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Lifesavers in making BUDDING lifesavers have taken to the beaches across South Gippsland, as Nippers programs get underway. Surf life saving clubs are hosting Nippers programs to teach youngsters about water safety and life saving skills. Getting into some beach action at Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club on Friday were, back from left: Sam Prichard, Nick Rigby, Kate Hayes, Alyssa Wightman, Alesia Monacella and Aaron Saykan. Front: Tom Hill and Christopher Nielsen.

Holiday tragedy spoils New Year’s Eve party By Jacob de Kunder THE death of a five-year-old boy at Inverloch marred New Year’s Eve celebrations across South Gippsland on Saturday. Brodie Thom was hit by a vehicle while riding his bike through Big4 Holiday Park, watched by distraught holiday-makers. He died at the scene despite an attempt by paramedics to

revive him. Brodie was from the Melbourne suburb of Ferntree Gully. Hundreds of people attended a memorial service for Brodie on New Year’s Day, conducted by Leongatha Salvation Army captain, Martyn Scrimshaw. Leading Senior Constable Mick Ritchie from the Bass Coast Highway Patrol said everyone involved was shocked. “All parties with this are completely and utterly devastated, including the

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park management and the large amount of people who witnessed the scene at the holiday park,” he said. Also, at Inverloch, a 19-year-old man was injured by illegal fireworks during the celebrations at Rainbow Park. Paramedic team manager Ben Minchin said the man possibly broke his ribs in the mishap. “Bystanders told us the man was hit in the ribs by a firecracker and the force of it knocked him from his feet,”

Mr Minchin said. He was taken to Wonthaggi hospital in a stable condition. Tourists and locals alike flocked to coastal areas to celebrate the hot start to 2012. Phillip Island’s beaches and Pyramid Rock music festival drew the largest crowds, with Inverloch attracting a large number of families as well. Police are investigating claims that a girl was sexually assaulted and 26

people were found with drugs at Pyramid Rock. Generally, crowds were not overly rowdy or unlawful anywhere, according to Leading Senior Constable Brett Jobson from Inverloch Police. “We were generally pleased with the crowd’s behaviour over the weekend,” he said. Continued on page 3. ►Also on page 3. Hundreds attend memorial for Brodie.

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Terrible event: police at the Inverloch Big 4 Holiday Park after the accident. Photo courtesy of Herald Sun.

Hundreds attend memorial By Jacob de Kunder INVERLOCH holiday-makers were devastated by the death of a five-yearold boy on New Year’s Eve.

Tragic: Brodie Thom on the beach at Inverloch, only hours before he was killed by a 4WD on New Year’s Eve. Photo courtesy of Herald Sun.

Holiday tragedy spoils New Year’s Eve party

Continued from page 1. “Arrests and offences were generally down from previous years, but a small unruly element caused some problems.” Police are becoming more concerned about the rising use of illegal fireworks over the holidays. “There was definitely an increase of illegal fireworks this year compared to past years,” Leading S/C Jobson said. Senior Sergeant Trevor Vondrasek from Wonthaggi Police said crowds were well behaved on Phillip Island as well. “At Cowes, it was the second year of not having fireworks but there was still a crowd of 3000 people,” he said. “Five tickets were issued for the possession of liquor in a public place. There were no drug arrests but there were two people arrested and processed for the possession of illegal fireworks.” The Inverloch Esplanade Hotel sold about 700 meals throughout the day, with 300 of them being at dinner. “It was very busy. It is like that most years so we know what to expect,” employee Dylan Clark said. The Inlet Hotel in Inverloch was also hectic. “We expected it to be very busy, but we do not know the number of meals sold as of yet,” manager John McInnes said. CSC Snack Bar in Leongatha was extremely busy last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday due to tourists passing through. “We were very busy on those days after Christmas and sold out of hot food,” the bakery’s Colin Weaver said. Many tourists have used emergency medical services as well, according to Bass Coast Regional Health CEO, Lea Pope. “It’s obviously a very busy period and we’ve been averaging 70 through to 80 patients a day in the emergency department,” she said. “There were a lot of different conditions people have come in with, but particularly around the New Year there were a lot of alcohol-affected people coming in. We had a number of assaults, someone who was injured by fireworks. We had lacerations, broken bones, and other general medical conditions. “Most must have managed with the heat quite well because we haven’t had a large amount of people come in with heat related conditions. “It was just all the things that we expect from this time of the year. It’s been extremely busy, but things have run pretty smoothly and people are happy with how it is running this year.”

About 500 campers attended a memorial service for Brodie Thom on Sunday. The boy was killed while riding his bike through the Inverloch Big 4 Holiday Park where his family was staying. He collided with a Jeep Cherokee station wagon driving in another direction. Paramedics and Heli-med One attended the scene, but he died at the scene. The Jeep contained a family of five who were also holidaying at the park. Leading Senior Constable Mick Ritchie from the Bass Coast Highway Patrol said that everyone involved was shocked by the incident. “All parties with this are completely and utterly devastated, including the park management and the large amount of people who witnessed the scene at the holiday park,” he said. “This is a very well run caravan park and has a very strong family environment for this summer period, and this is a very devastating

set of circumstances for them to deal with.” The incident occurred at around 6.30pm. “It’s a busy time at the park at that time of the evening. Everyone is returning to the park from the beach or wherever they’ve been for the day and coming home for dinner, and parents are getting ready for New Year’s, and it’s a very shocking thing to happen,” Leading S/C Ritchie said. Brodie’s family is from Ferntree Gully and the driver’s family from Rowville. The police’s immediate concern was for the families involved. Welfare services were put in place by police chaplain and Salvation Army captain Martyn Scrimshaw. “He was instrumental in organising counselling and addressing welfare issues at the park and also at assisting emergency service workers that attended the scene,” Leading S/C Ritchie said. Mr Scrimshaw also held a memorial service for the young boy the next day, which about 500 campers attended. Police were completely grateful for the help of some of the park’s visitors. “Without their assistance we couldn’t have managed the scene as well as we did,” Leading

S/C Ritchie said. “The park’s management was also excellent and without their help we wouldn’t have been able to do what we could do.” In a letter to park visitors, management said the whole experience had been “extremely distressing”. “While our focus at the moment is supporting those affected by this tragedy, our number one concern is always for the health, safety and wellbeing of our guests,” the statement read. Park management has also made available counselling services for those who witnessed or were affected by the tragedy. Management wished to make no further comment due to the distressing nature of the incident. Leading S/C Ritchie said an investigation would be undertaken. “Obviously police are investigating the situation from a coronial perspective; there is certainly no indication of alcohol, or any issue of the driving actions of the female driving the Jeep,” he said. “Complete devastation was felt by all, especially on a night that is meant to be filled with such celebration.”

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Principal ‘speaks’ in parliament

NOT everyone gets the chance to be quoted in the House of Representatives, but that was the case for Greg Synan, principal of St Joseph’ s Primary School at Korumburra.

McMillan MP Russell Broadbent made Mr Synan’s speech part of his parliamentary address last month when he spoke about Building Education Revolution (BER) grants primary schools have received over the past two years. “I was so impressed with his speech,” Mr Broadbent said. “No wonder Mr Synan was able to speak with such compassion and passion and professionalism. “He obviously put a lot of work into the speech he gave that day.” Mr Broadbent quoted a large section of the speech Mr Synan gave at the opening of the school’s BER building. “Lastly he said: ‘Russell, I would like to discuss the greatest yielding component of this investment the government of the day is putting into our school – the real gold – and it is sitting here before us: the children of St Joseph’s at Korumburra, the children of Australia and the future of Australia.’,” Mr Broadbent told parliament. Mr Synan was quite flattered when Mr Broadbent said that he would take his speech to parliament but thought it was just flattery. “I didn’t think he was serious until his secretary called me the next day and asked for a copy of the speech,” he said. “I was actually quite stoked when she contacted me. “I guess I feel honoured that he thought so highly of the speech.” Mr Synan actually thought that during the speech, Mr Broadbent wasn’t enjoying it. “As I was making the speech, I thought he didn’t like it but he must have just been taking it all in,” he said.

Caring principal: St Joseph’s Korumburra’s principal Greg Synan’s speech was quoted by Russell Broadbent in Parliament.

End of a team as pens are put away By Tessa Hayward

Leongatha Progress Association.

AFTER seven years, Mike Curley and Debbie Watchorn are handing the publication Progress Leongatha back to the

A lot of hard and dedicated work was put into the newsletter without much help and it has come time for someone else to give it a go – hopefully. Mike has enjoyed collecting the information to go in the newsletter and would really like to see it keep going. “I am amazed at how many people I don’t know but know me, came up to me in the street and told me how much they enjoy the newsletter,” he said. Despite several words of encouragement, there has been a gradual decline. Not as many social and sports groups send in stories anymore, which has seen the newsletter decrease from 16 pages

to 12. The newsletter is meant to draw people together and it has, through objections to the Optus tower, pushing for the bypass and parking issues. “I really enjoy the articles and how it solidifies the town,” Mike said. While Mike puts the stories into a document, Debbie lays out and assembles the newsletter. According to Mike, Debbie does the majority of the work but according to Debbie, there would be no content to put in the newsletter without Mike. “I did the layout and design; I slot the articles and advertisements in. Without Mike there would have been no content for me to put in the newsletter,” Debbie said. There has been such a

diverse range of community groups featured, from table tennis to walking groups to the different art shows. “We have had many great community groups contribute to the newsletter,” Debbie said. Although sad it is not continuing, Debbie no longer has enough time to devote to it and neither does Mike. They are both hopeful someone will put their hand up to take over the running of the newsletter.

Free newsletter: Mike Curley oversaw the four Leongatha Progress Association newsletters published in 2011.

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Dogs stop festival drugs PYRAMID Rock music festival rocked Phillip Island once again over the weekend, as thousands of young music fans brought in the year. The festival hosted headliners such as the Scissor Sisters, the Living End and Gotye. Police had a solid presence at the festival and for the first time used dogs to detect illegal drugs. “For the first time this year we’ve run a PAD (Passive Detector) Dog operation with vehicles entering Pyramid Rock,” said Senior Sergeant Trevor Vondrasek from Wonthaggi Police. “We used about three dogs and 22 members, with a number of members coming from the Operational Response Unit.”

On guard: prompt action by Inverloch surf lifesavers Nat Jowett and Tom McNorrow saw the Inverloch surf beach cleared of swimmers in just five minutes after a possible shark sighting last Friday, December 30. The lifesavers briefly closed the beach due to what was first thought to be a shark sighting. Fortunately the animal turned out to be a seal. Surf lifesavers have been keeping a watchful eye over beaches at Inverloch, Cape Paterson, Venus Bay and Waratah Bay already over summer. No rescues have been reported so far this season.

Firecracker hits teen in ribs FIREWORKS nearly claimed the life of a teenager in Inverloch early on New Year’s Day. Paramedics said the 19-year-old man was hit in the ribs by a firecracker. Paramedics from Korumburra were called to Rainbow Park 11 minutes into the New Year. Paramedic team manager Ben Minchin said the 19-year-old man possibly broke his ribs in the mishap. “Bystanders told us the man was hit in the ribs by a firecracker and the force of it knocked him from his feet,” he said. “He was in a fair bit of pain so we gave him some pain relief drugs through an inhaler and then some morphine through a needle in his arm.” Despite the injury, Mr Minchin said the man was in good spirits. “He was taken to Wonthaggi hospital in a stable condition. The 19-year-old man is incredibly lucky not to have more serious injuries given the tragic fireworks accident in Melbourne which claimed a man’s life,” he said. Fireworks are essentially explosives and can be dangerous if they aren’t used by professionals.” Police have warned people against releasing illegal fireworks, after a spate of incidents across the coast. Inverloch has been the region’s hot-

spot, with explosive displays starting on Christmas Eve and continuing throughout the holidays. New Year’s Eve was the worst night, with residents complaining of the incessant noise. The threat of imprisonment and fines of up to $40,000 has done little to deter party-goers. Leading Senior Constable Andy Schrape urged people to behave. “Every year we get them. We get calls to them but usually the people have gone by the time we get there,” he said. “They light them and run off into the unknown.” Possessing and using fireworks without a permit is illegal in Victoria given they are dangerous in the wrong hands. Offenders will be charged with explosives offences and also under the Crimes Act. “They are also dangerous because they can cause a house fire or a bushfire along the coast, and people could be injured by flying debris and pieces of fireworks,” Leading S/C Schrape said. “People can face charges under the Crimes Act for causing explosions likely to endanger life or endanger property, so people are definitely facing terms in jail for illegally using fireworks.” People of all ages have been lighting fireworks around Inverloch.

Occupy Wonthaggi THE Occupy movement for direct democracy has spread around the world like wildfire, claiming to bridge the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. This weekend, the movement that resulted in protests affecting Melbourne’s CBD last year, is coming to Wonthaggi. Occupy Wonthaggi aims to provide an open forum for discussion and ideas, organisers say. One of them, Jessica Harrison has visited Occupy Melbourne and Sydney and is following the progress of Occupy Castlemaine and Ballarat. “Occupy Melbourne states that it is a social and political movement seeking to open up public spaces for discussion of

growing economic inequalities and a lack of real democracy in Australia,” Ms Harrison said. “We are encouraging political debate around the issues of the day and their importance to our area. Wonthaggi has a proud history of open air meetings during the 1930s-40s.” The public is welcome to attend Apex Park this Saturday, January 7, from 10.30am. People can join in the debate and hear from others. There will be live music and a barbecue. Speakers are already confirmed to talk about: banning coal seam gas or new coal mines in Gippsland; stopping desal pollution; Occupy news from around the world; climate change; and food security.

Over the two days, police found 26 people with drugs. Of those, 24 received drug cautions or were issued with diversion program recommendations. Two males in their 20s were arrested and charged with trafficking drugs, after being found with substantial amounts of GHB, methamphetamine and cannabis. “It was a great operation and we’ll probably continue with that next year,” Senior Sgt Vondrasek said. This was the first time in Victoria the dogs had been used to inspect people entering with vehicles. There was a sexual assault reported to police on Friday, December 30, by a female victim. Three teenage males are assisting police.

The mix of drugs and alcohol can be dangerous for some festival-goers. “A 19-year-old Warrnambool man was found unconscious in the camping area of Pyramid Rock by security around 7.20am on January 1 and assisted by paramedics,” Senior Sgt Vondrasek said. “The man was then airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where it was found that he had had a mixture of alcohol and drugs in his system.” Three offenders were also detected making and using a false document, and deception in relation to false tickets and arm bands for access to the festival. The group was suspected of causing damage and when they were checked by security, the arm bands were found to be fake.

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Festive fun: Brooke and Sharon Mydlar, Melbourne joined Mirboo North friends Elly Gostling, Jeannie and Matilda Kilpin and Claire Stanley, Leongatha for some fun at the Archies on the Creek twilight market on Friday.

Archies on the Creek Twilight Market

Above and below, Family outing: Madeleine Thomas and her parents Anna and David Thomas of Essendon visited the twilight market at Archies Creek last Friday during their stay with friends in Wonthaggi.

Left above, Fine drop: Alan Wein of Kilcunda enjoyed sampling one of the fine wines offered by Foster’s Windy Ridge Winery owner Graeme Wilson at the Archies on the Creek twilight market. Holiday cheer: Cape Paterson holiday-makers, mum and son Lena and Noah Howard, had fun at the Archies on the Creek twilight market last Friday. They were with friend Aleisha Jones of Seddon who was home in Wonthaggi for Christmas with her parents.

Police re-jig on the way

NEW police members set for Leongatha will improve police service levels in South Gippsland. Two new members will increase the potential of coverage provided by the station. Inspector Glenn Weir from Wonthaggi Police said “service times are set to expand”. Insp Weir said that the exact shifts of extra coverage had not yet been decided. “At the minute (Leongatha members) finish at 2 or 3 in the morning depending on how many we’ve got and then they’re on call,” he said. “But generally you don’t want blokes getting out of bed and that means we send the police from Wonthaggi because they’re the only 24 hour service.

“We’re looking to re-jig all our arrangements in South Gippsland to provide extra coverage, not just Leongatha.” The re-jig will create an opportunity for greater police presence throughout the region, but Leongatha will not be a 24 hour station. “At this stage we’re not looking at having the capacity at Leongatha for a 24 hour service but it’s 24 hour coverage currently as there always has been,” Insp Weir said. “But it means we will be able to provide a bit of focused coverage for a longer period of time.” This introduction of new police members will mean a greater police presence in the east side of South Gippsland.

No news on rural strategy THE future of rural development in South Gippsland remains uncertain. South Gippsland Shire Council is still awaiting a decision by Planning Minister Matthew Guy about whether or not he will approve the council’s proposed Rural Strategy. Council was to have a new policy in place by New Year’s Eve, when the existing planning rules – the C51 planning scheme amendment – expired. Phil Stone, council’s director of development services, is hopeful of news soon. He said himself, mayor Cr Warren Raabe, CEO Tim Tamlin and other council staff had been in regular contact with the State Government, and found them “very receptive and helpful”. “It is unclear what further work is needed before it is approved, so I suspect that the Christmas season caught up with us all,” he said. Cr Raabe is also hopeful the strategy will be approved. “The feedback we have got is that they have a comfort level, and it’s just a matter of having their policy writers go through it and make sure every word is perfect before it goes into the planning scheme,” he said.

Wet year official IT’S official: 2011 was quite a wet year, with Fish Creek having the highest yearly rainfall since 1970 and Ruby since 1998.

Fish Creek received a staggering 1362.5mm for the year, much more than its average of 1029.5. “We had six months of over 100mm,” Fish Creek rainfall recorder Neville Buckland said. March was Fish Creek’s wettest month in 2011, with 204.5mm coming down. “The wettest day of the year was March 23, with 130.5mm and surprisingly August was one of the driest months with only 62mm, much less than its 117mm average,” Mr Buckland said. December in Fish Creek received 59.5mm over 12 days. Ruby received a total of 1214mm in 2011 over 163 days, with the monthly average for the year getting over 100mm. “It has been our wettest year since 1998 and since the big storm on December 10, we have only got dribs and drabs, which haven’t been much use,” Ruby rainfall recorder Margery Robson said. December in Ruby collected 67.5mm over nine days, less than last year which was 82.5mm over 16 days. Ms Robson thinks Ruby could do with more rain now, even though not long ago she was wishing the rain would stop. Leongatha’s yearly total was also up on previous years. “Our yearly total was 1149.5mm. Our previous highest yearly total was 956mm in 2007,” Leongatha rainfall recorder Kay Puru said. There were only six wet days in December, with a total of 64.4mm falling. “We had a drier December last year (2010), with only 41.7mm. In 2009, rainfaill was similar with 62.8mm falling but we had a very wet December in 2008 and 2007, when 170.4mm and 123mm fell,” Ms Puru said.

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Meeniyan’s NBN hopes lifted By Isaac McCallum MEENIYAN’S best chance of acquiring the fastest possible internet connection through the National Broadband Network (NBN) is right now, according to Richard Powell.

The Meeniyan Progress Association member is sending a message to all residents, begging them to voice their opinions on the matter. The town initially missed the boat on being serviced by the NBN, but has since been promised they will be connected to a slower, more limited service. “It goes right through the town. There’s no reason why we can’t be connected,” Mr Powell said. “Toora is getting it, and their population is only 485.” The town will not be connected to the fibre optic network like Foster and Leongatha, but rather a radio frequency-distributed network (3G or 4G) that runs at up to 12 megabytes per second (mb/s). Typical speeds for 4G (next generation) are up to 10mb/s. Speed varies according to the number of users. Limited speed means the services which Meeniyan residents can connect to and the speed of downloads will be limited. “We’re talking about a difference of almost 100mb/s. A lot of people don’t understand what a full connection would do for Meeniyan,” Mr Powell said. “The business side is more important because it’s the same as any infrastructure in the town. It’s the same as good roads, good rail and good communications. “If you run a call centre, you can have that anywhere in the world if you have high speed broadband.”

Meeniyan Chamber of Commerce’s Marty Thomas has indicated the group will be focusing on the idea in 2012. “As a business group we’re keen to get this idea going. We see it as a relatively small investment, especially considering the system will be passing through the town anyway,” he said. “We’ve just had the sewerage done, we’re a town set for growth and we think this would be a perfect way to enhance the livelihood of residents and success of local business.” And while the chamber has split over the New Year, Mr Thomas assured The Star the group will be joining forces with the Meeniyan Progress Association, looking to take the matter to South Gippsland Shire Council this year. The Tarwin Valley Primary School would be another major section of the town to flourish should the fibre optic network be installed in town. “A lot of the education packages are delivered via Skype these days. If they don’t have fast speed broadband, they can’t run those packages successfully,” Mr Powell said. “The rapid deployment of high speed broadband will soon be taken advantage of by content providers such as universities, schools, games, communications and the like. “Slower speed services will quickly become backwaters, missing out on future developments.” Mr Powell likened the town’s future situation to the older style dial-up setup, which was made obsolete by broadband internet. “We now see software and security updates of many hundreds of megabytes, which cannot be practically downloaded by dial-up. We have been forced to get faster connections,” he said. “Well, if we cannot upgrade to fibre to the home system, we will be stuck in a dial-up style dilemma. “If we miss out now, we too can become a disadvantaged town.”

Great mates: Jordan Ross, Josh Seignior, Tiarna Ross, Analise Stephenson, Linden Demaria and Kayla Stephenson made the most of the indoor swimming pool at Toora last Thursday.

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Fire lit at BMX park Boats rescued LEONGATHA CFA believes that a fire at Leongatha’s BMX park in Horn Street last Wednesday night,

December 28 was deliberately lit. Captain Andy Kay told The Star the brigade was called to a fire in scrub at the park about 6.40pm.

The fire came close to the fence at the power substation but never threatened power supplies. “We had the fire out pretty quickly although we

had to break through the gates as they were locked. Some of the scrub under the substation fence was alight when we arrived,” Mr Kay said. He is hopeful that some of the surveillance equipment power supplier SP Ausnet uses in the area may be helpful in finding an offender. Police also attended. The brigade attended another small fire at 9.30pm the same evening in a backyard in Owen Street, Leongatha. Mr Kay said the fire was out when they got there but it had been lit too close to a side fence. A neighbour who had seen smoke had rung the brigade. “When people want to have a fire they need to have a three metre clearance around the area, means to extinguish it at the ready, plus it must be supervised by an adult,” he said.

Lost money A SUBSTANTIAL amount of money was handed into the Leongatha Police Station recently. It was found in the Leongatha CBD and can be claimed by describing the amount of money and where it was found.

TWO boats have been rescued from Anderson Inlet since Christmas.

Inverloch State Emergency Service towed the vessels with engine problems back to shore, after crews encountered difficulties in the same location near Point Smythe. SES coxswain Charlie Deering believed the engines may have filled with sand while travelling in shallows near the popular water-ski channel on the inlet side of the point. “It was unusual to get two people with broken down motors in exactly the same spot. I think they may have picked up a bit of sand and their motors over-heated. I might be wrong but I think that’s what is happening,” he said. Three men, believed to be from

Leongatha, were rescued late on Christmas Day. “Because of the low tide, we had to be there for one to one-and-a-half hours to try and get the SES boat there,” Mr Deering said. He crewed the SES boat with fellow volunteers Dale Johnstone and Warren Ireland. Late Thursday, Mr Deering, unit controller Geoff Swanton and Ange Chiodo returned a man and his boat to shore after his engine broke down in the same location. “It was a difficult job to get to him because the tide was so low, but fortunately the tide was coming back in and we were able to get back in deep water,” Mr Deering said.


Three strikes

THREE penalty notices were issued to a P-Plate driver on Wednesday, December 28. The 20-year-old man from Mentone was travelling at 125km/h on the Bass Highway, failed to display P-Plates and crossed double lines when intercepted by a member of the Bass Coast Highway Patrol near Anderson. He received fines of $610.

Obscene behaviour WONTHAGGI police are investigating a wilful and obscene exposure at a retail shop in Graham Street, Wonthaggi on November

7 at 5.15pm. The alleged offender exposed himself to a female store attendant in the changing room area of the store. The offender is described as a male, early 30s, red hair, 188cm tall with a thin build and was wearing blue work pants, work boots and a yellow/ blue florescent shirt. A face image of the offender is available. Anyone with information should contact Leading Senior Constable Rielly at Wonthaggi Police Station.

Jewellery thieves A JEWELLER in Korumburra was burgled in the early hours of Tuesday, December 27.

The front window of the Commercial Street store was smashed and a selection of jewellery was taken. Korumburra Police are following up leads.

Attempted burglary bust

TWO offenders were apprehended in Korumburra on December 27 after an attempted burglary in Wonthaggi earlier that week. The pair was interviewed and are now pending process for attempted burglary after trying to gain entry into a business premises in Wonthaggi. As the offenders fled the scene, a witness noted a registration number, which helped police locate the vehicle in Korumburra.

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Hail strikes Inverloch CARS and houses were damaged after hailstones the size of golf balls hit Inverloch on Christmas Eve. The sudden downpour late at night took many people by surprise and they were unable to protect vehicles. Inverloch State Emergency Service temporarily repaired a skylight at one home, and residents reported cars sustaining dented roofs and sides. Resident Adam Leys said the hail “came down really quickly”. “We actually did not know what was going on at first. There was just the noise of the hail banging on the roof but there was no rain,” he said.

“The hail was bigger than normal. I had seen them as big as this in Melbourne but they’re pretty rare.” Mr Leys’ car suffered some damage and the hail broke his Laserlight roof. “But we got off pretty well because we had most of the car parked under the trees. Some people copped dents all over their cars,” he said. “One man put his boat and boogie boards on the car and still got dents.” Leongatha SES unit sent three volunteers to Melbourne last week to help repair roofs damaged by hailstones reported to be as big as lemons. Neil Warren and Erin Wilson worked on 23 roofs on Boxing Day and Tuesday (December 27), while Ken Griffiths helped at Melton on Wednesday. The SES received 8300 calls for help in Melbourne. “They fixed roofs and checked out electronics to see if anything was exposed. They put plastic and tarps up to cover holes so that people could live in their homes until tradespeople came after the holidays,” Leongatha SES unit controller Tony Lindhard said. No hail damage was reported in Leongatha.

Ouch!: hailstones as big as golf balls woke people across Inverloch.

Pool attendance rises SWIMMING pools in South Gippsland have had a good start to this season, with Mirboo North Swimming Pool leading the way.

Seeking cover: Adam Leys battles to get out of the hail storm at his Inverloch home.

It is thought the increase in attendance by communities is a reaction to South Gippsland Shire Council’s Aquatic Strategy that could be adopted next month. “Numbers are much higher,” Mirboo North Swimming Pool manager Brodie Groen said. “I dare say numbers are up due to the amount of pressure the council put on the pool to get numbers through the gate.” Some warm days may also have caused the increase in numbers.

“It’s also been a bit warmer than last summer. We’re hoping for some warmer weather in January but we’ve had a couple of warm days already and good attendances,” Mr Groen said. “We’ve had people rocking up in the hundreds.” Michael Casey, YMCA manager of South Gippsland SPLASH, said numbers have been steady. “Some of the days we haven’t had the best weather but numbers have been steady,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of school usage which is great and depending on what area we look at, we’ve had some pretty good attendances.” YMCA also manages Foster Swimming Pool and works with the pool committees at the Korumburra

and Poowong swimming pools by providing staff. “I think Korumburra has seen a few people through the gates, with steady numbers at Poowong and Foster as well,” Mr Casey said. “The early morning swim session that happens at Foster has been quite well received. “There are some keen locals getting down there at seven in the morning regardless.” Mr Casey said that poor weekend weather is not the best for the pools. “So far a couple of the weekend days where we try and draw some more people in haven’t been great weather,” he said. “We’re definitely hoping for some warmer weather come January.”

The media attention the pools received due to the aquatic strategy has caused an increase in attendance, according to Mr Casey. “We’ve had plenty of interest and the locals are getting behind us,” he said. “The media buzz around the pools earlier in the year made people realise they need to get down there.” Toora Swimming Pool manager Carol Bennett said numbers are slightly up at Toora. “Compared to last season, we’re just nudging ahead of last year’s numbers,” she said. “The weather doesn’t affect us down here because we’ve got the heated pool, but we’re expecting a very, very good season.”

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Hitting the streets: Santa and Captain Koala about to set off from the Leongatha Fire Station.

SANTA hit the streets on the back of a fire truck in Leongatha on Christmas Eve. The Leongatha CFA’s Santa run saw the big man himself throwing lollies from the truck and also making a visit to

the Leongatha Memorial Hospital. Leongatha’s CFA captain Andy Kay said this is the first time the brigade had held the run in years. “We haven’t been able to do a Santa run for years due to a prohibition on standing on the back of a moving fire

truck,” he said. “However we received new guidelines this year and providing the truck moved really slowly, it was allowed to happen.”

10.30am. Trophies and a prize for first place will be offered. For more information or to help on the day, phone Denise on 0448 128 851.

JANUARY is the time to get good deals on books with the Friends of the Leongatha Library book sale on Thursday and Friday, January 5 and 6 in the Leongatha Court House. Each day the sale is running from 10am through to 4pm, with great bargains for holiday reading. Funds raised are used to buy items for the library, sponsor events and buy furnishings as needed.

HAPPY birthday to Mitchell Elliott. Mitchell turned 18 on Christmas Day. He celebrated with his mates on Christmas Eve and with family the next day.

SOUTH Gippsland Young Farmers will hold their first ute show at the Bass Coast Agricultural Show at Wonthaggi on January 14. Categories will include chicks, B’n’S, street, Ford, Holden and best themed ute. Entry is $10 per class per ute. Entry into the show is free for any ute competing in the show, including driver and passenger only. Gate entry is from 8am and entries close at

CHILDREN involved in the next production of Meeniyan Amateur Dramatic Society (MADS) are getting excited and counting the days to the first performance later this month of Into the Future, which revolves around science fiction. This show not only involves children, but there is something for everyone with some great singing, skits and comedy drama involving adults. This show is all about fun and is perfect holiday entertainment for all of the family, with two Sunday matinee shows, January 15 and 22 and one evening performance on Friday, January 20. Tickets at the door of the beautiful Meeniyan Hall are $20, with children and concession $10.

Lucky shopper

Ivy Scerri, who works at Terry White Chemists, was the winner of the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Christmas voucher tree. She is pictured right with Kathy Smith, chamber’s co-secretary/treasurer. Ivy said she shopped at various Leongatha outlets for her Christmas shopping this year and always tried to buy locally. She has been an employee at Terry White’s Chemist for 15 years.

Praise for Fishy PS

FISH Creek and District Primary School has been gaining praise from far and wide for its academic achievements.

Beach haven: Paula and Bianca Driffield had a fantastic time at Port Welshpool’s Long Jetty Caravan Park relaxing with family and friends. Friendly environment: Helen Ryan and Greg Thorne from Diamond Creek and Dione Sellers from Langwarrin have made friends over the years by continuously visiting the Long Jetty Caravan Park every summer.

The most recent plaudits have come from Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon, who named the school as one of three in Victoria that had particularly excelled at NAPLAN testing, with “results that are amongst the highest in the nation”. Mr Dixon was speaking at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Melbourne University. The speech outlined the State Government’s perceived achievements in educational reform. School principal Robin Smith said it was “very nice to be recognised and singled out as one of three schools mentioned in the minister’s speech”. “It recognises the work of the staff and of the parents. We’re very lucky, with our parental support and staff support,” he said. While his school is doing well, Mr Smith said governments need to do more to bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots in the education system. “In terms of funding, it’s interesting that so much of the tax-payer dollar across Australia goes toward schools with very impressive infrastructure and extremely large bank accounts, while there are many schools that struggle to provide the basic amenities and facilities that every child in Australia should be eligible to have,” he said.

Treat yourself DO you feel like a decadence? Fishermen galore: Gil and David Campbell from East Warburton and Chirnside Park got their fishing rods ready for a big day of fishing at Port Welshpool.

Holiday-makers: Sika and Laurie McDonald from Warburton have been staying at the Long Jetty Caravan Park for the past 27 years, as they love the community atmosphere.

Then it’s high time for high tea! Let the new chef at Coal Creek’s Pig ‘n Whistle Café pamper you on any Sunday throughout January (from 11.30 to 2.30pm) with a delectable range of his freshly baked scones with jam and cream, exquisite pastries and finger sandwiches to go with your freshly brewed tea and coffee. “Enjoy these treats inside the historic former hotel or have them on the veranda overlooking the lake,” said customer service officer Suzanne Conlan who is organising this summer-time indulgence. “So many people have visitors over the holidays and are looking for places to go and things to do, and Coal Creek fits the bill on so many levels. “Our chef is passionate about fabulous patisserie and eager for keen and hungry takers. “We ask that you book in advance to

avoid disappointment, and vegetarian and gluten free options can be catered for at no extra cost.” There are three different menus to match your mood, ranging from the fabulous high tea for $25, with the addition of a glass of sparkling wine for $35, or with local chocolates and champagne for $45. “When your appetite is sated, leave time to stroll around the beautiful grounds of the park, feed the ducks or explore the historical collections and the current gallery exhibition,” added Suzanne. “It is such a relaxing place to spend a lazy Sunday. You might even like to bring a rug to have a snooze on afterward!” For further information about the high teas, bush tram rides or Coal Creek attractions and events, phone 5655 1811. Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, South Gippsland Hwy, Korumburra

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Boating warning issued By Jacob de Kunder and Brad Lester

ments for all vessel types, is outlined in the free Recreational Boating Safety Handbook. Copies are available from Transport Safety Victoria by telephoning 1800 223 022 or can be viewed on line at au/maritime-safety.

Young seafarers: Daniel and Mitchell Duncan love heading out on Anderson Inlet.

BOATERS have been warned to exercise caution when crossing ocean bars this summer.

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) issued the warning last week, days after a boat with five people on board capsized while crossing Marlo Bar in Gippsland. None of the people on board were wearing a life jacket. In a separate incident on Mallacoota Bar in Gippsland the following day, a boat with three people on board capsized. Bars exist at the entrances to Anderson and Shallow inlets. A bar is an accumulation of sand or silt at the entrance of a river, creek, lake or harbour. Inverloch State Emergency Service coxswain Charlie Deering said the Anderson Inlet bar remains shallow and urged people to avoid crossing in rough conditions. “When you get continuous white water there, people should not be pushing to go out,” he said. “On shore, it looks like the waves are only two foot high but when you get out there, they’re actually four to six foot high.” TSV’s acting director of maritime safety, Lisa Faldon, said that no amount of experience or type of boat makes crossing a bar safe. “Even on a good day, ocean bars may produce sudden hazards for boaters, and conditions on a bar can change quickly and without warning,” she said. “Conditions on most Victorian bars may become more dangerous when southerly winds prevail, so it’s essen-

Popular spot

ANDERSON inlet is a very popular place for all kinds of water activity.

tial to understand the weather conditions and obtain tide information so you can plan your crossing carefully. “Remember also that you will need to know what the conditions will be for your return home.” Mark Duncan spends his summers at Inverloch and takes his boat out into the inlet regularly. “The bars have changed a lot since last year and we’ve lost some of the room that we had,” he said. “But that’s just nature I guess, we can’t really change that.” Jet-skier Joseph Scaturchio said bars don’t make much difference to him. “They don’t really get in the way,” he said. “The inlet is pretty well signed so

you don’t accidently beach the jet ski on one of them either.” Ms Faldon said that safety is paramount when crossing a bar if you decide to. “Importantly, everybody on board a boat must wear a life jacket when crossing a bar,” she said. “Ultimately, if boaters are in doubt, our advice is not to go out.” When crossing a bar, TSV is urging all boaters to: • ensure every person on board is wearing an approved life jacket; • ensure deck openings, hatches and doors are securely battened down and stow all loose gear; • check where other vessels are crossing the bar. Note that breaking waves indicate shallow water;

• monitor the weather, including prevailing wind, and its impact on wave pattern timing; • monitor the course to follow, bar traffic and alternate routes; • motor slowly toward the breaking waves and look for the area where waves break last; • ensure that you are not going too fast over each wave; • if possible, make the crossing with the waves slightly on the bow so that the vessel gently rolls over the crest of each wave; and • when approaching from the sea, increase the power of the vessel to catch up to the bigger set of waves and position the vessel on the back of a wave. More information, including the mandatory safety equipment require-

Bypass best for truckies By Jacob de Kunder TRANSPORT companies have praised the first step in the Leongatha bypass process after an announcement of funds for the design recently. The State Government has allocated $270,000 for a detailed planning study for the much needed heavy vehicle alternate route around the Leongatha CBD. Brad Close, transport manager (safety and compliance) for Murray Goulburn Transport, said the bypass was good news for all heavy vehicles. “Anything that allows for a more fluid movement of freight through townships is good news,” he

said. “Removing a large percentage of heavy vehicle traffic from built-up areas such as shopping strips is not only good for the transport companies, but good for the public, consumers and other stakeholders.” Mr Close said the trip through the CBD to Murray Goulburn’s Leongatha plant is known as the “last mile” among his drivers. “Trucks are forced to sit in the streets and stop/ start in order to pass from one end of town to the other. This ‘last mile’ for us is extremely inefficient

and where our highest risk is,” he said. Victorian Transport Association board member Dennis Ryan said that a bypass for Leongatha was not the biggest concern for local truck drivers. “To be honest, we don’t have too much drama with the way it is (in Leongatha). Certainly it would be better but I think Korumburra needs one before we need one in Leongatha,” he said. “According to VicRoads regional director Patricia Liew, there was no chance for a Korumburra bypass in the near future. “VicRoads does not currently have any plans in place, or a preferred route, for a heavy vehicle alternate route at Korum-

Fire threat action MORE people are ensuring their properties are clear of fire hazards this summer.

South Gippsland Shire Council issued 1300 fire prevention notices in 2011 compared to 1900 the previous year. Bass Coast Shire Council issued about 800 notices and many property-owners had since complied. Before he left South Gippsland council recently, community safety manager Lew Wilson was impressed with people’s attitude.

“It’s not a huge number of notices,” he said. “People are aware of the consequences and the importance of keeping their grass down and their properties clear.” If people fail to comply, council will engage a contractor to undertake the works and the propertyowner will be billed. “People are really good about it. They understand the need and do the work,” Mr Wilson said. Long grass is the main issue and given high rainfall

and the resulting lush growth, grass fires posed the highest risk this summer. James Bremner, Bass Coast’s emergency management and projects officer, said properties that posed a potential threat to life and property were council’s targets. South Gippsland is still to have a place of last resort. Specialist fire behaviour experts are attempting to determine how fire will impact coastal towns.

burra,” she said. Heavy traffic turning down Roughead Street towards the industrial estate may cause a problem for planners of the new route. “It’ll be interesting to see how they suit Murray Goulburn and turning down to the industrial estate,” Mr Ryan said. Inclusion of transport professionals is a must, according to Mr Close. “Consultation is paramount to ensure the needs of all are met and such a

project is not compromised by not engaging with those who it is designed to be used by. This is an issue the planners need to address to prevent costly inefficiencies being built in to this project,” he said. Mr Ryan agreed: “Before they start doing the building they would definitely have to talk to somebody who is actually driving the trucks and operating the trucks so it’s practical.

Be it fishing, jet-skiing or kite surfing the inlet has spots for it all and the Inverloch boat ramp is the easiest place to access the inlet. Despite having to line-up to get their boat or jet-ski in the water, users of the ramp say it is of a pretty good standard. Jet-skier Joseph Scaturchio was pleased with the facilities on his first trip to Inverloch. “It’s a pretty good ramp,” he said. “The water in the inlet is great because it is pretty flat and there is heaps of space around the ramp to beach the jet-ski once you’ve put it in the water.” Regular Anderson Inlet boater Mark Duncan said he doesn’t mind the wait. “It does take time to get in the water but it’s what you expect at the busy time of the year,” he said. “It gives you a chance to get ready while waiting in line so you can put your boat straight in.” The car park at the boat ramp seemed full over the weekend, but everyone managed to find a park and get their vessel in and out of the water easily.

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Fireworks disturb peace RECENT NYE fireworks ‘irregularities’ were not confined to Melbourne city. Inverloch, in my experience,

has regularly hosted a significant managed performance, around midnight, at the centrallylocated sports ground. That was ‘it’. But not this year. Random medium-scale ‘breakouts’began around 9pm. Next, displays of event-calibre starburst, bigbang rocketry surprised locals

E D I T O R I A L Novelty worn off INVERLOCH residents and visitors could be forgiven for thinking they have been living in a war zone since Christmas Eve. Most nights, they have been experiencing the bang of fireworks disturbing their peace and holiday festivities. Sure, fireworks can be expected on New Year’s Eve but organised light shows are enough to welcome in the new year. Why do people feel the need to ignite their own fireworks well into the morning, long after the new year has arrived? The injury to a 19-year-old in Rainbow Park due to a firecracker early on Sunday was bound to happen, given the law of averages. Professional fireworks displays are restricted to being staged by people who are trained and qualified for a good reason. Not only do fireworks have the potential to kill, but also have the ability to maim and ignite fires that could lead to loss of life, homes and other property. Some may scoff at the fire risk posed by fireworks, but the destruction of homes in Western Australia late last year due to a prescribed burn shows just how quickly and widely bushfires can spread from a small blaze. Police are concerned about the increasing use of fireworks around the coast over the Christmas-New Year holidays and deserve the public’s help in returning peace to the nights. Fireworks may give those responsible a few moments of joy or thrills, but the constant noise frightens children, sends dogs into a frenzy and interferes with precious sleep that is hard enough to savour on hot nights. There are many other ways to get a thrill, safely and legally.

in the bowls club foreshore area around 11. At the pivotal hour, we were subjected to another unscheduled barrage of similar proportions, this time fired from residential Hopetoun Street, a block inland. I’ve always believed restrictions are excessive regarding small-scale fireworks. But what’s happened to the current (safety) ban on unauthorised, illegal fireworks in private hands? Police were appropriately visible in this very area before dusk that evening – how many big rogue rockets in the night sky are required to attract their attention? The Star warned pet owners, on December 29, to “look out for their dogs this New Year’s Eve”. How can we possibly plan for celebration time if this is the laissez-faire future in Bass Coast? Is Inverloch too far away for council to care? Ken Blackman, Inverloch.

Aquasure responds MR ROBERTSON’S letter to the editor (Waste

mystery, December 20, 2011) contains many errors and unsubstantiated assertions. There is existing information on the public record that deals with a number of these issues and I would like to point out the following facts. A substantial, public process has been undertaken in relation to plant and its interaction with the marine environment. This process has included a detailed Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the project and ongoing research and monitoring of the marine environment since 2007. AquaSure’s proposed management of marine impacts and waste disposal were both the subject of detailed consideration. The intake structure design means that seawater is drawn in at very low speeds – even small fish will be able to swim against the intake current – and a protective grille prevents larger marine life from swimming into the structure. Marine larvae and plankton may be drawn into the plant, however biological studies confirmed the proportion would be very small and highly unlikely to impact on population sizes or ecosystems processes.

The design and siting process for the outlet and diffuser structures has been similarly rigorous. Comprehensive documentation on this process and the project’s reports in response to the EPA’s Works Approval conditions (2.2 and 2.3) are readily available on AquaSure’s website (www. The documentation includes information on the best practice considerations for the marine structures, and the rigorous regulatory and performance requirements with which they will have to comply. Seawater concentrate will be released back into the ocean - this is the only material the plant will discharge back to the sea - however research predicts that the point at which 99 per cent of marine life in the local ecosystem will be protected lies within a short distance of the outlet structures. There will be some solid non-toxic waste that will be collected during the desalination process including dissolved salts and organics, and small and large solids such as vegetation, sediment and micro-organisms. Ferric sulfate, a common coagulant used in water treatment facilities in Australia

and around the world, will be used in the pre-treatment process to make particles in water bind together so that they can be filtered out. The waste which is estimated at around two to three standard garbage trucks, or 20 to 40 wet tonnes per day (information already on the public record) will not be returned to the sea as Mr Robertson seems to allege, and this has always been clear in the public documentation. It will be disposed of at a landfill that is appropriately licensed, based on final classification by the Environment Protection Authority. The Perth, Gold Coast and Sydney desalination plants all have very similar operating systems to the Wonthaggi plant. The resulting waste is generally classified for disposal to land fill, meaning it is disposed of in the same place as your kitchen scraps. AquaSure is working with the EPA and the Department of Sustainability and Environment to finalise the ongoing monitoring program that will ensure the plant and its marine structures perform as they are and will be required to. Chris Herbert, CEO, AquaSure.

VOXPOP! VOX Are you taking precautions to avoid skin cancer this summer?

Everyone touched THE death of a boy in Inverloch at the weekend is the stuff of every parent’s nightmare. A five-year-old boy was innocently riding his bike through a caravan park when he was struck by a vehicle. The impacts on both families involved are unimaginable but this incident shows the need for extra caution on our roads this summer. More children are on the roads riding, walking and skating; some are accompanied by adults and some are not. Also too, more vehicles are out and about, and many are driven by visitors unfamiliar with local roads and in holiday mode. Please, there is no need to rush but every need for vigilance.

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.

Yes, we mainly use the Banana Boat sunscreen and wear hats. Emily Webb and Larissa Richards Leongatha

Yes, I always wear sunscreen. Daniel Connell Leongatha

POLICE BRIEFS Failing to stop A MAN attempted to evade police in Kilcunda after failing to stop when the Bass Coast Highway Patrol tried to intercept his vehicle. The man drove into the Kilcunda residential area around 8pm on December 23 and police located the car 10 seconds after the driver had decamped. Police later interviewed a 21year-old man in Noble Park for evading police, unlicensed driving, crossing double lines and blocking a private driveway. His vehicle was impounded for 30 days and he will be summonsed to attend court at a later date. Motorists are advised to stop when police commence to inter-

cept them. The offence of evading police has a penalty on conviction of two years loss of licence, a substantial fine and possibly three months in prison.

Hoon dobbed in THE public helped catch a hoon driver in Nyora in the lead-up to Christmas. On December 23 at about 7.30pm, a 20-year-old Nyora man was observed by residents doing a burnout at the intersection of Yannathan and Watts roads. Bass Coast Highway Patrol interviewed the man the next day and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. Police thanked people who helped them. Members of the public are encouraged to write down registration numbers of offending vehicles

I don’t go outside much, but when I do I have a hat and sunnies. Matt Dunlop Leongatha

Yes, by sitting in the shade, wearing a hat and wearing sunscreen. Chris Kilpatrick Korumburra

No job losses for TAFE

and contact police immediately.

Three times the limit A 59-year-old driver was intercepted by police and recorded a blood alcohol concentration of 0.161. Bass Coast Highway Patrol members were on patrol on the Bass Highway near Bass around 10pm on December 23 when they intercepted the Tenby Point resident. After recording a positive breath test, the driver was then conveyed to the San Remo Police Station and returned a test over three times the legal limit. His driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 12 months and he will be summonsed to court at a later date.

LEONGATHA’S GippsTafe campus will remain largely unaffected by recent State Government cuts, according to campus manager Stuart Cooper. Mr Cooper would not specify how much Leongatha campus had lost for 2012, but stressed that it was “minimal and hasn’t led to any staff cuts or the dropping of programs”. TAFEs across Victoria have been forced to look at their bottom lines, with the state’s eight biggest TAFEs - Chisholm, Holmesglen, Box Hill, Northern Melbourne and Kangan institutes and the TAFE divisions of RMIT, Victoria and Swinburne universities - facing budget cuts of between two and five per cent from January 1. This represents cuts for metropolitan TAFEs of between $3 million and $5 million for 2012. Regional TAFES are set to lose about $500,000. Mr Cooper said the budget cuts were two-

fold, with the first of them directed at larger metropolitan TAFEs. But the second will see the Leongatha campus, along with others in the GippsTafe network, with less money provided to it. “What they’ve decided is that in areas like hospitality, food and beverage, business, sport and rec, and others with smaller overheads, is to drop the funding weightings,” Mr Cooper said. Mr Cooper said that while many TAFE institutions would have “felt like the carpet was pulled out from under them”, Leongatha has “marginally affected”. “We’ve been able to absorb the reduction in weighting through some in-house efficiencies. We’ve been able to ride it out well with this funding change,” he said. “For the moment we’re okay. Some of our other campuses in the Valley, which do a lot of business and a lot of tourism, have had to redo their 2012 budgets.”

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History may repeat in Toora By Matt Dunn PHIL Stone is urging Toora residents not to worry. But threats of legal action have been made. The South Gippsland Shire Council’s director of development services said a proposed heritage overlay for Toora was just an idea and would not, if it was ever instated, adversely affect the town. The plan has been floated through the South Gippsland Eastern District Urban Design Frameworks, and would apply to properties “along Stanley Street, to protect and enhance the character of the town centre, especially between Grey and Victoria Streets”. The document also makes overlay recommendations for Welshpool, Port Welshpool and Port Franklin. Port Welshpool may be hit with a flood overlay, but no specific part of the town has been identified. “We had a conversation with the Toora community, which was arranged through Cr Jeanette Harding. We had about 20 people turn up. We spoke at length about the heritage overlay,” Mr Stone said. “This is an action for the future to investigate the precinct of Toora for investigation of heritage overlays as they may be needed. We are not putting a heritage overlay on Toora, it’s just been flagged in the South Gippsland Eastern District Urban Design Frameworks document. “The document suggests we investigate further the requirement of heritage overlays to preserve the heritage character of the town. I think that’s very important and I think the majority of people in the community would agree there’s some buildings in the town that need to be pro-

tected because of their intrinsic value.” Mr Stone said there was “nothing that would restrict anything” in the frameworks document. “If the plan’s adopted as it is, it will give me a mandate to go to council and the State Government to investigate these things from a heritage point of view,” he said. If approved, the implementation of a heritage overlay could still be some years away – depending on council budgets and other factors. Mr Stone believes Toora’s historic Bank of Victoria building is one structure that would benefit from a heritage overlay. “It needs some work, but you can see its heritage value. The worst thing, I think, that could happen is if that were bulldozed. I wouldn’t want that to happen and I don’t think the majority of the community would want that to happen,” he said. “What a future investigation would do is get the community involved in saying what they want to see protected.” Mr Stone said the flood overlay for Port Welshpool would “trigger a permit for the investigation of how you would manage the development in the event of a flood”. Toora Post Office owner Peter Stewart said the town fought a heritage overlay more than a decade ago and would do so again. “We’ve been through this all before. This is just bringing up old problems that we’ve already fought for and sorted out back in 2000. We had people pushing down hay sheds and work sheds and everything,” he said. “The town will be up in arms. Hopefully it doesn’t get up. If we have to go to court this time, we will.”

Not happy: Toora Post Office owner Greg Stewart said residents would take South Gippsland Shire Council to court if need be. Earmarked for protection: Toora’s dilapidated Bank of Victoria building may be one structure that is offered protection under a proposed heritage overlay.

$925,000 sports stadium opened WITHOUT a politician in sight, Toora Primary School officially opened its $925,000 sporting complex recently. The grant money for the multi-purpose centre and reestablishment of the school oval was courtsey of the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution, National School Pride program. School council president Danny Jenkins was given the honour of declaring the new building open, while school captains Kate Jenkins and Mason Hyde unveiled the memorial plaque which will be placed outside the new facility. Mr Jenkins thanked the staff

and fellow school councillors for their foresight in ensuring that the $925,000 was utilised to the greatest advantage for the school and the community at large. Toora Primary School principal Barbara Purvis offered her thanks on behalf of the school community to businesses and individuals including South Gippsland Water, Windfarm company Ratch Australia and the Dessent family for their ongoing support of the school. Following the official opening ceremony, invited guests and parents enjoyed a tour of the new sporting complex and the school grounds before enjoying a delicious afternoon tea catered for by parents.

Proudly Toora: Toora Primary School principal Barbara Purvis and students showed off their school to parents and community members as part of the official opening of their new sporting complex, opened recently.

Medical funding hopes dashed

NO South Gippsland medical centres have been confirmed as receiving funds in the latest round of Primary Care Infrastructure Grants.

The government has announced that, through this second round, about $21 million in grants has been shortlisted for general practices in regional and rural Australia. Despite no grants being confirmed for the area General Practice Alliance South Gippsland CEO, Rhett McLennan is hopeful. “Traditionally, there may be one centre every year or second year that gets it,” he said. “You only have to look at Foster Medical Group’s new medical premises to see what that kind

of funding can provide. That facility is just sensational and along with Wonthaggi’s when it’s completed, will be fantastic for the area.” Most of the practices in South Gippsland apply for these types of grants each year. “It’s something that our practices through South Gippsland do every year, is try and gain some additional funds, so there can be more rooms for allied health professionals, possibly more doctors and registrars as well, so they can provide more services to the community and the patients,” Mr McLennan said. The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has welcomed the further funding of rural medical practice infrastructure. “One of the biggest challenges in rural practice

is affording the expansion of the infrastructure itself to accommodate enough doctors, nurses and other health professionals” RDAA president, Dr Paul Mara said. “The cost of developing additional practice infrastructure is significant, and as a result many rural practices remain restricted in the range of services they can provide, in part because they can’t afford to expand their practice space. “Given this dilemma, these grants are extremely important to the rural practices that receive them.” Better facilities may mean more doctors will be drawn to rural areas, but these upgrades would also allow an integrated approach to health care. “If you’ve got some spacious facilities with lots of room, not just extra consulting rooms, but

more space for practice nurses and allied health professionals, then you get a more integrated approach to health care as well,” Mr McLennan said. “It’s not just the doctors or the GPs who need to be solely relied on then.” Dr Mara said that more needs to be done than just these grants. “Of course, these grants only help address the bricks and mortar aspect of rural practice— there continues to be an urgent need for additional measures to entice more doctors, nurses and other health professionals to the bush, and RDAA remains keen to work with the government and other stakeholders to progress these issues,” he said.

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Berry-licious: Jennie Jackson and her granddaughter Codey pick delicious berries at the Yileen Berry Farm.

By Tessa Hayward WITH numerous types of berries available, Yileen Berry Farm is the place to go for all your berry needs. There are silvan berries, boysen-

berries, blackcurrants and blackberries available to the public from the end of December through January. Situated in the hills at Hallston, the location is beautiful and being so close to Mount Worth State Park, there are several things to do around the area. Yileen Berry Farm owner Jennie Jack-

son said people should make a trip of it. “People should come and pick some berries and then head over to Mt Worth State Park to have a picnic lunch,” she said. Mount Worth State Park has several walks and picturesque sights to see. Yileen Berry Farm also offers home-

Walking update: local community members Ian Wykes, Sarah Wines and Lee Whittle were excited to hear South Gippsland Shire Council was progressing the trail from Foster to Welshpool.

made ice-cream in delicious flavours. “People are very happy with the berries and a lot of the same people come back every year,” Jennie said. An appealing part of the berry farm is being able to pick your own berries; it makes it a little bit more fun. Jennie and her family have a great

time picking berries together and invite people to come for a drive to see the farm for themselves. “If people could ring before they come just to check there are berries available, that would be great,” Jennie said. To contact Yileen Berry Farm call 5668 5268.

Rail trail extension draws support By Tessa Hayward THE extension of The Great Southern Rail Trail from Foster to Welshpool is closer, and the community is jubilant. South Gippsland Shire Council has allocated $900,000 from its Corner Inlet Tourism Development Project to fund the project and will submit an application to the State Government for $2 million. If the application is successful, the council will have to commit on-going funds to the maintenance of the trail.

“I am looking forward to it as it will be very beneficial for the area,” Welshpool Rural Transaction Centre manager Kerry Pinzone said. “It will link Welshpool and Toora together. Kids will be able to ride from Welshpool to the swimming pool in Toora and from Toora to the basketball court in Welshpool.” Ms Pinzone said the trail will help the assets of each town by joining them. The rail trail committee currently receives $36,705 per annum from the council to look after the section from Leongatha to Foster. People will be able to go to Foster

and choose whether they want to go towards Leongatha or Yarram. “The community has always wanted a track from Welshpool to Foster. We have always had it in our mind that they will connect one day,” Ms Pinzone said. “It will be really good to have it, as it will keep the kids off the road and it is fantastic for tourism.” Approximate costs for the rail trail extension works are: Stage 1 (Foster to Toora) $1,283,000, Stage 2 (Toora to Agnes) $394,000, Stage 3 (Agnes to Welshpool) $1,230,000, reaching a total of $2.9m.

TV troubles in digital age By Jacob de Kunder AFTER switching to digital TV on May 5, locals have been getting poor picture and signal strength. Crackling, pixilation and silence from the TV during prime time is a common occurrence in some households. Leongatha man John Tapscott is not impressed with the standard of viewing. “I’m very disappointed with the government on this one,” he said. “Every second person I speak to has this problem and they’re doing nothing about it. “The technicians say that it’s the antenna and cabling, but I know people with brand new antenna and cabling that are having the drop-outs. “When they changed over they

never said that we had to upgrade our antenna or cabling. They said all we need is a set-top box.” A spokesperson from the Digital Switchover Taskforce said it came down to individual homes. “As with analog television, homeowners may need to address individual reception issues by checking antennas and cabling and upgrading equipment as necessary,” they said. “There are no known transmission issues in South Gippsland and digital services have been available from Mount Tassie since May 2005, allowing residents time to prepare for digital. Broadcasters report signals are stable.” The government provides a database of Australian Government endorsed antenna installers to check all signal strengths and make any ad-

justments necessary to antennas or cabling. However, the cost must be borne by home-owners. “It is almost certain the inadequate reception in the region is due to faulty antenna set-ups or localised signal interruptions,” the spokesperson said. “These can be resolved by engaging the services of an endorsed antenna installer.” The spokesperson ignored questions regarding the fairness of this extra cost. Mr Tapscott believed broadcast towers may be to blame. “A lot of people are suggesting that it’s the signal’s weakness,” he said. “At times it’s perfect. You can go nearly all day, but when it comes evening you get pixilation drop-outs. You can’t tell me that’s the antenna and cabling.”

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Volunteers in orange celebrated TWO Leongatha SES members have received prestigious honours in recognition of more than 15 years’ service. Harold Ross and Shane Chadwick were presented with National Service Medals at the unit’s Christmas barbecue recently. Unit controller Tony Lindhard was proud of their achievements. “Both members have contributed greatly to

the community through their SES membership and we all congratulate them,” he said. Mr Ross is a former unit controller and is currently administration officer. Shane Chadwick is now a road crash rescue specialist. “Shane has been of the best help when it comes to technical know how when it comes to road rescue,” Mr Lindhard said. Other members to receive Long Service Medals at the same function were:

• Les Boyd and Ben Degeus, five year certificates; • Neil Warren, 10 year Long Service Medal; • Val Bremner and Peter Maurier, 20 year Long Service Medals; and • Brian Rintoule, 30 year Long Service Medal. “On behalf of all the Leongatha SES members, I congratulate the recipients who with such dedication served the community for so long,” Mr Lindhard said.

Committed member: Neil Warren Long hall: Val Bremner is praised for Top honour: National Service Medal (right) receives his award from SES’ Clint 20 years’ service by SES officer Clint recipient Shane Chadwick was recognised Saarinen. Saarinen. by SES officer Clint Saarinen.

Tourists rush to website GLEN O’Neill of au, South Gippsland’s premier accommodation booking site, has been ‘blown away’ by the great number of bookings for summer. “Our advertising campaign in spring featuring the re-opening of Tidal River created a whirlwind of bookings and enquiries for our members,” Glen said. “Summer has been awesome!” Residents, tourism operators and guests wishing to find out about events, news and photos in South Gippsland, can ‘like’ www.promcountry. on facebook, php?gid=11955880942, follow us on twitter, twitter. com/#!/wilsonsprom or read the blog “Our website has received 43.3 million hits with 92,700 unique visitors in the last 12 months. Our bookings continue to grow exponentially,” Glen said. The most popular pages are: accommodation search, caravan park, cabin and cottage, pet friendly, beach house, luxury, bed and breakfast, one night stays, couple and family. Popular town pages are: Sandy Point, Yanakie, Inverloch, Foster, Waratah Bay, Fish Creek, Venus Bay, Port Welshpool, Walkerville and Leongatha. Of secure online bookings, 68 per cent are from Melbourne, 12 per cent from overseas, 12 per cent regional Victoria and eight per cent interstate. “ is in the top 10 in Google and other search engines for our 20-plus keywords,” Glen said. To advertise your business on www.promcountry. contact Glen O’Neill, email promcountry@, mobile 0408 599 732 or phone 5662 4263.

Second birthday Kylie and Mick Horell from Milie Surf Wear in Leongatha and their daughter Rahni are celebrating the store’s second birthday with a massive sale. The sale will span four days, from Wednesday (today) through to Saturday. Drop in and see what specials you can pick up, with 50 percent off all clothing.

It’s swap meet time CARS are like pieces of art to some people, practical sculptures of elegance that are much more than just simply transporting you from point A to point B. For those enthusiasts and restorers, a swap meet like the one in Korumburra is close to heaven. The 29th Annual Swap Day this Sunday (January 8) may be the chance for you to find the missing part for your masterpiece or simply something to fill the empty shelf in the shed. Best deals go early, with gates opening at 6am, but looking hard is the key to finding the missing piece of your automotive puzzle. It’s not just about cars either, with everything under the sun almost, available at the swap meet. Bric-a-brac, books, toys, and other miscellaneous items are up for grabs. The day of course also includes the vintage and classic car show. One of the cars on display will be the recently restored 1927 series 60 Chrysler of Rob Cowie.

Mr Cowie purchased the car in a very sad state of disrepair but has been pulling bits and pieces off the car, and repairing and making new parts to make sure it’s ready for this year’s show. “The project was great and I’m

looking forward to driving it,” he said. Come down to the Korumburra Showgrounds this Sunday, January 8; check out everything that’s on display for sale as well as Rob’s Chrysler and many other vintage and classic cars.

Big project: lots of car enthusiasts like Rob Cowie will be at the Korumburra Swap Day on Sunday.

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Painting the scene in the magic of oils COAL Creek Community Gallery is hosting a lovely exhibition of works by Vicki Sullivan. The exhibition will be open every day until the end of January. More than 30 of Vicki’s latest works are on display and all are magnificent.

The works are oil paintings and depict a range of subjects, including people, fruit bowls, landscapes and flowers. Vicki is based on the Mornington Peninsula and her work may be found in collections in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Colourful: the art works by Vicki Sullivan feature colour to draw the viewer’s eye.

Not a flyer: Ross Barclay had a hand in the construction of the larger helicopter prop.

Helicopter touches down ROGER Bengtsson had never thought about building a helicopter before, but has now completed that very task. Roger and his team at Leongatha’s Shakanda Engineering have put together a life size helicopter frame from scratch over the past few weeks.

“The helicopter is going to be a prop on a paintball field in Moorabbin,” Roger said. “It’s going to be part of a game called ‘Black Hawk Down’ and used as a base for one of the teams, I’ve been told.” According to Roger, after a bit of planning the actual construction wasn’t too difficult.

“It was a pretty simple and basic job to do,” he said. “It was just great for the boys to be doing something different and they loved having something interesting to work on.” The chopper was transported to the paint ball field where the blades would be attached and the finishing touches would be made.

Kayakers, don’t risk safety WATER Police are concerned by the increasing number of kayakers getting into trouble due to poor preparation and inexperience. In December alone, Water Police have rescued four kayakers. Tragically, two kayakers also drowned this month after attempting to paddle from Sandringham Yacht Club to Seaford. Water Police Inspector Steve Guilmartin said the majority of incidents came down to lack of experience and preparation. “Kayaking and canoeing are becoming more popular and people

High quality: Coal Creek volunteer Keitha Peters inspects Vicki Sullivan’s art works.

End of year fun THE end of the school year was a time for fun at Korumburra Secondary College. Three days of activities, movies and fun rounded out the year with a small

number of students enjoying the last days of 2011 at school. During a cooking lesson, students made gnocchi and tiramisu, and of course, they ate their completed product.

Yum yum: Roy Trumble, Kayley Lawrence and Bec Moon waited for their tiramisu to set before eating.

need to be aware of the dangers involved,” he said. “We see inexperienced kayakers paddling out into the bay and not having the energy to make it back to shore. “Many people also do not consider the weather and get stuck out at sea in turbulent conditions. “Inexperience and poor preparation can be fatal and unfortunately we have seen four kayak fatalities this year. “If you are getting a kayak for Christmas, please remember that this isn’t like riding a bicycle. “By preparing your trip and considering your own limitations, nearly

all marine incidents are preventable. “Water sports are a great summer activity, but it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that you follow the safety messages and don’t risk getting out of your depth – the consequences are far too great.” Water Police urge anyone going kayaking to: • ensure you have all the required safety equipment; • tell someone of your intended travel plans, including departure and return; • regularly check the weather for any sudden changes; and • ring 000 if in trouble, or use your marine radio.

Drinking dangers revealed STUDENTS from Mirboo North Secondary College tackled the important issue of underage drinking recently. Youth workers, nurses and teachers worked together to provide an interesting and collaborative approach to teaching and talking with students about alcohol. The students spent an interactive day at the school, The Grainstore and the Mirboo North Commercial Hotel learning about the effects of alcohol, and the strategies to support themselves and their friends about staying safe in environments where alcohol is consumed. Throughout the day, students learnt about the physical, mental and social effects of alcohol, responding to risky situations, including first aid, a binge drinking trivia quiz, and an opportunity to learn about standard drinks and speak with the publicans about liquor licensing laws

at the hotel. Mirboo North Ridgway Discount Store, Ridgway Takeaway, Dalliance, IGA Supermarket Mirboo North and McDonalds (Morwell and Leongatha) donated prizes, and each student was given a show

bag with literature about where to go to get more information or help. If you are a young person, or know a young person who is concerned about alcohol or other drugs, help is available locally.

Speak to your GP or contact Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 or visit or phone lifeline: 13 11 14 or visit au for more information about where to get free and confidential help.

Helping hand: Mirboo North Secondary College students Kadia Lardner and Megan Kennedy learn how to help ‘friend in need’ Ashleigh Harris.

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Pumped about specials: Davey Pumps salesman Ron Findlay with single and twin impeller pumps at the Leongatha business. The pumps will keep owners safer this fire season, with fire-fighting, boom spraying, and deep well jet pump applications. The Davey range is tried and proven, with years of experience. The single impeller engines are $765, while the twin impellers start at $945.

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Stay cool, healthy HEATWAVES can risk lives and that is why the State Emergency Service is keen to offer tips for staying cool this summer. Be sure to stay hydrated. Drink two to three litres of water a day even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid ‘fizzy’, alcoholic and

Summer time: James Lister (middle) and Benjamin and Roger King made the most of their summer break by spending time at the Korumburra Swimming Pool recently, in a bid to cool down.

Right choice saves AIR conditioners can be big consumers of energy, but Sustainability Victoria has some tips on keeping costs down. When choosing an air conditioner, look for: • models with at least a 4.5 star energy rating - every extra star can reduce running costs by 10 per cent; • models with inverters to respond to the changing cooling/heating needs of a room; and • models with easily adjustable thermostats. Any air conditioner retailer will be able to offer professional advice to match the

size of the unit to the size of your home. Units will run most efficiently if you: • set your thermostat to around 26ºC in summer. For every 1ºC you increase your thermostat by, you can save around 10 per cent on running costs; • draw curtains and blinds and close doors and windows to keep heat out; and • insulate your home and seal gaps around doors and windows. Appliances account for 70 per cent of household greenhouse gas emissions, such as refrigeration, cooking, standby power, heating and cooling. Buying energy and water efficient appliances does play a major role in reducing household emissions.

Campfire warning issued AS THE weather warms up for the summer holidays, the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Parks Victoria are reminding people to take care when putting out campfires. State duty officer Andrew Graystone said: “Not putting out a campfire properly can lead to disastrous consequences for communities and the environment. “A lot of Victorians will be going camping in the next few months and we want them to be vigilant with their campfires even when the weather isn’t hot. “People who leave campfires unattended, light them on days when they aren’t permitted or light them without taking appropriate precautions can be fined.” People should extinguish campfires

with water, not soil, before leaving their campsites, even for a short time. Things to remember when lighting a campfire in the open air in parks, forests and most reserves: • don’t light a campfire, or keep one alight, on dry, windy days; • most campfires escape when they are left unattended. Never, ever leave a fire unattended, even for a short while; • use a constructed fireplace where provided, or light the fire in a 30centimetre-deep trench to prevent embers from flying out; and, • in the area you are lighting the fire, clear three metres of ground and air space of flammable material, such as leaves and twigs. For gas, liquid fuel or chemical solid fuel clear an area of at least 1.5 metres.

caffeinated drinks and do not take salt tablets (unless instructed to by a GP). Dress in lightweight clothes and light coloured clothing to reflect heat and sunlight. Keep an eye on elderly and sick people, and monitor children for signs of heat-related illness. Stay out of the sun as much as

possible and if outside, wear a hat, sunglasses, shirt and sunscreen. Try to get air-conditioning installed and if not, go to a shopping centre, a cinema, art gallery or other place where there is typically airconditioning. Portable fans are also useful for cooling down homes.

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Water supply: having a high quality pump system is essential to defending your home against fire.

Above, Summer fun: Callum Gough, Tarryn Greenlaw, Christian Fitzgerald, Donald Shaw, Simon Baired, Aiden Beaton, Jai Sandyman, Sam Rickard and Claire Lynch.

Pumps beat fires HAVING a fully equipped pump and watering system on your property can mean the difference between saving and losing your house to fire.

An extensive range of pumps, hoses and accessories are available locally and staff will offer detailed advice about products ideal for your situation. Be sure to familiarise yourself with the pump and equipment so that in the midst of a fire, you can confidently handle the gear. Ample water and fuel supplies are a must, so have plenty on standby and ensure access won’t be affected by fire damaging pipes or blocking the way to the spare fuel tank. The Country Fire Authority recommends clearing grass, bark and leaves away from your home, keeping grass trimmed and watered, removing or trimming shrubs, and cutting branches overhanging your house. Gutters should be cleared of leaves

and rubbish; gaps, vents and roof spaces sealed to prevent embers entering the house; and LPG gas tanks and wood piles stored away from your house. Have a protective clothing kit ready to go: long-sleeved shirt or jumper, long trousers, broad-brimmed hat, goggles, sturdy footwear and gloves made from natural fibres. The CFA advises people to only consider staying with their property on days of extreme or severe fire risk, if they are fully prepared and able bodied. Remember, however, the CFA recommends that leaving early is the only safe option on Code Red days – the most severe fire risk days. Be sure to know what will trigger you to make a decision to leave. Think about where you will go, how you will get there, when you will return and what you will do if you cannot leave. Houses are not designed to withstand fires in Code Red conditions and defending your home can lead to death or serious injury.

Left, On the ball: Cedric Boissezon from Devon Hills and Joel Valadon from Rowville were showing off their soccer skills at the Inverloch surf beach last week.

Right, Build it up: Darcy Goad, Flynn Murphy and Will Gibbins were putting together some interesting constructions at Inverloch.

Below, Sandy men: John and Nicholas Novak were having fun in the sand at the Inverloch surf beach.

Looking for waves: Fletcher Jobling and Longan McWhirter from Griffith, NSW were ready to hit the water at Inverloch on Friday.

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Musical flair: guitar is just one of the musical instruments Leon Green is talented at playing.

Musical passion began with a gift By Tessa Hayward AFTER being given a drum kit at age 10, Leon Green has not stopped playing music since. Now aged 20, the Toora man still plays the drums and also piano and guitar. “I didn’t think drums were musical enough so I moved on to piano but it was too hard to take anywhere, so I learnt the guitar as it is easy to just grab and play.” Leon virtually taught himself how to play. “I had a few lessons, but they became too expensive so I taught myself.” Leon expresses his thoughts through his music and not only does he play music, but also writes his own songs. Writing tunes is challenging but it gives him another way of saying something. “Sometimes you don’t want to say things out loud, so you put what you want to say into your music.” Leon enjoys entertaining people and often plays live music at pubs. In Ballarat, where he attends university, he is in a

band called Dale and the Birds. They have played at local pubs in Ballarat and university events. “I play drums, piano and sing occasionally in the band, and I also do solo gigs.” Leon has played at Inverloch hotels, The Esplanade and The Inlet, and recently had a low key gig at Carino’s in Leongatha. “At the pubs I play what people want to hear and a little of what they don’t expect. At Carino’s I was able to play more of my own songs.” During the university year, Leon is focused on his studies. “My best two marks at school were for physical education and music; I am now studying exercise and sports science at the University of Ballarat,” Leon said. While this has nothing to do with music, he is content taking each day as it comes. “At uni I focus on my study, but in the holidays I get to enjoy doing gigs and playing music,” he said. Leon does not know what will happen in the future, but for the moment he will keep on playing and enjoying his music.

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Highly sought after location

This modern unit, located within walking distance to town is available through Alex Scott and Staff Inverloch. See page 26 for details.

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Be careful these holidays ARE you leaving your home unattended these holidays while you go away for a week or two to relax? It is a time to think carefully and make sure your home is left safe and secure by taking as many precautions as you can. No one likes to return from their holiday to find dead plants, over stuffed mail boxes, or even worse, stolen or broken treasures from a burglary. Turning on security lights or alarm systems is a great place to start; one of the best things to do is ask a trusted neighbour or friend to collect the mail each day, put out the bins, park a car in the driveway or adjust curtains and blinds. This helps give an impression of someone still being at home and deters unfriendly and unwelcome visitors. Holidays are also a time when holiday makers ponder their existence as they sit back and enjoy the relaxing lifestyle on offer in popular holiday spots. A common trend for people on holi-

days is to fall in love with the holiday spot and look at purchasing in the area to either move in to, or retire to at some later stage in their lives. It is easy to get carried away with the relaxing lifestyle of a holiday home and many people want to relive this lifestyle or adopt it as a new way of life. Purchasing a holiday home should only be done after careful planning and consideration of all the factors, beyond the pleasant experience. Many holiday home owners neglect to expand their purchase cost base by adding the expenses involved with holding the property, including council rates and water bills, major extensions or repairs, strata levels, garden maintenance and interest on mortgage repayments. When looking to purchase a holiday home, approach it in the same way you would any property investment and make sure it is in the right location. Just remember to think before you buy and leave your home safe these holidays.

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Creek & Planning Permit

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Just 10 minutes to Leongatha on a sealed road, this lush 8 acre parcel is newly fenced & predominately level, with a creek boundary, power provided, & complete with a 5 bay shed. Elusive & Exciting!

This perfect parcel of land, with very gentle fall, is smack dab in the middle of glorious rural surroundings, and is provided with Planning Permit, fenced boundaries, quality pasture, a dam, & power.

Brilliant 2.5ac parcel amongst the best of South Gippslands’ scenery! Fantastic views towards the coast, bitumen road frontage, power provided, new fencing, planning permit, and near level home site.

10 acres with 3BR + study home. North-easterly aspect, indoor & outdoor living, big shed, loosebox, paddocks & central laneway. On a sealed road, walk to Boolarra’s facilities!

11 Mt Eccles Road

220 Martins Road

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Fabulous family sized home, 4 bdrms with BIR, ensuite with dbl shower, 2 living areas, big laundry, big bathroom, ducted vac system, dbl garage with remote door. Low maintenance gardens.

On 4.8ac, this property offers a 4BR, 2 bathroom home ,2 SC cottages, barn/workshop, ornamental lake, sep. paddock & more. Continue with ‘Loves    

Stunning outlooks, beautifully maintained, expansive family home comprising 4 beds, 2 baths, 3 living areas, double brick garage and workshop, neat gardens. Peace & quiet in a glorious setting.

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69 McKitterick Street

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Elevated 3 bedroom home with views. Gorgeous       and split system aircon. Covered pergola, decked pool, single garage & carport.Walk to town centre.

Outdoor living in a north facing courtyard, or indoors in ample living space, with rural views. 3 BR "#$   %    ' tiles, stainless appliances, carport and garage.

Conveniently located near the bowling club & schools, this 3BR brick veneer home has lots to offer inc. privacy, level gardens, dbl garage plus carport for 2, covered BBQ area & 3 garden sheds!

This brand new home is feature-full! 4BRs, 2 living areas (double glazed), sparkling kitchen, huge walk-in larder, 2 bathrooms, private north-facing verandah. Walk to everything & enjoy farmland views.

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1/11 Grandridge East

54 Grandridge West

18 Balding Street

$260,000 - $275,000

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Here’s a stylish little number that’s got the looks, and all the elements for a comfy “just move inâ€? home, a walk to shops and schools. Three separated living areas include a cosy room with a               ( proportioned bedrooms, separate study, covered pergola, landscaped gardens, single carport, plus small garden shed. Looks great from the street, too good not to look, coz it looks too good to miss.

Here’s a quality property in true “Australian Homestead� style. A striking pavilion-style entertainment area with vaulted glass ceiling and a separate “studio� room combine to provide an extended living area that’s usable all year round. Black granite kitchen, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, gracious “step down� sitting room and dining area. Expansive lawn areas, huge quality shedding with bus-height doors and service pit. Walk to Leongatha’s centre: the convenience factor here is outstanding.

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57 Brown Street

$280,000 - $310,000


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0409 292 808

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With a country-fresh façade of weatherboards, verandas and Colourbond roof, this gorgeous new home is now complete. Enjoying full northern frontage to the green belt that passes its boundary, this newest Kohlman house has the now-reknown hallmarks internally: semi vaulted ceilings, stunning )    * $ ;       " fencing.

Looking down across the Dumbalk Valley from the top of Loves Lane, this is a complete surprise package. At the end of a tree-lined drive, the brick house with a deceptively modest exterior opens up like the Tardis into an enormous open plan living expanse of polished boards and big picture windows. Stunning new granite and Jarrah kitchen, new laundry and bathroom, three bedrooms. Orchard and dam. Big farm shed, plus workshop. Central to Meeniyan, Leongatha & Mirboo North.

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1630 Meeniyan Mirboo North Road

Mirboo Nth

$345,000 - $360,000

5668 1660 Prom Country


$435,000 - $465,000

5662 3100


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Stroll to town


HIS perfect unit is priced to sell and is located in a highly sought after area. Smart investors take note, this modern unit is within easy walking distance to town and boat ramp and the property will be sure to impress. With two large bedrooms, main with access to bathroom and both with large

built-in robes and floor to ceiling windows to let in the early sunlight. The large open kitchen, dining, and living area are well thought out, with access to a large outdoor area that will be your own private hideaway. The unit has great rental potential for full time or holiday rental, which is very popular in the high peak seasons. Inspection a must.

INVERLOCH Location: 1/14-16 Hopetoun Street Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Price: $450,000 Agent: Alex Scott and Staff Inverloch Contact: 5674 1111

Light, bright and priced just right J

UST around the corner from the shops and the beach sits this lovely as new home on a fantastic corner allotment of approximately 603 square metres. Boasting three large bedrooms all with new carpet (two with built-in robes), beautiful polished timber floors, open plan living, and a brand new kitchen featuring a prestige 900mm stove/oven. As added extras the home also features a huge butler’s pantry, split system heating and cooling, and plenty of fresh water from two tanks. Add to this picture a two and a half car

powered lock-up garage, a fully fenced backyard and a large decked area. All this and more means that you can stop looking for that perfect house by the beach as you’ve just found it!

VENUS BAY Location: 18 Pluto Drive Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Price: $325,000 Agent: Alex Scott and Staff Venus Bay Contact: 5663 7111

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Reading Recovery in danger by Liam Charles

THE future of a reading program in schools is at risk due to State Government cuts.

Literacy risk: Wonthaggi North Reading Recovery co-ordinator Tracey Hutton assists bubbly Grade 1 student Charlie Bolding.

A total of $481 million will be shed from the Education Department alone. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s northern region office has been forced to slash $100 million from their annual budget. In light of these cuts any Reading Recovery teacher who resigns or whose contract expires in this region will not be replaced. This could very well be repeated all across the state, including schools in West and South Gippsland. Local schools are now facing the arduous decision over which programs to maintain, and which to shed, in-line with the new funding regime. The Reading Recovery program was first developed in New Zealand in the 1980s, as a means to assist chil-

dren with reading and writing skills. The program is targeted at the lowest achieving 20 per cent of students in Year 1. On average, students spend 30 minutes a day outside the classroom with a specialist teacher who has completed an intensive one year training program. According to a 2000 study by the National Reading Panel, this intervention is a crucial determinant in a child’s literary and academic success. A 1991 study also revealed that Reading Recovery graduates are more likely to succeed in later life, as opposed to those who progress to the second grade with poor literary skills. A United Kingdom group, Every Child a Chance, calculated that for every pound spent on Reading Recovery there was a return on investment of 17 pounds, or AUD$26.45. Wonthaggi North Primary School Reading Recovery teacher Tracy Hutton has been conducting the school’s Reading Recovery program for the last six years.

Under her tutelage many students at Wonthaggi North have progressed to advanced levels of reading and writing. In one case, two pupils from non-English speaking backgrounds were able to reach the status quo in less than 12 weeks. It should be noted that the program is designed to last for 20 weeks. The genius of this science-based course is that it is tailored to meet the individual needs of the student. Often students slip through the cracks in crowded classrooms. In Ms Hutton’s words, “the program gives kids a platform to succeed.” According to Ms Hutton, “it not only teaches pupils how to read and write, but it helps children to understand the depth and breadth of the English language. “Unlike rote learning, it teaches kids that words convey meaning.” In order for West and South Gippsland students to reach for the stars, there is no doubt that Reading Recovery should be secured.

Education boost: at the launch were, from left: Jim Vivian, GippsTAFE; Peter Heilbuth, Advance TAFE; Barbara Fulton, Advance TAFE; Peter Hall MLC; Professor Helen Bartlett, Monash University Gippsland; Deputy Premier Peter Ryan; and David Gittens, GippsTAFE.

Education doors opened Day out: from left, Ray of South Gippsland FOCAS and Wonthaggi WHO Group, and Bob of the Mental Illness Fellowship.

Disabilities celebrated A BIG crowd celebrated International Day for People with a Disability at the Wonthaggi Guide Park recently. It was also a Christmas break-up party/barbecue for South Gippsland FOCAS and Wonthaggi WHO Group. Moonya Community Services, Mental Illness Fellowship, General Practice Alliance and Warragul Advocacy Group

were also represented. Hampers were distributed to lucky door prize winners as well as three beautifully decorated gingerbread houses donated by Bass Coast Regional Health. A fun time was enjoyed by all and it was good to see so many organisations getting together to celebrate a day for people with a disability, their carers and friends.

Free home safety checks PENSIONERS are being urged to take advantage of a home safety program aimed at preventing falls in their homes. The Archicentre - the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects - is offering the program. Bass Coast Shire Council community strengthening manager Antoinette Mitchell said the Archicentre Home Renovation Service provides Victorian aged pensioners and the disabled or their carers, with free home safety inspections. “The Home Renovation Service is different to the services council offers to older people, though is a service worth using,” Ms Mitchell said. “These inspections help people identify and address any potential safety hazards in their home and reduce the chances of injury.” Unfortunately falls in the home for older people can lead to a hospital visit and if there are ongoing issues, then a loss of independence.

Archicentre general manager David Hallett is responsible for the program and welcomed council raising awareness of the Home Renovation Service. “A home inspection service assesses the house by checking the requirements for grab rails, flooring and slip issues, paths and tripping, ramps, taps and hot water issues,” he said. “The service includes a safety inspection of the home by an Archicentre accredited architect. There is also a report of any repairs required and an estimated costing which protects elderly users of the service from exposure to over quoting and potential financial hardship.” The free home safety inspections for aged pensioners and the disabled or their carers, is funded by the Victorian Government, through the Department of Human Services. To access the service, telephone the Archicentre on 1300 136 513. To find out more information about Bass Coast Shire Council’s home care services for the aged and disabled visit or call 1300 BCOAST (226 278).

GIPPSLAND’S three largest tertiary education providers have united to increase the number of education opportunities for local students. The move will also help address the shortage of skilled health and community service workers throughout the region. Bringing together Monash University, GippsTAFE and Advance TAFE (previously known as East Gippsland TAFE), the Gippsland Integrated Health and Community Education Program will see the introduction of a new, regionally focused Diploma of Health and Community Care. That course will provide graduates with the ability to enhance their employment opportunities in the health and community care sectors and build on their achievements by transitioning to a bachelor-level degree at Monash University’s Gippsland campus. With the first intake scheduled for mid-2012, it is expected that 150 students will have either enrolled in or completed the new Diploma of Health and Community Care by the end of 2013. The program, which was jointly announced by Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall, has been made possible through funding of $1.5 million from the Victorian Government’s Regional Partnerships Facilitation Fund, with a further $1 million of in-kind and financial contributions from the three participating institutions. Professor Helen Bartlett, pro vice-chancellor of Monash University’s Gippsland campus, said the Gippsland Integrated Health and Community Education Program demonstrated how universities and TAFEs could work together to address skills shortages and help overcome the barriers to tertiary education in regional areas. “Due to the ageing of Gippsland’s population, demand for health and community care will continue to increase, and ensuring a capable workforce is developed to respond to this remains a pressing challenge,” Professor Bartlett said. “Education providers need to make it easy for people in Gippsland - regardless of where they may live – to access education and training opportunities at TAFE and university. “The introduction of the Gippsland Integrated Health and Community Education Program shows how education providers can share their respective strengths to achieve that objective and overcome regional barriers such as distance, cost, aspiration and attainment.”

Jim Vivian, general manager of Corporate Services at GippsTAFE, said the new Diploma of Health and Community Care would place an emphasis on using technology to extend the footprint of Gippsland’s tertiary education providers, and increase flexibility and convenience for students. “The new diploma will primarily be delivered through face-to-face and e-learning at 10 sites across the whole of Gippsland, including Bairnsdale, Sale, Orbost, Churchill, Traralgon, Morwell, Yallourn, Warragul, Leongatha and Wonthaggi,” Mr Vivian said. “The approach allows us to take education opportunities to students in their own towns, letting them live and study locally – with the support of friends and family – rather than requiring them to relocate or travel considerable distances.” In addition to providing improved opportunities to share infrastructure, the Gippsland Integrated Health and Community Education Program will further strengthen links between the vocational and higher education sectors, and provide a defined pathway for students seeking to study at university. “After successfully completing the Diploma of Health and Community Care with Advance TAFE or GippsTAFE, a student will be able to continue building their skills, experience and qualifications through having guaranteed entry to an undergraduate degree at Monash University’s Gippsland campus,” Mr Peter Heilbuth, CEO of Advance TAFE, said. “This is an especially important component of helping make university more accessible and achievable, particularly for students who haven’t completed Year 12, or mature-aged students who may be returning to education after many years in the workforce.”

Clarification CR Mimmie Jackson did not seek the approval of South Gippsland Shire Council to continue her relationship with a council officer. Cr Jackson informed council of her relationship at the December 21 council meeting. The Star last week reported Cr Jackson sought council consent to continue with the relationship. Cr Jackson can rather ask for council consent if she wishes to be excused from making a decision on a matter before council, if she believes her relationship poses a conflict of interest.

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Tourism players party PROM Country Regional Tourism hosted its annual Christmas Cheer event with a relaxed function at Waratah Hills Vineyard in Fish Creek.

Social occasion: Marty Thomas of Moo’s at Meeniyan, and Andrew and Bronwen Osborn from Limosa Rise.

Thirty tourism and business operators attended the event, held to celebrate the start of the Christmas season. Hosts Judy and Neil Travers treated guests to a magnificent buffet dinner, featuring locally sourced ingredients, and an array of Waratah Hills wines. Lyn Jamieson from nearby Golden Creek Olives provided olive oil tastings on the night, helping to broaden guests’ knowledge about different oils and the quality olives grown and processed locally. The next Prom Country Regional Tourism social event will be held in autumn.

Festive cheer: Santa visited Leongatha before Christmas with his little helper handing out lots of lollies and bringing cheer to the town. Troy Mileto and Jenny Hamilton were excited to meet him. Big kid: journalist with The Star, Tessa Hayward, enjoyed meeting Santa when he came to Leongatha in the lead up to Christmas.

Getting together: Graeme and Georgia Wilson of Windy Ridge Winery, Christian Stefani of South Gippsland Shire Council, Marty Thomas of Moo’s at Meeniyan, and Andrew Osborn of Limosa Rise.

Flying flag: Philip Botte and Tameka Bullen of McCartin’s Hotel.

Tarwin Lower Red Cross PRESIDENT Margaret Fisher welcomed the 23 members to the last meeting of the year, held at Venus Bay Community Centre. After the pledge it was down to business, with Deb Nugus giving her report and forwarding $1500 to headquarters. A certificate of appreciation has been sent to a friend of Val Latham’s, Rose Biggs, who is in her 90s, with poor eyesight. She has knitted many, many ‘trauma teddies’ over the years for Red Cross. Our activities for November: three members served a luncheon and cleaned up in the kitchen for a funeral. The unit was lucky enough to be able to run a sausage sizzle at the Rotary Club market at Inverloch, with eight volunteers working in shifts. It was also an opportunity to let the people see Red Cross raising money. On cup weekend, we held a jumble sale at the Tarwin Lower market with everything from carpet, Santa Claus suits and knick-knacks. Nothing was priced; buyers made an offer. Two members attended the regional meeting followed by a mock

disaster – gas tanker rollover with shire, police, CFA and Red Cross all working together. A training day on personal support and outreach was attended by three members. A week later Marilyn Mackie, regional catering officer and two of our volunteers catered for 70 CFA members at Pound Creek as they were having an exercise. The meeting was followed by our Christmas lunch, with Muriel Riley and Trudy McColl decorating the tables beautifully with the true Christmas theme. Val, Penny and Muriel read out poems and stories they had written, followed with singing Happy Birthday to Trudy for her special day. She received flowers and a cake. Margaret presented Glenda Arbuthnot with her 30 year bar as a member of Red Cross. Glenda was invited to the National Red Cross Conference in Tasmania. She was very excited and it was a great surprise. The conference was for three days in early December. The conference welcome was by Leonie Dickson, Tasmanian Aboriginal community member and Robert Tickner, Australian Red Cross CEO,

with the official opening by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of Australia and Patron of Australia Red Cross. About 500 delegates celebrated achievements and heard speakers. Abbas Gullet, secretary general of Kenya Red Cross spoke about drought in East Africa. Yves Daccord, director general, international committee of Red Cross and Red Crescent, and many more interesting people also spoke. During the day people were divided into groups to listen to special sessions of interest to each individual. The conference was rewarding and a great opportunity to be with like-minded people sharing their experiences. The drawing of the unit’s Christmas hamper was held, with Trudy McColl first and David Fletcher second. Both reside at Venus Bay. There is no Red Cross in January but we are working with the Venus Bay Men’s Den preparing a breakfast on Australia Day after the service at Fishers Park, Tarwin Lower. All are welcome to attend. Tarwin Lower Red Cross unit wishes all a merry Christmas and a happy new year, with our first meeting on Tuesday, February 7.

ALANA Peta Joy Hayes was born at Leongatha Memorial Hospital on December 14. Alana is another daughter for Brad and Alli of Inverloch, and a sister to Jaxon, 7, and Montaya, 15 months. NATASH Michelle Bennett-Pearson was born at Leongatha Memorial Hospital on December 19. She is a daughter for Terresa Bennett and Tyler Pearson of Venus Bay, and a sister for Nickyta, 3, and Chelsea, 1.

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Acts revealed for milestone Mossvale A LINE-UP of Australian and international acts will make the 10th anniversary of the Mossvale Music Festival. Come to Mossvale Park at Berrys Creek on March 17 and bring your dancing shoes. Australian group The Dirty Three is a violin-led trio with experience playing with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Grinderman, Cat Power, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Smog. Melbourne in 1991, this violin led trio has earned an international fanbase through years of relentless touring and spellbinding performances. Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires will come from the USA to present a howling sound so loud and proud, festival-goers will think the ghost of James Brown has entered the park. Discovered at the age of 62 by Daptones records, Charles Bradley takes a life of hard knocks and leaves it all on the stage for one of the most amazing and soulful performances one will ever see. Eric Bibb and Stefan Astner come from the USA and Sweden, and bring with them masterful musicianship. With a trademark velvet voice, Eric Bibb is a Grammy nominee who has sailed into the hearts of blues and roots fans worldwide. In duo mode, Eric will be accom-

panied by beautiful Swedish guitarist Stefan Astner (of Celine Dion fame) who is also featured on a new live CD, Troubadour live. Australian outfit The Bamboos are generally acknowledged as Australia’s greatest modern funk and soul band. Emerging from the Deep Funk scene of the early 2000s, The Bamboos have since forged a unique sound of their own, combining elements of Old-School Funk, Hip Hop, Mod Rock, Psychedelic and Northern Soul. The eight-piece line-up led by guitarist Lance Ferguson and featuring the power-house vocals of Kylie Auldist are renowned for their blistering, high energy live sets which have kept people dancing all the way from Byron Bay to Bratislava. Their four studio albums and one live album for UK label Tru Thoughts have earned them a place in the very upper echelon of the worldwide contemporary Funk and Soul scene. American Ben Sollee is a genrebending cellist and vocalist known for his percussive playing style, genre hopping song-writing, wide appeal, and political activism. His music incorporates banjo, guitar, percussion and unusual cello techniques to create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz,

and R and B. Fellow American Krystle Warren is known for her extraordinary voice, deep and smoky, and full of virtuosic variety. Australian group Sal Kimber and The Rollin’ Wheel were described by Rolling Stone as “Australianasoaked alt-country at its finest”. They have been winning hearts at shows and festivals around the country. Their self-titled album, which showcases Kimber’s award-winning song-writing and the band’s skilful musicianship, was met with an overwhelming response upon release in October. UK band AHAB are destined for great things. With their gorgeous melodies, soaring harmonies and masterful songwriting, this is a band the Lyrebird Arts Council is truly excited about. Aussies Liz Stringer and Van Walker have played Mossvale Park before and the Arts Council is pleased to have them back. Tickets are now on sale online at au or at Gecko Studio Gallery, Fish Creek; Main Street Revelations, Foster; Duck Hutt, Meeniyan; Dear

American flavour: Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires will sing with a howling touch. Australian group: The Dirty Three is a violin-led trio with Warren Ellis on violin, Mick Turner on guitar and Jim White on drums.

Antiques, Leongatha; Continental Drift, Mirboo North; and Leading Edge Music, Wonthaggi; or directly from Lyrebird by phoning 5664 9239 or email: lyrebirdarts@ Any queries concerning Mossvale or any other Lyrebird event can be made by phone to Suzanne or Ian on 5664 9239 or via email: Come and enjoy one park, one stage and what is guaranteed to be one perfect day.

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• Stony Creek Racing Club December 30 meeting • Lisa Pellin annual parents club end of year dinner, Leongatha

Place to be: Boolarra’s Ross McRae, Robyn Boyd and Vicki Tunks with French visitor Elise Mercier (second from left) at the Stony Creek races.

Big day out: Stony Creek’s Wayne Nottage and Glen Langstaff were preparing for a few punts at the Stony Creek races.

Ready to roll: horse owners Steven Muster and Richard Gibbs (both at rear) with their families. They are, from middle left: Grace Miles, Ben Gibbs, Lauren Gibbs and Rachel Gibbs. Front: Marie Gibbs, Jenny Muster and Rob Torrance.

Family day: Paul, Emma, James and Melanie Forsyth picked a beautiful day to venture to the Stony Creek races from Essendon.

Lads’ day: Fish Creek footballers and local boys Lachie Pratt, Keith Hibbert, Jack Spokes, Sam Sperling, Jordan Shaw and Jake Staley had a good day out at the races.

Festive cheer: Kerry Zuidema, Alana Westaway and Monique Goss reflect on a successful year with Lisa Pellin Dancers at the parents club annual dinner.

Feet up: Mandy Susic, Julie Richards and Nella Mitchelson relax after a busy year with Lisa Pellin Dancers.

Scrumptious meal: parents of Lisa Pellin dancers, Tanya Stockdale, Kate Adkins and Shelley Williams, unwind at Number 9 Dream, Leongatha. Young at heart: Marlene Stockdale and Joy Morgan - grandparents of Lisa Pellin dancers - share a yarn.

Banter time: Lisa Pellin and Jenny Goss in party mode.

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Plan before it’s too late By Tessa Hayward THE lines of communication have expanded for CFA as they are now able to warn Victorians during an emergency through the social media platforms Facebook and Twitter.

It is another way of providing critical, emergency information to Victorians. Township protection plans were also mailed to 24 Gippsland communities recently, including Inverloch, Koonwarra, Sandy Point, Venus Bay, Walkerville and Waratah Bay. “They will help better equip populations with skills to develop their own fire plan and make them aware of the environment around them,” CFA township protection planning co-ordinator Gary Burns said. People need to be prepared as grass fires come up extremely quickly and are very fast moving, fire plans need to be planned accordingly. “I urge them (communities) to consider the information carefully, and use it as a trigger to reassess their own bushfire survival plan,” Gippsland manager community safety Mark Potter said. It is aimed at everyone living, working or travelling through the broader township

to know what to do, and where to potentially go on days of higher bushfire risk. The updated information should encourage people to rethink their level of bushfire preparedness. “The CFA has a wide range of services and information available to help them (communities) get further prepared,” Mr Potter said. The Victorian Fire Risk Register was developed a number of years ago and characterises each town. Koonwarra has been assessed as a very high bushfire or grassfire risk, Inverloch and Sandy Point have been assessed as having a high bushfire risk, Walkerville has been assessed as having extreme bushfire risk and Waratah Bay and Venus Bay have been assessed as having very high bushfire risk. “In the New Year we will be visiting towns in Gippsland who have a community plan and talk to residents about their own fire safety plans,” Mr Burns said. On January 4, 2012 they will be visiting Walkerville Caravan Park; on January 7, 2012 Koonwarra Market and Port Welshpool Foreshore; on January 8, 2012 Venus Bay; on January 10, 2012 Waratah Bay Caravan Park and on January 14, 2012 Sandy Point. The most important thing this summer is to have an updated fire plan and to have it ready in case of an emergency.

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

Your self indulgent streak surfaces again, so if you are dieting it will require an extra measure of willpower. A friend or spouse may be unexpectedly coy. Awards or other recognition may arrive by the end of the week. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

A concerted effort could lead to a task ahead of schedule. Annual meetings or reunions may be on the agenda this week. Interesting people work their way into your life. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

This week features travel and new educational activities. Information from far away is reassuring. An involvement in a new venture may take more of your time than expected. A shared financial arrangement needs review. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

Before tackling household chores, be sure you are on familiar ground. Compliments coming your way are genuine. Business ideas may be more fanciful than realistic. Your educational horizons broaden. LEO - July 23 - August 22

Building upon your own ideas could lead to a significant accomplishment at home or at work. Shopping for bargains proves favourable - commensense is a must. Watch a tendency to divulge secrets. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

Be unusually careful in selecting a confidant. Your judgement may be clouded briefly. Outlining goals proves a favourable activity. An old debt may be repaid by the end of the week. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

This is an excellent week to take your complaints to people in high places. Your intuition is stronger than it has been, especially your perception of the motives of others. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

Carrying a grudge is counterproductive. This is a splendid week for making amends. Variety is the theme of the week that may include travel and surprise visitors on the weekend. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

Reading the local newspaper and reading between the lines may prove beneficial, leading to important discoveries. Fringe benefits come your way by Thursday. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

Be sure to inform your partner of any dealings. He/she may be in a less than trusting mood. Involvement in a volunteer assignment could bring an unexpected benefit. Mechanical checks are important. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

Confirming plans can save you from an embarrassing situation. Visitors are eager to help - it’s up to you to provide opportunities. Avoid bursts of temper. Patience is a must. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

A possible romantic misunderstanding starts the week on a skaky note. The key is to keep your sense of humour and sense of perspective. Be careful to read correspondence carefully. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

You are introspective looking inside yourself before making a move or speaking from the heart. Secretive and passionate, you present an aura of mystery. One important relationship is highlighted. A more open approach may lead to a deeper understanding.

In shape: instructor Kay Rodda leads the Gippsland Southern Health Service group at Mirboo North.

Nyora joins in fitness fun IF YOU are over 50 and keen to improve your strength, flexibility and balance, then join a fun, gentle exercise session at Nyora. From Thursday, February 9, Gippsland Southern Health Service will run sessions at 9.45am at the Nyora Public Hall. Known as the HAPI (Healthy Ageing and Prevention of Injury) program, classes are held in a number of locations across South Gippsland and for the first time, the program will be offered in Nyora. Activities include the use of hand weights, balls and resistance bands. The weekly exercise sessions are led by a qualified Kinect fitness instructor and supported by allied health assistants from Gippsland Southern

Health Service (GSHS). GSHS’s planned activity group co-ordinator Brendan Kellow said the program is available to anyone living independently in their home who wants to improve their general fitness and regain their balance, as well as meet new friends. The program is also available for people with an intellectual or physical disability or an acquired brain injury, as well as their carers. Anyone can refer themselves or an eligible person to this program. The only requirement is that all new participants must provide a completed medical practitioner referral form prior to commencing the program. The referral form can be obtained from the Planned Activity Group office by contacting Brendan Kellow on 5654 2785 or 0409 022 442 or

Church Times ANGLICAN: Wednesday, January 4: 9.30am Woorayl Lodge HC; 10.15am Koorooman House HC; 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Friday, January 6: 7.30pm St Andrew’s, Dumbalk HC. Sunday, January 8: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Exploring Worship; 10.30am Union Church, Tarwin Lower HC. Tuesday, January 10: 7pm St Andrew’s, Dumbalk / St David’s, Meeniyan Fellowship. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Mirboo North. Phone 5668 1346. Holy Communion 8.30am: Worship and Sunday School 10am. ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Korumburra: Sunday 9.30am and Wednesday 11.30am. Poowong: Second and fourth Sundays, 11am. ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Wonthaggi. Sunday, 10.30am: Holy Communion & Sunday School; Monday, 7.30pm: Holy Communion; Wednesday, 8.45am: Christian prayer & meditation, 10am: Holy Communion. CHURCH OF ASCENSION: Inverloch, Sunday, 9am: Holy Communion & Sunday School; Tuesday, 9am: Christian prayer & meditation; 10am: Holy Communion; Thursday 7.30pm: Holy Communion. 5th Sunday services, alternating at Wonthaggi & Inverloch, contact Rev Bruce Charles for details, 5672 3984. ASSEMBLIES OF GOD: Prom Coast Community Church Inc. - Foster Community House, Station Street, 10am: Sunday. Sunday School and Creche operates. Pastor Bill Watson 5686 2248. A.O.G. Inverloch - Cnr Bear and McIntosh Street, Inverloch. Sunday Service 10am; Imagine Christmas Day Service 9am. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, 10am and 6pm: Sunday. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: Pastor Vic Butera 5655 2478. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Leongatha South Gippsland Liberty Fellowship - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Sunday services: 11 am and 7pm. Office: 5662 3100. Wonthaggi A.O.G. - Billson Street, 10am: Sunday. Contact: Pastor Barry Smith 5672 3984. CHRISTIAN REVIVAL CRUSADE: 40 Hughes Street, Leongatha. Sunday, Morning Service 10.30 am: Inspirational Service, 6.30pm: Children’s Church 10.30am: Home cells weekly. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455. THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES

CREEK: Meeting every Sunday at Archies Creek. Morning Communion Service 11 am: Evening Holy Spirit Revival 6pm: Phone: Ps. Chris Chetland 5674 3867 or 5672 4660. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Saturdays, Church service 10am., Leongatha Sabbath School 11.30am. CATHOLIC: St Laurence’s Parish Leongatha: 5 pm Mass Saturday, 11am Mass Sunday. Tarwin Lower: In St Andrew’s Union Church, 5pm winter, 6pm summer Mass Saturday. Meeniyan: 9.30am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 11am, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Mirboo North: 11am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 9.30am Mass, 2nd and 4th Sundays. St. Joseph’s Parish Korumburra: 9.30am Sunday Mass. Loch: 5pm/6pm Daylight saving Sunday Mass. Wonthaggi: Saturday evening 6.30pm: Evening Mass; Sunday, 10.30am: Mass. Inverloch: Sunday 9 am: Mass. KORUMBURRA’S AGLOW: First Monday every month at Korumburra Day Centre, Korumburra Hospital, Bridge St., Korumburra at 7.45pm. Inquiries phone 5657 2214. GIPPSLAND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Strongly family oriented church meets at The Grain Store, Mirboo North, Sundays: 4-5.10pm Communion, 5.15-6pm Bible Studies for Adults, Youth and Children. Friday evenings: Home Fellowships 7.30pm; Youth Activities. Enquiries: 5668 2226 Bob Stevens. SALVATION ARMY LEONGATHA COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 52 Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) - Sunday: Family Worship at 10am: Kid’s Club - Tuesday, 4 - 5pm; mainly music, Thursday 10am. All welcome. Please contact Captain Claire Emerton or Lieutenant Rachael Collins, ph. 5662 5122. SALVATION ARMY WONTHAGGI COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 149 McKenzie Street every Sunday at 11am for Family Worship. Kids' Club - every Tuesday at 4 pm, Women's Group - Wednesday at 1.30pm, and Playgroup - Friday 9.30am. Evening Ladies' Fellowship - First Monday each month and Youth Groups held monthly. All welcome. Please contact Lt. Robyn and Max Lean. Ph. 5672 1228. PRESBYTERIAN: Weekly Worship Service 10am Sunday, corner Bent and Turner Streets, Leongatha. Phone Rev. Dr D. Clarnette

0409 236 981 or elder Col Rump 5662 2107. CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH: Reformed Church meeting at the corner of Peart and Brown Streets. Sunday family service at 10.30am. (10am daylight saving time), creche and Sunday School available. All Sunday evening services at 5pm. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2527. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, January 8, 10am. 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. BAPTIST CHURCH KORUMBURRA: 39 Mine Rd, Korumburra. Service and Sunday School 10.30am. Pastor Ian Wilkinson. Phone 5658 1366. BAPTIST CHURCH WONTHAGGI: Cnr McBride & Broome Crescent, Wonthaggi. Morning Service & Children’s Activities, Sunday 10am. Weekly activities see 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 9853 6627. FISH CREEK UNION CHURCH: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 9am; 2nd & 4th Sundays, 7pm. Contacts: Fran Grimes 5683 2650, Sue Poletti 5663 6325.

by emailing Kay Rodda, HAPI instructor at Classes cost $6.80 per session and are billed monthly. Program details and locations: • Shire Meeting Rooms, Commercial Street, Korumburra. Mondays from 10am until 11.15am; • Senior Citizens Club Rooms, Couper Street, Mirboo North. Mondays from 2pm until 3.30pm; • Dakers Centre, Smith Street, Leongatha (two classes). Wednesdays from 9.30am until 11.30am; • Community Health Centre, Walkerville Road, Tarwin Lower. Wednesdays from 1.15pm until 2.30pm; and • Nyora Community Hall from February 2012. Thursdays from 10am until 11.15am.


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ACROSS Search (4) Arrest (9) Carry (4) Mislaid (4) Dig (4) Damage (4) Spy (5,5) Very Good (5,5) Difficult (4) Just (4) Great (4) Servant (4) Rebound (9) Surrender (4)

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DOWN Grasp (5) Mother (5) Resist (6) Attractive (6) Ferry (4) Meet (9) Reptile (9) Disorder (4) Cut (4) Hidden (6) Missing (6) Astonish (5) Avoid (5) Frost (4)

CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8306 ACROSS 1. Message that’s something other than English (4). 7, What one pays all found? (6,3). 8. Aim to get near (4). 9. The idea is to take the vessel round the lake (4). 10. What drifters do in a big city, say (4). 11. The sandhill, when Ed returns, is unoccupied (4). 14. Going up in the world! (10). 16. Waded out with a number: very heavy (4,6). 19. The story is a flop to start with (4). 22. How long will it take, at a guess, to oust us (4). 24. Now and again follows the male (4). 25. The wrong cutting? (4). 26. Will have a try at surrounding the soldiers (9). 27. Move to the very outside (4). DOWN 1. The man up and became an itinerant (5). 2. Get one used to having something dragging behind (5). 3. Clerk who gives orders (6). 4. Force from one the architect’s name and the church (6). 5. The tea is a help (4). 6. Seeing it’s to do with (9). 12. Experiences a trip in a submarine (9). 13. She’s the last one in (4). 15. The things one does to entertain people! (4). 17. Get up late (6). 18. Shot round, attacking (6). 20. Wasn’t well and stood the girl up (5). 21. A fuit drink for about two English p. (5). 23. View, we’re told, as the locale (4).

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Making the news 2011

Stop the carnage: The Star newspaper editor Brad Lester (front) has led the charge for more than a year to see South Gippsland roads fixed. He urged Star staff and the local community to back the all important road toll campaign launched by the State Government in October.

Crash drama: the South Gippsland Highway was cut when a truck crashed into Korumburra’s Austral Hotel in August.

Devastated: a wall of flood water swept through Fish Creek in March 2011, destroying the town’s new $130,000 synthetic bowling green.

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January 2011 THE cause of a truck crash in which up to 30 cattle died last Thursday remains unknown. A Loch man was seriously injured and many cattle killed after a cattle truck left the Strzelecki Highway and came to rest in a paddock at Boorool.

February 2011 AN underground marijuana plant accessed via a chook shed was uncovered by police at Trida last Wednesday. Four shipping containers linked by a network of tunnels were searched by detectives from the Victoria Police Crime Department and drug squad. ON Saturday, February 5 at Jan Juc, surfing super siblings, Nikki and Joe Van Dijk of Phillip Island, took out their respective divisions in the West Coast round of the Victorian Junior Surfing Titles.

March 2011 PHIL Piper is furious and horrified. He found out – via the metropolitan media – that a mining company wants to slap an exploration licence on his peaceful lifestyle property in Mirboo North. SOUTH Gippsland claimed triple individual gold at the Australian Junior Championships in Sydney which concluded on Monday, March 14. The three newly crowned Australian champions are Eleanor Patterson, Ben Green and Patrick Ryan. All are members of the South Coast Athletics Club.

April 2011 THERE’S a planning application before South Gippsland Shire Council for a $6 million broiler farm at Stony Creek. It’s been lodged by Peter and Catherine Hanrahan, who want to use eight hectares of their dairy farm. DRIVERS are still counting the cost of colliding with potholes that appeared suddenly in highways across the region last week. At least six motorists blew tyres after hitting a massive two metre hole in the South Gippsland Highway near Loch last Thursday.

May 2011 THE State Budget has delivered $10 million to rebuild Leongatha Secondary College. The money will come in two bites of $5m each. It will mean the completion of the Leongatha

Education Precinct, which will provide for students from prep through secondary school to TAFE and university, all on the one site in Nerrena Road.

June 2011 KORUMBURRA CFA captain Bill Rodda has been recognised on the Queen’s Birthday honours list. He received an Australian Fire Services Medal. AUTHORITIES are investigating why two dams leaked near Foster last Thursday, threatening to flood the town’s main street. Water surged down Stockyard Creek, which flows alongside homes and near businesses. YEARS of hard work have culminated in an announcement Wonthaggi will have an entirely new golf facility for the town.

July 2011 MILK prices have opened higher for this forthcoming season as dairy companies compete for suppliers, suggesting a positive outlook for the South Gippsland economy over the next 12 months. INVERLOCH Surf Life Saving Club has swept through Surf Life Saving Victoria’s Awards of Excellence, taking out the highest mantle of Victorian Club of the Year 2011.

August 2011 ANY pool in South Gippsland could close. That was the message delivered by South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Warren Raabe to public meetings at Korumburra and Poowong last week, regarding council’s Aquatic Strategy Strategic Directions discussion paper. FORMER Leongatha resident and Leongatha Secondary College teacher Lisa Alexander has taken over as head coach of Australia’s national basketball team.

September 2011 KILCUNDA-BASS made history on Saturday, winning the Alberton Football League premiership for the first time ever. IT SEEMS that everything Dyson Heppell touches turns to gold. The former Leongatha junior footballer became the first player in Essendon’s history to take out the NAB Rising Star award.

State winners: Wonthaggi Theatre Group’s Cabaret opened in May 2011 and took out a prestigious state theatre award.

October 2011 STONY Creek is bringing

Dyson stars: Leongatha’s Dyson Heppell did his town proud last year, debuting with the Essendon Football Club and taking out the AFL’s NAB Rising Star of the Year award.

College celebratio ns: the Leongatha Secondary College in May 2011, with community had pl exciting news of a enty completion of the $10 million State Leongatha Educat Budget windfall th to celebrate ion precinct. at will see the the rodeo back to South Gippsland, with its first ever event to be staged in the New Year. Set to be a major event on the calendar, the rodeo will attract the top rodeo riders from all round Australia and some 1000 spectators. SOUTH Gippslanders will face another summer without fire refuges in high fire risk towns. LEONGATHA’S Kris McLaren is riding high after a dream offer to race in the Spanish Moto2 Championship next year.

was a little girl. Kaila has recently returned home after competing in the 1500 metre race at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, Korea. LEONGATHA swimmer Mikaela Cornelissen has qualified for the Australian Olympic trials in the 50 metres butterfly after swimming a personal best time of 29.67 recently.

November 2011

A WOMAN wielding a syringe she claimed was filled with blood held up a Leongatha store last Thursday. Around 2.30pm, the woman entered Swanlee Craft in Bair Street and spent a short time browsing. She then threatened the shop assistant with a syringe containing liquid and demanded money. INVERLOCH surfing legend and Surfing Victoria’s executive director Max Wells has been recognised for his leadership at the Victorian Sports Awards held last Thursday.

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council received a bomb threat just days before the unveiling of Mirboo North’s Sam the Koala bronze sculpture on Saturday. An anonymous caller threatened to either blow up the sculpture or run over it with a tractor. LEONGATHA Football Club will be coached by former Richmond player Will Thursfield in 2012. MAKING it into an Olympic team has been a dream of Leongatha’s Kaila McKnight since she

December 2011

Making merry: there was plenty to cheer about in Meeniyan in July 2011, with the new supermarket and a number of other fabulous businesses opening in the town, topped off by a visit by Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South, Peter Ryan.

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Aah, the serenity! SOUTH Gippsland has again proved to be the holiday hot-spot, beaches, luring visitors with its clean beaches azure waters and friendly faces over the Christmas-New Year break.

The Starr was out and about at Waratah Bay and Inverloch last week, photographing tourists doing what they came here to do: relax! Among the crowd were many locals, holidaying in their own backyards.

Waratah’s the go: these youngsters were all about relaxing on their camping holiday at Waratah Bay Caravan Park, from left: Sam McGannon (Nerrena), Liam Bourke (Leongatha North), Josh McGannon (Nerrena), Ben Perry (Leongatha), Lochie McKenzie (Hampton Park), and Liam Rowe (Knoxfield).

Regular gig: annual site-holders at Waratah Bay Caravan Park were, from left: Mollie, Kaye and John Bourke of Leongatha.

Not far away: from Fish Creek to Waratah Bay for their holidays were the family of Brod, Stacey and Jenny Courtney.

The boys: kicking back at Waratah Bay Caravan Park were, from left: Trevor Comb (Croydon), Gary Yeomans (Boorool), caravan park owner Jimmy Harry (who was also working!) and Butch McGannon. According to all reports, Jimmy’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks were sensational!

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star 30 years ago, January 6, 1982 THE new $1 million cattle selling complex at Koonwarra was tested for the first time last Monday when nearly 2500 of the state’s finest cattle went under the auctioneer’s hammer. **** INVERLOCH’S Will Young, born in Northampton, England, in 1891 has been declared the oldest active fisherman on the Australian coast.

10 years ago, January 8, 2002 TWENTY-SIX drunks have sobered up in the Wonthaggi Police Station cells since Christmas Eve, spoiling familyoriented celebrations around South Gippsland. **** MORE than 280 volunteer firefighters from the South Gippsland region battled roaring infernos, searing

temperatures, swirling dust and 70km/h winds to help control the bushfires in New South Wales.

Five years ago, January 9, 2007 THREE meetings at Stony Creek this season have resulted in three home track wins to Rubini, trained by Mick Bannon. **** DESPITE welcome rain falling across South Gippsland during the New Year period, many places recorded their lowest yearly rainfall levels ever.

Right Relaxing read: enjoying the shade at the Inverloch Foreshore Camping Ground were campers (from left) Keith and Ruth den Hartog and Jenny Priest.

One year ago, January 5, 2011 Left Summer holiday: Adam and Jamie Torey and Dylan Ramsay (middle) were loving their time at Inverloch.

TWO sexual assaults have marred what were otherwise family friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations in South Gippsland. **** SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will aim to reduce carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2021, and produce no waste.

Meals roster (Leongatha) Mr and Mrs Hogan, Leongatha Red Cross and Catholic Women’s League will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning January 9, 2012.

Right Family affair: the Moppi family had made the trip from Brunswick to Inverloch for their holiday, from left: Michael, Nicholas, Christopher and Steve.

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Grapes make better milk WINE drinkers and milk-lovers now have even more reason to toast for ‘good health’ thanks to an environmentally and heartfriendly milk derived from a winemaking by-product. New research by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has found that feeding dairy cows the stems, seeds and skins from wine grapes increases milk production, dramatically cuts their methane emissions and makes their milk healthier. Scientists at DPI’s Centre for Dairy Excellence at Ellinbank found that supplementing the cows’ feed with grape marc reduced their emissions by 20 per cent, increased milk production by five per cent and increased the healthy fatty acids in their milk when green feed was not available. The cut to emissions is thought to represent the largest reduction of its kind ever attained through the use of a feed supplement. The scientists supplemented the diet of dairy cows with five kilos of dried grape marc over 37 days and compared the results with other animals fed conventional fodder. They then measured the cows’ milk yields, milk composition and methane emissions. DPI scientist Peter Moate said the researchers were stunned by the results. “We now know that supplementing a dairy

cows’ diet with dried grape marc increases the healthy fatty acids in milk by more than six times that of standard autumn fodder,” he said. “These particular fatty acids are extremely potent in their ability to benefit heart health and are also known to help fight cancer, diabetes and arthritis.” Dr Moate said at this stage it appeared that a substantial increase in healthy fatty acids by adding grape marc to cows’ diet only occurred when green feed was not available. “However, using grape marc as a feed supplement appears to be extremely effective in increasing these healthy properties during drought or long dry seasons,” he said. Dr Moate said there were also early indications that cows fed grape marc also produced milk with higher levels of healthy anti-oxidants and that further tests were being conducted to verify this. He said on top of the cuts to emissions and the potential health benefits for milk drinkers, the discovery could also provide tangible benefits for the wine industry. “We’ve managed to utilise what is currently a waste product for the wine industry and turn it into a very valuable feed source,” Dr Moate said. Eleanor Biro, owner of Djinta Djinta Winery, said it is a great discovery. “I heard that it can be used for mulch and it’s very good for weed control, but to actually feed those grape stems and vines to the cows, I’ve never heard of anything like that before,” she said. “It’s interesting though, because when you think about it, it would be rich in nutrients because they’re producing the fruit off the vine.

Wine cows: Dr Peter Moate in Ellinbank with a cow fitted with a collar that measures methane emissions. “We’ve got a lot to learn from the environment and sustainability and farming practices.” The amount of waste that is produced from a season varies, according to Ms Biro. “It depends on your season,” she said. “For example last year I had nothing because I lost the whole crop, so it’s really dependent on the season and what we’re crushing. “We’ve had up to 10 tonnes of grapes to crush and other times like 2010 we only ended up with five-and-a-half tonnes. It’s a big difference.” A deal between dairy farmers and wineries would be good but maybe not always practical. “If they’re looking at that (deals), it’s an unknown quantity of what we can supply to them, unless they brought it in from Mornington and other areas,” Ms Biro said. “I can tell you that a lot of the wineries in the Yarra Valley especially, had a

lot of the same trouble as we did last year and with mould, mildew and disease, so we absolutely had nothing of real good quality to harvest. “You don’t know how much waste you will have.” Dr Moate said there was currently around 200,000 tonnes of grape marc produced in Australia every year, making it a readily available product for dairy farmers. However there were limits to the movement of grape marc because of quarantine restrictions to prevent the spread of the grapevine pest phylloxera. In another benefit to flow from the research, the results also showed that feeding grape marc to dairy cows increased their daily milk production by five per cent. Dr Moate said the trial was carried out towards the end of the lactation cycle and the researchers hoped to repeat it during early lactation when the cows were producing

more milk. “It’s possible that the benefits of using grape marc as a feed supplement in early lactation could be even more significant,” he said. Dr Moate said the research into using grape marc as a feed supplement was another example of DPI science aiming to enhance the productivity and profitability of Victorian food and fibre producers. This research is part of a wider program looking at the use of feed supplements to reduce methane emissions, such as brewers grains, cold-pressed canola meal, cottonseed meal, and hominy meal, which all reduce methane emissions while supporting milk production. Dr Moate said the use of grape marc together with other methane reducing feeds could result in a reduction in methane emissions of up to 20,000 tonnes per year – the equivalent of taking about 200,000 cars off the road.

Confidence on the up VICTORIAN farmers’ confidence has risen, boosted by good spring seasonal conditions. However, confidence remains relatively weak as grain producers nervously await the outcome of harvest, with concerns about a repeat of last year’s wet conditions which damaged crops. The latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey shows Victorian farmer confidence has improved from last quarter’s lows. The survey found Victorian farmer confidence had climbed to positive territory with more primary producers now expecting the agricultural economy to improve than those expecting conditions to deteriorate. The survey questions an average of 1200 farmers across a wide range of commodities and geographical areas throughout the nation on a quarterly basis. Rabobank general manager rural Australia Peter Knoblanche said all areas of Victoria had benefited from a

reasonably good start to spring. “So far it’s been a very good year for grain and the cereal crop harvest is expected to be average or slightly larger than average,” he said. “Although some variation exists between locations. In Gippsland, there are concerns in particular about wet paddocks and facial eczema disease in livestock impacting dairy and meat production.” Victorian graziers, in particular, cited rising commodity prices as a cause for their optimism, Mr Knoblanche said. “For dairy, while prices have softened, they remain at reasonable levels and dairy production throughout the state has been good,” he said. “This has been helped by a sharp increase in production in northern Victoria, which is enjoying the best conditions in some time, with major water storages full and the allocation outlook the most positive in years.” Of those Victorian primary producers surveyed who expected the

agricultural economy to worsen over the next 12 months, 28 per cent nominated concerns about the Australian dollar and 24 per cent cited government intervention and policies. “The currency has shown some volatility over the recent quarter, but was at a high level during the time the survey was taken and is obviously a significant concern for exporters,” Mr Knoblanche said. A total of 47 per cent of Victorian producers reported higher gross farm incomes over the third quarter of 2011, compared to the same period the previous year, with 11 per cent reporting lower incomes. Queried on the topic of foreign investment in agriculture, just over half (51 per cent) of Victorian farmers viewed it as a threat to Australian agriculture. Only 16 per cent of the state’s farmers believed foreign investment presented an opportunity for the Australian agricultural sector. The next results are scheduled for release in March 2012.

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Worm threatens sheep SHEEP farmers beware. THE Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is alerting producers to the possibility of outbreaks of disease due to Barber’s Pole worm, which can thrive in the warm, moist weather conditions currently being experienced. DPI district veterinary officer Jeff Cave said female Barber’s Pole worms produce a large number of eggs (up to 10,000 per day), which quickly leads to heavy pasture contamination.

Fresh warning: sheep farmers are being urged to watch for Barber’s Pole worm.

Mediation scheme provides extra security BANKS and other creditors must now offer to mediate with Victorian farmers before foreclosing on their debts, Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said last week. Mr Walsh said the Victorian Coalition Government’s Farm Debt Mediation Scheme was now fully operational, with a network of independent mediators in place across the state. “The Farm Debt Mediation Act 2011 fulfils a key election promise to force banks and creditors to offer farmers mediation before initiating debt recovery proceedings,” Mr Walsh said. “Under the Farm Debt Mediation Scheme, banks and other creditors must offer farmers an opportunity to sit down on equitable terms and attempt to negotiate an agreed outcome with the help of an experienced and impartial mediator.” Mr Walsh said while Victoria had seen the welcome return of good rain over the past year, many producers, through no fault of their own, continued to labour under large debts as a result of more than a decade of drought. “The scheme provides farmers with the security of knowing that, in the event

that they are struggling to service their debts, creditors cannot simply walk in and take over,” Mr Walsh said. “We have allocated $3.5 million over the next four years for the scheme, which will be administered by the Department of Primary Industries, with the mediation service provided by the Office of the Small Business Commissioner.” Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher welcomed the announcement. “The Small Business Commissioner’s mediation process will allow farmers and creditors to discuss individual circumstances and agree on a mutually beneficial result,” Ms Asher said. Mr Walsh said a similar scheme in New South Wales had seen farm debt mediation produce a settlement between farmers and their creditors in more than 70 per cent of cases. For more information on the Farm Debt Mediation Scheme, go to www.dpi. or call the DPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186. Farmers in need of advice about managing their financial situation can seek assistance from the Victorian Rural Financial Counselling Service at www.rfcs.

Millions for conservation EIGHTY landholders in West, Central and South Gippsland are sharing $2.5 million that has been awarded as part of the Victorian Government’s West Gippsland EcoTender. Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said he was impressed by the outstanding response from landholders in the region. “The EcoMarkets program rewards landholders for protecting native vegetation and biodiversity on their properties,” he said. “Under EcoTender, landholders competitively bid for funds and successful bids are those which offer the best environmental value for money.

“EcoTender is an effective way for government to work with landholders and to gain significant benefits for the environment. “Work which is now being undertaken as part of the EcoTender program includes protecting natural wetlands and rivers, weed control, planting native vegetation and fencing.” Water quality will be improved with the management of more than 330 hectares of rivers and wetlands. Leongatha landholder Mr Jim Seabrook said he is delighted his bid for work on his property was successful. “It’s really terrific that we have received this funding as it allows us to break the back of work we’ve wanted to do on the property and now we can do it all far more

quickly,” he said. The West Gippsland EcoTender focused on 17,700 square kilometres in the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority area, from Warragul to Sale and the Great Dividing Range to Wilsons Promontory. It is the third EcoTender run by DSE, resulting in around 1100 hectares of land being managed and conserved and about 250,000 native trees and shrubs being planted over the five years.

“Barbers Pole worm larvae are eaten by sheep during grazing,” Dr Cave said. “The worms suck blood, leading to anaemia and bottle-jaw, but not necessarily weight loss or diarrhoea. “Just 1000 adult Barber’s Pole worms can remove 50ml of blood from a sheep per day, which is why Barber’s Pole worm outbreaks can lead to high mortalities in a short space of time.” Dr Cave said like other internal parasites, Barber’s Pole worms

mainly affect weaners and lactating ewes. “Barber’s Pole worms can be detected at post-mortem, or in live animals by a faecal egg count. “As with other internal parasites, drench resistance to Barber’s Pole worm is becoming increasingly common.” For further information please contact your local veterinarian or DPI veterinary or animal health officer.

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Christmas cheer at carols INVERLOCH’s Community Carols were a huge success recently, with about 350 people attending. Held in the Community Hub, locals and tourists made their way to the carols to enjoy a night of festive spirit and carol singing.

Reverend Graeme Peters said, “It was a lovely night and the program went smoothly.” Providing the music and singing were the Stringz orchestra, South Gippsland Jazz Society and Wonthaggi U3A. “They all did a great job. There

Christmas cheer: Jill Allen and Tonia Luther got in the Christmas spirit at the Inverloch carols.

were some challenging carols but they took them on,” Reverend Peters said. Everyone seemed happy with the event and sang along to all their favourite Christmas carols including the Aussie version of Jingle Bells, Silent Night and We Wish you a Merry Christmas.

Jolly carols: Rhonda Davies and Anne Hardy wore their Santa hats with pride.

Happy time: Laraine Lyon and Tyler, Jan and Ryan Anderson in carols’ spirit.

Festive season: Hayley Kew took her festively dressed nephew Taj to the carols.

Joyful times: Jasper, Dylan and Isabella Shone had front row seats at the Jovial spirit: the carols were a perfect way for kids like Anabelle Bremner to carols in Inverloch. learn Christmas favourites.

Newlyweds: Jo Langstaff and Chris Clarke celebrated their wedding recently. Motor weekend: car fans browse the public display of cars at last year’s Kustom Nationals.

Kustom cars bigger and better THE annual Kustom Nationals event will once again be coming to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit this weekend. Bass Coast Shire Council’s events officer Frank Angarane said about1000 customised cars will congregate at the circuit where 14 Rockabilly bands will perform on January 7 and 8. “On Friday, January 6 a free public display will take place in San Remo, with cars beginning to arrive at the foreshore car parks from

mid afternoon,” he said. “Cars will fill the main car parks and part of Marine Parade in the early evening. There will also be Rockabilly bands performing on both Saturday and Sunday in the evening until 10pm. A similar free public display will take place in Cowes on Saturday evening starting from 5pm.” Thompson Avenue and the Esplanade will host a huge customised car display with live music being performed from a stage set up at the bottom of Thompson Avenue.

The general public will also have the opportunity to select the People’s Choice Award for the best vehicle on display. Temporary road closures will be progressively implemented at both locations as the cars continue to drive in. “The free displays in San Remo and Cowes on Friday, 6 and Saturday, 7 January will provide a great opportunity to engage the local community,” Mr Angarane said. “It will also mean there will be many more visitors to the area, with car enthusiasts from around the country.”

Racecourse wedding CHRIS Clarke and Jo Langstaff celebrated their wedding on December 3. Around 140 family and friends shared in the joyous occasion at the ceremony at the Warrnambool racecourse. Jo is an ex Leongatha resident and is the daughter of Neil and Judy Langstaff who still live in the town. Flowers were supplied out of Chris’ mother’s garden, with his sister doing the arranging. The newlyweds spent their honeymoon on Kangaroo Island.

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public notices IN regards to the person (now deceased) who ‘removed’ my small bore pump from my home, it was never for sale, receipts date back to 1984. Proof is at my home to anyone who wants to look at them. B. Byrne, Venus Bay.

8th Annual

FUN RUN Sunday, January 15 WARATAH BAY to SANDY POINT (8kms) Registration 9 - 10.15am at Waratah Bay Playground Run starts 10.30am Family $30 16 & over $10 15 & under $5 Presentations & BBQ will follow at the Sandy Point Surf Lifesaving Club Enquiries: 5684 1240 or 0427 841 362

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situations vacant

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

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

Public Screening Wildlife and Nature Documentary Video

The Dance of the Lyrebird By Tessy and Bernd Amesreiter Sat 7.1.2012 - 4pm Foster War Memorial Hall Entry $10, children under 15 years free MC Max Adam Live Music by B. Jeffrey, Harp & Dr T. Chalko, Guitar

PARTS TRAINEESHIP Windmill Ag is a long standing Victorian business. Starting as a small service station, and then growing over the years into a multi-store outlet for John Deere tractors and farm machinery, Windmill Ag services a large portion of south western and south eastern Victoria. Windmill Ag’s large service and parts team complements their extensive sales business of farm equipment. The successful applicant’s responsibilities will be to: • Serve retail customers over the parts counter. • Answer the phone and assist customer enquiries over the phone. • Always emit a helpful and pleasant manner to internal and external customers. • Endeavour to assist the customer in every way possible before sending them to another facility • Maintain accurate paper work and record keeping. • Ensure all parts are receipted in and out of parts. • Assist with regular stocktakes. • Maintain a safe, clean and tidy work area. • Present the showroom in a professional manner, updated regularly. • Ensure all orders are given the priority they deserve. • Work until the job is complete, this may require some overtime. • Present oneself in a professional manner. • Work alternate Saturday Mornings • Complete on the job training for Traineeship and attending Trade School as required. Preferred Attributes • Year 11 pass or equivalent • Machinery/Farming knowledge

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

Position closes 12th January 2012 Please forward application and resume to: Dealer Principal PO Box 231 Leongatha VIC 3953

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Lyrebird Villages for the Aged Inc.

Edney's of Leongatha is seeking an apprentice motor mechanic to join its expanding Nissan/Hyundai dealership. The successful applicant will be given the latest dealership training throughout their employment while working in a friendly, modern environment. You will also have the opportunity to expand your skills with RACV road service. Forward hand written applications to: Edney's Leongatha Attention: Nick McRae PO Box 72 Leongatha 3953 Applications close Friday 27th January


Medicare locals are the forefront of change in Primary Care as part of the Health Reform. Central West Gippsland Division of General Practice (CWGDoGP), East Gippsland Primary Health Alliance (EGPHA), General Practice Alliance South Gippsland (GPA) and Primary Care Partners have been selected to become the Medicare Local for the Gippsland region and will be funded to do this from 1 July 2012. This role is responsible for project managing the process of transitioning the company structure and business to become a Medicare Local for the Gippsland region. The role requires a transformational leadership style, excellent communication and negotiation skills, including the ability to initiate and facilitate effective project management. The position will report to the Chief Executive Officer and will work closely with the Divisions and Primary Care Partners. Attractive salary package and benefits, including salary packaging. Enquiries: Di Jamieson on 0417 561 496 Applications close: Monday 9 January 2012 All applicants should include a full resumé, and covering letter addressing the role competencies. The position description can be reviewed at Please forward application to: HR Department Central West Gippsland Division of General Practice Inc. PO Box 253, Moe Vic 3825 Or email:

UnitingCare Gippsland is a quality accredited community service agency. Staff and volunteers provide a range of community services in Gippsland for children, young people, families and individuals. The Agency has a vision of a healthy Gippsland, where disadvantage and inequity are challenged. UnitingCare Gippsland has the following vacancy:

KOORIE PRE-SCHOOL ASSISTANT 20 hours per week Baw Baw and South Gippsland

Application forms and position descriptions are available at or call Kirstie or Pam on 5152 9600 to have copies emailed/sent to you. Applications addressing the key selection criteria close: 5pm January 16, 2012 and are to be addressed to: Kirstie Pearce HR Coordinator UnitingCare Gippsland PO Box 454 BAIRNSDALE VIC 3875 or email: UnitingCare Gippsland interviews in the interests of safety and well-being of children and young people.

Lyrebird Villages for the Aged Inc. is seeking full time and part time Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses to join their progressive regional aged care facility located in Drouin. AM, PM or night shifts are available. Your role will be to provide high quality resident care in accordance with AHPRA and ACSAA standards. This role requires: ● Registration with AHPRA ● Experience in Aged Care preferred but not essential ● Current Police Check ● ACFI experience will be highly regarded but not essential ● Excellent communication skills Enquiries: Zaigere Eales - T 5625 2026 Request position details: E Email applications to Zaigere Eales, Operations Manager or via post to: 8 Neerim Street, Drouin 3818 marked “Confidential”.

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Yooralla Early Childhood Services Sub-contractors – Gippsland Region

UnitingCare Gippsland is a quality accredited community service agency. Staff and volunteers provide a range of community services in Gippsland for children, youth, families and individuals. The Agency has a vision of a healthy Gippsland, where disadvantage and inequity are challenged.

About Us Yooralla is one of the largest disability services in Victoria and has significant experience in Early Childhood Services. We are looking for sub-contractors to provide FaHCSIA funded services for children through the Better Start and Helping Children with Autism initiatives.

We currently have the following vacancy:

About You Do you have a commitment to working with children and families? Do you have an ABN number and are you a member of your relevant professional organisation?

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(Diploma in Children’s Services required for Mirboo North) 38 hours per week Readvertised Salary Packaging available For further information on the above position please telephone Rebecca Ford on 5668 2450. To download position descriptions refer to the website:

About the Role Yooralla is an approved FaHCSIA provider. As a subcontractor with Yooralla, you will be able to provide therapy services to your clients under the Better Start and Helping Children with Autism funding packages. Yooralla provides the administrative/invoicing requirements of the programs on your behalf. This is funded at an extremely attractive rate.

Applications close 5pm 13th January and are to be sent to: Kirstie Pearce HR Co-ordinator UnitingCare Gippsland PO Box 454 Bairnsdale Vic 3875

For more information please contact Tamara Klein Manager Therapy Services on 0432 139 367 or e-mail your interest to by the 20th January 2012. Please visit our website for further information about our organisation. Please Note: Applicants must be willing to undergo a police records check and a medical/physical assessment as part of the recruitment process. All electronic applications must be submitted in Microsoft Word format only. This role is only available to Australian residents or to those who hold valid working visas or permits.

Yooralla is an equal opportunities employer and we encourage people of all abilities to apply.

UnitingCare Gippsland is a quality accredited community service agency. Staff and volunteers provide a range of community services in Gippsland for children, youth, families and individuals. The Agency has a vision of a healthy Gippsland, where disadvantage and inequity are challenged. UnitingCare Gippsland has the following vacancy:

St Andrews Child Care Centre CENTRE CO-ORDINATOR

Full-time Based in Mirboo North Interviews to be held 13th January 2012 Applicants with Early Childhood qualifications and previous early childhood management experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary Packaging available For further information please contact Leanne Coupland on 5662 5150. An application form and the Position Description can be found on our Website: Applications addressing the key selection criteria close 9th January 2012 and should be addressed to: Kirstie Pearce HR Coordinator UnitingCare Gippsland PO Box 454 BAIRNSDALE VIC 3875 or email:

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BCCHS seeks expressions of interest for the part-time employment of an experienced, qualified nurse to work with individuals, GPs and local community services, to manage drug & alcohol & mental health issues (Dual Diagnosis). The successful applicant will work with a team of Drug & Alcohol workers and a Team Co-ordinator to provide a range of innovative interventions to service users wishing to withdraw or maintain abstinence from both prescribed and illicit Drugs & or Alcohol, using alternative replacement Pharmacotherapy medications. The successful applicant will also need to demonstrate the ability to deliver health and education sessions/ groups to service users. Remuneration for this position as per relevant professional qualifications. Inquiries to Karley Oakley, Co-ordinator Drug & Alcohol Services. To obtain a position description and an employment application form, please telephone reception on 5671 3500 or refer to our website: Applications must address the key selection criteria, and include the Application for Employment form. Applications close 5 pm, January 27th, 2012 and should be addressed to: HR Administrator Bass Coast Community Health Service 1 Back Beach Road, San Remo Vic 3925 Or by email to:

Repairs and services

Phone JOHN GOULD 5664 0012

Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists

Building a Healthy Community

Rural Withdrawal & Pharmacotherapy Nurse (Division 1 or 3 Registered Nurse) 0.6 EFT


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

Yooralla People and Culture PO Box 200, Flinders Lane Melbourne, Victoria 8009 Email

situations vacant FULL TIME MILKER / farmhand position on Kongwak dairyfarm. Contact 5667-4505. WEEKEND MILKER for 350 cows. Phone Mark 0427-643241.

for sale GEESE - family of 5 - $50. Ph: 5664-6563.

$25 GARAGE SALE KIT KIT INCLUDES 5cm x S/C advert (valued at $31.90) • 2 x A4 Garage Sale Signs • Garage Sale Tips (dos and don’ts) • Sheet of Price Stickers • Star Carry Bag

Total package valued at $39 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


ISA BROWN pullets, point of lay, free range, beautiful and quiet, $20 or price neg. for number. Ph: 0417143218.

LAYER PULLETS Abundant layers, black and gold / reds available now. Will deliver. 5668-5161, 0438-565721.

used vehicles

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

accommodation for sale

Taaffe Roses

A bucket of perfumed cut roses delivered or picked up

FROM $15 a bucket ALL ENQUIRIES: David 0434 355 991 Barb 0434 925 640

SINGLE professional person seeks midweek self contained accommodation in or close to Leongatha. Ph: 0431-380089.

for lease

5 ACRES Leongatha / Dumbalk, with shed, suit weekender, hobby farmer with few animals. $4,000 per year. Only 4WD access. Ph: 0432-572226, ask for Jag.

for rent

HAY for sale - Fish Creek. 200 5x4 net wrap round bales. Milker quality hay, off silage paddock, regrowth, $40 a bale plus GST, loaded. Ph: 0427-832214.


VENUS BAY - house, short stroll to beach and shops, sleeps 7. Permanent rental also available. Contact: 0408-320001.

HEN HOUSES - suit 6-7 hens. Ring Denis 56642443.


ROOM for rent, to live with two others, $115/wk plus utilities. Brand new, modern house, a block away from shops. No pets. Phone Kim 0433-333805.

SILAGE triple wrap Oct. 2010. 400+ bales, $35 inc. and loading. 0427-302773 Waratah North.



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5672 3127

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BOWMAN - LONZA John and Catherine, together with George and Judy wish to congratulate Lucy and Aaron on their engagement on November 12, 2011.

marriage celebrant

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

PAM HERRALD 5662 2553 0438 097 181

WENDY STAYNER 0409 259 195 03 9785 9186

Dianne Smart It’s all about you 0427 075 660

bereavement thanks MADEX - Shirley and John Cook and families wish to express their heartfelt thanks to everyone for the many phone calls, cards and beautiful flowers on the recent passing of Peter. Please accept this as our personal thank-you.

deaths HOPKINS - Peter. Passed away on December 25. Aged 62 years. Son of Shirley Lawson (dec). Dearest friend of Allan Lawson (dec). Loved brother of Margarett, Jeanette, Robyn (dec), Wendy, Heather and Allan. Came into our lives far too late, Taken from us far too soon. Gone but never forgotten. Destined to finally meet Mum in Heaven. HOPKINS - Peter. 01.08.1949 - 25.12.2011 Passed away at Domain Seahaven, Inverloch, after a long and courageous battle. Late of South Gippsland, Perth and Merbein. Dearly loved husband and soul mate of Linda. Loved father of Jaye, Aaron, Jeremy, Johnathon, Caitlin and Hayden. Loved pa to Chloe and Maddison. HOPKINS - Peter. To my darling Peter, It wasn’t love at first sight for me, A whole lot of baggage came along with thee. I showed no interest and could not see, What you and I we were meant to be. But you persevered with all your charms, And finally wooed me into your arms. Our love stood strong through many tears, As we entered some torrid and turbulent years. The child we craved to complete our life, Was so out of reach for this husband and wife. Shattered but steadfast we were tested once again, As an illness like no other had crept into your brain. We fought a courageous battle we knew we could not win, But for the time we had together I would do it all again. Forever yours, Linda.



VERBOON - Cornelia Johanna Maria (Corry). June 26, 1921 - December 28, 2011. Passed away peacefully at Lenie’s home (Hastings). Formerly of Colins Court, Leongatha. Loved wife of the late Willem Verboon. Beloved mother of Maurice (dec), Louise, Corry, Janny, Bill, Thea and Lenie. Gentle and loving mother-in-law of Elaine, Brian, Geoff and Leanne (dec). Loving grandmother (Oma) of 22 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren. “Put your chin up and keep smiling” VERBOON - Corry. Mum, I want to thank you for the very special gifts you’ve given me all my life. You’ve given me the gift of sweet childhood memories. You’ve given me the gift of dreams - the ones you’ve made come true and the ones I achieved myself because of your encouragement. But most important of all, you’ve always given me the gift of love, the most precious gift of all. There’s no way I could possibly thank you enough for these gifts and so many more. I will always be so grateful, and you will always have a special place in my life and in my heart. Your loving daughter Janny. Lovingly remembered by Janny, Geoff, Paula, Peter, Ric, Rachel, Kristy; Tim, Angela, Ryan and Lauren; Michael, Sophie, Erika.

Tina, Nicola, Chelsea and

WALKER Elizabeth Doreen. At Woorayl Lodge on December 28, 2011 in her 97th year. Loving wife of John (dec). Mother of Jean Hill (dec), John and Robert Saunders. At rest after a long journey. Private cremation. WATCHORN - Gwenda. You were my dear, dear friend. You taught me so much just being you. What a privilege it has been to have you in my life. I miss you always, at peace now. Love Judy family.



WATCHORN - Gwenda. Loved sister-in-law of Leon and Lois. Special aunty of Michael and Tracey, Chloe and Lachlan. Deepest sympathy to Terry, Dean and Debbie, Peter and Sharon, Troy and Janine (dec), and their families.

WATCHORN - Gwenda. A true friend will be sadly missed. We have memories of great times. Deepest sympathy to Terry and family. - Kaye, Rob, and family.

funerals HOPKINS - A Memorial Service for the late Mr Peter Hopkins will be held at the Dakers Centre, cnr of Smith and Watt Sts, Leongatha on Wednesday January 4, 2012 commencing at 10.30am. Following the above service the funeral will proceed to Mossvale Park, Berrys Creek, where Peter’s ashes will be scattered. No flowers please.

message of hope YOU shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace. Isaiah 55:12.

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funerals VERBOON - The Funeral Service for the late Mrs Cornelia Johanna Maria (Corry) Verboon will be held at the St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Leongatha on Monday January 9, 2012 commencing at 11am. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Leongatha Lawn Cemetery. For those who wish to say farewell to Corry, the coffin will be open in the church between 9 - 10am prior to the service.

WATCHORN - The Funeral Mass for the repose of the soul of the late Mrs Gwenda Mary Watchorn will be offered at St Laurence’s Catholic Church, Ogilvy Street, Leongatha on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 commencing at 2pm The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Leongatha Cemetery. Rosary will be recited in the above church on Tuesday evening at 7pm.


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There are many coastal activities on offer for the community to enjoy. DSE Coastcare facilitator for South Gippsland, Bruce Atkin said the Summer by the Sea festival is a great opportunity for people to get involved and have some fun on our beautiful coast. “Summer by the Sea also raises awareness of coastal and marine issues. Activities suit all ages and most are free,” he said. “In South Gippsland, get into rockpool rambles, birdwatching, geology dinosaur and beachcombing walks or join us at the Sea Days Festival at Port Welshpool on January 6, 7 and 8,” Mr Atkin said. Free activities include: rockpool rambles at Walkerville, Bear Gully and Inverloch; geology and dinosaur activities at Walkerville, Harmers Haven, Cape Pa-

terson, Venus Bay and Inverloch; marine and coastal wildlife displays including live animals at Port Welshpool Sea Days Festival; and coastal wildlife displays at Port Albert, Venus Bay and Inverloch. The Summer by the Sea festival is run by the Department of Sustainability and Environment’s Coastcare program, with the support of volunteers and local experts. Partners and volunteer groups include Parks Victoria and Inverloch’s Bunurong Environment Centre. “Summer by the Sea lets the South Gippsland community explore, understand and conserve the natural wonders of our spectacular coastline,” Mr Atkin said. To find out what’s on in the area or for more information: visit au/summerbythesea Find them on Facebook: or phone DSE’s Customer Service Centre on 136 186. Pick up a brochure at your local DSE or Parks Vic office or a tourism outlet.


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WATCHORN - Gwenda Mary. Deepest sympathy to Terry and family at the loss of a wonderful lady, friend and supporter of the Leongatha Cycling Club. Tireless worker and organiser of Leongatha Cycling Carnivals. Long time member of L.C.C. Will be sadly missed.

A SUPER secondhand book sale will be held for charity in Inverloch on January 14 and 15.

Rhonda, Rob and family.

THE Department of Sustainability and Environment’s annual Summer by the Sea festival kicked off on Monday, January 2.

Pre-need Funeral Plans available

Buy books for charity

WATCHORN - Gwenda. A true friend. Loved and remembered always.

Summer by the Sea festival is here

Office and Chapel: 24 Anderson Street, Leongatha

A friend to all, now at peace.

- Friends and families of Leongatha Cycling Club.

Up close: junior biologists discover a marine wonder.

All proceeds will go to BRYN’S School Foundation which is building schools in developing countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Kenya. See for more information. The sale will be held at the Inverloch Angling Clubrooms, The Esplanade, Inverloch, from 9am to 4pm. All donations of books, magazines, and CDs and DVDs will be gratefully received. Pick-up is available if required or deliver donations to the clubrooms at 5pm on Friday, January 13. For more information, contact Pam Mathieson 5674 1710 or Libby Haynes 5674 2157.

Refreshing swim: Sharon and Cara Demaria from Welshpool had a swim in the Toora swimming pool on a hot Thursday.

Post closure prompts complaints AUSTRALIA Post Leongatha closed their doors on Friday, December 30 due to an Australia Post authorised holiday. This is an award holiday for all Australia Post staff in which select postal offices are open but no mail deliveries. Leongatha Post Office was closed for the day which upset some customers but did not affect too many businesses.

The Star did not find any local businesses that were inconvenienced by the day closure. Excessorise Leongatha’s Lina Chizzoniti said the closure did not affect her store but she had several customers complaining about not being able to pay their bills. Leongatha Post Office reopened yesterday to the public.

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Desal workers support Moonya UNIONS at the desalination plant in Wonthaggi have continued to help local organisations, with donations reaching a million dollars.

Generous donation: occupational health and safety co-ordinator for metal trades at the desal, Craig Marshall (right), presents Moonya Gardening Services manager Barry Clover with a cheque on behalf of the Australian Metal Workers Union. The money will be used to purchase a new forklift for the business. Desal support: Jarrod Brusamarello and Tommy Keating installed natural gas at Moonya Community Services in Wonthaggi, with the funding kindly donated by the Plumbing Trade Employee Union at the desalination plant.

Unions have donated money to groups including the RSL, local schools and Vietnam Veterans. Both the Australian Metal Workers Union and the Plumbing Trade Employee Union helped out Moonya Community Services recently with generous donations. The AMWU, who has donated around $40,000 alone to the community, contributed $11,000 towards Moonya Gardening Services to purchase a forklift, which will be used to transport pallets of kindling the business converts from wood off-cuts. Moonya Gardening Services converted 250 tonne of off-cuts this year, with that number expected to rise to 600 tonne in 2012 thanks to the help of the new forklift. Occupational health and safety co-ordinator for metal trades, Craig Marshall, said the forklift would be easy for its operators to learn to use. “At the moment, staff are pushing around hand trolleys, which is a concern for occupational health and safety,” he said. “Having an electric forklift will be a lot better and help them get more work done.” Manager Barry Clover said the donation would help the business “immensely”.

“It will save man handling handdli ling and work they shouldn’t be doing; it was fine when we were dealing with a small amount, but we have the potential to produce 100 palpal lets at a time,” he said. “For our staff members, it also means there’ll be more automation and better training.” Mr Marshall said it was important for the unions to help organisations that may need a hand, because they were a little like the unions themselves. “We like to help people who haven’t got the resources they need,” he said. “We had a look at what they do here and acknowledged what a good job they do, then worked out what we could do to help them.” Mr Marshall said when construction of the desal plant first began 20 months ago, community members were somewhat hostile towards the project and its workers, and community involvement had helped create friendlier ties in Wonthaggi. The PTEU also contributed around $10,000 to Moonya for the installation of natural gas by Jarrod Brus Plumbing and Gas Fitting in Wonthaggi. A Rinnai water heater meant the hydro pool at Moonya would now be available for use more frequently and they would no longer have to pay to maintain gas bottles. Mr Hanily said the desal workers had continued to come out and support the organisation.

Memorial trees to be replaced By Tessa Hayward MEMORIAL trees in Toora and Welshpool face replacement due to the safety risks they pose. In Toora, the gum trees were planted in the early 1920s after World War One by the Country Women’s Association as a memorial to the soldiers. Although beautiful, the gums are posing a big safety threat due to falling branches on the South Gippsland Highway, picnic areas and service roads. South Gippsland Shire Councillor Jeanette Harding is thankful nobody has been hurt yet that she knows of. “People in houses positioned alongside the memorial trees are worried and concerned about the falling limbs,” she said. A public meeting was held a few weeks ago to get the community thinking about what type of tree they would like the gums to be replaced with. “They need to think about it seriously and there will be another meeting in February for people to discuss their ideas,” Cr Harding said.

In Welshpool, the trees from the Welshpool Primary School to the bridge have already been replaced with London Plain trees, but the rest of the Avenue of Honour has not been touched. Welshpool’s Eddie Fowler said in the past, some trees had been taken out but not been replaced. “A soldier’s name is associated with each tree, so we cannot afford to lose them. They need to be replaced if they are taken down,” Mr Fowler said. The trees were originally paid for by donations or soldiers’ families. There used to be plaques with each tree with a soldier’s name on it, but due to vandalism, they were all damaged. Mr Fowler hopes to eventually get the plaques back next to the trees. “I am very passionate about the avenue and how it needs to be maintained,” he said. A proper maintenance plan and funding for the plan needs to be made to keep the trees safe and looking their best. Cr Harding and Mr Fowler both want to see a plan adapted to make the trees safer for the community.

Replacement fear: Welshpool’s Eddie Fowler wants to see the dead trees in the Avenue of Honour replaced if they are taken out.

“THE STAR”, Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - PAGE 47

Swimmers top titles By Matt Dunn

THEY have modest facilities and a modest budget, but there is nothing modest about South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club’s achievements. As senior coach Frances Toohey said: “We struggle for pool space, we’re a very small club, but we’re getting the results. A lot of hard work goes into it.” Hard work has always been part of the Snappers’ modus operandi – with swimmers offered six pool sessions and two dry land training sessions a week. Frances has been coaching at the club for the past six years, watching her daughter Holly, 16, develop, alongside many others. Former national coach and swimming icon Ivan Moore, who has been part of the scene since 1938, is also there, dispensing advice and support in equal measure. The club may not have paid professional coaches – the norm in many bigger clubs – or amazing facilities, but clearly something is working. Recently the club had three swimmers achieve national times at the Victorian State Age Championships (December 17 to 22). “I started out coaching with the little kids and then sort of took it from there. Ivan has been with the club forever,” Frances said. What the Snappers lack in facilities, they make up for with ‘human capital’. “We don’t have clubrooms, we don’t have dry land facilities, we don’t have

full time paid coaches – and that’s what we’re competing against when we go to somewhere like the Victorian State Age Championships,” Frances said. “I was rapt with our performance.” Young gun Bowen Gough achieved four national qualifying times (100m butterfly, 200m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle, while narrowly missing out on a qualifying time for the 50m freestyle); his sister Charlee achieved one in the 100m freestyle, along with Beau van Agtmaal in the 100m breaststroke. Nathan Foote was in a state final, after slicing more than half a pool length (about 16 seconds) from his PB in the 200m backstroke. The club’s relay teams also did well in their heats, with most of the swimmers achieving PBs. “That’s what it’s about - helping kids achieve their best,” Frances said. The Snappers’ swimmers come from the length and breadth of the region, and there are training sessions at Korumburra, Leongatha and Wonthaggi. Team manager Sue Kiley, whose children Jacob and Jessica swim at the club, who also competed at the Victorian State Age Championships, has been with the Snappers for four years. She said her children have “just loved” being part of the club. “They’ve made some great friends and they’ve really enjoyed being taught by the coaches. It’s really helped them get to where they are today,” she said.

In the swim: South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club members excelled at the Victorian State Age Championships (December 17 to 22). Back, from left, are Courtney Teakle, Amy Robertson, Jessica Kiley, Jack Dunn and Harrison Cummings; front, from left, are Jacob Kiley, Taylah Tobias and Nathan Foote.

Inverloch bowls

Pirate paint: Aaron Duckworth gets his face painted to resemble a pirate by SPLASH’s Michelle Street.

Splash out these holidays FOR those of you wondering how to entertain the kids these school holidays, look no further - South Gippsland SPLASH is doing it. The vacation care program features 15 days jam-packed with fun activities and the variety means there is something for everyone. The program lets kids try the crazy science experiments, challenge themselves with some fun stadium games and let their imagination run wild with the arts and crafts – and that’s just on the first day! Children can form their own mini societies, create their own cars and design a race track, take a trip to the cinema, join in relay sports and let’s not forget the pool inflatable. The fun does not stop there. Weeks two and three are also full of great experiences with face painting, juggling and magic tricks all part of the huge circus day. Then there is tenpin bowling, designing T-shirts, the challenge of the amazing race and make your own jewellery on happy hippy day, together with solve the mystery on their CSI day. And - if that wasn’t enough - the final

week includes a talent quest and minute to win it, with a huge excursion to Coal Creek to finish up. Whether only one day catches their eye or the whole week, parents can pick and choose which days their children would like to attend. Prices start from $38 per day with added costs for excursions. Each day can cater for up to 30 children, and bookings are now open. Make sure you get in fast so you don’t miss out. There is plenty more happening at SPLASH over summer. Aquatic education for Term One starts the week of January 30, 2012. Classes are available for children as young as six months, through to primary school aged children. Aquatic Education gets children active and familiar with water - an essential life skill. The Splash program teaches children to deal with different scenarios that may arise in and around the water. For more information or to book a place in the vacation care program or aquatic education program, don’t hesitate to contact South Gippsland SPLASH on 5662 5911.

WE have had only social bowls over the last couple of weeks since pennant went into recess for their Christmas break. On Thursday December 22 we had a small field of 16 players who played two games of 12 ends. After end of play there were three twogame winners. With the good score of 38 points the winners were Brian Growse (sk) and Bob Huntley (ld). Runners-up were Huie Nation (sk) and Fred Fryer (ld) with 35 points. The other two-game winner was Doug Muir (sk) and Keith Cousins with 33 points. Thursday December 29 a good field of 24 players turned out to play two games of 12 ends of pairs. There were two twogame winners with first place going to Ron Burge (sk) and Fred Fryer (ld) with 36 points. The other two-game winner was Bert Bain (sk) and his mate from Tocumwal, Ed Walker

(ld) with 35 points. Ed was one of four visitors playing on this day. Last Saturday was a mixed afternoon of social bowls when 22 players played two games of 10 ends of fours and triples. After a very enjoyable afternoon of bowls there were two two-game winners. The winners after some very good bowling when they won 14 of the 20 ends played were one of the fours, with Trevor Scott (sk), Veronica Muir (3rd), Sue Nation (3rd) and Dennis Turner (ld) scoring 34 points. The other two-game winner was a triple with Nic Van Grunsven (sk), Brian Growse (2nd) and Arthur Moule (ld) with 32 points. Our Tift Dwarf green is responding very well to its annual renovation two weeks ago, so much so our greenkeeper said with good hot weather it could be ready for play three weeks into the new year.

Mirboo North junior tennis Ladders December 17 A Grade Leongatha Federer ..............43.0 Leongatha Hewitt ................34.0 Baromi Panthers .................31.0 Mardan Gold .......................23.0 Leongatha Nadal ...................21.0 Meeniyan...............................21.0 Dumbalk Aces .......................13.0 Baromi Pumas .........................9.0 B Grade Fish Creek White ................43.0 Leongatha Murrays ............36.0

Leongatha Stosurs...............35.0 Leongatha Djokovic ............34.0 Leongatha Nth Friesians .......34.0 Fish Creek Red......................32.0 Baromi Tigers........................20.0 Leongatha Nth Herefords ......19.0 Leongatha Tsongas ................19.0 Mardan Blue..........................15.0 Hallston ...................................4.0 Baromi Cubs ...........................3.0 C Grade Mardan Red.........................22.5 Baromi Lions .......................20.5 Fish Creek ............................17.0 Leongatha Williams ............10.0

Tarwin Lower bowls CONGRATULATIONS to our two new club champions. This year the ladies’ champion is Heather Marshall, who is playing in her first season. The men’s champion is Fred Martin. Both have

played excellent bowls to win these championships. A reminder to everyone that twilight bowls recommences on Friday January 6 and Barefoot Bowls recommences on Tuesday January 10. Hope to see you all there.

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

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Sun shines for camp draft ABOUT four years ago, keen campdrafter and then presiddentt off the th Fish Fi h Creek C k FootF t ball Netball Club, Neil Park, decided to hold a campdraft for the club as a fundraiser.

Darren Powell: the rider takes on his challenge and succeeds, rounding bends with little trouble.

Now four years on, the campdraft is still successful, despite a few people raising their eyebrows at the event being held over the New Year period. This year the weather was fantastic, and with the last three drafts rained on after day one it was a relief for organisers to have sunshine and a coolish breeze. With all the trucks and horses settled into the Yanakie arena, the stock for drafting in the yards, thanks to the Hams families, Kent and Deb, Travis and Tracey, Ken and Helen and Shaun Roffey, the first event of the day was about to commence. The Maiden started at 2pm using cattle supplied by Ian and Richelle Hengstberger and some excellent runs and some great scores were recorded. Local Fish Creek rider Glen Park took the honours in this event on his horse Jewell, with two great rides. Second place went to Joelene Moloney from Terang on Arolok Snip, equal third was split between Lachie Bowman from Foster on Flare and Wayne Reid of Koonwarra on his horse Gringo. Fifth place went to Peter Boddy from Woodside on a new young horse, Vegas followed by Michael Kelly from Sale on his horse Quill in sixth position. Friday night was entertaining,

with some local talent on the Karaoke, these being Richelle Hengstberger, Helen Lockie, Julie Park and nearly local Jenny Price, then off to bed for an early start. The Saturday novice cattle (provided by Andy and Julie Nicoll) proved a little tough for the competitors and it was going to take some good rides to sort out the winners. Leading the way with two convincing runs in the final was Mat Holz riding Struanie placing first. He then followed up with second place on a horse he calls Archer. Lachie Bowman on Flare was third with Jayne Jewell placing fourth on Spinner. Fifth place went to three riders, Tammy Goff on Maria, Ron Muldoon on Bonita and Gordon Humphries on Radish. The Saturday Open followed and the spectators were again shown some fantastic rides and exciting runs. Cattle were supplied by Rob and Joan Liley, many thanks. First place went to Peter Boddy who was proving to be a formidable rider over the weekend on his horse Chopsticks. Equal second went to Vicki Hiscock on Tip Top (her husband’s horse as he had to judge this event) and Ken Boulton, her dad, on Intuition. Equal fourth was Darren Jewell on Acylip and Lucy Sellers on Walleroo Kasey. Our Junior riders were next (Under 8-13) using cattle supplied by Alex, Tricia and Jarrod Moon. First place Rachel Boyce on Main St, second was Georgia Goff on Opie, third was Kealee Hamilton on Doc, equal fourth was Charlie Goff on Crocket

and Trinity McInnes on Ziggi with Chad Lawton on Amadaious. The Juveniles (13 –17 years) was an exciting event, with some fantastic scores and wonderful rides. These kids are our up and coming champions. First place went to Ethan Park on Cool Flame with a great 91/100 points, followed closely by Tyler Joosten on Four Bob with 90 points. Equal third went to Shania Bentley on Smart Lil Annie and Evan Hiscock on Magic Bar. Fifth was Bonnie Hiscock on Patience and Kathryn Hengstberger on Darwin was sixth. Fish Creek supplied the roast meal Saturday evening which was enjoyed by all. Much dancing, singing, talking and drinking was done until the early hours, with some wishing they had gone to bed much earlier. Sunday morning was a little later start and it commenced with the novice. Winner for this event was Ken Boulton the master on Overtime, followed by three placing second: Chris Davis on Ladoux, Tammy Goff on Lara and Ken Boulton on Max. And once again we had two sixth place getters in Cheryl Joosten on Dax Man and Bart Dowling on KoKo. Sunday’s cattle donors were the McAinch boys from Yanakie. Winner for his second open was Peter Boddy of Woodside on his horse Chopsticks, second Neil Park on Mountain Man, equal third Ron Muldoon on Kardinia Elle and Robert Lamb on Copper. Fifth was Ken Boulton on Intuition and sixth was Darren Jewell on Bistro.

Go, go, go: Marnie Hamilton makes sure she’s on top of things on Friday afternoon.

The boys: campdraft observers Tyler Joosten, Charlie Hengstberger and Bailey and Gareth Park were pleased with the standard of riding they saw.

Full duck season in 2012

Nippers in training

VICTORIAN hunters can look forward to a bumper season next year after the Victorian Coalition Government today announced a full duck and quail season. The duck season for 2012 will open on Saturday March 17 and close on Monday June 11, 2012 while the stubble quail season for 2012 will run from Saturday April 7 to Saturday June 30, 2012. The duck season will open at 7.10am in the eastern zone, 7.20am in the central zone and 7:30am in the western zone, with hunting to cease half an hour after sunset on opening day. Mr Walsh said duck numbers and the condition of wetlands across Victoria would be monitored in the lead-up to the 2012 duck season. “Locations accessible to duck hunters and those to be excluded will be determined following the normal assessment

of concentrations of breeding waterbirds and threatened species before the season opens,” Mr Walsh said. Mr Walsh said the government had moved to announce the season early to give country businesses and regional communities more certainty. “The duck hunting season will generate a great deal of economic activity, particularly for those northern Victorian communities affected by last summer’s floods,” Mr Walsh said. Responsibility for game management has been transferred from the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) to the Department of Primary Industries (DPI). “DPI has dedicated game officers and a number of other authorised officers available for compliance duties. Parks Victoria and Victoria Police also assist with enforcing the duck season,” Mr Walsh said.

SUMMER is in full swing, with the beaches teaming with people trying to beat the heat. Also on the beaches this summer are the next generation of surf lifesavers: the Nippers. The Nippers program is now running at all the surf lifesaving clubs around the area, with teams of young ones learning about the water and training for the future and competitions. Around 160 Nippers are taking part in the program at the Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club and they all love it.

Wave rider: a young nipper learning the dos and don’ts in the surf.

“THE STAR”, Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - PAGE 49


Leongatha WITH no report last week, we need to catch up on some pre-Christmas golf. First, apologies to Knights Mitsubishi Leongatha who were not named as our sponsors in a previous report. Their sponsorship is most valued and attracts the biggest Thursday field of the year. Here is a summary of the previous week’s golf: Tuesday December 20 - winner Jon Smith (38 points) on a countback from Bill Bittlemann. Thursday December 22 - a fabulous round from Ray Burton, scoring 44 points off 14 handicap (76 off-the-stick). Ray included an eagle two on the 3rd hole on his way to a massive win in A Grade. Keith Finney (40 points) won B Grade, and Jim Arnott (38 points) won C Grade. Saturday December 24 - Nathan Wardle enjoyed his Christmas with an excellent 41 points to win A Grade (77 off-the-stick). John Eabry and Peter Hobson each played fine golf to win B and C grades respectively on 39 points. Saturday was a busy day with 96 competitors and consistently good scores were returned. Nine golfers attained a score of 40 or more points.

Jacob Drummond is one of our pennant players and he took out A Grade with 41 points off 10 handicap. Peter Rayson had the day’s best of 42 points to win B Grade convincingly. C Grade went to Sam Chisholm with the popular score of 41 and J. Treyvaud was best in D Grade with that same score. Ron Paice finished the year on a good note, having a great eagle two on the 5th hole. Shane Moncur and J. Fisher were the closest to the pin on holes 14 and 16. Ball winners: D. Forbes, S. Drummond, P. Richardson, R. Cahill, I. Watson 40; P. Du Plessis 39, G. Marsham, R. Williams 38; P. Tierney, J. Fisher, K. Wardle, R. Chaplin, G. Sheryan 37; J. Fraser, R. Paice, P. Stivic 36; N. Wardle, G. McRitchie, N. Gillin, W. Norden, J. Feddersen 35; C. Leaver, H. Seddelies, J. King 34.

Tuesday Peter and Sharryn Rayson recovered well from Christmas festivities, Peter winning A Grade on 38 and Sharryn taking B Grade on 40 to claim bragging rights. Jim Arnott’s 37 points was best

in C Grade. Ian Murchie and Peter Rayson were nearest the pin winners.

Thursday A great field of 106 turned out and the star player was Bruce Gibson who played a blinder to amass a fourball score of 47 points. Congratulations on a great day’s golf Bruce. Other grade winners were Ian Murchie in A with 37, Gordon Morrison in B with 40 and Marilyn Williams in C with 47 points. Peter Seth (14th) and Peter Hart (16th) were nearest the pin winners. Down the line balls: K. Macfarlane, T. Bruinewoud, T. Moss, R. Matthews 40; C. Baldwin, J. Curtis 39; N. Lafferty, D. Vorwerg, T. Steer 38; F. Debono, P. Sorrell, M. Hunter, J. Arnott, A. Hawkins, J. Renwick 37; G. McDonald, N. Cairns, K. Gardner 36; P. Browne, K. Finney, A. de Bondt, J. Paice, M. Berry, A. Macfarlane, N. Gillin, L. Collier 35. Virtually all comps in January will be stableford, with monthly medal back to Saturday January 21. Happy new year to all.


THE fairways are now in peak condition with a bit of run about. The greens are improving quickly after being ‘vertidrained’ on November 28. They are still slow but quite true, and should be fast and perfect in another two or three weeks. The crazy season has arrived as players welcome the better conditions, and some excellent scores have been returned. Geoff McKenzie (13) must have new bionic knees the way he played on Tuesday, having the hot score of 45 points. He had 26 points on the first nine (34 off the stick) before coasting to finish with 76 off the stick. Great to see you back enjoying golf Geoff. Down the line balls went to Geoff Nott (33) and John Mathers (17) both on 39 points. Nearest the pin went, as usual, to Fred Tyers. Evergreen Kevin Flett (9) got his draw working well again to score 41 points and

have a win on a countback from another blue boy Fred Tyers (14) on Thursday. The other down the line balls went to Kevin Witheridge (11) on 40 points and John Mathers (17) on 38 points. The nearest the pin went to Robert Fulton, which was a slight consolation after he missed out on down the line balls on countbacks on both Tuesday and Thursday. The Esler boys are making an impact, and Friday it was Luke Esler (18) who took out the chook with a good round of 22 points. He beat Bruce Knee and Bernd Amesreiter who both had 21 points and won the down the line balls. Nearest the pin went to Lloyd McKenzie. On Saturday we played for trophies provided by Andrew Naylor. A Grade was won by David Hutchinson (15) with 41 points on a countback from John Mathers (17). B Grade went to Clarke Gray (35) with a great round

Leongatha District Cricket Association Umpire Appointments EVANS PETROLEUM Round 9 - January 7 Home team Grade A1 Nerrena Imperials OMK Won Miners Grade A2 Town Kilcunda-Bass MDU Poowong-Loch Grade B1 Glen Alvie Inverloch Phillip Island Won Workmens Grade B2 Fish Ck-Tarwin Koonwarra-RSL OMK Korumburra Grade C1 Nerrena Town Kilcunda-Bass Won Miners Grade C2 Imperials Foster Poowong-Loch Won Workmens Phillip Island

Away Team



v v v v

Korumburra Inverloch Glen Alvie Won Workmens

Ner EC W Turf WFG

M. Heenan T. Rogers C. Salmon G. Laird

v v v v

Fish Ck-Tarwin Koonwarra-RSL Foster Phillip Island

WC Bass 1 Dum Loch

L. White A. Roberts A. Jordan P. Absolon

v v v v

Nerrena Imperials OMK Won Miners

GA I Turf Cowes McM

B. Thomas S. Lanyon D. Brown B. Bek

v v v v

Town Kilcunda-Bass MDU Poowong-Loch

FC Turf Koon KSC Kor

J. Lea N.A. N.A. A. Stride

v v v v

Phillip Island Korumburra Inverloch Won Workmens

L Velo WC 2 Bass 2 T.B.A.

N.A. N.A. B. Allan M. Wishart

v v v v v

Kilcunda-Bass OMK MDU Blue Koonwarra-RSL bye

EC FGC Poow Dalys

N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.

of 43 points. Down the line balls went to Gary Clavarino (18) on 40 points, Andrew Naylor (24) and Peter Dight (seven) both on 39 points, Tony Vanin (seven) on 38 points, and Trevor Jones (31) and Robert Fulton (14) both on 37 points. Nearest the pins went to Phil Nightingall, Larry Giddy, Kevin Witheridge, Athol McGrath and Noel Black. The encouragement award was won decisively by Dickie Knee with 23 points. Gayle Reid (33) continued her run of good form to have the best ladies score of 40 points. Ray Stewart provided the trophies for the Sandy Point Challenge on New Year’s Eve. The Sandy Point boys came out on top with an average of 34.7 pts versus the Foster average of 32.7 points. Jamie Freeman (five) was the star with a round of 71 (one under par) to have 42 points and win the Sandy Point trophy. Neil Chandler (21) showed the benefits of clean living as he weaved some of Thommo’s magic (touch wood) to find his way around the course to score 41 points and win the Foster trophy. Down the line balls were won by Lloyd McKenzie (nine) on 40 points, Norm Cooper (11) and Andrew Naylor (22) both on 39 points, Dave Hutchinson(14) 38 points, and

Kevin Flett (eight) and Robert Fulton (13) both on 37 points. The encouragement ward went to Ben Cooper (13) with 25 points. Jamie Freeman picked up seven balls for his eagle on the 18th. The nearest the pins went to Lloyd McKenzie, Don Cripps, Rhys Ireland, Phil Schofield and Noel Black (within a foot on the 17th). The ladies event was won by Pam Witheridge (33) with 38 points on a countback from Merle Barham (29). Nearest the pin went to Merle Barham. Kevin Flett certainly is a master of gamesmanship. His team were three down in the four ball with four holes to go. Kevin somehow convinced Kiwi (on the other team) to hit the wrong ball (Kevin’s) on the 15th, and this so unsettled Kiwi and his partner that Kevin’s team was able to get up to square the match on the last. That’s Kiwi’s version anyway. Good one Kev - you’re going well to get one up on Kiwi. Christine Jones was not in the clubhouse to collect the $400 cash in the members draw, so the prize will jackpot to $450 next week. You need to be in the clubhouse between 7pm and 8 pm to win the cash. Our esteemed captain Neville Thompson is still awaiting his operation, but he is going well .

South Gippsland Field and Game NEW Year’s Eve must have been well celebrated by shooters in South Gippsland because only 48 were in good enough condition to rise early on New Year’s Day and compete in our 75 target event at Hallston last Sunday. We decided to shoot the event as two rounds, one of 38 targets and the next 37 targets instead of the traditional three rounds of 25 because of the forecast very hot day. Maybe the heat or the hangover was the reason we were down on numbers but those that made the effort had a great day. Results for the day were: AA Grade: K. Jacobs 67,

A. Fiek 64, L. Bridle 55. A Grade: P. Knox 61, G. Mathews 56, S. White 56 B Grade: D. Morgan 60, G. Kent 59, R. Hemphill 58. C Grade: R. Pentland 57, T. Smallman 52, L. Hillbrick 48. Veterans: G. Hart 60, J. Tait 52, J. Robbins 48. Ladies: M. Hogan 43, T. Mathews 42, B. Hart 39. Juniors: K. Pentland 51, Luke Verdon 44, Lachie Verdon 38.

WIT test The test date has been organised with DPI for February 9 but there appears to be some hold up with the transfer of responsibility from DSE to DPI. We have been assured that the test date is correct. Further information can be obtained from Geoff Cooper, phone 0408 623 738. Bookings are essential.

SATURDAY was a two person Ambrose event with the sponsor for the day being Jim Cusack which is much appreciated. It was a lovely day for golf with the sun shining and a light breeze and the scores reflected this. The winners for the day were Col Graeme and Peter Riddle with a net 60.25. Runners up for the day were Jeff Wilson and Paul Vandermeer with a net 61.5. Balls down the line went to Daryl Wright and Brett McKnight 61.75 and Tony McHarg and Mark Galdes with a net 64.75. The busy golfers award was won by Graeme Hughes and Rod Matthews with a net 73.5. Nearest the pin on the second was not won and the pro pin on the 11th was also not won so it will jackpot to next week. The raffle winners were Russ Evans and Rod Matthews. The members draw was won by Tim Harris who was not there so it jackpots to next week. This week’s super 66 winners were Peter

Wilson and Peter Wilson. Good health to all those members who have had operations during the year and hope you get well soon and to all have a great 2012. Next week is monthly medal and Sunday our annual Hammo’s Power Pod Day on Sunday so hope to see you all there. The winner of Tuesday’s single stableford event was Rod Matthews with 40 points. Balls down the line were Frank Peile 36 points, Wino Reilly 34 points and Joel Sinclair 34 points. Best nine was won by Col Graeme with 20 points. Nearest the pin on the 14th was a non event. The 4b aggregate winners were Joel Sinclair and Matt Olden with 69 points. The winner of Thursday’s single stableford event was John Mortensen with 42 points. Balls down the line went to Mark Galdes 40 points and Henry Mueller with 37 points. Best nine was won by Joel Sinclair with 22 points. Nearest the pin on the eighth was won by John Mortensen.

Woorayl ON Saturday December 24 we played a stableford round kindly sponsored by club members Jack Howard, Steve Duffield, Steve Hannon and George Johnson. A great field of 57 men and six ladies ventured out on a quite unusually sunny and warm day and with the course now showing a bit of run some great scores were returned. In the men’s comp 39 points was needed just to win a ball. A Grade winner with a handy score of 41 points was Peter Burgess. B Grade winner was Adam Balfour with a fine score of 43 points on a countback from the unlucky Graham Challis. C Grade winner was the evergreen Otto Van Der Vorm also with 43 points. Down the line balls: G. Challis 43, L. Lancaster 41, N. McKenzie 40, C. James 40, B. Wilson 40, D. Burge 40, G. Salmon 39, J. Hickey 39, T. Burgess 39, G. Fennell 39 and B. Fiek 39 on a countback from R. Warren. Nearest the pin: 8th J. Barton, 17th I. Balfour. The ladies winner for the day is Anne Poole, currently in fine form, posting a great score of 42 points. Pauline Lancaster’s good score of 39 got her a ball. On Boxing Day we held a 4BBB stableford event open to all comers. Unfortunately only a small field of 20 showed up but a great day was had by all and some great scores were again the order of the day. Men’s winners with an eye boggling score of 53 points were Brian Wilson and Peter Burgess. These guys have been trying

to win a four ball together for a decade with no success so this one was pretty sweet. The mixed/ladies event was won by the family team of Marion and Graeme Calder also with a great score of 48 points. Down the line balls: M. Grist and W. Turner 46, J. Hockey and J. Pope 46. Nearest the pin: men - 8th B. Bowling, 17th G. Young. The club hopes you all had a great Christmas and News Year’s Eve. Our last event for 2011 was the monthly medal, kindly sponsored by Colin Watson Holden. A Grade went to Brian Hogan with a net 72, while B Grade was won by Graham Challis also with a net 72. The medal and C Grade went to Ryan Higgins with his net 68. Balls down the line were won by T. Ryan, G. Salmon, G. Winkler, J. Hassett, G. Fixter, T. Martin, K. Riseley, B. Wilson and J. Hickey. The nearest the pins went to Graham Challis (8th) and Graeme Calder (17th). Michael Grist eagled the 11th hole. The ladies event was won by Janet Thompson with 42 points and balls went to S. Wakefield and D. Jarvis. The ladies nearest the pins went to Janet Thompson (8th) and Fay Maynard (17th). Our Thursday competition was won by Ryan Higgins, his 45 points was too good for Pat McCaughan and Ron Symnmons who won balls. Ron Symmons won the nearest the pin on the 17th hole. Next week we will play a stroke event sponsored by the Opal Motel.

Mirboo North THERE were 35 starters for the stableford competition on Saturday December 24. The CCR was 71. The day winner was John Woodall (6) 41 pts and B Grade was Peter Sanderson (19) 37 pts. The ladies winner was T. Higginbottom 39 pts. Down the line: Peter Chapman, Terry Bradshaw 40; Ron Anderson, John McFarlane 39; Max Fletcher 37 countback. Nearest the pin: 4th/pp P. Woodall, 6th P. Stimson, 2nd shot 1st J. Woodall. Birdies: 4th B. Bradshaw, 4th T. Bradshaw, 16th P. Chapman, 13th S. Mills, 16th T. Bradshaw, 16th J. Woodall, 6th P. Woodall.

Midweek comp With 45 starters on Thursday December 29 the day winner was Garry Young (20) 43 pts (Woorayl) and the A Grade was Warren Turner (16) 42 pts (Woorayl). CCR was 71. Down the line: Warren Warner 42 pts, Ste-

phen Mills 42, Phil Garlick 41, Joe Taylor 41, Doug Taylor 41, Neil Rutledge 40 countback. Birdies: 4th P. Garlick, S. Woodall; 6th T. Tomada, M. Thompson, K. Davies, P. Draper, P. Garlick, S. Woodall; 16th K. Davies, G. Young, W. Turner, D. Woodall.

December 31

A stableford was played on Saturday December 31 with 55 starters and the CCR was 71. The day winner was Josh Taylor (24) 42 points, A Grade Shayne Woodall (12) 41 pts, B Grade Terry Donnison (15) 41 points. Down the line: I. Evison, G. Barr 40; P. Garlick 39, P. Woodall, S. Evison, J. Blunsden 38; R. Matthews 37 on countback. Nearest the pin: 4th J. Kus, 6th R. Matthews P/P, 13th J. Kus, 16th B. George, 2nd shot 1st Terry Bradshaw. Birdies: 6th S. Woodall, I. Evison; 13th T. Traill, P. Woodall, T. Donnison; 16th W. Reynolds, P. Draper, B. George.

Korumburra SIXTY-NINE players attended the par competition on Saturday December 24. Trophies: Morrison Jefferis & Associates. S. Rose eagled the 6th. A Grade: R. Johnston +5, S. Rose +5, J. Little +4, N. Perks +3, B. Wessels +2, E. Clements +2. B Grade: R. Crawford +7, D. Vanrooye +4, B. Clasby +4, I. Dixon +3, D. Sorrell +2, T. Fowles +2. C Grade: B. Perks +7, A. Worthy +5, R. Hamill +4, W. Hopkins +3, D. Hislop +3.

Putting: 1st S. Bromby, 7th N. Perks, 10th B. Clasby, 13th J. Little. NAGA: I. Cash -8 countback M. Garnham and Mick Bull. The Tuesday winner was J. Watts 42 points on countback.

December 31 Tuesday’s winner was A. Otto with 48 points. There were 69 players for the New Year’s Eve stableford competition. The CCR was 69. Trophies: A Grade Mor-

rison Jefferis, B and C Grade House of Golf. C. Clasby eagled the 4th. A Grade: T. Herbert 40, J. Little 40 countback, C. Clements, M. Garnham 38; B. Wessels 39. B Grade: T. Fowles 41, M. Foote 41 countback, M. Hams 39, G. Bull 38. C Grade: K. Spokes 42, T. Humphrey, M. Deleeuw 40, R. Hamill 40; W. Hopkins 38, N. Alger, R. Blay 37. Putting: 1st N. Perks, 7th T. Marotti, 10th J. Wilson, 13th N. Zunneberg. NAGA P. Dixon 23 pts.

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Triathlon action THE Bass Coast Triathlon Club (the Bass Coast Barracudas) held their Dune to Dune event at Cape Paterson on Monday. Competitors from all over the state and country came to compete in this lovely part of the world. Participants had the choice of a long or short course and whether to perform as a team or individual. The course started with a swim from the Wonthaggi Surf Lifesaving Clubhouse to the Cape Paterson boat ramp (two laps for the long course) which was followed

by a cycling leg to Inverloch’s RACV resort and back. The track ended with a run through the Cape Paterson foreshore walking tracks, with the finish line situated at the Wonthaggi Life Saving club house. Winners on the day for the team event were team Good Morning Vietnam made up of Elliot Gin, Nick Aitkin and Dale Donahue from Wonthaggi, while Tim Guille took out the short course in a time of 42:35 and Magnus Michelsson was in first for the long course with a time of 1:37:52.

Left, Professionals: the team from Elite Triathlon Performance Australia were ready to put up a fight. They were Andy Foley, Dave Ross, Stacey Glenister, Kellie Pittman, Gary Pittman, Dave Betciel, James Duncan and Ian Webb.

Revisit: Liz Carey with ex-local Michael O’Conner from Brisbane who took out his age group.

Pre race: Wonthaggi boys James Whitehouse, Wayne and Nik Foon and Lewis Kerr before the Cape Paterson triathlon.

Keen competitors: Toby Stoll, Eloise Jones and Alison Slater were getting pumped before the Cape Paterson triathlon on Monday.

Local boy: Matt Engle of Wonthaggi was taking on the bike leg in his team.

Support and compete: Lachlan Armstrong, Amy Lynne, Lucy Bourke and Beau Vernon from Phillip Island came to Cape Paterson to support and compete on Monday.

Get your running shoes on THE annual Waratah Bay Fun Run will once again take place on Sunday, January 15. The 8km fun run starts on the foreshore at Waratah Bay and finishes at Sandy Point. Tek Ocean is sponsoring the event this year and so the run will be called the Tek Ocean Waratah Bay Fun Run. Registrations (on the day only) will take place at the Waratah Bay playground from 9am-10.15am, with the race due to start at 10.30am at low tide. Entry fees are under 15 $5, over 15 $10 and families $30. The event is now in its eighth year and is co-ordinated by the Fish Creek Football and

Netball Club. It has quickly become a feature on the Victorian Fun Run calendar and a favourite with holiday-makers. Last year 300 runners of all ages took part. Categories for the event are the 12 and under, 15 and under, 19 and under, 20 and over, 30 and over, 40 and over, 50 and over and 60 and over. Each section will be awarded with first, second and third male and female. The fastest female and male overall receives $100 prize money. First aid will be provided by the Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club and members will also patrol the beach during the event. The surf club has also

organised a cleanup day and walkers are encouraged to take a bag with them, supplied on the day. The event will culminate with a barbecue lunch provided by the lifesaving club along with presentation of medallions and trophies at the clubhouse. Footballers and netballers thank the surf club for its contribution and support, as without them the event would not function safely. Presentations will be around 12-12.30pm. Every competitor who finishes the fun run (or walk) will receive a certificate of his or her achievement and time. Once again Alex and Trish Moon of Moons Buslines will generously provide free transport

for all competitors by ferrying them back to Waratah Bay playground to pick up their own transport after presentations. This bus will also leave Sandy Point (at the general store) on the morning of the fun run, at 9am to take competitors to Waratah Bay. The club hopes to see you there for what should be another great day for runners, walkers, families and supporters. The run is a compulsory event for all footballers and netballers to participate in. For further information contact Greg and Gabby Buckland on 5684 1240, 0427 841 362, 0419 841 360 or email

Off, racing: competitors in the 2011 fun run race towards Sandy Point.

“THE STAR”, Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - PAGE 51

Sights of Stony Creek racing Results

Family fun: from left Kiara Gervasi and mother Wendy Gervasi of Mirboo North enjoyed their day out at the Stony Creek races last week.

Race 1: Centrebet Don’t Just Watch Mdn 1st 13. Valuable Star, Andrew Murray (trainer), J.R. Todd (jockey). 2nd 2. Born to Survive - Robert Kingston (trainer), Brent Evans (jockey). 3rd 6. Lady Randolph - J.F. Moloney, Jarrod Fry. 4th 7. Oh Me Oh Mi - John Allen, Ms S. Wynne. 5th 10. Rosebud - J.P. Salanitri, M. Carson. 6th 1. Bonne Nuit B.R. Fox, I. Culliver. 7th 3. Dayjurbelle - R.D. Griffiths, W. Egan. 8th 4. BI’s Impact Peter Gelagotis, A. Darmanin. 9th 14. Just - Ricky Maund, L. Coffey. 10th 16. French Affair - Ricky Maund, K.L. Bradley. Race 2: The Mirror Newspaper Mdn Plate 1st 9. Coeur Du Cheval - G. Eurell, D. Adam. 2nd 6. Venomous Clive - A.W. Noonan, D. Schmitt. 3rd 15. More Dam Dramas - Sharna Valli, W. Egan. 4th 16. Princess Victoria - C.C. Parry, K.L. Bradley. 5th 10. Divine Test G. Eurell, Ms L.J. Meec. 6th

3. Impulsive Jet - L.J. Bell, Dale Smith. 7th 2. Divismo - R. Pecora, Brent Evans. 8th 7. Heaven’s Reward - Ms N. Burke, Ms J. Da Rose. 9th 14. Black Balsam - M.E. Templeton, A. McCabe. 10th 17. Coolahan - W.J. Stockdale, M. Carson. 11th 5. Tully Encore - E.V. Musgrove, N. Callow. 12th 4. Power Of Glory - R.L. Smith, L. Coffey. Race 3: Thank You Betfair Hcp (58) 1st 4. Lindy - Ms C. Heffernan, Ms R. Bradley. 2nd 5. Sweet Disposition - Ms N. Burke, L. Coffey. 3rd 2. Nelson’s Victory - Wez Hunter, D. Schmitt. 4th 9. Born This Way - C.G. Murray, Dale Smith. 5th 7. Hooray - Ms D. Wynne, Ms S. Wynne. 6th 11. Sanleani - R.E. Laing, Damien Thor. 7th 3. Palio Di Siena Ms A. Blackburn, K.L. Bradley. 8th 1. Happy Snap - Ms R. Kelly, Ms L.J. Meec. 9th 6. Teen Spirit - Darren Egan, N. Callow. Race 4: Quirky Graphics Mdn Plate 1st 2. Bitey Horsey - C.G.

Winners: from left, foreman Darren Egan, Cranbourne and owners of the winning horse Pride Of Coupez in the last race at Stony Creek on Friday, Jim and Norma McMaster of Koo Wee Rup were thrilled their horse clocked up another win, making it three recent wins in the country.

Murray, K. Jennings. 2nd 7. Shinko Kai (NZ) - D.C. Harrison, Ms L.J. Meec. 3rd 1. Al’s Choice - M.L. Ashton, Brent Evans. 4th 3. Black Francis - R.J. Blacker, Erhan Kacm. 5th 5. Noir Court - C.G. Murray, K.L. Bradley. 6th 10. Innocent Gift - Mark Riley, N. Callow. 7th 12. Say The Word - R. Cluning, A. Darmanin. 8th 11. Mon Mouschi - Ms R. Waymouth, Dale Smith. 9th 13. Unbroken Spirit - D.L. Howard, A. McCabe. 10th 6. Peters Choice - Rocco Corbino, L. Coffey. 11th 4. Bush Bandit - John Allen, Ms S. Wynne. 12th 14. Racy Tracy C.G. Murray, Ms R. Bradley. 13th 16. Metung Friends - Ms D. Bowman, Ms J. Da Ros. 14th 8. The Kenyan - Kate Beadel, W. Egan. Race 5: Venus Bay Caravan Park (68) 1st 8. Boulevard Betty T.D. Cowan, Ms L.J. Meec. 2nd 4. Skybee - C.G. Murray, L. Coffey. 3rd 6. Border Express - Cameron Templeton, M. Carson. 4th 2. No Dispute - R.D. Griffiths, I. Culliver.

5th 1. King’s Dream - Ms L. Bonella, Brent Evans. 6th 5. Pliers - K.M. Keys, N. Callow. 7th 7. Special Warning - Ms E. Eldred, Ms R. Bradley. 8th 3. Debecca - Stephen Hutchinson, K.L. Bradley. Race 6: Hay’s jewellers Hcp - 62 1st 1. Nereus - Ms S. Trolove, L. Coffey. 2nd 5. Gold Clooney - S.J. Jackson, A. McCabe. 3rd 7. Prowler B.D. Burke, Brent Evans. 4th 12. He’s Fab - R.J. Stephens, Erhan Kacm. 5th 3. La Tar Lad - T.D. Cowan, Ms L.J. Meec. 6th 6. Shadow In The Sky - R.E. Laing, Ms A. Guillen. 7th 10. Whipthebrewer - L. Xuereb, Jarrod Fry. 8th 11. Kwaito - Ms N. Burke, I. Culliver. 9th 8. Kel Of A Shot - E.V. Musgrove, A. Darmanin. 10th 4. Devil’s Mountain (NZ) - B.L. Jenkins, Damien Thor. 11th 2. Blo Blo - John McArdie, N. Callow. Race 7: Aherns Fruit & Fine Foods - 62 1st 3. Babe To Win - A.B. Logan, Ms R. Bradley. 2nd 6. Rapid Thrill - Ms D. Clover,

W. Egan. 3rd 1. Faveaux - J. Edwards & B.W. Elkington, Damien Thor. 4th 8. Pentire Lass (NZ) - N.G. Eades, Jarrod Fry. 5th 9. Joy Street - R. Gillahan, A. Darmanin. 6th 7. American Morsecode - Ms D. Wynne, Ms S. Wynne. 7th 2. Blue Eyed Jane - Mark Riley, N. Callow. 8th 10. Sands Are Black - Ms R. Kelly, Erhan Kacm. 9th 5. Maxmollieava Ricky Maund, Ms L.J. Meec. Race 8: Centrebet Get Out Stakes (58) 1st 5. Pride of Coupez K.M. Keys, L. Coffey. 2nd 12. Shirlaski - Kasey Wilson, M. Carson. 3rd 4. Magnetic East - B. Cozamanis, W. Egan. 4th 8. Red Sole (NZ) - Peter Gelagotis, Brent Evans. 5th 11. Silver Clip - G.R. Mallinson, Ms J. Da Ros. 6th 1. Charli’s Phantom - C.G. Murray, K. Jennings. 7th 9. Marie De Guise (IRE) - M.D. Moroney, A. McCabe. 8th 3. Crack Shot - E.V. Musgrove, N. Callow. 9th 13. Ominous Sign - P.W. Boag, A. Darmanin. 10th 10. Sliced - R.J. Besanko, K.L. Bradley.

Racing action: number 11 Silver Clip ridden by Ms J. Da Rose and number 8, Red Sole ridden by Brent Evans placed fourth and fifth in the last race at Stony Creek on Friday.

Racing connections: while holidaying with family at Inverloch, sisters Brooke and Emily Warren and cousin Shinae Warren came to cheer for their cousin, jockey Koby Jennings, who rode Charli’s Phantom in the last race at Stony Creek. Local trainer: Stony Creek Racing Club chairman and trainer Paul Boag leads his horse Ominous Sign around the mounting yard with jockey A. Darmanin before the start of Race 8 at Stony Creek.

Race start: horses race down the main straight at Stony Creek during Race 8 on Friday.

What an entrance: Jockeys are normally known for their pace on the track, rather than flying high, but a couple of jockeys were flown in via helicopter to ensure they were ready to race on Friday.

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Hopeful: Mornington-based jockey Michael Carson was hoping for a big win in the “Get out stakes” at Stony Creek on Friday on number 12 Shirlaski. While it wasn’t to be Michael’s day, with another placing second behind the winner Pride of Coupez, he did say he enjoyed racing at Stony and would be back.

Fine fillies: young Jasmine McJames-Court of Pound Creek and friend Tayla Tobias, Inverloch were two of the best dressed young girls at the Stony races on Friday.

High praise for Stony races STONY Creek Racing Club’s latest race day has received the thumbs up from high places.

Got there: Valuable Star takes out the first race ahead of Born to Survive.

Racing in the last: they’re off and racing in the eighth race at Stony Creek.

Friday’s event was attended by Racing Victoria’s Chief Steward Terry Bailey, as well as the Victorian Jockey’s Association secretary. Stony Creek CEO Ralph Gallagher was happy to report that both of the distinguished guests heaped praise on the event, and the facilities. “We received two very positive external recognitions for the effort here,” he said.

“Mr Bailey was most laudatory of our track and our whole set up here. It’s a real boost to the staff to hear that such an important and critical member of Racing Victoria was very positive about what was happening here.” Around 1700 people made their way to Stony Creek for the event. “It was a good crowd and a happy crowd. It certainly helps when we have Camp Australia present,” Mr Gallagher said. “It means we see more families turning out, with children enjoying themselves. The family emphasis is

a real plus.” “These people are professional supervisors, which makes for worry free parents.” Mr Gallagher said the club is now looking forward to the next event on January 9. The track is being watered in preparation, with an even bigger crowd expected. “Of course we have our triple treat ladies day on, so we’re expecting to see some fine fashions on display,” he said. Camp Australia will again be returning, with plenty of children also expected to be present on the day.

The Great Southern Star  

January 4 Edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper.