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Beauty of autumn SOUTH Gippsland was looking great on the weekend as were Wendy Rahilly and Charlie Hall from Poowong at the South Gippsland Sustainability Festival on Sunday. Other big events on the weekend included the Inverloch Food and Wine Festival, and the annual musical extravaganza at Mossvale park. See pictures from this important event at Coal Creek, Korumburra on page 8.

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Crime shock Major incidents rock South Gippsland By Matt Dunn

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POLICE are investigating major crimes at both ends of South Gippsland, with an armed bank hold-up at Mirboo North and an alleged gang sexual assault of two girls, aged 13 and 15, in Wonthaggi. A heavily acne scarred man, who held up a bank in Mirboo North last Thursday is being hunted by police, who have asked for public assistance to help track him. The man entered the Bendigo Bank outlet on Ridgway Street at about 2pm and threatened the single female employ-

ee with a firearm before stealing cash and fleeing in a silver 4WD, thought to be a Land Rover Discovery. The bank robbery is being investigated by Wonthaggi CIU, who are being helped out by a number of uniformed members. The area was cordoned off, but the bandit escaped. Commercial Hotel publican Paul Korteman told police he thought he knew who the bandit was, judging from the description they had given him. “The man was between 40 and 50, with gingery hair and a very acne-scarred face, about 5 foot 11 inches with a medium build. That’s what the police came to me with yesterday, and I gave them someone to look

up,” he said. “There’s someone I know of who sort of fits that description. He lives in the local district, not Mirboo North. It mightn’t be him - but he certainly fits that description. There’s not that many people who have a hugely acne-scarred face.” No shots were fired and no one was injured in the drama. The man was described by police as being approximately 195cm tall, with a medium build, a reddish-tinged beard and acne scarring. The vehicle the man escaped in was last seen heading toward Morwell on the Strzelecki Highway. Mirboo North bank employees were too shaken to talk about

the ordeal. “It’s a police matter, so we can’t really make a comment. People are a bit upset,” a Bendigo Bank spokeswoman told The Star. The bandit left the bank with a small amount of cash and was last seen crossing Ridgway, where he removed his balaclava. The man was seen by a witness, who passed on the description to police. Police have released an image of the escape vehicle and the man they believe committed the crime. But Mirboo North was not the only place in South Gippsland Wanted: a police image of the beset by violent crime.

man wanted over the Mirboo Continued on page 9. North hold-up.

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Classic bike ride ABOUT 70 veteran, vintage and classic motorcycles took part in the Inverloch Investigator Reunion Rally on the weekend. The Classic Motorcycle Club of Victoria ran 18 rallies and it’s been seven years since the last one of those. People came from South Gippsland,

Local riders: Noel Thornby and Frank Rolfe (both of Inverloch) with Noel’s 1945 Indian Chief.

Classic bike: Ian Tree (Mirboo North) with father Alan and ride organiser Alan Woodbridge (Inverloch). The bike is a 1936 Ariel Red Hunter restored by Alan and now owned by Ian.

Deniliquin, Ballarat, Torquay, Maffra, Traralgon, Moe, Bendigo and Melbourne for the ride. Riding from Inverloch to Cape Paterson to Loch and then back via Bena and Kongwak was the highlight. They also went to Pound Creek, Tarwin Lower, Fish Creek and Stony Creek.

Fire sale: new Meeniyan CFA members (from left) Folkert Janssen, Danny Buttler and Peter Graham get ready for the Easter Saturday car boot sale.

Fire sale

MEENIYAN CFA will be holding a car boot sale on Easter Saturday.

Fresh food: Pound Creek CFA catered with Carol Cashin, Tania Frank, Judith Pettigrew, Lorraine Smith, Evelyn Harris, Claire Davis, Jill Price, Elin McFarlane and Roz Vanzuyden all lending a hand.

Everyone is welcome to come along and grab a bargain or even just snare a sausage fom the barbecue. With a $20 fee for sellers (all funds to the CFA, of course), there should be plenty of car boots full of trash and treasure at the Meeniyan CFA shed. The day starts at 8am. Stallholders should ring Denise Poletti on 5664 7519 to ensure a spot. Meanwhile, four new members have signed up to the Meeniyan brigade over

the past year. Dean Delaney, Folkert Janssen, Peter Graham and Danny Buttler have completed their minimum skills training. Local training officer Justin Griffin said the brigade was delighted to have new members on board. “It’s great to have new people here, especially high calibre recruits like these blokes,” he said. “We welcome new members here and always have a need for more volunteers to share the load of fire fighting duties around the district.”

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Wine tastings sour

NEWLY introduced liquor licensing laws threaten local events and festivals and have left a bad taste with local winery owners. Lyre Bird Hill Winery and Guest House’s Owen Schmidt said fees to attend festivals have gone up dramatically. “It’s up to $90 for an occasion and that will make us consider whether we do some of these smaller ones,” he said. They go to about 12 festivals a year, creating a bit of a hole in the budget for the small Koonwarra winery. Festivals are used as a marketing tool to promote the winery and entice visitors to come to the cellar door in the future. At some events Lyre Bird Hill doesn’t sell any wine. Fees for the cellar door winery have also gone up by about $150 to almost $400. While the new rules came in on January 1, Lyre Bird Hill had purchased most of their licences for the first quarter of the year at 2009 prices. Mr Schmidt said their licence for the Inverloch Food and Wine Festival on the weekend was the last one before prices went up. “They are going to want a lot more information than we have supplied in the past, so it’s a lot more running around in circles,” he said. “It’s costing us more in time and in money.” “Basically we feel we’re getting it because what happens in Melbourne. Why penalise the rest of the state, because things don’t happen properly in Melbourne?” At Windy Ridge Winery, near Foster, Graeme Wilson said they will cut down the number of events they go to. They will continue to attend bigger events such as Mossvale Music Festival last weekend. “The trouble is with things like an art gallery opening where we sell four or five bottles of wine,” he said. Fees for a limited licence needed to sell wine away from the cellar door costs $90.50, up from $27.70. They purchased 41 licences in the past 18 months, excluding their vigneron licence, which cost them $1135. It will cost them $3348 if they go to the same number of events in the next 18 months.

Mr Wilson said this was a massive increase. “It’s more than tripled the cost of limited licences and for small businesses like us we rely fairly heavily on being out at events like art exhibition openings, music in the local halls and food and wine festivals and every one of them needs a limited licence over and above the vigneron licence we hold that allows us to make wine and sell it here,” he said. Another issue is that licences have to be applied for two months in advance of an event rather than the previous one month. Mr Wilson said the minister had made a concession, allowing wineries to do 12 farmers markets in a 12 month period on one limited licence. “We are asking him to consider doing up to 12 art exhibitions or local music festivals rather than having to apply for another licence.” On Phillip Island the story is much the same, with Purple Hen Vineyard and Winery owner Rick Lacey saying the “threefold increase in the cost of a limited licence” will impact on local wineries wanting to hold wine tastings at events. Mr Lacey said it isn’t just the costs that will impact on wineries but the fact there is a lot more administration and bureaucracy involved in trying to obtain one of the limited licences. “Before you could just go online and it was all very easy and straight forward to get a licence but the new laws have made this process a whole lot more difficult,” he said. In expressing his concern for the new limited liquor licence, owner of Carrajung’s Toms Cap Vineyard and Restaurant Graham Morris said the increase could prohibit small vineyards participating in wine and food festivals because it will be too expensive. Prom Country Regional Tourism has started surveying its members to ascertain the affect of the new licensing rules. PCRT executive officer Christine Legg said they have people on their executive board who have been hit very hard by the new fees. At the Inverloch Food and Wine Festival on Saturday, Dom Brusamarello said they had been working with inspector Curley and Liquor Licensing Victoria to develop a Responsible Service of Alcohol policy for the festival.

Tastings: Rick Lacey, owner of the Purple Hen vineyard and winery on Phillip Island is concerned the increase in limited licences for wine tastings will impact on local wineries and events.

Licensing concern: Graeme and Georgia Wilson of Windy Ridge Winery near Foster will continue to attend events at Mossvale Park, such as the music festival on Saturday.

Day for women FIFTY women gathered for lunch at the Mirboo North Hotel to mark International Women’s Day. One of the organisers was Julie Tyrrell, bushfire recovery project coordinator with South Gippsland Council. She said the event went very well. Its focus was on women’s contribution to the community. “Women are the backbone of the community. They made superhuman efforts during and after the (2009) bushfires and they make superhuman efforts every day.” Louise Fitzroy was the guest speaker. She is a journalist with the ABC. Based in Sale at the time, she reported on the Delburn/Darlimurla bushfires. “She was thrilled to come back,” said Julie. Talk about the fires was inevitable at such a gather-

ing, but Julie said she had asked Louise to finish her talk on a positive note and she did so. Another special guest at the Mirboo North lunch was Sharon Slann, a for-

mer Paralympian who was a member of the Gliders Basketball Team that won a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2010. International Women’s Day is an annual event cel-

ebrating women’s achievements and drawing attention to the changes that need to be made to create equality. The first such observance was in 1911.

Sorority: ABC journalist Louise Fitzroy (left) chats with former Paralympian Sharon Slann at the Mirboo North International Women’s Day lunch.

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Mossvale magic ABOUT 2500 people took advantage of beautiful weather to enjoy the Mossvale Park Music Festival on Saturday. Festival director Ian Bevington said the park was glowing. When asked what was the highlight of the day, Mr Bevington said: “all of it”. “I can’t pick a single moment. All of it was fantastic,” he said. “It was nice to introduce the crowd to Eilen Jewell and Sal Kimber who is an up and coming artist who is

going to be huge.” The absence of the tree, which used to provide shade on one side of the stage, was certainly noticed. It fell down earlier this year. Mr Bevington said it’s a real community festival, with everyone pitching in to help. Berrys Creek CFA, Prom Coast Arts, Apex and Gippsland Mini Skips all provided help. The next event at Mossvale Park is on April 2.

Ready for Chambers: Kylie Hill (left) and husband Jason Harding (right) with son Angus from Sandy Point. The event was a birthday present for Kasey fan Kylie.

Good times: Sue Jackson (Northcote), Sue Whyte and Rebecca Jones (both Loch) were at Mossvale to see Mary Gauthier.

Above: The Junes: were keeping everyone entertained on Saturday afternoon.

Left: From Leongatha: Mollie Burke, Renae Moore, Hayley McAlpine, Jaimelee Lawton and Amber McAlpine had front row lawn.

Below: Autumn days: Col and Mel Vanderstaay from Surf Beach.

Entertained: Matt Jackson (Mirboo North) and Kim Robjant (Leongatha) brave the sun.

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Desal tension erupts By Jane Ross THE tension between desalination plant consortium AquaSure and protest group Watershed Victoria has exploded. Each accuses the other of dirty tactics. AquaSure chairman Chloe Munro has issued an open letter to Watershed accusing some of its members of intimidating, harassing and embarrassing its staff at the desalination information office in Wonthaggi. Watershed denies the allegations and has issued its own open letter to AquaSure, highlighting concerns about impacts of the plant’s construction on the environment and community life. It says questions are constantly put, but answers don’t come. “Instead, we are increasingly being ignored and belittled by communications staff from AquaSure and DSE,” states their letter. In the midst of the drama, come revelations at the weekend that AquaSure is gathering “intelligence” about protestors and their activities and passing the details on to police. This is the reverse of earlier worries about intelligence-gathering, whereby police had been authorised by the State Government to pass such information on to AquaSure. According to Watershed president Stephen Cannon of Dalyston, the switch “muddies the waters”. “Who’s doing what? It now seems the delegation of the spying

function has gone to the private consortium. “It’s character-assassination,” he added, “they’re attempting to portray you as a quasi-terrorist.” Bass MLA Ken Smith is appalled by what he termed “spying on our local community”. He said desalination protests had always been conducted in a controlled and lawful way and “this government has treated them with absolute contempt”. AquaSure CEO Chris Herbert, said the consortium and its contractors “are not in the business of intelligence gathering. “In doing so, we are responsible for public and worker safety, if we have valid concerns that there is a threat to public or worker safety we will, like any responsible organisation, report these concerns to the relevant authorities.” Ms Munro’s complaints about the behaviour of a group of Watershed members stem from March 9. “The staff on duty were confronted by a group of ten people, who subjected our staff to loud verbal harassment and a range of inappropriate personal questions. That’s not how it was according to Jessica Harrison, who was part of the group. Ms Harrison lives in Wonthaggi. She said the visit to the desalination information office was an impromptu one, following a demonstration outside the Wonthaggi branches of the National Australia and Westpac banks over desalination funding issues. She said the group was seeking answers to two long-standing and controversial questions: would the

plant’s intake and outlet pipes end at an offshore reef or continue beyond it and would sludge resulting from the desalination process be dumped at Lyndhurst or somewhere else? “We’re worried. We are trying to get those facts out in the open,” said Ms Harrison. “We were not threatening to staff.” Mr Cannon said no complaint had been referred to him by AquaSure. Ms Munro’s letter said AquaSure and its contractors are endeavouring to deliver desalination “with the utmost consideration and care of the local community and the local environment”. Watershed’s open letter calls for the release of a traffic management strategy, a comprehensive list of chemicals to be used by the plant, details of waste disposal and assurances that iron sludge and organic matter will not be discharged to the sea. Mr Cannon, who was not part of the group visit to the desalination information office on March 9, told The Star he thought it would be more constructive for AquaSure to answer these questions rather than “tattle taling”. Responding to a number of questions put by The Star yesterday, Mr Herbert said Watershed had been “advised repeatedly” that a final decision has not been made about where the marine intake and outlet structures will be located; that rests with the EPA.

After: Tayla with singing star Kasey Chambers at Mossvale Park on Saturday. (Inset) Tayla before the big shave.

Bye bye hair A 12-year-old Berrys Creek girl had her beautiful hair shaved off on Sunday afternoon. Tayla O’Loughlin, a Grade 6 student at St Laurences Primary School, did it to raise money to fight leukaemia. She has raised $2000 so far through donations from people and businesses, and running a hair dying stall at Mossvale Music Festival. Tayla was inspired to join the cause after her hairdresser Jane Speed had her head shaved last year and meeting a man with leukaemia at a Mary MacKillop college Discovery Day. Jane shaved her head at the Mossvale Music Festival on Sunday.

Tayla also got to meet singing superstar Kasey Chambers. “I got asked to go round the back to see her and I got a few pictures and my dad and Kasey had a very good talk about football,” Tayla said. “They both like Carlton.” Going back to school bald on Monday was creating some nerves. “We have school hats, but I bought myself a beanie on Saturday as it was getting a bit cold,” Tayla said. Being shaved will take a while to get used to for Tayla. “As I was getting my necklace taken off, I was trying to flick it up, because I’m so used to lifting up my hair,” she said.

Relay ready ELEVEN teams have so far signed up for South Gippsland’s Relay For Life.

ENT GRANT M E V O R P FARM IM Grants of up to $1000 are available to eligible farmers to invest in farm improvements. This grant will fund half of a farm improvement up to $1000, so if the cost of installing new water troughs totals $1800, a $900 grant is available. Examples of eligible improvements include fixed fodder and water storages, irrigation system upgrades and permanent repairs to fixed infrastructure. Grants are available to drought-affected farmers who receive Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payments from Centrelink. Applicants must receive grant approval prior to purchase of the improvement. This program is part of the Victorian Government’s $47 million drought package for 2009-10. DPI FIG V2 10

To be held at the Dumbalk Recreation Reserve, the relay raises money for research into and education about cancer. It’s a disease, said David Panther, that touches just about everyone in some way or another. David is on the relay organising committee and cocaptain of the Cure Clowns Team with his daughter Libby. He said people from Foster, Koonwarra, Mirboo North, Leongatha and Dumbalk are taking part and he hopes others from all over the district will join in. The relay starts at 3pm on Saturday April 10 and ends at 10am the next day. That’s the last weekend of the school holidays. “You don’t have to stay for the whole 18 hours,” said David, “and if you can’t walk, you can still register and/ or donate.” Registration costs $15. Those who have survived cancer or cared for someone with the illness, are invited to do a lap of the rec. reserve to launch the relay. People who have been involved in previous relays say this creates an inspiring start to the event. Friends and loved ones who are undergoing treatment for the disease, or who have died from it, are remembered during the candlelit ceremony which offers relay-goers the chance to decorate a paper container and place a tea candle in it as a token of thought or remembrance. Cam Abood will add his special caring and human touch to this part of the event. There’ll be lots of exciting entertainment to buoy walkers’ spirits, including well-known South Gippsland singer Billie Broadfoot, who will perform during a candlelit ceremony at 9pm. Gymnastics and dance displays will add some grace while a Miss Relay for Life beauty pageant – for dressed up blokes, will create plenty of mirth. And, because the relay is in the rural setting of Dumbalk, there’ll be a gumboot throw. David said many South Gippsland businesses are backing the relay. “It’s a great community event which is why Dumbalk has really taken it on. It’s a big-hearted community that’s very keen to make a difference.” To find out more, ring 5664 2454 or email or

For advice on eligible improvements and how to apply contact Rural Finance on (03) 5448 2600 or visit

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Group success: happy to be graduating were (from left) Liz Chandler, Yvonne Gilmore, Debbie Dunlop, Steve Kane, Scott Bugbird, Kay Blundell, Patricia Tiziani, Sari Williams-Sartori and Kerry Phillips.

Flying colours: GippsTAFE graduate in three courses, Sharri Jacobsen, enjoys the night with her sister Lauren.

The Graduates MORE than 170 families and friends gathered to cheer on the graduating students of GippsTAFE Leongatha at the Dakers Centre on Thursday night. Fifty-six students in 38 different fields of study were proudly awarded their certificates, which represent a wealth of new skills and knowledge in the South Gippsland region. For one GippsTAFE student, the special occasion was made even more memorable when he was announced as the Southern and Coastal TAFE Alliance Outstanding Student of the Year for 2009. Mature age student Gary Cain used his training to forge a completely new career path, moving from a lifetime of manual labour jobs to a career in the community services field, where he now supports people with alcohol and drug problems. Gary could hardly believe it when his name was announced as the winner of the award. “I was shocked,” Mr Cain said. “I didn’t expect it at all. I come from a background of just getting in there and getting the job done, so it was a real surprise to be acknowledged in that way.” According to Gary, the challenges he faced in returning to study have given him a whole new

Star student: Gary Cain won the Southern and Coastal TAFE Alliance Outstanding Student of the Year for 2009. way of relating to people. “It was a hard journey for me there at times,” he said. “I nearly gave it up, more than once, but my teacher was such a motivator to keep me going. I’m glad I did because I love what I do now. Being able to help change even one life is very rewarding. “Now I try to teach my clients that if, in my forties, I can come back to study and learn a whole new set of skills, anything is possible if you really set your mind to it and you have the right people to support you. I hope that with my story, I can inspire them and motivate them to move forward with their own lives.” Stuart Cooper, campus

manager of GippsTAFE Leongatha, said that Gary was a very deserving winner of the award. “Gary’s self motivation, openness to feedback and dedication to his studies were the keys to his success,” Mr Cooper said. “The fact that Gary achieved such wonderful results in an online learning environment is a credit both to Gary and his teacher, Bronwyn Beach. “This is such an exciting time, not only for our students, but also for GippsTAFE. With the new building due for completion later in the year, we look forward to expanding the ways in which we can support local students achieve their learning goals.”

Artistically speaking YOU could have been forgiven for thinking there was something fishy going on when local artists staged an exhibition at the Inverloch Angling Club during recent Inverloch Jazz Festival celebrations. Pictured are local artists Pat Dale, Jan Hall, Margaret McPherson and Angela Newberry. The fish was created by Pat Dale.

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Councils’ sea change By Matt Dunn BASS COAST mayor Peter Paul believes the Federal Government must commit money and resources to help fight the effects of climate change. Cr Paul attended the National Seachange Taskforce conference in Byron Bay, NSW, recently and saw first hand the most devastating aspects of coastal erosion. “We’ve got to be cognisant of the issues surrounding sea change in planning. It’s not something you can just wave a wand at. This is going to take some very strategic planning and an enormous amount of resources to address these issues,” he said. “We need the Federal Government to work in harmony with the local governments to ensure we can address these issues. It’s alright to say we have these issues and we have these difficulties we’ve got to address, but somehow or other we have to have the resources to do it. “That’s where we need to have a partnership with the Federal Government.” Cr Paul said the cost of studies on

coastal erosion alone were huge: “The dollars there are infinite.” “Councils just can’t find this money overnight. First of all councils have to have the data to understand the problem. Once we understand the problem, what’s the way ahead for addressing it? The thing we can’t do is pretend it doesn’t exist,” he said. “It exists and what we have to do is say, these are the issues, what’s the best way ahead? Let’s move ahead in the interests of every person on the coast.” Cr Paul said the “problems being experienced by Bass Coast and South Gippsland” were being replicated around the entire country. In Byron Bay, those who attended the conference were shown coastal properties that were close to falling into the ocean, due to extreme erosion. “The issues of Byron Bay and Mandurah in Western Australia are the same as the ones we’re facing. We don’t need five different answers. We need one answer that works for all of us and that’s the way ahead,” he said. “Already in Byron Bay some of the houses are being undermined by storm surges. They can’t sell a couple of the houses we saw. They can’t sell and they can’t insure. And the only thing

that’s going to happen to those houses is they’re going to drop into the ocean. There’s no way around it. “We’re talking substantial homes dropping into the ocean.” Cr Paul said Bass Coast Council had made a submission to the Federal Government asking for help with the issue, along with many other coastal councils around Australia. South Gippsland Shire Council’s CEO Tim Tamlin, who also attended the conference, said the problem was “so complex” as it dealt with “projections and figures and data where people could argue that’s not right as well. “It’s more of a heads up, keep this in the back of your mind, and don’t forget these key points. Sea level rises have been recognised by the government, as with the Waratah Bay planning decision,” he said. “The government’s saying, yes, this has been recognised. So we need to be mindful of that too.” Mr Tamlin said not heeding the warnings of sea level rises in planning decisions left councils open to the prospect of litigation. “That wasn’t something that was actually stated, but it was implicit in all the discussions,” he said.

Full of colour: Eva Vaserfal with some of her work on display at the Leongatha Gallery.

Flowers in hair EVA Vaserfal’s bright and colourful work will be on display at the Leongatha Gallery for the next few weeks. The abstract work features beautiful women with pretty flowers growing out of their hair. They are mixed media works

with acrylic, sand paper, charcoal and jewels. It takes Eva a couple of days to create each of her masterpieces. Eva is a new member of the Leongatha Arts and Craft Society. She recently moved from Langwarrin to Stony Creek, so her daughter could grow up in the country.

Eisteddfod steps up THE Great Southern Star Eisteddfod took another step forward with the election of its first president. At the inaugural annual general meeting on Sunday night, March 14, Tanya Bolam was elected the first president. A new committee has been formed, with other office-bearers being Kate Adkins vice-president, Mandy Susic secretary, Vivienne Krause treasurer, Nella Mitchelson assistant secretary and Kerry Zuidema entry co-ordinator. Joy Morgan and Lisa Pellin are also on the committee with more expected to be added. The adjudicator Nichole Davis has been booked for the Mesley Hall event, to be held in

New president: Tanya Bolam (pictured centre) is the new president of The Great Southern Star Eisteddfod. Also pictured from left are, vice-president Kate Adkins, entry co-ordinator, Kerry Zuidema, assistant secretary Nella Mitchelson, and secretary Mandy Susic. Leongatha from Friday, August 6 until Sunday, August 8. The event is expected to bring hundreds to the town over the three days. Already accommodation places are receiving

bookings. Cafes and retail outlets are expected to benefit with the influx into the town. Entry forms have been finalised and will be posted out this week. A website will be up and

running this week. For those interested there will be another meeting of the committee this Sunday, March 21 at 7pm in the Leongatha RSL meeting room.

Scholarships For entry at Year 7 or VCE

Applications for scholarships are now open and are offered as follows: t t

Year 7 Academic Scholarships Year 10 and Year 11 VCE Scholarships

These scholarships are for commencement in 2011 and are for students new to Newhaven College. For information and registration details please visit our website,, or contact Mary Brown on 5956 7505 to discuss your application. Applications close 9 April 2010.

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Sustainable fun COAL Creek in Korumburra hosted the first ever South Gippsland Sustainability Festival on Sunday. Highlights included model solar boat demonstrations, face painting and kite making. A huge number of exhibitors ranging from

government organisations, education groups, sustainable product makers, food sellers, innovative creations and healthy food were there. Topics presented included home gardening, drought proofing, organic dairy farming and sustainable land management.

Musical treat: Psycho Wombat’s Gavin van Eade belts out a tune on Sunday afternoon.

Kid’s craft: Louise (Meeniyan) and Marley (Croydon) in the children’s area. Berry nice: Kyle Heusmann (Boolarra), Nathan Felsbourg (Boolarra) and Iain Casson (Hallston).

Solar boats: Quinn and Keegan Brown from Loch take a look.

Beauty of colour: Wendy Rahilly paints the face of Charlie Hall from Poowong.

Being sustainable: Amber and Jade Vogt of Jindivick with their solar ovens.

Strzelecki Heritage Apples: Mark Brammar and daughter Tegan with a huge variety of fruit.

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Bike transport trial

BICYCLE Victoria is about to begin a bike transport trial on the Melbourne to Leongatha coach service. Currently people cannot carry standard bicycles on any V/Line coach service. This rule affects casual users and large groups of bike riders alike. The trial involves a bike specific trailer running alongside a specific V/ Line coach service, the details are as follows: Riders can book their bike on the Friday 1.10pm and Sunday 5.46pm services from Southern Cross station to Leongatha and Meeniyan by going to WGRMG7Q. At Southern Cross station riders go to the coach loading area and

load their bike onto the bike trailer between 12.15pm and 1pm for the Friday service. The car and trailer carrying the bikes will meet the coach upon arrival at Leongatha and Meeniyan and riders can collect bikes from the trailer. Riders can book their bike on the Sunday 5.46pm service from Meeniyan and Leongatha to Southern Cross station. Booking is not required, but it will ensure a place for the bike and there is no fee for the service. The trial will run on the following weekends: Friday March 19 - Sunday March 21, Friday March 26 - Sunday March 28, Friday April 2 - Monday April 5, Friday April 9 - Sunday April 11, Friday April 16 - Sunday April 18, and Friday April 23 - Sunday April 25.

The Leongatha service has been chosen for the trial because of the high demand generated by the Great Southern Rail Trail. Riders can choose to hop on or off the service at Leongatha or Meeniyan (so the gap in the rail trail can be avoided). This trial project is managed by Bicycle Victoria for the Victorian Government. Taylor’s Coachlines of Leongatha will operate the service. This trial aims to provide a short term option for bike riders who wish to travel to the Great Southern Rail Trail. It will also test the feasibility and efficiency of a bike specific transport service. In the longer term Bicycle Victoria is keen to see bikes being carried on V/Line coach services.

Crime shock Continued from page 1. In a separate incident, five Wonthaggi men will face the Morwell Magistrates Court today to face charges over the alleged sexual assault of two under aged girls. A youth, who was also involved in the alleged attack, will face the Children’s Court at a later date. The alleged offenders were charged by Sexual Crime Squad detectives with the sexual assault of two teenage girls, believed to be aged 13 and 15, in Wont-

haggi two weekends ago. The charges follow an incident which occurred about 10pm on Saturday, March 6 at a residence in Wonthaggi. It is believed the two girls were coaxed into the house before they were attacked. Two 18-year-olds, a 19, 22 and 25-year-old, all from Wonthaggi, have been charged with eight counts each of sexual penetration of a child under 16 and one count each of committing an indecent act in the presence of a child.

Power to patients AN INNOVATIVE new approach has been taken to caring for people with a terminal illness.

Patients will receive a new file with a record of their care plans, illness history, appointment cards, notepad and a patient journal for reflection. Patients will also be offered a USB flash drive to carry information electronically. Developed by General Practice Alliance – South Gippsland, the Patient

Held Record will help to improve communication between healthcare staff and patients, while empowering patients. Patients will be encouraged to present the record at appointments and clinicians will present patients with a summary of the appointment to keep them informed. The Patient Held Record, developed through GPA’s Rural Palliative Care Project has met the challenge of translating research into practice,

said palliative care co-ordinator, Julie Bernardson. “The result is a succinct, efficient and useful document that overcomes the problems and difficulties, but enhances the benefits,” she said. Doctors at Leongatha Healthcare have described the concept as “a good step forward”. The record was developed under the guidance of the Multidisciplinary Advisory Panel, a panel consisting of local clinicians and consumers.

POLICE BRIEFS Drunken car crash A 27-YEAR-OLD Diamond Creek man, who is doing contracting work in Wonthaggi, crashed into a parked car in the town after a boozy night out on Friday. “It was a hit run accident that occurred at about 11.20pm in Bent Street, Wonthaggi. The car pranged into another parked car. The driver left the scene. Police located him and intercepted him a short time later with extensive damage to his motorcar,” Wonthaggi Police’s Sergeant Dale McCahon said. “He was taken to the Wonthaggi police station, where he blew 0.21 - over four times the legal limit.” The man will appear in the Korumburra Magistrates Court at a date to be set.

Car thefts LEONGATHA Police have reported two thefts from motor vehicles during the weekend. “We’ve had a couple of thefts from motor vehicles, both of which were unlocked. Obviously there’s a message there for people to make sure their

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vehicles are locked and no valuables are left inside,” Leongatha Sergeant Scott Bodycomb said. “Theft from motor vehicles is not a common crime around here. General security consciousness of people is something we’re battling with all the time. “When these things do eventuate it makes it very easy for people to seize on an opportunity. Generally speaking, people in the country area, especially around here, are very trusting. They’ll leave the backdoor of their house open or their vehicle open and it’s only a matter of time before someone capitalises on that sort of opportunity.”

Yobbo crackdown LEONGATHA Police issued a number of fines on the weekend for drunken behaviour in the town.

Lost property LEONGATHA Police have a number of items in their lost property bin available for collection.

Long gone: police ponder the crime scene after the armed robber had fled. Photo courtesy of Peter Richardson.

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THE slab was poured on Saturday morning for the Koonwarra CFA’s new driveway (pictured above). Captain Ross Considine and volunteers helped concreters with the task; the South Gippsland Shire also helping with the earthworks. Mr Considine said the brigade would now go about re-aligning the car park and tidying

up around the back. He said the brigade had also recently purchased a new overhead projector and screen for use in training. COLOURS, the new exhibition by James Williams, is currently on at Mushroom Crafts, Leongatha. James has put together a collection of his art, with pieces showcasing various styles (spanning the de-

cade). In his work he uses the combination of pencils, pen, crayons and pastels. The exhibition, which runs until the end of March, can be viewed at the rear of Mushroom Crafts, 40 Bair Street, Leongatha. THE Korumburra Working Horse and Tractor Rally will be held at Nyora on March 20 and 21. Look for the signs on the South Gippsland Highway. The event starts at 10am and is fun for the whole family. THE internet is a gathering place for people with all sorts of interests including those Australian Land Rover owners. Following the robbery at the bank in Mirboo North on Thursday one Land Rover owner seemed excited to discover the robber had apparently made his getaway in a Land Rover Discovery. He posted a news story on the website’s internet forum with the car’s make and model bolded. MANY of us have en-

LIFETIME local resident Lita Clark celebrated her 80th birthday with her family and friends at the Nerrena Hall on Sunday February 28. Her actual birthday was on February 24. Among those present were her seven children including her youngest daughter Joanne and her son Sam who had flown down from their home in far north Queensland. Lita’s 13 grandchildren also helped her celebrate this milestone occasion. joyed a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. Now, courtesy of Australian Plants Society South Gippsland Group, you can hear an address by the Garden’s manager Horticulture, John Arnott. The talk is entitled The Australian Garden: Capturing the Beauty and Diversity of Australian Plants and Landscapes, and will occur at 2 pm. Sunday next, March 21, at the Anderson Inlet Angling Club Hall, 88 the Esplanade, Inverloch. Visitors are most welcome. Enquiries can be made to 5662 2449. THE Fish Creek Art Group Inc. is holding a members exhibition at Stockyard Gallery this month with opening night on Friday at 7.30. This show is to be opened by Mr Peter Harper, a well known resident of Fish Creek and environs. JESS Harle and her dad Greg Pepyat came into The Star last week to tell everyone that her dad was about to lose his beard. Greg had grumbled a bit, but it was in the name of charity. It was the first time in 24 years the hirsute game fisherman has been clean shaven. Jess said she only decided two weeks ago to help out the Leukeamia Foundation

and raise money for the kids. Money tins were left at McCartins Hotel, Curves Leongatha, Lunchshop Industrial Estate, Network Video and Officesmart Leongatha. Thanks to McCartins Hotel and the San Remo Hotel for conducting the shave events. Thanks also goes to those who contributed money, especially the South Gippsland Game Fishing Club, with its $1000. Well done to the volunteers who shaved or coloured.

SOUTH Gippsland’s own de Vine Restaurant which is located at djinta djinta Winery on the South Gippsland Hwy between Korumburra and Leongatha was runnerup to the Signature Dish - People’s Choice Award section this weekend at the annual Jindi Harvest of Gippsland. “We always knew it was going to be a risky dish to enter in the competition – risky in the sense of being different! Our entry was entitled – Gippsland Snail Trail of Classique Bubbles and salpicon of vegetables,” said owner Eleonor. The main aim of the event is to showcase Gippsland’s

varied and wonderful produce. Chef Steve Webber enthusiastically cooked the dish within the one hour requirement and was very pleased to hear the very complimentary judging comments. OwnersAlexandEleonor have always encouraged Steve to showcase his creative skills and be able to have innovative seasonal menus that are tailor made for general la carte dining as well as personalised functions - all this is complemented by award winning djinta djinta wines and exceptional local produce. The Gippsland Snail Dish was sourced locally from Mirboo North where Doug and Vin are going through the final stages of business approvals. The dish was enhanced by the addition of the unique sparkling wine blend of Marsanne and Roussanne djinta djinta 2008 Classique Bubbles.

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Get your skates on Kicking on THE world game is back. In the Wold Cup year, soccer has once again kicked off in South Gippsland. For a sport that is incredibly popular both internationally and nationally, soccer still has a long way to go in cementing itself as a major force in the local sporting landscape. For whatever reasons, it still lags behind the traditional Australian sports (read footy and cricket) in terms of participation and profile. The Star is happy to do its bit in publicising the sport – we reckon it’s a great family activity that allows people of all skill levels to participate. Let us hope the administrators of the game can seize this opportunity to lay a strong foundation for soccer’s long term success in the region. By the middle of the year, thousands of South Gippsland children will stop pretending to be Barry Hall and will start copying the moves of Tim Cahill. Making that a permanent switch is the challenge facing those in charge of the world game locally.

Festival fun SOUTH Gippsland let down its hair and kicked up its heells on the weekend. Under perfect autumnal skies, festivals and major events were held across the region. This time last year, the heavens opened and put a dampener on one of South Gippsland’s biggest weekends. But umbrellas were replaced with parasols this year, as thousands of people enjoyed the Inverloch Food and Wine Festival, Mossvale Park’s big music event, the Sustainability Festival at Coal Creek and numerous other smaller events. South Gippsland has a lot to offer and last weekend was the perfect chance to show it. We can’t always rely on the weather to the right thing, but (given the chance) local people will pitch in and make these events something worth returning to - year after year.

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THE public is invited to attend a meeting – at 6pm on Friday, March 19 at the Meeniyan Hall - to discuss a proposal for a new playground and skate park, at the Meeniyan Recreation Reserve. Even if you cannot attend the meeting, please read on to learn how you can contribute to our project and receive some solid recognition for your generosity. We are about to submit an “Expression of Interest” to council for a grant for the project through Sports & Recreation Victoria. Discussions with council suggest that our project has a promising chance of success. For our application to succeed, we need to show that we have: 1. Community support for the development 2. A clear plan of the facilities and equipment we require 3. A solid financial base. What sort of financial base are we talking about? If we raise $15,000, and our submission is successful, we will receive grants totalling $75,000 (giving us a total of $90,000 for the whole development). When considered in this light, $15,000 is a very reasonable amount to aim for. We invite you to support us financially, choosing from one (or more) of the following options. • Make a donation and have your business/organisation name included on our

No credibility AS a long time farmer and ratepayer contributing a very large sum each year to the Shire ‘coffers’, I feel disappointed by council’s weak decisionmaking. I wish to express my concern at the South Gippsland Shire councillors’ lack of collective will to take on the State over the planning changes to the Bald Hills wind farm. The fact that there are diverse views over the desirability or otherwise of wind farms is a lame excuse for doing nothing. Council’s decision as reported in The Star on March 10, ignores the due process of the law. Planning Minister Madden has a track record of walking over the top of local concerns on a number of planning issues in other areas.

board of honour, at the completed Meeniyan Playground and Skate Park. (Gold sponsors - $1000, Silver sponsors - $500, Bronze sponsors - $100). • Purchase a brick/paver with your business/organisation name engraved upon it ($50 for businesses/organisations, $35 for individuals). • Offer to donate your labour/services for the construction of the facility. (We can offset some of the required $15,000 with work in kind, so your labour can save us money.) Our “Expression of Interest” paperwork

Recent email revelations have his credibility in tatters. I am certain there would be wide support for a challenge to Mr Madden on this important issue of principle. Some responsibility also lies with the Shire president Cr Fawcett and the Shire planning officers to explain why they sat on the information over the changes for six weeks. More attention to ratepayers’ concerns would be appreciated! A.G.Landy Walkerville

Open letter THE freedom to express one’s own views is an important and fundamental right in our society. But sometimes freedom of expression crosses acceptable boundaries and becomes a situ-

VOXPOP! VOX The Star asked people at the Sustainability Festival: what have you done at home to be more sustainable?

I live on some acres and we grow nearly all our own vegetables and grow fruit. We recently planted 30 olive trees. We are really aiming to be self sufficient for vegetables. Tim Howard Leongatha North

Solar panels, replacing wood burning with gas heating and for cooling we have blinds outside and (insulating) bats in the ceiling. Then lots of recycling, composting, mulching and minimal water use. Greg Bird Nelson, New Zealand

We have a solar hot water service, environmentally friendly lights, water tanks and septic tanks as we’re not sewered or connected to the mains. Annette Watkin Venus Bay

We’ve got solar hot water and we have insulation and we also grow some fruit and vegetables. Dot Kennedy Tarwin Lower

has to be submitted by 5pm on Friday April 2. So we’ll have to work quickly. Please reply to this request in writing or by email, so that your offer of assistance can be included in our grant submission. Replies may be posted to Sara Janssen, c/- Meeniyan Post Office, Meeniyan, VIC 3956. Emails can be sent to We will also be the Meeniyan Community Planning workshop on Saturday March 27. Sara Janssen Secretary Meeniyan Youth Committee

ation of intimidation. This unfortunately occurred when representatives of Watershed Victoria descended upon our Community Information Centre last week (March 9 2010). The staff on duty were confronted by a group of 10 people, who subjected our staff to loud verbal harassment and a range of inappropriate personal questions. This behaviour was unprovoked and appeared to be an attempt to intimidate and embarrass our staff who were simply doing their job. All of this was filmed by a Watershed representative, without permission or consent. We accept that Watershed has a fundamental disagreement with the State’s decision to develop a desalination plant. But we do not accept that Watershed has the right to resort to intimidatory and bullying tactics. Our staff have the right to a peaceful and safe working environment, and we will not tolerate them being treated in such a disrespectful way. AquaSure and its contractors are endeavouring to deliver a project which is important to helping secure the reliability of the State’s future water supply, and we are endeavouring to do it with the utmost consideration and care for the local community and the local environment. Watershed – we are here to do a job. We request that you express your views in a peaceful and lawful manner and respect the rights of our people. Chloe Munro Chairman AquaSure

Other side

FAIR dinkum, some people have ‘more front than Myers’! Did those die-hard opponents of Bald Hills windfarm really expect the council to spend ratepayers’ money on a hopeless court case on their personal behalf? What about the substantial numbers of ratepayers who support windpower as the most cost-effective, most efficient, technically proven source of clean renewable energy? These opponents have always claimed that any wind turbines anywhere in the area will desecrate South Gippsland’s ‘pristine’ landscape. This is a coastal landscape, some 50 years ago shorn of nearly all its remaining melaleuca scrub and sown down to perennial pasture. It’s criss-crossed with roads, dotted with milking and shearing sheds, feed silos, stock yards and cattle underpasses, homesteads, holiday stay housing and ‘barns’ that can double as weekenders. Pristine? Hardly! So pristine in fact that one of the anti-wind campaigners has repeatedly lobbied for housing permits on small allotments in the farm zone. As for migratory birds, the expert study commissioned by John Howard’s Environment Minister reported in 2005 that Bald Hills would have negligible impact on either endangered (orange bellied parrots) or nonendangered species. I hope ordinary community members are not again subjected to pressure by the windfarm opponents to rally round their last - ditch stand. This development will bring employment opportunities to local people and substantial environmental benefits to Victoria and Australia. Wilma Western Leongatha

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Bank prospects looking good MIRBOO North Hall was abuzz last Wednesday night with more than 130 people attending a prospectus launch for the new Mirboo North and District Community Bank Branch. More than $232,300 has been raised so far. There were representatives from Mirboo North, Yinnar, Boolarra and surrounding areas present to listen to the information presented and to buy their shares in the new community venture. Strzelecki Ranges Community Enterprises Limited (SRCE) chairman Karen Anton asked community members to become shareholders in the franchise with “the more individuals that become shareholders the more ownership the community develops. “Community groups, local businesses and even self-managed superannuation trusts can also buy shares,” Ms Anton said. Karen introduced the members of the board of SRCE that represent the three areas of Mirboo North, Yinnar and Boolarra.

Gippsland Regional Manager of Bendigo Bank Rob Francis said that there were over 250 Community Bank branches throughout Australia, putting money back into their various communities. Llew Vale from the Toora Community Bank Branch spoke of the money being re-invested within the community and not leaving the district. Mr Vale also told the audience that in the 10 years that Toora Community Bank branch has operated, their shareholders have received 100 per cent for their original investment returned to them in dividends and that their community now has greater control over future planning. If you have not received a copy of the Prospectus and are interested in becoming a shareholder in the Mirboo North and District Community Bank Branch please contact Karen Anton on 5668 1595 or 0458 781 595, Geoff Williamson on 5668 2172 or 0408 682 172, Rob Herni on 5169 6355 or 0409 696 355 or John Harris 5122 2737 or 0431 972 672.

Planned burns to start FIRE crews in South Gippsland plan to start planned fuel reduction burning as early as this week, dependent on weather conditions. DSE and Parks Victoria are preparing to commence planned burns in priority areas including Waratah Bay, Port Welshpool, Foster and Wonthaggi later this week. DSE South Gippsland District Manager Geoff Pike said the priority planned burning areas aimed to reduce fuel loads to protect assets and property in and around townships. “For example, when conditions are right we

hope to burn four hectares of land near Waratah Bay Caravan Park. This burn has been identified in the draft Cape Liptrap Coastal Park local fire management plan currently being finalised for the community. It will play an important part in protecting assets and property should fire threaten Waratah Bay,” Mr Pike said. At Port Welshpool, fire crews hope to establish a fuel break corridor west of the township. Burning around Foster will aim to reduce fuel to protect the town on the north and west edges. Burning at Wonthaggi is primarily for ecological purposes and combined

with the effects of burns in the past seven years, will enhance the health of the grassland. The burns will be conducted with the assistance of CFA brigades from the Bass Coast, Leongatha and South Gippsland groups. Mr Pike said with weather conditions providing a limited number of days to reduce fuel, it is vital that every available opportunity is taken to complete burns. “Fuel reduction is essential to reducing the fire-risk, so it’s important we are flexible and start burning whenever the weather allows us to do so,” Mr Pike said.

VOLUNTEER GRANTS 2010 Invitation to Apply for Funding The Australian Government is pleased to announce funding opportunities are available under Volunteer Grants 2010. Volunteer Grants provides funding opportunities to eligible organisations whose volunteers are actively working in the community. Eligible non-profit organisations are invited to apply for funding ranging between $1,000 and $5,000 to support the work of their volunteers. This funding will enable organisations to purchase small practical and tangible equipment items and contribute towards the costs of training, background checks and fuel costs associated with their volunteering activities. The Volunteer Grants 2010 Application Form, Application Guidelines and further information is available at Organisations are encouraged to read the Guidelines then complete and submit the electronic application online. The documents and further information may also be obtained by telephoning the Volunteer Grants 2010 toll-free hotline on 1800 183 374. A TTY service for people who have hearing or speech impairment is available on 1800 555 677. Applications close on Friday 16 April 2010 at 2 pm AEST. Applications submitted or postmarked after the closing date may not be included in the selection process. adcorp21739

Hospital under consideration LEONGATHA Hospital’s much needed rebuild is under consideration for this year’s state budget. Health minister Daniel Andrews said so when he visited South Gippsland last week. When asked how long the hospital could continue without being redeveloped, Mr Andrews said: “I understand the issues that they face and we’re working through the normal budget processes. “I can’t foreshadow what we will have in the budget, but we are considering it,” he said. “The community can be absolutely assured that the government supports Leongatha hospital. “Both in terms of the capital works we’ve already done there, the current funding we provide and also a proper consideration of their capital work needs going forward.” He would not comment on the likelihood of the money being in the 2010 budget. “The treasurer will

deliver the budget in early May and he will be most upset if I were to start speculating on what or what might not be in

the budget,” Mr Andrews said. Mr Andrews was in Wonthaggi to officially open that hospital’s

expanded emergency department, which cost $1.8 million. He announced that another $1.2 million would be spent upgrading the hospital’s maternity ward and central sterilising services department by the end of the year. Three new integrated labour, birthing and room suites will be created and the nursery, waiting and utility areas will be refurbished.

Talking budgets: State Health minister Daniel Andrews in Wonthaggi last week.

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Same service: Matthew Keating, Brian Choi, Gayle Boal and Jo Mckinnon outside the newly rebranded clinic.

Vote with your feet SAME friendly staff, same high standard of podiatry, same professional service - different name. That’s the theme owner and senior podiatrist Matthew Keating is keeping with the latest rebranding of his podiatry practice in, Leongatha. Matthew has owned and operated his podiatry practice for the past four years, and recently expanded into the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. “With the expansion into South East Victoria, it made sense to rebrand the clinics to reflect the regions we are prominent in,” Matthew said. Along with Leongatha, Matthew and his wife Stacey own/operate nine other locations in the South Eastern corridor of Victoria at Warragul, Wonthaggi, Foster, Pakenham, Cranbourne, Langwarrin, Boronia, Knox and Ringwood. Matthew admits it’s a large family of clinics to manage, but they maintain the same high quality of care through ongoing training and setting high standards. “All of our podiatrists are registered professionals and members of the Australian Podiatry Association”, Matthew said. “All our podiatrists are selected from a number of applications due to their friendly nature, high level of professionalism and

high skill levels.” “We wanted to relaunch our new brand focusing on the aspects that are important in healthcare, which are great service in a friendly and inviting environment. “Patients consult us with particular problems and our focus is on customer satisfaction in our provision of care”. Podiatry is an extremely important aspect of general health, that is often overlooked. When you consider how much work the feet do throughout our life it’s a wonder they aren’t more prominent on our radar of “things to fix”. “The average person will walk twice around our planet in a lifetime,” Matthew said. “Our feet are one of the few parts of our body that consistently work hard from morning to night, especially in those who have standing occupations, or maintain an active lifestyle”. Matthew regularly asks his patients to consider the importance of comfortable feet in everyday life. We often underestimate the importance of comfortable, pain free feet and legs in our daily tasks of standing and walking. For an appointment with Matthew or Stacey please call the Leongatha clinic on 5662 0899.

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IF you can’t make it to Vail, St Moritz or Aspen for your next skiing holiday, just jet across the pond for some of the world’s greatest snowfields.

White out: New Zealand is a skier’s paradise.

New Zealand is a skier’s paradise, with massive mountains putting Australia’s alpine molehills to shame. Jetset Leongatha, in conjunction with Kirra Tours, is offering a number of package deals to the land of the long white cloud this winter. Although not a skier herself, Jetset’s Jill Carmody said the reputations of New Zealand’s mountains and resorts are unparalleled. “Queenstown, especially, has so much to offer in terms of food, entertainment and accommodation,” she said. “There’s everything you could want from luxury accommodations, apartments and budget rooms.” With ski fields just a few hours away by car, why would anyone travel all the way to New Zealand to find a decent black run. “They have a longer ski season and the number of accessible ski resorts is remarkable.” With multiple airlines flying across the Tasman, it has never been cheaper to make the short international trip.

Radical dudes: New Zealand’s ski resorts cater for advanced to those just looking for a slide and giggle.


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“It’s cheaper to go to New Zealand for most of the year than it is to fly to Cairns, Darwin or Perth,” Jill said. “And it only takes the same flight time as a trip to Perth. With over 41 years experience in New Zealand holidays, Kirra Tours is your New Zealand specialist! New Zealand geographic features and reliable snow make it one of the premier ski destinations in the world. Add to this New Zealand’s stunning scenery, lively resorts such as Queenstown and Wanaka, and you are in for a truly remarkable winter holiday experience. New Zealand is home to seven major ski fields within five main ski areas in both the North and South Islands. The variety of the terrain, ski conditions and locations means there is something for everyone, from the beginner to the advanced. With well developed learner programs (from family options through to advanced courses) the choice is endless. For the advanced why not try Heli-skiing, with long runs, no crowds and endless powder. In New Zealand, all accommodation is located in the resort towns and not on the ski fields.

Daily transfers are available up to the mountain, otherwise you can drive your hire vehicle to the ski field car parks. Kirra Tours can arrange your hotel to mountain transfers, which depart in the morning and return in the afternoon. These transfers are convenient and easy to use. Flights are available from almost all capital cities into Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. For the North Island fields you can fly into either Auckland or Wellington. Christchurch is the gateway to Mt Hutt ski field and also the main motorhome or hire car collection point for the South Island. Alternatively there are domestic flights linking to Queenstown and Wanaka. During the peak winter months there are additional direct flights into Queenstown, which means a short break package from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne is great value – simply fly in, check in, ski/board and fly out. These direct flights fill quickly so be sure to book early for that short break package.

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Festival of taste BRILLIANT weather attracted almost 2000 people to the Inverloch Food and Wine Festival on Saturday. It was a big increase in attendance from the 1000 who braved wet weather last year. Lead organiser Dom Brusamarello

said exhibitors were up by six to 30 in the festival’s fifth year. This year an association with the Lyrebird Arts Council encouraged people to visit the festival, enjoy the Mossvale Music Festival and then stay in Inverloch overnight to enjoy a breakfast on Sunday morning.

A bus ran from Inverloch to Mossvale Park. Mr Brusamarello said this capitalised on the natural link between food and music. The major sponsors of the event are Bass Coast Shire Council and Destination Gippsland.

Cheers: Jane and John Dickinson (Naracoorte, South Australia). John has been working in the region and currently stays at Korumburra.

Folk/pop tunes: Oh Pep duo members Pepita Emmerichs (Windsor) and Olivia Hally (Newhaven).

Above: Cold treat: Nan Meagher, Pam Pritchard and Des Meagher (all Inverloch).

Right: Shade break: Annie Bailey and Tony Durand (Cape Woolamai) sat with their goodies outside the festival for a rest.

Like a taste: Lyre Bird Hill Winery’s Owen Schmidt.

Local cheese: sisters Elissa Ringin (Berwick) and Merryn Tuck (Leongatha) with sister-in-law Chelsea Hulls (Leongatha).

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FROCK up! That’s the message for those attending the Wonthaggi Hospital Garden Party that is a feature of this weekend’s celebrations marking the town’s 100th birthday. Carmel Lynch will be looking out for entrants in the garden party’s Miss and Matron competition. She won the miss section herself (right) in 1963. See details inside.

Celebrate Wonthaggi’s Centenary Official Program of Events 11.30am - Garden Party at Wonthaggi Hospital Grounds opens

2.00pm - Ofcial welcome and formal opening of Garden Party at Wonthaggi Hospital Grounds

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Face painting Merry go round Jumping castle Kids zoo farm Make, bake, create stalls Refreshments

12.15pm - Street Parade begins – McBride Avenue and Graham Street, Wonthaggi • • •

Over 70 organisations participating Performances by Marching Bands and dancing groups along the way Line the streets to cheer the parade as it goes past

1.30pm - Entertainment begins at Wonthaggi Hospital Grounds • •

Includes music and dance performances Demonstration from the YMCA gymnastic program

Welcome by Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Peter Paul Bass Coast Regional Health CEO, Lea Pope Introductions by MC Gerard Callinan, ABC Gippsland

2.30pm - Miss and Matron of the Garden Party competition • Junior Miss (8-14 year olds) • Miss Garden Party (15+ years) • Matron of the Garden Party (married ladies) • Best 50s and 60s outt Register beforehand by contacting Carmel Lynch on 5678 5455 or simply frock up and put your name down on the day

2.45pm - Sing Happy Birthday to Wonthaggi •

Cutting of the cake

5.00pm - Garden Party closes

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Dispensing good health THE Wonthaggi MFS Dispensary is an integral part of the town’s history. Today, it has over 4000 members who receive discounts on all services and goods except for those prescriptions where government regulations don’t permit a member benefit. Formed to provide medicines at discount prices, the pharmacy is still doing so. It is a not-for-profit organisation that supports many community groups and continues to contribute to the welfare of the general community. The dispensary has continued to survive and grow because it has adapted to changing times. Plans for renovations are being undertaken

to create more space and improve efficiency. The pharmacy dates back to 1922, when a meeting of State Coal Mine employees met to endorse the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine Medical Benefit Fund Dispensary Committee’s recommendation that a block of land in Graham Street be bought so a miners’ dispensary could be set up. Since 1910, Wonthaggi miners who belonged to a Medical Benefit Fund had had agreements with local chemists that they be provided with medicines at discounted prices. During and after World War I, the prices of medicines greatly increased and supplies were inadequate and irregular. The Wonthaggi community had medical and hospital benefit

schemes as well as a Co-operative Distribution Society. All that was missing was the dispensary. Despite doubts that it could be run profitably for the good of its members, the dispensary was a great success. It opened the Dispensary Dental Clinic in 1926, providing miners, their families and members with affordable dental treatment. After World War II, optometry was added. In 1988, the dispensary moved to bigger premises next door and eight years’ later, an extension was added, housing the dentist’s surgery, a beauty room, podiatrist and comfort rooms. New members are always welcome.

Friendly staff: Wonthaggi MFS Dispensary staff (back from left) Carolyn Thomas, Jye Fisher, Steph Sruend, Marisa Gibbons, Linda Goldsmith, front from left, Jan Kent, Alison Dijs, Jaci Nation and Narelle Munday.

Mine ministers TWO Labor Government ministers will descend on the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine on Sunday March 21, to help celebrate 100 years since the official opening of the mine. Martin Ferguson, who holds the Federal portfolios of Tourism and Resources and Energy, will be there with State Regional and Rural Development Minister Jacinta Allan. Both are expected to spruik the respective $1.5 million government grants given to allow the mine reserve to bring its underground facilities up to the mark so that they can be reopened to the public. The federal money is paying for a new visitor centre, which is expected to open in September or October

this year. Tenders for this have gone out and site meetings have begun. March 21 is being billed as a community day, when visitors will gain free entry to Wonthaggi’s main tourist attraction. Aside from the formalities at 11am, there will be children’s activities such as old fashioned games like egg and spoon races, historical and genealogical displays and

advice, music by the Wonthaggi and Bairnsdale citizens’ bands and a display of 200 vintage cars which are part of an RACV-sponsored fly the flag tour. Local sporting clubs and members of the Wonthaggi State Mine Friends’ Group will have food and drinks available for sale. The fun starts at 9am.

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By Jane Ross IT’S going to be some party. A total of 70 floats, bands and groups have registered to celebrate Wonthaggi’s 100th birthday party on Saturday March 20. They’ll gather in Wishart Reserve and at noon, motor, march and oompah-pah along McBride Avenue, taking a left wheel into Graham Street, continuing on as far as the hospital. There, several thousand people are expected to enjoy a garden party to end all garden parties. Organising these events has been a mammoth task for Bass Coast Council’s arts and leisure coordinator Jenny Churchill and her team. “It’s very exciting,” said Carmel Lynch, who has the responsibility of running the Miss and Matron Garden Party competitions. Carmel knows her garden parties; she’s a past winner of both the miss and matron sections and has strong roots in Wonthaggi. Her father and grandfather were coal miners. In fact, her grandfather, Robert Sainsbury, had the number 28 on his mine dog tag, so he was one of the very first to start mining coal 100 years’ ago. Carmel’s father Harry Sainsbury followed him underground at the age of 17. Carmel was born in Wonthaggi and grew up

there. She was educated at St Joseph’s Primary School which, in those days, went as far as the proficiency certificate. She left school for a hairdressing apprenticeship. Now a resident of San Remo, Carmel is an active member of the Wonthaggi Evening View Club, which supports the Smith Family and its Learning for Life campaign. It is the View Club that is running the Miss and Matron Garden Party contest. Carmel well remembers the street parades of old and the elegance of the garden parties that were an annual feature of Wonthaggi Hospital life. She’s looking forward to this centenary because she doesn’t think there’ll be another. It is her hope that lots of people will come dressed up, as they did in days of yore. Hats, she said, are de rigueur. There will be four judges for four categories. These are Miss, Matron and Miss Junior Garden Party, plus a section for the best dressed person from the 50s and 60s era. Jean Osborne of Wonthaggi, who won the matron section in 1963 when Carmel won the miss category, will be one of the judges. Glenyce Paul who is the wife of Bass Coast mayor Cr Peter Paul, is another. View Club members Eira

Ready to go: the Tuesday night work crew have ben preparing the mine to become a Wonthaggi tourist attraction.

Get ready for the parade BASS Coast Shire Council’s events co-ordinator, Frank Angarane, said the gala street parade will start at Wisharts Reserve.

the top of McBride Avenue so traffic in

“We have over 40 floats, groups walking and marching bands registered to participate in the parade,” said Mr Angarane. “We will be getting them together at

residents in these areas separately, but

Baillieu Street and Hagelthorn Street to Billson Street will be affected. “We’ll be contacting businesses and people should try and avoid this area unless they are part of the parade,” continued Mr Angarane.

Thomson and Marlene Atherton will help. There will also be a couple of “scouts” wandering the hospital grounds inviting guests to enter. The judging will take place on the hospital lawn. A special guest will be Margaret Hunter (nee Studham) who won the Miss Garden Party in 1956. Then there’s Carmel herself, who took out the Miss Garden Party title in 1963, followed in 1969 by the Matron of honour. She still has the blue sashes that she won, each pinned with a “diamond” brooch. This year’s winners will receive similar sashes with a large gold clasp. They’ll also be presented with Wonthaggi Centenary medals. Stalls at the garden party will feature homemade treats and there will be plenty of entertainment to keep children amused. Cr Paul is suggesting that those wanting to watch the parade and attend the garden party, should “grab a spot early”. “There’ll be something for everyone.” Bass Coast Council events co-ordinator Frank Angarane warned that there will be a number of changes to traffic and parking on Saturday and Sunday and heavy traffic is expected on the road to Melbourne on Sunday afternoon and evening.

Wonthaggi memories: Carmel Lynch with the sashes she won at the Wonthaggi Hospital Garden Parties in the 1960s.

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On track for change A RECORD 89 teams have entered this year’s Wonthaggi Human Powered Grand Prix and there are more on a waiting list. “It’s a very good sign,” commented Susan Davies, who co-ordinates the grand prix and accompanying Energy Innovation Festival. This is the 14th grand prix. It’s come a long way since it began with 15 vehicles on a very cold weekend in September. The grand prix starts on Friday March 19, with a primary school pushcart challenge. The bigger human powered vehicles take over on Saturday and Sunday March 20 and 21, starting at midday on Saturday and running for 24 hours. The energy innovation festival is run on the Friday and Saturday, between 9.30am and 4.30pm. Human powered vehicle racing has become a serious endeavour and entries for the well-regarded Wonthaggi event flood in from all over Victoria and beyond. Six teams are coming from South Australia, bringing a push cart entry as well. The Wonthaggi event is respected by school and community riders for its exciting track and according to Susan Davies, a bit of rain makes it more challenging still. “It requires good vehicle design and great care and skill to traverse

Get set: the 24 hour Human Powered Grand Prix got off to a good start last year. This year’s has attracted a record number of entries and the attendant Energy Innovation Festival offers a fascinating variety of alternatives. some serious corners for the whole 24 hours without incident,” she said. When the small, pedal-powered, energy efficient racers roll over, it makes for some spectacular viewing. Compulsory safety bars and belts prevent injuries. The race was started by Wonthaggi Secondary College and over the years, a number of students have used their

human powered vehicle involvement to propel them into careers in mechanics, engineering and alternative energy. One of these is Susan’s son Ben, who made a human powered vehicle for his Year 12 design and technology course. It’s not one to race in the grand prix, but it took Ben into the field of alternative energy. His mother said he has driven

around Australia in a van which he converted to consume vegetable oil as fuel. Ben will attend the Wonthaggi Energy Innovation Festival with a friend who builds gas-fired units to burn farm waste or biomass to create biotar or carbon which can be put back into the soil in the form of carbon sequestration.

Another new innovation at the energy festival this year, is a series of free briefings for business owners by the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Business owners will be briefed on ways of taking advantage of the carbon constrained economy, adapting to new regulations and saving money. “We do hope some small business owners will take up the opportunity,” said Susan. She has spoken to South Gippsland chamber of commerce and business leaders advising them of the briefings. Four companies selling solar panels and solar hot water systems will attend the energy festival, offering the perfect opportunity for those thinking about taking advantage of solar power. There will be displays on the latest in domestic wind power, hybrid and electric cars, water tanks and other energy-saving goods and services. Food and drink, including Malay dishes, will be available during the festival. A shuttle bus will be provided, running between the grand prix and other events in the town that are celebrating Wonthaggi’s centenary. “This is a great weekend for people to come to Wonthaggi and spend a bit of time enjoying the grand prix, the festival and other activities,” said Susan.

New methods on show NEW methods that are being used to help prevent power outages will be on show at the Wonthaggi Energy Innovation Festival. SP AusNet, which sponsors the festival, uses remotely-operated aircraft that fly along the top of powerlines, taking photos and a temperature profile to identify potential issues before they lead to outages. SP AusNet East Regional Manager Jim Haylock, said the methods would be displayed and explained during the festival. “People in the Wonthaggi area have not been immune to the effects of environmental change, which is resulting in an increasing number of extreme weather events. “We look forward to demonstrating a number of innovations that are helping us make our network more reliable and safer in the face of this change,” said Mr Hay-

lock. He said this year’s festival would explain and demystify the large number of green technologies now available for home use. “There are lots of opportunities for people who want to reduce their utility bills and conserve natural resources, however this market is new and often difficult to understand. “The SP AusNet Wonthaggi Energy Innovation Festival is intended to help people navigate through the complex web that is the green revolution.” Mr Haylock said alternative energy sources and energy efficiency were important issues. Company representatives would be demonstrating smart meters that are part of a State Government program. These measure energy consumption every 30 minutes, allowing people more control over energy consumption.

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Mayor’s Message THIS weekend Wonthaggi celebrates the magnificent milestone of 100 years – and you’re all invited to come and join the party. On Saturday, March 20, we are recreating the gala Street Parade and Hospital Garden Party of yester-year so the whole Shire can celebrate our past, present and future. While the birth of Wonthaggi dates back to the discovery of coal and the State Government’s desire to have its own reliable coal supply, Bass Coast towns share a history of the coal mines and the railway built to transport the coal to Melbourne. This railway was a lifeline to many farmers, businesses,

tourists and residents. Who would have thought 100 years after Wonthaggi was established, it would again be called upon by the State Government to provide a vital resource to Victoria – water. The past 100 years has seen many changes to Bass Coast. Inverloch and Phillip Island have become major holiday destinations for visitors near and far. Traditional farmers have been joined by new ventures such as vineyards and olive groves. From world class events, great local markets and quality restaurants – I think most residents would agree we’ve got it all. Through all this, Wonthaggi has continued to service

all our residents from Inverloch to Cowes, Grantville to Kernot. So while the milestone might technically belong to Wonthaggi, now is a time to celebrate all that we have achieved and show the world the great things Bass Coast has to offer. Join us in Wonthaggi from just after midday to watch the Street Parade make its way down McBride Avenue onto Graham Street and to the hospital grounds for the Garden Party, which kicks off at 1.30pm. I hope you’ll join us for the party – consider yourself formally invited! Cr Peter Paul, Mayor Bass Coast Shire Council

Get on your bike SCHOOL children from across Bass Coast will be joining the fun when the Wonthaggi Centenary Street Parade sets off at midday on Saturday, March 20. The parade will move through the centre of Wonthaggi and finish at the grounds of the hospital, where the Garden Party is being held. Bass Coast Shire Council’s

Arts and Leisure Manager, Jenny Churchill, said the bikes had been a big feature of previous parades. “When we were researching the street parade events from the 50s and 60s, we uncovered photos of decorated bikes, with ribbons threaded through the wheel spokes and streamers hanging off the handles,” said Ms Churchill. “A lot of people have clear memories of decorating their bikes and riding in the parade when they

were children. “We want to have school children involved in the Centenary parade and we have been talking to the Bike Education groups at local schools. “We will be sending entry forms to local schools, so students can register to be involved. “Children will be able to decorate their bikes or scooters and then ride them in the parade. “We are looking forward

to seeing some creative decorations.” Ms Churchill said that the ride would be approximately three kilometres along Graham Street, from the secondary school campus to the grounds of the hospital. “There will be prizes for the best decorated bike or scooter in the parade. We’re still looking for sponsors for this event, so any interested businesses should contact us.”

Centenary congratulations WONTHAGGI’S Centenary celebrations mark more than just 100 years of existence. These celebrations also recognise the pioneers who built a town around the state’s new coal mine in 1909 and as the miners toiled far underground, a thriving community began to grow above. For 60 years the mine was at the heart of Wonthaggi’s culture. Day after day miners made the trek to the pits below for a back-breaking shift, extracting the precious black coal which was loaded on to rail cars for the trip to Melbourne. They were tough, hard-working men, committed to their job and families. Fathers and sons worked together, families grew close and lifelong friendships were formed. Schools and a hospital were built, traders set up their wares

and the town grew and prospered. When the mine closed in 1968, it meant the end of an era, but not the community. The mine’s history lives on, thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers, The Friends of the State Coal Mine who, together with Parks Victoria, have restored the mine to its former glory. Make sure you visit. The pioneering spirit of the early 1900s has been passed on through the generations and today, modern Wonthaggi is regarded as the centre of West Gippsland. Our beautiful beaches and hillsides make it a wonderful place to live, and visit. Enjoy the celebrations. Ken Smith Member for Bass

Steel frame TWO Victorian companies have been awarded contracts supplying steel for the Wonthaggi desalination plant. One, worth $14 million has gone to OneSteel Reinforcing at Noble Park. Another, for $7 million, has been awarded to Page Steel at Derrimut, that will hire about 20 new staff to manage the job. OneSteel and Tube in Scoresby has gained a $3 million contract to supply structural steel to Page Steel for fabrication. The desalination plant is being built by Thiess Degrémont.

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Hoodie chicks in ’Thaggi FOUR hooded plover chicks have hatched on Williamsons Beach Wonthaggi. They’ve taken their first flight, albeit a wobbly one, an event being hailed as “quite significant”. Steve Johnson, who has monitored and helped protect hooded plovers along the Bass Coast for almost five years, said the birds nest on the beach and live a very precarious life. Of 81 eggs laid on the ground along Bass Coast this nesting season, there have been only 21 hatchings. Of those, only nine chicks remain, six of them at fledgling stage, that is, old enough to fly. Steve and his newly-formed Bass Coast Friends of the Hooded Plover group are watching the chicks closely. Their work is voluntary and they have been liaising closely with representatives of Thiess Degrémont which is constructing the desalination plant. Steve said this part of the breeding season is critical because there are still eggs being incubated. As few as 400 hooded plovers remain in Victoria, with populations continuing to decline due to low breeding success and availability of habitat. Last year, 335 chicks hatched across the State, but only 10 per cent survived to fledge. Hooded plovers nest in highly exposed areas, often on the sand just metres above the high-tide

mark. Their nests can be washed away, or their eggs and chicks stolen by foxes, cats, ravens, raptor predators and other scavengers. “Once they hatch, the chicks do not fledge until they are around four to five weeks old and unfortunately, that period of time usually coincides with the busiest time of year on the beaches,” said Steve. “Dogs and humans often disturb the nests or they can be accidentally crushed by vehicles, beach walkers and horse riders.There are so many things working against these little guys, they need all the help they can get. “We’ve got a network of local volunteers who work hard to protect the plovers right along the coast. We do a lot of work to identify and protect nests with fencing and signage, and we also do a lot of work to educate people visiting the beach, increasing awareness of the plovers.” Steve said the plovers’ friends group had developed a good working relationship with the desalination site’s environmental team. “The stretch of Williamsons Beach near the desal site is home to some fairly challenging terrain, so we’re very happy to have some fit young people from the desal team doing the running around down there! “It seems to have paid off because this year, we’ve had four surviving chic-ks hatch and fledge on the Williamsons Beach site. Three

of them are from the one nest, which is quite an extraordinary and excellent outcome.” The contract for the Victorian Desalination Project includes strict performance requirements relating to habitat protection and monitoring programs for the hooded plover. Thiess Degrémont’s environmental team includes specialist ecologists and zoologists from Ecology Partners Pty Ltd, who have been working with Steve and the friends. Kailash Willis, Ecology Partners zoologist, said monitoring surveys would be undertaken weekly along Williamsons Beach during the breeding season and every second week over the rest of the year. “We’re taking records on the number of hooded plovers in the area, their behaviour and movements as well as nesting success and survival of chicks,” said Kailash. “The data is provided to Bass Coast Friends of the Hooded Plover as part of their monitoring program between Kilcunda and Inverloch. The friends include the data in their regional report, which is then submitted to Birds Australia as part of a national study.” Anyone wishing to join the Friends of the Hooded Plover, should contact Steve Johnson on 0429 188 330.

It’s the hoodies: a small number of hooded plover chicks have made it to fledgling stage at Williamsons Beach Wonthaggi. The birds nest on the beach and few chicks survive. Photo by Kailash Willis, Ecology Partners Pty Ltd.

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Cancer night THE Rotary Club of Korumburra is inviting the community to a cancer information night. Guest speaker is Dr Ian Roos PhD,OAM, who will talk on issues relating to cancer and cancer treatment relevant to rural consumers including access to radiotherapy, access to superannuation if you are terminally ill and equity of access to chemotherapy. Dr Roos is the chair of Cancer Voices Victoria and is a volunteer with Cancer Connect and a consumer advocate. He is a Senior Fellow in the Youth Research Centre at the University of Melbourne with a background in medical research, related to the development of anti-cancer drugs. Other cancer related activities include membership of the Ministerial Task Force on Cancer, consumer adviser to the North Eastern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service, chair of the National Cancer Nursing project, and the reference group of the Cancer Clinicians Professional Development Project. Dr Roos will be joined by three doctors from the Korumburra Medical Centre. The night will take place on Tuesday, March 23 at 7.30pm at the showgrounds amenities complex in Korumburra. A light supper will be provided. For information phone Euan Coutts on 5655 2909.

Loch PS grows By Chris Brown LOCH Primary School is looking forward to the completion of a new building, which will alleviate some of its space problems. The two classrooms with a library/learning space and new toilet block should be completed by the end of term two. The project is valued at $850,000 as part of the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution program. An old shelter shed, which had been extended to serve as an art room/library, was demolished to make way for the new building. Principal Greg Bull said shelves of books are dotted around the school as the construction work proceeds. “We are prepared to make do with a little bit of inconvenience, because we know when it’s done it will be really good,” he said. When the building is completed Prep and Grade 1 students are likely to move into it.

That will allow one small classroom to become an office area. Two other small classrooms will become one. The school was only informed that its tender had been accepted during the summer school holidays. Parents, staff and several students worked for four days to shift books and equipment so the old library/art room could be demolished. State Government Better Schools funding will pay for the construction of a new multipurpose/science room. Two new basketball/netball hoops were recently installed on the school’s sheltered court. They replaced netball rings. When The Star visited the school last week many students were taking advantage of the new basketball hoops with backboards. They can be turned around if students want to play netball. A strong contingent of 16 Preps saw the primary school gain a fourth teacher.

Mr Bull said it was possibly the largest Prep class they had ever had. He said the school’s transition program, which includes sending Grade 5 and 6 students to the local kindergarten to read once a week, was part of the reason for the increase. The school’s popular after school program continues this year. About 20-25 students attend on each of the two nights. This term students have been preparing for the school’s athletics carnival. Previously a whole range of interests have been catered for including lawn bowls, horse riding, taekwondo and dance. This week Grade 6 students have travelled to Wilsons Promontory for their three night camp. Canoeing on Tidal River and a hike to Squeaky Beach are likely to be highlights. Mr Bull said it had been a very busy and exciting start to the year.

Lunchtime: Cohen, Jai, Lachie, Brad and Jacksen were making use of the new basketball hoop.

Leadership: house captains at Loch are Jake and Skye (Legends house) and Natalie and Cohen (Lyrebird house).

Under construction: Matthew (Grade 4) and Luke (Grade 1) check out the building works.

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The money, all $5 million of it, is for part of the remaking of Lower Powlett Road Wonthaggi and associated works. Council agreed to undertake the road works on behalf of the State Government, to accommodate the Williamsons Beach desalination plant. The shire had to stump up the cost which was close to $12 million. CEO Allan Bawden, said an invoice was lodged with the State and the $5 million had been automatically transferred to the council’s bank account.

Woorayl Lodge Auxillary, Cath Davies and Pat Molden, and St Peter’s Ladies Guild will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning March 22, 2010.

BASS Coast Council has received its biggest ever single payment.

Contrast: Meg, Jessica and Emily compare their hair styles.

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ST Laurence’s Primary School in Leongatha showed their support for the Leukaemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave by holding a Crazy Hair Day last Friday, March 12. Students and most teachers came to school with their hair in all sorts of styles; wigs, crazy plaits and coloured hair spray were the order of the day. A gold coin donation was made to help raise money for local people with blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Weird hair: from left Ruby, Will, Chloe, Lockie and Damon arrived at school with their hair in a crazy way.

That’s strange: Julian must have spent hours to get his hair looking like this!

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Contrasting look: Sara and Kimberley look the part.

Style queen: Ruby went to a big effort for her style.

Long locks: Matt went for the blonde look.

25th - 28th March, 2010 The theme for 2010 is “IT In Agriculture” focuses on a unique range of hardware, software, GPS and telecommunication options available to assist farmers in managing their operations “Farm World’s extensive demonstration program includes demonstrations of Farm Machinery, Australian Working Stock Horses, Motorbikes, Bread Making and Butchery to name a few” “Kids can interact with Farm Animals in the CLAAS Animal Nursery” V/Line Bus transfers - Lardner Park/Drouin Station shuttle service. Information : Hours : Thursday- Saturday 8.30am - 5pm Sunday 8.30am - 4.00pm Ph: (03) 5626 1373 Melways Ref : X912 U8 Strategic Partners No dogs permitted.

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THIS group of ladies loves nothing more than getting together for a cuppa and craft, other than perhaps one thing: helping people living with cancer. Friends from Welshpool and Port Welshpool gather every second Tuesday to make dolls, blankets, jackets, coathangers, whatever they like, to donate to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Goods are collected every three months and donated to the gift shop at Peter Mac to sell to raise money for vital medical equipment. Blankets and jackets are sometimes given to patients too. The last bundle of items sent at Christmas comprised 60 items. The gift shop raised $367,000 last year by selling dona-

tions from around Victoria. Group member Elizabeth Robertson said: “We’ve all been touched by cancer, whether it be family or friends, so it’s good to give back.” The group began when a young woman wished to learn to patchwork from the more seasoned crafty women in the area. When she moved on, the ladies kept going and have been meeting ever since, sharing morning tea and often lunch in the process. The ladies are Lorna Grant, Bev Christensen, Prue Kruger and Elizabeth, and often her grand-daughters Sofie and Maddie Platt join too. “Whenever I’m sitting watching TV, I can do my hand sewing,” Elizabeth said.

Top Left: Fine handiwork: Lorna Grant shows off her dolls, watched by Prue Kruger, Elizabeth Robertson and Bev Christensen.

Right: Cuppa anyone: Bev Christensen created a soft tea set.

Left: Unique work: Prue Kruger decorates coathangers with a difference.

Rec Centre windfall HOT on the heels of an announcement last month of a $200,000 upgrade to the Korumburra Recreation Centre comes news this week of a considerable donation from the Bendigo Bank branch in Korumburra. Treasurer of the rec centre committee of management, John Murdica, announced the new funding source last week, making Bendigo Bank the facility’s biggest corporate sponsor. “They’ve asked us not to disclose the exact amount publicly but it is substantial and continues the Bendigo Bank’s support for this important community facility in the town,” Mr Murdica said.

On hand at the announcement last week was local Bendigo Bank branch manager, Gary Baumgartner, who said his organisation recognised the key role that the rec centre played in the life of Korumburra and district and was happy to renew its support. “The funding from the government will go towards the cost of constructing a permanent stage, that will be attached to the eastern end of the lower court and also the work of finally lining the inside of the building,” Mr Murdica said. “The Bendigo Bank funds will support several other projects we have as part of our continual improvement plans.”

With thanks: JohnMurdica, treasurer of the Korumburra Recreation Centre Committee of Management, thanks Bendigo Bank branch manager at Korumburra, Gary Baumgartner, on the renewed level of support offered by the bank to the further redevelopment of the rec centre.

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THIS commanding renovated home is on a huge block and will be auctioned by Stockdale & Leggo. Read all the details on page 33.

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HIS enchanting five acre property is in the picturesque Dumbalk Valley at Dumbalk North. The charming residence was constructed in 1908 and has been tastefully restored. It includes three spacious bedrooms; the main with walk-in robe and en suite. An open plan kitchen and dining area is an inviting space in which to eat, and enjoy the company of family and friends. A separate lounge and formal dining features French doors leading to an extensive verandah and outdoor entertaining deck. Heating and cooling to the home is provided via solid fuel and reverse cycle air conditioning. A seasonal stream meanders through extensive low maintenance established gardens with a variety of beautiful mature trees. Live a sustainable existence with a vegetable growing area and hen house.

There is plentiful water with licence from river and a tank for residence. Enjoy the lovely salt water swimming pool with fully automatic operation. Multifunctional shedding includes a builtin area with power/lighting. Make the most of the space available for vehicles, wood storage and machinery. Inspection is by appointment.

At a glance Location: 60 Goads Road, Dumbalk North. Price: $595,000. Agent: Rodwells, Leongatha. Contact: Kristin Richardson 0427 092 983 or 03 5662 4388.

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E quick, this won’t last long.

Here are 150 acres located within 25 minutes drive of Leongatha at Mount Eccles. The property is located at the end of Pender Smith Road, and has a small amount of frontage to the Grand Ridge Road. It has amazing views overlooking Wild Dog Valley and beyond, with some great places to build a home

(subject to council approval). Although the property is hilly, there are tracks allowing safe access to most areas. Watered by three good sized dams, the property has good fencing and has stockyards including a crush, small machinery shed, shearing shed and hayshed. There are scattered well established trees all over the property and even some tree ferns.

At a glance Location: 40 Pender Smith Road, Mount Eccles. Price: $350,000. Sole agent: Elders, Leongatha. Contact: Zel Svenson 5662 3523.

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successfully purchased the property in the expected price range. A further auction was held on March 6 at 43-45 Louis Road, Venus Bay. About 20 people were in attendance as the four bedroom home was put on the market. There had been good interest in the property, which was passed in at $650,000 and is currently being marketed at $750,000. Discussions are continuing with one interested party.

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Pinaroo at 560 Koonwarra-Pound Creek, Inverloch/Koonwarra attracted about 70 people with interest from both local and city buyers. The property was passed in for $825,000 and is on the market for $925,000. Alex Scott & Staff Inverloch’s Tim Harris said it is a unique property with two titles and

an opportunity to consolidate or speculate on whether both could be developed in the future. Discussions continue with two parties. Also on March 6 72.25 acres with a three bedroom, brick veneer home near Inverloch also failed to sell at auction. Twenty-five people attended the auction with bidding starting at $800,000. There were two people bidding until it was passed in at $860,000. The next day an interested party

Outstanding landbank opportunity 58 acres, 15 titles, future rural residential potential.

LANDBANK OPPORTUNITY This land is currently zoned "Farming Zone". Part of the land has been identified as "Future Rural Residential" in the currently adopted "Local Level Structure Plan" for Korumburra. All of the land is identified as "Future Rural Residential" in the Korumburra Local Level Structure Plan of 19/9/2009 which is currently under review. l Eventual realignment of the South Gippsland Highway will effect this property l Well positioned heavy carrying country, dam water, old yards l Put some cattle on for now or plant some peas. Time should be kind to this unique parcel of land Internet ID:

VACANT POSSESSION 10% deposit on signing, balance on possession 60 days. Inquiries Auctioneer John O'Connor 0416 193 990. 34 Commercial Street,

Stockdale&Leggo Korumburra. 5658 1500.



HERE were three properties for auction in South Gippsland on March 6.

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Booroo-tiful land T

HIS could be that perfect parcel of land, and the Planning Permit’s in hand. More than eight acres of gently flowing pasture are included with ideal near level areas to build your dream residence. The orientation is

north, of course, so if you simply must insist on an orientation that allows winter sun to flood your living zones, this is it. The flowing northern aspect of the property also ensures the fertile pasture and your future gardens will have more sun through winter so expect bountiful growth for your stock, and for your enjoyment. There are extensive rural views across your own property, and to the

distant hills beyond, and the soil is a combination of chocolate and red, and if we listen to the long-time local land owners, that’s where springs are common and water is plentiful, so your own dam may well never run dry. In a quiet country lane, less than 10 minutes to Leongatha in Boorool, and just off the Strzelecki Hwy, this is a rare gem indeed. Don’t delay.

At a glance Location: 6 Huntingfords Road, Leongatha/Boorool. Price: $240,000 - $265,000. Agent: First National Prom Country, Meeniyan. Contact: Allen Bartlett 0417 274 624.

Prom Country N AY PE D O SUN IS TH

MEENIYAN ~ half acre in town

A hop, skip and jump (so to speak!) into Meeniyan township and a half acre on which to build your FISH CREEK ~ a dream find! $425,000 - $465,000 residential or commercial premises. Established So often we hear of the perfect little country property that people dream about. You know: high ceilings, trees, near level, adjoins other residential verandas, views of rolling hills, cosy open fires, shady trees, lowing cattle, country kitchen, claw foot bath, properties and has huge development potential. cottage gardens! There’s not much that this absolute beauty doesn’t have: a fully restored original in a stunning rural setting just minutes from Fish Creek township and an easy jaunt into Foster too. On a Inspect! Anytime! manageable 2 and a bit acres with a pony paddock, massive 4 bay shed, plus 2 car garage. Address Cnr Whitelaw & Geale Sts Meeniyan For Sale $95,000 - $105,000 INSPECT Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Address: 405 Falls Rd Fish Creek

MEENIYAN ~ attn! developers! The “old roadhouse” complex comprising renovated office/showroom, original brick dwelling, existing “roadhouse” infrastructure in need of renovation. Brilliant prominent position on Sth Gippsland Hwy. Tenant waiting: get moving on this! Inspect! By appointment Address Cnr Whitelaw & Hanily Sts Meeniyan For Sale $250,000 - $275,000

Selling Properties





allen bartlett 0417 274 624

MIRBOO ~ family value: 1 acre!

LEONGATHA ~ brand new Your views of parkland are uninterrupted and you will adore your country-styled brand new home on a compact block. Nearing completion, this lovely home will feature 3 bedrooms, polished hardwood floors, soaring ceilings and northerly light filled aspects. Double garage & verandas. Address Lot 2 Floraston Dve Shinglers Ridge For Sale $325,000 - $350,000 Y N DA PE R O ATU S IS



$765,000 - $835,000 In a picturesque setting of landscaped gardens, against a backdrop of rolling hills and abutting reservoirs, is this quintessential South Gippsland farm. Character farmhouse with quality period features, ample shedding for all your animal and machinery needs, a 7m x 4m fully fitted home office or studio/ bungalow, stock facilities, 7 paddocks, 2 dams, and an endless water supply. Less than 10mins into Korumburra or Leongatha, this immaculately presented property will have something for all. INSPECT Sunday 2.30 - 3.00pm

Address: 505 One Chain Road, Kardella

Idyllic and private country laneway position yet a short drive into Mirboo North. 4 bedrooms, rumpus, large lounge, light & bright kitchen and 2 bathrooms with WIR to main bedroom. 2 bay steel shed, double carport & double garage!

kaz hughes 0417 516 998

Inspect! SAT 1 - 1.30pm Address 34 Walkers Road, Mirboo For Sale $275,000 - $295,000


lisa williams 0438 133 385


MIRBOO NORTH ~ 1st home?

Elevated rural views, recently rented at $200 per week, offering excellent returns. On 591sqm (approx), 3 bedrooms, lounge, updated kitchen. Across the road from the Sec College, walk thru access to Strzelecki Hwy. You can’t go wrong! Inspect! SAT 12 - 12.30pm Address 5 Castle Court, Mirboo North For Sale $145,000 - $155,000

STONY CK ~ a touch of country class

$435,000 - $475,000 Idyllic and peaceful, 3.5 acre country hideaway within striking distance of the Prom, and delicious eateries, wineries & galleries of the region. A very classy interior with soaring ceilings, hardwood finishes and oodles of glass. 2 bedrooms inside plus optional third cabana-style by the pool. Animal paddocks, orchard, easy-care established gardens, pathways, stone walls, and lots of open spaces. This property is a unique quality offering for fussy holiday or permanent home buyers. Very special. INSPECT Sunday 1.00 - 1.30pm

93 Whitelaw St, Meeniyan

Address: 695 Dumbalk East - Stony Ck Rd, Stony Ck

Very attractive 76 acre (approx) property to suit a variety of farming lifestyles. 3 bedroom home on predominantly flat to gently undulating – 10 paddocks (electric-fenced) watered by 6 dams. Productive and pretty! Inspect! By appointment Address 340 One Chain Road Kardella For Sale $600,000 - $650,000

5664 0224

Glenys Foster administration & property management

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Your budget’s best friend T

HIS brick veneer home with tiled roof is located just an easy walk from Leongatha’s schools. A tiled front patio leads to the glass front entrance door complete with a security screen, and opens into a hallway with lounge on one side, and bedrooms off the other. An air conditioner sits in the front window of the lounge room, and an electric heat bank is on the wall. Featuring three bedrooms, built-in robe with mirrored

doors, bathroom with a bath and shower, separate toilet, and laundry. The kitchen has timber-look flooring, electric upright stove with separate griller, overhead cupboards, and a single bowldouble sided sink. Outside offers a brick single car garage with roller door, a good sized backyard, concrete driveway, and established gardens. With new carpets and a repaint throughout, this neat and tidy home is a prudent buy in today’s market. Inspections strictly by appointment only.

At a glance Location: 3 Lee Parade, Leongatha. Price: $265,000. Agent: Alex Scott & Staff, Leongatha. Contact: 5662 0922 .

Enter the Inverloch market D ON’T let this little gem at Inverloch pass you by.

It is the ideal investment property or holiday home for those looking to enter the hot Inverloch property market. With a price that’s just under $300,000 it won’t last long on the market. The property is neat as a pin. It has three bedrooms; with builtin robes in the main. Open plan kitchen, dining and living top off the inside of the home. Outside you’ll love the fantastic private yard. At a glance Location: 57 Wonthaggi Road, Inverloch. Price: $299,000. Agent: Alex Scott & Staff, Inverloch. Contact: 5674 1111.

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Forthcoming auction S

tockdale and Leggo are proud to auction one of Leongatha’s most prominent historical homes in desirable Jeffrey Street.

Conveniently positioned to enjoy all Leongatha has to offer, Mortlake was a quality built home in 1926 and the passing of time has only enhanced its appeal. With its commanding exterior, gracious verandah, established gardens and huge 1938m2 block, this elegant home will charm all who view it. Step inside and be delighted by the beautiful combination of period features and modern convenience. The houseproud owners have lovingly renovated the home to create a space that is light, gracious and functional. A formal entrance with polished boards, high ceilings and decorative timberwork welcomes you. Consistent with classic Californian Bungalow design, the bedrooms, living areas and bathroom flow from the gracious hall. The formal living area overlooks the garden and, with its ornate ceiling, period style, gas fireplace and large picture window, it is an ambient and inviting space in which to entertain or relax. The generous master bedroom boasts a soaring, decorative ceiling, ornate fireplace and a picture window framing the glorious, historic trees. Two further bedrooms are generously proportioned and conveniently positioned to access the gleaming bathroom that has

been recently renovated in stylish black and white. The spacious attic bedroom could also function as an office or home theatre and the roof space is easily accessible for additional storage if required. The renovated kitchen sparkles, offering provincial styling with modern convenience. Clever design features provide ample storage, and the beautiful reproduction plate rack completes this picture perfect space. It includes a dishwasher, electric oven and hot plates, and gleaming glass splashback. The central sitting area with wood fire is the cosy heart of the home and flows through to the fresh, light-filled meals area. Opening out onto the large northfacing deck, this flexible space is ideal for entertaining friends, or simply enjoying the best of alfresco dining. The beautifully designed and extensive yard offers multiple spaces to enjoy the formal garden. Boasting established hedging, garden beds and trees, there is ample room for outdoor entertaining and family play area. Two carports, and lock-up workshop plus studio space or games room complete this impressive package. From its gracious interior to its expansive grounds, Mortlake will please the most discerning home buyer. Open inspections: 11-11:30am Saturday, March 20 and April 3. Sunday, March 29 and April 11 or by appointment.

At a glance Location: 41 Jeffrey Street, Leongatha. Auction: Saturday, April 17 at 12:30pm on site. Agent: Stockdale & Leggo, Leongatha. Contact: 5662 5800.

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Home of suitable style T

HIS magnificent home at Tarwin Lower is set on five acres of land with two lakes and a fountain.

The property has immaculate maintenancefree gardens and large shedding. The home is charming, with over 30 squares of living. Its features include three large bedrooms, two bathrooms and three separate living areas. The modern kitchen is a delight for the inner chef in all of us. The mezzanine floor has balconies with extensive views towards Inverloch and Anderson Inlet. The quality of the home with exposed beams, reverse cycle air conditioning, ceiling fans in all rooms and polished floorboards is superb. This is a home that must be seen to appreciate the quality and unique features on offer.

At a glance Location: 187 Sparks Road, Tarwin Lower. Price: $575,000. Agent: Alex Scott & Staff,Venus Bay. Contact: Robb Lawrie 5663 7111.

Beachside Inverloch lifestyle H

ARCOURTS of Inverloch is auctioning two properties in the town on Easter Saturday (April 3).

10 Bayview Avenue: Inverloch will be sold at 2pm on April 3.


The first, on Surf Parade will go under the hammer at 12 noon. It is in a perfect place to unwind, with great access to the beach and very private. The timber home is set towards the back of the land, graceful old tea-tree offering excellent privacy and protection to this three bedroom holiday home. Features include timber verandah on three sides, open plan, cathedral ceiling living/dining/kitchen, (wood heater, dishwasher and ceiling fan), three bedrooms (two with built-in robes), bathroom (bath and shower), separate laundry, garage and workshop (with concrete floor, power and rear roller door). The home is very private and many locals aren’t even aware there is a home on this property, with brick paths wandering through the trees to the front door. Lots of small native birds also enjoy the tranquillity and it is only 150 metres to the beach. The second is a delight on Bayview Avenue, which is a sought after area of Inverloch, at 2pm. It is walking distance to shops, school and the inlet beach. This two bedroom quaint cottage also has a bungalow attached to garage. Features include separate living, kitchen and bathroom, and private garden. This is an ideal holiday home with potential to build a second storey and obtain some wonderful views of the water. Expressions of interest can be made prior to the auction date.




LOT 2 - 196 ACRES - 79.51 ha

“The Lodge of Strzelecki”

Stunning homestead (Circa 1879), 4-5 B.R.s, original features, Outstanding hill top country, ongoing pasture improvement. 11 dams, troughs, undercover cattle yards, hayshed, stunning views. Excellent shedding (4), private setting with 4 owners since selection. historic Oak trees. 145 Fosters Road - 135km Melbourne CBD, 30km Warragul.

Rhys Nuttall 0438 383 221 2424

216 Surf Parade: Inverloch will be sold at 12 noon on April 3.

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Foster’s tipping point THE 2010 AFL Foster Footy tipping competition is bigger and better this year, with a massive prize pool of $4500 up for grabs. Best of all, it’s still free. Make sure you are in it to win it, because even if you aren’t on the top of the ladder you are still in the running for some great prizes. Once again the competition will have great weekly prizes for one person who

can correctly tip the eight winners. An exciting new prize has also been added, with prizes drawn randomly for each active tipper. That means all you have to do is turn up and make your tips and you will be in the running for a $50 store voucher from Prom Meats, Aherns Fruit Market or Insideout Clothing - and it doesn’t matter how successfully you are tipping. And like last year, the last placed tipper will win a $200 hamper. Although it

may seem a strange concept to tip against the winner, it generally means less people are competing for that award. Of course the grand prize is what everyone is aiming for and this year the winner will take home a new 42” Samsung Plasma TV valued at more than $1000, sponsored by the Foster Chamber of Commerce and Pulhams Furniture and Carpet. “It is such a fun and interesting promotion. It costs nothing to participate and of course creates an opportunity for peo-

ple to shop regularly in Foster,” Chamber president Karen Pulham said. Registering is simple: visit Prom Meats, Aherns Fruit Market or Insideout clothing and ask their friendly staff for assistance. If you participated last year you can use the same card and don’t need to re-register, just start tipping. Anyone who participated in the Foster Flash card promotion held throughout last year can also use their cards for the tipping with no need to register, just

come in and place your tips. You will also find on the tipping terminals lots of other helpful hints and tips and information that you can print and take home with you. These include recipes, health and nutrition advice and stain removal tips so take some time to explore these other great features. The first game of the 2010 AFL football season is Thursday, March 25, so make sure you register and get your tips on from March 19. Be in it to win it!

Message shared THE Landcare message was delivered to the people of Melbourne by a South Gippslander recently.

Ready to play: Aherns Fruit Market’s Paul Ahern, Insideout Clothing’s Janine Best and Prom Meats’ John Davies are ready to make this year’s Foster Footy tipping competition bigger and better.

South Gippsland Landcare Network co-ordinator Belinda Brennan spoke of how the organisation promotes sustainable communities, at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne. City folk learnt about tackling pest plants and weeds, planting trees, monitoring water quality and protecting wildlife habitat. She also spoke about the history of Landcare in South Gippsland, noting the network now has 19 groups covering 4000 square kilometres across four shires. Just under 5000 people visited Landcare marquees at the festival and 115 people registered interest in volunteering for Landcare.

Church Times ARIES - March 21 - April 20

Your instructions tend to be misinterpreted by your work mates, but your intentions are thoroughly understood by loved ones. Important personal goals are finally coming to view. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

The emphasis is on refreshing skills and updating your appearance. A critical relative becomes surprisingly supportive. Romance and travel mix nicely, but business and romance do not. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

Personal matters that have been blocked lately finally begin to move. A loved one is alternately dramatic and affectionate. Help relatives learn to accent the strengths they take for granted. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

Your career goal is within view, but impatience can be your downfall. Watch a tendency to criticise too harshly. Romantic risks are unwise now. A familiar approach is your best bet. LEO - July 23 - August 22

Allow extra time to tend to health needs of older relatives. News of a celebration catches you by surprise. Moneymaking ideas show promise but may benefit from refinement. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

Watch out that you don’t jump the gun, especially around the home front. Reconciliation is favoured through the weekend. An unusual travel opportunity could open up by the end of the week. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

This could be a better than average business week, with powers of persuasion reaching new heights. Large parties are unexpectedly enjoyable. Friends may ask you to repay some old favours. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

Friends are more ready to promise than deliver - so take a realistic approach to their offerings. Collect an overdue debt by the end of the week. Romance could be on the upswing on the weekend. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

Small financial risks pay dividends by the end of the week. Common interests brings you in touch with a new friend with an unusual background. Your casual remarks are taken to heart. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

A lucky cycle begins in romance. You exude charm and sincerity. In your career, watch that you are not delegating too much authority. Public speaking is a strong point on the weekend. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

Your interest in people’s problems can distract you from more productive pursuits. Attractive offers may be on the level, but learn more about them before signing on the dotted line. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

Neighbours tend to interfere and it may be time for you to explain your need for privacy. Luxuries are enjoyed on the weekend. A loved one seems surprisingly hard to please. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

Shrewdness is your middle name. You have a rare gift of perception and understanding the hidden motive of friends, relatives and even mere acquaintances. This ability could lead to a career advancement, but watch a tendency to overreact.

ANGLICAN: Wednesday, March 17: 9.30am Woorayl Lodge HC; 10.15am Koorooman House HC;11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Friday, March 19: 7.30 St David’s, Meeniyan HC. Sunday, March 21: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Contemporary Worship with HC; 10.30am Union Church, Tarwin Lower Uniting Service. 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 Thursdays 4pm Guide Hall. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455. THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES

CREEK: Meeting every Sunday at Archies Creek. Morning Communion Service 11 am: Evening Holy Spirit Revival 6pm: Phone: Ps. Chris Chetland 5674 3867 or 5672 4660. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Saturdays, Church service 10am., Leongatha Sabbath School - 11.30am. CATHOLIC: St Laurence’s Parish Leongatha: 5 pm Mass Saturday, 11am Mass Sunday. Tarwin Lower: In St Andrew’s Union Church, 5pm winter, 6pm summer Mass Saturday. Meeniyan: 9.30am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 11am, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Mirboo North: 11am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 9.30am Mass, 2nd and 4th Sundays. St. Joseph’s Parish Korumburra: 9.30am Sunday Mass. Loch: 5pm/6pm Daylight saving Sunday Mass. Wonthaggi: Saturday evening 6.30pm: Evening Mass; Sunday, 10.30am: Mass. Inverloch: Sunday 9 am: Mass. KORUMBURRA’S AGLOW: First Monday every month at Korumburra Day Centre, Korumburra Hospital, Bridge St., Korumburra at 7.45pm. Inquiries phone 5657 2214. GIPPSLAND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Strongly family oriented church meets at the 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 elder Col Rump 5662-2107.

CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH: Reformed Church meeting at the corner of Peart and Brown Streets. Sunday family service at 10.30am. (10am daylight saving time), creche and Sunday School available. Teaching service at 7.30pm. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2762. Minister: Rev. Ron Nauta. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, March 21, 9am and 10.45am. “Life to the Max” 7pm. Tarwin Lower: 10.30am. 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. 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.

Spreading word: South Gippsland Landcare Network co-ordinator Belinda Brennan addresses people at the festival.


6. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 16. 20. 22. 23. 24. 25.

ACROSS Bypass (10) Zealous (4) Bitter (4) Watchful (5) Test (4) Testy (9) Fragile (9) Stone (4) Keen (5) Volume (4) Festival (4) Adept (10)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 13. 14. 15. 17. 18. 19. 21.

DOWN Severity (6) Zodiac sign (7) Animal (6) Disclose (6) Declare (5) Competitor (5) Insect (3) Officer (7) Missile (5) Area (6) Dexterous (6) Dirge (6) Jumped (5)

CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8213 ACROSS 6. Deduces the number’s wrong (7,3). 8. When Alan finished, she started negotiations (4). 9. Second- rate, which is unfortunate (4). 10. Because of it, will a duck fly? (5). 11. It’s deliberate, stupid! (4). 12.Accept later that you do look like (4,5). 16. Because it’s awaiting payment (2,7). 20. Move Nicholas out at first (4). 22. Are taking it in turn to have him (5). 23. The hood does frighten the greenhorn (4). 24. Thunder “Shut up!” (4). 25. What to sit on for the picnic? (5-5). DOWN 1. So I’m arranging to take mother round a plant (6). 2. Tried to find favour with the Indian? (7). 3. Don’t be punished for,when you send (3,3). 4. The tame animal caught cold, I figure (6). 5. The animals get a label on board (5). 7. Stop and shout “Present” (5). 13. Leaves the stand, you say (3). 14. Have to do with business (7). 15. The woman has admitted to naming him (5). 17. At home and conscious (3,3). 18. The Indian child goes into the public nursery (6). 19. The most modern home we are occupying (6). 21. Come out and, hot and bothered, chat (5).

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ALTHOUGH Tarwin Lower Primary School is a relatively small school, there is an abundance of variety in their curriculum. On Wednesdays they do art, science and drama. The children really enjoy these activities as can be seen from photos taken at their recent drama session.

Left: All at sea: Dylan has mastered the pirate style.

Far right: Drama fun: Josh and Max aren’t afraid to experiment with different clothes.

Right: All class: Kiarra has taken on this character with gusto.

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OWNER and manager of Bodytrim Health and Fitness Centre in Leongatha, Melinda Meade shares her wisdom, based on common questions from clients, about some popular myths. 1. Low carb diets are best for weight loss. The last decade has seen the world go crazy for low carb diets, and the decade before it was all about low fat. The number of meal replacement shakes available on the market is crazy and the companies are making a fortune out of it. When carbs are eaten they are converted to glycogen and glucose for instant energy. With every gram of glucose you store you also store three grams of water, making up some of your total weight. So initially when some people see up to five kg lost in the first week, I’m sorry to say it is mainly water and not body fat shifting. Just be careful because after you deprive your body of much-needed carbs, be ready for its vengeance when you begin eating them again. 2. Lifting weights makes women bulky. There are thousands of women attending gyms and training at home with weights. Ladies, when is the last time you trained three times a week for a couple of months and woke up and you were just enormous? I have not seen a fluctuation in Xena the Warrior types walking the streets lately.

The fact is, women have only around 10 percent of the testosterone that men carry that is needed in muscle bulking. It’s just not going to happen. If at any time you feel satisfied with muscular gains, then back off the weights and do more repetitions instead. 3. Crunches and sit-ups will get rid of my belly fat. So nice if only it was true. You can no way on this earth pick and choose where you would like to burn fat. Your body type and genetics will play a bigger role in this. 4. If I can’t workout hard enough and often enough, I might as well not even do it. The general rule for weight loss is to do aerobic work four to five times a week for 30 to 45 minutes as well as weight training two to three times a week. Some people simply don’t have the time to fit that much in and therefore think “Why do any at all?” Any exercise is better than none; even a 15 minute brisk walk can give many benefits. 5. We should avoid eating after 8pm. How does this work for people who work late? There are no magic hours for weight loss. People tend to eat more at night if they have not eaten enough during the day. Eat breakfast and follow with small meals and snacks every three to four hours. Nevertheless, dinner should be eaten almost two hours before sleeping as it helps in healthy digestion and a more peaceful rest. 6. You will burn more

Myth busters: from left: Bodytrim Health and Fitness Centre owner/manager Melinda Meade (back) with regular gym users Judi Stubbs and Kylie O’Loughlin and personal trainer Jude Reynolds. fat if you exercise longer at a lower intensity. Most of us have heard of the “zone” our heart rates need to be in to be burning total fat from the body. The most important focus in exercise is not the percentage of energy coming from fat, but the total calories burned. The faster you walk, ride or run for example, the more calories you burn per minute. However higher intensity exercise is much harder to sustain over long periods and it is safer, easier and more practical to work at lower levels of intensity for longer duration.

7. If you aren’t sweating you are not working hard enough. Sweat isn’t always an indication of how hard you are working. It is simply a cooling system for the body. So don’t overdo it just to break a sweat. Instead, focus on the intensity you feel and concentrate on what you are doing. 8. Do fad diets really work? Fad diets don’t work because no diet works. Changes can’t be short-term to be longterm successful. Modify your intake, eat healthier, reduce alcohol consumption and

exercise regularly. 9. Exercise first thing in the morning is the best time. Umm…anytime is the best time. If that means putting the kids to bed and hitting the pavement with the dog then that is the best time. 10. You need loads and loads of protein to get huge muscles. The human body is unable to store excess protein. The muscles only need so much. The body will use this excess protein for other body functions. Bodytrim Health and Fitness Centre is at 2 Peart Street, Leongatha. Call them on 5662 3058.

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Patients first: the team at South Gippsland Family Medicine includes Dr Fred Edwards, practice nurses Barb Booth and Claire Gatto, new doctor Dr Sha Liao, practice manager Wendy Notley and Dr Howard McCormick.

People first SOUTH Gippsland Family Medicine at Wonthaggi has three new doctors. It means when you ring up to make an appointment you’re likely to be given one on the same day. Dr Howard McCormick said the clinic can service clients much better than they could before. “We work hard on caring for the community and patients; that’s our number one priority. “We realise cost is an issue for many people, so we bulk bill all eligible patients, which means virtually everyone who is Australian is covered.” The three new doctors are: Dr Htay Htay Aung who started on February 9, Dr Sha Liao who joined the clinic from March 10 and Dr Anil Patil who was awaiting his provider number, but should have begun seeing patients this week. There are eight doctors at South Gippsland Family Medicine. The clinic is doing quite a lot of medicals for the desalination plant, seeing people with ongoing chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure, making sure people are healthy before the colds and flus of winter arrive and mental health issues in the community. The clinic also deals with skin and muscle ailments. They have a visiting psychologist, can do immunisations and travel medicine. A full time nurse is stationed at the clinic on Monday to Friday and assists with procedures and immunisations. Minor surgical procedures such as removing lumps and bumps are done at the Billson Street clinic. Blood tests are available on the premises. The clinic specialises in family medicine, which will become a recognised speciality later this year. All doctors have Fellowship of the College of GPs or are working towards obtaining that professional recognition. South Gippsland Family Medicine has operated from Billson Street since April 2004. The building is currently being expanded to accommodate more doctors and Allied Health providers.

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African feel: this Zebra print is stunning

Art that’s fit to print THE next exhibition at Gecko Studio Gallery is Mezze Plate by Sharman Feinberg using an eclectic array of printmaking techniques. Despite all the technology available today, people young and old are taking on the challenges of printmaking. The exhibition at Gecko Studio Gallery over Christmas/New Year of four women printmakers from the La Trobe Valley was a huge success, with 63 prints selling and a lot of interest in how the works were achieved. Works in Sharman’s exhibition (from March 21 to April 17) will be using the techniques of sugarlift, aquatint, etching, linocut, collagraph and chine-collé. This is Sharman’s first solo exhibition. Sharman has provided a short description of the techniques for visitors to the gallery and we will provide some texts on printmaking for those interested in the background to these and other printmaking techniques. A linocut is a relatively simple process after making allowance for creating your image in reverse and possibly cutting the lino down successively to print in separate colours. The processes involved in copperplate etchings sound straight forward too, but require a great deal of patience and quite a lot of somewhat curious materials and tools. This includes rosin which is powdered pine resin that has to be laid on the plate by putting the plate in a box where rosin has been stirred up so it can then

settle back on the plate in a fine layer (or can be applied directly from a jar with an open weave fabric). The rosin is toxic if breathed in and covers everything it comes into contact with in a sticky layer. The rosin is then heated so it adheres to the plate, causing the acid to bite around the granules of rosin creating a shading effect when the plate is inked and printed. There are many other elements in these printmaking techniques that are similarly curious and, despite our technological advances, are the same as used by printmakers for centuries. Modern materials may mean that the box may be MDF but it is very much the same process. Once the gallery visitor gains some appreciation of the artistic ability to create the image in the first place, followed by the technical skills and patience to create the image onto paper in the form of a print, there comes a deeper connection between the viewer and the work than is found with many other art mediums. The fact also that there are multiple prints available of the same work, even if there can be subtle differences between the works in an edition, adds to the allure of a print. Some prefer to buy the earlier works in an edition or go for the artist’s proof if there is one available. Printmaking is a wide fascinating field in art and Sharman’s works will be showing off some of the techniques. She has used bold colours, with subject matter ranging from a zebra to nudes to a colourful handbag on a vibrant deep red background.

Colours of the rainbow: Sharman’s print techniques produce magnificent colours.

Handle with care: this handbag print is sure to attract interest.

High Society a family affair MUSICAL theatre so often involves more than one member of a family and Lyric Theatre is no exception. Husband and wife, Bruce and Bernadette Grainger, have come from Melbourne in recent times to enjoy the lifestyle in

South Gippsland. Bruce is a commercial lawyer and Bernadette teaches at Mary MacKillop College. They have involved themselves in the community - Bruce being the current president of Rotary, and together have continued their interest in the theatre, much to the

Big hit: the film musical High Society was a massive hit of the 1950s.

delight of both FAMDA and Lyric Theatre. Bruce and Bernadette played in FAMDA’S wonderful production of Oedipus Rex, Bruce playing a demanding role exhibiting his skill and talent as an actor in this powerful and thought provoking Greek tragedy. In complete contrast of moods he is remembered starring in Leongatha Lyr-

ic Theatre’s A Little Hotel on the Side. Bernadette and Bruce worked with the Melbourne group, Ravens Players before the move to the country. Lyric Theatre has other families involved with High Society. Director Peter McAlpine’s mother, Peg, is one of the main seamstresses, Serena and Steve Ball engage in sewing and set construc-

tion respectively, president Mark Eva is production manager and wife Robyn does props and Mike and Jo Street have been working with painting along with vice president Bron Beach’s sister Sharyn Hailey. Ticket sales for this great show open on April 7, so watch out for details soon to be in the press.

True thespians: Bruce and Bernadette Grainger are both involved in Lyric Theatre’s upcoming production.

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Geoff’s a brass act GEOFF Coote taking over as musical director of the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band is big news in the world of horn blowers. As a member of the Australian brass band of the millennium, Geoff is a genuine star. Imagine Ron Barassi taking over as coach of the Leongatha Parrots and you will begin to understand the stature Geoff has in the brass band community. He has had a fascinating journey through his life as a musician. It all started in this region and has now returned him home. I started back in 1974 at primary school. I overheard some of my classmates at the time saying they went to band room on Saturday morning and that sounded a bit of fun. I went down there and George Wilkins, who was involved in the band at Wonthaggi, gave me a cornet and that’s how it started. I fell in love with it. I started with the cornet and about a fortnight later went to euphonium, which is basically a small tuba and comes from the Greek word meaning sweet sound. It’s very mellow, like the cello of the brass band. Geoff played with Woorayl Band and the Leongatha Concert Band before being accepted into the Royal College of the Arts in Melbourne, where he studied for a couple of years. He never finished his course, instead taking a job with the Royal Australian Airforce. My peers at the time said ‘you’re

mad, you won’t like it,’ I stayed there for 20 years. I travelled the world, played all over the world - it was a really good job. I used to see some of my ex colleagues and they would be working in the bank and doing a post-post-post graduate course, trying to still find that elusive job. Most of them ended up in the school system teaching. So at least I was able to go and perform. No regrets there? No regrets at all. I hear you were in the brass band of the century. Is that right? It came about in the year 2000. They had the football teams of the century and everybody had a team of the century, so we had a brass band of the century. Some of the elder statesmen and learned gentlemen of the organisations Australia-wide, sat down and picked a millennium band. Of course it never played together because half of them are no longer with us. But I was fortunate enough to get a guernsey in that. That’s quite an honour. Yes. Twenty-five gentlemen and ladies over 100 years – I was stoked with that. It was totally unexpected, it came out of the blue. Obviously you have a lot of talent. I always put myself down as a workhorse. Put music in front of me and I will play … This suggests it is a bit more than that … Yeah, when that came up I thought,

jeez, maybe I should think a bit more of myself. But, yeah, it was great honour. What do love about playing? It is something you can express yourself through. You can express yourself if you are feeling angry, you can express yourself soulfully, express so many moods. What instrument do you play these days? Basically all brass instruments and saxophone. But basically brass is my specialty, especially the lower brass like euphonium. You’re not going to break-out and go solo with the euphonium? You’d have a hard time making a living. A few guys have recorded albums but they would only have made spare change out of it. What makes a good band leader or musical director? They say good players don’t necessarily make good conductors. And good conductors sometimes aren’t good players. I see myself as being a trainer and educator as well as waving the stick. I believe it is something you either have got or you haven’t. Do you need to be a disciplinarian? Yep, and you need to be a good people person. These guys come to band practice and they do it for love. You need to be switched on to how the individuals are on the night.

Keeping lines of communication open AFTER 40 years of monitoring and answering CFA radio calls, Leongatha Korumburra Group Communications Officer John Kennedy and his wife Val have at last been able to have a well earned rest.

Do you receive?: Keith Jenkins, Barbara Jenkins, Val Kennedy, group communications officer John Kennedy, group officer Colin Stockdale.

Due to changes in the CFA Fire Call and Dispatching System of centralising emergency calls, the role of the Group Communications Officers has been altered to provide a back-up resource should a large incident occur within the Leongatha

Korumburra Group area. This means that instead of having to provide radio coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week, John and Val can now enjoy a quieter lifestyle and devote more time to their other activities. At a recent presentation, Group Officer Colin Stockdale noted the long service that John and Val had given to the Group in this role as well as raising their family, running the farm and all the other CFA and community involvements they have been part of over the years in the Loch area. Group Officer Stockdale especially mentioned the many

nights of interrupted sleep they have had to endure as part of this role. During the presentation, the service of 20 years by Keith and Barbara Jenkins to the Group, assisting the Kennedys in maintaining the radio watch was also recognised with a certificate and gift. Operations Officer Simon Bloink took the opportunity on behalf of CFA and Region 9 to thank all of the recipients for the long and vital service they had provided to the brigades in the group.

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Farmer interest: from left, contractor Phil McNaughton, dairy farmer Andrew Verboon, Mark Le Page from Chapmans, contractor Bob Sage and farmer Phil Ronalds.

Keen interest: taking a look at the Aitchison range are Kongwak dairy farmer Dallas McKenzie(left) with Mark Le Page and Brendan Prentice from Aitchison.

Ruby farmer: property host Dennis Bowler chats with Joel Saunders from AGCO about the new Fendt 820.

Drive days prove popular

The tractor and tillage drive days held by Chapman Machinery Service last week were extremely successful.

Big Valtra: from left Leongatha South dairy farmer Stuart Landry, Mark Chapman from Chapman Machinery and Frank Dekker talk tractors at the drive days.

Test drive: hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of tractors and machinery were put through their paces at the drive days.

Salesman at Chapmans, Mark Le Page, said the attendance over the two days was up to 100; with most of these genuinely interested in the products and advice given. Many of the heavyweights in tractors were on display including Massey, Kubota, Fendt, and Valtra. Farmers were also interested in the Aitchison direct drill range, the Celli rotary hoe and the Weidemann articulated loader. “We were very lucky with the weather; we had a few inches of rain a few days before and then it fined up for the drive days,” Mr Le Page said. He added that anyone further interested in any of the products can view them at Chapman Machinery Service up until the start of Lardner Farmworld, coming up later this month.


Sale Draw March 17 1. SEJ 2. David Phelan & Co 3. Landmark 4. Alex Scott 5. Rodwells 6. Elders

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Getting cows ready to dry off MANY farmers calve cows down in autumn and early winter to capture winter milk prices. During this time, many cows are fast approaching the end of their lactation. Here are some points for consideration to help you dry off smoothly without increasing the level of mastitis in your herd: Determine the number of cows you intend milking next season based on your current milker numbers, heifers to calve and those that may be culled due to chronic mastitis issues or infertility. From the cows you intend keeping for the next lactation look at their expected calving dates to determine when they need to be dried off to allow six to eight weeks rest. Cows with very high cell counts or in poor condition may also be dried off earlier than required just to improve overall herd wellbeing (particularly if feed is limited). Using individual cow cell count records

from herd testing where available, decide which cows need dry cow antibiotic treatment and those that may only need ‘Teatseal’. It is recommended that an appropriate dry cow antibiotic be used on all quarters of cows with a peak ICCC above 250,000 cell/ml during the current season and all cows that have had a clinical case of mastitis in the current lactation. Cows intended for sale should not be treated. Cows with ICCCs lower than 250,000 may be treated with ‘Teatseal’ to prevent infections in the dry. Plan your drying off strategy and decide whether batches of cows will be done at certain times and how much dry cow treatment will be needed at those times. Discuss the most appropriate antibiotic to use with your herd with your veterinarian and place an order for requisite dry cow antibiotic to be used. Once dry off dates have been set, determine how you will reduce the herd production level

VLE Bullock sale Wednesday, March 10 Total yarding: Bullocks - 1102 av. $1033.18, 173c. Bulls - 11 av. $539.61, 136c. Bull vealers - 2 av. $693.38, 158c. Heifers - 469 av. $653.38, 160c. Steers - 111 av. $671.18, 166c. Stag - 1 at $439.80, 147c . Bullocks G.E. & J.M. Laver, Leongatha, 16 x 893kg, 157.2c, $1403.01; Raymond Evison, 1 x $830kg, 162.6c, $1349.58; Rumridge, Leongatha, 10 x 755kg, 178.6c, $1347.54, 5 x 721kg, 179.2c, $1292.03; A.J. & B.R. Moyle, Lance Creek, 5 x 739kg, 180.2c, $1331.68; R.T. Collier, Loch, 1 x 780kg, 170c, $1326; M.J. Hunter, 12 x 727kg, 180c, $1308; A.E. Hill, Inverloch, 12 x 753kg, 172.6c, $1298.82; R.J. Grylls, 13 x 721kg, 179.6c, $1295.19; Rumridge Pty Ltd, Leongatha North, 15 x 724kg, 178.2c, $1289.57; Geodan Family Trust, 5 x 388kg, 192c, 2 x 403kg, 185c; B. & H. Williamson, 16 x 595kg, 184c; M.D. Anthony, Leongatha, 11 x 682kg, 183.6c; L. & M. Wicks, 14 x 620kg, 183.6c; N. Littlejohn & Son, Mirboo, 13 x 594kg, 183.2c; J.T. & F.C. Loughridge, Almurta, 12 x 704kg, 183.2c; R.J. & C.M. McGill, Outtrim, 14 x 628kg, 183c; C. & L. Van Dyke, 20 x 530kg, 182.6c; K.A. &

J.E. McAlpine, 8 x 597kg, 182.6c. Bulls E. Ruby, Anderson, 1 x 490kg, 136.6c, $669.34; J. Langley Nom Pty, Glen Alvie, 6 x 484kg, 135.2c, $654.59; V. & V. Manuzza, Mirboo North, 1 x 435kg, 136.6c, $594.21; R. & K.M. & L.J. Brown, 1 x $140, 1 x $65; E. Ruby, Anderson, 1 x 490kg, 136.6c; V. & V. Manuzza, Mirboo North, 1 x 435kg, 136.6c; J. Langley Nom Pty, Glen Alvie, 6 x 484kg, 135.2c. Bull vealers B. & A. Lucas, 1 x 425kg, 168c, $714; R. & L. Thomas, 1 x 450kg, 149.5c, $672.75; B. & A. Lucas, 1 x 425kg, 168c; R. & L. Thomas, 1 x 450kg, 149.5c. Heifers Daly Bros, Archies Creek, 13 x 709kg, 178c, $1261.75; D.M. Phelan, Staceys, 3 x 662kg, 155c, $1025.58; Tallandbar Pastoral, Shallow Inlet, 1 x 625kg, 160c, $1000; J.N. & D.J. Meikle, Meeniyan, 2 x 560kg, 172.6c, $966.56; G. & R. Pearson, Hedley, 8 x 604kg, 153c, $923.74; U. Kratzat, Yinnar, 1 x 530kg, 168c, $890.40; Glen Alvie Dairys, 2 x 600kg, 148c, $888; E.J. & A.C.N. Hancock, Poowong, 1 x 635kg, 138.6c, $880.11; W.E. & S. Jelbart, 1 x 555kg, 156.6c, $869.13;

G. & R. Jarvie, Yinnar, 1 x 515kg, 168.6c, $868.29, 1 x 370kg, 207c, 2 x 393kg, 205c, 1 x 370kg, 190c; B. Schmidt, Meeniyan, 3 x 402kg, 197.6c; G.R. & K.A. Davidson, Nerrena, 1 x 355kg, 195.6c; B. Schmidt, Meeniyan, 1 x 355kg, 194.6c; Geodan Family Trust, 1 x 365kg, 193.6c, 2 x 335kg, 193.6c, 3 x 360kg, 193.6c; Elm Valley Pty Ltd, Korumburra, 1 x 385kg, 190c. Steers I.D. Saulwick, Foster, 14 x 720kg, 177c, $1275.03; R.J. & J.A. Buchanan, Bena, 2 x 418kg, 191.6c, $799.93, 3 x 408kg, 187.6c, $766.03, 2 x 398kg, 191.6c, $761.61, 2 x 398kg, 191.6c, 3 x 408kg, 187.6c, 1 x 395kg, 185c; B.G. & W.A. Anderson, 1 x 425kg, 185c, $786.25, 1 x 360kg, 199.2c, 1 x 425kg, 185c; T.J. & J.M. Hayward, Leongatha South, 2 x 430kg, 182.6c, $785.18; B. Schmidt, Meeniyan, 1 x 410kg, 190c, $779, 1 x 410kg, $190c; R. & M. Grabham, 1 x 415kg, 185c, $767.75, 1 x 410kg, 185c, $758.50, 1 x 410kg, 185c, 1 x 415kg, 185c; P. & I.L. Tiziano, Fish Creek, 2 x 455kg, 165c, $750.75. Stag R. & M. Grabham, 1 x 300kg, 146.6c, $439.80, 1 x 300kg, 146.6c.

if above 12 litres per day. You need to allow at least one week before the planned dry off time to reduce milk production levels to below 12 litres per day per cow. Once a cow’s production level has dropped below 12 litres per day she can be safely dried off and have dry cow treatment administered if required at the last milking. It is recommended that cows be milked as normal right up to the last planned milking. Skipping a day or once a day milking may lead to increased cell counts and mastitis in the herd. Once dried off, limit transport and movement of cows, ideally move dry cows away from the milking herd and the dairy shed. To check best practice drying off strategies and how to safely and hygienically administer dry cow treatments, visit the Countdown Downunder website at Consult your local veterinarian for advice on the most suitable antibiotics to use for clinical mastitis control and dry cow therapy.

VLE Leongatha market report Wednesday, March 10 BULLOCKS 11 M. Anthony, Leongatha 14 L. & M. Wicks, Leongatha 12 J. & F. Loughridge, Loch 10 R.J. & C.M. McGill, Outtrim 15 Rumridge, Leongatha 26 J.M. Bissett, Leongatha

682 183.6 620 183.6 704 183.2 624 182 724 178.0 698 173.4

STEERS 34 C. & L. Van Dyke, Leongatha 9 S. & L. Campbell, Mirboo North 12 C. & S. Howard, Leongatha 7 A. Blatch Ford, Foster 16 W.J. McLennan, Nerrena

524 581 541 530 506

182.0 957 180.6 1050 180.2 975 179.6 951 176.0 981

COWS 1 I. & V. Hodges, Lang Lang 1 Tairna P/L, Moorabool 1 Gaph Past Co., Dumbalk 8 Haacks Kitchen, Archies Creek 1 Sibly Jt Past., Archies Creek 2 Bond B.J. P/L, Narracan

680 585 615 670 670 598

158.2 1075 154.0 900 154.0 947 153.0 929 153.0 1025 153.0 914

HEIFERS 12 Est. B.V. Shandley, Pakenham 2 D.G. & M.P. Jacobson, Welshpool 1 Brusamarello, Korrine 6 M. Williams, Dalyston 1 R.K. & I.J. Brumley, Leongatha 1 A.J. & B.R. Moyle, Lance Creek

571 568 660 505 775 635

154.6 883 153.6 871 152.0 1003 148.0 747 146.0 1131 142.0 901

BULLS 1 F. & B. Parini, Korumburra 1 N. Stuart, Nerrena 1 R.W. Bruce, Koorooman 1 G. Campbell, Mirboo North 1 R.W. Looker, Berrys Creek 1 B. & A. Nuttall, Toora

870 745 925 990 1080 750

170.0 170.0 165.6 164.6 162.0 156.6

1252 1138 1289 1136 1289 1211

1479 1266 1531 1629 1749 1174

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"AUTUMN COLLECTION" by The Fish Creek Art Group Inc. A painting exhibition from March 16 to 31 Oficial opening Friday, March 19 at 7.30pm

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CANCER INFORMATION NIGHT Tuesday, March 23 at 7.30pm SHOWGROUNDS COMPLEX KORUMBURRA Guest speaker: Dr Ian Roos PhD, OAM Light supper Free entry - all welcome Enquiries Euan Coutts 5655 2909

"AUTUMN COLLECTION" by The Fish Creek Art Group Inc. A painting exhibition from March 16 to 31

Saturday, March 27, 2010 Strzelecki Highway Between Leongatha & Mirboo North $10 Tickets - available at the Gate Open @ 12 Noon - Close @ 6pm ALL AGES DRUG AND ALCOHOL FREE FOOD, COFFEE, SOFT DRINKS AVAILABLE

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Book a place at the FREE Domestic Builder Registration Course INFORMATION NIGHT In Wonthaggi Monday, March 22

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CHIROPRACTOR NORMAN G. VRADENBURG “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

AFTER SCHOOL HOURS CARE PROGRAM CO-ORDINATOR You will be accountable for co-ordinating the provision of quality, accessible childcare and recreational activities for primary aged children, ensuring age appropriate activities (and providing a healthy afternoon snack) by planning and implementing a program plan within budget requirements. The successful applicant must have Certificate 3 in Children’s Services or a Diploma of Children’s Services (new regulations) or be prepared to undertake such studies. You must also have a current driver’s licence and Level 2 First Aid Certificate and Anaphylaxis training or willingness to undertake training. (Scholarships of up to $1000 are currently available to existing staff undertaking the Certificate 3.) Applicants for this position must be available between 3.15pm - 6.15pm on weekdays and be available for potential further hours to be negotiated for special events. Pay rates available on application, commencing employment Term 2, April 12, 2010. Successful applicants will require a Police and Working with Children Check. Please contact the school by phone or by email for a position description and selection criteria prior to application. Applications must address the selection criteria and close on Monday, March 22, 2010. Bill Jeffs Principal Private Bag 1 Korumburra Primary School KORUMBURRA VIC 3950 Phone: 5655 1309 Email:

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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Are you looking for a supportive and friendly team work environment? Due to our recent acquisition of Rescom Real Estate and an unprecedented demand for rentals and accommodation in Inverloch we require an energetic, professional and passionate person to join our property management team. Agents Representative Certificate and current driver’s licence essential. A handwritten application and resumé can be forwarded to PO Box 374, Inverloch 3996 Applications close March 30, 2010 7 A’Beckett Street INVERLOCH 5674 1111


CHAPLAIN Korumburra Secondary College, we are seeking a Chaplain to be active in Pastoral care, programming and education to enhance the wellbeing of the school community. Applicants will have a degree in theology, education or counselling/pastoral care and some study in one of the other disciplines. Applicants will be active members of a local church group and be endorsed as a chaplain by ACCESS ministries. For further details and a job description contact Karen Danes 0419 173 555 or email:

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Require a full time diesel mechanic with experience in tractors or heavy machinery. Must have computer diagnostics experience, be able to work out in the field and carry out services and repairs competently. Manufacturers training will be undertaken for the right person. Current driver’s licence essential. Wages negotiable, top ($$) dollar for the right person. Flexible working hours with some overtime required. All applications will be held in the strictest confidence. If this is you, please send a copy of your resumé to: The Manager, PO Box 315, Leongatha, 3953 email:

Animal Health Officer - Leongatha POSITIONS VACANT Bass Coast Regional Health is located 90 minutes south-east of Melbourne in one of Victoria’s top growth corridors, and is currently undergoing strategic and service planning. The Health Service has a proud history of supporting the community’s requirements for acute, obstetric, emergency, and residential aged care (colocated on site). Opportunities currently exist to join the progressive team in the following areas:

Nurse Unit Manager (Clinical Acute Services) Full Time

Murray Goulburn is Australia’s largest dairy co-operative, processing more than 35% of Australia’s milk production into high quality, value-added products such as cheese, long-life milk and speciality milk/protein powders for the Australian and international markets. We currently have the above Apprenticeship positions available within the Garage Department at MG Leongatha. Responsibilities include: • Maintain and/or repair Company Fleet to a safe and roadworthy condition; • Communicate major faults or problems to Garage Supervisor; • Accurately complete all documentation as required; • Maintain all equipment and tools in a satisfactory condition; • Follow statutory and site OHS policies and regulations; • Service and repair vehicles according to: a. Vehicle Manuals as supplied by Manufacturers; b. Standard Operating Procedures; and c. Work Instructions.

A Midwifery Endorsed Registered Nurse to work within the hospital in the integrated maternity service, supporting 150 births per year.

Division 2 Registered Nurse (residential aged care) Permanent part time Bass Coast Regional Health has 60 beds of high level residential aged care, co-located to the hospital. The residential facilities offer predominantly Registered Nurse care staff, with on site Allied Health support. All positions offer: • Public Sector Award remuneration. • Friendly and supportive environment. • Flexible Rostering. • Assistance in developing skills in rural health. • Generous Salary packaging options. Full details by contacting Nursing Administration on (03) 5671 3222, or at Applications close March 28, 2010

Pre-requisites (previous skills and/or experience): • Successful completion of Year 11 preferred. This position reports to Transport Operations Manager. Wages and other benefits will be as per the current Reliability Collective Agreement. Please send resumé and letter of application to: Mr Louie Gonzy, Branch Manager - Traralgon SKILLED Group Ltd PO Box 1535, Traralgon 3844 PH: (03) 5173 6740 Email: Applications close: March 26, 2010

ABN 74136502022

Locum ACAS Assessment Clinician

Reception / Administration Part time 2.5 days per week (20 hrs) Wednesday pm, Thursday & Friday The Salvation Army South East Services Network GippsCare Service seeks a part time Receptionist / Administration officer for our Leongatha office. Applicants must have experience in reception and administration, answering phones, greeting visitors, entering data, payment of accounts and a sound knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. Please note the above position advertised will be required to meet the following criteria: • Applicants must be willing to work within the mission and values of The Salvation Army. • A satisfactory Police Check. • Proof of eligibility to work in Australia is essential. • All applicants are required to cite the name of three referees. Applications for the above position are to be received no later than close of business, 5pm Friday, March 19, 2010. A position description can be obtained by contacting reception on 5662 4502 or email Applications are to be addressed: Private & Confidential Celia Irwin SESN Senior Manager GippsCare PO Box 126 Leongatha Vic 3953 South East Services Network is a Child Safe Organisation

The Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) Assessment Clinician is responsible for comprehensive assessment and recommendations regarding the care needs of elderly persons and younger people with a disability. Assessments are conducted within the community, residential and acute care settings with a view to determining the overall care needs of the person and to assist them to gain access to the most appropriate types of services. This includes determining eligibility for Government funded community care, residential respite, or permanent residential care services.

Locum Pre Assessment Worker

To apply online and for further information on position description and selection criteria visit Closing date for applications is Sunday 4 April 2010. For information about DPI visit the website at or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.



DIESEL MECHANIC Needs to be reliable for working in a team, and self motivated to work on own. Paul 0439 881 434

Hotondo Homes Inverloch is seeking to appoint a Residential Building Estimator to accurately plan, developcost estimates, and prepare contract documentation for residential building construction and to monitor and report on project budgets. To be successful at this role you will preferably have qualifications in Building Estimating, or a Building Diploma and/or Building Trade certificate with over two years experience as an estimator in the construction industry. Experience using a computer estimating package, preferably Constructor will be looked upon favourably. All applications and expressions of interest will be handled confidentially. Interested applicants should request a copy of the position description via email at: Applications close: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 5pm

SALES ASSISTANT TATTSLOTTO We require a responsible person who shows initiative for this full time position. You need to be able to work independently and in a team environment. Experience with Tattslotto preferred but not essential - training provided. Must have references. For full position description and employment application please contact Peter or Debra Watchorn 5662 2084 Applications close March 26


A position is available on a 360 cow dairyfarm in Foster/Toora area. Position will be 5 days per week. Weekend work will be required. For further info. phone 0419 388 877


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


Bursar / Finance Officer

Ref. no: 12739 Casual Based in Gippsland The Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) Pre Assessment Worker is responsible for undertaking a telephone pre assessment of the care needs of elderly persons within the community who are requesting an ACAS Assessment. The Worker then makes appointments for assessment by ACAS Community Assessment Clinicians. We are seeking to appoint a suitable person to provide leave coverage (up to 8 weeks per year) and additional support in times of peak demand. The position is funded at 4 days per week. The position may be undertaken from any one of our 5 offices in Gippsland. Applications received for the above positions MUST address the stated Selection Criteria. Applications should be completed and forwarded electronically via our website For further information, a position description or how to lodge an electronic application please visit or contact Joanne Creighton 5136 5486. Closing date for applications for the above positions is Monday 4:30pm, 22nd March 2010. …Better health, Better lifestyles, Stronger communities…


South East Services Network GippsCare Leongatha

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is seeking a highly motivated person to join a statewide team of veterinary and animal health staff protecting Victoria’s livestock industries and export markets through disease surveillance, animal regulatory and enforcement services, and the promotion of sound animal welfare and biosecurity practices.


Latrobe Community Health Service are seeking enthusiastic and highly motivated individuals for the following positions:

Ref. no:12721 Casual Based in Gippsland


Position No: DPI 700208

Do you have an interest in animal health and welfare? Do you have knowledge of animal husbandry, nutrition, disease and production? Are you interested in providing emergency response to fire, flood, drought and exotic animal diseases? Your degree in science or agricultural science, plus an understanding of the Victorian livestock industries may make this the job for you.

Does this sound like you?

An enthusiastic, motivated Registered Nurse (Endorsed Midwife) to operationally manage multidisciplinary acute ward, including medical, surgical, paediatric, and obstetric patient populations. Experience in management and rural health is highly desirable. View to commence July 2010.

Registered Nurse (Endorsed Midwife) Full time or permanent part time 1 x Apprentice Motor Mechanic - 1st Year 1 x Apprentice Motor Mechanic - 3rd Year

$45,899 - $62,917 + super.



❖ Are you an experienced and talented accountant / finance manager? ❖ Are you a committed Christian? ❖ Would you like the opportunity to become part of a small dynamic team? South Coast Christian College is located in Leongatha in picturesque South Gippsland, Victoria. We are seeking a suitably qualified administrator to manage the financial concerns of the College. This is a part time/full time opportunity. Experience in the educational sector is preferred, but not essential. The suitable applicant must: • Have experience in managing finances, developing and maintaining budgets and the use of accounting systems • Be able to work as an integral part of a small team. • Be a confident manager of staff. • Be able to liaise effectively with a range of stakeholders including parents, financial institutions, government departments and other organisations. If this is you, then we would love to hear from you! Contact: South Coast Christian College for application pack, 101 Horn St, Leongatha 3953, (03) 5662 4355, email: Applications close 31/03/2010 Australian residents only need apply

Phone JOHN GOULD 5664 0012


Annual General Meeting

Monday, March 29 10am AT CLUBROOMS


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Wednesday, March 31 7.30pm Leongatha Courthouse Everyone welcome

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for sale

for sale

FOR SALE Household Upright freezer $350 S/steel fridge/freezer $1000 Moran luxury leather chair $950 3-seater couch $750 Single beds Bedroom furniture Coffee tables & cabinets Outdoor furniture 5662 2605





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

5672 3127

situations vacant

AGMART - Wrangler jeans $85 + get a Thomas Cook shirt for $20 (RRP $55), Driza-Bone oilskin long riding coat $199 + get a Driza-Bone shirt for $20 (RRP $84), conditions apply. Le-Dog 12x700g slabs $19.50. 19-23 Watson Road, Leongatha. AUSSIE BULLDOGS, UABA reg. 3 male, 3 female, $1,800 each. 5662-5026. AUSTIN A40 parts, a grill, bonnet mascot, jack, side lights and Klaxon horns, $250. Ph: 5682-1662. CHICKENS, day old meat, 2kg in six weeks. Ph: 0414465238 or 5657-2233 between 10am and 6pm. ELECTRIC lift chair, green leather, as new, brake wheels, $475 ONO. 56623889 or 0427-632880.

situations vacant

Contract Position Available DISTRIBUTOR WANTED • • • •

Want to run your own contract business from home Want to get into the workforce Want flexible hours Have a car, home telephone and suitable secure storage space, computer essential. We are looking for a well organised person to co-ordinate household distribution of catalogues in the Leongatha area. Call between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday for more information - Marion 0407 953 960 or

Merchandise Sales Person Casual / Part Time Landmark is a leading Australian agribusiness with a national network of over 400 branches. We are actively looking to expand our in-store sales team by adding a Merchandise Sales Person in South Gippsland. The successful applicant will be based out of Wonthaggi, Foster, Korumburra and/or Leongatha branches. Previous experience in either Sales, Dairy or Beef Production would be advantageous. Please email CV/Expression of interest to: Ben Harman Gippsland Merchandise Manager

for sale

for sale

FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175 FLYWIRE DOOR, cream, steel mesh, brand new, $400. Ph: 0417-533563.

for sale

MOBILITY SCOOTER, suspension, luxury model, 40km per charge, new Nov 09, unused. New $3,900, sell $2,350. Can deliver. Ph: 0405-170994.

HARLEY DAVIDSON Superglide, 1997, custom tank, forward controls, twin disc front end, Badlander seat, excellent condition, 70,000km, EY122, $12,500 neg. 0417-367208.

NSW red gum, split and delivered. 0412-486353 or 5664-9208.

HAY - small square bales, $8 each. Fully shedded, suitable for horses, never been wet. Quality guaranteed. 4,000 available now. Mardan, 5664-1320.

RED HEELER pups, vet checked, vacc, $250 each. Ph: 5668-6357.


SILAGE: Knifed, inoc, clover and rye, excellent quality, $66 inc. HAY: 5x4 from $38.50 inc.

Will pay up to $300 for complete car Buyers of scrap metal

HAY - new season oaten, small squares and 5x4 rounds. Top quality. Ph: 0438-056987. HAY - small squares, excellent quality, $7 each. Can deliver. Ph: 0419313483. HEN HOUSES, fox proof, good quality, 6-8 chooks. The perfect henhouse. Ph: 5664-2443. L E A D L I G H T I N G equipment, includes sander, foiler, soldering iron, patterns and books, and assortment of coloured glass. $300. Ph: 56821662. MDF architrave and skirting boards, primed, bevelled. 67mm x 18mm, new, in pack, 96 lengths at 5.4m each. $450 the lot. Ph: 0409-850324.


Bass Coast Shire Council, 76 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi VIC 3995 | DX 34903 Wonthaggi | PO Box 118, Wonthaggi VIC 3995 | 1300 BCOAST (226 278) for standard call cost | |

Bass Coast Metal Recyclers 5672 2946 0417 556 593

SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662. SOUTHDOWN, Poll Dorset, Border Leicester rams, flock registered, brucellosis accredited. Can deliver. $295 each. Ewes and lambs available. 56862699, 0428-356376. TIMBER - kiln dried blackwood, clear pine, silver wattle. Most sizes for furniture and craft. Also builder’s graded structural pine. Phone 5681-2261.

for rent 3 BEDROOM home, gas heating, rear access, large shed, walk to town. $200 per week. 2 bedroom unit, r/c air cond., lock-up garage, close to schools, shops, med. centre, $200 per week. Contact SEJ 5662-4033. LEONGATHA: 3 bdrm house close to schools, $240 pw. Ph: 5662-4125. VENUS BAY - house, short stroll to beach and shops, sleeps 7. Contact: 0408320001.



FORD Falcon wagon, 1993, EC, 360,000km, ONB747, CD player, 6 mths reg. RWC, $2,500 OBO. Ph: 5664-4231. MAZDA Bravo ute, 1995, 4X2 on gas, manual, $4,300 ONO. NEJ849. Ph: 0427-034182.

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

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

birthdays 70th BIRTHDAY 15/3/1940

Janice Pitcher

Cnr Bent & Turner Sts



Monday 29th March at 11.30am Warragul Selling Centre

Sensational Heifers due April to Waghu. Sired by AltaIce, Lheros, Lucente, AltaBoss, Jesther, Lionhart. Dams prod to 9542 litres 315kgs Prot 419 kgs Fat. Several registered.

9am - 12pm Car Boot site $10 Light refreshments available Donations of suitable goods welcome Collection of goods for sale by arrangement Contact Chris Rump 5662 2107

Tremendous Young Cows all PTIC due Aug-Sept to AltaOutbound. These 1st lact cows calved Spring 09, still milking. Sired by AltaIce, Donante, Roy, Lucente, Hunter.



• Are you looking for a new challenge? • Permanent full time • Competitive package offered Bass Coast offers a unique blend of natural beauty, economic growth and special major events that encourage both visitors and new residents to the area. Leading the Community Safety teams of Environmental Health, Community Safety Rangers and Emergency Management, you will build relationships with staff and key stakeholders to ensure that Bass Coast is a safe place for all. You are highly motivated, can think strategically and have extensive experience in a similar position. This combined with your ability to manage and mentor staff and manage both internal and external relationships will help you succeed in this role. Call our HR staff on the number below or visit the employment section on our website Applications close 5.00pm Friday, 26 March.

All machinery Bins provided

SMALL SQUARES: From $7.70 inc. Delivery available. Contact 0417532262.

garage sales


Community Safety Manager

used vehicles

POOL, above ground, pump and filter, $1,500 ONO. Ph: 5662-3195.

Fabulous Holsteins


A/C Sunnyside, Jim & Jenny Watson, Poowong

Employment Opportunities

used motorcycles HONDA CR80R, 2003, VGC, lots of new bits inc. top end rebuild, chain and sprockets, brake disc and pads, wheel bearings, Pro Taper bars, plus more. Comes with bike manual and some spares. Rider has outgrown. $2,700. Ph: 0428-832384.


The above are the Final Dispersal of Sunnyside, are of outstanding quality, bred from many years of Corrective Mating Programmes. 23

Excellent freshly calved 21/2 yo heifers A/C Far Vista Holsteins, Bob Grumley, Newry. Sired by AltaIce, Dundee, Jannsen, Jonkheer, Jose, Jocko, Favour, Skyhawk, Okendo. Dams prod to 11,588 litres 344 Prot 360Fat A/C Hill Valley, Burn-Brae, Binginwarri & Tall Elms Holsteins


Autumn calving Reg. Holstein Heifers and Young Cows. Prod to 9956 litres 326kgs Prot 373kgs Fat. Class to VG. Dams prod to 10,264 litres 336kgs Prot 420kgs Fat. Features many of the Breeds leading families.

Absolutely an Outstanding Autumn Opportunity Catalogues Available please contact DLS Office 03 9338 9259 No Known JD - EBL Negative Terms are cash or cheque on day of Sale or settlement by your Agent - Letter of Introductions MUST be provided. Andrew Mackie 0419 595 932 Luke Russell 0408 313 815 Brian Leslie 0418 365 934

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

110 Leongatha North Road Household and garden items, vases, statuettes, gnomes, decor items, books Too much to mention

8.30am start Definitely no early callers KORUMBURRA: 1 Lower Gordon Street, Sunday, March 21 from 7am. Tools, camping gear, homeware. Low prices! All must go.

livestock ALPACAS - herd reduction sale, good prices for whole males, females, some with crias. Tarwin Lower. Joss 5663-2341.

lost SWAG - large canvas swag and bedding in black bag, lost between Leongatha and Berrys Creek, Friday, March 12. Ph: 5664-2356 or 0447-502955.

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

MERLENE STRATTON Leongatha 5662 2574


HOLM - FLEMING Stephen and Lisa are happy to announce to family and friends their engagement on the 14/2/10.

bereavement thanks

HARRIS - Lynette. John, Gary, Craig and families would like to thank everyone for their flowers, cards, condolences, help and support on the passing of Lyn. A special thank you to the chemo girls, district nurses and Dr Mark Bensley. Please accept this as our personal thanks.

in memoriam

CAVELL - Jack. 12/3/06. To our Dad and Pop. Always in our hearts. Susan, Jackie, Amanda and Daniel, Michelle, Jarryd, Hailey, Sam, Jack, Kirstyn, Jaxon and Diesel. Love you Pop.

HIRIART - Paul Wayne. March 19, 2006. In memory of a loving husband and father. You are missed every day and our memories of you will always stay. Forever you will live in our hearts. Love Mary, Matt, Jess and Vince, Sarah and Karl. Loved Pa of Rylan and Jake.

HIRIART - Paul Wayne. 19/03/06. Four years have passed, so sadly missed. You are loved and remembered always. Dad, Mum (dec.), Robyn, Leanne and Geoff, Carmen, and their families.

Saturday, March 27

Saturday, March 20

marriage celebrant

Ree, Gavin and boys.

Happy Birthday Janice Love from Neville and all your family

births BROWNLEY (Coulter) Katherine and Luke are proud to announce the safe arrival of Joshua Luke on March 4, 2010 at the Mercy Women’s Hospital, Heidelberg. First grandchild for Bev and Geoff, nephew for David and Mark, fifth great grandchild for Marge and Harry Prosser. HOUSTON (Elliott) Congratulations to Rob and Katrina on the safe arrival of Chance Lewis (7lb) on March 13, 2010 at Leongatha. First grandson for Jenny and Ray, nephew for Ben and Kristen and cousin for Macy. MILLER (Gilliam) - Grant and Hayley are excited to announce the arrival of Kody Grant, March 8 on the Gold Coast, 9lb 3oz. Another precious grandson for George, Inge, Di and Dave.

message of hope YOU are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. Psalm 3:3.

JACKSON - Olive Maude. 18/3/99. Forever in my thoughts. Loving daughter Rhonda.

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DOWEL - The Funeral Service for Mrs Beryl Frances Dowel of Inverloch will be held at the Anglican Church of Ascension, The Crescent, Inverloch on Wednesday, March 17 at 1.30pm. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of this service for the Inverloch Cemetery. Ray Anderson HANDLEY FUNERAL SERVICES Wonthaggi 5672-1074 Member AFDA TREASE - The Funeral Service for the late Mrs Isabel Margaret Trease will be held at the Uniting Church, Meeniyan on Monday, March 22, 2010 commencing at 11am. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Meeniyan Cemetery. Paul & Margaret Beck HANDLEY FUNERAL SERVICES Leongatha / Korumburra 5662-2717 AFDA

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German adventure MIRBOO North Secondary College student Holly Sizer received a scholarship to travel to Germany last year. She made the trip earlier this year and reports on her adventure here:

WHEN you think about it, everything can go wrong when you are overseas.

Cold wait: Mirboo North’s Holly Sizer and fellow traveller Jacqui waiting for a train at Hausberg.


Communication can be difficult, and many things we take for granted are done differently. But apart from a couple of hitches, my stay in Germany was excellent. Amazing. Perfect. It was everything I could have ever hoped for. I had many new experiences, shared laughs with amazing people, and thrived on the differences and the culture. We were released from Lufthansa’s clutches at roughly 6.30am, and boy, was it freezing.

My thin cardigan and leggings invited in the icy air, and left me with goosebumpy arms and chattering teeth. As we waited in the long toilet queue, we were intrigued by the technology in the bathroom. The taps, soap dispensers and toilet flushes were all sensor-activated, and the hand-dryers were grey, plastic, horse-shoe shaped devices which, after waving your hands through a couple of times, claimed to “dry your hands in five seconds”. We counted: it took eight. After collecting our luggage and marvelling at the giant BMW bonnet of a car sticking out of the wall (many photos were taken), we were greeted by a bearded man wearing a very interestingly-coloured woollen jumper and holding a ‘Goethe Institut’ sign. He introduced himself as David.

There was snow in the airport car park, which was the first snow Jacquie (another recipient of the scholarship) had ever seen in her life. After accepting David’s German sweets and thanking him for waking up at such an ungodly hour to collect us, for the hourlong trip to Grainau all five Australian girls were silent. This may have been due to nerves, excitement or the fact that our teeth were glued together with delicious, but inexplicably chewy confectionery. Upon arriving at the Seminarhaus Grainau, we were greeted by many people. Skiers, scholars and many elderly women said their hellos – and then their goodbyes. When the elderly women left, our rooms were cleaned and we were free to unpack. Breakfast was an im-

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deaths DOWEL - Beryl Frances. Passed away peacefully on 11/3/10. Loved sister-in-law of Lorna, Ann and Nobby Hall, Frances and Jim Bigger (both dec.), Bob and Vera, Coral and Frank Gray. Now resting peacefully with George. DOWEL - Beryl Frances. 4/8/1931 - 11/3/2010. Aged 78 (Formerly of Leongatha South), passed away at Seahaven, Inverloch. Loving wife of George (dec.). Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Kath and Ken, Les and Bev, Robyn and Bob, Frank and Betty (dec.). Cherished Nana of 11 grandchildren and their partners. Adored great grand Nana of nine great grandchildren. Thank you for being the best wife and mother in the world. We love you and will think of you every day of our lives. At Peace

deaths TREASE - Isabel. A wonderful lady who we loved and held with highest regard. We will always remember her wisdom, advice and great support. From Marjie and Ross Pearson and family. Auntie Isabel was my rock.. love Marjie. TREASE - Isabel Margaret (nee Miller). Passed away peacefully at Faversham House, Canterbury on Friday, March 12, 2010. Formerly of Dumbalk North. In her 95th year. Loving wife of Ron (dec.). Loving mother of Robert, Alistair, Ian and Mardi. Loved by all her family. TREASE - Isabel. Deepest sympathy goes out to the family. Cliff and Kevin Allester.

Great mates: Mirboo North’s Holly Sizer and fellow traveller Jacqui on the ski lift at Hausberg.

pressive buffet: bread rolls, spreads, cold meats and cheeses, numerous flavours of yoghurts, plain, toasted or chocolate (“Schoko”) muesli and a large selection of teas. We stuffed ourselves silly, mostly on the chocolate muesli, and waited for the other people to arrive. By the evening of the next day, everyone had arrived; many airlines had had trouble landing planes because of the ferocious weather. We began our classes. We had class from 9.45am until 3pm (including Saturdays). After class there were always activities to do. We went for walks, played snow rugby, swam (in a heated pool, not in the snow-melt stream running through the town), visited various landmarks (Schloss Neuschwanstein and Lindenhof), went to karaoke nights, watched movies, went to Munich, attended ice-hockey and football games, and went to an ice-skating disco. It was here at the ‘Eisdisko’ where I had an unfortunate incident. I had been skating around the rink for about ten minutes, and was just starting to get the hang of it, when I fell and hit my head on the ice. Blood was everywhere. My head was bandaged up and I was driven to the hospital; the damage? Three stitches under my eyebrow. Nice. And all this on my second day.

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crossword solutions CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8213 - SOLUTIONS Across - 6, Figure’s out. 8, (Al)An-ne(gotiations). 9, Poor. 10, O-wing. 11, Slow. 12, Take after. 16, On account. 20, Inch (anag.). 22, Ar-ti-e. 23, Cow-L. 24, Bolt. 25, Couchgrass. Down - 1, M-imos-A. 2, Curried. 3, Get off. 4, Do-c-I-Le. 5, S-tag-S. 7, End-ow. 13, Tea (tee). 14, Concern. 15, An-to-n. 17, Not out. 18, Cre-ch-e. 19, Ne-we-st. 21, Hatch. QUICK PUZZLE NO. 8213 - SOLUTIONS Across - 6, Circumvent. 8, Avid. 9, Sour. 10, Alert. 11, Exam. 12, Irritable. 16, Breakable. 20, Opal. 22, Eager. 23, Tome. 24, Gala. 25, Proficient. Down - 1, Rigour. 2, Scorpio. 3, Impala. 4, Reveal. 5, State. 7, Rival. 13, Bee. 14, Captain. 15, Spear. 17, Region 18, Adroit. 19, Lament. 21, Leapt.

Good times: Mirboo North’s Holly Sizer and fellow traveller Ellie eating snow on arrival.

A week later, on the first Sunday, we hired out ski equipment. After lunch we began the slow walk through the snow to the train station - slow because of the ski boots on our feet and the awkward ski-gear over our shoulders. The train carriages were narrow and had ski holders on the outside: very appropriate for a ski village. After 15 minutes on the train, we would arrive at the ski lifts. You would have to pin together your skis, slip them in the designated holes and jump into the moving carriage. It was five minutes up to the top of the mountain, where our ski instructor, Roman, met up with us. I was in the beginner class; we learned the basics and by the fourth day we were skiing down pretty steep slopes; that day was a Thursday, and I enjoyed it the most; it snowed the whole day so I got to wear my ski goggles. Because of the great snowfall that day and the sunny weather predicted for the next, our supervisors made the decision to take us to the Zugspitze on Friday. The Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany. We left at 8.30am and caught the train. The train ride was interesting: half of it was through a tunnel cut into the mountain. By 11am we were up on the mountain and Roman took us down many different slopes. I only fell over twice: once when I tried to catch the ski lift, and once when I was walking with skis up a hill. I got to the top and realised that I had left one ski at the bottom; the strangers outside the cafe applauded and shouted ‘Wunderbar’. During those three weeks I was having such a good time, I forgot all about my family (no offence). We had a few hiccups, but I wouldn’t change anything. I’ve got a red souvenir jumper, a scar and lots of pictures to remember Germany by, and I hope to go back soon. I finally know what it means to catch the ‘travelling bug’. I just can’t wait until I can travel again, see the world and meet more great people!

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WITH brilliant weather across the weekend, South Gippsland was beaming. There was so much to do and see from Inverloch to Berrys Creek

as a treat of events had locals and visitors smiling. The Inverloch Food and Wine Festival and Mossvale Park Music Festival were the big events on

Saturday. On Sunday the South Gippsland Sustainability Festival at Korumburra and various sporting events attracted big numbers.

Team effort: members of the organising team Michael Malone, Kate Edwards and Dom Brusamarello.

The Junes: were keeping everyone entertained on Saturday afternoon.

Family help: Bronwen Hilton (Boolarra) with children Asha and Jem, Angela McRae (Sale) and Di Lewis with son Aiden (Korumburra) in the baby care room at Coal Creek.

South Gippsland visit: Margaret Schofield and Janice Peeve from Drouin at Loch Bowling Club on Sunday.

Apex barbecue: Mark Bensley, Cameron Hewitt and Craig Marinus all from Korumburra.

Art fear: Helen Bristol’s intrinsic fish at the Inverloch Angling Club last weekend during the Inverloch Jazz Festival.

Try them: South Gippsland Water sustainability coordinator Brett Vurlow with different waters from South Gippsland reservoirs.

Hyacinth free in waterways THE Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is urging the community to help eradicate exotic aquatic weeds from ponds and waterways in the West Gippsland catchment. DPI water hyacinth incursion controller Erin Cox said a 10 year monitoring program had shown no recurrence of water hyacinth or salvinia in known infestation sites in the region. “After water hyacinth and salvinia plants were removed from several backyard ponds in the region each site was monitored. No re-emergence occurred which was a great result for the Weed Alert program,” she said. The DPI Weed Alert program is preventing, detecting and eradicating new high risk plants from Victoria in co-operation with the commu-

nity, industry and agencies. “While these are encouraging results, we are asking the community to be on the look out and report any suspicious plants,” she said. “Water hyacinth and salvinia are declared State Prohibited Weeds in Victoria and present a serious threat to the environment and the economy. Both weeds must be eradicated for the good health of our waterways. “Water hyacinth is considered to be one of the world’s worst water weeds. It is capable of rapidly degrading still or slow moving fresh water bodies by doubling its growth every 12 days.” Water hyacinth is often mistakenly considered to be a harmless, attractive pond plant. “In actuality, it clogs waterways, reduces fish populations, harbours mosquitoes, excludes other aquatic plants and destroys habitat for native fau-

na,” Ms Cox said. “Salvinia forms dense mats that can cover entire waterbodies. It causes water pollution and stagnation through a reduction in water quality and oxygen content, resulting in the death of aquatic wildlife, and can increase the rate of water loss.” It is illegal to trade, display, plant, propagate or transport water hyacinth or salvinia in Victoria. Importing either plant into Australia is prohibited by federal law. Water hyacinth flowers in summer, with many flowers growing on each flower spike. It is easily distinguished from other water plants by its swollen, buoyant leafstalks and mauve flowers which have a distinctive darker purple upper petal with a yellow spot in the centre.

Salvinia is a free floating, perennial aquatic fern. It reproduces vegetatively and can take on different forms according to plant density. Its leaves are covered in hairs, giving it a succulent appearance. “Although we have been able to effectively contain and control known infestations of these weeds, we now need to make sure there are no other plants in backyard ponds and local waterways,” Ms Cox said. “We are asking people to remain vigilant and keep an eye out for these weeds, which may be in a backyard pond or for sale at markets or garage sales.” Anyone who believes they have seen either weed should not try to get rid of the plant themselves but contact DPI on 13 61 86.

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ROUND one of club championships was also the March monthly medal. Rich Balazo won the medal and C Grade with a great score of 91-25-66. A special mention for the Westaways - John resumed playing after some months off and had an amazing 23 putts on super-slick greens. Michael played well and finished with an eagle three on the 18th hole. Rod Brown was our A Grade winner (81-12-69) and he is in super form over the last couple of weeks. Nick Lafferty (82-14-68) won B Grade, and Jeff White (10428-76) won D Grade. Michael Thomas shot 77, the best gross score; Ken Wardle won pro-pin, Daryl Matthews took nearest the pin, and no one challenged ‘O.J.B.’ for the putting comp. Ball winners: G. Morrison 69, N. Savino, M. Westaway, N. Johnson 71; D. Poulton, B. Matthews, I. Murchie, E. Poole, D. Elvins, M. Thomas, H. Sedelies 73; T. Lund, P. Stivic, K. Castwood, S. Herrald, D. Hanna 74; I. Watson 75. Leading scores for round one: M. Thomas 77, D. Poulton 78, B. Matthews 80, M. Westaway 80. B Grade: R. Brown 81, N. Lafferty 82, T. Lund 86. C Grade: G. Morrison 86, N. Savino 88, E. Poole

90, K. Castwood 91. D Grade: R. Balazo 91, N. Johnson 95, H. Sedelies 96. Tuesday Rain interrupted the round and a number of players pulled out, among them Dave Vorwerg who played 11 holes and still won a down the line ball. Keith Finney had the best score of 36 and Dave Webster won nearest the pin. Balls were won by R. Brown 35, E. Poole 34, P. Waters 32, D. Clemann 31, K. Gardner 28, M. Oliver 26, D. Vorwerg 23. Thursday A good field of 61 turned up for the event kindly sponsored by Col Sperling. President Jack Cummins was A Grade winner on 38 points, Col Manley took B Grade with 37 and Dave Bethune got home in C Grade with 34. Al Sperling and Chris Leaver were nearest the pin winners. Ball winners: G. Holbrook 36, F. DeBono, G. Sharrock 35; B. Phillips, C. James, P. Hartigan, N. Mackenzie, J. Stewart, S. Connors, R. Burton 34; K. Godridge, P. Hobson 33. Saturday’s event is round two of the club championships. Coming up on Sunday, March 28 is the annual chicken and Easter egg day sponsored by Dave and Noreen Webster. Sunday nine hole competition

The Gordon West Memorial Shield was won this season by the 7-Up team with 44 points. Congratulations. This team has competed together for many years. A very sincere thank-you to our sponsors Kevin and Deborah Scott of the South Gippsland Kennels and Cattery. In second place was the L.L.T. team on 40 points and All But One next with 35 points. Trevor Steer, the club vice captain, thanked Pat West and Ian and Margaret Danks for running this event which was commenced 27 years ago and is still contested each year from October to March. The event of the day, still keenly contested by the nine teams was won by the Espy Eagles. The best gross for the ladies was shared by Jill Steer and Sharon Rayson, with 49 strokes. Michael Thomas, with 35 strokes, won the men’s best gross. Jill Steer won the ladies’ best net 49-14-35 and Bill Phillips had an excellent 42-14-29 to record the men’s best net. After the presentations a barbecue was enjoyed by all. The first round of the next season commences on October 3. Thank you to all who played this year. New teams and new players are most welcome for the next season.



ON Wednesday, March 10 we played the qualifying round of the board event, the Nancy Sperling 4 BBB knockout.

ON Saturday the McLeod family sponsored our fourball event, which was also the qualifying round for the McLeod trophy. The day’s winners with a fine plus 12 were George Johnson and Rob Warren. They won from the two Bobs, Beilby and Hughes, who survived a countback on plus 10. Down the line balls went to B. Stubbs, I. Smith; J. Redmond, B. Robjant; G. McKinnon, B. Wilson; I. Balfour, K. Miles; J. Hassett, R. Fisher on a countback. Who qualified and who do they play? The following are the qualifiers and their matches which must be played on or before Sunday, May 9: G. Johnson, R. Warren v G. Maisey, D. Dwyer; J. Redmond, B. Robjant v G. McKinnon, B. Wilson; B. Stubbs, I. Smith v J. Hassett, R. Fisher, and R. Beilby, R. Hughes v R. Goodwin, J. Howard. The day’s nearest the pins went to A. Hillis and G. Fennell. On Thursday the bar voucher went to Ted Jackson, with balls to Bo Fiek and Glen Fitzpatrick. Our annual tournament started on Monday, March 15. Don’t forget the men’s fourball on

Thanks to Nancy and Col who sponsored this event and donated unique trophies. The course was in superb condition and there were some outstanding scores. The winners of the day were Jocelyn Howson and Glenys Mc Robert. The relative newcomers to the game scored + 7, to be number one, qualifiers Toni West and Loris Clark were runners up with + 6. They were joined as qualifiers by Wendy Surman and Debbi Erwin, also +6, then Trish Owen and Evelyn Indian +6, who joined Wendy Brown and Isobel Sutherland +6, Marilyn Williams and Coral Gray +5, Marianne Leaver and Jan Price +4, Carol Sowden and Georgina Mitchell +3, in winning balls. On Saturday, March 13, the competition was stableford, because of the men’s championships the course was at its hardest with very slick greens. Wendy Surman was the A Grade winner with 34 points and Elaine Dempsey won B Grade with 34 points. Anna de Bondt 32, Isobel Sutherland 31, Coral Gray 31, Reanna Matthews 30 and Rita de Bondt 30 won balls down the line.

A for effort: Ross Evans Box Hill and Philippe du Plessis Inverloch play in the March monthly medal at Leongatha Golf Club.

On the course: Barry Atwood (Meeniyan), Kevin Castwood (Archies Creek) and Gary Sharrock (Wonthaggi) playing in round one of the Leongatha club championships.

Wednesday, ladies singles on Friday, men’s stroke on Saturday and a mixed event on Sunday. Our Easter meal and raffle night is on Thursday, March 24, so don’t forget to be there.

Woorayl ladies ON Wednesday, March 10 a par event was played, sponsored by Shan’s Lingerie. The AWCR was 72. A Grade winner was S. Wakefield 14/sq, B Grade D. Jarvis 23/+1, C Grade F. Maynard 30/-3. Nine holes out - A. Grist sq. Nearest the pin: 8th D. O’Connor, 17th A. Grist, 2nd shot on the 11th P. Lancaster. Down the line balls: A. Campbell sq., B. James sq., P. Lancaster -1, L. Young -1, A. Poole -3. Next week is Woorayl tournament, March 15 ladies 4BBB sponsored by A.W. Smith. Friday, March 19 is the ladies singles teams event sponsored by Berrys Creek Cheese. Woorayl Cup sponsored by Pauline and Lance Lancaster.

Meeniyan ladies WEDNESDAY, March 10 saw one of our smallest fields in a long time play a two person ambrose, while ten of our ladies played four days of golf on the Mornington Peninsula. The winners of the day were Irene Holm and Lyn Jennison with a score of 70 ¾ the runners-up were Dot Elliott and Coral Stewart with 76 ½. Down the line balls to Nereda Scholte and Rita Wells with 77 ¼ net. Congratulations to Dot Elliott and Kristen Elliott who won a fourball event at the Foster tournament.

Foster SUNDAY, March 14 mixed Canadian. Winners scratch: Beth Curram and Athol McGrath 81 on countback. A Grade handicap: Sheron Cripps and Greg Dean 67⅛ net. B Grade handicap: Gayle Reid and Steve Reid 67½ net. A Grade runners-up: Barbara Warren and John Stone. B Grade runners-up: Alayne McKenzie and Rod Walker 70⅛ net. Visitors trophy: Libby Dehey and Nick Dehey 72⅛ net. Nearest the pin: 6th Beth Curram, 6th Henk de Graaf, 17 Fred Tyers. Down the line balls: Dianne Walker and Lloyd McKenzie 72¼ net, Ineke de Graaf and Henk de Graaf 72½ net. Jeannete Swann and Chris Bailey 72⅝ net. Saturday, March 13 - men’s. Winner open scratch 27 holes: Chris Bailey 115. A Grade handicap 27 holes: Norm Cooper 104½ net. Scratch B Grade 27 holes: Don Cripps 144. B Grade handicap 27 holes: Laurie Cooper 110 net A Grade handicap 18 holes: Steve Reid 69 net on countback. B Grade handicap 18 holes: Allan Kuhne 71 net. A Grade handicap 9 holes: Paul Robertson 33½ net. B Grade handicap 9 holes: Henk de Graaf 39 net. Down the line balls: Norm Cooper 69 net, Lloyd McKenzie 69 net, Brenton McKenzie Mirboo North THERE were 29 starters for the stableford event on Thursday, March 11. The CCR was 70. A Grade winner was Joe Kus (12) 40 countback. Down the line: John Blunsden (20) 40, Neil Rutledge (16) 37, Ron Funnell (18) 38, Richie Robbins (15) 37. Birdies: Joe Kus (6th), Jeff Hughes (6th), Joe Taylor (6th), Phil Garlick (6th). Ladies C. Gunn, with (hcp. 20) 88-20-68, was the winner of the ladies monthly medal competition played on Wednesday, March 10. Down the line - M. Thompson 85-14-71. Nearest the pin: 6th C. Gunn, 13th M. Thompson. Birdie 4th - C. Gunn. Nine hole comp winner T. Higginbottom 21 pts. Down the line - R. Evans 20 pts. Mirboo North

69 net, Greg Cox 70 net, Jim Parry 70 net, Kevin Witheridge 72 net, Chris Bailey 72 net, Don Cripps 73 net, Jim Freeman 73 net, Noel Black 73 net on countback. Nearest the pin: 6th Greg Paine, 17th Rod Kinter . Ladies Saturday, March 13 - 18 hole stableford. Winners: Ineke de Graaf 33 pts. Down the line balls: Beth Curram 32 pts, Pam Witheridge 30 pts. Nearest the pin: 17th Jenny Mountford. Friday, March 12 - men’s 4 BBB. Sponsors - OPC. Winners scratch: Matt Wrigley and Rick Johnston 71 net (Korumburra GC). A Grade handicap stableford: Graeme Clothier and Garry Donald 46 pts, (Northern GC) B Grade handicap stableford: Fred Tyers and Allan Penny 44 pts on countback. Down the line balls: Phil Nightingall and Kevin Flett 45 pts, Neil Chandler and Neville Thompson 45 pts, John Marnell and Steve Harris 44 pts, Lloyd McKenzie and Denham Grierson 44 pts. Ladies Friday, March 12 - 4 BBB sponsors - OPC, Winners scratch: Gale Tyers and Julie Penny 82 on countback. A Grade stableford: Margaret Payne and Michelle Staley 48 pts (Yarram GC). B Grade stableford: Dot Elliott and Kristin Elliott 44 pts. Down the line balls: Marlene Ellis and Faye Le Page 43 pts, Marg Berry and Ivy Ruby THE stableford event held on Saturday March 13 was attended by 31 starters. CCR 69. The A Grade winner was Russell Pentland (15) 40 points. B Grade was won by Nigel Bracecamp (22) 39 points. Down the line balls: Graham Watson 39 points, Ian Evison, Peter Sanderson on 38 points and Terry Bradshaw 38 points on countback. Nearest the pin 2nd shot on first hole: Peter Draper. Nearest the pin: 4th Ron Funnell, 6th Pro Pin Mal Payne, 13th Trevor Bailey, 16th Terry Bradshaw. Birdies: 4th Mal Payne, 6th Ron Funnell, Mal Payne, Gordon Graeme, Wayne Reynolds, 13th Trevor Bailey, 16th John Blunsden, Terry Bradshaw. Eagles: Terry Bradshaw on 12th. A great round also to Graham Watson, narrowly beaten, with a 73 off the stick on a five handicap.

43 pts, Barbara Warren and Kath O’Brien 40 pts on countback. Nearest the pin: 17th Julie Penny. Thursday, March 11 – men’s Ambrose. sponsor – Panthers Menswear. Winner scratch: Dave Hutchinson, Phil Nightingall, Kevin Witheridge, Ray Prain. Handicap winners: A. J. McHarg, D. Warman, I. Warman and J. Byrnes. (Meeniyan GC). Handicap runners-up: John Ferguson, Steve Harris, Graeme Clothier, Greg Dean (Northern GC). Thursday, March 11 - club sponsorship Silver division stroke. Scratch winner: Beth Curram 85. A Grade: June Eddy (18) 74 net. A Grade runner-up: Anne Horstra (16) 75 net. B Grade stableford: Pauline Lancaster (21) 37 pts. B Grade runner-up: Margaret Blake (24) 36 pts. Down the line balls: Sheron Cripps 34 pts, A. Gibson 34 pts, Maxine Symmons 33 pts, Pam Witheridge 32 pts on countback. Nearest the pin: 6th Gale Tyers. Teams event (Helene Elmore Shield) winners: Foster – Robyn Galloway, Beth Curram, June Eddy 98 pts. Coming events March 17 - greens cored. March 18 - stableford, March 19 - twilight stableford., March 20 - two ball ambrose Ladies, March 20 - par.

South Gippsland Bridge Club

MEENIYAN – Monday evening: 1st Kathryn Smith, June Metcalf. 2nd Raymond Dunstan, Chris Freeman. 3rd Betty and Frank Murphy. 4th Clive Hope, John Cocking. 5th Noel and Margaret Smith. Tarwin Lower – Tuesday afternoon. North/south: 1st Jack Kuiper, Alan Johnston. 2nd Kathryn Smith, Colin Cameron. 3rd Faye Rowlands, Pat West. East/west: 1st Dawn Jolly, Vivienne Westaway. 2nd June Metcalf. Clive Hope. 3rd Rewa Pedersen, Kathleen Dowd. Inverloch – Friday afternoon. North/south: 1st Bruce and Anne Gibson. 2nd Jack Kuiper, Dina Drury. 3rd John Farr, Anne Williams. 4th Hannah Martin, Beth Hopcraft. East/west: 1st Colin Manley, Althea Drew. 2nd Clive Hope, Alan Johnston. 3rd Ann Dujela, Jean Barbour. 4th George Geekie, Dawn Jolly.

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Gymnasts welcome visitor GYMNASTS at the Leongatha Gymnastics Club were delighted to have Councillor Mimmie Jackson drop in for a visit recently. Mimmie came to view the recent purchase of safety equipment by the club. The equipment was funded through the Shire Community Grants Program. Club president Samantha Wearne said it was fantastic to have Mimmie attend and “see what it is that we do here”. “It was a fantastic opportunity to discuss the club’s long term goal of having our own premises,” she said “By week three we had a waiting list for gymnasts. Gymnastics is a foundation sport as well as a sport in its own right, so it has some-

thing to offer everyone. “The club is seeking its own premises with the vision of offering fun gym as well as the opportunity for those more elite gymnasts to reach their potential too.” Samantha said funding such as this gets them closer to this goal. “We have been able to add another night to our training to allow more classes and also squad training,” she said. “Kindergym has certainly generated much interest and we envisage it filling up as quickly as our regular sessions. We hope to have this up and running for the start of term 2. Again, we are just searching for a suitable venue.” Enquiries can be directed to Tegan 0400 594 331.

Balance: Mimmie Jackson on beam.

Inverloch Junior club championships THE Inverloch Tennis Club Junior championships were played in perfect conditions on Sunday with 32 individual entries.

Champions and runners ups: at the Inverloch Club Junior Championships from left: Bree Clements, Jordan Morris, Simon Thomas, James Sheppard, Jack Clements, Meaghan Low and Rebecca Woods.

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

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In the Boys 18s, James Sheppard secured his second Inverloch title with a 6/0 victory over 18-year-old Robert Murray who has been a great find for the Inverloch Tennis Club. In the Girls 18s Meaghan Low defeated Bree Clements 6/1 and secured her first Inverloch Club Championship. In the Boys 15s James Sheppard defeated a much improved Jordan Morris 6/0. Jordan and Beau Fisher featured

in a great semi final in which Jordan took the honours 9/7 in a hard fought tiebreaker. The Boys 12s was a highly competitive field with young gun Jack Clements defeating Simon “The Pieman” Thomas 6/1. In years to come these two boys will definitely feature in many titanic struggles. In the 12s Girls Meaghan Low won her second event for the day by defeating young Rebecca Woods 6/2 in a high quality match. Thanks to all the parents and club members who participated in running the event, in particular the “Shane Train” Clements for his expertise with the “gourmet” sausages and hamburgers.

Leongatha Bowling Club THIS week saw the finish of the second round of business bowls and a very sincere thank you must go to “H” Harry Forrester and his team for another successful competition. The grand final was played between Murphys and the Chalkies, with Murphys winning 57 to 43. The encouragement award was played between Shire number two, and Team X, with the Shire winning 59 to 55. The following business teams were selected to travel to Korumburra for the big challenge on Monday night March 15, the results of which were not available at the time of going to press. The club wishes them well and hopes they brought the trophy back to Leongatha. The teams are as follows: Murphys, The Shed, The Water Board, Edneys, The Chalkies, Sports Power and Leongatha New and Used. Wednesday March 10 saw 16 bowlers take to the greens in a social pairs day. The winners were Ron Hutton (s) and David Dunkley on two wins plus 33 and the runners-up were Alan Rayson (s) and Tas Haywood on two wins plus 14. Saturday March 13 saw 26 players take to the greens in a social day combination of triples and pairs. The winners on two wins plus 22 were Trish McCormack (s), J. Pendergast and Les Wilson. The runners-up were J. Kuiper (s), Frank Filomeno and Ron Orman on two wins plus 14. South Gippsland Quarries were the sponsors of

the events on both March 10 and 13 and the club thanks them for their valued support. Sunday March 14 saw 16 teams take to the greens for the Margaret Wallis Memorial Day. The winners were M. Blackman (s), J. Rayson and Lorna Hulls. The runners-up were R. Filomeno (s), G. Washfold and Ellie McIntyre. Third were F. Sauvarin (s), Margaret Higgins and Faye Judd. Fourth were J. Kuiper (s), Trish McCormack and Glenice Emmerson. The club sincerely thanks the Wallis family for their valued support and sponsorship for the day. According to all reports, a great day was had by both bowlers and supporters with a very pleasant day weather-wise as well.

Reminders The club’s AGM will be on Monday March 22 at the club rooms at 7.30pm. At the time of this report going to print, I am advised that the club is still looking for nominations for both president and vice president. The club’s presentation night will be held at the club rooms on Friday March 26 at 6.30pm. The choices for tea are fish and chips or chicken and chips. Please ensure your names are on the list at the club rooms if you wish to have tea on that night. Wednesday March 24 will see the monthly affiliated triples in action and a full field is already the call for the day. This will be a 9.30am start.


Mirboo North bow out NEWBOROUGH Bulldogs and Moe have won the right to play each other again in the grand final of the Central Gippsland Cricket, with crushing wins over Mirboo North and Latrobe. Moe had no trouble beating Latrobe in what was another disappointing batting performance by the Sharks. Newborough Bulldogs scored an easy win over Mirboo North, winning by a massive 178 runs. Batting first, Mirboo North claimed the early wicket of Aiden George when Charlie Kat had him caught at the wicket off Damien Turner. Aiden Vesty (62), who thrives on batting against the Tigers, added 120 for the second wicket with Chris Robinson (52). It was Robinson’s first senior 50 and was more meritorious as he is recovering from glandular fever. Surprisingly Tim Cranwell (41) came to the crease ahead of Barney Webber (0) and held the innings together.

When Vesty was dismissed Webber went in and was not there too long as he was leg before to Anthony Matthews for a duck. Brendan Brincat (39) and Alex Sword (34) added important runs to the score and at 8/284 the Tigers looked as if they could restrict the Bulldogs to a score under 300. Rhys Lee (26) and Tom Crosby (15) had other ideas and added an unbeaten 33 run partnership to reach 317 after 100 overs. Matthews was Mirboo North’s most effective bowler taking 5/93 from 30 overs and Jarrod Speed bowled tightly for his 1/32 off 21. Mirboo North began their run chase at the same pace as the Bulldogs did and were 3/70 at lunch compared to 1/72. Shane Peters (12) and Jed Alexander (38) took the score to 87 before Peters gave Aiden George an easy catch. None of the Mirboo North lower order batsmen could put a match winning partnership together as they lost their last five wickets for 17.

Rowan Kelly cleaned up the tail, taking 3/13 from four overs to capitalise on the good bowling from Wayne Fleming who finished with 3/31 from 17.5. Second Grade Moe and St Vincents play off in the Second Grade grand final after easy wins against Newborough Bulldogs and Mirboo North. The Lions dominated their match against the Mirboo North Tigers when they amassed 180 off their 50 overs with Dave Kelly top scoring with 76. Matt Snell was the best of the Tigers attack taking 4/38 and then made 28 out of a disappointing total of 107. Aaron Johnstone led the bowling with 4/22 with support from Pat Robinson 3/24 and Matt Clarke 2/28. Jacob Blair’s unbeaten 62 steered St Vincents to a six wicket win over Newborough Bulldogs after chasing 136 for victory. St Vincents 4/137 (Jacob Blair 62, Ash Jenkins 39, John Crosby 2/26) d Newborough Bulldogs 135 (Jason Bennett 44,

Steve Hibbs 23, John Crosby 21, Rob Spiteri 3/14, Duane Oldham 3/13, Jeremy Butler 2/19). Moe 8/182 (Dave Kelly 76, Paul Cake 26, Clinton Sharpe 26, Paul Kane 23, Matt Snell 4/38) d Mirboo North 107 (Matt Snell 28, Aaron Johnstone 4/22, Pat Robinson 3/24, Matt Clarke 2/28). Colts St Vincents caused the upset of the day by defeating top side Moe by two wickets to advance to the Colts grand final against Mirboo North. Tim Mowat with 53 held the innings together but it was Jay Francis (7) and Rowan LawsonPepper (10) that saved the Saints after looking beaten at 8.95. The pair combined to pass Moe’s score with a boundary. Mirboo North had an

easy win over Willow Grove, winning by five wickets. Sam Hughes with 4/20 helped dismiss Willow Grove for 105 in 34.2 overs. Lachie Banks with an unbeaten 34 saw his side into the grand final. St Vincents 8/108 (Tim Mowat 53, Zane Dowdell 16, Ayden Kelly 2/13, Damon Bednarski 2/21) d Moe 105 (Rob Sim 35, Michael Tobin 2/5, Matt van Loon 2/9, Zane Dowdell 2/19). Mirboo North 5/112 (Lachie Banks 34, Luke Heath 23, Stuart Mc Kenzie 20) d Willow Grove 110 (Peter Otto 38, Sam Hughes 4/20, Lachie Gronow 2/9, Luke Heath 2/21).

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Loch & District

WITH the completion of pennant there are still plenty of tournaments that members are attending. There are also a number of club matches that need to be played. Wednesday, March 3 social bowls winners were Graeme Tobias, Kevin Robinson and Kay Cook from a field of 22. The lucky draw went to Grace Kuhne. March 10 winners were Keith Pocklington and Kay Cook. Keith also won the lucky draw. Monthly triples on Thursday, March 4 was sponsored by Meeniyan Area Community Shop (MACS). Winners were Jack Williams and Jim O’Day (Foster) and Rob Butterworth (Meeniyan). Runners-up were Tim McLean and Robin McKenzie (Fish Creek) and Henry Scheerle (Foster). April 8 is our final monthly triples for the season. Burgies Memorial Day on Sunday, March 7 was rained out and will be played on a date to be fixed. Our very successful corporate bowls program was completed last week. Tuesday night winners were: Division 1 - Espy (Wayne Cook, Daryl Sinclair and Clive Hope); Division 2 - Windmill Ag 2 and Division 3 - Mercus. Wednesday night’s Division 1 went to Mitre 10 (Ben Davies, Paul Robinson and Tyrone Zukovskis); Division 2 - The Dees and Division 3 - M.D.U. A big thank you to our very generous sponsors, bowls club members who fulfilled many duties, and to the organiser Doug Kuhne. Coming events include the Meeniyan pairs on Friday, April 19, with The Davo Show on that evening in the MDU clubrooms. Bob Graeme is in charge of bookings. Dates for the calendar: Loch visit Sunday, March 28 (names on the board please). Presentation night, Wednesday, April 28, and the annual general meeting on Wednesday, May 5.

TWILIGHT bowls winners last week were Gary, Tom and Taylor, with only a few more sessions to be enjoyed. The proceeds of Thursday’s social bowls last week went to the VLBA charity for the season, ‘Heart Kids’. Although few in numbers, we enjoyed a lovely morning on the green, with a good financial result. Spot prizes were won by Bill, Bev and the two Margarets. The spoons were drawn for and went to president Margaret, Maggie, Peter and Colin. This Thursday the ladies will be hosting their annual invitation day, with the combined presidents’day to follow on Saturday at 1pm, uniform please and a plate of afternoon tea. Those intending to visit Meeniyan on Saturday, March 28 please indicate by placing your names on the list in the clubhouse. On Sunday the weather was kind to us for our annual event, the Barry Logan Heart Support Day. This day was sponsored by Birch Ross and Barlow, and Kelvin Johns Retravision, and a substantial sum was raised. The lucky number went to Geoff Asquith, Garfield and Kath Moss, Loch. Best last game went to the Schofield team from Drouin. Runners-up were John Kennedy, Angie Miller, Brenton Hackett and Brad Tobin (Loch), and the winners were Greg Hodge, Colin and Marg Cochrane, with Jenny Miller (Loch).


Top right Loch on Sunday: at the Barry Logan Heart Support Day were Bruce Revell (Loch), Margaret Fraser (Loch lady president) and Helen Logan (Barry’s widow). Lower right Enjoying the bowling: Joanna Lomagno (Korumburra), Johanna Stewart (Pakenham) and George Fairweather (Poowong).

Inverloch Bowling Club

OUR Division 1 premiers, the ‘whites’ travelled to Sale last Saturday to play in the group eight premiers champion of champions. Their first opponent in this round robin event was Sale, premiers in the North Gippsland association, who were the eventual winners of the championship. Played over 15 ends we lost 43 shots to 63, with all four rinks losing. In the second game we played the Mid Gippsland premiers, Morwell, and our boys had a convincing win, with all teams winning and finishing with a 19 shot win 66-47. The last game was against Lakes Entrance, premiers in the East Gippsland association, and we went down badly losing 33-70, despite Ron Burge’s rink having a three shot win. Ron Burge’s rink was the best performed team, winning two of their three games. Our president, John Hedley, who was manager of the ‘whites’ for this event, extends his sincere thanks to Bryan Hensley who took on a lot of John’s manager’s duties, also Rod Kee who made himself available to drive the bus. Last Friday evening a large number of our members gathered at our clubrooms to bid farewell to Maurie Griffin who is soon to leave Inverloch to move into a retirement village in Sunbury. Mairie, who has been a very valuable mem-

THE Barefoot grand final was a great success with the least fancied teams making it through. No Bull, who led all season were pipped by Barefeet who were skipped by a very enthusiastic and fired up Sas. The other semi final saw last year’s winners, the Three Tenors, going down to new kids on the Block R. Sup. The stage was set for a gripping grand final with fading light, a strong westerly and a vocal crowd giving plenty of support. Barefeet with Chris, Mocker and Sas holding the upper hand throughout the game were looking the goods going into the last end. Needing three to force an extra end R. Sup and Freda, Snoz and Mary were holding two shots, with Mary’s last bowl to come, a hushed silence fell over the crowd in

ber of our club for 25 years, was a member of the Loch club before moving to Inverloch. Bryan Griffin and Rod Kee, the main organisers of this evening, spoke in glowing terms of Maurie’s service to our club over those many years. As a memento of his time in Inverloch, he was presented with large farewell card signed by all present, who expressed their best wishes to him. It was great to see representatives of the Leongatha Bowling Club present to pass on their club’s best wishes in recognition of his many years of entering a team in their monthly triples. Last Thursday 24 players played social bowls. After the usual two games of pairs there were three two-game winners. Running third, with four shots up, were Maurie Cargill (sk) and Ken Peterson (ld). Runners-up with seven shots up were Trevor Scott (sk) and Mick Yates (ld). The winners with eight shots up were Rob Huntley (ld) and Bill McGirr (sk). Last Saturday 12 players played pairs, with two two-game winners. The winners with 21 shots were Rob Huntley (ld) and Nic Van Grunsven (sk). The other winner was Alan Johnstone (ld)

back playing bowls for the first time since having a hip joint replacement a few months ago, his skip was Anne Tschiderer and their score was 14 shots up.

Ladies Last Wednesday, March 10 there were 16 bowlers for social bowls day. It was nice to see Phyll Peterson back bowling again after her knee operation. We had two games of 10 ends with only one, two game winner. That team was Shirley Cook, Jill Bateman, Pam Sutcliffe and Nel Van Grunsven. The runners-up were Marg Flett, Cynthia Hensley, Carol Waters and Phyll Peterson. On the weekend there were quite a few of our girls up in Moe playing in the Classic Pairs. This Tuesday, March 16 and Wednesday, March 17 are the association pairs and fours, which are being played at Inverloch. Also on Wednesday are our monthly triples, do hope that you have put your names down as we are still looking for bowlers to boost the numbers. By the time you read this our invitation will be over, thanks to all the helpers who are working to make this day a great success.

Korumburra parlor

Tarwin Lower Bowling Club anticipation of an extra end loomed. With a steady hand and unwavering concentration Mary delivered her bowl, but didn’t add to the score. A great night was had by all. Congratulations to the winner and all the teams that participated this year. Thanks to Mick, Dace and Leesha and their team of workers. Wednesday men’s turkey triples were played on a cool blustery day with a Tarwin team of Brian Logan, Ned Clark and Peter Tainton being the outright winners. Runners-up were Ken Webb, Alan Mafayden and John Bird of Wonthaggi. Best last game went to Rod Beech, Roy Smith and Vic Piasente also from Wonthaggi. Sponsors for the day were local members Bob Armstrong, Garrick Russell and Peter Henwood.

Twilight bowls was a nonstarter as there were several club games in progress. Congratulations to Mick Bowman for making the state singles semi finals at Newborough. Final reminder for charity

day on Friday, March 19. Presentation night will be held on Saturday, April 17, Andy Dennis will be there to entertain and it is catered. Get your names in for what should be a great night.

Barefoot bowls: Chris, Sas and Mocker were winners at Tarwin Lower.

RESULTS of teams competition played on March 11. VRI 23 defeated Battlers 20; The Burra 23 drew with Pretenders 23; Sicilians 22 defeated Kardella 21; Kookaburras – bye. Bias bowls were played on Monday, March 8, and special guest from the Buffalo club was Andrew Hanks who led his team to a well earned win. Results First team: Andrew Hanks, Joe Occhipinti and Michael Mathews with three wins and 19 shots up. Second: Lee Armstrong, Geoff McCord and Val Rudd with two wins and 11 shots up. Third: Arc Gammaldi, Connie Occhipinti and John Meyer with two wins and one shot down.

WITH the summer season of bowls fast coming to an end, our grey nomads have been checking their homes on wheels. Numbers have been down at recent events but those who have attended have enjoyed themselves. The ladies on Wednesday had a smaller attendance. After two games there was only one two game winner. Congratulations to Margaret Brown, Shirley Martin and Roslyn Fox with nine ends. Mae Harris and Wendy Pepperall were the lucky draw winners. The men were back on the greens on Thursday. After three games, the winners with 27 shots up were Andy Robertson and Maurie Reilly (who has a monopoly on the vouchers). The drawn card went to David Goodridge and Graham Turton (one of our newer members). The ladies held their annual invitation fours day on Friday, with 26 teams on the greens. All SGDLBA clubs were represented together with South Gippsland president Joy Hargraves’ team and visiting teams from neighbouring associations. After two games, the winners were BLG Peg Hazeltine, Diane Buckland, Nita Watkins and Faye McKenzie with 21 shots

up. Runners-up with 40 ends were Sam Daly, J. Wardley, S. Gates and D. Ryan (Yallourn) . Winners for the day, with 41 ends were Dot Simcock, Minnie Lamb, Fay McIntosh and Maureen Diamond (Somerville). President Mary thanks all who helped to make the day such a success, the umpires Debbie Williams and Jenny McVeigh, the ladies in the kitchen (who prepared a wonderful meal), the match committee, the grounds committee who prepared the greens, and especially the sponsors Bendigo Bank and Parry’s Gift Store. Also a special thank you to Melissa Whelan of Bendigo Bank who presented the winners with their trophies. The day’s lucky door prize winners were Poppy TerrillGraeme (Meeniyan) and Lorraine Wheeler (Foster). The men were on the greens on Saturday. The winners were Ken Cecil, Jeff Coulston and Don MacKay with three wins plus 16 shots up. Coming events: Keith March Family Day on March 21 - two members plus two non bowlers. Good Friday Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal Day. Landmark men’s triples, two members plus visitor.

Mardan indoor THE 2010 season has started.

President Tony Allen-Clay welcomed the 18 bowlers attending the first night and invited Jeannie Baker to bowl the first bowl of the season. Great to see Jeannie

looking well as she continues a long and exhausting battle towards her recovery. The three new bowling mats presented a fresh challenge to all bowlers. There was general agreement that the mats provided an excellent bowling surface and some good bowling was the result. The only three game winners were Margaret Campbell, Mal Andrews and Robert Matthies (skip). Several teams enjoyed two wins with the best of these being Ron Baker, Ann Plowman and Robert Campbell (skip). They look forward to seeing more of the old faces back this week and will warmly welcome any new bowlers who come along to try indoor bowls.

Buffalo indoor

WEDNESDAY, March 10, saw 14 players on a nice night to bowl, with four teams, two of two and two of three. In fourth (LLL) skipper Rod McConchie, Peter Heldens and Mary Tumino; third (LWL) skipper Andrew Hanks, Joyce Occhipinti, Bill Wolswinkle and Ian Benson; second (WLW) skipper Sebastian Terranova, Glenys Pilkington, Joe Occhipinti and Jim Atkins; first (WWW) skipper Toni Heldens, Charlie Tumino and Carolyn Benson. The best first game - Sebastian 13-8, second Toni 10-5, third Toni 11-3. We hope to see you all again next Wednesday at 7.30pm. We would like all names in by 7.20pm.

Dumbalk indoor ON Monday, March 8, 13 bowlers competed in three games of eight ends. The winners were Frank Peile (skipper), Stephen Holmes and Lindsay Richards with three wins. The runners-up were Robert Burden (skipper), Phil Gager and Kay Cook with two wins.

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’Burra girls win at Sale

NINE girls from Korumburra City Soccer travelled to Sale on Sunday, March 14 to play in the Girls Challenger Series (round 1).

The first game against Phillip Island was a hard fought match, with Korumburra coming out with a 1-0 win. Next game was the much improved East Gippsland (Bairnsdale) team. Again with some great play by the Korumbuura offence and a really strong defence, Korumburra won 3-0. In the final game Korumburra came up against Traralgon and again with Korumburra playing at their best, won 5-0. With these three great wins, Korumburra girls soccer team won the challenger series. If there are any interested girls or women who would like to play soccer, training starts at 5.30pm on Thursday, March 25 at the Korumburra Recreation Reserve.

Score attempt: Bree Allen of Korumburra trying to kick a goal from a corner pass against Phillip Island.

Above: Challenger winners: Korumburra City’s, back: Bridie Allen, Bree Allen, Jade Miller, Kate Rodda, Ian Wallace (coach), Ash Parr, Tara Wallace and Bec Knight; front: Zoe Allen and Chloe Rodda.

Determination: Ash Parr heading the ball for Korumburra.

Mirboo North United Soccer in ’Gatha Football Club L E O N G AT H A Knights Football Club held their registration day on Sunday. Many people went to the event at the clubrooms at Mary MacKillop Catholic College. Registrations and food were on offer before noon. Then a friendly game of seniors, women and children was played. If you would like to join the club for season 2010 contact club president Lee Kirkus 5663 5440 or secretary Jackie Charlton 5662 3128.

ON Sunday MNUFC held their registration day for the soccer season which starts in early May. There was a good turnout for all the junior grades, Under 7, U9, U11, (small sided teams), U13 and U15, plus strong interest in the women’s and men’s senior sides. It was also great to see a number of new players coming into the club. Registration will continue at training, so interested players can still join the club in what promises to be an exciting season. Don’t sit on the sidelines when you could be playing ball. Simply come along to training nights on Wednesdays at the bottom oval W.J. Tuck Reserve, Mirboo North. Junior sides train at 4.30-5.30pm, women 5.306.30pm and Men 6-7pm. Or you can contact club president Booma on 0427 682 909 or head coach Patrick Finnigan on 0421 571 772 or email

Father and son: Paul Vandermeer and Lachlan from Dumbalk. In play: Jordan Rech tackling Adam Miller.

Signing up: Michelle Van Loon, Kathryn Flower and Wendy Bracecamp (coach).

Soccer fun: Cassie Sullivan.

Sun ready: Thomas Stampton, Kane Wiggins, Jaymes Wiggins, Matt Wiggins and Tait McLean.

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Allambee Mirboo and District tennis

A Reserve: top picture Matt Row (Korrine), middle Di Brusamarello (Berrys Creek) and bottom Leasa Allcorn (Berrys Creek) in the semi finals, which Berrys Creek won.

Serving style: Al Greaves playing for Berrys Creek at Leongatha on Saturday afternoon.

Midweek ladies tennis Ladders Up to March 9 Section 1 Inverloch Silver ......................23 Inverloch Gold........................22 Westernport ............................20 Wonthaggi .................................5 Section 2 Phillip Island...........................25 Wonthaggi Swans ...................21 Bena .........................................20 Inverloch .................................17

Foster Red ................................16 Foster Blue ...............................15 Wonthaggi Kookaburras ..........10 Section 3 Korumburra ...........................31 Bena .........................................23 Inverloch Red .........................21 Wonthaggi ...............................15 Phillip Island ............................ 11 Inverloch Blue............................7 Section 4 Korumburra ...........................27

Wonthaggi ...............................23 Nyora .......................................19 Fish Creek ...............................16 Phillip Island ............................14 Grantville ...................................5 Section 5 Wonthaggi Red .......................22 Wonthaggi White....................21 Leongatha ....................109.7 19 Wonthaggi Blue ...........100.5 19 Inverloch ....................................9

A Grade Leongatha North 5.61 Baromi 4.57 Baromi men, Ben and Eric played well, winning the first men’s set 8/5. The other two men’s sets, a tie-breaker each way. Michelle and Kerry won the first ladies 8/6, Baromi won the other two ladies’ sets. Baromi had an eight game lead before the mixed. Leongatha North won the first mixed 8/5. Ben and Lauren, and Warren and Michelle have had very good mixed sets each match they have played. In the second mixed, Adrian who was having a good day played well, backed up by Kerry, and they won 8/4. Baromi still led by a game. Greg and Sue, playing Wendy and Tony, the set went Leongatha North’s way, and the match was theirs by four games. A Reserve Berrys Creek 4.43 Korrine 5.38 Leasa, Cindy and Chris set up a good lead, winning the first two ladies sets 6/0. Twelve games is a lot of games to catch up. Pip and Belinda did well and won the third ladies set 6/4. Korrine men won two of the men’s sets and caught up a few games. Berrys Creek eight games, first mixed went their way. Korrine won the second and third mixed but were not able to catch up the games. B Grade Baromi 5/40 Outtrim Gold 4/37 Gold men won two sets, Baromi ladies two sets, and it was a close game from the start. Two games separated the teams going into the mixed. Gold won the first set and led by one game. Baromi won the second mixed and the lead was back to Baromi. In the third mixed Kerry and Noel were the winners 6/4, and Baromi were into the grand final. Next week’s grand finals: A Grade - Koonwarra v Leongatha North, A Reserve - Leongatha v Berrys Creek, B Grade - Mardan Red v Baromi. All grand finals are played at Leongatha. Please be on time to start at 12. If you have not booked your tickets contact Brett, Phil or Jane immediately. Tickets are $30 and the venue is the RSL Leongatha, and numbers must be in before for catering purposes.

Leongatha Table Tennis Club THE 2010 summer season has started. A big welcome to new players and a welcome back to existing players. A Reserve has eight, three person teams and B Grade a whopping 10, three person teams. This year table tennis has started with a short seven week competition, before the main competition begins on April 14. All people interested in participating in the main comp please register your interest. Call Tammy Holwerda 5664 0178 or Bill Haw 5662 3620. Leongatha’s Gippsland Sports Academy and Development Group of kids participated in a junior encouragement tournament at Albert Park’s MSAC complex on February 28. Participants included Luke Jongebloed, Bryce Holwerda, Alex Campbell, Daniel Campbell, Michaela Campbell and Jarryd Donohue. They were divided into groups of four to six people

and played a round robin-type set of games. From respective game scores a set of knockout matches was scheduled after lunch. In the knockout round, Michaela Campbell and two other girls stayed on to mix it up with the boys. Michaela won three games to two after starting the first two games down. Michaela displayed a much improved skill level and has shown great maturity to achieve her much deserved victory. Very proud parents Stuart and Kathy Campbell watched intently. When the final point was won the grandstand erupted. Michaela’s achievements did not end there. Michaela received a certificate of equal third in recognition of her efforts in the round robin matches, against all other female players on the day and most of them older than herself. This is a gallant effort from a girl who has been holding a bat for only 20 months.

Luke, Bryce, Daniel, Alex and Jarryd were not so successful. They went out in the first and second round of knockout matches. Although they did receive a lot of valuable experience from a day that was out of their comfort zones. The next training days were in Bairnsdale on March 13 and 14. These days included the first nutrition and hydration sessions. The next competition is scheduled for April 10 on the Mornington Peninsula. Then on Anzac Day, April 25 will be a training day in Leongatha. This day will include the third strength and conditioning sessions. Game scores A Reserve Round 1, March 3 Crows 9/30 d Doves 2/8; Wedgies 6/21 d Eagles 5/17; The Bruises 7/21, d Robins 0/6; Sparrows 2/6 d Ducks 0/0. B Grade Round 1, March 4

Speedy Turtles 10/30 d Tigers ..........1/4; Leopards 8/25 d Piranhas 3/12; Musketeers 7/23 d Predators 4/15, Sloths 7/23 d Lions 4/17, Three Cans 10/30 d Cats 1/12. Ladders (2 points for a win) A Reserve Crows.................................. 2 The Bruises ....................... 2 The Wedgies ....................... 2 Sparrows ............................ 2 Eagles ................................. 0 Doves .................................. 0 Robins ................................. 0 Ducks .................................. 0 B Grade Speedy Turtles ................... 2 Three Cans ......................... 2 Leopards ............................ 2 Musketeers ......................... 2 Sloths .................................. 2 Lions ................................... 0 Predators ............................. 0 Piranhas ............................... 0 Cats ..................................... 0 Tigers .................................. 0

Imperials junior cricket Imperials juniors: presentation night was held last Friday night. Pictured are award winners, back row; L-R, Jason Stewart - U16 most improved, Tim Sauvarin - U12 bowling and hat trick, Kevin McGavin - U12 batting, Brok Davidson - U14 batting and Brian Gray Memorial Trophy. Front Row, L- R Dylan Westaway - U16 bowling and best in finals, Mitchell Elliott - U16 batting and cricketer of the year. Jack Ginnane - U14 coaches award, Liam Bourke - U14 bowling.

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Workmens to face Imperials WONTHAGGI Workmens will face Imperials in the A Grade Division One final after winning their respective semifinals on the weekend. Imperials was the surprise packet, defeating OMK despite the late withdrawal of Imps opening bat Gary Sauvarin. Sauvarin withdrew with a hamstring twinge but is a definite starter for the grand final. He will undergo a fitness test this Thursday. Imperials set up their victory on the first day with their bowlers ripping through the OMK top order, after OMK won the toss and elected to bat. OMK never really recovered after being 6/28; finishing with 145. Tim Miller 40, Barry Wyatt 28 and Matthew Adams 31did the bulk of the scoring, at least providing something for the bowlers to aim at. Adam Eddy continued his strong season, taking 3/23; Xavier Davis took 3/39 and Mick Malloy 2/30. Imperials replied with 7/147, Xavier Davis top

scoring with 66. Sauvarin told The Star yesterday that if the bowlers can do the job again, Imperials are in with a good chance, although he admitted Workmens are the hot favourites. “Workers have beaten us twice this year. They made 400 plus once against us but we managed 330 in reply. We’ll obviously be hoping to restrict them and get some early breakthroughs. We know we have the batting strength so we are quietly confident,” Sauvarin said. Barry Wyatt concluded a top match for OMK, taking 4/52. Workmens easily Wonthaggi Workmens won their semi-final easily, defeating Inverloch 8/309 to 185. Inverloch won the toss and sent Workers in. Despite having the Branns back in the pavilion with modest scores, Workmens middle order kicked in. Ryan Thomas 46, Gavin Bolding 57 and finals specialist Gavin Britt 90 not out are all experienced finals campaigners and put a big score on the board. Inverloch lost Jason

Smith early for three and, despite Stephen Brayley’s 32, Brett Debono’s 45 not out and Dylan Clark’s 39, the innings fell away. James Sherrin was the standout amongst the bowling for Workers, taking 4/21.

A GRADE DIVISION 1 WONTHAGGI WORKMENS v INVERLOCH 1st Innings Wonthaggi Workmens D. Brann c. ..............................29 S. Brann r.o. .............................18 R. Thomas c. ...........................46 G. Bolding c. ...........................57 G. Britt n.o. ..............................90 T. Hooper c. ...............................7 C. Harvey b. ............................16 R. Geyer lbw. ..........................15 J. Sherrin c. ...............................9 M. Thomas n.o. ........................14 Extras .........................................8 Total ....................................8/309 Bowling: N. Cant 1/40, L. Rankin 0/43, C. Mollison 1/32, A. Hall 0/20, J. Smith 2/72, M. Anderson 0/27, W. Rankin 3/55, B. Debono 0/15. 1st Innings Inverloch S. Brayley c. T. Hooper b. M. Thomas ........................32 J. Smith c. R. Geyer b. L. McGuirk .........................3 W. Rankin b. R. Thomas ..........14 B. Debono r.o. ..........................45 D. Clark c. C. Harvey b. M. Thomas ........................39 M. Anderson c&b. J. Sherrin .....3 N. Cant c. T. Hooper b. J. Sherrin .............................5 A. Ware lbw. b. J. Sherrin ........17 C. Mollison c. R. Thomas b. G. Bolding .........................13 L. Rankin c. C. Harvey

On game: Michael Malloy bowls for the Imperials against OMK at Inverloch on Saturday afternoon.

b. J. Sherrin .............................3 Extras ....................................... 11 Total .......................................185 Bowling: R. Thomas 1/23, L. McGuirk 1/37, G. Britt 0/21, C. Harvey 0/7, G. Bolding 1/44, M. Thomas 2/25, J. Sherrin 4/21. IMPERIALS v OMK 1st Innings OMK A. Miller c. X. Davis b. M. Malloy .........................10 N. Creed c. D. Davis b. A. Eddy ...............................1 A. Rose c. T. Williams b. J. Pellicano ..........................4 J. Wilson b. X. Davis .................3 K. Rothier c. L. Rogers b. A. Eddy ...............................0 D. Creed b. X. Davis .................0 T. Miller c. L.Rogers b. X. Davis ............................40 B. Wyatt c. N. Eddy b. M. Lafferty ........................28 T.Wyatt b. M. Malloy ............... 11 M. Adams c. L. Rogers b. A. Eddy .............................31 P. Dell n.o. ..................................8

Extras .........................................9 Total .......................................145 Bowling: A. Eddy 3/23, J. Pellicano 1/19, X. Davis 3/39, M. Malloy 2/30, L. Rogers 0/8, M. Lafferty 1/15, N. Eddy 0/6. 1st Innings Imperials L. Rogers c. T. Wyatt b. J. Wilson ..............................2 N. Eddy c. T. Miller b. B. Wyatt ............................ 11 D. Davis b. K. Rothier .............21 X. Davis c. A. Rose b. B. Wyatt ............................66 T. Williams c. M. Adams b. B. Wyatt ............................12 B. Pedlow c. M. Adams b. P. Dell ..................................4 M. Elliott n.o. .............................6 M. Lafferty b. B. Wyatt ............10 A. Eddy n.o. ...............................2 Extras .......................................13 Total ....................................7/147 Bowling: P. Dell 1/41, J. Wilson 1/21, M. Adams 0/17, B. Wyatt 4/52, K. Rothier 1/9.

A1: Workmens’ Gavin Britt comes off the ground for the tea break on Saturday.

Tea break: Workmens’ players and supporters Robbie Geyer, Craig Harvey, James Sheerin and Taryn Hughes.

Just before tea: Lewis Rankin bowls for Inverloch against Wonthaggi Workmens at Wonthaggi on Saturday.


Top sides to clash TOP sides in A Grade Division Two, Phillip Island and Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL won their respective semi-finals and will fight it out for the premiership. Poowong/Loch was sent in by Phillip Island and managed just 116, Russell Cleeland taking 5/12. In reply the Island made 169. Poowong/Loch forced a second innings in an endeavour to keep the match alive and made 112. Clint Wilson took 7/43 in just 9.4 overs. Phillip

Island was set just 60 for victory. The Island finished at 2/65.

Small total Fish Creek/Tarwin made just 74 in their innings against Koonwarra/ Leongatha RSL after being sent in. Key batsman Graeme Watkins went for just eight and the innings never recovered. Sam Sperling claimed 4/5 from just five overs. Koony made 124, enough for victory although Fish Creek/Tarwin attempted to claim a win on the second innings. Clint Wise top scored

for Koony with 45 while John Danckert took 6/31 and Shane Rabbitt 4/32. Despite having Koony at 6/27; time and overs ran out.

A GRADE DIVISION 2 PHILLIP ISLAND v POOWONG/LOCH 1st Innings Poowong/Loch Total ....................................... 116 Bowling: R. Cleeland 5/12, A. Matthews 1/25, S. Kirton 2/17, S. Boyack 1/28, C. Wilson 0/9, M. Price 1/14, O. Santalucia 0/4. 1st Innings Phillip Island R. Cleeland b. ............................4 J. Broomhall stp. .....................15 O. Santalucia c. .........................4 A. Mantiet b. ...........................18 T. Hornsby lbw. .......................20 L. Neubauer b. .........................35 M. Price c. ...............................10

C. Wilson c. ...............................1 A. Matthews n.o. ......................30 S. Boyack c. ..............................5 S. Kirton c. ................................6 Extras .......................................21 Total .......................................169 Bowling: Not available. 2nd Innings Poowong/Loch Total ....................................... 112 Bowling: C. Wilson 7/43, R. Cleeland 1/37, S. Kirton 0/17. 2nd Innings Phillip Island J. Broomhall c. ........................24 L. Neubauer c. .........................26 O. Santalucia n.o. .......................2 T. Hornsby n.o.......................... 11 Extras .........................................2 Total ...................................... 2/65 Bowling: Not available. FISH CREEK/TARWIN v KOONWARRA RSL 1st Innings Fish Creek/Tarwin G. Watkins b. J. Kennedy ...........8 M. Lynch r.o. ..............................4 J. Danckert stp. L. Sperling b. B. Davison.........................18

J. Shaw c. J. Tomada b. B. Davison...........................2 N. Wilkins c. C. Wise b. J. Kennedy...........................5 M. Watkins c. J. Peters b. B. Davison...........................1 G. Webster c. S. Moore b. S. Sperling .........................10 J. Law c. L. Sperling b. S. Sperling ...........................7 B. Anderson lbw. b. S. Sperling .7 S. Rabbitt n.o..............................5 M. Danckert stp. L. Sperling b. S. Sperling ...........................1 Extras .........................................6 Total .........................................74 Bowling: J. Peters 0/8, B. Davison 3/30, J. Kennedy 2/16, S. Sperling 4/5, B. Moscript 0/9. 1st Innings Koonwarra RSL C. Wise lbw. b. J. Danckert ......45 B. Moscript lbw. b. S. Rabbitt ....4 S. Moore b. S. Rabbitt..............23 L. Sperling c. S. Rabbitt b. J. Danckert ........................28 B. Anderson lbw. b. S. Rabbitt ...8

S. Sperling c. G. Watkins b. J. Danckert ..........................1 G. Sperling c. J. Law b. J. Danckert ..........................0 J. Tomada c. G. Watkins b. J. Danckert ..........................0 J. Kennedy c. M. Lynch b. J. Danckert ..........................0 B. Davison n.o..........................10 J. Peters b. S. Rabbitt .................0 Extras .........................................4 Total .......................................124 Bowling: S. Rabbitt 4/32, N. Wilkins 0/26, J. Danckert 6/31, M. Danckert 0/10, M. Watkins 0/23. 2nd Innings Fish Creek/Tarwin G. Watkins c. B. Moscript b. B. Davison...........................5 J. Danckert c. J. Peters b. S. Sperling ...........................0 J. Law r.o. .................................29 J. Shaw stp. L. Sperling b. B. Davison...........................0 N. Wilkins b. S. Sperling ......... 11 B. Anderson r.o. .......................35 G. Webster n.o. .........................17

S. Rabbitt n.o............................19 Extras ......................................... 9 Total ....................................6/125 Bowling: S. Sperling 2/49, B. Davison 2/52, J. Kennedy 0/19. 2nd Innings Koonwarra RSL C. Wise lbw. b. N. Wilkins .........0 B. Moscript c. G. Watkins b. S. Rabbitt.............................1 S. Moore n.o...............................5 L. Sperling c. M. Danckert b. S. Rabbitt.............................1 B. Anderson b. J. Danckert ........7 S. Sperling c. J. Law b. J. Danckert ..........................0 S. Sperling lbw. b. J. Danckert ...6 J. Tomada n.o. ............................3 Extras .........................................4 Total ......................................6/27 Bowling: S. Rabbitt 2/4, N. Wilkins 1/9, J. Danckert 3/3, M. Danckert 0/7.

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Phillip Island crash out TOP side Phillip Island crashed out of the B Grade grand final after losing its semi final to Nerrena. Batting first, Nerrena made 8/265 with Dave Trotman making 73. The Island made just 93 in reply, Scott Checkley taking 4/13 in the demolition. In the other match, OMK 119 made up for its A Grade loss by defeating Workmens 102. Most notable in this match was the bowling performance of Allan McLean for Workmens with 6/31.


WONTHAGGI WORKMENS v OMK 1st Innings Wonthaggi Workmens S. Huitema c. ...........................15 D. Britt c. ...................................9 C. Pitman c. ...............................4 S. Bolding c. ..............................8

C. Harvey b. ..............................0 L. Sawyer c. ..............................0 A. McLean c. ...........................31 J. Bolding r.o. ...........................13 M. McCall r.o. ............................7 S. Williams b. ............................3 A. Sartori n.o. .............................2 Extras .......................................10 Total .......................................102 Bowling: L. Van Rooye 2/22, T. Creed 0/28, D. Jeffries 2/23, D. McMeekin 4/22. 1st Innings OMK P. Harper c. D. Britt b. L. Sawyer ............................7 K. Kerr lbw. b. L. Sawyer ..........6 R. White c. S. Huitema b. A. McLean.........................21 J. Van Rooye lbw. b. A. McLean.........................19 M. Grabham c. S. Huitema b. A. McLean...........................2 P. Miller c. J. Bolding b. S. Williams ..........................5 D. McMeekin lbw. b. A. McLean.........................30 M. Walker b. A. McLean............0 T. Creed c. C. Harvey b. A. McLean...........................0 D. Jeffries b. M. McCall ..........10 L. Van Rooye n.o........................2 Extras .......................................17 Total ....................................... 119

Bowling: L. Sawyer 2/25, S. Williams 1/29, A. McLean 6/31, A. Sartori 0/5, M. McCall 1/17. 2nd Innings Wonthaggi Workmens C. Harvey c. M. Walker b. T. Creed ...............................2 D. Britt c. R. White b. L. Van Rooye.......................0 L. Sawyer c. L. Van Rooye b. T. Creed ...............................5 S. Bolding n.o. .........................17 M. McCall c. P. Harper b. T. Creed ...............................1 A. McLean c. P. Harpoer b. L. Van Rooye.......................1 J. Bolding n.o. ............................3 Extras .........................................2 Total ......................................5/31 Bowling: L. Van Rooye 2/10, T. Creed 3/19 NERRENA v PHILLIP ISLAND 1st Innings Nerrena T. Trotman b. R. Veladi ............47 L. Jongebloed c. M. Manteit b. J. Kleverkamp ................... 11 D. Trotman b. J. Kleverkamp ...73 W. Telfer c. A. Dimech b. R. Velardi ............................4 S. Checkley b. J. Johnston ....... 11 A. Harrison c. Z. Brown b. J. Johnston .........................49

B. Castles c. E. Richards b. J. Johnston .........................33 Z. Trase n.o. .............................15 J. Richards b. J. Johnston ...........0 L. Brandon n.o. ..........................1 Extras .......................................21 Total ....................................8/265 Bowling: A. Dimech 0/22, J. Kleverkamp 3/71, E. Richards 0/16, Z. Brown 0/30, J. Johnston 3/74, R. Velardi 2/39. 1st Innings Phillip Island M. Cleary lbw. b. L. Brandon ....0 J. Kleverkamp b. S. Checkley ....0 J. Johnston b. L. Brandon.........12 R. Velardi r.o. ...........................13 A. Dimech c&b. S. /Checkley ....0 M .Wilson c. S. Checkley b. Z. Trease..............................4 E. Richards c. Z. Trease b. L. Brandon ..........................4 M. Manteit c. W. Telfer b. S. Checkley .......................28 G. Excell c. L. Jongebloed b. S. Checkley .......................16 Z. Brown c&b. B. Croatto..........3 D. Johnston n.o. .........................5 Extras .........................................8 Total .........................................93 Bowling: L. Brandon 3/32, Z. Trease 1/18, B. Castles 0/20, B. Croatto 1/3, S. Checkley 4/18.


Simon McRae’s first ton SIMON McRae has saved his best till the finals after scoring his first ton of the season for MDU in its defeat of OMK in the C Grade semi final.

MDU batted first and made 215, McRae belting 14 fours in his ton with Mark Cantwell making 31. It was not OMK’s day after they were out for just 49 and then 4/18 in their second dig. Mark Cantwell finished a top match, taking 6/15. MDU will meet Leongatha Town who defeated Poowong/ Loch in the other semi. Poowong/Loch batted first, making 131. In reply Town cruised to a 4/135 victory, opener Tony Willcocks scoring 34 and Mark Borschman 31 not out.


OMK v MDU 1st Innings MDU N. Hill c. C. Walker b. N. Adams.............................7 R. Olden c. G. Smith b. J. Paterson .........................26 T. Zukovskis lbw. b. G. Adams.............................1 M. Olden b. J. Paterson ..............2 S. McRae c&b. M. Hems .......105 M .Cantwell J. Paterson b M. Hems.............................31 G. Peters c. C. Walker b. N. Adams.............................2

S. Riley c. G. Lomagno b. G. Adams.............................8 T. Gordon lbw. b. G. Lomagno ......................15 T. Harris c. D. Olden b. M. Hems..............................2 C. Harris n.o. ..............................0 Extras .......................................16 Total .......................................215 Bowling: G. Adams 2/27, N. Adams 2/42, M. Hems 3/35, J. Paterson 2/50, G. Lomagno 1/30, G. Smith 0/18. 1st Innings OMK G. Lomagno b. M. Cantwell ......1 G. Knox b. M. Cantwell ...........10 W. Dowell b. M .Cantwell .........0 J Paterson lbw. b. T. Gordon ......7 D. Olden lbw. b. T. Zukovskis ........................4 G. Adams b. M. Cantwell...........0 B. Nation c. M. Cantwell b. T. Gordon ............................0 M. Hems b. M. Cantwell............0 C. Walker c. N. Hill b. M. Cantwell.........................0 N. Adams b. T. Gordon ..............2 G. Smith n.o. ..............................6 Extras .......................................18 Total .........................................49 Bowling: T. Gordon 3/28, M. Cantwell 6/15, T. Zukovskis 1/2. 2nd Innings OMK G. Lomagno lbw. b. T. Gordon ............................1 W. Dowell c. N. Hill b. M. Cantwell ........................4 J. Paterson r.o. ............................1 G. Knox r.o.................................2 B. Nation n.o. .............................4 Extras .........................................5 Total ......................................4/18 Bowling: M. Cantwell 1/9, T. Gordon 1/9.

Leongatha District Cricket Association Umpire Appointments EVANS PETROLEUM

Grand finals March 20 and 21 Home team Grade A1 Won Workmens

Away Team v Imperials

Ground Umpire Won Turf Clive Salmon, B. Thomas

Grade A2 Phillip Island

v Koonwarra RSL I Tur

Grade B OMK

v Nerrena

G. Alvie Alan Jordan, Alan Roberts

Grade C Leongatha Town


Nerrena Les White, Luke Sullivan

Grade D Nerrena

v Phillip Island

Outtrim Daryl Sinclair, Michael Heenan

Grade E Phillip Island

v Poowong/Loch

Graham Laird, Ken Lester

McMahon Res. John Lea, Ian Thomas • Reserve umpires: Kevin Smith, Stephen Lanyon. • All clubs to ensure players are correctly attired in full whites. • First named clubs to provide scoreboard and stumps if required. • Winning side must enter their scores on-line by 8pm Sunday. • ALL matches commence at 11am.

POOWONG/LOCH v TOWN 1st Innings Poowong/Loch C. Fraser c. T. Willcocks b. S. McCallum ....................12 S. Dinger lbw. b. S. Ellicott .......8 N. Hancock lbw. b. B. Moore .. 11 I. Jenkins c. M. Warren b. J. Peters .............................19 M. Holloway c. M. Warren b. S. Ellicott...........................20 S. Poynton b. J. Peters................8 T. Lancaster lbw. b. W. Turner .12 G. Poynton c. M. Borschman b. S. Ellicott.............................9 M. Lambe c. B. Moore b. S. McCallum .......................7 R. Knox n.o. .............................12 J. Poynton b. B. Moore ..............0 Extras .......................................13 Total .......................................131

Bowling: S. Ellicott 3/31, J. Peters 2/36, S. McCallum 2/19, W. Turner 1/21, B. Moore 2/19. 1st Innings Town T. Willcocks c. C. Fraser b. T. Lancaster .......................34 M. Wilson lbw. b. M. Lambe ...15 W. Turner lbw. B. S. Poynton.....8 B. Moore c. C. Fraser b. J. Poynton............................8 M. Borschman n.o. ...................31 M. Warren n.o. .........................22 Extras .......................................17 Total ....................................4/135 Bowling: J. Poynton 1/50, S. Poynton 1/25, M. Holloway 0/24, T. Lancaster 1/11, M. Lambe 1/9, N. Hancock 0/1, R. Knox 0/5, G. Poynton. 0/7.

Nerrena U14s: award winners Michael Trotto, Nick Argento, Mariya Renden and Adam Trotto

Junior Red Caps end season THE Nerrena Cricket Club held a successful presentation evening for its Junior “Red Cap” Teams on Friday March 5. After one season with no juniors at all, the club was able to field Under 14 and Under 12 teams this season. Senior players, families and club members all came together with the junior players to continue the support they have received from the club all season. Under 14 team coach Gerard Murphy and his assistant Mitchell Clark presented their awards to Adam Trotto – bowling, Nick Argento – batting, Mariya Renden – coaches award

and Michael Trotto – most improved. Gerard thanked all the parents for their weekly commitment and support of the junior teams. Coach of the Under 12s Ryan Clark presented the awards to Anthony Argento – bowling, James Kelly – batting, Nicholas Battersby – coach’s award, Nathan Trotto – most improved and Ben Perry was presented with a hat trick award for taking 3/0. Club president Terry Clark concluded the evening by congratulating all the players for participating and enjoying each other’s company and for showing a keen interest in learning the game of cricket. The parents were also thanked for the assistance they gave the players and club during the season.


Inverloch downed THE top team in D Grade, Inverloch, was rolled in its D Grade semi-final against Phillip Island. The Island was put in to bat first with a total of 159 not out looking enough with James Dalmau claiming 5/29. At 0/48 Inverloch looked to be cruising to a comfortable win but the Island’s Geoff Odgers 3/38 and Peter Francis 5/22 had other ideas. At 5/134 Inverloch still looked to be in control but the Island’s never give in attitude stood firm. Inverloch tumbled like a deck of cards and they lost 5/6 as the Island progressed to the final. In the other match Nerrena 4/204 defeated Town 202. Gavin Giliam 50 and Barry Standfield 62 not out were the top bats for Nerrena while Josh Schelling 40 and Grant Fleming 45 were the pick of the Town bats. Kevin Clark took 4/48 for Nerrena.

D GRADE PHILLIP ISLAND v INVERLOCH 1st Innings Phillip Island L. McFee lbw. b. J. Dalmau .....28 B. Johnston c. I. Smith b. W. Williams ..........................2 D. Kenter c. Z. Fowler b. D. Jones .............................34 P. Francis c. W. Williams b. W. Holmes .........................30 M. Francis b. D. Jones ...............3 J. Blackwell r.o. Z. Fowler .......13 B. Pewtress c. W. Holmes b. J. Dalmau ............................0 J. Sorarti c&b. J. Dalmau .........24 G. Odgers c. Z. Fowler b. J. Dalmau ............................4 M. Guy r.o. .................................1 A. Emery c. M. Goldsmith b J. Dalmau .............................6 Extras .......................................14 Total .......................................159 Bowling: J. Dalmau 5/29, W. Williams 1/36, A. Jones 0/26, I. Smith 0/20, D. Jones 2/18, W.

Holmes 1/24.. 1st Innings Inverloch M. Foley lbw. b. G. Odgers ......12 I. Smith c. J. Sorarti b. B. Johnston........................38 I. Fowler c. J. Blackwell b. G. Odgers ..........................24 W. Williams c. M. Francis b. B. Johnston..........................0 D. Jones b. G. Odgers ................1 W. Holmes b. P. Francis ...........33 C. Bowen c. A. Emery b. P. Francis ............................9 M. Goldsmith b. P. Francis.........3 Z. Fowler b. P. Francis ...............0 J. Dalmau c. A. Emery b. P. Francis .............................0 A Jones n.o. ................................0 Extras .......................................20 Total .......................................140 Bowling: G. Odgers 3/38, D. Kenter 0/28, P. Francis 5/22, J. Blackwell 0/1, B. Johnston 2/35, A. Emery 0/13. TOWN v NERRENA 1st Innings Town G. Young lbw. b. K. Clark ........25 G. Goss c. G. McGrath b. K. Clark ...............................8 J. Shelling c. T. Renden b. C. Eva................................40 S. Westaway c. K. Clark b. B. Standfield .......................2 G. Fleming c. G. Giliam b. C. Eva................................45 W. Geisler c&b. G. McGrath ...15 K. Fleming lbw. b. G. McGrath .........................4 L. O’Brien lbw. b. K.Clark ......25 M. Luscobme c&b. K. Clark......0 C. Hulshof n.o. ......................... 11 W. Lomax b. G. McGrath ..........2 Extras .......................................25 Total .......................................202 Bowling: C. Eva 2/52, G. McGrath 3/43, J. Holloway 0/3, B. Standfield 1/39, K. Clark 4/48. 1st Innings Nerrena M. Young lbw. b. C. Hulshof .....6 G. Giliam lbw. C. Hulshof .......50 C. Baudinette b. J. Schelling ....23 B. Standfield n.o. .....................62 G. McGrath b. J. Schelling.........1 G. Wightman n.o. .....................32 Extras .......................................30 Total ....................................4/204 Bowling: C. Hulshof 2/53, M. Luscombe 0/34, S. Westaway 0/20, K. Fleming 0/17, W. Lomax 0/27, J. Schelling 2/39, W. Geisler 0/7.

Nerrena U12s: award winners, Nathan Trotto, James Kelly, Ben Perry, Anthony Argento and Nicholas Battersby • LDCA E GRADE

Foster falls short FOSTER fell just short in its E Grade semi-final against Poowong/Loch. Poowong /Loch batted first and made 9/199 with Jack Lancaster making 45 not out. In reply Foster made 183 but was looking the goods until S. Chaseling was run out for 18 with three wickets falling at 183. Poowong/Loch will meet Phillip Island who beat OMK 177 to 104. Peter Officer 55 top scored in the victory.

E GRADE PHILLIP ISLAND v OMK 1st Innings OMK K. Houghton c. G. Marshall b. B. Young ...........................20 D. Wylie c. G. Marshall b. B. Young............................18 M. Chizzonitti lbw. b. E. Docherty .......................13 B. Maguire lbw. b. E. Docherty .2 N. Audino c. B. Johnston b. E. Docherty .........................0 W. Hayes c. G. Marshall b. P. Officer ...........................17 R. Paterson c. C. Procter b. P. Officer .............................2 S. Nation b. P. Cashman ...........10 L. Lamers n.o. ............................6 R. Provan c. B. Young b. P. Officer .............................9 N. Paterson lbw. b. P. Cashman ..........................0 Extras .........................................7 Total .......................................104 Bowling: P. Cashman 2/18, E. Docherty 3/30, B. Young 2/23, P. Officer 3/31. 1st Innings Phillip Island A. Horvarth c. W. Hayes b. R. Paterson ........................17 C. O’Neill lbw. b. R. Provan ......5 B. Johnston c. W. Hayes b. B. Maguire ........................ 11

P. Cashman lbw. b. B. Maguire 34 R. Davie stp. W. Hayes b. R. Paterson ..........................0 P. Officer lbw. b. N. Paterson ...55 G. Marshall c. W. Hayes b. B. Maguire ........................27 E. Docherty c. D. Wylie b. R. Paterson ..........................1 D. Harrigan c&b. R. Provan.......1 C. Proctor b. R. Provan ............10 B Young n.o................................2 Extras .......................................14 Total .......................................177 Bowling: R. Provan 3/26, S. Nation 0/28, B. Maguire 3/34, L. Lamers 0/46, N. Audino 0/4, R. Paterson 4/37. POOWONG/LOCH v FOSTER 1st Innings Poowong/Loch J. Garnham b. S. Lanyon..........33 M. Hancock c. A. Youl b. G. Youl ..............................10 G. Frandsen r.o. J. Prain .............7 T. Singh b. D. Dower .................2 G. Birnie c. S. Jones b. G. Youl ..............................32 S. Magnusson b. D. Dower ......35 J. Lancaster n.o. .......................45 R. McKenzie b. S. Westaway .....9 C. Poynton r.o. S. Westaway ......4 T. Hancock r.o. S. Westaway......1 S. McKinnon n.o. .......................0

Extras .......................................21 Total ....................................9/199 Bowling: S. Lanyon 1/44, J. Prain 0/30, G. Youl 2/33, D. Dower 2/56, S. Westaway 1/19, A. Angwin 0/12. 1st Innings Foster A. Youl c. J. Lancaster b. R. McKenzie .....................19 S. Westaway c. G. Frandsen b. M. Hancock .......................12 D. Dower c. G. Birnie b. G. Frandsen .......................18 S. Lanyon c. T. Hancock b. G. Frandsen .........................0 B. Youl c. C. Poynton b. S. McKinnon .....................25 J. Prain b. G. Birnie..................53 A. Angwin lbw. b. R. McKenzie .....................21 S. Chaseling r.o. S. McKinnon.18 J. Chaseling c. T. Singh b. G. Birnie..............................4 S. Jones b. G. Birnie...................0 G. Youl n.o. ................................0 Extras .......................................13 Total .......................................183 Bowling: R. McKenzie 2/56, M. Hancock 1/43, G. Frandsen 2/43, G. Birnie 3/22, S. McKinnon 1/16.

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Meeniyan basketball SENIOR grand finals saw Test Tubes win a shield 10 years apart in the womens and Goat Riders win back-to-back victories in the mens.

On the track: Peter McNiven takes the Mini around a corner in Adelaide on the weekend.

Peter’s Mini Challenge debut LEONGATHA’S Peter McNiven and team brought home the third place trophy for the Mini Challenge at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide on the weekend. The team only completed one test day prior to the event. It was Peter’s first event in a Mini Challenge car. “If you had said to me that we could bring home a podium last week I wouldn’t have believed you. We are all rapt,” he said. “With a lot of damaged cars throughout the weekend, as on all street courses, keeping a cool head and a clean car is critical. “This ultimately gave us the opportunity to bring home third.” Over the weekend Peter had two sixth places and a win. In race two Peter claimed his first Mini victory in a final turn hair-raiser with V8 Supercar veteran Dean Canto.

An action-packed opening lap of thrills and spills allowed both drivers to scream away from the rest of the pack as they avoided several incidents and set off to battle it out over eight hotly contested laps. Coming into the final turn of the race bumper-to-bumper, Canto had the advantage only to see McNiven dart inside and take victory by a slim 0.83 seconds. “Looking at our speed over the weekend the car went really well,” Peter said. “Obviously there’s always room for improvement, so we will be looking at a few things over the next couple of weeks.” The Mini Challenge is a national series that follows the V8 Supercars. Their next round is at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne in two weeks. Peter thanks his sponsors Supercharge Batteries and Nulon, also friends and family, as well as the Gippsland car club for all their support.

Teamwork: the crew, which placed third in Adelaide, Peter McNiven, Wane, Jamie and Jim.

Podium finish: Leongatha’s Peter McNiven (left) celebrates after the Mini Challenge on Saturday.

Test Tubes 32 (M. Hughes 12, K. Berryman 12) defeated Gunners 24 (D. Schelling 8, J. Gibaud 7). It was nervous game at the start, with both teams taking time to settle. The game was fairly even all the way through with defence tight, but shooting letting both sides down in the first half. Test Tubes were only one point up at half time. Gunners played a more settled game in the second half and got in front of the Test Tubes who then settled and increased their shooting accuracy. The last few minutes saw the Test Tubes pull away from the Gunners to win by eight points. Only one of the players of this winning team played with the last winning Test Tube side. The team has had a few changes over the years and players have missed seasons as they had their children. MVP for grand final: Kym Berryman. MVP for season: Kara Schelling. In the mens Goat Riders 31 (T. Manne 10, S. Vuillermin 9) defeated Amberfluids 26 (C. Johnston 11). This was a close game from start to finish, with Goat Riders in front by six points at half time. It took the Amberfluids a while to settle and the Goat Riders just played basketball. The second half saw the Amberfluids play a harder game, but they still could not close the gap and get in front. The Goat Riders were playing a steady game and kept control with some simple ball handling and good shooting. The Amberfluids made

Test Tubes: women winners, back, from left: Mel Hughes, Lauren Staley, Katie Grylls and Jasmine McFarlane; front: Marsha Livingstone, Kym Berryman and Rebecca Stefani and many mascots.

Goat Riders: men winners, back, from left: Darren Staley, Jason Harding and Steve Vuillermin; front: Travis Manne, Nick Shaw, Barry McGannon and Trent Price. a gallant dash in the last few minutes but ran out of time and went down by four points. MVP for grand final: Clint Johnston. MVP for season: Steve Vuillermin. Thanks to all teams who played to make Meeniyan basketball what it is. Thanks to the umpires

and the committee for their hard work. Junior results from March 12. Section two Silver 4 (J. Bright 4) drew with Red (R. Riddiford 4). Blue 8 (L. Degaris 4, K. Redpath, M. Mowat 2 each) defeated Navy (J. Salmons, G. Cole 2 each).

Section three Yellow 18 (L. Redpath 10, L. Harris 2, D. Thorson 2) defeated Bleu (B. Holwerda 4, G. Martin 2). Green 16 (M. Darmanin 10, W. Collins 6) defeated Black 9 (J. Hohmann 4, S. Thomas 2, O. B-Holt 2, B. Thorson 1).

Leongatha cycling FR FRIDAY night again saw a small field for racing as so some riders were at Warragul wh whilst others were too tired af after school camp activities. However the members at the ve velodrome put on some good racing an and all managed to secure a win for the night. The first event was the one lap tim time trial and Ben Patterson was qu quickest with a time of 34.52 sec fol followed by Matt Dudley 35.01 and Li Liam McCall 37.29. The second event was an eight lap scratch race and Ben Patterson too took out this event in the same ord order as the time trial. In the two lap handicap Liam wa was on 80, Matt on 40 and Ben on 20 20m.

Liam rode strongly making the most of his mark whilst Ben managed to get a sit behind Matt for 100m before chasing the leader. In the end it was Ben just getting to the line ahead of a great ride by Liam and then Matt. With nothing much between these riders they were then given a progressive points nine lap scratch race. Early in the event Ben was cruising around picking up the points. After several laps Liam managed to grab some points but only after some challenges from Matt. Matt kept at it and picked up some points and at this stage half way through the race it was Ben eight, Liam seven and Matt six and it just needed some strong legs to

finish it off. The rider to step up was Liam as he rode away to collect all points on the last three laps to score a convincing win over Ben and Matt. The last event for the night was a two lap match race. In an unusual move for Ben he jumped away from the others with 600m to go. First it was Liam leading the chase but then Matt took up the effort and he was duly rewarded as he caught Ben on the run down the straight to the finish line to record a win. Tuesday night there is a club meeting at club president Kevin Feely’s house whilst next Friday night will be the last night of track racing prior to road racing starting on April 17.

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Athletes win in Sydney SOUTH Coast Athletics Club athletes had some success at the 2010 Australian Junior Athletics Championships, at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre, Homebush last week and on the weekend. Eleanor Patterson (1.73 metres) continued Victoria’s success in the field, claiming victory in the Under 15 women’s high jump. On the fourth and final day of competition Angela Byrne won the

U17 100m. Mitchell Green, 13, and Patrick Ryan, 14, claimed bronze and silver medals respectively in their age group hammer throw events.

Go South Gippsland: Korumburra’s Angela Byrne won the U17 100m at the junior athletics championships. Photo courtesy Athletics Victoria.

Last meeting for season BEAUTIFUL conditions greeted competitors and spectators last weekend for the Leongatha Little Athletics Club’s final meeting for the 2009/10 season. Top performances were seen

across all age groups, demonstrating the great improvement athletes have made over the season. There was one centre record officially recorded, with Luke Marshman stopping the clock at 1:52.39 in the Under 6 boys’ 400m – the same record-setting time he and Max

Bennett achieved in the previous meeting. The club’s presentation day will be held on Saturday, March 27, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, where all athletes across all age groups are recognised for their participation and effort this season.

Perfect start: the girls start their 100 metre sprint race.

Concentration: Tim Sauvarin puts everything into his shot put.

Up and over: Mitchell Bentvelzen gets over this jump.

Wonthaggi Little Athletics LAST Saturday 65 athletes competed in the final athletes choice meet for the season. The flood of record breaking performances slowed to a trickle this week, with only one club record broken on Saturday and that was by Chloe Bramley in the Under 8 Girls Discus record. This is a just reward for perseverance and commitment in all athletic disciplines. Big news also from the Australian Youth Championships in Sydney during the week, with Pat Ryan snaring a silver medal in the Under 16 boys hammer throw with a personal best throw of 52.34 metres. Our other competitor, Sadie Plumb missed the final in the Under 15 girls 800 metres by a little over two seconds, but still finished a credible 12th overall. Our club will be well represented, with nine of our athletes competing at the Little Ath’s State Championships at Olympic Park next weekend. Because the championships fall on the weekend, our last local meet for the season will be a twilight meet this Wednesday starting at 5.30pm.

Big effort: Merrin Giles puts her best foot forward in the long jump.

Leongatha Squash Results A Grade Phoenix d Glory; Fury d Victory; United d Mariners; Roar d Jets.

B Grade Leongatha 3-10124 d Inverloch 1-7109; Mardan 2-6-82 d

Korumburra 2-6-73; Nerrena 4-12-120 d Tarwin 0-2-48; Buffalo 2-9-127 d Mirboo 2-9126. Match of the week – Jordan Bolge three games 42 points to Jack Stephenson two games 31 points.

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By Chris Brown SOCCER in South Gippsland is set to come of age this year with the World Cup sure to boost interest in the sport locally. The local season starts on May 2 while the World Cup in South Africa kicks off on June 11. Many South Gippsland players will compete in the Korumburra cup in mid-April. Already the region’s soccer players are winning on the field in 2010, with a team of girls from Korumburra City claiming the Challenger Girls series at Sale on Sunday. The nine member team defeated Phillip Island, East Gippsland and Traralgon to claim the title. Also on Sunday Leongatha Knights and Mirboo North United clubs held player registration days. The South Gippsland soccer group has been slightly restructured for season 2010. There will be small sided games with seven, nine

Soccer’s back: Leongatha Knight’s president and coach Lee Kirkus at the club’s registration day on Sunday.

and 11-year-olds, U13s, U15s,, womens and seniors. An U18s/reserve conceptt is under consideration where teams would be allowed wed to field five players over the age of 35. New Leongatha Knights Football Club president Lee Kirkus said the club had a lot more seniors registered this year. Previously they’ve had several veral players at practice and only just fielded a full team m on game day. Over summer they’ve heldd a night soccer league. “We started with 18-20 players layers before Christmas, but after Christmas we found und we had 30 every Wednesday,” Mr Kirkus said. “It keeps people in touch ch with the game and club.” Last season the Knightss senior team finished second last on the ladder andd Mr Kirkus would be disappointed if they don’t make ake the semi finals this year. He said when there’s a World rld Cup every four years

it amps up soccer. “Players that haven’t played for 10 years come out of the woodwork and join back up with clubs. I think it will be great,” Mr Kirkus said. The club is considering an event around one of the Socceroos World Cup games. The popularity of soccer in the region is partly due to the fact it promotes the coming together of families. In the Kirkus family dad, mum, two daughters and a son play. Another daughter plays netball. Mr Kirkus said last year was the first time Leongatha had a women’s team. “It was very strong throughout South Gippsland last year and just about every club had a full strength women’s team, which put another 50 players into clubs,” he said. “A lot of them were mothers of players and that’s how they got into it.” Mr Kirkus said he would like to encourage people to come along to training. See more soccer news on page 54.

Corner kick: Stuart Grayden practising at Leongatha on Sunday.

The Great Southern Star  

Weekly newspaper from Southe Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

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