, 15th Norm Cooper, 17th Geoff Prue. Putting: Tony Vanin 28 putts. Money hole: Lloyd McKenzie.

The series will wind up with the game against Dalhousie District on the Friday morning at Kew Golf Club. The 2009 Country Week team is: captain Peter Kane (Wonthaggi), Michael Thomas (Leongatha), Jason Driscoll (Korumburra), Mark Boulton (Phillip Island), James Blair (Phillip Island), Scott Fullarton (Phillip Island), Luke Hickman (Phillip Island), Paul Wagner (Phillip Island), Denis Stanes (team manager and selector), James Cusack (selector - liaison officer) and Stephen Kane (selector). The district has opted for youth in this year’s team, naming 15-year-old Scott Fullarton and 16-year-old James Blair as part of this year’s team. With a mixture of youth and experience from previous years, the District is looking to win this year’s Country Week ‘Bowl’ Division and be promoted to the ‘Plate’ Division for 2010.

Saturday September, 12 – ladies stroke winner: Gayle Reid (33) 78 net. Nearest the pin: 17th Ineke de Graaf. Money hole: Ineke de Graaf. Friday, September 11 – twilight stableford winner: Gayle Reid (33) 22 pts. Down the line balls: Jason Pell (18) 21 pts, Bernd Amesreiter (25) 20 pts countback. Nearest the pin: 13th John Mathers, 17th Steve Reid. Thursday, September 10 – stableford winner: Fred Tyers (12) 39 pts. Down the line balls: Peter Dight (7) 36 pts, Gary Clavarino (16) 36 pts. Nearest the pin: 15th Dave Hutchinson. Ladies, Wednesday, September 9 – par, Barb Fuller trophy. A Grade: Jan Best (20)

square. B Grade: Joy O’Sullivan (36) -2. Down the line balls: Rae Knee (20) -3, June Eddy (18) -5. Nearest the pin: 17th June Eddy. Tuesday, September 8 – stableford winner: Fred Tyers (13) 40 pts. Down the line balls: Alan Spooner (13) 36 pts countback. Nearest the pin: 4th Dave Hutchinson.

Coming events

Tuesday, September 15 – stableford. Wednesday, September 16 – stableford, Flo Larking trophy. Thursday, September 17 - par. Friday, September 18 – twilight stableford. Saturday, September 19 – Lefties v Righties - stroke, Kevin and Marilyn Flett trophy. Ladies Saturday, September 19 – stableford.

Next Saturday we have an aggregate stableford event sponsored by Edney’s Nissan, so get your partner and put your names on the time sheet. You might win a Nissan. Don’t forget our meal and raffle night on Thursday, and get your names on the sheet for the event on Tuesday, September 22. The sheet is filling fast.

Ladies A stableford event was played on September 9, sponsored by Leading Edge Music, and we thank them for their continuing sponsorship. The A Grade winner was M. Rayson, 31 pts; B Grade was M. Martin, 35 pts. Nearest the pin: 8th L. Young, 17th A. Grist. Down the line: A. Forsyth 32, F. Maynard 32.

South Gippsland Bridge Meeniyan – Monday evening: 1st Susan Ruffin, Clive Hope; qual 2nd Sally and Brian Hoskins, Kathryn Smith and David Baggallay, Faye Rowlands and Frank Arndt. Tarwin Lower - Tuesday afternoon: North/South: 1st Jack Kuiper, Alan Johnston; 2nd Hannah Martin, Leila Bell; 3rd Wendy and David Saleeba; 4th Althea Drew, Maureen Paynting. East/West: 1st John Sutton, John Sullivan; 2nd Frank Arndt, Clive Hope; 3rd Colin Cameron, Kathryn Smith; 4th Betty and Frank Murphy. Inverloch – Friday afternoon: North/South: 1st Colin Manley, Althea Drew; 2nd John Sutton, Kaye Douglas; 3rd Frank Arndt, Clive Hope; 4th Hannah Martin, Moya Crowley; 5th Jack Kuiper, Dina Drury. East/West: 1st John Sullivan, Alan Johnston; 2nd Ian and Julie MacPhee; 3rd Wendy and David Saleeba; 4th George Geekie, Dawn Jolly; 5th Anne Williams, John Farr.

Korumburra badminton DON Creed, the head coach for juniors, says he has never seen a more enthusiastic bunch of juniors. There are more than 20 juniors attending. The seniors ladder is taking shape with Transformers well out in front. Shenanigans and Gladiator are in a close battle for second. Matrix are a little further behind, with Rambo in last place. This week, Transformers 174 d Shenanigans 158, and Gladiator 188 d Matrix 147.

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Determined Sea Eagles win Reserves INVERLOCH/KONGWAK held off dogged comebacks to win the Alberton Football League’s Reserves final at Foster on Saturday.

Leading for most of the day, the Sea Eagles laid out their strength from the opening bounce, scoring when the rare occasion arose and enduring tight contests to win the first term, 15 points to two. Justen Jackson goaled early in the second quarter to push the lead out to 18 points, but the Bulldogs promptly responded. Sea Eagles were in the right places at the right time, creating passing opportunities to effect. When the Bulldogs did break through, they booted long to find loose men on the wing and scored. K/B’s backline worked overtime as I/K kept coming, forcing the Bulldogs to step up their offensive, but they were unable to get goals on the board. At half-time, the Sea Eagles led 21 to 10 in a low scoring term. K/B entered the third term with flair, quickly reducing the margin to just four points early on with dashing performances across the centre-half forward and forward lines. B. Rawson goaled to put the Bulldogs in front for the first time, albeit by a point. The Sea Eagles took two attempts to respond with another goal, playing down the western side of the ground and across the forward line to regain the lead. A wobbly kick cost I/K another goal and at three-quarter time, the scoreboard read I/K 5.5.35 to K/B 3.5.23. Close physical encounters flavoured the final quarter as I/K’s Justen Jackson again goaled, and soon after so did team-mate and best on ground, Jesse Riley. With the Bulldogs’ only responding with two points, the Sea Eagles now led 41 to 25. K/B then maintained possession for a period as both sides packed the Bulldogs’ forward line, but I/K seized the ball and again goaled. The Sea Eagles’ overall domination gave them the goods. Final score: Inverloch/Kongwak 8.6.54 to Korumburra/Bena 6.8.44. Coach Jason Dennerley relished the chance to play – and win – his first grand final. “For a lot of the boys, they have not played in a grand final before, so to come in and win it is great,” he said. “We were just able to keep running and we were a lot bigger in the forward line, which helped.”

Party time: Inverloch/Kongwak, Reserves premiers 2009.

Balancing act: Bulldogs’ J. Myors and I/K’s Josh Dowie dance with the ball. PRELIMINARY FINALS SENIORS Come catch: I/K’s Josh Dowie feels popular as the opposition – and teammate, Aaron Powell - bear down on him. • WEST GIPPSLAND LATROBE FOOTBALL

Leongatha out of Under 16s West Gippsland Latrobe Football League

Draw for Finals Week 4


LEONGATHA will not be represented on grand final day in football or netball after bowing out in Saturday’s preliminary finals. In the footy the Leongatha Under 16s lost easily to Maffra; the Eagles getting the jump early and holding that lead for the rest of the game. The Leongatha Under 13s and Under 15s netballers also lost their preliminary finals. In senior footy Maffra pulled off an upset to defeat the highly fancied Moe and will now play Traralgon in the Senior grand final at Morwell.

SENIORS Maffra 2.3 6.8 8.10 16.21.117 Moe 2.1 6.2 9.10 9.10.64 Maffra best: B.Robbins, M.Coleman, B.Rathnow, S.Tudor, J.Stubbe, B.Durrant. Goals: B.Rathnow 5, J.Milham 3, D.O’Brien 2, S.Tudor, D.Stubbe, J.Costigan, M.Coleman, A.Burgiel, J.Stubbe. Moe best: T.Makepeace, P.Town, R.Michaelides, T.Long, G.Blandford, S.Lee. Goals: J.Blaser 2, D.Risol 2, P.Town, M.Forys, T.Makepeace, R.Michaelides, C.Smogavec. RESERVES Moe 4.1 8.1 12.5 13.6.84 Drouin 6.0 8.1 9.1 13.3.81 Moe Best : J.James, R.Stirling, J.Bird, M.Parker, A.Bodak, K.Mutke. Goals: K.Mutke 5, J.Chessells 3, J.James 2, J.Munro 2, A.Bodak. Drouin Best : C.Dunne, D.Olsen, J.Barwick, B.Proctor. Goals: Sean Proctor 4, T.Gardiner 3, K.Canobie 2, J.Barwick, B.Lockhart, Tom Piner, C.Dunne. UNDER 18s Maffra 3.2 8.5 11.6 14.9.93 Traralgon 2.1 3.4 5.7 5.9.39 Maffra best: P.Jones, N.Armistead, P.Walker, S.Bedggood, T.Anderson, T.Bourke. Goals: D.Bedggood 4, T.Bourke 4, P.Rowe 2, T.Anderson, P.Jones, C.Egan, J.Bedggood. Traralgon best: S.Hammer, T.Hendricken, B.Hough, C.Laurie-Rhodes. Goals: T.Mustoe 2, T.Fitch, G.Briggs, G.Sinclair. UNDER 16s Maffra 7.4 8.5 13.9 16.13.109 Leongatha 0.0 3.4 4.5 6.6.42 Maffra best: S.Wyatt, C.Smith, A.Phelan, J.Johnstone, J.Pratt, C.Smart. Goals: J.Johnstone 4, D.Seri 3, A.Carr 2, J.Tait 2, S.Wyatt 2, T.Allman, D.Prout, C.Smith. Leongatha best: D.Westaway, P.Williams, M.Willcocks, D.Gordon, B.Graham, M.Clark. Goals: T.Goss, B.Graham, A.Heppell, D.Westaway, M.Willcocks, P.Williams.

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WITH the official opening of the 2009/10 season, it has been a very busy program for the Korumburra Club over the last couple of weeks. Saturday September 5 was the official season opening for 2009/10 with two of our very special members, Grace Seabrook, 91 and Howard McKinnon, 95, to roll the first jack and bowl for the season. After two games, the winners with two wins and nine shots up were George Hams, Debbie Williams and Esme O’Flaherty. Runners-up were Robbie Cosson, Jenny McVeigh and Brian Pepperel. With members celebrating the season opening with a special tea at night, presidents Bill Chivers and Mary Wrench welcomed all and wished the club a most successful season. Special thanks to the MC for the evening, John Myors, the catering committee, Margaret Goad, Margaret Hams and Margaret Brown, Natalie Opray, Joan Blogg, Brenda Eastman and Keith March, who helped prepare the tea. A big thank you to Brenda for her floral work and to all who sent flowers along. The men held their triples day on Monday. Our thanks to Josie and Graham Brown (Korumburra Tourist Park) for their sponsorship. After three games, best last game with 13 shots up was Brian Clough, Michael Raman and Ken Cecil. Runners-up with three wins plus shots were Andy Robertson, John Fisher, Keith March. The winners were the Warragul team of Bill Cleater, John Dykes and Bob Harfield. The club thanks the ladies who helped in the kitchen - Caroline Snooks, Beryl Waycott, Shirley Martin, Joy Lewis and Nancy Gilbert. Thank you also to Mary and Michael in the bar. Over the last few weeks, our Thursday and Saturday winners have been Ross P. Lomagno, Emanual Sgarioto, Jenny Miller, Ron Williams, Bev Button, Ross Lomagno, Bill Thomson, Alan Jordon, Chris Blogg, Wilf O’Flaherty, Michael Raman, Frank Filomeno, Keith March, R. Humphreys, Don Mackay, Neil Joyce, Ron Hutton, Robert Sund, Peter Hann and D. Roberts. On Wednesday, the ladies held their opening day for the season, with a shared lunch. After two games, playing triples, with one very brave man playing, our winners with 16 ends were Brian Clough, Margaret Hams and Joy Lewis. The afternoon’s lucky numbers were Bev Button - lucky

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Toast to season: Mary Wrench (left) and Bev Button share a toast to a happy sherry lunch and a successful season.

Sherry start to season IT is not called Ladies Sherry Luncheon for nothing. “We start the luncheon off with a glass of sherry,” Bev Button said. Bev is secretary of the women’s section of the Korumburra Bowling Club. The women held their first fund raising event last Tuesday. “Because it is our first, it is always a big function,” Bev said. Some 120 women took part in the luncheon, which included entertainment. Tom Jones’s song, “The green, green grass of home”, went down as smoothly as the meal and wine. The women’s bowls activities opened on Saturday, September 5, and women’s president Mary Wrench said she was looking forward to a successful season.

who only missed out by one shot to be the winners. Coming events The ladies are having pennant practice on the next two Tuesdays. The men are off to Mirboo North on September 27. Warragul will visit us on September 20. Please put names on sheets if you are unable to

play on these days to help selectors to form teams. There will be a counter tea this Friday night, September 18. Names on sheet if you want to join us. Grand final breakfast will be held on Saturday September 26, starting at 7.30/8am.

Tarwin Lower OPENING and Presidents Day was a great success with more than 30 members attending. Presidents Michael and Gwen welcomed our special guests Jack Charlton, president of the SGBA and Joy Hargreaves, president of the SGDLBA. Included among the guests was Molly Hilet, a foundation member, who played well. The jack was rolled by Joy and the first bowl was bowled by Jack who then declared the green open. A total of eight ends were played with the winners being a team consisting of Arthur Newsome, Eric Gallop, Sharryn Browne and Robyn Griffiths.

Runners-up were Klaus Sandkuhl, Eric from Wonthaggi, visitor Steve Graham and Gordon Burke. The presidents sponsored the prizes. Joy thanked Maureen Atwell, who is leaving the area, for all her hard work in the Ladies Association. Mens president Michael Carey spoke of a previous life member, Colin Bell, who recently passed away. Congratulations to Mick Bowman who has been appointed the new men’s coach. Coming events Men’s practice matches on September 20 at Mirboo North. September 27 Fish Creek, home.

October 3 San Remo Division 2 only, home. Ladies practice, September 22, away to Meeniyan. Bowls wear day and garage sale September 19, everyone welcome. Grand final trivia night September 25. Mens pairs and triples will now be played in mufti. Sick list Barbara Costella is now home after a long spell in hospital. Judy Newsome will shortly be home from her spell in hospital.

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Meeniyan SATURDAY, September 5 was the official opening of our summer season. President Russ Thorson welcomed everyone and then our lady vice president, Kath Brown, rolled the kitty and past president of the RVBA and life member of Meeniyan, Ian Dewar, put down the first bowl. The winners were Doug Kuhne and Kath Brown, with the runners-up being Russ Thorson, Rob Butterworth and Grace Kuhne. We welcomed two new members, Paul Holmes and Jim Murray, and hope they enjoy their time with us. Later in the evening we returned for our traditional casserole tea. During the evening, Meeniyan member and shire citizen of the year, Neville Meikle, declared the season officially open. Several members entertained with jokes and skits to end a very successful day. A big thank you to the ladies who set up and prepared the meal. Monday, September 7 was the final day of our winter triples. It was sponsored by Craig Young Butchers of Mirboo North who supply our trophies throughout the year. There were three three-game winners, with the top team being Boolarra’s Russ Peters, Brian Gilbert and Tony Snell. Runners-up were Doug Kuhne, Max Brown and Fae Taylor, with another local team of Dave Morgan, John Cocking and Daphne Densley close behind. A big thank you to our tournament secretary, Keith Pocklington, who had the green full each day. Wednesday, September 9 was the opening of the ladies season, with social bowls. It was sponsored by Rene and Dave Gillett in memory of Rene’s parents, Dave and Mae McKitterick, who were stalwarts of the club. Winners were Shirley Heywood, Neville Meikle and Ron Gloster. Saturday, September 12 was our annual shield game against Mirboo North, and the following Saturday, September 19 is a practice at Longwarry. A bus will leave from Leongatha BC at 10.45 and then pick up at Meeniyan. Uniform please, and bring lunch. Sunday, September 20 is Guests Day which begins our very busy season.

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THURSDAY was the last round for the season with the winners Jean Kirk and Allan Provis. The annual wind-up tournament was held on Saturday and Sunday concluding with our presentation night at the Royal Hotel where bowling club president Geoff Barber presented trophies to: Thursday: winner: Susie Stewart (33 points); runner up: Jean Kirk (31 points). Saturday: winner: Val Kennedy (26 points); runner up: Bev Bowcher (25 points). Singles champion: Les Kirk; runner up: Norm Greaves. Pairs champion: Les and Jean Kirk.

Mardan indoor with two wins, and one of our newer members, Roslyn Fox who won the Kelly’s voucher. The ladies held their annual sherry luncheon on Tuesday. A very enjoyable day was had by all. Thursday’s winners were Brian Clough and Don Mackay with three wins +4 shots. The drawn card went to Bruce Peters and Neil Joyce

Leongatha WEDNESDAY, September 9 saw 24 bowlers brave the cold and inclement weather. For the first time ladies and men combined for the day, eight ladies and 16 men, to compete in their own competition. The sponsor for the day was SG Exhausts. Winners of the ladies section were Joyce Fuller and Bev Thompson. Prize winners for the men were Lance Lancaster and Murray Blackburn on three wins and 18 up. Runners-up were Robert Young and Allan Rayson on three wins and 14 up. Our first pennant practice was conducted at Hastings on Saturday. Three divisions were played and Hastings had the better of the results at the end of the day. The best result for Leongatha was the team of Fred Sauvarin, Ron Cook and David Dunkley, and Jack Rayson finished 19 up. Thanks goes to John Turner for being our dependable coach driver. The next pennant practice is on October 3 at Phillip Island. Friday, September 11 was our opening dinner, and thanks goes to Mary Jepson, Joan Bee, Marlene Rayson and Dianne O’Connor for their wonderful catering efforts, also David Bee for his tireless kitchen support. John O’Connor once again provided excellent prizes for the lucky ones. Thanks to Jack Charlton and Helen Twite who represented the SGBA. Wednesday, September 16 affiliated social bowls and ladies social. Saturday, September 19 pennant practice and mixed social bowls. Both days are muft and commence at 1pm, names in by 12 noon.

WHAT a great night for some rolling. We had four teams with three in each. In the bottom spot, fourth, (LLL) were Bill Wolswinkle, Peter Tiziani and Gemma Poletti. Then, for the next three spots, we had countbacks. Third (WWL) went to Rod McConchie, Peter Heldens, Illene Tiziani and Tamara Teylor 12 ends +4 shots. Second (WLW) was Toni Heldens, Sebastian Terranova, Carolyn Benson and Tamara Teylor 12 ends +5 shots. First place, with 14 ends (LWW) Graeme Tobias, Glenys Pilkington and Ian Benson. Best first game Rod 10-8. Best second game Graeme 11-6, best third game Toni 11-4. Our garden walk will be held on Saturday October 31 so mark it on your calendar. That’s another week gone, so see you all next week at 7.30pm, Wednesday night in the Buffalo Hall. Everyone is welcome.

THE opening of the season proper will be this Friday evening at the clubhouse. Hopefully everyone will gather around 6.30pm to start our meal at 7pm. Please contact either secretary if you haven’t yet done so and wish to attend. As a prelude to the season, the ladies held their trivia night last Friday. It was great to see so many enjoying the evening. Many thanks to Val and John for the questions and to the members who provided the supper. Thank you to the many visitors from neighbouring clubs, local businesses and family and friends for boosting our numbers so admirably. Also thanks to the members who gave the clubhouse some ‘spit and polish’ and to the

indoor bowlers who rolled up the carpets and rolled them out again afterwards. Their season finished over the weekend. On Saturday, proceedings will start with a barbecue lunch to be followed by bowling. Mufti to be worn. The men’s Division 5 pennant is only a fortnight from commencement, and we need as many members and intending members as possible to attend. Ladies social bowls will start on Thursday September 24 at the earlier time of 10am this season. Thursdays remain as mixed bowls, mufti or uniform and BYO lunch. Your committees are hoping to see a good turnout for all three events.

Fish Creek OUR club was host to Foster for the first practice match of the season. The visitors were too good by 37 shots. The weather was perfect for the game. Six teams from each club played. Bowlers are reminded of our practice on a Friday afternoon starting at 4pm. Any player unable to play at Toora, contact Jack Charlton on 5683 2491 as soon as possible.

Teams to play at Toora leave club rooms no later than 12 noon. L. McKenzie, W. Ferbrache, C. McGannon, D. Christie, R. McKenzie, R. Staley, D. Livingstone, R. Grylls, A. Kerr, F. Carter, R. Dickie, D. Stefani, J. Stefani, J. Lindeman, J. Lavarda, B. Everitt, A. Atwell, T. Huybregts, L. Synan, R. Cooper. Emergencies: F. McLaughlin, T. Taylor, N. Buckland and P. Tori.

Indoor Fish Creek had their presentation night last Monday with tea at the Orange Roughy. Eighteen attended and the president of the Indoor Association presented Glynis Pilkington and Jack Charlton with their singles awards. President Jack, of Fish Creek Indoor presented Kevin Flanders with a nice cheque for the Fish Creek Bowling Club.

BECAUSE there were only 13 players at bowls on Wednesday night, the selectors decided we play two games of 10 ends. They did a good job because each team won one game each. The winners with 1 game 12 ends and 34 shots were Cliff Smith (skip), Robert Campbell and Ann Plowman. Runners-up with one win 10 ends and 17 shots were Ian Bristow (skip), Margaret Campbell and Lorna Roberts. The first semi final of 75 up was played before our social games, with Jeanette Grady defeating Robert Campbell.

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SINCE there were only ten bowlers at Dumbalk Indoor Bias Bowling Club last week, they had two teams of two and two teams of three, playing three games of eight ends. Robert Burden (skipper) and Joyce Fuller were the winning team with two wins (WDW). The runners-up were Frank Peile (skipper), Stephen Holmes and Mary Cook (LDW).


SHIRLEY and Eddie Morrissy popped into the club rooms after bowls on Wednesday September 2. They are both enjoying their life at Wandana Heights, out of Geelong. Last Wednesday 31 ladies attened the first Social Bowls for the season. The winning team with plus 7 was Carol Hughes, Joy Brown, Marie Bean and Pam Sutcliffe. The runners-up on plus six were Ivy Sheppard, Pat Stoneham, Gloria Growse and Edith Perrett. We will have our first pennant practice at home against Korumburra on Tuesday, September 15. Monday, September 21 all members are urged to come to the club for our clean-up day at 12 noon. As the ladies on committee have a meeting in the morning and also the afternoon, we hope that many hands will help to get this job done between meetings. Then Tuesday, September 22 we have pennant practice at home against Leongatha at 10am. Uniform please and bring your lunch. Wednesday, September 23 there will be a general meeting at 10am for all members to bring up any matters. Bring your lunch if you wish to bowl at 1pm. October 7 is the first round of the 100 up championship, so put your name down.


Night tennis begins soon TEAM entries are invited for the Leongatha Tennis Club’s popular summer night tennis competition beginning on October 12. All prospective players and teams are encouraged to get themselves organised in the next few weeks as the close off date where entries will no longer be accepted is 5pm on October 5, as the club organisers need time to get draws ready. Individuals wishing to play can submit their names to Leongatha Tennis Club officials who will endeavour to find a suitable position in which they can play. The coming tennis season already appears loaded with excitement as teams and players have altered during the winter break.

All eager tennis players are encouraged to participate in the Leongatha Tennis Club’s opening day, to be held on September 27 at 11am, where popular tennis coaches, Mark and Annette Sheppard, will officially open the season, followed by a barbecue lunch and refreshments. All night tennis team entry forms are available at Leongatha Sportscene or from the clubhouse. Greg Marshman is the night tennis co-ordinator and he will handle any queries teams may have when entering. Greg can be contacted on 5662 3558. The Leongatha Tennis Club is looking forward to its busy summer tennis season and urges any keen players to come along and get involved in this wonderful social game.

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Alberton netball grand final winners

Wonthaggi Power - A Grade premiers: back from left, coach Nicole Moresco, Melissa Zanella, Sommer Schmidt, Emma Main, Chloe McBain, Jess Main, Jo Le Page, coach Fi Cengia, team manager Em Phillips, front from left Carley Main, Alice Young, captain Courtney Blair, vice captain Alyce Abriola and Emma Adams.

Korumburra/Bena - B Grade premiers: back from left, Ashleigh Harper, Emma Grabham, Jaimie Lee Jeffs, Louise Christopher, Lauren Cosson, front from left, coach Karen Sorrell, Angela Croatto, captain Brianna Wilson and Bec Muir, Mel Heyden, Andrea Walker and team manager Bec Paterson.

Foster - C Grade premiers: Jemma Cornell, Tarryn McKenzie, Shannon Clerihan Jervies, Sonia Webber, Kiarna Smith, Annabel Davies. Sophie Lyon, Deb Harris, Pauline Angwin. Coach Kate Pulham.

Foster - Under 17 premiers: back from left, Jeca Pulham (team manager), Kara Wogan-Browne, Zoe Wogan-Browne, Alana Bassett, Cath Chester (coach), Yvie Angwin (coach). Second top row from left, Blair Clerihan Jervies, Kate Lyon and Katie Jones. Second bottom row from left, Maxi Worboys, Laura Parry, Ashleigh Angwin. Front, Brittney McKenzie.

Yarram - Under 15 premiers: back from left, Rachel Ronaldson, Kate Roff, Karly Eades, Sharni Smith, Darcy Lee Lamb, Zoe Waugh, Alysha Moore, Lara Dunkley, Jenna Rodaughan (coach). Centre row from left, Faye and Chloe Harris, Colleen Swift. Front row, Renae Walker, Alex Rodaughan, Kobi Davis and Laura Jonston.

Fish Creek - Under 13 premiers: back from left, coach Leanne McGuane, Shannon Dancart, Abbey Shaw, Hannah Flanders, Sally Stone-Shack, Jodie Flanders, Scarlett Park-Deere, Amy Watkins. Front from left, Emma Watkins, Lucinda Tracy, Chelsea McGannon and Amy Ryan.

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Captain: Courtney Blair, captain of the Wonthaggi Power A Grade netball team in action during the grand final match against Dalyston.

Best on court: gun KB goaler Jaimie Lee Jeffs was thrilled to be voted the best on court after her outstanding efforts in the Alberton netball B Grade grand final that saw her team knock off the undefeated Foster side.

Winner: Wonthaggi Power’s Melissa Zanella helped her team to a thrilling one goal win in the Alberton Netball A Grade grand final.

Big pass: Fish Creek centre Amy Watkins lobs a ball foward during the Under 13s win against Allies.

Tight battle: Foster’s Under 17 centre Britt McKenzie gets the jump on her Wonthaggi counterpart Alice Young.

Top prize: KB netballers Emma Grabham and Louise Christopher couldn’t wait to get their hands on the B Grade premiership cup after their upset grand final win against Foster on Saturday.

Alberton Netball grand final report

13 & Under: Fish Creek 23 d Allies 16 Although the weather looked unpredictable, the conditions were perfect for the start of our first grand final. There was a huge crowd for these two young sides. As expected it was a very tentative start by both teams with basic errors and goals hard to come by. It was four all at the first break but the play seemed to be with the Fish Creek girls. The second quarter was more relaxed. FC moved the ball purposefully toward their attack end while Allies hesitated through the centre third. Mercedes MathewsonVardy (Allies) was taking every second pass in an effort to move her team forward. Shannon Dankert (FC) was working the ball confidently into the circle for her shooters. At half time, FC had opened up a five goal lead. The Allies scored first in the third and reduced the margin to three, midway through the quarter, but FC steadied to regain a strong lead. Hannah Flanders (FC) rebounded confidently and maintained defensive pressure over each pass, causing doubt in the Allies attack. Allies tried hard to reduce the margin but FC showed why they were the top side in this section. Jack Charlton trophy was awarded to Hannah Flanders (FC) and the Retravision award went to Mercedes Mathewson-Vardy (Allies) 15 & Under: Yarram 36 d Korumburra/Bena 28. The pace certainly picked up as the 15s took to the court. The shooters started well at both ends and the scene was set for a tight tussle. Lara Dunkley (Yarram) was providing an excellent focal point for her team while Kimberley Hillberg (K/B) was moving confidently in her attack end. After an even first quarter K/B started slowly in the second term. Yarram pressured every pass through the centre and K/B made passing errors, giving Yarram opportunities to take the lead. Yarram converted every break and continued to get vital touches on the ball. They were happy with a five goal lead at half time. The momentum lifted in the third with K/B getting some early breaks and scoring from their chances. Yarram settled and a very even contest continued with no change to the leading margin. K/B made some changes for the last quarter in an effort to lift their team over the line. K/B got some extra touches but was unable to convert so Yarram maintained their strong lead with steady, patient play. Chloe Harris (Yarram) continued to pressure the ball in defence and pick up the loose ball. Yarram completed their undefeated run and took out the premiership in this grade. Retravision Best on Court went to Chloe Harris (Yarram). 17 & Under: Foster 33 d Wonthaggi Power 28.

This match was a game of two halves and turned out to be a fascinating battle with some excellent individual contests. Power stepped on the court with nothing to lose. They continued from where they left off last week with plenty of bounce in their step and pressure on the pass. Kristie Bryden (Wonthaggi Power) had her eye in early while Hannah Taylor (Wonthaggi Power) seemed to have lots of room to move. Claire Atherton (Wonthaggi Power) was getting great touches in defence and rebounding well. Wonthaggi Power had a three goal break after the first quarter. Power kept up the pace at the start of the second but Foster became more confident as their goalers became more confident. Wonthaggi Power could not afford to miss, with Alana Bassett (Foster) picking off rebounds. The margin was four in favour of Wonthaggi Power at half time but you had the feeling Foster were lifting their work rate. The third quarter had plenty of breaks in the flow of play with great intercepts and passing errors across the rings at both ends. Each team worked hard to break the deadlock and frustrations were becoming evident. Foster reduced the margin and Zoe Wogan-Browne (Foster) continued to score well in GS. One the difference going into the last. A lift from all seven Foster girls increased the defensive pressure and seemed to rattle Wonthaggi Power. Both Foster goalers were spot-on and the momentum was with Foster. For the first time in this match Fos took the lead and did not let it slip. An incredible win to a very determined Foster side. Retravision Best on Court was Alana Bassett (Foster). C Grade: Foster 32 d Korumburra/Bena 15. Maybe these girls were boosted by the win they had just witnessed by their younger tiger cubs, but the undefeated Foster side walked out on court psyched. Everything fell their way in an outstanding start to the C Grade grand final. K/B defenders were having trouble penetrating the Fos attack, with Jemma Cornell (Foster) shooting beautifully. Deb Hams (Foster) was also adding insult to injury by doing some strong work in defence. At the end of the first quarter the score was 13 to four in favour of Foster. K/B started to use the ball better in the second quarter and with that came a little bit of luck. They created some turnovers and the competition was even but the margin was not decreased. Elle Burgess (K/B) was running through the centre well. The third quarter was very low scoring as the pressure increased all over the court. Although Fos extended their lead every goal was hard fought. Foster made more changes and continued to control the game in the last quarter. Foster ran out strong winners but K/B should be pleased with their finals series efforts. Retravision Best on Court was Deb Hams (Foster). B Grade: Korumburra/Bena 58 d Foster 51. These two teams settled quickly into their own rhythm

in very warm conditions. K/B got off to a great start with Brianna Wilson and Jaimee-Lee Jeffs combining well and Nic McKenzie (Foster) was organising her team’s attack end. Foster had a two goal advantage at the first break. The scores levelled quickly at the start of the second quarter. K/B was using long passes into their goals while Fos had to pass around the ring. Gradually K/B capitalised on passing errors and gained confidence all over the court, getting extra touches and creating turnovers. K/B had the momentum and a nine goal lead at half time. Fos made changes and some tired mistakes from K/B gave Fos the chances they needed. Fos was converting each K/B error and making their centres count. At three quarter time it was three goals the difference in favour of K/B and the spectators were trying to predict what was to come in the last. The last quarter had a nervy start with intercepts and uncharacteristic hesitation causing turnovers. The contest was very even but K/B stayed controlled and patient. Bec Muir (K/B) held her composure, getting some invaluable touches at pressure times. Jaimee-Lee Jeffs (K/B) was the tall focal point in attack and shot reliably. In the surprise result of the day K/B took out the B Grade premiership by seven goals. Retravision Best on Court went to Jaimee-Lee Jeffs (K/B). A Grade: Wonthaggi Power 42 d Dalyston 41. The anticipation had built throughout the day waiting for this match. Dalyston’s form throughout the finals had been great while Wonthaggi Power was undefeated. Wonthaggi’s experience got them off to a good start. Wonthaggi Power had four on the board before Dalyston got the ball into the ring. The competition was tough all over the court and there was huge pressure on each pass. Wonthaggi Power gave away some early chances to let Dalyston be in touch at quarter time. Wonthaggi Power 11 to Dalyston eight. In the second quarter Dalyston did not seem to have the freer movement in the centre third from the previous weeks. This caused Dalyston to hesitate and Wonthaggi Power closed off space. Melissa Zanella (Wonthaggi Power) and Jarney Thomas (Dalyston) were evenly matched, generating some great aerial feats from both players. Wonthaggi Power’s accuracy in goals was proving to be the difference between the two teams at this stage. Wonthaggi had extended their lead to six at half time. An interchange on WA for Dalyston and Wonthaggi Power swapped their defenders in preparation for the third quarter. Dalyston lifted to gain some momentum but every loose ball was keenly contested. There were some outstanding defensive touches which make the difference in games like this. Alyce Abriola (Wonthaggi Power) took

some excellent intercepts at crucial times. The pressure remained on the Dalyston goalers. With a five goal margin separating these two teams at the last break, the tension seemed to be mounting. In a fascinating quarter of netball, Dalyston managed to sneak back to level the scores with minutes to go. Emma Main and Courtney Blair (Wonthaggi Power) held their composure to find front position and shoot accurately. In what was a fitting end to an exciting game, it was centre for centre for the last three minutes. The time keeper was up with 20 seconds on the clock and Dalyston had their centre pass but the pass had too much on it in an effort to get it into the goals quickly. Wonthaggi Power by one. Retravision Best on Court and the ‘Harry Kiekebosch’ medallist was Emma Main (Wonthaggi Power).

Best and fairest: Alberton Netball League A Grade best and fairest winner, K/B netballer Christie Hillberg was awarded her trophy on grand final day at Foster on Saturday.

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Korumburra/Bena’s big Thirds victory RELENTLESS pressure even when victory was certain delivered a superb premiership to Korumburra/Bena’s Thirds boys against Phillip Island. Coach Leigh Wilson instilled hunger in his side, eradicating any thoughts of complacency as the Bulldogs ran out victors by 40 points. Buoyed by the Bulldogs’ Fourths premiership, the Thirds’ accuracy ensured possessions were converted to goals. The Bulldogs made an impression from the outset, booting three goals and tackling strongly within reach of the white sticks. A team effort paid off, giving K/B a lead of 23 points at quarter-time. Tight contests were fought in the centre in the second term but Phillip Island dominated play and scored the first goal. But K/B never eased, with L. Van Rooye strong in the middle, and S. Edwards and R. Stubbs booting goals. More majors were scored after the ball was rushed from the wing and along the boundary, giving K/B a reassuring 35 point lead at half-time. The leaders scored the first two points of the third before Edwards took a stunning mark from among the pack and goaled. Phillip Island resurged, fighting for the ball in close duels close to goal and eventually M. Wright goaled to close the gap to 37. Tit for tat play resulted in scores to both sides but still K/B led the way at three-quarter time, 65 to 31. R. Stubbs bagged a tough goal from the boundary to keep K/B’s momentum going, soon joined by another six points, this time to T. Mayo. Phillip Island continued to make the occasional dent on K/B’s margin but there was no stopping the top dogs, who went on to win 15.5.95 to 8.7.55. Team manager Peter Kyle said K/B was favourite to win, having not lost a match all year. “We went into the game full of confidence and at full strength. We applied a lot of pressure in the middle, our backline stood up well and our forward line made the most of opportunities,” he said.

Our time: Korumburra/Bena, Thirds premiers 2009.

High honour: South Gippsland football stalwart Jack Charlton (white) can’t believe how tall Shannon Bray is. The Korumburra/Bena player won the best on ground medal. They are flanked by Jim Harry of the AFL. Left: Cover me: T. Mayo dashes towards the forward line as his team-mates shepherd.

Nail biting triumph for Korumburra/Bena Fourths KORUMBURRA/ BENA’S Fourths were in familiar but scary territory as the siren ticked down in Saturday’s grand final match against premiership favourites Kilcunda/ Bass. The Bulldogs had overcome Wonthaggi Power by a mere point in the previous week’s preliminary final and with just minutes to go in the biggest match of the year, the margin was also just one meagre point. But in similar fashion, the Bulldogs won, 6.4.40 to 5.9.39, handing the Panthers their first loss of the season. Coach Neil Edwards was ecstatic, especially as memories of last year’s loss to Phillip Island in the grand final were fresh. “To just get in there and make a go of it is a great effort,” he said.

“The kids are a credit to themselves; they just kept trying and never gave up. They will remember this for the rest of their lives.” Kilcunda/Bass seized the lead in the first quarter and were two goals up at halftime. The Bulldogs were still a point down at threequarter time as the result hinged on the final term. Matt Edwards took a strong mark close to goal and to the crowd’s delight, he passed the ball on and his team-mates were able to goal. Possession continued to alternate without score as the clock ticked down. The Panthers scored points from two attempts to goal, giving the Bulldogs victory on the back of a superb running game. Matt Edwards, Justin Smith, Michael Wight, Kodie Spokes, Jake Wyhoon and Zac Mayo were named as the Bulldogs’ best.

Jubilance galore: coach Neil Edwards celebrates with the victorious Korumburra/Bena Fourths.

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Lions roar to flag AFTER dominating for three quarters, Stony Creek had to survive a last quarter surge by Wonthaggi Power to claim its first senior flag since 1983.

Grand final Saturday September 12 SENIORS STONY CREEK ..................................... 4.5 7.5 12.9 - 14.10.94 WONTHAGGI POWER............................ 2.3 5.6 6.9 - 11.14.80 Stony Creek goalkickers: L. McMillan 6, C. Verboon 3, M. Fleming 2, C. Stone 1, J. Shields 1, N. Rodda 1. Best: L. McMillan, N. Rodda, B. Hutchinson, B. Byrnes, J. Byrnes, J. Shields. Wonthaggi Power goalkickers: R. Tack 2, B. Young 2, J. Olden 2, N. Jones 2, A. Ware 1, P. Brosnan 1, T. Murdoch 1. Best: P. Brosnan, A. Sorensen, N. Jones, T. Gilliland, K. Schrape, B. Young.

RESERVES INVERLOCH/KONGWAK ....................... 2.3 3.3 5.5 8.6.54 KORUMBURRA/BENA ........................... 0.2 1.4 3.5 6.8.44 Inverloch/Kongwak goalkickers: A. Scott 3, J. Jackson 1, J. Dennerley 1, J. Dowie 1, N. Cant 1, J .Riley 1. Best: P. Jobling, A. Powell, S. Buxton, J. Riley, W. Taberner, L. Short. Korumburra/ Bena goalkickers: B. Rawson 3, J. Morrison 1, M. Walker 1, M. Whiteside 1. Best: M. Whiteside, D. Caporale, B. Rawson, D. Salmon, J. Morrison, J. Caporale.

UNDER 18s KORUMBURRA/BENA ......................... 4.2 8.3 10.5 - 15.5.95 PHILLIP ISLAND .................................... 0.3 2.4 4.7 9.7.61 Korumburra/Bena goalkickers: S. Edwards 7, B. Fitzpatrick 3, J. Rippingale 1, R. Stubbs 1, C. Anderson 1, I. Osman 1, T. Mayo 1. Best: B. Fitzpartick, S. Edwards, T. Mayo, C. Macri, S. Bray, M. Olden. Phillip Island goalkickers: L. Cleeland 3, J. Robinson 2, M. Wright 2, B. Hamilton 1, T. Cole 1. Best: J. Turner, B. Hamilton, J. Robinson, D. Johnston, L. Cleeland, T. Cole.

UNDER 15s KORUMBURRA/BENA ........................... 1.2 2.2 5.4 6.4.40 KILCUNDA/BASS .................................. 1.2 5.5 5.5 5.9.39 Korumburra/Bena goalkickers: J. Hopkins 2, J. Meade 2, D. James 1, M. Edwards 1. Best: M. Edwards, J. Smith, M. Wight, K. Spokes, J. Wyhoon, Z. Mayo. Kilcunda/Bass goalkickers: J. Read 3, S. Kuyper 1, J. Dakin 1. Best: N. Milton, J. Read, J. Joyce, D. Crawford, J. Turner, D. Clay.

Stony Creek won the grand final by 14 points, 14.10.94 to Wonthaggi Power 11.14.80. The Maroons had to do it the hard way, coming through from an elimination final win against Philip Island, and a semi-final win against Yarram, before defeating Korumburra/Bena in the preliminary final to earn a crack at Wonthaggi. Stony Creek coach, Leigh McQuillen, knew his team could do it; they had been the only team to defeat the Power all season, earlier this year. There were emotional scenes soon after the siren sounded to signal Stony Creek’s fairytale end to the season. Players embraced, the song was sung and supporters were going wild. The mood was extremely somber in the Wonthaggi camp, as the team’s last game in the Alberton Football League hadn’t gone to script. There were plenty of heroes in the Stony Creek team, with nearly every player doing his bit for the glory of the premiership. Two of the best players on field, as voted by the experts, were Nathaniel Rodda, who won the Bill Pollock medal, and Lucas McMillan with his six goals giving him the umpires’ vote for best on field. But Stony was well served by

Banner time: Stony Creek crashes through their banner which stated “It’s Time 2009, Go Stony”

Despondent: all was quiet in the Wonthaggi camp as they failed by just 14 points in their fifth grand final appearance in a row. The Power now has three premierships cups and two runners-up to their name as they exit the Alberton Football League.

many other players, including Justin Shields, Brenton Byrnes, Brad Hutchinson, Kyle Van Der Pluym, Julian and Cameron Stone and Jacob Byrnes. For Wonthaggi, Ben Young tried his heart out all day and was inspirational in Wonthaggi’s fightback along with coach Paul Brosnan. Other players to contribute were Andrew Sorenson, Nathan Jones, Tim Gilliland, and Kainen Schrape. Match Details The stage was all set for a great game of football. The weather was very warm, a record crowd and the smell of the barbecue in the background - what more could you ask for in a grand final in country Victoria. Wonthaggi started as favourites with their obvious experience and playing in their final Alberton Football League game, but Stony Creek would always be the sentimental champion, so it was game on. Stony Creek came out full of run, showing no signs of nerves. Chris Verboon was getting plenty of the pill and soon brought up Stony’s first after a mark. It was Stony who were making all the play and an injury to Power ruckman, Declan Kelly, seemed to unsettle their side. Brad Hutchinson and J. Shields were busy as usual, and B. Byrnes was already setting the tone with his dominance in the ruck. The game ball, much to the amusement of the crowd, got stuck up a tree - it could only happen in the country. Julian Stone was running the ball down the wing several times but it was Wonthaggi who replied through Paul Brosnan after riding a bump. Rodda fed a pass to McMillan who marked and kicked truly for Stony. Stony was wasting some early chances but Sorenson also missed an easy one for the Power. Rodda, to McMillan then Shields saw another major to the Maroons. In a beautiful passage of play, the best for the day, Stony ran the ball out of defence through Van Der Pluym, to Rodda then Murray Fleming for another goal. Tack over to Todd Murdoch saw a much needed goal to the Power. Asa Leausa and Gilliland were doing a good job down back for the Power, while the Lions’ defence was also working hard. At the first break it was all Stony Creek who perhaps should have

been another two goals up at least. Quarter time scores: Stony Creek 4.5.29 - Wonthaggi Power 2.3.15. In a quick move, Rodda, Hutchinson, Van Der Pluym and Verboon combined for another Stony goal. Ben Young was a very busy player for the Power, figuring in a lot of play. Aaron Ware, the best and fairest, was being well tagged by Stony’s Brad Hutchinson who was following him wherever he went on the ground. Josh Olden snapped an easy goal as the Power tried to claw back. But Stony had the answer as Van Der Pluym moved it over to McMillan who played on and snapped a great goal. Stony Creek had the pressure right on Wonthaggi, their tackling a clear standout. The two Stones combined when Cameron Stone landed a great tackle. He moved it on to brother Julian who scored a nice goal, 40 metres out. Nathan Jones goaled for Wonthaggi when a 50 metre penalty gave him an easy shot. Aaron Ware scored a much needed one for Wonthaggi right on half time. Stony Creek had dominated the match so far in possessions but two late goals by Wonthaggi saw the margin at a surprisingly close two goals. Half time scores: Stony Creek 7.5.47 - Wonthaggi 5.6.36. Stony Creek had the use of the breeze this term blowing into their forward pocket and were hoping for a big term. It started well for them when Matt Davies to McMillan brought up full points. Van Der Pluym over to McMillan again and his ever-reliable boot scored another. A bit of a dust-up came soon after. Wonthaggi seemed to stir themselves a little but the Stony defence held firm. Hutchinson took some strong grabs to repel Wonthaggi. McMillan goaled again as Stony’s lead blew out but the Power got one back through Nathan Jones. Verboon goaled after receiving a 50 metre for Stony Creek while McMillan was having a great quarter with another goal. Hutchinson continued to dominate out of defence while Tack came off briefly, not having a lot of influence on the contest. At three quarter time Stony

Creek had a six goal lead over the Power and many at the ground thought the game was all over. Wonthaggi, who had kicked six goals for three quarters, needed to boot at least seven goals this term to win the match. Three quarter time scores: Stony Creek 12.9.81 - Wonthaggi 6.9.45. Ben Young never gave up for Wonthaggi. His inspirational play saw him snap a great goal and stir his side into action. Young over to Tack with a mark and goal and suddenly Wonthaggi had their tails up, four goals the difference. A massive torpedo out of the centre saw Tack on the end of it again. He kicked truly for his second and Wonthaggi had erupted. Stony had stopped to a walk, the Power had the sniff of a massive turnaround of fortunes. Rodda over to Fleming saw a much needed goal for Stony Creek to bring it back to four goals. Josh Olden soon made it a three goal margin again with a goal to Wonthaggi. Wonthaggi peppered away at goal for a couple of behinds then Ben Young grabbed a great mark and scored a goal. It was an 11 point ball game at the 15 minute mark; plenty of time for the Power. Ben Eddy ran in for an open goal for Wonthaggi but missed. When Cameron Stone moved the ball over to Rodda for a goal at the 24 minute mark; Stony Creek had stitched up the premiership. The siren sounded minutes later and the celebrations burst out al over the ground. It had been an excellent game, played hard and in good spirit. The umpires did a great job, almost unnoticeable as they went about managing the game. Congratulations to all the Stony players and their club on a great season, and on their fighting spirit to win this elusive premiership. Congratulations also to Wonthaggi who have been the benchmark over the past five seasons and set a challenge to all clubs in the AFL to reach upwards. In the football jungle, the Stony Creek Lions no longer sleep and they will become the hunted. Final scores: Stony Creek 14.10.94 d Wonthaggi Power 11.14.80.

Solid contributor: Stony Creek’s Kyle Van Der Pluym gets boot to ball before being tackled. Van Der Pluym was in doubt with an ankle injury but managed to play a very serviceable game for the Lions. Photo courtesy

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Stones celebrate: Cameron (back left) and Julian Stone, who both played a vital part of Stony Creek’s premiership success, share the spoils with their younger brother Tom.

We’ve won: Stony Creek coach Leigh McQuillen and club president Greg Burge hold the 2009 premiership cup. The moment: after receiving the premiership cup, Stony Creek coach Leigh McQuillen and captain Leigh Andrews show it to their adoring supporters.

It’s our Cup THE HE long wait is over!

Busy: Kyle Van Der Pluym was amongst the hard-working Stony players.

Stony Creek has gained that elusive premiership after a mighty effort over their more fancied opponents, Wonthaggi Power. It has been a long wait to hear the Lions roar again. But the Stony Creek of 2009 has created its own piece of football history by winning their way through four cut-throat finals to do it the hard way. Read the full match report on page 63.

Sweet victory: as well as winning the Bill Pollock medal for best on ground, Stony Creek’s Nathaniel Rodda was also delighted to lift the premiership cup.

Byrnes boys: pictured are members of the Byrnes family, who were all involved in delivTime for reflection: Stony Creek players line-up for the National Anthem before the big ering Stony the premiership, from left, Lucas Byrnes, Jarrod Byrnes, Brenton Byrnes and game. Jacob Byrnes.

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