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SOUTH Gippslanders want more information about the impacts of coal seam gas mining on their land and their futures, believing companies and the State Government are not telling the full story. More than 150 people filled the Tarwin Lower Hall on Sunday at a meeting led by South Gippsland Shire Councillor Kieran Kennedy, with guest speakers Anne Box, Michael Power, Cam Walker and Dr Merryn Redenbach. Turn to page 5 for the full story.

Bombshell Alan Brown seeks to overhaul council

By Jane Ross

FORMER State Transport Minister Alan Brown is standing for Bass Coast Shire Council in a bid to replace the entire current council. He dropped the bombshell last week, saying he was responding to repeated requests from ratepayers.

Mr Brown has gathered a group of greatly experienced high-profile people to nominate in each of the shire’s seven wards. The main thrust is ensuring low rate rises, core business reform, protecting the environment and opposing coal seam gas exploration. Mr Brown will be the group’s nominee for Hovell currently held by Cr John Duscher. Continued on page 2.

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Loch celebrates Queen’s reign By Brad Lester


LUE, red and white adorned the Loch Public Hall on Sunday as the community gathered to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth 2. The full day of events began with a thanksgiving service conducted by Reverend Jenny Ramage of the Anglican Parish of Korumburra, followed by a Big Jubilee Lunch and the launch of the Street by Street program. Performances of English songs by students of Pakenham Springs Primary School and Loch Soccer Club bridged the hemispheres. The hall was decorated in Union Jacks, and Australian and Victorian flags, and table runners of blue, red and white completed the monarchical theme. The Victorian flag was recently donated by Deputy Premier Peter Ryan. Displays of Queen memorabilia and posters promoting Loch’s groups encapsulated the tight knit community that is Loch. The lunch replicated similar events now happening across England and included a message from the Queen to the Loch community, thanking them for noting the occasion. Graeme Hastie of the Loch Village Food and Wine Festival said Loch’s support of the monarchy dated to the First World War. “This area gave a lot of men and a lot of men have died for Australia and also for England,” he said. Guest speakers, Queen’s Scout Genevieve Abbott of Korumburra, and Queen’s Guides Alycia Clark and Nicole Harvey of Poowong, spoke about how their awards demanded community service and loyalty to their country. Ms Harvey brought a teapot made to mark the royal tour of Australia by the Queen’s father King George and mother Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1949. That tour never eventuated due to the King falling ill. Also on display were painted portraits of

Taking notice: Ann Philpott and South Gippsland Shire Councillor Jennie Deane, both of Loch, admire the portrait of Queen Elizabeth 2 by Gisela Zimmer. Queen Elizabeth 2, and princes William and Harry by artist Gisela Zimmer. Cosy Kitchen Loch catered for the day and a jubilee cake, modelled on the actual cake in England, was made by Hard Loch Cafe. South Gippsland Shire Citizen of the Year, Greig Barry, cut the cake. The Street by Street program is a national activity designed to urge people to care for elderly, disabled and lonely people in their towns to enhance a sense of community. South Gippsland Shire Councillor Jennie Deane launched the Loch program, and urged people interested in taking part to register at the Loch Post Office. The event was part of the fifth Loch Village Food and Wine Festival which was launched at Korumburra Railway Station on Saturday night by Mr Barry.

The event featured drinks and entertainment at the Royal Loch Hotel and 70 guests rode the dinner train of the South Gippsland Tourist Railway, later enjoying the launch of Windy Ridge Winery’s 2010 pinot noir. The final two tickets were sold to Melbourne residents who had seen an article about the festival in The Saturday Age that day. Last night, the Loch and District Community Association held a barbecue at Loch Primary School, before the Loch CFA set up an electronic beacon at Cape Horn on Loch-Wonthaggi Road, joining the throng of beacons being lit around the Commonwealth to mark the jubilee. The food and wine festival continues this weekend. Turn to page 30 to find out more. More photos online at au and in next week’s Star.

Alan Brown seeks to overhaul council ground didn’t mean he or Continued from page 1. those on the ticket would be Should the team be elected, pro-development. it’s likely Mr Brown will be “We all love where we live mayor. and we are all well aware of the And if he is, he will have need to protect our wonderful turned full circle in a stellar environment and our beaches.” career that included nearly 19 The rest of the group will years in State Parliament. be announced next week. Mr Part of that was as state Brown said there are men and leader of the Liberal party. women and a range of ages. Mr Brown is appalled at the Asked yesterday morning latest rate rise of 5.9 per cent whether he’d heard about Mr which, he said, was four times Brown and his team, shire CEO the rate of inflation. • Alan Brown Allan Bawden said “no”. He cannot see the justificaHe said it would not be aption for increasing the shire’s initial 133 full-time equivalent employees of 16 propriate for him to comment, other than to say years ago, to today’s 310, nor the “large number it is important people take an active interest in council and its elections. of staff costing well in excess of $100,000”. “My job is to work with whoever the comThe reformers promise a full review of the roles and functions of council, looking munity elects.” Mayor Cr Veronica Dowman said Mr for efficiencies. While this is underway, there will be a Brown had spoken to her on Sunday. She told freeze on employing new senior executives The Star, “Everyone is entitled to stand and it and other staff positions costing in excess of will be very interesting to see their policies.” Mr Brown has vast experience. $100,000. He was elected to the former Borough of Attendance at conferences, seminars and Wonthaggi more than 40 years ago, becoming retreats will also be reviewed. Mr Brown commended the “many excel- mayor in his mid-20s. He remains the youngest lent staff” working for the council and said he councillor and mayor ever elected in the region. While in his 20s, he established eight small expected the majority of staff would see little businesses in Wonthaggi, some of which conchange from the review. He admitted news of his decision to nomi- tinue to trade. Mr Brown will stand down immediately as nate for the elections due in October, would “stun” observers from South Gippsland to chairman of the board of the Bass Coast Community Foundation, which addresses need and Spring Street and beyond. He believes he has a local reputation as disadvantage in the shire. He has chaired the a highly astute businessman and is a very foundation for all of its 10 years. A company which he chairs donated $1 strong supporter of small business. But he is not a developer and said his business back- million to start the foundation and continues to

donate $500,000 each year. Last year, he was inducted into the Australian Community Philanthropy’s hall of fame. The son and grandson of Wonthaggi coal miners, Mr Brown is proud of his background. His working life began in Wonthaggi as an apprentice carpenter and joiner. At 18, he was appointed to the committee of the Wonthaggi Police and Citizens Youth Club, thus beginning a 48-year record of community service. This has ranged widely and includes the setting up of the Wonthaggi Group of Cooperative Housing Societies which he chaired for several years. He entered State Parliament aged 33, later becoming Transport Minister for four years, giving him oversight of a multibillion dollar portfolio. Mr Brown was Victoria’s Agent-General in London for three years, with responsibility for the state’s trade and investment in the United Kingdom and much of Europe. He said his local support came to the fore during Wonthaggi’s centenary in 2010. The town’s citizens’ band, of which he is a life member, also turned 100 that year and Mr Brown raised a remarkable $100,000. The money is in a trust fund, with interest available for the band to buy new instruments and uniforms. Mr Brown is also founding chairman of the Inner North Community Foundation, chairman of a community consultative committee making recommendations to finalise the Black Saturday Bushfire Appeal Fund, chairs Work and Training Ltd, Tasmania’s largest employer of young people and is patron of Korumburra’s Coal Creek Community Park and Museum and the Wonthaggi AP and H Society. Apart from his posting in London, Mr Brown has lived locally all his life. He is married with four adult children.

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Water rates go up By Jane Ross SOUTH Gippsland Water rates are going up by 13 per cent over the next five years. The year 2013-14 takes the biggest hit, with an increase of 4.5 per cent. That means the average bill will be $831; in 2017-18, it will rise to $874. South Gippsland Water (SGW) managing director Philippe du Plessis said approximately $16 million is spent every year maintaining and operating water and waste water systems that include 1000kms of mains and more than 60 pump stations. He said given the current economic

climate, the authority has tried to balance minimal price rises with delivering “sustainable high quality water treatment and wastewater services”. Mr du Plessis pointed out that SGW is a state-owned corporation and does not deliver profits for private investors. There are 10 separate water supply systems and 12 separate wastewater ones, and the authority strikes a fixed wastewater tariff and a two-part water one that includes a fixed service charge and a rate reflecting water used. The five-year agreement that SGW strikes with the Essential Services Commission includes extensive capital works, such at the $25 million scheme

that will sewer Poowong, Loch and Nyora. It’s due for completion in 2016-17. Population growth in Wonthaggi is necessitating a staged sewerage system upgrade. Mr du Plessis said this will take place over the next 50 years, with $2.3 million set aside in the next five years. Then there’s the two-stage $17.4m piping from Wonthaggi’s Lance Creek Reservoir to Korumburra, with a connection to Poowong. That’s part of the SGW plan for Lance Creek to provide a supply to Korumburra, Leongatha and Poowong/Loch/Nyora, backed up by Melbourne’s water.

It will include supply from the Wonthaggi desalination plant. Foster’s wastewater needs a new $1.4m rising main and pump station for 2013-14 and $5.4m fo rnew winter storage lagoons in 2014-15. A total of $3.5m has been set aside for ongoing fleet replacement, $2.8m for sewer replacement and rehabilitation, $2.3m for water main replacement and $1.2m for sewer pump upgrades. Customer feedback is sought on the five-year tariffs. Ring 1300 851 636 or go to New Essential Services Commission guidelines mean SGW has to introduce a program whereby customers

are compensated for unacceptable levels of service. The tariff hikes will also pay for what the State Opposition is calling a “secret tax” that Labor water spokesperson John Lenders said will cost an extra $56 a year per household. Mr du Plessis explained this was a State Government levy to meet an environmental contribution. It was introduced in 2004 and is set at five per cent of SGW’s revenue. As revenue increases, so does the amount paid. The State Government uses the money to improve and protect rivers and water sources and to support water recycling.

Teachers to strike INDUSTRIAL action by teachers this Thursday will have a mixed impact on South Gippsland’s schools. Only one so far will close for the day. That’s Tarwin Lower Primary. By early afternoon yesterday, some schools were unaware how many teachers would be joining the strike, some didn’t want to comment, while others hadn’t informed parents and felt that should be done before releasing details to the public. Teachers have until noon today to decide what they are going to do. Up to 15 teachers at Korumburra Primary are taking strike action, while 11 at

Inverloch-Kongwak will do so too. At Mirboo North Secondary, 65 per cent of teaching staff are going on strike, but a normal timetable will run for students in Years 10 to 12. The principal of Nyora Primary Mick Hussey said his school’s sub branch of the Australian Education Union (AEU) “wholly supports stop work action but not all classroom teachers are going out”. Other local schools were either undecided, had no comment or their principals were not available. A vote taken last week by the AEU indicated nearly 16,000 State Government school teachers favoured industrial action in pursuit of its wages and conditions claim.

Jobs go at WGCMA By Jane Ross WEST Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) has had its funding cut by 25 per cent. That means 17 of its 60 staff will lose their jobs. And river health restoration works will be discontinued in their present form. CEO Martin Fuller said the authority is restructuring following the handing down of the State Budget. He said there is no threat to the WGCMA office in Leongatha. “We need a presence in South Gippsland because of the strong alliance with Landcare.” Mr Fuller said that relationship will likely be strengthened rather than diminished under the changes. He was unable to put a dollar figure on the budget cuts because much of the

WGCMA funding varies because it is project-based In its heyday, the authority had annual revenue of $25 million. Mr Fuller said WGCMA is a tight-knit organisation and he and his colleagues were concentrating on supporting each other because they were all affected by the cuts. Some of those losing their jobs may be able to apply for new roles within the authority. Mr Fuller said the CMA will now concentrate on its statutory and planning duties, and there will be a focus on river health maintenance rather than restoration works. The latter has included rehabilitation of the lower Tarwin and Powlett rivers, with willows and blackberries removed and erosion dealt with. “The amount of onground project work and our ability to respond to landholders in the next financial year will be limited.” The WGCMA is funded largely by the State and

Rain closes roads RAIN shut roads across South Gippsland yesterday afternoon. South Gippsland Shire Council has closed: Kardella Road, Kardella, between Huttons and One Chain roads (landslip); Dumbalk East-Stony Creek Road, Dumbalk, between Bancrofts Road/Cooks Road and Butterworths Road (flooding); McNaughtons Road, Arawata, past the first house (landslip); and Wooreen-Mirboo Road, Berrys Creek.

Federal governments. Federal funding comes mainly through the Caring for Our Country program and the current round of that finishes at the end of June next year. Meanwhile staff at the Leongatha Department of Primary Industry office expect to hear soon whether their jobs are secure.

So cute: Alanah Grist, Meaghan Van Eck and Lucinda Calder learn about a bettong from handler Cath Jamieson at Allora Kindergarten in Leongatha last Tuesday. Read more on page 22.

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Loch thirsty for African aid By Matt Dunn PARISHIONERS from St Vincent’s Catholic Church in Loch have launched a charitable website, with hopes of bringing fresh water to Africa. Project Ochobo ( – which was established to help the tiny Nigerian village from which it takes its name - was inspired by Father Joseph Abutu’s descriptions of daily life back home, and a feeling by the parishioners that something needed to be done. The most pressing need is for a fresh source of water to be established. At the moment villagers walk for miles to collect water that is dirty and liable to cause illness. According to parishioner Dianne Stewart, Father Joseph, who arrived in Australia in recent months and will stay for three years, has touched people with his “humility and faith” – and been a source of inspiration for the charity. “Sincerity, faith and beauty just ooze out of him. He’s such a charismatic person and he’s such a lovely fellow. He’s rather quiet, but he’s very intelligent and very astute with his plans,” she said. “He softens hard hearts.” Dianne said that on Mother’s Day in Leongatha, Father Joseph asked the parishioners whether Jesus was a

man or a woman. “Everybody sat up very straight and very quiet and listened to what he said. He said that the best love he had when he was growing up came from his mother. He knows Jesus is love, so he saw Jesus through his mother,” she said. “He says a lot of things that we can relate to, that’s why a lot of people have taken him to their hearts. We saw a lot of good in him from the very beginning.” Dianne described the charity as a “wonderful thing” but could not say what it might achieve or how long it would be around for. “Father Joseph will be around for three years. Can we do enough in the three years to make Ochobo sustainable and so we’re not needed anymore?” she asked. “We really need to make a contribution that is sustainable and lasting.” The charity has so far raised about $3500 for Ochobo, with more than $3100 coming from two Loch markets. Six hundred dollars has already been despatched for the purchase of a mass box for the village church, St Michael’s Catholic Church. The mass box contains the vestments worn by priests during services, along with other essential items like the chalice and candlesticks. Dianne said the members of the Project Ochobo team were now committed to providing a sustainable, effective water supply for the village.

“The village has no fresh running water and only intermittent power supplies which makes regular use of refrigeration and computers impossible and therefore there are only very basic educational resources for the village’s children,” she said. “Although Bishop Michael Ekwoyi Apochi has made commendable efforts to pump water to tanks, the dry season remains very challenging. Villagers need to walk some kilometres to collect water from wells. “As the season continues, wells dry up and others become polluted. Some people become immune and cope, but disease remains a problem to others. Many people suffer from typhoid, cholera and dysentery. Those sick villagers and the elderly are unable to walk to collect water.” Project Ochobo members have tentative plans for a car rally in October, with hopes of raising more than $1000. Dianne said the car rally would be something “different”, with parishioners carrying buckets of water to symbolise the long walk Ochobo’s villagers take each day with their water rations. If the charity is successful in its endeavours, it’s a walk that may become a thing of the past. The group will have a stall at the Loch Food and Wine Festival on Sunday, June 10 to promote the project.

An inspiration: Father Joseph Abutu has inspired parishioners at the St Vincent’s Catholic Church in Loch. He is pictured here at the Loch Market, where more than $3100 was raised.

$300,000 grant for kinder growth THE committee of White Road Wonthaggi Kindergarten has welcomed news of a $300,000 State Government grant to extend its building. Treasurer Anne Gleeson said on Friday the money will help pay for a badly needed additional kindergarten room and multi- purpose space. Both are needed in order for the facility to accommodate the Federal Government’s “universal access” program for four-yearolds, while maintaining sessions for three-year-olds. The total cost is $575,000 and Bass Coast Shire Council has agreed to put in $100,000. She said plans for the extensions have been drawn up and she is hoping building will start as soon as possible.

Ms Gleeson said the White Road and Drysdale Street kindergartens in Wonthaggi cater for 160 families and White Road is stretched and busy. Responding last week to an announcement about the grant, Bass MLA Ken Smith offered his congratulations. “This is great news for local children, not just now, but well into the future. “These grants show just how committed the Victorian Coalition Government is to educating our youngest children and setting them up for a life of learning.” He said the money would help the kindergarten “increase its capacity”. Both Wonthaggi’s kindergartens are run by the YMCA.

Rains prompts alarm

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council staff were fielding many phone calls from the public about changing road conditions in the wake of heavy rain yesterday.

Widespread flooding is being reported, but only one road has been closed at this point: WooreenMirboo Road at Berrys Creek is closed 1.5km from the Strzelecki Highway. Some landslips and fallen trees have been reported. Council crews are responding and conditions are changing quickly. Signs are being installed where possible at known hazards. Council urged residents to exercise extreme caution under the treacherous conditions. Any closures or confirmed hazards will be advised via council’s website: www.southgippsland.vic. Rainfall for the region has been above average for May, with some regions chalking up their wettest

May in many years. Neville Buckland of Fish Creek recorded 241.5mm of rain across May, which is far wetter than he would like for this time of year, with his usual average only 107mm. “This is the heaviest monthly rainfall that I have recorded since 1968, when I recorded 256mm,” he said. Mr Buckland recorded 20 wet days in May and so far for 2012 has recorded 611mm. This time last year, he had 688mm recorded. “It looks like it is going to be another wet winter. June is already shaping up to be a wet month, and we are only a few days in,” he said. Lindsay Fromhold from Meeniyan recorded 176.1mm for the month of May, over 13 rainy days. May in 2011 was slightly drier, with 102mm recorded. So far this year, Mr Fromhold has recorded 526.9mm. This time in 2011, more rain had been recorded, 581mm to be

exact, “but we seem to be rapidly catching up,” Mr Fromhold said. The wettest day this May was the 25th, with just under 50mm falling. “I was hoping for the opposite, I have known about two, mild, semidry winters in south Gippsland,” he said. “Growing conditions for farmers have been on the decline since about the middle of April, when the rain events started. “It has become cold and wet early, which makes it very hard for the pasture to grow.” The rainfall recorded at South Gippsland Water’s storages in the last week of June was Lance Creek 30mm, Ruby Creek 38mm, Coalition 53mm, Deep Creek 22mm, Little Bass 30mm and Battery Creek 26mm. “Storages are at capacity, with continued wet weather ensuring all storages remain full,” Philippe du Plessis, managing director of South Gippsland Water said.

A simple life: schoolchildren in Ochobo have been well-supported, but need fresh water.

Bawden, Giles to guide tertiary learning By Jane Ross THERE are two well-known South Gippsland figures on the new Gippsland Tertiary Education Council (GTEC). They are Bass Coast Shire council CEO Allan Bawden and managing editor of the South Gippsland Sentinel Times Michael Giles. Asked his interest in the matter, Mr Giles said he was not able to comment because he didn’t yet know what the protocols were. Mr Bawden was less reticent. He said when Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall invited him to join the council, “I was happy to do that.” Mr Hall announced the appointments last week. Others are: Peter Veenker, Mary Aldred, Richard Elkington, David Eynon, Ian Nethercote, Tim Weight, David Gittins, Nicola Watts and Dianne Wilkinson. Mr Veenker and Mr Weight are respectively CEO and board member of East Gippsland Institute of TAFE, Ms Aldred is executive director of the Committee for Gippsland, Mr

On board: Allan Bawden, invited to join a new Gippsland tertiary education body. Elkington chairs Regional Development Australia, Mr Eynon is a board member of Chisholm TAFE, Mr Nethercote is a member of the Monash University Council, Mr Gittins chairs the board of Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE, Ms Watts represents Regional Development Australia – Gippsland and Ms Wilkinson is the former CEO of Maryvale Private Hospital and former CEO of Gippsland Women’s Health. Mr Bawden said he and Mr Nethercote have worked together before, during the years Mr Bawden served on the Monash University Gippsland Advisory Council. Mr Bawden has long taken a lead role in pushing for easier access to higher

education and skills training in South Gippsland and beyond. He said Mr Hall acknowledged that when asking him to join the GTEC. Easier access to tertiary education is one of the 10 priorities of the Gippsland Plan developed by the Gippsland Local Government Network which represents the region’s six municipalities. Mr Bawden said the education precinct at Leongatha and proposed one in Wonthaggi are ways of providing that tertiary fillip. Both towns have been recognised in the Gippsland Tertiary Education Plan as suitable for “technology enabled learning centres”. Translated, that means hubs where universities, TAFE and other colleges can reach students via technology. Mr Bawden admitted State TAFE budget cuts don’t fit well with the overall tertiary picture, but he’s hoping they will be short term. The GTEC and education plan on the other hand, are long term. It hasn’t yet met and Mr Bawden said he doesn’t know how often it will.

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More enforcement needed By Sarah Vella MORE parking inspectors are needed in Leongatha. That was the most common request of community and business owners at meetings held last week to discuss a recent parking analysis study conducted in Leongatha. In several meetings held last Wednesday, South Gippsland Shire Council representatives and AECOM consultants met the community to discuss the study. Council’s manager strategic planning and development Paul Stampton said in every meeting, the need for more parking inspectors was a common suggestion. “Council needs to provide more enforcement, however we do not currently have the resources to employ a permanent parking inspector for Leongatha,” Mr Stampton said. Leongatha business owner Darryl McGannon agreed enforcement was an issue. “There is only one way to shift them and that is to book them,” he said. Mr Stampton added: “If people are constantly overstaying the limits on car spaces, it is important to ensure each carpark has the correct restrictions and the level of enforcement is adequate.” The analysis also suggested long term parking availability in the central business district was an issue.

“The study found there is a localised area of higher parking demand,” Danny Millican from AECOM said. Larger car parks in Leongatha, such as the IGA car park and the Safeway carpark are at capacity, especially during the middle of the day. “Short to mid-term solutions may include increasing the amount of on street parking and adopting suitable parking rates and policies for future development,” Mr Millican said. Victor Ng, council’s strategic planning officer, said the purpose of the meetings was to inform the community of the strategic planning committee’s findings. “A common perception is that McCartin and Bair streets are exceptionally busy, especially at peak times, such as midday. There is also a lack of long term parking and long vehicle parking within the town,” Mr Ng said. “At the moment, the strategy is still in the planning phase and no conclusions have been reached. “The heavy vehicle alternative route is also a common issue acknowledged by the Leongatha community.” Mr Stampton said the redevelopment of Bair Street was not forgotten, despite the heavy vehicle alternative route not yet being finalised. “We (council) haven’t given up on developing Bair Street without having the alternative route in place,” he said.

Mark the spot: Marg Denbrook from Leongatha, Victor Ng, strategic planning officer for South Gippsland Shire Council, and Margery Robson from Leongatha use a map of Leongatha to strategise parking solutions.

Claims far from truth

By Brad Lester

COAL seam gas mining is not safe regardless of what politicians and mining companies say.

That was the message delivered to 150 people at a meeting at Tarwin Lower on Sunday. Even assurances by Deputy Premier Peter Ryan that Victoria’s laws are adequate to protect the environment and agriculture during exploration and mining were unfounded, speakers said. The meeting also heard chemicals were injected into the ground during the exploration phase. South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shire is now the subject of numerous applications for exploration licences. The deadline for the public to comment on the Leichhardt Resources application - which spans from Wonthaggi to Walkerville - is June 19. Many people gathered at the meeting expressed concern they did not know enough about coal seam gas mining, which is advanced in New South Wales and Queensland, the latter having 4000 rigs with a vision for 40,000. Twenty-four exploration licences are current in Victoria and a further eight are awaiting decision by the Department of Primary Industries. Speakers were Tarwin Lower farmer Anne Box, Cam Walker of Friends

of the Earth, Dr Merryn Redenbach of Doctors for the Environment Australia and Michael Power of the Environment Defenders Office. Mr Walker said the State Government was “going full bore” to allow coal seam gas mining to proceed. “I realise that we are in Mr (Peter) Ryan’s seat and have the National Party in a coalition that is running the state and I am surprised that they are not protecting farming communities,” he said. Mr Walker said chemicals used could travel several kilometres underground from the fracture site and urged communities to act, as organised communities are “winning”. He said agriculture and food safety must be protected. “We have four per cent of farmland in Australia in Victoria and we are producing 25 per cent of food. The government wants us to produce more food and become the food bowl of Asia. It’s just blatantly mad if they put coal gas mining over it,” Mr Walker said. He said coal seam gas mining uses chemicals to extract methane gas from coal seams deep within the ground. Of the 23 common fracking chemicals used, only two have been assessed by the NICNAS, Australia’s industrial chemicals regulator. Between 11 and 18 million litres of water is used during each frack, Mr Walker said, and said water was already in shortage. Dr Redenbach was concerned ex-

traction could lead to methane leaking into the groundwater, chemicals could affect human health and farming could be at risk due to contaminated groundwater. She said chemicals used were toxic to human livers and brains, could cause allergies and cancer, and damage foetuses. “Doctors for the Environment Australia believe we should look at least 10km from the bore and the companies should be responsible for that site for 50 years into the future,” he said. A psychiatrist in areas of NSW affected by coal seam gas mining had reported high incidence of stress among residents as lifetime plans were cancelled. Mr Power urged landholders not to give coal seam gas miners permission to enter their land without seeking independent advice. Anne Box has farmed at Tarwin Lower for 50 years and also has property near Roma in Queensland affected by coal seam gas mining. Origin Energy began mining on a nearby property 10 years ago and put a pipeline through her property. Since then, she said contractors accessed her property without telling her, land values dropped by about half and landholders were paid varying amounts per well, with the average $10,000. Trucks are regularly driving through her property and a burst pipe resulted in sewerage spewing over her paddocks.

Contractors even slashed a 5km swathe 4.5m either side of the pipeline, which was destined for cattle fodder. “It’s an encroachment on lifestyles in small holdings in a very productive area,” Ms Box said of the prospect of coal seam gas mining in South Gippsland. Meanwhile the New South Wales Government has tightened regulations for coal seam gas mining, including requiring miners to have water licences. Agribusiness chief Alex Arbuthnot, who is on a National Farmers Federation coal seam gas task force, said on

Friday mining, timber, energy and food underpin the Gippsland economy and communities need to work out how they are going to live with coal seam gas. He is critical of the industry for not providing enough information. “We hear about all the things that go wrong, but no one’s standing up and saying they’re correcting things.” Three exploration leases for coal seam gas cover just under 1000 ha in and around Mirboo North. The licences are owned by Mantle Mining and ECI International.

Help for MG workers AN INFORMAL information session was held last Thursday for Murray Goulburn Coop employees whose positions may be threatened by proposed cutbacks. The session at the Dakers Centre in Leongatha was organised by the Department of Business and Innovation in conjunction with Murray Goulburn and South Gippsland Shire Council’s economic development team to outline what regional support and services were available. Guest speakers included: Centrelink financial information officer Peter Hamour, Alisha Twite from Job Services Australia; Kelvin Slade and

Kath Medew from Skilling the Valley and GippsTAFE; and Brad Platschinda from Labour Hire Opportunities. DBI business development manager Graham Scott said while attendance levels were not high, employees found the information and the opportunity to have ‘one-on-one’ discussions with the representatives extremely valuable. “We were able to send a substantial number of information packs back to the factory for other staff to view, and participating agencies will be happy to take enquiries,” he said. “It’s an excellent opportunity to highlight the support services that exist in the region that people may not have been aware of.”

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Dance commemorates Reconciliation Week THE BASS Coast community celebrated Reconciliation Week last Wednesday with a special Reconciliation Long Morning Tea at the Wonthaggi Centennial Centre. The event began with guest speaker, Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) president Peter Lewis, speaking about equality and recognition of indigenous people in Australia’s constitution.

Reconciliation week: Christopher Hune from the Wurundjeri Tribe performed a smoking ceremony at the Wonthaggi Centennial Centre last Wednesday, inviting people to ‘cleanse’ their souls with the smoke.

“I’m inviting people to talk about the constitution and recognition of our first people as part of reconciliation in Australia,” he said. “The constitution was written in White Australia Policy days, and there is no mention of the first Australian people. Events like this prove there is something within us that wants to see these changes and we need to build on that.” Christopher Hune from the Wurundjeri Tribe performed a smoking

ceremony to ‘open and cleanse’ the information centre. The crowd was then treated to a traditional dance and didgeridoo performance by the Wurundjeri Tribe Dance Group. The Bass Coast Reconciliation Group thanks Reconciliation Victoria for their ongoing support and Mike Moyle from Ramahyuck in Wonthaggi for organising the welcome, smoking ceremony and the dance group.

Lose $170,000 for farmers’ sake: Cr Lewis By Brad Lester


SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council should forego $170,000 in rate revenue to ease the financial burden on farmers, Cr David Lewis believes.

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A council report found council would miss out on $170,000 in revenue if farmers were charged a rate differential of 88 per cent, in line with the average for large rural shires in Victoria. South Gippsland’s differential is set at 90 per cent. Farmers pay $8.51 million in rates in South Gippsland, amounting to 39 per cent of total rate revenue, while sum collected from the Farming Zone was $12.39 million or 57 per cent of rates. Cr Lewis said: “It’s something that maybe we should be considering into the future in our budget deliberations.” He believed people living on lifestyle properties in the Farming Zone paid 18 per cent of council’s rates. “Yet it’s amazing that we are not fulfilling the duty of a council by maintaining their roads. Their (rural ratepayers) concerns seem to be justified in terms of the amount they are paying.” Cr Lewis called on council to reduce its “significant” staff and overhead costs, having previously criticised council for increasing staff by 26 positions over the two years. “These are the things that we should be reprioritising so that citizens do not come to us and ask for a discount on their rates,” he said. Cr Lewis told The Star the cost per employee is about $100,000 per year, giving a total for these extra staff of $2.6 million per year to ratepayers. “The bulk of these staff are extra managerial, administration and overhead office staff rather than the outside staff that deliver most of the core services to ratepayers,” he said. “Over the four year life of this council, staff costs have increased by approximately $6.4 million per year or 48 per cent. This includes an extra 36 staff and the yearly pay rises. “The above costs do not include the purchase/refurbishment of Carinos to accommodate extra staff at around $2 million and such things as the fringe benefit costs of cars, office equipment, etc.” Cr Lewis moved an amendment that the question of a rate differential be further considered in the budget process but that lapsed due to lack of a seconder. Cr Jim Fawcett said rural residents enjoyed full access to services and facilities in towns. “Anyone who lives outside of towns is welcome to come and use the kinders, the pools, the rec reserves and other facilities,” he said. “I acknowledge there is room for us to address roads in a more appropriate way. In future years, I think we will be giving our community much better explanations of roads funding.” Walkerville farmer Sue Svenson spoke against a differential farm rate, instead calling for an end to “non-stop rate increases”, particularly in the light of tight economic times, as indicated by Murray Goulburn cutting jobs. She said rates on a three bedroom unit with front and back yards in Glen Waverley, Melbourne were half those of a two bedroom unit in Leongatha with a front yard, despite being double the value. “It’s time to slash rates and concentrate on those core activities,” Ms Svenson said. “That is how we survive in times of economic hardship.” Ms Svenson queried ratepayers’ contribution to tourism, pondered the returns yielded by council’s economic development arm and the need for a sustainability department when other government departments were pursuing such avenues. Mayor Cr Warren Raabe said South Gippsland’s rate rises were among the lowest of similar sized shires “and have been for some time”. The Victorian Farmers Federation recently conducted an online survey about farm rates.

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Dumbalk resigned to loss By Matt Dunn JUST a handful of people attended a meeting to decide the future of the former Dumbalk Primary School last Tuesday night. They were resigned to the fact the site would be sold. While the school had apparently won a reprieve, with Deputy Premier Peter Ryan deciding to halt the site’s sale, nothing was ever really going to stop it. So those 16 people at the former Dumbalk kindergarten building voted

almost unanimously to back the sale. From the beginning it was a confused story, with Mr Ryan making the decision without the apparent knowledge of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and selling agent Michael Wrigley, of PBE Real Estate. Mr Ryan’s staffer Ben Bulmer, who had travelled from Sale for the meeting, told Dumbalk’s citizens that South Gippsland Shire Council was not interested in the site. Neither were any government agencies, or, indeed, the State Government.

“Council has declined to purchase it again. They don’t have a need for it and have passed it up,” he said. Mr Bulmer said the sale’s late withdrawal was due to a miscommunication between Mr Ryan’s office and that of Education Minister Martin Dixon – and the sale should not have proceeded before consultation was made with the community. Mr Bulmer said the “overwhelming feedback we’ve had from people is that they’re happy for the sale to proceed”. He said there was unlikely to be any funding from government for a community-based project, but Mr

Ryan would look at any ideas. There was talk about the community buying the site, but the idea was quickly put to bed when the price of the property - expected to top $250,000 – was factored in. Dumbalk local Adrian Harris put forward a motion that the community allow the school to be sold. The vote was favoured by almost everyone. Graeme O’Connor, who chaired the meeting, said: “That being the case, we have to be resolved to the fact that the school is going and hope that it is sold to a nice family, or someone

Teddy to doctor: students from the Gippsland Medical School at Monash University took their skills to Korumburra Primary School last week. Prep students brought along their favourite teddies for a check-up and learnt important lessons including how to call an ambulance, discovered x-rays, and how to stay healthy through exercise and eating well. The Preps had their thumbs plastered and were dressed in a gown and cap for ‘teddy surgery’. Pictured with medical students Tristan Boonstra and Megan Scott, are Rahja Hogan-Van Rooij, Kelsey Kruger, Tamsyn Duve, Matthew Sullivan and Breanna de Bondt.

who wants to do something productive with it.” Tentative plans were made to remove two time capsules and pavers that feature the names of families who had donated to the former school. “I just hope this brings a sense of closure and that something good comes of it,” Mr O’Connor added. Dumbalk and District Progress Association president Don Cooper replied: “Here’s hoping.” A farewell barbecue has been planned. Deputy Premier Peter Ryan was unavailable for comment.

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POLICE BRIEFS Syringe thief arrested THE woman responsible for holding up Swanlee Craft in Leongatha last year has been arrested and charged. A 29-year-old female from West Footscray has been charged with robbery after threatening the shop assistant with a syringe and demanding money in December last year. She is due to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court in September.

Truck woes TWO trucks came to grief in the Loch area last Wednesday. John Kennedy is chairman of the Loch CFA, which includes a road rescue unit.

He said five members were called to a loaded milk tanker B-double on the South Gippsland Highway at Loch, en route to New South Wales. Turning onto the highway, the driver apparently missed a gear and, when the B-double came to a dip over a river, it ran out of traction. “I didn’t realise how steep it was until I was standing there,” Mr Kennedy told The Star. Police and a heavy haulage vehicle were called to get the B-double moving again. Mr Kennedy said a small amount of milk and diesel spilt on the road and he and his colleagues hosed it off. With road rescues and fires, Loch

CFA has attended 41 incidents so far this year. The brigade has about 40 active members, 30 of whom are accredited to do road rescue. Mr Kennedy said the second truck accident last Wednesday also required heavy haulage, but the CFA didn’t attend. “I don’t know how it happened but a tray truck was up the bank out of Korumburra near Whitelaw.”

Roundabout collisions TWO motorists received penalty notices for failing to give way, resulting in collisions yesterday (Monday). Around 7am, a 35-year-old female from Inverloch failed to give way at

the Bilson and Graham streets roundabout in Wonthaggi. She collided with a 68-year-old driver from Wonthaggi, but only caused minor damage to both cars. The second accident occurred around 9am at the Inverloch roundabout on the Bass Highway. A 54-year-old female from Inverloch was driving through the roundabout from Inverloch to Leongatha when she failed to give way. She collided with a car driven by a 70-year-old male from Tarwin Lower, causing extensive damage to both vehicles. While no one was injured, the offending driver was taken to the Won-

thaggi Hospital for observations. Police remind motorists that inattentiveness can easily result in an accident and urge them to take caution whilst driving. Drivers need to take poor weather and wet roads into consideration and drive to the current conditions.

Hospital break-in

A 29-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into the Wonthaggi Hospital on Sunday afternoon. Police interviewed and released the man pending further enquiries. The Melbourne man allegedly broke into one of the unoccupied buildings on the hospital premises.

Lucky escape: an Inverloch woman walked away unharmed after an accident at Leongatha South.

Woman walks away from crash AN INVERLOCH woman was lucky to walk away from an accident that left her car upside down and written off yesterday morning (Monday). The 36-year-old was driving from Inverloch to Leongatha around 8.20am when she lost control on the Bass Highway at Leongatha South.

The car flipped onto its roof and crashed into shrubbery on the side of the road. Inverloch Police Leading Senior Constable Shaun Stirton said the driver was not at fault. “Speed was not a factor – she was doing about 80km,” he said. “The vehicle lost traction due to the heavy rain we’ve had. There’s a

lot of water on the road.” CFA personnel at the scene said the woman was able to get herself out of the car and walk to the ambulance herself. She was taken to Leongatha Memorial Hospital, but was not admitted. Inverloch Police attended along with Inverloch and Leongatha South CFA brigades.

Warnings on the Bass Highway: with the state of South Gippsland and Bass Coast roads deteriorating even further after last week’s downpour, one man decided to take things into his own hands. With little to no warnings for motorists about to hit potholes, Ken Aly from Inverloch put up signs between Inverloch and Wonthaggi with these warnings, and others reading “Big hole”, “Watch out!” and “More holes”, signalling some of the more dangerous holes in the highway. The signs were short lived however – they had been removed by Wednesday morning.

Too hard basket

PEOPLE are being dissuaded from applying for a planning permit in rural areas due to the complexity of South Gippsland Shire Council’s rural strategy, Cr David Lewis said.

Council’s latest Quarterly Development Report stated no decisions were made on permit applications for new dwellings within 4.1-40ha in the Farming Zone. Cr Lewis believed that was because nobody was applying for a permit, deterred by the uncertainty of whether they would receive a permit and the complex application process. He said they faced a permit application fee of $640 and possible consultant fees of several thousand dollars, without a guarantee of receiving a permit.

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Pest still invading Prom PARKS Victoria divers have removed 129 Northern Pacific Seastars from the Tidal River Estuary since late last week.

Operations officer Matt Hoskins said extensive searches in nearby estuaries, beaches, inlets, and in offshore areas have found no sign of the spread of Northern Pacific Seastars. The incident team also surveyed Shallow Inlet and found no signs of the notorious marine pest. “So far, all of the dives in the waters surrounding the Prom have found no additional Northern Pacific Seastars incursions,” Mr Hoskins said. “All of the seastars we have located were found in the Tidal River estuary – still in great numbers, which does remain a concern.” Northern Pacific Seastar females can produce from 10 to 25 million eggs per year. “From July to October larvae remain in the water column for up to 120 days, providing a huge opportunity for spread to

new areas through the water movements along the coast,” Mr Hoskins said. “It is a voracious predator feeding on a wide range of native animals and can have a major effect on the native, and commercially important, shellfish populations that form part of the marine food chain. They directly compete with many fish, including snapper, which use native shellfish as a source of food.” Mr Hoskins said the use of all water vessels including kayaks and canoes in Tidal River is strictly prohibited until further notice. “The precautionary limitations on swimming and fishing have been lifted, however the use of all water vessels including kayaks and canoes in Tidal River remains strictly prohibited until further notice,” he said. “Operations will focus on Tidal River for the foreseeable future. We’re treating this infestation as seriously as we would a fire or flood emergency. It is very important for people who love the Prom and its surrounding waterways.” Mr Hoskins said the team would

work through management options while manual removal of the Northern Pacific Seastars continued with professional diving teams. Marine pests including the Northern Pacific Seastar are easily spread from one part of the coast to another by people. Boats, kayaks and canoes, wetsuits, fishing gear, and other equipment that remain wet can spread fertilised eggs, larvae, or small animals or plants, to new locations. All equipment used in marine areas should be washed in fresh water after use then thoroughly dried to reduce the risk of spreading marine pests. This is particularly important for people moving any equipment used in areas like Port Phillip Bay to other areas such as the Prom. Sightings of suspected Northern Pacific Seastars outside of Wilsons Promontory National Park or Port Phillip Bay can be reported to the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) customer service centre on 136 186.

Ocean pest: Parks Victoria operations officer Matt Hoskins with one of almost 130 Northern Pacific Seastars from Tidal River in Wilsons Promontory.

Branding to promote region By Sarah Vella THE Tarwin Valley region could have its own brand.

Essential facility: GippsTAFE CEO Dr Peter Whitley with second year cooking apprentices and VET hospitality students in the kitchen of the Leongatha campus. The future of the kitchen and cafe is uncertain.

Trainees face uneasy wait THE future of the popular Wildflower Cafe training restaurant at GippsTAFE Leongatha will remain uncertain until the middle of this month. The venue trains TAFE and secondary college hospitality students, but its future is at risk as a result of recent State Government funding cuts to the TAFE sector. The quarterly Bass Coast/ South Gippsland Business Alliance meeting was held at the venue last Wednesday, and the cafe received praise. GippsTAFE Dr Peter Whitley

said the future of the restaurant and the kitchen should be announced in the middle of June. “We do not want to close the kitchen. We do not want to close down the restaurant but it is about having viable opportunities for the future,” he said. “We are looking at the range of our programs. We have looked at the cost of the existing programs and assessed their viability. Some courses will have some tweaking and they will be able to run, but some courses at this campus will not be able to run.” Dr Whitley said the TAFE provides training essential to the future of such industries as tourism

in South Gippsland. “These are the golden opportunities for these people in this region and the people are in hospitality courses, the IT courses, are all getting jobs so they continue to a viable part of our community,” he said. Under the Gippsland Tertiary Education Plan, the Leongatha campus will host a “technologically enabled learning centre” and that could create options, Dr Whitley said. “We are looking at how we use that centre to possibly bring some courses into the region; courses that are not only viable but also affordable,” he said.

The goal was the outcome of a meeting held at Meeniyan last Thursday by the committee of the proposed Tarwin Valley Sustainability Centre. The proposed centre is a community development hub, which will inform, connect and engage people, organisations and businesses in local arts, heritage, produce, sustainable farming and learning, and will promote a prosperous and sustainable community. Chairman of the Tarwin Valley Sustainability Centre, Lindsay Moore said branding of the centre and the region was a key part of the project. “We are delighted that Peter Singline agreed to present a number of successful regional case studies and to explain how the design process should work,” Mr Moore said. “Drawing on his experience with regional and local branding, he outlined how a compelling brand can propel the development of communities.” Peter Singline, from Truly Deeply is one of Australia’s leading brand identity specialists. “Branding is the art of emotional connection and trust creation. The best brands are emotionally charged and make consumers feel good,” he said. “Brand is relative. It encompasses what the region has to offer, and is complementary to other experiences in the region. “It is important, because it makes life easier for consumers. It helps them to make informed choices and takes away risk. “It defines us, says something about who we are. It enables us to create and protect equity. One way to harness equity is to ensure repeat visitation to the region.” Regardless of the brand that region decides is appropriate for them, the notion of a strong brand is paramount. “A strong regional brand is important to

Keen interest: Geraldine and Tony Conabere from Basia Mille in Fish Creek were impressed with the meeting and agreed that story telling was important to generating interest from visitors.

bring regional businesses together,” Mr Singline said. “Every strong brand knows what it stands for. They have great clarity around their essence. In order to keep the brand alive, the region needs to keep re-inventing itself through story telling.” Mr Singline stressed that deciding what the brand will be is the easy part; the challenge is bringing it alive. “The region needs a sense of essence, or a belief system on what is great about the region; you need to decide what it is you want to push,” he said. “The community needs to understand how to tell the stories and to romance the region. They need to engage visitors in what makes the area unique and know what experiences you want your visitors to have. “That is what creates meaning: brilliant, unrelenting storytellers.” Andrew McEwen, secretary of the Tarwin Valley Sustainability Centre project, said branding can be used to change the potential of communities. “Branding can help position an area, attract tourists and settlers and promote the produce of the area,” he said. “It can only occur if there is passion and energy shown by the people of the district.”

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DEPUTY Premier and member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced grants of up to $30,000 were available to support the redevelopment of men’s sheds in Gippsland through the Victorian Coalition Government’s $900,000 Strengthening Men’s Sheds grants initiative. Mr Ryan said the funding was part of a $4 million package over four years to help men’s sheds increase their capacity to attract new members, operate sustainably and continue to make valuable contributions to the community. “Gippsland boasts many thriving men’s sheds which continue to do great work within their local communities,” he said. “The Victorian Coalition Government recently provided $29,000 to extend the Yarram Men’s Shed, as well as a further $27,000 to assist in the opening of the Milpara Men’s Shed at Korumburra. Applications for the Strengthening Men’s Sheds Program grants close on July 13. More information is available at TRY to add one serve of fruit in your kid’s lunchbox. Fresh is best, but dried or canned (in natural juice) are also great choices. Make fruit fun and easy; cut it into bite size pieces to make it easy to eat. Dried fruits, dried dates, apricots or raisins make great sweet snacks

by themselves, or try adding them to your homemade muffins, cookie or cakes. MOLLY Hosken in Year 5 at Newhaven College has been selected to compete in the Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools International Sporting championships (AIMS) in New Zealand which are being held on September 6 to15. Molly was selected from the South Gippsland Swimming Club based on her times in the butterfly, backstroke, freestyle, medley and a relay. She and fellow Newhaven College students, Jessica Kiley, Amy Robertson and Taylah Tobias are swimming in a number of events in this competition. THE Poowong Consolidated School music CD launch is approaching, and children have been working really hard to compose, write and perform the songs for the production. A reminder that tickets are now on sale. These will be limited to two per family (per performance) in the first week and will be open for general sales on Monday, June 4. Please get in early to avoid disappointment. There will be two performances, a matinee at 12.30pm, followed by an evening performance at 7pm. Adult tickets are $10 and children taking a seat will be $5. BRENDAN Horrocks, the Bass Coast youth resource officer from Wonthaggi Police, talked to Inverloch Primary School’s Year 5/6 students about cyber safety. Here are some things to remember to keep safe when on-line. Remember the four Ws: Who is asking? What do they want to know from me? Why

do they want to know that? What will they do with that? Other tips include never give away your personal details on the internet, don’t put pictures of yourself in front of the school or your house or anything that will show people where you live, don’t become friends with someone you don’t know, and never open emails from strangers or emails that are asking for money or personal details. APPLICATIONS for 2013 Macpherson Smith Rural scholarships are now open. The foundation is a charitable institution dedicated to the needs of rural and regional Victorian communities. A maximum of two applications may be endorsed by any single school/principal in any given year. Full details of the application process and selection criteria are available from: WITH the arrival of their new set of laptop computers, Loch Primary School has several older ones now surplus to requirements. Anybody who would like to make a donation (school council recommends $20) is welcome to take one, once they have been cleaned of all current content. Please keep in mind they are six-years-old and probably not suitable for high speed games/ graphics, but will be okay for Office applications and simple internet searching. They will not come with a guarantee. Contact Loch Primary School on 5659 4254. A DAD’S Night - Fathers Do Matter will be held

upstairs at the Leongatha RSL on Thursday, June 7, at 7.30pm. Fathers often underestimate just how important they really are to their children. RSVP to Maureen Boston, by June 5 on 5662 9377 or to facilitator, Damon Piercy on 0428 620 470. LATROBE Community Health Service and Carers Victoria are holding forums across Gippsland for carers of adult children with a disability. The forums will address the importance of planning for the future if the carer is unable to continue the role or if they are no longer here. Carers will be able to explore ideas and topics to assist in developing plans for future information sessions. Local service providers will also be available to provide information and answer any questions. The forums will be held on Tuesday, June 19, from 11am at Korumburra Hospital Community Health centre, Wednesday, June 20, from 11am at Moonya, Building B, Murray Street in Wonthaggi. To register or arrange respite please contact your care support co-ordinator on 1800 242 696. For further information please call Joanne Stringer 1800 242 696. A LITTLE reminder that there is still time to put in an entry for the Leongatha Art and Craft Society artist’s book competition. This is a great opportunity to create a meaningful piece of artwork, not to mention the great prizes to be awarded. Why not give it a go? Check out the website for more details or download entry forms, or call in at the Leongatha Gallery to collect one.

Easy to see: Kevin Guthrie, David Weeks and John Fleming were at the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi for the donation of the XAX (pronounced zacks) uniforms

from Ausworkwear and Safety in Wonthaggi and from Theiss Degremont, to mine volunteer tour guides. They will wear the shirts while underground.

David and his team at Ausworkwear and Safety have given the mine ongoing support and have provided several other items free of charge to support the mine.

Library upgrade: the Poowong Library refurbishment was celebrated on Friday. In attendance were from left, South Gippsland Shire Councillor Bob Newton (also West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation board member), Bass Coast Shire Councillor Gareth Barlow (also library chairman), Judy Loughridge, branch manager of the Poowong Library, Joan Gregg, former branch manager of the Poowong Library, John Murrell, CEO West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation and Jan Martin, council’s director of community services. Resuscitate a mate: on Tuesday, May 29, South Coast Christian College students from Grade 3 to Year 12 participated in the Regional Resuscitate-a-Mate program. The program was presented by representatives from Life Saving Victoria. Students learnt the basic procedures which are to be applied in an emergency and had practical experience in performing basic CPR. Pictured here are students Elly Payton, Georgia Pressnell and Naomi VanLeeuwen.

HAPPY birthday to Bill Van Dillen, of Tarwin Lower who is turning 70 on Thursday, June 7.

Top honour for top cop VICTORIA Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay was awarded Rotary’s highest honour at the Rotary Club of Korumburra’s dinner last week. President Charles Hewson said Mr Lay, as a born and bred Korumburra boy, was a case of “local boy makes good”. “He was formerly a member of the Korumburra Rotary Club and given his service to the public, service to Rotary, and appointment to the top job, we decided

Rotary award: Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay (second from right) was joined by his wife Chris, father Doug and mother Pat at a Rotary Club of Korumburra dinner last Thursday night, where he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship for his service to both the community and Rotary. we’d honour him with a Paul Harris Fellowship,” he said. “It was a fine night;

we had lots of people who spoke and we all had a lot of fun.” Mr Lay was joined at

the dinner by his parents Doug and Pat, as well as his wife Chris.

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No joy for Long Jetty By Sarah Vella THE WELSHPOOL and District Advisory Group is still campaigning to obtain the necessary funding to complete the restoration of the Long Jetty at Port Welshpool, with no end in sight. President of the group, Paul Macphail, said there needs to be more funding allocated to the project before the restoration can commence. “We already have $6 million secured by the State Government but we need another $4 million to $5 million to start the restoration,” Mr Macphail said. “The project won’t be able to start until there is enough funding to complete the project.” The estimated cost of the restoration project is in excess of $10.5 million. Mr Macphail said the main hope for the additional support is from the Federal Government. At a funding announcement for the project in November 2011, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan acknowledged the importance of the regional landmark. “The Port Welshpool Long Jetty is a wonderful historical piece of maritime infrastructure

that is cherished by the Gippsland community,” Mr Ryan said. “I welcome the commitment from the Federal Coalition and I encourage the Federal Labor Government to also support the restoration of this iconic Victorian attraction. “The Long Jetty is the longest in Victoria and is an important piece of maritime history that should be preserved for current and future generations to enjoy.” Mr Macphail is hopeful more funding can be secured in the near future. “We could use the current funding and just do a patch job, but it would just need doing again in a few years,” he said. The jetty was initially closed in 2003; however the fire that saw a large section of the jetty destroyed occurred after the initial closure. There is a meeting scheduled for June with the South Gippsland Shire Council to determine the next step in the process. “It really is a shame and very frustrating,” Mr Macphail said. “Tourists come to our area, see that there is not much to do and leave again. There needs to be something here for visitors to do and experience. The Long Jetty is a big drawcard. “Once the jetty is restored, we can then get started on the underwater observatory.”

Still waiting: president of the Welshpool and District Advisory Group, Paul Macphail is frustrated there is still not enough funding available to restore the Long Jetty.

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Room for more markets

I WRITE in response to Rod Faudell’s thoughtful letter in regard to farmers’ markets and the proposed Tarwin Valley Sustainability Centre (The Star, May 29). We have as a committee sought input and feedback from the Victorian Farmers’ Market Association in assessing the possibility for developing an additional market for South Gippsland. There is a potential opportunity for mid week and or filling the weekend which currently doesn’t have a local market if not now then in the future. The indicative budget for the proposed centre has less than five per cent of revenue is anticipated to come from a proposed farmers’ market and or food swap. We are currently seeking funding to undertake a more detailed assessment of all the proposed elements of the centre including the farmers market The Tarwin Valley Centre has a number of major focuses including tourism, promoting more intensive sustainable farming, attracting new settlers and hence more investments and local employment opportunities. Farmers’ markets’ primary role is a way for local people to access foods directly from local producers and is hence dependent on available local supply. Farmers’ markets are however a part of the colour and the unique experience of the villages and life of South Gippsland.

It includes also the extraordinary artistic and creative talent, the unique heritage of the district and the characteristic rolling hills and green landscape. One of the key focuses for the centre would be to attract and grow the existing cultural tourist market estimated at 14 per cent of tourists. The area already attracts over 1.2m tourists of whom nearly 300,000 are high yielding cultural and heritage tourists, who want a genuine experience of local places, people and culture. We agree wholeheartedly that there are significant opportunities for increasing intensive food production in South Gippsland. The proposed centre is seen as being a focal point for learning and adaptation and for encouraging the diversification that will drive local employment opportunities and provide for more avenues for young people to stay and live in the district. The challenge for all of us is how to adapt to change and how to capitalise on the opportunities opened up for climate and food security in South Gippsland.

Lindsay Moore, chairperson, Tarwin Valley Sustainability Centre.

Accept decision I WONDER what part of ‘no’ the CFA doesn’t understand. I thank councillors Jackson, Raabe, Harding, Davies and Newton for standing up for Leongatha’s future in the face of pressure from the CFA to agree to their proposed

E D I T O R I A L Miners should bare all AT LAST South Gippsland Shire Council is taking action on coal seam gas. While Bass Coast Shire Council led the way in declaring its opposition some time ago, South Gippsland took longer. After backing a motion by Bass Coast tabled at the recent Municipal Association of Victoria State Conference calling for a moratorium on such mining, South Gippsland strengthened its position via the forum at Tarwin Lower on Sunday, organised by Cr Kieran Kennedy. He continues to push the issue forward around the council table and rightly so. The crowd of 150 people clearly reflected the community’s concern and the need to learn about the risks of exploration, let alone mining. While the Tarwin Lower meeting presented only cases against coal seam gas mining, with its associated environmental and health risks, the issues raised were alarming and clearly indicated the need for more information. Deputy Premier Peter Ryan – the Member for Gippsland South – has said in the past government legislation is adequate to protect the community. While Mr Ryan is generally known for being a man of honour, judging by the reaction at Sunday’s meeting, the community is yet to be assured all they need to protect themselves is a law. Coal seam gas mining companies are yet to turn up in person in South Gippsland and address the community, hear their concerns and give convincing, truthful answers. Representatives should hold a public forum in this region and declare all, otherwise community uncertainty and angst will only continue. One would think the Department of Primary Industries would make this a condition of an exploration licence. Mr Ryan would certainly not lose any ground by addressing the community also. Ultimately, this region’s economic value rests upon its agricultural productivity and with the gas reserves in South Gippsland of lesser volume than those already harvested in New South Wales and Queensland, this region’s ability to produce food should not be put at risk for the sake of little gain, in comparison. South Gippsland’s economy not only depends on it, but so do the bellies of people around the world.

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siting of the new station in Bair Street. Over at least three decades, councils have worked to improve Leongatha’s centre safety and amenity for pedestrians and business. In that time, among other changes, three garages and a tyre service have relocated out of Bair Street, pedestrian lights have been installed and council has long sought to relocate heavy vehicles to a bypass. Some projects take a long time - look at SPLASH for instance - but the bypass now at last seems likely to happen which will deliver real benefits to Bair Street. Lower traffic volumes and traffic calming leading to greater safety and amenity. Why then would you jeopardise this by imposing the depot of an emergency vehicle service into that mix? The CFA provides an excellent, mainly volunteer, service which the community values and appreciates. That does not mean that they don’t have an obligation to consider community views. In buying the proposed site they seem to have assumed no need for consultation, discounting the valid and proper concerns of Leongatha residents and business people. And surely a busy and developing shopping area is not an ideal location for a fast response service. Emergency vehicles belong on a major road access not in shopping streets. When the bypass goes through it will become the VicRoads highway and Bair Street will become a council road. We will then have the opportunity to create a streetscape which focuses on local and pedestrian traffic to the real and lasting benefit of all of us. Unfortunately VCAT decisions are based on adopted planning scheme rules; they don’t take note of longer term aims of councils and communities or opportunities that arise to replan an area due to things like a bypass. So we must rely on the CFA cooperating with the community, recognising our concerns and desires for achieving Bair Street’s potential post bypass. Please CFA, go find another site. I would even support council helping with bridging finance to achieve that. Peter Western, (former shire councillor), Leongatha.

Rate rises unsustainable IT’S that time of year again. South Gippsland seems to have

come in lowest of all the local shires with a 5.9 per cent rate rise. Well done! Baw Baw has an 11 per cent rise and it has been interesting watching that develop. First, the officers presented the draft budget report to council and one councillor had the temerity to object and put a motion that the council ask the officers to have another go. The officers stated that if this occurred, the budget would not be able to be discussed and council would effectively have asked the officers to redo it. Under this pressure, all bar one councillor voted to accept that budget was discussion. This effectively meant that the officers’ draft budget was really the final budget with perhaps some cosmetic tinkering around the edges. How does this concern South Gippsland ratepayers? Well, we have the same process. The budget document presented to council last month also was voted in for discussion, eight-one. Again, only one lone councillor objected. However, what is really going on? Most ratepayers would think the discussion now occurring in council is where the budget is debated and finalised with suitable amendments etc. Not so, just like Baw Baw, only cosmetic tinkering is affected. If one looks up the projected budgets for 2010-2021 in council’s document, one finds within that document, that the council officers have projected rate increases of five to six per cent for the next 10-15 years! The annual budget process merely confirms what they already have planned for us. Again, I ask, why do councillors have their annual argument about rates when they must know, since they voted the projected budget document in last July 2011, that it is all done and dusted bar the rubber stamping? Now, let’s look more into that projected budget document to glean some other facts about the rates income and expenditures. This current year, we have given council $29 million in rates. Of that, $19 million has paid wages for council staff and of the $10 million remaining, $3 million is put into surplus. That means it was not spent on this year’s expenditures, so that leaves only $7 million of the $29 million spent on roads, footpaths, etc. etc. Look ahead 10 years to 202021. In that year, our rates bill will have gone up to $45.5 million - an

extra $16 million from now (multiply your bill this year by 1.6). The council wages bill will have gone up to $26.8 million - an extra $7.8 million from now. Effectively, half the increased rates generated that year compared to this year will go towards wages bill. Look to the year 2014-2015. In that year the figures are: rates income $33.9 million, wages expenditure $20.6 million, surplus of $6.5 million, leaving $6.9 million from our rates towards the services we need. This is just plain ridiculous. I challenge councillors to make changes to the budget for this year beyond the cosmetic and either halve the rates, make the rate rise zero or explain why so little of our money goes towards services. I also request that councillors investigate the cost of the wages bill and the increasing escalating costs of the wages bill to us by seriously investigating whether we need all those particular employees or not. A simple solution which no doubt the officers will lambast but here it is: the rate increase for next year is $1.9 million. Take this money from this year’s surplus of $2.9 million or next year’s surplus of $3.9 million and make next year’s rate the same as this year. Nothing to alter much in the budget document for that suggestion. The response from officers will perhaps be that we cannot reduce the rates rise because we need it to spend on services. Rubbish, they are accumulating surpluses on an annual basis now, rather than spending it each year on current service requirements. Don Hill, Wild Dog Valley.

All well, says CEO IT IS concerning that there is still misunderstanding about the quality of water that will be produced by the Victorian Desalination Plant (“Boron worries”, The Star, May 29). The Victorian Desalination Project water quality standards were recommended by water authorities in consultation with the Victorian Department of Health and adopted in AquaSure’s contract with the state. Boron is naturally occurring, and present in plants and water sources. Since seawater is a major source of boron, desalination processes need to remove boron to appropriate levels. Boron levels for the Victorian Desalination Project are required

to meet the target specification of less than or equal to 0.5mg/L at all times. This target is much lower than (one-eighth of) the 4 mg/L limit set by the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council) and about one fifth of the current World Health Organisation recommendation of 2.4 mg/L. Quality testing of the water produced by the plant will occur at the plant outlet. If the water does not meet the required quality standards it will not be able to leave the plant. The National Health and Medical Research Council has stated that the safe limit for human health is 4mg/l. The Victorian Department of Health has confirmed the water to be produced by the Victorian Desalination Project is safe. The Department of Health has stated there is no evidence that the boron limit specified in the contract for the Victorian Desalination Project will pose a risk to human health. Chris Herbert, CEO, AquaSure.

Thanks Kieran

ENORMOUS thanks to Kieran Kennedy for organising the public meeting held at Tarwin Lower Community Hall last Sunday. The hall was packed with like minded, deeply concerned people who live in this locality. The guest speakers were particularly informative and obliging with their time for questions. Despite my own research into coal seam gas and the ramifications of mining this limited resource, I remain strongly opposed to Leichhhardt Resources doing further exploration for CSG in our rich rural community. Bass Coast Shire support a moratorium on such exploration and mining and I wonder just where South Gippsland Shire are in their openness regarding the same. Their website remains remarkably quiet in keeping their constituents readily informed on the proceedings of the current application for CSG exploration by Leichhardt. CSG mining is a contentious issue and it does have very wide and often innocuous ramifications on all communities who become associated with this process. I urge everyone to take a little time and do an internet search through your favourite search engine; such a global eye opener

that none of us can afford to be complacent. Jenny McDonald, Koonwarra.

VOXPOP! VOX Would you be happy with an Aldi supermarket opening in Leongatha?

I don’t think it is necessary for them to open here. We have a Safeway and an IGA in Leongatha and various other shops to shop in. Sarah Ford, Leongatha North.

Yes, I would support them if they came to town. I try to stay local when I shop. Melissa Hume, Leongatha.

I live in Mirboo North and I already go into Morwell to shop at the Aldi there. Leongatha would be more convenient. I shop there because their products are good and their prices are cheaper. I like value for money. Kerri Fleming, Mirboo North.

Yes, I would because their prices are so much cheaper. I have shopped at the Wonthaggi store a few times, but Leongatha would be more accessible. I may not buy everything there, but it would be handy to have. Holly Woodman, Korumburra.

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Chief Commissioner opens station A FAMILIAR face made a special trip to Korumburra last week for the opening of the town’s new $2.6 million police station.

Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay returned to his hometown for the event, meeting with family, old friends, workmates and community members on Friday morning. When Superintendent Tess Walsh introduced Mr Lay as “Korumburra’s favourite son”, the Chief Commissioner said it was wonderful to see “a lot of very old faces” in the crowd, as well as his parents Doug and Pat, and his wife Chris. Mr Lay gave the history of the Korumburra police during the ceremony, beginning with the coal mine boom in 1872 and the station moving to its current site way back in 1897, as well as the odd tale or two. “When it was time for the weekly pay, the town came to life and it was common for the cells to be full to over - brimming,” he said, commenting to his father he hoped his great-grandfather wasn’t one of them. “When the cells became full, the officers would let the prisoners half-sober up, then they’d load them into the back of the truck and take them up to the Strzelecki Hills and leave them to walk home and sober up completely,” he continued.

“Then they’d have room to lock up the next lot!” Mr Lay said he was proud to stand there as the Chief Commissioner with the Deputy Premier Peter Ryan. “This station is a sign of the government of Victoria Police committing to the area for a long time to come,” he said. Mr Ryan officially opened the station, presenting Acting Senior Sergeant Dale McCahon with Australian and Victorian flags. The Minister for Police said the new facility was a major boost for community safety in Korumburra and would provide better support for the town’s seven police officers. “The new Korumburra Police Station delivers a modern base for policing in the town and will allow for growth in police capacity in the coming years,” Mr Ryan said. “By building and upgrading more facilities for police, this government is assisting them to continue to do the great work they do every day in targeting and preventing crime.” Mr Ryan praised Mr Lay for leading the Victoria Police force so well over the past year. “Those who wear the blue today reflect so well the man who leads them,” he said. “Mr Lay has done a magnificent job in providing that leadership.”

Childhood dream come true: whilst Ken Lay never fulfilled his dream of becoming the Korumburra sergeant, Acting Sergeant Gary Best stepped aside for the day to let the Chief Commissioner take the top seat at the new station.

New station opened: Victorian Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Peter Ryan officially opened the Korumburra Police Station last Friday with guest of honour, Victorian Police Chief Commissioner and Korumburra local, Ken Lay. They are pictured with former Korumburra Police Senior Constable Bruce McClaren (left) and former Korumburra Police Senior Constable Frank Walker.

Korumburra police: Leading Senior Constables Wendy Smith, Brett Guy, Jim Brannigan and Fleur Beavis outside the $2.6 million new station.



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A regional partnership with the TAC and the Victorian Government.

Keeping South Gippsland safe OPERATION Safe Gippsland Shire is a special operation designed and implemented by Senior Constable Scott Simcock of the Bass Coast Highway Patrol.

Keeping our roads safe: Senior Constable Allan Piening, Senior Constable Scott Simcock, Sergeant Jason Hullick, all of Bass Coast Highway Patrol, are working extra shifts patrolling our roads as part of Operation Safe Gippsland Shire.

Think safety first over winter WITH winter here, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has sent a safety warning to all Victorians, particularly those in regional areas, to slow down and take extra care on the roads. Year to date, 55 people have been killed on regional and rural roads compared to 60 at the same time last year, and the five year average of 62. Despite the reduction, the TAC has urged regional drivers and riders not to be complacent and to think safety first during the winter months. Acting CEO of the TAC, Tracey Slatter, said there were a number of steps motorists could take to stay safe during winter. “In wet and windy weather, slowing down and driving or riding to the conditions are key safety tips to remember,” Ms Slatter said. Ensuring your tyres are in good condition, braking gently, turning your lights on and reducing your speed if there is fog or mist around were also offered as advice for winter motorists. “Every death and serious injury on our roads is preventable and by taking a few simple precautions you could potentially

Think safety: the Transport Accident Commission is urging motorists to drive according to road conditions. save your life,” Ms Slatter said. Regional road deaths make up almost 48 per cent of the state’s road toll, which remains below the same time last year – 113 fatalities compared to 114. TAC statistics show that the location of regional fatalities is spread across the state; however Greater Geelong, LaTrobe, East Gippsland and Swan Hill local government areas lead the fatality rates, with four deaths in each of those regions this year so far. The breakdown of road users in regional fatalities shows that 30 drivers have been killed, 11 motorcyclists, seven passengers, three pedestrians and three cyclists.

Forty-one men and 14 women have been killed on regional roads, with 16 road users killed aged 18-29 and 15 aged 50-69. Ms Slatter said there was a common misconception amongst rural Victorians that city-based drivers were involved in most collisions on rural roads. “In reality, that is not the case - country people die on country roads, with about 60 per cent of regional road fatalities involving regional residents,” she said. “Our message is that regardless of where you live or where you’re driving, stay within the speed limit and drive to the conditions.”

The operation was designed and implemented in response to the seven fatalities that occurred on South Gippsland Roads between March 4 and July 15 last year. As a result of this, an application was made to the Traffic Accident Commission (TAC) for funding to run extra patrols during the period between March and July 2012. The application was approved and funding of $19,718 was granted by the TAC for members of the police to work during their rest days to undertake extra patrols. The operation is a joint venture between highway patrol members and members of police stationed at general duties stations. Police in South Gippsland will work with the highway patrol to identify local road safety concerns and offenders, and address these after the operational period has finished. The operation has been running since March 20, and will be ongoing until funding runs out. The operation has been run, and will continue to run at times and dates when collision data indicates collisions and fatal collisions are most likely to occur. Collision data at local level indicates the most likely contributing factors in collisions are speed and driver inattentiveness. As such, the operation has been focusing on speeding motorists on the South Gippsland Highway and Strzelecki Highway, whilst patrols of back roads are also done. This work has been undertaken by marked police units comprising of a marked highway patrol sedan or marked highway patrol motorcycle.

An unmarked highway patrol vehicle has been used in urban areas in conjunction with a plain clothes police spotter to detect mobile phone and seat belt offences. All offending drivers detected are being dealt with via infringement notices or a summons to go to court. No warnings will be issued during the operational period, as research indicates that a warning will not change driver behaviour and therefore not have a positive effect on reducing road trauma in South Gippsland. The speeding ‘threshold’ on which police operate has also been examined and reduced during the operation period in line with the “Wipe Off Five” TAC initiative. Seven shifts have been completed so far which has resulted in 111 offences being detected. Police are disappointed to have detected so many offences given the relatively low population in South Gippsland. So far, 40 speeding motorists have been caught, 25 seat belt offences and 24 mobile phone offences, while four unlicensed drivers, five unregistered vehicles and one suspended driver have been detected. One driver on April 3 at 3.50pm, detected driving at 140km per hour on the LeongathaOuttrim Road, returned a breath alcohol concentration of 0.114. The 27-year-old Leongatha man had his licence immediately suspended and will face Korumburra Magistrates Court at a later date, charged with exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol and excessive speed. Speed is the biggest killer on our roads, and every road death is preventable. The relationship between speed and road trauma is clear. To help avoid tragedy this proactive operation, funded by the TAC aims to detect offences and prosecute all offending drivers in an effort to change driver behaviour.

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‘No’ to barbecue WHEN Bass Coast Shire Council puts documents on exhibition, Cr Gareth Barlow said he’d encourage people to respond to them. Councillors were discussing their response to a petition for a rotunda and barbecue at a park in Sussex Court, Wonthaggi, lodged after council’s playground plan was in place. The petition, with 54 signatures from 38 households, had been “lying on the table” for a month, in line with council’s local law. Those who signed the petition asked for a barbecue and weather protection for their park. The answer is no. An officer’s report said weather protection in local playgrounds is inconsistent with council’s playground plan because of cost – if it was provided across the shire, the impost would be around $3.2 million. A barbecue and supporting facilities such as a toilet and path at Sussex Court would cost a total of $210,600. Cr Gareth Barlow said the story doesn’t need to end there, suggesting those interested could work together to see how their barbecue could be achieved.

Prom to stay open WILSONS Promontory will not be affected by Parks Victoria strikes over the long weekend.

While parks across the state will be indefinitely closed due to the collapse of Parks Victoria pay talks before Fair Work Australia, activity at the popular South Gippsland holiday destination will continue as normal.

Melanie McVey-DiLazzaro from Parks Victoria said staff at Wilsons Prom were told gates would be closing at metropolitan parks. “Like we’ve done normally, we’ll always have contingencies in place to make sure any potential impacts on visitors is decreased as much as possible,” she said. “It’s a long weekend, so we’ll always roster staff.”

Bargains galore: Glenn Rigby from Rigby Homemakers Furniture is as excited as ever about the store’s End of Financial Year Sale, with up to 50 per cent off furniture storewide.

There’s no sale like a Rigby’s sale WHEN it comes to sales, Rigby Homemakers Furniture knows how to do it best! Once again they are slashing their prices for their End of Financial Year Sale at their Wonthaggi store. With 20 to 50 per cent off furniture storewide, you may just find yourself refurnishing the whole house. These prices don’t come too often, with

seven-piece dining suites from an incredible $350, queen size mattresses going out the door for a low $199 and all lounge suites discounted up to half price. If you drop into the store this Saturday, you may even find yourself kicking back in a brand new Lazy-Boy recliner for nothing at all. With a live, outdoor 3GG broadcast at Rigby’s, there will be fantastic giveaways throughout the day, and of course, the spinning wheel

will be back with plenty of prizes to be won. Company reps will also be in store during the day, ready and willing to give you a great deal. And remember – if it’s on the floor, it’s ready to take home, with free delivery to the local area. The sale is on now, but must end at 4pm this Saturday, so what are you waiting for? Get down to Rigby’s in Wonthaggi and grab yourself a bargain today!

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Road to a zero carbon future By Simone Short A ROADMAP to move Australia to a zero carbon, clean energy future within 10 years was laid out for a packed hall in Wonthaggi recently.

Looking to a renewable future: Groundswell Bass Coast members Neil Rankine, Bernie McComb, Aileen Vening, Ray Astbury, Nicky Miller and Lauren Miller with Beyond Zero Emissions executive director and founder, Matthew Wright (second from left).

Mayor’s message

Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) executive director and founder, Matthew Wright, introduced the organisation’s Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan to take Australia’s from today’s “fossil fuel dominated economy to 100 per cent renewable energy”. Mr Wright explained how people can meet all their energy needs through renewable energy, using existing technologies, and by using base load solar, wind turbines, supported by solar panels and other technologies. “Base load electricity - power that can be tapped on demand and not

just when the sun is out or the wind is blowing - can be generated using solar power, with the heat stored in common salt until it is needed to drive the turbines of power stations,” he said. “Such power stations are already being built in places as far afield as Spain and, surprisingly, the United States.” The presentation detailed how a one square metre mirror in a solar power station can save 20 tonnes of coal over its life of 30 years, and how one wind turbine can save many thousands of tonnes of coal over its life. “You could say that this is real carbon capture and storage,” Mr Wright said. He added that the idea of the same name discussed by politicians and power companies, doesn’t actually exist. Mr Wright also revealed that South Australia already meets nearly 30 per cent of its electricity needs through

renewable energy, and there is a real possibility they will become the first Australian state to invest in a base load solar thermal power station. Groundswell Bass Coast member Neil Rankine said people can make their own homes 100 per cent renewable. “With existing technology that you can buy off the shelf now, we could do it if we wanted: convert Australia in 10 years to renewable electricity,” he said. “A lot of comments in the media are ‘What happens if the sun’s not shining or the wind’s not blowing?’ That’s no longer the case. They store energy that can be released at night.” For more information about Beyond Zero Emissions, go to www. To join or to become a supporter of Groundswell Bass Coast, send an email to groundswellbasscoast@

Cr Warren Raabe A FURTHER opportunity to have your say on the matter of an application for an exploration licence by Leichhardt Resources Pty Ltd has arisen, with the advertisement appearing for the third time in last week’s papers. Further information can be obtained by phoning 9658 4456, and objections should be directed to Earth Resources Tenements at Department of Primary Industries (DPI), GPO Box 4440, Melbourne 3001 by June 19. DPI is the planning authority and will make the consideration. We encourage you to submit your objection if you hold concerns on this issue. There is emerging anxiety regarding coal seam gas and several of our communities are becoming proactive on this front, as evidenced in the local media. There has been much written in the local media too about council’s increasing staffing levels and it begs a different focus to present a balanced view. Yes, our staffing levels have risen, as part of our commitment to improve the quality and range of service delivery to you, our ratepayer. Our planning department is a case in point where we have now been able to reduce the backlog of applications from when we were understaffed, and the waiting time for current applications. There is often an economic benefit to increasing staff – for example, we are one of the few councils in Victoria that still has its own road sealing crew. For us, it is value for money and offers better flexibility than outsourcing to a contractor. In our community consultations each year we raise the issue of service provision and the subsequent cost, and if staff levels were to be reduced we would

need clear feedback from the community about which services they would be willing to forego. So we soldier on, with good intent and great staff to deliver the wide array of services that the community has requested. Council has approved the introduction of an optional hard waste collection at its May council meeting. It is another example, as outlined above, of council responding to requests for further services to meet the community’s needs. Bookings will be taken throughout July and August and the collections will be grouped by town, appointments made direct with the residents who have requested the service, and collections undertaken in September and October. I attended a meeting in Morwell organised by the Gippsland Trades and Labour Council that addressed the proposed funding cuts to the higher education sector which are of great concern to council. GippsTAFE CEO Peter Whitley reaffirmed the possibility of a full closure of the Leongatha campus, and the CEO and I will take the matter up with the Minister for Education Peter Hall next week. While there may need to be some cuts, the decision making process needs to be linked to employment outcomes - an area of concern is for early school leavers in this area who need to be undertaking courses to access Newstart. A full closure would have a devastating impact on the region and be a travesty to not utilise the wonderful facilities opened here last year with such great promise. Cr Warren Raabe, mayor.








Solve dispute headaches FACED with a business dispute? Victoria’s Small Business Commissioner can help resolve the matter. The commissioner Geoff Browne addressed the Bass Coast/South Gippsland Business Alliance lunch at GippsTAFE Leongatha last Wednesday. About 60 representatives of busi-

nesses, South Gippsland and Bass Coast shire councils and GippsTAFE were present. Mr Browne’s office offers free pre-mediation dispute resolution and if that does not settle the matter, mediation can be engaged in at a cost of $195 to each party. The commissioner receives about five applications from the South Gippsland and Bass Coast ar-

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Lived for the term of his natural life DAN Gregg was born in January 1915, at Woodland Park, land taken up by his grandparents Richard and Catherine Gregg five years after Poowong was settled.

breakfast held in the supper room of the Poowong Hall, from whence they headed straight home to build on the humble beginnings Dan had started as a single man. The couple raised five children Neil (who died in 1994), Ken, Ian, Graeme He was the and Heather. fourth child of John Despite the grind and Grace Gregg, of farming, Dan who had three subfound time to serve sequent offspring. the community. He worked variHe was a Koous farms in the rumburra Shire town during a long councillor beand fruitful life and tween January died at the grand 1977 and August age of 97 in the Ko1982, belonged rumburra Hospital to the Poowong where his five chilSchool Advisory dren were born. Dan spent less Dan Gregg: lived a long and full Committee, and Scout and Guide than a year as a resi- life. Hall as a commitdent of Korumburtee member and ra’s Hillside Lodge, where staff warmed to his sense of hu- trustee. Dan’s long involvement with the Poomour and old-fashioned courtesy. Early in his time there as he was being wong Recreation Reserve lasted from 1946 encouraged to go for a walk, Dan replied, to 1988, serving variously as president, “I’ve walked that many miles behind a secretary-treasurer and trustee. He played horse and plough; why the hell would I a key role during the full reconstruction want to go for a walk just for something of the oval in 1987 and was proud to be among the five who were awarded freeto do?” He was of strong and solid build, and dom of the ground when it was officially worked hard during times when farming opened on May 17, 1987. The Poowong was an extremely demanding physical Football Club also issued him a season’s ticket for the rest of his life. occupation. With his brother-in-law Gordon HamDan started his schooling at Poowong State School, later transferring to Poo- blin, he “messed about” with trotters and wong North State School when it opened later developed a passion for fishing. The year 1974 marked the centenary in May 1922, leaving at 14 to work on the family farm. In his mid-20s, his parents of the Poowong community, with seven transferred 111 acres to him and he struck April days crammed with activities. Dan presided over the committee formed to orout on his own. In his early farming days, Dan un- ganise the celebrations and 25 years later, dertook contracting and cropping, later was invaluable to another committee engrowing large crops of potatoes, grazed deavouring to publish Since We Were A ewes and lambs and turned to Hereford Century. Dan lost interest in active farming afbeef cattle. Between 1938 and 1941, he was a member of the militia, but because ter the death of his wife Christina in Dehe was a primary producer, stayed on the cember 1994. He extensively researched and comland and grew flax until war’s end. During the era of his youth, social ac- piled a Gregg family history called A Motivities included card nights, tennis and ment In Time, tracing the story back to local dances. Dan’s father played but- 1712. In it he wrote: “Memories may be ton accordion and, with his older brother precious to the individual but, unless they Dick, Dan played violin, providing music are recorded for others to share, they have a limited lifetime.” for events at the Poowong North School. The book, his contribution to the comHe was initiated into the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows munity, family and farming life are legain 1936, his involvement becoming a sig- cies that will live on. Dan Gregg died on April 26 and his nificant part of his life. On December 20, 1943, Dan married graveside service at the Drouin Cemetery Christina Hamblin in the Poowong Pres- was conducted on May 14 by celebrant byterian Church, their modest wedding Gavan Grosser.

Joy at last: Kathy Whelan of the Agnes Falls Project Team believes South Gippsland Shire Council’s support of the falls development will help lure more visitors.

Bridge mooted for Agnes Falls By Brad Lester A SWING bridge, a tree top walk or zip wire have been suggested as improvements to the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve north of Toora. South Gippsland Shire Council officers proposed the extra facilities to make the falls more appealing to visitors. Council wants to make Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve an iconic tourism destination, with possibly a swing bridge similar to that at Tarra-Bulga National Park and also improved walking tracks, additional viewing platforms at either the base of the falls or other vantage points, and improved toilet and picnic facilities. Cr Jeanette Harding said the falls were an under-appreciated asset. “The Agnes Falls are well known across Victoria as a place of beauty and we have not made the most of it,” she said. Cr Mohya Davies supported her colleague’s view. “The Agnes Falls have been on the agenda for a long time and increasing tourism promotion will increase the tourist dollars spent in the area,” she said. Cr Davies said management of the

Amazing sight: the top of Agnes Falls, north of Toora. Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place at Won Wron was keen for young indigenous men undertaking community orders there to develop material for an interpretive walk at the falls. The development of the falls was recently listed in council’s Corner Inlet Tourism Development Project. Kathy Whelan of the Agnes Falls Project Team appreciated council’s support, saying the falls’ tourism potential was significant. A traffic survey over seven weeks between December 2011 and February 2012 found 6000 cars visited the falls. With about two people per car, that equates to some 12,000 visitors. “The locals know how popular it is but the people further afield are not aware of its popularity,” Ms

Whelan said. Parks Victoria staff recently cleared dead and overgrown shrubs obscuring viewing of the falls from the track and crews will mow the grounds monthly. “For people that go to the Prom, when it’s not a beach day or they are tired of the walks and want something different to do, it’s great to encourage them to come to the falls and that helps smaller towns with their economies,” Ms Whelan said. A friends of Agnes Falls group will soon be formed, with working bees throughout the year. People wishing to get involved can contact Ms Whelan on 5688 1400 or The reserve is supported by Parks Victoria’s East Region Tourism and Visitor Service Strategy, which considers the

region’s key journeys and destinations that offer nature based experiences to visitors. The falls are located on the popular Sydney to Melbourne coastal drive. The tourism development project also includes restoration of the Long Jetty at Port Welshpool, extension of the Great Southern Rail Trail from Foster to Welshpool, dredging the Toora channel for boating and recreation, and a feasibility study for a marina at Port Welshpool. Council has allocated up to $2.1 million to secure grants to fund concepts within the Corner Inlet Tourism Development Project.

VOLUNTEER GRANTS 2012 Invitation to Apply for Funding The Australian Government’s Volunteer Grants initiative recognises the valuable work of volunteers. Volunteer Grants 2012 is part of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting volunteers, assisting disadvantaged communities and encouraging social inclusion to assist vulnerable people within our society. The Volunteer Grants 2012 Application Form and Application Guidelines are available at or by telephoning the Volunteer Grants 2012 Hotline on 1800 183 374. A TTY service is available for persons who have a hearing or speech impairment on 1800 555 677. Applications close on Wednesday 25 July 2012 at 5pm AEST.


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Leongatha’s future positive By Tony Giles LEONGATHA Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Darryl McGannon described Leongatha as a lucky town “with plenty of positives”.

“Leongatha is a very stable town; we are close to Melbourne, a short drive to the beach, have great educational and sporting facilities, an indoor heated pool and are about to get a fabulous new hospital, adding already to excellent health facilities in the town,” he said. Mr McGannon also praised the Leongatha retail area for its vibrancy and being a very tasteful place to shop. He also said the industrial estate has continued to grow and the vision provided by previous councillors, including the late Cr Bryan Cusack, is a lasting legacy to how good the estate is today. The chamber exists to promote the retail, commercial and industrial areas of the town, to work with South Gippsland Shire Council for the improvement of facilities in the town, and to listen to what the community wants from the town and its retail and service industries. Mr McGannon said, as in all towns, there are a number of issues still outstanding for the town and the chamber. Firstly the shire, the chamber and the community are continuing to work together for the improvement of parking in the town to enable better access for the consumer. Last week’s meetings on parking were aimed at a number of

Plenty of positives: Leongatha, with its great facilities, is destined to thrive, according to Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Darryl McGannon. initiatives including freeing up spaces in the centre of the CBD by stronger reinforcement of time limits, and clearer signage and communication on where the long term parking spaces are located for

bosses and employees. Mr McGannon said the three “big ticket” items as far as the chamber was concerned were the heavy vehicle bypass, the redevelopment of Bair Street, and the development of

the VicTrack land. “We are pleased that the State Government has funded a study for the heavy vehicle alternate route; this is a positive step forward,” he said.

“The community is pretty much unified on the necessity of having the B-doubles and cattle trucks using an alternate route through town, avoiding Bair Street.” The redevelopment of Bair Street is dependent on the heavy vehicle route being established. “The shire has a very good plan for Bair Street’s redevelopment including angle parking which would create a whole lot more parking,” Mr McGannon said. “Bair Street would be transformed and I’m sure the few empty shops which we have now would fill up again. “Leongatha is a stable town, however retail has been a bit flat, but that is occurring all over the state including in Melbourne. “We have a great shopping centre and it will only improve with a redeveloped Bair Street.” Mr McGannon spends a lot of his time representing the chamber at various meetings on a range of issues. A busy man, he is also the president of the Leongatha Junior Football Club and is the dealer principal at Edney’s Nissan and Hyundai and has recently purchased the Yamaha franchise along with his business partner Ian Marshman. The chamber runs a number of promotions throughout the year for Mother’s and Father’s days, Christmas and the Daffodil Festival to name a few. Sandra Fleming, owner of Hair Bairs, and Kathy Smith, of Kelvin’s Bedding, are the chamber’s secretary and treasurer. The annual general meeting of the group is coming up later in June or early July.

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Inspirational visit: Mark Wilson is surrounded by the children of Grade 5H, who were inspired by his talk at the school.

Illustrator inspires LEONGATHA Primary School art students were visited by author and illustrator Mark Wilson recently. Art teacher Zita Lamers said Mark was the perfect choice. “The school is adopting the Walker Learning Approach across all of its subjects, which works on the principle that the children’s interests are used as the predomi-

nant means for learning experiences,” Zita said.“Mark is all about drawing and writing about what he is passionate about. “He can encourage the students to use their own interests as their inspiration, as well as their imaginations.” Mark loves history and animals, and the subject matter of his picture books relates to these topics. “I love being an artist and I am successful at it because I practice,” he said.

Service with a smile: brave the cold days this winter by dropping into Lulus Cafe in Leongatha for a hot coffee and delicious bite to eat! Tim from Lulus serves Stuart White from Gormandale and Sue Fleming from Leongatha an early morning cappuccino at the cafe, an icon of Leongatha’s cafe culture.

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Looking smart: the current members of the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band outside their home, the former Leongatha Courthouse.

Concert to mark musical feat THE community will come together for a musical extravaganza in August to mark a milestone in the history of the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band.

The band’s 120th Anniversary Supper Concert will be held at Leongatha Memorial Hall on Saturday, August 18. The variety concert will feature the band plus school choirs, vocalists, a raffle and lucky door prize. The performance will recognise 120 years of dedicated musicians, marching girls and supporters, and starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Swanlee Crafts, 55 Bair Street, Leongatha (phone 5662 2844) or Darryl and Judy Hunt on 5662 3623. Seating is available in rows or at tables, so BYO drinks and snacks. Book a table for 10 and bring your family and friends. Tickets: are $15 adults, $10 concession, and children 12 and under are free. The concert is sponsored by a South Gippsland Shire Council Community Grant. The modern band includes a diversity of talent, from a composer/arranger and professional musician, three ex Navy band musicians and learners, with ages ranging from primary school to senior citizens. Musicians come from Leongatha, Korumburra, Foster, Mirboo North, Leongatha North, Inverloch, Kongwak, Meeniyan, Ruby, Tarwin Lower, Jumbunna and Krowera.

So far this year, the band has played on Australia Day, Music for the People at Mossvale Park, Djinta Djinta winery, Morwell Rose Festival, Sustainability Festival at Coal Creek, Anzac Day, Moe Jazz Festival and Mirboo North Arty Gras. Performances to come include the Gippsland Band Group Funday at the Dakers Centre in Leongatha on Sunday, June 24 at 1.30pm and the 120th Anniversary Concert. The band was officially established on February 19, 1892 as the Leongatha Town Band, making it the oldest community group in Leongatha. The first concert was in the Mechanics Institute in 1893, although the musicians probably entertained the locals before officially becoming a band. The first official engagement was welcoming home a wounded soldier from the Boer War at the Leongatha Railway Station. When the original bowls club was opened on November 7, 1907, where Edney’s Garage now stands, the band played and began a long tradition of performing at ceremonial occasions. In 1919, the band performed at a concert and social evening for soldiers returning after World War One, beginning a long association with the RSL which has continued since its inception. In 1945, after the World War Two, the band greeted all soldiers coming home at the

Leongatha Railway Station. That year, the band changed its name to Woorayl Municipal Band, a title it carried until 1995 when it became the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band. Today, the band performs at most important occasions in the shire, in many cases without payment, bringing music to the people. Music brings joy to both players and listeners, and at ceremonial occasions engenders a sense of community and togetherness. Dedicated musicians and committees have kept the band running and done much fundraising during these years. The band’s list of life members includes many former shire councillors, shire presidents, and even a Member of Parliament, Sir Herbert Hyland. The band committee and members would like to ensure the band continues for at least another 120 years, and has opened a perpetuity fund with a view to using the interest to purchase instruments, music and uniforms. Donations from the community and businesses are welcome. To donate, phone president Darryl Hunt on 5662 3623, mobile 0407 444 210, email or mail PO Box 57, Leongatha, 3953. The band rehearses on Wednesdays at 7.30pm at the Leongatha Courthouse. Free lessons are available. Phone Mr Hunt for information.

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Crocodile runs loose at kinder Slithery, smooth: Jack Anderson meets a children’s python under the guidance of Cath Jamieson.

A CROCODILE ran across the floor at Allora Kindergarten in Leongatha last Tuesday, and it was a saltie too! Yet there was no cause for alarm. The croc’s jaws were tied securely shut and

animal handler Cath Jamieson was in control. She was visiting the children with her mobile reptile show, Feathers, Fur and Fins, featuring native Australian animals, including a lizard, tree frog, rainbow lorikeet, children’s

python and bettong. Cath told her attentive audience about each animal’s characteristics, why they live in Australia, and what was safe to touch and what was not.

Reptile fans: Rhett Hume, Brandon Kindred and Kaleb Mee discover Rogue, a saltwater crocodile, with handler Cath Jamieson.

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Taking shape: village and sales manager Trevor Davis and wife Judith, on the balcony of the community centre.

Country living at its best MOUNTAIN View Leongatha is an exciting boutique lifestyle community situated on a hilltop two minutes from Leongatha, in the heart of South Gippsland.

The team at Mountain View believe Gippsland has a shortage of great quality retirement facilities so they looked around to see where they could build a boutique village, a place of exclusivity and prestige; big enough to have all the benefits, yet small enough to enjoy the social interaction with other residents, family and friends. Consideration was also given to the new state-of-the-art hospital being built in Leongatha along with the infrastructure and amenities that enhance this location, providing a great lifestyle. The village is under construction, with the community centre nearing its completion and the first residents expected to be ready to move in later this year. The site has a ‘resort’ feeling; it’s like you are on permanent holiday, and with the views, it’s like you are on top of the world. Discover new experiences and purposeful living opportunities. The architecturally designed neighbourhood of only 45 villas and community centre with country clubtype facilities will not just be your home, but become the most liberating, thrilling and joyful time of your life. This is the place to pursue your own interests and even better, a place to join with friends and neighbours doing the same. You can get involved, expand your horizons, make a difference and start living a life less complicated. If you’re passionate about life and over 55, you will fit in with other energetic and fascinating residents, who will bring new meaning to this boutique lifestyle community. Enjoy the benefits of: • a state-of-the-art community centre with indoor pool, outdoor bowling green; • 45 villas – two and three bedroom (no overcrowding); • boat and caravan parking; • single storey residences; • games area; • dining room facilities with comfortable lounge; • bar and alfresco; • on top of the hill overlooking Leongatha; and • 24 hour emergency call system. This is an opportunity not to miss. There is a high level of interest, so if you are making your retirement decisions now, then call for a no obligation appointment/discussion about this unique village. As there are only 45 villas, an early expression of interest is encouraged, with a $1000 refundable deposit to secure your priority of site and residence. To find out more, phone 1300 306 255 or email: sales@mountainviewleongatha. or online at

Relaxed life: an example of the villas to be offered at Mountain View.

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Local involvement: the attendees at the Leongatha Secondary College business breakfast on Friday. The event was held to introduce local businesses and community groups to the Beacon program and to encourage them to become involved.

Careers and crumpets Beacon program. By Sarah Vella

STUDENT ambassadors, local business owners, community groups and Beacon representatives were invited to Leongatha Secondary College on Friday morning, to enjoy breakfast and to learn more about the

The college has formed a partnership with the Beacon Foundation, to help ensure students pursue further education, training or employment upon leaving school. The program provides avenues for businesses, community organisations and the college to build partnerships and work together to improve employment outcomes for youth.

Assistant principal Greg Ellt said the program was designed to give the students information and ideas about their future options. “It is about broadening their knowledge base and creating links with local businesses for things like work experience and placement and even eventually employment,” Mr Ellt said.

“The Beacon student ambassadors are the links between local businesses and the other students of the school.” The college sent out over 100 invitations to local community groups and businesses. Around 40 different businesses and groups were represented at the breakfast, to hear more about the program and to register their interest. The Beacon program started in 1988 in Tasmania and was developed to help students connect with their community and to develop more positive pathways for themselves once they have finished school. This is the first year that the Beacon program has operated in Gippsland, with six schools involved with the program. Jenny Goss, the college’s careers advisor and

Beacon co-ordinator, said she was happy with the success of the breakfast. “It seems to have got a lot of people talking about the program. In the short term, there are a lot of local businesses that have shown interest in giving the students opportunities for work experience,” she said. “In the long term, it will be great to watch the students, particularly the Beacon ambassadors, develop and grow throughout the course of the program. “The program will help the students to make initial links with businesses and to learn self promotion skills. It will also provide them with a multitude of career options and help them think outside the box.”

Student representatives: Fraser Kelly, Jake Thomas, Grace Bell and Anna McCracken are the Leongatha Secondary College Beacon student ambassadors chosen to be the links between students, and businesses and community groups.

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Getting fitted: Bernadette Grainger, cast as Mrs Macready with Heather Drury, Lyric’s costume manager who started work on the costumes for the upcoming musical production.

World of Narnia coming to stage By Sarah Vella A MUCH-LOVED tale will be told during Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s next production.

The musical Narnia, is the stage adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first story in the Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis. Rehearsals are underway after the show lured many would be actors. Lyric Theatre’s Peter McAlpine said the production was chosen to offer children the opportunity to gain stage experience. “The lead child characters range in age from eight, to 17. Out of 34 cast members, 21 are kids,” he said. Narnia follows the story of four ordinary children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie who discover a wardrobe in Professor Digory Kirke’s house that leads to the magical land of Narnia. The four children enter Narnia at a time of high adventure and come away with lessons of courage, selflessness and wisdom that will help them grow. The children help King Aslan, the great lion of Narnia to save the world from the evil White Witch, who has reigned over the land of Narnia for a century of perpetual winter. Scott Miller is directing the production after experience with past Lyric shows Jekyll & Hyde, and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Colin Chandler is music director, Cheryl Connor is choral director and Tania Chalmers is the choreographer. Charles Gruen has been cast as Aslan and Lauren White will be playing the White Witch. The lead roles for children are Peter, who is being played by Ayden Westaway, 16. Kate Ball, 17, is playing Susan, Tom Barker, who is 12, will play Edmund and Morgan Anthony, who is just eight, has the role of Lucy. A highly skilled team has been established to manage

set construction, costumes, lighting and sound. Members of the Leongatha Men’s Shed, who Lyric is accommodating until they find a permanent location, are helping with construction of sets and other works. If anybody would like to assist Lyric Theatre with set building or costume creation, contact Peter McAlpine on 5662 7222 or Tickets will be on sale next month. The musical opens on Friday, July 13, at Mesley Hall, with 10 shows over three weekends.

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Kayak, paddle and two weeks in wilderness By Jacob de Kunder CROSSING one of the most treacherous pieces of ocean in a kayak and living off the land is not everyone’s cup of tea. For Nathan Belsar, it was a trip of a life-time as he island hopped from Tasmania to Port Welshpool with six others from the Victorian Sea Kayakers Club. The Inverloch based teacher took on the feat in April and made it to the mainland in two-and-a-half weeks. The trip also promoted Lifeline’s suicide prevention program in Gippsland. The first step was the hardest. “Banks Strait was the first crossing between Little Musselroe Bay and Clarke Island, and it’s probably the trickiest crossing out of them all,” Nathan explained. “If you get it wrong, you’re off to New Zealand and it’s very tidal. Even when we were talking to fishermen down in that area, they were saying that we were crazy and that they’ve seen whirlpools and freak waves pop up out of nowhere. “It’s meant to be all the worst things that you expect Bass Strait to throw at you.” Mind you it was calm as Anderson Inlet when the team made the cross, according to Nathan. “We used GPS for the whole trip and even though you think ‘Yeah, it’s nice and calm’, you look at your navigation stuff and you’re five kilometres off course,” he said. “We allowed for this and the current because it was really strong and we would zigzag all over.” Nathan fell in love with the wilderness and the islands while out on his trip. “The thing with Bass Strait is that there’s a really X -factor about it,” he said. “A lot of the time you felt like ‘Oh man, I’m living the dream’ and it’s just so beautiful out there. “The islands are like Wilsons Promontory but with no one around and there’s always something beautiful to see as the wild life out there was incredible, between the albatross, seals and dolphins. “It was a big slog but there was always something beautiful pulling you to the next point.” The team was a real driving force in the open water paddles, as they yelled, sang and played Frisbee. It wasn’t all smooth sailing, as the team was caught in bad weather and stuck on the small island Erith for just under a week. “It was over the Easter weekend when the massive storm hit Victoria,” Nathan said. “That night we definitely felt like we were right in Bass Strait. “One night when we were there, the winds picked up to 168km/h and the swell was above five metres.

We were in tents and it was out of control.” Nathan said the group didn’t fear for their safety due to emergency supplies and they knew they could call for help anytime. The real worry for Nathan was using these contingency plans and failing to finish the trip. “The biggest thing in my mind was that if I didn’t get to complete the trip after all the training and hard work I’ve put in, I might never have the chance to come back and do this again,” he said. Luckily the group had a window of opportunity between the bad weather and seized the opportunity to continue, but not without some rough seas. “We were strong enough paddlers and knew that we were a good team,” Nathan said. “Then we got out on the water and the swell got up to three metres and winds were reaching 40 knots. “It was a storm out there but we managed a 40km cross in less than four hours, so we were gunning it.” Shortly after this, the team set their eyes on the familiar sight of Wilsons Promontory and finally made it into Port Welshpool and onto Victorian soil. Nathan has been sea kayaking seriously for around two years and has always aimed to cross Bass Strait. “I wanted a sport that I could just do that would perfectly suit Inverloch and I thought sea kayaking was a perfect opportunity,” he said. As part of the team there were some long training paddles and plenty of safety procedures.

“With the team we did a lot of long trips paddling around Wilsons Promontory and Phillip Island in a day,” Nathan said. “That was just to make sure you know what it’s like and go into those untried areas I suppose. “Leading up to the trip, I backed off on the frequency of paddles and did a lot more cross-training to maintain flexibility.” Coming home back to Inverloch after the trip, Nathan was already thinking about what was next on the list. “I think once you’ve been out in the wilderness like that, there’s this vacuum of when you come home and everything is still moving the same and you’re so removed from it,” he said. “It only took two days and I was out running and I thought, I really want to have a crack at that nonstop. “I really want to do Bass Strait nonstop over three days or so.” Other areas in Victoria are high on the list for paddling as well. “There are a lot of beautiful areas in Victoria and Australia. Victoria has some of the best areas just because there’s no one around,” Nathan said.

“With that I aim to run a marathon this year too. “Once you get to that high level of fitness, it gets quite addictive and I think I’d like to maintain this if I can and see what you can do until I get fat,” he laughed. Before joining the Victorian Sea Kayakers Club, Nathan had taught himself, through research, all he knew about the sport. “I occasionally bumped into another kayaker down here but it was really rare so most of my tutoring and training came from YouTube,” he said. Nathan, who teaches middle year students at the Bass Coast Specialist School, said his preparation was feeding back into the classroom. “The kids were my cheer squad,” he said. “All of a sudden geography was about Bass Strait and cooking was about dehydrated food, and I was teaching them survival training like first aid because I was so interested and I had all these little guys who were just frothing at it as well.” Nathan said his wife Sarah was very supportive throughout the training and the trip. “Sarah, my wife, is pregnant and she and my daughter were very gracious and supportive of me with the trip.”

Beautiful: Nathan Belsar said the islands in Bass Strait were intriguing.

Foundation celebrates 10 years ON ONE of the wettest and coldest nights of the year, around 150 friends and supporters of the Bass Coast Community Foundation gathered at St Joseph’s Hall in Wonthaggi, on Friday, May 25, to celebrate the foundation’s 10th birthday. Despite road block-

ages, detours and leaking roofs, the celebration was high spirited and joyous. The evening was a showcase of how the foundation funding had been used over the past 10 years. MC Jan Bourne explained guests would be taken on the journey of the community foundation from the initial idea, through to the plans for the future. Guests enjoyed the per-

formance of the Wonthaggi Citizens Band, awarded a grant in the band’s centenary year in 2010. Andrew Lawson of the Geelong Community Foundation and Philanthropy Australia said he could not be deterred by rain and wind. “It is a significant milestone for this region, and one that all the supporters and board members should be very proud of,” he said. During the night, board

Birthday party: Murray Hooper, Paula Brown, Di Hooper and Andrew Lawson enjoyed the celebrations at the Bass Coast Community Foundation’s 10 year anniversary dinner.

members Danny Luna, Martin Keogh and chairman Alan Brown presented highlights of the foundation’s history, acknowledgement of donors and supporters, and snippets of the exciting plans for the future. Bass Coast Shire mayor Cr Veronica Dowman helped Mr Brown present this year’s community grants. The following groups were awarded grants of up to $5000: • Wonthaggi and District Elderly Citizens Home (Rose Lodge) was awarded a grant to buy two new high/low electric beds; • Corinella and District Men’s Shed was awarded a grant to buy new safety equipment. This will ensure their mentoring program at neighbouring Bass Valley Primary School can continue; • Phillip Island Early Learning Centre is the new facility in Cowes. Their grant will be dedicated towards new equipment; • the Anglican Church of Wonthaggi/Inverloch was awarded a grant for their community dining program; • the Bass Coast Region-

Joyous occasion: Sylvia Davey, Alison Lawson, David and Sylvia Admans and Bill Berry helped to celebrate the Bass Coast Community Foundation’s 10th birthday. al Health Family Resource Centre accepted a grant on behalf of the Inverloch Art Show Committee, whose sole purpose is to fundraise for the purchase of food hampers which they donate to the family resource centre’s emergency food relief; and • Mitchell House accepted a grant for their Welcome to Our Town project which has been

developed to help people arriving in the region and having difficulty tapping into social networks, and service agencies. Deputy chair Sylvia Davey thanked the vibrant community organisations that operate in this area “This is the best part of our job; giving away the money,” she said. “It is always great to see the submissions come

in from a diverse range of organisations and for so many different projects. The foundation is privileged to support the work of our community organisations.” The raffle prize, an exclusive dining package for 35 guests, generously donated by The Wonthaggi Club, was won by Wonthaggi locals Mandy and Paul Taranto.

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PAUL Kelly bounced on to the stage at Leongatha Memorial Hall last Wednesday night and with a single strum of his guitar, announced he was in town. The previously quiet stage erupted into an electrifying show pumping with Kelly’s ballads of Australian life expressed in a mix of folk and rock, as the guitar chords, booming percussion and spectacular light show filled the hall with life. More than 700 people from across South Gippsland and as far as Melbourne and Sale were enthralled throughout the sell-out concert, featuring his greatest hits and songs spanning his career, from the iconic From Little Things Big Things Grow and To Her Door, to Dumb Things and When I First Met Your Ma. Kelly had the audience begging for more, returning to the stage at the end of the show as the crowd stamped and clapped for the show to go on. Kelly was joined by singing sisters Vika and Linda Bull who captivated the audience with solos of their own and smooth dancing that suited the feel of the tune. The show was opened by youthful group Wishful, fea-

turing an easy listening set of narrative tunes by Kelly’s daughters Memphis and Maddy Kelly and Samuel Humphrey. Writing on Facebook just hours after the show, Kelly said: “Wishful sold another 80 CDs tonight. Thrashed dad again but he’s happy recouping his advance to them for the recording costs so quickly. They performed beautifully. “We all had a blast both nights (referring to his Castlemaine gig the previous night). It was good running up some new arrangements and new tunes. “Thanks to everyone for coming out in the cold…Rolling hills and mist after midnight.” Fans travelled from across South Gippsland and as far as Melbourne and Sale for the show, presented superbly and professionally by the volunteers of the Lyrebird Arts Council. They loved what they came to see. Naomi Coleman of Leongatha South described the show as “fantastic”. “I’ve been so excited since I got the email (from Lyrebird Arts Council). I bought tickets within two minutes of the email coming out,” she said. “He played my favourite, They Thought I was Asleep, and I can take that back when I listen to the CD, that moment from when I heard it live.” Local fans expressed their appreciation to Kelly on his Facebook page: Narelle McLean: “We had a brilliant night! Wishful were terrific. Thank you all for coming to Leongatha. And yes it’s always cold and misty down here!” Lisa Mann: “What a brilliant show and so fantastic for our kids to be able to see you

perform! Thankyou all!” Georgia Wilson: “You all were totally awesome...Happy trails and come back real soon.” Catherine McGlead: “Great night - thanks for venturing to Sth Gippy again!” Sally Needham: “Paul and band and Wishful, huge thanks and love for a brilliant night at Leongatha. Keep coming back, we in the country need you!” The show was briefly stopped by a moment of humour, when a smoke machine set off a smoke alarm, which Kelly said reminded him of the first chord of Hard Days Night by The Beatles. Ian Bevington of the arts council said while the group usually holds concerts at Meeniyan, the Kelly show was moved to Leongatha to accommodate more people. “It took a huge effort by all the Lyrebird crew to move the infrastructure to Leongatha. The show sold out quickly and apart from a few teething problems, for example the persistent smoke detector, feedback from all concerned has been encouraging,” he said. “There is an amazing hard working team who work tirelessly behind the scenes and front of house on concert evenings, and are all worth their weight in gold. “As Paul mentioned on stage last night, one of the additional incentives for musicians to perform at Lyrebird events are the incredible gourmet creations of local entity and cooking guru Kaye Bourke who is always ably assisted by Ann Bateman and other volunteers.” The concert was Kelly’s fourth show in South Gippsland: the first at Memorial Hall in 1979, at Meeniyan in 2006 and Mossvale Music Festival in 2009.

Korumburra family: Lisa and Russell Mann took children Isabelle and Nick to enjoy Paul Kelly.

What a night: the crowd applauds at the concert’s end.

Star-studded line-up: Vika and Linda Bull joined Kelly on stage, and were far more than just backing singers. Viewers of Moment of fame: Naomi Coleman of Leongatha South (secthe SBS quiz show Rockwiz will also have noticed Peter “Lucky” ond from left) meets the musicians of Wishful, from left: Maddy Kelly, Samuel Humphrey and Memphis Kelly. Luscombe behind the drumkit.

Night out: Brenda O’Loughlin, Jenny Edwards and Danielle O’Loughlin, all of Berrys Creek, at the Paul Kelly concert.

More photos in the Social Scene, pages 42 and 43. Also see next week’s Star, and online at

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Police and their pushbikes: senior constables Rohan Michaels and Mick Thomas are happy with their new bicycles from Re:cycle in Leongatha, pictured here with store owner Mark Beckwith (centre).

Pedal power for police

YOU may have to blink twice to believe it, but next time you see a man in blue on a pushbike, it may not be your average bike rider.

After a trip down to Re:cycle in Leongatha to pick up their new mode of transport, local officers have recently taken to cruising the streets on bicycles rather than in police cars. Donning specially made police lycra and bicycle helmets, senior constables Mick Thomas and Rohan Michaels first tried out their new wheels recently. S/C Michaels said not only is riding bikes helping them keep fit, but it’s also allowing the police to reconnect with people.

“It’s a bit more personal with the public, being able to talk to people in the street,” he said. “In terms of law enforcement, it’s actually easier to monitor traffic and see whether people are talking on their mobile phones or wearing seatbelts.” Asked whether or not their legs could keep up with a chase, S/C Thomas said motorists had been cooperative in pulling over. “Most people are pretty good; when they see us motioning to them on the bikes, they pull over straight away,” he said. “It’s no worries at all.” The police will also be using their bikes in conjunction with visiting primary schools, having already held a safety session with students at Foster

Boost as carbon tax looms THOUSANDS of pensioners are set to get extra support to help them cope with the financial impact of the carbon tax. Minister for Families Jenny Macklin said more than 25,300 pensioners locally would receive a cash payment over the coming weeks, ahead of the introduction of the carbon price on July 1. “All full and part pensioners in McMillan will receive a lump sum payment of $250 for singles and $380 for couples combined,” Ms Macklin said. “This extra cash will go straight into pensioners’ bank accounts to help them keep on top of the bills. “We know pensioners can find it pretty tough to keep up. They have the least room to move when costs go up, and this new support from the Gillard Government should give pensioners a bit of extra breathing space.” Senator David Feeney said local pensioners will get another boost next year, with an ongoing increase to their fortnightly payments from March 2013. “Pensioners in McMillan will get about $338 extra a year for singles and $510 extra a year for couples combined,” Senator Feeney said. “As part of our Household Assistance Package, we’re taking extra care to make sure pensioners have the support they need to keep up with the cost of living. “In fact, many pensioners will end up coming out ahead after the carbon price starts on July 1. “About 93 per cent of all pensioner households will be at least 20 per cent better off because of these new payments.” Ms Macklin said the cash payments to pensioners were on top of the extra money that had already gone to thousands of households. “We’re also delivering extra support to families, veterans, students and other eligible households next month,” she said. “Over the past few weeks, about 9829 families in McMillan have received a lump sum payment in their bank account to help them with the cost of living. “And in July we’ll deliver a tax cut for about 46,000 workers in McMillan.” Pensioners can find out more by visiting australia. or calling 132 300.

Primary School. “Our other main role will be to talk to students about bike education later in the year,” S/C Michaels said. “A big plus to having bikes is sending a better message to children about wearing helmets and using school crossings safely.” South Gippsland Council transport connections co-ordinator, Fred Boreham, said the council was happy to support the police swap to bikes as part of Transport Connections and the Road Safe Support Program. “We’ll be working with police and supporting them to help create more public awareness about bicycle transport and safety, as well as the rail trail extensions currently being done,” he said.

Win, loss THE Port Welshpool public jetty may be upgraded with funding initially destined for the Toora boat ramp. South Gippsland Shire Council recently voted to reallocate $113,136 from the Department of Transport originally given to the channel project. Council also wants $195,864 from the Port Welshpool boat ramp car-park project - proposed in 2013-14 towards the jetty works. Engineering consultants believed the jetty is likely to fail within the next 18-24 months. Council plans to dredge the Toora boat ramp and wants to change the site where dredge spoil will be dumped. The Department of Sustainability and Environment wants further information about how the spoil will affect the habitat of the rare Orange-Bellied Parrot. The department is also concerned about how dredging will affect the fish, Dwarf Galaxias and the Australian Grayling. Undertaking this research will take longer than the deadline by which the Toora funding must be spent. Cr Jeanette Harding of Toora felt the decision was the best given the circumstances. “There are people in Toora upset about this but I don’t think there is anything else we can do about it,” she said. Cr Mohya Davies said the ramp’s benefits to Toora were proven. “The boat ramp brings an enormous number of people to Toora. When it was dredged and accessible all the time, it became a very popular place to launch your boat,” she said. Cr Davies noted the Port Welshpool ramp was becoming increasingly busy and said redirecting funding there would not go to waste. Council will need to pursue further funding to dredge the channel in the future. The channel linking the boat ramp with the main Toora Channel was created in 1992 but requires maintenance dredging to enable boats to be launched and retrieved. Now, the boat ramp can only be used by small boats about one hour either side of high tide, therefore limiting access to Corner Inlet. Council expects dredging could start during the 201314 construction season. The cost of further flora and fauna studies, including designs for the dredged spoil sediment ponds, could be around $33,000 plus GST. Detailed design, construction of sediment ponds, dredging and environmental monitoring is $586,000.

To the rescue: from left, back: Newhaven College VET Sport and Recreation students completed their surf rescue certificate exam at Woolamai Beach recently. They were, back, from left: Caleb Pollard-Virtue, Shane Taylor, Bianca Lombard, Cieren Wood, Jana Humbert, Emily Burns, Nick Huigsloot, Michael McCoy, Kirsten McCoy, Logan West and front, Dillon Huigslo Hunter, Georgia Turner and Megan McCoy. Hunter

Rare treat for writers AN author and poet will combine their skills and love of language to provide aspiring South Gippsland writers with a rare treat. Andrea Goldsmith and Kristin Henry from Melbourne, will conduct a writer’s workshop for everyone interested in words. “You don’t have to feel you’re writing the next Great Australian Novel. Like me, you can just love words. It’ll be fun,” Kristin said. She has recently published a novel written entirely in verse and has five collections of poetry to her credit. Andrea is the author of six novels and is a regular guest at writers’ festivals. Her novel The Prosperous Thief was shortlisted in 2003 for the prestigious Miles Franklin Award. Both experienced teachers of writing, Kristin and Andrea will work with prose writers and poets together and separately throughout the June 16 workshop. Organised by Bass Coast Writers and Ibis Writers, the workshop is funded by Bass Coast Shire Council and will be held at the Inverloch Community Hub. One of the organisers Lyn Landon, says this is a significant opportunity for local writers. “We have been able to bring together one prose and one poetic novelist who between them will cover a broad spectrum of writing topics. It’s exciting.” Kristin Henry’s love of writing started with reading. She’s always loved books. “Storytelling was big in my family,” she said. “I loved wrapping things up in a narrative, changing the details that life threw at you and making a better story. “Writing, reading, literature has always

been the most important thing in my life. I love language, I love manipulating words.” Reading ─ seeing what people can do with books ─ is a joy. And so is good discussion: “You know those discussions you have when you sit up late at night over a glass of wine. I knew I wanted to be part of that whole thing. It certainly wasn’t because I wanted to be rich and famous!” Kristin wasn’t interested in poetry initially. But the more she learned about it the more she came to see it as the best use of language, “when words are at their most dazzling”. And the more she practised it, the more she fell in love with its possibilities. She’s fascinated by “the gaps between what you say and what you leave out – the holes you leave for the reader to work out.” With a good mix of discussion and writing opportunities, this workshop offers something for writers at every level, whether they are committed to a novel or just love to write. All will be on the same journey, the same desire to master technique: creating character, dialogue, structure; using the tools that create narrative fiction. But there can be more, Kristin says. In the workshop environment there’s the element of surprise, of being caught off guard. People can have moments of insight or memory that in their own environments they might not be able to access. Inquiries about the workshop, to be held at the Inverloch Community Hub on Saturday, June 16 from 10am to 4pm, can be made on 5674 8174. The fee of $10 includes morning tea and lunch.

Great opportunity: poet Kristin Henry (left) with South Gippsland author Carolyn Landon are looking forward to a writer’s workshop in Inverloch on June 16.

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Food and wine festival returns LOCH Community Development Association promises an extravaganza of events during the 10 days of the fifth Loch Village Food and Wine Festival from June 2 to 11. The festival kicks off with an afternoon of entertainment at the Royal Hotel Loch with Cheryl Connor at the piano. This promises to be a fabulous lead-up to the official opening event. The Dinner Train departs Loch Station at 6.30pm that evening for a fun-filled night with Green Velvet and the official opening of the festival by South Gippsland Shire Citizen of the Year, Greig Barry. With the theme Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, one would expect to see some stunning outfits. A Thanksgiving Service to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was held at Loch Memorial Hall on Sunday, June 3, with Reverend Jenny Ramage the celebrant. Loch residents attend-

ed the Big Jubilee Lunch the same day, entertained by a Pakenham Springs Primary School choir and Green Velvet. A memorabilia display and slide show brought back memories for many. Community organisations and Loch Primary School have been invited to display posters at the Big Jubilee Lunch to showcase the life of the Loch community. Cr Jennie Deane launched the neighbourhood program Street By Street and the MC was festival patron Ron Barnacle. The Big Jubilee Lunch was sponsored by Strzelecki Ward Councillors’ Discretionary Funds from Cr Jennie Deane, Cr Warren Raabe and Cr Bob Newton to whom Loch residents are most grateful. A Wine Makers’ Dinner at The Gilded Lily Restaurant and Bar and Dinner at the Royal Hotel Loch will be held on Saturday, June 9. At 8pm that evening, international artists Stevie Paige and Tok Norris will

Festival fills the streets: the fifth Loch Village Food and Wine Festival will see a wide variety of gourmet food and wine stalls line the streets, attracting both locals and visitors. perform at the Royal Hotel Loch. The Main Event Street Festival on Sunday, June 10 has a new line-up of features. With over 60 food and wine exhibitors, South Gippsland Wind Orchestra, Wonthaggi Citizens Band, Green Velvet, Barn Buddies, cooking and food demonstrations and street

food vendors, this is a day not to be missed. Wine educator Rob Hicks will present three understanding wine classes. Of 30 minutes’ duration, these sessions give those attending a method of understanding what is in their glass. Using six fine examples of varietal wines, three white and three red, Rob

defines boundaries for our senses. Each of the three classes has places for 16 attendees at a cost of $10 per person. Enjoy your favourite white or red a little more by understanding wine. For more information visit the new website at

Café a welcoming place

termined to provide the best customer service and high quality food,” he said. “We encourage and request all our guests and customers to provide Hard Loch Café, established in their honest feedback regarding our 2005 is now owned by Aus-Trail food as well as our service.” Cafes Pty Ltd. Walk through the doors to be New managers of Hard Loch welcomed by the smell of freshly Café Rohan and Rie Weeraratne, baked scones, gourmet pies and first and foremost, are ardent savoury treats, cakes and slices. supporters of everything that is Jasper organic coffee is ground Gippsland and love good food and freshly upon your arrival and wine in the region. while you wait, sample some of Rohan and Rie, both graduates the daily offerings; they’re sure to of Monash University, Clayton, tempt you to want to enjoy a piece always wanted to start a cafe in with your coffee or take home a Gippsland despite the demands of slice for later on. their professional careers. Scones are light, fluffy and Fine food and wine: drop into Hard Loch Cafe in Loch to try out The primary focus of the new big, served of course with countheir wide range of delicious sweet and savoury treats. managers for the last two months try preserves and freshly whipped has been to identify areas for imdouble cream. Some cafe regudress code, gender, income level, nationality proving customer service. lars believe Hard Loch scones are They believe an eatery should be a welcom- and accent,” Rohan said. arguably the best in Gippsland. Rohan said Hard Loch Café is really fortuing, and pleasant place to walk into and enjoy a Over the Loch Food and Wine Festival on nate to have a group of good customer oriented Sunday, June 10, Hard Loch Cafe will be showdecent meal in a comfortable atmosphere. “Hospitality staff and venues should pro- team members. casing local produce at its best hot, cold, sweet, “We can always further improve our ser- savoury - there’s something to tempt everyone. vide the same high standard of services to all people regardless of their age, appearance, vices and the quality of our food. We are deSo remember, no stop in Loch is complete without dining at fully licensed The Hard Loch Cafe.

YOU won’t find people dancing to rock’n’roll, but you will find a gourmet’s delight at Hard Loch Cafe.

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THIS stunning three bedroom home is only a short walk from Inverloch’s surf beach, and is available through Alex Scott and Staff, Inverloch. See page 34 for details.

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Quality built unit in prime location T

HIS attractive, quality Mike West built unit is in excellent condition and within walking distance to the shops. The features of this property are

endless; included are built-in robes, open plan living, kitchen and meals area, neat tiled bathroom with separate bath and oversized shower, electric cooking and a reverse cycle air conditioner.

Outside you’ll find a low maintenance courtyard, single garage with direct access inside and remote roller door. Inspection is a must - these properties are a rare find.

LEONGATHA Location: 4/20 Bellingham Street Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Car spaces: 1 Internet ID: 259093 Price: $280,000 Agent: Stockdale and Leggo Leongatha Contact: 56625800

Lifestyle dream on 23 acres A

UNIQUE lifestyle opportunity is being offered for the first time in over 60 years. This outstanding 23 acres of top quality undulating pastures has four acres of river lease with direct access to the Tarwin River, ideal for the recreational fisherman. Excellent improvements include a tastefully renovated four bedroom weather-

board home. Freshly painted inside and out with an updated kitchen with new appliances, two living areas, new bathroom with separate bath and shower and beautiful polished boards throughout. Outside boasts a lock up garage, original historic tennis court with a tale or two to tell from the old days’ district competition, chook pen and extensive shed-



As the Crown land Committee of Management for the Korumburra Tourist Park, South Gippsland Shire Council invites proposals from interested parties for: a) The Lease of the Korumburra Tourist Park (the Premises) for a maximum term of 21 years; b) the management and operation of the Premises; and c) attending to improvement works to be undertaken at the Premises. The Premises comprises approximately 3 hectares of land and is located in Bourke Street, Korumburra and is situated in a picturesque landscape of rolling hills and botanical park surroundings. It is improved with a circular road, car park, kiosk, residence, play areas and playgrounds, camp kitchen and barbeque facilities, cabins and powered and unpowered tourist sites. The current lease expires on 23 November 2012. Korumburra is the second largest township in the municipality and a key service provider to the smaller towns and communities in the Shire's western region and is becoming increasingly more accessible to metropolitan Melbourne.

EOI is available for downloading from Council's website at EOI opens on Monday 14 May 2012 EOI closes at 2:00pm on Tuesday 3 July 2012 and shall be lodged in the Council tender box at 9 Smith Street, Leongatha, Vic 3953 Inspection enquiries contact Alex Scott Real Estate: Dean 0419 399 856 Scott 0427 552 898 Requests for further information: by email to

KORUMBURRA OFFICE 36 Bridge Street 5655 1133

DUMBALK Location: 125 Farmers Road Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms:1 Car spaces: 1 Internet ID: 258353 Land size: 23 acres Price: $645,000 Agent: Stockdale and Leggo Leongatha Contact: 56625800

ding including a three bay machinery shed and operational 14 double up dairy with yards and loading race. This is small acreage at its best. Those looking for a larger holding also have the option of the adjacent 120 acres of excellent red and grey soils comprising flat to gently undulating country. Contact the office for further information.

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ET here on the double because here’s your chance to buy into the established 55s-plus community at The Grange, where value for money is the name of the game. With two of just about everything your good fortune has doubled up: two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two toilets and two car garage, plus two outdoor zones.

Ideally positioned beside the communal function centre (and there’s fun in function) so you won’t have to drive home after a big night at cards. This one has light, space and all the mod cons with quality carpets and window furnishings, dreamy creamy decor, modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, double pantry, double linen and double broom cupboards, large windows and two split system air cons.

A fantastic all glass outlook to paved and walled courtyard garden, with all the camaraderie and security of a private residential enclave. At The Grange there’s no need to hand over all your worldly possessions: the title is yours. Make the most of your retirement with no time consuming upkeep. Pack up and head off whenever you like, knowing that when you return, all will be just as you left it.

LEONGATHA Location: Unit 25, 17 McDonald Street Leongatha Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Price: $300,000 $330,000 Agent: Prom Country First National Contact: Kaz Hughes 0417 516 998

Premium quality homestead on over 25 acres T HIS magnificent farmlet of approximately 25 acres plus 4.2 acres of leases is perfect for those looking for an already established and immaculately maintained rural lifestyle property.

Ideally situated midway between Korumburra and Leongatha and on gently rolling rich river flats, this is a quality property both inside the home and out. The home itself is a superb five bedroom home complete with three large living areas. A great deal of thought has gone into the floor plan of this home, which lends itself to connected family life and easy entertaining.

The warm colours of the Tassi - Myrtle kitchen is a real feature, as is the view from the recessed window above the kitchen sink. Kitchen appliances include an electric oven, gas hot-plates, dishwasher and useful double pantry. The breakfast bar/meals/family room is a large central hub, which the current owners say is an ideal living area for their family and friends. Leading off the family area is a huge rumpus room, which can be open or closed off to create another fabulous living area for children. Large glass doors with direct access to the carport are very convenient for children to have easy movement from indoors to outdoor playing.

Both the family room and rumpus room have warm coloured vinyl plank flooring. A comfortable formal lounge room is warmed by a solid fuel heater, perfect for a cold winter’s day spent indoors, all the while overlooking beautiful scenery. In fact most rooms including the bedrooms look out onto beautifully landscaped garden vistas and lush rural views. The main bedroom has plenty of storage and hanging space, plus a modern generous -sized en suite. Glass - etched folding doors are typical of the quality finish to this home. The other bedrooms are also generous in size. Surrounded by wide verandahs and low maintenance gardens (which haven’t needed to be watered during the past four years) this home is a delight. The land itself is an excellent sole of pasture, approximately 25 acres of gently rolling rich river flats with creek frontage, plus an unmade road and river lease of approximately 4.2 acres. The property is well fenced and is subdivided into nine paddocks. Two smaller horse paddocks are located close to the sheds. A large dam feeds all paddock troughs (and the three house tanks if needed.) Excellent shedding caters for a multitude of purposes, including a large hay/machinery/ shearing shed, workshop, and chook pens. There are also solid stockyards with a crush and loading ramp.

Two double carports provide ample parking space. For the kids there’s also a grand cubby and aviary. All the hard work has been done. Simply move in and enjoy the lifestyle. With the price now$698,000, this represents true value.

KARDELLA SOUTH Location: 8955 South Gippsland Highway Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Land Size: 25 acres plus 4.2 acres of road and river lease Car Spaces: 4 Price: $698,000 Agent: Insight Real Estate Contact: 5662 2220

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HETHER it’s a dinner party inside or throwing some prawns on the barbecue in the outdoor entertainment area, this home is an absolute winner. Immaculate both inside and out, you will appreciate the luxurious fittings and quality of this home. A spacious living area, solid timber kitchen and breakfast bar, formal lounge/dining and an enticing foyer complete with stained glass entry door and slate tiling create a pathway through the home to the kitchen area. The master bedroom has an en suite, second and third bedrooms have built-in robes, and the large laundry and outdoor entertaining are complete with ‘a kitchen sink’. The garage will easily accommodate two cars with plenty of room left over for workshop and storage. Paved driveway and paths and a fully landscaped level backyard are a fantastic area for the kids to run around, which is also home to a garden shed and cubby house.


Location: 11 Griffin Road Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Price: $349,500 Agent: Alex Scott and Staff, Leongatha Contact: 5662 0922

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ETTING a start in the housing market is tough these days, so when an opportunity comes along, you need to pay real attention. Especially if that property looks to be in excellent condition, will double as either an investment or a first home, really is made of bricks and mortar, and is sufficiently under $200,000. Set at the rear of a quiet block of two, with an elevated aspect and plenty of space around, this two bedroom unit is within an easy stroll of the shops in Meeniyan. Open plan living comprises a neat kitchen with pantry, fridge space and range hood, and a living area that will house a meals table and the lounge furniture. A very handy sunroom or extra sitting space is off to one side, giving you better living options. There are two bedrooms, both with built-in robes. The bathroom and laundry are side by side, with plenty of room for an upright freezer, and the laundry baskets. Outside, a handy fenced garden gives privacy and pet security, with room to put a garden shed if desired. The single lockup garage is an added bonus, along with some bitumen visitor parking space too. Whilst it’s all neat, and absolutely ideal as an investment, there is scope to add your own garden touches and personality inside to make this your own home sweet home, and the result either way will surely be one to be very pleased with.


Location: Unit 2, 14 Meikle Street Bedrooms: 2 Bathroom: 1 Price: $175,000 - $190,000 Agent: Prom Country First National Contact: Kaz Hughes 0417 516 998

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Perfection on Paperbark L

ISTEN to the sounds of the surf as you gaze out over the nature reserve backing onto this beautiful property, admire the bird life and take in the spectacular sunsets from your own piece of paradise. This outstanding three bedroom home plus study offers two spacious living areas inside the home and a large outdoor entertaining area with every convenience

INVERLOCH Location: 39 Paperbark Place Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Price: $725,000 Agent: Alex Scott and Staff, Inverloch Contact: 5674 1111

for the perfect host. The gardens have been extensively landscaped and cleverly lit up water features give this home an exotic feel. The property is located only a short stroll to Inverloch’s patrolled surf beach. The block is approximately 500 square metres, with loads of open reserve outside the back gate. This is a rare beauty in a fantastic, but quiet location. Inspection is a must!

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First home buyer benefits THE Victorian Government has changed the way in which they will be assisting first home buyers so that more people benefit.

The First Home Buyers Grant of $7000 remains available for all those buying their first home for $750,000 or less. The grant is paid by the State Government and has no scheduled end date. First home buyers also benefit from a 20 per cent reduction on their stamp duty bill. That means that on the purchase of a $400,000 home

they will save $3274 and on a $550,000 home they will save $4994. The stamp duty reduction is not available for homes priced over $600,000. The good news is that on January 1 the cut to stamp duty will increase from 20 per cent to 30 per cent. That means that on the purchase of a $400,000 home they will save $4911 and on a $550,000 home they will save $9321. The stamp duty cut will then increase to 40 per cent on January 1 2014 and then to 50 per cent on September 1 2014. From July 1 the First Home Buyers Bonus will no longer be available. The Bonus was only

for first home buyers of a new home and was introduced a few years ago to stimulate the building of new homes during the global financial crisis. It has done its job and now the government’s preference is to help all first home buyers. Those buying a new home off the plan will still benefit from concessions to stamp duty. There is other assistance available for different groups, including exemptions for deceased estates, family farms, young farmers and pensioners. Details on those programs and the exact criteria for the assistance for first home buyers can be found at

Helping hand: the Victorian Government’s First Home Buyers Grant can help you save money when purchasing your very first house.

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Inspired by nature BEN Henry is a talented 19-year-old from Mirboo North who produces amazing, intelligent artwork, all with a grey lead pencil. His style is difficult to describe, but Ben leans towards abstract. “It is probably more abstract minimalist, with single dark objects on a white back-

ground,” Ben said. common through A commo on themee tthat haat ru hat runss tthr runs h ough Ben’s hr humble art is the hum mble tree. Th TThey heyy aare ree oone ne of inspirane tition andd are regularly l l ffeatured t d iin hhis i work. k “Perhaps because I have lived in rural areas all my life; I grew up in Mirboo where we were surrounded by trees. They are seen as a source of fuel and protection,” Ben said.

Local talent: Ben Henry creates inspiring art he describes as abstract minimalist.

“I think my art would be a lot different if I grew up in the city. I have been strongly influenced by my surroundings and my small isolated community. If I lived in a metropolitan area, I would have a different style for sure. “I am really inspired by my lifestyle. Living in an area so influenced by the weather and seasonal changes creates a need to have something to do inside. Drawing is something that occupies my time. “When I want to relax and fully zone out, I can put on some music or the television and immerse myself in my art. It’s a really great way to escape.” Ben’s artistic influences include Renaissance artist Pieter Brueghel and Spanish romantic artist Francisco Goya. More recently, Ben has discovered the sometimes controversial work of Bill Henson. “When you actually hear what he has to say about his art, rather than what others say about it, it is totally justified in its form,” he said. Ben is enjoying a gap year this year and working at his parent’s store, Dalliance Chocolaterie, in Mirboo North. He enjoys having a flexible job, which allows him to not only earn some money for an upcoming trip to Europe, but also to spend valuable time on his art when he needs it. In 2013, Ben will be attending Melbourne

University to study a humanities/arts degree and at the moment, plans on studying philosophy and criminology. He will continue to grow his art portfolio while he studies. “It is always a good side project. I have found I have been able to make good money off it and sell enough pieces to keep me going,” he said. Ben does hope to hold a solo exhibition at Dalliance Chocolaterie in the near future and is currently part of the joint Arboreal, Out on a Limb exhibition being shown at Gecko Studio Gallery in Fish Creek until June 16. “The opportunity to exhibit is definitely there. While completing my VCE, especially in Year 12, I didn’t really have time to put together a big enough body of work (to exhibit),” he said. While Ben is passionate about his art, his dream job is to be a judge. “It takes a long time to become a judge, which puts me off a little. I am doing my arts degree so I can do an executive Masters of the Arts,” he said. “Maybe I’ll do some sort of executive job, or even a political position.”

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Aye, aye: Cape Paterson’s Will Hanley as Billy Crocker and the troupe of sailors aboard the Anything Goes SS American were a real hit on opening night.

WONTHAGGI Theatre Group’s production of Anything Goes continues to lure crowds. With just one week to go, the musical spectacular about love on the sea features talented acting, stunning costumes and dramatic sets at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre. Audiences will enjoy tap dancing sailors, singing and plenty of humour as the cast travels aboard the transatlantic steamer, the SS American. Anything Goes features Sarah Kate Hanley as the brassy 1930s nightclub

entertainer Reno Sweeney and her brother, leading man Will Hanley, renowned for his superb singing. They are joined by Wonthaggi’s Jay Nelsen as gangster Moonface Martin, Emmi Latham of Inverloch as the raunchy Erma, and stage newcomer, Kerryn Moren of Wonthaggi as Hope Harcourt. Hope’s eccentric mother Evangaline Harcourt is played to perfection by Kerrie Giles of Leongatha. Her husband Michael Giles is captain of the SS American. Dancers, orchestrated by choreographer Bron Kalos, are guaranteed to impress, especially the big tap number.

Lots of fun: from left, sailor Caleb Hooke, Wonthaggi, Erma played by Emmi Latham of Inverloch and sailor Jack Davis, Wonthaggi delighted opening weekend audiences with their on stage antics and singing.

Dancing star: leading lady Sarah Kate Hanley and cast gave the audience plenty to applaud after a top tap routine.

Tickets are selling fast for performances on Thursday, June 7 (8pm), Friday, June 8 (8pm) and Saturday, June 9 (2pm and 8pm). Ticket prices are $35 adult and $30 concession (full time students, and full Centrelink and DVA concession card-holders only), and are available from the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club, 75 Graham St, Wonthaggi (5672 1083). The club is open seven days a week, and credit card facilities are available. More photos of opening night in Social Scene, page 43.

Happy couple: pretty bride Kerryn Moren, as Hope Harcourt and leading man Will Hanley, as Billy were terrific in their roles.

Great duo: Tim Gesell, as Lord Evelyn Oakley and leading lady Sarah Kate Hanley as the glamorous Reno Sweeney, teamed well in Wonthaggi’s latest musical, Anything Goes.

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Up close: Mary MacKillop students, Jacob White and Ebony Zuidema receive the solarscope from David Harris.

AMBER Kate Verboon was born at West Gippsland Hospital at Warragul on May 10 to Andrew and Rebecca Verboon of Ruby.

Teens set to view Venus By Sarah Vella

MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College received a solarscope on Friday to allow them to view the transit of Venus, occurring on Wednesday, June 6. The solarscope was presented to the school by David Harris, a surveyor with Beveridge Williams.

The school entered a competition, run by the Transit of Venus Australia 2012 Committee which has affiliation with The Institution of Surveyors Victoria. “The competition was run nationally, in order to generate an interest in surveying,” Mr Harris said. “There is a chronic surveyor shortage at the moment and the competition was aimed at promoting it as a career option for students to

Milpara Community House news THE Get to Know your iPad session with Maree and Ray Ludenia was a great success. The participants had fun learning how to use and download various applications, use Skype for the first time, emailing videos to each other and generally increased their confidence in using new technology. Milpara will be holding more iPad courses next term - contact Milpara on 5655 2524 if you would like to get to know what your iPad can do. ****** If you are working in hospitality, health or community services Milpara is holding a Food Safety Level 1 course and a Food Safety Supervisors course on Wednesday, June 6. Both courses start at 9.30am and vacancies are available. A Responsible Service of Alcohol course will be held on Wednesday, June 13 from 9.30am to 1.30pm. ****** Terry Guilford’s session on Understanding Teenage Boys last Tuesday night was well attended, with parents realising that they are not alone and that most parents of teenagers face challenges dealing with mood swings and adolescent angst.

****** The community information session on the changes to the Associations Incorporation Act set for June 5 has been cancelled as there are still amendments to be passed by parliament. ****** The Milpara Men’s Shed is a hive of activity with the guys using the lathes, making toys, other woodwork projects and generally having fun. The Men’s Shed is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.30am to 1pm at the old joinery at Coal Creek. ****** A three week Publisher course is commencing on Friday, June 8 for people who would like to produce professional looking brochures, cards and other documents. ****** Milpara’s emergency food bank is in high demand, so we would appreciate any donations of canned food or longlife milk. If you have food to donate just call into Milpara at 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra to help this worthy cause.

consider once leaving school.” The school was given a program that they used to calculate the co-ordinates where Venus would be visible, when entering and exiting the sun’s path, viewed from Leongatha. The Transit of Venus was first recorded in 1639, by an English astronomer. The most recent transit occurred in June, 2004. The next opportunity to view the historical event will be in 2117.

Leongatha Red Cross THE monthly meeting of Leongatha Red Cross was held on Thursday, with a small attendance of members.

Recent activities have been the drawing of our Mother’s Day raffle, the winners having been notified previously. The result was very satisfactory financially, raising $1384 which will be put to good use by the various departments of Red Cross. We are grateful to all those who supported us by donating prizes and with the purchase of tickets. The regional meeting was held recently when reports were given from other units – it is always interesting to hear of their activities in the community either by way of fundraising or support for those in need. There is an ongoing appeal for used stamps and it was reported that in the last five years $50,000 has been raised in this way, so members were encouraged to continue collecting. There will be a cake stall and raffle in the foyer of Memorial Hall next Thursday, June 7 in conjunction with the traders sale, so come along and support Red Cross. Our next meeting will be held in the Leongatha RSL at 10.30am on Thursday, June 28. All welcome.

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star 30 years ago, June 8, 1982

10 years ars ago, June 4, 2002

5 years ago, June 5, 2007

1 year ago, June 7, 2011

THE Woorayl Shire Council seems to be making a fool of itself. A large sign greets motorists on their way into Leongatha from Korumburra. The sign proclaims the ‘this is the site for the proposed new administration office for the Gippsland Regional Tourist Authority’. The offices are currently being built at Gumbuya Park. **** FOR the past three months, Lyric’s seamstress, Bobbie Neal, has been hard at work making the costumes for the production of Brigadoon. She and her helpers have been organising the costuming of the cast, in readiness for the opening night in three weeks time.

THE South Gippsland Shire Council has received applications for seven new wind monitoring towers to be constructed within the shire. If approved, they would bring the number of wind towers to more than 20 that are either already located or approved to be located within the shire. ****

MOST south and west Gippsland dairy farmers assessed by the Environment Protection Authority recently failed dairy effluent requirements. Barrie Bradshaw, project manager for the Gippsland nutrient extension service, said 75 to 80 per cent of farmers were polluting, or at risk of polluting. ****

MEENIYAN’S new police station opened for business at 8am yesterday, when the town’s new police officer clocked on for duty. The $250,000 station and residence is a boon for the township, which has been without a permanent police presence for 18 months.

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is in the doghouse over a canine controversy in Venus Bay. A row has erupted over whether or not elderly women are allowed to bring their companion dogs along to the Venus Bay Community Centre when playing bingo.

AN IMPORTANT part of Wonthaggi’s history was launched at the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi last Friday. Historian Andrew Reeves’ book titled Up From the Underworld: Coalminers and Community in Wonthaggi 19091968, explores how the workers came to exert their influence on the coal mining industry. **** CONCERNS remain over the carbon neutrality of the Cape Paterson Eco Village. Developer Brendan Condon said he will release the project’s zero carbon study in about seven weeks’ time. He said the study will be launched locally, in Melbourne and would be posted on the web.

Mayor’s message Cr Veronica Dowman

I HAD the pleasure of attending a morning tea in recognition of National Reconciliation Week last Wednesday, hosted by the Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group. I want to commend this group for their work in continuing to strengthen the relationship between non-indigenous Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. This also helps to raise awareness about Indigenous culture. National Reconciliation Week runs from May 27 to June 3 when several events are held across Australia. This year is especially memorable because we recognise two milestones. May 27 marked 45 years since Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders became eligible to vote and be counted in the Census, as a result of a referendum supported by 90 per cent of Australians. On June 3 it was the 20 year anniversary of the Australian High Court’s landmark Mabo decision. This decision changed our laws related to land rights and native title and remains a significant event in Australian history. The event also raised awareness about a current campaign called You Me Unity. The campaign is led by a panel of representatives who are seeking feedback from Australians about formally recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution. There is more information about this at There are many indigenous people living in Bass Coast and their impact and contribution to our society continues to increase. The current official figures, from the 2006 Census, put our indigenous population at 159. However, council believes there could currently be as many as 300 to 400 indigenous people living in Bass Coast, based on information from people who work in agencies supporting members of our indigenous community. This higher estimation considers the traditional relucg tance by indigenous people to identify themselves as such on the Census and that younger indigenous people have you been more willing in recent recen years to identify themselves as indigenous. richer place for it. I encourage you Either way we are a a rich to endeavour to lea learn arn more about our indigenous history and culture; it is fascinating fasscinating and continues to shape us as Australians. Cr Veronica Dowman, mayor Bass Coast Shire Council.

Costs a reality

STRATEGIC planning is an expensive but necessary part of local government.

That view was expressed by Bass Coast Shire councillors. Council paid a consultant $6600 to research and prepare a strategic land use planning funding policy. The upshot was councillors agreed to adopt a policy they believe will keep them at arm’s length from developers. Cr Peter Paul pointed out sometimes developers “get involved to promote their cause”. This is where council needs to be very careful so it’s not “selling its soul”. Cr Phil Wright didn’t agree. He dubbed the policy “naïve”, saying it would slow down development. An officer’s report said the policy would provide clarity regarding funding arrangements and responsibilities for strategic land use planning and ensure adherence to relevant legislation.

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• Paul Kelly concert, Leongatha Memorial Hall. • Anything Goes, Wonthaggi Theatre Group. • National Simultaneous Storytime, Leongatha library. • Leongatha Children’s Centre Comedy Night. • Bass Coast/South Gippsland Business Alliance lunch. • Corner Inlet Halls Network Redevelopment Project funding announcement.

Bundle of laughs: Claire Aeschlimann, Jason Henry, Joenelle Henry, Andrew Holman and Lisa Holman get ready for some gags at the comedy night held at the Dakers Centre in Leongatha.

Doing lunch: Marty Thomas of Moos at Meeniyan, Robyn Eva of GippsTAFE and Alycia Stivic-Joyce of South Gippsland Shire Council attended the Bass Coast/South Gippsland Business Alliance lunch at GippsTAFE Leongatha last Wednesday.

Full of jokes: catching up at the Leongatha Children’s Centre comedy night were, from left: Trevor and Trina Dando and Lucy and Andrew Gromotka. Some of those in the front row, including The Star manager, were the brunt of a few gags, but all in fun!

Helping hands: Marzia Maurilli from South Gippsland Shire Council, Mary Biemans from Toora and Penni Ellicott from the council have worked to receive government funding.

Halls benefit: Brian Hoskins, president of the Meeniyan Hall committee, Phil Rerden, president of the Mount Best Hall committee, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Mary Biemans, president of the Toora Hall committee, after the funding announcement.

Gathering place: Josh Kilgour of Westernport Property Consultants of Cowes met Brian Gannon and Glenn Kleeven of the NAB Leongatha at the business lunch.

What a scream: warming up for a night of laughs Comedy trio: having fun at the comedy night feawere, from left: Nichaele O’Neill, Sherrie Allcorn, and turing Dave O’Neill and Brad Oakes were, from left: Tori Martin. Some $4500 was raised for the Leongatha Shea Kemp, Tammy Rowley and Lisa Carmichael. Children’s Centre towards new purchases of outdoor play equipment.

Fun and games: Leonie Parker read Have you Ever Heard a Giraffe Laugh? by Jamie Edis to the enthralled children at the storytime gathering at Leongatha library recently.

Little reader: Arlie Houston was getting into the spirit of story telling at the Leongatha library.

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Friendly ladies: Helen Holt of Bendigo Bank caught up with Kate Dwyer, Bass Coast Community Foundation executive officer at the business lunch.

Talking shop: Andrea Gault of TriNature Eco Products, Inverloch, chats with Carrie Bruce of Leongatha Kitchens and Bathrooms and Vanessa Holness of Yooralla Leongatha at the business lunch.

Fun for all: family of cast members, Nick Moylan, Melbourne, girlfriend Annabelle and David Panther of Panther’s Mensland enjoyed the premier performance of Anything Goes.

Catch up: from left, Anything Goes band member Georgia Kaye-Helmot of Inverloch celebrated the opening night of Wonthaggi latest musical with sailor cast member David Nobel, Leongatha and Marni McGrath, formerly of Wonthaggi.

Stage buddies: talented Anything Goes cast members Rachel and Sophie Adkins, both of Korumburra, Caleb Hooke, Wonthaggi and Kiana Liddle, Wonthaggi are enjoying performing in Wonthaggi Theatre Group’s latest musical.

Directors: Wonthaggi’s Anything Goes is another triumph for director Karen MilkinsHendry and musical director Kirk Skinner who celebrated the show’s success on opening night.

Entertaining: from left, opening nighters Sue Panther, Koonwarra, Jeanette Pescarini, Inverloch and Anne Moylan, Melbourne enjoyed the fabulous opening night of Anything Goes in Wonthaggi.

Stage buddies: talented Anything Goes cast members Rachel and Sophie Adkins, both of Korumburra, Caleb Hooke, Wonthaggi and Kiana Liddle, Wonthaggi are enjoying performing in Wonthaggi Theatre Group’s latest musical.

Relaxing evening: Leongatha trio Sue Bolge, and Geof and Linda Forrester came to watch Paul Kelly.

Fine drop: Graeme and Georgia Wilson of Windy Ridge Winery at Foster offered bottles at the Paul Kelly gig.

Mother and daughter: from left, Bonny Huitema and he mother Aileen Huitema, of Wonthaggi enjoyed a night out together when they attended the opening of the Anything Goes musical.

Official trio: Ian Bevington of the Lyrebird Arts Council chats with Prom Coast Arts Council members Kerry Spokes and Michael Lester, also of Gecko Studio Gallery, Fish Creek.

Family evening: Wendy Rutjens of Berrys Creek and Kristy Rutjens of Mirboo North watched Paul Kelly play.

Boy time: Graeme Pouw of Wooreen and Colin Kelly of Hallston look forward to the Paul Kelly show.

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Jersey sale breaks records By Sarah Vella THE Devondale 100 Years of Jersey Excellence sale was held at the Stony Creek racecourse on Monday, May 28, as part of the centenary celebrations of the South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club.

Sale ring: Jess Mumford takes a cow through the auction ring during the sale at Stony Creek last week. The sale achieved the highest recorded average price of any Jersey sale in Australia.

The prestigious sale offering quality Jersey cattle from around the region was attended by people from all over Australia, as well as from Canada and the United States. It was the 94th sale for the club, their first being held back in 1924. The top priced cow, Prom View Jenny, sold for $16,500 and was offered by Ross and Jenny Richards of Prom View Jerseys at Foster. Callum Moscript, a member of

the South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club was impressed with the sale results. “The sale began really well, with lot number one selling for $16,000,” Mr Moscript said. “This was followed by lot two and three making $14,000 each. Lot one was purchased by a local syndicate and lot three went to a Koonwarra breeder. “The sale was topped by a really nice cow, which has the potential to perform at the highest level of cattle showing. “She is backed up by a deep cattle family that has been in the district for many years, so was a fitting cow to top the sale.” The sale averaged $5611 over 37 lots, which is the highest recorded average made by a Jersey sale in Australia.

“We were really pleased with the quality line up we had, which was reflected in the prices,” Mr Moscript said. “The sale featured world class offerings and the response from people has been really positive. “There were a lot of hours put into organising the sale. Paul Mumford put in hours and hours of work to get it all together. “The line up was great and having the breeders wanting to pay so much for the cattle was really gratifying.” Wallacedale Jerseys at Poowong held their Future Fortunes Sale on Thursday, May 31. This sale averaged $5512, over 52 lots. It is the first time two Jersey sales held in the same week have averaged over $5000, making it an exceptional week for the local industry.

Jersey girl: Melissa Perrett of Kongwak with her cow, Rye Valley Celeb Sharna, lot number 13 in the 100 years of Jersey Excellence Sale, held as part of the South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club centenary celebrations.

Jersey interest rises

THE nation’s peak Jersey organisation joined in the centenary celebrations by holding its annual meeting at Inverloch’s RACV resort last Tuesday.

Key players: the board of Jersey Australia. Front, from left: office co-ordinator Cassandra Lowes, Milton Johnston, Chris MacKenzie, Lisa Broad and Troy Mauger. Back: Rohan Sprunt, Peter Ness, executive officer Scott Joynson, president Trevor Saunders and Geoff Heazlewood.

Jersey Australia is the organisation responsible for promoting the Jersey breed, monitoring pedigrees and performance. President Trevor Saunders from Shady Creek near Yarragon paid tribute to the South Gippsland club. “On behalf of Jersey Australia members and the board, I would like to congratulate the South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club on achieving what is a magnificent achievement,” he said. “This (100 years) is the first time it has been done in Australia.” In his annual report, Mr Saunders noted Jersey semen sales had risen 10 per cent for the year and Jersey Australia members classified more than 5000 Jersey cows last spring alone. “Jersey registrations hit the 16,000 mark and we haven’t been in that sphere this millennium,” he said. “Demand for Jersey cattle is at an all-time high and the export business has continued to gain momentum.”

Meals roster (Leongatha) J. & J. Gaze and Christian Revival Crusade (all week), A. Hoy (Mon, Thur, Fri), Yooralla (Tues) and SG Specialist School (Wed) will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning June 11, 2012.

Genetics insight: Michelle Axford (left) of Korumburra is the extension and education manager of Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme. She was joined by extension officer Sarah Sexton.

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Breed worth celebrating By Simone Short WITH two record breaking sales and more than 150 guests travelling from both overseas and interstate, to say the South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club centenary celebrations were successful is an understatement.

Following a successful sale at the Stony Creek Racecourse on Monday, past and present members joined with family and guests for the 100 Year Celebration Lunch on Tuesday. Held at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club, the event was a chance to launch the centenary book 100 Years of Jersey History: 1912-2012 South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club as well as hear from guest speakers and share the history of Jersey stud farms throughout the region. MC for the event, Pat Kuhne, told the crowd about the early days of the club, including its first sale in October of 1924, where one per cent of sales benefited the club. Gordon Lawson, who has been part of the Jersey club “virtually all his life” according to president Keith Kuhne, was also awarded a life membership of the club at the event. Having been president of the club from 1990-92 and again in 2004-08, and also secretary of the club in 1992, Mr Kuhne described Mr Lawson as a dedicated Jersey farmer and a unique person, sharing a number of humourous stories about his time in the club. Mr Lawson, who ran his stud Kooroo in Leongatha before retiring to Kardella, said it was a surprise to receive the award. “I believe you get out of a club what you put in,” he said. “I’ve met Jersey farmers from all over the world and during my travels in Australia. It’s a tremendous club to be involved in.” Secretary Ian Richards and his wife Joy were also thanked for their dedication and service to the club. There were plenty of stories shared around the tables over lunch, with the combined years of attendees equalling well over a century of club membership. Betty Gilligan explained when she and her husband Tom began their stud in 1963 the first 10 names they tried to register were all rejected. “I had just been into Leongatha and bought a new pair of shoes. They were sitting on the end of the bench, and on the side of the box was written ‘Gaynor’,” she said. “I said to Tom, ‘Write down Gaynor for the name’, and can you believe it was accepted!” Ms Gilligan, who now lives in Banksia Lodge in Foster, said she loved the life on the farm. “We entered all the shows and won two championships with our cows Snowflake and Twinkle,” she said. Family of the club’s founding member, Arthur Mesley, were also able to attend the lunch, with his daughter Anne Garratt travelling from Geelong and his granddaughter Lee Ewing travelling from North Fitzroy. The longest surviving member and wife of one of the club’s earliest presidents, 98-year-old Elinor Scott, also attended the event with her daughter Heather Scott. Their family stud Lorenong was established in Stony Creek around 1946, and lasted until 1969 when they converted to beef cattle. Members and guests also enjoyed a tour to Jersey studs around South Gippsland on Wednesday, with international guests quite taken with the scenery, and also attended a number of dinners throughout the week. Jersey Australia executive officer Scott Joynson said the record breaking sales in one week was a good indication of how happy all their members would be. “It was only the first thing to come out of the week. The international speakers talking on the carbon footprint and also the future genomic technology were a real bonus for our members, to be exposed to those speakers when these changes are right around the corner,” he said. “Mixed with the 100 year history of the South Gippsland club is a real reminder of where we’ve been. It was a terrific week for all.” Mr Baynson congratulated the local Jersey members for all their work putting together the events for the week. “It’s been an absolute success and not just because I had two record sales during this week!” he laughed. “It’s been a success on many levels – hats off to them.” 100 Years of Jersey History: 1912-2012 South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club books are still available to purchase for $10 by calling Jenny Dowel on 5655 2236. More photos in next week’s Star and online at www.

Welcoming a life member: South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club president Keith Kuhne welcomes life membership recipient Gordon Lawson, along with secretary Ian Richards and Joy Richards at the 100 year celebration lunch last Tuesday. Right, Still breeding Jerseys today: Pat and Keith Kuhne, who is president of the club, with one of their many awards from Jersey shows over the years. The Kuhne family has been running their stud Bushlea in Leongatha since 1945.

Like mother like daughter: Leonie Gray and her mother Betty Gilligan, both spent much of their lives living and working on Jersey stud farms in South Gippsland; Leonie’s in Mardan and Betty’s in Buffalo. Guests of the club: American Jersey Cattle Association director of development Cherie Bayar, PhD and Jersey Australia executive officer Scott Joynson enjoyed the club’s celebrations.

100 years of Jerseys: Joy Hoy, whose father Henry Watson owned Hazelgrange stud on the Strzelecki Highway and Fay Riley, whose stud Berryvale was established in Nerrena in the early 1950s.

Club generations: Elinor Scott and her daughter Heather Scott at the 100 year luncheon. Elinor’s husband Frank Scott was one of the earliest presidents of the club.

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

Recommendations that come your way need further review, especially where finances are involved. Avoid compromises for their own sake. Remind yourself that you deserve the best. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

Homefront activity keeps you distracted from career politics. This is likely a blessing in disguise. You are called upon to make a speech or accept an award. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

This is a good time to get ready for changes in your career or academic life. Advice that comes your way may include more wisdom than you realise. Your intuitive strengths are strong. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

You excel in the role of devil’s advocate. Winds of change indicate improvement in romance and friendship. Some good news on the financial front may arrive after the weekend. Family harmony is restored LEO - July 23 - August 22

Sports are highlighted now. If you are not participating, you are enjoying the role of spectator. Your goal path is more direct after a few recent false starts. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

Focus your attention on relationships. There are choice opportunities for improvement. Interviews are spotlighted, but be sure you are prepared. You receive partial support for a major plan. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

Watch for trends in the areas of career and education, and plan your next moves with logic. Your writing skills are sharp. This is a good week to start a diary. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

A friend may be reluctant to appeal to you for assistance. It’s up to you to sense a problem and respond in a sensitive manner. Watch out for a very hectic and not relaxing weekend. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

Avoid confrontation with your fellow workers. Better to seek out opportunities for reconciliation. Mechanical difficulties should be nipped in the bud and sorted out immediately. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

Keeping a low profile in the community helps you avoid unpleasant disputes. Avoid trying to beat people at their own game. It’s far better to focus on self improvement programs. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

A job assignment delay may be a blessing in disguise. Your inventive spirit is high, but don’t get too carried away. A successful venture may lead to a new assignment. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

This week features a potpourri of unusual events. Possibilities on the agenda include surprise guests, unexpected travel, intrigue on the job front and reconciliations in the neighbourhood. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

You are a concerned friend and also a worrier. You analyse situations carefully but sometimes miss the obvious issues. Focus on new relationships with your expanding friendship circle. Financial prospects may brighten thanks to a new logical influence.


Church Times ANGLICAN: Wednesday, June 6: 9.30am Woorayl Lodge HC; 10.15am Koorooman House HC; 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Sunday, June 10: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Exploring Worship; 10.30am Union Church, Tarwin Lower HC. Tuesday, June 12: 7pm St Andrew’s, Dumbalk / St David’s, Meeniyan Fellowship. Wednesday, June 13: 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Mirboo North. Phone 5668 1346. Holy Communion 8.30am: Worship and Sunday School 10am. ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Korumburra: Sunday 9.30am and Wednesday 11.30am. Poowong: Second and fourth Sundays, 11am. ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi. Sunday, 9.30am Eucharist, 11am Family Service, Wednesday 10am Eucharist. Anglican Church of the Ascension: The Crescent, Inverloch. Sunday 9am Eucharist, Tuesday 10am Eucharist. For details of Community Meal, Youth Group, Bible Studies & Kids Club, contact Rev. Graeme Peters 5672 4590 or visit www. AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (AOG): Prom Coast Community Church Inc. - Foster Community House, Station Street, 10am: Sunday. Sunday School and Creche operates. Pastor Bill Watson 5686 2248. A.O.G. Inverloch - Cnr Bear and McIntosh Street, Inverloch. Sunday Service 10am; Imagine Christmas Day Service 9am. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, 10am: Sunday. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: Pastor Rob Davey 5625 3226. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Equip Church - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Sunday service 10am. Contact: John 0408 305 880. Wonthaggi A.O.G. - Billson Street, 10am: Sunday. Contact: Pastor Barry Smith 5672 3984. CHRISTIAN REVIVAL CRUSADE: 40 Hughes Street, Leongatha. Sunday, Morning Service 10.30 am: Inspirational Service, 6.30pm: Children’s Church 10.30am: Home cells weekly. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455. THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES CREEK: Every first Sunday of the month. Sunday morning 11am 12.30pm. Fun and games, all ages, all are welcome. Phone: Ps. Chris

Chetland 5678 7692, 0447 724 989. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Saturdays, Church service 10am., Leongatha Sabbath School - 11.30am. CATHOLIC: St Laurence’s Parish Leongatha: 5 pm Mass Saturday, 11am Mass Sunday. Tarwin Lower: In St Andrew’s Union Church, 5pm winter, 6pm summer Mass Saturday. Meeniyan: 9.30am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 11am, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Mirboo North: 11am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 9.30am Mass, 2nd and 4th Sundays. St. Joseph’s Parish Korumburra: 9.30am Sunday Mass. Loch: 5pm/6pm Daylight saving Sunday Mass. Wonthaggi: Saturday evening 6.30pm: Evening Mass; Sunday, 10.30am: Mass. Inverloch: Sunday 9 am: Mass. KORUMBURRA’S AGLOW: First Monday every month at Korumburra Day Centre, Korumburra Hospital, Bridge St., Korumburra at 7.45pm. Inquiries phone 5657 2214. GIPPSLAND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Strongly family oriented church meets at The Grain Store, Mirboo North, Sundays: 4-5.10pm Communion, 5.15-6pm Bible Studies for Adults, Youth and Children. Friday evenings: Home Fellowships 7.30pm; Youth Activities. Enquiries: 5668 2226 Bob Stevens. SALVATION ARMY LEONGATHA COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 52 Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) - Sunday: Family Worship at 10am: Sagala - Tuesday, 4 - 5.30pm; mainly music, Thursday 10am. All welcome. Please contact Captain Martyn and Heather Scrimshaw, ph. 5662 5122. SALVATION ARMY WONTHAGGI COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 149 McKenzie Street every Sunday at 11am for Family Worship. Kids' Club - every Tuesday at 4 pm, Women's Group - Wednesday at 1.30pm, and Playgroup - Friday 9.30am. Evening Ladies' Fellowship - First Monday each month and Youth Groups held monthly. All welcome. Please contact Lt. Robyn and Max Lean. Ph. 5672 1228. PRESBYTERIAN: Sunday Service 10am, corner Bent and Turner Streets, Leongatha. Moderator Rev. Mark Smith 5625 4112. CHRISTIAN REFORMED

CHURCH: Reformed Church meeting at the corner of Peart and Brown Streets. Sunday family service at 10.30am. (10am daylight saving time), creche and Sunday School available. All Sunday evening services at 5pm. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2527. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, June 10, 10am (HC). Mirboo North: 9.30am. Meeniyan: 10am. Wonthaggi: Sunday 9.30am, Family Service, all welcome. Inverloch: Sunday 11am: Korumburra: Sunday, 9.30am: Rev. Pastors Gavin and Sue Sharp, 5655 1997. Arawata: 11.30am 1st & 3rd Sundays. Kongwak: 11.30am 4th Sunday. BAPTIST CHURCH KORUMBURRA: 39 Mine Rd, Korumburra. Service and Sunday School 10.30am. Pastor Ian Wilkinson. Phone 5658 1366. BAPTIST CHURCH WONTHAGGI: Cnr McBride & Broome Crescent, Wonthaggi. Morning Service & Children’s Activities, Sunday 10am. Weekly activities see www., Pastor Geoff Pegler 5672 4769. MEENIYAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Sunday, 10am: Meeniyan Youth Club Hall. COMBINED CHURCHES WONTHAGGI / INVERLOCH: 4th Sunday each month at 7pm. SCOTS PIONEER CHURCH: Mardan South. Pleasant Sunday Afternoons on the last Sunday of each month at 2pm. See occasional ad in this paper for details. For enquiries phone 5664 9306. FISH CREEK UNION CHURCH: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 9am; 2nd & 4th Sundays, 7pm. Contacts: Fran Grimes 5683 2650, Sue Poletti 5663 6325.

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Future rocky for hill climb The future of the Knox’s Hill Climb event, hosted by the Leongatha Motorcycle Club may be unknown, but will be run this year on Sunday, June 10. The club’s president, Darrell Van den Borne, said the club wasn’t sure about this year’s event until recently. “We are sort of taking it year by year at this stage,” he said. “We don’t really sit down and have meetings; we just take it as it comes. It could be nearing the end, but we have to take it year by year. “Of course we would love to keep it going as long as we can, but it is not really in our hands.” “It just keeps getting bigger and bigger.” The hill climb attracts more than 100 riders each year, and is a test of skill and horsepower to see how far each rider can make it up the hill.

There are around 18 classes for riders to choose from, all scored on how far the rider makes it up the hill. This year will be the 36th hill climb held at Knox’s Hill. It is a unique event, as it is the only hill climb to run continuously for so many years in all of Australia. The event attracts riders from all over Victoria and has even had a rider travel all the way from Esperance, in Western Australia to compete. Around 1500 spectators gather at the hill to witness the incredible feats of the riders involved in the climb. There are two major trophies handed out on the day: the Jake Kavanagh Memorial Trophy and the Kevin Cook Memorial Cup. The Jake Kavanagh trophy is contested by juniors, under the age of 15, riding bikes with a capacity of 80100cc. The Kevin Cook Memorial Cup is awarded to the outright winner of the hill climb event.

Upward and onward: Craig Gourlay tackles the hill climb with style on his KTM450 at the 2011 event.

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Two years on and growing WONTHAGGI Motorcycles and Power Equipment recently marked two years in business for owners Allister and Dougal Scott and Marcus Ellt. The business has grown in recent times and the move to much larger premises at 48-52 Inverloch Road last November has been well received. The location is very prominent, is well accessed with plenty of parking and the large workshop is also an asset, with the team of four mechanics ready for all repairs and servicing on all makes and models of motorcycles, ATVs, mules, mowers and all power equipment. The business sells the quality Kawa-

saki range, all displayed for sale in the bigger showroom. Also for sale are commercial and domestic mowers, the Stihl range of chainsaws and brushcutters and an assortment of other power equipment. If it’s a new tyre you want for your motorbike or ATV, the business stocks a big range and can have you back on the track as soon as possible. The popular range of Fox clothing and apparel is sold as well. Dougal, Allister and Marcus own the business between them and all work in the business. Marcus is a fully qualified mechanic and also completed his spare parts certificate. Dougal and Allister are local farmers who run a dairy property at Inverloch.

Ready for work: mechanic Chris O’Donnell and part-owner Allister Scott pictured with one of the Kawasaki dirt bikes for sale.

Bigger showroom: Wonthaggi Motorcycles and Power Equipment owners Dougal and Allister Scott pictured with some of the Kawasaki range at their Inverloch Road, Wonthaggi premises.

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Bike power: John Jones with some of the KTM motorbikes that Marriotts Motorcycles and Power Equipment has on offer.

Marriotts for motorbikes LONG time supporters of Knox’s Hill Climb, Marriotts Motorcycles and Power Equipment of Leongatha have all of your horse power needs covered. For the entire month of June, Marriotts is offering 10 per cent off motocross tyres, as well as 10 per cent off all current clothes and accessories. They also have some other great spe-

cials throughout June, such as pant and jersey combo sets for $99 each. With the end of the financial year looming, Marriotts have loads of fantastic deals on ATVs, side by sides, and power equipment, and all 2012 KTM and Suzuki models are set to be cleared. Keep an eye out for the launch of the new Marriotts website,

Yamahas fuel passion FOR Edney’s veteran Ian Marshman, the business’s new Yamaha motorbike outlet is a dream come true.

While Ian has always had a passion for cars, motorcycles were always more his thing. So when the opportunity came up to buy into a business that was dedicated to bikes, he jumped at the chance. Formerly Leongatha Motorcycles, Mowers and Chainsaws, the business is now under the Edney’s banner. “The opportunity was available and we had the ability to tie it in with the business just next door, under the umbrella of Edney’s. It gives us a chance to serve some of our existing customers with their bike needs,” he said. “That was one of many reasons we bought into the business, I suppose.” Ian said he had grown up riding motorbikes. “It’s always been an interest. I probably haven’t shown as much interest in it in the past few years, what with kids and other stuff. But I still have a bike, my kids have bikes, my wife has a bike,” he said. “It’s definitely a family interest. It’s something I enjoy doing and hopefully, as things become more settled, I can do more often.” The Yamaha outlet – conveniently located on the corner of Long Street and Roughead Street, Leongatha - has all manner of motocross bikes, as well as a huge selection of

Ian Marshman: the co-owner and manager of Edney’s Yamaha motorcycle dealership was happy to buy into the business. ag bikes. “We offer great sales, service and accessories. But it’s not just about Yamaha for us when it comes to service. We service all makes and models,” he said. “The agricultural side of the business is really our bread and butter. The farm market is big. That’s

where our day to day business comes from.” Aside from selling bikes for pleasure and bikes for work, Edney’s Yamaha also boasts a massive range of tyres, clothing, boots and accessories. Ian said people who needed chainsaws fixed or serviced would also be well catered for.

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Store sale market Thursday May 31 Total yarding: 589. Steers: P. McMaster, Giffard West, 2 x $910; P.J. & S.J. Williams, Yinnar, 9 x $860; F.J. & M.L. Templeton, Nar Nar Goon, 5 x $850; G. Somersille, Moe South, 1 x $840; A.S. Wright, Tonimbuk, 15 x $835; J. & M. Martin, Bena, 4 x $800. Heifers: N.R. & M. Arnup, Buffalo, 1 x $800; W.G. & F.M. Pratt, Inverloch, 6 x $655; Black Partners, Narracan, 2 x $650; G. Somerville, Moe South, 3 x $625; Carnacoo Past Co, Stony Creek, 9 x $620; G. Turner, Toora, 1 x $605. Cows and calves: Holbrew Nominees, Leongatha, 4 x $1000.


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

Upcoming Sales LEONGATHA Prime: June 6 - 8.30am Sheep: June 13 - 12pm Final for season Store: June 14 - 10am

PAKENHAM Store: June 7 - 10am Prime: June 11 No Sale Export: June 12 8.30am


Cows prove dearer A SMALLER yarding of 255 trade and 1250 export cattle were penned for the regular buying group. Quality was varied, with prices firm to 10c/kg dearer in the export lines and 12c/kg cheaper to 8c/kg dearer depending on quality in the trade pens. The mixed quality lots in the young cattle draft saw trade buyers paying from 193c to 218c/kg for heavy C2 vealers, and from 186c to 201c/kg for the heavy yearling steers which was easier by 8c/kg. Plainer quality C3 yearling heifers also eased by up to 14c/kg, averaging 184c/kg to the trade. Quality was average to good in the grown steer penning of 560 head, with solid processor competition. Medium weight C3 lots made from 180c to 201c averaging 195c to be firm to slightly dearer. Heavy C3 and C4 bullocks sold from 170c to 200c, being firm to 10c/kg dearer for the good quality pens. In the cow line up, heavy D3 and D4 beef cows made

from 122c to 148c, averaging 140c to be 8c to 10c/kg dearer. Plainer dairy bred cows sold at unchanged levels, with heavy D1 Friesians making from 110c to 123c/kg, with better covered 2 and 3 scores making from 124c to 140c/kg.

Wednesday, May 30 BULLOCKS 15 K.A. & J.E. McAlpine, Leongatha 7 G. & S.A. Cannata, Leongatha 14 S.W. Scott, Inverloch 20 A.M. & M.M. Enbom, Korumburra 12 N. & K. Beechen, Driffield 18 A. & F. Westburry, Childers

599kg 564kg 555kg 582kg 619kg 608kg

202.2 200.0 200.0 199.6 199.2 198.6

STEERS 2 R.J. & J.G. Newton, Mirboo North 2 V. & S. Bucello, Wonga Wonga 3 N.R. & M. Arnup, Buffalo 1 Z. & M. Spehar, Yinnar 7 R.P. & J. Lomagno, Jumbunna 17 G. & S.A. Cannata, Leongatha

380kg 365kg 340kg 450kg 499kg 533kg

218.0 $828 217.6 $794 215.0 $731 212.0 $954 201.6 $1006 201.6 $1075

$1211 $1128 $1110 $1162 $1234 $1207

COWS 1 Coolaman P/L, Bena 1 Lynford Park Blondes, Callignee 1 Woodleigh Park, Woodleigh Vale 13 J. Maclachlan P/L, Sale 1 J. Marriott, Drumdlemara 11 Warrigal Creek Nom, Darriman HEIFERS 1 P.P.C. Athanasopoulos, Jeetho West 1 Z. & M. Spehar, Yinnar 1 R.J. & J.G. Newton, Mirboo North 1 Traselasons P/L, Loch 2 J. Marriott, Drumdlemara 1 N.R. & M. Arnup, Buffalo BULLS 1 M.J. Eales, Foster 1 Lynford Park Blondes, Callignee 1 T. Jevseenko, Korumburra 1 Traselasons P/L, Loch 1 S. & K. Hogan, Woodside 1 J. & C.A. Tayler, Cape Paterson

610kg 710kg 625kg 716kg 795kg 545kg

163.2 $995 149.2 $1059 148.0 $925 148.0 $1059 145.6 $1157 145.2 $791

165kg 400kg 330kg 420kg 290kg 320kg

214.6 210.0 210.0 201.6 200.0 196.6

$354 $840 $693 $846 $580 $629

910kg 615kg 760kg 955kg 935kg 745kg

172.0 170.0 170.0 163.6 163.2 160.0

$1565 $1045 $1292 $1562 $1525 $1192

Injuries cost dairy farmers ANY injury on a farm comes at a direct cost to the person involved and the business and the fines are additional costs. Dairy Australia’s Dr Pauline Brightling, who manages The People in Dairy program said workplace fatalities and serious injuries associated with machinery use received a lot of media coverage, but manual handling injury was the biggest source of claims associated with farm workplace health and safety. Manual handling claims tend to be associated with repetitive work resulting in muscle or back injury. “These injuries often involve extended time off work. In addition to the personal injury, it is inconvenient and costly to the employer. Prevention is a far better approach,” Dr Brightling said. “There is an emerging trend towards increases in manual handling injuries on dairy farms, particularly at large operations where workers may spend longer periods

on repetitive tasks in the milking shed; for example cup attachment.” Under new, nationally uniform legislation being introduced from this year, workers and others at the workplace have a duty to take care of their own safety and to ensure their activities do not affect the health and safety of others. The duty of care also applies to contractors and volunteers such as Landcare groups working on the farm. Dr Brightling said the duty of care involved providing and maintaining a safe work environment, safe systems of work, safe plant and structures and the provision of health and safety information and instruction. In practice this means duty holders must identify potential hazards at the workplace and take positive steps to eliminate them or, if this is not possible, to minimise risk. Dairy farmers need not feel daunted by their work health and safety obligations, Dr Brightling said.

Take care: dairy farm owners and workers are urged to provide a safe work environment. “Sometimes the challenge can be working out where to start. It’s actually easier for dairy farmers than many other workplaces because there are a range of checklists and tools available on the web that have been custom-developed for dairy farms,” she said. Checklists, tools and

more information are available from - click on live library; farm policies and systems; health and safety risk. Or for good resources on preventing injuries in the dairy visit click on shed shake-ups; then click on Pits n People.

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Olive oils ain’t olive oils By Sarah Vella ANDREW and Lyn Jamieson, owners of Golden Creek Olives, planted their first tree on their Fish Creek farm 11 years ago, and are now producing award-winning oil. “We have planted seven different varieties so that we can harvest the fruit progressively over the season. Each variety has different flavour characteristics,” Lyn said. “We have three nationalities of olives: Italian, Greek and Spanish. Coratina, Frantoio, Pendolino and Leccino are the Italian varieties and our Spanish varieties are Picual and Arbequina. Our Greek olive is the Koroneiki variety. “Usually the season starts with

picking the Koroneiki variety during May and we finish the harvest in late June.” There are many benefits to growing olives in the fertile foothills of South Gippsland. “We have very few frosts in Fish Creek and the frosts we do have are usually very light. The region has good rainfall, which comes when we need it through the summer period,” Lyn said. “The regular amount of rainfall ensures that we have good cover on the roots and that keeps the roots cool. The roots and the trunks don’t get sunburnt here either. “Heat can cause stress and fruit drop. If we have too many hot days, the fruit can deteriorate. “Olive trees like to have a neutral soil, so we do need to add lime. There is also a boron deficiency in this region, so we apply a foliar spray of boron

Olive grove: some of the olive trees that are grown in Fish Creek on the Jamiesons’ farm, Golden Creek Olives. The trees are netted to stop native birdlife attacking the fruit.

Cow care tips MASTITIS and drying off will be the topics of an upcoming information session organised by the South Gippsland branch of the Young Dairy Development Program (YDDP). Two guest speakers will be on hand to discuss the prevention and management of mastitis, drying off and how to care for dry cows. Will Bullock from the Tarwin Veterinary Group will talk about the types of dry cow and associated problems and risks of use. He will also discuss mastitis at calving, prevention prior to calving, managing mastitis and cell counts.

The discussion will also include an overview of the different types of mastitis and the treatments that are available. Attendees will hear about the care and nutritional requirements of dry cows through to calving from the Department of Primary industries’ (DPI) David Shambrook. This informative event will be held on Thursday, June 7 at the Meeniyan Bowling Club, which is at the recreation reserve on Nerrena Road, Meeniyan. The session will start at 7.30pm and include supper, tea and coffee. Contact Irene Baker on 5624 3900, or

and other trace elements to give them a boost and a copper spray to combat any fungal problems that can occur in damp conditions, with little wind.” Harvest time is a very busy period at Golden Creek Olives, with all of the labour and processing done by Andrew and Lyn. We put shade cloth under the trees, on either side, overlapping at the trunk and we hand harvest, meaning we shuffle along and draw the fruit off the trees and onto the clean shade cloth,” Lyn said. “We also use a hand held forked tool, powered by a battery pack in a jacket. The tool is combed through the tree and it makes picking a lot quicker and less labour intensive. “My husband Andrew and I usually do all of the harvesting, with maybe one or two other people assisting us. We pick half a tonne of fruit per day.” Once the olives have been weighed, they are crushed whole and the oil extraction process starts. “The process of separating the oil from the paste begins in bins that are slightly heated, to bring the temperature of the paste anywhere between 25 and 30 degrees. You can’t have the paste below around 18 degrees, because it is very difficult to extract the oil at a low temperature,” Lyn said. “Our method is what is called cold processing. Extra virgin olive oil must be processed below 30 degrees, from fresh, clean fruit, within 48 hours of the fruit being picked.” Once the paste has gone through the mixer, it is pumped into a horizontal centrifuge, where the oil and the remaining paste separate. “That waste gets taken to a dairy and is fed to the cows on the rotary, making it a completely closed circle

Oil and all: Lyn Jamieson in the olive oil processing area, with a bottle of her award-winning Golden Creek Olives oil. process,” Lyn said. The Australian Olive Association Code of Practice has been developed to ensure honesty, integrity and authenticity in the labelling of Australian extra virgin olive oil,” Lyn said. “We have our oils tested every year as part of the accreditation process, so that we can specifically state that our oil meets the Australian extra virgin olive oil criteria. “We do the planting, the growing,

the picking, the processing, the storing, the bottling, the labelling and the selling all on site. It truly is estate grown olive oil.” Golden Creek Olive Oil is available in a number of retail outlets in South Gippsland, from Foster to Phillip Island. New season oil should be available from late June. Visitors are welcome to the farm by appointment for tours and tastings.

First workshop a chilly success THE first of four 2012 Small Farm Workshops attracted 35 people on a recent cold and miserable Sunday. Nick Dudley from the Department of Primary Industry (a former horticulture lecturer and fruit tree wholesaler) presented an informative session on fruit trees at the Arawata Hall. The workshop series has been organised by South Gippsland Shire Council’s Sustainability team as part of its Sustainability Strategy implementation program. “Nick outlined the best varieties suitable for growing in South Gippsland conditions, and provided valuable information on pruning,

maintenance and possible disease and insect threats,” said organiser and council’s sustainability planner, Christine Hamilton. The group then visited Della Downs, a small mixed farm at Kardella that incorporates vegetables and 700 fruit trees, Dexter cattle, Angora goats, alpacas and a few dairy goats. The next workshop, Soil and Biological Health, will be held on Sunday, June 17, with a presentation and discussions facilitated by soil expert Sonia Lee at the Kongwak Hall. Again, the session will be followed by a visit to a nearby mixed farm producing vealers, fruit and vegetables

and showcasing indigenous plantings along the waterways and biological farming methods. The third workshop will be held in Meeniyan on July 15 and Kate Gardiner from the Landcare Project will discuss weed management. The final workshop in the 2012 series will be held at the Toora Hall and the Toora Heritage Pear Orchard on August 19. Bookings are filling quickly, with numbers limited. Bookings can be made by phoning Christine on 5662 9314 or christineh@southgippsland. A $5 donation is requested for each session to cover tea and coffee.

Finance matters World beckons Gippsland farmers WOMEN share the load on dairy farmers, but often carry the burden of bookkeeping alone.

Keeping the farm financials in order is becoming an increasingly complicated process, leaving many kitchen table accountants struggling to keep up. GippsDairy together with WestVic Dairy is offering Gippsland women a chance to improve their financial literacy with a free program to be run over the next three months. The 25-hour program called In Charge:

Financial Literacy will be held in Warragul on five Wednesdays including June 20 and 27, July 18 and 25 and August 1. Child care funding will be available if required. GippsDairy executive officer Dr Danielle Auldist said the program is an opportunity for women to get a better handle on one of the most difficult area of running a farm business. “Doing the books can be a nightmare for some farmers, so this course was designed to help women develop the skills needed to

achieve a higher level of financial literacy,” she said. “The course will be delivered by Tahlia Sinnot, who is a senior accountant with WHK and, just as importantly, comes from a dairy farming background.” “I’d recommend this program to any woman who wants to improve her ability to handle farm finances.” For more information or to register please contact GippsDairy by email at executiveassistant@ or call 5624 3900.

SOUTH Gippsland farmers are encouraged to apply for a Nuffield scholarship and experience the best the world of agriculture has to offer. Applications for the prestigious 2013 Nuffield Scholarships are currently open, but will close soon, on Saturday, June 30. Successful applicants begin this lifechanging experience with six weeks of group travel with other Australian scholars, touring the global powerhouses of agriculture, including China, Brazil, USA, Canada and Europe. Following this, successful applicants then focus in on a topic of value to their business and industry, with a further eight weeks travelling the world investigating their chosen research. Each year Australian Nuffield scholars tackle a wide-range of topics

selected for relevance and benefit to industry. Recent research has focused on sustainable agricultural inputs, keeping injured farmers on the land, shelter crops to boost summer vegetable production, grain growing in tropical areas, robotic dairies, renewable energy as an alternative farm income and rebuilding the Rock Lobster industry, to name but a few. The benefits of a Nuffield scholarship extend far beyond the scholars’ year of travel and research, as they become part of a valuable alumni network with members in the UK, Ireland, France, Zimbabwe, Canada, New Zealand and affiliant member the Netherlands. Victorian Nuffield chairman Michael Hastings, from Winchelsea, said: “I was very fortunate to be awarded a Nuffield scholarship which

provided the basis for me to restructure and grow my existing business and make the most of other opportunities for value adding, direct exporting and the recent development of a farm shop and agri-tourism arm to the business. “I would strongly urge anyone to seriously consider a Nuffield farming scholarship as it is the opportunity of a lifetime to travel extensively to see and learn about agriculture all over the world with other scholars and then study your own specific topic of interest.” There will be 20 scholarships offered by Nuffield Australia, sponsored by a range of Australia’s leading agricultural organisations. For more information and selection guidelines please visit www.nuffield. email au or call Nuffield Australia CEO Jim Geltch on (03) 5480 0755.

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STONY CREEK MECHANICS INSTITUTE AGM MEETING scheduled for 5th June has been postponed until Tuesday 12th June at 7.30pm Sorry for inconvenience Val Young ( Secretary)



If you have not registered your enrolment application visit our website: or contact Kylie 5662 5142

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




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Enrolments are now being taken in both the Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten groups for 2013. To enable us to finalise the groups and timetable for next year we have set the closing date for enrolments at Friday 29th June 2012. Enrolments received after this date may be placed on a waiting list. Please contact Mirboo North Kindergarten Telephone 5668 1223 Email

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

situations vacant

TARWIN LOWER Market Monday 11th June 2012 7.30am - 2pm. Bookings essential. Ph: 5663-7345.

Mardan Tennis Club Inc FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT The Adventures of

TINTIN Friday June 8 at the Mardan Hall Movie starts at 7.30pm Entry $5 Popcorn, chips & drinks for sale Kids bring your bean bags, pillows & blankets Sponsored by Mirboo North & District Community Bank® Branch

Koonwarra Mechanics Institute THE TRI ANNUAL MEETING of the Institute

To elect a committee of management for the hall, for the next 3 years will be held in the Koonwarra Hall on Wednesday June 20, 2012 Commencing at 8pm All welcome Ian Kinnish (Sec)

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FULL TIME SALES PERSON Parents of all children attending pre school (3 & 4 year old) in 2013 are invited to an


to discuss the programs offered at our centres in 2013 Wednesday, June 13 - 7.30pm HASSETT STREET PRE SCHOOL 9 Hassett Street, Leongatha All welcome

RETICULATION SEWER UPGRADES WONTHAGGI As part of South Gippsland Water’s (SGW’s) ongoing program of wastewater system improvements, SGW is pleased to advise that upgrade works will commence on the sewer reticulation main located in the laneway that runs parallel and to the north of White Road, between Griffiths Street and Kingston Road, Wonthaggi. Works will be conducted in the laneway, road reserves and in designated sewer easements. This may require the contractor to enter your property in order to carry out the required works. Disturbance to residents’ properties and any environmental disturbance will be kept to a minimum. Any disturbed areas will be restored and reinstated to a satisfactory pre-existing condition. The works are scheduled to commence in the first week of June 2012 and conclude in the first week of September 2012. For further information contact the Project Engineer, Nathan Lucas on 5682 0443.

A full time position has become available in our Outdoor Living & Garden Centre. The store is open 7 days per week, therefore the successful candidate will be expected to work weekends as rostered. The position requires an enthusiastic person who will be involved in the daily running of the store. The successful candidate will demonstrate sound customer service skills, be computer literate and have a willingness to learn. Prior retail experience would be preferred although not essential. Please forward written application and resumé to: The Manager 7-13 Roughead Street Leongatha 3953 Applications close 22nd June 2012 Successful applicants only will be notified

Careers with the YMCA! Boost your career with YMCA Victoria. We’ll invest tie an eort uilin your sills an conence because we’re as interested in your career as you are!

Health & Wellness Team Leader / Coordinator $40,113 – $42,899 + super YMCA Wonthaggi is looking for an experienced Health & Wellness professional to join the team at the Wonthaggi Aquatic & Leisure Centre. The role includes direct responsibility for the Health Club and Group Fitness programs as well as a contribution to the general management of the centre. You will demonstrate excellent leadership, a commitment to Health & Fitness and re ect the values of the YMCA. Please address the key selection criteria in your application addressed to

Applications close 8 June 2012 Go online for PD’s and other careers available with YMCA.

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MILL OPERATOR Meeniyan Stockfeeds is a successful company offering a wide range of feeds to suit most livestock sectors. They now have an opportunity for a Mill Operator to join their team on an on going casual basis. Meeniyan Stockfeeds pride themselves on their exceptional service and are seeking someone who can offer the same. The successful applicant for this role will be responsible for blending and crushing of grain mixes and general house keeping tasks. The successful applicant must be a proactive, organised and self-motivated person with attention to detail. Previous stockfeed, milling and/or agricultural sector experience would be an advantage. If you want to join a growing company which looks after its team in a friendly and supportive environment then we want to hear from you! Please forward you written application, including 3 referees, to: Meeniyan Stockfeeds 24 Hanily Street Meeniyan VIC 3956

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

Diploma Qualified Child Care Worker (Maternity leave Position) Fulltime The vacancy is located at Prom Coast Centre for Children, Foster.

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An experienced driver holding H.C. Licence required for permanent position in South Gippsland area. Hooklift vehicle experience an advantage but not essential. Person to display organising and supervisory skills. Generous package available. Enquiries to 5134 1455 Applications to PO Box 3369 Gippsland Mail Centre

B-DOUBLE TRUCK DRIVER Experienced driver required for Leongatha Transport Company. Some shift work and weekends required. Excellent rates paid for the right candidates. Must have MC licence and driving experience. Phone Ryans Transport: Tom on 0409 613 664

Permanent Part Time (3 days per week) $43,790 total salary package

We are a growing Australian based company, which produces a range of premium dairy products for the domestic and international market. A full time vacancy exists for a Production Accountant who is responsible for coordinating the management of all production related transactions in our financial system, to improve processes and procedures relating to the ERP system and provide meaningful analysis of inventory, manufacturing costs and variances to various stakeholders in our operations department. To be successful in this role you will require the following: • Experience in inventory control principles in a Manufacturing & Warehousing environment • Relevant accounting qualifications • Strong capability & experience in working with ERP Systems • Excellent computer skills • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail 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: 13th June 2012

Join our results driven Finance team to support business units with financial accounting matters and assist in the administration of monthly reporting. You will be responsible for supporting Accounts Payable and Receivable, assisting in the annual budget processes and ensuring timely advice in relation to management accounting issues.

Intake & Assessment Officer Temporary Part Time (2 days per week) $29,197 total salary package The Home and Community Care (HACC) program provides basic support services to people who are frail, aged, people with disabilities and their carers, assisting them to continue to live independently in their community. You will be responsible for assessing, allocating and reviewing services for HACC clients, providing referral and linkages to appropriate services and working collaboratively with other agencies and networks to coordinate care for clients with complex and changing needs. For more information go to our website or contact us on (03) 5662 9200. All applicants must submit an Application Form and address the selection criteria outlined in the position description, by Wednesday 13 June 2012.

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Individualised Support Workers


Casual Positions

FosterCare Support Worker- Home Based Care Fulltime Based in Bairnsdale

Yooralla is offering casual opportunities throughout the Gippsland Region for Support workers to empower people with disabilities to live the life they choose.

The role of the Fostercare Support Worker is to be responsible for the case management of children and young people placed in alternative family based care with volunteer caregivers. The worker is required to work closely with children and young people, their family, caregivers, DHS and other agencies. Must participate in an on-call roster which operates after business hours including weekends and public holidays. For further information on the above position please phone Debra Coker on 5144 7777.

We are seeking passionate, people who are able of offer flexibility of shifts, and share the common goal of providing a fair go for people with a disability The role will require people committed to collaborative relationships with residents, staff, families, and other health professionals to meet the needs of each individual. Tasks will include supporting individuals to achieve the goals they have identified, develop & maintain skills, provide assistance with meals, personal care, transport & community access all within a person centred & positive environment. You will need to be a team player and have an enthusiasm to learn whilst working safely in a busy environment.

QUALIFIED Early Childhood Educators (Child Care) (Diploma in Children’s Services required for Mirboo North) Part Time: 15-37 hours per week

The Essentials:

This position will be responsible for the planning, organisation and implementation of Children’s programs in accordance with The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. This position will provide leadership, direction and support to immediate co-workers and create as well as maintain a highly valued ‘working together’ culture. Applications for this position close on Monday 4th June 5pm.

• Full Australian Drivers License. • Current First Aid level 2 certificate • Qualifications and/or experience working with people with a disability will be highly desirable For further information contact the Traralgon Office on 5174 1111

Visit our website for an extensive copy of the advertisement & copy of the position description. Apply online or forward your application to jobs@yooralla. or mail to People and Culture at the below address by the closing date Friday 15th June 2012.

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Yooralla is an equal opportunities employer and we encourage people of all abilities to apply. Yooralla People and Culture PO Box 200, Flinders Lane Melbourne, Victoria 8009 Email

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


Phone JOHN GOULD 5664 0012

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Management Accountant

Production Accountant


NEAT 3 bedroom house, fully furnished, 5 minutes from Leongatha town centre. 0407-076857.

Shire Council

South Coast Child FIRST and Integrated Family Services. Post-secondary qualifications in Social Work, Welfare or related field. Diploma level qualifications will be considered if applicant willing to further their study. For further information on the above position please phone Marie Jones-French on 5662 5150.

UnitingCare Gippsland interviews in the interests of safety and well-being of children and young people.

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South Gippsland

Family Support Worker – (readvertised) Full time Based in Leongatha

Application forms and position descriptions are available at or call Sally Derham on 5152 9600 to have copies emailed/sent to you. Applications addressing the key selection criteria close: 5pm Friday 8th June and are to be addressed to: Sally Derham, HR UnitingCare Gippsland PO Box 454 BAIRNSDALE VIC 3875 Or email

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PART-TIME CLEANING POSITION A permanent part-time position is available in the cleaning department at South Gippsland Hospital. Experience in a commercial/industrial setting is preferred, however full training will be provided. Please contact Reception on 5683 9777 for a position description. Applications close at 5pm on Friday, 15 June 2012 and should be addressed to: Environmental Services Manager South Gippsland Hospital PO Box 104, Foster 3960

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

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for rent FOR RENT LEONGATHA 4 Brm House, all mod cons $350 pw Available Now 2 Brm Unit $250 pw Available Now 3 Brm House, Large Shed $290 pw Available Now TARWIN 4 Brm + Study $210 pw Available Now

Contact Kellie on 5662 5800 KORUMBURRA 3 Bdrm house $220 pw Available now LEONGATHA 2 Bdrm unit $245 pw Available 26th June MEENIYAN 3 Bdrm house $250 pw Available now MIRBOO NORTH 2 Bdrm house $200 pw Available 25th June 3 Bdrm house $250 w/o gardens or $270 incl gardens pw Available 1st July 2 Bdrm unit $250 pw Available now 3 Bdrm house $260 pw Available now 3 Bdrm house $290 w/o gardens or $320 incl gardens pw Available now

Prom Country PHONE: Janine - 5662 3100

3 BEDROOM BV home, Korumburra, $250 per week. References. 56551991.

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

Plenty of properties available for suitable tenants in Venus Bay. These properties range from $180-$370 per week.

Email your adverts to The Star

Please contact Lorraine Lawrie or Sally Stafferton on 03 5663 7700 to arrange an inspection today.

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167 Graham Street Wonthaggi

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for sale PIANOLA German iron frame, good working order, with 130 rolls and stool. 0428-598262. PUMPKINS Qld blue and grey, 90c/kg. K. & J. Ball, 5664-0086. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662. THOROUGHBRED 17 year old Belle Esprit, bay gelding 16hh+, broken in, trialed, un-raced. Good to handle. Enormous potential, $400. 5664-7264. TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 56812261. TV CABINET Solid redgum, 2200mm long x 550 high and 500 deep - 2 doors, 4 shelves. Perfect condition. Cost $2,200 new, sell for $1,200. 5664-2430.

free to good home A LOVING home for Gretel. Gretel is a 6 year old Spaniel Cavalier cross, loving and gentle, great with kids, not chickens. Microchipped and desexed. 5664-7264. PIDGEONS (5), free to good home. Ph: 0419660386.

1984 COROMAL LOW LINER CARAVAN 1900 Model 17’6” Island bed, full annex, electric brakes Good condition Reg No. C04087 $10,000 ONO

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

Phone 5662 2480


BREADCRUMB FEED $100 per ton, Dandenong, in semi-trailer loads, 13.5 MJ ME/kg DM, 15% CP, 65% dry matter. Call Ed 0402-212222.

KIT INCLUDES 5cm x S/C advert (valued at $31.90)

CABLEVEY hoppers $15 each, Westfalia jetters $20 each, electric fence reels and pigtail posts, pine posts 8ft x 6-8 inch $18. Ph: 5662-4021.

EXERCISE EQUIPMENT Easy-shaper, suitable for stomach, abs, arms and legs. Used once. Complete with video and instruction booklet. $75. 5664-2430.

FIREWOOD Local wood split. Pick up or delivered. Ph: 0437-176187.

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

FLOOR RUG 250 x 190cm. Multi-coloured, rusts, greens, blues. Never used. $350. 5664-2430.

HAY CLEARANCE 1,000 small square bales, shedded, ex quality, suitable for horses. Must go $7 each. Can deliver 50 or more, conditions apply. Mardan 5664-1320, 0428999691.

HORSE 15yo gelding 16.2hh, registered D Grade EFA showjumper. Done PC, CC, trail rides. Good in traffic and handles well, $2,500. 0417-840669.

MEAT MINCER, butcher benchtop type, s/s 240W, sausage attachment. Brand new, still in box. Cost $2,200, sell $750. 0402385692.

• 2 x A4 Garage Sale Signs • Garage Sale Tips (dos and don’ts) • Sheet of Price Stickers • Star Carry Bag

Total package valued at $39 ADVERTISE by calling 5662 5555 or emailing or call in to 36 McCartin Street LEONGATHA to pick up your kit when you place your advertisement

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 FORD LASER 1989, registration paid, asking between $500 to $900, good condition. Ideal for farm work. Reg SNV503. Ph: 5956-6416. SUBARU Outback wagon, 1999, rego until Feb 2013 (RHA645), $5,500. 0409463437.

used motorcycles MOTOR BIKES 1 x DRZ 250, top end rebuild, 2006 model, needs carburettor. 1 x 1996 model KTM 450. Ph: 0429-581505. YAMAHA TTR110E, 2010, electric start, auto clutch, 4 stroke, EC, $2,250. 56635511.


BULLS FOR HIRE OR SALE Friesian, Jersey, Angus, Hereford and Limo All tested Phone 0447 331 762 AUSSIE RED bull, 23 months old, $1,600 ONO. 5657-3289, 0438-522451. LAYING HENS Isa Brown, laid 12 mths, very healthy birds, excellent layers $8 each. Large lots POA. Ph: 5197-7385.


message of hope SHOUT for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalm 100:1-2

in memoriam CHALLIS - Brian 22.11.30 - 4.6.2010 To our dearest dad and pa, our memories and thoughts of you are still as strong as ever. Forever in our hearts till next time, all our love. Pete, Sandy, Ash, George and Chloe.

deaths ANDERSON (nee Emmitt) - Rhonda Gaye. Passed away suddenly May 23, 2012. Loving mother to Scott and Briley. Loving daughter of John and Eileen Emmitt. Loving sister of Wendy and family, Leanne and family, and David. Sadly missed.


Raul is a 10 year old black and white cat. Went missing 17.5.2012 along Koonwarra Road between Koonwarra and Meeniyan. Lives in Leongatha. Phone Amy 0439 893 732 or Lyn 0402 439 354

meetings LYREBIRD Hospital Auxiliary AGM, Monday June 18 at Leongatha RSL, 7.30pm. Enquiries president 0419-565711.

wanted DUST IT AWAY CLEANING SERVICE Family business DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL CLEANING Pensioner rates COVERING SOUTH GIPPSLAND AREA Phone 0400 614 056 or 0409 547 461 AGISTMENT wanted for quiet cows and calves. Ph: 5668-7234.

wanted to buy OLD ride-on lawn mowers. Ph: 0488-294894. OLD MOTORBIKES road, trail, motocross, farm, scooters, 4WDs, minis, wrecks or just parts. Cash paid. 5664-8344. OLD FARM four wheelers, ag bikes, machinery, to do up. Call and let me know what you have. Will pay cash. Phone Matt 0401194601.

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Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

PAM HERRALD 5662 2553 0438 097 181

ANDERSON (Emmitt) Rhonda Gaye. Thanks for your humour, friendship and generosity. On behalf of your workmates at the MG Lab Leongatha.

funerals HALL - Family and friends of the late Mr James ‘Nobby’ Hall of Inverloch, formerly Leongatha and Morwell are invited to attend his Funeral Service to be conducted at the Gippsland Memorial Park, Scrubby Lane, Traralgon on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 11am. HAROLD MILKINS MILKINS FUNERALS 102 Graham Street, Wonthaggi 5672-3123 100% Australian McNIVEN - The Funeral Service for Mrs Audrey Gwendoline McNiven will be held at the Anglican Church of Ascension, The Crescent, Inverloch on Thursday, June 7 at 2pm. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Inverloch Cemetery.

ROBERTSON The funeral of Mrs (Nancy) Agnes Robertson will leave St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Fowler Street, Moe after a service commencing at 1.30pm on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 for the Moe Cemetery. LATROBE VALLEY FUNERAL SERVICES AFDA TRARALGON 5126-1111

You will be sadly missed. ANDERSON - Rhonda. The committee and staff of the Leongatha Children’s Centre express sincere sympathy to Briley, Scott and family on the recent sad loss of Rhonda. CURLEY - Michael (Mike). Passed away peacefully at Leongatha Hospital on May 26, 2012. Aged 75 years. Loved husband of Margaret, father of Joy and Joel and loved grandpa of Alex. Tireless worker for the community of Leongatha. A private family burial has been held, according to Mike’s wishes. HALL - James ‘Nobby’. Of Inverloch, late of Leongatha and Morwell. Peacefully on May 30, 2012. Aged 87 years. Loved husband of Anne, loving father of Ken, Larry and Joanne. Peace at last. McNIVEN Audrey Gwendoline. Passed away peacefully at Domain Seahaven, Inverloch on June 1, 2012. Dearly loved wife of Jim (dec). Loved and loving mother and mother-inlaw of Jim and Anne; Heather and Robert; Karen and Martin. Devoted grandma of Lucy, Peter and Christopher; Andrew, Michael and David; Stacey, Gavin and Matthew. Loved great grandma of Emma and Amber; Jack and Dylan; Eddie and Will; and Lauchlan. ROBERTSON - (Nancy) Agnes McNaughton. Passed away peacefully at Narracan Gardens on May 31, 2012, aged 87. Loved wife of John (dec). Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Marilyn and Ray, Ian and Norma, Sandy and Gail and Neil. Loved nana of Matthew, Elly, Greg, Brian, Chris and Sean, and great nana of 10. Friend of Cheryl. Mother and father reunited.

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

Bunnings’ jobs go local MORE than 35 residents are now official team members of the new Bunnings Wonthaggi, which is set to open its doors to the public in early July. Bunnings Wonthaggi complex manager Kim Isaacs said she was happy to welcome the new team members, who would all be offered extensive training and given the opportunity to further their careers. “Bunnings provides a number of career development options for all team members, and I’m confident our new recruits will relish the opportunity to learn and grow with us,” she said. The store also has a qualified horticulturist who will be on hand to provide local residents with expert advice for their garden projects. The store will offer leading Australian brands and products, including a range of outdoor living, leisure and lifestyle products to meet the community’s needs. Further to this, an extensive range of hardware and garden products, including building supplies, timber, paint, plants, gardening equipment and supplies, plumbing, lighting, flooring and tools will be available. Bunnings Wonthaggi is located at the corner of McKenzie Street and Korumburra Road in Wonthaggi.

Shantal named volunteer of year SHANTAL Kelly of Mirboo North was named young volunteer of the year at Interchange Central Gippsland’s awards presentation recently. Shantal was described by Interchange Central Gippsland recreation program workers as a reliable, committed, caring and dedicated young lady. She has been volun-


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

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teering with Interchange Central Gippsland since March 2011 and has been active in the ROADIES program that services Latrobe City and Baw Baw Shire, and the TV Program that services South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires. “Her manner with our Interchange Central Gippsland participants has been described as calming and supportive,” general manager Debbie Knight said. “Her contribution as a volunteer is highly valued and she is looked up to by her peers. In fact it was said when Shantal is volunteering everything seems to run much smoother due to her nature and skills working with young people with disabilities.” Adult volunteer of the year was awarded to Trevor Waite of Glengarry, and the Lubberink family of Drouin and the Taylor family of Toongabbie were both recognised for reaching 10 years working with Interchange Central Gippsland under their host program. Interchange Central Gippsland is committed to building, enhancing and promoting the strengths of people with disabilities. Anyone who is interested in volunteering and assisting children with disabilities should contact the office Monday to Friday on 5127 7979 and further information on the types of volunteering roles available can be obtained from website at

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Coming together: up to 60 concrete trucks came and went between 7am and midday last Wednesday, to pour one of the larger slabs for the new Leongatha Memorial Hospital. Loaded trucks arrived every five minutes. Gippsland Southern Health Service CEO Gary Templeton said up to 370 cubic metres of concrete has created the slab for the administration, waiting and cafeteria area of the new building.

Students sleep out for homeless By Simone Short

IT’S no secret there are people in the community who struggle with finding a place to call home, or even somewhere to seek shelter during the cold winter nights. Not many of us, however, know what it’s like to experience a night without a warm bed to sleep in. Students at Leongatha Secondary College recently took part in the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Neighbourhood Appeal, door knocking and raising over $1200. The second part of the challenge was for students to plan, organise and stage their own, unique fundraising event, again for the Salvation Army. “We wanted to encourage students to walk in someone else’s shoes and really put their own personal comfort on the line with our fundraiser, so we thought we would run A Winter Sleepover at the school,” college teacher Fiona McKenzie said. Tonight (Tuesday), students will be sleeping on the floor of the school gym in sleeping bags with no heating or other comforts like a mattress. The students have been raising money by seeking sponsors for the event. “The next morning they will have a breakfast together and then off to classes – tired, gritty and perhaps a little wiser about what life is like for those in the community who do not have a permanent home,” Ms McKenzie said. Sound like a great student initiative? They haven’t stopped here. On June 22, the students are organising a community event they are calling the South Gippsland Winter Sleep Out.

Working together with the Salvation Army and the South Gippsland Shire Council, school leaders from all around the shire will be invited to join in. Leongatha Salvation Army Captain Martyn Scrimshaw said the idea originally came after he spoke with students about homelessness. “I showed them a DVD about a 14-year-old girl who lived on the streets of Melbourne and was helped by the Salvos,” he said. “The students then decided they wanted to contribute more than just a door knock to our cause and it really snowballed from there.” Live music, entertainment and guest speakers will open to the public from 8 until 10pm, and the Salvation Army is inviting local businesses to get involved by nominating an employee to join in on the sleep out. Each participant will be asked to raise $100 through sponsors to take part in the event. Mr Scrimshaw said the event was a fantastic initiative by the students. “A lot of young people ask us for help and this raises awareness that you do have a place to go for help,” he said. “There will also be a confession box at the sleep out so anyone seeking help can let us know, and we can speak to them at a later stage. All our Gippscare staff will be on hand.” Kelvin John’s Retravision is supplying cardboard boxes for people to sleep on, and free beanies will be handed out at the event. A breakfast will also be held the next morning. For more information or to get involved, contact the South Gippsland Shire Council on 5662 9200.

Kids busy at Toora TOORA Primary School took part in a national program linking music and good health as part of the Making Music Being Well project. Junior kids learnt the song The Wonky Donkey ahead of the Toora/ Welshpool kindergarten visit. The visit by the kinder children is a first in a series of trips, as part of Toora primary’s transition program. Grades 2 and 3 have planned a visit to the Prom View Lodge nursing home to sing for the residents. Grade 4 students, Ebony Corr and Brittany Viney-Walker will accompany the group on recorder and keyboard. The senior students are involved in weekly sessions at the Toora Hall with accomplished music teacher Bronwyn Wakely, rehearsing for the Yarram Eisteddfod early next term. Their chosen songs are Jerusalem and That’s Not My Name, which tie in nicely with the school’s humanities theme and end of year concert focus of medieval.

Students from Grades Prep to 3 have been cooking up a storm using produce from the school’s kitchen garden, under the guidance of education support officer Dinah Brownfield. All produce for the program is sourced from the school’s kitchen garden, where students have weekly input into the planting, nurturing and harvesting of vegetables with guidance from Welshpool horticulturalist, Arie Bos. The school has recently completed their hen house and the arrival of chickens provided excitement. Teacher Kerry Corcoran said chickens will further enhance the kitchen garden program. “We have been working towards having the chickens for a while now. It will be great for the students to watch them grow. They will also be fed the garden and kitchen scraps from the school and provide fresh, organic eggs for the students to cook with,” she said. “The students will be able to interact with the chickens on a daily basis and have input into their care. “The chickens were donated by Les Osborne

pit area, with the emphasis being on outdoor cooking and embracing the Koori culture and traditions. This project is aimed at helping the students develop a deeper understanding of the indigenous connection they have to the land.

Chicken little: Isaac with one of the new additions to the kitchen garden program at Toora Primary School.

Awards honour Bass Coast Landcarers BASS Coast Landcare Network held their annual dinner at Glen Alvie recently to celebrate another successful year with their members and to learn more about carbon farming.

South Gippsland Winter Sleep Out: Leongatha Salvation Army Captain Martyn Scrimshaw with South Gippsland Shire Council mayor, Cr Warren Raabe. Together with the Leongatha Secondary College they are holding the South Gippsland Winter Sleep Out to raise money and awareness for homeless people in South Gippsland.

from Toora, who bred the chickens. Les is also the groundsman at the primary school.” To complement the kitchen garden project, the school is in the planning stages of developing a learning stone and fire

The evening provided Landcare members with an opportunity to network and enjoy some of Bass Coast’s fine fare with a paddock to plate dinner. This year the produce was donated from two local farmers, Rebecca and Steve Marriott from Kisandra Natural Beef and Jon and Marg Hauser’s Glen Alvie Prime Lamb, as well as Grow Lightly South Gippsland. Corey Watts from the Carbon Institute was the evening’s guest speaker, who helped to demystify the carbon farming initiative through his discussion on carbon in a farming environment. Corey has more than 10 years’

experience working at the nexus of farming and sustainability issues. Corey has spent eight years at the Australian Conservation Foundation working with farmers, agribusiness and the food sector on issues as diverse as farmland stewardship, bio-energy, national natural resource management policy and sustainable food futures. He is a past member of the Australian Landcare Council and a member of Foster’s Wines expert reference group on sustainability. The night also acted as celebration of the achievements of Bass Coast Landcare members in fulfilling their farm plans, contributing to the health of our catchments and furthering local knowledge about sustainable agriculture through our land steward’s presentation. Barry and Guila Sibly from Three Creeks, Marg and Daryl Hook from Anderson Inlet, Lew Potter from Bass Valley, Alison Pitt from French

Island, Lee Storti from the Lance Creek/Kongwak Group, Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm at Phillip Island, and Rod and Marina Paterson from the Powlett Project were recognised for their efforts and achievements in implementing farm plans and improving the health of the catchment. Paul Speirs from Archies Creek received the weed destroyer award for his efforts and achievements in weed eradication and making a significant contribution to the environmental health of the catchment. Cheryl Enbom from Korumburra received an award for her significant contribution towards the Landcare movement. Carolyn Charles from the Wonthaggi Urban project was recognised for her contributions to stewardship of public land in and around Wonthaggi township.

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Wonthaggi debs presented in Inverloch Wonthaggi debs: the Debutante Ball was organised by a group of students from the Wonthaggi Secondary College. College The Wonthaggi debutantes were presented to Cindy

Boyd and Dennis Vague at the Inverloch Community Hub. From left, back row: Jye Andersen Andersen, Jaden Chiron Chiron, Max Combridge Combridge, Thomas Hamilton, Parker Babington, Corey

Smith, Pat Gregson, Nick Fraser. Middle row: Josh Aldag, Kaylah Collis, Ally McLardy, Amy Hogan, Hogan Kirra Marlborough, Marlborough Maddi Bradsworth, Malinda Abriola, Jack Homer.

Front row: Tayla Bauman, Mayson Gardiner, Tyson, Shane Gray, Cindy Boyd, Dennis Vague, Taylah McIntosh and Jessie Walton Vague Walton. Photo courtesy of Foons Photographics.

Korumburra City soccer Leongatha Knights ANOTHER scattered round for Korumburra this week with the club on a bye but the under 13s, 16s and 19s playing.

In the Under 13s against Prom Coast at Korumburra both teams started well, moving the ball around and playing team football. After 10 minutes Korumburra broke through and scored through Noah. Aidan Richards and Zac Allman both added goals before half time. In the second half Korumburra maintained the same pressure but Prom Coast were defending well. Zoe Allen scored

after a good play through the midfield and as Prom Coast was tiring Korumburra scored two more quick goals in the last two minutes. Zac Allman scored his second and Zoe Allen got her second with perhaps the goal of the game. Korumburra Under 16s played Wonthaggi at Korumburra in a replay of last week’s game. Wonthaggi scored twice in the first half and controlled the half from start to finish. The Korumburra defence did a fantastic job to keep the score to only two goals. In the second half Korumburra found the net twice, once through Zoe Allen and sup-

ported well from the midfield Olivia Methven scored Korumburra’s second. Wonthaggi broke through Korumburra’s defence three more times to take the game 5-2. The only disappointment of the day at Korumburra was the no show for the third time from GSL referees. Korumburra Under 19s played Leongatha at Leongatha and the first half was a battle for both defences with few scoring opportunities. Half time

score 0-0. Early in the second half Leongatha went out to a 2-0 lead. With 15 minutes left Korumburra took control and goals to Sebastian Peattie and Daniel Longden levelled the scores. With two minutes remaining Leongatha scored their third followed one minute later with a penalty to Korumburra. Daniel Longden made no mistakes to again tie the game up. Final score 3-3.


First local derby THE Inverloch-based South Coast Stars came up against Wonthaggi on Sunday at Outtrim and were keen to do well in the first local “derby” of the season. After last week’s mudbath the Stars were glad to have a slightly drier pitch and a full complement of players. Wonthaggi soon made the league newcomers pay for some defensive uncertainty to go two goals up in lightning quick fashion. The Stars had only just begun to regain some composure when Wonthaggi added a third. Sanu put away a fine individual effort to go with his collection of great goals this year. For the rest of the half Wonthaggi dominated the game, showing some fine passing and movement. It was no surprise that they went to the break with a healthy 6-1 advantage. With the rain beginning to fall and conditions deteriorating it wold have been easy for

the Stars’ heads to fall but they came out brightly and scored the first goal of the half with yet another Sanu strike. The Stars were having a great spell, were finally putting some passes together and shortly after they should have had another goal when Sanu was agonisingly close to claiming a hat trick. That was as good as it got for the home side. Wonthaggi started to apply pressure that led to four second half goals. Ultimately United were too quick up front and too well organised around the rest of the pitch. They ran out 10-2 winners, there was no denying that Wonthaggi were the best team on the day and will be challenging for honours at the end of the year. The Stars have a much needed fortnight off and a chance to try and regain some fitness ready for the second half of the season. With two wins on the board they still have a chance of a finals berth especially if the squad can remain injury free.

Women THE first half started at an equal pace from both sides but Mirboo North opened the scoring from a penalty taken by Merve Serbest that not even Danika could save. This spurred Leongatha on to press forward and were awarded a free kick taken by Maddie Gatehouse for a great goal. More pressure from Leongatha resulted in another free kick 25 yards over. But that was no problem for magic Maddie, who curled the ball around the wall and keeper for her second. Half time score Leongatha 2 – Mirboo North 1. The second half saw Leongatha break out from the start with Rachel Brown receiving a great pass from Marissa Preston to break through three defensive players to score her first over goal. Leongatha kept attacking through Jess Loz, Tash and Tamara which at times left the defence thin but you can’t get past Cassie Stampton in the back line which saw Mirboo North struggle to get a good shot on goal. In the dying minutes of the game Mirboo North player Ama McGlade slipped through Leongatha’s defence to slide home a late consolation goal. Final scores Leongatha 3 – Mirboo North 2. Player of the day went to tenacious Tash Ried who was all over the field attacking and defending. Seniors Leongatha came out strong with dominant attacking play, keeping Mirboo North in their own half for most of first half. When Mirboo North did break into Leongatha’s defensive third Leongatha’s mid-field and backline were quick to take control. Scores 0 – 0 at half time. Second half: Evenly fought battle with Leongatha working the ball well into Mirboo North’s final third, testing Mirboo North’s experienced keeper. Mirboo North broke down Leongatha’s backs 20 minutes in to slot one past Leongatha’s young keeper. Both teams worked the ball well for the remainder of the match despite the rain. Leongatha looked like they would even scores after several strong build ups but were held scoreless by a sharp back four for Mirboo North. Full time scores: Mirboo North 1- Leongatha 0. Player of day went to Frazer Griggs

(goalkeeper). Leongatha v Korumburra Under 19s Korumburra defended well first half, Leongatha played all the soccer. Both teams unable to find the back of the net – 0 half time. Second half: Leongatha came out strong wanting the ball and scored first through a Rueben Firth free kick. Leongatha pushed on, scoring again. This time it was Adam Smith making it 2-0. Korumburra hit back quickly only to have Adam Smith put a second in back of Burra’s net 3-1. With only minutes to play Burra scored a second, then with 10 seconds to play Leongatha conceded a penalty, giving the draw to Burra 3-3. Player of the day went to Adam Smith. Under 16s: No game this week due to a Mirboo North forfeit. Under 13s A slow start by Leongatha saw Mirboo North score quickly to take an early lead. Leognatha finally warmed and created a better flowing game. Amazing keeping by Mirboo North keeper Maddi Papa kept the scores low. Half time Leongatha 3 – Mirboo North 1. Second half: Both teams came out strongly with usual striker Tom Barker taking a turn as goalie. Strong defence by Mirboo North and a quick break by Noah McColl saw them score again. Leongatha responded quickly with two more, then a third from a penalty to Jarrod Ross. Final score Leongatha 6 – Mirboo North 2. Player of the day went to Scott Hill. Under 11s A high scoring game by Mirboo North. Leongatha defended the ball well with some great passes up the field to attempt some shots at goal. Mirboo North attacked well using their triangle formations and lots of talking/communication with one another, having some really great shots at goal then scoring. Second half: Leongatha’s keepers did an outstanding job at saving some balls from hitting the back of the net. Player of the day: Hayleigh for looking up and passing the ball to team members. She put in 100 per cent, not giving up till the final whistle, even played in goal for the first time.

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New courts please THE Mardan Tennis Club is on a mission to raise funds to upgrade the courts. courts South Gippsland Shire Council has allocated money to the project and the club has committed to raising $5000 towards the cost. The court surface is deteriorating, riddled by cracks and is now unsafe to play on. The club has already held a trivia night and tinned fruit sale, and is now looking forward to a family movie night at the Mardan Hall this Friday, June 8. The night will be sponsored by the Mirboo North and District Community Bank and the show is The Adventures of Tin Tin – The Secret of the Unicorn from 7.30pm.

Popcorn, chips and drinks will be for sale throughout the night. The cost is $5 per person and children are encouraged to bring their bean bags, pillows and blankets for a great family evening. “We look forward to an exciting night and hope that the community will come along and support us with our fundraising event,” club secretary/treasurer Grant McColl said. The club was established in 1951 and has proved to be an asset for the community. “Our courts have been utilised by loyal families for many generations, for social hits or by fanatical members of our Saturday competitions,” Mr McColl said.

The club is growing and was able to enter two senior teams and three junior teams in the Allambee, Mirboo and District Tennis Association’s Saturday competition. “Our members not only come from the Mardan area but also from Mirboo North, Leongatha, Tarwin, Meeniyan and Dumbalk,” Mr McColl said.

Chasing repairs: Grant McColl of the Mardan Tennis Club shows the court’s cracking surface with junior members, front, from left: Fletcher Moon, Abbey McColl and Eddie Colwill. Back: Louise Colwill, Vinnie Monaghan, Elissa Barry and Holly Monaghan.


B Grade bounces back

AFTER a number of indifferent weeks where many fill-ins were required, all B Grade players were present and enjoyed a sensational evening of top quality badminton. In fact the standard of our B Grade section this season is considerably higher than that of previous years, with virtually no players of a beginner’s standard. DeWalt have emerged as early premiership favourites. Kylie Buckland is leading this exciting team admirably, her support crew in Brayden Krohn and Barb Jenkins are really combining well, and with surprise packet Brett Hampshire ready to explode, anything is possible for this glamour side. DeWalt accounted for lowly placed Ryobi

who need to lift in many departments, however Tracy Miles continues to win numerous sets for her side. Makita pulled off a stunning victory over the more fancied Bosch team. Emma Smith had a night to remember, winning her three sets for the night with great support from Steven Holmes and Guilia Joyce. Tracey Ryan was again the pick of the bunch for her Bosch team, but they certainly need to improve in the coming weeks. In the A Grade action it was Honeyeaters emerging as the stand-out side. They have lifted to the top of the ladder with a resounding 22 point win over Cockatoos. Steve Johnson again brilliant all night for Honeyeaters, while Roger Callister continues his excellent form this season, winning the majority of his sets.


Monthly shoot ATTENDANCE at the South Gippsland Field and Games monthly shoot has been bolstered by the fact that Latrobe Valley clubs do not hold shooting events over the duck hunting season. This means that many shooters travel over the hills to our ground at Hallston. This month we provided a 50 target event that 76 people attended. The day started with overcast conditions that eventually turned to rain as we finished. Winners on the day were: AA Grade: A. Hirchfield 45, P. Johnson 41, K. Jacobs 38. A Grade: B. Morrison 39, J. Rooke 39, J. Hardman 38. B Grade: G. Kent 42, W. Elfring 39, T. Hardman 38. C Grade: D. Schack 37, I. Caldwell 36, P. Cartwright 33.

Vets: G. Whykes 43, A. Bennett 40, J. Robbins 35. Ladies: J. Elfring 32, D. Wood 31, P. Fleming 31. Juniors: K. Pentland 33, R. Collins 27, L. Verdon 26. Fox Drive: It was a cool and overcast day as 14 members conducted a fox drive at Hallston, in perfect weather for the hounds. Members travelled from as far away as Sale to hunt on properties organised by our Hunting officer Ron Holt and Conservation Officer Jim Spinks. The result was only six foxes taken for the day and although disappointing, everyone had a great day and we wish to thank those people who allowed us to hunt on there properties. Anyone interested in clay shooting or interested in joining Field and Game can contact our president, Paul Knox, phone 0428 592 248.

The Rosellas were extremely fortunate to narrowly get the chocolates over Lorikeets. Greg Marshman was the star of the show in this intriguing contest, however the gutsy doubles victory from the Langstaff Newton combination, just provided enough points for the victory. The Lorikeets’ best player was easily Maurice Simpson, and for Steve Turner it may be time to buy a mirror and have a good hard look at himself. Finally, Kookaburras pulled off the upset of the evening accounting for the Parrots. Neil Jeremiah, fresh from hard tournament conditions was unstoppable all night. He received great support from Arthur Grabham and the rather loud and very annoying Joel Langstaff, for the vanquished Parrots. Only Keinen Hem-

ming could hold his head high as he again won his three sets. A top effort. Mini lotto will be drawn on the weekend, so buy some spare tickets off Rhonda to win great cash prizes, and a reminder to all players that your subscriptions are well and truly due.

Results A Grade: Kookaburras 4/120 d Parrots 4/113, Rosellas 4/112 d Lorikeets 4/108, Honeyeaters 5/121 d Cockatoos 3/99. B Grade: DeWalt 4/108 d Ryobi 2/85, Makita 4/101 d Bosch 2/95.

Ladders A Grade Honeyeaters...........................37 Parrots ...................................36 Bowerbirds ............................32 Rosellas ..................................32 Kookaburras ...........................30 Lorikeets .................................24 Cockatoos ...............................19 B Grade DeWalt ...................................32 Bosch......................................29 Makita ...................................28 GMC ......................................21 Ryobi ......................................13

Bridge results Meeniyan - Monday evening: 1st Faye Rowlands, Frank Arndt; 2nd June Metcalf, Colin Cameron; 3rd Kathryn Smith, David Baggallay; 4th Susan Ruffin, Clive Hope. Tarwin Lower - Tuesday afternoon: North/South: 1st Neville Chapman, Jean Barbour; 2nd Jack Kuiper, John Sutton; 3rd Kathryn Smith, Colin Cameron. East/West: 1st Anne Gibson, Althea Drew; 2nd John Sullivan, Alan Johnston; 3rd Dawn Jolly, Bluey Aeschlimann. Inverloch - Friday afternoon: North/South: 1st Jack Kuiper, Jean Barbour; 2nd Kathy Geyer, Leila Bell; 3rd Anne and Bruce Gibson; 4th John Farr, Anne Williams. East/West: 1st Kaye Douglas, John Sutton; 2nd Frank Arndt, Clive Hope; 3rd Margaret Munro, Ellie McIntyre.

Dogs maul the Sharks Continued from Page 66 All of a sudden it was back to a three goal game, with 20 minutes to play. The Island had to keep working hard in the last to squash any hope from Tarwin, but their opponents were not going to give up too easily, kicking the first two for the quarter. Terlich and Youle went back into the centre and shut down the Tarwin on-ballers, allowing the Island to take control again. The Island just couldn’t get the finishing blow on the scoreboard, but kept possession and that was enough to take out a 26 point win. The game was a fairly low scoring encounter due to the dominance of both backlines. A great third quarter by the well coached and disciplined Island team was the difference on the day. The final score saw Phillip Island 11.11.77 defeat Tarwin 7.9.51. The Island head back to the kennel against Yarram this week and will be looking for their second home win of the season, while Tarwin will host MDU in what is going to be a big one for the Sharks, as they will be celebrating their first 25 years with past players in attendance.

Colourful: placegetters in the fancy dress section.


Pony club’s winter woollies THE Wonthaggi Winter Woollies Gymkhana run by the junior committee as a fundraiser for the club was a great success. The junior committee organisers included Sarah Coleman (from Wonthaggi), Steph Carfrae (from Kardella) and Sarah Joyce (from Jumbunna). After the downpour of rain that led up to the weekend the weather on Sunday was perfect. All the horses and Ponies were well presented and all the riders were smiling all day long. The competitions included show-jumping, games and showing with riders coming from Dalmore, Mirboo North, Cannibal Creek and even Korumburra pony clubs. It was wonderful to receive support from the local businesses because they helped pay for the champion and reserve sashes. The highlight of the day was the fancy dress class because of the effort parents had gone to to dress up the ponies. Costumes included the headless horseman, the magician, the unicorn and fairy, the rockstar and even the Wonthaggi

PonyClub’s own ambulance!! The committee thank the judges, stewards and countless helpers that donated their time on the day. Lots more photos can be viewed from the

day at au/. The pony club’s next fundraiser is the major Showjumping day held in October.

Well run: Sarah Coleman and Sarah Joyce were two of the junior committee organisers of this successful event.

First competition: Mac and Tilly perform at their first outing.

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Morgan Barnes rides his luck AS Phil Hanley remarked prior to the Saturday race at Kernot, what a difference a week makes – last week cold, windy and showery and this Saturday sun shining and no wind for a winter race day.

The racing for the seniors involved two laps of the 26km circuit around Kernot, Woodleigh, St Hellier, Almurta and back to Kernot. The circuit has two good climbs from Woodleigh up to the ridge line behind Grantville and another climb at Almurta so is reasonably demanding. The senior race had 18 starters with the lone scratch rider, Stefan Kirsch giving the limit trio, Will Lumby, David Bennett and Tony Giles, 19 minutes start. In between was the second scratch bunch of four riders at one min, a trio on five min, four riders at nine min and two riders on 14 min. The first lap saw the bunches stay together with the backmarkers moving well and looking like the winners. However, they were not able to keep the tempo up and the reduced gaps heading into the second lap produced an unexpected outcome. The duo on 9min – Liam McCall and Morgan Barnes along with the 9min bunch of Stephen Wilson, David Barker, Neil White and Phil Hanley caught the limit riders at the turn onto The Shuntoff, halfway across the ridge and with around 12km left to the finish. Stefan Kirsch had the scratch bunches under pressure as they tried to bridge the gap however that caused riders to drop off and appears to have impacted on their bunch progress. Up front the lead bunch powered up the hill at Almurta and dropped Morgan Barnes. At around the same time Phil Hanley dropped his chain on

Inverloch bowls Wednesday May 30 lawn bowls

In lawn bowls, 22 players participated in two games of mixed fours and triples, each of 12 ends. There were two twogame winners. Winners were Jill Bateman, Arthur Moule, Nell Van Grunsven. Runnersup were Nic Van Grunsven, Pat Stoneham, Alan Johnson, Greta Wilson. Raffle winners were Arthur Moule, Cynthia Hen-

a gear change and the bunch momentarily lost its impetus and allowed Morgan to regain the bunch. (This may have been collusion as Morgan and his bike shop services Phil’s bike) This would prove to be a fortuitous moment as Morgan stayed with the bunch to the finish and then outsprinted the group to claim a fine win by a wheel. Stephen Wilson claimed second ahead of Neil White, David Barker and Phil Hanley. Will Lumby, another of our top Under 15 riders finished with the bunch for sixth place and will be looking to some good results in some Junior Tours over the coming weeks. Liam McCall finished in seventh place whilst the scratch rider finished on his own for eighth and fastest time – 1hr 23 min. Thomas McFarlane was next home followed by Chris Rowe. The junior riders raced over 14km in an out and back race to the Woodleigh turn. Scratch rider Mat Minogue had Will Barker on 2.30min, followed by Alex Bennett at two min and Austin Timmins one min. The outward run saw Alex catch Will with Austin and Matt slice into the time gaps also. The return run saw Austin make contact with the leading duo just before the Krowera turn with Matt not far behind. The climb just past Garry Rd saw Matt power away from the others with Austin putting up resistance for most of the climb. However, at the line it was Matt first and fastest 27.45min, second to Austin ahead of Alex and Will. Next weekend the riders have the Gippsland three day tour weekend where the seniors combine with the other Gippsland clubs for some mass start racing in graded events. We wish all our racing members the best of luck and hope the weather is kind.

sley, Loraine Dowson, Greta Wilson. Wednesday May 30 carpet bowls For indoor bowls, 10 players participated in two games, each of 10 ends. There were two teams of triples and two teams of pairs, each team having a total of six bowls. Winners with one win and one draw were Pat Stoneham, Margaret Taylor and Joyce Hutchinson. Thanks to Nell Van Grunsven and Joan Clark for supper.

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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Thursday 31 May 2012, lawn bowls Mens two-bowl triples, 24 players. Three games, each of 14 ends. There was one threegame winner, congratulations to the team of Harry Rybalka, Gary Hardy, Arthur Moule. Runners-up with two wins and 47 points were Jim Scott, Les Beaumont, Ernie Treadwell. Membership subscriptions have been set for the Season 2012-13. The Board has kept the fees the same as last season for all categories of members even though the Bowls Vic Affiliation fee has increased by $5. Please call in to the club as notices have been posted detailing the subscription amounts, or check the club’s website at au and look at the Members - Documents - Fees 2012-13 page. Email us for the password. Invoices for membership subscriptions will be arriving at your home soon. The subs are payable by July 1.

SGIBBA pennant WITH only two rounds remaining, the top three teams look set for the finals, with Korumburra Blue and Foster Black vying for fourth spot. Results last week’s games: Korumburra White 23 d Dumbalk Green 20, Foster Black 35 d Fish Creek Red 17, Mardan Purple 34 d Buffalo Yellow 19, Korumburra Blue 14 lt Mardan Gold 22. Next week: Fish Creek Red v Korumburra White, Buffalo Yellow v Korumburra Blue, Foster Black v Mardan Purple, Dumbalk Green v Mardan Gold. Ladder Mardan Purple ........ +75 20 Korumburra White ....+6 16 Mardan Gold............ +47 12 Foster Black.................+8 8 Korumburra Blue.........-10 8 Buffalo Yellow .............-47 8 Dumbalk Green ...........-18 4 Fish Creek Red ............-61 4

Fish Creek VERY little news this week except that we were lucky to have yet another lovely day for our triples last Thursday with R. Newsome’s team from Tarwin Lower the winners and A. Rayson’s team

Action: limit riders David Bennett, Tony Giles and Will Lumby start the course at Kernot.

Winners: from left second Steve Wilson, first Morgan Barnes and third Neil White.

Leongatha bowls AGAIN not much to report although we have managed to be able to have both mid week and Saturday social bowls in action thanks to a slight improvement in the weather for a change. Wednesday May 30 saw only 12 hardy bowlers take to the greens in a three game x10 ends triples with the winners the team of Jack Embleton (s) Glenda Trotman and Susan Crouch on three wins plus 15. Saturday saw 10 bowlers in a social pairs event with the winners being Alan Rayson (s) and making his presence on the greens in fine form Gary Van Sinderen with two wins plus eight. Friday night saw the kitty club tea take place with good numbers. Due to the unfortunate mishap by our good chef Ron, the format of the menu was changed and thanks to Alan, Marlene and the kitchen staff every one tucked into a roast chicken and vegies dinner and sweet with mc John O’Connor conducting his usual raffle. A good night was had by all, Ron and his wife were present and the club wishes Ron a continued speedy recovery. There will be no kitty club teas for the months of July and August and the next kitty club tea will be Friday September 14. A reminder to Leongatha club members that the club facilities will be closed for the month of July as the club undertakes maintenance interior works. While on the subject of works, special thanks to Col Watt and his team as they undertake the installation of the new shelter units on the west side of green one. This work will again be a great improvement to our club facilities. Until next report, good bowling - Jackhigh. from Leongatha the runners up. Next triples in Fish Creek will be on June 21. Friday casserole night welcomed Bobbie Everett back from overseas with his two house guests. There was a good crowd and as usual everyone enjoyed the night.

Korumburra Parlor bowls KORUMBURRA parlor bowls preliminary finals night, held on Thursday May 31, produced two excellent finals games. The battle between VRI and Battlers proved easier for VRI than they expected. VRI jumped to the lead early into the match and, although challenged, were never in doubt. Their steady bowling and multiple scoring ends gave them a buffer throughout the game and the team ran away with a five shot win. The fight for the wooden spoon was a more intriguing game as Kardella held the lead until the 20th end but Kookaburras were methodically scoring two shots regularly. They eventually drew even and then pulled away from Kardella in the last ends of the game. And so, Kardella wins the most dubious honour, the wooden spoon for 2012. The night’s results were VRI 20 d Battlers

Buffalo indoor bowls AFTER hosting Mardan for pennant on Tuesday night we welcomed Dudley Harrison and Kevin Robinson for social bowls on Wednesday May 30. Two teams selected, with Kevin playing lead for both sides (one of each colour), guaranteeing he was in the winning team. Lots of friendly

Mardan Indoor bowls THIS week saw the culmination of the club singles championships. Representing the ladies were Jeanette Grady and Lorna Roberts and representing the men were Cliff Smith and Sebastian Terranova. Both games were played with much determination and, as we have come to expect, when you are up against Jeanette you can almost guarantee that your shot on the kitty will be superseded by an even better shot which takes away the point. The game between the men was not without its excitement and when it came to the money

15, Kookaburras 20 d Kardella 14. The grand final will be between Pretenders and VRI, as expected by their final ladder positions with the consolation final being a match between The Burra and Kookaburras. Good bowling to all finalists. Monday’s bias bowls results produced only one team with two winning games. Charlie Tumino, Joanna Lomagno and Margo Maher scored 2W +12 shots. The pennant teams had another mixed bag of results – White team narrowly defeated Dumbalk Green who bowled valiantly to be downed by three shots. It was a close game throughout, with many thanks going to Margo for filling in for Dumbalk. The Blue team was defeated by Mardan Gold by eight shots. The team had its chance to win but the steadiness of Mardan’s draw bowling proved Blue’s nemesis. White heads to Fish Creek and Blue to Buffalo this week for two more worthwhile games.

banter and cheek ensured an enjoyable evening. Winners of the first game, after a very even contest, were Bill Wolswinkel (s), Carolyn and Ian Benson, and Kevin from Alex Thompson (s), Rod McConchie, Dudley 11-10 (five ends each). Dudley swapped with Kevin in the second game and bowled consistently to place both lead bowls close to kitty.

Scores ended up at 13-7, with Bill’s team again the victors. A friendly reminder to everyone that the annual ladies versus gents challenge will be held on Friday June 8 at 7.30pm. Anyone wishing to play please ring Carolyn on 5663 6270 by Thursday June 7. Social bowls also Wednesday June 6, 7.30pm Buffalo Hall. All welcome.

shot Sebastian was as cool as a cucumber, pulling off those all too familiar slow, straight, wobbly shots that draw in at the vital moment to rest against the kitty. The results for the singles were: Ladies champion Jeanette Grady. Men’s champion: Sebastian Terranova. Our social night was played with 14 members turning out, so there were two teams of four and two of three who played two games of 10 ends. The teams were well balanced with each team winning one game each. Although the numbers were a little lower than normal we still had the noise and banter factors as usual. If it’s too quiet you wonder what’s wrong. The results were somewhat mixed

and the teams that won the first games didn’t feature in the final two! The results were: Runners-up: Ann Lye, Diane Smith, Jeanette Grady and Cliff Smith (skip). Winners: Lorna Roberts, Ian Hasty and Vito Serafino (skip) Tony Allen-Clay.

Dumbalk indoor

ON Monday night, May 30 we had 12 players. There were four teams of three players in each game. We lost our pennant game to Korumburra White on Tuesday night by three - scores were 20-23. We hope to see you all again Monday night.

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Surfers contest indigenous titles SOUTH Gippsland was represented at the Australian Indigenous Surf titles at Bells Beach last week.

Jordie Campbell of Sandy Point and Steve Parker of Cowes contested the high profile event. Campbell was equal seventh overall after making the fourth round. Parker progressed to the third round. Battling a stomach bug, Campbell would have liked to make another heat but was happy with his placing. “It was an awesome event and I got lucky and scored some beautiful waves,” he said. Parker said the competition was an “amazing experience” after an absence of 16 years. “The surf was four to six feet and it cleaned up on Tuesday for the finals, with onshore and clean conditions,” he said. Campbell was not available for comment before going to press. The event began with a

culturally moving smoke cleansing ceremony, including Aboriginal dancing. Russell Molony from New South Wales won the title from fellow New South Welshman Joe Haddon. “It’s been such a special week at Bells Beach and I’m really proud to win this title. The surfing has been fantastic and the standard just incredible and to come away with the win is amazing. It’s very emotional right now and I feel really honored to win such an event,” Molony said.

Rolling wave: Jordie Campbell during competition at the Australian Indigenous Surf titles at Bells Beach.

Leongatha Foster THE course dried out well after last weeks rain and was in good winter condition, but there is little run. Rys Ireland in his last 11 rounds since May 1, has won five times and finished sec-


SATURDAY was medal day with the sponsor for the day being Action Pumps which is much appreciated. The A Grade winner was Phil Johnston with a net 71. A Grade runner-up was Paul Deering with a net 74. The B Grade and medal winner was Peter Wilson with an excellent 63 net. B Grade runner-up was Fred Stalker with a net 70 on a countback. Balls down the line went to Tony McHarg 70, Daryle Gregg 73, Col Stewart 73 and Henry Mueller 74. The putts was won by Daryle Gregg with 27 putts. The pro pin on the 16th was won by Reg Hannay. The members draw was won by Brad Hutchinson who was not in the clubhouse so it jackpots to next week.

Korumburra FIFTY - EIGHT players attended the stroke montly medal on Saturday June 2. The CCR was 70. Trophies were donated by the Walker family. Goyne handicapp: Rob Young 64 net. Parry scratch: T. O’Neill 70. Juniors: T. Marotti 75. A. Grade: T. O’Neill 69 net, D. Austin 70, L. Webster 71, C. Clasby 71, R. Ludenia 72, T. Herbert 72, M. Garnham 72, R. Spokes 72, T. Fowles 73. B Grade: R. Young 64

ond on four other occasions and has reduced his handicap by five strokes to 17. Well done Rhys, you have a big future in the game. Tuesday May 29 Allan Spooner (14) produced a good round of plus three to The raffle winners were Rod Mattews and Wino Reilly. Next week is a 4BBB stableford event. Tuesday was a singles stableford event with the winner being Alan Kuhne with 38 points. Balls down the line went to Col Stewart 37 pts and Wino Reilly with 37 points. Best nine was David Baggallay with 20 points. Nearest the pin on the 2nd was not won. Thursday was a singles stableford with the winner being Col Stewart with 37 points. Balls down the line went to Jim Cusack with 35 points. Best nine was Frank Peile with 17 points. Nearest the pin on the 8th was not won.

net, J. Stein 70, D. Goad 71, A. Brocklebank 71, W. Thomson 73, P. Vanagtmaal 73. C. Grade: P. Broady 74 net. Putting:T. O’Neill 27, D. Goad 29, R. Olsen 30. Nearest the pins: 1st T. O’Neill, 7th L. Guilfoyle, 10th N. Perks, 13th L. Webster. NAGA: N. Alger 92 net. Tueday’s winner was P. Vanagtmaal 37 points. Thursday’s winner was A. Worthy 38 points.

Mirboo North RESULTS of ladies 4BBB championships held on May 23 and 30.

The winners were Barb Stimson 22 (hcp) 41 pts and Nicole Allen 20 (hcp) 40 pts, total 81 pts. Down the line: T. Higginbottom and F. Nair 74 pts. Winners Round 1: C. Gunn and L. Winderlich 39 pts; Round 2 M. Beruldsen and W. Gervasi 40 pts. Nearest the pin: 4th F. Nair, 16th B. Stimson. Nine hole comp - J. Taylor 14 pts.

record a win, with Rhys Ireland second with plus one. Thursday May 31 John Stone (23) had a solid 36 points to win from Rhys Ireland (18) and Lloyd McKenzie (8) both on 35 points. Gary Clavarino got the nearest the pins. On Friday it was great to see the Brown family from Welshpool visit for a round and Andrew Brown produced the goods to win the chicken with 17 points. Down the line balls went to Steve Reid on 17 points and Geoff Nott and Kevin Witheridge on 16 points. Geoff Nott took out the nearest the pin. On Saturday June 2 the medal day was played for trophies donated by Pulhams Furniture. Rhys Ireland sizzled around the course to have a top round of 83-1865 net to win the medal and B Grade. A Grade was won by Lloyd McKenzie with 77-869. Down the line balls went to Owen Kindellan 91-2269, Doc Menzies 87-17-70, Norm Cooper 80-8-72, Peter Dight 79-7-72 and Steve Reid 82-10-72. A Grade scratch went to Lloyd McKenzie with 77 and B Grade scratch went to Rhys Ireland with 83. The putting was won by Kevin Witheridge with 26 putts. The nearest the pins were won by Lloyd McKenzie (three holes), George Draegar and David Knee. Ray Prain was pleased to be back from Angola and thought he would get his moneys worth as he had not played for a month. He certainly did so, clocking up a neat 100 off the stick and 88 net, hitting every tree on the course bar 4 (he said that), and hitting his 6th shot on the 9th hole from just short of the ladies tee. However he still retained his sense of humour, and that counts as a big win and a lesson to others. Kevin Silviera has been trying so hard lately to get his name into print, and unfortunately for him he has succeeded this week - he had six putts on the 8th greeen for an 11. He also was able to laugh about it, just as well, as he was reminded a

few times. The encouragement award went to Chris Foulds with 93 net. Ladies, Gale Tyers won the laides event with 8510-75, with Beth Curram picking up the down the line ball. The nearest the pins were won by Gayle Reid and Beth Curram. Foursomes championship this Saturday. Get your partners for the prestigious honour board event. It is only 18 holes and there are both handicap and scratch events. Friday night members draw. Brett Wogan-Browne was not present to collect the $250 in the members cash draw. The prize will rise to $300 this Friday. You need to be in the club house between 7pm and 8pm when the draw is made to be eligible to win the cash. Coming events: Thursday June 7 - par, Friday June 8 - chicken run- 10-18 holes, Saturday June 9 - Mens foursome championship - over 18 holes for trophies form Dino’s Butchery, Tuesday June 12 - stableford. The happy hooker.

THE June monthly medal was won on a countback between two of the A Graders. Alex Brown edged out Dylan McMeekin with his score of 85-16-69. Unusually all three grades were decided by countback. Garry Sharrock with 95-2273 took out B Grade and Dan Malone beat a struggling C Grade field to win with 11733-84. A visitor H. Kornacki won pro-pin and Dylan McMeekin was closest to the pin on the 16th hole. Down the line balls: D. McMeekin 69, G. McDonald 70, J. Smith, R. Burton, S. Law 71, G. Marsham, B. Attwood, C. Hams, C. Geradts, R. Rayson, S. Moncur 72, T. Rickard, N. Williamson 73, D. Clemann, B. Hutton, R. Martin, R. Paice 74. Tuesday Thanks to our sponsor Broadbeach in Inverloch for supporting this event. How can a pair win a 4BBB stableford by 15 points? The answer is by multiplying instead of adding their scores hole by hole. Bruce Clark and Kevin Scott obviously combined expertly to have some big numbers on some holes and their tally of 70 points put the rest in the shade. John Eabry and Andrew Smith were nearest the pin winners while down the line balls went to: P. Walsh, D. Vorwerg 55; M. Stubbs, I. Nunn 54; R. Burton, G. McDonald 52, J. Eabry, P. Hobson 49. Thursday The stableford event was contested by 49 players and best score went to Merv Stubbs who collected 36 points, a very creditable effort off his 17 handicap. B Grade went to Ian Purbrick with 34. John Moor (14th) and Kevin Scott (16th)

were nearest the pin winners. Down the line balls: R. Martin 35, B. Attwood, F. Smedley 34, J. Eabry, K. Castwood, A. Smith 33, B. Cathie, J. Moor, J. Gilder, R. Burton 32, P. Waters, P. Walsh, A. Edney 31. Saturday’s event is stableford and the Websters mixed event is on Sunday. The Tom Welsford fourball is coming up on Saturday 16 and is an open board event. Ladies Wednesday May 30 Thirty-four players (including 9 hole comp) played 4BBB Stableford. Bev Martin had a real day out, combining with Marg Berry to blitz the field with an amazing 46points. Bev was on the card 17 times and was handicapped as having 46 points herself. Winners: Marg Berry (10) and Bev Martin (24) 46 points. Runners-up: Maria Bell (31) and Jan Birrell (30) 37 points countback three other pairs. Nearest the pin 14th: Trish Owen. NTP 16th: Pat Pease, down the line balls: Wendy Parker and Marea Maher 37, Pat Pease and Julie Tuck 37, Jill Steer and Jackie Barraclough 37, Coral Gray and Joc Howson 35 countback three other pairs. 9 Hole comp: Winner: Kit Boag 13 points, DTL: Leanne Adamson 10 points. Saturday June 2 13 players competed in a stroke event. Winner: Linda Shannon (12) net 73 nearest the pin 16th: Linda Shannon down the line balls: Ivy Ruby (Wonthaggi) 77, Anna de Bondt 78, Rita de Bondt 79. A reminder to all ladies that entries for the Cashin Trophy Singles Knockout close this Wednesday, June 6. First round is to be played on Wednesday, June 13.

Woorayl A STABLEFORD day was held on Saturday sponsored by Greg and Jo Fennell. It was of course righties and lefties day. The righties dominated again. The righties winner and best score of the day was from Tim Burgess with 39 points, winning from Jim Newton with 38 points. The lefties went to Craig Hall on a countback from Col James, both with 36 points. Balls went to P. McCaughy, G. Blew, B. Stubbs, K. Riseley, P. Wallace, B. Wilson, G. Young, Bo Fiek and A. McEachern. The day’s nearest the pins went to Ian Atcheson and R. Goodwin. On Sunday we held a Canadian foursomes event, mixed of course. The winners were Trent Walters and Sue Wakefield, their 72 1/8 too good for Danny and Michelle Dwyer. Then came Ed and Ann Poole and Col and Barb James. Balls went to K and N

Happy golfers: Graeme Calder, Brian Hogan, Tyler Hogan and Craig Hall were happy to be out on the course at Woorayl on Saturday. Rain had drenched the course the night before, but it held up well for play on the weekend. McKenzie and J. Linklater and Greg Fennell. The ladies nearest the pin on the eighth was Karin McKenzie whilst Lance Lancaster and Col James prevailed for the men. Our Thursday competition went to Nev McKenzie with 40 points with balls going to Ed Poole, Brian Thomas and Otto Van der Vorm, Ed Poole won the 17th hole nearest the pin. Next week will see a four man ambrose event sponsored

by Brian Wilson, Bob Hughes and Brian Hemming. Ladies Last week we played the Doris Chambers Foursomes, with the day’s event sponsored by Flower Power. Dot Jarvis and Anne Grist won the day with 32 points. Balls down the line went to Iris McLeod and Marg Tuckett with 30 points, Shirley Thomas and Marg Harris 27 points, Janet Thompson and Jo Fennell 27 points,

Barb James and Inge Giliam 27 points. Sue Wakefield and Sue Symmons will represent Woorayl later in the year at the playoff to be held at Settlers Run. The Gena Roughead Bowl was postponed last week due to the heavy rain and has been rescheduled to Friday, October 5. Next week will be the monthly medal.

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Reaching: Stony Creek’s Hannah Westbrook and Dalyston’s Ella Angarane try to claim the loose ball. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning/

Alberton netball

Results - Round 9 June 2 A Grade: Korumburra Bena 75 d Toora 18, Inverloch Kongwak 52 d MDU 49, Stony Creek 55 d Dalyston 43, Phillip Island 42 d Tarwin 34,Yarram 91 d Kilcunda Bass 32. B Grade: Foster 60 d DWWWW 41, Yarram 60 d Kilcunda Bass 17, Inverloch Kongwak 50 d MDU 44, Dalyston 49 d Stony Creek 30, Tarwin 44 drew Phillip Island 44, Korumburra Bena 49 d Toora 21. C Grade: Foster 38 d DWWWW 12, Yarram 53 d Kilcunda Bass 31, Inverloch Kongwak 36 d MDU 34, Dalyston 45 d Stony Creek 15, Tarwin 27 d Phillip Island 20, Korumburra Bena 43 d Toora 14. 17 & Under: DWWWW 34 d Foster 22, Yarram 30 d Kilcunda Bass 18, Inverloch Kongwak 53 d MDU 21, Dalyston 34 d Stony Creek 15, Phillip Island 25 d Tarwin 19, Korumburra Bena 58 d Toora 20. 15 & Under: Foster 44 d DWWWW 2, Yarram 28 d Kilcunda Bass 14, Inverloch Kongwak 44 d MDU 24, Dalyston 49 d Stony Creek 17, Phillip Island 29 d Tarwin 22, Korumburra Bena 44 d Toora 7. 13 & Under: Foster 57 d DWWWW 3, Kilcunda

Bass 52 d Yarram 4, Inverloch Kongwak 24 d MDU 13, Dalyston 56 d Stony Creek 2, Phillip Island 23 d Tarwin 9, Korumburra Bena 54 d Toora 7.

Ladders A Grade Foster..........................233.85 36 Korumburra-Bena......277.09 32 Fish Creek ...................163.04 30 Dalyston ......................194.42 28 Phillip Island............... 110.26 28 MDU ........................... 118.69 24 Stony Creek..................121.90 22 Inverloch-Kongwak......98.70 20 Yarram ..........................108.51 16 Toora ..............................69.25 12 Tarwin ..............................36.70 4 Kilcunda-Bass .................22.46 4 B Grade Foster...........................193.64 36 Dalyston ......................186.28 36 Kor-Bena .....................179.74 28 Fish Creek ...................123.45 26 DWWWW...................109.20 26 MDU ...........................132.39 20 Inv-Kongwak ...............105.88 20 Stony Creek....................75.28 16 Phillip Island ................79.58 14 Tarwin ............................82.39 12 Toora .............................74.77 12 Yarram ............................74.19 10 Kil-Bass............................23.09 4 C Grade Kor-Bena .....................189.29 36 Foster...........................198.64 32 Inv-Kongwak ..............164.88 32 Dalyston ......................209.70 28 MDU ...........................142.45 24 Yarram ........................ 113.49 24 Stony Creek..................109.64 24 Fish Creek ......................79.24 16 Tarwin ...........................60.93 12 Phillip Island ..................62.17 10 DWWWW........................64.06 8 Toora ................................56.58 8

Kil-Bass............................30.85 6

17 & Under Kor-Bena .....................370.00 36 Fish Creek ...................225.74 36 Dalyston ......................165.27 28 DWWWW...................107.69 28 Stony Creek ...............141.49 24 Inv-K’wak .................. 116.99 24 MDU ........................... 114.02 16 Phillip Island ..................90.83 16 Tarwin ...........................82.30 14 Toora ..............................69.83 14 Yarram ............................46.62 12 Kil-Bass...........................41.78 8 Foster.................................37.35 4 15 & Under Dalyston ......................432.63 36 Kor-Bena ....................364.77 36 Foster...........................241.76 32 Fish Creek ...................168.18 28 PhillipIsland................132.50 24 Yarram ........................127.88 24 Inv-Kongwak ............... 117.37 24 Stony Creek...................80.22 16 MDU ..............................62.05 14 Kil-Bass.........................40.46 10 Toora ................................62.94 8 Tarwin ..............................20.66 4 DWWWW........................14.73 4 13 & Under Dalyston ......................772.50 36 Foster...........................560.87 36 Kor-Bena .....................408.06 32 Phillip Island...............276.14 28 Fish Creek ...................236.23 28 Inv-Kongwak ..............149.45 20 Toora ............................57.84 20 Kilcunda-Bass ................94.32 16 MDU .............................54.48 12 DWWWW......................19.20 12 Yarram .............................22.53 8 Tarwin ..............................15.82 8 Stony Creek......................15.61 4

Whose ball: Jess Casbolt, Gabby Bloch, Rebecca Cope and Sophie Bolding have their eyes on the ball, Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning

Leongatha & District netball Results Saturday, June 2 11/Under: Mt Eccles Pink 8 d Mirboo North Gold 7, Meeniyan & District 18 d St Laurence Gold 7, Mt Eccles Aqua 6 drew Town Tangerin 6, Mt Eccles White 10 d St Laurence Blue 2, Mirboo North Purple 19 d Mt Eccles Navy 2, Town Black Bye. 13/Under: Mirboo North Gold 20 d Meeniyan & District 17, Town Black 9 d Mt Eccles Pink 6, Town Green 31 d Mirboo North Purple 14, St Laurence Blue 13 d Town Tangerine 2, Mt Eccles Aqua 4 d St Laurence Gold 3. 15/Under: Mirboo North 31 d St Laurence Gold 30, Town Green 25 d Mt Eccles Purple 14, St Laurence Blue 2 lt Town Tangerine 10, Town Black 29 d Mt Eccles Pink 25, Meeniyan & District 37 d Mt Eccles Aqua 19. 17/Under / C Grade: Town Black 48 d Meeniyan & District Blue 32, Town Tangerine 43 d St Laurence 40, Mirboo North 62 d Mt Eccles 26, Town Green forfeited Meeniyan & District Yellow. B Grade: Mt Eccles Aqua 44 d Mt Eccles White 43, Mt Eccles Navy

46 d Mt Eccles Pink 33, St Laurence forfeited Town Black. A Grade: St Laurence 41 drew Mt Eccles Navy 41, Town 57 d Mt Eccles White 52.

Ladders 13/Under Town Green.................287.04 12 St Laurence Blue ........195.35 10 Mirboo North Gold ......200.00 9 Meeniyan & District ....134.67 8 Town Black .....................98.39 7 Mirboo North Purple .......76.60 6 St Laurence Gold ............55.56 2 Town Tangerine...............47.56 2 Mt Eccles Pink .................43.43 2 Mt Eccles Aqua ................28.57 2 15/Under Meeniyan & District . 159.05 11 Town Black ..................151.02 9 St Laurence Blue ..........143.64 8 Town Green................... 135.11 8 Mirboo North .................126.95 8 St Laurence Gold ..........123.70 8 Mt Eccles Aqua ................62.42 4 Town Tangerine...............72.66 2 Mt Eccles Pink .................63.33 2 Mt Eccles Purple .............41.52 0 C Grade Town Black ................207.19 12 Mirboo North .............165.45 10 Town Tangerine ..........136.00 10 Meen & Dist Yellow......104.23 8 Meen & Dist Blue .........109.57 4 St Laurence .....................73.22 2 Mt Eccles ........................55.04 2 Town Green ......................39.68 0 B Grade Mt Eccles Navy ..........148.09 12 Town ..........................206.29 10 Mt Eccles White ........... 114.41 6 Mt Eccles Pink ................84.14 4 Mt Eccles Aqua ................74.72 3 St Laurence .....................42.86 1 A Grade St Laurence ................ 132.42 11 Mt Eccles Navy ...............94.34 7 Town .............................102.73 6 Mt Eccles White ............78.45 0

Dashing: Ashley Browne of Stony Creek desperately claims the pass ahead of Haley Pupetti of Dalyston. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning

Mirboo North Netball 15 and Under MN 23 drew with YYN 23. MN best: A. Loh, S. Stobridge. 17 and Under MN 58 d YYN 16.

MN best: L. Rogers, M. Kerr, C. Paterson. D Grade YYN 35 d MN 22. MN best: L. Bier, K. Koene. C Grade MN 38 d YYN 24 MN best: S. Holland,

Gippsland netball Results - Round 7 A Grade: Drouin 40 lt Traralgon 44, Sale 37 d Maffra 24, Wonthaggi 47 d Morwell 46, Bairnsdale 42 lt Leongatha 50. B Grade: Drouin 30 lt Traralgon 42, Sale 41 lt Maffra 54, Moe 35 d Warragul 32, Wonthaggi 45 lt Morwell 46, Bairnsdale 30 lt Leongatha 71. C Grade: Drouin 35 lt Traralgon 41, Sale 32 lt Maffra 39, Moe 22 lt Warragul 29, Wonthaggi 25 lt Morwell 37, Bairnsdale 25 lt Leongatha 35. 17 & Under: Drouin 20 lt Traralgon 55, Sale 29 d Maffra 25, Moe 36 d Warragul 24, Wonthaggi 31 d Morwell 24, Bairnsdale 31 d Leongatha 20. 15 & Under: Drouin 18 lt Traralgon 35, Sale 32 d Maffra 20, Moe 34 drew Warragul 34, Wonthaggi 56 d Morwell 22, Bairnsdale 20 lt Leongatha 24. 13 & Under: Drouin 12 lt Traralgon 40, Sale 41 d Maffra 15, Moe 27 lt Warragul 30, Wonthaggi 56 d Morwell 8, Bairnsdale 34 d Leongatha 9.


S. Visser. B Grade MN 59 d YYN 36 MN best: M. Windsor, L. Rogers. A Grade MN 65 d YYN 27 MN best: R. Vansittart, Louisa Pratt.

Great receive: Wing defence Kate Dwyer of Poowong E Grade receives the pass against Nar Nar Goon.

Where to: Amy van Hof, Poowong B Grade looks to pass off in the match against Nar Nar Goon on Saturday.

A Grade Leongatha ..................141.95 Sale ............................. 116.67 Maffra ..........................89.61 Bairnsdale .................. 111.48 Wonthaggi .....................88.60 Traralgon .....................101.84 Drouin .........................105.38 Morwell .........................92.22 Warragul ........................58.86 B Grade Leongatha ..................187.35 Traralgon ...................174.62 Maffra ........................104.19

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Drouin ........................127.55 Morwell ....................... 111.28 Bairnsdale .....................83.50 Wonthaggi .....................88.79 Sale................................76.04 Moe ...............................58.15 Warragul ........................49.45 C Grade Traralgon ...................178.66 Morwell ......................174.48 Leongatha ..................167.27 Bairnsdale ..................151.57 Drouin .........................145.23 Maffra............................94.06 Wonthaggi .....................91.77 Moe ...............................50.00 Warragul ........................33.76 Sale................................54.32 17 & Under Sale .............................208.76 Maffra ........................260.94 Traralgon ...................233.61 Wonthaggi .................. 110.22 Leongatha......................99.12 Bairnsdale .....................87.97 Morwell .........................90.05 Drouin ...........................69.05 Moe ...............................37.70 Warragul ........................33.63 15 & Under Traralgon ...................250.41 Sale .............................240.34 Maffra ........................197.01 Wonthaggi ..................195.27 Drouin ...........................77.23 Leongatha......................70.48 Warragul ........................66.39 Bairnsdale .....................48.25 Moe ...............................49.15 Morwell .........................44.28 13 & Under Traralgon ...................460.87 Sale .............................281.31 Wonthaggi ..................138.27 Warragul .................... 116.67 Maffra..........................174.83 Bairnsdale ...................125.32 Drouin ...........................80.79 Moe ...............................78.35 Leongatha......................33.81 Morwell ...........................5.88

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Mirboo North trounces Bombers by Rover th

IN Kallum Nash’s 50 Senior appearance for Mirboo North, the mighty Tigers comfortably defeated Yallourn Yallourn North by 71 points at Tigerland on Saturday.

The barnstorming Tigers now move into outright third spot on the Mid Gippsland ladder, with five wins from their seven matches. Mirboo North took to the field wearing black armbands in memory of former club secretary, trainer and Reserves footballer, Norm Lawson and premiership wingman Alex

Windsor’s grandfather, Roy Windsor, who died during the week. The visiting Bombers took it right up to Mirboo North in the beautiful winter sunshine, by going goal-for-goal with their opponents until midway through the second term. Champion rover and 2007 league best and fairest winner, Barrie Burnett, was starring around the packs for the Bombers, Owen Budge was taking strong overhead marks, whilst Elliott De Carlie and Luke Sporton were winning plenty of contested ball. As well, Tom Hutton was productively savvy in close and goal sneak, Tim Phillips, looked dangerous up forward for YYN. At that stage, both teams

had four goals on the scoreboard and not even the most profound football expert would have predicted Mirboo North would kick 13 of the next 15 majors. A dramatic YYN capitulation of massive proportions was about to unfold. In the absence of injured five-time best and fairest ruckman, Don Webb, up and coming 18-year-old Ben Joustra jumped high and directed his hit-outs unerringly to Mirboo North’s running brigade, who in turn used efficiency to cut through complexity and send the footy regularly downfield. Kris Berchtold and skipper, Simon Busuttil, were other Tigers who were starting to make their presence felt. YYN’s journey of destruc-

Top stuff: Joel Norton has been a consistent performer for the Parrots. • UNDER 13s

Parrots downed by I-K THE Leongatha Parrots were defeated by a tough opponent on the weekend, but by no means disgraced. Inverloch-Kongwak is the league leader and has a wealth of tall timber in its ranks. Even so, it was Leongatha first into attack, with goal sneak Nathan Trotto kicking the opening goal. I-K quickly replied. Cam Olden and Jordi Geary were acquitting themselves well. And Sam Hanrahan was playing a general’s role in defence. Clay Alexander was a ball magnet, while big man Trent Westaway was using his hands well to feed the ball to his team mates. Two consecutive goals to I-K did not quell the Parrots, who kept on fighting.

Damon Ginnane was setting up play with creative flair. But I-K snuck another goal. Michael McKinnon was holding up well in defence and Joel Norton was lifting. Jack Dunn took an inspired run and slotted the ball to Zac Van Delft on the lead. Van Delft kicked truly, to narrow the margin at quarter time. Nick Battersby and Jack Balagh were flying high and repelling I-K’s forward thrusts, while Geary laid a superb tackle. Cameron Tuckett was also doing well as a defender. Rohan Baudinette was a focal point in attack. Jonah Ball was taking marks all around the ground and using the ball well. In the third quarter the

high flying Tom Evans found another level. New player Mitch Harry was hitting the packs hard. Tom Brew was playing a tough negating role in defence. But it was hard to totally stem I-K’s attack and they snuck through successive goals. Nothing was going to dampen the spirit of the Parrots, however – something exemplified in Tully Benaldo’s great aerial performance. The last quarter started with an I-K goal, but the Parrots soon replied through Westaway, who snapped truly. I-K kicked two more, but Baudinette hit back with an opportunist goal. The game was over, but the Parrots left the ground with their heads held high.

tion began when Matt Holland, Damien Turner and Josh Taylor combined brilliantly for Taylor to bring up Mirboo North’s fifth goal. Then Tim Traill found Windsor for the Tigers’ sixth and Traill quickly followed with another, before Josh Taylor booted Mirboo North’s eighth to give the locals a 27 point half-time lead. YYN commenced the third quarter confidently when Hutton goaled after receiving a lovely pass from Burnett. But the Bombers’ newfound purpose and energy wasn’t to last – the mighty Tigers booted the next five goals whilst YYN’s game plan and team discipline completely unravelled. Mirboo North put the python squeeze on the Bombers and refused to allow them any quick release handballs or easy escapes from heavy traffic. The brothers Nash, Liam, Jacob and Kallum were sensational in the air and at ground level for Mirboo North, as they continually led their opponents to the ball and denied them access to it. Down back, Drew Gardener kept Phillips quiet, Stuart Keel was as safe as the Bank of England, Liam Nash was simply brilliant and Dale Banks calmly mopped up whenever the need arose. YYN’s lack of speed in its defensive half was severely exposed, with some weary play-

ers so slow, they sometimes couldn’t get out of their own way. Mirboo North had winners everywhere as it ferociously attacked the Sherrin with determination and integrated functional simplicity. These were magic moments for Mirboo North, but the Bombers had reached the point of no return. Tempers became frayed as YYN struggled to match the Tigers’ skill, pace, endeavour and sheer want of the Sherrin. Fiery small man, Kenny McKay was ordered from the field after being reported in an incident involving Holland and will face the tribunal on Wednesday night. De Carlie was also sent to the sin bin, along with Mirboo North’s Anthony Bence after a run-in between the pair near the interchange gates. A goal from Phillips from a superb outside-50 set shot gave him his second and YYN’s sixth major during the last quarter, but it was too little too late for the ailing Bombers. Tim Traill finished with eight magnificent majors that brought his season’s tally to 29 and sees the big Tiger replace Newborough’s Michael Gelatosis as Mid Gippsland’s current leading goal scorer. Reserves Mirboo North secured its third win for the season with a superb 89 point victory over YYN.

SENIORS Mirboo North 17.10.112 d Yallourn-Yall North 6.5.41

Yallourn-Yall North best: J. Patterson, A. Anderson, N. Tatnell, D. Potts, W. Paulet, A. Hunter.

Mirboo North goals: T. Traill 8, J. Taylor 3, J. Brooks 2, C. Irwin 1, A. Windsor 1, K. Berchtold 1, J. Nash 1. Mirboo North best: T. Traill, J. Nash, L. Nash, K. Nash, A. Windsor, S. Busuttil. Yallourn-Yall North goals: T. Phillips 2, T. Hutton 2, E. DeCarli 1, B. Burnett 1. Yallourn-Yall North best: B. Burnett, O. Budge, E. DeCarli, M. Gore, T. Hutton, L. Sporton.

THIRDS Mirboo North 11.12.78 d Yallourn-Yall North 2.5.17

RESERVES Mirboo North 20.14.134 d Yallourn-Yall North 7.3.45 Mirboo North goals: S. Rogers 4, B. Van Heurck 4, A. Soplakow 3, D. Lockie 2, J. Garde 1, B. Leach 1, L. Smit 1, L. Chila 1, T. Hopcraft 1, A. McCarthy 1. L. Gervasi 1. Mirboo North best: L. Chila, B. Leach, L. Gervasi, J. Garde, B. Van Heurck, S. Rogers. Yallourn-Yall North goals: S. Cook 3, J. Patterson 2, A. Hunter 1, A. Raven 1.

Mirboo North goals: J. Salinger 5, C. Irwin 2, L. Steenbach 2, M. Hinkley 1, J. Redmond 1. Mirboo North best: J. Salinger, M. Wightman, L. Smit, L. Steenback, J. Redmond, B. Bradshaw. Yallourn-Yall North goals: N. Muirhead 1, J. Stichling 1. Yallourn-Yall North best: N. Muirhead, N. Tatnell, M. Prokopiwskyi, H. Telehin, S. Smith, H. Read.

FOURTHS Mirboo North 3.5.23 d Yallourn-Yall North 3.4.22 Mirboo North goals: J. Moro 1, P. Hinkley 1, T. Taylor 1. Mirboo North best: T. Taylor, J. Best, J. Salinger, J. Porter, S. Kelzke, J. Ryan. Yallourn-Yall North goals: L. Carr 1, R. Keyhoe 1, S. Smith 1. Yallourn-Yall North best: A. Kelly, R. Reid, R. Hearn, R. Byrne, R. Keyhoe, T. Lawrey.


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

0 0 2 2 3 4 4 4 5 4 6 7

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


SENIORS Boolarra 19.19.133 d Thorpdale 5.7.37 Boolarra goals: D. Leys 4, D. Metcalf 4, M. Dyer 3, D. Leys 3, T. Leys 3, J. Giardina 1, J. Dyer 1. Boolarra best: D. Metcalf, J. Dyer, K. Towt, R. Kelly, T. Leys, J. Cargill. Thorpdale goals: D. Martin 2, C. Hillbrick 1, B. Sherriff 1, B. Mackie 1. Thorpdale best: J. Atkinson, B. Willis, A. Lancaster, D. Martin, B. Atkinson, B. Mackie.

Boolarra goals: D. Hvalica 3, D. Hodge 3, R. Beamish 2, J. Elson 1, C. Sykes 1, T. Beamish 1, D. O’Neill 1, J. Wilson 1. Boolarra best: T. Beamish, J. Elson, M. Windsor, C. Sykes, J. Chal-

mers, J. Wilson. Thorpdale goals: L. Cundari 2, C. Celima 1, A. Watson 1, L. Mackie 1, M. Johnston 1. Thorpdale best: C. Celima, A. Archipow, M. Johnston, G. Knowles, D. Johnston, M. Hammond.

THIRDS Boolarra 8.11.59 d Thorpdale 7.6.48 Boolarra goals: H. Lawson-Pepper 4, J. Francis 1, M. Wigg 1, A. Van Den Brand 1, J. Anderson 1. Boolarra best: J. Battersby, P. Thomas, J. Francis, J. Dudek, A. Van Den Brand, T. Dowe. Thorpdale goals: M. Kelly 3, D. Atkinson 1, L. Jenkinson 1, A. Ghneim 1, S. Murphy 1. Thorpdale best: T. Gibson, L. Jenkinson, M. Kelly, A. Richardson, S. Murphy.

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Morwell East 20.18.138 d Hill End 7.6.48 Yinnar 30.11.191 d Yarragon 5.11.41 Newborough 10.12.72 d Trafalgar 10.5.65 RESERVES Morwell East 9.9.63 d Hill End 6.7.43 Yinnar 18.13.121 d Yarragon 2.4.16 Trafalgar 10.4.64 d Newborough 7.13.55 THIRDS

Thorpdale 11.10.76 d Morwell East 8.6.54 Hill End 17.15.117 d Morwell East 5.4.34 Yarragon 15.14.104 d Yinnar 5.4.34 Newborough 11.12.78 d Trafalgar 4.6.30 FOURTHS Hill End 5.8.38 d Morwell East 2.5.17 Yinnar 7.3.45 d Yarragon 0.10.10 Newborough 6.11.47 d Trafalgar 2.3.15

Mid Gippsland League SENIORS LADDER Newborough ......... 203.87 Trafalgar ............... 180.17 Mirboo North ........ 145.07 Morwell East......... 141.32 Hill End ................. 108.15 Yinnar .................... 125.34 Yall-Yall North ........ 111.76 Boolarra ................... 96.64 Thorpdale ................ 25.34 Yarragon .................. 43.92

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RESERVES LADDER Hill End ................. 219.77 Yinnar ................... 171.20 Boolarra ................ 140.17 Morwell East......... 198.70 Newborough ......... 124.30 Trafalgar ................. 120.21 Mirboo North............ 90.34 Yall-Yall North .......... 87.99 Thorpdale ................ 36.22 Yarragon .................. 19.53

24 24 24 16 12 12 12 12 4 0

THIRDS LADDER Newborough ......... 815.04 Yarragon ............... 303.20 Mirboo North ........ 142.51 Trafalgar ............... 129.22 Yinnar ..................... 84.01 Yall-Yall North .......... 77.39 Hill End .................... 77.33 Thorpdale ................ 59.30 Boolarra ................... 47.48 Morwell East ............ 24.60

28 24 20 16 12 12 12 12 4 0

FOURTHS LADDER Newborough ......... 682.93 Yinnar ................... 280.22 Thorpdale ............. 172.02 Yarragon ............... 196.69 Mirboo North .......... 95.04 Yall-Yall North ........ 135.29 Trafalgar ................... 69.92 Hill End .................... 25.62 Morwell East ............ 10.10

28 24 24 20 20 12 8 4 0

CGJFL ladders %

427.03 253.48 148.28 142.34 128.39 105.43 84.48 80.38 66.44 56.88 41.60 19.61


28 28 20 20 12 12 12 12 8 8 4 0


RESERVES Boolarra 13.12.90 d Thorpdale 6.8.44

Mr Smooth: Damon Ginnane has a big bag of tricks. He was a ball magnet on Sunday.

The mighty Tigers leapfrog into seventh spot on the ladder and now sit outside the five on percentage. YYN stayed within striking distance until midway through the second term, before they ran out of puff. The panting Bombers could hold Mirboo North’s speedy engine room men, Lenny Chila, Ben Leach and Luke Gervasi, no longer and caved in like reindeer hooves. With power forwards, Steven Rogers and Brendan Van Heurck, booting four goals apiece and Andrew Soplakow adding another three, the Tigers’ scoring mechanisms were nigh on unstoppable. This was Reserves footy at its most potent. Mirboo North’s elusive and crafty forward pocket specialist, Tom Hopcraft, booted the goal of the day when he accepted a pass from Ben Leach and slammed the Sherrin high over the goal umpire’s head and almost onto the Strzelecki Highway, late in the last quarter. The Thirds match saw Mirboo North comfortably defeat YYN by 61 points in a solid display of modern-day football. Jeremy Groen was in great form for Mirboo North, booting five superb goals and picking up multiple possessions around the ground. In the Fourths Mirboo North scraped home by the barest of margins after recovering from an eight-point three-quarter time deficit. As one learned spectator noted, “If it had been any closer, it would have been a draw.”

Trafalgar....... 7 New Blues..... 6 New Reds ..... 5 Leongatha ..... 5 Mirboo North . 5

0 1 2 2 2

0 0 0 0 0


591.38 309.47 495.59 459.23 174.52


28 24 20 20 20

CGJFL UNDER 10 Newborough Reds 0.1.1 Leongatha 0.1.1 Newborough Reds best: M. Mitchell, A. Kurtz, D. Xuereb-Price, L. McGrail, J. Van Den Dolder. Leongatha best: E. Lamers, R. Patterson, J. Thomas, T. Chadwick, J. Wight, M. Portelli.

UNDER 12 Newborough Reds 1.1.7 Leongatha 2.4.16 Newborough Reds goals: T. Baldi. Best: P. Charles, A. Shelley, R. Bal-

Youth Club ...... 4 Yinnar ............. 3 Moe Blues ....... 2 Moe Maroons.. 2 Hill & Rovers ... 2 Yallourn Nth .... 1 Mor Tigers ...... 0

3 4 5 5 5 6 7

0 104.17 16 0 65.02 12 0 47.32 8 0 40.32 8 0 27.81 8 0 22.59 4 0 8.41 0


Trafalgar....... 7 Youth Club .... 5 Mor Tigers .... 5 Leongatha ..... 4 Moe Blues..... 4 New Reds........ 4 Moe Maroons.. 4 Yinnar ............. 3 Hill & Rovers ... 2 Mirboo North .. 2 New Blues ....... 0 Yallourn Nth .... 0

0 1 2 2 2 2 3 4 5 5 7 7

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


639.29 290.70 147.73 268.42 227.27 207.55 153.66 73.50 87.04 56.47 16.82 3.36


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di, L. Fry, J. Dworznik, Z. Skinner. Leongatha goals: J. Stockdale, B. Kewming. Best: J. McFarlane, M. McGannon, B. Perry, D. Williams, A. Wright, B. Kewming.

UNDER 14 Leongatha 12.10.82 d Newborough Reds 2.0.12 Leongatha goals: N. Argento 3, N.Matsoukas 3, J. Cecil 1, K. Cooper 1, T. McFarlane 1, M. Minogue 1, L. Nunn 1, J. Van Der Kolk 1. Best: T. McFarlane, N. Matsoukas, A. Argento, Z. Cox, B. Jones, E. Stephenson.

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Parrots chase record



Leongatha .....7 0 0 192.48 Sale ............6 1 0 248.44 Maffra..........4 3 0 120.87 Traralgon ......4 3 0 103.07 Won Power ....3 4 0 94.57 Morwell ...........3 4 0 84.66 Warragul .........2 5 0 74.51 Drouin .............2 5 0 71.60 Moe.................2 5 0 67.84 Bairnsdale .......2 5 0 65.92 GOALKICKERS M. Ferguson (Sale) ............ (6) J. Best (Leongatha) ............ (9) D. Holt (Leongatha)............ (6) B. Hughes (Warragul) ........ (4) D. McKenna (Traralgon) ..... (4) D. Bedggood (Maffra) ........ (0) K. Fraser (Sale) .................. (1) D. Stubbe (Maffra) ............. (0) N. Storer (Bairnsdale) ........ (3) J. Gibbs (Bairnsdale).......... (5) A. Burgiel (Maffra) ............. (0)


28 24 16 16 12 12 8 8 8 8 39 36 32 30 24 23 17 16 15 14 14




Leongatha ....6 0 0 261.54 Sale ...........4 2 0 173.43 Morwell ......4 2 0 112.64 Won Power ...3 2 1 127.17 Drouin ........3 3 1 67.42 Maffra ............3 3 0 132.16 Traralgon ........2 4 0 92.89 Warragul ........1 5 0 57.38 Moe................1 6 0 39.42 GOALKICKERS

24 16 16 14 14 12 8 4 4

N. Fowler (Sale) ................. (2) M. Davies (Leongatha) ....... (0) J. Pellicano (Leongatha) .... (0) A. Winter (Won Power) ...... (3) A. Caile (Morwell) .............. (4) R. Tack (Won Power) ......... (1) A. Slottje (Traralgon) .......... (0) K. O’Dwyer (Sale) ............... (0) R. Todd (Won Power) ........ (3) M. Davis (Sale) .................. (0)

19 19 12 12 11 11 10 10 9 9

LEONGATHA travelled to Bairnsdale on Saturday in the hope of extending its unbeaten start to the 2012 season to seven matches. The win against the Redlegs means that the Parrots have equalled their best known start to a season. If they can beat Moe at Parrot Park this Saturday they will have recorded their best season start ever. Records regarding Leongatha are complete back to when they joined the Central Gippsland Football League in 1934. Since then, they have had three seasons where they have won the opening seven games for a season, including 1939 (Central Gippsland FL), 1955 (South Gippsland FL) and 1998 (Gippsland Latrobe FL). The Parrots were coming off a week’s rest due to the interleague game last weekend. With Jason Tomada out due to a groin injury, Luke Castagna stepped up to the plate to play his first Senior game for the Parrots. Will Thursfield and Beau Vernon were back from two week’s rest, helping Leongatha to look fit and ready to play what was going to be a hard and physical game against the Redlegs. Before the first bounce, the Redlegs were trying to rough

up the Parrots players, but were unsuccessful, with Jake Best kicking the first goal of the match. In the first quarter, Leongatha was far too strong for the Bairnsdale forwards, with the backline applying great defensive pressure resulting in Dwayne Holt’s first goal for the game. Coach Will Thursfield encouraged his players to get a fist to the ball and contest possession after the Redlegs slotted their first goal. It was a hard, physical match with the Parrots throwing their bodies at the ball, demonstrated by a solid effort by Dwayne Holt that rewarded the Leongatha players. Strong roving in the centre by Col Sanbrook, Tas Clingan and Beau Vernon allowed Cam Stone to kick his first goal for the game. Hayden Browne and Stuart Kilsby both put their bodies on the line, going for second attempts at the ball. At the quarter time break, Will Thursfield told his players they were showing great use of the ball and applying great pressure and although they had the numbers on the ball, the boys needed to support each other and encourage each other with more talk. Leongatha was well out in front at the first quarter break, leading Bairnsdale, 58 to 7. Bairnsdale came out strongly in the second quarter and kicked the first goal and managed another goal shortly

after, letting the Parrot boys know they weren’t going down without a fight. Leongatha’s intensity dropped in the second quarter, with Bairnsdale getting three centre clearances in a row. Bairnsdale managed to step it up, running with a man free and dropping players back into the Parrots’ forward line, but were unable to stop Sanbrook kicking another goal for the Parrots. Jake Best stepped up to the plate late in the second quarter, applying great defensive pressure and using his wits to take advantage of a play-on call, snagging another well deserved goal for the visiting side. Going into the half time break both key forwards for Leongatha, Jake Best and Dwayne Holt had kicked five each. The Parrots maintained their comprehensive lead in the second quarter, going into the long break up 99 to 38. Starting off in the third quarter, Beau Vernon kicked his first goal, but Bairnsdale were still not giving up regardless of the scores, also kicking two quick goals early in the quarter. Luke Castagna proved himself in his first Senior game, where he laid some hard tackles and kicked his first goal for the Senior side, causing all the players to get around him. Sanbrook ran all the way from Bairnsdale’s 50 metre line to congratulate him. The home side had many

Next option: Leongatha’s Mick Otto tries to get the ball out of the pack during the Parrots’ game against Bairnsdale at the weekend. Photo courtesy of East Gippsland Newspapers. opportunities to score, but the Parrots were in charge and applied great defensive pressure in the back half, with Rhett McLennan saving many on the line, proving far too strong for his Redlegs opponent. Both teams showed a great display of intensity, but Leongatha proved the better team, able to capitalise on the Redlegs’ mistakes, allowing Dwayne Holt to slot another through the middle. Just before the three quarter siren, the Redlegs players double teamed Will Thursfield,


tackled him and gave him one after the whistle, but were unable to shut him down. Going into the last quarter, the Parrots held a 71 point lead over the Redlegs. Will Thursfield showed great composure and unselfishly kicked to Jake Best, who was unable to finish but made up for his miss by applying pressure on the back line, forcing the Redlegs to make mistakes and back-track. Cam Stone took advantage of Bairnsdale’s fumbles, as did Hayden Browne, both kicking goals. Stuart Kilsby worked hard in the ruck, changing with Da-

vid Gourdis, whose defensive pressure in the backline was a key factor in Redlegs’ inability to score and have a free flowing game. Dwayne Holt and Jake Best dominated in the Parrots forward line, kicking 15 goals between them and proving far too powerful for the Redlegs defenders. The Parrots came out on top, beating Bairnsdale by over 100 points, 28.15.183 to 11.9.75. Next week the Parrots play Moe at home, where a win will cement 2012 as the Parrots’ best start to a season on record.



Bairnsdale ....7 0 0 277.06 Traralgon ......6 1 0 284.75 Won Power ....5 2 0 214.91 Warragul ......5 2 0 213.36 Sale ............4 3 0 226.81 Maffra .............3 4 0 106.22 Morwell ...........2 5 0 57.73 Leongatha .......2 5 0 44.64 Drouin .............1 6 0 39.48 Moe.................0 7 0 5.82 GOALKICKERS R. Buttner (Warragul)......... (5) J. Weatherley (Maffra) ....... (1) P. Ryan (Won Power) ......... (0) J. Brown (Warragul)........... (0) N. Campbell (Sale) ............. (2) D. Hayes (Bairnsdale) ........ (2) T. Huther (Won Power) ...... (2) J. Freeman (Sale) ............... (2) E. Johnson (Sale) ............... (0) B. Davidson (Leongatha).... (2)


28 24 20 20 16 12 8 8 4 0

SENIORS Leongatha 28.15.183 d Bairnsdale 11.9.75 Leongatha goals: J. Best 9, D. Holt 6, M. Otto 2, c. Sanbrook 2, J. Stone 2, C. Stone 2, B. Vernon 2, L. Castagna 1, H. Browne 1, D. Gourdis 1. Leongatha best: D. Gourdis, J. Best, H. Browne, J. Stone, B. Vernon, D. Westaway. Bairnsdale goals: J. Gibbs 5, N. Storer 3, R. Soulsby 1, S. Scicluna 1, J. Waters 1. Bairnsdale best: J. Gibbs, X. Ryan, L. Dyer, P. Bills, B. Ashwood, C. Streeter.

27 18 18 17 14 12 12 11 10 10

UNDER 18 Bairnsdale 22.13.145 d Leongatha 3.3.21 Bairnsdale goals: W. Russell 5, B. Mitchell 4, D. Commins 2, N. George 2, D. Hayes 2, D. Johnson 2, B. Trinder 1, R. Adams 1, B.



28 24 24 16 14 12 12 10 0 0

N. Dennison (Bairnsdale) ... (4) B. Connelly (Maffra) ........... (1) L. Ronchi (Sale) ................. (1) B. McCarrey (Bairnsdale) ... (4) B. Walker (Sale) ................. (0) C. Driffield (Maffra) ............ (2) J. Jans (Sale) ..................... (2) H. Britten (Traralgon) ......... (4) N. Holmes (Sale) ................ (0) B. Duve (Traralgon) ............ (3) B. Smith (Leongatha) ......... (1)

23 23 19 18 14 14 12 12 10 10 10

UNDER 16 Bairnsdale 15.13.103 d Leongatha 5.2.32 Bairnsdale goals: B. McCarrey 4, N. Dennison 4, J. Avage 3, K. Alexander 1, D. Parker 1, B. Timms 1, L. Robinson 1. Bairnsdale best: Z. Fayolle, J. Broome, D. Sampson, X. Hall, L. Roberts, J. Sabell. Leongatha goals: J. Riseley 2, B. Smith 1, J. Ginnane 1, J. Harry 1. Leongatha best: N. Bracecamp, M. Dennison, D. Betts, L. Moore, B. Smith, T. Jones.



Sale ............7 0 0 586.82 Traralgon ......6 1 0 554.07 Maffra..........6 1 0 336.11 Bairnsdale ....4 3 0 181.63 Drouin .........3 3 1 76.35 Morwell ...........3 4 0 61.76 Moe.................3 4 0 46.25 Leongatha .......2 4 1 61.19 Warragul .........0 7 0 44.76 Won Power .....0 7 0 7.11 GOALKICKERS

White 1, J. Moffatt 1, L. Sutton 1. Bairnsdale best: B. Mitchell, B. White, L. Buck, D. Johnson, D. Hayes, B. Price. Leongatha goals: B. Davidson 2, D. Betts 1. Leongatha best: W. Curtis, S. Cornelissen, A. Castagna, B. Vanrooy, O. Kerr, W. McCaughan.

THIS WEEKEND Parrots player: David Gourdis shrugs off a tackle from Bairnsdale player Brayden Ashwood. Photo courtesy of East Gippsland Newspapers.

Leongatha Parrots netball Round 7 v Bairnsdale A Grade Leongatha 50 d Bairnsdale 42 Award: Kasie Rump (Influence Clothing) Auction player: Ebony Best Leongatha came up against a fast and physical Bairnsdale. Meg Rosser’s development this year stood out, standing strong against GK Catherine Bulmer. Ebony Best and Laura Higgins forced Bairnsdale to shoot from long distances and then dominated the rebounds. Pressure all over the court forced Bairnsdale into turnovers, which Leongatha capitalised on, winning each quarter by small margins to end up winning by 8. B Grade Leongatha 71 d Bairnsdale 30 Award: Kate McCarthy (RSL) Auction player: Courtney Lever After a week off it was a long drive to Bairnsdale. The game began very scrappy

but the girls soon got their act together. There was a brain fade at the beginning of the last quarter then the girls brought the win home convincingly, winning by 39 goals. C Grade Leongatha 35 d Bairnsdale 25 Award: Bec Argento (Nagels) Auction player: Bec Argento Tough and physical game girls, well done on managing to pull off the win. Was great to see some training drills put into practice. Congratulations on sticking to our game and keeping our heads. Our hard work really pulled off. Under 17s Leongatha 28 lt Bairnsdale 31 Award: Sarah McCahon (Sports First) After a long drive and very cold morning we had a messy start to the game being down by six at the first change. The girls didn’t give up and we had a one

point advantage at three quarter time but finished just behind. Our passing wasn’t up to our usual standard but our determination never faltered. Under 15s: Leongatha 24 d Bairnsdale 20 Award: Kristy O’loughlin (Nagels) A tight close game from the start. Well done to keep the pressure on for the full four quarters to win. Great passes and intercepts up and down the entire court. Work on timing your leads and you’ll be a force to reckon with! Under 13s: Leongatha 9 lost to Bairnsdale 34 Award: Taylah Brown (Serafino’s) Bad luck girls. Great second and third quarters, starting to get the feel of the game. Don’t worry about the scoreboard you played a fantastic game anyway. Centre court players you really picked up in the middle quarters. Overall a great game by all.

ALBERTON Round 10 - June 9 Phillip Island v Yarram DWWWW v Kil-Bass Fish Creek v Toora I-K v Foster Kor-Bena v Stony Creek Tarwin v MDU Dalyston - bye

MID GIPPSLAND Round 8 - June 9 Yarragon v Mirboo North Yall-Yall Nth v Newborough Hill End v Boolarra Morwell East v Trafalgar Thorpdale v Yinnar

GIPPSLAND Round 8 - June 9 Leongatha v Moe Bairnsdale v Drouin Warragul v Sale Maffra v Wonthaggi Morwell v Traralgon (Monday)

ELLINBANK Round 9 - June 9 Buln Buln v Warragul Ind Catani v Poowong Cora Lynn v Koo Wee Rup Garfield v Lang Lang Longwarry v Nyora Nar Nar Goon v Bunyip Neerim Sth v Nilma-Darnum Ellinbank - bye

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Moe 20.11.131 d Warragul 13.7.85 Traralgon 16.9.105 d Drouin 14.7.91 Sale 11.20.86 d Maffra 3.8.26 RESERVES Moe 9.10.64 d Warragul 8.13.61 Drouin 10.9.69 d Traralgon 8.11.59 Sale 8.12.60 d Maffra 8.4.52

UNDER 18 Warragul 16.19.115 d Moe 1.2.8 Traralgon 24.7.151 d Drouin 7.5.47 Sale 12.17.89 d Maffra 4.3.27 UNDER 16 Moe 8.10.58 d Warragul 5.5.35 Traralgon 18.22.130 d Drouin 0.2.2 Sale 6.10.46 d Maffra 4.7.31

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1992 premiers: the Korumburra Football Club had a great win in its centenary year of 1992 with the senior premiership collected. Pictured are Back: Greg Evison, Ian Hillberg, Mark Trewin, Rodney Newton, Rodney O’Neill, Chris Smith, Scott Rodda, Craig O’Neill. Middle: Roger Wittingslow (selector), Ross Besley (selector), Dean Frank, Lindsay White, Allan Bethune, Doug McIvor, Brendan O’Neill, Tony Dixon, Dick Martin (trainer). Front: Bill Rodda (runner), Andrew Westaway, Joffa Holland, Suzanne Cuff (treasurer), Wayne Kraska (captain coach), Barry Connell (president), Bill O’Neill (secretary), Shane Earl (assistant coach), Warren Burgess. Insert: John Mandemaker Absent: Ray Cruikshank, Vicki McKean, Brian Yann, Peter Logan (trainers).

Korumburra celebrates flags KORUMBURRA-Bena Football Club hosts a huge premiership reunion this weekend, celebrating the flags of the Korumburra Football Club from the 1970s through to the 1990s The weekend kicks off on Saturday with Korumburra Bena Football Club hosting Stony Creek at the showgrounds. Footy and netball matches will be on all

Finally: it had to happen eventually for these five club legends, from left, Greg Evison, Doug McIvor, Shane Earl, “Joffa” Holland and Warren Burgess. After seven years of finals disappointment, these members of the club finally tasted success in the premiership of 1992. All played over 200 games together, with Earl and Evison finishing with over 250 games, McIvor and Burgess 300 and Holland finished with a club record 379 games.

day from 9.30am and afterwards meals are available in the rooms. Then on Sunday the reunion moves into top gear, with a get-together of a number of premiership teams over the last three decades. Doors will open at 11.30am on the Sunday for a day of recollection and memories, with a big display of old photos and press clippings as the club winds back the clock.

1976 premiers: first eighteen Korumburra Football Club, pictured are back row: D. Martin (selector), B. Bell (sec), C. George, W. Harley, I. Hughes, T. Rogers, R. Hughes, W. Jeffs, R. Hogan, A. Gravener, I. Harris, K. Short, V. O’Neill (selector), F. Holland (pres); Front row: L. Jury, G. Holland, C. McConnell, T. Wilson (ass coach), R. Motton (C&C), J. Uren, G. Harmon, K. Goodall, M.Mamone, E. Hams (runner). Absent: Shane Butler, Joey Smith, Peter Spaull.

Morwell Tigers squash Power SET to be a big game at Wonthaggi on Saturday, with Morwell fresh from their enormous win against Sale and eager to show it wasn’t a one off, the Power were keen to get things back after a disappointing loss to Traralgon.

Morwell were the first to get going and did so quickly, booting three goals in three minutes. They were up and about, the ball coming straight from the middle untouched by Power. Morwell completely outplayed Power in the first quarter, spreading the ball around amongst their players and backing each other up, Shane Ryan and Joel Souter where

Initially the celebration started as a 20 year reunion of its 1992 premiership side, but the event now includes premierships sides from 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1987, 1992 and 1997. Lunch and drinks will be available for purchase and you’re welcome to bring some of your old photos and clippings and join in the discussions.

in everything. The score at quarter time was in Morwell’s favour, leading the Power 38 to 9. Wonthaggi finally steadied and got on the board but where giving up a lot of ground, at quarter time down by five goals. The second quarter saw Wonthaggi starting to get some system going. Big Dom O’Connor took a couple of strong marks and Travis Krause started to get in amongst it. Joel Liddle, playing in only his second senior game was showing the way and Jack Blair was getting the ball all over the ground. At half time Power had cut the lead to three goals, the score Morwell leading, 52 to Wonthaggi 29. The Third quarter was a tight tussle, Robert Michaelides was in

everything for Morwell and Thomas Crosby was really making his presence felt. Troy Harley and Tim Gilliland were battling hard in the back line for Power, when the skies finally opened up and the heavy rain came, Morwell were hanging on to a very handy five goal lead. The rest of the third term became an arm wrestle with a very slippery football; neither team took a backward step. Morwell took the quarter and a handy lead into the final term. Wonthaggi coach Leigh McDonald, who had been concussed in the third quarter, pleaded with his boys to find something in the last term. Wonthaggi had slipped further

away from the lead at three quarter time, trailing 44 to Morwell’s 72. The fourth quarter was pretty much all Morwell, they controlled the football and Wonthaggi failed to make any impact. Justin Hill and Chris Wylie joined their injured coach on the bench, meaning Power was down to no substitutes, making the job even harder. All in all the day was pretty bleak for Wonthaggi, a six goal loss and a couple of injuries, the bonus being the good form of the young players: Joel Liddle, Jack Blair, Troy Harley, Travis Krause and Dom O’Connor all played well and are all under 21. Wonthaggi are set to travel to Maffra next week to take on the Eagles at home.

SENIORS Morwell 13.6.84 d Wonthaggi Power 6.13.49

UNDER 18 Wonthaggi Power 15.13.103 d Morwell 2.2.14

Morwell goals: R. Michaelides 3, A. Bailey 2, J. Bowe 2, D. Hutchison 2, M. Johnston 1, T. Weatherill 1, J. Ryan 1, M.J. Duncan 1. Morwell best: S. Ryan, J. Soutar, R. Michaelides, T. Crosby, J. Ryan, J. Brown. Wonthaggi Power goals: T. Krause 2, D. O’Connor 1, J. Blair 1, A. Zanella 1, B. Dryden 1. Wonthaggi Power best: J. Liddle, J. Blair, T. Krause, T. Harley, D. O’Connor, T. Gilliland.

Wonthaggi Power goals: J. Sheerin 3, J. Read 3, T. Huther 2, M. Kelly 2, Z. Gilmour 2, J. Membrey 2, A. Murray 1. Wonthaggi Power best: R. Lindsay, M. Kelly, A. Ferreira-Neto, A. Murray, S. Scott, T. Landells. Morwell goals: Z. Anderson 1, B. McDonald 1. Morwell best: Z. Anderson, H. Maximiw, N. Wilson, K. Foley, B. McDonald, T. Coad.

RESERVES Morwell 9.9.63 d Wonthaggi Power 9.7.61 Morwell goals: A. Caile 4, L. Norder 3, P. McNulty 1, S. Lambert 1. Morwell best: M. Murphy, A. Caile, L. Norder, J. Read, P. McNulty, T. Love. Wonthaggi Power goals: A. Winter 3, R. Todd 3, J. Hill 1, R. Tack 1, N. Bell 1. Wonthaggi Power best: J. Hill, R. Tack, L. Demunk, B. Foon, N. Bell.

UNDER 16 Morwell 11.9.75 d Wonthaggi Power 3.2.20 Morwell goals: B. Milburn 4, B. Brereton 2, A. Jenkin 2, J. Hinde 1, D. Day 1, L. Ware 1. Morwell best: B. Darby-Lock, B. Milburn, T. Russell, D. Yates, T. Richards, A. Jenkin Wonthaggi Power goals: C. Hill 2, J. Thomas 1. Wonthaggi Power best: L. Dyball, T. Huther, P. Dunlevie, T. Tack, J. Thomas, B. North.

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Sea Eagles cause hell for Demons SENIORS LADDER W L D

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

0 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 5 6 8 8

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


130.46 151.40 161.56 152.53 138.37 134.91 122.30 106.50 124.00 92.81 86.38 37.04 21.00


30 24 20 20 20 20 20 18 16 12 8 0 0

GOALKICKERS L. James (Kil-Bass) ............ (8) 41 S. Pimm (Dalyston)............ (4) 36 C. Sutherland(Yarram) ....... (1) 31 C. Maskell (Kor-Bena) ........ (6) 30 S. Sperling (Fish Creek) .... (0) 27 A. Russell (Tarwin) ............. (1) 24 B. Van Brummelen (P Is) ... (1) 23 L. McMillan (Stony Creek) . (0) 23 J. Cann (Tarwin) .................. (0) 23 L. Reddie (Inv-Kwak) ......... (0) 20


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

0 0 0 1 3 4 4 5 6 7 7 7 8

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


668.15 586.96 449.49 186.09 234.18 180.90 57.64 38.34 43.30 85.03 36.19 25.60 10.70


32 32 32 28 20 16 16 12 8 4 4 4 0

GOALKICKERS L. Wilkinson (Dalyston)...... (8) 34 S. McRae (Tarwin) .............. (1) 21 A. Guymer(Tarwin) ............. (2) 20 R. Provan(Kor-Bena) ........... (5) 17 T. Sorrell (Kor-Bena) ........... (0) 16 K. Taylor (Phillip Island) ...... (0) 16 D. McKean (DWWWW) ...... (7) 15 L. Wilson (Kor-Bena) ......... (4) 14 R. Birnie (Dalyston)............ (0) 14 R. Brown (Phillip Island) ..... (0) 13




Kor-Bena ....... 7 1 0 435.86 28 Phillip Island .. 7 1 0 428.96 28 Dalyston ........ 7 1 0 382.32 2 8 Kil-Bass ........ 7 1 0 300.00 28 MDU............. 6 2 0 159.32 24 Fish Creek...... 5 3 0 159.24 20 Toora .................5 3 0 86.97 20 DWWWW ..........3 5 0 34.08 12 Yarram ..............2 6 0 40.64 8 Foster ................1 7 0 36.08 4 Stony Creek.......1 7 0 35.83 4 Inv-K’wak ..........1 7 0 33.15 4 Tarwin ...............0 8 0 22.61 0 GOALKICKERS M. Edwards (Kor-Bena) ...... (4) 25 T. Davey (Dalyston) ............ (0) 23 A. Officer (Phillip Island) .... (6) 20 J. Krohn(MDU)................... (2) 20 J. Buckland(Fish Creek) ..... (0) 20 B. Doran (Toora) ................. (0) 20 B. Dorling (Kor-Bena)......... (1) 19 T. Wyatt (Kor-Bena)............ (2) 18 K. Salama (Kil-Bass) .......... (3) 18 G. Powles (Phillip Island) ... (4) 17




Fish Creek.... 8 0 0 805.50 32 Phillip Is...... 7 1 0 317.37 28 Kor-Bena ..... 6 2 0 459.74 24 Dalyston ...... 6 2 0 346.60 24 Yarram ........ 6 2 0 163.19 24 Foster ......... 5 3 0 195.09 20 Inv-K’wak ....... 4 4 0 181.96 16 Kil-Bass.......... 3 5 0 51.50 12 MDU............... 3 5 0 26.82 12 Tarwin ............ 1 7 0 21.23 4 Toora .............. 1 7 0 19.19 4 Stony-Creek ... 1 7 0 15.26 4 DWWWW ....... 1 7 0 13.57 4 GOALKICKERS G. Staley (Fish Creek)......... (0) 23 O. Toussaint(Inv-K’Wak) .... (7) 22 M. Marotta (Dalyston) ........ (7) 18 B. Harfield/Park (F CK) ....... (0) 18 A. Edwards (Phillip Island) . (4) 18 M. Jones (Foster) ................ (4) 17 Z. Richards (Yarram).......... (1) 16 R. McGannon(F CK) ........... (0) 16 M. Homer(Kil-Bass) ........... (2) 16 N. Brayley (Inv-K’Wak) ....... (4) 15

IN one of their best performances for the season, InverlochKongwak had an easy win against Meeniyan Dumbalk United at Meeniyan on Saturday. A loss of Cruz Tohiariki before the game, and their coach Clint Johnston early in the first quarter with suspected broken ribs, the Demons struggled without options in the forward line. This reflected on the scoreboard, with the Sea Eagles keeping the homeside goal-less in the first half while they slotted seven of their own. Thomas Wyatt was flying high, getting plenty of ball all over the ground and delivering well to his teammates, while onballer Adam Cross also worked hard to move the ball quickly down the field. Lance Oswald took control in front of goals for the Sea Eagles, kicking five majors for the game. The Demons picked up their game in the second half, with ruckman Michael Smith competing well all day giving his teammates first use of the footy, however they were unable to take advantage of Smith’s efforts. Damien Adkins’ performance didn’t drop as he shifted from one position to another, and Joel Sinclair continued his strong form for Meeniyan this season. Inverloch were clearly the stronger team on the day however. The Demons continually bombed the ball into their forward 50, and their visitors easily ran it back out again; a painstaking performance for MeeniUNDER 13 LADDER W L D

Inv-K’wak..... 7 1 Corner Inlet .. 6 0 L’gatha Jnr ... 5 3 Won ........... 3 2 Dalyston ...... 3 4 Kor-Bena ..... 3 5 Phillip Is ......... 1 7 Kil-Bass.......... 0 6

0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1



314.15 338.53 98.96 108.93 91.61 72.40 39.08 19.15

28 26 20 14 14 12 4 2

GOALKICKERS Z. Caughey(Inv-K’wak ) (5) 23 B. Best (Inv-K’wak) ....... (2) 15 Z. Van Delft (Leon Jnr) .. (1) 13 B. Rogers (Corner In ) .. (0) 11 K. Reid(Inv-K’wak) ........ (0) 11 C.McKenzie(Inv-K’Wak) (1) 11 B. Patterson (Kor-Bena) (0) 10 D. Bronsnan (Won ) ........ (1) 9 J. Celebrine (Kor-Bena) .. (1) 9 M. McGannon (Corner In)(1) 9


Inv-K’wak...... 7 L’gatha Jnr .... 6 Won ............ 6 Dalyston ....... 5 Corner Inlet ... 3 Kil-Bass ....... 1 Phillip Is .......... 1 Kor-Bena ......... 0

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 8

1 1 0 0 1 2 1 0



595.59 258.93 224.03 104.28 306.12 17.21 26.90 7.94

30 26 24 20 14 8 6 0

GOALKICKERS N. Anderson(Won) ............. (1) 16 L. O’Neill (Leon Jnr) ........... (1) 10 L. Gheller(Dalyston) ............. (2) 9 J. Thornell(Corner In) .......... (1) 8 C. McInnes(Inv-K’Wak) ........ (0) 8 C. Scott (Won) ..................... (0) 7 W. Lindsay (Won) ................ (3) 7 J. Henry(Won) ..................... (1) 7 J. Kilgour (Dalyston) ............ (2) 6 R. Angwin (Corner In) .......... (0) 6

yan’s supporters to watch. Inverloch’s backline were brilliant all day, pressuring the Demon forwards, while their own forwards were able to hold the ball in time and time again. At the end of the day, it was difficult to pick the best on for the Sea Eagles, with a great combined effort by the whole team in an easy 33-point win over the home-side. Inverloch host Foster at home next week in what will be a fierce competition, while Meeniyan head to Tarwin to take on the Sharks.

Clear kick: I-K’s Tom Cannon lets fly with a kick as MDU’s Lachie Finlay runs in for the spoil.

Inverloch-Kongwak 15.9.99 M.D.U. 8.8.56 Inverloch-Kongwak Goals: L. Oswald 5, C. McCaughan 3, W. Rankin 2, A. Cross 2, D. Clark 1, T. Wyatt 1, J. Brosnan 1 M.D.U. Goals: D. Adkins 2, K. Gowers 2, C. DeLuca 1, T. Findlay 1, R. Taylor 1, T. TOHIARIKI 1 Inverloch-Kongwak Best: T. Wyatt, L. Oswald, D. Kilpatrick, A. Cross, J. Clottu, L. Rankin M.D.U. Best: D. Adkins, J. Sinclair, M. Doyle, M. Smith, K. Gowers, T. Findlay

RESERVES M.D.U. 11.6.72 Inverloch-Kongwak 8.5.53 Leading Goalkicker: J. Jackson (I) 4 M.D.U. Best: C. Davidson, M. White, R. Livingstone, T. Trotman, N. Pye, S. White Inverloch-Kongwak Best: T. Whelan, B.

Hayes, C. Spencer, R. Bertuleit, C. Hunt, N. Solomon

THIRDS M.D.U. 18.14.122 Inverloch-Kongwak 6.2.38 Leading Goalkicker: J. McMillan (M) 7 M.D.U. Best: J. McMillan, S. Horvath, A. Hill, J. Broadway, B. Coulter, J. Van Dyk Inverloch-Kongwak Best: L. Johnson, A. Dowie, J. Dalmau, E. Wilson, E. Taranto, M. MacKay

FOURTHS Inverloch-Kongwak 20.14.134 M.D.U. 2.1.13 Leading Goalkicker: O. Toussaint (I) 7 Inverloch-Kongwak Best: O. Toussaint, M. Burton, C. Mckenzie, W. Piasente, E. Taranto, Z. Javier M.D.U. Best: M. Newton, B. Pickersgill, D. Thorson, c. Dougherty, K. Gale

Spoil: MDU’s Kurt Gowers has his hopes of marking dashed by this fist to the ball from the I-K defender.

Bass takes Yarram down KILCUNDA-BASS welcomed Yarram for the Beyond Blue Shield on Saturday. With the ground in perfect condition and the sun shining, the scene was set for some entertaining footy. The perfect conditions held up until three quarter time, when the heavens opened up, making for a sloppy finish. Overall, Bass are closing in on playing their best football of the season, with coach Steve O’Bryan urging the team to concentrate on their game plan. The Bass boys came out firing, winning it out of the middle and getting it out quickly down to the for-

wards. Luke James and Jason Wells both kicked well and Bass led at the first break 8.2.50 to 3.5.23. The second quarter was an even contest causing the Bass backline to work hard, led by the ever reliable and talented Brett Anthony, Tim Smith and Bronson Interlandi. The Panthers had extended their lead by half time and were leading Yarram 13.5.83 to 6.5.41. After the half time break the local lads must have listened to their coach and they came out an extremely hungry team. They showed discipline and were hitting their targets, especially Jess Attenborough

and David Fevaleaki. They got it out of the middle quickly to Luke James, who was one out to kick seven to one in the third. The lead seemed insurmountable by three quarter time, with the score at 20.10.130 for Bass to Yarram’s 7.5.47. The score line seemed to break Yarram’s spirit going into the last, then the heavens opened up and the lights had to be turned on. It poured the whole last quarter and turned a great game into a slippery slog and even contest. The Bass lead was too great though and they got the much needed four points with the win 22.13.145 to

9.5.59. After round nine, Kilcunda Bass moves up two places to second on the ladder and Yarram has slipped down to

Kilcunda Bass 22.13.145 Yarram 9.5.59 Kilcunda Bass Goals: L. JAMES 8, J. Wells 4, D. Fevaleaki 4, R. Fitzgerald 2, B. Eddy 1, D. Wells 1, P. Lange 1, S. O’Bryan 1 Yarram Goals: M. Clavarino 2, B. Lynch 2, M. Pettitt 1, D. Clavarino 1, A. Pavey 1, C. Sutherland 1, C. Strobel 1 Kilcunda Bass Best: L. JAMES, J. Attenborough, B. Anthony, D. Fevaleaki, T. Smith, P. Lange Yarram Best: C. Pettitt, T. Davis, D. Clavarino, M. Pettitt, K. Sleep, C. Strobel

RESERVES Kilcunda Bass 23.14.152 Yarram 4.4.28 Leading Goalkicker: B. Vague (K) 5 Kilcunda Bass Best: J. Parsons, B. Emberson, C. Wells, C. Bryant, B. Vague, T. Hurley Yarram Best: j. Northey, M. Earles, M. Sheri-

tenth. Phillip Island will host Yarram next week, while Kilcunda Bass travels to Devon Oval to take on the Allies.

dan, W. Jenkins, D. Coulthard, J. Pistron

THIRDS Kilcunda Bass 17.10.112 Yarram 2.0.12 Leading Goalkickers: D. Clay 3, K. Salama 3 (K) Kilcunda Bass Best: J. Homer, L. Connell, D. Clay, K. Salama, J. Andersen Yarram Best: L. Le Blanc, H. Moore, K. Shrubb, J. Le Blanc, D. Hay, A. Holt

FOURTHS Yarram 5.13.43 Kilcunda Bass 3.4.22 Leading Goalkickers: B. Tatnell (Y) 2, M. Homer (K) 2 Yarram Best: D. Hooper, J. Liversidge, B. Tatnell, J. McDonald, W. McDonald, J. Biemans Kilcunda Bass Best: K. Condick, M. Homer, R. Smith, S. Casey, T. Smith, J. Honeysett

Dogs maul the Sharks Phillip Island is back on the winners list after their 26 point win on the road against Tarwin on the weekend. Coming off the Interleague break, the Island turned up ready to play against their much fancied opponents. Both sides were missing key forwards in Jamie Cann for the Sharks and Corbin Stevic for the Dogs, creating an opportunity for others to stand up and be counted. The first quarter saw both sides very determined to stamp their authority on the match and gain the all important psychological advantage, with the Sharks probably having a win in the possession stats for the quarter. The Island was moving the ball well through the mid field and into the forward line but the strong Tarwin defence was keeping the scoring to a minimum. A goal to the Dogs on the siren saw them go to the first break only a goal down, with the knowledge they would have a two goal wind to assist them in

the second. The Island stepped up the pressure in the second quarter and it all started down back, Tim Daff and goal keeper Matt Jackson were shutting their opponents out of the game, making life easier up forward and the footy was making its way in at ease. The Island managed three goals for the quarter, Tarwin just kicked the one. The Sharks also came out firing in the second and had the majority of the play in the first 10 minutes, but were unable to turn their defensive pressure into scoreboard pressure. The Sharks looked terrific on the switch running the ball into the wind, however the Dogs steadied and with great discipline to their game plan and steely determination, were able to turn the game their way and looked the better side at half time. The Dogs took a narrow lead into the major break, leading 5.7.37 to Tarwin 4.6.30. With the Island looking to shake their second half jitters from previous games, they came out firing through its experienced mid field in Chris Terlich,

Jamie Youle and Damian Hinkley. Timothy Renouf gave the Dogs’ on-ballers first use and they made the most of their opportunities, banging on four quick ones and taking total control of the game. Both backlines were outstanding and the Sharks could well have been further behind, if not for the back six. The Dogs dominated everything out of the middle and Josh Docherty was grabbing everything at half forward. Returning from injury, Blake Lawrence kicked a couple for the quarter. Scott Riordan had the radar on sending the Island into the last break with a 28 point lead. Some verbal magic was required from the Sharks’ coach, Sticks O’Halloran at the break and just as he was delivering his message, the wind picked up and down came the rain. If the Sharks were going to get back into the game they needed to get the first couple and whatever the coach said worked as the Sharks looked like a new team. Continued on Page 59.

Phillip Island 11.11.77 Tarwin 7.9.51

B. Launder, N. McRae, J. Gray, B. Taber

Phillip Island Goals: S. Riordan 3, B. Lawrence 3, J. Docherty 2, J. Robinson 1, B. Van Brummelen 1, H. Pearce 1 Tarwin Goals: T. Cameron 1, M. Garnham 1, S. Burggraaff 1, T. Lomax 1, P. McRae 1, J. Stewart 1, A. Russell 1 Phillip Island Best: M. Jackson, J. Robinson, C. Terlich, J. Youle, L. Cleeland, D. Hinkley Tarwin Best: J. McMicking, T. Harley, B. Chalmers, R. Houston, M. Garnham, W. Nye


RESERVES Phillip Island 13.18.96 Tarwin 6.4.40 Leading Goalkicker: J. Turner (P) 4 Phillip Island Best: B. Tester, D. Johnston, J. Turner, M. Price, A. O’Gorman, L. Forrest Tarwin Best: P. Houston,

THIRDS Phillip 29.13.187 Tarwin 1.3.9

Leading Goalkicker: A. Officer 6 Phillip Island Best: A. Officer, E. Richards, Z. Wagner, S. Fullarton, C. Wood, G. Powles Tarwin best: M. Chalmers, L. Thwaites, R. BoscombeHill, J. Moore, H. Russell, J. Bell

FOURTHS Phillip Island 12.7.79 Tarwin 1.6.12 Leading Goalkicker: A. Edwards (P) 4 Phillip Island Best: J. Taylor, A. Edwards, G. Leonardos, G. Le, A. Duyker, J. Sanna Tarwin Best: B. Ellen, C. Brown, M. Chalmers, N. Johnstone, J. Smith, A. Turner

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Dalyston eyes finals spot DALYSTON has its eyes firmly on finals after defeating Stony Creek on the Maroons’ home ground on Saturday. The Magpies have steadily improved as the season progresses and ran away with the contest in the second half. The oval was in pretty good order for the start of play as Dalyston was first out of the blocks. Tall ruckman Rogan Jennings was giving Dalyston plenty of first use, which Paddy McKenna was able to utilise as he knocked up getting kicks around the ground. As usual Brad Hutchinson and Jack Hughes were getting plenty of action

Dalyston 11.10.76 Stony Creek 4.7.31 Dalyston Goals: S. Pimm 4, M. Rosendale 2, R. Birnie 2, J. Brooker 2, D. Wylie 1 Stony Creek Goals: J. Byrnes 1, B. Langley 1, R. Harmes 1, J. Schelling 1 Dalyston Best: C. Samargis, D. Kelly, P. McKenna, R. Jennings, S. Sibly, J. Brooker Stony Creek Best: J. Byrnes, J. Hughes, B. Hutchinson, D. Zuidema, K. Van Der Pluym, R. Harmes RESERVES

Dalyston 24.15.159 Stony Creek 0.3.3 Leading Goalkicker: L. Wilkinson (D) 8 Dalyston Best: A. Donohue, B. Harman, K. Maloney, L. Wilkinson, L. Wall Stony Creek Best: P. Boyle, N. TREVENA, B. Scanlon,

whilst tall timber in Byrnes was also having a crack. Stony Creek had a much better second term and at half time the Maroons led 3.7 to Dalyston’s 3.4. But it was Dalyston’s defence that held firm for the second half, allowing Stony just one second half major. Chris Samargis on the half back flank was playing superbly as were his defensive teammates including Scott Sibly. Brooker was doing well for the Magpies and snuck forward to boot two, with key forward Steve Pimm slotting four majors. Dalyston has the bye this week and then hosts Korumburra-Bena while Stony Creek travels to Korumburra where they face the Bulldogs in reunion mode.

S. Shambrook, M. Dyer, J. Densley THIRDS

Dalyston 10.5.65 Stony Creek 5.6.36 Leading Goalkicker: L. Bowler (D) 4 Dalyston Best: K. Thomas, J. Ray-Angarane, L. Bowler, N. Bainbridge, L. McRae, D. McRae Stony Creek Best: E. Taylor, D. Potter, T. Stone, B. Cashin, S. Wilson, J. Densley FOURTHS

Dalyston 17.22.124 Stony Creek 1.0.6

Desperate: Stony’s Rory Hillis feeds one out towards Brad Hutchinson as Dean Wiley lays a tackle for Dalyston. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning @

Leading Goalkicker: M. Marotta (D) 7 Dalyston Best: K. Kirk, D. Turton, T. Beaton, O. Bates, J. McPhee, C. Magro Stony Creek Best: T. Sinclair, R. Harrington, k. newton, W. Collins, Z. Fiddelaers, J. Tiziani

Quick hands: Shannon Coldebella tries to tackle Peter Boyle who still succeeds in handballing away towards team-mate Marcus Luscombe. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning @

Korumburra-Bena relentless Off the boot: Josh Schelling gets boot to ball despite being pounced on by Dalyston players including Declan Kelly, Chris Samargis and Dean Wylie. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning @

Foster keeps in touch FOSTER has remained within striking distance of the top six after a big win over the Allies on Saturday. The Allies threw everything at Foster early, and at quarter time Foster 4.1 just led the Allies 2.1. With four goals to two in the second,

Foster was slowly getting away, with Andrews slotting home a few majors. With five goals in the third the Tigers kicked clear by eight goals before posting a solid 71 point win. Foster faces a tough gig in I-K this week and a win would firmly signal the Tiges are back in town. The Allies host Killy-Bass.

Foster 17.11.113 DWWWW 6.6.42

Davies, R. Johnston THIRDS

Foster Goals: S. Andrews 4, D. Roose 2, S. Chaseling 2, J. Stevenson 2, S. Hawking 2, B. Rooney 2, D. Granger 1, S. Condon 1, D. Vandyke 1 DWWWW Goals: T. Sparkes 1, K. Rendell 1, G. Riley 1, S. Buckley 1, D. Becker 1, D. Vardy 1 Foster Best: D. Waser, S. Condon, S. Hawking, D. Granger, D. Roose, T. Hamilton DWWWW Best: M. O'Sullivan, S. Buckley, G. Riley, T. Sparkes, N. Graeske, S. Kilgower RESERVES

DWWWW 6.10.46 Foster 6.8.44

DWWWW 13.15.93 Foster 4.7.31 Leading Goalkicker: D. McKean (D) 7 DWWWW Best: D. McKean, C. Faulkner, C. Turner, C. Ferguson, T. Hunter, T. Crawford Foster Best: W. Davy, J. Aldersea, L. Cripps, A. Heal, S.

THE great football weather continued last Saturday, with a sunny afternoon with almost no breeze, the Toora oval in surprisingly good condition considering the rain of the previous weekend. Sadly from Toora’s point of view the good news stopped there – they were down in talent with Maurilli-Pullin and Parkinson unable to play and were outclassed by a Korumburra team that were relentless all day, never letting Toora into the game except for a

short time after half time. Korumburra won in almost every position all day and the pressure they applied meant that many of Toora’s disposals were hurried and so went astray. Hence forward movements were few and the Magpies were unable to capitalise on the rare times they got to full forward. K-B, on the other hand, had great forwards in Cade Maskell (six goals) Ilan Osman (five) and James Fowles with three. They were well served around the ground by Staples and Pattinson in a great team effort, the one blemish on an outstanding effort. The large number of points kicked from

fairly easy shots. Toora, as usual, had many triers with new player Webster kicking their two goals and doing well around the ground, Cartledge putting in a good game and as usual Grant and Dyson spent a lot of time at the bottom of the pack. K-B travels to Dalyston next Saturday and if they can reproduce last Saturday’s form a great game will be guaranteed. But they have tended to struggle against sides above them. Toora will hope to get players back and needs to regroup before taking on Fishy at Fishy, but one would suspect the task is a bit beyond them.

Korumburra-Bena 20.30.150 Toora & District 2.0.12 Korumburra-Bena Goals: C. Maskell 6, I. Osman 5, J. Fowles 3, P. Pattison 1, S. Paterson 1, B. Fitzpatrick 1, B. Anthony 1, J. Smith 1, A. Hillberg 1 Toora & District Goals: P. Webster 2 Korumburra-Bena Best: R. Staples, P. Pattison, C. Maskell, B. Fitzpatrick, I. Osman, L. Earl Toora & District Best: P. Webster, K. Sparkes, J. Dows, A. Keen, P. Grant, L. Dyson RESERVES

Korumburra-Bena 26.13.169 Toora & District 1.2.8

Leading Goalkickers: J. Pintus (D) 2, J. Richer (F) 2 DWWWW Best: J. Pintus, S. Vening, S. Gamlin, D. Skarratt, D. McKeane, R. Benis Foster Best: D. Clearihan-Jervies, S. Allott, J. Moore, S. Dobson, L. Bromley, M. Allott FOURTHS

Leading Goalkickers: J. Wallis 5, R. Provan 5 (K) Korumburra-Bena Best: S. Braithwaite, R. Provan, J. Wallis, A. Alger, L. Wilson, T. Mayo Toora & District Best: R. East, M. Stone, L. Grylls, M. Hilder, B. Stone, J. Grant THIRDS

Foster 20.26.146 DWWWW 0.0.0

Korumburra-Bena 13.13.91 Toora & District 2.4.16

Leading Goalkicker: E. Smith (F) 7 Foster Best: E. Smith, A. Turner, J. Coffey, M. Jones, R. Prain, B. Wake DWWWW Best: K. Hanning, B. Askew, J. Vening, J. Saliakos, S. Hunter, C. Weston

Leading Goalkicker: M. Edwards (K) 4 Korumburra-Bena Best: J. Harris, T. Wyatt, D. Hateley, M. Edwards, J. Breen, J. Hopkins Toora & District Best: B. Doran, S. Brett, C. Hanratty, K. Holmes, J. McGrath, M. Edwards FOURTHS

Korumburra-Bena 9.17.71 Toora & District 0.1.1

Over the top: Toora gets up high over the pack to mark over Korumburra-Bena.

Leading Goalkicker: J. Macri (K) 3 Korumburra-Bena Best: H. Suckling, J. Macri, J. Rigby, C. Trewin, M. Snooks, D. Crook Toora & District Best: L. Chatfield, B. East, K. Morgan, T. Koolen, M. Edwards, K. Swart

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