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Going, going: Greg Lindsay has lost his job as a truck driver. Right, the factory canteen will close. Above, the Leongatha factory.

Jobs axed Murray Goulburn slashes Leongatha workforce

By Matt Dunn and Jane Ross THE drastic loss of suppliers has been blamed for the savage job cuts at Leongatha’s Murray Goulburn factory.

South Gippsland Shire mayor Cr Warren Raabe said the job losses are devastating for the district. He’s very worried about the ripple effect through the community. “Farmers are all suffering from the high Australian dollar. It’s horrible,” he said. The cuts, announced last Thursday, will strip 40 jobs from across the Leongatha factory operations. The canteen is being shut down, and the UHT plant, product cartage and laboratory staff are all affected. An additional 19 transport roles will be lost around Gippsland.

In Victoria, 301 MG jobs have been slashed and more cuts have not been ruled out. Wooreen dairy farmer Leo Argento said he’s disappointed past management and board members hadn’t been “on the ball” and acted earlier so the result wasn’t so drastic. He said the co-operative was “under heaps of pressure” to perform and hold its milk supply. Other dairy manufacturers have expanded and in Mr Argento’s view, have done so on the back of Murray Goulburn which has not been operating as efficiently as possible. He said in the last 10 years, Murray Goulburn has lost 25 per cent of its milk supply. “It has to rationalise – it has to come from somewhere,” Mr Argento said. Farmer Gordon Vagg of Leongatha South was blunt. “I don’t want people to lose their

jobs, but Murray Goulburn is the only dairy co-operative left in Australia and, if we don’t have one, we might as well stop milking cows,” he said. “We have to make sure Murray Goulburn survives because of the jobs it provides for country towns. Once it gets going again Murray Goulburn will create jobs. We have to think of that.” One of those to be given his marching orders is Greg Lindsay of Leongatha. His job has gone thanks to the new outsourcing of MG’s product cartage business. He’s driven for the company for 26 years, the first 10 as a tanker driver and is used to a 12 hour shift on a 1am start. He said there had been rumours around the factory for the past month, but being handed his redundancy letter still came as a shock. He’s 62 and hopes to find some part time work when he leaves MG at the end of June.

Mr Lindsay said MG has been a good company to work for, but it’s the young employees he’s worried about; the ones who have just set up house or just married and those with specialised skills. Canteen manager Elaine Carlson and her four co-workers will lose their jobs. She said the profits of suppliers to the canteen would be impacted. The canteen opened more than 20 years ago as a service to workers. “We are saddened by it all. I was here the day it opened and I will be here the day it closes,” she said. “We have met a lot of wonderful people over the years and it’s going to be a hard day. I love my job and I certainly was not ready for no, work but life goes on. “I have no animosity against the company because they have to do what they do and I have always been extremely happy with the way the com-

pany has been run.” Lillian Watsford works in the butter room and is unsure whether her position is safe. “We may be okay but we don’t know that anything is definite,” the MG employee of 18 years said. Another worker who wished to remain anonymous believed the company could have handled the redundancies better, calling for volunteers. “That’s why workers got so upset about it. It just kills morale.” The worker said nine of the 19 laboratory jobs would go and some workers had been with MG for at least 30 years. Announcing the cuts, MG managing director Gary Helou said they resulted from a detailed review of the company’s processing sites and head office requirements. Continued on page 6.

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Mirboo North PS: the proud school kids were in the swing of things.

Arty Gras shows off By Sarah Vella and Matt Dunn DESPITE the inclement weather, Arty Gras was another great success for Mirboo North over the weekend. All of the parade floats and activities arrived; even the Australia Fair grand organ, which had to come from Melbourne, arrived to lead the parade on Saturday. One of the organisers, Ian Southall, said the parade was one of many highlights of the weekend. “We estimate that somewhere between 600 and 700 people were involved in the parade. The whole street was full, on both sides with kids, floats and activities all the way up and down,” he said. “It was the biggest parade for Arty Gras. Last year was big, but it is growing. The parade would have been up by four or five floats and activities at least.” A crowd of 1500-2000 braved the wet and windy conditions on Saturday to see the parade, and to enjoy the other activities and performances on offer throughout the town. “The sun came out right on 11am and stayed out until the parade finished. Mother Nature shone her beautiful light on us for it, which was great,” Mr Southall said. “The cold weather probably kept crowds down a little, but we were surprised with the turn-out. The parade had great diversity of activities and floats, with about 50 groups participating. “We are very grateful for the people that came out to support the community. We also had a lot of people travel from Melbourne to be a part of the festival, which is very encouraging.” The Mums in Tubs parade entry was deemed the best for the festival, with the Mirboo North Playgroup entry of Bugs in Barrows coming in second, and the entry of people dressed in milk bottles from Yinnar came in third. The main stage programming still went ahead, even though a couple of performances were moved indoors. “The secondary college guitar ensemble was fantastic. The circus act, Knock Off, wowed the crowds, with a packed house watching the highly energetic acrobatic group.” The Arty Bras, Bags and Shoes exhibit was a great success, with at least 500 people going through their exhibition over the weekend. “Bryan Baker provided an intimate evening at Dalliance. He really impressed the small audience with his songs and ballads, which were reminiscent of Split Enz and Crowded House,” Mr Southall said. The art show opening was another huge night on Friday, with the Shire Hall filled to capacity. “There were some wonderful pieces of art, a very eclectic range. There was something there for everyone, to draw the eye and grab their attention. I have never seen such a grouping of eclectic art,” Mr Southall said. Overall, even with the weather being less than perfect, Mr Southall said that Arty Gras continues to be a great community event. “It is our town on show. The event brings the community together with a sense of fun. People who visit Arty Gras get inspired to re-visit, live, work, invest in the town. Mirboo North has a great capacity to show what it has to offer,” he said. • More photos online and in next week’s Star.

Easy rider: Ashley, Mirboo North Playgroup, in the Bugs in Barrows parade entry.

We’re so cute: Jane and Oscar of the Mirboo North Playgroup’s Bugs in Barrows parade entry (and dog) were enjoying the attention of the parade watchers on Saturday. There was a consensus that this trio was the very essence of cuteness.

Loving it: Mirboo North Primary School students Georgia, Codey and Meg had a grand day out at the community event.

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New health hub $3.66m for medical clinic

By Jane Ross IT’S big, it’s muddy and it’s a hive of activity. As construction of the new Leongatha Hospital progresses, word came through last week that $3.66 million has been granted for a co-located medical practice. Gippsland Southern Health Service (GSHS) CEO Gary Templeton said the money came under a National Health and Hospitals Funding Round following a joint GSHS/Leongatha Healthcare (medical group) s ubmission. The new hospital is due to be ready by October next year and Mr Templeton said the 1100 square metre medical hub should follow six to 12

months later. The medical centre, always an integral part of the new hospital project, will be built at the front of the site on land now used for car parking. Some readers will remember it as the place where Marie the Cat Lady lived with her beloved felines. Mr Templeton said the $32.5m hospital rebuild is still on track, despite some unexpected hurdles. These include the rain and some huge lumps of concrete two metres underground which had to be dug up from the back of the site. No one had any idea they were there. A primary or allied health building will take shape on the spot where the old Koorooman House sat and a concrete pour for the radiology building slab was slated for last Friday, but will

probably go ahead later this week. There were about 25 people labouring under last Thursday’s sunshine, but at the height of construction, up to 80 are expected to be on site at the one time. Health service maintenance manager Mark Withers said the mountains of soil being dug up during construction are being used for compacting and top soil is being stockpiled for later purposes. Initial work on the road that will ring the entire site is underway too. Mr Templeton said pulling the old facility down will have to be done so carefully, it will take as much time as building the new one. The new hospital is being built by Kane Constructions, based in Richmond.

Quality time: Leongatha Primary School Prep students (clockwise from top) with favourite bears – Eli Smith, Ava Brown, Gerard Bashaw, Hugh Livingstone, Grace Guy and Ayla Lafferty – enjoyed the school’s Teddy Bears Picnic at Mossvale Park last Wednesday. Turn to page 23 to find out more.

Petrol costs sting motorists By Jacob de Kunder LEONGATHA’S petrol prices are the second highest on average in rural Victoria.

According to the RACV website, Leongatha is sitting in a comfortable second behind first place-getter Corryong, in far northeastern Victoria. Leongatha ranked 40 on the list of most expensive towns to buy fuel in Australia over the week ending April 27, according to The Australian Institute of Petroleum. Fish Creek resident Bill Comans who recently returned from a trip around Victoria and New South Wales said that South Gippsland had the highest petrol prices out of everywhere he travelled. “From a road user point of view, living here in South Gippsland there are some things that annoy me,” he

said. “The petrol here is more expensive than anywhere we went to, including out at Hay and up the coast of New South Wales. “On top of that out of all the places I went, which include some who have had flooding and heavy rain, we had the worst roads here in South Gippsland.” Mr Comans said South Gippslanders were being caught out. “I don’t know how we can protest against the high petrol prices,” he said. “Down in the city you have the choice not to shop at one guy’s petrol station and go to the cheaper guy to keep things competitive. “Here the same base price appears from Korumburra through to Foster, Fish Creek, Mirboo North, Leongatha. It’s all the same price.” Mr Comans said that there was nothing wrong with making money but

there was a line. “I’m not against people making a profit but somehow or another we’ve got ourselves in a position where there’s a lack of competition,” he said. Stuart Evans, managing director of Evans Petroleum - a major supplier of fuel in South Gippsland - said fuel price rises were due to many factors. “We move our prices with our wholesale movement,” he said. “The metro prices are the ones that move and sometimes they can be two to three cents dearer than us; it’s just a timing thing. “People say that the dollar is the highest it’s been in a while, but you’ve got to look at the crude (oil) price as well as to why the prices move around.” Local fuel supplier Endeavour told The Star it

did not discuss its pricing policy with third parties. A spokesperson for Woolworths, Claire Kimball, said: “Woolworths are a price follower and we don’t initiate price movements. We move our prices in response to others in the local market to remain competitive.”

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Nashos reward Don’s dedication By Brad Lester DON Earl is a proud man.

He recently received the highest honour available to a National Serviceman in Victoria, but sees the award as being more about his mates and the service they gave to Australia than his own contribution. The Korumburra man was presented with the Gordon Murphy Award by the Victorian branch of the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia. The award was bestowed at the annual meeting of the South Gippsland sub-branch at the Inverloch RSL. Only one person a year is presented with the award from a membership of thousands. The award also recognises the work of Don’s wife Betty, who has tirelessly stood by him. He described the members as extremely loyal and worthy of recognition too. “They are the heart and soul behind this honour,” Don said. In his own words, Don said the award made him feel “humble”. “I was speechless,” he said. “Apart from marrying Betty, it’s the greatest honour that I’ve ever had. I’ve always wanted to be part of the team. It’s just huge.” Don has been involved with the association since 1997. Last year, he played a major role in the installation of a plaque at the Wonthaggi cenotaph recognising the contribution of National Servicemen or ‘Nashos’ as they are colloquially known. Don has held committee positions as assistant secretary and vice-president with the South Gippsland sub-branch, and for the last 10 years has been president and served as state delegate. His services have resulted in a life membership. The sub-branch now has up to 60

members at meetings, who follow the motto: “Sharing and caring”. While juggling those roles, he has also been welfare officer, caring for ill Nashos and conducting special funeral services. “It’s been hard because I’ve lost a lot of good mates,” Don said. Betty makes wreaths for Nashos to lay at Anzac Day services across South Gippsland, and the couple also attends memorial services at the Puckapunyal Army base near Seymour and the Shrine of Remembrance. “The association honours all those men who wore a uniform and the mates you met in the Army, you know some of them would lay down their life for you,” Don said. “They are different to the types of mates you make in civilian life because you are all in the same boat.” Don joined the National Service in 1951, among the first intake. “At the time, there were only 36,000 Australians in uniform and 1700 of them were officers. With all the trouble in the Pacific (Korean conflict) at the time, it was decided we did not have much defence,” he said. “That’s when the government said if you are 18, you have got to do National Service.” Young men were offered a choice between joining the Army for two years or National Service for five. Don attended weekly training and also camps of up to three weeks’ duration at Puckapunyal. “I could have been sent anywhere around Australia and the world,” he said. As well as volunteering as vice-president of the Korumburra RSL, Don plans to continue to serve. “I’ve always said that if you can’t help someone, you may as well be dead,” he said.

Worthy recipient: Don Earl and his Gordon Murphy Award plaques – one perpetual and one to keep.

Women to serve no more By Jane Ross BASS Coast Shire Council’s two women members are standing down. Mayor Cr Veronica Dowman said she doesn’t have the energy for another four years of hard slog and Jane Daly doesn’t want to put herself through the wringer for a second term. She said abuse from some in the community distresses her and she’s had enough.

“People blame you personally.” Both women agree a TAFE level course is needed for those interested in serving on council and say the public has no idea of the pressure and workload demanded of councillors, nor what the limitations are. Cr Daly said such a course should include professional skills development. Cr Dowman has spent seven years on council, the last two as mayor. Her first term was difficult because she was the only female and having Cr Daly join her “made a huge difference”. “Having two women sets the tone and the way people behave at council. It helps,” the mayor said. “We’ve facilitated healthier discussion and teamwork,” Cr Daly added, “we’ve tempered a macho takeover.” “With the two of us, councillors have become more rational and less personal – being personal isn’t helpful for good decision making.” Teamwork, they declare, is what it’s all about, councillors pulling together for the betterment of the whole shire. Cr Daly said when her term started, she didn’t know much about the workings of council and has spent four years on a steep learning curve. “There’s a whole multitude of processes and budgets.” With characteristic charming honesty, she added, “I still don’t get it! It’s been a real struggle. Luckily I’m allowed to be honest and human. I can’t pretend to be anyone else.” The two councillors complimented the calibre of the shire’s directors. “We have exceptional directors and officers who provide guidance,” Cr Dowman said. “We can be very aggressive with them and I’m surprised at their good humour. They’re so professional – and I’ve been quite emotional!” Cr Daly added. Both wonder if a fouryear term (it used to be

Bowing out: Veronica Dowman (left) and Jane Daly will stand down from Bass Coast Shire Council when elections are due this October. three) is a deterrent to people standing. While acknowledging the council is about team work and not individuals, both women are nevertheless pleased with a number of achievements. For Cr Dowman, it’s the support she’s given to completion of township structure plans in consultation with the community, the use of those by State Planning Minister Matthew Guy to overturn a decision of his own on a Ventnor development, cutback of the dangerous Daikin’s Bend on the Glen Forbes-Dalyston Road, completion of the Grantville and District Memorial Park, resolution of the Coronet Bay Boat Ramp issue, opening of the Grantville Bendigo Community Bank, significant improvement to rural linkage roads, the Cowes Children’s Hub, purchase of land at Cowes for recreational facilities and the provision of significant economic development and key services in Wonthaggi. Cr Daly said for her, it’s $60,000 in the 2012-13 budget that will take neighbourhood character into the planning scheme “to give us legs at VCAT”; the de-

velopment of a gambling policy “$20m is lost in our shire each year to pokies”; the flying of aboriginal flags - “we’ve led the way for other shires”; new rules governing the numbers of people permitted in a rental house; the cleaning up of New Year’s Eve at Cowes (fireworks are now held as part of carols by candlelight); and membership of the Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (RAJAC). Cr Daly is interested in staying on that as a community representative. She said she feels “honoured and pleased” that some of her ward discretionary money can be used to help Aboriginal men in gaol. When her time as a councillor ends this October, Cr Dowman said she wants to travel with her husband Frank Shaw and eventually find a part time job. Cr Daly wanted to volunteer in Africa after seeing the film Angels in the Dust, but so many others did so, she wasn’t needed. Instead, she is working with that film’s maker Louise Hogarth. And another friend has asked Jane to be her part time personal assistant.

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Farmers fight ‘unfair’ levy By Jacob Kunder


FARMERS and regional businesses have been hit with yet another hike in the controversial Fire Services Levy. The levy - added to insurance premiums - spiked at 95 per cent last week for farm owners. The latest hike means for every $1000 of insurance premium a farmer pays, they must hand over another $950 to fund the state’s fire services, another $195 in GST, plus $214.50 in stamp duty to the State Government. That’s $2359.50 in total. “Farmers are sick of paying this unfair tax, while those who don’t insure or under-insure get a free ride,” VFF president Peter Tuohey said. “What’s worse is it comes on the back of a jump of more than 10 per cent in premiums in the last 12 months. So now you’re paying a levy of 95 per cent on $1100 of premium. It’s a double whammy.” Leongatha South dairy farmer and Australian Dairy Federation board member Max Jelbart said it was an unfair system. “The Fire Services

Levy should be part of the municipal rates; every landholder should be paying it,” he said. Mr Jelbart also said the levy should not just come from landowners but all of those who use the CFA’s services. “The other issue is that under half of the fire brigade call-outs are fires and the rest are road accidents and the like,” he said. “It should form part of every rate notice and part of every vehicle registration; that would share it equitably over all the users of the service,” Mr Jelbart said. Peter McAlpine from South Gippsland Insurance Services said the levy was too expensive and unfair. “Those who are in commercial buildings and farms are being grossly overcharged by the government,” he said. “I think going through the rates would be a much more equitable way. If you own property you should be putting something towards it.” Mr McAlpine said people were already being deterred from insuring and were lowering their premiums because of the levy. “People are adjusting their premiums because they can’t afford the extra,” he said.

Roads money welcome BASS Coast Shire Council CEO Allan Bawden has welcomed the continuation of Roads to Recovery funding announced in last week’s Federal Budget.

He said Roads to Recovery was introduced in 2001 after a huge spike in petrol prices and calls to slash the roads tax component of petrol pricing. Rather than do that, the Federal Government decided to create the Roads to Recovery fund. That helped councils like Bass Coast start getting on top of a backlog of road works. The Salvation Army is worried about the disadvantaged, particularly those on Newstart or Youth Allowance who struggle to survive on $35 a day and who received no extra. McMillan MHR Russell Broadbent isn’t too happy either. He said single parents - among the most vulnerable in our community - in electorates like his would be hard hit by tougher eligibility rules for parenting payments. The new rules come into effect from January next year. Singe recipients of parenting payments will cease being eligible once their youngest child turns eight, when they will move to the lesser Newstart allowance. “Single parents living in country towns, most of them young women, will find it difficult to meet the Newstart requirements of seeking employment or working part time. They are then faced with breaching penalties …. already a serious issue amongst those receiving social service payments.” But Senator David Feeney, who has just appointed an adviser to the McMillan electorate, is spruiking the government’s “new cash payment to 10,450 local families” as part of the Schoolkids’ Bonus, an increase in family payments “for more than 12,000 local families” and providing extra money for bills to “9199 local young people, single parents and the unemployed currently receiving allowances”.

Nothing to fear: Ryan DEPUTY Premier Peter Ryan has defended the State Government’s decision not to call for a moratorium and inquiry into coal seam gas exploration in Victoria. He described Labor’s call for the formation of a parliamentary committee to

investigate the exploration as a “stunt”, given Labor granted 70 per cent of exploration licences now in effect while in government. Mr Ryan added Labor knew Victoria’s existing laws were adequate to protect the environment and industries such as agriculture from coal seam gas.

Vandal burns bridge THE heritage-listed Kilcunda trestle bridge was set on fire last Thursday, at around 9.45pm. A passer-by saw fire on the bridge and phoned the police. Three CFA units attended to extinguish the blaze. The fire has damaged decking timbers as well as supporting structures and as a result, the bridge has been closed by Bass Coast Shire Council. “We have closed the bridge until there can be a full assessment of any structural damage,” council CEO Allan Bawden said. That took place yesterday. A report is imminent and the bridge may re-open by week’s end. “The bridge is an old structure and we do not want to risk any pedestrians, riders or cyclists being injured,” Mr Bawden said. The CEO said he was extremely disappointed that someone would vandalise the bridge which is part of the Bass Coast Rail Trail. Wonthaggi CIU is investigating the fire and anyone with information should phone the Wonthaggi Police Station on 5672 1222.

Closed: the Kilcunda Trestle Bridge is closed after someone set fire to it.

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Ticket masters: Debbi Whiteside and Peter Watchorn from Leongatha NewsXpress had a busy week.

$70m sparks lotto rush By Jacob de Kunder NO ONE from South Gippsland walked away with the $70 million first prize in last week’s Oz Lotto draw but it didn’t stop us from trying. Deb Watchorn from Leongatha NewsXpress said last Tuesday was the biggest day the agency has had since taking over the lotto outlet two years ago. “Most of the day we were flat out. We’ve never had a day like it before,” she said. “Our staff did a great job even when one of our terminals went down and the lines grew longer, but all the customers were really understanding. “It quietened down by around

five minutes to 6pm, but we had a rush pretty much from 3.30 until then.” It wasn’t just the $70m that drew people to buy tickets, but other major prizes as well. “This week’s been massive. Not only did we have the $70m on Tuesday but it was $20m for Powerball on Thursday night and another $20m for Saturday,” Ms Watchorn said. The jackpot for next week’s Powerball has lifted the major prize to $25m, so ticket sales are expected to remain high. “So far we’ve had no big prizes as yet but we’ve paid lots of smaller prizes as well,” Ms Watchorn said. Marcus Fitzgerald from the Korumburra Newsagency reported a similar experience. “It was steady all day on the

Tuesday. We had a couple of lulls but overall it was a pretty flat out day,” he said. “We haven’t had any major winners come through the doors but heaps of little prizes. “It’s just been a great week for ticket sales.” Demand pushed the closing time back almost two hours at Wonthaggi Lotto and owner Keith Ritchie said it was the biggest draw he’d ever seen. “People were queued out the door and onto the footpath all day,” he said. “We’re normally open until 5.30pm, but it was closer to 7pm by the time we closed.” Three winners from around Australia shared in the Oz Lotto Jackpot, each winning $24.9m.

Jobs axed

Continued from page 1. The company plans to cut $100 million from its operating costs this year and deliver higher farm gate prices. “The change program embarked on by Murray Goulburn is even more critical given the recent significant decline in world market prices due to higher global milk supply,” Mr Helou said. “This initiative will help reduce the impact of falling world prices and a high Australian dollar on our supplier/ shareholders.” Mr Helou said the decision to cut jobs was a tough one. “These are difficult but necessary decisions to ensure that Murray Goulburn can remain competitive. It is in the interests of our suppliers, shareholders, employees, communities and customers that MG remains a strong business into the future,” he said. “We will continue to invest in programs and initiatives to significantly lower our operating costs, improve manufacturing efficiencies and strengthen our dairy foods portfolio.” A company spokesman said the job losses had nothing to do with the Federal Government’s carbon tax. The National Union of Workers has called on MG to ensure that redeployment and voluntary redundancies are a first priority. NUW Victorian Branch secretary Tim Kennedy said these latest job cuts would come as a shock to the workers and their families. “Unfortunately these latest job losses come on top of a long list in Victorian industries and mean these workers have gone from secure full-time jobs to joining the queue of people now facing insecure causal work,” Mr Kennedy said. Mr Kennedy said the NUW questioned Murray Goulburn’s claim that the job losses would deliver a more streamlined product flow and higher efficiencies across the region. “It defies logic that shedding 170 workers will bring higher efficiencies. Workers today deserve to feel ripped off that a company which owes its highly profitable status to its dedicated workforce should take this action,” he said. Leongatha Chamber of Commerce president Darryl McGannon believes that the job losses could “dint confidence” in the local economy. “With those sorts of numbers it may have an impact. You certainly never like to hear of people losing jobs, particularly locally,” he said. But he hastened to add that if the company was taking necessary steps to ensure its survival, then it was better that changes be made than it be at risk. “Imagine if they shut the factory down. The ramifications of that would be a whole lot worse. You’d hope the management is making the right decisions for the long term viability of the business,” he said. United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) president Kerry Callow described the job cuts as “a bitter pill”. “This is yet another blow to Victoria’s food manufacturing sector, which is struggling in the face of cheap imports and competition from supermarkets’ housebranding strategy.”

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Time to accept change: scientists By Sarah Vella and Jane Ross SOUTH Gippsland is one of the areas in Australia that will be least impacted by climate change.

That was the view of Neil Rankine of Groundswell Bass Coast, at a climate change forum in Wonthaggi last Wednesday. The Wonthaggi man said while the climate was warming, South Gippsland was still receiving rain due to its proximity to the coast. He said climate change was real and concerning, and that South Gippsland would still be affected. One of those became

starkly obvious when he received his house insurance renewal bill recently. “There was an additional $300 on the fire levy for the increased likelihood of fire. The insurance company has been creeping the rates up. They sent a letter explaining it. Those are the sorts of impacts we will all feel,” he said. Sea level rises will increase saline levels in our aquifers, so flat areas along the coast like Tarwin Lower will suffer. “Further back into the hills, we will have extremely good seasons like we are having now, then years like we had with drought. Weather extremes will get worse,” Mr Rankine ex-

Education plan ‘dead’ By Jane Ross THE Gippsland Tertiary Education Plan is dead.

Released to great fanfare at the end of last year, the plan named Leongatha and Wonthaggi as possible sites to be part of a network of learning centres. These would provide South Gippslanders with the chance to study locally. The plan was developed by a panel of experts headed by eminent academic Professor Lee Kwong Dow. David Williams, the executive director on the Victorian TAFE Association told The Star of Friday that in his view, savage State Budget cuts to TAFE meant the plan had no future. GippsTAFE CEO Dr Peter Whitley said he has “no idea” what the budget cuts would do to the education plan. Mr Williams said all the work done by GippsTAFE for diploma courses leading into degree entry at Monash University Churchill is wasted too. With State Budget cuts, the university entry diploma will cost $5000 to $6000 a year. And that, he declared, is far too high for people to pay. He was as angry on Friday as the week before

when the State Government announced it was slashing TAFE funding. His fury was the result of frustration and the size of the cuts. Mr Williams said the sector foresaw major budgetary problems and attempted last year to “put views to government to rein in an exploding market”. No one was listening. Mr Williams described the cuts as “very dramatic action” that will impact severely on jobs and courses. He reiterated earlier statements – denied by Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall – that the disadvantaged and disabled will suffer as a result of the cuts. “That point was made last week by TAFE CEOs to bureaucrats – they had no idea,” Mr Williams said. Of the $290 million TAFE cuts, $160 million is a full service provider rate that pays for such things as AUSLAN (sign language) translators and teaching aides for students with such conditions as Aspergers or Attention Deficit Disorder. Mr Hall said, “The reforms to refocus the vocational education and training (VET) sector announced last week would continue to support the training of vulnerable Victorians”.

plained, adding farmers here will have to plan for the variables. Fisheries will be impacted by the acidification of the oceans, caused by their inability to keep absorbing increased amounts of carbon dioxide. The Southern Ocean already absorbs 40 per cent of the carbon dioxide humans emit. “It’s saving us now but there’s a limit to how much the oceans can take up,” Mr Rankine said. “The ocean to the south of us is very involved in the climate system; its warm currents are driving the weather.” The forum at the Wonthaggi Town Hall was organised by Groundswell Bass Coast, and featured world renowned scientists who explained the facts behind climate change and offered an answer to the question: is it real? Chris Heislers from Groundswell Bass Coast said the meeting was a great opportunity for the local community. “The public forum provides a great opportunity for us to hear the scientific facts about the threats facing us,” Mr Heislers said. “The speakers are leaders in their fields who will explain the evidence, without any political spin.”

It’s real: Rob Gell, Chris Heislers from Groundswell, Damien Irving, Aileen Vening from Groundswell and Dr Neville Smith were pleased by the public interest in the forum. The speakers who addressed the forum were scientist, coastline expert and TV weather presenter Rob Gell, CSIRO climate scientist Damien Irving, and deputy director of the Bureau of Meteorology Dr Neville Smith. Mr Gell said that the meeting was aimed at setting the scene for climate change. “We are going to provide a reality check on global warming. There are things happening around us we need to pay attention to,” Mr Gell said. “Ninety-seven out of 100 climate experts believe that humans are causing global

warming. The increase in carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere is enough to increase temperature. “We have pushed a system that can normally regulate itself beyond its limits.” Mr Irving and Dr Smith agreed. “If the carbon dioxide levels (in our atmosphere) keep rising, the climate will get warmer, full stop,” Dr Smith said. Mr Irving backed him up: “An increase in greenhouse gas emissions increases the amount of

long wave radiation that is trapped in the atmosphere, and hence increases the temperature.” The resounding message that came out of the meeting was that scientists still have to justify that climate change exists when time would be better spent combating the issue. “It is frightening to think that once the process is set in motion, it is impossible to stop it,” Mr Irving said. Mr Gell concluded the meeting with some bleak facts. “Scientists are saying

that we cannot afford to go beyond an increase of two degrees Celsius above global average temperature. Currently, we are 0.6 degrees warmer,” Mr Gell said. “At an increase of 1.5 degrees, we will lose the ice caps and the polar bears. “At plus two degrees, one third of all species on earth will perish. At plus three degrees, the Amazon will get dry. At plus four degrees, the Mediterranean becomes uninhabitable. “That is what we are on track for.”


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POLICE BRIEFS Single car smash A CAR ran off the South Gippsland Highway near Foster last Friday night. The car left the road and hit a tree at around 10.30pm. The two occupants of the vehicle were taken to the South Gippsland Hospital, with minor injuries. One was later transferred to Latrobe Hospital. Foster Police said the incident was still being investigated and anybody with information can call the Foster Police Station on 5682 2407.

Footy auction: Inverloch Primary School’s Student Representative Council members, James Mercer, Jarvis Pryor, Jake Roylance, Ned Bradley, Olivia Peterson, Ella Hughes, Tristan Thomas, and Aaron Fraser, with the Sherrin football signed by the 2012 Collingwood team displayed on a Mahogany Trophy stand. The footy comes with a certificate of authenticity and will be displayed at the Inlet Hotel in Inverloch. Bids can be placed by phoning Shane Clements on 0413 339 341 or with staff at Inlet Hotel. The auction closes on Monday, July 30 at 6pm. All proceeds will go to building a bike shed at Inverloch Primary School. The highest bid currently is $500 from Anthony Benetti from South Coast Laundry Service. He thinks the Pies will go all the way this year.

Ute stolen A VEHICLE was stolen from Woorarra Road in Welshpool between 8am Sunday and 8pm of Monday last week. The vehicle, a red utility, was seen being driven around the area on Sunday afternoon and on Monday. The vehicle was recovered on Tuesday, May

8, at lunch-time in Cunningham Street in Toora. The offender is yet to be apprehended. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please phone Toora Police Station on 5686 2485, Foster Police Station on 5682 2407 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Something smells THE Inverloch Community Hub on A’Beckett Street was partly evacuated yesterday (Monday), when staff noticed a strong burning smell. The smell of smoke was also detected by staff one month ago. The CFA arrived with thermal imaging equipment to try and determine the source of the smell. The public nature of the building meant that extra precautions needed to be taken, which is why the building was evacuated. Allan Williamson, captain of the Inverloch CFA, said the smell of smoke most likely came

from the public toilets. “We put it down to people in the outside toilets near the skate park setting toilet rolls on fire and putting them into the toilet bowls. This has sent smoke into the ventilation system of the community hub, prompting the call-out,” Mr Williamson said. “You could see in the toilet block where there had been some small fires lit.”

Man arrested POLICE arrested a man in the Wonthaggi central business district last Wednesday. The male was wanted by the police, in regard to a police pursuit. He has been medically assessed and remanded in custody with regard to the pursuit, and will face charges of conduct endangering life.

Daytime drunk A MAN blew nearly five times over the legal limit in Wonthaggi last Thursday, following an incident at the entrance to the Coles supermarket car-park. A vehicle collision occurred at 11.45am and as a result police attended. A 54-year-old man recorded a positive breath test, and was taken back to the station, where he

returned a 0.234 reading. The man’s licence was suspended and he will be charged with drink driving.

Pet death

THE death of a family pet is being treated as suspicious and possibly aggravated cruelty to animals. A six-year-old female guinea pig appears to have been removed from its hutch around April 30. The body of the guinea pig was since discovered deceased on the owner’s Wonthaggi doorstop on Sunday, May 6. The incident is being investigated by Wonthaggi CIU.

Stealing spree

THERE were several burglaries reported in the region last week. On Thursday, a garden shed on Merrin Crescent in Wonthaggi was burgled, probably during the day. The incident is under investigation. A burglary occurred on Tuesday, May 8 at Storey Street in Wonthaggi. Firearms and other items were stolen from a shed. Police are investigating. Another burglary on Tuesday occurred at Inlet View Road in Venus Bay, where computer and audio equipment were stolen.

Mayor’s message Cr Veronica Dowman ADVERTISING for council’s local law review has brought forth the debate we want to have with our community about how our local law should change. There are some people who are giving the draft Local Law 1 Neighbourhood Amenity some solid scrutiny and this is what we want. The local law has to continue to meet community need, so I am pleased the community is getting involved in the decision making process by pointing out what is still relevant or out of date. I would encourage people to also follow through with their views and put in a written submission to council. Our local laws are in place to manage inappropriate behaviours, protect community amenity and use of community assets so that we can all enjoy living in Bass Coast. While some local laws may seem overbearing in the written legal form, the reality is council staff use their judgement in applying the law to each situation. The local law includes guidelines to ensure that decision making processes are transparent. Staff will often take an educative approach, especially if a person’s action is a minor first offence of a law. Staff have also found that people are often not aware that they are breaking a law, and are apologetic when they realise. There are times when our community is grateful that the local law is applied. One such example is illegal camping or dumping of rubbish on our beaches over summer. Enforcing our local law is a way to gain acceptable behaviour. Reviewing our local law is a balance between making sure our restrictions are not too heavy handed, while still having the necessary basic rules in place. The laws also need to be administered appropriately so that we all enjoy living in a safe and harmonious place. I am pleased that people are reading the detail of many of the local laws and questioning them, they are after all, your local laws, so I encourage you to get involved in the review process. You can find further information by searching for ‘local law’ on council’s website at www.basscoast.vic., from customer service centres or libraries. All submissions must be received on or before 4pm Friday, June 1. Cr Veronica Dowman, mayor Bass Coast Shire Council

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Family ties to murder By Matt Dunn FOR president of the Leongatha and District Historical Society Joan Lehmann, the past is never far away.

Major dinosaur find By Jane Ross MIKE Cleeland goes prospecting a couple of days a month, looking for fossils and bones on behalf of Museum Victoria. One day in 2006, he was on the San Remo back beach with Dr Tom Rich, the museum’s senior curator of vertebrate palaeontology. With a background in geology, Mike knew what layers of rock to look at. He said rocks erode a couple of millimetres a year. He spotted something unusual, extracted it from the rock and showed it to Tom, who recognised it as an ankle bone from a ceratosaurian dinosaur. Now, after years of scientific work, that initial assessment has been confirmed and verified as a very significant find. Until Mike unearthed the ankle bone, ceratosaurian dinosaurs had not been identified in Australia. “It’s particularly exciting,” Mike said. “This is the first indication of this

type of creature in Australia.” It’s a fearsome looking carnivore with sharp teeth and a long tail. And the prospect of more such bones on San Remo’s beaches has been elevated. Not only that, Mike said similar rock can be found in Outtrim, Leongatha and Korumburra and on to Traralgon, so there could be more evidence of ceratosaurian dinosaurs in those areas. Mike, who works part time for the Bunurong Environment Centre in Inverloch, said tours of dinosaur sites can be organised through the centre and anyone can take part. He said the special find is encouraging and gives added motivation to his prospecting forays. While he knows what layers of rock – called indicator rocks – to look for, finding a fossil or dinosaur bone is “entirely a matter of chance”. Previous fossil vertebrates found at San Remo include ornithopod dinosaurs.

Lehmann said. • For people interested in studying their family history, the society will hold a free class this Saturday, from 1.30pm at

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San Remo find: an ankle bone embedded in rock at the beach has given new dimensions to Australia’s dinosaur history. It’s the first time a ceratosaurian dinosaur has been identified here.

With a wealth of contacts within the historical society and the South Gippsland Genealogical Society, Mrs Lehmann is adept at digging up the facts. The history enthusiast’s interest was recently piqued by an article in The Star that detailed the gifting of two plaques by the Australian Funeral Directors Association (AFDA). They were laid at the graves of June Rushmer (at the Leongatha Cemetery) and Ethel Belshaw (at the Tarwin Lower Cemetery) - two girls murdered in the 1930s by demented Leongatha serial killer Arnold Sodeman. While mystery surrounded the reason why the girls’ graves were left unmarked for so many years, Mrs Lehmann said the truth was simple: the girls’ parents did not want the graves to be “turned into a shrine”. Through their hideous deaths they had already spent enough time in the public’s gaze. While the parents of June Rushmer returned to England, heartbroken by their loss, the Belshaws, Clarice and Robert, battled on at Tarwin Meadows - though undoubtedly devastated by the murder of their second daughter. “Over recent months the South Gippsland Genealogical Society has been responding to a query from a gentleman in England with connections

to the Belshaws. They have unearthed the story of Bob and Clarice Belshaw and researched their four surviving children,” Mrs Lehmann said. The Belshaws were married in Nottingham, England in 1913, and within two weeks of the union Bob was off to Australia in search of work. “He took the first job on offer, that of a general hand at Tarwin Meadows, Murray Black’s pioneer property. His first home was a wattle and daub hut. In the 1970s this hut was the oldest manmade structure in the shire, believed to be over 100 years old at the time,” Mrs Lehmann said. As for Bob and Clarice, life in Tarwin Meadows began in earnest in 1914. Over a 28 year period they raised two sons and three daughters. In 1941, still mourning the loss of Ethel and in the midst of a war, they came to Leongatha. Bob would work at the butter factory in town until his retirement in 1961. He and Clarice were part of the Anglican Church and the Leongatha Senior Citizens. Bob died in 1978, Clarice in 1979. Both are buried at the Leongatha Cemetery. Mrs Lehmann said the uncovering of the Belshaws’ tale was “exactly the kind of work the South Gippsland Genealogical Society does for people who are unable to visit the area”. Of course, for the most part, the group caters for people who are keen to unearth some historical gems from within their own family. “Local societies hold so much more than can be found on the internet,” Mrs

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THE winner of the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mother’s Day pamper prize was Josie Bleeser. Thanks to those businesses that donated prizes.

THE National Heart Foundation of Australia is urging all Australians to learn the warning signs of a heart attack.

“Heart attack warning signs aren’t always what you think - symptoms are not necessarily sudden or severe and some people don’t experience chest pain at all,” CEO of the Heart Foundation Victoria Kathy Bell said, “An Australian suffers a heart attack every 10 minutes. Sadly, for almost 10,000 people a year their heart attack is fatal and many more risk permanent damage to their heart muscle because they didn’t get medical help quickly enough. “Learning the warning signs of heart attack could save your life, or the life of a loved one. “If you think you could

be having a heart attack, call Triple Zero (000). Treatment starts the moment you call and an ambulance is the safest and often fastest way to get to hospital.” Heart attack warning signs may include pain, pressure, heaviness or tightness in one or more parts of the upper body (chest, neck, jaw, arm(s), shoulder(s) or back) in combination with other symptoms of nausea, shortness of breath, dizziness or a cold sweat. Download your free action plan at or call our Health Information Service on 1300 36 27 87. Service rewarded: the CFA presentation dinner was held on Saturday night at the Leongatha Bowls Club. The night was a joint dinner with members from the Nerrena, Ruby, Leongatha South and Koonwarra brigades attending. Members were presented with service awards by acting operations manager, David Chugg. Recipients of service awards were, from left: Graeme Rome for five years of service, Don Griggs for 45 years, John Western for 45 years, Rob Brown for 10 years, John Davison for 50 years, Bill Verboon for 25 years, Paul Norton for 55 years, Matt Hurst for 5 years, Mick Landry for 25 years, George Witherow for 35 years, Vince Campisi for 40 years, Tim Stephens for 10 years, Malcolm Rogers for 10 years, Nola Campisi for 25 years, acting operations manager, David Chugg and Carly Roughead for five years of service. THE South Gippsland Genealogical Society is presenting a session on how to start your family history. Participants will be shown how to make the best use of resources available in their rooms and on the internet. This is a free session to be held at the Leongatha Mechanics Institute on Saturday, May 19 from 1.30pm. For further information contact Joan Lehmann on 5674 3400. LIFELINE Gippsland’s annual book sale will be held from Friday, May 18, to Sunday, May 20 at the Exhibition Hall, South Road in Warragul, next to Logan Park between 9am and 3pm daily. There will be a massive range of books on offer. It is a great opportunity to take advantage of low prices and while browsing for your special book, enjoy a real coffee and sausage sizzle. You will be greeted with a friendly smile by all of the volunteers, who will help you bag a bargain. Proceeds from the sale support Lifeline Gippsland’s vital 24 hour counselling services. The book sale is a terrific event and like much of the work we do, would not be possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers. We urge the public to come along to snap up a bargain and support Lifeline. For further information on the Book Sale contact Lifeline Gippsland Reception on 5136 3500. A COMMUNITY effort has resulted in the children at Tarwin Lower Primary School receiving 12 new laptops. The computers were bought through the generosity of the families and community. Junior School Council members un-

Well done: Chelsea Caple graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Science from Australian Catholic University on April 23. The ceremony was held at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Chelsea is currently employed by Calisthenics Victoria as a community development officer and is formerly of Leongatha.

Goal achieved: Clint McCaughan, from Pound Creek, graduated from the University of Ballarat with a Bachelor of Education (physical education) recently. Clint is the son of Andy and Tiny McCaughan and the brother of Laura. Clint is currently teaching at Mirboo North Primary School.

packed them last week, much to the students’ excitement.

INVERLOCH Primary School is looking for gardening volunteers. If you would like to be involved in helping with the school gardening program it is being run on Fridays from 9am, meeting first in the school foyer. Year 3 students are our gardeners this term but do need adults to assist them in the gardening tasks. All welcome. For more information, phone 5674 1253.

AGAIN this year, the community of Kilcunda and surrounds is invited to this year’s Biggest Morning Tea for the Cancer Council at the Kilcunda Community Hall on Friday, May 25, from 10am to noon. This is the eighth year that Andrea and Frances Bolch and Shirlene Reardon will be hosting the event and they hope this year will continue on from the previous year’s successes. There will be plenty of home cooked delights to eat and to buy, along with a raffle with plenty of chances to win a prize. Above all it’s a great chance to catch up and contribute to this important cause that has touched so many in our community. For more information, email andrea. or phone 5678 7577.

THE Woorayl Lodge Ladies Auxiliary drew their raffle over the weekend. The first prize was a beautiful quilt, hand stitched by members of the Woorayl Lodge craft group, and put together by Pam Spurway of Mirboo North. The winner of the quilt, Mrs van Der Geest from Stony Creek arrived to pick up her prize with a big bunch of flowers for the Lodge to show her appreciation of the wonderful prize.

Graduation congratulations: Rebecca Casey graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from La Trobe University Bendigo on May 3. Rebecca is the daughter of Denis and Sylvia Casey of Nyora

The second prize winner was Joyce Fuller of Leongatha. She won chocolates, wine and a note book cover, hand painted by Glenis Calder. The raffle was a great success, and raised a lot of money to go towards improvements at the Lodge for the residents.

SOUTH Gippsland residents have until Wednesday, May 23, to study and comment on the draft 2012-2013 Budget and Annual Business Plan. These documents can be viewed on the council website www. au under ‘Documents currently on public exhibition’, or at council and local libraries. “We are always keen to have community input into these documents which guide our operations and performance, so welcome your submissions or comments,” said mayor Cr Warren Raabe.

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Steph still stranded By Simone Short THE PUBLIC transport pain continues for a Leongatha woman, who is still unable to travel by V/Line bus to Melbourne with her scooter.

Despite having regularly travelled on the bus in the past, Steph Spokes, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, and her partner John Hulls were told en-route they were no longer welcome on the service in February as the scooter did not meet luggage requirements. After reading the couple’s story in The Star, Victorian Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South, Peter Ryan MP, wrote to the Minister for Transport, Terry Mulder MP. Mr Mulder said he regretted the “inconvenience and uncertainty that Ms Spokes has experienced”. He explained the route was previously managed by Dysons, who were breaching an occupational health and safety 20kg lifting limit by placing the scooter into the luggage compartment of the bus. Mr Hulls queried this explanation, stating he usually lifted the compacted scooter into the bus himself, and said while he did not know the exact weight of the scooter, it was light enough for him to easily pick up and place in the back of his own ute. After contacting the transport company, Mr Mulder said Ms Spokes can still travel on a V/Line ticket, and pre-book her tickets 48 hours in advance. “V/Line will then arrange alternative transport in the form of taxis to ensure Ms Spokes and her mobility aid can be carried safely,” Mr Mulder wrote. “In addition, V/Line will reiterate its taxi policy with Westernport Coaches, the current operator on this route, to ensure that it is clear about how to transport passengers with mobility aids.” Mr Hulls questioned the solution, with a taxi fare from Leongatha to Melbourne totalling over $200. “How are the taxis supposed to cover their cost to get home?” he said. When The Star asked V/Line about their taxi policy however, this newspaper was in-

Stranded: John Hulls and his partner Steph Spokes are frustrated they still do not have any straight answers after being told they are no longer allowed to travel with Ms Spoke’s scooter on the V/Line bus service, and a supposed taxi replacement is not company policy. formed it does not in fact exist. “It is not V/Line policy to call taxis for people should their wheelchair or mobility aid not meet the required dimensions for travelling,” a V/Line spokesperson said, stating the total weight of the aid and its user must be less than 300kg. Furthermore, a spokesperson for South Gippsland Taxis reported they are unable to transport scooters in their vehicles, making Mr Mulder’s solution to the problem void. “They’re kind of contradicting themselves there, because they say they’ll do that in the first place, and now they’re saying it’s not policy,” Ms Spokes said. Ms Spokes must attend regular appointments at the Monash Hospital in Clayton, and is unable to drive, in the city. “For now we’ve just put it in the ‘too hard basket’ –we make phone after phone call, and we still don’t have a clear answer. “It’s frustrating,” Mr Hulls said.

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No waiting

OUR local MP Peter Ryan was asked last week whether he supported the call for a moratorium on experimental coal and coal seam gas in Victoria, but as yet, no response has been received. In NSW and Queensland these industries are having serious impacts on local communities, water and farmland, including damage caused by numerous leaks of toxic chemicals. These same industries are now beginning exploration across Victoria and the experience of those people interstate has prompted more than 50 Victorian groups from across the political spectrum to make the call for a moratorium. The groups are calling for a halt on the unbridled expansion of coal seam gas and experimental coal developments until their impacts on food production, ground water and communities can be established, and regulations to adequately protect communities are implemented. Four MPs and two local councils have already supported the call generally or for their area. In NSW this issue has been taken up by groups including the NSW Farmer’s (the equivalent of the VFF), the Country Women’s Association and environmental groups. There are currently eight exploration licences for unconventional gas exploration in South Gippsland. These may include coal

seam gas, shale gas, or other tight gas and require hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Given our communities’ deep concern about protecting our land, water and livelihoods, I don’t see how Peter Ryan can continue to remain silent any longer. I urge him to support the call for a moratorium on new coal and gas in our state. Dom O’Dwyer, Foster North.

Inequality IN THIS day and age it is ludicrous that you have to wait up to 20 months or more for a bed to get a very necessary operation done. It is cruel to make someone live in pain constantly despite taking a lot of heavy duty painkillers. When your whole life is restricted due to worn out arthritic joints, it is very disheartening to be told that you need a knee replacement but have to wait these outrageous times. It is okay if you are able to afford private hospital care but if you can’t then you have to suffer. Sports people and animals are often treated better than older or poorer people, yet we still deserve a reasonable quality of life. It is outrageous when politicians use taxpayers’ money for their unnecessary jaunts, holidays and perks and illegal boat people get accommodation

E D I T O R I A L Cutbacks raise pertinent questions LEONGATHA and broader South Gippsland are lucky to have the presence of such a major employer as Murray Goulburn in town. The only problem is that when job cuts are announced, the effects are far reaching. Tradespeople who work for the company stand to lose work, schools lose families and possibly funding, and community groups lose volunteers as families leave the area in search of other employment. That is the unfortunate scenario that stands to unfold in town right now after Murray Goulburn last week announced 40 jobs at the Leongatha factory would be made redundant. Murray Goulburn is an international company and therefore Leongatha cannot be sheltered from the international milk market. The fact Murray Goulburn is based on the premise of delivering the best returns to farmers means that policy takes priority over the futures of families whose mothers and fathers may no longer work at the factory. However the scale of the cutbacks – 301 positions – across Victoria does raise questions. Was the company simply employing too many people? Will its ability to satisfy orders now be compromised by a scaled down workforce? Will these positions be re-created in the future? Why weren’t staff reductions made more gradually? The South Gippsland community can only take heart in the fact Murray Goulburn remains committed to operating the Leongatha factory, despite managing director Gary Helou recently telling The Star the 10-year plan to upgrade the factory had been halted. Full credit is due to those workers made redundant who spoke to The Star. They were largely positive about their plights and that attitude will no doubt aid them in their quest for alternative work. The community’s thoughts are with you all at this trying time.

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and phones etc, when Australian residents have to suffer and live a poorer quality of life. Wake up politicians and spend more money in the health industry so people like myself don’t have to wait such a long time for necessary surgery. Sue Cashin, Meeniyan.

MG emotion AS you are probably aware, Murray Goulburn has recently cut jobs at Leongatha. On behalf of the still employed, this is regarding the closure of our staff canteen. Myself and many others that use this facility were shocked to hear this as we are regular users of this area. Also, it means the job loss of five ladies including the supervisor (a top lady we might add) whom has been behind the counter since opening day over 20 years ago. Unhappy employees, Murray Goulburn Leongatha.

Team effort AS THE author of From Inkwell to Internet - a century of State Secondary Education in Leongatha, I would like to thank community members for their support and the grateful thanks I have received. I could not have compiled this history without the support of wonderful people. Former Leongatha Technical School teachers Ian Snell and Clive Lynn wrote the chapters on that school and Gaye Hutchinson produced the chapters on the secondary college. My husband Rob Skillern was a wonderful support to me. Not only did he encourage me and keep me on track but he also read everything I wrote several times before it went to the editor and proof reader. The book was carefully edited by past student Kyra Bae Snell and designed by another past student Joanne Marchese (Rowlands). Everyone will agree that the book was beautifully designed and a credit to Joanne’s skill and talent. Jennifer Hamilton proofread the book and provided valuable advice. Many others contributed by writing their own stories or being interviewed about their memories of school. Thank you to everyone for their help Lyn Skillern, Leongatha North.

Life savers I WOULD just like to express my gratitude to emergency personnel (police and ambulance) for their efforts recently after I unknowingly, inadvertently set my pendant alarm off on my way out to an appointment. Due to an inability to contact or locate me, they did all they could to check on my wellbeing. It’s unfortunate it was a false alarm this time but it’s comforting to know that they will respond. So for anyone on their own, especially those prone to falls or having any potentially life threatening ailment, it offers peace of mind. A heartfelt thanks to all concerned. Sue Cashin, Meeniyan.

Hit and run I AM writing about a koala that was hit by a vehicle on Tuesday, May 8 along the Venus Bay-Inverloch Road (not far from Smiths Steel) and was left for dead. My husband stopped to remove the koala from the middle of the road on his way to work, thinking the animal was dead. When we went to grab the koala he was shocked to hear it groan and realised it was still very much alive, if badly injured and in severe shock and pain. I rushed the koala to Hugh the vet at Inverloch, but despite being given the best care she passed away not long after. I would firstly like to extend my deepest gratitude to Hugh at the A’Beckett Street vet clinic in Inverloch for the tenderness he showed to the koala in giving her the best fighting chance possible, and for meeting me out of clinic hours. I would also like to thank Rod and Penny of Wonthaggi for their assistance also. I do not believe it is possible to hit an animal that size and not be aware of it. I accept that accidents do happen and koalas can be hard to see and move very slowly, but to not stop and check if the koala was alive or not is totally cruel and unacceptable. We need to slow down on our rural roads between dusk and dawn, when our wildlife is at its most active. These precious animals need our

protection and respect. So much of their habitat has been destroyed and much of what’s left exists on our road reserves. I implore people when they are driving to be alert and conscious of the risks to animals, and when travelling through heavily vegetated areas at night to slow down if possible to 80km/h. Tragically, koalas are on the brink of being a threatened species, and it’s up to all of us to change our behaviour when driving. Humans may dominate the global scene but we should never forget that we share this world with all the creatures in it, and we rely on flora and fauna for our own survival. It would be devastating to me to have to show my children or grandchildren photos of a creature that no longer exists, and we have already lost far too much of our wildlife forever. A beautiful koala was killed this week and I feel we are poorer for its loss. April Harrick, Pound Creek.

Bills passed THROUGH the columns of your newspaper I wish to advise the residents of the Eastern Region of the following pieces of legislation which have recently been introduced into State Parliament. The specific bills are: • Police and Emergency Management Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 which seeks to extend the period of the Bushfires Commission Implementation Monitor for a further two years to ensure the government delivers on the findings of the Black Saturday Royal Commission to make all Victorians safer; • Road Safety Amendment Bill 2012 seeks to implement a number of improvements to the “hoon” driving laws including a requirement for hoon offenders to complete a safe driving course and to make changes to the vehicle impoundment and immobilisation scheme; • Parliamentary Salaries and Superannuation Amendment (Salary Restraint) Bill 2012; • Duties Amendment (Landholder) Bill 2012; • State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2012; • Monetary Units Amendment Bill 2012; •Appropriation (2012/13) Bill 2012; and

• Appropriation (Parliament 2012/13) Bill 2012. These bills have now reached the Second Reading Speech stage. Transcripts of these speeches are also available online. These speeches provide a detailed explanation of the content and purpose of the proposed legislation. Copies of the above bills may be obtained from website: au. Go to Legislation and Bills tab, click on Bills, scroll down and click on the bill you wish to view. Anyone wishing to make comment on these pieces of legislation can do so by writing to me at PO Box 1506, Traralgon 3844 before Monday, May 21. Peter Hall MLC, Eastern Region.

Rates objection

I HEARD over ABC radio that South Gippsland Shire Council intends to raise the rates by five per cent. I am a very large rural ratepayer for this shire and paid just on $22,000, so a five per cent rise would give the shire an extra $1100. I understand the shire is always needing extra funds to continue with upgrading of roads etc. However, three of my properties are situated on Haws Road, D. G. Cashins Road, and Stewart and Dunlops Road, Middle Tarwin and Buffalo area. At times these roads are very bad and do not receive adequate maintenance all year round. At present, Haws Road is a disgrace with the potholes very deep and so bad across the road, that it is impossible to avoid hitting them. I object to a rate rise of five per cent if the rural roads that I have mentioned will only be maintained at the usual effort. In particular, Haws Road, the annual filling of potholes only to see the filling lost after a few days of traffic. I expect better and if I have to pay an extra five per cent on my rates, I demand Haws Road especially to be properly maintained on a regular basis throughout the year. In the meantime, I request the road maintenance team to attend to Haws Road immediately before damage occurs to my car. Marjorie Pearson, Middle Tarwin.

VOXPOP! VOX What do you think the State Government should spend its money on in South Gippsland?

I would like to see a heavy vehicle bypass for Leongatha. It is an absolute necessity. Kay Schaarschmidt, Leongatha

Improving roads. I don’t want my car to disappear into potholes anymore. Mary Brewis, Leongatha

I think it would be good to see money spent on improving roads and providing more medical facilities. Iona McJames, Pound Creek

Money should be spent reinstating the rail services from Melbourne through to at least Leongatha. That would be nice. Sybil Fowler, Inverloch

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Thanks volunteers

THANK you to regional Victorian volunteers who donate their time to help others. During National Volunteer Week (May 1420), I encourage everyone to take a moment to acknowledge those people who selflessly donate their time and skills. More than six million people volunteer Australiawide, and contribute 700 million hours of community service each year. Without regional Victoria’s 500,000 volunteers it’s fair to say sporting clubs, schools and local organisations would struggle to operate. Volunteers come in all forms, and play an essential role in our regional communities. They deserve our recognition. Bridget McKenzie, The Nationals Senator for Victoria.

Roads angst

WELL done Fulton Hogan. On the South Gippsland Highway between Korumburra and Loch, you repaired the holes in the road within eight days. Most holes have reopened up worse than they were. Why didn’t you clean the holes out, straighten up the edge then spray additive into hole, then put in hot mix. What now? The holes are bigger, hot mix is over the road as stones damage cars, once again. Why should we pay road taxes on petrol? Why should the people trying to fix holes be paid? There are four holes outside the saleyards inward bound into Korum-

burra. Trucks pulled up and two men filled a large hole and moved on within five minutes. David Amor, Korumburra.

Council insight OVER the last few years I have attended many council meetings, information evening sessions and public presentations on various matters of interest and over that time have formed some opinions on how council operates, on councillors, and on the need for reform. My initial understanding prior to attending any council sessions was that councillors were elected to represent the community and that council gave directions to the administration team to carry out appropriate investigations and make the necessary changes for councils’ wishes to occur. The administration team is employed by the ratepayers to perform the functions directed from council and those that are statutory from the local government act. What I discovered attending council meetings is quite the opposite. Most reports and agenda items in any given meeting are presented to council from the administration officers for approval. Most just get approved-that is called rubber stamping. A very few get debated by the councillors. It is rare however, that councillors instigate an issue or agenda item on their own initiativeand many of those that they do instigate are of a minor nature. I do not believe that

ratepayers expect that elected councillors should take a passive view of council by responding to officers’ reports, but fail to raise or pursue their own or communities’ issues for debate and action. We need councillors now who are interested in making changes to reform the system. Councillors need to take charge of the agenda and not be afraid to direct council officers on suitable directions and projects to investigate. In the last two years of attending many council meetings, I have seen only one councillor suggestion or motion to effect change to the long term budget which might result in more services directed at (as an example) sealing roads or repair of local roads. That motion did not receive a seconder so it was never even debated. Yes, some councillors do complain about the lack of services but they voted for the 10 year projected budget, so are they really saying that nothing will change for 10 years? Why then bother to complain? Oh I forgot, they do need to get re-elected later this year! The level of debate amongst councillors is often less than adequate. We need councillors who are prepared to stand up for all members in the local community and not just one particular group of individuals. I see blatant bias in some councillors and in others a seeming inability to comprehend the debate at hand. This is not to suggest that some of the current councillors are not doing

a good job, but most have clearly abdicated their decision making process to the council officers. Why is it then that each year when the budget is discussed that councillors make no changes to the budget, the annual plans, the shires’ wages bill or any future spending? When was a serious debate conducted on the proposed income and expenditure items within the budget? When was it ever debated as to whether the collected rates were being spent on appropriate services as opposed to paying wages for those who were supervising the service provision? Why has it not been questioned by the current council? I think that ratepayers would be concerned that rates are increasing by over double inflation and wonder why they do not just go up by inflation each year. Why have the present councillors approved the projected budget which clearly states that council is putting rates up by much more than inflation for the whole of the next 10 years that the projected budget runs for? Clearly then, councillors are either happy to have this happen or they just approved the budget without reading

or comprehending the document details. Why do councillors continue to approve spending increases for wages bills and high rates of increase for the general rates each year when the wages bill accounts for approximately 70 per cent of all the collected rates each year? Most of your rates each year go towards paying wages of council staff. A small portion of rates goes towards services. Until this is turned around, services will continue to be underfunded. When around $10 million is remaining from the $30 million rates collected, it is clearly not possible to provide the services we all need. I believe that council needs reforming and that we as a community need some new blood on council prepared to take charge of the reins and halt the escalating expenses of wage bill and fluffy services. Bring back councillors prepared to represent the community and implement positive change to reduce expenses, raise core service levels and improve efficiencies. And it is possible under the existing budget to do all three of those suggestions! I am advocating that we return to having a local government that is properly

local and remembers it was elected – not appointed by officers. Anyone interested in discussing this may contact Don Hill on 5668 9269 evenings after 7pm. Don Hill, Wild Dog Valley.

Changed man? PETER Ryan is the Deputy Premier who approved the State Budget that ripped the guts out of our TAFE colleges which serve regional and country Victoria. Is he still the great bloke who has a beer in the local and points at pot holes in the highway? No. He has bowed to the city Liberals who want to support dodgy private VET Colleges. At least Minister Hall had the guts to be honest and stand up for regional Victoria. Andrew McFarland, Venus Bay.

Red Cross request AS WE celebrate both World Red Cross Day and International Volunteers Week this month, I would like to thank in particular the young humanitarians in our community for constantly finding new ways

to support our work. Over half of the world’s population is today under 25-years-old which means we have the largest ever generation of young people in human history. It is obvious that they will be integral to ensuring humanitarian organisations like Red Cross remain relevant and effective into the future. We value the skills, experience, passion and commitment of young people. They bring a thirst for change, innovation, creativity and a fresh approach to the way Red Cross engages with all communities most notably through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. This year we’re inviting people on Facebook and Twitter to share what Red Cross means to them. Our Facebook page already has over 27,000 likes and we have 5,500 followers on Twitter. I now invite everyone to tell us what Red Cross means to you. Please go to our Facebook page at facebook. com/AustralianRedCross or Twitter at RedCrossAU or our website at and tell us what you think. Robert Tickner, CEO, Australian Red Cross.

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A regional partnership with the TAC and the Victorian Government.

Truck maintenance paramount By Brad Lester FARMERS with livestock trucks are the focus of a new bid to reduce the incidence of truck crashes in South Gippsland.

Many farmers use private trucks occasionally and may not be aware of road regulations or maintenance requirements. This will be one of the topics of a transport industry forum to be held in Leongatha on Wednesday, May 23 to discuss the increase in heavy vehicle accidents. John Ernst, executive officer of South Gippsland Road Safety Group,

said truck drivers play a major role in the safety of all road users. “The major concern for us is the trucks that are sitting on farms and are not part of Murray Goulburn or Holcim or Dyers. Those are the ones that we would like to attend the forum,” he said. “Some farmers only use their vehicles irregularly and once you get a vehicle registered in Victoria, you do not have to get a roadworthy. Once you get a vehicle in a bad state of repair, they are not maintained like trucks in bigger firms are.” Brakes, suspensions and linkages are among the truck components farmers are urged to inspect regularly.

“Police will be keeping a close watch on the condition of trucks on roads,” Mr Ernst said. “We have had a huge number of crashes in South Gippsland and we are well above the state average for that and that has been going on for some time.” A group of industry representatives, VicRoads, Victoria Police and South Gippsland Shire Council have been working to reduce the number of truck accidents. That has in turn resulted in less truck incidents, but further work is needed, Mr Ernst said. The forum will discuss the near miss reporting system, improving overall driver safety, rollovers and

livestock vehicle maintenance. The retro-fitting of electronic braking and anti-skid braking systems will also be discussed. “You are able to add EBS and ABS to older trucks for $2000 to $3000,” Mr Ernst said. VicRoads’ representatives will talk about how road repairs are prioritised and plans for roads in South Gippsland, such as road management and overhead trees. The near miss reporting system entails truck drivers reporting dangerous driving behaviour or behaviour drivers may not be aware is putting themselves and/or other road users at risk.

“Truck drivers have been able to report on other truck drivers’ behaviour, such as wheels lifting while travelling around corners, and that also identifies issues with road conditions that can be reported,” Mr Ernst said. Country music icon and truck driver Tim Ryan (known on stage as Truckin’ with Tim) will host the night. The forum will be held at the Leongatha Football Clubrooms from 6-8.30pm and hosted by South Gippsland Road Safety Group. To find out more, contact Mr Ernst at South Gippsland Shire Council on 5662 9367. About 200 drivers attended a similar forum last year.

Happens easily: truck rollovers, such as this incident at Middle Tarwin in February 2011, occur frequently in South Gippsland.

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Mountain View leading the way CONSTRUCTION is well underway on the Mountain View Retirement Villas in Leongatha.

Only two months since building began, the community centre has taken shape and it is already easy to see the village will be a place of luxury. A spacious dining area is included in the centre, along with a stateof-the-art indoor heated swimming pool, gym and games room. Completed with an outdoor alfresco area, the stunning views overlooking the Leongatha township and the rolling, green hills of South Gippsland complete the picture. Mountain View owner Brad Carter said he hopes Mountain View will become the benchmark for 55 and over retirement villages in Gippsland. “I believe Gippsland has a great shortage of quality retirement facilities, and we were looking around for growth in an area that could sustain a village,” he said. “Other villages are done in a large volume; this will be a boutique village that is a place of exclusivity and prestige.” Mr Carter said the Mountain View site, where construction of 46 villas will begin at the end of this month, is rarely available. “This site has a resort feeling; it’s like you are on a permanent holiday, and these views make you feel like you are on top of the world,” he said. “This is the place to be if you want to retire and enjoy a close-knit community lifestyle.” Mountain View is also being built by locals, with carpenter Kane Stevic from Leongatha overseeing the construction of the retirement village for MHB Residential.

The team on site: Mountain View Retirement Village owner Brad Carter, Stephen Gibbons from Crossco Engineering, Scotty Collins from MHB Residential, local site foreman Kane Stevic and sales manager Trevor Davis show off the progress made on the community centre, as well as the fantastic views Mountain View has to offer. Mr Stevic has worked in the South Gippsland area for more than 15 years. He said both local and out of town contractors are involved in the building process, with 20 workers taking part in the initial stages, and up to 40

expected to be working on the site once the villas begin. “It’s running smoothly so far and the first slabs (for the villas) will be going down at the end of May,” he said. Sales manager Trevor Davis was

happy to report there has been keen interest in the Mountain View Retirement Village, with another information session on retirement planned for May 26, from 1pm until 3pm at the RSL in Leongatha. “It’s not only a presentation on

the village, but on retirement in general,” he said. “There’ll be guest speakers talking about the laws, Centrelink, local real estate and retirement lifestyle, as well as a question and answer at the end.”

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By Brad Lester THE world is a bigger place for 17-year-old Abby Butler since she returned from a year living abroad. The Inverloch girl has contacts all over the globe and back home, she is a more self assured person. Abby lived in the United States of America for a year as an exchange student through the Rotary Club of Leongatha. “I benefited from it a lot. I’m more confident. I’ve always wanted to travel but living in another country

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was just a dream,” she said. “Your confidence levels go up with people in general because you have to try to make new friends at the school you go to.” Mother Barb has noticed the positive change in her daughter. “She’s matured a lot. What a big thing to do at such a tender young age,” she said. The Wonthaggi Secondary College student stayed in the state of West Virginia, at Shepherdstown on the east coast and not far from the states of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Shepherdstown was largely a college town, with dormitories and classrooms scattered around. Abby rose at 5.30am most mornings for a 7.45am start at school, finishing at 2.45pm. She studied half Year 10 and half Year 11. More than 1000 students attended the school and classes were the same whatever the day. “I would rather go to an Australian school. Half of the work is mucked up over there. They were learning stuff I learnt in Year 7 and there was also stuff I won’t learn until Year 12,” she said. “They would push it on you to go to college. In Australian schools, it’s much more relaxed and you get a wider insight into what you want to do.” Abby encountered a winter unlike any she had experienced: icy and freezing cold. She found Americans loved their food with large servings and the variety vast. Attending church was a popular part of culture and Abby joined a church youth group, enjoying such activities as skiing. Abby stayed with two host families: one with two children and the other a couple, and attended the famed homecoming dances. Her exchange featured trips to New York City, Los Angeles, Orlando in

Florida and Las Vegas. Over summer, she joined 66 exchangees for a bus trip along the west coast in a double decker bus, taking in such sights as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Hollywood and Alcatraz. The exchange was not without its challenges. While homesickness was not really an issue due to being so busy, Abby encountered other obstacles. She had her appendix removed a month after arriving and returned home for three weeks’ compassionate leave after her brother Cameron was involved in a lifethreatening accident. “When I got back, I did not know how bad he was and it was a shock because everything had changed,” she said. He is now making a recovery, studying computing and pursuing his photographic interest. “Some friends have moved away and it’s hard to keep in touch with everyone,” Abby said. Since returning home in January this year, Abby has maintained contact with her host families and friends via Facebook, and is hoping to return to the USA next year for school friends’ graduations. Of all exchange programs available, Abby recommends Rotary and praised her counsellor, Rotarian Michael Malone, for his support. “Rotary sets you up before you go. You go to camps and then you have camps before you come back to debrief,” she said. Abby encourages any teenager thinking about applying for an exchange to do so. “A lot of kids say they want to do it but when they find out how long the time is, they say they can’t do it,” she said. “It’s probably the best thing you can do in your life. Travelling is great but travelling and living in a country is even better.”

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It’s in your financial interests to do so. Council is teetering on the brink of being slugged with the carbon tax because of its landfill operations. With less going to landfill, the chances of the tax being levied become less likely. “We’re still getting expert advice on what the liability will be,” council CEO Allan Bawden said. And that includes detail on how to calculate gas emissions from landfill. Mr Bawden said the emissions depend on a variety of factors such as the age of the landfill and the type of waste going into it. There’s a carbon tax landfill threshold and Mr Bawden is hoping the council will come under it. “But we need to be a bit concerned. If you’re eligible for the tax, you need to start accounting for it this financial year. “The more recycling, composting and worm farms people have, the cheaper it will be for everyone.” But that won’t help with the council’s electricity bills. The cost of power is set to rise exponentially with the introduction of the carbon tax. The council had hoped to ameliorate this with a new “green” street lighting program, but the State Government axed that in its recent budget.

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FOR Mary MacKillop Secondary College in Leongatha, Education Week is about learning outside the square or even the classroom. Deputy principal Nathan Mansfield described it as education not in the traditional sense, with a focus on life skills rather than specific subjects. Year 9 students spent a week on a specialist camp, where they were required to fend for themselves. “They’re away camping, cooking for themselves, canoeing, setting up their own tents; a lot of outdoor education activities,” Mr Mansfield said. “The camp teaches the students

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Outside the classroom: the Year 9 camp teaches the students life skills in a beautiful surrounding.

all about team building outside of the classroom and away from school. They have more responsibility for their own safety as well as each other’s, and that also helps to build perspective about responsibilities and growth.” Later in the year, students in Year 9 will embark on another school camp to Melbourne, which again will focus on these kinds of learning experiences. “They’ll have to learn how to get around the city using public transport, and again they’ll learn about responsibilities and looking out for each other,” Mr Mansfield said. For the older year levels, a road safety presentation focusing on country areas will be held.

“They’ll discuss aspects like long distance driving, fatigue and animals on the road,” Mr Mansfield said. “The presentation will target the special needs of our kids and the sorts of conditions they’ll actually be driving in.” Two students and a teacher from the college also recently returned from Adelaide where they represented the school at the Catholic Association At the college there has also been a focus on skill building and refining skills, with NAPLAN tests taking place this week. In the near future, the school is also looking forward to taking part in the Cultural Festival of Gippsland.

Adventure: canoeing is an activity Year 9 students at Mary MacKillop College take part in on their specialist camp.

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INVERLOCH and Kongwak primary schools offer the best education a mix of coast and country provides.

The schools are committed to the Riding the Waves to Success program that teaches children the skills they need to succeed: being organised, persistence, confidence, emotional resilience and getting along. Girls and boys are offered a variety of opportunities, from learning English and maths to taking part in music, art, health and physical education, humanities, science, technology, and information and communications technology. Excursions and camps include such destinations as Wilsons Promontory, Melbourne and Phillip Island, and students have the chance to be involved with the Student Representative Council. Teachers see learning as a process, not a product, and that so many of the things children learn and achieve are intangible.

The school community is still smiling after the school won the district athletics competition last week, securing the R. E. Pease Shield for Athletics. Principal Wendy Caple praised physical education teacher Jesse Boyd for offering extra practice sessions to students to finetune their skills. The win came days before the school’s fun run and the start of winter sports on Friday. Students in Grades 3 and 4 will head to Melbourne to see an Ancient Rome exhibition as part of their science studies, and Grades 1 and 2 children are now studying living creatures, particularly Australian animals. Kongwak operates as an annexe of the Inverloch school and students often visit the school they usually do not attend, giving them additional social and learning opportunities.

Reason to smile: Inverloch Primary School students celebrate their school’s victory in the South Gippsland Primary Schools Sports Association’s athletics carnival last week. Front: Bianca, Jarvis and Josh. Back: Alice, Lanni and Josh.

Courses galore COMMUNITY College Gippsland provides more than 110 courses. These range from Certificate I through to Advanced Diploma level courses in: management, equine, HR, project management, business, financial services, horticulture, arboriculture, agriculture, aged care, children’s services, disability services, youth work, education support, hair, beauty, retail, IT, Certificate of General Education for Adults (CGEA) and hospitality training.

Community College Gippsland is highly committed to providing opportunities for adults and young people to develop their literacy, numeracy and communication skills, and provides intensive supports for people who may have a disability to transition successfully into employment. The college operates from campuses/offices in Warragul, Pakenham, Leongatha, Morwell, Traralgon and Sale. CCG is also a leading alternative senior secondary school provider for young people who

have exited mainstream schooling early and operates an independent school from its Warragul McMillan Campus. CCG additionally provides a wide range of adult and further education courses to support building language, literacy, numeracy, and communication skills across a wide range of stakeholder groups. For more information, please contact customer service on 5622 6000 or visit the website: www. or email: info@ccg.

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EDUCATION Week is kicking off a busy month of May for South Coast Christian College in Leongatha.

Students across all year levels are preparing for the school’s annual Art Festival to be held on May 26. Community involvement is warmly invited in the festival, with external artists displaying their artwork alongside students, as well as taking part in demonstrations including woodwork and portraits. A kinder colouring competition and face painting will also be available for younger children. College principal Peter Russell said it will be a fun and exciting day for all. On May 22, a Prep Open Day will be held as well as an information evening for parents. Although this day is specifically focused on future Prep students, Mr Russell said prospective students are welcome anytime during the week. “Anyone who wants to visit, from all year levels, can come and have a wan-

der anytime they like,” he said. An exciting development in the school is a brand new building for middle school students. Comprising two new classrooms, a food technology room and a special education room, the building will aid the transition period from primary to secondary school. “The whole idea is that up to Grade 5, students only have one teacher, so in Grade 6 we’ll introduce different teachers for subjects like science, food technology, textiles, woodwork and performing arts,” Mr Russell said. “They’ll still have a homeroom teacher for about two thirds of the time, and by the time they’re in Year 8, they’ll only have their homeroom teacher for about a third of the time.” With the majority of the exterior construction complete, the building is expected to be opened by the end of Term 3. The college is also a part of the Local Trade Training Centre with a number of other high

India Curtis: the youngster had a great time with her favourite bear Hayley.

Bear necessities IT’S a rare moment when busy Prep children have a chance to enjoy quality time with soft toys these days. With so many important things to learn – reading, writing, tying shoe laces – quality time with a favourite teddy bear is something to be savoured. Leongatha Primary School’s Teddy Bears Picnic is something of a time-honoured tradition. The newest batch of primary school littlies had a great day at Mossvale Park last Wednesday, enjoying some oneon-one with their favourite stuffed toy friends – not to mention parents, grandparents, teachers and siblings.

schools, which aim to link them and enable video classes, as well as introduce students to studying through VCAL. Mr Russell said courses through VCAL and VET will become more accessible to their students, and would hopefully take them through to certificate three in a variety of skills.

Arts galore: Prep students Will, Megan, Shea, Grace and Stephen show off some of the artwork in the lead up to South Coast Christian College’s Art Festival on May 26.

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On the move: the Korumburra Primary School HPV team is raring to race later on in the year.

REAL life learning is the focus in the classrooms at Korumburra Primary School. Real task and real answers are in the spotlight but allowing the students to get the same knowledge through these tasks is what is achieved. “It’s not so much the teacher giving the kids all the knowledge but rather them finding it out themselves with the teacher to help them on the way,” principal Bill Jeffs said. KPS is one of 20 Microsoft Partners in Learning Pilot Schools in the country which allows them to excel at computer-based learning. “Each of the Year 4 and 5 students have their own Netbook computer,” Mr Jeffs said. “They are encouraged to use the

Netbooks in class and at home and this gives them the ability to further their ICT skills.” “This prepares them for computer based tasks in high school and eventually the workforce.” Students really like dealing with the Netbooks as it allows them to customise their very own computer, access the internet safely, further their skills in a wide range of programs and gives them a sense of responsibility and maturity for taking care of their Netbooks. The program also connects them with other schools in the program and allows them to share their learning and interact. Just last week a class was interacting via a video conferencing system with Horsham West Primary School.

The students said using the system was really fun and the classes will be doing presentations to each other over the video link in the future. KPS is getting hands-on as well with a new human powered vehicle. The HPV group has recently bought a new vehicle which they will be hopefully racing at the RACV Energy Breakthrough competition in Maryborough in November. The team is really enthusiastic about the project and has been learning the ins and outs of the vehicle and the best way to ride it. The team also has a push cart which they competed with in Wonthaggi recently and will continue to improve on.

Double dose at the library EDUCATION Week and Library and Information Week are on at the same time this year, double the reason to visit your local library, see what we have for you and take a look at one of the activities we have available during the week. Baby Rhyme Time and Story Time sessions continue to run at libraries across West Gippsland, fun programs to introduce your child to books, libraries and reading. During Education Week and Library and Information Week we also have a special event, National Simultaneous Storytime. Join the rest of Australia on Wednesday, May 23 at 11am by listening to Nick Bland’s, The Very Cranky Bear being read at selected libraries by our Very Important Readers. At the JLM Kindergarten in Corinella, the

Indigenous reading: children at JLM Kindergarten’s Baby Bite Sized Book Club in Corinella read about indigenous Australians recently. Baby Bite Sized Book Club will continue. This is a program for parents/ carers attending the playgroup with the chance to participate in weekly sessions of Story Time, Baby Rhyme Time and Let’s Read. Sessions are delivered by West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation early years staff with funding from Uniting Care Gippsland. Children enjoy delicious lunches each week, thanks to sup-

port from the Bass Coast Community Health Service’s Supported Parents Playgroup Initiative. Baby Bite Sized Book Club runs until the end of Term 2, with Story Time starting at 10.30 and Baby Rhyme Time starting at 11.15am each Tuesday morning. Playgroup runs from 10am – 12noon. For the continuing education of adults we have ICT Skills (internet based skills) classes as well as

a day of workshops and demonstrations focusing on Living Online starting soon. ICT skills classes will be held at the Warragul, Leongatha and Inverloch libraries during May and June, with sessions filling up fast. All programs are free…so visit, take a look on Facebook or visit your local library for further information on locations and timing of events.

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LEONGATHA Primary School recently signed an agreement with the Changshu Experimental Primary School in China, to establish a sister school relationship.

Principal of Leongatha Primary School, Rob Higgins, along with other principals and delegates from schools in the Gippsland region travelled to China recently, to explore learning opportunities opened up to them by the sister school program. “China is leading the world in academic performance at the moment. During the visit, our preconceptions of a Chinese classroom were completely shattered,” Mr Higgins said. What the delegation saw were inviting, interactive classrooms which encouraged student involvement and learning in a positive way. “Changshu Experimental Primary School has over 3000 students. It was amazing to watch that many kids all doing exercise together in the mornings. “Asian literacy is a key

part of the new national curriculum. It is not just about learning the language, it also involves learning about Asian culture. “There is a great deal we can learn from our colleagues in China. Leongatha has seen many benefits from developing trade into this region in China, and the relationship that has been forged will be beneficial in many ways. While at Changshu, the delegates spent time observing classes, they discussed various education systems and how they can be shared and even taught some lessons. “Our State and Federal Governments both see that an understanding of Asia is vital for our students. This program is important for our school and those in South Gippsland,” Mr Higgins said. “It is a really important relationship that we need to continue to foster. It will provide an opportunity for both teachers and students from both countries to learn from each other and share this exciting project. “There is such a great deal we have already learnt, in such a short time.” The delegation from

Gippsland will travel back to China later in the year to confirm the relationships with their sister schools. Leongatha Primary School hopes to take its first group of teachers, students and parents to visit Changshu Experimental Primary School early in 2013.

Great trip: Rob Higgins, principal of Leongatha Primary School, with some of the 3000 students that attend their new sister school, Changshu Experimental Primary School.

Literacy, numeracy matters AFTER many years of very successful provision of literacy and numeracy skills, Bass Coast Adult Education Centre at Wonthaggi is expanding its main literacy and numeracy program. BCAEC delivers Certificate in General Education for Adults (CGEA) from an introductory level through to level 3. The course is currently run on two evenings per week, but now is being expanded into a daytime program as well. Centre manager Nola Holford

said that this will greatly improve access to essential foundation skills training for people who can’t come in the evening. The evening classes will continue as usual. The Certificate in General Education Course is designed to provide maths, English and computer skills to anyone who may have missed out on them in school for any reason. The course is tailored to each student’s specific needs so there is no minimum entry requirement. Classes are small, friendly and low-stress.

Enrolments are taken all year round and students can take as long as they need to in order to achieve their learning goals. The course can provide up to a Year 10 equivalent. The Certificate in General Education for Adults has been a centrepiece of BCAEC’s services for over 20 years. The evening courses run on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The daytime courses run on Thursday and Friday afternoons. For more information, contact Bass Coast Adult Education Centre on 5672 3115.

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HAPPINESS is contagious at Newhaven; at least that is what the Year 5 class is discovering through its involvement with its “Random Acts of Kindness” campaign.

So successful has this campaign been at the college that the Channel 7 Sunrise, Australia’s number one breakfast show hosted by Kochie and Mel visited the school on May 4 to film the students and find out more about the great acts of kindness the students have been involved in. The program will be aired in the near future and the students are eagerly awaiting news of the date. Year 5 class 5R teacher Ms Kate Raynor and her class of 21 students have been taking part in the Random Acts of Kindness Homework program, the original inspiration being the film Pay it Forward. The Homework project began last year and part of the 2011 Year 5 class are still “paying it forward” One of this year’s Year 5 students, Lily Scott, saw a story on the Channel 7 Sunrise program called The Happiness Campaign. Lily wrote an email explaining her class’s project and that she thought Ms Raynor was brilliant and was encouraging her class that by committing random acts of kindness, happiness becomes contagious. Ms Raynor thought the perfect

example of this kindness was to put forward Ellie Pearce, now in Year 6. Ellie has travelled to third world schools in Cambodia and Vietnam and has been raising funds for the Bryns Schools Organisation, a fabulous South Gippsland grass roots foundation, building schools around the world, so that children who would have no opportunity, get the chance to go to school. The kindness and happiness of Ellie and her fellow students, all due to Ms Raynor’s inspiration is spreading throughout the wider community. Channel 7 picked up on this and came down from Sydney with host Simon Reeve to interview Ms Raynor, Ellie Pearce and the class. The Year 5 students are continuing to show kindness by trying to help at home, being kind to fellow students and being helpful and kind in the wider community. The school program encourages the students to find inspiration and opportunities to showcase kindness and happiness whenever and wherever they can. This program will continue at the college. Newhaven College continues to grow and develop and offer many new and exciting programs for students. The college has much to be proud of, with the new Surfing Academy opening earlier this year, the only one of its kind in the state where all students in the school will have the

opportunity to learn to surf . Providing a holistic approach to learning, the Surf Academy program combines fun, safety in the water, health and respect for the environment. College principal Gea Lovell said the academy has grown out of a love and a passion for surfing in the community. The college prides itself on its excellent record of academic achievement, a highly regarded music and drama program, a wide range of sporting opportunities, excellent pastoral care, a well-defined code of behaviour and a strong sense of community. The college has been under the spotlight in the last few weeks with the curtain going down on another brilliant musical, Seussical that drew hundreds to the Wonthaggi theatre for the four sell-out performances. Newhaven College prides itself on its safe, diverse and friendly community. To fully appreciate the caring community and what Newhaven College has to offer, a visit is highly recommended. The college holds regular school tours with the principal or you may choose to have a personal tour at a time that suits you. You are warmly invited to visit the school on Open Day which is on Saturday, May 19. Please contact the school on 5956 7505.

Celebrity student: Newhaven College student Ellie Pearce and Channel 7 Sunrise morning show presenter Simon Reeve caught up during a recent filming session at the college.

Open Day Saturday 19 May, 10.00am – 2.00pm

Find out why an education at Newhaven College will make a difference in your child’s life. Our unwavering focus on teaching and learning is matched by specialised pastoral care systems and rounded out by an outstanding range of co-curricular activities. We actively encourage and assist your child to achieve their full potential. Please join us on Open Day. For further information, please visit our website or contact Mary Brown on 5956 7505. Boys Home Road, Newhaven (Secondary School) Phillip Island Tourist Road, Sunset Strip (Primary and Year 9)

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THE Leongatha Children’s Centre is one of the happiest places in town, supporting generations of parents and children.

“The centre itself has been running for more than 30 years. But the new kinder centre has been running from 2012. It’s always been a great place to work. Having the extension

hasn’t changed anything in that regard, but it is nice to offer more places, more childcare, kindergarten and longer hours for parents,” centre manager Kirsten Herrald said.

“But the extension certainly has enhanced the service.” Kirsten said the centre boasted three childcare rooms, one room for three-year-old kinder and one room for funded fouryear-old kinder. “We’re certainly trying to cover all our bases. There’s a service for everybody. Although kinder runs from 9am to 2pm, there’s before and after care. That’s a real bonus for working families. It makes it very popular.” She said it was good having the Allora Kindergarten just around the corner, as “we can both offer different things”. “We try to cater for working families. Having that extra childcare really works out well for those who need a bit more than 9am to 2pm,” she said. The centre caters for children from 0-12 years.

Caring for kids: Leongatha Children’s Centre manager Kirsten Herrald (middle) and childcare specialist Anna Wilson (right) have a happy group of kids in the four-year-old kinder program.

What a hit! On sst On stage: tage tage ta ge:: ffrom rom ro m left left le ffront fron fr ron ontt Ne N Newhaven wh havven e C Col Colol-ol lege le egee 22012 0122 musical musi mu sica call Seussical, performed recently was a huge hit, with talented drama students Tara Storey as Mrs Mayor and Arthur Golightly as Mr Mayor giving audiences a good laugh at the Wonthaggi theatre.

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Volunteers there to help WHILE all volunteer jobs are important, a few in particular require you to put your life on the line to protect the community.

As one of the largest volunteer-based organisations in the world, CFA will acknowledge and celebrate the commitment of its 60,000 members during National Volunteer Week from May 14 to 20. Just over 30 of these volunteers make up the Leongatha Fire Brigade, and one in particular goes by the name of Scott Hillis. At only 25-years-old, Scott has already been a member of the brigade for five-and-a-half-years after joining when he was 18. “I was in the SES cadets, but was I wasn’t too keen on going to car accidents, so I decided to join the CFA instead,” Scott said, and added with a laugh that he didn’t realise joining the fire brigade would see him attend just as many accidents. Scott said being part

of the CFA has given him many valuable skills. “You get to do your CPR and First Aid for free as part of the brigade,” he said. “But you also learn leadership, and I’ve gained friendships and qualities I didn’t think I’d get when I first started.” Scott said since becoming a fire fighter, he often has friends calling him up when they find themselves in a “hot” situation in the kitchen, asking him what to do. “I tell them to call the fire brigade!” he laughs. “But usually if it’s only something small, like their oven catching fire, I can talk them through it and they put it out themselves pretty quickly.” Most of all, the enthusiastic volunteer said it’s always satisfying at the end of a job, considering they’ve managed to get to the scene in time and help save somebody’s home, and sometimes even lives. One of the many struggles the Leongatha

brigade faces, however is a lack of volunteers. While 33 currently help man the station, Scott said around 50 are needed for an area of this size. “It can be time consuming, especially if we don’t have enough members,” he said. “The more volunteers we have, the less work individuals have to do. For example, duty crews on the weekend would only take an hour because we’d have more people there to help.” Being a volunteer in the brigade doesn’t necessarily mean you will find yourself fighting fires; inactive members are an integral part of the team, whether it’s helping to clean the station, take part in equipment maintenance or running fundraiser barbecues on the weekend. “We haven’t had a ladies auxiliary for around 10 years now due to a lack of numbers,” Scott said. “There’s definitely room for it – there’s lots of things they could do here.” Of course, gone are the days where fire fighting is stereotypically a man’s job, and the three female members of the Leongatha brigade encourage other women to jump on board and even up the tally a little. Scott said a new brigade management team would be more pro-active in recruiting volunteers this year. “There’re lots of fun

Leongatha Fire Brigade: Scott Hillis is just one of 33 volunteers that serve the Leongatha community as part of the CFA – however more volunteers are always required to help out not only at the station, but in the case of an emergency.

things you get to do as part of the CFA too,” he said. “We always have a Christmas party and an annual dinner held in July where Fire Fighter of the Year and the Jack Rayson Medal are handed out.” CFA Gippsland Regional Director Mark Reid said although it’s important to recognise volunteers all year round, National Volunteer Week is a great time to say thank you to all CFA volunteers. “This includes those present and active – and those who have served in the past. We should never forget the contribution volunteers make to protecting life and property right across Victoria,” he said.

Council says thanks THE theme of National Volunteer Week is: Volunteers. Everyone Counts. Count me in! Did you know that 6.4 million people volunteer annually, double the volunteering rate of 15 years ago? Young people aged 18 to 24 represent 9.4 per cent of all those who volunteer. In South Gippsland, 6048 people (30 per cent) of the population volunteer. South Gippsland Shire Council volunteers have helped people to get to 2247 medical visits; delivered 17,728 meals through Meals on Wheels; and ensured that 33,369 visitors received information to make the most of their visit to South Gippsland. They also mentored 56 young learner drivers towards getting their driver’s licence and were part of 22 management committees for recreation reserves, swimming pools, heritage buildings, the Stockyard Gallery, museums and halls.

There are also thousands of volunteers making a difference in their communities in other ways. It might be caring for children or family members, running art and cultural events, sporting clubs, capturing and documenting our history, environmental programs to name only a few. The benefits are obvious for the community and there are benefits to the volunteers as well. Volunteers report higher levels of satisfaction than the broader community (Australian Bureau of Statistics) and people who volunteer report higher levels of trust than others in the community. Council is always happy to welcome volunteers either in council managed programs or in the broader community. There is a need for Community Transport drivers particularly. Council has invited volunteers to a range of events during volunteers week to thank them for their service.

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Special guest: Amber Lawrence.

Country stars to play Wonthaggi COUNTRY music icon Adam Harvey will play The Wonthaggi Club this month, joined by special guest Amber Lawrence. In January this year, Adam took home the prestigious Album Of The Year award for his album Falling Into Place at the 2012 Jayco CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, affectionately known as the Golden Guitars. “I’m so excited and honoured to win the Album of the Year. This album means so much to me and to win this Golden Guitar is an amazing way to cap off a great 12 months,” he said upon picking up his award. This is Adam’s third Album Of The Year award and his eighth Golden Guitar

overall. Just a week after the win, Adam packed his bags and kicked off his national tour in South Australia. February saw Adam taking the show aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas cruise ship for some special performances and then he headed into NSW throughout March, April and May. He visits Wonthaggi this month and also Quensland. Adam has released the album’s third single Dig Two Graves (originally recorded by Randy Travis). Joining Adam on the road this year is multi-award winner Amber Lawrence, who kicked off her year with a number four National ARIA Country Album chart for her brand new album 3. Amber is a fan favourite,

known for her entertaining shows and her fun stage presence. Adam duets with Amber on the track The Peace I Keep from her new album. No doubt we can expect to see a fun duet from these two on stage during the tour! Falling Into Place was produced by Rod McCormack and is Adam’s seventh studio album. It reached number one on the National ARIA Country Album charts and was a Top 10 debut on the National ARIA Album charts. It has spawned several hit songs including the CMAA nominated Single Of The Year, You Don’t Know My Love, and nominated APRA Song Of The Year, Falling Into Place. Both singles reached number one on the CMC Country charts, and Adam’s duet with Beccy Cole, A Good Woman Can, was also nominated for Best Vocal Collaboration Of The Year. With a career that spans 10 years, three Gold albums, total sales upwards of 300,000 albums and eight Golden Guitar Awards - including three for Album of The Year and two more for Male Vocalist of The Year Adam is already at the forefront of Australia’s most acclaimed

Golden Guitar winner: Adam Harvey. country music entertainers and has the runs on the board to show for it. In 2012 alone, Adam was nominated for eight Golden Guitars for his work on Falling Into Place. Tickets for The Wonthaggi

Club show on Friday, May 18 are now on sale. Adults $30, adults standing $20 and children $15. Phone 5672 1007 or whats-on.html.

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Kick back and enjoy the peace and quiet in this three bedroom home in Mirboo North, available through Alex Scott and Staff, Leongatha. See page 40 for details.

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First time offered in over 50 years S

TOCKDALE and Leggo is proud to offer a wonderful opportunity to purchase this blue chip property.

Just move in and enjoy S ITUATED only a short walk to the shops, kindergartens and day care facilities, this four bedroom home is only two and a half years old and boasts all the comforts of a modern family home.

A huge central kitchen, dining and family area features stainless steel natural gas appliances, dishwasher, large breakfast bar, loads of storage, reverse cycle air conditioner and dual access to the outdoor entertaining area via glass sliding doors. The master bedroom and second living area are located at the front of the home and can be separated from the rest of the house. Each bedroom contains built-in robes with a walk-in robe and en suite to the master bedroom plus natural gas central heating services the whole house and hot water. A large tiled bathroom has a separate bath and shower and storage abounds, with two linen cupboards and a wall of cupboards and under-bench space in the laundry. A large double garage provides remote access through to the back yard and 6x3m shed with concrete floor and power. This is a spacious family home in a quiet, no through street with a lot of wanted features.

On a prime corner location, opposite Safeway and under 150m to the CBD this much loved home is sited on approximately 450m2. Inside has three bedrooms, a spacious lounge room with double doors to the third bedroom, kitchen/dining with direct access from the carport, big bedrooms plus a sun room. This property lends itself to a multitude of uses: a retiree’s haven, a home business or three to four consulting rooms (STCA) for a professional person. If you tripped over in the driveway, you would land in aisle two at Safeway! Where else could you find a more sought after location? This property will be auctioned on May 26 at 12noon on site. Prior offers will be considered. Inspection is strictly by appointment.

LEONGATHA LEONGATHA Location: 1Higg Street Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Car spaces: 2 Price: $459,000 Open for inspection: Sunday, May 20, 11-11.30am Internet ID: 256639 Agent: Stockdale and Leggo, Leongatha Contact: 5662 5800

Location: 20 Smith Street Bedrooms: 3 Auction: Saturday, May 26 at 12pm on site Agent: Stockdale and Leggo, Leongatha Contact: 5662 5800

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‘The Bluff’ Tarwin Lower Certified Organic dairy farm T

HE BLUFF presents a very rare opportunity to purchase a large scale ‘Certified Organic’ dairy farm. Boasting 6.5 km of water frontage to Anderson Inlet and the Tarwin River this superb 1002 acre property is an outstanding dairy operation. Being Certified

Organic for over 10 years generates a premium milk price income, while low input expenses provide for greater profitability. The property has 10 titles with excellent access and frontage to Arbuthnot’s and Mason’s Road. The Bluff comprises a 44 unit rotary dairy in excellent operating order. There is a 21,000 litre vat,

twin filter system, auto wash, auto cup removers, 180 tonne silo capacity with auto feed system, and a 500 plus cow capacity yard. The dairy building also includes a kitchen, office, bathroom and vet room facilities. Other improvements include three homes and excellent machinery shedding, workshop, fully enclosed

calf rearing shed plus hay storage. The Bluff has a superb balance of peat flats (approx. 400 acres) with excellent summer growth and approximately 400 acres of higher sandy loam country for winter. There is also approximately 150200 acres of natural bush areas providing warmth and shelter throughout the property. The Arbuthnot family currently milks up to 480 cows however the property has peaked at 550 cows. All young stock are reared and kept on the property along with silage and hay also cut and stored. Excellent large catchment dams along with the secure reliable rainfall of South Gippsland make The Bluff virtually drought proof. Dams are interconnected and pumped to header tanks with reticulated troughs throughout. An excellent laneway system leads to the centrally located dairy. All fencing is in top order to all 75 paddocks. Research shows The Bluff to be one of the largest Organic Dairies in the state, with sea change and tourism becoming a focus of the area. The Bluff provides an astute purchaser with future opportunities that cannot be afforded to almost all other properties in the area.

TARWIN LOWER Location: Arbuthnots Road Price: $7.5million Agent: Elders Leongatha Contact: Zel Svenson on 0438 636 290 or Don Olden on 0417 805 312

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But Allen Bartlett, principal of First National Prom Country says it takes more than good luck to maximise your returns from investment properties. “Property investment is still a popular option, representing a rock solid, secure and long-term method of creating wealth and growing capital,” Allen said. “But for investors to maximise the financial benefits of their property they need to look at their investment as more than just collecting rent or striking a deal on management fees.” According to Allen Bartlett, the crucial components for a successful rental property yield are to choose your property carefully, and to appoint a trusted and reliable property manager. “It is also wise to maintain your asset in good repair and ensure it is well presented. That way, rent is maximised, vacancy periods reduced, and a high standard of tenant is attracted who will ensure their rent is paid on time” Property manager Janine Pepyat added. “Sometimes, simple improvements like a fresh coat of paint in bathrooms and kitchens, or installing new window coverings, can make the world of difference.” “At First National Prom

Country, we have an indepth knowledge of the local market and can assist with the two most important criteria when choosing an investment property – location and quality,” Allen advised. Allen said properties located close to schools, place of work, shops and recreational facilities are in greater demand and usually command a higher rental. First National Prom Country currently has a selection of properties perfect for investors, including: 17 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan - easily-maintained three bedroom home on large block with rear lane access and new fencing, close to reserve and walking distance to town. $220,000 - $240,000. 54 Grand Ridge West, Mirboo North - 1990sbuilt brick veneer three bedroom home with double garage and carport, close to schools. Leased until May 2013 at $250pw. $235,000 - $260,000. 40 Baromi Road, Mirboo North - three bigbedroom family home on level, corner allotment, close to shops. $225,000 $250,000. 10 Inglis Avenue, Mirboo North - renovated three bedroom home with new kitchen and bathroom with

rear lane access and big shed, close to recreation reserve and shops. $245,000. 11 Scarlett Street, Mirboo North - three bedroom home with unique A-frame design, secure rear garden, walking distance to shops. $225,000 - $250,000. Unit 15, 19-21 Thorpdale Road, Mirboo North - Brand new, low maintenance two bedroom villa unit in prime location. $250,000 - $275,000. As an experienced property manager, supported by rigorous processes and systems, First National Prom Country provides the highest standard of advice to investors, comprehensive marketing programs, backed by leading edge technologies that match tenants to vacant properties. “First National uses the latest technologies and prides itself on getting the best results in the shortest time,” Janine Pepyat said. “A professionally prepared tax depreciation schedule can also play an important role in the efficient management of your investment.” First National Prom Country is open seven days and welcomes all enquiries, from first-time to long-time investors. Visit them at 47 Bair Street Leongatha, 84

Ridgway Mirboo North or phone 5662 3100. If you already have an investment property, please call Janine to find out how First Na-

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tional Prom Country can maximise your return and make the management of your property smooth and enjoyable.

Sporting ground and facilities are just a couple of minutes away while the kindergarten is close by. This property is currently rented out, so ticks all the boxes for the keen investor. Make an appointment now and have a look. It also boasts a gor-

geous bathroom, and a second shower in the laundry. For further information please call our office in Inverloch. • close to town centre, shops and cafes, school and sporting • large open kitchen and dining • lounge on to large deck • decking out front to enjoy north sun • large block • holiday rental returns.

INVERLOCH Location: 30 Darling Avenue Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Price: $430,000 Agent: Alex Scott and Staff, Inverloch Contact: 5674 1111

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Delightful farmlet and lifestyle property


URROUNDED by mature deciduous trees and with peaceful rural views, this property is ideal for those wanting to have a few animals, who love plenty of space for vegies and gardening, yet want to be close to a township (this property is only 2.25 km from Leongatha Post Office).

There are already mature fruit trees, an established vegie patch and numerous garden beds in nooks and crannies around the house. There is even a fenced miniature fruit tree garden. The six large tanks, small dam and Reverse Solar Pack ‘35 panel’ power supply all aid a self-sufficient lifestyle. The large partly renovated home is full of surprises. A Fisher and Paykel dishwasher and large gas stove service the warm country -style kitchen, which is central to the home. There are three generous sized living areas within a flexible layout, which could cater for separate living. Two are sitting rooms, the first with a solid fuel heater, and leadlight panelling to doors which hide a small storage/sewing room. The second features quality curtains, dado panelling, a storage area in the roof and large windows overlooking gardens and paddocks. It has a reverse cycle air conditioner. Living rooms have gleaming original pine floor-boards.

The third living area is to the rear of the house, currently used as a meals/entertaining area, with a large adjoining laundry space. It would also make an ideal rumpus room. A leadlight feature window complements another small alcove, which also has a wood heater. Three of the bedrooms are spacious, with built-in cupboards. These rooms are fitted with ceiling fans. The fourth has built-in shelving and a small en suite. It is in a quiet part of the house, suitable for students/study /home office or craft room. The home has wide verandahs to two sides, a large decked area plus a covered patio surrounded by leafy garden beds. Parking is plentiful, with a circular driveway leading up to a two bay garage, plus a two bay carport to the front of the house. For those looking to store equipment or materials, there is a machinery shed, other various-sized sheds, chook pens, wood sheds, even a small hot-house. The property is fenced, with two small eparate paddocks suitable for pets.

LEONGATHA Location: 225 Old Korumburra Road Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Car Spaces: 4 Price: $495,000 (neg.) Agent: Insight Real Estate - Sole Agent Contact: 5662 2220

Peace and a prime position LOOKING for a blank canvas to work with? It is unusual to find such a large and clean parcel of land (approximately 10 acres) located so close to town. Only six and a half kilometres from Leongatha and just off the Nerrena- Dumbalk Road, this property is ideal for those looking for land to develop into a life-style property. The land is such that there are several magnificent sites suitable to build a brand new home and sheds (STCA). The property currently has a portable lock-up shed on it. The land is gently undulating and all usable. With heavy grey soils and quality pastures, it is noted for its heavy carrying capacity. It is well subdivided into three paddocks, all with near new fencing.

NERRENA Location: 650 Reilly and Allens Road Land Size: 10 acres Price: $255,000 negotiable Agent: Insight Real Estate, Leongatha Contact: 5662 2220 The water supply is a good-sized dam which makes water all the time. The well-sheltered property has young plantings of native trees designed to create windrows in the paddocks. Power is handy to the

farm. The beautiful ruralviews across the paddocks from this property are typical of South Gippsland scenery – green and lush. The vendor is willing to sell subject to a building permit becoming available.

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Picture perfect small acres I

F YOUR wish list reads: five acres with timber cottage, verandahs to relax on, sealed road less than 10kms to town, horse friendly paddocks, peaceful setting - then read on.

This three bedroom family home (master plus parent’s retreat upstairs, two more bedrooms downstairs) is set amongst low maintenance gardens. With the added bonus of a separate bungalow/studio, plus a double garage and other shedding, there’s a place for everything. The timber kitchen and open plan lounge/dining open out onto the large undercover north facing deck, with views over the surrounding countryside. Divided into three easily managed paddocks and with trees planted around the boundary, this property really does tick all the boxes for lifestyle small acreage.

MIRBOO NORTH Location: 810 Boolarra-Mirboo North Road Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Price: $420,000 Agent: Alex Scott and Staff, Leongatha Contact: 5662 0922

Lifestyle with rural income A

PPROXIMATELY 97 acres with a well kept, three bedroom weatherboard home.

This house features an updated kitchen, new carpets, built-in wardrobes in master bedroom and new

outside patio set in an easy to maintain garden. Beautiful rolling country with excellent pastures is the setting for this stunning property. Water is supplied from a large dam and reticulated to troughs with a laneway to all.

A steel stockyard with heavy duty crush and concrete floor is also included. The property is currently running 55 cows and calves. Located on a bitumen road, it is only 6kms from Mirboo North.

MIRBOO NORTH Location: 3600 Strzelecki Highway Bedrooms: 3 Bathroom: 1 Price: $875,000 Agent: SEJ Real Estate Contact: Barry Redmond on 0418 515 666

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Wonthaggi shows Anything Goes! Goes! WONTHAGGI W WO ONT NTHA HAG GGI Th GGI GG Theatre hea atr tre Gr G Grou Group rou up getting bring is s g etti et ttiting ng rready eady ea dy tto o br bri ing an ing in an-other production o ot the her spectacular spec spec sp ectta tacu tacu cula lar la ar pr p rod oduc duc uctitition on on to the stage in 2012. After the success of last year’s show Cabaret, which won the Most Outstanding Musical Award at the 2011 Gippsland Associated Theatre Awards, this year they have selected Anything Goes as their major production. The Wonthaggi production is based on the current, Tony Awardwinning Broadway revival of this perennial favourite, so it’s a fresh new production that is sure to wow the South Gippsland audience. The story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London, with a number of different stories woven into the production. Director Karen Milkins-Hendry and musical director Kirk Skinner have been directing rehearsals, and have drilled the incredibly talented local cast to the highest standard ready to hit the stage with a bang on opening night. Mr Skinner said audiences can look forward to a collection of classic hits from the 1930s and ’40s. He said in contrast to Cabaret, a darker production, Anything Goes is a musical comedy “so bright you might hope for an eclipse!” “It’s great fun with characters the audience can identify with; I think it’s a wonderful, vibrant show. Kind of like Titanic but with a happy end-

ing!” in ng! g!” he he ssaid. aid. ai id. d “It’s fun, with “I “It’ It’t s ju jjust ust st a lot lot ot of of fu un n,, w ith a lot itith lo ot of llaughs.” la aug ughs h .” Tickets are now on sale, with opening night taking play on Saturday, May 26 at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre in Graham Street, and will run for 11 performances. WTG president, David Wall, urged the public not to wait too long to buy their tickets. “We had sell out seasons for Les Miserables in 2008, West Side Story in 2009, Oliver! in 2010 and Cabaret last year – and we’ll sell out for Anything Goes as well,” he said. “We hate to turn people away, but some people still tend to wait until their friends and neighbours see the show and report back – and then it’s probably too late to get a ticket”. Performances are on Saturday, May 26 (8pm), Sunday, May 27 (2pm), Thursday, May 31 (8pm), Friday, June 1 (8pm), Saturday, June 2 (2pm and 8pm), Sunday, June 3 (5pm), Thursday, June 7 (8pm), Friday, June 8 (8pm) and Saturday, June 9 (2pm and 8pm). Ticket prices are $35 adult and $30 concession (full time students, and full Centrelink and DVA concession card holders only), and are available from the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club, 75 Graham St, Wonthaggi (5672 1083). The club is open seven days a week and credit card facilities are available.

Opening soon: be sure to secure your tickets for this great family show, opening soon in Wonthaggi. Sarah Kate Hanley as Reno Sweeney and Tim Gesell as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh rehearse a scene in Anything Goes. Photo courtesy Trevor Foon

All aboard: Sarah Hanley (centre) plays nightclub singer ‘Reno’ in Wonthaggi Theatre Group’s major production, Anything Goes, pictured here with the Angels, Kiani Liddle, Sophie Adkins, Dom Brown and Rachel Adkins.

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• Embroiderers Guild luncheon, Leongatha. • Milpara volunteers afternoon tea, Korumburra • MS walk, Leongatha.

Celebrating: Bertha Hutchinson, June McIndoe and Phyl Windsor from the Leongatha Country Group of embroiderers inspected embroidery.

Good crowd: more than 80 people participated in a walk to raise money for the MS Foundation in Leongatha recently.

Stitching together: Cheryl Launder, Glenice Wilson and Joy Mapleson enjoyed the luncheon of the Embroiderers Guild Victoria, Leongatha Country Group last Tuesday. Full story on page 46.

Cheery face: Lyn Drury enjoyed the Milpara function.

Time out: Maureen Sivyer, Ruth Cashin and Christine Ortland shared a laugh at Milpara.

Above: Friendly occasion: Nigel Chalmers and Kerry Coutts at Milpara. Left: Good friends: Beverly Smith (left) and Pauline Hopkins reflect the friendly nature of the Leongatha embroidery group.

Above: Social time: Nancy Brown and Bev Hall chat at the Milpara afternoon tea. Right: Tidying up: Syd Whyte and Sandra Webster cleaned up after the Milpara volunteers afternoon tea. Full story on page 51.

Helping hand: Nicki Belling at the Milpara function. Left: Time to chat: Marlene Rayson (left) and Patricia Hill, president of the Leongatha Art and Craft Society, catch up during the embroidery guild 25th luncheon.

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Law, what is it good for? DO you ever wonder about your legal rights and obligations?

Suryan Chandrasegaran, legal practitioner director at SRC Legal in Leongatha said that there are two main categories of law. The first sets boundaries between government and individuals. “At best, these sorts of laws can protect individual rights, such as the right to property and the right to live free from harm from others,” Mr Chandrasegaran said. “At worst, these laws can erode these rights, such as local laws that take away the right to rebuild after a house fire, and the radical Victorian abortion laws which offer no counselling or cooling off period for women, and remove conscience rights of doctors and nurses.” Local lawyers are able to help local people fight for

their rights within the law. The second category of law is those that regulate dealings between individual citizens. “For individuals, it is very important to have an up-to-date will and good succession planning in place.” “Businesses should have proper written commercial agreements in place. “If these important procedures are neglected and a dispute does arise regarding a deceased estate or within a business, it can lead to costly and risky court action.” SRC Legal is available to help people defend their rights in these sorts of circumstances, but can help more effectively if people have discussed their requirements prior to disputes arising. Suryan has had over 13 years experience working as a solicitor in the local area and is experienced in many aspects of law.

Here to help: solicitor Suryan Chandrasegaran and legal secretary Anna Mackin are on hand at SRC Legal in Leongatha to provide locals with the help and advice that they need in many aspects of law.

They’re the face of BRB’s future BEC Dowel finished school at the end of Year 11. At the age of 19, she took a job with Birch, Ross and Barlow’s Leongatha office, working in their accounts department, later becoming a full time law clerk doing probate, family law and conveyancing. One day, she walked into partner Murray Maclean’s office announcing, “I’m going to study law.” Murray was delighted – and encouraging. Bec was accepted at Monash University Clayton as a mature age student, graduating after seven years of part time study. She agreed it was a long haul, but stuck with it thanks to lots of support from her employers. “She breezed through, getting honours and distinctions,” Murray said proudly. Bec is one of three rel-

Young talent: new young lawyers at Birch, Ross and Barlow are from left, Tameaka Butler, Andrew Patterson and Bec Dowel. atively new young lawyers who are the face of BRB’s future. The others are Tameaka (Butler and Andrew Patterson. All have strong connections to the South Gippsland area. Tameaka’s from Tasmania, but her boyfriend grew up in Foster and Andrew’s grandparents Mavis and

Jackson Patterson moved to the district after World War II. He is the nephew of John and Mary Patterson of Nerrena. Andrew joined BRB last September. He was a prosecutor in Melbourne’s Children’s Court dealing with juvenile justice matters and wanted a change of environment and the chance of variety. With his expertise in

litigation, BRB welcomed him with open arms. “I’ve settled in here,” he said. “I like visiting the offices at Cowes, Wonthaggi and Korumburra and coming in from Mardan is a much more uplifting way to drive to work.” Tameaka did her practical training at Melbourne’s Leo Cussen Institute and came to BRB on placement. “We recognised talent when we saw it,” Murray said and Tameaka was offered a job. “I was very excited, I enjoy the variety of work. I like the community atmosphere and client interaction. I didn’t want to be a cog in a big wheel, it’s more personalised here.” Murray said he, John Maguire and Nicole Tyson are still at BRB as partners, “but the strength of the practice lies in fresh new talent”.

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Impressive photos: Carmel Trease (right) of Carmel Trease Photography shows mother Sue Hunter and daughter Stacey Hunter of Nyora a sample of her work taken at a number of weddings.

Taste tempting: Brent Sinclair of Brent Sinclair Catering provided all the delicious food for the wedding expo crowds.

Above: Dashing: models Simone Short and Jacob de Kunder looked great in their outfits from Panther’s Mensland and Influence on Dusk. Left: Prize winner: Tracey McClure (left) and her fiancé Dale Diggerman of Inverloch were delighted when they won third prize at The Great Southern Star Expo, a Henriettas $200 homewares package presented to them by compere Kate Adkins.

Good enquiry: Judy Edwards and her daughter Rachel Wilson of Waratah Lodge were quite impressed when they displayed for the first time at the wedding expo in Leongatha.

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Letter detective work UNEARTHING a 40-year-old time capsule resulted in a heady mixture of excitement and emotion at the Leongatha High/ Tech/Secondary College centenary celebrations.

But there was mystery too, and a number of letters taken out of the capsule await owners. One curio, with the name Maddison written across it, prompted some detective work and the case appears solved. There was no address or other form of identification, but secondary college staff member Maree Crofts knows the Maddison family and made contact. Ian Maddison of Echuca, who said he had a marvellous time catching up with old school friends at the centenary, thinks the letter (printed below) was written by his maternal grandmother Ida Ellen Maddison. She didn’t go to school in South Gippsland, but later lived in Stony Creek for many years. Ian thinks the history detailed in the letter fits his grandmother’s story. Ian’s parents Tony and Avonica (nee Wight) Maddison both went to Leongatha High. Avonica was from Grassy Spur. The letter, dated October 19, 1972 at Stony Creek, reads: “To a pupil (or pupils) forty years from now, at the Leongatha High School. Progress will certainly have altered many things, whether for better or worse, it is hard to say. I would like to see all the changes that will have been brought about, since my childhood, seventy five years ago.

Owners please: Leongatha Secondary College staff Peter McCaughan and Maree Crofts with all the time capsule letters that need owners. Maree solved the riddle of one envelope that could only be identified by one word – Maddison. I was born in 1897 and went to a tiny country school in the mountains, with tall, straight, beautiful trees, fern gullies, birds and wild flowers. Dusty roads in summer, very deep mud in winter. The settlers had only primitive tools in comparison to the mechanical age of today. The mills have taken the beautiful timber, and it is now a potato growing country. The little country school only had a table, for the teacher, and a globe of the world and an atlas on the wall – and wooden desks and forms. We played hopscotch, rounders, tip-cat, until one poor boy had his forehead badly gashed by this “cat”.

A week’s holiday at Easter, and four weeks at Christmas, to which we looked forward eagerly. And at the break-up at the end of the year, some kind person donated a tin of boiled lollies, which were strewn round for the children at the Masonic Hall, and everyone came from far and near to the Annual Concert held in November each year. We left the mountains, in nineteen hundred and twelve; and the ensueing (sic) years were overshadowed by the 1st World War – I will never forget standing in Bourke St watching the very first Gallipoli contingent marching, none under six feet, perfect specimens of manhood, and so erect, and

marching so splendidly, and I think nearly all of them lost their lives. It is forty years since we came to South Gippsland on a farm, to work up a dairy farm from practically nothing. The horse played the biggest part in those days, and all clearing done by man power and axe; the children rode ponies to school, milked cows before they went and when they came home – no made roads, mud (always mud) in winter dust in summer: Coolgardie safes, - made of hessian with strips of hessian hanging down from a tray of water; no TV; and the most exciting moment when at long last we got a wireless. But the days had peace, no noise and the scent of the bush was always with us. Most of the bush has gone; I am glad to have been able to tell you just a little of what life was, so many years ago. With good luck and good wishes to the present pupils of L.H.S. From an old-timer.” There are a number of items/letters that have not been collected from the 1972 time capsule. If you are the person(s) listed here, or you have a connection, then please contact, or visit, Leongatha Secondary College on 5662 4333. Names : Kerry Brydon; Leanne Chadwick; Peter Larsen; Vicki Dunlop; Ann Price; Peter Maloney; Karen Washfold; Wendy Jervies; Karen Zueschner; Susie Jacobsen; Jeremy Klitzing; Heather Matthews; Trevor James Robertson (x2); Kathy Hassett; Russell Brandon, Wayne Canobie, Emanuel Tumino; Wendy Sly; Roxanne Aldridge; Fenny Anninga;

Helena Rutjens, Antoinette Argento; Desiree Van der Vorm, Lucy Truscio, Debbie Sumner; Wendy Clark; Diane Balfour; Heather Hitchcock (x2); Heather, Glenn and Scott Matthews; Shane and David Mitchell; Denise Hazel Moysey; Miss M. Nicita; Ken Edwards; Peter Fitzpatrick; Bronwyn Taylor; Shirley Walker; Ronald J. Pratt; Susan Jacobson; Mr. J. A. Neave; Alan David Whittle; Julie Rixon; Louis Edward Steinfort; Rowland Ruck; John Stuchbery; Murray Pearce; Simon Pilkington; Sheryl, Neil or Jennifer Wright; H. A. G. & M. J. Pearce; Janet Susan Williams; R. A. Atkinson; Mr. G. & Misses J. & G. Baker; Ross Hulls; Bruce Hulls; Ian Hulls; Emily Kate Hodges; Benjamin Travis Lowe; Annette or John Kirby; Miss R. Lever; Stuart Allan Love; Gieter Henry Holwerda; Beth Jefferies or Ian Goldsmith; John Charles Thomas Houston; William, Heather, Christopher, Matthew Hitchcock; Andrew Michael Hester; Scott Fairbrother; David, Chris, Douglas, Stephen, Anne Gow; Lynette Clarke; Peter Benn; Bernadette Maree Bradford; Christine and Murray Cuell; Form 3F Typing class at Wonthaggi Tech, Lois Swift, Joanne Yarley, Geraldine Jeremiah, Sue Goulden, Annette Graham, Sharon Miles, Coral Brown, Sandra (Sandy) Tooley. Also individual work from Leongatha Primary School Grades 1B, 1C, 3A in 1972. A class photo for Grades 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B and 5B is available from the secondary college on request.

Trees unlike any others TREES change from one place to the next, reflecting the climate and the terrain.

Unique approach: Renovation by John Sharp.

The icons of nature are the subject of the next exhibition at Gecko Studio gallery at Fish Creek. Arboreal - Out on a Limb is a group of artists focusing on trees, and they will show their work from May 20 to June 16. The official opening will be this Sunday, May 20 from 2-5pm. Artists participating are: Susan Purdy, Rosalind Atkins, Malcolm Pettigrove, John Sharp, Ben Henry, Anne Roussac Hoyne, Christine Larsen, Andrew McPherson, Colin Bennison, Rachel Warren, Sian Adnam, Grant Flather, Helen Wilkinson and Rod Bechaz. “This exhibition arose from the

interest shown by Colin Bennison’s and Malcolm Pettigrove’s exhibitions at Gecko Studio Gallery which featured images of trees,” the gallery’s Michael Lester said. “There was an immediate and strong connection with the subject matter shown by people attending those exhibitions. It really is simple – no matter how advanced we are with our society, we all have a connection with nature, particularly as we are placing such a strain on our natural environment.”

Right: Natural subject: On a rocky hilltop. No. 3. by Colin Bennison.

Discover a great project of the world PLANT enthusiasts should not miss an exciting speech by a man renowned in the natural world at Inverloch on Sunday, May 20. Graham Morris will talk about the National Arboretum in Canberra, an ambitious project to construct 100 forests of species that are rare and endangered around the world. The arboretum is seen as a way of returning trees to the Australian Capital Territory after bushfires destroyed 500 houses and 75 per cent of natural vegetation in 2003. Mr Morris is one of the

Ready to fascinate: Graham Morris will talk about the National Arboretum in Canberra. planners involved in the project. “The arboretum is something nobody has heard of outside of Canberra

Amazing place: an artists’ impression of the National Arboretum. and over 15 years it will be one of the greatest planted projects in the world.” Mr Morris has worked as director of Healesville Sanctuary and Currumbin Sanctuary on the Gold Coast, head of Melbourne

Parks and Waterways, and also as director of Museum Victoria. He also worked on the Great Barrier Reef for three years with the Federal Government. Mr Morris will talk at the Angling Club, 88 The

Esplanade, Inverloch at 2pm, at an event hosted by the Australian Plants Society, South Gippsland Group. To find out more, contact 5674 2864 or 0409 424 655.

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Kids step up to college life GRADE 6 students from across the region interested in attending Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College from 2013 took part in an activity day recently. Around 140 students, from more

than 20 public and private sector schools, from towns including Leongatha, Inverloch, Wonthaggi, Mirboo North, Korumburra and Koo Wee Rup enjoyed the day, designed to help make the transition from primary school to secondary education easier. College deputy principal John Ryan

Good fun: Kaitlyn Casbolt, Zoe Michael and Chloe Ollington from Leongatha Primary School enjoyed their day learning about the college.

said new enrolments are coming to the school thick and fast, around 15 a day. “The school has been at capacity for the past three years; parents really want to send their kids here,” he said. “We add about 60 new students each year. Each year level has around 108 students and places for the 2013 school

year are filling fast.” With a multitude of new buildings, flexible learning environments and innovative teaching techniques, such as the use of iPads and Apple TV, it is no wonder spaces are filling rapidly. Students took part in classes and met years 7 and 9 students.

Learning and fun: Claudia Bolam and Isabella DeMaria-Ferguson from Inverloch Primary School.

Another orientation day will be held for enrolled students at the end of the year. The closing date for enrolments for the 2013 school year is May 31. People are welcome to contact the school at any stage to talk about enrolment or organise a campus tour. Phone Jenny Damon on 5662 4255.

Learning: Douglas Mancarella, Fraser Austin and Riley Fleming from Mirboo North Primary School were the only three students from the school attending the activity day.

Embroiderers celebrate 25 years By Sarah Vella THE Embroiderers Guild Victoria, Leongatha Country Group celebrated their 25th anniversary on Tuesday, May 8.

Tea party: Cathy Waldron from Meeniyan, Anita Harris from Tarwin Lower, Marg Denbrok and Leonie Gray of Mardan took the opportunity to catch up and enjoy a cup of tea and some delicious cakes and treats, all to raise money for cancer research.

Morning tea with meaning By Sarah Vella MARG Denbrok of Leongatha hosted a Cancer Council Biggest Morning tea recently to raise money for cancer research. Having been affected by cancer in many ways, Marg said she wanted to raise as much money as possible. “I raised $500 last time I did some fundraising with my pink hair, so I hope to at least get that much again.” Marg and Leonie Gray have been friends since they were very young, originally meeting at the Mardan dance.

Leonie was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and was at the morning tea on Wednesday. “Back in June 2010, I went to have a scheduled mammogram, just for a check-up,” Leonie said. “They rang in July to tell me that they had found a mass that needed further investigation. There was no lump; I couldn’t feel it. “I then had to have a biopsy, followed by two surgeries nine days apart, to remove the mass. I came through it really well. “I was diagnosed with a grade four carcinoma, and started chemotherapy in December 2010.” Chemotherapy made Leonie quite sick. She was admitted to Leongatha

Memorial Hospital twice during her therapy, suffering from leukopenia, or a low white blood cell count. Towards the end of her treatment, Leonie broke her ankle. She completed her final chemotherapy session and all of her radiation therapy sessions in a wheel chair. “It was quite a journey, but I have come through it really well. I have finally gotten over the tiredness and can get back to babysitting my grandchildren. ,” Leonie said. By the end of the morning tea, Marg had already raised $200, but will continue fundraising until the end of the month.

Catch up: from left, Bernadette Grimes from Leongatha, Marg Aeschlimann from Leongatha, Sue Martin from Leongatha and Judy Edwards from Fish Creek all took the opportunity to catch up, while enjoying their morning tea.

Members of the local group, as well as visitors from Melbourne, including the president of the Embroiderers Guild Victoria, Latrobe and Flinders groups attended the luncheon. The luncheon also provided the perfect opportunity to unveil the group’s 25th anniversary banner. Every member of the Leongatha group participated in the creation of the banner, with secretary Helen Williams putting the final product together. Leongatha group leader Penny Wolswinkel was delighted with the finished banner. “We like to challenge ourselves. The banner includes a large number

Amazing embroidery: from left, Leongatha group leader, Penny Wolswinkel, secretary Helen Williams and president of the Embroiderers Guild Victoria, Margaret Ridland with the 25th anniversary banner unveiled during the celebratory luncheon on Tuesday, May 8. of techniques, with every member contributing to the final piece,” she said. The Leongatha group of the Embroiderers Guild meets on the second Tues-

day of the month, at the Uniting Church on Peart Street. “We are always looking for new members and we welcome people of any ability. We were

all beginners once,” Ms Wolswinkel said. “We are here to embrace and encourage all things embroidery.” • More photos in Social Scene on page 42.

Mayor’s message Cr Warren Raabe THIS week is Volunteers Week when we celebrate the outstanding contribution volunteers make to the community. Over 600 volunteers support Council to deliver vital services and we are so indebted to them – thank you to you all. Volunteering is second nature in strong communities, whether it be umpiring at junior sports, manning the sausage sizzle or developing funding applications for a local group, and you would be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t engaged in some level of volunteer activity. It is a fantastic way to become involved in your community and meet people from all walks of life. Having said that, we are always looking for more volunteers to deliver meals on wheels and drive clients to medical appointments etc, so please call us on 5662 9200 if you can spare a few hours. I remind you that Council’s draft Budget and Annual Plan are cur-

rently on public exhibition and this is the critical time to make comment if you wish. They are now on display at Council, on our website and at local libraries, and submissions can be lodged up to May 23. With the recent finalisation of this year’s Priority Projects, the CEO and I have started our annual visits to State and Federal politicians to present our cases to secure support and funding for these projects. Last week we met with the Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and on Monday with our Federal Member Russell Broadbent. The politicians appreciate these sessions as it gives them an understanding of Council’s priorities for the upcoming financial year. We were pleased to partner with Bass Coast on Sunday to present a Gambling Awareness Week event. Held in Victoria since 2006, the Awareness Week aims to raise com-

munity awareness of the importance of responsible gambling practices at a personal, venue and community level and to encourage individuals to seek help to minimise gambling related harm. To ensure that gambling remains simply a source of entertainment, always remember to set yourself a limit and don’t exceed it; take only the amount of cash you plan to spend; and don’t let gambling take over your life. Another outstanding Mirboo North Arty Gras/ Art Show was held at the weekend. Events like this are so much more than just entertainment they strengthen the community fabric, and capitalise on the skills and teamwork of many individuals and groups. Cr Warren Raabe Mayor

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

Careerwise, you may find that a more traditional approach appeals to your superiors. Don’t be experimental just to be different. Some good financial news may arrive this week. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

Hunches are generally strong, especially those related to career prospects. Overseas correspondence encourages you to shape your own travel plans. A research project brings some surprises. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

Your charisma helps you avoid some tricky situations this week, at home or at work - but don’t count on it exclusively. You are very popular at present and you receive a series of invitations. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

Careful planning may help you avoid a financial snag. Watch a tendency to take risks - you are in an adventurous mood. Your creative energies are high and your efforts could win you high praise. LEO - July 23 - August 22

A trusted friend can help you out of a rut. You begin to feel more ambitious this week, but work accordingly to a plan. Romance accents its whimsical side. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

Tackling large jobs is your current strength. The simple tasks may present unexpected problems. This is a good time for getting in touch with friends who have drifted away. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

Your energy level is generally high, but avoid over extending yourself. You can be somewhat gullible so don’t believe every strange tale you hear right now. An award bonus may arrive by the end of the week. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

You may find friends to be a little argumentative. Do your best to remain objective. A loved one is more willing to co-operate in a joint venture. Academic advancement is highlighted. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

A dull job suddenly becomes much more interesting. Your social life is livelier too. A friend may become suddenly possessive - try to nip the problem in the bud. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

Transportation and communication problems are starting to end. Your independent streak is surfacing, but try to include your partner in your plans. You have a knack of excluding those who could be the most helpful. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

You can boost your partner’s sagging confidence and encourage children to realise their potential. An interesting financial option could require further research before you make a definite decision. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

This is an excellent week for presenting your proposals. Your instincts are sharp, especially in domestic matters. A happy romantic trend continues through the week and at the end of the week a recent mystery is solved. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

You are a devoted friend and family member, but shun the praise for doing what you think is just the right thing. Your wit sometimes hurts others - until they realise there is nothing personal intended. Put your quick wit to practical use - perhaps taking on a public speaking role.

Church Times ANGLICAN: Wednesday, May 16: 9.30am Woorayl Lodge HC; 10.15am Koorooman House HC; 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Friday, May 18: 7.30pm St David’s, Meeniyan HC. Sunday, May 20: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Contemporary Worship with HC. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Mirboo North. Phone 5668 1346. Holy Communion 8.30am: Worship and Sunday School 10am. ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Korumburra: Sunday 9.30am and Wednesday 11.30am. Poowong: Second and fourth Sundays, 11am. ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi. Sunday, 9.30am Eucharist, 11am Family Service, Wednesday 10am Eucharist. Anglican Church of the Ascension: The Crescent, Inverloch. Sunday 9am Eucharist, Tuesday 10am Eucharist. For details of Community Meal, Youth Group, Bible Studies & Kids Club, contact Rev. Graeme Peters 5672 4590 or visit www. AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (AOG): Prom Coast Community Church Inc. - Foster Community House, Station Street, 10am: Sunday. Sunday School and Creche operates. Pastor Bill Watson 5686 2248. A.O.G. Inverloch - Cnr Bear and McIntosh Street, Inverloch. Sunday Service 10am; Imagine Christmas Day Service 9am. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, 10am: Sunday. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: Pastor Rob Davey 5625 3226. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Equip Church - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Sunday service 10am. Contact: John 0408 305 880. Wonthaggi A.O.G. - Billson Street, 10am: Sunday. Contact: Pastor Barry Smith 5672 3984. CHRISTIAN REVIVAL CRUSADE: 40 Hughes Street, Leongatha. Sunday, Morning Service 10.30 am: Inspirational Service, 6.30pm: Children’s Church 10.30am: Home cells weekly. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455. THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES CREEK: Every first Sunday of the month. Sunday morning 11am 12.30pm. Fun and games, all ages, all are welcome. Phone: Ps. Chris Chetland 5678 7692, 0447 724 989. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Saturdays, Church service 10am., Leongatha Sabbath School - 11.30am.

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

CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH: Reformed Church meeting at the corner of Peart and Brown Streets. Sunday family service at 10.30am. (10am daylight saving time), creche and Sunday School available. All Sunday evening services at 5pm. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2527. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, May 20, 10am (HC). Tarwin Lower: 10.30am. Mirboo North: 9.30am. Meeniyan: 10am. Wonthaggi: Sunday 9.30am, Family Service, all welcome. Inverloch: Sunday 11am: Korumburra: Sunday, 9.30am: Rev. Pastors Gavin and Sue Sharp, 5655 1997. Arawata: 11.30am 1st & 3rd Sundays. Kongwak: 11.30am 4th Sunday. BAPTIST CHURCH KORUMBURRA: 39 Mine Rd, Korumburra. Service and Sunday School 10.30am. Pastor Ian Wilkinson. Phone 5658 1366. BAPTIST CHURCH WONTHAGGI: Cnr McBride & Broome Crescent, Wonthaggi. Morning Service & Children’s Activities, Sunday 10am. Weekly activities see www., Pastor Geoff Pegler 5672 4769. MEENIYAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Sunday, 10am: Meeniyan Youth Club Hall. COMBINED CHURCHES WONTHAGGI / INVERLOCH: 4th Sunday each month at 7pm. SCOTS PIONEER CHURCH: Mardan South. Pleasant Sunday Afternoons on the last Sunday of each month at 2pm. See occasional ad in this paper for details. For enquiries phone 5664 9306. FISH CREEK UNION CHURCH: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 9am; 2nd & 4th Sundays, 7pm. Contacts: Fran Grimes 5683 2650, Sue Poletti 5663 6325.


1. 6. 8. 9. 10. 11. 13. 15. 17. 19. 22. 23. 24. 25.

ACROSS Direct (8) Dwell (4) Den (4) Sneak (4-4) Poor (5) Ruffian (6) Stop (6) Decoration (6) Behind (6) Fly (5) Plot (8) Labour (4) Fit (4) Aphid (8)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 12. 14. 16. 18. 20. 21.

DOWN Commerce (5) Shorten (7) Entrance (4) Stand (8) Plant (5) Settlement (7) Prestige (8) Give back (7) Infatuated (7) Stand (5) Cook (5) Dog (informal) (4)

CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8325 ACROSS 1. Gets all the notes in order? (8). 6. Tip to get a table (4). 8. A voice there’s something fishy about? (4). 9. Break the key to the rear, somehow (8). 10. Gather it’s the fool’s confession (5). 11. Jack, by the way, is not at home (6). 13. Father, as usual, and child (6). 15. As a little girl, she had been helped to (6). 17. Twist and turn to catch the soldier (6). 19. See what the pickpocket’s after? (5). 22. Give erroneous facts about spinstership, say (8). 23. Sign for the mattress cover (4). 24. The head’s return does knock one for a loop (4). 25. From the sea moved one to a loch: simplicity itself (8). DOWN 2. The actual figure for the region (5). 3. Gives a hand when the twit is taking up the road (7). 4. A desert big and sprawling with nothing in it (4). 5. Puts up the charge, getting in waiters (8). 6. Afterwards came the long-awaited rain (5). 7. Notice the attendant exudation (7). 12. Flood from which I and the girl-friend protect the sister (8). 14. Make a score, say (7). 16. Fight a coloured, tough fellow (7). 18. Hear he abandoned the child and that’s a crime (5). 20. Heaps of birds (5). 21. They hum the keys for you to hear (4).

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Teachers came back for more THE Leongatha high and tech schools and secondary college must have been happy places for lots of students because quite a few returned to teach.

They were all looking forward to the school’s centenary celebrations recently. The teachers include Craig Anderson who completed all his secondary education at the tech. After graduating with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, he pursued a career in that field before changing his mind. He has taught physics at Leongatha Secondary College for eight years. The Goss/Challis/Crawford families have a long tradition with secondary education in Leongatha. Jenny Goss’s mother Anne Challis and aunt Jean Crawford, taught at the high and tech schools respectively. A

Bachelor of Business took Jenny into insurance broking and she has been back at the secondary college for nine years. Michelle Dal Masetto came from Meeniyan and attended the high school as a teenager. She appeared in Lyric Theatre and FAMDA productions, with roles in Annie, Grease and Man of La Mancha inspiring her love of drama. She qualified as a drama teacher and taught in Melbourne schools, but says her return to Leongatha “was inevitable as everything was here”. For her, teaching in her home area “is just the best”. Library technician Kathleen Smith was pleased to be able to return to her home area and work at her former school. As a student, she joined the arts stream at the tech and says teachers such as Graeme Featherstone and Paul Satchwell encouraged her to go to university. She

In the family: two of Bill and Joy Hoy’s four children became teachers, following in their mother’s footsteps. Joy came back to her home town after training in Ballarat as a state school teacher. In line with government policy, she had to resign from the Education Department when she married. Photo by Tammy Lee Photography. lived and worked in Melbourne before coming back to South Gippsland. Jamie Cummins didn’t like school, but in Year 12 at Leongatha Tech, he met teachers such as Steve Murphy “who changed my life and my goals forever”. That helped open Jamie’s eyes “to opportunities I never thought were possible”. He’s back at the secondary college as an art teacher. Reece Braumann came to Leongatha Secondary College in 2002 and never left. As an IT technician, he can’t quite believe he has now been there for 10 years. Joy Hoy (nee Watson) was born in Leongatha. She attended Leongatha State School but didn’t start until she was six because the school was closed for some time due to a polio epidemic. Training at Ballarat Teachers College was followed by a number of brief

appointments at South Gippsland schools before Joy joined the state school staff. That was in 1954, when the school consisted of three Bristol buildings housing classes of 50. “It was challenging!”Joy declared. She was promoted to Inverloch at the end of 1957. Those were also the days when women had to resign from the Education Department when they married. Bill and Joy Hoy farmed for 50 years just out of Leongatha and their four children went through the primary school, high and tech. Cathy and Jen are teachers, with Jen an assistant principal. David works at Hulls Engineering and John has taken a mid-life career change by joining the Navy.

Changed: teachers can make all the difference. Jamie Cummins (left) didn’t like school until some of his Year 12 teachers opened his mind to life’s possibilities. He’s an art teacher at the secondary college. With him are Al Whitmore who has taught at the school for 30 years and library technician Kathleen Smith.

Family: Darryl Hunt went to Leongatha High between 1960 and 1964. He did an apprenticeship at Gleeson Motors and joined Leongatha Tech as a teacher in 1977. Ten years later, he became an apprentice instructor at TAFE. He married fellow former student Judy Gardner, who worked in the high school office during the 1960s. Their children Andrew and Michelle went to the secondary college.

Toora Art Group talent on display Meals roster (Leongatha) Mary MacKillop College and Catholic Women’s League (all week), TAFE (Mon), National Bank (Tues), SG Specialist School (Wed), Mr and Mrs Hogan (Thurs, Fri ) will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning May 21, 2012.

THE TALENTED ladies from the Toora Art Group are the latest artists exhibiting their work at Mushroom Gallery at Leongatha. Four ladies have contributed their artworks to the exhibition, with their skills and styles varying. Stephanie Deutschbein (Spollett) studied art for three years, however decided to begin studying and training for general nursing.

Marriage, children, a career and running a small farm, and Stephanie found little time for painting. “There was no time for art until the last few years when I have made time to take up where I left off,” she said. “My preference is working in oils and at present I am striving to develop a more contemporary style.” Lynette Hill has always loved drawing and from a young age took every opportunity she could to draw. Despite her only tuition being high school art class, she started to play with oil paints in her early 20s. Marriage and children put art on hold for two decades, but she returned to her passion in 2005 after receiving art supplies as a Christmas gift. As a member of the Toora Art Group, she continues to learn and still sketches as well as paints with acrylics. Deb Peck’s interest in art began when she took a sketch pad along when

Toora Art Group: Lynette Hill and Stephanie Deutschbien with paintings at Mushroom Gallery, including At the Exhibition by Stephanie and Birds of Paradise by Deb Peck. minding cows as a teenager. As a young wife, she helped design and build the family home and worked as a dressmaker. After moving to Toora, she continued to fine-tune her drawing skills and took up watercolour painting. Marilynne Zanelle always intended to make art

her career, but was “waylaid by several of life’s other distractions”. She has always drawn and been fascinated by paper crafts. Now a resident of Toora, Marilynne is a member of the Toora Art Group. Workshops with local artists have also extended her skills, especially in drawing.

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Waratah link to Williams’ exhibition A PAINTING of Waratah Bay by the great Australian artist Fred Williams is in the first major retrospective exhibition of his work in over 25 years.

The National Gallery of Victoria is hosting Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons, showcasing more than 100 works drawn from public and private collections in Australia and overseas, including many works that have never been on public display before. The exhibition highlights Williams’s strength as a landscape artist including important oil paintings and luminous gouaches that reveal his distinctive approach, and his ability to poetically convey a feeling of place. Frances Lindsay, deputy director NGV, said: “This is a rare opportunity for visitors to see a comprehensive retrospective of this seminal Australian artist. “In the late 1950s

Above: Unique approach: Latrobe Valley artist Lea Jones won the open popular choice section of the Great Southern Portrait Prize at Foster with Emerging through the art. The oil painting depicts Ronald Edwards. Photo: Abigail van Rooyen.

Local connection: Fred Williams’ Lightning storm, Waratah Bay 1971-72, oil on canvas, is now on show at the National Gallery of Victoria. Williams was determined to paint what was widely considered a hopelessly outdated subject. In doing so he redefined how Australians view and understand our unique landscapes and became one of the most important Australian artists of the twentieth century.” Visitors to the

exhibition will engage with a stunning range of Williams’s paintings inspired by unique Australian locations, from Upwey in Victoria to the Pilbara in Western Australia and Weipa in North Queensland. Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons will be on display at The Ian Potter

Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, 10am– 5pm (closed Mondays), from April 7–July 22. For more information about the range of informative programs that accompany the exhibition or to buy tickets online please visit www.ngv.vic.

Young insight: Port Franklin artist Chloe Wood won the junior popular choice section of the Great Southern Portrait Prize with Hayley. The 14-year-old painted the acrylic on canvas. Photo: Jocelyn Wood.

Hairdressers learn new tricks SIX local hair salons recently attended a product demonstration for an exciting new development in hair care systems.

Representatives of Australianowned hair care system, bhave, presented the benefits of its product range which is free from nasties like parabens, sodium chloride and sulphates. The event was co-ordinated by the GippsTAFE Leongatha Campus Hairdressing Department and held within their modern new salon facilities. The demonstration provided hairdressing students with a unique opportunity to mix with local salon representatives and to get a glimpse of another side of this professional and dynamic industry. Organiser and GippsTAFE teacher Jacki Deering was thrilled to see such enthusiastic participation from local industry and students alike. “It’s great to see an event like this bringing together our local salons, future hairdressers and industry specialists on our home turf,”

Thanks volunteers: MPs NATIONAL Volunteer Week from May 14-20 is an important time to celebrate the work of the many volunteers in Bass Coast and the vital contribution they make to the community, Bass MLA Ken Smith said.

Trade tips: GippsTAFE hairdressing teacher Catherine Waldron with students Donna Gardener and Sasha Argento, both studying a Certificate III in Hairdressing. she said. “Often students would be expected to travel to Melbourne to take

part in demonstrations like these. They have really gotten involved and enjoyed this opportunity.”

Camera, water, action! SOUTH Gippsland Water proudly supports the international Savewater! Awards. As an alliance member with Savewater! South Gippsland Water would love to see members of the community recognised for their water saving achievements. Now in its tenth year, the awards keep growing with sections open internationally. The Savewater! Awards have emerged

as Australia’s leading awards for sustainable living and water efficiency. Awards will be presented in a number of categories and with three international categories including: • Australian Achiever; • business; • community groups; • educational institutions; • government; • photographic award (open internationally); • product innovations (open internationally);

and • water utilities (open internationally). To encourage local students to participate in this year’s awards, South Gippsland Water will be running its own additional photographic competition. Any student who enters the Savewater! Awards photographic competition by uploading their photo online will automatically be entered into our local competition. In addition to being

in the running for great national prizes, local students will be in the running to win prizes from South Gippsland Water. Entries for the Savewater! Awards are now open and close 5pm (AEST) on Friday, July 20. For further information, or to enter the Savewater! Awards, visit Winners are announced at a gala ceremony to be held in Melbourne in October.

“Volunteers are the heart and soul of our community,” he said. “Without the assistance of volunteers, our lives would not be as enriched. We would be poorer for not having shared the experience and those who need some assistance would not have had the opportunity to participate and grow.” Mr Smith thanked the many people in Bass Coast who donated their time and shared their skills and support to help out those in need. “Whether it be checking that someone has received the extra care they require, caring for animals in need, managing a community group, delivering meals on wheels, visiting the sick and injured, working to protect our environment or any one of the thousands of jobs our volunteers do on a daily basis, you are appreciated,” he said. “Volunteering is a worldwide activity. You hear of some people travelling to less fortunate countries opening orphanages, providing

• Bass Smith.



water where there is none and doing loads of good work in Third World countries which is marvellous, but the volunteers we have in Bass Coast helping our poor and needy people are just as important. “Our animal shelters are full to capacity and we have people volunteering to take some home to care for them. We have volunteers building fences, digging dams and reading books to those who can’t read. These people are our local heroes and are to be commended. “Volunteering is a great way to meet people, to fill in some time, pass on your knowledge or just help those in need. “Volunteers often gain as much pleasure as those who receive. It can provide friendship and lasting relationships which enhance our lives. If you have a gap which needs filling, put your hand up to volunteer and make a

• Deputy Premier Peter Ryan. difference to someone’s life.” Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan thanked Victorian volunteers for all their hard work and important support. “More than 1.5 million Victorians provide an invaluable service to their communities through the important volunteer work that they do,” he said. “In addition to saying thanks to our many wonderful volunteers, National Volunteer Week serves as a great occasion to consider giving volunteering a go and I encourage everyone to visit Victoria’s Volunteering Portal and have a look at the opportunities on offer.” The Volunteering Portal provides access to a range of practical information, lists volunteering opportunities and shares the stories of numerous Victorian volunteers.

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Are you in the right zone? DO you know what zone you are living in?

Probably not, but for a small group of people, living at Sandy Point, it is of paramount importance. Sandy Point was originally just an area of native scrub and farmland. Then in the 1960s along came Playground Estates and Sandy Point was divided into approximately 800 blocks and zoned Residential. A while later, much larger blocks of land of one hectare or more, were offered for sale just outside the boundaries of the township and these were zoned as Rural Living, with the intention of them still being ‘farmed’ like the land around them, even though in practice this is not a viable option. These properties, approximately 17, along the Sandy Point/Inlet Road, and around Tilikum and Aqua

courts, are now regarded as being part of Sandy Point. That is the way the present day residents, most of whom are permanent residents and some of whom are holiday home owners, also view themselves. At the time of purchase they were all looking for somewhere with more land than the blocks within the town boundaries and these large Rural Living blocks were their only alternative. Being much younger in those days and as such, not looking far ahead into the future, these purchasers were not then concerned about the size of land to maintain or its zoning. However, being much older and wiser now, they are becoming very concerned about the future, and having heard South Gippsland Shire Council is considering a Strategic

Planning Review of Rural Living Zoning. The residents are in favour of this happening. In the Rural Living Zone, owners cannot do anything to decrease the size of their property. It is possible to build another house, but they cannot sell that house or any part of the land. The majority of the property owners affected by the Rural Living Zone do not necessarily want to alter the size of their land immediately. However in the future, they would find it an essential thing to do and would then need the opportunity to be able to do so. They are not thinking of small residential size blocks but something in-between where buyers would still have the feeling of open space and country around them.

Taking interest: Sandy Point residents Etta and Rueben Stewart, Patricia and Michael Beckhurst, Alan Lacey and Rob O’Sullivan discuss zoning.

Gold fever sweeps through Nyora by Kelly Hunter GOLD fever has hit Nyora Primary School with Grade Prep, 1 and 2 students striking it rich in the school sandpit.

Garden occasion: Luke Palmer and Jenna Pinkerton, with their daughter Sienna Rose. Photographer: Morgan Fisher.

Country honeymoon

LUKE Palmer and Jenna Rose Pinkerton escaped to a country resort at Alexandra after their Korumburra wedding. The couple exchanged vows in a beautiful garden on March 24. Jenna is the second daughter of Geraldine and Michael Pinkerton of Korumburra, and Luke is the son of Leanne and Andrew Taylor of Mirboo North. The bride was attended by matron of honour Nicole Duncan and bridesmaids Karen Muir and Cara McSweeney. Jenna wore a white strapless dress with a beaded bodice and beautiful lace motifs scattered over the gown, with a gathered cathedral long train and lace trimming at front. She carried red roses. Her bridesmaids wore long evening

red dresses and carried white roses. Luke was attended by best man Brett Palmer and groomsmen Eugene Crutchfield and Peter Lea, all wearing grey tailored suits. Celebrant Cam Abood officiated at the ceremony, which was followed by a reception at the Dakers Centre in Leongatha catered by Jenna’s brother, chef Ryan Pinkerton. The first dance was a surprise dance in which the groom and bride took part in a dance off. The couple enjoyed a few nights’ stay in cottages at a resort near Alexandra, given to them by Peter Witherow. Luke and Jenna will continue to live in their Korumburra home with daughter Sienna Rose, one.

The prospecting youngsters unearthed imitation gold nuggets as they experienced firsthand the trials, tribulations and celebrations of the Victorian gold rush era. With their 30 day prospecting licences paid for and their small claims sites marked out, the hopeful group set to work, digging and sifting through their sandy plot. South Gippsland skies provided frosty temperatures and constant drizzling rain, making the experience all the more authentic to that of the 1850s Ballarat Goldfields. Nuggets were quickly stowed away in their gold sacks and hidden inside pockets, shirts and socks as they kept an eye out for bush rangers who might rob them of their loot. Gold Commissioners or ‘Joes’ as they were re-

ferred to by the diggers, visited the site to check the validity of licences, while troopers kept law and order. When the rush was over and the site had been picked clean, the prospectors gathered with their Grade 5 and 6 buddies to weigh their gold. Blessed with the technology of today, classroom netbook computers were used to convert grams to ounces and check the current price of gold on the internet. The Nyora Gold Rush forms part of a student generated learning unit on money. Classroom facilitators Kelly Hunter and Robin Kuzma provided students with opportunities to experiment, explore and find the answers to the many interesting questions they had about money and its origins. Students have studied international currency, made money orientated games which reinforce their understanding of maths concepts and experienced trading. A penny from the early 1900s marks the start of

There’s gold: Nyora Primary School student Laura Yendle strikes it rich in a re-enactment of the days of the Victorian Gold Rush. their coin collection and students have made their very own personalised bank notes. The excitement of the find was matched only by the jubilant cheers as each student found out exactly

how rich they had become. And what would some of these youngsters spend their sudden wealth on? Ebony, aged five would like to buy a horse, while Tyler, aged six would like to buy a new dirtbike.

Auditors approve water quality SOUTH Gippsland Water has just completed its Department of Health, regulatory bi-annual audit of its Drinking Water Management System (DWMS) which is used to manage water quality. This process involves having external auditors review South Gippsland Water’s processes, procedures and reports pertaining to water quality for the preceding two years. South Gippsland Water supplies high quality drinking water to 21 townships across the region and the water quality team led by Bryan Chatelier ensures the water coming out of the tap complies with all governing regulations,

Close watch: Megan Hoskins of South Gippsland Water collects a water sample from the mains to send to the laboratory in Melbourne for testing. including the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Australian Drinking Water and Department of Human Services Guidelines.

South Gippsland Water takes its water quality and water testing regime seriously. The corporation regularly tests water quality

throughout its systems. Each week, more than 200 tests are completed by an independent laboratory and water is taken from 90 locations through out the water supply network. The water is sent to laboratories in Melbourne where it is tested for microbiological activity, physico-chemical parameters and any byproducts that may remain as a result of the treatment process. South Gippsland Water managing director Philippe du Plessis said: “Water quality testing is an important quality program within South Gippsland Water’s operations. All results from annual and monthly testing can be found on www.sgwater. or by contacting customer service on 1300 851 636.

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Milpara Community House news

MILPARA celebrated Neighbourhood House Week and National Volunteers week with a thank you afternoon tea for our volunteers on Wednesday, May 9. Our volunteers are the keystone of our organisation and without them we would not be able to offer many of the classes and services that we do. **** Limited places are still available for adult literacy and numeracy classes. Get personalised help with reading and writing and/or numeracy with a qualified teacher to get you on the right path and gain confidence. One on one tutoring is available on Mondays, please call Sandra or Belinda on 5655 2524 for further enquiries and to book your place. **** An Excel spreadsheets course will be held over three Thursdays, commencing on May 17 from 6pm to 9pm. Learn how to create tables, invoices, budgets and graphs. **** An Introduction to Community Services course will help you make the right choice if you are thinking of enrolling in any of the following courses – Aged Care, Home and Community Care, Disability, Child Care or Community Services. This course will be held over four days: May 24 and 31, June 14 and 21 from 9.30am to 3pm **** Would you like to learn how to use your digital camera and get the results that you would like? A class in digital photography held over two Wednesdays commencing on May 16 may interest you. Or would you like to learn how to import photos into your computer and edit them and scan and restore

old photos? A class in photo editing will be held over three Wednesdays commencing on May 30. Please contact Milpara on 5655 2524 to book your place. **** Do you have teenagers? Psychologist Terry Guilford tells how to better deal with changes in behaviour, moodiness, defiance, anger and loss of self esteem. Girls session held on Tuesday May 22 and Boys session held on Tuesday, May 29 from 7pm to 9pm. Limited places available, please call Milpara to book your place. **** A Get to Know Your IPad session will be held on Monday, May 28 from 7pm to 9pm. **** English for Migrants classes will help you learn to read, write and speak English with confidence. Classes are held on Tuesdays from 10am to noon and Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm. **** Korumburra Playgroup meets at Milpara every Friday morning from 10am during school terms. Mums, dads, grandparents and carers are welcome to attend with their pre-school children to have fun with a huge range of toys and activities. Playgroup is a great opportunity for parents and children to make new friends. **** For the Blokes is a men’s discussion group which meets at Milpara every Friday morning during school terms. For further information please contact Colin on 5655 2510 or leave a message on 0428 520 034.

Yum, yum: Milpara volunteers enjoyed a celebratory afternoon tea last Wednesday.

From pages past

Historical snippets from The Star 30 years ago, May 18, 1982 WOORAYL Shire Council will still try to press ahead with a street scheme in Inverloch, despite a stream of objections. Up to 100 letters sent to council declared that the scheme was unnecessary and expensive. 10 years ago, May 14, 2002 VICROADS does not think that a heavy vehicle bypass is the answer to Leongatha’s traffic problems and wants to look more closely at the town’s overall traffic worries. That view has been expressed by VicRoads CEO Mr David Anderson who met recently with South Gippsland Shire representatives. **** THE centre of Wonthaggi will be revamped after the State Government announced $250,000

for streetscape works. The major upgrade of McBride Avenue will feature landscaping, road works and new seating and lighting from Edgar Street to Murray Street. 5 years ago, May 15, 2007 DRUGS, including ice, ecstasy and marijuana are being sold on the streets of Leongatha. A senior drug and alcohol worker last week told The Star that “anecdotal evidence from people working in the sector” pointed to areas near Leongatha’s post office and hospital, as well as popular after-dark locale, as the hard-drug hot spots. **** THE message was clear: leave Leongatha Memorial Hall in the hands of the public and let the volunteers and the community be. More than 350 people rallied last Wednesday against pro-

posals by South Gippsland Shire Council to relocate council staff to the hall to address a shortage of office space. 1 year ago, May 17, 2011 HAIL, biting wind and driving rain characterised South Gippsland’s weather in the past week. The winter blast has made the pot holes worse, had us rummaging for our woollies, thermals and umbrellas and running for cover through driving rain. **** A MESSAGE written by an Inverloch woman as a 12-year-old girl has been discovered floating in the Murray River. Robyn Butler was living in Swan Hill in August 1986, when on the spur of the moment, she and her twin sister Susie wrote messages on paper, put them in lemonade bottles and tossed them into the mighty river.

Kicking heels up: Gatha Rock dancers present $1000 to Tony Lindhard of the Leongatha State Emergency Service.

Dancers rock GATHA Rock members not only know how to carve the dance floor but also give to the community. The rock’n’roll dancers gave

$1000 to the Leongatha unit of the State Emergency Service. Funds were accumulated during weekly dance lessons. Unit controller Tony Lindhard was surprised by the donation and

said the funds would go towards extending the SES building. The dancers also presented the cancer unit of Leongatha Memorial Hospital with $1000, also as a result of proceeds from weekly lessons.

Swimming pool plans ahead COUNCIL officers will be seeking the more information about the Korumburra and Mirboo North Swimming Pools before considering their upgrades. The Aquatic Master Plans for the pools will take into account what needs to be done at the pools according to recreation officer Ian Murphy. “We’ll do some further consultation with the community and the pool committee about some improvements they’d like to see happen at the pool,” he said. “We’ll also do some further investigation into the condition of a few bits and pieces to see if they need to be fixed up or replaced.” An overall plan of the facility will then be draw up. “This will include what we propose to do and how much money it will cost,” Mr Murphy said. “Then we will be utilising that for some state gov-

ernment funds or for some money from anyone else who would want to give money towards it.” These plans won’t result in to any on ground works immediately but will be utilized to develop the more detailed plans and be a tool for council to secure

funding. Mr Murphy said there is a chance that required works may be beyond funding capabilities but that it’s unlikely. “I suppose there’s part of it that once we figure out what we want to do and what the cost will be

I suppose that it’s viable to spend that money on the facility,” he said. “But I don’t see that as a big part of what the master plan is looking at and I don’t think these works will trigger any of the trigger points at all.”

RUBY Sue Lia was born at Leongatha Memorial Hospital on May 7 to Connie and Frank Lia of Mirboo North. Ruby is a sister for Miley Sienna, 20 months.

Mirboo North bus still running FOR the past 11 months, the Mirboo North RSL Community Bus has been operating a weekly service each Friday from Mirboo North via Dumbalk to Leongatha and return. This trial was supported with a subsidy from South Gippsland Shire’s Transport Connections with oversight by the Dumbalk and District Progress Association. This trial ceased at the end of April and along with it, the subsidy from Transport Connections. All concerned recogn-

ise the importance of this service for the residents of Dumbalk and Mirboo North. The service will continue with the assistance of a grant from Leongatha RSL and with changes to the frequency and timings as concluded from the trial. From the first week of May 2012, the service will operate on every odd Friday of the month. In most cases, that means the first and third Friday of each month, but with the addition of a fifth Friday whenever that appears in a given month. The service will operate on normal public holidays,

but not on Good Friday or Anzac Day or Christmas Day should either of the latter occur on a Friday. The new schedule is as follows: • 11.10am - depart Mirboo North Car Park (opposite Old Shire Hall) • 11.30am - depart Dumbalk (opposite general store) • 11.50 am - arrive Leongatha (Dakers Centre and RSL bus stand) • 3pm - depart Leongatha (RSL and Dakers Centre) • 3.20pm - depart Dumbalk (general store) • 3.40pm - arrive Mirboo North (car-park).

The $2 donation for the trip each way remains unchanged. This continuing service is supported by: Leongatha RSL, Mirboo North RSL Community Bus, 5668 2704 and Dumbalk and District Progress Association, 5664 4344.

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Art and heart at Toora THE Toora Primary School leadership team invited some local artists to their school to a morning tea recently, to discuss the artwork for the new panels at the front of the grounds.

The visiting artists, Hannah Tanner, Bev Smallwood and Lisa Kennedy collaborated with the team and gave their ideas about what they would suggest for the panels. The student leadership team will now consult each class, who will have one panel each to paint, about what they would like to see depicted on their panel. The artists will return to the school in the coming weeks for another meeting with the leadership team and then the artwork will begin. The students will be painting the panels under the supervision of Hannah, Bev and Lisa. Toora Primary School will be participating in the 2012 Jump Rope for Heart Program. The entire student

body will be jumping rope, in order to raise money to help research a cure for heart disease. The jump off day for the Toora school will be held on Thursday, May

31, when they invite family and friends to come along and watch while they skip their way into heart research and have a lot of fun at the same time.

Anybody who would like to watch the fun, or even join in are welcome and are asked to wear red on the day to promote the Heart Foundation.

In the hot seat: Rebecca Kraner, Liam O’Neil, Jessica O’Neil and Kiarnah Kraner in the front seat of a CFA tanker at the Fish Creek CFA open day. Fresh art: as part of the Grade 6 leadership team, Rochelle Storr, Leah Ross, Ashley Hewson and Cody Migliorisi are helping to organise the artworks that will be painted on these panels at their school. They have enlisted the help of three local artists to help with the project.

Jump rope: all students will be involved in the Jump Rope for Heart program, happening at Toora Primary School on Thursday, May 31. These students from left, Ebony Corr, Seth Tanner, Tamzin Kennedy-Watterson and Morgan Cook are getting ready for the big day.

Future fireman: Joseph Bayer and Tristan Jarred checked out the fire trucks at the Fish Creek CFA open day recently.

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Final flutter for egg producer By Sarah Vella

MEG Parkinson, a free range egg farmer from Fish Creek, has decided that her third attempt at vying for the Victorian Farmers Federation presidency will probably be her last. Meg was overlooked for the top job, with grain grower Peter Tuohey being named president at the VFF’s annual conference held in Bendigo on April 20. “For the first time ever, every farmer-member of the VFF had the opportunity to vote to elect their leadership team,” Mrs Parkinson said. “It was a different system and it can take a few years for people to get used to it.” While she is disappointed that she missed out on the presidency this time, Mrs Parkinson is still passionate about furthering agriculture. “I suppose my vision for agriculture is to have more young people wanting to become involved, because it’s a viable thing to be a part of,” she said in an interview prior to the election. “Obviously if you get more young people involved in agriculture, then it should follow that there’ll be more young people involved in the VFF.” Meg is currently president of VFF industrial association and chair of the workplace relations committee. She is involved with Primary Skills Victoria and is the FarmSafe Victoria chair and a member of the National Farmers Federation workplace relations committee. She is also a member of the VFF water council, a member of the Egg Group executive

Chickens and eggs: free range egg producer, Meg Parkinson and her dog Belle, among some of the 4000 chickens she and her husband Geoff farm in Fish Creek. Meg recently missed out on the VFF presidency but still remains passionate about farming and agriculture. and is secretary of the South Gippsland Branch of the VFF. Mrs Parkinson is also on the Federal Government’s gene technology ethics community consultative committee; the Victorian Government’s small business ministerial council, the Produce and Grocery Industry Code Administration committee and has been a member of Free Range Egg and Poultry Australia almost since its inception. Ms Parkinson is confident that the VFF still has a place within the agricultural industry and thinks the federation still has important work to do. “The VFF is good at lob-

bying; sometimes it is hard to get our message across, so it is important that we continue to work to see that politicians, bureaucrats and advisors, as well as other organisations, are made aware of VFF policies and the needs of our members,” Mrs Parkinson posted on her blog recently. “Membership of VFF has decreased in the last few years. Farmers need to be aware that they are missing out on lobbying and information that can make them more viable. “Being a VFF member is a sensible business decision, particularly for young farmers.”


Market numbers up OVERALL numbers increased and the quality of the 400 young cattle slipped, with only a limited supply of vealer and steer yearlings and a larger number of plainer heifers.

Around 2000 exports were also penned, which included 1200 bullocks and a large number of dairy cows. All the usual buyers operated in a cheaper market. Heavy steer vealers to trade buyers went against the trend, selling 10c stronger on a limited number. Most other categories in the veal run eased 8c/kg. Prices ranged from 180c to 216c for the better quality cattle and plainer vealers to restockers ranged from 143c to 165c/kg. Trade yearling steers were 10c to 15c cheaper on mostly plainer cattle with medium and heavy weights 175c to 200c/kg. The better heifers eased 9c while the lower yielding heifers eased up to 15c. Heifers ranged from 180c to 194c/kg. Grown steers were firm to 2c cheaper, selling from 169c to 198c averaging 193c/ kg and the heavier bullocks eased 5c to 9c ranging from 172c to 194c/kg. Dairy cows

were back 1c to 5c with the 1 scores 95c to 121c and the 2 scores 118c to 132c/kg.

Heavy beef cows lost 5c to 9c, selling from 128c to 146c/ kg for the heavy weights.

Wednesday, May 9 BULLOCKS 9 B. & A. Hollonds, Sale 12 G.R. & P.R. Charman, Leongatha 2 P. & I.L. Tiziani, Doomburrim 3 Glenhill P/S, Leongatha 5 G.W. Charlton, Leongatha 15 Wilshire & McDonogh, Kardella

620kg 610kg 582kg 563kg 616kg 571kg

198.2 198.2 198.0 197.2 196.6 196.2

STEERS 4 M.J. & L.E. McCartin, Mirboo North 3 M. & D. Harms, Korumburra 1 G. & Y. McKenzie, Hazelwood 1 P.G. Clifford, Loch 1 A.R. & E.G. Trenery, Wonga Wonga 1 Z. & M. Spehar, Yinnar

407kg 363kg 485kg 385kg 320kg 450kg

215.0 $876 215.0 $781 212.0 $1028 212.0 $816 210.0 $672 206.2 $927

COWS 10 Belfrage Pastoral, Bass 1 J. & L. Dewin, Binginwarri 1 J.W. & L.G. Fiddelaers, Koorooman 1 Landserve P/L, Leongatha 1 W.C. & M.S. Prosser, Doomburrim 2 D.B. & R.K. McGlead, Foster

659kg 485kg 470kg 410kg 530kg 395kg

146.0 143.6 143.6 143.6 143.6 143.6

$962 $696 $674 $588 $761 $567

370kg 340kg 355kg 365kg 323kg 425kg

216.6 212.0 208.6 200.6 196.0 194.6

$801 $720 $740 $732 $633 $827

995kg 765kg 990kg 675kg 930kg 710kg

177.2 174.2 173.6 173.6 172.0 171.6

$1763 $1332 $1718 $1171 $1599 $1218

HEIFERS 1 J.T. & E.J. Clark, Poowong 1 P.G. Clifford, Loch 1 P. & I.L. Tiziani, Doomburrim 1 M. & K. Nicholls, Toora 4 N.G. Hanks, Mirboo North 3 R.J. & C.M. McGill Family Trust, Kongwak BULLS 1 I.K. & L.L. Greig, Meeniyan 1 T. & T. Hams, Fish Creek 1 Jindinook Nominees, Dumbalk 1 G. & P. Giardina, Mirboo North 1 Gilmour & Bourchier, Loy Yang 1 W. Schroder, Meeniyan

$1229 $1210 $1153 $1110 $1211 $1120

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Composting day: lots of interested famers turned out to the composting field day held at Glen Alvie last Tuesday. Several composting and soil health experts spoke on the day, organised by the Bass Coast Landcare Network.


Sale Draw May 16 & 17 1. SEJ 2. Alex Scott 3. Landmark 4. Elders 5. Rodwells 6. David Phelan & Co

Upcoming Sales LEONGATHA Prime: May 16 - 8.30am Sheep: May 16 - 12pm Store: May 17 - 10am

PAKENHAM Prime: May 21 - 8am Export: May 22 8.30am Store: May 24 - 10am

Composting field day attracts a crowd OVER 100 people attended the Farm Scale Composting Day on Tuesday, May 8, at Craig Matthew’s dairy farm in Glen Alvie. Several composting and agricultural experts were at the field day to speak to the interested attendees. Kevin Wilkinson, a principal research scientist in future farming systems with the

Department of Primary Industries discussed the principles and science behind compost making. Declan McDonald, a specialist in productive soils from the Department of Primary Industries talked about the role of compost in improving soil health and using composting principles in modern agricultural systems. Staff from Gippsland Compost Services were also on hand to demonstrate how their

compost turner machine works to mix and aerate compost piles. The information day was organised by the Bass Coast Landcare Network as part of the Healthy Soils Program of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority. Funding was also contributed from the Powlett Project, improving landscape scale conservation through on ground action and education.

Environmental projects receive funding boost DEPUTY Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced recently that community groups across Gippsland South would receive over $1 million as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $20 million Communities for Nature grants program. South Gippsland Landcare Network has been successful in receiving $600,000 ($150,000 per year for four years) for their Friends of Strzelecki Koala program. Network co-ordinator of the South Gippsland Landcare Network, Belinda Brennan, is “very excited” about receiving the funding. Projects that the funding may benefit include increasing the biodiversity and habitat values of key sites in the Strzelecki Ranges, the development of a koala habitat preservation, enhancement and restoration plan for the South Gippsland Landcare Network, the protection of key remnant vegetation areas, the undertaking of revegetation activities to enhance existing habitat and increasing the connectivity of the vegetation across the landscape and to raise community awareness, understanding and involvement in the importance of koala habitat preservation and enhancement. Other recipients of

funding in the South Gippsland region were the Yarram Yarram Landcare Network, for their Jack and Albert River restoration project. Friends of Cape Liptrap Peninsula including Bald Hills and Kings Flat reserves also received funding for the reconstruction of sections of the walking track at Bald Hills Reserve. The final recipient in the South Gippsland region was Greening Australia (Victoria) Ltd for their Marlay Point Woodland restoration project. “The funding received through the Communities for Nature grants program will enable the four local recipient organisations to carry out their valuable work protecting and enhancing the local environment,” Mr Ryan said. “All four projects will provide practical environmental outcomes and will be of great benefit to the region.” Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith highlighted the important role Victorian communities play in protecting our environment and delivering onthe-ground environmental works. “I congratulate community groups and land managers across Victoria for participating in this funding round and for their ongoing hard work in protecting our environment and delivering onthe-ground environmental works,” Mr Smith said. Mr Smith said a total of 117 projects would be supported in this funding

Environment benefits: the South Gippsland Landcare Network Friends of the Strzelecki koala project will receive $600,000 over four years as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $20 million Communities for Nature grants program. round. “We received more than 300 applications for this first round of grants

and the high quality of those applications is yet another demonstration of the significant envi-

ronmental works that are being carried out by community groups across Victoria.”

Fonterra lifts prices FONTERRA Australia will increase its farmgate milk price for its Victorian and Tasmanian farmer suppliers by eight cents per kilogram (c/kg) of fat and 20c/kg of protein (or 13 c/kg of milk solids). Fonterra’s current farmgate milk price for 2011-12 is now above $5.30 per kilogram of milk solids. “We are pleased customer demand has remained strong enough to deliver this increase despite the recent softening of commodity prices and the continued high Australian dollar,” said Heather Stacy, general manager milk supply for Fonterra Australia. “We want to ensure suppliers can get their preparations for next season underway as early as possible, so we are

fast-tracking the payment of this price increase to ensure our suppliers can access cash as quickly as possible. “Our focus is now very much on the final few weeks of the season. Demand remains firm from our customers so our priorities are to keep managing our costs, deliver firmly on our sales schedule and ensure a tight shipping program for the rest of the season.” Ms Stacy confirmed Fonterra is underway with budgeting processes for the 2012-13 season. “We are of course concerned by the softening in commodity prices and we will be discussing our outlook for next season with suppliers in the coming weeks,” she said. The latest price increase applies to all current Fonterra suppliers and will be backdated to July 1, 2011.

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Right from the start THE first 12 hours of a calf’s life are critical in how healthy and productive she will be for years to come.

That was the key message from Tarwin Veterinary Clinic’s Dr Peter DeGaris, who was speaking at a Young Dairy Development Program calf rearing day at Toora recently. More than 20 people pulled up a hay bale in Bruce and Jan Best’s calf shed for a nuts-andbolts discussion that also included Irwin Stockfeed’s Jake Frecklington. Dr DeGaris said colostrum intake in the first half day of life was critical in allowing calves to develop immunity and robust health. “If you are seeing calves dying within the first week, in 99 per cent of cases it comes back to colostrum,” he said. “Don’t forget that first 12 hours of life – that’s the key message.” Apart from colostrum intake, Dr DeGaris stressed the importance of a healthy environment in calf sheds. He said that low-organic bedding (sand the best, straw the worst) should be

at least 45 centimetres deep, with care taken to avoid high ammonia levels. Good cross-ventilation combined with stocking rates of a calf every two square metres is ideal, with infection risk increasing as space and air flow is reduced. Keeping calves at the right temperature was also seen as a key factor in calf health, with energy being sapped from the young animals when the calf shed mercury dropped below 12C or rose above 17C. Mr Frecklington spoke about feeding concentrates to develop the rumen of young animals. “If we can get the rumen developing early it can ensure good growth rates right up until joining,” he said. For Mr Frecklington, the informal nature of the session helped facilitate the flow of information between participants. “I think a format that is more about discussion is better than me standing up with a Power Point presentation,” he said. “It’s also a good chance for people to get together with other farmers from

Tucker time: enjoying a snag during a luncheon break at the YDDP calf rearing day at Toora were, from left: Kim Price from Reid Stockfeeds, Dianne Butterworth from Tarwin, Trent Lawrence from Ridley Agri Products and Tarwin’s Phil Isaacs. the area.” YDDP Gippsland coordinator Irene Baker said she was delighted with the turn-out, which confirmed that farmers were looking for hands-on information on how to improve dairy production. “This just goes to show if you have interesting topics and speakers and everyone has the chance to get involved in the discussion, they will spare the time to come to these events,” Ms Baker said.

Carbon opens income stream By Sarah Vella

THE carbon farming initiative, which began in late 2011, gives farmers and landholders the opportunity to generate extra income by reducing carbon pollution. Peter Newgreen, regional Landcare facilitator for the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, said the program looks at sustainable agriculture and issues that relate to energy savings. “The benefit of the program is the increase in sustainable and energy efficient agriculture and the chance of financial gain as a result of improving energy and resource efficient practices,” he said. The initiative allows farmers and landholders to earn carbon credits, by storing carbon or by reducing greenhouse gas emissions on the land. These credits can then be sold to people or companies wishing to offset their emissions. “The initiative is based on methodologies of monitoring and saving emissions and sequestration of carbon. By following these methodologies, farmers can take in to account their carbon dioxide equivalent savings and

may then be able to use it as a commercially viable enterprise,” Mr Newgreen said. “The first step for landholders is becoming aware of the initiative and investigating the opportunities it involves. The scheme can be confusing to people, because the measurement is in carbon dioxide equivalent, which relates to both farming practices and animal husbandry. “It is not all about trees and carbon; it also takes in to account other greenhouse gas emissions, such as nitrous oxide and methane. “Healthy soils, animal nutrition, reforestation and revegetation can all lead to more effective farming processes. The monitoring and changing of fertiliser regimes, to reduce nitrous oxide release, can also help to reduce emissions. “There are also a range of research programs in progress in relation to animal emissions as well.” Sequestration projects are based on the removal of carbon from the atmosphere, through the capturing of carbon in plants as they grow. Projects that avoid the loss of vegetation or organic matter in soils are also classed as sequestration projects. Emissions avoidance

project generate a decrease by reducing or avoiding emissions of methane and nitrous oxide, or by converting methane in to carbon dioxide. Participation in the carbon initiative is voluntary, farmers and landholders can choose whether or not to be involved. “It is about working with the farming sector promoting sustainable agriculture and within that, also effectively promoting more energy efficient farming. A by-product is that there may be an economic benefit to the farmer,” Mr Newgreen said. The carbon farming roadshow will be in Traralgon on Thursday, May 17, where industry experts will discuss the opportunities in carbon farming. For more information, phone Peter Newgreen on 1300 094 262.

“It was great the way the discussion flowed around the group today, which means that everyone was getting a chance to look at the issues that they are tackling on their

own farms.” “Offering farmers this sort of forum is a great example of how the dairy levy is spent in practical ways that impact positively on the local industry.

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Draft guidelines for development in flood prone areas

FAMILY HISTORY FREE SESSION Mechanic’s Institute Leongatha

Managing development in flood prone areas is important to ensure that people and property are protected from the impact of flooding.

Saturday, May 19

To assist this process the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority have developed draft guidelines for development in flood prone areas to ensure we make consistent and transparent decisions.

1.30 - 4pm South Gippsland Genealogical Society

We are now seeking input from the community on the draft guidelines and will hold information sessions on Thursday 31 May and Friday 1 June.

Further enquiries: phone 5674 3400

The draft guidelines are available for download from the WGCMA website. Written comments are due by 5pm on Friday 15 June by emailing or by post to PO Box 1374 Traralgon VIC 3844. For further information on the draft guidelines or to confirm your attendance at one of the sessions please contact WGCMA on 1300 094 262.


Session details


1 June 2-3pm Park View Room, West Gippsland Arts Centre


1 June 10-11am WGCMA Traralgon Office


31 May 10-11am WGCMA Leongatha Office


31 May 2-3pm Community College Gippsland, Sale Campus

Total course COST $20 some spinning equipment available REGISTER EARLY

CHIROPRACTOR Garry Harrison 19 Moonah Street Cape Paterson

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


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

From 7pm - 9.30pm Commencing WEDNESDAY JUNE 6 for 4 weeks DUMBALK COMMUNITY CENTRE (in old Kinder building, Tarwin Street, Dumbalk)

w w w . w g c m a . v i c . g o v. a u



Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday By appointment Ph: 5674 8290

Phone Barbara Kappes 5664 4460 or Kay Cook 5664 4288

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



PUBLIC MEETING To be held at TARWIN LOWER BOWLS CLUB On Tuesday May 22, 2012 at 7pm The purpose of the meeting is to nominate no less than three (3) or no more than nine (9) persons to the Committee of Management for the Tarwin Lower Recreation Reserve Committee for a term of three (3) years. The current committee’s term will expire on June 21, 2012. All positions will be declared open and nominations will be accepted prior to or on the night. Nominations from women are encouraged. Further information, nomination forms and nominee declaration forms may be obtained by contacting your local Department of Sustainability and Environment office or at the meeting. For further enquiries please contact the Secretary, Michael Bowman on 5663 5566.

PUBLIC NOTICE Please note that due to the redevelopment of Leongatha Hospital the following services have moved to a new location on the hospital site. • Alcohol & Drug Counselling • Audiology – Lucy Stevens • Diabetes Educator • Dr De Vos • Dr Marty • Podiatry • Social Work These services are now located in Portable 1, Sloan Avenue, Leongatha (near Koorooman House).

ENROLMENT APPLICATIONS 2013 ARE NOW OPEN FOR ALL 4 YEAR OLD AND PLAYTIME (3 YEAR OLD) CHILDREN If you have not registered your enrolment application please contact Kylie 5662 5142

situations vacant

situations vacant

WORKSHOP / COUNTER SALES Leongatha • Mechanical Aptitude • ‘Hands On’ Approach • ‘Can Do’ Attitude South Gippsland Hire & Sales are well established in the Hire Industry, offering a large range of machinery and equipment to local tradespeople, civil contractors, commercial clients and DIY customers. Join their small team in a full time position working Monday-Friday plus Saturday mornings. Do you have Engineering or Mechanical Trade Qualifications? Are you familiar with small earth moving machinery, access equipment, plumbing or power tools? Have you had exposure to home renovating or catering? Responsibilities include servicing, cleaning & repairing machinery and equipment, plant refurbishment, fabrication, welding, machining, on-site work, deliveries and counter sales. You should be well presented, safety conscious, customer service focussed, resourceful, able to work independently and communicate confidently at all levels. Other attributes should include computer literacy, numeric accuracy, problem solving, time management, organisational abilities and attention to detail. If you are proactive, enthusiastic and self motivated, please apply to Kaye Ellery-Burke quoting Ref: RCR4312. Applications close Friday 25 May 2012. Right Choice Recruitment PO Box 674, Leongatha VIC 3953 Fax: (03) 5664 7548

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AGISTMENT A small growing electrical comany based in Korumburra seeking a

Branch Manager Opportunity Do you have experience in business management, an ability to achieve outstanding results whilst having full ownership of the financial and operational performance for a branch, a desire to work for a thriving company and be surrounded by outstanding people? If so Windmill Ag, one of Australia’s leading John Deere and Agricultural equipment businesses with four branches across Southern Victoria, has an outstanding opportunity for you to become the Branch Manager at our Leongatha Sth location (Gippsland). This is a large modern John Deere dealership located next to the Koonwarra Sale Yards in the heart of the dairy country. A brand new facility has been built to accommodate our strong established business. Our Leongatha Branch has very strong customer loyalty and a diverse range of equipment requirements supported by a fantastic group of staff. Experience in an Agricultural related business, strong sales attributes, excellent customer service skills and staff management experience would be an advantage. An attractive remuneration package with bonuses will be offered to the successful applicant based on experience. The package will include a Vehicle, Phone and Laptop. For a confidential discussion please contact Phil van Wegen on 03 5572 3522 or Jason Henry on 0427 723 522. For a full position description please contact Justin Conroy on 0428 345 098 or apply today by sending your application to


SOUTH EAST SERVICES NETWORK (SESN) GippsCare (1) Manager, Housing & Support Services (2) Manager, Youth Services (Full-time based at Leongatha) SESN-GippsCare assists individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness within the Bass Coast and South Gippsland shires. New and exciting opportunities exist for enthusiastic and highly motivated professionals to join our team. These key leadership roles will enable efficient and effective service delivery. Applicants will have significant management experience in the Housing and Out of Home Care sectors and be able to demonstrate a solid and successful history in leading and managing teams. Reporting directly to the Director and Senior Manager South East Services Network you will be a member of the Management Team. (1) Manager, Housing & Support Services - Housing Support Program, Family Violence Outreach Services, Intensive Case Management Initiative, Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation, Initial Assessment and Planning and GippsCare Social Housing. In this role you will provide leadership and have a clear understanding of the Housing and Homelessness sector. The successful applicant will possess sound administrative and organisational skills with a proven ability to prioritise tasks and monitor staff workloads across a range of housing services. (2) Manager, Youth Services - Home Based Care, Family Reconciliation Initiative, Youth Justice Community Support Services, Creating Connections and Leaving Care. The successful applicant will have a strong capacity to lead staff across a range of Youth Services ensuring quality client outcomes and responding to sub-regional demand, you will require an excellent knowledge of the Out of Home Care and Youth Services sectors. A relevant tertiary qualification and demonstrated experience in Human Services Management is highly desirable. The successful applicant will be required to provide a current National Police Records Check, Working with Children Check and proof of Eligibility to Work in Australia. SESN is a Child Safe organisation. For a position description contact SESN Office 9770 5399 Written applications citing three (3) referees should be addressed to: Robert Martin, Director The Salvation Army South East Services Network Suite 5, 38 Ross Smith Avenue, Frankston 3199 APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Tuesday, 22 May, 2012 For further information contact: Celia Irwin, SESN Senior Manager, GippsCare, DovetonCSServices & Quality Improvement tel: (03) 5662 4502.

CONTRACT POSITION Administration Assistant Leongatha A contract position exists, as a result of maternity leave, as an administration assistant in our Leongatha store. This position requires a very high customer service focus both internally and externally. The successful applicant will have the following attributes: • Proven administration skills • Excellent computer literacy • Excellent numeracy skills • Excellent communication skills • Highly organised and efficient • Able to work with little supervision • Adaptable and Flexible • Be team orientated • Dispatch/Inwards goods experience would be an advantage If you believe you have the qualities we are looking for, you are invited to apply in writing by Thursday 17th May 2012 to: The Store Manager, Capeview Mitre10 Lot 2 Cusack Road, Leongatha, Vic 3953 or by email

QUALIFED ‘A’ GRADE ELECTRICIAN in a full or part time position to join part of their team working in diverse range of Domestic and Commercial works. Please send email or fax your full application and resumé outlining your work history, relevant experience and references to, or (03) 5662 5888 by June 1, 2012.

Mirboo North 100 ACRES Water, race and yard Plenty of grass Good fences Phone 0419 696 655

LOOKING for grass for dry cows in Leongatha. Ph: 5662-2578, 0430-767950.

work wanted

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

situations vacant Position available for

FULL TIME MILKER on a rotary dairy

Extra hours available throughout the season Must have experience in milking Inverloch area Phone 0428 623 427



Full-time Legal Secretary required for immediate start. This position involves answering of telephones, greeting clients, filing, daily banking, reconciling of office and trust accounts, and typing of all documents for the Principal Solicitor. Skills required: • Excellent computer skills are essential • Demonstrate excellence in both verbal and written communication • Be well presented • Ability to multi-task • Able to meet deadlines and work under pressure • Ability to work as part of a team • A desire to help customers • Outstanding work ethic • Experience in MYOB would be an advantage If you believe you have the qualities we are looking for please apply in writing to: Ian Symonds & Associates, PO Box 312, Inverloch Vic 3996 or by email

Must have at least 5 yrs experience. References essential. VicRoads Licence printout required Phone for appointment between 9-4 Mon-Fri Ross or Luke on 0400 515 930 O’Neill’s Haulage Korumburra

MILKER required

ON A 600 COW DAIRY IN WONTHAGGI Experience preferred, but not essential. Please call 0421 830 016 0409 974 101

South Coast Primary Care Partnership Executive Officer: Full Time, 12 month Contract This position located in Inverloch at the offices of General Practice Alliance South Gippsland (Division of General Practice) reports to the Chair, South Coast Primary Care Partnership (SCPCP) Steering Group. The position is a 12 month contract, 1.0 EFT, with the possibility of extension subject to additional funding. Key deliverables for SCPCP include building the capacity of the health service system in the catchment area through partnership, leadership, organisational and workforce development, and resourcing. The key domains of activity for the partnership include integrated health promotion, service coordination and integrated chronic disease management. Executive Officer duties involve: • Leadership and partnership development • Strategic planning and implementation using a social model of health approach • Health service system development • Project management and evaluation • Stakeholder relations, marketing and communication • Provision of executive support to the governance group • Budgetary and staff management Qualifications: • Tertiary qualification in public health, health promotion or relevant social sciences • Postgraduate qualifications would be an advantage For further information, including a copy of the position description, please contact Sam Moyle at or phone 5674 0900 To apply, please email or send a letter of application addressing the selection criteria, along with a copy of your curriculum vitae to: Ms S Moyle, Support Services Manager GPA South Gippsland, PO Box 105, Inverloch 3996 or Applications close 5pm Tuesday 22nd May, 2012.

Do you enjoy making a difference?


Customer Relationship Officer Can you listen and talk with people? Are you passionate about delivering real service and solutions? Full time position 6 Month Fixed Term Contract located in Leongatha, VIC Bendigo Bank branches are all about people working together to build stronger communities. To be successful as a Customer Relationship Officer you’ll be committed to putting customers’ needs first, developing financial solutions to suit their needs. You will use your interpersonal skills to build relationships with new and existing customers, developing and implementing customer communication and marketing strategies. You will assist the Branch Manager with the tailoring of financial solutions encompassing all facets of consumer solutions. In addition, your work will play an important role in the local community. In return you’ll become a key part of a diverse team in a rewarding work environment where you can continue your career development. So if you think you’ve got what it takes to be part of the Bendigo team, we want to hear from you. Visit to find out more or to submit your application, quoting reference number VIC815521. Or write to Mark Hoffman, Retail Operations Officer, PO Box 698, Warragul 3820. Applications close on Tuesday, 22 May 2012. Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited ABN 11 068 049 178. AFSL 237879. (153552_v2) (11/05/2012)

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FARM MANAGEMENT TRAINEE South Gippsland Shire Council

Rural Access Project Officer Make a difference to people with disabilities Maternity Leave replacement Temporary Part time – up to 11 months Join our Community Strengthening team in this key role where your primary focus will be to improve support and access to people with disabilities. For more information go to our website or contact us on (03) 5662 9200. All applicants must submit an Application Form and address the selection criteria outlined in the position description, by Wednesday 30 May 2012.

An established Beef and Sheep enterprise producing prime lambs and cattle in South Gippsland has a traineeship opportunity. Their 1100 ewe high lambing percentage flock and 200 cow breeding herd are self-replacing units. There is also a beef finishing enterprise turning off 1100 head annually. Computer technology is used extensively in the management of the business including tracking animal treatments and predicting market and turn off dates. Some weekend work at busy times of the year will be required but this is not a regular occurrence. This position will give the successful applicant an opportunity to experience and learn on an enterprise utilising modern grazing and marketing techniques to meet high animal performance and turn off, while participating in a formal training program in Agriculture. Mature and responsible behaviour is expected, with special care when handling livestock, vehicles and machinery. Motor bikes are used on a daily basis, a current licence or the willingness to get a licence is a requirement. A basic one bedroom self-contained accommodation unit is available on the property. Apply in writing with resumé to: John Gallienne & Co, PO Box 408, Warragul 3820 or email:

situations vacant

SERVICE MANAGER A very progressive company which is a leader in technology and customer satisfaction and suppliers of market leading franchises is seeking a motivated person as Service manager. Responsible for the safe, efficient and profitable operation of the Service Department. Advises and makes recommendations to the Dealer Principal with respect to the best interests of the Service Department. Responsible for Customer Satisfaction. We are seeking someone with at least 5 years experience with supervisory or management experience in a related position. The successful applicant will organise the day to day running of the service department, they must have strong computer and organisational skills and have the ability to write and work on routine reports and correspondence. If you think you could be the right person for this position and would like to know more please call 0427 723 522.

Shire Council


Corporate Information Officer

(8am to 11am Monday to Friday) Job Share Position

Casual – $30.80 Flexible work hours Availability Monday – Friday essential

Building a Healthy Community

District Nurse - Division 1 0.5 EFT (19 hours per week) BCCHS seeks expressions of interest for the part time employment of an enthusiastic and dedicated Division 1 Registered Nurse to join our busy, supportive nursing team. Areas of service delivery include HACC, HITH, PAC, DVA and Palliative Care. Applicants must be flexible to work both am and pm shifts and provide on-call service. Remuneration for this position as per award. Enquiries can be directed to Sheryl Spencer, Nursing Services Coordinator. To obtain a position description and an employment application form, please telephone reception on (03) 5671 9200 or refer to our website: Applications must address the key selection criteria, and include the Application for Employment form. Applications close 5 pm Monday 21 May 2012 and should be addressed to: Bass Coast Community Health Service HR Administrator 1 Back Beach Road, San Remo 3925 Or by email to:

Drug & Alcohol Counsellor

BCCHS also seeks expressions of interest for an enthusiastic person to provide post withdrawal linkages / support to people experiencing drug and alcohol issues. Remuneration for this position as per relevant professional qualifications. All enquiries to Phillip Du Heaume, Drug & Alcohol Services. To obtain position descriptions and an employment application form, please telephone reception on (03) 5671 3500 or refer to our website: Applications must address the key selection criteria, and include the Application for Employment form. Applications close 5pm Monday May 28, 2012 and should be addressed to: HR Administrator Bass Coast Community Health Service 1 Back Beach Road San Remo 3925 Or by email to:

For more information go to our website or contact David Robinson, Corporate Information Management Coordinator on (03) 5662 9200. All applicants must submit an Application Form and address the selection criteria in the position description, by Wednesday 23 May 2012.

Exciting Position


Knowledge of In Design would be an advantage and this position would suit a person with creative flair and exceptional people skills. Hours are negotiable although various times are essential. Contact manager Tony Giles by emailing resumé to

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.

Applications close 5pm Monday, May 21

We are currently offering the following career opportunity:

Manager Information Communication Technology (ITC) - 17509 76 or 80 hours per fortnight, Full Time Permanent, Morwell The Manager ICT is accountable to ensure the timely and effective provision of the ICT services required by the Company. The role encompasses overall management of the Company’s ICT operations including the delivery of quality assured IT services, the development and implementation of ICT strategies and plans, the investigation and adoption of new ICT technologies, the supervision of ICT projects and the training, development and mentoring of ICT staff.

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

Liaison with external subject matter experts, vendors and contractors will also be required from time to time. The Manager ICT is supported by a small team of technical and professional staff including in particular a Team Leader-IT Operations who leads the client facing team that provides day to day IT services based on established systems and infrastructure.


Please contact Anubis Pacifico, Executive Director, Corporate on 0409 954 614 for further information.

Applications close 4:30pm, Friday 25 May 2012


Post Withdrawal Linkages / Support Worker 0.2 EFT (7.6 hours per week)

Join our small team providing internal services to the wider council team, you will process inwards/ outwards correspondence, create records files and archiving services and assist staff with information management enquiries.

at The Great Southern Star Leongatha 3-4 days per week

Building a Healthy Community 1 EFT Full time (6 Month Limited Term Contract with the possibility of a further 6 month extension) BCCHS is looking for a suitable candidate to provide individual counselling consultancy and continual care and facilitate groups for people experiencing drug & alcohol and Mental Health (Dual Diagnosis) issues. You will work with a team of Drug & Alcohol workers to provide a range of innovative interventions to service users via comprehensive assessment, counselling and case summaries of clients who wish to make changes to their substance use. Remuneration for these positions as per relevant professional qualifications.

Contact Janine for a FREE appraisal MEENIYAN 3BRM house $230 pw Available 25th May KOONWARRA 3BRM w/study & 6 acres $300 without land or $350 with land pw Available 19th June MIRBOO NORTH 2BRM HOUSE $200 pw Available 25th June

PHONE: Janine - 5662 3100

South Gippsland



Prom Country


Gippsland Pathology is currently looking for pathology collectors to work in our busy Foster Collection Centre. The successful applicants will have a strong commitment to customer service, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively in a team or alone. Comprehensive training is provided. Previous venepuncture experience would be an advantage. Applications to: Stephen Griffiths South Gippsland Laboratory Manager Gippsland Pathology C/- Gippsland Southern Health Service Private Bag 13 Leongatha 3953 Email: Applications close: Friday 25th May 2012

for rent

• 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.


ALONE Have the courage to make a change We can connect you with other singles and from the safety and privacy of your own home you can correspond with those of your own choice - ages 30 to 80+

LETTER BOX FRIENDS is Victoria wide established13 years with over 300 members For information on how it all works PHONE 5326 1770

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

garage sales

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

$25 GARAGE SALE KIT KIT INCLUDES 5cm x S/C advert (valued at $31.90) • 2 x A4 Garage Sale Signs • Garage Sale Tips (dos and don’ts) • Sheet of Price Stickers • Star Carry Bag

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

MOVING HOUSE SALE Furniture, bric-a-brac, camping gear. Everything must go

Saturday May 19 9am 140 Sages and Logans Rd Leongatha

MOVING HOUSE SALE Lots of furniture and plants

SATURDAY MAY 19 8am to 2pm 29 Mine Road KORUMBURRA

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Dalyston debutantes presented DALYSTON Football Footballl Netball Ne Club hosted its annual debutante ball on Friday night at the Wonthaggi Town Hall where 10 couples were presented. Back row from left: Joel Kilgour, Dylan Van Steensel, Beau McCall, Jack Osbaldeston, Ben Foon, Steven Scott, Jake Joyce and Angus Wishart. Middle row from left: Ben McRae (page boy), Josh Waters, Annie Forsyth, Hayley Pupetti, Brooke Storti, Ashleigh Gruetzner, Lillian Pye-Thompson, Gabby

for sale

for sale HAY CLEARANCE 1,000 small square bales, shedded, ex quality, suitable for horses. Must go $7 each. Can deliver 50 or more, conditions apply. Mardan 5664-1320, 0428999691. HAY for sale, Kardella, 5x4 netwrapped, shedded. Good quality, this season, $45 each. Ph: 0418-514518. HAY for sale, Leongatha South, 5x4 netwrapped, this season, $25 each. Ph: 5664-3325.` HORSE 15yo gelding 16.2hh, registered D Grade EFA showjumper. Done PC, CC, trail rides. Good in traffic and handles well, $2,500. 0417-840669. LAWN MOWER, Victor, Briggs & Stratton 35 classic. GC $100. 5662-2518. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662.

FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175. FIREWOOD Local wood split. Pick up or delivered. Ph: 0437-176187.

business opportunities

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

business opportunities

Business for Sale THE HUB CYCLE CENTRE, WONTHAGGI Est. for over 30 years Great opportunity in a growing region. PRICE ON APPLICATION

For further information call Jeremy at Sell A Business on 0421 720 661

for sale

used vehicles





Pippa Bloch, Sebastion Hammond and Pip ppa Andrews-Worthy A (flower girl). Front row from left: Samantha Battiato, Abby Butler, Shannon Burns, Kerri Ray, Debbie Dunlop (trainers and co-ordinators), Paul Dunlop (Dalyston Football Club president), Kaye Carew (Dalyston Netball Club president), Rhonda Magro (trainers and co-ordinators) , Lisa Gilbee and Tameka Stevens. Photo courtesy of Foons Photographics, Wonthaggi.



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

167 Graham Street, Wonthaggi (opp. Ritchies IGA)

All machinery Bins provided

5672 3127

Bass Coast Metal Recyclers


BULLS FOR HIRE OR SALE Friesian, Jersey, Angus, Hereford and Limo All tested Phone 0447 331 762 POULTRY and Cage Bird Auction at the Traralgon Showgrounds Poultry Pavilion on Sunday, May 20, starting at 10.30am. Wide variety of poultry, hens, ducks, many breeds, fertile eggs. Open for sellers from 8am. Ph: 5197 7270 or 0438 325 918.

used motorcycles MOTOR BIKES 1 x DRZ 250, top end rebuild, 2006 model, needs carburettor. 1 x 1996 model KTM 450. Ph: 0429-581505.

used vehicles NISSAN X-TRAIL T30 II TI, 2005, 100,000km, 12 months rego, new tyres and battery. Excellent condition $16,000. Call 0408-352676 for more information.

5672 2946 0417 556 593


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


Phone JOHN GOULD 5664 0012

lost 14 CARAT solid gold diamond engagement ring, lost Inverloch / Leongatha area. High sentimental value. Reward 0402009447.

raffle results PRIZE WINNERS in Leongatha Red Cross Unit’s Mother’s Day raffle were: 1st prize won by Mrs M. Egan, 2nd prize won by Mrs Pam Steele and 3rd prize won by Mr Jack Howard. Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all those who supported the raffle.

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



GRAY (Kemper) - To Katrina and Aaron a daughter, Brooke Elizabeth on 3rd May 2012 at Dandenong Hospital, 8lb 2ozs. A little sister for Ashlee, Tyler and Hayley. A big welcome from the Kemper family.


C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S to Kylie Brown-Andrews and Kyle Price on their engagement on April 22, 2012. Lots of love from all their families.


marriage celebrant

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

in memoriam FOSTER - Alan. In cherished memory of Alan. Forever in our hearts. We miss you dearly. Your loving wife Jean, lovingly remembered by your family every day.


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

crossword solutions LAVER - Gordon. Members of the Pound Creek Fire Brigade extend their condolences to the family of Gordon Laver on his passing. Gordon was a founding member and our first president whose vision and determination with others was instrumental in the formation of our brigade.

Classified advertising closes 12 noon Mondays

CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8325 - SOLUTIONS Across - 1, Arranges. 6, List. 8, Bass. 9, B-reather. 10, Am-ass. 11, AB-road. 13, Par-son. 15, Di-she’d. 17, SpRA-in. 19, Watch. 22, Misstate (miss state). 23, Tick. 24, S’tun(rev.). 25, Eas-I-Ness. Down - 2, Real-M. 3, Ass-is-tS. 4, G-O-bi. 5, Ste-ward-s. 6, Late-r. 7, See-page. 12, I-nun-date. 14, Appoint (a point). 16, Spar-tan. 18, (he)Ar-son. 20, Cocks. 21,Bees (Bs). QUICK PUZZLE NO. 8325 - SOLUTIONS Across - 1, Straight. 6, Live. 8, Lair. 9, Tell-tale. 10, Needy. 11, Rascal. 13, Arrest. 15, Tassel. 17, Astern. 19, Midge. 22, Conspire. 23, Toil. 24, Well. 25, Greenfly. Down - 2, Trade. 3, Abridges. 4, Gate. 5, Tolerate. 6, Lotus. 7, Village. 12, Standing. 14, Restore. 16, Smitten. 18, Easel. 20, Grill. 21, Peke.

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Parrots pack annual formal THE Leongatha Football Club had a packed hall for its annual formal at the Leongatha Memorial Hall on Saturday night.

Girl glamour: Alice Pratt, Laura Higgins, Maddy Butler, and Tess Ennoss went to a lot of effort for the Parrots formal.

Revellers have enjoyed a great start to the season for Leongatha which sees several of its netball and football teams undefeated so far. The dance floor was packed to the music of Melbourne band Fitzy Trio. It was also great to see the faces of footballers and netballers of other clubs including Stony Creek, MDU, and I-K enjoying the night. The night was also supported by local businesses who donated prizes for several raffles. This is one of the club’s biggest fundraisers for the year and it was good to see the social committee and ladies’ committee work well together for a very successful evening.

Left: Looking the part: all set for a fun night are, from left, Nick Eddy, Joel Renden, Beau Vernon, Tas Clingen, Stu and John Kilsby.

What a night: arriving for the Parrots annual formal are, from left, Elise Robinson, Stuart Kilsby, Janelle McLean, Nikki Croft, and Daniel de Bondt.

Big effort: these girls put in a big effort for the formal, from left, Janelle McLean, Elise Robinson and Justine Brennan.

Bulldogs ball fun for all THE Korumburra Showground was swinging for the Korumburra-Bena Football Netball Club Ball on Saturday night. Players and supporters packed into the club rooms for the night and weren’t disappointed. From all reports it was a rocking night, with everyone dancing and catching up, More photos next week.

Having a ball: Vanessa Jackson and Andrea Walker were having a top night at the Korumburra-Bena Ball.

Great night: Korumburra-Bena Football Club president Michael Hopkins and his wife Kim had a great night at the Bulldogs Ball.

Girl’s night: Kim Hopkins, Marissa Cosson and Shelly Snooks caught up at the Bulldogs Ball.

Catching up: chatting over a few drinks were footballers Jarrod Gilroy, Mike White and James Paterson.

Good friends: dancing and having fun were Kath Jackson and Maddie Dowel.

Fun times: Jimmy and Dani Kyle were enjoying the night out at the Korumburra-Bena Football Club Ball on Saturday night.

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Sports day at velodrome THE Woorayl District Primary School Sports were held at the Leongatha velodrome last Wednesday. Students gathered from Mirboo North Primary School, Leongatha Primary School, Korumburra Primary School, Inverloch Primary School, St Laurence’s Primary School, St Joseph’s Primary School, South Coast Christian College and the Karmai cluster (Poowong, Nyora and Loch) to compete on the day. Inverloch Primary School took overall first place, with Leongatha Primary coming second and Korumburra Primary

School coming third. The 9-year-old age group champion girl was Jasmine Woods and Josh Williams and Haidyn Kewming shared the boys. The 10-year-old age group champions were Lanni Pryor and Henry Turner. The champions in the 11-year-old section were Lucinda Graeme and Mitchell Bentvelzen. The 12/13-year-old champions were Ebony Burns and Nathan Trotto. The top four from each event move on to the division athletic sports on September 13. The process after this is region athletics, then state level.

Sports fans: front row from left, Jake Newton, Noah Clarke, Ned Hanily, Jordan Do, Kyle Brown, Tom Roberts and Nathan Trotto. In the back row, Rohan Baudinette, Jack Stockdale, Ben Kewming and Haidyn Kewming all from Leongatha Primary School.

Above: Aged champ: Jasmine Woods (centre) of Mirboo North won the aged champions trophy for the Under 9 girls. She is pictured after winning the long jump with Charlotte Rowe (left) third and Merrin Giles (right) second.

Up and over: Shannon Kennedy from Mirboo North Primary School was the winner of the high jump event for his age group.

Well played: from left, Trent Kelly, Tom Anthony, Jay Clarke, Huon Smith and Jesse O’Leary from Korumburra Primary School.

Leongatha table tennis Wonthaggi table tennis WITH two weeks of home and away games left to play, the top four teams in A Grade have a red hot battle on their hands. White Wash has their spot in the finals, securing first or second. For the remaining three teams, it’s on for young and old. In A Reserve the finalists are clear. The ladder is definitely split with Titans and Can Do with an obvious lead.

Round results A Grade: White Wash 7-23 d Terminators 4-16, Stingrays 6-21 d Pot Holes 5-19, Hazards 9-27 d Barricades 2-15, T. Birds 7-24 d Gunners 4-16. A Reserve: Titans 8-26 d We Wish 3-13, Can Do 8-25 d Howzat 3-13, Stars 7-25 d JAM 4-18, Solid Rock 8-26 d Gunners 3-14, Halgars 7-22 d No Idea 4-17. B Grade: Joe Howard 11,9,11,11, d Dillon Hofman 9,11,6,7. Dillon Hofman 11,12,11 d Jack 7,10,9. Ben Hannon 11,11,11 d Dillon Hofman 2,4,8. Ben Hannon 11,11,11 d Jack 1,2,1. Joe Howard 8,11,11,11

d Jack 11,1,0,0. Ben Hannon 11,11,11 d Joe 2,8,8. Well done kids. All of you have shown great improvement.

Ladder after week 11 A Grade White Wash ............20-82-276 Hazards ....................16-75-284 T Birds .....................14-67-303 Gunners ...................12-68-255 Pot Holes ..................10-62-220 Terminators ...............10-58-208 Barricades ...................8-56-210 Stingrays .....................6-58-207 A Reserve Titans .......................22-92-304 Can Do .....................22-89-300 No Idea.....................14-67-239 We Wish ...................14-63-269 Solid Rock ................10-60-233 Halgars......................10-59-203 Howzat........................8-60-238 Stars ............................8-47-234 JAM ............................6-57-209 Gunners ......................6-55-209

Aggregate A Grade: Michael Chang 30, Geoff McKenzie 29, Philip Munro 29, Ashley Harrison 27, Maurice Valk 26, Neil Chilver 25 A Reserve: Zach Anstey 34, Ian Jonas 29, Bryce Holwerda 28, Frank Hirst 27, Cam Dowling 25, Michael Bracecamp 23 B Grade: Ben Hannon 8, Joe Howard 7, Dillon Hofman 5, Aiden Holwerda 5, Sue Couper 2, Emily Chalmers 2, David 1, Jack Couper 0, Jack 0.

COUNTRY Week teams are ready to go. Wonthaggi Table Tennis Association has registered five teams to play in Country Week matches on the Queen’s Birthday weekend in June. They are: Team 1: Bruce Harmer, Justin Licis, Dirk Holwerda. Team 2: Sebastian Vethanayagam, Patricia Denier, Dean Snelling. Team 3: Brittney Taylor, Zach Anstey, Luke Anstey. Team 4: Rod Kimmins, Nancy Pattinson, Tanya Milnes. Team 5: Steve Anstey, Caitlyn Taylor, Jo Taylor, Rob Taylor. Teams have now been finalised and we thank those players who have committed to a seriously competitive three days at MSAC. We are in the process of buying good quality WTTA club shirts which will be provided free of charge to all players. We hope to have some for players to try on for size within the next week. Team registrations are $150 per team, which is greatly increased from last year. This is beyond the limited resources of our club so we are asking players to reimburse this amount, payable to Bruce or Trish. Please get a receipt.

The first round of matches has been completed in A Grade and in B Grade. There is one week to go in A Reserve. Top A Grade team so far is Bruce Harmer and Dean Snelling (In it to Win it). Leading player is Michael Ede, on percentage from Bruce Harmer. B Grade top team (at the end of the first round) is Bullants (Tristan Thomas, Jaxon Wade) with a percentage lead on Slashers (Micah Condron, Euan Connors). Three players finished the round on equal points which makes the race for leading player look very interesting. They are Micah Condron, Josh Bailey and Tristan Thomas.

A Reserve is a high standard this season with match results each week often going to a decider. Teams and players are very evenly matched. Two teams are fighting it out for top place. They are Zach Anstey, Trent Hamilton, Sam Chetland (Who Knows) and Rod Kimmins, Tanya Milnes, Hector Hilberto (We the People). However, with another round to go anything could happen. The players ladder is causing some excitement. Five players are in the running for leading player at present. They are Zach Anstey, Ashley Chetland, Brittney Taylor, Luke Anstey and Wayne Pitts.

Ladders Leading players A Grade In it to Win it .............. 20 19 (81) ..............................Michael Ede 9 (39) MP’s ........................... 16 14 (69) ........................... Bruce Harmer 9 (37) Thrashers .................... 12 13 (77) ...............................Justin Licis 8 (36) Inverloch ...................... 8 12 (55) ...........................Case deBondt 8 (32) Dynamites ...................... 4 8 (49) .......................... Dean Snelling 5 (26) Barca .............................. 0 9 (51) ..................... Andrew Donohue 5 (25) Rossi .................................. 4 (18) A Reserve Who Knows ............... 16 24 (83) .............................Zach Anstey 8 (27) We the People ............. 12 19 (66) ..............................Wayne Pitts 7 (24) Homebrand ................... 8 19 (79) .............................Luke Anstey 6 (20) Awesome ...................... 8 17 (64) ........................Ashley Hewlett 6 (20) Kakoii Ushi .................. 8 17 (61) .................bye Brittney Taylor 5 (21) Thrashers ...................... 4 15 (60) .......................Daniel Chetland 5 (19) 3 Amigos ...................... 4 14 (55) ........................ Heitor Hilberto 5 (19) Trent Hamilton 5 (18) Nancy Pattinson 5 (15) B Grade Bullants ...................... 12 13 (29) ........................Micah Condron 7 (14) Slashers ...................... 12 11 (23) .............................. Josh Bailey 7 (14) Destroyers .................... 8 10 (21) ........................Tristan Thomas 7 (14) Stingerz .......................... 4 9 (22) ..................bye Jesse Condron 4 (10) Butterfly Bats ................. 4 7 (17) .........................Noah Lugt-Cole 4 ( 8)

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

At Port Phillip Heads

MAY Time

16 WED


18 FRI

19 SAT

20 SUN

21 MON

22 TUE

height (metres)

0100 0801 1305 2010

0.58 1.32 0.69 1.41

0158 0908 1401 2059

0.58 1.32 0.78 1.36

0259 1011 1508 2149

0.57 1.36 0.85 1.33

0359 1111 1621 2240

0.54 1.41 0.88 1.32

0453 1203 1727 2329

0.49 1.48 0.87 1.33

0541 1248 1818

0.44 1.54 0.83

0014 0624 1327 1900

1.35 0.40 1.59 0.79

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SATURDAY’S game was stabrose mark 2, this time allowing the lower handicaps a better deal. The wining team were Tony Goldie, Ben Ferrari (visitor from Ranfurleight G. C), Dean Brown and Dan Malone with 60 points. Pro-pin went to Russell Williams and nearest the pin winners were Steve Fisher and Wendy Parker. Groups to win down the line balls: R. Rickard, S. Fisher, D. Peterson 59; A. Sparkes, M. Hunter, N. Savino, R. Thurston 58; G. McDonald, M. Stubbs, J. Eabry, H. Sedelies 57; D. McMeekin, T. McCarthy, D. McDonald, R. McFindlay 56. Tuesday As we approach winter, the course plays longer and scores of 40 or more are less common. Geoff Maher won the day with 37 points while Peter Walsh edged out Mike Wrigley to be runners - up on 36. Mike Wrigley and Richard Nelson were nearest the pin winners. Down the line balls: M. Wrigley 36, G. McDonald 35, R. Nelson 34, J. Smith


33, M. Street, E. Poole 32, M. Stubbs, B. Borg 31. Thursday Scoring was good in the 4BBB par event with 44 players. John Renwick and Neville Stone were winners on +9 on a countback. Nearest the pin winners were Chris Leaver on 14 and Henry Seddelies on 16. Down the line balls: J. Moor - R. Martin +9, A. Macfarlane - D. Stewart +9, F. Debono - M. Oliver +8, M. Edwards - I. Murchie +6, P. Hobson G. McDonald +6. The qualifying round of the A. E. Edney fourball which was earlier postponed due to wet weather, will be played this Saturday. The following Saturday (26th) is the H.S. Roberts foursomes which is now a single day event. On Sunday 27 the G and P West mixed canadian will be played with the top two pairs to meet in the match play final. Good luck to our Division 2 and Division 4 pennant teams who will contest finals at Korumburra this Sunday.

LAST Saturday’s winners of our 4BBB par were Paddy McCaughan and Ian Atcheson with plus 10 but only on a countback. The day was sponsored by Colliers Carpets. The runners-up were Mark and Col James with balls going to R. Goodwin, G. Young; J. Maynard, J. Barton; Ian Smith, B. Stubbs; C. Salmon and Mike Collins. The nearest the pin went to Brian Wilson and Bob Beilby and the ball raffle to the CC syndicate. The qualifiers for the A and G Wilson knockout were P. McCaughan, I. Atheson, J. Barton, J. Maynard; R. Goodwin, G. Young and M and C James. The Thursday competition was won by Graeme Calder who also won the nearest the pin on the 17th hole balls going to John Diaper, John Hassett and Otto VanDerVorm. Thursday night is again our meal and raffle night so be sure to come along for a great meal and great prizes. Next week will see a fourman ambrose event which is also open to beginners and is sponsored by Hays Jewellery.

Woorayl ladies LAST week the Woorayl Ladies hosted the Mirboo North Ladies for our annual challenge day. A very close battle saw Woorayl take out the challenge for 2012 with an average of 27.8 pts, to 25.4 pts for Mirboo North. A Grade winner was Anne Grist with 35pts. B Grade winner was Fay Maynard with 33pts. C Grade winner was Barb James with 30pts. Down the line balls went to Heather Sullivan 33 pts, Ann Poole and Lois Young 32 pts, Nicole Allen 31 pts, Barb Stimson 30p ts, Jill Linklater 29pts countback. Lucky card draw was Raelene Millsom. Nearest the pin on the 8th was Barb James and on 17th was Heather Sullivan. Next week is the second round of the Tony McLeod Stableford Championship sponsored by Kerrie McLeod and her family. Daily event sponsored by Shan’s Lingerie. The round will also be the qualifying round of The Ken Grist Singles Knockout.

Foster THE Foster course was improving but further heavy dumps of rain on Friday and Saturday made it very heavy. On Tuesday David Hutchinson (11) won with 37 pts. Down the line balls went to Denham Grierson (24) on 34 pts, Allan Spooner (14) on 33 pts and Neville Thompson (9) on 32 pts. The nearest the pin was won by Peter Dight. Thursday had Rhys Ireland (21) having a sparkling round of 42 pts to street the field. Down the line balls went to Peter Dight (7) on 37 pts, David Hutchinson (11) on 35 pts and Gary Clavarino (14) on 32 pts. Peter Dight again won the nearest the pin. Lloyd McKenzie won the chook on Friday with 17 pts on a countback from Steve Reid. The two nearest the pins were both won by that old stager Denham Grierson. Saturday was Foster Plate Day and trophies were generously provided by Drummonds Golf Traralgon. Conditions were atrocious with some very heavy rain and the greens were in reality unplayable with rivers of water at times. However everyone took this in

good spirits and played on regardless. In the end a good day was had by all. The plate winners were Sale Golf Club – through the team of B Cashman (7) 37 pts, C Barnard (6) 34 pts, H Silby (4) 32 pts and V Curtis (13) 27 pts – for a team score of 103 pts. They won by two pts over teams from Foster and Meeniyan. The A Grade scratch was won by R. Alexander from Traralgon with the stunning score of one under par 71. He plays of +2 (and has played off +5 ) and you can see why. He hits the ball miles - he drove the 8th green in these waterlogged conditions – amazing. The B Grade scratch was won by Allan Spooner (14) with 88. The A Grade handicap was won by Scott Rathjen (10) with 38 pts, with the runner-up Sale veteran Brian Cashman (7) with 37 pts. The B Grade handicap was won by Brian Dewer (19) from Meeniyan with 36 pts, from runner-up Colin Pulham (17) with 35 pts. The encouragement award went to Doc Menzies (17) with 18 pts. Thanks to Phil Schofield and Allan Spooner for their efforts to prepare the

course. It was in great condition apart from all the surface water from the heavy rain. Please invite a guest for the two ball ambrose next Saturday – it’s a great chance to have a bit of fun. If you cannot get a guest, why not ask a member who is not a regular Saturday player. In pennant we play off in the final against Leongatha this Sunday in Division Two. The final is being held at Korumburra and we hit off on the 1st tee at 9.45 am. The team would welcome support from club members who may wish to come along. We plan to all come back to the golf club after the final for a celebration, so please come along Sunday late afternoon. Edward Carrigan was not present to collect the $350 in the members cash draw. The prize will be $400 this Friday. You need to be in the clubhouse between 7pm and 8 pm when the draw is made to be eligible to win the cash. Coming events include Thursday’s stableford, Friday’s chicken run and a stableford next Tuesday.

Great mates: Ian Balfour and Ashley Peter had a great round at Woorayl Golf Course on Saturday.

Meeniyan SATURDAY was a singles stroke event and flag day with the sponsor for the day being Hams Transport which is much appreciated. The A Grade winner was Jeff Wilson with a net 76 on a countback. A Grade runner-up was Ian Trease with a net 76. The B Grade winner was Jim Cusack with a net 78 on a countback. B Grade runner-up was Bob McGeary with a net 78. The flag winner was Ian Trease. The monthly medal was also played with the winner being Jeff Wilson. The pro pin on the 2nd was won by Will Bullock. The members draw was won by Daniel Mooney who was not in the clubhouse so it jackpots to next week. The raffle winner was Peter Riddle. Next week is a four ball aggregate event. Tuesday was a singles stableford event with the winner being Alan Kuhne with 39 points. Balls down the line

went to Lloyd Hemphill 35pts, Will Bullock 36pts and Bill Pratt 34 points. Best nine was Alan Shatten with 17 points. Nearest the pin on the 11th was won by Bill Pratt. The four ball aggregate winners were Alan Kuhne and Ian Warman with 67 points. Thursday was a singles

stableford with the winner being Steve Collins with 42 points. Balls down the line went to Lloyd Hemphill 32pts, Tony McHarg 29 pts and Fred Stalker with 29 points. Best nine was Alan Kuhne with 17 points. Nearest the pin on the 14th was not won.

Meeniyan ladies MAY Medal day on Wednesday, May 2 had 11 ladies hitting off and it was also the qualifying round for the Lorraine Eddy singles knockout. Section 1 winner and medal winner Dot Elliott with 78 net. Section 2 Linda Brown 85 net. Best 9 Faye LePage 39 and Putting Faye LePage 30. Down the line was Veronica Park 80 net and Irene Holm 80 net. April Foster’s Little Bookshop winner was Lyn Jennison. Wednesday May 9, was single Stableford with a good turnout of 21 ladies. Section 1 winner Tanya Thorson 33 points, Section 2 Nancye Hammet 32 points and Section 3 Marilyn McGeary 27 points. Best 9 Faye LePage 17 points. Nearest the pin: 2nd Tanya Thorson 14th Jan Trease. Down the line was Nereda Scholte 31, Jan Trease 30, Dot Elliott 29, Irene Holm 27. Meeniyan Golf Club is holding its Goods and Service auction Saturday May 19 at the Meeniyan Town Hall. Tables of eight can be booked with Denise 5664 7490.

Representing Alberton PLAYERS from all over the Alberton Football Netball League are getting set for the VCFL interleague match in the coming weeks. The Under 18 and Senior Interleague training squads had their first run on the track on Sunday, with everyone putting in a top effort to ensure selection. Under 18 coach is Rick Carratello and Seniors coach is Justin Cowell. Training is again this Sunday at Meeniyan, 10.30 and 11.30 respectively, with uniform presentations for football and netball on Wednesday May 23 before the game against Mid Gippsland. The game will be held at Meeniyan Recreation Reserve on May 26 and a big crowd is expected. This is the first time since the mid 2000s that the Alberton League has been part of the interleague competition.

Above left Represent: Justin Cowell is leading the Alberton senior interleague side as coach this year. Left Good group: the Under 18s training group is looking forward to the match.

May medal winner: Dot Elliott.

Mirboo North TWENTY-SEVEN players competed in the Captain’s Trophy Qualifying Stableford at Mirboo North on Saturday. A Grade winner was Adrian Williams (15) 40 pts. Down the line balls: Mal Payne, Max Fletcher, Terry Bradshaw, John Blunsden. Nearest the pin on the 4th Doug Taylor, 6th Bryan Randall, 13th Bryan Randall and 16th Chris Bracecamp.

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AGAIN mother nature continues to be active and this in turn has limited our bowls activities for the week. The only good side of things was the fact that the first of the medley fours was able to take place on Wednesday May 9 with a field of only 24 players taking part in a fours, followed by a pairs and then a triples with each skipper of the foursome in a singles battle. The Leongatha club was grateful to the representation on the day from two members of the Inverloch club in their support. Overall everyone enjoyed the day which certainly was a format of bowls that kept all on their toes. Winners on the day were the team of Ray McGannon (s) with Glenice Emmerson, George Witherow and Inverloch

bowler Arthur Moore with a total of 71 points. The runners - up were the team of Graeme Drury (s) with Tas Haywood and another Inverloch bowler Graeme Dunlop and Joan Bee on 61 points. The sponsors for the day were South Gippsland Quarries and the club thanks them for the valued support. The next medley fours will be held on Wednesday May 13 and the club would welcome a greater number of bowlers to participate so please if you want to play make sure you enter your team (4) or your name with the match committee chairman Jeff Pendergast 5662 0974. The next affiliated triples day is scheduled for Wednesday May 23 with a 9.30am start, bring your own lunch. Until next report. Good bowling. Jackhigh.

Register now for darts comp

SECONDARY schools across South Gippsland are expected to take part in this year’s darts challenge. The third Gippsland Inter College Dart Shield Challenge will be conducted at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club in September. Schools can register teams of six players, who must be over 15 by the end of this school year. Many local businesses are now sponsoring the event which has grown in strength each year. Prize money of $600 will be awarded to the winning school, with $400 for second place, $200 for third and $100 each for fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth. Finger food and soft drinks are provided to players, courtesy of the Workmen’s Club. The challenge is organised by the Powlett Darts Association.


Steve Boag stars STEVE Boag produced one of his best matches to date, his outstanding results nearly gave his team Cockatoos a memorable win over top side Parrots. Steve put on a withering display of high quality badminton, his serving in particular was of magnificent depth, his disheveled opponent was highly distressed by the evening’s conclusion. However the Parrots held on by a slender 10 points to move to top position on the A Grade ladder. Time Bright and Keinen Hemming did the heavy lifting for the Parrots. The Lorikeets were defeated by surprise packet team, the Bowerbirds. Josh Almond filling in was superb all night, as was the vastly improved Paul Sokhom. New player Ian Cole has put in a good pre-season and is reaping the benefits, having a wonderful victory in his singles over the much younger Maurice Simpson. Due to the long term injury to Jason Richards, the evergreen Tim Bright has been promoted back to the number one position, Tim is a doubles specialist and will relish moving to the Bowerbirds and perhaps leading them to a premiership. The Kookaburras were smashed by the talented Rosellas outfit, Greg Marshman on fire for his side easily defeating close mate Neil Jeremiah 15/6. Mathew Oomman had rare singles victory and Jim Newton had a tight tussle with Brenda Eaton, just winning 15-10, a top effort by Jim who

was sweating profusely after the set. It was fantastic to see young Ben Ryan filling in for the Bosch team. Ben put together some excellent sets and it appears he has a bright future in the game. The Bosch team were solid all night accounting for DeWalt by 22 points, Mat Howard producing a top match winning all his three sets. For DeWalt new players Barb Jenkins and Brett Hampshire continue to show plenty of promise for a top season ahead. The final match for review witnessed Ryobi conjuring up their maiden victory for the season. Melanie Plunkett won all her three sets on the night and got terrific support from Steven Holmes and Tracey Miles who is using her height to distinct advantage on the court. Davis Loo again battled valiantly for G.M.C, mini lotto tickets need to be purchased soon as the draw for prizes will begin in a few weeks time, you have to be in it to win it. Results A Grade: Rosellas 6/114 d Kookaburras 2/92, Parrots 4/113 d Cockatoos 4/103, Bowerbirds 5/131 d Lorikeets 3/106. B Grade: Bosch 4/116 d De Walt 2/94, Ryobi 4/116 d GMC 2/95.

Meeniyan WEDNESDAY May 2 was our special general meeting to ratify the new constitution followed by the annual general meeting with 37 members in attendance. Our outgoing presidents Paul Buckner and Kath Brown reported on another successful year. President for 2012/13 is Alan Hanks, with John Cocking and Max Brown again filling the positions of secretary and treasurer. Paul Holmes takes on the role of tournament secretary. It is pleasing to see several new faces on the committee. At the conclusion of the meeting a very surprised Evelyn Thorson was granted life membership. Joining in 1968/69 Ev has taken on many roles in the club and is still actively involved. The Tuesday section met the following week with Avril van Wamel coming in as president, Marj Pearson again taking on secretary and Irene Hil filling the role of tournament secretary. Our first weekly winter triples on May 7 was sponsored by Prom Country First National real estate. Allen Bartlett and Kaz Hughes, both members of our club presented the trophies. Keith Pocklington continues to organise this event. Winners were Dino and Lucy Vignocchi (Toora) with local Mick Scott, while runners-up were locals Max Brown, Avril van Wamel and Bob Wylie. In delightful weather on Wednesday May 9 social bowls winners were Dudley Harrison and Michelle Douglas. The lucky draw went to Pat Pocklington. Social bowls commences at 10.30am with two games. Flat shoes, bowls and free tuition offered (if required) but byo lunch. All welcome. • LEONGATHA CYCLING

Smith takes club race SATURDAY saw club members join with the Carnegie Caulfield Club members for racing at the Phillip Island Race Circuit in cold, windy and rainy conditions. The first racing for the day was a state open team’s race session. Stuart Smith raced with his team but did not finish, while Ron Purtle raced in B Grade and helped his team member’s move with the break early in the race. Even though Ronald did not finish he was able to see his team run second. In the afternoon the club grade racing was held. Tony Smith, Clem Fries, David McFarlane and Jake Laine were all in the mixed A and B field. Tony Smith managed to get in the break early in the race and this group managed to stay away for the whole race. In the dash to the line Tony managed to claim the win – well done Tony. Phil Handley rode in the C Grade race and had the misfortune to puncture. With time out to replace the wheel he was back in the race but finished out of the places. Tom McFarlane was also in this race and finished with the bunch but off the podium. Matt Minogue played football in the morning and managed to kick his first goal of the season and then fronted to race in E Grade. The adrenalin must have still been pumping as Matt also claimed victory in this race – well done Matt. Next week club racing is criterium racing at Bena so hopefully it is a better day than either Saturday or Sunday of this past weekend. Tuesday night there is a club meeting at Neil White’s – the three day tour weekend will be one of the topics for discussion.

Swinging at state JACK Clements and James Mercer will be heading to State School Tennis finals after recently winning Division, Regional and Conference finals A fantastic achievement considering they played teams from Eastern and Southern Metropolitan regions in the Conference finals.

Ladders A Grade Parrots .....................................22 Rosellas....................................18 Kookaburras...........................16 Honeyeaters ............................16 Bowerbirds ...............................16 Lorikeets ..................................10 Cockatoos...................................7 B Grade Bosch .......................................17 DeWalt.....................................15 Makita .....................................15 GMC ........................................10 Ryobi ..........................................6

Heading to state: Jack Clements and James Mercer will be playing tennis at a state level after winning the Division, Regional and Conference finals.

Inverloch indoor ON Wednesday May 9, in our second indoor bowls session for this season, four teams of pairs played two games, each of 10 ends. The winners of the first game changed mats for the second game. There were two two-game winners. Overall winners for the night were the team of Pat Stoneham and Margaret Taylor with 33 points, closely followed by Margaret Flett and Joan Clark with 31 points. Apologies for the incorrect announcement on the night, the true outcome was later evaluated using the club’s bowls scoring software.

SGIBBA pennant Results Dumbalk 26 d Fish Creek 20, Mardan Gold 42 d Buffalo Yellow 11, Mardan Purple 28 d Korumburra Blue 17, Korumburra White 21 d Foster Black 18. Next week’s games: Top teams Mardan Purple and Mardan Gold play off for top spot; Korumburra Blue and Korumburra White, with only two shots separating them, also play; Dumbalk Green v Foster Black, Fish Creek Red v Buffalo Yellow.

Ladder Mardan Gold ....................+56 Mardan Purple .................+21 Dumbalk Green ...................-3 Korumburra Blue ...............-5 Korumburra White ................-7 Buffalo Yellow ....................-22 Foster Black ..........................-9 Fish Creek Red....................-31

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Mardan Indoor ANOTHER week and a group of 18 bowlers attended Mardan Hall for the weekly social bowls session. We were able to have three mats out and six teams of three playing three games of 10 ends. This combination always throws up some interesting and exciting bowls. We had a new player, Ann, come along to see what we are all about and I think Ann had a good night since she knew most of the players there and apart from changing from the outdoor to the indoor bowling length she did well. We hope you’ll come back again Ann. So the night went well as usual and the various teams had the usual ups and downs, which meant that no one team had three wins and the results had to

be decided on count back. Runners-up with 2 wins 15 ends and +10 were: Jeannie Baker, Ian Hasty and Jeanette Grady (skip). The winners with 2 wins 15 ends and +15 were: Mark Serafino, Margaret Campbell and Andy Plowman (skip) Well done to all players and especially the winners.

Dumbalk indoor

ON Monday night, May 7 we had 11 players take part in four teams of three players in each game. Winners were Dudley, Kay, Michelle 9-6. We won our second game of pennant on Tuesday night beating Fish Creek Red 26-20, which was a close game. Hope to see you all Monday night.

Buffalo indoor

AFTER pennant on Tuesday night where the Buffalo team went down to Mardan Gold, five bowlers came on Wednesday May 9 to have another roll. Two teams were selected for two games of 10 ends, with positions changed after the first game. Toni Heldens, Alex Thompson and Carolyn Benson were declared winners from Graeme Tobias and Peter Heldens after two close games - well contested. In the second game the score was even on the last end, with Toni, Alex and Carolyn winning by one shot. Rod had the lucky ticket, taking home the chook. Chips and fruit to the others. Flowers were given out to acknowledge Mother’s Day this Sunday - thanks Toni. Hoping to see some keen bowlers next week at Buffalo.

Korumburra parlor bowls THE penultimate game of competition parlor bowls was played on Thursday, May 10. Where the previous week’s games were all closely contested, only one this week proved an interesting contest. Pretenders played Kardella in an armwrestle to the finish and with two inexperienced bowlers in their line-up, Kardella have to be congratulated for their fine effort, finishing only two shots in arrears. It was a good result for them and Pretenders were equally pleased with the tough struggle. Even though Kookaburras began well, Sicilians outplayed them throughout the entire game and came away with a large

win. Sicilians appear to have peaked at the right time of the season and are gaining momentum for an onslaught at the finals. The Burra met second placed VRI and played their usual first half game, staying within a shot or two of their more experienced opposition. But, where in past weeks The Burra players have faded away in the second half, this week they bowled magnificently to more than double their first half score. With a bye next week, The Burra has completed the home and away rounds on a high whereas VRI seemed to melt under the relentless pressure. Results of Round 13 were Pretenders 19 d Kardella 17, Sicilians 29 d Kookaburras 18, The Burra 23 d VRI 13, Battlers – bye.

Motley Crue take win POWLETT Darts Adults finals were played on Wednesday night at the Wonthaggi Workman’s Club after 18 weeks of the summer competition. A Grade Korumburra and Wonthaggi Players (Motley Crue) were undefeated all through the season and went on to win the grand final against Whateva 4/2. In the B Grade Battlers had a most deserved win over One Out 4/0. Persons of 18 years of age and older interested to play in the winter Wednesday night competition can ring Trevor on 5672 3642 or register your interest at the Workman’s Club. The new season will kick off on May 23 at 7.30pm.

A Grade winners: Motley Crue were Neil Cross, Kyle Earl, Glenn Earl, Allen McKinnon and Kevin Clink.

B Grade winners: Battlers were Victoria Smith, Lou-Ann Sanders, J-Lee Cook and Jeff Sanders.

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Mid Gippsland League

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Newborough ......... 310.47 Trafalgar ............... 210.79 Hill End ................. 159.19 Yall-Yall North....... 138.90 Mirboo North ........ 130.59 Morwell East .......... 101.62 Yinnar ...................... 86.80 Boolarra ................... 69.15 Thorpdale ................ 24.34 Yarragon .................. 45.61

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Hill End ................. 262.65 20 Yinnar ................... 125.82 16 Boolarra ................ 114.80 16 Yall-Yall North....... 118.25 12 Morwell East......... 160.32 8 Trafalgar ................. 158.59 8 Newborough .......... 107.72 8 Mirboo North............ 81.58 8 Thorpdale ................ 43.25 4 Yarragon ................... 17.77 0


Newborough ......... 922.08 Yarragon ............... 306.92 Mirboo North ........ 191.67 Trafalgar ............... 167.43 Yinnar ..................... 99.72 Yall-Yall North .......... 81.23 Thorpdale ................ 46.05 Hill End .................... 51.91 Boolarra ................... 42.24 Morwell East ............ 18.65

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THE undefeated Trafalgar downed Mirboo North by 13 points in a low-scoring, lack-lustre encounter in testing conditions at Trafalgar on Saturday. Although Mirboo North battled hard and had worthy contributors in Kallum Nash, Tim Traill, Brian Waters, Dom Pinneri, Ben Joustra, Kris Berchtold and Anthony Bence, it was unable to add to its meagre tally of six wins at Trafalgar

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in the past 43 years. Overall, the mighty Tigers’ lack of 20-20 football vision when in possession, limited their usual compatible transitional capability and delivery. Trafalgar’s newly-sown surface was well-grassed, but heavy overnight rain had made it soft and slippery for players twisting and turning out of trouble. As the cold autumn wind came howling in from the west, rain continually threatened, and hardy fans found little to excite them. Who said, “People who need football are the lucki-

SENIORS Trafalgar 7.9.51 d Mirboo North 5.8.38

THIRDS Mirboo North 8.11.59 d Trafalgar 8.9.57

Trafalgar goals: D. Mann 2, B. Faltum 1, J. Holdsworth 1, M. Farrell 1, C. Kyriacou 1, J. Butler 1. Trafalgar best: C. Kyriacou, J. Butler, M. Farrell, J. Hines, J. Bragagnolo, J. Holdsworth. Mirboo North goals: T. Traill 2, K. Nash 1, K. Berchtold 1, J. Nash 1. Mirboo North best: K. Nash, T. Traill, B. Waters, D. Pinneri, K. Berchtold, A. Bence.

Mirboo North goals: J. Salinger 3, C. Irwin 3, M. Hinkley 2. Mirboo North best: N. Gervasi, M. Hinkley, M. Wightman, B. Taylor, B. Richards, D. O’Keefe. Trafalgar goals: H. Malady 2, D. Farrell 1, D. Barker 1, R. Cant 1, B. Whelan 1, D. Wood 1, M. Dyke 1. Trafalgar best: B. Whelan, D. Barker, J. McGrath, L. Faltum, D. Farrell, M. Dyke.

RESERVES Mirboo North 5.6.36 d Trafalgar 4.8.32


Newborough ......... 777.19 Yarragon ............... 254.41 Yinnar ................... 237.31 Thorpdale ............. 136.10 Yall-Yall North....... 174.39 Mirboo North.......... 131.33 Trafalgar ................... 58.93 Hill End .................... 17.88 Morwell East .............. 6.44

Tigers slip in wet

Mirboo North goals: S. Marcou 2, J. Farrington 1, W. Haysom 1, D. Woodall 1. Mirboo North best: M. Taylor, J. Garde, B. Leach, A. Leach, A. Crossley, W. Haysom. Trafalgar goals: H. Brock 2, T. Tatterson 1, J. Ainsworth 1. Trafalgar best: G. Rankin, J. Ainsworth, L. Weymouth, T. Tatterson, L. Williams, C. Lee.

FOURTHS Mirboo North 4.7.31 d Trafalgar 2.6.18 Mirboo North goals: J. Buxton 1, J. Richards 1, J. Moro 1, P. Hinkley 1. Mirboo North best: J. Salinger, J. Moro, J. Richards, B. Linforth, J. Best, J. Buxton. Trafalgar goals: R. Evison 1, C. Noonan 1. Trafalgar best: H. Malady, B. Heywood, B. Tullett, D. Templeton, M. Walker, M. Smart.

est people in the world?” Defences dominated most of the contest, as both sides regularly broke down across their respective halfforward lines. Mirboo North drew first blood when Traill marked brilliantly overhead in the goal square and sent the Sherrin flying gloriously over the 15-metre high safety net, across busy Waterloo Road and onto the railway track. With no kids around to fetch the ball, Traill had to jump the oval’s fence, negotiate a security gate and cross the road to rescue the Sherrin himself, before passing it to the waiting boundary umpire. Meanwhile, three minutes of time-on ticked by. Trafalgar’s first goal soon followed, then Traill booted another major from the goal square, courtesy of a double 50-metre penalty that sent hot-headed young Blood, Brenton Faltum, to the sin bin. The ever-alert Traill gently donkey-dropped the Sherrin into the safety net behind the big white sticks to save himself another trip onto the railway line. With the Bloods a player down until quarter-time, due to Faltum’s indiscretion, the Tigers had an opportunity to create a loose man and consolidate their early lead.

However, three quick goals to Trafalgar, including two from Damien Mann, gave it a handy ten-point advantage at the first break. Mirboo North was floundering after Leigh Stevens brought up the Bloods’ fifth from a free kick. Trafalgar was outmarking the Tigers and moving the ball more fluently and purposefully through the midfield. Veteran 310-game Trafalgar warhorse, Chris De Haas, relished the absence of rival big man, Don Webb and was rucking like a colt with no regrets. Playing coach, Chris Kyriacou, skipper, Jace Butler, Michael Farrell and Jamie Hines were other Bloods causing plenty of headaches for Mirboo North. Relief finally came for the Tigers when Waters cleverly fired a perfect 40-metre inboard pass to Daniel Taylor, who immediately went long to Kallum Nash. Nash marked strongly and converted from 40 metres to bring up Mirboo North’s third major. A mark and goal to Jack Holdsworth gave the Bloods’ their sixth, before Bence passed delightfully to Berchtold, who slammed through Mirboo North’s fourth major close to halftime.

Faltum was the only third-quarter goal scorer from either team when he slotted a magnificent 50-metre running shot from the grandstand boundary for the Bloods. Trailing by 21 points at the last change, Mirboo North knew it couldn’t afford any catastrophic slipups or game plan non-conformances in its search for victory. When Jacob Nash scored early in the final term, it seemed the Tigers were in with a chance, but it wasn’t to be. Much of the play stayed in Mirboo North’s forward half, but gallant defence by the Bloods held the desperate Tigers at bay.

SENIORS Boolarra 16.9.105 d Yallourn-Yall Nth 7.13.55 Boolarra goals: T. Leys 3, J. Giardina 2, M. Wigg 2, D. Leys 2, T. Dowe 2, J. Dyer 2, S. Cooper 1, M. Dyer 1, S. Buglisi 1. Boolarra best: J. Dyer, M. Dyer, K. Towt, J. Holmes, J. Cargill, T. Leys. Yallourn-Yall Nth goals: T. Phillips 3, J. Chessells 1, T. Dobson 1, W. McNeill 1, C. MacInnes 1. Yallourn-Yall Nth best: T. Hutton, T. Dobson, B. Burnett, W. McNeill, O. Budge, D. Stimson.

RESERVES Yallourn-Yall Nth 11.8.74 d Boolarra 6.5.41 Yallourn -Yall Nth goals: S. Cook 3, J. Bainbridge 1, J. Daniel 1, D. Stevens 1, D. Atkinson 1, D. Potts 1, A. Raven 1, J. Patterson 1, S. Pearson 1. Yallourn -Yall Nth best: D. Stevens,

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Morwell East 20.11.131 d Yarragon 5.6.36 Hill End 18.15.123 d Thorpdale 3.8.26 Newborough 10.6.66 d Yinnar 3.7.25 RESERVES Morwell East 25.16.166 d Yarragon 2.3.15 Hill End 7.16.58 d Thorpdale 1.4.10 Yinnar 7.19.61 d Newborough 4.6.30 THIRDS Yarragon 22.12.144 d Morwell East 1.2.8 Thorpdale 7.13.55 d Hill End 8.5.53 Newborough 18.19.127 d Yinnar 2.2.14 FOURTHS Yarragon 16.6.102 Morwell East 2.1.13 Thorpdale 11.11.77 Hill End 5.5.35 Newborough 5.8.38 Yinnar 4.2.26

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M. Mallia, J. Patterson, J. Daniel, S. Price. A. Hunter. Boolarra goals: L. Haustorfer 1, J. Kelly 1, C. Sykes 1, R. Beamish 1, D. O’Neill 1, J. Wilson 1. Boolarra best: R. Beamish, E. Stanton, J. Kelly, L. Haustorfer, G. Dyer, C. Sykes.

THIRDS Yallourn-Yall Nth 14.7.91 d Boolarra 8.5.53 Yallourn-Yall Nth goals: B. McSweeney 3, E. DeCarli 3, L. Fry 3, N. Tatnell 3, J. Redman 1, S. Smith 1. Yallourn-Yall Nth best: N. Tatnell, B. McSweeney, E. DeCarli, R. Byrne, J. Stichling, J. Dobson. Boolarra goals: H. Lawson-Pepper 4, S. Mazou 2, J. Dudek 1, B. Brand 1. Boolarra best: S. Mazou, M. Dodds, J. Battersby, B. Campbell, J. Anderson, A. Sauppe.


Stars fall down to earth AFTER two stellar performances away from home the Stars welcomed Korumburra to their Outtrim home for the new team’s first ever home game.

It was disappointing for the home team that Captain-Coach and powerhouse defender Pat Gilbert was unavailable for selection leaving a gap that was always going to be difficult to fill. Korumburra started brightly, challenging the new look Stars defense and they scored first after a free kick hit the bar and the rebound was tapped in. The Stars bounced back with a fine individual goal by Tony Lawless and the game went up a gear but unfortunately for the Stars it was Korumburra making most of the running. The South Coast defenses were under the pump and when Korumburra managed to beat the offside trap they finished with a goal to lead 2-1 at the break. The Stars started well in the second half and the forwards were

finally able to apply some pressure to the Burra defense. However Korumburra were always dangerous on the break and a fine cross into the box split open the Stars back four and led to another goal giving City some breathing space. Not usually in this situation it was time for the Stars to show some character and they responded well, gradually coming back into the game. Goalie Gene Parini yet again excelled and snuffed out a few Burra chances and the team doggedly stuck to their passing game despite the conditions making it difficult. In the dying seconds goal machine San Oo struck a glorious free kick but it was too little too late and the Stars undefeated record was no more. 3-2 to Korumburra. Glenn Odgers, Keanu Miller and Jake Allman were the scorers for Korumburra while Daniel Vanderzwart was a stand out in defense The Stars now have to regroup for what is bound to be a difficult encounter against Phillip Island next week.

Womens The South Coast Stars ladies team was hit hard this week with a few injuries and illnesses and started the game with only 10 players. By the end of the match the team was down to seven after a few more injuries. New recruit Jodie Lynch did very well in her first match playing up forward. Even though the final score was 11-2 it was not a reflection of the talent shown by new goal keeper this week Gabby Harris. The two goals were scored by Margie and Nancy, bringing much excitement to a very wet and muddy match on Mother’s Day. Goal scorers for Korumburra were Tara Wallace with six, Chloe Rodda with two and one each to Holly Allman, Bree Allen and Olivia Methven. The Stars enjoyed playing their first home match at Outtrim and look forward to having everyone back on the pitch next week. Korumburra outplayed them this week and are looking good at this point in the season.


’Burra City push in 19s KORUMBURRA City Soccer Club had an unusual round this week with the Under 13s on a bye, the Under 16s playing Phillip Island at Phillip Island, the Under 19s playing Wonthaggi at Wonthaggi and the small sided, senior men and women playing South Coast at Outtrim. In the Under 19s game Korumburra kicked with a strong breeze in the first half and dominated possession early. Goals to Jarrah Rabbe, Liam Cull and Elijah

Wardle put Korumburra up 3-0 at half time. Korumburra continued into the wind in the second half adding a further 3 goals from Daniel Longden and Liam Cull. Wonthaggi never gave up and finished strongly but were held out by the Korumburra defense until they scored a late goal. Final score: Korumburra 6 – Wonthaggi 1. In the Under 16s both teams had a great first half but after the break Phillip Island ran through Korumburra’s defenses scoring a number of times. Korumburra could not respond and ran out of legs fighting a strong breeze. Final score: Phillip Island 6 – Korumburra 0.

Wet and wild: racers in the 100cc class in their final race of the day. The class was won by Danny Bray who had the benefit of wet weather tyres to help him stay on track in the slippery conditions on Sunday.

Slippery track tests drivers RACE day at Stony Creek Go Karts was particularly wet and slippery on Sunday. The terrible conditions caused at least one race to be red-flagged and the race program was reduced. There was still a good turn-up of drivers for the day, with the regulars braving the cold conditions to enjoy some racing. The four strokes class was won by Michael Evans, with 2045 points. Hugh Barter came second in the class, with 1980 points. Hugh is a regular at the Stony Creek track. He is only six-yearsold and does a very good job of keeping up with the older guys in his class. Third in the four stroke class was Eric Miles with 1832 points. The 100cc class was won by Michael Sword, on 1560 points. James Humphry

came second with 1449 points and Phil Porter was third on 1333 points. The 125cc class was won by Danny Bray, with 1584 points. Shane Tilley came second with 1494 points and Joe Benson was third, on 1224 points. The championship is approaching the half-way point for the 2012 season and so far all classes are being closely contested. The four stroke leader board sees Tim Carroll on top, followed closely by Trevor Reeves in second place and Kevin Teasdale in third. The 125cc class has James Humphry currently on top, with Michael Sword in second and James Austin in third. In the 100cc class, Mike Vella is leading, with Joe Benson sitting in second and Graham Hardman in third. The next race meeting will be held on Sunday, June 10.

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Alberton netball Results - Round 7

May 12 A Grade: Toora 27 d Yarram 19, Foster 66 d MDU 20, Fish Creek 37 drew Stony Creek 37, Korumburra-Bena 80 d Tarwin 16, Phillip Island 47 d Inverloch-Kongwak 38, Dalyston 91 d Kilcunda - Bass 9. B Grade: Fish Creek 39 d Stony Creek 24, Foster 45 d MDU 41, Inverloch-Kongwak 43 d Phillip Island 29, Dalyston 86 d Kilcunda-Bass 12, Korumburra-Bena 37 d Tarwin 29, Toora 21 d Yarram 14. C Grade: Stony Creek 31 d Fish Creek 19, Foster 31 d MDU 28, InverlochKongwak 42 d Phillip Island 13, Dalyston 55 d Kilcunda-Bass 16, Korumburra-Bena 33 d Tarwin 18, Yaram 29 d Toora 19. 17 & Under: Fish Creek 28 d Stony Creek 19, MDU 56 d Foster 21, Inverloch-Kongwak 34 d Phillip Island 19, Dalyston 48 d Kilcunda-Bass 11, Korumburra-Bena 36 d Tarwin 13, Yarram 18 d Toora 15. 15 & Under: Fish Creek 29 d Stony Creek 7, Foster 18 d MDU 8, Inverloch-Kongwak 28 d

Phillip Island 20, Dalyston 51 d Kilcunda-Bass 8, Korumburra-Bena 42 d Tarwin 4, Yarram 14 d Toora 13. 13 & Under: Fish Creek 36 d Stony Creek 3, Foster 20 d MDU 2, Phillip Island 22 d Inverloch Kongwak 18, Dalyston 38 d Kilcunda - Bass 8, Korumburra - Bena 27 d Tarwin 5, Toora 21 d Yarram 6.

Ladders A Grade Foster..........................254.72 28 Korumburra-Bena......261.49 24 Dalyston ......................217.07 24 Phillip Island............... 117.31 24 Fish Creek ...................161.21 22 MDU ..............................85.65 20 Stony Creek..................107.32 14 Toora .............................90.75 12 Inverloch-Kongwak........89.53 12 Yarram ............................87.76 12 Tarwin ..............................34.00 4 Kilcunda-Bass .................21.88 4 B Grade Foster...........................204.19 28 Dalyston ......................200.00 28 DWWWW...................120.63 22 Kor-Bena .....................174.41 20 Fish Creek ...................120.97 18 MDU ...........................107.42 16 Inv-Kongwak ...............106.87 16 Phillip Island ................82.83 12 Toora .............................79.91 12 Stony Creek....................70.63 12 Tarwin ............................82.54 10 Yarram ..............................58.59 6 Kil-Bass............................25.26 4 C Grade Kor-Bena .....................178.57 28 Foster...........................203.64 24 Inv-Kongwak ..............166.67 24 Dalyston .....................193.18 20 MDU ...........................134.39 20

Stony Creek ................130.60 20 Yarram .......................... 112.43 20 Phillip Island ..................56.65 10 DWWWW.......................77.47 8 Fish Creek ........................71.56 8 Toora ................................59.91 8 Tarwin ..............................58.69 8 Kil-Bass............................25.09 6 17 & Under Kor-Bena .....................390.00 28 Fish Creek ...................204.62 28 DWWWW...................104.40 24 Stony Creek ...............165.12 20 Dalyston ......................151.49 20 Inv-K’wak ...................100.64 16 Tarwin ............................91.06 14 Toora ..............................80.90 14 MDU ...........................120.42 12 Phillip Island ....................73.02 8 Yarram ..............................42.51 8 Kil-Bass............................40.21 8 Foster.................................34.98 4 15 & Under Dalyston ......................397.26 28 Kor-Bena .....................341.98 28 Foster...........................201.41 24 Fish Creek ...................175.22 20 PhillipIsland................157.14 20 Yarram ........................129.13 20 Inv-Kongwak .................96.15 16 Stony Creek...................91.06 12 MDU ..............................59.09 12 Toora ................................78.68 8 Kil-Bass............................33.95 8 Tarwin ..............................18.32 4 DWWWW........................14.23 4 13 & Under Foster..........................642.86 28 Dalyston ......................588.57 28 Kor-Bena .....................361.82 24 Phillip Island...............353.45 24 Fish Creek ...................207.81 20 Toora .............................71.30 16 Inv-Kongwak ...............104.00 12 MDU .............................69.62 12 DWWWW......................26.42 12 Kilcunda-Bass ..................49.70 8 Yarram ..............................28.07 8 Tarwin ..............................15.08 8 Stony Creek......................12.78 4

Gippsland netball results

Results - Round 5 A Grade: Drouin 57 lt Wonthaggi 60, Sale 39 d Traralgon 32, Leongatha 36 d Warragul 26, Bairnsdale 29 lt Maffra 37. B Grade: Drouin 46 d Wonthaggi 41, Sale 28 lt Traralgon 45, Leongatha 81 d Warragul 24, Moe 23 lt Morwell 37, Bairnsdale 48 d Maffra 42. C Grade: Drouin 35 d Wonthaggi 33, Sale 19 lt Traralgon 67, Leongatha 62 d Warragul 8, Moe 11 lt Morwell 40, Bairnsdale 33 d Maffra 30. 17 & Under: Drouin 20 lt Wonthaggi 37, Sale 31 d Traralgon 27, Leongatha 51 d Warragul 13, Moe 17 lt Morwell 32, Bairnsdale 23 lt Maffra 44. 15 & Under: Drouin 17 lt Wonthaggi 35, Sale 23 lt Traralgon 28, Leongatha 33 lt Warragul 36, Moe 28 d Morwell 17, Bairnsdale 14 lt Maffra 37. 13 & Under: Drouin 19 lt Wonthaggi 28, Sale 7 lt

Traralgon 21, Leongatha 15 lt Warragul 31, Moe 45 d Morwell 3, Bairnsdale 30 d Maffra 22.

Ladders A Grade Leongatha ..................173.20 Maffra ..........................94.33 Sale ............................. 110.59 Bairnsdale ..................104.61 Wonthaggi .....................87.85 Drouin .........................106.25 Morwell .........................92.90 Traralgon .......................92.86 Warragul ........................61.89 B Grade Leongatha ..................186.05 Traralgon ...................171.43 Drouin ........................170.97 Wonthaggi ..................100.00 Maffra............................94.42 Bairnsdale .....................86.85 Morwell .......................104.26 Sale................................80.47 Moe ...............................47.84 Warragul ........................42.96 C Grade Traralgon ...................238.53 Drouin ........................189.47 Leongatha ..................193.14 Morwell ......................175.76 Bairnsdale ...................105.03 Wonthaggi ...................100.00 Maffra............................73.26 Moe ...............................48.99

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Sale................................50.62 Warragul ........................28.70 17 & Under Maffra ........................290.36 Sale .............................242.39 Traralgon ...................251.02 Wonthaggi .................. 117.69 Leongatha......................98.78 Morwell .......................100.00 Drouin ...........................67.47 Bairnsdale .....................67.01 Moe ...............................29.86 Warragul ........................25.81 15 & Under Traralgon ...................318.92 Maffra ........................224.72 Sale .............................222.22 Wonthaggi ..................217.02 Drouin ...........................77.92 Warragul ........................56.18 Leongatha...................... 61.11 Moe ...............................45.16 Bairnsdale .....................35.56 Morwell .........................56.64 13 & Under Traralgon ...................734.38 Wonthaggi ..................128.83 Maffra ........................251.85 Sale .............................173.63 Bairnsdale ................... 119.33 Warragul ...................... 112.71 Drouin ...........................60.15 Moe ...............................78.20 Leongatha......................41.84 Morwell ...........................5.99

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Great mates: Brittany Thomas and Harvey Chandler show why the Town Black 11 and Under team is so successful.

May 15

Good hands: Rachel Williams goes to pull in a loose ball for Toora on Saturday.

11am: Maria Evison, Julie Grant, Lauren Baudinette, Michelle Derrick, Mariah Grant, Janie Gordon, Rebecca Wylie, Sophie Clarke, Stephanie Wylie, Jessie Bickham, Beth Forrester, Jess Foreman 12 noon: Maria Evision, Chelsea Kenny, Belinda Dyke, Stephanie Wylie, Janice Hill, Julie Grant, Holly Hurst, Rebecca Wylie, Brittany Tennyenhuis, Tanya Derrick, Erin Baudinette, Amy Egan, Amy Smith, Jenny Goss, Lori McKenzie, Mitch Price 1pm: Janice Hill, Sue Ritchie, Kate Gourlay, Kim Lawrence, Narelle Hanily, Heather Bielby, Robyn Kenny, Mitch Price 2.15pm: Kerry Bentvelzen, Danielle Jones, Angelique Dunlevie, Emalie Gordon, Phil Smith, Danielle Jones, Anna Patterson, Emma Smith, Kim Lawrence, Heather Bielby Any enquires: Phone Julie Grant 5662 2695 or 0407 076 425

Parrots win big A Grade Leongatha 63 d Warragul 26 Awards: Nikki Green (Leongatha Skin Therapy) and Kasie Rump (Evans Petroleum) A thrilling first half. At half time leading by 16 goals. Excellent passages of play and passes right down the court. Fantastic defence and attacking right through the game. Resulting in a great win. GO PARROTS!! Well done girls on a great win. B Grade Leongatha 81 d Warragul 26 Awards: Courtney Lever (Influence Clothing) and Nicola Marriott (Evans Petroleum) Fantastic win with everyone showing great determination to win all the way through the game. Pressure down the court resulted in many turnovers for a convincing win. Everyone played their positions well and gave it their

all. Great win, good luck for Drouin next week! C Grade Leongatha 62 d Warragul 8 Awards: Carlie McNamara (Sth Gippsland Therapy Centre) and Sandi Leask Grylls (Body First) A very convincing win with everyone putting in 100% for the whole game. A great team effort all round, all players played their position excellently. They all went in hard and the scores showed that. Best of luck for next week girls! Under 17s Leongatha 51 d Warragul 13 Awards: Rachel O’Loughlin (Nagels) and Bridget Argento (RSL) Right from the opening whistle the girls showed great strength. Passes were well placed and strong. Leading was well timed all over the court. Strong defence resulted in many turn overs and goals

Leading the way: Ebony Best looks for someone to pass to during the Parrots’ win on Saturday. Photo by Mark Drury.

down the other end. A great four quarters. Under 15s Leongatha 33 lost to Warragul 36 Awards: Lisa Clark (Network Video) and Abby Bolge (Paradise Pizza) A great game girls lots of improvement all the way down the court. Brilliant third quarter, everyone came out firing and fought back to take the lead. Excellent attacking plays off the centre pass.

Keep up the hard work it’s definitely showing. Under 13s Leongatha 15 lost to Warragul 31 Awards: Sara Risely (Sportsfirst) and Ashlie Giliam (Serafinos) Bad luck girls. A great second half. Lots of intercepts all over the court and some nice passages of play. Keep training hard. Your ‘A Grade Buddies’ thought you had the best chant in the club.

Leongatha & District netball Results Saturday, May 12 11/Under: St Laurence Gold 8 drew Mt Eccles Navy 8, Mt Eccles White 11 d Mt Eccles Pink 10, Town Black 6 d Mt Eccles Aqua 3, Town Tangerine 10 d Meeniyan & District 7, Mirboo North Gold 28 d St Laurence Blue 0, Mirboo North Purple - Bye. 13/Under: Town Tangerine 5 d St Laurence Gold 1, St Laurence Blue 13 d Town Black 6, Mirboo North Gold 25 d Mirboo North Purple 8, Town Green 30 d Mt Eccles Aqua 5, Meeniyan & District 21 d Mt Eccles Pink 7. 15/Under: St Laurence Blue 31 d St Laurence Gold 14, Meeniyan & District 18 drew Town Black 18, Mt Eccles Aqua 29 d Mt Eccles Pink 21, Town Green 15 d Town Tangerine 11, Mirboo North 34 d Mt Eccles Purple 8. 17/Under / C Grade: Meeniyan & District Blue 32 d St Laurence 19, Town Tangerine 39 d Mirboo North 27, Town Black 62 d Town Green 29, Meeniyan & District Yellow 53 d Mt Eccles 30. B Grade: Mt Eccles Navy 46 d Town Black 28, Mt Eccles White 59 d St Laurence 27, Mt Eccles Pink 39 d Mt Eccles Aqua 31. A Grade: St Laurence 40 d Mt Eccles Navy 31, Town

50 d Mt Eccles White 44.

Ladders 13/Under Mirboo North Gold .....455.56 6 Town Green..................303.57 6 Meeniyan & District ...155.00 4 Town Black ..................133.33 4 St Laurence Blue ...........125.00 4 Mirboo North Purple ........63.27 2 Town Tangerine................56.76 2 Mt Eccles Pink ................42.37 2 St Laurence Gold ............34.78 0 Mt Eccles Aqua ...............21.52 0 15/Under Town Black ..................177.50 5 Meeniyan & District ...129.55 5 Mirboo North ..............153.70 4 St Laurence Gold .........145.76 4 Town Green ....................140.48 4 St Laurence Blue .............87.88 2 Town Tangerine...............80.85 2 Mt Eccles Pink ................80.00 2 Mt Eccles Aqua ...............63.01 2 Mt Eccles Purple ..............33.33 0 C Grade Town Black ...................206.67 6 Meen & Dist Blue ........169.49 4 Mirboo North ...............133.33 4 Town Tangerine ...........102.33 4 Mt Eccles ........................78.90 2 St Laurence ......................77.55 2 Meen & Dist Yellow .......74.26 2 Town Green .....................49.65 0 B Grade Mt Eccles Navy ............158.44 6 Town ............................149.46 4 Mt Eccles White ..........123.64 4 Mt Eccles Pink .............. 118.18 4 Mt Eccles Aqua ...............74.05 0 St Laurence .....................41.42 0 A Grade St Laurence ..................148.00 6 Mt Eccles Navy ............101.63 4 Town ...............................97.45 2 Mt Eccles White .............66.91 0

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MDU back on track Panthers hold on AFTER a disappointing game against Yarram, MDU came out to play this week, defeating Foster on the Tigers’ own patch on Saturday.

MDU wanted the ball just that bit better than Foster and really worked well in the windy conditions. MDU won this game because they held Foster during the first and third terms when Foster had the advantage of the wind blowing down the ground. In the first term United booted the first three goals into the wind with Foster kicking their two right at the end of the quarter. In the second MDU kicked three to Foster’s one and at half time it was MDU 6.8.44 to Foster 3.3.21. MDU used Clint Johnston as a

Smith rucked superbly. Joel Sinclair and Tremiane Tohiariki continue to impress while Tim Wightman played a steady game off half back. Tremaine’s brother Cruze had his first game back and did some useful body work and shepherding. For Foster, Shem Hawking was picking up plenty of the ball and Darren Granger put in another consistent effort. MDU have a Meet The Parents night for all parents of juniors next Tuesday, May 22 which is an ideal opportunity for all mums and dads to watch their sons and daughters at training, network with other parents and have a meal afterwards. All Thirds and Fourths parents and junior netball parents welcome. This Saturday night also sees MDU’s players auction.

floating defender in the third and he performed his role superbly to reduce Foster’s goal tally to just two in the third to MDU’s two. At the last break MDU not only had a three goal lead but the wind advantage in the final term. MDU finished with four goals to Foster’s two behinds as United had worn the Tigers out with their excellent work rate. The win for MDU keeps them in touch with the leaders but for Foster, they now have to travel to Phillip Island where they will face another tough assignment. MDU hosts one of the better sides in Kilcunda-Bass so another tough contest is assured. Damien Adkins is just starting to hit his straps with a BOG performance. Ruck rover Matt Doyle was again under notice while Michael


M.D.U. 12.9.81 Foster 5.7.37 M.D.U. Goals: M. Trotman 2, B. Maxwell 2, M. Harris 2, C. Hutcheson 1, C. Tohiariki 1, R. Olden 1, B. Heppell 1, C. Johnston 1, T. TOHIARIKI 1 Foster Goals: J. Weston 2, J. Stevenson 1, S. Hawking 1, C. VanDyke 1 M.D.U. Best: D. Adkins, M. Doyle, M. Smith, J. Sinclair, T. Wightman, T. TOHIARIKI Foster Best: D. Granger, S. Hawking, S. Condon, S. Chaseling, N. Grylls, M. Eales

RESERVES M.D.U. 18.12.120 Foster 0.3.3 Leading Goalkicker: R. Taylor (MDU) 4 M.D.U. Best: M. East, C. Davidson, M. Jones, B. Holman, N. Pye, R. Taylor Foster Best: W. Davy, R. Johnston, D. Smith, E. Davies, S. Davies, M.

CGJFL ladders UNDER 10 W L D

Quick hands: Tarwin’s Nick Browne gets a handpass away before being taken over the line. Photo courtesy Wendy Watts.

Trafalgar....... 5 Mor Tigers .... 4 Youth Club .... 3 Leongatha ..... 3 New Reds ..... 3 Moe Maroons . 3 Yinnar ............. 3 Moe Blues ....... 2 Hill & Rovers ... 2 Mirboo North .. 1 New Blues ....... 0 Yallourn Nth .... 0

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Trafalgar....... 5 New Blues..... 5 New Reds ..... 4 Leongatha ..... 3 Mirboo North . 3 Yinnar.......... 3 Youth club ....... 2 Moe Blues ....... 2 Hill & Rovers ... 2 Moe Maroons.. 1 Yallourn Nth .... 0 Mor Tigers ...... 0

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590.91 20 354.10 20 584.44 16 435.29 12 120.29 12 87.94 12 80.00 8 74.34 8 38.22 8 27.23 4 15.66 0 5.94 0


Leongatha ..... 5 0 Mirboo North . 5 0 Moe Maroons . 4 1 Yinnar.......... 3 2 Youth club ..... 3 2 Moe Blues ....... 2 2 New Reds........ 2 3 New Blues ....... 2 3 Trafalgar .......... 1 4 Hill & Rovers ... 1 4 Mor Tigers ...... 1 3 Yallourn Nth .... 0 5

First to the ball: Stony Creek A Grade goal shooter Kayla McIndoe presented well against Fish Creek on Saturday.

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THIRDS M.D.U. 6.4.40 Foster 6.2.38 Leading Goalkicker: J. Krohn (MDU) 4 M.D.U. Best: L. Findlay, T. Harris, S. Horvath, J. McMillan, J. Broadway, J. Hoy Foster Best: M. Allott, M. Green, D. Clearihan-Jervies, M. Green, J. Lowe, B. Hateley

FOURTHS Foster 9.22.76 M.D.U. 0.0.0 Leading Goalkicker: M. Jones (Fos) 3 Foster Best: B. Green, E. Smith, M. Jones, T. Hamilton, R. Prain, J. Cripps M.D.U. Best: B. Pickersgill, C. McInnes, D. Thorson, J. Hoy, M. Trotto

CGJFL UNDER 10 Leongatha 5.6.36 d Newborough Blues 0.1.1 Leongatha goals: R. Kemp 2, F. Materia, E. Lamers, C. Michael. Best: R. Kemp, A. Van Hamond, K. Littlejohn, J. Wight, M. McGrath, F. Materia.

UNDER 12 Newborough Blues 4.4.28 d Leongatha 3.2.20 Leongatha goals: B. Bacon, M. McGannon, B. Kewming. Best: M. Wight, d. Williams, M. McGannon, D. Clark, T. Van der Kolk, O. Schnoor.

UNDER 14 Leongatha 12.13.85 d Newborough Blues 1.2.8 Leongatha goals: N. Matsoukas 3, S. Forrester 2, T. McFarlane 2, Louis Riseley 2, O. McLean 1, M. Minogue 1, E. Stephenson 1. Best: E. Stephenson, N. Matsoukas, T. McFarlane, L. Riseley, K. Patterson, E. Tracanelli.

AJFL UNDER 11 Leongatha 5.3.33 d Wonthaggi Power 2.2.14 Leongatha goals: T. Boler 2, R. Lindsay 1, M. Bentvelzen 1, C. Krohn 1. Best: B. Cantwell, J. Fisher, P. McKeown, K. Skinner, J. Brown, A. Ballagh.

KILCUNDA-Bass and Dalyston were fighting it out for the John Welsh Cup on the weekend and it came down to the wire.

The home side got off to a flying start, kicking the first four goals of the game. They managed to get the ball out of the centre well and got the ball forward effectively. Dalyston only managed one goal, which came right at the end of the first quarter. Kilcunda-Bass were on top for most of the first quarter, which showed on the scoreboard. They went into the second quarter with a 17 point lead over Dalyston. One sore point for the Panthers was losing Xavier Reicha, who left the field injured half way through the first quarter. He was dominating play through the half black flank and was making a big difference to the game. In the second quarter, Dalyston found their feet and took control of the match. They piled on five goals to KilcundaBass’s one, easily making up the deficit from the first quarter. The visitors were playing better footy and managed to clear it out of the centre and quickly take the ball forward on several occasions. They were up by three points at the half time break. The third quarter saw the home side kicking with the wind and they once again

Kilcunda Bass 11.13.79 Dalyston 11.10.76 Kilcunda Bass Goals: L. JAMES 6, P. Lange 2, B. Eddy 1, J. Wells 1, J. Goewie 1 Dalyston Goals: M. Rosendale 3, S. Pimm 2, D. Wylie 2, R. Birnie 2, P. McKenna 2 Kilcunda Bass Best: K. Asa Leausa, P. Lange, D. Wells, D. Holmes, B. Interlandi, A. Miller Dalyston Best: K. Schrape, D. Wylie, C. Tait, C. Samargis, D. Brown, B. Carew

RESERVES Dalyston 11.14.80

took control of the match. The Panthers added another five goals for the quarter and only allowed Dalyston to add seven points to their half time score. Dean Wylie and Kainen Schrape were playing really well for the Magpies, but just couldn’t convert on the scoreboard. Dalyston’s full forward was also looking really dangerous in front, but the Kilcunda-Bass defence proved difficult to penetrate. The final quarter was all Dalyston again and they managed to add nearly 30 points to their score, while keeping the Panthers to only one goal, one point for the quarter. Bronson Interlandi, full back for Kilcunda-Bass, came off halfway through the last quarter injured, which did make a difference to his side’s defence, putting it under a fair bit of pressure towards the end of the quarter. Kilcunda-Bass president, Luke Hill said that he was glad the siren went when it did. “We did have a slightly more dominant forward line, but if the game was any longer the result may have been different,” Mr Hill said. “Our season is going along okay. We are still winning games but probably not playing the best footy we can. We are up against MDU in Meeniyan next week, which will be a tough match.”

Kilcunda Bass 6.4.40 Leading Goalkicker: J. Everitt (Dal) 3 Dalyston Best: L. Donohue, B. Harman, S. Langenberg, A. Wallis, A. Donohue, J. Everitt Kilcunda Bass Best: C. Wells, S. Johnstone, T. Hurley, J. Parsons, O. Milton, J. Good

THIRDS Kilcunda Bass 6.8.44 Dalyston 3.4.22 Leading Goalkicker: S. Jerger (KB) 3 Kilcunda Bass Best: J. Joyce, P. Babington, S. Hammond, S. Jerg-

er, L. Connell, N. Arney Dalyston Best: N. Ridley, L. McRae, T. Davey, S. Alexander, J. Coldebella, S. Joma

FOURTHS Dalyston 12.11.83 Kilcunda Bass 0.0.0 Leading Goalkicker: O. Bates (Dal) 3 Dalyston Best: R. Scapin, C. McCoy, J. McPhee, C. Collins, D. Turton, M. Marotta Kilcunda Bass Best: R. Cousins, S. Casey, M. Homer, K. Condick, A. Brown, T. Burgess

Learning to lead IT WAS all about leadership at Stony Creek Football Club on Monday night as the Alberton Football Netball League coaches took part in a coaching workshop. St Kilda assistant coach and North Melbourne premiership player Dean Laidley was present to talk the coaches through the game and skills required to excel as a coach. Laidley used real life examples from his time in the AFL to demonstrate his methods. “You need to understand the dynamics and mechanics of coaching,” he said. Laidley went through how to prepare

a play and set up a system with the game and the value of diagrams before, after and during the game. Former Carlton star and Gippsland Power coach Nick Stevens also spoke on the night and took club representatives through junior coaching. “Skills start at a young age and carry through your whole playing career, so it’s important to teach the right skills to the juniors,” Stevens said. Despite being a football-based presentation both speakers related their advice back to the game of netball as well. AFNL president John Schelling was very pleased to have the two coaches visit the league and give an insight into professional coaching.

UNDER 13 Leongatha 8.9.57 d Wonthaggi Power 3.8.26 Leongatha goals: M. McKinnon 1, D. Ginnane 1, T. Bernaldo 1, J. Norton 1, S. Hanrahan 1, J. Dunn 1, Z. Van Delft 1, J. Boler 1. Best: T. Westaway, J. Geary, C. Olden, J. Norton, M. McKinnon, C. Alexander.

Coaches special: AFNL president John Schelling, guest speakers Dean Laidley, Nick Stevens and league secretary Lynn Whelan.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - PAGE 69

Fishy the creek kings STONY Creek ventured down to Terrill Park on Saturday to take on the ladder leader Fish Creek in almost arctic conditions, with squally rain and wind right throughout the day.

Bulldogs win with wind THE Sea-Eagles hosted Phillip Island on a good looking ground despite recent rain. The home side won the toss and kicked to the town end favored by a three goal gusty South Westerly. The game began with tense desperate football where neither side could break clear; this resulted in four ball-ups in a row at the first centre bounce. I-K finally broke from the stale-mate at the five minute mark when they forced the ball forward to Clint McCaughan, who took a strong contested mark 40m out and was told to play on after going off his mark; he managed to thread it through, kicking across

FOOTY DRAWS THIS WEEKEND ALBERTON Round 8 - May 19 Yarram v Fish Creek DWWWW v I-K Stony Creek v Toora MDU v Kil-Bass Dalyston v Tarwin Phillip Island v Foster Kor-Bena - bye

MID GIPPSLAND Round 6 - May 19 Yarragon v Boolarra Yallourn-Yall Nth v Yinnar Hill End v Trafalgar Newborough v Mirboo North Thorpdale v Morwell East

GIPPSLAND Round 6 - May 19 Maffra v Moe Warragul v Bairnsdale Leongatha v Drouin Morwell v Sale Traralgon v Wonthaggi

ELLINBANK Round 7 - May 19 Buln Buln v Nilma-Darnum Cora Lynn v Poowong Garfield v Koo Wee Rup Longwarry v Lang Lang Nar Nar Goon v Ellinbank Neerim South v Bunyip Nyora v Warragul Ind Catani - bye

his body. Working hard in defence for I-K was Josh Clottu, who took a tough mark after intercepting a pass into the forward line; he kicked long to wingman Dylan Clarke who had moved quickly into the I-K forward zone to take a strong mark; he kicked the home side’s second. A minute later PI got their first when Corbin Stevic finally took control of a loose ball and scored close. Bulldog defenders Alex Durand, Rob Linford and Luke Forest were making life hard for the home side as the forwards could hardly get their hands on the ball; when they did, they gave it back. The visitors had taken full control and kicked their second when a long kick cleared the pack in the goal square to land in Damian Hinkley’s hands; his left foot snap sealed the goal. PI continued to dominate and got the ball to Tim Oke for their third in what was to prove a pivotal factor in the final result. The Sea-Eagles’ concentration lapses are proving a nightmare for the coach. At the five minute mark of the second Jaymie Youle grabbed a loose ball on the flank to snap a long goal for the visitors. Two minutes later I-K wingman Tom Wyatt got the ball to half forward Adam Sadler who sprinted down the wing and kicked a great goal into the stiff wind. Some brilliant football by Clarke shortly after could only manage a behind when his long kick hit the post. Tough defence from both teams allowed only behinds for the next nine minutes. A free kick to Luke Reddie, whose bullet-like pass to Will Rankin broke the deadlock when he kicked IK’s last for the term. Mark Billows and Tim Thornby

were again the pick of the Sea-Eagles’ defence, which held strong for the next eight minutes. The remainder of the quarter resulted in another three late goals to the Island boys, two from Ben Van Brummelen and Stevic’s second. The Bulldogs led by 18 points at the main break. In the third CHF Luke Reddie was moved onto the ball and I-K began to look a more proficient team. Not only was he winning hit-outs, he was gaining numerous possessions all over the ground with his strong marking, sure ball handling and accurate disposal. He gave the locals a glimmer of hope. Within two minutes I-K began their fight back. Lance Oswald, who must run at least 10kms per game scored a major after a solid mark at half forward; shortly after Clarke scored another after a scramble in the 10 metre square. The PI defence did everything possible to hold out a rampaging Sea Eagles outfit. The pressure finally wilted with Rankin kicking his second. The Islanders again held firm for another 10 minutes until Dale Lawton for the second consecutive week kicked a goal after the siren. In the fourth, for 19 minutes the backlines dominated; one behind to I-K and six behinds to PI made the scores level. A replay of the first and second quarters where PI scored the last three goals resulted in a Phillip Island 18 point win. Late goals to Marcus Wright, Alex Durand and Dylan Holland sealed the Sea Eagles’ fate. Phillip Island was definitely the superior side on the day; but not by much.

Under pressure: Fish Creek’s Tom Gordon is tackled by Stony Creek’s Tim Lonsdale, as players from either side wonder which way the ball will fall.

Fish Creek 7.9.51 Stony Creek 6.4.40 Fi h C Fish Creekk G Goals: l T T. Hooker H k 3, 3 J. J Law 2, C. Park 1, S. Sperling 1 Stony Creek Goals: C. Langley 2, J. Byrnes 1, B. Langley 1, K. Van Der Pluym 1, J. Stuart 1 Fish Creek Best: T. Gordon, T. Hooker, A. Ireland, L. Sizeland, G. Hoskin, J. Law Stony Creek Best: C. Langley, J. Byrnes, R. Hillis, M. Linke, B. Langley, K. Van Der Pluym

RESERVES Stony Creek 6.5.41 Fish Creek 4.10.34 Leading Goalkicker: B. Park (SC) 2 Stony Creek Best: B. Bowman, D. Bowman, B. Scanlon, D. Lowe, B. Byrne, D. Holden Fish Creek Best: C. Moon, J. Lawson, R. Bohn, P. Rees, D. Devonshire, J. McKenzie

Phillip Island 10.17.77 Inverloch-Kongwak 8.11.59 Phillip Island Goals: B. Van Brummelen 2, C. Stevic 2, D. Holland 1, D. Hinkley 1, J. Youle 1, A. Durand 1, M. Wright 1, T. Oke 1 Inverloch-Kongwak Goals: D. Clark 2, W. Rankin 2, A. Sadler 1, C. McCaughan 1, D. Lawton 1, L. Oswald 1 Phillip Island Best: A. Durand, J. Robinson, J. Youle, D. Holland, L. Forrest, R. Linford Inverloch-Kongwak Best: L. Reddie, D. Clark, T. Thornby, M. Billows, D. Kilpatrick, L. Oswald

RESERVES Phillip Island 5.8.38 Inverloch-Kongwak 4.10.34 Leading Goalkicker: C. Andersen-Blundy (PI) 3 Phillip Island Best: B. Richardson, C. Andersen-Blundy, B. Hamilton, H. Pearce, S. Kirton, B. Tester Inverloch-Kongwak Best: N. Cant, S. Clay, T. Blackney, S. Zammit, C. Spencer, S. Fisher

THIRDS Phillip Island 17.11.113 Inverloch-Kongwak 1.1.7 Leading Goalkickers: A. Redmond 3, G. Powles 3, C. Wood 3 (PI) Phillip Island Best: G. Powles, C. Phillips, Z. Wagner, C. Wood, B. Johnston, T. Sandbach Inverloch-Kongwak Best: L. Johnson, E. Wilson, J. Truman, B. Robertson, B. Fisher, J. Dowie

FOURTHS Phillip Island 4.15.39 Inverloch-Kongwak 1.8.14 Leading Goalkicker: A. Edwards (PI) 2 Phillip Island Best: J. Taylor, D. Wilson-Browne, A. Edwards, B. Redmond, J. Piera, R. Marshall Inverloch-Kongwak Best: N. Anderson, J. Teakle, W. Piasente, S. Hayes, C. Mckenzie, M. Burton

As a result the game was a scrappy affair, with patches of good footy played by both sides. Fishy got away to the better start and had most of the play in their forward 50 through the first quarter. The first goal wasn’t until about the 10 minute mark and went to Fish Creek after a nice snap Sperling. to Sam Sper Ireland started very well Hutchison but Stony on Hutchis hard footy were playing playi Creek were being and Fish Cr earn every possesmade to ear sion. Chris Langley earned a free kick ffrom a ruck duel

THIRDS 9.2.56 Fish Creek 9 Stony Creek 3.4.22 Leading Goalkickers: J. Buckland 2, K. Hemming 2 (FC) Fish Creek Best: J. O’Sullivan, D. Gordon, H. Buckland, S. Buckland, L. O’Neill, J. Buckland Stony Creek Best: S. Wilson, D. Potter, J. Densley, J. Wilson, J. Charlton, J. Monaghan

FOURTHS Fish Creek 23.13.151 Stony Creek 0.0.0 Leading Goalkicker: T. Redpath (FC) 5 Fish Creek Best: T. Redpath, G. Staley, B. Harfield/Park, D. Ryan, J. Clifton, D. Walker Stony Creek Best: L. Harrington, T. Sinclair, W. Collins, Z. Fiddelaers, T. Francis, v. monaghan

deep in Stony’s forward line to register their first goal of the match at the 17 minute mark. Fishy were able to score two more goals before the first break and these went to Cal Park, who roved the ball off a pack close to goal, and the second to Hooker who recovered best from a marking contest and snapped truly to help take a 14 point lead into the break. Into the second quarter and Fishy through Hooker again, who marked very strongly in the conditions and kicked truly from 55m out very early in the quarter. Stony Creek then took control for the next 15 minutes and three goals to Van Der Pluym, Jack Stuart and Chris Langley had the margin back to a point. An interchange sent Mueller on for Fish Creek and he ran straight into a possession, his kick precision to Law who kicked truly to give Fishy a bit of breathing space again. Fishy continued the half attacking but were unable to capitalise, adding two further points to take a nine point margin into the long break. The Fish Creek coach was disappointed with the effort of his players to half time, whilst Stony Creek asked for his players to continue with their efforts. The second half underway and the weather was terrible, with regular showers leading to a very scrappy match. Stony Creek had much of the play

early, with Van Der Pluym becoming more prominent along with Bowman and Hillis and their attacks resulted in only points. It wasn’t until mid-way through the quarter that the first goal was registered, to Law from Fish Creek. This got the Kangas going again and momentum swung back in their favour, Gordon was very good along with Ireland, Hoskin and Sizeland. Another goal to Hooker gave the Kangas a little bit of breathing space until Stony big man Chris Langley marked and chipped a kick into Brad Langley who goaled just before three quarter time to reduce the margin back to 14 points. The final quarter was a real slog, both teams still giving their all and forcing stoppage after stoppage with scoring near nonexistent. The battle between the ruckmen was a good one: Manne for Fish Creek up against predominantly Linke for Stony with help from Langley. Three points to Fish Creek extended the margin to three goals. Stony kept battling and a goal to Jacob Byrnes gave them some hope, but Fishy weren’t about to let this one slip and the game was done shortly after, the final margin 11 points. Fish Creek travel up to Yarram next week to take on the Demons and Stony Creek have Toora at the racecourse.

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Sharks stop Bulldogs bark IT WAS a real winter’s day for football at Shark Park on Saturday with a strong wind blowing across the ground toward the entrance gate and a rain squall clearing before play.


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

0 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 4 3 5 6 6

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


Korumburra-Bena was kicking with the wind and first in attack. A free to Anthony 30 metres out on the angle resulted in a behind. Anthony earned another free from the same spot and this resulted in the opening goal of the game. Hillberg snapped a goal midway through the quarter for Korumburra-Bena. The Bulldogs were looking good early but the Sharks were applying plenty of pressure forcing a turnover resulting in a long running shot hitting goal post. The Sharks ran the ball the length of the ground for McRae to goal. The Sharks went forward for a point and from the kick in Canna snapped an opportunist goal and the Sharks finished the quarter strongly two points down. The second quarter belonged to the Sharks scoring points to level the scores


129.05 26 201.31 2 0 148.10 20 166.77 16 133.84 16 134.47 1 2 124.71 1 2 113.62 12 102.29 1 2 88.27 10 77.55 4 39.40 0 20.63 0

GOALKICKERS S. Pimm (Dalyston)............ (2) 31 L. James (Kil-Bass) ............ (6) 29 C. Sutherland(Yarram) ....... (2) 25 S. Sperling (Fish Creek) .... (1) 24 C. Maskell (Kor-Bena) ........ (0) 24 A. Russell (Tarwin) ............. (1) 23 J. Cann (Tarwin) .................. (1) 20 B. Van Brummelen (P Is) ... (2) 19 J. Swift (Yarram) ................ (1) 18 L. McMillan (Stony Creek) . (0) 16

and then a goal to lead. Another rain squall hit the ground and lasted most of the quarter. Play was exclusively in the Sharks forward line and Lomax snapped a goal entering time on. Tarwin scored two goals six for the quarter and kept the Bulldogs scoreless. Third quarter saw Tarwin’s pressure in the forward line lead to two points until Korumburra-Bena broke out of defence and Patterson charged forward to score a great running goal. There was only 10 points the difference entering time on, the Sharks scored a late goal to restore the lead to 16 points at three quarter time. Korumburra-Bena were rallying against the wind and were finally rewarded with a goal early in the fourth to reduce the margin to two goals midway through the quarter. After more desperate defense it was Tarwin who kicked the ball to Canna for a chest mark and goal. Lamers marked on the siren and converted the sharks finishing strongly winning by 25 points in very trying conditions.


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

0 0 0 1 1 3 4 4 5 5 6 5 6

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


577.17 633.33 454.05 433.33 216.88 163.69 37.84 34.02 93.91 40.97 33.74 28.42 5.96


28 24 24 20 20 12 8 8 4 4 4 4 0

GOALKICKERS L. Wilkinson (Dalyston)...... (0) 24 S. McRae (Tarwin) .............. (0) 20 A. Guymer(Tarwin) ............. (0) 16 T. Sorrell (Kor-Bena) ........... (0) 16 R. Birnie (Dalyston)............ (0) 14 K. Taylor (Phillip Island) ...... (0) 13 R. Brown (Phillip Island) .... (1) 12 R. Provan(Kor-Bena) ........... (2) 12 J. Fowles (Kor-Bena) .......... (0) 11 L. Palmer (Kor-Bena) .......... (0) 10




Kor-Bena ....... 6 1 0 426.52 24 Dalyston ........ 5 1 0 421.67 20 Phillip Island .. 5 1 0 310.78 20 Kil-Bass ........ 5 1 0 243.64 20 MDU............. 5 1 0 184.68 20 Fish Creek...... 4 3 0 141.08 16 Toora ............ 4 2 0 94.48 16 Yarram ..............2 4 0 53.02 8 Foster ................1 5 0 38.34 4 Stony Creek.......1 5 0 29.92 4 Inv-K’wak ..........1 5 0 29.58 4 DWWWW ..........1 5 0 21.88 4 Tarwin ...............0 6 0 30.04 0 GOALKICKERS M. Edwards (Kor-Bena) ...... (4) 21 T. Davey (Dalyston) ............ (3) 20 B. Dorling (Kor-Bena)......... (1) 18 J. Krohn(MDU)................... (4) 18 B. Doran (Toora) ................. (0) 17 T. Wyatt (Kor-Bena)............ (1) 16 A. Officer (Phillip Island) .... (2) 13 J. Buckland(Fish Creek) ..... (2) 12 K. Salama (Kil-Bass) .......... (0) 12 J. Dakin (Kil-Bass) ............. (0) 11




Fish Creek.... 7 0 0 921.43 28 Kor-Bena ..... 5 2 0 416.34 20 Phillip Is...... 5 1 0 310.00 20 Yarram ........ 5 1 0 239.23 20 Dalyston ...... 4 2 0 260.00 16 Foster ......... 4 2 0 169.03 16 MDU............... 3 3 0 33.07 12 Inv-K’wak ....... 2 4 0 92.68 8 Kil-Bass.......... 2 4 0 41.05 8 Tarwin ............ 1 5 0 23.15 4 DWWWW ....... 1 5 0 22.11 4 Stony-Creek ... 1 5 0 13.02 4 Toora .............. 0 6 0 16.29 0 GOALKICKERS G. Staley (Fish Creek)......... (3) 21 Z. Richards (Yarram).......... (2) 15 R. McGannon (Fish Creek) . (4) 14 M. Jones(Foster) ................ (3) 13 A. Edwards (Phillip Island) . (2) 13 G. Park(Fish Creek) ............ (0) 12 T. Hamilton (Foster) ............ (1) 12 B. Harfield-Park (Fish Ck)... (4) 12 O. Toussaint(Inv-K’Wak) .... (1) 12 B. Rogers (Fish Creek) ....... (2) 12

Up there: Tarwin ruck Chris Lamers clashes with Bulldog Tom Mayo while Stuart Burggraaff looks to see where the ball is heading. Photo courtesy Wendy Watts.

Tarwin 7.13.55 Korumburra-Bena 4.6.30

Korumburra-Bena 7.7.49 Tarwin 3.4.22

Tarwin Goals: C. Lamers 1, T. Cameron 1, J. Cann 1, S. Burggraaff 1, T. Lomax 1, P. McRae 1, A. Russell 1 Korumburra-Bena Goals: J. Fowles 1, B. Anthony 1, J. PATERSON 1, A. Hillberg 1 Tarwin Best: T. Cameron, T. Lomax, J. McMicking, T. Williamson, J. Cann, R. Houston Korumburra-Bena Best: P. Pattison, W. Jeffs, C. Woods, A. Hillberg, R. Staples, B. Fitzpatrick

Leading Goalkickers: M. Edwards 2, R. Provan 2 (KB) Korumburra-Bena Best: D. Myors, S. Edwards, J. Paterson, D. Muir, J. Whiteside, J. Caporale Tarwin Best: L. Barnett, J. Gray, G. Brennan, D. Leggo, T. Giroud, B. Launder


THIRDS Korumburra-Bena 12.4.76 Tarwin 2.0.12 Leading Goalkicker: M. Edwards (KB) 4 Korumburra-Bena Best: T. Wyatt,

M. Edwards, J. Harris, J. Hopkins, D. Hateley, A. Harrison Tarwin Best: E. Charles, M. Chalmers, L. Thwaites, H. Dubberley, K. Teylor

FOURTHS Korumburra-Bena 20.14.134 Tarwin 0.6.6 Leading Goalkicker: J. Macri (KB) 4 Korumburra-Bena Best: C. Trewin, J. Macri, H. Suckling, N. Somerville, K. Cosson, J. Riddell Tarwin Best: J. Smith, C. Brown, K. Teylor, H. Keily, A. Turner

Yarram Demons better in wet A COLD day with the promise of rain and a strong westerly wind across the ground at Toora, for the Yarram and Toora clash. Both sides were missing key players with the UNDER 13 LADDER W L D

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

1 1 0 1 2 3 3 5

0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0



230.62 144.95 557.50 128.04 81.22 65.30 25.22 29.69

16 16 12 10 10 8 4 0

GOALKICKERS Z. Van Delft (Leon Jnr) .. (1) 10 B. Best (Inv-K’wak) ....... (1) 10 K. Reid(Inv-K’wak) .......... (3) 9 B. Patterson (Kor-Bena) .. (1) 8 B. Rogers (Corner In ) .... (0) 7 Z. Caughey(Inv-K’wak ) .. (2) 7 S. Bent (Won) ................. (1) 6 D. Bronsnan (Won ) ........ (1) 6 J. Roylance (Inv-K’Wak).. (2) 6 J. Dunn (Leon Jnr) .......... (1) 6




Inv-K’wak...... 5 0 0 800.00 20 L’gatha Jnr .... 4 1 0 276.81 16 Won ............ 3 2 0 181.82 12 Corner Inlet ... 2 1 0 995.45 8 Dalyston ....... 2 2 0 80.19 8 Phillip Is .......... 1 4 0 25.81 4 Kil-Bass........... 1 3 0 22.51 4 Kor-Bena ......... 0 5 0 5.02 0 GOALKICKERS N. Anderson(Won) ............... (2) 9 L. O’Neill (Leon Jnr) ............. (0) 6 R. Angwin (Corner In) .......... (0) 6 J. Thornell (Corner In) ......... (0) 6 M. Bentvelzen (Leon Jnr) ..... (1) 5 Z. Reid(Inv K’wak)................ (1) 5 J. Henry (Won) .................... (0) 5 Z. Crow (Kil-Bass) ................ (2) 5 C. McInnes(Inv-K’Wak) ........ (2) 5 L. Gheller(Dalyston) ............. (0) 4

conditions promising a scrappy game. The first was a good even quarter, Yarram getting the first goal to Corbin Sutherland but were a little wasteful with three points in a row before their second goal midway through the quarter. Play seesawed for much of the remainder of the quarter until Toora evened things up with goals to Glowrey and Maurelli-Pullin to have the scores at quarter time showing the Pies down by just three. Yarram was slow to return to the field for the second quarter and one could guess their coach had a lot to say as they came out firing with goals to Coulthard and Anderson within the first two minutes. Play settled down but it was Yarram that had goal scorers and just a bit more class around the ground. They managed two more goals for the quarter to Toora’s one. Yarram had good players around the ground in Anderson, Pettitt and Clavarino. Players to show out for Toora were newcomer Parkinson and as usual Grant and Dyson. Just before half time the rain came down and at the break it was Yarram ahead by 21. The Demons could well have put the game beyond any doubt early in the third quarter but as the rain continued

they did not handle the ball well at all despite having much of the play and kicked six points in a row. It was not until the 18 minute mark of the quarter that they scored their only goal and when Toora’s Glowrey goaled just before three quarter time and had the Pies down by 26 and the game by no means won as their determination was troubling the visitors. The rain continued throughout the last quarter making conditions very difficult with a slippery ball and it was obvious many times that wet weather football has not happened all that often recently. Players on both teams struggled to hold marks and take passes. Yarram’s extra class showed out, and they used link players more effectively, just a bit better teamwork to win comfortably by 34 points. Mark Glowrey did well for Toora to get three goals. A better effort from Toora and they will travel to Stony Creek next week with perhaps some expectations, whereas Yarram would need to play a lot better to trouble Fish Creek when they meet them at Yarram.

Too quick: Toora just couldn’t keep up with the skill level of Yarram on Satruday.

Yarram 9.15.69 Toora & District 5.5.35 Yarram Goals: N. Lynch 2, J. Anderson 2, C. Sutherland 2, M. Clavarino 1, R. Coulthard 1, J. Swift 1 Toora & District Goals: M. Glowrey 3, R. Cartledge 1, J. MaurilliPullin 1 Yarram Best: J. Anderson, C. Pettitt, D. Clavarino, H. Moore, C. Strobel, C. Bruns Toora & District Best: D. Parkinson, P. Grant, L. Dyson, B. Scammell, K. Sparkes

RESERVES Yarram 10.9.69

Toora & District 3.9.27 Leading Goalkickers: A. Sheedy 3, K. Sutherland 3 (Yar) Yarram Best: M. Earles, A. Sheedy, A. Caygill, M. O’Connor, A. Bland, D. Borgia Toora & District Best: L. Grylls, G. Jones, B. Stone, K. Kokoras, C. Hilder, D. Knee

THIRDS Toora & District 6.11.47 Yarram 4.6.30 Leading Goalkickers: all singles Toora & District Best: W. Stoitse, C. Hanratty, M. Harris, C. Brown, K. Holmes, N. Bravington

Yarram Best: L. Le Blanc, B. Davis, A. Holt, L. Rodaughan, H. Moore, D. Chaiphon

FOURTHS Yarram 8.7.55 Toora & District 3.1.19 Leading Goalkickers: J. Middleton 2, Z. Richards 2 (Yar) Yarram Best: D. Hooper, J. McDonald, B. Tatnell, W. McDonald, J. Davis, J. Middleton Toora & District Best: C. James, C. Jenkin Brown, S. Argento, K. Morgan, L. Chatfield, M. Edwards

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Parrots silence Gulls By Kate Pellicano




297.18 173.41 132.14 111.22 91.25 76.83 70.48 73.43 70.53 56.36

20 20 12 12 8 8 8 4 4 4

GOALKICKERS M. Ferguson (Sale) ............ (2) J. Best (Leongatha) ............ (6) B. Hughes (Warragul) ........ (1) D. Bedggood (Maffra) ........ (6) D. Holt (Leongatha)............ (1) K. Fraser (Sale) .................. (3) D. McKenna (Traralgon) ..... (0) A. Burgiel (Maffra) ............. (2) D. Stubbe (Maffra) ............. (2) A. Ware (Won Power) ........ (1)

28 21 21 18 18 15 15 14 13 12

Sale ............5 Leongatha .....5 Maffra..........3 Won Power ....3 Traralgon ......2 Drouin .............2 Bairnsdale .......2 Morwell ...........1 Warragul .........1 Moe.................1

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Leongatha ....5 0 0 264.91 Sale ...........3 1 0 258.57 Won Power ...2 1 1 135.03 Drouin ........2 2 1 62.92 Morwell ......2 2 0 110.41 Maffra ............2 2 0 105.49 Traralgon ........2 2 0 101.62 Warragul ........1 4 0 50.56 Moe................0 5 0 35.91 GOALKICKERS

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M. Davies (Leongatha) ....... (3) N. Fowler (Sale) ................. (2) A. Slottje (Traralgon) .......... (1) K. O’Dwyer (Sale) ............... (0) R. Tack (Won Power) ......... (2) M. Davis (Sale) .................. (0) J. Pellicano (Leongatha) .... (5) A. Caile (Morwell) .............. (5) S. Jnr Tobin (Morwell) ....... (4) A. Winter (Won Power) ...... (2) S. Snr Tobin (Morwell) ....... (0) B. Monahan (Warragul)...... (0) J. Hickey (Leongatha) ........ (3)

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THE Parrots ran onto the field with a full strength team, with Chris Verboon back, and Tas Clingan fighting fit after a a knee scare in a hard physical game last week against Maffra. The Parrots started off well with Jake Best kicking the first goal, with Col Sanbrook setting a high standard that the Gulls couldn’t match. Dylan Westaway was also finding a lot of space with Col roving off the hands, giving it to Zac Vernon who banged through one. Will Thursfield marked in defence and set up Leongatha after a promising Warragul surge. The Gulls did not lie down despite the Parrots being certainly on top of the contest with a goal over the top. However straight after the bounce to resume play Jason Tomada laid a big tackle and slotted one after a 50 metre penalty. Toward the end of the first quarter the rain came down heavily and while the supporters retreated to the grandstand, the Parrots’ pressure certainly did not. There was great defence with lots of running and good decisions, using the ball well

going into the Leongatha forward 50m. Only the diehards braved the conditions to hear the quarter time address as Will applauded the quality skills and relentless pressure by the Parrots. The second quarter began in a scrap until Warragul broke the game open with some long kicking. The Parrots followed suit but not before the Gulls scored through their third major. For the next 10 minutes Leongatha locked in their forward 50 setting up ‘The Wall’ across the halfway mark, Dwayne Holt provided a solid contest every time it went down forward but couldn’t quite wrap his hands around it. Leongatha dominated in the middle at the quarter but couldn’t quite convert this to hurt on the scoreboard. The highlight of the quarter came thanks to Jake Best who dashed out of the goal square dodging through a crowd before flicking a quick handball to Dylan Westaway who snapped one through from 30m. Soon after Julian Stone bounded from the centre contest and spotted Banger who marked strongly but couldn’t convert. Julian Stone was lively and celebrated, accordingly slotting one from a near impossible angle given the breeze. Warragul attempted to



Bairnsdale ....5 0 0 244.74 Won Power ....4 1 0 261.45 Traralgon ......4 1 0 257.69 Warragul ......4 1 0 238.92 Sale ............2 3 0 208.33 Maffra .............2 3 0 81.45 Morwell ...........2 3 0 77.21 Leongatha .......1 4 0 44.89 Drouin .............1 4 0 42.16 Moe.................0 5 0 7.07 GOALKICKERS R. Buttner (Warragul)......... (0) P. Ryan (Won Power) ......... (4) N. Campbell (Sale) ............. (0) J. Brown (Warragul)........... (0) J. Weatherley (Maffra) ....... (0) E. Johnson (Sale) ............... (1) T. Hunter (Won Power) ...... (4) T. Weatherill (Morwell) ....... (3) J. Freeman (Sale) ............... (0) D. Hayes (Bairnsdale) ........ (1) B. Davidson (Leongatha).... (1) R. Kearns (Morwell) ........... (1) T. Goss (Leongatha) ........... (1)


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Sale ............5 0 0 661.11 Maffra..........5 0 0 356.06 Traralgon ......4 1 0 349.62 Drouin .........3 2 0 109.78 Bairnsdale ....2 3 0 156.88 Leongatha .......2 3 0 67.49 Morwell ...........2 3 0 62.09 Moe.................2 3 0 42.27 Warragul .........0 5 0 43.00 Won Power .....0 5 0 6.63 GOALKICKERS

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B. Connelly (Maffra) ........... (3) N. Dennison (Bairnsdale) ... (4) L. Ronchi (Sale) ................. (0) B. Walker (Sale) ................. (0) N. Holmes (Sale) ................ (0) C. Driffield (Maffra) ............ (1) J. Jans (Sale) ..................... (5) B. McCarrey (Bairnsdale) ... (2) B. Regan (Maffra) .............. (0) B. Smith (Leongatha) ......... (2) B. Ingram (Bairnsdale) ....... (0)

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Got it: Full forward, Dwayne Holt has his Warragul opponent beaten in this contest. Photo by Mark Drury.

All yours: Jason Tomada gets a handball off to his coach, Will Thursfield. Photo by Mark Drury. respond quickly but the footy bounced off on a 90 degree angle away from what seemed a certain goal. That illusion goal was answered by the Gulls a minute later and who scored their second in a row soon after. The Parrots had been the far better side for the half, holding for the last ten minutes as the Gulls cut the lead to three goals with the four consecutive majors. The Parrots threatened to respond but were beaten by the siren. The mood was sombre in the rooms at the half time; Will was disappointed in the drop of concentration in the Parrots players. The second half began with the blue sky, Banger soon after marked and goaled before the game hit a stalemate. The stalemate was eventually broken the same way it started after Dwayne Holt marked off a long lead. He dished it off to Mick Otto, who, after running in the 50m, somehow goaled. Best found his way into

the game when kicking truly from 40m, the Parrots again threatened to run away as Cam Stone bounced one home. Holt was inspired by a sensational individual Mick Otto display, running from the goal square to the middle to congratulate him after a great rove, side step of two clueless Gulls and off balance finish on his opposite foot. At this point, with Leongatha’s dominance evident all again seemed well but Warragul again challenged the status quo with a quick goal. Zak Vernon would see none of it though and marked courageously rewarding himself for his effort with a goal, and then a late Warragul goal showed they weren’t dead and not going down without a fight. In the fourth the boys were keen to finish at the break but Josh Helliwell and Clinton Rowe continued to be a winner for the visitors. The five goal lead Leongatha took into the last could easily have been three or more. The Gulls wasted some more realistic

opportunities. As the Parrots eventually got the ball back down their end, the game went into lock down with neither team able to make much happen. Holt again broke the deadlock with a floating up and under snap. Julian Stone gave his best effort in trying to snap the point post. This effort was rewarded with a free kick and subsequent goal but before

Leongatha 22.11.143 Warragul 12.11.83 Leongatha Goals: J.Best 6, M.Otto 3, C.Stone 3, C.Sanbrook 3, Z.Vernon 2, J.Stone 2, C.Verboon 1, D.Holt 1, J.Tomada 1 Warragul Goals: C.Rowe 3, A.Blackwood 2, B.Hamilton 2, B.Hughes 1, B.Kimm 1, M.Bradley 1, M.Nankervis 1, J.Helliwell 1 Leongatha Best: C.Sanbrook, H.Browne, Z.Vernon, W.Thursfield, T.Clingan, M.Otto Warragul Best: M.Bradley, M.Gray, B.Sheehan, B.Nott, J.Helliwell, C.Rowe RESERVES

Leongatha 17.20.122 Warragul 1.0.6 Leading Goalkicker: J.Pellicano 5 Leongatha Best: N.Phelan, L.Dumont, J.Pellicano, J.Hickey, P.Kindellan, M.Cook Warragul Best: B.Sinnett,

you knew it Clinton Rowe had broken away and goaled impressively on the run as he continued to be the Gulls’ best. The heavens were set to open as the men in the green and gold came off the field content with the win. Next week the Parrots play the Drouin Hawks at Leongatha. History suggests it will be a tough and physical game.

J.Schultz, S.Mcintosh, C.Ellis, D.Bramstedt, D.Hendrikse THIRDS

Warragul 12.12.84 Leongatha 4.5.29 Leading Goalkicker: T.Axford (W) 5 Warragul Best: T.McDonald, T.Axford, T.Hughes, T.Edwards, C.Minichiello, M.Lynn Leongatha Best: N.Tuckett, S.Cornelissen, J.Bolge, J.Whitford, A.Castagna FOURTHS

Leongatha 5.5.35 Warragul 3.7.25 Leading Goalkickers: B.Smith (L) 2, H.McKay (W) 2 Leongatha Best: B.Smith, M.Olden, M.Dennison, J.Riseley, J.Ginnane, B.Moscript Warragul Best: B.McKay, H.McKay, T.Flegg, C.Bertacco, L.Smith, J.Patullo

Power strikes Hawks OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Maffra 15.13.103 d Bairnsdale 7.6.48 Sale 13.13.91 d Traralgon 4.9.33 Moe 10.8.68 d Morwell 8.11.59 RESERVES Sale 5.16.46 d Traralgon 6.7.43 Morwell 11.14.80 d Moe 5.4.34 UNDER 18 Bairnsdale 12.11.83 d Maffra 5.4.34 Traralgon 4.11.35 d Sale 2.7.19 Morwell 13.21.99 d Moe 1.1.7 UNDER 16 Maffra 11.17.83 d Bairnsdale 9.5.59 Sale 9.6.60 d Traralgon 3.14.32 Moe 6.5.41 d Morwell 4.13.37

IT WAS fifth and sixth on the ladder and the big home crowd anticipated a close match. These clubs had only played each other four times in the past and were developing a healthy rivalry and respect with each other. Drouin’s ground and facilities were well presented and conditions for footy up to half time were good. However, it is amazing how a shower of rain can change a game, as players had to adjust their intensity and skills to meet the challenge. And that’s what happened in this game. The first half clearly belonged to the visitors who were able to build up a sizeable lead but the second half saw the home side lift its intensity and Wonthaggi was made more accountable and had to work harder in a very even team performance.

Both sides were keen to get a good start and the pressure saw both teams working hard to get the upper hand. Chris Wylie in the ruck was giving the Power runners, Aaron Ware, Lee Warnett and Nathan Jones first use of the ball and the Power forward in Leigh McDonald, Travis Krause and Andrew Seccull were doing the damage on the scoreboard. It was a tight contest but the visitors were using the ball better and were more direct. Cam De Gooyer, Daniel Barrand, Dean Woodhead and Malcolm Dow were lively for the Hawks but it was Wonthaggi who had the runners. Power youngster Adam Zanella and Troy Harley were performing well with their strong attack on the ball and the team was prepared to share the ball around. Their forwards also continued to

work hard to keep the ball in, a good sign and another six goals in the second quarter gave them a handy lead at half time. McDonald kicked his fifth major just before the break and his leadership as usual was giving the side confidence. Krause was damaging and Phil Young was at his best around the ground. Olsen, Irwin and McGrath were battling hard for the Hawks and big McCallum, back for his first game after injury, was taking some telling marks around the ground. Then came the rain it was only a shower but it was enough to change the pattern of play for both sides as they struggled with a slippery ball. It was now a closer contest as the Hawks intensity lifted but Wonthaggi were hungrier for the ball. Both backlines were working overtime and Hawks coach Ben Soumilas

urged his players to lift. However the damage had been done and Wonthaggi, in a workman like way, went about recording an excellent win by 57 points. This solid performance was easily their best team effort for the season with good

Wonthaggi 16.14.110 Drouin 6.17.53 Wonthaggi Goals: L.McDonald 5, T.Krause 3, N.Jones 2, A.Seccull 2, P.Young 1, A.Ware 1, K.McCarthy 1, L.Warnett 1 Drouin Goals: D.Barrand 2, D.Seri 1, S.Ballingall 1, H.Calway 1, R.Salter 1 Wonthaggi Best: L.Warnett, T.Krause, N.Jones, T.Harley, P.Young, A.Zanella Drouin Best: D.Woodhead, D.Carmody, D.Irwin, D.Olsen, P.McGrath, C.De Gooyer RESERVES

Drouin 7.5.47 Wonthaggi 6.11.47 Leading Goalkicker: D.Mullen (D) 3 Drouin Best: R.Fairlie, D.Mullen, L.Ferguson, S.Barwick, J.Fairlie, G.Bawden Wonthaggi Best: J.Hill, R.Jones,

signs that the side is settling and can follow a team plan. No time to rest on their laurels though as they ready themselves for another on the road battle with Traralgon and Drouin disappointing at home have the daunting task of facing Leongatha.

L.Demunk, B.O’Toole, G.Coyne, A.Winter THIRDS

Wonthaggi 20.11.131 Drouin 4.5.29 Leading Goalkicker: J.Membrey (W) 5 Wonthaggi Best: L.Gennacarro, J.Read, M.Combridge, T.Landells, J.Liddle, P.Ryan Drouin Best: J.Jarred, M.Ridley, J.Hall, B.Blum, B.Miller, J.Collins FOURTHS

Drouin 25.18.168 Wonthaggi 0.0.0 Leading Goalkickers: J.Kaine 4, A.Haymes 4 (D) Drouin Best: J.Doyle, C.Jolly, R.McHutchison, J.Maya, D.Clebney, J.Seri Wonthaggi Best: T.Tack, C.Hill, D.Tiziani, L.Membrey, C.Waters, A.Bourke

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