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AN alleged assault took place at Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower on Friday.

What a shave: Pat Kuhne had her head shaved for the World’s Greatest Shave last Thursday, March 13 at Meeniyan’s Trulli Pizzeria. Granddaughter Ruby Kuhne, pictured, checks out the result of the shave conducted by Sandra Fleming from Hair Bairs, Leongatha. The fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation has so far seen Pat raise $8500, with more donations welcome. The pizzeria donated its premises, food and tips to push the total higher and Barry Redmond auctioned prizes to the 75 people in attendance. Keith Kuhne also had his head shaved in support of his wife. More head shaving from around South Gippsland on pages 13 and 14.

Police said the purported victim, a union representative, was allegedly assaulted by two men who work at the site at 10am. The alleged victim had been elected an occupational health and safety site representative for the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) only the day before. Police believe a dispute occurred. Two men are said to have approached the alleged victim, jumped over a desk, assaulted him and took a book from the office. The two people involved left the office with the book, which was later discovered. Foster and Meeniyan police attended, with Senior Constable Darren Lomax of Foster Police investigating an alleged assault. Other witnesses are still to be interviewed and internal matters to be dealt with between parties at the work site. The police investigation is continuing.

ICE BREAKER Police, health services unite on drug STAMP OUT DRUGS By Tayla Kershaw

RISING use of the drug ice is contributing to higher incidence of family violence and assault in South Gippsland, health services believe. According to recent Victoria Police crime statistics, assaults, including family violence, are up by 16.3 per cent over the past 12 months

in the Bass Coast Police Service Area, which covers South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires. A public information session run by the Wonthaggi Police was held at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club last Wednesday night in a bid to educate the public about the dangers of the drug before it escalates locally. According to Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), drug use has tripled in young people across Victoria over the past three years.

“I have never seen anything like this poison called ice,” senior magistrate Clive Alsop said. Mr Alsop said he has had plenty of experience of alcohol and cannabis issues in South Gippsland before but ice poses an even greater risk. Ice is a common name for crystal methamphetamine. It is more potent than its powder form commonly called speed. Continued on page 4.

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Festival a tasty treat By Sarah Vella MIRBOO North celebrated the region’s best food and wine

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boo North featured locally grown produce including potatoes, saffron and snails, locally brewed beer and plenty of homemade sauces, relishes, pickles and preserves.

Right, Try some: Nikita Schilke and Vincenza Alexander from Cafe Escargot in Mirboo North with the restaurant’s signature dish, escargot. Below, Homemade: Tina Collins from Nerrena was showcasing her delicious range of home produce, Home and Hearth, at the Festival of Mirboo North on Saturday.


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Fresh is best: Lucy Simnett volunteers with Korumburra business Grow Lightly and was at Dalliance Chocolaterie and Providore on Saturday as part of the Festival of Mirboo North.

TV stars: Steve and Chantelle, personalities from television show The Block, were in Wonthaggi on Saturday. Lots of people joined the reality renovation television stars at Capeview Mitre 10, where prizes were won and autographs were signed. Benjamin and Joshua Beaton from Wonthaggi were thrilled to meet the renovators on the day.

















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“Death and carnage” Massive crowds risk lives at Venus Bay LIVES are a risk at Venus Bay. Surf life savers are struggling to deal with thousands of people on beaches and overcrowded car parks are hindering emergency services. The influx of visitors over summer also poses a fire risk with just one road in and out of town, with “certain death and carnage waiting to happen”, Venus Bay Community Centre manager Alyson Skinner said.

Venus Bay is among the five most dangerous beaches in Victoria and hosts masses of pipi harvesters, as well as beach-goers. South Gippsland Shire Council has been urged to help increase the number of paid lifeguards on the beach and lobby for adequate infrastructure. Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club president Ken Schell urged council to help when he spoke at last Wednesday’s public presentation session. “I just feel it is only a matter of time before we have a major rescue,” he

said. Mayor Cr Jim Fawcett said managing overcrowding at Venus Bay was on council’s list of “tough decisions” for this year. “I can’t give you much comfort tonight but I suspect we will be revisiting this,” he said. Mr Schell urged council to provide three paid lifeguards at beach one during the peak period to manage emergencies. Usually two lifeguards are there but only one can enter the water while the other remains on the beach. In that case, they must

call on volunteer life savers. Sometimes emergencies can be at beach five – up to five kilometres away. Mr Schell requested lifeguards at beach five during peak periods as that beach’s popularity is growing, as well as multi-lingual signs warning of beach dangers. On Christmas Day 2013, Mr Schell had trouble accessing beaches one and four due to cars parking on either side of the road. Crowds combined with high tide reduce the beach space available to life savers in a hurry to travel from

beach one to an emergency further down the coast. The calls for action were backed by Ms Skinner. She also addressed council about the “enormous number of people” visiting Venus Bay, many of them day trippers coming to collect pipis. She called for more toilets to meet demand and said soiled nappies were being tossed into the dunes. “People are bringing their own toilet paper and going in the dunes, so that is becoming a health issue,” Ms Skinner said. The burgeoning crowd also posed a fire risk. “If there was a fire in Venus Bay on one of the high use days, more than

likely the road access point would be blocked in some way because of confusion,” Ms Skinner said. “Certain death and carnage is waiting to happen and none of us want to see that.” Ms Skinner suggested closing beaches once a certain number of visitors arrive, as happens at Wilsons Promontory, and maybe removing bins.

Ms Skinner spoke about the free summer beach bus service the community centre ran around town from December 27, 2013 to January 12, 2014, in a bid to reduce congestion at car parks. She said the result was an improvement on the trial bus service that ran the previous summer, with 1597 passengers in 2013-14 compared to 220 in 2012-13.


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Highway fires probe By Sarah Vella SEVERAL fires that started along the Bass Highway between Pound Creek Road and Inverloch last Wednesday afternoon are being investigated. Incident controller from the Leongatha South CFA Gary Williams said there was “more than one, if not two or three” fires started on the side of the road. A police spokesperson said four separate fires were found burning on the roadside and were first reported at around 4.30pm. “The fires were put out without causing too much damage, but they did burn around 100 square metres of

road side grass,” they said. At this stage, the fires are being treated as suspicious and the incident is being investigated by CFA investigators and Wonthaggi CIU. However, a CFA fire investigator found parts of

a catalytic convertor the scene. The catalytic convertor is part of the car muffler. It would have been very hot when it was dropped from the car, suggesting the fires may have started due to me-

chanical failure. If anyone heard a loud vehicle in the area or witnessed anything around the time the fires started, they are being urged to contact Wonthaggi CIU on 5671 4100.





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Illegal home costs guilty owner $7000 SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has successfully prosecuted another landowner for breaches of Victoria’s building and planning legislation. Renata Romila pleaded guilty in the Korumburra Magistrates Court last week to starting to convert a shed to a dwelling without the required building and planning approvals. Magistrate Fiona Hayes fined Ms Romila of Woorara West $5000 and ordered her to pay costs to council of $2000. Ms Romila’s 22ha property was purchased in 2010, is zoned farming and has three overlays on it. “Ms Romila started converting the shed into

a dwelling back in 2012,” said Matthew Patterson, council’s manager of regulatory services. “Previously she had made enquiries with council and was advised that she would require planning, building and waste water approvals. She was also told that it was unlikely she would get a planning permit due to the property being less than 40 hectares. “Ms Romila then decided to go ahead without permits as she wanted to ‘get on with getting a house and making a new life for herself and her family’.” Council officers inspected the site on July 26, 2013, following a complaint. The inspection confirmed the shed was being converted to a dwelling with works approximately 70

percent complete. The dwelling contains a kitchen, two living areas, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry and storage areas. “Council is charged with the responsibility under the act to ensure regulations are followed to deliver safe habitable buildings in appropriate locations,” Mr Patterson said. “The owner is now working with council to try and obtain the relevant permits. If these aren’t able to be issued, the owner will need to return the building to its original state as a shed.” If residents are concerned about illegal shed conversions they are invited to contact council’s building and enforcement services team to discuss on 5662 2200.

Police, health services unite on drugs Continued from page 1. Deaths from ice have escalated every year and are reaching epidemic proportions across Victoria. Ice use is having a massive impact on the community, with young children exposed through family drug use, employers dealing with affected employees and individual drug users breaking down. “Don’t go near it,” Bass Coast Community Health’s acting drug and alcohol coordinator Karley Oakley said.

“That’s the main thing. It’s hard, but it’s harder to pull away once you’ve had it in your system.” According to the Victoria Police Clandestine Laboratory Squad, the number of labs manufacturing ice is increasing, with squad’s workload rising by more than 40 percent. The squad works to investigate potential clandestine laboratories and disable them. They collect samples of evidence from these laboratories for prosecution purposes. In 2013, 142 clan-

destine laboratories were identified. Most of these were located in residential homes across the state. “Ice is manufactured by chemicals that are toxic to the human body,” Detective Senior Constable Peter Clarke from the Victoria Police Clandestine Laboratory Squad said. “Access has become a lot easier. Drug recipes can be accessed online and materials can be picked up at your local hardware store. You don’t know how it’s made or what will be going into your body.” Clandestine laboratories can be distinguished by covered windows, chemicals or equipment, peculiar chemical smells, large or multiple exhaust fans, water hoses leading inside, evidence of fire and explosions, and stains on ceilings or walls.

Physically, affected users will experience loss of appetite, restlessness, clenched jaw, sweaty palms, flushed or pale faces, paranoia, itchy skin, depression, anxiety and withdrawal. Ice provides illusions of hope and optimism in the short term but the long term effects are devastating. Duncan Roney, Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) team manager at Wonthaggi, said he understands there is a problem, and paramedics’ main priority is to learn more and keep people safe. Bass Coast Community Health’s drug and alcohol team is there to help carers, service employers and give support through the justice system. “Our doors aren’t closed to anyone,” Ms Oakley said.

“We offer steps towards treatment through child protection, rehab or detox, and we take phone referrals.” Help is there and recovery is possible. Guest speaker Melbourne’s Jimmy Loops shared his story of recovery to offer to those who are struggling with the addiction in their lives. He has now been clean for three years and nine months. “It works if you want it to, but you have to be willing,” he said. “The consequences and pain will make you analyse what needs to be changed.” Help and support can be found at Bass Coast Community Health on 5671 3500 or through the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) hotline on 1300 660 068.

Notable increase: Victoria Police Clandestine Laboratory Squad Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Clarke, Wonthaggi Police Acting Sergeant Michael O’Brien and Wonthaggi Inspector Graeme Sprague seen a rise in the drug crisis.

HPV Grand Prix finally here THIS coming weekend is hotting up so make sure that you come and bring the family out for a great free weekend of racing action at the 17th annual 2014 Wonthaggi Human Powered Grand Prix being held at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve’s 1.3km race track on March 22 and 23. With predictions of over 3,000 people coming to the event and over 90 teams competing in the big race field, this event is sure to deliver on thrills and spills to the local enthusiasts in the community. The HPV race officially starts at 12noon Saturday and races 24 hours till 12noon Sunday with practice commences at 9.15am on the Saturday morning. Race committee members are thrilled at how the race has come together and have worked tirelessly to make sure this event is a stand-out! The HPV Grand Prix will continue all weekend with loads of action racing and will really hot up as teams race for the winning positions. Watch the corners as weary riders race to make up time before finishing at 12 noon Sunday. Winners announcements and presentations will be held at 12.30pm-1.30pm on Sunday opposite the swimming pool entrance off Wentworth Road. The Bass Coast Freeza Committee is proud to present the Wonthaggi HPV Freeza live music event on Friday, March 21 2014 from 8pm to 10pm at the YMCA Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre. Bridgewater, I am Duckeye and Melissa Ramsay are performing for the young people attending the annual Wonthaggi HPV event. Entry is free for all those with an HPV wristband and $5 without. This is an all ages, fully supervised, drug, alcohol and smoke free event. Gippsland Audio Visual is providing some amazing sound and lighting equipment and have the support of St John Ambulance first aiders and National Protective Services security personnel. Freeza is a Victorian Government initiative or program that supports young Victorians to get involved in community life by planning and running events for their peers. If you would like to join the Bass Coast Freeza Committee please contact Fybian on 03 5952 2811 / 03 5672 4194; or through Takeaway food, fantastic coffee, hot donuts, lollies and ice creams will available all weekend starting Friday night, located up near the YMCA start / finish line. Local businesses have come on board with our new sponsorship vouchers, where they give bonus coffees, food or special “meal deals” to local customers who bring in the vouchers – Thanks to the Hunter St Dairy, Subway, The Wonthaggi Club, One Stop Shop, Mezza Luna Café and Dory’s Fish and Chippery, just to name a few. Voucher booklets will be available at the 3mfm outside broadcast tent, at the sponsors shops themselves or at race headquarters on the weekend. Please make sure that you support our local sponsors with your patronage. 3mfm, the local radio station, is onsite with an outside broadcast on Saturday 11am – 3pm with plenty of interviews, live music and giveaways, so make sure that you come and visit them over the weekend. Wonthaggi Secondary School are major sponsors and have two teams racing as well, so come and support all the teams! Many other sponsors have donated their services – CFA, SES and Victoria Police just to mention a few. Street closures will be required, so locals – please take note of changing traffic conditions. Please ring race control for any further updates. With great coffee, food and other refreshments available in our seated area or byo picnic, chairs or rugs, the event is free to the public and there are loads of great vantage spots to watch the race. Volunteer track and corner marshals and lots of other voluntary positions are still required so come and join in the community fun. For more details about the whole event, visit or contact 0411 265 401.

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Money hopes Bypass may receive budget backing

By Brad Lester THE long awaited heavy vehicle alternate route in Leongatha could be funded in May’s state budget. That is the hope of Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan. South Gippsland Shire Council is seeking $5 million for the project from the State and Federal governments to make the project a reality. Mr Ryan said he would lobby for the alternate route to be included in the 2014-15 budget to take a trucks out of the centre of Leongatha. “It is a project we are trying to bring to the mix for the

Public frozen out of pools By Laura Gibb REDUCED days of operation at outdoor swimming pools may hasten their demise if South Gippsland Shire council goes ahead with a proposal to close public pools on days cooler than 26 degrees. Foster, Korumburra, Poowong and Mirboo North are the pools immediately affected by the decision. South Gippsland Shire Council will vote on the proposal at its meeting tomorrow (Wednesday). Under council recommendations, outdoor facilities other than Toora Swimming Pool will remain closed on days where the temperature is not predicted to reach 26 degrees. Currently the threshold for pool opening is 22 degrees at Mirboo North and 23 degrees at Poowong, Foster and Korumburra. The arrangement has seen pools open for approximately 90 days over a 100 day season. Increasing the opening threshold to 26 degrees would reduce pool opening to approximately 70 days per season. “We’re opposed to it,” Fred Couper, president of Mirboo North Pool Management Committee, said. “We understand what the council is trying to do but we think 26 degrees is too high.”

According to the proposal, daily attendance figures indicate “significantly lower attendance to the outdoor pools on days of less than 26 degrees,” a council report stated. “The proposed change is unlikely to reduce income significantly, but will result in considerable staff cost savings.” The proposal is part of council’s efforts to reduce the costs of running swimming pools. Council’s report to tomorrow’s meeting says, “If the overall cost of pool operations is to be reduced then it will need to be achieved through a reduction in service levels.” Council will also consider consolidating the management and operation of all pools, excluding Toora, to a single contractor. “We think it’s the wrong model,” Mr Couper said. “We think the council should be getting a greater contribution from the communities. “The council should be empowering the communities to do much more of the management themselves rather than imposing one central contractor. “The way to bring down the cost of running these pools in the long run is community involvement.” Operation of Toora pool will remain contracted to Ernie and Carol Bennett. Mr Couper plans to organise a formal meeting between pool committees and all available councillors to discuss strategies for keeping the pools open in the long term.

Nervous wait for child care By Sarah Vella THE community group that hopes to take over the provision of child care services in Foster is yet to confirm it will be able to. A community steering group formed late last year, after UnitingCare Gippsland withdrew from operating the service due to financial issues. Member of the steering group, Kate Woodward, said a meeting was held recently to form an incorporation association, now named Prom Coast Centres for Children Inc. “In order to run the centre, our committee needed to become incorporated and we also needed to elect a committee of management,” she said. “We see the centre as being run like a business, which would hopefully fund itself. If after some time, the centre made a profit, it would be put back into the centre. “The staffing would remain the same. It has to be run well, but I don’t think it will be a naturally profitable business. “We are aiming for it to be self sustainable so we can provide the service, keep the current staff and put money back into the centre.” Ms Woodward said currently, the centre in Foster offers kindergarten and long day care, while the centres in Fish Creek and Toora/Welshpool only offer kindergarten. “UnitingCare has opted to continue the kinder programs in all three centres,” she said. “Currently we are in negotiation with UnitingCare to try and determine the financial situation. We expect to spend the next month or so in discussion. “The sooner we can get clarity on the financial situation, the faster we can determine if we can take it on or not.” Ms Woodward said at this stage, there was not enough information available to continue the service beyond the end of April. “We are very much hoping we can,” she said.

“The council has been very helpful with the negotiation process.” The Prom Coast Centre for Children in Foster was only running for around two years before UnitingCare decided to withdraw. “The centre is currently running as per usual, but the staff are pretty concerned they are only guaranteed a job until the end of April,” Ms Woodward said.

Caring: Kate Woodward is hopeful the newly formed Prom Coast Centres for Children Inc. will be given the go ahead to run childcare services in Foster.

Friends rally: from left, good friend of Varli Blake and former MDU netballer Rhonda Beard travelled all the way from Echuca to attend the huge fundraiser for Varli at the Leongatha Memorial Hall on Saturday and caught up with friends Pete and Kate Harris of Mt Eccles.

Community rallies for Varli

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A VARLI Blake Family Appeal Fundraising Auction raised more than $30,000 on Saturday night in Leongatha’s Memorial Hall. One of the organisers and good friend of Varli’s, Karen Wynne, told The Star the amount raised was twice what was anticipated and really shows how a community can rally when someone is in need. “We made just under $20,000 from the auction of 40 items by auctioneer Mick Hanily (from Stockdale and Leggo, Leongatha); the rest was made up from ticket sales and donations,” Mrs Wynne said. “We had more than 200 turn up for the night which was fantastic.” Constable Blake was seriously injured in an explosion in Melbourne while on duty with Victoria Police in January. She faces a lengthy rehabilitation process. Constable Blake has been a beloved member of the Leongatha community her whole life. She attended St Laurence’s Primary School and Leongatha Secondary College. She also worked as a dental nurse in Foster and Richmond, and was involved with Wonthaggi Police. A lot of people know her family and siblings well. The Varli Blake Family Appeal aims to relieve some of the financial pressure experienced by Constable Blake’s immediate family as they juggle work commitments in South Gippsland and supporting Constable Blake through her rehabilitation. Both of her parents, Tony Blake and Kathy Sydenham, were there for the fundraiser. Mr Blake spoke to the gathering, thanking everyone for their show of support. He was overwhelmed and grateful to the community for their true spirit of help. Constable Blake is now

at home in Melbourne, being cared for by her sisters Bianca, with baby Cooper, and Courtney. Ms Sydenham thanked everyone for their help in the fundraiser, including South Gippsland Shire Council for providing the hall and anyone who donated goods, items, purchased auction items, or attended the fundraiser. Others helping Ms Sydenham with the fundraising were Kellie Thomas, Julie Bloch and Kristy Stephens. More events There are further fundraiser plans for Varli. The next is on this Wednesday, March 19 at the Rabobank Centennial Holstein sale at Stony Creek racecourse starting at 7pm. Courtesy of Wayne and

Lisa Kuhne of Bushlea Farms, Koonwarra, one of the lots on the 36 lot sale is a Holstein Bull named Bushlea Varli Blitz. All proceeds from this lot, including Andrew Mackie’s DLS (Dairy Livestock Services) commission, will go straight to the appeal, a generous donation from both DLS and Bushlea Farms. Coming up on Sunday, April 6 is a barefoot bowls day at the Wonthaggi Bowls Club being organised by Victoria Police. The day, with all welcome, goes from 12noon to 5pm and includes raffles, a barbecue, live band and, of course, some bowls! Entry is free but Victoria Police are hoping people can donate or purchase tickets in the raffle and food on the day.

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current state budget,” he said. “I would love to have it succeed in that.” The route’s chances of receiving funding could be increased by the fact Mr Ryan sits on the Budget Expenditure Review Committee that finally determines projects to be allocated funding. That committee also comprises Premier Denis Napthine, Treasurer Michael O’Brien, Finance Minister Robert Clark and Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips. “There are far more bids into the system than those we hope to satisfy with the money we have available,” Mr Ryan said. VicRoads will submit a list of projects it desires to be funded across Victoria and Mr Ryan said the government would also give due consideration to road maintenance. He said the government had increased road maintenance funding by $80 million since being elected. McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said if council was successful in receiving Federal Roads to Recovery funding, it could use those funds towards the heavy vehicle bypass. Allocations for the new Roads to Recovery funding could be determined during the first half of this year. “In addition, councils receive annual Australian Government Financial Assistance Grants identified for roads. These funds can also be used for any roadworks at the discretion of the council,” Mr Broadbent said. While new buildings at Korumburra Secondary College would be included in this year’s state budget, Mr Ryan was committed to progressing the case for new buildings over the coming months.

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Past comes alive THE Korumburra Working Horse and Tractor Rally was held at Morrison Park in Nyora at the weekend, showcasing tractors, working horses and old fashioned machinery.

Left, Horse power: Geoff Peters from Longford had Mate and Will under control at the Korumburra Working Horse and Tractor Rally on Sunday.

Nice ride: Glenn Lancey from Poowong proudly showed off his shining 1977 Dodge truck at the Korumburra Working Horse and Tractor Rally on Sunday.

Originally held in 1991 as a one off farming display, its popularity at that first event was enough to prompt a repeat event in 1993. Up until 2004, the rally ran every two years but is now an annual event attracting large numbers of exhibitors and visitors. At the rally, there is a wide variety of displays, including a large display of vintage and veteran tractors, tractors working many different implements as well as the popular vintage tractor pull.

A regular addition to the tractor compound is the vintage/veteran earth moving machinery display with bulldozers, graders, rollers and other related items working and forming the earth. The working horses and their drivers working the way it was done before tractors form a big part of the rally. They demonstrated ploughing, sweeping and stacking hay, and pulling wagons, carts and sleds across the weekend.

Pulling power: Noel Densley from Mirboo North competed in the tractor pull event at the Korumburra Working Horse and Tractor Rally on Sunday.

Pear party fun at Toora By Sarah Vella

syrup, pear strudel, slice and muffins, pear cider and pear ice cream.

THE Friends of the Toora Heritage Pear Orchard committee held its third annual Pear Party at the heritage orchard on Sunday.

Ms Agars said they had quite a good lot of fruit this year, which was ripe just

in time for the festival. People were able to pick their own pears

straight out of the orchard, which proved popular as a family friendly activity.

Family fun: Brad Snell, Lizzie Jukes and daughter Olivia from Mirboo North were enjoying everything the pear party had to offer on Sunday.

The day was a great success, despite the ongoing threat of rain throughout the day. Friend’s group committee member Meryl Agars said the day featured plenty of things to see and do for all ages. “We had supervised children’s activities running all day, as well as a cider making display in the afternoon,” she said. “There was be bocce and quoits played throughout the event, where anybody was invited to join in. “We had plenty of food options, including a sausage sizzle (with pear relish), crepes with pear

History relived THE theatrical piece A Question of Honour was played in Coal Creek’s court house over the weekend.

What a bunch: from left, Jack Hanks, Chelsea Close, Molly Hanks, Bailey Close and Sophie Close picked a peck of pears as part of Toora’s pear festival held on Sunday. The Hanks are from Toora and the Close family is from Leongatha.


All three performances at the Korumburra venue attracted full audiences. The show featured a story about two periods of conflict in Korumburra’s history: the mining industry and the story of the Coal Creek Historical Park and Museum. This year, each performance was accompanied by cuisine of the period, including a traditional colonial dinner featuring roast goose and a Victo-

rian afternoon tea. Coal Creek site coordinator Rowena Ashley was pleased with the weekend. “The play talks about the history of Korumburra and its association with mining, and how that locks into Coal Creek and why it was built,” she said. “A lot of people didn’t really know why Coal Creek is here. A Question of Honour gives a really good snapshot of the community’s passion to preserve the town’s history. “Then people can better understand why Coal Creek was built to preserve that story.”

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Flood danger fears By Stuart Biggins THE Bass Coast Shire foresees climate change havoc on the coast. Areas of Inverloch and Cowes are particularly impacted. Residents concerned about the effects of climate change on their property are being provided with opportunities to have their concerns addressed by experts over eight weeks period from Monday, March 24 at drop-in sessions throughout the shire. This follows the release by council of maps showing

the areas most likely to be impacted by rising sea levels as a consequence of climate change. Coastal areas affected are at the western and eastern ends of Inverloch, through to Pound Creek, the Powlett River valley, parts of the Bass River catchment and the river mouth, the Silverleaves area of Cowes, Newhaven, and the Western Port shore from Grantville north to Jam Jerrup. Landowners or occupiers affected by what is known as the Land Subject to Inundation Overlay have been notified by mail. If adopted, after all submissions have been heard and dealt with, this overlay

will become an amendment to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme. The amendment plans for a rise in the sea level of up to 80cm by 2100. Known as Amendment 32, it is sure to become an issue arousing significant interest as well as emotion, especially from those whose properties are directly affected by the overlay. One Phillip Island property owner whose home will fall within the overlay says, “I’m underwater! I’ll have to tie a dingy to my upstairs balcony.” The same home owner questioned the accuracy of the maps and of the projected rise in sea levels, said, “We won’t even be here to see this so how do we know it’s true or not? You don’t think you are jumping the gun?”

Public information: Jodi Kennedy (right), Bass Coast Shire Council’s manager for strategic planning and engagement, and Jasmine Butler (left), strategic planner, point out areas affected by flooduing under the overlay proposed in Amendment C82.

Roads top wish list ROADS and drainage are among the issues ratepayers have asked South Gippsland Shire Council to fund next financial year. Council is asking the community where it wishes council to spend during the 2014-15 budget. A Facebook survey by The Star found roads was the number issue, as well as lobbying for rail to be returned and a performing arts centre. Council is now preparing its preliminary budget and will hold two community budget workshops for the public on Tuesday, March 25. The workshops will be held in the council chamber in Leongatha: the first from 2pm-4.30pm and the second from 6.30pm to 9pm. Mayor Cr Jim Fawcett said, “This is much the right time and place for you to present ideas and feedback in a friendly and receptive forum. “The dollars are always limited and so we want to make the best use of them. Are there services we should cut back on and others we should spend more on? You tell us. Can we make some of our facilities more sustainable for example? “Often the best ideas come from people like you who are closer to the impact of many of our decisions.” If you’d like further information about the workshops or would like to register, call council’s director of corporate services June Ernst on 5662 9200 to discuss.


The overlay has been prepared in partnership with the Melbourne Water and West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority. “This is not designed to inhibit development,” Jodi Kennedy, the council’s manager of strategic planning and engagement said. “It is to inform developers so they can plan accordingly. The new overlay is mindful of not requiring permits for absolutely everything. Works of a minor nature such as a garden shed, for example, are exempt.” Ms Kennedy pointed out the project was not unique to this municipality: all Victorian councils are required to provide land subject to inundation overlays based on existing data and predictions.

Mayor Cr Neil Rankine said, “current inundation information will help to ensure that new development is designed with inundation risk in mind.” President of the Inverloch Residents and Ratepayers Association, David Sutton, has been interested in this issue for years. “It is pleasing to see the State Government and municipal councils taking the anticipated sea level rise into account in their planning,” he said. “In June 2004 we had a high tide combined with a low pressure system and a storm front which flooded both the eastern and western ends of town to the ancient shoreline, so this overlay is not unexpected. “There are implications for housing already there

and an element of concern about the impact of climate change in preventing some developments, such as the Broadbeach development, from flourishing. “We have an example of this at Toora where you can build in certain places provided you sign a Subject 173 agreement knowing the risk of flooding that exists and build accordingly.” Lewis Stone of Harcourts Inverloch Real Estate said buyers are aware of the risks of buying in lower lying areas but see it as something way off in the future. “The thinking at the moment tends to be, if I can get 20 or 30 years of use out of the property then I’m not worried about it,” he said. Mr Stone is more concerned about discrepancies in the

difference between the way rural versus town planning permits are determined. “As long as there is one rule for all. The council seem to be tougher on low lying farm areas than it is on the low lying parts of built up environs,” he said. “Properties right across the spectrum need to be treated the same.” All documents and maps related to Amendment C82 are available for public inspection at Council offices as well as on council’s website, www.basscoast.vic. In addition, council will be holding a number of drop in sessions planned for residents affected by Amendment C82, running from March 23 until April 23. Details about these are available on the website

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Police battle street assaults By Tayla Kershaw WONTHAGGI Police have seen a rise in street assaults over the past 12 months.

Noticeboard COMMUNITY BUDGET WORKSHOPS Another chance to have your say! Tues 25 March 2.00-4.30pm & 6.30 – 9.00pm Do you have ideas on how Council could be more effective in delivering services? What are the priority issues? Chances are you have valuable suggestions and feedback which Council should consider as it prepares its preliminary Budget for the coming year. We invite you to participate in one of two upcoming Budget Workshops to present those ideas in a friendly and receptive forum. Your help will assist Councillors to determine a Budget and Annual Plan that reflect the community's priorities. The workshops will be in the Council Chamber and if you'd like to register or know more, please call June Ernst on 5662 9200. PUBLIC SESSIONS Council Chambers, Leongatha (# Public Presentations & Meeting 1 week earlier in March & April)

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS Bookings for speakers essential Ph 5662 9222 Wed, 12 March 2.00pm; 7.00pm* (*by noon 11/03) Wed, 19 March 10.00am ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING Wed, 19 March – 2.00pm 1. Report: assembly of Crs - Feb 2. Cr discretionary fund allocation report 3. Documents/contracts under CEO delegation - Feb 4. Swimming pool management review 5. Applications to 'Putting Locals First' program - GSRT Black Spur (2) 6. Application to 'Putting Locals First' program - Yanakie Rec. Reserve 7. PA 2013/301, Lot 47 Tarwin Ridge Blvd, Leongatha 8. PA 2013/260 - 22 Queen St Korumburra 9. Relocation of DGL to Mirboo North Hall 10. PSA C88 Rezone land at 5 Boags Rd, Leongatha 11. PSA C86 Rezone land in Hughes St, Leongatha 12. Adoption of PSA C91 - Rezone SGW Foster office 13. Draft Mirboo Nth community infrastructure plan 2014 14. PSA C98 - new residential /business zones 15. CEO delegation - electricity for small/ large sites & street lighting 16. Cr discretionary fund policy review 17. Corner Inlet drainage area advisory committee 18. Council policies review 19. Advisory committee review 20. Closed session - contractual matter S86 AGM LEONGATHA COURTHOUSE Wed 26 March, 7.30pm 2 McCartin St Leongatha Ph: 5662 3623 Nominations to Committee invited Planning & Environment Act 1987 SOUTH GIPPSLAND PLANNING SCHEME # Notice of Preparation of Amendment C92 South Gippsland Shire Council has prepared Amendment C92 to the South Gippsland Planning Scheme. Land affected by the amendment is: Location of heritage feature: Fish Creek ? Greenfields (dwelling) 915 Falls Rd (Lot 1 TP112894) ? Bosley Farm (dwelling) 425 Harding – Lawson Rd (CP171155) Jeetho ? Glenorchy (dwelling) 250 Jeetho Rd, (Lot 1 TP346336) Korumburra ? Dwelling, 14 Bridge St (CA Allot 7 Sec 4 Parish of Korumburra) ? Dwelling, 23 Bridge St (Lot 1 TP247677) ? Lismore (dwelling) 48 Bridge St (Lot 1 TP319533) ? Dwelling, 1A Victoria St (Lot 1 TP319533) Leongatha ? Dwelling, 42 Brown St (Lot 2 LP128228) ? Egerton (dwelling) 37 Jeffrey St (Lot 1 TP444868) ? McGuiness House (former) 19 Long St (Lot 1 & 2 LP45459) Commonly known as Lamont House Mirboo North ? Clestron (Ogilvy Homestead site and trees) 600 Boolarra South Mirboo North Rd (Lot 1 TP180015) ? Colonial Bank of Australasia (former) 60 Ridgway (Lot 1 TP393890) Strzelecki ? Strzelecki Railway Station – Engine turntable, 2 Wild Dog Rd (CA 10D Parish of Allambee) Toora ? Bank of Victoria (former) 35 Stanley St (Lot 1 TP577245) Toora North ? Gully Humphrey (dwelling) 46 Scannels Rd (Lot 1 TP126566) Trida ? Dwelling 1790 Grand Ridge Rd (Lots 1 & 2 TP81006)

The amendment proposes to include 16 additional features (mostly dwellings) in the Heritage Overlay of the South Gippsland Planning Scheme. You may inspect the amendment, any documents that support the amendment and the explanatory report about the amendment, free of charge, from 20 March at Council, 9 Smith St Leongatha; & Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission in writing, giving the submitter's name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the Amendment is supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter wishes to make. Name and contact details (including e-mail address if available) of submitters are required for Council to consider submissions and to notify such persons of the opportunity to attend Council meetings and any public hearing held to consider submissions. In accordance with the Planning & Environment Act 1987, Council must make available for inspection a copy of any submissions made. Closing date for submissions is 5pm, 28 April 2014. A submission must be sent to the South Gippsland Shire Council, Att: C92, Private Bag 4 Leongatha 3953 # Notice of Preparation of Amendment C96 South Gippsland Shire Council has prepared Amendment C96 to the South Gippsland Planning Scheme. Land affected is 35 Korumburra-Warragul Rd, Korumburra (Lot 1 TP119384D) and 65 Korumburra-Warragul Rd, Korumburra (Lot 3 PS439847Q).The amendment proposes: ? Rezones all of the Residential 1 Zone (R1Z) land at 35 Korumburra-Warragul Rd to General Residential Zone (GRZ) ? Rezones part of the Farming Zone (FZ) land at 65 Korumburra-Warragul Rd to GRZ. ? Removes the Environmental Significance Overlay Schedule 5 (ESO5) from the areas to be rezoned GRZ. ? Introduces and applies the Development Plan Overlay Schedule 9 (DPO9) to the whole of the land that is identified in the Korumburra Framework Plan as 'Urban Expansion Area', including the balance of 65 Korumburra-Warragul Road that will be retained in the FZ. You may inspect the amendment, any documents that support the amendment and the explanatory report about the amendment, free of charge, at Council 9 Smith St Leongatha, Milpara House - 21 Shellcot Rd and Library - 165 Commercial St, Korumburra, & Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission in writing, giving the submitter's name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the Amendment is supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter wishes to make. Name and contact details of submitters are required for Council to consider submissions and to notify such persons of the opportunity to attend Council meetings and any public hearing held to consider submissions. In accordance with Planning & Environment Act 1987, Council must make available for inspection a copy of any submissions made. Closing date for submissions is 5pm 17 April 2014 which should be sent to David Simon C96, South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4, Leongatha VIC 3953. COMMUNITY GRANTS ROUND 2 Applications close on 31 March. Details: or 5662 9378 ENTRIES SOUGHT RECYCLED ART EXHIBITION Enter your creative masterpiece in this exhibition which runs throughout April in the Coal Creek Gallery. Simply create a work that features a minimum of 50% recycled materials and affirms the theme of 'TREAD GENTLY, USE WISELY'. You can even mark your works for sale, with a 10% commission payable to Coal Creek. Winners will be announced for each category at the Sustainability Festival on Sunday 13 April. Open to all ages, more details and entry forms can be found on > sustainability. But hurry, entries close on Fri 28 March! COUNCIL ROADWORKS THIS WEEK Continually working to improve your access and safety Resealing: Bena Kongwak Rd, Ruby Arawata Rd, Anderson Inlet Rd Landslip Repairs: Loch Wonthaggi Rd, Griggs Rd Drainage Sheens Rd & Boolarra Mirboo Nth Rd, Tredwells Rd, Martin Rd & Stony Ck Dollar Rd Road maintenance: Poowong, Bena, Kongwak, Dumbalk,Turtons Ck & Stony Ck areas

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Targeted patrols will be conducted in problem areas to increase police presence, particularly on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings. Family violence or violence within the home remains a big issue and contributes to the 16.3 per cent increase in assaults. Wonthaggi Police Acting Senior Sergeant Scott Morison said the increase did not necessarily mean an increase in violence, just that more people are choosing to report incidents and police are quick to respond. Crime rates have increased by 1.2 per cent across the state, measured as a rate per 100,000 of the population, according to Victoria Police’s latest crime rate publication. Property damage undergoes regular increases. Wonthaggi suffered through a spate of thefts from cars over a six to eight week period last year, which directly correlated with property damage, and raised the figures. “Make sure to lock your cars and be particularly mindful of leaving items in unlocked cars in driveways,” Sgt Morison said. Police are pleased to see a deduction in burglaries. Although thefts from cars were increasing, home burglaries and theft of vehicles are down by 37.1 per cent. Drug offences are on the rise as they are becoming easier to identify.

Combating crime rates: Wonthaggi Police Acting Senior Sergeant Scott Morison has determined more patrols are necessary to stop street assaults. “The drug offence rate has increased largely due to the good work of our pit crews and our ability to target the offence,” Sgt Morison said. Wonthaggi Police inspector Graeme Sprague said the significant increase in drug offences reflected the proactive focus by police, resulting in a number of arrests and seizure of drugs. Injuries and accidents are up by 4.7 per cent. “Fatal and serious injury collisions have an enormous impact on any community,” Inspector Sprague said. “So I ask that you continue to support our road trauma reduction efforts through safe driving and pedestrian activity, together with the reporting of hoon drivers through the Crime Stoppers Hotline.”

POLICE BRIEFS Jumbunna collision THREE people were conveyed to hospital after a collision in Jumbunna on Sunday. A van towing a camper trailer was travelling to Inverloch on the Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road when it veered to the wrong side. A car heading in the other direction collided with the trailer at 2.35pm. The two occupants in the oncoming car, a 55 year old woman and a 56 year old man, were taken to the Leongatha hospital with serious injuries. The 47 year old driver of the van was taken to Wonthaggi hospital. A one year old was also in the van but was uninjured The road was closed for three hours. There will be pending inquiries into the cause of the accident and any relevant charges. Bass Coast Highway Patrol is investigating.

Car rolled A CAR ran off the Meeniyan Promontory Road on Saturday, just outside Fish Creek. The 65 year old driver lost control of the car and rolled down an embankment at 7pm. He was conveyed to the Foster hospital and later transferred to Frankston hospital. Police believe medical reasons are the possible cause of the accident. Foster Police are investigating.

Tractor roll over A FARMER was driving a tractor with a spreader attached when the spreader’s front tyre fell into a large wombat hole on the side of a hill on Thursday. The farmer was treating the paddock with lime near the South Gippsland Highway at Foster before the spreader flipped sideways down the hill, pulling the tractor with it. Both tractor and spreader rolled. The spreader broke away from the tractor and landed upside down while the tractor rolled once and slid further downhill. The driver stopped it by applying the brakes and handbrake. The driver was conveyed to Foster

hospital by ambulance with a back injury. The injury was serious but not life threatening. Foster Police attended the situation and Work Safe was contacted from the scene and advised their involvement was not required at the time.

Petrol station robbed THE Mirboo North BP station was robbed on Sunday between 3am and 4am. The offenders have not been identified Wonthaggi CIU is investigating the burglary. Any witnesses are encouraged to call either the CIU or Mirboo North Police.

Planks missing THREE large wood planks were stolen from a private mooring in Port Franklin between March 1 and March 15. The offenders have not been identified. Foster Police are investigating.

Lock your cars SIX cars were broken into in Mirboo North on Wednesday night. Small items were stolen from the cars by unknown offenders. Most of the cars were unlocked. Mirboo North Police urge everyone to lock their unattended cars.

Fire starters SEVERAL shrubs and grass areas were set alight around the rear decking of a Phillip Island property last week. The unknown offenders used some form of accelerant to start the fires between 10pm and 10.30pm. Several youths were seen in the vicinity at 6pm by a witness and at around 9.15pm, several torch lights were seen by another witness in the rural property that adjoins the incident location. The CFA was contacted by the second witness. The victim’s details were obtained from a caravan registration stored on the property, which have not been confirmed at this stage.

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Grand plan Woorayl Lodge to rebuild at new site



By Brad Lester LEONGATHA is closer to having a new, one stop, multimillion dollar aged care home on the edge of town. Woorayl Lodge is seeking to build on the corner of the South Gippsland Highway and Boags Road, south of the hospital. The existing lodge in McCartin Street is landlocked and unable to expand and service the region’s aging population. The four hectare site would allow room for ex-

pansion and could cater for a maximum of several hundred people. The lodge has owned the Boags Road site for about four years and tomorrow (Wednesday), South Gippsland Shire Council will consider a request by the lodge committee to rezone the site from farming to low density residential zone. Council officers have recommended council do so by asking Planning Minister Matthew Guy to authorise a planning scheme amendment to rezone the site and remove overlays regarding erosion and flooding. Rezoning the site will allow Woorayl Lodge to apply

for a planning permit to build a new aged care hostel in the future. Woorayl Lodge committee chairperson Neil Breeden addressed council at last Wednesday’s public presentation session and said Leongatha’s population would triple over the next 50 years. “Demands for bigger and better equipped facilities as the baby boomer generation requires care will place even more pressure on the aged care industry,” he said. Woorayl Lodge was established in 1956, and now services 40 low care residents and provides 29 single bedroom independent living units. “Woorayl Lodge currently occupies premises that have a remaining useful life of 10 to 15 years,” Mr Breeden said. “The current site does not allow for additional beds to be built if the Department of Social Services bed licences become available. Aged care facilities cannot build beds that attract government funding without being granted these licences.

“Licences are only granted to organisations which have a sustainable long term business plan and a commitment the beds will be built and brought on line within a two year period. “Our current situation does not allow Woorayl Lodge to apply for these li-

cences if they become available.” The new lodge would cater for all degrees of aged care - independent living, low, medium and high care and needs to be ready within 10 to 15 years. “This means residents can move from independent

living to low care to high care without having to be transferred from the site,” Mr Breeden said. He said the existing lodge would most likely be sold, possibly to another aged care operator. “It has got to the point where it is no longer vi-

able to refurbish (the existing lodge). We have to start again with a new regime of requirements,” Mr Breeden told The Star. He said a bus could take residents to town and said few residents now walk from the current lodge into Leongatha.

Future vision: Woorayl Lodge committee chairperson Neil Breeden shows off the lodge’s long term site, at the intersection of the South Gippsland Highway and Boags Road, Leongatha.

Pioneer honoured at Kongwak

Celebration: Kongwak community members Ray Holloway, Kongwak Fire Brigade; Greg Logan, Kongwak Hills Landcare Group; Russell Savage , Kongwak Fire Brigade; Sarah Van Stokrom, Kongwak Hills Landcare Group president and daughter Soul; Graeme Brown, Kongwak Community Group president; Warren Ketchell and Len Reid, both South Gippsland Shire environmental staff members; and front Susan Pryde, Kongwak Hills Landcare, at Pioneer Reserve.

WHEN the major renovation works at Pioneer Park in Kongwak are launched this month, former Korumburra Shire councillor and president Stan Miles will be honoured. The reserve owes its existence to the foresight of Stan, who in the early 1970s was responsible for the land being retained as a council reserve,

Ag chief to represent the Nationals THE former chief of staff to Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is The Nationals’ new Member for Eastern Victoria Region. Danny O’Brien was elected by National Party delegates on Saturday to replace Peter Hall, who has retired from Parliament. Prior to the voting, party state director Jenny Hammett paid tribute to Mr Hall for his outstanding representation to the Gippsland community over past 25 years. “Not only has Peter Hall served the people of Victoria with distinction but he has also been an outstanding local member in the Gippsland region and a great believer in the basic philosophies and objectives of this great party,” she said. Mr Hall said it had been an honour and a privilege to be both an MP and a minister in the Victorian Parliament. “Now is the right time for me to step aside and provide an opportunity for the next generation of Nationals to showcase their talents and take this great government into the next election,” he said. Mr O’Brien said it was an honour and a privilege to represent The Nationals and the

people of the Eastern Region. “I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in Gippsland to put locals first. I will be providing strong representation in the Legislative Council for all communities in the Eastern Region,” Mr O’Brien said. Mr O’Brien will take his seat in the Legislative Council at the next sitting of Parliament and will represent The Nationals in the 2014 State Election. He is a former journalist at The Gippsland Times, Southern Cross and Win Television in Gippsland. He is 39 and married with two children. He was born and raised in Traralgon, where he was educated at St Gabriel’s Primary School and Catholic Regional College. Mr O’Brien has previously worked as chief of staff to Nationals’ Leader Peter Ryan, was a senior adviser to former Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile and was CEO of the National Irrigators’ Council. He is currently working as chief of staff to Federal Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce. The other candidates were Kathleen Lancaster of Traralgon, Wesley Head of Koo Wee Rup and Brenton Wight of Traralgon.

Joining team: Deputy Premier, Victorian Nationals Leader and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan (left) congratulates the new Eastern Victoria Region MLC Danny O’Brien.

a memorial to the original settlers who contended with this landscape. A motion was moved in council and the park was aptly named Pioneer Reserve. Stan had firsthand knowledge of what it meant to clear the scrub. As a young man he wielded an axe to clear a patch of land in the beautiful forests near Tarra Valley, only forced to walk off the land late in the Depression. He never lost his respect for nature and as a councillor for over 18 years, he successfully campaigned for the retention of other bush reserves and the establishment of gardens within the shire. The community of Kongwak is indebted to his foresight. Cr Miles’ sons Neville and Wilfred and other family members will attend the launch. One of the new tracks has been named the Stan Miles Track in honour of their father. Neville Miles says his father would be proud to see the reserve has not only been preserved but has been upgraded. The reserve upgrade has been funded by a grant from the Bass Coast Landcare Network Public Fund. Pioneer Reserve now boasts new walking tracks, signage, information boards around the reserve at six sites and a virtual tour people can access via an app on their smart phone that will give audio on the reserve’s history, flora and fauna. Three new picnic tables have been installed. South

Gippsland Shire Council’s hard working environmental staff were putting the finishing touches to these last Friday. For those who love a good bush walk, this wonderful reserve offers a variety of walks for all levels. A round trip to take in all the stunning bush vistas would take up to 45 minutes, longer if you want to stop off at one of the new picnic tables near the creek and enjoy a lazy lunch, and breath in the great outdoors. This is truly a hidden gem where you will discover a stunning array of gums, and a unique stand of towering Mountain Ash trees. Kongwak resident Russell Savage pointed out, these trees are unique as they are the lowest growing Mountain Ash in mainland Australia. “Mountain Ash trees are the tallest hardwoods and tallest flowering plants in the world. They grow up to five metres per year and usually grow to around 500ft,” Mr Savage said. It isn’t just the Mountain Ash trees that are unique; Pioneer Reserve is one of the last remnant bush reserves left in the west Strzelecki region. There is plenty to learn, see and do in the reserve that will soon welcome families, visitors and bus loads of school groups. The Kongwak Landcare Community Group is proud of its renovated reserve, and welcomes everyone to come and enjoy the celebration launch on March 30 at 2pm.

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A SMALL Australian flag was stolen from the Dakers Centre in Leongatha this week. This is the second time the Dakers Centre has been targeted, with the big Australian flag going missing over a month ago. Both were put up every day but neither has been returned. The small flag was a keepsake of Margaret Wood. It would be appreciated if the flags were returned without question. THERE has been another koala sighting. A few weeks after a large and aggressive koala made itself at home atop a backdoor bird cage, a smaller specimen spent Thursday sleeping up a cyprus tree in the front garden of Marsden Ford in Parr Street, Leongatha. Mr Ford went to investigate what his dog was barking about before dawn and noticed the koala on top of the fence. Mr Ford locked his fox terrier inside but the koala thought it might have a more peaceful sleep elsewhere and scaled the tree. HERE’S your chance to win tickets to see Marcus Ryan. The Star has two double passes up for grabs to see the Wonthaggi born, international comedian in Love Me Tinder at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

The tickets will be for the 7pm show on Saturday, March 29. Be the first to call in to The Star for your chance to win. Tickets will be available to collect at the venue on the day. For an evening of laughs and dating do’s and don’ts, this opportunity will not disappoint. Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster. LEONGATHA Book Group has been going for 50 years after forming in 1964. A celebratory dinner will be held at Djinta Djinta Winery at Kardella on April 8. SCAM warning. Beware fake phone calls warns a Leongatha resident who received a recorded message from the tax department telling her she was owed $1000.

She was asked to call a number and leave the details of the bank account into which she wanted the refund deposited. LOCH Primary School is looking for chooks for its completed chook run. Anyone with a spare chook, preferably a layer, can drop them off or let the school know where they can obtain them. STUDENTS at Welshpool and District Primary School have started preparing their exhibits for the Welshpool Flower Show. The theme for the show, which will take place on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, is ‘Shades of Fire’. Students will be visiting the show, as well as displaying artwork and possibly some entries in other sections. GRADE One students

from Leongatha Primary School recently enjoyed an excursion to Inverloch. Children took part in rock-pooling, learning about sea creatures, they saw a real (dead) blueringed octopus, explored the Inverloch Shell Museum and saw real dinosaur bones. REVEREND Ross Stanford was inducted into the Uniting Church congregations of Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Corner Inlet, at a service at Wonthaggi Uniting Church on Sunday. Members of his former congregations at Traralgon and Shepparton attended the event. BASS MLA Ken Smith said native vegetation and threatened species in Bass Coast will receive more attention. Caladenia fragmantissim asp. orientalis are just

some of the threatened species in Bass Coast set to benefit from the Victorian Government’s $15.48 million investment in the protection of native vegetation and threatened species projects. “There are some great examples of projects in Bass electorate that will be funded, including caging flowering plants to prevent grazing by kangaroos, wallabies and wombats then removing the cages following seed dispersal to prevent human interference,” Mr Smith said. For more information on the State Government’s Victorian Environmental Partnerships Program visit

Beat flu WITH the end of summer, Gippsland Medicare Lo-

cal (GML) is reminding families it is time to plan for their annual influenza vaccinations. GML board chair and Wonthaggi GP, Dr Nola Maxfield, said, “Influenza, or the ‘flu’ as it commonly known, is a highly contagious disease and is caused by a virus that can be spread through people coughing and sneezing as well as by touching infected surfaces. “It is different to a cold, and flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, muscle aches and pains, fatigue, headache, sore throat and a stuffy or runny nose.” Free influenza vaccinations are now available from your GP for high risk community groups only and available to the general public for a small fee with a GP script.

Geologist to Play time at library A GROUP of 40 mums, dads, share secrets grandparents, babies and toddlers PROFESSOR James Bowler is one of the most distinguished Australian geologists working in the field of geomorphology.

Church at Mardan South, March 30 at 2pm. The event will be supported by local musicians and afternoon tea will be served. Everyone welcome to attend.

His work has focused on the evolution of climate, landforms and soils in Australia and China. He found the most significant ancient human remains of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, which changed views of the period of human habitation of Australia. With many awards to his name, Professor Bowler is now working at the University of Melbourne. Professor Bowler will speak at the Ecumenical Pleasant Sunday Afternoon at Scots Pioneer

Guest speaker: Professor James Bowler will share his story of humans in Australia.

came together at the Korumburra Library recently for the inaugural session of the new Living Language: The Early Years program.

The five week program is designed as a social session for parents, carers and their children to help small children learn language through songs, rhymes and play. It follows another successful pilot of the program at Leongatha Library last year. Co-presenters Marg Haycroft and Tracey Bugbird are passionate about getting kids into language, both of them regularly presenting the popular Story Time and Baby Rhyme Time sessions across South Gippsland. “We understand how busy being a new parent can be, so the idea of Living Language

is that we offer parents a short program of five weeks that gives them a set of skills and techniques to use in daily life,” said South Gippsland principal librarian Susan Hanson, who helped develop the program. “We demonstrate tips and tricks on using fun songs, rhymes and games during downtime – like waiting at the doctors or in the supermarket line that also helps little ones develop their language skills. The sessions are also relaxed and informal, with time for coffee and a chat. “We’re thrilled and delighted so many mums, dads and grandparents attended our first session.” Further sessions will run on Thursdays March 20, March 27 and April 3 at 10am at Korumburra Library. For more information visit or call 5655 1105.

Citizens Advice Bureau Corner QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Q: I live by myself and do not have any close family members nearby, I sometimes feel isolated. Is there a service that I can register with?

Come along: children and parents enjoy the Living Language: The Early Years program at the Korumburra Library.

A: The CAB runs a community register which is a data base that contains limited details provided by individual citizens, to promote confident and secure living.

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THE Dumbalk 12th Annual Market organised by the Dumbalk and District Progress Association (DDPA) will be held this Saturday, March 22 at the Dumbalk Hall. A major fundraiser for the association, the event will feature more than 50 stalls inside and outside the hall. The huge variety of stalls will range from locally grown produce including fresh vegies

Detox your Home is a safe, FREE and easy-to-use service to dispose of common household chemicals without harming your health or the environment. Paint, household batteries and fluorescent lights will also be accepted this year.


Dumbalk market fun and potatoes, jams, honey and olives to plants, antiques, artwork, candles, craft items, tools, cards, toys, books, jewellery, handmade bags and second hand clothing, bric a brac, tools, carpet mats. If visitors need something to eat or drink, there will be Devonshire teas, a sausage sizzle and a mini pancake stall and gluten free products available. To book stalls, contact Bev on 5664 4344 or Sunny on 5664 3254.

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Leak fix: crews worked to repair a gas line damaged by an excavator being used to conduct routine maintenance on a water main in Korumburra.

Gas scare By Sarah Vella

AN excavator being used to conduct routine maintenance on a South Gippsland Water main in Korumburra pierced a gas line last Wednesday. The incident required residents to be evacuated, and closed Willis and Station streets between Bourke Street and WarragulKorumburra Road for several hours, after the incident occurred at 10am. Sergeant Clive Smith from Korumburra Police said the pipe was a feeder line for the local residential area, not a main line. “The contractors notified the emergency services quickly after the incident occurred. We evacuated residents in an area of 100 metres around the scene, and some in Gordon Street due to the direction of the wind,” he said. “The gas contractors were in town, which was lucky. They worked to contain the leak by clamping off both sides of the pipe.” Sergeant Smith said only a handful of residents were evacuated. Incident controller from Korumburra

CFA Scott Harris said Ruby and Korumburra brigades responded. He told The Star the ring main had to be shut down and both sides of the pipe clamped so the damaged section could be repaired. “The police did a great job of evacuating the area and we issued an advice message to Korumburra residents so they were aware of what was going on,” he said. “Anybody who hasn’t already should download the CFA FireReady app so any local alerts will automatically come through on their phone.” South Gippsland Water managing director Philippe du Plessis said the corporation was conducting planned maintenance works on the water main. “South Gippsland Water staff acted quickly, following procedures to notify relevant agencies including the gas distributor, police and CFA,” he said. “South Gippsland Water would like to thank these agencies and those customers who may have been inconvenienced during the incident for their cooperation. “We understand the gas main was repaired and re-instated by 3.30pm. South Gippsland Water’s planned works were then completed and water turned back on by 4.30pm.”

We're open: Lochie Jarvis and Anthony Burge have launched a new business, Nomadness Caravan Servicing and Repairs.

Calling all Nomads! PLANNING a short or long trip away in your caravan or camper trailer? Maybe you're one of the thousands of Grey Nomads who escape the cool of Victoria for a trip north every winter. Or maybe you're taking your family away on a trip of a lifetime aroundAustralia. This is the very reason which has inspired a new business established in the area-Nomadness Caravan Servicing and Repairs. The business is the idea of cousins Lochie Jarvis and Anthony Burge. Lochie embarked on a 12 months around Australia trip in 2013 with wife Sue and children Jesseme, 10, and Kade, 8. “I purchased a second hand van and Anthony and I fitted it all out, including LED lights and solar power,” Lochie explains. Lochie, a fully qualified mechanic, and Anthony, a qualified fitter and turner, have pooled their skills and can now offer a range of services and repairs for a caravan, camper trailer or trailer. This includes checking and replacing bearings, brake

adjustments, hydraulic jockey wheels, ball weight height and distribution, lights and wiring, suspension, plumbing and pumps, modifications and improvements, solar fitting, batteries, awnings and waterproofing, stone guarding, welding and fabrication and fibreglass repairs. The solar power on the roof of the van proved a real winner for Lochie on his holiday. “We could free camp anywhere and still had power to run the water pump, television, and lights without need for a back-up generator. We could stay anywhere up to three weeks free if we wanted to,” he said. “The good thing is you can install solar on almost any caravan.” The cousins have worked together for some time building up old cars and undertaking other projects. Anthony used to work with his parents building coolrooms when the business, KWR Products, was operating in the Leongatha Industrial Estate. This included doing boat repairs and bait and tackle. But when the Melbourne company stopped ordering

coolrooms the business in Leongatha wound up. Lochie and Anthony advise that before you head out on your next trip, be sure to keep the servicing up on your vans. “For around $200 you can have a check and a service; that's cheaper than a tank of fuel for some big four wheel drives. Obviously if anything bigger is required we can provide a written quote,”Anthony said. “People think it is just about checking the bearings but there are plenty of other things which are important like indicators and checking the hot water service which have a sacrificial anode in them.” The business is not just about caravans but all sorts of trailers can be serviced as well. Nomadness offer a pick-up and drop off service or, for those vans or trailers stored in difficult to move spots, the business can come to you and, in most cases, done on your location. For further details contact Lochie Jarvis 0417 315 846 or Anthony Burge 0418 326 927.

Planning your next big trip or need a routine caravan service? NOW OPEN! Don’t burn: Ruby CFA captain Darren Hardacre is calling on local residents to adhere to fire danger period restrictions to avoid unnecessary callouts for volunteers.

Fire fine risk

By Sarah Vella

THE fire danger period remains in effect in South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires until May 1. When a fire danger period has been declared, fire restrictions come into force. This means you cannot light a fire in the open air unless you have a permit or comply with certain requirements. If you don’t obtain a permit, you could be breaking the law and may be prosecuted. Ruby CFA captain Darren Hardacre is concerned about the number of callouts to attend illegal burn-offs. “We are still in the fire danger period and that means restrictions still apply. People are not allowed to go burning off,” he said. “People may think because conditions are

a bit cooler and we have had a bit of rain it will be okay, but they have a legal obligation to check restrictions to see if they have been lifted.” Mr Hardacre said turning out to misdemeanour jobs is a waste of volunteers’ time. “As a result of these turnouts, people may end up with a fine or court proceedings, especially if they prove to be non-compliant,” he said. “All they need to do is check the CFA website ( to see if the restrictions are still in place. “For those without access to the internet, they can phone the bushfire information line on 1800 240 667.” Mr Hardacre said people can also check in with their local fire brigade to learn more about the rules and restrictions relating to fire danger periods.




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Hazardous roads RECENTLY I travelled with my wife to our holiday house in Mirboo North. Heading from the Loch area, we had to avoid untold number of potholes. On return, we experience similar whilst travelling home. We have been out of the state for a few months and noticed these holes last year, but assumed they would be repaired by now. Even though we were extremely careful, we bottomed our Hiace van to the extent there is a dangerous shudder every time we apply the brakes. This car recently passed a roadworthy test and is in quite good condition for a 10 year old car. It’s unfair ratepayers who pay a descent registration should have to suffer damage to their vehicle. In my experience, the shock to the car could easily have

broken a tie rod end, causing a vehicle to swing into oncoming traffic. Does someone have to die to have these roads fixed? So what is going on with our roads and safety? Who is responsible here? David Dixon, Forest Hill.

Too much AFTER having endured more than a month of smoke hazard from the Hazelwood fire, it appears we are now to endure yet further weeks of smoke. HVP Plantations proposes to burn thousands of hectares of wind rows in the vicinity of Darlimurla and Boolarra to the detriment of air quality and community health. The concept of fresh country air has become a bitter irony. I recommend anyone who thinks they will be adversely affected by the smoke from these proposed burn-offs to contact HVP


Play your part THERE is no reason to keep cool about ice. In fact, the drug should be making readers hot under the collar. Wonthaggi Police held a community forum last Wednesday in a bid to educate the public about the dangers of the illicit drug, which is becoming more prevalent in the region. The impacts of this drug not only affect the user but also family and friends, workplaces, sporting clubs; essentially the whole community. While there will always be an element of society willing to experiment with drugs for the sake of trying something new, no doubt people also turn to drugs to address issues in their lives: whether boredom or stressors that have become too much to bare. In that case, surely some level of drug using could be addressed by people feeling able to ask for help and in turn being supported when they do? Could rising use of ice also reflect a need for more affordable mental health or social work services in our region to capture people before they slip into a vortex of drug dependence? If, to some degree, the market for ice is removed, then hopefully that will give drug dealers or manufacturers less impetus to sell ice on our streets and in our homes. Sometimes keeping an eye out for your relative or mate can set their life on a better direction.

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and the EPA and complain. Surely there is some point at which we should hold multinationals to account for their environmental damage? Catherine McDonald, Darlimurla.

Dog ambush RECENTLY, I noticed new signage appeared on our foreshore area at Grantville, indicating restrictions on the walking of dogs. It didn’t take me long, as the co-owner of a dog friendly foreshore caravan park, to figure out somebody in Bass Coast Shire Council had just ambushed my business. Now I had a little think about this, as you do, and it immediately crashed in on me this was not a small matter. A lot of my clients are older people who come here precisely because it is a nice quiet place to take their dog. I cast around for clues about why this was happening. Perhaps I missed something about this during the last council election. The new team we put into power down in Wonthaggi would surely have mentioned something about it as part of their things to do for the next three years. I don’t remember it being

mentioned come to think of it. I am sure I didn’t. Being a fairly big community issue, you know, lots of ratepayers around here have dogs they like to walk on the beach. I wondered whether I had missed some public meetings about this where our attitude might have been canvassed. I am on the committee of the local ratepayers and residents association and we didn’t have one. I jumped on the phone to the president of the local business association, and like me, she had only heard about it after the fact. Perhaps there was another public meeting somewhere, but no one seems to have heard about it if they did. Once I had recovered from the initial shock and disbelief, the anger started to set in, because it has been done by people I trusted and whose political judgment I respected. After I had calmed down and, as it were, scraped myself off the inside of the roof of the foreshore barbecue shelter, next to the new notices, the anger was replaced with disappointment and concern for the political future. The new dog policy that has just emanated from Bass

Coast Shire Council is a political suicide note, and what we can look forward to, comrades, is the return of Mr Brown (or similar) and a group of Liberal Party lookalikes at the next election. The dog owners aren’t going to forgive you councillors and nor will their friends. And it will make getting up environmentally friendly candidates in the foreseeable future extremely difficult. It is enough of a battle to get nationwide constituencies to take environmentalism seriously anyway, when it is politically encumbered by social policies that look like they have been cobbled together by Noddy and Big Ears. But then at a national level, that keeps them at 10-15 per cent of the vote. You guys are running the place and you just cannot afford to behave as if you were a minority nowhere near the levers of power! If you want an environmentally friendly coastal dog policy that has the remotest chance of surviving the next election, you have got to do the grass roots hard graft and sell it to your constituents, so they will understand it, appreciate its virtues and consent to it. That hard graft includes

some real politik compromises. It is called democratic politics, just in case you were wondering, comrades. Furthermore, if you want the endangered plovers et al to prevail over the doggies, you really want to be sure of your facts. You guys are burning a lot of political capital over a small environmental issue that will put you out of action before you get within a country mile of a big one. And if you can’t handle a little even vaguely competently, where are those who want you to succeed going to turn? It won’t kill you to back off a bit, start again and give yourselves the chance to rebuild your support base, policy and credibility across the whole political spectrum. It could be the making of a second term for the team and the making of a reputation for having the humility to admit a mistake, remedy it in a timely fashion and then use the goodwill that produces to get more of your agenda past the people who elected you. And the thing is, if you don’t, the doggies will keep biting until there is nothing left of you to re-elect. Christopher Nagle, Grantville.


Do you think drugs are becoming a greater issue in South Gippsland?

“Drugs are definitely on the increase and ice is a big concern as a result of the level of violence involved. It’s a shame how gullible people are when confronted with the issue. The education sessions are very beneficial for those who want to seek help.” Graeme Mabin, Wonthaggi.

“My perception is the drug problem is rising. There’s a lack of social cohesion.” Antonio Castello, Wonthaggi.

“Definitely. I think it’s very accessible no matter where you are or how old you are.” Bub Clark, Nerrena.

“Yes, anyone can find the means to make drugs at a low price. It’s everywhere.” Sarah Belsar, Inverloch.

Launch helps you lend a hand FANCY helping out in the community? Then a new brochure launched by the South Gippsland Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Leongatha last Thursday could be for you. The Volunteering in South Gippsland brochure gives an overview of volunteering opportunities throughout the region: caring for people, wildlife and the environment, assisting during emergency situations, becoming involved with clubs and associations, and fundraising. There are even suggestions for people with a creative edge, wanting to share tourism and information tips, help with administration or work with young people.

The bureau’s Tina Bons, of Leongatha, said she was amazed by the number of volunteers in the area. Evelyn Stephens of Leongatha spoke of her involvement playing bingo with residents at Leongatha’s Koorooman House aged care home every Monday. Lizzie Leigh of Leongatha said she still enjoys volunteering at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra 25 years after joining. She also mentioned she was looking for an original Hypol bottle if anyone had one. South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jim Fawcett performed the official launch.

Celebrating those who give: rejoicing the launch of the Volunteering in South Gippsland brochure were South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jim Fawcett and South Gippsland Citizens’ Advice Bureau members from left, Virginia Bourke, Tina Bons and Susannah Martin.

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Less is more: Brittany Pearce (left) and Adine Robb from the Esplanade Hotel in Inverloch were brave enough to shave their heads in front of a large crowd at the pub on Sunday afternoon. In total, four people had their head shaved on the day and one brave man had a body wax for the cause. In total, around $7000 was raised for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Before and after: Korumburra’s Ricky Hurst turned in his long dreadlocks and beard for the clean shave look to support the Leukaemia Foundation on Sunday. The shave began at midday and his hair was on the floor of Leongatha’s McCartin’s Hotel within 10 minutes. The decision to go ahead with the World’s Greatest Shave came to him in September when he realised his hair hindered his work as a mechanic, and shaving would be the perfect opportunity to make it count and support families suffering from leukaemia. He passed his goal of $2500, reaching a total of $2700.

Speak out SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is seeking community opinion on a plan to assess the value and relevancy of its land. Council owns a large portfolio of land across the shire and, as part of its Strategic Review of Land Holdings, each property will be evaluated to determine if it has future project development potential for the community or is surplus to council’s needs. “The sale of this land can be difficult to deliver as council is required to make decisions that could be considered controversial or viewed sentimentally by some parts of the community,” council’s property manager Chris Van Der Ark said. “Some land may be unviable for a council purpose because of size, accessibility, topography, utility servicing or impact of vegetation, but it may be useful to a private investor for other purposes. “This process aims to clearly identify the surplus land so that it can be sold and the revenue be redirected towards more effective uses.” The evaluation matrix, which was presented to council at its February meeting, will deliver an assessment based on criteria that include marketability, zoning, memorials, playgrounds and barbecue facilities, native vegetation, conservation status and public recreational use. The matrix can be viewed on www.southgippsland., at council and local libraries. “It is an opportunity to better understand what land has potential and is in alignment with our land use strategies. We should then release underperforming property to improve our financial sustainability,” Ms Van Der Ark said. Comments from the community must be provided by close of business on Monday, May 5 and addressed to Chris Van Der Ark, South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953 or by email to council@ Responses will be compiled into a report to council in May or June.

Walking for water By Stuart Biggins MARCH 16 to 23 is World Water Week. Most of us know that at least 80 percent of humanity live on less than US$10 a day and yet many of us think of ourselves as poor. We take for granted clean drinkable tap water in our bathrooms, kitchens, toilets, laundries and gardens and yes, we grizzle about the cost, but one in 10 people worldwide do not have access to clean water.

In parts of Africa, the day can be taken up largely by the daily jaunt to fetch water from the well. Walk for Water is a program to raise awareness of this issue and money to help alleviate water poverty. When you see Johanna Hassje on the streets of Leongatha carrying a little tin bucket, she is walking 10,000 steps a day, the average distance women in developing countries walk per day to fetch water. Make a donation.

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Koalas go to China By Laura Gibb STUDENT leaders at Leongatha Primary School are keen to look after the environment.

Brave to shave: teacher Jenny Goss, student Jordan McFarlane and teacher Bronwyn Webster of Leongatha Secondary College lost their locks to raise money for cancer research.

A group of Grade 6 students has been chosen as environmental leaders after they applied for the role in writing. “I want to teach younger kids about the environment and make our environment less polluted,” environmental leader Ainslee Logan said. “I want to make our school a cleaner place to be,” Laura Brennan said. “And happier and cleaner for the future kids,” Keely Price said.

The group has autonomy to decide what they want their program to achieve and how to pursue their goals. They also get a shiny badge each. Environmental leaders will be working hand in hand with conservation agencies. “The main part of it is partnerships: partnership with Phillip Island Nature Park, partnership with Friends of Strzelecki Koalas,” principal Rob Higgins said. Nicole Walsh, project officer with South Gippsland Landcare Network, gave guidance to the student leaders on Friday, as they weeded around saplings planted by students and Landcare in 2013. Grade 6 students also prepared

education packs to go to China with the group travelling across from Leongatha Primary School in three weeks. The packs come from Friends of Strzelecki Koalas (FOSK), who represent the local koala population. Strzelecki koalas are endemic to the Strzelecki Ranges. They are genetically diverse and resistant to disease, unlike other Victorian koalas that have a limited gene pool and were reintroduced from French and Phillip Islands. The education packs contain plush toy animals as well as stickers, information and colouring sheets. The Chinese students will help to plant trees when they make a reciprocal visit Leongatha Primary School.

School shaves for a cure

By Laura Gibb

FIVE students and three teachers had their heads shaved bare in front of Leongatha Secondary College on Friday. The drastic haircuts were part of World’s Greatest Shave, a fundraiser to support blood cancer sufferers and their families. Fundraisers seek sponsorship to shave or colour their hair, with money going to support the Leukaemia Foundation in providing families with free emotional and practical services, and investing in research to find cures. The college raised $2550. “It’s a very important event,” school captain Olivia Cope said. “We do it every year.” Other students in the school are also taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave

independently of the group event. While students watched their peers being shorn by hairdressers including Sandra Fleming, talented teachers Marty Box and Dave McGillvray entertained the group with music and magic tricks, respectively. “And maybe you’re going to be the one who shaves me,” Mr Box sang, in a new twist on the popular Oasis song. The annual event was organised by teacher Sheena Cumming and the student representative committee. “Everyone seemed to get into the spirit of the thing,” Mrs Cumming said. Shaving hair is not only a bold move that can attract sponsorship and raise money; it can also be a gesture of solidarity with people who have lost their hair through chemotherapy. Teacher Bronwyn Webster was happy with the razor’s results. “It’s only hair,” she said. “It doesn’t define who you are.”

Student leaders: Ashley Greaves, Laura Brennan, Leeiam Deering, Nicole Walsh of South Gippsland Landcare Network, Ainslee Logan, Louise Colwill and Keely Price as Fosky the koala cleaning up at Leongatha Primary School.


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Luxurious river experience: take in the best Europe has the offer with Leongatha Jetset’s limited time river cruise packages.

Jetset offers incredible European deal THE unforgettable APT Europe river cruises for 2015 will be at 2014 prices until April 15 at Jetset Leongatha. Featuring fantastic new Super Deals, the launch of the Europe River Cruising Preview brochure for 2015 offers greater choice and greater savings than ever before. Experience the heart of European countries along iconic rivers including the Rhine, Rhone, Danube, Seine and Douro. Aboard a specially designed luxury river ship, a meticulously planned journey awaits. There are a variety of ships sailing all year round and special deals to go with various cabin types. Depending on the ship, including Aria river ships and Concerto river ships, the option is there to choose a twin window cabin or a panoramic balcony. From exquisite meals created to complement the region through which you are travelling, to airport transfers and the dedicated services of an APT tour director, you can relax in the knowledge we will take care of you every step of the way. Enjoy engaging entertainment on board as well, with an excellent range of facilities. Indulge in a massage or beauty treatment, unwind in the sauna or make the best of the fitness equipment. To lay back and enjoy the view, head out to one of the outdoor decks. Relax aboard the river cruise or take in the sensational land tours in conjunction with the cruise. The journey can be tailor made to suit any means of travel by coach or independently by rail or car hire. Explore the rugged beauty of Britain and Ireland, see the enchanting sights of Italy, discover the picturesque beauty of Croatia, uncover the historic wonders of Turkey or visit the sun drenched Greek islands. Enjoy a wealth of inclusions from personalised audio headsets, to complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire ship and both complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages included throughout with no hidden costs. Whether you have been to Europe or not, this is the perfect introduction to European crusing.

Must see: tick the Regensburg Stone Bridge off your list with a journey through Europe booked through Jetset Leongatha.

Incredible opportunity: book now through Jetset Leongatha and be amazed by Europe’s land and river tours.

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Three generations of care SITUATED in the heart of Cowes, Banfields Aged Care is a brand new, worldclass residential aged care facility with a special open day on Saturday, March 29 between 10am and 2pm to show off its hotel style amenities. A lot of Phillip Island residents have grown up knowing Banfields’ history as a former cinema and restaurant complex, but its transformation into a state of the art aged care facility has been created from a history all of its own. Banfields Aged Care has been born from three generations of experience of the Matthies family who have been involved in aged care since the 1960s. First generation Keith and Betty Matthies have been acknowledged by the aged care industry as being amongst its earliest innovators and instrumental in guiding the industry to where it stands today. They were one of the first aged care providers to build and operate new purpose built facilities in Melbourne in the 1970s and early 1980s. They were also the founders and operators of Canterbury Nursing Home from 1966 through to their eventual retirement in the mid-

2000s. As a result of growing up in this environment, Keith and Betty’s son, John Matthies (managing director of Australian Aged Care Group Pty Ltd) has had a life long involvement in the industry both as an operator and lawyer. John was keen to perpetuate his parents’ legacy and spent several years looking for the perfect location to build a top tier facility that would meet all the needs and expectations of the growing baby boomers market, of which he is one, as well as people from his parents’ generation. John was fortunate to locate a suitable site in Gellibrand Street in Kew and no expense was spared building Kew Gardens Aged Care where both of his parents, Keith and Betty now reside. The facility includes a cinema, café, bar, barbecue courtyard and private dining room with sitting and dining rooms overlooking Alexander Gardens. Yet it still retains a home like appearance and ambience that has resulted in Kew Gardens being acknowledged as the benchmark facility of the aged care industry. As his second development, John has now set up Banfields Aged Care to meet the same exception-

ally high standards established by its predecessor. The single level facility features luxurious amenities and provides care to 90 residents, catering for both low care and high care needs with ageing in place programs. The facility also offers dementia specific care in a dedicated 14 bed dementia specific wing. The spacious and elegant facility consists of six separate wings, adjoining central lounges, café, bar, reception centre and provides an extensive range of services to assist residents in remaining active and engaged. “Our facilities are a lot more user-friendly, some people would say luxurious,” John said, explaining what sets his facilities apart from everything else currently offered on the market. “We’ve endeavoured to provide a hotel-style level of services and care.” In particular, both Banfields and Kew Gardens are distinguished by the quality of their rooms. Whereas most aged care facilities will simply offer a bedroom, both facilities focus on providing suites – rooms with a bedroom, ensuite bathroom, sitting room and kitchenette. “It just makes it a bit more home like,” John said. Now entering into a third generation, John is

joined by his children, Jennifer and Edward, who have moved into administration positions within the company and bring with them a contemporary focus with further dynamic initiatives for maintaining a superior level of aged care

service. In the years to come, as the number of elderly increase, John says his team of aged care professionals is well positioned to capitalise on the growing market trend. “Most of those people

will be baby boomer generation types who have much higher expectations of the type of facility and the standard of care they want,” John said. Taking into account this impressive family history, the company motto

of “Exceptional Care Built on Solid Foundations” could be seen as constantly evolving, still building from a shared vision of three generations of progressive aged care providers.

Dedicated to caring: first and second generation, Keith and John Matthies outside Banfields’ predecessor, Kew Gardens, in Melbourne.

You’re invited to come and experience the difference..

BANFIELDS AGED CARE OPEN DAY 10am to 2pm Saturday, 29 March at Banfields Aged Care, 192 Thompson Avenue, Cowes Now that we are fully operational, please come and see us in action! Our elegant, state-of-the-art residential aged care facility is opening its doors to the community, so you can see first-hand the truly exceptional aged care that’s available near you. Attractions on the day: Tours of the facility Aged care-specific Financial and Clinical/Care information sessions Live Music BBQ Lunch and much more…

From the moment you arrive at Banfields Aged Care, you know you are entering an aged care facility that cherishes the quality of life.

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Ready and able: chief skipper Chris Hargreaves and crew member Blake Fisher have seen their share of search and rescues around Waratah Bay and Sandy Point.

Leaders met legends GRADE 6 school leaders from Fish Creek and District Primary School travelled to Melbourne for the day to experience the Halogen National Young Leaders Day recently.

Marine rescue teams reviewed

By Tayla Kershaw

THE Parliament of Victoria is conducting a Marine Service Review. The Economic Development, Infrastructure, and Outer Suburban/Interface Services Committee called for an inquiry into the operation of rescue services across the state. The committee will consider whether the range and manner of the service fits its purpose, consider improvements, outline areas of responsibility, investigate legislation that enables search and rescue activities, and review

communications processes and training needs. The Port Welshpool Coast Guard recently handed in their submission. The review will affect the coast guard. The Waratah Marine Service has not been formally advised in regards to the review. The team is currently in the stages of having their boats surveyed for use. Following this, they will gain an idea of where they fit and will continue operation from there. Surveying these boats will inform them of how to proceed and will lighten restrictions on who can drive the boats, increasing their capabilities and creating a firm marine service for Waratah Bay and Sandy Point.

Invy flooding woes averted WORKS to prevent Inverloch’s A’Beckett Street from flooding during storms and heavy rain were completed recently. Only minor reinstatement works are to be finalised after a new diversion stormwater drain was laid across The Esplanade from a gross pollutant trap next to Inverloch Marine. Bass Coast Shire Council’s act-

ing infrastructure director Jamie Sutherland said the project would help overcome recurrent flooding problems within A’Beckett Street. “Local community and business owners will benefit from a new underground drainage infrastructure that will help carry more stormwater during any heavy and persistent rains,” he said. “Future works will also be needed from The Esplanade to A’Beckett Street towards Reilly

Street.” Mr Sutherland said the works were completed with minimal disruption to local business and traffic. “The works ran smoothly with a well-planned schedule and good traffic control measures,” he said. “We would like to thank local business owners for their cooperation, and also all road users for adhering to traffic control measures during the construction works.”

Hitchhike for charity By Tayla Kershaw HELP Friends of the Earth by supporting the Big Green Hitch. Five pairs from Friends of the Earth will participate in a hitchhiking race from Melbourne to Sydney, stopping in coal seam gas affected areas and educating the public. Communities will be surveyed during the week long, 1000 kilometre race. The race began in Melbourne and continued onto Korumburra. From Korumburra, race-goers travelled to Leongatha. Eden and Jervis Bay were the next destinations before they headed to Sydney. Friends of the Earth are keen to eliminate the use of coal seam gas. The Mirboo North community recently declared themselves a coal seam gas free district and Friends of the Earth hope to see more districts follow their lead. They say coal seam gas poses an unnecessary risk to rural towns and can affect farming properties or even poison water supplies.

The environmental group would also like to portray hitchhiking as a positive way of travel. “We didn’t choose the best time with Wolf Creek 2 coming out,” Friends of the Earth’s Audrey Arjoune said. “But it should be a common way to travel. So often people will drive by themselves in a car that can hold five people; why not go together?” If a team can convince their driver to pick up another team, an extra point is given. The race is a team event. Ms Ardjoune said this was a great rule to make everyone stay together and share the experience. “It’s exciting to meet different people from different backgrounds along the way,” Audrey’s race partner Sam CossarGilbert said. “We’ve already had two lovely lifts so far.” This is the second time Friends of the Earth has run the Big Green Hitch. Last year they travelled along the Great Ocean Road and raised $4000. They hope to do the same this year; so far they’ve raised up to $700. Follow their adventures and become an official sponsor at

Bus stops on way AS THE new school year gets underway, Bass Coast Shire Council is starting to build two new school bus stops in Inverloch.

Morwell bound: Friends of the Earth’s Audrey Arjoune and Sam Cossar-Gilbert are hitchhiking from Melbourne to Sydney to raise money for a coal seam gas free environment. They were in Leongatha recently.

One is to be installed in Ullathornes Road, to the south of the Ullathornes Road and Nesci Court intersection. The other is in Wonthaggi Road, opposite the Capeview Mitre10 store. “In both cases these are established school bus pick up and drop off points, but where there has been no shelter in the past,” council’s acting infrastructure director Jamie Sutherland said. “The Ullathornes Road shelter will keep about 12 Wonthaggi Secondary College students out of the rain. Putting the drain to the front of the stop underground will also make getting on and off the bus a much drier and safer experience for the kids. “The Wonthaggi Road stop will service about 20 Newhaven College and about 10 Wonthaggi Secondary College children. Council will also construct a 17 metre footpath to connect the bus stop to the closest car parking area.”

They were joined by around 4000 young leaders from all over Victoria. Amazing speakers came to inspire the students to become better leaders.

The speakers were Halogen director Mike Martin, author John Marsden, entrepreneur Daniel Flynn, entrepreneur, Olympic silver medallist Jess Fox and AFL legend Kevin Sheedy. The theme for the day was “I am somebody”, with students encouraged to follow their dreams and help make a difference to the world. It is hoped that this will become an annual event for the school leaders at Fish Creek.

Setting goals: leaders from Fish Creek and District Primary School who attended the leadership day, from left, Emma Barnes, Mia Price, Isla HaywardBannister and Amity Sands-Morris.

Mayor’s message Cr Jim Fawcett WE ARE keen to have your input as we prepare the preliminary budget framework. Council invites you to attend one of our community budget workshops on Tuesday, March 25 at either 2pm or 6.30pm in the council chamber. While we wrestle annually with legislative requirements, asset management and the increasing service/ cost shifting from other tiers of government, we also need to prioritise where and how funding is allocated. We are looking at the future service levels for our swimming pools and how to make Coal Creek viable along with other services offered by council. We also need to scope the future options for our offices and library. Would it make economic sense and could we afford to purchase the VicTrack land to create a central municipal precinct and release/sell the current offices for retail occupation? What properties does council own that it is unlikely to ever use and that it should perhaps sell to fund priority projects? You can view the evaluation matrix that we are considering using in our Strategic Review of Land Holdings on www.southgippsland. Just like the family budget, we all have wish lists but can only action what we can afford, and already we are forced annually to increase rates to meeting rising costs. It is often brought to my attention that we need to better inform you about the broad range of services we do provide. A recent example was a farmer who confronted me to say he received no value for his rates - no garbage services and a potholed gravel road. Closer examination would probably show that he has had more specific funding poured into the maintenance of his road, drains, culvert replacement, landslip, etc than an urban ratepayer. The road services just six farms and carries heavy tankers and school buses daily and yes, it still gets potholes, thanks to our limited resources and challenging climate, and he is not actually charged for garbage collection. He does of course deserve to have good access, but with over 1300kms of unsealed roads and 800kms of sealed roads to manage, combined with our population base, how do we make our dollars and funding grants stretch to meet community expectations? Rain and storm events over the past two years have cost over $10 million in clean up and repairs, over and above our regular maintenance work.

Implicit in the word ‘community’ is that we all share the provision of over 100 services and infrastructure that support us from cradle to grave. It is highly unlikely you would use all of them at any given time, but they are there for you and your family when and if they are needed. Your daughter may seek pre-natal support at a Maternal and Childcare Clinic; your grandchild may need to be immunised, participate in childcare and kindergarten, use a supervised school crossing, play in our parks and playgrounds use our public toilets and barbecues, exercise at our recreation reserves and swimming pools, use our libraries and enjoy concerts and activities in our community halls, some made available by funding grants. You drive on our roads, guided by signage and park on our streets which are lit at night and swept in the early hours. Your parents, or you, may receive Meals on Wheels, home care, respite care or community transport services. If you have a disability we make provisions to improve your access and comfort. We handle your garbage, either through kerbside collection or at our transfer stations. And so the list goes on. The hardest part for people to come to terms with seems to be the need for the ‘invisible’ administrative staff. It is often waved as a throwaway line that we are ‘top heavy’ but our staff levels are lean in comparison with similar sized councils. Officers and councillors are continually refining processes and policies to improve efficiencies and I have confidence in our systems. Like any business we are bound by commercial, risk, safety and taxation protocols that require staff to deliver the transparency you expect, plus we have a plethora of regulatory compliances unique to government authorities. Then there’s planning, engineering, road maintenance, waste management, economic development, environmental health and tourism departments, all working to support your businesses, health and wellbeing. So please, come along to one of these workshops, give us your thoughts and wisdom to help us make the best budget decisions for the coming year. We’d really appreciate your input. If you’d like further information about the workshops, please call our director of community services June Ernst on 5662 9200. Cr Jim Fawcett, mayor.

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Clarrie shaped South Gippsland FEBRUARY 15 saw the end of an era for South Gippsland with the passing of Clarrie Smith in his 90th year.

South Gippsland pioneer: Clarrie Smith.

Clarrie was the last of the founding members of AW Smith and Sons Pty Ltd whose pioneering spirit contributed much to the local community and economy. Clarence Henry Smith was born on December 5, 1924, the fourth son of AW (Arthur William ‘Bill’), a carpenter by trade, and Amelia (nee McLauglan) Smith, a home helper for the bank manager’s family. Their predecessors immigrated to Australia from England and Scotland in the gold rush days of pre1850 and went on to work in timber carting, bullock teams,

blacksmithing and wheelwrighting. Both families moved to Mirboo North with the advent of the railway in the later part of the 19th century, and it was there AW and Amelia met. AW and Amelia married in 1913 and lived on a farm close to Mirboo North where they welcomed their four sons: Albert ‘Bert” in 1914, twins George and Roy in 1916 and lastly Clarrie in 1924. At first AW worked pulling logs with seven horses in single file for the first Yallourn Power House but with work scarce due to the Great Depression, the family moved to Dandenong in 1926 when Clarrie was only two. Here they lived in meagre roadside huts whilst AW dairy farmed and then went road contracting.

Mayor’s message Cr Neil Rankine MANY residents, property owners and non-resident owners in the shire last week received letters advising of a proposed amendment to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme to incorporate new data relating to flooding. The likely impact of flooding, projected sea-level rises and extreme storms can be significant for coastal shires such as ours. The State Planning Policy Framework requires all councils in the state to, and I quote, “identify land in a flood storage or flood fringe area affected by the one in 100 year flood or any other area determined by the floodplain management authority.” Further, the framework requires councils to consider projected sea-level rises of 0.8m (80cm) by the year 2100 as a result of climate change. Melbourne Water and the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority are the floodplain management authorities for the Bass Coast Shire Council area. The data they have collected over time, together with data collected by the State Government’s Future Coasts Inundation Dataset, forms the basis for new mapping of flooding in our shire. This mapping indicates that some areas of the shire are at risk of flooding, either from rivers (for example the Powlett) or from projected sea-level rises. While many areas are already known to be prone to flooding, and some were already subject to the Land Subject to Inundation Overlay, the areas identified as at being at risk as a result of the new data are much larger. Having this data in our possession brings with it a responsibility to share this information with our community. We cannot be a ‘fair weather’ council, only sharing the good news. We all enjoy our coastal environment and I don’t expect that to change, but it is also important to ensure the community is aware of the risks, so they can make informed decisions. The State Government requires councils to incorporate the relevant information into their planning schemes to ensure any new buildings and developments take into consideration this information. Council is therefore proposing to amend the Bass Coast Planning Scheme to apply a Land Subject to Inundation Overlay to the areas identified as being at risk of flooding. The proposed planning scheme amendment


follows a series of legally required steps. The first step in the process is to provide all the relevant information to property owners and residents of those areas identified as being at risk. This is now underway and there is an eight-week period of community consultation. This consultation provides opportunities for members of the public to attend one-onone sessions to discuss their specific concerns with officers from council as well as the water authorities. The purpose of this consultation is to both inform affected residents and owners, as well as gather their feedback regarding the impact to their specific property. This information will allow council and the water authorities to review the mapping and make any necessary adjustments. The next step is for council to consider submissions at the end of the eight-week period and make a decision about whether to proceed or not with the change. If the submissions raise issues that council is unable to resolve, the next step is for council to refer the matter to Planning Panels Victoria, who will hold hearings and make a recommendation to council. If adopted by council, the amendment will only become part of the Bass Coast Planning Scheme if the minister approves it and the decision announced in the Government Gazette. In other words, this is a lengthy process that provides plenty of opportunities for people to provide input and comments. I urge you to do so. All information related to this proposed amendment can be found online on council’s website and in hardcopy at council community service centres in Wonthaggi, Cowes, Inverloch and Grantville. Before finishing, I must highlight the proposed amendment does not seek to prohibit development or new construction – it simply aims to ensure any new buildings in the areas affected by flooding are designed with these risks in mind. The LSIO is a planning tool – as such, it applies to new buildings and works. It does not apply to existing dwellings, unless you plan to carry out an extension or other new works. If you have an existing dwelling and have no plans to carry out new works, it is business as usual.

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Clarrie commenced his schooling at Hallam State School and completed it at Mirboo North once the family returned to the farm, leaving school at age 15. In the mid 1930s AW Smith and Sons was born, with the family opening its first sawmill in Allambee South providing timber for the bridge building contracts they worked with bullock teams post the 1934 floods. The sawmill was moved two or three times in the local vicinity as timber ran out around each site, however 1941 saw a larger move, this time to Leongatha due to the need for electricity to run the boiler after a breakdown and the unavailability of parts due to the war. This move was seen as a temporary fix but in time evolved to a permanent stay. The Leongatha sawmill, deemed an essential service in the war years, saw the family serve the war effort on its own soil, cutting and transporting timber for nine months to Wilson’s Promontory for the construction of the army camp. The war years also saw Clarrie and his brother Roy rising to the government’s call for crops of potatoes and flax. These they worked by hand and with horses initially. The Smith family was industrious and progressive, and turned its hand to varied work as opportunities arose. Clarrie told of moving a 28 ton, 27 foot long boiler from a disused Outtrim coalmine during the war years for a power station in Brunswick. It took a full week to roll it out of the gully with a tractor. The purchase of bulldozers at Army Disposals in the late 1940s was a first for the district and Clarrie set about contracting to clear land, build dams and bridges in between the work in the bush to keep logs up to the sawmill. Many properties in the district have seen Clarrie’s bulldozer blade at work. In 1945, the family invested in 700 acres at Leongatha South which was also cleared by Clarrie and the family operated this dairy farm for 20 years. The bulldozer was also used by Clarrie to salvage the yacht Winston Churchill from

a beach close to Wonthaggi in 1959. Bulldozers led to the purchase of a low loader to move them around and another arm to the Smith business was born. A fuel tanker contract and petrol outlet in Leongatha was also purchased and operated by the family. The hardwood business leant itself to extending into hardware and building supplies and later giftware was added; the two stores in Leongatha still operating today. Clarrie and his family were self taught mechanics. Clarrie was at home in his workshop pulling apart trucks, bulldozers and the mill machinery, rebuilding and repairing these, often having to mock up parts for them. As the years progressed, Clarrie’s main work became the felling, snigging and carting of hardwood trees from the Strzeleckis to keep the sawmill in work, sometimes bringing in three loads a day. The biggest tree he felled was at Gunyah, a Mountain Ash weighing 24 ton. Clarrie was attuned to the bush, knew its rhythms and perilous dangers and how to conserve it. There wasn’t a bush track in the district he didn’t know or a patch of bush whose age evaded him. Up until 2003 Clarrie visited the sawmill daily loading logs from the log store onto his International Loadstar and bringing them up for milling. It was saddening for him after 62 years to see the sawmill part of the business close due to State Government restrictions

on timber harvesting. Clarrie loved being involved, his family’s heritage and all things Australian hardwood. Work, closely mixed with family, was the core of Clarrie’s life, but it was a labour of love. Clarrie married Shirley Mathers, daughter of the late Harold and Elsie Mathers originally of Fish Creek, in 1953. They lived in an old shop front adjacent to the sawmill prior to moving into the family home in Roughead Street in 1959. With joy they welcomed Judith in 1955. Sadly they farewelled their second child Robert in 1957. Clarrie and Shirley were thrilled on the arrival of Janette in 1959 and Greg in 1961, and have been proud and caring parents as their children have grown, developed careers and moved on in life. Judith married Robert Iversen, Janette married Peter McNair and Greg married Leonie Young. In 1991 they were excited to welcome their first grandchild Michael, to Greg and Leonie, followed by Kellie in 1994. Sarah was born in 1999, a joy to Janette and Peter and another grandchild to cherish. Clarrie took a keen interest in all the family and was supportive of their pursuits. As a young man Clarrie joined the Leongatha Fire Brigade, serving for 25 years. He travelled to compete with them and represented them in their cricket team. Clarrie played football with the Leongatha Football Club for

some time. Clarrie provided his time and earth moving equipment to help build the original Leongatha Swimming Pool, level the Leongatha Recreation Reserve and bulldoze at the Koonwarra Fire Brigade site. Clarrie had a keen interest in current affairs and politics. He enjoyed music, local history and tracing family. Clarrie made many friends over the years and he loved catching up with them and following their lives. He enjoyed raising a few cattle and loved the family pets. The vegetable garden was always stocked with food for the family and kept Shirley busy preserving. He was happy tinkering and travelling featured greatly in his post retirement years with extended caravanning trips around Australia with Shirley and at times their children, covering the country from tip to tip. Clarrie was recognised locally by his distinctive red towelling hats (as pictured on the mural on the side of the Roughead Street store) and of course his beloved Landcruiser. The passing of Clarrie marks the end of an era however his legacy lives on in his children and grandchildren, in the success of the family business to which he dedicated much of his life and continues under the stewardship of his son Greg and nephew Ian (Bert’s son), and in the many landscapes and structures in the district that he has worked on.

Take note: Boolarra residents have taken a stand against coal and coal seam gas.

Boolarra declares town “CSG free” BOOLARRA will become the first town in the Latrobe Valley to declare itself “CSG free” with a Declaration Day organised by the Sustainable Boolarra Group last Sunday. The Sustainable Boolarra Group was established by local residents in 2012, concerned about mining exploration license applications that cover Boolarra and the surrounding districts. The group is concerned about the possible negative effects of new coal and coal seam gas (CSG) mining. In 2013-14 a survey was conducted of 450 properties in and around the town of Boolarra in the 3870 postcode. An overwhelming majority (87 percent) of property owners were opposed to the establishment of new coal mines and gasfields and signed a petition declaring their property ‘locked’ to these industries. Less than five percent of residents supported new mining and the remaining eight percent were unsure or had no opinion. According to resident and Sustainable Boolarra Group spokesperson Chelsea Stewart, “It is clear from the survey results the vast majority of residents are opposed to any new mining in the area.

“We want to protect our local environment, our farming industries, our way of life and, most importantly, our water. “There is no social licence here for the CSG industry. We place a much greater value on our food production, our water quality and the health of our residents than on supporting the expansion of gas export markets.” Beef farmer Tania Brown said, “As a Boolarra farmer with a young family I oppose any new mining activities in the area, especially CSG extraction. I have been concerned about the health risks to my children, and the possible contamination of our water, land and stock with toxic chemicals from coal and gas mining industries. “I believe contaminated beef and dairy products will end the ‘clean’ image we currently enjoy in Gippsland farming, and also destroy our overseas markets. “Clearly there are no guarantees CSG mining can be conducted without immediate threat to the surrounding environment. The Declaration Day took place in Railway Park, Boolarra and featured local musicians, a free barbecue, children’s activities, a declaration ceremony, and a giant Lock the Gate cake. Other Gippsland towns to have declared themselves CSG Free include Mirboo North, Poowong,Yarragon South and Seaspray.

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Happy Preps: from left, Ava, Sophie, Mason and Bailey grab their smocks and show off their work at Wonthaggi North Primary School.

Art inspires happiness By Tayla Kershaw WONTHAGGI North Primary School has the happiest art students. A five week drawing course under the guidance of art teacher Joy McKaige has developed the children’s talents from stereotypical

stick figures to figures with proportion and detail. The whole school used the song Happy by Pharrell Williams to inspire their artwork. The lessons were aimed to encourage the students to add movement to their creations. Mrs McKaige taught the children about the human body, using wooden models

to start with and expanding to the students modelling for each other. Each student was then asked to draw a self portrait looking happy and active. The self portraits have been combined to make a whole school mural across the corridor wall for friends and family to enjoy.

Ta da!: campus principal Ross Bramley is as excited about the new playground facility as the students.

Teens reach new heights By Tayla Kershaw THE new playground at Wonthaggi Secondary College Dudley campus was officially opened recently. It has been open for students for the past few weeks. The opening gave acknowledgement to the students and staff who brought the project to fruition. The student leaders from 2013 played a major role in the project, with help from campus business manager Steve Plumb. The driving forces of the project were Dudley campus principal Ross Bramley, college principal Garry Dennis, assistant college principal Gay Findlay, Emma Harris and Geoff Robertson. The whole project took 10 months to

complete. Past student leader Jasmine Chambers said it’s good to see a change in the school. “It’s a really good idea. There’s not a lot to do so it’ll make a lot more people get active,” she said. The school is aiming to create an easier transition for Year 7 students who are adapting to the changes from primary school to high school. “A lot of the students say if they aren’t into sport or music, there’s very little for them to do,” Mr Bramley said. “This will allow for general play for both the active kids and kids who prefer to sit somewhere and chat. “Our focus is happy kids are successful kids. We find students who are more engaged in their school environment and education show the most improvement.”

Children toast Loch with BBQ STUDENTS in Grades 3-6 at Loch Primary School spent many hours planning, preparing and advertising activities for the annual family barbecue held recently. Students decided on a fun activity, worked out the best location and encouraged parent help in providing prizes and rewards. Among about a dozen selected, some of the favourite activities were slushies, face painting, fishing, target shooting and an obstacle course. The night was attended by about 60 of the 70 students and their families.

Right, Scaling the heights: Tayla tackles the obstacle course.

School visit: St Joseph’s Catholic School and Korumburra Primary School leaders from left, Daniel, Arlie, Morgan, Liam, Darci, Kieran, Ella, and Jordan (front) with umpires Chris Appleton (left) and Mat Nicholls.

Leadership lesson STUDENT leaders from St Joseph’s, Leongatha and Korumburra primary schools came together recently to learn more about what makes a good leader. AFL umpires Mat Nicholls and Chris Appleton were in Korumburra to share their experiences regarding leadership and conflict resolution with the students. AFL Victoria development manager Russell O’Toole

said meeting elite level umpires was fantastic for young people. “The school visits allow students leaders to learn about strategies involving effective communication, decision making, conflict resolution and impartiality,” he said. “The umpires are tremendous ambassadors for Australian football and have a wealth of experience to share with young students.”

Libraries chase national glory SIX libraries have been nominated for the nation-wide Australia’s Favourite Library award, run by the Australian Library and Information Association. Inverloch, Leongatha, Mirboo North, Northern Mobile, Wonthaggi and Drouin libraries were nominated for the award by customers who value their service. “We know our libraries are popular with the community but we were still thrilled to see libraries in all the shires we serve nominated for this prestigious award,” West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation Board chair Cr Bob Newton said. “All of these libraries, while different in size and services, offer a place for their community to engage with the world, whether it be through traditional books and magazines, the online services we now offer or just having a place to meet other people.” Cr Newton said the award showed how well valued libraries in the region were. “Whether you live in up in the hills of the Baw Baw ranges, down on the coast or anywhere in between,

our libraries offer a community space that welcomes everyone,” he said. Cr Newton said a recent quarterly report from the library corporation showed there had been a 64 percent increase in memberships, a nine percent increase in library visits, a 30 percent increase in WiFi usage and an 83 percent increase in attendance at Baby Rhyme Time programs between July and December last year. “Libraries have changed a lot in the last few years, and I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t dropped by for a while to come and see how we’ve changed, and what we have to offer,” West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation CEO John Murrell said. While nominations for the award have closed, local libraries are encouraging their patrons to show their support by voting for the nominated libraries. “Voting opens on March 14 and we’d love everyone who values their library to jump online and show your support,” Mr Murrell said. To vote in Australia’s Favourite Library visit: www.

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Bass Strait record set THREE board paddlers have created history after being the first to paddle 300 kilometres from mainland Australia to Tasmania across the Bass Strait on paddle boards, using nothing but their arms. World champion ocean athletes Brad Gaul, Zeb Walsh and American Jack Bark achieved the worldfirst paddle from Victoria to Tasmania within eight

days The trio had to spend two of those days being grounded on Hogan Island due to strong south-westerly winds. The paddle boarders set off from Waterloo Bay in Wilsons Promontory on Tuesday, February 25 and reached Petal Point in north-eastern Tasmania at 6.10pm on Tuesday, March 4. “The last leg was the longest and most brutal because we had to cram two days of paddling into one.

But it was also the best because it was the last,” Walsh said. “We weren’t expecting to have to paddle that distance in one day, but with a south-westerly forecast we just had to get across or risk being held up on Foster Island for two days waiting for the unfavourable conditions to pass.” The close mates are accustomed to rough seas and long distances; however this endurance paddle dubbed A Date With The Strait, was by far their big-

gest physical and mental undertaking. “We have lost a bit of bark off our knees and our bodies are definitely in need of a break,” Walsh said. “We just couldn’t have done it without each other to motivate us and our incredible support crew – it

was as much a mental grind as physical.” Family, friends and onlookers welcomed the trio at Petal Point as the athletes finished their journey, which had seen them paddling for up to eight hours a day, landing at the rocky outcrop islands of Bass

Strait in the evenings. The ocean athletes had spent years researching and planning the paddle, that helped raise funds and awareness about Tangaroa Blue Foundation. Using cyber trackers, the athletes reported on ocean debris they found

along the way reporting their findings to Tangaroa Blue’s Australian Marine Debris Initiative. The data collected will help to develop source reduction plans in a bid to reduce the waste from entering the marine environment in the first place.

Above, World record: Brad Gaul, Zeb Walsh and Zack Bark entered the record books after paddling on boards from mainland Australia to Tasmania recently. Photo courtesy Cormac Hanrahan. Left, Great lengths: the epic journey, marking the different legs of the paddle.

JESINTA Lea Anna Eadie was born on March 6 at Leongatha hospital. She is the first girl for Katie and Allan of Korumburra and sister for older brother Patrick, 2, and two half-brothers, Cory, 14, and David, 10, on Dad’s side.

HANNAH Maree Joyce was born on March 5 at Leongatha hospital. She is the first child for David and Terri of Leongatha.

Milpara Community House news SATURDAY, March 22 is a special day for Milpara Community House. We have organised A Fine Affair, a function being held at the Korumburra Community Meeting Rooms, 7 to 10pm, to showcase many of the fine achievements of learners who have taken up courses and classes through the house over the years. Amongst the activities and courses offered through Milpara Community House, many have been integral to the development of skills – employment, volunteer, living and organisational, for people in Korumburra and the local district. We would love you to be a part of this exciting evening. For further information, call us on 5655 2524. It is now mandatory for entry onto building and construction sites for employees to hold a current White Card. Milpara Community House is offering the Construction Induction course (OH and S Induction) on Monday, March 24, 3pm to 9pm. If you are in need of this qualification, call us now to enrol in this

course. Renting or selling the family home? What can you expect from your real estate agent? Are you considering downsizing and renting or selling your family home? What information would help you to make the best decisions? Milpara Community House is hosting an information session being presented by Chris Childs from Consumer Affairs Victoria and information will be presented about renting from both the viewpoint of the landlord and the lessee as well as the selling angle. Information will also be available about retirement villages and lifestyle villages. This session is being held on Wednesday, March 19 from 10am til 12 noon. Monday, March 24, 2pm – 5pm is the date and time for the upcoming Windows 8 Workshop. Are you confused with Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS? We may be able to help you. We are hosting a workshop to help guide learners through the many changes that have been made. Ex-

plore many new features of Windows 8. Time will be available for questions and answers. BYO Laptop. Get to Know Your iPAD: Do you have an iPAD but don’t know how to use it? Come along and learn about all the functions to enable you to get the most from your iPAD. There are many everyday uses the iPad can perform that unless you’re shown you might never find out about. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 19 from 10am to noon. Wednesday, March 19 is the day for the Food Safety Level 1, Food Safety Supervisors, and Responsible Service of Alcohol courses at Milpara Community House. If your certificates need updating, or you need one for work purposes, call us. For information about any of the offered classes or courses at Milpara, please call Sandra, Leisa or Jenni on 5655 2524, or call into Milpara at 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra.

ANGUS Alexander Rowe was born on February 18 at Leongatha hospital to Chris and Ainsley of Leongatha. He is a brother for 18 month old Hazel.

Belinda wins BELINDA Scott, a director of BJS Insurance Brokers of Wonthaggi, has won the inaugural Valerie Baker Memorial Award. This award was in honour of a highly respected insurance woman who encouraged professionalism in the broking and underwriting insurance industries. The award was open to all professionals working within the general insurance field within Australia, with the following selection criteria: ethics and values, business success, client relationships, teamwork, innovation and entrepreneurship, and industry contribution. Judging was carried out by a panel consisting of Sheila Baker, managing director of Gold Seal; Robert Kelly, CEO Steadfast Group Lim-

ited, and Adrian Humphreys, MD Lloyds Australia. Written applications were reviewed and shortlisted and then five finalists were interviewed in Sydney in February, with the winner being announced at the recent Steadfast Conference

(Insurance Network) in Melbourne this month. Belinda wins a trip to London in April to complete a short course at the Chartered Insurance Institute, experience in the Lloyds markets underwriting room and a tour of Lloyds of London.

London bound: BJS Insurance Brokers director Belinda Scott (right) with Shelia Baker, managing director of Gold Seal, who presented the award.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - PAGE 23



Family friendly home Page 24

Leongatha GLENYS FOSTER BARRY REDMOND SARAH PRICE 0477 622 298 0477 622 292 0439 885 078


3 b/r 2 bthrm 2 living zones plus study brick home Great location close to local schools & town centre Ducted heating, 2 r/c a/c

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968m² block boasting 4 big bdrms, 2 bthrms, 3 toilets. Double glazed windows, ducted natural gas heating Professionally sound proofed for a cinema room.



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Neat unit within walking distance to all facilities 2 bdrooms, open plan living, breakfast bar, RC/AC Single garage, rear yard offering great privacy.




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4 b/r brick home on a 2384m² block with dual access Landscaped gardens, shedding, under house storage. Located close to McIndoe Park & schools




Contemporary 4 b/r brick residence plus study Separate lounge/dining & rumpus room 1858 m2 block with lovely established gardens


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3 b/r home close to schools & town centre Open plan living area, RC/AC, polished timber floors & spa. Situated on a 768 m² block with easy to maintain garden



North-facing dble block with 4 bdrm 3 bthrm brick home Formal & informal living areas with study 16 panel Solar System, solid wood heater & R/C A/C


Local family wanting 3 bedroom home with large shed on small acreage Budget $400,000

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Family home on great corner block S

ITUATED on an excellent fully fenced corner block with two driveways, this property allows direct access through double gates to a 24’ x 20’ lock up shed with power; perfect for the boat or caravan. The immaculately presented brick veneer home features four bedrooms, spacious lounge, reverse cycle unit and a formal dining area; great for entertaining guests. Open plan kitchen/living room with large breakfast bar, electric cooking, dishwasher and sliding door

leading out onto the private timber decked entertaining area. Positioned at the front of the home is the large master bedroom with a full ensuite and walk in robe. The remaining three bedrooms feature built in robes and are nearby to the main bathroom. Established gardens with a large variety of roses, veggie garden, two clothes lines including one undercover, and a water tank hooked up for drinking water. Located in popular Chamberlain Drive within easy walking distance to schools - all that’s left to do is move your furniture in.

LEONGATHA 45 Chamberlain Drive Stockdale and Leggo Leongatha Jason Harris 0417 640 079

$435,000 4



It’s all here just waiting Q

UIETLY located at the end of a nice court within close proximity to McIndoe Park and the recreation reserve is this ideal home. It is a flat block with excellent side access through two double gates into the backyard; great for

storing the boat or caravan. This well maintained four bedroom brick veneer home features two living areas, timber kitchen with stainless steel oven and dishwasher, built in robes in all bedrooms, main with walk in robe and large ensuite. Heating options galore with gas ducted heating, solid

STAR RealEstate Real Estate Sales Joy Morgan e: For more information on Advertising in The Star phone Joy on 5662 2294

LEONGATHA 12 Clinton Court Stockdale and Leggo Leongatha Jason Harris 0417 640 079

$435,000 4



fuel heater and a reverse cycle unit. Other features include large undercover outdoor entertaining area, double garage with rear roller door, garden shed, cubby house and wood shed. Looking for a place to call home - well this could be the perfect place for you.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - PAGE 25

Michael Hanily 0417 311 756

Jason Harris 0417 640 079

Mike West 0409 583 692

Natalie Couper 0428 941 541




Mirboo North

OFI: SUN, March 23, 12-12.30pm

OFI: SUN, March 23, 11-11.30am


3 BRs, renovated bathroom, ensuite, high ceilings Outdoor living area, chook pen & plenty of backyard 1440m2 block – can be subdivided into 2 blocks (STCA)

22-24 Alison Street, Leongatha $430,000 Sole Agent 3



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Well maintained 3 BR home in good condition, spacious lounge with SFH & RC A/c Rear lane access to a bungalow, double carport, single garage/workshop with power Excellent development site of 1214m2 suitable for 4 units (STCA) – perfect location

Neat BV home on 843m2 block with room for a shed 3 BRs, spacious lounge, good kitchen & full bathroom Lge covered outdoor area, single carport & garden

8 Lee Parade, Leongatha

4 Jeffrey Street, Leongatha $325,000 Sole Agent


4 $249,000 Sole Agent





OFI: SUN, March 23, 1-1.30pm




Renovated home, 3 BRs, study, open plan kitchen/family ? Large living area/billiards room with gas log fire heating ? Lge front patio, paved area at rear & remote single garage ?

6 Ridgeway Street, Leongatha $290,000 3


14 Jeffrey Street, Leongatha $365,000 Sole Agent


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Charming period home with great self contained bungalow, cottage garden setting 3 BRs, ensuite, beautiful big rooms, high ceilings, charming leadlight features New bathroom, kitchen & ensuite; sun filled office/sitting room, gas log fire & RC A/c



Fully renovated, 4 BRs, 2 bthrms, Blackwood kitchen Magnificent deck with views, verandahs around 3 sides Double ended garage, shedding, cattle yard plus more

120 Reilly & Allans Road, Nerrena $635,000 3




under contract 7 Clinton Court, Leongatha

18 Laura Grove, Leongatha


1/31 Peart Street, Leongatha $ 245,000 Sole Agent 2


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54 Peart Street, Leongatha







Well maintained home, 3-4 BRs, beautiful polished floors ? Large sunken lounge, great kitchen, SS A/C & spa bath ? Single carport, rear paved area & under house storage ?

31 Blackmore Avenue, Leongatha $255,000 4




4 BR home on 950m2 block with outstanding rural view ? ? Large open plan living, spacious kitchen Private rear deck & yard with access to a Colorbond shed ?

18 Parkside Close, Leongatha $479,000 4



5662 5800 15 Bair Street, Leongatha


4 bdrm home with study located on 10 acres.


Divided into 4 paddocks with troughs


Large kitchen/dining area plus a big separate lounge 2



Well presented home, 3 BRs, new renovated bathroom ? Open plan kitchen, living & meals, R/C A/C ? Verandah at rear of home, lock up garage & small shed ?

169 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan $199,000 3



Solid 2 BR BV unit, architectural split level design Lounge with cathedral ceilings, air cond & gas heating Ideal entry level investment or for the first home buyer

4/39 Hassett Street, Leongatha $179,000 Sole Agent 2




Quality built home, naturally lit Nth facing living areas ? 4 bedrooms, stylish open plan kitchen, dining area ? Covered outdoor living area, delightful views, level block ?

23 Parkside Close, Leongatha $469,000 4


30 Carmody’s Road, Leongatha $510,000 Sole Agent 4

56 Anderson Street, Leongatha


? Charming home, dble block, very private setting 4 BRs, formal lounge & dining, polished hardwood floors ? Nth facing pergola area, large garage & single carport ?

5-7 Lee Parade, Leongatha $305,000


under contract

Well maintained unit, 2 BRs, open plan living Light filled lounge with RC a/c & large central bthrm Paved area at rear, LU shed and single lock up garage


110 Acres, well positioned home, 3 bedrooms, ensuite ? Open plan, formal sitting room, front & side verandahs ? 8 paddocks, 4 dams, stockyards, loading race, ?

870 Clear Creek Valley Rd, Mirboo NEW PRICE $565,000 3



Solid brick home on 3.8 Acres, 3 generous bdrms + study Large kitchen, lounge, SFH, SS A/C, full ensuite with spa Dining area leading to an undercover entertaining area

187 Boolarra Sth Mirboo Nth Rd, Mirboo Nth $445,000 Sole Agent 4 2 2

96 Ridgway, Mirboo North

5668 1300

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One with the lot on 2.5 hectares S

URROUND yourself with complete privacy and comfort. This magnificent farmlet offers something for the whole family including swimming pool and exceptional shedding.

NERRENA Contact agent for location Insight Real Estate 5662 2220

$585,000 2




Situated on a no through road, it offers an idyllic rural lifestyle yet is just seven kilometres from town. The quality built homestead is on approximately 2.5 hectares of land including part government road lease, 40 squares of living; 20 squares indoors, 20 squares of verandas plus large covered outdoor area. It is set in a well sheltered valley, with a northerly aspect for all living rooms. Living areas are large and open plan. The beautiful Tasmanian Oak kitchen/ dining / family room with a solid fuel heater, and the four square lounge with an open fireplace and reverse cycle air conditioner both open out to the fabulous undercover outdoor living and pool areas.

The master bedroom features an en suite with double shower and good sized walk in robe. Bedrooms two, three and four all have four built in robes, serviced by a central bathroom set up to be wheel chair accessible. No expense has been spared on the salt water/solar heated pool. Safety fencing, under water lights and views across farmland make it a very special feature. A large concrete apron is a terrific turning area between the house and a two bay shed which has an additional lockable section. It is currently used as an office, for storage and over the years as a teenage retreat. Another four bay machinery shed including extensive workshop, has three phase power. There’s also a lockable single garage. An enormous roof catchment and two spring fed dams means water supply remains plentiful. Without a neighbour in sight, simply move in and enjoy the best of private indoor /outdoor living on offer at this exceptional property.

To other builders it’s just an alfresco area, to us it’s your sanctuary. The Leneva


Enjoy forever


The Hotondo Homes new Forever Sanctuary range of homes has been created to provide the perfect living environment for you and your family. Visit our sales centre at Shop 2 Ramsey Boulevard, Inverloch

Find us at or 1800 677 156

Licence: DBU3480 / CBU1330

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - PAGE 27



Leongatha – perfect downsizer or investment A RE you are looking for the perfect investment to add to your portfolio, your first home or downsizing? Then this light and neatly presented unit within walking distance to town should be the first on your list to inspect.


The property comprises two bedrooms, both with built-in-robes, open plan living, updated kitchen with breakfast bar, dishwasher and reverse cycle air conditioning. Outside, the property boasts a single lock up garage, a low maintenance rear yard offering peaceful leafy surrounds and privacy. Centrally located, close to parklands and new medical centre, this unit offers affordable, easy care living in a convenient location. Book your inspection today.

Unit 2, 48-50 Ogilvy Street Landmark Harcourts Leongatha Glenys Foster 0477 622 292

$270,000 2



The ideal weekender


ET in the beautiful rolling green hills of South Gippsland at the end of a short road with no noisy traffic, and less than 15 minutes drive to Leongatha, this absolutely gorgeous cottage is the ideal retreat. With approximately 2.5 acres to do with what you will, or let the adjoining neighbour put some cows on it, the home

is set in lovely surrounds and offers; three bedrooms, massive lounge with a cosy wood fire, separate kitchen, bathroom and more. The home has been well maintained with new wiring, new roof and flashing some time ago, and the weather boards are in great condition and have been well maintained. This certainly is a great property and priced to sell. Call today to arrange an inspection.

MT ECCLES 65 Brownhills Road Alex Scott and Staff 5662 0922

$295,000 3






Low maintenance 3 BR family home in close proximity to schools, rec. reserve facilities & park. Light –filled lounge (with solid fuel heater) & kitchen/dining room. New curtains throughout. Private & sunny wrap around patios & delightful rear cottage gardens. Separate covered entertaining area. Powered workshop/studio plus garden shed.

$249,000 Sole agent

Insight INS2200090



An impressive, immaculate home. Light filled floor plan designed for easy family life & entertaining. Central kitchen/dining room, reading area/sitting room & adjoining luxurious lounge room. All year round, exceptional outdoor living room/atrium. 4 BRs, main with en suite. 3 car garage/ workshop & huge lockable under-house storage Side access to back yard. Close to all schools.

Set amongst 2½ acres of natural bush. Sun-filled low maintenance home with instant appeal. Open plan living & 3 BRs, all with tranquil outlooks. Solar panels, solid fuel heater & split–system inverter. Peaceful decked outdoor area. Fenced section for pets, chooks, vegie patch. Special combination of modern, eco-friendly home in a bushland setting.

3 BR / 2 bathroom fully renovated country home captures light & garden vistas. 2 generous open living areas. Large shed/ workshop. Botanic wonderland on 4 magnificent acres. 2 dams, 3 paddocks, 150 fruit trees, native plantation, arboretum, house gardens & vegie patch. Be self- sufficient! All this just minutes from town. A very special property.

$420,000 Sole agent

$425,000 Sole agent

$480,000 neg. Sole agent

Lindsay Powney 0428 515 103

Robyn Powney 0488 454 547

5 McCartin Street LEONGATHA

5662 2220

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105 acres with country style home L

ern bathroom, large lounge and open light filled modern country style kitchen and dining area. Stunning rural views are captured from the kitchen and the all weather undercover deck. Outside close by to the house a studio with power, lights and wood heater ideal for art studio, teenagers’ retreat or storage. Shedding includes disused diary, calf shed, workshop, machinery shed and stockyards. The land is a mixture of heavy river flats running up to gentle hill country, divided into a number of paddocks watered by troughs supplied by the convenience of town water. To appreciate all this property has to offer an inspection is essential.

ocated centrally between Toora and Welshpool at Agnes, this 105 acre gently undulating property would make an ideal lifestyle choice. The property boasts a number of outstanding features including extensive frontage to the Agnes River with swimming holes, waterfalls and ideal fishing spots, it also has stunning rural views coupled with Wilson’s Promontory as a backdrop. The home is set back from the quiet no through Agnes River Road and has a real homely country feel. It offers four spacious bedrooms, a study, central mod-

AGNES 27 Agnes River Road Elders Zel 0438 636 290 Don 0417 805 312

$765,000 4

Andrew Newton 0402 940 320


Alan Steenholdt 0409 423 822


Peter Dwyer 0428 855 244


Carly Hurst 0417 382 979

5662 0922 45 Bair Street LEONGATHA



Friday May 2, 1pm at Fish Creek Town Hall

Friday May 2, 1pm at Fish Creek Town Hall





“VIVALEIGH” is one of the districts earliest homesteads on 82 productive flat acres. ! 3 Bedroom W/B home ! Outstanding character of the era ! “Renovators Dream” ! Would make an ideal weekend retreat or permanent residence. ! Includes disused dairy, stockyards and loading race ! 5 minutes drive to the seaside - village of Port Welshpool.

If you are looking for a turnout block in the Welshpool area, then you must inspect this property. ! 145 flat to gently undulating acres with some bush ! Sandy loam soils watered by dams ! Currently being run as a dairy support property with dairy heifers, plus harvesting silage and hay for the main dairy. ! 5 minutes drive to the seaside village of Port Welshpool. ! This property is opposite the 82 acres with home that is also being offered by auction. TERMS 10% DEPOSIT, BALANCE 60 DAYS

Located in the heart of dairy country, on offer is a 315 ac undulating dairy farm with an abundance of water! ! Outstanding water – 217 meg water licence ! 34 unit dairy with cup removers ! 2 family homes ! Large machinery shed & various hay sheds ! Central laneways, stock yards & loading race ! Gently undulating country throughout ! Minute's drive from the township of Fish Creek.

318 Acres of prime grazing land with outstanding licenced water storage. ! Massive water storage dams with 89meg licence ! 4 bedroom family home ! Various machinery and hay sheds ! Central laneways, stock yards & loading race ! Undulating country throughout with some bush ! Central to Meeniyan, Foster & Buffalo




Saturday May 3rd, 2014, 11am on site







AUCTION Friday April 11, 2014 at 1pm on site


Friday April 11, 2014 at 1pm on site






• Completely renovated home in top location • 3 bedrooms, master with ensuite • Single garage plus carport, level yard

• Neat 3 bedroom on 3.2 acres with divided paddocks • Timber floors, open plan kitchen + lounge • Central dam, stockyards, horse stables, lock up shed

• Approx. 29.5 acre peaceful farmlet • 3 bedrooms, separate rumpus room • 5 paddocks, 3 dams, various sheds






'COTTONTREE' - Outstanding grazing property just min's from Leongatha. Undoubtedly one of the best properties for its size to come on the market in recent times. ! As new 4 bedroom home. 2 bathrooms. VIEWS! ! Grazing paddocks with 2 road frontages ! 105 acres on title plus 7 acre road lease ! 7 dams, stock yards, storage shed, excellent tracks & fencing. An inspection will impress! TERMS 10% DEPOSIT, BALANCE 60 DAYS











• 3 bedroom cottage on 2.5 acres • Cosy wood fire as new roof and wiring • Ideal weekender or city escape!

• Beautifully restored Californian Bungalow • 1300m² block with rear lane access • Ideally located family home.

• 4br + Bungalow with RC/AC, new wood heater • Double garage, 6m x 10m shed • Decks & verandah’s on 3 sides. 3 paddocks & dam



OFFERS OVER $490,000

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - PAGE 29

Talent on show


By Tayla Kershaw MEGAN Ryan has taken her art skills to St Kilda’s Barkley Street Gallery. The young artist from Inverloch worked under a ‘beach’ theme to produce her work, which was presented in the gallery opening recently. The turnout was pleasing with up to 200 people viewing the artwork of six young artists, most of which attend Monash University in Caulfield. Megan is a third year student. The gallery opening will go towards their final assessment. Each student pre-

sented talents in sculpting, painting, live painting and photography. Megan specialised in multimedia. Each piece showed collections of the beach in varied styles. Some works of art are quite literal whilst others require the imagination. She developed a passion for art at Mary MacKillop College, Leongatha. “I’m very interested in the function of art,” Megan said. “I like to see it as a tool to stimulate movement or social change. The launch was great to get my work out there.” Her artwork can be viewed until the end of March by appointment.

On display: Megan Ryan presented her artwork in St Kilda’s Barkley Street Gallery alongside Oscar Yanes, who worked with the show.

Prize winning author inspires Perfect for the family T


HIS six year old home is a fantastic choice for families ready to move in.


Offering four bedrooms and two bathrooms, the master bedroom is massive with ensuite and walk in robe. The other three bedrooms have built in robes and are all good sizes. The family areas of the house consist of formal lounge, open kitchen/dining/family room, and an office or study. There are tiled floors to all heavy traffic areas and carpets to bedrooms and office. There are two reverse cycle air conditioners, an outdoor patio or barbeque area, DBL garage with access to the house and also rear roller door to the back yard, and more. The block itself is a generous 897m2 and near level, making this a great home for a young family to play and grow. Situated in a quiet Cul de Sac and priced to sell, this shouldn’t last long. g

• Brick home offering 3 b/r, each with BIR, bathroom with separate shower room & toilet. • Near new kitchen offering dishwasher & electric cooking • Neat enclosed backyard which includes a lock up work shop • This home would make an ideal investment property or smaller family home.

PRICE: $285,000

WEB ID: 6327074



• 4 b/r, 2 bath, 2 living areas with spacious open plan living • Room for gym/hobby/studio • Excellent outdoor entertaining • Hot/cold plunge tub, gazebo, open fire • Inspect and you will be impressed

PRICE: $429,000

WEB ID: 6326301


FERNDALE • 575 acres with multiple titles • Genuine blue gum hill country • Very well sheltered, excellent water • Weatherboard home, shearing & sundry shedding

PRICE: $2.1 mill (includes 300 cattle)



Contact agent for location

If you are interested in promoting your lifestyle property at the Expo, please contact your Local Elders representative.

Don Olden - 0417 805 312

Elders LEONGATHA - 5662 3523 16 McCartin Street

Zel Svenson 0438 636 290

$449,900 ELD9240446

Elders KORUMBURRA - 5658 1894 11 Commercial Street

SEJ Leongatha 5662 4033




WONTHAGGI Secondary College students were recently treated to a visit from Boori Monty Pryor. Boori is a famous indigenous storyteller, author and performer. He has written seven books and won a number of literary prizes including the Prime Minister’s Literary Award in 2011 for his picture book Shake a leg. Throughout the day Boori worked

with indigenous students and Year 9 students at the Dudley campus, encouraging students to find their own voice and tell their own stories. He led the students on an entertaining adventure through his own family experiences, school life and life as an author. For more information on indigenous programs and events please contact Peter Chambers at Wonthaggi Secondary College, Dudley campus on 5672 0900.

Dreadlocks to go By Tayla Kershaw TAYLAH Darmanin’s friends have become used to her dreadlock hairdo for the past year. Now they will see a whole new Taylah when she and her parents shave their hair for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave. The brave teen and parents Tania and Michael will lose their locks at the Meeniyan Pub on March 21 at the hands of hairdresser Jackie Deering and Razor Sharp’s Damien Noonan. The event will begin at 6pm, and hair chalk and extensions will be available on the night. This time last year, Taylah decided to give dreadlocks a go. This came as a surprise to everyone, who never expected to see her with such a look. Little did they know, Taylah had always planned to shave her dreadlocks. “I knew I was going to shave and I wanted to do something crazy with my hair before it,” she said. “I hoped it would bring about a little more attention to the cause.” Taylah’s decision to

shave has come from her own medical history. When she was in Grade 4, a sporting injury left her needing several surgeries to her hip and she has spent a lot of time on crutches since. Seven surgeries of her own have motivated her to give back to others who suffer from illnesses. The date of her event also falls a week before her deb. The debutante is proud to be bald, even on such a special occasion. Taylah started collecting

donations last week and has raised $200 from friends, family and teachers. She aims to reach $5000. Donations can be made to directly to Taylah or on Taylah’s profile: my.leukaemiafoundation. Boxes will also be positioned in public areas including in the Meeniyan Pub, Moos in Meeniyan and in supermarkets to help Taylah reach her goal.

Family bond: Tania, Michael and Taylah Darmanin will all shave their hair for the World’s Greatest Shave at the Meeniyan Pub on March 21.

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A regional partnership with the TAC and the Victorian Government.

Truckies’ campaign spruiks safety THE tragic crash between a truck and a car in Catani recently, resulting in the death of four people, serves as a stark reminder of the importance of boosting safety on roads. It was the horrific crash trend in 2013 that prompted the Gippsland trucking industry to take action, which has resulted in the Truckies Lighting Up for Safety campaign. Organised by the Gippsland Safe Freight Network, the Truckies Lighting Up for Safety campaign calls on trucking operators in Gippsland to turn on their headlights to reduce daytime collisions and draw attention to the ‘invisible truck’ phenomenon. Now in the seventh week of a 10 week cam-

paign, a dramatic reduction in these types of crashes can be seen when compared to the same period last year. Statistics from the period between January 15 and February 26, 2013 revealed there were eight crashes involving cars and trucks on Gippsland roads. These resulted tragically in two people losing their lives, six people being seriously injured and fifteen people suffering minor injuries. In the same six week period, since the start of the Truckies Lighting Up for Safety campaign, one minor injury crash has been reported to date. Campaign spokesman Alan Pincott said this year’s statistics are encouraging, but more action is needed. “Any crash is one too

many, and we need to keep building on this success and continue to improve safety on our roads,” he said. “We’ve already got

more than 70 local transport companies on board with turning their headlights on in the daytime, however we encourage all other road users to do their

part to improve safety as well.” With the success already in Gippsland, it is hoped the campaign will spread to metro areas in

the future. “You can log onto our Facebook page, where you can get a first hand glimpse from many local truck drivers’ perspec-

tives, including a number of testimonies around the noticeable visibility improvements they’ve seen since switching their lights on,” Mr Pincott said.

Be a winner PLANNING how you’ll get home from the races could be your key to a winning weekend. TAC chief executive officer Janet Dore said drink drivers run the risk of a hefty fine. “Almost a quarter of Victorian road deaths involve a driver or rider who has been drinking alcohol and has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 or higher,” Ms Dore said. “We want everyone heading to the races to have fun and get home safely, so that’s why we urge you to plan your trip well in advance.” TAC research shows regional drivers are more likely to drink and drive than residents in metropolitan Melbourne. Ms Dore said most Victorians spent a lot of time planning their outfits and not enough time thinking about how they will get home. “We urge all of you to think carefully about the safest options on offer to help you get home safely, so that your day at the races doesn’t end in tragedy,” she said. For more details, look up

Switched on: Gippsland truckies are turning on their headlights to raise awareness of road safety.

Safety blitz on school buses SEAT BELTS are being fitted on all new dedicated free rural and regional school buses to improve safety, Minister for Roads Terry Mulder announced recently. “This is an important Victorian Coalition Government project that builds on the significant advances we have already made with regard to school bus safety,” he said. “In order to install seat belts on school buses as quickly as possible, Public Transport Victoria will replace 90 dedicated free school buses each year, ensuring that students have safe and modern buses to get to and from school.

“PTV will also retrofit 10 existing buses with seat belts each year. These improvements will be funded by the government at no cost to the bus operator.” This new blitz on seat belts on school buses is in addition to 54 replacement school buses that have been ordered since 2013. The program will lift the percentage of school buses fitted with seat belts from 43 percent to 70 percent within the next five years. “The Coalition Government is committed to improving the safety of the state’s fleet of dedicated free school buses,” Mr Mulder said. “I am pleased to announce that local bus op-

erators will receive a replacement or retrofitted school bus as part of this program in 2014.” Mr Mulder said the program built on the Coalition Government’s existing bus safety initiatives. “We have carried out significant works at bus pick-up and drop-off points around the state in order to make them safer for students and pedestrians,” he said. “Research has shown that students are most at risk when getting on and off school buses so we have carried out significant work installing safety fences and student marshalling areas around school bus interchanges.”

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - PAGE 31

Certificate III recipients: front, from left, Kellie Simpson, Tarni Stephenson, Emma Salmon, Hannah Engel and Mikayla Huther. Back, from left, Jessica Fairfoot, Rhiannon Smith, Jeremy Wheeler, Aaron Brayley, Holly Berry, Roberta Hull, Jenny-Lyn Hamilton, Sarah Hendrey, Jessica Emmitt and Kristy Thompson.

Students shine on TAFE’s night of nights By Brad Lester BEING the only woman in her class did not deter Brittney Hick from succeeding in the early days of her building career. Ms Hick not only completed a Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) Pre-apprenticeship, but was also named 2013 Southern and Coastal TAFE Alliance Outstanding Student of the Year Award

for Chisholm Bass Coast, Wonthaggi. Speaking at the presentation ceremony at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club last Tuesday, Ms Hick said: “I would really like to say thank you to my teachers”, adding they had “put up with her”. In presenting the award, Stuart Cooper, business operations manager at GippsTAFE, said the award recognised Ms Hicks’ academic achievement and contribution to campus life. “She is a diligent student and demonstrated high

achievement,” he said. “She showed a passion for the building industry and attention to detail. She was a valuable member of class and achieved great results and survived being the only lady in the group (of 15).” Ms Hicks originally completed a five week taster program before deciding building was for her and going on to complete further studies. Kelly Dobbie won the Chisholm Bass Coast Workplace Training Student of the Year Award. She completed a Cer-

tificate III in Home and Community Care and was described by senior educator Paul Boys as dedicated to family, work and study. “She was a high achiever, a valuable member of the class and encouraged other students,” Mr Boys said. Ms Dobbie is now a qualified community carer and part of Bass Coast Shire Council’s aged care team. “Thanks to Bass Coast Shire Council for employing me as a trainee and giving me the opportunity to change my career path,” she said. Chisholm’s Bass Coast campus now offers a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education in conjunction with

Deakin University. Students to graduate last Tuesday were: • Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) Pre-apprenticeship: Brittney Hick; • Certificate III in Children’s Services: Holly Berry, Aaron Brayley, Pennie-Ann Burrows, Tahlia Cannata; Kylie Duncan, Jessica Emmitt, Hannah Engel, Jessica Fairfoot, Bonnie Griffiths, Jenny-Lyn Hamilton, Jessica Ferguson-Harris, Sarah Hendrey, Roberta Hull, Mikayla Huther, Danielle Peters, Emma Salmon, Kellie Simpson, Tarni Stephenson and Kristy Thompson; • Certificate III in Micro

Business Operations: Glenn Cameron and Dena Pringle; • Certificate III in Aged Care/Certificate III in Home and Community Care (Dual Award): Sharon Burns, Mark Campbell, Jaylene Chizzoniti, Jaide Cocks, Elizabeth Herbert, Tonina Norman, Karen McBride, Stanley O’Leary and Lina Sand; • Certificate III in Home and Community Care: Kelly Dobbie and Jane Gray; • Certificate III in Tourism: Jacqueline Dansey, Rhiannon Smith and Jeremy Wheeler; • Certificate IV in Accounting: Robyn Payne and Caroline Monk; • Certificate IV in Com-

munity Services Work: Freya Ashenden, Dylan Buchan, Jaala McKay, Gerard O’Reilly, Lepeka-Jane Tauali’I, Eh Su and Leanne Costello; • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment: Iyyamani Athikkannan, Campbell Benson, Bradley Evans, Adrian James and Peter Margrie; • Diploma of Accounting: Lindy Waldron; • Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care): Madeleine Dowel, Katelyn I’Anson, Felicity James, Danielle Kerr, Cody McKenzie and Antoinette Schellekens.

Certificate III in Home and Community Care: from left, Kelly Dobbie, teacher Sophie Cuttriss and Jane Gray.

Exciting moment: front, from left, micro business student Dena Pringle, with Certificate III in Home and Community Care (Dual Award) teacher Sophie Cuttriss, and students Tonina Norman and Lina Sand. Back, Sharon Burns, Elizabeth Herbert, Jaylene Chizzoniti, Mark Campbell and Karen McBride.

Top student: Brittney Hick was named 2013 Southern and Coastal TAFE Alliance Outstanding Student of the Year Award for Chisholm Bass Coast. She received her award from Stuart Cooper (right), business operations manager at GippsTAFE.

Worthy winner: Kelly Dobbie won the Chisholm Bass Coast Workplace Training Student of the Year Award, presented by senior educator Paul Boys.

Diploma students: front, from left, Felicity James (children’s services), Maddie Dowel (children’s services), Cody McKenzie (children’s services), Lindy Waldron (accounting) and Katelyn I’Anson (children’s services). Back, Antoinette Schellekens (children’s services), and teacher Danny Vorich.

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star 30 years ago March 20, 1984 IT’S going to be very big one day. Korumburra is going to be famous as the town that hosts the Australian Barbecue Championships. Organisers have registered the event as the official Australian championships and with the right sort of sponsorship, the event could be big indeed.

10 years ago March 16, 2004 Certificate IV in Community Services Work: front, from left, Freya Ashenden, Leanne Costello and Jaala McKay. Back, Dylan Buchan, Bec Tauali’i and Gerard O’Reilly.

AUSTRALIA’S alternative health minister Julia Gillard was in Leongatha yesterday. She saw the condition of our run down hospital and heard an

account of the problems we have in providing aged care. She didn’t promise a new hospital or a new nursing home, and she did not pretend to have all the answers to the problems in rural health provision, but she was prepared to commit herself to finding solutions.

5 years ago March 17, 2009 DAIRY leaders are urging farmers not to expect milk prices to rise in the short term, despite some increases in returns across the world market. The reality of dairy price drops hit as farmers received their first reduced milk cheques from last week. At the same time, whole-milk prices on Fonterra’s

internet auction system rose 16.6 percent, indicating the market may be turning around.

1 year ago March 13, 2013 THE top Alberton Football League players are netting more than $30,000 a season, with payments of up to $1500 a game and sign on fees of up to $5000. One high-profile player recently reneged on such a deal, accepting an even better offer from a Melbourne club. A football insider, who has become disgruntled with spiralling player payments, said money was undermining the future of the local game.


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It’s triple Trumble on stage PICTURE this, if you can imagine a cabaret act with a chorus of large tap dancing back-up-boys and a front woman who’s tiny, cute and quirky performing on the stages of Fitzroy’s coolest pubs, you can begin to imagine the colourful life led by of one of Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s (WTG) latest recruits to the stage, Hamish Trumble.

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He is the father of teenage boys Roy, 15 and Mungo, 17. They live in Inverloch and are in rehearsal mode for WTG’s upcoming production, Jesus Christ Superstar. They’re all really tall, especially Mungo, who’s 6’5’’. They share a passion for garage sales and vintage stuff. The boys have been a part of WTG for a few years now. For Roy, his passion was fuelled in 2010 when he made his stage debut as one of Fagin’s orphans in WTG’s Oliver. Roy then went on to join the cast of 13 last year and loved it. “13 was fantastic. We had so much fun and I’m loving reconnecting with some of the same cast in Jesus Christ,” he said. For Mungo, the eldest of the two boys, the theatre world opened up for him when he found himself involved back stage with Oliver. “Roy was in the ensemble but I wanted to learn the backstage technical

stuff,” he said. “It was great and after Oliver I took up any opportunity to work with the production team. I helped to build the sets for 13, and have been involved in building the new performance studio at the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine.” Mungo recently won the Gwen Derrick Award. It’s a youth development award that pays for local kids to study or travel to hone their skills, and pursue their dreams in theatre and stage production. He is hoping to get into Victoria College of The Arts next year, to study stage and set design and construction. So with a few years of theatre behind them, Hamish assumed the boys would be keen to audition for JC. But, as Roy explains, the boys weren’t convinced, to begin with, that they wanted to. “We loved Oliver and 13. We made heaps of friends and had a ball, but we knew the hard work involved,” Roy said. But Hamish was particularly keen to get the boys back on (or off!) stage. For him, the involvement with the theatre group had played a big part in building their confidence. He could see the magic of theatre and their involvement in this was so special. “It crosses the boundaries of age and of culture and you just don’t get this sort of opportunity every day,” he said. “So I said, if it makes a difference I’ll put my hat in the ring and audition, too.

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“The boys had recently watched me perform one of my old comedy cabaret numbers where I sawed my dog, Macro, in half, and they were excited to get me onto the stage with them. So they agreed to audition for JC.” Hamish’s audition was successful and although he can’t quite cut it with the tenors, like, he says, “he used to as a teenager”, he is enjoying the life of a baritone in this hip rock musical. “The show is really cool and the costumes are awesome,” Roy said. JC is being directed by Wayne Moloney, who played Fagin in Oliver. Wayne was nominated for a series of awards for his outstanding performance in this production and his colleagues say directing is a natural progression for Wayne, because amongst other things, he’s a skilled and hard working actor, cast members look up to. ‘’Wayne was a role model in terms of commitment and passion for pursuing excellence in

performance to the children in the cast during Oliver.” said Oliver director Karen Milkins-Hendry. And of Jesus Christ Superstar? This rock musical is a contemporary version of the 1970s hit production. The roles, the characters, sets and music all have a “contemporary interpretation”, Wayne said. “It’s not much different today, as it was in Christ’s time. The people are looking for a Messiah, they’re fighting for nationhood and they’re looking for peace,” he said. For the junior Trumbles, the story of Jesus Christ needed some filling in when they landed their roles in the ensemble, explained Hamish. “I came from a religious family and we’ve kind of sheltered the boys from religion,” he said. “We’ve had to fill in some of the gaps.” Jesus Christ Superstar will be staged at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre from the end of May.

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Check out latest New Hollands GENDORE will be heading to Farm World from Thursday, March 27 to Sunday, March 30 with two new models of New Holland tractors. Tim Burgess from Gendore said they will be introducing the new T5 series and the T6 Auto Command series at Farm World, as well as a new

model of round baler. “The T5 series comes in 95, 105 and 115 and features 16 by 16 semi powershift transmission,� he said. “It will make a great front hand loader tractor for a dairy farm, as its loader fitment is exceptional. We will have these models on display at Farm World.� Mr Burgess said the T6

Auto Command series of tractors are “pretty exciting machines�. “The series features cab suspension, sidewinder armrests and is available in 110hp to 130 hp, plus up to 160hp,� he said. “The round baler is a completely new model and comes in five by four foot and six by four foot.� Mr Burgess is anticipating good crowds

at Farm World this year, particularly on the back of higher dairy prices.

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THE opportunity for full time farmers and lifestyle farmers to gather the latest information to make important buying decisions is almost upon us again. The 2014 Farm World field days will be staged at Lardner Park, Warragul, from Thursday, March 27 to Sunday, March 30. Farm World continues to be the annual centre for a large range of products and services, particularly farm machinery and dairy equipment, and has always been a preferred venue for exhibitors to launch new products. Exhibitors find it to be an essential venue to highlight changes in technology, and to maintain and establish new contacts. A total of some 700 exhibitors supporting Farm World guarantees there will be an extensive range of products and services to suit every interest. A distinctive feature of Farm World is the extensive demonstration program, both on individual exhibitor sites and on the Commonwealth Bank demonstration area and the Lardner Park Exhibition Centre. Tractors, utility vehicles and forage harvesters will be put through their paces at the Commonwealth Bank Demonstration area, and many exhibitors will have continuous demonstrations on their own sites throughout each day including a robotic milking machine, all terrain excavator, a portable sawmill, tillage and seeding equipment, electric remote control hose reel, plasma cutting machines, as well as the ever-popular electric fencing demonstrations and sheep dogs. A highlight each year is the Farm World Tractor and Machinery Awards, which acknowledge significant developments in farm machinery in the two classes: best powered machine and best unpowered machine. Last year the awards went to the Claas Axion tractors and the Keltic Bale Slicer. Farmers involved in pasture improvement will be able to gauge the response to a range of fertiliser treatments to different pasture blends on display in a combined fertiliser, pasture seed and irrigation area. There will be 112 different options to inspect. Family and children’s entertainment is never forgotten at the field days and at the Pacific Smiles Dental Animal Nursery the kids can get close up to all sorts of farm animals as well as a special Animals of Oz section with pythons, lizards, marsupials, birds and even crocodiles. They can learn how milking cows was done ‘in the old days’, with a hand milking demonstration of a Jersey cow,

plus separating the cream from the milk. There will be working draught horse demonstrations in their own working horse area, chainsaw carving, the Australian Travelling Fishing Show, whip cracking and a comedy show each day by the Crack-up Sisters in the BP Ultimate Pavilion. All the details and locations of demonstrations and entertainment can be found on the Farm World Field Days website: Each year Farm World has a theme for the event and 2014 will be no exception. The 2014 theme of ‘Health and Wellbeing’ will focus on initiatives farmers and rural people can do to improve their health levels and quality of life. Businesses and organisations with products and services relating to identifying and improving health issues will be in attendance. The theme is sponsored by Gippsland Medicare Local, and free health checks will be available for visitors who wish to take advantage of the opportunity. These include Pitstop men’s health checks for cancer, vision and coping skills, and hearing tests by the Wimmera Hearing Society. Diabetes is at the forefront of health priorities in Australia, so continuous free diabetes and cardiovascular checks will be undertaken by the Royal Flying Doctor Service in conjunction with the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in the BP Ultimate Pavilion. The 2014 Farm World Field Days will be officially opened by Deputy Premier Peter Ryan who will also launch the Gippsland Food Plan which recommends initiatives to assist Gippsland agribusiness in taking advantage of the growing export opportunities for farm produce. Following the ongoing success of Ladies Day – Women in Agriculture, the first day of 2014 Farm World will again recognise and celebrate the important role women play in agriculture. A special Women in Agriculture luncheon will include an interesting program of speakers with their own unique stories. An innovation this year is the ‘Harvest of Gippsland’ to be held on the Saturday and Sunday with cooking demonstrations by Gippsland based chef, Noelene Marchwicki and the chance to taste some of the distinctive food and wine from Gippsland. The Farm World Field Days are run in conjunction with strategic partners, the Commonwealth Bank, Evans Petroleum BP and the Baw Baw Shire Council. Further information about the attractions and admission prices are available at

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New look for Evans Petroleum

THE more things change, the more they stay the same.

That was the message from Stuart Evans, managing director of Evans Petroleum when asked to reflect on the past, and the present of the family owned company. In what’s been a whirlwind 12 months, Mr Evans said the Gippsland owned company has agreed to a new alignment with BP/Castrol and expanded its wholesale and retail businesses into Traralgon and Sale. “The first period with BP has been good. The alignment gives us better access to premium fuel and lubricants and helps

us deliver a better experience to our customers from order through to delivery,” Mr Evans said. The new alignment, along with the expansion into new markets has prompted the first logo and brand update for Evans Petroleum since the early ’90s, but the people and the dedication remains the same. “We’re excited about the improvements to our business, and felt we needed to update our logo to better reflect the efforts we’re making to continually improve our products and service,” Mr Evans said. “The new logo also pays respect to our new alliance with BP and

Castrol, but we do want to stress we’re still 100 percent Gippsland owned and operated, and the faces you’ve seen in the past are the same faces you’ll see into the future.” The new look and alignment for Evans Petroleum is great news for the Gippsland economy, allowing the company to employ an extra 10 staff and further strengthening its outlook for further growth and employment into the future.

Exciting times: Warren and Stuart Evans with John Schelling in front of one of the newly branded trucks.

Demonstrations all the go IT’S NOT often visitors to an agricultural field day get the opportunity to see a large range of machinery and equipment being demonstrated in true working conditions to help in making purchasing decisions. But that is what they will encounter at the 2014 Farm World Field Days at Lardner Park, Warragul A feature of Farm World has always been the extensive demonstration program, both on individual exhibitor sites and at the Commonwealth Bank demonstration site. John Deere dealers will be conducting try before you buy demonstrations on a range of machines including tractors and the wellknown Gator utility vehicles at the Commonwealth Bank Demonstration area, as well as showing off the John Deere Agricultural Management Solution with a 6170R tractor with GPS auto steer. Forage harvesters will also be put through their paces in the same area, fea-

turing the Claas Jaguar 850 Series and the JF 3-pointlinkage machine. At demonstrations on exhibitor sites throughout the field day complex, visitors will be able to see GEA Farm Technologies’ MIone automatic milking system, the Menzi Muck A91 all-terrain excavator, a Lucas Mill portable sawmill, the Rehabilitator deep tillage cultivator from Fix Engineering, as well as the Hatzenbichler Vertikator pasture renovator and broadcast seeder.

In addition, there will be demonstrations of electric remote control hose reel, plasma cutting machines and, of course, the inimitable electric fencing demonstrations. Regardless of what type of machine, equipment or service the professional farmer, especially those involved in dairying, or the rural lifestyler is looking for, it is bound to be at Farm World. Demonstrations for families and children will include hand milking a Jer-

sey cow to show how milking cows was done ‘in the old days’, plus separating the cream from the milk. A demonstration of another kind will be the Southern region Helmsman-style cattle auction of specially selected bulls and females at the Commonwealth Bank Arena Rotunda. Information regarding the demonstration program and admission prices is available at


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Reduce herd health risk SARA can lead to negative impacts on milk fat content, feed conversion efficiency, feed intake and decreased digestion of fibre as well as liver abscesses, scouring, sore feet and increased incidence of left and right abomasum displacement. The following management methods may reduce risk. Increase effective fibre Providing a good source of effective fibre allows for the production of more saliva and therefore buffering capacity. Feeding quality straw, hay or silage close to times when concentrate feeds are fed will help to reduce the impact of slug feeding. Maintaining a diet with 2530 percent fibre (neutral detergent fibre) should help to keep pH stable by encouraging rumination by the cows. Feeding feeds with higher acidity levels (e.g. silage) out over a longer period during the day will help to avoid

peaks and troughs in ruminal pH. Alter concentrate feeding Feeding concentrates in a balanced ration for protein, energy and fibre levels with consideration to forages and fodder components in the ration. Avoiding rapid and sudden introduction of cows to high cereal-based concentrate diets helps the rumen micro flora to adjust to the diet and increase their ability to process the nutrients they receive. Changing starch levels or the type of grains in the diet can help to reduce the quick fermentation of the concentrate and slow the production of acids in the rumen. When feeding grain, changing the grind from fine to coarse and or lowering the feedrate (with consideration to overall dry matter intake level) of the concentrate. Adding neutralising agents and rumen modifiers to the diet will help to alleviate the level of acidity in the rumen. Grazing management Managing the pasture component to the cow’s diet to be at an optimal and steady level of dry matter intake will help to reduce the fluctuations of pasture to concentrate ratio and thus

Meeting demand: CopRice’s Cobden mill was built in 1997 to service dairy farmers. changes in pH changes. Providing even access to pasture to the cows and ensuring they have access to a reasonable amount each grazing with residuals no lower than 5cm facilitates a steadier rumen pH environment. For more information speak to your CopRice nutritionist by calling freecall 1800 267 742 or by checking out the Dairy Australia website:

Health and wellbeing in focus RURAL people have shorter life expectancies of up to two years in comparison with city counterparts, and farming men, women and agricultural workers have unique health issues, according to the National Centre for

Farmer Health. These issues include a higher rate of suicide, respiratory disease, cardiovascular diseases, lower cancer survival and very high rates of injury and accidental death. Farm men and women are also one and a half more times more likely to experience chronic body pain and over two-thirds have a measurable hearing loss. Make better decisions on your health with the Farm World 2014 theme ‘Health and Wellbeing’. The theme focuses on initiatives that rural people can take to improve their health levels and quality of life. The Health and Wellbeing theme is sponsored by Gippsland Medicare Local, who say to farmers, “You wouldn’t ignore the health of your stock or land, so why would you ignore your own health?” They will be encouraging farmers to look after their health needs at Farm World through a series of free health checks which will be available for visitors. These include Pitstop men’s health checks for bowel cancer, skin, testicular and prostate cancer, alcohol consumption, mental health and smoking.

They will be conducted in the Commonwealth Bank Room at the Exhibition Centre. In addition, free hearing tests will be offered by the Wimmera Hearing Society, and flu vaccinations will also be available. Diabetes is at the forefront of health priorities in Australia, so continuous free diabetes and cardiovascular checks will be undertaken by the Royal Flying Doctor Service in conjunction with the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in the BP Ultimate Pavilion. The way of the future is the electronic health record (eHealth). That’s the message Gippsland Medicare Local want visitors to consider when they are looking for the newest and greatest in technology at Farm World. They will be able to enjoy a free coffee while registering for an electronic health record to enable safe and reliable access to their health records anywhere, anytime. It’s the way of the future. A fun, informative and hands-on session will get children excited about the importance of cleaning their teeth, visiting the dentist and eating healthy foods. Pup-

pets and mascot, Mr Toothbrush, will be on hand and each child will receive a gift bag. Children are also invited to visit the West Gippsland Healthcare Group nutrition display for ideas on healthy eating, healthy lunch box ideas and healthy hydration. They can enter the colouring competition or design and enter a healthy snack in the Super-Snack competition. The West Gippsland Healthcare Group community dietitian will be available at various times during the day for the Re-think Your Drink activity which teaches children the healthiest drink choices and why sugary drinks, including fruit juice, may not be the best choice for growing bodies. The group, in partnership with Blyth Bros daffodil growers in Ellinbank, will once again be selling daffodil bulbs at the field days to raise funds for West Gippsland Hospital’s Allied Health Services. Since the initiative began in 1995 over $250,000 has been raised. More information about the health initiatives, the attractions and admission prices are available at www.

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SUB-ACUTE Ruminal Acidosis (SARA) is the sub-clinical form of Ruminal Acidosis and can often affect a significant proportion of the herd unnoticed.

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Farming Insight • VLE LEONGATHA

Heifers break lower price trend 187c to 215c, with the secondary C2 calves improving a few cents to sell from 150c to 188c/kg. Yearling trade steers made between 182c and 186c, with a larger offering of leaner two score heavy weights improving 7c to sell from 165c to 182c/kg. Well finished yearling heifers were in short supply and sold 5c to 8c dearer between 152c and 181c/kg. Grown steers made up only a small proportion of the grown cattle and many were in plain condition, however they recorded averages 2c to 5c dearer and made from 161c to 193c/kg. The far more

Forum to target foxes FOX control in and around the networks are providing an opportunity for Corner Inlet Ramsar Site is landholders and community groups to join with agency field staff to share information essential. A coordinated effort to reduce the fox population on all land is key to protecting the environmental value of the Ramsar inlet and to enhance farm productivity. The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority’s water team leader, Michelle Dickson, said agencies, community groups and landholders have united to control foxes. Supported by theAustralian and Victorian governments, the Corner Inlet Connections program draws together Parks Victoria, DEPI, Landcare and the WGCMA. South Gippsland Landcare Network’s Kate Williams and Bronwyn Johnson from the Yarram Yarram Landcare Network are putting together a fox control forum to be held from 10.30am – 12.30pm at the Welshpool Hotel on Monday, April 7. “Given the fox control priority within the region and the need to sustain a local and coordinated approach, the Landcare

and techniques and to work on a plan for the coming season,” Ms Williams said. For further information regarding the fox control forum and to RSVP, please contact Kate Williams on 5662 5759 or Bronwyn Johnson on 5175 7896.

numerous bullocks sold from 153c to 190c, easing 2c to 3c/kg. Heavy weight two score Friesian manufacturing steers made between 138c and 148c, slipping 4c/kg. The two score crossbred manufacturing steers sold between 142c

and 163c, with the better three scores between 153c and 174c/kg. Light and medium weight cows made from 83c to 123c, lifting 2c to 5c/kg on most. Heavy weight dairy cows sold from 110c to 133c, hold-

Wednesday, March 12 BULLOCKS 13 S.W. Scott, Inverloch 603kg 192.6 4 T. Taylor, Inverloch 585kg 190.2 15 P.G. & M.E. McPherson, Leongatha 605kg 190.0 14 B.W. & M.T. Hartung, Balnarring 568kg 190.0 12 T. & M. Neesham, French Island 694kg 188.6 7 A.B. Ware, Wonthaggi 567kg 188.0 STEERS 1 H.J. & D.M. Shandley, Buffalo 345kg 214.6 1 G. Mangiafico, Dumbalk North 425kg 203.2 2 P.R. & J.R. Carnegie, Jindivick 392kg 202.0 1 S.W. Scott, Inverloch 545kg 192.6 2 T. Taylor, Inverloch 537kg 190.2 1 J. & L. Drew, Kardella 430kg 190.0 COWS 12 G.H. & A.J. Burston, Hinnomunjie 672kg 145.2 1 Coolaman P/L, Bena 640kg 142.0 2 G. Mangiafico, Dumbalk North 545kg 142.0 4 K. & M. Thomas, Meeniyan 662kg 142.0 1 Coolaman P/L, Bena 645kg 142.0 1 D. & J. Wyatt, Welshpool 600kg 142.0 HEIFERS 1 G. Mangiafico, Dumbalk North 340kg 200.2 3 H.J. & D.M. Shandley, Buffalo 321kg 190.0 3 H.J. & D.E. Bolding, Lance Creek 368kg 186.6 2 W.L. & K.L. Alexander, Mirboo 507kg 180.0 6 P.R. & J.R. Carnegie, Jindivick 357kg 180.0 7 M. & G. Buckingham, Jeetho West 452kg 178.0 BULLS 1 Traselasons P/L, Loch 795kg 153.6 1 B.F. & J.A. Casey, Korumburra 950kg 152.0 1 R. & P. Davis, Leongatha 1010kg 148.6 1 B.A. & A.J. Cornwall, Allambee 750kg 145.6 1 A., J., P. & J.M. McCormack, Ranceby 930kg 139.6 1 H.J. & D.M. Shandley, Buffalo 960kg 135.0

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EXPORT HEIFERS Many pronged fight: landholders, Landcare and Parks Victoria are targeting foxes around Corner Inlet.






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THURSDAY MARCH 20, 2014 (at conclusion of the cows & calves)

3rd Annual Commercial Sale A/c K. & F. Whelan “Silverbrae” Charolais Featuring: 5 Charolais Bulls 2y.o. by Palgrove sires Enforcer, Albert & Echo 8 Springing Charolais Heifers. Calving end March onwards “Silverbrae” Windfall 7 Charolais Heifers ready to join to the Bull of your choice by “Paringa” Pinnay & “Palgrove” Albert. 15 Charolais weaned heifers 10-12mths 25 Charolais weaned steers 10-12mths A quality line up of cattle specially selected for this annual fixture. The Whelan family have spared no expense in the purchase of top quality sires & females from some of Australia's leading Charolais Studs over many years. We as agents can thoroughly recommend the cattle to prospective purchasers.

For further information contact selling agents or vendor:


CLEARING SALE Items include: McCormick CX105 4wd tractor, air cab, Trima F.E.L forks & bucket, 4020hrs; New Holland L65 4wd tractor, air cab, Mailleux MX 40-70 loader bucket & forks, 2100hrs; Deutz 115 2wd tractor; Truline bale feeder; Kuhn 3mtr power harrows with Aitchison seed box; Strautmann mixer wagon, Verti-mix 1050; Kuhn 6 disc hay mower; Berends 9 tyne cultivator; Hardi 400 ltr spray unit, boom & wand; Reese Agri 660 3PL spray unit; Hustler soft hands silage hay grab; Unigrip hay & silage grab; 5ft grader blade; 6x8ft tandem trailer & crate; Berends rotary drain digger; Berends 6ft H/duty slasher; Honda 4wd motor bike; 25ton wood splitter, 6.5hp petrol motor; 10ft tyre roller; pasture harrows; John Deere ride on lawn mower, motor bike trailer & crate; single tyne ripper, railway iron smudger; hay forks x 2; Nissan Navara STX tub; ute crate; spray unit to suit motor bike; motor bike roof; 2 ½ HP compressor; Lincoln welder; 20 stock yards panels, 7ft x 6ft (ex con); qty farm gates; single unit portable milker; Husqvarna chainsaw 365; Stihl boring unit & attachments; water pump & sprinkler; Gentech generator; pressure cleaner; milk pump; complete Travaski feed system; angle grinders & power tools; horse sledge; 3 x hay rings; calf hay feeder; test bucket; Tailwell power tail trimmer; 2 x fuel tanks; qty treated posts; 2 x 7mtr PVC culverts; 4 x 8ft culverts; 200 ltr drum Formulin with 2 foot mats; drum Bio Ag (for effluent pond); 2 x incubators; motor bike ramps; wheelie bins; drag chains; dog crate; concrete water trough; qty square plastic water tanks; 6x6 ute crate; poly pipes & fittings; various rolls wire; elec fence posts & reels; qty calf feeders & bottles; drum stand; hip clamp; brisket strap; calving pulley; wire spinner; vet supplies; wooden work bench; scrap steel; large qty horse gear inc Haines collars, harnesses, rugs, etc; sundry items too numerous to mention. Outside vendors: Gull wing steel box, 5 15”x6 stud 4x4 rims; 3 16” rims to suit GU Patrol; 2 16” rims to suit Navara; 3 C section gal purlins; qty gal pipe; steel stank - ex tank; qty corrugated iron; 2 x leaf springs; qty steel; 2 wood lathes; electric saw & buzzer bench; Poly tub liner to suit D22 Navara; sundry items Term: Cash or Cheque day of sale. GST where applicable. Number system, photo ID for registration. Light Luncheon. Outside Vendors Welcome.

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tween 122c and 154c/kg. . The next sale draw - March 19 & 20: 1. Rodwells, 2. Landmark, 3. Alex Scott, 4. 6. Elders, 5. David Phelan, 6. SEJ.

Now buying for China


ing firm. Heavy weight beef cows made between 112c to 145c, improving 3c to 5c/kg on most. Heavy weight bulls gained 3c to 6c on most and sold be-



A full field of buyers was present and operating in a mixed market. The young cattle varied in quality and recorded mixed results, with the secondary veal selling to stronger demand while a larger offering of yearling trade steers eased by 5c/kg. Good quality yearling heifers were in short supply and recorded dearer aver-

ages. The 900 grown steers and bullocks were predominately heavy weight steers and quality slipped a little week on week, with prices easing 2c to 3c/kg on the majority. The 500 manufacturing steers recorded mixed results, with the better three score heavy weights improving 2c, while the leaner two score crossbreds and Friesians eased 3c to 4c/kg. Most weights and grades were represented in the 600 cows and solid competition assisted moderate price rises in most categories. The better C3 vealers sold firm from

Kevin Morgan: 0419 917 510 Ray Attwell: 0428 836 136 Neville Kelly: 0417 359 637

Graeme and Joy Stuckey: 0429 992 683 Email:


OVERALL numbers were firm, with a smaller proportion of 400 young cattle penned and a larger offering of 2,100 export cattle.

Landmark Leongatha 03-5662 2291 Glenn Wright 0439 622 245 Vendor Graham Allen 0429 647 285

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Farming Insight

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Tractor talk: David Blackshaw and David Hotchkin from Thorpdale talk tractors with Windmill Ag’s Mark Le Page and Kuhn’s Andrew Snape last Wednesday.

Farmers’ chance to play WINDMILL Ag held its annual ride and drive day at Stony Creek last Wednesday, showcasing the new 6000 series of John Deere tractors. Leongatha South Windmill Ag dealer principal Travers Scott said the ride and drive days are held each year, for both the Leongatha and Maffra dealerships.

“It was a good day. We had a good number of people turn up. We will have two more days, one at Yarram on April 8 and one in Loch on April 10,� he said. “We will also be at Farm World at the end of March.� The ride and drive days allow interested people to view a range of John Deere tractors and Kuhn implements, see demonstrations and test drive machinery.


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Top tractors: Glen Vernon (left) and Travers Scott from Windmill Ag in Leongatha South at the ride and drive day held at Stony Creek last Wednesday.

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Farming Insight Farm may yet be sold


Agricultural Contractors

Alex Scott and Staff’s Alan Steenholdt said there’s been an increase in market activity from listing to sale to enquiry over the past few months. The property was sitting at $1.563 million with negotiations underway. Around 50 people came along to review the property, belonging to the Williams family. The property holds over 100 years of their family history. Sitting on two titles, this is the first time in a century the property has been offered for sale. It consists of two houses and two road frontages. The first home has four bedrooms, two air conditioners and a large three bay garage. The second home has three bedrooms and is mid ’60s style brick with a single garage. The land has well fertilised pastures, 34 paddocks serviced by a central laneway and three main dams with water pumped to troughs. The property remained in negotiation after auction.

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Left, Taking a look: Leongatha South’s Tristan Zuidema, Mick Landry and Hilco Zuidema came along to check out the property.

Silage waste wrapped up Rather than sending it straight to landfill, local councils have made it easier for farmers to recycle the used plastic in a cost effective and efficient manner. Dairy Australia natural resource management technical specialist for Gippsland, Gillian Hayman, said turning used silage wrap into something useful was a win for both farmers and the wider community. “Farmers are looking for a way to dispose of their silage wrap in a simple and responsible manner, so recycling at local transfer stations is a great option,” she said. Gillian said Bena dairy farmers Toby and Nick Leppin were good examples of how using the recycling

system can streamline the disposal of silage wrap. “Toby and Nick will be feeding out hundreds of silage bales to their dairy herd this season, so rather than send the wrap to landfill, the Leppins collect clean wrap in bulka bags and deliver it to Drouin Waste Recyclers. From there it is transported to Melbourne to be recycled into useful items,” she said. Those useful items include irrigation/dam linings, trickle irrigation and low pressure pipe, roadside/garden furniture, plastic pallets and vineyard stakes/oyster poles as well as Tuffboard (a timber replacement product that can be sawn, hammered and drilled). While different shire councils have differing arrangements for silage wrap collection, the general requirements are as follows: • as much silage and other foreign matter as possible must be removed from plastic;

• plastic should be shaken or wiped (no washing required); • no contamination with bale strings and net wrap; • no contamination with steel, wood, dead animals, etc; and • store the plastic film in a dry area, if possible. Local councils offer the following silage collection services: Baw Baw Shire: drop off silage wrap in bulka bags to Drouin Waste Recyclers – open six days. They accept silage wrap all year round, but prefer the wrap to be dropped off in the last week of each month. Cost of $10 plus per bulka bag. www. Phone: 5625 5252, 81 Weerong Road, Drouin. Latrobe Shire: drop off silage wrap in bulka bags only to Morwell Transfer Station (8am - 2pm Monday - Friday). Cost of $15 plus per bulka bag. Contact Rosa at LaTrobe Waste and Recycling, 0418 260 466. South Gippsland Shire: the Foster and Koonwarra

transfer stations collect clean silage wrap in Plasback liners. Wellington Shire: the system is currently under review. Bass Coast Shire: silage wrap is received in Plasback

bags at the Grantville landfill site for recycling. Plasback liners and bins for collection and storage of silage can be purchased from Murray Goulburn stores and some other rural produce outlets.

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Currently in milk & rejoined to commence calving 20th July on, to AI for 8 weeks then to Reg bull. Joining sires include Voyager, Delian, Gainful & Railway etc. This herd has been a closed herd for over 40 years with 2 generations of breeding commencing in 1923. Some of the AI sires include Tailboard, Jurace, Vallrian, Dutinfront & many more. No known JD & EBL free. Individual breeding & figures available.

Represents excellent opportunity to purchase a wonderful herd of cows & first calf heifers.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014 Starting at 10am ENTRIES INCLUDE: A/C R BODDY & SON, WOODSIDE (ANNUAL DRAFT) 300 Angus & Angus/Hereford x steers 75 Angus/Hereford x heifers, 7-8 months old, yard weaned, 2 x 5 in 1 & Pilliguard 25 Angus Heifers, 18-20 months old, unjoined all by pure ‘Dunoon’ Bulls, top quality. (SEJ) A/C STRATHBRAE EQUITY, INVERLOCH 80 Angus steers, 8-10 months 120 Angus heifers, 5-6 months All above are weaned and by stud ‘Banquet’ Bulls and are E.U accredited.(ALEX SCOTT) A/C T.J MILLER, WOOLAMAI 70 Angus steers, 10-12 months, weaned, ‘Te Mania’ Blood, Pilliguard and drenched. (ALEX SCOTT) A/C M. PARRY, WELSHPOOL 50 Angus mixed sex weaners, 9-10months (ELDERS) A/C NALAJULE, MARDAN 60 Angus steers, 16-18 months ‘Leawood’& ‘Pinora’ Blood, yard weaned. (LANDMARK) A/C D.N.A & I COUPER, DUMBALK 40 Angus/Friesian x steers, 24-26 months By ‘McIndoe’ and ‘Hazelwood’ Angus Bulls. (LANDMARK) A/C I & R & M FOLLETT, NYORA (BREEDER) 20 Angus steers, 12-14 months 20 Angus heifer, 12-14 months (ELDERS) A/C M & K HALL, BUDGEREE 18 Poll Hereford steers, 10-12 months. (LANDMARK) A/C IJ & ACN HANCOCK, POOWONG 1 Baladaise/Limousin x Bull, 3 years old. DOB 26/12/10. Dam - Clearview park Royal (French Pure Limo) Sire - Balaze TuttenKhaman (Pure Bal) Fully vaccinated, very fertile, very quiet. (ELDERS) A/C G & K LEETON, KERNOT 15 Angus Steers 5 Angus Heifers 10 months, by Yancowinna bulls. (LANDMARK) A/C DAVID HALL, FISH CREEK 60 Angus Heifers,12-14mths. (SEJ) A/C R J MCKENZIE, WALKERVILLE 25 Hereford Steers, Yavenbale blood, 15-16mths. (SEJ) A/C WHITE CREEK, TARWIN 30 Angus Steers, 14-15mths. (SEJ) 5662 4033


Environmentally minded: Toby and Nick Leppin from Bena collect silage wrap in bulka bags for delivery to Drouin Waste Recyclers. The cost of recycling is significantly cheaper than disposal in landfill.

Friesian heifers, all ages and weight. 100kg+, immediate delivery. $1100-$1350, plus GST. 200kg + China protocol, $1400-$1600, plus GST. Jersey heifers, Friesian/Jersey cross heifers, unjoined and joined, wanted by several clients. Top rates paid. Young empty Friesian cows wanted. Paying above cull price. CONTACT US FOR ALL YOUR LIVESTOCK REQUIREMENTS

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Alex Scott representatives: Andrew Newton and Alan Steenholdt overlook the Leongatha South property up for auction on Friday.

THERE’S only one downside to a bumper growing season what to do with all that plastic wrap once the silage has been fed to the cows?


LEONGATHA’s Selwyn Glen dairy farm was passed in at Alex Scott and Staff’s auction on Friday.

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TOTAL VALUE OF ITEMS PER ADVERT MUST NOT EXCEED $50 PACKING BOXES. 27 Large and medium. $50. Ph. 0406 460 363. 2 SEATER LOUNGE. Mushroom colour. $25. Ph. 0406 460 363. ELECTRIC ORGAN. $20. Pick up. Ph. 0408 566 330. VENETIAN BLINDS. Two. Micro. 1500w x 2100h. Winter white. 25mm slats. New in box. $35 ono. Ph. 5672 5264. PALING FENCE PANEL. Treated pine. 3200lx1500h. $25 ono. Ph. 5672 5264. STAR FENCE DROPPERS. 15. Fair condition. $12 the lot. Ph. 5662 2570. TYPEWRITER. Portable. Facit brand. Suit collector. Good condition. $20. 0488 999 005. GIRLS BIKE. New. 18”. $50. Ph. 5672 3470. FREEZER. Itava energy saver. $50. Ph.5672 3470. ELECTRIC FENCE UNIT. Gallagher. 12 volt. $45. Ph. 5674 1904. TOYS. Black/decker work bench with tools, mini telfar stove and oven, wiggles piano and guitar. all with batteries. $15 the lot. Ph. Ph. 5662 3811. PRAM. Beema/Swallow. with rain cover. Very clean. good condition. $50. ph. 5662 3811. OLD TOOLS. Vice plus Stanley plane. $50. ph. 5674 5601. CAR SEAT. Safe n Sound Royale. New born to approx. 3-4yrs. Soft plush. Top of the range. EUC. $40. Ph. 0439 354 077. CAR SEAT. Safe n Sound Maxirider. 6 months to 7 years. Grey velour. EUC. $40. Ph. 0439 354 077. QUEEN BED BASE. Excellent condition. cream colour. $50. Ph. 0418 973 918. LEATHER BOUND BOOKS. 5xVictoria Holt, 4x Denis Wheatley, 4x P.G Wodehouse. $40. Ph. 5662 0838. HIGH CHAIR. Steelcraft Messina Hi Low. Multi adjusting and tilting. Excellent used condition. $50. Ph. 0417 734 898. PORTACOT. Light n Easy by Baby Co. Older style but in very good used condition. $20. Ph. 0417 734 898. WOODEN STOOL. Solid. 710mm high. Turned legs. $15. Ph. 0407 825 488. AUTO TRAY. Blackwood. 1950s vintage. Plate glass top on shelf. $30. Ph. 0407 825 488. IKEA SIDE TABLES. Black with round glass tops. $50 for pair. Ph. 0459 424 329. TABLE. Solid pine. 4 seater. Round. $20. Ph. 5674 1474. TABLES. Two. 4 seater. Chipboard with green marble and black border. $20. Ph. 5674 1474. BOOKCASE. Solid timber. 1006 (h) x 760

(w) x 200 (d). $50. Ph. 0407 825 488. COFFEE TABLE. Reproduction. Carved Queen Anne legs. pie crust edge with plate glass top. $50. Ph. 0407 825 488. SEAT COVER. Full vinyl. Black. Suit Holden Omega 2006. $50. Ph. 0407 825 488. ROMAN BLIND. 220x220. $50. Ph. 5638 8119. DRESSING TABLE. Teak veneer with mirrors. 6 drawers. 1500mm x 390mm. Good condition. $50. ph. 0488 250 541. STAINLESS STEEL KNIFE SET. 5 Piece with acrylic block. Never used. $45. Ph. 0427 556 224. PURE WOOL. 8 ply panda Dolmino. Dark green. 500gr. $20. Ph. 5662 0838. MENS JACKET. Grey. Fleecy lined with plenty of pockets. Brand new. Size M. $40. Ph. 5672 2744. WALKER WITH SEAT. Lock down hand brake. Excellent condition. $40. Ph. 5672 2330. ROCKING CHAIR. With cushion. Excellent condition. $50. Ph. 5672 2330. CORNER TV UNIT. Holds 78cm flat screen. $25. Ph. 0432 692 676. PRESERVING JARS. 25 Fowlers. 20, 27, 31 with stainless steel lids and clips. $50. Ph. 0429 681 357. PHONE/FAX MACHINE. Hardly used. Works well. $20. Ph. 0488 999 005. PACKING BOXES. 27 large and medium, used once. $50. Ph. 0406 460 363. ROCKING HORSE. Wooden. Homemade. $35. Ph. 5672 4665. ELECTRIC TYPEWRITER. Good condition. $15. Ph. 5672 4665. FOWLERS BOTTLES. 4 sizes. 50 cents each or $1 with stainless steel lids. Ph. 5663 5244. SHOP CABINET. for magazine and brochures. Beige colour. $20. Ph. 0448 932 164. QUEEN SIZE BED HEAD & BASE. Two x 3 drawers side tables. one x 3 drawers corner unit. teak veneer. Good condition. $50. Ph. 0488 250 541. GAS LPG UPRIGHT COOKER. 540mm wide. Westinghouse. Fair condition. Grill never used. Suit weekender. $50. Ph. 0423 823 240. IKEA DESK. Extra shelves attached. White with blue cupboards. Excellent condition. $40. Ph. 0409 192 026. HOOVER CLOTHES DRYER. $40. Ph. 5662 5221. BOOK. Ultimate Robot Book by Robert Malone. Hard cover. Excellent condition. $10. Ph. 5662 5141. PRINTER. Multi function. Canon MP520. Includes some new cartridges. $20. Ph. 0402 383 509. ENAMEL HALF BATH. Pink. Approx 1m square. make a good fish pond. $40. Ph. 5689 1224.

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Birch Ross & Barlow Lawyers of South Gippsland Following the retirement of Korumburra Partner Mr John Maguire, the office premises located at 15 Commercial Street have been sold by the landlord owner. All client files and document packets have therefore been relocated for safekeeping to BRB’s head office at 50 Bair Street, Leongatha. BRB is fully committed to ensuring that its Korumburra clients have continuing access to the extensive range of legal services offered by BRB. Korumburra’s friendly staff are now located at the Leongatha office and can be contacted at any time.

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TRAVEL CONSULTANT We are seeking an experienced

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International Travel Consultant to join the award winning team at our Leongatha office.

For further information, contact Jill at Jetset Leongatha

Phone 5662 3601 Email: Latrobe Community Health Service is one of the largest community health providers in Victoria. We provide professional and career development, salary packaging, an employee assistance program, work life balance and much more. We are currently offering the following career opportunity:

Carer Support Coordinator (17933)


Permanent, Part Time position, initially based out of Korumburra transitioning to Wonthaggi at a later stage Looking for a rewarding feel good job that really makes a difference? The Carer Support Coordinator’s role is to work with unpaid and family carers of the aged and those with disabilities and mental illness who require information, support or access to respite. They are responsible for providing information, support and access to respite to individual carers. The successful applicant will enjoy working collaboratively with carers and service providers, develop creative respite services and programs that enhance available services in the region and work with a team that innovates for best service outcomes. If you can provide flexible, innovative and coordinated respite services and have an understanding of the respite issues and concerns of carers then we would like to hear from you. For further information please contact Michelle Possingham, Acting Manager Carer Programs on (03) 5171 1413.

Applications close 4.30pm, Monday 25 March 2014


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• For further information and copies of each position description visit our careers page • Applicants must address the Selection Criteria and lodge their application online. • No late or hard copy applications will be accepted.

Do you LOVE working with people, as part of a team and individually? Do you have exceptional organisational and communication skills? Our family owned and operated business is seeking a confident, committed, positive and experienced professional to join our award-winning team! The successful applicant will be responsible for administering the dayto-day operations of Leongatha Kitchens & Bathrooms, will greet and engage clients and ensure the highest level of customer experience at all times. The position works 5 days (35hr week) and requires proficiency in secretarial duties, reception, client liaison, bookkeeping, financial administration, office administration and project coordination. To be successful, you will have a minimum 3 years experience in office administration, with proficiency in Quickbooks Reckon Accounts accounting software. All applicants must submit a resumé with cover letter and address the selection criteria outlined in the position description, by 5pm Tuesday, April 1 2014. A position description and any further information can be obtained by emailing

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RIGID TANKER DRIVER Full-time position

Bass Coast Children's Centre Inc invites applications for the following position:

Qualified Educator Casual Relief Position

A Certificate III in Community Services (Childcare) qualification is mandatory and a Diploma of Community Services (Childcare) is highly desirable. As part of our commitment to maintaining a child safe environment, applicants must provide a current WWC (Working with Children) check. The commitment to providing an exceptional level of quality education and care in a safe and nurturing environment is paramount. Detailed position descriptions are available on request. Applications close Friday 21st March 2014 All enquiries (between 10am and 4pm) to: Ms Dina McMaster – Co-ordinator Bass Coast Children's Centre Inc 244 White Road WONTHAGGI VIC 3995 Ph: (03) 5672 5151

OFFICE ADMINISTRATION & SHOWROOM SALES PROFESSIONAL 35hr week (5 days) It’s time to combine your skills into one fulfilling and challenging role. This exciting role will see you doing general administrative duties one minute and identifying sales opportunities the next. The unique opportunity exists in a supportive and friendly team environment. The successful applicant must be highly motivated, have strongly developed people skills and be passionate about delivering exceptional service to our valued customers. To be considered for this role you will need: • Proven office administration experience • Experience / strong interest in window furnishings and interior decoration • Knowledge and experience in Quickbooks, payroll and BAS • Exceptional presentation All applications to: The Manager Invisage Interiors & Quality Window Furnishings Pty Ltd 22a Cashin Street, Inverloch Vic 3996 / email. Applications close Thursday 20th March

South Gippsland Shire Council

Strategic Planning Coordinator Permanent Full time $93,860 salary incl. vehicle + super Fortnightly rostered day off available Reporting to the Manager Strategic Planning and Development, this leadership position will play a key role in the coordination and delivery of a wide range of strategic projects and development plans. To be successful, you will have a degree or higher in Urban & Regional Planning or a related field, significant experience in Strategic and Statutory Planning in a Government or Private sector organisation and the passion to lead and motivate a dedicated team. Enquiries to: Paul Stampton, Manager Strategic Planning and Development on (03) 5662 9200. All applicants must submit an Employment Application Form and address the selection criteria outlined in the position description, by 5pm Wednesday 26 March 2014. Further information and a position description are available from our website.

A full-time vacancy exists within our organisation for a Rigid Tanker Driver. Typical skills and duties required include: • • • • •

HR Truck Licence Dangerous Goods Licence (preferable) Farm and Industry Fuel deliveries Based out of our Leongatha Depot Ability to work well in a team environment

For more information contact Brian Hallyburton on 03 5667 2999 Please forward letter of application and resumé to: Depot Manager PO Box 588 Leongatha VIC 3953

accommodation PROFESSIONAL person seeks midweek self contained accommodation in Leongatha or Korumburra. Ph: 0431-380089.

situations vacant RELIEF MILKER Casual weekend and/or weekdays. Leongatha North. 56689292.

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for rent 3 BEDROOM Wonthaggi unit. Northern sunlit 7 star luxury. Easy walk to town centre. Feature filled, way above average build quality. $280/wk. 0428-288310.

free to good home KITTENS Ragdoll cross tabby, 2 boys, 1 girl, cuddly, litter trained. 5664-8393.

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Tarwin Valley Primary School is seeking applicants for an Education Traineeship. The position is only open to a person who has successfully completed Year 12 in 2013. The ten-eleven month position is 4 days a week commencing April 22nd, and will involve classroom, camps and excursions, resource management and library assistance. The selected applicant will undertake a Certificate III in Education Support. Applicants need to have or proof of application for a Working With Children’s Check (Employee status). Those interested should contact Allyson Opray at the school on 5664 7382 for the application criteria. Applications close: 2pm on Tuesday 25th March 2014

Level ESB1-1 VCEMEA (2013)

Applications are invited for a Student Support Officer at St Laurence O’Toole Primary School Leongatha commencing in Term Two 2014. This is an 8 month appointment for 2014. (25 hour per week over 5 days). A great opportunity exists for an energetic person to join our team at St Laurence O’Toole. The Student Support Officer role will be to work with individual children and small groups of children in various year levels. Role Description/Criteria The successful applicant will: • Work under the direction of teachers • Participate in Program Support Group Meetings • Liaise with external agencies as required Special requirements: • A commitment to the Catholic ethos • Current Working with Children Check Applications close at 4pm on Friday 28th March 2014 Applications, by email should include a current CV and letter of application as well as the names and contacts of three referees. Email: Mr Chris Dortmans Principal St Laurence O’Toole Primary School

Mirboo North Secondary College

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TRAINEESHIP Mirboo North Secondary College is seeking applicants for an Information Technology Traineeship. The position is only open to a person who has successfully completed Year 12 in 2013. The twelve month position is 5 days a week, commencing April 22nd and will involve assisting the school community with information technology issues under the supervision of our IT support manager, and other duties as designated by the Principal. The selected applicant will be required to undertake Certificate III or IV in Information Technology. Applicants need to have or proof of application for a Working With Children’s Check (employee status). Those interested should contact Sharyn Eagle at the school on 5667 9000 for the application criteria. Applications close: 2pm on Friday 21st March 2014.


School Administration Assistant Permanent Part Time - 2 days per week

Our family orientated primary school is seeking an enthusiastic Administrative Assistant to join our school community. This is a permanent part time role 2 days per week. The school administration officer is an integral part of our school community and the first point of contact. You will be responsible for providing administrative support and administering basic first aid. To be successful you will need to have experience in administration and have the capacity to work autonomously as well as work in a team environment. You will have exceptional customer service and organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise work flow demands under pressure and be proficient in various computer software packages including Microsoft office. Experience in financial systems would be an advantage. Applicants must be fully supportive of the objectives and ethos of Catholic Education. Applications should be made in writing, include the names and contact numbers of three referees and forwarded via email to The Principal, Mr Greg Synan at On appointment, the successful application will require a current Victorian Police check and a current working with children’s check. Applications close Wednesday 26th March 5pm

SALES PERSON Do you love serving customers? Do you want to join an energetic team of car lovers? Our franchise is a member of the Autobarn group who are one of Australia’s leading Automotive Spare parts and Accessories retailers. We are seeking dynamic, self motivated, enthusiastic and highly flexible team members for our Leongatha and Warragul team. If you have an exceptional phone manner, enjoy serving customers and have strong communication and people skills then we want to hear from you. With a relaxed and fun team environment, consistent professional development and a company that truly values a work/life balance then this could be the opportunity for you. Automotive retail experience is an advantage but not essential. A seven day roster applies for full-time employees. An attractive salary package is offered commensurate with experience and performance. Resumés should be emailed to the Store Manager. More information about Autobarn can be found on our website:

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MOWERS We stock the largest range of New push and ride-on mowers in South Gippsland, including - Honda,Victa, Greenfield, Deutscher, Cab Cadet, MTD, Masport, Toro, Yard Machines & Rover from $149. Professional repairs and service for ALL mower makes and models. Husqvarna Specialist. Also stocking a large range of parts and accessories. We also have a large range of secondhand mowers available.

MOTORCYCLES & POWER EQUIPMENT Cnr Allison & South Gippsland Hwy, Leongatha. L.M.C.T. 2714

Ph: 5662 2028

BED single, white steel, mattress and base, ex cond, $200. 5662-3615. BUTCHER’s meat mincer benchtop type, s/s, 240 volt. Sausage attachment brand new still in box. Cost $2,200, sell $750. 0402385692. CARAVAN Royal Flair, 2000 tandem pop top, awning, island bed, rarely used. As new. 5662-5578 for inspection. DISPLAY CABINET and hutch combination, 770 x 380 x 2m high. Top section 3 shelves with 2 behind glass inset doors. Base 2 drawers with 2 door cupboard below. Ex condition, $150. Inverloch 0431-448980. ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR Karma P3000613. Perfect condition. Paid $3,900 asking $1,500 ONO. Ph: 0402-384127. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175. FIREWOOD Local messmate / stringy. Discount for bulk loads, cut, split and dry.$100 per metre. Ph: 0437-176187. HAY $8 per bale, excellent quality. Free local delivery for 100 bales or more. 0419-313483. HAY: small squares, excellent quality, shedded, suitable for horses. New season, $10 each. Can deliver, conditions apply. 5664-1320. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each, 200x75x3.0 $ 20.90 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662. STOCK SADDLES (2), 1 boys, 1 adult, $100 each. 5664-8236. TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 56812261. WESTINGHOUSE frost free refrigerator, 500 ltr with bottom freezer. Good condition $150. Inverloch 0431-448980.

livestock WILTIPOLL RAMS, no shearing required. Ph: 0407-347375. Evenings preferred.

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anniversaries Henry & Mardie Hilliar

House Supervisor - Seeking a Sea Change?

Congratulations on your 67th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY on the 22nd March. Love from all the family.

Disability Accommodation Services Inner Gippsland Area - Wonthaggi $56,286 - $62,052 plus penalties Ongoing, Full Time This role independently delivers and supervises services that support people with disabilities, across their lifecycle and in all domains of life, to enable access to a quality life with dignity, respect and social inclusion, in the least restrictive environment.

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Support people with disabilities to live in their homes and in the community Work in an energetic and sometimes complex environment Manage a dynamic team to provide exceptional support services

ON behalf of us all - Nev, Greg, Gabby, Kylie, Kev, Jeff, Claire, Sean, Jake, Tèa, Emma, Molly, Lucas and Alistair, we would like to acknowledge how special it has been to us to have the love and support of our community with the devastating loss of Diane. Your thoughts, cards, food, visits and flowers have helped us to cope in this difficult time. Coming back to Leongatha hospital after months in Melbourne made Diane as happy as she could be in her final days.

For all enquiries please contact Steve Stainsby, Operations Manager on (03) 5662 6116 Please quote position no DHS/S/00339474 Closing date: Sunday 23 March 2014 Police Checks form part of the Department of Human Services recruitment process. The department encourages and welcomes interest from Aboriginal Australians for this role. Please contact our Aboriginal employment information and support line (phone: 1300 092 406 or email: should you wish to access assistance with your application. To apply online and view the job description, visit For other Victorian Government opportunities, please visit




We would especially like to thank Dr Chris Perry, Katrina and all the gorgeous and caring nurses and staff at the hospital for going out of their way to care for Diane.

Request for Tender Tender No. 317654 - Production of Crushed Rock – Orbost

used vehicles Affordable cars at drive away prices

used motorcycles HONDA ST 1300 A (IC 3AO), 51,000 kms, 12 mths reg, RWC. Extras. $12,500 ONO. 5664-0012. YAMAHA DT175 trail bike, 1994, 6637kms, reg. $1,000. 5664-8236.

message of hope SG CHEAPEST CARS Geary Road Leongatha LMCT 10804

Phone Judy or Geoff 0428 920 095 for full range of vehicles Or visit:

“BE completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2


On a day of extreme heat it was unbelievable how many people came to Diane’s funeral and you all have our immense gratitude for being there on our toughest day. Thank you to the bowling club and especially the ladies who wore their bowling gear and formed a guard of honour.


The Department is seeking responses to this Request for Tender (RFT) 317654, for the drilling, blasting, crushing and stockpiling 40,000m3 total of crushed rock at the Departments Work Authority Quarries of Dynamite Creek Quarry (20,000m3) and Mount Raymond Quarry (20,000m3) in the Gippsland Region, Orbost District, Orbost. Tenderers are advised to register at the tenders page of the Tenders Website in order to receive any further information (i.e. including amendments, addendum, and further conditions that may apply to this RFT). All enquires relating to this tender can be directed to Neil Wait, either by phone 0429 177 974 or by email at A tender briefing (compulsory) has been scheduled for Wednesday 9 April 2014 at the Orbost DEPI office, 171 Nicholson St, Orbost. Note: See Request For Tender (RFT) 317654 to obtain further information. Hardcopy Tenders quoting Tender No 317654 must be placed in a sealed envelope and lodged in the Tender Box located at 71 Hotham St Traralgon 3844 by 2:00pm (local time) Thursday 24th April 2014. When arranging lodgement of tender please be aware that DEPI does NOT issue receipts or sign for courier consignments. Facsimile, email or late tenders will not be accepted. The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. To find more information about DEPI please visit Customer Service Centre 136 186

marriage celebrant CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

PAM HERRALD 5662 2553 0438 097 181

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123


Paul & Margaret Beck proprietors

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

Bass Coast Metal Recyclers 5672 2946 0417 556 593

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deaths BURROWS - Grant. Deepest sympathy to Midge and family on the loss of a beautiful person I call my big brother. He is at peace now with our mum and brother. Love Leonie, Peter, Fabian, Samantha, Belinda, Grant, Stacey, Brittany, Izabelle, Zahra, Felix, Vanessa and Baby Webb.

NOTE: drive away means no more to pay. All on road costs paid.


Thank you to the Fish Creek footy and bowling clubs catering. Thank you to Nadia Stefani, Doug and Grace Kuhne, and Marilyn Mackie for the flowers and cleaning the Meeniyan hall. Paul and Marg Beck and Ray - you make the hardest time bearable. Thank you to the wider South Gippsland bowling community for your cards and wishes. We live in a truly great community and thank everyone for their ongoing support.

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

DUNSTONE - Eleanor Beryl (Elly). 26.05.1937 - 10.03.2014 Loving wife of Maurice (dec). Mother of Neil (dec), Cheryl (dec), Raymond and Kaye. Mother-in-law of Kerrie and Neil. Nan/Nanny of Bobbi, Cheree, Sam, Kane, Neika, Donna, Jay, Jason, Kyle and Michael. Gran Nan to Aidyn, Jasmine, Declan, Melody, Liam, Amber and Charleigh. We love you. Rest in paradise.

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Up close: chef Rose Yong (at right) chats with Korumburra’s Lucy May Mertens of Lucy May’s Cafe (centre) and Peter Kulich from Export Gippsland.

Our produce impresses Malaysian chefs SOUTH Gippsland produce was shown to a team of Malaysia’s top chefs recently. Seven major chefs from Kuala Lumpur visited Gippsland in search of new suppliers of premium foods. The visit organised by Agribusiness Gippsland for the Victorian Agribusiness Council saw the executive chefs from the Hilton, Sheraton and Best Western chains, along with other Kuala Lumpur restaurateurs, spend two days experiencing the best of Gippsland gourmet fare. The project was led by Koonwarra’s Bronwyn Debenham, the council’s first executive officer. Food representatives from the shires of South Gippsland, Baw Baw, Cardinia, East Gippsland, and Latrobe City showcased their produce. They visited the robotic dairy of Grant and Leesa Williams at Athlone. A gala lunch at Wild Dog Winery, Warragul saw more than 60 people gather to welcome the chefs and celebrate regional food. Prime beef was donated by Radfords Meats, Warragul, while the cheese platter highlighted donations of the prizewinning cheddar and red Leicester and newly launched brie from Maffra Farmhouse Cheese and the premium blues of

Berrys Creek. Other food producers were able to showcase their offerings in a mini-expo offered to the visitors. These included Summer Snow fruit juices from Warragul, Caprilac goat cheese from Trafalgar and olives from South Gippsland, Darnum and Tarago. The visit was documented by a film crew from ABC Australia which will be broadcasting the event into Asia. The work of Agribusiness Gippsland was assisted by ANZ Agribusiness and Baw Baw Shire through Export Gippsland. Paul Ford, chair of Agribusiness Gippsland said, “The visitors were highly impressed by such high quality fresh produce. We are convinced that these influential chefs will be advocates for Gippsland fine foods for a long time into the future. “In the Asian century demand for safe, nutritious and exciting foods will far exceed our ability to supply. “Gippsland’s agribusiness sector has choices in matching our highly sought-after foods with high returning, long term supply partnerships. Malaysia is a key value-add market for Australian food and this visit helps our agribusinesses form long term supply partnerships.”

POLICE BRIEFS Round the bend A CAR ran off the road on a bend and collided into an embankment, ending up on its side against the embankment in Mount Eccles on Thursday. A 34 year old Leongatha man sustained leg injuries and it took emergency services personnel almost an hour to free him from the vehicle. He was then conveyed to Leongatha hospital by ambulance. No other vehicles or people were involved.

Traffic folly A STONY Creek man will face traffic charges in the Korumburra Magistrates Court. His offences include riding a motorcycle while his licence was suspended. The man was intercepted by police around midday on Friday in Leongatha. His motorcycle was also impounded

for 30 days.

Heavily armed A SEARCH of a man intercepted in Leongatha on Wednesday resulted in police locating a tazer device and an amount of suspected amphetamine drugs. A Corinella man was arrested and bailed to attend Korumburra Magistrates Court for possession of the drugs, possession of a prohibited weapon and traffic offences.

Zero tolerance A KORUMBURRA man was detected speeding on South Gippsland Highway, between Leongatha and Korumburra about 3pm yesterday (Monday). The 45 year old man had a zero alcohol condition and tested positive for alcohol. He had his licence suspended on the spot and he will be summonsed to face Korumburra Magistrates Court.

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Falls magic flows over tourists THE sign at the start of Falls Road says “Limited Turning Circle at the Agnes Falls Carpark”, but it did not stop a large bus and its passengers, from visiting the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve last Wednesday. The happy busload of tourists visiting the Agnes Falls were volunteers who staff the Leongatha Visitor Information Centre. They were on a reconnaissance mission around the Corner Inlet district, familiarising themselves with all the fabulous attractions in the area. They certainly enjoyed their guided tour at the reserve with Peter and Kathy, members of the Friends of Agnes Falls. They were most impressed by what they saw, and were pleased to hear about the proposed improvements

Flowing well: the stunning Agnes Falls north of Toora are worth visiting.

to be constructed at the reserve over the coming months: a new toilet block, picnic shelter/rotunda big enough for two tables undercover, and several other new picnic tables. Along with these happy Leongatha Visitor Information Centre volunteers, the Agnes Falls were also visited by a number of other tourists during this time - some from Melbourne, a few from other parts of Gippsland, and even a couple from the Netherlands. The Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve has indeed become a popular spot in the district. On Christmas Day 2013, between 3.30 and 4.30pm, there were 20 cars in the carpark, 58 people on site, and every picnic table was in use. If you haven’t been there for a while, make sure you take the scenic drive to Toora and take another look for yourself. You just never know who you will meet at this scenic location!

Out, about: Leongatha Visitor Information Centre volunteers were impressed by the magnificence of Agnes Falls.

Vietnam Vets Museum secured THE National Vietnam Veterans Museum Master Plan 2013-2025 project was launched at Newhaven by Bass MLA Ken Smith recently. The project was developed with the support of $40,000 from the Victorian Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund. Securing the long-term future of the National Vietnam Veterans Museum at Phillip Island, attracting new visitors and supporting volunteers are among the keys goals of the master plan. Mr Smith said the master plan would guide the management and future development of the museum over the next decade to ensure its continued success. “More than 20,000 peo-

ple visit the National Vietnam Veterans Museum and its remarkable collection of Vietnam War memorabilia each year,” he said. “Over the past 15 years it has grown to become an important tourist attraction on Phillip Island, as well as a war memorial of national significance. “The master plan includes more than 60 recommendations addressing strategic, operational and tactical matters, and supports the development of key policies relating to acquisition, education, accreditation, conservation, restoration works and attracting new visitors.” Mr Smith welcomed the development of the master plan, which he said would continue to support the work of the museum’s dedicated volunteers. “The National Vietnam

Veterans Museum relies on the support of about 40 local volunteers who operate around a core group of veterans,” he said. “Over the past 15 years these volunteers have worked hard to develop the museum to its current stage, however the veterans are now seniors and their ability to continue as they have in the past is becoming increasing limited. “It is vital that the legacy of these dedicated veterans is preserved for the education of future generations and that the museum continues to operate successfully long into the future. This plan will ensure that is the case.” Minister for Veterans Affairs Hugh Delahunty also passed on his support for the launch of the master plan, which coincided with the Vietnam Veterans

of Australia Victoria Branch State Congress and Council Meeting. “Vietnam Veterans hold a special place in our war history, and I had the great honour of attending last year’s State Council meeting in Horsham ” Mr Delahunty said. “I am sure this year’s meeting at Phillip Island will be just as successful for the 30 delegates from across Victoria who will be in attendance.” Mr Ryan thanked the National Vietnam Veterans Museum of Australia which contributed $8,500 towards the $53,500 project, as well as the Bass Coast Shire Council, which provided a further $5000 in funds plus in-kind support. “This project is another example of the Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund working in

Fine wine: Eleonor Biro from Djinta Djinta Winery in Kardella South said more than 200 people came out on Sunday to enjoy Music at the Vines.

Music lures 200 to vines DJINTA Djinta hosted Music at the Vines for the fifth year on Sunday, with more than 200 people turning out to enjoy good food, wine and music. Eleonor Biro, owner of the Kardella South winery, said the event keeps going from strength to strength. “The event featured four live bands, Beggs 2 Differ, Matt and Jess, Eric Collier and the epic nine piece funk band Fido’s Revenge, who were also on debut,” she said. On Friday, Ms Biro had her head shaved as part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave campaign, with the Music at the Vines event also contributing towards fundraising.

Fishing fest: sunny skies and warm weather drew the crowds to the San Remo Fishing Festival hosted by the Kilcunda Bass Football Club recently. The super fish tank was one of the highlights that offered something for everyone. There were also fun rides for the children, displays and fishing advice, an historic car display, live music and fresh fish tastings.

partnership with local government and local organisations to deliver vital funding for regional and rural communities,” Mr Ryan said. “Since it was established in early 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has invested more than $4 million to support 19 projects across the Bass Shire, leveraging about $10 million in total investment.

Inverloch CWA PRESIDENT Dorothy Riddiford opened the March meeting with the National Anthem , followed by The Collect. She welcomed everyone, especially Mary Williams who has come back to us after an illness. We had three birthdays this month. One was a special one for Brenda Asquith for her 50th birthday. We hope you have a good night on Saturday. Happy birthday also to Joyce Ingle and Thelma Dow. We had a cake for the birthday girls. Paula said six ladies were busy knitting six inch squares and when they have enough done for a rug, we will sew it together and give it to a charity or nursing home. The international leader told us a little more about Mongolia, our country of studies. The capital is Ulaanbaatar, meaning Red Hero. There are 100 state and private universities, 121 secondary schools and 100 kindergartens. The city’s population is 1.3 million - half the population of Mongolia. The winners of our competitions were: The Bell, Wendy McBurie and the blooms was won by Patricia Griggs. The meeting finished with the Motto.

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Fish ‘n poetry THE Venus Bay Angling Club held a three day fishing competition over the Labour Day long weekend.

Korumburra U16 Cricket Awards Champions: the Korumburra Cricket Club held its U16’s presentation night last Friday. Pictured from left, Tom Lucas, coach; Matthew Allen, Encouragement Award; Jye Celebrine, Bowling Average; Liiam Miller, Batting Average & Cricketer of the Year; Georgia Pattison, Fielding Award; absent, Harry McNeill, Gippsport Most Disciplined.

Winners awarded AT a whole school assembly, Leongatha Secondary School presented medals to the champions of the house swimming carnival. Some are pictured here.

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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Sensational six: Lachlan Wright, Louis Riseley, Cade Brown, Tom Stone, Matt Chalmers, and Ben Rosser with their swimming medals.

Glorious weather all weekend meant ideal conditions for members to hit the beaches or get out in the boat on the waters of Anderson Inlet. There were 24 senior members entered and one junior member. A diverse variety of fish were caught including Silver Trevally, Pinky Snapper, Snook, Australian Salmon, Estuary Perch, Flatties and a few Elephant Shark. Prize winners were as follows: Senior Heaviest Fish:1st Phil Nebel with a Silver Trevally weighing 1200g for 960 points; 2nd Arthur Duckworth with a Pinky weighing 1500g for 750 points; 3rd Joe Gristi with a Flathead weighing 1340g for 670 points. Senior Heaviest Elephant/Shark: Andrew Godfrey with an Elephant Fish weighing 2.4kg. Junior Heaviest Elephant/Shark: Thomas Grech with and Elephant Fish weighing 1.7kg. As usual a barbeque was held on the Saturday night. Members were treated to a “Port ‘n’ Poetry” evening with one of our members, Kevin Field rattling off a couple of ditties for everyone’s enjoyment. Well done Kevin, a great time was had by all.

I’m hooked: Thomas Grech with his elephant fish weighing 1.7kg, winner of the Junior Heaviest category.

C Grade Division 2 GLEN ALVIE def by OMK 1st innings Glen Alvie 115 1st innings OMK G. Adams ret. n.o. ................. 52 D. Wylie n.o. ......................... 39 C. Walker c. R. Matthews b. B. Davidson .................... 2 K. Houghton b. D. Gilbert ....... 1 M. Gow b. R. Matthews ........ 18 B. Maguire b. B. Davidson .... 30 L. Lamers n.o. ....................... 37 J. Whiteside c. I. Thorn b. J. Burke ........................... 2 N. Paterson c. J. Burke b. J. Hull ............................. 0 D. Wylie c. B. Davidson b. J. Hull ............................. 0 R. Wyatt b. I. Thorne............... 5 Extras ................................... 23 Total ................................ 8/210 Bowling: D. Gilbert 1/46, R. Burke 0/37, I. Thorn 1/37, J. Hull 2/30, J. Burke 1/25, B. Davidson 2/14, R. Matthews 1/9, R. Slade 0/8. 2nd innings Glen Alvie W. Stirton c&b. J. Whiteside . 16 T. Piasente c. N. Paterson b. C. Walker ...................... 24 I. Thorn ret. n.o. .................... 20 B. Davidson ret. n.o. ............... 3 J. Hull b. L. Lamers ................ 5 R. Slade n.o............................. 1 Extras ................................... 11 Total ........................... 3/80 (cc) Bowling: N. Paterson 0/20, J. Whiteside 1/24, D. Wylie 0/14, C. Walker 1/17, R. Wyatt 0/3, L. Lamers 1/1. WON MINERS d KOONWARRA-L/RSL 1st innings Koonwarra-L/RSL 8/83 (cc) 1st innings Won Miners R. Bettess b. B. Perry .............. 0 D. Jones c. A. Clark b. C. Sherriff ..................... 10 B. Foon b. D. Clark ............... 66

T. Nelson b. C. Sherriff ........... 0 J. Rumbold b. C. Sherriff ........ 6 S. Ivekovic b. P. Kennedy ..... 16 B. Thatcher c. B. Perry b. P. Kennedy ...................... 5 J. O’Reilly n.o. ...................... 23 P. Loos c. T. Dudley b. P. Kennedy .................... 10 M. Thatcher n.o. .................... 21 Extras ................................... 12 Total ....................... 8/169 (dec) Bowling: B. Perry 1/16, C. Sherriff 3/21, S. Wentworth 0/25, R. Brown 0/34, P. Kennedy 3/21, D. Clark 1/43, A. Piksons 0/8. KORUMBURRA def by WON WORKMENS 1st innings Korumburra 130 1st innings Won Workmens D. McGuirk c. b. S. Hayes .... 14 C. Casey c. M. Allen b. T. Scott ............................ 7 C. Smith b. N. Allen ................ 0 S. Knight r.o. ......................... 19 B. Evans b. J. Celebrine ........ 36 A. Geyer b. N. Allen ............. 13 M. Cadwallender b. S. Hayes 33 J. Licis c. b. S. Hayes .............. 1 W. McCall n.o. ........................ 2 P. McDonald n.o...................... 0 Extras ................................... 25 Total ................................ 8/150 Bowling: T. Scott 1/7, N. Allen 1/12, S. Hayes 0/2, M. Patten 0/5, I. Riddell 0/0. KILCUNDA-BASS def by INVERLOCH Kilcunda-Bass lost on forfeit

What a smile: Arthur Duckworth shows off his Pinky.

Not disgraced: the South Gippsland ladies’ division pennant winners lost to Drouin and missed the chance to represent the region at the state play offs. Story on page 51. Back row L:-R: Joan Grindlay, Frank Truscott, Pam Cameron, Janice Blackwell, Jaye Allen-Dayle, Robyn Dennis. Front Row - Carol Thorn, Hamish Young Shirley Carvosso, Marilyn Forrest and Kaye Hale.

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BOWLS | SPORT Leongatha WEDNESDAY, March 12 saw the midweek social bowls in action with 10 teams taking to the greens. I can only tell you who the winners and the runners-up were but no scores were recorded in the match committee record book. Winners were R. McGannon (s) with a lye, runners-up were R. Trotman (s) and S. Symmons. Friday evening saw a good attendance of members and friends at the monthly Kitty Club tea. A very enjoyable meal was had by all thanks to chef Ron and crew and some happy faces going home with raffle prize winnings from the MC John O’Connor’s raffle entry. Saturday, March 15 saw the Leongatha sets tournament triples in action with 16 teams, 48 players doing battle for the spoils on offer. The winners in Division 1 was the Leongatha team of R. Trotman (s), I. Todd and R. Young; runners-up the combination team of R. Jackson (s), R. Wylie and P. Holmes. Best last game went to another Leongatha team of Frank Filomeno (s), T. Haywood and E. Coulter. Division 2 winners the team of J. Beasy (s), H. Beasy and Jan Gorton. The day was a great success overall thanks to all who contributed in one way or another. To the sponsors Stockdale and Leggo the club thanks you for your valued support. The final three remaining club championships have now been completed, with results as follows: C Grade champion for 2013-14 is Bill Harry who defeated John Richards. The 100 up champion is Bill Harry who defeated T. Haywood and the B Grade champion is Ollie Crouch who defeated John Richards. Reminders: The club’s presentation night will be held at the clubrooms on Friday night, March 28 at 6.30pm. If you wish to attend please ensure your name is on the list situated near the match committee door. The monthly triples is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26 with a 9.30am start and BYO lunch. Until the next report, good bowling - ‘Jackhigh’.

Buffalo indoor Wednesday, March 12

week but everyone enjoyed the night. It was good to have Ivon Brewer and Glenys Pilkington back for a bowl with us. Four pairs were chosen and two bowls were removed leaving three bowls for everyone. Two games of 12 ends were played. In the first game a win to Ian Benson and Ivon Brewer 10-8 over Andrew Hanks and Peter Heldens, and a drawn game between Toni Heldens and Carolyn Benson and Rod McConchie and Glenys Pilkington (12 all). In the second game some players swapped teams and Peter and Glenys narrowly beat Andrew and Rod 12-11, and another drawn game for Toni and Carolyn and Ivon and Ian (10 all). Results at the end of the night saw Ian and Ivon winners (WD) 11 ends from Glenys (DW) 10 ends, Peter (LW), Toni and Carolyn (DD), Rod (DL), Andrew (LL). Social bowls Wednesday, 7.30pm at the Buffalo Hall. Everyone welcome.

Inverloch THURSDAY, March 13: Men’s doubles: winners with 39 points were Team Gazza - Gary Hardy (S) and Gary Scott. Runners-up with 37 points were Terry Seaward (S) and Bob Huntley. Saturday, March 15; Strzelecki Regional Division 1 Championshipl; in an elimination game, Inverloch’s Division 1 team went down to an impressive Trafalgar team, in a close finish. Trafalgar will now play off in finals to be staged at Barham (because the weather up there is more predictable at this time of year) in May. Good luck,Trafalgar. Reminders: All interested bowlers are asked to enter their names for pennant bowls for season 2014-15, on the list at club rooms. The number of registrations received will determine the number of teams - four or five - to play in this year’s competition, so please sign up as quickly as possible. Football tipping competition: please enter now. We have lost a week but the competition is alive and well, beginning at week two. Names and this week’s tips must be in no later than the morning of Friday, March 21. Please call Mick Coram to register, or leave a message on the club’s answering machine.

NOT as many at Buffalo this

Inverloch Ladies AN enjoyable Mixed Social Day was held on Wednesday, March 12 with 23 players of both genders competing. The winner of the day was the team of Sue Nation, John Arnold, Elaine Miller and Joan Clark. Raffle winners were Harry Dunn, Sue Nation and Judy Moule. The club AGM will be held on Tuesday, May 6 at 7.30pm in our clubrooms. This year is an election year for directors. There will be four directors’ positions becoming vacant including club president. Nomination forms will be available shortly. These forms must be signed by two full affiliated members and the nominee. The nominee must also be a full affiliated member. After completion the nomination form must be placed in the marked envelope provided and put down the chute for collection by the secretary. If an election is required for these positions, it will take place at the AGM. Please think about making a contribution to the running of the club by nominating to fill these positions. All members are welcomed to attend.

Mardan indoor THIS week was almost a repeat of last week apart from the absence of Jeannie and Ronnie Baker. Unfortunately Ronnie had a sudden setback with his health and we all hope he makes a swift and full recovery, after all it wouldn’t be a good night’s bowling if he wasn’t there to shake things up a bit with his lethal weapon. We were able to keep our attendance up by the return of Cliff and Diane Smith and also Bert Bright, who as most will know has been to the repair shop to put a couple of things back in proper working order and hopefully keep him bowling for many years to come. Back to the bowling, there were 19 members on hand to make the night as enjoyable as ever and apart from a team of four the remainder were threesomes. This week was a little better for most teams with only two teams vying for the improvement award Three of the remaining

teams had a close call for the runner up spot. Results were as follows: Runners up with two wins and 12 ends were: Bert Bright, Bev Greenwood and Vito Serafino (skip) Winners with three wins were: Sebastian Terranova, Jeanette Grady and Nick Rutjens (skip) This is Nick’s second week as the winning skip. Last year he had three wins for the year. Let’s see if he can give Vito a run for his money this year! Next week there will be no bowls on Wednesday due to our Open Night on Tuesday, March 18 at Dumbalk.

Mirboo North MONTHLY Medal winner: Wendy Gervasi, 86 (19) nett 67. Down the line: Rhonda Evans, 68 and Raelene Millsom 69. Putting: Sue Traill, 27 putts. Nearest the pin: Jeanne St Ellen, 6th and Rhonda Evans, 13th. Birdies: Maree Thompson, 4th.

Mirboo North Bowling Club MONDAY saw the final event in our Annual Tournament, which was Open Fours. It was great to see all eight rinks in use (great effort Phil and thank you). The winners on the day with four wins and 66 points was the Korumburra team of Glen Fields, Keith Button, Bob Snooks and Peter Spark. Runners up with three wins and a draw and 62 points were a Fish Creek team comprising Alan Spooner, Ian Griffiths, Karen Barwick and David

Legge. Best last game was Ferby’s Fish Creek team with a win by 13 shots. Thank you to Julie, Ann, Pat and William for providing afternoon tea and helping in the setting up and cleaning up, to our bar people who helped in selling most of our beer supply and to everyone else who helped to contribute to a successful tournament. Monday also saw a great effort from our youngest member Patrick Lewis in playing as a third and contributing to a win against a team, going for four wins, by 12 shots (not quite best last game for his team but still a winning performance). Well done Patrick and keep up the good bowling. I am hearing many positive comments, particularly since your performance in the pennant final win and about your bowling at various tournaments around South Gippsland. As mentioned previously, Patrick and another of our young bowlers, Hamish Beecroft, are both members of the West Gippsland Lightning Under 18 Development Squad. Their next coaching session will be on Sunday, March 23 at Trafalgar Bowling Club. Saturday saw two Mirboo North teams (Greg L, Mick and Patrick, and Hamish, Kevin Beecroft and Brian Harris) and Paul Holmes playing in a combined Leongatha/Meeniyan team (Rod Jackson, Bob Wylie and Paul) competing in the sets play triples at Leongatha. After the end of sectional play Greg L, Mick and Patrick, and Paul’s team both won their sections and then qualified to play in the

Division 1 finals. Paul’s team won both its quarter final and semi final but was unlucky to lose the final in a tie breaking last end by one shot. The team of Greg, Mick and Patrick was beaten in the quarter final by the young Traralgon team of Will, Vinnie and Kylie. Loch Bowling Club held its Heart Support day on Sunday and our team of Mick, Greg L, Kevin Q and Paul was one of only two teams to win both of its games (the third game was cancelled when the rain came in). Both winning teams agreed to donate all prize money to the Heart Foundation, as well as Loch donating all green fees, and a total of $300 was raised. Another winning team over the weekend was Phil’s team at the Fish Creek Lindsay Williams day. Well done and thank you to all players who give up their time, travel to compete and represent Mirboo North. Just a reminder please to keep an eye on the remaining Club Championship games still to be played and to have these completed by the ‘to be played by’ dates. We are fast running out of time to complete these games and some championships may not be completed. Please also continue to support our bingo on Wednesday nights which starts at 8pm. I popped in during the week and it was good to see some new faces and a very good attendance. Important dates to note are our Charity Day Fours on Sunday, April 13 and the South Gippsland Bowling Division Presentation Night on Friday, May 2 at Wonthaggi

Bowling Club (depending on how many people we can ask to attend we may arrange to use the community bus).

Tarwin Lower THE new surface is in action and all the comments from visiting bowlers are very complimentary. Our monthly triples were held on Wednesday, March12 with the winners being Peter Shaw’s Inverloch team, with the runners-up being Stan Drew’s team from Wonthaggi, and the best last game went to Rod Beech’s team also from Wonthaggi. The sponsor was Alex Scott Real Estate. Sunday saw our Charity Day being conducted with a good roll up of bowlers enjoying a game, plus a great range of cakes, jams and goods which were provided by our members in order to raise monies for our nominated charities, which this year are the Lifesavers Club at Venus Bay, plus sponsoring our members who are involved in the Relay for Life to be held at Leongatha. The day raised $620 which will be distributed to these two charities, and thanks to all for a great effort. Regarding bowling, we have our annual tournament happening this Saturday, March 22 when fours are to be played with a catered lunch, and Sunday, March 23 which will be triples. Therefore if there are any bowlers looking for a game with good prize money please contact our tournament secretary, Gordon Burke on 5663 7745 and enter a team for a great day of competitive bowling.

Runners-up: the runners-up at Fish Creek was a composite team of Terry Corcoran and Sebastion Blancato from Toora with Fish Creek players Milton Heywood and Ray Barham.

All smiles: the winning team from Mirboo North: Phyl Stimson, Allen Bartlett, Kaz Hughes and Ray Czempenski with Lindsay Williams (left). Inverloch boys: the South Gippsland Division 1 pennant winners failed to make the state play off.

Strzelecki ON Tuesday, March 11 the South Gippsland ladies Division 1 pennant winners, San Remo, played West Gippsland’s Division 1 ladies pennant winners, Drouin, for

the honour of representing the Strzelecki region in the state play offs. Unfortunately Drouin was too good for our girls. The men’s South Gippsland Division 1 pennant winner, Inverloch, played

West Gippsland’s Division 1 pennant winner, Trafalgar, on Saturday and had the same result as the ladies. We wish both Drouin and Trafalgar all the best when they represent the Strzelecki region in early April.

Fish Creek WE were very fortunate with the weather on Saturday for a lovely day of bowling very kindly sponsored by Lindsay and Anne Williams. Lindsay and Anne sponsor a day for us every year for which we are most grateful. There was only one three game winning team but eight two game winners which would have given the match com-

mittee a few headaches! The winning team from Mirboo North was Phyl Stimson, Allen Bartlett, Kaz Hughes and Ray Czempenski pictured here with Lindsay Williams. Runners up was a composite team of Terry Corcoran and Sebastion Blancato from Toora with Fish Creek players Milton Heywood and a very shy Ray Barham! Many thanks to all who helped on the

day, particularly the catering ladies who did an excellent job as always. Some dates to remember please: Thursday, April 17, the club A.G.M; Wednesday, May 14, ladies A.G.M. and General Meeting (bring lunch); Friday June 27 Presentation Night (this will take the form of our casserole night and there will be no casserole night on July 4). Please note there will be no ladies meeting in April.

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THIRTY-SEVEN women competed in a stableford event on Wednesday, March 12 in ideal weather conditions. Our ground staff is currently busy with bunker renovations around the greens. Members are eagerly awaiting completion of this enhancement to the course. Toni West was the winner of A Grade. Toni, playing off a handicap of 9, and in excellent form, had 33 points. Shirley Welsford won B Grade with 38 points and fared well on the recently cored and heavy greens. Fran O’Brien, playing off a handicap of 35, won C Grade with 39 points.

Down the line balls were won by Sue Woods and Fay Quilford with 35 points, Deb Miller 33, Loris Clark, Dot Stubbs, Rita de Bondt and Gwen Chapman 32, and Nancy Sperling, Wendy Parker and Maxine Eabry 31 on a count back. Vice president, Pam Christensen, thanked Lyrebird Hill Winery for their co sponsorship of last weeks’ monthly medal. Kit Boag won the 9 hole competition with 16 points. Saturday March 15th Winner: Marg Griffiths 25/34 points. Down the line: Coral Gray 33 and Rita de Bondt 32 on a countback. Nearest the pin: Rita de Bondt.

Division 1 Lang Lang .............. 1 Meeniyan ................ 1 Phillip Island ......... 1 Korumburra ........... 0 Woorayl ................... 0 Leongatha ................ 0 Wonthaggi ................ 0 Division 3 Wonthaggi ............... 1 Korumburra ........... 1 Phillip Island .......... 1 Lang Lang .............. 1 Woorayl ................... 0 Foster ....................... 0 Aussie Golf .............. 0 Leongatha ............... 0 Division 4 Welshpool ............... 1 Korumburra ........... 1 Meeniyan ................ 1 Lang Lang .............. 1 Leongatha ................ 0 Phillip Island ............ 0 Woorayl ................... 1 Wonthaggi ................ 0

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Winners: from left, Fran O’Brien C Grade winner, Shirley Welsford B Grade winner, and Toni West A Grade winner.

Wonthaggi ON Saturday, March 15 we played a stroke round with a field of 93 players. A Grade winner was C. Andrew 67 net, B Grade M. Parks 66 net and C Grade D. Garry 65 net. Balls down the line: J. Redman 65, A. Briggs 66, A. Copeland 66, B. Cornelis 66, B. Howard 69, P. Schultz 69, K. Bayley 69, P. Chapman 69, P. Evans 69, A. Phillpott 69, V. Tuddenham 69, N. Garnham 69, P. Foon 70, T. Salmon 70. Nearest the pins: 2nd A. Copeland, 8th A. Briggs, 13th I. Sullivan, 17th D. Mackie. Eagle: G. Andrew 4, J. Wintle 11. Men’s pennant began on Sunday. Division 4 lost six matches to one and now must regroup and win this week. Division 3 had a great six matches to two win and is looking good. Our Division 1 side starts their year this Sunday and good luck to them, with new players in Matt Johnson and Scott Gheller and the experience of Ian Baker and Michael Scott coming back, the team looks to be in great shape. Good luck to all pennant sides this Sunday and we will see Division 2 side start on March 30. Thank you to Eric Vanagtmaal and Darren Ti-

ley of Sea Breeze Screens for major sponsoring our terrific new pennant shirts, your generosity is appreciated greatly. Good golfing and I will see you all back at the club on Sunday afternoon.

Korumburra THERE were 51 players on Saturday, March 15 for the stableford event, with trophies by B. Hessels. A Grade: C. Clements (7 hcp) 40 pts, S. Rose 39, D. Sorrell 36, R. Lucenia 35, R. Spokes 35. B Grade: D. Goad (14 hcp) 38 pts, B. Newton 37, B. Hessels 36, K. Pope 35. C Grade: R. Richards (20 hcp) 40 pts countback from R. Hamill 40 pts, W. Thomson 38, B. Maskell 37, Theo 35, T. Humphrey 35, C. Wilson 35. Nearest the pin: 1st B. Newton, 7th J. Solly, 10th D. Van Rooye, 13th T. O’Neill. Tuesday’s winner was B. Thomson 39 pts and Thursday’s winner L. Sharp 33 pts.

Woorayl OUR stableford event was sponsored by Mark Lafferty of Sport First. The winner of A Grade was Brian Hogan with 40 points and Graham Challis with his 42 points not only won B Grade but was also the best of the day. Don Perrett won C

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Grade with 38 points. Balls to C. James, W. Turner, B. Stubbs, T. Burgess, D. Lim, R. Winkler, P. McCaughan, J. Bolge, R. Warren. Nearest the pins going to Brett Stubbs and Paddy McCaughan. Max Wood won the ball raffle. Monday’s event which was sponsored by Mark Carruthers saw Gary Young win. Next week is our tournament starting on Friday with the ladies fourball then a stroke event on Saturday and a mixed Canadian on Sunday.

South Gippsland pennant Results - March 16 Division 1 (at Wonthaggi): Phillip Island 4 d Korumburra 3, Meeniyan 5 d Woorayl 2, Lang Lang 5 d Leongatha 2, Wonthaggi - bye. Division 2 commences March 30. Division 3 (at Korumburra): Korumburra 5 d Aussie Golf 2, Lang Lang 4 d Woorayl 3, Wonthaggi 6 d Leongatha 1, Phillip Island 5 d Foster 2. Division 4 (at Welshpool): Welshpool 6 d Wonthaggi 1, Meeniyan 5 d Phillip Island 2, Korumburra 6 d Woorayl 1, Lang Lang 4 d Leongatha 3.


A STABLEFORD competition was held on Saturday with David Forbes (10) playing very consistently to take out the A Grade division with 37 points. Tim McCarthy had a very good day scoring 40 points to win in B Grade and Ross Evans (22) had 34 points to win C Grade. The pro Pin on the 14th was won by Noel Johnson and other NTP’s were Trevor Rickard on the 4th, Barry Attwood on the 7th and Kevin Castwood on the 16th. DTL balls were awarded to Graeme Burt, Doug Carter, Peter Jaspers, Andrew Henley, Ian Watson, N. Page, Peter Cannon, Jeff Brewer, Andy Bassett, Philippe du Plessis, Ed Koscuik, Peter Hobson, Will Norden and Bruce Hutton. On Tuesday John Dumont (15) had 36 points to win the A Grade event in a countback from Ian Murchie. Frank Thomas took the B Grade prize with 37 points. NTP’s were Geoff McDonald on the 4th, Bob Birrell on the 7th and Ian Murchie on the 14th. Balls were awarded to Ian Murchie, Igor Radywyl, Joe Lowell, Colin Bear, Geoff McDonald, Alan Kuantz, Neale Gillin and Josh Hall. Thursday’s competition was an Irish Stableford event with the team of Bill Warren, Frank Thomas, Peter Waters and Mike Street successful with a total of 111 points. NTP’s were Ross McRobert on the 7th, Dave Vorwerg on the 14th and Ray Davies on the 16th. Balls were awarded to John Renwick, Ian Watson, Hugh Goodman, Jim Arnott, Geoff McDonald, Ray Burton, Peter Hobson, John Eabry, Henry Sedelies, Joe Lovell, Tony Gedye and Ross McRobert. Next Saturday is Magpie day at Leongatha for all the diehard Collingwood supporters.

The day is organised by Trevor Steer and there will be around 12 current players hitting off around 9.30am.

Mirboo North THURSDAY results: Competition: Stableford, Thursday, March 13. Day winner: Tom Traill (7) 42 Pts. DTL’s: Gordon Graeme 41 pts, Noel Fox 41 pts, Joe Kus 39 pts.

Foster WE are still waiting for some real rain and the course is running freely. Many different players have been enjoying the unusual experience of reaching some of the par fives in two. Foster autumn tournament: The tournament enjoyed good weather and good fields. A big thanks to Colin Pulham for the work he put in to ensure its success and make it run so smoothly. The SGDGA men’s championship was run in conjunction with our men’s day on the Saturday. Thursday, March 13 - Ambrose Day: Overall winners were Cam Downing, Colin Pulham, Greg Paine and Nino Ditta with 60 – 7 2/8 – 52 6/8. Runnersup were Gary Clavarino, Geoff Prue, Trevor Jones and Ken Miles with 65 – 10 4/8 – 54 4/8. Scratch winners were James Freeman, Scott Rathjen, Greg Cox and Terry Jewson with 60. Balls DTL went to Lloyd McKenzie, Athol McGrath, George Draeger and Kevin Da Silveira with 54 5/8 and Neville Thompson, Robert Fulton, Larry Giddy and Neil Chandler with 56 5/8. Friday, March 14 - 4 Ball: A Grade was won by Noel Black and Brian Robinson with 48 pts from Kris Drangsholt and Steven Studham on 45 pts. B Grade went to Ray Prain and Bob Gamble on 47 pts from Bill Fuller and Geoff Nott on 45 pts. Bill and Geoff had an amazing 28 pts on the second nine, with Geoff doing the scoring on each of the last 7 holes for 23 pts on these holes alone (after he got a rev. from Bill as he’d done nothing until then!). The scratch was won by James Freeman and Tony Vanin with 70. Balls DTL were Lloyd McKenzie and Allan Howell with 45 pts, and Gary Clavarino and Ken Miles, David Bligh and Andrew Brown, and Trevor Jones and Cam Downing all on 44 pts.

Saturday, March 15: The SGDGA Championship over 27 holes was won by Michael Thomas from Leongatha (he plays off scratch ) with 118. The Minor Championship was won by Foster member Lloyd McKenzie (10) with 125 - he won the R.J. Carruthers Memorial Shield which is named in memory of one of the great pioneers of the Foster Golf Club. In the tournament the scratch went to non SGDGA visitor G. Sisely (6) with 118. He defeated Michal Thomas in a three hole playoff. The B Grade scratch went to Lloyd McKenzie (10) with 125. The C Grade scratch was won by Andrew Naylor (20) with 141. Other winners were A Grade: 27 hole Hcp Neville Thompson (9) 106½, A Grade 18 hole hcp M. Tait (5) 72, B Grade 27 hole hcp Cam Downing (11) 112½, B Grade 18 hole hcp Fred

Wonthaggi ladies CAPTAINS versus Presidents Day of Stableford and leading from the top, Captain Jan Beaumont smoked the field with a brilliant (22) 43 points to win B Grade, to ensure the Captains took out bragging rights. She also won the coveted crystal jug prize. A Grade with a lovely (21) 37 points saw Robyn Wilkinson take home the chocolate teddies. There were four birdies on the day: Marg Ryan on 8th - Pro Pin (2 for 4 points!) plus Di Grimmond, Marg Johnson and Anne Walker. NTP: Delores Harvey (2nd and Anne Tschiderer (17th). BDL: J Beaumont 43, R Wilkinson 37, D Harvey 36, D Miller 35, G Prentice 34, L Peters 34, M Ryan 33, J Jeeves 33 c/b. Good luck for the final match of Lyla Taberner Foursomes between Anne Tschiderer and Sev Piasente who play off against a couple of hot players, Jan Beaumont and Chris Hamilton . This will be played next week.

Choc teddies and crystal: from left: B Grade winner Jan Beaumont, A Grade winner Robyn Wilkinson.

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Tyers (13) 65, C Grade 27 hole hcp Owen Kindellan (20) 117, C Grade 18N hole hcp B. Doran (35) 70, A Grade final 9 holes James Freeman (7) 35½, B Grade 9 holes Steve Reid (12) 38, C Grade 9 holes Trevor Jones (29) 32 ½. Sunday, March 16 - Mixed: The scratch was won by Neville and Carmen Thompson with 79 on a countback from Ray and Judy Prain. The stableford event went to visitors Chris and Dianne Moody with 46b pts, also on a countback from runners-up Ray and Judy Prain. DTL balls went to Colin Pulham and Rachel Brown on 44 pts and Martin De Leeuw and Ann Horstra with 42 pts. Pennant results: Our Division 3 side played Phillip Island at Korumburra. There were some epic matches but ultimately we lost 5/2. Winners were Terry Jewson 5/4 and Damian Soderlund 4/3, losers were Geoff Prue 4/3,

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| SPORT Kane Esler 1 down, Trevor Jones 19th, Andrew Naylor 21st, and Cam Downing who played Webbs Horror twice in losing on the 24th. Division 3 play Lang Lang at the Aussie Golf Ranch at Cowes this Sunday, hitting off at 8.45 am. Division 2 play their first match at Lang Lang on March 30. Members and golfers draws: $1400 this week: Barbara Parnell was drawn out for the $1400 but was not there to collect, so it’s $1450 this week. New restaurant is up and away: Our new restaurant the “Hole in One” under Ken Parker is going well and playing to full houses. The restaurant is open for evening meals on Tuesday to Saturday nights, and is open for lunch from Wednesday to Saturday. Feel free to offer any suggestions to Ken as he is very responsive to patrons’ requests. Bookings can be made on

5682 2986 or 5682 2272. Shower facilities and free towels available: Good to see some members availing themselves of the chance to have a quick shower to freshen up after their game. There are free towels in the shower in the men’s room so feel free to make use of this facility. Coming events: Thursday, March 20, Par; Friday, March 21, Twilight holes 1 to 9; Saturday, March 22, Stableford, Peter Dight Trophy and round one of the Frank McKenzie Trophy; Sunday, March 23, Pennant Division 3; Tuesday, March 25, Stableford.

Meeniyan SATURDAY’S stableford event was also the qualifying round for the Ron Trease singles knockout. The event was kindly sponsored by our underground digger, J.Dumont. The winner in A Grade

was J. Wilson (15) with 41 pts and A. Kuhne (16) was next with 33. In B Grade J. Cusack (24) narrowly won from N. Williams (26), both with 38 pts. Balls were awarded up the line but to save embarrassment the winners and their pathetic scores will not be shown (this has nothing to do with my score not being quite pathetic enough to win a ball). NTP was P. Wilson and the pro pin went to J. Cusack. The members’ draw was not won by an absent A. Forster. Tuesday’s winner was W. Bullock (14) with 39 pts. Runner-up was B. Dewar (15) with 36. Balls to R. Gourlay, D. McIntyre and C. Stewart, all with 35. NTP to W. Bullock and best 9 to D. Gregg. Thursday saw J. Dumont (15) win with 37 pts on a countback from R. Hannay (20). NTP and best 9 both to C.Stewart.

Lightning strikes twice THE annual Traralgon Junior Basketball tournament was held over the Queen’s Birthday weekend. The U16 boys Leongatha Lightning representative team enjoyed more success, going through the entire tournament undefeated for the second time in two tournaments. After wins against Foster, Korumburra, Traralgon, Sale and Kings Browns they were assured a berth in the Grand Final against Korumburra. With an edge of your seat first half and being four

points down at half time, the boys lifted the level of play to that expected by their coach and went on to win the Grand Final by seven points. Congratulations to the Leongatha boys for a wonderful victory and to Vincent Monaghan for being awarded the MVP for the Grand Final. Many thanks to their dedicated coach, Dan Monaghan for his continued assistance and a special thank you to fill-in team manager Paul Battersby and Assistant Coach Jodie McGannon for ensuring everything went smoothly over the weekend.

Left Winning team: back from left, Sam McGannon, Trent Westaway, George Batten, Nicholas Battersby, Matt Darmanin Front, Nathan Trotto, Joel Norton, Vincent Monaghan, Dan Monaghan (coach)

Right Grand finalist: Congratulations to Leongatha Lightning’s Vincent Monaghan, the Most Valuable Player in the grand final. Left Top score: Town’s Matt Borschman was his team’s highest scorer with 39.

Korumburra LAST Wednesday, twelve women competed in semi-finals of the Matchplay Championships, twelve played in a 4BBB Par event and two ladies played nine holes. The weather was perfect and the ground was a little spongier after some showers the previous night. The 4BBB Par event was won by Lyn Perks (42) and Chris Rickard (19), with +10. Runners-up were Carie Harding (26) and Marg Harper (34) with +2. Nearest the pins went to Lee Clements on the 1st and 7th holes and Chris Rickard on the 13th. The raffle was won by Barb Walker and Jean White. Thanks to Chris Clements, who took the time to provide some bunker tips for some of the members. Next Wednesday, the following women will play off in the final of the Matchplay Championships; A Grade Lee Clements v Moira Rogers; B Grade - Lyn McIvor v Barb Walker; C Grade - Betty Thomson v Jean White. All other players will play in a Stableford competition, off the 10th tee. Three women travelled to Foster last Tuesday to participate in the tournament. Pennant starts Monday, March 24 with Section two playing Woorayl at Lang Lang and Section four playing Woorayl at Korumburra. Three teams finished with 19 points, at Twilight, so there was a

three-way count-back. The winners were Carol and Peter Johnson, runners-up were Cheryl and Brendan Nicholas and third place getters were Carie Harding and Peter Van Agtmaal. Nearest the pins went to Corrie George and Chris Clements on the first. Thanks to Darren and Kathleen Bronsema for providing a delicious meal for the final evening of Twilight last Thursday. Also, a big thank-you to Chris and Lee Clements for coordinating Twilight and Don Hislop and all the others involved in assisting with the smooth running of this social and popular competition. The Korumburra Golf Club hopes everyone enjoyed Twilight golf and we look forward to the

next season, around November 2014. There is a twilight break-up dinner at Checko’s this Thursday night. Please contact Chris Clements if you haven’t written your name on the list but would like to attend. Ten women played in a Stableford event on Saturday. Two people finished with a great score of 40 points, and the winner, on a count-back, was Lyn McIvor (20) and runner-up was Betty Thomson (28). Sherrin Solly was nearest the pin on the 1st and Deb Wrigley, on the 10th and 13th. Deb was very close to a hole in one after her ball finished just a couple of centimetres from the hole on the 13th green. DSR was 70.

Below Tea time: Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL openers Neville Toms (left) and Sam Hughes head in for afternoon tea having put their side in a winning position. Toms was out soon after for 113, while Hughes went on to make 202 not out.

Tarwin Valley campdraft SEVERAL local riders placed well at the Tarwin Valley campdraft held at Dumbalk over the Labour Day weekend.

Twilight winners: Carol and Peter Johnson won the twilight event on a countback.

Neil Park from Buffalo won both the Saturday Maiden (Division 2) on Highplains and the Monday Open on Mountain Man. Jarrod Blackshaw from Leongatha South won the Monday Maiden on Nancy. Charlie Hengstberger from Dumbalk North won the Saturday Novice on Basalt. John Gilliam from Stony Creek placed second in the Saturday Maiden (Division 2) on Wrangler. Chloe Stock from Stony Creek was second in the 8 – U13 event on Twistie. Kathryn Hengstberger from Dumbalk North placed second in the 13 - U17 event.

Round 5

Leongatha Small Bore Rifle Club

A Grade: Warriors d Champions (2:1) 25:20, 18:25, 14:11. Giants d Golliwogs (3:0) 25:16, 25:22, 24:15. B Grade: Shark Bait d HELP (2:1) 19:25, 25:21, 24:18. Panthers d Hopefuls (3:1) 25:5, 25:14, 21:25, 20:8. Chargers d Misfits (3:0) 25:15, 25:16, 25:15.

50m pennant results (section C): R1: Portland 579. 024 def Leongatha 577.019. R2: Leongatha 577.023 def MCC B 576.020. R3: Stawell 574.022 def Leongatha 572.023. We now shoot on Wednesday Nights at 8pm at the rifle club on the recreation reserve. Any inquiries, please call R. Spratt 5664 2358.

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Scenic delights: the fun run route followed the scenic Kilcunda-Wonthaggi rail trail with athletes seen here crossing one of the old bridges.

Keeping kids on track Fun Run ORGANISERS of the Keeping Kids on Track fun run held along the KilcundaWonthaggi rail trail were very happy with the turnout of just under 600 athletes who participated. Lots of families and children joined in. The event had a real community feel with ex-

cellent support from local sporting clubs manning drink stations. Organisers convey a massive thanks to the many volunteers who helped at registration, marshalling, setting up and cleaning up, and to race ambassador, Magnus Michelsson. The Kongor school support group had a stall and a donation will be made to the cause: building a primary school in

South Sudan. Race results: Race ambassador, Magnus Michelsson won the men’s half marathon in a brilliant time of 1 hr 15 minutes; 2nd man home was Jamie Edwards in 1 hr 25 minutes; Female half marathon winner Julie Norney in 1 hr 31 minutes, 2nd female was Dai Le only 40 seconds later. 15km results: men: Mark Rossiter (1hr 5min-

utes), Benjamin Bailey (1hr 7 minutes) 15km womens: Brit Thomas (1hr 14minutes), Diddy Cuthbertson (1hr 20 minutes) 10km results: men’s: Lachie Connell (35 minutes 45sec), Jonny Matthews (36 min. 28sec) 10km women’s: Imigen Langford (47 min. 37sec), Catherine Wilson (49minutes, 1sec).

Kids trail: many families and children joined in including these little girls. The event targets children’s welfare issues.

Allambee Mirboo & District Tennis Preliminary final results Catch me if you can: eventual race winner Magnus Michelsson (left) with second place getter Jamie Edwards (right) power away at the start.








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Wonthaggi table tennis A Grade table tennis is off to a great start. A Grade teams played the first match of the season last week with some exciting and very close games. It looks as if this season is going to be extremely competitive. Unbeaten players to date are Justin Licis, Dirk Holwerda and Bruce Harmer. Closest set of the night was between Dirk and Averil Roberts. Dirk won on the seventh after a long tussle. The scores were 5-11, 1113, 11-7, 4-11, 12-10, 11-8. B Grade commences this week. Thursday (20th) will see five B Grade teams up and running from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm after junior coaching. Three new players, Leit Rivers, Deegan Wood and Darcy Allamby will be playing in competition for the first time. A Reserve to commence next Monday (24th). Six A Reserve teams will commence the season next week. Teams will include Rory Gow and Matthew Kent (promoted from B Grade) and four other new players. Social Table Tennis. The times for this program have been changed from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm on Thursdays at the Wonthaggi Table Tennis Centre. It was great to see some young people from the Wonthaggi Specialist School turn up last week. One player was showing such potential that he was invited back to junior coaching

on the same day. He turned up, enjoyed the challenge, and will be a real asset to the junior coaching and later to B Grade. Anyone is welcome to come along and have a hit in this new table tennis program. Retired seniors could find it is just what they need to keep fit and to stay active. All equipment is provided.

A Grade: Burra-PI 7.65 d Baromi 2.58. A good match with close sets as you would hope for a final. Although three tiebreakers went Burra-PI way, Baromi led by a game before the mixed. Burra-PI won all three mixed and the match to play in the grand final. A Reserve: Longshots 6.57 d Baromi 3.51. Good games in this grade too. Longshots won the first four sets, Baromi the next two, four games to Longshots before the mixed. First mixed won by Baromi 8/1 giving the team a three game lead. Longshots came back winning the last two mixed and now into the grand final. B Grade: Mardan 6.46 d Baromi 3.37. Mardan won all three men’s sets and two ladies’ to set up a 10 game break before the mixed

sets. First two mixed Baromi played well to cut the lead to six games. The last set went Mardan’s way and the match by nine games. Well played in all grades. Let’s hope next week’s grand finals are what we are all looking forward to. Baromi did well all season in all grades. They played off in all grades in the preliminary finals but alas, lost on all courts. Hard luck but well done to the club. Next week’s grand finals all played at Leongatha. A Grade: Inverloch v Burra-PI. A Reserve: Outtrim v Longshots. B Grade: Leongatha North v Mardan. Would all teams be at the courts at 11.30am for photos before the game please. Good luck to all teams. Please contact Jill Edwards for tickets for the presentation night.

All aboard: Nathan Hedge with Wonthaggi Secondary College students.

Playing it safe at Inverloch THE Play it Safe By The Water Nathan Hedge Surf With The Boys Tour moved to the Inverloch region on Tuesday, March 11, meeting up with Wonthaggi Secondary College students. Clean conditions accompanied by a small one metre swell provided the perfect opportunity for participants to showcase their skills. Twenty six students joined Hedge, a fifteen-year tour veteran and former top 10 surfer on the ASP World Championship Tour, for a high performance surf coaching session.

All participants were given a warm up session and some crucial water safety skills before getting in the water and learning from one of the world’s best surfers. Surfing Victoria High Performance Coach Cahil Bell-Warren was also on hand, providing valuable technical advice to the participants from the beach. A passionate and powerful surfer, Hedge genuinely enjoyed the opportunity to work with such a large group of talented surfers. “It is awesome to see such a large group of talented watermen and surfers” said Hedge. “They all showed excellent knowledge of the dangers of the ocean and I

am confident that after today’s session they will be more than comfortable to pass on their skills to fellow beach goers, taking a real leadership role in promoting beach safety”. The aim of the Play It Safe By The Water Surf With The Boys Tour is to use positive male role models and professional surf coaches from Surfing Victoria to pass on their skills and knowledge to the next generation of male surfers. The Nathan Hedge Surf With The Boys tour is presented by Play it Safe by the Water, Team Up and Surfing Victoria. For more information logon to

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Leongatha Little Athletics A strong contingent of ultra-keen competitors turned up at the velodrome oval last Saturday for Leongatha Little Athletics Club’s final competition meeting for the season. Athletes were clearly hitting peak form, with personal best performances achieved enmasse across the age groups. A combined 194 PBs were achieved and three centre records broken. All three records were set in the 60m hurdles. Chloe Giliam (U7) went one better than the record she set earlier in the season, stopping the clock at 13.95sec, Ella Snell (U9) broke a 10-yearold record with a blistering 11.47sec run, and Meaghan

Stothart (U10) broke a fouryear-old record with a sterling 12.06sec effort. In the PB department, Jasper Shone (U6) achieved four PBs from four events, Robbie Reardon (U9) and Sebastian Borg (U9) both made five PBs from five events, and Jemma Caithness (U13) achieved an amazing clean sweep of six PBs from six events. A number of club members will now go on to the Victorian State Track and Field Championships in Melbourne on March 29-30. Good luck to all those competing. The club’s presentation night will be held on Friday, April 4 at the Leongatha Primary School’s performing arts centre, starting at 5.30pm with a sausage sizzle. Presentations will start at 6pm. Personal bests recorded last

Saturday were as follows: U6 Boys: C Oloughlin 100m; A Standfield vortex, 60m hurdles; N Wright vortex; J Barry high jump; I Bolge vortex, 100m, 60m hurdles; J Shone high jump, 100m, vortex, 60m hurdles; A Livingstone 60m hurdles, high jump, vortex; S O’Neill 100m; J Stothart 60m hurdles, vortex; M Carter 100m, 60m hurdles, vortex. U6 Girls: C Tumino 100m, 60m hurdles, high jump. U7 Boys: T Lowe 100m, 60m hurdles; C Richards vortex, high jump; J Lacy 60m hurdles, 100m, high jump; R Nettle 60m hurdles; T Sherar 60m hurdles; H Wynne 100m, 60m hurdles, vortex. U7 Girls: L Giles 100m; C Giliam high jump, 100m, 60m hurdles; Z Borg high jump, 100m. U8 Boys: X Bolge 100m; J Fixter discus; S Mackie 400m, discus, long jump; H Living-

Easy does it: Rory Nettle makes nice work of this clearance in the Under 7 boys high jump.

stone 100m, long jump. U8 Girls: M Mackay discus; P Thompson 400m, 60m hurdles; P Barry 60m hurdles; S Cruickshank 100m, 400m, 60m hurdles; N Wight discus, 60m hurdles; S Wright 100m, discus; E O’Neill 60m hurdles, long jump. U9 Boys: W Croatto shotput, triple jump, discus; T Richards discus, triple jump, shotput, 60m hurdles; H Herbert 60m hurdles, triple jump, discus; D Shone 400m, shotput, triple jump; R Reardon discus, triple jump, 60m hurdles, 400m, shotput; R Sturtevant 400m; S Duvoisin triple jump, shotput, discus, 400m; S Borg 60m hurdles, discus, 400m,

triple jump, shotput. Under 9 Girls: A Wright shotput, discus; L Bevis discus, high jump; J Bevis 60m hurdles; E Snell 400m, 60m hurdles, high jump. Under 10 Boys: D Johnson triple jump. Under 10 Girls: B Roy 400m; J Standfield 100m, 400m, 60m hurdles; A Ritchie 100m, 400m, 60m hurdles; L Caithness 60m hurdles, javelin; C Burns triple jump, 60m hurdles, 400m; G Burns javelin; E Cornell 60m hurdles, triple jump; M Stothart triple jump, 60m hurdles; J Duvoisin 60m hurdles, 100m, javelin; R McKeown triple jump, 60m hurdles.

High achiever: Jarvis Lacy smashed his previous personal best height in the Under 7 boy’s high jump.

Under 11 Boys: J Wrigley 1500m walk, triple jump, javelin, 100m; S Herbert 400m, javelin; C Riseley triple jump, 1500m walk, 100m; R Giliam triple jump, javelin. Under 11 Girls: N Martin long jump, 100m; M Giles 1500m walk; J Woods 100m, javelin; B Dyer 100m, 60m hurdles; E Bath 400m, javelin, 100m. Under 12 Boys: C Roy 60m hurdles, javelin; A Herbert long jump, 100m, 400m; A Trease long jump; A Ritchie 100m; L Stothart long jump; D Sturtevant 100m, 400m. Under 12 Girls: C Martin 400m, high jump, shotput, 100m; M Cruickshank 100m;

E Lyons 100m, 60m hurdles; B Johnson high jump; C Standfield 60m hurdles; E James shotput. Under 13 Girls: R Martin 1500m walk, 60m hurdles, 100m; H Wight 100m, 400m, 60m hurdles; L Riseley long jump, 100m, 60m hurdles; J Caithness long jump, 100m, discus, 60m hurdles, 1500m walk, 400m. Under 14 Boys: E Bath long jump, discus, 100m, 60m hurdles. Under 14 Girls: A Wrigley discus, 100m, long jump; E Burns 400m, long jump, 100m. Under 15 Boys: C Ellis 60m hurdles.

On the pace: Cameron Ellis shows a fine turn of speed in the Under 15 boy’s 100m.

Wonthaggi Little Athletics With only one week of competition remaining, 54 athletes turned up on Saturday to produce 87 personal bests.

Going for broke: Little Aths boys Charlie Anderson (middle) and Jake Marotta (right) in the 70 metres sprint. Off and running: Little Aths runner Jaelah Milkins cross the line in the 80 metres hurdles.

Uriah Notley and Jake Marotta (U6B), Mia Dugard (U6G), Lanni Pryor (U12G) and Blythe Page (U13B) all performed well to record four out of a possible five PBs. Congratulations to Baia Pugh (U7G) who broke the discus record with a throw of 12.82m. The presentation night will be held at the Wonthaggi Power club rooms on the 4th of April at 5.30pm. Please bring a plate of food to share. Results for Saturday, March 15 are as follows: U6G: Jaelah Milkins, triple jump, discus, 400m, 80m hurdles, 70m; Mia Dugard, triple jump U6B: Finlay Cameron, triple jump;

Jake Marotta, discus, 400m, 70m, 80m hurdles U7G: Baia Pugh, triple jump, discus, 80m hurdles, 70m, 400m U7B: Sonny McMillan, tirple jump, 80m hurdles, 70m, 400m; Hayden Schmidt, discus U8G: Lani Kulbe, shot put; Ella Smith, 200m, 70m, 80m hurdles, triple jump U8B: Xavier Lindsay, 80m hurdles, triple jump, shot put, 200m; Jaxon Foon, 70m U9G: Tevuro Ihomana Montgomery, high jump, 80m hurdles; Maya Fraser, 200m, 400m, high jump; Bella Schmidt, discus U9B: Jai Williamson, 400m, 200m, 80m hurdles, high jump, discus U10G: Alicia Smith, 800m, long jump; Jordane Dobson, 70m, 80m hurdles, shot put; Jade Anderson, 70m U10B: Jacob Timmermans, 800m, shot

put; Matthew Nicholson, 80m hurdles, long jump, 70m U11G: Harriet Fallaw, 800m, 100m; Mikaela Notley, shot put, triple jump, 80m hurdles U11B: Onni Joma, 800m, shot put, triple jump, 80m hurdles, 100m U12G: Lanni Pryor, javelin, 80m hurdles, 1500m, high jump, 200m U12B: Cooper Smith, 200m, high jump, 1500m; Jarrod Anderson, javelin, 80m hurdles. U13G: Melody Notley, long jump, 80m hurdles, discus, 100m, 400m U13B: Cooper Wagner, long jump, 80m hurdles, discus, 100m, 400m U14B: Brodie Anderson, javelin, 1500m, 90m hurdles, 100m; Luke Graham, high jump U15G: Daisy Filippi, javelin, 1500m; Georgia Filippi, 90m hurdles, high jump, 100m

Track smiles: Mia Dugard cross the line in the 80 metres hurdles.

Local Barracuda wins Gatorade Triathlon LOCAL triathlete Matt Sullivan has won his age category in the fourth race of the Gatorade Triathlon Series, held at Portarlington on Sunday, March 16. This comes on top of his first podium finish – second in the second race held at St Kilda on January 12. The Gatorade Triathlon Series is Victoria’s premier triathlon event with fields of over 1500 athletes in the city events. The Portarlington event was comprised of an 800m swim, followed by a 25km bike ride and finishing with an eight kilometre run. Matt was fifth out of

the water, second fastest on the bike and the fastest runner in his age category. Matt has competed in the local triathlon events for the past five years, but has really increased his focus now that he is living in Melbourne. He is

currently coached by Brad Bullock of Elite Triathlon Performance Australia, as is another local athlete, Kara Landells. Kara also performed well on the weekend and was placed fifth in the female open section.

The fifth and final race of the Gatorade Triathlon Series will be held at St Kilda on Sunday, March 30. Matt is currently on top of the leader board and has a good chance to win the overall series.

After the event: local athletes Kara Landells (left) and Matt Sullivan (right) with their coach, Brad Bullock (middle)

Podium finish: Matt Sullivan won his age category in the fourth race of the Gatorade series.

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• B Grade Division 1

OMK on top but Town send them packing INVERLOCH subdued eight placed Wonthaggi Miners easily with strong batting performances from opener Ruffin (66), Sword (36) and tailender Courtenay (53). Courtenay, having taken four Wonthaggi first innings wickets, continued to make an impression on the game with five second innings wickets, 5/19 off 10 overs including four maidens. The Miners began with strong first innings batting performances from its openers but the Inverloch attack proved too strong and the Miners could find no further traction at the crease. Despite a good opening

stand between Cleeland (51) and Keating (73), Phillip Island wasn’t able to withstand the bowling of McGuirk (5/48) and Mccall (3/34) and finished well short of the 247 runs set by the Wonthaggi Workmen. Nerrena, placed seventh on the table, batted it out against sixth placed MDU and found the required 270 easily with fine top order batting displays. Clark went for 60, Telfer for 50 and Matheson managed 90 which included 12 boundaries. The best of the Nerrena bowlers was Mercer with 2/53. Town managed to vanquish first placed OMK, finding the required 201 with 60s from the bats of Templeton and Burge (not out) and support from Da-

vis (24) and Fixter (29).

Details NERRENA d MDU 1st innings MDU 8/270 (cc) 1st innings Nerrena W. Telfer c. C. Harris b. T. Sinclair .........................50 T. Clark c. D. Thomas b. K. Sinclair ........................60 P. Matheson r.o. ........................90 A. Harrison c. b. T. Sinclair ..... 11 B. Hayes c. D. Thomas b. L. Mercer..........................37 B. Croatto b. L. Mercer ..............0 J. Hoy n.o. ..................................2 M. Croatto n.o. ...........................2 Extras ......................................23 Total ....................................6/275 Bowling: J. Riley 0/34, S. Riley 0/41, L. Mercer 2/53, M. Olden 0/23, T. Sinclair 2/66, K. Sinclair 1/22, C. Harris 0/24. PHILLIP ISLAND def by WON WORKMENS 1st innings Won Workmens 247 1st innings Phillip Island R. Cleeland lbw. b. L. McGuirk ......................51 L. Keating c. B. Osborne b. M. McCall ........................73 A. Finlayson c. M. McCall b. L. McGuirk ........................6 T. McCoy lbw. b. L. McGuirk....7

S. Niven c. M. McCall b. L. McGuirk ........................0 J. Keating c. B. Osborne b. Z. Macdermid.....................2 J. Cox c. b. M. McCall ...............0 T. Officer c. b. M. McCall ..........4 B. Quirk lbw. b. C. Harvey ......12 D. Johnston c. b. L. McGuirk.....6 A. Thomas n.o. ...........................0 Extras ......................................14 Total .......................................175 Bowling: L. McGuirk 5/48, Z. Macdermid 1/50, C. Harvey 1/14, M. McCall 3/34, D. Turton 0/11, D. Dutchman 0/11. OMK def by TOWN 1st innings OMK 201 1st innings Town M. Wilson lbw. b. R. White........3 I. Hanks lbw. b. R. White ...........1 R. Templeton b. D. Jeffries ......60 M. Davies c. R. White b. M. Cooke..........................24 W. Turner b. D. McMeekin ........0 A. Fixter c. R. Quaife b. M. Cooke............................3 C. Bruce c. T. Knox b. M. Cooke............................4 S. Fixter c. A. Rose b. D. Jeffries .........................29 D. Burge n.o. ............................60 J. Bolge c. A. Rose b. D. Jeffries ...........................2 S. Clark n.o. ...............................2 Extras ......................................15

Total .............................9/204 (cc) Bowling: R. White 2/23, R. Greaves 0/41, D. Jeffries 3/36, M. Cooke 3/33, D. McMeekin 1/29, T. Eustace 0/30. WON MINERS def by INVERLOCH 1st innings Won Miners 200 1st innings Inverloch D. Ruffin n.o. ...........................66 A. Brayley c. ..............................2 B. Sword c................................36 N. Goodall b. ..............................3 N. Brayley c. ............................12 J. Courtenay b. .........................53 M. Anderson b..........................17 S. Brayley c. ...............................0 Extras ......................................15 Total ....................................7/204 Bowling: J. Loos 1/26, C. Honeysett 0/26, P. Hammer 1/29, H. Singh 1/48, D. Lambert 2/49, R. Jones 2/23. 2nd innings Won Miners J. Loos lbw. b. B. Sword ............4 D. Perryman c. N. Goodall b. B. Sword ............................4 P. Hammer c. S. Brayley b. B. Sword ..........................18 C. Honeysett c. M. Anderson b. L. Anderson ......................14 K. Smith c. S. Brayley b. J. Courtenay .....................10 D. Lambert b. J. Courtenay ........5 R. Jones c. S. Brayley

Joseph Courtenay: hits out for Inverloch in Wonthaggi on Saturday. b. J. Courtenay .......................5 D. Beesey b. J. Courtenay ..........0 H. Singh b. J. Courtenay ............0 A. Honeysett n.o. .......................0 Extras ........................................6 Total .........................................66 Bowling: B. Sword 3/23, J. Courtenay 5/19, N. Brayley 0/4, L. Anderson 1/14, N. Goodall 0/1.

2nd innings Inverloch D. Ruffin c..................................0 B. Sword n.o. ...........................25 J. Courtenay r.o. .......................28 S. Brayley r.o..............................0 Extras ......................................14 Total ...............................3/67 (cc) Bowling: D. Lambert 0/16, R. Jones 1/42.

• B Grade Division 2

Imperials too strong RUSHTON’S 130 and Ginnane’s 92 contribution to the Imperials’ first innings score of 320 was beyond Kilcunda Bass’ best efforts.

Leongatha District Cricket Association Umpire Appointments EVANS PETROLEUM Semi finals - March 22 & 23 Home team Grade A1 OMK

Away Team v Inverloch

Won Workmens v Nerrena



WC 1

C. Salmon V. Baskerville G. Laird T. Rogers

Butch W

Grade A2 Won Miners

v Fish Crk-Tarwin I Turf


v Koonwarra-RSL L Turf

Grade B1 Won Workmens v Phillip Island




v Town

Grade B2 Koonwarra-RSL v Korumburra



v Kilcunda-Bass


Grade C1 OMK

v Nerrena


Won Workmens v Inverloch


Grade C2 OMK

v Won Workmens Nerr

Won Miners

v Kilcunda-Bass

Glen A

A. Jordan A. Roberts M. Heenan B. McDonald A. Lanyon B. Bek A. Stride B. Thomas G. Knox G. Goss G. Stabb N. Barnes I. Richards G. Sauvarin G. Wyatt N. Graydon L. Boyd G. Price M. Wishart J. Schellings

Please note all games start at 11am Any person interested in umpiring contact Graham Laird 0408 454 741. Please note all umpires are requested to attend meeting on March 18 at Bairs Hotel Leongatha at 7.30pm.

Above, Paul Stow: the Cougars’ batsman drives down the ground for runs Below, Liiam Miller: the young Korumburra quick bowled a tight line late in the day.

Kilcunda Bass’ best performances at the crease were no match for those superb innings with Shelton and Clay the best adding 48 apiece. The Imperials’ bowlers complimented their batsmen with Rushton 2/4 off four overs, G Forrester 3/28 and Meyer 2/33. The Imperials showed themselves worthy of their position at the top of the ladder and are sure favourites to win the shield. Second placed Koonwarra and third placed Korumburra were an even match but Miller’s first innings 74 with the

bat together with Korumburra’s more disciplined bowling, proved it the stronger team. Opening for Koonwarra, Moscript gave his team a flying start with 36 of his 66 coming from boundaries and Stow (41) and Moore (61) had productive stays in the middle. Of Korumburra’s tight bowling display, Olden’s 3/37 was the best. In the final match of the round, Fish Creek Tarwin was unable to haul in Poowong Loch’s 170 and finished with 115. Pouw made 40 and the best of Fish Creek Tarwin’s bowlers was Hancock’s magnificent 2/15 off 14 overs, eight being maidens.

Details KILCUNDA-BASS def by IMPERIALS 1st innings Imperials 9/320 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass T. Aplin c. J. Rushton b. A. Meyer.............................. 35 B. Joseph b. B. Davidson............ 20 R. Gardiner b. J. Rushton ........... 13 H. Grace c. J. Ginnane b. J. Rushton .............................. 1 S. Shelton c. R. Higgins b. G. Forrester.......................... 48 K. Condick c. J. Forrester b. A. Meyer................................ 2 D. Clay c. B. Davidson b. G. Forrester.......................... 48 M. Whitham b. D. Ginnane .......... 0 R. Duff c. R. Higgins b. G. Forrester............................ 2 P. Coleman n.o. ............................. 5 E. Garratt r.o. ................................. 1 Extras............................................ 9 Total .....................................10/184 Bowling: B. Davidson 1/29, J. Forrester 0/25, A. Meyer 2/33, J. Rushton 2/4, J. Bloom 0/36, G. Forrester 3/28, D. Ginnane 1/23. POOWONG-LOCH d FISH CREEK-TARWIN 1st innings Poowong-Loch 170 1st innings Fish Creek-Tarwin G. Webster c. S. Magnusson b. N. Hancock.......................... 15 G. Buckland lbw. b. N. Hancock.......................... 11 O. Brennan r.o. ............................ 20 M. Bright b. S. McKinnon............ 0

M. Watkins b. S. McKinnon......... 2 J. Pouw c. S. Magnusson b. G. Knox ............................... 40 C. Fisher c. S. Dinger b. B. Monson ........................... 16 L. Buckland n.o. ............................ 3 T. Stybosh b. B. Monson .............. 4 Extras............................................ 4 Total .......................................... 115 Bowling: S. McKinnon 2/44, N. Hancock 2/15, J. Patullo 0/20, G. Knox 1/23, B. Monson 2/13. KORUMBURRA d KOONWARRA-L/RSL 1st innings Korumburra 256 1st innings Koonwarra-L/RSL C. Moscript c. T. Allen b. S. Harland............................ 66 L. Enter lbw. b. M. Olden ............. 1 N. Grimes c. T. Allen b. T. Gray ................................... 0 P. Stow c&b. M. Olden ............... 41 B. Moore c. M. Wrigley b. J. Meade .............................. 61 D. Bakers b. S. Harland ................ 7 N. Arnup n.o. ................................. 1 M. Boswell c. L. Miller b. M. Olden.............................. 29 P. Buckley n.o................................ 0 D. Pearce c. M. Wrigley b. J. Oxlee ................................ 12 Extras.......................................... 23 Total .......................................8/241 Bowling: M. Olden 3/37, J. Oxlee 1/36, J. Meade 1/38, S. Harland 2/39, L. Miller 0/22, C. Mileto 0/17, T. Gray 1/34. GLEN ALVIE v FOSTER Glen Alvie won on forfeit

LDCA ladders A Grade Division 1 Won Workmens ....................144 OMK......................................138 Inverloch ...............................128 Nerrena ...................................92 Town.........................................90 Imperials ..................................60 Phillip Island ............................24 Korumburra ..............................12 A Grade Division 2 Won Miners ..........................150 Kilcunda-Bass.......................126 Koonwarra-L/RSL ...............122 Fish Creek-Tarwin .................90 MDU ........................................78 Poowong-Loch .........................48 Glen Alvie ................................48 Foster........................................42 B Grade Division 1 OMK......................................138 Won Workmens .................... 114 Phillip Island.........................108 Town ........................................90 Inverloch ..................................80 MDU ........................................66 Nerrena .....................................62 Won Miners ..............................30 B Grade Division 2 Imperials ...............................166 Koonwarra-L/RSL ...............134 Korumburra .........................126 Kilcunda-Bass.........................80 Poowong-Loch .........................66 Glen Alvie ................................66 Foster........................................54

Fish Creek-Tarwin....................12 C Grade Division 1 OMK......................................144 Won Workmens ....................132 Inverloch ...............................108 Nerrena ...................................90 Phillip Island ............................66 Town.........................................66 Imperials ..................................42 MDU ........................................24 C Grade Division 2 OMK......................................144 Won Miners ..........................126 Kilcunda-Bass.........................96 Won Workmens ......................96 Koonwarra-L/RSL ...................66 Korumburra ..............................66 Inverloch ..................................36 Glen Alvie ................................30 MDU ........................................12 Under 16 Nerrena .................................108 Kilcunda-Bass.........................90 Fish Creek-Tarwin .................84 Phillip Island...........................84 Won Workmens ........................72 Imperials ..................................66 MDU ........................................54 Won Miners ..............................48 Korumburra ..............................24 Poowong-Loch .........................18 OMK ........................................12

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CRICKET | SPORT • A Grade Division 2

Century maker sinks MDU M E E N I YA N Dumbalk United’s chances of a final’s spot nose dived on Saturday when a fine century from Kilcunda Bass’s Paul Mohascy got his team over the line. Mohascy’s 102 along with Ashley Oats’ 77, saw an opening wicket stand of 105 and KB was well on the way. With a 40 from Jacob Dakin and some other helpful runs KB finished with 5/278 against MDU’s 227. Mark Le Page was the most successful of the bowlers with 2/36. Fish Creek/Tarwin as predicted last week was too good for Poowong/Loch and has snuck into fourth spot, booking a semi-final contest against top side Wonthaggi Miners. Peter Fort 40 and Matt Loader 35 for Poowong/Loch provided some resistance but when they fell the lower order couldn’t pick up the necessary runs. Fish Creek/Tarwin 171 defeated Poowong/Loch 140. John Danckert 3/33 and Tom Williamson 3/36 toiled well for Fishy Tarwin. Foster finished its season on a high with a stirring victory over Glen Alvie, aided by

MDU def by KILCUNDA-BASS 1st innings MDU 227 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass P. Mohascy c&b. J. Sinclair ...102 A. Oats c. T. Harris b. M. Cantwell......................77 A. Donohue c. M. Martin b. S. McRae .......................... 11 J. Dakin c. M. Martin b. M. Le Page .......................40 P. Palmer c. M. Martin b. M. Le Page .......................13 J. Tregear n.o. ...........................23 Extras ......................................12 Total ....................................5/278 Bowling: T. Harris 0/50, M. Cantwell 1/38, S. Arnup 0/50, C. Hoober 0/11, M. Le Page 2/36, M. Patching 0/38, S. McRae 1/15, C. Le Page 0/16, J. Sinclair 1/15.

A. McBride b. J. Prain .............15 D. Hateley c. M. Lynch b. F. Griggs ...........................10 J. Hales c. H. Griggs b. F. Griggs ...........................35 D. Williams c. G. Tanner b. H. Griggs ..........................34 L. McRae n.o..............................8 J. Wheeler n.o.............................6 Extras ......................................17 Total .............................9/228 (cc) Bowling: F. Griggs 3/43, G. Collis 0/22, J. Pilkington 1/19, G. Tanner 1/28, S. Chaseling 0/15, T. Smith 1/14, J. Prain 2/41, J. Chaseling 0/20, D. Lacasa 0/6, H. Griggs 1/15. 1st innings Foster M. Lynch n.o. .........................108 J. Prain c. J. Wheeler b. J. Hales ...............................6 G. Collis c. S. Smith b. L. McRae............................6 J. Pilkington c. D. Hales b. J. Wheeler......................... 11 T. Smith c&b. L. McRae ..........31 D. Garlick c. S. Smith b. D. Williams ........................7 D. Lacasa b. D. Hales.................5 F. Griggs b. D. Hales ................37 G. Tanner n.o. .............................4 Extras ......................................18 Total ....................................7/233 Bowling: D. Hales 2/58, J. Hales 1/59, L. McRae 2/24, D. Williams 1/34, J. Wheeler 1/33, A. McBride 0/12.

FOSTER d GLEN ALVIE 1st innings Glen Alvie S. Smith c. M. Lynch b. J. Pilkington .....................18 A. Hamilton c. T. Smith b. F. Griggs .............................4 J. Tiziani c&b. T. Smith .............6 S. Lowe c. H. Griggs b. G. Tanner ..........................17 D. Hales lbw. b. J. Prain ...........58

FISH CREEK-TARWIN d POOWONG-LOCH 1st innings Fish Creek-Tarwin 171 1st innings Poowong-Loch C. Knox c. J. Law b. B. Coates ............................4 P. Fort c. B. Coates b. T. Williamson ...................40 N. Findlay b. J. Danckert .........16

a fine century to opener Murray Lynch with 108 not out. Foster finished with 7/233 chasing Glen Alvie’s 9/228. Frazer Griggs scored 37 for the Tigers with Tyler Smith 31. Lachlan McRae snared 2/24 for Glen Alvie. And as reported on the back page, Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL enjoyed a big win against top side Wonthaggi Miners on the back of big scores from Hughes and Toms.

A. Fisher b. A. Straw..................1 M. Loader b. J. Buckland .........35 T. Hancock c. b. J. Danckert ....15 G. Birnie lbw. b. J. Danckert ......2 M. Hancock c. J. Law b. T. Williamson .....................3 R. Knox b. A. Straw ...................4 M. Adderley b. T. Williamson ....4 C. Oliver n.o............................. 11 Extras ........................................5 Total .......................................140

Bowling: A. Straw 2/29, B. Coates 1/20, J. Danckert 3/33, O. Straw 0/12, T. Williamson 3/36, J. Buckland 1/8. KOONWARRA-L/RSL d WON MINERS 1st innings Won Miners 8/286 (cc) 1st innings Koonwarra-L/RSL S. Hughes n.o. ........................202

Congratulations: the Cougars’ opening pair of Sam Hughes (left) and Nev Toms shared a partnership of 237. Toms was out for 113, while Hughes went on to make 202 not out. Photo by Mark Drury.

• Under 16 cricket grand final

Phillip Island Under 16 premiers PHILLIP Island claimed the Under 16 cricket premiership on the back of a magnificent century not out by opening batsman Jack Keating. Fish Creek/Tarwin batted first under overcast skies and a slow outfield after winning the toss, compiling a very respectable 4/158 off its 50 overs. Opener Ossie Brennan made 48 before being run out. He and Owen Straw, who made 48, shared in a 130 run partnership to establish the innings. In reply Phillip Island’s chase started badly when opener Jai Asbury was out for a duck and the score 1/0. But a fine 147 run partnership ensued between Keating, 100 not out, and Blake Insall, 58 and at the fall of Insall’s wicket the Island needed just 12 runs for victory. They finished on 2/162, Jack Keating fittingly bringing up his hundred and the victory with his final shot of the day. It was a great exhibition of cricket by both teams in batting, bowling and fielding, with the game played in great spirit. The coaches and team managers should be congratulated on their coaching and management of their respective teams. The fielding of both sides was excellent with players throwing themselves around in the field and most chances taken. The game was umpired by Ian Richards and Alan Roberts who did a great job all day and they awarded the “Haynes Man of the Match” shirt to Jack Keating for his 100 not out, a wicket and a run out. Jack has a bright future in cricket and this was his second century for the season, the other in Junior Country Week.

President of the Association Russell Mathews presented the Premiership Cup to Tom Officer and Blake Insall Phillip Island’s joint captains and he also presented medallions to the Phillip Island players. FISH CREEK-TARWIN def by PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Fish Creek-Tarwin O. Brennan r.o. .........................48 M. McGannon lbw. b. J. Keating ...........................9 O. Straw b. B. Insall .................48 B. Rogers c. B. Insall b. J. Asbury .......................... 11 H. Griggs n.o. .............................1 L. Buckland n.o. .........................1 Extras ......................................40 Total .............................4/158 (cc) Bowling: T. Officer 0/21, B. Insall 1/31, J. Keating 1/19, J. Asbury 1/27, J. Excell 0/19, C. Epifano 0/21, J. Spencer 0/9. 1st innings Phillip Island J. Keating n.o. ........................100 J. Asbury b. B. Rogers ...............0 B. Insall c. L. Hateley b. M. McGannon ..................58 T. Officer n.o. .............................0

Extras ........................................4 Total ....................................2/162

Bowling: L. Buckland 0/42, B. Rogers 1/32, O. Straw 0/27, M.

McGannon 1/14, H. Griggs 0/25, A. Watkins 0/21.

N. Toms c. R. Birkett b. P. Nelson ........................ 113 J. Moore n.o. ............................31 Extras ......................................15 Total .............................1/361 (cc)

Bowling: B. Foon 0/14, P. Nelson 1/81, R. Birkett 0/44, J. Honeysett 0/21, B. Andrighetto 0/28, P. Owen 0/99, D. Loos 0/40, C. Thomas 0/23.

A Grade Divsion 1 IMPERIALS def by NERRENA 1st innings Nerrena 137 1st innings Imperials G. Sauvarin c. D. Symmons b. R. Joy .................................0 R. McLennan r.o. ..................... 11 T. Piddington lbw. b. R. Joy .......8 J. O’Loughlin b. R. Clark.........41 J. Parker b. R. Clark ................. 11 L. Rogers c. R. Joy b. Z. Trease.............................9 T. Williams lbw. b. J. Trease .... 11 A. Eddy b. J. Trease ...................4 L. Wright b. J. Trease .................0 T. Sauvarin n.o. ..........................3 Z. Price c. C. Salmon b. D. Symmons.......................4 Extras ........................................4 Total .......................................106 Bowling: R. Joy 2/23, J. Trease 3/36, R. Clark 2/16, T. Wightman 0/14, Z. Trease 1/16, D. Symmons 1/0. WON WORKMENS d PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Phillip Island 128 1st innings Won Workmens T. Hooper b. E. Richards ..........56 D. Britt c. J. Black b. S. Boyack .........................15 J. Baker c&b. S. Kirton ............14 G. Britt c. J. Black b. S. Boyack .........................17 R. Thomas lbw. b. L. Cleeland .......................18 S. Huitema c. J. Black b. M. Price ............................21 G. Bolding n.o. .........................24 Extras ......................................24 Total ....................................6/189 Bowling: S. Kirton 1/15, C. Keerthisinghe 0/46, S. Boyack 2/31, Z. Brown 0/32, E. Richards 1/6, B. Johnston 0/7, L. Cleeland 1/17, T. Hornsby 0/9, M. Price 1/5. TOWN tied OMK 1st innings OMK 164 1st innings Town M. Weerasinghe-Silva c. J. Van Rooye

b. N. Cant ...............................6 M. Borschman b. N. Cant ..........0 M. Borschman b. K. Kerr.........39 J. Burge r.o. ..............................23 A. Ratnayake lbw. b. D. Lloyd ...........................36 M. Smith c. K. Kerr b. S. Jenkins .........................31 J. Hume b. B. Wyatt ...................5 N. Johnston b. B. Wyatt ...........14 A. Hickey lbw. b. P. Dell ............0 S. Browne n.o.............................1 L. Smith lbw. b. B. Wyatt ...........0 Extras ........................................9 Total .......................................164 Bowling: P. Dell 1/20, N. Cant 2/16, J. Wilson 0/20, B. Wyatt 3/16, K. Kerr 1/26, S. Jenkins 1/43, D. Lloyd 1/15. INVERLOCH d KORUMBURRA 1st innings Inverloch 282 1st innings Korumburra J. Cook c. L. Sharrock b. R. Thomas ..........................0 K. Rigby c. D. Clark b. K. Rotthier..........................0 A. Katipearachchi stp. L. Sharrock b. D. Clark ............................34 U. Weerasinghe c. W. Rankin b. D. Mathews ......................35 I. Osman c. R. Thomas b. D. Clark ..............................6 D. Salmon c. B. Debono b. K. Rotthier........................19 K. Dorman c. B. Debono b. K. Rotthier..........................6 T. Lucas c. J. Smith b. D. Clark ............................16 P. Dunlevie n.o. ........................10 J. Richards c. D. Clark b. R. Thomas ........................ 11 A. Meade stp. L. Sharrock b. D. Clark ..............................0 Extras ......................................16 Total ..................................10/153 Bowling: R. Thomas 2/37, K. Rotthier 3/20, L. Rankin 0/21, D. Clark 4/37, D. Mathews 1/8, B. Debono 0/16.

C Grade Divsion 1

Fish Creek Tarwin: back from left Billy Rogers, Owen Straw, Harvey Griggs, Luke Hately and Emma Watkins. Front from left, Matthew McGannon, Ossie Brennan, Liam Buckland and Amy Watkins.

WON WORKMENS v PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Won Workmens 6/314 (cc) RJ. Purcell r.o ......................... 9 R. Good c C. Rigby b L. McLean...................... 22 B. Insall b S. Liddle ................ 4 M. Christopher c K. Brann b L. McLean...................... 20 M. Duyker c L. Mclean b S. Roche ......................... 47 C. Muscat c S. Osborne b S. Morison ....................... 1 J. Good r.o ............................ 45 W. Paterson b A. Lang ........... 17 BJ. Young b S. Liddle ............. 1 SD. Cox n.o .......................... 17 C. Epifano b S. Liddle ............. 2 Extras ..................................... 3 Total ................................... 188 Bowling: S. Liddle 4/41, L. Mclean 2/40, S. Morison 1/38, C. Rigby 0/29, S. Roche 1/37 IMPERIALS v NERRENA 1st innings Nerrena 2/257 (cc) MP. Malloy lbw b D. Grigg ... 14 B. Casbolt lbw b K. Clark ..... 15 B. Wright b K. Clark ............... 2 B. Maskell lbw b K. Clark....... 8 H. McGannon b K. Clark ........ 0 N. Hodges b C. Baudinette ...... 4 S. McLennan n.o ................... 85 GW. Wright c G. Gilliam b C. Baudinette ................... 3 H. Marshall c S. Gaddam b B. Standfield .................... 4 G. Price c D. Campbell b B. Standfield .................... 0 Extras ................................... 21 Total ................................... 172 Bowling: D. Grigg 1/25, K. Clark 4/16, C. Baudinette 2/21, J. Hoy 0/19, M. Wardle 0/29, S. Gaddam 0/8, G. Wightman 0/8, D Campbell 0/16, B. Standfield 3/14.

Phillip Island: Under 16 premiers pictured after receiving their medals and shield; Keith Robinson, Blake Insall, Jack Spencer, Alex Dyker, Tom Officer, Matthew Fletcher, Jack Keating, Jacob Excell, Manni Kranabetter, Jacob Knowles, Jai Asbury and, back right, Peter Officer (coach).

TOWN v OMK 1st innings Town 130 W. Dowel c&b M. Warren ... 102 P. Miller c R. Shields b C. Dowling ................................ 79

G. Lomango lbw b R. Shields 28 A. McKinnon c L. O’Brien b R. Edwards .................................. 6 J. Cochrane r.n.o ................... 72 L. Van Rooye r.n.o ................ 73 B. Nation c M. O’Loughlin b C. Dowling ................................ 27 P. Harper b C. Dowling ........... 0 N. Audio retired hurt ............... 2 C. O’Brien n.o....................... 42 P. Green n.o........................... 45 Extras ................................... 61 Total ................................ 8/536 Bowling: P. Green 2/21, B. Nation 0/22, G. Lomagno 3/8, C. O’Brien 1/20, N. Audino 1/44, J. Cochrane 2/14, L. Van Rooye 1/1. 1st innings OMK W. Dowel n.o. ....................... 55 P. Miller n.o. ......................... 30 Extras ................................... 17 Total ................................ 0/102 Bowling: C. Dowling 3/42, M. Luscombe 0/76, R. Edwards 1/57, D. Goss 0/86, M. O’loughlin 0/82, M. Warren 1/78, L. O’brien 0/10, R. Shields 1/26, G. Goss 0/19, G. Pouw 0/15. INVERLOCH v MDU 1st innings MDU 10/144 I. Smith b ................................ 8 P. Johnson b .......................... 15 J. Belli c ................................ 81 Dr. Clarkley r.o ..................... 18 I. Fowler ............................... 21 M. Goldsmith b ..................... 10 B. Phillips c .......................... 54 B. Thomas retired.................. 36 J. Williams n.o ........................ 3 J. Brosnan n.o ....................... 53 Extras ................................... 25 Total ................................ 7/324 Bowling: MJ Perry 1/17, K Brown 0/40, L Corry 1/47, P Robinson 1/34, W Collins 1/73, N Hill 1/32, J Bright 0/38, K Newton 0/38

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Sizzling end to cycling season TRACK racing concluded for the summer season on Friday night.

On the ball: from front left, Ben Cantwell, Connor Krohn and Alison Mancarella are ready to take on the year ahead at their first training with the support of Leongatha Under 13s’ team behind them.

Get pumped: the Under 12 boys from the Leongatha Parrots gear up and take to the oval for their first training session for the 2014 season.

Ebony’s racing dream LIKE many youngsters who enter speedway, Ebony Hobson from Clyde has a long family history in the sport. Most notably, Ebony’s father Lloyd spent the best part of 40 years racing in speedway, even occupying the position of president at the Nyora Speedway for 21 years. As a result, Ebony was taken to the speedway regularly from two weeks of age and was eager to step into speedway karts as soon as she was old enough at eight years old. On her ninth birthday, Ebony’s parents surprised her with a kart of her own, and she has been in love with the sport ever since. “My dad raced sprintcars in the late 80’s, then went on to the A Grade Hot Rods (now known as V8 Dirt Modifieds). He travelled all over the country and won eight state titles in a row, and always placed in the national titles,” says Hobson. “Watching him be so accomplished and enjoy it so much made me instantly fall in love with

the idea of one day being able to do the things he does.” Certainly Ebony’s participation in three separate speedway categories is indication of her passion, and she understands that to get to the top of her game, she needs as much time behind the wheel as possible. “This is my first full season in a V8 Dirt Modified, so I’d just like to be able to improve and gain more experience and knowledge, including how the cars all work and set ups, and a win would also be excellent.” “I’d also love to win my first Australian Title for Speedway Karts in the senior class.” Ebony is certainly keeping her eye on her long term goals as well, inspired by the success of the new wave of World Series Sprintcars young guns. “In the next five years I’d love to have a permanent 410 sprintcar drive like J-Mac (James McFadden) or Linesy (Steven Lines). My ultimate long-term goal would be driving a sprintcar in America.”

The club ran a shortened race program in perfect conditions followed by championship medallions and a sausage sizzle to end the season. The perfect conditions saw almost all the riders post a personal best for the one lap time trial event. This event has been run all season and some riders have made spectacular gains over the November to March season. Thomas Fitzgerald has gone from riding around 50 seconds down to a 42 second lap on Friday night. Some of this improvement is due to a better bike but a lot is back to the rider. Thomas has been at most training sessions and has been an eager participant. It would not surprise to see him emulate the efforts of Thomas McFarlane in the years ahead. Thomas McFarlane also grabbed a new personal best with a time of 29.5 sec and also has made big steps this season. In the girls Bernadette Fitzgerald has continued to shave time off her personal best and is nearing a level which will have her competitive at a state level. In the junior 15 men, Austin Timmins rode a new personal best of 33.29 seconds so has managed to pull around three seconds over the season. This has also brought him into contention at a state level. Another rider who has been training well over the past six weeks has been Harrison McLean and he has also managed to pull around three seconds as he clocked 34.31 seconds on Friday night. The second event for the nights was a scratch race. In the Junior B section it was a great battle but Oliver McLean proved too good for Thomas Fitzgerald, Fleur Timmins and Jack Allen. With reduced seniors Thomas McFarlane raced with Junior A and duly controlled the business end of the race winning from Austin and Harrison McLean. In the Junior B handicap it was a close race with Thomas winning from Oliver, Fleur and Jack. In the Junior A, Bernadette blasted away at the start and quickly passed the

outmarkers and finished a clear winner. Thomas McFarlane started at 50m behind scratch in the one lap dash. He was always struggling to get near, however, a withering rush up the finish straight saw him grab third just behind Austin Timmins. Following this the riders had an Olympic sprint. In Junior B the team of Thomas and Fleur proved too quick for Jack and Oliver. In Junior A the team of Harrison, Austin and Bernadette were too quick for Thomas, Alex and Matt. Following this event Bernadette said she should retire as she had two wins over Thomas McFarlane. The final event for Junior B was another three lap scratch race and once again it was a battle down to the line. Oliver chalked up another win from Thomas and Fleur. In Junior A it was an elimination and Thomas McFarlane was always in control however Austin pushed all the way and made him earn the win. Harrison rode well but had to settle for third. Chief man on the barbecue was Ben Meadley as he was saving for a state masters team ride on Saturday. His team came home in second place in the team pursuit after the NSW team. Well done Ben. Riders are now in training for the road season starting on April 5 at Pound Creek. Assembly and entry are at 1pm. This is a good day for any rider interested in trying the road season to come along. For junior riders it gives a few week of racing before the big junior weekend at the end of April. On Sunday, April 6, from 10am at the Koonwarra Reserve there is the Sauvy Ride and Cancer fund raising day. Anyone interested in a social ride should come along. Do the 34km ride to Pound Creek and back or ride or walk the rail trail. A BYO barbecue will follow. The club has a meeting on Tuesday night at the McFarlane house.

Seasoned medallists: from left medals for the Leongatha Cycling Club track season were presented at the velodrome on Friday night, to Bernadette Fitzgerald, Ronald Purtle, Grace Mclean, Thomas Fitzgerald, Austin Timmins, Alex Bennett, Oliver McLean, Harrison McLean, Thomas McFarlane and Fleur Timmins.

Victory lap beckons: Ebony Hobson would love to win her first Australian Title for Speedway Karts in the senior class.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - PAGE 55


Woolamai’s last race

THE last picnic race meeting of the season was held at the Woolamai race track on Saturday.

As usual, people turned up in droves to enjoy the relaxed, country atmosphere of the event in the blustery but warm conditions.

Argentinian Storm: crosses the line first in race two, with Matt Brown aboard. Running Race goers: Wonthaggi locals Kelly Smith, Raelene Kenney, Aileen Huitema and Catherine Bolding thought the Woolamai races were the perfect place to spend Saturday. second in this race was locally trained Break Even.

Gal pals: Mornington locals from left, Kirah White, Claire Weiss, Jemima Stevenson, Sarah Gore and Maddie Eason had a great day at Woolamai on Saturday.

Lovely ladies: Nikki Quinton from Grantville, Karenne Ellerton from Cowes and Julie Anderson from Cowes were enjoying the last race meeting of the season at Woolamai on Saturday.

Turf pitch for Korumburra, finally! By Stuart Biggins THE Korumburra Recreation Reserve on Richard Street doesn’t look too attractive at the moment with excavators busily digging out the centre square. Work started on Tuesday preparing the ground for the installation of four turf

pitches, a project costing $100,000. The state government contributed $66,000 and the shire and the cricket club the rest. The cost doesn’t end there, though, notes Alan Summerfield, the president of the Korumburra Cricket Club. “We need a roller, covers, a mower and the other equipment associated with the upkeep of turf pitches as well as

a shed to store it all in.” The ground should be ready to sow with cooch grass in about a fortnight’s time. In the meantime half a metre of soil is being trucked out ready for the crushed rock sub base upon which black volcanic soil from Colac will form the growing medium. The project also includes the installation of one synthetic pitch which will act as

a back up pitch in the event the turf ones are not available for whatever reason. Summerfield is pleased to finally see action out in the middle of the ground. “This is the culmination of a long process. “It has been on the plans for 15 years since the merge with Loch and there has been a lot of work involved in getting the funding. “The local shire has been fantastic.

The benefits to the club of having the turf pitches include players getting more experience on grass which is significant as the finals are played on grass. It also benefits the juniors and their development, particularly if they want to go

on and pursue cricket at the next level. A ready made team of volunteers made up of club retirees is ready to maintain the new facility with expert help being provided as needed. “Other turf clubs such

as Wonthaggi and Mirboo North have been very good with advice.” The two soccer pitches which share the ground with the cricket club are currently out of action until April or May with the earliest games going to Loch if necessary.

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Pitching in: Alan Summerfield is pleased to see action after 15 years of talking.

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FUN RUN DRAWS HUNDREDS Page 50 • A Grade Division 2

Sam Hughes smashes double century

Another boundary: Sam Hughes smashes one of his 27 fours (and 4 sixes) on his way to a mammoth 202 not out. Photo by Mark Drury.

KOONWARRA/Leongatha RSL’s Sam Hughes was a run machine on the weekend when he smashed 202 not out to claim a huge win for his team against top side Wonthaggi Miners on the eve of finals. In a huge confidence booster for the Cou-

gars, Hughes and Neville Toms, scoring 113, made 237 for the first wicket. By the time Toms fell, Koony needed just 50 runs to win the match. Koony did this with no further wickets lost as Josh Moore made 31 and combined with Hughes to get the team over the line, finishing with 1/361. This is against the side that’s been on top

of the ladder most of the season. All Miner’s bowlers were punished, for example, 99 coming from Phil Owen’s 9 overs (11 per over). Kilcunda Bass face off against Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL in one of the semi finals while in the other semi Fish Creek/Tarwin secured the last final’s spot and will play Wonthaggi Miners. See A2 results inside.

Ton up: Sam Hughes salutes his teammates after notching up his first century. Photo by Mark Drury.

• A Grade Division 1

Town heartbreak LEONGATHA Town and OMK played out a thrilling tie on the weekend in A1 cricket but it ended up being a dreadful result for both sides. Had Town won it would have made the finals, had OMK won it would have finished on top of the ladder. The tie on 164 runs apiece means Town is out of the finals and Nerrena, having won its game, moves into fourth spot. OMK drops from first to second with the Workers going to the top of the ladder pre-finals. Workers will play Nerrena in one semi-final this weekend while Inverloch take on OMK to see which teams can win through to the grand final. Town’s heartbreak tie was the big talk over the weekend with the team at one stage 4/140 (Matt Borschman 39) and looking strong with a good partner-

ship between 300-gamer Matt Smith and Amile Ratnayake. But when Smith fell for 31 and Ratnayake for 36 both on 140, OMK started to lift. Hume and Johnston added runs but when they fell Town reached 8/163. Ash Hickey was trapped LBW by Dell for a duck and it was 9/163.With plenty of overs and Town needing just two for victory it was Browne who hit a single, scores tied. A desperate dive from an OMK fieldsman stopped what could have been the winning runs. Luke Smith faced up, his side needing one run to make finals. Barry Wyatt trapped Smith on the crease, out for a duck and the game was tied. Town will rue a few close ones this season but, after coming up from A2 this season, has performed well. For OMK Wyatt was the best with 3/16 and Nathan Cant 2/16. Town’s loss is Nerrena’s gain with the Red Caps managing to bowl out Im-

Peter Dell: The OMK opening bowler sends down another thunderbolt. Photo by Mark Drury.

perials for just 106 and claim a 31 run victory. Nerrena looked in control on the scoreboard, dismissing bats regularly with only Joe O’Loughlin amongst the runs scoring a fine 41 for Imps. For Nerrena, Josh Trease claimed 3/36 and Ryan Clark 2/16 in a tight bowling effort. Wonthaggi Workers did enough to win its match against Phillip Island; 6/189 versus the Island’s 128. Opener Tim Hooper finished with 56 and Gavin Bolding next best with 24 not out. In the final match Inverloch 282 was way too strong for Korumburra all out for 153 batting second on Saturday. Udara Weerasinghe with 35 and Anoj Katipearachchi with 34 were the best for the ‘Burra boys. Dylan Clark took 4/37 for Inverloch. For Inverloch its finals time but for Korumburra it’s relegation to A2. Results on page 53.

Phillip Island beats Fish Creek/Tarwin in U16 grand final - page 53

The Great Southern Star - March 18 2014  

March 18 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper.

The Great Southern Star - March 18 2014  

March 18 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper.