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En pointe to Leongatha LISA A Pellin Dancers Ebony Smith, Alex Webb, Charli Burns, Jade McLennan and Siobhan Cooper dressed up in anticipation of The Great Southern Star Eisteddfod this weekend. The three day event starts this Friday at Leongatha’s Mesley Hall and will lure dancers from across the region, competing in a diversity of styles and boosting the town’s economy. Turn to pages 20 and 21 to find out more.

Explosive Peter Ryan could dodge fireworks By Jane Ross and Brad Lester DEPUTY Premier Peter Ryan may not attend a coal seam gas and minerals information session in Leongatha (tomorrow), but protesters will be there en masse. The Star has asked Peter Ryan’s office if he will attend. Residents affected by mining exploration licences say they are wondering

where their parliamentary representative is. His spokesperson said Mr Ryan might come, but there “could be some Melbourne things come up”. Mr Ryan is also the Minister for Regional and Rural Development and Member for Gippsland South. The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is sending up to 14 staff to the session and they can expect a deluge of distressed protesters who are planning to flood the Dakers

Centre at 2.30pm. At least two people from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and Southern Rural Water (SRW) will also be at the session which is being hosted by the DPI. Announcing the session, starting at 2pm, the DPI’s executive director of earth resources regulation Doug Sceney said it was about “the regulation of exploration and mining for minerals and onshore gas”. Continued on page 8.

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Cyclists to tackle Andes By Simone Short

Inverloch, and finally back to Perth.

IMAGINE riding a pushbike all the way from Inverloch to Perth, then back to

Add in mountain terrain of up to 5000 metre altitudes, unsealed roads and Third World conditions, and you have your-

self a ride of a lifetime. While most people wouldn’t even begin to consider taking on such an incredible challenge, Inverloch couple Colin Boyd and Yolande Field are gearing up to ride The Andes Trail in South America. It will be no mean feat. Described as a trail from the middle to the end of the world, the ride is 11,000 kilometres long and will take the duo around 150 days, or five months, to complete. A group of around 20 people from countries including Australia, Holland, Germany and America will attempt the ride, with 12 committing to the entire distance. Colin said the idea of taking part in the ride, which raises money for The Kid’s Cancer Project, came about when they wanted to travel a little differently from the mainstream methods. “We were keen on going to South America and the way South America works from our knowledge is that people live in the cities, so you go from city to city which didn’t really interest us too much,” he said. “We would like to see the in-between parts and once you’re on a bike, it breaks down the local barriers with people. “You’re not on a bus, you’re not in a big car, and it just seems like a good way of getting to know people. You smell it, you feel it, and you just enjoy it.” Having already competed in a number of single and multi-day bike rides around Australia, Col said cycling just “seemed like a good way of undertaking this trip”.

Change of scenery: Colin Boyd and Yolande Field from Inverloch will swap their daily ride around the Bass Coast for The Andes Trail in South America. During the massive trek, Colin and Yolande will ride around 100 kilometres every day, with the longest day averaging about 165 kilometres, but will also have 27 rest days to visit key tourist attractions. While some of the roads are paved, a lot of them are not, and the participants will find themselves staying in accommodation ranging from hotels and hostels to camping in the bush. There is no time to back out either; the couple left on Sunday for Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and have four days to acclimatise to the altitude before the ride begins. “We climb to 5000 metres high, so the altitude is a major factor and we have to be careful of that,” Colin said, adding they will ride through a variety of

conditions during the trip. “Up in what they call the altiplano in Bolivia there’s salt pans and it’s 120 kilometres across with no pathways so we ride across that, so that’s something different.” Both the terrain and climate will dramatically change as they make their way down the coast of the continent; while they begin the ride on the equator, the finishing point is in the city of Ushuaia in Argentina, which is the southernmost city in the world and the departure point for

Antarctica expeditions. While Yolande is excited most about experiencing a whole new culture, she’s also interested in learning the language, and has been studying Spanish in the lead up to the ride, there are of course concerns taking on an enormous challenge. Colin and Yolande said their biggest concern whilst riding is any injuries or damages to their bikes; everyone must carry their own repair kits and spare tyres as they won’t be able to buy the parts they need

along the trail. Unfortunately, Colin is no stranger to injury; four years ago he fell from his bike, shattering his pelvis and breaking his collarbone, restricting him to a wheelchair for 12 weeks. It wasn’t long however before he was back on the bike and continuing his daily routine of an 80 kilometre cycle before breakfast. “It’s amazing how you recover; you get back into it and we enjoy the cycling culture and we enjoy the exercise.” Anyone can sponsor Colin and Yolande on their ride, with all money raised going to The Kid’s Cancer Project, an Australian charity dedicated to finding cures for childhood cancers with the lowest survival rates. You can do so by visiting Keep an eye on The Star for updates on how their ride is progressing.

Long journey: Colin and Yolande will begin their trip in Quito in Ecuador and finish around 150 days later in Ushuaia in Argentina.

Costly scheme delayed SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has voted to delay a decision about a special charge scheme for Gray Street, Leongatha. The project proposed to seal the unsealed section, install traffic calming devices, and kerb and channelling. Residents lodged a petition objecting to the scheme at the June council meeting. The issue will now come before the February 2013 council meeting, when the new council is in place. Council officers recommended the

postponement given the upcoming caretaker period for council will likely delay the project. Resident Dr David Edwards was among the people facing tens of thousands of dollars in costs if the scheme proceeded. He said the project was overengineered and would benefit the broader Leongatha community, not just Gray Street residents. “How does council derive that eight private property owners should pay twothirds of the cost and council a third?” Dr Edwards asked.

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CBD shut down

By Simone Short

BUSINESSES were forced to close for more than three hours when a gas leak threatened the Wonthaggi central business district last Tuesday.

Up to 500 people were evacuated from businesses while police worked with the CFA to close roads and secure the area. Businesses and roads were not reopened until 2pm, inconveniencing staff and customers, but it is unlikely business owners will make claims for lost income, expected to be thousands of dollars. Other people were concerned the gas system was not designed to be shut off quickly. A gas detector recorded maximum explosive levels up to seven metres away from the scene of a ruptured pipeline leaking natural gas in Graham Street. The rupture occurred when a workman hit a 63mm gas pipeline during plumbing works in Graham Street at around 10am. Craig Thomas from Repco was forced to leave work despite it being a busy morning. “We were really busy and doing really well,” he said. “Like any business, it definitely had an effect on the day’s trading.” When asked if Repco would claim for any lost income, Mr Thomas said he doubted it “very much”. “You just take one of those things as an accident and that’s all you can do,” he said. “But it was definitely an inconvenience.” Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club manager Rob Bye said their main concern was losing a whole day’s lunch trade. “We had to evacuate all our patrons and our members. Police informed us to evacuate and we had our emergency procedures in place,” he said.

“We probably had around 30 or 40 customers here at the time and we had about 10 or 12 staff on at the time.” Mr Bye said police were fantastic in keeping everyone up-to-date with the situation. “They did inform us they had to bring a special crew in, and they were giving us information all throughout the day,” he said. “We were able to reopen after 2pm, but it was slow to get going. Everybody had left and there was nobody in the street.” Autobarn owner Peter Phillips said while business returned to normal straight away in his store, he was concerned it took so long to stop the leak. “It was kind of concerning that they didn’t have any shut off valves anywhere,” he said. “There should be a valve that you just turn off just for health and safety aspects more than anything. It’s just common sense if you ask me.” Wonthaggi CFA Captain Kim O’Connor explained they were not able to immediately turn off vales to the pipes without cutting off the supply to the whole town. “The gas was coming from multiple directions; you can’t just shut down one pipe,” he said. “The only place you turn it off is at the town gates, where the gas comes into town. “They couldn’t do that, as it causes a whole heap of grief with the customers. It would shut down every supply in the town and before they can reconnect supply, they have to go to every premise and ensure everything is turned off. “It would have taken days before they could restore gas supply.” Captain O’Connor said although it was inconvenient for local businesses, the leak was stopped in the most appropriate way possible. “Even though it drags the job out longer, it’s a lot less inconvenient to the gas customers, and easier for us

to stand around while they dig up pipes and clamp them – it’s a better alternative,” he said, adding if the scenario had been significantly worse, the town’s gas supply would have been turned off. “It was fairly controlled, but if there had been multiple ruptures in the gas main then they would shut it down,” he said. “It was serious, but it wasn’t an absolute necessity to shut it down. “We don’t do anything that we don’t have to; it’s to do with people’s safety. Roads were re-opened immediately after the job was done.” A specialist gas unit from Dandenong CFA was called in to help assess the scene. Captain O’Connor said while the leak “could have been worse, it could have been better”. “With a domestic line, we can just bend it over to stop the leak. With this type of thing we can’t,” he said. Contractors for the gas supplier Multinet Gas dug and clamped pipes in three different locations to stop the leak. Fortunately the town averted serious disaster thanks to the quick response of emergency services. With the CFA the control agency, Sergeant Dale McCahon from Wonthaggi Police said officers assisted volunteers in notifying and evacuating premises and securing the area, while a control centre was set up in the police station. The sergeant praised the co-operation of the emergency services. “The CFA volunteers responded very rapidly and managed the scene in conjunction with police. Once again, it was a great job by the local volunteers and police,” he said. “The teamwork and the planning that’s gone into developing the partnership between the CFA, SES, the shire council and ourselves pays off when an emergency occurs.”

Just waiting: Jeaninne Bateman of Choices Flooring and Beaumont Tiles and Craig Thomas of Repco wait for the scene to be cleared.

Keeping watch: Wonthaggi CFA second lieutenant Paul Kennedy and captain Kim O’Connor co-ordinate the emergency response.

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Climate hysteria rebutted By Brad Lester Broader view: Andrew Chapman doubts the presence of climate change.

EVIDENCE that climate change is just a part of nature and not a man-made phenomenon exists at Cape Liptrap.

So believes Andrew Chapman of Inverloch, an amateur botanist and naturalist with a professional career in engineering behind him. Layers of sedimentary rock at the cape over hundreds of millions of years old are of uneven depth, indicating the climate has varied over time. “What has happened recently is not different to what has happened in the past.” Mr Chapman said there were warmer periods in medieval times, as there are warm periods today. “In the Roman times, grapes were grown in England and wine was produced. They were cultivating crops of a more typical warmer climate. There was a little ice age in the 1600-1700s and it was so cold that the Thames River froze to over a metre deep during winter for several years. “We have had fluctuations that have been occurring throughout history. It was only 6000 years ago that the land bridge to Tasmania closed off due to rising sea levels.” He believes plants and animals in Europe lost during periods when ice sheets covered North America and Europe were replaced by new species, and therefore nature has the ability to recover from extreme climatic changes. Mr Chapman said climate change is being intentionally confused with global warming and disputes the widely held claim that carbon dioxide emissions are contributing to global warming, arguing levels of the gas vary regularly. “The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is miniscule. The biggest greenhouse gas we have in the atmosphere is water vapour and it controls the temperature considerably.” In reference to the term “carbon pollution”, Mr Chapman said given everything living on earth contains carbon, trying to eliminate it is pointless. “Carbon dioxide is plant food. “To talk about carbon pollution makes no sense at all. To paint carbon

as bad is a lie. Pollution is bad but we are not talking about pollution.” As for the carbon tax, Mr Chapman believes Australia’s economy will suffer as a result. “We have shiploads of imports coming into Australia with no carbon tax on them and everything that we are producing will have carbon tax on it. “There is no need for an anti-industrial approach.” He follows the claims of scientist Professor Ian Plimer, author of the book Heaven and Earth, Global Warming: The Missing Science, and said Mr Plimer’s views are consistent with his own understanding of geology. Mr Chapman draws on his hydrological experience undertaking flood modelling throughout Australia and South East Asia. “The bigger the flood we try to predict, the more uncertainty we cre-

ate. The great argument about global warming is based on computer modelling, not imperial evidence. “The variables that are involved in trying to deal with that are huge and so too are the uncertainties.” Government policy decisions are being made based on climate change claims and the predicted impacts, Mr Chapman said, such as the rationale for the construction of the desalination plant. “Yet Melbourne’s reservoirs are now over 70 per cent full and ours are full and it’s really just the start of winter. We have at least another three to five years worth of water and people are paying through the nose for that plant. “It’s not that we need to reject conservation and interest in the environment; that is just not on. I am among the last people to reject protection of the natural environment.

“There is a culture that has moved into conservation that are more anarchists. They believe the world is going to end and they have to bring down society.” The number of sun spots on the Sun is actually influencing the climate on earth, Mr Chapman believed. “When there are a lot of sun spots, it is warm on earth and when there are few, it is cool on earth,” he said, saying sun spots create an electromagnetic field around the solar system and therefore lead to earth’s climate varying considerably. “When the magnetic field is less intense, more gamma particles come into our solar system. The gamma particles have shown to be a catalyst for the formation of cloud droplets in the air, so you get a lot more cloud and that creates more rainfall and cooler temperatures.” His theory was supported by Don J.

Easterbrook, Professor of Geology at Western Washington University in the United States of America. Professor Easterbrook wrote the last time sunspots vanished from the sun for decades from 1645 to 1700 AD, the climate cooled drastically. That view was echoed by Dr Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of space research laboratory of the Pulkovo Observatory. Mr Chapman said: “There is an attitude these days that if you are not on board with climate change, you either work for a big polluting company or are not concerned about your grandchildren’s prospects.” He worked with the former Shire of Korumburra for two years and then the former Woorayl Shire for 13 years, before undertaking employment with several engineering and environmental firms in Melbourne.

Blast for rate rise detractors By Jane Ross THOSE who have criticised Bass Coast Shire Council’s 2012-13 rate rise of 5.9 per cent came in for a pasting last Wednesday night. Councillors were discussing adoption of the budget. They talked about it for over an hour. Cr Peter Paul said those pushing for a 1.9 per cent rate increase were deluding themselves to think it could work. Cr Gareth Barlow repeated a comment he said he heard recently from a Minister of the Crown: “Those who want to cap rates at or near CPI (Consumer Price Index) are fools.” Both men admitted they were wrong about pre-election promises to keep rate rises low. Cr Barlow said he offended everyone when he came onto council claiming there were too many staff who were paid too much. Cr Paul said talk of a 1.9 per cent rate rise was disturbing because of the consequences. “You simply can’t do it. “What would go? Infrastructure renewal? The CEO? The directors (sitting) behind me? The community needs those answers.” The 1.9 per cent rate rise is the platform of a reform team of

council candidates led by former politician Alan Brown. Elections will be held this October. The budget has been on public exhibition for 28 days, attracting five submissions. Cr John Duscher said councillors take such submissions seriously and budget changes sometimes result. Cr Barlow said the 2012-13 budget is, “Pretty good, it’s fair and reasonable and delivers outcomes that will please the community.” He said a 5.9 per cent rate rise is needed because costs are increasing, many of them beyond council’s control. And, he added, he is always hearing the community wants better infrastructure such as footpaths. These cost money. “Of great interest is the fact that Baw Baw Shire’s rates are going up by 11 per cent.” Cr Barlow said it was important to keep addressing infrastructure renewal to avoid having to close roads and bridges. He referred to “an unsigned article in the Brown Times” criticising council’s lack of cost saving. “We have a cost saving report in every council agenda.” Cr Ross Smith added since 2006, $1.3 million had been identified under that cost saving plan. Cr John Duscher reminded his colleagues that State and Federal

government cost shifting was always an issue. This occurs when local government takes up the shortfall for state and federal services administered through the council. Government grants are declining, as state levies are rising. Cr Smith said State Government funding for libraries had gone

from 100 to less than 16 per cent. Cr Jane Daly said she was particularly proud of two initiatives in the budget – funding to include neighbourhood character in the planning scheme and $60,000 to include a responsible gaming policy in the planning scheme. The budget was adopted unanimously.

Talk to us: council DESALINATION consortium AquaSure will be invited to a public meeting to brief Bass Coast Shire councillors about water discharge monitoring. Environment Protection Authority (EPA) representatives will be asked to come too. Cr Phil Wright moved a motion during urgent business to issue the invitation during last Wednesday’s council meeting. He said the community is concerned about the discharge of water to the ocean and councillors need to be better informed about how water quality is being monitored. “To this end, we should invite the EPA as the principal regulatory authority and AquaSure to brief the council at a public briefing.” Cr Wright said he thought AquaSure has “done a really good

job”, but he wants to make sure the EPA and AquaSure are respecting the ocean and that there will be minimal impact from the discharge. Cr Peter Paul thought the briefing would be a reasonable way forward. But Cr Gareth Barlow said, “Having sat through the EES (Environmental Effects Statement) process and read every submission the EPA and AquaSure and other players made, it is clear what their process is. “I can’t see the point of this.” Cr Wright responded, “Every single thing I do on council is to improve the community and council and State Government interaction. We all want a healthy place to live. I don’t think there’s any offence in saying we as a community would like to work with you.”

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Go away, miners By Brad Lester SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will object to a mining exploration licence spanning the township of Mirboo North.

C o u n c i l l o r s unanimously opposed the prospect of coal mining within the town to the applause of a packed gallery at last Wednesday’s council meeting. Many people raised fears of an open cut mine destroying their town, slashing property values and quashing dreams. Cr David Lewis tabled the motion, just a month after council voted to call on the State Government for a moratorium on coal seam gas exploration. His motion was in response to an application for an exploration licence by Western Australian company, Mantle Mining, covering 25 square kilometres in and around

unacceptable”, the licence area included “critical town and agricultural water supplies” that could be threatened by exploration, and the area’s dairying, grazing and potato industries were at risk. The motion also stated that to council’s knowledge, Mantle Mining had not undertaken community consultation about its intentions on previously granted exploration licences in adjacent agricultural areas. Cr Bob Newton wondered why the mining industry was not encouraging development of coal resources at Gelliondale, near Yarram, first. However councillors spent less time debating whether to support the motion than on how to inform the community. Cr Lewis wanted copies of correspondence between council and

Mirboo North. The community is worried this could include an open cut coal mine. “People are very concerned and our local representative in State Government, Peter Ryan, from what I can read in the paper, is saying this is not going to happen,” Cr Lewis said. “That is great. I think we should take this on face value, so if it’s not going to happen, you do not need an exploration licence.” Cr Kieran Kennedy said a Liberal Government had moved Yallourn to make way for a coal mine. He urged farmers to register their properties with Trust For Nature to protect them against miners. “The mining industry has been forecast to slow down. We have 500 years of coal supply already and China is stockpiling coal,” he said. The motion stated “coal mining within the town is

the State Government relating to coal and coal seam gas inserted into council’s newsletter, South Gippsland Matters.

With two A4 pages already to be filled, that would amount to 76 reams of paper standing 3.8m high, Cr Mimmie

Jackson said, given 19,000 newsletters are posted to ratepayers. Cr Kennedy said: “We are quivering about spending $10,000-$15,000 brought her two-year-old on sending paper out to son to the council table residents on what is the and said his future would be at risk if a coal mine proceeded. “When you are voting on this, I want you to think of his little face,” she said. Morwell MLA Russell Northe, and representatives of Mantle Mining and the Department of Primary Industries attended a public meeting at the Callignee Hall last Thursday night.

Anxiety running too high CR JIM Fawcett is concerned South Gippslanders are causing themselves unnecessary grief over the coal and coal seam gas issue.

He asked people not to overly worry after Mirboo North residents became emotional while addressing South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednesday. “This morning I was distressed to see people who had a deep conviction about what is threatened,” he said to the gallery. “I am disturbed that we may be frightening ourselves into a real state of anxiety when we do not need to.” Many Mirboo North people addressed council before the vote on Cr Lewis’ motion. Keith Kat of Mirboo North said the council should represent the community’s concerns. “The time has come for you (council) to show the people of Mirboo North and the people of South Gippsland that you are fighters and that you will support us to the hilt,” he said. “We are encouraging everybody to lock their gates and to lock their streets and in the end, we want to lock the town.” Denyse Menzies of Mardan said Australians had little rights against mining companies in what was supposed to be a democratic country. She wanted to know where Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan was to represent the community. “We have asked him to come and talk, but he just comes up with the same

on our planet,” she said. Frank Vale moved to Mirboo North after 20 years working in open cut mines in the Latrobe Valley and said Mirboo North would be covered by coal dust if a mine opened there. Property values would drop and so would council’s rate income, he said. Phil Piper believed Mantle Mining, the company behind the Mirboo North application,

platitudes that have been delivered by politicians up the east coast,” Ms Menzies said. Gil Fox said the Latrobe Valley still had 500 years worth of coal supplies and wondered why it was necessary to explore Mirboo North. “We are supposed to be working on the Kyoto Protocol and a carbon reduction scheme. We are supposed to be leaving a smaller carbon footprint

had connections with India and that Mirboo North coal would be sent overseas. Angela Carey of Darlimurla said an open cut mine would ruin her family’s lifestyle. Lorraine Halabarec said her family’s dreams of living a peaceful life in the town would be ruined. “Our politicians are giving us spin and secretly and quietly they are selling us off,” she said. Another lady, in tears,



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No mining: opposing the coal mine proposal at South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednesday were Keith Kat, Frank Vale, Angela Carey, Gill Fox, Kelly Schilke and Phil Piper.

biggest issue in our shire.” Cr Jennie Deane suggested issuing press releases to local newspapers and finally, council agreed to do this as well as publish details online.

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Trees planted across coast NATIONAL Tree Day was celebrated in South Gippsland at the weekend. More than 50 people planted 2500 trees at the Kilcunda foreshore on Saturday. Members of the Three Creek Landcare Group, Bass Coast Landcare Network and Bass Coast Shire Council joined with volunteers to plant indigenous species to increase the biodiversity of the area, address erosion and increase habitat for the hooded plover, white faced chat and white footed dunnart. “We were really happy with how the day turned out,” said David Bateman of the Bass Coast

Landcare Network. “In the future, people are going to walk past on the rail trail and see what they planted years ago. It’s a high visibility site and it’s good for local people to see the importance of the vegetation and make this place a better place to be.” Wonthaggi Rotarians provided a barbecue lunch and all trees were sourced from Tree Action Nursery at Koonwarra. The project was funded by a Community Coastcare grant from the State Government. Another tree planting day was held at Tarwin Lower on Sunday. See page 53 for the story. More photos in next week’s Star.

Green thumbs: Clive Hollands, the new president of Wonthaggi Rotary, with Three Creeks Landcare Group member Lorraine Murray and Bass Coast Landcare Network co-ordinator Kellie Nicholls.

Third biggest town on the way By Brad Lester

NYORA is on the verge of becoming the third biggest town in South Gippsland Shire. That was the message delivered by Cr Jim Fawcett at last Wednesday’s council meeting, when council approved the Nyora Structure Plan for consideration by an Independent Planning Panel. “If this plan results in the development of the land being zoned as

residential one as proposed, we will basically be creating the third biggest town in the shire, that has no facilities at all,” he said. “We need to ensure that we provide the residents of this town with the infrastructure that is appropriate for a town of that size.” Grant Hales of Beveridge Williams development consultants spoke on behalf of Wallis Watson, the company set to develop land north of the existing Nyora township. He said the flat land was suited for

development. “It’s a great location, it’s a beautiful environment and we believe it could be something that we are very proud of,” Mr Hales said. Similar plans were developed for Loch, Poowong and Meeniyan. Councillors ruled out considering a property at Yannathan Road, Nyora as a future site for rural living, with many councillors saying the land was too far from services, in a fire risk zone and should be retained for farming.

Glenn Kell of Beveridge Williams said his client, the land owner, was not happy after making numerous submissions to council since 2009, with no indication the site was not suitable until now. He said the land could offer housing opportunities for Nyora. Ray Philpott of Loch was concerned about the prospect of land in Roy Street being developed for residences, saying 20 houses would result in 40 more cars and create drainage issues.

Stan Dimitriatis owns a site in Victoria Street and wanted the zoning to remain Industrial, as when he bought it in 1998, instead of Residential. He said the property could be suitable for a future medical or veterinary centre. The panel hearing is not likely to be until November or December. Council will then consider the plans in April or May 2013, and the Minister for Planning would then need to approve the structure plans.

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Support flows for Beau By Jacob de Kunder THE community has shown outstanding support for injured Leongatha Footballer and Phillip Island resident Beau Vernon.

Many community events and fundraising schemes are on the calendar to help raise funds for Beau. The 23-year-old, who was best and fairest at the Leongatha club last year, suffered a dislocated and fractured neck which caused severe trauma to his spinal cord during a football game at Wonthaggi on June 23. He is currently in the spinal ward at the Austin Hospital and hoping to move to rehabilitation soon. The Leongatha Football Club has been spearheading fundraising within the football community. Beau Vernon support stickers sold by the club have been popular while the Parrots squad is heading to Melbourne this weekend, aiming to gain support from the AFL football community. The team will be rattling tins for Beau at the MCG for Saturday night’s clash between Collingwood and St Kilda. Parrots secretary Matthew Grylls said more events will be planned for the future. “We’ve still got events to be finalised but the support we’ve received already has been over-

whelming,” he said. Once the Beau Vernon Appeal was created, Beau’s farther Daryl spoke on Channel 9’s AFL Footy Show and the support started to roll in. A generous donation of over $6000 by the Morwell Football Netball Club at the start of the month kicked off a wave of donations by various football clubs from around the region and state. The Alberton Football League made a $2000 donation to the appeal and encouraged their clubs to pass around collection buckets at their home games until the end of the season. The Gippsland Football League is holding a raffle thanks to the generosity of some Gippsland businesses. The league has been able to secure three nights of accommodation at Captains Cove and three nights on a Bulls Cruiser and a donation of 15,000 tickets from the Drouin Commercial Printers. Tickets are $5 each and available at all Gippsland Football League clubs and all Evans Petroleum outlets, among other places. The raffle will be drawn at half time of the Gippsland League Senior grand final on Saturday, September 22. The Phillip Island community is whole-heartedly supporting the cause as well, with many events in the pipeline. Sunday, August 19 will be a

Bring and Buy Auction held at the Phillip Island Adventure Resort. The community is encouraged to donate goods to be auctioned on the day, while looking for some great things to buy at the same time. Tickets are available at the Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser office in Cowes, San Remo Realty, Cowes Primary School, Rhyll Store and the Fun Shed in Cowes. All those who can help out on the day or have goods to donate are encouraged to call the office on 5952 3201. An all make car and bike cruise and sausage sizzle is set for Sunday, August 26. The convoy of cars will travel from Bass McDonalds to the Phillip Island football ground for a sausage sizzle and raffle. A minimum donation of $10 per car is asked and 100 per cent of all funds will go straight to the Beau Vernon Appeal. The cruise departs at 10.30am but participants are asked to be at McDonalds at 10. A sportsman’s night will follow on Monday, August 27 and will host superstars from many sports. Details are yet to be confirmed of who exactly will be involved, but the night will be jointly run by Phillip Island and Kilcunda-Bass Football Netball Clubs. Check out The Star each week for updates of what’s going on in the area for Beau.

Great help: Beau Vernon and his girlfriend Lucy Bourke in the Austin Hospital.

Venus Bay wins state award By Sarah Vella VENUS Bay Surf Life Saving Club won the Community Leadership Award at the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria’s Clean Beaches Awards on Friday.

Well done: Scott Cameron and Venus Bay Life Saving Club president Ken Schell proudly accept the award at the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Awards night for their inaugural Clean Up Australia Day program held earlier this year.

Restaurants shut for lunch A SCHEDULED power outage in Leongatha closed big businesses such as KFC and McDonalds restaurants for several hours on Sunday. Houses were also affected in Anderson Street. Jess Davies, assistant manager at KFC Leongatha, said although they knew the power outage would be occurring, they had little option but to shut their doors over lunchtime. “We did receive a letter about it a couple of weeks ago,” Ms Davies said. The fast food restaurant was closed

for three hours in the morning, before opening the doors at 1pm. “It may have been helpful to have a notice in the paper, to advise customers that businesses would also be affected by the outage,” Ms Davies said. “It did reduce our daily takings obviously, but we had the notice up on our door. Unfortunately there was not much more we could do. “We haven’t received any complaints yet, but we do recognise it was very inconvenient.” SPAusnet was not available for comment before going to press.

The club was nominated in two categories for their inaugural Clean Up Australia Day event, held earlier in the year. The awards were held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The club has been a focal point for the community since 1961 and now boasts 50 members, 45 of whom are temporary residents. In 2012, the club, spearheaded by Scott Cameron, organised the first ever Clean Up Australia Day event that was well supported by volunteers. Mr Cameron attended the awards, held in the Olympic Room at the MCG, which had an impressive view over the field. “We were shortlisted in two different categories but were successful in the Community Leadership award which was really cool,” he said. “It was unexpected. It was really good for us, especially to gain recognition for the life saving club as it relies solely on volunteers to operate. “I was speechless really and just stoked by the acknowledgment. “I really didn’t expect it so I didn’t have a speech prepared. Minutes before the award was announced, I

realised that I really should have some notes just in case.” Myf Warhurst, from the ABC’s long running Spicks and Specks music quiz show, hosted the awards, attended by more than 200 people. “We sat on the table with other finalists from the Bass Coast Community

Safety Rangers and Leanne Edwards, the litter prevention officer with the South Gippsland Shire Council,” he said. “We’ve now got the branding for that award for 2012, which we can promote as much as possible. We will also display the plaques at the clubhouse. “We will definitely be

running the Clean Up Australia Day program again next year and this award may help us get some more volunteers on board. “This achievement shows that we are fair dinkum and hopefully locals get a smile out of it, to know we have been recognised outside of Venus Bay on a state level.”

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Abalone trafficker avoids jail A MAN who pleaded guilty to trafficking 135kg of abalone from Cape Liptrap in 2007 has avoided jail.

The 23-year-old man was convicted in the Melbourne Magistrates Court after being extradited from NSW for failing to appear in a Gippsland court for offences dating back five years. In the Melbourne Magistrates Court last week, Christopher Muir pleaded guilty to trafficking abalone and was given a one month prison sentence suspended for six months. A day earlier, Muir had been extradited from NSW to face court in Victoria after failing to appear in the Korumburra Magistrates Court to face the abalone trafficking charges. The charges related to stealing a commercial quantity of abalone near Cape Liptrap on April 9 and 10, 2007. The court heard that covert surveillance by Gippsland fisheries officers helped to identify Muir and five other co-offenders trafficking 135kg of abalone meat over a two day period. Muir’s role involved taking bags of abalone from two divers, assisting in shucking them, placing the meats into backpacks, hiding them in bushes and transporting them to other locations. A total of 1350 abalone with an estimated commercial value of $17,550 had been taken over the two days. Muir is one of 11 offenders to have faced charges arising from Operation Algebra – an investigation targeting an organised group of abalone thieves from NSW stealing abalone from Victorian waters. The investigation led to one of the ringleaders being jailed for two years and three months, and ordered to pay more than $44,000 in compensation. as well as receiving a lifetime prohibition order preventing him from being within 1km of Victorian waters.

Other members of the group were found guilty and received a variety of fines, prohibition orders, good behaviour bonds and suspended sentences. The extradition of Muir is the third undertaken by Operation Algebra investigators. Fisheries Victoria executive director Anthony Hurst said this was yet another example of the lengths Fisheries Victoria would go to in the pursuit of offenders. Mr Hurst praised the co-ordinated efforts from both NSW and Victorian police detectives.

Ready to roll ONLY days after a gas leak shut down the Wonthaggi CBD, emergency services were taking part in a training operation for another potential disaster. Exercise Micro, an emergency management exercise, was attended by around 50 people from the police, Wonthaggi CFA and SES, the Department of Human Services and Bass Coast Shire Council representatives. Senior Sergeant Trevor Teer said the exercise was a hypothetical micro burst scenario, which is a big gust of wind for a number of minutes similar to one that occurred in Wonthaggi in the 1990s. In this particular case, the roof was blown off the Wonthaggi Hospital, a nursing home and one of the schools. Sen Sgt Teer said the exercise was done to find “all the service gaps” and see if they could “close them”. “It’s so if we do have a micro burst next week, we’ve got it running properly,” he said. “We do these exercises at least once a year for events like storms and fires, any emergencies we might have.”

Bad behaviour A WOMAN has been charged with a number of offences after behaving erratically in Wonthaggi last week. Around 3.30pm last Thursday, police were called to the 33-year-old Wonthaggi woman in Murray Street, who after speaking with police was found to be drunk. Police said during the arrest, the offender resisted by punching, kicking and scratching officers. After being taken to the Wonthaggi station, her poor behaviour continued and police found the woman had outstanding warrants. She was charged with assaulting police, resisting arrest and interfering with a motor vehicle, and bailed to the Korumburra Magistrates Court.

Illegal activity DRUGS and a gun have been found by police after a man was intercepted on his motorbike last Sunday. The Bass Coast Highway Patrol found the 30-yearold male had an outstanding warrant after pulling him over in Wonthaggi. On returning to the Wonthaggi Police Station, drugs were located on the man. As a result, a warrant was executed at his address where police located a semi-automatic firearm and more drugs. The man was remanded in custody and appeared at the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court yesterday (Tuesday).

House burgled CRIMINALS have stolen a large amount of goods after breaking into a home in Cape Paterson over the weekend. Between Friday afternoon and Sunday evening, offenders broke into the two storey residence in Blue Water Circle and entered the house through a window on the rear deck. They then stole household goods including computers and televisions. Wonthaggi CIU said the type of theft suggests a large vehicle able to carry a large amount of goods was involved. Police said while the total value of the stolen goods is still being added up, it was a substantial amount. Anyone with information regarding the theft can contact Wonthaggi CIU on 5672 1222.

Account robbed A THIEF stole money from his victim’s bank account after stealing his wallet last week. Between 4pm and 5.30pm last Wednesday, the offender broke into a car parked at one of the Kilcunda

beach car-parks and took a wallet. Police said the thief then used one of the victim’s bank cards to access his account and remove an amount of money. Wonthaggi CIU is still investigating a number of leads. Anyone with information regarding this theft can contact Senior Constable Ange Berry or Bass Coast CIU on 5672 1222.

Alcohol theft A 17-YEAR-OLD male from Wonthaggi will be charged on summons after being caught with stolen alcohol last week. Around 9pm on Thursday night, police spoke to the youth in Murray Street, Wonthaggi, and found him to be in possession of alcohol. Police enquiries revealed the alcohol had been stolen from the nearby Woolworths.

Drugs found A SEARCH warrant on a Wonthaggi property resulted in a quantity of cannabis located and seized last week. Around 9.30am last Thursday, police executed the drug search warrant on the address of a 42-year-old male. The man was arrested on the spot and will be charged on summons for cultivating cannabis.

Outstanding warrant

A 37-YEAR-OLD male was found to be carrying drugs after being intercepted by police in McKenzie Street in Wonthaggi on Saturday. Police searched the man and found cannabis, while further enquiries also revealed the Ferntree Gully man had an outstanding warrant. He was processed at the Wonthaggi Police Station, and bailed to appear before Ringwood Magistrates Court for possession and use of a drug of dependence.

Tyres slashed BETWEEN 10pm and 11pm last Saturday, two tyres on a car parked in Baromi Road in Mirboo North were slashed. Anyone with information regarding this crime can contact Mirboo North Police on 5668 1444.

Peter Ryan could dodge fireworks

Continued from page 1. He said the session, which runs until 7pm, would “give local residents a chance to speak directly to regulators and policy experts about the regulatory process that applies to mining and onshore gas operations in Victoria”. Onshore gas is the department’s term for coal seam gas. Members of Lock the Gate Gippsland have asked the DPI to run a panel session on the day, but this will not occur. DPI will have five stands at the Dakers Centre, the EPA one and SRW another. Each booth will be manned by at least two people. There will be three or four more DPI staff whose role will be to help direct visitors to relevant stands and to ensure the session runs smoothly. A spokesperson for the DPI said the session would run on a “drop in” basis because it allowed residents to discuss their specific questions one-on-one, providing “more in-depth discussion”. “It also gives people who are uncomfortable speaking in front of large groups the opportunity to have their questions answered.” But Lock the Gate’s Glenn Cant of Koonwarra, told The Star many people would be asking the same questions over and over and he thought a forum with a panel on stage would be more informative. Tomorrow’s session follows South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires taking respective anti-mining action at their council meetings last Wednesday. To applause from a packed gallery, South Gippsland Council unanimously opposed the prospect of coal mining in Mirboo North and Bass Coast councillors received similar acclaim when they voted unanimously to refuse the use of council-owned or controlled land or infrastructure for coal or coal seam gas exploration. Hundreds of alarmed and angry citizens have been attending a series of meetings across the region. Up to 200 crammed the new Callignee Hall last Thursday, storming out after DPI, VFF and Mantle Mining representatives failed to assuage their anxieties. At Fish Creek on Friday night, 150 people gathered in the local hall to hear representatives from Lock the Gate, the Environment Defenders Office, Quit Coal and Friends of the Earth. Grant Flather who was there, said people were angry – but overwhelmingly, they were scared. A further 150 went to a public meeting at Boolarra on Sunday. The DPI stands at tomorrow’s meeting will deal with specific topics. These are: land and access compensation; exploration licence location; status and geology; exploration and mining licence application and approval processes; compliance and enforcement; commonwealth policy initiatives.

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Meeniyan battles slow lane By Matt Dunn A GROUP of concerned Meeniyan citizens will petition the Federal Government to not leave the town out in the cold. While the infrastructure for the National Broadband Network runs right through the middle of town (and has the potential to allow residents to reach internet speeds almost 50 times faster than currently exist), tech-whiz Richard Powell said Meeniyan was about to be left in the ultra-slow lane of the information superhighway. “It technology terms, we’re going to be 100 years behind. We’ve been told we’re going to be on wireless at 12 megabits-per-second. We’re on 20 megabits-a-second at the moment through Telstra. We’re going to be almost halving our speed and they call that advancement,” he said. Mr Powell said the NBN would offer residents in most other parts of Australia internet speeds approaching 1000 megabits-per-second. “For things like developments in education and medicine, the NBN offers great potential. They talk up the idea that you’ll be able to work from home, with tree changers who are employed in the city having jobs that are transportable,” he said. “What we’re talking about is Meeniyan being locked out of develop-

ment. We can’t attract businesses that need that bandwidth, or high fliers that might be looking for a tree change.” Another Meeniyan resident, Sally Hoskins, also fears the town will be permanently stuck in the slow lane. “The town is already growing because of sewerage. It’s a pity the government has spent so much money, but has allowed us not to have access to this. It’s really important,” she said. A spokesperson for NBN Co said the corporation had a “responsibility to build the network as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible”. “Where the cost of fibre becomes too great – because of distance or density – NBN Co plans to use fixed wireless and satellite,” she said. “NBN Co followed a process designed to meet the target of 93 per cent fibre coverage by first looking at the towns with over 1000 premises, and then adding those locations with as few as 500 premises where they are close enough to other network infrastructure. “This assessment is not based on population figures, but on Geo-coded National Address Files (GNAFs) which also allow an assessment of settlement density. As mentioned, in terms of the cost of the rollout, it is not just the number of premises in a district that counts but how widely they are spread across an area.” The spokesperson said that based on

Passing through: while the infrastructure for the NBN will pass through Meeniyan, residents may have slower internet speeds than currently enjoyed, say Sally Hoskins and Richard Powell. the model “neither Meeniyan nor Toora are scheduled to get a fibre service”. “However the fixed wireless and satellite services that will be provided to those outside the reach of fibre will

offer speeds at the wholesale level of 12Mbps, which is better than most people in metropolitan areas can currently achieve,” she said. While Meeniyan may be destined

Thumbs up for kids’ centre By Jacob de Kunder PARTIES involved with the mooted Korumburra Integrated have b I d Children’s Child ’ Centre C h backed Mair Crescent as the new site.

Representatives from the Korumburra Kindergarten, Birralee Childcare and the Korumburra Primary School are looking forward to the development. President of the Birralee Childcare Committee, Rebecca Marriot said progressing the project was important. “We could wait for another five years to see if another good site comes up but Korumburra needs this centre sooner rather than later,” she said. “When you look at some of the indicators of disadvantage for Korumburra, if the shire was to wait any longer they would be negligent, because Korumburra will continue to go backwards without this support for our children. “This is about setting up children for education for life, that is what early childhood education is all about.” Ms Marriott said a gradient on the site is inevitable. “I think that no matter where you go in Korumburra, you’re going to get a hill,” she said. “But despite the site, the centre itself will be state of the art.” The Mair Crescent site is blocked in by businesses and houses that will provide the centre with little room to grow, but this does not concern Ms Marriott. “This centre will take us well into the future in terms of supporting the town’s population,” she said. “When it gets to the point where the children’s centre is full, the primary school will be full and the high school will be full, so there will be a lot of other planning issues for Korumburra when it comes to that.” President of the Korumburra Kindergarten Committee Jenny Enbom agreed that lack of expansion opportunities would not be an issue. “We’ve raised our concerns in relation to that and we’ve been reassured that it won’t be an issue,” she said. “Original plans were going to provide us with a kindergarten with two rooms that would allow us to run two groups at the same time. “We’ve never been able to do that, which in itself will allow us to increase numbers.” Ms Enbom is happy the project is moving along. “It’s going to be a fantastic opportunity for childcare facilities as far as kindergarten and the day care and if we can incorporate other services such as maternal and child health specialist, you can’t go wrong really,” she said. Korumburra Primary School principal Bill Jeffs said the site was the best one available. “The one they’ve chosen is probably the best of a poor set of choices. It’s no one’s fault,” he said. “The shire owns that land and it is in relative proximity of to St Joes and to us (KPS), but the most important thing to us and what we’ve been pushing all the way, is to have a one stop shop. “To me, if it could be purpose-built in a school that had the space, that would be fantastic, but that is impossible because the schools are set and there’s not enough space.” Mr Jeffs said there was no ‘stand-out’ or ‘perfect’ site for the centre. “The problem parents face now is that all the services are disparate and to have any of these things in a one stop spot it will be a great boon for the parents,” he said.

Play time: future Korumburra Kindergarten children will be among the benefactors of the new children’s centre. Ankia Grabham-Andrews and Katie Turton play at the kindergarten last week.

to miss out, Venus Bay “is earmarked for fibre”. “Again, this is based on GNAF data, not on population information,” she said.

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THE Phillip Island community is holding a Bring and Buy Lunch at the Phillip Island Adventure Resort on Sunday, August 19, to support the Beau Vernon Fund. Beau Vernon’s world took a dramatic turnaround four weeks ago after he suffered a severe injury on the football field. Organisers are asking for any donations (gift voucher, goods or the like) to auction on the day. Your name or business name will go with your donation in the auction catalogue. About 500 people and families are expected on the day. Goods can be dropped off at the Phillip Island Advertiser newspaper in Chapel Street, Cowes. Monies raised from the forthcoming community fundraiser will go a long way towards helping Beau to return home and receive the necessary care and quadriplegic equipment he requires. Tickets for the fundraiser are $20 each. For more information, phone Gillian Mertens on 5678 3388. COME along to a coffee and cards day held at the Middle Pub in Korumburra on Saturday, August 4 at 2.30pm, hosted by Summer Lovers, raising money for

Relay for Life. Enjoy a cuppa and see the latest products from Phoenix Trading’s beautiful range of greeting cards and stationery, with adults and children’s designs for every occasion. For more information contact Bron Beach on 0408 529 581 or PARKS Victoria is investing in new visitor amenities for one of South Gippsland’s most popular areas, Cape Liptrap Coastal Park. Works have been underway for the past fortnight for the replacement of the existing toilet facility at Bear Gully campground. The existing amenity at Bear Gully campground will be replaced with three new sealed drop toilets, which have no risk of waste seeping into the surrounding coastal environment. This will include a disabled facility, as well as two small hand basins. The Cape Liptrap Coastal Park is a highlight in South Gippsland, offering visitors the chance to explore nearby Venus Bay, Point Smythe and the historic Walkerville Lime Kilns, along with traditional pursuits of fishing, swimming and surfing. LEONGATHA Secondary College has many things to be proud of just three weeks into the term. These include the pleasing support of the senior information evening, the great efforts of their Year 10 students during work experience at the beginning of the term, and being one of the top three schools across the

state in the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal School challenge. ORAL Health Promotion Week runs from August 6 to 10. Free dental examinations are available for children at Bass Coast Regional Health, Wonthaggi, phone 5671 3268 for appointment times. THE committee for the 40th Meeniyan Art Craft and Photography Exhibition have started their preliminary planning and are putting in a call for artists. The show, which is held over the Melbourne Cup weekend, invites new artists to participate. Junior artists, aged 13 -18, are encouraged to enter the youth section. Please contact Tarnya Wilson on 5664 7473 or tarnyawilson@bigpond. com to update your details or be added to the database and receive an entry form, or go to www.

Hot water warning PARAMEDICS have urged Victorians to take care with hot water bottles this winter. Paramedic team manager Chester Fogarty said scalding burns can be extremely painful. “We often see those burns to the chest, abdomen or groin area but we have also been called to patients who have suffered burns to their feet from a hot water bottle,” he said. “Fill it with hot water from a tap instead of water that has boiled. That way, if the bottle does burst the water isn’t as hot.”

Politically minded: a group of friends from Inverloch travelled to Melbourne to visit Parliament House for a guided tour of the stately building, followed by a delicious Parliament High Tea served in the Stranger’s Corridor. The highlight of the tour was a chance meeting with Bass MLA Ken Smith, also Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, who generously gave time to speak to his constituents about his role as The Speaker and more importantly, to have his photo taken with the group in Queen’s Hall. A memorable and fun day was had by all.

Chamber AGM next Tuesday SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s economic development officer Ken Fraser will speak at the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual general meeting next Tuesday night, August 7 at Bairs Hotel. Mr Fraser will speak about a number of initiatives the unit has been working on and will answer any questions in regard to attracting new business enterprises. Darryl McGannon is expected to re-

nominate for the position of president at the meeting while Kathy Smith and Sandra Fleming have indicated they are happy to continue with their roles as joint secretary and treasurer. The chamber is inviting any members to attend and, if any member wants to invite a non-member to hear Mr Fraser, they are welcome to bring them along. As this is a dinner meeting starting at 6.30pm, anyone wishing to attend should reply to Sandra Fleming at Hair Bairs on 5662 4777 for catering purposes.

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Uphold rights VICTORIA holds some of the largest reserves of brown coal in the world - 430 billion tonnes.

So it’s understandable the community is concerned about the impact of companies drilling into these reserves in search of coal seam gas. We’ve seen the community reaction to coal seam gas exploration and fracking in Queensland and New South Wales. However while many companies hold exploration licences, listing coal seam gas and coal, few are actually drilling. Primarily brown coal is less suited to gas extraction techniques used for black coal. However, we need to be ready if and when coal seam gas development begins. There is a risk that CSG extraction may cause environmental impacts, particularly on our aquifers. In particular, the use of hydraulic fracturing creates greater risks. Should fracking be required, the protection of the land and water resource for future generations must be of paramount importance in assessing mining proposals. Compared to other states, Victoria already has strong environmental regulations in place to protect our aquifers. Our mining legislation also provides landholders with greater rights than NSW and Queensland, due in large to the past efforts of the Victorian Farmer’s Federation. However, it is clear there is room to further strengthen landholder rights in mining legislation. The VFF has already called for landholders to have a right of veto over mining activity on their land. This would give landholders the right to determine whether mining happens on their land and leave them better placed to negotiate. The VFF has also identified other improvements which could be made to the Mineral Resources

(Sustainable Development) Act (MRSDA) to strengthen farmers’ rights. We’d like to see the removal of the 10 per cent cap on mining companies’ payments to landholders in recognition of non-commercial, personal values associated with land and buildings (solatium payments). The cap on these payments does not reflect the strong connection farmers have with their land, given some land has been in the same family for generations. The current act also fails to recognise the inconvenience and stress a farmer experiences when faced with exploration or mining on their land. Landholders should also have the right to sign off on rehabilitation plans for their land. At the moment, landholders do not have the final say in signing off on mining companies’ rehabilitation of their properties. Having the landholder sign off on rehabilitation plans will ensure it suits the landholder’s preference for future land use. On top of this, the timeframe for landholders to make claims in regard to inadequate rehabilitation should be increased from three years to five years. After farms are rehabilitated following a mining development, there can be ongoing issues like land subsidence, lost soil productivity and mineral leachates. Some of this damage takes longer than three years to become apparent, so the time limit on claims needs to be increased to at least five years. Finally, to help resolve mining disputes out of court, the powers and independence of the mining warden need to be strengthened. If given greater independence and power, the Mining Warden can provide impartial decision making and offer a low-cost and out-of-court means to resolve disputes over land access, compensation and rehabilitation. The VFF is advocating for these

changes to Victoria’s Mining Act to strengthen the rights of Victorian landholders in the face of growing global demand for more energy.

Meg Parkinson, Victorian Farmers Federation, Fish Creek.

Refuse exploration AN open letter to Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan. Last week you told The Star newspaper that the State Government “will never allow any development which threatens the health of our agricultural land, our communities or the quality of our water”. It is now up to you to back up your rhetoric with legislation that protects this area from the threat of gas and coal mining. The State Government of WA has moved to prevent future coal mining in the Margaret River area by terminating all pending applications for coal exploration activities within a 230-square-kilometre zone. Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore said that the decision followed Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) advice which indicated coal mining in the area posed an unacceptable environmental risk. The Margaret River Mail on July 24 reported: “The announcement recognises that the Capes region of WA has a range of environmental values, including groundwater resources, that would have been catastrophically impacted by coal mining if it were allowed to proceed.” Mr Ryan, you were quoted by The Star, saying that “The Victorian Coalition Government and I as the local member, am certain of a wonderful future for Mirboo North.” It is high time that you gave the community of Mirboo North, and South Gippsland in general, some certainty, by refusing to grant new exploration licences and enacting legislation to exclude exploration and mining activity from our region.

Jess Beachley, Outtrim.

Indigenous promotion

E D I T O R I A L Ready to grow CR Jim Fawcett made a salient point at last Wednesday’s South Gippsland Shire Council meeting: that Nyora could one day be the Shire’s third biggest town but with “no facilities at all”. At the meeting, council approved the Nyora Structure Plan for consideration by an Independent Planning Panel. The structure plan guides development in Nyora until 2025 and sets aside land for residential development. Nyora may seem like some distance away from Leongatha and Mirboo North, and even further from the eastern reaches of the shire at Hedley. However the implications of providing Nyora with the facilities it needs to meet demand will be felt far and wide. If the town’s population is going to grow from 900 in 2006 to 1460 in 2030, as the structure plan suggests, a supermarket will most likely be needed, plus more roads, footpaths and updated recreation facilities to satisfy the expectations of a bigger population. With sewerage just years away and the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne growing, the demand for properties in Nyora will no doubt be there. That comes at a cost to every ratepayer and will most likely result in Nyora’s extra projects vying for priority in council’s capital works program. Should council restrict development until more facilities are in place? Would council be better off allowing development to proceed to put more pressure on State or Federal governments for funding for facilities? The situation is an awkward one for council to be in and that’s why the State Government needs to work with council to help plan for the future of Nyora and also the nearby towns of Loch and Poowong, as no doubt they will receive some spillover too. While developers will no doubt contribute to infrastructure costs, government assistance – financial and labour – is needed to ensure Nyora can reach its full potential without restricting the development of the rest of the shire.

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.

THANK you for your article, “Opportunities key to making most of life”, The Star, July 11, 2012) which highlighted the achievements of four young indigenous professionals who shared their stories at the NAIDOC Week forum in Inverloch, organised by the Bass Coast/South Gippsland Reconciliation Group. The presentations, testifying to the importance of their culture and their education, inspired and moved their audience. Each speaker in their own way excels as a role model for

all Australians. The journey of reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous community members is supported by increasing our knowledge and understanding of each other. The reconciliation group considers that we non-indigenous members have a responsibility to educate ourselves and increase our awareness of indigenous knowledge and culture, acknowledging that our understanding of what it means to be Aboriginal will always be limited. The media plays a critical role in contributing to our increased understanding. We need the media to tell the stories from which we can learn about indigenous knowledge, if we are open to it: about the local environment, the significant sites, the seasons, the plants and birds. We need the media to tell the stories of Aboriginal successes, such as we heard in NAIDOC Week earlier this month. We need the media to tell the stories that enable us to expand our empathy and insight into what dispossession and the long term effects of stolen generation trauma means, and how racism, unconscious or recognised, can be part of all our thinking. We are grateful to The Star for sharing the journey of reconciliation with us, the Bass Coast/South Gippsland Reconciliation Group. The group always welcomes members of the community who are also making the journey.

Marg Lynn, Berrys Creek, for the Bass Coast/South Gippsland Reconciliation Group.

Spare us lectures, Mr Ryan MR PETER Ryan, this week you accused those opposed to the mining of coal and coal seam gas (CSG) in South Gippsland of hysteria and scaremongering. That’s a very easy way of diverting attention from the real issue. Mr Ryan, when are you going to stop lecturing us and start listening to us instead? Don’t you think we have a legitimate right to object to our homes and land being quietly and systematically turned over to industrial scale coal and gas exploration? You called the suggestion that an open cut mine would threaten Mirboo North “false, irresponsible and needlessly scaring the community”. Mr Ryan, is there or isn’t there a coal exploration licence application over the Mirboo North township? Don’t you get it? People aren’t scared because of what was said at the rally last Sunday. People are scared because your

government has suddenly allowed a coal exploration lease over their town. Have a heart Mr Ryan. You are the one who has the power to restore peace of mind to the people of Mirboo North and Callignee. Pick up the phone to the Minister for Energy and Resources, Mr O’Brien and say, “Cancel these leases now”. You further said that “Victorians have the strongest land owner protections in Australia.” This is not true. Are you aware, for example, that the mining act (MRSD Act 1990) allows mining to be conducted within 100 metres of a person’s home? Are you aware that if a landholder refuses to negotiate with a miner they can be taken to VCAT and a compensation order enforced? Are you aware that a miner is not required to notify the DPI, the EPA, or anybody for that matter, what toxic chemicals they are ramming down bore holes, contaminating underground water? In fact, mining has a privileged place in Victoria because it is specifically exempted from a range of legislative controls that every other industry is subject to. The truth of the matter is that Victoria has some of the weakest laws in Australia when it comes to protecting landholders’ rights. You have said “the State Government will never allow any development, which threatens the health of our agricultural land, our communities or the quality of our water”. Mr Ryan, the people in Queensland and NSW (in the Bowen and Surat Basins, the Darling Downs and the Hunter Valley) were told exactly the same thing by their politicians a few years before their lives were turned upside down by mining. Farms, homes and even entire communities have been bulldozed to get at the coal. Groundwater has been poisoned by “fracking” for coal seam gas. Property values have crashed. Lives and livelihoods have been ruined. I’m sorry Mr Ryan. I simply don’t believe you.

Chris O’Reilly, Pound Creek.

Planning changes MAJOR changes to the planning scheme are signalled by Minister Guy. In many ways however, these changes are quite simple and beg the question of why the current council took years to develop the local rural strategy when a better scheme could be developed by the minister quickly and with minimal cost. Council had been working on the rural strategy for around 10 years. During that time an enor-

mous amount of our money was spent on reports and outside consultants to produce huge reports of data and comment. The current council just allowed this process to continue rather than taking charge and giving direction to the officers. In fact, the current council voted five to four to remove themselves from the planning decision process and thereby leaving many people in South Gippsland in enormous financial and emotional stress. Reading the changes made by Minister Guy it is clear that several things have been redressed. Planners will no longer be able to use those clauses to stop legitimate farmers from farming or gaining permits for reasonable requests. Dwellings are now no longer treated any worse than other developments within the Farming Zone when it comes to an application and its negative effect on farming. The previous planning rules were consistently removing rights for farmers to farm within the planning zone and even to live there. These ideas have been thrown out and legitimate farming operations will be allowed to farm and run complementary businesses from their farms. All references to section 173s have been removed. These were used by planning zealots in the past to coerce an applicant into agreeing to a 173 preventing some future action or applicant would lose the permit! Animal grazing should be restored to its rightful place as a legitimate farming venture and will therefore not be disadvantaged when it is the stated farming operation within a permit application. Does all this mean the rural strategy is to be scrapped? Who knows? To avoid more needless cost and mistakes it would be a big mistake to re-elect the present councillors to another term of office. Minister Guy’s changes make it imperative that electors in South Gippsland elect a new team of quality individuals who are able to do this work quickly and efficiently using a large dose of common sense-something the present council are lacking, to work on this issue. The next group of councillors will need to liaise with the planning department to progress this matter quickly and efficiently. Thankfully, the present group of planners have shown themselves to be fair minded individuals able to hear and respond to sensible rational reasoned argument. I would have high hopes that a suitable new council and the existing planning staff would enable these issues plus other farming related issues not addressed in the rural strategy to be successfully resolved.

Don Hill, Wild Dog Valley.

VOXPOP! VOX Is it easy to find businesses in the area that offer a Senior’s Card discount?

I never realised that you could use it in town. If businesses did offer the discount, and displayed the sign in the window, I would be more likely to pick them to go into. Kay Cook, Dumbalk

Yes, but it would be better if there was a bit more publicity around it. Mavis Harrison, Dumbalk North.

No, because the local businesses don’t let us know that the discount is available. It needs to be advertised more. Val Pistrucci, Leongatha

Only if you know that it is available. There are only a few businesses in town that I know of that offer it. Dawn Rasmussen, Leongatha

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Dumbalk school finally sold By Simone Short AFTER one rescheduled auction and months of goodbyes, the former Dumbalk Primary School site is finally home to some ecstatic new owners.

The auction, held last Friday at midday, attracted around 40 potential bidders and interested onlookers. PBE Real Estate auctioneer Michael Wrigley informed interested buyers the school site held “historical and social value” that was important to the local community. “This is your chance to buy a piece of South Gippsland history,” he said. “Although there is no structural heritage, this property has special social significance that was an integral part of the Dumbalk community as their school for 60 years.” Mr Wrigley said the importance of the school to the community could be clearly seen in the recent barbecue held, giving past students, teachers and parents the chance to share memories and say goodbye. Although a great deal of hype had surrounded the lead up to the auction, the same could not be said for the event itself. With an opening bid of $130,000, which the auctioneer described as “very low”, the former school site only attracted three bidders and was eventually passed in at $210,000. The two acre property eventually sold in private negotiations with the vendors for an undisclosed reserve price. Mr Wrigley said he was a “bit surprised” there weren’t more “spirited bidders” in the auction.

“The genuine bidders still retained interest, but the delay from April to July may have deterred the ones that were from the original marketing campaign,” he said. “However the Department (of Education) got the result they were looking for and we have a very happy couple.” Clyde McGill and Colleen Rigby were the final bidders and buyers of the site, and the smiles could not be wiped from their faces once the deal was done. Ms Rigby said their purchase was filled with endless options and they were yet to decide exactly what to do with it. “We love the feeling and the location – it’s such a pretty little place,” she said. “Now we need to stop and think what we’re going to do with it.” The couple, originally from Fremantle in Western Australia, said they would initially use the old school as a holiday house while they continued to rent a property in St Kilda. “In the beginning I think we’ll use it as a weekender, but we may end up moving here permanently,” Ms Rigby said. Dumbalk community members will be interested to know the new owners have no big plans to renovate the former school, and will preserve much of its original state. “We’re minimalists – it needs a bathroom and a kitchen, but we won’t be doing any major work.” Ms Rigby said. “Clyde is an artist and the classrooms are filled with such beautiful light, so he’ll use some space for a studio, and we’re looking forward to doing up the gardens.” Ms Rigby and Mr McGill, who are keen bushwalkers, said they are also looking forward to exploring the surrounding areas and paying regular visits to Wilsons Promontory.

Women welcome events guru IT’S NOT every day that Gippsland has the opportunity to learn from an events guru such as Anne Jeffery. Ms Jeffery, a fourth generation Phillip Islander, is a catering and events manager who has made her mark nationally. Her list of achievements includes everything from being catering manager at the first Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix to co-ordinating all the catering for the Sydney Olympics. Ms Jeffery will share her story as the guest speaker at the Southern Business Women’s Network (SBWN) annual general meeting to be held on August 9 at Woorayl Golf Club, Leongatha. The evening will also feature another local identity, chef Brent Sinclair, who will provide the catering for the event. The AGM is a time to elect new committee members and the SBWN is looking for people to nominate to carry the baton on into 2013. All positions are vacant which means there is an opportunity for anyone wishing to make their mark in this innovative network. “The key focus of an AGM is to celebrate the achievements of the past year, herald in a new committee and prepare for the year ahead,” SBWN retiring president, Kaz Hughes, said.

The SWBN has a diverse membership and is a vibrant and valuable resource for business people across South Gippsland and Bass Coast. The network provides an opportunity for members to share ideas, resources and build business connections. “I have created a number of valuable business connections and good friends through my attendance at the meetings this year,” Dana Hughes, a new member of SBWN, said. “Networking in a social environment is invaluable for anyone seeking to promote their business. I know of several women whose businesses have benefited as a direct result of participating in the network.” This year SBWN hosted the successful Marketing and Image Seminar as well as monthly meetings with guest speakers, member forums and most recently a new website. New members are welcome and position descriptions, as well as nomination forms are available on the SBWN website . Guests can also RSVP, register and pay for the event online at the SBWN website; the cost is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Arrival is at 6pm for a 6.30pm start at the Woorayl Golf Club in Leongatha.

Final goodbye: former Dumbalk Primary School students, John Heppell (with grandsons Aaron and Cameron Bruce), Ben Heppell, Ed Opray and Robert Heppell were interested to see how much the old school would sell for at auction. Welcome to our new home: Colleen Rigby and Clyde McGill, originally from Fremantle, were over the moon with their purchase, and said they loved the feeling and location of the former Dumbalk Primary School.

Council dispute settled By Jacob de Kunder SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) was approved by employees after a ballot last week. Seventy per cent of the council’s workforce participated in the ballot, with 73 per cent of voters voting ‘yes’ to accept management’s offer. Council CEO Tim Tamlin was pleased with the result. “I put the EBA out for the vote because most of the people seem to be pretty happy with it, otherwise I wouldn’t have gone there,” he said. “The vote has confirmed my previous feelings.” Cameron Wright from the Australian Services Union (ASU) was not so satisfied. “We’re very disappointed but we ran a pretty good campaign,” he said.

“The majority of outstanding issues were the concerns of the home care and depot workers, which is a minority in the working force. “Those guys make up around 30 to 35 per cent of the workforce which is reflective of the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ votes which were actually lodged. “We just didn’t get enough support from the office based workers when voting no.” Mr Wright said the union would monitor movements at council, given Mr Tamlin has made workplace agreements outside of the EBA as well. “The CEO has indicated in a couple of his memos and put in writing that he will be doing a couple of things outside of the EBA,” Mr Wright said. “If he fails to stand by what he has committed to or does any backflips, the union will be issuing releases to highlight the fact that the concerns prior to the vote have come to fruition. “We hope it’s not all talk and no action.”

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A regional partnership with the TAC and the Victorian Government.

Drivers lift feet VICTORIAN attitudes to speeding appear to be heading in the right direction, the latest TAC research has revealed.

Since 2001, the proportion of those who report to ‘never speed’ has doubled from seven to 15 per cent and the percentage of those who speed all or most of the time has dropped from 23 to 12 per cent. In addition, Victorian attitudes to low-level speeding have improved with 87 per cent of respondents to the survey agreeing that travelling 10 km/h or less over the legal limit is speeding, up 17 per cent since 2001. The latest survey results have pleased the TAC, but acting chief executive officer Clare Amies said there was always room for improvement. “Speeding is illegal, it is dangerous and it is one of the biggest killers on our roads so it makes absolutely no sense why anyone would think it’s okay to do it,” she said. The findings come as the TAC this week started its ad campaign Reconstruction to reinforce the dangers associated with low-level speeding. The ad shows a graphic demonstration of how a car driving just 5km/h over the limit can impact on the severity of injuries sustained by a pedestrian after a crash. Ms Amies said despite this year’s road toll being 14 per cent down on last year, there were some people in the community that needed a reality check when it comes to driving and riding. “Inappropriate or excessive speeding is considered to be a causal factor in about 30 per cent of fatalities in Victoria,” she said. Ms Amies said research proves that even small reductions in average speeds result in significant road safety benefits. “For every increase in speed of 5km/h above a 60km/h limit, the crash-

risk doubles,” she said. Despite seeing some positive results in the research findings, it was also revealed that almost a third of respondents viewed speed zones as guides rather than an absolute or maximum figure. Ms Amies said if Victorians are serious about reducing road trauma, attitudes needed to change. “Everyday at the TAC we work with thousands of road trauma victims and their families who have suffered injuries from preventable crashes,” she said. “These people and their struggles should serve as reminders to the rest of our community of the need to stay within the speed limit.” The findings came out of the TAC’s first quarter tracking research for 2012 which involved telephone interviews of a sample of about 900 Victorian licence holders. The TAC Reconstruction campaign runs for two weeks and can be viewed online.

Take notice: a scene from the TAC’s current campaign targeting speed.

Look for bike riders ROADS Minister Terry Mulder has unveiled a new sticker pack to remind drivers and their passengers to check for bike riders around them before opening their car doors. The stickers, designed by VicRoads, feature a simple but effective message to help reduce the incidents of “dooring‟. “A big risk for bike riders is having a car door suddenly open in front of them,” Mr Mulder said. “The bike rider may swerve out further into the road or collide with the car door, often with serious consequences. “On average, as many as 40 cyclists suffer serious injuries as a result of these ‘dooring’ incidents each year.

“Many cyclists end up with serious injuries after car doors were opened in front of them. We hope raising the awareness of this problem and how easy it can be avoided will significantly reduce this happening. It can be avoided. “We all need to ‘look for bike riders’ before opening the car door. It’s not difficult, it’s just a matter of remembering to look out for bike riders.” In 2010, cyclist James Cross died after falling into the path of a truck, while swerving to avoid a driver opening their car door. One of the recommendations made by the Coroner in November 2011 at the inquest into his death was for VicRoads to develop a communication campaign to educate motorists about the need to check before opening their car door. This message has already been a key part of

the recent six week social media Road User or Abuser campaign which ran earlier this year. VicRoads used this interactive campaign to help refine the design of the sticker and the associated messages. The Look for Bike Riders pack includes a set of four transparent stickers, a bumper sticker and an information card with messages for drivers and passengers about why they should be aware of the risk to cyclists. The pack outlines the related road rule (Road Rule 269) and includes a link to the VicRoads website for more information. VicRoads have produced 100,000 of these free sticker packs, which will be available to the public from tomorrow from any VicRoads Customer Service Centre or online from www.vic.

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Kids’ care at risk

By Matt Dunn

AFTER school care programs in Leongatha and Wonthaggi are at risk of closing if numbers do not dramatically improve. UnitingCare Gippsland’s Kristie Burns said the Outside Hours School Care program was suffering from a dwindling number of permanent bookings and was unlikely to be operating next year unless the trend was reversed. The program runs at the Leongatha Primary School and the Wonthaggi Primary School, from 3pm to 6pm and caters for children from Prep to Grade 6. Despite being located at the school, Ms Burns said the program was for “the whole community”. “We really needed higher numbers – probably 20 children a day to make the program viable. We’re only averaging eight to 10 permanent kids a day. We had 17 recently, but they weren’t permanent bookings,” Ms Burns said. “We can’t run a program on a casual basis, because it affects our funding. It’s not looking like we’ll get the numbers we need, but we have to try.” Ms Burns said if there was not a greater response from parents willing to book their children in on a permanent basis, the program would be doomed. “It’s been really hard. Because we know that it’s really needed, with the majority of the kids being casual. We just can’t establish our budget with casual bookings,” she said. “Wonthaggi is struggling just as much as Leongatha. The numbers have been dropping there too.” She believes that because the schools ran the programs cheaply in the past, there was an expectation by parents that prices would always remain low. “We took over and the price went up to $16 a session. There’s been a high rise, but a lot of the families aren’t aware that there is a child benefit available, which often reduces what people have to pay,” she said. “Basically, most families are paying between $4 and $7 a day, rather than $16. Depending on your wage, you could have an 80 per cent childcare benefit.” Ms Burns said there were many parents using the service who were worried for its future.

Loving it: children at the Outside Hours School Care program have a great time. From left, Daniel and Hannah Roberts, Elia Rory, Mackenzie Perry and Jade Roden.

Bass Coast Council briefs

LAST Wednesday evening’s Bass Coast Shire Council meeting was a test of endurance. It went for four long hours, including more than one hour that was devoted to adopting the 2012-13 budget. Mayor Cr Veronica Dowman tried to hurry things up by reminding councillors it was nearing 8 o’clock and they were only half way through the agenda. MORE than 2000 people have signed a petition to Bass Coast Shire Council which asks that dogs be allowed to walk off leash and “under effective control on the beach” on a time share basis throughout the shire. In line with council’s local law, the petition will “lie on the table” for a month. BECAUSE there are elections in October, council will be in caretaker mode from September 25 to 6pm on October 27. September 25 is the last day of nominations and October 27 is election day. In line with the Local Government Act, councillors adopted the caretaker protocol. NEIL Rankine of North Wonthaggi, asked if council was pre-

pared to make available the South Coast Health Plan. The plan, which was years in the making, was kept under wraps by the State Government and the only way the council could get hold of it was through freedom of information. CEO Allan Bawden said, “There’s no reason why we can’t make the plan available – the government had some reluctance to release it.” The plan looks at the provision of health services in wider South Gippsland. COUNCIL will sell around 6.76 square metres of land it owns to the Wonthaggi Citizens Band for $650 plus GST. The band needs the small piece of land so that it can build new, larger rooms. Crs John Duscher and Gareth Barlow moved the appropriate motion, with Cr Duscher adding the Rotary Club of Wonthaggi would buy the tiny site on behalf of the band. A NEW Domestic Animal Management Plan has been adopted. Councils must prepare such a document every four years. This one has to be submitted to the State

Government by November. The plan sets the direction for animal management within Bass Coast for the next four years. It drew 29 submissions, many referring to dogs on beaches, on and off leash areas, dog waste, cat containment and enforcement of existing regulations. Cr Ross Smith said the community seemed divided between people who have animals and those who don’t like them. He said money in the 2012-13 budget for “an off leash person” would be met from dog registration fees. “That puts the responsibility on owners.” COUNCILLORS endorsed application for two grants under the state’s 2013-14 sport and recreation facilities program. One application seeks $89,000 to improve oval drainage at Inverloch’s Thompson Reserve, while the other is for $30,000 for a shire sports and active recreation needs assessment. Council will put $35,000 into the latter and $5000 into the oval drainage. That project will cost $133,500, with the remaining $44,500 classed as a community contribution.

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Winners again: Lisa O’Brien, Jill Carmody and Renee McLennan with Jetset Leongatha’s latest awards.

More awards for Jetset Leongatha THE management and staff of Jetset Leongatha have cemented themselves at the top. At a recent Jetset Travelworld Network conference at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne, the team won three awards. “It’s very exciting,” said owner/manager Jill Carmody. “We’ve been pretty consistent with winning awards from our suppliers, but I was quite stunned to receive three.” The awards were presented by Cox and Kings Australia, Sunlover Holidays and Allianz Insurance recognising Jetset Leongatha as the top sales achiever for Victoria and Tasmania. A nomination was also made for the Australian Pacific Touring (APT) award. “That’s not bad for a small agency!” Jill said. Jetset Leongatha might be small, but it’s

always very busy. Jill puts the success of the independent agency down to a number of things including the support and buying power of the Jetset brand. “We have received untold personal development and professional training for ourselves as owner managers and our staff as consultants. “Our focus is on service.” Jill said the Allianz award recognised Jetset Leongatha’s belief in insurance and in ensuring clients have the right coverage for their destination. Taking responsibility for bookings and ensuring everything runs smoothly is the reason people go to a travel agent. “I believe we are very professional and part of that is to see that everything is taken care of.” Cox and Kings Australia owns Tempo Hol-

Mirboo North ready for riders By Sarah Vella THE Great Victorian Bike Ride will roll into Mirboo North on Friday, November 30 and is likely to bring upwards of 4000 people to the town for an overnight stay. A preliminary information session was held in the town back in April, as an introduction to what the town should expect when the riders reach Mirboo North. Danielle Todaro, acting tourism co-ordinator with South Gippsland Shire Council, said the information night sparked the interest of the community. Since the information session, a committee has been formed, which meets every two to three weeks to discuss planning and development. “Mirboo North has formed a committee, based on community members and key responsibilities have been delegated among the group,” Ms Todaro said. “One person’s role is to assist businesses; another person’s role is to liaise with different community groups. “The bike ride is being held at the recreation reserve, so there is a committee member for that aspect of organisation too. “The committee aims to give the rest of the Mirboo North community an idea of what the ride is about. “It is a chance to showcase Mirboo North and the South Gippsland region, and encourage repeat visitation as a key outcome.” Any community groups, business owners and community members that haven’t been receiving information on the ride, but would like to, should contact Danielle Todaro on 5662 9322 or email daniellet@southgippsland.

idays which Jetset Leongatha uses for group tours to Europe and the Middle East and for independent travellers throughout Europe. Cox and Kings also has its own brand, which Jetset Leongatha uses for small groups and private journeys in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Central Asia and Europe. Another Cox and Kings brand is Bentours, offering travel to Scandinavia and Russia and Ezeego1 for online accommodation. So, the Jetset top sales honour covers a broad range of travel destinations and options. Jill said Sunlover used to be the agency’s main supplier for Queensland. “But they have now expanded to other states and cover Australia-wide. They’re a great company and they have great specials for our clients, with good availability of accommodation, tours and transfers.”

Mayor’s message Cr Veronica Dowman WHILE our rugged beaches get whipped by wind and rain falls on the farmland and in our towns, it is an easy choice to stay inside and indulge in some comfort food. The winter months are renowned for causing a little extra weight gain and anecdotal reports mark this year as one of the worst for cold and flu viruses. However all is not lost! Affordable, local options to stay fit and healthy are available to residents across Bass Coast Shire. It is well known that food and exercise are strong influences on our health. When we improve our diet and exercise more, our health improves. Over the past 12 months we have secured funding to run Go Healthy, Go Fresh – targeting healthy diet options and Lift for Life – targeting exercise and diabetes prevention. Although separate, these programs go hand in hand in helping improve health and wellbeing in the community. General stores across the shire have embraced Go Healthy, Go Fresh and

this Wednesday in Rhyll there will be a fantastic cooking demonstration, showing how you can use fresh ingredients to make something delicious. There are now nine general stores in our smaller towns stocking fresh produce - a fantastic result for our residents. For as little as $2 a session, residents can access Lift for Life, which is a resistance based exercise program delivered by qualified trainers. Like Go Healthy, Go Fresh, Lift for Life is available to residents across the Shire and there are still spots available in programs in Grantville, Corinella, Bass and Wonthaggi. If you’re interested in improving your overall health and wellbeing, I encourage you to become involved in one or both of these programs. They are local, affordable and easy to access. So take this opportunity to fight off the winter blues – your health will thank you! Cr Veronica Dowman, mayor Bass Coast Shire Council.

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Capturing Cowes’ energy TWO paintings by local indigenous artist Patrice “Muthaymiles” Mahoney were presented to Bass Coast Shire Council last Wednesday evening. Mayor Cr Veronica Dowman described the acrylic paintings as stunning. The works, Constellation and The Jetty - Gathering Place, will hang in the Cowes Cultural Centre and will be replicated on the fountain in the new Cowes Town Square. The fountain was funded with the help of the discretionary funds of Crs Peter Paul, Gareth Barlow and Jane Daly. Acknowledging she was on Bunurong Land, Patrice told councillors the paintings were her interpretation of Cowes, indicating appreciation of the fact “we live in amazing country; Cowes is an amazing place”. She explained the paintings also reflected that Cowes was a

place where Aboriginal people met for hunting and gathering “since the start of time”. “It’s what happens there today

– people go there and take picnics. There’s fishing, the jetty, so many people go there, it has a beautiful energy.”

Special place: indigenous artist Patrice Mahoney (right) presents her acrylic works to Bass Coast councillors Gareth Barlow, Peter Paul and Jane Daly.

South Gippsland Shire briefs A HELICOPTER crash in Papua New Guinea recently claimed the life of the son-in-law of former South Gippsland Shire Councillor Brian Dwyer and his wife Shirley. The Dwyers were formerly active members of the Tarwin Lower community. Cr Kieran Kennedy asked CEO Tim Tamlin to write to the Dwyers, expressing sympathy for their loss. MANY people with Seniors Cards are unable to use them in South Gippsland stores, Cr Kennedy said. He suggested businesses should display Seniors Card signs indicating customers can benefit in-store. SOUTH Gippsland Shire Youth Council will review the future of the Raw Vibes youth musical festival after poor attendance at this year’s event. The council is also considering ways of engaging young people in council processes, such as encouraging them to comment on Leongatha’s parking strategy via the online survey, Cr Mimmie Jackson said. CR MOHYA Davies noted the contribution of the late Jim Sutherland, a councillor with the former Shire of South Gippsland. COUNCILLORS still had money to spend from their discretionary funds at June 22. Cr Kennedy, who spent all of his allocation, said he could have helped spend money from other councillors, but Cr Jennie Deane said councillors were unable to give outstanding sums to other councillors. Cr Jackson noted councillors had spent further money between June 22 and 30. PART of Mount Eccles could be transferred to Leongatha North. Council approved the change of name, and has lodged the proposal with the Office of Geographic Names for consideration for gazettal. No objections were received to the proposal. Council is also working to officially create the locality of Walkerville North, after confusion involving an ambulance. An ambulance attempted to attend a property in Walker-

ville South via Walkerville South Road, but the house was actually in what is locally known as Walkerville North, to which there is no access via Walkerville South. COMMUNITY groups seeking discretionary funds from councillors should apply before the caretaker period starts on September 25 and continues until October 27, ahead of council elections. Council last week voted on that action. Current councillors will have $1300 to spend between now and September 25, while the mayor Cr Warren Raabe will have an additional $650. Outstanding funds will be distributed to the new council. Cr David Lewis disputed guidelines specifying that applicants who had previously received funding for the same request twice within the term of council be ineligible. Cr Jackson said community groups needed to be self supporting. CR BOB Newton presented a petition on behalf of 60 people about proposed developments in Korumburra. The petition related to Hillcrest Way and Sommers Crescent. They believed block sizes were too small, leading to traffic congestion, and should be at least three-quarters of an acre. They also wanted pedestrian paths along Sommers Crescent, a buffer zone between the proposed blocks and existing one acre blocks. A copy of the petition will be sent to Panels Victoria. AN AUTOMATED weather station will be installed at Yanakie to improve weather forecasts to the Tarwin Valley and surrounding coast. The station will be funded by the Advancing Country Towns Project, be owned by council and maintained by the Bureau of Meteorology. Community consultation through the towns project indicated a lack of reliable weather forecasts as impeding the management of risk on farms. The Ellinbank Agricultural Research Centre and GippsDairy found farmers stood to gain more than $8.3 million in increased income and less loss of inputs each year with the station installed. The station will be built at an airstrip on private land at 3644 Meeniyan-Promontory Road, Yanakie. The station will cost $219,836.

COUNCIL will buy computers to the value of $240,000 and sell computers no longer needed by council. The existing computers were bought in 2007-08 and the hardware is not capable of running the latest software, a council report said. The computers equate to half of council’s existing desktop computers. If the computers are not replaced, council expects poor performance to result. NUMEROUS road names could be changed. The section of Bayside Drive, Walkerville South from Walkerville South Road to the end will be known as a continuation of the existing Walkerville South Road. The section of Bayside Drive from Walkerville Road will be known as Bayside Drive. Council will ask the Registrar of Geographic Place Names for final approval. Council is also seeking to rename the section of Leongatha-Yarragon Road from the Grand Ridge Road at Hallston to the shire boundary. The section from Grand Ridge Road to Allambee Estate Road intersection (Marks Bridge) is proposed to be Griggs Road. The section from that point to the shire boundary could be called YarragonLeongatha Road. The proposal will be advertised for public comment. The change was sought by the Country Fire Authority due to confusion surrounding the LeongathaYarragon Road naming and rural road numbering. The name Griggs Road refers to the Griggs family who pioneered the section of land surrounding the road in 1878. Wilfred Heirn Griggs and Mathew Herbert Griggs were World War One veterans. AN UNUSED section of a Toora road will be opened to the public. Council will seek to open 170m of Grip Road after a request from a landowner to provide access. An unused section of FosterMount Best Road at Toora could also be opened to allow access to a lot. Council will advertise the proposals for public comment. CR KENNEDY opened an indigenous art exhibition at Foster recently, which he said indicated the depth of talent in the region.

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Are you ready to dance? THE 3rdd annual Great Southern Star Eisteddfod is on again at Mesley Hall in Leongatha this weekend, and d with i h more dancd ers entering every year, this one is set to go off with a bang. Tanya Bolam, president of the eisteddfod committee, said the three day dance spectacular is going to be huge. “This year we have got over 600 performances taking place over the three days,” she said. “Entries are well up from last year, when we had about 530 performances. “We have also added another section to this year’s competition, which is a tap championship.” The eisteddfod provides a fantastic opportunity for local children, as well as children from around the state to showcase their talent and their love of dance. “The community has really got behind us with regards to sponsorship and support, which we really appreciate. Without support from businesses like The Star, we wouldn’t be able to run,” Ms Bolam said. “This is our third year running and we are learning as we go. It involves a lot of hard work by some very dedicated people.” The local eisteddfod is

gaining more recognition locally, as well as from all around Victoria. “There are a lot of local dancers, predominantly from Gippsland, but there are some Melbourne schools sending groups down to compete,” Ms Bolam said. “There will be a huge range of dance styles showcased, including tap, classical, jazz, neoclassical, national, character and the championship sessions. “Spectators are welcome and can purchase tickets at the door. The sessions are very reasonably priced at only $4 each. “We will be awarding seven scholarships to Melbourne schools for one week’s intensive training over the summer, which will be selected by the adjudicator. “The Mirboo North and District Community Bank Rising Star Award will be awarded to an overall winner, which is also attached to a summer school scholarship.” The eisteddfod brings with it a big influx of people into the Leongatha community. “We really encourage the competitors and their families to enjoy being in Leongatha and to utilise the local restaurants and accommodation,” Ms Bolam said. Julie Betts, from the Leongatha Motel said that as usual, the eisteddfod is filling up rooms. “We have a few more booked in for the Friday night than we did last year, but people are still booking in this week,” Ms Betts said. “It’s a great event; it brings income into the town. Visitors eat out at night, look at the shops and stay in local accommodation. “They are long days, so they do things in the town to break them up.”

Success: after performing well in Melbourne recently, both Ebony Zuidema (left) and Gemma Richards are ready for Leongatha’s own Eisteddfod, The Star newspaper being the major sponsors.

Getting ready: these dancers from Lisa Pellin Dancers are all set for The Great Southern Star Eisteddfod after performing well at the Australian Teachers of Dancing event recently. Back row, from left, Chloe Adkins, Gemma Richards, Jonti Westaway, Lauren Mitchelson and Morgan Bolam. Front row, from left, Morgan Mitchelson and Jasmine Susic.

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Look the part THE secret to success on the dancing stage is feeling confident, and wearing stylish attire ticks that box.

Sarah Hudson has been making dancewear for Lisa Pellin Dancers in Leongatha for four years and is available to craft individual designs. She recently relocated her business, Ranceby Dressmaking, from her Ranceby home to a shop at 15a Mine Road, Korumburra (South Gippsland Highway). Sarah’s designs will be worn on stage at The Great Southern Star Eisteddfod this weekend, among them leotards, skirts, crossovers and hotshorts. “I make outfits in a variety of colours and often make little tops to go with the leotards,” she said. “There is a lot of colour in dance outfits and we use a lot of shiny material for

dance too, and tulle.” Outfits for boys and girls in Lisa Pellin’s show began as they do with any customer: with a conversation. “Lisa has the idea, then she selects the material and tells me what she wants. I have done pirates, Gothic themes and a variety of dresses,” she said.

Sarah makes clothing to order, and also undertakes alterations and repairs, takes up hems and changes zips. She conducts sewing classes at Milpara Community House and also at her shop. An extensive range of clothing is available in-store. Change-rooms are available and Sarah also sells haberdashery and ma-

terial from local Dorene Blum, of Fabrication Fabrics. “I have always been interested in dressmaking since I was at school,” she said. To contact Sarah, phone 0427 565 973 or 5659 7393, or email hudson@

Creative duo: Sarah Hudson (right) and her daughter Jacinta at Ranceby Dressmaking, now located in Korumburra.

Great place to dance DANCERS are no different to any other sportsperson, according to seasoned dance mum, Mandy Susic of Inverloch.

“You just support them in what they enjoy doing and give them the chance to do their best at it. It would be the same for kids that play any other sport,” Ms Susic said. He daughter Jasmine Susic performs classical, jazz tap and contemporary dance with Lisa Pellin Dancers in Leongatha. “She is doing well and is participating in lots of events and activities. It’s great to see her challenging herself in her dancing endeavours. “We are lucky that in Leongatha we have the Lisa Pellin Dance School, which has a supportive atmosphere and provides a lot of great opportunities for its

Senior jazz: from left, outstanding performances in the Senior Jazz 13 and over section at the 2011 The Great Southern Star Eisteddfod came from first placed Emily Jeffrey, Warragul, honourable mention Laura Mitchelson, Leongatha, third placed Alexandra Brand, Traralgon and second Xavier Pellin, Leongatha. students.” Ms Susic said having a lot of like-minded families in the area was conducive to providing a great support network and makes for a really healthy environment for young dancers. “Being a dancer cer-

All that jazz: back left, the 2011 The Great Southern Star Eisteddfod Junior Jazz Championship saw some great performances from Chloe Adkins, Leongatha, Cobie Kinnish, Sale, Jasmine Susic, Inverloch, Renee Freeman, Warragul, front row, Claudia Bolam, Inverloch, Jess Roberts, Warragul and Heidi Freeman, Warragul.

tainly does involve a lot of travel, but we can share it with other dance families. We are aware of our carbon footprint.” “We support each other and help each other out where we can. “I think this area is very

lucky to have the opportunities we do, and the class of teaching we have available to us is amazing. “There is also a wide range of specialty teachers that come here, which is great considering the rural nature of where we live.”

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Elderly feel young again

By Jane Ross

WOORAYL Lodge residents welcomed a group of friendly visitors on Tuesday when Grade 4 students from Leongatha Primary School dropped by.

A MEMBER of the public has asked Bass Coast Shire Council whether the new Wonthaggi Library premises has been leased from candidate Alan Brown.

The students were keen to share stories with the residents, as well as show off school dog, Ted Moodle. Residents were treated with a fantastic performance of the heel and toe bush dance by the students. This will be the first of many visits from students, with the school planning to take a different grade every fortnight on a Tuesday.

More photos in Social Scene, page 46

Brown building probe

All ages: enjoying the school children’s visit to Woorayl Lodge were, from left, Evelyn Nunn, Ashleigh Challis, Bee Cramp and Malik Phillips.

The question was put during last Wednesday evening’s monthly meeting. And the person wanted to know, was the lease signed before Mr Brown announced he was standing at the October elections? Also, would the terms of the lease be made available to ratepayers? The question came from a Mrs Bennetts of Wimbledon Heights on Phillip Island. In reply, shire CEO Allan Bawden said council had entered into a lease “with a company and a private individual” for part of the Target building in Murray Street “in a confidential manner”. “Council is required to disclose details of properties leased in its annual report. Details will be included in the 2011-12 annual report tabled at council generally in September.”

Green light for facelift THE serious drainage and safety problems at the Inverloch end of Graham Street, Wonthaggi, are to be addressed through a special charge scheme.

Star visitor: Leongatha Primary School school dog Ted Moodle was a favourite during the visit. Bee Cramp and Ché Roy have a chat about Ted.

Mr Bawden said the lease was entered into on May 18, 2012. Mr Brown, a former state politician and well-known figure in South Gippsland, announced in the local press on June 5, that he would be nominating for the Hovell Ward which embraces Wonthaggi. He also announced he would be standing as the leader of a reform team that would mount candidates in all seven wards. Asked on Friday to comment on the question about the library lease, Mr Brown said, “It is well known my family has had an interest in that property for some decades. “A family-owned company owns a half share in the property where the library will be once Target moves out and, like all councillors in Victoria, if elected in October, I will complete the register of interests which will cover all my interests.” Target will move into new premises being built opposite Wonthaggi’s Big W. Availability of a new and larger building for the Wonthaggi Library has been welcomed by both Bass Coast Council and West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation.

The first step in implementing the scheme came before Bass Coast Shire Council last Wednesday night. Cr John Duscher said attempts to deal with that section of Graham Street dated back 18 years – to the days of the Borough of Wonthaggi. The estimated cost is more than $2.5 million and the maximum that could be charged to land owners is a total of $763,495. Individual contributions range between $1765 and $29,710. An officer’s report noted funding was allocated in the 2010-11 capital works program for the completion of designs and creation of a special charge scheme, but it was deferred because VicRoads wouldn’t put in any money and council wasn’t prepared to meet the

$1.76m shortfall. But an application for funding under the Local Government Infrastructure Growth Fund has been successful and council will receive $1.15 million over two years. The special charge scheme is due to be declared at council’s September meeting. Submissions will be called for and a committee of council will consider them. The project will go ahead in two stages. Stage one has $1,026,000 in the 2012-13 budget and there are plans for $1,418,785 in the 2013-14 budget. Stage two, taking in the section of Graham Street from Fincher Street to Carneys Road, has been allocated $400,000 in 2012-13. Cr Duscher said the White Road entrance to Wonthaggi has been done, the special charge scheme will complete the Graham Street entrance, leaving only the Korumburra Road one to complete the enhancement of Wonthaggi’s town entrances.



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Lower Tarwin Valley prospers By Sarah Vella COMMUNITY groups received thousands of dollars at Meeniyan last Tuesday night.

The Gardiner Foundation, as part of their Strengthening Small Dairy Communities program, announced several grants at the Meeniyan Art Gallery and Pause Cafe. Grant recipients were from communities within the Lower Tarwin Valley Project, supported by the program, the South Gippsland Shire Council and GippsDairy. Ned Dennis, South Gippsland Shire Council’s community strengthening manager, said the Supporting Small Dairy Communities program was invaluable. “A very pleasing aspect of this round of grants is their diversity. Four separate towns are directly represented by recipients, with the individual groups providing services of value to a wide geographic area in the Lower Tarwin Valley,” he said. “We also see a very diverse range of interests covered. We need this wide range of interests to be supported and flourish if we are going to maintain a vibrant and resilient district. “Council is looking forward to working with the successful groups as they implement their new projects.” The Grants Only Group received $3500 to purchase a laptop and other portable information technology equipment for their GOG gets mobile project. Wendy Don, the chairperson of the group, accepted the grant. “We formed the group in October last year, after attending a grants forum,” she said. “So far we have completed 15 grant applications and have been successful with five. We haven’t even been going a year yet, so we are really stoked with what we have achieved.” Meeniyan and Dumbalk United Cricket Club received a $10,000 grant to build accessible toilets and changeroom facilities at the Meeniyan Recreation Reserve clubrooms. Nick Hill, vice president of the club said that for years, they had battled to operate out of the current facility. “With some added support from South Gippsland Shire Council, we will now be able to increase the size of the building, and improve the toilet facilities,” he said. “The idea is to produce a user friendly venue that will get a lot of use, not just as a cricket club facility, but as a whole community venue.” The Prom Coast Film Society’s grant of $6000 is to buy and install quality projection and audio equipment for the Fish Creek Hall. Andrew Oldroyd from the society said the group has relied on borrowed or rented equipment to operate. “The grant will enable the society to put a permanent cinema screen, a projector and sound system in the Fish Creek Hall,” he said. The Venus Bay Community Centre received $10,000

Good group: the grant recipients with members of the South Gippsland Shire Council and the Gardiner Foundation. for the development of their Food Culture program. This program builds social connection in the community through practical workshops based around food. Centre manager Alyson Skinner said what started out as more of a cooking school has been progressing to involve more and more activities based around food. “We are hoping to get a small enterprise going and now, thanks to these funds we can look at longer term projects and really embed it in the community,” Ms Skinner said. “We have plenty of ideas, now we have the support.” The final grant of $5800 went to The Meeniyan Hall committee, to paint and refresh the kitchens and the supper room. “In the past, we have received several grants for the major renovations of the building, but we had no provision for redecorating the inside of the supper rooms and the kitchens after the major works had been completed,” Brian Hoskins, hall committee president said.

Sewerage scheme starts to flow SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is acting to allow the construction and operation of a sewerage scheme for Nyora, Loch and Poowong.

Paul Stampton, council’s manager strategic planning and development, said: “Council has been concerned about the public health and environmental impacts of unsatisfactory wastewater treatment in these three towns for more than 10 years, so it was immensely gratifying to receive South Gippsland Water’s formal request to amend the Planning Scheme. “Council has received requests for action from community groups concerned about delays in obtaining reticulated sewerage for their towns, so I am pleased that we are now in a position to proceed with the planning process to assist this much-needed and affordable community infrastructure.” South Gippsland Water has asked council to rezone the proposed treatment site from Farming Zone to Public Use Zone 1 (Service and Utility) and to apply an Environmental Significance Overlay 4 (Sewage Treatment Plant and Environs) [ESO 4] over land within 700 metres of the centre of the proposed facultative (first stage treatment) lagoon. South Gippsland Water has to separately ask Cardinia Shire Council to apply the ESO 4 to the four properties in that municipality that would be in the 700-metre buffer area. The amendment request also seeks permission to carry out construction works for the pipelines and pumping stations, where

actions such as earthworks or vegetation removal require planning permission. If permission is granted by the Planning Minister, a four-week public exhibition period will be held later this year or early in 2013. Currently, council anticipates that the exhibition and subsequent independent assessment of South Gippsland Water’s application to the Environment Protection Authority for the treatment plant’s works approval can be run concurrently with that of the planning amendment, to make the submission process simpler, less time consuming and more accessible for the public. Although the required Planning Scheme change may take a year to obtain final approval, it is 10years since council first obtained evidence that septic leakage and grey water pollution in stormwater drains was a public health and environmental hazard in the three towns. As the responsible authority for sewerage provision in these towns, South Gippsland Water has been investigating suitable treatment plant sites, reticulation scheme designs and budgets since directed by the Minister for Water in 2006. “While Council clearly supports the need for sewering Nyora, Loch and Poowong, the legal consultation process for the project obtaining planning approval involves genuine consultation and submissions will be independently assessed by experts making up the Planning Panel,” Mr Stampton said.

Projects galore: Gardiner Foundation’s Kate Randall with Meeniyan Hotel proprietor Lorraine Hughes and Gardiner Foundation’s chief executive, Paul Ford. Mr Ford presented the grants on the evening.

Rural health uncertainty THE Australian Medical Association (AMA) Victoria is sceptical about the capacity of Medicare Local to provide quality health care to rural communities. Gippsland Medicare Local is a new, not-for-profit primary health care organisation that will build on the work of the previous divisions of general practice. A Gippsland Medicare Local office is in Inverloch. It has been established to co-ordinate primary health care delivery in Gippsland and to tackle local health care needs and service gaps. It is part of a nationwide network of Medicare Local established by the Commonwealth Government as part of a national health reform program. AMA Victoria vice president Dr Tony Bartone fears that rural areas may lose GPs under the new model, which had a July 1 deadline to replace many of the existing divisions of general practice. According to AMA Victoria, new funding arrangements to be brought in under Medicare Local may impact on a general practice’s ability to continue to provide after hours care to their local community. “From July 2013, a number of federal practice incentive payments that have supported rural practices to provide after-hours care will be discontinued, with the funding transferred to Medicare Local,” Dr Bartone said. Gippsland Medicare Local is primarily funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing’s Primary Care Practice Support Branch, the Mental Health Services Branch, Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation and the Rural Primary Health Service Program. “We hope this does not lead to a reduction in after-hours funding support for small rural practices or a centralisation of services to larger regional centres,” Dr Bartone said. “Rural practices have typically relied heavily on divisions for services such as IT support, which has kept some general practice businesses going. Medicare Local will not provide the same level of support for local practices.” Gippsland Medicare Local will support services to primary health care clinicians in Gippsland and build on the work of the previous divisions of general practice to improve healthcare in the local community.

Bottle shop approved BASS Coast Shire Council has rezoned land in Korumburra Road, Wonthaggi, to allow the construction of a Dan Murphy’s Bottle Shop. Councillors also agreed to a planning permit for a building and signs. The 4036 square metre site is at the back of the old Cyclone Factory that has given way to a new Bunnings’ store. Zoned business four, it is near Apex Park, the historic old Wonthaggi Railway Station and the old goods shed which has been converted to an artists’ shed. Rezoning the land to business one will allow the bottle shop. Rezoning requires an amendment to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme. A planning officer’s report to council noted the “serious attention” given to the Dan Murphy’s building because of its exposure. Precast concrete panels, tri-colour finishes, rough or grooved textures and windows are among the finishes that will be used to make the building more appealing. Planning staff called for a nine metre vegetation buffer but Crs John Duscher and Gareth Barlow told their colleagues last Wednesday evening they thought a three metre one would suffice. Mayor Cr Veronica Dowman said she supported the nine metre buffer. So did the majority. The planning permit and rezoning went through.

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Yooralla makes dreams reality

Talk time: Ian Lester from the Korumburra Men’s Shed and John Ernst from the Learner Driver Program, South Gippsland Shire Council enjoyed the discussion at the first cluster meeting recently.

Men’s sheds join forces THE Community Shed in Mirboo North was host of a recent meeting aimed at bringing the men and their sheds together - not only to share and learn from each other, but also, more importantly to form a regional cluster of sheds. The meeting was arranged with the assistance of Barbara Look, community strengthening officer at South Gippsland Shire Council. Ms Look spoke about the advantages of forming a cluster. “Forming the cluster gives strength in partnerships, a sharing of experience, resources and tools and encourages and enables shared training opportunities and meetings with relevant guest speakers,” she said. “It is also a perfect opportunity to promote the achievements and mem-

bership of the sheds across the region.” Men from sheds in Wonthaggi, Foster, Venus Bay, Mirboo North, Leongatha, Nyora and Korumburra attended the meeting. The men listened to the invited speakers; Tim Howard, health promotion officer with Gippsland Southern Health; Liz Walker, from South Gippsland Shire Council talking on food safety, and Kay Berry, community engagement officer from the Department of Human Services, with responsibility for men’s sheds across Gippsland. Lindsay Oates, from Mirboo North Men’s Shed and also a member of Victorian Men’s Shed Association (VMSA), gave a report on the highlights from the recent VMSA general meeting held at Horsham in late June. He also spoke of the progress of the VMSA Telstra mobile phone training

across Victoria which was initiated by the Mirboo North Community Shed. The individual sheds then had the chance to talk about what they were doing, where they were at in building alterations or proposed programs, and also sought advice about issues and challenges. “Everyone enjoyed the morning discussion and then went straight into the barbecue lunch, with much conversation, laughter and camaraderie,” Ms Look said. The next cluster meeting will be hosted by the Nyora Men’s Shed in November, with Korumburra already putting their hands up for February next year. If anyone is interested in the work of the men’s sheds, please contact Ms Look at South Gippsland Shire Council on 5662 9319.

Mayor’s message

Childcare vital

Cr Mohya Davies

THE lack of long day childcare in the Bass Valley and waterline communities means working parents are having to access services in Pakenham and Cranbourne.

COUNCIL’S annual Community Grants program opens this week with a total funding pool of $359,000 available. Information sessions will be held at Leongatha, Nyora and Meeniyan in August and we warmly invite community groups to seek funding for their initiatives. Round one will close on September 30 and round two on March 30. The categories are minor projects, events, celebrations and festivals, planning development studies, major projects and major events, and we are pleased to introduce a new category this year, small equipment grants of up to $5000, which will be assessed on a monthly basis. This new category will allow faster decisions on requests when unforeseen circumstances emerge, e.g. if a group’s photocopier breaks down and needs to be replaced to sustain activities. Application forms and guidelines are available on www.southgippsland.vic. or from our grants officer Penni Ellicott on 5662 9378. Council officers will this week participate in the Careers Expo at Lardner Park to promote the career opportunities in Local Government to regional Years 11 and 12 students. Councils provide a broad array of career opportunities and while necessity often requires young people to go further afield to undertake their tertiary education, it is often an eye opener to them to realise that they can develop dynamic and exciting careers back in their home communities once they are qualified. A brief sample of jobs at council would include accountants, engineers, planners, social workers, teachers, journalists, administrators, mechanics, drivers, home carers and environmental health officers. Council last Wednesday deferred a decision regarding the future frequency of council meetings until December when the new councillors can decide what will be most appropriate for them. There are several worthy people in the community considering whether to stand at the October election and candidate information sessions will be held in the Leongatha Council Chamber on August 21 (6.30pm) and September 18 (7pm). The council election will take place by postal vote and election day is Saturday, October 27. It is both a rewarding and challenging experience and I encourage anyone who has a passion for their community to consider the opportunity. Council is only as good as the people who are elected and if you are not personally interested in standing, you might encourage someone else who could make a valuable contribution. Further information can also be found at Cr Mohya Davies, deputy mayor.

The population of the Grantville/Corinella end of Bass Coast Shire is growing, so a group has formed to begin lobbying for an integrated children’s centre. Shire council candidate Clare Le Serve is president of the Bass Valley Community Group, which already runs occasional childcare, but this is not enough. She said an integrated children’s hub would meet State Government requirements and would probably be sited at or near the Bass Valley Primary School and JLM Memorial Kindergarten, which are next to each other. It would provide before and after school care and school holiday care, as well as playgroup, literacy programs, maternal and child health services and other possibilities. Ms Le Serve said the council had provided half the $20,000 cost of a feasibility study and BVCG is confident of finding the rest. The study will help determine a suitable site. She said a steering committee had so far spent six months working on the idea of the hub. “We are keen to keep it community-based so parents have a big input into its philosophy and how it is run.” Ms Le Serve said while raising children in that part of the shire had many benefits, the lack of childcare was particularly difficult for parents returning to work, especially single parent families and those reliant on a dual income. A new children’s hub, she continued, would be a major local infrastructure asset, as well as creating employment and jobs, increase the attraction of the area to families, boost the economy, and benefit local children and their early years of educational development. The community group has offered occasional child care in Bass for 25 years, but is constantly turning families away because it has reached capacity. “This is an unfortunate scenario for local families who desperately need childcare.” Once the feasibility study has been done, BVCG will be armed with the detail needed to seek funding. The study will include a community survey which will soon be available from or facebook. com/bassvalleychildcare.

Ready to help: Yooralla Leongatha team members Vanessa Holness (left) and Megan Perks.

By Tamika Scouller, work experience student YOORALLA Leongatha is a part of one of Australia’s largest organisations that works extremely hard towards supporting people with disabilities so they can lead independent and fulfilling lives. Yooralla has been operating since 1918 with many different services around the country. Yooralla Leongatha is a not-for-profit disability provider that has been successfully supporting those in the South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires and has recently won the Victorian Disability Team award. Yooralla’s Mission is to ‘actively support people with disabilities, their families and carers, in all their diversity, to live the life they choose.’ Those who go to Yooralla are generally successful in receiving more out of life. Yooralla Leongatha is in touch with the community and has many different programs running including: work experience, Meals on Wheels and a catering business called 5A Yooralla Way Catering. “We are here to help people to achieve their life goals, whether it be to work independently in the community or who just want to access the community with support,” said Megan Perks, service manager at Yooralla Leongatha. Constantly Yooralla is supporting and working together with organisations such as GippsTAFE, Community College Gippsland, Splash and the council. On July 24, Yooralla Leongatha supported the Futures for Young Adults Expo where anyone was able to come and get real information about a range of employment, education and volunteer services available for those with a disability, making people

aware of the opportunities they have. Yooralla actively provides work experience for young Australians with a disability. “People are passionate about what they want to do and we create options of what they truly want to do here,” said Vanessa Holness, community development worker. With the work experience program, for the many involved, their dreams are coming true. Mitch Price has recently become a part of the Australian Sports Commission, helping with the After School Active Care Program. Amber Betts, who is passionate about art, was given the opportunity and held an art show at Mushroom Crafts in Leongatha titled Wishlist, consisting of many great paintings. She has also been doing work placement at Swiss Café in Korumburra. After six months of work experience at IGA Leongatha, Adam Simarina has received a part-time position. Brodie James has been helping out at the McKenzie Street Child Care Centre in Wonthaggi. Emily Ardley has been assisting the hairdressers at Hair Bairs in Leongatha. Lauren Aitkinson has been doing her work experience at the Aherns Fruit Market in Foster; Stephanie Murdoch at the Salvation Army; Luke McMillan has been working in the office of Murray Goulburn Leongatha; Dale Ollierook has been helping out at McCartin’s Hotel as a kitchen hand; and Ronnie Layton at Safeway Leongatha. Currently eight young adults are a part of Yooralla’s catering business 5A Yooralla Way Catering. All who are involved have successfully completed their food handler’s certificate and are currently completing a hospitality course. They aim to make yummy homemade food for the community.

Light relief BASS Coast Shire Council expects to save up to $100,000 a year on its street lighting costs thanks to a federal grant of $290,000. Mayor Cr Veronica Dowman welcomed the grant, saying street lighting power bills represent a significant part of council’s annual budget, costing more than $200,000 annually. The federal money will pay to replace about 30 per cent of the shire’s old, inefficient street lights with modern, low-cost ones. “We plan to complete a full replacement program of all the old standard lights on local roads over the next three years,” Cr Dowman said. The savings on power bills would mean the project would pay for itself in

nine years. The replacement would also reduce the council’s carbon emissions from street lighting by about 700 tonnes of CO2 equivalent each year. That equates to taking 150 cars off the road. Cr Dowman said the upgrade would mean the quality of lighting would improve too, offering greater uniformity of light across and along a street. There will be less glare. The grant has come under round one of the federal Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP). Announcing 63 grants, the parliamentary secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Mark Dreyfus said they would allow councils to reduce operating costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

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Medical test: Graeme and Wendy Evans of Leongatha South are participating in a world-first medical test.

New home for men’s shed AFTER using temporary premises at Lyric Theatre, Leongatha’s Men’s Shed has a new home. The group has leased rooms at Gippsland Community College on Howard Street. Not only is wood or metalwork on the agenda either. Also available for use by the members are computers, pottery wheels, and exercise equipment, as well as a new pool table. The group would like to extend their thanks to the donors of tools and to the Leongatha RSL and Kelvin John’s Re-

travision for transport. Any person who needs help with a DIY project is offered help at the Leongatha Men’s Shed, as well as an opportunity to socialise, which is an important part of men’s sheds. A cuppa and a biscuit is always available. The Leongatha Men’s Shed meets each Wednesday afternoon on the western side of the community college at 2pm. New members and visitors are always welcome. For further information, phone Alan on 0408 105 355.

Couple in world first trial By Jacob de Kunder LEONGATHA South’s Graeme and Wendy Evans are participating in the first Healthy Ageing Biobank of its type in the world. They are two of the 344 residents aged over 70 in Gippsland taking part in the trial. This world-first Biobank initiative will help researchers identify new ‘biomarkers’ that might serve as predictors of age-related disease and disability. “It wasn’t an onus doing the tests,” Mrs Evans said. “We’ve been helped by things that have come from the results of similar testing and trials, so we thought we’d give back.” The Healthy Ageing Biobank is a sub study of ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly) – the largest primary prevention aspirin trial ever undertaken in older people which the Evans are also par-

ticipating in. This study involves those involved simply taking one pill everyday for five years. “The hardest part is remembering to take a pill each day and that’s about it,” Mrs Evans said. Mr Evans added: “It definitely hasn’t changed my life.” When the pair signed up to the test, they underwent a range of health tests. “We have been on the trial for 12 months now and had our one year tests,” Mr Evans said. “It’s to compare with our original tests and make sure nothing is going wrong.” Dr Robyn Woods, executive officer of ASPREE and the ASPREE Healthy Ageing Biobank, said the ASPREE BioBus is a vital part of involving the community in research. “We have had a terrific response from our regional ASPREE participants, who want to contribute to the health of future generations but would have found distance a barrier,” she said.

“The ASPREE BioBus is a way for this sub study to reach out to regional communities that usually do not get the chance to participate in medical research as easily as those who live closer to the major cities.” Trained research staff process the blood samples which will later help researchers identify predictors of disease and disability in older people. The main ASPREE study is testing whether aspirin can help keep older people healthier for longer by delaying or preventing the onset of heart attacks, stroke, dementia and certain cancers. The Evans recommend this trial for everyone who can participate. “It’s a fantastic thing to be a part of and you never know when you could benefit from medical research,” Mrs Evans said. Both studies are led by Monash University in Australia. For more information on the ASPREE study and the Healthy Ageing Biobank, visit or call 1800 728 745.

Trailer with the lot THE Renewable Energy Demonstration Trailer is an initiative of GippsTAFE and the Gippsland Climate Change Network. It forms part of a transition strategy to encourage Gippsland businesses, households and communities to move into a carbon-efficient future. The trailer is integrated with smart technology to allow combinations of standalone energy production systems to drive a computer modelling system and programs. The trailer is used to demonstrate renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency to the general public at festivals, forums and schools across Gippsland. The trailer is hosted by trained demonstrators who provide information on renewable energy, small scale energy production with solar, wind and hydro applications, energy efficiency concepts and energy saving tools. Training opportunities and employment pathways in technologies and sustainable practices through GippsTAFE are also are on display. The trailer can store enough energy in the deep cell batteries on board to power a house overnight or even an event site during the day and it can boil the billy, flag a fan or light your life.

There is also an Xbox on board for fun games and an integrated Davis weather monitoring station providing the latest weather readings. The renewable energy demonstration trailer can go to any location in Gippsland and tap into renewable energy, so it can

demonstrate energy efficiency applications and teach in remote areas. If you want the trailer to come to your event or school please, contact Ian Southall at ian@ or on 0413 590 220.

New home: Ian Lester assembles a dust extractor bought with funds from Cr Jim Fawcett’s discretionary fund. Other members of the men’s shed paint and prepare toy kits for distribution to charity.

Church meals welcome UP to 80 or 100 people regularly attend Monday night meals provided at St George’s Anglican Church Wonthaggi. Three teams of people from the Wonthaggi/Inverloch Anglican parish prepare the meals which are offered free to those who need them. Bass Coast Shire council’s Cr Ross Smith, who is on the parish council, told The Star he thinks the meals are a wonderful idea. Businesses in Wonthaggi and Inverloch donate a lot of the food, which is served by the church teams, who also clean and wash up afterwards. “The menus are varied and tasty such as lasagne – it’s good stuff!” Cr Smith said the meals were the idea of new rector Graeme Peters. Cr Smith mentioned the meals during last week’s council meeting, following a comment from Cr John Duscher who said he was pleased to have been able to give $500 from his ward dis-

cretionary fund to the Wonthaggi and Inverloch Inter-Church Council for Christmas hampers. The discretionary funds were introduced in the 2006-07 budget, allowing for expenditure in each ward for community groups and minor capital works. For the 2011-12 fiscal year, each councillor had $12,000 to spend according to the rules which govern the funds. Last week’s meeting agenda listed all the discretionary fund expenditure for each councillor. “It highlights the diversity of the application of these funds,” Cr Duscher said. “I’m really proud of the program.” Cr Gareth Barlow said those who criticise the discretionary funds “should look through the list and see the diversity”. “Hear, hear,” Cr Jane Daly chimed in.

New car scam TOM Parsons of Leongatha was alarmed by an email he received about a new scam involving cars.

Clever trailer: the renewable energy demonstration trailer visits events across Gippsland.

“It’s dreadful,” he said. But Wonthaggi Police told The Star there had been no reports of the scam and Darryl McGannon from Edneys said he had neither heard nor been warned about it. But Kevin Carmody, who works in McMillan MP Russell Broadbent’s Warragul office, said he had heard of the scam. Mr Parsons said the email advises people to lock their cars manually, rather than electronically.

The reason? Apparently scammers sitting nearby clone your vehicle’s security code as you press the lock button on your key, putting themselves in line to open your vehicle and steal whatever they can. The email advises if you lock your car manually with the key, it doesn’t release your security code. But, if you walk away and use the remote button, the code is sent through the airwaves and can be stolen. Mr McGannon said he didn’t think that would be possible, although he cautioned modern technology can do all sorts of things.

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Precious friend: Georgette Noellat and her Irish Wolf Hound, Caeltie. The dog was most reluctant to be photographed and had to be tempted with treats.

Shrewd Brass delights SHREWD Brass, a five piece brass ensemble from Melbourne, played a series of concerts to around 900 primary school children from the Bass Coast last week. The group held the attention of the children for the entire duration of their concert with their fun and energetic performance. There was rapturous laughter, audience participation and an overwhelming feeling of enjoyment of music throughout the concerts. Shrewd Brass was brought to the area by the Bass Coast Community Foundation as part of their Performance Award program. The foundation recognises the important role music can play in education and strives to make opportunities for participation accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. Anndrea Elt, Grade 4 teacher at Inverloch Primary School, thought it was terrific for the students to participate in a concert by highly skilled and talented musicians but also by a group who engaged the children so well. She said even some of the more re-

luctant students thoroughly enjoyed the experience. When asked after the concert what they thought, the overwhelming response was “that was fun!” The students loved the interactive style of the concert and the funny way the performers taught them about how different sounds are made. “They used a hose to show how long their instrument was if it went in a straight line. They were a fantastically funny bunch,” Ms Elt said. Many students were excited to learn there are a number of follow up activities planned for anyone who particularly wants to get more involved. The foundation has partnered the Wonthaggi Theatre Group and the Wonthaggi Citizens Band in bringing highly regarded music and performance professionals to the area to work with the youth theatre group and the junior band. These are amazing opportunities for the young people of the region, and the response so far has been incredible. If you would like any information on the activities of the foundation, please call Kate Dwyer on 5672 3356.

Irish hounds follow author By Jane Ross WHEN Georgette Noellat was a little girl, she’d retreat from the misery caused by her father’s abuse by wandering long distances from home.

On one such journey, she sat by a high brick wall shaded by a cypress hedge. Hearing a dog bark, she peeped through a crack in the wall and spied the biggest canine she had ever seen. At first she thought it was a dragon. Drawn to the creature, she kept peeping, which attracted its attention. Sadly, the owner was so irritated by the dog’s constant barking, he beat it to death before her young eyes. She was devastated. Later, she found its body dumped in the bush and cradled it, telling the “dragon dog” it could stay with her forever. In her child’s mind, she imagined her shadow was her “dragon dog”, following and protecting her. Thus began a lifelong connection with Irish Wolf Hounds. Georgette, who lives in Korumburra, has written a short but extraordinary book about the personal strength she has gained from these large and

shaggy dogs. They have provided her with comfort and a companionship she cherishes. She has written before about her childhood experiences and her latest book called My Haunting Hounds also touches on years of confusion and sometime alarm at her mother’s fey behaviour. Georgette’s mother was Scottish and died not long ago at the grand age of 100. She had once told her daughter that if you love something enough it will come back to you. And “dragon dog” did, in one guise or another. Somehow, Irish Wolf Hounds became part of her life when she most needed them, giving her the love and understanding she felt unable to draw from the human race. At one stage in her adult life, the enormity of the distress of her childhood collapsed in on her and she sank into terrible depression. Her gentle and devoted husband Jan encouraged his wife to see a psychiatrist, but Georgette didn’t think anyone could help. After a few desultory sessions, the specialist suggested consultations in her home might offer a better setting. Georgette remained in her usual uncommunicative fashion until a door opened at the psychiatrist’s home surgery and in ambled her pet – an Irish

Wolf Hound. Georgette’s recovery leapt ahead. She and Jan shifted to South Gippsland, eventually to a farm at Mardan. Selling that for a move to Korumburra, Georgette was desperate for her treasured – and very ill – Irish Wolf Hound, Cadhlie, to live long enough to take up residence in the new home. She felt that way because her mother had always told her when you move to a new house, the first thing you must do is place your most precious possession in it. But the dog didn’t make it. Overwrought, Georgette and Jan asked the vendors if they minded if the animal was buried on the property, thus fulfilling the “precious possession” necessity. Jan wasn’t keen for another Irish Wolf Hound. They’re large and as a vet, he knows they have a short life span. Georgette was determined. She’s found a breeder in the Strzeleckis and she pretended to Jan that the new dog they were going to collect was a Pomeranian! She has given this one a Celtic name too – Caeltie. My Haunting Hounds is published by Austin and Macauley and is available through Amazon.

Music man: Shrewd Brass’ Marty MacCauley amongst Wonthaggi and Inverloch primary school children.

Health service praised LATROBE Community Health Service has been recognised for providing first class services. The local not-for-profit health organisation has passed a detailed Quality Improvement and Community Services Accreditation (QICSA) review. QICSA reviews health and community service organisations to ensure that their services are safe and of high quality. The QICSA report, which came out of the accreditation review, acknowledged the health service as highly committed to delivering the best available services to the community. Latrobe Community Health Service goes through accreditation every three years. CEO Ben Leigh was extremely pleased with the outcome. “A successful review means that our organisation is well-equipped and up to

date with all of the standards we are required to meet,” he said. “It independently certifies that LCHS provides high quality services.” The accreditation review was undertaken over four days. QICSA reviewers attended a number of LCHS sites and interviewed board members, executive directors, managers, staff, volunteers and clients. The health service was required to meet standards in the categories building quality organisations, providing quality services and programs, and sustaining quality external relationships. The organisation received an “exceeded result” for the governance standard. The QICSA report outlined strengths and recommendations. The report particularly noted the health service has a comprehensive and integrated governance structure in place.

Heritage overlay finished at last BASS Coast’s Cr John Duscher likened it to running a marathon.

And Cr Gareth Barlow commended his colleague’s “dogged determination”. After a great deal of drama that has been going on since 2006, the shire has finally adopted an amendment to include a heritage overlay in the Bass Coast Planning Scheme. The overlay has taken many twists and turns, but the amendment will be forwarded for approval to State Minister for Planning Matthew Guy. “It’s like Christmas in July,” Cr Duscher commented. Even the officer’s report on the matter concluded, “The changes proposed in this report and the adoption of Amendment C64 – Part 2 complete a long and difficult project.” Heritage precincts have been removed and replaced with individual citations for places of primary heritage significance in Wonthaggi. These include a number of former miner’s cottages and government cottages. Cr Duscher said Wonthaggi has a unique history and an important one. Until this latest amendment, there was concern the overlay placed restrictions on the development of land and the ability to alter properties.

Check it out: members of the Lions Club of Leongatha handed over a cheque for $2500 at Hassett Street Kindergarten. The donation, which will be split between both Hassett Street and Allora kindergartens, will be used to buy new equipment, including a cubby house and educational and developmental toys. Trish Berryman and Jodie McGannon from Hassett Street Kindergarten accepted the donation from Robert Bruce, Lions Club president and Alister Dowling, with the help of Brandyn, Caitlyn, Chloe and Elly-May.

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Perfect position and street presence

For the ideal commercial freehold in the bustling town of Mirboo North, see page 35. Available through Prom Country First National.

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I’ve got you babe! T

HERE’S someone for everyone, and this little cutie is going to make somebody very happy!

Homes in this area of town are, for the most part, some of the best value real estate around, with great aspects, wonderfully close proximity to town, and above average investment returns. Many people have launched their property portfolios here, and number 8 Bawden Street is one of those that will please investors and first home buyers, because it’s clean, neat, with quality neighbours on both sides, on a decent sized block and with nothing to do but move your tenants or yourself in. Compare it with others on the market in its class, and you will be convinced that this is the one to buy. It has the shed (concrete and powered), the carport shelter, and the easy walk into Leongatha CBD. Inside, it’s up to date with paint, new window furnishings and appliances, so you or your tenants can walk right in and sit right down! Comprising: a lounge with split system aircon, three bedrooms (two

with robes), bright kitchen with as new upright stove, bathroom and separate laundry and toilet. The back yard is easy-care grassed, with a shade house, and a beautiful big lemon tree! Whilst all is neat, there is the opportunity to improve, with room for a sizeable rear extension. Get into the market the affordable way, whether as a first home buyer or an investor.

LEONGATHA Location: 8 Bawden Street Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms:1 Car spaces: 2 Price: $175,000 - $190,000 Agent: First National Prom Country Contact: Kaz Hughes on 0417 516 998

This is an ideal one to start out in, with huge potential to convert your purchase to an investment down the track. If you are shopping within this price range, you should inspect: at advertised open for inspection times, or by private appointment.

Why build? I

F IT’S a brand new home you’re after, you’d be crazy not to check out this recently completed home.

At $319,950 it represents great value, and without the hassle of going through the building process. All the essentials you’d expect from a new home, like en suite, CaesarStone bench tops and a double garage, with the security of knowing it has a five-star energy rating and a seven year builder’s guarantee. This brand new home also offers three bedrooms plus a study, separate lounge and a tiled kitchen/family area with north and east facing windows for plenty of natural light. Sit out on the north facing rear deck and soak up the views of the surrounding farmland. Value for money, this one stacks up!

LEONGATHA Location: 71 Shingler Street Bedrooms: 3 (plus study) Bathrooms: 2 Price: $319,950 Agent: Alex Scott & Staff, Leongatha Contact: 5662 0922

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INSPECT Sun 1-1.30pm

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14ac of beautiful bush to build on

Cathartic 14 acre retreat

Unparalleled Views!

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreams Do Come Trueâ&#x20AC;?

Amongst the rolling hills, with glorious elevation & outlooks to the east, a cleared home site, formed driveway, & minimal neighbours. A 5 year Planning Permit, & realistically priced to sell now. 976 Foster Mirboo Road $135,000

Contemporary, young â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sandstoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home in gorgeous relaxing garden. 3 bedrooms + study, 2 living areas, sheds, dam, paddocks to use or agist, pasture and bush views. Leongatha 12mins. 2450 Grand Ridge Road $495,000

Massive price reduction! Around 21 acres in Hallston with a Planning Permit, good to April '*/: ;#    "   3 dams. Plus power at cost, if required. 1635 Leongatha Yarragon Road $155,000

Prepare to be besotted with this exquisite, executive town residence! 2 living areas, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, double garage, al fresco dining. Position, quality, size and character. 63 Roughead Street



INSPECT Sat 11-11.30am



INSPECT Sun 11-11.30am

kaz hughes

0417 516 998

Bruce Strength!

Double Delight Villa

River-Frontage 2 acre Allotment

Take me home, country roadâ&#x20AC;Ś

Set beneath some beautiful English trees, providing summer shade & winter sunshine, the setting is great, just a short walk to shops. Second big living area, three big bedrooms. 17 Bruce Street $245,000 - $270,000

Double garage, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double pantry, double linen, 2 aircons, & double the fun with the recreation centre right next door! Retain full ownership when you leave! Unit 25, 17 McDonald Street FOR SALE OR LEASE $300,000

At the end of a sweeping, cypress-lined driveway, this idyllic 2.2 acre (approx) allotment has beautiful deciduous trees, orchard, shedding, level home site with Planning Permit. 303 Mirboo Road $255,000

Brick homestead on 7 acres with double garage and 4 bay shed. Good paddocks, gentle north aspected land, dam, stock run and at town edge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; short walk to school bus, three bedrooms. 30 Morgans Road $460,000 - $475,000



INSPECT Sun 12-12.30pm

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allen bartlett

0417 274 624

Plenty of Yard at this Marvellous Meeniyan Unit

Position, personality and price â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a winning threesome!

At the rear of a quiet block of two, with an elevated aspect, this two bedroom unit is within easy stroll of the shops. Open plan living with neat kitchen and spacious living room plus small balconystyle sunroom. Two bedrooms (robes), sep bathroom and laundry, generous fenced garden, single brick garage and visitor parking space. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all neat, and ideal as an investment, with scope to add your own garden touches and personality inside to make this your own home sweet home.

     " #  $ $   and schools. Here, stylish, open plan living space and easy access from house-to-garden-to-shops, will suit retirees or those seeking â&#x20AC;&#x153;townhouseâ&#x20AC;? style. It comprises a beautiful kitchen, sun room, comfortable living room, three bedrooms of decent size, ensuite, laundry and two toilets. Pretty gardens, carport, big garden shed. Priced and positioned to please, with personality abounding.

Unit 2, 14 Meikle Street

2 Somerset Court


$285,000 - $310,000



lisa williams

0438 133 385

Cute young thing at the top of the town! Enjoying farmland views is this cute young home with all the right dĂŠcor choices comprising four bedrooms, two living areas, two bathrooms and double garage. Open plan with stunning kitchen (Caesar stone, stainless steel & glass). Features custom blinds, textured carpets, muted tones, downlights, and ducted gas heating and refrigerated ducted cooling. Outdoors, expansive merbau timber decking al fresco style, plenty of grassed space and the option of additional vehicle access. 16 Gibson Street

$390,000 - $415,000



0409 292 808



janine pepyat

70m 8.5m



Prime Position and Presence

Compare this very neat and tidy home. It has the shed (concrete & powered), carport, & the easy walk into CBD. Up to date with paint, curtains & appliances. Comprising a lounge with split system aircon, three bedrooms, light kitchen with as new stove, bathroom & separate laundry & toilet. The back yard is easy-care grassed, with a shade house, & a beautiful lemon tree! This is an ideal one to start out in, with huge potential to convert to investment down the track.

Right in the centre of Mirboo Northâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shopping strip, next door to Dallianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s courtyard garden, this commercial freehold features extensive glazing, making it perfect for the prominent display                excellent light, split system, high ceilings, and a large front window that is actually a sliding door! Plus Burchell Lane access & an additional 85m2 of vacant land with street frontage on title.

8 Bawden Street

66 Ridgway

Mirboo Nth

$175,000 - $190,000

5668 1660

$190,000 plus GST = $209,000 Prom Country


5662 3100


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Rich river flats – 109 acres A

UNIQUE, fertile and rich river flats farm of 109 acres (plus 12 acres of river front lease) is for sale, right on our town boundary.

The farm is gently undulating with river flats, and is suitable for a multitude of uses. The dairy plant and vat is still in working order if purchasers wanted to milk a small herd to provide a second income. The land is ideal too for beef fattening, calf rearing or dairy out-paddock. It is an easily maintained parcel of land, fertile, clean and drought proof. It is renowned for its heavy carrying capacity. This lush property is subdivided into 20 paddocks, each with town water supplied to troughs. All paddocks are well fenced and planted with shelter belts. All-weather laneways lead up to the disused dairy, excellent cattle yards, loading race and crush. Extensive shedding on the property includes two hay sheds, workshop, and a six bay machinery shed which could easily be converted into stables or a calf shed. The well maintained and neat four bed-

room brick home has two living areas, a formal lounge complete with split-system heating /cooling and a solid fuel heater, and a bright sunroom. Both look out over lovely views of the paddocks. Three of the four bedrooms have lovely rural outlooks too. All of the bedrooms have ample storage space with built-in wardrobes and extra drawer space. The lounge and bedrooms are carpeted, while the kitchen/meals and sunroom feature polished boards. The kitchen comes complete with a meals area, gas stove, dishwasher, pantry and plenty of cupboard storage. Both the bathroom and laundry are spacious. A front verandah and sunny rear porch provide pleasant outdoor relaxing areas. As well as the single lock-up garage nearby, there is also a single carport attached to the house. Just minutes from Leongatha’s schools and 3km to the town, inspection of this property is highly recommended. To use the vendor’s own words, “It is a good lifestyle working a fertile, flat farm”.

LEONGATHA Location: 25 Watts Road – NEW LISTING Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Car spaces: 2 Internet ID: 7456867 Land size: 109 acres (+ 12 acres river front lease) Price: $981,000 Agent: Insight Real Estate – SOLE AGENT Contact: Lindsay Powney on 5662 2220 or 0428 515 103

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST South Gippsland Shire Counci l

SGC 13/09


Ideal central location T

HIS quality built three bedroom residence is located close to schools and features a brick and timber interior. Comprising a spacious kitchen, dual living areas, reverse cycle air conditioner and dual access bathroom, this home is completed with a large double garage which has rear access. Situated in an elevated position, the house is surrounded by delightful landscaped gardens. The price of this property has been dramatically reduced to $295,000 - A fantastic investment opportunity. A wonderful family home; don’t delay and miss out on making it your very own. Contact SEJ Real Estate in Leongatha and organise an inspection today.

155 COMMERCIAL STREET, KORUMBURRA,VICTORIA South Gippsland Shire Council recognises the importance of achieving a stronger retail profile within Korumburra's commercial precinct, and for this reason is inviting Expressions of Interest for the sale and development of Council land at 155 Commercial Street, Korumburra. Respondents are invited to submit proposals to purchase and develop this land for a major retail development, either on its own, or in conjunction with other adjoining land within the precinct which respondents consider necessary for their proposal.

A copy of the Expression of Interest paper is available from www.southgippsland.vic. or the Contracts Administrator on 5662 9254. Tim Tamlin Chief Executive Officer

LEONGATHA Location: 10 Callaway Crescent Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Car spaces: 2 Price: $295,000 Agent: SEJ Real Estate Contact: Glenys Foster on 0408 515 666

Expressions of Interest close at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 11 September 2012 and should KORUMBURRA OFFICE 36 Bridge Street be lodged in the Tender Box at Council, 9 5655 1133 Smith Street, Leongatha, VIC 3953.

Dean Goad 0419 399 856 or Scott McKenzie 0427 552 898

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Large home in handy location S

ITUATED only a short walk to the shops, kindergartens and day care facilities this four bedroom home is only two and a half years old and boasts all the comforts of a modern family home. A huge central kitchen, dining and family area features stainless steel natural gas appliances, dishwasher, large breakfast bar, loads of storage, reverse cycle air conditioner and dual access to the outdoor entertaining area via glass sliding doors. The master bedroom and second living area are located at the

front of the home and can be separated from the rest of the house. Each bedroom contains built-in robes with a walk-in robe and en suite to the master bedroom plus natural gas central heating services the whole house and hot water. A large tiled bathroom has a separate bath and shower and storage abounds, with two linen cupboards and a wall of cupboards and under-bench space in the laundry. A large double garage provides remote access through to the back yard and 6x3m shed, with concrete floor and power. This is a spacious family home in a quiet, no through street with a lot of wanted features.

LEONGATHA Location: 1 Higg Street Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Car spaces: 2 Internet ID: 256639 Price: $439,000 Agent: Stockdale and Leggo Leongatha Contact: 5662 5800

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Business bonus


F YOU are on the lookout for a commercial freehold in a vibrant small town, with main street exposure, it doesn’t get better than this.

Located in the centre of Mirboo North’s shopping strip, right next door to the attractive courtyard garden of the popular Dalliance café and chocolaterie, this character building features glazing across the full width, making it

perfect for the prominent display of your goods or business. The showroom alone has a size of approximately 57m2, and is north-facing, open and bright, with a 3.3m high ceiling, polished timber floor, and painted brick walls. Temperatures are controlled for comfort by a split system, and ceiling fans. The large central window is actually a sliding door, so if your business would benefit from your cus-

tomers being able to sit or browse in a semi-alfresco style, then this is a valuable bonus - there is nothing quite like a wide entry to encourage customers to step inside. The walls at the rear of the showroom are not structural, and may be removed or moved to suit your purposes. Behind these walls, you’ll find an open work space, and a 5 x 3.5m store room with an ornate ceiling (perhaps the living room when the property originally incorporated a residence). In addition, there is a toilet and basin, and kitchen sink. The total size of the building is approximately 105m2. The building has a long, narrow backyard, allowing further development (STCA) and has rear lane access from Burchell Lane.

An unused parcel of land (approximately 85m2) adjoining the building on the eastern side, with main street frontage, is also on the title. How could you make this space work for you? Perhaps you could landscape it for use as a courtyard accessed by inserting a new door from the showroom? Perhaps it becomes part of your display of goods? Perhaps a separate shop could be built with shared amenities (STCA) and leased out? Put on your thinking cap - this is extra space that may turn a profit. Whether you are seeking to invest, or looking for freehold premises to operate a retail or serviceoriented business, this property is definitely worth your consideration.

MIRBOO NORTH Location: 66 Ridgway Land size: 693sqm Price: $190,000 plus GST = $209,000 Agent: First National Prom Country Contact: Lisa Williams on 0438 133 385

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Enthusiasm and experience: after eight years in London, Natalie Couper has returned to South Gippsland and joined the team at Stockdale and Leggo in Mirboo North, much to the delight of Principal Mick Hanily.

Familiar face at Stockdale & Leggo


AVING worked together in real estate about a decade ago, Stockdale and Leggo Principal Mick Hanily did not have to think twice about welcoming Natalie Couper to the team. Natalie has joined Stockdale and Leggo in Mirboo North as office manager, and Mick describes her as a “breath of fresh air”. “She brings a lot of enthusiasm and experience to the job, and she has already come in and made a few good changes,” he said. “She is very driven and hungry for success; she doesn’t like being beaten.” Natalie is no stranger in the South Gippsland community either. Not only did she grow up in Mardan and complete all her schooling in Leongatha, the Couper family has been in the area since settlement.

Natalie is also more than familiar with the real estate market in South Gippsland, having previously worked as a property manager for Holderhead First National. “I’m really excited about being back,” she said. “I’ve just spent eight years managing real estate at a property company in London, and I’m excited about being back. “The skill set I learnt in London will enable me to make my way and having the support of my family here will help too.” Natalie said she is looking forward to offering a reliable and friendly service at the Mirboo North office. “It’s a different kind of thing to what I was doing in London – there’s a real family and community kind of feel here,” she said. For all your real estate needs, drop in and see Natalie and the team at the Stockdale and Leggo office in Mirboo North, or give them a call on 5668 1300.

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

A Virgo may enter the friendship picture. Your meticulous ways may pay off this week, giving you the last laugh. Financial restraint is important. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

You may be changing your point of view regarding a family situation. In fact you are changing your mind quite a bit these days. Your romantic partner may be unexpectedly sensitive. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

Your natural curiousity may work to your advantage. Facts you have stored up come in handy. Academic interests are expanded, but don’t sign on for too many projects. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

Travel is favoured, whether planned or spontaneous. Although your work-mates are supportive of your plans, you shouldn’t divulge ideas prematurely. A new friendship is in the offering. LEO - July 23 - August 22

Be cautious of people taking advantage of your kindness. Your time is unusually precious now - owing to more responsibility at work and a new friendship, so use it wisely. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

New interests and new directions dominate the week. Travel is highlighted and likely combines well with business. First impressions may not be on target right now. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

Communication is the key word this week. In personal relationships you articulate your feelings. In your career or community endeavours, a small bonus or reward may arrive. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

Be sure to use your time efficiently. A dispute with a friend should be settled before either of you stews for too long. A home improvement project may get the go ahead. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

Partnership ventures are generally favoured, provided you don’t leave details to chance. If entering into negotiations be sure to read all the fine print. A friend may be repaying a favour. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

Relationships with Leos should thrive this week. Your creative ideas are sharp and may lead to profit. News of a celebration comes your way. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

Planning is accented. This is a good week for preparing a blueprint of your professional goals. Be wary of people trying to coax confidential information out of you. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

A platonic friendship is highlighted, as are reunions and unusual social happenings. A restless streak surfaces at work. New interests in contemporary art or music may be explored. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

You are a devoted friend and relative and are easily forgiven when you go off on a tangent or two or three. A long term project is highlighted. You may be getting the break you have been waiting for. Reconciliations with old friends are also spotlighted.


Church Times ANGLICAN: Wednesday, August 1: 9.30am Woorayl Lodge HC; 10.15am Koorooman House HC;11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Friday, August 3: 7.30pm St Andrew’s, Dumbalk EP. Sunday, August 5: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Contemporary Worship with HC. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Mirboo North. Phone 5668 1346. Holy Communion 8.30am: Worship and Sunday School 10am. ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Korumburra: Sunday 9.30am and Wednesday 11.30am. Poowong: Second and fourth Sundays, 11am. ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi. Sunday, 9.30am Eucharist, 11am Family Service, Wednesday 10am Eucharist. Anglican Church of the Ascension: The Crescent, Inverloch. Sunday 9am Eucharist, Tuesday 10am Eucharist. For details of Community Meal, Youth Group, Bible Studies & Kids Club, contact Rev. Graeme Peters 5672 4590 or visit www. AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (AOG): Prom Coast Community Church Inc. - Foster Community House, Station Street, 10am: Sunday. Sunday School and Creche operates. Pastor Bill Watson 5686 2248. A.O.G. Inverloch - Cnr Bear and McIntosh Street, Inverloch. Sunday Service 10am; Imagine Christmas Day Service 9am. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, 10am: Sunday. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: Pastor Rob Davey 5625 3226. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Equip Church - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Sunday service 10am. Contact: John 0408 305 880. Wonthaggi A.O.G. - Billson Street, 10am: Sunday. Contact: Pastor Barry Smith 5672 3984. CHRISTIAN REVIVAL CRUSADE: 40 Hughes Street, Leongatha. Sunday, Morning Service 10.30 am: Inspirational Service, 6.30pm: Children’s Church 10.30am: Home cells weekly. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455. THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES CREEK: Every first Sunday of the month. Sunday morning 11am 12.30pm. Fun and games, all ages, all are welcome. Phone: Ps. Chris Chetland 5678 7692, 0447 724 989. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Saturdays, Church service 10am., Le-

ongatha 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: meets at the Baromi Centre Mirboo North, Sunday 4-5pm Family Communion, 5-530pm refreshments, 5.306.15pm Bible Studies for adults, teens and children. Friday-Home Fellowships. More info: Bob Stevens 0400 403 765 or www. SALVATION ARMY LEONGATHA COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 52 Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) - Sunday: Family Worship at 10am: Sagala - Tuesday, 4 - 5.30pm; mainly music, Thursday 10am. All welcome. Please contact Captain Martyn and Heather Scrimshaw, ph. 5662 5122. SALVATION ARMY WONTHAGGI COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 149 McKenzie Street every Sunday at 11am for Family Worship. Kids' Club - every Tuesday at 4 pm, Women's Group - Wednesday at 1.30pm, and Playgroup - Friday 9.30am. Evening Ladies' Fellowship - First Monday each month and Youth Groups held monthly. All welcome. Please contact Lt. Robyn and Max Lean. Ph. 5672 1228. PRESBYTERIAN: Sunday Service 10am, corner Bent and Turner

Streets, Leongatha. Moderator Rev. Mark Smith 5625 4112. CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH: Reformed Church meeting at the corner of Peart and Brown Streets. Sunday family service at 10.30am. (10am daylight saving time), creche and Sunday School available. All Sunday evening services at 5pm. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2527. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, August 5, 10am. Tarwin Lower: 10.30am (HC). Mirboo North: 9.30am. Meeniyan: 10am. Wonthaggi: Sunday 9.30am, Family Service, all welcome. Inverloch: Sunday 11am: Korumburra: Sunday, 9.30am: Rev. Pastors Gavin and Sue Sharp, 5655 1997. Arawata: 11.30am 1st & 3rd Sundays. Kongwak: 11.30am 4th Sunday. 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 5664 9306.

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ACROSS Herb (4) Alien (9) Bird (4) Adhesive (4) Woman (4) Row (4) Disability (10) Intefering (10) Want (4) Wound (4) Foray (4) Appear (4) Abundant (9) Daze (4)

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DOWN Change (5) Sorrow (5) Lump (6) Rely (6) Old (4) End (9) Barren (9) Discover (4) Bearing (4) Insect (6) Hateful (6) Choose (5) Devil (5) Curve (4)

CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8336 ACROSS 1. One’s kindest regards to the champion (4). 7, Assumes control when one goes in to bat (5,4). 8. Want to see the man before midnight (4). 9. Sadly, there’s a one third cutback in salary (4). 10. Take out to stamp some figures on? (4). 11. Put the feet back and trade in (4). 14. Not drinking though not necessarily driving (2,3,5). 16. Have a good night in cramped quarters? (5,5). 19. Remove again from the street, or leave it where it is (4). 22. You have the key (4). 24. I don’t believe you got a list! (4). 25. I go through a lot to be beautiful (4). 26. Looking obviously unfit, wasn’t fast (6,3). 27. Bowled out the girl (4). DOWN 1. Strikes one it moves very fast... (5). 2. ...leaves the woman’s standing (5). 3. Tell Jack to be back for the dance (6). 4. She’s ready to return with you to Germany (6). 5. The enclosure will collapse (4). 6. Highly desirable accommodation! (9). 12. Leading, with the water still to come (4,5). 13. To put yourself in the picture, ask questions (4). 15. Turns the cat loose (4). 17. A speech and it could be read out (6). 18. Solve - the problem of how to dismiss the batsman? (3,3). 20. Find one turning right over (5). 21. A light from the church on the hill (5). 23. Repeat what you said in the chop-house (4).

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Opportunities for youth out there SOUTH Gippsland Specialist School ran a Futures for Young Adults Expo on Tuesday, with great results. The expo hosted stalls from education providers in South Gippsland that can provide employment and support for young disabled people. Guest speakers outlined avenues young adults can take to become part of the workforce and the community. Dana Hughes from South Gippsland Shire

Council, spoke about volunteering and where it can take you in the workplace, while Lisa Kuhne and Deanne Battaglia spoke about education options. The team at Yooralla presented a video on success and how people are reaching their goals and what progress some of their clients have made. The day was run to ease the transition to the post school world for young people with disabilities.

The expo was organised by the Youth Transition Network, comprising Bass Coast Shire Council, Yooralla, South Gippsland Shire Council, South Gippsland Bass Coast Living and Learning Education Network, Moonya, Mirridong, Community College Gippsland, Parent to Parent Gippsland, Bass Coast Community Health Services, Work Solutions Gippsland, South Gippsland Specialist School and Bass Coast Specialist School.

Helpful day: Blake Howie and Jonathon Bowman from South Gippsland Specialist School enjoyed the Futures for Young Adults Expo.

Teens on forensic trail FORENSIC science can be a tricky business but Year 9 students from the Leongatha Secondary College got a first hand look at the world of crime investigation on Wednesday.

Tina French and the team from CSI World took the class through the ins and outs of forensic science. The group learnt about finger prints, blood splatter, saliva testing and a whole bunch of other forensic investigation avenues.

This was followed by the class being put into a crime-scene, piecing the clues together and coming up with a verdict. “We aim to show kids the fun ways of using science in the real world and they all seem to enjoy the investigation,” Ms French said. CSI World is an English company running workshops and sessions in schools all over Australia and helping them adapt to the new science curriculum. Year 9 students from Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College enjoyed the hands-on presentation on Friday.

Top service: Belinda James, Mitchell Price and Dale Ollierook from 5A Yooralla Way Catering catered for the expo.

Kids seize stage STUDENTS at Korumburra Primary School have started rehearsing for their school productions with great enthusiasm. The school will be putting on two separate shows: one involving the junior school (Grade Prep to 3) and one the senior school (Grade 4 to 6). The junior show, Mr Headley’s Garden, will be full of fun and performed on August 30 while the se-

niors will be rocking out in the History of Australian Rock and Roll. Jess Stein is taking charge of both the shows and is looking forward to the performances. “Both shows will be full of lots of singing, lots of dancing and fun,” she said. “They are all great kids and I’m looking forward to working with them.”

Investigators: Leongatha Secondary College students Liam Stubbs and Taylah Darmanin look for clues in their mock-up crime scene.

Fun science: Connor and Tina French and Martin Treacy show students the best way to investigate a crime scene.

Lights, camera, action: Jaive Muranty, Lachie Snooks, Jess Stein, Zahlia Hogan-van Rooij, Grace McLean and Bele Mann are ready to give their school production their all.

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• Obituary

Long footy career spanned 545 games A LIFE member of the Fish Creek Football Club, Peter Weidemann has left an extraordinary legacy that includes a career of 545 games. Sixty of these were with Fish Creek Seniors, played after he had “retired” from football, and 113 Reserves games. Such was his devotion to the game, when his eldest son Wayne made the South Australian National Football League grand final in 1993, Peter, having missed his train, walked and hitched an 18hour journey to Adelaide, arriving just in time. Wayne knew nothing of the journey and wasn’t aware his father was there until, just as the game started, a familiar voice yelled “umpire” from the crowd. Wayne’s team won the premiership. Peter John Weidemann died on June 15, a large crowd attending his funeral in Coolamon, New South Wales. He was born on March 23, 1940, in Richmond Victoria, the younger son of Peter and Rina Weidemann. His father died when Peter was 10 and he entered the workforce early, making vegetable boxes then becoming a mechanic, before following his dream of foot-

ball in three states. He started his career with Dandenong Thirds, playing 57 games and becoming captain. He was invited to train with both Collingwood and Melbourne, spending two years in the Magpie Thirds, winning the Gordon Coventry Award for best and fairest. Moving up to the Reserves, he represented Collingwood in the VFL Reserves Under 18s. He played a number of games in the Magpie Seniors, but left at the end of the 1961 season. Accepting a coaching position at Deloraine, Tasmania, at the age of 21, Peter won a dual premiership with the Seniors and Reserves in his first year and the Reserves’ flag the following year. He won the Boag Medal for league best and fairest and was captain coach of the Northern Tasmania DFL Country Championship team. Peter moved to Coolamon and coached the Seniors into the finals and represented the South West League in Victoria’s Country Champion team, winning the grand final. He won the Gammage Medal for best and fairest in that league, along with numerous local newspaper and sponsors’ awards. On January 15, 1966, he married Maxine Bartholomew. They moved to Lockhart, where Peter

coached the Seniors and Reserves and the Under 14s and Under16s on Sundays. He won many Lockhart club awards and minor league awards, representing the Farrar League six times. Peter and Maxine played day and night tennis and Peter also played cricket. These were busy years, as the couple’s sons Wayne, Guy and Shayne were born. The family moved to Fish Creek to dairy farm, when Peter decided his only football involvement would be to coach the Fourths, Thirds and Reserves. Two daughters, Kylee and Kym were born. One day, Fish Creek identity Peter Woods asked Peter if he’d be interested in filling in for the club’s Reserves. That resulted in the newcomer winning the Seniors’ best and fairest in 1977, the club’s Reserves’ medal in 1980, ’81, ’82, and ’83 and the Alberton Football Reserves best and fairest in 1981. He also won the FX Kerr Memorial Award in 1985. Peter continued his cricketing interests at Fish Creek. After retiring (again) from football, Peter became a Seniors boundary umpire. In recognition of his services to the game, he was awarded the Victorian Country

Football League Medal. His son Shayne played in the Hume League and his proud father carried Shayne’s bag, just as the child had done for his father at Fish Creek. Kylee and Kym both played netball and Peter sometimes “coached” from the sidelines yelling, “Pick up the full back!” For a time, Peter managed a service station in Wonthaggi, then went dairy farming in Dumbalk, before returning to milk again in Fish Creek.

As she had done with all his endeavours, Maxine provided the support crew when, in 1994, Peter decided to raise money for cancer services by riding the 770kms to Coolamon for its football club centenary. In 2003, Peter finally decided to retire, taking Maxine back home to New South Wales after 31 years in Fish Creek. He enjoyed more bike riding, gardening, lawn bowls and attending family sport. But Alzheimer’s Disease set in and, with help, he was cared for at home until the last two months of his life. His last words were, “Thank you very much.”

Prom to win from joining forces PARKS Victoria signed a memorandum of understanding with indigenous groups at Wilsons Promontory National Park recently.

The three traditional owner groups with a connection to the Prom were the Boon Wurrung, Bunurong and Gunaikurnai people. The memorandum was established as a vital step in working with the traditional owners. After much consultation, the groups came together often to talk about aspirations, common goals, cultural heritage, park management and management of country and have now established a strong working relationship. Parks Victoria chief executive Dr Bill Jackson said the memorandum was to initially establish the framework for communication and working collaboratively, to assist in developing a collective vision for the park and to provide opportunities for future projects between the parties. “Working together in good faith, for the benefit of the park, as well as sharing knowledge about managing cultural heritage can only benefit both Parks Victoria and the traditional owners in future management practices,” Dr Jackson said. Uncle Merv Brown of Bunurong peoples also shared Dr Jackson’s sentiments, remarking that “today’s events were a significant occasion”. “We are delighted to be able to work collaboratively with the other traditional owners on management principles and cultural heritage for Wilsons Promontory National Park,” Mr Brown said. The day’s proceedings also featured the opening of the Yiruk Wamoon Keeping Place and Education Centre. Barry Kenny, chief executive of Gunaikurnai, said the new Keeping Place and Education Centre showcases Aboriginal artefacts and increased visitors’ knowledge of the Prom.

Save money

Making mark: Uncle Merv Brown leaves a handprint.

GIPPSLANDERS are being urged to take advantage of rebates to save money on energy bills, under the State Government’s Gas Heater Rebate and Solar Hot Water Rebate.

Meals roster

The Gas Heater Rebate allows eligible Concession Card holders currently using electric heating to receive a $700 discount off the purchase and installation cost of a gas space heater, Eastern Victoria MLC Philip Davis said. Householders could also be eligible for a rebate of up to $1600 when they choose a solar hot water system. For more information about the Victorian Government Gas Heater Rebate for Concession Card holders and the Solar Hot Water Rebate, including eligibility requirements and participating suppliers, call 1300 366 195 or visit www.

Rd 1: Lions Club (Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri), Yooralla (Tues); Rd 2: S. Birch (Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri), SG Specialist School (Wed); Rd 3: J. & J. Gaze (all week) will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning August 6, 2012.


Peter Weidemann: very handy on the football field for many years.

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Professor Blainey to reveal history HOW did people travel to Poowong in the 1870s? What did the early explorers find when they first traversed what is now Gippsland?

These questions and more are answered in a new book about the railways, mines, people and places of South Gippsland to be launched by renowned historian Professor Geoffrey Blainey at Korumburra on Sunday, August 12. Lines, Mines, People and Places by Barry Sykes grew out of the book Change Here for Outtrim that Barry wrote in 1997, and presents a more detailed account of the mining town’s past, as well as venturing into the development of nearby Jumbunna. “The Korumburra Historical Society leant on me to write about this because if I did not, all of this would be lost,” he said. “The book was intended to be 500 pages but those plans went out the window and it is 894 pages.” Six years in the making, the book is, according to Barry, the biggest book written about Gippsland history. Explorer Paul Strzelecki, the famous Pol, is mentioned, and Barry makes a point of Korumburra being the first place coal was mined in Victoria, at the Coal Creek mine in 1888, not Wonthaggi as many people think. The book begins with early exploration by Hume and Hovell, discusses the early settlement of the region, including what The Great Forest settlers were confronted with. Barry tells how Lardner surveyed the region from Poowong through to Jumbunna and Outtrim, describes early buildings and lighting techniques, the development of agriculture, and the region’s schools, newspapers, halls and telegraph services. Business, police, health and religion are among the many other topics to rate a mention. Barry now lives at Traralgon but grew up at Outtrim and that’s where his fascination for the town began. “The secret to being able to write about something is to have a personal understanding of it,” he said. Professor Blainey is regarded by Barry as the foremost mining historian in Australia and approached Barry two months ago, asking if he could help with his book. He promptly accepted Barry’s invitation to launch the publication. The book will be launched in the auditorium at Coal Creek at 2.30pm.

Milpara Community House news LIVING Hope bereavement support training is a two day training program developed by the Salvation Army. This will give everyday people, health and social welfare professionals, clergy and school staff the skills and confidence to support people bereaved by suicide. Held over two days, Tuesday, August 14 and Wednesday, August 15 from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Computers Beyond Basics suite commences on Thursday, August 9 with Email and Internet Beyond Basics. Learn how to include attachments, about file sizes and why they are important, how to zip files, save and send photos, learn about the address book, virus checks, how to make safe interest transactions on banking and buying websites. File Management and Computers Beyond Basics classes then follow on. Do you have an Android tablet? Would you like to learn how to get the most from your tablet? Come along to our short course on Tuesday, August 14 from 1pm to 4pm and learn about applications, settings and safety. BYO tablet. Crochet and Embroidery class commences on Wednesday, August 1 for six weeks with Thea Dent. This is a course for total beginners or those who may need a little help. Bring your own pattern or get a materials list on enrolment. Painting and Drawing classes with Lance Rogers commence on Thursday, August 9 from 1pm to 4pm. This class is for beginners or those with some experience using oils, acrylic, pastels, watercolour or any other media. Materials list is available on enrolment. The next Small Business Victoria workshop will be Green Your Business, Grow Your Business to be held on Thursday, August 9 from 7pm to 9pm. Learn how to save money by reducing energy and water bills, cutting down on waste and create your own sustainability action plan. Have you recently moved into the area? Would you like to meet other people and learn about this district? Then come along to our next Newcomer’s Luncheon on Monday, August 13 from 12.30pm. Internet training for 50s and over. Discover how the Internet can help you stay in touch with friends and family. Book into a course with a volunteer tutor over four weeks. Dates and times to be advised on enrolment.

Extensive history: author Barry Sykes with an indicative version of his soon to be launched book, Lines, Mines, People and Places.

If you would like to book into any of the above classes or would like further information on Milpara, these classes or our other programs, please contact either Sandra or Belinda on 5655 2524 or send us an email at milpara@ or just call in. Bookings are essential for all of our classes.

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Taking notice: the Mirboo North study group, Jesse Leeds, guest Jeanette White, Ailson Edgar, Katrina Parker, Neil Fitzclarence and Paul Young.

Money galore

THE Mirboo North and District Community Foundation is making funding of up to $75,000 available for projects that benefit the communities of Mirboo North and the surrounding districts, including the townships of Boolarra, Darlimurla, Dumbalk, Thorpdale and Yinnar.

What makes small towns thrive? LEARNING what helps make small rural towns thrive and the challenges regional communities face in Gippsland has been the recent focus for 21 participants in the 2012 Gippsland Community Leadership Program.

Members from across Gippsland converged on Yinnar for an inspiring workshop in June, sharing research on the characteristics of small towns including Mirboo North, Yarragon and Yinnar. The full-day workshop, sponsored by Latrobe City Council, was hosted by the Yinnar Football and Netball Club at Yinnar Recreation Reserve. Program participants had been divided into three study groups to research aspects of community life, achievements, strengths, challenges and future opportunities in each of the three small towns, connecting with local leaders. The study groups all gave lively presentations to share their findings with fellow participants and guests at Yinnar. Spokesman for the 2012 GCLP group, Anthony Heinemann, said that although each of the towns has its own distinctive identity, they faced common issues and challenges. “These include the need for long term community planning, a shared vision and ready access to steady employment, education and transport services,” he said. “Local residents also seek good retail and medical services and recognise the need for fresh talent, ideas and skills to revitalise an ageing volunteer base.” “Other common needs are providing a diverse range of recreational, sporting and cultural pursuits for all residents, particularly those that actively include young people and model positive behaviours. “Thriving small towns show a great sense of pride, social cohesion and worked hard to communicate, and actively include others such as newcomers and visitors in community life

and groups.” Mr Heinemann said ongoing efforts were vital to forge a sense of belonging at a personal level, support the effectiveness of local committees, and develop a stronger community life, economic and social diversity. “Advocacy and forging partnerships between local business operators and residents in community planning and initiatives is crucial to social growth and progress, and guiding what form that takes at a local level,” he said. “Positively managing transitions in community demographics, changing expectations and extra demands from new residents, or other economic and social impacts, is also a real test of character for many small towns. “Traditional power bases, committee systems and controlling individuals can sometimes exclude others who have different ideas, energy and skills to make their own contribution to strengthen small towns in the future.” The program group discovered the events, rituals and the physical environment in which people live, work and play have a direct influence on an individual’s sense of pride in their own community. “The standard and condition of facilities, be they public halls or sports grounds, shop facades or signs, can be a pretty accurate reflection of where a community is at,” Mr Heinemann said. “Are they resting on past efforts or does everyone take pride and care? If people see something that’s a poor reflection on their community, do they step up and fix it?” Paul Young, spokesman for the members studying Mirboo North, said the group explored sport and recreation, industry, natural features, education, welfare and youth, community organisations, business owners and community projects. “During our research, which involved interviews and discussions with the community and community leaders, it was quickly discovered that this town had a great sense of pride, em-

powerment, inclusiveness and sustainability,” he said. “Mirboo North has 72 community groups that are all successful in contributing to the community and are led by very passionate people with can-do attitudes.” Mr Young said program participants learned the Mirboo North community and its groups benefit greatly from the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation, a philanthropic organisation professionally run by community leaders. “The foundation has vision and mission statements, and is assisted in the development of a community driven plan that unites the community’s focus for Mirboo North,” he said. “Its annual grants program assists with many local community projects.” Mr Young said the participants benefited from the insights of Jeanette White and Derrick Ehmke from the community foundation and Karen Anton from the Bendigo Community Bank in Mirboo North. Youth initiatives, the childcare centre, the Grain Store youth and community facility, core sporting and equestrian facilities and a well-used swimming pool, and good quality water supply were all key assets in Mirboo North. He said the Mirboo North community knows it’s their town and it’s up to them. Residents have a “can do” attitude and work collaboratively with neighbouring towns as evidenced by the community foundation and community bank reaching to Yinnar and Boolarra. “This community is traditionally based on agriculture and business interests and they demonstrate honest hard work, a resilient character and sense of ownership, self-reliance and ‘where there’s a will there’s a way’,” Mr Young said. “The town also has a natural beauty with great reserves, parks and walks through the natural bush including tourism icon the Lyrebird Walk, backed by a friends group and the Wednesday Warriors working bees.

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star

30 years ago, August 3, 1982 PACKS of beer have been stolen from a freight truck at the Korumburra railway yards. This is the second time in about six months that beer has been taken from a freight train at Korumburra. Fourteen packs of twodozen beer, worth around $250, were removed. **** THE Woorayl Library was a hive of activity on the last day of Book Week on Friday, July 30. Students from the Leongatha High School visited the library for displays, demonstrations and talks on various aspects of books. 10 years ago, July 30, 2002 THE wineries of South Gippsland have been given a publicity boost with a feature in the latest edition of Wine Regions of Victoria. The glossy book has just been released by the Victorian Wineries Tourism Council. **** SOUTH Gippsland looks set to get more nursing home beds this year and if Gippsland Southern Health has its way, they’ll all come to Leongatha. The service wants to demolish the 30-bed Kooroman House and build a new 60-bed facility.

Million steps for million trees

5 years ago, July 31, 2007 THE horse riding clubs of Leongatha are facing an uncertain future. The tenants of the Leongatha Equestrian Park have a lease on the land until 2010, but seem unlikely to stay there beyond that date.

LAST year marked the 25th anniversary of Landcare and to celebrate, the South Gippsland Landcare Network is hosting a fun run/walk andd tree t planting l ti day d att Meeniyan. M i

The event, One Million Steps for One Million Trees, will be held on Sunday, August 26 at the Meeniyan Wetlands on the corner of the South Gippsland Highway and Stony Creek Road. The walk commences at 10.30am, the fun run at 11am and tree planting from 10.30 until 12 noon. As there is limited parking onsite, a shuttle bus will be leaving from the Meeniyan railway yards. The course covers a flat section of The Great Southern Rail Trail that moves through bushland, pastures and Stony Creek, giving participants a taste of what the South Gippsland environment has to offer. Entry for the walk or fun run is $20 and includes a t-shirt and lunch catered by Enviromeat. Children under 12 are free. Registration closes August 12. South Gippsland Landcare Network project officer Kathleen Bartlett encourages the Meeniyan and wider South Gippsland community to get involved. “The event not only provides an opportunity for you to experience the local environment through the fun run, it also gives you a chance to improve it too, by planting a tree or two,” she said.

Announcing the organisation’s third grants, which opens on August 13, foundation chairman Norman Walker said: “These grants will support projects that respond directly to the needs of our district and build strength in our community.” In a departure from last year, the foundation has increased the maximum grant amount available per project to $20,000. “Whilst we still welcome applications for smaller projects, we are looking to attract larger innovative projects in the foundation’s priority areas of health, wellbeing and youth,” Mr Walker said. “We believe that the increased grant amount will enable organisations to develop robust, innovative projects, and create opportunities for collaboration and leverage against other funding sources.” The foundation, which was launched in 2010, has already invested more than 135,000 in projects that have enhanced the social and economic strength of the Mirboo North and district community. “Our first two grant programs were very heavily subscribed to so we are delighted to announce another opportunity for organisations and groups to apply for funding,” Mr Walker said. In order to be eligible to apply for a grant, applicants must meet the foundation’s eligibility criteria. Further information is available at: au or by calling the foundation’s executive officer on 0418 301 092. Organisations or groups interested in applying for a grant are strongly encouraged to attend the information session which will be held at the Mirboo North RSL, 1 Baromi Road, Mirboo North on Monday, August 13 at 7pm or contact the executive officer to discuss their project prior to applying for a grant.

**** THE $31 million RACV resort at Inverloch could be open by late September and is predicted to lift property prices and the profile of the popular seaside town. Mass marketing done by the state-wide organisation will promote Inverloch on a significant scale.

“If you can join us for both the fun run/walk and tree planting, great. If not, you are more than welcome to come along to one activity or the other.” To those taking part in the tree planting, please bring along your gumboots as it will be wet. One Million Steps for One Million Trees is funded by the Victorian Government’s 25 years of Landcare grant and is sponsored by South Gippsland Water, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and VicRoads. Visit the South Gippsland Landcare Network website to register by August 12 or for more information, see the website or call 5662 5759. Children welcome with parental supervision.

All set: South Gippsland Landcare Network project officer Kathleen Bartlett was ready to plant some trees while runner and fellow Landcare officer, Kate Williams, prepares for the fun run.

1 year ago, August 2, 2011 THE truck crash that rocked Korumburra last Wednesday was a potential recipe for disaster. A Bdouble tanker carrying diesel tipped at the top of Commercial Street, resulting in broken powerlines and spilt fuel. The balcony of the Austral Hotel was damaged and the South Gippsland Highway was blocked for around 12 hours. **** BASS Coast businesses may suffer when the number of desalination workers begins to rapidly decrease from over 3000 to as low as 250 in October this year. An information forum regarding Wonthaggi’s future held at Wonthaggi last Tuesday night was a great success.

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OLIVER Paul Dunlop was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on July 7 to Amy and Josh Dunlop of Leongatha. Oliver is a brother for Noah, 1.

SETH Riley Sydenham was born on July 21 at Leongatha Memorial Hospital. He is the second child for Jade and Carly of Leongatha, and is a brother for Koby, 2.

CIARA Paige Waite was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on June 4 to Elaine Neducic and David James Waite of South Dudley. Ciara is a sister for Levi, 2.

Left, ALEXANDER Robert Orchard was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on June 4 to Cindy and Glen Orchard of Wonthaggi. Alexander is a brother for Connor, 5 and Rhiannon, 3.

JAMES Ryder Chuck was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on June 12 to Jessica Mason and Campbell Chuck of Grantville.

RHYDER Charles Lowther was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on June 11 to Chauntelle Rixon and Jarryd Lowther of Grantville.

REECE Michael King was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on July 10 to Anastasia Vishniakov and Michael King of Cowes. Reece is a brother for Nathan, 14, and Jason, 5.

LILLIAN Grace Guarascio was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on June 10 to Amie and Mark Guarascio of Inverloch.

MASEN Christopher Carter was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on June 15 to Cassie Carter of Wonthaggi. Masen is a brother for Kayla, 2.

CALLUM Scott Campbell was born on June 16 at Latrobe Regional Hospital. He is the second son for Lorinda and Scott of Mardan, and a playmate for big brother Harry, 2.

LUKA Cohen Gilliland was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on May 28 to Alisha McDonald and Simon Gilliland of Inverloch.

MADELEINE Grace Miller was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on May 25 to Sharon Harnden and David Miller of San Remo.

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Amateur wants to be noticed By Nick Jeremiah, work experience student I’M NICK Jeremiah, 16 and an amateur photographer from Meeniyan.

I absolutely adore photography. I use a Canon EOS 600D DSLR that I bought around June last year. The main focus for the camera was to make films with it. I was interested in film-making for around four years prior to buying my digital SLR camera. This was when I took an interest in photography. The reason for this I believe is because I can go out on the weekend or after school and take shots of anything and not have to worry about having a crew. With film-making however, it’s an entirely new story. You need people willing to help you out. And there isn’t always an abundance of those. I have found with photography I can capture a single moment in time which you can’t get when making a film and this is golden to me. Publishing my work is something I have wanted to do for a long time now. To have it in the paper or a magazine or even framed and hung in a gallery would mean a lot to me, but I have never either had the opportunity or I have been too shy to ask, until now.

These photos are some of my favourites and in my opinion some of my best. I have used a wide array of cameras from film to digital SLR to small compact cameras and even mobile phones. From using Pentax, Olympus, Nikon and Ricoh, and in my opinion nothing has compared to Canon. As thousands of photographers say: “The best camera is the one you have,” and Canon is the one for me, though every brand can and most probably will do the job just fine. My main focus in photography is landscape, modelling and glamour. I love being out in the wild and taking my time to set up a shot and capture the nature. I like photographing models because I like working with people as clients and capturing the body in form. I use an array of filters and lenses when I go on a shoot. Filters are very helpful in photography and I highly recommend getting a Cokin filter kit. My hope for the future is to own a 1DS and a 5D mrk II, all of which are Canon DSLR cameras. I would love to have my own business primarily for modelling and glamour. I plan to do commercial work for businesses but I don’t plan on doing weddings or anything like that, I think it would be too stressful for me Above, Country sport: Dad’s Tennis. to handle.

Below, Personality present: Dolls.

Unique take on everyday: Dairy Country.

Inspirational work: Carol with some of her artworks in her Toora gallery.

Colour me Toora By Sarah Vella CAROL Linton has been in Toora for five years and has her own gallery and studio on Stanley Street where she paints and creates. Prior to moving to Toora, Carol was in Wonthaggi, where she had her first real gallery. “I thought the house I was living in would make a really nice gallery. So I moved everything out of the front three rooms and opened them up. “I came to Toora with some friends who were looking at real estate. We were shown through this place and I thought this would make a great gallery. “I put my house in Wonthaggi on the market and within around four months, I had moved.” Carol comes from a family of artists and has been painting since a young age. “My first job was working for Myer, painting lampshades. Then I worked for Guy Boyd decorating pottery.” While Carol used to focus on landscapes, she has recently started to feel more inspired by people. “You can always think of a nice story around people. I like to paint scenes, with people doing things. “I have always done landscapes. They were very popular and sold well, but I think the market is getting a bit saturated. “People like to see something a bit different. It also gives me an opportunity to use more colour. I have always liked colour. “When an idea comes to me, I can’t wait to get into it. I don’t really plan my paintings; they usually just come to me.”

Carol is inspired by many artists, including David Davies, Van Gogh, Arthur Streeton, in fact most of the Heidelberg artists, and Hans Heysen and Ambrose Griffin. “My favourite mediums are oils and watercolours. I am focusing more on my own ideas lately and I am tending to paint everyday life. “I like painting happy people, doing happy things. People like to see happy paintings.” Carol enjoys the quiet town life she has in Toora, however admits being an artist in a city is easier. “You put bigger price tags on pieces in the city, but there is also a lot more pressure on you to produce work after work. “I like not being under so much pressure.” In her earlier days as a teaching artist, Carol had up to 13 pupils under her tutelage. She has now reduced her student numbers so she can focus more on her own work. “I prefer the time now to do my own paintings and projects. I have done enough teaching.” More recently, Carol has become involved with the Toora Village Artists Collective. The members of the collective meet once a month and exhibit in a gallery space open next to the Windmill Cafe on Stanley Street. “It is surprising a small town like Toora has the amount of visitors coming through that we do. “Once the gallery is more established, we hope to run some solo exhibitions and functions there.”

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• Gardiner Foundation grants, Meeniyan Art Gallery. • Beau Vernon fundraiser, Leongatha. • Stony Creek Goods and Services Auction, Leongatha. • Leongatha Primary School visits Woorayl Lodge.

Young talent time: watching the bids with interest were, from left, Troy Sinclair, Dom Enter and Tom Stone. Watching the action: supporting Stony Creek’s auction night on Saturday, July 21 were, from left, Luke Bowman, Josh Moore and Bryan Byrne.

Happy hour: enjoying a drink and a chat at the Stony Creek Goods and Services Auction were, from left, Steve Martin, Matt Price, Jarrad Byrnes and Dylan Zuidema.

Story time: Beryl Jefferies talked with Leongatha Primary School students Grant Mead and Stacey Giliam at Woorayl Lodge on Tuesday.

Chilling out: (back) Leongatha Primary School’s Kaitylin Funnell and Brock Pollard enjoyed Happy to chat: Leongatha Primary School’s spending time with Shirley Trease and Ruth Borthwick when they visited Woorayl Lodge. Phillip Arevthuth and Tyrone Harry talk with Woorayl Lodge resident Lorraine Hanks.

Hit a six: Meeniyan and Dumbalk United Cricket Club members, president Col Olden, Steve Riley, Craig Hoober and vice president Nick Hill received a grant from the Gardiner Foundation to upgrade their clubrooms.

Belles of the ball: Taylah Clark and Ebonie Kewming were dressed to impress at Grants group: John Abbott, Kathy Lagoudis, Wendy Don and Doug the Leongatha Under 12s Grigg were representing the Grants Only Group at Meeniyan. versus adults match recently.

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Musical dream nears reality A DREAM dating back to 1958 will be realised when the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band presents its 120th Anniversary Concert next month.

Starring role: Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks is looking forward to playing Santa Lucia.

Musician Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks has longed to play Santa Lucia with a band since learning the solo line as a boy in England in the 1950s. At a secondary boarding school, Nigel learnt the trumpet from Stan Williams, a member of the local Stroud Brass Band in Gloucestershire. Nigel grew tired of just playing scales and exercises, and so Stan gave him a single sheet of music, a lovely Neapolitan song, Santa Lucia. Nigel learnt to play the lovely melody, and then as he became more experienced, started to tackle the variations.

He dreamed of one day playing the whole piece with a full band, but he did not have the score for a brass band, only the solo part. When the concert is presented at Leongatha Memorial Hall on Saturday, August 18, Nigel will play the solo part, backed by the full sound of the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band. Nigel’s dream was supported by Martyn Scrimshaw, band musical director when Nigel joined in 2008. Fellow band member Don Santin is a professional music arranger and crafted a rich, full band accompaniment. Band musical director Greg “Shina” Wright has been incredibly supportive of the project, and has helped with musical interpretation. “I am just enormously grateful to Martyn, Don and Shina, as well as all my friends in the band for supporting me in making a 1958 dream come true in 2012 at the band’s 120th Anniversary Concert,” Nigel said. Santa Lucia comes from an old folk melody that was first written down in the form it is known today in 1849. ‘Santa Lucia’ refers to a Catholic saint who came from the waterfront district of Naples which now bears

that name, where small craft and ships were moored. Santa Lucia is to Naples as St Kilda is to Melbourne. “The song has been sung by Caruso, Mario Lanza, Pavarotti among other well known singers. It tells of a boatman who is persuading people to come into his boat and see Santa Lucia from the sea,” Nigel said. “There are many verses to the song, and among the lines are the following sentiments: “Over the sea shines a silver star. Placid is the wave. Fair is the wind. Come to my swift little boat. ‘Get aboard passengers! Come this way! Eat supper among the sails on an evening that’s so serene. A sea so placid, a breeze so delightful makes the mariner forget his troubles. And he goes crying merrily ‘Santa Lucia! Santa Lucia!’ ”. The concert will feature a variety of audience favourites, plus the St Laurence’s Primary School choir, vocalists and other soloists with band backing. The show starts at 7.30pm, Saturday, August 18 and tickets are now available from Swanlee Craft in Bair Street, Leongatha or by phoning 5662 3623. Seating is available in rows or tables with a maximum of 10 people. BYO food and drink at tables.

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Store sale market

Steers up 5c

THERE wree approximately 300 trade, 450 grown steers and 550 cows offered for sale.

Thursday July 26

Quality was very good in the grown steers and bullocks and also in the heavy trade grass steers and heifers. The secondary lines were still showing the wintry conditions. The usual buying group was present to see prices lift in almost all categories. Yearling grass steers were 5c dearer on average. Yearling grass heifers gained up to 11c/kg. Grown steers and bullocks gained 2c to 5c/kg. Good Friesian steers gained 4c/kg. Dairy cows were firm to 5c dearer and beef cows gained up to 5c/kg. Bulls were up to 6c/kg dearer. A small number of vealers sold from 185c to 240c/ kg. Yearling grass steers made from 170c to 210c, with 500kg to 600kg drafts selling from 200c to 211c/kg. Good yearling grass heifers sold from 175c to 220c/kg. Medium weight grown steers sold from 180c to 207c/ kg. Heavy grown steers made from 178c to 198c/kg. Heavy bullocks sold from 178c to 179c/kg. Plain condition one score dairy cows sold from 102c to 136c/kg. Better two score dairy cows made between 130c and 147c/kg. Good dry three score Friesian cows sold from 146c to 155c/kg. Plain condition two score beef cows made from 126c to 145c/kg. Good three and four score beef cows sold from 144c to 162c/kg. Bulls sold from 153c to 178c/kg. This week’s sale draw for August 1 is: 1. Alex Scott, 2. Landmark, 3. Rodwells, 4. Elders, 5. SEJ, 6. David Phelan.

Total yarding: 554. Steers: R.G. & H.F. Stephens, Welshpool, 1 x $950; C.M. & J.A. Kilgour, Wonthaggi, 8 x $890; D. Wrench, Outtrim, 1 x $810; S.D. & V.L. Suckling, Archies Creek, 6 x $780; J. & K. McAinch, Yanakie, 1 x $770; D.A. Jerram, Leongatha, 8 x $755. Heifers: A. Roberts, Leongatha, 8 x $635; T.J. & C.A. Hulls, Korumburra, 11 x $600; R.G. & H.F. Stephens, Welshpool, 2 x $585; J. & K. McAinch, Yanakie, 3 x $560; W. Ponton, Boolarra, 1 x $560; M. & S. Randall, Fish Creek, 4 x $535. Cows: D. Wrench, Outtrim, 1 x $940; M. & S. Randall, Fish Creek, 1 x $880; R.W. & L.M. Brooks, Korumburra South, 1 x $820; D. Wilkin, Turtons Creek, 1 x $770; G.I. & L. Webster, Tarwin, 1 x $490. Cows and calves: R.J. Harris, Korumburra South, 1 x $1250; M. & S. Randall, Fish Creek, 2 x $1080; R.W. & L.M. Brooks, Korumburra South, 10 x $940; Beverly Farms P/L, Poowong, 1 x $780; R.J. Scott, Kongwak, 1 x $780; G.I. & L. Webster, Tarwin, 1 x $480.

Wednesday, August 1

Keen buyers: a good selection of farmers were bidding on cattle on Thursday.

Starting young: Jud Goldsmith was enjoying his time at the Koonwarra Store Sale with his granddad Geoff Goldsmith.

BULLOCKS 12 W.J. & J. Leviston, Yinnar 15 E.L. & A.M. Deppeler, Yinnar 20 J. Maclachlan P/L, Sale 1 Gunyah Downs, Kardella South 9 N.G., D.A. & J.D. Buckland, Fish Creek 8 P. & K. Ryan, Allambee STEERS 1 A.R. & E.G. Trenery, Wonga Wonga 1 L.M. Peters, Mirboo North 4 J. & R. Youngman, Korumburra 2 W.J. & J. Leviston, Yinnar 1 J. & S. Hullick, Meeniyan 2 Gunyah Downs, Kardella South COWS 2 G.K. & E.F. Jeremiah, Wonthaggi 2 B. Winkler, Jumbunna 3 G.A. & K.L. Laing, Nyora 6 A.R. & E.G. Trenery, Wonga Wonga 5 N.R. & S.S. Constantine, Buffalo 3 N. Belcher, Woodside HEIFERS 3 J. & R. Youngman, Korumburra 1 L.M. Peters, Mirboo North 3 A.R. & E.G. Trenery, Wonga Wonga 2 D. & M. Jones, Mirboo North 1 B. & M. Hall, Budgeree 1 Agribiz Camerons, Cowes BULLS 1 D.L. McIndoe, Leongatha 1 H. Need, Toora 1 A. & T. Ireland, Glen Forbes 1 Gunyah Downs, Kardella South 1 S. & J. Schmidt, Wonga Wonga 1 S.N. & E.M. Dunlop, Meeniyan

572kg 604kg 623kg 550kg 592kg 570kg

211.2 210.6 210.6 206.6 205.6 204.6

$1208 $1273 $1313 $1136 $1217 $1166

350kg 320kg 313kg 510kg 515kg 537kg

239.2 $837 233.6 $747 230.0 $721 211.2 $1077 210.0 $1081 206.6 $1110

612kg 542kg 778kg 697kg 645kg 765kg

162.0 160.2 160.0 160.0 160.0 160.0

$992 $869 $1245 $1116 $1032 $1224

273kg 310kg 301kg 375kg 285kg 395kg

225.6 220.0 220.0 220.0 218.2 202.6

$616 $682 $663 $825 $621 $800

795kg 765kg 895kg 905kg 845kg 930kg

177.6 172.0 172.0 170.6 170.0 170.0

$1411 $1315 $1539 $1543 $1436 $1581

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Top potatoes start with Beaumonts By Sarah Vella ROY and Alison Beaumont, owners of Creamy Valley Produce in Meeniyan, are one of the few remaining seed potato growers in South Gippsland.

Roy grew their first potatoes in the late sixties and prior to that, he worked with the first seed potato grower in the area, Bill McGrath at Grassy Spur and on Ian Hamilton’s Spud Stud at Fish Creek. During this time, there were 10 seed growers in the area and now today just one grower is left. “I think there are many reasons seed growers have disappeared from South Gippsland including red tape, high risk of losing the crop and generational change,” Roy said. As a certified seed potato producer, the Beaumonts are governed by regulations that ensure quality and consistency. “The certified seed scheme started in 1950s because leaf roll virus was a big issue and each grower had to start with clean seed,” Roy said. “We operate under a five generation scheme for growing seed. “First, potato plantlets are cultivated, and then each plantlet is planted to produce mini tubers. “Potato seed growers purchase their mini tubers; we buy around 6000 per year.

“The mini tubers are planted and they produce the G1 (generation) potatoes. G1 is planted to produce G2 and so on until G4 is reached. “The G4 potatoes are planted and the produce is sold to growers as certified seed potatoes.” From July to September, potato growers have their quiet period. This is a chance to get maintenance done, clean up and get ready for the next season. Roy uses this time to meet with growers in South Australia and Queensland. By September, the ground has hopefully started to dry out and seed bed preparation begins. “We boom spray the pasture out with a herbicide and chip hoe the acid matt and turf really fine. It is very important with the newer mechanical harvesters that there are no big clods in the paddock,” Roy said. Once a deep, fine seed bed has been achieved, planting can begin. Seed potatoes used to be cut by hand into several pieces, to produce more than one plant from each potato. “We plant whole seed these days, as it prevents seed piece break down and helps to prevent disease and grows a stronger plant. Once the seed is planted, we inter-row scarify and then hill the rows,” Roy said. “When the potatoes are just under required size, we take the tops off the plants with a mulcher to stop growth and keep the potatoes at the required

size of 65mm. “The potatoes sit in the ground for around a month to allow the skins to mature.” Harvesting occurs from the end of February through to the end of April, and they harvest around 25 tonnes of potatoes per day. Most of the Beaumonts’ potatoes are grown in the Fish Creek and Buffalo area. The quality assurance requirement is a four year rotation. “In all of the years I have been growing potatoes, there have been only three times I have grown in a paddock that has had a crop of potatoes previously,” Roy said. “Potatoes are stored in the shed and we start grading around seven to 10 days after harvest. Twelve tonnes of seed are graded per day into 1.2 tonne bags and then are transported overnight to South Australia or Queensland to fresh market growers.” Creamy Valley Produce sends half of their potatoes to South Australia and the other half to Queensland. “An integral part of our business is our crew who are involved with ground preparation, harvest and grading the crop and Alison who does the bookwork and accounting,” Roy said. “Every potato grower knows he is only as good as the people he has around him.”

Spud master: Roy Beaumont of Creamy Valley Produce in Meeniyan is one of the few remaining seed potato growers in South Gippsland.

Field day draws interest Foreign ownership register applauded

MANAGING the seasonal production system and its risks for profit and fertility were the subjects of a field day run by Debenham Australia at Tinamba recently.

The field day went ahead one week after an earthquake hit, then floods went over the farm of the host Dr Jacob Malmo and sharefarmers on the property, Hans and Kerrie Van Wees. The Van Wees choose to have their calving season in August to match the grass curve. They dry the entire herd off for several weeks prior to this to enable themselves to have a good break. The day demonstrated the importance of how good economic returns can still be generated for a seasonal production system by the herd consuming good levels of pasture, controlling costs and having an excellent incalf rate. The cows produced 500kgs of milk solids per cow which is equivalent to their body weight, an excellent result. Hans Van Wees described how the impact of many of his management decisions rest on the timing and the attention to detail of each decision. The Tinamba farm is considered a lower risk enterprise than farms that are calving out of season, which are attempting to receive the higher autumn and winter incentive payments made by the milk companies. Whilst the average milk price was $5.14 per kg of milk solids, much lower than a domestic paid farm of $5.70kg, the operating surplus was excellent at $956 per cow or $3600 per hectare. Onfarm Consulting’s John Mulvany advised the audience that since the milk companies had increased the

Solid turnout: some 120 people attended the field day at Tinamba recently, organised by Debenham Australia.

Pasture watch: Stewart Spilsbury of Foo Technologies spoke about increasing milk solids by improving pasture utilisation. autumn and winter incentive payments in recent years, he was concerned the industry was losing focus on controlling costs to calve out of season to attain these higher milk payouts. Controlling costs was essential to maintain a viable export sector, he said. He said grass consumption on the Malmo/Van Wees farm was very good, at 12-14 tonnes per hectare with 80,000kg of milk solids produced per full time labour unit. An interesting talk for the day was by Stuart Spilsbury of Foo Technologies who weekly measures the physical parameters on the farm. This detailed monitoring assists Hans Van Wees to accurately manage pasture consumption. Andrew Debenham from Debenham Australia noted improvements to pasture quality through late spring would increase pasture consumption further and give real benefits to milk production and profits. Dr Jacob Malmo and Dr Gerry Davis gave an excellent and detailed presentation of the synchronisation and other aspects of their fertility program. This has resulted in the farm having one of the best reproductive performances in the region. Dr Kathryn Davis of Dairy Australia outlined how successful Dairy Australia’s facial eczema program was in the 2011-12 season. “Dairy Australia has given a similar commitment to resourcing levels for the 2012-13 season which is very pleasing,” Mr Debenham said. “The skill set and attention to detail in the management by Hans van Wees, with emphasis on cost control, fertility, grass management and cow performance is the linchpin that has driven the results achieved on this farm.” For further information on the field day contact Andrew Debenham on 5662 5317.

MCMILLAN MP Russell Broadbent has welcomed the announcement of a working group to consult on the development of a national register of foreign ownership of agricultural land. He received overwhelming concern expressed by constituents in a recent electorate survey. McMillan constituents, along with many Australians, have very clearly identified foreign ownership of agricultural land a substantial issue of national sovereignty, Mr Broadbent said. He believed a national foreign ownership register for agricultural land would provide the community with a more comprehensive picture of the specific size and locations of foreign agricultural landholdings over and above what is currently available. Views on the establishment of a register, could include: • what ownership interests should be captured under a register; • how the register would interact with existing state and territory land title registers, including the Foreign Ownership of Land Register in Queensland; • ways to monitor and enforce compliance; and

• how information would be reported on and disclosed. “A register would clearly improve transparency of foreign ownership in agriculture and would enhance existing data collections in this sector,” Mr Broadbent said. “While foreign investment in the agricultural sector brings significant benefits to Australia and opportunities for Australian farmers, closer scrutiny is to be welcomed.” Currently the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences contribute to surveys and reports regarding foreign investment in agriculture. Factors to be considered when assessing foreign investment applications in the sector would also be examined. While there has been minimal change in foreign ownership levels of agricultural land in Australia since 1984, an ABARES report highlights the need for better data sources to provide a more comprehensive picture of how the landscape of foreign investment in agriculture may be evolving. VFF president Peter Tuohey said a register of agriculture land was long overdue and had been a

high policy priority for the VFF. “The VFF is encouraged with today’s announcement and it’s a positive first step in the development of a foreign ownership register,” he said. “The VFF has been a strong critic of the lack of information on foreign ownership of agriculture assets. A register is a step in the right direction. “A register is not about reducing foreign investment, it’s about gauging the level of investment in real time. “The VFF will take a strong interest in this working group and provide information and comment to support the establishment of the register for both agricultural land and water assets.” The VFF’s annual conference supported the development of a register and also a reduction in the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) threshold for analysis of foreign investment applications.

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public notices

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public notices

BUFFALO COMMUNITY HALL INC. Notice is given of a

PUBLIC MEETING To be held at the Buffalo Community Hall, Hall Road, Buffalo on Monday, August 20, 2012 commencing at 7.30pm The purpose of the meeting is to nominate no less than three (3) and no more than nine (9) persons as the Committee of Management for the Buffalo Community Hall for a term of three years. The current committee term has expired. All positions will be declared open and nominations will be accepted prior to or on the night. Further information, nomination forms and nominee declaration forms may be obtained by contacting your local Department of Sustainability and Environment office or at the meeting. For further enquiries please contact the Secretary Bob Constantine on 5663 6339. YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU! VOLUNTEER

FORM B SOUTH GIPPSLAND SHIRE COUNCIL NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION FOR A PLANNING PERMIT An Application for Planning Permit has been made which may affect you The land affected by the application is located at 8220 South Gippsland Highway, Korumburra VIC 3950 being L1 TP427130T Parish of Korumburra Township, L1 TP334584T Parish of Korumburra Township, L1 TP619123V Parish of Korumburra Township, L7 LP116539 Parish of Korumburra Township, L8 LP116539 Parish of Korumburra Township, L24 LP116539 Parish of Korumburra. The application is for a permit to: Boundary Realignment of 6 lots. The applicant for the permit is: McLaw No. 10 P/L. The application number is: 2012/66. You may look at the application and any documents that support the application at the office of the Responsible Authority. This can be done during office hours (8.30am to 5pm) and is free of charge. The Responsible Authority is: South Gippsland Shire Council Private Bag 4 9 Smith Street, Leongatha 3953 Any person who may be affected by the granting of the permit may object or make other submissions to the Responsible Authority. An objection must be sent to the Responsible Authority in writing, include the reasons for the objection and state how the objector would be affected. If you object, the Responsible Authority will tell you its decision. The Responsible Authority will not decide on this application until 14 days after the date of this Notice. Dated: 31/7/12. * Please be aware that copies of submissions received by Council may be made available for inspection to any person for the purpose of consideration as part of the planning process.

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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

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


at Mirboo North Golf Club Apply in writing to: Secretary, Mirboo North Golf Club PO Box 116 Mirboo North Vic. 3871


PERMANENT CASUAL (Minimum 25 hours pw) Experience in paint industry preferred but not essential. Applications to: The Manager, Paint Place 52 Bair Street, Leongatha Phone 5662 2941

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Wanted for 13 year old boy, one to two nights per week

Tuesday, August 14 6pm - 10.15pm Bookings essential Phone Bob 0417 524 005 Approved MSV course Australian Boating College. Provider No. 3399

LEONGATHA AREA Phone 0439 361 718

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CALLING ALL GIPPSLANDERS GCLP Informaon Sessions Time: 6pm-7pm Thursday 9th August – Bairnsdale East Gippsland Shire Council Chamber 273 Main Street, Bairnsdale

Monday 13th August - Traralgon Traralgon Neighbourhood Learning Centre 11 – 13 Breed Street, Traralgon

Thursday 16th August – Wonthaggi

“It’s a surreal, intense and eye-opening experience like nothing I have been part of.” “I am a proud GCLP graduate and I have taken the skills and passion for Gippsland, fostered in my GCLP year and used them to develop and grow the community organisaons I am involved in.” Applicaons available at all informaon sessions or contact the C4G office on 5623 3219 or email Contact the C4G office to reserve your seat Applicaons close Friday 21 September, 2012

Centennial Centre 1 Bent Street, Wonthaggi

Friday 31st August – Warragul Baw Baw Shire Council Council Chamber Civic Place, Warragul

GCLP is a Program of the Commiee for Gippsland

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situations vacant Kindergarten Teacher

Our Early Learning Centre, is looking for a person with a Bachelor of Early Childhood QualiďŹ cation or equivalent. We require a dynamic and creative team orientated person to deliver a high quality 4 Year Old Kindergarten program. Co-operation, openmindedness and initiative is required. ESSENTIAL â&#x20AC;˘ Flexibility when working in a team â&#x20AC;˘ Current Working with Children Check â&#x20AC;˘ First Aid qualiďŹ cations â&#x20AC;˘ Experience to work with children aged 3-5 years â&#x20AC;˘ Understanding and knowledge to implement the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework Please call Carly on 03 5662 5533 for any further queries. Email Applications: Attention Carly

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Concrete Pump Operator and Hose Man

Flexibility of hours and weekend work is a requirement.

Leongatha Prestige Concrete Pumping is based in Leongatha, and has been operating for over 8 years. Currently we operate 2 large concrete boom pumps and our main focus is to provide great customer service to all construction companies. We are seeking a Concrete Boom Pump Operator/ Hose man to operate one of our boom pumps on a full time bases. Employment will generally be 5 days per week with the occasional Saturday morning and rates will be depending on qualiďŹ cations. We believe that employing people with the right attitude is paramount. We are looking for someone with good work ethic, reliability, self motivation and be able to work un-supervised, with some machinery or concrete experience preferred. It would be an advantage if you held the following: â&#x20AC;˘ A current Heavy Rigid truck licence. â&#x20AC;˘ A current Construction Industry Induction card. Please email resumĂŠ to: or send to: Leongatha Prestige Concrete Pumping PO Box 91 LEONGATHA, VIC, 3953

Applications close 10 August 2012

Community Waterways Officer Full Time - 12 month position Traralgon or Leongatha

West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority seeks to employ a Community Waterways Officer to join our team. In this role you will be responsible for the effective operation of the WGCMAs community monitoring programs (Waterwatch and EstuaryWatch) and managing specific projects for the water program. This position will also be responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships between the community and catchment managers, building capacity within schools to deliver water education, and deliver a targeted communications program to raise awareness of local waterway issues and projects. The remuneration range is $59,375 - $75,805 which includes 9% superannuation. A copy of the Position Description can be obtained via our website or by emailing with the job title in the emailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subject line. Applicants should address the Key Selection Criteria, demonstrating their ability to undertake the role. For further information about the role please contact Michelle Dickson, Water Team Leader on 0408 378 099 or via email Applications addressing the Key Selection Criteria should be marked â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Application: Community Waterways Officerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sent c/o Recruitment Coordinator and must be received by 4:00pm on Friday 3rd August 2012. Martin Fuller Chief Executive Officer ZO220951

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The Director of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Sale is seeking to appoint a full-time Administrative OfďŹ cer for an immediate start. Information, application procedure and position description can be downloaded from Enquiries may be directed to Teresa Brady on 5622 6627 Applications close 7 August 2012

Permanent Part-Time ADMINISTRATION / CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSISTANT Looking for variety in your work? We are looking for a well presented, organised person to ďŹ ll a part time position helping out in both our admin and parts department. Duties include reception, customer service and sales using computer based accountancy, parts and inventory software. Bookkeeping background essential. Must be willing to work a ďŹ&#x201A;exible roster including weekends, a minimum of 3 days a week. During staff holidays this will increase to 5 days per week. Please apply by email to:

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 at:

2 The Esplanade, Inverloch - Phone 5674 1502

JLM Kindergarten, Corinella Kindergarten Teacher 3yr old program 5.75 hours per week

36 McCartin Street, Leongatha

An application form and the Position Description can be found on our website: For further information contact Rebecca Ford Ph: 5662 5150 Applications addressing the key selection criteria close 5pm 10th August 2012, and are to be addressed to: Pam Porter HR Co-ordinator 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.

DAIRY FARM POSITION FULL TIME WORK House provided rent free (singles only) Duties will include: Milking, Fencing, Stock Management, Calf Rearing & General Dairy Farm Maintenance Farm is located 10 mins from Mirboo North Phone 0428 685 051 or 0438 685 251 for more information

B-DOUBLE LOCAL / INTERSTATE DRIVER required Must have at least 6 yrs experience. References essential. VicRoads Licence printout required Phone for appointment between 9-4 Mon-Fri Ross or Simon on 0400 515 930 Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Haulage Korumburra

work wanted

Relief / Full Time MILKER / DAIRY MANAGER available PHONE 0417 321 760

Invites applications from suitably qualiďŹ ed persons for the position of

RECEPTIONIST / ADMINISTRATION 3 - 4 days per week Immediate start Experience with MYOB Premier preferred Duties include: Reception General ofďŹ ce duties Booking advertisements Enquiries can be directed to the manager Tony Giles on 0407 528 192 Please email your application by 12 noon Monday, August 6 to: All enquiries and applications are strictly conďŹ dential.

Foster & District Community House & Learning Centres Inc. Our ofďŹ ce requires the right person to ďŹ ll a varied role with our progressive rural accounting practice. The practice has 4 partners and is consistently growing the existing client base and requires a dedicated Practice Manager to assist the partners with the ongoing development of the practice. Working closely with the partners will be your main area of responsibility as will be the administration and infrastructure of the ďŹ rm. SpeciďŹ c duties will include the implementation of processes and procedures, management reporting, and overseeing the accounts and debtors of the practice. As manager of the administration team, you will ensure the general smooth running of the ďŹ rm. You will also be responsible for some of the stafďŹ ng management. Ideally you have worked in an accounting ďŹ rm and have a solid understanding of the workings of a partnership model in a practice accounts and debtors environment. You need to be a good manager with a hands-on approach and the ability to establish effective working relationships with your colleagues. Knowledge and experience of some practice management software will be an advantage but not essential. Salary will be negotiable relevant to the experience of the applicant. Discreet application and enquiry can be made via email to or Attention Tim 1st Floor, 16 McCartin Street Leongatha Vic 3953 Applications close August 10th 2012

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Fixed Term Part-Time Contract 24 hours per week Monday - Thursday The FDCHLC is seeking a replacement OfďŹ ce Manager while the current incumbent is on long service leave. The position will be for the period August 27th 2012 to April 17th 2013. An overarching aspect of the OfďŹ ce Manager role is to implement policies and strategies as directed by the Committee of Management. One key aspect of this is to ensure the provision of high quality social, educational and recreational programs. The OfďŹ ce Manager is expected to efďŹ ciently manage the day to day administrative and operational activities of the FDCHLC Inc. In addition the OfďŹ ce Manager will liaise with staff, funding agencies and with government and non-government organisations in order to ensure that all funding options are explored and that planning and reporting requirements are met. Position description and selection criteria can be downloaded from South Gippsland Community Houses website at or FDCHLC (03) 5682 1101. All inquiries regarding the position to: Jeff Montague, President (COM) Ph: (03) 5681 6311 Email: OR Terri Potter, OfďŹ ce Manager Ph: (03) 5682 1101 Email: Applications close 3 pm, Tuesday 7th August 2012.

FULLY Qualified Painter. No job too small. Good rates. Call Drew on 56624238 or 0418-517443.

Classified advertising closes 12 noon Mondays

for rent FOR RENT MARDAN NEW 4 BEDROOM HOUSE On 7 acres - $375pw Or house only - $350pw Reverse cycle air con Conditions apply Phone 0428 264 231

PROFESSIONAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LEONGATHA 2 Bdrm unit $245 pw Available now 3 Bdrm house $250 pw w/o lawn mowing Available now MEENIYAN 3 Bdrm house $230 pw Available now 3 Bdrm house $250 pw Available now

Prom Country PHONE: Janine - 5662 3100

FURNISHED consulting room. Day or casual rate, suit health professional. Leongatha or Wonthaggi. Phone Debbie 5662-4800.

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for sale VICTORIAN EEL LICENCE GIPPSLAND WATERS FOR SALE $130,000 Reduced to $75,000 or lease $150 pw PHONE 0417 715 275



167 Graham Street Wonthaggi

5672 3127

for sale


HAY CLEARANCE 1,000 small square bales, shedded, ex quality, suitable for horses. Must go $7 each. Can deliver 50 or more, conditions apply. Mardan 5664-1320, 0428999691. HAY & SILAGE Phone 5182-5947, 0427-825947. HAY 5x4 rolls, various quality, from $22 plus delivery. Ph: 0428-177433. KITCHEN APPLIANCES Fridge, freezer, stove with rangehood, dishwasher. 0428-598262. KITCHEN CUPBOARDS, full set and stove with rangehood, fridge, freezer, dishwasher. Will separate. 0428-598262. MAZDA poptop camper van, fully fitted. 3-way fridge, gas stove, storage cupboards etc, rear bed, 2 extra annexes, twin batteries. Reg. April 2013, r/w. Ready to travel. Ph: 5668-4230, 0447-684230. OATEN HAY 8x4x3, 2010 season, weather damaged, $70. First cut lucerne, small squares, no weather damage. Delivery available. 0427-963540. OLD PORT POULTRY FARM delivering 20-weekold laying hens to your area, Saturday August 4, $18 each. Ph: BH 0438832535, AH 5183-2515. RABBITS 10 weeks old, variety of colours, $20 each. 5674-2531. SCOOTER Electric Victory 2000, four wheel, in good condition, $1,000. Contact Estate Solicitor on 56622275.

L.A.D. 20KG (Lazy Aussie Dog) Balanced nutrition for |the less active dog $19 per bag

SUPERCOTE Dog Food Dry Varieties $45 per bag Valid for 2 weeks ANTIQUE WARDROBES One cedar, one with inlay. 0428-598262. ANTIQUE reproduction wash stand with jug and bowl. 0428-598262. APPLE, pear and plum trees, bare-rooted. Large range, heritage varieties, Strzelecki Heritage Apples, 1699 Warragul Road, Strzelecki. Ph: 5659-5242. Open Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5, July and August. BLUE TONGUE lizard $35. Glass tank 43x69x34cm, some accessories, $40. 5662-4998. BOOKCASES solid pine, various sizes from 4x3ft to 7x4ft, sturdy, ex cond. from $40 to $120. Ph: 5683-2246 or 0468-530302. CARAVAN Traveller, 19ft dual axle, 2003 model, new awning, $27,500. Ph: 0418330676, a/h 5662-3073. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175. FRIDGE 522 litre Fisher & Paykel upside down fridge/ freezer, 2 y.o., suit new buyer. New $1,600, sell $800. Ph: 5662-3324.

SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662. STANDING SHEDS for removal, 17 x 9m, 6 x 6m, 8 x 10m. Ph: 0408-591854. TABLE and extension, oval double pedestal, 8 balloon back chairs, ex cond. $1,995. 5662-3120. TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 56812261. TREADMILL Stream electric. 598262.

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WESTINGHOUSE 210 lt, 2 door fridge/freezer. Auto defrost, ex. working order, $100. 5662-3013.

used vehicles HOLDEN VY sedan, 2002, SRG533, 167,000km. Imac. condition, mechanically perfect. Reluctant sale $8,000 neg. 0427-744473

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



HAY & SILAGE Phone 5182-5947, 0427-825947.

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


Phone JOHN GOULD 5664 0012

found FOUND female tabby cat, Hughes Street, Leongatha. Ph: 5664-1311.

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Wed August 15th 2012 Starting with a meal @ 6pm Meeting to start @ 7.30pm For catering & correspondence please contact: President Wayne Roberts 0409 681 554 or Secretary Wal Worsfold 0427 602 301

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GARAGE Jenny Milkins SALE All areas - 5672 3123

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message of hope GROW in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. 2 Peter 3:18.

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

PAM HERRALD 5662 2553 0438 097 181

bereavement thanks INDIAN - Roger. Evelyn, Chris, Fiona and families would like to thank family and friends for all the caring thoughts and support of food, flowers, phone calls and cards during this very sad time for us. Thank you Paul and Margaret Beck and staff, and Red Cross ladies.


in memoriam SMITH - Aileen Fay. Not a day goes by in the last nine years that we don’t think of you and miss you so much. Always in our thoughts and hearts. Love Coog, Gary, Leanne, Janny, Greg, and families. STUBBS - Trevor Grant. 31st July 2003 - 2012 Nine years today. Another year gone. Seems like yesterday. Somewhere over the rainbow we will be together again. Love always Jen.

deaths GORDON - William Joseph (BILL). Happy memories of Bill, loved and respected friend of Zel Fawcett. A life well lived. R.I.P. HOLT - Gwen. Leongatha Red Cross is saddened by the passing of our valued member Gwen Holt. Condolences are extended to her family.



BULLS FOR HIRE OR SALE Friesian, Jersey, Angus, Hereford and Limo All tested Phone 0447 331 762

wanted DUST IT AWAY CLEANING SERVICE Family business DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL CLEANING Pensioner rates COVERING SOUTH GIPPSLAND AREA Phone 0400 614 056 or 0409 547 461

wanted to buy OLD MOTORBIKES road, trail, motocross, farm, scooters, 4WDs, minis, wrecks or just parts. Cash paid. 5664-8344. OLD FARM four wheelers, ag bikes, machinery, to do up. Call and let me know what you have. Will pay cash. Phone Matt 0401194601.

thanks BIG THANK YOU To Nancy from Foster Medical Centre, John Armstrong and Shire staff for their help and assistance following my car accident. I am recovering from the after effects of my collision with a wombat. Cr Jeanette Harding

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

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Local law passes YOU don’t need to worry about Bass Coast Shire council’s local law unless you’ve done something wrong.

That’s the message from Cr John Duscher. He was speaking at last Wednesday’s council meeting following a review of the law. “Some people thought this was an imposition on their rights and freedoms. To me, the whole process was about j clarifying what a local law means. We are not trying to dicb tate how people live. “Fifty clauses have been deleted, making it easier to understand.” The clauses were removed because they replicated state or federal laws. He described as “quite remarkable” the fact that 30 submissions were lodged with the review. Cr Gareth Barlow commented, “I wish we had that more often – submissions inform council’s discussion.” Cr Jane Daly said, “We’ve listened to everyone and I congratulate all who worked on it.” Shire director of community and economic development Steve Piasente said later overall the law hasn’t changed very much, although permits may now be needed for some activities.

Rec reserve visions sought THE Leongatha Agricultural and Recreation Reserve Committee of Management has recently secured a Community Grant from South Gippsland Shire to complete a major recreation planning project for the important recreation precinct in Leongatha.

The master plan will review the existing facilities and consider the future opportunities for infrastructure development at the reserve over the next 5-10 years. The master plan will also look at ways to increase participation in the sports played at the reserve and how the facilities might be used for new activities or events to ensure that the facilities are well utilised throughout the year. The plan will also consider future planning of the reserve and what new facilities may be required. Extensive consultation will take place with individual community and sporting groups over the coming months. Broad community input will also be essential to help develop the master plan and the community will get the chance to provide comment on a first draft plan very soon. The committee of management has engaged an experienced recreation consultant, Michelle Harris from Hands On Community Solutions to complete the project. She can be reached at any stage on 0458 145 596 or email Community members are invited to contact Michelle directly if you have any ideas that you would like to discuss about the project. Opportunities to develop a master plan for recreation facilities do not occur often. Everyone is encouraged to be involved and help shape b the future of sport and recreation in Leongatha. As the project progresses, there will be information updates to the broader community. If you would like to find out more about this project, you can also contact Frank Dekker from the committee of management on 5668 5285.

Rail trail to stretch A GROUP has been formed to extend the Great Southern Rail Trail from Foster to Yarram. The group comprises representatives from The Department of Sustainability and the Environment, South Gippsland Shire Council and the Great Southern Rail Trail committee of management. The initial meeting of this group will take place today. “It will be a kick off meeting, to establish who will be responsible for what,” John McKay, secretary of the rail trail committee of management, said. The first stage of the extension will cover the distance from Charity Lane, Foster to the edge of the Toora Station grounds at Toora. “We are hoping that a contractor will be let by mid September for this section and that work will start around November, depending on the weather,” Mr McKay said. “Hopefully the work will continue on throughout summer. There are several bridges

in this section, including over both the Bennison Creek and the Franklin River, which are the two difficult ones. “The bridges are the technical part and there you are guided by law. We also have to consider what they look like and how to protect the steel.” “The first bridge, about 500 metres from Charity Lane, is reasonable for access, whereas the others may be more difficult.” Already, tenders have been let to Beveridge Williams for survey work on the bridge areas and to Site-Geotech to carry out soil investigation on the bridge areas. “Both of these are to ensure that the contractors tendering for the bridges will be able to do so with proper information,” Mr McKay said. Tenders have also been advertised for clearing the trail and providing and laying gravel. “Anecdotally, the work which will be carried out by Site-Geotech should not be misinterpreted as coal seam gas work,” Mr McKay said.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - PAGE 53

Sounds of Africa THE Watoto Children’s Choir is bringing their Beautiful Africa concert to Leongatha, at 7pm on Thursday, August 2 at Memorial Hall. The choir, made up of orphaned children from Uganda in Africa, has 21 members ranging in age from seven to 13. The concert is a free event which is suitable for all ages. It will be just over one hour long, followed by some interaction with the choir members. There will also be the opportunity for donations and to purchase merchandise and organise sponsorship. Watoto, which means ‘the children’ in Swahili, is an organisation founded in 1994 to address the Ugandan orphan crisis. They have three villages set up in Uganda, caring for and educating

around 2500 children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, war or poverty. The Watoto choir performed in Leongatha around three years ago, helped in their journey by Dr Lesley Chisholm. “I attended a conference where we were challenged to go back to our home communities and raise enough money to build a house in one of the Watoto villages,” Dr Chisholm said. “The community of Leongatha came together and raised $21,000. “I encouraged the choir to come to the area, as a way to thank the community for their fund raising efforts and so that the community could see the children they were helping.” The last concert had over 600 people in attendance and was well received. With its genuine appeal, accompanied by music and dance, an energetic fusion of contemporary gospel

and traditional African rhythm, the choir captures hearts wherever they go. The choir will also spend some time at the South Coast Christian College for some interaction with the students and a barbecue. The school has been generous in their sponsorship of Watoto in the past and will also provide billeting for the children in the choir. St Peters Anglican Church, which has provided on-going sponsorship to Watoto, will also be providing rooms for members of the choir. “The concert gives people the opportunity to help those who need it most and to see the outcome of their generosity,” Dr Chisholm said. “The concert was such a popular event last time they visited, so I would recommend people arrive a little early to ensure seating.”

Colourful music: the Watoto Children’s Choir will be in Leongatha on August 2 to bring Memorial Hall down with fun music, colourful costumes and dancing.

Stage fans: taking part in the dress rehearsal for St Laurence O’Toole Primary School’s mid-year concert yesterday (Monday) in Leongatha, were back, from left: Mitchell Bentvelzen, Elii Clark, Michaeleah Stephens, Hannah Charlton, Natalie Coombes, Riley Levey and Caleb Wearne. Sitting, from left: Olivia Winchcombe, Izak Kennedy, Marie Chandrasegaran and Chloe Adkins. The concert Holka Polka is an innovative take on favourite fairy tales, featuring Pinocchio, the Cinderella and the Good Witch Brenda to name a few. The concert will be held at the school on August 2, at 6.45pm. Entry by donation.

Fairy tale spirit: from left, Izak Kennedy, Mitchell Bentvelzen, Olivia Winchcombe, Marie Chandrasegaran and Riley Levey rehearse their parts in St Laurence O’Toole Primary School’s mid-year concert, to be held at the school on August 2.

Trees beautify track SUNDAY, July 29 was National Tree Day and a group of volunteers planted trees, shrubs and grasses along the Tarwin Lower/Venus Bay walking track. Around 1400 native plants were planted on the day by over 25 volunteers from Friends of the Venus Bay Peninsula, the Tarwin Lower-Venus Bay Association, as well as people from outside these groups. Col Suggett, president of the Tarwin Lower-Venus Bay Association, said the day was a success. “We planted all of the plants that we had put aside for the day, which included trees, groundcovers and grasses,” Mr Suggett said.

“We will have another planting in spring, to plant the remaining 800 trees we put aside for this project. “We were fortunate with the weather and were able to close off the car-park at Tarwin Lower to run the project from there. “The ground was very wet and muddy, which wasn’t ideal for some of the plants that we planted but we are hoping they will establish.” The day, made possible thanks to a South Gippsland Shire Council community grant, was organised by Mr Suggett and Mae Adams from the Friends of the Venus Bay Peninsula group. “While it was the Tarwin Lower-Venus Bay Association that received the funding, the Friends of the Venus Bay Peninsula provided enormous support for the project,” Mr Suggett said. “Scott Cameron and crew from Clean Cut Tree Services came to join us, free of charge, which was really good of them. We were really happy with that and thank them for their efforts. “The shire also did some of the preparation work on the track including spraying for weeds before we went out to plant, which was really great.” The project will receive ongoing management from both of the groups involved and will be enhanced by further planting days in the spring.

New trees: planting co-ordinator, Mae Adams (left) and volunteers plant native trees, shrubs and grasses along the walking track between Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay on Sunday, as part of National Tree Day activities.

Swimming club welcomes new members AS the Leongatha Swimming Club cranks up to full training, the club is holding a registration and information afternoon for new members. This will be at SG Splash this Friday, August 3 from 4.15pm-5.15pm. Anyone interested in improving their swimming up to a competitive level is welcome to come and have a try. Bring your bathers for a free in-pool coach assessment. For further information check out the club’s website or call the head coach Matt Pickersgill on 0412 673 190.

Raising funds: Acaisha Battersby was at the front of Leongatha’s IGA supermarket on Saturday morning, buying a sausage to support the Beau Vernon Appeal. She is pictured with Leongatha CFA volunteers Scott Hillis, Sandra Morton-Pederson and Tianah Ciccia.

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Wonthaggi wins at table tennis Single winner: Zach Anstey came out on top of Division 6 at the Junior Table Tennis Championships.

Family club: The Adkins brothers, Mick, Andrew “Roo” and Damien “Spud”, cheer on Meeniyan-Dumbalk United as they take on Yarram at home on Saturday. For the full game report see page 60. • Leongatha cycling

Racers face winter weather

SATURDAY racing was once again from Tarwin Lower and conditions were cold, windy and showery. The senior race is Tarwin Lower out to the hill top above Walkerville and return. With the miserable winter conditions there was only a small starting field with a trio of scratch riders giving a six minute start to four riders and a further 10 minutes out to a lone limit rider. The scratch riders worked well on the outward journey averaging over 40 kph to close the gaps. However, the four rider bunch of Steve Wilson, Liam McCall, Neil White and Tom Debenham were also travelling well picking up the limit rider at the turn. With Tom Debenham

driving the bunch on the return run the scratch bunch would be in trouble, especially as they lost one member on the climb leaving just Peter Hollins and Clem Fries to chase. At the finish there was still a handy gap to the leading bunch as they settled in for a sprint. David Bennett surprised all by nearly grabbing the win and just failing by centimetres to Tom Debenham. Steve Wilson grabbed 4th ahead of Neil and Liam. In the sprint for fastest time Clem Fries was successful with a time of 61.01minute. The junior race was also out and back and over 12km. Austin Timmens was on scratch with Hamish Bissett on one minute and

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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Matt Winchester on three minute. By the turn it was Matt still in front with Hamish closing in quickly and Austin getting closer also. By the time they rounded the corner for the last dash to the line it was Hamish with a clear break and the win. Next home was Austin just ahead of Matt and also claiming fastest time in 20.5 minutes. Next weekend the masters have State titles at Lang Lang and the club riders will have criterium racing at Bena.

Korumburra volleyball Round 2 results A Grade: Pirates d Giants (3-0) 25-18, 25-8, 25-15; Golliwogs d Champions (2-1) 25-15, 25-18,

Top pair: Brittney Taylor and Dean Snelling won the Under 15 mixed doubles title at the Junior Table Tennis Championships. 23-25; Bugs d Warriors (3-0) 25-10, 25-22, 25-16. B Grade: Panthers d HELP (2-1) 25-23, 21-25, 18-11; Shark Bait d M.G. Holy Cows (2-1) 20-25, 25-11, 25-14, 24-16; Why d Chargers (2-1) 25-18, 14-25, 25-20, 4-3.

Ladders A Grade: 1. Bugs, 2. Golliwogs, 3. Pirates, 4. Warriors, 5. Champions, 6. Giants. B Grade: 1. Panthers, 2. Chargers, 3. HELP, 4. Why, 5. Shark Bait, 6. M.G. Holy Cows.

DEA Snelling and DEAN Britn Britney Taylor kept up their t winning record to again take out the Under 15 Mixed Doubles ChampionDou ship at the Croydon Junior Table Tennis Juni Championships reCha cently. Brittney then went on to be runner-up in the Under 18 Junior Girls Singles final at the Hamilton Junior Championships last week, a mammoth effort against top players from around Victoria. Another Wonthaggi player who did well was sixteen year old Zach Anstey who has only been competing in Junior Championship events this year. Zach has been winning against juniors who have followed these events around the state for years and he is showing enormous talent and passion for the game. He won the Division 6 final at Croydon against a tough field and won the same event previously in Melbourne. Locally the B Grade Final has been won by Bullants (Tristan Thomas, Jaxon Wade) in a thriller. They played Slashers (Micah Condron, Euan Connors) and the decider was definitely the doubles which was won convincingly by Tristan and Jaxon. Euan gave Jaxon a fright at one stage in their singles match but Jaxon

got over the line when he settled down. All of these young players have improved tremendously over the season and junior coach Bruce Harmer is always delighted to see a big improvement in style and confidence when the finals are reached. The semi final was played on the same night with Destroyers (Jack Connors and Jesse Condron) going down to Slashers 3-2. Jesse was a last minute replacement for an absent player which meant that Jesse was up against big brother Micah and Jack was up against his younger brother Euan. B Grade teams for the spring season should be finalised soon and intending new junior players are asked to be at the Wonthaggi Table Tennis Centre between 6 and 7pm on Thursdays or they will miss out. Justin Licis won the Singles Championship at the A Grade Tournament played at the table tennis centre last week. He defeated Michael Ede in the semi final and Bruce Harmer in the final in six games. Justin also won the Singles Handicap final against Tricia Denier 31-27. The Jumbo Ball Handicap was won by Brittney Taylor, defeating Dean Snelling in the final 3127.

Leongatha junior basketball teams U16 Girls Coach Kara Schelling: Bernadette Fitzgerald, Emily Adams, Jamie Tuckett, Alexia Van Delft, Abbey Ennoss, Maya Corbett. Coach Cassie: Ella McRae, Brooke Materia, Brianna Weaver, Zoe Michael, Chelsie Geary, Jayne Dowthwaite. Coach Mel Cannata: Ebony Cannata, Chelsea Tuckett, Zoe Turner, Charli Fixter, Taylar Brown, Ashleigh McDonald. Coach Barry Standfield: Cobie Standfield, Emily Cashin, Chelsea Markley, Georgia Challis, Ashleigh Challis. Coach Tracy Ronalds: Cassidy Ronalds, Shae Kyle, Kyla Green, Ella Harris, Rebecca Dowthwaite, Lauren Adams. Coach: Kelly Geary, Keely Price, Brit Price, Caysie Clark, Holly McEachern, Nikki Stockdale. Coach Sue Mills: Katherine Fitzgerald, Breanna Skinner, Shalene Richardson, Nykarla Mills, Brittani Hayward, Grace Davidson. U14 Boys Coach Michael Westaway - Green: Trent Westaway, Ben Perry, Josh Boler, Nick Battersby, Hamish Fisher, Dylan Clark. Coach Bec Thomas Black: Lachlan Thomas, Jack Stockdale, Sam Hanrahan, Zac Van Delft, James Rowley, Ben Chisholm, Caleb Webb.

Coach Terry Ginnane - Red: Damon Ginnane, Nathan Trotto, Zayn Clark, Sam McGannon, Jack Ballagh, Josh Hayward, Zayden Kemp. Coach Rick Coleman - Silver: Riley Coleman, Caleb Nichol, Vinnie Monaghan, Harrison Cumming, Hayden Funnell, Jed Pearce. Coach Ann Olden Maroon: Cam Olden, Clay Alexander, Thomas Martin, Rhys Gray, Jonah Ball, Ben Kewming, Joel Norton. Coach Jason Kennedy - Royal Blue: Kyle Kennedy, Hamish Bissett, Mason McGannon, Jye Gourlay, George Batten, Nathan Rowley, Michael McKinnon. U17 Boys Silver: Jake Loughridge, Mark Yanz, Oliver Maclean, Jack Ginnane, Julian Patterson, Lachlan Moore. Green: Fraser Kelly, Harrison McGannon, Tom Francis, Jack Hemming, Mitchell Green, Kyle Materia. Maroon: Mitchell Dennison, Dean Thorson, Brock Thomson, Louis Riseley, Joel Webb, Tim Sauvarin. Royal Blue: Josh McGannon, Nick Argento, Daniel Betts, Matthew Minogue, Ethan Stephenson, Brayden Smith. Black: Gareth Park, Sam Forrester, Lucas Anderson, Anthony Argento, Troy Sinclair, Jackson Smith. Coach Rachel - Red: Adam Turner, Riley Smith,

Luke Ollington, Ethan Park, Alex Chadwick, Nick Johnstone, Kyle Cooper. U12 Boys Coach Colleen Herbert - Black: Alfred Herbert, Jack Hume, Jay Lindsay, Eldon Westaway, Darcy Hume, Josh Wright, Noah Clark. Coach Nick Summers Green: Jacob Lamers, Ethan Lavis, Flynn Materia, Rhys Lindsay, Toby McLean, Jasper Dennison. Coach Melinda Cannatta - Silver: Jordan Brown, Ethan Lamers, Lucas Cannatta, Kyle Brown, Sam Bainbridge, Reegan Kemp, Kyle Skinner. Coach Rick Coleman Red: Sean Coleman, Rory Hanks, Charles Russell, Riley Drysdale, Ned Hanily, Adrian Ballagh. Coach Al Fixter - Royal Blue: Oscar Harry, Haidyn Kewming, Tyler Bentick, Ryan Hayward, James Ryan, Noah Fixter. Coach Mark Boler Maroon: Tim Boler, Connor Krohn, Ryan Giliam, Jayden Battersby, Jay Wilson, Blaine Cox. U10 Boys Coach Colleen Herbert - Black: Jacob Wrigley, Sullivan Herbert, Harrisen Herbert, Hudson Martin, Kaelin Littlejohn, Levi Hickey. Coach Tim McGrath Green: Haidyn Kewming, Mitchell McGrath, Dylan Hanily, Matthew Portelli, Patrick Johnston, Andrew VanHammond.

Coach Melissa Hume - Maroon: Darcy Hume, Rhys Weaver, Cambell Riseley, Taite Cumming, William Hannon, Luca Bobe. Coach Jodie Jans - Royal Blue: Ethan Lamers, Kaleb Jans, Joseph Chandrasegaran, Matthew Fowkes, Luke Marshman. Coach Gary Roughead - Silver: Adam Roughead, Noah Fixter, Corban Davis, Robbie Reardon, Mitchell McGannon, Ned Hanily. Coach Bub Clark Red: Kyle Brown, Noah Clark, Alexander Battersby, Ben Hanrahan, Thomas Hanily, Jesse Burns. U10 Girls Coach Darryl Lyons Black: Ella Lyons, Gemma Drysdale, Milla Fixter, Brianna Lavis, Sidnee Martin. Coach Ash Hickey -

Red: Isla Hickey, Jess Geary, Lilly Walker, Mikaylah Pedley, Ashley Geary. Coach Lynette Johnstone - Navy: Kate Funnell, Jessie Fowkes, Katie Calder, Brylie Dyer, Brooke Johnstone. Coach Bree Littlejohn - Green: Ella Littlejohn, Chloe Brown, Phoebe Davidson, Chloe Nielson, Lara Ryan. Please note where coaches names are vacant we require some assistance. If you can help please speak with Melissa 5668 6273 or someone from the committee. * Teams may change due to unforeseen circumstances and will be done so by the committee. Reminder: Registration night is August 2 at SPLASH from 4pm - 6pm.

South Gippsland Bridge Club RESULTS Meeniyan – Monday evening: 1st Susan Ruffin, Clive Hope. 2nd June Metcalf, Colin Cameron. 3rd Kathryn Smith, David Baggallay. Tarwin Lower – Tuesday afternoon: North/South: 1st Jack Kuiper, John Sutton. 2nd Maureen Stiles, Vivian Westaway. 3rd Leila Bell, Hannah Martin. 4th Faye Rowlands, Pat West. East/West: 1st John Sullivan, Alan Johnston. 2nd Jean Barbour, Clive Hope. 3rd John Cocking, June Metcalf. Inverloch – Friday afternoon: North/South: 1st Richard Moss, Arendina Drury. 2nd John Farr, Anne Williams. 3rd Margaret and Noel Smith (finally) 4th Kathy Geyer, Leila Bell. East/West: 1st John Sullivan, Alan Johnston. 2nd Faye Rowlands, Pat West and Debbie Anglim, Maureen Stiles.

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Wonthaggi demolishes Korumburra WONTHAGGI seniors had Korumburra on the back foot from the kick off on Sunday. After just 14 minutes Wonthaggi were 3-0 up although a minute later Korumburra managed to score. Keanu Miller took a long throw and Daniel VanDerZwart headed in from close range. Wonthaggi scored again and the half time score was 1-4 to Wonthaggi. The second half was even and Korumburra started putting pressure on the Wonthaggi goal. Wonthaggi scored another three goals to make it 1-7 at full time. Women A determined Korumburra women’s team took on Wonthaggi. Korumburra scored first with a goal to Chloe Rodda and the Korumburra defence of Kate Rodda, Georgia McDonough, Grace Bunn and Jayde Miller was working hard. Wonthaggi equalised with a beautiful kick over the Korumburra goalie Zoe Allen’s head and minutes later scored again

Tough game: Jamey Allen fights off his opponent during the seniors match.


Bottom defeats top CELLAR dwellers Lorikeets produced a spirited performance to upset previous top side Parrots by a margin of 35 points.

It was fair to say the Parrots were slightly undermanned, but this is to take nothing away from the Lorikeets who were superbly led by club president Alan McEachern. Alan won all his three sets as did team-mate Nigel Grimes, back from his overseas jaunt, and firing. For the Parrots, Frank Dekker won two sets against Josh Almond including an emotioncharged singles win by the slenderest of margins, 15-14. The match of the round was clearly the Honeyeaters’ 10 point win over Kookaburras. Steve Johnson was back in the stadium and defeated club champion Neil Jeremiah 15-7 in a top match of singles. Gary McGrath was rock solid for Honeyeaters, as was Jose Shelton. This team certainly appears favourites to take

out the premiership at this stage of the competition. The Kookaburras were best served by Arthur Grabham and Davis Loo, filling in from B Grade. The Rosellas turned on a withering display to totally outclass the despondent Bowerbirds. Only Tim Bright and Paul Sokhom won their set over doubles club champions, Neil Langstaff and Greg Marshman in a top effort where Paul copped a nasty blow with the shuttlecock near his right eye. He soldiered on and played well. Matthew Oomman and Jim Newton put in their best match for the year, winning all their three sets and allowing Rosellas a big chance at claiming second position and the vital double chance come finals’ time. The B Grade play had plenty of spectators, with A Grade watching on to see the talent coming through. De Walt retained top position by winning four sets to two over a gallant GMC team. On deeper analysis, GMC have only gone down by three points

Leongatha Squash THE spring competition has begun and with some movement of players it will be an even competition. A Grade needs more female players while B Grade needs junior and experienced players. There is a come and try evening this Friday August 3. Racquets and balls are supplied so come and see what the game is all about. Match of the week saw Mark Cecil take on Merv Mee. With Mark returning to this comp from Poowong he strengthens our line one players. Mark took it up to Merv taking the first game then the two alternated games with the fifth the hardest. Mark chases hard and keeps the pressure on with tight shots and great length. Merv mixes harddrives with delicate boasts or drop shots. In the end it was Merv three games 30 points, Mark two games 34 points. Montreal heads the ladder, followed by Athens, Tokyo, London, Mexico, Sydney, Beijing and Moscow. If you wish to try squash come down this Friday at 6.30pm. For more information call 0418 998 222 or check out the website

in a top effort. Brett Hampshire is enjoying a top season for De Walt, and Kathy Smith is still winning sets for GMC. Ryobi had a solid victory over Makita. This was fantastic to see the bottom team having a good win over the second side. Tracey Ryan and Tracy Miles both had a wonderful night of badminton, while Guilia Joyce always puts in 100 per cent for her team.

Results A Grade: Honeyeaters 4/126 d Kookaburras 4/116, Lorikeets 6/142 d Parrots 2/107, Rosellas 7/136 d Bowerbirds 1/85. B Grade: De Walt 4/96 d GMC 2/93, Ryobi 4/121 d Makita 2/98.

Ladders A Grade Honeyeaters ............................72 Parrots .....................................69 Rosellas....................................65 Kookaburras...........................61 Bowerbirds ...............................55 Cockatoos.................................51 Lorikeets ..................................47 B Grade De Walt ....................................62 Makita .....................................55 Bosch .......................................53 GMC ........................................41 Ryobi ........................................32

to take the lead 2-1 into half time. Korumburra forwards Bree Allen, Tara Wallace and Holly Allman started the second half moving the ball forward and attacking the goals. A great passage of play through the midfield by Amber Cull, Olivia Methven and Nic Newey started Korumburra scoring goals. With six goals scored in the second half Korumburra were easy winners 7-2. Goal scorers for Korumburra Chloe Rodda (3) and singles to Bree Allen, Holly Allman, Jess Odgers and Tara Wallace. Under 19 The Korumburra Under 19 side had a good win against Wonthaggi 7-4. Goal scorers for Korumburra Jarrah Raabe (2), Liam Cull (1), Hayden Smith (1), Daniel Longden (2) and Michael Wyhoon (1). Under 16 Wonthaggi were first to put one on the board but it didn’t take long for Korumburra to come back with a fantastic shot from defender Grace

Bunn outside the 18 yard box to see Korumburra draw level. Wonthaggi kicked one more before half time to take a one goal lead. After the break Korumburra equalised with a great goal from Hayden Smith. With the scores tied Smith scored once more to let Korumburra take the win 3-2. Under 13 Both teams played with great spirit with Wonthaggi just having more posession of the ball. Chloe Rodda made three very good saves in the Korumburra goal. In the last minute of the first half a Korumburra player accidently handled the ball and Wonthaggi converted the penalty to be 1-0 up. The second half was just as fast. Seventeen minutes into the half Harry McNeil split the Wonthaggi defence with a great pass and Aidan Richards beat two defenders to goal. Both keepers made several good saves but neither team could break the deadlock. Full time score 1-1.

Stars burnt by Dragon’s firepower AFTER back to back victories the South Coast Stars went into their game with the unbeaten Drouin Dragons hoping for a shock victory. What was already a difficult task for the home side became near impossible when late withdrawals meant the team went into the game with only 10 men and no subs. The Dragons made the early running and despite some desperate defending they grabbed two early goals.

The Stars pressed on and were rewarded with a fine goal from Tony Lawless, but couldn’t keep up the pressure and Drouin gradually made the extra man advantage tell. At half-time the scoreline was 4-1 and South Coast knew it was in for a tough final term. As the Stars’ legs tired the Dragons showed no mercy and banged in two more goals early in the second period. Once again the Stars lifted their game and had a 20 minute period when they at least held off the onslaught but the Drag-

Leongatha Under 16 WITH a chilly westerly wind blowing, Isaac Gatti and Steve Brotherton opened Drouin’s account early in the game. Leongatha answered with a decisive goal when Kevin McGavin delivered a great corner kick to Ryan Hill, who headed the ball over Drouin’s goalie. Fergus Warren made sure of a set shot well out from goal to level the scores. As half time approached Caiden Clayton put the Dragons in front three goals to two. In the second half the Knights’ defence cleared the ball under pressure time and again. Many good attempts from Gatha’s Ryan Hill and Ryan Kirkus were expertly deflected by the Drouin goalie Mare Westeney. A shot from Steve Brotherton enabled Drouin to run home victors four to two. Leongatha’s player of the day was Michael Craven.

ons‘ superiority was never in doubt and they closed out the game with three more goals to make the final scoreline 9-1. For the Stars there were some positives, with a real never-say-die attitude apparent and a willingness to persist with their passing game despite the intense pressure they sustained. Next week’s derby game against Wonthaggi is a must-win if they are to keep their finals hopes alive and they will be hoping for a full squad.

Women As the season is nearing the end, the teams are taking no prisoners. South Coast Stars women came head to head with Drouin in a blistering meeting to heat up a cold day at the Stars’ home ground in Outtrim. The Stars came out with all guns blazing with some clever passing and easily kept the ball within Drouin’s goal mouth for much of the first 15-20 minutes. As the teams settled into play Drouin realised they had a fight on their hands and picked up the pace, retaliating with some great defending and fast balls towards the Stars goal, with Gabby Harris once again fending off

some good jabs at goal from Drouin. But they let one in just before half time. With a low scoring first half under their belts, both teams came out ready for faster paced action in the second, but to the Stars’ dismay they lost a key player to a twisted ankle following a tough collision in the first minute. This left the home side’s defence open and after five more minutes of play Drouin set up two great goals, smashing them past defence and into the net. There was some excellent passing from both teams, with Drouin boosted by their success early on in the second half, but the Stars held them off with some great defending and superb saves from their goalkeeper. In the 33rd minute however it was the Stars’ turn to shine with a fast pick up by Margie Mathieson who then ran it all the way from midfield and straight over Drouin’s keeper who’d slipped at the crucial moment, creating the chance for Margie to strike on target. Both teams were very pleased with their performance and played a good friendly game.

Gippsland’s sports stars honoured DESPITE having six nominees, South Gippsland was unable to take home a top prize at the Bankmecu Gippstar awards on Wednesday night. Two time Australian Boomerangs basketball representative Clinton Jee has been named senior winner while Marlo’s Damon Morton took out junior winner for his achievements in cross country skiing. Strong nominations were received for the club of the year award but Twin City Archers were given the honour in recognition of the national events continually hosted by the club.

The team of the year went unanimously to the Traralgon Swim Club’s 14 and Under 50 metre freestyle team following their record breaking swim in December of last year saw them break the long standing Australian record. South Gippsland’s junior nominees included Wonthaggi’s judo star Sam Farrington, Leongatha cyclist Thomas McFarlane and Cowes surfing star Nikki van Dijk. Senior nominees included Olympic middle distance runner Kaila McKnight, go-kart racer Brett Hayward and Yarram golfer Ignatius Duivenvoorden.

Sinking hoops: basketballer Clinton Jee (centre) was awarded with the annual senior GippsStar Award while (right) Cameron Morton accepts the junior award on behalf of his son Damon. The awards were presented by (left) Bankmecu’s Anthony Heinemman.

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SGIBBA pennant winners THE South Gippsland Indoor Bias Bowls Association held their pennant competition recently at Dumbalk with some great bowling

on display. Korumburra White came out on top while Paul Holmes and Toni Heldens took home the singles champion’s trophies.

Pennant winners: Korumburra White (from left) Charlie Tumino, Mary Tumino, Joyce Occhipinti and Joe Occhipinti.

Pennant runners-up: Mardan Purple (from left) Brian Kilpin, Vito Serafino, Mark Serafino and Bert Bright. Left Singles champions: (from left) men’s champions Paul Holmes, Charlie Tyers (association president) and Ladies champion Toni Heldens.

Leongatha ONCE again the Leongatha club is back in business after a very heavy month of July when a lot of maintenance and upgrading of the club’s facilities - both internal and external - took place. The end results speak for themselves. Sincere thanks to Col Watt and his team for all the effort and work that has been undertaken externally, and for the internal maintenance thanks to chairman Allan. Thanks to Brian Turner and George Witherow and their teams for the work undertaken also, and to all members of the club who gave of their time and effort particularly when the big cleanup was required at the end. One comment to date: “The club looks like a new club”. Wednesday July 25 saw 14 teams take part in the affiliated monthly triples with the winners being the Korumburra team of A. Robinson (S) with Peter Spark and Kevin Watson on four wins plus 39. The runners-up were the Foster team of Ian Park, Ray Parsons and Joan Miles on four wins plus 37. The best last game went to the Leongatha team of Jack Embleton (S), David Bee and Joan Bee with plus 14. The Leongatha Motel sponsored the day and the club is appreciative of the support. The club’s opening season dinner will be held on Friday August 31. If you wish to attend place your name on the list near the match committee room in the clubrooms. Also lists are now available in the boardroom for names for the 2012/2013 pennant season and practice matches so again, please put your name on the sheet if you wish to play.

Dumbalk indoor CONGRATULATIONS to Toni Heldens and Paul Holmes on being the 2012 association singles champions. They played bowls on Monday night and the winners were Kevin Robertson and Robert Burton. We held our SGIBBA tournament on Tuesday night and had six mats and played eight ends. They had a very good night. Hope to see you all Monday night.

Inverloch WEDNESDAY, July 18 was mixed mufti lawn bowls with 10 players playing mixed triples and pairs. There were two games of 12 ends and winners were Cynthia Hensley and Alan Johnstone. Indoors eight players played two games of 10 ends. Both teams won one game, but winners with 21 points were Pat Stoneham, Harry Dunn, Nell Van Grunsven and Margaret Taylor. Thursday, July 19 was winter triples lawn bowls. Three games of 14 ends (two bowl triples). Winners with two wins and 42 points were Peter McBain, Keith Poole and Brendan Golding. Runners-up with two wins, 41 points and 13 shots up were Kieran Gardiner, Burt Bain and Graeme Dunlop. Wednesday, July 25 was mixed mufti lawn bowls and two games of 12 ends were played. Winners with two wins were Margaret Flett, Pam Sutcliffe, Graeme Dunlop and Gail Burge. Runners-up with one win

Mardan indoor REGARDLESS of the fact that we only had 11 players on the night we had a good night of bowling. The three teams which consisting of three and one of two were well balanced. The level of play was as good as any week and the results were evenly spread across them all. Vonny Kilpin was playing like a professional, a factor that Russel Grady wasn’t complaining about since she was in his team and he also had nifty Nick Rutjens, who is so quick to get his bowls down Russel could hardly

Buffalo indoor Wednesday July 26 IT WAS a very relaxed night of bowling at Buffalo this week when 14 fronted up after competing at the SGIBBA tournament the night before. Congratulations to Vito Serafino (s), Joanne Lomagno and Carolyn Benson on winning the event - Craig Young’s meat tray proving delicious. Six teams were selected for three games of six bowl triples / pairs. The pairs, with the advantage of three bowls each, led the night’s results. Three game winners were Rod McConchie (s) and Joyce

and one draw were Brian Hensley, Carol Baines, Ernie Treadwell and Edith Perret. Indoors nine players in fours (one player exchanged) played two games of 10 ends. Winners of both games were Margaret Flett, Harry Dunn, Carol Hughes and Nell Van Grunsven. Thursday was winter triples lawn bowls, with 24 players playing three games of 14 ends (two bowl triples). Winners with three wins and 55 points were Peter McBain, Keith Poole and Brendan Golding. Runners-up with two wins and 44 points were Nic Van Grunsven, Les Beaumont and Norm West. Indoor bowls presentation night and dinner on August 24. Anyone wishing to attend, please write your names on the chalk board at the clubhouse. There will be a limit on numbers. The dinner will be three courses, and the cost will be $15 per head. The evening will include a demonstration match between the ladies and men’s indoor bowls champions, the outcome of which will determine the 2012 winner of the Don Stoneham perpetual trophy. get his name out to tell him where he wanted the bowl to go. Again Nick was right on the money and Russel had no complaints about that either. He also played some of his best bowls ever. The other teams had equally good bowls and as a result everyone had a win. Results for the night were: Runners-up with one win and 11 ends were: Corran Dtjuric, Ian Hasty and Vito Serafino (skip). Winners with one win and 13 ends were: Vonny Kilpin, Nick Rutjens and Russel Grady (skip).

Occhipinti (WWW) 15 ends, from Ian Benson (s) and Mary Tumino (LWW) 12 ends. With one win each came Lee Armstrong (s) and Dudley Harrison (DLW) 10 ends, Charlie Tumino (s) and Bill Wolswinkel (WLL) 13 ends (-2), and Glenys Pilkington (s), Peter Heldens and Kevin Robinson (LWL) 13 ends (-8), followed by Toni Heldens (s), Carolyn Benson and Joe Occhipinti (DLL) nine ends. Best 1st game Rod / Joyce 10/4, 2nd Ian / Mary 13/4 (with the maximum six on one end), 3rd Rod Lloyd 14/3. See you all next week.

Power wins in danger game In damp conditions, Loy Yang B Gippsland Power won a danger game against the Oakleigh Chargers to maintain a solid run towards the 2012 TAC Cup finals series.

The Chargers were placed fourth on the league ladder but went into the game well below full strength due to the impact of school football on their ability to serve it up to a very potent Power team. Already without Kiane Allen and Tom Fusinato due to long-term injury, the Power lost Sale dynamo Wil Hams due to injury before the game and this gave Jarryd Drew the chance to press for a spot in the side in the coming weeks. It took a while for the Power to find an effective avenue to goal but some great vision and skill by Matt Northe set up Shannen Lange for the first major. Northe did it again with more great ball use with Tom Muir on the receiv-

ing end this time. From the resulting centre bounce, Lange kicked long and direct and created a chance for Nick Graham who kicked truly. Against the run of play, the Chargers responded with a snap. Mirboo North youngster Liam Nash was another to kick long into attack and Tim Membrey took full advantage of his opportunity. Membrey, with some excellent ball use allowed Lange to kick his second for the quarter and send the Power to the first change four goals up. Nick Stevens had prepared the Power for a real challenge by the Chargers and emphasised the need to start positively. In the early part of the second term the Power were continuing to apply great pressure on the Chargers at every contest and Graham kicked his second goal as a result. Ben Kearns joined the Power goal rush as a result of a free kick created by more forward pressure and then kicked another after Graham had sent the ball long and direct. The Power’s ability to be super competitive resulted in Graham kicking another team lifting goal and Anthony Tipungwuti set up Simon Deery with his pace

and long and accurate kicking skills. Totally against the run of play, the Chargers went forward and snapped a freakish goal to reduce the Power lead to 51 points going into the long break. To indicate the way in which the Power had dominated play and restricted the Chargers’ ability to get their game going, the Power had had 17 forward 50 entries to the Chargers’ one to dominate the quarter. As conditions deteriorated it was going to be hard for the Power to use the ball as effectively but they were well aware of the need to maintain their intensity to restrict the Chargers’ ability to set up their game plan. The Chargers finally made an effective entry up forward late in the third term before Membrey scored a Power goal to maintain a 51 point lead with one quarter to go. The rain was continuing to fall at the start of the term and Northe scored a goal from a free kick after the Power had applied some more intense forward pressure. The Chargers were struggling to get the ball going forward and there were contests all over the ground as they went short and wide in an attempt to find an effective avenue

to attack. After a long break due to an injury, the Chargers scored a goal to finally break the Power’s stranglehold on their ability to find loose players. By the final siren the margin in favour of the Power was still 51 points and the Power had emerged from a real danger game with a morale-boosting win. They had responded perfectly to Nick’s challenges’ to apply consistent pressure to restrict the Chargers effective ball use. The key elements of this were the fact they had double Oakleigh’s forward 50 entries and had applied over 100 tackles to maintain intense pressure on the Chargers at every contest. Final scores Loy Yang B Gippsland Power 13.9.87 defeated Oakleigh Chargers 5.6.36. Defender Aaron Heppell set the tone with his ability to shut down opponents by playing disciplined and hardnosed football. He accumulated plenty of possessions and was able to generate a lot of effective drive with creative ball use. The Power now go to their round 15 game against the Eastern Ranges at Box Hill next weekend.

Teammates: both with the current Gippsland Power team are Liam Nash of Mirboo North with Aaron Heppell of Leongatha. Aaron was best on field on Saturday.

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Korumburra FORTY players competed in the two-man ambrose championships on Saturday July 28. Hopkins Rendering won the trophy with CCR 70. Goyne handicap: A. Worthy and J. Wilson 62¾. A Grade: T. Jones and R. Newton 64¼, T. Fowles and B Hessels 64½, T. O’Neill and N. Perks 65, R. Ludenia and D. Austin 67. Parry scratch: T. O’Neill and N. Perks 67 O.T.S. B Grade: A. Worthy and J. Wilson 62¾, M. Hutchinson and D. VanRooye 67¾. Putting: 1st M. Bull, 7th T. O’Neill, 10th R. Ludenia, 13th B. Newton. Fourteen teed off in the second round of the two-man ambrose championships on Sunday July 29. Travis Scott won the trophy with CCR 70. Overall winners of the Goyne handicap were T. O’Neill and N. Perks with 129. A Grade: T. O’Neill and N. Perks 64, L. Sharp and T. Marrotti 66, P. Hopkins and T. Herbert 67. Overall winners of the Parry Scratch: T. O’Neill and N. Perks 133. Putting: 1st L. Sharp, 7th N. Perks, 10th N. Perks, 13th N. Perks. Tuesday winner: P. Vanagtmaal 38 points. Thursday winner: C. Rielly 38 points.

Elders swing for good ELDERS held their annual charity golf day on Friday with great success. Around 115 competitors took to

Pink for a cause: Danny Dwyer definitely looked the part and wore pink for the cause at the Elders Charity Golf day.

Leongatha IN wet and wintry conditions, long hitter Tony Goldie did very well to take A Grade with 35 points off a five handicap. Graham Burt’s opening drive was long and straight, giving him confidence to push on to the day’s best score of 36 points to win B Grade. Pro-pin went to Leon Collier and nearest the pin to Ian Watson with down the line balls going to S. Nasreddin 35, J. Burt 33, M. Stubbs, D. Forbes, C. de Bondt, B. Hutton 32, A. Macfarlane, C. Leaver 31, S. de Bondt, R. Paice 29.

Tuesday Good scores of 39 points were registered by Kevin Scott and Barry Stevens. The countback gave the winners prize to Kevin despite Barry doing the countback.

Leongatha ladies

THE 2012 Walter and Eliza Hall Charity Day 4BBB Stableford was played on Wednesday, July 25. Sixteen pairs competed with Trish Owen (16) and Barbara Lee (25) taking the honours with 42 points. Runners-up were Gwen Chapman and Marea Maher with 41 pts on a countback from Fay Quilford and Jan Birrell and Trish Owen and Marg Danks. DTL Balls: Fay Quilford/ Jan Birrell 41pts, Trish Owen/ Marg Danks 41 pts, Wendy Parker/Shirley Welsford 40 pts, Jan Paice/Marianne

The PH factor was high in the nearest the pin events with Peter Hartigan and Peter Hobson both successful. Ball winners: K. Finney 37, G. McDonald 36, P. Hartigan 35, F. Smedley 34, A. Smith 33, R. Stead, D. Clemann, P. Waters 32.

Thursday A fourball stableford aggregate requires both partners to be in form. Frank Smedley and Kevin Castwood did well to finish with the winning score of 69. Mike Davis and Frank Welsford were runners-up while nearest the pin winners were Ken Wardle (14th) and Kevin Castwood. Ball winners: G. McDonald - D. Clemann 63, A. Sperling - N. Mackenzie 60, A. Hawkins - P. Waters 60, R. Burton - P. Hobson 59, K. Finney - M. Oliver 58. Saturday’s event is the monthly medal and round six of the McMicking Plate.

Leaver 39pts on countback from Julie Howard/Maria Bellingham. NTP: 14th Dot Stubbs, 16th Sharyn Rayson. Nine holes: Winner Hannah Martin 17pts, DTL: Helen Mackenzie 14pts. Only five ladies braved the cold and wet conditions on Saturday 28th July to play stableford. Dot Stubbs (15) was triumphant with 26pts and Anna de Bondt won the DTL with 24 pts. This week’s event is Monthly Medal. A reminder to all LGC lady members that the annual meeting has been brought forward one week and is now on August 15. Hope to see you all there.

Foster FURTHER drizzly and moist weather has returned us to full winter conditions, but still very playable. Phil and Shaun have been doing a lot of work putting in drains in some wetter areas and this will be of great long term benefit, so a few GUR areas for a little while is a minor inconvenience. On Tuesday Kevin Witheridge (13) had a great round of 39 pts to win from Brian Blake (23) on 37 pts and John Mathers (16) on 36 pts. Thursday saw Lloyd McKenzie (7) play some solid golf to record 35 pts to edge out Robert Fulton (12) on 34 pts. Robert had a near hole in one on the 17th, landing two foot past the pin on the top side and sucking back to burn the hole and finish 10 inches on the bottom side of it. Robert has never had a hole in one

Woorayl Ladies LAST week Nikolinas Florist sponsored an American Foursomes Stableford round, with Ann Poole and Shirley Thomas (12) the winners with 25 points. Balls down the line went to Fay Maynard and Sue Wakefield (16), along with Karin McKenzie and Heather Sullivan (14), all with 24 points. Nearest the pin on both the 8th and the 17th was Fay Maynard. Next week we will contest the Monthly Medal for August.

and it may be that the fellow up there was just out to tease him a little. At the chicken run it was great to again see more new faces playing in the Friday nine hole event. New member David McIntyre (23) sizzled around to have 22 pts to street the field and take home the chook. The down the line balls went to Bernie Amesreiter on 18 pts, and Andrew Brown 17 pts on a countback. The nearest the pins went to Andrew Brown on 15th, and David McIntyre who also finished very close on the 17th - both made their birdie putts. All visitors are welcome to join in the Friday event, and their $10 entry fee includes one free standard drink in the clubhouse after they finish. Saturday morning started out looking reasonable, but by 10am it had turned very nasty and wet. Only the hardy ones braved the

the Lang Lang golf course and had a great day of golf. All proceeds from the day went to the McGrath Foundation and even though the final amount is confirmed

the day has already raised over $5000 for this worthy cause. An auction was held after everyone made it around the course and that helped add to the donations.

On the course: Rohan McRae, John Carter, David Gow and Glen Trimble were just one of the 27 teams having a hit on the day.



SATURDAY was a four person ambrose event with the sponsor for the day being Paul Vandermeer which is much appreciated.

UNFORTUNATELY our medal was held in wet conditions last Saturday. The medal and A Grade went to Geoff McKinnon with a net 72. B Grade went to our president with a net 74 while C Grade was won by Bob Beilby with a net 75. The ball distribution was Damian Burge, George Johnson and Anthony Clemann. Both nearest the pins went to Dale Burge while Damian Burge had the least putts with 27. The ladies’ event was reduced to nine holes with the winner being Jan Pope from Sue Wakefield and a ball going to Ann Poole. Next week we will play a fourball stroke event sponsored by Robert Cook and Graeme Salmon.

The winners for the day were Wino Reilly, Rod Matthews, Col Graeme and Paul Vandermeer with a 57.5 nett. Runners-up were Peter Riddle, Col Stewart, Daryle Gregg and Jim Cusack with 59.75 net. Balls down the line went to Alan Kuhne, Dave Thomson, Ian Trease and Will Bullock with 61.5 net. The NAGA award was won by the team of Craig Buckland, Ian Inglis and Gavin Zerbe. Nearest the pins were Daryle Gregg 8th, Jim Cusack 5th and Paul Vandermeer 17th. The pro pin on the 11th was won by Bob McGeary. The members draw was won by Darlye Gregg who was in the clubhouse so he collected the cash. The raffle winners were Jim Cusack and Col Graeme. Tuesday was a singles stableford event with the winner being Col Stewart with 35 points. Balls down the line went to Reg Hannay 34pts, Frank Peile 33pts, Otto Vandervorm 32pts and Fred Stalker with 30 points. Nearest the pin on the 5th was won by Steve Collins. Best nine was Steve Collins with 19 points. Thursday was a single stableford event with the winner being Peter Wilson with 37 points. Balls down the line went to Bob McGeary 35pts and Jim Cusack with 33 points. Nearest the pin on the 7th was won by Daryle Gregg. Best nine was won by Fred Stalker with 18 points. Next week is medal day.

Mirboo North


ON Wednesday July 25 a ladies three person drop out ambrose competition was held. Winners were Barb Stimson (23), Maree Thompson (10) and Joyce Dyke (28) 79101/6-685/6. Nearest the pin: 6th Freeda Nair, 16th Raelene Millsom.

OUR course on Saturday looked more like a lake with more than three inches of rain drenching the entire 18 holes. A Grade winner: D. Williams -2. B Grade winner: S. Laing +1. C Grade winner G. Ryan +1. Balls down the line: B. Cornelis -2, P. Dell -2, S. Tiziani -3, D. Munro -3. Nearest the pins: 2nd D. Williams, 8th P. Dell, 13th P. Dell, 17th B. Cornelis. This Saturday is monthly medal and we are looking forward to some fine weather and a much larger field of players. Don’t forget the top 16 net scores from this Saturday’s event will automatically qualify for the singles knockout draw, while the top 16 putting scores will progress to the putting knockout. Good luck and see you all this Saturday.

weather. However those that did play returned some very creditable scores. Steve Reid (9) won on a countback from David Knee (17) after both had +1. The other down the line ball went to Colin Pulham (16) with square, again on a countback from Peter Dight (8). The nearest the pins went to Steve Reid (2 holes), David Knee, Peter Dight and Greg Paine. The encouragement award was shared by Norm Cooper and Fred Tyers on -7. We are having a golfing trip to Trafalgar on Saturday, August 11, so put your name on the sheet on the board if you would like to go. Norm Curram was present and collected the $500 in the members cash draw. The prize starts at $250 again next Friday. You need to be in the clubhouse between 7pm and 8 pm when the draw is made to be eligible to win the cash.

Meeniyan basketball MEENIYAN basketball starts on August 3 with skills from Basketball Victoria development coaches. Section 1 and 2: August 3 - starting time 4pm, Skills session. Section 3: August 3 - starting time 5pm, Skills session. Teams and times for Friday 10th and Monday 6th follow: Section 1: August 10 starting time 3.45pm. Section 2: August 105pm 1 v 5 (scorer Elliott/ Moss) 5.40pm 2 v 4 (scorer Bright/Tudor). 1. Silver: (coach Liam Harrington) Jaslin Fisher, Lachie Elliott, Ben Mackie, Aaron Mowat, Shayla Guymer, Belinda Delaney. 2. Navy (coach Terry Martin) Bianca Proudlock, Sam Bright, Niamh Martin, Beau Davey, Ethan Tudor, Brody McEwan, Hayley Proudlock. 3. Jade (coach TBC) Jasmin Mackie, Harry Vanderzalm, Liam Waldron, Kit Skinner-Tarlo, Bon MacLean, Storm MacLean. 4. Red (coach Dave Cumming) Amy Tudor, Will McDonald, Nicholas Bongers, Jarrad Bongers, Taite Cumming, Jen Moss. 5. Light Blue (Gene Vanderzalm) Tim Hardacre, Lucas Vanderzalm, Hannah McEwan, Matthew Moss, Conor Salmons, Shania Stewart-Taylor.

Section 3: August 10 6.20pm 1 v 5 (scorer Jones/ Tiziani) 7pm 2 v 4 (scorers McInness/Kelly) 3 - bye. 1. Black (coach Fizz Thorson) Grace Thorson, Elly Jones, Hugh Collins, Jesse Salmons, John Phillips, Mark Beattie. 2. Maroon (coach Lucas Byrnes) Charlie McInness, Darby Butler-Reid, Jye Davey, Alix Veale, Jake Waldron, Breeanna Hohmann. 3. Green (coach Liam Harrington) Grant Cole, Aiden Holwerda, Adam Mangiafico, Jai Bright, Ruby Martin, Kian Pratt. 4. Aqua (coach Doug Hanks) Rory Hanks, James Kelly, Hannah Potter, Kayla Redpath, Irene Thorson. 5. Yellow (coach Elly Scholte) Zac Scholte, Jaxon Tiziani, Michael Mowat, Stuart Bright, Rebecca Riddiford, Kasey Thorson. Section 4: August 13 5:30 1 v 2 (scorer Stefani/ Weymouth) 6:15 3 v 4 (scorer Bolge/Scholte). 1. Maroon - Olivia Cope, Jamie Stefani, Hannah Thorson, Trent Westaway, Will Collins, David Cole. 2. Red - Bonny Weymouth, Dekodah Brewer, Jordan Bell, Jayden Hohmann, Locke DeGaris, Kurt Newton. 3. Blue - Gen Scholte, Abby Bolge, Liam Harrington, Bryce Holwerda, Harry Stuart, George Batten. 4. Black - Kodi Eygenraam, Eloise Scholte, Sam Opray, Matt Darmanin, Rory Harrington, Tristan Hanks.

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LDNA hosts tournament FORTY teams from Gippsland and South East Melbourne enjoyed a big day of netball at the Leongatha and District Netball Association’s Junior Netball tournament on Sunday. Leongatha A Team did very well to be runner-up in the grand final against a strong Mornington Peninsula team in a short draw of five teams, final score 15-2. The 15 and Under teams had a very large section with eight games played each during the day. Morn-

ington Peninsula A Team won the grand final from Traralgon without losing all day, final score 14-10. In the 13 and Under open section, Traralgon didn’t drop a game all day and won the grand final in a close match against Mornington Peninsula, final score 9-8. Cranbourne S/W was strong during the rounds in the 13 and Under reserve section in a draw of eight teams. Cranbourne was able to hold back Mornington Peninsula to take out the grand final 7-5.

Twelve teams in the 11 and Under section played a round robin of eight games each. For many players this was their first tournament and all had a fun sporting experience. No finals were played but all 120 participants were awarded with a memento certificate and giveaway show bag. Many thanks to local sponsors, Retravision Leongatha, Bairs Hotel, Gippsland Mini Skips, Leongatha RSL and Netball Victoria for their contribution on the day.

Runners-up: the LDNA’s 17 and Under team finished runners-up to Mornington Peninsula. Pictured, from back, Melissa Beardsworth (coach), Holly Hurst, Amy Egan, Genevieve Scholte, Kate Riley, front from left, Erin Baudinette, Steph Wylie, Angelique Dunlevie and Bec Wylie.

Gippsland netball Results - Round 15 Week 1

A Grade: Drouin 57 d Leongatha 50, Bairnsdale 50 d Warragul 27. B Grade: Drouin 34 lt Leongatha 62, Moe 33 lt Maffra 41, Bairnsdale 42 d Warragul 23. C Grade: Drouin 39 d Leongatha 36, Moe 23 lt Maffra 26, Bairnsdale 45 d Warragul 12. 17 & Under: Drouin 36 drew Leongatha 36, Moe 17 lt Maffra 57, Bairnsdale 56 d Warragul 13. 15 & Under: Drouin 33 d Leongatha 25, Moe 19 lt Maffra 39, Bairnsdale 24 d Warragul 15. 13 & Under: Drouin 20 d Leongatha 11, Moe 25 lt Maffra 30, Bairnsdale 16 lt Warragul 20.


A Grade Leongatha ..................132.92 Drouin ........................ 116.29 Traralgon ...................121.41 Sale ............................. 112.16 Wonthaggi .....................98.46 Maffra............................83.21 Morwell .......................100.61 Bairnsdale .....................94.85 Warragul ........................59.01 B Grade Leongatha ..................178.28 Traralgon ...................169.08 Drouin ........................122.24 Maffra ..........................98.92 Morwell ....................... 115.46

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Wonthaggi .....................97.42 Bairnsdale .....................83.63 Sale................................77.43 Moe ...............................59.04 Warragul ........................53.56 C Grade Traralgon ...................196.60 Leongatha ..................175.21 Bairnsdale ..................148.25 Morwell ......................157.88 Drouin .........................132.66 Maffra............................91.63 Wonthaggi ..................... 97.11 Warragul ........................42.22 Moe ...............................48.23 Sale................................47.22 17 & Under Traralgon ...................251.46 Maffra ........................209.94 Sale .............................188.56 Leongatha ..................103.36 Wonthaggi ...................127.49 Bairnsdale ...................109.22 Morwell .........................88.02 Drouin ...........................76.28 Moe ...............................34.53 Warragul ........................28.21 15 & Under Traralgon ...................263.76 Wonthaggi ..................188.75 Maffra ........................167.89 Sale .............................205.66 Drouin ...........................87.19 Bairnsdale .....................59.73 Leongatha......................67.74 Warragul ........................58.72 Morwell .........................52.52 Moe ...............................50.66 13 & Under Traralgon ...................381.40 Wonthaggi ..................132.85 Sale .............................206.08 Maffra ........................180.54 Bairnsdale ................... 115.04 Warragul ......................103.78 Drouin ...........................94.54 Moe ...............................93.30 Leongatha......................33.89 Morwell ...........................8.10

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A Grade wins by one A Grade Leongatha 45 d Traralgon 44

With all seasons in one game the girls had a great start to a tough match. They gave it their all and put up a courageous fight. Heads up girls and get ready for Bairnsdale. Awards: Meg Rosser (Nagels) and Laura Higgins (Nagels). Auction: Meg Rosser. B Grade Leongatha 62 d Drouin 34

It was another battle of the bird species and the Parrots came out on top. Award: Kate Govers (RSL). Auction: Kate Govers. C Grade Leongatha 36 lost to Drouin 39

Some good passages of play but they were better than us on the day. Enjoy the weekend off and regroup and come out firing against Bairnsdale. Award: Brooke Brown (Evans Petroleum). Auction:Brooke Brown. Under 17 Leongatha 36 drew Drouin 36

What a heart stopper of a game! Both sides were

so determined to win and everyone played strongly – goal for goal, break for break. It poured with rain in the middle of the game adding an extra challenge. Awards could have been given to the whole team today. Awards: Anna McCracken (Serafinos) and Sammy Petersen (LC Excessorise). Under 15 Leongatha 25 lost to Drouin 33

First time this season we’ve played in wet, slippery conditions. The ball flowed well down the court all match and you can see the improvement in everyone’s game. Awards: Jess Clark (Serafinos) and Koby Dennison (Evan’s Petroleum). Under 13 Leongatha 11 lost to Drouin 20

Well done girls on your game. You stuck with them in the first half but we need to work hard on our leads and coming to the ball. Awards: Nikya Wright (Sportsfirst) and Ashlee Gilliam (Network Video).

Too fast: Dalyston centre Sarah Blundell sneaks the ball away under pressure from Kilcunda-Bass’ during the B Grade clash.

Alberton netball

Results - Round 17

July 28 A Grade: Fish Creek 47 d Toora 19, Foster 92 d Tarwin 18, KorumburraBena 56 d Stony Creek 28, MDU 47 d Yarram 37, Dalyston 86 d Kilcunda Bass 25, Phillip Island 34 d Inverloch-Kongwak 31. B Grade: Dalyston 80 d Kilcunda-Bass 3, Foster 67 d Tarwin 30, MDU 77 d Yarram 36, InverlochKongwak 35 d Phillip Island 13, Korumburra-Bena 41 d Stony Creek 33, Fish Creek 57 d Toora 21. C Grade: Dalyston 67 d Kilcunda-Bass 11, Foster 27 d Tarwin 17, MDU 57 d Yarram 16, InverlochKongwak 34 d Phillip Island 9, Korumburra-Bena 32 d Stony Creek 26, Fish Creek 32 d Toora 12. 17 & Under: Dalyston 42 d Kilcunda-Bass 19, Tarwin 21 d Foster 13, MDU 53 d Yarram 19, Inverloch-Kongwak 38 d Phillip Island 17, Korumburra-Bena 47 d Stony Creek 15, Fish Creek 39 d Toora 11. 15 & Under: Dalyston 52 d Kilcunda-Bass 12, Foster 35 d Tarwin 6, Yarram 24 d MDU 20, Inverloch-Kongwak 28 d

Phillip Island 24, Korumburra-Bena 38 d Stony Creek 12, Fish Creek 26 d Toora 6. 13 & Under: Dalyston 32 d Kilcunda-Bass 8, Foster 44 d Tarwin 1, MDU 26 d Yarram 5, Phillip Island 18 d Inverloch-Kongwak 10, Korumburra-Bena 37 d Stony Creek 10, Fish Creek 25 d Toora 6.

Ladders A Grade Foster..........................228.10 Fish Creek ..................177.42 Kor-Bena.....................217.81 Dalyston .....................157.34 MDU ...........................131.27 Stony Creek ...............125.88 Phillip Island .................94.36 Yarram .........................108.42 Inv-Kongwak ................99.22 Toora .............................65.27 Tarwin ...........................41.18 Kilcunda-Bass ...............27.53

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B Grade Foster..........................180.30 68 Dalyston .....................156.14 52 MDU ...........................155.66 52 Kor-Bena ....................153.22 52 Fish Creek ..................132.18 50 DWWWW..................123.99 50 Inv-Kongwak ..............133.58 44 Stony Creek...................99.49 36 Tarwin ...........................83.70 24 Phillip Island ..................71.88 22 Toora .............................72.27 20 Yarram ...........................63.44 14 Kil-Bass.........................20.69 4 C Grade Inv-Kongwak .............169.03 64 Dalyston .....................206.75 56 Foster...........................176.71 56 Kor-Bena .....................149.57 56 MDU ............................170.32 48

Stony Creek ................ 111.76 44 Fish Creek .....................99.47 40 Tarwin ...........................76.84 32 Yarram ............................85.03 28 DWWWW.....................78.06 24 Phillip Island .................60.68 22 Toora .............................55.26 12 Kil-Bass..........................30.32 6 17 & Under Kor-Bena .....................320.71 68 Fish Creek ...................227.34 64 Inv-Kongwak .............168.71 52 Dalyston .....................161.68 48 Stony Creek ...............135.57 44 MDU ............................125.46 44 DWWWW...................106.74 40 Tarwin ...........................91.67 34 Phillip Island .................79.04 28 Toora .............................70.43 26 Yarram ............................45.66 16 Foster.............................40.38 16 Kil-Bass.........................29.64 8 15 & Under Dalyston ......................358.59 68 Kor-Bena ....................237.56 60 Foster..........................191.08 58 Fish Creek ..................196.09 56 Yarram .......................131.46 50 Phillip Island..............101.13 36 Inv-Kongwak ................99.26 36 Stony Creek...................93.73 36 MDU .............................78.49 30 Kil-Bass.........................58.31 26 Toora ..............................52.52 12 Tarwin ...........................24.58 12 DWWWW.....................22.92 8 13 & Under Dalyston .....................491.00 68 Foster...........................389.83 60 Fish Creek ...................235.04 60 Phillip Island..............225.84 52 Kor-Bena ....................250.00 48 Inv-Kongwak ..............169.63 40 Kilcunda-Bass ..............131.60 36 Tarwin ..............................38.7 28 MDU ..............................50.36 24 Toora .............................42.46 24 DWWWW.....................23.25 16 Yarram ...........................23.21 16 Stony Creek....................20.96 16

Quick hands: Abbi Taylor gets to the ball before Korumburra-Bena’s Taylah Staples. Photo courtesy Gerard

LDNA umpires Augustt 4 A 11am: Janie Gordon, Poppy Trewin, Gemma Pruin, Ashley McDonald, Elly Egan, Gemma Martin, Michelle Derrick, Lauren Baudinette, Helena Brew, Julie Grant, Anita Gourlay, Maria Evison, Erin Baudinette, Angelique Dunlevie, Brittany Tennyenhuis, Steph Wylie. 12 noon: Beth Forrester, Maria Evison, Julie Grant, Chelsea Kenny, Bec Wylie, Anita Gourlay, Janice Hill, Janice Sing, Belinda Dyke, Mariah Grant, Angelique Dunlevie, Erin Baudinette, Holly Hurst, Pat Kuhne, Amy Egan, Brittany Tenneyenhuis. 1pm: Jenny Goss, Kim Lawrence, Emalie Gordon, Lori McKenzie, Barb Challis, Phil Smith, Danielle Jones, Jamie Gourlay Anna Patterson, Pat Kuhne, Robyn Kenny, Heather Bielby. 2.15pm: Kerry Bentvelzen, Janice Hill, Sue Ritchie, Tanya Derrick, Kate Gourlay, Janice Sing, Heather Bielby, Emma Smith, Kim Lawrence, Narelle Hanily. Any problems please phone Julie Grant on 0407 076 425.

Leongatha & District netball Results Saturday, July 28 11/Under: Mt Eccles Pink 19 d Mirboo North Purple 10, Mt Eccles White 12 d St Laurence Gold 9, Meeniyan & District 14 d Mt Eccles Aqua 4, Mt Eccles Navy 2 d Town Black 1, Town Tangerine 11 d St Laurence Blue 2, Mirboo North Gold - bye. 13/Under: Town Black 21 d Mirboo North Purple 10, Mirboo North Gold 41 d Mt Eccles Aqua 4, Town Green 32 d Mt Eccles Pink 4, Meeniyan & District 15 d Town Tangerine 14, St Laurence Blue 12 d St Laurence Gold 11. 15/Under: St Laurence Blue 45 d Meeniyan & District 8, Town Tangerine 18 d Mt Eccles Purple 8, Town Black 38 d Mirboo North 22, St Laurence Gold 30 d Mt Eccles Pink 21, Town Green 33 d Mt Eccles Aqua 8. 17/Under / C Grade: Mirboo North 50 d Meeniyan & District Blue 30, Town Black 49 d Mt Eccles 19, Town Tangerine 46 d Town Green 29, Meeniyan & District Yellow 44 d St Laurence 36. B Grade: Mt Eccles Navy 45 d Mt Eccles Pink 13, Mt Eccles White won on forfeit to Mt Eccles

Aqua, Aqua Town Black 50 d St Laurence 22. A Grade: St Laurence 47 d Mt Eccles White 26, Mt Eccles Navy 52 d Town 46.

Ladders 13/Under Mirboo North Gold ...267.35 Town Green................246.79 Mirboo Nth Purple....102.29 St Laurence Blue .........98.60 Town Black .................122.02 Meeniyan & Dist .........109.36 Town Tangerine.............80.47 Mt Eccles Aqua .............30.09 St Laurence Gold ..........56.30 Mt Eccles Pink ..............34.65 15/Under Town Black ................204.40 Meeniyan & Dist .......127.63 St Laurence Gold ...... 119.83 Mirboo North ............ 118.39 St Laurence Blue ......... 132.11 Town Green .................130.35 Town Tangerine.............85.15 Mt Eccles Pink ..............61.18 Mt Eccles Aqua .............54.55 Mt Eccles Purple ...........42.62 C Grade Town Black ................207.72 Town Tangerine .........130.93 Mirboo North ............140.63 Meen & Dist Blue ......122.39 Meen & Dist Yellow .....93.46 St Laurence ...................75.46 Mt Eccles ......................56.06 Town Green ...................51.46 B Grade Town ..........................210.28 Mt Eccles Navy ..........150.75 Mt Eccles White ........ 121.08 Mt Eccles Aqua............66.67 Mt Eccles Pink ..............82.17 St Laurence ...................46.03 A Grade St Laurence ................120.25 Mt Eccles Navy ..........105.92 Town ...........................105.03 Mt Eccles White ..........75.38

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Mid Gippsland League SENIORS LADDER

Trafalgar ............... 201.84 Newborough ......... 190.82 Mirboo North ........ 172.83 Morwell East......... 132.43 Yinnar ................... 124.10 Yall-Yall North ........ 107.76 Hill End .................. 104.13 Boolarra ................... 85.80 Yarragon .................. 42.84 Thorpdale ................ 27.99

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Morwell East......... 224.83 Hill End ................. 215.31 Newborough ......... 181.24 Trafalgar ............... 171.50 Yinnar ................... 159.01 Boolarra ................. 118.84 Mirboo North............ 81.21 Yall-Yall North .......... 43.25 Thorpdale ................ 40.10 Yarragon .................. 23.77

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Newborough ......... 511.57 Yarragon ............... 252.46 Mirboo North ........ 169.75 Trafalgar ............... 157.12 Yinnar ..................... 87.72 Hill End .................... 75.07 Thorpdale ................ 64.21 Yall-Yall North .......... 71.77 Boolarra ................... 57.19 Morwell East ............ 17.87

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Newborough ......... 519.61 Yinnar ................... 255.97 Yarragon ............... 215.88 Mirboo North ........ 127.40 Yall-Yall North....... 128.60 Thorpdale .............. 112.10 Trafalgar ................... 73.94 Hill End .................... 19.68 Morwell East ............ 18.59

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Tigers knock out favourite by Rover

AN intensely focused Mirboo North defeated Mid Gippsland premiership favourite Newborough by 30 points in atrocious conditions on Sponsors Day at Tigerland on Saturday. As a result of its demoralising loss, Newborough has been replaced by Trafalgar at the top of the ladder after 15 rounds. The Tigers successfully backed up their solid 20-point away victory over Newborough earlier in the season and are the only side to have beaten the Bulldogs in 2012. In such particularly SENIORS Boolarra 11.7.73 d Yarragon 6.7.43 Boolarra goals: M. Dyer 5, P. Gilpin 2, J. Elson 1, S. Mazou 1, R. Kelly 1, T. Leys 1. Boolarra best: J. Holmes, M. Dyer, K. Towt, T. Salerno, C. Riseley, J. Elson. Yarragon goals: S. Clebney 2, R. Wallace 2, T. Gilmour 1, J. Kilday 1. Yarragon best: S. Clebney, J. Kilday, S. Wood, P. Harvey, J. Harvey, J. Brierley.

RESERVES Boolarra 13.15.93 d Yarragon 2.2.14 Boolarra goals: C. Blackberry 3, J. Wilson 3, J. Kelly 2, D. Leys 2, C. Sykes 1, J. Vuillermin 1, D. Leys 1. Boolarra best: M. Windsor, J.

nasty weather, goals are hard to come by. Newborough’s miserable scoreline of 2.7.19, which included a goal from Jarrod Bennets after the final siren, was its lowest total against Mirboo North in the 81 clashes between the two clubs Since 1957. Stoic 2007 premiership defender Dale Banks celebrated his 250th senior and 300th club game for Mirboo North with a typically fearless contribution across half-back. Bursts of rain throughout the afternoon made clean ball handling and staying upright on the slippery surface extremely challenging and turned many attacks on the footy into a four-wheel-slide. Vuillermin, J. Chalmers, G. Dyer, D. O’Neill, G. Smith. Yarragon goals: J. Glover 1, M. Price 1. Yarragon best: B. Glover, J. Glover, G. Elton, B. O’Neill, D. Kiss, P. Robinson.

THIRDS Yarragon 10.12.72 d Boolarra 6.5.41 Yarragon goals: Z. Regester 3, D. Kelly 2, R. Wallace 2, L. Axford 1, S. Cougle 1, C. Bolge 1. Yarragon best: J. Cropley, C. Bolge, B. Glover, L. Smith, P. Maye, Z. Regester. Boolarra goals: H. Lawson-Pepper 3, J. Francis 1, D. Brand 1, M. Wigg 1. Boolarra best: J. Anderson, M. Sauppe, D. Brick, H. LawsonPepper, J. Battersby, A. Mobourne.

First-term goals from Joe Brooks and Tim Traill, the latter after a wonderful bootstrap mark at full pace, gave Mirboo North a handy 12-point advantage at quarter-time. The only goal-kicker from either side in the second quarter was clever Newborough rover Rhys Jacobs as both defences filled holes and stopped countless inside-50 forays dead in their tracks. On a horrible day for full-forwards, Mirboo North anchorman Drew Gardener kept Michael Gelagotis goalless and Newborough stalwart Darryl Disisto limited Traill to one major. Gelagotis currently leads the competition with 54 goals, one clear of Traill. Mirboo North’s fivetime best and fairest winner Don Webb out-pointed rival ruckman Chris Hancock in all aspects of the craft and was the driver of the Tigers’ engine room. Webb’s brilliant palming, tapping and punching at the stoppages, gave Jacob Nash, Matt Holland, Simon Busuttil, Damien Turner and Brian Waters an armchair ride at the drop of the ball around the packs. Mirboo North’s con-

version paths from halfback and through the midfield were varied and effective, as it used its wheels to improvise, simplify and streamline its way forward. Nuggety Newborough ruck-rover, Anthony Alderuccio employed his bulk and strength effectively by gaining lots of hard-earned contested possessions in tight for the Doggies. Others to add value for the visitors were Daniel Risol, skipper James Todd and Luke Webber. With only six points separating the sides midway through the third quarter, brothers Josh and Daniel Taylor broke the game open with decisive goals that put the Tigers 18 points in front. Josh converted from 20 metres after being pushed in the back and Daniel dashingly evaded several opponents and rammed home a 45-metre running shot that skidded through an unguarded goal-square. At three-quarter time, Mirboo North coach Troy Hamilton asked his shivering and mud-covered troops to keep working intensely and kick to space, rather than honoring leads. The tenacious Tigers

maximised their resource efficiency and continued their zealous pursuit of the Sherrin and any Bulldogs in possession of it. Successive goals from Chris Irwin, Josh Taylor and Kris Berchtold sealed Newborough’s fate. Finally, spare a thought for local volunteer groundsmen, Paul Pugh and Johnny Mercer, whose green grass of home was churned into a mud slurry. “We’ll give it a roll and we’ll get it back,” said Pugh with a stiff upper lip as he gazed across the biggest mess you ever saw outside a cow paddock.

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Morwell East 20.10.130 d Thorpdale 4.2.26 Trafalgar 9.6.60 d Hill End 1.5.11 Yinnar 7.4.46 d Yallourn Yall-North 4.9.33 RESERVES Morwell East 16.11.107 d Thorpdale 4.3.27 Trafalgar 3.4.22 d Hill End 2.4.16 Yinnar 14.14.98 d Yallourn Yall-North 0.1.1 THIRDS Thorpdale 13.15.93 d Morwell East 2.6.18 Trafalgar 14.7.91 d Hill End 3.7.25 Yinnar 14.18.102 d Yallourn Yall-North 6.1.37 FOURTHS Morwell East 5.3.33 d Thorpdale 3.4.22 Trafalgar 6.12.48 d Hill End 1.2.8 Yinnar 5.14.44 d Yallourn Yall-North 3.4.22

SENIORS Mirboo North 7.7.49 d Newborough 2.7.19

THIRDS Newborough 11.10.76 d Mirboo North 5.2.32

Mirboo North goals: J. Taylor 2, C. Irwin 1, D. Taylor 1, J. Brooks 1, T. Traill 1, K. Berchtold 1. Mirboo North best: J. Nash, D. Webb, J. Brooks, M. Holland, D. Gardener, B. Waters. Newborough goals: J. Bennets 1, R. Jacobs 1. Newborough best: D. Risol, A. Alderuccio, R. Jacobs, J. Todd, L. Webber

Newborough goals: M. Sawyer 3, J. Jacovou 3, M. Rowlings 2, A. Wilson 1, M. Rosato 1, M. Grubb 1. Newborough best: A. Wilson, J. Grant, R. Paulet, J. Jacovou, J. Keyhoe, M. Somerville. Mirboo North goals: M. Hinkley 2, C. Irwin 1, L. Smit 1, L. Joustra 1. Mirboo North best: J. Salinger, J. Gostling, B. Richards, M. Clark, M. Hinkley, M. Wightman.

RESERVES Newborough 12.11.83 d Mirboo North 2.4.16

FOURTHS Newborough 8.6.54 d Mirboo North 2.1.13

Newborough goals: J. Donelly 6, C. Harwood 2, T. Smith 1, S. Buhagiar 1, W. Rilen 1, W. Troy 1. Newborough best: A. Battista, J. Dewsbury, J. Donelly, B. Mills, T. Mander, D. Harwood. Mirboo North goals: W. Haysom 2. Mirboo North best: B. Harriage, S. Littlejohn, M. Taylor, A. McCarthy, J. Garde, N. Summers.

Newborough goals: M. Stanlake 3, J. Van Dyk 2, T. Wilson 1, B. Drowley 1, M. Hibbs 1. Newborough best: J. Hecker, B. Drowley, J. Van Dyk, A. Bugeja, M. Hibbs, L. Charles. Mirboo North goals: C. Williams 2. Mirboo North best: Z. Porter, J. Salinger, S. Pratt, R. Littlejohn, S. Kelzke, J. Ryan.

Fishy gives Toora a touch up By Jason Harding SENIORS Fish Creek 21.16.142 Toora & District 2.4.16

FISH Creek travelled across to Toora on Saturday in what was always going to be a one sided affair. Toora have battled this season and lack a couple of experienced key players to slot in with their younger brigade. Fish Creek on the other hand are a contender and although still not at full strength it was always going to be a difficult day for the Magpies. Fish Creek won the toss and kicked to the beach end, it was Toora however that got the first goal of the game through Rohan Parag. The Kangas weren’t far behind them and the next seven goals followed including two each to their three key forwards Law, Staley and Sperling and a single to Shaw also before Maurilli-Pullin scored the Magpies’ second moments before the first break. Quarter time and the Kangaroos were 35 points up with Rouda, Law, Staley and Sperling all getting plenty of it and looking very dangerous every time the ball entered their forward 50. Toora’s big men in Webster and Allott were going okay and Grylls is a tough nugget who gives his all. The Magpies would not trouble the scoreboard attendants much for the

Fish Creek Goals: J. Staley 4, S. Sperling 4, J. Law 4, S. Blencowe 3, J. Shaw 2, A. Seccull 2, J. Rouda 1, C. Park 1 Toora & District Goals: R. Parag 1, J. Maurilli-Pullin 1 Fish Creek Best: J. Rouda, S. Blencowe, J. Staley, J. Law, M. Bilney, T. Manne Toora & District Best: P. Webster, T. Allott, L. Grylls, A. Keen, N. StoneHussen, R. Cartledge

RESERVES Fish Creek 13.15.93 Toora & District 4.1.25 Leading Goalkicker: N. Rundle (F) 5 Fish Creek Best: N. Rundle, P. Mueller, A. Hamilton, M. Van Boven, D. Devonshire, J. Spokes Toora & District Best: T. Moodie, T.

Need, B. Stone, C. Teuma, D. Garlick, R. East

THIRDS Fish Creek 6.13.49 Toora & District 0.1.1 Leading Goalkicker: T. Shanahan (F) 2 Fish Creek Best: D. Gordon, T. Hamilton, J. Flanders, O. Cumming, T. McGannon, D. Mulholland Toora & District Best: C. Round, V. Ditta, N. Bravington, K. Holmes, S. Brett, S. Fischer

FOURTHS Fish Creek 21.20.146 Toora & District 0.0.0 Leading Goalkicker: G. Staley (F) 5 Fish Creek Best: B. Harfield/Park, G. Park, K. Byers, B. Pulham, B. Carratello, E. Park Toora & District Best: M. Edwards, L. Chatfield, B. East, R. Schneider, S. Walker, K. Morgan

Big boot: Daniel Jago puts one on his boot during Fish Creeks wet game with Toora. remainder of the day and Fish Creek added a further five goals before half time and then another eight in the third quarter as the weather began to deteriorate even more and the ground started to break up, with rain coming more regularly, and as a result of the three earlier games on the day.

Fish Creek’s Blencowe was moved forward for a change and goals were the result; he added three though the second and third quarters and showed he could easily play at either end of the field. The final quarter slowed to a real slog with the rain, wind and even fog rolling in making vision

for the players extremely difficult. Not to mention for the supporters who battled to tell who had the ball or even where the ball was at times. A single goal and a couple of points added in the final quarter to Fish Creek and all involved welcomed the final siren when it finally came.

Fish Creek by 126 points in a dominant performance with probably not a man beaten on the day. Fish Creek are back home for the first time in five weeks against Foster and Toora have the bye and the chance to refresh before their final two games of the season.

Sliding in: Fish Creek’s Jason Rouda uses the mud to his advantage and gets to the ball first in this contest.

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Bulldogs continue to win MUD meant scrappy football at Stony Creek on Saturday when the Lions took on Korumburra Bena.

The Bulldogs who were better placed on the ladder were looking to increase their winning streak but up and down form and wet weather suggested it could be anyone’s game. It was a slow start by both teams in the scoring department with everyone working hard to keep their feet as well keep their hands on the ball. Korumburra-Bena was the first to draw blood scoring the only major for the first quarter. The Lions found their feet in the

Korumburra-Bena 10.8.68 Stony Creek 3.12.30

second and were able to move forward quickly with many scoring opportunities. Three goals and six behinds for the quarter put them in front by five. Heavy feet from the wet are thought to have caused the inaccuracy which prevented the margin to grow any further. The Bulldogs bit back in the third and took control of the game keeping Stony to just one behind for the whole quarter. Willie Jeffs and Ashley Zuidema were working hard for KorumburraBena and pushing the ball forward when they could. The visitors managed three goals for the quarter and developed a 15

Stony Creek 2.5.17

Korumburra-Bena Goals: C. Maskell 3, A. Hillberg 3, I. Osman 2, R. Staples 1, P. Pattison 1 Stony Creek Goals: K. Van Der Pluym 2, M. Luscombe 1 Korumburra-Bena Best: R. Staples, S. Paterson, S. Braithwaite, N. Besley, A. Zuidema, W. Jeffs Stony Creek Best: J. Hughes, M. Linke, J. Schelling, C. Langley, M. Luscombe, D. Zuidema

RESERVES Korumburra-Bena 15.7.97

Leading Goalkickers: R. Provan 3, A. Alger 3 (K) Korumburra-Bena Best: J. Caporale, C. Kyle, L. Wilson, R. Provan, D. Myors, J. Whiteside Stony Creek Best: B. Scanlon, G. Fleming, L. Byrnes, B. Rawson, B. McKnight, M. Dyer

THIRDS Korumburra-Bena 8.6.54 Stony Creek 1.6.12 Leading Goalkicker: B. Dorling (K) 2 Korumburra-Bena Best: A. O’Neill, J. Waycott, J. Hopkins, D. James, J. Breen, M. Wight

point lead going into three quarter time. Chris Langley was doing his best to for the Lions but it just wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs powered on in the last. The visitors were also sharing around the scoring with Maskell and Hillberg scoring three majors each and Osman sneaking through two for the match. The Lions were no match for Korumburra-Bena’s recent winning ways as they ran away with the game in the dying minutes to win by 38. The Bulldogs travel to Yarram next week while Stony Creek host local rivals MDU.

Stony Creek Best: J. Brown, E. Taylor, T. Stone, J. Monaghan, j. zuidema, G. Pate

FOURTHS Korumburra-Bena 12.13.85 Stony Creek 0.0.0 Leading Goalkickers: H. McLean 2, J. Ellams 2, K. Cosson 2 (K) Korumburra-Bena Best: N. Somerville, L. O’Brien, H. McLean, P. Ahokava, M. Kennewell, L. Henry Stony Creek Best: L. Harrington, Z. Fiddelaers, T. Sinclair, W. Collins, T. Francis, J. Tiziani

Yarram win Demon battle IT WAS almost impossible to tell who was playing for which team as 36 Demon players took to the field at Meeniyan last Saturday. Although the rain held off for the majority of the Seniors game, Meeniyan Dumbalk United took on Yarram at home in very heavy conditions, and it was not long before the players jumpers were coated in mud and barely recognisable. MDU went into the game severely undermanned, with coach Clint Johnston, vice-coach Shane Peters and key player Damien Adkins both out with injury, while Tremaine Tohiariki was also missing from the

line-up. All excuses aside, Yarram played the conditions and used the football better than MDU in the first and finished the quarter 14-points up. MDU fought back in the second and was able to add two more majors to the board, however the slippery conditions were making it difficult for either team to score. While Joel Sinclair starred once again for the red and blue, Chris Pettitt and Chris Bruns were stand outs for the red and white, and Yarram managed to keep its lead, going into the long break up by eight points. Giving a lot of drive and contesting well all day in the back pocket, young gun Ben Thomas combined

with Dean Aldridge in the backline to hold Yarram to only two goals in the third; however the home side only managed to keep up themselves and went into the last down by 10-points. Despite keeping up all day, MDU dropped its intensity in the fourth quarter and trailed off. Yarram was able to limit its opposition both on the field and the scoreboard, and took out the battle of the Demons by 17-points. MDU take on rivals Stony Creek away next week, while Yarram will host Korumburra-Bena at home.

Quick feet: MDU’s Joel Sinclair evades a Yarram attack but could not avoid the mud at Meeniyan.

Slippery ball: Beau Anthony’s fist was not quick enough to get the ball away from Jack Hughes arms on Saturday. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning@www.

Magpies topple top side The Dalyston Magpies managed to beat the ladder leading Kilcunda Bass Panthers at the weekend on a very heavy and wet ground. In a low scoring game, the Dalyston defence kept Bass to just two goals by half time. It was important to get off to a good start in the very heavy, wet conditions and Dalyston did just that. They caught Bass out napping and kicked the first three goals to take a handy lead, however Luke James got one back for The Panthers and slowed the momentum. The home side came out with all guns firing and by the end of the first quarter led comfortably 33 to eight. The second quarter was a much more even contest and Bass was starting to get in first under packs led by Steve O’Bryan, and Damien Holmes but they still couldn’t bridge the gap in the trying conditions and rain. Although Bass showed glimpses of getting back into the game, they just couldn’t manage it. At half time, the Magpies were well

Dalyston 9.8.62 Kilcunda Bass 6.7.43 Dalyston Goals: S. Pimm 4, D. Wylie , M. Schreck , P. Dunlop , P. McKenna , J. Brooker Kilcunda Bass Goals: L. JAMES 4, J. Wells , B. Vague Dalyston Best: P. McKenna, C. Tait, D. Kelly, C. Samargis, R. Jennings, J. Brooker Kilcunda Bass Best: D. Holmes, S. O’’Bryan, L. JAMES, J. Attenborough, D. Shepherd, R. Fitzgerald


RESERVES Dalyston 15.8.98

Round 18 - August 4 Kil-Bass v Phillip Island Fish Creek v Foster Stony Creek v MDU Tarwin v Dalyston I-K v DWWWW Kor-Bena v Yarram Toora - bye

in front, 48 to 17. The second half was just a hard slog for both sides. Bass never gave up with Steve O’Bryan, Damien Holmes and Luke James showing the way forward and Dylan Shepherd trying his hardest down back, but Dalyston was too good on the day. The Panthers let the home side kick the first four goals and then tried and play catch up football in impossible conditions. The Magpies played an old fashioned wet weather game of football and it paid off. Steven Pimm kicked four goals for the home side, while five others made their mark on the game with a goal each. The final score was Dalyston 62 to Kilcunda Bass 43. This week Kilcunda Bass will meet with Phillip Island at home and will need to step it up a gear if they want to be on top at the end of the season. Dalyston are up against Tarwin who are sitting just outside the top six on the ladder.

Kilcunda Bass 1.1.7 Leading Goalkicker: L. Wilkinson (D) 4 Dalyston Best: B. Harman, J. Sibly, J. Alexander, M. Boyle, R. Davey, J. Everitt Kilcunda Bass Best: Not submitted

THIRDS Dalyston 6.3.39 Kilcunda Bass 4.1.25 Leading Goalkicker: T. Davey (D) 3 Dalyston Best: L. McRae, S. Kuyper, J. Ray-Angarane, M.

Ware, M. McCoy, T. Davey Kilcunda Bass Best: J. Homer, N. Arney, T. Thatcher, D. Stacey-Van Steensel, J. MacIntyre, A. Marks

FOURTHS Dalyston 17.14.116 Kilcunda Bass 0.1.1 Leading Goalkickers: K. Kirk 3, M. Marotta 3 (D) Dalyston Best: C. Collins, K. Kirk, M. Marotta, B. Bayne, J. McPhee, L. Bird Kilcunda Bass Best: S. Casey, K. Condick, J. Honeysett, A. Brown, T. Burgess, T. Smith

MID GIPPSLAND Round 16 - August 4 Yarragon v Yinnar Yall-Yall Nth v Mirboo North Hill End v Morwell East Newborough v Trafalgar Thorpdale v Boolarra

GIPPSLAND Round 15 - July 28 (Split Round) Moe v Maffra Bairnsdale v Warragul Drouin v Leongatha August 4 Sale v Morwell Wonthaggi v Traralgon

ELLINBANK Round 17 - August 4 Buln Buln v Catani Garfield v Nar Nar Goon Lang Lang v Koo Wee Rup Longwarry v Ellinbank Neerim South v Cora Lynn Nyora v Poowong Warragul Ind v Bunyip Nilma-Darnum - bye

Yarram 8.10.58 M.D.U. 6.5.41 Yarram Goals: B. Lynch 2, B. Davis 1, N. Lynch 1, J. Swift 1, A. Pavey 1, J. Swift 1, C. Sutherland 1 M.D.U. Goals: C. Hutcheson 2, B. Pedlow 1, K. Gowers 1, T. Findlay 1, M. Trotman 1 Yarram Best: C. Pettitt, C. Bruns, T. Davis, J. Swift, K. Sleep, D. Rash M.D.U. Best: J. Sinclair, D. Aldridge, B. Thomas (Jnr), C. Hutcheson, M. Harris

RESERVES M.D.U. 14.8.92 Yarram 1.2.8 Leading Goalkicker: Y. Zorzos (M) 5 M.D.U. Best: Y. Zorzos, B. Arnup, T. Davison, N. Pye, M. Jones, P. Harris Yarram Best: N. Lees, M. Emery, L. Borne, M. Earles, D.

Coulthard, M. Smallwood

THIRDS M.D.U. 11.14.80 Yarram 1.3.9 Leading Goalkicker: J. Forrester (M) 3 M.D.U. Best: J. Broadway, J. Forrester, R. Olden, J. Hoy, N. Moore, K. Sinclair Yarram Best: A. Holt, L. Le Blanc, K. Shrubb, J. Le Blanc, P. Shrubb, A. Caygill

FOURTHS Yarram 18.16.124 M.D.U. 1.1.7 Leading Goalkicker: B. Tatnell (Y) 6 Yarram Best: W. McDonald, J. McDonald, D. Hooper, B. Tatnell, J. Mitchell, T. Chisholm M.D.U. Best: B. Pickersgill, D. Thorson, c. Dougherty, A. Campbell, C. McInnes

Quick dash: Kilcunda-Bass’ Steven O’Bryan seizes the ball in a bid to avoid Dalyston’s attack, including by Patrick McKenna.

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Phillip Island scores a win PHILLIP Island has kept its finals hopes alive with a gritty 23 point win in a low scoring affair against Inverloch-Kongwak at Cowes on the weekend.

The sun was shining for the opening bounce of the Seniors match but consistent rain throughout the day made for slippery conditions. The match started with both teams entering inside 50 on many occasions, with little impact on the scoreboard. Scott Riordan missed a goal he would normally kick with his eyes closed, but quickly redeemed himself with a left foot snap for the Bulldogs after good play from Jimmy Taylor. Inverloch struck back minutes later with a goal of their own after a tight passage of play. A goal to Marcus

Wright, from a free kick 25 metres out gave the Island momentum midway through the quarter. Pouring rain towards the end of the quarter made things difficult, but Damian Hinkley showed how it was done with a great goal to give the Island a handy buffer at quarter time. Inverloch-Kongwak came out firing after quarter time, but the Island back six held strong. The Sea Eagles finally scored a goal at the 10-minute mark. From there, the game became very scrappy, with skills at a low standard. John Emery seemed to have the ball on a string and constantly got the ball going the Island’s way. Inverloch-Kongwak seemed to have the edge and goaled, but Hinkley kicked another impressive goal to give the Island a nine point lead at the long break.

Foster stunned by Sharks AN eight goal to two first quarter set up a shock win to the Tarwin Sharks over Foster on Saturday.

A welcome inclusion following an injury, Alby Russell booted the first two of the match to lift the Sharks’ confidence and they never surrendered the lead for the entire match. With the wind blowing to the Toora end and a 2-3 goal advantage, Tarwin had no hesitation to kick with the breeze and this set up their win. Travis Cameron relished the heavy going and as the oval got heavier, Cameron got better for the Sharks. Newcomer to Senior ranks this year, Andrew Jelbart has had a very consistent year with another good game for Tarwin. Jamie Cann was also playing well as a key forward. Nick McRae was ever consistent across the backline.

Foster came right back into contention in the second quarter, on-ballers Cal Van Dyke and Shem Hawking grabbing plenty of the footy. At half time though it was Tarwin 8.3 to Foster’s 6.7. Any hope Foster had of a revival was quashed in the third term as Tarwin kicked four to Foster nil to put the contest out of the Tigers’ reach. With the ground getting heavier in the last it was a slog. Rain on and off throughout the day made things even greasier. Just three goals was scored in the final term. With Paul McRae and Eddy McMicking still to come back, Tarwin is making a last lunge for a final’s berth but the Sharks just need to keep winning. Foster has another tough one coming up as they journey to Fish Creek for the local derby this Saturday.

The Sea Eagles kicked the first goal of the third quarter and the Island responded quickly, with Shane Murdoch marking on his chest and kicking true. This would be the only scores for the quarter, with both sides struggling to get any forward movement. Old Casey teammates Jaymie Youle and James Taylor were hard at it for the Island. Coach Hickman urged the Bulldogs to dig deep and bring home a season defining victory. After more contested football that had become the norm, Corbin Stevic ran onto a long kick to the goal square and soccered through a goal to spark the Bulldogs. The talls for the Island were influential, with Tim Renouf taking grabs around the ground and Mitch Price crashing packs in the forward line. The Island now had the ascendency and when Eli Richards kicked a running goal, the win was sealed. The final score, Phillip Island 51 to Inverloch Kongwak, 28. Next week Phillip Island faces arch rivals Kilcunda-Bass at Bass, while Inverloch Kongwak takes on DWWWW at home.


Kil-Bass ..... 13 3 Fish Creek... 12 2 Dalyston ..... 10 5 Kor-Bena .... 10 5 Foster ..........9 5 Phillip Is.......9 6 Inv-K’wak ........9 7 Tarwin .............8 7 Yarram ............7 8 MDU................6 9 Stony Creek.....4 11 DWWWW ........1 14 Toora & Dist ....0 16

Phillip Island 7.9.51 Inverloch-Kongwak 4.4.28 Phillip Island Goals: D. Hinkley 2, S. Riordan 1, M. Wright 1, C. Stevic 1, E. Richards 1, S. Murdoch 1 Inverloch-Kongwak Goals: C. McCaughan 2, L. Reddie 1, D. Clark 1 Phillip Island Best: J. Emery, M. Price, J. Youle, J. Taylor, T. Renouf, D. Hinkley Inverloch-Kongwak Best: A. Sadler, T. Cannon, S. Buxton, M. Billows, D. Kilpatrick, L. Rankin

RESERVES Phillip Island 22.14.146 Inverloch-Kongwak 0.7.7 Leading Goalkickers: J. Docherty 6, K. Taylor 6 (P) Phillip Island Best: J. Docherty, J. Turner, T. Cleeland, L. Woolford, T. Cole, C. McPhillips Inverloch-Kongwak Best: J. Nunn, M. Miller, T. Whelan, N. Cant, B.

Hayes, B. Dummett

THIRDS Phillip Island 12.9.81 Inverloch-Kongwak 4.2.26 Leading Goalkicker: A. Redmond (P) 3 Phillip Island Best: Z. Wagner, T. Lee, S. Taylor, J. Black, M. Francis, G. Powles Inverloch-Kongwak Best: B. Fisher, E. Wilson, B. Wardle, J. Dalmau, B. Robertson, J. Truman

FOURTHS Phillip Island 6.6.42 Inverloch-Kongwak 5.5.35 Leading Goalkickers: G. Leonardos (P) 2, N. Brayley 2, M. Burton 2 (I) Phillip Island Best: A. Edwards, R. Marshall, G. Leonardos, J. Piera, G. Le, J. Marks Inverloch-Kongwak Best: J. Teakle, S. Hayes, N. Anderson, E. Taranto, Z. Tonkin, J. Scott

Demons relive magic HEROES of glory days past returned to Meeniyan-Dumbalk Football Netball Club on Saturday to commemorate premierships. Footballers from the 1972 Reserves and 1992 Thirds flag winning teams gathered with the women of the 2002 C Grade premiership side at the Meeniyan clubrooms.

Players reminisced while watching the football and netball action against Yarram and enjoyed entertaining speeches after dinner on Saturday night. One-time Demons travelled from across South Gippsland and as far as Cobram, Echuca, Ballarat and New South Wales for the occasion. More photos in next week’s Star.

Wet ground: the splash of water that shot up after I-K’s Barry Withers soccered the ball off the ground displayed how wet the ground at Phillip Island was on Saturday.

Alberton Junior football finals 1st Semi Final to be played at Leongatha on Sunday August 5 Under 11s: Wonthaggi Power v Corner Inlet commencing at 9.45am Under 13s: Leongatha JR v Wonthaggi Power commencing at 10.50am 2nd Semi Final to be played at Inverloch on Sunday August 5 Under 11s: InverlochKongwak v Leongatha JR commencing at 9.45am


Inv-K’wak..... 12 2 0 Corner Inlet .. 11 2 1 L’gatha Jnr ... 9 5 0 Won ........... 8 5 1 Kor-Bena ..... 6 8 0 Dalyston ...... 5 8 1 Phillip Is ......... 3 11 0 Kil-Bass.......... 0 13 1



323.08 48 253.71 46 126.05 36 115.71 34 83.49 24 65.43 22 47.22 12 17.17 2

GOALKICKERS Z. Caughey(Inv-K’wak ) ...... (2) B. Best (Inv-K’wak) ............ (2) K. Reid(Inv-K’wak) ............. (2) B. Rogers (Cnr Inlet ) ......... (0) B. Patterson (Kor-Bena) ..... (0) C. Mckenzie (I-K) ............... (4) J. Dunn (Leon Jnr ) ............ (2) Z. Van Delft (Leon Jnr) ....... (1) T. Van Dyke (Cnr Inlet) ....... (0) D. Brosnan (Won Power) ... (0) J. Celebrine (Kor-Bena) ...... (1) H. McInnes (I-K) ................ (3)

31 27 25 23 19 17 17 15 15 15 15 15

UNDER 11 LADDER Tarwin 13.11.89 Foster 8.13.61

ing, E. Davies, R. Johnston, J. Moore, R. Campisi

Tarwin Goals: J. Cann 3, A. Russell 3, T. Cameron 2, S. Burggraaff 2, M. Chalmers 1, J. Chalmers 1, J. Barnett 1 Foster Goals: S. Andrews 2, D. Waser 2, C. VanDyke 2, S. Condon 1, J. Stevenson 1 Tarwin Best: T. Cameron, A. Jelbart, J. Cann, N. McRae, C. Lamers, J. Chalmers Foster Best: S. Hawking, C. VanDyke, M. Eales, S. Condon, L. Jones, D. Granger

THIRDS Foster 14.11.95 Tarwin 0.1.1

RESERVES Tarwin 5.11.41 Foster 1.2.8 Leading Goalkicker: W. Lomax (T) 2 Tarwin Best: B. Launder, D. Leggo, N. McRae, J. Van Dillen, A. Bell, J. Shill Foster Best: L. Cripps, J. Chasel-

Leading Goalkicker: M. Green (F) 3 Foster Best: L. Coffey, J. Moore, T. Hamilton, M. Green, S. Allott, S. Chaseling Tarwin Best: L. Thwaites, E. Charles, J. Moore, H. Russell, L. Keily, W. Rycks

FOURTHS Foster 13.10.88 Tarwin 2.3.15 Leading Goalkicker: R. Prain (F) 3 Foster Best: E. Smith, R. Prain, H. Griggs, B. Green, T. Hamilton, A. Turner Tarwin Best: B. Ellen, C. Brown, J. Hill, K. Teylor, H. Keily, N. Johnstone






25/8/12 26/8/12 1/9/12 2/9/12 8/9/12 15/9/12

Elimination Final 3v6 Elimination Final 4v5 2nd Semi Final 1v2 1st Semi Final Preliminary Final Grand Final

Fish Creek Yarram Foster Phillip Island Tarwin Inverloch-Kongwak

Fish Creek Yarram Foster Kilcunda-Bass MDU Toora



Inv-K’wak...... 12 0 2 553.06 L’gatha Jnr .... 10 3 1 236.76 Won ............ 10 4 0 139.66 Corner Inlet ... 8 4 2 367.70 Dalyston ....... 7 7 0 83.33 Kor-Bena ...... 2 12 0 19.05 Kil-Bass........... 1 10 2 12.19 Phillip Is .......... 1 11 1 26.27 GOALKICKERS N. Anderson (Won) ............ (0) Z. Reid (Inv-K’Wak)............ (1) L. Gheller (Dalyston) .......... (0) J. Hutchinson (Inv-K’wak).. (0) L. O’Neill (Leon Jnr) ........... (3) R. Angwin (Cnr Inlet) ......... (1) C. McInnes(Inv-K’wak)....... (1) J. Hume (Leon Jnr) ............ (1) B. Mitchell (Cnr Inlet) ......... (1) C. Scott (Won) ................... (1) J. Thornell (Cnr Inlet) ......... (1)


52 42 40 36 28 8 8 6 22 20 17 16 15 14 14 13 13 10 10


155.71 52 188.98 50 131.63 40 129.95 40 109.95 38 131.33 36 127.80 36 132.10 32 98.50 28 111.92 24 89.85 16 33.96 4 25.70 0

GOALKICKERS L. James (Kil-Bass) ............ (4) y S. Pimm ((Dalyston) ............ (4) C. Maskell (Ko (Kor-Bena) ........ (3) A. Russell (Tar (Tarwin) ............. (3) C. Sutherland(Y Sutherland(Yarram) ....... (1) L. McMillan (S (Stony Crk) ..... (0) (Fis Creek) ..... (4) S. Sperling (Fish S. Andrews (Fo (Foster) ........... (2) (InvL. Oswald (Inv-K’Wak) ....... (0) (Kil-Ba .............. (1) J. Wells (Kil-Bass)

71 66 54 48 45 43 40 36 35 34



Young ones: Thirds players from 1992, Warren Turner, Ryan Leys and Mick Adkins, share tales.

0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Kor-Bena ..... 15 0 0 Phillip Island 14 1 0 Dalyston ...... 13 2 0 Tarwin ........ 11 4 0 MDU........... 11 4 0 Kil-Bass ...... 10 6 0 DWWWW ....... 5 10 0 Yarram ........... 5 10 0 Inv-K’wak ....... 4 12 0 Fish Creek ...... 4 11 0 Stony Creek.... 4 11 0 Foster ............. 2 13 0 Toora... ........... 1 15 0



854.69 639.36 283.65 272.77 141.58 163.30 54.72 43.50 84.24 56.04 30.12 27.29 16.32

60 56 52 44 44 40 20 20 16 16 16 8 4

GOALKICKERS L. Wilkinson (Dalyston)...... (4) K. Taylor (Phillip Island) ..... (6) A. Guymer(Tarwin) ............. (1) S. McRae (Tarwin) ............. (1) T. Sorrell (Kor-Bena) .......... (1) R. Provan (Kor-Bena) ......... (3) J. Jackson (Inv-K’Wak) ...... (0) D. McKean (DWWWW) ...... (0) B. Vague (Kil-Bass) ............ (0) M. Dickason (Kil-Bass) ...... (0)

52 46 37 34 26 25 25 22 21 21




Kor-Bena ....... 14 1 0 480.46 56 Kil-Bass ........ 13 2 1 382.80 54 Phillip Island .. 12 3 0 344.39 48 MDU............. 12 3 0 203.61 48 Dalyston ........ 11 4 0 184.44 44 Toora ............ 9 6 1 92.99 38 Fish Creek .........8 7 0 124.54 32 Yarram ..............5 10 0 48.51 20 Stony Creek.......4 11 0 58.21 16 Foster ................4 11 0 58.00 16 DWWWW ..........3 12 0 28.88 12 Inv-K’wak ..........2 14 0 33.36 8 Tarwin ...............1 14 0 22.05 4 GOALKICKERS M. Edwards (Kor-Bena) ...... (1) J. Dakin (Kil-Bass) ............. (0) T. Davey (Dalyston) ............ (3) B. Doran (Toora) ................ (0) J. McMillan (MDU) ............. (0) B. Dorling (Kor-Bena)......... (2) J. Buckland (Fish Creek) .... (1) A. Officer (Phillip Island) .... (1) J. Krohn (MDU).................. (2) T. Wyatt (Kor-Bena)............ (0)

43 39 35 34 31 29 28 26 26 25




951.96 379.65 251.16 248.76 347.73 169.93 148.47 61.69 36.40 24.58 31.52 20.61 9.48

60 50 48 48 42 32 32 28 16 16 12 8 4

GOALKICKERS J. McDonald (Yarram) ........ (5) G. Staley (Fish Crk) ............ (5) R. McGannon (Fish Crk)..... (3) B. Harfield/Park (Fish Crk) .. (2) G. Park (Fish Crk)............... (4) A. Edwards (Phillip Is) ....... (0) M. Marotta (Dalyston) ........ (3) N. Brayley (Inv-K’wak) ....... (2) J. Black (Phillip Is) ............. (0) O. Toussaint (Inv-K’wak) .... (0)

46 38 32 32 30 30 28 28 27 26

Fish Creek.... 15 0 0 Dalyston ...... 12 2 1 Phillip Is...... 12 3 0 Yarram ........ 12 3 0 Kor-Bena ..... 10 4 1 Inv-K’wak..... 8 8 0 Foster ............. 8 7 0 Kil-Bass.......... 7 9 0 Tarwin ............ 4 11 0 MDU............... 4 11 0 Stony-Creek ... 3 12 0 Toora .............. 2 14 0 DWWWW ....... 1 14 0

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Parrots take down Hawks By Kate Pellicano THE Parrots made their way over to Drouin to play the Hawks on Saturday in the icy conditions on a very sloppy, muddy ground. Mick Otto was out with a shoulder injury, but Paddy Kindellan was back to

play this week. The Parrots came out strong, with Jake Best kicking the first goal of the game, but Drouin were not backing down and Malcolm Dow kicked one not long after for the home side. Tas Clingan was pushed into the boundary line fence, suggesting it was going to be a very hard and physical game, with the weather not making things

any easier. The Parrots boys were showing great team effort; Zak Vernon marked strongly and kicked it to Tas Clingan who set up Dylan Westaway for his first goal of the day. Both forwards were on the score board and Dwayne Holt and Jake Best were kicking well. It was a very low scoring game, with the Parrots going into the quarter time break with a 20 point lead over the Drouin Hawks, 29 to nine. Going into the second quarter, the Parrots came out strong with a gutsy tackle by Zak Vernon. Tas Clingan picked up the crumbs and weaving his magic, kicked directly to Dwayne Holt who put it straight through the centre. Great hands were displayed by Jake Best, as he unselfishly handed the ball off to Roy Mullens, but he was unable to goal and only ended up with a point. Chris Verboon then marked strongly and kicked on to Dwayne Holt. Holt passed it on to set Jake Best up for goal, but again the Parrots were unable to make something of it and he kicked a minor. The Parrots came back with some great teamwork, culminating in a smother by Zak Vernon, which allowed Hayden Browne to get the ball and kick a pearler and a well needed goal. The Hawks were not

backing down late in the last minutes of the quarter; they maintained possession and kicked two quick goals. The Hawks were playing kick to kick across their goal square, trying hard to kick another goal. On the fourth try Malcolm Dow finally snagged the six points. Drouin had another shot at goal after the siren, but kicked it into the post. Going into the half time break there were only eight points between the sides, Leongatha leading, 44 to 36. The Parrots were getting enough of the ball but just couldn’t score the six points. They had two attempts at goal, both only going through for points early in the third quarter. Hayden Browne once again put his body on the line, went in hard for the ball and marked strongly. With a lot of the Drouin players going for the man and not the ball, Tas Clingan was set up for a well needed goal and slotted it through, which hurt the Hawks. Rhett Kelly also showed his strength on the field, tackling hard making the Hawks earn the ball. Jake Best got the ball from Paddy Kindellan and kicked a long bomb to Chris Verboon and Tas Clingan, where Verboon came up with the goods. Verboon handballed it on to Tas Clingan on the

run, kicked it straight on to the chest of Dwayne Holt who banged it straight through the middle. The Parrots were in front by 23 at the final break, 60 to 37. Going into the last, Dwayne Holt was still leading strong with the weather setting in; it was hard to tell who was who with the amount of mud all over the players. Chris Verboon showed his skills again and kicked the goal of the day, making sure to let the bench know how delighted he was. Both teams were working hard despite the weather and both were very physical throughout the whole four quarters.

Leongatha were finding it hard to get the ball on the boot, which caused a lot of ball-ups and created packs. The Parrots finished off the game on a high when Jake Best kicked a strong goal just before the siren. The final scores were Leongatha 76 to Drouin, 52. The Parrots have no game next week with the split round, so the boys will train in Melbourne on Saturday and will then go to the MCG to rattle tins for the Beau Vernon Appeal. The next home game will be on August 11 against Bairnsdale, which is also the day of the annual Gala Auction.

SENIORS Leongatha 10.16.76 d Drouin 7.10.52

UNDER 18 Drouin 7.4.46 d Leongatha 6.2.38

Leongatha goals: J. Best 3, D. Holt 3, C. Verboon 1, H. Browne 1, D. Westaway 1, T. Clingan 1. Leongatha best: C. Verboon, T. Clingan, S. Kilsby, C. Stone, H. Browne, D. Holt. Drouin goals: M. Dow 2, D. Carmody 1, P. McGrath 1, R. Fairlie 1, D. Woodhead 1, D. Barrand 1. Drouin best: D. Barrand, B. McCallum, D. Carmody, P. McGrath, W. Morris, S. Ballingall.

Drouin goals: D. Seri 2, H. Ward 1, J. Rippon 1, B. Miller 1, J. Collins 1, N. Cullen 1. Drouin best: B. Miller, B. Blum, J. Jarred, H. Ward, D. Seri, M. Ridley. Leongatha goals: M. Borschman 2, B. Davidson 2, N. Tuckett 1, A. Castagna 1. Leongatha best: N. Tuckett, J. O’Loughlin, J. Whitford, W. Curtis, M. Borschman, B. Mead-Ameri.

RESERVES Leongatha 7.10.52 d Drouin 3.7.25 Leongatha goals: C. Brown 2, L. Castagna 1, J. Morehouse 1, M. Fleming 1, D. Langstaff 1, J. Pellicano. Leongatha best: S. Marriott, N. Eddy, D. Langstaff, J. Mackie, J. Pellicano, M. Cook. Drouin goals: M. Goodwin 1, N. Burr 1, M. O’Shannassy 1. Drouin best: D. Mullen, J. Fairlie, N. Burr, B. Lockhart, T. Piner, M. O’Shannassy.



CGJFL ladders UNDER 10 W L D


Trafalgar....... 13 0 0 1015.15 Leongatha ..... 10 2 1 349.44 Youth Club .... 10 2 1 277.78 New Reds ..... 7 4 2 194.79 Yinnar.......... 7 6 0 131.21 Moe Blues ....... 6 5 2 127.14 Mor Tigers ...... 7 6 0 86.32 Moe Maroons... 6 6 1 98.31 Hill & Rovers ... 3 10 0 84.49 Mirboo North .. 3 10 0 54.05 New Blues ....... 1 11 1 26.77 Yallourn Nth .... 0 12 0 4.37


52 42 42 32 28 28 28 26 12 12 6 4


Trafalgar....... 12 1 0 Leongatha ..... 11 2 0 New Blues..... 11 2 0 New Reds ..... 10 3 0 Mirboo North.. 8 5 0 Youth Club ...... 7 6 0 Yinnar ............. 5 8 0 Moe Maroons.. 5 8 0 Moe Blues ....... 4 9 0 Hill & Rovers ... 3 10 0 Yallourn Nth .... 2 11 0 Mor Tigers ...... 0 13 0


503.42 572.90 387.41 488.39 129.03 120.61 80.75 54.50 41.63 36.20 24.04 6.95


48 44 44 40 32 28 20 20 16 12 8 0


Leongatha ..... 13 1 0 Mirboo North.. 10 3 0 Youth Club .... 10 3 0 Moe Maroons.. 10 3 0 New Blues..... 8 5 0 Moe Blues ....... 8 5 0 Yinnar ............. 7 6 0 Trafalgar .......... 5 8 0 New Reds........ 3 10 0 Hill & Rovers ... 2 11 0 Mor Tigers ...... 2 11 0 Yallourn Nth .... 0 13 0


346.49 207.27 200.83 199.70 168.81 116.99 136.86 68.83 53.15 41.99 32.01 24.05


52 40 40 40 32 32 28 20 12 8 8 0

CGJFL UNDER 10 Leongatha 5.4.34 d Newborough Blues 0.0.0 Goals: J. Wight, C. Russell, A. Maxwell, F. Materia, C. Michael. Best: A. Maxwell, J. Williams, F. Materia, D. Hume, T. Collins.

UNDER 12 Leongatha 2.5.17 d Newborough Blues 2.1.13 Goals: B. Bacon, J. Lamers. Best: J. Hastings, B. Bacon, B. Hastings, B. Perry, M. McGannon, S. McGannon.

UNDER 14 Leongatha 8.12.60 d Newborough Blues 1.1.7

Played in wet and muddy conditions, the game lacked finesse. Tough play was the order of the day. The Bulldogs had the early ascendency, kicking the first goal of the match despite the defensive pressure of Parrots backmen Jonah Ball and Michael McKinnon. Sam Hanrahan was showing dash, while Damon Ginnane was dem-

But Korumburra wrested back control with a late goal. Nick Battersby quickly put the Parrots into attack in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs were quick to repel. Jack Balagh made sure nothing got through the Parrots’ defence. Battersby at last converted for the Parrots, with a great bit of running play. Going into the third quarter, the Parrots were three points in arrears. Rohan Baudinette was working hard in the clinches, but Korumburra kicked a goal to extend its lead to

Goals: A. Argento 4, O. Maclean 3, T. O’Halloran 1. Best: K. Patterson, B. Jones, A. Argento, E. Stephenson, K. Cooper, T. Sauvarin.

Drouin goals: A. Haymes 6, S. Reid-Hoey 3, J. Doyle 1, J. Kos 1, J. Collins 1, S. Wyatt 1, J. Seri 1. Drouin best: A. Haymes, J. Kos, J. McKellar, J. Collins, S. Reid-Hoey, R. Kennedy. Leongatha goals: D. Betts 3, B. Smith 1. Leongatha best: M. Borschman, B. Smith, C. Trickey, D. Betts, F. Kelly, J. Riseley.

nine points. The Parrots would continue to drive forward, managing three successive points. Bulldogs by a goal at the last break. In the last quarter the Parrots found another gear, with Hanrahan driving the attack from the centre square. Jack Dunn kicked a goal from the boundary early on to level the scores. Trotto found Van Delft, who converted truly. The Parrots were at last in front. Mitch Harry was lifting his intensity in the forward, likewise Ben Ryan. Dunn snapped another goal, and the Bulldogs fell flat. Olden was getting better with each passing moment. The ball was kicked to the opportunistic Tom Evans, who kicked the sealer. Parrots were home by 23 points.


AJFL UNDER 11 Leongatha 4.1.25 d Korumburra-Bena 2.1.13 Goals: L. O’Neill 3, J. Hume. Best: J. Brown, M. Bentvelzen, E. Clark, J. Ryan, L. Stothart, P. McKeown.

UNDER 13 Leongatha 6.9.45 d Korumburra-Bena 3.4.22 Goals: J. Dunn 2, T. Evans, N. Battersby, Z. Van Delft, Z. Clark. Best: J. Dunn, D. Ginnane, C. Alexander, N. Trotto, T. Evans, J. Ball.

Down and dirty: Leongatha’s Tom Evans gets his handball away as Zac Van Delft gets ready to lend assistance.

68 61 51 48 47 40 38 35 32 29


Leongatha ..13 1 Maffra........ 9 4 Sale .......... 8 4 Won Power .. 7 4 Drouin ....... 7 6 Morwell .........7 5 Traralgon .......4 8 Warragul .......1 12 Moe...............1 13

0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0



248.82 175.87 171.35 143.98 80.20 108.83 86.80 41.57 28.03

52 36 32 30 30 28 16 4 4

GOALKICKERS UNDER 16 Drouin 14.8.92 d Leongatha 4.4.28

Parrots come back onstrating his silky skills. Nathan Trotto was hitting the pack hard and delivering well up the ground. Cameron Olden found Zayn Clark, who replied for the Parrots with a sensational snapped goal. Big man Trent Westaway was winning the taps, while onballer Tom Brew was under every pack. The high-marking Clay Alexander was clunking everything that came his way. Jordi Geary was setting up the play through the middle. Josh “Shorty” Boler showed his typical dash.


52 52 40 34 28 24 20 18 12 12


M. Davies (Leongatha) ....... (0) N. Fowler (Sale) ..................(-) J. Pellicano (Leongatha) .... (1) K. O’Dwyer (Sale) ................(-) R. Tack (Won Power) ..........(-) R. Todd (Won Power) .........(-) S. Tobin Snr (Morwell) ........(-) M. Goodwin (Drouin) ......... (1) J. Saunders (Maffra) .......... (1) A. Winter (Won Power) .......(-)

SENIORS Maffra 17.22.124 d Moe 7.8.50 Bairnsdale 20.13.133 d Warragul 13.2.80 RESERVES Maffra 7.9.51 d Moe 3.3.21 UNDER 18 Maffra 11.17.83 d Moe 2.2.14 Bairnsdale 11.9.75 d Warragul 6.5.41 UNDER 16 Maffra 9.9.63 d Moe 3.3.21 Bairnsdale 19.5.119 d Warragul 3.5.23

37 31 28 21 19 18 18 18 17 17


THE Leongatha Under 13s have stormed into the finals, with a fabulous come-frombehind win against Korumburra.


Sale ......... 13 1 0 255.73 Leongatha .. 13 2 0 165.03 Maffra....... 10 5 0 130.41 Morwell ......8 5 1 105.04 Traralgon .....7 7 0 113.90 Won Power ....6 8 0 94.45 Drouin ............5 10 0 81.04 Bairnsdale ......4 10 1 62.44 Moe................3 12 0 64.32 Warragul ........3 12 0 63.86 GOALKICKERS M. Ferguson (Sale) .............(-) J. Best (Leongatha) ............ (3) B. Hughes (Warragul) ........ (7) D. Holt (Leongatha)............ (3) D. Bedggood (Maffra) ........ (5) D. McKenna (Traralgon) ......(-) A. Burgiel (Maffra) ............. (0) K. Fraser (Sale) ...................(-) J. Gibbs (Bairnsdale).......... (6) D. Hutchison (Morwell) .......(-)



306.60 320.48 185.88 184.97 180.25 83.00 79.36 51.50 53.33 5.25

56 48 48 32 32 24 24 16 12 0

GOALKICKERS J. Brown (Warragul)........... (3) P. Ryan (Won Power) ..........(-) R. Buttner (Warragul)......... (0) N. Campbell (Sale) ..............(-) B. Mitchell (Bairnsdale) ...... (2) B. Davidson (Leongatha).... (2) M. Nelson (Traralgon) .........(-) J. Weatherley (Maffra) ....... (0) T. Huther (Won Power) .......(-) A. Saunders (Bairnsdale) ... (0)

41 39 32 29 25 24 23 21 20 20

Bairnsdale.. 14 1 0 Traralgon ... 12 2 0 Warragul ... 12 3 0 Won Power ...8 6 0 Sale ...........8 6 0 Maffra ............6 9 0 Morwell ..........6 8 0 Leongatha ......4 11 0 Drouin ............3 12 0 Moe................0 15 0


Traralgon ... 13 1 Sale ......... 13 1 Maffra....... 12 3 Bairnsdale ...9 6 Drouin ........7 7 Morwell ..........6 8 Leongatha ......4 10 Moe................4 11 Warragul ........3 12 Won Power ....1 13

0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0



492.57 410.00 241.86 199.69 102.76 66.38 46.48 47.27 47.52 12.22

52 52 48 36 30 24 18 16 12 4

GOALKICKERS B. McCarrey (Bairnsdale) ... (6) B. Connelly (Maffra) ........... (0) N. Dennison (Bairnsdale) ... (0) L. Ronchi (Sale) ..................(-) T. Jolly (Sale) ......................(-) N. Holmes (Sale) .................(-) C. Driffield (Maffra) ............ (0) H. Britten (Traralgon) ..........(-) J. Jans (Sale) ......................(-) B. Duve (Traralgon) .............(-) B. Regan (Maffra) .............. (3)

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“THE STAR”, Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - PAGE 63

Gippsland Power marks 20 years GIPSSLAND Power, the TAC Under 18’s football team, marked 20 years of existence with a gala dinner attended by 450 at Lardner Park last Saturday night.

Current player: Aaron Heppell, best on ground for the current Gippsland Power team against Oakleigh Chargers on the weekend, attends the gala dinner with his girlfriend Phoebe Linton of Yinnar.

The highlight of the night was the announcement of the team of 20 years. In the team are the names of Leongatha’s Jarryd Roughead and Dyson Heppell. Both Roughead, with Hawthorn, and Heppell, with Essendon, are very much key players for their respective sides.

As it turned out Hawthorn and Essendon played each other on Saturday night, with the Hawks big win setting them up as current flag favourites. This opened up the opportunity for both Heppell and Roughead to attend the dinner with their families. Also there were two former coaches of the Leongatha Parrots, Colin Boyd and Paul Hudson. Both Hudson and Boyd are past Gippsland Power coaches. Hudson, the only coach to have won the premiership with the Gippsland Power in 2005, was

named as the coach of the 20 years side. Another player named was Nathan Vardy, a former player with Devon Welshpool Won Wron Woodside (DWWWW’s), now playing for Geelong. Former Kilcunda-Bass player Brent McAffer and former Wonthaggi Power forward Jarryd Blair also made the team. Another highlight of the night was the awarding of life memberships to Peter and Robyn Francis. A silent auction was also held to raise money for the Beau Vernon Appeal with over $10,000 raised.

Great night: returning to the Gippsland Power for their big gala are Dyson Heppell with his girlfriend Kate Turner.

The boys: Nathan Vardy, Dyson Heppell and Jarryd Roughead were all named in the “best” Power team of 20 years.

Olympic campaigns heat up AS the Olympic Games become a main point in conversation over the coming weeks, South Gippsland’s four Olympians are continuing their personal campaigns in London. You may have seen Mirboo North’s Belinda Snell taking to the court with her Opals team mates last night, or did you catch Drew Ginn’s heat in the Men’s Four rowing? Either way, both Ginn and Snell are

tipped for Olympic gold in their respective sports. Keep an eye out for the Opals if they make the final on Sunday night at 11.30pm AEST or Ginn’s rowing final on Saturday at 7.30pm. Cameron McKenzie-McHarg is pushing hard, leading the Men’s Eight rowing team and raced in the repecharge over night for a spot in the finals. The final will be held on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Leongatha’s Kaila McKnight’s campaign starts on Monday with the Women’s 1500m heats starting at 8:45pm.

Ready for action: South Gippsland’s Kaila McKnight with fellow athlete Jeff Riseley in London on Tuesday preparing for the Olympics.

Bombers: Jason Winderlich, formerly of Thorpdale, made a welcome return with the Bombers after a long term injury, pictured here with Essendon teammate Dyson Heppell.

Col and Yol: former Gippsland Power coach Colin Boyd with his wife Yolande at the dinner.

Hughes takes home cup

ANDREW Hughes brought home an arm full of trophies after winning the Victorian Sprint Car Association 2011-12 Championship cup recently.

Hughes, born and raised in Meeniyan, now lives in Traralgon. He took out the season win in just his second year in the sport. Along with the season cup Hughes took home a round win at Rosedale and most improved for the Rosedale sprint cars 2011-12 season. Hughes was more than happy with his achievements.

An arm full: Andrew Hughes literally had his hands full after taking out the Victorian Sprint Car Association 2011-12 Championship season cup.

PAGE 64 - “THE STAR”, Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Power’s best GIPPSLAND Power named their best 25 players of the last 20 years in an All-Star team at their 20th anniversary ball on Saturday. A number of South Gippsland players were named in the squad. See page 63 for the full story and more photos.

Raring to ride THE Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland is on again and Leongatha’s Stu Smith is among the 170 competitors vying for glory. “I’m pretty excited for it,” Smith told The Star. “It’s the first big tour for me locally for this time of year.” Stu has been training in the lead up to the tour, doing around 550km a week on his bike. The eighth Lakes Oil tour of Gippsland is starting in San Remo on August 1 and then makes its way, over nine stages to Paynesville. The San Remo stage is a criterium that will see competitors tackle 20 laps of a blocked off section of the town. This will be followed by a road race on the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit that afternoon. Smith said that riding on the Grand Prix Circuit is fantastic. “We do a fair bit of it lately. I’ve already done it twice this year and it is such a great venue,” he said. “It is a perfect surface, and it’s windy and it’s not dead flat so it’s

exciting.” Smith, a Jayco/VIS team member, also competed in last year’s Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland and said that the stages are tougher this year. “It seems harder than the last couple of years,” he said. “It’s not quite hard enough to suit me though, I’m more of a climber and I don’t know if it’s quite hilly enough to suit me. “Hopefully a sprinter won’t win like usual, but it will be hard to stop.” Smith is aiming high and is hoping his climbing skills will help him. “I’m really after a stage win,” he said. “But overall I’m hoping I’d finish up in the front 20 at least, last year I came in around there without much happening. “The general classification doesn’t suit me so much because of all these sprints, but if I can sneak away with a stage win or have enough luck I could come away with a top 10.” Smith is hoping to be competing in all the tours within the Scody Cup but is unsure at this stage.

Ready to race: Leongatha’s Stu Smith is hoping for a stage win in one of the hill climb stages in the Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland.

The Great Southern Star  

July 31 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper

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