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Celebrating 120 Years



We’re 120: The Star is celebrating its 120th birthday and we decided to bake a cake! (special thanks to Thornton’s Bakery). Pictured celebrating the birthday and the launch of its new masthead are The Star’s Tony Giles and Helen Bowering, with members of Lisa Pellin Dancers, from left, Madelyn Krausz, Chloe Adkins and Hayley Norton.

New look Star

TODAY The Great Southern Star marks a new era, with the launch of a new masthead in its 120th year.

Since 1890 The Star has served the people of South Gippsland as an independently owned newspaper and that’s an occasion worth celebrating. The party started last Friday with a birth-


day cake shared with local Lisa Pellin dancers who are excitedly preparing for the first ever Great Southern Star Eisteddfod in Leongatha in August. The Star is the major sponsor for the huge dance event, and already entries are coming in thick and fast, according to the organisers. From humble beginnings with the first Great Southern Star published on Wednesday, August

13, 1890 consisting of four broadsheet pages with advertisements on the front, news in the middle and “gossip” on the back, The Star now boasts a proud history. The award-winning Star is run by Giles family members Tony Giles and Helen Bowering, who carry on a proud family tradition of independently owning and operating newspapers in country Victoria for four generations.

C51 rules cause angst

Nick rides home

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The Star has strong support from local businesses, readers and contributors who have helped the local paper go from strength to strength. The new masthead is the result of creative work by The Star’s Barbara Lee and Mark Drury. The last time the masthead was changed was 33 years ago, in March 1977. The Star’s official birthday will be celebrated in August to coincide with the eisteddfod.

Late Paper The Star will be published a day later next week due to the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend. The paper will be available early next Wednesday, June 16. The office will be closed this Monday but will be open as usual on Tuesday with advertisements, news and sport accepted up until noon.

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Back to School ball What a look: from left, Shane Tieman, Karl Panozzo and and Tania Newton get set for a big night.

REVELLERS embraced the theme of wearing school attire at the Leongatha Primary School ball on Saturday night.

The hall was full of professors, graduates, music teachers and, of course, schoolboys and schoolgirls; some obviously the teacher’s pets while others a bit on the naughty side! After starting the night with a glass of bubbly and savouries, the band Red Sector A soon had all the partygoers up and going on the dance floor.

School ties: Lyn Adams, Rani Kadarusman, and Rochelle Fox talk over their school days.

Class commences: from left, Jenny Buckland, Lisa Robinson, and Sharon Hoober greet guests upon arrival. Scotch boy: looking the part are, from left, Amanda Tieman, Tim Jelbart and Trish Dixon.

Remembering back: Narelle Hanily and Leah Dalpozza embrace the school theme of the ball.

School belles: Julie Dixon and Sheridan Bond enjoy a glass of bubbly to start the evening off.

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New rules cause angst By Brad Lester LANDOWNERS have called for the right to do what they like with their properties, in response to new planning rules in South Gippsland Shire. The State Government’s new C51 amendment was labelled dictatorial and communist by some of the 160 people at a public information session about the planning changes in Leongatha last Wednesday. The C51 amendment replaces the C48 amendment that banned council’s ability to approve houses on lots under 40ha. But the latest rules will forbid most houses being built on lots between eight to 40ha used for grazing livestock or rearing calves, limiting opportunities for those popular industries in South Gippsland. There are more than 4000 lots under 40ha in the shire. Under C51, people on blocks between eight and 40ha must prove a dwelling is “…reasonably required for the operation of an agricultural activity.” Gil Trease of Leongatha said that such policy was “communism in the worst”. “Planners are going to be making decisions about whether we need to live on our property or not,” he said. Ken Irwin of Toora said the State Government was acting as though it owned private land. “It’s a benign dictatorship. The State Government just imposed this on the shire and that has affected people’s ability to provide for themselves in old age because property values will disap-

pear,” he said. Mayor Cr Jim Fawcett said council was simply being “brought into line with the rest of the state”, while planning manager Chris Wightman said 40ha was the boundary drawn by the State Government. “Council has asked the State Government ‘Why 40ha?’ but we have not received a detailed response to that. That’s where the threshold lies,” he said. Council will enforce that by ensuring agricultural infrastructure is built before a house. Numerous people among the 160-strong crowd at the meeting claimed people breeding cattle and rearing calves needed to live on site to supervise stock. Mr Wightman said there may be some instances where such operations may be approved. “We don’t want to stifle development in the farming sector,” he said. Sue Svenson objected to the requirement for a financial plan as part of a whole farm plan, required for applications claiming agricultural purposes. Mr Wightman said council was simply ensuring applicants had considered “the financial implications of running the business”. Cr Warren Raabe, a farmer himself, said the government’s requirements for a whole farm plan were beyond what he would expect. Phillip Murphy said lots created before December 1999 were discriminated against, as only lots between 0.4 and 2ha would be honoured. Senior planning officer Daniel Strachan said issues faced by planners in

Driver killed A MAN died after his car hit a front-end loader undertaking road works at Buffalo, just 200m from his home. Emergency services were called to the scene at Stewart and Dunlops Road in Middle Tarwin about 8am last Thursday. The man, 42, died at the scene. Police said the sun may have obstructed the man’s view. The man is believed to have not seen the front-end loader reversing. The driver of the South Gippsland Shire Council loader was uninjured but was treated for shock at the scene. Other council workers who witnessed the accident also received counselling. It is believed the man who died may have driven out of his driveway. Fish Creek CFA Road Rescue, as well as the Inverloch and Foster police, arrived at the scene shortly after the accident. Foster’s Leading Senior Constable Pat Piening will continue investigations into the collision.

South Gippsland were: high fragmentation by old subdivisions, more dwellings in rural areas than town (about 5000), and more than 7000 vacant rural lots. “Community groups want to protect agriculture in South Gippsland but people also want the opportunity to subdivide land,” he said. In May 2009, Victorian Planning Minister Justin Madden withdrew planning powers from council for lots under 40ha, claiming council was too lenient in approving houses in rural areas, risking the supply of quality agricultural land. Planning powers were restored by the Minister on April 19 this year in the form of C51 and developers will now be able to take applications to the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) if need be. People with lots less than 8ha will be able to apply for a planning permit until December 31, 2011, if their lot was created as a rural residential lot in a Farming Zone. They will not have to demonstrate a connection between the house and agriculture. CEO Tim Tamlin said council was being overwhelmed with enquiries from landholders about how the new amendment affects them. He expects an influx of applications. “A lot of our planners are spending a lot of time dealing with general enquiries at the moment,” he said. Council’s Rural Strategy, due for implementation next year, will complement C51 and introduce new zones, such as Rural Activity zone. That will rezone some areas of the shire, especially in the hills.

Sharing views: disgruntled landowner Ken Irwin talks with South Gippsland Shire Council CEO, Tim Tamlin.

Councillors must have say COUNCILLORS should be able to have influence over planning permit applications in the Farming Zone, South Gippsland Shire Councillor David Lewis said last week. Under the new C51 amendment to council’s planning scheme, council planners will make all planning decisions in that zone. South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednesday voted to allow planning officers to now decide on planning matters, saying the rules were now more defined and did not warrant council scrutiny. But Cr Lewis said that was “most undemocratic”. “This will mean that people will not have the option to have their planning ap-

plication voted on by council,” he said. In a report to council, planning manager Chris Wightman said the new model would enable all planning decisions to be made at one level by qualified planning officers. As council will no longer be needed for full decision-making, he said applications would be processed more quickly. An external agricultural/planning consultant would advise on more complex agricultural planning applications. Cr Lewis also said the new policy would encourage blocks of more than 40ha to be sold – well within the reach of Melbourne buyers and pushing farmers out of the market. “So people will be selling off small blocks and the object of protecting agriculture will not be achieved,” he said.

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Lasting memories: Gwen and Mac Holt outside their Allison Street home, where they have lived since they married.

Perseverance the key to 60 blissful years By Isaac McCallum AFTER just spending a moment with Gwen and Alan (commonly known as Mac) Holt, one starts to understand why the two will soon celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. The Leongatha couple, who tied the knot on June

10, 1950, are best friends, and have been since they met at the Yuletide Ball in Leongatha. Mac said that he met Gwen at the dance whilst out with some mutual friends, and has never looked back. “I just went out to this dance, and she was there, she was easy to talk to and quite a good dancer, which helped.” After spending five

years away during World War Two, Mac was keen to return to the lifestyle he had seen others before him enjoy, and dance the nights away, accompanied by Gwen. This Thursday the couple will celebrate their anniversary with their siblings with a lunch at the Leongatha RSL, of which Mac has been a member since 1947.



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The anniversary is not the only thing they will be celebrating, as June 10 is also Mac’s birthday (he is turning 89) which makes it easy for him to remember. “That’s the only reason it was on that date, so he’d remember it,” Gwen said as she laughed. The couple joked with each other during their interview, epitomising their relationship as one that is as strong as ever. The marriage got off to a shaky start, with horrendous rain on their wedding day, forcing the newlyweds to run to Mac’s farm ute to hide from the downpour. They got going, but the ute broke down not far down the road, and that’s where they sat until the brother of the groom came and saved the day, fixing the vehicle and allowing the honeymoon to continue. Once arriving at their destination at a Dandenong Hotel, the two discovered their suitcases were full of confetti. Mac laughed as he reminisced about the day, but said that everything from then on has been smooth sailing. He took up a job selling fertiliser, saying he knew all the farmers in the area by

name. Mac was also one of the men who pioneered bulk fertilising, which is common today. Upon retiring from his job in the fertiliser business, Mac and Gwen, who worked at the old clothing factory, started seasonal work in Robinvale, picking grapes for 16 years. The pair has travelled Australia and now prefers to relax in their Allison Street house, a place they have called home throughout their whole marriage. With such an interesting history, and a humorous relationship, it is no wonder the marriage has been a success, but the two do not see it as a huge achievement. “The time’s really just flown by, it’s hardly seemed like anytime at all and here we are,” Gwen said. The husband and wife’s advice for young couples starting out is simple, yet they feel it is the most effective way of building a relationship. “Have your row and get on with it, don’t take off at the first sign of trouble,” both said as they laughed together.

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Funds slash splits council By Brad Lester

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is split over the best way to fund community groups.

Councillors’ discretionary funds will be reduced by $54,000 from June 30, despite some councillors believing community groups would now be robbed of funds for small projects. Cr Warren Raabe successfully moved a motion calling for each councillor’s fund to be cut from $10,000 to $4000, with the mayor to receive $5000. The balance would be allocated through the Community Grants program. Councillors Jeanette Harding, Bob

Newton, Kieran Kennedy and David Lewis opposed the move. Cr Lewis has since lodged a notice of rescission, calling for councillors to determine how they allocate their own funds. Cr Raabe said one council officer had described the Discretionary Fund system as “scatter gun”. “The system has merits but the amount of money is not accountable and not auditable. It’s not driven by our community,” he said. “People who use it are familiar with it. “I want us to be making the most of any money we put into the community.” In seconding the motion, Cr Jennie Deane said $10,000 allowed councillors

to pork barrel and was an inappropriate amount for councillors to handle. “A number of community groups will be disappointed but the extra checks and balances, and more funds being put into the Community Grants program will benefit them as a result,” she said. Cr Mimmie Jackson agreed: “The same volunteers who apply for discretionary funds are the same volunteers who apply for community grants. There is not enough money to go around for volunteers.” Cr Kennedy said volunteers contributed $700,000 worth of labour, saving council money. “There are more than 200 volunteer community groups in Coastal Promon-

A NEW area for monumonu mental headstones has been made available at the Leongatha cemetery. Cemetery secretary manager Shirleyanne Wright said the headstones, along with new rose gardens, will add a fresh touch to the place. “We’re trying to make the cemetery a nice place to visit, so that people will come and appreciate their family members or friends,” she said. The garden bed will be available for ashes to be scattered and for commemorative plaques.

We will rebuild OWNER of the Knight’s Garage building, the former home of Henriettas, Tony Westaway said he was committed to rebuilding the premises.

“I am definitely keeping the building,” Mr Westaway said. At this stage Mr Westaway is allowing time for Alan and Meg Steenholdt to work out their future, but hoped a new Henriettas would be built. “The engineers are currently looking at the façade with hopes to retain this feature,” he said.

Reflective time: Shirleyanne Wright in the newly planted rose garden.

tory ward, so we would have to give $12,000 across 200 groups. It’s just not going to work,” he said. “If we accept this notice of motion, it will be a step backwards. We have one of the best volunteer bases in the state.” Cr Newton said reducing the funds would “tear the heart out of our volunteers”. “A lot of the community projects are not big enough for Community Grants. They have to be supported by the discretionary fund,” he said. Cr Harding was amazed the motion was even being put forward. “No one wastes their allowance. They give our ratepayers help when they need it. Councillors, please think care-

fully before you vote because we are going to rip the soul out of the volunteers of our shire,” she said. Cr Lewis said many community groups would not eventuate without seed funding provided by discretionary funds. He cited the childcare centre, the Grainstore youth centre and community bank in Mirboo North as among the projects to benefit from Discretionary Fund allocations. Cr Lewis last Thursday lodged a notice of rescission with CEO, Tim Tamlin, to be listed for the July 28 council meeting.

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In light of a public meeting about the new C51 rural development policy in South Gippsland last week, The Star asked: Why have you chosen to live where you live?

Farmers mark MG’s 60th MURRAY Goulburn suppliers from across Gippsland converged on Leongatha for the co-operative’s 60th birthday celebration last Thursday.

My parents lived in Dumbalk North, and I took over the family farm. Now my sons have taken it over, so I decided to stay around. William Harvey Harris Dumbalk North

I used to surf a lot, and living near the beach is great. Ken Craig Inverloch

I’m a farmer, so I needed the room. John Finlay Hallston

My family lives in town, so I decided that living here would make it easier to be around them. Colby Breedin Leongatha

MG staff and figureheads of agribusiness in South Gippsland had a commemorative lunch at the Leongatha Football Clubrooms, and honoured farmers who have supplied MG’s Leongatha and Maffra factories for 40 continuous years. Among the Leongatha factory suppliers to receive awards were Doug and Charlotte Berryman of Leongatha, Graeme Allen of Nerrena, Geoff and Estell Boyd of Foster, Mike Holloway of Leongatha, Monica and Dick McGrath of Leongatha, Tommy and Faye Marshman of Mardan, Tony and Fay Fowles of Bena, Bill and Robyn Fairbrother of Loch, Ken WallaceDunlop of Nyora, Don Dixon of Phillip Island, Vinenzu Maruzza of Welshpool, Graeme and Mary Mabin of West Creek and Jack Cuthbertson of Drouin. Historian and former MG supplier John Murphy spoke of how the Leongatha factory accumulated supply as factories at Korumburra, Ruby, Stony Creek, Tarwin Lower, Dumbalk, Mirboo North and Fish Creek closed. The original Leongatha factory was in Ogilvy Street and moved to the current site in Yarragon Road in 1905. The factory supplied electricity to Leongatha from 1908-1925. MG took over the Leongatha and Maffra factories in 1973. MG chairman Grant Davies painted a

positive picture for the industry after milk prices crashed last year. “The outlook for the new season is looking fairly promising. The Australian dollar is looking good and the season across the state is looking exciting,” he said. Young farmers Steve and Sally Fallon of Willow Grove spoke of how leasing cows netted a 10 per cent return. Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan issued a statement congratulating MG on its 60th anniversary, saying the company is Australia’s largest exporter of processed foods, with its products accounting for seven per cent of total world dairy trade. “Murray Goulburn is a major driver of the Gippsland South economy. It employs 450 people at Leongatha as well as processing milk for hundreds of local dairy farmers daily,” Mr Ryan said. “Murray Goulburn’s efforts over the past 60 years have helped create a strong and durable dairy industry in Gippsland and regional Victoria and will continue to do so long into the future.” MG was last week inducted into the State Government’s Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame, recognising the company’s contribution to the state’s economy. The co-operative was started by farmers at Cobram in 1950, with 14 farmers. Today, the company has 2500 suppliers, collects 3.6 billion litres of milk and exports 23,000 containers from Melbourne every year.

Celebrating milestone: MG suppliers Don Landry of Leongatha South, Sue MacAulay of Staceys Bridge, and Connie and Gordon Beard of Inverloch.

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Factory to expand By Brad Lester

WORK on the $150 million redevelopment of Murray Goulburn’s factory will resume as early as August, after the project was stalled by the global financial crisis.

The company’s 10 year plan for the factory will include a new milk tanker drop off point, combining caseine and caseinate production, and a possible expansion of the tanker and fleet vehicle garage. The world dairy price crash delayed the project by 18 months. Outgoing factory manager Bob Alcock told The Star of these developments during a site tour last Thursday, as part of the company’s 60th birthday celebration in Gippsland. “With the global financial crisis, we put a lot of what we were planning to

do on hold and it’s intended to reignite most of that in early August,” he said. The tanker bay will be moved away from the middle of the factory to the western end of the factory. MG has bought 15 acres to allow for future expansion of production capacity. The company is continuing to address the issue of occasional odours emitted by factory waste. “There are plans in the current factory shutdown that will assist in keeping odours on site, but the odours have diminished significantly,” Mr Alcock said. The tour, attended by representatives of Gippsland shire councils, included such highlights as: • a $25 million wastewater treatment plant ensures water is of high quality before being disposed to Venus Bay via a 32km

outfall pipeline. • Two engines in the plant are powered by methane produced by the water treatment process, generating one-seventh of the factory’s electricity needs. Further electricity is produced by a steam turbine. MG spends millions of dollars a year on electricity. • a $15 million reverse osmosis water plant in the factory recycles 1.2 million litres of water a day to be used in the factory, saving 300 million litres of town water a year. • wetlands treat stormwater before it enters creeks and eventually the Tarwin River. Milk leaks will be treated similarly. MG fast-tracked construction of that plant in 2006 when Leongatha’s water supply ran so low, the factory faced temporary closure. The factory employs 450 permanent employees,

Grand plans: MG’s Craig Turner and Bob Alcock take council and other dignitaries on a tour of the Leongatha factory.

injecting up to $30 million in salaries into South Gippsland every year. About 500,000 litres of milk is sold to Melbourne every day. It produces UHT milk in Devondale, Home Brand and Aldi brands, butters and spreads, cream, and caseine, caseinante and lactoferrin products. Milk is sourced from predominantly South

Gippsland but also as far away as Orbost and Yarram. MG chairman Grant Davies said the Leongatha factory was a major contributor to the company’s operations and the Gippsland economy. “UHT is a significant part of MG’s revenue and is certainly of significance to Leongatha,” he said.

Farewell Bob THE manager of Murray Goulburn’s Leongatha factory, Bob Alcock, will leave his position on June 25. He will take on a new role as group transport manager of operations, based at MG’s head office in Brunswick. Mr Alcock moved from New Zealand to take on the role as Leongatha factory manager in 2002. He cited “people” as among his biggest achievements during his term. “It’s been a matter of just getting the culture right and we have seen a lot of growth in the area,” he said. “When I first came here, the UHT plant was doing 85 million litres a year. This year we are doing 180 million litres and next year it will be 200 million litres plus. “We have put more lines in over time and part of the plant has gone from operating five days a week to seven days a week, 24 hours a day.” Gavin Russell from MG’s Cobram factory has been appointed as new manager. Currently site manager at Cobram, he will start in Leongatha on June 28.

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Heavy fog causes crash HEAVY fog is believed to have been a contributing factor to a crash on the Strzelecki Highway at the corner of Mardan Road, three kilometres from Leongatha on Friday morning. When Leongatha Police arrived they were confronted with a car on its roof and another damaged in the two-car collision. Sergeant Peter Barry said both vehicles had single occupants and both were transferred by ambulance to hospital with minor injuries. The highway was blocked for 20 minutes as the car was upturned. Sgt Barry stresses the need for drivers to use their headlights in heavy fog conditions. Earlier that day there was a head-on collision in Mirboo North which was believed to have occurred when the Mirboo North-bound driver crossed lanes and ran into the oncoming vehicle. Sgt Barry said both vehicles were extensively damaged. A 19-year-old driver from Traralgon will be issued with a penalty notice for driving on the wrong side of the road.

Sniffer dog detects drugs A SNIFFER dog brought to Leongatha for the day has helped police apprehend a person who will now face drug-related charges. Leongatha Police executed two search warrants last Friday. In the first search police found a large quantity of cannabis at a Leongatha residence. As a result a 43-year-old female will face charges at the Korumburra court. No items were located at the second search.

Jean Depot theft BRAZEN thieves stole a number of items from the Jean Depot store in Leongatha on Monday, May 31 between 12 noon and 1pm. The three offenders entered the store and stole a quantity of clothing items. A quick acting shop assistant then walked out of the shop and spotted one of the offenders wearing one of the stolen items in the street. The thief relinquished the jacket when he was confronted. The shop assistant noticed more items missing and contacted Leongatha police who executed a search warrant the next day at a Leongatha house. Police recovered the stolen items. An 18 year-old female from that address was arrested and charged with theft and handling stolen goods. She was bailed to appear at Korumburra court. Two co-offenders, a 17-year-old male and a 20 -year-old male, were arrested and charged with the same offences on Sunday night, June 6. One of them was wearing a stolen t-shirt.

Attempted burglary THE Mirboo North transfer station was the loca-

tion of an attempted burglary sometime between 5pm on June 5 and 10am on June 6. An unknown person forced hinges on the door and stole a water-based fire extinguisher as well as going through desk drawers but finding nothing. Any information to assist police with their enquiries would be appreciated.

Paper van rolled over UNKNOWN persons have rolled over the Leongatha Newsagency’s small Suzuki delivery van while it was parked in McCartin Street at around 10pm on Friday, June 4. The van was pushed on its side and had unspecified damages. Leongatha Police are asking for witnesses to come forward.

Woorarra accident A 19-YEAR-OLD male from New South Wales was airlifted to the Alfred hospital with serious injuries after his Subaru ran off the road and struck a tree on the Woorarra Road, Woorarra East on Wednesday, June 2. The man had to be cut out of the vehicle by Fish Creek Road Rescue. S/C Matthew Dacosta of Foster police said the bitumen road was damp at the time and the car was rounding a bend in the road.

Lost control A SINGLE vehicle with four occupants lost control on Barrys Beach Road, Agnes on Saturday, June 5 at 1.30am. The car left the road and ran through 50 metres of scrub. Two of the occupants were taken by ambulance to Traralgon hospital. Speed is believed to have been a factor in the accident.

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’Gatha’s new home growth By Chris Brown LEONGATHA’S next growth areas are likely to be to the south and west of the town.

Four applications are before council requesting land to be rezoned to allow residential homes to be built. Almost 50 new houses are built every year in the town and council must ensure there is enough land available for 10 years of growth. The next land likely to be built on will be off Boags Road, south of the town. Mick Hanily from Stockdale & Leggo in Leongatha said the price of blocks of land had jumped in the past six months. “Good flat blocks have gone from $110,000 to $150,000,” he said. “There’s still high demand for them in Leongatha, which are a bit of a scarcity at the moment.” The last stage of the Panorama Estate, off

Carr Avenue, sold very well. “There’s really enough land (around Leongatha) for a fair while I think,” Mr Hanily said. “If the end of Boags Road gets rezoned there’s going to be 180 blocks in that area.” Mr Hanily said buyers of residential blocks of land were a mix of people. “There are still a few people moving to the area,” he said. “First home buyers are obviously going to be more prominent in the next six months, with the government taking the first home buyers help to the next level.” At Alex Scott & Staff, Leongatha Andrew Newton said there was really strong demand for good level blocks of around 850 to 900 square metres. “It’s a combination of locals building homes and new people moving into the area who want to reside down here and commute back to areas, such as the growth corridor through Pakenham,” he said.

Rates to rise by 8 per cent RATES will rise by virtually eight per cent in Bass Coast Shire next financial year. Council proposes to spend $17.76 million on capital works projects and $700,000 on new initiatives. These details are in the 2010/11 draft budget to be presented at the council meeting on Wednesday, June 16. Council’s chief executive officer, Allan Bawden, said the focus of the new budget was a continuation of an expansive capital works program.

“In 2009/10, council established a record amount of spending on roads, paths and buildings. Council will build on this in the 2010/11 financial year by again delivering a comprehensive capital works program,” he said. Mr Bawden said the proposal to increase rate revenue by 7.9 per cent is in line with council’s four-year financial plan. He noted council was not proposing to increase the current annual garbage charge of $271 per property. “We consider the current charge is sufficient to cover the net costs of providing the

service,” Mr Bawden said. “When both the rates and garbage charge are taken into account, the average increase will be 6.5 per cent. “The draft budget will be on public exhibition from June 23 until July 20. “There will be copies available on our website and at customer service centres.” Comments on the budget should be made in writing to the chief executive officer by 5pm on Tuesday, July 20 and be addressed to: Bass Coast Shire Council, PO Box 118, Wonthaggi VIC 3995.

Mr Newton said Alex Scott & Staff has sold about half the blocks in the Shinglers Ridge estate on the north-west edge of Leongatha. “There has been more action on that estate in the last six weeks than there has been for a while. Because there is construction happening it starts to snowball, so there is lots of enquiry on it at the moment,” he said. South Gippsland Shire Council planning manager Chris Wightman said there were four applications to amend the planning scheme to Residential Zone 1 around Leongatha before council. This would mean the land is rezoned to residential and could be used for high density housing. The areas affected include land along the South Gippsland Highway at the southern entrance to town and 40 hectares on Shingler Street opposite the Shinglers Ridge estate. Applications have also been submitted to make other land along the South Gippsland Highway into a Business 4 Zone. Mr Wightman said the planning scheme requires that council provide not less than 10 years land supply for any particular land use. “We know that there is already a reasonable supply of residential land, but we know that we have to stay ahead of the game,” he said. In the town, house blocks are traditionally between 700 and 1000 square metres, with rural residential blocks from 1.4 to eight hectares. The Leongatha Local Level Structure Plan, which outlines where Leongatha will grow into the future, has been adopted by council. Mr Wightman said it would be implemented into the planning scheme by the state planning minister after it had gone through a panel process. As the council has received these applications at the same time, over supply has become a consideration. Planners will prepare the Southern Leongatha Outline Development Plan before rezoning happens to the south of the town. In Korumburra applications have been submitted to rezone 20 hectares near Korumburra Secondary College and 40 hectares at Bena Road to Residential 1 Zone.

Next estate? Stockdale & Leggo’s Jason Harris and Alex Scott & Staff’s Andrew Newton on land off Boags Road looking towards Knox Hill.



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A HISTORIC catalogue of 2000 images of Victorian shipwrecks taken over the last 30 years is now available online. More than 600 ships are known to have foundered in Victorian waters since 1835 but only 239 wrecks have actually been found and surveyed. The online catalogue of photos detailing Victoria’s shipwrecks can be found at photos/heritage_victoria/.

TV winner: Robert Randall of Fish Creek is the winner of the TCL LCD television, the prize available as part of Kelvin Johns Retravision’s 20 year celebrations. Russell receives his prize from Emma Smith and Will Geisler. LEONGATHA Secondary College is hosting a VCE music recital evening on Wednesday June 16, at 7.30pm in Mesley Hall. THE chocolate therapy continues for women of all ages. The women of the CWA invite you to come, laugh and forget about everyday life as you taste test a variety of chocolates. The event is today, June 8, at 7pm (for a 7.30pm start) at Mitchell House in Wonthaggi. It is a free event and tea and coffee will be available. Contact Machelle Crichton

on 0407 781 025 or go to DURING NAIDOC Week, running from July 4-11, there will be a camp for Indigenous youths aged from 14-25 at Grantville and we are seeking volunteers with current Working with Children’s Checks, to help out in a variety of roles. Interested parties please contact Patrice Mahoney at kooriwomen@hotmail. or Annie Bailey at annie.bailey@bcchs.

LAST year 8.8 children died before their fifth birthday in extreme poverty, often from easily preventable causes. The ‘Survive Past Five’ campaign wants the government to do its fair share to ensure that every child possible can celebrate its fifth birthday. The Leongatha Make Poverty History Action Group is collecting signatures on giant 5th birthday cards asking the government to increase the health components of its aid budget from $1 in $6 aid dollars to $1 in $4 aid dollars. The signed cards will to be presented to Stephen Smith, Minister for Foreign Affairs, at the Micah Challenge National Gathering in Canberra June 19 to 22. For

more information phone JoHanna 5664 2232. LOCH Food and Wine Festival is on again this weekend and promises to be another very enjoyable event for gourmands, wine lovers and all those who enjoy quality produce. The festival will showcase some of the best produce Gippsland has to offer. PHILLIP Island locals were out and about touring South Gippsland last week and stopped in at Meeniyan. They were full of praise for the attractive township and remarked “South Gippsland really has so much to offer”. KORUMBURRA-Bena Football Club held a successful ‘80’s theme fancy dress party on Saturday night with mullets the order of the day. Local band Lionel Loves Vinyl made sure it was a great night. WILSONS Promontory is certainly coming back to life since the bushfires. The whole area has recovered well with a lot of regeneration and wildlife spotted. The Prom should be a busy place because of the long weekend.

Family research: South Gippsland Genealogical Society members George Jenkins, Joan Lehmann, Margaret Pegler and Kath Laing.

Discover your family history FAMILY history is a world where the past comes alive and a time of discovering one’s own identity. To this end the South Gippsland Genealogical Society has once again arranged for four outstanding speakers from Melbourne to assist in unraveling your story. The seminar will be held at the Leongatha Uniting Church Hall on Saturday, June 19 from 9.15am to 3.45pm. The first speaker of the day is Beryl O’Gorman.

Beryl writes: “This is an exciting time for Irish researchers world-wide, with many more records becoming available online. This talk will focus on what these records are and where to find them on the internet.” Searching for an ancestor in and around a large city like London can be very confusing and frustrating. Douglas Browning will be sharing his knowledge of these records and, most importantly, how to best access them. “Scotlandspeople” is a very popular internet site for those of Scottish descent. After lunch, David Thomson will show how to get the very best out of this excellent site. Moving away from the

United Kingdom and the internet, Peter Leitch will talk on some Victorian records. Peter has retired from the Titles Office in Melbourne and brings a wealth of experience. He will explain how to find and access the Victorian lands and survey records to be found at the Titles Office. Finding these records can often unearth an unexpected and interesting story. The day is open to anyone interested in probing into the past. The cost is $20 for the day and includes lunch and morning and afternoon teas. Half day attendance is also welcome. Contact Joan Lehmann on phone 5674 3400 for further enquiries.

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Meeniyan goes overseas By Chris Brown MEENIYAN is a step closer to becoming an international small screen star.

The producers of ABC melodrama Bed of Roses are planning a big push to sell the series overseas. Last week Meeniyan was transformed into the ďŹ ctional town of Rainbow’s End as a production team arrived in the town for ďŹ lming of the third series. Producer Mark Ruse said when the series is completed there will be 26 episodes, making it easier to market to foreign television networks. The show has already been sold to several countries in Europe. Mr Ruse said Australian television shows set in rural areas are always popular overseas. “I think that alone is a big selling point,â€? he said. The series also features a wildlife sanctuary with plenty of native Australian animals. The ďŹ lming takes 20 weeks, but only two of those are spent in Meeniyan. There was a cast and crew of 70 in the town last week, working out

of the unit base behind the art gallery on Hanily Street. They were all staying in and around Meeniyan. A couple of crew members had nearby holiday houses they were retreating to at night. When The Star visited on Thursday ďŹ lming was happening near the rotunda and in front of the motel in Meeniyan. At the motel Kerry Armstrong’s character Louisa was snooping on Todd McDonald’s Conrad character. The crew patiently ate bananas and mandarins while waiting for Ms Armstrong to ďŹ nish her wardrobe change. Filming was predicted to take two hours for the two minute scene. Mr Ruse was careful not to reveal too much about the happenings in Bed of Roses this time around. But he said weddings and bushďŹ res would be among the major events. The third series also features some big stunts and the Meeniyan football ground. When the production crew returns to South Gippsland in August to complete the third series, one of the episodes will feature an army training exercise in Rainbow’s End. It could mean Meeniyan is ďŹ lled

with soldiers and military equipment for the day. “The ABC was really keen to have another series. The previous two went so well. They felt it has established a strong and loyal audience. They were quite keen which isn’t all that common,â€? Mr Ruse said. Meeniyan has become a regular destination for the ďŹ lm crew after three series. “We just about know everyone in town by now. It’s a great place; everybody is very friendly and cooperative,â€? Mr Ruse said. He said they never thought of shooting later series anywhere other than Meeniyan. “It’s been so established. You can’t really do it anywhere else,â€? Mr Ruse said. “It’s a great area. It’s an area of Australia that doesn’t often appear on television. Rural tends to be dusty, but we wanted a warm Brigadoon type feel and Australian, so that is why we’ve chosen down here.â€? Only about 10 per cent of Bed of Roses is ďŹ lmed in Meeniyan. The rest is shot in the ABC’s suburban studios and locations around the metropolitan area.

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Absolute priority, absolute rubbish MEMBER for Bass Ken Smith has labeled as “absolute rubbish� claims by Health Minister Daniel Andrews that the region’s ambulance services were an “absolute priority� for the State Government.

“This is absolute rubbish. The upgrade of Wonthaggi’s ambulance station has taken nine years and the announcement of a part-time ambulance station at Grantville has taken just as long and will still not provide the service it needs,â€? an angry Mr Smith said. “And MICA ofďŹ cers are being under-utilised and lives are being put at risk because there is no dedicated MICA service in the region. “It is hard to understand why, when there are so many regions such as Bass Coast that desperately need a dedicated MICA service, these additional SRUs are going to regional towns that already have them.â€? Mr Smith said that despite saying he had based his decisions on the advice of AV’s regional management,

Mr Andrews has ignored its recommendation that the fourth SRU be based in South Gippsland, with the most logical location being in Wonthaggi. “What is even more disgraceful is that while three SRUs are currently operating, the fourth, based at Morwell, has been standing idle for almost six months because there are not enough paramedics available to operate it,� Mr Smith said. He said MICA paramedics had told him that they were frustrated and angry that their skills were not being utilised effectively. “They tell me that it is a sad irony that the sickest of the sick who require MICA are often the ones that get delayed, or in fact get it at all. People’s lives are being put at risk daily,� he said. “There are three MICA paramedics based in Wonthaggi, and yet without a dedicated MICA unit there is no way to ensure that they will be available for a patient urgently needing intensive care. “The way it is currently struc-

tured, instead of being on call for seriously ill patients, they may be tied up for ďŹ ve hours transporting a patient to Melbourne. Often a patient’s condition is time critical and MICA paramedics can make all the difference to a patient’s outcome by providing intensive care measures to those patients that require them.â€? Mr Smith said that “on-scene intensive care can result in transporting a patient to the most appropriate hospital and not necessarily the nearestâ€?. “This provides deďŹ nitive care sooner which has been shown to save lives,â€? he said. “These services should go to the place of greatest need, and the Government has made a huge mistake putting SRUs in places that already have a MICA unit. “Mr Andrews says he will continue to make investments into providing additional support to AV services in country Victoria an ‘absolute priority’. I think he should begin to do just that.â€?

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Not just about coffee No easy ďŹ x THE C51 amendment will change the landscape of South Gippsland. Whether that is for better or worse, depends on which stance one takes. Agricultural land stands to receive greater protection, with people seeking to live on properties between eight and 40ha being required to demonstrate why they need to reside on-site to run agricultural activities. But farmers will still be priced out of the market, according to Cr David Lewis. The new policy would instead encourage blocks bigger than 40ha to be sold - most likely lifestyle properties still too small to farm viably. People wanting a rural life look likely to be restricted to doing so on lots less than 8ha, as proving the need to live and farm on 8-40ha blocks will be difďŹ cult. And anything greater than 40ha is verging on the edge of a fulltime proposition - unsuitable to people working full-time. The fact that about 160 people attended a public information session regarding the new planning policy last Wednesday, including farmers, real estate agents and developers, was indicative of the signiďŹ cance of this issue to South Gippslanders. South Gippsland Shire Council planning staff ďŹ elded questions superbly and worked into the night answering queries oneon-one with landowners. The State Government has imposed this policy on council and council has no other option but to follow instructions from above, especially as such policy is what the rest of Victoria must comply with. Yet council, as the deliverer of the bad news to many, has been publicly criticised. At the same time, Cr Raabe said the government had urged council not to be so stringent that emerging agricultural industries are blocked out. In some cases, the rules are clear. In others, they are not. It seems the best option for landowners is to simply apply for a permit to build and cross one’s ďŹ ngers. People work hard to save enough money to put towards realising a dream of rural life. For farmers too, the option to develop land is often their super or simply a way of raising capital in tough times. But with agriculture vital to the region’s economy, and as a food source to Australia and the world, good quality farming land must be protected. Finding a balance is complex. Let’s see how C51 pans out.

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EVERY morning I would walk out in my 10 minute break to grab a chai latte at Henriettas and not only was the coffee excellent, it was such a pleasure to walk through one of the best shops in Leongatha. It was the smiles and recognition on the faces of the staff and the warmth of the environment as well. I cannot still make up my mind how to replace this addiction. But my coffee craving looks very insigniďŹ cant in the scheme of things and my heart goes out to each and everyone affected by this devastating ďŹ re and what used to be such eye candy every time I walked through is a sad place of darkness. It is very rare for staff at such a busy popular place to always have time for a quick chat, kind words, call you by your ďŹ rst name and relate to all their customers with joy. I would wait in line and have done this very patiently because it has been worth that patience all the time. With the calibre of such a shop and the nature of its staff, I have no doubt that they will make a great decision about the future

Bus service debacle A FEW months ago, the ascending star of South Gippsland Shire Council, Cr Kennedy, promoted the V/Line Bus Service, at the Venus Bay Community Centre. By means of the media, he proclaimed the “hail a busâ€? service as a monumental success, alleging 50-plus happy people were in attendance for the celebration. However, although I cannot conďŹ rm the exact number present, some that attended the gathering have indicated, there were around 30. The facts of the matter, it turns out, those in attendance at the celebration were composed of Venus Bay Community Centre staff and members, council staffers, and included in the numbers, were around six persons brought in to provide entertainment for the crowd. Council refuses to reveal if there were any “happyâ€? bus travellers present. Although the SGSC proclaims it has a policy of openness and transparency (council minutes and agendas) dealing

Made impression: Henriettas staff touched many customers. of Henriettas. Whatever they decide I wish them all the best and I know from what I read in the local papers that the heart of the community is with every single person affected. It was a special space.

with the public, it is reticent to provide information related to transport matters and this has been the case since it introduced its second trial run service of V/ Line, October 29, 2009. Since that date, council has avoided raising the matter at council meetings. The ďŹ rst trial run was a disaster, as is the current trial run, and so, it is not a revelation that Cr Kennedy recently issued an ultimatum to prospective users of the V/ Line service, via the media again: “use the bus service or it will be withdrawnâ€?. What an amazing turn around from the previous illustrious “celebrationâ€?. Information provided to me by certain business people in the district reveals that on average the number of bus passengers on the Monday bus run, (allocated shopping day) has been nil-one passengers per week since the service was re-introduced. Nobody needs to be illuminated on what that means, except it could never be credited as a “success.â€? Cr Kennedy had a lot riding on the V/Line service. There was huge funding on offer related to it by the State Government.

I look forward to the resurrection of Henriettas and wish Alan and his family every blessing for this. Dilene Hinton, Leongatha.

For Cr Kennedy to have to threaten his constituents with the V/Line bus services removal, if they fail to follow his instructions, is a clear exhibition of his frustration and disappointment. Clearly, staff at SGSC are unconscious. They are public servants, here to serve us, the community. In citizen Kennedy’s case, he was recently given a promotion to deputy mayor, a role that our council never had before. But it was created to groom citizen Kennedy to take over the mayorship later this year, when the current mayor is set to step down. All councillors voted unanimously for the current deputy mayor and the mayor has conveniently taken leave lately from council meetings, for the sake of his protĂŠgĂŠ to gain some ďŹ rsthand experience. Let’s just not be too hasty in nominating him as Australian of the Year or erecting a bronze monument on his climb to the top. Robert Field, Venus Bay.

Park support remains ďŹ rm

THANK you to Allan Bawden for his comments regarding the Wallace Avenue Parkland (The Star, June 1, 2010). It is true that local residents hold very strong views in regards to maintaining and developing this area as it was intended by a State Government mandate backed by then planning minister Mr Jim Kennan. In the residents’ submissions it has been clearly stated that the issues of access, safety and the cost of maintaining the site are most realistic. We hope the committee hearing our submissions can be truly democratic in seeing this park is desirable, functional, and pivotal in beneďŹ ting the old and young alike, so that we as residents can indeed have faith in the fairness of council’s decision on this issue. The Wallace Avenue Neighbourhood Community, Inverloch.


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Linden puts Family First By Matt Dunn LEADER of Family First Senator Steve Fielding has a high opinion of Linden Stokes.

Mr Stokes will run as the party’s candidate at the next federal election, taking on Liberal Russell Broadbent for the seat of McMillan. While he is new to politics, the 33-yearold father of three is keen to make his presence felt, and was out and about with his boss last week talking to voters in his home town of Leongatha. “Linden’s a local and he’s pretty real. In Parliament we have a lot of lawyers and professional politicians, but Linden’s a real bloke, a real family man,” Mr Fielding told The Star. “He lives in the area. He has a young family and he knows what it’s like. He wants to make sure the Government works for families and not against them. “I say to people all the time, we know big business has a voice, and so they should; the unions have a voice, and so they should; the environment has a voice, and so it should. But ordinary Australian families don’t have a voice and that’s what we’re about.” Mr Stokes said he had chosen the party because it “focuses on family”. “Family is the unit of society, and as Steve said it’s a party that gives voice to family and gives voice to ordinary people. I think their policies are sound and a positive step for families in this country,” he said. “It’s time to step up to the plate, I think, and have a say.” Mr Stokes said housing affordability was among the big issues for people in the region. “I think it’s definitely an issue for Generation X, and it certainly will be for Generation Y. I work in welfare, and you definitely see it with working families

Keeping it real: leader of Family First Senator Steve Fielding was full of praise for protégé Linden Stokes.

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On the town: Family First candidate for the seat of McMillan Linden Stokes and party leader Senator Steve Fielding chat to locals last week in Leongatha. and those on pensions - housing affordability in this local area, particularly in Bass Coast, is a big issue,” he said. Senator Fielding said the party

was “thrilled” with Mr Stokes’ nomination. “Linden’s a fantastic, decent family man and a bloke who’s local,” he said.

Toora nursing home future uncertain TOORA nursing home’s future remains under a cloud as a new facility for Foster forges ahead.

The planned new 60 bed aged care facility for Foster is on track for completion in 2012. Talking to The Star last Wednesday, Prom Country Aged Care (PCAC) Committee of Management chair Terry Parks indicated most people in Toora were happy to see a new aged care facility being built in Foster. Asked if this meant the Toora nursing home would close, Ms Parks said it is up to the people of Toora. “If the people of Toora can find a way of making this facility profitable it could keep operating, but I do not think there are many in the Toora community who are opposed to this new facility,” Ms Parks said. “It is now up to the Toora Progress Association to canvas the community to see what the people want,” she said.

The detailed internal plan specifications for the new $11 million Prom Country Aged Care have been completed and Ms Parks said work would commence shortly on the external details. She also confirmed the Federal Government’s funding commitment of up to $9 million for the aged care facility included internal fixtures and fittings. Ms Parks said the internal design provides for a proper lounge bar and several smaller common areas to cater for different social interests as well as a large lounge area such as those currently in place at both Toora’s Prom View and Foster’s Banksia Lodge. “The architect has worked closely with PCAC’s Director of Nursing Bev Pilon to ensure all care, accommodation and staff needs had been covered by the plans,” she said. The Federal Government’s funding agreement for the new facility requires PCAC to pay a minimum of

$2.707 million plus any gap in the cost above a total of $11.707 million for the project. While the state of the art facility is earmarked to be sited on land owned by the South Gippsland Hospital (SGH), Ms Parks said this had been agreed on by the SGH board and the PCAC committee but that the transfer had not yet been put by the SGH to the Government Land Monitor for approval. She said the SGH board and the PCAC committee hold regular meetings and the project is going ahead. While the hospital will not be contributing to funding the new facility Ms Parks said “it will be supporting us in other ways”. As to a completion date, Ms Parks said, “The new facility funding agreement with the Federal Government does not specify any interim dates for stages of progress but does require the facility to be completed by the end of 2010.”

Ready to move: Prom Country Aged Care committee of management member Julie Need and Prom Country Aged Care committee of management president, Terry Parks are ready for the move to Foster.

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Expressions of Interest New Statewide Panel for Hire of Private Plant EOI No: 310767 Building on the success of three regional based plant panels which will expire in October, the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) is conducting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to create a single ongoing Statewide panel for the hire of plant and machinery for fire related and civil works. The new panel will start in November 2010 and will replace the existing panel arrangements. Works include fire prevention and suppression, as well as civil works such as roading, drainage, minor bridge or crossing works, vegetation management and silviculture works. It is anticipated that only contractors approved and on the panel will be engaged for all future works. Please Note: EOI documents can be downloaded from Wednesday 2 June 2010 at the Victorian Government Tenders website at Potential applicants should consider registering their interest online to automatically receive further information and amendments. The Response Form - Part D must be completed in the format specified and submitted as per the completion instructions on the front page. Further information may be obtained by contacting the DSE Customer Service Centre on 136 186 Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm. Hardcopy response documents quoting EOI No: 310767 must be placed in a sealed envelope and lodged in one of the nominated DSE Tender Boxes located throughout the state. Full location details are listed in the EOI documentation. When submitting a tender response please note that DSE will not issue receipts. Contractor briefings will occur at regional locations between the 7- 23 June 2010 and each potential applicant is encouraged to attend. The administrative and compliance processes are constantly changing so even if you came to a briefing last year, it is recommended you consider attending again.

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Giving Koori kids life’s best Loving his job: John Murray is helping people to achieve their best.

By Brad Lester A COMPASSIONATE man with a love of his work is ensuring Aboriginal children and their families get the most out of life. John Murray is the Koori engagement and support officer appointed by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Improving school retention rates and achieving better educational outcomes for students are among his priorities.



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He will help develop individual learning programs for students by adding a Koori perspective and engage families in their child’s education and broader society. Based in Leongatha, he is responsible for 35 preschools and schools across South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires, and the 79 Koori students there. “A lot of the indigenous people here are not traditional owners of this land, so they have come from the Latrobe Valley, East Gippsland, Melbourne or interstate, so there is not one core group. That has been part of the problem; there has been no continual community here,” he said. At Leongatha Primary School, John has initiated a “Lunch Out” program for the 14 indigenous students there. Students gather for lunch with parents and teachers to develop bonds. “Parent participation is highly regarded because if they like what you’re providing, it works out. We’re providing them with the skills they need,” John said. Eighteen Aboriginal students at Wonthaggi Secondary College’s Dudley campus enjoy morning tea with parents, and are working on canvas paintings to display during NAIDOC Week from July 4-11 at Bass Coast Community Health.

“We have kids doing VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) and in TAFE, and people who have completed Year 12. We need to help keep our kids here and develop their skills,” John said. He has initiated a monthly barbecue to enable local Aborigines to meet each other and has started a men’s program, which meets at the Bunurong Environment Centre at Inverloch. “I found that a lot of men were disengaged and this is a good forum to provide connection and give information about men’s health too,” he said. “We have to make room for everyone in our community to express their own understanding and beliefs in their own aboriginality.” His role was introduced under the Victorian Government’s Wannik Strategy to improve Koori education and address any gaps in the system. There are 95 such officers around Victoria, charged with 38 responsibilities. An ordained minister, John came to South Gippsland from Orbost and has worked with the Lake Tyers Koori community. “I don’t push religion but I can provide that service too. I think my role is very much pastoral and nurturing and supporting people,” he said.

We all know that we live in a time of rapid change. We see it happening all around us. Our population is ageing. New challenges arise almost every day. So it’s important for us to have a tax system that is able to meet those challenges.

From pages past

By making our tax system simpler and fairer for individuals and business, the proposed tax reforms are an important first step towards making our economy stronger and preparing us for the years ahead.

Historical snippets from The Star

Increasing our super By 2050, one in four Australians will be over 65. We need to plan for that and make sure everyone has enough super for a comfortable retirement. That’s why raising the superannuation guarantee and contributing more to super is so important. Better tax on savings Under the current system, interest income is taxed higher than many other forms of savings. To make it fairer, there will be a tax cut on bank and other interest income. This will reward Australians who put money away for their future. Making tax simpler Tax will be made simpler for individuals by introducing standard deductions, and for business by simplifying depreciation rules. Cutting tax for small business Small business is one of our biggest employers. So anything that makes it easier for small business to grow and do business is good for all of us. Giving small business companies an early tax cut is a good start. And instant write-off of assets up to $5,000 and simplified depreciation for all small business will improve their cash flow and cut down on paperwork. A fairer share of our resources wealth Before the last mining boom, the Australian people received $1 in every $3 of mining profits through royalties and resource charges. By the end of that boom, our share had fallen to just $1 in every $7. Changing the way we tax mining profits will ensure everyone shares in the benefits of our natural resources. The proposed reforms will affect all of us, so it’s important that you know what’s on the table.

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One year ago, June 10, 2009 Wedding gowns dating from 1908 were a highlight of the 125th Fish Creek Reunion, during a fashion parade at the town’s hall. Hundreds of people returned to the town for the occasion. ***** Former Korumburra resident and newly appointed Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Road Policing, Ken Lay, returned to the Wonthaggi Police Station to talk road safety with local traffic police. Five years ago, June 7, 2005 More than 280 music fans filled the Meeniyan Hall for a sell-out concert by Renee Geyer, in her only Victorian appearance. ***** Wonthaggi Secondary College student Niki Thrower has returned from the Australian National Arabian championships with a swag of ribbons and trophies, recognising her horse riding success. Ten years ago, June 6, 2000 The future of Leongatha’s Avenue of Honour could be in doubt, with some of the trees rotten and in need of removal. A council arborist will do everything possible to preserve the famed trees along Yarragon Road. ***** A bird has been found in Foster, a long way from its usual hunting grounds deep in Bass Strait. The common diving petrel is now being cared for by Parks Victoria staff. 30 years ago, June 10, 1980 Many people are concerned rail transport in South Gippsland could be coming to an end. Woorayl Shire Councillor Col Handley returned from a Victorian Study Group meeting with the impression the State Government will favour road transport in the future. ***** Only seven weeks of water remains in the Leongatha reservoir. The reservoir level is the lowest it has been in the past 28 years.

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Sharing praise: Leongatha Lyric Theatre treasurer Peter McAlpine caught up with Oliver! balloon seller Ryan Bowler.

THE curtain will fall on Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s hit musical Oliver! this Saturday. For those looking for a great night out with the family this is sure to be a winner, with fantastic singing and dancing. Last Thursday Leongatha’s own Adam Turner shone in the shared role of the Artful Dodger, teaming perfectly with Inver-

loch’s talented Nicky Lawson who played the title role of Oliver to a tee. Adam and Nicky, indeed the whole cast deserved the huge applause they received from the appreciative audience. Tickets for the final performances on Thursday, June 10 and Friday, June 11 at 7.30pm and Saturday, June 12 at 2pm and 7.30pm are available at the Wonthaggi Workmens Club or phone 5672 1083.

Talented: Leongatha’s Adam Turner and Inverloch’s Nicky Lawson were brillant in their roles as the Artful Dodger and Oliver last Thursday night in Wonthaggi. Family praise: Meg, Kaj, Royce and Grace Patterson of Leongatha cheered for their brother Jackson after a fabulous performance as Oliver in Wonthaggi on opening night.

Above: Great show: Kerrie Giles, Leongatha and Barry and Glenys Day of Inverloch enjoyed the opening night performance of Oliver! on May 28.

Old friends: Oliver! choreographer Anthea Donohue (second from left) caught up with her Leongatha friends Sue Fleming and her children Sarah and Harrison on the opening night of Oliver! in Wonthaggi.

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Eat drink and

Testing Kourak wines: Steve Hickey (left) from Woodleigh was part of the organising committee. He is with son Adam (right) and his girlfriend Jessica Neil last year.

THE third annual Loch Village Food and Wine Festival will be held this Queen’s Birthday weekend. The main event is on Sunday from 11am to 3pm with a plethora of food and drink options, along with live entertainment. Last year an estimated 3000 people visited the village over the holiday weekend. At this year’s festival, proud and passionate producers from every corner of Gippsland will provide visitors with the opportunity to genuinely savour the flavours of our exquisite region. Exceeding all expectations, the festival, now in its third year, will host an unprecedented number of producers of food, wine and all things Gippsland. Family friendly, with children’s activities and plenty of “good-to-go” food, the tiny village will be alive with buskers, live music and street entertainment. Exhibitors will be po-

sitioned throughout the village, under verandahs and most certainly under cover should the day be inclement. Exhibitors from previous years and many newcomers will offer tastings and sales from the incredibly diverse range of culinary delights, boutique wines and beers and a surprising array of food based giftware and merchandise. All this is available for browsing visitors from 11am until 3pm. Winning awards for their efforts is nothing new to our modest craftsmen, and award winners aplenty will be found at this year’s festival, along with the many new producers seeking your support and encouragement to develop their products to award-winning status. Once best known for its rolling green hills, lush coastal regions and rich dairy products, Gippsland is rapidly developing a profile as a gourmet region. Our festival enables the Loch business houses to showcase and promote the rich and plen-

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be merry tiful bounty, putting Gippsland on the map for food lovers far and wide. And of course setting-wise and location, Loch has it all. It is historic and picturesque, off the highway, with plenty of parking, easily accessible and located so centrally. Registration points will be clearly marked at both ends of town and several places in between, enabling visitors to obtain their tasting glass, catalogue with Loch Village discount coupons, children’s activity booklet, goodies bag and most importantly their proof of registration; the key to wine tastings. Our festival is a community initiative for the betterment of Gippsland And a visit to the Loch Community Hall (top end of Smith Street) for the monthly Loch Community Market is a must.

Lots of goodies: Ines Ros (St Kilda) and Khim Newland (Krowera) had found plenty to buy at the food and wine festival last year.

The Weeks family: back John and Tracie with their sons Josh, Pete and Mitch of Nyora enjoy the atmosphere outside the Hard Loch Café last year.

Chocolate loving: co-owner of the Hard Loch Cafe, Ashley Smirl, pours some delectable chocolate last year.

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Sleek vehicle: Hyundai’s i45 is in a class of its own.

Driving the future, today THE ONLY negative about driving Hyundai’s i45 is knowing that you’ll have to stop at some stage.

It’s a car that looks as if it has been stolen from the not too distant future, and it really is exactly that. The i45 has a myriad of cutting edge technologies at work to make the driving experience more enjoyable. It is not simply a new vehicle with a new look. It’s a new idea, an idea that dares to deliver the size, performance and comfort of a fullsized sedan, with the fuel-efficiency you’d expect from a smaller vehicle, at 7.9 litres per 100kms. It is set with features, such as the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, that add a tactile feel to your drive by letting you control precisely when to up-shift or downshift the six-speed automatic. Other features include push

button start, steering wheel audio controls and centre stack temperature controls which are logically positioned. Full iPod connectivity enables you to take your tunes with you. Wherever you go you are in the comfort of supportive seating with lumbar support and electrically powered sliding and recline functions. To help you maintain your concentration on the road, the sporty twin dial instrument cluster has been positioned so that all key information is available at-a-glance, while supervision illumination provides exceptional clarity. The sleek shape delivers an incredibly low drag coefficient, enabling i45 to deliver even greater economy. And for those with safety in mind, have no fear; the i45 features dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact bags, and front and rear side curtain airbags.

Active front head restraints move instantly up and forward during a rear-end collision to help cushion the head to provide extra protection against whiplash injury. Specifically designed for your i45 and mounted in the front bumper, Genuine Hyundai Front Park Assist Sensors reduce the stress of parking in tight spaces or manoeuvring around objects. To increase driving safety and the visibility of your vehicle to other drivers, headlights are automatically turned on as daylight begins to fade. With all of these new technologies, safety features and a sleek new look, driving this car is like driving in the future. So if you’re ready to break with convention, step into the i45 and experience it firsthand. See Edneys Leongatha on Roughead Street for a test drive or more information.

Superb feel: the interior is designed with the driver in mind.

Dualis an all round pleasure SITTING in the Nissan Dualis is enough to make you want the car. But the experience begins even before you’ve stepped inside. The keys can stay in your pocket as you open the door using its keyless entry, then turn the car on simply by turning the ignition barrel. Seat warmers start up, and you start to get the feeling that you’re not in a car anymore, with climate controls and full iPod connectivity as well. The Dualis is as versatile as it gets. It’s spacious enough to carry five adults with ease, offering plenty of leg room, with a large wagon-style boot. The back seats fold down to offer you more room, should you be planning a trip outdoors. Driving the car is an all aluminium engine that delivers 102kw of power, and 198Nm of torque, with a fuel efficiency of 8.1 litres for every 100km travelled. The Dualis also fits the Euro 4 emission standards, due to its low CO2 output. With great manoeuvrability, another key benefit of the Dualis is the agility that makes for smooth moving in and out of

tight spots. The model is aerodynamic, with contours and curves creating a profile that is truly distinctive. The Nissan model also has a five star ANCAP rating, making it one of the safest cars on the market. A rigid body cell protects the passengers in case of a collision, while the six airbags are ready at all times to deploy when necessary. But we all wish to avoid these situations in the first place, and it’s possible, with Vehicle Dynamic Control that can brake automatically to keep the car on its intended path. A panoramic glass roof allows light to pour into the car, providing unrestricted views of the sky during the drive. If you wish to block the light it can be done, with a full blockout power shade available at the touch of a button. All mode 4x4 allows you to switch from two-wheel-drive to four-wheeldrive at the turn of a dial, giving you traction and peace of mind should weather permit. Nissan’s motto ‘shift the way you move’ could not be more pertinent, as the Dualis changes the way you see cars.

Safety paramount: the Dualis boasts a five star ANCAP rating.

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Seatbelt safety still being ignored FIVE of the people who died on South Gippsland roads between 2005 and 2009 were not wearing seatbelts. That equated to 26 per cent of the 24 drivers and passengers killed while travelling in South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires. Those figures came as regional Victorian drivers have admitted they do not always put on their seatbelts, claiming that they forget or that it is uncomfortable. The Transport Accident Commission’s latest regional research has uncovered some disturbing attitudes towards seatbelt wearing and enforcement. Local residents who have previously received a road offence were asked to share their attitudes to the road rules in frank focus

group discussions. The TAC’s road safety and marketing manager John Thompson said some of those surveyed admitted they did not always wear a seatbelt while driving. “This is surprising and alarming, given that we know a quarter of drivers and passengers who died on Victorian roads in 2009 were not wearing seatbelts,” he said. “Those surveyed admitted they are less likely to wear their seatbelt when driving on a rural road or making a short trip, such as to the shops.” Regular seatbelt wearers in the survey said they could not understand these attitudes, since seatbelt wearing was such a strong habit for them. “I’m also concerned that some of the driv-

ers surveyed said they’d be reluctant to ask their passenger to put a seatbelt on, unless it was their child,” Mr Thompson said. “It’s compulsory for everyone in the car to be wearing a seatbelt and leaving it off significantly increases your chance of death or injury in a crash. “I hope these attitudes are in the minority but I urge all Victorians to please belt up, for your own safety.” The TAC regional research was conducted in the second half of 2009 in conjunction with Sweeney Research in Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Warragul and Shepparton. It’s the second time that regional research focus groups have been conducted to uncover attitudes to driving behaviour.

Proof obvious: seatbelts help to save lives on the road.

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Steph’s job all the Goss WHEN one thinks about tradies, they do not often think women.

But Steph Goss has broken the mould as a second year electrician’s apprentice and is loving her job. It can be imagined that Steph would have been intimidated at first, but she said it was the boys who were more taken aback. “They tried to be more reserved around me, and act more mature, but that didn’t last long,” she said with a laugh. Finding that she fits in well now, Steph says that she hopes to serve out her apprenticeship, but has no plans beyond that. After doing work experience with the team at R.M. and M. Pearce, Steph still applied for uni courses, but chose instead the career of a sparky. “People always ask me that (why she chose the job). I don’t really know. I wasn’t really interested in uni and I wanted to do this I guess,” Steph said. Her boss Mark Pearce said his first impression of Steph was of a girl willing to work and interested in the field. The fact that she was a girl did not factor into it at all. “Sometimes she gets a strange look from the people when we go to work at their house, but it’s nothing more than that. She’s been a terrific worker and all the guys are really glad to have her on board,” Mr Pearce said. He also mentioned that he noticed his workers were slightly apprehensive when Steph first joined the team, but it did not last long, and they were back to their usual selves.

Bank dream: from left: Sally Hoskins, David Vance, Kathryn Smith, Brian Hoskin, Lindsay Moore, Ethel Hanks and Kaz Hughes of the Meeniyan and District Community Bank steering committee.

Bank on it A COMMUNITY bank for Meeniyan is another step closer.

Just another sparky: Steph Goss at work, where she is treated no differently to any of the other workers.

Turning wood into glass AS SOUTH Gippsland enters the coldest season of the year, most people are thinking of collecting or ordering a cubic metre or two of firewood to help warm their homes. However potter Zak Chalmers sees more in a stack of firewood than most. Over the last weekend he turned five cubic metres of fine blackwood, messmate gum and teatree into glass. This specific mix of timber native to this area is used to create a glass layer over the 200 pieces enclosed in his four metre long kiln. “The fluffy white wood-ash that commonly comes to rest at the bottom of our fireplaces contains a large percentage of silica and sodium, which when brought to 1300 degrees, melts and turns into liquid glass,” Zak said. “This ash covers all exposed surfaces, melts and forms a layer of glass, sealing each piece. “The colour is determined by where the piece is placed in relation to the fire, hence how thick a covering it gets and the specific mix of wood used. “This ancient method of firing creates pieces that are remarkably fascinating and unique.” Zak is welcoming visitors into his studio and gallery over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend to view pieces from his latest firing being taken from the kiln. Visitors can browse and purchase from the gallery, observe pot throwing demonstrations, tour the kilns and sample local wine and cheese. A children’s workshop area will be available over the weekend for their entertainment. Valley Plains Pottery is located in the quiet hills of Koonwarra. The gallery is one of those finds people will want to share with friends and family that visit this region. The contemporary ceramic gallery and studio sits high atop a rise overlooking

More than half of the total amount needed has been pledged. Recently a total of $385,000 had been pledged with another $335,000 to go. A barometer to mark the amount of money pledged for the bank has been

Big heart revealed More than 60 people attended the community event at the Tarwin Hall. The event was co-hosted by Tarwin Lower Mechanic’s Institute Hall, Tarwin Lower Foodworks,

Venus Bay Community Centre and Tarwin Lower and District Primary School at the Tarwin Hall. Smaller events have been held in the past, but this year, a bigger event produced wonderful cakes, slices and scones with jam and cream provided by the school and community centre volunteers. Magnificent platters of sandwiches were offered by Tarwin Foodworks, and the hall was deco-

rated to perfection. Stephanie Dickson told how she lived with cancer for 15 long years after being diagnosed with a rare bone cancer, aged just four. She was full of praise for the medical teams that worked with her, and the support of her family. Stephanie said cancer fundraisers moved her and now aged 19, she is happy and moving on with life.

IT’S NICE to see the new pathway linking the railway station to Roughhead Street in Leongatha finally sealed, making a much easier journey for pedestrians. Council crews are now completing the kerbing parallel to the pathway to finalise this project which became the only viable option when the VicTrack overhead pedestrian bridge was deemed unsafe and demolished late last year. I’d like to thank the many people who kept it at the forefront of council actions in the ensuing months. It can be frustrating for the community, and for us, when what look like simple projects take such time. This was such an example: with four parties involved (SP Ausnet, South Gippsland Tourist Railway, VicTrack and Council) there had to be considerable negotiations to satisfy power access requirements

before the path could be sealed. It is not an uncommon scenario when relating to community facilities. Recent comments about the toilets on land owned and funded by the Department of Sustainability (DSE) at Sandy Point reflect the vexations. Council legally has no obligations but quite rightly the toilets are seen as a community asset, and so we conduct a basic clean as a service to the community. We need to find better ways to partner with other agencies so that these ridiculous conundrums are avoided, the community is best served and the maintenance is appropriate and relevant to the ownership and use of the facilities. It was pleasing to see a large crowd at the C51 information session last Wednesday evening. Over 100 landowners attended, and after an initial presentation and question time, they had the opportunity to consult with a number

of planners who were available to discuss their individual situations. They were also encouraged to meet with planners at Council, and extra resources will be available to meet the potential demand. Our thoughts go to the Henriettas owners and their staff following the fire that devastated the iconic business. Council officers have been in touch to offer assistance in the aftermath, and I know Alan and Meg have the good wishes of the wider community for the coming months which will be testing. Their entrepreneurial professionalism has been instrumental in revitalising Bair Street as a commercial precinct over recent years. My thanks go to Deputy Mayor Cr Kennedy who held the fort over the past fortnight while I was on leave. Cr Jim Fawcett Mayor

THE people of Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay raised more than $500 for cancer research at a Biggest Morning Tea recently.

All set: Zak Chalmers places a large pot inside the kiln, ready for firing. a spectacular view stretching from Meeniyan across the Middle Tarwin plains to Wilsons Promontory. Sitting at his pottery wheel facing this amazing view, Zak works on a tea bowl, quietly contemplating the twist of the porcelain in an attempt to capture the fluid quality of the clay. Some would say Zak is a traditional ceramicist, working on a self-powered kick wheel and firing using traditional large woodfired kilns; however his work alters this outlook. “Standing in the contemporary white gallery space I am surrounded by fresh modern looking table ware and huge sculptural pieces, all in calming hues created from the firing technique,” he said. This innovative style could have been established while studying and lecturing in ceramics in Melbourne, however over the past three years he has developed his contemporary style, thus gaining recognition as a leading young ceramicist in Australia. This unique gallery is only a short drive from Leongatha, Inverloch and Koonwarra and is well sign posted. It is open every weekend and most weekdays 10am to 5pm. For further information contact Zak on 0448 996 386.

installed near the Bendigo Bank ATM in Whitelaw Street. As money is pledged, significant milestones will be crossed off on the barometer. The ATM itself has been very popular, with residents and visitors to Meeniyan alike.

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Turning over an old page

Dark knight: Alex Gordon stands with just some of his 4000 books, picking out his favourite.

TAKE one step inside Alex Gordon’s Dark Knight’s Bookshop and one will see a sea of books, not unusual for a bookshop. What is unusual about the place is the value and age of the books being displayed at the Korumburra store. Most of them date back to early last century, with some going as far back as the 1800s. The catchy title of the bookshop was spurred not by Batman, but instead by the search for the books that Alex endeared. “It’s not a job that the White Knight would do, so I decided that the Dark Knight would do it. It’s corny but it makes sense,” Alex said. His most prized possession is a book entitled Visit to Blest land by W.H. Gahlier, the first ever science fiction/fantasy novel printed. Another cherished book is the Holy Bible, printed in 1830, and valued at over $5000. It is in a fragile state and needs to be restored in

Yarragon before being offered for sale. Alex’s passion was not always strong. “I used to destroy them when I was younger, but eventually I began to read them,” he said. “Now I can’t think of anything better than crawling into bed with a book before I go to sleep. It’s a way of escaping reality.” Alex gave up his old job to take on the new role as bookshop owner, not just for his craze of ancient novels, but also for his musical endeavours. “I like to play the guitar, and I wasn’t really finding the time working as a security guard, but now I can play when I want,” he said. But one thing Alex did have time for as a security guard, was reading. “Normally I’d be there for 12 or so hours, so I could always sneak a book in or two,” he said with a sly smile. The shop is Alex’s first, and has been open for three weeks, so there is still quite a clutter of books

around, as he is still setting up, but it is not as bad as it was. “They were all sitting in a one bedroom unit, all 4000 of them. As you can imagine it was a pretty tight squeeze,” he said. “I’ve found them from all four corners of the state; some of them in garage sales, op-shops and even in bins.” Alex told of one man who he saw throw out a book worth $30,000, obviously not realising its potential value. Some books the shop owner holds are antiques, due to the fact that they are the last ones printed in the world. But his love for older books stems further than just their rarity, but also for the man hours put into making each novel. “Some illustrations take up to 82 hours to be printed, and the books themselves took months to be finished and published,” Alex said. And while he tries to keep everyone interested, he realises that the desire for new technologies and new products may one day make

Mayor’s message Cr Peter Paul

BASS Coast Council provides an extensive range of home and community care (HACC) services to eligible aged and disabled residents. These services are partially funded by the State and Federal Governments with Council’s contribution closely approaching $1million per year. This highly valued and respected service has been retained by Victorian councils despite the Federal Government’s changes to health care in other states. The reason for its retention was that Victoria does have an effective HACC service combining all levels of government. In Bass Coast over 31 per cent of our residents are aged 60 or over. This percentage continues to increase in comparison to the rest of Victoria, which has an average of 19 per cent of residents over 60. It is therefore essential that Bass Coast continues to review our services and ensure our residents are cared for. Council sets the fee scale for HACC services annually, guided by the Department of Health fee schedule. There are five levels within the fee structure. Over 2000 of our clients (90 per cent) are within the low fee schedule. HACC services supply home, personal and respite care, home maintenance, transport and various other services to those in need. Bass Coast Shire Council continues to lobby local government agencies and the Victorian Government to increase our HACC funding. It is obvious that rural shires such as ours face additional costs due to the amount of travel required in order for staff to deliver services. Councillors have placed a high priority on retaining and improving the HACC services to our residents, despite

these books obsolete. “I try to cater for everyone’s needs, and I hope to get people interested in these books, because they really are fascinating. Some people come in just for a look and end up spending hours in here. Once they give it a try they’re hooked,” Alex said. Books range from science fiction, fantasy, romance, autobiographies and even text books. There are medical dictionaries printed in the early 1900s, and school books printed in 1901. Also on display are a host of Australian literary history books that have been popular so far in the shop’s three week history. Alex also has typewriters on display, to give customers a feel of how much effort went into printing each book. With so many books on display, and still plenty more in the unit, Alex encourages everyone to get down and take a step back in history. Dark Knight’s Books is at 65 Commercial Street, Korumburra.

In search of an owl FOR the past few months, when many people tuck into bed each night, a team of dedicated researchers and volunteers have been traversing South Gippsland searching for the elusive Powerful Owl.

the increasing costs, as they see it as an essential service. The feedback Councillors have received from those participating in the HACC services is extremely positive. We have 102 people working within the HACC services, 63 carers out in the field and 20 volunteers who work alongside our staff. Councillors certainly appreciate the correspondence and feedback we get regarding the support the clients are receiving within this area. The $1 million Council contributes to the HACC services is well justified. If you are aware of anyone requiring assistance in the HACC area, please encourage them to contact an officer here at Council. Cr Peter Paul, Mayor Bass Coast Shire Council

Meals roster (Leongatha) South Gippsland Specialist School, S. Birch and John and Joy Gaze will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning June 14, 2010.

On each calm night since March, the team, which includes staff from the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), Parks Victoria and local volunteers, travel as far as Wilsons Promontory, Holey Plains and the Strzelecki Ranges, hoping to hear the call or get a glimpse of the nocturnal creatures. DSE’s biodiversity team leader for West Gippsland, Dr Rolf Willig, said the monitoring program aimed to get a better understanding of owl numbers to ensure protection and management actions are most effective. “Each year prior to the breeding season, we visit each of the 27 identified owl management areas in South Gippsland, as well as seeking out any potential new sites we think owls may occupy,” Dr Willig said. “Though the Powerful Owl is the most likely large owl to be found in this area, we are also looking for Masked, Barking and Sooty owls.” The Powerful Owl is Australia’s largest owl, with a head to tail length of up to 65cm. It lives in forests and woodlands throughout Victoria where there are hollow-bearing trees and plenty of prey, including possums and birds. At each monitoring site, researchers spend

Rare find: the Powerful Owl.

about an hour listening and watching for signs of owls – playing recordings of owl calls into the forest to encourage a response, and then doing a visual search by spotlight. Sites visited include Mullungdung State Forest, Holey Plains and Mount Worth state parks, and various small parks and reserves such as Morwell National Park and Traralgon South Flora and Fauna Reserve. “The 2009 fires burnt six of the 27 sites and indirectly impacted on an additional six sites. This has almost certainly resulted in lower owl occupancy of these sites, at least for a time,” Dr Willig said. “Despite this, during the last week of monitoring we visited nine sites and had four responses, including a visual sighting of a pair, which was a great end to this year’s program.” Dr Willig said the program demonstrates the importance of retaining habitat on private land, especially in a fragmented landscape like South Gippsland, as there may well be owls relying on the remnant vegetation.

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THIS impressive Leongatha home being offered by Stockdale & Leggo is profiled on the top of page 32.

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Pathway to a hidden oasis H

IDDEN among a treasure trove of exotic and native trees and shrubs, a unique tri-level home sits on about 3.9 acres.

This architecturally designed home has been built with family firmly in mind, offering four bedrooms and a separate home office/bungalow, just perfect as a teenage retreat or your home business venture. If cooking is your thing, this country style kitchen offers gas cooking, an island bench, loads of cupboard space, and open plan dining complete with timber flooring. There are two large living areas, both with solid fuel heating and quality carpets. The kids will love the “Harry Potter” cupboard under the stairs, which is a perfect hidey spot and good-sized bedrooms with built-in robes. The master bedroom includes an en suite, built-in robe and a ceiling fan.

Indulge your children’s childhood outside with their own playground, mini footy oval, lined cubby, and a small dam and pond with goldfish. Grow your own food in the vegie garden and take advantage of established fruit and olive trees. Eat golden yolked eggs from chickens scratching around in their purpose-built pen. Designed with the environment in mind, the home also includes a solar power electricity unit, good water storage and enough room to be semi self sufficient. This beautiful property is the full package; an excellent family home with loads of room for the family to grow. Live the rural lifestyle, but only 3.5kms from the main street of Leongatha. For more information or to arrange an inspection contact Andrew or Peter.

At a glance Location: 235 Racecourse Road, Leongatha. Price: $695,000. Agent: Alex Scott and Staff, Leongatha. Contact: 5662 0922.

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Short walk to town K EEP the car in the garage after you purchase this centrally located Leongatha unit.

You can easily walk to the shops, schools, medical centre, Catholic Church and sport grounds from the Ogilvy Street location. Even though you’re close to everything you’ll appreciate the privacy that comes from owning a unit at the rear of this complex. There are two, large bedrooms with built-in robes. The kitchen/dining and lounge form an open plan area. An air conditioner and electric wall heater are installed in the lounge to keep you comfortable. The kitchen has plenty of cupboard space and was recently updated. The bathroom, between the two bedrooms, also benefited from this work. Floor coverings and a fresh coat of paint were part of the update as well. The garage has a roller door and a door at rear with access into the yard.

At the side of the unit is a paved courtyard and there’s space for a vegie garden as well. The brick veneer unit, which has an iron roof and aluminium windows with outside sunblinds, is low maintenance. The complex has rear lane access. This unit has plenty of appeal and would suit investors, as it is currently leased to fastidious tenants. Retirees or first home buyers should also consider this unit.

At a glance Location: 7/18-20 Ogilvy Street, Leongatha. Price: $189,000. Agent: SEJ, Leongatha. Contact: 5662 4033, Lyle Miller 0408 515 665 or Barry Redmond 0418 515 666.

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Big, Bold and Beautifully Balanced Taking advantage of sensational South Gippsland views, this elevated residence is the sentinel of its surrounds. At the heart is an expansive informal living zone, with a blackwood kitchen & Euro appliances, and walls of double-glazed windows to entice light in, & views out. A further living area, 4 bedrooms + study, 2 bathrooms & a free-flowing floor plan ensure all will be satisfied. More than 50 acres of productive pasture, serviced by ample water, quality fencing & an enormous 120sqm of shedding. INSPECT Sunday, June 13 @ 1.00 - 1.30pm Address 910 Grand Ridge Rd, MIRBOO NORTH $765,000 - $795,000




Work, rest or play if you purchase here. 3 titles, each able to be sold independently. Develop a nursery on 1 or 2 (STCA) or other retail venture. Or simply enjoy the village lifestyle, opposite the general store & rural hardware. INSPECT Sunday, June 13 @ 1.00 - 1.30pm Address 14 Farmers Road, DUMBALK $320,000 - $360,000



A Touch Of Country Class Weekender, Holiday Let or Permanent Prom Lifestyle Within minutes of Wilsons Prom, this 2.5 acre property with a cute-as-pie cottage is waiting for new owners to add their finishing touch. With 3 bedrooms (one attic-style), the cosy home with open plan living and wood heater is a perfect getaway destination with fishing and beaches nearby. Solar and wind power (plus conventional power), and solar hot water offer self-sufficiency potential. There’s a shed, plus building permit for a big carport and second verandah. In a word... fun! INSPECT Sunday, June 13 @ 11.30 - 12.00pm Address 245 Shellcott Rd,YANAKIE $275,000 - $300,000

Idyllic & peaceful, 3.5 acre country hideaway. A classy interior with soaring ceilings, hardwood finishes & oodles of glass. 2 bedrooms + bedroom cottage. Paddocks, orchards, easy-care gardens. Unique & very special. INSPECT Sunday, June 13 @ 12.00 - 12.30pm Address 695 Dumbalk East-Stony Creek Rd, DUMBALK EAST $395,000 - $440,000

Sunday is the day most buyers do their real estate shopping! 75% of our Leongatha, Mirboo North & Meeniyan properties are SOLD because we conduct Open Homes on Sundays, and our offices are OPEN SUNDAYS. Substantially increase your chance of a great result... Call and and talk to us any day, even Sunday!

Selling Properties


allen bartlett 0417 274 624

kaz hughes 0417 516 998

Dumbalk North – Home or Away River Lease and Character Plus

Cosy Country Cottage Enjoying winter sunshine through big picture windows this character cottage enjoys elevated views towards the hills, and is just a short walk into the eclectic delights of Fish Creek. Comprising open plan living with new, elegant wood heater, newly polished floorboards and a new kitchen, the 2 bedroom home also features an enclosed carport, big back yard with established trees and shrubs, solar hot water and scope to extend with plenty of room for a deck, and/or an additional room at rear. A real cutie! INSPECT By appointment $195,000 - $220,000 Address 41 Old Waratah Rd, FISH CREEK

93 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan ~ 5664 0224

With a creek at the bottom of the garden, this renovated 2 BR, 2 living room home enjoys rural vistas. 1.2acres in total with ¼acre on title (approx). A paddock, large shade trees, plus right to draw water. Perfect for full- or part-time living! Address 4 Trease and Robbins Rd, DUMBALK NORTH $245,000 - $270,000

The Perfect Balance Immaculate residence on half acre of lawned surrounds & space for 6 vehicles undercover! 2 living zones, 2 bathrooms, 2 wcs, 4 bedrooms (or 3 + study), wood heater, split system air con, big paved courtyard & lots of paved driveway. Address

6 Thorpdale Rd, MIRBOO NORTH $285,000 - $315,000

lisa williams 0438 133 385

84 Ridgway, Mirboo North ~ 5668 1660

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Spacious home; affordable price L

OCATED in a quiet Leongatha court situation, this spacious brick home has loads of appeal. On arrival you will be impressed by the manicured lawns and attractive design including formal entrance, leading into an open plan living and dining area, timber kitchen with dishwasher, with a lovely feature being the large bay window, creating natural light and taking in the garden and rural view. A second living area provides a handy rumpus or games room, and comprises ceiling fan, gas heater and a cathedral

At a glance Location: 7 Clinton Court, Leongatha. Price: $345,000. Agent: Stockdale & Leggo, Leongatha. Contact: 5662 5800.

ceiling, giving a great sense of space. The large master bedroom also boasts a bay window, walk-in robe and spacious en suite including spa and separate toilet. The two remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and ceiling fans. A large laundry accommodates the growing family as does the neat main bathroom with separate shower and bath. The home has a double brick garage, secure yard and large concreted area ideal for the kids’ activities. Priced to meet the market at $345,000.

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Leongatha’s finest location P

OSITIONED on the edge of town in arguably one of Leongatha’s finest locations, this property is set on a large three acre corner block with two separate driveways. Comprising about 37 squares under roof, this three bedroom home features master bedroom with en suite and walk-in robe, large family room, open plan living area and two reverse cycle air conditioners. The large Tasmanian oak kitchen has a long island bench, electric stove, oven and griller and dishwasher. Ducted vacuum, double garage and single carport are also highlights of this home. Outside features a large undercover entertaining area, landscaped gardens with fish pond, four-bay shed with concrete floor and power, plus two paddocks for the animals with yards and loading ramp. Complete with town water and only a short walk to the rail trail, this property is an excellent proposition.

At a glance Location: 1 Ditchley Court, Leongatha. Price: $560,000. Agent: Stockdale & Leggo, Leongatha. Contact: 5662 5800.

World of your own S

ITUATED on the beach side of the third estate in Venus Bay, this 5.014 hectare property is a rare opportunity to purchase a prime allotment of land. The huge home features five bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master has walk-in robes and en suite, and the other four bedrooms are of generous proportions. There’s a modern well appointed kitchen and huge open plan living. Reverse cycle air, wood heating and ceiling fans will keep you comfortable. You are in a world of your own with this property, boasting private native gardens and only a short 10 minute walk to the beach over your own land; or walk across the road to Anderson Inlet. This is your opportunity to purchase your own piece of heaven.

At a glance Location: 815 Lees Rd,Venus Bay. Price: $685,000. Agent: Alex Scott & Staff,Venus Bay. Contact: 5663 7111.

Auction action ABOUT 20 people attended an Elders auction at 1940 Ko-

rumburra/Wonthaggi Road, Lance Creek on Friday, May 28.

The 161 acres of gently undulating productive grazing country was passed in on a vendor bid of $800,000. The asking price is $930,000. On Saturday, May 29 about 25 people attended a Rodwells auction of 100 Humphries Road, Loch. There was an opening bid of $580,000 followed by a vendor bid of $650,000, a second bid of $650,005 and then a second vendor bid of $700,000 after which the property was passed in. The property is on the market for $740,000 and agents hope to sell it soon. The 210 acre, in two lots, property at 105 Craig Road, Glen Forbes was scheduled for auction on May 29, but sold beforehand.

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Little fish are sweet T

HERE’S a cute house within walking distance of the pub in Fish Creek.

It’s got the enviable position of being on the side of the street that lets your living area take in the northern warmth as the sun meanders low across the sky during the winter months. It’s brick veneer, so there are none of those maintenance issues of weatherboard or fibro, even though it has its own 1950s/60s character. Polished floorboards greet you at the front door, as does the cosy ambience from a delightfully elegant, free-standing wood heater that sits between the lightfilled meals and sitting areas. The kitchen area is all-new, with stainless steel appliances, and enjoys elevated rural outlooks towards the notfar-away hills beyond. Down the hallway, both bedrooms (with built-ins) share the bathroom. The laundry is a decent size, and leads to the separate lavatory, as well as the back steps. Solar panelling is on the wellmaintained tiled roof, providing the latest in solar boosted hot water. Out front, a laser-topped front verandah offers summer shade and winter shelter for the front door. There’s an enclosed carport with room for storing bits and pieces (as well as your car). A decent side fence and gate provide the privacy you want in your back yard. The yard adjoins remnants of original

farmland, and has an added touch of country, with a couple of cows grazing happily and enjoying the tidbits you feed them over the back fence. There’s a delightful mix of fruit trees, native and European trees and shrubs, with plentry of room for a chook house if you like. If you’ve been waiting for a special little Fishy, this one could be it. At a glance Location: 41 Old Waratah Road, Fish Creek. Price range: $195,000 - $220,000. Agent: First National Prom Country, Meeniyan. Contact: 5664 0224.

Enjoy Inverloch living T

HIS home is bursting with appeal.

It is private, spacious and beautifully presented. Alex Scott & Staff, Inverloch is delighted to present this home, which would be ideal for the retiree or growing family in search of room to move, and sits north facing on this huge block. Features include a lounge with solid fuel heater, separate dining room with reverse cycle air conditioning, and a well equipped kitchen with wall oven and pantry. There are three bedrooms with built-in robes; the main with en suite.

Storage cupboards are a huge feature of this property. A gazebo, bungalow, well organised vegetable garden and fruit trees make this a home worth inspecting. Plus there is a drivethrough carport. There’s absolutely nothing to do, but enjoy.

At a glance Location: 7 Stewart Avenue, Inverloch. Price: $449,000. Agent: Alex Scott & Staff, Inverloch. Contact: 5674 1111.

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CALEB James McNaughton, born on May 18 at the Leongatha Memorial Hospital, is the second child for Chris and Belinda of Korumburra. He is a little brother for 2-year-old Isabel.

DARREN and Lucy of Korumburra are proud to announce the safe arrival of their son Peter Albert Evangelista Ford on May 27. Thanks to the wonderful staff at Leongatha Memorial Hospital.

LUKAS Taylor-Smith was born on May 26 at the Leongatha Memorial Hospital. Lukas is the third son of Chris and Kelly from Kardella and is a little brother to Harrison 8 and Jakeb 6.

MAX Neil Tonkin was born on May 22 at the Leongatha Memorial Hospital. Max is the first child of Mark and Stacey of Cape Paterson.

MASON Rees Anderson was born to Kate Boag and Matt Anderson of Foster at South Gippsland Hospital on May 25. Mason is a brother for Briley, aged 4.

JARVIS Kade McDonald was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on May 1, to Kellie and Brett McDonald of Cape Woolamai. Jarvis is a new brother for Jai McDonald.

KAYLA Anne Kimble was born on May 24 at the Leongatha Memorial Hospital. Kayla is a beautiful daughter for Samantha of Leongatha and little sister for Matthew 12, Luke 8 and Noah 6.

EAMON George O’Keefe was born on May 26 at the Leongatha Memorial Hospital. Another beautiful baby boy for Tim and Bridget of Wonthaggi and a precious little brother for Paddy 7, Mary (in heaven) and Fergus 3.

ALICE Iona Hutchison was born on May 17 at the Leongatha Memorial Hospital to Stuart and Elli of Inverloch.

Non-slip: to help stop the slippage on the road surface, brigade members applied kitty litter on the diesel spill.

Diesel spill in Wonthaggi JAYLEN Stewart Bentley was born on May 24 at the Leongatha Memorial Hospital to Stewart and Tenielle of Leongatha. Jaylen has a big sister, Louise, aged 12.

FIVE members of the Wonthaggi Fire Brigade turned out to a diesel spill in Merrin Crescent, Wonthaggi last

Thursday. A ute carrying a drum of diesel had leaked diesel the whole way down Merrin Crescent between McKenzie and Billson streets.

Approximately 10 bags of kitty litter were used on the road surface to absorb the diesel and make the road safe. No accidents were recorded.

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Family inspiration: artist Lisa Kennedy and her daughter Tamzin stand with the Wallaby Ancestor sculpture.

Sculpture circle alluring A CIRCLE of sculptures built into the bank of the Agnes River at Toora was unveiled during Reconciliation Week recently.

The Sitting With the Ancestors circle is at Weetaboona Sanctuary, a place for the community to come for quiet reflection. The artwork aims to acknowledge the traditional country of the Kut Wut people of the Brataualung, one of five groups of the Gunai/Kurnai. The piece also generates awareness of the traditional custodians of the area whilst celebrating Gippsland’s diverse living indigenous and non-indigenous cultures, through artistic collaboration. Acclaimed artist and Aboriginal Elder Irene Ridgeway read a traditional “Welcome to Country” wrapped in a hand stitched and scored possum skin cloak, representing the ongoing significance of the local indigenous people’s connection to country. The project was supported by Victorian community arts organisation, The Torch. More than 50 volunteers were involved in the project, including participants from

Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place at Won Wron, local property owners, and students from the Koorie Unit of Gippsland TAFE’s Morwell campus. All sculptures were produced under the direction of community artist Sioux Dolman, with support from Agnes artist Sue Gilford. An indigenous garden and sculpture site was prepared by volunteers under the direction of volunteer eco-landscaper David Puustinen, and sculptures were installed in the garden circle. A wooden platypus viewing platform was built through a joint effort between the Agnes River Landcare Group and the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, as part of a project to improve water flow and quality of the river through weed eradication and native plantings. The project links the stories of Australia’s indigenous cultural heritage to the lifecycle of the Agnes River in South Gippsland. The circle will be open to the public in late August, at Devils Pinch Road.

Quiet place: The Sitting With the Ancestors circle at Weetaboona Sanctuary.

Bub’s art hits town LOCAL artist Bub Clark has an exhibition set up in Leongatha’s Mushroom Crafts shop in Bair Street.

Feel free: Mushroom Crafts owner Marg Tattersall helps Bub Clark position her piece Flutterby.

Church Times ARIES - March 21 - April 20

This week may find you unexpectedly reunited with a friend from long ago, or feeling the urge to write or email a far away acquaintance. Your partner is eager to share his/her successes with you. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

Although it’s a quiet week, it is an important period, offering opportunities to expand your social circle and advance professionally. The key is to spot opportunities as they appear. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

Your family could appear a little possessive and social plans may be rearranged at the last minute. The accent is on the setting forth of long term goals. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

Mingling with some new friends makes for an intellectually oriented week. Financial decisions should not be delayed. An older relative could influence your thinking about romance. LEO - July 23 - August 22

You will be a little shy at first, but the accent is on bold moves if you are to achieve goals on schedule. Intimate social gatherings prove livelier than large scale events. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

Play up creativity in various areas of your life. Your role now is a supportive one. Take added financial precautions on the weekend. The spotlight this week is on education. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

A new money making opportunity may come into view. You may decide to take in a part time assignment. Creative activities however, emphasise fun over profit. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

Consider all implications before involving yourself in complicated family situations. Romance is on the upswing. Your partner is ready, willing and able to show lots more attention. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

When you are excited about a project, you give your all to it. This week finds you dedicated to such a new activity - however, don’t neglect your health in the process. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

Up in the air plans settle to earth by the end of the week. Education is accented as you and/or a family member embarks on a long term academic adventure. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

Travel is spotlighted through a week that also accents education, financial expansion and some romantic misunderstandings. In family dealings, the key is to mix humour with compassion. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

A career opportunity may be put on hold owing to family obligations. A modest windfall could come your way after the weekend. Best friends now are the down-to-earth, unpretentious kind. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

You are meticulous, conservative, loyal and thrifty. Self education is highlighted through the next twelve months. Soon you will be facing a series of personal challenges and this will put you in a prestigious leadership position.

ANGLICAN: Tuesday, June 8: 7pm St Andrew’s, Dumbalk/St David’s, Meeniyan Fellowship. Wednesday, June 9: 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Sunday, June 13: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Exploring Worship; 10.30am Union Church, Tarwin Lower 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: Wonthaggi. Sunday, 10.30am: Holy Communion & Sunday School; Monday, 7.30pm: Holy Communion; Wednesday, 8.45am: Christian prayer & meditation, 10am: Holy Communion. CHURCH OF ASCENSION: Inverloch, Sunday, 9am: Holy Communion & Sunday School; Tuesday, 9am: Christian prayer & meditation; 10am: Holy Communion; Thursday 7.30pm: Holy Communion. 5th Sunday services, alternating at Wonthaggi & Inverloch, contact Rev Bruce Charles for details, 5672 3984. ASSEMBLIES OF GOD: Prom Coast Community Church Inc. - Foster Community House, Station Street, 10am: Sunday. Sunday School and Creche operates. Pastor Bill Watson 5686 2248. A.O.G. Inverloch - Cnr Bear and McIntosh Street, Inverloch. Sunday Service 10am; Imagine Christmas Day Service 9am. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, 10am and 6pm: Sunday. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: Pastor Vic Butera 5655 2478. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Leongatha South Gippsland Liberty Fellowship - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Sunday services: 11 am and 7pm. All enquiries contact Pastor David Stegmann 5662 2785. Office: 5662 3100. Wonthaggi A.O.G. - Billson Street, 10am: Sunday. Contact: Pastor Barry Smith 5672 3984. CHRISTIAN REVIVAL CRUSADE: 40 Hughes Street, Leongatha. Sunday, Morning Service 10.30 am: Inspirational Service, 6.30pm: Children’s Church 10.30am: Home cells weekly; Kids Club Wednesdays 4pm Guide Hall. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455. THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES CREEK: Meeting every Sunday at Archies Creek. Morning Commu-

nion Service 11 am: Evening Holy Spirit Revival 6pm: Phone: Ps. Chris Chetland 5674 3867 or 5672 4660. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Saturdays, Church service 10am., Leongatha Sabbath School - 11.30am. CATHOLIC: St Laurence’s Parish Leongatha: 5 pm Mass Saturday, 11am Mass Sunday. Tarwin Lower: In St Andrew’s Union Church, 5pm winter, 6pm summer Mass Saturday. Meeniyan: 9.30am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 11am, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Mirboo North: 11am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 9.30am Mass, 2nd and 4th Sundays. St. Joseph’s Parish Korumburra: 9.30am Sunday Mass. Loch: 5pm/6pm Daylight saving Sunday Mass. Wonthaggi: Saturday evening 6.30pm: Evening Mass; Sunday, 10.30am: Mass. Inverloch: Sunday 9 am: Mass. KORUMBURRA’S AGLOW: First Monday every month at Korumburra Day Centre, Korumburra Hospital, Bridge St., Korumburra at 7.45pm. Inquiries phone 5657 2214. GIPPSLAND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Strongly family oriented church meets at the Senior Citizens Centre, Mirboo North, Sundays: 4-5.10pm Communion, 5.15-6pm Bible Studies for Adults, Youth and Children. Friday evenings: Home Fellowships 7.30pm; Youth Activities. Enquiries: 5668 2226 Bob Stevens. SALVATION ARMY LEONGATHA COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 52 Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) - Sunday: Family Worship at 10am: Kid’s Club - Tuesday, 4 - 5pm; mainly music, Thursday 10am. All welcome. Please contact Captain 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: Weekly Worship Service 10am Sunday, corner Bent and Turner Streets, Leongatha. Phone Rev. Dr D. Clarnette 0409 236 981 or elderCol Rump 5662-2107. CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH: Reformed Church

meeting at the corner of Peart and Brown Streets. Sunday family service at 10.30am. (10am daylight saving time), creche and Sunday School available. Teaching service at 7.30pm. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2762. Minister: Rev. Ron Nauta. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, June 13, 9am and 10.45am. “Life to the Max” 7pm. Mirboo North: 9.30am. Meeniyan: 10am. Wonthaggi: Sunday 9.30am, Family Service, all welcome. Inverloch: Sunday 11am: Korumburra: Sunday, 9.30am: Rev. Geoff Smith and Rev. Jim Foley, 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, Pastor Geoff Pegler 5672 4769. MEENIYAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Sunday, 10am: Meeniyan Youth Club Hall. COMBINED CHURCHES WONTHAGGI / INVERLOCH: 4th Sunday each month at 7pm. SCOTS PIONEER CHURCH: Mardan South. Pleasant Sunday Afternoons on the last Sunday of each month at 2pm. See occasional ad in this paper for details. For enquiries phone 9853 6627. FISH CREEK UNION CHURCH: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 9am; 2nd & 4th Sundays, 7pm. Contacts: Fran Grimes 5683 2650, Sue Poletti 5663 6325.

Her work is mostly acrylic, with just a couple of oil works, and can be seen in the gallery for all of June. The self-taught artist returned to painting a few years ago after taking a back seat for a while, and is inspired by the number of artists around the area. Her works are magical, with dragonflies and butterflies focused, and there is plenty of texture on the canvas. The gallery is entitled “Feel Free” and it is a fantastic series of art that should be enjoyed by all.


DOWN Inequitable (6) Gas (7) Extend (6) Buccaneer (6) Prepared (5) Kingdom (5) Devil (3) Friendly (7) Hurry (5) Join up (6) Frustrate (6) Captivate (6) Muslim nobleman CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8225 (5) ACROSS 6. Why the rain’s coming through the roof like mad? (5,5). 8. Fill in the so-and-so hole! (4). 9. Work with models, perhaps, that are attractive (4). 10. For her, being backward is no handicap (5). 11. Stood the wine (4). 12.Does it play a big part in the bombardment? (4-5). 16. Punishment for having capitalist possessions? (3,6). 20. Drawing, aim (4). 22. How, as a Hispanic/French man, he said “the sea”? (5). 23. Catch a duck in the enclosure (4). 24. Nothing but romance (4). 25. Put in prison again, do some thinking? (10). DOWN 1. Drink is shown to be the real trouble in court (6). 2. Manager who may do a bunk! (7). 3. Don’t drop eggs! (6). 4. A bit of rain has the moles wandering about (6). 5. The wood the man put in the car (5). 7. It shows one’s wrong to be grumpy (5). 13. Regard as a vowel sound (3). 14. Have to do with and worry (7). 15. Said there’s a considerable amount to distribute (5). 17. Not presuming to sing the blues without us (6). 18. Mum polishes the plants! (6). 19. Such a problem as speed is at sea? (6). 21. Poor Edward, longing to back out (5). 6. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 16. 20. 22. 23. 24. 25.

ACROSS Initiative (10) Tip (4) Whip (4) Animal (5) Shout (4) Soldier (9) Month (9) Gain (4) Permit (5) Assistant (4) Dish (4) Aussie (10)

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World Cup ’Gatha bound THE World Cup soccer tournament is coming to Leongatha. Well, on a big screen at least. The Leongatha Knights Soccer Club is presenting an evening of dancing and soccer on Saturday, June 19. Doors open at 7.30pm in time for local band “Loudenclear”, fronted by reputable vocalist Dave Durrant. Dancing will be interspersed with auctions of merchandise donated by local businesses plus sporting memorabilia from further afield. Among the items will be a signed shirt worn by Melbourne Victory player Robbie Kruse on match day during a game to pro-

mote Australia’s bid for the 2018 or 2020 World Cups. Another Victory top, autographed by all team members and donated by Edney’s Hyundai, will also go under the hammer. The Commonwealth Bank has given a cricket wicket signed by Australian star Mike Hussey, and Sportspower Leongatha has donated a foosball table plus Nike sports bags and USB sticks. At midnight, the action of the Australia versus Ghana World Cup match will be shown on the big screen. The game will be the Socceroos’ second qualifying game of the World Cup, in Group D. A fully licensed bar will operate until 2am. Club vice-president Chris Wightman said the

night is open to everyone in the community, soccer fans or not. “Hopefully we will get everyone behind the club and the Socceroos,” he said. Club president Lee Kirkus added: “It’s not just about the game of soccer. The eight-piece band is well known and very easy listening.” Funds raised on the night will go towards the club’s eventual goal of building new clubrooms at Mary MacKillop College in Leongatha. Tickets are $30 each and available from Sportspower Leongatha, Jackie Charlton on 0421 009 489, or Kim Kirkus on 0448 514 728.

Cooking up a storm LEONGATHA and Foster will be hosting the prominent chamber music ensemble, COOK & CO. this weekend. Concerts will feature soprano Theresa Borg and violinist Severin Donnenberg led by pianist Janis Cook. Since the inaugural series in 2008, COOK & CO. has established a profile of creative excellence in the Australian music scene. The artistic director and founder, Janis Cook, says the success is due to keeping the ensemble flexible and engaging busy performers with a passion for communicating with audiences. With the input of their professional artistry and experience, a unique event evolves. The music is always wonderful and the format innovative and unpretentious. Janis Cook is a freelance solo, chamber, session and orchestral pianist based in Melbourne. She has appeared as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and various community orchestras in works by Mozart, Hindemith, Grainger and others, and performed on the soundtracks of major movies such as Babe and The Dish. Soprano Theresa Borg has credits including Christine in Phantom of the Opera (Cameron Mackintosh), Jellylo-

rum/Griddlebone in Cats (The Really Useful Company), principal roles with Opera Australia, Oz Opera and Victorian Opera, and acting appearances on Australian television in shows such as Blue Heelers and Neighbours. She is creative director of Entertainment Store Group. Severin Donnenberg was born in Salzburg and studied violin at the University Mozarteum and in Vienna with Günter Pichler. Winner of several awards, he was appointed principal second violin at the age of 25 in the Bruckner Orchester Linz. In 2003 Severin moved to Melbourne and has worked with most of the major orchestras and teaches at Melbourne University. The concerts, consisting of beautiful music inspired by Shakespeare: Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Korngold’s Much Ado about Nothing, Bernstein’s West Side Story and much more - will be at the War Memorial Arts Centre, Foster at 7.30pm on Saturday, June 12 and in Leongatha at the Dakers Centre on Sunday, June 13 at 2.30pm. Tickets at the door $20/15. Children 12 and under free. Refreshments available. Enquiries: 0428 480 743 or

All set: Lee Kirkus, Chris Wightman and Robert Cartledge (right) of the Leongatha Knights Soccer Club, with Ben Elliott of Sportspower with auction goods.

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Stallholders sought for the farmers’ market

Indigenous event: San Remo Primary School children enjoy the traditional smoking ceremony.

COME October and South Gippsland locals will be able to get their hands on the freshest produce at a new authentic Farmers’ Market starting at Coal Creek, and it could be just the place for you to sell your goods.

Ceremony marks Sorry Day SORRY Day in Bass Coast Shire was celebrated at San Remo Primary School recently. Groups from the local indigenous community headed by spokesperson Patrice Mahoney of the Bass Coast South Gippsland Indigenous Action Group, the school and Bass Coast Community

Health Service, organised the commemoration. The annual day marks the apology to the Stolen Generations and the beginning of Reconciliation Week. The day’s events included the traditional “Welcome to Boonwurrung” country, speeches from indigenous people Patrice Mahoney and Sonya Weston,

school staff, and health service CEO, Melissa Van Rennes. This was followed by a procession of officials and staff, students and members of the public, followed by a traditional smoking ceremony, the planting of a “Sea of Hands” for reconciliation by the children, and the raising of permanent national, indigenous and Torres Strait Islander flags.

Applications are now open for prospective stallholders who meet the criteria, so spread the word, get planting and planning for October. The market will be run by a voluntary working group who want to buy their food locally and support farmers in the region. Bena resident and market volunteer Judy Ife said “It’s crazy that we live in a place surrounded by an incredible variety of fresh produce but we can’t buy it direct. It all goes to Melbourne and beyond, and then we truck it all back. “Contact us now on 5655 1811 or suggest growers in the area who might be interested.” she urged. The Farmers’ Market will be held in the main car park on the second Saturday of each month from 8am to 1pm, starting on Saturday October 9, and will bring together accredited farmers and specialist food makers from across the region, reflecting the true seasons and huge variety of local fresh produce grown in this productive district. The first market will feature a range of produce including fresh fruit and vegies,

free range eggs, bush foods, olives and olive oils, breads, nuts, jams and chutneys, honey, handmade cheeses, wines, seedlings and flowers. And that’s just the beginning. The farmers’ market will be established with Victorian Farmers’ Market Association accreditation - a guarantee that stallholders grow or make the goods they sell and that the quality of produce is of the utmost importance. The market will be plastic bag free so bring your own trolley, basket and shopping bags. For information about the market, to volunteer to help or to apply for a stall: Call 5655 1811/ fax 5655 1480/

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Secluded serenity in suburbia By Brad Lester A TRAIL stretching from one side of Inverloch to the other is continuing to remain popular with walkers. The Ayr Creek Reserve spans from the Bass Highway to the town’s north to Surf Parade by the shore. The trail meanders through extensive tree plantings and passes by a wetland often hosting birdlife. A joint project of the Inverloch Ratepayers and Residents Association, and the South Gippsland Conservation Society, the reserve has introduced a sense of nature among suburban developments. Association president David Sutton said “people just love it”. “It’s gone from a corridor that

people did not use to a place that people love and use for their daily walks,” he said. “A lot more people are using it because more people are living here, and there are a lot more birds in the wetlands now.” Regular user Noreen Matier regularly takes her dog Jack along the trail. “That’s the reason we bought here, because we have the wetlands behind us. Listening to the frogs is just incredible and the birdlife is really wonderful,” she said. A new link was recently created from the track to Glendale Court, adding to the main trail that extends to Toorak Road before detouring along to Beach Avenue and continuing down to the beach. The wetland serves as a retarding

basin and was built with the help of a $90,000 grant from the Federal Government in 2004. “It was a $160,000 project by the time we finished it,” Mr Sutton said. “It has improved water quality in Ayr Creek and we have been doing Waterwatch monitoring to make sure the nutrient and sediment levels have gone down. “The community planted some native rushes two years ago and they have really taken off.” Despite significant efforts to date, there is still more to be done. “There is a lot more planting to do around the bridge in the next month or so and we will also do some weeding around Toorak Road and some planting next year,” Mr Sutton said.

Landcare for everyone IN AN effort to expand Landcare across the whole region, South Gippsland Landcare Network is seeking interest from people about establishing an Urban Landcare group. Urban Landcare promotes actions that members of town communities can do every day to better their local water catchment and the environment as a whole. Urban communities need to be aware of their environment and their own impact on local resources. We can all benefit from knowing what to do so that our actions do not damage our resources. Landcare issues that may affect your neighbourhood include: reduction of waste, sustainable housing, reducing our carbon footprint, looking after public areas, increasing demands on fewer resources, pollution and degradation of waterways, and erosion of coastal dune and beach areas. An initial information session will be held in Leongatha, however, if there is interest from other towns we will be happy to run a session in their location. Lisa Wangman, Urban Landcare officer with Bass Coast Landcare Network, will talk about the Phillip Island and Wonthaggi urban Landcare groups. Some of the projects they have been working on include: • indigenous plant vouchers; • weed control kits; • home site visits for advice;

Serene spot: Dave Sutton with Noreen Matier and her dog Jack on the Ayr Creek Reserve bridge.

Many interests: bus tours of gardens to consider design are all part of urban Landcare groups. • demonstration gardens; • getting to know the frogs of Phillip Island; • sustainability audits; and • hosting field days and volunteer planting and weed control days in local reserves Christine Hamilton from South Gippsland Shire Council will talk about the council’s Sustainability Strategy and how an urban Landcare Group can help address some of the issues raised.

The information evening will be held on Tuesday, June 15 at 7pm at Meeting Room One, Leongatha Memorial Hall. Access via Michael Place. A light supper will be provided. For more information, please contact Belinda Brennan 5662 5759 or 0409 004 901 or email:

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THE Knox’s Hill Climb is nearly upon us again, with entrants readying themselves for the big day on June 13. Now in year number 34, the climb is not losing any of its uniqueness, according to Hill Climb secretary Christine Payne. “It’s why people keep coming back, it’s a unique event,” she said. More than 1000 people are expected to turn up to witness the climb this year. Such is the credibility, and popularity of the climb, that a man from Esperance, Western Australia is making the trip to compete this year. “He’s driving over with the bikes, and the wife and kids are coming over on a plane. His son will be competing, too,” Mrs Payne said. The youngest entrant will be aged just five, but there will be older climbers there as well, ageing anywhere up to 60. There is food and drink available, and a gold coin donation is all that is needed upon entry.

Concentration: this young rider contemplates his route to the top of Knox’s Hill last year.

Save your skin WEARING the right safety gear can mean the difference not only between life and death, but simply living and having a quality life.

Steady does it: Bena’s Cody Martin focused during last year’s climb.

Look, no feet: Jacob Woolley (Korumburra) provided some tricks in last year’s event.

The Transport Accident Commission is urging all motorcyclists to wear safety gear every time they get on their motorbike, whether it be to ride to the shops or a weekend cruise away. Full motorcycle protective clothing is the only way to help save your skin. Jeans and boots may be a quick option but such clothing hardly provides adequate protection. Riders falling off their bikes without adequate gear face the prospect of months of skin grafts and may even lose a limb. Denim jeans only withstand 0.6 seconds of heavy abrasion while 1.4mm leather pants will last for 5.8 seconds. Wearing just denim will result in the rider sliding along the bitumen for five seconds with only their skin to protect them. Motorcyclists are 38 times more likely than car drivers to be seriously injured when on the road. Even scooter drivers need protection, as coming off a scooter at 50km/h poses the same risk of injury as falling off a motorbike at the same speed. To find out about choosing the right clothing, ensure you budget for quality gear. Get more information from your bike retailer. For a full list, see the website au

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Keen on Jerseys By Chris Brown A DUMBALK man travelled to Port Macquarie in New South Wales last month to attend the Jersey Australia annual meeting. Ian Richards spent four days visiting Jersey herds and taking part in official business at the organisation’s first annual meeting after it was created last year. Ian and wife Joy are joint secretaries of the South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club. Ian is also the chairman of the temporary Jersey Australia Victorian branch. He said he was passionate about Jersey Australia. “I believe it’s the way to go. The structure now is we do away with the states,” he said. “There’s no parochialism between states. We’re an Australian Jersey breed and that’s the way it should be promoted.”

Duplication has been removed as previously each state had a secretary who dealt with registrations that then went to a federal body. “We’re a global breed and we’re trying to set it up as a global entity,” Ian said. About 50 people travelled on coaches to various farms in the Manning district Jersey club. Ian said there were some good herds, with cattle similar to those used down here. “The area up there is a lot different to Gippsland, because it’s fairly rugged and a lot of the farms are in big valleys,” he said. “We went to one farm and he was only milking 50 cows and most of the farms we visited would only have been milking between 140 and 180 cows…whereas down here you couldn’t make a living off that, but because their milk prices have been high up there, they’ve been able to. “The pastures aren’t as improved; there’s a lot of kikuyu. Some of the farms have over sown the kikuyu

with rye grass, but there’s still a lot of native-type pastures.” Several other Jersey enthusiasts from the Gippsland region also travelled to New South Wales. Ian’s family has been farming in the area for more than 50 years beginning with his grandfather and father. They began with a mixed herd including Jerseys and other breeds, which were phased out. Ian and Joy were part of the farm a few decades ago until they entered the tourism industry with gypsy wagons. The couple returned to the farm in the mid-1990s. “The Jerseys are pretty profitable for their size and economical for feed conversion and in the hill country here they don’t knock the paddocks about as much as the bigger Holsteins,” Ian said. They normally milk about 220230 cows at Somersleigh.

Keen on cattle: Dumbalk dairy farmers Ian and Joy Richards at their Jersey stud, Somersleigh at Dumbalk.


Sale Draw June 9 1. SEJ 2. Rodwells 3. Phelan 4. Alex Scott 5. Landmark 6. Elders

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Good market competition THERE were 1976 cattle penned at VLE Leongatha, which was a slight increase. While there were some good quality cattle penned, there were a lot of plainer condition and dairy cross cattle yarded. Most cattle sold to good competition, and this saw prices mostly equal, with some of the cows selling very well to be up to 5c/kg dearer. A small penning of 70 vealers sold well, making from 168c to 202c/kg. Some of the plainer calves made between 153c and 186c with feedlots and restockers purchasing a fair share. Most of the 250 yearlings were heifers, but they varied greatly in quality and type. Better quality heifers made from 164c to 186c with a run of plainer

grades mostly between 135c and 164c/kg. Approximately 600 bullocks were penned, and demand was strong, which saw the better quality steers make from 177c to 187c/kg. Both trade buyers and restockers purchased the secondary cattle from 155c to 177c/kg. There were 80 grown heifers penned, which made between 117c for poor dairy breeds to 169c/kg for the best quality grades. There were over 800 cows

penned, which varied in quality and weight. Demand was strong for most cows, and this saw prices lift 2c to 5c/ kg. Better quality beef cows made from 143c to 158c/kg. A large penning of larger frame Friesian cows sold to the best competition, making between 120c and 145c for lean 1 scores, and from 140c to 156c/ kg for 2 score cows. Lighter weight and plainer condition cows made mostly from 105c to 132c/kg.

Wednesday, June 2 BULLOCKS 1 J.P. Prunetti, Fish Creek 24 Mariplaz P/L, French Island 20 Warrambine, Tarwin Lower 13 T.E. & A.M. Shandley, Leongatha 3 R. Crouch, Welshpool 10 T. Churchill, Kilcunda STEERS 1 T. & S. Borschman, Korumburra

555 600 609 620 601 644

187.2 185.6 185.6 185.0 185.0 184.0

1038 1113 1130 1147 1113 1185

345 200.6


1 Nalajule Nominees, Leongatha 9 P.A. & M.A. Dwyer, Leongatha 1 B. Nash T/A Orrong Park, Strzelecki 7 J.P. Prunetti, Fish Creek 6 L.W. & A.L. Mayo, Devon North COWS 1 T.J. & H.D. Robb, Leongatha 8 Belfrage Pastoral, Bass 1 I. & M. Griffiths, Foster 2 R.J. & C.M. McGill, Kongwak 3 S. & A. Blundy, Tarwin Lower 3 A.G. Briffa, Yinnar HEIFERS 2 T. & S. Borschman, Korumburra 2 Nalajule Nominees, Leongatha 14 Murroka P/L, Foster 1 W.G. & C.M. Elliot, Leongatha 4 B.W. Atkins & L.K. Rippon, Devon North 1 P. Mattern, Tarraville BULLS 1 R. Crouch, Welshpool 1 A.G. Briffa, Yinnar 1 A.J. Bell, Meeniyan 1 J.N. & D.J. Meikle, Meeniyan 1 S. & A. Blundy, Tarwin Lower 1 S. Green, Hedley

370 529 180 505 479

190.0 188.6 187.6 187.2 183.2

703 998 337 945 877

670 571 585 668 610 575

158.0 1058 158.0 902 158.0 924 158.0 1054 156.6 955 156.6 900

373 365 353 340 335 630

200.6 747 195.0 711 183.0 646 180.0 612 180.0 603 179.2 1131

905 760 830 945 920 900

169.6 165.0 163.0 162.0 162.0 161.0

1534 1254 1352 1530 1490 1449

Specialists showcase art of pruning ECG McMillan’s Southern Gippsland campus is offering a new opportunity to learn the art and science of pruning with an accredited unit set to begin that will see participants honing their skills on orchards and farms. ECG Head of Horticulture and Agriculture, Babis Lagos, said the pruning unit, which begins in Leongatha on June 16, is part of the Certificate III in Horticulture course and is being opened to the wider community to take as a single unit. “South Gippsland is an area with a strong amenity and horticulture production interest with increasing people on acreage and hobby farms, or gardening and horticulture businesses seeking to expand skills,” he said. “ECG McMillan has moved to increase the range of training options in horticulture to meet skills need. “The pruning unit over five weeks will provide a platform to learn from pruning specialists, visit orchards, and learn handson skills in pruning fruit trees, roses and ornamentals.” ECG is also opening enrolments to

Whole Farm Planning, Farm Chemical Use, Construction Induction, and Occupational Health and Safety. ECG McMillan has partnered with Landscape Victoria, (previously LIAV) the peak body for the landscaping industry, to host the biggest landscape trade roadshow in Gippsland on Wednesday, July 14 from 8am to 1pm at ECG Warragul. Mr Lagos said the free half-day forum is open to anyone with an interest in horticulture and landscape with two seminars being offered in building registration to help people understand the application process, as well as weed spotter training. The day will be an opportunity to meet with industry professionals, hear latest industry practices and benchmarking, industry issues, employment and training options, and new products and equipment. Mr Lagos said there are significant skills shortages in horticulture industries and ECG was encouraging businesses and professionals from across Gippsland to attend to bring people together to network and share information to grow the sector. For more information on ECG phone 5622 6000 or visit

Pruning lessons: learn the science at ECG Leongatha later this month.

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Safety concern FARMERS over the age of 60 are nearly twice as likely to die from work-related injuries as their younger counterparts.

WorkSafe has issued a warning – and a plea – to older farmers to be mindful of the dangers, following the fifth farming death in Victoria this year. That occurred when a 78-year-old man died north west of Geelong when his quad bike overturned on a steep hill. WorkSafe’s acting executive director for health and safety Stan Krpan, said that since the start of 2009, seven farmers aged over 60 have died on the job. Three were in their 70s and two in their 80s. “It’s hard to know how aware farmers are,” said WorkSafe’s Michael Birt. “There’s a long term culture of the way they’ve worked. The big issue is, the sort of history with a property isn’t there any more.” By that, Mr Birt said he meant sons are no longer following in their father’s footsteps, inheriting a farm and working it the way their fathers had done. “There was a big change about 30 years ago,” Mr Birt said. “There was a big shift to get an education and the sons went away and didn’t come back. “That means dad is now without the back-up and 30 years on, he’s 75, working on his own and probably carrying a few injuries. Common errors that lead to farm accidents include not putting the brakes on on tractors. This tends to occur when the tractor is on flatter parts of a property. Mr Birt said risks are there for full time professional farmers and for those who go to a hobby farm at weekends, “buy an old grey Fergie” and inexperience takes over. Mr Krpan said only capable and experienced people should operate tractors, attachments should be fitted and used according manufacturer’s instructions, wearing seat belts at all times and ensuring tractors are filled with compulsory roll-over protection. Helmets should be worn when riding quad bikes, passengers should

never be carried on a single seat quad bike, terrain should be assessed for

suitability, manufacturer’s load and towing limits should never be exceeded.

SPECIAL DAIRY SALE Koonwarra VLE Friday 11th June 2001 at 11am. A/c R & F Bland, Dumbalk 1st Stage Dispersal 45

Holstein cows sired by ABS Gale, Ideal Ags, Carey, Calano, Ronly due to AI bulls Calvin, Boliver, Faber then Limo and Jersey bulls.


2yr old Holstein heifers sired by Calano, Geremjo and Faber due Jersey bull July onwards. Low CC, JD Score 7 cows born after 2001, JD 6 cows born before 2000

A/c Breeder 18 Unjoined Friesian - Jersey cross heifers, 18mths and 1 Jersey bull 2yrs. A/c Various vendors Reg Autumn Holstein heifers and spring calving Holstein cows. Further entries invited.



Andrew Mackie 0419 595 932

Paul Wilson 0407 865 202

Damian Minogue 0427 507 369

Ph: (03) 9338 9259 PO Box 462, Tullamarine Business Centre, Tullamarine VIC 3043

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TARWIN LOWER MARKET The next Tarwin Lower market will be held at Tarwin Lower Hall on: Monday, June 14 Many stalls including fresh produce, plants, tools, books, craft, clothing, and bric-a-brac Enquiries/Bookings to Hall Secretary, Carol Dwyer Ph: 5663 7657

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LOOKING TO PROCESS YOUR OLIVES? We can help! Fish Creek Mount of Olives

SPIT ROAST, finger foods, gourmet salads and desserts, private and corporate functions, from $19.50 per head. Ph: 56285252.

Call for advice and a quote: Mario - 0423 793 744 or Eila - 0419 508 959

South Gippsland Genealogical Society

FAMILY HISTORY SEMINAR Saturday, June 19 ~ 9.15 - 3.45pm Leongatha Uniting Church Hall FOUR OUTSTANDING SPEAKERS New Irish records on the Net Searching in and around London using “Scotlandspeople” Accessing records at the Titles Office Enquiries: Joan Lehmann 5674 3400

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

KONGWAK MARKET Fabulous in all weather!

Sunday10am Inside and out Collectables, vintage, retro stuff, loads of designer and vintage clothes, haircuts (March 21), books, plants, gorgeous veg, wine, curry, coffee and more...

Live music from 11am It's fun, come! 0417 142 478 Jane



Youth Mental Health Awareness Forum Film, music, food, speakers. Chill Out @ Coal Creek Sunday, July 4, 2010 10am - 4pm FREE ENTRY Coal Creek Community Park & Museum

Council is holding a silage plastic collection day at the Koonwarra Transfer Station on Thursday, June 10, 2010 between 10am and 2pm sharp.


A disposal fee of $12 per cubic metre will apply. Farmers are reminded to ensure that the material they bring in on the day is free of excess soil, stones and silage. The plastic does not need to be sorted into separate colours. For further info, contact Council on (03) 5662 9200.

June 27, 2010 9am - 5.30pm Education Centre Gippsland Nerrena Road, Leongatha $10 Registration Fee; covers morning and afternoon tea, lunch and post conference drinks. Register your interest: Contact Sophie Dixon 5662 9202 or Email:

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Kongwak Market is a smoke free event


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Sunday, June 20 1pm - 6pm BASS OVAL RC hobbies, hobby and hardware tools, trains, deceased estate. Over 50 model planes, helis, gliders, cars and trade stalls. Come for lunch. Good hot and cold food available at reasonable prices. Stock details:

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HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGER (Option of Part Time or Full Time Position) An exciting opportunity exists for a health information manager to join a successful team in an idyllic country environment. The role will provide health information management across several sites. To succeed in this position you will ideally possess the following skills:• Tertiary Health Information Management qualifications • Excellent people skills with the ability to communicate at all levels • A commitment to high quality medical records management Hours can be negotiated for a part time or full time position. Remuneration is negotiable, dependent on experience, qualifications and with consideration of current Award provisions. Applicants will be required to provide a current satisfactory police check.

CLINICAL CODER (Part Time up to 0.60EFT) Employment for a clinical coder is also required on a part time basis with an indicative maximum of 0.60 EFT (3 days per week). The successful applicant will possess the relevant qualifications and experience will be highly regarded. Remuneration is negotiable, dependent on experience, qualifications and with consideration of current Award provisions. Applicants will be required to provide a current satisfactory police check. For inquiries and application packages for both positions please contact Janet Arrott-Watt or Peter Van Hamond on 03 5667 5555 or visit our website at Applications close Friday 25th June 2010 and should be addressed to:Ms J. Arrott-Watt Personnel Manager Gippsland Southern Health Service Private Bag 13 LEONGATHA VIC 3953


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PANEL BEATER FULL TIME / PART TIME Or Contract Position For an experienced panel beater Contact Greg’s Panels 5672 1576 - 0409 006 673

AVON MAKE MONEY FROM MAKEUP Top earnings, Training Freedom and flexibility FREE if you CALL NOW!

Phone 1300 301 092 (Toll Free)


DAIRY HAND Due to retirement of a long standing employee, a person is required for safe, modern and well maintained dairy with the opportunity to join an experienced team and learn the industry’s best practice. No special qualifications are required but must be adaptable, willing to learn and physically fit. Generally rostered 5 days on, 2 days off, 1 milking per day, paid weekly by the hour. KOONWARRA AREA Punctual habits and own reliable transport are essential. Contact Pauline 0438 745 593

situations vacant situations vacant Are you the Right person? A Full time Career in Dentistry... appealing? • Dental Assisting Training on the go • Fast Track Promotion and assured career path • Exciting opportunity to make THE team! We are on the move literally - the practice needs new energy to match the new location. A person with Year 11, well presented with computer know-how, who loves being around people whilst playing a healing role - does that sound right for you? Please send us your personal statement (hand written) and CV to: 3A Lyon Street, Leongatha VIC 3953 Contact: 5662 2581 See you in our new digs!

DIESEL MECHANIC We are seeking a technician to join our Company either on a full time, part time or casual basis. You will be afforded excellent working conditions and ideally have experience in Japanese, American and European vehicles. Ongoing training is offered, overalls supplied and overtime available. You must be committed, reliable and possess a passion for the heavy road transport industry. Wage $55,000 - $70,000 dependent upon experience Please send your resumé by June 23, 2010 to:

Terms 3 & 4 (2010)

Wonthaggi SC requires the services of a Mathematics / Science teacher for the remainder of this year. For further information, please contact Darren Parker (McBride Campus Principal) on 5671 3700.

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Business Banking Officer Enjoy delivering tailored financial solutions? Located in Leongatha, VIC Bendigo Bank’s success has been built on partnering with customers to understand their needs and deliver tailored financial solutions. As a Business Banking Officer you will play a front line role in servicing a portfolio of business customers in an accurate and timely manner. You will support and be mentored by a Business Banking Manager, to take the next step with your credit and lending skills, to service the needs of Small to Medium Enterprises. You’ll also have the chance to further develop your relationship building, communication and time management skills in servicing the needs of the local business community. In return you’ll become a key part of a diverse team in a rewarding work environment to continue with the development of your career. So if you think you’ve got what it takes to be part of the Bendigo team, we want to hear from you. Visit to find out more or to submit your application, quoting reference number VIC654093. Or write to Rob Francis, Regional Manager, PO Box 698, Warragul 3820. Applications close on Monday, 14 June 2010. Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited, ABN 11 068 049 178. AFSL 237879.



PO Box 325 Leongatha Vic 3953 SITUATION VACANT

Mathematics / Science Teacher

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St Joseph’s Parish Office, Wonthaggi

“A complete education in a caring environment”

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SECRETARY / BOOKKEEPER With finance background. 30 hours negotiable. Commence August 23, 2010

An understanding of Catholic ethos is required. Duties include: reception, general office administrative duties. Experience with MYOB (including completion of BAS), Microsoft Office, Publisher, Payroll, Internet would be desirable. For further information and full position description please contact: St Joseph’s Parish Office Wonthaggi, 5672 1111. Please forward hand written letter of application and copy of current CV and three current references to: Fr Manny Lomagno, PO Box 70, Wonthaggi 3995. Closing date: Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Laboratory Technician Microbiology Our client is Australia’s largest dairy co-operative, processing more than 35% of Australia’s milk production into high quality, valued-added products such as cheese, long-life milk and specialty milk/protein powders for the Australian and international markets. We currently have the above full-time position available within the Laboratory Department at Leongatha. Responsibilities include but not limited to the following: • Perform microbiological analysis on product and raw material samples. • Verify results against specification to determine conformance or non-conformance. • Document and report results to Laboratory Manager and appropriate Production Managers. • Take appropriate action on any non-conforming test result. • Calibrate test equipment as per Laboratory Test Methods Manual and Calibration Process Manual. • Maintain the laboratory in a clean and tidy state at all times. • Perform any special duties as requested by the Laboratory Manager. Pre-requisites (previous skills and/or experience): • Laboratory or other similar disciplined experience would be an advantage; • Literacy and numeracy skills; • Ability to work as part of a team and unsupervised; and • Ability to work shift work, if required (weekends included). Applications close COB Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Applicants are required to forward a letter via email or post which addresses the Skills & Experience criteria above with resumé to: Mr Louie Gonzy Branch Manager - Traralgon SKILLED Group Ltd PO Box 1535 Traralgon 3844 PH: (03) 5173 6740 Email:

PLANT OPERATOR WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING A PLANT OPERATOR ON A FULL TIME BASIS The applicant must have Heavy Truck Licence and a willingness to learn. Training and Plant licence provided Please send resumé to: Leongatha Prestige Concrete Pumping PO Box 91, Leongatha Vic. 3953 Or email:

APPRENTICE LOCKSMITH A vacancy exists for a full time Apprentice Locksmith, based in Wonthaggi. This exciting opportunity will see the successful candidate trained in all aspects of locksmithing and electronic security. You will need to be highly motivated, have excellent communication skills and be able to work independently. Customer service experience and driver’s licence an advantage. The position will require regular after hours work. A current police check will apply. Immediate start. Applications close Friday, June 18 Written applications with references to: The Manager PO Box 413, Wonthaggi Vic 3995 Email:

DELIVERY DRIVER Riverbank Stockfeeds is a family owned business, delivering exceptional feed solutions and products in South and West Gippsland. Our drivers are responsible for the operation of bulk feed tankers, delivering and unloading stockfeed into farm silos. We seek an experienced driver to work full time, based from the Leongatha mill. A HC Licence is mandatory and you will need to have experience driving on country roads and with tight access. To be successful, you will need high mechanical aptitude and a pleasant, flexible and conscientious manner. Experience with feed or bulk powder trucks will be highly regarded. Send applications to: The Manager Riverbank Stockfeeds 6 Cusack Rd, Leongatha VIC 3953 or

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TUTORS (Sessional) We have an opportunity for sessional mobile phone and computer tutors. Required from Monday, July 12 to Friday, December 17. It is a requirement that you complete a police check prior to starting. For job description telephone 5655 2524 or email Applications close Friday, June 11, 2010 and should be addressed to: The Co-ordinator Milpara Community House, PO Box 136, Korumburra 3950

GARDENING BUSINESS FOR SALE Well respected top name gardening business for sale in Korumburra area. Includes trailer, selfpropelled Honda mower, as new Atom edger, blower and assorted tools. All comes with extensive customer list with excellent monthly revenue. Genuine sale due to health reasons. Call 0447 557 397 now for further details




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BUFFET AND HUTCH, solid timber, stained glass doors, many drawers and cupboards. Retail $2,000, sell $650. Ph: 5683-2484 or 0432-965789.

FIREWOOD Local Messmate, split and delivered, $70/mtr (local area). Phone Jim on 56624329.

FIREWOOD - mill ends, dry, delivery arranged, $60 per cubic metre. Ph: 0409804596.

FIREWOOD - Local gum split and dry. Free delivery in Leongatha, $70 metre. Phone Steve 5662-5791 or mob. 0438-037764.

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FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175 HAY - good quality round bales $50 (inc. GST), Nerrena, 5664-9295. HAY - 5x4 netwrapped rounds from $50 delivered. Ph: 0428-177433. HAY - small square bales, VG quality, $7 per bale plus GST. Ph: 5662-2074. HAY - small square bales, $7 each. Fully shedded, suitable for horses, never been wet. Quality guaranteed. Mardan 5664-1320. HEN HOUSES, fox proof, good quality, 6-8 chooks. The perfect hen house. Ph: 5664-2443.

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Green Door Organic Café and local produce store 29 Bridge Street, Korumburra

High profile local Business for Sale Established regular customers Attractive location Very reasonable price Call Karen on 5655 2351or 0488 950 316



LABRADOODLE puppies, multi generation, medium sized, chocolate, born 23/5/10. Ideal family dog, bred from Burrinjuck Labradoodles. $700. Ph: 5664-3244. NSW red gum, split and delivered. 0412-486353 or 5664-9208. OLD PORT Poultry Farm. Delivering 20 w.o. laying hens to your area Saturday, June 19, $17 each. Ph: 0438-832535 (b/h) or 51832515 (a/h). PUPS, 5 purebred Border Collie, 11 weeks old, $500 each. Ph: 0448-159337. SILAGE: Knifed, inoc, clover and rye, excellent quality, $66 inc. HAY: 5x4 from $38.50 inc. SMALL SQUARES: From $7.70 inc. Delivery available. Contact 0417532262. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662.


REQUEST FOR TENDERS - PERIOD AGREEMENT FOR THE CONTROL OF WEEDS - 4 CONTRACTS All Tenders Close at 2pm on Friday 16th July 2010 South Gippsland Water is seeking a Program & Schedule of Rates from suitably qualified suppliers to tender for weed control at its Western, Central, Eastern and Battery Creek Area sites. The tender price submitted shall be a two year period with a two year option for a lump sum contract. It is South Gippsland Water’s requirement to have available qualified competent contractors and their equipment for each of the following areas: WESTERN AREA - Contract 10-22 Lance Creek Reservoir, Poowong (Little Bass) Reservoir, Korumburra No. 1 (Coalition Creek) Reservoir, Korumburra No. 2 (Ness Gully) Reservoir, Korumburra No. 3 (Bellview Creek) Reservoir, Wonthaggi Wastewater Treatment Plant, Cape Paterson Waste Water Treatment Plant, Inverloch Waste Water Treatment Plant, Inverloch Water Storage Area, & Wonthaggi High Level Basin. CENTRAL AREA - Contract 10-20 Western Reservoir, Hyland Reservoir, Leongatha No. 2 Reservoir, Leongatha No. 1 Reservoir & Leongatha Wastewater Treatment Plant. EASTERN AREA - Contract 10-21 Foster Dam, Foster Water Treatment Plant & Basin, Foster Wastewater Treatment Plant, Toora Depot, Toora Wastewater Treatment Plant, Toora Water Treatment Plant & Basin, Welshpool Wastewater Treatment Plant, & Waratah Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant. Battery Creek Area – Contract 10-19 Battery Creek Catchment, Battery Creek (Fish Creek) Reservoir, and Fish Creek Water Treatment Plant & Basin. All enquiries: Martin Chatfield Phone: 5682 0455 E-mail: Or visit

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WONTHAGGI SEWING CENTRE 167 Graham Street, Wonthaggi (opp. Ritchies IGA)

MS No V00055

Service Description Foster Street Mail Delivery

Frequency 5 days per week

Tenderers can also obtain tender details and forms by contacting: (between 9:00am – 1:00pm) The Manager, Leongatha Delivery Centre, 17-19 Hughes St Leongatha Tel 5662 5694 Tenders must be submitted online via the Australia Post e-tendering website au/etendering by the closing time and date or in the envelope provided, to the Mail Contracts Distribution Centre, Locked Bag 13000, South Melbourne Vic 3205 or lodged by hand in the provided Tender Box at cnr Woodruff & Bertie Streets Port Melbourne. TENDERS WILL CLOSE AT 2PM ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2010

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


Bass Coast Metal Recyclers

Wednesday, June 30 Commercial crossbreds. Fully vaccinated. Not debeaked. 12wk (Isa Brown) $13 Available from Elders Past., Leongatha 10.30am Phone 5662 3523 to order now (Brian Larkin Poultry)

THERMAL UNDERWEAR AND OTHER WARES LOCAL AUSSIE MADE Made to measure or off the rack Factory display open Retail and wholesale available MAIL ORDER AVAILABLE Coach and bus tours by appointment BASS VALLEY KNITTING MILLS 7 Bass School Road Bass Phone 5678 2236

5672 2946 0417 556 593 COMMODORE, 1997 VS Series 2 sedan, dual fuel, SS mags, spoiler, VGC, OLN751, RWC, $5,650 ONO. Ph: 5668-1912 or 0400-840834. FORD Fiesta Trio, 3 door, 5 spd. clean car in very good condition, RWC, $3,100 ONO. Reg. NVO243. Ph: 5674-2382, 0419-310261. HYUNDAI Elantra HVT sedan, 2005, blue, 87,500km, VGC, RWC, registered, TQU994. Inspection welcome, $9,500. Ph: A/h 5664-5425, 0428-591924. NISSAN Pulsar Plus 2000 hatchback, manual, RWC, GC, a/c, good tyres, reg. to 02/2011, 128,000km, QBQ779, $7,000 ONO. Ph: 5682-1914. TILT TRAY HIRE, competitive rates. Ph: 0419-313483.


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agistment AGISTMENT available, 20 acres, clean pasture, sheltered, water. Would suit 20-25 yearling heifers. Mirboo North area. Ph: 0407-081957.

Repairs and services

Phone JOHN GOULD 5664 0012

FURNITURE: Parker, Noblett, Tessa, Chiswell, Moran, or any quality brand name used furniture. Phone Wendy on 0409-234482.

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Aprox Hrs per Week 36hrs 40 min

This Mail Service can be viewed on the internet by referencing the Bid Number noted above on Tender forms for the Mail Service, full details and further information is also available online and a tenderer can submit their tender via the Internet by registering their details online.


5672 3127

Tenders are invited for the delivery of MAIL ARTICLES commencing 21st July 2010 for the following area/s: Bid No 5068


TOYOTA bullbar, alum, suits 200 Series Landcruiser, $1,200. 0418-313119.


for lease FOR LEASE approx. 220 acres, good pasture, water and fencing, prefer dairy cattle. Enquiries phone 5663-5286, 0438-635286.

for rent 4 BDRM HOME, close to schools, r/c heating, small garden shed, $300pw. 3 bdrm home, close to street, r/c heating, $220pw. Executive style home, 4 bdrms, 2 living, double garage, $350pw. 2 bdrm unit, r/c heating, single remote garage, $250pw. Contact Kellie at Stockdale & Leggo on 5662-5800.


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

Thursday, July 15 GOLD ROOM LEONGATHA RSL 7.30pm Past members and new members are welcome

engagements CHARLTON - CHARMAN Christine and Alan, together with Geoff and Pam, are delighted to announce the engagement of Kimberley and Darren.

TIMBER - kiln dried blackwood, clear pine, silver wattle. Most sizes for furniture and craft. Also builder’s graded structural pine. Phone 5681-2261.

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Australia Post is seeking tenders from companies, or persons willing to form companies, to deliver mail under contract arrangements in the Delivery Area listed below. Australia Post has a commitment to providing a consistent and personal service to its customers. Therefore, as far as practicable, the successful tenderer should be able to supply the same personnel to deliver the articles each day in the Delivery Area. The successful tenderer will have sufficient time to make arrangements to comply with the conditions of the contract, including the procurement of a suitable vehicle. Training will initially be provided to the successful tenderer, who is then required to train its own personnel. All genuine tenders and enquiries are welcome. However, Australia Post is not obliged to accept the lowest or indeed any tender, and reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tenders if it considers that it is in the interests of Australia Post to do so.

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THE KIOSK is closed, everything must go. Cool room, tables, kitchenware and microwaves, odds and sodds. Open 10am Sunday, June 13, cnr Abbott St and Ramsay Blvd, Inverloch.

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

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GARAGE SALE Sunday, June 13 86 Surf Parade INVERLOCH Household goods Bric-a-brac Label clothes (men’s and women’s) Toys / books Handcrafted Granite platters

Starts 8am No early birds

Garage Sale Saturday, June 12 11 Callaway Cres Leongatha From 0900 hrs Wide range of household goods Manchester - bed and table Pre-loved clothing including hand-knitted items Furniture - one dble bed (base only), three timber swivel seat stools, dressing table (vintage), pedestal hall stand

HUGE GARAGE SALE Camping equipment Exercise equipment Household furniture Tools Baby goods

Saturday, June 12 8am WESTERN BEACH CARAVAN PARK Goroke St. Inverloch

GARAGE SALE Laura Grove / McDonald Street Leongatha

6 LOCATIONS June 12, 13 & 14 8am Until sold out No early birds LOCH - 10 Roy Street, Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13. Moving sale, house sold, all must go! Plants, tools, books, clothing, bric-a-brac, etc.

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Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

MERLENE STRATTON Leongatha 5662 2574

Congratulations Mum & Dad Jennifer, Trevor, Geoffrey And families HOLT - HANNON Congratulations to Mac and Gwen on the occasion of their 60th Anniversary, married 10.6.1950. Best wishes Pat and Ray, Diedre, Mark and Sharon, and families.

bereavement thanks CAFARELLA - Angela Cristina. We sincerely thank the very many wonderful local people who gave us support in the form of words, cards, flowers, music, visits, food and more, on the devastating loss of our darling Angela. Thank you also for the generous donations to Ovarian Cancer Research. In Angela’s name we raised over $5,000 for much needed research. We wish to record our appreciation for the level of support given by Paul Beck and company, Mary MacKillop College for accommodating the funeral on short notice, and Watchorn’s Newsagency for generously donating printing services. Heartfelt thanks to all. Connie, Maurizio, Diana, Mark, Janet, Carlo, and families.

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deaths BOND (Little) (Wallis) Margaret. 2.6.2010. Wife of Geoff. Loved and loving daughter and sister to Stan and Jean Wallis (dec.), Robert, Maggi, Joan, John (dec.), Ruth, Robert, and families. To have, to love, and then to part is the saddest story of the human heart, we will always love you Blondie. BORDONARO - Salvatore. 13.12.1923 - 03.06.2010. Passed away peacefully at Grandridge Lodge, Mirboo North. Late of Koorooman and Leongatha. Aged 86 years. Loved and loving husband of Maria. Adored father and father-in-law of Antonio, Marie-Claire, Sam, Wendy, Nina and Damien. Beloved Nonno to all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Always in our hearts.

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CHALLIS - Brian Trevor. Oct. 22, 1930 - June 4, 2010. Passed away peacefully at Leongatha Hospital in his 80th year. Late of Ruby. Dearly loved husband of Anne for 49 wonderful years. Much loved Dad of Jenny and Greg, Batty and Steve, Di and Stephen, Pete and Sandy. Adored Pa of Jareth, Genevieve, Stephanie, Davern and Monique; Charlotte, Helena, Tom and Maddie; Ashleigh, Georgia and Chloe. Friend of Christine and Marcus. At rest after a long battle. CHALLIS - Brian (Challi). Passed away on 4.6.2010 at the Leongatha Memorial Hospital. Much loved brother-in-law of John Crawford (Jock). Loving uncle of Peter and Alison, David, James and Karen (Qld), and their children, Keith and Eric, Jordan, Kyle and Keira, Hayley and Sarah. A dear friend for 60 years. You will be sadly missed. Resting peacefully. CHALLIS - Brian Trevor. 22.10.30. Much loved and respected Dad of Barb and Steve, called the cows home for the last time on Friday, June 4, 2010. Dad I will always treasure the Christmas we spent milking and farming together, even all the hairraising experiences. Love always Betty. xxoo CHALLIS - Brian. 22.10.30 - 4.6.10. Dad, Your pleasures were simple, lollies, three feeds and half a bed, and you were happy with that. You were adored by all and loved by all of us. You can be best described as, as strong as an ox with the heart of lamb. The world has lost a true gentleman, rest peacefully, you’ve earnt it. Gone carting gravel. All our love, Pete, Sandy, Ashleigh, Georgia and Chloe. Pa, We are going to miss you so much, no more lollies or rides in the ute with the dogs. We love you very much, sleep peacefully now. All our love, Ash, Georgia and Chloe. CHALLIS - Brian Trevor. 22.10.30 to 4.6.10. Much loved dad of Jenny and Greg Goss. Smiling, cheeky Pa of Jar, Viva, Steph, Dav and Nique. Friend to Christine and Marcus. We will miss your naughty jokes, wacky sayings, toffees and scones. Rest in peace with your beloved dogs. We are what we are today because we knew you. Bearable bareness I asked you how you were that day

For I really didn’t know. When you told me you were NBG, Laughter began to flow. But little did I realise The seriousness of this, And sooner than expected My poor Pa I came to miss. But this emptiness is not so bad With it come memories, Of the clanking teeth, the silly lines And assortments of toffees. So this sadness, though not wanted Is something I can bear. Because I know you haven’t gone far, You’re really only there. Pa, you know I’ll always love you For that it is quite clear. So I’m sending that love up to you, From Shneaky Shnoo down here. CHALLIS - Brian. No more pain, Day after day. God closed your eyes, And took you away. Len Lund. CHALLIS - Brian Trevor. God saw you were weary and he called you home. Rest easy my love. Anne. CHALLIS - Brian (B.T.) Farewell my Friend and Work-mate for many years. A new journey has now begun for you, but it won’t be a K5, it will be a Rolls Royce. Great memories from (B.A.). Brian, Dot, Bernard, Manda (Mandarin), Stu, Pete, and families. CHALLIS - Brian “B.T.” Sadly missed by all. No more pain. Peace at last. You were my brother and friend. Graham and Sue Challis. CHALLIS - Brian. Our dear friend and neighbour, always a cheerful smile and a wave. Bill and Joy Hoy and family. HEMMING - Victor James. Passed away peacefully at his home in Leongatha on June 2, 2010, aged 80 years. Dearly loved husband of Florrie (dec.) and loving partner of Janet. Much loved father and father-in-law of Peter (dec.), Paul and Ann, Mick and Sue, Simon and JoAnne, Tony and Suzanne, Brendan and Leesa. Beloved Grandpa of Russell and Alisha, Daniel, Maree and Steve; Brogan and Stu, Kady, Danae, Keinen; Travis, Ashlee and Simon; Delali, Isaac; Kate, and Jack. Friend of Robyn, Dave, Cheryl and Russell. Grandpa Vic of Madeleine and Henry. Best friend of Larry the labrador.

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deaths HEMMING To my “first mate” and handyman. I’ll miss our cuppas and chats. Thanks for hearing me when you were “on air”. Happy motoring and scootering. Enjoy your fishing, shooting and dogs. Love from “Skipper”, Janet, and Larry the Labrador. To Pa Vic, Thanks for letting us mess up your space with Lego, dogs and dinosaurs every time we visited. We will keep an eye on Larry for you. Hugs and kisses. Goodnight. Love from Madeleine, Henry, Robyn, and Dave. To Vic, Thanks for the cuppas, talks and problem solving. Love from Cheryl and Russell. Dear friend of the Stewart boys, Helen and John, and Aunty Ivy. HEMMING - Vic. We will miss our chats and time on the oval. Our deepest sympathies to Jan and the Hemming families. Forever in our hearts. Dom, Lisa, Kate, Sam and Alex O’Brien.

funerals BORDONARO - Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of the late Mr Salvatore Bordonaro will be offered at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Mirboo North on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, commencing at 1pm. At the conclusion of Mass the funeral will leave for the Leongatha Cemetery. Rosary will be recited at the above church prior to Mass. No flowers by request. In lieu, donations may be made to Grandridge Lodge Nursing Home, Mirboo North. Envelopes will be available at the church.

CHALLIS - The Funeral Service for the late Mr Brian Trevor Challis will be held in the Ruby Hall (Dykes Road, Ruby) on Tuesday, June 8 commencing at 1pm. Private cremation. No flowers by request. In lieu, donations may be made to the Bakers Institute. Envelopes will be available at the service.

HEMMING - The Funeral Service for the late Mr Victor James (Vic) Hemming will be held at the Grandstand Complex, Leongatha Recreation Reserve, Roughead Street, on Monday, June 7, 2010 commencing at 10am. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Leongatha Cemetery.

Rehearsal: Larry Hills takes rehearsal for the Miners’ Requiem to be staged in Wonthaggi on June 19 and 20.

Miners’ Requiem THE world premiere performance of Larry Hills’ Miners’ Requiem will take place at 8pm on Saturday evening, June 19 and 2pm on Sunday afternoon, June 20 in the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre. Tickets are $15 for adults and children free, available at the door, but can be purchased in advance from Wonthaggi Tattslotto, The Wonthaggi Historical Society (Tues, Thurs, Sat) and the State Coal Mine. Larry explains the reason for the Miners’ Requiem: “The last 18 years of my teaching career were spent in South Gippsland, where I was the co-ordinator of the South Gippsland Schools Music Program. “Over the years of my teaching I did write a lot of songs and music for schools, events and musical productions.” “Some memorable performances of my music at Leongatha Secondary College were No Place For A Woman, A Little Dab’ll Do Ya and Othello. When I retired from the Education department in 2003, I thought that I would try my hand at composing something substantial - a major work or concert piece.” Larry’s first big composition evolved into a cantata (a work for choir and orchestra) called Starscapes and Visions, which told the story of George Bass’s exploration of the Bass Coast. The work in progress was performed in 2004 as Stars and Maps in Mesley

crossword solutions CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8225 - SOLUTIONS Across - 6, Slate loose. 8, Darn. 9, Draw. 10, Tessa (rev.). 11, Rose. 12, Star-shell. 16, The stocks. 20, Plan. 22, Elmer. 23, Co-O-p. 24, Love. 25, De-liberate. Down - 1, C-lare-t. 2, Steward. 3, Clutch. 4, Mo-r-sel. 5, C-Ed-ar. 7, Cross. 13, Eye (I). 14, Concern. 15, Allot (a lot). 17, Hum-bl(u)e(s). 18, Sh-rubs. 19, Knotty. 21, NeEd-y. QUICK PUZZLE NO. 8225 - SOLUTIONS Across - 6, Enterprise. 8, Apex. 9, Lash. 10, Eland. 11, Yell. 12, Grenadier. 16, September. 20, Earn. 22, Allow. 23, Aide. 24, Stew. 25, Australian. Down - 1, Unfair. 2, Methane. 3, Spread. 4, Pirate. 5, Ready. 7, Realm. 13, Imp. 14, Amiable. 15, Haste. 17, Enlist. 18, Thwart. 19, Endear. 21, Nawab.

Hall with three Gippsland choirs and an instrumental ensemble. The complete work was performed in 2009 as part of the Foster Seachange Festival and was a huge success, with three sold-out performances. “When I moved to Wonthaggi in 2005, I was aware that the centenary of the State Coal Mine was coming up in a few years, as was the centenary of the town of Wonthaggi. “My brain started ticking over and I thought that it might be another great subject for another major work. After a bit of research, I discovered that the most significant event in the history of the mine was the 1937 No. 20 shaft disaster. “Its significance went far beyond the actual event and its ramifications touched many people in different ways. I’ve had a great deal of help in my research from members of the Wonthaggi Historical Society, the State Coal Mine and the Wonthaggi Citizens’ Band. The 13 men who were killed in the explosion were actually deputies, maintenance workers and part of the mine management. The miners were on strike. Had the miners been in the mine, the death toll would have been very much greater. The miners were attending a strike meeting in the Union Theatre anticipating a vote to return to work that day and the management had sent 15 men down into the mine to make sure it was safe for the miners to return to work. As the miners gathered in the hall, the huge explosion was heard and they knew that 20-shaft had gone up. The miners immediately became part of the rescue team, working non-stop for nine days until the last body was recovered. “The rescue brought the whole town together,” Larry told The Star. “It is very fitting that our performance will be in the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, the site of the Union Theatre where the miners heard the 20-shaft explosion.” “I’ve written the Miners’ Requiem specifically for the Wonthaggi Centenary celebrations. It is being performed by the Bass Coast Chorale accompanied by a full orchestra incorporating eight members of the Wonthaggi Citizens’ Band.” The Citizens’ Band played in the miners’ funeral processions. One of the songs, Lead Kindly Light, is incorporated in a very moving part of in the Miners’ Requiem It is a beautiful and moving work. There are only two performances: The performance will be of great significance to the citizens of the Wonthaggi area, but also of significance to other parts of the world due to recent mining tragedies in the US and in China.

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WEDNESDAY, June 2 saw a field of 24 players take to the greens in a triples event. Winners on the day were Fred Sauvarin (s), Ellie McIntyre and new club member, Ollie Crouch on plus 28, with the runners-up being one of the Korumburra members, A. Robertson (s), with Peter Boldge and Faye Judd on plus eight. On Saturday, June 5 a field of 24 players fronted the starter although there were some reluctant bowlers with an eye on the weather, so much so that it was suggested that a vote be taken as to if we play or not. However, before the count was taken mother nature did the right thing and play was then the order of the day, and you guessed it,

all games were finished just as the heavens opened up. Winners on the day were George Johnson (s), Frank Filomeno and Judy Jackson on two wins plus 15. The runners-up on plus 14, the ever reliable skipper Russell Trotman, with the combination of Marlene Rayson and John White. Sponsor for both days was Leongatha Bowls Club. Friday night, despite weather conditions, saw some 40 attend the club’s Kitty night tea, and under the leader John O’Connor, a good night was had by all. For our ladies, I have been advised the triples winter comp commenced on Monday, June 7. If any ladies have any queries regarding this comp please contact Glenda Trotman.

Tarwin Lower ON the first day of winter, Tarwin Classic pairs was played in warm autumn sunshine. Joint sponsors were PBE and Alex Scott real estate of Venus Bay. With seven rinks in play the winners came from Foster, George Kirk and Jack Croft. Runners-up were a Tarwin team of P. Tainton and S. Graham. Indoor bowls on Friday saw about 16 members for tea with four teams of pairs and triples playing two games of 10 ends. Overall winners were Marian, Pauline and Steve with runners-up Peter Emmet, Doris and Craig. On Sunday social bowls was played where 18 people attended with the winners for the day being Peter Emmet, John Kent, Marian Emmet and Robyn Griffiths. The next round of classic pairs is on June 15, contact Eric 5663 7824.

Mirboo North LAST week’s winter competition was held in ideal conditions and set the scene for excellent bowling. Three teams were unbeaten on the day, but the team from Leongatha came out on top with 53 points. Alan Rayson skipped a team with Lance Lancaster

and Bob Young. Runners up on 51 points were Mike Arnold’s team of Brian Carpenter and Gerry Van Duip. The jackpot advanced to $100 next week with a draw of -28 not successful. A rousing rendition of Happy Birthday was sung for Patsy Reynolds, our catering manager.

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RESULTS of team games played on Thursday, June 3.

LAST Tuesday, June 1 there were 14 bowlers for indoor bowls. There was only one, two game winner: Rob Howard, Bob Huntley and Gary Ward. Last Wednesday, June 2, 36 bowlers attended bi-weekly lawn bowls. There were two games of 12 ends of triples. The sponsors were Res-Com. There were three, two game winners. Bad luck to the team of Brian Hensley, Ray Gosling, and Sue Nation on 34 points. Runners-up with 35 points were Barry Rowe (a visitor from Bairnsdale way) with Cynthia Hensley and Carol Waters. The winners for the day were an all male team of Harry Rybalka, Ron Rees and Ian Bullock. Sunday, June 6, Ron Rees celebrated his 80th birthday and we all congratulate him. I heard that on Saturday Gloria celebrated her 70-something birthday. Happy birthday Gloria. On Sunday, June 6, there were 15 bowlers. The winners were Ken Peterson, Bob Huntley and Sue Nation. Don’t forget names in by 10.15 for Wednesdays and Sundays.

WEDNESDAY, June 2 saw 10 bowlers enjoying their three games of bowls. We welcomed Steven Holmes and it was good to see Glenys Pilkington and Carolyn and Ian back from their holidays. Only one team won all three games and were declared the winners for the night. They were Toni Heldens (s), Glenys Pilkington and Graeme Tobias (WWW); second Karl Kappes (s) and Carolyn Benson (WLW); third Sebastian Terranova (s), Ian Benson and Steven Holmes (LWL); and fourth Rod McConchie (s) and Peter Heldens (LLL). The best first game Toni 9-4, second Toni 141, third Toni 15-5. Looking forward to seeing everyone for the annual ladies versus gents on Friday, June 11, 7.30. All welcome on Wednesday night at 7.30 for an enjoyable night of bowling.

Preliminary final: Battlers 26 defeated VRI 20. Consolation preliminary: Kardella 27 defeated Kookaburras 17. The stage is now set for the grand final next week between last season`s grand finalists Pretenders and Battlers who won the 2009 premiership from a similar leadup position. Kardella surprised all last week when they “jumped and ran” from the outset, and were simply too good for Kookaburras. They now meet The Burra in the consolation final. Results of bias bowls played on Monday, May 31: Equal first: Rod McConchie, Connie Occhipinti and John Meyer, and Lee Armstrong, Joe Occhipinti and Ashley Van Duffelen both with two wins, seven shots and seven ends up. Third: Rob Armstrong, Joyce Occhipinti and Anna Meyer with two wins and five shots up. The club also played the first of its planned competition matches against Mardan last Tuesday night at the Outtrim hall, and the less experienced Korumburra bowlers did not disgrace themselves by going down by only nine shots over 72 very testing and closely played ends. Prize for the best performed team for the night was narrowly secured by the Mardan team of Robert Mathies, Ann Plowman and Tony Allen-Clay with two wins, five shots up and 15 ends from the Korumburra team of Rob Armstrong, Mary Tumino, Connie Occhipinti and Ross Lomagno with two wins, five shots up and 12 ends. In third place was the Charlie Tumino led Korumburra team including Val Rudd, Joanna Lomagno and Lee Armstrong. The presidents of each club, Tony Allen-Clay and Rob Armstrong praised the efforts of all bowlers and the spirit in which games were played throughout the night. The return match will be at Mardan hall early next month.

Fish Creek LAST Thursday’s two bowl triples was held in summer-like weather and good bowling was seen. There were eight rinks used and this week we bowled north and south for the first time on the new rink. There were six three game winners. The winners were the Yarram team of Trevor Fink (skip), Jo Balbo and Ray Cooper with the runner-up team from Mirboo North, Kevin Queale (skip) Michael Dillon and Ray Czempinski. Competition winners were Neil Gore, Marg Smith, Ray Czempinski and Ken Smith. We hope to have our official opening of the green later this month. Don’t forget subs are due before Friday July 1. At our casserole tea we celebrated Marie Kerr’s birthday and also Fred and Phyllis’ 60th wedding anniversary with 70 well wishers.

Mardan indoor THE club singles competition continued and this week saw semi final games between Bev Greenwood and Theresa Bateman as well as Cliff Smith and Nick Rutjens. After close fought games the ladies ended with a dead end and the men with a sudden death extra end being played. The winners, advancing to the finals, were Bev Greenwood and Cliff Smith. This week’s social bowls was once again a mixed bag of results. With only four teams,

two games of 10 ends were played, resulting in the team of Bev Greenwood, Brian Kilpin, Tony Allen-Clay (and for the fourth week in a row. Can this man be stopped?) Vito Serafino (skip) winning. Runners-up were Mal Andrews, Jeanette Grady and Andy Plowman (skip). If you are interested in joining us for a night of relaxed fun, in a friendly atmosphere come along to the Mardan Hall by 7.30pm on Wednesday evening and give it a go.

Dumbalk indoor ON Monday, May 31, 14 players competed in three games of eight ends. The winners were Stephen Holmes (skipper), Toni Heldens, Joyce Fuller and Rob Butterworth with three wins. The runners-up were Paul Holmes (skipper), Lindsay Richards and Kay Cook with two wins.

TIDES Taranto’s deserved cycling win 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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All times shown in 24 hour clock 0001 - 1200..................AM 1201 - 2400..................PM

CLUB racing was held at Kernot on Saturday. This was a new location and involved a 26km circuit from Kernot, via Woodleigh, up the hill to the Gurdies-Almurta Rd, across the ridge top to the GrantvilleGlen Alvie Rd then back via Almurta and past the top of the reservoir for a finish at Kernot. Saturday was a difficult day as rain at 1.30pm looked like cancelling the race, but it cleared and 22 riders started. The two scratch riders were chasing a five rider bunch on two minutes, six riders on four minutes, five riders on seven minutes and four limit riders on 13 minutes. The first lap saw the bunches stay together, however the gaps shrunk between them. The seven minute bunch of Phil Hanley, Rod Cheyne, Steve Wilson, Neil White and Morgan Barnes had cut their chase from six minutes to under two minutes whilst the big movers were the four minute bunch of Steve Allen, Elliot Gin, Paul Taranto, Tony Clark Clem Fries and Steve Piasente. Missing in action was the scratch duo who took the wrong turn at Woodleigh. Up the Woodleigh hills second time around there was a big change in the race. The four minute bunch swept up the rest of the field. With the bunch hitting the front, Paul Taranto attacked on the last part of the climb and opened

Wet weather: Rod Chenye leads Neil White, Steve Wilson and Phil Hanley through a corner, heading for Almurta. up a gap of around 400m, but still had around 12km to race. The attack left only six riders scrambling together into a chase bunch. To add to their woes it began to rain as riders descended from the Grantville hilltop. With temperatures of only about 9C riders were starting to struggle with the conditions. A big effort from Tony Clark had bridged the gap to around 50m as the riders reached the Almurta climb. However, Paul powered over this hill to again open up a gap of around 200m, which he held until the finish to score a courageous and deserved win. Tony Clark finished strongest from the chase group to claim second ahead of Steve Wilson third.

Then it was Phil Handley, Neil White, Elliot Gin and Clem Fries. They were followed by Morgan Barnes finishing just ahead of the two minute bunch where Tony Smith claimed nineth and Phil Camenzuli 10th. The second lap saw Rod Cheyne, Eamon Feely and Kerry Pritchard all puncture. Paul’s efforts up the hill and driving the four minute bunch saw him take the win and fastest time, clocking 1hr 27min 48 sec for the 52km race. In the junior race Thomas McFarlane and Mitch Gin gave James Scott a five minute lead on the 12 km ride out and back towards Woodleigh. At the turn the chasing duo had a good chance to see how their chase was going.

By half way back they had picked up James and as they were heading up the hills through the big “S” bend Mitch saw that James had dropped off a length with Thomas behind him. Mitch saw this as a chance and sprinted up the hill to open a gap that Thomas could not bridge. At the line it was a clear win to Mitch, from Thomas and James. This makes two consecutive wins for Mitch and probably a stint as sole scratch rider. Next weekend riders have the Gippsland three day tour. Racing on Monday will be at Wonthaggi with the final stage of the weekend. Riders will race via Wattle Bank, Kongwak and Korrine prior to presentations at the Wonthaggi Club.

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Central Gippsland Junior Football THE Under 12s headed for Yallourn North in a match that turned out to be one sided.

With great pressure Yallourn North found it hard to cross their centre half forward with the likes of Zain Barnard, Brodie Chadwick and Zac Cox running the ball out through the midfield to help set up goals for the forwards. Oliver Mclean was running with two bounces and kicked a goal, making it a hard task for the Bombers. Jackson Smith tackled well in the forward line, helping set up the 10 goal score to the young Parrots. Two goals went to Oliver Mclean, two to Julian Patterson, and one each to Branson Amato, Anthony Argento, Sam Forrester, Thomas McFarlane and Tim Sauvarin. Parrots 10.12.72 to Yallourn North 1.1.7. Leongatha goalkickers: Oliver Maclean 3, Julian Patterson 2, Branson Amato 1, Anthony Argento 1, Sam

Forrester 1, Thomas McFarlane 1, Tim Sauvarin 1. Leongatha best: Oliver Maclean, Louis Riseley, Zaine Barnard, Elijah Tracanelli, Sarin Barnard, Brock Jones.

Under 10 Leongatha goalkickers: Mitchell Hoober 3, Ben Kewming 2, Liam O’Neil 2, Corey Chadwick 1, Connor Krohn 1, Sam McGannon 1. Leongatha best: Tim Boler, Josh Hastings, Ben Kewming, Jordan McFarlane, Kye Casbolt, Tim Hardacre.


LADDER Trafalgar ............. 1729.41 Leongatha ............ 342.19 N’borough Reds... 563.16 N’borough Blues.. 277.05 Hill End & Grove Rovers ....... 175.23 Morwell Tigers ....... 115.00 Mirboo North............ 86.09 Yinnar ...................... 70.00 Moe Lions ................ 84.62 Moe Saints............... 23.02 Yallourn North ............ 6.07 Youth Club ................. 3.72

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LADDER Leongatha ............ 552.46 Youth Club ............ 331.82 N’borough Blues.. 250.00 Trafalgar ............... 208.40 Moe Saints............ 126.19 Yinnar .................... 123.04 Mirboo North............ 80.30 Moe Lions ................ 67.84 Morwell Tigers ......... 63.37 N’borough Reds....... 63.06 Yallourn North .......... 28.32 Hill End & Grove Rovers........... 17.74

Under 12s: the team had a good win.

N’borough Reds... 273.71 N’borough Blues.. 187.03 Yinnar ................... 147.44 Yallourn North ..... 147.60 Leongatha ............ 133.83 Moe Saints............. 124.32 Youth Club ............... 93.15 Mirboo North.......... 110.70 Moe Lions ................ 80.14 Trafalgar ................... 63.45 Morwell Tigers ......... 30.10 Hill End & Grove Rovers........... 25.44

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Under 14 Leongatha goalkickers: L. Riseley 3, C. Hengstberger 2, N. Argento 2, E. Stephenson, D. Betts. Leongatha best: N. Bracecamp, C. Brown, J. Stoll, S. Kelzke, M. Dennison, B. Rosser.



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Alberton Football League juniors Under 11s

THE Leongatha Parrots continued their good form on Sunday, defeating a determined Dalyston outfit.

The Magpies registered the first goal of the game, but the Parrots responded well, with high-leaping small man Ben Perry a standout in defence. Onballer Jordi Geary was marking well and Nathan Trotto was bursting through the packs. Tom Evans took the mark of the game, leaping high over an opponent. In the second quarter, the Parrots found another gear. Cameron Olden passed slickly to Jordi Geary, who slotted through the team’s first major. Zac Caughey kicked a long bomb on the run

moments later. Against the wind, Jack Stockdale found Nathan Trotto lurking in a forward pocket. Trotto kicked truly. A short time later, Stocky would have one of his own. A running Zac Caughey joined in on the action. The last quarter saw Tom Evans kick the ball slickly to Damon Ginnane, who posted a goal. Nathan Trotto put the icing on the cake for the Parrots. Final score: Leongatha 7.7.49 d Dalyston 2.4.16. Korumburra-Bena 7.9.51 d Phillip Island 1.0.6. Corner Inlet 4.5.29 d Inverloch-Kongwak 4.2.26. Wonthaggi 4.11.35 d Kilcunda-Bass 1.0.6. Under 13s Good conditions greeted Leongatha as they travelled to Dalyston ground

on Sunday. Dalyston grabbed an early lead and were able to hold on to win by three points at the final siren. Jack and Picko combined well at the stoppages, winning a lot of the clearances. Several hard ball gets from Blake set up some great passages of play. Tucky, Stretch, Jad and Asher found a lot of the ball and fought hard to keep it alive. Hanno and Wrighty combined well. Jordy Nagel continually put himself in the right position. A couple of near misses had the Parrots right in it, but pressure from Dalyston forced some errors resulting in some late points being kicked. Cody worked hard in the backline and had a stint in the ruck as did Moorey who finishes well. Riley, back from injury,


Won Power ......6 Dalyston ..........6 L’gatha Jnr .......6 Phillip Island ..6 Inv-K’wak .........5 Kor-Bena..........2 Kil-Bass ............1 MDU .................0

On target: Under 11 Parrots’ full forward Jack Stockdale was in fine form. went well in the contests and continues to get the ball moving forward. Both Hardy and Carmo’s efforts at earning the hard ball are getting better and better. Final scores: Dalyston 4.3.27 d Leongatha 3.6.24.

Leongatha goalkickers: Damon, Jarrod and Jordan Phillip Island 2.5.17 d Kor-Bena 2.2.14. I-K 16.15.111 d MDU 2.2.14. Wonthaggi 11.7.73 d Kilcunda-Bass 1.1.7.

GOALKICKERS Z. Caughey (L’gatha Jnr)..... (2) 17 L. Legione (Dalyston)............ (2) 9 J. Dunn (L’gatha Jnr) ............. (0) 8 N. Trotto (L’gatha Jnr). .......... (2) 8 B. Rogers (Corner Inlet)........ (1) 7 H. McInnes (Inv-K’wak) ......... (0) 6 Z. Van Delft (L’gatha Jnr)....... (0) 6 C. Loughridge (Dalyston ....... (0) 6 M .Dyball (Won Power) ......... (1) 6 M. McGannon (Corner Inlet) . (2) 6

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210.70 24 199.55 24 198.77 24 180.63 24 172.18 20 92.81 8 26.67 4 17.17 0

GOALKICKERS B. Atherton (Won Power) .... (6) 18 K. Kirk (Dalyston) ................ (0) 11 M. Homer (Kil-Bass)( .......... (0) 10 A. Busna (Dalyston) .............. (0) 9 M. Burton (Inv-K’wak) ........... (3) 9 J Ginnane (L’gatha Jnr)......... (0) 8 J. Bulbulian (Won Power) ...... (0) 7 N. Anderson (Inv-Kongwak ... (0) 7 B. Moscript (L’gatha Jnr) ....... (0) 7 J. Bull (Kor-Bena).................. (2) 7 J. Teakle (Inv-K’wak) ............. (1) 7




L’gatha Jnr .......8 0 0 321.17 32 Kor-Bena..........7 1 0 213.27 28 Corner Inlet ....6 2 0 198.47 24 Inv-Kongwak ...4 4 0 102.80 16 Won Power .......4 4 0 65.95 16 Dalyston ............2 6 0 105.23 9 Phillip Island .......0 7 1 31.72 2 Kil-Bass ...............0 7 1 14.76 2

Korumburra City Soccer Club PROM Coast Seniors kept Korumburra at bay for the first 16 minutes before they took the lead.

were unable to score until the final minute when Bree Allen made her way through the defence to score. Final score 4-0.

From then on it was one way traffic as Prom Coast failed to cope with Korumburra’s passing game. Korumburra lead 7-0 at half time. The second half saw Korumburra carry on in the same vein and double their half time lead. Hat tricks to Jamey Allen and Ian Wallace, Sebastian Peattie 4, Josh Crook 2, Arnaud Grinne 1 and Brian Murphy 1. Final score 14-0. Korumburra women started the game by putting plenty of pressure on the Prom Coast defence. Two minutes in saw Tara Wallace score the first goal from a penalty kick. Three minutes later Tara pushed the ball through the Prom Coast defence to score her second. Then again another three minutes and a great passing game saw Chloe Rodda put one away into the back of the net. The second half continued as the first, with Korumburra having all the play in their offensive, but

The Under 19s had a thriller. The stronger Prom Coast scored first, but it didn’t take long for Korumburra to bounce back and equalise from the kick off. Towards half time Korumburra cleared their defense badly presenting Prom Coast with a penalty. Half time score 2-1 to Prom Coast. Eight minutes into the second half Korumburra equalised again and within a minute Prom Coast took the lead again. Korumburra had some luck on their side with a deflection off the post from a corner, equalising the match again. But Korumburra scored again with four minutes to go and held on to the lead. Final score 4-3 to Korumburra. Goal scorers: Keanu Miller 1, Jake Allman 2 and Sebastian Peattie 1.

Under 19s

Big win: Korumburra trounced Prom Coast in the Seniors. Under 15s

Under 13s

The Under had a 5-0 win over Prom Coast. Korumburra had a few chances early with some good play and the half finished with Korumburra 2-0 up. A few more goals were missed in the second half by Korumburra, but then they utilised their wing players better in the second half and the game opened up with more scoring shots. Goals to Daniel Longden 2, Craig Wallace 1 and Lochie Taylor 2.

The Under 13s had a great win against Prom Coast with the final score 6-0. Korumburra dominated with a great passing game into the forward line. Korumburra midfield had plenty of the ball and lots of time to put training into practice. Goalkickers: Chloe Rodda 3, Liam Miller 1, Kaleb Peattie 1 and Zoe Allen 1.

Kids win: parents Trevor May and Peter Lewis play against kids Aidan Richards and Kelsyn Lia.

Family friendly KORUMBURRA’S small sided soccer team joined forces to challenge their parents in a friendly match at their home ground. There was even play throughout, with the youngsters keen to beat their parents. The parents struggled to learn the concept of ‘offside,’ with the children wearing their parents down to win 6-5. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all those involved.

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Foster SATURDAY, June 5 – medal day; Pulham’s Furniture trophy. Medal winner: James McIntyre (32) 68 net. A Grade net: Neville Thompson (10) 69 net. B Grade net: James McIntyre (32) 68 net. A Grade scratch: Tony Vanin 79 on countback. Putting: Col Pulham 26 putts. Down the line balls: Greg Cox (12) 70 net, Peter Dight (8) 71 net, Tony Vanin (6) 73 net, Greg Dean (12) 73 net, Greg Paine (16) 74 net. Nearest the pin: fourth Steve Reid, sixth Larry Giddy, 13th Greg Cox, 15th Rodney Coughran-Lane, 17th David Hutchinson. Ladies Saturday, June 5 - stroke third round aggregate. Winner: Ineke de Graaf. Nearest the pin: 17th Ineke de Graaf. Friday, June 4 twilight stableford Winner: Dan Clymo (18) 17 points on countback. Down the line balls: Lloyd McKenzie (9) 17 points, Rhyce Ireland (18) 17 points. Thursday, June 3 stableford Winner: Neil Chandler (19) 38 points on countback. Down the line balls: Peter Dight (8) 38 points, David Hutchinson (14) 36 points. Nearest the pin: 15th Ray Prain. Wednesday, June 2 medal; Little Book Shop trophy. Medal winner: Gale Tyers (12) 74 net on countback. June Eddy trophy. A Grade net and scratch: Gale Tyers (12) 74 net on countback. 86. B Grade net and scratch: Marlene Ellis (29) 78 net, 107. Putting: June Eddy 27 putts. Down the line balls: Beth Curram (16) 74 net, June Eddy (19) 75 net, Rae Knee (21) 75 net, Robyn Galloway (11) 76 net Nearest the pin: 17th June Eddy. Tuesday, June 1 - par. Winner: Jim Parry. Down the line balls: Neville Thompson (10) -1, Bill Fuller -1 on countback. Nearest the pin: 13th Fred Tyers.

Coming events Tuesday, June 8 stableford. Wednesday, June 9 - par, second round aggregate; Frances McGlead trophy. Thursday, June 10 par. Friday, June 11 twilight stableford. Saturday, June 12 - stableford; O’Keefe Butchery trophy. Monday, June 13 Queen’s Birthday holiday; men’s and ladies stableford.

South Gippsland Ladies Golf Association THE Meeniyan golf course was the venue for the 27 hole foursomes championship, sponsored by the Bendigo Bank, in which 56 district ladies took part on Friday, June 4.

The scratch winners were Rebecca Thomas and Mary Brewis from Leongatha with a gross score of 131. The minor scratch winners were Sue Hoskin and Faye Le Page from Meeniyan with 157 gross.

Well done: John Stone (Bendigo Bank), scratch winners Mary Brewis and Rebecca Thomas (Leongatha), Faye Le Page and Sue Hoskin (Meeniyan club) and Gale Tyers (SGLGA president).



ON Saturday our first player to go to scratch was Damien Symmons, who won the day (also the Righties) with 43 points, a great 66 off the stick which included an eagle on the 11th hole. The stableford day and the Righties versus Lefties was sponsored by Greg and Jo Fennell. The best Leftie was Nathan Lovie with 42 points. The Righties runner-up was Brett Stubbs whilst a countback was needed for Graeme Calder to be runner-up for the Lefties. Balls across the field went to M. Grist, E. Poole, G. Fennell, G. Salmon, P. Burgess, L. Wakefield, G. McKinnon and M. James who won the last ball in a three way countback. The nearest the pins went to the two Robs Hughes and Warren. The NAGA was hotly contested, with Ash Peters winning a five way countback. Sadly, those who stand on the right side of the ball beat the others. The Thursday bar voucher was won for the second week in a row by Rob Gourlay with 42 points, with balls going to Brian Thomas and Ed Poole. The coming week will be a busy one for us with a mens and ladies stroke event on the Queen’s Birthday holiday Monday, sponsored by our club and don’t forget the guys and dolls day on Wednesday June 16. This Thursday the South Gippland Veternas will play at Wonthaggi. Next Saturday will see us play a four man Ambrose event sponsored by Trevor Hemming, Bob Hughes and Brian Wilson. So get your team toghether and put your names on the start sheet.

A GOOD field of 77 played for the June monthly medal, and it was Henry Sedelies’ day. Henry’s score of 88-24-64 was easily the day’s best, giving him B Grade and the medal. Steve Fisher had a good round (84-17-67) to win A Grade, while Barry Hughes took out C Grade with 112-35-77. Pro-pin went to John Dalton and nearest the pin to Chris Leaver. Ball winners: J. Feddersen, R. Kyacheim 68, M. Stubbs 70, D. Dwyer 71, B. Stevens, T. McCarthy, D. McDonald, J. Dalton, G. McDonald, R. Williams 72; C. Leaver, N. Savino, R. Thurston, N. Gillin 73; J. Smith 74, A. Edney 75. In pennant, Division 1 lost 5-2 against Lang Lang at Wonthaggi. Michael Thomas and Andrew Phipps won their contests. Division 2 lost to Phillip Island on their own course 5-2, with Daryl Matthews and Jon Smith our only winners. Division 3 had a bye, but they are top of the ladder and our best hope for this year.

Woorayl ladies ON Wednesday, June 2 a stroke, monthly medal, putting, 3rd round Hays Trophy, 2nd round Mona McLeod Brooch, 2nd round silver spoon was played, and sponsored by Woorayl Golf Club. The AWCR was 72. The medal and silver spoon winner was - S. Wakefield. A Grade winner - S. Wakefield 90/17/73, B Grade - L. Young 100/25/75, C Grade - M. Martin 115/38/80. Putting - A. Poole, 25 putts. Nine holes out - T. Scoble. Nearest the pin: 17th T. Scoble, 2nd shot on the 11th A. Grist. Down the line balls: P. Lancaster, A. Grist, S. Thomas, A. Poole, A. Campbell. Next week, June 10 - 4BBB stableford, choose partners, sponsored by Woorayl Golf Club, final round Di and John O’Connor 4BBB.

Mirboo North THERE were 17 starters for a stableford event on Thursday, June 3. The CCR was 70. The A Grade winner was Joe Taylor (15) 39. Down the line balls: Peter Draper (8) 36 and John Blunsden (20) 35. Birdie - Max Fletcher 6th. Saturday, June 5 A stroke monthly medal event was played with 40 starters, and the CCR was 71. A Grade winner was Paul Woodall (12) 67 and monthly medal; B Grade winner Phil Allen (17) 70. Down the line: Terry Bradshaw (7) 69, Mark Heiberg (15) 70, Dave Woodall (5) 71 countback, Mal Payne (11) 71 countback, Max Fletcher (27) 71 countback.

Meeniyan ladies ON Wednesday 21 ladies played for the June medal. Faye Le Page won section one and the medal with a fine 72 net. Jan Roberts took out section two with 79 net. The best nine went to Sue

The A Grade 27 hole handicap winners were Trish Owen and Maxine Eabry from Leongatha with 106 net. The 27 hole handicap winners in B Grade were Maureen Hams and Veronica Park, Meeniyan with 118 ¼.

Down the line balls in A Grade went to Ann Walker and Maree Anderson 113 ¼, Lee Clements and Norrie Little 115 ½; in B Grade to Julie Howard and Loris Clark 119 ¼, Seve Piasente and Jackie Loughran 120.

Handicap winners: John Stone (Bendigo Bank), A Grade handicap winners Maxine Eabry and Trish Owen (Leongatha club), B Grade handicap winners Maureen Hams and Veronica Park (Meeniyan club) and Gale Tyers (SGLGA president). Tuesday Allan Edney scored an impressive 41 points to win A Grade and ensure that he remains in A Grade. Dan Malone won B Grade on 47 points, while nearest the pins went to Ed Poole (14th) and Rod Brown (16th). Ball winners: J. Eabry 38, P. Wilson, G. Maher, P. Hobson, G. McDonald, K. Macfarlane 35; S. Fisher, D. Clemann, L. Newton, R. Nelson, M. Stubbs 34. Thursday Congratulations to Doug Clemann on his hole-in-one on the 16th. This helped Doug’s score to 37 but he lost A Grade on a countback to Joe Lowell. Alex Hawkins won B Grade with 35 and Rob Martin took C Grade on 40. Jim Arnott was the other nearest the pin winner on the 14th. Ball winners: K. Scott 39, D. Clemann, P. Horman 37; T. Moss 36, H. Sedelies, K. Macfarlane, B. Jamieson, F. De Bono, F. Smedley 35; C. James, I. Watson, J. Gilder, H. Forrester 34. Next Saturday’s event is the Tom Wels-

Nearest the pin: 4th Graham Watson, 6th Rob Clarke, 13th Clint Randall, 16th Stan Evison, 1st hold 2nd shot John Woodall. Birdies: Mark Heiberg 16th, Graham Watson 6th, Ron Anderson 6th, Tony Tomada 16th, Max Fletcher 4th, Stan Evison 16th. Ladies The winner of the ladies competition - monthly medal, Colin Watson Trophy, played on June 2 was Raine Leslie 95-28-67 net. Down the line: Jeanne St Ellen 103-31-72 net, Mary Beruldsen 107-35-72 net. Count putts: Chris Gunn, 30 putts on a countback. Nearest the pin: 4th Jeanne St Ellen, 16th Mary Beruldsen. Pro pin 6th - Wendy Gervasi. Hoskin with 35 net. Down the line balls to Irene Holm 74, Veronica Park 75, Jan Trease 76 and Dot Elliott with 77 net. The May Foster Little Bookshop voucher winner was Veronica Park who was also the Meeniyan ladies silver spoon winner.

ford open fourball, followed by the Vern Pease ambrose on Saturday, June 19.

Leongatha ladies

WEDNESDAY, June 2 was a lovely day for golf. The June monthly medal was sponsored by Beaches & Cream and Julie Howard. The day belonged to Marilyn Williams who came in with 87/23/64 to win the medal and B Grade. To complete a day out, she also won the putting with only 25 putts. Toni West also had a great day winning A Grade with 82/15/67. Debbie Miller won C Grade with 106/36/70. Robyn Dennis won the scratch event. Robyn Dennis 69, Bev Martin 73, Coral Gray 74, Gwen Chapman 75, Maxine Eabry 76, Julie Howard 77, Marg. Berry 78, Evelyn Indian 78, and Ann Blundy 78, won balls down the line. Ann Blundy was nearest the pin on the 16th. Fay Quilford, won the nine hole event. On Saturday, June 5 Anna de Bondt was the winner with 92/19/73, and Elaine Dempsey won a ball with 76 nett.

South Gippsland District golf Pennant results June 6 Division 1 (at Wonthaggi): Phillip Island 5 d Woorayl 2, Lang Lang 5 d Leongatha 2, Korumburra 5 d Meeniyan 2, Wonthaggi - bye. Division 2 (at Phillip Island): Phillip Island 5 d Leongatha 2, Foster 5 d Korumburra 2, Lang Lang 4 d Wonthaggi 3. Division 3 (at Leongatha): Foster 4 d Wonthaggi 3, Woorayl 6 d Korumburra 1, Phillip Island 4 d Lang Lang 3, Phillip Island - bye. Division 4 (at Korumburra): Aussie Golf 4 d Meeniyan 3, Lang Lang 7 d Welshpool 0, Woorayl 4 d Wonthaggi 3, Korumburra - bye.

Ladders Division 1 Phillip Island .....................5 - 22 Lang Lang ..........................3 - 19 Wonthaggi ..........................3 - 15 Korumburra .....................2 - 15 Leongatha............................1 - 15 Meeniyan.............................1 - 10 Woorayl ...............................0 - 9 Division 2 Foster * ...............................3 - 15 Lang Lang ..........................3 - 15 Phillip Island......................2 - 11 Leongatha ..........................1 - 8 Wonthaggi ...........................0 - 8 Korumburra .........................0 - 6 Division 3 Foster .................................4 - 20 Leongatha ..........................4 - 19 Woorayl ..............................3 - 19 Lang Lang ..........................2 - 14 Wonthaggi ...........................1 - 14 Phillip Island ......................1 - 11 Korumburra .........................0 - 8 Division 4 Lang Lang ..........................4 - 21 Wonthaggi ..........................3 - 19 Woorayl ..............................3 - 18 Aussie Golf .........................2 - 16 Korumburra .........................2 - 15 Meeniyan.............................1 - 16 Welshpool............................0 - 0 * Denotes on percentage

Games with grass AFTER an autumn of discontent Leongatha croquet competitors have returned to the game they love. From March 23 to May 29 the loyal participants were unable to play as their lawn was replaced due to a cockchafer infestation. The pests were smitten with chemicals and the grass resown. Grounds committee member Sandra Birch said the cockchafers ate the grass roots, leaving a dead mat of grass. Three dedicated croquet players

were having a hit on Friday morning and were glad to be back. “It is wonderful, but we can’t cut the grass any shorter, so it is hard to play on,” Ms Birch said. “If we cut it any shorter it will just bring the weeds up. We have to leave it at this length until spring, then we will sand and seed again. “It’s turned too cold now.” Over winter there’s action at the lawn on Roughead Street on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well as when keen players feel like a hit.

Keen for croquet: Elvie Olden, Sandra Birch and Jennie Milligan.

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Hallston’s huge win in Leongatha badminton THE unpredictable Hallston team produced a massive upset, narrowly accounting for the previously undefeated Outtrim side. All the Hallston team fired on the night, with Frank Dekker and Phil Munro having good results but young gun Aaron De Gennaro was the standout player, winning all his three sets and showing a massive improvement in his game. The Outtrim side was

well served by Steve Johnson and Paul Sokhom, who is having a brilliant season after being promoted to the number two position. Paul works hard at his game and is reaping the rewards of his persistence. While Outtrim suffered their first loss, this will only be a mere hiccup on the radar and they remain strong premiership aspirants. Tarwin were totally blown away by Berrys Creek who have snuck into top position on the ladder. All the Berrys Creek team members were on fire with

Steve Boag in some sparkling form and new player Alun Hashim showing a lot of talent. Tim Bright will have to get his Tarwin side together and sort out this horror form slump. Nerrena were too classy for Korumburra. Jose Shelton and Leonie Degnan played great matches and Neil Jeremiah bagled Josh Almond in his singles. What was Josh doing? Nerrena are cruising along beautifully and they have many surprises in store come finals time. The B Grade matches

were of very high standard which is indicating the vast improvement being shown by many of the B Grade players. Pepsi again had their nose in front when it counted, winning by a mere nine points over Creamy Soda. Jim Newton and Peter Hinton had great matches for Pepsi. Brayden Krohn and Trish Berryman were superb for Creamy Soda. Fanta is a good side out of luck again, narrowly going down by three points to Solo. Iona McJames and Paul Plunket are hit-

ting goof mid season form and a move up the ladder for Fanta is just around the corner. Solo are the quiet achievers of B Grade and young Lauren Goldie and experienced Kathy Smith are really hitting their straps at the moment. Raspberry accounted for Coke in a highly entertaining match, all players showed great skill. Paris Buckley has had a stellar season and is getting great support from Tracey Ryan. Raspberry’s Davis Lou and Melanie Plunkett are wonderful improvers this

season. Neil Jeremiah took a team of juniors to play in the mid Gippsland Junior badminton inter-association tournament. The Leongatha side performed really well to finish second against teams from mid Gippsland, Yarram, Sale, and Maffra. Well done to all involved in this tournament as it will improve our juniors a lot.

Results A Grade: Hallston 4/119 d Outtrim 4/113; Berrys Creek 8/144 d Tarwin 0/75; Nerrena 6/135 d

Korumburra 2/101. B Grade: Pepsi 4/118 d Creamy Soda 4/109; Solo 4/115 d Fanta 4/112; Raspberry 5/122 d Coke 3/112.

Ladders A Grade Berrys Creek................ 115.3 Outtrim ........................124.4 Nerrena ........................102.8 Hallston ........................101.1 Korumburra .....................88.0 Koonwarra.......................89.1 Tarwin .............................86.1 B Grade Pepsi .............................106.7 Raspberry ....................107.5 Solo ...............................102.9 Coke..............................101.3 Creamy Soda ...................98.7 Fanta................................83.2

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Meeniyan junior basketball finals South Gippsland THE Meeniyan Junior Basketball grand finals were held on Friday, May 28.

A great crowd saw games from upcoming stars of South Gippsland basketball, including two hard-fought contests from Sections 4 and 3 and a spirited round-robin competition from Section 2. Section 4 Black 38 (D. Potter 27, E. Wilson 7, J. CameronHolmes 2) defeated Blue 19 (J. Opray 8, B. Savage 7, S. Opray 4). Most valuable player: Daniel Potter. A great match-up in the grand final was sure to produce a fantastic game. Blue went into the game with one of its top players injured, but the first half was low scoring as both teams were missing plenty of shots and a good defensive game was played. Many rebounds were taken by both sides in defence, but both were down on scoring shots. Black was just one point up on the Blue team when play resumed, which gave the second half a tense start. Black started to find the basket, with shots dropping nicely and some hard work under the ring gave the team many rebounds. Blue was struggling as their players got into foul trouble. Black took full advantage of this and played a smart game. The end came for Blue as two of their players were fouled off, and Black steamed ahead to take the game easily. Section 3 Black 26 (J. Hohmann 16, B. Thorson 6, S. Thomas 4) defeated Blue 15 (B. Holwerda 8, D. Cole 4, H. Thorson 2, G. Martin 1). Most valuable player: Jayden Hohmann. Blue and Black both easily won their elimination finals on the previous Monday night, making for a great grand final match. But the game was not the game we all expected to watch. The tall team of Blue, who had been playing well over the last couple of weeks, was suddenly

stopped by the Black team who looked like they would never make finals during the season. The first half saw a bewildered Blue team unable to make baskets while Black took every chance they had and made good shots. Black kept Blue on the defensive for the first half of the game. It seemed like Black could make no mistakes, with plenty of steals and good rebounds giving them a handy lead of 13 points at half time. The second half saw a much better Blue side working hard to keep control of the ball when it was in their possession. With better shots and good rebounds the Blue team looked like they might just come back. Black kept their heads and still attacked the ball well. With plenty of baskets scored by both teams, the second half was much closer. At the final buzzer, the Black team won by 11 points. Section 2 Section 2 finished off the season in fine style with a spirited round-robin, showing a large turnout of parents and supporters how much improvement they had made over the season. Across six closely contested eight-minute games, coaches were pleased to see excellent teamwork, great sportsmanship, growing confidence in ballhandling skills and a good understanding of the rules. All junior basketballers were awarded with a medallion for their participation this season. The junior competitors acknowledged their volunteer coaches, umpires, organisers, parent helpers and other supporters who assisted with scoring, sweeping the court, marking attendance records and collecting money each week, among many other tasks. The next season starts on Friday, August 6 (Sections 1 to 3) and Monday, August 9 (Section 4).

Field and Game

Section 4: back: Black (winners): Gen Scholte, Jesseme Cameron-Holmes, Emily Wilson, Harry Sullings, Tom Hanrahan and Daniel Potter; front Blue (runners-up): Brandon Savage, Kodi Eygenraam, Eloise Scholte, Liam Harrington, Sam Opray and Jake Opray.

Section 3: back: Blue (runners-up): Kelly Thomas (coach), Hannah Thorson, Gemma Martin, Bryce Holwerda, David Cole and Zac Scholte; front Black (winner): Kian Pratt, Jayden Hohmann, Sophie Thomas, Brett Thorson, Hugh Collins and Lucas Byrnes (coach). Absent: Ozzy Brennan-Holt.

SUNDAY, May 9 saw 16 South Gippsland Field and Game members assemble at the Wilkur Creek on an overcast day for a fox drive. The first drive along the creek yielded five foxes for the group. After a barbecue lunch the group moved up to Hallston where several more drives resulted in another three foxes and one hare. Thanks to Ron Holt who organised the shoot and to Gordon Couper who supplied the hounds. The next fox drive is a terrier day to be held Sunday, June 13. Ring Jim Spinks 5668 6365 if you want to attend, or if you wish to have a fox drive on your property ring Ron Holt on 5668 6217.

Sunday turned out to be a great day considering the forecast was for rain, and 49 shooters attended the South Gippsland Field and Game’s 50 target simulated monthly shoot at Hallston. Results AA: P. Knox 42, K. Jacobs 41. A: T. Hardman 39, S. Dunn 35, G. Cooper 34. B: D. Johnson 40, D. Morgan 38, R. Batten 36. C: J. White 36, P. Cartwright 27, M. Bateman 27. Vets: M. Terrington 34, G. Hart 33, R. Bradley 28. Ladies: F. Rogers 29, B. Hart 25, M. Hogan 25. Juniors: B. Ayres 31, D. Rodrigues 25, M. Ramsdale 24.

Nick rides home Continued from back. “I’ll see how I go in these races before looking too far ahead,” said Aitken. The 20-year-old has been described as an all round cyclist, with his main strengths being his endurance, strength and ability to lead the race for long periods of time. Flat and windy courses are his bread and butter, where the main aim is to be able to hold position throughout the stage. “I find it easier to hold position over the long, windy races. Sprinting is my major weakness, I’m not really a sprinter,” he said. With just two weeks off from training a year, Aitken says he doesn’t have much time for his other passions, surfing and mountain biking. “I don’t really get time to do them. I like to go out with my friends, which is hard to get around to during the training year,” he said. Training is quite a workload, with Nick clocking up anywhere up to 1000 kilometres a week when preparing for competition. “I normally get up early, ride for five or six hours, have lunch and then basically the rest of the day is rest and recovery,” Aitken said. There are times when cycling becomes laborious for the young rider, but he always finds a way through the tough times. “Some days, when you’re riding on your own, or the results don’t fall your way it can become a chore, but I just keep pushing and hope it turns around,” he said. Nick also holds down a job at ‘Crossover Cycle and Outdoor’ in Wonthaggi, saying that owner Heath Price has been fantastic to work with. “Heath’s very flexible, he gives me a shift whenever I’m home and I enjoy working with him,” he said. But Aitken’s mind will be far from work this weekend, as he takes on the three day tour, before preparing for the five day tour on July 28 to August 1.

South Gippsland Bridge Club results

Section 2: back: Aiden Holwerda, Ruby Martin, Grace Thorson, Milly James, Hannah Potter, Beth Lawson, Rebecca Riddiford, Elijah Tracanelli and Darby Butler-Reid; front: Mark Beattie, Jai Bright, Grant Cole, Irene Thorson, Hugh Collins, Jake Waldron, Jesse Salmons and Michael Mowat. Absent: Harrison Cumming, Locke DeGaris, Matthew Newton and Kayla Redpath.

Meeniyan – Monday evening. 1st Peter and Winsome Richards; 2nd Faye Rowlands, Frank Arndt; 3rd Kathryn Smith, David Baggallay. Inverloch – Friday afternoon, graded pairs: caravan park side: 1st John Sullivan, Alan Johnston; 2nd Bruce and Anne Gibson; 3rd Faye Rowlands, Frank Arndt; 4th John Farr, Anne Williams; 5th Ann Dujela, Richard Poole. Beach side: 1st Jean Barbour, Leila Bell; 2nd Norma Hannay, Marj Freeman; 3rd Margo Moylan, Shirley Walker; 4th Margaret Bray, Ian Leonard. GNOT heats will be held on June 18 and 25. Get your team together now.

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Alberton netball

Top comp: Stony Creek’s Kelsie Schelling and Foster’s Natalie Van Dyke. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning @

Results - Round 10 June 5 A Grade: Phillip Island 62 d Yarram 37; MDU 44 d Tarwin 40; Kor-Bena 83 d DWWWW 33; Inv-Kongwak 48 d Fish Creek 29; Foster 75 d Stony Creek 29. Dalyston - bye; Toora - bye. B Grade: Phillip Island 44 d Yarram 19; MDU 67 d Tarwin16; Kor-Bena 53 d DWWWW 15; Inv-Kongwak 48 d Fish Creek 30; Foster 52 d Stony Creek 42; Dalyston 50 d Kilcunda-Bass 33; Toora - bye. C Grade: Phillip Island 31 d Yarram 29; MDU 58 d Tarwin 14; Kor-Bena 43 d DWWWW 9; Inv-Kongwak 28 d Fish Creek 25; Foster 41 d Stony Creek 19; Dalyston 47 d Kilcunda-Bass 10; Toora- bye. 17 & Under: Phillip Island 42 d Yarram 27; Kor-Bena 51 d DWWWW 2; Fish Creek 28 d Inv-Kongwak 17; Foster 60 d Stony Creek 19; Dalyston 46 d Kilcunda-Bass 12; MDU - bye; Toora - bye. 15 & Under: Phillip Island 25 d Yarram 23; MDU 25 d Tarwin 15; Kor-Bena 39 d DWWWW 16; Fish Creek 39 d Inv-Kongwak 15; Stony Creek 34 d Foster 11; Dalyston 45 d Kilcunda-Bass 12; MDU - bye;

Parrots netball Power netball

A Grade Leongatha 44 def Drouin 43. Awards: Kate Govers (LC Excessorise) Kate McCarthy (Clipit). Auction player: Ebony Best. A hard fought game from beginning to end. The score at any given time was never more than three goals between the two teams. A nail biting finish ending in the Parrots favour by one goal. B Grade Drouin 50 def Leongatha 29. Awards: Tayla Robb (Leongatha Skin Therapy) and Kate Pellicano (Nagels). Auction player: Tayla Robb. The first half was well contested with Leongatha remaining in touch. However the superior accuracy and speed of Drouin came to the fore in the second half and Leongatha could not convert from its forward moves. C Grade Drouin 39 def Leongatha 25. Awards: Trina Fidler (Leongatha RSL) and Aimee Collins (Evans Petroleum). Auction player: Trina Fidler. Best game for the season with both

ends performing well. Keep up the good work and hopefully another win won’t be too far away. Under 17 Leongatha 39 def Drouin 33. Awards: Maddison Kerr (Network Video) and Jodie Chisholm (Influence Clothing). Another good win this week. Both defence and attack played well. Great and accurate goaling by Maddi, Meg and Nic. Under 15 Drouin 42 def Leongatha 8. Awards: Rachel O’Loughlin (Leongatha Skin Therapy) and Shobhan Smyrek (Nagels). The girls tried hard, but seem to have lost some confidence after a few defeats. Their confidence is sure to improve as we get further into the season and their winning attitude prevails. Under 13 Leongatha 20 d Drouin 15 Awards: Lisa Clark (Serafinos) and Georgia Riseley (Clipit). Great game girls. We had a good win this week. After starting slow we came back and didn’t let the weather worry us.

Duel: Kor-Bena’s Merissa Cossun and the Allie’s Janelle Francis on Saturday in B Grade.

A Grade Wonthaggi 61 d Sale 42. Our attacking end stepped up a notch with Courtney and Emma desperate to get their hands on everything. Julie played an awesome game in WA. Our defence end, Chloe, Carly and Carly, worked hard. Kate was again her brilliant self. Awards: Julie Brosnan. (Caledonian Hotel), Courtney (Evans Petroleum) and Emma (Nyojos). B Grade Wonthaggi 36 lost to Sale 57. Lots of injuries. Claire stepped up and played shooter doing a great job when Sommer rolled her ankle badly. Kealy also injured her ankle and Jessie had to retire due to shin splints. Awards: Brodie (Caledonian Hotel), Sarah (Evans Petroleum) and Claire (Nyojo’s). C Grade Wonthaggi 35 def Sale 23. Great team effort girls; we have proved that we have the determination to finish off. All over the court was unstoppable. Awards: Lani (Karmella Fashions), Kate (Revive) and Becky (Evans Petroleum). 17 and Under

Wonthaggi 32 lost to Sale 45. A solid game from Hannah who showed her versatility and ran hard all game. Well done Elly and Kiani on your game. Awards: Hannah (Vortex), Elly (Evans Petroleum), Kiani (McDonalds). 15 and Under Wonthaggi 14 lost to Sale 51. What a lesson with a well developed Sale side that was beautiful to watch. We are developing and that’s the main aim. Awards: Courtney (Evans Petroleum): Abbie (Sports Power) and Aleisha (McDonalds). 13 and Under Wonthaggi 27 lost to Sale 37. Sale got out of the blocks much faster than us. We made moves and Jasmine worked hard in the centre. Our goalies also worked hard in the ring. Our defence had their hands full. Hana read the play and intercepted, starting many attacks. Awards: Jasmine (Canteen award) Bonni (Evans Petroleum) Nicki (McDonalds). President’s award: Lani Birkett. Wonthaggi Hotel award: Courtney Blair.

West Gippsland netball Results - Round 8 A Grade: Wonthaggi 61 d Sale 40; Warragul 51 d Moe 27; Maffra 50 d Taralgon 35; Drouin 43 lt Leongatha 44; Morwell - bye. B Grade: Wonthaggi 36 lt Sale 57; Warragul 46 d Moe 40; Maffra 43 drew Traralgon 43; Drouin 50 d Leongatha 29; Morwell - bye. C Grade: Wonthaggi 35 d Sale 23; Warragul 29 d Moe 23; Maffra 31 d Traralgon 30; Drouin 39 d Leongatha 25; Morwell - bye. 17 & Under: Wonthaggi 32 lt Sale 45; Warragul 32 d Moe 22; Mafffra 33 drew Taralgon 33; Drouin 33 d Leongatha 39; Morwell - bye. 15 & Under: Wonthaggi 14 lt Sale 51; Warragul 28 drew Moe 28; Maffra 16 lt Traralgon 29; Druin 42 d Leongatha 8; Morwel - bye. 13 & Under: Wonthaggi 27 lt Sale 37; Warragul 19 lt Moe 23; Maffra 16 d Traralgon 14; Drouin 15 lt Leongatha 20; Morwell - bye.


A Grade * Drouin .........................163.6 24 Maffra ..........................128.3 24 Leongatha ....................140.4 20 Traralgon .....................129.5 20 Wontahggi .................... 111.8 12 Morwell ...........................98.2 12 Warragul ..........................71.9 8 Sale..................................68.0 8 Moe .................................46.2 0 * Ladder amended as Leongatha forfeited v Traralgon Round 6 due to unregistered player. B Grade Morwell ........................210.6 28 Traralgon .....................124.1 22 Drouin ..........................138.7 20 Maffra ..........................120.7 18 Sale .............................. 113.1 16 Leongatha...................... 111.2 12 Wonthaggi .......................94.3 8 Warragul ..........................43.4 4 Moe .................................41.3 0 C Grade Maffra ..........................186.4 24 Traralgon .....................176.7 24 Morwell ........................155.5 24 Drouin ..........................153.8 24 Leongatha ......................90.7 12 Wonthaggi .......................99.0 8 Sale..................................76.1 8 Warragul ..........................32.8 4 Moe .................................39.3 0 17 & Under Traralgon .....................187.7 26 Maffra ..........................157.7 26

Leongatha ....................125.6 24 Sale ............................... 118.3 16 Wonthaggi ....................106.8 12 Warragul ..........................81.2 12 Morwell ...........................80.7 8 Drouin .............................80.7 4 Moe .................................30.1 0 15 & Under * Traralgon ...................256.9 28 Maffra ..........................237.6 28 Sale ...............................186.3 20 Drouin ..........................165.3 20 Morwell ..........................88.8 12 Leongatha........................71.9 12 Wonthaggi .......................47.8 4 Warragul ...........................48.8 2 Moe .................................31.6 2 *Ladder amended as Drouin forfeited v Morwell Round 5 due to unregistered player. 13 & Under * Sale ...............................220.2 28 Wonthaggi ...................227.8 24 Leongatha ....................149.2 20 Drouin ..........................100.0 16 Maffra ............................88.2 12 Morwell ...........................72.0 12 Moe .................................52.2 10 Traralgon .........................79.6 6 Warragul ..........................35.6 0 *Ladder amended as Traralgon forfeited v Wonthaggi Round 2 and v Morwell Round 3 due to unregistered player.

Toora - bye. 13 & Under: Yarram 13 d Phillip Island 8; MDU 23 d Tarwin 18; Kor-Bena 24 d DWWWW 2; Inv-Kongwak 21 d Fish Creek 20; Foster 54 d Stony Creek 4; Dalyston 46 d Kilcunda-Bass 4; Toora - bye.

Ladders A Grade Foster ...............................265.2 Kor-Bena .........................216.1 Dalyston ...........................169.6 Inv-Kongwak ..................140.1 Stony Creek.....................125.5 Fish Creek .......................102.0 Phillip Island ..................... 95.5 Yarram ................................75.7 MDU...................................75.9 Toora ...................................46.6 DWWWW..........................42.3 Tarwin ................................. 56.0 B Grade Foster ...............................282.5 Kor-Bena .........................183.8 Dalyston ...........................138.9 Inv-Kongwak ..................155.1 MDU ................................150.3 Stony Creek..................... 110.2 Phillip Island ....................122.5 Fish Creek ..........................82.1 DWWWW..........................51.9 Toora ...................................46.9 Yarram ................................49.7 Tarwin ................................. 50.8 Kil-Bass .............................. 50.6 C Grade Dalyston ...........................173.7 Foster ...............................289.7 Kor-Bena .........................218.1 MDU ................................203.4 Inv-K’wak .......................138.8 Yasrram ........................... 117.8 Stony Creek ........................88.5

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Phillip Island ....................103.1 Fish Creek ..........................85.6 Tarwin .................................47.6 Kilcunda-Bass .................... 37.3 Toora ................................... 36.9 DWWWW.......................... 35.7 17 & Under Kor-Bena .........................371.9 Foster ...............................281.0 Yarram.............................202.9 Dalyston ...........................106.0 Phillip Island...................150.4 MDU ................................135.5 Fish Creek ..........................91.4 Stony Creek ........................77.5 Toora ...................................39.5 Inv-Kongwak .....................45.4 Kilcunda-Bass .................... 30.4 DWWWW.......................... 18.6 15 & Under Kor-Bena .........................246.6 Dalyston ...........................195.7 Fish Creek .......................177.8 Stony Creek.....................147.4 MDU ................................ 111.6 Phillip Island.....................88.6 Tarwin .................................93.2 Foster ..................................64.1 Inv-Kongwak .....................73.2 Toora ...................................56.9 DWWWW..........................84.8 Yarram ................................63.2 Kil-Bass .............................. 47.6 13 & Under Dalyston ...........................306.8 Foster ...............................290.6 Yarram.............................145.7 MDU ................................107.5 Kor-Bena .........................212.5 Inv-Kongwak ..................103.0 Tarwin .................................96.4 Fish Creek ..........................86.7 Toora ...................................74.8 Phillip Island ......................82.4 DWWWW..........................38.2 Stony Creek ........................ 38.4 Kil-Bass .............................. 36.3

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A Grade: Town Green’s Dana de Bondt and Mt Eccles Aqua’s Nicole Macqueen at LDNA.

Leongatha & District netball Results Saturday, June 5 11/Under: Town Tangerine 18 d Mt Eccles White 1, St Laurence Blue 3 drew Mirboo North 3, St Laurence Gold 14 d Town Blue 1, Mt Eccles Aqua 9 d South Gippsland 8, Town Green - bye. 13/Under: Town Tangerine 15 d Mt Eccles Pink 8, South Gippsland 19 d Mt Eccles Purple 4, Town Green 20 d St Laurence 16, Mirboo North 19 d Town Black 8. 15/Under: Town Green 21 d Town Yellow 18, St Laurence 31 d Mt Eccles Navy 25, Mirboo North - bye. B / B Reserve: Mt Eccles Aqua 37 d Mt Eccles Navy 18, Mt Eccles White 46 d St Laurence Gold 21, Mt Eccles Pink 39 d St Laurence Blue 20, Town Green 46 d South Gippsland 33, Town Black - bye.

A Grade: Town Green 45 d Mt Eccles Aqua 31, Mt Eccles White 46 d St Laurence 39, Town Black - bye.

Ladders 13/Under Town Tangerine .........426.47 South Gippsland ........200.00 Town Green................137.68 St Laurence ..................75.28 Mt Eccles Pink ............ 113.79 Mirboo North ................46.46 Town Black ...................47.78 Mt Eccles Purple ...........27.27 15/Under Mt Eccles Navy ..........120.75 St Laurence ................105.69 Mirboo North ..............92.05 Town Green..................93.81 Town Yellow .................85.85 B / B Reserve Mt Eccles Aqua.......... 242.11 Mt Eccles Pink ...........179.37 Mt Eccles White ........159.01 Town Black ................100.54 Town Green ...................86.05 St Laurence Blue ...........80.21 Mt Eccles Navy .............69.71 St Laurence Gold ..........69.35 South Gippsland ............47.73 A Grade Town Green................165.63 Mt Eccles White ........ 110.00 St Laurence ................103.63 Mt Eccles Aqua............81.97 Town Black ...................52.33

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Heart of the Parrots reason,” he said. “I was walking up and down the aisles of Safeway when I saw some microwave popcorn on the shelf and I had to have it. “Anyway I grabbed it and I was eating it every day. Religiously, every day.” Eventually through a series of correspondences he managed to meet the parents of the young man whose heart was beating inside Billy. “When I eventually met the family I asked them what he was in to. I asked them what foods he ate. He liked his takeaway foods, his McDonalds. I said, ‘Well that’s not me. But I got into this popcorn,’” he said. “Their eyes just lit up and his mum went to the pantry and pulled out all these boxes of microwave popcorn. He used to eat it every day and he was like that as well. “I don’t eat it like that every day, but I still get a craving for it.” While Billy was recovering in Melbourne he met up with former Leongatha coach and Footscray Football Club player Brian Royal. Royal was working as an assistant coach at the Richmond Football Club and helped Billy find a job there. “I just went down there to help out and just do whatever. But the bloke in charge of their property department decided to retire, so the position opened up,” he said. “The footy club approached me to take over as property manger. I wasn’t getting paid by the footy club, but I

By Matt Dunn

FOR former Leongatha Football Club legend Billy Clarke, coming back to help out at the club was a “no brainer”.

“I’m really committed to Leongatha. I’m a life member at the club. I played 208 games of senior footy there. I’m really committed to see Leongatha get back and win another premiership,” he said. “I really want to see that happen. Whether I go out coaching again at senior level, I don’t know. At the moment I just feel I want to put in to Leongatha as much as I can. “I’d like to be at the next premiership, for sure.” Billy is coaching the seconds, but is also doing whatever else needs to be done around the club. Billy played 208 games for the Parrots, before playing at Fish Creek. It was there, in 2004, that he was diagnosed with heart disease. He would later have a heart transplant after a suitable donor was found: a 24-year-old motocross enthusiast from Adelaide who had lost his life when he flipped his bike. The new heart had greater effect than just the obvious one of keeping Billy alive. “The only thing I found really strange was when I first came out of the transplant they said, ‘You can eat whatever you like now.’ I couldn’t go and get a packet of salt and eat that, but pretty much anything within

Helping hand: Billy Clarke, right, is always happy to give advice to Leongatha’s young players. got the use of a vehicle, interstate travel and all that sort of thing.” While it was exciting being part of an AFL football club, the pace became too much in the end. While Billy was taking care of his health and the heart transplant had been a resounding success, he was not able to do what

South Gippsland soccer reps U14 South Gippsland girls scored the first goal through Georgia McDonough after a good passage of play. South Gippsland dominated most of the first half, but Monash scored two goals just before half time. After the break Monash caught South Gippsland napping to score their third. South Gippsland moved Ruby Summerfield on to the Monash goal scorer to take her out of the game. This and with South Gippsland getting back on top resulted in their second goal. South Gippsland attacked for the last 10 minutes, but could not score. Final score 3–2 to Monash. South Gippsland U14 boys played Sale at Morwell. The game began with Sale having a number of scoring shots, but the South Gippsland defence stood solid and conceded only five goals. South Gippsland also had their opportunities, but was unable to convert. Solid kicking from South Gippsland saw the Sale goalkeeper being hit in the nose, coming off the ground rule, then within the next five minutes another Sale team member was hit in the face by the ball and went off the ground. A free kick just before the half way line

was awarded to South Gippsland, a beautiful kick by Ryan Kelsey had the ball sailing just over the cross bar. A number of position changes to the South Gippsland team in the second half saw them score a goal within the first five minutes. This gave the South Gippsland team some encouragement and when a penalty kick was awarded to Tom for being tackled within the goal square, the penalty shot was taken by Max, but did not convert. The South Gippsland team played a strong and competitive game, well done to all the team. Final score 10–1 to Sale. South Gippsland U16 boys played good attacking soccer from start to finish. South Gippsland went into half time 3-0 up. Playing as they did in the first half, South Gippsland took command of play and scored a further three before allowing Fortuna to slip in three goals. South Gippsland had many near misses as they attacked harder. Final score 6–4 to South Gippsland (goal scorers Sebastian Peattie 3, Callum McCarthy 1, Thomas Morgan 1 and Keanu Miller 1).

Wonthaggi table tennis WITH only a few weeks to go before the finals, A Grade and A Reserve teams are battling it out to make the final four. Junior competition Top shot: Hector Hilberto, Daisy Filippi, Caitlyn Taylor. Round the table: Daisy Filippi, Hector Hilberto, Jesse Condron. Numbers: Hesse Condron (19). Doubles: Georgia Filippi, Caitlyn Taylor d Jesse Condron, Hector Hilberton.

Hit the bat: Jesse Condron (7). This was a record number. B Grade players are reminded that there is a tournament on Thursday 6pm to 8.15pm. The cost is $5 per player. There will be a number of events, including handicap events to cater for all standards of play.

Ladders A Grade Double A ............ 24 30 (141) Warriors ............ 24 25 (111) Bulldogs ............ 20 26 (130) Turbos ................ 20 21 (109) Stedi ................... 16 20 (101) The Seals ............... 4 14 (79)

A Reserve Efficient ............... 20 Tigger................... 16 Khaos................... 16 Cape Storm ......... 12 Hit & MIss ............ 12 K-Tees .................... 8

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(70) (71) (63) (58) (55) (48)

Leading players A Grade Michael Ede ................ 17 Bruce Harmer ............. 16 Andrew Donohue ........ 14 Justin Licis .................. 12 Dirk Holwerda ............. 12 Averil Roberts ............. 11

(71) (70) (63) (56) (49) (51)

A Reserve Nancy Pattinson.......... 12 Gary Morley ................ 12 Beau Thompson ........ 12 Michael Veal ............... 10 Jarrod Donohue ............ 7 Sam Watson ................. 7

(38) (38) (36) (32) (26) (22)

Mid week ladies bowls MID week bowls was held on June 3 at Corinella. It was a lovely, sunny day and was enjoyed by all 54 in attendance. Welcome to Alan Dansey, a new member. George Rhodes who has been on the sick list looks great now. Keep it up George. Bruce Sivyer returned from holidays. There were five two game winners, three missed out. The winning team was a triple skipped by Alan Melville, with (2nd) Thelma Kavanagh and (lead) Judy Christie with a score of 35 points. Runners-up were skipped by Cliff Scamell (3rd) Marlene Puncher (2nd), Pauline McWilliams, Bill Lowe on 52.5. The best one game winner was skipped by our new member Alan Dansey much to his delight, with (3rd) Joan Farmer, (2nd) Merton Roberts and (L) Betty Merlin. Our encouragement award went to (s) Frank Carey, (3) Fred Herns (2nd) Tony Stewart and (L) Terry Biddulph. They won by a small margin. There were some close games decided by percentage. Enid and Margaret in the kitchen looked after us well with home made soup, pies, dim sims etc. Thanks ladies. Our next game is at Tarwin Lower on June 10 at 11am. Names in by 10.30am. Happy bowling.

he had before the operation. “I just said to them, it’s all getting too much for me,” he said. He said to be on a first name basis with the players was “fantastic”. “Just to be in the know was great. I got along really well with Terry Wallace. There were a lot of good

things I took out of it. I’ve got pages and pages of coaching stuff I can use,” he said. There is little doubt that this information will be put to good use. Billy has one intention for Leongatha. Premiership glory.

Leongatha table tennis WITH games still proving to be anyone’s on the night across all grades, the ladder remains split by a hair. Who could have ever written a story stating the A Reserve comp’s top spot would be shared by five teams. The top four teams for B Grade have their own little battle going on. Game scores Pennant - Round 6, May 28: Michael and Neil 4/16 d Jason and Sebastian 1/8, Dirk and Dom 3/15 d Michael and Leonie 2/12, Ashley and Jason 3/17 d Andrew and Tricia 2/14, Team 1 - bye. A Reserve - Round 6, June 2: Hopefuls 8/25 d Under Dogs 3/14, Inspiration 7/24 d

Zoltan 4/19, Kestrel 6/23 d Pot Bellies 5/19, Heifers 6/20 d Slappers 5/18. B Grade - Round 7, June 3: Girl Power 6/20 d Flinstones 5/20, Almighty 8/26 d JYD 3/12, Pythons 6/19 d Flying Kangas 5/18, Funky Monkeys 6/20 d LAK Skill 5/20. Ladders (2 pts for a win-rubbersgames) Pennant Team 6.........................17-66-8 Team 3.........................16-83-6 Team 1.......................16-76-10 Team 2.........................14-70-6 Team 7 .........................12-66-4 Team 5 ......................... 11-57-2 Team 4 ...........................4-33-0 A Reserve Inspiration................8-38-132 Slappers ....................8-37-133 Heifers.......................8-36-129 Zoltan........................8-34-132

Kestrels ......................8-32-119 Pot Bellies..................4-31-109 Hopefuls ....................2-29-100 Under Dogs ...............2-28-100 B Grade Flinstones................10-44-146 Almightys .................8-41-143 Girl Power ................8-41-133 Pythons .....................8-41-135 LAK Skill ..................6-39-133 Flying Kangas ...........6-38-133 JYD ............................4-29-110 Funky Monkeys ........2-30-144 The Leongatha Table Tennis Centre will be operating a fun day on Thursday, July 1 from 10am to 4pm, and then in the evening at 7pm will be holding an auction. Make sure you bring the entire family, all your friends and don’t forget your neighbour too. There are many fantastic items (over 50) to be sold. Don’t miss your chance to grab a bargain.

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Parrots deliver at Drouin LEONGATHA held off a late charge from Drouin to record a seven point win at Drouin on Saturday.

The Hawks came at the Parrots during the last quarter, but were unable to run over the top as the visitors clung to victory. A goal from livewire forward Sam Sperling got his side across the line in a match that was dominated by drizzle and dark skies. It was difficult viewing by the end of the match, with Drouin’s lights not supplying much help. But there was plenty of reason to be positive,

with some great football played by both sides in an entertaining clash. The first quarter was fast paced, with both sides keen to do some scoring early. Dwayne Holt was alert up forward, kicking two goals in the first term and leading hard to make space for team-mates. The ball was moving quickly from end to end, with Drouin able to make the most of their forward 50 entries, kicking five goals. At quarter time, and with an eight point deficit, coach Adrian Campbell

told his players that the pressure needed to lift. “We need to lift our tackle rate, and we need to start making it hard for them to move the ball,” he said. The players went out and did what he said, but Drouin was still able to find loose players throughout the ground, so they weren’t totally shut down. Nick Nagel kicked two goals during the quarter, one from a roving soccer goal that got his team up and going. The Parrots were able to wrestle back the momentum and held a 12 point lead going into the last half. The drizzle came down during the main break and made for difficult conditions in the third term. With both sides having plenty to play for, this

was always going to be a nail biter, set up by a hard fought quarter. Neither side were willing to give an inch as they scrapped and struggled for possession. Drouin’s kicking hurt them, as they booted only the six behinds for the quarter, any of which could’ve gone through for a goal. Matt Willcocks was the only person to kick a goal for the third term, scoring after he received a free kick in a goal square marking contest. The lead stretched to 14 points going into the last quarter, and Campbell asked his players to remember back to last year, when the side knocked Drouin out of finals contention. “Remember what it took to get us across the line, it’ll be in the back of

their minds too, let’s not rest until this is finished,” he said. The crowd got involved heavily in the last quarter, both teams’ supporters urging their team across the line. It was Drouin who started better, kicking two important goals, and even levelling the scores as they played inspired footy. The Parrots willed themselves, and continued to absorb the pressure, but were unable to counter attack as they were running on tired legs. With scores level and two minutes on the clock, Ben Geitz stood in the defensive goal square to kick out, a nervous place to be for any player. He played on to himself and ran to the back pocket before launching the ball up to the wing where Clint

Johnston was able to knock the ball Tom Dowd’s way. Dowd then delivered a long searching ball forward, Sam Sperling roved a pack, snapped an awkwardly bouncing ball for goal and the rest was history. A behind moments later sealed the win, and the

players celebrated out on the ground before belting out the team song with gusto. Confidence taken from this game will help immensely coming into an important clash with Moe next week at Yallourn North.

Leongatha 12.7.79 d Drouin 10.12.72

R. Surace, J. Renden UNDER 18s

Leongatha best: C. Johnston, C. Sanbrook, P. LePage, J. Casey, S. Sperling, N. Nagel. Goals: N. Nagel 4, S. Sperling 3, D. Holt 3, M. Willcocks 1, H. Browne 1. Drouin best: P. McGrath, D. Barrand, D. Olsen, A. Soumilas, B. McCallum, J. Barr Goals: D. Woodhead 2, T. Kneebone 2, M. Dow 1, B. Walker 1, R. Salter 1, P. McGrath 1, B. Fraser 1, B. McCallum 1 RESERVES

Leongatha 16.6.102 d Drouin 9.6.60

Drouin 8.11.59 d Leongatha 7.3.45

Top goalkicker: A. Heppell 3 (Leongatha). Drouin best: J. Jarred, J. Olsen, R. Vink, B. Haymes, A. Rigg, D. Jackson. Leongatha best: D. Gordon, A. Heppell, T. Goss, N. Tuckett, B. Graham, B. Davidson

Top goalkicker: S. Proctor 3. Drouin best: M. Hedley, L. Ferguson, A. Brock, S. Proctor, N. Burr, T. Piner. Leongatha best: A. Leith, R. Gillespie, I. McCallum, M. Grylls,

Top goalkicker: L. Castagna 6 (Leongatha). Leongatha best: T. Gordon, M. Elliott, L. Dumont, P. Kindellan, R. Kelly, L. Castagna. Drouin best: J. Fairlie, J. Kingi, J. Jarred, A. Barallon, J. Dunlop, A. Salce. UNDER 16s

Drouin 7.10.52 d Leongatha 7.7.49

Power’s heart stopping win WONTHAGGI Power had their second win of the season after a courageous effort against Sale on Saturday at Wonthaggi.

The Power were in desperate need of a win and went in confident that after last week’s solid perfomance they were capable of coming off the field with a victory. The Power started strongly and their midfielders seemed more switched on than the Sale side, whose defenders were caught off guard when the Power goaled early. Sale were quick to reply through Brendan Martin. Wonthaggi’s Phil Young, Andrew Seccull and Kainen Schrape were all finding the ball early, laying some strong tackles and putting immense pressure on their opponents. Wonthaggi played a brilliant standard of football in the first quarter and went into the break with a good lead. Quarter time: Wonthaggi 5.6.36 to Sale 2.3.15. The second quarter saw heavy rain set in and with this came a scrambled passage that didn’t deliver many goals. Power’s coach Paul Brosnan had started brilliantly and was setting himself for a big game. Dean Mathews, Sigi Asa Leausa and Sam Combridge were also

having to stand up without key backman Cam Jones, who was injured. Wonthaggi maintained the intensity that gave them the edge in the first quarter. They were working harder across the ground, running in numbers, supporting, blocking, and tackling as a team. Due to the conditions there was only one goal for the quarter to the Power’s Ben Young. He kicked truly, allowing his side to go into the half time break with momentum and confidence. Half time: Wonthaggi 6.8.44 to Sale 2.6.18. At the main break the coach’s instructions were simple; if the Power stuck to the game plan and maintained their intensity, work rate and urgency they would come out winners. Sale, however immediately put pressure on Wonthaggi and were rewarded for their hard running and physicality with several goals that lifted the team. Wonthaggi’s Nat Jones, Ryan Underwood, and Matt Kremmer were all trying hard for their team as was Jason Kelly in the ruck. The conditions had cleared and gave Sale a chance to claw the margin back. Goals to Quirk and Martin lifted the Magpies and increased desperation in the match. The Power was kept to just one goal for the quarter, but going into the

final break they still held the lead by just four points. Three quarter time: Wonthaggi 7.8.50 to Sale 6.10.46. The final term started with some vital clearances to the Power, Tim Gilliland and Andrew Seccull were unstoppable, using their impressive foot skills to help keep Wonthaggi composed and in possession of the ball. Both teams were now playing desperate football and Wonthaggi goaled early through Paul Brosnan after some fantastic team play. Sale then lifted again and through Corey Scholtes snapped a goal from the boundary and then again on the run minutes later. This resulted in two Magpie goals and gave Sale the lead for the first time in the game by one point. There was mounting pressure on the young Wonthaggi outfit to lift again and try and avoid a heart breaking loss. With only minutes to go, the Power forced the ball forward where Josh Olden copped a high tackle and was awarded a free kick and a chance to win the game for his side. The atmosphere was enormous and a huge roar was heard from the crowd when he booted a great goal and put his team in front by five points. The siren sounded about three minutes later after what seemed a lifetime to the Wonthaggi boys, who had played fantastic football all day and were deserving for their hard work throughout the match. Final score: Wonthaggi 10.11.71 to Sale 9.12.66.

Paul Brosnan: the Power’s playing coach was one of the Power’s best.

Wonthaggi Power 10.11.71 d Sale 9.12.66 Wonthaggi best: T. Gilliland, N. Jones, J. Olden, S. Asa Leausa, A. Seccull, P. Brosnan. Goals: P. Brosnan 2, T. Gedye 2, J. Olden 2, R. Underwood 1, B. Young 1, M. Kremmer 1, A. Seccull 1. Sale best: T. Leeds, C. Scholtes, J. Sweeney, C. Flint, N. Fowler, C. Laverty. Goals: B. Martin 4, T. Smith 2, R. McAdam 1, K. Martin 1, J. Garrett 1 RESERVES

Sale 10.9.69 d Wonthaggi 6.3.39 Top goalkicker: M. Davis 4. Sale best: T. Broughton, J. Glenane, J. Simmons, P. Curtain, L. Henderson, D. Minto. Wonthaggi best: F. O’Connor, R.

Tack, J. Armstrong, D. Foon, R. Todd UNDER 18s

Wonthaggi 9.9.63 drew with Sale 9.9.63 Top goalkickers: O. Collins and J. McIntyre 3 (Sale). Wonthaggi best: J. Sheerin, T. Harley, J. Blair, P. Ryan, A. McCall. Sale best: J. Joyce, N. Roberts, J. Kennedy, A. Jago, O. Collins, B. Scott. UNDER 16s

Sale 20.19.139 d Wonthaggi Power 1.1.7 Top goalkicker: W. Hams 6 (Sale). Sale best: W.Hams, S.Lange, C.Garrett, J.Martyn, B.Hughes, Z.Petrovic Wonthaggi best: Z. Gilmour, A. Filippi, M. Kelly, T. Hamilton, T. Huther, R. Lindsay

Three quarter time: Wonthaggi needed to lift if they hoped to win.

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Gippsland League Round 8 SENIORS LADDER W L D



Maffra ...............7 1 0 186.23 28 Traralgon ........5 2 0 129.72 20 Drouin ..............4 3 0 137.09 16 Moe ..................4 3 0 115.58 16 Morwell ............4 3 0 113.82 16 Sale ..................3 4 0 105.87 12 Leongatha.........3 4 0 82.99 12 Won Power .......2 5 0 55.41 8 Warragul ..........0 7 0 34.21 0 GOALKICKERS

D. Stubbe (Maffra)............... (6) T. Aitken (Trar)..................... (2) T. Kneebone (Drouin).......... (2) L. Dowling (Morwell) ........... (0) B. Martin (Sale) ................... (4) G. Jones (Maffra) ................ (1) M. Forys (Moe) ................... (2) B. Carmody (Drouin) ........... (0) R. McMahon (Moe) ............. (6) S. Mills (Morwell)................. (0)

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Maffra ...............7 Traralgon .........6 Sale ..................5 Morwell ............4 Drouin ..............4 Won Power .......3 Moe ..................1 Leongatha.........1 Warragul ...........0

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0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0



267.80 28 266.25 24 154.85 20 126.09 18 107.01 18 91.73 12 60.85 4 47.75 4 18.47 0


J. Langshaw (Maffra) .......... (1) 19 R. Tack (Won Power) .......... (0) 13 G. Barnes (Trar) .................. (0) 12 N. Quenault (Trar) ............... (0) 12 S. Proctor (Drouin) .............. (3) 12 J. Bristow (Maffra) ................. (1) 9 B. Hough (Traf)...................... (0) 9 L. Henderson (Sale).............. (0) 9 T. Gardiner (Drouin) .............. (2) 9 A. Battista (Moe) .................. (4) 8




Traralgon .........7 0 0 404.85 28 Maffra ..............6 2 0 187.86 24 Leongatha .......6 1 0 178.81 24 Moe ..................3 4 0 95.56 12 Sale ..................2 4 1 80.49 10 Won Power .......2 4 1 73.59 10 Drouin ...............2 4 1 70.18 10 Warragul ...........2 4 1 63.95 10 Morwell .............0 7 0 29.10 0 GOALKICKERS

N. Nagel (L’gatha) ............... (0) J. Johnstone (Mafra) ........... (0) J. McIntyre (Sale) ................ (3) B. Graham (Trar) ................. (1) J. Tait (Maffra) ..................... (1) S. Spiteri (Moe) ................... (2) B. May (Maffra) .................. (1)

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Traralgon .........7 Maffra ...............7 Sale ..................5 Drouin ..............4 Warragul ..........4 Leongatha .......2 Morwell ............2 Won Power ......1 Moe ..................0

0 1 2 3 3 5 5 6 7

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0



681 88 593.62 171.55 100.86 98.31 118.20 48.56 14.54 16.06

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A. Castagna (L’gatha) ......... (1) 23 D. Prout (Maffra) ................. (0) 22 J. Cunico (Trar) ................... (2) 22 J. Kiss (Maffra) .................... (1) 20 A. Carr (Maffra) ................... (2) 20 N. Graham (Trar) .................. (2) 16 W. Hams (Sale) ................... (6) 14 B. Northover (Trar) ............. (0) 14.

Other matches Maffra 15.11.101 d Traralgon 6.13.49. Moe 23.14.152 d Warragul 5.7.37.

RESERVES Moe 12.16.88 d Warragul 2.2.14. Maffra 10.14.74 d Traralgon 5.5.35.

UNDER 18s Warragul 8.14.62 d Moe 8.5.53. Traralgon 11.18.84 d Maffra 2.6.18.

UNDER 16s Traralgon 8.8.56 d Maffra 4.2.26. Warragul 20.12.132 d Moe 1.4.10.

Mirboo North’s easy win SECOND-placed Mirboo North comfortably defeated final-five aspirant, Thorpdale, by 56 points at Tigerland last Saturday, to record its 15th straight victory over the Dales. Mirboo North now goes into this weekend’s Queen’s Birthday mid-season break with eight wins after nine rounds of Mid Gippsland football. Despite its loss, Thorpdale holds onto fifth spot on the ladder with four victories, six points clear of Newborough, which went down to Yarragon by 51 points. As the match wore on, the tenacious Tigers, who had eight individual goalkickers and an explosive engine room, were far too accomplished, co-ordinated and structured for Thorpdale. MirbooNorthwelcomed back lion-hearted 2006 and 2007 premiership defender, Stuart Keel, who flew down from Queensland to help bolster the Tigers’ backline in his first appearance in the yellow and black for three seasons. Mirboo North’s tight defence of Drew Gardener, Ben Webb, Keel and the dashing Jacob Vuillermin, made scoring goals for Thorpdale as difficult as selling hot cakes in a gluten-free community. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, Thorpdale wasn’t able to match activity with achievement on the scoreboard.

A last term blitz of eight goals from the ravenous Tigers, saw them decimate their tiring opponents, many of whom had virtually stopped to a walk. It was a brilliant display of slick, play-on football where Mirboo North was running in twos and threes and had loose men everywhere. The super-fit Tigers seemed to be moving the ball as quickly in the closing stages of the game as they were in the first quarter. Mirboo North’s Jacob Nash and Josh Taylor were prominent up forward, each booting four goals and ripping the hearts out of Thorpdale’s perplexed defence. Dom Pinneri and Dwayne Gunn also provided terrific moving targets for their Tiger team-mates across halfforward, both snaring two important goals. The mighty Tigers had their first major on the board after only 22 seconds on the clock when Don Webb, Matt Holland, Anthony Bence and Shane Peters linked up for Peters to slam a superb 55-metre drop punt high over the goal umpire’s head. Thorpdale quickly answered when veteran playing coach, Danny Millar, marked a hot pass from Julian Price and kicked truly from 40 metres. Mirboo North’s quintessential ball gatherer, Anthony Bence, took the mark of the day when he rose up like a golden eagle, pulled down a screamer

and hit the ground running during the first term. “That’s what Essendon’s Jason Winderlich used to do all the time, when he played for us as a kid,” noted one Thorpdale fan on the terraces. The Dales had great triers in Symon Lee, Chris Cairns and Daniel Grima, who constantly put their bodies on the line and hit the packs hard. However, Thorpdale was unable to contain Don Webb’s dominance in the ruck, which gave Mirboo North’s quick men Matt Holland, Josh Taylor, Brett Palmer, Alex Windsor, Bence and Peters unlimited scope to productively run and carry the ball downfield. Mirboo North’s fastest man, Damien Turner, was another Tiger whose explosive speed and long kicking troubled Thorpdale. After trailing by 24 points at half-time, a small window of opportunity opened for Thorpdale in the third quarter: Daniel Martin and Millar snapped clever goals and the Tigers were having trouble clearing the ball out of their defensive zone. But two goals from Nash, who had been moved to full-forward, soon slammed the window shut on the Dales. The Tigers never looked back and suddenly, everything went pearshaped for Thorpdale.

Morwell East 13.11.89 d Boolarra 11.11.77. Morwell East best: M. Higgins, C. Smogavec, S. Tobin (Snr), W. Amalos, M. Van Dyke, R. Semmler. Morwell East goals: S. Tobin (Snr) 7, M. Van Dyke 3, R. Semmler 1, R. Sutherland 1, J. Blair 1. Boolarra best: K. Towt, D. Wilson, D. Hvalica, M. Powers, J. O’Keefe, S. Fox. Boolarra goals: B. Wilson 3, M. Powers 2, K. Towt 2, D. McLaughlin 1, J.Cargill 1, M. Cleaver 1, J. O’Keefe 1.

RESERVES Morwell East 7.9.111 d Boolarra 10.5.65. Top goalkicker: R. Harrington 4

Mirboo North 16.9.105 d Thorpdale 6.13.49. Mirboo North best: D. Webb, J. Nash, A. Bence, M. Holland, J. Taylor, S. Peters. Goals: J. Nash 4, J. Taylor 4, D. Pinneri 2, D. Gunn 2, A. Bence 1, B. Palmer 1, A. McCarthy 1, S. Peters 1. Thorpdale best: S. Lee, C. Cairns, D. Crima, J. Price, D. Millar, M. Shannon.. Goals: D. Millar 2, J. James 1, R. Pickering 1, J. Atkinson 1, D. Martin 1.

(Morwell East). Morwell East best: R. Henry, R. Pepper., D. Shields, A. Duncan, M. Lawrence, R. Francis. Boolarra best: J. Kelly, T. Beamish, M. Windsor, R. Beamish, H. Kite, E. Stanton.

FOURTHS Morwell East 12.8.80 d Boolarra 7.3.45. Top goalkicker: M. Tobin 3 (Morwell East), J. Giardina 3 (Boolarra). Morwell East best: H. LawsonPepper, A. Mobourne, E. Semmler, B. Mills, S. Ronke, J. Francis.. Boolarra best: J. Anderson, J. Giardina, H. Towns, J. Dudek, T. Dowe.

Tiziani, B. Hammond, S. Paynter, T. Loft, J. Asmussen.

THIRDS Mirboo North 19.15.129 d Thorpdale 0.3.3. Top goalkicker: L. Grownow 6 (MN). Mirboo North best: L. Gronow, J. Peters, M. Dyke, J. Graeme, J. Farrington, T. Bye. Thorpdale best: B. Willis, H. O’Connell, N. Stewart, A. Bremner, S. Sultana, D. Jones.


RESERVES Mirboo North 6.10.46 d Thorpdale 4.7.31. Top goalkickers: A. Tangusso 2, S. Lawson 2 (MN), A. Wright 2 (Thorpdale). Mirboo North best: A. Tangusso, S. Lawson, D. Banks, N. Gardiner, M. Briscoe, L. Gervasi. Thorpdale best: S. Cooper, N.

Mirboo North 14.12.96 d Thorpdale 1.1.7. Top goalkicker: L. Nash 4 (MN). Mirboo North best: B. Taylor, J. Gostling, L. Nash, B. Sanders, N. Gervasi, L. Joustra. Thorpdale best: T. Jenkinson, B. Bailey, B. Graham-Wyntjes, Z. MacKenzie, B. Bailey, A. Mackiew.

OTHER MATCHES Yarragon 14.12.96 d Newborough 6.9.45. Trafalgar 16.13.109 d Yall Yall North 8.8.56. RESERVES Newborough 14.11.109 d Yarragon 5.5.35. Yinnar 9.5.59 d Hill End 8.2.50. Trafalgar 7.5.47 d Yall Yall

North 6.6.42. THIRDS Hill End 13.9.87 d Yinnar 8.9.57. FOURTHS Yarragon 5.6.36 d Newborough 5.5.35. Yinnar 8.5.53 d Hill End 2.3.15. Trafalgar 15.10.100 d Yall Yall North 3.7.25.

Gippsland Power loses by six to Knights A QUICK analysis of the Loy Yang B Gippsland Power’s six point loss to TAC Cap ladder leader Northern Knights could result in a conclusion that they did very well to get that close to a quality side and that they are on track for further improvement after a decidedly dodgy start to their 2010 season.

Adding further to this positive spin on the defeat is the fact the Power were without five of their best players who were involved in the second round of the national championships. On the face of it therefore, the loss was “acceptable” and the Power players could draw some strength from the result. However closer scrutiny will lead to a totally different view as the Knights went into the game without eight of their better players and this gave the Power

an edge in terms of the impact of the state side’s commitments. The final clincher in terms of the real assessment of the result was the fact that the Power could have and should have won the game easily, based on the determination in their general play. The boys now have a week off and it will give the coaching team the chance to reflect on recent performances. They will have a lot to be pleased with in terms of the boys’

Parrot profiles Rhett McLennan

Do you have any pre-match superstitions? No. Favourite AFL club? Western Bulldogs. Favourite food? Chocolate Ripple Cake. Favourite movie? Anchorman. Favourite band? Kenny Rogers. What was your first car? 1978 long-wheel Landcruiser. Who is your sporting hero? Roger Federer. What is your main ambition in football? Win another premiership at Leongatha.

Do you have any prematch superstitions? N/A. Favourite AFL club? Essendon. Favourite food? Roast Lamb. Favourite movie? Shawshank Redemption. Favourite band? Coldplay. What was your first car? Ford Falcon. Who is your sporting hero? Floyd Mayweather Jnr. What is your main ambition in football? Win a premiership.

Will Geisler

endeavour and ability to apply effective and consistent pressure all over the field. The form of their marking forwards is another significant positive as well as the excellent work of the young ruckmen in the stoppages. Final scores: Northern Knights 9.8.62 defeated Loy Yang B Gippsland Power 8.8.54. Goalkickers Ben Eddy 4, Damian Hector, Dean McDonald, Darcy Thorpe and Shaun Marusic 1.

Mid Gippsland League SENIORS LADDER Trafalgar ............... 223.68 36 Mirboo North ........ 120.56 32 Morwell East......... 143.52 28 Yarragon .............. 170.07 24 Thorpdale ............... 99.56 16 Newborough ............ 80.70 10 Boolarra ................... 75.23 10 Yall Yall North ............ 66.99 8 Yinnar ....................... 62.76 8 Hill End .................... 62.62 8

RESERVES LADDER Morwell East......... 275.62 36 Mirboo North ........ 167.37 32 Trafalgar ............... 178.92 24 Newborough ......... 122.81 24 Thorpdale ............. 133.10 20 Boolarra ................. 111.44 16 Yall Yall NOrth .......... 71.87 12 Yinnar ...................... 56.81 12 Hill End ...................... 69.65 4 Yarragon .................... 18.19 0

THIRDS LADDER Mirboo North ........ 312.32 Newborough ......... 177.42 Hill End ................. 100.00 Thorpdale ............... 57.61 Yinnar ..................... 65.79 Trafalgar ................... 61.77 Morwell East ............ 75.27

32 32 28 22 20 18 16

FOURTHS LADDER Mirboo North ........ 292.45 32 Yarragon ............... 246.15 32 Newborough ......... 247.54 28 Trafalgar ............... 243.98 28 Yinnar ................... 164.99 20 Hill End .................... 72.56 12 Morwell East ............ 62.18 12 Thorpdale ................ 42.67 12 Yall Yall North ............. 37.19 4 Boolarra ..................... 29.35 0

FOOTY DRAWS THIS WEEKEND ALBERTON Round 11 - June 12 MDU v Yarram Phillip Island v Toora Kilcunda-Bass v Tarwin Fish Creek v Dalyston DWWWW v Inv-Kongwak Foster v Korumburra-Bena Stony Creek - bye

MID GIPPSLAND June 12 - No games

GIPPSLAND Round 9 - Queen’s Birthday “Blood Donor” June 12 Sale v Morwell Wonthaggi v Warragul Moe v Leongatha (Yall Nth) Traralgon v Drouin Maffra - bye

ELLINBANK Round 9A - June 12 Queen’s Birthday Weekend Nyora v Koo Wee Rup

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MDU breaks Tarwin drought SENIORS LADDER W L D



34.35 171.89 156.68 140.76 139.66 102.90 92.22 113.59 110.71 92.88 36.13 36.13 16.27

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GOALKICKERS A. Russell (Tarwin) .............. (0) J. Swift (Yarram).................. (5) J. Best (Foster) ................... (6) T. Bartholomew (Foster) ..... (0) L. Reddie (Inv-K’wak).......... (0) J. Wells (Kil-Bass) ............... (3) A. Harris (MDU) .................. (2) S. Clark (Kil-Bass) .............. (3) L. McMillan (Stony Creek) .. (1) D. Adkins (MDU) ................. (0)

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Foster...............8 Phillilp Island ..7 Stony Creek.....7 Kor-Bena..........6 Tarwin ..............5 MDU .................5 Fish Creek ........5 Yarram ..............4 Kil-Bass ............4 Inv-K’wak ..........4 Dalyston............1 Toora ................1 DWWWW..........0

0 3 2 4 3 4 3 5 5 5 7 7 9

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



Kor-Bena..........9 1 0 626.14 Stony Creek.....8 1 0 304.86 Inv-Kongwak ...8 1 0 299.36 Phillip Island ...7 3 0 239.72 Foster...............6 2 0 204.71 Fish Creek .......5 3 0 136.56 MDU .................4 5 0 92.22 Yarram ..............3 6 0 69.19 Toora.................3 5 0 35.23 Dalyston...........2 6 0 67.29 Kil-Bass ...........2 7 0 37.23 Tarwin ..............0 8 0 29.12 DWWWW.........0 9 0 12.13 GOALKICKERS J. Jackson (Inv-K’wak) ........ (5) J. Dowie (Inv-K’wak) ........... (5) D. Smith (Foster) ................. (0) B. Mitchell (Fish Creek) ...... (0) K. Taylor (P. Island)............. ((3) R. Durkin (Yarram) .............. (0) M. Davies (Stony Creek) ..... (0) J. Paterson (Kor-Bena) ...... (3) S. Hughes (Stony Creek) .... (4) M. Walker (Kor-Bena) ......... (4) L. Byrnes (Stony Creek) ..... (0)


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Philli Island....10 0 Kor-Bena..........9 1 Foster...............7 1 MDU .................6 3 Toora ................6 2 Dalyston ..........5 3 Kil-Bass ...........4 5 Stony Creek....3 6 Yarram .............3 6 Inv-Kongwak ...2 7 DWWWW..........1 8 Tarwin ..............1 7 Fish creek ........0 8

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



315.65 40 336.46 36 326.22 28 135.97 24 126.91 24 148.83 20 80.86 16 99.11 12 68.82 12 67.14 8 42.72 4 31.84 4 17.66 0

GOALKICKERS T. Sorrell (Kor-Bena) ........... (3) I. Osman (Kor-Bena) ........... (0) D. Johnston (PI) .................. (5) D. Williams (Foster) ............. (1) J. Prowd (Foster) ................ (3) R. Johnson (Inv-K’wak) ....... (4) M. Howell (Foster)............... (1) M. Edwards (Foster) ........... (1) O. Milton (Kil-Bass) ............. (0) J. Meade (Kor-Bena)........... (3)

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MDU travelled to Shark Park on Saturday having lost their last 11 clashes against Tarwin, last winning in round 10 2004 at Meeniyan. The Sharks went into this game without full-forward Alby Russell and Damien Atkins withdrew from the Demon line-up before the match. The ground was in excellent condition but greasy with a strong wind blowing across the ground. In the first quarter, MDU ruckman, D. Epa knocked the ball from the first bounce, lost the ball, the Demons swooped

and goaled. The MDU forward again held the ball inside 50 for three points. The Sharks finally broke clear, moved the ball forward and Bergles kicked truly. MDU went forward, missing goal opportunities. The Sharks went against the trend of play and went forward to goal and took a one point lead. MDU soon replied with a goal and dominated the rest of the quarter, missing many goal opportunities before A. Harris and Gowers both goaled in time on. The Demons led by 21 points at quarter time. Quarter time score: 2.0.12 v MDU 4.9.33. The second quarter began with light rain falling. Both

sides scored several points early. MDU scored a long goal. Bergles and McMicking scored consecutive goals for the Sharks but they missed opportunities for MDU as a heavy rain shower swept across the ground. MDU led by 15 points at half time. Half time scores: Tarwin 4.8.32 v MDU 6.11.47. The Sharks lifted their work rate early in the third quarter, scoring goals, reducing the margin to two points. The Sharks turned the ball over in defence, MDU scoring a vital goal. Cann goaled for Tarwin to again close the margin. MDU rallied with goals to T. Tohiariki and A. Harris. A long Tarwin kick skidded through for a goal.

By Jacob DeKunder

AFTER a disappointing loss in the wet last weekend to Fish Creek, KorumburraBena came into their game favourites against the Allies. In the cold, wet wintery conditions the Bulldogs controlled the game from the start and played good team and individual football. The Allies were unable to match the force of the home side who ended with an astonishing final margin of 235 points in their favour. Kor-Bena wasted no time moving the ball into their attacking 50 in the first, with Luke Van Rooye kicking the first goal soon after. This was followed by goals from Langley and Osman despite the defensive effort from the Allies back men. Kyron Rendell was able to capitalise from a solid mark for DWWWW, putting them on the scoreboard late in the first. This was answered by the Bulldogs, with goals from Osman and Van Rooye to end the first quarter. The Bulldogs control continued in the second with Reid Staples standing out, kicking three goals in a row early on in the quarter. The scoring continued for the Kor-Bena forwards, with

another six goals which the Allies were unable to answer. The weather cleared briefly late in the second and goals by Chad Macri and Ilan Osman ended the first half with the margin 123 points in the Bulldogs’ favour. After the main break the Allies came out in what seemed to be better form, but were still unable to score. Ty Lucas was a standout player in the third quarter, getting plenty of the football and scoring five goals for the home side. Rain started mid-way through the third, but it didn’t slow down the steam train that was the Bulldogs, with goals from Kyle and Staples. The Allies only managed to get a single behind on the score board late in the quarter, even


Korumburra-Bena 37.21.243 d DWWWW 1.2.8

Top Goalkicker: R. Provan 5 UNDER 18s

Kor-Bena best: T. Smith, R. Staples, I. Osman, B. Fitzpatrick, J. Hopkins, J. Kyle Goals: I. Osman 9, R. Staples 7, L. Van Rooye 6, T. Lucas 5, C. Langley 2, J. Kyle 2, B. Fitzpatrick 2, J. Paterson 1, D. Wyhoon 1, C. Macri 1, L. Earl 1 DWWWW best: S. Raspin, L. Madeley, S. Becker, R. Griffiths, G. Riley, A. Unmack Goals: K. Rendell 1 RESERVES

Kor-Bena 11.16.82 d DWWWW 2.2.14 Kor-Bena best: K. Rigby, N. Paterson, T. Findlay, J. Rippingale, M. Edwards, J. Meade DWWWW best: D. Vardy, R. Stainer, K. Henderson, H. Moore, B. Reed, A. Parry Top Goalkickers: J. Meade, T. Sorrell (Kor-Bena) 3 UNDER 15s

Kor-Bena 29.15.189 d DWWWW 0.0.00

GOALKICKERS J. Hopkins (Kor-Bena)....... (10) T. Bone (Kil-Bass) ............... (1) J. Read (Kil-Bass) ............... (2) T. Smith (Fish Creek) .......... (5) D. Blackney (Kil-Bass) ........ (0) A. Officer (PI) ...................... (2) J. Thomas (Dalyston) .......... (1) L. Johnson (Inv-K’wak) ....... (1) B. Cosson (Kor-Bena .......... (6) C. Smith (Kil-Bass) ............. (0)

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M.D.U 10.14.74 d Tarwin 8.14.62

UNDER 18s M.D.U 11.12.78 d Tarwin 1.2.8

M.D.U best: R. Harris, C. Salmon, K. Gowers, D. Epa, D. Aldridge, T. Tohiariki Goals: K. Gowers 2, S. Charlton 2, T. Tohiariki 2, A. Harris 2, D. Aldridge 1, R. Harris 1 Tarwin best: J. Bloom, D. McLean, B. Taber, B. Launder, K. Holden, T. Williamson Goals: K. Bergles 3, J. Cann 3, S. McMicking 1, V. Van Dillen 1 RESERVES

M.D.U 9.8.62 d Tarwin 3.7.25 M.D.U best: T. Trotman, L. Corry, T. West, N. Arnup, B. Pedlow, P. Harris Tarwin best: J. Van Dillen, G. Brennan, K. Sellings, P. Houston, C. Gerretzen, J. Shill Top Goalkicker: N. Arnup (M.D.U) 3

M.D.U best: S. Synan, B. Hocking, J. Sinclair, C. Hutcheson, T. Harris, H. Langenberg Tarwin best: J. Holness, J. McKenzie-Edwards, E. Charles, W. Lomax, A. Bell, D. Holden Top Goalkicker: S. Synan (M.D.U) 3

UNDER 15s M.D.U 11.6.72 d Tarwin 0.1.1 M.D.U best: J. Forrester, B. Thomas, A. Trotto, C. Harris, J. Winderlich, T. Hanrahan Tarwin best: N. Lomax, J. Beattie, C. Ginkel, T. Watts, L. Thwaites, K. Robinson Top Goalkicker: J. Forrester (M.D.U) 4

Kor-Bena best: A. O’Neill, N. Allen, Z. Mayo, J. Hopkins, Z. Walker, R. Hansch DWWWW best: B. Maher, B. O’Loughlin, L. Yodgee, D. Skarratt, A. Moore, S. Hunter Top Goalkicker: J. Hopkins (KorBena) 10

Kor-Bena: S. Paterson, C. Paterson, S. Hancock, M. Lambe, J. Paterson, R. Provan DWWWW best: C. Peterson, T. Hunter, S. Thomas, M. Marshall, O. Henderson, B. Brooks

Kor-Bena 32.17.209 d DWWWW 0.0.00

Ilan Osman: the Under 18s eligible player kicked nine for Kor-Bena against the Allies.

Inverloch-Kongwak wins in wet INVERLOCHKONGWAK took on Fish Creek at home on Saturday, and ran out winners by 20 points in a rain affected match.


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Final scores: Tarwin 8.12.60 lost to MDU 10.12.72.

with their strong efforts around the ball. The rain kept falling in the fourth and Kor-Bena’s control continued. Goals from Fitzpatrick, Osman and Wyhoon started the scoring in the final quarter. Allies were unable to answer at this stage in the game and struggled to get the ball into their attacking 50. Another two goals from Staples took him up to seven for the game. This was followed by goals from Paterson and Kyle late in the game. Osman kicked the final goal of the game, which saw him acquire a total of nine goals for the game. The final margin of 235 meant a confidence boost for the Bulldogs as they prepare to take on Foster next Saturday.


MDU held firm to win by 12 points and earn a place in the top six.

Korumburra-Bena by 235 points

UNDER 15 Kil-Bass .........9 0 0 1206.25 Kor-Bena..........7 3 0 432.57 Dalyston ..........7 1 0 413.67 Phillip Island ...7 3 0 273.93 Fish Creek .......7 3 0 195.04 Yarram .............6 3 0 114.12 MDU .................3 5 1 93.96 Stony Creek ......3 6 0 58.70 Foster ...............3 5 0 55.71 Inv-K’wak ..........2 6 1 72.24 Toora.................2 6 0 66.27 Tarwin ...............1 7 0 18.84 DWWWW..........0 9 0 3.51

There was one goal the difference at three quarter time. Three quarter time score: Tarwin 8.12.60 v MDU 9.12.66. The skies had been threatening all day and finally heavy driving rain swept across the ground. A quarter of old-fashioned pack football prevailed. Tarwin forced the football forward, Bergles snapped and just missed. It was five points the difference. MDU slowly and methodically pushed the ball into the goal square. A soccer off the ground for a goal. It was to be the only goal of the final quarter. The final minutes of the game were played mainly between the halfback lines of both sides.

Wet weather: Fish Creek’s Jason Law attempts to gain possession against I-K’s Daniel Kilpatrick in their loss on Saturday.

The Sea Eagles jumped out to a 20 point lead early, and when the rain set in, Fish Creek weren’t able to make up any ground. The lead came via some great team-work and slick ball movement, which caught Fishy on the hop. Once the rain set in it was always going to be an uphill battle for the Kangaroos, who couldn’t find a way to get back into the match. The inclusions of Invy hard men Johnny Martin, Neil De Santis and Steve Fisher helped, as they fought hard when the ball was in dispute. Only four goals were kicked the second half, two each, as the game became a hard fought slog. Pat Jobling was best on

ground, dominating in the ruck, and he was well supported by Will Rankin on a wing. Inverloch put their heads over the ball, and were prepared to burrow and take the hits to earn the free kicks that came their way. Travis Krause was the only multiple goal scorer on the ground, kicking two goals and presenting well all day.

The Sea Eagles now sit 10th on the ladder, but are just one win away from the finals, and with DWWWW coming up next week they may sneak in there soon. Fishy are seventh, with only percentage keeping them out of the top six, and they’ll take on Dalyston next week, a game that they should win.

Inverloch-Kongwak 8.10.58 d Fish Creek 5.8.38

Dowie (I-K) 5 UNDER 18s

I-K best: P. Jobling, D. Kilpatrick, L. Rankin, A. Sadler, S. Fisher, W. Rankin Goals: T. Krause 2, S. Fisher 1, N. Cant 1, P. Jobling 1, M. Billows 1, L. Rankin 1, M. Coyne 1 Fish Creek best: R. Smith, N. Barry, B. Anderson, M. Standfield, M. Watkins, M. Hardy Goals: M. Standfield 3, B. Roberts 1, R. Smith 1 RESERVES

I-K 17.12.114 d Fish Creek 3.2.20 I-K best: R. Bertuleit, Z. Fowler, D. Trewin, L. Johnstone, J. Susic, R. Johnson Fish Creek best: B. Demaria, L. Pratt, T. McGannon, S. Dorling, M. Francis, J. McDonald-Eckersall Top Goalkicker: R. Johnson 4 (I-K) 4 UNDER 15s

I-K 12.14.86 d Fish Creek 6.1.37

Fish Creek best: A. Straw, S. Buckland, B. Harfield/Park, J. Buckland, J. McGannon, T. Smith I-K best: X. Phyland, M. MacKay, D. Drowley, C. Casey, J. Whitford, J. Truman Top Goalkicker: T.Smith (Fish Creek) 5

I-K best: T. Thornby, J. Dowie, J. Griffiths, B. Withers, R. Minns, T. Phillips Fish Creek best: B. Anderson, A. Hamilton, J. Jordan, P. Mueller, T. Allen, T. Davis Top Goalkickers: J. Jackson, J.

Fish Creek 7.10.52 d I-K 3.5.23

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The Island kicks away from Dees PHILLIP Island kicked away in the last half to record a comfortable seven goal win over Yarram after a torrid first half in which the two sides only managed nine goals between them.

Foster’s day: Foster’s Scott Zachariassen, Stony Creek’s Chris Verboon and Tanni Rodda and Foster’s Michael Andrews. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning@

Foster is favourite

FOSTER confirmed its position as premiership favourites, beating Stony Creek by 42 points on Saturday. The Tigers were too good for their opposition out at Stony Creek, and Foster 12.11.83 d Stony Creek 5.11.41 Foster best: J. Best, B. Coates, D. Langstaff, R. Johnston, S. Hawking, S. Everington Goals: J. Best 6, T. Howe 3, T. King 2, S. Everington 1 Stony Creek best: B. Byrnes, C. Stone, B. Hutchinson, J. Byrnes, D. Veale, A. Zuidema Goals: J. Shields 1, C. Verboon 1, L. McMillan 1, A. Huggins 1, M. Davies 1 RESERVES

Stony Creek 18.9.117 d Foster 6.6.42 Stony Creek best: R. McKnight, W. Fleming, N. Myhal, B. Bowman, C. Le Page, D. Burge Foster best: M. Lothian, M. Eales, J. Prowd, D. Williams, G. Haye, M. Comben

are still undefeated after playing eight games, while Stony slip to third. In a very tough contest, Foster were forced to work for their possessions, but they came out stronger in the first quarter, kicking three goals to one. Top Goalkickers: S. Hughes, N. Myhal (Stony Creek) 4 UNDER 18s

Foster 12.15.87 d Stony Creek 2.6.18 Foster best: B. Tilley, J. Prowd, S. Lyon, D. Vandyke, M. Howell, J. Lowe Stony Creek best: M. Dundas, J. Bright, R. Fleming, D. Potter, T. Pate, T. Fleming Top Goalkickers: J. Prowd, M. Howell (Foster) 3 UNDER 15s

Foster 6.6.42 d Stony Creek 5.2.32 Stony Creek best: T. Stone, E. Taylor, J. Brown, J. Stuart, J. Wilson, D. Enter Foster best: G. Rerden, R. Prain, B. Hutchison, D. Hateley, J. Richer, L. Bromley Top Goalkicker: R. Prain (Foster) 3

The Maroons were working hard, but weren’t able to convert on the board which hurt them, and meant that they were suffering a 12 point deficit at the first change. Stony’s coach Brad Hutchinson told his players that the score line was disappointing, and that they needed to apply scoreboard pressure. “We need to continue with the pressure, but be smarter and more efficient with our disposal, especially forward of the centre,” he told his team. The second quarter did see improvement from Stony Creek, as they forced Foster into uncharacteristic mistakes. The Maroons were able to bring the game back to level pegging, making it just three points going into the major change.

Foster have finished their games well this year, so it was important for Stony that they took their chances. But it was the Tigers that grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck, kicking four goals to none in the third term to take control. Stony managed four behinds for the quarter, which could have easily been four goals, keeping them in touch with their opposition. But it wasn’t to be, and Hutchinson asked for his Stony players to step up and take the game on. They only managed one last quarter goal to Foster’s four, which meant they’d been outscored eight goals to one in the last half, a disappointing result. Jake Best was ironi-

cally the best on ground, kicking six goals and taking the match away from Stony Creek when it counted. Stony’s best player was Brenton Byrnes, who battled admirably all day in the ruck, but couldn’t get his side across the line. The win is an important one for Foster, who’ll take on KorrumburraBena, who are on a high after a massive 235 point win against the Allies on Saturday. Stony have the bye, and the chance to rest their bodies after some tough recent clashes. They’ll then take on the Bulldogs at Korumburra in what will be another difficult match for them.

Dalyston’s windy weather woes DALYSTON lost to KilcundaBass by 26 points at home on Saturday. It was club stalwart Leigh Wilkinson’s 200th Senior game. But despite the milestone, Dalyston had another embarrassing fade out. Starting in slippery conditions, the Magpies piled on six goals before K-B knew what had happened. Will Howson, Troy Dowson, Jimma Rosendale (twice), Jake Gheller and Nick Burchell all scored for the home side. K-B looked to stop the bleed and restructured in the midfield. They started to get their hands on more of the ball and scored two late goals to get back within striking distance at the first break.

With steady rain falling, the game became more of a slog, however K-Bass adapted better, kicking two early second quarter goals. The Magpies responded with three and led by 22 points at half time. The wind changed direction and instead of the Panthers thinking they had to defend into the wind, they found themselves with a handy tail wind. They dominated play in the midfield to continually drive the ball forward. Not to help the cause, K-B was able to kick two goals from poor kick-ins. Scoring 7.8 to Dalyston’s miserable point in the third went to a 22 point advantage into an embarrassing 27 point deficit at the last break. In the fourth two goals from the Magpies reduced the difference to 15 points.

Kilcunda Bass 15.15.105 d Dalyston 11.13.79 K-B best: W. Anderson, D. Holmes, S. O’Bryan, M. Dyer, S. Clark, O. Milton Goals: S. Clark 3, J. Wells 3, O. Milton 2, D. Wells 2, M. Dyer 2, W. Anderson 1, L. Smith 1, C. Endres 1 Dalyston best: T. Dowson, D. Brown, P. Dunlop, A. Williams, J. McRae, N. Garnham Goals: M. Rosendale 3, P. Dunlop 2, D. Brown 1, J. Gheller 1, A. Williams 1, T. Dowson 1, W. Howson 1, N. Burchell 1 RESERVES

K-B 8.10.58 d Dalyston 6.7.43 K-B best: B. Varker, L. Woolford, J. Turner, J. Tregear, J. Hughes, G. Plier Dalyston best: B. Hunter, A. Gennaccaro, D. Pruysers, T. Davey, M. Boyle, S. Poole

Top Goalkickers: D. Cox, L. Woolford (K-B), D. Pruysers, S. Poole (Dalyston) 2 UNDER 18s

Dalyston 4.7.31 d K-B 2.10.22 Dalyston best: J. Beasley, R. Beaton, J. Coldebella, R. Davey, T. Davey, T. Wishart K-B best: T. Keating, B. Petrie, J. Joyce, S. Jerger, J. Born, F. Couch Top Goalkicker: T. Davey (Dalyston) 2 UNDER 15s

K-B 7.6.48 d Dalyston 2.1.13 K-B best: J. Andersen, C. Smith, T. Thatcher, J. Dakin, P. BABINGTON, D. Stacey-Van Steensel Dalyston best: T. Landells, M. Ware, B. Wardle, H. Wright, M. Schreck, B. Van Agtmaal Top Goalkickers: J. Dakin, J. Read (K-B) 2

Yarram’s Lukas Jenkins was winning the taps early, but neither side could gain any ascendancy through the middle, with both sides generating their run from half back. It was the Island that hit the scoreboard first through Shane Murdoch, before Josh Swift hit back for the Demons in a seesawing first quarter. Nathan Lynch then kicked a long goal from centre half forward to put the Demons a goal clear before the Island kicked the last two goals of the term to take a seven point lead into the last change. Both sides kicked two goals in the second term as the arm wrestle continued. Jarryd Swift and Parry continued to drive the ball forward from across half back while Beau and Zak Vernon were prominent for the Island as the ball spent a lot of time between the 50 metre arcs. Murdoch continued to be a strong target up forward, but some wasted opportunities from the Island kept the Demons in touch as the Island went into the main break with a 10 point lead. Chris Bruns laid a good bump on the wing late in the term and was away, but unfortunately for the Demons the siren beat him. The Island came out after half time full of running and kicked a couple of early goals to establish a bit of a break on the Demons. Yarram fought out the quarter well to stay in touch, with Chris Bruns starting to impose himself on the game while Jarryd Swift and Parry continued to lead the way for the Demons. Island senior players also lifted when the going got tough, with Brian Potter, Chris Terlich and Mark Riky all starting to have an influence. Yarram were still in touch at the last change, but coach Jarryd Swift gave his charges a spray and urged his team to get their running game going in the last quarter. However it was the Island that had all the running, as they put on five unanswered goals to put the result beyond doubt. The Demons fought back late in the term with some consolation goals. Highlight of the day was a spectacular goal from Lynch in the pocket where he gathered the ball from a stoppage and dribbled the ball through the legs of Island defenders.

Phillip Island 16.16.112 d Yarram 10.10.70

Hornsby, K. Taylor (Phillip Island) 3 UNDER 18s

Phillip Island best: S. Murdoch, B. Vernon, Z. Vernon, S. McDonnell, R. Linford, J. Docherty Goals: S. Murdoch 5, B. Vernon 3, S. McDonnell 2, M. Riky 2, C. Terlich 1, Z. Vernon 1, S. Docherty 1, B. Potter 1 Yarram best: C. Bruns, J. Parry, J. Swift, L. Jenkins, J. Swift, D. Rash Goals: J. Swift 5, N. Lynch 3, B. Dyke 1, C. Bruns 1 RESERVES

Phillip Island 19.16.130 d Yarram 2.8.20

Phillip Island 17.17.119 d Yarram 0.2.2 Phillip Island best: J. Turner, T. Oke, K. Taylor, T. Daff, A. Wolfenden, J. Emery Yarram best: M. O’Connor, N. Dron, B. McMahon, D. Quigley, A. Taylor, L. Butler Top Goalkickers: J. Turner, J. Smith, A.

Phillip Island best: Z. Wagner, D. Kirby, T. Cole, Z. Brown, J. Dwyer, D. Johnston Yarram best: L. Le Blanc, A. Holt, B. Martin, M. Clavarino, R. Coulthard, D. Coulthard Top Goalkicker: Z. Wagner 5 (Yarram) UNDER 15s

Phillip Island 14.15.99 d Yarram 3.3.21 Phillip Island best: E. Richards, J. Kartinyeri, M. Manteit, B. Kenter, J. Cleeland, J. Wright Yarram best: T. Holt, C. Chaipol, J. Thomson, P. Le Blanc, L. Rodaughan, P. Baltruschaitis Top Goalkicker: M. Manteit 4 (PI)

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Look out Gippsland

Wonthaggi cycling bonanza

Nick rides home

WONTHAGGI is poised to host two cycling events, the first this weekend, day three of the Gippsland three-day tour.

Wonthaggi will also host the start of the sixth Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland road cycling classic, to be held from July 28 to August 1. Leongatha Cycling Club star Nick Aitken will figure in both events. The 512km tour, a proven breeding ground for the future stars of Australian cycling, will be backed by five regional municipalities - Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Latrobe City, Wellington and East Gippsland. Tour director John Craven described the eightstage route as the most challenging and adventurous since the event was first held in 2006. “Nobody flukes victory in the Tour of Gippsland”, Craven said. “This year’s race will more than likely unearth another champion.” Craven said the tour’s opening criterium would be a feature of Wonthaggi’s 100 year anniversary celebrations. “Wonthaggi has a fascinating history. It was originally developed by the Victorian Government to provide coal for the railways and has now reinvigorated itself into a thriving commercial centre.” Lakes Oil chairman Rob Annells said the Gippsland tour was one of the most exciting and innovative sports events he had seen. “The tour is an incredibly tough challenge for all competitors but, perhaps more importantly, it is a wonderful community event for Gippsland,” he said.

By Isaac McCallum

NICK Aitken has just returned from Verase, Italy, where he was cycling across Europe in Nations Cup competitions.

Nick Aitken: The 20-year -old, pictured here with his bike, will compete in the two Gippsland Tour events coming up over the next month.

The 20-year-old said that travelling Europe was a great experience, not that he was able to see the sights. “There was not much sightseeing, it was mainly just riding, recovering and resting,” he said. The workload was quite heavy for Aitken overseas, racing up to two times per week, with a huge emphasis on rest and recovery. The relaxed rider said that he enjoyed spending time with teammates from his Jayco Skins AIS side whilst in Europe. “I get homesick sometimes, so it’s good to be there with some good mates to make the time more enjoyable,” he said. Skype has also been another factor, as the young athlete was able to have conversations with his parents and girlfriend, which he said helped him cope immensely. When on the track, Aitken, often cycling as the domestique, was the rider who helped out his team-mates to allow them to fight for individual honours. He did get a few chances for his own

glory, finishing in the top six in Holland, his best result whilst touring Europe. More success will be available for the cyclist shortly when he will compete in the three day, and five day Gippsland tours. The three day tour is this weekend, and Nick says that it will be a tough field competing. “I know a lot of the guys that are coming from Melbourne, and they’re all good riders, so it will be interesting to see how I go,” he said. The three day tour kicks off in Boolarra on day one, and concludes in Wonthaggi, the site of the opening stage of the five day tour. “The five day tour is a National road series race, so it will count towards making my way into the team for the world champs,” Aitken said. With 11 riders in his team, and only six utilised in the world championships, Aitken is very keen to do well and secure a spot for September. He will still head back over to Italy as part of the team for more training and racing, before the selection will take place. “It’d be fantastic to get into the team,” he said, but he’s not getting ahead of himself yet, preferring instead to focus on the job at hand. Continued on page 53.

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