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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2013 - $1.20 Constant repairs: Leongatha operations manager for Peter Stoitse Transport, Peter Sarhanis, said poor roads damaged milk tankers.

Action vital: Peter Duffus, UDT transport manager, is tired of potholes costing the company substantial money.

We don’t want to die By Brad Lester and Simone Short A POTHOLE will claim a life on South Gippsland’s roads, a leader in the transport industry has warned. The region’s crumbling roads are also costing one milk company $5000 a week in repairs. Pothole riddled thoroughfares are causing damage to milk tankers, wrecking axles and wheel rims. The State Government should

adequately fund roadworks before someone is killed on the region’s roads, said Glenn Garner, business manager at Peter Stoitse Transport at Welshpool and Leongatha. “They have got some budget restraints but what is a life worth, because that’s (death) what is going to happen,” he said. Peter Stoitse Transport carries milk on behalf of Korumburra dairy company, Burra Foods. Mr Garner said potholes are forcing cars to swerve into the paths of milk tankers, risking collision and the lives of truck


and car drivers. Tanker drivers are also heading onto roadside verges to avoid potholes, causing loads of milk to shift, risking tankers overturning. “It’s a safety issue. Some of the

holes are big enough you can damage the steering straight away and if a driver tries to drive around them and the load shifts, it’s just fraught with danger,” Mr Garner said. “We have not had any rollovers yet, caused by the holes, but it’s only a matter of time, especially if you get a driver change his route and he picks a pothole up at the last minute and he tries to move. It only takes a bit to sway the tanker. “The drivers have reported potholes as a safety issue and they are concerned.

“Someone that goes around here in a truck has a good idea of how bad the roads are.” That concern for life is shared by United Dairy Power’s Poowong site manager Jason Irving and UDT transport manager Peter Duffus. “Not only are tanker drivers at risk but all road users. Both Peter and myself have driven trucks before and the roads around the area are a disgrace,” Mr Irving said. Continued on page 6.

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What a ripper weekend

WARATAH Beach Surf Life Saving Club celebrated 50 years with a huge program of events over the long weekend.

Past members from 1963 onwards turned out for the occasion, coming from most parts of Australia. Kicking off the celebrations was the annual Nipper carnival on Friday, January 25 featuring some 90 Nippers, battling strong winds and choppy conditions. See coverage of the club celebrations on pages 2 and 56.

Competitive field: Max Shuttleworth (left) took out the iron Nipper and age champion at the Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club’s Nipper carnival last Friday, pictured with Lachlan Costello and Dan McNab.

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Lifesavers celebrate 50

THEY came from all parts of Australia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club over the

Australia Day long weekend.

Organiser of the event, Max Collins, a 45 year veteran of the club, described the weekend as “fantastic, better than

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Stalwarts: all life members at the club, from left, Ray Legg (Port Douglas), Lindsay Dell, and Rick Kirby. No less than 15 life members were at Saturday night’s dinner.


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Legends: some of the legends of the club are, from left, unofficial club historian Max Collins who organised the anniversary, Mike Stephens, and Ted and Lyn Martin.

Four lifers: another four of the many life members, from left, Hamish and Liz Browne, George Misson, and Stephen Pilkington.

Pilkington and Steven and Lori Pilkington from Tasmania, and Matthew Shaw from Darwin all here. Unfortunately Lindsay Bistrup arrived from Western Australia only to see him break his hip and miss the night, which was very disappointing.” The weekend of events started with the annual Nipper Carnival on Friday (see Sport in today’s Star), the senior aand junior club champio championships took place on Satur Saturday, then the 50th annivers anniversary dinner on the Saturday night. S On Sunday, the club had the historic march past feat featuring the Waratah Reds versus The Waratah Blues. This event was judged by the president of Life Saving Victoria, Tom Mallenhopf and immediate past president Mike Martin, both guests of the club over the weekend. For the record the Blues defeated the Reds by two points in a hotly contested march with 12 in each te team. During Sunday the Westpac Life Saver 6 helicopter arrived to conduct a number of rescue demonstrations b off the beach. The day concluded with a beef and burgundy dinner for 110 at the club rooms. Current club president Julian Meagher described the weekend as a “great success with almost all the original bronze squad from 1963 present on the Saturday night.” “It’s been a huge month at the club and I’m just reco recovering,” Julian said fro from his holiday house at Sandy Point.


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Water wallies

SOUTH Gippslanders seem to be overusing water, with the people of Korumburra to be on stage one water restrictions from tomorrow, January 31.

This is the first time any of South Gippsland Water’s (SGW) customers have been on restrictions since the drought ended in 2008. Restrictions apply only to Korumburra – so far. But SGW managing director, Philippe du Plessis, and his staff are keeping a keen eye on Leongatha’s Ruby Creek holding and restrictions are a possibility “in the medium term”. He said Korumburra’s restrictions had been introduced because there had been a “significant drop” in the Coalition Creek storage. “It’s not a huge system – it’s quick empty, quick fill. “We always take the conservative approach.” The sustained dry weather and lack of prospect of reasonable rain have prompted the decision. If those conditions continue, the restrictions could become more severe. On Friday, Coalition Creek was at 66 per cent of capacity. Ruby Creek was at 71 per cent. Mr du Plessis said SGW customers as a whole had continued their wise use of water introduced during the drought years, but the warm, dry weather has led to higher use, particularly for watering gardens and lawns. Evaporation is an ongoing issue too. Earlier this month, Mr du Plessis said one hot day had creamed three megalitres (three million litres) or more than an Olympic sized swimming pool from the big Lance Creek Reservoir just out of Wonthaggi. He added evaporation from smaller holdings is more rapid.

The restrictions mean watering systems for gardens and lawns can only be used between 6 and 10am and 6 to 10pm on alternate days. That means if your house has an even number, you can only water on even number days and odd numbers on odd numbered days. Watering with a bucket or hand held hose with trigger nozzle is permitted any time. Hosing paving, concrete and hard surfaces is banned, except for construction, emergency, health or safety reasons. Vehicles must be washed with a bucket, high pressure cleaning device or commercial car wash. There are additional restrictions with pools, spas, ponds, fountains and lakes. Details are at www. or ring 1300 851 636. Mr du Plessis said all SWG storages were “very hardy” leading into December but that is waning. “There is not a lot of rain anywhere and we always monitor the at risk storages.” Leongatha and Fish Creek are among these. Meanwhile, the authority’s five-year water plan is with the Essential Services Commission (ESC) for comment and/or approval. Mr du Plessis said the usual process is for SGW to lodge a draft plan, the ESC releases its response in late February or early March, with a final decision due by the end of June. The plan proposes capital expenditure of nearly $72 million and a total tariff increase over the five years of 9.3 per cent. Of this, $28.6 million will be spent on the new Poowong/Loch/Nyora sewerage scheme, $6.1m on reticulation and sewer replacement and rehabilitation and $21.2m on what is termed the “Melbourne supply system connection” to Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora. This is part of a long

range scheme to decommission the storages in those towns which will be supplied by Lance Creek, backed by the Melbourne supply and desalinated water. Leongatha will eventually be hooked up too and the Ruby Creek reservoirs decommissioned. Hopes for a $20m allocation from the 2012 state budget for the pipe were not realised.

Proud family: South Gippsland’s Citizen of the Year Aaron Wilson (middle) with wife Rachel and sons Kyle, Jordan and Lucas, at last Wednesday’s presentation ceremony in Leongatha. Turn to page 14 for the full story and more photos, plus coverage of the Bass Coast awards on page 15.

VicRoads defends timing VICROADS has defended the timing of long awaited roadworks on the Meeniyan-Promontory Road.

The Star earlier this month ran a story highlighting dangerous potholes throughout the length of the road, a major tourism route to Wilsons Promontory National Park and Waratah Bay. But VicRoads acting regional director Michael McCarthy said: “VicRoads identified Meeniyan-Promontory Road for road repair and improvement works in late 2012 as part of a routine inspection and completed repairs in January 2013. “These works were independent of the $45 million roads repair and restore package.” Deputy Premier Peter Ryan last Wednesday said the recent warm weather enabled VicRoads to carry out the works on the road. The Gippsland South MLA said the project had created a smoother, safer

road for motorists to use, and would preserve the longevity of the road, reducing the need for future maintenance. “Five sections of the road have undergone cement stabilised patching works, where parts of the road surface and road pavement were removed and rebuilt,” Mr Ryan said. “These areas were then resealed, which will provide protection against water damage, improve ride quality and allow for the temporary warning signs around the damage to be removed.”



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Mr Ryan said the repair and improvement work was carried out on the Meeniyan-Promontory Road just south of Meeniyan, as well as at

three sites north of Buffalo and another location north-west of Yanakie. “I thank the community for their patience while these works were

carried out. These types of works needed to be carried out in the warm and dry conditions over summer so they settle correctly,” he said.

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Boy in national spotlight By Jacob de Kunder WILSON Blakely is not your average 10-year-old.

Music master: at only 10, Poowong’s Wilson Blakely is shortlisted for a national film score writing competition.

The Poowong boy has musical ability beyond his years and a goal to maybe become a composer on the world stage. The multi-instrumentalist’s latest feat comes in the form of success in a nationwide film festival competition. Wilson is the youngest of the six shortlisted for the Tropscore Junior competition, part of the Tropfest short film festival. Young

musicians, bands and composers younger than 16 are invited to compose a score for a short film. For the competition, Wilson was given a three minute video clip and told to compose a score from scratch. Even though creating a score for the clip, which consists mostly of Parkour (a form of urban gymnastic or free-running), was hard for Wilson, he only watched it twice before he started to write his piece. “It was hard at the start because not much is happening in the video,” he said.

“It did really make me want to learn Parkour though.” Wilson accompanied the video with a tribal drumbeat and orchestral strings that suit the scene well. He is home schooled to help harbour his love of music. “Wilson has been musical since he was little,” his mum, Julie said. “He didn’t play with toys, he played with musical instruments. “He’s being home schooled because his passion is so strongly music and he just wants to play

music all the time.” Wilson spends countless hours in the family’s music studio playing the drums, bass guitar, piano or singing. On Wilson’s iPod you will find various videogame and music soundtracks that influence his work, including compositions from the likes of Howard Shaw, John Williams and Hans Zimmer. News will come through in the coming weeks if he is one of three entrants that will perform at the Domain in Sydney as part of Tropfest in February.

Taking on Tanzania By Simone Short EAST Africa is a world far away from the rolling green hills of South Gippsland, but that hasn’t deterred one Leongatha girl from making it her new home. Wanting to travel before settling down to go to university in Melbourne, 21-year-old Verity Warr decided to work as a volunteer in an orphanage in Arusha in Tanzania for five months,

beginning in January last year. Inspired by the incredible children she met who, despite the hardships they faced, manage to smile and laugh every day, Verity made a life-changing decision. “When I got there I absolutely loved it. I fell in love with the place and loved the work I was doing,” she said. Unhappy with her original volunteer organisation, with high levels of corruption plaguing many, Verity said when a friend started up a new organisation, she immediately jumped on board.

With plans to still study international development by distance, it only made sense to Verity to cement a career in aid work when the opportunity presented itself. “I started working for this new organisation about two months in, and it just went on from there. The organisation I’m working for I really love and I have a great support network there,” she said. “I only planned to stay for five months and now I think I’m going to be there forever.” The organisation is

called Africa Volunteer Outreach (AVO), and Verity said it aims to be different to the other organisations in the country by being more community focused and keeping out corruption. “With a lot of them you come in, do what you want with your skills and leave. We want to have a more lasting impact,” she said. “We’re working with schools and orphanages at the moment; we have three schools we work with and we’re always adding on more and more. People come and stay with host families and come and go to

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their project every day, and their only requirement is that they speak English.” Verity said volunteers can do a range of activities, from teaching lessons and assisting local teachers in schools, or taking care of orphaned babies and monitoring their development in a baby home the organisation also works with. Moving from the role of volunteer to volunteer coordinator, Verity and another former volunteer are now in charge of overseeing the organisation, from handling administration work and advertising to showing volunteers around the city and making sure their experience runs smoothly. Verity admits the change is “crazy” in such a short amount of time, but she has absolutely no regrets about her decision. And her decision has been a big one at that, leaving the western comforts of Australia for a life in a third world country. “It’s very different. It’s not developed at all,” she said. “Buildings in the city are half finished, it’s always really crowded and there aren’t a lot of resources. I’ve been sick a lot and the hospitals are really bad.” Although prepared for the lifestyle change, Verity said the lack of facilities in Tanzania is rather shocking. When asked what luxuries she’s had to forego, she remarked “everything!” “Little things like TV

and reading the newspaper,” she said. “I have to do everything online so I’m always in front of the computer. All I eat is rice, kidney beans and porridge, and that’s pretty much it!” But Verity said overcoming these small changes is nothing compared to what Tanzanians struggle with their whole lives. “The children are gorgeous. That’s probably the most amazing thing - these kids have nothing, but they’re so happy and they love volunteers,” she said. “Everyday they’re running up to you and hugging you, trying to get your attention to show you little funny facial expressions. “At the end of the day if I feel like the problem is too big and that I didn’t achieve anything, just to know one or two of the kids went home happy for the rest of the day, that you made them smile and laugh is worth it.” Whilst visiting the parents or grandparents of children she’d met, Verity said giving families a small gift in the form of one kilogram of rice often led them to tears. “It’s just little things like that, that cost barely anything but make such a huge difference to people,” she said. There are big plans for AVO too, from working with the government to try and reduce the cost of volunteer visas, to a long-term

goal of opening up their own children’s village and school. Verity said when she first made the decision to stay in Tanzania she was too scared to tell her parents and avoided it for a whole month. “They were a little shocked, but they were surprisingly really cool,” she said. “They knew that’s what I wanted to study and what I wanted to get into anyway. They’d heard a lot about what I was doing and the people I was working with, so they told me to go for it while I was young. “They’ve been really supportive, and now I’m just trying to pressure them into coming over and seeing what it’s all about!” These days, she said she doesn’t get too homesick, with things like Facebook and Skype making contact with friends and family all too easy. Verity said she would “absolutely” recommend volunteering to young people fresh out of high school. “I think it’s a good way to travel and be in a safe environment around people the same age, and it’s a rewarding experience and you learnt a lot, even if you just go for two or three weeks,” she said. “I definitely recommend it to everyone if you’re ready to be away from home, just to throw yourself into another culture.”

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Hundreds back roads bid Comments from

Lisa Burge: the roads campaigner has scored a big “like” with her call for legislation change.

By Matt Dunn

A FACEBOOK campaign calling for action to fix South Gippsland roads already has substantial support. The campaign was launched on Saturday and demands change to a roads law that defines “repair” as the erection of warning signs. It has already scored hundreds of “likes”. Launched by Leongatha’s Lisa Burge, who has been arguing for repairs to the treacherous Meeniyan Promontory Road, the site asks people to: Like this post if you believe the government has jeopardised your road safety by cutting the roads management budget. Ms Burge is calling for a change to the Roads Management Act (2004), which, in part, defines “repair” as “providing a warning to road users of a defect in a roadway, pathway or road related infrastructure”. The definition means roads authorities are under no obligation to undertake repairs in a defined time period if drivers have been alerted to a potential danger. Ms Burge wants 1000 “likes” for her cyber petition, before she takes it to the Federal and State governments. “Everyone on Facebook is saying silly things like if I get 1000 likes my husband will buy me a cat. I thought I’d adopt that concept for a roads campaign. Basically I got sick of being pushed to the side. Using a media network at least lets people vent their frustration, regardless of whether we change the law,” she said. “It’s not just me whingeing about the roads on this site. People can get on and comment, and they’re all saying the same thing. Ninety-nine per cent of the public feels the same way about the state of the roads. “Peter Ryan and the other politicians need to know just how bad things are. I hope this is opening a new avenue

for attack, to actually get something done here. I’ve been bombarded with comments. If politicians don’t want to talk to us we’ll talk to them.” Shadow Roads Minister Luke Donneallan, who has “liked” the Facebook campaign, said the State Government is “using the act to avoid its responsibility to fix the roads”. He believes Facebook can be a useful site “for residents to vent their frustrations about roads in South Gippsland”. But he thinks changes to the law would be problematic. “A change to the law would not be necessary if the State Government hadn’t slashed VicRoads’ maintenance budget by 40 per cent. Instead of fixing problems they’re erecting go slow signs everywhere,” he said. “Changing the legislation would be difficult, but it was never really an issue in the past. The underlying issue is the government’s 40 per cent cut to VicRoads’ maintenance budget. They have less of a revenue base. “We’re getting reports from everywhere about the deteriorating roads.” Neither Deputy Premier Peter Ryan or Roads Minister Terry Mulder has supported the call for a change to the law. Comments to the site have come thick and fast, with a typical one being: “South Gippsland Hwy and Meeniyan/Fish Creek Road are amongst the worst I have had to drive on recently!!! The South Gippsland Hwy potholes owe me three new mags on my car at a cost of more than $3000. Who is going to foot that bill??!!! I am driving on mags that could cause a tyre to blow out because I can’t afford to replace them... Thanks for nothing Federal, State and Local Governments!!” “Like” the campaign at The Star’s Facebook site: TheGreatSouthernStar

Russell: I am constantly amazed how VicRoads never seem to have the funding to properly repair our disgusting roads yet somehow are able to spend millions of dollars on those ridiculous wire rope barriers that have sprung up everywhere in recent times. And what’s with the reduced speed limit and warning signs just past the end of the Ruby straight? This section would have to be the least potholed section around and yet it somehow warrants reduced speeds and hazard signs while other sections that really need it go without. Drivers now seem to mostly ignore these reduced limits as there appears to be no logic to it. Get your act together, VicRoads.

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Market still impresses IF CROWDS and stallholders are an indication of success, then the new Inverloch Community Farmers’ Market is on a winner. The newly formed market in its third hosting, has again, achieved record numbers of attendances from locals and tourists alike, and a continual increase of stallholders as people flock to The Glade in Inverloch to buy tastes of Gippsland. Market manager Tennille Hall said organisers were again excited by the success of the market, and believed it was a boost for tourism throughout the region. “One of the most exciting aspects of this market has been the fact we have been able to make use of the tourist numbers to benefit our local producers, but also we have been able to showcase our region’s produce to our visitors,” she said. “Our motto ‘From the Farms

and Homes of Southern Gippsland’ has certainly been a point of difference within our market, and those that attend have both embraced and enjoyed this.” The market which runs inconjunction with the Coal Creek, Koonwarra and Foster community farmers’ markets on a monthly circuit, allows for all groups to work together to promote regional produce from all corners of southern Gippsland. The Lions Club raised over $1500 on Sunday through raffle and donations for the Gippsland Fire Relief fund, with the winner of their Weber BBQ being Anne Treloar from Ivanhoe. Geoff Cole from the Inverloch Lions Club was thrilled by the raffle’s success. “It was a brilliant day. The community has been so generous as usual and we will now be focusing our fundraising attention on those who have been affected by the devastating Queensland floods,” said Geoff.

The Inverloch Rotary Club sold the last of their raffle tickets prior to the draw of their Annual Boat Raffle. Nick Ponella of Werribee was the lucky winner of first prize, which was kindly donated by Tim Edney of Inverloch Marine. Second prize of one nights’ accommodation in the penthouse of luxurious ‘Eugenies’ donated by Michael Malone was won by Anne McGowan of Essendon. Third prize was won by Tom Hollis who will be now enjoying four rounds of golf at the Leongatha South Golf Club. The Inverloch Community Farmers’ Market is run on the last Sunday of every month at The Glade, with the next market scheduled for February 24. For further stallholder information contact Tennille on 0448327637.

No vampires here: Nick Sibly and Robbie Groom from Archies Creek Garlic were having a good day at the Inverloch Farmer’s Market.

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A DAY out at a Venus Bay beach resulted in a near drowning last Sunday.

Around 3pm, a 40-year-old man from Waterways and a 27-yearold man from Lyndhurst were in an inflatable boat when it capsized in the surf at Number 4 beach. Inverloch Police Leading Senior Consta-

ble John Cantwell said family members of the men noticed they were no longer in the boat and emergency services were notified. “They did eventually find them and drag them both from the water,” he said. “One man wasn’t too bad and vomiting water, but the younger man was

in a pretty bad way.” LSC Cantwell said the Venus Bay CERT team attended and gave the man first aid. He was then airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious condition. He has since made a full recovery. LSC Cantwell warned beach goers that toy boats

were not appropriate for adults. “This is the second incident over the holiday period which has very nearly resulted in a death involving these blow up boats,” he said. “We’d really like people to be aware they are toys, and the surf is very dangerous.”


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By Jane Ross THE Leongatha Chamber of Commerce will continue to try to find a compromise with the CFA to find an answer to the new Leongatha Fire Station issue. Alan Steenholdt said this last Thursday. He has been coordinating the chamber’s response to the CFA taking the matter to VCAT. The authority wants to build a new fire station –

which the chamber recognises is badly needed – on land next to the BP Service Station in Bair Street. South Gippsland Shire Council rejected a planning permit for the site on the grounds it was not appropriate to have a fire station in the CBD. A two-day VCAT hearing was set down for Monday and Tuesday of last week, but had to be called off at the last minute because the barrister representing the CFA was ill. A contingent of chamber members drove to Mel-

bourne for the hearing, to find it had been rescheduled for May 6 and 7. Mr Steenholdt said the group asked if all or part of the hearing could be transferred to a venue closer to Leongatha. He said the tribunal member replied that VCAT was not doing regional hearings because of budget constraints. “We’ll have to wait until May, but we’ll try to have meaningful discussions about a new CFA building that considers everyone in the town.”

We don’t want to die Continued from page 1. “We both have spent time talking to the drivers and the poor quality of not only local roads but roads in general seems to be a topic, not just bitumen roads but gravel roads as well.” United Dairy Power has a milk depot at Poowong. Its tankers sustained a weekly a repair bill of $5000 across a fleet of just 12 trucks in South Gippsland. The company’s general manager, Darryl Cardona, said the region’s “pretty ordinary” roads must receive proper repairs. “We would love to get improved road conditions in South Gippsland,” he said. “There needs to be a lot of investment from government for arterial roads because the amount of damage that is being done to tankers is incredible.” Stoitse Transport has experienced a spike in repairs costs to steering and tyres, replacement and repairs, in the last 12-18 months. The company’s trucks also service supermarkets and produced has been damaged by drivers swerving around potholes. Stoitse’s Leongatha operations manager Peter Sarhanis said the poor condition of roads was taking a toll on trucks. “The drivers are constantly changing speeds for the potholes and we’ve had a lot of problems with suspension on the trucks. We’ve also had to re-weld leaks caused by the flexing of the tankers,” he said. “It’s causing just general wear and tear on them.” Mr Sarhanis named the highway between Foster and Welshpool as the worst section, and said the roads weren’t getting any better. “One of our tankers was based in Welshpool and drove that road every day, and it always had more wear and tear than

the others,” he said. “Since we’ve brought it back to Leongatha, it isn’t as bad.” Mr Sarhanis said a co-worker who had been with the company for 30 years had described the roads as being the worst he’d ever seen. Murray Goulburn drivers are being extra vigilant given the poor state of roads, Robert Poole, MG’s general manager shareholder relations, said. “Safety is top of mind for all MG employees. MG tanker drivers in Gippsland are aware local road conditions can be challenging and take extra care navigating damaged road surfaces,” he said. “MG welcomes any improvements in road conditions and safety.” The Star informed Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan of milk tankers sustaining damage. He responded: “The Victorian Coalition Government recently announced a $45 million repair and restore package to address the poor condition of some of Victoria’s roads due to ongoing wet weather over the past two years. “Around $2 million of this $45 million repair and restore package has been allocated to roads in South Gippsland, with more to come. “Drivers are requested to call 13 11 71 to report roads in need of repair.” Mr Ryan said the Road Management Act sets the threshold limit for property damage caused by the condition of the road or the road infrastructure at $1260 per incident. “Claims are dealt with on an incident by incident basis. Drivers who have sustained damage to their vehicle due to any fault in the road surface should contact VicRoads and report the damage,” he said. VicRoads did not respond to The Star’s request for comment before going to print.

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Tick for Toora factory By Sarah Vella SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has granted Viplus Dairy approval for the first stage of production at the Toora factory.

Manager of the infant formula manufacturing plant, Graham Coall said the approval allows the company to start the serious work to get the factory ready for the installation of equipment. “We have purchased the new equipment required to run the factory, which is expected to be delivered in March,” he said. “It will take around one month to install the machines and we should be operational by April. We will then increase production to a nominal 10,000 tonnes per year of powder.” Initially, the factory will source powdered milk to produce their infant formula; from stage two the factory will source raw milk. “In the next month or so we hope to get back to council to work on getting approval for stage two of the project,” Mr Coall said. Stage one of production should create around 20 jobs at the factory, which Mr Coall said would be

filled with local people where possible. “All of the maintenance and transport will be outsourced. We have a very good skills pool in this area, so we will employ as many locals as we can,” he said. Work on preparing the buildings for the new enterprise will begin shortly, and according to Mr Coall, all of the asbestos that needed to be

removed has gone. “Any that is left has been treated as per the regulations and has been signed off through an independent authorised inspector,” he said. “We want to be a zero harm factory, to our people, equipment, community and the environment. We also want to be a green factory. “We will utilise modern technology, which

is to our benefit and the community’s benefit. “We will install solar panels on the roof, employ rainwater capture, treat and recycle our waste water and recycle any packaging where possible. “We want to minimise our footprint on the environment.” South Gippsland Shire Councillor Jeanette Harding said Viplus wanted to be a part of the

community. “Years ago, the Hanbury Butter Factory presented the community with some very old pieces of machinery and I said, one day we will have a museum to display them in,” she said. “Viplus is going to make it possible for us to create a museum to display the machines.” The museum will be located where the old

store used to be, after Viplus gave the use of the building to council. “The proposal is to have a dairy industry museum to represent and honour the 150 years of dairying history in South Gippsland,” Mr Coall said. Ms Harding is desperate to have a factory in Toora and jobs for people, and the community echoes this feeling.

“There are houses around here for sale, we have a great school and high schools nearby. If there is work here, families will come,” she said. “It is good to note that there are going to be local people employed. This is an Australian company, using Australian products and employing Australian people.”

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McCahon leads police A FAMILIAR face has returned to the Leongatha Police Station, with Sergeant Dale McCahon the new officer-incharge.

Having temporarily taken over the role in December last year after working as senior sergeant in Wonthaggi and Warragul for the past 18 months, Sgt McCahon officially took on the top job at Leongatha last Monday. Having worked with Victorian Police for more than 30 years, Sgt McCahon has spent the past 13 years in Leongatha, as well as some time spent working in Morwell, Wonthaggi and Warragul. Sgt McCahon said he is “ecstatic” to be back in his hometown, and not only because he can now walk to work once again. “It’s great to be back in the community and working with great staff who are highly motivated,” he said.

Volunteers protect Walhalla FIREfighters from South Gippsland were on alert for a whopping 26 hours last week to make sure the town of Walhalla could sleep safely.

New officer-in-charge: Sergeant Dale McCahon said he is “ecstatic” to be back at the Leongatha Police Station after spending the past 18 months working in Wonthaggi and Warragul. “Everyone here has a great work ethic and are involved in the community.” Sgt McCahon said he is working on making the station as accessible to the community as possible.

No stranger to local groups and organisations himself, Sgt McCahon has been involved with the Leongatha Netball Club committee since 1990, including taking on the president’s position for

Leongatha Fire Brigade captain Tristan Morton-Pedersen said four Leongatha volunteers, along with other CFA volunteers from around the region were placed in Walhalla last Thursday morning ahead of the predicted severe weather conditions. “We were expected to be there until 10pm that night, however as the weather prediction unfolded, the change was expected to come through later into the evening,” he said. “If we had left at 10pm, Walhalla

would have been unprotected at the time of the expected wind change at 1am.” Mr Morton-Pedersen said the CFA informed the crews of the situation and after a brief meeting a unanimous decision was made and the firefighters were more than happy to stay overnight rather than leave the town unprotected. “Fortunately in the end the strong winds didn’t eventuate and no ember attacked occurred,” he said. “Walhalla was saved by the wind which blew the fire past it.” Mr Morton-Pedersen said the volunteers ended up having nothing to do, which he joked is their favourite activity, and were fed cappuccinos all night by the local coffee shop to keep them awake.

four years. He’s also been Leongatha Primary School council president, coached junior football in Leongatha and been involved with local basketball and tennis teams.

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At 11.05am last Wednesday, police conducted a random vehicle intercept in Graham Street, Wonthaggi. The 40-year-old driver returned a positive breath test, and a subsequent breath test at the Wonthaggi Police Station returned a reading of 0.179. Senior Sergeant Trevor Teer said the woman had two children aged 14 and 15 in the vehicle with her, as well as the family dog. “The woman is to be charged on summons and had an immediate suspension of driver’s licence served on her,” he said.

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AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS Congratulations to all 22 nominees and in particular, Aaron Wilson of Mirboo North, our new SG Citizen of the Year, and the Committee for the Leongatha Centenary Reunion of State Secondary Education, our Community Event of the Year. Ten young people also received Youth Contribution Certificates. Nominee profiles can be viewed on Eight official community celebrations were held around the Shire on Saturday and Council thanks the volunteers who made these wonderful events possible. Council is pleased to sponsor these events so that we can celebrate what's great in Australia. We also acknowledge the generous support of Woolworths for their sponsorship of the Australia Day Ambassador Program and the four ambassadors who spoke at South Gippsland events.

Stolen ute A STOLEN ute was recovered at a Wonthaggi property last Wednesday. The white, 2000 Ford utility with registration plates PFZ 824 was stolen between 11pm on January 22 and 6am on January 23, after the offender entered the Fullers Road property in Wonthaggi. They then drove the vehicle out of the premises and damaged the entrance gates in doing so. The ute was located at the rear of a property in White Road adjacent to the golf course last Thursday. Anyone with information can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

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Watching Walhalla: Leongatha CFA volunteers Paul Stampton and Paul Pitkethly helped the residents of Walhalla sleep soundly for the first time in days last week, keeping the town safe from fire during a marathon 26 hour shift.

Between January 13 and 19, offenders stole the cattle from the property in Netherwood Lane. There was no sign of damage to fences or gates. The value of the cattle is $12,000. Anyone with information can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

Illegal fire A 43-YEAR-OLD Shoreham man has been sum-

monsed to appear at court after lighting a fire on a day of Total Fire Ban. Around 8pm on January 18, the man lit a campfire with sticks at his property in Roscrea Crescent in Walkerville. A neighbour advised the man to extinguish it as it was a Total Fire Ban and the man did so. The Fish Creek CFA attended the scene but was not required.

Wood thieves TIMBER sleepers were stolen from a residential construction site last week. Overnight on January 22, unknown offenders attended the site in Anthony Court in Korumburra and reversed a vehicle up the driveway. They then took a number of timber sleepers stacked next to the garage that were going to be used for retaining walls. The house was at lock up stage. Anyone with information can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

Construction crooks ANOTHER construction site was targeted by thieves recently. Between January 8 and 18, offenders stole two windows and

one door from the building site of a house under construction in Semaphore Street, Coronet Bay. The value of the items is over

$1000. Anyone with information can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

Coroner finalises death findings THE Coroners Court has handed down its findings after an investigation into the death of a Korumburra man who was run over in April last year. Giovanni (John) Veltri, 46, died after his body was dragged almost 10 metres underneath a car driven by his partner, Deborah Cumberland, in Waugh Avenue near their Korumburra home. Coroner Fiona Hayes found there was no evidence to suggest that Ms Cumberland intended to cause the death of Mr Veltri. She said the couple’s relationship was volatile and Mr Veltri’s death occurred after Mr Veltri jumped on the bonnet of Ms Cumberland’s car while she drove away from the home to diffuse an argument. “I find that Mr Veltri jumped onto Ms Cumberland’s moving vehicle and fell from the vehicle, and under it and was dragged for

approximately 9.8 metres,” Coroner Hayes said. An autopsy report found that Mr Veltri was under the influence of cannabis and methamphetamine at the time of his death. The coroner said Ms Cumberland said in her evidence Mr Veltri had tried to stop her car in similar ways before. “Perhaps the most unusual aspect of this inquest is that, based on her prior experiences of similar actions by Mr Veltri, Ms Cumberland expected Mr Veltri to be perfectly fine after the incident, as had happened on previous occasions,” Coroner Hayes said. The coroner said evidence of statements by Ms Cumberland that she would run over Mr Veltri, usually said in a jovial manner, are not in any event evidence that on this occasion she did intend to do so. The coroner said Ms Cumberland showed genuine remorse after she realised he was injured,

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Heat hits milk

By Brad Lester

BURRA Foods is bracing for less milk han expected during than the he first three months h year as dry d off the weather persists.

Murray Goulburn’s intake is already less than the cooperative predicted. Other dairy companies in South Gippsland are reporting lower milk supply as pasture quality drops. Burra Foods’ general manager commercial Dale O’Neill said milk volumes are always lower this time of the year and the company planned for such results during summer and autumn. “However with the dry conditions now well and truly upon us, following the difficult winter and less than adequate spring conditions, there will be a downward trend in milk production in the next quarter over and above our original forecasts,” he said. Murray Goulburn’s milk supply across all regions so far in January remains above intake for

the corresponding period last year but is weaker than forecast levels, said Robert Poole, MG’s general manager shareholder relations. “Hot, dry conditions - combined with higher grain prices - have resulted in a recent decline in milk production,” he said. “Gippsland milk supply is the hardest hit by the seasonal conditions, with a wet winter moving into a very dry spring and summer. “The combination of these factors has generated some very, very tough business conditions. We encourage suppliers to contact field services to discuss any support that MG can provide the farm business.” United Dairy Power reported milk intake was down 1.5 per cent in South Gippsland compared to the same time last year. Even within the region, milk supply varied from district to district, with farmers at Poowong producing less milk to farmers around the West Gippsland township of Labertouche. UDP’s general manager Darryl Cardona attributed that to farmers possibly in-

creasing herd sizes. “Some farmers have actually bought more herd knowing there is going to be a decrease of income. Anything they can do to build their flow is good,” said. he said Mr Cardona said South Gippsland was fortunate in that successive days of extreme heat had been rare. “Two weeks ago, I was in Murray Bridge (South Australia) and it was 48 degrees,” he said. “Over the last two years we have prayed for the rain to stop too much. We have to stop praying.” Mr O’Neill said the current season had been difficult for many farmers. “The winter period was wetter than average but since late October/early November, the hot dry conditions has meant the quality and availability of pasture has quickly diminished,” he said. Yet, Mr O’Neill is remaining optimistic on the back of pleasing supply volumes in 2012. “Despite these difficult seasonal conditions, our intake was actually up 1.1

Less milk: David Murray, manager of cream and spreads at Murray Goulburn’s Leongatha factory, where milk flow is below forecast levels. per cent to the end of December when compared to the same group of farm milk supply partners as last year,” he said. “By comparison, production information for the Gippsland region as provided by Dairy Australia shows a decline of around 2.5 per cent year to date.” Heather Stacy, Fonterra’s general manager of milk supply, said the company’s milk volumes nationwide were at expected

levels for this time of year. “Some regions have seen a small decline in volume but this has been offset by growth in other regions,” she said. “We are accustomed to managing hot dry summers and we plan well in advance for the weather conditions in our manufacturing processes.” Ms Stacy said Fonterra’s milk intake had remained on par with last year’s volumes, saying farmers had

managed the tough weather conditions and tight margins extremely well. “Our area managers are working closely with farmers and stock feed suppliers to help source cheap and effective feed options to boost dry matter input in response to low water levels and limited dry grass,” she said. Mr Cardona said while farmers were also battling hot weather, they were also subject to costs they had

little control over: the carbon tax and high electricity costs. He believes South Gippsland farmers could one day go down the path pursued by their counterparts in South Australia: running their dairies and homes on diesel generators instead of seeking electricity from the grid. “Over 50 per cent of the farms in South Australia are running off diesel (generators),” he said.

VENUS Bay and Walkerville residents are about to receive a service the rest of South Gippsland takes for granted. From February 4, landowners will have their rubbish and recycling collected from their front gates, but only if they choose to. Until now, the influx of visitors to the towns over summer typically resulted in people dumping household rubbish in public bins, resulting in rubbish overflowing into the street. Tarwin Lower has traditionally been a rubbish hotspot as holidaymakers at Venus Bay place their rubbish in public bins on the way home, but such instances have been minimal this year. Other visitors have dumped rubbish along the roadside and even driven up side roads to hide waste such as nappies. But mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy, himself a Venus Bay resident, said such problems have been minimal this year. “We have had a bit

of mess along the beach, which is always the case, but Parks Victoria stepped in there quickly,” he said. “I have not seen much (roadside rubbish) at all.” Council offered Venus Bay and Walkerville people the choice of no service, or collection over 12 and six months. The 12 month option was selected by 96 people and 17 chose the six month option, from November to April. “It is always up to the residents whether they want a service or not. The majority of people are more than happy to use the transfer station and there is a percentage of people that use a private collection service,” Cr Kennedy said. The cost will be covered by residents. A 12 month service at Venus Bay will cost $227 and six months, $127. Costs at Walkerville are higher due to transport expenses, with $262 for 12 months and $148 for six months. Rubbish will be collected weekly and recycling fortnightly, all on Mondays. Jan Martin, council’s director of community ser-

vices, said the need for a service was identified by council’s waste management review. “It was discussed in the past as being a compulsory service but a lot of people wanted to take their rubbish to the transfer station, so it was decided it would be best to be an optional service,” she said. Council has implemented additional public rubbish collection and street cleaning services over the summer holidays. The extra recycling service was funded by a $10,000 grant from Keep Australia Beautiful and will be trialled for three months. “In Tarwin Lower, at the end of the weekend, the bins are always full but council is always proactive in picking it up,” Cr Kennedy said. Council has installed additional recycling bins around Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay, as well as extra bins outside the Tarwin Lower health food shop and Venus Bay General Store, to cope with demand. “This is the first pilot run so it will be interesting to see how it goes,

Nice work: Peter Roberts (left), South Gippsland Shire Council’s waste management coordinator thanks Colin Kiel, from Kiel Industries of Morwell, for donating some bins to the public recycling service. especially whether people put rubbish in the rubbish bins and recycling in the recycling bins,” Cr Kennedy said. The Venus Bay Transfer Station is open additional hours over summer, seven days a week, with a service from 9am-noon Monday to Friday.

Bus interest disappoints A TRIAL bus service at Venus Bay has been less popular than expected. The shuttle bus conveys people from around town to beaches to reduce congestion at beach carparks during peak periods. The trial was funded by a grant from

the Gardiner Foundation, and was in place between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and on weekends until the Australia Day long weekend. South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy said while uptake was slow, he was confident patronage would improve. “What we needed to

do was supply people with timetables to stick on their fridge, and have better and larger identification of where the bus stops,” he said. The bus also aimed to reduce the number of pipi collectors’ cars at the beaches, given the rising popularity of Venus Bay as a pipi hotspot.

Fisheries Victoria acting executive director Travis Dowling said Venus Bay Men’s Shed volunteers drove the bus, taking people from the shopping strip and other pick up points to the beaches. Improvement works to the town’s beach carparks are planned.





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COLLINGWOOD premiership hero Dale Thomas will be at Inverloch Lotto to meet fans and sign autographs this Saturday, February 2 between 3.30pm and 5pm. Thomas will also raise important funds for Very Special Kids by selling tickets for a raffle. Three lucky winners will take home a framed Collingwood new 2013 season adult jumper, a Collingwood kids jumper and a signed Sherrin football, all personally signed by Thomas. The event also features a sausage sizzle from Inverloch Foodworks and other fun activities under a marquee provided by Bendigo Community Bank Inverloch. Since 2008, Inverloch Lotto has raised almost $30,000 for Very Special Kids to help support families throughout their experience of caring for a child with a life-threatening condition.

LYRIC Theatre is seeking helpers for this year’s production of The Wizard of Oz. The team welcomes people with an interest in building, painting, sewing, playing the piano and any other theatrical skills. The show is yet to be cast, with an information workshop this Sunday, February 3 at 3pm at the Mesley Hall, Nerrena Road, Leongatha. Auditions will be held on February 16, 17, 19 and 20. Bookings can be made at the information session on February 3.


A cast of 20 children and more adults is needed. For more information, contact Peter McAlpine 0407 538 245 or Sheryl Harris 0438 056 975. ARE you musically minded or wishing to learn? If yes, be sure to come along to free music workshops at Mirboo North. The sessions will be held on Mondays, February 4, 11 and 25, from 6-8pm in the Centenary Room, St Andrews Church. The workshops are presented by Music Victoria and the Fiddlehead Festival, with the Mirboo North Community Foundation. Sessions cover vocals, percussion and instrumental for people aged 12-25. For further information or bookings phone Jane Coker 5116 9434 or email THE Australian Red Cross Blood Service would like to thank donors from Leongatha for their generosity when the mobile blood donor centre visited recently. They made 222 donations, saving an incredible 666 lives – thank you. One in three Australians will need blood or a blood product in their lifetime, but only one in 30 currently donates. The mobile blood donor van will next visit Leongatha on April 29 to May 9. Please call 13 14 95 to make an appointment or visit www.donateblood. for more information.

RSLs and other community groups can apply for funding to repair cenotaphs and other memorials under the State Government’s Restoring Community War Memorials Grants Program. Bass MLA Ken Smith said works could be as simple as repairing broken fences or cleaning the memorial, or as intricate as replacing sections of a broken memorial. Application forms are available at www.grants. or by phoning 1300 366 356. The closing date for all applications is February 5. Grants of up to $10,000 are available. THE Prom Coast Film Society’s 2013 season promises to be a cracker with The Artist kicking off a great year this Friday at 8pm at the Fish Creek Hall. Due to your support and the generous funding the society received from the Gardiner Foundation, subscriptions have been reduced ($60 for an annual subscription and $25 for three months). The society will be selling subscriptions from 7.30pm on Friday night for those who arrive early. The new 9 Acres Cafe (two doors up) will be staying open late on film nights for those who would like coffee before the film. GRAB a bargain at the Nerrena Hall Garage Sale this Saturday morning. All funds will go toward the building’s restoration


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Wild encounters: the surf was not the only beach-side attraction at Inverloch last Tuesday, with a crowd gathering on the jetty to view resident stingrays. The rays seemed to perform for the spectators, gobbling fish scraps and waving their wings. Among the onlookers were Nathan and Alisha Hornsby, and Sammy and Ethan Laws.

Family gathering: more than 60 of the Morgan clan gathered for a family catch up at the Leongatha home of Kate and Mick Adkins on Sunday. Visitors travelled from Albury, Swan Hill, Melbourne and throughout Gippsland. A fantastic day was enjoyed by all. From left: Gwen Rowe, Jim Morgan, Phylis Burrows, Lois Britten, Lucy Anderson and John Morgan.

Committed committee: the St Peter’s Opportunity Shop committee at its recent AGM. From left, Grace Kuhne, Dorothy Timmins, Buffy Nelson, Kaye Littlejohn, Rev. Janet Wallis, Helen Vos, Les and Glad Rintoule, Phyl Davison.

Op shop gives THE ST Peter’s Opportunity Shop committee has been busy lately and allocated $14,000 to recipients in the lead up to Christmas. Anglicare, local fire brigades, schools,

the Lighthouse Foundation, RSL Welfare, the Beau Vernon Appeal, Able Australia and Barrier Breaker were all beneficiaries. Last year the shop raised $29,500, which was channelled through the parish to charity organisations.

Orchestra bound for island THE conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra cannot wait for this Saturday, February 2. That is when the orchestra plays at Churchill Island Heritage Farm, venturing out of the city to bring classical music to the country. Conductor Benjamin Northey is looking forward to combining music and nature. “We have picked music that is well known and popular,” he said. “It’s really good to bring a full orchestra into an outdoor setting.” Guests can expect such pieces as Puccini’s Un bel di from Madame Butterfly, Dvořák’s Song to

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PURPLE will be the colour of choice for many South Gippsland businesses next week as they embrace Relay For Life’s new initiative to Paint The Town Purple. With purple the symbolic colour of Cancer Council’s Relay For Life fundraising event, participating local businesses and their staff from Mirboo North, Leongatha, Korumburra, Foster, Fish Creek and Dumbalk will take part during the week of February 4-8, dressing their windows and themselves purple, raising awareness for this year’s relay. Street stalls will be held in Mirboo North on Tuesday, Foster on Wednesday and Leongatha on Thursday. This year’s relay will be held at the Dumbalk Recreation Reserve on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21. Window displays will be judged by members of the South Gippsland fundraising and organising committee and the lucky winner will receive a prize. During this time there will be registration forms and shirts available, Cancer Council information, candle bags and volunteers available to share their Relay For Life experience. For further information or to register and receive your starter kit, please contact Cate Eadon on 0428 071 892 or

Left, Concert winners: Garry and Helen Butler from Leongatha were all smiles after winning one of two double passes to Lyrebird Art Council’s upcoming Ash Grunwald and Mia Dyson concert. The couple are big fans of live music and regularly attend shows in the area. The other lucky winner was Vicki Lloyd. We hope you enjoy the music!

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Amazing performer: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conductor Benjamin Northey.

the Moon from Rusalka and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The orchestra will be joined by stunning soprano Antoinette Halloran. “This is the perfect opportunity for people to see the orchestra for the first time,” Benjamin said. Gates to the event open at 3.30pm and guests can treat their taste buds with a pre-booked dining package featuring the fine food and wine of the Gippsland region. Food stalls will also be open on the day and offer Spanish paella, oysters, sushi, a barbecue and crepes. No bring your own alcohol. The two hour concert begins at 5.30pm. Tickets from $55, food and beverage hampers available. Visit to book.

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A regional partnership with the TAC and the Victorian Government.

Police campaign to save lives By Simone Short AT the end of the day, the Bass Coast Highway Patrol cares most about you and your loved ones getting home safely. After reducing the road toll from 2011 to 2012 by 50 per cent, it is their goal to ensure everyone stays safe on our roads this year. As part of this focus on lowering the road toll, the highway patrol has devised its own initiative, launching Save My Seat. Sergeant Jason Hullick said this new operation urges people to drive safely. “We want to make sure that everyone is together for Christmas in 2013,” he said

“If anything, it’s about avoiding having any empty seats at the Christmas table.” Along with halving the road toll from eight fatalities to four, the number of serious injury collisions was down by 34 per cent, while injury collisions were down 26 per cent on 2011 figures. The total number of collisions was also down by 41 per cent on the previous year. Sgt Hullick said whilst he was “really happy” to be in the red right across the board, the goal was essentially to have zero fatalities. “One death is one too many,” he said. “We’ve worked so hard over the last 12 months and this year we plan to work even harder, be more active and

get our message out there.” Highway patrol police are incorporating the state wide goals behind Victoria Police’s safety campaigns and are encouraging the local community to support Save My Seat. Sgt Hullick said the initiative had already received support from VicRoads, CFA, SES and local sporting clubs. As part of the initiative, police have pledged to hold Automatic Number Plate Recognition operations on a monthly basis, cracking down on unlicensed drivers and unregistered vehicles on our roads. They also want to protect the most vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Sgt Hullick said no matter how large a presence police have on the

roads, there will always be those doing the wrong thing. “Most people do the right thing, but some don’t and if they’re not caught, the roads aren’t safe,” he said. “We’re targeting recidivous offenders – those who continue to be in the spotlight for offences like drink driving or speeding.” Bass MLA Ken Smith encouraged the community to help police by reporting “bad drivers”. “Bad drivers should, and will, be taken to task. They will be caught and prosecuted and some will be taken off our roads. “The Coalition Government has introduced new hoon legislation, penalties have increased, policing on our roads has been ramped up, all in an effort to make our roads safer for all road

users,” he said. “Report bad or dangerous driving, or unroadworthy vehicles to the police. Stupidity accounts for a large number of our road trauma incidents. If you are a passenger of a vehicle and the driver is not driving safely in your eyes, get out of the vehicle. Don’t allow you or your friends to become a statistic.” Sgt Hullick said preventing deaths on our roads isn’t just the job of the police, but their personal aspiration. “Police take it personally when there are fatalities on our roads,” he said. “They’re the ones that have to notify the family members, and then they have to debrief every fatality and investigate how and why it occurred and how they can prevent it happening again.”

Protecting our roads: Bass Coast Highway Patrol has launched Save My Seat, a campaign aimed at getting everyone home safely. Increased patrols, such as the recent ANPR operation in Wonthaggi, will be a large part of the campaign.

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Myki insight

E D I T O R I A L Fighting fires is CFA’s priority THE Pound Creek CFA needs to find thousands of dollars to buy a new pump. Not just any pump, but one that can fill a 3000 litre tanker in under three minutes and one that, unfortunately, comes with a $20,000 price tag. The brigade’s existing pump finally gave up when used to fill tankers on strike teams fighting the massive Glenmaggie bushfire last week. The odd thing is, that while 15 Pound Creek CFA members worked shifts at the fires over 10 days until Saturday, those same firefighters will now have to raise money to buy a new pump. The State Government is offering funding to help out but among training and attending emergencies, in addition to finding time for family and friends and work, the CFA volunteers will be looking for ways to raise money. Ultimately, this pump will be used to provide a service to the public. Such cases emphasise the need for higher levels of government funding to help our emergency services, especially when governments are already receiving a pretty good deal when emergency services largely comprise volunteers. Imagine how much money governments would have to find if all of the firefighters involved in the Glenmaggie fire were paid? Imagine if police were asked to collect donations to pay for vehicles and firearms? Even ambulance stations have volunteer auxiliaries to pay for extra equipment, often equipment that could have a major impact on the outcome of an emergency. People volunteer to help their communities and not necessarily ask those same communities for donations towards a service they already pay taxes for.

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

TAFE deals with cuts By Jane Ross GIPPSTAFE has linked up with the University of Ballarat to give students the chance of taking their TAFE course through to a degree.

GippsTAFE CEO, Peter Whitley, said on Friday its courses in fitness and tourism and events, for example, could be taken through to degree status. These are the courses the State Government last year decried as being over subscribed. Accordingly, subsidies for them were slashed. But Dr Whitely said GippsTAFE recognised there were still people in the community who wanted to do them, so the university link was a way of providing them. He admitted fees had gone

up “about 100 per cent” but he’d have a clearer view once enrolments started coming in over the weeks ahead. Following the turmoil of 2012 when the state slashed funding to the TAFE sector, the level of enrolments is still unclear. But Dr Whitley said inquiries were higher than expected. “I take the optimistic view, the more inquiries, the greater the enrolments.” GippsTAFE is also offering courses in hairdressing and beauty, massage and holiday parks and resorts. Dr Whitley is enthusiastic about the relatively new Gippsland Tertiary Education Council. He said he sees the council as an organisation that can lobby and advocate and indicate to government the necessity for concessions or some way of reducing the cost of tertiary courses.

I AM now a proud owner of a Myki card with a very large ‘C’ on it. According to Jane Ross’s article (The Star, January 2) I should have a very large ‘S’ for senior citizen on it, being in my mid 60s. I am not going into the vari-

ous connotations of my letter ‘C’ as Jane did with her ‘S’, because my ‘C’ refers to a few more unsavoury words than her ‘S’ for seaweed. What to do, of course ring Myki and quickly sort out the problem – wrong. I now know about all the shuttle trams for the tennis open and how to purchase and

use my Myki card in 15 different ways. The credit on my mobile is exhausted without ever looking like I would speak to anything that resembled a living being (human or otherwise). I don’t know how long I was on the phone pressing buttons one to seven, but I only know I have aged.

I was clean shaven when I first dialled; now my beard is a good 10cm long. So good luck with our new system, but unlike Jane Ross I know what a ‘My’ and a ‘Ki’ is. PS. I recharged my phone the previous day. Les McMillan, Fish Creek.

VOX VOXPOP! Would you be happy to drink water from the Wonthaggi desalination plant?

Yes. When I was living in Melbourne in the drought, the water shortage was of great concern. Anything that can provide a buffer in that situation is a good thing. I am also confident the water is safe for human consumption. Susannah Martin, Leongatha.

The water would be safe but I would not want to be drinking it. I’m so dead against the plant being there. Lola Bailey, Leongatha

Not if I had any say in it. Max Wise, Leongatha.

Yeah, I would. They do it all on big cruise ships, the ones that go to Alaska. They are all like their own city. Paul Mackie, Toora.

Call for rate feedback

By Jane Ross

PROPOSED changes to municipal differential rates are unlikely to have much of an impact on South Gippsland or Bass Coast shire councils. A differential rate is applied when a council wants to charge a different rate in the dollar for differing parcels of land. South Gippsland CEO Tim Tamlin admitted the subject of differential rates was dry and confusing but his corporate services director June Ernst took a different view. She has read a new guideline document issued by the State Government and “found it very interesting”. She sees it as improving transparency for the community and a tightening up of decision making for council.

“I think we’ll be able to work within it. It’s more about the detail of why differentials are set.” She said South Gippsland had a “pretty standard” differential rate for farming, cultural and recreational and vacant land. Bamboozling or challenging, the changes are the subject of a State Government call for public feedback. Deputy Premier Peter Ryan has invited “all Gippsland ratepayers”, councils and “other interested organisations” to take part in a “state wide consultation process”. He said changes are needed because the Local Government Act 1989 provided insufficient guidance on the application of differential rates. Ms Ernst said she thought council would probably lodge a submission to the draft guidelines, adding, “It’s always good

to have a voice.” Bass Coast is likely to do the same thing, with CEO Allan Bawden expecting it to come out of the strategic resource segment that is part of a four-year council plan being discussed by new councillors. He said he thought the guidelines had probably come about because some councils in Melbourne wanted to introduce higher rates for pokie venues, using the money to fund gambling counselling, while others had suggested a higher differential rate for fast food outlets in an attempt to help control obesity and litter. Also, Mr Bawden added, the Victorian Farmers Federation had been “very vocal” in wanting all rural councils to have a differential farm rate. Bass Coast doesn’t, choosing instead to offer a farm rate rebate which is linked to the size of the property.

The council does, however, have a differential rate for vacant residential land that is 50 per cent higher than the developed land rate. Public housing is rated at half the developed land rate and a cultural and recreational land differential that is half the normal rate “but there are only 18 of those”. He said the proposed guidelines were around possible changes to differentials and how they are used and the only real restriction is that the highest tariff can’t be more than four times the lowest. “It is important for councils to have flexibility and the mix of property uses can vary – guidelines would be useful for councils.” Mr Ryan said feedback should be lodged before Thursday, February 28 on the Department of Planning and Community Development website.

Ryan remarks on poor roads AUSTRALIA Day celebrations in Leongatha didn’t go without a mention of the state of the roads whilst local politicians were in town on the weekend. The comment, however, came from an unlikely source, with Victorian Deputy Premier and Member for South Gippsland, Peter Ryan, first to bring up the topic during his speech at McIndoe Park. Whilst stating the electorate was the “best” in the 88, Mr Ryan commented “I know it’s dry, I know the roads are not as we want”, with the crowd responding in laughter. “I understand those things well and truly, I do,” he continued, informing people something would be done soon. “As much as we can pour more into that with time to come, when things are under control, I assure you we will do.” Upon mentioning the touchy subject, Mr Ryan may have well tripped in a pothole himself and realising the can of worms he had potentially opened, finished quickly with “But let’s not get into that”. Federal Member for McMillan, Russell Broadbent, confirmed Mr Ryan’s slip-up soon after when he commended the Deputy Premier for his speech, stating he was doing well until he “mentioned the R-word at the end”, much to the amusement of the crowd.

To come

• Bass Coast Shire Council CEO Allan Bawden.

• South Gippsland Shire Council CEO Tim Tamlin.

“THE STAR”, Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - PAGE 13

Studs score at dairy week SOUTH Gippsland continues to produce some of the finest cattle in the country, after two studs succeeded at International Dairy Week last week. Hill Valley Holsteins at Kongwak and Bushlea Jerseys of Koonwarra returned triumphant, continuing their superb reputation at the premier event.

The event at Tatura in northern Victoria is the largest annual dairy expo in the Southern Hemisphere. Hill Valley won two first placings, two seconds, two thirds and an eighth. Bushlea won junior champion with Bushlea Action Fernleaf 11, continuing the stud’s tradition of winning at least one category in every one of the 22 dairy week shows. The stud’s Wayne Kuhne was impressed,

particularly as the stud won the same category in 2010. “We were not expecting to win but she’s a nice heifer. We were a little bit surprised because there were some nice heifers there,” he said. “It was due to her overall size and her capacity and her udder make-up. She was the oldest heifer in her class, so she had an advantage in that way.” The heifer’s mother and grandmother had won

Bushlea Jerseys: Clayton Bawden with Bushlea Action Fernleaf 11, just before being awarded junior champion of the show.

at dairy weeks in the past, with her grandmother Bushlea Brooke Fernleaf winning junior champion in the 1990s. Mr Perrett said this year’s result was one of the best for the stud. “Last year was very, very good but this year, to go with multiple animals, all our team finished in the placings and that does not happen very often,” he said. “It was a lot of hard work and hopefully you get rewarded in some way and the judge appreciates your cattle.” Hill Valley won champion Holstein last year with Paige House Shottle Noni and this year Paige again proved successful. While she received an honourable mention overall, Paige won the seven-year-old and over in milk, and best udder categories, from a field of 21entries. “It was a really hot class,” Mr Perrett said. “It was one of the major classes of the day for size and to have that number of entries does not happen very often, and to win it with excellent competition was good.” While Mr Perrett was hoping Paige would win back-to-back championships, such a feat is rare at dairy week. A Paige daughter,

Planet Noni, won the three-year-old dry class, and finished second with Paige in the cow and daughter class. “Paige is doing very, very well for us,” Mr Perrett said. Paige’s third daughter Fever Noni placed second in the 18-month-old heifer class and will be offered at the stud’s sale on March 4, on-property. Hill Valley Lauthority Noni was third in the 18-month-old heifer class. M-Gee O Silk Imp ET finished eighth in the twoand-a-half years in milk section, another strongly contested category. In the Jersey division, Hill Valley was third in the five-year-old in milk section with Rye Valley Com Bianca. The quality of cattle at dairy week was one of the best for years, Mr Perrett said. The Hill Valley team comprises Roger and Helen Perrett, daughter Melissa, son Tim and his wife Carley, Chris Gleeson of Port Fairy, and groomers Stewart and Beck Robinson. Bushlea Action Fernleaf 11 has two half sisters, sired by Merchant, to be sold at the farm sale on March 13. All lots have mothers classified at 90 plus points from a possible 100, with at least one lactation of 7000 litres.

Hill Valley Holsteins: Paige House Shottle Noni with leader Matt Slone from the United States of America.

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Aaron is number one By Jacob de Kunder MIRBOO North’s Aaron Wilson was named South Gippsland’s Citizen of the Year on Wednesday night. As a duty officer with the State Emergency Service, president of the Mirboo North Lions Club, CFA member, hardworking volunteer at the Mirboo North Football Club and a father of three, Mr Wilson was well deserving of the title. A humble winner, Mr Wilson was lost for words after receiving the award at the presentation ceremony held by South Gippsland Shire Council at Leongatha Memorial Hall last Wednesday night. “I’d just like to thank the Australia Day committee for the whole evening as well as all the other nomi-

nees,” he said. “It was a very tough competition and I think we all deserve to be standing up here. “One of my slogans is ‘It’s not what you get out of your community, it’s what you put in’ and it shows that there are many others here tonight who feel the same.” Mr Wilson thanked his wife Rachel for supporting him with all his volunteer efforts. Nominations for Citizen of the Year were: Trevor White of Leongatha, Margaret Stokes of Leongatha, Meryl Agars of Toora North, Helen Pearce of Korumburra, Ethel Hanks of Meeniyan and Irene Spooner of Toora. The Centenary of Leongatha State Secondary Education won Community Event of the Year. Leongatha Secondary College principal Brett

Windsor gladly accepted the award on behalf of the centenary committee. “There was so much work that went into this event, with years of solid planning by a fantastic team,” he said. “They were a fantastic group to work with and a big thank you goes to everyone that was a part of the event.” Ten community minded youths from around the shire received a Youth Community Contribution Award. They were: Abbey McNally of Poowong, Max Rounds of Leongatha, Emily Wilson of Meeniyan, Ashley Tilling of Poowong, Ben Thomas of Meeniyan, Madeline Lancey of Nyora, Stewart McKenzie of Korumburra, Tamara Loughridge of Poowong, Tom Horton of Korumburra and Shantal Kelly of Mirboo North.

Madeline also entertained the 240-strong audience with some memorable singing. South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy paid tribute to all

nominees. “We celebrate your outstanding contributions to our shire and the people who live here,” he said. “You make a difference to our lives, you strengthen

our local communities and you are role models for others. “In these challenging times in rural communities, your work is even more important, bringing hope,

guidance, solace, joy and opportunities for reunion.” ► more photos online at www.thestar. and next weeks star

Top events: nominations for the Community Event of the Year went to, from left: the Stony Creek Rodeo, represented by Neil Cope; the South Gippsland Golf Classic, represented by Trevor Steer; the Leongatha Daffodil Festival, represented by Judith Jackson; the Centenary of Leongatha State Secondary Education, represented by Brett Windsor; and Australia Day Country Style at Poowong, represented by Stephen Halliday.

Proud citizen: Aaron Wilson of Mirboo North is South Gippsland’s Citizen of the Year.

Chief citizens: nominations for the Citizen of the Year were received by Trevor White, Aaron Wilson, Margaret Stokes, Meryl Agars, Helen Pearce, 2012 Citizen of the Year Grieg Barry, Ethel Hanks and Irene Spooner.

In the genes: past citizen of the year nominee Flo Wilson was proud of her granddaughter Emily Wilson, who received a Youth Community Contribution Award.

Leading youths: Youth Community Contribution Awards went to, from left: Abbey McNally, Max Rounds, Emily Wilson, Ashley Tilling, council community support strengthening officer Sophie Dixon, Ben Thomas, Madeline Lancey, Stewart McKenzie, Tom Horton and Shantal Kelly. Absent: Tamara Loughridge.

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“THE STAR”, Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - PAGE 15

Worry free living RETIRING to Mountain View Leongatha leads to a more comfortable lifestyle than in many other locations.

Top winners: Bass Coast Shire Council award recipients Margaret Gardiner, Margaret Hancock, Greg Meade, Bill Botton, and Di and John Fleming.

Islander is top citizen A MAN committed to organising sporting endeavours on Phillip Island has been named Bass Coast Shire Council’s Citizen of the Year. For more than 28 years, Dennis Harris has been one of the main organisers of the San Remo Channel Challenge, Cowes Classic and Island Swim. Emma Scott was named Young Citizen of the Year for her commitment to agriculture and surf life saving. Sports person of the year was Bill Botten, arts and cultural ambassador Margaret Gardiner and Community Event of the Year was the 2012 Anzac Day Cowes. Environmental Ambassador of the Year is Margaret Hancock and Family Achievement Award winners were John and Diana Fleming. The 2013 Bass Coast Australia Day awards were presented at ceremonies held in Wonthaggi and Cowes as part of Australia Day celebrations on Saturday. Bass Coast mayor Cr Clare Le Serve presented awards to people for their dedication and contribution. “It was a privilege to be able to make these presentations, recognising the achievements of these remarkable community members,” she said. “The awards focus on a select group of people and the distinctive work they do. However, the entire day is a celebration of our community and its achievements, making it a better place to live and visit.” Dennis has been heavily involved with the Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club for over 36 years, including the Nippers program. He has been the club’s major fundraiser, raising tens of thousands of dollars as well as serving as treasurer and committee member. In 2012 Dennis received an award for 30 years continued service to

Neighbourhood Watch. Emma grew up in Bass Coast, attending Wonthaggi Secondary College. She has been a pavilion steward at numerous Bass Coast summer agricultural shows and is a current member of the Australia Holstein Youth Committee. She also received one of two scholarships to attend the 2012 World Youth Holstein Conference in Canada. Emma has just finished participating in Australia’s 2013 International Dairy Week and has flown to New Zealand to take part in the 2013 NZ Dairy Event. Outside of agriculture, Emma has been a past member of the Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club and women’s subcommittee member for the Geelong Cycling Club. Bill has been a keen member of the Phillip Island Tennis Club since 1990. He has been vital in supporting the club’s junior program, coaching and working. Bill has also served on the club committee and has been the “go to” person for maintenance issues. He is now involved with the Uniting Church and golf club. Margaret Gardiner is the coordinator of the Corinella and District Community Centre’s Traditional Art Show, held in June each year. Seeing a need for an opportunity to showcase art that is outside ‘traditional’, Margaret established a new show in January, for contemporary art, photography and crafts. This show has been successful. Margaret is also involved with the Corinella and District Community Centre, St George’s Anglican Church, Grantville Memorial Park Committee, Grantville Progress Association, Bass Valley Historical Society and Girl Guides’ Trefoil Guild. The Cowes Anzac Day events are always well attended, with about 3000 people attending in 2012. Organised by the Phil-

lip Island RSL, the event consisted of three days of service: services in a local nursing home; a dawn service, the gunfire breakfast, the march and the official 11am commemorative service on April 25; and postAnzac Day local football and netball matches. Margaret Hancock has been deeply involved with conservation issues on Phillip Island for over 40 years. For over 30 years, up to 2012, Margaret was the president of the Phillip Island Conservation Society. Margaret has been actively involved with the Phillip Island Nature Parks for many years, and also been a member of the Friends of the Golden Cypress in Cowes and Friends of the Koalas. John and Diana Fleming are among Wonthaggi’s best known and hardest working citizens. Since moving to Wonthaggi in 1961, John has been an active member of the CFA and Lions Club of Wonthaggi. In addition to this, John has been active for over 23 years with Wonthaggi’s State Coal Mine. John has also served as councillor and mayor of the Borough of Wonthaggi and was one of three commissioners for the new Bass Coast Shire. Di’s membership of many community groups include Red Cross for about 40 years, Wonthaggi Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Country Women’s Association, and assisting as a steward at many Bass Coast summer agricultural shows. This has been acknowledged with a life membership of the show. In true family style, Di has supported John in Lions as a Lions Lady, then as a founding member of the Wonthaggi Lioness Club, and then, when ladies were permitted, joined the Lions Club. John and Di both hold Lions Clubs International Foundation’s highest honour, the Melvin Jones Fellowship.

Those who choose a villa at the modern complex will often find they have $100,000-$150,000 more to live on than had they chosen to retire in more expensive locations, such as the Mornington Peninsula. That is the word from Mountain View sales and village manager Trevor Davis. “If you can put $150,000 in the bank on top of buying your villa, it’s a breeze,” he said. With the start of the new year here, now is an ideal time to consider a new direction in your life, especially if you are 55 and over, as that’s the age group Mountain View targets. The first eight villas are now for sale. One has already sold and a new resident is about to move in. New residents can choose from two or three bedroom options, and there is also the option of a two bedroom villa with a flexiroom that can be made into a third bedroom or kept as a lifestyle space. Smaller villas offer 10-and-a-half squares of living space and bigger ones 13-and-a-half squares. Master bedrooms have

walk-in robes and an en suite with large shower. Showerheads have lights that advise of water temperature; blue for cold, red for hot, and green to denote the preset temperature has been reached. Toilets are equipped with an emergency button. Kitchens are spacious, living areas open and backyards ready for residents to enjoy. Garages are extra long to allow for storage and car parking. The complex will eventually have a total of 45 villas, all with a view across Leongatha and the distant hills, ensuring no overcrowding and

minimising competition for park facilities. Residents pay a weekly fee that covers use of the community centre, pool, bowling green, as well as all gardening, maintenance, insurance and council rates, guaranteeing a responsibility-free lifestyle. There is also a caravan and boat parking area. A manager and office administrator will be on-site during business hours. The village is secured. Villas are open for inspection by appointment. The complex is due for completion by mid-2014. Prospective residents

are invited to pay $1000 to secure a site position and the villa design of their choice. “It’s just freedom. The lifestyle means that you have downsized but the work requirements just do not exist,” Mr Davis said. Mountain View is holding an affordable lifestyle presentation at the village, 1 Dale Drive, on February 28 from 10.30am to noon. Find out more about retiring to Mountain View. RSVP by February 21 by phoning 1300 306 255 or email sales@ mountainviewleongatha.

Come and live: Mountain View sales and village manager Trevor Davis invites people to inspect lifestyle options at the Leongatha complex.

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Thanking our emergency services: Member for Gippsland South and Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan (centre) praised our volunteers on Australia Day, including Leongatha SES member Lance Waller, Leongatha Fire Bridgade members Paul Pitkethly and Andy Kay, and Leongatha SES member Les Boyd.

Celebrating new citizens: Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent, Elena Kudryavtseva from Korumburra, Ursula Casson from Mirboo North, Marina Jackson from Welshpool, Brian Gannon from Leongatha, Nicolette Melville from Korumburra, South Gippsland deputy mayor Cr Nigel HutchinsonBrooks, Barbara Mackenzie from Mirboo North, Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan, Australia Day Ambassador Richard Rozen, and Hutchinson Thurairajah from Foster.

Welcome new citizens

By Simone Short

SEVEN South Gippslanders can now officially call Australia home after receiving their citizenship certificates at Leongatha’s Australia Day celebrations last Saturday. The candidates all came to Australia from countries includ-

ing England, Ireland, Russia and Sri Lanka. During the ceremony held at McIndoe Park, South Gippsland Shire deputy mayor Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks picked a common factor in their personal stories; their choice to settle in the region, their love for the countryside, the coast, and the wonderful communities. Someone who could relate to their appreciation for their new home was special guest and Australia Day Ambassador,

Richard Rozen. Born in Poland, Mr Rozen was only six when he hid with his parents in a cupboard for 13 months in complete darkness. Mr Rozen said his father taught him his first year of schooling inside the cupboard, whispering letters and numbers into his ear and writing them on his hand with his finger. “We had to be in silence because no one could know where we were,” he said. “For me it was normal, I could

stand, but my parents could only lie and sit. My father would tell me stories and teach me lessons,” he said. With his father eventually captured by the Germans and never seen again, Mr Rozen was reunited with his mother after liberation, and they eventually made their way to Australia. “It’s such a wonderful country. I’ve been really fortunate to be honoured in some ways, such as my Order of Australia, and I’m glad I’m able to give back to the

community as much as I can, including being an ambassador today,” he said. “Life is good. I think the crunch of it, is I’ve come from a rather underprivileged background. I spent four and a half years in an orphanage after the war, so that is the part that is underprivileged, and now life is great every day.” Local achievers were also recognised at the ceremony, with the centenary of state secondary education reunion named Leongatha’s event of the year, with special

mentions to the South Gippsland Golf Classic and the Leongatha Daffodil Festival, while Henriettas and South East Podiatry were named winners of the Australia Day windows competition. Member for Gippsland South, Peter Ryan, also took the opportunity to thank emergency services for assisting with the Gippsland bushfires. “Amongst the celebrations is an occasion to recognise the extraordinary contributions all of our volunteers make,” he said.

Meeniyan shows Aussie spirit THE small community of Meeniyan was packed with Aussie pride last Saturday, with a full house celebrating the day at the MDU clubrooms.

Meeniyan Progress Association president Kathryn Smith welcomed special guests at the event, including Australia Day Ambassador Stan Alves and Victorian Deputy Premier, Member for Gippsland South and Minister “for just about everything”, Peter Ryan. Tarwin Valley Primary School students Grace Thorson and Hugh Collins raised the Australian flag and opened the ceremony with an important reminder of acceptance: “Whether born here or moved here, Gippsland, like Australia, is home”. Former AFL player and coach, Mr Alves, was thrilled to be invited back to the town after visiting in 2011. He also acknowledged those becoming Australian on the day. “Australia Day is one of those most treasured and emotional events, and that is the citizenship ceremony,” he said. “Many I know around this great country will be taking part in this today, and all who have ever attended these citizenship ceremonies will remember the pride and sense of achievement that marks these special events.” Mr Alves also asked the crowd to take the time to step back and ask themselves “What does Australia Day mean to me?” “Sometimes you can just get caught up in this busy treadmill of going and going; to take a breath and reflect on who and what I am, I think, is important.”

Ms Smith presented Mr Alves with a red Meeniyan shirt to thank him for his words of wisdom. Those dedicated to their local community were recognised on the day, with awards presented to South Gippsland Shire Council Citizen of the Year nominee Ethel Hanks, and Youth Community Contribution nominees Ben Thomas and Emily Wilson. Awards were also presented to Bill Pratt and Neil Cope on behalf of the Stony Creek Rodeo, for its nomination as Community Event of the Year. The event was concluded with a performance by the Meeniyan Ecumenical Choir, a crowd favourite and unofficial anthem I am Australian, seeing dozens of flags waved in the air in time to the music.

Well deserved: Meeniyan Progress Association president Kathryn Smith, Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan, South Gippsland Shire Councillors Andrew McEwen and Bob Newton and Australia Day Ambassador Stan Alves (with his red Meeniyan shirt) congratulated award recipients Ben Thomas, Emily Wilson, Bill Pratt and Neil Cope from the Stony Creek Rodeo, and Ethel Hanks on their fantastic community contributions.

More Australia Day photos online and in next week’s Star

Mirboo North: from left, award recipients Shantal Kelly, David Tree, Mirboo North Citizen of the Year Aaron Wilson, Bev O’Connor, David Lewis and Maxime Kiel enjoyed the Australia Day celebrations at Mirboo North on Saturday.

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Role model is top volunteer ARTHUR Phillips is Wonthaggi’s citizen of the year.

He was named by the town’s Rotary Club during the Australia Day ceremony on Saturday. Described as “an outstanding and highly respected citizen,” Arthur has been a role model to those in the Wonthaggi and Cape Paterson communities. Together with his wife, Nancye, family and friends, Arthur worked to save the Cape Paterson Life Saving Club from folding, serving as its president for 10 years to 1996. He is a life member and co-founder of the Cape Aquathon which raises money for the club. He also helped form the Cape Paterson Residents and Ratepayers Association, is a trainer with juniors at the Wonthaggi Power Football Netball Club, has been a tour guide at the State Coal Mine, helps at the Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Show, works with Wonthaggi Woodcrafters and was an inaugural committee member of the town’s men’s shed.

Four people received community service awards: Ian Sullivan, Marg and Jim McCulley and Fred Heesh. The business excellence award went to Wrench’s Footwear and Bass Coast Shire Council events coordinator, Frank Angarane, was presented with the employee excellence award. Ian Sullivan was described as a quiet achiever with an outstanding reputation as a golfer and hard working club member. He began his working life at the State Coal Mine, later becoming a trade teacher

at Wonthaggi Technical School. He helped the mine’s friends’ group restore the mine’s community hall and other projects such as seating, planter boxes and post and rail fencing. He’s at the mine most days. “Dynamic husband and wife team”, Marg and Jim McCulley, have worked hard behind the scenes in a number of organisations including schools, football and tennis clubs, the garden and orchid clubs and meals on wheels. They have done “magnificent work” at the

Catching up: old friends Carol Thorn and Marg Sullivan enjoy breakfast and a good chat at the Australia Day celebrations at Wonthaggi.

Wonthaggi Cemetery and volunteer at the State Coal Mine where Marg’s help in establishing the paths and garden near the barbecue and kitchen area is affectionately referred to as McCulley Gully. Fred Heesh and his leadership, energy and knowledge have been part of the Wonthaggi community for 40 years. He has been a welcome addition to schools, sporting and social clubs and the Wonthaggi Citizens’ Band where he has been a tireless worker and is a life member.

Known for his love of music, he has spent decades giving free music lessons and lots of encouragement to many young people. He has also contributed to school productions and Wonthaggi Theatre Group performances. Wrench’s Footwear business excellence award acknowledges the store’s longevity, integrity and commitment to good customer service. It is over 100 years old. Harry Wrench started the boot making business in around 1910, to service

men working in the mines. He had learnt his skills from his father and passed on the knowledge to his own son, Gordon, who took over when Harry retired. Gordon trained a young apprentice called Brian Lindsay who, with his wife, Dorothy, took over and modernised the store. Brian’s son, Carl, now runs Wrench’s Footwear. Frank Angarane is regarded as a leader in the field of local government event management. Practical, with a care for the local community and environment, he

has won the regard of his colleagues and emergency services organisations. His career began at the Shire of Korumburra in 1977, continued with the Shire of Bass which became part of Bass Coast Shire following forced mergers in 1994. He became the special events coordinator in 2002, overseeing increasingly stringent regulatory requirements. Frank also has an outstanding record of community service, playing a lead role in the success of the Dalyston Football Netball Club.

Deserving praise: Rotary award winners with Rotary president Clive Hollings, Frank Angarane, Manon Lindsay, Carl Lindsay, Jim McCulley, Marg McCulley, Fred Heesh, Ian Sullivan and Arthur Phillips.

Inverloch parties, Aussie style TOURISTS and locals alike flocked to the Inverloch War Memorial to celebrate Australia Day. Shoppers and stallholders at the Rotary Club Mar-

ket got into the celebrations as well. The ceremony started with a medley of Australian songs by the Wonthaggi U3A Choir led by Lorna White. A rendition of Road to

Patriotic pooch: Anne Heidi and her dog Stella were dressed to impress in Inverloch on Australia Day.

Gundagai had the crowd singing along before the Australian and Victorian flags were raised proudly by Inverloch RSL members. Special guest Bass Coast Shire Councillor Jordan Crugnale took to the microphone for a speech about what this day means to her. “Today, of all days is a day to be authentic and true to our history, our today and to ourselves,” she said. “It is a day we reflect, empathise, acknowledge and walk forward together towards something great. “It is a day we recognise what is broken and in desperate need of repair.” Cr Crugnale touched on what makes Australia great, including ingenious inventions, national pride and our mostly social cohesion. Ken Burchett from the Inverloch Historical Society spoke about the rich history in the area. He touched on how Inverloch has grown to the town it is now and the maritime history it holds. The ceremony ended with all those within ear shot joining in for a rendition of Advance Australia Fair.

Guest speaker: Inverloch RSL president Bob Lambie, vice president Trevor Scott, guest speaker Cr Jordan Crugnale and RSL secretary Peter Allen.


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Action packed Korumburra HUNDREDS of people from the western end of the South Gippsland Shire gathered in Korumburra on Australia Day to celebrate our great country. Families were treated to lots of fun including a petting zoo, slip and slide, tug of war, gum boot throwing, CFA display and much more. The Lions and Rotary clubs pro-

vided the masses with food while a display of classic cars impressed the bigger kids. Korumburra’s Helen Pearce was named Citizen of the Year for the region, while Community Event of the Year went to the Country Style Australia Day at Poowong. Community Youth Awards went to Tom Horton (Korumburra), Stewart McKenzie (Korumburra), Ashley

Tilling (Poowong), Madeline Lancey (Nyora) and Tamara Loughridge (Poowong). Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent joined in the celebrations, congratulating all award winners alongside South Gippsland Shire Council’s Cr Bob Newton, Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks and Cr Lorraine Brunt.

Congratulations: (from left) Cr Bob Newton, Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, Citizen of the Year Helen Pearce (Korumburra), Cr Lorraine Brunt, representatives for Community Event of the Year Australia Day Country Style at Poowong Wendy Tilling and Stephen Halliday, and Russell Broadbent MP.

Proud singer: Marion Hess had the privilege of singing the national anthem at Korumburra on Australia Day.

John a master planner A KORUMBURRA financial planner has been recognised as one of the best in Australia. John Murdica from Retire and Wealth Planners was recently listed in the Australian Financial Review Smart Investor magazine's Master Class for Financial Planning 2013 Top 50 HonourRoll. It is an exceptional effort, with Mr Murdica named among the top eight Victorian financial planners, receiving the accolade in his first year of application. Mr Murdica said he was “blown away” to be recognised in the top 50. “It's great to be appreciated by my peers outside of the AMP group,” he said. “I've achieved many awards with AMP over the past 25 years, but this is the first time I've entered this type of competition, and I was actually pleasantly surprised to make the top 50.” The achievement doesn't come without hard work however, with Mr Murdica putting in the time and effort to maintain a high standard at Retirement and Wealth Planners. “As with other professionals, financial planners are required to maintain a certain level of ongoing training, but I always like to do a bit extra to

One of the best: John Murdica from Retirement and Wealth Planners in Korumburra is proud to have made the Master Class Financial Planning 2013 Top 50 Honour Roll in the Australian Financial Review Smart Investor magazine. specialise in certain fields,” he said. “We're dealing with people's livelihoods, so it's important to keep up-to-date and focus on strategies to assist clients and ensure they get the best options available.” Mr Murdica specialises in retirement planning, including aspects such as Centrelink, aged care, estate planning and self-managedsuper. To be considered in the Master Class, entrants were required to complete 45 questions within a one hour timeframe. Mr Murdica said this left no time for research; rather applicants “needed to know” the information. The magazine described the top 50 as those with a “focus on strategy rather than product” with an “up-to-date

and intricate knowledge” of superannuation, social security, tax, insurance, estate planning and aged care, and also those who have an “astute understanding of financial markets, but are not likely to be swept away by the latest investment fad”. The Korumburra financial planner beat around 200 other applicants to make the final cut, and was the only finalist to be named from a small, rural town, with the other state finalists hailing from Melbourne, Geelong and Bendigo. “It's pleasing a small country town can compete with the city agencies,” Mr Murdica said. “I think there's a perception that specialists are only in the cities, so it's good to prove that wrong.”

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True community at Pound Creek CELEBRATIONS of volunteering, dairying and music culminated with a good ol’ country style barbecue at the Pound Creek Australia Day event on Saturday. Hosted by the Pound Creek CFA Ladies Auxiliary, the gathering lured about 200 people to hear the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band perform the national anthem and Australian favourites. Brigade captain Peter Vanzuyden acknowledged brigade members who fought the recent Glenmaggie bushfire. The brigade urgently needs a new big fill pump after the current pump failed at Glenmaggie, but a new model comes at a hefty price of $20,000. The brigade is seeking donations to support

an application for a State Government grant. “The pump was stationed on the shore of Lake Glenmaggie and it was taking up to eight minutes to fill a 3000 litre tanker but it should have taken about two-and-a-half minutes,” Mr Vanzuyden said. “It’s got to happen quickly when we are filling tankers in strike teams.” Anyone willing to donate is welcome to phone Mr Vanzuyden on 0428 745 550. “I’m very proud of the brigade from the point of view that we are attending 60 incidents a year, from house fires to haystack fires and road accidents, and as well as going to turnouts, we have had 15 people away at the Heyfield and Glenmaggie fires on swing shifts,” he said. Guest speaker Max Jelbart offered an insight into

changes in the dairy industry over the decades. The Pound Creek CFA member and local dairy farmer is also a director of Murray Goulburn. His parents farmed at Boggabri, near Tarwin Lower, when the dairy was a three unit back out shed and the top cow peaked at about 16 litres a day, compared to today’s peak of around 60 litres. “The top herds in the district then produced 135kgs of butterfat. Today they produce 300kgs per cow per year,” Mr Jelbart said. In 1959, the Jelbart herd of 70 cows took about twoand-a-half hours to milk, whereas Mre Jelbart’s 60 unit rotary runs at 360 cows an hour with one person, and all cows have electronic identification and are fed in the dairy according to their production.

He noted the challenges facing farmers today, particularly those with significant debt. “Prices were much better in times past but the work much more physically demanding and little or no facilities,” Mr Jelbart said. “This is primarily caused by the strength of the Australian dollar and the supermarkets’ down, down, down policy, but we all have a choice. No one is forcing us to farm and many are exiting the industry as it is just too hard for many.” He said his love of Australia is strong and unconditional. “It is because of that pride and the depth of my love for my country - of what it has been and what it might yet become - that I feel so passionately that we must not just protect the legacy we have inherited from the ser-

Insightful speech: guest speaker Max Jelbart (left) with Pound Creek CFA captain Peter Vanzuyden. vice of all those Australians that have preceded us, but that we must be determined to improve on, expand and enhance it as our legacy to future generations,” Mr Jelbart said. He also paid tribute to Aboriginal Australians. “We need to be cognisant of the fact that our indig-

enous people have been here for thousands of generations of uninterrupted occupation of Australia,” he said. “If you were a member of one of those families, what would your reaction be to a national celebration based on the day that your people, your family, were dispossessed of all and any rights

to their land and home? I will let you ponder that.” The first Pound Creek celebration was held some 10 years ago with mainly just CFA members and their families attending, and has since grown to attract a regular following.

Aussie breakfast in Kongwak KONGWAK’S annual Australia Day breakfast, hosted by the Public Hall committee,

Kongwak: some 100 people enjoyed the delicious Aussie Day breakfast celebration at the Kongwak Hall on Saturday.

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attracted a 100 strong crowd. During the celebrations, guest speaker David George shared his ocean sailing adventures and those attending

enjoyed an excellent breakfast. The Australian flag raising ceremony was accompanied by a rousing rendition of Advance Australia Fair.

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Tarwin Lower flies new flag MORE than 95 people attended the Tarwin Lower Australia Day celebration where a new flag supplied by Federal Member for McMillan, Russell Broadbent, was hoisted. The weather conditions were perfect for the celebration that started at 8am at the Fisher Reserve, with South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy giving the welcome. Dot Kennedy was invited to sing the

first verse of the national anthem. Music was supplied by Jack Creati, while Colin West raised the Australian Flag. The celebration continued with Kaye Kibblewhite reading her own written poem, The Nature of Australia Culture, following the affirmation. At the close of the formalities, breakfast was served by the Venus Bay, Tarwin Lower and District Men’s Shed with assistance from the Grants Only Group. Funding for the day was supplied by South Gippsland Shire Council.

Tarwin Lower: close on 100 people attended the Australia Day breakfast celebration at Fisher Reserve in Tarwin Lower on Saturday.

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AUSTRALIA DAY 2013 Corner Inlet celebrates with Sheahan ONCE again the Corner Inlet community joined together to celebrate Australia Day in Foster.

Former Australian test cricketer Paul Sheahan spoke as Australia Day Ambassador. He was joined by Federal Member for McMillan

Russell Broadbent, South Gippsland Shire Council’s Cr Mohya Davies and mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy to congratulate standout locals on their achieve-

ments in 2012. Toora’s Irene Spooner was named Corner Inlet’s Citizen of the Year while Community Service Awards went to Foster’s

Jim Wilson and Toora North’s Meryl Agars. Corner Inlet Pony Club took out Community Event of the Year with their 50th anniversary celebrations.

Mr Sheahan paid tribute to all the volunteers that make this country great and reminded the crowd how lucky they are to live in Corner Inlet.

Mr Sheahan also joined locals in a game of backyard cricket, inviting locals to face up to him and have a hit.

Citizen of the Year: Irene Spooner of Toora was the Corner Inlet Citizen of the Year. Top citizens: Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent, Cr Mohya Davies and Australia Day Ambassador Paul Sheahan with Community Service Award recipients Jim Wilson and Meryl Agars and mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy.


Refreshments up: Darcy Nicoll, Julia Green, Adeline Collins and Tayla Faragher from the Corner Inlet Pony Club were supplying the crowds with hot and cold drinks at Foster’s Australia Day Ceremony.


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Its purpose is twofold – to bring top singers to the area and give local youngsters the chance to perform on the big stage. This year’s Serenade at Sunset will be at Churchill Island on Sunday, February 3, from 4 to 8pm, a perfect setting to enjoy a picnic (or buy food there) and listen to songs from the opera and Broadway shows. Melbourne City Opera is providing some of its stars including Marco Cinque and Suzan Harvey, who will sing excerpts from La Boheme, La Traviata, Rigoletto and Tosca, as well as songs from My Fair Lady, West Side Story, South Pacific and The Merry Widow. Young talent Mitchell Sanders, an 18-year-old Wonthaggi Secondary College graduate and fellow 18-year-old Tom Green are among those

taking part. Both have completed eighth grade Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB), Mitchell doing so with honours. Mitchell was the 2012 Bass Coast Community Foundation Performance Award winner. He is training at Centrestage Performing Arts School

undertaking an intensive course in musical theatre. Tom is aiming to be a solo artist performing his own original work. He and Mitchell have performed at many local venues, including Wonthaggi Theatrical Group (Mitchell) and Carmel Slater’s Bunch of Blokes

Singer: former Wonthaggi Secondary College student, Tom Green, will perform during Serenade at Sunset.

in Leongatha (Tom). They were also in the 2010 State Schools Spectacular. Other local talent includes Karlee Hayes, Tayla Bennett-Hullin, Josh Hook, Kate Amos and Emma Wallace accompanied by the Koo Wee Rup Secondary College Orchestra.

Performance: Mitchell Saunders, who won the 2012 Bass Coast Community Foundation Performance Award, will sing.

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Youth here to help By Jacob de Kunder AN influx of young volunteers has boosted numbers at the Korumburra Fire Brigade.

New recruits Lucas Baido, Lachlan Auddino, Blake Cosson, Liam McCall, and Kyle and Rhys Arestia are joining fellow young members Jono Austin and Dylan

Adkin to give the brigade eight members aged 18 and under. This is much to the delight of brigade captain Jodie Butler who is excited about the new

recruits. “It’s been great,” she said. “The brigade was a little bit stagnant there for a while with the age of our members and hav-

ing the younger ones come through, not only does it inject a new passion into the brigade, but it’s also for the future of the Korumburra Fire Brigade as well.

Starting young: Lucas Baido, Lachlan Auddino, Blake Cosson, Dylan Adkin and Jono Austin are some of the younger members of the Korumburra Fire Brigade.

“It’s been good to be able to get them involved in the community activities and events that we’ve had around the town. It’s a lot of work having young members but it’s also viable for the future.” The boys are keen and proud to be part of the CFA. “You get a lot out of being in the CFA,” Dylan said. Lucas agreed: “It’s good because we are doing something in real life with real life situations. “Going through school and having a part time job, nothing’s really preparing you for the actual world but with this the responsibility is great and gives you a great sense of achievement.” When heading out to jobs, especially car accidents, the new guys are worried about what they will have to deal with. “I’m scared that it’s going to be someone you know,” Dylan said. Lucas added: “Especially in a small town like this and being our age. “We haven’t been to one or anything yet, so I’m not sure how we will react until we go and are actually in that situation.” Jodie said that the brigade is careful about which members attend certain incidents. “As officers of the brigade we’re always a bit wary of who we will take

out to what incidents and being young members, we would probably only take one out at a time,” she said. “If it was a particularly nasty incident we would try to not have them there. The less we expose our members to the better.” Such incidents are learning experiences those who join the CFA face. “They’ve got to learn. They may be all right with them but if not, they don’t go to them in the future,” Jodie said. “They’ve got to find their own way and what they’re comfortable with.” The young boys appreciate having each other on board at the brigade. “There’s a bit of a gap between our age group, 17–18-year-olds, and the older members,” Dylan said. Jodie explained there is a group of members around the 30-year-old mark then the age jumps to the mid 40-year-olds. “There’s a big gap there but it’s good because you all work together and you share experiences,” she said. “The older ones share their knowledge and the younger ones have passion about community engagement, which we’ve been lacking a bit in the brigade with a lot of the older members.”

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Korumburra’s new look By Jacob de Kunder

THE entrances to Korumburra are looking good after new community service group signs were installed last week. The brilliant big blue signs are situated at four different entry points to the town and will soon have all new service club signs attached. Korumburra Business Association president David Amor is excited to see the signs up. “This has been an ongoing goal of mine and the KBA’s and it’s great to see them finally up,” he said. “This is a project we’ve taken on with the other service clubs in town and it will really make a positive impact on the entries to Korumburra.” These signs replace rotting and collapsing wooden ones that used to hold the service club logos. In the coming weeks, all service clubs will be providing brand new signs to attach to the new blue additions. “This shows what we can get done when we work closely with the shire,” Mr Amor said. “It’s a great result for the town and a big thank you goes to the shire officers and workers who made it happen.” Another win for the KBA has come after South Gippsland Shire Council agreed to maintain the edges of the saleyards site in the Korumburra Industrial Estate after discussions with the group. “It shows that the best way to get action is to go through the KBA,” Mr Amor said.

Positive impression: Korumburra Business Association president David Amor is over the moon about the new service club signs erected in Korumburra.


Ted a man of many talents A WORK accident brought Ted Hattam to the South Gippsland area, thus beginning a long contribution to community life.

Ted, who died on January 2, will be remembered for many things, including his genial nature and heart warming smile. He was born Edward Donel Hattam on May 24, 1927, the youngest child of Rachel (Rae) and Henry “Bill” Hattam of Morwell. His sister, Jean Fox, described him fondly to those gathered at Leongatha’s St Peter’s Anglican Church for the celebration of his life on January 10, as her “spoilt younger brother”. But they enjoyed great adventures together. The family, including another sister, Myrtle, grew up in the Latrobe Valley where Ted went to Yallourn state and technical schools. He spent many holidays at his grandparents’ Castlemaine home and during his adolescence, he enjoyed professional cycling with his brother-in-law Max Fox, motorbikes, tinkering in the shed and dancing. The latter resulted in him meeting Dorothy Williams and they married on Dot’s birthday in May, 1951. Ted had started work at 17 at Yallourn power station, becoming a supervisor then a draftsman. He and Dot settled in a brand new home in Newborough. But the work accident signalled change and Ted and Dot bought 21 acres at Leongatha North. Kind neighbours helped them into dairying and chook farming. Dot embraced her new lifestyle which included a house with no electricity or running water.

Ted looked after their daughter, Judy, born in 1953 before their move, while Dot took a position at Permewan’s General Store. Their second child, John, was born in 1956. The Hattams bought and cleared land over the road, allowing them to increase their dairy herd to 50 cattle. Ted loved his cows and set up Buranda Jersey Stud. He was skilled in the use of gelignite, even employing the substance to create his own fireworks for one of the Guy Fawkes bonfire nights that were an annual event in the neighbourhood. The chicken farm flourished until an official from the Egg Board said the Hattams’ 800 laying hens were over the legal limit of 25! Not to be outdone, Ted discovered there was no board overseeing ducks and farmed them instead. Life was tough, but Ted and Dot made the most of it. Ted loved singing at the piano while Dot played and they enjoyed card nights with friends. Their third child, Pam, was born in 1960 and home renovations three years later brought electricity. Ted bred and trained Border Collie dogs which were sent all around Australia. His boyhood tinkering skills stayed with him and he used them to repair antique guns and old band instruments. These led to two abiding interests: the Woorayl (later South Gippsland) Shire Brass Band and the Firelight Museum. Ted built the museum on the farm where the chook sheds had been, displaying his antique guns and Dot’s collection of antique lamps, kitchenware and other collectables. With the added attrac-

tion of Dot’s delicious Devonshire teas, the Firelight Museum drew visitors from far and wide and Ted augmented its appeal by running courses for people wanting a gun licence. With the brass band struggling, Ted and Dot went to band practice every week, doing what they could to increase membership and raise funds. Ted was awarded a life membership in 1992, which also recognised his commitment to the publication of the band’s The Century of Brass 1892-1992. In the 1970s, Ted and Dot stopped milking cows and sold parts of their land, with Ted becoming a Woorayl Shire councillor in

1975, serving as president in 1981-82. The following year, he was named South Gippsland Shire Citizen of the Year. Dot died in 1999 and Ted kept the Firelight Museum going until 2006, when ill health forced his move into aged care. The last few years of his life were spent at Inverloch’s Domain Seahaven where he was able to keep up his great talent for using his hands through his mates from Wonthaggi Wood Turners. Ted Hattam impressed many with his talent, sheer determination and willingness to meet any challenge.

Ted Hattam: family man, farmer, councillor, gun restorer, brass band enthusiast and community minded citizen.

Report litterers SOUTH Gippsland and Bass Coast shire councils are urging the community to report littering offenders to EPA Victoria or their local council. The two local authorities, in conjunction with Vic Roads, have secured a $35,000 grant to install 110 signs on our busiest roads to support the campaign. “Roadside signage acts as a ‘call to action’ for the public to report litterers to authorities, and can also help to reduce negative littering behaviour,” said Leanne Edwards, litter prevention officer across the two shires. “In addition to illegal dumping, other major sources of litter in our region are road users who fail to secure their truck or trailer loads, people who throw cigarette butts, drink containers and food packaging from moving vehicles, or who litter around their vehicles and at roadside rest areas.” The signs will be strategically located throughout both shires on roads leading in and out of the main commercial trading areas, coastal towns and popular recreational destinations, plus at the entrances of all transfer stations and landfill sites. “Attending to roadside litter clean ups is a significant cost burden for local councils and VicRoads,” Ms Edwards said. “Clean ups divert precious time and money from maintenance work on our roads and parks. “It can be difficult for authorities to change negative littering behaviour alone, but what we can easily do is make the community aware of their options and

encourage them to report littering when they see it. “With the support of the general public, litterers will soon learn there is a greater chance of being reported and fined and research shows fines are an effective behaviour changer too.” Litterers are generally ordered to clean up their own mess and, in many cases, are also issued with an infringement notice of $282. The funding for this project has been provided by the Victorian State Government via Sustainability Victoria’s Roadside Litter Prevention Grants program. VicRoads will receive a $28,500 grant to fund the South Gippsland Highway Roadside Litter Prevention Project, both funded through the Roadside Litter Prevention Grant program Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said VicRoads would use its grant to install signs and surveillance cameras at litter hotspots on the South Gippsland Highway to deter roadside littering. “VicRoads will contribute a further $18,000 towards the South Gippsland Highway Roadside Litter Prevention Project, at a total project cost of $46,500,” he said. To report littering, please contact South Gippsland Shire Council on 5662 9200 or Bass Coast Shire Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278). Smartphone users are encouraged to download EPA Victoria’s free Litter Reporter app from so it is even easier to report people who litter from or near their vehicles.

Fresh approach: an outdated litter sign near Ruby.

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Terry Oakley has a wide range of supplies available for woodworkers of any calibre and most things he doesn’t have, he will be able to order in for you. A great selection of timbers is also on offer with cuts of all sizes ready to be purchased. Terry also aims to get the most out of his wood with recycled cuts and timbers for sale, as well as pressed metal and much more.

It’s not just supplies that Aus Woodcraft have on offer, but custom made furniture and anything wood you can think of. From bookshelves right down to keyring holders, Terry can do it all. Aus Woodcraft proudly uses 95 per cent Australian grown timber and where possible, uses Australian owned and made materials. Make sure you drop in to the workshop in Victoria Street, Loch during the Loch Woodworking and Timber Festival on February 2 and 3. If you can’t make it to the festival, then visit Terry when it suits you.

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One stop wood spot LOCH is gearing up for another fantastic Woodworking and Timber Festival this weekend. The festival, which runs from 9.30am to 4pm on both days will have everything any woodworker would need. There will be a wide range of supplies on offer as well as demonstrations and advice from professionals. Woodturning and scroll sawing demonstrations will be on for the public, as well as street stalls from the leading suppliers. A wide range of timbers are available and on sale over the weekend along with waxes, polishes, sand paper and much more. Arbortech Tools staff will offer demonstrations, along with other leading industry brands. The Wonthaggi Woodcrafters will be showing how

to be environmentally friendly as their machines will be running completely on solar power. Excellent pieces of craftsmanship are ready for you to take home as well, plus pieces to inspire novice woodworkers to think outside the box for their next project. There will be plenty on offer for all woodworkers ,especially those looking to get into the craft. With all the advice and supplies you need in the one spot, the Loch Woodworking and Timber Festival cannot be missed. You won’t be able to miss all the action, with the festival based in Loch’s heart on Victoria Street, the Loch Masonic Hall as well as in the Aus Woodcraft workshop. Make sure to stop in and explore Loch and see what the businesses have to offer.

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Dumbalk hub needs home By Sarah Vella THE Dumbalk Community and Heritage Hub moved a step closer recently following the announcement of a Gardiner Foundation grant to help establish the centre.

Bev Hanley, secretary of the Dumbalk and District Progress Association, said the hub was offered $5700 from the foundation, available upon confirmation of a suitable site. “The hub will showcase the rich dairy farming history of the area, together with computer and internet training facilities for residents,” she said. The old kindergarten building is the proposed home for the hub and is already being used for community events, such as computer courses, CFA training, community meetings, progress association events, grant writing sessions and more. “We are now just waiting to see if we will be given an ongoing lease on the building by the shire. The need is there for the

hub and the community is very excited about the possibilities it presents,” Mrs Hanley said. She said the funding granted by the Gardiner Foundation would primarily be used for office equipment. “We will get four laptops and accessories and a printer, which we desperately need,” she said. “It will help us greatly to put together a history section. We have a lot of information, but it needs to be copied, catalogued and safely stored. “We applied for security screens and office furniture with this grant as well, but it wasn’t given to us as we don’t have the lease in place.” The centre is already open to anybody in the community, young or old, who would like to use the facilities and equipment. “We have no mobile phone reception at Dumbalk so we want to put the landline on at the kindergarten, so we can have the internet, but we can’t until we get the ongoing lease confirmed,” Mrs Hanley said. “We are a vibrant community that wants to help our residents; there are quite a lot of elderly

Good grant: Dumbalk and District Progress Association members Don Couper, Greg Trease, Bev Hanley, Graeme O’Connor and Ed Hanley with Kate Randall from the Gardiner Foundation. residents in the town who feel happier going out in Dumbalk rather than travelling to Leongatha or Foster. “For the history side of things, we want to interview the elderly residents about their history; the statistics say that Dumbalk has a fairly high median age. “In our display at the

moment, we have a miniature model of Dumbalk in the early 1940s that was made by Sonny Ashenden.” In order for the proposed hub to move forward, a long term lease of the building needs to be secured, which is decided by South Gippsland Shire Council. “We had to do a busi-

ness plan for the shire, which they currently have,” Mrs Hanley said. “We should find out after the February shire meeting, hopefully. We were told before Christmas that is when it would be coming up. “When we had our community plan the hub was a priority, so it is very exciting that it is

Campaign ramps up By Sarah Vella THE nation’s most militant construction union is pulling no punches in its efforts to get Port Welshpool’s Long Jetty open.

Secretary for the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), John Parker, is demanding work begins to get the jetty open. Mr Parker said he would be meeting with the community in the coming weeks to discuss stepping up the campaign. “I have put to the government the community’s concerns and I have put to the government that the project should be handed over to the community for running,” he said. Like many who want to see the Long Jetty fixed, Mr Parker is not happy the project is being held up nor is he impressed with Gippsland Ports’ handling of the Long Jetty restoration project. Mr Parker maintains another government department should be put in charge of the job. This statement came after Mr Parker was told Gippsland Ports had pulled up another section of the jetty. “The government made a pledge to do this job and Ports is running around wanting more money,” he said.

“All they need to do is get a hammer and nails and start putting the jetty back together. “I am a carpenter by trade and I have surveyed a lot of jetties all around Australia. The Port Welshpool Jetty is one of the straightest in Australia. There is nothing wrong with the pylons,” he said. “What we want is a timber jetty people can fish off. “This jetty was originally designed to take big trucks. It doesn’t have to cater for big trucks now, just an ambulance if required. “It also needs the fire fighting equipment updated.” Mr Parker said once the fire fighting equipment is updated, fire trucks will not be required to travel on the jetty. “One company has assessed the jetty and quoted $3 million for the works. The government wanted this in writing however the company won’t do this unless it is a proper tender,” he said. “I don’t have a great deal of confidence in the South Gippsland Shire Council either; its history of looking after heritage buildings is not great.” Mr Parker suggested the project could be the subject of an apprenticeship program. “There are many apprentices out of work in Gippsland and this project could be used as part of their training,” he said.

Open up: there is a glimmer of hope for the Port Welshpool Long Jetty, with the possibility of the first section of the jetty to the slipway shed, being restored and operational in the near future. Mr Parker is pushing for a timber jetty on the grounds a timber jetty can be maintained more easily than a concrete one. “Concrete lasts around 40 years and when it needs replacing you have to pull up the whole lot. With timber you just replace the part that needs repair,” he said. “While I was at Port Welshpool just after Christmas, in a matter of 15 minutes three families pulled up to see the jetty. We need to get it opened so tourists can walk on it and use it, that way we can keep them in the area for a few days. “We need something to draw people to the coast and the Port Welshpool Long Jetty will do that.” Bob McDonald from Yanakie said the

community is in full support of first opening the section to the slipway shed and taking on a staged restoration approach from there. “It doesn’t need any more funding; to restore the original Long Jetty as a wooden structure would only cost around $3 million,” he said. “We should have people coming down and using it and bringing money into the economy.” Mr McDonald said if the jetty was turned over to community management, much like the Busselton Jetty in Western Australia, they could prove their mettle by getting it done. “Busselton has shown a community run jetty can provide jobs and bring money in to a community,”

he said. Mr McDonald said the first step is to restore the jetty to the slipway shed so it can open, then they can decide how to complete the remainder of the restoration. “Getting that part open is doable, and it could be done within a couple of months,” he said. “We are trying to make the Long Jetty part of Gippsland’s tourism triangle and get Port Welshpool back on the map. “Port is a fantastic place and we will get there, I am sure of it. What I am really pleased about is the support of John Parker and the community to get this project started. “It is just mind-blowing under the water too. We just need a chance.”

now starting to come to life. “We want to have a facility there that will encourage the young people to come along to move into the area.” Chris Van Der Ark, council’s manager of property, said the business plan has to be presented to council before a resolution can be

reached. “The Dumbalk Progress Association has just completed a business plan for the future use of this building,” she said. “This plan will assist council’s property department in determining whether or not to make a recommendation to council for a lease of the building.”

Mayor’s message Cr Clare Le Serve OVER the past week, we have held our Speak up, Speak out community forums at Cowes, Bass and Cape Paterson. These forums offered you the opportunity to have your say. Those who attended spoke of the need for services, aquatic facilities, walking paths, green bins, waste management, transport and a range of other environmental issues that will be addressed under our Council Plan, local masterplans and other strategies. The forums were a chance for communities to voice their concerns and raise their issues, to meet staff and ward councillors and to contribute to the Council Plan and overall vision. It is a State Government requirement of every newly appointed council to develop a Council Plan. Our plan will be presented by April this year. If you were unable to attend, you can go to the website and contribute your views. Being a councillor and representing your community is a role that presents many opportunities and challenges. Last week I was fortunate to attend a weekend training session for mayors, presented by the Victorian Local Government Association. It was an excellent opportunity to meet 29 other mayors from across the state. Master classes were held with workshop facilitators and experienced CEOs presenting a range of topics: leading the rate debate; governing, leading and surviving; sharing key take home strategies; leading the councillor team at the start of the term: and the council-CEO relationship. The conference also allowed time to share experiences, look at problem solving solutions and holding frank discussion on critical issues that affect councils across the state. We also enjoyed hearing from guest speakers at dinner: Jeanette Powell MLA, Minister for Local Government; and Richard Wynne MP, who spoke on the complexity of the laws that govern local councils and the changing issues. Last weekend, right across the country, communities came together to celebrate Australia Day. This is a time to reflect on what it really means to be Australian, including our democracy, our free speech and the opportunities on offer to us all. I attended ceremonies and celebrations across Bass Coast and welcomed a host of new citizens, through our citizenship ceremonies. So, on this Australia Day in 2013, we celebrated what’s great about our nation, and our special part of this great country we live in. Cr Clare Le Serve, mayor.

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Splashin’ around! CHILDREN from Summer Vacation Care cooled off last Wednesday afternoon with a special visit to the SPLASH pool in Leongatha

to play on the large inflatable playground.

It was fun all round, with the kids slippin’ and slidin’ their way through the inflatable obstacle course.

Thumbs up: ready to bounce on the inflatable were Hayden Barnes, James Wilson, Miles Wrigley and Hannah McAliece.

Keeping cool: siblings Oscar and Jessica Harry were all smiles in the SPLASH pool last Wednesday.

Slip’n’slide: fresh off the inflatable slide and ready to go again were Sarah Moncrieff and Natalie Barnes.

Fun at SPLASH: Madison McAliece, Gabby Brown, Savannah Rooney, Shakarn Brown and Mitchell Webb were happy staying cool at the pool last week.

Mayor’s message Cr Kieran Kennedy

IT’S AN absolute ‘no, no’. You cannot light a fire of any sort anywhere on a day of total fire ban. Most people know this and understand why, but still there are those who either don’t know, or simply ignore it to satisfy their own whims. Also use your common sense and do not use anything that creates sparks such as agricultural machinery, grinding or welding equipment during these periods. Of grave concern to many coastal residents has been the flagrant disregard of this law by some people, often from other regions, camping on their vacant blocks over summer. While council permits this camping, there are very specific guidelines that must be adhered to, to protect both people and the environment. It would only take a spark, a breeze and the dense coastal flora could become a raging inferno threatening life and property: in short, a tragedy. Under section 40 of the Country Fire Authority Act, it is an offence for a person to light a fire in the open air or allow a fire in the open air to remain alight on a day of total fire ban. The police and CFA are responsible for prosecuting a person if they breach section 41. The maximum penalty is 240 penalty units or imprisonment for two years, or both. A penalty unit is currently $140.84, so it’s a hefty cost ($33,801.60) to enjoy a sausage sizzle. Therefore if a resident believes that someone is breaching the total fire ban requirements, they should contact 000 immediately. Please note that under Section 41 of the Country Fire Authority Act, our fire

prevention officers do have a role of undertaking fire prevention inspections of properties in township areas and issuing fire prevention notices if the grass is too long, fire load too high, etc. Council completed the initial fire prevention inspections late last year and issued approximately 1300 fire prevention notices. We are now completing slashing of land where owners have refused to comply with the fire prevention notice. Property owners will be required to pay the cost of slashing that council undertakes on their property. They may also receive a fire prevention infringement notice (10 penalty units). Our congratulations go to all the nominees in the Australia Day awards, both regional and local. It is such a pleasure to be able to recognise these people for their outstanding contributions. In particular we congratulate Aaron Wilson from Mirboo North for his amazing body of community work, our 2013 South Gippsland Citizen of the Year and the Centenary Reunion of State Secondary Education in Leongatha – the 2013 South Gippsland Community Event of the Year. Loch resident Greig Barry retires as our 2012 Citizen of the Year, while still continuing to add so much value to the community. Thank you, Greig. If you are organising a community event, consider inviting these award recipients as guests of honour to further extend the award prestige throughout the year. For their details, please contact our Australia Day Coordinator, Jeannie Hicks, on 5662 9221 and she’ll be happy to help you.

Cr Kieran Kennedy, mayor.

Take note: Fisheries Victoria officers and the new signs at Venus Bay carparks advising of pipi regulations.

Pipi message stands out Coal Creek a hot spot

REGULATIONS surrounding the collection of pipis from Venus Bay will greet harvesters as soon as they leave their cars. Signs have been erected at each beach to inform people of the rules around collecting pipis. As part of a joint project by Fisheries Victoria and Parks Victoria, the signs detail the breeding and lifecycle of pipis and also how to harvest them. Fisheries Victoria acting executive director Travis Dowling said signs were to help cater for the increased popularity of Venus Bay. “Visitor numbers to the town have increased in recent years and we want to ensure people enjoy their visit and are well informed,” he said. Pipis are popular for eating and as fishing bait. Since May 2009, a revised catch limit between Point Smythe and Arch Rock has been in place. This reduces the catch limit to two litres of pipis (in the shell) per person for the Venus Bay area. People collecting pipis can use their hands and feet and are required to hold a current recreational fishing licence or exemption. Tools of any size or shape are not permitted. Mr Dowling said fisheries officers were conducting regular patrols of the Venus Bay area both in uniform and plain clothes, to ensure compliance with these regulations. Members of the public who witness illegal fishing activity should call the 24-hour reporting line 13FISH (133 474).

TOURISM is peaking in South Gippsland and one of the main tourist attractions is generating good numbers. Coal Creek Heritage Park has been drawing the crowds from around the state, with sunshine helping the cause. Park coordinator Rowena Ashley is pleased with the numbers so far. “We’ve been getting on average 200 people through the park recently, however on the good days we can have over 400,” she said. “From the feedback I have received everyone is enjoying themselves in the park.” Volunteers noted patrons were smiling as they make their way around the park and are getting pleasure from the sights and sounds the park has to offer. “The emus are a hit, while the ducks are great for kids to feed,” Ms Ashley said. “The train has been running on certain days, which is always well received.” While Ms Ashley does not want to get too excited, there are six emu eggs that could possibly be the next flock of birdlife for the park. Get down to Coal Creek and see what free fun the park can offer.

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• Toora Family Fun Day • MAG art opening • Stony Creek Rodeo • Cape Aquathon • Cape Paterson Family Fun Day • Woolamai races • McDonalds Cricket Camp in Leongatha

Tennis team: from left, Nigel Plowright, Meryl Agars, Aaron Ross, Mary Biemans, Denis O’Neill, Jeff Montague and Kim Ross, front, were the team behind the tennis club revamp in Toora. They also organised the Toora Family Fun Day.

Fun and games: Leslie Monahan from Meeniyan checks out the Boardwalk sculpture at the opening of the Russell Petherbridge exhibition in Meeniyan.

Yum, yum: Zayne, Jaxon, Lachie, Mikayla and Regan Lewis with dad Robby from Toora enjoyed a sausage from the sizzle at the Toora Family Fun Day.

Hit up: Ryan Jones Jacobson and Callum Ross from Toora had a hit at the Toora tennis courts, as part of the tennis club’s family fun day.

Balloon art: showing off their balloon creations at the Woolamai races were, back, Leroy and Emma Smith and Ryah Maund, and in front Cruz Maund and Hayley Smith, all from Coronet Bay.

Big day: Bronwyn Wishart, Sally Combridge, bride-to-be Mezcal Cochrane, Susan Bosworth, Rose Wallace and Gabi Brosnan, all from Wonthaggi were celebrating in style at the Woolamai races.

All dressed up: Emma Baldock, Kate Webster and Jessica Giffin from Melbourne were enjoying the glitz and glamour of the wonderful Woolamai races.

Fluoro pop: Annie Tadinac, Matthew Hewat, Karen Fitzsimons and Adrian Picinich from Melbourne were re-living eighties style at the Woolamai races.

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Sand castles: Gianni Walker from Walkerville, Jack and Bella McLoughlin, holidaying at Cape Paterson and Francesca Walker made sandcastles at Cape Paterson.

Family fun: supporting the Cape Paterson Family Fun Day were, front, from left, Jack, Eli, Phoebe and Reece, with back, Sophia, Gerard and David from Bunyip.

Fur and fun: Bailee Pavlou from Toora, Kaitlyn Pazek from Moe and Tayla Josephs from Toora with Bonni the dog at the Stony Creek Rodeo. Bailee competed in the barrel Beach visit: Rahmond, Khaled, Saba, Suri, Sahiba, Emma, Peterine, Shireen, Angela and Tony were on holiday at Cape Paterson and enjoying every minute of the family fun day. racing.

Dust and boots: Nicole Beattie from Nerrena and Samantha Thoonen from Leongatha were keen to check out the action at the rodeo.

Got him: on board for the McDonalds Cricket Camp last week were, back from left, Evie Dekker, Mitchell Hoober, Angus Wright, special guest coach Mick Lewis, Josh Clyne, Jack Stockdale, Lachie Clyne and front, Simone Dekker, Will Baker and Shem Murphy.

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Stand out: the stunning new leucadendron called Burgundy Sunset from Proteaflora.

Soldiers fly in

SOLDIER are taking over backyards in South Gippsland and even as SOLDIERS Melbourne. far as Melb

They are on a mission, but will soon leave after they have mated. soldier beetles are out in force, swarming in black masses on the ground, on Plague so trees andd congregating on shed walls. According to Museum Victoria, while the large numbers of beetles maybe disconcerting, they do not pose a threat. The beetles can be identified by their flattened, elongated, soft bodies bearing a thin yellow-orange stripe across the back of the pronotum. The beetles’ olive green forewings cover most of a yellow-orange abdomen. The legs, head, antennae and rest of the pronotum are black and the beetle is usually about 15mm in length. This native species earned its common name of the Plague Soldier Beetle not as a result of bringing or spreading dangerous plagues, but rather due to its habit of forming huge mating swarms. Larvae live in the soil and feed on soft bodied invertebrates, while the adults eat pollen and nectar. Plague soldier beetles are found across large parts of the country, including urban areas, and adults can be seen from spring through to autumn. During their mating periods, the beetles appear in such large numbers that it is not uncommon for them to weigh down the limbs of weaker plants. Their bright colour warns off predators as they are capable of releasing distasteful chemicals and would not make a good meal. According to Museum Victoria, homeowners have nothing to worry about.

Summer presents opportunities By Karen Haw from The Town Centre Nursery IT HAS been a very hot dry summer to date and hopefully by the time this article goes to print we have finally had some rain.

But despite the heat and dry, some plants thrive under these conditions and crepe myrtles are one of these. However if you have recently planted one, they still do need water until established. Crepe myrtles put on a spectacular show at this time of year, but when choosing a plant it is always better to go for the Indian summer range as they flower better and are resistant to powdery mildew. The magnificent Indian Summer Crepe Myrtles (Lagerstroemia) are available in a multitude of flower colours, from white through to red, and in forms ranging from shrubs to trees. Young plants can be trained to grow as trees with a single leader or left to grow as shrubs. The average height for crepe myrtle is four metres and they have year round interest with decorative bark in winter and great leaf colour in autumn. There are also dwarf crepe myrtles and these vary in height from under a metre to around 1.5m and are ideal for pots or small sites. Another old time favourite that looks great at this time of year is the Shasta daisy. The cheerful Shasta dairy is a classic perennial with a yellow centre and large white blooms. Blooms are large and



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robust and they make great cut flowers. There are quite a few varieties (most white) with single, double and frilly flowers available, but it often takes a bit of effort to find them. New plants grow easily from division. There is always a buzz when new plants are released, and one that ticks all the boxes is the new release from Porteaflora of a dark burgundy leucadendron called Burgundy Sunset. This plant is evergreen with striking dark burgundy foliage that is almost black in colour and ideal for low maintenance, low water use gardens. This plant makes a dramatic backdrop and complements many flower colours. It looks fantastic planted next to the multi coloured Jester leucadendron, yellow leucosperum Goldie or featured with pink dwarf crepe myrtles. In a low maintenance garden they look equally good as a background planting with yellow flax or pink cordylines. After a long dry period the garden and soil in pots often becomes water repellent. That is, when the plant or pot is watered the water just runs right through without being absorbed. So even though the watering is being done the plant does not receive any. This is often the case when a cheap potting mix is used or the potting mix is old. To overcome this it is beneficial to add a wetting agent such as Wettasoil. Wettasoil is available as either a liquid or granular and works by overcoming surface tension and assists the water to penetrate deeply into the soil. There are many brands on the market and they all work well. Wetting agents also work well on dry garden beds but to keep this problem from occurring it is beneficial to add compost and mulch. Compost, manures, mulches and organic fertilisers all provide valuable organic matter to the soil. Adding organic matter to soil improves the structure of soils and aids in moisture retention. Sugarcane or pea straw are ideal mulches as they break down and add humus to the soil. Plants in pots also benefit with mulch and this can be in the form of stones, wood chips or Debco has a specific product for pots called mulch and feed. Plants that have been in pots for many years will also benefit from repotting with fresh potting mix. For long term pot plants, tub and terracotta mix is the best potting mix to use. Citrus (nature’s health food) have been producing continually over the summer months but often pose many problems for the home gardener. One of the main problems at this time of year is scale and often the first indication there are ants and/or sooting mould. Sooty mould is a fungus, which causes the blackening of the leaves of citrus trees. The mould forms on the leaves as a result of honeydew secretions from insects. To combat this, spray with white oil but do not apply during hot weather. To grow citrus successfully they need lots of water and plenty of fertilising. If fruit is poor often (and even if trees have been fertilised), this sometime indicates they have too much nitrogen and they need extra potash or magnesium (which is given in the form of Epsom salts).

Taking over: a swarm of plague soldier beetles gather on a lemon tree leaf in an Inverloch backyard.

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H O U R O U G H LY modern in layout and appointments, on an elevated one acreplus parcel in the highly sought Wells Road “Lifestyle Mile”, this should satisfy your wish list – and then some! Entry is to a warm and light

“bush palette” décor where the green outdoors is invited to blend with the interior through plenty of glass and into a formal living room. The kitchen is a dream of classy green and white. A fabulous picture window ensures the chores are made light, looking across an outdoor seating area to the gardens beyond. Gleaming stainless steel

900mm range, hotplates, range hood and dishwasher complement charcoal bench tops and white cabinetry and tiling. An enormous open plan living room, overlooked by the kitchen, permits big-family dining and relaxed lounging beneath an expanse of down lights. Bedrooms two, three and four (all with built-in robes) branch off this zone, and share a

roomy bathroom with corner spa and separate shower. The main bedroom with en suite and walk-in robe is zoned close to the front entrance formal living room, and direct entry from the double garage. Features include private, treed and garden outlooks from every aspect, quality fixtures and fittings including plush carpets and porcelain tiles, “back

to grid” integrated solar panels, town water and sewerage, ADSL2 internet availability, two split systems and generous storage. Outside, extensive paving and retaining walls, beautiful garden surrounds, a big pony or alpaca paddock, and a fenced dog run, all combine to round off a superb family lifestyle property.

MIRBOO NORTH Location: 16 Wells Road Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Car spaces: 2 Price: $470,000 - $495,000 Agent: First National Prom Country Contact: Allen Bartlett on 0417 274 624

Perfect summer getaway


NLY a short walk to surf beach in a quiet court, Seascapes is this beautiful home on a 663 m2 block in a private, popular location. Impeccably kept, this four bedroom brick veneer home plus a total of three bathrooms, with an attached self contained unit can sleep family and friends. This beautiful home is perfect for permanent or holiday living. The open plan living area is

north facing and looks out onto a private attractive courtyard perfect for summer entertaining. The slate tile floor makes easy cleaning throughout. New appliances complement the well equipped kitchen. A side gate offers easy access to a reserve, a safe place to play, with short walk to the popular patrolled surf beach. This sought after location won’t last long. A great investment, as it does receive good holiday rental during the summer season. Come and have a look and see for yourselves.

INVERLOCH Location: 9 Streeton Court Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Price: $630,000 Agent: Alex Scott & Staff Inverloch Contact: 5674 1111

192 acre dairy farm T

HIS four bedroom brick veneer home is in excellent condition and set in an easy to maintain garden on a bitumen road. It features a large lounge off the kitchen-dining area. The dairy is a 14 S/O H/B with 4800ltr bulk vat complete with feed system. The property is subdivided into 24 main paddocks off two all weather laneways. There is water in every paddock, an 80 x 40 hayshed, good machinery shed with workshop area. Good fertiliser history.

YANAKIE Location: 675 Millar Street Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Price: $6500 per acre Agent: SEJ Real Estate Contact: Barry Redmond on 0418 515 666

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

21 Norview Drive, Leongatha When quality counts It's evident that there has been a great deal of thought into the design of this magnificent home. A Nth facing family room is protected by a covered decking with a 22 degree roof pitch to allow winter sun but not the summer heat. Large family room, 2nd living area, views over the manicured gardens & the Nerrena Hills. Sliding glass doors open onto 2 sep outdoor areas. Excellent storage &LU garage with good access.

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Neatly presented BV home in a peaceful court setting. The home has a huge open living area with new carpets and R/C air conditioner. There is access to large back yard through a dble carport and into a dble LU garage with concrete &power. A covered entertaining area is also a great selling point with plenty of room to hold a family function. The property has been well looked after with little needing to be spent on it.

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44 Koonwarra Road, Leongatha Just move in

32 Young Street, Leongatha Their Pride, Your Joy

10/4 Miles Lane, Leongatha Retire or great investment

10 Bacon Avenue, Koonwarra Words won’t do, must view

Renovated home on excellent corner block with new bathroom, kitchen and floor coverings and update paint throughout. 2 living areas, R/C air con, BIR's, secure yard, 2 lock up sheds & Colorbond fencing.

Meticulously maintained property, with study, updated kitchen & dining area, covered BBQ area. Ducted nat. gas heating, polished floor boards, R/C A/C, front verandah with treed views. 2nd living, 2nd bathroom & toilet, double LU garage.

Neatly presented, unit located only a short walk to the main street, medical centre & the rail trail. Only 8 yrs old with open plan living, R.C A/C, large back yard, private outdoor entertaining area & single LU garage.Invest or move in.

WB home on approx 1 acre of beautiful gardens & trees. Open plan kitchen, formal dining room & a spacious lounge, private undercover deck. Single carport, dble LU garage/shed, solar gas H.W.S, fruit trees, town water, large chook pen & a dam.

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under contract 2/24 Bellingham Street LEONGATHA

5 Ogilvy Street LEONGATHA

2-8 Hughes Street, Leongatha Strategic Commercial/Indust Opportunity Land area: 5526 sq metres (1.36 acres approx). Frontage to Hughes Street of 90 metres. Close to Leongatha Retail/Commercial Centre, ideal Development site (STCA), cleared site, ready to develop, dual road frontages - Hughes Street and Money Lane, proposed location of Leongatha’s new bypass. Lot 1 1704sqm $240,000, Lot 3 2186sqm $240,000, Lot 1 & 2 3337sqm $480,000, Lot 2&3 3890sqm $480,000; or $680,000 as a whole.

under contract 45 Darleen Court LEONGATHA

1 A’Beckett Street LEONGATHA

9 Koala Drive, Koonwarra KOONWARRA DAY SPA BUSINESS Well established in the eco-friendly tourist village of Koonwarra, with a large client base. Suit owneroperator & with the option of purchasing the premises, the possibility also exists for someone to live and work from home. Extensive list of equipment.

$35,000 WIWO Sole agent

BLOCK OF THE MONTH Lot 36 Tarwin Ridge Boulevard, Leongatha GREAT VALUE 4464m2/ 1.1 acre, suitable for those requiring space for the kids to grow and for shed lover who owns a caravan or boat, whilst still being located in close proximity to town. The blocks are fully serviced and the boulevard curbed & channeled.

2/18 Clinton Court, Leongatha Immaculate unit furniture included

955 BoolarraMirbooRd Boolarra Mirrapet Valley

13 Scarlett Street, Mirboo North Build your own home

Immaculate unit in quiet location, open plan living area, spacious bdrms, R/C air con, quality furnishings throughout, low maintenance yard, remote garage door. Suit investors or retirees.

Charming home on 51 acres. Open plan living/ dining/ lounge, SFH, Split system, cnr spa & large deck. 4 bay machinery shed, horse stables, loading race /yards, triple carport & garage.

Excellent flat block in popular location with building permit and house plans available. A perfect opportunity to build your dream home with in a short stroll of the centre of town.



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5662 5800 15 Bair Street, Leongatha

Michael Hanily Jason Harris 0417 640 079 0417 311 756

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5668 1300

96 Ridgway, Mirboo North

Natalie Couper 0428 941 541

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ing areas, Don and Trent Allen and the team at Hotondo Homes are renowned for delivering a first class service well past the handover of the property. Their aim is to make each and every client feel comfortable throughout every step of the building process. To build a home that will reflect their client’s personality, that meets their practical func-

tions and one that matches their certain land or lifestyle requirements. Delivering a first class service is something Hotondo Homes Inverloch take very seriously. There is certainly no need to worry about demolishing your old home, organising the right planning permits or attaining the obligatory local government

Quality service: with Don and Caroline Allen from Hotondo Homes Inverloch, you are in the best hands when building your new home

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ery aspiration to perfect your dream home; the designs can be easily modified to adhere to your needs. If you need further inspiration for your home’s design, you can draw on the vast expertise of staff to assist you with the complete colour selections process. Equip with a full colour consulting room, you can re-

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What’s there not to love?


OCATED on the originally named Loves Lane, is this ideal rural life style property offering peaceful country living with views overlooking the

surrounding rolling green hills all within an easy drive of Leongatha, Mirboo North and Dumbalk. Situated on 4.75 acres, the well equipped family home consists of three

bedrooms, modern kitchen, semi open plan dining/ meal area and lounge, a solid fuel heater and a Reverse Cycle air conditioner. The house’s neutral tones and charming polished boards offer a warm and inviting feeling coupled with

the large windows allowing the calming surrounding views into every room. Outside there are established gardens, three paddocks, ample shedding, double carport, paved barbecue area and a large front verandah, perfect for unwinding with the views of neighboring rolling hills.

DUMBALK Location: 1500 Meeniyan-Mirboo North Road Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Car spaces: 2 Price: $320,000 Agent: Stockdale & Leggo Mirboo North Contact: Natalie Couper on 56681 300 or 0428 941 541 SOLE AGENT

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/     "<  " !     clerestory windows, this 3BR home has 2 living rooms, sparkling kitchen, 2 bathrooms (1 has spa bath), ducted vac., dbl garage & workshop. 8 Scarlett Street $375,000 - $395,000

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Splash into your own home ALWAYS dreamed of escaping the summer heat in your very own pool?

2. 7 Davis Court, Leongatha Four bedroom family home plus studio on four acres with vineyard. $780,000

Turn that dream into a reality with one of these fantastic homes! All with stunning pools, you could soon be kicking back by the water with a cool drink in hand whilst the kids splash around in privacy. Call Alex Scott and Staff in Leongatha on 5662 0922 for more information.

1. 150 Armstrongs Road, Meeniyan Four bedroom home on 40 acres with an indoor pool. $695,000

5. 10 Vista Court, Leongatha Four bedroom family home with 6m x 12m shed and bungalow in central town location. $439,000

Above, 4. 145 Peters Lane, Mirboo North Four bedroom brick veneer and self-contained unit on five acres, with a stunning infinity edge pool. $739,000

Left, 3. 500 O’Gradys Ridge Road, Foster North Four bedroom home plus self contained unit on six acres with an indoor pool. $675,000

Idyllic setting - 23 acre lifestyle property THIS interesting 23 acres (approximately) includes a renovated home, long river frontage onto the Tarwin River and quality pastures. “Glenlea” has been

well maintained, with clean paddocks and excellent fencing into five paddocks. With pumping rights from the Tarwin River, water is plentiful. The three bedroom (plus rumpus room/large

office/fourth bedroom) home is quality built, and has been renovated into a comfortable family home combining the new, with tasteful remnants of the past. Art deco light fittings, fancy cornices, two sets

of beautiful etched glass doors and open fireplaces in each of the two living rooms are features that have been retained, while the kitchen has been updated with new appliances, the bathroom with a new shower, bath, toilet


and vanity. Newly polished floorboards feature throughout the kitchen, hallway and bedrooms.

The house has been freshly painted throughout. A new rear patio takes advantage of a northerly

aspect and the lovely rural views. The house is set amongst well established trees and lawns. There is also a disused tennis court. Extensive shedding includes a three bay machinery shed, hay/calf/ storage sheds/disused dairy with yards. With sealed road frontage, school buses running right past and just minutes from Dumbalk, this property in the beautiful Tarwin Valley would suit a variety of purchasers. Suitable for horses, grazing, a family home, a retreat, the recreational fisherman and so on. Small in acreage, big in lifestyle and potential.

DUMBALK Location: 125 Farmers Road Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Car spaces: 1 Internet ID: 7508111 Price: $530,000 Agent: Insight Real Estate Contact: 5662 2220

Stunning lifestyle opportunity Korumburra Auction Saturday 16th February 11.00am Inspect By Appointment Only Neil Butler 0419 319 087 Melbourne 03 8554 4611 John Walker 0417 391 965 Sale 03 5144 4264 Web ID: 899092

Ray White Rural Melbourne


• 2.8 Acres - 1.13 Hectares • Superb 4 bedroom 2 storey home in established garden setting offering spectacular views towards Wilson Promontory • Open plan kitchen/dining/family room with access to outside deck for entertaining. Bathroom, parents retreat and ensuite • Low maintenance home with the character of timber lined ceilings and walls. Vaulted ceilings add space and light • Double car garage, Mechanics pit, 2 garden sheds

“THE STAR”, Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - PAGE 39


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Happy Birthday Indie Cameron

STAR Kid’s Club

Fill in details and send to PO Box 84 LEONGATHA, 3953 or email NAME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AGE . . . . . . . . D.O.B.. . . . . . . . . . . . BOY/GIRL (please tick) PARENT/GUARDIAN NAME . . . . . . . ............................. POSTAL ADDRESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............................. PHONE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OPEN TO CHILDREN 0 - 10 YRS

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

If you are travelling now, there can be lots of surprise benefits especially the ones that are romantic in nature. A new person in your life shocks you after the weekend. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

More obligations are cramping your style and some of the many entertainments scheduled will have to be shifted. Ideas are bright now, but absentmindedness can strike on the weekend. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

The week’s keyword is diversify. Take on new interests and hobbies and look for new responsibilities, especially at work. Minor shifts in financial affairs and domestic obligations take place now. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

You are a shrewed Cancerian this week, pulling the strings at the very right moment. Still, an ambitious financial plan may need an additional review before you put it into action. LEO - July 23 - August 22

Add some elegance to your appearance. In fact, more panache in your general style will win you admiration and affection. Earlier in the week focuses on romance, the weekend on work. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

When it comes to practical matters, you are shining now. But emotions on the other hand, can easily run out of control. Unconventional decorating ideas around the home can be too offbeat - even for you. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

A shift in roles can take place with your romance or business partner. Evenings are quieter than they have been lately. A recent financial query is answered - and to your satisfaction. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

You tend to be unrealistic until the weekend and yet you still manage to get results. Relatives may be claiming more time than you are prepared to give. Speak up promptly. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

Watch out that you are not becoming a nag. Loved ones need more breathing space than ever now. Mentally, this is a bright time for you right now. There may be some public speaking later in the week. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

It’s easy to become so involved in domestic problems that you forget your need for more outdoor relaxation. Let loved ones pamper you. Postponements later in the week are for the best. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

Sports activities do a great deal to perk up your general attitude and your looks, right now. The weekend includes an encounter with someone you may be politely avoiding. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

It looks like a big battle is brewing, but it fizzles out and hostilities turn to a renewed friendship. Money making opportunities open up. Be sure you know what kind of investment is required. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

You are modest, tidy, analytical, good natured, calm and with a definite air of mystery, but you are also seen as a loner. Mingling is essential in the coming months. There is an abundance of possibilities, financial, romantic and social, but you have to be around to be appreciated.

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Church Times ANGLICAN: Wednesday, January 30: 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Friday, February 1: 7.30pm St Andrew’s, Dumbalk HC. Sunday, February 3: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Contemporary Worship with HC. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Mirboo North. Phone 5668 1346. Holy Communion 8.30am: Worship and Sunday School 10am. ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Korumburra: Sunday 9.30am and Wednesday 11.30am. Poowong: Second and fourth Sundays, 11am. ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi. Sunday, 9.30am Eucharist, 11am Family Service, Wednesday 10am Eucharist. Anglican Church of the Ascension: The Crescent, Inverloch. Sunday 9am Eucharist, Tuesday 10am Eucharist. For details of Community Meal, Youth Group, Bible Studies & Kids Club, contact Rev. Graeme Peters 5672 4590 or visit www. AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (AOG): Prom Coast Community Church Inc. - Foster Community House, Station Street, 10am: Sunday. Sunday School and Creche operates. Pastor Bill Watson 5686 2248. A.O.G. Inverloch - Cnr Bear and McIntosh Street, Inverloch. Sunday Service 10am; Imagine Christmas Day Service 9am. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, 10am: Sunday. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: Pastor Rob Davey 5625 3226. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Equip Church - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Sunday service 10am. Contact: John 0408 305 880. Wonthaggi A.O.G. - Billson Street, 10am: Sunday. Contact: Pastor Barry Smith 5672 3984. CHRISTIAN REVIVAL CRUSADE: 40 Hughes Street, Leongatha. Sunday, Morning Service 10.30 am: Inspirational Service, 6.30pm: Children’s Church 10.30am: Home cells weekly. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455.

Look & remember

THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES CREEK: Every Sunday 11am Worship, 6pm Faith Forum; 1st Sunday of each month simultaneous service for singles to age 25. Tea/coffee and lunch provided. Phone: Ps. Chris Chetland 5678 7692, 0447 724 989. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Saturdays, Church service 10am., Leongatha Sabbath School - 11.30am. CATHOLIC: St Laurence’s Parish Leongatha: 5 pm Mass Saturday, 11am Mass Sunday. Tarwin Lower: In St Andrew’s Union Church, 5pm winter, 6pm summer Mass Saturday. Meeniyan: 9.30am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 11am, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Mirboo North: 11am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 9.30am Mass, 2nd and 4th Sundays. St. Joseph’s Parish Korumburra: 9.30am Sunday Mass. Loch: 5pm/6pm Daylight saving Sunday Mass. Wonthaggi: Saturday evening 6.30pm: Evening Mass; Sunday, 10.30am: Mass. Inverloch: Sunday 9 am: Mass. GIPPSLAND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: meets at the Baromi Centre Mirboo North, Sunday 4-5pm Family Communion, 5-530pm refreshments, 5.306.15pm Bible Studies for adults, teens and children. Friday-Home Fellowships. More info: Bob Stevens 0400 403 765 or www. SALVATION ARMY LEONGATHA COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 52 Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) - Sunday: Family Worship at 10am: Sagala Tuesday, 4 - 5.30pm; mainly music, Thursday 10am. All welcome. Please contact Captain Martyn and Heather Scrimshaw, ph. 5662 5122. SALVATION ARMY WONTHAGGI COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 149 McKenzie Street every Sunday at 11am for Family Worship. Kids' Club - every Tuesday at 4 pm, Women's Group - Wednesday at 1.30pm, and Playgroup - Friday 9.30am. Evening Ladies' Fellowship - First Monday each month and Youth Groups held monthly. All welcome. Please contact Lt. Robyn and Max Lean. Ph. 5672 1228. PRESBYTERIAN: Sunday Service 10am, corner Bent and Turner Streets, Leongatha. Moderator Rev. Mark Smith 5625 4112.

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

Look at these symbols for one minute, then cover them up and try to draw them in the right order


Shade in the 3 sided sections only

Copy the Frog

of Leongatha for January 31


1. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 14. 18. 20. 23. 24. 25.

ACROSS Decay (13) Mark (5) Unlawful (7) Esteem (6) Posture (6) Hymn (5) Bet (5) Cavalryman (6) Harangue (6) Think (7) Praise (5) Horse race (United States) (8,5)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 13. 15. 16. 17. 19. 21. 22.

DOWN Want (6) Sound (5) Hybrid (7) Leave out (4) Bay (5) Madden (7) Spice (6) Support (7) Flavouring (7) Scream (6) Truly (6) Farewell (5) Change (5) Canoodle (4)

CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8362 ACROSS 1. An examination certificate? (6,7). 8. Old coin that was about a British pound a long time back (5). 9. Understanding it’s discernible (7). 10. Thinking only of camping (6). 11. A hard verse to translate to English (6). 12. It’s a flower. A sitter dropped it (5). 14. Fish and indulge in a winter sport (5). 18. Pass out, pale, at the start of the session (6). 20. An expression of disgust - and not about nothing! (6). 23. The problem is to get the cover back, lady (7). 24. I’ll say it’s something you find in a church (5). 25. Go to trouble to save the bouncer some? (3,7,3). DOWN 1. Come home to you that you do wrong by your relations (4,2). 2. A British boat sailed out to get the good man (5). 3. Put into water, the eels can swim about (7). 4. With gravity, said “Don’t go.” (4). 5. I got up to embrace her (5). 6. Step up, oddly gaunt, to admit me (7). 7. Seem likely to fall for the accountant? (6). 13. Try everything in it that a vegetarian can eat (7). 15. Have nothing to learn from the big-head (4-3). 16. Make fun of, but promote (4,2). 17. Don’t change again in a public place (6). 19. He is off the day after (5). 21. Wind round with pleasure (5). 22. “The Singing Fish”? (4).

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Foster the place to be By Sarah Vella FOSTER, the gateway to Wilsons Promontory has experienced a busy summer season season, welcoming guests from all over Australia and the world.

Helpful team: Teresa Appleton and John Grenville are kept busy over the summer months helping visitors to the region find places to stay, things to do and sights to see.

Teresa Appleton from the Foster Tourist Information Centre said last year, parts of the Prom were still closed but now it is nearly fully open people are flocking to the area. “People love the Prom; we always have people come in to rave about it. Even when it is busy they love it down there,” she said. “Largely, people come down this way for the Prom, but there are a lot of other things to see and do, like lookouts, Agnes Falls, Tarra Bulga National Park, Port Welshpool and Port Albert. “We see a lot of uni students who come down for day trips, backpackers and families who want some fun activities to do.” Foster’s tourism season begins in November from Cup Day weekend, and goes through to the end of the Easter period. “From Christmas to the Australia Day weekend is our busiest time,” Ms Appleton said. A lot of enquiries that come through the Tourist Information Centre in Foster are for accommodation and for places to visit.


“It is very busy in the bookings area; it is sometimes very hard to find places for people to stay. This time of year, people are primarily looking for campsites and a lot look for areas where they can camp for free,” said tourist information officer officer John Grenville Grenville. “We send some of the overseas visitors to places like Waratah Bay, where sometimes, they can be the only ones on the beach, which is just about unheard of in Europe. “Squeaky Beach is another popular spot. One little girl came in recently with sore legs because she had been squeaking so much.” Ms Appleton said one of the most popular things they give out to tourists is maps. “We have a very good map of the region, which people really appreciate,” she said. “We give out a lot of winery trail brochures and information on the rail trail, which is very popular. Shopping is also something visitors enjoy; it is absolute pandemonium down the main street of Foster at the moment.” Ms Appleton said the dedicated group of volunteers who help at the information centre are invaluable. “I think Foster has done very well this year; it has certainly been a better year. Now the Prom is back in full flight and it has been great weather, people have flocked to the area.”

Celebrating together


PEOPLE from Leongatha, Meeniyan, Mirboo North, Foster, Fish Creek, Walkerville, Venus Bay and Toora enjoyed lunch on Christmas Day in the Meeniyan Uniting Church Hall.


Staged by the combined churches of Meeniyan and Mirboo North, the lunch was for community members who would otherwise be without company for Christmas lunch. This was the ninth successive year the event was held and 67 people enjoyed sharing a delicious meal. Organisers Bill Comans and Mary Crosthwaite said numbers have grown since the first lunch which attracted 18 people. They said the atmosphere is always friendly and familylike, with those who are able to, helping dish up food and clear up afterwards. Others, who are not necessarily attending themselves, help beforehand with cleaning up the church hall and setting up tables and chairs, peeling potatoes and donating soft drink, table nibbles and chocolates. There are a number of supporters who generously donate major dinner ingredients such as baked meats (chicken, turkey and ham this year) fresh fruit, vegetables and Christmas puddings. Generous people in the community donate money to offset costs. All guests received a small present. There is no charge to the guests, but a donation bowl is provided, with all money going to the Christmas Bowl Appeal. Mr Comans said the money, together with the collection taken up at the Christmas morning church service has been forwarded to the Christmas Bowl Appeal, run by the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia. Mr Comans said Meeniyan Uniting Church members feel privileged to have the opportunity to provide the lunch and plan to run it again this Christmas. He said the church wished to acknowledge “the wonderful support” provided to allow the lunch to go ahead.

Meg Viney We were given a whole salmon for Christmas, which weighed about 4 kg, and this was too much for the number of people on that particular day, so we took a substantial tail section, about a kilogram and froze it. Last night Bill defrosted the salmon and baked it. We served it with a sauce, a potato salad which had some artichoke hearts with a little of their marinade and homemade mayonnaise and a green salad.

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Get active: Gayle Bloch from the Wonthaggi Medical Group, invites people of all ages and abilities to join in the new Living Healthy walking group.

Walk your way to healthy living A NEW walking group is starting in Wonthaggi, thanks to the Living Healthy Bass Coast program, run by Bass Coast Shire Council. Community and economic development director, Steven Piasente, said the new Living Healthy program was part of council’s commitment to improving health outcomes for the community. “There are a number of initiatives being rolled out as part of the Living Healthy program, including the Heart Foundation Walking groups,” he said. “The Living Healthy team approached medical services throughout the shire, to let them know about programs such as the walking groups, so they could encourage patients to join in. The Wonthaggi Medical Group has gone one step further and is setting up its own walking group.” Gayle Bloch from the Wonthaggi Medical Group said people of all ages and abilities were welcome to

come along and join in the walking group. “We will be meeting every Tuesday at the Wonthaggi Medical Centre at 9.30am. Here at the Wonthaggi Medical Clinic it’s about prevention as much as diagnosing,” she said. Heart Foundation Walking groups provide an opportunity to get all the health benefits of walking along with the social aspects of being in a group. “Council and the Heart Foundation have provided us with the resources we needed to start-up, promote and maintain our own group,” Ms Bloch said. Heart Foundation Walking groups are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. The program has the added bonus of helping you stay motivated by providing a friendly social environment as well as a walker recognition scheme offering incentives at various walking milestones such as 25 walks. “Participating in a regular walking group can help you become healthier through reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke and helping to reduce body

fat, blood pressure and cholesterol,” Mr Piasente said. “People who enjoy regular physical activity live longer, feel more energetic, have stronger bones and muscles, feel more confident, happy, relaxed and are able to sleep better.” The Heart Foundation has recently launched Heart Foundation Walking across Australia. Funded by the Medibank Community Fund, Australian Government, ACT Health and Queensland Government, Heart Foundation Walking aims to get more people physically active through helping them to start or join walking groups in their area. For more information about Heart Foundation Walking visit or contact the Heart Foundation on 1300 36 27 87. For information on the Living Healthy Bass Coast program, please contact the Living Healthy team on 1300 226 278. Details of and news about the program is also available at

Families to pick parks P L AY G R O U N D S at McMahon’s Reserve and Wimbledon Heights are due to be upgraded and Bass Coast Shire Council is calling in the experts. Community and economic development director Steven Piasente said council wanted local families to vote for their preferred design for the playground. “Council staff have worked with Adventure Playgrounds to come up with two possible designs for each location,” he said. “Through this process, we

have covered off all the regulatory and safety issues”. Mr Piasente said the designs were on display in the park and on council’s website. “Both playgrounds are very popular and the new robust timber designs look fantastic and will ensure longevity,” Mr Piasente said. “I urge all park users to log onto wwww.basscoast. and place their vote.” The projects were identified as part of council’s Playground Plan 2010-15, and will cost approximately $90,000.


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Immunise now

THE new year serves as a timely reminder to ensure all the families’ immunisations are up to date. For children that are attending day care, kindergarten and school, it is important that they are protected against vaccine preventable diseases. Gippsland Medicare Local CEO Sandra Walker said immunisation rates across Gippsland are “higher than the Victorian average and South Gippsland has a 91.5 per cent coverage rate according to Medicare statistics”. “Recent media reports about an antiimmunisation group promoting the benefits of contracting measles as a good thing are disturbing,” she said. “Complications of measles include ear, brain and lung infections, which can lead to brain damage and death. According to World Health Organisation

data, it is true side effects from immunisations do exist, but severe ones occur in about one in a million vaccinations. “When vaccination against measles, whooping cough, polio, tetanus and diphtheria was introduced to Australia the incidence of the diseases dropped drastically to, in many cases, virtually zero,” Ms Walker said. “However, in recent years there have been localised measles outbreaks in Australia, which is why it is crucial that immunisation schedules are closely adhered to. “It isn’t necessary for your child to be unnecessarily put at risk.” For further information regarding your child and their immunisations, speak to your general practitioner or maternal and child health nurse. For more information on immunisation, visit the Gippsland Medicare Local website:

Act now: the start of the year is the ideal time to update immunisation levels.

Milpara Community House news

MILPARA Community House is open again after the school holidays with a new blue term program which has been delivered as householder mail. If you did not receive a program and would like a copy, please contact Milpara on 5655 2524 or email ****** To start the new year off, we welcome Jenni Keerie who has been appointed as a new assistant coordinator. Jenni will be on her L-plates as she navigates the huge range of programs on offer at the community house. ****** Milpara is once again offering the Computer Basics course which consists of computer for beginners, internet and email and word processing for beginners. This course runs for eight Thursdays commencing on February 7 from 1pm to 4pm. ****** The Creative Writing class also starts on February 7 at 9.30am for aspiring writers. We look forward to the release of their radio

play which is in the final stages of production by Colin Hardy. ****** If you would like to improve your sewing skills or need help to get started, Sarah Hudson can assist at the Tuesday night classes commencing February 12 from 6.30pm to 9pm. ****** Excel Spreadsheets takes off for three Thursdays on February 14 from 6pm to 9pm and combined with MS Publisher forms the Office Essentials package. ****** Milpara is hosting a Small Business Victoria workshop Go Online: A start-up guide for business on February 27. ****** If art and craft is your area of interest we have courses in gift card making, painting and drawing, needlework and beading techniques. Digital photography will be held over two Wednesdays commencing February 6 from 11am to 2pm. ****** If you have recently

acquired an iPad, Milpara is offering two free workshops to help you understand its applications and functions. ****** The men’s discussion group For the Blokes starts off the year on Friday February 1 at 10am. The Milpara Men’s Shed has been operating since January at Coal Creek on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.30am to 1pm. ****** Korumburra Playgroup meets at Milpara on Friday mornings from 10am and will have their first session on February 8. Playgroup is a great way to entertain your pre-schoolers with lots of toys and activities and make friends. ****** English for Migrants will be returning on Tuesday February 12 with the Thursday class starting on February 14. ****** From February 14, Mary Mitchell will be offering restorative yoga from 10.30am to noon on Thursdays at the Korumburra Community

Meeting Room. These yoga sessions are suitable for people who have

fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, osteoporosis and

other related conditions. There is also a Monday night restorative yoga

session at 5.30pm which is held at the Walsh Centre.

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star 30 years ago, February 2, 1983 RESIDENTS of Inverloch’s Lohr Avenue will not have their street sealed after they staged a successful protest. The Planning Appeals Tribunal upheld their objection to a $261,000 scheme proposed by Woorayl Shire Council. ****** LEONGATHA may have missed out on industrial opportunities due to delays in extending the town’s industrial estate. Thirty-eight extra blocks were due to be finished early in 1983 but are still not ready for construction, despite 19 enquiries from potential businesses.

10 years ago, January 28, 8, 2003 THE campaign to replace the ageing Leongatha Memorial Hospital has stepped up, with engineers meeting withhospitaladministrators to assess infrastructure. The engineers’ report would contribute to the hospital master plan, which will outline the future for any replacement. ****** COUNTRY people helped turn the life of Ray Douglas around. The Poowong man received an Order of Australia Medal in this year’s Australia Day honours, and said he was a troubled city boy before moving to Poowong. Locals helped transform him into a devoted community man, he said.

5 years ago, January 29, 2008 FIFTY-ONE years of Holden history will be auctioned at the former site of Gleeson’s Holden in Leongatha on Sunday. Tradesmen, hobbyists and collectors seeking a piece of history of the dealership are likely to attend. ****** TWO Melbourne men and their dog were rescued from rough seas off the Inverloch boat ramp after their fishing boat capsized. The men’s lifejackets kept them afloat and the trio were picked up by two divers.

1 year ago, January 31, 2012 L E O N G AT H A doctor Corina Budileanu escaped a car crash uninjured, after her vehicle was sideswiped by a milk tanker after she hit a pothole on the Bass Highway. She described the state of the region’s roads as “just horrible”. ****** YANAKIE beef farmer Bruce Lester has retired after more than 50 years in the industry. A huge crowd attended the clearing sale held by the former principal of Mundook Hereford Stud.

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Magical reflections at Toora gallery The Toora Village Studio Gallery will host a retrospective exhibition by artist Mary Lucy, entitled Magical Reflections on Canvas.

Quirky pieces: so unique are Grant Flather’s wire-form sculptures, many works were sold at the opening of his exhibition with Helen Wilkinson at Gecko Studio Gallery, Fish Creek recently. Many others have commissioned Grant to make fresh works. Helen also sold many of her works on paper. The exhibition, True to Life, continues until February 16. Grant and Helen (above) were well supported at the opening.




Studio Gallery at Stanley Street, Toora within the Windmill Cafe and Toora Bargain Centre complex. The exhibition will run until April 3.

Also on display will be a large painting, Balance, by famous American artist William Kelly, an exclusive showing for South Gippsland.

Although formally trained in art in early life, Mary preferred to break out of whatever she felt limited her and to approach her canvas “like those puddles I used to jump into on the way to school”. Sometimes she would paint from her little camera shots. Meandering aimlessly, spontaneously pausing to record the commonplace, the ordinaries underfoot like seagull guano, curiously, mindfully. Sometimes, she would go into her deep waters and paint from there, insightfully, fearlessly. Mary called all her inner and outer worlds “magical” and developed a naïve, whimsical style to capture them using whatever medium she felt like, daringly. However, she scoffed at “capture”, saying they were just transient flickers of her reflected happiness. This exciting exhibition will be officially opened on Saturday, February 2 at 2 pm in the Toora Village


Wonthaggi Theatrical Group presents…

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Art remains: a retrospective exhibition of the work of artist Mary Lucy, 1943-2010, opens at Toora this Saturday.

Beecham House, a home for retired musicians, is soon to play host to a new resident. For Reginald, Wilfred and Cecily they're in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean, who was once married very briefly to Reggie who's still bitter about the experience. Sissy, who is suffering from senility, is desperate for them to reprise their performance of Verdi's sublime quartet for the home's annual fund-raising concert. The film is a directorial debut for 2 time Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman and written by Ronald Harwood who won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work in the film The Pianist.

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“THE STAR”, Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - PAGE 45

Gas protest turns to art

THE fight against coal seam gas has been taken to canvas.

Leading way: Cam Walker of Friends of the Earth will open the show.

Celebrating 20 years of Jazz! TWENTIETH INVERLOCH


Right, Environment first: a work by Bill Binks supporting the anti-coal seam gas lobby.

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Musical hopefuls: award winning choreographer Bron Kalos of Leongatha welcomed an enthusiastic group of budding actors to Friday’s workshops at the Wonthaggi Town Hall ahead of auditions for Wonthaggi Theatre Group’s 2013 contemporary rock musical production 13. Auditions were held last weekend. The hopefuls were, front: Finan McLaren, Cowes; Elijah Gemmill, Inverloch; Liam McLaren, Cowes; Tom Baker, Leongatha; Finn Donohue, Inverloch; Noah Lugt-Cole, Bass; Jarrod Donohue, Wonthaggi; Cody Nelson, Dalyston; Jaive Muranty, Korumburra; and Lachie Snooks, Inverloch.

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Artists from across South Gippsland have joined with anti–CSG lobby group Lock the Gate to present an exhibition at Coal Creek Community Gallery, Korumburra. Tracy Lewis, exhibition organiser and artist, said: “We also wish to raise money for the local Lock the Gate campaign which is helping affected communities throughout Australia.” Artists taking part are: Rachel Warren, Bill Binks, Wendy Rouley, Lyn Keating, Gary Goodrich, Gavin Van Ede, Sacha Lamont, Paul Hernshaw and Tracy Lewis. The exhibition aims to give artists the opportunity to express their concerns about the potential threat of coal seam gas to Gippsland creatively in any media. The exhibition will also inform the public about coal seam gas mining and its devastating effect on other communities throughout Australia. The show will open on Saturday, February 2 at 7pm, with guest speaker Cam Walker from Friends of the Earth. Wine and nibbles will be provided, and 20 per cent of artwork sales will be donated to Lock the Gate.

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Country style: Stacey Hunter and Jay Pepperell wed in the rural setting of Ripplebrook.

Toured Tasmania

STACEY Hunter and Jay Pepperell honeymooned in picturesque Tasmania after their wedding on December 8.

Stunning surrounds: Caitlin Goodwin and Matthew Howard enjoyed their first moments as wife and husband after their garden ceremony. Photo: Hilton Stone.

Hawaii honeymoon N E W LY W E D S Caitlin Goodwin and Matthew Howard escaped to Hawaii for their honeymoon. The couple wed in a mid-afternoon ceremony at a private garden in Leongatha on December 1. Caitlin is the daughter of Rodney and Andrea Goodwin of Leongatha, while Matthew is the son of Jack and Debbie Howard of Leongatha.

The bride wore a white Maggie Sottero Aline lace dress with silver embellishments underneath the bust and carried a stunningly simple bouquet of white roses, as did her bridal party. Caitlin was attended by her sister Bess Goodwin, and friends Sheree Murray, Lisa Welsh and Megan Rothwell, all wearing navy floor length dresses. Matthew was attend-

ed by groomsmen and friends, Aaron Winkler, Jason Morter, Karsten Krohn and Derek Ackland. Molly Stephens, Jemma Stephens and Sarah Adams were all flowergirls, and page boy was Ryan Hill. Celebrant Cam Abood officiated. The couple returned to their home in Leongatha after their tropical honeymoon.

The couple wed on December 8, 2012 at Ripplebrook Cottages with scenic rolling hills and views sweeping across the valley to Mount Dandenong and the Baw Baw Ranges. The ceremony was conducted by marriage celebrant Mary Mitchell. Stacey is the second daughter of Lloyd and Sue Hunter of Nyora, and is currently studying childcare and working part time at The Wonthaggi Club. She wore a gown made of taffeta, a gathered bodice with crystal beading on the sweetheart neckline, lace-up back with a full skirt with side draping and lace detail, and a flowing train with crystal beading outline. The bride carried white roses, lilies and purple orchids, and was attended by her sister Kylie Land of Korumburra, sister Hayley Hunter of Nyora, and Jay’s sister Kayla Pepperell of Bena. The bridesmaids wore purple dresses with silver accessories and carried posies of white roses and purple orchids. Jay is the eldest son of Brian and Tracey Pepperell, Bena, and is a chef at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. He was attended by brother Reece Pepperell of Korumburra as best man, and groomsmen, his brother Kane Pepperell of Bena and friend Matt Van Puyenbroek of Berwick. Brooke McCarthy of Nyora and a friend of bride, was flowergirl, and the bride’s nephew Dion Renton of Koru-

mburra, was pageboy. Melbourne band Hurricane Duo entertained 110 guests at the reception at The Downtowner Warragul. The wedding cake was a three tiered chocolate, white and caramel mud cake decorated with fondant and purple hand crafted drapes and sugar flowers made by Rebecca Harland. Stacey and Jay are now residing in their newly built home in Korumburra. Glenn McCulloch Photography, Beaumaris, and videographer Chris McNiven of Flicka Vision, Warragul recorded the occasion.

Baby time at Inverloch LIBRARY fun for babies and toddlers is set to grow as the West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation announced a new Baby Rhyme Time session at Inverloch Library.

The fun sessions start on Tuesday, February 5. The program will run weekly and is a fast-paced, fun and free half-hour session of songs, rhymes and stories aimed at children aged up to one. “This new session at Inverloch will build on the growing success of our ear-

ly years programs and will be of great benefit to the Bass Coast community,” said West Gippsland Regional Library CEO John Murrell. “Early Years programs have seen a jump in popularity over the last six months with almost 6000 children and their parents

or carers attending one of our Early Years programs.” The Baby Rhyme Time program is also an opportunity for parents and carers to spend some special time with their little one and learn some valuable techniques in early literacy development. “Singing songs and

rhymes and sharing stories with children assists in developing their early literacy skills,” Mr Murrell said. “There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating how reading, singing and playing with babies from birth helps to shape their lifelong social, emotional and economic wellbeing. Our Baby Rhyme Time sessions support the community to do this.” Baby Rhyme Time will run every Tuesday between 10.30–11am at Inverloch Library starting February 5 at the library at 16 A’Beckett St, Inverloch.

BILLY Steele Misale was born at Latrobe Regional Hospital, Traralgon on January 11. He is a son for Julie Misale and Jay Withers of Korumburra, and a brother for Caterina, Serafina and Sonny.

Left, Inspiring kids: children’s author Alison Lester reads to babies at Inverloch Library.

NATALIA Louise Chandrasegaran was born at Wodonga Hospital on January 8. She is another daughter for Suryan and Therese, formerly of Nerrena, and a sister for Maria, Joseph, William, Patrick, Celine and Aurelia. The family now resides at Jindera, New South Wales.

“THE STAR”, Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - PAGE 47


Heifers make 188.6c/kg THERE were approximately 250 trade and 1475 grown cattle penned for a market showing mixed results.

Quality still, 60 years on TARWIN Poll Herefords has a reputation for quality cattle after more than 60 years of breeding.

Principal David Meikle looks for solid, thick animals, following the tradition started by his grandfather John Meikle and continued by his father Neville. “The steers from the original bull were good and so granddad built the stud around that,” David said. Today, bulls from Tarwin Poll Herefords are used in pure, cross bred and sometimes dairy herds, selected for the breed’s cool temperament and ability to produce vealers with high growth rates. “We expect steers from our bulls to be easily getting to 600kg at two-years-old by the time they are ready for slaughter,” David said. “We are looking to get good even distribution of meat. Fat comes into improving the eating qualities of meat and Hereford cattle have that ability to fatten off grass.” Meikle bulls have nice deep bodies, allowing them to process substantial amounts of grass during the summer. Bulls’ fat cover and eye muscle cover is measured via ultrasound to ensure cattle’s specifications meet clients’ needs and to also improve the stud’s breeding program. Heifers also undergo ultrasound testing to ensure only the best animals are used. All bulls for sale during Beef Week will have Breedplan figures and Estimated Breeding Values to give clients an expectation of future growth patterns. “Through Breedplan, our cattle weights are compared with cattle weights from across Australia,” David said. Tarwin Poll Herefords uses artificial insemination to enhance the herd, with semen sourced from such reputable bulls as Studbrook D’Artagnion and Allendale Robin Hood D194. The Meikles only feed grass and hay to ensure bulls entering grass-fed herds will yield successful results. “They are properly managed but they are not pampered so that when people get them home, they won’t find that they

suddenly won’t cope under their conditions,” David said. “We are looking for repeat buyers and so we encourage people to come back.” Cattle from Tarwin Poll Herefords are sold across Gippsland and as far afield as north east Victoria, such is the demand based on the stud’s success at the Lardner Park steel trials. The stud won the all breeds heavy steer category in 2010 with pleasing growth rates and carcass traits. “Our steers hold their own with the best ones,” David said. Tarwin Poll Herefords will take part in Beef Week on Monday, February 4, and exhibit bulls, cows and calves, and heifers. “People will be able to walk through and look at the cows and calves, and we will have next year’s crop of heifers penned for people to walk through as well,” David said.

Store sale market Thursday, January 24 Total yarding: 1195. Steers: L.A.M. & F.R. Seuren, Doomburrim, 3 x $930; G. & M. Barker, Seaton, 12 x $890; M. & R. Hunt, Newry, 6 x $735; Evangelos Mavroudis, Woodleigh, 8 x $732; Gippsgraze P/L, Inverloch, 13 x $680; N.R. & L.J. Andrews, Mirboo North, 9 x $675. Heifers: N.R. & L.J. Andrews, Mirboo North, 11 x $570; K.J. & M.L. Fisher, Tarwin South, 11 x $570; H.P. & M.E. Stollery, Mirboo North, 3 x $550; P. Davey, Yarragon, 2 x $540; A. Spradbury, Wattlebank, 1 x $530; Glenfinnan Nom P/L, Leongatha, 2 x $502. Cows: T. & C. Hibma, Mirboo North, 6 x $710. Cows and calves: B.J. & A.M. O’Sullivan, Agnes, 4 x $980; H. & S. Kreun, Moyarra, 2 x $917; B. & E. Williams, Mirboo North, 5 x $820; N. & E. Hoogwerf, Toora, 1 x $700; N. Bond, Yinnar, 11 x $630; G.J. & P.A. Mawdsley, Mardan, 2 x $505.

from 100c to 120c/kg. Plain condition one and two score beef cows made between 60c and 115c/kg. Good condition three and four score heavy weight beef cows sold between 108c and 126c/kg. Dairy bulls made from 85c to 111c while the C and B muscle heavy weight beef bred bulls sold from 102c to 124c/kg. The next sale draw - January 30: 1. David Phelan, 2. Rodwells, 3. Alex Scott, 4. SEJ, 5. Elders, 6. Landmark.

Wednesday, January 23 BULLOCKS 10 J. Khalid, Foster 8 G. & J. Pursell, Koo Wee Rup 12 Gippsgraze P/L, Inverloch 8 Brandy Creek Pastoral, Warragul 1 B.J. & G.M. Worthy, Mirboo 3 L.L. Andrews, Dawson STEERS 1 G. & J. Pursell, Koo Wee Rup 1 J. Khalid, Foster 1 Lionel Holdings, Yanakie 1 B.J. & G.M. Worthy, Mirboo 1 I.M. & J. Humphreys, Kardella South 8 Gippsgraze P/L, Inverloch COWS 1 D. O’Sullivan, Yarram 1 D. Francis, Trida 1 Wesco Past, Lance Creek 1 J.A. & D. Hogan, Yarram 1 LMB Timmin P/L, Meeniyan 1 A.G. Landy, Waratah HEIFERS 2 R.L. & P.J. Olsen, Poowong East 2 Lionel Holdings, Yanakie 5 C. & W. Leach, Mirboo 1 G. & J. Pursell, Koo Wee Rup 3 McLeod Partnership, Yarram 1 Hazeldell, Glengarry BULLS 1 R.L. & P.J. Olsen, Poowong East 1 G. Egan, Alberton West 1 D. & M. Robertson, Tarwin Lower 1 T.R. & P.A. Hancock, Wonthaggi 1 L.P. Crockett, Tarwin 1 B. & R. Quinlan, Strzelecki


570kg 553kg 557kg 614kg 570kg 576kg

177.6 $1013.00 174.6 $967.00 174.0 $970.05 173.0 $1062.87 172.0 $980.40 170.0 $980.33

435kg 495kg 495kg 525kg 523kg 508kg

179.6 174.0 172.6 172.0 171.2 170.6

655kg 780kg 900kg 825kg 565kg 680kg

152.0 $995.60 126.2 $984.36 125.2 $1126.80 125.0 $1031.25 124.0 $700.60 123.0 $836.40

422kg 412kg 446kg 495kg 400kg 505kg

188.6 175.0 155.6 155.0 152.0 152.0

840kg 845kg 870kg 805kg 790kg 770kg

123.6 $1038.24 118.0 $997.10 117.6 $1023.12 116.0 $933.80 115.0 $908.50 115.0 $885.50

$781.26 $861.30 $854.37 $903.00 $895.59 $866.86

$796.84 $721.88 $693.98 $767.25 $608.00 $767.60


The Meikle Family extend a warm invitation to local people to inspect their Tarwin Poll Hereford Stud and current crop of sale cattle.

Day 6, Monday, February 4, 2013, 9am-5pm Location: Parry’s Road (3km from Meeniyan) On Meeniyan-Dumbalk Road. (Signs will be posted)

Enquiries: David Meikle 5664 7556 Parrys Road Meeniyan 3956


60 years of quality: David Meikle of Tarwin Poll Herefords with bulls aged from 16-20 months, with the heaviest weighing 800kg.

The usual buying group was present although not all processors were operating fully. The trade run was mostly plainer lines with only a handful of good quality young cattle offered. Yearling grass steers were 3c to 4c/kg dearer on the best C3 lines. Yearling grass heifers sold to mixed prices, with a cracking pen of Euro heifers topping the market at 188.6c/kg. The best C4 grown steers gained some ground while most other grown steer and bullock categories were firm. Friesian manufacturing steers were close to firm while the crossbred categories were mostly 4c/kg cheaper. Plain condition cows were back 7c to 15c and more in places, while the good condition three and four score heavy weight beef cows were 3c to 7c/ kg easier. Bulls lost 11c to 15c/kg with very little interest from processors. The best C3 yearling grass steers sold from 162c to 180c/kg. Most yearling grass heifers made between 128c and 155c, with restocking lines from 106c to 142c/kg. C muscle grown steers in three and four score condition sold between

165c and 178c/kg. C muscle bullocks made from 159c to 173c/kg. Plainer shaped D muscle beef bred grown steers and bullocks sold from 138c to 162c/ kg. Friesian manufacturing steers made between 105c and 132c/kg. Crossbred manufacturing steers sold between 110c and 152c/kg. Plain condition one score and light weight dairy cows made from 50c to 100c/kg. Good condition two and three score heavy weight dairy cows sold

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Feed technology advances SPECIAL ENTRY

CHAROLAIS CATTLE Store Sale, VLE LEONGATHA THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 (at conclusion of the cows & calves)

A/c K & F Whelan, ‘Silverbrae’ 2nd Annual Commercial Sale FEATURING 9 Charolais Bulls 2 y.o. by Mt William, Paringa & Palgrove sires. 3 Charolais Bulls 18 mths. 6 Charolais joined Heifers to calve March on to Palgrove Enforcer & Whitesides Angus Bull. 2 Charolais Heifers with Calves @ foot by Palgrove Enforcer. 8 Charolais Heifers 18 mths unjoined. 8 Charolais Heifers 10 mths weaned. 15 Charolais Steers 10 mths weaned. The Whelan family have purchased top quality females & sires from Australia's leading Charolais Studs over a number of years. The above cattle have been specially selected for this annual sale and we as Agents can thoroughly recommend the cattle. For further information contact selling agent.

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PLUS. Dr Brown demonstrated with a typical Australian feed ration scenario how SoyPLUS can increase metabolizable protein production for increased milk.

Improved feed conversion efficiency and productivity in the industry is much reliant on both quality transition management and balancing protein nutrition in high producing herds.

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the second cause of milk fever, hypomagnesemia. Both hypomagnesemia and metabolic alkalosis induced by high potassium feeds suppress the cow’s ability to use parathyroid hormone to maintain calcium homeostasis resulting in milk fever. He commented on the limitations that traditional anionic salts have, with “cows hesitant to eat adequate quantities” he said. Products such as Soychlor give nutritionists an important tool when advising farmers, to manage the precalving period of a dairy cow’s annual calendar. Dr Tim Brown introduced for the first time in Australia the true concept of by-pass protein feeding and where it can fit into Australian dairy rations. Both TMR and pasture based dairying systems, when pasture protein availability is limiting, is where he sees the opportunity to use quality by-pass protein products, such as Soy-

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prevent both milk fever and sub clinical hypocalcaemia in high producing dairy cows, via the latest research which optimises calcium metabolism. Measuring the cow’s own biological indicators such as urine pH and analysing the mineral balance of forages and concentrates fed, will not only help prevent clinical disease but also maximise lactation performance through improved immunity and herd health. Prof Goff described how precision feeding the pre-calving cow can achieve all of these goals and more. Professor Goff explained the benefits of using palatable anionic products such as Soychlor in the pre-calving diet, to maintaining feed intake (and rumen adaptation) while achieving metabolic acidification of the cow’s blood, which allows calcium mobilisation at calving. Soychlor also addresses

knowledge. The South Gippsland Equine Landcare Group aims to run four events a year on equine management. This could be anything from workshops, guest speakers, seminars and training such as whole farm planning. Topics at these events could include parasite control, animal health, soil and pasture management, ecosystem health or weed control. All members are invited to contribute ideas for topics and information sessions and workshops. The main aim of the group is to provide members with information and tools to improve the land you love for you and your horses. The group also hopes to connect the local horse community, and enable them to share knowledge and experience. As the group has no geographical bounds, anyone in the South Gippsland area is welcome to join. This group will be run

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Monday, February 4, Commencing 11am

Everything sold: James Kyle from Leongatha Elders kicks off the auction at the Motor-Ag clearing sale last Friday morning.

Family business: Sandra Wilson, an employee of Motor-Ag for 18 years, alongside Ann and Mick Charlton, who took over the business from Ann’s parents, Brian and Betty Cusack.

Clearance sale end of an era

More than 300 people attended the sale, with Elders auctioneer James Kyle confirming 250 buyers were registered on the day. “It was a really big success, with everything selling,” he said. “There were purchasers from everywhere; all

Saying goodbye: Wally Ball from Leongatha worked as a mechanic at B.T. and B. Cusack P/L from 1963 for 24 years, while John Vuillermin from Leongatha was a long-time customer of Brian Cusack.

cessful sale, and everything went smoothly.” The business was originally opened by the late Brian and Betty Cusack as B.T. and B. Cusack P/L. It later became South Gippsland Autofarm P/L. For the last 18 years the business has been owned and run by Mick and Ann Charlton under the name Motor-Ag of Leongatha. “It’s been a family business for over 50 years and Mick and Ann are moving on to different things now, so I think they were pretty happy with the way it all went,” Mr Kyle said.


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TOTAL VALUE OF ITEMS PER ADVERT MUST NOT EXCEED $50 OUTDOOR TABLE & CHAIRS. Round glass top. Six chairs. Good condition. $50. Ph. 5662 3436 after 6pm. BOOK OF RACING CAR CRASHES. ‘And they walk away’. New. Poster size. $5. Ph. 0439 341 094. TODDLER SWING. Fisher Price. $15. Ph. 0439 341 094. SUNLOUNGE. Tubular. White. Two. Green padded overlays. Excellent conditions. Ph. 5664 0142. OUTDOOR ALUMINIUM LIGHTS. Two. Need to be wired in. Never used. Ph. 5664 0142. TV. Samsung. 42cm. Colour. Digital ready. Good condition. $50. Ph. 5668 9212. MICROWAVE. Samsung Timesaver. 850W. Excellent condition. $50. Ph. 5668 9212. TENNIS TABLE. $50. Ph. 0431 792 079. SCHOOL DESK. $30. Ph. 0413 452 686. BABY CAR SEAT. As new. $50. Ph. 0413 452 686. LAWN EDGER. Motorised. $50. Ph. 0428 622 996. BOWLING GREEN MOWER. 2.5HP. Briggs & Stratton motor. Clutch and catcher. Runs okay. $50. Ph. 5658 1223 after 6pm. CHILD’S ROCKING CHAIR. Good condition. $40. Ph. 5658 1223 after 6pm. FISH TANK. 600mm length x 380mm wide. With pump & filter. $30. Ph. 0409 641 300. XBOX 360 HAND CONTROLLER. White. Good condition. $25. Ph. 0409 641 300. OLD POTTERY POT. 1 gallon stone ware earthenware. In excellent condition. $45 Ph. 5662 5141. 4 WHEEL WALKER. Red. Good condition. $50. Ph. 0438 572 214. LADIES SHOES. Hush Puppies. Walking shoes. 39 (7). $15. Ph. 0438 572 214. TABLE AND CHAIRS. Colonial. 5ft x 3ft oval with 4 chairs. Fair condition. Delivery Leongatha area. $35. Ph. 0447 686 286. RABBIT HUTCH. Divided with opening lids. Solidly constructed. Neat appearance. Delivery Leongatha area. $50. Ph. 0447 686 286. WARDROBE. 4’Wide x 6’High. 6 draws one side, hanging space the other. Good condition. $35. Ph. 0437 115 227. ANTIQUE DECORATIVE TOAST FORKS. Three. One copper. 2 Brass. $30 for 3. Ph. 0407 552 755. DOG KENNEL. Made out of a small beer barrel. $45. Ph. 5668 1571. MILK CAN AND LID. Ideal for folk art. $45. Ph. 5668 1571. NISSAN 4x4 WHEEL & TYRE. 31x10 R 15. Good spare. $30. Ph. 5662 2518. FOWLER BOTTLES. No. 20 & No. 14. $3 each or $30 per dozen. Lids & clips inc. Ph. 5662 5900. VARIOUS GOMUS. 34. Plus collector tin. Series 1-3. Some rare, glitter & gel. As new. $30. Ph. 5674 3535. K’NEX BUILDING SET. One ten models. 5-7 years. Carry case and manual included complete. $20. Ph. 5674 3535.

TOY BOX, wooden, lift-up lid, blue. 900 x350mm. Exc. cond. $25. Ph. 5658 1443. DRAFTSMAN’S TABLE. Light coloured timber, 800 x 1200mm. $25. Ph. 5658 1443. TWO DOLLS. 18” high. One bride, one bridesmaid. New. $15 each. Ph. 5655 1792 AH. COFFEE TABLE. Hardwood, exc. cond. Danish style, 122 x 26 x 45. $40. Ph. 0407 552 755. SECURITY DOOR. Aluminium, 2nd hand. White. No key. $45. Ph. 0413 060 875. DEADLOCK. Lockwood security with key for entry door. Used. $20. Ph. 5662 5141. ROOF VENTILATOR, Ampel air turbo model AA300S. Black. For tiled or steel roof. $45. Ph. 0419 301 463. COMPUTER DESK with printer shelf. Black and silver, on castors. $25. Ph. 5664 2219. RING LOCK. 10 rolls, secondhand. $50. Ph. 0427 157 709. HORSE MANURE. Great for the garden, pick up only. $1 per load. Ph. 0417 845 312. OLD CAST IRON BATH. Suitable for water trough or fish tank. $30. Ph. 5662 4181. ROOF RACKS. Adjustable. $45. Ph. 5662 3053. SINGLE BED BASES. (2), white tubular steel with slat bases. $30 each. For Korumburra Uniting Church Op Shop. Ph. 5655 1884. PUSHER. Cruiser and Cruiser brand. Excellent condition. Washed and ready to go. $50. For Korumburra Uniting Church Op Shop. Ph. 5655 1884. CHRISTMAS NATIVITY SET. (Illuminated) 3 pieces, each 70cm high. 1 piece 20cm high. Plus spotlight. $50. Ph. 5662 0838. I.K.P.S. 2 X navy blue short sleeve polo shirts with school emblem, size 14. $15. Ph. 5674 3535. SCHOOL WEAR. Stubbies brand, navy blue cargo style shorts X 3, size 8. $15. Ph. 5674 3535. FREEZER. Chest freezer, good condition, runs well. $50. Ph. 5655 1995. SADDLE. Leather, needs some repair. $50. Ph. 5655 1995. ELECTRIC OVEN. 90cm. Plus 90cm gas hot plates. oven includes rotisserie accessories. $50. Ph. 5662 0916. BARBECUE. Gas. 4 Burner. $50. Ph. 5662 0916. DOG KENNEL. Large, wooden. $50. Ph. 5655 2067. STUDENT DESK. 4 drawer. $50. Ph. 5664 2219. WINE RACK. Black. Wrought iron. 183cm high. Bird cage shape. Holds 24 bottles & 20 glasses. $40. 5638 8119. FISHING ROD. New. Shimano BB15kg with bag. Roller tip. $50. Ph. 0427 102 225. LAUNDRY BASKET. Tall. Round. With calico lining and lid. Suitable for bedroom. $15. Ph. 5664 4292

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Garry Harrison

The Bass Coast Community Foundation’s annual Community Grants Program is open from February 1st - March 1st, to any organisation who is an endorsed DGR, tax concession charity or is applying for funding for a charitable activity. The focus of this year’s program is Creating Opportunities for Youth. Groups, or projects must operate exclusively within the boundaries of the Bass Coast region. $40,000 is available to assist with program development, equipment purchases or event organisation. Projects may run over two years. Applications are to be sent to: Executive Officer, BCCF, PO Box 180, Wonthaggi Vic. 3995 by Friday 1st March, 2013. Application forms can be downloaded from or by contacting Kate on 5672 3356 or

Abiding LifeSeminar Dr. Ray Andrews of NEWlife Worldwide Ministries


15-17 February 2013 Starting Friday night at 7pm


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Leongatha SDA Church Corner of A’Beckett and Hassett Streets in Leongatha




Free Lunch on Saturday and Sunday

Contact: Cleo at 0448 043 545 or to register, lodge payment and receive a full schedule. Presented by…

10-Hour seminar on personal victory and Christ’s sufficiency. Hosted by… SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH

19 Moonah Street Cape Paterson Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday By appointment Ph: 5674 8290

HAIRDRESSING SALON 150 Bald Hills Road, Tarwin Lower. Ph: 5663-5439. www. theorganicbeautysalon. com

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

Working together for better mental health...

Board of Governance Recruitment SNAP Gippsland Inc. is a Community Managed Mental Health service. It is part of the Victorian mental health service system and has been delivering psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery models of service and care to adults with a serious, enduring and or recurring mental illness and associated psychiatric disability since 1992. It delivers these services in the East Gippsland, Wellington, Latrobe Valley, South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires. Expressions of Interest are being sought from interested and qualified members of the community to become members of our Board of Governance. SNAP is seeking people who have skills and expertise in at least one of the following areas: • Corporate management/audit and risk management • Clinical Governance • Ability to provide a Consumer/Carer perspective. Tenure is for a two year period, until the 2014 Annual General Meeting. Enquiries welcomed, for further information please contact: Chris McNamara, CEO on Ph. 5153 1823 or by email: Website:

ART SHOW “ Scenes of Serenity” APPLICATIONS FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Applications are sought from suitably qualified and experienced people for the voluntary position of board director with Bass Coast Community Health (BCCH).

A major exhibition of landscapes and wildlife by

Di & John Koenders On now until January 31 (including ALL Public Holidays)

Open Daily from 10am - 5pm

BCCH is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a community-based response to the health and wellbeing of the residents of Bass Coast Shire from sites in San Remo, Cowes, Grantville and Wonthaggi. Our mission is to provide quality, accessible and responsive community and primary health care services. Our vision is for all Bass Coast community members to achieve better health outcomes. Our services include Allied Health services, Nursing services, Drug & Alcohol Support services, Child Youth & Family services and Community services. Those interested in appointment to the board must have a commitment to excellence in public health care and the skills and expertise to make a significant contribution to the governance of a community-based health care organisation. Expertise and skills are being sought in the following areas: • • • •

Financial Management Clinical Governance Legal Services Corporate Auditing & Risk Management

It is BCCH policy that our board directors and committees reflect the diverse composition of the community. Application form, guidelines and further information can be obtained by contacting Nikki Loughran, Executive Assistant on 5671 9208 or by emailing


MAYFIELD GALLERY Fairbank Rd, ARAWATA | Ph 5659 8262 Melways Ref 512 U9 Fully air conditioned for your comfort


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Annual General Meeting

Rock ’n’ Roll


MONDAY MARCH 4 Start time 7.30pm All welcome Enquiries: 5664 0178

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DANCE LESSONS Thursday nights 7.30pm

DAKERS CENTRE Cnr Smith & Watt Streets, Leongatha No partner necessary - Cost $6

Starting again February 7 Enquiries to: John and Judy Kerville 0418 586 324, 5662 4004 (AH), Diane 5662 2136 (BH), 5662 3195 (AH)

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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Are you looking for a supportive and friendly team work environment? Due to an unprecedented demand in rentals and accommodation in Inverloch we require an energetic, professional and passionate person to join our property management team. Current driver’s licence essential and Agents Representative Certificate preferred. An application and resumé can be forwarded to PO Box 374, Inverloch 3996 Applications close 15th February, 2013 7 A’Beckett Street INVERLOCH 5674 1111

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FULLY QUALIFIED MECHANIC The successful applicant should have a good eye for detail, good diagnostic/problem solving skills and a strong work ethic. This position is full time and you will be required to carry out workshop repairs and RACV Patrol work. We offer above award wages. Please call 5952 2059 or email resumé to

We have a vacancy for the new full time position of Practice Manager in our progressive 4 partner accounting practice. Our firm requires a dedicated Practice Manager to assist the partners with the ongoing management, development and growth of the business. Working closely with the partners your main area of responsibility will be to ensure the smooth running and administration of the practice. Specific duties will include workflow and staff management as well as overseeing timely invoicing and debtor collections. Management reporting and the implementation of office procedures will be part of the role. Ideally you will have experience in an accountancy or other professional practice. You need to have a hands-on approach and the ability to establish effective working relationships with partners and staff. Excellent computer skills especially with Excel and Word are essential and knowledge and experience of practice management software will be an advantage. An attractive salary package will be negotiated commensurate with the skills and experience of the applicant. Applications close on 4th February 2013 and discreet application and enquiry can be made via email to or to: Practice Manager MORRISON JEFFERIS & ASSOCIATES Certified Practising Accountants 16 McCartin Street Leongatha Vic 3953



We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Coach to be an active member of our club and community. Please register your EOI by February 5th to Simon via email

2 FULL TIME POSITIONS We are a sustainability centre looking to hire a qualified A Grade Electrician as well as a 1st year apprentice. We are after motivated, self starters who have a keen interest in the renewable industry with good communication skills. We request applications to be made via email: or mail: 145 Commercial St, Korumburra 3950 and submitted by COB 4.2.13. For further queries phone 5655 2887

We are currently seeking to employ a person to work in our sales office. Duties will include phone/counter sales and enquiries. Assisting in warehouse duties including deliveries will also be required. Experience in industrial equipment/supplies would be an advantage but not necessary. A current manual drivers licence is essential. Only persons seeking genuine permanent employment will be considered. Apply in writing (hand written cover letter) marked confidential and addressed to: The Manager B.J. Bearings 38 Yarragon Road Leongatha Vic 3953

(Part-time) x 2: Leongatha Store

MG Trading is a wholly owned subsidiary of Murray Goulburn Co-operative operating 21 retail stores throughout Victoria servicing Australian farmers with their farming requirements; offering farm services including agronomic advice, feed and fodder solutions, animal nutrition, fertiliser, bulk fuel and milking machine services. We are currently seeking 2 enthusiastic individuals with excellent interpersonal skills to join our Leongatha store in the role of Retail Sales Assistants. The positions are part-time, approximately 20 hours per week on a rotating roster. The primary focus of the roles is to build strong partnerships with customers and deliver appropriate advice and services of a variety of agricultural products and supplies. The successful candidates will be highly motivated, demonstrate previous experience in a Retail Sales Assistant role desirable and the ability to build strong relationships. A competitive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidates who can demonstrate the above requirements. This is a diverse and challenging opportunity to join an evolving business with vast amounts of ongoing growth and development potential. To apply for this exciting opportunity please send your resumé to Applications Close: 5th February 2013

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HAIRDRESSER Fully qualified. Prefer full time or part time, required for busy new hair and beauty salon located in Tarwin Lower. Call Bec on 0423-018023 or 5663-5596.

Dairy Australia

Your Levy at Work

GippsDairy classifieds has 6 new dairy farm positions available and 18 new dairy positions wanted. To find out more about the new listings go to our website: “Dairy job classifieds”.

Access Unlimited requires a

SUPPORT WORKER for a gentleman in a wheelchair. Minimal assistance with personal care. Some housework and community access. Contact Tara 0417 734 230 tara@accessunlimited

Receptionist/Administration Assistant An opportunity exists for you to join a professional accounting practice in the Bass Coast. This position is both varied and interesting, incorporating general administration duties, reception, as well as maintaining our client data base. To be successful in this role, you will possess excellent communication skills, have immaculate presentation, a strong work ethic and be a versatile, hands-on team player. Previous experience in a similar environment would be an advantage but not essential. Applications close 8 February 2013. Please forward your resumé and references to or address to: The HR Manager Cardell Accountants PO Box 116 Wonthaggi, Vic. 3995

A vacancy exists at our Leongatha office for an Accountant with experience in public practice. If you have recently completed an Accounting or Business degree or have a strong desire to work in a progressive public accounting firm, then you should also apply. The position will involve a range of accounting functions in the preparation of financial statements, GST business activity statements and income tax returns for our small business, primary producer, superannuation fund and individual clients. You need to have a confident personality, excellent computer skills and the ability to grasp and understand the complex aspects of the position. This permanent full time position will provide excellent scope for advancement as well as the opportunity to work in a happy team environment. We prefer to receive handwritten applications accompanied by a typed resumé. Applications close on 4th February 2013 and can be sent to or: Accountant Position MORRISON JEFFERIS & ASSOCIATES Certified Practising Accountants 16 McCartin Street Leongatha Vic 3953

STONY CREEK 3BR house, long term, $195 pw. School bus route, strictly non smokers, no animals and references essential. Mobile: 0407-647314. WONTHAGGI modern central shop, $295 pw, central office $195 pw. Ph: 0408-981819.



ROSES & TREES Buy 2 and get 2nd half price


(Includes fruit trees & weepers)

A leading dental practice in Gippsland requires Qualified or Trainee Dental Nurses. Those who are interested in starting a great career in the dental profession should contact our office without delay. The successful candidate will have exceptional communication skills, ability to foster great customer relationships, strong organisational skills and initiative, be friendly and reliable and have a real interest in caring for customers. The position is full time Monday to Friday.

(Citrus, ground cover roses & Japanese Maples excluded)

To apply, email your resumé to: Maria Baker at Maria on 5662 5000

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

From $149

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


Phone 5662 2028

L.M.C.T. 2714


5 METRE STEBER BOAT 55hp motor and 8hp motor aux. Brooker trailer $6,500 Phone 5684 1277

FIREWOOD - free. Ph: 5668-9292.

for rent

Our clinic is expanding to new locations

NANNY - School pick-up 3 days a week. Qualifications not required. Ph: 0488112315 or 5662-2412.


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167 Graham Street Wonthaggi

5672 3127

TOUR MILDURA ECHUCA & GRAMPIANS 5 days - 4 nights March 18 to 22 $815 ppts Outstream Travel

1800 282 599

FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175.

FREEZER Fisher & Paykel, vertical 152lt, $200. Queen bedspread, colour plum, tailored silk, 2 pillows and valance, $200. Ph: 56622483.

HAY: small squares, excellent quality, shedded, suitable for horses, new season, $9 each. Mardan, can deliver 50 or more, conditions apply. 56641320.

INVALID SCOOTER, in very good condition, well looked after, kept in garage, with cover. $2,000 ONO. 5663-7109.

KAYAK - Dagger brand touring, Edisto model, 4.2 metres long with rudder, 2 bouyancy balloons, fore and aft hatches and apron. Excellent condition, $1,100. Ph: 5664-2430.

SCREENED TOPSOIL 10m3 load $400, 5m3 load $250. Delivered Leongatha area. Ph: 0417-550621.

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, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 5681-2261.

free to good home

SAD OWNERS must find home for loving, healthy, well-trained Miniature Terrier cross. 12 years old, suit lady or older couple. Ph: 5668-9212.

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PULLETS Wednesday, Feb 6 Commercial crossbreds. Fully vaccinated.

12wk (Brown) $14 Available from Elders Past., Leongatha 11am Phone 5662 3523 to order now (Brian Larkin Poultry)

RAMS Southdown, Poll Dorset and Border Leicester, all flock registered. Brucellosis accredited, well bred, 18 months old. Can deliver. 0428-356376.

SEEKING EMPLOYMENT: Male 57 - just left 15 year Office Admin - debtors accounts using Sybiz. Familiar with payroll and most general office skills. Good computing. New skills welcome. Looking for about 25 hours/week (Mon to Fri) so I can increase my carer role for elderly mother. Hoping to work specifically in Leongatha. Phone/text Michael 0400-964375.

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used vehicles Affordable cars at drive away prices

marriage celebrant PAM HERRALD 5662 2553 0438 097 181

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

SG CHEAPEST CARS Geary Road Leongatha LMCT 10804

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

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

Bass Coast Metal Recyclers 5672 2946 0417 556 593 LASER 1985, unregistered, good body, tired motor, $300 ONO. Vin UK4RFK78274L. Ph: 5662-3137. MITSUBISHI VERADA KJ EI auto sedan, 2001, RFL700, 10 months rego, RWC, $5,750. Ph: 0427641277.

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



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

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

NERRENA HALL Saturday, February 2, 9 -1pm. Stallholders welcome. Enquiries Kerryl 5664-9357.

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

engagements CHARLTON - MASKELL Twig and Sue together with Jack and Jenny are thrilled to announce the engagement of Prue and Kane. With love and happiness for your future together. HILLAM - CORRY Geoff and Jan Pye are very pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Chloe Louise Hillam of Leongatha to Luke John Corry, formerly of Meeniyan. Congratulations to them both and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness together. xxx

bereavement thanks BUNN - Beryl’s family wish to sincerely thank everyone for their sympathy, cards, phone calls and support since her passing. Our thanks and gratitude goes to the doctors and staff at the Leongatha hospital for their care and support in her final days. Thanks also go to Paul and Margaret Beck for their understanding and caring manner. Please accept this as our personal sincere thank you to everyone. Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

deaths APPLEYARD - Dianne. Our dear friend, always welcoming us with a big hug and kiss. Christmas mornings will never be the same. We love you Mrs Appleyard and will always cherish the memories of the time we spent with you. Rest peacefully. Love Julie, Stephen, Sarah, Kate and Jason. APPLEYARD - Dianne. Dianne, our dearest friend for many years. Will always be remembered for her kind and happy nature. Our loving thoughts are with her family. Lorraine, Jim and families. BOREHAM - Mernda. On January 19 at Berwick. Dear friend for 60 years. Our weekly visits will be missed. Joy and Graeme, Geoff, Tony and Victoria.

deaths HANKS - Albert Norman. Passed away January 28, 2013. Dearly loved husband of Lorraine (dec) for 66 wonderful years. Much loved father of Norm, Grace and Phil. Loved and respected grandad of Justin and Karen, Aaron and Susan, Shelley and Leigh, Katrina and Dave, Philip and Lindee. Great grandad of Claire, Jake, Kye and Alastair. Loved son of Fred and Victoria Hanks (both dec). Loving youngest brother of Pearl, George, Ethel, Arthur, Charles, David, Lily, Violet, Alice, Sylvia and Gordon (all dec). Mum and Dad re-united. HOY - William Henry. 7.6.1924 - 22.1.2013 Died peacefully at Leongatha. Husband of Joy, father of Cathy, Jen, David, John and families. You loved us and we loved you. Fifty golden years together steadfast love, a good Dad and a happy partnership. My dear contented Billie. Come Unto Me and I Will Give You Rest Matthew 11 V28 My love always Joy HOY - William Henry. Sadly passed away peacefully. Dearly loved father to Cathy and Adrian, and grandfather to James William and Lachlan David. May the grace of God shine upon you Dad. HOY - William Henry. My Dad A lesson in life. Love. Be kind. Be strong. Work hard. Great is thy faithfulness. Be at peace. Billie Bulk Meats. Jen. HOY - Billy, Dad. Time to rest Billy, Your work is done, and you have worked very hard, which has rubbed off on me. Thank you. Now who do I buy Tim Tams for. Your loving son David. Billy - Thank you for your love and acceptance. Sally. HOY - William (Bill). Dad you will be greatly missed. Thank you for your wisdom and guidance. Rest now Dad. In loving memory. John, Sandra and Steph. HOY - Billy. Loved brother of Topsy, Max (dec), and family. A great brother. HOY - Billy. Gone but not forgotten. Brother of Heather and Barbara. Rest in peace. WAREHAM - Lorna Jean. Passed away peacefully at LRH on January 24 2013, aged 80. Much loved wife of Bill (dec). Loved mother and motherin-law of Ray and Julie, Ivan, Rodney and Tracey, Julie, Bev and John, Lynnette and Mal. Loved Nan of all her grandchildren. Cherished memories. In our hearts forever.

deaths WAREHAM (Webb) - Lorna Jean. Passed away at Latrobe Hospital on 24.1.13 aged 80 years. Dearly loved youngest sister of Eileen, Myra, Ern, Herb (all dec), Dot and Peter Forrester, Val and Norm Maher (dec), and Jack and Adeney Webb (dec). Special auntie to all her nieces and nephews. Our deepest sympathy to her children. Sweet is the sleep that ends all pain.

funerals HANKS - The Funeral Service for the late Mr Albert Norman Hanks will be held at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Leongatha on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 commencing at 1.30pm. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Leongatha Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Woorayl Lodge, Leongatha. Envelopes will be available at the service.


Top ride: Michael Dibb in action at Southern Loop, he powered his way to an excellent fourth place in race three.

Aussies fly the flag at Island Classic IT WAS fitting Aussie riders dominated the 2013 Australian Motorcycle News Island Classic historic meeting at Phillip Island on the Australia Day long weekend in front of road racing legend Giacomo Agostini .

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Australia was once again victorious in the International Challenge over the UK, NZ and USA with three time Australian Superbike champion Shawn Giles a star performer, backed by quality performances from Beau Beaton, Cameron Donald, Michael Dibb and a last race comeback from Steve Martin. The International Challenge was run at a searing pace on the freshly resurfaced Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit – borne out by a new Shawn Giles lap record -- and the Aussies made their intentions clear from the outset, leaving the UK, American and New Zealand teams scrambling to stay in touch. The supremacy continued over the final three races, with only two internationals managing to finish inside the top eight finishers across all four legs – UK pair Jeremy McWilliams and Mick Godfrey (both Harris F1). Team Australia took out the event on 1036.6pts, well clear of the UK (561), followed by New Zealand (506.7) and America (436.1).



WAREHAM - The Funeral of Mrs Lorna Wareham will leave Latrobe Valley Funeral Services Chapel, 437 Princes Drive, Morwell after a service commencing at 11am on Thursday, January 31, 2013 for the Mirboo North Cemetery. LATROBE VALLEY FUNERAL SERVICES AFDA - MOE MORWELL TRARALGON MORWELL 5134-4937

The result continued Australia’s unbeaten run in the International Challenge, while the icing on the cake was Giles’ victory in the individual battle on his immaculately prepared Suzuki Katana 1294. “It’s just magic to win this event; I couldn’t be happier,” Giles said. Giles finished on 158pts with his 1-1-1-3 scorecard, ahead of McWilliams (157pts, 2-2-2-1), Cameron Donald (145pts, 3-4-8-4), Michael Dibb (145pts, 5-5-4-5) and Australia’s ‘Mr Superbike’ Robbie Phillis (136pts, 8-7-7-6). Agostini, the Italian 15-time world champion and special guest at the Island Classic, was impressed with what he saw. “The event is much bigger and better than the last time I was here in 2003, and the racing has been spectacular,” said Agostini. “And of course, it’s always great to race on a brand new surface – it’s smooth and fast.” Giles also received the Ken Wootton International Perpetual Trophy for his victory in the International Challenge, in memory of the late Aussie motorcycle journalist and a key driver of the Island Classic event. Other winners on the program included Scott Campbell (750cc New Era), David Johnson (500cc Post Classic), Andrew Lind (Unlimited Forgotten Era), Robert Wallace (Unlimited Post Classic) and Jay Lawrence (Unlimited New Era).

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Travis Zapper: the South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club stalwart flew home in the butterfly.

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SOUTH Gippsland Bass Swimming Club swimmers were right amongst the action when they competed in Sale - from Friday, January 25 to Sunday, January 27 – at the Country Long Course Swimming Championships.

The competition was fast, and many PB’s were recorded.

CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8362 - SOLUTIONS Across - 1, Search warrant. 8, No-bl-e (rev.). 9, In-sight. 10, In-tent. 11, Server-E. 12, A-s(it)ter. 14, Skate. 18, Elapse(ssion). 20, No-ugh-t. 23, Dil-Emma. 24, Aisle (I’ll). 25, Put oneself out. Down - 1, Sin-k in. 2, Ab-B-ot. 3, Cleanse (anag.). 4, Wait (weight). 5, Ros-I-e. 6, Aug-me-nt. 7, Totter. 13, Sh-allot. 15, Know-all . 16, Send up. 17, St-re-et. 19, Si-Mon. 21, Gust-O. 22, Bass. QUICK PUZZLE NO. 8362 - SOLUTIONS Across - 1, Decomposition. 8, Stain. 9, Illicit. 10, Regard. 11, Stance. 12, Psalm. 14, Wager. 18, Hussar. 20, Tirade. 23, Imagine. 24, Extol. 25, Kentucky Derby. Down - 1, Desire. 2, Clang. 3, Mongrel. 4, Omit. 5, Inlet. 6, Incense. 7, Nutmeg. 13, Sustain. 15, Aniseed. 16, Shriek. 17, Really. 19, Adieu. 21, Alter. 22, Neck.

Great mates: Ingrid Nunn and Melody Notley are firm friends and tough competitors.

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Snake! By Matt Dunn SNAKES in Leongatha’s CBD could become a more common sight, according to South Gippsland snake catcher Neil Arnup.

The statement comes after a tiger snake was killed in the IGA car park yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. Fearing the snake could strike out at a person, Mardan resident Ernie Pilmore struck it across the head with a tyre iron. Mr Pilmore said he was alerted to the snake’s presence by a female shopper. “I said, ‘We’ve got to find him before a kid finds him,’” he said. While snakes in town are a rare sight, Mr Arnup – who has been working as a snake catcher since 2007 – said they were far from unheard of. “It does happen. I had to find a snake behind the solicitor’s office – Birch, Ross and Barlow – but that one was a copperhead. What happens is that the snakes come up through the storm water drains and all of sudden they’re in town,” he said. “They get disorientated, because they’ve gone from being in their own habitat, to being amongst people and dogs and children. They get themselves lost. “It’s something that will happen more and more, with town boundaries pushing further and further into their habitat. I’ve had to catch quite a few near McDonald Street, as

View to a kill: Mardan resident Ernie Pilmore killed a tiger snake in the Leongatha IGA car park, fearing it could bite someone. housing encroaches more on the swamp land.” Mr Arnup said although Mr Pilmore had acted with the public’s interest in mind, people needed to be aware that tiger snakes and other native animals, though dangerous, are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975. A DSE spokesperson said: “DSE’s advice is to leave snakes alone as they are protected wildlife. Most people get bitten when they try to corner a snake, so the best thing to do is to call the local snake catcher or contact DSE.”

American insight

Fundraising for a hero: members of the Leongatha Fire Brigade held a barbecue at IGA in Leongatha on Australia Day to raise money for the family of Peter Cramer, a firefighter who died whilst fighting the Tasmanian bushfires recently.

CFA supports family IF you ask any CFA volunteer, they’ll tell you it doesn’t matter which brigade they belong to, or what town they’re from – they’re all one big family supporting one another.

THE South Gippsland branch of the Holstein Friesian Association of Australia held a successful twilight field night on Sunday at the Calderlea Stud of Les, Louise and Tim Calder. More than 60 people attended, with the National Bank organising the barbecue. The Semex On Farm Challenge winning cow Binginwarri Ladino Ballerina was on show, with Jetstream Genetics’ global sales and genetic manager Roger Turner explaining how the prized beast scored 92 points. Mr Turner also gave an interesting talk on genomic breeding of cows and bulls.

Learning lots: back from left, National Bank’s Brian Gannon, Les Calder, South Gippsland HFAA branch president Lucas Licciardello and Jetstream Genetics’ Roger Turner. Front, Louise Calder and ADHIS’s Michelle Axford.

Tragedy struck this month when Peter Cramer, affectionately known by his friends as “Crackers” lost his life whilst serving interstate in Tasmania as part of a taskforce of DSE firefighters sent from Victoria to help the Tasmania fire service. Peter had over 30 years’ experience as a firefighter with the Department of Sustainability and Environment and 20 years’ concurrent experience as a CFA volunteer recently in the Tyers brigade in the Latrobe Valley.

In an initiative led by Leongatha Fire Brigade member Stephen Burns, who knew Peter personally, the fire brigade, with the help of Michael’s IGA would like to raise funds to help Peter’s family after the loss of their hero. A barbecue was held last Saturday at the IGA in Leongatha, raising an impressive $1018. Michael’s IGA in Leongatha and Korumburra kindly donated sausages and bread for the barbecue, as well as making a donation on behalf of the store. Another barbecue will be held in Korumburra to continue fundraising for the cause. Anyone who couldn’t make the barbecue but would like to donate can do so by contacting Stephen on 0448 287 434.

Waratah Nipper champions WARATAH Beach Surf Life Saving Club nipper champions for 2012/2013. Full results and photos on page 56. More photos next week.

Under 12 Girls: 1st Ruby Williams, 2nd Jessica Manning, 3rd Lu Lu Andrighetti. Iron Nipper Champion Ruby Williams.

Under 10 Boys:1st Daniel Osborn, 2nd Patrick Manning, 3rd Ben Makowski and Lachlan Brookes. Iron Nipper Champion Patrick Manning. Encouragement Award Ethan Farrell and Jules Caram.

Under 6/7 girls: 1st Julia Klein, 2nd Sunday Doddrell, equal 3rd Tikki Swain/ Alyssa Clark. Iron Nipper Champion Julia Klein, pictured with Maxi Worboys.

Dennis Ginn: the experienced auctioneer led the auction of an Inverloch property on Saturday without success.

Passed in at $1.2m A THREE storey Inverloch house with sea views failed to sell at auction on Saturday.

Under 13 Girls: 1st Ruby Lam, 2nd Bridget Duncan, 3rd Kate Wilkinson. Iron Nipper Champion Ruby Lam.

This was despite the best efforts of Alex Scott auctioneer Dennis Ginn. The home, with a magnificent view from Eagles Nest through to Point Smythe drew a crowd of over 50 people but only one bidder. Bidding for the 10.6m high house started from the crowd at $1 million which was followed by a vendor bid of $1.1m and then another bid from the original bidder saw the property move up to $1.2m, but there it stayed. The property was passed in at $1.2m with negotiations continuing. This comes after just two weeks ago when a house on Inverloch’s Esplanade sold for $1.95 million. This set a new record price for a residential home on The Esplanade.

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Wonthaggi table tennis

Having a break: Bentley Caughey and Mandy Snell watch on from the sidelines at the Leongatha Tennis Club on Saturday.

A BIG crowd attended the break-up barbecue and presentation night at Wonthaggi Table Tennis Centre recently.

Allambee Mirboo & District tennis

Nice serve: Frank Dekker smashes down a serve on Saturday at Leongatha.

KOONY had a win against Leongatha North on Saturday and hold second position, and hope to keep the second chance.

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

At Port Phillip Heads

JAN / FEB Time

height (metres)

Add one hour for daylight saving

30 WED







0207 0801 1409 2001

1.51 0.50 1.37 0.32

0243 0837 1453 2038

1.55 0.41 1.42 0.33

0317 0913 1534 2115

1.56 0.34 1.45 0.36

0351 0948 1616 2153

1.56 0.28 1.47 0.40

0426 1025 1700 2233

1.54 0.23 1.46 0.45

0500 1102 1747 2315

1.59 0.20 1.44 0.52

0539 1144 1840

1.46 0.18 1.40

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

Baromi were beaten by Lucky Strings. There were three tie-breakers, Lucky Strings won two. Smokin Aces had a win against Korumburra, Smokin Aces well on top of this grade. Korumburra did well to win two sets. In A Reserve Koony, Baromi and Gold, the top three teams, all won 7/2, so the ladder will stay the same. With only four rounds remaining there could still be a change of positions. Korumburra, although losing had a 7/5, a tie-breaker win and lost a 7/5. Berrys Creek won a men’s and a mixed, Baromi were the winners in this match. Leongatha won the match at Outtrim. Not a lot of difference all day. Mardan with the loss to Koony now have an uphill battle to make the finals. In B Grade, Leongatha North had their second win for the season, winning by four games over Mardan; level before the mixed, a mixed each way and down to the last set. Well played to all players. Baromi won by two games agaginst Leongatha in a close game as Leongatha won five

sets. B Grade teams have been very competitive since Christmas. Results A Grade: Koonwarra 6.61 d Leongatha North 3.46, Smokin Aces 7/67 d Korumburra 2.40, Lucky Strings 7.69 d Baromi 2.44. A Reserve: Koonwarra 7.52 d Mardan 2.35, Baromi 7.46 d Berrys Creek 2.31, Outtrim Gold 7.54 d Korumburra 2.29, Leongatha 5.45 d Outtrim Maroon 4.35, Hallston - bye. B Grade: Leongatha North 5.41 d Mardan 4.37, Baromi 4.42 d Leongatha 5.39.

Ladders A Grade Smokin Aces....................... 116.5 Koonwarra ...........................83.5 Baromi ..................................80.5 Leongatha North .................70.5 Lucky Strings ........................61.5 Korumburra ...........................16.5 A Reserve Outtrim Gold .......................95.5 Koonwarra ...........................95.0 Baromi ..................................91.5 Hallston ................................81.5 Mardan ..................................68.5 Leongatha..............................67.5 Outtrim Maroon......................56.0 Korumburra ...........................44.0 Berrys Creek .........................41.0 B Grade Baromi ..................................95.5 Leongatha ............................75.5 Mardan.................................58.5 Leongatha North .................30.5

Buffalo indoor bowls

South Gippsland Bridge Club

ELEVEN bowlers were keen to bowl at Buffalo on Wednesday, January 23, so three teams of three and one team of two were selected. Players were given the option of changing positions during the night. Toni Heldens (s), Joe Occhipinti and Charlie Tumino with three wins (17 ends) were declared the winners for the night. All other teams showed more even results. Second were Col Densley (s), Joyce Occhipinti, and Andrew Hanks (WDL) 12 ends, next Bill Wolswinkel (s) and Mary Tumino (LLW) 10 ends, and fourth the Benson family (Ian, Carolyn, Angus) (LDL) nine ends. The mats were too short for Ian as he kept hitting the kitty off. Best 1st game Col 11-4, 2nd game Toni 11-2, 3rd game Toni 11-6. Social bowls on Wednesday, 7.30 at the Buffalo Hall. All welcome.

Results Meeniyan – Monday evening: 1st Clive Hope, Susan Ruffin. 2nd June Metcalf, Colin Cameron. 3rd Pat West, Barbara Axten. Tarwin Lower – Tuesday afternoon: 1st Alan Johnston, John Sullivan. 2nd Jack Kuiper, John Sutton. 3rd Colin Cameron, Kathryn Smith. Inverloch– Friday afternoon: north/south: 1st Jack Kuiper, Jean Barbour. 2nd Anne and Bruce Gibson. 3rd Marj Freeman, Norma Hannay. 4th Dawn Jolly, Althea Drew. East/west: 1st Kaye Douglas, John Sutton. 2nd Anne Williams, John Farr. 3rd John Sullivan, Alan Johnston. 4th Faye Rowlands, Pat West.

Bruce Harmer, president and junior coach of the association, presented the trophies. Many of the awards were made to the club’s increasing number of talented young players. Luke Anstey, leading A Reserve player this season, will join three other teenagers who have been promoted to A Grade. They were Dean Snelling, Zach Anstey and Brittney Taylor who all completed a very successful year. Zach and Luke assisted club member Nancy Pattinson, staff and students from North Wonthaggi Primary School at a fun day in December. Students learned the basics of table tennis and joined in other activities to round off an enjoyable morning. Table tennis practice nights commence at the Wonthaggi Table Tennis Centre on Monday, February 4, from 7pm to 8.30pm. New players are very welcome. Competitions will commence in March on a date to be decided. Junior coaching recommences on Thursday, February 7, from 6.00pm.

SGBD Pennant bowls Round 13 - January 22 Division 1: San Remo 91 (20 shots) d Leongatha 71 (J. Allen-Dayle 38 d e. McIntyre 16, R. Dennis 30 d T. McCormack 23, S. Carvosso 23 lt F. Turner 32. Inverloch 81 (38 shots) d foster 43 (C. Hughes 29 d M. Climas 15, I. Sheppard 38 d S. Gifford 7, L. Luby 14 lt R. Speers 21. Korumburra 71 (6 shots) d Wonthaggi 65 (D. Williams 25 d J. Clarkson 16, M. Goad 24 d I. Donohue 22, J. McVeigh 22 lt K. Simpson 27). Phillip Island 86 (24 shots) d Meeniyan 62 (P. Francis 31 d L. Hanks 16, G. Caile 31 d A. Van Wamel 21, R. James 24 lt M. Pearson 25). Division 2: Corinella 79 (13 shots) d Toora 66 (B. O’Keefe 25 d K. Barwick 23, J. Brown 35 d B. Curram 20, E. Johnston 19 lt R. Richardson 23). Loch and District 68 (7 shots) v Lang Lang 61 (V. Kennedy 34 d M. Hodges 10, K.

Club leaders: Zach and Luke Anstey with their collection of trophies on the presentation night. All school students, seven to fourteen years of age, are very welcome to come along to these sessions too. Wonthaggi Association is looking forward to a great new year with competitions in A Grade, A Reserve and B Grade, local and Gippsland Academy of Sport coaching, and travel to tournaments around the state.

Veteran and Junior players won an exceptional number of State and National events in 2012 and the Wonthaggi Association had its most successful year at Country Week. The Wonthaggi Association recently became a participating Club with Vic Health Healthy Sporting Environments.

Moss 17 lt J. Dowson 27, J. Miller 17 lt R. Geyer 24). Tarwin Lower 61 (10 shots) d Phillip Island 51 (H. Twite 24 d P. Major 14, B. Martin 18 drew M. Rogers 18, B. De Rooy 19 drew J. Boyce 19). Fish Creek 82 (18 shots) d Port Welshpool 64 (M. Smith 26 d M. McDonald 16, N. Van Dyk 37 d L. McLaine 20, P. Hazeltine 19 lt A. Collins 28). Wonthaggi 73 (18 shots) d Inverloch 55 (K. Bird 23 d M. Flett 18, A. Green 32 d V. Muir 16, D. Yarley 18 lt P. Stoneham 21). Division 3: Phillip Island 47 (5 shots) d Leongatha 42 (E. Stephenson 33 d G. Emmerson 13, C. Hoffman 14 lt B. Thompson 29). Inverloch 66 (32 shots) d Meeniyan 34 (B. Kurrle 41 d B. Grant 8, S. Nation 25 lt I. Hill 26). Mirboo North 52 (13 shots) d Korumburra 39 (R. Spark 27 d M. Hams 23, A. Plowman 25 d M. Wrench 16). Foster 60 (32 shots) d Tarwin Lower 28 (J. Miles 25 d S. Browne 15, J. Bohn 35 d M. Emmett 13).

Wonthaggi 49 (7 shots) d San Remo 42 (G. Mitford 33 d W. Brunsden 18, G. Wilson 16 lt P. Cameron 24).

Ladders Division 1 San Remo ..........................+96 155 Wonthaggi ................. +107.25 132 Meeniyan...........................+27 126 Phillip Island.....................+96 105 Inverloch.............................. -11 89 Foster ..............................-58.25 79 Korumburra.......................-170 74 Leongatha............................-87 72 Division 2 Inverloch ...........................+89 134 Wonthaggi .......................+144 128 Loch & District .................. +2 117 Lang Lang.......................+104 115 Port Welshpool..............+99.25 105 Toora .................................. -13 104 Tarwin Lower.....................+71 103 Phillip Island .......................-56 90 Corinella ............................-165 74 Fish Creek ......................-275.25 70 Division 3 Wonthaggi .......................+112 141 Mirboo North .................+183 138 Korumburra.....................+12 106 Foster .................................+24 89 Inverloch.............................+19 86 Meeniyan.............................-38 81 San Remo ............................-41 80 Phillip Island ......................+11 79 Leongatha............................-53 62 Tarwin Lower....................-229 48

Robyn the winner HELD over three days at Fish Creek, Leongatha and Tarwin Lower the State Singles saw 16 ladies from seven clubs cope with warm conditions to reach an outcome. From the outset there were some tight, long games. It was a shame only one player in each game could be a winner. Semi finals were contested between Trish Mc Cormack (Leongatha) and Marj Pearson (Meeniyan) and Robyn Dennis (San Remo) and Anne Tschiderer (Inverloch). Trish and Robyn played off in the final with Robyn coming out as the winner.

Top bowlers: Trish McCormack, Leongatha (runner-up), Peter Henwood, SGBD representative and Robyn Dennis, San Remo (winner).

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Surf Lifesaving Carnivals Nippers race at Inverloch IT was appropriate that on Australia Day another iconic Australian character was evident – the junior branch of lifesaving – the Nippers.

Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club hosted the Eastern Junior Regional Championship where more than 200 kids aged 7-13 years of age gathered to compete. Clubs competing included Lakes Entrance, Seaspray, Venus Bay, Wonthaggi, Woolamai and the host club, Inverloch. Whilst the day was cool, the wave sets were manageable for all the age groups. They were supported by water safety members and IRBs (Inflatable Rescue Boats) to ensure that all were safe during the water events.

Events held during the day included wade relays, board relays, surf teams, aqua cam relays, Ironman/Ironwoman and beach sprints. Official Rob O’Neill from Inverloch SLSC told the Under 13s prior to their swim race: “Look at the water conditions and put into practice all the things you have been taught during your Nipper sessions. “Look at the water conditions and the waves and work out when you will wade, when you will start to swim, and on the way back after you have swum around the buoy if you will try to body surf the waves back in or if you will just swim your hardest before you wade once again and run to the finish line”. Nipper state finals will be held at Lorne on March 23 and 24.

On your marks: the girls line up for a race on Saturday at the Nippers Eastern Junior Regional Championship at Inverloch.

Great day: Inverloch Nippers Ethan, Hamish, Ed and David enjoy competing at the Eastern Junior Regional Championship on Saturday.

Ready to race: Nippers set to take on the board relay on Saturday.

Big weekend ahead for Laity SANDY Point’s Kelly Laity will be one of the surfers heading to Jan Juc this weekend for the West Coast round of the Victorian Junior Surfing Titles and the Victorian Masters Titles.

Going for two: last year’s State champion, Kelly Laity (Sandy Point) will be hoping for a strong result this weekend at Jan Juc. Photo: Liam Robertson.

The juniors will be competing in the second event of the three round series, with all juniors fighting for spots in the Victorian state team to compete in the Australian Junior Surfing Titles. Cody Robinson (Jan Juc) will once again be the surfer to watch in the Under 18 boys after a solid performance at the last round on the Mornington Peninsula. Robinson will be on home turf this weekend and can secure his spot in the state team with another win. He will have some tough competition however, with Noah Cooney (Phillip Island), Francis Meade (Phillip Island) and Tom Wright (Jan Juc) all putting in strong performances at the last event. In the Under 18 girls division, Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc) will also be looking to capitalise on her win on the East Coast with another strong result at her home break. Clarke is a proven performer at Jan Juc, with multiple wins in state titles at the consistent beach break. Clarke will come up against the fast improving Jemima Hutchins (Barwon Heads) and last year’s State champion, Laity. The Victorian Masters Titles will be held over the same weekend and will see some of the best surfers over 35 years of age renewing old rivalries and friendships. The Over 45 men’s division will see Rowan Sapwell (Jan Juc), Dave Matthews (Jan Juc), Andrew Dell (St Andrews), Richard Field (Barwon Heads), plus others fight it out for bragging rights. Meanwhile the Over 35 Women’s will see Melissa Dart-Harrison (Mt Eliza) and Michelle Fincher (Phillip Island) come up against each other again after a tough battle last year. The event will be held at Jan Juc beach on Saturday and Sunday. Heat draws and schedule will be posted on later in the week.

In the water: whilst Nippers tackled cool conditions at Inverloch on Saturday, the swell was not overpowering, yet provided a challenge.

• Cycling

Juniors continue to impress FRIDAY night provided good conditions for racing but with the holiday weekend and school still to resume the number of starters followed previous years. However, the four riders present provided two pairs evenly matched and the racing produced some close results. With junior members going through growth spurts it was time to find some larger frames for both Matt Minogue and Alex Bennett. The change of bike for Matt saw him turn in some great rides on the night. First event was the one lap time trial and Matt Minogue produced a personal best of 35.58 sec. Next was Hamish Bissett 38.13 sec, Matt Winchester 40.81 and Alex Bennett 42.74. Matt Winchester’s time was also a personal best and done after four weeks of Christmas holidays and no training.

The five lap scratch race started out at a sedate pace but the riders warmed to the task. The three riders were watching Matt Minogue and trying to guess his moves but were unable to stop him being a clear winner. Hamish picked up second and Alex third. The one lap handicap saw Matt Minogue give starts of 20, 40 and 60m. Matt Winchester rode strongly from the limit mark but was caught just metres from the finish line by Matt Minogue whilst Hamish finished well for third. The following two lap handicap saw the handicaps extended with Alex on 120 and Matt Winchester on 100m. With a wall of riders racing to the finish it was Alex holding on for the win ahead of Matt Winchester and Matt Minogue. To keep some speed in the legs the riders were given some sprint races. The first heat saw Matt Minogue up against Hamish and Matt Minogue had it under control all the way

to score another win for the night. In the second heat it was a very close battle between Alex and Matt Winchester. Alex managed to claim a narrow win in this one. The riders were still keen to race and cousins Alex and Hamish issued the challenge to the Matts for an Olympic sprint over the one lap. After a close change over of riders at the halfway mark it was the strong finish of Matt Minogue that secured them the win. To finish the night the riders had a secret distance scratch race. Riders were swapping turns and whilst the bell rang for the last lap just after Matt Minogue had completed a turn at the front and had rotated to the rear of the field, he was up to the challenge of finding a way to win. He held off a determined Hamish whilst Alex also finished well for third place. Training will be on again for Wednesday night and club titles are scheduled to run on Friday, February 8.

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Surf Lifesaving Carnivals

Waratah Nippers battle tough conditions WARATAH Beach SLSC Nippers held its final Nippers day last Friday, January 25 with the running of the carnival day. Strong winds and choppy seas caused the iron Nipper event to be modified. Despite the change of program there was still some fierce competition in all events including beach sprint, flags, the wade, and the iron Nipper. Afterwards the kids en-

joyed a sausage sizzle and presentations. Championships results 6/7 Girls 1st Julia Klein. 2nd Sunday Doddrell. 3rd Place Tikki Swain/ Alyssa Clark. Iron Nipper champion Julia Klein. 6/7 Boys 1st Hunter Riley. 2nd Banjo Curl / Gabe Lewis. 3rdThomas Woodsmill. Iron Nipper Champion Hunter Riley. 8 Girls 1st Ella Williams.

8 Boys 1st Max Klein. 2nd Nicholas Bennett. 3rd Nathan Ashdown. Iron Nipper Champion Max Klein. Encouragement Award Kodi Visser and Angus Doddrell. 9 Girls 1st Isabella Shepherd. 2nd Sophia Gilmore. 3rd Ella Steer. Iron Nipper Champion Isabella Shepherd. Encouragement Award Lucy Shuttleworth, Lucette Farrell, Scarlett North, Caitlin Woodsmill, Olivia Makowski, Nell

Jenney and Yvonne Morton. 9 Boys 1st Brody Cary. 2nd Jem Duncan and Darcy Curl. 3rd Brandon Clark. Iron Nipper Champion Brody Cary. Encouragement Award Jake Shinton. 10 Girls 1st Josie Andrighetti. 2nd Merrin Giles. Iron Nipper Champion Josie Andrighetti. 10 Boys 1st Daniel Osborn. 2nd Patrick Manning.

3rd Ben Makowski and Lachlan Brookes. Iron Nipper Champion Patrick Manning. Encouragement Award Ethan Farrell and Jules Caram. 11 Girls 1st Hayley Duncan. 2nd Melanie Johnson. 3rd Isabel Johnson-Darby and Gretel Tobin. Iron Nipper Champion Hayley Duncan. Encouragement Award Charlotte Plum 11 Boys 1st Max Shuttleworth.

2nd Dan Mc Nab. 3rd Darcy Morton. Iron Nipper Champion Max Shuttleworth. Encouragement Award Wilson North. 12 Girls 1st Ruby Williams. 2nd Jessica Manning. 3rd Lu Lu Andrighetti. Iron Nipper Champion Ruby Williams. 12 Boys 1st Miles Shepherd. 2nd Kieran Hesse. 3rd Archie Shepherd. Iron Nipper Champion Keiran Hesse.

Encouragement Award Cooper Cary, Lucas Osborn, Hunter Caram and Aaron Farrell. 13 Girls 1st Ruby Lam. 2nd Bridget Duncan. 3rd Kate Wilkinson. Iron Nipper Champion Ruby Lam. 13 BoyS 1st Will Farrar. 2nd Sam Day. Iron Nipper Champion Will Farrar.

Nippers assemble: Robyn Galloway of Foster did another awesome job along with an army of helpers in putting together the Nippers program. Here she briefs competitors before hitting the surf.

Briefing: the Under 11 boys are given instruction before hitting the waves.

They’re off: despite only two Under 10 girls competing in the iron Nipper, both Josie Andrighetti and Merrin Giles had an absorbing battle, with Josie claiming the honours.

Surf help: providing help in the surf were, from left, Lochie Gay, Hamish Duncan, Julian Meagher (club president), Laura Brooks and Jordon Hesse.

In front: Hunter Riley gets the lead to collect the “flag”” ahead of Thomas Woodshill.

Boys hit surf: these boys in the Under 12s and 13s are ready to race; pictured are Aaron Farrell, Hunter Caran, Cooper Cary, Kieran Hesse, Miles Shepherd, Lucas Osborn, Archie Shepherd, Will Farrar and Sam Day.

Water safety: in tricky conditions, plenty of surf rescue certificate (SRC) helpers were there to ensure the Nippers carnival’s success; from left, Xavier Tobin, Zac Giles and Zac O’Neill.

Friendly rivalry: despite competing against each other, these girls still had time to support each other, from left, Merrin Giles, Melanie Johnson, Josie Andrighetti, Gretal Tobin, Hayley Duncan, Isabel Johnson-Darby and Charlotte Plum.

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Good crowd: the sun shone for the Inverloch Bowling Club’s ladies triples event last Wednesday.

Inverloch: Inverloch bowler and Star scribe for her local club Gloria Growse, and fellow bowler Cynthia Hensley enjoyed the cool weather and great competition during the annual Inverloch bowls tournament last Friday.

Wonthaggi: from left Bev Stephenson and Joan Clarkson teamed up for the Inverloch Bowls tournament on Friday.

Meeniyan: from left bowlers from the Meeniyan Bowling Club Helen Bidwell and Michelle Douglas joined bowlers from all over Gippsland at the annual Inverloch bowls tournament.

Leongatha: from left Judy Love and Susan Crouch of the Leongatha Bowling Club enjoyed the competition at the Inverloch Bowling Club tournament on Friday.

Foster: from left Pam Henry and Nancy Parry from the Foster Bowling Club competed in the Inverloch Bowls Tournament on Friday.

Bowling by the sea: from left: Margaret Flett, Inverloch, Beryl Martin, Traralgon and Veronica Muir, Inverloch enjoyed Friday’s Inverloch bowls tournament.

Triple treat: from left Rita Everitt, Inverloch, Susan Hamilton, Wonthaggi and Shirley Cook, Inverloch competed in the Inverloch Bowling Club’s ladies triples last Wednesday.

Good sports: Inverloch Bowling Club was a hive of activity last week, hosting its ladies triples and annual tournament.

Ring in winners: Peter Williams and Kath and Neil ‘Kiwi’ Gore from Yarram were winners at the Leongatha Bowls Club’s Monthly Triples event. They are pictured with sponsor Noel Pullen (second from right) from Gippsland Secured Investments. Left, Thanks for that: Noel Pullen, manager of Gippsland Secured Investments Warragul was a proud sponsor of Leongatha Bowls Club’s Monthly Triples event. He is pictured with club president Robert Young.

Runners-up: coming in a close second at the Leongatha Bowls Club’s Monthly Triples event were the Leongatha Turner team. Sponsor Noel Pullen from Gippsland Secured Investments congratulates John, Fay and Brian Turner.

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SPORT | GOLF Leongatha ANOTHER good field of 94 played in superb weather and course conditions. Russell Williams has struck a reef of form and he took A Grade with 37 off a low seven handicap. Good round Russell. John Housey and Simon Drummond won B and C Grade respectively, both returning very good 39 point cards. Dan Malone’s handicap has slipped out to 36, but on Saturday he was ‘Dan the man’, top-scoring with a great 41 points to win D Grade easily. Barry Stephens won propin and Russell Williams was nearest the pin on the 16th hole. The following won balls: C. Leaver, R. De Zilwa, W. Norden 37; N. Cairns, V. Soso, P. Harrison, S. Nasreddin, F. Debono 36; T. Williamson, J. Feddersen, A. Loughnan 35; J. White, M. Lay, M. Herrald 34; P. Waters, H. Sedelies, M. Pritchard, B. Hutton, B. Stephens, M. Reynolds, J. Dalton, J. Knight, J. Karabatsos, D. Griffiths 33. Tuesday Chris Leaver has lowered his handicap to a single figure and is looking to go lower still after winning A Grade with 38 points off nine. Frank Smedley is playing well and he notched another victory with 39 points in B Grade. Daniel Wylie (14th) and

Wonthaggi IT was a great day for a fourball on Saturday and we had 96 players.

A Grade winners were M. Scott and I. McDonald 45 pts, B Grade A. Lowe and B. Skinner 47 pts, C Grade winners W. Fennell and P. Evans 50 pts. Balls down the line: G. Hennequin and D. Owen 48, T. Salmon and T. Kennedy 48, M. Tiziani and F. Denenech 48, J. Rosa and L. Wilson 46, A. Cubbin and F. Huber 46, G. Hennequin and F. Gill 46. Nearest the pins: 2nd R. Hender, 8th I. Cunningham, 13th W. Howard, 17th P. Young. There was also a holein-one on the 4th which was executed by Russell Bolding. Not only has Russell captured three club championships but this is also the fifth occasion he has holed out. Well done

Rob Martin (16th) were nearest the pin winners. Down the line balls: D. Clemann 37, P. Stivic, D. Webster, T. Bruinewoud 36; G. McRitchie, A. Howell 35; M. Stubbs, S. Fisher 34; P. Walsh, G. Tyson 33; R. Martin, N. Cairns 32. Thursday Long-time member Ray Burton remains very competitive. His 39 points off a 12 handicap won A Grade and included nine consecutive pars. Great work Ray. Denis Hanna, another old hand at the club, was successful in B Grade with a very handy 37 points. Paul McAninly won nearest the pin on the 14th, and for the second time this week Rob Martin played the most accurate shot on the 16th. Ball winners: K. Castwood, G. McRitchie 36; W. Norden, B. Grazules 35; N. Cairns, C. Sperling, R. Martin 34; C. Hams, F. Debono, I. Watson 33; G. Burt 32. Events coming up are monthly medal on Saturday, the fifth round of the Gordon West teams event on Sunday, and the start of the South Gippsland Classic on Saturday, February 9. If you are interested in playing pennant, please add your name to the list on the noticeboard. Members are reminded that all midweek comps from next Tuesday, February 5 will return to shotgun starts with a 9am hit-off.

Leongatha ladies Wednesday A Grade winner in the Stableford (mixed field) was Toni West (12) 37 points (on a count back), B Grade: Ryan Thomas (31) 36 points. Down the line balls went to Nic Cairns 37, Carol Sowden and Peter Turner 34, Marea Maher 33 and Pat West, Deb Miller, Helen Mackenzie and Pam Christensen 31 points (on a countback). Nearest the pin was 14th Marea Maher and 16th Jean Chaplin. Saturday Winner of the stableford was Marea Maher (23) with 33 points. Down the line balls went to Rebecca Wilson 31, Coral Gray 29 and Di Williams 28. Nearest the pin on the 16th was Wendy Parker.

Korumburra ON Saturday, January 26 there were 61 players competing in a stableford competition sponsored by A. and B. Twite, and the CCR was 70.

A Grade winner: T. Herbert 41 pts. Balls: L. Webster 39, S. Rose, P. Johnson, C. Clements 37. B Grade winner: P. Vanagtmaal 40. Balls: K. Pope 38, J. Solly, N. Spargo 37. C Grade winner: B. Maskell 43 pts. Balls: I. Dixon 40, A. Twite 38, W.

Keen to play: there was a great turnout at the recent Leongatha Golf Club junior clinic.

Woorayl OUR medal day was sponsored by Autobarn. The winner of A Grade was Tim Burgess with a net 68, B Grade went to Pat Wallace with a net 70 and Rob Warren won C Grade and the medal on a countback. Balls to: S. Sullivan, D. Clemann, G. McKinnon, M. Collins, C. Turner, G. Winkler, G. Young, M. Wood, N. McKenzie, K. Riseley Hopkins, G. Cosgriff 37. Nearest the pin: 1st N. Perks, 8th M. Webb, 10th D. Gow, 13th B. Maskell. NAGA - G. Bull on countback 27 pts. Notices: 4BBB Senti-

and B. Thomas. Nearest the pins to Mike Collins and Doug Clemann. The ladies’ event was won by Shirley Thomas with 37 points and balls to Marg Tuckett and Sue Wakefield. Next Saturday is the last round of the summer competition and we will play a stableford event sponsored by Bairs Hotel. nel Times qualifier, Sunday, February 17. Tuesday’s winner was C. Clements with 39 points and Thursday’s winner was C. Clements 35 points on countback.

Korumburra ladies

Russell. Remember to put your name down in the pro shop if you are interested in playing pennant golf. Next Saturday is monthly medal and I look forward to seeing you all on the course, and all back in the clubhouse for presentations. Highlight of the day was Ian McDonald changing his golf ball to the new Tietlest ‘draw’ ball and playing very well. I believe Michael Scott had something to do with this, but seriously Quacka you want to ring Tietlest and see if the new ‘draw’ ball exists, I think Michael may have been fibbing to you. Have a great week and good luck to all the children who start school this week, especially my daughter Charlotte.

IN mild and pleasant conditions 28 women played a stableford round last Wednesday. The results were in A Grade (0-20) Lee Clements (10) was the winner with 38 points and Barb Walker (20) the runner-up on 37 points. Betty Yann (24) was the winner in B Grade (21-29) with a terrific score of 42 points and Beryl Brown (25) the runnerup on 36 points. In C Grade (30-45) Jean White (45) had a handicap breaking score of 43 points and Heather Garnham (34) was the runner-up with 36 points. The nearest the pins went to 1st Lyn McIvor, 10th Joan Peters and 13th Virginia Wagner. A new member, Carie Harding was welcomed last Wednesday, she gained her initial handicap on Monday and quickly broke it on Wednesday. About 50 players enjoyed Twilight Golf on Thursday evening. On the front nine holes Ricky and Kate were the winners with 24 points, closely followed by Trudy and Donald on 23 points, Peter and Carol on 22 points on a countback from Betty and Travis. On the back nine holes Kathleen and (Uncle) Michael won with 24 points and


the runners-up were Lindsay and Deb and Tyler and Dawn with 21 points on a count back from Pauline and Bill and Trudy and Darren. On Saturday there were two divisions for the Stableford round. In A Grade (0-21) Moira Rogers (17) had the best score of the day with 38 points, Judy Webb (19) the runner-up with 37 points. The B Grade winner was Barb Twite (28) with 35 points and Debbie Wrigley (26) came runner-up with 34 points. The nearest the pins were won by Lee Clements on the 1st and 10th and Moira Rogers on the 13th. On Wednesday, February 6, women are asked to bring a plate for afternoon tea to farewell Barb Wood. Barb has been a great member and volunteered to help out in many areas of our club. She has been a good traveller, representing KGC in the district, and as a pennant player, ready and willing in the kitchen and garden, been on committee as secretary and president and worked on the table at bingo. The ladies have especially appreciated her wonderful sense of humour after a sometimes horrid game of golf.


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Newer golfers: Korumburra Golf Club’s Jo Stewart and Louise Reilly cool off after their nine holes on Monday. Newer players get together most Monday mornings for a hitting practice under the guidance of more experienced players.

Juniors galore at Leongatha Golf Club RECENTLY kids enrolled at Leongatha Golf Club for three days of Junior Golf.

Day one and two was teaching safety, grip, stance, hitting, chipping and putting. Day three comprised of a three or four person, five hole ambrose event played on the course. Improvement was made by all participants, with all enjoying getting out on the course and playing golf, with new friendships blossoming. Thank you to all volunteers who gave up their time to help conduct the activities. Without the volunteers we would not be able to have so many kids enjoying the great game of golf we all love to hate. Thank you to the South Gippsland District Junior Association for the use of the My Golf equipment. Also a big thank you to our sponsors MoreGolf – Michael McGrath, many members who donated golf balls (new and old) and A Slice of Paradise Bakery – Inverloch. The clinics are also supported by the Victorian Golf Foundation. The next three day program will be held in the next school holidays.


THERE is heaps of run around but the greens will still hold – perfect conditions for good scoring, as reflected by the results.

On Tuesday David Hutchinson (12) had 39 points to edge out Kevin Witheridge (10) 38 points and Athol McGrath (19) 36 points. Nearest the pin was Geoff McKenzie. Thursday saw Athol McGrath (18) continue his good form to win with +5 from Robert Fulton (12) and Neville Thompson (9) both on +4. Nearest the pin was Robert Fulton. Peter Dight had an eagle on the 12th and collected 10 balls. Friday last week I tipped Gary Phelan (20) for a coming win and he did not let me down – winning the chook with 22 points. Down the line balls went to Kevin Witheridge 21 points and Steve Reid 20 points. The ladies was won by Rae Knee (21) with 18 points from Merle Barham on 17 points. Nearest the pins were Gary Phelan and Greg Dean. Saturday was Round 2 of the Stig Nelander trophy. Owen Kindellan (21) shot 43 points to have the best score and win B Grade. Tony Vanin (6) shot a par round of 72 to have 42 points and win A Grade. My old mate Kevin Da Silveira (36) had a day out to have 42 points to unluckily just miss out – perhaps he may be able to get rid of the skirt soon after all. Other down the line balls went to Trevor Jones (27), Don Cripps (22) and Steve Reid (11) all on 41 points, and Mike Malady (21), Kevin Witheridge (9) and Paul Spencer (22) all on 40 points. Scoring was so good that though Pat McKay (5) shot 73 off the stick for 40 points – he did not even get a ball DTL. Nearest the pin were won by Athol McGrath, Rod Coughlan-Lane, Russell Forte, Owen Kindellan and Kevin Da Silveira. Ladies – Gayle Reid (19) continued her sizzling run of form to win with 37 points. This means that Gayle has reduced her handicap by an amazing eight strokes (from 26 to 18) in the last eight weeks. Well done Gayle. Down the line was Val Gow (30) on 34 points. Nearest the pin was Gayle Reid. Both Peter Dight and Noel Black reduced their handicaps from five to four last weekend, so now it is a race to see who can get down to three. Pennant starts in early March – please consider making yourself available. Chef Corey ONeill took away the $250 members cash draw for the second week in a row! You need to be in the clubhouse between 7pm and 8 pm to be eligible for the draw. The draw will be $250 again next week.

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The results of the 2013 Rod Nicholson Memorial Pairs were as follows: The Inverloch pair of Chas Bickley (s), M. Beaumont were the winners with three wins plus 57. Runners-up from Wonthaggiwere Alan McFayden (s) and G. Marcolonga with three wins plus 56. Third place went to the Brighton pair of J. Taborsky and Kevin Torney with three wins plus 32, while fourth place went to the San Remo pair of Wayne Parkes and Robyn Dennis with two wins plus 48. The best last game went to the Frankston pair of P. Summerhayes and D. Wise with 25 shots. Tuesday, January 22 saw Division 1 ladies’ pennant teams away to San Remo and lost 71 to 91 shots. Trish McCormack (s) lost 23 to 30, Fay Turner (s) won 32 to 23, while E. McIntyre lost 16 to 38 shots. Division 3 travelled to Phillip Island but were also unsuccessful against the Island

Congratulations are in order for several of the club’s ladies, firstly to Trish McCormack who was the runner-up in the South Gippsland Division Ladies’ State Singles, losing to Robyn Dennis of San Remo. Well done to both Trish and Robyn. Secondly, well done to the ladies’ pairs of Trish McCormack and Glenda Trotman who have advanced to the next round of the South Gippsland Ladies’ State Pairs. Well done and we wish them both the very best in their next encounter. Reminders: Tuesday evening, January 29 will see the next business bowls in action and I am sure the competition will be just as keen as last time, so why not come along for a good evening’s entertainment, you will not be disappointed. Friday night, February 1 is the next Kitty Club tea night. Names and choice of meal must be on the board before Thursday night, January 31 if you are attending. To all lady bowlers, a reminder that the open ladies’ triples event will be held on March 1 at the Leongatha Bowls Club and if you wish to enter your name or a team then please contact tournament secretary, Glenda Trotman on 5662 3439. Until the next report, good bowling - Jackhigh.

Inverloch ladies ON Wednesday we had our first triples for the year and the weather was excellent. Our sponsors for the day were Wonthaggi Removals, thank you so much. Best last game was Di Patterson, Dorothy Gilfillan, Yvonne Kee. Runners-up were Glenda Trotman, Trish McCormack and Sue Symmons. Winners were Carol Hughes, Marg Griffin and Nel Van Grunsven. The raffle winners were Dianne Patterson, Carol Waters, Nel Van Grunsven and Nellie Martin. Joyce thanked all girls for their help and John Arnold for filling in at the last moment. Friday was our Tournament Day, our sponsors were Birch Ross and Barlow and again thank you so much to our sponsors. We had 24 teams playing. Winners for the Ditch to Ditch were Keitha Bird and Nancy Parry. Raffle winners Glenda Williams and Pam Lawson. Best last game: Helen Bidwell, Glenda Williams, Michelle Douglas and Kaz Hughes. Runners-up were Helen Twite, Marj Pearson, Joan Burns and Iris Donohue. Winners were Keitha Sloan, Bev Stephenson, Joan Clarkson, Keitha Bird. Joyce thanked Chris Gillman, Judy Moule for coming at the last moment. Joan Hitchen and Marlene Jenkins for their work with the results. Marg Flett, tourament secretary and also her team for decorating the tables for the day. The ladies who rose early in the morning to prepare morning tea. It was a very enjoyable day even though the weather was a little unpleasant.

THE Star apologises to the Leongatha Bowls Club and George Witherow for printing the wrong reports on January 8 and 22. We have rectified this issue and will be printing the January 22 report (below as well as the current report.


NOT a good week for our club, winning wise, with both our ladies’ and men’s pennant suffering defeats. On Tuesday, January 15 our Division 1 ladies were at home to Phillip Island ladies but lost 64 to 73 shots. F. Turner (s) 24 to 26 shots, T. McCormack (s) lost 13 to 25, E. McIntyre (s) won 27 to 12. Division 3 ladies were home to Mirboo North ladies, losing to the Mirboo North ladies 37 to 59. G. Emmerson (s) lost 18 to 26 and B. Thompson (s) lost 19 to 33. January 22 sees Division 1 ladies away to San Remo and Division 3 away to Phillip Island.

Saturday, January 19 saw the resumption of men’s pennant and again wins were hard to come by. Division 1 were away to Korumburra but lost overall 59 to 86 shots. J. Hall (s) lost 29 to 17, R. Trotman (s) lost 34 to 24 and J. Kuiper (s) lost 23 to 18. Division 2 were home to Meeniyan and lost to Meeniyan 59 to 76 shots. A. Rayson (s) lost 18 to 28, L. Lancaster (s) lost 22 to 24 and B. Davidson (s) lost 19 to 24 shots. Division 4 at home to San Remo went down 67 to 77 shots. J. Embleton (s) lost 17 to 29 and J. Pendergast (s) lost 19 to 32, with the only rink to

win R. Young (s) winning 31 to 16 shots. The next round is Saturday, February 2 which will see Division 1 away to Phillip Island and Divisions 2 and 4 at home to Phillip Island. The midweek mixed social bowls winners were the pair of L. Lancaster (s) and Marlene Rayson with three wins plus 12. The runners-up A. Rayson (s) and Sue Symmons two wins, a draw plus 20. This week, Wednesday, January 23 will see the monthly triples in action with a 9.30am start. Until next report. Good Bowling - Jackhigh.

Fish Creek WELL done to the ladies’ and men’s pennant teams who all had a win last week. Thursday was our monthly triples with Yarram featuring as stars - Arthur Moore’s team from Yarram were the winners with Neil Gore’s composite team, from Yarram and

Foster were the runnersup. Saturday’s pennant teams are as follows: Division 3 home to Korumburra R. Mortlock (S), L. McKenzie, F. Carter and R. McKenzie. D. Christie (S), R. Knight, R. Staley and B. O’Keefe. T. McLean (S), M.

Heywood, R. Grylls (manager) and A. Kerr. Division 5 home to Foster D. Stefani (S), N. Buckland (manager), R. Poletti and R. Constantine. W. Ferbrache (S), C. McGannon, J. Lindeman and J. Lavarda. K. Flanders (S), R. Barham, A. Atwell and C. Bell.

2013 Summer/Autumn Season Thursday nights Registration and fun night: February 7, 7.30pm Spikezone & Juniors: February 21, 6pm Individual players welcome, all experience levels

Contact Russell 0418 301 681, Mandy AH 5662 4395 or Tom BH 56581043


Under 18s - Tuesday Feb 5 at 5.30pm

All players, both old and new, are welcome. All enquiries please contact coaches U/16: Matt Davies 0438 522 425 U/18: Steve Fixter 0434 204 486 LEO7120109


SG SPLASH Roughead St, Leongatha Starting FEB 8 to MAR 22 (7 weeks) 3:45 to 4:45 $75 with Aussie Hoops Pack OR $50 without Pack, all money payable week two.

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Winners of the Inverloch tournament: Keitha Sloan, Bev Stephenson, Joan Clarkson and Keitha Bird from Wonthaggi.

Meeniyan IT has been a quiet week, with Tuesday pennant the only event at Meeniyan. Away to Phillip Island Division 1 had one rink successful but lost overall. Away to Inverloch Division 3 had a similar result. At home this week ones played San Remo and threes played Wonthaggi in the final home and away match for the season. Ones are assured of a place in the finals with threes needing a win to have a chance. Quite a few teams have been playing at various district events. In pennant on Saturday twos are home to Corinella and fours are away to Toora. With one more match before the finals wins are important for each of the teams. The next two weeks see three, four, five bankers triples on Thursday, January 31 (vacancies for teams), married couples with two fills on Sunday February 3 and our regular monthly triples on Thursday, February 7.


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ving FUN Aussie Hoops is about kids ha skills and experiencing basketball REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED Registration forms available from SPLASH

Contact: Colleen 5662 4801 cherbert@mackillopleongatha.


STARTS February 5 & 6 (12 week competition) TUESDAY Ladies section 1 & 2 Girls section 1 (combined age 13-15)

WEDNESDAY Mixed section 1 & 2

LOCH and District Bowling Club’s Gala Day was held on Wednesday January 23. This event was sponsored by Treacy and Kayla Pepperell’s Loch Cosy Kitchen. There was a good attendance of bowlers. Best last game was won by the Wonthaggi team skippered by G. Wilson. Runners-up were the Lang Lang team of Joan Dowson, Val Williams, Robyn Geyer and skipper Bev Button. The winners of the day were the Corinella team of D. Martin, E. Johnston, L. Bullock and skipper J. Brown.

VOLLEYBALL @ Leongatha Splash Stadium


FIRSTLY I wish to advise that the reports in The Star for January 8 and again for the 22nd unfortunately were not the reports submitted by the Leongatha Bowls Club, but were reports that were last year’s reports. This matter has been taken up with The Star.

ladies. The next round which is the last of the home and away games for ladies’ pennant, sees Division 1 at home to Wonthaggi and Division 3 at home to Foster. Let’s hope we can finish the home and away season with wins. There was no men’s pennant on Saturday, January 26 but the next round on February 2 will see Division 1 away to the Island, Division 2 at home to the Island and Division 4 at home to the Island. Wednesday, January 23 saw the Leongatha monthly triples in action and the winners were the Yarram team of N. Gore (s), K. Gore and P. Williams with four wins plus 31. Runners-up were the Leongatha team of John Turner (s), Fay Turner and Brian Turner with four wins plus 21. The best last game went to the Phillip Island team of J. Newcombe (s), P. Forrest and I. Ferguson with plus 19. Sponsors for the day were Gippsland Secured Investments and the club thanks them for their valued support. Saturday, January 26 saw 10 teams take to the greens for an Australia Day mixed pairs social event. The winners were Trish McCormack (s) and Fred Sauvarin with two wins plus 14. The runners-up were J. Kuiper (s) and G. Elliott with one win, a draw and plus 10.



Entry forms Kelvin Johns Bi Rite. Teams & information to Email: Phone: Kerry Bentvelzen 0407 317 413, Phil Smith 0437 624 261 or Brenda Kelly 0438 230 385. Visiting winners: Corinella’s E. Johnston, L. Bullock, D. Martin, Loch president Kath Moss, J. Brown and sponsor Tracey Pepperell.

Meeting at LDNA Pavilion on Wednesday January 30 at 7pm for team entries. TWI1920015

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Wonthaggi Little Athletics back in action THE club welcomes all our Little Athletes back after the Christmas break.

one that entries for the Regional Competition are due to close this week on Tuesday evening.

Although only a small roll up of 53 athletes graced the field this week it was great to see many returning to form. A reminder to every-

U6 Girls: 70m Ella Smith 16.56, 100m Ella Smith 23.11, 200m Ella Smith 55.89, high jump Gabby Neal 0.65, shot put

Results January 26

Ella Smith 2.34. U6 Boys: 70m Josh Hegan 14.42, 100m Josh Hegan 21.24, 200m Josh Hegan 49.73, high jump Jasper Cashman 0.60, shot put Hayden Schmidt 3.13. U7 Girls: 70m Sarah Stone 13.59, 100m Sarah Stone 19.76, 200m Sarah Stone 43.82, high jump

Riders to tackle Foster THE Foster Mountain Bike Track at Cement Hill will also host Round 2 of the 2013 Gippsland MTB Championship on February 23.

This will also be the official opening of the track. The day will kick off at 10am with a free ride for those that wish to have a look around and enjoy the various ranges of tracks the Foster track has to offer. Wonthaggi Crossover Cycles will be on hand with a range of demo bikes and will be available to answer any questions you may have. A free barbecue lunch will be supplied courtesy of the Gippsland MTB Club, followed by the start of the three hour race at 1pm.

The race can be done solo or a team entry with classes catering for juniors, women, men and senior riders so whether you are a beginner or an expert rider, whether you wish to race or just come and watch, it should be a great day for all involved. Parking will be a left turn at the end of Station Road before you cross the old railway line. A big thank you to Parks Victoria for their support and hard work in making the track possible. Also thank you to Bendigo Community Bank and Core n’ Saw excavations for their contributions as well. For more information log onto www. or follow Foster Mountain Bike Track on Facebook.

Ready to ride: riders will take on some new terrain at the Foster Mountain Bike Track on February 23.


Season: Feb 4 until June 24 2013 Entries close Feb 1, 2013

Olivia Bramley 0.65, shot put Olivia Bramley 3.92. U7 Boys: 70m Xavier Lindsay 13.04, 100m Xavier Lindsay 18.79, 200m Xavier Lindsay 43.39, high jump Xavier Lindsay 0.84, shot put Tate Slade 3.56. U8 Girls: 70m Tevuro Ihomana Montgomery 12.39, 100m Tevuro Ihomana Montgomery 17.50, 400m Bella Schmidt 1.45.22, high jump Tevuro Ihomana Montgomery 0.95, shot put Chelsea Kent 4.10. U8 Boys: 70m Jai Williamson 12.35, 100m, Jai Williamson 18.01, 400m Jai Williamson 1.33.58, high jump Jai Williamson 0.85, shot put Jai Williamson 4.76. U9 Girls: 100m Jade Anderson 18.77, 200m Maddison Stone 44.66, 1100m walk Maddison Stone 8.42.57, triple jump Maddison Stone 5.94, shot put Maddison Stone 5.00. U9 Boys: 100m Matthew Nicholson 16.68, 200m Tully Dickie 37.63, 1100m walk Matthew Nicholson 8.09.37, triple jump Matthew Nicholson 6.35, shot put Jacob Timmermans. U10 Girls: 70m Nicola Slade 12.08, 200m Chloe Bramley 38.24, 1100m walk Chloe Bramley 7.40.88, long jump Nicola Slade 2.85, discus Mikaela Notley 15.69. U10 Boys: 70m Balin Delievergini 11.60, 200m Balin Delievergini 36.54, 1100m walk Balin Delievergini 8.36.51, long jump Balin Delievergini 2.90, discus Balin Delievergini 15.80. U11 Girls: 100m Lanni Pryor 16.40, 800m Lanni Pryor 3.02.48, 1500m walk Rachel Aitken 10.45.86, high jump Lanni Pryor 1.19, shot put Lanni Pryor 7.28. U11 Boys: 100m Cooper Smith 15.14, 800m Jarred Anderson 3.14.68,

Walk the walk: Jade Dalton leads Daisy Filippi in the 1500m walk at Wonthaggi Little Athletics. 1500m walk Rohan Slade 11.01.53 high jump Rohan Slade 1.05, William Speed 1.05, shot put Cooper Smith 7.14. U12 Girls: 70m Cassie Fallaw 11.36, 800m Melody Notley 3.21.03, 1500m walk Melody Notley 12.05.68, long jump Melody Notley 3.25, shot put Melody Notley 7.61. U12 Boys: 70m Luke Nicholson 10.85, 800m Luke Nicholson 10.85, 1500m walk Luke Nich-

olson 11.01.78, long jump Luke Nicholson 4.66, shot put Darcy Dellavergni 5.63. U13 Boys: 200m Brodie Anderson 30.89, 400m Brodie Anderson 1.05.31, 1500m walk Luke Graham 10.53.11, triple jump Brodie Anderson 7.60, javelin Brodie Anderson 14.52. U14 Girls: 100m Georgia Filippi 17.58, 400m Georgia Filippi 1.39.43, 1500m walk Daisy Filippi 11.29.01, high jump Geor-

Bang: athletes take off in the Under 8 100 metres at Wonthaggi Little Athletics.


Aussie sailing THE Australia Day weekend was a six race

Who Gives a Haircut and Gippsland Build-

ing Approvals Youth Series, with racing on

MONDAY NIGHTS 13 AND UNDER GIRLS OR MIXED - 6pm until 6.30pm 15 AND UNDER GIRLS OR MIXED - 6.30pm until 7pm SENIOR LADIES - 7pm, 7.40pm, 8.20pm, 8.40pm


Georgina Kibble Ph. 0418 586 148 or email Lina Condoluci Ph. 0409 581 771 or email Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning

gia Filippi 1.20, discus Daisy Filippi 14.81. U15 Girls: 100m Jade Dalton 14.75, 400m Tegan Lowe 1.16.94, 1500m walk Hannah Robbins 10.45.86, high jump Tegan Lowe 1.25, discus Jade Dalton 14.79, Tegan Lowe 14.79. U15 Boys: 100m Sam Peters 16.59, 400m Sam Peters 1.28.64, 1500m walk Sam Peters 13.06.45, high jump Sam Peters 1.13, discus Sam Peters 12.71.

Vertical: Craig Stewart stretches the limits on his Mosquito catamaran at Inverloch over the weekend.

all three days.

We had handy winds throughout the series and a barbecue on the Sunday evening. By far the strongest wind was on Monday, with gusts up to 17 knots plus. The winners were, in A Division 1st Wayne Smith sailing Raskal, 2nd Rob McNair sailing Westy, 3rd Allan Driver sailing Electric. B Division 1st Noel Owen sailing Lucky Girl and Keith Cousins sailing AFFI, 2nd Matt Keily sailing Vic. C Division 1st Kate Maxwell, 2nd Jacob Horton and 3rd Abbey Argus-Smith. Future events can be found on the club’s website, www.sgycinverloch.

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Extra rodeo action

CHECK out some more action from the recent Stony Creek Rodeo. The event, which was a huge success, attracted over 4000 spectators and has secured a spot on the annual events calendar for South Gippsland. Left, jump it: Paul Macphail from the Beloka Kelpie Stud ran a dog high jump competition at the Stony Creek Rodeo. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning@

Mean ride: those who chose to take on the steeds at the Stony Creek Rodeo were in for wild rides. Photo courtesy Mark Drury.

Whip it: a brave Kelly Witchell gets up close and personal with Australian Whip Cracking champion Wayne Campbell’s whip. Photo courtesy Gerard

Got him: a competitor is successful in his lasso attempt. Photo courtesy Mark Drury. Flipping out: competitor Sally Malay expresses the joy of victory with a back flip at the Stony Creek Rodeo. Photo courtesy Mark Drury.

High toss: Sheaf tossing was a popular side show at the Stony Creek Rodeo. Photo courtesy Gerard

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SPORT | C Grade, Division 1

TOWN d NERRENA 1st innings Town D. Pell lbw. b. C. Dougherty...28 G. Goss b. K. Clark ..................5 K. Fleming c. G. Giliam b. A. Trotto .........................42 M. Craig b. A. Trotto ................3 S. Clark c. T. Renden b. M. Walton .......................40 J. Scott c. M. Trotto b. B. Amato.........................30 J. Schelling c. M. Walton b. G. Wightman ..................34 G. Pouw lbw. b. G. Wightman ..0 M. O’Loughlin b. A. Trotto ......1 L. O’Brien n.o. .........................3 A. Vankuyk b. A. Trotto ............6 Extras ....................................27 Total ..................................... 220 Bowling: A. Trotto 4/68, K. Clark 1/29, M. Trotto 0/18, D. Grigg 0/20, C. Dougherty 1/16, B. Amato 1/38, G. Wightman 2/19, M. Walton 1/2, G. Giliam 0/1. 1st innings Nerrena G. Wightman n.o. ...................38 A. Trotto c. G. Goss b. A. Vankuyk .....................16 G. Giliam c. L. O’Brien b. J. Scott ............................15 S. Shambrook c. G. Pouw b. A. Vankuyk .......................1 M. Walton b. J. Scott ................0 K. Clark c. M. Warren b. J. Scott ..............................7 D. Grigg c. J. Schelling b. J. Scott ..............................0 M. Trotto c. M. O’Loughlin b. J. Scott ..............................7 B. Gannon c. J. Schelling b. A. Vankuyk .......................0 C. Dougherty c. J. Schelling b. J. Scott ..............................6 B. Amato c. M. Warren b. J. Scott ..............................0 Extras ....................................13 Total ..................................... 103 Bowling: M. O’Loughlin 0/10, J. Scott 7/49, A. Vankuyk 3/34, M. Warren 0/10. 2nd innings Nerrena G. Wightman n.o. ...................22 G. Giliam c. J. Schelling b. J. Scott ..............................7 A. Trotto c. L. O’Brien b. K. Fleming ......................18 S. Shambrook b. K. Fleming ....5 D. Grigg n.o. .............................0 Extras ....................................13 Total ....................................3/65 Bowling: J. Scott 1/10, A. Vankuyk 0/17, L. O’Brien 0/8, M. Warren 0/2, M. O’Loughlin 0/7, G. Goss 0/8, K. Fleming 2/10. POOWONG-LOCH d INVERLOCH 1st innings Inverloch J. Bell b. .................................12 W. Williams c. ........................27 J. Jackson b...............................5 B. Phillips b. .............................2 A. Rigby c. .............................23 D. Jones c. ..............................25 F. Kelly b. .................................1 L. Keily b. ................................8 M. Goldsmith c. ........................5 S. Hayes c. ..............................21 B. Dennerley n.o. ......................9 Extras ....................................15 Total ..................................... 153 Bowling: S. McKinnon 2/14, M. Loader 2/50, G. Knox 4/35, N. Hancock 0/22, G. Staindl 0/7, A. Fisher 2/23. 1st innings Poowong-Loch S. Dinger c. B. Phillips b. L. Keily ..........................70 N. White c. J. Jackson b. J. Dennerley ......................4 M. Lambe b. W. Williams .......23 N. Hancock c. J. Belli b. L. Keily ............................4 A. Fisher c. M. Goldsmith b. D. Jones ............................0 G. Knox c. J. Jackson b. J. Dennerley ....................18 M. Loader c. F. Keily b. J. Dennerley ......................3 G. Staindl c. M. Goldsmith b. D. Jones ..........................19 T. Miller c. W. Williams b. D. Jones ............................0 M. Hancock n.o. .....................12 S. McKinnon r.o. ......................1 Extras .................................... 11 Total ..................................... 165 Bowling: J. Jackson 0/19, J. Dennerley 3/44, S. Hayes 0/18, W. Williams 1/21, D. Jones 3/50, L. Keily 2/10. 2nd innings Poowong-Loch N. White b. D. Jones .................3 M. Hancock c. b. J. Jackson .....2 G. Staindl b. D. Jones ...............4 A. Fisher c. b. J. Jackson ..........5 M. Loader n.o. ..........................6 S. McKinnon c. b. W. Willliams .....................6 N. Hancock n.o. ........................9 Extras ......................................9 Total ....................................5/39 Bowling: D. Jones 2/18, J.

Jackson 2/14, W. Williams 1/6. IMPERIALS d PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Phillip Island R. Good c. A. Hosking b. B. Maskell ........................0 B. Young r.o. .............................2 R. Jenkin c. T. Pedlow b. B. Maskell ...................... 11 A. Tolley lbw. b. B. Maskell .....2 A. Cameron r.o. ......................28 J. Cox c. A. Hosking b. B. Maskell ........................0 S. Cox c. A. Hosking b. T. Pedlow ..........................0 T. Officer c. D. Pellin b. T. Pedlow ........................13 M. Christopher c. N. Hodges b. T. Pedlow ..........................8 B. Insall c. A. Hosking b. D. Pellin............................3 J. Sorarti n.o. ..........................21 Extras ......................................0 Total .......................................88 Bowling: B. Maskell 4/33, Z. Price 0/10, T. Pedlow 3/13, G. Wright 0/14, P. McGavin 0/10, D. Pellin 1/8. 1st innings Imperials T. Cashin lbw. b. J. Cox ............0 A. Hosking c. A. Tolley b. B. Young .........................22 N. Hodges lbw. b. J. Cox ..........4 T. Pedlow r.o.............................6 B. Casbolt b. T. Officer ...........30 D. Pellin c. M. Christopher b. J. Sorarti ...........................8 P. McGavin c. R. Jenkin b. S. Cox ............................. 11 Z. Price c. b. J. Cox ..................6 B. Maskell b. T. Officer ..........19 G. Wright c. b. T. Officer ........23 T. Shanahan n.o. .......................5 Extras ....................................15 Total ..................................... 149 Bowling: J. Cox 2/37, T. Officer 0/38, B. Young 1/20, J. Sorarti 1/12, S. Cox 1/26, A. Tolley 0/13. 2nd innings Phillip Island R. Good c. N. Hodges b. B. Maskell .....................27 A. Tolley b. Z. Price ...............16 R. Jenkin c. N. Hodges b. Z. Price .............................2 S. Cox c. N. Hodges b. B. Maskell ........................4 M. Duyker lbw. b. G. Wright ..44 J. Cox b. P. McGavin ................9 T. Officer c. N. Hodges b. G. Wright ..........................1 B. Young n.o. ............................5

M. Christopher n.o..................10 Extras ....................................16 Total .........................7/134 (dec) Bowling: B. Maskell 2/37, Z. Price 2/12, G. Price 0/18, P. McGavin 1/26, G. Wright 2/34. 2nd innings Imperials N. Hodges n.o. ........................ 11 B. Maskell ret. ........................15 P. McGavin b. ...........................0 B. Casbolt n.o. ........................13 Extras ......................................7 Total .............................1/46 (cc) Bowling: T. Officer 0/16, J. Cox 0/7, B. Young 1/6, S. Cox 0/12, B. Insall 0/3.

C Grade, Division 2 PHILLIP ISLAND d FOSTER 1st innings Foster T. Vanin r.o. ................................... 5 T. Byrnes c. M. Taylor b. J. Taylor ............................... 12 T. Garvey c. C. Muscat b. M. Taylor ............................... 4 S. Chaseling c. B. Johnston b. M. Taylor ............................... 7 J. Pilkington b. L. Papa ............... 13 S. Lanyon c. J. Keating b. J. Johnston ............................. 8 J. Chaseling c. C. O’Neill b. J. Johnston ............................. 4 H. Griggs c. B. Johnston b. L. Papa ................................. 12 R. Cartledge b. J. Johnston ........... 0 D. Wilson c. M. Taylor b. L. Papa ................................... 0 B. Cripps n.o.................................. 0 Extras............................................ 6 Total ............................................ 71 Bowling: J. Taylor 1/17, M. Taylor 2/24, L. Papa 3/18, J. Johnston 3/6. 1st innings Phillip Island C. Muscat n.o. ............................. 62 J. Johnston c. T. Byrnes b. J. Pilkington......................... 27 L. Papa c. S. Lanyon b. H. Griggs ............................. 25 K. Jones b. D. Wilson ................... 4 J. Keating b. S. Lanyon................. 6 M. Jones stp. T. Byrnes b. H. Griggs ............................... 4 R. Purcell b. J. Chaseling.............. 1 B. Johnston lbw. ............................ 0 M. Taylor c. T. Garvey b. H. Griggs ............................. 22


Down the pitch: Peter Kennedy puts one to the batsman in C Grade Division 2. C. O’Neill c. S. Lanyon ................ 3 J. Taylor c. J. Pilkington b. H. Griggs ............................... 1 Extras.......................................... 30 Total .......................................... 185 Bowling: J. Pilkington 1/32, S. Lanyon 1/38, J. Chaseling 1/32, R. Cartledge 0/21, D. Wilson 1/0, H. Griggs 4/20, R. Johnston 2/16. 2nd innings Foster J. Pilkington c. G. Marshall b. J. Taylor ............................... 15 H. Griggs c&b. J. Keating .......... 13 T. Garvey n.o. ................................ 3 R. Johnston n.o. ........................... 14 Extras............................................ 3 Total ..................................2/48 (cc) Bowling: J. Taylor 1/19, M. Taylor 0/10, L. Papa 0/0, J. Keating 1/8, M. Jones 0/1, C. O’Neill 0/8. GLEN ALVIE lt MDU RED 1st innings Glen Alvie M. Hull lbw. b. P. Robinson........ 71 G. Chisholm c. G. Peters b. B. Coulter ............................ 16 R. Matthews b. L. Mercer........... 79 D. Hateley b. J. Riley .................. 11 J. Smith n.o. ................................... 1 B. Davidson n.o........................... 12 Extras.......................................... 20 Total ................................5/210 (cc) Bowling: J. Riley 1/46, L. Mercer 2/42, K. Sinclair 0/24, B. Coulter 1/38, P. Robinson 1/28, D. Tuckett 0/13, K. Newton 0/11. 1st innings MDU Red P. Robinson c. B. Davidson

b. J. Hull .................................111 B. Davey lbw. b. F. Gheller ........ 59 T. Bright lbw. b. J. Bowler.......... 17 L. Mercer b. P. Palmer ................ 59 T. Sinclair n.o. ............................. 66 D. Tuckett n.o. ............................. 22 Extras.......................................... 16 Total ................................4/350 (cc) Bowling: B. Davidson 0/72, P. Palmer 1/70, B. Glover 0/35, M. Hull 0/50, F. Gheller 1/37, J. Bowler 1/25, J. Hull 1/28, N. Wood 0/26. KOONWARRA-RSL d MDU BLUE 1st innings MDU Blue 80 1st innings Koonwarra-RSL B. Pickersgill n.o. ........................ 73 L. Gale c. J. Brown ..................... 41 N. Summers c. b. J. Opray............ 2 P. Buckley b. K. Brown ................ 8 M. Green n.o. .............................. 24 Extras.......................................... 13 Total ............................. 3/161 (dec) Bowling: K. Brown 1/47, L. Harrington 0/19, J. Opray 1/55, J. Brown 0/17, R. Harrington 1/17, S. Opray 0/3. 2nd innings MDU Blue G. Jones b. M. Pickersgill........... 13 N. Grayden b. M. Pickersgill........ 6 D. Sinclair n.o.............................. 53 L. Harrington n.o......................... 12 Extras.......................................... 10 Total .......................................3/105 Bowling: N. Summers 0/16, B. Perry 0/21, P. Kennedy 0/7, M. Pickersgill 2/8, S. Anderson 1/16,

A. Vaughan 0/14, L. Gale 0/12, P. Buckley 0/6, B. Pickersgill 0/1. OMK v WON WORKMENS 1st innings OMK 9/230 (cc) 1st innings Won Workmens S. Knight lbw. b. D. Wylie............ 1 B. Jeffries b. M. Chizzonitti ....... 44 M. Davey b. D. Wylie ................. 17 B. Evans b. D. Wylie..................... 3 C. Casey c. G. Adams b. D. Wylie................................. 0 M. Cadwallender c. D. Olden b. G. Adams ............................. 95 M. Dobbie c&b. D. Olden ............ 6 A. Ray c. M. Chizzonitti b. D. Olden ................................ 2 W. McCall c. G. Adams b. M. Chizzonitti ..................... 25 S. Liddle c. D. Wylie b. G. Adams ............................... 0 M. Smallwood n.o......................... 4 Extras...........................................11 Total .......................................... 208 Bowling: G. Adams 2/71, D. Wylie 4/51, D. Olden 2/29, M. Chizzonitti 2/43, N. Wylie 0/6. 2nd innings OMK M. Chizzonitti c. C. Casey b. S. Knight................................ 5 C. Walker n.o............................... 23 K. Houghton n.o............................ 0 Extras............................................ 8 Total ......................................... 1/36 Bowling: W. McCall 0/13, S. Liddle 0/12, M. Smallwood 0/6, S. Knight 1/3.

Wildcat Women into semi-finals

TEAM ENTRIES ARE INVITED FOR Mens A, and B Grades and Women’s competition

KORUMBURRA Wildcats Country Basketball League Women have finished off their season with two wins, defeating Moe last Sat urday night 61 - 49 and then defeating Churchill on Sunday 69 - 59. After sitting fifth on the ladder with these two games to play, they have now jumped to third on the ladder to complete

the season. This Saturday the Korumburra Wildcat Women will play off in the semi-final against second position Westernport Steelers at Sommerville. Please show your support and come along to a high standard of women’s basketball, this Saturday night at Sommerville Sports Stadium, 6pm kick off.

Player and team entry forms available from S.G. SPLASH and SEASON STARTING Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES Friday, Feb 1, 2013


Senior enquiries to: Morgan Fisher, 0409 647 554 Junior enquiries: Melissa Hume, 5668 6273. Anyone interested in refereeing can contact John Schelling, on 0418 595 346

Go team: the Korumburra Wildcats Women’s team has made the semi-finals in the Country Basketball League. They are (back from left) coach Bill Jeffs, Caire Fitzgerald, Marie Donohue, Tameka Bullen, Loni Jeffs, Kelsey Angwin, Lauren Cosson, team manager Merrissa Cosson, (front) Abbe Moriarty, Danielle Hilliar, Gemma Dixon, Jess Hilliar and Bree Allen.

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Baldi bats big

NERRENA has stormed to victory, with David Baldi smashing his way to a massive 178 runs.

The mammoth hit included 28 fours and three sixes. But Baldi was not the only one who shone with batting displays. He enjoyed the support of Harrison (50), Roberts (69) and Trease (109 not out).

Glen Alvie middle order batsman Aaron Schreck was also on fire, hitting his way to 150. He was well backed by Bolding (73). Phillip Island proved too good for Wonthaggi Workmens. Island all rounder Russell Cleeland did everything right, hitting a total of 88, before claiming 3/46. Blackwell 2/22. OMK smashed Wonthaggi Miners, setting a

run chase of 421 for victory. OMK’s Dylan McMeekin was fantastic with the ball, claiming 5/32. OMK batsman Alex Rose (54 not out) and David Jeffries (49 not out) led the charge in the second innings. MDU cruised to victory over Inverloch, with MDU’s Brett McKnight causing havoc amongst the Inverloch batsmen – he took 5/63. Best among the Inverloch batsmen was Sword, with 69.

B Grade, Division 1 NERRENA d GLEN ALVIE 1st innings Glen Alvie R. Slade lbw. b. Z. Trease ....... 0 J. Hamilton c. D. Baldi b. W. Telfer ......................... 0 J. Tiziani c. W. Telfer b. Z. Trease ....................... 25 B. Andrighetto c. W. Telfer b. Z. Trease ....................... 38 J. Bolding b. Z. Trease .......... 73 A. Schreck c. W. Telfer b. D. Trotman .................. 150

Leongatha District Cricket Association Umpire Appointments EVANS PETROLEUM Round 12 - February 2 & 9 Home team Grade A1 OMK Phillip Island Korumburra Nerrena Grade A2 Glen Alvie Kilcunda-Bass Poowong-Loch Koonwarra-RSL Grade B1 Glen Alvie Inverloch Won Workmens Won Miners Grade B2 Koonwarra-RSL Imperials Town Fish Ck-Tarwin Grade C1 Kilcunda-Bass Inverloch Phillip Island Nerrena Grade C2 Foster Won Workmens MDU Red Korumburra MDU Blue

Away Team



v v v v

Imperials Inverloch Won Workmens Won Miners

Outt Cowes Kor Nerrena

T. Rogers P. Absolom M. Heenan A. Jordan

v v v v

Foster MDU Town Fish Ck-Tarwin

Butch W Newh Yr9 Loch L Turf

K. Lester L. White G. Laird C.Salmon

v v v v

OMK Phillip Island MDU Nerrena

GA I Turf McMah Won Rec

S. Lanyon A. Roberts I. Thomas B. Bek

v v v v

OMK Kilcunda-Bass Won Miners Korumburra

Koon EC 1 WC 1 FC Turf


v v v v

Town Imperials Poowong-Loch Miners

Bass 2 Inv Rec Newh L Velo

B. Allan M. Wishart TBA TBA

v v v v v

OMK Glen Alvie Phillip Island Koonwarra-RSL Bye

FGC Won Nth Meen KSC


LDCA ladders A Grade Division 1 Won Workmens ...............168.13 OMK.................................132.97 Inverloch ..........................130.24 Nerrena ..............................91.34 Korumburra .........................89.02 Imperials .............................87.53 Phillip Island .......................86.30 Won Miners .........................50.55 A Grade Division 2 Town .................................177.57 Koonwarra-RSL..............163.27 MDU .................................128.19 Fish Creek-Tarwin ..........100.44 Glen Alvie ...........................99.05 Kilcunda-Bass .....................90.32 Poowong-Loch ....................48.88 Foster...................................45.67 B Grade Division 1 Won Workmens ...............167.53 OMK.................................138.42 Inverloch .......................... 112.13 Phillip Island....................107.19 Nerrena ..............................106.61

MDU ...................................98.56 Won Miners .........................66.81 Glen Alvie ...........................39.33 B Grade Division 2 Town .................................166.72 OMK................................. 117.14 Koonwarra-RSL..............104.24 Kilcunda-Bass..................102.10 Won Workmens ...................94.27 Korumburra .........................89.23 Imperials .............................76.35 Fish Creek-Tarwin...............70.80 C Grade Division 1 Inverloch ..........................135.78 Phillip Island....................133.72 Imperials .......................... 118.59 Poowong-Loch ................. 117.96 Nerrena .............................. 114.95 Town..................................100.52 Kilcunda-Bass .....................50.22 Won Miners .........................27.08 C Grade Division 2 Foster................................133.86 MDU Red ......................... 110.82 Phillip Island....................108.27 OMK.................................104.50 Koonwarra-RSL ..................97.90 Won Workmens ...................81.50 Korumburra .........................66.85 MDU Blue...........................43.74 Glen Alvie ...........................41.02

M. Greenway c. D. Campbell b. D. Trotman ...................... 6 D. Gilbert c&b. Z. Trease ...... 24 D. Tiziani lbw. b. D. Trotman .. 0 L. McRae n.o. ......................... 3 A. McBride lbw. b. W. Telfer .. 0 Extras ..................................... 9 Total ................................... 327 Bowling: T. Clark 0/29, Z. Trease 4/102, W. Telfer 2/31, D. Trotman 4/105, D. Campbell 0/33, J. Hoy 0/23. 1st innings Nerrena T. Clark b. D. Gilbert .............. 4 W. Telfer b. A. Schreck ......... 24 A. Harrison c. B. Andrighetto b. D. Gilbert ...................... 50 D. Baldi c. B. Andrighetto b. D. Gilbert .................... 178 L. Roberts c. R. Ould b. D. Gilbert ...................... 69 J. Renden c. A. McBride b. M. Greenway .................. 0 S. Gaddam c. B. Andrighetto b. D. Gilbert ........................ 4 Z. Trease n.o. ...................... 109 J. Hoy n.o.............................. 10 Extras ................................... 60 Total ................................ 7/508 Bowling: M. Greenway 0/15, D. Gilbert 1/21, J. Hamilton 0/1. PHILLIP ISLAND d WON WORKMENS 1st innings Phillip Island 6/285 (cc) 1st innings Won Workmens 9/282 (cc) Bowling: R. Cleeland 3/46, S. Niven 1/39, P. Cleary 0/56, J. Blackwell 2/22, Z. Brown 0/20, A. Thomas 2/51, P. Francis 1/31. OMK v WON MINERS 1st innings OMK 6/420 (cc) 1st innings Won Miners P. Cornelis c. W. Dowel b. P. Green ........................ 20 R. Jones lbw. b. D. McMeekin ................ 26 S. Webster c. A. Rose b. D. McMeekin ................ 22 J. Armstrong c. b. D. McMeekin .................. 5 L. Jones c. b. D. McMeekin .... 6 A. Zanella c. G. Miller b. J. Paterson ..................... 31 J. Nelson lbw. b. J. Paterson .. 21 J. Waters c. G. Miller b. J. Paterson ....................... 0 P. Loos c. K. Kerr b. D. McMeekin ................ 20 P. Owen n.o. .......................... 10 B. Mattock n.o. ....................... 0 Extras ..................................... 6 Total ......................... 9/167 (cc) Bowling: R. White 0/32, P. Green 1/22, D. McMeekin 5/32, D. Jeffries 0/21, J. Greenwood 0/15, J. Paterson 3/44, K. Kerr 0/1. 2nd innings OMK A. Rose n.o. .......................... 54 D. McMeekin c. P. Cornelis b. J. Armstrong .................. 16

D. Jeffries n.o........................ 49 W. Dowel b. J. Armstrong ....... 4 Extras ..................................... 5 Total ................................ 2/128 Bowling: J. Armstrong 2/42, R. Jones 0/36, L. Jones 0/48. MDU d INVERLOCH 1st innings MDU 333 1st innings Inverloch S. Brayley b. ........................... 0 L. Sharrock c. B. Heppell b. B. McKnight ................. 35 J. Rankin c. D. Thomas b. B. McKnight ................. 24 N. Goodall c. B. Thomas b. B. McKnight ................... 0 N. Brayley c. B. Thomas b. B. McKnight ................. 38 M. Anderson c. B. Heppell b. S. Riley ......................... 29 B. Sword b. S. Browne .......... 69 A. Brayley r.o.......................... 1 W. Hume b. S. Browne ............ 0 L. Anderson c. T. Zukovskis b. C. Harris ....................... 18 A. Hall n.o. ............................. 2 Extras ................................... 27 Total ................................... 243 Bowling: B. McKnight 5/63, T. Zukovskis 0/4, S. McRae 0/20, S. Browne 2/49, B. Thomas 0/16, S. Riley 1/23, C. Harris 1/21, M. Olden 0/34.

Young gun: Nick Summers bowls hard for Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL on Saturday in C2. Photo by Mark Drury.


Turner on song TOWN batsman Warren Turner helped to turn his team’s fortunes around after its two openers – Jake Burge and Withers went out for ducks and first drop Matt Smith made just nine runs. Turner would stamp his name on the game, with a great 128. But he was not alone amongst a middle order that kept on keeping on. Damian Burge (48), Fixter (71), Hume (57) and Johnston (102 not out) were all fantastic, ensuring a massive win. OMK defeated Fish Creek Tarwin by an

innings and 125 runs, with OMK’s Eustace taking 10 wickets over the course of the two innings (5/35 and 5/38). Fish Creek Tarwin’s Webster was a shining light in the second innings, with 59. Wonthaggi Workmens were too good for Imperials, with Steve Brann leading the charge (retired 119). Morison was also in good form, with 60. Imperials young gun Tim Sauvarin took 3/57. Korumburra defeated Koonwarra Leongatha RSL, with Allen (83) and Richards (89 not out) top scoring. Korumburra’s Olden bowled well, with

Well played: Gerard Murphy of Nerrena plays a good shot against Imperials on Saturday in A1. Photo by Mark Drury.

3/53, while Koonwarra Leongatha RSL’s Dower (3/54) and Gordon (4/64) also did plenty of damage. B Grade, Division 2 OMK d FISH CREEK-TARWIN 1st innings OMK 7/364 (cc) 1st innings Fish Creek-Tarwin G. Webster c. R. Quaife b. T. Eustace ...........................4 H. Buckland c. G. Lomagno b. T. Knox...............................8 M. Bright c&b. T. Eustace .........4 D. Britton c. C. O’Brien b. G. Lomagno .......................9 J. Pouw c. T. Knox b. T. Eustace ...........................9 D. Lavarda b. G. Lomagno ........0 M. Van Boven c. N. Audino b. N. Creed ...........................32 C. Bawden lbw. b. T. Eustace.....4 G. Buckland lbw. b. G. Lomagno .......................1 T. Stybosh lbw. b. T. Eustace .....9 L. Buckland n.o. .........................2 Extras ........................................5 Total .........................................87 Bowling: G. Lomagno 4/31, T. Eustace 5/35, N. Audino 0/10, N. Creed 1/9. 2nd innings Fish Creek-Tarwin G. Webster c. T. Knox b. N. Creed ...........................59 C. Bawden b. T. Eustace ............0 H. Buckland c. G. Lomagno b. T. Eustace ...........................2 J. Pouw r.o. .................................8 D. Lavarda r.o. .........................25 M. Bright b. T. Eustace ............ 11 M. Van Boven n.o. ...................17 D. Britton b. T. Eustace ............15 G. Buckland lbw. b. T. Eustace ..0 L. Buckland n.o. .........................1 Extras ......................................14 Total .............................8/152 (cc) Bowling: G. Lomagno 0/39, T. Eustace 5/38, N. Creed 1/35, N. Audino 0/33. WON WORKMENS d IMPERIALS 1st innings Imperials 9/262 (cc) 1st innings Won Workmens S. Brann ret. n.o. .................... 119 I. Barnes c. B. Wright b. R. McGavin ........................8 C. Smith c. B. Wright b. L. Ballagh.........................23 S. Osborne c&b. G. Forrester.....5 S. Morison c. K. McGavin b. R. McGavin ......................60 S. Roche c. K. McGavin b. T. Sauvarin .......................25 K. Brann b. J. Bloom .................1 L. Borne c. R. McGavin b. T. Sauvarin .......................36 S. Coldebella n.o. .....................28 S. Jeffries c. J. Forrester b. T. Sauvarin .........................6 Extras ......................................35 Total .......................................346 Bowling: R. McGavin 2/50,

J. Bloom 1/32, J. Forrester 0/16, G. Forrester 1/65, L. Ballagh 1/49, T. Sauvarin 3/57, K. McGavin 0/44, R. Higgins 0/22. KORUMBURRA d KOONWARRA-RSL 1st innings Koonwarra-RSL C. Moscript lbw. b. J. Oxlee.....15 S. Moore c. P. Dunlevie b. J. Oxlee ............................20 J. Moore b. T. Jenkin ................46 L. Enter b. P. Dunlevie .............34 P. Dower b. M. Olden.................7 B. Moscript c. J. Richards b. M. Olden ............................0 T. Gordon c. S. Newton b. J. Richards ........................17 S. Turner b. P. Dunlevie ...........51 S. Paterson b. J. Richards .........42 M. Clarke b. M. Olden ...............2 J. Pickersgill n.o. ........................0 Extras ......................................26 Total .......................................260 Bowling: M. Olden 3/53, S. Hall 0/46, T. Jenkin 1/24, J. Oxlee 2/31, P. Dunlevie 2/36, J. Richards 2/50. 1st innings Korumburra R. Webster lbw. b. T. Gordon ...41 A. McKinnon lbw. b. P. Dower ...........................10 S. Newton c. B. Moscript b. P. Dower .............................0 T. Jenkin b. T. Gordon.............. 11 T. Allen c. B. Moscript b. P. Dower ...........................83 B. Grabham lbw. b. T. Gordon ...0 M. Olden b. T. Gordon .............28 J. Richards n.o. .........................89 P. Dunlevie c. T. Gordon b. B. Moscript ......................19 J. Oxlee n.o. .............................18 Extras ......................................36 Total ....................................9/335 Bowling: S. Paterson 0/27, P. Dower 3/54, T. Gordon 4/64, J. Pickersgill 0/24, B. Moscript 1/91, M. Clarke 0/19, J. Moore 0/26, S. Moore 0/20. KILCUNDA-BASS lt TOWN 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass 244 1st innings Town J. Burge c. J. Tregear b. D. Pipicelli .........................0 J. Withers c&b. R. Duff..............0 M. Smith b. R. Duff ...................9 W. Turner c. b. H. Grace ........128 D. Burge b. H. Grace................48 S. Fixter c. R. Duff b. S. Tapscott ........................71 J. Hume c. D. Halliday b. H. Grace ...........................57 N. Johnston n.o. .....................102 D. Goss n.o...............................13 Extras ......................................28 Total ....................................7/456 Bowling: D. Pipicelli 1/33, R. Duff 2/54, D. Masinovic 0/26, J. Tregear 0/106, S. Blake 0/32, H. Grace 3/92, T. Aplin 0/26, D. Halliday 0/29, S. Tapscott 1/38.

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Inverloch seals close one INVERLOCH’S Kit Rothier and Ryan Thomas held on in a close one to get a victory of 10 runs over Korumburra.

The Stingrays were 8/217 late in the innings with 12 runs needed for a victory and leading run scorer Rothier (64) amped up his game to get over the line. Nerrena opener Mitch Clark swang well making 146 on Saturday when facing the Imperials. After facing 225 balls 15 fours and a single six Clark fell to Nick Eddy. However Clark and fellow opener Craig Friebe (82) started the inning well for Nerrena reaching their target of 228 with just their performances. Nerrena walked away with an easy win with an innings of 5/355. The Thomas’s lead the bowling for the Wonthaggi Workmen with Ryan (4/41) and Jakeb (3/18) helping to get Phillip Island all out for 134. Ryan also claimed four maidens and Jakeb three. The Workmen went

back out to bat knocking out 3/85 in an easy winning. Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak bowler Russell Greaves hit back at the bowling onslaught of the Miner’s Ben Foon last weekend with one of his own. Greaves claimed 5/29 along with seven maidens to help have the Miners all out for 146. Highest hitter for the Miner’s was Donohue with 48 closely followed by Beesey with 41. OMK were able to return to the crease and in 12 overs made 2/90.

Details IMPERIALS v NERRENA 1st innings Imperials 228 1st innings Nerrena M. Clark c. B. Davidson b. N. Eddy ..........................146 C. Friebe c. T. Williams b. M. Lafferty .......................82 T. Wightman c. L. Rogers b. J. Rushton.........................10 G. Murphy c. G. Sauvarin b. A. DeGennaro ..................54 T. Trotman b. L. Rogers ........... 11 P. Matheson n.o. .......................23 C. Salmon n.o...........................17 Extras ......................................12 Total .............................5/355 (cc) Bowling: L. Rogers 1/51, A. DeGennaro 1/68, L. Wright 0/54, M. Lafferty 1/59, K. Gray 0/31, J. Rushton 1/63, N. Eddy 1/23. WON WORKMENS v

PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Won Workmens 6/290 (cc) 1st innings Phillip Island 134 Bowling: R. Thomas 4/41, J. Thomas 3/18, G. Britt 0/28, A. Lang 1/33, G. Bolding 0/7, T. Hooper 1/6. 2nd innings Won Workmens S. Huitema c. S. Kirton b. T. Hornsby ........................29 J. Liddle b. S. Kirton ..................4 D. Turton n.o. ...........................30 A. Lang c. S. Kirton b. T. Hornsby ..........................7 R. Thomas n.o. .........................14 Extras ........................................1 Total ......................................3/85 WON MINERS v OMK 1st innings OMK 256 1st innings Won Miners C. Thomas c. B. Wyatt b. J. Cochrane.........................8 R. Birkett b. A. Jenkins ..............3 A. Donohue c. P. Dyer b. R. Greaves ........................48 D. Beesey b. B. Wyatt ..............41 M. Johnson c. A. Jenkins b. R. Greaves ..........................7 P. Nelson b. R. Greaves..............0 J. O’Reilly c. A. Miller b. R. Greaves ..........................0 G. Kent c. P. Dell b. R. Greaves ..........................4 A. Warren c. A. Miller b. P. Dell .................................4 B. Foon c. T. Wyatt b. J. Cochrane.......................22 J. Honeysett n.o. .........................0 Extras ........................................9 Total .......................................146 Bowling: J. Wilson 0/12, B. Wyatt 1/21, A. Jenkins 1/13, P. Dell 1/45, R. Greaves 5/29, J. Cochrane 2/22. 2nd innings OMK A. Miller r.o.............................. 11 P. Dyer n.o. ...............................58 B. Wyatt c. J. O’Reilly

b. M. Johnson .........................2 J. Cochrane n.o.........................15 Extras ........................................4 Total ......................................2/90 Bowling: B. Foon 0/25, R. Birkett 0/16, M. Johnson 1/3, J. Honeysett 0/17, J. O’Reilly 0/21, P. Nelson 0/4. INVERLOCH v KORUMBURRA 1st innings Korumburra 9/228 (cc) 1st innings Inverloch W. Taberner b. T. Scott .............19 J. Smith r.o. ..............................10 W. Rankin c. I. Osman b. U. Weerasinghe ................19 T. Thornby c. U. Weerasinghe b. T. Scott ...............................1 D. Clark b. U. Weerasinghe .....36 B. Debono c. J. Cook b. D. Salmon ........................43 D. Ruffin c. T. Scott b. D. Salmon ..........................6 K. Rothier n.o...........................64 L. Rankin c. K. Dorman b. D. Salmon ..........................0 N. Cant r.o. ...............................17 R. Thomas n.o. ...........................1 Extras ......................................22 Total .............................9/238 (cc) Bowling: N. Allen 0/10, J. Gilroy 0/59, T. Scott 2/21, U. Weerasinghe 2/73, D. Scott 0/16, D. Salmon 3/49.

James Rushton: the spinner puts one down the pitch for the Imperials in A1.


Sensational Sam’s triple ton HITTING big is what Sam Hughes does best and a recent feat of 305 against Foster has everyone talking about him.

The Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL opener was paired with A Grade debutant Neville Toms at the start of the innings, which proved to be a dynamic combination.

Toms made 150, a club record for an A Grade debut for the Cougars, and together with Hughes a partnership of 418 was hit.

Sensational: Sam Hughes (305) and Neville Toms (150) were fantastic on Saturday with a partnership of 418 for Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL in A2.

Hughes smashed 46 fours and five sixes on his way to the 305, a score that takes his batting average to 96.78. When the Cougars’ innings was up the scoreboard read 2/555. This was well and truly a win over Foster’s 139. Glen Alvie were sent packing thanks to Fish Creek Tarwin’s Jake Staley who managed 5/26 on Saturday. Not only did he get valuable wickets but six maidens that helped eliminate the Glen Alvie side for 154. Fish Creek went in to bat for a second time, knocking out 8/134 in the remaining 25 overs. Despite batting for 90 overs the Poowong Loch side couldn’t reach the target of 322 set by MDU. All the Magpies could muster was all out for 252, with lead batsman being Said Magnusson with 68. Steven Arnup was instrumental in eliminating the batting line up, claiming 6/67 in his 28 overs. MDU went back to bat again in five overs getting 4/25. It was a tough slog for Leongatha Town to reach the Kilcunda-Bass total of 6/315, but they made it. After 74 overs the Scorpions were all out for 348 in a close but well earned

victory. Things weren’t looking too good until middle order batsman Weerasinghe Silva (66), Ratnayake (96) and Hickey (67) got near the crease. A late surge from Schelling (29) also helped the score along.

Details FISH CREEK-TARWIN v GLEN ALVIE 1st innings Fish Creek-Tarwin 240 1st innings Glen Alvie S. Coppell b. J. Flanders ............3 S. Lowe c. J. Law b. J. Danckert .......................26 D. Tiziani b. J. Staley ...............51 R. Arestia c. J. Danckert b. J. Staley ............................19 A. Hamilton lbw. b. J. Staley .....0 J. Wheeler c. W. Cocksedge b. J. Danckert .......................13 J. Glen b. J. Staley......................0 J. Hales n.o. ..............................24 N. George b. J. Danckert ............4 R. Bolding b. J. Staley ...............7 D. Williams c. J. Danckert b. V. Kedamath .......................0 Extras ........................................7 Total .......................................154 Bowling: J. Flanders 1/29, J. Danckert 3/39, V. Kedamath 1/35, A. Straw 0/20, J. Staley 5/26. 2nd innings Fish Creek-Tarwin V. Kedamath lbw. b. S. Coppell...........................5 J. Danckert c. D. Tiziani b. S. Coppell...........................6 J. Law b. S. Coppell .................40 J. Buckland b. A. Hamilton ......25 G. Watkins c. D. Williams b. N. George ...........................8 J. Staley c. R. Arestia b. R. Bolding ........................30 M. Watkins c. D. Tiziani b. R. Bolding ........................12 J. Flanders n.o. ...........................2 G. Staley b. S. Coppell ...............0 A. Straw n.o. ..............................0 Extras ........................................6 Total ....................................8/134 Bowling: S. Coppell 4/32, J.

Hales 0/18, D. Williams 0/18, D. Tiziani 0/9, A. Hamilton 1/26, N. George 1/25, R. Bolding 2/1. MDU v POOWONG-LOCH 1st innings MDU 6/322 (dec) 1st innings Poowong-Loch C. Knox c. C. Le Page b. M. Cantwell......................10 G. Birnie b. M. Patching ............7 S. Magnusson stp. M. Martin b. S. Arnup ...........................68 R. Knox r.o. ................................3 N. Findlay stp. M. Martin b. S. Arnup ...........................50 M. Adderley c&b. S. Arnup .....40 S. Jenkins b. S. Arnup ................0 R. Carvill c. T. Harris b. S. Arnup ...........................25 V. Rawat c. T. Harris b. M. Olden ..........................23 T. Hancock stp. M. Martin b. S. Arnup .............................9 G. Humphrey n.o........................2 Extras ......................................15 Total .......................................252 Bowling: T. Harris 0/48, M. Cantwell 1/38, M. Patching 1/18, S. Arnup 6/67, C. Le Page 0/28, M. Le Page 0/20, R. Olden 1/21. 2nd innings MDU T. Harris b. V. Rawat ..................5 M. Patching b. V. Rawat ............3 M. Martin c. S. Jenkins b. V. Rawat .............................2 M. Cantwell b. R. Knox .............2 W. Prosser n.o. ...........................7 M. Olden n.o. .............................3 Extras ........................................3 Total ......................................4/25 Bowling: R. Knox 1/8, V. Rawat 3/7, M. Adderley 0/8. FOSTER v KOONWARRA-RSL 1st innings Foster M. Lynch n.o. ...........................50 J. Prain c. N. Toms b. N. Arnup...........................13 G. Tanner lbw. b. S. Hughes .........................26 A. Starret c. J. Kennedy b. S. Sperling ..........................0 D. Garlick c. J. Hughes b. S. Sperling ..........................1 S. Westaway c. N. Grimes b. S. Sperling ..........................0 T. Smith b. C. Wise ....................4 M. Da Costa b. C. Wise............14 D. Clearihan-Jervies c. b. C. Wise ...............................4

F. Griggs c. N. Toms b. N. Arnup........................... 11 G. Prain c. S. Hughes b. B. Thomas ..........................0 Extras ......................................16 Total .......................................139 Bowling: J. Kennedy 0/20, C. Wise 3/34, N. Arnup 2/17, S. Sperling 3/28, S. Hughes 1/13, B. Thomas 1/15. 1st innings Koonwarra-RSL S. Hughes c. F. Griggs b. J. Prain............................305 N. Toms c. F. Griggs b. G. Tanner ........................150 C. Wise n.o. ..............................59 B. Anderson n.o..........................7 Extras ......................................34 Total .............................2/555 (cc) Bowling: J. Prain 1/112, D. Clearihan-Jervies 0/79, A. Starret 0/7, F. Griggs 0/18, D. Garlick 0/71, G. Tanner 1/95, M. Da Costa 0/30, T. Smith 0/68, S. Jeffery 0/35, G. Prain 0/22, M. Lynch 0/7. TOWN v KILCUNDA-BASS 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass 6/315 (cc) 1st innings Town M. Davies c. A. Shackelford b. P. Matthews ........................3 B. Moore c. S. Oates b. P. Matthews ......................19 J. O’Loughlin c. S. Oates b. P. Matthews ........................4 M. Weerasinghe-Silva c. S. Oates b. J. Dakin ............................66 A. Ratnayake c. T. Miller b. P. Matthews ......................96 C. Bruce c. S. Oates b. A. Oats..............................30 A. Hickey c. J. Dakin b. A. Oats..............................67 J. Schelling c. A. Shackelford b. A. Oats..............................29 M.T. Borschman c&b. A. Oats...........................4 M. Borschman n.o. ...................10 I. Hanks c. J. Mahood b. A. Oats................................8 Extras ......................................12 Total .......................................348 Bowling: P. Matthews 4/92, A. Shackelford 0/76, B. Egeberg 0/27, J. Dakin 1/79, J. Mahood 0/33, A. Oats 5/32.

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Winning team: Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak took out the LDCA Twenty/20 grand final against Inverloch on Sunday. The team was (back, from left) Paul Dyer, Russell Greaves, Daniel Lloyd, Adam Miller, Peter Dell, (front) Barry Wyatt, Tom Wyatt, Jake Cochrane, Jenkins, Glen Miller, Jason Wilson and Jesse Van Rooye.

Twenty/20 taken to the wire IT couldn’t have been much closer with the LDCA Twenty/20 grand final going to a super-over to determine the winners.

Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak took the win in fantastic style with Tom and Barry Wyatt hitting big when need be in their super-over. After Inverloch managed 2/6 in their super-over facing Peter Dell, the Wyatt boys needed to make seven to secure victory and managed it in four balls. Tom faced the first ball of Inverloch bowler Kit Rothier and slogged it for a boundary, putting them three runs away from victory. A two run hit again from Tom equalised the score then an over throw on the fourth ball opened up the opportunity from victory. The victory was a sweet one for the Diggers after batting first and only managing 9/108 in their 20 overs.

The score would’ve been worse if the Inverloch fielders kept their catches early in the innings, with three dropped catches. This was 20 runs below the expected and acceptable target. However strong bowling from OMK saw the Stingrays at 8/108 when their 20 were up. A slow turf pitch in Inverloch and a moderate ground led to the lower scores on both teams’ behalf. Inverloch had a chance to clinch victory in the last over with seven to make, but they could only manage the drawing six. Inverloch’s Rothier was named man of the match despite the Stringrays’ loss. He took five wickets in the 20 overs as well as knocking out 40 plus runs in the Inverloch innings. Jason Wilson and his Diggers were very happy with the victory.

Action packed: OMK opener Jesse Van Rooye was slogging them where he could, while Inverloch’s Walter Taberner was keeping well.

Leongatha set for GCL final LEONGATHA will meet Sale Maffra in the final of the Gippsland Cricket League at the Sale Oval on Sunday, February 3. Leongatha will be very keen to overcome the disappointment of last season when the weather cost them their first premiership for 17 years. Their form has been outstanding under the leadership of Jason Wilson and they have won all four GCL matches in 2012-13. Sale Maffra scrambled into the final on percentage but lost only one GCL game this season, ironically to Leongatha in the

final round. Leongatha team selector Kristian Gray said the team is placed well for the match. “We’ve got a really strong side in and we expect to win it,” he said. Gray said the inclusions of Sri Lankan imports such as Guru Kedarnath and Amila Ratnayake have been fantastic for the side as well, with both players in fine form. Gavin Britt has been a stand out with the bat for Leongatha with 221 runs, and he has also been dominating at club level. He has received great support from Dylan Clark and both are certainties to be in the All Gippsland side which will be an-

nounced on Sunday. Tim Wightman is the danger man with the ball and he will be backed up by Barry Wyatt. This is a most competitive and efficient unit and they are in the sort of form which could take them to their first final GCL victory since 1994-95. Sale Maffra is no stranger to the GCL finals scene and they won their last final in 2006-07. Skipper Brett Lanigan has been only able to play one GCL match this season and he is a brilliant bat who is in fine touch for his Maffra club. Jack Tatterson has been excellent with both bat and ball and will be an important contributor

along with another brilliant all rounder in Englishman Mike Jones. Sam Bedgood and Matt Dowsett are more than handy players and top off a really good side. This promises to be a great contest between two teams who thoroughly deserve to be in the final. It will be a big day for cricket in Sale as Sale Maffra will meet Bairnsdale in the Under 18 final at the College Oval and the same teams will clash in the Under 16 final at Stephenson Park. The All Gippsland Team for 2012-13 will also be announced.

LDCA GCL grand final team

LDCA GCL grand final team v Sale-Maffra at Sale Football Ground February 3, 11am start.

Guru Kedarnath, Fish Creek-Tarwin; Dylan Clark, Kit Rothier, Walter Taberner, Inverloch; Gavin Britt, Won Workmens; Tim Wightman, Nerrena; Jason Wilson (c), OMK; Luke Rogers, Imperials; Amila Ratnayake, Town; Shane Murdoch, Phillip Island; Ryan Thomas, Inverloch; Ryan Thomas, Won Workmens. Players are to meet at Leongatha Football Ground by 8am. If unavailOff the chest: a long shot bounces off the able please contact either Gary Sauchest of Inverloch’s Nathan Cant in the varin (selector) or Kristian Gray (team manager).

Twenty/20 final against OMK on Sunday

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Footballers flown from fire By Jacob de Kunder THREE young local football stars had to be evacuated by helicopter from a fire threatened mountain top while on a training camp last week.

Leongatha’s Aaron Heppell, Korumburra-Bena’s Paul Pattison and Dalyston’s Matthew Schreck were taking part in the Gippsland Power training camp on Tuesday at Mt Hotham. The local boys were among the group of 29 promising footballers who had to be evacuated after a fire stranded them atop Mt Feathertop. Pattison, who lives in Leongatha spoke to The Star about the ordeal. “It wasn’t too bad at first but when the fire started to get a bit bigger and closer it started to get a bit concerning,” he said. “We were stuck up on the mountain for a bit but it helped us bond as a group I think. “Even though it was pretty crappy for it to happen, it was good for the group, I think all the boys were hugging and that after we got out.” The fire was no threat to the group before they started their hike and with fire authorities declaring it under control the group decided to continue with their plan to scale Mt Feathertop. “The helicopters that were controlling the fire had to go back and fill up with water. Once they left it got out of control again and was creating little spot fires that then all joined up and came towards us,” Pattison said. Team manager Peter Francis said the boys dealt well with the high pressure situation. “It was really quite calm, and we felt that at no time we were in any real danger,” he said. “The boys were really calm, we had one or two that were a bit panicky but we managed to calm them down; on the whole they managed to deal with it really well.” Once the group was about 5000 metres from the summit they noticed the smoke of the approaching bushfire. “By the time we got up there it really was a raging bush fire and you could tell it was coming towards our way,” Francis said. Thanks to a well thought-out and implemented emergency plan, emergency services were quick to arrive with help. “The emergency service did a fantastic job at all times; we called triple 0 and we had a helicopter flying above us within 20 minutes,” Francis said. “As soon as they landed we were told another helicopter was coming to evacuate us.” The team of 29 plus staff and a pair of hikers were taken down from the danger zone in three different trips. The group however had to hike back towards the fire when boarding the helicopter because there were no stable landing zones on top of the mountain. “We were fairly safe on top of the mountain because there are not too many trees up there, but lower down we were sort of going into the face of the fire,” Francis said. “Just as we (the staff) left on the chopper, the fire was within 500 metres of us and spotting near the helicopter, but otherwise it was all good.”

Coming close: the Gippsland Power Football training camp group came close to an out of control bushfire while hiking. Despite leaving their packs at their lunch stop, Little Feathertop, 1.5km away from the summit, Peter was informed on Friday that they weren’t damaged. “Where we left the packs was under this big snow tree and they (emergency services) said that all the area was burnt apart from where our packs were,” he said. “A lot of the boys’ phones and wallets were in their packs so they will be keen to get them back.” Before the evacuation the camp was going fantastically. Pattison, like most players was sad the camp was cut short. “The camp was going pretty good, and it’s a bit disappointing we had to come home,” he said. “We went for a hike on the Monday, just a short one to get the feel of it, and on Tuesday morning we did a big boxing session that was pretty full on which had us pretty stuffed after that and then on to the hike and then that was it.” Francis said the players weren’t the only ones who were let down by cutting the camp short. “The boys were disappointed and we were disappointed it had to finish, but obviously you’ve got to keep them safe,” he said. “It’s a shame because we got so much out of it last year in terms of physical and mental tolerance and the bonding that they get. “However I think that they bonded really well up there.” The full Gippsland Power squad of 60 players start training on Wednesday with fitness testing. Despite the quick end to this year’s camp Francis said: “It hasn’t frightened us off next year’s preseason camp.”

Local talent: Korumburra-Bena’s Paul Pattison (right) was one of the players who had to be evacuated after coming close to a bushfire on Tuesday.

Going good: players were enjoying the camp before a fire scare cut it short.

Flown to safety: the group of 29 players plus staff and two other hikers had to be flown out by helicopter from the summit of Mt Feathertop.

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Channel plunge: some 450 competitors hit the water in San Remo last Sunday for the 2013 Channel Challenge swim run race.

Local winner: wi from left local San Remo competitor Chloe Butt was first local female across the line at the Channel Challenge and second overall. Emma Armstrong of Venus Bay placed third female overall.

Senior winner: Sascha Bondarenko, 19 of Yarra Junction won the open senior male section of the Channel Challenge on Sunday, with Nathan Buschkuehl and Jamie Rhodes closely behind. Photo supplied by Ivan Webb, Webb Imagery.

First lady: Ashlee Diston was the first female across the line at the Channel Challenge. Photo supplied by Ivan Webb, Webb Imagery.

Top three: Sascha Bondarenko, winner open senior male section of the Channel Challenge and place getters Nathan Buschkuehl and Jamie Rhodes congratulate each other after Sunday’s annual event in San Remo.

Channel race attracts hundreds

Close behind was Sascha Bondarenko, 19 of Yarra Junction, winner open senior male and second, 20-year-old Nathan Buschkuehl, third Jamie Rhodes and in fourth place was Luke Plant, Phillip Island who also took out the first

male across the line for the local section. Ashlee Diston was first across the line for the women with local San Remo competitor Chloe Butt a close second and winner of the first female local. First across the line took home $500 in cash and a total of $2500, and $2500 in other prizes were presented after the race. Sponsored by the San Remo and District Bendigo Community Bank the Channel Challenge event took on a festival atmosphere in San Remo, with rides for the children, loads of delicious food, market stalls, a hole in one fundraiser and loads of fun activities.

The perfect weather conditions attracted hundreds of spectators who lined the bridge and crammed into the town for the race action. Competitors were kept safe by the wonderful team of Woolamai Beach Surf Life Savers on duty for the event. The race started earlier than the expected 12.40pm time due to tides, and competitors got off to a safe start for the 550 metre swim across the channel from San Remo to Newhaven and the two kilometre run back up over the picturesque Phillip Island bridge to San Remo for the sprint to the finish line.

Great job: third from left, Federal Member for Flinders Greg Hunt caught up with the hard working Woolamai Beach lifesavers Sam Paprvizzini, Sophie Owens, student at Newhaven College, Kat Gallucci, Liam Power and Chelsea Snell after he competed in his seventh Channel Challenge event.

Wright on: Bass Coast Shire councillor Phil Wright congratulates Irene Wright on completing her first ever Channel Challenge.

Advertise your South Coast physical activity event here at no cost. Contact South Coast Active Communities on 5674 6004 or

24th Annual South Gippsland Golf Classic February 9 -17 Contact Nancy Parry 5682 2131 Nine courses across South Gippsland

February Events King & Queen of Invy Saturday, February 9 Location: Inverloch

Contact: Liam Delany 0425 711 412 GIP6000006

SAN REMO’S annual Channel Challenge attracted some 450 competitors who contested the swim run event on Sunday and saw Melbourne triathlete Ben Anderson, 18 first across the line with a time of 11:26 to claim the junior male winner.

Cowes Classic Saturday, February 9

Contact: John Weston 0418 366 324

Phillip Island Penguin Swim Classic (Cowes) Sunday, February 10

Contact: John Weston 0418 366 324

Bass Coast Barracudas Triathlon Saturday, February 16 | Contact: Simon Harris 0412 991 401 Proudly sponsored by South Gippsland Shire

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