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Jumping for joy: Leongatha CFA members are over the moon after a VCAT hearing granted them permission to build a new fire station in Bair Street. Showing their enthusiasm were Scott Hillis, Scott Cameron, Nathan Hawkins, Andy Kay and Gary Burns. Young Noah Cameron (front) also gave the thumbs up to the new site.

UNDER FIRE Ex-CFA captain criticises station site No work?

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FORMER Leongatha CFA captain Ray Pearson has labelled the location of the new Leongatha Fire Station as “ridiculous”.

VCAT has ruled in favour of the CFA building its new Leongatha station next to the BP Service Station in Bair Street. The decision disappoints objectors and the South Gippsland Shire Council, and could have cost the town a large national retailer (see story page 4). Mr Pearson, also a former Ruby CFA captain, has been vocal in his opposition to the station’s location. “They’re putting it next to the biggest service station in town. If there was a major incident at the service station they wouldn’t be able to get to the trucks. That’s the number one problem,” he said. “Number two is that it’s right on a bend, with cars flying around there.” Mr Pearson believes a proposal to have lights near the station would also cause headaches with traffic flow around the station.

“I’ve got no idea why they didn’t choose a different site, like the old Shell depot opposite Knight’s (Hughes Street) or even the vacant block up behind Marriott’s (corner of Allison Street and Anderson Street). They’re perfect locations,” he said. “You can pull out in every direction and there are no problems. The decision’s made, but I was annoyed.” However, the CFA hierarchy is delighted. The fire station will be built to a CFA formula and will cost around $1.5 million. It should be ready for use by next April. “We’re very pleased with the decision of VCAT,” CFA region nine operations manager Mark Jones said. “We’re looking forward to getting the planning permit, then we’ll work with the brigade to finalise a construction schedule. “Plans are in place but we need to sit with the brigade and tweak any internal design matters that won’t affect the planning permit. “We hope to put it out to tender soon.” But Mr Jones said the CFA understands the council has 28 days in which to lodge an appeal with the Supreme Court. According to shire planning and environmental health manager Bryan Sword,



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there won’t be an appeal. The Supreme Court is the only avenue through which appeals against VCAT decisions can be pursued. The costs are prohibitive. The old fire station would be sold and the resulting capital would go into revenue for the next CFA building. A sale would not go ahead until the brigade had shifted to its new headquarters. Mr Jones said construction would take around 125 days. Fire stations are built to a standard design, with variations to accommodate different sized blocks of land, but the facilities are the same. It will accommodate the brigade’s needs for meetings, training and the maintenance of trucks and firefighting equipment. Lack of grounds in Anderson Street to undertake the latter is one of the major reasons for a move. Mr Jones said maintenance, which constitutes a large part of volunteers’ time, has had to be undertaken on the apron of the Anderson Street building, creating a hazard for pedestrians and volunteers working in proximity of a busy highway. All documentation and tender work is expected to be ready by September this year, with construction starting in the new year.


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She urged council to lobby for more V/line services to stop at the towns, a bus shelter and seating at Loch, and weather proofing of the Nyora bus stop. Ms Fleming asked council to pursue a response to the petition regarding these matters, submitted to Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan. Cr Nigel HutchinsonBrooks said V/Lines buses were not scheduled to allow people to be in the city for early morning meetings. Ms Fleming urged council to work with VicRoads to control roadside weeds, asked if council had enough money to encourage arts and craft, and asked council to fund

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maintenance of a park in the heart of Nyora. She also raised concerns about the adequacy of funds allocated to works at Henrys Road, Nyora. She was representing the Loch Community Development Association, and the Cluster of Loch, Nyora and Poowong. SASHA Lamont of the Digital Arts Collection Group urged council to consider the economic value of the arts. She said cultural tourists – those interested in the arts – spent about $200 per day as opposed to the average tourist spend of $80 as they bought art and craft, enjoyed food and wine, and stayed for longer. Ms Lamont urged council to consider developing an Arts Industry Cluster Strategy to maximise arts earnings potential. THE additional $150,000 in recreation reserves funding was welcomed by the committees of management of the Foster, Arthur Suther-

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loch, Wonthaggi and Pound Creek were called to the blaze at The Crescent around 4.15pm. The top floor of the two story dwelling was lost while around 40 per cent of the house was saved. The cause of the fire is still being investigated according to CFA District 9 operations officer David Chugg. “The fire investigators are still compiling their report so we don’t know at this stage.” Mr Chugg could not confirm rumours the four year old was playing with matches which sparked the blaze. Working fire alarms in the home were praised. “The smoke alarms alerted the occupants of the fire and it just proves that working smoke alarms do save lives,” Mr Chugg said.

land (Welshpool), Terrill Park (Fish Creek) and Dumbalk recreation reserves. The funds will go towards new equipment, improving playing surfaces and upgrading facilities. TROY and Amy Cranston of Nyora Pizza and Takeaway said proposed increase of Food Act registration fees of 20 per cent would put small food businesses under financial stress. They said fees should be set based on the size of the business. Council managers have recommended this be reduced to 7.5 per cent. WEST Gippsland Regional Library Corporation CEO John Murrell suggested council consider co-locating the Mirboo North library with other services, such as health and medical, to form a community hub. He also noted the Foster Library was small and suggested it too could be located with other government agencies. Council managers said council would continue to work with the library. BETWEEN them, Steve Finlay, Shirley Westaway, Barry Richards, Bill Fuller, Michael Giles and David Hoy were concerned about such issues as the rate increase, staff costs, provision of services, fleet and telephone expenditure, the councillor discretionary fund, staff performance, meeting costs and councillor allowances. Council managers have suggested the rate of councillor allowances be considered, after Mr Giles called for total allowances to be reduced by $50,000 per annum. Mr Hoy urged councillors to donate any increase to charity. Councillors voted to set the mayoral allowance at $69,325 and councillor allowance at $22,405 per annum at the April 24 council meeting. BICYCLE Victoria called for council to invest in bicycle infrastructure, saying such an investment would benefit people’s health and environment. Council managers responded by saying council had allocated funds to the Great Southern Rail Trail and Strzelecki Rail Trail.

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Spare us rates pain By Brad Lester RATEPAYERS have demanded South Gippsland Shire Council slash costs to spare struggling residents a proposed 7.5 per cent rate rise. Angry objectors urged council to reduce staff costs, close Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, abandon plans for a new community vision, and reduce tourism investment. Others called for consultants to be avoided and for council cars to not be part of staff packages. Nine speakers addressed council’s budget submissions session at the Leongatha council chambers last Wednesday, all with the common theme: ratepayers can’t afford a rate rise of 7.5 per cent and ongoing rises of 6.5 per cent in 2014-15, 5.5 per cent in 2015-16 and 2016-17, 5.25 per cent in 2017-18 and then five per cent per year beyond that. Tw e n t y - f i v e submissions were lodged. Many experienced councillors described this

budget as the most difficult they had contemplated, given council had around $9 million in lost income and unexpected expenses. Foster woman Meg Knight summed up the sentiment by paraphrasing a former bank advertisement, saying “It’s our money Ralph”. She urged council to reduce the draft budget by five per cent and outlined her plan for doing so, including shutting Coal Creek, freezing councillor allowances and hiring of new and replacement staff, not spending money on brochures promoting Leongatha, Korumburra, Mirboo North and Toora, and not delivering Meals on Wheels from Leongatha to Foster. “Our salaries are not going up by 7.5 per cent. That is way over inflation,” she said. “There are savings to be made. It just takes a far more critical eye.” John McKay of Foster said the average salary for council staff was $84,000 and too high in his view. “We have 28 managers. There is a lot of brass in that number of highly skilled, highly priced people. We should be able

to achieve savings there,” he said. Malcolm Davies of Foster felt farmers’ rates were too high at a time when many farmers were “at their financial limits”. He will pay $30,000 in rates. His submission called for the differential farm rate to be 75 per cent of the residential rate and for rates to be charged on buildings only. Council’s draft budget allocates $150,000 in additional funding to recreation reserves, but Ian Lyon, representing the Foster Showgrounds Special Committee, said the increase was “catch up funding”. “Some reserves are in an embarrassingly poor condition compared to Bass Coast Shire,” he said. Mr Lyon said council’s garden crews should dedicate more time to the reserve than gardens in town. Lloyd McKenzie of Foster said the budget failed to consider the community’s ability to pay and a rate rise this year would become part of cumulative rises in the future.

Can’t afford it: Foster ratepayer Lloyd McKenzie shares his concerns about rising rates with Cr Mohya Davies. “Ratepayers can only expect to receive the services they can afford,” he said. Mr McKenzie said the Korumburra community should assume more responsibility for Coal Creek’s finances. Gary Napthine of Waratah North also has a property in the Melbourne suburb of Camberwell and said the properties were valued at similar prices, yet his rates bill for

Waratah North was twice the price. He said council’s actual staff costs had been greater than forecast figures on numerous occasions and said council vehicles should not be turned over every two and a half years. “There seems to be a trend towards the council employees running the council rather than the councillors,” Mr Napthine said.

Councillors harbour mixed feelings He felt council could cut more expenses rather than slugging ratepayers. He said he would not support the budget until “that rate rise is down to a bare minimum”. “Times are hard for people out there. A lot of people in our shire are self funded retirees. These people rely on their interest rates as their self funded superannuation to survive,” he said. “Farmers are so far in debt....Some people are 20 per cent down on their takings. It is going to get worse before it gets better.” Cr Nigel HutchinsonBrooks said this was his 10th budget in his council career and the hardest. He said council’s decision to take a zero based budgeting approach from July 1 would result in a full review of all council services. “It’s like a stocktake, rather than just assuming we will do what we did last

year and up it a little,” he said. Cr HutchinsonBrooks cited additional cost burdens imposed by the State Government as costing council more. The Fire Services Levy, he said, would result in an extra one and a half positions, without adequate government funding. However, he accepted not everyone would be happy. “For every person that says close down Coal Creek and close down the economic development department, there is


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Big retailer wanted CFA Bair Street site By Jane Ross VCAT’S decision to allow a new fire station in Bair Street, Leongatha may have bumped a large national retailer out of town.

David Amor: the Korumburra businessman will throw his hat into the ring of federal politics, after an endorsement by Katter’s Australian Party to contest the seat of McMillan. This image has been digitally altered. Mr Amor does not generally wear a very big hat. Party leader Bob Katter does and is famous for it.

Amor bats for Katter By Matt Dunn OUTSPOKEN Korumburra businessman David Amor has been selected by Katter’s Australian Party to contest the seat of McMillan at the upcoming federal election. Mr Amor said the endorsement came through at 6.30pm on Sunday after he approached party founder Bob Katter – the controversial long time Federal Member for Kennedy (Queensland) - and told him he was keen to sign up. “I went to speak to Bob and his people, asking a lot of questions. When I got those answers I said, ‘Guys, you’re exactly where I reckon things should be going. What can I do? How can I help?’” he said. “Most importantly, I told them I thought I had a lot to give the party itself.” The party was founded by Mr Katter in mid 2011. The former National Party member turned independent in 2001, railing against his former party’s free market policies. Katter’s Australian Party was formed on a platform of ‘prosperity through job creation, establishment of infrastructure and support for Australian-owned businesses’. Mr Amor said he was throwing his hat into the ring because he was disillusioned with federal politics and believes the electorate deserved something better. “I am very proud and passionate to be a part of the Katter’s Australian Party and to run for McMillan. Katter’s Australian party is for the average person having a go through shear guts and determination, getting this country back to where it should be,” he said. “We are here for the average battler, dairy, beef and sheep farmers and small business person.” Mr Amor nominated for a seat on South Gippsland Shire Council last year, but was narrowly beaten. He said moving to federal politics signified something “a hell of a lot bigger, with a lot more pressure”. “I believe we need things happening and for Liberal and Labor to be given a decent kick to wake them up. Most people in the electorate are very disillusioned by the state of politics,” he said. Mr Amor said Katter’s Australian Party upheld the standards of the former Country Party (which later became the National Party), “which is really for the average man, the guy who goes out there and works on the farm”. “They’re the people we’ve got to look after. We’ve got to stop worrying about the number ones and go back to the people,” he said. “It’s all about basics. When you see how these politicians behave in Parliament, it’s clear they’ve lost all credibility and politeness. Kindergarten kids behave better and they keep on giving themselves pay rises. We’ve got to stop the pay rises. When things are tight you’ve got to tighten your belt.” Mr Amor said while McMillan Liberal Party incumbent Russell Broadbent had done “a fantastic job”, he was hamstrung by the constraints of his party. “He’s done a great job up until roughly now. He’s got to tow the party line. The party isn’t giving him any room to do anything. That’s where Katter’s Australian Party will open up things that should be looked at for not just McMillan, but the whole state of Victoria,” he said.

Alan Steenholdt, who represented the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the VCAT hearing in early May told The Star, “We did have a large national retailer quite keen on that site. They identified it on a map and said ‘we’d love it’. “From a retail point of view, we have potentially lost a large national retailer in the main street.” He would not be drawn on who the retailer is. Mr Steenholdt stressed neither he nor the chamber of commerce begrudge the CFA having a new site. The old station in Anderson Street is too small, outdated and riddled with asbestos. But, he said, the decision defied common sense, particularly given there was a petrol station next door. South Gippsland Shire Council is disappointed too but there won’t be any appeal. Council’s manager of planning and environmental health Bryan Sword said a planning permit would be issued as soon as official paperwork relating to the decision has been received from VCAT. He expected that would be this week. “Council accepts the decision of the adjudicator. We held the view that (the site) is an important part of the commercial precinct, hence the decision council made (to refuse a permit). That was the position of the community and the business community.” John Schelling, who represented Evans Petroleum at VCAT said he, too, was disappointed because a lot of work had gone into Evans’ objection. “But after reading the brief from VCAT, I can understand the decision.” Chamber of commerce president Darryl

McGannon and fellow objector Shirleyanne Wright were less conciliatory. While Mr McGannon said he was disappointed good retail land will be used for a fire station, Ms Wright said council had erred in zoning the land allowing its use for a fire station. “We did our best. It makes you cross when one person can spend one and three quarter hours in a town and decide its future.” She was referring to VCAT member Graeme David, who visited Leongatha on May 31, to help with his deliberations. In his report, Mr David said an “unaccompanied inspection of the review site area” had occurred between around 3.30pm to 4.30pm on Friday, May 31. Ms Wright said she was not very impressed with the result of the two-day VCAT hearing, explaining she was against the Bair Street site because “I’m thinking of the future of the town. You have to think of commercial development in 20 to 30 years’ time.” The VCAT report said it was not relevant to the tribunal whether the proposed fire station represented the best possible use of the site. Mr David said a CFA report showed it had attended an average 96 call outs a year in the past five years. He said there was little in the planning scheme specifically referencing the location of emergency services facilities and his decision was influenced by that. He reported his inspection “at a busy period being at the end of a Friday school day” revealed little pedestrian movement in the vicinity and vehicular traffic was “steady”. Mr David did not accept the land was a critical element of the town centre. “I have carefully considered the arguments opposing the proposal, but I note that considerable argument was based on matters that I have deemed to be outside of the tribunal’s charter.”

Garden gurus: Will, Jack, Luke, Larry and Shea all were working hard planting seedlings in the Kongwak Primary School vegie patch.

Green thumbs at Kongwak JUNE has brought old Jack Frost knocking on our doors but at Kongwak Primary School it is time to get the winter veggies in. Students have been hard at work in the school’s vegetable patch planting all kinds of plants, including cauliflower, peas and carrots.

The school has made use of the vegie patch every year since 2008 and parents are always involved. Parents help plant the seedlings with students and harvest them as well. The vegies then are used to feed the school in the form of soup or the students take home produce for their parents to cook.

New candidate: Australian Labor Party candidate Anthony Naus in Leongatha last Thursday.

Labor eyes young blood By Jacob de Kunder THE Australian Labor Party has a new candidate for the seat of McMillan. Anthony Naus, at just 22 years of age, will be taking on sitting Liberal MP Russell Broadbent and Katter’s Australian Party’s David Amor for the seat. Mr Broadbent has held the seat since 2004 but Mr Naus said he can’t let his opponent ‘walk’ into the seat again. “I’ve met Russell a couple of times,” Mr Naus told The Star. “He’s a very pleasant guy and I like him, a lot of people do. “He is a good Liberal but he is not indestructible. He has to be challenged and can’t just walk in and get the seat every time. “There has to be a contest and I will challenge and do that. He’ll run a fair campaign and I’ll run a fair campaign and see how it goes in September.” Mr Naus has grown up in the McMillan seat, first living in Bunyip and now living on his parents’ rabbit farm in Shady Creek while he finishes his arts degree in sociology and politics. “My family has always been involved with politics and Labor,” he said. “I have always been for social justice and equality issues, especially through a Catholic upbringing with the missionary side of it. “Why not get involved and provide equality and equal opportunity for everyone? That’s why I ran for Labor because they provide those kinds of opportunities.” Despite being only 22, Mr Naus said he is ready for federal politics and now was as good a time as ever. “I wanted to challenge myself and the opportunity presented itself and you never know if these kinds of opportunities will come up again, so I decide to just go for it,” he said. “Labor is not doing too well, but if I can provide those couple more votes I might as well do it. “It’s really just a great opportunity. “People are disillusioned by both parties and it’s always good to have a new voice and new face and get people involved. It doesn’t matter if you are Liberal or Labor, just be interested in politics again. I think it’s a great time for any politician to come into the game.” Education reform is at the forefront of Mr Naus’ campaign. “The Gonski funding reform is sadly being blocked by state governments,” he said. “I think providing that base level for each student based on need, not school, is much fairer and we are giving this money. “And the State Government is saying ‘No, we are not going to give money to struggling kids’ and that’s disappointing.” The National Broadband Network is another policy of his campaign. “It’s huge for regional Australia and a big enabler for small businesses, education, health and those mediums that require fast internet and also remote communities,” Mr Naus said. “We need the up to date tools to work with to get into the game.” As a part of a farming family, Mr Naus takes a strong view on coal seam gas. “I understand the potency of the coal seam issue has around here and the effects that will have,” he said. “The Labor party doesn’t have a concrete position on this but I am against this for sure. It’s going to create many more problems than it will solve.” The leadership debacle in the Labor camp is nothing to be worried about, according to Mr Naus. “I think it’s just a distraction and really, people are sick of it; I’m sick of it and get really angry about it,” he said. “We have the tools to win this election, we really do. We should win on these things but leadership, all through this run up, has come up again and distracted the public, and the media has jumped right onto it. “We are not doing ourselves any favours with it all, but at the end of the day I think people will focus more on the policy because that’s what really affects people’s lives and we just have to pull our heads in.”

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Trial warning By Matt Dunn NICK Summers, the Leongatha man arrested on child pornography charges, will be able to visit town, but has been banned from living in South Gippsland.

Yum, yum: Peter (left) and Nina Burke of Moe South taste snails served by Doug Alexander of Mirboo North’s Cafe Escargot.

Snails hit the spot By Brad Lester FARMING snails and insects is an ideal way to make money from small acreages, but Australian tastebuds are not yet ready for mass production. That was the view of Doug Alexander, who runs a snail farm and restaurant with his wife Vincenza at Mirboo North. The couple hosted an Agribusiness Gippsland Epicurious lunch at their Cafe Escargot on Saturday, highlighting the economic and nutritional benefits of farming ‘critters’ for human consumption. “Escargot is not usually

on the menu in Australia. A lot of European countries eat snails because they have for centuries, but Australia is only 200 years old,� Mr Alexander told The Star. Even indigenous Australians are not known for eating snails despite there being more than 2500 Australian snails, he said. The Alexanders have farmed snails for five years and operated their restaurant for the past three. They produce the common garden variety of snail, Helix Aspersa, and serve the meat in a variety of styles. The Star tasted one dish and was impressed with the delicious taste and texture. “Snails are a flavour transporter. Whatever you

coat them with, that’s what they will taste like,� Mr Alexander said, adding snails themselves have a “nutty, potato flavour�. The Alexanders produce about 1500 snails a month, mostly destined for restaurants requiring snails 3cm long in shell and weighing a minimum of eight grams. “We can have 40,000 -50,000 head of animal here and they are very quiet. They do not use water like cattle and we do not have to worry about grass growing,� Mr Alexander said. Guests on Saturday also heard a butterfly grower from the Latrobe Valley talk about producing butterflies for use at ceremonies such as weddings.

The 20 year old - a junior football, basketball and cricket coach – was arrested recently on blackmail, possession of child pornography and grooming offences. He was bailed (on condition he reside outside South Gippsland and not attend junior sporting events) after a filing hearing in the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court last Wednesday. He will reappear at a committal mention at the same court on Thursday, October 17. While the arrest has sent shockwaves through the local community, a Slater and Gordon lawyer is urging people not to vent their views online, as negative comments made on social media could prejudice the case. The lawyer, Tim Finney, believes the good work of the police could be undone if Mr Summers was given a ‘Trial by Google’. “Posting material online regarding high-profile current and future criminal cases is increasingly recognised as a threat to the fundamental principle of law that an accused has a right to a fair

trial,� he warned. “Where the trial is by jury, access by jurors of information relevant to the case on social media, or otherwise on the internet generally, may bias their verdict. This phenomenon has been referred to in general terms as ‘Trial by Google’. “Even if the accused has no prior convictions, online comments about other instances of wrongdoing may be prejudicial. More generally, information, or opinions, expressed on social media regarding the case or the accused’s guilt or innocence may influence the jury’s verdict, without the prosecution or the defence each having been given the chance to address the information.� While The Star has been diligent in checking its website for prejudicial comments, it is asking people to be aware of the potential repercussions. “Even an opinion to the effect of ‘I reckon he’s guilty’ might prejudice a juror’s verdict, especially if large numbers of social media users express or endorse the same opinion,� Mr Finney said. “A juror may rely, in whole or in part, on such opinions in forming a verdict position, rather than the evidence which has been presented and tested in court.� Mr Finney said if there was a strong likelihood a jury had “accessed prejudicial information during trial, and has delivered a verdict influenced by such prejudicial material, this may lead

to aborted trials and new trials and/or appeals against convictions�. In the past week, sporting clubs and schools alike have put out police warnings, directing anyone who believes their children had been approached online to contact Detective Simon Fisher at the Central Gippsland Sexual Offences and Child Assault Investigation Team at Morwell Police via email on simon.fisher@police.vic. Alternatively, anyone who believes their family or child would benefit from

counselling is encouraged to call the Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault on 5134 3922 or 1800 806 292 or email mail@gippscasa. org. Leongatha Secondary College will host a Cyber Smart information session this Thursday, June 20 from 5pm to 6pm at the LSC I Learn Centre. The internet safety awareness presentations will offer parents, students and teachers cyber safety information, with tips and strategies to help students stay safe online.

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Rain, rain, keeps coming down WHILE the rain keeps falling, totals across the district have varied. Some locations were drenched, with Toora receiving 90mm on June 13 and Foster 125mm on June 14, while others were largely left alone. While the rain has tumbled down in Fish Creek, nine kilometres away on the Meeniyan Promontory Road toward Wilsons Promontory, rain correspondent Neville Buckland was reporting a drier situation. Mr Buckland, who has held records since 1960, said this year’s first eight months had been drier than any other. May, however, had seen 106mm, the average for the month and 70mm had so far been recorded for June. ► SES leads flood response, page 9.

Right, Re-emerging wetlands: farmland near the Tarwin River in Meeniyan was reclaimed this week, as rain did not seem to stop. Below, Water wall: a motorist driving past McIndoe Park in Leongatha sent water flying.

’Burra restrictions lifted By Matt Dunn KORUMBURRA’S stage two water restrictions will be lifted at midnight tonight (Tuesday), after massive downpours in recent days.

College takes lead MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College in Leongatha is taking a lead in developing a sustainable school, having just committed to starting a statewide ResourceSmart program. The college has started the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic Core Module, a program designed to help the school identify areas for

improvement and develop more sustainable use of resources. Implementation of the plan will ensure the school will monitor and manage its resources to reduce impact on the environment. Acting principal John Ryan said: “Mary MacKillop College has an obligation to future generations to maintain the Josephite commitment to the ongoing stewardship of our environment.” The program is designed to help the school identify

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areas for improvement and plan for the use of resources, curriculum and community engagement activities over the next four years, by completing a School Environment Management Plan. The college started the core module by undertaking a professional development session about ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic and reflecting on its sustainability achievements to date. ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic coordinator for Gippsland, Lisa Benn, said Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College already had resource management practices in place that have created a sound foundation for its ResourceSmart journey. The sustainability initiatives and infrastructure include: paper cut software, mulching, Vinney’s bin, rainwater tanks, recycling paper at the copier and using paper cut software to monitor printing behaviour, solar lights in the car park, recycling paper through use of the iPads, tree planting on site, a worm farm, power efficiency dimmer, and students teaching others about recycling ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic is supported in Gippsland by Sustainability Victoria and a Consortium including the Gippsland Regional Waste Management Group that can assist schools with information and lessons based on the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic core, water, waste, energy and biodiversity modules. For further information please contact Lisa Benn on 0409 879 910 or lisabenn@

The lifting of the restrictions will see customers reverting to normal permanent water saving measures, which are standard across the state when no staged restrictions are in force. “Substantial rainfall over the past two weeks has resulted in the Coalition Creek reservoirs filling to a capacity that has enabled the corporation to remove all water restrictions for the Korumburra area,” South Gippsland Water managing director Philippe du Plessis said. Korumburra’s water supply system comes from three reservoirs. Coalition Creek and Ness Gully are small storages, with a com-

bined catchment area of less than two square kilometres. According to SGW it was the recovery of the larger Bellview reservoir that was the key contributing factor to the increase in water levels. Steady rainfall of 68mm over the week ending June 7, saturated catchment areas, with storage levels beginning to rise last week. Another 80mm fall between June 12 and 13 – a once in a decade rain event – adding even more, pushing up the total to 73 per cent of capacity. “The swift recovery of these storages is uncharacteristic following such a dry summer, the combination of two wet weeks, which included a one in 10 year rain event, has resulted in a substantial increase in water levels and the corporation is now confident storages will recover to an acceptable level this winter period,” Mr du Plessis said. But long time water infrastructure critic and recent McMillan electorate candidate for Katter’s Australian

Party David Amor said the lifting of the restrictions was “total common sense”. “We’ve had over 10 inches of rain this month already. If you look at the reservoirs, there’s been a massive change. Common sense has prevailed, if a little too late,” he said. Mr Amor believes SGW still needed to do some infrastructure work to ensure the future of water supply. He is fiercely opposed to the corporation’s plan to connect to Melbourne’s water supply, arguing the town’s three reservoirs should be enlarged and repaired. “We’re losing 60 litres a minute from the number two reservoir. I’ve done sums for the whole industrial area and included the three schools. We’re using less water than what is running out of number three reservoir,” he said. “That’s a third of Korumburra using less water than what’s leaking out of that dam.”

You can say no By Matt Dunn A MELBOURNE barrister has contradicted assertions made by electricity supplier SP Ausnet, which claims people cannot say no to smart meters. “A customer is not able to defer or refuse a smart meter installation,” an SP Ausnet spokesman told The Star. “A customer is required to provide convenient and unhindered access to metering equipment and associated equipment on their premises for any purpose associated with the supply, metering or billing of electricity and safe access to and within their premises.” The lawyer in question was unwilling to comment on his findings when The Star called, but working on behalf of Broadmeadows Progress Association, he found: “... it appears there is currently no statute that requires a domestic electricity consumer to allow a distributor onto their premises to remove an analogue meter and install a smart meter”. Neither could the State Government point to a specific legislation which said consumers were compelled to

have smart meters. The Department of Environment and Primary Industries website said the government had “mandated that all residential and small business electricity customers in Melbourne and throughout the state must have a smart meter installed by the end of 2013”. But a lawyer who spoke to The Star said “mandated” was different to actually passing a specific law that compelled people to accept the smart meters. A government spokesperson told The Star: “Consumers and electricity distributors are required to abide by rights and obligations set out in the Essential Services Commission’s Electricity Distribution Code and the Electricity Industry Act 2000”. “Meters are owned by the electricity distribution companies, and under the code, a customer must provide convenient and unhindered access to the distributor’s equipment for purposes associated with the supply of electricity,” he said. Other legal experts contacted by The Star said the labyrinth code would need to dissected in full – a process that would take hours - to ascertain whether electricity companies and the government could compel

Saying yes to no: people are using signs like these to warn off smart meter installers, along with locking their meter boxes. customers to accept the technology. On the face of it, however, there seems to be nothing specific in the legislation that says they must. South Gippsland has become an enclave of resistance to the technology, with many residents voicing their opposition to the instillations, citing fears of cancer and other serious illnesses. But SP Ausnet is not taking no for an answer. A company spokesman said he could not say how many people had objected to smart meters.

“The vast majority of customers that contact us or talk to an installer are not actually opposition. They are just unaware of their rights and responsibilities, the rollout itself, and are often misinformed,” he said. “When customers are provided with factual and useful information about smart meters, we have found we actually have very little opposition. “We only have a few customers that continue to provide significant opposition to the rollout across our network of over 700,000 customers.”

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - PAGE 7

Council firm on green waste SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council still plans to introduce green waste fees despite claims people can’t afford another charge. Ian Bristow of Mirboo North presented council with a petition of 707 signatures opposing the fee, at last Wednesday’s budget submissions session in Leongatha. He said $30 for a trailer load of green waste was “crazy”, especially when he was visiting the tip weekly to dispose of garden refuse. “You have increased all waste charges and still have seen it fit to introduce a green waste charge,” he said. Mr Bristow said some ratepayers would be forced to pay to dump green waste

collected from naturestrips – council owned land. Cr Mohya Davies said residents should consider council’s decision to charge for green waste within the context of harsh economic conditions. Neighbouring shires also charge for green waste, she said. “It’s a user pay system,” Cr Davies said, adding the amnesty period should be offered to reduce fire risk. Cr Bob Newton said he wished he had not voted for the green waste fee, at council’s April meeting, saying green waste was already being dumped along K o r u m b u r r a - Wa r r a g u l Road. Cr Jeanette Harding opposed the green waste fee. “In some cases, people have to pay for someone to take it (green waste) from their house and then pay for

Not good enough FARMERS are receiving milk prices more than a third below expected levels in the wake of further opening season milk prices. Leongatha South farmer George Occhipinti said farmers should be receiving $9 per kilogram of milk solids. Fonterra Australia last Friday announced an opening farmgate milk price for the 2013-14 season of $5.60 per kilogram of milk solids, a week after rival Murray Goulburn revealed a milk price of $5.60 per kilogram of milk solids, 24 per cent up on last year’s price. Fonterra is forecasting a full year milk price of $6kg/MS, plus or minus 10 cents. Mr Occhipinti, a Fonterra supplier, said: “The milk price is way behind where it should be. We are off to a good start but then what happens the following year? Will it stay or go back again?” Nonetheless, he welcomed Fonterra’s news. “It’s going to help but we did have a lot of costs last season, so we are only going to be playing catchup. Our costs increase from year to year, whereas the milk price does fluctuate,” Mr Occhipinti said. “We are getting $5.60 now but go back a few years ago and we were getting $6. In that time, the price of grain and fertiliser has gone up. We are still $3 behind what we should be getting when you take into account inflation. We should be getting $9.” The company also revealed a step up of four cents per kilogram of fat and 10 cents per kilogram of protein for milk supplied in the 2012-13 season. United Dairy Power will announce its opening price this month.

Countdown to unveiling DESIGN works for the new Leongatha Alternate Heavy Vehicle Route are being finalised and the community will be updated on the project “in the coming weeks”. A spokesperson for VicRoads said so on Friday, in response to a question from The Star. Updates “will be provided via an information bulletin, VicRoads and South Gippsland Shire Council websites and local media”. Construction of the route “will be considered for future funding, along with other proposed road projects across the state”. The new route will redirect heavy vehicles away from the town centre, but paying for it will be the issue. According to VicRoads, the project “will be considered for future funding, along with other proposed road projects across the state”. Meanwhile the roads to be repaired thanks to a $170 million statewide package announced recently, are still unknown as all VicRoads regions across Victoria are developing their priority repair plans.

it to be disposed of at the tip,” she said. “We are trying to cut the cloth but green waste is something I do not believe we can charge extra fees for.” Cr Andrew McEwen said regardless of whether there was a charge, all ratepayers ultimately paid for green waste. “It is now costing $140 to $200 a tonne which is a free lunch for people that take up this service but that free lunch is being taken up by ratepayers from other areas at the moment,” he said. Cr Don Hill felt pensioners could be given vouchers to help offset the cost. The fee is $10 per cubic metre from July 1.

Not happy: Ian Bristow, Bill Keech and Ian Potter oppose South Gippsland Shire Council’s introduction of a green waste fee.



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Time for blokes to see a GP By Jane Ross FOR the first time in his 19 years as a GP at Leongatha Healthcare, Graham Toohill said there is a full complement of doctors so it’s never been easier to make an appointment. He would like men to heed that message. And, if they’re feeling down, he suggests they refrain from listening to the news every night because it’s full of doom and gives a lopsided view of the world. Speaking during Men’s Health Week last week, Dr Toohill said he wanted to encourage men to see their health as wholistic picture because the mind, body and spirit are interconnected. “Being a GP is about treating the whole person. A general practice clinic is an ideal place to come because it takes a wholistic view of the person.” Leongatha Healthcare has started a skin clinic.

“There are lots of Aussie blokes who have had too much sun and farmers are at risk because of total exposure to the sun. It takes at least 20 years before you see the damage from sunburn. “Skin cancer is common and curable if removed early.” One men’s issue that is rarely spoken about is healthy relationships. “That’s the big thing that makes for a satisfied and happy life. For men, building relationships is neglected to some degree.” The lack of healthy relationships can lead to depression, anxiety and addiction. While is it important for men to have their blood pressure, cholesterol levels and prostates checked, conditions such as anxiety and depression need monitoring too. “They can be treated,” Dr Toohill said. If a man’s mental state is not healthy, a physical examination is necessary in case there are contributory bodily factors. Medicine might be an appro-

priate treatment for a patient’s anxiety and depression or a counsellor could be needed to help work through grief or loss. “They might need time in hospital if it’s drastic but all require follow up. “People need encouragement that there is hope at the end of the tunnel. “We see wonderful results and there are lots of supports for people.” Dr Toohill said there is an excellent team of counsellors and psychologists in Leongatha and men’s groups are a great idea. “The Men’s Shed movement is positive and there is a men’s inter church group that meets once a month for dinner and fellowship. Dr Toohill is concerned about attitudes to marijuana. “It’s seen as a soft drug, just for fun. “But it’s depressing and addictive and can induce psychosis and lack of motivation. There’s a dulling of the senses and in the end it induces dementia. And yet people push it and want to legalise it.”

Smoking has negative impacts on health too and Dr Toohill cautions against thinking “that won’t happen until I’m 80”. “Cigarettes and alcohol are right up there as issues for men. The figures for smoking are improving and our new hospital will be a smoke-free zone. I am pleased our society is recognising there are better choices. “Alcohol is insidious because it’s promoted in partying and sporting clubs. But you can kill yourself if you have too much.” And, Dr Toohill pointed out, the human brain doesn’t fully mature until the age of 24 or 25 and drinking while the brain is still developing is a very bad idea. In his view it is also a poor move to have the legal age of drinking and driving coincide at 18. The Men’s Health Week website says there are six essential factors for healthy men and boys. These are: education, social connection, positive role models, secure employment, male-friendly services and mutual respect.

The whole person: Dr Graham Toohill said GP clinics are the right place for men to go because their overall health is considered.

Noticeboard Note: The June Public Presentation Day was held on 12 June 2013. Wed, 26 June 2013 - ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING – 2pm 10.00am - Public Presentations– Ph: 5662 9222 to book a speaking time 1. Notice of rescission – Differential Rates 2014/2015 2. Notice of motion – Responding to the Ministerial Guidelines on Differential Rate 3. Report on Assembly of Councillors - May 2013 4. Councillor Discretionary Allocation Report 5. Documents sealed and contracts awarded under Chief Executive Officer delegation - May 2013 6. Mirboo North and Korumburra Pool Master Plans 7. Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017 8. 2013-2017 Council Plan and 2013-2014 Annual Plan 9. Adoption of 2013/14 Annual Council Budget 10. Finance Performance Report 11. 2013/2014 Community Grants Program 12. Application to the Putting Locals First Program - TP Taylor Reserve Open Space Enhancement Project 13. Special (section 86) Committees review 14. Strategic Risk Register and Risk Management framework 15. Policy reviews 16. Public Presentation Session schedule 17. Arts and Culture Policy 18.Youth Policy 19. Revoke policies - Road Naming, Road Opening and European wasp and honeybee control on Council property 20. Adoption of the Road Management Plan 2013 21. Strategic Land Review - update on communication plan and amendment to list of properties 22. Formalise the road opening off Elphicks Road, Foster 23. Formalise the new road name in the township of Venus Bay as Ockenga Close 24. Proposed new road name for road off Riflebutts Road township and Parish of Korumburra 25. Domestic Animal Management Plan - 2013-2017 26. Adoption of Amendment C72 - Loch, Nyora, Poowong and Meeniyan Structure Plan Implementation 27. Korumburra Planning Scheme Amendment C66 28. Leongatha and Foster Hospital Helipad Protection Amendment C87 29. Planning scheme amendment C84 SP Ausnet Rezoning to Special Use Zone 5 with associated incorporated document 30. Closed item - 2012/2013 Community Grants Round 2 allocation 31. Closed item - Matter which the Council considers would prejudice Council or any persons


1 Pioneer Street, Foster, Lot 1 LP87250 being approximately 532.3m2

Council hereby gives notice pursuant to section 189 (2) and 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 that it intends to sell the following land: 18 Main Street, Buffalo, Lot2 PS305603U being approximately 1478m21.

Any person may make a submission relating to the proposed sales of land. Submissions must be in writing, and received no later than 28 days from the date of this notice. In your submission, please clearly indicate if you wish to be heard by Council. Submissions will be considered, and representations from submitters heard, in accordance with Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 at a Special Meeting of Council held 21 August 2013 commencing at 12.45pm at the Council Chambers, Michael Place, Leongatha. ·91A Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan, Lot1 LP71040 being approximately 264.1m2 to the adjoining land owner.

Submissions should be addressed to the CEO and lodged at the Council offices 9 Smith Street, Leongatha or posted to Private Bag 4, Leongatha Vic 3953. Enquiries should be directed to Chris Van Der Ark on 5662 9200. Any correspondence you submit will be made public in accordance with section 11(k) of the Local Government Regulations 2004. Copies will form part of the report to a Council or Committee meeting and will be kept with the records of the meeting. This is particularly important if you think you might place personal information in the document. COUNCIL WORKS THIS WEEK Area Works Bena Kongwak Road, Bena Landslip repairs Mardan/Koonwarra to Nerrena area Road maintenance Mossvale Park Concrete floodway works Toora/Port Franklin to Mount Best area Road maintenance

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“THE STAR”, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - PAGE 9

Dream fades By Brad Lester ANNA Dark and her husband Simon Swift are watching their dream of a rural life slipping away. The Meeniyan couple bought a 2.4 acre block at Dumbalk and hoped to relocate a weatherboard home there. But rules restricting development in potable water supply catchments have delayed their plan and may quash it altogether. The block is within the Tarwin River catchment, which supplies drinking water to Meeniyan, Dumbalk and sometimes Leongatha and Korumburra. The main restriction imposed by State Government is eight houses within a one kilometre radius or one house within 40ha. Ms Dark and Mr Swift came to council with plans with a view to secure a planning permit, only to be told not to bother as South Gippsland Water would most likely reject it. “We are now facing the prospect of land we can’t build on and therefore can’t sell, as well as paying a mortgage on that land and paying rent,” Ms Dark told council last Wednesday. “In a few months, we will not be able to cope with the financial stress and mental stress. The house

we planned to relocate is due to be demolished in October.” Ms Dark asked council to consider a resolution within its budget to protect people in a position such as herself. The couple would not have bought the land if they were aware of the rules. After signing a contract of sale last September, they sold their home on the Mornington Peninsula and moved into a rental home at Meeniyan. Mr Swift is still operating his maintenance business on the peninsula and hopes to relocate it to South Gippsland.

In charge: Micah Spedding from the SES took charge of a flood response control centre in Leongatha last week. With him is CFA Leongatha/Korumburra Group liaison officer Greg Carruthers.

Council is currently working with South Gippsland Water on developing a catchment policy that could allow for development beyond the current restrictions. Cr Don Hill, who has been leading the campaign for a fairer system, told The Star on Friday a Korumburra resident was in a similar predicament. He said Ms Dark’s situation reflected just how unfair the rules were. “The rules have changed overnight and there is not consideration given to anyone in the real world about how it would cause them hardship,” Cr Hill said.

SES takes flood command By Jane Ross AS the heavens opened last week and floods looked inevitable, the area’s disaster control swung into action.

Point made well: Anna Dark of Meeniyan after expressing her concerns to South Gippsland Shire Council.

The State Emergency Service set up a Bass and South Gippsland incident control centre in the CFA offices in Leongatha. Eastern region SES trainer Micah Spedding donned his divisional control commander’s red vest and managed the emergency services response. His role was also to act as liaison between this district and the incident control hub in Traralgon. Fortunately for Bass Coast and South Gippsland the expected flooding didn’t eventuate to the extent

that it might. Mr Spedding said one of the main reasons for that was the heavy rain didn’t coincide with king tides – which hadn’t been as high last month either. “When river outflow hits a king tide there’s nowhere for the water to go,” he said. The South Gippsland Highway was closed for a time at Alberton because there was 600mm of water over the road and the Powlett River “did its usual thing” covering the bridge on the Mount of the Powlett Road where the caravan park is. Meeniyan Road at Fish Creek was flooded too, but was passable. Mr Spedding arrived at the Leongatha control centre at 7am on Thursday and was relieved for the night shift by another divisional

commander. When The Star caught up with Mr Spedding late morning on Friday, he was in the process of working out with his colleagues whether the flood situation would necessitate him staying on. He said having an individual commander coordinating the emergency services response takes the stress out of the work crews have to do and makes the situation far more manageable. “The CFA have supported me and been fantastic.” South Gippsland and Bass Coast council emergency response officers and Victoria Police have played their part too. “It’s a really coordinated response across the whole area.”

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THE people of Dumbalk held a community casserole tea last Friday at the Dumbalk Hall. The evening was a chance to catch up with friends and neighbours. FISH Creek and District Primary School raised

$682 from a wood raffle recently. The wood was donated by the Bright family. KORUMBURRA Bowling Club will receive a $7012 grant to refurbish the clubroom tables and buy kitchen equipment to provide activities to veterans and members. The federal funding through the Veteran and Community Grant program was announced by Veterans Affairs Minister Warren

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Fun night: remember the huge Bob Valentine gigs at Meeniyan in the late â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s and early â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hootsâ&#x20AC;? McInnes, Brad Wright and the crew? Well, Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming back bigger and better at The Inlet in Inverloch this Saturday night, June 22. Publican â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hootsâ&#x20AC;? said it will be a great opportunity for many to reminisce about some big nights at Meeniyan. Bob (pictured) will be playing all the classics and is still a regular on the Melbourne circuit. An evening with Bobby Valentine will take you down a musical road you will want to travel more than once. Bobby loves nothing better than a good party and many people will attest to the fact that a Bobby Valentine gig is one hell of a party! And whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even better thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no cover charge! Remarkable feat: Haydie-May Watson of Leongatha has completed her three year course graduating from Endeavour College in musculoskeletal myotherapy. The ceremony was held at the North Melbourne Town Hall on June 6. HaydieMay is the daughter of Andrew Watson and Rita Yardlet. Haydie-Mayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family and friends offer their congratulations and best wishes. She has commenced practice a Burra Health, Radovick Street, Korumburra.

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BASS Valley Primary School has initiated an innovative way of dealing with rubbish in the school yard: by having a Nude Food Day every Wednesday. All students have been asked to bring their food in reusable containers on Wednesdays.

WONTHAGGI Power Football Netball Club recently held a fundraiser for Deb Rielly, a Wonthaggi based paramedic battling her second bout of cancer. Although she is receiving treatment, the mother of two boys is still competing and completing triathlons. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a


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groups and relayers to find out if the relay can be improved at a new home. Any move to a new home will be difficult as the Dumbalk event has been successful. Expressions of interest from community groups or consortia can be made in the form of a formal presentation of half to one hour to the organising committee at a specially convened meeting in meeting room 2, South Gippsland Shire offices on Thursday, September 5. Interested groups must negotiate a timeslot with the committee chair in the week Monday, August 26 to Thursday, August 29. Contact Walter Aich on 0419 559 367 to arrange a time between 10am and 3pm. For further information contact Karen Lawson, team recruitment on 5662 0824 (BH) or 5664 4471 (AH) or Mr Aich, committee chair, on southgippsland.

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Schools could grab millions By Matt Dunn ACCORDING to Federal Government figures, released yesterday, South Gippsland schools would reap millions of extra dollars if Victoria signed up to the Gonski plan. Federal Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth Peter Garrett said the State Government was running out of excuses. “The offer for Victoria remains the same: around $4 billion of extra funding over six years, split 65:35 between the Commonwealth and the Victorian Government, plus better indexation,” Mr Garrett said. “Every school in the state will see increases in funding every year. The Victorian Government list of schools supposedly ‘worse off’ has no detail on how these figures were calculated or what assumptions were made. They are fantasy figures designed as part of a scare campaign. If we stick to the current funding model Victorian schools will be worse off by $4.2 billion over the next six years.” Last week State Education Minister Martin Dixon claimed 249 government, 186 Catholic schools and 46 independent schools would be worse off under the federal plan. While The Star

asked his office for figures pertaining to the South Gippsland region, none were forthcoming. Under the federal projections, Fish Creek Primary School would receive 39.7 per cent more funding ($617,852) to 2019, Foster 64.6 per cent (approx. $1.4 million), Inverloch Primary School 39.9 per cent (approx. $1.5 million) Leongatha Primary School 54.2 per cent (approx. $3.5 million), Leongatha Secondary College 47.3 per cent (approx. $3 million), Loch Primary School 28 per cent ($319,199), Mirboo North Primary School (approx. $1.5 million), Mirboo North Secondary College (approx. $2 million), Poowong Consolidated School 46.6 per cent ($873,826), South Gippsland Secondary College 27.3 per cent (approx. $1.6 million), South Gippsland Specialist School 29.1 per cent ($697, 901), Tarwin Lower Primary School 39.3 per cent ($346,376), Tarwin Valley Primary School 29.9 per cent ($661, 568), Toora Primary School 45.8 per cent ($444, 538), Wonthaggi North Primary School 48.7 per cent (approx. $2.1 million), Wonthaggi Primary School 47.5 per cent (approx. $1.5 million) and Wonthaggi Secondary College 44.1 per cent (approx. $6.7 million).

Going up: Leongatha Lions members Geoff Heide and Robert Bruce with builder Brent Casbolt and South Gippsland Shire Council’s projects coordinator Tony Peterson check out the plans for the McIndoe Park upgrades.

Park revamp underway A LEONGATHA park is undergoing upgrades thanks to a partnership between state and local governments and the Lions Club. A second rotunda and a playground fence are close to completion at the popular McIndoe Park. Leongatha Lion’s Club member Geoff Heide explained the upgrades had entailed a lot of planning. “The idea to upgrade the park came to Lions’ members back in 2009 and after discussion with the shire, we were ready to apply for State Government funding,” he said. “Then of course we had a change

of government and that went out the window.” The Lions combined with council again and after both supplying $10,000 to the cause, were able to secure State Government funding to cover the rest of the costs. Funding was announced in November last year. The second rotunda at the park will double the size of undercover areas already there and house two more free electric barbecues. A stylish and suitable fence around the playground area will now give parents peace of mind when their children play in the park. “Lots of thanks need to go to ev-

eryone who has put in hard work in turning this idea into a reality,” Mr Heide said. “Especially to local architect Gavin Trotto who completed a cost study and plans for the successful funding application.” The Lions erected the first rotunda at McIndoe Park in the 1980s and according to Lion Robert Bruce they love giving back to the community. “We are so pleased to be involved with a project like this that the community can really benefit from,” he said. Works should be completed by the end of June but that timeframe is dependent on weather conditions.

Long Jetty funding wait THERE’S unlikely to be any federal money for local roads or the Port Welshpool Long Jetty if the Coalition wins the September 14 election.

Music for many: Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre was filled with great local music on Sunday for a charity concert. The Inverloch Art Show Committee hosted the concert to raise money for the Bass Coast Regional Health Family Resource Centre. Featured acts included the South Gippsland Singers, the Streeton Court Big Band and pianist Joshua Hooke. Pictured here is local guitarist Geordie Gullock who wowed the audience with his skills on the fret board.

Aldi decision delay A DECISION on the success or otherwise of the planning application to build an Aldi Supermarket in Leongatha is now unlikely for a couple of weeks. Recently, South Gippsland Shire Council manager of planning and environmental health Bryan Sword said six public submissions had been lodged but the number has since doubled to 12, thus elongating the process.

Mr Sword said the submissions had been forwarded to Aldi and the council is awaiting their response. If five of those submissions equate to objections and the submitters want to continue in that vein, the application will have to go before the full council, which will further delay a decision. Aldi is hoping to have its $6.5 million supermarket open by the end of the year. It is set to be built on the corner of Church and Bruce streets, opposite IGA.

That’s because the funds aren’t there. McMillan MHR Russell Broadbent lamented that fact in Federal Parliament recently. Speaking during a house debate, Mr Broadbent said Coalition infrastructure spending would not take place until it was affordable. He told The Star he couldn’t speculate on when that might be because the true state of the government’s finances wouldn’t be known until the Coalition won power. It seems the likely result, but Mr Broadbent cautioned “anything can happen” between now and September. He said it was his “dearest desire” to see a number of infrastructure projects in his electorate but it is not the Coalition way to spend money the government does not have. “We need a duplication of roads, but especially the rebuilding of local roads. We had the drought and then we had the rain and then we had more rain and the roads have broken up. “We have had landslips all over my electorate and those landslips can cost as much at $1 million to fix. There go the roads that were going to be fixed with that $1m!” Mr Broadbent spoke in

parliament about his dream for his electorate because he thought it would be the only opportunity in an adjournment debate before the election campaign. “I want to put to you and this house my dream for my beautiful electorate of McMillan, of what we would have if we had the money.” He would like $230m for a new hospital in Warragul to serve the West Gippsland region and “you would want to look at bypasses” for Leongatha and Korumburra. “There is the Port Welshpool Long jetty, a historic tourism facility. We promised during the last two election campaigns that if we were elected we would rebuild the long jetty - $3m to $5m – because it is such an important material asset to the community. “It would mean that the school progresses, business progresses and the pub progresses and it would mean disability access for fishing

• McMillan MP Russell Broadbent.

– and I could go on. “It ticks every box for a community that needs rebuilding.” Mr Broadbent said more respite care is need. “It can be aged care, but quite often it is needed for people with diseases – those who are still suffering from the effects of polio as a younger person, or Parkinson’s Disease – where our great heroes, our most mag-

nificent carers in our community, just need a break. “We are going to need more money for those people that need a break.” But, he added, the sad part is there is no money because “this government has gone into a budget emergency”. “There is not a dollar. We cannot promise a thing to the community because there is no money there to promise.”

Motorcyclists on notice THE Corner Inlet Motorcycle Club is under the microscope after allegedly staging a weekend event without South Gippsland Shire Council planning permission. South Gippsland Shire Council’s director of development service, Phil Stone, said a complaint about the Hedley event had come via Ambulance Victoria, which was concerned its officers would not be able to reach an injured rider if an accident occurred. “The only way they could justify the event was by proving existing use rights under Clause 63 of the planning scheme, which means a use has already been established and permission is not required,” he said. “We’re having discussion with them now to see if they can prove existing use rights. They need to provide the evidence they’ve got existing use rights. We won’t take any action if they have that proof. We’ll just document that those rights exist. “We might get them to submit planning permission for development of the track, but that’s going to depend on many things.” Mr Stone said if the club was unable to prove existing use rights, council would assess “what action, if any” it would take. “That’s a little further down the track, though. We’re just glad nothing happened on the day,” he said. Mr Stone said not having planning permission put both the club and council at risk. But the club is keeping quiet on its talks with council. Club committee member Norm Heatherington said there was little that could be said, but conceded “we’re now aware there’s a lot of laws with the way council land is used”.

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Strategy conflict THE recently drafted South Gippsland Housing and Settlement Strategy appears to be adverse to the South Gippsland Rural Land Use Strategy which was ratified by the State Government in 2012 after lengthy drawn out public meetings and consultations with land holders. The Rural Land Use Strategy allowance of housing on small isolated rural land lots below two hectares in area will now be discouraged and basically overridden by this proposed Housing and Settlement Strategy. There will be many small rural land owners who may be affected, including future rates revenue to the shire. I implore planners and councillors to honour the spirit of the Rural Land Use Strategy that can easily stand beside the Housing and Settlement Strategy. This strategy also needs to be developed in conjunction with the Wastewater Management Plan for which the shire has a grant. This Waste Water Management Plan should include the investigation and consideration of modern

housing effluent management systems that will not contaminate the soil and waterways in the way that old septic tanks do. Barry Gilbert, rural landholder, Caulfield.

No bikes MY family has holidayed at the Prom since the ’40s, and I am outraged to hear from members of the Prom campers that mountain biking is likely to be introduced into our precious national park. I am told this has been suggested by some secret committee which advises the park on attracting more tourists. No doubt it is made up of greedy people who hope to make money from more tourists, the owners of motels or buslines and the like. The park already has nearly half a million visitors yearly and the idea of having to share the Prom’s lovely tracks with people on mountain bikes is just a stupid, dangerous idea. Who will we sue if one of our grandchildren is injured by some hoon on a mountain bike? And

E D I T O R I A L Lost opportunities CONGRATULATIONS to the members of the Leongatha Country Fire Authority on receiving permission to build a new fire station in Bair Street. The campaign reflected the CFA’s passion and persistence to better serve the community and the volunteers who so willing give up their time to keep us safe. The fallout of the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) hearing, as revealed in today’s Star, suggests the longstanding issue could have been resolved much sooner. In his report, VCAT member

Graeme David said the planning scheme lacked specific reference to the location of emergency services facilities and ultimately his decision was influenced by that. On the surface, it appears South Gippsland Shire Council should have undertaken earlier planning to determine the most suitable sites for emergency services. That could have ruled out the Bair Street site from the outset, saving the community and CFA stress, time and financial outlay. Leongatha could also have retained a national retailer interested in the Bair Street site, but now that chance appears lost.

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will the rangers do traffic duty to control this high speed sport? National parks are for the conservation of native flora and fauna and the Prom’s tracks are only suitable for walking and the quiet study of nature. Mountain biking should be done on specially built tracks and not take up space in our precious national parks. J. Shaw, Mirboo North.

Action needed

ing by the authority. Perhaps a responsible response to the insufficient quantity and quality of water for the existing Korumburra community, would be to postpone all future developments in the town. Domestic, commercial and industrial development to be put off or shelved, until the current Korumburra residents are assured of receiving water of adequate quantity and quality, for their needs. Ros Envall, Korumburra.

THE recent rain has resulted in the Korumburra stage two water restrictions (and threatened stage three) being lifted. The restriction has been in place since February, and Korumburra is the only town to experience water restrictions in this part of Victoria. The South Gippsland Water website says water consumption in the Korumburra Water Supply System “has been above the average demand over the past five years”. Has anything been done to facilitate the extra water storage which is obviously needed? I also think the water quality has deteriorated. I have experienced an increased clogging rate of my home filtration system with fine muddy silt, instances when I need to rewash the laundry because of the mud in the system and also noted the frequent pipe flush-

DO the people who authorise the spraying of poison on the Spartina grass know that Venus Bay has a growing population of young children? I wonder if they have checked the increase of incidences of cancer occurring in the population over the past 10 to 15 years. They may be shocked by the results. There is a worldwide concern at the demise of bees, let alone other life forms in the food chain integral for a healthy eco system, affected by poisonous sprays. What narrow vision people have, if they think they can control this weed. How much toxic chemical are they going to continue to dump, residues of which end up in the ocean? We are right next to a world

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heritage marine park for goodness sake. Sally Schaffer, Venus Bay.

Council must act WE presented submissions to South Gippsland Shire Council at its meeting on Wednesday, June 12 where council asked for comment on its proposed budget for the 2013-14 year. Council will further debate and finalise its final budget and the level of rates at another meeting on Wednesday, June 26. The council’s draft budget proposes increasing rates by 7.5 per cent for the 2013-14 year, and its forward budgets out to 2028 propose this increase be retained and built into the base of later budgets, and increased further by ongoing rises of around five per cent for every year out to 2028. The councillors did listen to the submissions made and indicated they shared our concerns the 7.5 per cent increase was not affordable by ratepayers. However the test of whether this concern was genuine will be in what action the councillors now take to enable the rate increase to be substantially reduced. There were disturbing vibes it may to be treated as “too hard” and “too late” to achieve any changes to the 2013-14 budget, but that there would be “intentions” to

look at action in the budget for 2014-15. That would simply be not good enough. What is the point of seeking the comments of ratepayers on a proposed budget if the response is to be that, regardless of the merit of the arguments put, it is too hard and too late to make changes. Multiple budget changes have been suggested that would give scope to reduce the proposed rate increase significantly. For instance council had proposed to employ on a package of $98,376 a Vision 2050 project manager to create a community vision for the shire. After ratepayer feedback even mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy was reported as saying “we erred and will go back and have a look at this process again.” We will be attending the council meeting on June 26 to see whether councillors and their officers are serious about starting action to put the council finances in order and considering the views of those who ultimately pay the bill – the ratepayers. We urge others to come along too and take note of the positions taken by their councillors. ratepayers Lloyd McKenzie, Gary Napthine, Megan Knight, Malcolm Davies and John McKay, Foster area.

VOXPOP! VOX With South Gippsland Shire Council introducing a green waste fee, would you be willing to pay for green waste disposal at tips?

“No, but I believe we have not got a lot of choice if we want to get rid of green waste. I pay rates so I do not see why I should have to pay that as well.” Gordon Morrison, Leongatha.

“No. It’s going to encourage people to dump it on the side of roads. When we were in Perth, they used to give us vouchers with our rates to give us free green waste. People will start putting it in rubbish bins.” Lynne Ashby, Leongatha.

“No. I pay enough rates for a pensioner.” Di Symmons, Leongatha.

“It will clearly result in illegal dumping. In the city, I know it certainly has resulted in problems for a lot of councils.” Jeff Osborn, Allambee Reserve.

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Anna is keen to lead By Jacob de Kunder ANNA McCracken is certainly made for leading. A few minutes of conversation with the Leongatha Secondary College student makes that clear. No wonder she was selected for the recent National Aspiring Leadership Summit in Canberra. Anna joined 29 other young leaders aged 15–18 from all over Australia for the week long summit at the end of May. “I didn’t know anything much about the summit before I applied,” she said. “All I knew was that it was going to be an awesome opportunity if I got it, so I thought why not apply? “They pretty much kept things a secret so you couldn’t prepare for it. That made it better I think.” The Year 11 student has been involved in leadership roles at school. “In Year 9 we got told about this project Beacon that was coming to the school for us in Year 10,” Anna said. “They wanted four Student Bea-

con ambassadors and so I put my hand up and got the position as one of them. “Then one day Mr Ellt came into class and asked me if I was interested in doing this awesome thing (the summit) and I applied for it. Then there was a phone interview and then I got another phone call saying I got in.” As well as leadership exercises, the group explored fantastic wilderness. “We did lots of leadership skills and team building activities just to get to know each other,” Anna said. “We also went on a three day hike which was amazing; and made an abseil and flying fox to go through the valley.” As a result of the summit, Anna will bring a project back to her community. “I am still working my project out,” she said. “I am thinking about promoting leadership opportunities in my school so that other people can get the opportunities that I did.”

Meeting 29 new friends can be daunting but 17 year old Anna made great friends. “It was a great feeling knowing there are other people like me,” she said. “I have always felt I was different to others and I really want to make a difference; it’s hard to explain that to others. “Being put in with 29 other people that are all just normal people but have the same kind of ideas was great. We all just clicked.” Even though Anna doesn’t have an exact path planned beyond school, she was sure this opportunity will help. “I don’t know what I want to do in the future but I am thinking of doing something with outdoor education and using all the leadership skills in that way,” she said. “I will probably apply for school captain so it will help me if I am successful there. “I think what I have learnt are life skills, not just leadership skills and they will help me in everything.”

Young leader: Anna McCracken recently returned from the National Aspiring Leadership Summit in Canberra.

Shaping shire’s future PUBLIC submissions to a council plan shaping the future development of 17 settlements in South Gippsland Shire must be lodged soon. Council is taking comment on its draft Housing and Settlement Strategy until June 28. Council held information sessions at Foster, Meeniyan, Mirboo North and Korumburra on Sunday, and Leongatha yesterday (Monday). Drop-in sessions were held the previous week. Council’s strategic planner Victor Ng said the community feedback was generally positive. “Without this plan in the planning scheme at the moment, it prevents planning permit applications for housing in the old Crown townships,” he said.

Long term vision: South Gippsland Shire Council’s strategic planner Victor Ng with a plan for the development of Jumbunna.

Paramedics to confront minister PARAMEDICs are expected to protest at this Friday’s opening of the Korumburra Ambulance Station. The Minister for Health David Davis will officially open the Korumburra Ambulance branch on Friday, June 21 at 2.30pm. Paramedics have stepped up their campaign for better wages and conditions and have written signs on many ambulances. On Saturday at the Leongatha football ground, an ambulance was parked at the ground with signs saying “Fix it Napthine” and “Ambo’s Leave due to lowest pay” painted on windows. This Friday, the public is welcome to join festivities. Official proceedings will start at 2.30pm followed by afternoon tea, a tour of the new facilities

Public protest: signs have been written on ambulances to try to highlight grievances claimed by paramedics. This ambulance was parked at the Leongatha football ground on Saturday. and CPR demonstrations. There will also be two historical ambulance vehicles and memorabilia on display. The Korumburra Ambulance branch is a new purpose built ambulance facility costing $900,000. The new branch seam-

lessly integrates into the existing branch which provides an opportunity for non-emergency response and reliever quarters. The new branch accommodates a separate training room, manager’s office and three bedrooms with a garage bay for three

ambulances. The site also allows six car parks for paramedic vehicles. The new facilities are designed to maximise the team’s response capability. Staff levels will be increased from single officer on-call to a 24-hour dual officer crew.

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Novel launch to mark 70 SOME people jump from a plane or go up in a balloon to mark their 70th birthday, but Fran Henke has published her first novel, a true story of love and survival in the extraordinary days of early Victoria.

Inspirational writer: Fran Henke has written an enthralling tale based on a true story to mark her 70th birthday.

The Other Side of the Wind: A Story of Survival will be launched on June 20 in Fran’s ‘home country’ of Gippsland by Mirboo North bookseller Susan Lendon. Fran’s family lived in Leongatha in the 1940s. Author of 13 non-fiction books, Fran, a polio survivor, always wanted to write fiction but journalism intervened. A career in print, radio and publishing saw the Hastings woman working in London, Sydney, Melbourne and regional newspapers. She spent almost four years as a member of the Commonwealth Film Censorship Board and has written books on gardening, leading to columns on gardens for magazines and newspapers. As well as working as a media advisor for State and Federal MPs, Fran’s work in raising awareness of the needs of polio survivors has seen her win community service awards. She is chair of the Polio Reference Group,

Victoria. But the story she heard in 1992 caught her imagination. Extensive research brought the story to life and led her to write, The Other Side of the Wind. “Lucy Purcell told me her ancestors came out to Australia on a sailing ship, landing at Point Henry, near Geelong,’’ Fran said. ``There was no wharf in those days so boxes and bags were thrown onto the beach. The couple found one was missing, so the husband when back to the ship to find it, but the wind changed and the ship – with him on board – took off through the heads, leaving his wife stranded on the beach. It took him six months to get back to Australia.” So, The Other Side of the Wind is set in 1851 in the new colony of Victoria. Boom town Geelong has grown on the sheep’s back, to become the main destination for people arriving from to join the gold rush. These people are making new lives – conservative graziers, bureaucrats with brutal pasts in the penal settlements, extroverted individuals determined to make their fortunes, ordinary folk escaping the clearances. Women are playing a key role, throwing off the shackles of old world convention, blazing trails in unexpected directions. They are striving to survive, to bring kindness and quality to the male-dominated society with its military rule under pressure from free settlers and free thinkers. This is the robust canvas onto which the newly married couple Edward and Catherine Anderson arrive. They become unexpectedly separated after a wind shift sees Edward left on board and Catherine stranded in the new colony. How will the fragile artist Edward cope again at sea? How will Catherine manage in the frontier town without money and her beloved husband? The launch will be held at 12.30pm at Nanna’s Cupboard, Ridgway, Mirboo North.

Pool appeals MORE than 70 people shared their thoughts about the proposed new Mirboo North swimming pool at a special meeting on Thursday night. Long time residents, people from the wider community, children and three councillors were involved in the meeting according to Liz Radcliffe, president of the friends of the Mirboo North Swimming Pool. “We had kids coming in after scouts still in their uniforms through to people who have been in the town for a long time, to people who have run the pool so it was good to have all those points of view,” she said. “Considering it was the worst night of the year to be discussing swimming pools while the rest of the region was flooding, we were reasonably happy with the turnout. “We couldn’t have coped with more than 80 people because of the process we used.” Attendees were split into groups and went around a series of tables discussing facets of the new pool. “The key things we were discussing were: how big do we want the pool to

be; what’s the appropriate location; what sort of facilities would we like to have co located with it; and what other wet features would be included,” Ms Radcliffe said. A Mirboo North Pool Master Plan currently on public exhibition by South Gippsland Shire Council suggests a new pool for Mirboo North to replace the current ailing one. South Gippsland Councillors Don Hill, Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks and Andrew McEwen attended the meeting. Data collected at the meeting will go into a submission to council on behalf of the Mirboo North community. “We are going submit the response to council as effectively Mirboo North’s response to the master plan as a whole town rather than just individuals,” Ms Radcliffe said. A new committee also grew as a result of the meeting. “We recruited quite a few new people to an implementation committee for the new pool,” Ms Radcliffe said. “That was fantastic and it’s so great to get some new blood into the committee.”

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Hopes high despite rejection By Brad Lester THE Korumburra Integrated Children’s Centre should be open for business by February 2016.

Goal in sights: Cr Bob Newton, South Gippsland Shire Council’s community services project officer Shelley Fixter, Cr Lorraine Brunt and chair of the centre reference group Rebecca Marriott discuss the plans for the Korumburra Integrated Children’s Centre.

The $5.2 million project will be presented by South Gippsland Shire Council officials to Federal Government staff in Canberra this week. Council representatives will be in the capital to attend the National General Assembly of the Australian Local Government Association. They will also have the ear of Shadow Minister for Childcare and Early


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Childhood Learning, Sussan Ley. The project missed out on federal funding through Regional Development Australia but council and the centre committee will apply for State Government funding by this October. Councillors heard of those ambitions from Rebecca Marriott, chair of the centre reference group, and Shelley Fixter, council’s community services project officer, at last Wednesday’s public presentation session. The centre will be built in Mair Crescent, with access from Jumptown Lane. Detailed plans should be finalised by early next year. Council has pledged $2.045 million and given the land, citing the centre as a priority project. Cr Bob Newton praised the community’s drive to ensure the project is realised. “I look forward to this happening and I think this is a wonderful opportunity for Korumburra and surrounding districts,” he said. The centre will incorporate childcare, kindergarten, maternal and child health services, out of school hours care, a consulting space for specialist children’s services, and training for early childhood educators. The centre will provide 65 childcare places, and 55 places for three and four year old kindergarten. “On average, according

to ABS statistics children attend childcare around three days per week. With 65 places available per day, the integrated children’s centre will be able to accommodate over 100 children to attend childcare in any given week,” Ms Fixter said. “This is similar for kindergarten where every child is required to attend 15 hours of kinder per week. If this was spread across three days or five hours per day at a minimum, 88 children could participate in the kinder program.” Ms Marriott said the centre is required to satisfy government regulations and cater for growing demand. The Federal Government now requires children to attend 15 hours of kindergarten a week in the year before school. Changes to staff-to-child ratios have had a significant impact on Korumburra Kindergarten and Birralee Childcare Centre. “These changes could potentially mean Birralee will no longer be financially viable in the future,” Ms Marriott said. “They are currently operating at full capacity and have had waiting lists for some years. “The buildings they are currently operating from do not allow for expansion that will meet government policy directions of integrating services.”

Health, B&B or backpackers? A NURSING home at Toora could be used by health services, as a bed and breakfast or backpackers’ hostel when a new aged care hostel opens at Foster. Rhett McLennan, CEO of Prom Country Aged Care, told South Gippsland Shire Council of that intention at last Wednesday’s public presentation session in Leongatha. “Ideally we would like another health organisation to purchase Toora,” he said. “There are really no offers on the table at the moment.” Cr Bob Newton suggested the existing Prom View Lodge at Toora would be best be retained as a nursing home given the district’s aging population. Mr McLennan said the existing building does not meet contemporary aged care standards. He was joined by Dr Owen Casson, a principal of Foster Medical Centre, and Peter Rushen, CEO of South Gippsland Hospital, when the trio spoke of the new, $12.7 million 60 bed aged care development at Foster. The hostel will replace Prom View Lodge and Banksia Lodge at Foster, and is due for completion in October, with residents to move in by November. Banksia Lodge will remain and continue to be used for health purposes. A central carpark with 60 spaces will be built to service the medical centre, hospital and nursing home, and alleviate traffic congestion in adjoining Station Street. The men asked council to work with the three services to further develop the project and seek funding for the parking lot. Mr Rushen said although some of the hospital is the original 1940s building, the hospital offers a modern service with 16 beds, a day theatre and a 24/7 emergency service. “We have just spent $600,000 to build an extension to radiology and install a CT scanner,” he said. The hospital employs more than 100 people.

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How do you know when to pull the pin? By Jane Ross ALL the signs are apparent.

Never: Ella Ebery says she will never retire. She edited the St Arnaud North Central News for many years and still writes for the newspaper. She’s 97. Photo courtesy North Central News.

The greying hair, the sagging here and there, and the lipstick that bleeds into the mouth wrinkles I can’t see because I’m not wearing my glasses. I’ve been at The Star for over three decades and I’ve loved pretty much every minute of it. We handed out slices of cream sponge to celebrate the paper’s centenary in 1990 and I’ll never forget the interviews I did for the special edition we brought out in 1995 to mark Australia Remembers – 50 years since the end of World War Two. There have been many other remarkable and touching moments both in

and outside the office. I can’t keep working forever but I don’t know when to retire. Most of my colleagues are much younger than I am and they keep me in touch with the modern age. Who else could explain the intricacies of Google, Twitter and Facebook? Despite our age differences we enjoy a healthy camaraderie and support each other through the demands of meeting constant deadlines. There’s always the challenge of chasing down a “good story” or wrestling with scribbled notes to work an interesting interview into a (hopefully) readable article. And there’s always a hope the wheels of local government bureaucracy might throw up the occa-



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enough to marry someone practical so all those things demand my guiding hand. There are plenty of other interesting things I could do with retirement – creative writing projects, friends to catch up with, new friends to make, volunteering, study, interstate family to visit and a retired husband to spend time with. I’m reasonably physically fit and I know from experience if you don’t keep on top of it, you

lose it quickly, so there’s walking, yoga and some running (true!) But I’m not quite ready to retire - yet. People tell me I’ll know when the time is right, that I’ll just wake up one morning and say “this is it”. I don’t want to emulate Ella Ebery who has edited and still writes for a northern Victorian country newspaper. She’s 97!

Drive the B.A.T. mobile A NEW private bus service has recently been established to connect towns in the Leongatha, Meeniyan and Korumburra areas. The service, called Bus About Town (B.A.T. for short!) was initiated by Leongatha resident Di Williams and is fantastic for people who have no transport or are unable to drive. Whether it is for personal shopping, appointments or visits to people in neighboring towns, then this service would suit you perfectly. Want to have a day out, lunch out, or time to shop? Then let the B.A.T Mobile take you in comfort with no worries about having to drive. The service is a great way to promote commerce throughout the region, encouraging people to shop and purchase in their own towns.

“People can no longer feel they are isolated without a vehicle. They can now use our cost-effective service,” Mrs Williams said. “I do outing days every second Tuesday, so people can register their interest in this service. It may be a lunch in Korumburra or a visit to a pottery or local attractions; it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.” The bus capacity is 11 plus the driver with group bookings available Monday, Thursday and Friday. “Business is building up as more and more people become aware of it.” B.A.T will pick you up and return you to your front door. B.A.T is available Monday, Thursday and Friday for shopping/outings. Bookings 24 hrs prior essential. Phone Mrs Williams on 0417 763 946.

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• For 2 hours once a week learn history and/or play scrabble • For 2 hours a month participate in current affairs discussion, learn to solve crosswords, enjoy music, watch old films or hear about local history. You can pick one or more courses. Also enjoy the company of others during the coffee/tea break in each activity. There are no entry qualifications, nor are there any exams - just learn and make friends with like-minded people.

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River cruise with a difference IMAGINE this. You are newly retired, floating along on some of Europe’s main rivers relaxing and enjoying the magnificent scenery. You board a coach for part of the journey, taking you through the picturesque mountains of Switzerland before embarking on a river ship the same as the one you left, to cruise on the glorious Rhone. The weather is perfect. There to make sure everything runs smoothly, you are enjoying yourself and to possibly encourage you onto the dance floor are well travelled Leongatha Jetset Leongatha couple Jill and Ed Carmody. Details of this opportunity will be spelt out during an information night at the Memorial Hall complex on Tuesday, June 25. If you want to go, please ring Jetset on 5662 3601. This wonderful opportunity is organised by APT and their representative Katrina Mackay will be at the information night. Jill is really looking forward to the river cruise. It starts with three nights in Paris, with 14 nights cruising from Amsterdam to Arles, ending with three nights in Monte Carlo. Jill and Ed are planning to go on to Italy after that and, if numbers are sufficient, will escort a tailor-made extension. Jill said she believes late summer/early autumn is the best time of year to travel in Europe.

She said the river cruise differs from the Magnificent Europe Cruise which she knows many travellers have done and enjoyed. “This is a wonderful alternative and a great way to see the south of France. It’s ideal for Baby Boomers and retirees and fits well with that demographic.” After three nights in Paris, a coach will transport travellers to Amsterdam where they will board a ship to start cruising the legendary Rhine River through Cologne and Andernach. There will be a diversion along the Moselle River to Cochem which some people believe is the prettiest town in the Moselle Valley. Back on the Rhine, the trip ambles through Germany with an option for a coach tour through the Black Forest. After travelling by coach through Switzerland, tourists will take a short journey on the Saone River before cruising on the Rhone through Vienne, Tournon, Viviers and Avignon to Arles. Jill and Ed have been to many of the places on the cruise and Jill said travel along the Rhone passes through a region that is stunning. And, if she and Ed are enjoying themselves, you can guarantee their sentiments will be infectious. APT is offering special deals for those who pay by the end of October. The cruise goes in August next year and there are still some single cabins available although Jill warned these are limited on cruise ships.

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Leading way: Aqua Movers instructor Terry Guilford says that at age 61, she is not too old to take centre stage.

Never too old to splash REGARDLESS of the weather or aching bones, here is the ideal opportunity for retired types to exercise with friends – or people who soon will be! South Gippsland SPLASH offers Aqua Movers low intensity water aerobics classes for people aged 50 and over, or even young people. Five sessions are held per week in winter and seven during summer in the comfort of the heated pool in Leongatha. Participants have fun while using buoyancy equipment such as dumbbells and

noodles, maintaining their fitness, improving motor skills and flexibility. They come away with better posture and alignment, improved self confidence, wellbeing and cardiovascular fitness. Sessions are conducted with fun music and a focus on social interaction, as well as physical activity. During winter, classes are held at 9.45am Mondays, 9.15am Tuesdays, 8.30am Wednesdays, 9.45am Thursdays and 8.30am Fridays. Sessions are $6.40 per class and conducted by a qualified instructor. To find out more, contact South Gippsland SPLASH on 5662 5911.

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Seniors with benefits AGING may be associated with feeling tired and nursing homes, but not if you look on the bright side. People are aged 60 and over, that are fully retired or employed for less than 35 hours a week, and an Australian resident are eligible for a Seniors Card. That means loads of discounts. The card program is a Victorian Government initiative that encourages people who have retired or who are working part time to continue to engage with the community by making it more affordable to get out and about. The program acknowledges and thanks seniors for the contributions they have made to their communities and the State of Victoria. The Victorian Government is committed to enhancing the quality of life for older Victorians by promoting positive ageing and supporting older Victorians to lead independent, active and healthy lives. Upon joining the program, cardholders can access public transport discounts and a wide range of discounted goods and services from participating businesses. For more information, and to see what discounts and offers are currently available from participating businesses, view the discounts and benefits page on the website. Among the benefits is access to thousands of discounts - usually 10 per cent - from participating

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A regional partnership with the TAC and the Victorian Government.

Roadtrip Forever riding high MORE than 60,000 people have viewed Roadtrip Forever in just one month of the Transport Accident Commission’s groundbreaking campaign going online.

No excuse: learning to drive in a range of weather conditions is essential for young drivers.

Learning to drive year round THE Transport Accident Commission (TAC) is reminding learner drivers and their parents not to discard their L-plates and car keys this winter, in pursuit of clocking 120 hours of practice. Learners less than 21 years of age are required to gain a minimum 120 hours practice in all conditions under the Graduated Licensing System, which must be recorded in the official VicRoads log book. “Driving in wet and trying conditions is essential, as it provides critical experience behind the wheel to help learners prepare for solo driving when they obtain their probationary licence,” TAC chief executive officer Janet Dore said. “When it comes to getting in the driver’s seat, you can never have too much practice.” Young Victorians who don’t have ac-

cess to a supervising driver or car can access the L2P Program which enables them to get their 120 hours of practice, ensuring more learners are better prepared. Learner drivers are paired with trained mentors who use program cars, often provided through local car dealers, for practice. The TAC has committed $10.5 million to enable the program to run until 2015. L2P is delivered by VicRoads in partnership with local councils. “This has proven to be a great initiative and already we are seeing the benefits,” Ms Dore said. “Millions of dollars of funding is ensuring more than 1,800 Victorian learners each year are accumulating crucial hours of practice they otherwise wouldn’t have. “We know this program is vital as young people remain over-represented in road trauma.”

TAC chief executive officer Janet Dore said the results were a clear endorsement of the road safety initiative, aimed at 18-25 year olds – the most at-risk age demographic on our roads. “With thousands of likes on Facebook, and more than 60,000 hits online, it is fantastic to see young people absorbing imperative road safety messages,” Ms Dore said. “Roadtrip Forever is not only a powerful reminder of the importance of having a good time, but it also ensures drivers get to and from events such as music festivals safely first.” In the first month: • received more than 67,000 hits; • Facebook was the most popular way to refer the video, with the page receiving 5600 likes; and • of Australian visitors, around 68 per cent were from Victoria. The campaign garnered further attention on Facebook through sharing by celebrities popular with young people such as Guy Sebastian and Johnny Ruffo, drawing an extra 1200 likes. “We know that young people continue to be over-represented in road

fatalities. A personalised tool such as Roadtrip Forever, we hope, is an effective strategy in reducing this age group’s standing in the road toll,” Ms Dore said. People aged 18 – 25 account for just 11.5 per cent of licence holders, yet 22 per cent of all driver deaths on our roads.

Roadtrip Forever features two online short films, integrating the user and their best friend’s Facebook profiles, to send a powerful message. One of the film’s highlights for young women are the dangers of smart phones on the road, while the other film shows young men the potentially tragic

consequences of speeding. To take the road trip, go to Increasing community awareness of the dangers of speed and distractions are priority actions in Victoria’s new 10-year Road Safety Strategy. To view the Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan visit

Above and below, Effective program: scenes from the TAC’s Roadtrip Forever campaign.

This is why you’re photographed when you speed. Ryan Evans, 13. Killed 2001.

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I’d worry too says new desal CEO

By Jane Ross

IF the Wonthaggi desalination plant was in Matt Brassington’s backyard, he said he’d be concerned about its functions too. Mr Brassington is the incoming CEO of AquaSure, the consortium that has built and is managing the plant. His predecessor Chris Herbert retires at the end of June. Mr Herbert and Mr Brassington were among a group of senior AquaSure representatives who responded to a Bass Coast Shire Council invitation to attend a public briefing about water quality monitoring. The plant is not producing water but there

was a problem during the commissioning phase resulting in an Environment Protection Authority pollution abatement notice, which worried some members of the public. Asked whether he was still keen to take the top job following a public heated exchange in the council chamber between Mr Herbert and environmentalist Stella Hitchens, Mr Brassington replied, “The beauty of being here today is to understand the commitment of people to the community and environment. “We have been through a lot of challenges during construction and we now have to try to find ways to live together. “My grandmother taught me that to tell the truth it takes two people, one to speak and one to listen. We are all humans and we are all on the same planet.”

He said he looked forward to further engagement with the community. Mr Brassington said some of the work being done to monitor water quality at the Wonthaggi plant was world first. “There’s no base line.” The incoming CEO said the Environment Protection Authority “puts the ball firmly in our court and when we see an anomaly the plant shuts down”. He and Mr Herbert were joined at the briefing by plant director Mike Jury, Thiess Degremont plant environment manager Chris Wendt, AquaSure environment management representative Hilary Chapman and AquaSure senior communications executives John Ridley and Louisa McPhee. Gippsland EPA manager Dieter Melzer was there too.

Taking over: AquaSure CEO Chris Herbert (left) is retiring at the end of June. His replacement is Matt Brassington, who said he looks forward to engaging with the community.

Permits pay BASS Coast Shire Council hopes to save a fortune by introducing asset protection permits. Costing $200, these must apply when any works on private property requiring a building permit are undertaken. They apply from July 1. Infrastructure director Felicity Sist said other councils similar to Bass Coast have saved more than $100,000 since introducing asset protection permits. The permits will allow council to insist public property damaged in the

course of private building works, is repaired by whoever did the damage. Ms Sist said footpaths, nature strips, kerb and channel and stormwater pits can be damaged and repairs are expensive. For example one panel of a footpath costs around $600. Replacing a stormwater pit costs $400. “Both of these are common assets that get damaged and...... it all adds up.” The permit holder needs to repair the damage within 14 days and the repair must be to council’s satisfaction.

Mayor’s message Cr Kieran Kennedy

A NUMBER of my fellow councillors, the CEO and I will be travelling to Canberra this week to participate in the National General Assembly of Local Government. This forum aims to develop local government policy ideas, hear from renowned experts on the key issues affecting local government in Australia, and most importantly, provide the opportunity to meet with key federal politicians to advocate the best interests and important issues relevant to South Gippsland. This year there will be a federal election on September 14. The election provides an important opportunity for council to seek commitments from all federal political parties about the way in which they will work with and support South Gippsland and other councils in meeting our community’s needs. Council is putting forward projects and initiatives identified as community priorities, where funding and support are sought from other levels of government. Our priority projects are identified as keys to the immediate or longer term betterment of our community and for which council is not always the only responsible authority, nor has the financial resources to address. At the May 2013 council meeting, councillors unanimously agreed on these key projects asking council to focus our funding pursuits towards their progression over the year ahead.

Over $2 million in funds have been committed to supporting, progressing and preparing the projects to request assistance from other levels of government. So, with limited time, and competing against busy schedules along with other councils seeking the same opportunities, we will be focusing our advocacy on these projects: • The Corner Inlet Tourism Development Project, which is made up of five tourism infrastructure projects. They include the restoration of the Port Welshpool Long Jetty, Port Welshpool Marina Development, dredging of the Toora Channel, Agnes Falls site development and Great Southern Rail Trail missing link completion at Black Spur; • Korumburra Integrated Children’s Centre; • Coal Creek development; • Leongatha heavy vehicle alternate route; • Poowong, Loch and Nyora sewerage scheme; • return of rail to South Gippsland; and • development of Leongatha rail yard. As the level of government closest to our community, it is a privilege to represent the shire and put forward such important projects that have been identified to provide social and economic benefits to our community. Cr Kieran Kennedy, mayor.

Artistic lot: a group of Inverloch friends, from left, Jan Millington, Wendy Stevens, Joy Berryman, Sue Smith and Cathy Bruton,travelled to Melbourne to the National Gallery of Victoria recently, to enjoy Monet’s Garden: The Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris. The exhibition features more than 60 of Claude Monet’s paintings devoted to his iconic garden at Giverny. A wonderful day was enjoyed by all.

Indigenous insight LEONGATHA Library celebrated Reconciliation Week recently by hosting an exhibition focussing on the Learning Stones project. This aims to develop cultural meeting places for indigenous and nonindigenous communities in South Gippsland. The project was founded by John Murray, Koorie engagement support officer for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), and creates spaces for children, teachers, parents and others to engage in the sharing, learning and understanding of cultural knowledge. “We’re delighted to be hosting this fantastic exhibition at Leongatha Library during Reconciliation Week,” West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation CEO John Murrell said. “The display documents this highly successful, Gippsland-grown project and will be of interest to people from across the region.” The Learning Stones project currently spans 27 schools, seven kindergartens, two TAFEs,

Indigenous welcome: South Gippsland principal librarian Susan Hanson with the display at Leongatha Library. with great interest also being shown by several community organisations. Coal Creek Heritage Village and the Foster /

Indigenous Men’s Shed are two of the community group already creating a space as part of the project with aspirations of a

national reach. For further information about the Learning Stones project visit www.

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Desal rent trap By Matt Dunn THE Wonthaggi Desalination Plant has forced up the price of local rental properties for good, Community Housing Limited’s Steve Bevington believes.

Chatting: from left, Fish Creek dairy farmer Daniel Fulkerson talks with GippsDairy director and local farmer Graeme Nicoll and Dairy Australia managing director Ian Halliday.

“It certainly distorted the private rental market. My general view is once prices rise they don’t come down that much. Rentals tend to keep going up and don’t go down again,” the managing director of the not for profit housing provider said. The organisation is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary in Gippsland. It is at the coal face of the housing crisis, managing 4000 properties Australia wide, with 58 properties in Bass Coast shire, including Wonthaggi and Inverloch. Mr Bevington knows the next decade is shaping up to be even busier than the last. He has also echoed the sentiments of a recent Salvation Army report that found single parents pushed on to the NewStart Allowance were struggling to make ends meet. “Like the Salvation Army, we provide services for the homeless. The people on NewStart are up against it most. They have not seen the compensatory rises people on pensions have,” he said. “It’s all well and good if the employment options are

available. If they’re not available all you’re doing is creating greater constraints for families to survive. “It puts greater pressure on organisations like CHL to provide housing options for those people. If you don’t have the means to put that little bit of money aside, people’s expectations in life decline. Their overall optimism to approach the future reduces.” Mr Bevington believes the situation will create “a generation with difficulties”. “These problems are often intergenerational. To turn that around is a challenge that faces us as a nation,” he said. “Generally, in the marketplace, there has been a sharpening in the divide between people on high and low incomes. It’s become tougher. “Everyone’s got to find somewhere to live, but the proportion of people’s incomes spent on housing has been pushing up to 50 per cent and beyond.” He said people without work or those on the pension were pushed in to situations where they “can’t meet their basic needs, including being able to eat”. Inverloch’s Dennis and Rhonda McMahon, who live in an 18-unit over 55’s development built by CHL, couldn’t be happier at the help they’ve received. Pushed out the market by escalating rental prices, Rhonda said she and Dennis were “just so lucky” to have found accommodation. “We thought we’d won Tattslotto when we were told we had a place. We really love where we are,” she said.

Convivial: Dairy Australia group manager Chris Murphy (left) enjoys a chat with Fish Creek dairy farmer Paul Hannigan during lunch at the Fish Creek Hotel.

Thanks for the rain Ian DAIRY Australia managing director Ian Halliday is always a welcome visitor in South Gippsland – but even more so when he brings much needed rain with him. Mr Halliday, who last week spent three days in discussions with dairy farmers from across the region, said the grey clouds that followed him across Gippsland were providing an improved outlook for the industry. “I think over the past month, with greater milk price certainty and improved weather conditions, people are starting to see a bit more hope,” he said. At an informal lunch at the Fish Creek Hotel on Thursday, Mr Halliday said his regular visits with the senior management team to dairy regions had been proving invaluable. “This year we have been trying to get out even more, spending two or three days at a time doing farm visits and having breakfasts where we can talk to farmers and service providers or the processing companies about how they are seeing the industry and how they see things from a personal perspective,” he said.

“It’s been invaluable for us to get an improved understanding of the issues that farmers are dealing with and how we might be able to better help and support farmers.” At a later visit to Paul Hannigan and Kylie Irvin’s Falls Road farm, Mr Halliday said speaking personally with farmers was vital in helping Dairy Australia respond to the needs of milk producers. “The best way to engage with people and find out what the real issues are is to have one to one conversations,” he said. “We have found that by going onto farm and by having smaller group discussions, they have proved to be more beneficial than having meetings in large town halls with 300 people.” GippsDairy director and Fish Creek dairy farmer Graeme Nicoll said having the chance to speak face to face with senior people within Dairy Australia was invaluable to local farmers. “It’s a great opportunity for farmers to have a chat with Dairy Australia’s senior management, to have two-way discussions about what the concerns of the industry are,” he said.

Loving it: Dennis and Rhonda McMahon were helped by CHL and now live in a unit development in Inverloch.

Mayor’s message Cr Clare Le Serve

FROM July 1 this year, councils across Victoria must include a Fire Services Property Levy in their rates on behalf of the State Government, Bass Coast Shire Council included. It is important however, to understand this is not a cost council is imposing on its ratepayers; rather, it is an initiative by the State Government. After Black Saturday in 2009, the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission found the insurance-based levy unfair and lacking in transparency. As a result, the commission suggested a fairer way for everyone to pay the levy. In the past, the Fire Services Levy was included in home owners’ insurance premiums with no system to ensure everyone paid the right amount for their individual home. At the other end of the scale, home owners without home and contents insurance weren’t paying their share of the levy at all. These changes will see all property owners, independently of whether they choose to be insured or not, contribute a fair share to funding our fire services. The CFA is one of the vital service groups in our community, helping to protect our homes and livelihoods. It is important everyone has access to the CFA and

its services in case of an emergency and paying the levy is much like ambulance cover. There have been stories of families without insurance being sent a bill for thousands of dollars by the fire brigade after their home burnt down, all because they didn’t pay the levy. This initiative by the State Government will protect everyone in their homes and make it a fairer levy for all. So how much will you contribute? There will be a variable cost based on the capital improved value of your property, as well as a fixed charge of $100 for residential properties and $200 for non-residential properties. There will also be a $50 concession for eligible pensioners and veterans. Farmers with multiple properties all operating as a single enterprise will only pay the fixed charged once, but must apply for this exemption. Forms to do this will be mailed out to farmers, as well as being available from council’s website and customer service centres in the coming weeks. If you have any questions about the levy, or don’t quite understand why these changes are happening, please do not hesitate to call council and speak with our customer service staff. Cr Clare Le Serve, mayor.

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PASTITSO 1 kg ground beef 1 onion, chopped 1 tablespoon of parsley, chopped 1 clove minced garlic ½ teaspoon each cinnamon and nutmeg 400ml passata (pureed tomatoes) ½ cup white wine 500gm macaroni 3 beaten eggs 3 cups bechamel sauce 1 ½ cups grated cheese (your favourite) Cook the onion in a tablespoon melted butter with a pinch of salt, covered, over a low heat, for 10 minutes. Turn up the heat and add the ground beef, breaking it up and turning until most of the red has gone. Deglaze the pan with the white wine, reduce the heat and add the parsley, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and tomato sauce. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Taste for seasoning – you may need to add salt, pepper or sugar. Meanwhile, boil the macaroni in boiling salted water until just cooked. Drain, place in a bowl, and add 100 gm butter, the eggs and cheese. Spoon half into a baking pan, cover with the meat sauce, sprinkle with cheese, then cover with the remaining macaroni. Sprinkle with cheese, cover with bechamel then sprinkle with cheese, dot with butter and sprinkle a tiny pinch of cinnamon on top. Bake on 180 for an hour. Serve hot – leftovers can be served cold as a snack or make great school lunches.

Good food: enjoying the spread at the luncheon were Kris Ballay from Mirboo North, Lindsay Friebe and Taryn Baldi from Leongatha, Luke Potter from Boolarra, Linda Love from Warragul and Kristy, Alana and Tyler Van Beveren from Wonthaggi.

School’s special lunch By Sarah Vella DURING Education Week, South Gippsland Specialist School held a luncheon for parents, using produce from the school’s own Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden. Principal Heather Braden said they were trying to encourage as many parents as possible to see the great work of the school. “The kids enjoy showing off their talents to their parents too,” she said. A delicious menu was on offer for the visitors, including soup, hunza pie, quiche, roast vegetables, salads and apple and rhubarb compote. The students also made their own bread and cheese with fig jam and tomato relish. Located in the Leongatha Educational Precinct, Ms Braden said the

school community is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities for students aged between six and 18 years of age who have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability, so they become empowered members of their community. “Student to staff ratios are kept small to support individual student learning needs,” she said. “Specialist therapy staff work closely with our teaching staff to support students individual education programs ensuring realistic and achievable goals are set and consistent strategies are developed, implemented and reviewed to allow students the opportunity to experience success. “The school employs a speech therapist and an occupational therapist to support student learning.” Ms Braden said the school was purpose built to accommodate a variety of needs. “It has some fantastic

resources for teaching and learning, some of which include a hydrotherapy pool, multipurpose hall, extensive fruit and vegetable gardens, chicken coop, multimedia room, generous sized classrooms and a café style kitchen,” she said. “South Gippsland Specialist School fos-

ters the involvement of the wider school community in its programs and activities. “We value the partnerships between home and school and work intensively with our students to assist them in understanding their role as community members. “Students are encouraged to reach their full

potential in a safe learning environment that fosters positive community relationships.” The school prides itself on providing a caring, stimulating environment for all students and welcomes anyone to visit the school by making an appointment with the principal Heather Braden.

Garden goodies: Murray, Daniel, Madison, Blake and Matthew in the school’s kitchen garden, which provided the produce for the luncheon.

Sustainable commitment

SOUTH Gippsland Specialist School has committed to a whole of school approach to sustainability, with a specific focus on recycling and reducing waste.

The school wants to embed good resource management and reduction practices, focusing on waste, as part of its commitment to complete the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic (Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative Victoria) Waste Module. South Gippsland Specialist School principal Heather Braden said: “The ResourceSmart initiative will encourage a whole school approach to sustainability.” “It will assist students to understand the use of resources in everyday life and to become aware of their role in using those resources responsibly. “In particular, looking at waste and realising that waste is a collection of materials that simply require

sorting or recycling.” The school started the module by undertaking a professional development session and reflecting on sustainability achievements to date. ResourceSmart coordinator for Gippsland, Lisa Benn, said South Gippsland Specialist School already has many practices in place that support good resource management. “Some of its achievements so far include the use of photovoltaic panels, use of natural light/sensor lights, heater timers and set temperatures in classrooms, taking part in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, use of a clothes horse, food scraps composted and fed to chooks, paper recycling, they reuse jars for jams and other containers and reuse newspapers in the art rooms,” she said. “The school also has dual flush toilets, automatic cut off showerheads and automatic flush urinals, water tanks, a four star washing machine and

storm water collection. “Litter is managed; the school has seasonal planting regimes as well as native tree planting, a sensory garden, mulch-

ing and tree planting with Landcare. “South Gippsland Specialist School is committed to introducing a sustainability policy and

completing an action plan to ensure that the school will monitor and manage its use of resources to reduce the impact upon the environment.”

Going green: from left, staff member Shane Patterson with students Lucy Hemphill, Eva Ceretti, Jess Hill and Lauren Potter, with their certificate that signals a new start for the school’s sustainability program.

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Ample shedding, including a huge chicken coop, raised vegetable garden beds and a pretty, colourful garden, there is something to please everyone. For further details or to arrange an inSurrounded by 10 glorious acres, offer- spection, please call Alex Scott and Staff ing the space for horses, alpacas or what- Inverloch on 5674 1111. ever, this property lends itself to a relaxing country lifestyle. Attracting kookaburras and koalas you know you’re in the land down under. The impressive slate entrance leads through to an inviting lounge with a cosy Coonara that vents its heat throughout the home down into all of the bedrooms. Alex Scott and Staff French doors open off the family room onto a spacious protected north facing deck. Inverloch This and the kitchen have views of the 5674 1111 countryside. All bedrooms are generous in size and the main has a large en-suite and walk in robe.

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Check this out! I T is not too often that you will find a house for $140,000! But you can, and it is right in the middle of Dumbalk.

It has two bedrooms, a generous sized lounge with built in shelving, gas heating and Dakin air conditioner. The kitchen and adjoining meals area are also quite spacious. The house does need a bit of a spruce up and paint, but what would you expect for this price? There is also a single garage. Situated on a large, low maintenance block, the views from the back

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The property has three reverse cycle air conditioners servicing the bedrooms and living areas for optimum and efficient comfort all year round. A security system and front door intercom add to the feeling of security, peace and relaxation. A very short walk will have you in amongst the wonderful array of shops, cafes and restaurants or walking the foreshore paths along the beach. The property would be an ideal permanent, holiday home or investment with Inverloch experiencing growth in both permanent living and as a holiday destination. The property is listed for sale at $398,000 and inspections can be organised with Euan Wightman at LJ Hooker Inverloch by calling 5674 2888 or 0409 133 735.

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MIRBOO NTH 14 Gilfedder Terrace

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It has three generous sized bedrooms with builtin robes and a large study which could convert to a fourth bedroom, if required. The home includes two reverse cycle air conditioners plus an undercover all weather indoor/outdoor entertaining area. The external features include a double garage fully lined with internal access, lockable garden shed with concrete floor, carport with roller door ideal for a caravan or boat plus under house storage. The garden is easy to maintain and an area is set aside for that vegie patch. The property is immaculately presented and ideally located in a capital growth area of Leongatha, close to local schools with the school bus passing just outside your door. To see the value in this wonderful property inspection is a must.

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CCESSED by a long driveway, this “as-new” brick veneer home is surrounded by light bush, providing all the privacy you could wish for. Located in the Darlimurla Estate on approximately 4.2ha (10 acres), you will feel like you’ve left the world behind, even though you are around a five minute drive to Mirboo North’s shops and eateries. The home’s open-plan casual zone features an open fireplace in the carpeted liv-

ing area, practical tiled floors in the dining and wood-toned kitchen, and big windows and a balcony to take in the leafy outlook. There is a second living area with a wood heater, which could be used for entertaining, as a billiards room or as a parents’ retreat. There are three bedrooms- the main is king size and has walk-through robe and ensuite. The other two bedrooms allow for double beds and are serviced by a central bathroom and separate loo. Other highlights in this bright, comfy home include in-floor heating, eucalypt-

inspired hues (picture the subtle green and warm greys of a ghost gum’s trunk), and an internal staircase leading to a handy storage room. Outdoors, there is a 6m x 7m (approx.) colorbond garage/workshop, and a circular driveway for easy access. There is no formal garden here, simply the natural bush surroundings of youngish trees and a variety of indigenous shrubs and grasses. This low-maintenance aspect makes the property perfect for the time-poor, or those who prefer to spend their time on other interests than gardening. It is also perfectly suited as a weekender or holiday home, as there is little or no maintenance, either inside or out! The location is approximately 150km from Melbourne CBD (1 hour and 50 minutes), 90km from Pakenham (1 hour and 10 minutes), and 30km to Morwell (25 minutes).

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Era ends By Jane Ross ON a sunny day, a small crowd gathered at the Leongatha Cemetery; the trees resplendent in autumnal dress. They were there to farewell Kitty Conway and help close a long chapter in the town’s history. She was the last of the Conway line – a family that traced its links with Leongatha stretching back 106 years. Kitty was one of the town’s characters; a hard worker who always thought of others above self. She had a fall in the middle of a Sunday afternoon, wedged in a position from which she couldn’t extricate herself. Found next morning by a visitor, her nephew Ian Broadhead was summoned. Receiving a call seeking permission to ring an ambulance, he detailed his good friends Lance and Pauline Lancaster to step in while he hurtled down the highway from Melbourne. Lance and Pauline arrived as the ambulance was about to leave for hospital. All Kitty wanted to do was chat to them. And, when Ian reached her hospital bed, he found her propped up saying brightly, “Don’t Pauline and Lance look well?” That was Kitty, said Ian, she never complained. She died a few days later on April 27. She was, he added with some delicacy, “very good at expressing herself” and sometimes that included a touch of colourful language. “That was our Auntie Kitty. It’s been a long journey and we thank God for a beautiful life,” he told mourners. Kathleen Jean was born on November 22, 1919, the twin daughter of James and Louisa (nee Dobell) Conway of Leongatha. Her twin sister was Sheila; the other siblings Florrie, Jessie and Lindsay. Their father had come to Leongatha in 1907, following the Boer War. He was looking for business opportunities and found them in abundance, starting with a horse and dray that carted bricks, casks of ale and anything else that needed to be moved from one place to another. The horses rested on the family property in Grey Street, where Kitty continued to live for most of her long life. The cartage business grew and Mr Conway bought a car, a double seater Talbot with a canvas hood. The year before the twins were born, he had taken up a partnership in a garage on the corner of Bair and McCartin streets, acting as an agent for Dodge cars. He had the mail run to Nerrena and Hallston and conducted Leongatha’s first car-hire business. This included running sick patients to Melbourne. Children with diphtheria were frequent passengers and medical advice to the man going into infectious households was to smoke! At journey’s end the car was disinfected with formalin. Eventually the garage moved further down Bair Street to the site currently occupied by Westpac Bank. The family had their own cow and Ian Broadhead’s abiding memory of his Auntie Kitty is of her wearing a khaki apron over her twin set and gum boots heading for the separator in the dairy with a bucket in either hand. She had attended the Leongatha primary and high schools but stayed at home after that to help with the domestics. Kitty had her own way of doing things and Ian told those at her simple graveside funeral the family was indebted to his aunt’s neighbours because they had helped her remain in her own haven in Grey Street. She was an avid reader of The Star which, in July 1983, recorded some of the Conway family history. The writer was yours truly and when Ian called in to the office to report Kitty’s death, he was amazed to find the same reporter still on the staff. “That could only happen on a country paper!” he exclaimed.

What a show: students and Mr Syd Jackson outside the Princess Theatre, Melbourne during their trip to see Legally Blonde: The Musical.

Foster teens make music MUSIC making is alive and well in South Gippsland Secondary College’s music department, led by Syd Jackson. In mid May, The Twoks, a small group of professional musicians, conducted song writing workshops with the students, culminating in a performance. The Junior Concert Band, comprising of students from South Gippsland Secondary College and Foster Primary School, recently had an intensive rehearsal day that finished with an evening performance. The concert featured not only the entire band but also students playing short solos and small ensemble work. Also in May, some students attended Legally Blonde: The Musical at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne. “It was a great experience for students to see performers at the top of their art, whether it was music, acting or dance,” Mr Jackson said. “It was also great for students to experience other production elements such as props, staging and lighting executed to the highest standards.” Last Thursday, the students staged their mid-year showcase. “This highly anticipated event featured a wide vari-

Practice makes perfect: the Junior Concert Band rehearsing, led by teacher Syd Jackson.

Making music: Xani and Mark from The Twoks with Kate after the workshop held at South Gippsland Secondary College recently.

Milpara Community House news ONLINE Presence: How Much is Enough? information session for small business owners, ABN holders, charities, not for profit organisations or clubs start on Wednesday, June 19 at 7pm at Milpara. This session will be followed by light refreshments and will cover the importance of having an online presence and the effectiveness of websites and social media.

Kitty Conway: last of the family line. Her death on April 27 ends the Conway’s 106-year-long history in Leongatha.

ety of performances ranging from traditional Irish music arranged for a unique setting through to freshly composed music by students featured in the song writing workshop,” he said. “In late June, a wide variety of ensembles are combining together to tour to Bendigo for four days for the annual tour.” Workshops will be run with various Bendigo students and the historical significance of this inland city will be experienced. “The goal of working towards the repertoire required for such a tour and the varied performance demands involved is great for developing students’ adaptability, presentation skills and performance skills,” Mr Jackson said.

Fridays at Milpara Community House are lively. In one side of the house, the day kicks off with the little ones coming along with their parents and grandparents to share playtime at playgroup. There is a lot of activity and lots to do as well as time for a cuppa and a chat. Newcomers are always welcome to come along and share in the fun. After playgroup starts,

we have the men arrive for the For the Blokes group and the frequent bursts of raucous laughter emanating from the other side of the house is proof that there is a lot of information to share along with many good stories. The more the merrier so if you are at a bit of a loose end on a Friday morning, between 10am and midday, come along and share a cuppa and a story or two. Next is arts and crafts with Gift Cards with Barb between 1pm and 4pm. This group comprises approximately 12 regular participants who spend time together working on their own projects and again swapping highlights of their week. The year to date has been busy and it is only just halfway through. There are a number of new classes being run during the coming term so keep an eye out for

our term three program, or if you would like a sneak peek of what is in store for the house, check out our webpage “What’s New” at We have something for everyone, and some of our new sessions for business owners etc are: • Get your Business Organised: Wednesday, July 17, 7pm to 9pm; • Marketing Basics: Wednesday, August 7, 7pm to 9pm; • Social Media: Its relevance to business: Wednesday, August 14, 7pm to 9pm; • Cloud Computing: Thursday, August 29,noon to 3pm; and • Take Control of Your Tax: Wednesday, August 21 between 10am and 2pm. For information about any of the above information please call Sandra or Jenni on 5655 2524.

Play it again: flute players Leuca and Sarah pictured rehearsing their composition.

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star

30 years ago June 21, 1983

5 years ago June 17, 2008

VANDALS drove a small car down the eighth fairway on the green at the Woorayl Golf Club last Thursday night. Leongatha police inspected the damage on Friday and are investigating. The vandals drove the car around the section of land near the netball courts before driving onto the golf course.

LANDHOLDERS in the path of a proposed transmission line, to power the desalination plant at Wonthaggi, are devastated and angry. They expressed surprise and criticised the way they were told about the proposal, and the lack of detail about compensation and powerline design.

10 years ago June 17, 2003 FULLY or partially covering the Toora pool is not financially viable, South Gippsland Shire Council was told last week. A feasibility study by H P Leisure showed the cost of covering the pool was too great when put against attendances.

1 year ago June 19, 2012 FLOODING caused a health scare at Meeniyan on Friday. A low level of the microorganism cryptosporidium was found late in the afternoon and a boiling water notice was issued. It was withdrawn around 2.45pm yesterday when the Department of Health gave the all clear.


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This is my last column as CEO of AquaSure. Earlier this year I informed the Board of my intention to retire at the end of June, and it is with a mixture of pride and sadness that I now leave the organisation.

Matt has significant experience in the business services and utilities sector. Most recently he was CEO and Managing Director of Epic Energy Holdings, one of Australia’s largest gas transmission companies.

With local roads having now been returned to Council and a final tidying up of the pipeline corridor to be completed during spring, the last of the construction maintenance activities will be well and truly finished by the end of the year.

Approve or disapprove, the Victorian Desalination Project is a long term public asset that will provide Melbourne and Geelong with a reliable, high quality, drought-proof water supply to supplement existing catchment supplies, if required, for generations to come.

Matt formally commences with AquaSure on 8 July and is looking forward to meeting members of the local community over the coming months.

Even though the plant site is manned by a relatively small team of 52, it is still a bustling place. In the past six months alone our operations team have hosted site tours for 99 community and stakeholder groups (more than 1500 people). The team welcomes the opportunity to provide a first-hand insight into the plant so if your community group or organisation is interested in attending a site tour you can make a formal booking through the community contact line (1800 811 214).

It has been a wonderful experience and privilege to have been involved in the project, and to have had the opportunity to work with so many outstanding people and organisations. In particular I would like to thank you - the local community - for your patience, understanding and collaboration over the past three years. Constructing infrastructure of this size with minimal impact is not an easy task, but with the close involvement of Council and wonderful co-operation of the community, I hope that any inconvenience during construction was minimised. For AquaSure the project will be ably steered into its next phase by incoming CEO Matt Brassington, and with the continued support of the very professional and capable management team.

The plant has not been producing water since 18 December however our operations team continue maintenance activities to ensure the plant is in optimal working order, ready to start producing water whenever needed. Work is also progressing well out on the 225 ha ecological reserve. Around 90% of the millions of new plants and 150,000 trees have been planted, and construction of the walking trails, public amenities and the bird hide is nearing completion. Locals may also have noticed that way-finding signage has also started to be installed.

Even though I will no longer be actively involved in the project, I will look forward to seeing it progress over the coming years. I will certainly be visiting the beautiful Bass Coast on a regular basis! Thank you and farewell.

The ecological reserve is planned to be open to the public later this year once the planting has had an opportunity to become established over spring and early summer. Chris Herbert CEO, AquaSure

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Top award for Wonthaggi teen WONTHAGGI Secondary College’s Anna Kentwell was honoured with a Premier’s VCE award recently.

MILLIE Norma Butler-Hemming was born on June 5 at Leongatha Memorial Hospital. She is the first child of Shane and Casey.

Anna completed her VCE at the college last year and was praised for her high achievement and perfect study score in Product Design and Technology. The South Dudley teenager said organisation was the key to her success. “Good organisation and lots of hard work is what got me there,” she said. “I stayed up pretty late some nights to get things done too.” The subject Anna was successful in focused on the use of textiles and different mediums for costume and fashion design. With her score Anna obtained a position in a costume design course at Swinburne University. “This year, I’m having

a gap year so have deferred from the course,” she said. “I am hoping to do costume design for film after I finish.” Anna said her love for sewing started at a young age. “My mum taught me how to sew when I was little,” she said. “I’ve always been interested in making clothes and designing things. “I have also always been interested in film and I did drama at school so that led to costume design.” Anna said planning can help students get the score they want. “Organisation and creating timetables is really good help,” she said. “You then know when you can have a break and you know when you have to work hard.” Anna was one of 286 students who received an award.

Well done: Wonthaggi’s Anna Kentwell accepts her VCE Premier’s Award from Education Minister Martin Dixon recently.

Dairy winners WONTHAGGI Secondary College was awarded the team prize of $500 during the Cows Create Careers, Manufacturing Project presentations in Leongatha last week. Presentations were made to the winning schools during a special awards ceremony at the Leongatha RSL on Tuesday, June 11. Wonthaggi Secondary College joined four other schools including, Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College, Newhaven College, Yarram Secondary College, and Marist Sion Regional College to take part in the Dairy Australia cook up a storm in the classroom program. These schools have been participating in the project during term two, 2013. The project was first piloted in 2010, to encourage food and technology secondary school students to examine the possible career and education pathways that are available within the dairy manufacturing industry. The project involves student teams working together to create an innovative ‘dairy recipe’ presenting a ‘dairy newsletter’, profiling what they have learnt about their research topic and submitting a school recipe book.

The aims of the project are to: • introduce students to dairy manufacturing career and education pathways; • provide a platform to introduce students to the Australian dairy industry and its products; • involve dairy manufacturing industry advocates who have vision and dairy industry knowledge to encourage and support students with the project; and • reward successful students and schools at the presentation and awards ceremony. Industry advocates from Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co Ltd and Fonterra have generously donated their time to host schools from Wonthaggi Secondary College and Yarram Secondary College and to talk about dairy manufacturing career pathways. In 2012, the Cows Create Careers - Manufacturing Module included 30 schools across the regions of Gippsland, Northern Victoria, North West Tasmania, Bega at New South Wales, and South West Victoria. The winning team prize was a draw between Team Mexico (Kyah Britt, Sophie Huther and Hannah McRae) from Wonthaggi Secondary College and Team Morgan and Pat (Morgan Tatnell and Pat Petterson) from Yarram Secondary College.

Winners: from left, Wonthaggi Secondary College students Andrew Manniche, Dale Orchard, Ebony Corbett, Alisha Hermanto, Sophie Huther, Skye Aldie, Rani Stirton, Michael Marotta, Hannah McRae, Kyla Britt, Tash Antonovich, Tarra Keshan and teacher Rebecca Manning were thrilled to be part of the winning team to take out the $500 prize at the Dairy Australia awards presentation in Leongatha last week.


Ivan Dowson lived an industrious life LIFELONG Wonthaggi resident, Ivan Albert Dowson, recently passed away, departing this life at the age of 87. Ivan was born in Wonthaggi to Albert and Vera Dowson on Australia Day 1926. He was joined by two sisters. Thelma (married to Ron Wardell) was born in 1928. Joyce was born in 1940 (deceased 1988). Ivan attended Wonthaggi North Primary School. He obtained his Merit Leaving (age 14) and entered the workforce. After a short period milking cows, Ivan gained employment at the State Coal Mine, working on the brace at the new Kirrak Mine. His father worked underground at the same pit. Rather than going underground at 17, Ivan took up a milk run, and despite being a hopeless early riser, made a success of it. As a lad, Ivan helped feed the family by hunting rabbits for meat. As a hobby he bred exotic and native birds, and always kept one or more dogs in-tow. In 1942, Albert moved his family to 215 White Road, Wonthaggi. Jeffries Soft Drink

Factory was purchased, and moved on-site. Soon fuel sales commenced, initially the Neptune brand, and much later Shell. Over the years, additional enterprises included the delivery of household heating oil and gas bottles, wholesaling of bulk foods to general stores, recycling of bottles and cans, and bulk fuel deliveries. Ivan joined the family enterprise on the payroll of his father and mother, at an early stage. In much later years, he and his wife Edith would take over the business, overseeing significant growth and change, including moving the service station to its current site on the Bass Highway. Ivan remained a central figure in the business for the remainder of his life. For over 30 years, his son Trevor worked alongside Ivan, assuming control of the business in time. Ivan enjoyed any work involving customers, as he loved a good conversation, especially with farmers. Ivan and Edith began their courtship in the late war years. Edith was the daughter of Joe and Hilda Asquith, and lived on a farm further

down White Road. Ivan and Edith married on May 29, 1948, in time achieving all but 65 years of marriage. With the arrival of children Marjorie, Trevor, Lynette and Cheryl, interest for Ivan turned to family activities. An annual caravanning holiday was usually taken in May. Trips to the Royal Melbourne Show are fondly recalled. With semi-retirement in the 1990s, Ivan and Edith pursued their love of old time dancing, being regulars at the Dalyston Dance, among others. Card playing was also enjoyed. Edith and Ivan enjoyed both domestic and international travel. They owned and loved an A’Van Caravan. It was taken around Australia to attend A’Van Club events. Ivan always maintained a genuine and affectionate interest in his nine grandchildren, and his four great-grandchildren. Ivan endured significant illness in 2011 and 2012, but he made it home to a comfortable existence with Edith until the end. His was a life pursued with remarkable purpose.

Long life: Ivan Dowson as many will remember him, at the pump of his Wonthaggi service station.

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Nicole joins Landcare By Sarah Vella SOUTH Gippsland Landcare Network welcomed new project officer Nicole Walsh recently, who will be taking on the Friends of Strzelecki Koalas project.

Switched on: Burke and Bronwyn Brandon believe they have made the right move by coming to Moyarra.

Nicole, originally from Victoria, lived in Tasmania for the past 14 years. “In Tasmania, I worked in natural resource management for five years. One of my projects was to help farmers fence off remnant bush and water in the Tamar region,” she said. “I am really interested in landscape management, how it is protected and how we can address biodiversity at a landscape level. “Habitat fragmentation and loss is a critical problem for biodiversity, so that is something we are trying to address through the koala project.” Nicole said she is

keen to get started on the Friends of Strzelecki Koalas project, to help increase the profile and awareness of our koalas. “We will be helping landholders access funding for fencing, revegetation, weed control and we are also out there talking to schools and other community groups,” she said. Nicole said she would like to think she is helping to contribute to the

biodiversity of the area and helping to protect an iconic species. “Given koalas are a threatened species in Queensland and New South Wales, it makes the Victorian population even more important,” she said. Network coordinator Belinda Brennan said, “The network is really excited to have Nicole on board.” “She has a wealth of experience and knowledge

and she will be an asset to the team and landholders in the area.” Anybody who would like to become involved with the Friends of Strzelecki Koalas project is encouraged to contact the South Gippsland Landcare Network. “Anyone can get involved, including schools. You don’t have to be a Landcare member,” Ms Brennan said.

Welcome to the team: Nicole Walsh with her new friend Foski the Koala.

Grant restores coast Milking sheep

at Moyarra By Sarah Vella BURKE and Bronwyn Brandon produce sheep milk on their picturesque 190 acre farm in the Moyarra valley, near Korumburra. The milk their sheep produce goes on to become delicious cheese and occasionally, creamy and thick yoghurt. They milk their own cross of a number of breeds, evolved over the six years they have been in the milking game. “The most common breed is the east Friesian sheep, which is very similar to the Friesian of the cow world,” Mr Brandon said. “They are very long boned and built for milk production. The breed originated in Europe, near Germany. “Our breed is generally a bit stockier and more resilient in this climate.” Mr Brandon said they currently milk about 100 ewes and hope to increase that to 150 this season. “They are very seasonal, lambing between July and October, so we are milking for around eight months of the year,” he said. “The dairy here was an old herringbone and a lot of the equipment we use is out of an old cow dairy, however there are particular parts and settings that are unique to sheep. “Often people can’t get their head around milking sheep, but everything is done pretty much the same as cows, just smaller. “We use smaller cups, there are only two teats and we use a faster pulsation rate. Apart from that, it is a pretty normal milking operation.”

Sheep’s milk is quite thick, with a high cream content and a fairly mild taste. Mr Brandon said these are the qualities that make it so good for cheese-making. “This is the same reason it makes really good yoghurt. It is naturally thick so there is no need to add thickeners or other additives,” he said. Mr Brandon learnt how to make cheese from his father in 2002, and has been milking his own sheep since 2007. The move to Moyarra from the Mornington Peninsula occurred around two years ago. “We looked around a few different places, but we decided if we were serious about growing milk, we needed to be in a dairy area,” he said. “When we moved here, our milk volume grew dramatically because we could feed them so well.” The Brandons are not certified organic, however do like to minimise any nonnatural additives their sheep eat and try to keep their diets as natural as possible.

“We use alternative measures and cross grazing with cattle to prevent worm infestations. We probably only have to drench the lambs once a year,” Mr Brandon said. “We also provided them with free access to minerals, which they take as they need. On the pasture we use pig manure compost and basalt rock dust, which helps with moisture uptake.” This year, they have had to supplement the sheep’s diet, but it has not been with hay or pellets. They grow barley and lupins in their fodder factory, ready to eat six days after planting. The crop is grown in water and under the correct conditions. “It is easier to digest than pellets and is better for milk conversion,” Mr Brandon said. Currently, the milk the Brandons’ sheep produce is transported to Burke’s parents, Trevor and Jan’s cheesery at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. Soon, however, a cheese making factory and cellar door will be established on their Moyarra farm.

IN partnership with Parks Victoria, Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula has been working since 2009 to restore and improve coastal vegetation in a large car park at Venus Bay’s Beach Number One. Each winter, determined volunteers have continued to work alongside Parks Victoria rangers

on the site, sometimes in wet and windy conditions. Native shrubs, grasses, small trees and flowering ground covers have been planted and mulched, gradually re-establishing the coastal bushland. Co-convenor of the friends group, Mae Adams said, “The aim is to beautify the area and provide shelter for wildlife.” This year, a Parks Victoria com-

munity grant will help complete the work and volunteers are invited to lend a hand to this worthwhile project. The next planting day is Sunday, September 1 from 1pm to 4pm. Volunteers are invited to register by sending an email from the friends website,, or simply turn up on the day.

Adventure of a lifetime

ELEVEN adventurous Newhaven College students will embark on a life changing experience when they travel to Nepal for the school’s 2013 World Challenge Expedition. World Challenge offers students a unique opportunity to experience diverse cultures while undertaking charitable projects that benefit the local community. Included will be the 18 day Anapurna Range Circuit, the toughest World Challenge tour offered so far. Students have been preparing physically and emotionally for the

past year. They will be travelling in Nepal’s monsoon season and camping in tents. But they can expect breathtaking scenery with lush green hills, cultivated fields, rhododendron forests, and bamboo thickets. Trekkers will be immersed in Himalayan culture with trailside shrines, yaks, teahouses and remote local villages to explore before peaking at 5416m on Mt Thoring La. They will be assisted by experienced local guides but a major component of World Challenge is that students get to be masters of their own destiny for a month. With only their flights and first night of

accommodation pre-booked, their first tasks will include allocating their team budget and booking teahouse accommodation where available along their trek routes. Part one of the adventure is acclimatisation, followed by work involving charitable projects. The student team has already raised $1200 for the Hillside Academy Mother and Children Art Foundation that works to improve health and provide employment skills and will work on local projects with this group. College teacher Sian Adnam will accompany the students to provide support and pastoral care.

Adventure: these students will carry tents, medical supplies, passports, trangia stoves and all of the everyday essentials in their packs for 18 days of trekking on the World Challenge Anapurna Range Circuit in Nepal. They are teacher Sian Adnam, Morgan Roney, Nyree Raabe, Sinead Keating, Lucas Dixon, Megan McCoy, Jarrod Donohue, Simon Mitchell, Renata Phyland, Caitlyn Kirwan, Fergus O’Donohue, Matthew Sheppard and Johnathan from World Challenge.

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Short story award appeals INTEREST in the annual Bert van Bedaf Memorial Short Story Award has grown to the point where it attracts entries from all over Australia. The $500 award is part of the Coal Creek Literary Festival which will be held this year on Saturday, October 5. Festival committee member Gavin Van Eede said the standard of those entries is such it has been a joy for those who judge them. “There are some gifted story tellers in our community,” he said. Entry is open to anyone and multiple entries are welcome. But each must be accompanied by the entry fee of $15. Entry forms and conditions can be downloaded from the Literary Festival web site at or from Coal Creek Community Park and Museum.

Coal Creek hosted the first of its annual literary festivals in 2008. The festival was the brainchild of Bert van Bedaf, a journalist at The Star. When he died in 2010, the committee decided to rename the open short story competition in his honour. The first was awarded in 2011. The festival has hosted

other awards such as a children’s picture book competition, poetry contest and under 18 short story prize. To find out more, visit the festival website or contact Coal Creek on 5655 1811. The program for this year’s festival is still being finalised but it promises to be a stimulating as ever.

Top of the mornin’: South Coast Christian College students had a great day and helped raise more than $300.

A morning to remember Compelling: Vicky Daddo won last year’s Bert van Bedaf Memorial Short Story Award. Her beautifully crafted writing had the audience spellbound.

SOUTH Coast Christian College’s recent Biggest Morning Tea was a massive success, netting more than $300 for the Cancer Council. Students of the Leongatha school and 20 special guests enjoyed a morning tea put on by school staff.

Foreigners from Home This is also the theme for the play destined to be FAMDA’s next production. Foreigners from Home is the story of a rural Australian family struggling through the hardship of the ’30s Depression. Written by Chris Dickins, who now lives in Foster, the story has a contemporary context by being told through the eyes of a now aged family member who,

in recalling her childhood, is able to look at past events from a present perspective. Foreigners from Home has been described as “an unashamedly Australian play in its idiom, setting, characters and plot. In its depiction of the past, it reminds us that history can indeed repeat itself and, though advances in technology may have altered some parts of our lives, the essential human qualities, fears and strengths remain”. The play was first performed in 1991 and has received many accolades from audiences young and old. It has even been translated into German

Foreigners from Home Australian play by Chris Dickins

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for a successful season in Frankfurt. Now it’s Foster’s turn to see this evocative play. Foster drama company, FAMDA, will be staging Foreigners from Home under the direction of its playwright, Chris Dickins. Performance dates are October 18-26, 2013. Chris Dickins is a playwright, theatre director and teacher with 40 years experience working in the performing arts. He has written over 90 plays, many of them specially commissioned for small community companies. These works include Sunrise, Sunset, peter panman, Sanctuary and For-

eigners from Home. His plays have been produced across Australia and internationally; been studied for VCE Drama courses; used as teaching resources at universities and at NIDA and nominated for the Green Room awards. Now, at the invitation of local theatre company, FAMDA, Chris is bringing Foreigners from Home to Foster. Cast requirements are for eight people aged from teenagers upwards. An information session followed by auditions will be held at 2pm on Sunday, June 23 at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre. For further information


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Loving it: South Coast Christian College students Courtney Male and Naomi Cantwell treat themselves.

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Entries will include: A/C J.R. & S.M. CHOWN 80 Angus mixed sexes, 8-9 months A/C RELAY PASTORAL 11 Angus Steers rising 2 years 12 Hereford Steers, 16 months A/C MALANDA PASTORAL COMPANY 20 Dehorned Hereford Steers, 12 months 12 Hereford Steers, 20 months A/C R. & D. DENNIS 30 Angus Steers, 10-11 months A/C M.G. ALLMAN 12 Angus Simmental X Steers, 10 months A/C C. MONTENOT 12 Angus mixed sex weaners A/C MICHEAL FARRUGIA 10 Angus mixed sexes, 8-9 months A/C D. & V. SMITH 13 Angus Heifers P.T.I.C. to Angus Bull Commence calving mid July onwards 2 Red Poll Cows P.T.I.C. to Angus Bull. Commence calving mid July onwards.



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A SOIL treatment trial at Wonthaggi lured 50 people last week. The Bass Coast Landcare Network event was attended by 40 landholders and 10 students from as far as Frankston, French Island, Kooweerup, Korumburra and Pound Creek. Simon Park is in the first

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with a particularly tough summer and wet winter results the trial is inconclusive, and will probably need three to five years to turn up any conclusive results.

most categories were close to firm, while the better offering of heavy weight bulls lifted 10c to 15c for the C and D muscles, while a larger offering of B muscle Euro bred bulls lifted 27c/kg. C3 yearling grass steers to the trade sold from 185c to 215c/kg. Yearling grass heifers in three score condition made between 155c and 190c lifting 11c on most, while the plainer two score heavy weights sold between 103c and 148c lifting 13c/kg. C muscle grown steers made from 186c to 198c holding firm. C muscle bullocks sold from 180c to 195c lifting 2c/kg. Plainer shaped D muscle well bred grown steers and bullocks made between 155c and 184c/kg. Three score grown empty heifers made from 132c to 172c slipping 7c/kg. Friesian manufac-

turing steers sold between 122c and 135c slipping 3c/ kg on most. Three score crossbred manufacturing steers made from 150c to 177c slipping 4c in the heavy weights and 13c/kg in the light weights. The plainer two score drafts sold from 125c to 165c slipping 8c to 15c/kg. Light weight dairy cows made between 80c and 108c/kg. Heavy weight dairy cows sold between 88c and 126c/kg. Light weight beef cows made from 76c to 116c/kg. Heavy weight beef cows sold from 106c to 135c/kg. Heavy weight C and B muscle bulls sold from 128c to 156c/kg. The next sale draw June 19: 1. David Phelan, 2. Elders, 3. Rodwells, 4. SEJ, 5. Landmark, 6. Alex Scott.

Man himself: Simon Park has developed some profitable inititiaves.


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back of his customised, 10 cylinder, eight wheel drive spreader truck in around five minutes. Simon sprays the treated effluent across his paddocks at a rate of 50,000 litres per hectare, over four applications per year at 75,000 litres per hour. Simon also advocates using a range of pasture species with multiple root depths to access minerals and trace elements distributed throughout the soil profile, making them accessible to cows in their feed rather than plying them with supplements. The soil trial is comparing foliar seaweed spray and pellets with conventional fertilisers in various combinations. After only one year

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stage of a West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority sponsored soil treatment trial. Simon has created a large concrete feed pad for his 300 strong dairy herd that slopes into a four megalitre effluent pond. Over the course of a year, that has generated the equivalent of $65,000 plus worth of fertiliser. Simon hoses effluent from his feed pad into the pond which he aerates and doses with sugar to stimulate aerobic microbe activity. The microbes predigest the nutrient in the effluent into forms readily available to plants. He then pumps the predigested effluent into a 15m 120,000 litre silo that fills the 25,000 litre tank on the

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THERE were approximately 800 steers and bullocks, 600 cows, 70 bulls and 450 young cattle penned. The usual buying group attended a mixed market, with the better quality young cattle selling to a dearer trend, manufacturing steers slipping, while strong competition in the bull pens lifted prices significantly. The 800 steers and bullocks were plainer in quality with the better end selling to firm demand. A larger and better quality selection of yearling grass cattle attracted some interest, with the steers selling 4c to 5c dearer, while the heifer portion lifted 11c to 13c/kg. The cows recorded mixed results although

Store sale market Thursday, June 13 Steers: B. & B. Fulton, Toongabbie, 11 x $970; F.M. & M.M. Lawless, Driffield, 14 x $845; G. Braemar, Trida, 8 x $804; L.M., B.F. & M.A. Fowles, Jeetho, 5 x $705; Strathfieldsaye Estate, Perry Bridge, 11 x $695; A. Stollery, Mirboo North, 10 x $690. Heifers: I.B. & D.J. Hughes, Loch, 5 x $452; Strathfieldsaye Estate, Perry Bridge, 1 x $435; E. & S. Miles, Leongatha, 5 x $410; Sugarloaf Nominees P/L, Bass, 10 x $404; P. Whelan, Agnes, 3 x $400; J. Edmondson, Mirboo North, 1 x $390. Cows: L. Brooks, Loch, 5 x $770; C.A. & J.M. MacDonald, Alberton, 1 x $400; R. & K. Patton, Ventnor, 8 x $360; A. Hammit, Alberton West, 3 x $200. Cows and calves: P. Hance, Nyora, 2 x $785; C.A. & J.M. McDonald, Alberton, 1 x $710; C. Boulton, Mirboo, 7 x $640; R. & K. Patton, Ventnor, 7 x $630; S. Schweitzer, Woodside, 1 x $240.

Wednesday, June 12 BULLOCKS 20 R.J. & R.H. Findlay, Leongatha 14 G. & S.A. Cannata, Leongatha 2 D. & H. Crawford, Woodleigh 13 C. Fryer, Doomburrim 9 D. Goodwin, Wulla Wullock 12 Rumridge P/L, Mt Eliza STEERS 1 A. Dingfelder, Jeetho West 1 M.E. & K. Triantafyllou, Woodside 14 C.T. Ferguson, Longford 4 D. & H. Crawford, Woodleigh 12 Western Park, Somers 5 S. & M. Bordonaro, Koorooman COWS 1 G. & S. Kirk, Archies Creek 1 Malucher Park, Outtrim 4 J.N. & D.J. Meikle, Meeniyan 8 Woodleigh Park, Woodleigh Vale 1 Belgrano P/L, Glen Vale 2 A. Dingfelder, Jeetho West HEIFERS 1 M.E. & K. Triantafyllou, Woodside 1 A. Dingfelder, Jeetho West 13 G. & S. Couper, Dumbalk 1 S. & M. Bordonaro, Koorooman 13 G. Campbell, Mirboo North 1 O.B. & C.M. Hutchinson, Mardan BULLS 3 A. Gheller Family Trust, Dalyston 1 Maxray Nominees, Buffalo 1 G.I. & C.M. Hosking, Woodside 1 K.J. & L. Boromeo, Korumburra 1 I.R. McCraw, Jumbunna East 1 A. Kelly & S. Howard, Nerrena

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197.6 195.2 195.0 195.0 195.0 194.0

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610kg 375kg 568kg 691kg 580kg 635kg

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325kg 200.0 300kg 200.00 437kg 186.6 465kg 185.0 425kg 179.6 470kg 177.6

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$1015.30 $1077.51 $1484.00 $833.00 $707.00 $1145.40

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ing the signs that give an insight into the growth and productivity of pasture species. The colour of leaves, growth habits of pasture plants and weeds and the composition of plants in the pasture can give clues about what’s right and wrong in the pasture and valuable insights into soil pH, fertility, structure and nutrient status. The South Gippsland

Pasture reading: soil expert John Gallienne shows participants how to read the soil at the Clarks in Nerrena last week.

Landcare Network has been running a three year Healthy Soils Project, funded through the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority. The Healthy Soils Sustainable Farms: building carbon and managing pH in West Gippsland project, has been promoted through field days and discussion groups, with a view to increasing local knowledge of farm pro-

ductivity through better soil management. The project has used agronomists and soil specialists to inform and inspire local landholders to undertake practices on their own properties which will improve soil health and increase production. By gaining knowledge about what constitutes a healthy soil, and the skills to determine whether a particular soil is healthy or not, landholders who have participated in network field days, discussion group meetings and workshops are able to adapt their management actions to improve their own soil. The network has supported two demonstration projects on local farms during the last year. One, a case study on a beef farm using long interval, short duration high intensity grazing and the other a demonstration of the effectiveness of adding biological cultures to the soil, will be available as publications on the network’s web site: www.


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The participants walked around Terry and Janine Clark’s property, with a little side trip to the leased land next door.

Soil expert John Gallienne led the enthusiastic soil discussion group from paddock to paddock, where plants were uprooted and soil profiles inspected. The growth pattern of the plants, the grazing regime, and the nutrient status of the paddocks were all considered. The participants learned they could understand their soil by read-


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TWENTY FIVE raincoated and gum-booted people spent last Wednesday learning how to read the story told by pasture plants on a wet dairy farm in Nerrena.

The FINAL sheep & lamb sale for this selling season will be on WEDNESDAY JUNE 26 2013


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TOTAL VALUE OF ITEMS PER ADVERT MUST NOT EXCEED $50 CAR CASSETTE/RADIO. Ford falcon AU original factory DD. Cd unreliable. $20. Ph. 0427 444 601. SHAG RUG. Two. Taupe colour. 160x230cm, $30 each. Ph. 0402 785 112 DINING CHAIRS. 4. Mahogany. With gold velvet cushion upholstery. $50. Ph. 5662 3925. TREATED PINE POSTS. Used. 7/1.8x100mm 1/2.4x200mm. $12.50 the lot. Ph. 5662 2570. BRICKS. Quantity Second hand. $25. Ph. 5662 2570. DOWN JACKET. Ladies. medium. Bottle green. Good fill. As new condition. $50. Ph. 5662 2706. STEREOGRAM. Astor. Retro era. Large cabinet. Includes radio & turntable. $50. Ph. 0407 076 425. PADDY PALLIN WIND JACKET. SmallMedium. Purple/green. As new condition. Suit all outdoor pursuits.$25. Ph. 5662 2706. FIREWOOD. Bags of kindling for sale. 6.5kg bags. $5 per bag. 0407 863 383 HIGHCHAIR. With removable tray. Great condition. $20. ph. 0411 329 348. FILING CABINET. Excellent condition. $40. ph. 5668 6257. SADDLE & BRIDAL. Old but reasonable condition. $50. Ph. 5674 5601. ANTIQUE SANDSTONE WHEEL. Approx. 40cm wide. $50. ph. 5674 5601. PALING FENCE PANEL. Treated pine. L 3200, H1500. $30 ono. ph. 5672 5264. MICRO VENETIAN BLINDS. Two. W 1500, h2100. Winter white. 25mm slats. new in box. $40 ono. Ph. 5672 5264. MOVING BOXES. Heavy duty. large and small. $3 each. ph. 0487 238 907. WALK AND DRIVE LEARNING CAR. Fisher Price. Very good condition. $20. ph. 0427 582 463. SAFETY FIRST SECURE LOCK BED RAIL. very good condition. $20. Ph. 0427 582 463. COMPOST BIN. Gedye. Black plastic. $50. Ph. 5664 4392. 3 WHEEL PRAM. Beema Q. Great condition. Black. 2 years old. $50. Ph. 0418 567 973. HIGHCHAIR. 2 levels, tray removable. plastic. Folds up. $30. Ph. 0418 567 973. JAZZ SHOES. Black. size 6. Black danse corps bag. Leg warmers. Tights. Leotard. Skirt and top. All in good condition. $50. Ph. 0409 832 418. MARY MACKILLOP SPORTS TOP. Size 10. Excellent condition. $20. Ph. 0409 832 418. TV CABINET. Stained pine corner unit. Good condition. $50. Ph. 0402 785 112. TV. 70cm super slim LG analogue with digital set top box. Near new. $50. Ph. 0402 785 112. BOOTS. Trail Snow Joggers. New. Size 41. Were $40. Sell $20. ph. 0438 572 214. BOLTS. Galvanised ½”8½”-9”-10”.

Round head washer, nuts as new suit post/rail fences. Third new price. $1.50 each Ph. 5662 3336. REFRIGERATOR. 420L. Fridge/Freezer. Good condition. Frost free part not working. $50. Ph. 5662 4810. REFRIGERATOR. 170L. Fridge/Freezer. Good condition. Good bar fridge. $50. 5662 4810. JAZZ SHOES. 1 Pair. Energetiks. Mint condition. worn once. size 7. black. Ph. 5686 2653. 3 SEATER LOUNGE AND 2 ARMCHAIRS. Cloth and timber. Good condition. $50. ph. 0402 905 118. TRAMPOLINE. Large $20. ph. 0407 076 425. 12 PIECES SOLID TEAK. From disassembled 1960s chair. $50. Ph. 0490 038 229 MICROWAVE OVEN. Sharp Sensor. $25. Ph. 5662 3042. DOUBLE BED. Wire base. Tails and brackets. very good condition. $50 ono. Ph.5674 1347. VY EXHAUST SYSTEM. Stainless mufflers off SS ute. $50. Ph. 0429 622 902. SWING SET. $25. Ph. 0413 452 686. ELECTRIC LEAF BLOWER. $45. Ph. 0413 452 686. MICROWAVE. Breville. Silver. Good. Clean condition. Model BM0200. $45. Ph. 0427 861 739. MOTORCROSS BOOTS. Clutch MX Pro Series. Very good condition. Size US 12. $50. Ph. 0429 622 902. INTERIOR DOOR. With handles & hinges. Very good condition. 820x2040. $15. Ph. 5658 1050. RAIN WATER DIVERTER. Fits 90mm down pipes. new. $15. Ph. 5658 1443. PLASSON RURAL FITTINGS. 40ml 1.5”. Male adaptor. 2 tees. New. $40. Ph. 5658 1443. SNOW SKIS. 178cm. Shaped. Dynastar. Salomon Bindings. $50. Ph. 5662 3556. WHEELS, TYRES, HUBCAPS. x5. Ford Falcon AU. $50 the lot. Ph. 0427 444 601 WHEELS, TYRES, HUBCAPS. x 4 Holden Commodore VX. $40 the lot Ph. 0427 444 601. BABY BASSINETTE AND STAND. Good condition. $20. Ph. 0411 329 348. BABY BATH AND STAND. Excellent condition. $20. Ph. 0411 329 348 COLLECTORS NATIONAL BANK CALENDARS. 5. 1995-1996. $45 the lot. Ph. 5658 1443 FILING CABINET. 3 Drawers. Steel. With suspension files. $45. Ph. 0437 452 033 after 6pm. WARDROBE. $45. Ph. 0437 452 033 after 6pm. WHITE COT. With mattress. Large. Great for Nan’s house. $50. Ph. 5662 5027 after 7pm. STOVE. St George. 66cm. $50. Ph. 5655 2599.

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2nd Leongatha Scout Group Would like to say a big thank you to all the people who supported our group in the past financial year. Just to mention a few: Shakanda, Deery Consulting,Browns Fertilisers, Condoluci Produce, C&L, Murray Goulburn, South Gippsland Shire, Leongatha Wreckers South Gippsland Security, Year 10 art class at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College, the Local papers in our town. In closing we give you all a big thank you.

FUN TIME JUMPINGF CASTLE HIORRE Also Fairy floss machine, face painting & popcorn machine Ideal for birthday parties, fetes, sporting clubs, fundraisers, corporate, street markets, Christmas break-ups etc.

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

Would like to inform locals that on the 1st July 2013 they will begin a three (3) week Dredging Project around the Esso Escape Capsule Training Centre at Barry Beach Marine Terminal. Any enquiries please contact Hurricain directly at

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CABINET MAKER Local award winning cabinet making company is seeking a qualified cabinet maker or experienced apprentice. Send written resumé by Friday, June 21 to: Leongatha Kitchens 44 Yarragon Road, Leongatha 3953 Fax: 5662 5880

A.W. Smith & Sons P/L

Admin/Office Assistant This full-time position requires an enthusiastic person to be involved in the daily running of our business. The successful candidate will demonstrate sound customer service skills, and a willingness to learn. The role includes: • Accounts payable and receivable • Account reconciliations and data entry • General admin and customer service Prior experience would be preferred, although not essential. Please forward written application and resumé to: The Manager 7 - 13 Roughead Street Leongatha 3953 Applications close 27th June 2013

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FIRST CHOICE resumés from $40. 0412-252895. 2448 hr completion.

Draft Gippsland Regional Growth Plan HAVE YOUR SAY

Military gear / hunting / fishing, and armour & hunting mags. No early birds

The Gippsland Regional Growth Plan is one of eight plans being prepared across regional Victoria. Regional growth plans will provide broad direction for land use and development, as well as more detailed frameworks for key centres. The plans are being developed in a partnership between local government, state government and authorities. The draft Gippsland Regional Growth Plan is available for public comment from Monday 3 June 2013 until Friday 12 July 2013. To find out more about the draft plan you can: • download a copy at • view a copy at your local council, or • pick up a brochure and feedback form at your local council. Opportunities to discuss the draft plan with Department of Planning and Community Development* officers will be available as follows: Date and time



Tuesday 18 June, 9.30am – 11.30am


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Tuesday 18 June, 2pm – 4pm


Department of Environment and Primary Industries, 574 Main Street

Tuesday 25 June, 2pm – 4pm


South Gippsland Shire Council, Council Chambers, Michael Place

Wednesday 26 June, 2pm – 4pm


Centennial Centre, corner of Fincher and McKenzie Streets

Wednesday 3 July, 2.30pm – 4.30pm


West Gippsland Arts Centre, Civic Place

Friday 5 July, 10am – 12pm


Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure*, 71 Hotham Street

Comments can be provided online, by submitting a feedback form or in writing to: Gippsland Regional Growth Plan Project Team Department of Planning and Community Development* 71 Hotham Street, Traralgon VIC 3844 Comments must be received by 5.00 pm Friday 12 July 2013. *NOTE: From 1 July 2013 responsibility for the development of Regional Growth Plans will transfer from the Department of Planning and Community Development to the new Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure.

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SALES ASSISTANTS for the refurbished Fish Creek General Store and Newsagency. Experience in a similar role will be well regarded MORNING AND AFTERNOON SHIFTS AVAILABLE Call Deidre on 0416 280 658 for more details Applications close July 2, 2013

South Gippsland Shire Council

Strategic Planning & Development Research & Administration Officer

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Customer Service Officer Plumbing & Planning .8 Part Time Permanent Position

South Gippsland Water invites applications from experienced individuals for the position of Customer Service Officer – Plumbing & Planning. The role is based in South Gippsland Water’s Foster office and will provide administration support to the Corporation’s Customer Service Subdivision and Plumbing Officer’s. You must be customer focused, experience with plan interpretation will be highly regarded. The successful applicant will be able to communicate at all levels and will have proven time management skills and strong attention to detail.

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DEVELOP A CAREER IN THE MEAT INDUSTRY Meat Processors, labourers and Skilled Staff Required For large Export Meat processing facilities in the Wonthaggi Region. Stability and Long term Employment Opportunities Available Duties include: • General Labouring • Process Work • Rendering • Boning/Slicing/Knife Hand • Picking & Packing Experience not essential. Full training provided. MUST be Australian citizen or permanent resident. Full time & casual positions available. Early starts. MUST be prepared to attend INFORMATION SESSION. Eligibility Criteria Applies. To apply please call 8398 1728 or email your most recent resumé to

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Applicants should read the position description located at for enquiries please contact Paula Smith on 03 5682 0403.

Short Term Response Worker

Applications close Friday 28th June 2013.

$49,542 p.a. - $67,912 p.a. + superannuation Ongoing - Full Time

Email Or post to: HR & Payroll Coordinator South Gippsland Water PO Box 102 Foster Vic 3960

Permanent part time - 21 hours per week Flexibility with days and span of hours $28.60 per hour + superannuation An exciting opportunity exists to provide high quality, professional service and administrative support to our Strategic Planning, Economic Development and Tourism teams.

Disability Client Services, South Division, Inner Gippsland - Morwell office

The Short Term Response service aims to build capacity in individuals and their support networks by working with people who require some support to identify needs, and to access and develop their linkages to meaningful formal and informal supports. The team provides a vital role in assessing eligibility and coordinating and facilitating access to a range of community and disability specific service options in a professional, efficient and compassionate manner. In this challenging role you will be expected to have a thorough knowledge of the needs and issues for persons with a disability; you will be able to advise service users regarding service provision - both specialist and generic. You will be able to prioritise, in often complex situations, to ensure a timely response. For further information please contact Jaymee Davis on 5136 2469. Please quote position no DHS/S/00382038 Closing date: Wednesday 26 June 2013

To be successful, you will have experience in an office administration and customer service role or similar along with well developed communication skills.

Police Checks form part of the Department of Human Services recruitment process. The department encourages and welcomes interest from Aboriginal Australians for this role. Please contact our Aboriginal employment information and support line (phone: 1300 092 406 or email: should you wish to access assistance with your application.

Enquiries to Paul Stampton, Manager Strategic Planning & Development on (03) 5662 9200.

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Closing date 5pm Wednesday 26 June 2013.

Client Services Team Leader

Management Accountant

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Iconic Australian Company Located in Leongatha, a town in the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges, South Gippsland, 135 kilometres south-east of Melbourne.

We are seeking a Client Services Team Leader to join our busy and award winning Aged and Disability Team, this role requires you to provide service coordination within the Aged & Disability Services department, reporting directly to the Manager Aged & Disability Services.

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Reporting directly to the Finance Manager, you will be a key part of the finance team – providing support to the Factory Managers. You will be responsible for ensuring financial reporting processes and controls are in place, monitored and controlled as well as the reporting of site performance.

A community services (preferably Aged Care or Disability) qualification is desirable and demonstrated experience in service coordination. You will be required to work Thursday and Friday of each week.

Key responsibilities include • Prepare weekly and monthly site forecast • Coordinate and prepare monthly reporting. Analyse and explain variances to forecast, and ensure site management are fully across their numbers • Produce weekly material and labour variance analysis • Ensure daily and weekly performance reports are being issued to the management team. • Ensure appropriate inventory controls are being followed • Ensure site product cost standards are accurate and correctly reflected in SAP • Participate in New Product Development Process. • Drive site cost reduction programs. • Promote the efficient and effective use of the SAP system on site. • Provide decision support to Factory Managers • Prepare annual budget in conjunction with Factory Managers. • Review and support the Factory Managers with Capex applications. • Coordinate and resolve Internal and External audit issues • Balance Sheet Reconciliations. • Fixed Assets – ensure correctness of the fixed asset register. • Ad-hoc activities as required from time to time

Enquiries to Louise Brydon, Manager Aged & Disability Services on (03) 5662 9200. Closing date 5pm Wednesday 26 June 2013.

Operations Team Member Maintenance & Construction Permanent full time position Fortnightly RDO $54,000 including super and allowances As a member of the Operations team, your primary responsibility will be to assist in the delivery of Council’s maintenance and construction works. Experience in operating road construction and/or road maintenance equipment and knowledge of road infrastructure maintenance and construction techniques are essential. To be successful you will need to have the following licences/certificates; • Current Medium or Heavy Rigid truck licence • Current Worksite Traffic Management Certificate • Construction Industry Red/White Card Enquiries to Fred Huitema, Manager Operations on (03) 5662 9100. Closing date 5pm Wednesday 3 July 2013. All applicants must submit an Employment Application form and address the selection criteria outlined in the position description. Further information and position descriptions are available on our website.

You will demonstrate a proven track record in similar FMCG roles. Furthermore, you will be a CPA or Chartered Accountant (or study towards) with extensive experience using SAP. You will have a very high standard of Excel competancy and excellent product costing knowledge. You will also possess communication skills, both written and verbal as well as stong analytical and reporting skills. If you believe you are the right person for the role please send your cover letter and application to Closing Date: 24 June 2013

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Would you like to work in a rapidly growing and dynamic environment coupled with state of the art equipment? Working within Gippsland you have the opportunity to live and work within close proximity to the sheer variety of beaches, rainforests, in-land lake systems and snowfields all within comfortable driving distance. Those choosing to commute, we are located within easy reach of Melbourne, with public transport right on our doorstep. Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS) is a not-for-profit health organisation providing a holistic approach to treatment and prevention, offering a modern work setting, professional development and generous salary packaging benefits. Currently operating 16 chairs with 2 additional chairs soon to be commissioned with a 19th”virtual chair” utilising portable equipment. Our service operates across 4 sites within Gippsland and provides treatment to public dental clients with the potential to also participate in our newly opened private clinic, by negotiation. Victorian Public Dental Services are in a dynamic phase and this is your chance to be involved in the new service delivery model. For those Dentists applying who have more than 4 years post graduate experience in Australia and who have an interest in mentoring junior staff, there is the possibility of participating in the clinical supervision of dental undergraduates on rotation from Melbourne University.

Exciting new opportunities exist in our Dental Services team for the following positions; •

Dental Prosthetist / Advanced Dental Technician (Reference Number 17789)

Dental Technician (Reference number 17790)

Dental Assistants (Reference number 17791)

Dentists (Reference number 17792)

Dental Triage Nurse (Reference number 17794)

As part of LCHS Dental Services, you will enjoy a positive environment which promotes participation, fosters teamwork and encourages personal growth. For further information visit or contact Janice Ford, Manager Dental Services on (03) 5127 9190.

Applications Close, 4.30pm Friday 28 June 2013.


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HOUSE SITTING sought for midweek in Leongatha / Korumburra. References provided. Ph: 0431380089.

for rent 4 BEDROOM brick home in centre of Leongatha. No pets. Phone 0418-528376 for further details.

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167 Graham Street Wonthaggi

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Working together for better mental health...

TRAINEESHIP FOR RECOVERY SUPPORT WORKER SNAP Gippsland Inc. is a leader in Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation Support Services in Gippsland. SNAP Gippsland prides itself on delivering quality innovative services that assist adults with mental health problems in their recovery. SNAP is experiencing a considerable amount of growth and to support this we are endeavouring to create and build a well-qualified workforce with opportunity for a career path within our organisation. If you have an interest in mental health and want to work with a Recovery oriented focus, SNAP is offering traineeships for people to work and at the same time attain a Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health). Traineeships will run for a period of 18 months and applicants must already have a Certificate IV in a health related area. Please phone Chris McNamara (SNAP CEO) on ph (03) 5153 1823 for a confidential discussion about the role and a position description. A Position description is available on our Website Applications addressing key selection criteria can be mailed to Anne Eddie, Manager, Business Services Unit, SNAP Gippsland Inc. P O Box 635 Bairnsdale 3875 or email Applications close 5pm 3 July 2013.

The Salvation Army Leongatha Community Support Centre POSITION VACANT

Doorways 0.3 Caseworker Position 12 hours per week (2 days) 12 Month Contract

A new and exciting opportunity to be part of our established Community Support Centre The Doorways Program provides case management support to people presenting to our service. The Case Worker will conduct assessments for individuals and families who frequently access Emergency Relief and Material Assistance and provide specialised assistance in the form of short or long term case management, information, support, education and advocacy, to assist people to find more sustainable solutions and opportunities to move forward towards economic self-sufficiency. The Leongatha Salvation Army Community Support Centre assists individuals and families experiencing financial hardship within the South Gippsland Shire. Applicants must be tertiary qualified, preferably hold a Diploma or Degree in Social/Welfare Work or Social Sciences, and be experienced in Case Management Report Writing, Case Planning and have sound Written and Communication Skills. Applicants should address the Job Competencies in the position description. The following criteria are applicable to these positions: • Applicants must be willing to work within the Mission and Values of The Salvation Army. • A current Driver’s licence is essential • A satisfactory Police Check is essential • A Working With Children Check is essential • Proof of eligibility to work in Australia is essential • All applicants are required to cite the name of three (3) referees. • Applications are to be received no later than close of 5th July, 2013. A position description can be obtained by contacting: (03) 5662 4670 or email:

Custom built motorbike trailer, made to carry three dirt bikes or one or two road bikes. Fold out heavy-duty ramp included and stored under the rear of the trailer. LED tail lights. $1,700 ONO Call Robert 0438 009 791

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CARAVAN Regent Cruiser, 2001 16’5” popup, registered. Many extras, annex, Hunter 1000 generator, adjustable towbar with stabilisers, $18,000. Ph: 5655-1041. FIREWOOD local hardwood mixture, split, seasoned, pick up or delivered. Bulk loads available, $90 per metre. Ph: 0437-176187. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175. GOLF CART petrol driven. Exhaust needs repair, $750. Ph: 5664-7206. HAY - 5x4 rolls, Leongatha. Good fertilised pasture, shedded, $99 inc. GST. Ph: 0407-881375.

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Building a Healthy Community

NURSING SERVICES CO-ORDINATOR Full time 6 month contract with the possibility of extension

BCCHS seeks expressions of interest from a suitably qualified person to join our busy nursing team. The successful candidate will be required to coordinate a premium nursing service for clients of Bass Coast Community Health Service and will be required to have a current RN Division 1 registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. A post graduate qualification in management would be advantageous. Remuneration for this position as per relevant professional qualifications and award. Enquiries to Rae Davies, Manager Client Services. To obtain a position description and an employment application form, please telephone reception on 5671 9200 or refer to our website: All applicants must address the Key Selection Criteria contained in the position description, and include the Application for Employment form. Applications close Monday 1 July 2013 and should be addressed to: HR Administrator Bass Coast Community Health Service 1 Back Beach Road San Remo Vic 3925 or by email to:

EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER LEADING EDUCATOR & NOMINATED SUPERVISOR Leongatha Community Pre School Centres Inc. is seeking a dedicated and motivated teacher to commence work on July 15, 2013 at our Allora Kindergarten. You will play a vital role in the ongoing success of our parent managed service, with the support of our experienced assistants, committee and administrator. This position is full time, teaching our rotational 4-yearold program over 4 days. The successful applicant will be required to have: • Extensive knowledge of the NQS • Working knowledge of the Education and Care Services Law and Regulations • High level communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with parents, committee and other educators • Commitment to providing a quality program to children and their families • And be able to develop and implement a program that meets the requirements of the EYLF and/or VEYLDF. Qualifications: • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) or equivalent • Be a fit and proper person and undergo a police check to become a Nominated Supervisor Employee WWC C • Have completed appropriate training for qualification in First Aid, CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management Applications should be submitted in writing to: Position Vacant The Leongatha Community Pre School Centres Inc. PO Box 211, Leongatha Vic 3953 Closing date: 1st July 2013 For further information please phone Sue 0418 623 450

for sale HEN HOUSES - Excellent quality, Koonwarra. 56642443. INCUBATOR Covatutto 20e, very good condition $250. Masport 4 stroke rotary hoe, as new, $350. 0429-675145. QUEEN size mattress. Bed Doctor Range in firm. Paid $899, will sell for $799. Bought wrong size for van. Ph: 5664-7230 and leave message. SHIPPING CONTAINER hire $25 per week, your place or mine. Ph: 0419313483. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662.

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TRACTOR International Harvester 383. 2WD diesel, approx 25 y.o. Fair working order. Stored under cover. Includes various implements. $3,750. Ph: 0418-321634.

TV flat screen, 40 inch TCL, LCD TV, $250 ONO. Ph: 0419-625110.

TRACTOR John Deere 1640 FEL, 4WD, $14,500. Ph: 0412-454066.

livestock BULLS for hire or sale. Friesian, Angus, Hereford, Limo or Jersey. All bulls have been semen tested. Hire or sale. Ph: AH 0447331762.

wanted to buy CASH PAID farm four wheelers, ag bikes, trucks, 4WDs and ride-on mowers. Any condition. Phone Matt 0401-194601.

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SENIOR / TRAINERS REQUIRED Community College Gippsland is looking for a number of professional enthusiastic trainers and assessors to provide quality training at a number of sites across Gippsland. Opportunities currently exist for the following positions:

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TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 56812261.

Beauty Therapy Senior Trainer Rural Services Senior Trainer Warehousing and Logistics Trainer Bookkeeping Trainer

The two Senior Trainers positions require a demonstrated capacity, as a highly organised, supportive and experienced educator is vital to lead Trainers in VET delivery and assessment. These rewarding positions offer variety and a chance to work as part of a vibrant, energetic team. Successful applicants will have industry currency or relevant qualification. The Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is essential. The positions will involve travel between campuses and workplaces. Community College Gippsland is a local not for profit Registered Training Organisation. For a position description please visit or contact Joanne Kingwill on 5622 6000. Applications close 21 June 2013. Applications and resumés need to be emailed to

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RECOVERY SUPPORT WORKER • Do you have a background in Health Care or Social Work? • Do you want to work with a Recovery Oriented Focus? SNAP Gippsland Inc is a Community Managed Mental Health Service and leader in the delivery of psychosocial and recovery oriented mental health services. We provide quality, evidence based innovative services that assist adults with mental health problems in their recovery. SNAP Gippsland has an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified person in Leongatha. Delivering recovery oriented services to people with a mental illness. A part time (.8 Eft) vacancy exists for a person with the relevant experience and qualifications to work in the Homebased Outreach Support Program. We offer a competitive salary, a supportive and friendly team environment with excellent salary packaging benefits. In addition to the qualifications you bring, training and certification will be provided in the Optimal Health Program and Collaborative Recovery Model, our chosen models of care. You will receive support and clinical supervision in this role. For more information, please phone Chris McNamara Chief Executive Officer on 5153 1823. A Position description is available on our Website Applications addressing key selection criteria can be mailed to Anne Eddie, Manager, Business Services Unit, SNAP Gippsland Inc. PO Box 635 Bairnsdale 3875 or email and close on Wednesday 3 July, 2013.

used vehicles

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

Bass Coast Metal Recyclers 5672 2946 0417 556 593

Affordable cars at drive away prices

SG CHEAPEST CARS Geary Road Leongatha LMCT 10804

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

FALCON BA Futura sedan, reg no. ZQM426, 115,000km, RWC, $6,500 ONO. Ph: 0419-625110. FORD FOCUS 2003, auto, 4 door. Perfect first car, VGC, RWC. Reg. SHD190, $8,000 ONO. 0418998833. NISSAN PULSAR 2003 ST 5 door hatch. Lady owner, serviced regularly, roadworthy certificate, 144,000km, THN850, $4,500. 5668-6217. NISSAN 300ZX Twin Turbo, 1990 model, black Targa top. Good condition, lots of work done on all areas of vehicle. Registered and ready to drive away. YXQ494. VIN 6U9000GCZ32510643. $5,000. 0409-625366.

marriage celebrant PAM HERRALD 5662 2553 0438 097 181

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

births MEYER (McGrath) Congratulations to Andrew and Kathryn on the arrival of our gorgeous baby boy, Liam John, born 6th June 2013. Another special grandson for both families to love and cherish.

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in memoriam

in memoriam

FRASSENEI Libero (Leo). June 21, 2003 A tender thought that brings you near, A silent wish that you were here. To our dear dad and nonno, We love you and miss you and think of you always. Tiz, John and Josh; Carla, Jarrod and Mikaela.

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GASKELL Chloe Natasha. 15.4.86 - 19.6.12 The day comes with deep regret, Of a granddaughter and niece we will never forget. The tears in our eyes we can wipe away, But the ache in our hearts is there to stay. Loving granddaughter of Daisy and Norman Paterson, loving niece of Michael, Steven, Shane, Colin, Leanne (dec). Never be forgotten. xo xo xo

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LOGISTICS ADMINISTRATOR We are a growing Australian based company, which produces a range of premium dairy products for the domestic and international market. Reporting to the Logistics Manager, the ideal candidate will have excellent organisational and intermediate computer skills, with proven ERP experience. The ability to work well with external stakeholders is essential and an understanding of the export shipping process would be an advantage. Principle responsibilities include: • Day-to-day management of external 3PL partners – freight forwarder and warehouses utilising ERP reports and information • Completion of all inventory related transactions in the supply chain to fulfill export orders, cost targets and DIFOT. • Investigate and resolve issues impacting the supply chain. • Complete all inventory related transactions in our ERP system • Analyse supply chain processes as part of the departments continuous improvement process. If you are looking for an opportunity to work for a friendly medium-sized business in Korumburra then apply via email. Burra Foods Pty Ltd PO Box 379, Korumburra 3950 or to Applications close: 28th June 2013

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CLEANING CONTRACT Tenders are invited from Cleaning Contractors to clean Mirboo North Primary School. Cleaners must be on the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) Contract Cleaners Panel or be willing to apply to DEECD for registration. (For more information on Panel Status see: Pages/cleaningfaq.aspx ) Interested parties should call (03) 5668 1375 for a tender pack. Site tours will be arranged on request. Tender closes 22/07/2013

Application for Tender Promontory District Finance Group Inc. is calling for tenders interested in the following contract:


of Toora Branch & Foster Branch Contract specifications and further details are available from Foster Branch between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday. 68 Main Street FOSTER VIC 3960 Ph: 5682 2287 Applications close Wednesday 3 July 2013

deaths COULTER - Gabrielle Amy. Much anticipated baby sister for Daniel and Nathan, and loved daughter of Stephen and Angela. Born still at 38 weeks, June 7 2013. Rest in peace beautiful girl. DOOLAN - Bruce. The members of Meeniyan Jazztrack from Foster and Meeniyan regret the passing of their fellow member and soundman, Bruce. Sadly missed, condolences to Kathy and family. HARRIS - Matt. It’s hard to come by mates like you, we shared a lot of good times together that will never be forgotten. You will be greatly missed. RIP Mate. Dan, Sharryn, Olivia and Shaughn. TEGELAAR - Jan (John). 16.01.1927 - 16.06.2013 Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Late of Korumburra. Aged 86 years. Most loved husband and soul mate of Janna for 63 inseparable years. Wonderful, adored and loving father of Ria, Shirley and Walter. Grandfather of Rachael and Jodie; David and Sazarita; Adam and Rachel, Hayden, Dain, Jarrod, Vanessa, Peter, Erica and Sonja. Great grandfather of Grace, Samuel, Jude, Emily, Zachary and Ella. Words cannot fully describe how much you meant to me, you were the most loving husband. You are the love of my life. We have had a whirlwind marriage. Still boyfriend and girlfriend for 63 years. I will always be your Jammera. I am glad we were together till the end my love my life. Your Jammera - Janna. Dad I will miss you beyond belief. I am so proud that you were my dad and so grateful that I had 59 years with you. Till the day that I die I cannot express how much I love you and wait for the day that we will be together in glory. Your Princess - Ria. Dad you were the best dad a daughter could wish for. I am and always will be your Half-pint. Every day I had with you was precious and I will remember each time forever. I love you always till we meet again. Your Half-pint - Shirley.


Free WiFi is back THE popular free WiFi service has been reinstated at Leongatha Library. Connectivity issues affected the service for several months this year and West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation staff made it a priority to resolve the issue, resulting in a new upgraded system. “South Gippsland isn’t renowned for its telecommunications coverage so having a reliable point of access to the world wide web is particularly important for our community,” said West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation CEO John Murrell. “It connects us to the world and has economic and educational benefits for residents.” Mr Murrell said online library services were increasingly popular, reflecting the growing influence of the digital world. “Our WiFi usage has increased by 48 per cent in the last year, while eBook loans are growing steadily and our Tech Talks sessions are regularly booked out.”

funerals TEGELAAR A Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the life of the late Mr Jan (John) Tegelaar will be held at the Christian Reformed Church (Cnr Brown and Peart Sts) Leongatha on Friday, June 21, 2013 commencing at 11am. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Korumburra Cemetery.

Donations: Neighbourhood Watch area manager Bill Comans (centre) presents cheques to Koonwarra CFA captain Peter Hanily and his Meeniyan counterpart Dean Delaney.

Keeping eye on CFA MEENIYAN and Districts Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) has donated money to the CFA. The organisation covers Dumbalk, Meeniyan, Stony Creek, Buffalo and Koowarra, so the donations were given to the Meeniyan-Stony Creek CFA ($1350), with $200 each for Koonwarra and Dumbalk CFAs. Presenting the cheques, NHW area manager Bill Comans thanked the CFA “for the great work they do in protecting our residents”. He said NHW had been formed in Meeniyan in 2005 and worked at helping the community to be a safe area to live in and raise a family.

Mr Comans said the NHW unit had gradually expanded to cover all of the policing area for which Senior Constable Paul McDonald of Meeniyan is responsible. Mr Comans said S/C McDonald does a great job and CFA members are frontline in providing security from fires and natural disasters and support when accidents occur. The donation to Meeniyan CFA will help with the fitting out of its new fire station and/or installation of truck remote communications equipment. Koonwarra CFA’s donation will be used to help fit out a new truck and Dumbalk is saving for a new unit that will need fitting out.

Inverloch celebrate season INVERLOCH Surf Life Saving Club held its annual presentation night recently where it acknowledged and celebrated the efforts of members and recognised those who have excelled. Award recipients included: The prestigious Ansell and Bolton Outstanding Active Award went to Tarryn Thom while Patroller of the Year went to Max Leonard. Rookie of the Year went to Rachel Fraser, Most Improved to Kate Edney and Max Rounds took out the Chief Instructor’s Award. The President’s Award went to a hardworking Gayle Morris. Patrol Five was named Patrol of the Year while male Nipper of the Year went to Ethan Tomas and the female equivalent to Samantha O’Neill. Perpetual cups were awarded to club championship winners whilst awards for summer competition, IRB competition, gold medallion, YIPS and inductees of the eagles recognition program were announced.

Top work: Ansell and Bolton Outstanding Active Award went to Tarryn Thom.


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

Patroller of the Year: Max Leonard (centre) took out the patroller of the year award, he is pictured with Tarryn Thom and club captain Brendan Densem.

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SPORT | GOLF Woorayl LAST Saturday McDonald and Roberts sponsored our foursomes day, it was also the qualifying round for their trophy. The winners were the team of Dean Dwyer and Ross Winkler with 70 strokes, they won, just, from Peter Burgess and Geoff McKinnon. Third place went to Anthony Clemann and Gary Young. Balls went to K. Riseley, P. Challis; M. Grist, J. Newton; R. Goodwin, T. Ryan and E. Poole, J. Hassett. Nearest the pins to John Hassett and Tim Burgess. The four qualifying teams were Dean Dwyer and Ross Winkler, Peter Burgess and Geoff McKinnon, Kev Riseley and Paul Challis, Dennis Lim and Simon Sullivan. Next week we will play a stableford event sponsored by Jack Howard, George Johnson and the two Steves, Hannon and Duffield.

Woorayl ladies We managed to finish last weeks’ golf before the heavy rain came in, with Flower Power sponsoring the day. This year’s winners of the Doris Chambers Foursomes Stableford event are Sue Symmons and Sue Wakefield (18), with 33 points and they will go on to represent Woorayl at Ranfurlie in October. Balls down the line went to Ros Blew and Linda Richards (30) with 32 points, Inge Giliam and Jenny Riseley (30) with 31 points, Barb James and Anne Grist (22) with 31 points. Next week will be a par event.

Foster Golf

Conditions – we had around 6 inches of rain during last week, but the course has taken it well and is in good winter condition.

Monday - June 10 Andrew Boyd (26) took out the Queen’s Birthday event with a great score of 40 pts. DTL balls went to Neville Thompson (8) and Cam Downing (10) both on 38 pts.

Tuesday & Thursday Both these events were washed out by the rain.

Friday, June 14 After the six inches rain on Wednesday night and Thursday the course was still OK for play Friday morning, with only a few puddles remaining and the overhead weather fine. However only five players played so the scores are carried over to next week. Best scores were Lloyd McKenzie (+1) and Rhyce Ireland (17) both on 14 pts.

Saturday, June 15 We played a Stableford round for trophies provided by the club. Kane Esler (16) had the day’s best score of 40 pts to win B Grade, while Tony Vanin (6) won A Grade with 36 pts. DTL balls went to Norm Cooper (8), Clarke Gray (31) and John Mathers (14) all on 36 pts and Gary Clavarino (15) on 35 pts. The NTPs were Colin Pulham, Robert Fulton, Cam Downing, Kevin De Silveira and Greg Cox. Chris Foulds took out the encouragement award with 24 pts.

Lessons from Golf Pro Thursday, June 20 Golf Pro Trevor Hollingsworth is giving lessons at Foster Golf Club

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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this Thursday June 20. You can book by putting your name on the booking sheet on the noticeboard in the clubhouse, or by calling the golf club on 5682 2272. Non members are also welcome to book a lesson.

Veterans Golf Thursday, June 27 The South Gippsland Veterans event that was scheduled to be played at Foster on Thursday, June 13 was deferred due to the rain. It has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 27. It is an 8.30am assembly for a 9am shotgun start. You need to notify your entry to Kevin Flett (phone 5682 2788 / 0408 494843), or turn up at 8.15 am on the day. Entries from people for the Thursday, June 13 day will be assumed to stand for the deferred day unless you notify Kevin otherwise. All over 55’s are welcome and the entry fee is only $5 and there are great trophies. Foster veterans are asked to bring a plate. Membership of the S.G.Veterans is only $15 pa, and there are events monthly on most courses in the association together with some on courses in other areas. Winchester Singles Knockout Matches Some third round matches in this prestigious honour board event have

Leongatha The Tom Welsford 4BBB Open Stableford event was decided on Saturday and the winners with a very good score of 43 points in the heavy conditions were Grant McRitchie (11) and Steve Fisher (12). Runners -up with 42 points were Andrew Henley (16) and Barry Attwood (10). The pro pin on the 14th was taken out by

Leongatha ladies Wednesday June 12 Thirty seven players competed in the June Monthly Medal generously sponsored by The House of Golf, Beaches and Cream of Inverloch and club member Debbie Miller. Our match committee recently altered the grade divisions for Monthly Medals, and some players found themselves playing in different sections. A new division was also created for the higher markers. Dot Stubbs (12), currently on a winning

now been played. Clackers Gray (31) was very chirpy after beating president Greg Cox (13) by 3/2. Don Cripps (19) defeated Phil Schofield (12) on the 19th. Neville Thompson (8) defeated Paul Spencer (20) by 4/3 , and Pat McKay (6) defeated Noel Black (6).

Golf club’s Demo Day Sunday June 16 The House of Golf demo day was a great success with many members turning out to try out the wide array of latest clubs, balls and equipment available. It’s funny how the latest new drivers always seems to be the centre of attention.

Member’s draw, Friday, June 14 Faye Midwinter was not present and so missed out on the $750 in the members draw. You need to be in the clubhouse between 6.30 – 8pm to be eligible to win. The timing of the draw varies at random – being any time between 6.30pm to 8pm. It was held at 6.35pm last week. The draw will be for $800 next week so come along for a chance to win big.

25 - stableford. Thursday, June 27 - S.G. Veterans stableford. The Happy Hooker.

Korumburra THERE were 29 players on Saturday, June 15 for the stableford competition. Trophies by Steve Osboldstone. A Grade 12 hcp: B. Clasby 40 pts, runner-up R. Ludenia 39, S. Rose 38. Balls: T. Marotti 35, D. Gow 35. B Grade 28 hcp: R. Blay 36 pts, runner-up B. Pope 35, A. Worthy 35. Nearest the pin: 1st Bill Papadopoulos, 7th J. Solly, 10th J. Wilson, 13th J. Wilson. NAGA: P. Herbert 20 pts. Tuesday’s winner was Travis Jones 40 pts. There was no competition on Thursday. Notices: Competition fees will go up from July 1, from $7 to $8.

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Thursday, June 20 - stableford. Friday, June 21 - Chicken Run – holes 1 to 9 again. Saturday, June 22 - Par. Tuesday, June

Last Wednesday 26 women ventured out in cool conditions for a Par competition. Although many of us got quite wet with constant rain for the last seven or eight holes we all enjoyed our game (and a hot drink afterwards!).

Peter Stivic and Geoff McDonald was NTP on the 16th. Balls DTL went to B. Cathie D. Vorwerg, A. Adcock, J. Smith, P. Rayson, R. Brown, D. McMeeken, D. McDonald, A. Sparke, M. Hunter, P. Hart and B. Prowse. On Tuesday Chris Leaver (10) won the Stableford event with 38 points and topped off a good day by taking out

the nearest the pin on the 14th. NTP on the 16th was won by Jim Arnott. Balls DTL went to C. Moyle, G. McRitchie, F. Smedley, K. Gardiner, P. Hartigan, A. Cairns, J. Eabry, and P. Hobson. A Stoke round will be held next Saturday to decide the post poned Monthly Medal. It is also the 4th round of the McMicking Plate.

streak, won the Monthly Medal and A Grade with a 74 net, on a count back. Dot also won the scratch event with an excellent 86. Julie Howard (20) was successful in B Grade with a commendable 75 net. Fay Quilford (27) won C Grade with a net 80 and Pam Mullarvey (44) was the first ever winner of the new D Grade section with a net 84. Down the line balls were won by Trish Owen 74 net, Marg Berry and Anne Gibson 77, Noreen Williams 81, Shirley Welsford and Sharyn

Rayson 82, and Coral Gray, Di Williams and Val Brydon 84 net. Marg Berry was closest to the pin on the 14th and Dot Stubbs on the 16th. Marg also won the putting competition with 29 putts, on a count back from Dot Stubbs. Hannah Martin won the 9 hole competition with 17 points and Kit Boag won a ball with 16 points. Saturday June 15 Winner: Meryle Findlay 30 points on a count back. Down the line balls: Marg Berry and Rita de Bondt 30 points.

Coming events

Meeniyan Saturday (8/6) was Medal Day, kindly sponsored by Elgas, with the eventual A Grade winner, and medallist, P. Vandermeer (16) with a round of 74. Runner-up was A. Kuhne (15) also with 74. B Grade winner was C. Stewart (20) on 74 with J. Cusack (28) the runner-up with 75. Balls to W. Bullock, P. Johnston and R. Hannay. Putting was won by D. Gregg with 27 and the pro pin went to L. Redpath. This Saturday (15/6) was a singles stableford sponsored by Hams Transport. A Grade was won by P. Johnston (13) with 36 pts, closely followed by R. McGeary (18) with 35. B Grade’s standout winner, with 41 pts, was P. Wilson (26) with, once again, J. Cusack (27) the runner-up with 35. Balls to A. Kuhne, R. Thomas, I. Inglis and L. Redpath. NTP was B. Clark and the pro pin went to W. Bullock. The member’s draw was not won by the absent J. Stoiljkovic and I. Warman did not win the fashion stakes. Tuesday’s stableford event was won by I. Warman (21) with 41 pts (and better dress sense), whilst J. Cusack (27) took out his third runners-up prize in eight days with 33. Obviously saving himself for a big event! Balls to L.Redpath and F.Stalker. Best 9 was won by the sadly under-rated D.Baggallay. Don’t forget next Saturday (22/6) is the club’s Goods and Services Auction (our major fundraiser) in the Meeniyan Hall. Meals from 6.30pm, auction starts at 8pm.

Meeniyan ladies

1.48 0.25 1.73 0.74

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

In Division 1 (0-20) Heather Grist (20) returned the winning score of -2, closely followed by Marg Clasby (20) on -3. In Division 2 (21-31) Barb Twite (26) was the winner on -2 and Jan Hewitt (22) won the count back from Carie Harding (31) with -3. In Division 3 (31-45) Pam Eyers (42) returned with -5 to win, with Jan Follett (45) being the runner up on -7. The nearest the pin on the 13th went to Barb Twite. It’s good to see a solid attendance on Wednesdays, carts have allowed many to continue to enjoy their golf, but care should be taken in the damper conditions. Most of our newer players are now playing 18 holes. There was no competition held on Saturday due to lack of numbers. On Wednesday the 19th we have June Monthly Medal with hot soup afterwards, then on the 26th the 27 Hole Foursomes Championships, there’ll be a seeded timesheet for this day. With the onset of winter conditions players are reminded to check the Local Rules Board down below as preferred lies will be permitted for quite a while.

Leongatha ladies winners: from left, Dot Stubbs (Monthly Medal, A Grade and Scratch winner) Pam Mullarvey (D Grade) Julie Howard (B Grade) and Fay Quilford (C Grade).

On Wednesday, June 12, 13 ladies played in cold and wet conditions in a 4 B.B.B event. The sponsor for the day was Verna McIlwaine . Winners were Andrea Thorson and Nereda Scholte with 42 points. Runners-up were Jan Roberts and Dot Elliott with 39 points.

Nearest the pin: 2nd hole was Sheila Constantine. 14th hole was Andrea Thorson.

Mirboo North ladies Wednesday, June 12 Winner of the monthly medal competition was Joyce Dyke (29) 101 - 29 - 72. Down the line: Sue Traill (16) 91 - 16 - 75. Putting: Barb Stimson 30 putts. NTA 6th Sandra Hughes. Nearest the pin: 4th Barb Stimson, 16th Rhonda Evans.

Thursday, June 13 There were eight starters (very hardy souls) for the stableford competition on Thursday. The day winner was John Blunsden (19) 35 pts. Down the line: Joe Taylor 33 pts.

Saturday, June 15 Winners of the par competition were: A Grade Simon Duff (13) +2, B Grade Garry Shandley (15) +2 (day winner on countback). Down the line: Russell Pentland +2, John Blunsden +2, Graham Watson +1, Mal Payne 0, Richie Robbins -1 countback. 2nd shot nearest the pin 1st hole: Russell Pentland. Nearest the pin: 4th Richie Robbins, 6th Ray Matthews, 13th Stan Evison, 16th Garry Shandley. Stan Evison had an eagle on the 14th.

Wonthaggi WITH some rainy days I thought the course held up well on Saturday, but with more rain on the way keep your eyes on the board as I think it is nearly time to put on preferred lies. On Saturday we played a stableford event which attracted 77 players. A Grade winner: M. Johnson 39 points, B Grade: D. Giley 42 points, C Grade: C. Kilgour 36 points. Balls down the line: P. Mitchell-Dawson 38, J. Geyer, M. Foster 37; R. Johnson, I. Baker, J. Foon, P. Davies 36; S. Laing, C. Jeeves 35; B. Clark, J. Sartori, D. Williams 34. Nearest the pin: 2nd P. Dell, 8th I. Baker, 13th D. Willilams, 17th R. Hender. Eagle 7th hole: M. Johnson. Hope you all have a great week and look forward to seeing everyone on the course.

Veteren’s golf South Gippsland Veteran Golfers are advised the monthly game originally scheduled for Foster Golf Club on June 13 has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 27. It is a shotgun start, be there at 8.30 am for a 9 am start. Those golfers who were booked in for the 13th and still available for the 27th need not do anything else but turn up on time. If you were booked in for the 13th and cannot make the 27th, or if you were unable to play on the 13th but wish to play on the 27th you need to contact Kevin Flett on 5682 2788 or email him on kevinf@dcsi. . It is a great course, don’t miss out.

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| SPORT • Leongatha Cycling

Fries flies at Leongatha North RACING on Saturday was around the tough Leongatha North circuit. Riders were pleased to be able to get a dry day following the week of wet weather. There were 14 starters for the two lap race including a number who had ridden the previous weekend’s three day tour. These riders were probably happy to have a couple of day’s recovery after the three day tour so were raring to go for Saturday. Lone scratch rider Brett Franklin was chasing Peter Hollins and Clem Fries on two minutes, a group of five riders on five minutes, a further quartet

on nine minutes and a sole limit rider on 16 minutes. At the end of the first lap the limit rider retired injured but Brad Bouquet and Kerry Pritchard were riding well up front. Steve Wilson was having wheel trouble and some were having trouble with the hills. The five minute bunch had lost one rider up the hill and had cut their chase down by several minutes but was also under pressure from Peter Hollins and Clem Fries as well as Brett Franklin who had climbed the hill well. From the start point at the tennis courts at Leongatha North it is a largely downhill run into Leongatha. However, the wind was blowing from

the south east so the run into town was not the usual fast run. The outcome was good for the handicapper as the field was on the last of the climb back up to Leongatha North at various points. Brad and Kerry were doing their best to grab the win but a surging Clem and Peter rode through the field to gather up the leaders by the top of the climb. Clem was the first to surge for the finish line and had enough in hand to cross a clear winner from Peter and Brad. Kerry crossed shortly after for 4th. Next home was Neil White just ahead of a hard working Brett Franklin in 6th and fastest – 53.20minutes and just 20 seconds down on the win-

ners. Lochie Matthews claimed 7th just ahead of Phil Hanley, Chris Rowe and Steve Wilson in 10th place. In the Junior division we had riders racing at Shepparton, leaving just two starters, to race one lap. Alex Bennett raced of on six minutes ahead of Austin Timmins on scratch. Alex likes the circuit and made the most of his start to get the win with 30 seconds to spare. On Tuesday night the club has a meeting at Phil Ewington’s whilst next week racing is from Kernot. The Kernot circuit provides a longer race and two ascents of the Woodleigh hill so should again produce some great racing.

Leongatha croquet LEONGATHA croquet held its annual general meeting.

Good look: Ann Shandley and Maryann Kinnish are happy to model their new uniforms.

Mercer takes comp The Venus Bay Angling Club Queen’s Birthday Competition for 2013 was held recently. The club had 21 senior members, six junior members and three senior visitors who fished in the competition. The weather was wonderful for this time of year, even with a chill in the air, plenty of our anglers had some time on the water. Saturday evening was our annual winter soup and hotdogs night. Many of our members came down and sat around by the fire, and had their fill of food. Results Seniors 1st Ron Mercer, Perch 720g 2nd Anthony Thomas, Salmon 760g 3rd Andrew Godfrey, Salmon 680g Juniors 1st Daniel Ioannou, Mullet 220g 2nd Sean Thomas, Mullet 220g 3rd Thomas Grech, Salmon 360g Non Members

1st Doug Mercer, Mullet 240g Daniel and Sean were tied in first place so as is our usual practise the second biggest fish was also considered. Based on this Daniel pipped Sean at the post to take out first place. Secret weight prize of a fishing rod donated by club member Paul de Hamer was won by Andrew Godfrey. Our next competition weekend is scheduled for July 19, 20 and 21. This will be a two and a half day competition and will commence at noon on the first day of competition and final weigh in as always will be at Gerald Shed on the final day. For more information about the club, please email mail@venusbayanglingclub. For any questions or comments relating to the web page, please email web@ You can now find the club on Facebook, search Venus Bay Angling Club.

Thelma Arnup remains our president, Ann Shandley is secretary and Maryann Kinnish our treasurer. The two exciting highlights of the year are the replacement of the hedge financially supported by DSE and the shire, physically by the Leongatha Lions, and secondly through a sporting grant we have chosen a new uniform. Golf croquet players are participating in the Bass Coast Shield at Phillip Island, we wish them well. They are competing against Korumburra, Wonthaggi and Phillip Island.

Second junior: Sean Thomas.

Third place: Andrew Godfrey with his salmon.

After last year’s close final against VRI and tight tussles all year with them, Pretenders’ players were expecting a similar tough game but it wasn’t to be. It was a disappointing match for the VRI players who were keyed up for victory. Pretenders stamped its authority on the game in the first half by scoring 26 points to 5 in the first fifteen ends. The team then relaxed in the last ten ends, allowing VRI to score 15 to 2, but Pretenders still won the game with ease as the last end proved superfluous. The consolation final was equally onesided with Kookaburras leading throughout, to also win by eight shots from The Burra. Kookaburras bowled steadily, scoring on fourteen ends and not allowing The Burra any easy points.

Final scores: Pretenders 28 d VRI 20, Kookaburras 23 d The Burra 15 Korumburra parlor bowls holds its presentation night on Thursday, June 20 at the Korumburra Italian Social Club. The night includes the Club’s Lightning Premiership and everyone is welcome to join in the fun at 7:30pm. The club’s bias bowlers played for Singles Championships honours last Monday. Charlie Tumino and Arc Gammaldi finished together with 4W2D but, on a count of shots up, Arc was declared the victor by three points. Perhaps, next year will be Charlie’s year. The ladies’ tournament also displayed excellent bowling with the game between Joyce Occhipinti and Lee Armstrong deciding the club’s champion. Lee proved the steadier bowler of the two, to take the championship again. Congratulations to Pretenders, Kookaburras, Arc Gammaldi and Lee Armstrong on their respective victories.

Meeniyan bowls

No carpet bowls were played last Tuesday.

MONDAY triples on June 3 was sponsored by RMBL Investments and Stockdale and Leggo Real Estate.

Wednesday had 29 players attend for two bowl triples with one lucky pair having three bowls each. Winners with 35 points were Gary Hardy and Laurel Lee. Runners-up were Bob Huntley, Graeme Dunlop and Cynthia Hensley. Raffle winners were Alan Johnson, John Madden, Nell VanGrunsven, Judy Moule, Keith Cousens and Ron Bridgeman. Saturday 16 players arrived in sunshine and played Pairs. There were three two game winners. Ivy Sheppard and Gary Scott won with the highest points on the day. Raffle winners were Wayne Parkes and Rhonda Davies.

Results: Mardan Purple 25 d Korumburra White 15, Mardan Gold 34 d Fish Creek Red 13, Foster Black 19 d Korumburra Blue 16, Buffalo Yellow 28 d Dumbalk Green 18. Mardan Purple ...............+56 Mardan Gold ..................+27 Foster Black ......................+2 Fish Creek Red ................-10 Korumburra White .............+1 Buffalo Yellow ..................-25 Korumburra Blue ...............+2 Dumbalk Green .................-53

Second place: Anthony Thomas with his salmon.

For the fourth consecutive year, Korumburra parlor bowls has seen the Pretenders team triumphant in the grand final.

Wednesday, May 12


Junior winner: Daniel Ioannou took out the junior competition with his winning fish.

Pretenders premiers

Buffalo indoor

THE make up of the final four positions went down to the final games.

Third junior: Thomas Grech.

• Korumburra Parlor Bowls

Inverloch bowls

S.G.I.B.B.A. indoor bowls pennant

Thumbs up: Ron Mercer took out first position in the Queen’s Birthday competition.

Winners group: from left, second place Peter Hollins, first Clem Fries and Brad Bouquet third.

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Next week’s games semi finals: Mardan Purple v Mardan Gold, Foster Black v Fish Creek Red. Games played at Dumbalk hall starting at 7.30pm. Good luck to all teams.

ON a very wet miserable night, 15 bowlers came to Buffalo for a good night of bowling. It was good to have Pam and Alex back and after three teams of four and one of three were selected, bowling began. Mixed results this week with only one team winning all three games and declared the winners. First, Rod McConchie (s), Glenys Pilkington, Mary Tumino and Peter Heldens (WWW) 14 ends; second Charlie Tumino, Alex Thompson, Graeme Tobias and Pam Thompson (WWL) 13 ends; third Andrew Hanks, Toni Heldens, Ian Benson and Joe Occhipinti (LLW) 11 ends, and fourth Bill Wolswinkel (s), Carolyn Benson, Joyce Occhipinti (LLL) nine ends. Best 1st game: Charlie 10-2, 2nd Rod and Charlie 7-6, 3rd Ian 18-3. Good luck to all pennant teams for the finals starting this week. Social bowling Wednesday, 7.30pm at the Buffalo hall, all welcome.

Korumburra volleyball Semi finals results A Grade: (1) Pirates d (2) Giants (3:0) 25:22, 25:20, 26:24. (3) Bugs d (4) Golliwogs (3:0) 25:18, 25:15, 25:22. B Grade: (1) Panthers d (2) HELP (3:1) 23:25, 25:23, 25:15, 25:23. (3) Shark Bait d (4) M. G. Holy Cows (3:0) 25:18, 25:22, 25:7.

Winners were Gerry VanDuin, Joe Pinneri and Brian Carpenter. From nine two game winners locals John Cocking, Glenda Williams and Paul Holmes were runners up. June 10 triples was sponsored by Meeniyan Area Community Shop (MACS). Winners were locals Peter Williams, Annie Maruzza and Alan Kuhne with runners-up

Seb Blancato, Allan Spooner and David Legg (Toora), Tim McLean and Robin McKenzie (Fish Creek) with Marj Pearson (Meeniyan) also winning three games. Wednesday social bowls for the past two weeks has been hampered by poor weather. Saturday, June 15 was a casserole tea and trivia night for all the stay-at-home bowlers and friends; with some 30 people enjoying a great social night. Our next social event is our annual Christmas in July on Saturday, July 6. Names on the board are needed for catering.


Greg slays dragon STEVE JOHNSON has long been the best player in the hall at Leongatha badminton, rarely getting beaten. Greg Marshman turned the tables on his arch rival to win his singles match 15-13 in arguably the highest quality match of the season. Greg guided his team Shilling to a comfortable victory over lowly positioned Yen. Great to see the man of many words, Jason Comrie having an impact by winning his singles well. A big thank you to Karsten Krohn for filling in for this match at short notice. The Euro team is starting to find some mid-year form, producing an inspirational victory over Dollar. Alan McEachern nearly pulled off the upset of the season just going down to Jason Richards 15-11, a top effort Al. Roger Callister and Parish Buckley were the catalysts of this excellent win, which sees Euro knocking on the door for finals action. Pound easily defeated Franc, an excellent first doubles

set the highlight of this match. Tim Bright and Maurice Simpson combined well, however Frank Dekker and Tas Hughes got their revenge in their singles matches. Finally the battle for top position was on in earnest, with second team Marc toppling top side Rupee by 32 points. Connor Krohn and Chris Holt were the heroes of this memorable win, both winning their singles matches against well fancied opposition. This match had everything including two marathon doubles encounters which augers well for a sensational finals series in the season ahead.

Results Euro 5/111 d Dollar 4/97, Marc 6/136 d Rupee 4/104, Pound 6/117 d Franc 3/90, Shilling 6/105 d Yen 2/80.

Ladder Round 8 Rupee.......................................57 Marc ........................................53 Shilling ....................................49 Pound ......................................47 Euro ..........................................41 Dollar .......................................36 Yen ...........................................30 Franc ........................................29

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Leongatha Basketball grand finals THE Leongatha Basketball Association’s autumn grand final series was held recently and was one of the closest the association has had for some time with games going right down to the wire. The Under 12 Girls game was closely contested with only three points separating them at half time. In the end Red pulled away to win 17 12 with Katie Calder taking out the MVP for the match. The Under 14 Girls match was a high class shoot out with scores level for much of the match. A true testament to the players and coaches for a great display of high end basketball, Black holding on for the win 34-28. Shea Kyle being named MVP. The Under 17 Boys was an extremely fast, skilled and thoroughly enjoyable game to watch, close all the way to the end but it was Red’s fast

breaks that got them over the line, coming in victors 48-34. The B Grade Men’s final was a tightly contested game with the Grain Trains strong defensive team work able to slow the frantic running attack of the Loose units. Grain Train able to hold onto its slim half time lead to win 44-34 with Grain Trains Chris Ogilvy taking grand final MVP. Bill Barry from the White Team took out the B Grade MVP for the season. The A Grade grand final was going to be very close with the teams swapping top spot on the ladder all season. Early in the first half was a shoot out from three with both sides hitting their shots. With less than five minutes to go scores were even, Rollers coming out victors 60-56. Dexter Rodwell awarded the game MVP and Dylan Muir from the A team winning the season MVP. The Under 10 Boys grand final was a great demonstration of the effort and determination our youngest players are developing. Scores were even at

half time with Maroon overrunning an undermanned Silver 35-11. The Under 12 game was high pressure right from the ball up with a display of skill that had the crowd on the edge of its seat. Sharp shooting from the key getting red over the line 39-24 with Reegan Kemp match MVP. The Under 14s followed in what was a fast, action packed game of basketball. Silver was accurate and got to an early lead but in show of great team

work Maroon mounted a late charge to close the gap. Silver winning 51-33. Cameron Olden receiving the match MVP. The final match for the night was the Under 17s Girls grand final which lived up to the games before with a great show of pressure and skill from both sides. Red pulling out to an early lead with Purple storming home in the second half but just missing out, Red win-

ning 34-27. Also during the grand final series, it was my pleasure on behalf of the committee to award John Schelling and Pam Kennedy Life Memberships to the Leongatha Basketball Association for their many years of work, volunteering for duties and passion for the sport and association. Thank you to all those who have helped out and supported us this season.

A special thank you to those on the committee who worked so tirelessly, the referee’s who, without them, there would be no game and to the coaches for giving up your time to help out. The senior competition starts on July 22 and juniors on July 29 and team and player submissions are now open. Contact Morgan Fisher on 0409647554 or go to for further details.

New life members: John Schelling B Grade: (from left) Karl Sturtevant, Adam Martin, Brendan Fowles, Christian Brown, Chris Ogilvy, Tim McGrath and Lachlan Thomas. and Pam Kennedy.

A Grade: (back from left) Zac Chalmers, Cody Hulshof, Under 10 Boys: (back from left) coach Paula Fixter, Nash Under 12 Boys: (back from left) coach Kath Materia, Riley Clint Hulshof, Dexter Rodwell, (front) Morgan Fisher, Stew Jefferis, Jesse Burns, Patrick Johnston, (front) Tyler Rich- Drysdale, Reegan Kemp, Flynn Materia, (front) Alexander Battersby, Dylan Hanily and Matthew Potelli. Bently and Jordain Morgan. ards, Jude Fixter and Charlie Swan.

Under 14 Boys: (back from left) Jayden Bettersby, Ryan Hayward, Coach Butch McGannon, Sam McGannon, James Ryan, (front) Cameron Olden, Hamish Beecroft and Bailey Bacon.

Under 17 Girls: (from left) Katherine Fitzgerald, Brittini Hayward, Bernadette Fitzgerald, Shaelee Richmond and Reanna Skinner.

Under 12 Girls: (back from left) coach Kara Schelling, Keely Price, Laura Brennan, (front) Katie Calder, Dakota Kemp, Jaime Findlay, Lilly Walker and Sidnee Martin.

Under 14 Girls: (back from left) coach Sue Mills, Shea Kyle, Maya Kadarusman Corbett, Evonne Dekker, (front) Abbey Ennoss, Nykayla Mills and Kelly Geary.

Under 17 Boys: (back from left) coach Terry Ginnane, Nicholas Battersby, Damon Ginnane, Troy Sinclair, Trent Westaway, Matthew Minogue and Harrison McGannon.

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| SPORT • Leongatha Table Tennis

• Korumburra City v Wonthaggi

Struggle ends in draw KORUMBURRA and Wonthaggi played at Korumburra; the weather was cold and wet at times. Wonthaggi was first to score in the first five minutes from a miss kick from the Burra defence and Wonthaggi took full toll. Korumburra fought back and a good goal to Josh Crook saw the score 1-1 at half time. Korumburra attacked hard early in the second half, attack after attack on the Wonthaggi defence until Bowie Crook found the net with a long range swinging goal. Korumburra kept attacking but with 15 minutes to go Wonthaggi scrambled a goal past a desperate Burra defence to level the scores. Korumburra kept the attack going to the final whistle and had several near misses but could not manage to break the deadlock. Final score 2-2. Women The game between Korumburra and Wonthaggi was a nail bitter, Wonthaggi scored the first goal of the match with the Burra girls quickly retaliating with a great

goal from Olivia Methven, there was thrown in from Tara Wallace to Bree Allen who passed back to Tara who then crossed for Olivia to find the back of the net. Korumburra kept up the pressure but it was Wonthaggi who scored again deep into the second half to hold on to a good win 2-1. Better players for Korumburra were Olivia Methven,Tara Wallace and Jessica Odgers. Reserves Korumburra reserves opened the game against Wonthaggi hitting the cross bar twice and missing a number of chances before Daniel Longden finally broke through after the Burra received a free kick. The second half continued where the first half left off, Korumburra completely on the offensive and three goals to Jarrah Raabe and a very good goal to Jake Allman and the Burra was in complete control. Korumburra down to 10 players after a send off and Wonthaggi started to gain ground, with two last half goals but it was Korumburra recording a good win 5-2. Under 16

In the first half Wonthaggi came out and played very strong football, keeping a lot of pressure on the Korumburra team and finding the back of the net six times. At half time Wonthaggi had a big lead 6-0. The second half saw Korumburra tighten up. Wonthaggi was playing a good brand of football and added another three goals for the half. Korumburra managed a goal to Liam Miller from an assist by Aiden Richards but at the final whistle it was Wonthaggi too strong to record a 9-1 victory. Under13 Korumburra started the game with nine players and early in the game kept the ball out well only to concede and easy first goal. Wonthaggi started to dominate and by half time led the game 7-0. In the second half Korumburra had two extra players and it played much better as a team, some very good goal keeping with lots of saves from the Korumburra keeper. The Burra players never gave up but it was Wonthaggi that proved too good on the day 11-0.

Chang does it again MICHAEL Chang secured back to back club champion titles with a methodical hard hitting topspin game that dispatched challenger and previous club champion Dirk Holwerda in three straight games. It was not easy, as the score in the first game was locked at seven all and going point for point. At this point Michael reached a higher gear to win the next four points to take the game. In the second game he quickly jumped to a 5-2 lead, but Dirk fought back to level at five all, Michael again raced away to win 11-5. In the third game it was three all, then Michael went to lead 6-3 but Dirk fought back hard to lead 7-6. Dirk was fighting hard to stay in the match, going to nine all, then 10 all, and 11 all, but Michael got the next two points to secure the match. In the doubles Dirk combined with young gun Bryce Holwerda against Phil Munro and the stubborn Kevin Dowling. The first two games saw one go each way as each pair searched for a way through the defence of their opponents. Bryce and Dirk got the break in the third

game to take it at 11-8. With their backs to the wall Kevin and Phil tried different tactics in an effort to take the fourth game but Dirk and Bryce were brimming with confidence now and went on to win 11-6 and take the title. In the junior titles Bryce Holwerda proved too strong for all challengers and took out the Under 15 and Under 17 championships. While Michaela Campbell may have missed out on a junior championship she compensated by taking out the Women’s Championship by defeating veteran Jan Jonas in the final. In the A Reserve championships Ian Jonas was too experienced for his opponents and won the singles title. Ian and his wife Jan are table tennis veterans and travel from Cowes, Phillip Island each week to compete. Veteran Michael Bracecamp teamed with first year player Danny Zizic against club stalwart Bob Calder, playing his 50th season, and John McCarthy in the doubles championship. In a very tight match that had many twists and turns and went the full five games it was Michael and Danny that were victorious.

• Leongatha Knights Soccer

Knights fall to Morwell THE Leongatha Knights travelled to Morwell on Sunday looking to push on from sixth place and put themselves within touching distance of the top four heading into the season’s final half. However, with the outstanding defensive trio of Darren Finnie, Jason Cooke and Darcy O’Connor all unable to travel for the match, Leongatha were hoping a makeshift backline could hold out against a hungry Morwell Pegasus outfit also looking to climb the standings. From the first whistle the match was hard-fought, as Morwell looked to establish early physical dominance on their home patch—one of the largest pitches in the competition. Early on, Leongatha struggled to cope as Morwell made expert use of the field’s full width. Frequent runs at the Knights offside trap paid off early when a Pegasus forward found himself clear through and gave the onrushing keeper no chance to take the early lead. Leongatha produced a series of half-chances thanks to some great work by forward Cam Murray - Serafino’s Pizza’s Man of the Match - but the score remained 1-0 to Morwell at half-time. The second half continued where the first left off, with Mor-

well quickly doubling their lead against Leongatha’s uncomfortable defence. The Knights’ heads never dropped, however, and some sustained pressure up the left soon produced a set piece opportunity. Captain Stu McNaughton whipped in an inviting ball and debutant Basile Gachon duly obliged, sticking the ball in the back of net to bring ‘Gatha back within one. Hopes of a comeback were short-lived, however, as Morwell again exploited defensive uncertainty to reclaim a two-goal lead and Leongatha goal-scorer Gachon had to be stretchered off following a bad foul. A disappointing afternoon for the Knights was truly confirmed as Morwell added a late fourth to run out 4-1 victors. Under 16 ONLY nine players made the trip to Trafalgar to play Drouin at Trafalgar’s newly developed football precinct. The Knights new they would have to defend hard against a solid 14 player Drouin sided who were rocked after just 38 seconds when a shot at Drouin’s keeper deflected back into play to find Tom Barker for the Knights who sunk it into the back of Drouin’s net, six minutes on Drouin got their first of two goals in what was to be well played first half by the

Knights 2-1 With Leongatha skipper (Elijah Tracanilli) injured but battling on for his side the Knights gave it their all defending deep in their own third, when they did break with ball they looked to use all the width and had a number good opportunities in front of Drouin’s goals that were well defended by Drouin’s back line, Drouin pushed hard on a tiring knights team to break them down late resulting in a number a goals which could have been several more if not for some brilliant goal keeping by reserve goal keeper (and man of the match) Jordi Geary. Under 13 UNDER frosty conditions the first half unfolded to a well supported Leongatha side being evenly matched by an enthusiastic Morwell team. Many attempts at goals missed by Leongatha, never the less score 3-1. Second half saw Leongatha tune up there over rested players resulting in players kicking through Morwell’s resistance and making goals stick to a 12-2 win. Congratulations to newcomer Alex for kicking his first goal for Leongatha and Riley Coleman’s determination to win the hard ball and support his team won him man of the match.

Winners: A Reserve Doubles Champions, from left, Danny Zizic and Michael Bracecamp and U15 and U17 Champion Bryce Holwerda.

Singles: Men’s Reserve Champ Ian Jonas with Ladies Champion Michaela Campbell.

A Grade Singles champion: Michael Chang.

Star women prevail WITH only nine players for the home side and seven for Mirboo North the Stars’ game this week was always going to be interesting. From the kick off MN Untied played defensively which gave South Coast a confidence boost early on. South Coast used some great passes to make use of its player advantage and put away its first goal by coach Leonie Gilbert with

ease. A second came through from a beautiful run by Fiona Richardson shorty after leaving Mirboo with an uphill battle ahead although it was boosted by an eighth player just before half time. At half time the score remained 2-0 to the Coasters. Mirboo started the second half determined to take a goal home and scored a beauty from a free kick which soared over the South Coast keeper into the top far side of the net. A much

needed boost. This fired up Mirboo and it played some superb attacking football but it was not quite enough to get through South Coast’s defence. With 10 minutes or so to go, a powerful throw in from South Coast landed at Leonie Gilbert’s feet and with a quick turn she flicked home the Stars third goal, leaving the final score at 3-1 to South Coast continuing its much improved form this season.

A Grade Doubles: from left, winners Bryce and Dirk Holwerda with runnersup Kevin Dowling and Phil Munro.

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Alberton netball Results - Round 11 June 15 A Grade: KorumburraBena 58 d Phillip Island 29, Toora 61 d Kilcunda-Bass 35, Inverloch-Kongwak 46 d MDU 42, Tarwin 43 d DWWWW 35, Dalyston 50 d Fish Creek 33, Yarram and Foster not played. B Grade: Dalyston 40 d Fish Creek 32, KorumburraBena 56 d Phillip Island 26, MDU 47 d Inverloch-Kongwak 26, DWWWW 49 d Tarwin 39, Toora 38 d Kilcunda-Bass 23, Yarram and Foster - not played. C Grade: Dalyston 34 d Fish Creek 30, KorumburraBena 33 d Phillip Island 15, Inverloch-Kongwak 54 d MDU 17, Tarwin 40 d DWWWW 34, Toora, Kilcunda-Bass, Yarram and Foster - not played. 17 & Under: Dalyston 40 d Fish Creek 29, KorumburraBena 39 d Phillip Island 21, Inverloch-Kongwak 38 d MDU 16, Tarwin 36 d DWWWW

Still smiling: Tarwin’s wing attack Kelly McRae founds humour on court against Allies.

Gippsland netball Results - Round 9 A Grade: Wonthaggi 56 d Drouin 42, Maffra 33 d Warragul 24, Sale 48 d Morwell 31, Leongatha 47 d Traralgon 43, Bairnsdale 47 d Moe 40. B Grade: Drouin 58 d Wonthaggi 37, Maffra 46 d Warragul 34, Morwell 77 d Sale 27, Leongatha 52 d Traralgon 45, Moe 47 d Bairnsdale 44. C Grade: Wonthaggi 35 d Drouin 34, Maffra 34 d Warragul 23, Morwell 43 d Sale 19, Traralgon 41 d Leongatha 24, Bairnsdale 43 d Moe 12. 17 & Under: Wonthaggi 52 d Drouin 22, Maffra 52 d Warragul 12, Sale 61 d Morwell 10, Traralgon 49 d Leongatha 22, Bairnsdale 33 d Moe 32. 15 & Under: Wonthaggi 40 d Drouin 17, Maffra 36 d Warragul 13, Sale 41 d Morwell 15, Traralgon 57 d Leongatha 26, Bairnsdale 31 d Moe 26. 13 & Under: Drouin 26 d Wonthaggi 26, Maffra 58 d Warragul 7, Sale 47 d Morwell 11, Traralgon 42 d Leongatha 11, Bairnsdale 34 d Moe 12.

Ladders A Grade Sale .............................175.25 Leongatha .................. 118.48 Morwell ...................... 118.27 Wonthaggi .................. 112.40 Drouin ........................105.38 Bairnsdale .....................89.74 Maffra............................93.08 Traralgon .......................90.69 Moe ...............................74.33 Warragul ........................54.41 B Grade Morwell ......................210.04 Leongatha ..................164.22

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Traralgon ...................148.87 Maffra ........................100.52 Drouin ..........................96.35 Moe ...............................83.61 Sale................................77.70 Wonthaggi .....................72.45 Bairnsdale .....................69.30 Warragul ........................57.30 C Grade Morwell ......................167.40 Wonthaggi ..................155.13 Bairnsdale ..................124.80 Traralgon ...................146.67 Drouin ........................125.82 Leongatha.................... 111.24 Maffra............................83.77 Sale................................80.65 Moe ...............................44.42 Warragul ........................37.40 17 & Under Traralgon ...................225.40 Sale .............................180.70 Maffra ........................166.52 Wonthaggi ..................143.92 Bairnsdale ..................108.20 Moe .............................108.12 Leongatha......................88.39 Drouin ...........................71.05 Morwell .........................32.47 Warragul ........................37.26 15 & Under Sale .............................226.40 Traralgon ...................232.80 Wonthaggi ..................159.35 Maffra ........................130.70 Bairnsdale ..................101.30 Drouin ...........................88.97 Moe ...............................76.58 Leongatha......................63.94 Warragul ........................50.74 Morwell .........................24.14 13 & Under Traralgon ...................251.54 Sale .............................243.33 Maffra ........................222.30 Bairnsdale ..................193.85 Wonthaggi ..................128.42 Drouin ......................... 115.15 Leongatha......................55.60 Warragul ........................26,00 Moe ...............................38.58 Morwell .........................24.50

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35, Toora 28 d Kilcunda-Bass 27, Yarram and Foster - not played. 15 & Under: Fish Creek 23 d Dalyston 10, KorumburraBena 23 d Phillip Island 17, Inverloch-Kongwak 30 d MDU 27, DWWWW 18 d Tarwin 12, Kilcunda-Bass 50 d Toora 14, Yarram and Foster - not played. 13 & Under: Toora 18 d Kilcunda-Bass 12, Dalyston 21 d Fish Creek 11, Korumburra-Bena 32 d Phillip Island 10, Inverloch-Kongwak 28 d MDU 25, DWWWW 21 d Tarwin 14, Yarram and Foster - not played.

Ladders A Grade Kor-Bena ....................355.67 Dalyston .....................267.83 Foster..........................160.94 Fish Creek ..................210.37 Stony Creek ...............171.07 Inv-Kongwak ...............95.97 Phillip Island ...............128.31 Yarram ...........................73.57 MDU .............................74.02 Tarwin ...........................52.53 Toora .............................55.42

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DWWWW.....................35.99 Kil-Bass.........................22.52 B Grade Kor-Bena ....................220.33 Foster..........................213.40 Dalyston .....................182.78 DWWWW..................145.31 Phillip Island..............126.09 MDU .............................98.19 Fish Creek ................... 113.17 Tarwin .........................108.38 Stony Creek...................84.75 Yarram ...........................63.54 Inv-Kongwak ................53.39 Toora .............................44.66 Kil-Bass.........................36.63 C Grade Kor-Bena ....................284.30 Stony Creek ...............156.36 Dalyston .....................141.60 Inv-Kongwak .............129.77 Toora .......................... 112.50 Fish Creek .................. 116.99 Tarwin ......................... 110.20 Phillip Island ............... 117.60 Foster.............................79.86 MDU .............................55.40 Yarram ...........................50.66 DWWWW.....................54.79 Kil-Bass.........................60.00 17 & Under Dalyston .....................188.65 Inv-Kongwak .............124.85 Kor-Bena ....................173.93 Stony Creek ...............207.65 Fish Creek ..................151.33

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Foster..........................131.78 Tarwin ...........................97.25 DWWWW.....................95.86 Phillip Island .................79.28 Yarram ...........................67.17 MDU .............................50.99 Toora .............................46.71 Kil-Bass.........................33.89 15 & Under Phillip Island..............217.86 Fish Creek ..................209.02 Kor-Bena ....................163.52 Yarram .......................200.00 Inv-Kongwak .............179.69 Kil-Bass ......................163.08 Dalyston ......................125.15 Foster...........................149.60 MDU ........................... 110.05 Stony Creek...................33.58 Toora .............................29.58 DWWWW.....................17.09 Tarwin ...........................13.95 13 & Under Dalyston .....................321.84 Inv-Kongwak .............277.24 Foster..........................312.20 Kor-Bena ....................262.50 MDU ...........................192.73 Phillip Island..............208.04 Yarram ...........................64.04 Fish Creek ...................157.48 DWWWW.....................42.73 Kil-Bass.........................43.20 Tarwin ...........................27.63 Toora .............................27.57 Stony Creek...................22.08

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• Leongatha Parrots Netball

Parrots steal second A Grade: Leongatha 47 d Traralgon 43 Awards: Claire Fitzgerald (Jess Harle Hairdressing) and Kate McCarthy (Paradise Pizza) Auction: Claire Fitzgerald A tough game with both teams fighting hard for the win. Excellent defensive pressure across the court with many turn overs giving us a convincing lead at three quarter time. Brilliant win to make us second on the ladder - keep training hard. B Grade: Leongatha 52 d Traralgon 45 Awards: Courtney Lever (Voyage Fitness), Influence Clothing (Mel Hughes) and Zoe Altmann (Rusty Windmill) Auction: Mel Hughes This was always going to be a tough, hard fought game being a grand final rematch. First quarter was tight and close, as was the second with the parrots only just ahead at half time. Glimpses of greatness were slightly overshadowed by sloppy passing in the third quarter however our tight defence and accurate shooting saw us run out victors. C Grade: Leongatha 24 lost to Traralgon 41 Awards: Crista Davies (SportsFirst) and Ruth Crawford (South Gippsland Therapy Centre) Auction: Ruth Crawford A fast first quarter with some

great passages of play saw us down by only two at quarter time. There were some great defensive taps and pressure. Unfortunately Traralgon edged further ahead with each quarter. Keep working hard at training girls. Let’s come out firing this week against Bairnsdale.

Under 17s: Leongatha 22 lost to Traralgon 49 Awards: Sarah McCahon (Bakers Delight) and Georgia Higgins (Skin Therapy) A big task today for our girls playing Traralgon who so far have been unchallenged. They fought hard all day against this side but Traralgon in the end was just too good and ran away with the game. Under 15s: Leongatha 26 lost to Traralgon 57 Awards: Chelsea Tuckett and Sara Riseley A huge challenge today to take on the top team. You all rose to the occasion and kept the pressure on till the end. Great to see the training drills coming together on the court. Under 13s: Leongatha 11 lost to Traralgon 42 Awards: Simone Dekker (Amcal Pharmacy) and Evie Dekker (Evans Petroleum) A top effort from all of the girls, coming against a top side. Keep your heads up, and bring on next week!

LDNA netball Saturday, June 15

Looking for options: Fish Creek’s Shelley Keenan fakes a pass in A Grade on Saturday.

11/Under: Mt Eccles White 8 d Mt Eccles Aqua 7, Mt Eccles Purple 14 d Mirboo North Gold 3, St Laurence Gold 17 d St Laurence Maroon 2, Mt Eccles Pink 16 d Meeniyan & District 2, Mirboo North Purple 15 d Mirboo North White 3, Town Black 7 d Town Tangerine 5. 13/Under: Town Black 20 d Mt Eccles Pink 5, Meeniyan & District 11 d Mt Eccles Purple 10, Mirboo North Purple 35 d Mt Eccles Aqua 9, Mirboo North Gold 28 d Town Tangerine 8.

Defence: Leongatha’s Claire Fitzgerald puts the pressure on her Traralgon opponent on Saturday. Photo by Mark Drury.

15/Under: Mt Eccles White 17 d Town Black 16, St Laurence Blue 25 d Mt Eccles Navy 22, Mirboo North 29 d Town Tangerine 11. C Grade: Meeniyan & District Blue 56 d St Laurence 24, Mirboo North Purple 47 d Town Black 26, Meeniyan & District Yellow 34 d Mirboo North Gold 31. B Grade: Town Green 44 d Mt Eccles Navy 35, Town Black 61 d Mt Eccles White 17 A Grade: Town 46 d St Laurence 38, Mt Eccles White 42 d Mt Eccles Navy 31.

Ladders 13/U Mirboo North Gold ...470.59 14 Mirboo Nth Purple....181.48 12 Town Black ................155.56 10

Meeniyan & Dist .......124.36 St Laurence .................101.69 Mt Eccles Aqua .............58.40 Mt Eccles Purple ...........57.58 Mt Eccles Pink ..............43.93 Town Tangerine.............20.69 15/U Mirboo North ............165.26 Town Black ................143.02 St Laurence Blue ....... 115.38 Mt Eccles Navy .......... 118.80 Town Tangerine.............75.32 Mt Eccles White ............78.08 St Laurence Gold ........ 59.09 C Grade Meen & Dist Blue ......213.43 Meen & Dist Yellow...125.64 Mirboo Nth Gold ....... 117.89 Mirboo Nth Purple....107.41 Town Tangerine.............72.07 St Laurence ...................65.55 Town Black ...................53.91 B Grade Town Black ................193.51 Town Green................127.60 Mt Eccles Navy ............77.51 Mt Eccles White ..........50.43 A Grade Town ...........................165.30 St Laurence ................126.00 Mt Eccles Navy ............72.62 Mt Eccles White ..........66.67

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LDNA umpires June 22 11am: Kayla Beardsworth, Chelsea Hofman, Sophie Clarke, Emily Chadwick, Jessica Foreman, Tino Nyamundui, Elly Egan, Kaili Pritchett, Maria Evison, Angelique Dunlevie, Erin Baudinette, Julie Grant. 12 noon: Janice Hill, Gemma Pruin, Brittany Price, Karen Clarke, Nadine Smith, Di Brew, Amy Smith, Narelle Hanily, Mellissa Beardsworth, Laura Croatto, Anna Patterson, Julie Grant. 1pm: Lauren Baudinette, Janice Sing, Danielle Jones, Angelique Dunlevie, Brittany Tennyenhuis, Lori McKenzie, Jamie Gourlay, Anita Gourlay, Erin Baudinette, Pat Kuhne. 2.15pm: Kerry Bentvelzen, Janice Hill, Janice Sing, Pat Kuhne, Emma Smith, Sue Ritchie, Tracey Miles, Barb Challis. Any queries phone Julie Grant 0407 076 425.

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FOOTBALL | SPORT Mid Gippsland League ladders SENIORS Mirboo North ........ 307.95 Newborough ......... 182.47 Trafalgar ............... 142.64 Yinnar ................... 140.13 Boolarra ................ 137.84 Hill End .................... 76.00 Thorpdale ................ 65.58 Morwell East ............ 61.87 Yarragon .................. 46.04 Yall-Yall North .......... 48.03

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RESERVES Newborough ......... 236.41 Yinnar ................... 668.94 Mirboo North ........ 205.69 Trafalgar ............... 159.49 Boolarra ................ 137.27 Hill End .................... 83.13 Thorpdale ................ 65.29 Morwell East ............ 48.20 Yarragon .................. 28.65 Yall-Yall North .......... 28.20

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THIRDS Yarragon ............... 539.17 Thorpdale ............. 189.13 Newborough ......... 265.90 Yinnar ................... 256.72 Trafalgar ............... 139.17 Mirboo North.......... 150.70 Boolarra ................... 62.63 Yall-Yall North .......... 52.19 Morwell East ............ 23.78 Hill End ...................... 6.85

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FOURTHS Yinnar ................. 1255.93 Newborough ......... 247.77 Yarragon ............... 438.37 Mirboo North ........ 147.16 Yall-Yall North....... 100.67 Thorpdale ................ 59.29 Hill End .................... 21.85 Trafalgar ................... 24.09 Morwell East ............ 19.86

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Hawks hurt by Tigers By Rover MIRBOO North recorded its ninth win for the season, when it methodically dismantled Morwell East by 98 points at Ronald Reserve, Morwell East, on Saturday. Goals were an elusive commodity for the Hawks, who fell down badly across half-forward and were un-

able to find solutions to the problem. The top-of-the-table Tigers are a game clear of Newborough and Trafalgar on the Mid Gippsland ladder and have the enviable percentage of 307.95. In their respective 200th and 100th senior games for Mirboo North, premiership teammates, Simon Busuttil and Alex Windsor, led the Tigers into battle on a water-logged oval, where the mercury barely climbed into

SENIORS Mirboo North 19.14.128 d Morwell East 4.6.30

THIRDS Mirboo North 22.10.142 d Morwell East 3.8.26

Mirboo North goals: T. Traill 4, B. Waters 3, K. Berchtold 3, A. Bence 3, K. Nash 2, S. Busuttil 1, S. Fragiacomo 1, M. Wightman 1, J. Nash 1. Mirboo North best: B. Waters, D. Turner, S. Busuttil, J. Nash, K. Berchtold, J. Brooks. Morwell East goals: S. Barnes 2, M. Brown 1, F. Marks 1. Morwell East best: B. Evans, E. Semmler, A. Duncan, H. Aarons, M. Cunningham, B. Marks.

Mirboo North goals: P. Hinkley 6, S. Pratt 3, D. O’Keefe 2, B. Bradshaw 2, G. Mihai 2, T. McAllister 2, J. Richards 1, B. Richards 1, M. Clark 1, J. Best 1, L. Steenbach 1. Mirboo North best: S. Pratt, D. O’Keefe, L. Steenbach, L. Smit, J. Best, P. Hinkley. Morwell East goals: D. Gatt 2, B. Semmler 1. Morwell East best: D. Gatt, L. Arnold, J. Brewer, J. Mudge, J. Pickett, B. Semmler.

RESERVES Mirboo North 14.9.93 d Morwell East 9.4.58 Mirboo North goals: S. Pratt 3, P. Aveling 3, T. Hamilton 2, L. Palmer 2, B. Van Heurck 2, S. Lawson 1, J. Garde 1. Mirboo North best: M. Taylor, L. Palmer, J. Garde, P. Aveling, S. Rogers, M. Richardson. Morwell East goals: S. Julin 6, W. Arnold 1, S. Henry 1, M. O’Brien 1. Morwell East best: S. Julin, T. Willis, D. Field, D. Tatterson, L. Goodwin, M. O’Brien.

FOURTHS Mirboo North 10.10.70 d Morwell East 0.2.2 Mirboo North goals: P. Hinkley 3, J. Moro 2, J. Buxton 1, T. McAllister 1, J. Richards 1, T. Brophy 1, J. Porter 1. Mirboo North best: J. Moro, A. Miller, W. Graeme, J. Best, P. Hinkley, J. Hohmann. Morwell East goals: Nil. Morwell East best: Z. Dore, J. Cargill, S. Solomon, J. Collyer, J. Hebbard, B. Semmler.

double figures. The busy Busuttil set up Mirboo North’s first goal, when he passed successfully to Tim Traill, after receiving a well-deserved free kick for a perfectly-laid tackle. Traill booted the next two goals after marking superb deliveries from Jacob Blair and Kris Berchtold, before Kallum Nash snapped the Tigers’ fourth on the quartertime siren. With the Tigers adapting so well to the slippery conditions, the frustrated Hawks were unable to overcome the destructive nature of Mirboo North’s intense pressure. It was all zoom and no gloom for Mirboo North’s onballers and midfield group who were strong over the ball, running hard and linking up productively with purpose, confidence and direction. On the other hand, everything was going wrong for the Hawks - uncontested marks hit the deck, fumbling was prevalent, many handballs were ineffective and hurried kicks often went straight to the opposition, or into noman’s-land. Joe Brooks’ rucking authority gave Brian ‘Muddy’ Waters, Jacob Nash, Damien Turner and Busuttil, an armchair ride at the stoppages. Berchtold, Josh Taylor,

Jack Robertson, Dale Banks, Anthony Bence and Windsor were also regularly getting their hands on the Sherrin, as it continually advanced towards Mirboo North’s scoring arc. In the Tigers’ defensive 50, Simon Fragiacomo, Stuart Keel, Dwayne Gunn and Jed Alexander marked safely and successfully mopped up many of the Hawks’ potentially-potent forward flurries at ground level. The Tigers were harassing Morwell East’s ball carriers and consistently worrying them out of hard-fought possessions. Mirboo North was teaming together harmoniously, but the Hawks were playing as individuals in need of group therapy. The fleet-footed Tigers had nine goals on the board by the time Mathew Brown secured the Hawks’ first major, shortly before half-time. A time-on goal by Jacob Nash following an excellent high-flying mark, gave the Tigers a commanding 56-point advantage at the long break. Better-disciplined defence in the third term from the Hawks restricted Mirboo North to three goals and also saw Frank Marks pop one through the big white sticks for the home side.

Pies punish Roos FISH Creek travelled to Dalyston on Saturday to take on the Magpies on their home ground. As the game got underway it was Dalyston into attack first and looking dangerous. The first contest in their forward 50 was a clear win to Pratt over Fisher. It took until the five minute mark before the first score was registered, a rushed point to Fish Creek.

A minute later and a sign the game was in trouble of being over umpired saw a dubious holding free kick paid to Kraska who registered the first goal of the day. Dalyston was winning everything out of the middle and Ross was instrumental in doing so. Lachie Park, running back with the flight of the ball, took a strong mark against Carew only to have the kick reversed for supposedly interfering with

Carew in the marking contest, the result another goal to Dalyston and they were off to a great start. Further goals to Ross, Kraska and Fisher before Fish Creek managed their only goal of the quarter to Law, at the first break it was Dalyston in front by 23 points and looking a far better team. The second quarter underway and the opening goal again went to the Magpies via the dangerous Carew who was proving a

Break away: Aaron Ireland gets some space at Dalyston on Saturday.

Brendan Evans, Eric Semmler, Adam Duncan and Harleigh Aarons were all serviceable servants for the Hawks. Mirboo North kicked four goals in a free-flowing last term and bearded beanstalk, Shaun Barnes, added a couple of much-needed majors for the Hawks. It was a memorable milestone match for Busuttil and Windsor - nos 38 and 35 in the yellow and black jumper, loudly and proudly singing the club song with their mud-splattered teammates, following another resounding victory by the mighty Tigers.

SENIORS Boolarra 14.18.102 d Yallourn-Yall North 4.7.31 Boolarra goals: J. Giardina 3, D. Metcalf 3, D. Mayman 3, K. Towt 2, J. Emery 1, J. Elson 1, S. Mazou 1. Boolarra best: D. Metcalf, M. Buglisi, C. Riseley, J. Emery, T. Dowe, J. Cargill. Yallourn-Yall North goals: T. Dobson 1, E. DeCarli 1, M. Mallia 1, S. Pearson 1. Yallourn-Yall North best: D. Pol, S. Pearson, T. Dobson, M. Gore, B. Burnett, J. Patterson.

RESERVES Boolarra 14.8.92 d Yallourn-Yall North 4.3.27 Boolarra goals: J. Reid 7, J. Wilson 2, L. Haustorfer 1, C. Blackberry 1, H. Kite 1, A. Fievez 1, A. Burgess 1.

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Thorpdale 12.11.83 d Yarragon 11.8.74 Yinnar 11.9.75 d Hill End 8.4.52 Newborough 18.12.120 d Trafalgar 12.6.78 RESERVES Thorpdale 11.11.77 d Yarragon 6.8.44 Yinnar 23.10.148 d Hill End 0.1.1 Newborough 10.5.65 d Trafalgar 4.10.34 THIRDS Yarragon 13.9.87 d Thorpdale 4.4.28 Yinnar 35.13.223 d Hill End 1.1.7 Newborough 15.10.100 d Trafalgar 10.4.64 FOURTHS Yarragon 12.10.82 d Thorpdale 1.3.9 Yinnar 9.17.71 d Hill End 1.1.7 Newborough 12.14.86 d Trafalgar 1.1.7

Boolarra best: C. Blackberry, D. McGlade, J. Wilson, E. Stanton, S. Cooper, T. Holley. Yallourn-Yall North goals: R. Laukens 2, L. Holt 1, J. Dobson 1. Yallourn-Yall North best: M. Rejmer, H. Paulet, D. Shellcot, D. Potts, B. King, J. Cook.

THIRDS Boolarra 9.7.61 d Yallourn-Yall North 4.6.30 Boolarra goals: J. Dudek 4, J. McMillan 2, A. Salerno 1, P. Thomas 1, A. Van Den Brand 1. Boolarra best: P. Thomas, A. Van Den Brand, J. Dudek, D. Brick, J. Battersby, J. McMillan. Yallourn-Yall North goals: R. Keyhoe 2, R. Byrne 1, S. Smith 1. Yallourn-Yall North best: B. Twaddle, J. King, D. Gatt, R. Byrne, J. Parsell, S. Smith.

Big man: key big forward for Dalyston Brad Fisher has the advantage against his Fish Creek opponent for this pick up.

handful for the Fish Creek defense. Fish Creek answered with a goal to Manne who marked in the square in front of Sibly. The next 20 minutes was dominated by Dalyston who locked the ball in their forward 50 and booted 4.4, the best of which was a freakish goal kicked by Fisher out of the quagmire deep in the forward pocket that sailed straight through the big sticks. Ross continued to be

in everything along with McKenna while the Fish Creek backmen Blencowe, Pratt and Macri did well with massive pressure applied by Dalyston. The Kangaroos Law again scored a late goal to reduce the margin to 46 points going into half time. Things getting very heated on the siren with Dalyston’s Osbaldeston attacking Fish Creek youngster G. Staley and going into frenzy after the attention he received for such an act. The second half got underway and Fish Creek looked the better side early winning clearances and going forward with more system and confidence. The opening goal went to Fish Creek through Woodall before Kraska got another lucky goal. Donohue then kicked another off the ground a min-

ute later and Dalyston was back on top. Fishy wouldn’t give up and Jake Staley got one back for Fishy when he snagged one off the ground in close. The conditions were taking their toll and the players were making mistakes with poor kicking creeping in, Dalyston continued with the team

plan and three more goals had the margin out over 10 goals at the final break and Fish Creek needed to get some respect back. It wasn’t to be however and Dalyston again extended their lead in what was a fairly lethargic last quarter, kicking three goals to two to run our big winners by 73 points.

SENIORS Dalyston 18.10.118 Fish Creek 7.3.45

THIRDS Dalyston 10.5.65 Fish Creek 4.5.29

Dalyston Goals: M. Kraska 4, B. Carew 3, B. Fisher 3, A. Donohue 2, J. Ross 2, K. Schrape 1, M. Rosendale 1, C. Tait 1, P. McKenna 1 Fish Creek Goals: not submitted Dalyston Best: J. Ross, C. Samargis, B. Fisher, P. McKenna, P. Brosnan, S. Sibly Fish Creek Best: not submitted

Leading Goalkicker: N. Bainbridge 3 (D) Dalyston Best: M. Ware, N. Bainbridge, O. Bates, J. Ray-Angarane, M. Schreck, J. Legione Fish Creek Best: S. Buckland, H. Buckland, B. Harfield/Park, T. Smith, K. Byers, J. Flanders

RESERVES Dalyston 15.12.102 Fish Creek 0.8.8 No details submitted

FOURTHS Dalyston 16.5.101 Fish Creek 1.2.8 Leading Goalkicker: M. Marotta 4 (D) Dalyston Best: T. Beaton, K. Wilson, M. Marotta, C. McCoy, L. Marotta, C. Collins Fish Creek Best: J. Bowron, J. Walker, J. Francis, T. Price, A. Tracy

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Pending road block postpones match THE threat of flood waters caused Yarram and Foster to postpone their football and netball matches between each other until a later date. The two teams were scheduled to face off at Yarram at the weekend but a decision was made on Friday afternoon to postpone the game due to access issue between the two towns. Officials were concerned that the main route to the ground along the South Gippsland Highway could be closed due to the overflowing Alberton River and that the visiting team would not be able to access the game. The two teams will face each other in Round 16 (July 20) when both sides have a bye. Yarram President Gerald Finn said the decision was precautionary. “No one could tell us when the road was going to re-open, more rain was forecast so we took the decision to postpone the game until July 20 when both teams were scheduled for a bye,” he said. “We were lucky that Foster’s president Wayne Chester is Principal here at Yar-

ram Secondary College so he knew firsthand the situation we were in regarding road closures. “We had to make an early decision so we could let our players and supporter know in plenty of time.” The option of a postponement was made possible by the byes in Round 16. “If we both didn’t have the bye on July 20 then the game would have gone ahead,” Mr Finn said. “Everyone that I spoke to about the rescheduling of the match was accepting of the decision taken by our two clubs.” Yarram have a bye this coming week then they will play five home games in a row, which will test the surface of their ground. Alberton League Secretary Lynn Whelan said that the Yarram Foster match was the only one rescheduled due to the wet weather. “It was a fortunate coincidence that they both had a bye on that date and the option was there for them to play rather than take two points each which was not what either club wanted to do.” The road had been re-opened by authorities on Saturday morning.

On the move: Tarwin’s Simon McMicking thinks quick as Allies close in.

Sharks hold off Allies

ALLIES managed to get through the road closures along the highway to meet Tarwin who are in a similar position on the ladder. The Allies team were again without several major contributors but it gave talented prospect in Shawn Vening his first senior game. Travis Cameron put the first score on the board within a few minutes and McMicking followed up with teams second. Great play from the midfield via Pintus and Becker found Dan Vardy and his

long kick landed within range for Ben O’Loughlin to score the visitors first. Tarwin had numerous chances but excellent work by Matt Gordon, Lukus Dessent and Shaun Becker in the Allies defence kept them at bay. The first term was fairly even but the Allies second was very good. The home side could only manage seven points whilst the Allies kicked three through Sam Tyson, Ben O’Loughlin and Jim Poland. The teamwork was working well together and being first in they got the rewards. Dan Vardy at chf was the target and put in his game for the season. At the halftime break the Allies led narrowly 4-1 to 2-11, a two point lead. During the halftime break Tarwin re-organized their strategy and were a different side altogether. The home side boosted their midfield and forward lines and kept the ball within their half of the ground. Goals to Chalmers and Cameron got the home side

back in front and they responded accordingly. No matter what the Allies tried it didn’t come of and from a two point deficit Tarwin led by 22 points at the last change. Positional changes saw the Allies have a few opportunities but Tarwin were able to chop of everything outside the 50 metre arc. Dan Vardy was great, Jim Poland in the middle set up chances and Shaun

Tarwin 10.21.81 DWWWW 4.4.28 Tarwin Goals: B. Chalmers 3, T. Cameron 2, T. Williamson 2, M. Garnham 1, J. Dowling 1, T. Lomax 1 DWWWW Goals: B. O’Loughlin 2, S. Tyson 1, J. Poland 1 Tarwin Best: S. McMicking, T. Cameron, B. Chalmers, J. Bloom, L. Thwaites, B. Taber DWWWW Best: D. Vardy, J. Poland, L. Dessent, B. O’Loughlin, S. Tyson, C. Ferguson

RESERVES Tarwin 22.15.147 DWWWW 0.0.0 Leading Goalkicker: D. de-Bondt 7 (T) Tarwin Best: M. Young, V. Van Dillen, D. de-Bondt, L. Barnett, A. Newey, P. McRae DWWWW Best: T. Hunter, D. McKeane, A. Moore, D. McKean, S.

Becker and Josh Becker worked very hard across halfback whilst Ben Vardy and Lew Ferguson put in solid games also in defence. The last term was played in dark conditions and the home side rallied again to run away kicking 10-21 to 4-4. Tarwin host Korumburra-Bena this weekend while the Allies are back at home against the Dalyston power house.

Buckley, D. Hooper

THIRDS Tarwin 18.13.121 DWWWW 3.5.23 Leading Goalkickers: J. Van der Kolk 5, J. Moore 5 (T) Tarwin Best: J. Van der Kolk, J. Smith, J. Moore, S. Clark, K. Robinson, N. Lomax DWWWW Best: A. Moore, S. Vening, B. Weston, L. Sketcher, D. Skarratt, D. Hooper

FOURTHS Tarwin 8.9.57 DWWWW 4.0.24 Leading Goalkicker: J. Van der Kolk 3 (T) Tarwin Best: J. Van der Kolk, I. Kennedy, J. Norton, K. Kennedy, J. Beckwith, T. Van der Kolk DWWWW Best: S. Stone, L. Sketcher, B. Johnston, K. Hanning, C. Pintus, J. Vening

Up they go: Inverloch-Kongwak’s Kit Rotthier and MDU’s Michael Smith fly high.

I-K vanquish Demons INVERLOCH-Kongwak made the most of their travels to Meeniyan on Saturday coming home with a 28 point win over MDU. Things started slow for the Sea-Eagles and MDU were running hard. Inverloch managed to break into scoring positions five times for the quarter but only two kicks went straight through the big sticks. The Demons managed two majors of their own and trailed by three at the first break. Supports were gearing up for a close match but a change of ends sparked the Sea-Eagles. Tim Thornby and Kit Rotthier were doing their bit for the visitors while coach Ben Soumilas was getting things done up forward. By half time IK were up by 26, a comfortable lead but MDU were hungry and ready to steal some glory. Guns were firing after the main break and MDU were looking better. Quick possession and hard running from the likes of Wightman and Tohiariki were helping the home side. Up forward the Demons couldn’t capitalise kicking only one major from five attempts. Not to be out classed Inverloch-Kongwak were putting on their own skills display. Four goals to the visitors for the quarter had cranked the lead out to 43. Demon’s coach Mark Lafferty wound up his troops for the final term and they gave it their all.

The tiring IK outfit were struggling to contain the Demon onslaught. However inaccurate kicking put a stop to what could have been for MDU with three goals and five behind a result of the quarter. This left them 28 points behind their opponents at the final siren. This week MDU head to Bass to take on the Panthers while IK make the trip to Foster.

Inverloch-Kongwak 11.10.76 M.D.U. 6.12.48 Inverloch-Kongwak Goals: B. Soumilas 4, D. Houston 2, C. Spencer 1, A. Dowie 1, P. McCall 1, C. Allum 1, C. Terlich 1 M.D.U. Goals: C. Johnston 2, T. Trotman 2, C. Hutcheson 1, A. Harris 1 Inverloch-Kongwak Best: C. Terlich, S. Buxton, T. Thornby, K. Rotthier, P. McCall, R. Tegg M.D.U. Best: L. Findlay, M. Smith, S. Peters, T. Wightman, C. Johnston, C. Ampt

RESERVES M.D.U. 11.5.71 Inverloch-Kongwak 6.8.44 Leading Goalkicker: N. Eddy 4 (M) M.D.U. Best: Y. Zorzos, B. Coulter, B. Thomas, H. Sinclair, B. Arnup, N. Eddy Inverloch-Kongwak Best: L. Johnson, R. McLardy, R. Bertuleit, B. Hayes, C. Buxton, T. Bergmeier

Full speed: Tarwin’s James Dowling dashes down the field.

THIRDS M.D.U. 14.11.95 Inverloch-Kongwak 2.4.16 Leading Goalkicker: J. McMillan 7 (M) M.D.U. Best: J. Broadway, R. Carroll, J. Hoy, J. McMillan, S. Wilson, L. Bourke Inverloch-Kongwak Best: Z. Tonkin, M. MacKay, J. Teakle, B. Tiziani, J. Best, T. Miller

FOURTHS Inverloch-Kongwak 14.8.92 M.D.U. 3.0.18 Leading Goalkicker: X. Hughes 4 (I) Inverloch-Kongwak Best: Z. Javier, C. Mckenzie, T. Taylor, O. Collett, L. Scott, X. Hughes M.D.U. Best: L. Harris, W. Horvath, S. Barnard, C. Dougherty, B. Thorson, A. Drury

Super fast: MDU’s Callum Hutcheson breaks away to chase the ball.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - PAGE 53


Island steal top spot PHILLIP Island now sit two points clear at the top of the Alberton Football League ladder after it’s impressive 49 point win over the previous top side Korumburra-Bena. The visitors had concerns during the week with the state of the Korumburra

showgrounds, but the surface the Korumburra-Bena ground staff produced was excellent considering the amount of rain that had fallen during the week. The first quarter was a totally one sided affair, the Island players were there to play and they dominated the quarter from the outset. Island skipper Scott Riordan was the first to score for

the Island in just the second minute, this was followed up a few minutes later with Wade McConnon goaling to have the Island up by 12 points. The inform Mitch Price again showed a clean set of hands as he marked and goaled to stretch the Island advantage further. Riordan was the main target for the Island up forward and

Mine!: a strong willed Michael Urie dives on the ball ahead of his Phillip Island opponents on Saturday.

he didn’t disappoint, as he kicked two more goals in three minutes of play. It continued to rain goals for the Island late in the quarter with Wade McConnon and James Taylor scoring to see the Island to the first break 41 points in the lead after kicking seven straight goals for the quarter. The Island knew that Korumburra-Bena was going to come at it hard in the second quarter but the Island was up for any challenge. Josh Docherty was in control of things across half back and Matt Jackson and Scott Gheller were shutting down their opponents. After constant pressure from the KorumburraBena’s Nathan Cant, Scott Braithwaite and Justin Smith the home side got a couple of goals on the board as the second quarter was starting to turn into an arm wrestle with neither side gaining any advantage. Wade McConnon scored his third goal late in the quarter through a freakish shot from the boundary and this sent the Island into the half time break with a narrowing 28 point lead. Two early goals got the Island 40 points clear in the third.

Panthers slay Toora CONSIDERING the several inches of rain that fell on the Toora oval last Thursday and Friday the ground was in surprisingly good order for the clash last Saturday between Toora and Kilcunda-Bass which proved to be a completely one sided affair. The visitors never at any stage let Toora get into the match despite the Panther’s having four of its main players out for various reasons. Toora came into the match with some expectations, having added tall forward Ben Osborne to its lineup but lost Matt Harrison, Phil Webster and Jamie Maurelli-Pullin through injury

so on balance was weakened for a game against a side that had beaten the league leaders by six goals the previous week. The game began with K-B kicking nine unanswered goals in the first quarter and it added another four in the second to be thirteen goals to nil at half time. Toora simply had no answer to the Panther’s midfield and accurate goal kickers and with the play mostly in the K-B forward line the Toora forwards were given few scoring opportunities. A further seven goals to one in the third quarter only continued to emphasise the difference between the sides. Toora’s lone goal for the day came a few minutes before three quarter

time through Osborne but had which saw the scoreboard nineteen to one goal in K-B’s favour at the final break. The agony for the home side continued in the last quarter when K-B added a further six unanswered goals to run out winners by almost 25 goals, Bergles with eight goals and Jason Wells with five kicked half its score. The Panther’s host MDU and should have no trouble accounting for them on present form. Despite importing several players this season Toora is still not competitive and not playing well as a team. Toora will need a big turnaround if it is to trouble Phillip Island at Cowes next week.

The game now returned to a lock down with stoppage after stoppage. Korumburra-Bena slipped one through the Island’s defences to score its only goal of the quarter to go into the break down by 37 points. With 25 minutes of footy to go the Island had the carrot of top spot dangling right in front of it. The Island just needed to go and grab it. Things started well with Tom Cole snapping a goal two minutes in but Korumburra hit back straight away with a goal of its own to still

SENIORS Phillip Island 14.8.92 Korumburra-Bena 6.7.43 Phillip Island Best: S. Riordan 5, W. McConnon 3, J. Taylor 2, D. Hinkley 1, S. Taylor 1, M. Price 1, T. Cole 1 Korumburra-Bena Goals: J. Neagle 2, C. Urie 1, J. Smith 1, N. Cant 1, M. Urie 1 Phillip Island Best: T. Daff, S. Taylor, M. Wright, J. Taylor, J. Docherty, W. McConnon Korumburra-Bena Best: M. Urie, S. Braithwaite, A. Zuidema, J. Neagle, N. Cant, B. Fitzpatrick

RESERVES Phillip Island 11.0.66 Korumburra-Bena 5.4.34 Leading Goalkickers: S. McIntyre 3 (P), J. Fowles 3 (K) Phillip Island Best: A. Redmond, K. Salama, L. Woolford, B. Richardson, T. Cleeland, M. Lewry Korumburra-Bena Best: P. Kyle, M.

RESERVES Kilcunda Bass 23.15.153 Toora & District 2.5.17 Leading Goalkicker: M. Dickason 4 (K) Kilcunda Bass Best: C. Wells, S. Lucas, J. Parsons, J. Born, S. Parker, S. Johnstone

Leadong Goalkickers: D. Crook 2, J. Ellams 2, J. Macri 2 (K) Korumburra-Bena Best: J. Macri, C. Trewin, H. Suckling, R. Alford, B. Ammon, J. Woolley Phillip Island Best: Z. Jankowicz, J. Keating, J. Virtue, A. Farrell, A. Duyker, D. Ryan

THIRDS Kilcunda Bass 18.17.125 Toora & District 5.4.34

FOURTHS Kilcunda Bass 14.12.96 Toora & District 0.3.3


GIPPSLAND Round 10 - June 22 Leongatha v Bairnsdale Maffra v Moe Droin v Warragul (Sunday) Morwell v Wonthaggi Traralgon v Sale

ELLINBANK Round 11 - June 22 Poowong v Nar Nar Goon Bunyip v Garfield Warragul Ind v Catani Longwarry v Koo Wee Rup Buln Buln v Cora Lynn Nilma-Darnum v Nyora Lang Lang - bye Sunday, June 23 Worksafe match of the month Neerim Nm Sth v Ellinbank


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


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


160.60 185.05 183.16 158.32 146.37 132.92 120.43 101.97 77.08 63.53 73.41 39.34 24.85

34 32 32 32 26 24 24 12 12 12 8 4 0

GOALKICKERS K. Bergles (Kil-Bass) .......... (8) C. Sutherland (Yarram) ...... (0) B. Fisher (Dalyston) ........... (3) J. Wells (Kil-Bass).............. (5) M. Kraska (Dalyston) ......... (4) B. Lynch (Yarram) .............. (0) M. Cooke (Kor-Bena) ......... (0) D. Clark (Inv-K’wak) ........... (0) A. Harris (MDU) ................. (1) J. Staley (Fish Creek) ......... (1) M. Price (Phillip Is) ............ (1)

60 39 36 35 33 30 28 25 25 24 24


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

1 0 1 3 3 5 5 5 6 8 8 9 9


0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


691.38 529.74 352.94 205.53 160.38 75.72 104.68 74.77 70.46 73.45 29.85 23.44 15.09

36 36 36 28 24 20 16 16 16 12 8 4 0

GOALKICKERS J. Fowles (Kor-Bena) .......... (3) D. Pruysers (Dalyston) ....... (3) K. Taylor (Phillip Is)............ (2) J. Kyle (Kor-Bena) .............. (0) M. Dickason (Kil-Bass) ...... (4) N. Osler (Kil-Bass) ............. (0) R. Birnie (Dalyston)............ (2) S. Ambler (Phillip Is).......... (0) J. Parsons (Kil-Bass) ......... (3) L. Wilkinson (Dalyston)...... (0)

48 31 29 25 25 23 22 20 17 16



Won Power ... 9 0 0 612.24 Corner Inlet .. 7 2 0 339.13 Inv-K’wak..... 7 2 0 189.89 Dalyston ...... 6 3 0 318.60 L’gatha Jnr ... 3 6 0 46.47 Phillip Is...... 2 7 0 28.63 Kil-Bass.......... 1 8 0 53.43 Kor-Bena ........ 1 8 0 12.23 GOALKICKERS K. Reid (Inv-K’wak) ............ (3) M. Dyball (Won Power) ...... (0) L. Gheller (Dalyston) .......... (2) B. Thorson (Foster) ............ (0) T. Scarce (Won Power) ...... (2) H. Hilberto (Dalyston) ........ (1) Z. Crow (Kil-Bass) .............. (0) B. Veenendaal (Dalyston) ... (1) J. Stockdale (Leon Jnr) ...... (1) S. Flanders (Foster)............ (0)


36 28 28 24 12 8 4 4 24 20 19 19 16 14 13 12 10 10




Leading Goalkicker: W. MusgroveArnold 6 (K) Kilcunda Bass Best: W. MusgroveArnold, S. Casey, S. Watson, A. Brown, D. Ferguson, T. Burgess Toora Best: T. Koolen, K. Morgan, C. Walker, C. Jenkin Brown, J. Platt, K. Swart





Round 11 - June 22 Yallourn-Yall Nth v Yarragon Thorpdale v Morwell East Mirboo North v Hill End Yinnar v Newborough Trafalgar v Boolarra

management. Club President Les Watson believes the program is a positive step. “We believe taking on initiatives like this is very important for our community. Improvements we make at the club spill over into the community,” he said.

FOURTHS Korumburra-Bena 8.15.63 Phillip Island 1.4.10

Leading Goalkicker: B. Jones 7 (K) Kilcunda Bass Best: D. Clay, J. Dakin, B. Egeberg, B. Jones, T. Bone, C. Withall Toora Best: K. Holmes, D. Wilson, L. Brabant, M. Harris, M. Edwards, A. Turner


With the season in full swing the club is keen to look for continued improvement in their club culture. The program will see them work through six key health areas. Responsible use of alcohol, UV protection, healthy eating, reduction in tobacco use, inclusion for all and injury prevention and

Leading Goalkickers: H. Suckling 2, J. Harris 2, J. Harris 2 (K) Korumburra-Bena Best: J. Hopkins, N. Allen, J. Harris, B. Cosson, J. Harris, S. Lacy Phillip Island Best: J. Sanna, B. Redmond, C. Wood, A. Cook, M. Francis, C. Porter

Kilcunda Bass Goals: K. Bergles 8, J. Wells 5, D. Wells 3, L. Harrison 2, C. Endres 2, R. Fitzgerald 2, D. Crawford 1, J. Homer 1, K. Ricketts 1 Toora & District Goals: B. Osborne 1 Kilcunda Bass Best: R. Fitzgerald, D. Wells, B. Arnold, K. Bergles, J. Attenborough, K. Asa Leausa Toora & District Best: J. Bloink, C. Hanratty, A. Garlick, B. McGrath, M. Kohout, L. Toner

Round 12 - June 22 Phillip Island v Toora Kilcunda-Bass v MDU Tarwin v Kor-Bena DWWWW v Dalyston Fish Creek v Stony Creek Foster v I-K Yarram - bye

KILCUNDA-Bass Football Club is strengthening their commitment to a healthy environment by recently becoming active participants of the VicHealth Healthy Sporting Environments (HSE) Program.

THIRDS Korumburra-Bena 10.9.69 Phillip Island 4.5.29

Toora Best: R. East, K. Kokoras, P. Hollier, C. Johnston, B. Stone, B. Paragreen


Panthers get healthy

Cook, D. Myors, D. Muir, N. Walker, B. Cosson

SENIORS Kilcunda Bass 25.13.163 Toora & District 1.8.14


Healthy starters: (from left) club president Les Watson with under 15 players Robbie Taylor, Sam Watson, and Riley Cousins, Committee member Jaron Smith, life member Bill Lawrence and senior player Jason Good.

give it a sniff. The Island ended all hopes for Korumburra-Bena as Shane Taylor goaled from a set shot and then his older brother James dribbled a goal through. Island skipper Scott Riordan kicked his fifth goal for the match late in the quarter as his side ran out 49 point winners. Next week the Island take on Toora back at the Cowes oval and it will be looking at consolidating its top position while Korumburra-Bena travel to Tarwin looking for some redemption.


Phillip Is....... 8 1 0 360.48 Inv-K’wak...... 7 1 0 382.57 Corner Inlet ... 6 3 0 240.48 Won Power .... 5 3 0 255.78 Kor-Bena ...... 3 4 0 34.11 L’gatha Jnr .... 2 5 0 35.37 Dalyston .......... 2 7 0 17.96 Kil-Bass........... 0 9 0 16.67 GOALKICKERS Z. Reid (Inv-K’wak) ............ (0) P. Ryan (Phillip Is).............. (1) N. Anderson (Won Pwr) ..... (0) K. Dorling (Foster) ............. (1) B. Wingfield (Won Pwr) ..... (0) L. Dayson (Phillip Is) ......... (0) O. Marks (Phillip Is) ........... (0) N. Buckland (Foster) .......... (0) K. Robinson (Phillip Is) ...... (1) T. Brosnan (Won Pwr)........ (0) T. Nash (Inv-K’wak) ............ (0)


32 28 24 20 12 8 8 0 21 12 11 11 9 9 8 8 8 7 7

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

1 0 2 3 3 4 5 7 5 6 6 9 9


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


434.07 386.07 300.95 208.33 266.23 137.53 106.02 60.43 84.09 60.17 39.15 16.27 6.09

36 36 32 28 24 24 18 16 14 12 12 0 0

GOALKICKERS J. McMillan (MDU) ............. (7) T. Hamilton (Dalyston) ....... (2) J. Buckland (Fish Ck) ......... (0) J. Andersen (Kil-Bass) ....... (1) B. Jones (Kil-Bass) ............ (7) B. Doran (Toora & Dist) ..... (1) Z. Walker (Kor-Bena).......... (1) J. McDonald (Yarram) ........ (0) A. Edwards (Phillip Is) ....... (1) M. Manteit (Kil-Bass) ......... (0)

50 39 38 31 26 25 23 23 18 17


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

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0



1295.71 566.18 624.09 318.75 128.29 99.02 83.33 54.79 49.65 80.58 17.76 16.86 4.28

40 36 32 28 24 20 20 16 16 12 4 4 0

GOALKICKERS J. Black (Phillip Is) ............. (1) X. Hughes (Inv-K’wak) ....... (4) D. Crook (Kor-Bena)........... (2) O. Toussaint (Inv-K’wak) .... (2) M. Marotta (Dalyston) ........ (4) L. Bentley (Yarram) ............ (0) C. Mckenzie (Inv-K)............ (1) B. Rogers (Fish Ck) ............ (0) A. Toussaint (Inv-K’wak) .... (1) D. Brosnan (Dalyston)........ (2)

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Parrots lapse again A SECOND quarter slump by Leongatha was enough for Traralgon to kick away to take an unassailable lead in the match.




Sale ...........8 1 0 195.51 32 Morwell ......8 1 0 157.59 32 Wonthaggi ...7 2 0 158.85 28 Maffra.........6 3 0 117.37 24 Traralgon .....5 4 0 157.66 20 Bairnsdale ......4 5 0 81.84 16 Leongatha ......3 6 0 83.63 12 Warragul ........3 6 0 76.05 12 Drouin ............1 8 0 54.06 4 Moe................0 9 0 45.71 0 GOALKICKERS D. Sheen (Maffra) ............... (3) 41 M. Davis (Sale) ................... (1) 36 C. Maskell (Leongatha) ....... (4) 35 M. Sellings (Bairnsdale) ...... (1) 24 D. Bedggood (Maffra) ......... (1) 23 D. MacDonald (Morwell) ..... (0) 23 K. Fraser (Sale) ................... (2) 22 J. Hall (Traralgon) ............... (0) 20 D. O’Connor (Wonthaggi).... (2) 19 M. Johnston (Morwell) ....... (0) 19

Above Quick hands: Zac Vernon gets the ball off to Pat Contin on Saturday. Photo by Mark Drury.



Sale ...........6 2 0 221.53 Wonthaggi ...6 2 0 171.20 Warragul .....6 2 0 160.12 Traralgon .....5 3 0 172.03 Morwell ......5 3 0 149.58 Leongatha ......4 4 0 125.59 Maffra ............2 6 0 66.47 Drouin ............2 6 0 36.01 Moe................0 8 0 18.19 GOALKICKERS


24 24 24 20 20 16 8 8 0

Left Good mark: Cade Maskell soars up for a grab in the Parrot’s forward line. Photo by Mark Drury.

B. Monahan (Warragul)....... (2) 32 R. Tack (Wonthaggi) ........... (5) 28 J. Freeman (Sale) ................ (0) 15 A. Dugan (Traralgon)........... (3) 15 M. Davies (Leongatha) ........ (3) 13 S. Ferguson (Sale) .............. (0) 12 B. McDonald (Morwell) ....... (0) 12 T. Webster (Warragul) ......... (0) 11 S. Winmar (Traraltgon) ....... (3) 10 T. Phillips (Morwell) ............ (0) 10




Traralgon .....9 0 0 444.29 36 Bairnsdale ...7 2 0 281.72 28 Sale ...........7 2 0 183.53 28 Wonthaggi ...7 2 0 168.10 28 Drouin ........5 4 0 98.67 20 Maffra ............3 6 0 83.42 12 Warragul ........3 6 0 64.73 12 Leongatha ......2 7 0 88.10 8 Morwell ..........2 7 0 61.38 8 Moe................0 9 0 9.57 0 GOALKICKERS C. Nickels (Traralgon).......... (3) 34 J. Murphy (Sale) ................. (2) 24 B. Darby-Lock (Morwell) ..... (1) 21 J. Zahra (Wonthaggi) .......... (1) 19 J. Vucenovic (Traralgon) ..... (0) 17 B. McCarrey (Bairnsdale) .... (2) 17 E. Johnson (Sale) ................ (3) 16 A. Ferreira-Neto (Won) ........ (2) 16 J. McIntosh (Sale)............... (1) 16 L. Buck (Bairnsdale) ............ (3) 13



Traralgon .....9 0 0 458.80 Sale ...........8 1 0 637.57 Moe ...........7 2 0 206.77 Warragul .....6 3 0 156.25 Maffra.........5 4 0 88.54 Bairnsdale ......4 5 0 128.57 Leongatha ......3 6 0 63.80 Drouin ............2 7 0 46.03 Morwell ..........1 8 0 23.62 Wonthaggi......0 9 0 13.11 GOALKICKERS

B. Scott (Sale) ..................... (6) 64 J. Orlicki (Warragul) ............ (4) 22 L. Di Ciero (Traralgon)......... (1) 19 K. Stamers (Traralgon) ........ (1) 19 L. Robinson (Bairnsdale) .... (2) 19 K. Renooy (Maffra) ............. (2) 17 K. Hynes (Bairnsdale) ......... (3) 16 T. Morrow (Moe) ................. (1) 16 J. McMahon (Trararalgon) .. (2) 15 J. Green (Bairnsdale) .......... (0) 15 J. Jans (Sale) ...................... (4) 15 L. Wright (Leongatha) ......... (0) 15

SENIORS Traralgon 16.13.109 d Leongatha 7.16.58

UNDER 18s Traralgon 8.11.59 d Leongatha 4.6.30

Traralgon Goals: M. Geary 3, T. Northe 3, N. Quenault 2, J. Jennings 2, T. McQualter 2, D. Fleming 2, S. Dunbar 1, J. Symons 1. Best: T. Northe, J. Jennings, N. Quenault, M. Geary, J. Symons, J. Steers. Leongatha Goals: C. Maskell 4, M. Willcocks 1, D. Westaway 1, A. Hillberg 1. Best: C. Maskell, R. Kelly, C. Verboon, P. Contin, P. McGrath, Z. Vernon.

Traralgon Goals: C. Nickels 3, B. Northover 2, J. Colaciello 1, T. Forrest 1, J. Jacobsen 1. Best: T. Forrest, M. Jones, K. Bundle, D. Fromberg, J. Vucenovic, J. Scorse. Leongatha Goals: N. Argento 1, M. Borschman 1, B. Davidson 1, J. Harry 1. Best: J. Burge, J. Harry, B. Davidson, D. Betts, N. Tuckett, M. Borschman.

RESERVES Leongatha 9.9.63 d Traralgon 8.9.57

UNDER 16s Traralgon 11.16.82 d Leongatha 0.3.3

Leongatha Goals: M. Davies 3, B. Davidson 2, T. Goss 2, J. Kilsby 1, S. Vagg 1. Best: J. Renden, L. Castagna, J. Hickey, S. Vagg, J. Kilsby, M. Davies. Traralgon Goals: A. Dugan 3, S. Winmar 3, C. Beaver 1, J. Suter 1. Best: C. Sutton, R. Wilkie, S. Goddard, S. Winmar, L. Phillips, J. Suter.

Traralgon Goals: J. McMahon 2, N. Rowley 2, D. Yates 2, C. Ambler 1, J. Chambers 1, L. DiCiero 1, J. Henderson 1, K. Stamers 1. Best: C. Graham, J. McMahon, B. Duve, D. Yates, J. Henderson, C. Ambler. Leongatha Goals: Nil. Best: . Tuckett, J. Ginnane, A. Argento, L. Riseley, M. Olden, N. Argento.

break and looked tired but had enough of a buffer to win the game comfortably. It was a disappointing result as a win would have put Leongatha on even terms with Traralgon but now they are two games away and with work to do if finals are a chance. A pat on the back to Leongatha’s brilliant grounds keepers, Chris Winkler and Danny Hickey who had the oval looking super despite all the rain. With ovals in many shire’s looked after by the shires themselves, it was a credit to these club volunteers who do all the work. The drainage works carried out by the club in recent years have been a real plus. News on Leongatha coach Will Thursfield is not good as he is still struggling with his troublesome leg and may not play again this season. Leongatha is at home again this Saturday to Bairnsdale in the hope they can beat the Dales for the second time this season. The Leongatha reserves scored a top win against the more fancied Traralgon, coming back after being headed in the last quarter.

Stuart Kilsby: the Parrot player gets a solid mark on Saturday. Photo by Mark Drury.

Wonthaggi take another win By John Duscher

dominant form lead up games.

WONTHAGGI saw this as a danger game against Drouin despite the respective positions on the ladder and their recent

The game itself in the first half went along with the script, lots of endeavour by the young Hawks but the polish of the more experienced Power side saw them dictate play and dominate on the scoreboard. The game opened slowly with Drouin’s defence under pressure but standing up well. Keegan Bott, normally up forward, was leading the way in defence for the Hawks, well supported by youngster Jordan Wyatt, Darcy Irwin and Sean Proctor. Wonthaggi was again tackling hard, a trademark of their game, and this was causing costly turnovers. The first goal to Power’s Travis Krause and Dom O’Connor followed with another soon after. Bryce Marshall was playing well and he got Wonthaggi’s third goal. Aaron Ware, Andrew Murray, Michael Kelly and Lucas White were getting plenty of the ball but not everything was going the way of the visitors.


36 32 28 24 20 16 12 8 4 0

The Parrots opened up reasonably well in the opening term to trail 2.3 to Traralgon’s 5.4 but, as has occurred all too often this season, someone pressed the sleep button. Traralgon went bang and the floodgates opened with the Maroons booting several goals before the Parrots got out of first gear. The ‘Gatha had to place Chris Verboon into the backline to try to stem the flow. But Traralgon had already kicked five term two goals leaving the Parrots to kick only two behinds for the quarter. At half time it was Traralgon 11.10 to Leongatha’s 2.5 After a half time roasting Leongatha played with much more pluck, booting 5.8 to Traralgon’s 2.2. The only negative was the kicking for goal which could have seen Leongatha within striking distance at three quarter time. Cade Maskell was marking and performing well at

full forward. He converted 4.8 for the day which could have easily been 7.5 and may have given Leongatha more hope. He was well supported by Aaron Hillberg and Matt Willcocks in the marking stakes. Rhett Kelly had a real go and was determined with his body in and under the packs and work rate very high. Kelly has had a great run of good games and is starting to deliver for the Green and Gold. Mark Truscio came off injured in the third with hamstring soreness; the club will assess his fitness before making a decision on playing him this Saturday. Pat Contin had a quiet first half but came out after half time and stepped up, on the ball. He was one of the reasons Leongatha got back into the game. Pat McGrath worked hard on ball all day despite being tagged every week, while Zac Vernon had a serviceable game and set things up with his pace. The last quarter was a real arm wrestle, Traralgon went defensive and tried to stop Leongatha’s run-on and close the game down. Traralgon had a five day

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Maffra 10.10.70 d Warragul 7.7.49 Bairnsdale 11.12.78 d Moe 9.11.65 Sale 12.19.91 d Morwell 8.9.57 RESERVES Maffra 9.8.62 d Warragul 6.2.38 Morwell 9.6.60 d Sale 5.12.42 UNDER 18 Warragul 5.5.35 d Maffra 2.11.23 Bairnsdale 18.32.140 d Moe 0.1.1 Sale 16.10.106 d Morwell 6.3.39 UNDER 16 Warragul 11.7.73 d Maffra 4.4.28 Moe 9.8.62 d Bairnsdale 7.3.45 Sale 24.21.165 d Morwell 1.0.6


Earl Shaw and Chris Wylie were dominating the ruck work and giving their teammates first use of the ball. Drouin’s work rate was excellent and they were standing up to Wonthaggi’s relentless attack and intensity. Power’s backmen were well on top and kept Drouin goalless for the quarter through the reliable efforts of Aaron Guilmartin, Byron Dryden, Jack Blair and Matt Coyne. The second quarter continued to be a tight contest and Wonthaggi was not getting away on the scoreboard. Drouin got the first goal through Jordan Wyatt but the polish of the Power side was starting to show through with two goals to Troy Harley after strong marks and further goals to Marshall, O’Connor and Lucas White. The bigger bodies were too strong for the home side and Wonthaggi went into the half time break with a big lead. Things were not looking good for Drouin. The second half began

with a strong goal for the home side through Luke Duffy and Drouin was looking more aggressive and positive when they scored again through Lockhard. Murray responded for the Power but Wyatt who was playing well notched another for the Hawks followed by another from Phelan. The game was tightening up as Krause coolly put one through for Wonthaggi. It was Drouin who were doing all the attacking. Darcy Irwin back from the Casey Scorpions for the day and Sean Proctor were sending the ball from defence into attack and the whole Drouin side had lifted. Wyatt goaled again and Broderick Fraser helped himself to a goal to bring the margin to 19 points and it was game on. The game was in the balance and the young Hawks sensed they were in with a chance. They were prepared to switch play and run and prepared to take a risk. However as they have done in the past when chal-

lenged Wonthaggi dug deep and lifted all over the ground to snuff out this challenge. Krause helped himself to two more goals and Andrew Murray kicked the sealer to give the visitors victory by what seemed like a convincing 40 points. But it was far from convincing! Drouin had been beaten but never at any stage did they drop their heads and give in. They are a good young side

SENIORS Wonthaggi 13.11.89 d Drouin 7.7.49 Wonthaggi Goals: T. Krause 4, B. Marshall 2, D. O’Connor 2, T. Harley 2, A. Murray 2, L. White 1. Best: E. Shaw, A. Murray, T. Krause, A. Guilmartin, C. Wylie, L. White. Drouin Goals: J. Wyatt 3, B. Fraser 1, L. Duffy 1, B. Lockhart 1, S. Phelan 1. Best: D. Irwin, J. Wyatt, K. Bott, S. Proctor, L. Duffy, S. Phelan.

RESERVES Wonthaggi 9.10.64 d Drouin 4.2.26 Wonthaggi Goals: R. Tack 5, R. Todd 3, J. Liddle 1. Best: R. Jones, R. Tack, K. Atkinson, J. Liddle, B. Hughes, R. Todd. Drouin Goals: B. Barwick 1, S. Barwick 1, M. Goodwin 1, M. O’Shannassy 1. Best: S. Barwick, M. Goodwin, J.

going through a rebuild and no doubt they will trouble any side who takes them for granted in the second half of the season. Wonthaggi finished strongly under pressure but will need to maintain their intensity and concentration for four quarters as they shape up for the run into the second half of the season beginning with league leaders Morwell next week.

Fairlie, B. Haymes, C. Phelan, M. O’Shannassy.

UNDER 18s Wonthaggi 11.7.73 d Drouin 5.7.37 Wonthaggi Best: J. Zahra, S. Scott, A. Ferreira-Neto, J. Thomas, T. Landells, J. Van Zanen. Drouin Best: J. Gown, K. Godwin, J. Kaine, C. Jolly, B. Miller, C. Kingi.

UNDER 16s Drouin 14.16.100 d Wonthaggi 0.1.1 Drouin Goals: C. Kingi 4, J. Tomkins 3, T. Wyatt 2, J. Carrison 1, J. Graham 1, T. Hodson 1, R. McHutchison 1, M. McKellar 1. Best: J. Graham, M. McKellar, M. Sloan, Z. Harrison, J. Tomkins, T. Wyatt. Wonthaggi Goals: Nil. Best: L. Henry, C. Hiatt, M. Dyball, B. Bayne, E. Senior, J. Bates.

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Training facility closer SOUTH Gippsland is one step closer in getting a state of the art elite indoor training facility. Korumburra’s drill hall, which is part of the recreation centre, is in the process of hosting the facility that will specialise in cricket training but cater for many other sports including football, soccer, tennis, golf, basketball and so on. Chairman of the Korumburra Recreation Centre management committee Don Olden is looking forward to the project. “We are very excited about having something unique to the area,” he said. “The nearest ones are Frankston, Springvale or Sale. There is nothing of this standard in Bass Coast, South Gippsland or West Gippsland.”

“When we did a Master Plan for the recreation centre this was identified as a way we could utilise the facility more and increase the usage and it’s something that everyone has gotten behind,” Mr Olden said. “We anticipate the project will cost somewhere between $110,000 and $120,000. “We will be applying to the state government and the local council as well.” When asked about the support the committee has received from local sporting clubs Mr Olden replied: “You name them we’ve got them.” The state of the art centre will host a video analysis system that will help budding and professional sports people work on their skills.

Local netballers recognised: Sunday night saw Gippsland Storm Netball Club hold their Presentation Night at Pakenham and some local Award recipients included (from left) Shannon Dankert – (17 and Under) Best and Fairest, Holly Monaghan – (Open) Most determined, Hannah Flanders- (Open) Runners Up Best and Fairest and Lauren Redpath – (Under 15’s) Best and Fairest. Shannon and Hannah play for Fish Creek, Holly for Stony Creek and Lauren for MDU.

Wilson off to China

LEONGATHA’S Kelly Wilson will be joining Mirboo North’s Belinda Snell on the Australian Opals Basketball Squad for an upcoming tour.

On the court: local girl Kelly Wilson is heading to China as part of the Australian Opals Basketball squad. Photo courtesy of Akuna-Photography.

Wilson was named in the squad last week and makes up part of the 12 person contingent. The team will travel to China for three games against the host nation on June 19, 21 and 23 as the first step in their journey to the 2014 FIBA Women’s World Championships. Wilson has a very impressive domestic resume with her most recent success a championship with the Bendigo Spirit earlier in the year. This trip however will be her international basketball debut. Standing at 170cm tall the 28 year old lines up as a guard and is known for her speed with the ball. She started her basketball career with the Leongatha Basketball Association. Wilson’s now teammate Snell is a headliner in the squad as a seasoned veteran and Olympian. Snell is at home on an international court as she has recently played in a championship team in the Polish PLKK. Coaching the Opals is Brendan Joyce and said that young and new players to the side will have the advantage to test their limits. “This is an opportunity for a lot of our younger players to genuinely mix it up against the best,” he said.

Wonthaggi table tennis CONGRATULATIONS to Dean Snelling, Zach Anstey and Caitlyn Taylor for a great effort at the Croydon Junior Table Tennis Championships. The three Wonthaggi juniors were very competitive. Dean was runner-up among a strong field from around Victoria in the final of the Division 4 event.

Ladders A Grade (One match to go) Cape Haven (bye)...... 36 34 (164) Evil Minions ............... 28 26 (134) Zaad ............................ 24 29 (138) Real Deal .................... 16 25 (150) Try Again..................... 16 19 (106) New Chums................. 12 26 (126) Inverloch...................... 12 23 (129) A Reserve

Great vistas The two minute group of Clem Fries and Peter Hollins turn into Wild Dog Valley Road at Leongatha North on Saturday.

55 (185) 49 (150) 47 (158) 36 (130) 26 (130) 30 (128)

B Grade

Sean Michael ........................11 (44) Micah Condron ....................11 (38) Nancy Pattinson .................. 10 (38) B Grade McKenzie Gardner.............. 15 (30) Daniel Park ...........................11 (25) Leigh Allamby .....................11 (25) Matthew Kent...................... 10 (23)

Terrible Two............... 24 23 (53) The Vicious Two ........ 16 21 (48) Slazenger .................... 16 19 (45) The Vipers .................. 12 16 (40) Winners.......................... 8 17 (43) Leading players A Grade Michael Ede ........................ 18 (75) Case de Bondt ..................... 18 (73) Bruce Harmer (bye) ............ 15 (69) Zach Anstey......................... 15 (64) Dean Snelling .......................11 (58) Luke Anstey (bye) ...............11 (53) A Reserve Heitor Hilberto .................... 17 (52) Wayne Pitts.......................... 16 (49) Hector Hilberto ................... 13 (44) Denis Donohue.................... 12 (42)

A Reserve semi finals next Monday, June 17 commencing at 7pm. B Grade semi final next Thursday, June 20 commencing at 7pm after junior coaching (The Vicious Two v Slazenger). B Grade tournament commences at 6pm on Monday, June 24. A Reserve tournament follows at 7pm. Entry fee is $5 per player for both tournaments.

(final result) HSM ............................ 42 The Opposition .......... 28 Blow Flys .................... 28 Hat Trick .................... 12 Stormers......................... 8 Hopeful .......................... 4

South Gippsland Bridge Club Meeniyan – Monday Evening: 1st Dina Drury, Jean Barbour. 2nd Susan Ruffin, Clive Hope. 3rd Margaret Munro, Ellie McIntyre. 4th Pat West, Barbara Axten. Tarwin Lower – Tuesday Afternoon: 1st John Sullivan, Alan Johnston and Anne Gibson, Althea Drew. 3rd Frank Arndt, Clive Hope. Inverloch– Friday afternoon. GNOT Week 1: 1st Kuiper Team. 2nd Williams Team. 3rd Jolly Team.

Good hands: Beau Peters of Mirboo North gets a handball of towards the target.

Demons come to town IT was all smiles when the Melbourne Football Club rolled into town on Tuesday. Leongatha Primary School, Mirboo North Primary School and the South Coast Specialist School all flocked to the Leongatha Recreation Reserve to learn a thing or two from 15 AFL footballers. Tackling, speckying, hip and shouldering and the all important goal kicking were all worked on as part of the clinic. The boys in red and blue were certainly kings of the kids. The group also travelled over to Korumburra Primary School to give those students a run for their money.

Left, Hard tackle: Sam Schnoor impresses Max Gawn with a tough tackle on Tuesday.

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Maroons fly - Parrots fall High flyers: Leongatha ruckman David Veale clashes with his opponent on Saturday. Despite the Parrots’ best efforts on home soil, the Traralgon Maroons were too good. Details on page 54. Photo by Mark Drury.

No finals at Foster? By Brad Lester and Jacob de Kunder FOSTER Showgrounds is unlikely to be the venue for this season’s Alberton Football and Netball League grand finals. Foster Showgrounds Special Committee member Ian Lyon said at a recent council briefing the ground was in such poor condition, it was unlikely to host the grand finals this September. He said the ground was damaged due to showjumping during the Foster Show and also by a train that operates on the oval on market days. He said the committee could not afford to repair the surface. The committee has a maintenance budget of $7800

from council. Mr Lyon said a consultant found the level of council funding was inadequate. “We need a minimum of $25,000 to ensure the ground can handle demands,” he said. A volunteer spends more than 30 hours a week working at the reserve, even then with a “clapped out old mower”, Mr Lyon said. In a submission to council, showgrounds president Owen Kindellan said the ground should be drained twice a year for three years, then once per year, at a cost of $1500 per treatment. Additional money would be needed for seed and fertiliser, and the contractor to undertake maintenance. “The total cost to redress the annual

damage done by horses to the oval is close to $15,000, far greater than the $7800 currently given to maintain the entire showgrounds,” Mr Kindellan’s submissions said. The grounds illegibility for finals is news to the league secretary Lynn Whelan who was under the impression the ground was in good enough condition to host one night round in the finals series and possibly the grand final. “The club has requested to host a night final so (those comments are) very interesting,” she said. “It is a bit more work to host the grand final than a night final but that’s what we are going to discuss in our upcoming meeting.” The AFNL is hosting a special general meeting of clubs on Wednesday with final venues are on the

agenda. After a grand final hosting debacle last year the league is going to review what the host club would receive for the use of its facilities. “We are going to have guidelines for clubs to apply to host the grand final this year,” Ms Whelan said. “It will just be presented to the clubs next Wednesday and they will get some kind of written application outlining what the league provides and what the host club needs to provide. “We are not 100 per cent sure of how it will work out at this stage.” In the past the grand final hosts haven’t been paid money to host the grand final. Instead they get to run the bar after the seniors match and run a club raffle. Another club gets to run the can-

teen and bar throughout the day while gate takings go to the league. In Mr Lyon’s briefing of the council he also said the grand final matches would most likely be held in the Bass Coast Shire. This could mean being hosted at the Wonthaggi Football Netball Club’s home ground, a side that isn’t in the AFNL. Ms Whelan said the idea for Wonthaggi to host the grand final will be brought up. “I suppose that will be discussed on Wednesday,” she said. “I know there are some people out there who would like it to but in the past when we had delegates meetings the clubs actually voted against it and wanted it to stay within the league.”

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June 18 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper