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Dave Dockery: the Inverloch surfer knows the surf beach well, not to mention its notorious rip. Dave assisted his mate Nick Gager in the rescues. Inset, Emotional reunion: Nick Gager (centre) and Dave Dockery (far right) reunited with the students on Sunday.

Surf saviours

By Matt Dunn

INVERLOCH Police have praised the efforts of local rescuers who helped save three university students caught in a rip at Inverloch beach on Saturday.

The Melbourne based students were on a weekend trip to and decided to go for a swim in the icy waters wearing t-shirts and shorts at about 4pm. After 10 minutes of swimming the students became fatigued and found themselves caught in a rip current. Thirty-seven-year-old Cape Paterson builder Nick Gager came to the rescue, plucking the men from the water. “I just saw a guy waving to me and then he pointed. I saw the three men go out and they were floating on their backs. I thought they were just messing about,” he said. “It was only when the guy madly running up and down the beach notified me. I went out and started dragging them in one by one.”

The first man Nick pulled from the surf was a 19-year-old Carlton man, Bryan Bock, who was taken to the Wonthaggi District Hospital suffering hypothermia. Nick said Bryan was “absolutely ruined”. His friends would be treated by paramedics at the scene. Nick called for someone to help him. Mate Dave Dockery, from Inverloch, was quick to respond. “I was having a surf up the beach and when I was coming in I was approached by a lady who said there were some swimmers in distress,” he said. “I ran off and sighted Nick, who was paddling one guy. A fair distance away there was another two swimmers in the water. “I paddled out. One of the swimmers was helping this other guy. He was on the verge of going under when I put him on the board.” Nick helped Dave get the men to the safety of the beach. “It was a bit surreal for me. I surf all the time and didn’t consider myself to be in any danger,”

he said. Nick said he was worried that he would not get the men in and he could see they were close to going under. “I was just praying that they were still alright by the time I got to them. I was just hoping they were still up. You don’t want to be pulling in someone who is not,” he said. Inverloch Leading Senior Constable Andy Schrape was quick to praise the pair, not to mention another rescuer – CJ McKay – who also helped out. CJ’s nurse wife Cari stayed on the beach, attending to the men’s medical needs. “If it wasn’t for the quick thinking and commendable actions of CJ, Nick and Dave we certainly would have had at least one drowning and potentially three deaths,” LSC Schrape said. “The victim, Bryan Bock, was only seconds from unconsciousness and was taking in water when Nick got to him. Without the efforts of the three rescuers he definitely would be a Coroner’s case today. “I can’t praise these people highly enough in

saving these young men’s lives. CJ’s wife, Cari did a great job looking after Bryan until paramedics arrived. Also another local, Allan Foon from Wonthaggi brought his four wheel drive down the beach to convey Bryan back along the beach to the car park.” Rescuers and near victims were reunited on the beach the next day. Nick said it was an emotional time for all. “We met them to see if they were all alright. They were a bit shaken up. I think it is still hitting them,” he said. He was feeling much the same: “I said to Dave, ‘It catches up with you after a little bit.’” But the men were appreciative toward their rescuers. “They were thankful. They came up and hugged me. They knew they were in a bit of trouble,” he said. Nick urged the men to tell their friends about the rip. “The calmest bit’s not always the best bit to go in,” he said.

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Desal forum TWO top activists will address a desalination forum at the Wonthaggi Town Hall on Saturday night.

They are Kenneth Davidson and Mary Crooks. Kenneth is a senior columnist with The Age, who has repeatedly criticised the State Government for its decision to build the world’s biggest desalination plant on pristine coast at Williamsons Beach near Kilcunda. Mary has been the executive director of the Victorian Women’s Trust for 10 years. The trust takes a research and advocacy role on many issues relevant to women. Mary was also the manager for Water Mark Australia, a nationwide project based around

issues of water sustainability. Geraldine Gonsalvez and Thelma Wakelam will also address the forum. They belong to a group called Residents Against Toxic Waste in the South East which, among other things, is concerned about the sludge that will have to be dumped when the desalination plant starts working at the end of next year. Speakers will address some of the concerns surrounding the desalination plant such as its impact on the local community and environment, waste disposal and traffic. The forum will also see the launch of Wonthaggi Whale Watch, which will include a slide show of whale sightings along the local coast. Watershed Victoria is running the Whale Watch program between Cowes and Cape Lip-

trap and members of the community are invited to get involved. AquaSure, the consortium constructing the plant, was invited to send a representative, but declined The forum, supported by Watershed Victoria and the South Gippsland Conservation Society, starts at 7.30. Refreshments will be provided.

Speaker: Kenneth Davidson; he says the sludge produced over the 28-year life of the Wonthaggi desalination contract “could cover the equivalent of the Melbourne CBD up to knee deep”.

Newhaven’s foundation service CURRENT and former students, staff and parents celebrated the school’s 30th anniversary Foundation Day Service on Friday May 14 with great enthusiasm and creativeness.

Proudly Australian: new citizens, from left Dev Chaitanya Chauhan, Bernd Schmieding, Duangdao Green and Patricia Anne Spedding with Mayor Jim Fawcett.

Australian ranks grow by four SOUTH Gippsland welcomed four new citizens as they took their oath at a citizenship ceremony last Wednesday.

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Mr Dev Chaitanya Chauhan has moved to Korumburra along with Mrs Duangdao Green. Fish Creek will welcome new citizen Mr Bernd Schmieding, as Patricia Anne Spedding adds to the “Aussie” population in Venus Bay. Mayor Jim Fawcett and Member for South Gippsland, Peter Ryan were present to oversee proceedings and welcome the group.

Foundation principal, Mr Frank Moore, returned as guest speaker and addressed the service with the assistance of Mr Scott Phillips, the composer of the school song Heart and Mind. A myriad of performances by various year levels portrayed historic moments in the college’s life over the past 30 years, and the stage band and school choirs provided musical entertainment. A strong thread of commitment and perseverance was woven through the performances and reinforced the school community’s vision and dedication in overcoming challenges to reach the mature stage it is at today. At the conclusion of the service, students and attendees released 1000 biodegradable bal- Principal Michael Brewin leads students and staff in the loons to celebrate the event and enjoyed a whole release of 1000 helium-filled balloons to celebrate the Colschool barbecue. lege’s 30th Foundation Day Service on Friday.

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star One year ago, May 19, 2009 South Gippsland Shire Council is considering not replacing resigning staff and requiring officers to perform more than one role. An Internal Cost Review Team has been established in the pursuit of efficiency, council director Dirk Holwerda said. **** Loch, Leongatha, Toora and Yarram feature in a new television commercial for the Mazda 3 car. In one scene, a giant lizard emerges from under Jeffrey Street in Leongatha. Five years ago, May 17, 2005 Leongatha’s central business district has been given a makeover

courtesy of South Gippsland Shire Council. Gravel beds, chains and a set of bollards in purple, cream and black have replaced garden plots and wobbly bollards. **** Tamara Luke has set a new record for shot put at the South Gippsland secondary colleges inter-school athletics. The Wonthaggi Secondary College student broke the previous record by five centimetres with a put of 9.35m. 10 years ago, May 16, 2000 Midwifery staff at Leongatha Memorial Hospital were run off their feet before and over the Mother’s Day weekend, with 10 babies born.

**** The centenary of the Korumburra Butter Factory will be celebrated with a weekend of reunions, tours, train rides and even a Butter Ball. 30 years ago, May 20, 1980 A Toora boy is the strongest Under 17 weight-lifter in Victoria. David Cockerill won his section at the schoolboys’ championships conducted by the Victorian Amateur Weight Lifting Association. **** Mrs L. Campbell has retired from her post as secretary of the Leongatha Horticultural Society after 13 years in the job. She will be replaced by Mrs R. Bruce.

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NAPLAN claims wrong By Brad Lester LEONGATHA Secondary College was the centre of national media interest last Thursday, after a parent claimed the school was tampering with test results.

The Herald Sun claimed junior campus principal Leonnie McCluskey suggested a student with learning difficulties not sit the NAPLAN test of students’ literacy and numeracy skills, in order to boost the school’s test scores. The student’s father was outraged after Ms McCluskey left a message on the family’s answering machine. In a recording of the message on the Herald Sun website, Ms McCluskey said: “I’m not just sure whether we should get (name deleted) to sit them… He may not feel comfortable sitting them.” The issue was later covered by ABC Radio, regional television and metropolitan TV show, The

7pm Project. But college principal Brett Windsor said the matter had been exaggerated and that Ms McCluskey was simply following procedure and acted out of concern for the boy’s welfare. “It is common practice for the school to ask students who have learning issues to opt out of the NAPLAN test, particularly those students with a disability or impairment,” he said. “It’s unfortunate. We certainly do not want that sort of media coverage, even more so when it is based on flawed information. “Listening to the tape, it was pretty clear that the call was made out of concern for the student.” Mr Windsor confirmed the male Year 9 student had “learning problems”. “There was concern he would find the test disturbing. He understands that he has struggles with certain parts of his learning and Leonnie was concerned that it was going to cause him some stress,” he said.

“We have a number of other students who have difficulties with their learning that have support to sit the test.” The boy’s father was quoted in the Herald Sun as saying: “I believe the school’s educated him and they haven’t got him to the point where he should be, and they don’t want him to sit these tests because the results will affect their overall rating or something.” Mr Windsor defied media suggestions the student was asked not to sit the test to improve the school’s results. With more than 90 Year 9 students sitting the NAPLAN test, the principal said the absence of one student would had have a minimal effect on the school’s average result. “The parents of the boy concerned are members of the local community as well and we did not want it to be seen as us against them,” he said. Ms McCluskey, a long-standing teacher at the school, was distressed by the claims and was absent

from school last Thursday. “I’m supporting her in every possible way in terms of her work towards the welfare of the students,” Mr Windsor said. The principal supported the NAPLAN test as a way of determining students’ strengths and weaknesses, and teaching to their needs. “We always look for what is in the best interests for the kids before we do anything. We are not trying to manipulate data because the NAPLAN results affect our school and drive our teaching strategies,” he said. “We do not put any more time into preparing our students for the NAPLAN test. If we get bad data, we will use it to drive forward to improve but if we get good data, it also guides us into the future.” Other data, such as students’ attitudes to school surveys and VCE results, were vital to indicating the school’s performance, Mr Windsor said.

Dance delight: Jonti Westaway, Morgan Bolam and Chloe Adkins, students at the Lisa Pellin Dancers in Leongatha enjoyed competing in the annual Yarram Dance Eisteddfod last Friday. Entries were huge at Yarram and organisers of The Great Southern Star Eisteddfod are hoping Leongatha’s event in August will be just as big.

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Elva fulfills wish By Jane Ross IF education is a lifelong venture, Elva Edwards is an inspiring example of where it can take you. At a time when many have retired, or are looking forward to doing so, Elva has graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing. She’s 57. Elva left school when she was 13. As the eldest daughter, it fell to her to look after the family when circumstances made that necessary. She always wanted to be a nurse but didn’t have the chance. Now, she has fulfilled her wish. She is undertaking her graduate year with Gippsland Southern Health Service and plans to continue with a career in general nursing. “I really enjoy it. I want to consolidate my graduate year and I still feel I’ve got another 10 years so I want to keep working in nursing.” One of the proudest onlookers at Elva’s recent graduation at Deakin University’s Burwood Campus, was her husband David, a Deakin University academic, (also the newlyappointed president of the Leongatha RSL). It was he who encouraged her to bring her graduation photo in to The Star office. Despite having left school so young, Elva said she has never stopped learning. She undertook what was then called a Certificate of Education in the services and spent 22 years in the RAAF as a warrant officer. Elva retired from the RAAF when she and David

Long haul: Elva Edwards has fulfilled a lifelong wish to become a nurse. She graduated recently from Deakin University where her husband David (pictured with her) is an academic. moved to Leongatha. When their daughter Grace reached secondary school age, Elva saw her opportunity to pursue her passion for a nursing career. She began with a Certificate IV in nursing at TAFE in Leongatha, a part-time course that took her two years. Her graduate year as a Division 2 nurse was completed at GSHS and by then, Elva had made up her mind, “I might as well do

the lot.” She began her Division 1 studies in 2007, travelling back and forth to Deakin as a full time student. Yes, she said, it was demanding because she worked as well. “Division 1 opens up a whole lot more that you can do. “They’re expanding the scope of practice so there is always something to learn.”

Litigation risk By Jane Ross SOUTH Gippsland Council faces the possibility of serious and expensive litigation because its infrastructure has not been adequately managed. Finance manager Tom Lovass has highlighted that critical risk in a long term financial plan.

This looks to the year 2019/20. He said the sheer volume of infrastructure and costs involved in maintaining and replacing them are substantial. The biggest category of assets is roads, streets and bridges. “The financial challenge faced by council is that its investment in capital works is to provide a service, rather than for the purposes of

producing a future income stream.” In the financial year just ending, council allocated $9.27m for capital works. That rises to $12.6m in 2010/11, dropping to $9.86m the following year, $11.07m in 2012/13 and $12.7 the year after. In each of those budgets, roads will consume the greater percentage of capital works spending. One of the features of

the long term plan is that beyond 2010/11, no additional staffing has been included. Nevertheless, employee costs will have an impact of around 3.7 per cent a year. Mr Lovass warned some forward budgets would be “challenging” and productivity gains would be needed to offset cost pressures. He said the “strategic challenge” in coming years will be to begin generating a consistent surplus. Cash management is “critical” too. The council is clawing its way out of the financial disaster of the recent past. Its long term finance plan shows that by 2014/15, there will be no debt servicing costs. These will steadily reduce from 0.32 per cent of total revenue during the 2010/11 year to 0.01 per cent in 2014/14. Mr Lovass said the 10 year plan has credibility because revenue and expenses tend to be more predictable

than in private industry. He said there is scope for an even longer outlook. One of the peculiarities of local government is “the massive amount and value of non-income producing infrastructure assets that councils own or control”. These make up more than 95 per cent of all assets disclosed in the council balance sheet. And Mr Lovass has stressed the critical importance of infrastructure asset management. He noted that in preceding years, South Gippsland Council had poorer operating results than larger rural councils. “Longer term, it is very evident that our operating result progressively strengthens. “The critical strategic challenge will be to ensure that longer term, council continues to produce underlying operating surpluses.”

Logo progress DO you think Leongatha is a star hub or a stay awhile town? Or a rose in the green garden? Perhaps you see it as an uplifting experience or God’s footprint. Those are some of the suggestions for a slogan to go with a town logo. Members of the community are invited to express an opinion about both the logo and the slogan. Mimmie Jackson, who is vice president of the Leongatha Progress Association, said the matters would be discussed by a logo committee as part of an association meeting this Thursday evening at 7.30 at the RSL. Logos in the running can be viewed on Facebook on “The Gath!” group. Ms Jackson said the association has received a number of community responses to four logo designs presented in The Star on March 30, including that a daffodil should be included, as should the concept of “progress”. If you can’t get to Thursday’s meeting and you have a view to put, you can do so at or PO Box 132 Leongatha 3953.

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Super mining tax hits home By Jane Ross THE new Federal super mining tax will be disastrous for farmers – and those of us who like to eat. It will force up the cost of growing food and generating power, which in turn will further impact on the price of food. Alex Arbuthnot, who heads Agribusiness Gippsland, said the super mining tax would apply to all minerals, including phosphorous and coal. Phosphorous is the main element that is deficient in our Gippsland soils and the fertiliser super phosphate is an ongoing farming necessity. “This would have a major impact on farming, just when things are starting to look a little better,” said Mr Arbuthnot. He said the world would increasingly look to Victoria and Australia as a whole to produce enough food. “By 2040 or 2050, world food production has to double; we face some serious challenges.” The budget allocation to agriculture has fallen from $1.98 billion to $1.94. There will be fewer exceptional circumstance payments,

but more money for climate change adaptation. Spending for agricultural research and development is maintained but the 40 per cent subsidy on the cost of export certification has been dropped. In other budget news, Bass Coast Council’s director of infrastructure Steve Piasente, welcomed the continuation of Roads to Recovery funding. Local roads grants to councils increase, but will probably only keep pace with rising costs. “We have a backlog of roads that need reconstruction; a lot of them in rural areas. They’re sealed but they’re not wide enough and have too many bends.” Which makes them dangerous for big trucks such as B-doubles. There are conflicting opinions about Landcare funding. Some say the money has been cut, others that it has increased. In fact both are true! The overall allocation has gone up $1 million to $36 million. But this is apparently not as much as was projected last year. And with the cost of inflation, is being interpreted by the Landcare movement as going backwards. On top of this, the funding for Landcare facilitators hasn’t changed, with the going

backwards reality applying there too. There will be a saving of $854,000 in departmental expenses, but how this will translate on the ground is unknown. Peter Huthwaite, chair of the Victorian Landcare Council and former Bass Coast Landcare Network board member, told The Star the council was “not disappointed” with the budget. Mike Carnell, secretary of the Hallston Landcare Group and chair of the board of the South Gippsland Landcare Network, said government philosophy had changed, with larger projects being favoured. “Getting hold of small grants has been harder for the last five years.” Mr Huthwaite said the move to bigger projects was so that Landcare fitted in “with bigger strategic plans”. After a great deal of lobbying last year, an extra $5 million was allocated for Landcare and the Hallston group gained one of two local grants from this pool. The $10,400 is being used to help the group’s eight-year campaign to revegetate the West Tarwin River. Mr Carnell said up to 5000 trees have been planted, some now 20 to 30 feet high, over a 5km stretch of river. Leongatha Children’s Centre co-ordinator

Funds gap close to solution By Jane Ross THE financial dilemma surrounding Leongatha’s new hospital will be resolved soon.

State Health Minister Daniel Andrews gave that assurance when he was in Wonthaggi on Friday morning. He officially opened the new $1.4 million Wonthaggi Ambulance Station. Speaking to the media afterwards, Mr Andrews said talks that afternoon between the hospital board and management and representatives of his department, would work towards a solution. He expected there would be one in the next week or so. The State Government announced $20 million in its recent budget to rebuild the ailing hospital. Gippsland Southern Health Service which runs Leongatha Hospital, will tip in another $5 million. But $25m is not quite enough. The exact figure is being worked out in the GSHS/departmental talks and discussions between Mr Andrews and Nationals Leader Peter Ryan. “Leongatha Hospital has a strong, bright future,” said the Health Minister. “Peter Ryan and I are very confident about the building of the new Leongatha Hospital. “I can confirm that we’ll be able to

Reassuring: State Health Minister Daniel Andrews said in Wonthaggi on Friday, he was “very confident” about Leongatha Hospital rebuilding funding issues. deliver a new Leongatha Hospital. It is a very important project. It is about jobs and patient care. “Leongatha Hospital is a small but very important health service.” GSHS CEO Gary Templeton, said he and board acting chair Tracey Gibson, went to Melbourne on Friday to speak with Health Department officials, but those talks were scheduled anyway as part of the rebuilding project process.

He pledged to continue working “to ensure we get the right sort of money needed” to build the new hospital. Questioned about reported delays in some ambulance response times (including Korumburra resident Neil Cowie, who waited two hours after collapsing at home on April 11) Mr Andrews said, “We learn from every single call out and seek to improve; we know we can do better.” He said in the past decade, the State Government had doubled the number of paramedics in rural Victoria to 1000. “Every Victorian can be safe in the knowledge we will continue to invest .….. we will work to find ways to improve services.” Mr Ryan has asked the Victorian Auditor-General to investigate Mr Cowie’s case. Mr Andrews was unable to give a date for the release of a report into the South Coast Area Based Health Service Plan and Model of Care which is looking, in part, at turning Wonthaggi Hospital into a sub regional base. “With a growing and ageing community, we will stand with them to grow the Wonthaggi Hospital. But it is important to get the planning right. “There is lots of work going on with Wonthaggi Hospital and other health providers.”

Paula Fixter, said budget child care cuts would not have much of an impact on the hub’s 128 families. “Our fees are so much lower than Melbourne’s and the majority of families are not full time, (the cuts) won’t affect many.” The Labor candidate for the Federal seat of McMillan Christine Maxfield, spruiked the budget, saying families, low income workers and seniors would receive their third round of tax cuts. There were new investments in health and hospitals and, apart from Roads to Recovery funding, money under the Black Spot program would pay for upgrading Heslop and South Dudley roads in Wonthaggi. Ms Maxfield said small business would benefit from a reduction in company tax. South Gippsland Council’s economic development officer Ken Fraser, said the new Federal infrastructure fund to start in 2012/13 was welcome, but there was no certainty about how that would filter down into local communities. The same was true for the boosts to skills and apprenticeships.

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New $4.5m Inverloch school on track INVERLOCH has plenty to celebrate in Education Week with its $4.5 million new school on track for completion next year. Funded primarily by the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution to the tune of some $3.8 million with the State Government chipping in a modest $623,000, Inverloch Primary School principal Mr Stan Jackson is thrilled to see the school finally becoming a reality. Mr Jackson said applying for State funding began in earnest in 2008. “It was a lengthy process to say the least,” he said. “After the State Government announced funding for Stage One we began working with architects, staff and the school council in 2009 and the school community was very much involved in this planning process.” Mr Jackson is thrilled the project is all starting to come together with the new basketball, netball and volleyball courts just completed and opened to the students last Wednesday. Construction on Stage One of the new school began just on Christmas last year and should be completed midway through 2011. The good news is the main building will be ready for the start of the 2011 school year, with some of the 286 students moving into six of the new classrooms; the art room will be completed along with the library, flexible learning area and administration block. Once this is done Mr Jackson said all the existing school buildings will be removed and a pod of four new classrooms will be erected to complete the 10 new classrooms for the school. The school will retain four of the original relocatable classrooms. “I am very pleased we did receive

funding for the whole school project and am very much looking forward to the completion,” he said. “We are fortunate the original plans drawn up by our architects and agreed on by the school council were accepted and so we are getting the school we want. “The building process is all working out well, with local firm TS Constructions, awarded the tender doing a great job and making it as comfortable as possible for the school to operate around. “I must also say the students have been wonderful. They have had half their play area cut off during the building project and have adapted well in the restricted play area. “The students here are fantastic.” Mr Jackson said the students, staff and the whole community are eagerly awaiting the completion of the new school. “It is a real boost for the school community and the town and guarantees the future of quality education in Inverloch”, he said. “Inverloch has grown enormously in the last four years. “In 2003 we had 170 students and now we have 286 and that figure looks like increasing again next year. Mr Jackson puts the increase down to the sea changer residents who have flocked to the town and indeed all along the Bass Coast. “To service the increased population we have seen new service industries and businesses open in Inverloch to meet the demand and that means more families coming to town, and in recent times the Desalination plant at Wonthaggi has seen more people move to the town and the area,” he said.

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Sing film under fire By Matt Dunn

WORLD War I legend Billy Sing will be honoured with a commemorative service in Queensland tomorrow, but Leongatha farmer and filmmaker Geoff Davis won’t be on the guest list.

Mr Davis’ production The Legend of Billy Sing has come under fire from two prominent former politicians, who say the film denies the Anzac legend’s Chinese heritage. “When a person dies, all that is left is their story, and you can’t take a person’s name and not tell the truth about their story,” former Nationals Party senator Bill O’Chee told The Star. Mr O’Chee is part of the Billy Sing Commemorative Committee, which will honour the World War I sniper at a ceremony in Brisbane. “He died in a boarding house in Brisbane with five shillings to his name. When he died his medals had all been stripped. You don’t need any of that stuff they’ve put in there to make this story a great story. In fact, it turns it into Hollywood instead of Australia,” he said. “They’ve added all this other nonsense about Billy Sing having a brother and a cousin who served with him, and from what we can understand that’s not true. He certainly didn’t have a cousin who received a VC (Victoria Cross) for rescuing Billy from the Germans on the Western Front. “You don’t need any of that.” Sing was born in 1886 at Clermont, Queensland, to a Chinese father from Shanghai and a Scottish mother. He joined the 5th Light Horse Regiment and has been celebrated as the Australian Army’s best sniper at Gallipoli, where some estimates put his confirmed kills at more than 200. The Turks sent their own crack shot “Abdul the Terrible” to hunt him down, but Sing was quicker, adding Abdul to his kill tally. Along the way he would win the Distinguished

Billy Sing: the real Billy Sing in his fighting days. Conduct Medal, second only to the Victoria Cross. Mr Davis filmed much of the production around South Gippsland, using local actors, including family members. Billy Sing is played in the film by Mr Davis’ son Josh, a man with no discernible Chinese characteristics. Mr Davis defended the move, saying he cast his son “because he has remarkable talent and the finished result will prove that. “I also cast my other son and his best mates and my wife and my brothers-in-law and my sister-in-law and about 50 other locals who were all brilliant ... that’s how family and friends work, mutual support,” he said. “I am grateful to them all.” Mr Davis said the film was fictional rather than one that was strictly based on the facts of Sing’s life. “That was my decision. I dearly wanted to include the character of Billy as a fictionalised insert into our fictional film,” he said. “I think he is Australia’s greatest forgotten hero, I wanted to honour him in my own small way. All of the characters in my movie are fictional. This is still a work in progress.”

Mr O’Chee said the film glosses over the most interesting aspects of Sing’s life, not least of all, his struggle against a racist society. “Billy Sing should not have been in the army in the first place. He signed up less than 14 years after the introduction of the White Australia Policy and the army regulations related to enlistment precluded anyone from enlisting unless they were ‘substantially of European descent’,” he said. “You had to be at least three quarters European. It was a fight and an army he wasn’t officially welcome in. You have to bear that in mind when you consider the story of Billy Sing.” Mr O’Chee said Billy and a number of other Chinese Australians were “really dead serious about making their commitment to Australia, not withstanding the fact that the Australian Government didn’t want them”. Caleb Shang, another Chinese Australian, who also joined up to fight, was Australia’s most highly decorated soldier during World War I, Mr O’Chee said. “These guys have a special place in Australia’s history and to pretend they weren’t ethnic Chinese destroys the significance of a lot of their story,” he said. Former Federal Liberal Party politician Don Cameron is of a similar mind. He too is a member of the Billy Sing Commemorative Committee. He said he was “absolutely” opposed to the version of Sing’s life Mr Davis had presented. “My reaction was of commending the film makers when I heard Billy’s story would be told, but then condemning them for not doing it properly,” he said. Mr Cameron became interested in Sing’s tale when he heard of the deplorable circumstances of his death. He organised to have a plaque placed outside the building where Sing met his demise and another for his previously unmarked grave. “It was an awful thing to think that someone who had contributed that much wasn’t even recognised in death,” he said.

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Road speed win By Chris Brown

Safety issues: Mirboo North resident Robert Saben was asking VicRoads to make improvements to Grand Ridge Road West.

AFTER a six year battle Mirboo North residents will finally have the speed limit dropped on the Strzelecki Highway’s southern entrance to town. VicRoads will change the speed limit from 70km/h to 60km/h later this month. Mirboo North residents petitioned VicRoads to reduce the speed limit six years ago. In 2008 the road was widened to make space for a turning lane into a new housing estate. This reduced the amount of space for residents to walk into town as there is no footpath. A resident of the road, Robert Saben, originally contacted The Star about this issue in 2008. Following an incident when Mr Saben was mowing his lawn and he motioned for a truck driver to slow down and instead was given the middle finger prompted him to renew his push for action. The angry Grand Ridge Rd West homeowner contacted The Star about the issue earlier this month after sending a letter to VicRoads on May 3. On Thursday The Star visited him at his home and contacted VicRoads.

By Friday lunchtime Mr Saben had been told by VicRoads the speed limit would be reduced. “We’ve won half the battle,” he said. “The other battle is to get some form of footpath for people who walk up and down the road. It’s really dangerous.

There’s nowhere for people to walk apart from the road. “The situation has to change.” VicRoads Acting Regional Director Harvey Dinelli said that after feedback from the community and an increase in nearby land development, VicRoads reviewed and then decided to lower the

speed limit. “The stretch of road between Eldon Court and Barfoot Road that is currently 70km/h will be reduced to 60km/h,” he said. “This change will be in place before the end of the month and will not affect the school zone speed limit of

40km/h (within designated hours) past the school.” Mr Saben said that VicRoads had told him that people shouldn’t walk next to the road. “I said that to the police and the police said it was ridiculous,” he said. “The kids have nowhere to walk after school. There are people walking past with prams.” Mr Saben is concerned when homes are built in the new subdivision even more people will attempt to walk next to the road. Another problem is the camber of the road is bringing the traffic closer to the houses, increasing the likelihood of a rollover. “The people who will really cop it if anything happens will be my next door neighbour, because that’s where the trucks are going to go,” Mr Saben said. Another neighbour, Janet Wilkins, has been told the road is too dangerous for gas to be delivered to her home. In a letter dated May 4, Kleenheat Gas said the road was too narrow. “Because the road has no shoulder we cannot park a tanker in a safe manner to service your property, so this means effective immediately there will be no more deliveries,” they wrote.

Big nightmare By Matt Dunn A WONTHAGGI mother who received a letter of apology from Health Minister Daniel Andrews believes the ambulance system is no better than when her son Aiden waited 10 hours for medical attention in March 2009. The toddler, who was born prematurely, has a life threatening lung condition. Naomi Terblanche said her own horror story was “about the initial transport” of her son. “We waited 10 hours to get a transport to Melbourne. We went early in the night to the Wonthaggi Hospital emergency department and got the correct care there,” she said. But Aiden deteriorated. Mrs Terblanche described the experience as a “big nightmare”. It would be 10 hours after the call before her son arrived at Monash Medical Centre. A further five hours passed before he was allocated a bed. The Star revealed last week how Korumburra resident Noel Cowie waited for two hours for an ambulance to come to his aid after he collapsed at home. Mrs Terblanche said her own horror experience was a lack of communication on the part of the services. “It involved the pediatric ambulance and the rural ambulance. Because they don’t communicate with each other, they thought one or the other was attending Aiden’s transfer at the hospital,” she said. “There was a lot of paperwork and logging of the night that disappeared. It wasn’t the fact that there wasn’t an ambulance available. There were a lot of issues. “There was a lot of confusion.” Mrs Terblanche received a letter of apology from the former Gippsland regional manager Mark Cook for the cock-up. But a letter of apology from Mr Andrews had to be fought for. Mr Andrews vowed in the letter that services would be improved. “I did get a letter from Daniel Andrews, and that was more about them wanting to improve the structure of the services, but it’s obviously not happening,” she said. Mrs Terblanche has a local paramedic in the family. “I hear a lot of what he goes through. So, on a personal level, having to see a family member work day in and day out, even on their off days, it’s obvious that they’re under resourced,” she said. “I don’t see the changes in any other areas, because people still aren’t getting the ambulances they need.” Aiden, now two, has not needed an ambulance since.

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Sewerage works face rain delays By Brad Lester MEENIYAN residents will not have sewerage for at least eight months, after rain delayed the construction of the treatment plant. That plant is being built on the southern side of town and will comprise a series of lagoons and wetlands. But commissioning of the $5 million system will start as soon as the first lagoon is finished, said South Gippsland Water managing director Steve Evans. “The wastewater plant at Stony Creek is causing concern. The lagoons are at various stages of construction and if we go in there while it’s too wet, that will make more mess than progress,” he said. “We are so close but by the time it dries out, we get heavy rain again but that is good for our storages.” Mr Evans expects sewering the town will result in more commercial and residential development.

“A good water supply and sewerage system makes a town more amenable. It helps with future development of the town and people coming there,” he said. The wetlands will include walking tracks and bird hides, offering an asset to Meeniyan. Mr Evans has promised the wetlands will have “absolute minimal smell”. Treated effluent water will be used on the Meeniyan Recreation Reserve. “Sewerage will solve the problem of septic tanks not operating appropriately but in solving one problem we also get some advantages in other areas so it’s a good plus plus,” Mr Evans aid. Installation of nearly 7364m of reticulation pipework is nearly finished and should be completed within four weeks. The rising main that will take sewerage from the town to the pump station has been finished and commissioned. Consulting engineers are now designing the $16.3 Poowong/Loch/ Nyora sewerage scheme.

Possible sites for the pump station are investigated based on location and soil suitability. The scheme is on schedule to be completed by 2013. The State Government will contribute $1.485 million towards the works, South Gippsland Water $14.425 million and householders $800 each. The scheme is one of the last to be approved with the $800 contribution cap. Most pipes will be installed along roads and wastewater will also be treated via a lagoon and wetlands. The Meeniyan community also stands to benefit from a dump-point proposed for the town. That facility will enable visitors in motorhomes and caravans to dispose of their waste. “Council is happy to have it and so are the locals, so hopefully that will mean those types of people will stop and spend more time there,” Mr Evans said.


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Opening day sees half sold COLIN Bennison’s ‘Trees of Gippsland’ art display saw a successful opening day, with approximately 50-60 people making their way to the Gecko Studio Gallery in Fish Creek on Sunday. Bennison said that he was excited with the turnout, and was very pleased to inform The Star that half his work sold on the first day. “It was pretty exciting really, to see all these people come in. I was flattered that half my work sold, it’s a good feeling knowing that people want your stuff up on their wall,” Bennison said. The exhibition will be sure to sell out, so if you want to see some of Bennison’s work, be sure to get along and support the artist, as well as the Gecko Gallery. The exhibition will close on June 19, in five weeks time. Colin can be contacted on 5678 1188 or alternatively on his mobile number 0407 308 812.

Trees a crowd: (From left) Artist Colin Bennison with Gecko Gallery curators Kerry Spokes and Michael Lester.

Fine display: Artist Colin Bennison stands next to his Hold My Hand acrylic on linen.

AUSTRALIA’S Biggest Morning Tea will be on at the Leongatha RSL on Thursday, May 27 from 10.30am. Guest speakers include Noel Laing and Julie Hillberg, both of whom have been touched by cancer. It is a great social event, with lots of raffles, all donated by local businesses. Hope to see you there. WELL done to Kristie Reid of Leongatha who won the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce’s Mother’s Day Pamper Hamper after making her purchase in a member’s store. Whilst on the Chamber, their annual general meeting is coming up on Monday, June 21. Guest speaker is South Gippsland Shire CEO, Tim Tamlin. See notice in this week’s classifieds for details. LEONGATHA Primary School is holding its biannual ball on Saturday June 5, at Leongatha Memorial Hall starting at 8pm. Local band Red Sector A will provide the entertainment. Tables or individual tickets at $35 a head are available now.

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THE kids at St Joseph’s Primary School at Korumburra are searching for new bins. The Student Representative Council is investigating options. Meanwhile the school’s new Italian teacher, Emily Newcome, comes

THE Embroiderers Guild, Leongatha Country Group, is holding an Embroidery Exhibition, starting tomorrow, May 19 and running through until May 31 at the Leongatha Gallery. Entry is free and opening times are listed in The Star’s The Good Life Arts page.

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JANELLE Kerr (now Simpson) graduated on March 25 from Monash University (Clayton) with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Science (geophysics). She is currently employed with Terra Search Australia in Townsville.

A 24-year-old Inverloch man will be charged after flipping his car onto its roof after speeding off from Leongatha police at about 1.35am on Sunday morning. Sergeant Jim Baum told The Star the pursuit began on Ogilvy Street, Leongatha, heading toward Nerrena. “The police were way behind the man to start with. As they came around the bend they eventually found this car on its roof,” he said. “A single male occupant was extracted from the car. He’s been charged with excessive speeding, conduct endangering

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been local people. They don’t lock their cars.” The trusting residents have had wallets, navigation and other “stuff of value that’s easily removed” taken. “No cars are being broken into as such,” LSC Schrape said. The brazen thief has targeted cars in people’s

driveways. Police are appealing for any information on the crimes.

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WONTHAGGI Police are seeking a witness to a collision between a car and a 4WD that occurred on Friday, April 23 at about 1.30pm on the Loch Wonthaggi Road at Krowera, 150m south of Sheepway Road. “A 4WD was travelling north east along the road. A truck was coming from the other direction and travelling on the wrong side of the road,” Leading Senior Constable Stephen Van Hammond said. “The female driver took evasive action to avoid a collision and subsequently she rolled her car and wrote it off. She was conveyed to Korumburra Hospital with minor injuries.” LSC Van Hammond said the police were searching for the truck involved in the near collision. The vehicle is described as being a tipper truck with a trailer.

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Praise for relocated monument Many members of the Inverloch RSL have recently been congratulated by local and non local residents on the final outcome of the recently relocated WW1 War Memorial.

Testing times INVERLOCH has plenty to celebrate in Education Week this week with a new $4.5 million school on track for a 2011 finish but other schools, namely the Leongatha Secondary College have found themselves in hot water over the NAPLAN tests of students’ literacy and numeracy skills run last week. The Leongatha Secondary College was thrown into the media spotlight after claims the school was tampering with test results. It has been a trying time for the local secondary college with plans for Stage 2 of the grand new education precinct in disarray after just missing out on the $11.8 million funding in the latest round of State Government funding. In refuting the claims of a local parent who said the school asked his child not to sit the tests, college principal Brett Windsor said the matter had been exaggerated and based on flawed information. Last week the Herald Sun claimed junior campus principal Leonnie McCluskey suggested a student with learning difficulties not sit the NAPLAN test of students’ literacy and numeracy skills, in order to boost the school’s test scores. Mr Windsor said Ms McCluskey was simply following procedure and acted out of concern for the boy’s welfare. He said the college fully supports Ms McCluskey in every possible way in terms of her work towards the welfare of the students, and said he fully supported the NAPLAN testing. It has to be said, whatever took place leading up to those NAPLAN tests, Ms McCluskey is a fabulous teacher, hard working and caring and a real community-minded person who has devoted hours to her students and to the hundreds of netballers in this region who have gone on to represent the region and the state. She is one teacher you would be proud to have at your school. Staying with education and keeping in mind there are elections looming for the State and Federal governments, we have to be sure we are getting the right information when it comes to the massive funding being thrown at schools. The State Government has signs plastered on schools across Victoria and there is concern that these signs may not be telling the full story. For example, the sign at the Inverloch Primary School is somewhat misleading as it indicates that the State Government is footing the bill for the $4.5 million school when actually it is ‘only’, in the words of principal Stan Jackson, paying a measly $630,000 with the Federal Government funding the majority. During Education Week we want to see the sums adding up and the right message going out.

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Common comments are, “It looks just magnificent” or, “It’s now where it should be”. Those who attended the Reconsecration Ceremony were equally impressed as were those who attended the Anzac Day Service. Yes there was an Anzac Day Service. Inverloch did have an Anzac Day Service. Indeed there was a Dawn Service where we had record attendance. A beautiful cooked breakfast was provided at the RSL hall by Inverloch Lions Club at the conclusion of the moving service. The Main Anzac Day Memorial Service was held in the Inverloch Hub. Our guest speaker was an Inverloch resident and senior Wonthaggi Secondary College student Charli Christall. Charli delivered a most appropriate speech on the meaning of Anzac Day from the perspective of the younger generation and was extremely well received by the large audience. The customary march took place in A’Beckett Street followed by a Wreath Laying Service at the now firmly established and much admired War Memorial. Once again we had record attendance by people of all ages, and from many places, as it was a holiday weekend. I find it most odd that with all this happening, our local press choose to report on every Anzac Day activity in every town in South Gippsland except Inverloch. Maybe we had our turn the week before. Nonetheless Anzac Day is Anzac Day in every small town in this country, and is surely worth a few words. Bob Lambie President Inverloch RSL Sub Branch

Wider choice for voters RECENTLY Neil Rankine announced he was a candidate for the State election in November. This gives heart to electors in the Bass electorate who have long been dismayed at the treatment of their electorate and regional Victoria generally by both major parties. Because a person of the calibre of Neil Rankine, a prominent Your Water Your Say and Watershed member, is standing, electors now have a wider choice and can let major parties know if they do not listen to the electorate Neil Rankine could ‘do a Susan Davies’ on them and take the seat. Neil Rankine’s letters to newspapers and other writings against the State Government’s water policy and Desalination plant

show him to be an intelligent and knowledgeable person of strong principle. His wife, Wonthaggi GP, Dr Nola Maxfield, also has a long history of community involvement, and, as president of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), has fought for rural people not only in this area but across Australia. Many people in the electorate are concerned at various policies, such as the water policies of the major parties, and the lack of consultation by the State Government on the Desalination plant and its aborted overhead powerlines policy. Now they have the opportunity to show parties they might traditionally have voted for that it is time they were treated with respect, had their lifestyles valued and their concerns addressed. Meryl Tobin The Gurdies

VOXPOP! VOX Do you think that the NAPLAN testing done in schools is beneficial for students and for the schools themselves?

Look at the positives INTERESTING isn’t it, not exactly coinciding with the AFL’s attack on bad supporters, was the incident involving a Meeniyan goal umpire at the Stony Creek/MDU game last week. Sitting close to the goals to watch my son in his first season of Fourths, I was amazed when a contentious boundary call resulted in the Meeniyan goal umpire becoming enraged who then began swearing at the main umpires, referring to them as cheats (amongst other things). All this in front of kids and supporters, towards two umpires who themselves are only relatively new to their roles and more importantly are volunteering their time. Amazing, isn’t it, because one would assume that any coach of teenagers would endeavour to stop them making constant condescending remarks towards umpires. Maybe this had something to do with the 41-6 (Follower) free kick tally? The game ended in a 16 points win to Stony Creek who fought the match out when it was there to be won. Maybe whatever sad sod who writes in the follower for MDU can give the club some positive words rather than dwell on perceived negatives. Ben Harrington Meeniyan

Reserves not spent I think it’s good for students to see how well they’re doing at school. Charlee Eves Leongatha

It’s beneficial for both students and teachers to see how they’re improving each time. Ash Leggo Leongatha

Yes. I think that it will be beneficial, but I don’t think it’s fair to compare students against one another. Sam Sperling Koonwarra

It definitely is good for showing results, but comparing schools on it may not be right because I’m not sure how accurate the results are on average. Kallan Young Leongatha

I read with interest Brad Lester’s article “Budget Confusion” concerning the funding for the proposed new Leongatha Hospital and confess that I am confused.

However, my confusion does not concern the government’s proposal to provide $20m for the $25m project. My confusion is related to the fact that I thought that the reason the present hospital is in such a poor state of repair was because it had been starved of funds. However, it seems that all the time the hospital has been sitting on ‘reserves’ of $10m and this is described by Brad Lester as being due to “……… many years of efficient operation under the chief executive Gary Templeton and the board.” In what way is it efficient to accumulate reserves of $10m while allowing the hospital infrastructure to deteriorate to such an extent that patients’ welfare is potentially put at risk? Most people I am sure would regard this as somewhat inefficient; perhaps if the $10m had been spent when needed the hospital would not be in the situation it is now. Is it possible that the building up of financial reserves that could have been spent improving or maintaining the hospital facilities was part of a strategy by the board to ensure that the hospital would ultimately be replaced? That is a question only the board can answer but if that was the strategy, it is one which involved significant risk to the community. There is of course a broader issue. While the Leongatha community is heralding the decision as a political success and a major health success for the local community there has in fact been no discussion about what the alternatives are and whether there are alternatives that offer a better solution in terms of meeting regional health needs. John Turner, Inverloch

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AN UPDATE FROM AQUASURE Since my last update, we’ve achieved more important milestones on the Victorian Desalination Project.

Mr Smith also enquired about local employment. Of the 14,500 applications we received for employment on the project, around 10% were from locals. We estimate that around 33% of the labourers and tradesmen that have been employed to date are local and around 50% are from within the broader Gippsland area.

The box cut is nearly complete, which will provide a launching pad for two tunnel boring machines (TBMs), the first of which has arrived from Germany.

In closing, AquaSure and Thiess Degrémont were pleased to attend a recent fundraising dinner for the Bass Coast Community Foundation. More than 300 tonnes of structural steel has been erected

Construction crews have now completed almost 60km of clear and grade activity, erected more than 70km of temporary fencing and constructed more than 35km of haul roads. More than 2100 sections of pipe have been delivered and around 13km of pipe has been laid in the ground.

We believe very strongly in the Foundation which is run by local people, for local people. Indeed, it is our key partnership for providing support to community activities. It was one of three community foundations which received $100,000 last year as part of the Victorian Government’s $5.3 million Community Foundations Initiative. The groups were challenged to raise another $100,000 on their own – if they managed to do so within 12 months, they would be eligible for another $200,000 from the Government. AquaSure and Thiess Degrémont were honoured to assist the Foundation’s fundraising efforts with a donation of $80,000 at the end of last year. At dinner the other night, the Foundation was again overwhelmed with the generosity of the local community, taking them well beyond their fundraising goal and making them eligible for the additional grant.

The box cut is nearing completion, ready for tunnelling

My congratulations to everyone involved.

Tunnel boring has been used on construction projects for more than 150 years and has proven to be a safe and environmentally sound method of tunnelling.

Chris Herbert CEO, AquaSure

These amazing machines will operate 15–20 metres underground, carving the seawater intake and outlet tunnels, while Williamsons Beach remains open for public enjoyment. The TBMs must be assembled and tested before they’re ready to launch but most importantly, they need a name! Naming of TBMs is a time honoured tradition throughout the world and we are inviting primary school students of Bass Coast Shire to help us with this task. Thiess Degrémont has launched a Tunnel Boring Naming Competition with prizes for the best suggestions, as well as the honour of having the winning name embossed on the TBMs before they begin their journey underground. Back above ground, more than 300 tonnes of structural steel frame is now in place for the reverse osmosis building and roofing will soon begin. Further north, great progress is being made on the pipe and power corridor.

Q&A The matter of waste from the plant has been the subject of discussion lately. More than 60km of clear and grade is now complete, ready for pipe laying

Six road crossings have been completed at Cardinia Road, Hobson Road, McCormacks Road, Pound Road (twice) and Thompson Road. Construction of the booster pump station at Clyde North is also underway, designed to maintain sufficient pressure to keep the water moving on its 84km journey from the desalination plant to Cardinia Reservoir. The Community Liaison Group continues to be a very important forum for us to report on the project and respond to questions. At the April meeting, it was good to hear comments from local MP Ken Smith that concerns about housing had been substantially addressed.

We are not yet in a position to answer these questions as we have first to obtain all appropriate regulatory approvals. The matter of disposal of waste from the plant did come up at the last meeting of the Community Liaison Group (30 April). The Department of Sustainability and Environment’s Capital Projects Division General Manager, Peter Sammut, advised that the EPA has indicated that it would assess the classification of the waste once the final composition is known, and as part of the Discharge Licence. He explained that waste from similar plants elsewhere in Australia had been classified as general waste and sent to landfill.

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Courage personified: Wonthaggi resident Jenny Renn in the photo that will appear on the cover of the Yellow Pages.

Courageous Australian on new phonebook WONTHAGGI resident Jenny Renn’s photo will become a fixture in households in the South Gippsland area during the next year. Mrs Renn will be on the cover of the Warragul Yellow pages and White pages directory. Each year, locals are featured in the paper, commemorating their achievements and contributions to the community. With this year’s focus being Courageous

Australians, it’s no wonder the founder of Smiles on Faces fund was chosen. As a burns victim herself, Mrs Renn founded the program, which is run for the Royal Children’s Hospital, to help kids battling with severe burns. The fund helps give children a distraction from treatment, including giving them access to digital cameras and MP3 players. Mrs Renn said that her own experiences helped her to “understand how difficult it can

be to overcome such a traumatising experience and the importance of knowing that support is available.” With many parts of Australia suffering through tougher times both physically and financially, the White Pages have chosen a relevant topic. There were plenty of well credentialed nominations, so the selection is a credit to both Mrs Renn, and the work she has been doing over the last two years.

Burra Foods announces fifth step up BURRA Foods has announced a further step up to the 2009/10 milk price, the fifth for this season. Chief Executive Officer, Grant Crothers announced the 4c/kg fat and 10c/kg protein step up during supplier meetings held in Drouin, Loch and Foster this week. He confirmed Burra Foods’ commitment to paying a premium milk price to its suppliers. “Burra Foods is continuing to achieve a higher farm gate price via returns driven from our sound business model that has been growing steadily over the past 20 years,” he said. Mr Crothers took the opportunity to provide all Burra Foods suppliers with an update about the progress of Burra’s next stage of business

growth; the construction of the new state-of-the art spray drier. He confirmed the new facility remained on schedule for commissioning in July. “The development is now in the final phase, with the installation of a new tanker bay and silos currently taking place,” he said. Burra Foods will produce high quality skim and whole milk powder in combination with the existing product range. Other presentations at the well attended meetings included an update on Burra’s payment structures for next season from Dale O’Neill, Burra Foods’ Commercial Manager. “Our easy to follow and transparent payment systems will remain, along with our continued assurance of returning

a higher farm gate price for milk in South Gippsland,” Mr O’Neill said. Bernie Harrison, Technical Manager at Burra Foods, provided an overview to the technology being implemented in the new spray drier. “The combination of new technology being installed at the Korumburra site will ensure a high quality product is being produced, which will in turn command a premium price in the marketplace,” he said. Mr Harrison also took the opportunity to remind suppliers that while Burra’s milk quality parameters are no more stringent than other processors, the attention to product quality remains a focus from farm right through to the end product. Advertisement

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Mrs Renn will be arriving at our doorsteps shortly, as the distribution of the Yellow Pages has begun, with Smith once again topping the table for popularity in last names. Brown, Williams and Jones follow closely, whilst Hall, Martin and McDonald round out the top 20. Other South Gippsland names to feature on the cover in recent years have been Renee Littlejohn and Thomas Burge.

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Rail trail trees ABOUT 1600 trees were planted next to the rail trail at Meeniyan on Saturday. Twenty per cent of those trees were gums, with wattles and under storey plants also making the grade. Species indigenous to the area were chosen by Tree Action and Koorooman Nursery. Great Southern Rail Trail vegetation committee member Jenny Chatfield said it was a very social event that included a barbecue. A large contingent of scouts, joeys, cubs, venturers, rovers and guides helped out. They were working towards world conservation badges and Landcare badges. Friends of the Great Southern Rail Trail members also were part of the planting. Jenny said the morning began at 10am. “It was great to see the parents were helping and assisting and the members of the friends group supervised the planting,” she said. Anyone wanting to become friends of the rail trail should contact Glenda Pitkethly on 5662 2607 or 0418 540 533.

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A guiding achievement By Chris Brown ALYSIA Clark built a campfire, served with the CFA, studied First Aid and researched a Girl Guide pioneer. On Sunday she was awarded her Queens Guide at the Poowong Football Club rooms with McMillan MP Russell Broadbent and Cr Jennie Deane in attendance. The Poowong 17-year-old spent two years working towards the award, which is rarely achieved due to the heavy requirements and the long time it takes to achieve. Burrrawong Peer Unit Leader Alanna McKinnon said the seven

fundamentals of guiding: outdoors, guiding traditions, world guiding, patrol system, service, interest and guide promise and law were part of the award process. For guiding traditions Alysia researched the founder of the scouting movement. Thirty hours of service were contributed to the Korumburra CFA as part of a school program. Alysia learnt how to test fire hydrants, use fire hoses and about general fire safety. Alanna said for interests Alysia learnt how to drive. “For outdoors she did a camp fire,” she said. “Alysia had to build the fire and it

was raining and she had to make sure it kept going for 30 minutes, which was an achievement.” She did a First Aid certificate as well. The Queen’s Guide is the highest award guides can earn before they turn 18-years-old. Alanna said of the girls in her unit another one had already achieved the Queens Guide with one working towards it. “A lot of girls drop out, so hardly any girls get it; that’s why it is such a big deal. It takes forever, so a lot of people lose interest,” she said. In October Alysia will go to Government House to get her award.

Semken is jumping ship! FOR the first time in his life, Max Semken is going to vote Liberal. The Leongatha resident is appalled at the Federal Government’s attempts to shift those on disability pensions onto unemployment benefits. He is also angry that the unemployed and carers received nothing in this latest Federal budget. “Heartless,” is how he described it. “These are not the actions of a socalled caring government.” He believes he won’t be the only

disaffected Labor voter to change sides. Until recent years, Max has been a Labor man through and through. So much so, he stood for the ALP for the seat of Gippsland South in the early 80s. “I never ever thought I’d say I’d vote Liberal. But it’s a harsh government that’s doing this to a caring country.” Max said those on unemployment benefits have to live on $33 a day. Should he be shifted from a disability pension to unemployment benefits, he’d lose $120 a week.

“What kind of a government is that?” The public transport advocate said he can’t understand how a government “can punish people for something they didn’t do.” “It’s inhumane.” He said he didn’t think he’d be the only person to defect in voting habits. “The faithful are deserting the ship. “I believe the Liberal/National Party vote in Gippsland will be massive at both State and Federal elections.”

Great effort: Alysia Clark was awarded her Queens Guide badge. She is with unit leader Alanna McKinnon.

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High seas mission By Chris Brown

A LEONGATHA man has embarked on a mission to save marine animals in some of the coldest places on earth.

Michael Beasley is working as a deckhand on the MV Bob Barker for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Later this year he may head to Antarctica aboard the ship to stop Japanese whalers on the high seas. Michael said he is excited about the opportunity. “I started off as an onshore volunteer working in Melbourne and this is a dream of most people doing this and it is a dream I’ve had for a long time,” he said. The MV Bob Barker is currently docked in Hobart, where Michael moved to in March, for maintenance. “At the moment we’re doing stuff like painting and putting in more racks to get it battle ready for the next campaign,” he said. “We also do training sessions where we do climbing and learn how to do welding, so there is a lot of skill sharing that goes on.” The MV Bob Barker is an ex whaling ship from the 1950s. “We are trying to convert it and hoping it will go from killing whales to saving whales,” Michael said. Michael gained his sea legs working on the Spirit of Tasmania while based in Leongatha. “I take to the water pretty well,” he said. “I’m not really too keen on the cold weather, but there’s a job to do there and it’s a worthwhile cause.” Perhaps of more concern are the risks on the high seas. Last season two Sea Shepherd ships, including the MV Bob Barker, were involved in altercations with Japanese whaling ships. “There’s always safety concerns, these kind of actions, year after year,

Michael Beasley: ready to hit the sea.

start off fairly friendly then they come out and ram,” Michael said. “Someone has to do it. It’s just how it is at the moment. It’s definitely worth fighting for I feel.” Last season Japanese whalers had a target of 1035 whales and through ‘Operation Waltzing Matilda’ saved 528 whales. Michael said it was their biggest impact on the whale quota to date. “In the next Antarctic campaign, ‘Operation No Compromise’ we aim to pick up where we left off,” he said. “Our other ship, the MV Steve Irwin is currently embarked on, ‘Operation Blue Rage,’ which aims to disrupt the poaching of endangered Blue Fin Tuna in the Mediterranean.” People from around the world have headed to Hobart to work on the MV Bob Barker. Michael said it was inspiring to hear the stories of people who have been in previous campaigns. He has always been interested in environmental issues. “My girlfriend’s friend was going out with one of the deck crew,” he said. “He gave us a private tour one day and from that I learnt more about it and was interested in what they were doing, and it grew from there.” The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society began in 1977 as a marine wildlife conservation organisation. According to their websitetheyuse“innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas”. As well as protecting whales they also take an interest in dolphins, seals, sharks and have a special interest in the Galapagos Islands. Michael said the government needs to step up and do more about whaling. “In the past there’s only been a lot of talk and no one is going out to enforce

the law,” he said. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has a photo board of whale sightings and other animals, such as penguins. Soon Michael might be on the seas surrounding Antarctica seeing the wildlife for himself. For more information or to make a donation visit

Environmental concern: former Leongatha resident Michael Beasley with the MV Bob Barker in Hobart.

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Skype to the territory MIRBOO North Secondary College Year 9 Advanced Math students skyped with a class of indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory recently.

Mirboo North faces: Gapuwiyak students looking at the Year 9 students.

Teacher John Hewat organised the voice chat session over the internet as his son, Tristan, is teaching at the school in Arnhem Land for a few months. While Mirboo North is described as rural, the area around Gapuwiyak Primary School can only be described as remote. After a few delays due to the time difference between the NT and Victoria and slightly blurry transmission the skyping began with some excited aboriginal children and fascinated students in Mirboo North. Student Ebonie Andrew wrote this report: The Gapuwiyak Primary School children were very excited to see themselves on the webcam. Both classes exchanged questions and answers including: ‘what do you eat?’ ‘what football teams do you go for?’ and

many others. It is quite amazing to hear about what they do, such as, how they brush their teeth together at school and how they hunt on the weekends for emu, kangaroo and crocodile. They have about 20 kids in a class, a teacher aid and translator as they still speak their cultural language and English is their second language. Both schools enjoyed this experience and hope that we can continue to skype in the future. Emily Loh said it was really different and good to see what they do on their weekends. “They go hunting and we go the footy,” she said. “They were very excited to see us and themselves on the screen and they were making funny faces. It was a great experience.” Indy Sanders said they were really cute. “It was good to talk about our different cultures,” she said.

Dianne backs new bank

FORMER Mirboo North resident and tireless community worker Dianne Smith, is among hundreds of locals who are shareholders in the Mirboo North and District Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank. Dianne



Queensland a few years ago. She lives in Cardwell, which is about the same size as Mirboo North. And Cardwell has its own community bank. Dianne said that at first, people were slow to get involved and buy shares, but as businesses signed up, most of the residents

did too. “It has been so good for the town even in the short time it’s been opened,” she said, “providing all the banking services in a professional way with its full time manager and three staff members.” Dianne has two sons and their families who would reap the benefits of

a community bank in Mirboo North. “It’s important that our young people know that community spirit is alive and well and that Bendigo Bank is willing to help us as a community. But we must help ourselves first by becoming shareholders. “The rest will follow.” Mirboo North and District Community Bank chairman Karen Anton, said the local committee was committed to raising the share capital as soon as possible.” The offer closes on June 4. Ring Karen on 5668 1595 for a prospectus and share application.

Keen: Dianne Smith with her twin sons Paul and Matthew. She says they will reap the benefits of a new community bank in Mirboo North.

Students take charge THE KIDS at the Leongatha Primary School have taken control of their learning.

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


This program is part of the Victorian Government’s $47 million drought package for 2009-10. For advice on eligible improvements and how to apply contact Rural Finance on (03) 5448 2600 or visit

In a new approach to learning, students decide which projects to take on. Kathy Walker, a consultant to the school, has been educating teachers about her style of teaching, the “Walker Development Curriculum Approach”. Students from grades Prep to 2 have been given the option of choosing projects of interest, to encourage them to expand their horizons. Wendy Caple, assistant principal and curriculum advisor at the school, is a huge supporter of the new approach. “The program is fantastic be-

THEY’RE learning: from left Daniel Kneebone, Jake Franklin, Bonnie James and Bryce Durling, Year 11 students at Wonthaggi Secondary College, who undertook work experience at Bass Coast Council. They spent time in communications, human resources, information technology, parks and gardens and community safety.

cause it allows children to pursue topics that they enjoy, whilst improving their basic skills as well,” she said. Students are encouraged to choose a topic, and then research and develop their ideas under their teachers’ guidance. Bug catchers, model boats, towers and even a replica MCG have been built. “The results have been outstanding, and it has showed in the literacy and numeracy results,” Mrs Caple said. With the NAPLAN testing recently being held, she is confident that the program will have a beneficial impact on the results. But the results are not the only thing that has been noticed. “We’ve seen a huge change in

behaviour, with the kids more willing to learn and interact with their peers,” Mrs Caple said. And the children are not the only ones who are benefiting from Mrs Walker’s plan. The teachers are also enjoying the experience, as they are learning from their students and each other. A conference is held once a term by Mrs Walker to get feedback on any issues, but this has so far been a rare occurrence. “The only difficulty we have found is sometimes finding the resources for the student’s research, but generally we have the available sources,” She said. The open formula works out issues and allows room for their teachers to apply their own ideas.

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Community shows its strength THE VOLUNTEERS from South Gippsland came together at Memorial Hall in Leongatha on Thursday to promote their organisations to the public.

The expo was the third held by the South Gippsland Shire, and gave visitors an opportunity to explore their work, and understand what is involved in the running of the groups. Twenty-eight organisations were present, with many popular services such as the SES, Lions Club and Relay for Life council. The SES volunteers were keen to show off their new truck, with members Les Boyd, Lance Waller and Neil Warren representing the service. There are 30 volunteers with SES in the Leongatha area, and they work closely with other emergency services to ensure the safety of the local public. “We’re here to promote the SES, and hopefully raise our profile in the community,” Neil Warren, the Act-

ing Controller said. The SES is mainly involved with road rescue, storm and flood damage, which will be helped now with the use of the new truck. “We haven’t used it yet, but it will prove very handy in the future,” Warren said. Lifeline Australia was also available to hand out information, with members from Morwell’s base present. Moira Theunissen is the counselling manager, and she was with program co-ordinators Wayne Thwaites and Julie Osborne. “We have our 250 volunteers working in call centres and in our various support groups,” Moira said. Moira and a host of other counselling experts are teaching suicide support and prevention skills to volunteers, as well as mental first aid. The aims of the programs are to ensure the mental health and wellbeing of Gippsland people, and give them support through tougher times. Another great initiative run is the Relay for Life program, and it was well represented by two of

Relaying information: Bev Hanley and Karen Lawson spent time recruiting participants for next year’s Relay for Life event in Dumbalk.

A SURVEY to gather further input for the development of our Sustainability Strategy is available to the community via hard copies at Council and local libraries, or in an on-line format on the Council website. We are keen that the Strategy is realistic and that it reflects the views of our community, so please take the time to participate. Copies can also be posted to you upon request. Council ran an emergency training exercise last week in conjunction with the police, CFA and other agencies to ensure that all teams were familiar with the protocols, and that the learning from previous incidents had been incorporated into the drill. While bushfires took our focus last year in particular, emergencies have

Dumbalk’s 12 members Bev Hanley and Karen Lawson. At last year’s event the volunteers were able to raise $30,000, which is a great result for the group. “We hold more of a focus on participation rather than fundraising, which we felt was very successful last year,” Mrs Lawson said. The committee, led by chairman Walter Aitken, is working busily to prepare for next year’s event on April 9 and 10. Volunteers from the Citizens Advice Bureau were welcoming to all visitors, keen to show the community how they work, and how they can help people. Work done by the bureau involves updating and controlling the Community Directory, which is a search engine that can be used by anyone. The directory gives information on any business, their contact details, services and location. The day was a success, with members of the public making their way through at various times throughout the expo, gaining insight and information from the organisations.

Full of information: Citizens Advice Bureau coordinator Maureen Sivyer, with volunteer Ralph Naudi, happily help anyone in the area with any questions.

many faces and can range from wild storms, earthquakes, to pandemics and major traffic incidents.... and we have to be ready for any of them at any time. A minimum of two of these exercises is held each year to maintain emergency readiness. The CEO and I attended a meeting with other Gippsland Council representatives recently to press State Government Ministers Madden, Holding and Jennings for transitional planning measures on coastal inundation on coastal floodplains that will allow us to make decisions while the complex matters of policy and process (which could take years) are being defined. Last week we once again celebrated National Volunteers Week, culminating in another successful Community Expo which showcased the many ways volunteers serve the

community. Among the displays were the CFA, complete with their trucks, University of the Third Age, Lions, Scouts, Relay for Life, the RSL and the Cardiomyopathy Association. The Expo also serves as a great vehicle for public education on many issues and we appreciate the efforts of all our volunteers. Please note that the second Council meeting in June has been rescheduled from June 16 to 23. A Special Council meeting will be held on Mon June 28 to consider the adoption of the Council Plan 2010 – 2014 Long Term Financial Plan 2010/11 – 2019/20 Proposed Budget 2010/11. These documents are currently on public exhibition and written submissions are welcomed. Cr Jim Fawcett Mayor

Rain boosts storages SOLID rain has boosted water storages in South Gippsland. Korumburra’s Coalition Creek is up four points to 63 per cent of its capacity. Little Bass, which services Poowong, Nyora and Loch has shot up from 63 to 81 and Fish

Creek’s Battery Creek is up to 88 per cent from 83. Leongatha’s Ruby Creek is up one per cent to 58 and Lance Creek up one per cent to 73. That storage provides water for Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Cape Paterson. The Tarwin, Agnes and Tarra rivers are running well, even

though the Tarra only recorded 1mm of rain in the past week. There was 40mm at Lance Creek, Battery Creek and Coalition Creek, 31mm at Ruby Creek, 29mm at Foster’s Deep Creek (which is full to the brim) and 43mm at Little Bass.

Keeping on truckin’: SES members Les Boyd, Neil Warren and Lance Waller with their brand new vehicle.

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World’s best paramedics

Unveiling: Health Minister Daniel Andrews (left) and Ambulance Victoria CEO Greg Sassella, shake hands across the plaque they have just unveiled marking the official opening of the new Wonthaggi Ambulance Station. Watching on are far left Cr Peter Paul, next to him ambulance station manager Peter Phillips and far right is Mark Cooke, Gippsland regional general manager for Ambulance Victoria. Intent: the crowd listens as Health Minister Daniel Andrews praises paramedics for their work. They include from left, Mary O’Connor, Bass Coast mayor Cr Peter Paul, Bass Coast Shire community safety manager Peter Laydon who is slightly to the rear of Bass MLA Ken Smith, Cr John Duscher and Ambulance Victoria CEO Greg Sassella.

By Jane Ross VICTORIA has the best paramedics in the world. State Health Minister Daniel Andrews said that in Wonthaggi on Friday morning. He was officially opening the new $1.4 million ambulance station in McKenzie Street. As well as praising the paramedics, he thanked them. “Your work is truly valued by me. “I want to thank everyone in the branch; this is a substantial upgrade.” A new building has been attached to part of the old facilities, creating an environmentally-friendly hub with a wide bay for vehicles, storage rooms, capacious mess/lounge area leading onto a landscaped deck with a barbecue and rooms where night shift staff can rest. “This new facility is a welcome boost to local ambulance services that are now even better equipped to respond to critical medical emergencies around south west Gippsland,” said Mr Andrews. “This is a fantastic facility that will make a difference for patients and staff. “Well done.” Ambulance Victoria’s regional general manager for Gippsland Mark Cooke, described the opening as “a big occasion”. “We are exceptionally lucky to have the Health Minister here today.” Mr Cooke said ambulance services had come “an enormous way”, in fact in the health professions, the service had accelerated the most. Population growth had increased the

caseload in Wonthaggi which was now “set to meet current and future service needs”. “This new branch will help us deliver the best possible ambulance care to the residents of Wonthaggi, the Bass Coast Shire (excluding Phillip Island) Inverloch, south coast down to the South Gippsland Highway turnoff.” The new building provides for district training and has water and power saving facilities. There are 17 staff and the branch is big enough to house more in the future. Work on the new station started in June last year. It became operational on April 8. Mr Andrews said Mirboo North, Cowes and Warragul had been upgraded too. Guests at the official opening included Bass MLA Ken Smith, Bass Coast mayor Cr Peter Paul, deputy Cr Veronica Dowman and colleague Cr John Duscher. The new Wonthaggi station was built by Wonthaggi firm T S Constructions. After leaving the town, Mr Andrews went to Grantville to spruik a $3.1m upgrade to ambulance services in Grantville. Just over $2 million of that will build a new station for six day-time staff. The facility will cost $1m a year to run. A voluntary CERT team has provided coverage in the Grantville area, but with an average 1.5 call outs a day, volunteers told Mr Andrews earlier this year that relying on their services was not sustainable. They will still be required at night.

Chat: Health Minister Daniel Andrews (right) enjoys a friendly chat with Ambulance Victoria CEO Greg Sassella and Wonthaggi ambulance station manager Peter Phillips (back to camera). On the far right is Mary O’Connor who is talking to Cr Veronica Dowman.

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We’re with them all the way THE Wonthaggi Ambulance Service has come a long way since hospital staff and volunteers scrambled patients into whatever transport vehicle they could find.

Long standing: Geoff Burrell (left) is a founding member of the Cowes Ambulance Auxiliary which turns 50 this year. That auxiliary’s president Alan Warren brought Geoff to Wonthaggi where he caught up with Mary O’Connor whom he’s known for a long time. Mary joined the Wonthaggi Ambulance Auxiliary over 40 years ago.

Above: Official: Bass Coast’s Cr John Duscher (centre) chats with Wonthaggi Ambulance Station’s manager Peter Phillips (left) and Ambulance Victoria CEO Greg Sassella. Close attention: Wonthaggi Ambulance Station manager Peter Phillips (left) listens intently as Ambulance Victoria’s regional manager Mark Cooke tells the audience how lucky Wonthaggi is to have State Health Minister Daniel Andrews, officially open the new ambulance station.

And with them all the way have been members of an auxiliary that has been going for years. “This is my third station!” declared Mary O’Connor as she trooped into the new station from her family carpet and curtain business next door in McKenzie Street. She joined the Wonthaggi Ambulance Auxiliary over 40 years ago and used to be one of those volunteer drivers who picked patients up and took them to hospital. Now, she just helps raise money for equipment and comforts.

Mary was one of a number of longstanding auxiliary members who attended Friday morning’s official opening of the new Wonthaggi Ambulance Station. Mary said when she first joined the auxiliary, there were two ambulance officers in Wonthaggi, Peter Nolan and Richard Williams. Now, the 17 staff work in what State Health Minister Daniel Andrews, called a state-of-the-art building. It has been cleverly constructed on to part of the old station, but it’s all designed around efficiency. Wonthaggi is the largest ambulance branch in the South Coast district. It offers a 24-hour service, has a peak period unit, four MICA paramedics and six regional relieving staff. Taken on tour after the official ceremonies, Mr Andrews was most im-

pressed. So was Mary O’Connor. She wasn’t the only long standing ambulance auxiliary member to attend Friday’s proceedings. Geoff Burrell and Alan Warren were there too. Alan is the president of the Cowes Ambulance Auxiliary. He joined 10 years ago. Accompanying him was Geoff Burrell, who is a founding member of that body. He reacted in mock horror when Alan told him that the auxiliary will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this December. Geoff’s known Mary for years too, but not through their ambulance work. Both belonged to the CFA for many decades. “Mary was the comms officer and I used to have to contact her on the radio,” Geoff recalled.

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Annual sports injury peak about to hit

Danger time: the coming of winter brings the sports injury list to a peak. Aussie Rules tops the injury list.

WINTER’s almost here and no matter which sporting code you subscribe to the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia is forecasting a surge in sports-related injuries over coming weeks. According to CAA spokesperson, sports chiropractor Dr Peter Garbutt, Aussie Rules tops the injury list, with rugby, soccer and netball also taking a toll on players during the pre-season and early rounds. “Hamstring injuries are most common at this time of the year, especially in the faster running sports such as soccer, rugby, AFL and hockey, as ‘weekend warriors’ return after the off-season break,” Dr Garbutt explained. “Back problems are also a major issue and can be intertwined with hamstring injuries, whereby one injury can trigger the other.” Footballers in particular, appear to be more susceptible to low back pain. A study published last year by Dr Garbutt and colleagues found that footballers in Australia have significantly more severe and frequent low back pain compared with nonathletes and this escalates with the level of competition. Low back pain is the most common injury reported in elite soccer and back injuries have the highest rate of recurrence for all injuries in elite rugby players. Shoulder injuries are also rife amongst rugby league players. In Aussie Rules the injury toll is high, even amongst the amateurs, with 27 per cent reporting long term or recurrent back problems. To minimise the injury risk Dr Garbutt recommends a holistic approach to getting ready for the game. This includes regular maintenance, good nutrition, appropriate warm up and warm down protocols including stretching after a game, being prepared with a proper training regime, easing back into exercise after a break and hydration on the field. Dr Garbutt also recommends that anyone returning to sport after a break

consider a visit to their local chiropractor to tune up their body and make sure it is ready to go for the season. Chiropractors are five year university trained, government regulated and registered healthcare professionals who specialise in the diagnosis and management of spinal health related problems. In Australia, the CAA has a special interest group for sports chiropractors called Sports Chiropractic Australia. These Chiropractors adopt techniques ranging from manipulation, mobilisation, soft tissue therapies, electrotherapy, rehabilitation, movement and exercise therapies, nutritional advice, strapping and bracing. “Increasingly professional sporting teams are adding a sports chiropractor to their health care staff to help players maintain their structural health both before and after the game,” Dr Garbutt said. “Research with two AFL teams has demonstrated the benefits of chiropractic support for injury prevention, reduction of low back pain and improvement in the health status of players,” Dr Garbutt said. “And in the US, all 32 teams in the National Football League now routinely provide their players with chiropractic services as part of the triage in managing and preventing on-field injuries.” Dr Garbutt himself is team chiropractor to a number of teams ranging from beach volleyball and water polo to soccer. “No matter what sport you play, you will be placing your body under structural stress,” he warned. “There are benefits to be had in ensuring your body has a regular tune up and is ready to perform at its peak – in the same way that you would regularly book your car in for a service.” To find out more about chiropractic care or to locate a local chiropractor visit:

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Family first: chiropractor Amanda Kivisalu treats Marsha’s youngest, Angus Livingstone.

THIS year’s National Chiropractic Care Week (May 24 to 30) will raise awareness about the importance of posture.

The “Which Posture Are You?” themed week is set to increase understanding about the importance of good posture, and provide some practical tips on how to improve it. Manager and myotherapist at Leongatha’s South Gippsland Therapy Centre, Marsha Livingstone, said good posture was one of the most important ways of guaranteeing good health. “We assess everyone’s posture and it’s all taken into account during their treatment. Most people are given advice about how they can help their posture,” Marsha said. “Good posture’s very important. It can affect everything, really.” Marsha said that posture was tied to the health of the spine – the place “where the all the nerves of the body start. “If there’s an area that isn’t functioning as well and blood flow isn’t getting through as well – if those nerves and impulses aren’t getting through it can affect things like immune function, blood flow and all your organs can be affected,” she said. “It’s endless. Looking at posture and getting back to basics can be quite helpful.” Marsha said that most of the centre’s clients have one spinal issue or another.

“Probably 95 per cent of the people who come in have poor posture to a degree. It’s generally only little kids who have good posture. Most of us develop bad habits over time,” she said. “They’re the people we are seeing, because they have pain and other problems. They come in and we assess them as to where their restrictions and limitations are. “Then we treat those areas and give them advice as to how they can prevent that posture from getting worse or improve it.” Marsha said the team at the centre referred to each other’s expertise in a lot of cases. “There’s quite a team

here. We’ve got the chiro, but we’ve also got the myotherapist, an acupuncturist, a naturopath. It’s a bigger picture approach, I guess,” she said. “Our aim is to really get to the bottom of the cause of the problem. If it is about posture, it may be about how a person sits at their desk or the way they sleep. “Changing simple things can do a lot of good.” Marsha said the centre did a lot of work with families and offered substantial discounts to those groups. If three family members attend together it is just $30 per person for a consultation.

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New ground: hybrid Camry is doing today what others are talking about doing tomorrow.

Hybrid Camry breaking new ground

This is it: Ian Mackay at Knight’s Toyota shows off the hybrid technology under the bonnet.

THE third generation hybrid Camry is starting to break new ground for the Australian automotive industry. Toyota is currently leading the way in developing hybrid technology, according to Ian Mackay of Knight’s Toyota. “Toyota is a long way in front with hybrid technology. This is the third redevelopment of this model. Some of the technology has been sold to other companies but not the most recent advances,” Mr Mackay said. “The water pumps, air conditioning and thermo fans for the radiator are all electrically operated, reducing fuel consumption.” Mr Mackay said the hybrid Camry has fuel consumption of six litres per 100kms on average

which was brilliant for a large size family car. The Star took the Camry through its paces last Friday. The first thing to notice were the three ways to unlock the car: the first via a sensor in the door handle which gives keyless entry; by the remote buttons, or the old-fashioned key in the door method. Again no key is required when turning the car on. Just hit the brake and press the power button. You could be fooled into thinking the car wasn’t switched on, such was the lack of sound from the engine in battery mode. The display indicates power is on and you’re ready to go. The vehicle is very responsive when the accelerator is pressed, with the engine cutting into petrol mode when extra power

is required. On the highway the hybrid Camry also has grunt and can reach the 100km/h mark quick smart. The base model hybrid Camry is equipped with everything you’ll need, including cruise control, dual zone climate control, smart start and entry, curtain, side and front airbags, ABS brakes, stability control, and a top audio system with MP3 capability. Camry also has a five-star ANCAP rating. The base model sells for $36, 990 plus on-road costs. Currently Toyota has a special running on all hybrid models, Camry and Prius, with finance arranged at 2.9 per cent. For details about the whole Toyota range call Bradley Westaway or Ian Mackay at Knight’s Toyota, Leongatha on 5662 2301.

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Rip it up LEONGATHA Secondary College students were given the training and chance to use the tools the SES would use to extract people from crashed cars. The tools are well known to the public as the Jaws of Life. These tools are made up of a range of hydraulic cutting, spreading and squashing devices. The students got to experience them all. They had to remove the doors and seats as if they were cutting a person out of the car. It is a great opportunity only the SES and students in Leongatha Secondary Colleges SES class have. The students had a great time ripping a car to pieces using powerful purpose built tools. Neil Warren, the Leongatha SES Training Officer, provided the expertise, tools and the car for the students.

Jeremy McCarthy: practising his skill with the hydraulic cutters.

Wonthaggi girl finalist EMMA Scott of Wonthaggi was selected as the junior regional finalist in the rural ambassador show society awards in Korumburra recently. Maida Anderson of Bunyip was the senior regional finalist. Maida, representing Bunyip Show Society, and Emma, representing Wonthaggi Show Society, will compete for the state awards at the Melbourne Royal Show in September. Kate Reedy representing Bunyip Show Society and Katerina Lisowyk representing Pakenham Show Society also took part in the junior section of the award. The competition, organised by Central and South Gippsland Show Societies was judged by Korumburra Primary School deputy principal David Gray. Maida addressed the small gathering with a prepared speech contrasting agricultural shows in the United Kingdom with shows held in Australia. The rural ambassador award was judged in conjunction with awards for cookery, craft and photography. Those awards were judged by Joy Johnson of Leongatha. The junior fruit cake was won by Bryce Fraser of Lang Lang, while Kaye Howells of Pakenham won the senior section. The embroidery was won by Alana Cox of Foster while Kaye Howells won the knitting and Glenda Hance of Lang Lang won the crochet. Patchwork was won by Wendy Contier of Lang Lang. The photography section was won by Sophia Blake of Pakenham. All of the winners will go on to compete in their respective sections at the state final held in conjunction with the Melbourne Show.

Up for the challenge: entrants in the junior and senior rural ambassador award: Katerina Lisowyk (representing Pakenham Show), Emma Scott (Wonthaggi), Kate Reedy (Bunyip) and Maida Anderson (Bunyip) with judge Korumburra Primary School deputy principal David Gray. Photograph courtesy Warragul Gazette.

Water dinner cancelled What did you say?

A DINNER in Leongatha to raise money for and interest in clean water supplies for Third World countries had to be cancelled.

Organiser Johanna Haasjes said only three tickets were sold. But the indefatigable Koonwarra resident remains resolute in her determination to help reduce poverty around the globe. She has sat outside Leongatha shops beside an empty toilet bowl to draw attention to the vast numbers of people in undeveloped countries who live without proper sanitation. Despite the disappointment of hav-

ing to cancel the WaterAid Australia dinner, Johanna said on the positive side, the need for safe water and effective sanitation were brought to people’s notice. “The fantastic work done by WaterAid and TEAR was promoted and $200 was raised for each.” Nearly 40 photos were contributed to a WaterAid petition and up to 100 messages written on toilet paper were sent to the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Former Mary MacKillop student Erin Sanders, has taken on the challenge of being a Make Poverty History ambassador.

Meals roster (Leongatha) C. Davies & P. Molden, Catholic Women’s League, Lions Club (24, 26, 27 & 28) and National Bank (25) will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning May 24, 2010.

By Jane Ross TO record or not to record, that is the question. And it is one that could soon have an answer. Star reporter Matt Dunn, was told at a recent meeting of South Gippsland Shire Council that he would have to put his recorder away because taping meetings was not permitted. Cr David Lewis disagrees with that dictum. At council’s 334th meeting, he said he would move a motion at the next meeting on May 19, that recording be allowed. He said later he didn’t know if his move would succeed, but for him the issue was one of ensuring that council decisions are made in a way that is as open and transparent as possible. Intrepid council-sleuth Paul Norton, took the matter to the State Department of Planning and Community Development. He gave The Star a copy of a letter he had received on May 3 from Colin Morrison, acting director of governance and legislation for Local Government Victoria. Mr Morrison wrote that a council must make its own local laws governing council meetings and the conduct of those was “in the council’s discretion”. “The Local Government Act does not specifically address the use of recording devices at council meetings.”

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To discover how to secure this beautiful Meeniyan lifestyle offering from Prom Country First National, see page 28.

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Argyle - circa 1890s homestead T

HOUGHT to have been built in the late 1800s, and previously known as “Argyle”, this Meeniyan homestead was relocated to its present position, and enhanced with the modern conveniences of the day.

Accessed by the circular driveway, it now rests on a highly desirable small parcel of some four acres, surrounded by lawns and mature gardens, with the balance of the acres divided into three paddocks. The land is fertile and level, and might be considered to be perfect for those with horse interests. Also available is the adjoining land parcel - a very impressive 29 acres on title with a further land and river lease of around four acres. These rich river flats are highly productive, and extended equestrian interests, general agricultural, or a variety of horticultural pursuits could be contemplated. While the rear boundary incorporates the Tarwin River lease, there is also a creek through the property, and 2.2 megalitre pumping rights for both domestic and stock use. Stockyards, shedding, power, a dam and good fencing are provided. The homestead itself is encircled with timber decked verandahs, and has a panelled front door with glass highlights,

classic central hall with corbelled archway, and high pressed metal ceilings and walls. The three bedrooms are typically roomy, the main with walk-in robe and en suite, and the living areas are effectively zoned. The spacious and elegant formal sitting room features a period-surround open fire place, and the separate casual living room has French doors out to the verandah and a warming wood heater. Informal dining adjoins the charming country-style kitchen, which is appointed with a SavoirFaire range, timber benchtops, oodles of cupboards, and the makings of a butler’s pantry or walk-in larder. A country bathroom and laundry, second toilet, and rear-entrance mud room complete the very practical floor plan. There’s an expansive outdoor entertaining patio, David Austin roses, birch trees and robinias, ample house water, huge four-bay garage/workshop and even more facilities will be found by those that inspect this idyllic property. The homestead on four acres is priced at $420,000-$450,000 and the complete parcel of some 33 acres on two titles, plus leases, at $600,000-$650,000. The property can be inspected at advertised open times, or by appointment with Allen Bartlett at First National Prom Country. Contact the Meeniyan office on 5664 0224, or 0417 274 624 anytime.

At a glance Location: 565 Meeniyan Mirboo North Rd, Meeniyan. Price: homestead and four acres: $420,000-$450,000 or 33 acres on two titles, plus leases: $600,000-$650,000. Agent: First National Prom Country. Contact: 5664 0224, or 0417 274 624.

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Prom Country

Big, Bold And Beautifully Balanced

Lovely Leongatha Land

Designed by the current owners to take advantage of sensational South Gippsland views across seemingly endless green rolling hills, this elevated residence is the sentinel of its surrounds. The heart of the home is an expansive informal living zone, featuring a blackwood kitchen with Euro appliances, and walls of double-glazed windows to entice light inwards, & aspects outwards. A further living area, ample sleeping accommodation, 2 bathrooms & a free-flowing floor plan ensure all will be satisfied. Outdoors, in excess of 50 acres of productive pasture is serviced by ample water, and supported by quality fencing and enormous shedding of more than 120sqm. Impressive. INSPECT By appointment Address 910 Grand Ridge Road, MIRBOO NORTH $765,000 - $795,000

Perfect parcel of land, & Planning Permit in hand! More than 8 ac of gently flowing pasture with ideal near level areas to build your dream. Northerly aspect & extensive rural views. Quiet country lane, less than 10 mins to Leongatha. Address 6 Huntingfords Rd, BOOROOL $240,000 - $275,000





The Perfect Balance

“Tulip Tree Cottage”

An absolutely immaculate residence sited on around 2 thirds of an acre of lawned surrounds, with accommodation for 6 vehicles undercover! The home has the ideal 2 separate living zones, 2 bathrooms, 2 wcs, 4 bedrooms (or 3 + study) & features wood heater & split system air conditioner, dishwasher & bay windows, and an expansive paved & landscaped courtyard with sail and night lights for fantastic outdoor entertaining. Lots of paved driveway, extensive parking, & low maintenance gardens. Perfect! INSPECT Saturday, May 22 @ 11.00 - 11.30am Address 6 Thorpdale Road, MIRBOO NORTH $285,000 - $315,000

This original double-fronted Victorian, renovated and redecorated by the current owners, will inspire with its original period detail and inherent character. Further enhanced to satisfy modern expectations, there’s a new kitchen and bathroom appointments, an elegant living room, 3 charming bedrooms, & a central hallway which flows easily to outdoor entertaining areas amidst established gardens and beautiful mature trees. Bay windows, high ceilings & rosettes, a period OFP, Baltic pine floors & more. INSPECT Saturday, May 22 @ 12.00 - 12.30pm Address 6 Ridgway, MIRBOO NORTH $250,000 - $275,000 Y N DA PE UR O AT S IS



Business Opportunity

Work Less and Play

The Homely Cafe provides a homely, casual dining experience, in an historic, character-filled building with adjacent garden area. Comprising 3 main rooms, kitchen and bathroom, plus adjoining yard area. Existing lease until January 2011, with further 3 year option.

Just 100m from the Rail Trail and store, this compact 2BR cottage on a level 1500sqm block, features open plan living with a cosy wood heater and low-maintenance gardens. Nothing to spend and perfect for holidays or permanent living. INSPECT Saturday, May 22 @ 12.00 - 12.30pm Address 10 McPhee Street, BUFFALO $240,000 - $270,000

Address Whitelaw Street, MEENIYAN WIWO $15,000

Selling Properties

Meeniyan Magic, On 4, Or More Than 30 Acres This original Victorian-influenced farmhouse resides on a highly desirable 4 acre parcel, with mature plantings, delightful gardens and ideal pony paddocks. The separate living zones cater for both formal and casual occasions with country comfort, a gorgeous kitchen is perfectly appointed, there’s 2 bathrooms, 3 well proportioned bedrooms & more, and period features throughout. Outdoors - decked verandas, lawns, gardens & outdoor entertaining areas, plus abundant garaging and shedding. Option to secure an amazing 29 acres of adjoining rich pasture with creek, river frontage & 4 acre lease, water rights, dam, stockyards and powered shedding. A rare and magical holding.

Historic Bank

Planted to be Private

Residence and freehold combination from this beautiful historic building. Six large rooms, kitchen, laundry. Rear ROW access. Ideal for your own enterprise, or investment opportunity. Consider restaurant, accommodation, and more!

Private & well maintained 3 bedroom cedar home nestled in amongst a native wonderland. Features double hung cedar windows, wood fire in the lounge, spacious timber kitchen, and timber decked verandas & beautiful native plantings.

INSPECT Sunday, May 23 @ 1.00 - 1.30pm Address 565 Meeniyan - Mirboo North Road, MEENIYAN Residence on 4 acres $420,000 - $450,000 Address 60 Ridgway, MIRBOO NORTH Residence as 33 acres plus lease parcel $600,000 - $650,000 $310,000 - $340,000

INSPECT By appointment Address 22 Murray Street, MIRBOO NORTH $245,000 - $265,000


allen bartlett 0417 274 624



kaz hughes 0417 516 998

Perfect Parkland Position

‘Torakina’ - Meeniyan Masterpiece

Facing the flowing lawns of Baromi Park, and providing direct walking access to Mirboo North’s array of facilities and village shopping, this is an absolutely prime position. The original cottage has been extended, renovated & re-roofed, and is now an ideal 3 bedroom, 2 living room home. Including a near-new, light and bright kitchen which overlooks the rear garden, detailed cornice and ceilings, a large front porch, rear covered deck, carport and good size shed – it’s a little bit of magic! INSPECT Saturday, May 22 @ 1.00 - 1.30pm Address 19 Couper Street, MIRBOO NORTH $225,000 - $250,000

In Meeniyan’s township, the home at ‘Torakina’ sits on the high side of a double block on 2 titles. A carefully considered architect designed home, perhaps a prototype for today’s dual living zone homes. Featuring timber cathedral ceiling, exposed brick, 3 bedrooms, and 2 living zones, all set in beautifully structured gardens, part of Victoria’s original ‘Open Garden Scheme”. Buy the house, or the house and adjoining block.

93 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan ~ 5664 0224


13/15 Brendan Street, MEENIYAN

Home $225,000 - $245,000 Block $80,000 - $90,000

lisa williams 0438 133 385

84 Ridgway, Mirboo North ~ 5668 1660

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Presentation that impresses E

XCELLENT presentation inside and out is what sets this Leongatha unit apart. Located in Miles Lane, the unit is a handy walk to the CBD, medical facilities, and schools. Park your car out of the rain in the lock-up single garage and enter directly into the unit.

The kitchen/dining features cream cupboards, white tiles, electric cooking, space for a dishwasher, timber look flooring and a reverse cycle air conditioner. The lounge with its unique shape comfortably fits a three seater and two seater lounge suite and has a glass sliding door, which opens onto the outdoor area.

The two bedrooms both have built-in robes, and timber venetians on the windows. The bathroom is situated between both bedrooms and has a shower and single basin vanity unit, and a separate toilet. The laundry has timber look flooring, white tile splash back, and a single trough built into a bench with cupboards and space

for a dryer or clothes basket underneath. Outside you will find neat and landscaped gardens with standards and woodchip mulching on the garden beds. This home ticks all the right boxes. Inspect now to avoid missing out.

At a glance Location: Unit 18/4 Miles Lane, Leongatha. Price: $229,000. Agent: Alex Scott & Staff, Leongatha. Contact: 5662 0922.

Parkland princess T

HIS charming residence faces the flowing lawns of Baromi Park in Mirboo North, which provides direct walking access to Mirboo North’s array of facilities including playground, skatebowl, barbecues, toy library, and senior citizens complex, and through to village shopping in the heart of the town centre this is an absolutely prime position. The cottage has been extended, renovated and recently re-roofed, and is now an ideal three bedroom, two living room home with a versatile floor plan. The main bedroom, an extension to the original home, is enormous and includes a wall of robes and delightful front garden aspects. The kitchen is nearnew, light and bright, with cabinetry in pale cream

tonings and granite-look benchtops. There is a large corner pantry, dishwasher, and a free-standing range, with enough space for a wider oven should you choose. There is a dishwasher too and the kitchen overlooks the rear verandah and garden. There is a spacious family room, a separate sitting room with open fire place and detailed cornice and ceilings, a central bathroom, and a combined laundry and utility room. Plenty of outdoor features too: a large covered front porch, a rear covered timber deck, a carport and good size shed. The rear garden is fenced for small dogs, and a section of the garden has pool fencing and a compacted pad ready for an above ground pool. All this, in a perfect parkland position. The property can be inspected at advertised open times or by appointment with Allen Bartlett on 5668 1660 or 0417 274 624.

At a glance Location: 19 Couper Street, Mirboo North. Price: $225,000 - $250,000. Agent: Prom Country First National, Mirboo North. Contact: Allen Bartlett 5668 1660 or 0417 274 624.

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Northerly aspect; rural views B

OASTING Nerrena views, this quality four bedroom home offers the benefits of four years of establishment, combined with the modern designs sought after in homes today. The master bedroom features a tiled en suite and a sizeable walk-in robe and is well appointed to the formal living area or parent’s retreat complete with bi-fold doors. A spacious family area captures the view and glass sliding doors onto the covered entertaining area make it easily accessible from the kitchen, ideal for the upcoming summer barbecues. The kitchen has ample cupboard and pantry space, plus a large island bench with breakfast bar and dishwasher. A formal dining and second living area also make this the most frequented

place in the home. The remaining three bedrooms each have built-in robes and space for a large bed, plus furniture. A dream laundry includes a wall of cupboards plus under bench storage. The gardens are beautifully landscaped with extensive retaining walls and paved areas and are accessible through gates situated beside the double brick garage. This is the perfect home for families or those coming into the town from larger properties. At a glance Location: 81 Parr Street, Leongatha. Price: $390,000. Agent: Stockdale & Leggo, Leongatha. Contact: 5662 5800.

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Enter the market at auction E

LDERS Leongatha will be auctioning two properties on Saturday, May 22.

Both properties offer first home buyers or investors an excellent opportunity to get into the property market. Fourteen Owen Street will be offered first, at 11am on site. This home is in need of

some tender loving care, but has loads of potential to become a comfortable home. Within walking distance of the shops of Leongatha, the house it is constructed of weatherboard and is on a 619sqm block. It offers three bedrooms, each with timber floor boards, light and bright lounge with a solid fuel heater, kitchen with electric

stove, and space for a dining area. All the windows have been replaced with new aluminium frames. Outside the secure backyard is a good size with lovely established trees and a garden shed. Four Byrne Street will be auctioned in the afternoon at 1pm on site. This property is also on

a good sized block. An inspection inside will surprise. It offers three good sized bedrooms, two with floor boards and one with carpet. The living room with solid fuel heater, the kitchen, also a good size, has good storage and electric stove. The home has had all new aluminium framed windows recently installed, and has two toilets. The backyard is secure and has a small garden shed. Close to the rail trail and hospital, this home could prove to be a great investment or serve as an ideal first home. Inspections can be arranged by contacting Zel Svenson at Elders.

4 Byrne Street, Leongatha

At a glance Date: Saturday, May 22. Auction 1: 14 Owen Street, Leongatha at 11am. Auction 2: 4 Byrne Street, Leongatha at 1pm. Agent: Elders, Leongatha. Contact: Zel Svenson 5662 3523 or 0438 636 290.

14 Owen Street, Leongatha

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New shell found? by Brad Lester A NEW type of shell may have been found at Inverloch. The tiny shell is now being assessed by scientists to determine if it is in fact a unique variety. Shell enthusiast Joan Hales, a volunteer at the Inverloch Shell Museum, made the surprise find in seaweed amongst rocks on the foreshore last month. Confirmation of the shell’s significance could take more than year, with the shell to be named and then investigated by three referees before being officially pronounced as a new addition to records of the natural world. “I felt great when I found it. I thought ‘Have I found a new one?’” Mrs Hales said. “You do not think of shells being found in the intertidal zones and especially not in Inverloch. “This area has been settled since the late 1800s. It has been a holiday area earlier than Wonthaggi and you don’t expect to find anything new.” Mrs Hales studied the shell under a microscope and despite her extensive knowledge of shells, she was unable to identify it. The spiral shell measured just 0.75mm, was shaped like a disc and brown. Experts associated with Museum Victoria are now assessing the find to determine its significance. “I had a letter from an honorary associate of the museum to say that it looks like a new species but there are a lot of records that need to be checked,” Mrs Hales said. Shells are created by molluscs as shelters and

have been known to be found further afield than scientists first believed. A member of the Inverloch shell group, Joe Griscti, found a coralliophila mira shell at Inverloch, despite the shell being thought to not venture further east than Port Lincoln in South Australia. • The Inverloch Shell Museum has more than 6000 shells on display, accumulated through the purchases of various collections over the years and new additions. As well as Australian shells, there are specimens from New Zealand, the Americas and Africa. Now owned by Bass Coast Shire Council, the museum is located in the Bunurong Environment Centre, and is managed by the five members of the South Gippsland Shell Discussion Group. Most are members of the Malacological Society of Australasia and often survey the shore at low tide, assessing shell numbers and hoping to make new discoveries. “We try to collect things that are uncommon or things we might send to the museum for naming, as they’re specialists in the field,” Mrs Hales said. Shells are thought to be of varying designs to enable the mollusc living inside to inhabit an area. Limpets, for example, are shaped like pyramids to help counteract the battering effects of waves in the surf. Mrs Hales became fascinated by shells while accompanying her husband on fishing trips. The museum is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and public holidays and school holidays.

Nature fascinates: Joan Hales and Janet Davies at the Inverloch Shell Museum.

Fungi foray and wilderness walk FIELD naturalist, Geoff Lay, led a ‘Fungi Foray’ in bushland at Koonwarra on Wednesday, May 12. Arranged by the Australian Plants Society, South Gippsland, the outing was hosted by Coral and Kevin Hughes in bushland on their property at Egan’s Road. Geoff is a member of the APS, Maroondah and the Field Naturalists’ Club of Victoria. His special expertise is fungi. After an enlightening excursion, Geoff was guest speaker at the meeting of the APS, South Gippsland at ECG McMillan, Leongatha in the evening. This time he gave an excellent il-

lustrated description of ‘Walking the Overland Track in Cradle Mountain National Park’, Tasmania, usually a six-day, 65 kilometre walk starting at Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain and finishing at Tasmania’s deepest lake, Lake St Clair. The stunning scenery and the physical challenges of this mountain walk has ensured that the Overland Track has built a national and international reputation as one of the great wilderness bush walks. Geoff’s excellent photos illustrated the park’s amazing ecosystems with the dense canopy of beech forests, distinctive flora, fungi, moss, button grass, heathlands, eucalypt forests, cascading waterfalls

Right: BRENDAN Ian Richards was born at Latrobe Regional Hospital on Wednesday, April 7 to Tammy and Neville of Boolarra. A brother for Alex.

Guest speaker: Geoff Lay (left) is pictured discussing some local native plants with Graeme Rowe. and views from Tasmania’s highest mountain, Mt Ossa. Geoff has walked the Overland Track several times, saying he believed January / February was the best time to visit the national park.

Local APS president, Graeme Rowe and member Kerry Pritchard thanked Geoff for spending the day and evening with the group, and for his wealth of information, so interesting for both members and the visitors.

Left: SHELBY Jade Furjan was born on May 7 at the Leongatha Memorial Hospital. Shelby is the first daughter for Sandra and Ben of Korumburra and a new little sister for Bailey 7.

A greener SPLASH SOUTH Gippsland SPLASH YMCA has been nominated as a finalist for a key Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) environmental award.

SPLASH centre management developed a comprehensive plan on ways to reduce the environmental impact of its operation as part of the state government sponsored Grow Me The Money initiative. Grow Me The Money is a 12-month online program designed to assist businesses to become more sustainable and thereby save money. The SPLASH plan included timers on showers, water monitoring, recycling of plastics, de-lamping in office/ storage areas and implementation of a staff green team. It also featured an overall review of centre operational usage of water, gas and electricity and how the usage could be reduced. SPLASH Technical Operations Director Glenn Marsham was presented

Going green: South Gippsland SPLASH YMCA Technical Operations director Glenn Marsham receives a finalists plaque for the centre’s Grow Me The Money initiative from VECCI chief executive Wayne Kayler-Thomson. with a plaque in recognition of the effort by VECCI chief executive Wayne Kayler-Thomson last week. “Care for our environment is something that all businesses must be aware of today and the YMCA is committed to reducing our environmental footprint,” said Mr Marsham. “Recognition of our efforts in this area is very

encouraging.” The centre also received a gift voucher to the value of $450 for purchases from VECCI’s environmental and sustainability product range. The award finalists were based on the submission of plans with phase two aimed at the implementation of those plans.

Right: JESSICA Ivy Carew was born on May 4 at the Leongatha Memorial Hospital. Jessica is the first daughter for Phil and Rachel of Arawata and a little sister for Charlie, 4 and Jy, 19 months.

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Laying it on the line By Matt Dunn

LIFELINE Gippsland’s suicide support program co-ordinator Julie Osborne has worked at the forefront of suicided prevention.

She knows well enough the pain of feeling as if you can’t go on, and she has helped talk many people back from the edge of the Abyss. “Referrals might come in on the phone lines, or the general public, or sometimes they’re self referred. I go through a list of things with people to work out whether they’re suitable to go onto the program,” Julie said. “I co-ordinated, with a counsellor who I believe will be best suited to that client. The counsellor rings the client for eight weeks. They have several phone calls in the first few weeks, until they peter off to one a week. “In that time they put a plan into play and identify their biggest needs, where they need to get referrals.” Julie said every client was different and required different things to help them heal. Likewise, different things caused the slide toward depression. “Problems vary from person to person. They could be psychological. It could be homelessness – it could be a mountain of different things,” she said. “The extent of referrals is vast. The support to see them through those problems is so important.” Julie said people needed to talk “flat out” to help them deal with the problems that were causing them

Here to help: Lifeline workers Moira Theunissen, Wayne Thwaites and Julie Osborne were at last week’s community expo in Leongatha’s Memorial Hall, giving out valuable information. to feel suicidal. “It’s all totally private, between the counsellor and the client,” she said. So far the service has enjoyed 100 per cent success. Julie took the very first call when the suicide prevention program began. She continues to talk to the clients for two weeks after the official end of their program to ascertain “how excited about life they are”. It’s an important indicator, she believes, of how well people are travelling. “I like to know what plans they’ve got, what bad habits they’ve left behind, all that sort of stuff,” she said. “Relationships” are the most important factor affecting many people’s mental health.

The service looks after “people who feel like they just can’t keep going”. “It’s the people that are hanging in there thinking, ‘I can’t stand any more of this,’” she said. Julie believes the success of the Gippsland service is partly due to the fact country people are counselling country clients. “People in the country relate to people in the country. People in the country understand the issues of people in the country,” she said. “We’ve had the fires, the drought, we’ve had so much in our area, it does help to understand how they’re feeling about those things.” In many ways suicide remains a hidden killer, though no less deadly for the fact. Recent data from the Australian Bureau of

Statistics has affirmed suicide as a leading cause of death in our society. As many as seven people take their own lives each day in Australia. “It’s absolutely preventable. It’s people from all walks of life,” Julie said. However, suicide is particularly savage toward the young. It is the highest killer of men between the ages of 18 and 44, and the highest killer of women between 18 and 34. “It’s huge. There’s so many other things you can be killed by. They’re huge numbers,” Julie said. Despite these dire statistics, Julie said the people who undertook the program and came out the other side were remarkably different from when they went in. “It’s amazing. That’s why my job is so good. I talk to someone that’s do down, so low, it’s really hard to get a word out of them. They’re just so unhappy. By the end of the program they’ve got life direction. It’s an amazing difference,” she said. Lifeline Gippsland offers a range of suicide related services including a 24 hour telephone counselling line (13 11 14) as well as its specialist Suicide Support Program. The agency will also offer a two day accredited suicide prevention training course on Tuesday May, 25 and Wednesday, May 26. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is recognised across the globe as a leading package for training individuals to recognise and respond to suicidality. For further information on the course call Lifeline Gippsland office on 5136 3600 or email

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New litigation solicitor ALUN Hashim wanted to be a lawyer from the time he was a young lad. He was also very good at golf. So as he progressed through the oldest English language school open to commoners in South East Asia – Penang Free School in Malaysia - he tried to work out how he could best combine those two pursuits. One country came to mind – Australia. After finishing Year 11, he bade farewell to his parents and older brother and went to Perth to complete Year 12. “The first year was a bit tough, but that experience makes you stronger. You adapt to different environments and meet new people.” And now he’s doing that again. Alun has just started work with Birch, Ross and Barlow as a litigation solicitor at the firm’s Leongatha office. He is looking forward to the challenges and variety of a career in the country, which will include commercial litigation, some personal injury work and criminal matters. He can’t wait to test some of South Gippsland’s golf courses. Alun has a handicap of five. He played for the Penang State Team and took part in a lot of tournaments when he was at secondary school. “I haven’t played for a year,” he lamented, agreeing he is a good player, “but I have a lot to improve on”. After finishing Year 12 in Perth, Alun travelled to the other side of Australia to study law at Bond University on the Gold Coast. He represented that institution on the golf course, but between studying and working at the university as a library assistant, he

Welcome: Birch, Ross and Barlow partner Suryan Chandrasegaran (left) welcomes young solicitor Alun Hashim to the firm. wasn’t able to practice as often as he would have liked. For his practical legal training, Alun attended the Leo Cussen Institute. A legal cadetship followed at Prushka/Mendelsons where he gained experience in motor vehicle accidents and corporate medical claims. But he didn’t play much golf! That, he hopes, will change. He’s handy with a soccer ball too.

Having played for school teams and in competition in Melbourne, Alun said he wouldn’t mind training with a local team. He is looking forward to the world cup and while Brazil is the favourite to win, Alun thinks Spain and England will be the sides to watch as well. He is hoping his newly-adopted country will acquit itself well.

Attracting young lawyers By Jane Ross

YOUNG women lawyers are creating a network to help attract and keep newcomers to the profession in the Gippsland area. Their efforts are being rewarded with an increase in the number of young lawyers moving to the region and greater involvement in the Gippsland Law Association. Women lead that body,

a situation that is probably a Victorian “first” and certainly a Gippsland one. Belinda Wilson is the president, Kim McFarlane secretary and young lawyers’ representative and Jennifer McInnes the treasurer. Belinda said the aim of the association is to assist local practitioners to provide a united front and address issues relevant to them. Its role is also to help Gippsland lawyers meet ongoing educational needs,

which Belinda said amount to around 10 hours a year. Distance is always an issue. Belinda and her GLA committee have been travelling to different parts of Gippsland combining the educational aspects lawyers need, with dinners. “So, we learn and socialise at the same time. We need to pull together.” Dinners, with a guest speaker have been held in Traralgon, Warragul and South Gippsland over the past year. Belinda, who is with Tyler Tipping Woods in Traralgon, said these have been serving their purpose of bringing lawyers together for fellowship and learning. “It’s good to bounce ideas off each other and it helps to resolve matters if you know other solicitors.” The response to the dinners has been such that membership of the GLA is growing. “By going to different areas and attracting solicitors, we hope to attract more.” And Belinda and her team are using this method to draw younger members of the profession into the GLA fold. “We have some fantastic young lawyers in the area, but as a young practitioner it can be difficult.” She herself is 32. Her family is from Glenmag-

gie and when she went to Melbourne for her studies, Belinda said she “couldn’t wait” to get back to Gippsland. “I love the lifestyle and the work/life balance.” Kim McFarlane shares Belinda’s enthusiasm for the GLA and for encouraging young practitioners to the region. She became the young lawyers’ representative on the GLA in 2008, the year she was a trainee. Part of that role is to encourage young lawyers in Gippsland by bringing them together to network and enjoy events. The period October 4 to 10, has been set aside as Regional and Suburban Young Lawyers’ Week and Kim is busy with the planning for that. She co-chairs the Regional and Suburban Young Lawyers’ Committee, which meets every few months. During the past year, she has arranged a murder mystery evening, a trivia night and wine appreciation. Now, up to 20 young Gippsland lawyers attend such events and Kim is hoping that this will continue to grow. “Young lawyers are staying around,” she said. It is her view that the regular dinners for young lawyers in Gippsland have helped build momentum for the GLA.

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Every health essential THE Escential Shop in Koonwarra offers well-known natural therapies such as aromatherapy, therapeutic massage and Bowen therapy. Counselling and Nautilus Energy Healing, which is the ability to work in the energy field that surrounds the physical body, are also available. The Escential Shop owner Beatrice Zacaropoulos said they believe their treatments can work hand in hand with other therapeutic modalities such as chiropractic, psycholo-

gists and main stream medicine. She said Nautilus Healing is an ancient, tried and true healing method that revitalises your body, mind and spirit, utilising the powerful healing energy of nature. “What we have learned is that the physical body doesn’t function in isolation,” she said. “It is part of a complete system that works together and this affects our physical health, our mental and emotional states and our level of spiritual connection. “We find that by the time we be-

come sick, or mentally or emotionally exhausted, the problem has appeared in our energy field first.” If you can work in the energy field to clear energetic flow and maintain a healthy energy field this can greatly reduce the impact on our physical body. At The Escential Shop they work on three levels of what is commonly called the ‘aura’: the mental, emotional and physical bodies. Beatrice said it provides a simple and practical approach to effectively treat back, neck and shoulder pain,

menstrual and reproductive problems, anxiety, digestive problems, stress and trauma. “We have found it also very beneficial in cancer patients, bringing relief to people affected by chemotherapy as it can boost the immune, lymphatic and nervous systems,” she said. Counselling greatly assists in the healing process to help clients identify and release any limiting beliefs or trauma memories that may be associated with their physical condition. In a retreat situation, clients spend time within the safety of a healing environment. Beatrice said their healing can take place on a number of levels by addressing the cognitive memories or distortions someone may have and releasing the energy associated with the trauma or memory that may be blocking the body from healing. The Escential Shop also offers Bowen therapy, which is a holistic and multidimensional approach to pain relief and healing that has achieved remarkable results over the past 50 years. It works with soft tissue and trigger points. Trigger points known to cause headaches, neck and jaw pain, lower and upper back pain, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and many types of pain mistakenly ascribed to fibromyalgia, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, tennis elbow

or ligament injuries. Practitioners skilled at detecting and treating trigger points have found that they are the primary cause of pain roughly 75 per cent of the time. One client of the shop praised the team for the “positive benefits and complete healing” she experienced after seeking treatment at The Escential Shop. As a physiotherapist she followed traditional medical regimes for gout, and hip, knee and back pain without success. But following four Bowen treatments and some massages the gout decreased. Later she came for the physical pain. “After three Bowen treatments I am almost back to full function and have no pain,” she said. “I have pleasure and full confidence in recommending your professional and caring services to anyone with similar conditions and hope that you continue with your work with Bowen as this is definitely a winner for me.” The Escential Shop was established in Koonwarra in 2003 to offer a range of high-quality products and services to provide people with the optimum experience of health and well being. Practitioners have been working in the field of health and wellbeing for the past 20 years. For an obligation free quote email or call 5664 2422.

Friendly staff: Tina Collins, Wendy Reed, Beatrice Zacaropoulos and Melissa Bourke at The Escential Shop. Healing hands: Beatrice Zacaropoulos works with a client.

The Escential Shop: in Koonwarra.

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Careful operation: the first carriage is unloaded at Korumburra.

By Chris Brown

TWO train carriages were trucked to Korumburra on Thursday for use by the South Gippsland Tourist Railway.

They will provide much needed passenger capacity and have opening windows, to keep customers cooler in summer. Earlier this year the tourist railway sent an email to other tourist railways seeking carriages. Steamrail Victoria at Newport responded and offered two carriages, one of which was built in 1914. Money was needed to transport it to Korumburra. The government wouldn’t come to the party, but a group member was prepared to fund the operation. Hy Haul Bayswater owner Bill Smith has previously taken part in a Dream Come True train ride and

provided discount assistance for the big project. They started preparing carriages for transport on Wednesday. It was back to Newport at 6.30am on Thursday, with the first carriage leaving at 11am. It arrived in Korumburra at 2pm. The second carriage left at 12.45pm and arrived at 4pm. The crane was reassembled in Korumburra to shift the carriages onto the track. This was completed in the lights of the locomotive at 8pm. Mr Raven said it took slightly longer than planned as extra packing was needed. “Other than that it went pretty smooth and basically the cars didn’t sustain any damage,” he said. “We have a bit of work to do on the roof because they have been in storage for five years. It is a canvas

roof and it is dried out and cracked.” A trailer with a seating capacity of 30 passengers and a diesel electric motor built are the next items destined for South Gippsland, thanks to government funding. The tourist trains carried about 5000 people last year, which is a big increase on the 2000 they were taking five years ago. Mr Raven said numbers were increasing all the time. “Our charter traffic is up 70 per cent; our passenger traffic is up by 30 per cent. The more marketing we do the more people know we are there,” he said. The tourist railway has about 60 active members, with more local people joining. It is the longest tourist railway in Victoria and the second longest in Australia.

Happy day: volunteers Peter Hinksman (Fish Creek) and Gavin Browning (Bena) welcome the carriage to Korumburra.

Taking the corner: the truck turns off the South Gippsland Highway in Korumburra.

Moving signs: Dane Meinhold took out the keep left sign, so the truck could take a sharp corner.

Welcome to town: the second carriage arrives in South Gippsland.

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Blood bank visits

A MOBILE blood bank visited Leongatha hospital last week in search of blood donors. The Red Cross van was set up to encourage people from the area to give generously. Regular visits have been made in the area for a while now, and Donor Services Officer Christina Connolly has been pleased by the contributions made. “We usually expect up to and over 180 people in a week here in Leongatha,” she said. She was happy with this figure, but says there was always room for more. “We can never have enough. We’re constantly in need of more blood, so anyone who gives is doing a great job,” Mrs Connolly said. Just one donation can save up to three lives, and almost anyone can give. Anyone aged in between 16-80 can support the cause, except of course those with a medical condition or on constant

medication. To donate is simple, and there are a variety of ways to get involved. Mrs Connolly says that donors can sign up on the internet, by phone or even just pop their head in the van, fill out a form and be donating in minutes. Donators are able to donate again within 12 weeks. The type of blood most needed can vary from time to time, but most precious is type O negative. “O negative can be given to anyone, so it is what I would consider the most important.” Once the donations are made, they’re shipped off to South Melbourne to be stored, monitored and then eventually distributed. The van is off to Rosebud next, in the hope for some more donations.

Generously giving: Jo Boyd donates blood in the Red Cross blood bank. • NEWHAVEN COLLEGE

Seminar held to save science Excellence in education AUSTRALIA, and By Michael Brewin, Principal

especially Victoria, has a shortage of scientists and engineers that needs to be solved. Dr Henry Hudson, chairman of the board of the Maritime Museum of Victoria, encourages young people to consider a future in science. Dr Hudson appeared at the Coal Creek Community Park and Museum last week to discuss the present trend of science and engineering education in Australia. He believes science students are in short supply, and is very keen to rectify the situation. “It’s important that we endorse sciences to young people, as they are the future of our society,” Dr Hudson said. His suggestion is for schools to schedule regular museum visits, and for the museum directors to make the appearances enjoyable and interesting. Dr Hudson also has numerous programs running to assist with student transfers into VCE study, and into university.

WHEN choosing a Secondary School Newhaven College understands the importance of choosing the right secondary school for your child and the many considerations that form the basis for that decision.

Ready to listen: Mrs. Pat Spinks, Dr Henry Hudson, Mrs Isabel Hudson and John Woolley prepare for Dr Hudson’s seminar. One of the programs, the “National Youth Science Forum” is run to benefit Year 11 students across Australia, and aims to encourage them taking on a challenge Dr Hudson also has a focus on getting them ready for the transition into their last year of high school, and even into university. “We need to find programs that interest the children, so that they want to continue with their

studies in the sciences,” Dr. Hudson said. Other programs are tailored by the universities to target their needs. The University of Newcastle has instigated the “Science and Engineering Challenge”, which is aimed at mostly practical work to give students hands-on experience. Dr Hudson was very thankful for the work done by numerous sponsors, most notably the Rotary

Clubs in Australia. “They have been heavily involved in all our programs and they deserve our thanks.” Dr Hudson said. Dr Hudson’s seminars are held all over Australia, and, along with the different projects in place, they are having a very positive effect on the number of students enrolled in science courses.

The College’s student cohort comprises approximately 100 students at each secondary level, providing a diverse yet friendly sized community where each student can feel safe and comfortable. Newhaven offers an innovative curriculum, an extensive program of extracurricular activities, excellent pastoral care and dedicated teachers. The quality of teaching and learning at Newhaven College is reflected in the students’ achievements – and not just in an academic sense. The College is very proud of its high standards and excellent academic record, which consistently produces strong VCE results, and delighted, with the achievements of those students who make every effort and achieve at a measure beyond even their own expectations. Each student at Year 7 is strongly supported by a Head of House, who is also one of their class teachers, as well as a dedicated House Tutor who will meet with them twice each day. During Term 1, students participate in Transition Days and induction sessions that encourage them to get to know each other and gain an understanding of the organisational challenges of a secondary school. They are accompanied in these activities by a

Year 10 Peer Support Leader charged with the responsibility of easing their transition to secondary school. Parents are also invited to an evening session early in Term 1 where they meet their child’s Head of House, House Tutor and other Year 7 parents. Newhaven College students build selfconfidence and team spirit through an extensive range of extracurricular activities. These include inter-house and inter-school sporting and cultural activities, theatre, instrumental music, public speaking and debating, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and outdoor pursuits such as camping and hiking. Their emphasis on personal development prepares students equally to either enter further study or the workforce with the skills needed to adapt and succeed in their chosen field. Contact Mrs Mary Brown, for further information or to enquire about enrolling;, Ph 5956 7505.

Top advice: Newhaven College Principal Michael Brewin assists senior student Brooke Taylor with her studies.

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We want you: young members of the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band, Stacey Sargant and Dean Eddy, are seeking a leader and more players.

Musicians chase leader WANTED: someone with a passion for music, the ability to inspire and desiring to take the next step. The South Gippsland Shire Brass Band is seeking a new musical director to lead a group of volunteer musicians. Band president Darryl Hunt said the ideal

candidate would have a strong grounding in brass music, be able to organise concerts and know a variety of musical styles. “It’s an excellent opportunity for someone to step up into the role and advance their own music,” he said. The band is also seeking more brass players and people wanting to learn. Instruments and

uniforms are supplied. “This is a chance for people who have learnt music at school and want to continue with their music,” Mr Hunt said. The band meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Leongatha Courthouse. To find out more, phone Mr Hunt on 5662 3623.

Smoke ’n’ Mirrors exhibition MUSHROOM Crafts, Leongatha is currently exhibiting a display of paintings in

their artspace by Pennyx Saxon and Brian McDonell. The exhibition, which

runs during May, is titled Smoke ’n’ Mirrors. Kyabram artist Pennyx is a descendant of the Yorta Yorta and Palawa

people. She has studied art and has a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Arts and is a well respected and innovative Koori artist.

She says her art is about “the spiritual aspects of traditional Aboriginal culture and how it has been damaged.” She expresses the pain of change through her art. Kyabram artist, Brian McDonell is a talented artist who is self-taught. He works in watercolours, acrylic paints, pencil and ink. Brian also does graphic art and designs logos for music CDs and illustrates music covers for various people in the Kyabram area. Pennyx has been his mentor and encourages him in pursuing his art. This is their first exhibition in South Gippsland.

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Volunteers vital in foreshore care FORESHORES and bushland reserves across Bass Coast benefit from the dedication of local volunteers. Bass Coast Shire Council’s Coast and Bushland Management Officer, Derek Hibbert, said the volunteers played a vital role in preserving our coastal environment. “Our region is very fortunate to have passionate volunteers working on our coastal reserves,” said Mr Hibbert. “There are currently 13 volunteer groups involved in on-ground works in Council-managed Foreshore Reserves. Without the help of these volunteers, we would not be able to care for these areas as well as we do.” Mr Hibbert said the groups are involved in a range of environmental activities. “Our volunteers work on environmental weed control, indigenous revegetation, seed collection and propagation, upgrading beach access tracks and boardwalks, controlling pest animals and collecting data on native animals,” explained Mr Hibbert. “Council supports the groups through funding, helping with project planning, getting approval for works and providing training and technical advice. We also

attend working bees, provide equipment and maintain the revegetation sites the groups create. “Along with the social aspects and enjoyment from working in your own area with a group of like-minded volunteers, these groups have significantly improved the conservation and recreational values of our coastal reserves,” Mr Hibbert said. “Anyone who is interested in being a volunteer or finding out more about the work our volunteers do in coastal reserves should contact me.” Currently the volunteer groups involved in on-ground activities in Councilmanaged Foreshore Reserves are: • Ventnor West Coast Action • Ventnor Coast Care • Red Rocks Coast Action • Cowes Coast Action • Friends of Silverleaves Foreshore • Rhyll Coast Action • Newhaven Coast Action • Cape Woolamai Coast Action • Friends of Tenby Point Foreshore • Cape Paterson Coast Action • Cape Paterson Residents and Ratepayers Association • Inverloch Coast Action • Inverloch Residents and Ratepayers Association and South Gippsland Conservation Society •Projects Committee

Rapt: Lisa Whiteside, Rachel Allenby, Zane Allen and Claire Wylie of St. Joseph’s Primary School enjoying their healthy salad wraps.

St. Joseph’s goes healthy

THE kids of St. Joseph’s Primary School in Korumburra are all about eating healthily this month with a focus on healthy living.

Inverloch CWA news INVERLOCH CWA meeting on May 11 opened with a friendly greeting to all from president Joyce Ingle. Annie was presented with her membership badge and three other ladies were welcomed. Dorothy Riddiford was thanked for opening her home on April 29 for an enjoyable sausage sizzle. Tuesday’s theme was funny hats, another fun day. Brenda taught10 ladies the art of creating a card with Iris folding. Joan Bell celebrated her 90th birthday. Marj White won the door prize, Pat Griggs won first for best bloom and Heather Owen was second. The Exhibition held at Coal Creek in April was a huge success. Craft for next month will be Pin Cushions made from Felt, bring something starting with the letter I and photographs of yourself as a baby and now.

Survey says: Shelley Lawrence and Patrick Biro with the class’s healthy foods survey.

Church Times ARIES - March 21 - April 20

The week finds you restless, but if you manage to concentrate you can make a financial coup. You are in a mood to get away, but the companion of your dreams may not be available right now. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

You may have to speak up for your rights. Someone could be trying to get the better of you - merely because you are shy. Body language says a lot and you are probably right-on as you interpret messages. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

Charming distractions make less of a productive week, but your morale soars with the news of advancement. If travelling, you could meet a kindred spirit along the way. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

The week includes delaying factors. Beginnings and conclusions are both postponed. Family proves surprisingly generous but strings could well be attached. Be especially attentive to your health on the weekend. LEO - July 23 - August 22

A professional acquaintance could become personally closer. The weekend favours a home improvement scheme, this could prove convenient because pleasant company may drop in. Think twice before taking on big projects. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

Recreation and good shopping are features of the week. A friend may seem aloof, but there is a good explanation. A new tactic could bring better results at the workplace. A distant relative suddenly becomes quite close. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

This is the week for culture. Enjoy jaunts to galleries or concert halls and enjoy them in the company of those you love most. If planning a career change, update your resumé and send in an application. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

You can realise a key career or academic goal, so long as you resist impulsive moves. Your popularity soars through the entire week and your workload includes variety and challenge. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

An older person takes you into his/her confidence and a youngster adopts you as a role model. The week has an exotic touch. You might meet a charming person from a faraway corner of the world. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

Older relatives are outstanding advisors and children prove good friends. Don’t postpone household repairs. Promotion is accented, thanks to behind-the-scenes work of a secret admirer. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

As your workload decreases, restlessness increases. This is a great week for dealing with educators and tackling bureaucratic obstacles. Avoid being a matchmaker. Old contacts get in touch. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

This is a nostalgic week that finds you involved in activities you enjoyed as a child. You are ready to enlarge your friendship circle and some good opportunities could come your way during the weekend. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

Your famous persistence pays off, notably in your career and finance. Try to overcome shyness by being less subtle in your demands. Intuitive gifts prove more remarkable than ever in the coming months. Diplomacy becomes more important than ever.

ANGLICAN: Wednesday, May 19: 9.30am Woorayl Lodge HC; 10.15am Koorooman House HC; 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Friday, May 21: 7.30pm St David’s, Meeniyan HC. Sunday, May 23: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Family Service; 10.30am Union Church, Tarwin Lower MP. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Mirboo North. Phone 5668 1346. Holy Communion 8.30am: Worship and Sunday School 10am. ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Korumburra: Sunday 9.30am and Wednesday 11.30am. Poowong: Second and fourth Sundays, 11am. ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Wonthaggi. Sunday, 10.30am: Holy Communion & Sunday School; Monday, 7.30pm: Holy Communion; Wednesday, 8.45am: Christian prayer & meditation, 10am: Holy Communion. CHURCH OF ASCENSION: Inverloch, Sunday, 9am: Holy Communion & Sunday School; Tuesday, 9am: Christian prayer & meditation; 10am: Holy Communion; Thursday 7.30pm: Holy Communion. 5th Sunday services, alternating at Wonthaggi & Inverloch, contact Rev Bruce Charles for details, 5672 3984. ASSEMBLIES OF GOD: Prom Coast Community Church Inc. - Foster Community House, Station Street, 10am: Sunday. Sunday School and Creche operates. Pastor Bill Watson 5686 2248. A.O.G. Inverloch - Cnr Bear and McIntosh Street, Inverloch. Sunday Service 10am; Imagine Christmas Day Service 9am. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, 10am and 6pm: Sunday. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: Pastor Vic Butera 5655 2478. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Leongatha South Gippsland Liberty Fellowship - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Sunday services: 11 am and 7pm. All enquiries contact Pastor David Stegmann 5662 2785. Office: 5662 3100. Wonthaggi A.O.G. - Billson Street, 10am: Sunday. Contact: Pastor Barry Smith 5672 3984. CHRISTIAN REVIVAL CRUSADE: 40 Hughes Street, Leongatha. Sunday, Morning Service 10.30 am: Inspirational Service, 6.30pm: Children’s Church 10.30am: Home cells weekly; Kids Club Wednesdays 4pm Guide Hall. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455. THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES CREEK: Meeting every Sunday at

Archies Creek. Morning Communion Service 11 am: Evening Holy Spirit Revival 6pm: Phone: Ps. Chris Chetland 5674 3867 or 5672 4660. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Saturdays, Church service 10am., Leongatha Sabbath School - 11.30am. CATHOLIC: St Laurence’s Parish Leongatha: 5 pm Mass Saturday, 11am Mass Sunday. Tarwin Lower: In St Andrew’s Union Church, 5pm winter, 6pm summer Mass Saturday. Meeniyan: 9.30am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 11am, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Mirboo North: 11am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 9.30am Mass, 2nd and 4th Sundays. St. Joseph’s Parish Korumburra: 9.30am Sunday Mass. Loch: 5pm/6pm Daylight saving Sunday Mass. Wonthaggi: Saturday evening 6.30pm: Evening Mass; Sunday, 10.30am: Mass. Inverloch: Sunday 9 am: Mass. KORUMBURRA’S AGLOW: First Monday every month at Korumburra Day Centre, Korumburra Hospital, Bridge St., Korumburra at 7.45pm. Inquiries phone 5657 2214. GIPPSLAND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Strongly family oriented church meets at the Senior Citizens Centre, Mirboo North, Sundays: 4-5.10pm Communion, 5.15-6pm Bible Studies for Adults, Youth and Children. Friday evenings: Home Fellowships 7.30pm; Youth Activities. Enquiries: 5668 2226 Bob Stevens. SALVATION ARMY LEONGATHA COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 52 Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) - Sunday: Family Worship at 10am: Kid’s Club - Tuesday, 4 - 5pm; mainly music, Thursday 10am. All welcome. Please contact Captain Martyn and Heather Scrimshaw, ph. 5662 5122. SALVATION ARMY WONTHAGGI COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 149 McKenzie Street every Sunday at 11am for Family Worship. Kids' Club - every Tuesday at 4 pm, Women's Group - Wednesday at 1.30pm, and Playgroup - Friday 9.30am. Evening Ladies' Fellowship - First Monday each month and Youth Groups held monthly. All welcome. Please contact Lt. Robyn and Max Lean. Ph. 5672 1228. PRESBYTERIAN: Weekly Worship Service 10am Sunday, corner Bent and Turner Streets, Leongatha. Phone Rev. Dr D. Clarnette 0409 236 981 or elder Col Rump 5662-2107. CHRISTIAN REFORMED

CHURCH: Reformed Church meeting at the corner of Peart and Brown Streets. Sunday family service at 10.30am. (10am daylight saving time), creche and Sunday School available. Teaching service at 7.30pm. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2762. Minister: Rev. Ron Nauta. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, May 23, 9am and 10.45am. “Life to the Max” 7pm. Mirboo North: 9.30am. Meeniyan: 10am. Wonthaggi: Sunday 9.30am, Family Service, all welcome. Inverloch: Sunday 11am: Korumburra: Sunday, 9.30am: Rev. Geoff Smith and Rev. Jim Foley, 5655 1997. Arawata: 11.30am 1st & 3rd Sundays. Kongwak: 11.30am 4th Sunday. BAPTIST CHURCH KORUMBURRA: 39 Mine Rd, Korumburra. Service and Sunday School 10.30am. Pastor Ian Wilkinson. Phone 5658 1366. BAPTIST CHURCH WONTHAGGI: Cnr McBride & Broome Crescent, Wonthaggi. Morning Service & Children’s Activities, Sunday 10am. Weekly activities see, Pastor Geoff Pegler 5672 4769. MEENIYAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Sunday, 10am: Meeniyan Youth Club Hall. COMBINED CHURCHES WONTHAGGI / INVERLOCH: 4th Sunday each month at 7pm. SCOTS PIONEER CHURCH: Mardan South. Pleasant Sunday Afternoons on the last Sunday of each month at 2pm. See occasional ad in this paper for details. For enquiries phone 9853 6627. FISH CREEK UNION CHURCH: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 9am; 2nd & 4th Sundays, 7pm. Contacts: Fran Grimes 5683 2650, Sue Poletti 5663 6325.

After a visit from the “Go For Your Life” van, an initiative of the Victorian Government, the school found some other ways to keep themselves fit and active. One was to survey the Grade 2 and 3 class to find out which healthy foods they liked to eat, and add these items to the tuckshop at school. Salad rolls and wraps, as well as smoothies, toasted sandwiches and pasta were all among the most highly rated foods. The students were excited about the initiative, and have learnt plenty about healthy living.


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CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8222 ACROSS 1. Delightful part of the Riviera (4). 7, Advertising to get a better job (9). 8. Collected still (4). 9. It’s not yours to excavate! (4). 10. The head man: English (4). 11. All there said “A French river” (4). 14. Pay a good worker won’t get (5,2,3). 16. The indications of exasperation do make one think (10). 19. Doesn’t continue to give tips (4). 22. Stalk the spring (4). 24. As far as this compiler’s concerned, something to read (4). 25. Thought to be the intention (4). 26. Make do with a wrench (9). 27. Man’s is not so much (4). DOWN 1. Cuts that are nothing to speak of (5). 2. Pass over the punctuation (5). 3. Not being unintentionally aggravating? (6). 4. Makes a simple alteration (6). 5. Walk from the stage (4). 6. Managed, but it’s laboured (9). 12. A girl falling into love (9). 13. They may be wild and woolly in the West (4). 15. Merge, in short! (4). 17. Means the half of bitter sent in is weak (6). 18. Don’t go again to sea (6). 20. In the dungeon, starting out to dig (5). 21. Souvenirs of holidays, or breaks (5). 23. Service means a lot (4).

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Sale Draw May 19 & 20 1. SEJ 2. Elders 3. Rodwells 4. Alex Scott 5. Landmark 6. David Phelan & Co

Regular buyers in attendance THE larger yarding of cattle at VLE Leongatha was presented to a solid representation of regular buyers. There were 400 trade and 1600 export cattle penned. The smaller yarding of vealers and yearlings were of generally plainer sorts, with prices remaining firm on the rates paid by the trade and feeders last week. There was solid demand for the 500 bullocks offered, with prices firm to 4c/kg easier. The yarding of over 800 cows was largely made up of plainer dairy bred cows, which sold at firm rates to last week. The best of the vealers topped at 205c/kg for only a small number of heavy

C3 steers. Most sold in the 165c to 185c/kg range, with feedlotters and restockers providing some competition to the trade. Yearling heifers sold to 198c/kg for medium weight C2 scores, with most D3 medium and heavy heifers making from 172c to 178c/kg. Grown steers saw medium weight C4 scores making 176c to 186c to average 182c/kg

which was firm on last week’s rates. Heavy C4 bullocks followed this trend to maintain a 181c/kg average. Medium and heavy weight D4 beef bred cows sold from 140c to 157c/kg to average 152c/kg which was firm to 4c/kg cheaper. Plainer dairy bred mediun weight cows sold to 130c/kg which was up to 6c/kg dearer than last week.

Wednesday, May 12 BULLOCKS 26 G. & P. Charman, Alberton 11 M. Milojevic, Tooradin 6 H. & J. Matheson, Woolamai 7 J. Nicita, Leongatha North 7 N.J.T. Pastoral, Yanakie 1 P.F. & V.A. McRae, West Creek

606 686 588 627 703 605

185.0 184.6 184.0 184.0 183.0 181.6

1121.00 1267.00 1082.53 1153.00 1286.00 1098.68

STEERS 1 C.J. & B. Van Doorn, Jeetho 1 L. Philp, Fish Creek

360 205.0 410 204.6

738.00 838.86

1 D. & K. Clark, Nerrena 1 J.F. & J.P. O’Neill, Korumburra 1 S. & R. Costello, Thorpdale 1 S.R. & J.A. Bland, Alberton COWS 1 A.W. & B.J. Buckland, Fish Creek 1 S.B. Walpole & Sons, Woodside 2 R.G. Barnacue, Loch 1 J.H. & J.I. MacDonald, Leongatha South 1 R. & D. Clench, Yarram 1 A. Dixon, Loch HEIFERS 1 L. Philp, Fish Creek 2 P.G. Mancarella, Mirboo North 6 S.R. & J.A. Bland, Alberton 3 G. & M. Hill, Poowong 1 I.M. Sharp & Sons, Foster 1 A. & J. Arrott-Watt, Korumburra BULLS 1 J.T. Sibly Pastoral, Archies Creek 1 A.W. & B.J. Buckland, Fish Creek 1 Ajay Partners P/L, Leongatha 1 M. Groves, Alberton West 1 T.R. & P.J. Dessent, Wonga Wonga South 1 N.J.T. Pastoral, Foster

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Genomics for Holsteins GENOMICS was the topic at South Gippsland Sub Branch of the Holstein-Friesian Association of Australia Field Day last week.

Ash Harrison hosted the event at his Nerrena dairy farm. Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme extension and education program manager Michelle Axford was the guest speaker. Genomics is the use of


DNA data to assist in the calculation of Australian Breeding Values to predict the commercial performance of animals. The technology provides the opportunity to make faster genetic progress by using younger bulls with greater confidence than traditional progeny testing. Ms Axford said there were some great questions arising at the field day followed by good discussion. “People want to understand how they can use it, interact with it and think about it within the framework of their business to get the most out of it,” she said. “We’ve got some motivated switched-on breeders in this region and many of

them were there asking great questions.” Ms Axford said using younger bulls can deliver improved genetics sooner. “Having better bulls available on the market sooner will boost dairy cow productivity and profitability,” she said. The technology has been developed using the ADHIS database which means it is ‘tuned’ for Australian conditions. From August 2010 there will be some bulls with ABVs that have been calculated using a combination of genomics and pedigree. The reliability of young bulls is enhanced by using a combination of genomics, pedigree and daughter per-

formance data (as it becomes available). Breeding values based on genomics alone are far more accurate than pedigree estimates, but not yet as accurate as using full progeny testing. “Over time the reliability of this technology will improve, but it is still always a good strategy to use a team of bulls rather than just one or two over all the herd,” she said. Bulls selected at a young age using genomics will eventually have daughters and their ABV will be updated as daughter performance data becomes available. For more information contact Ms Axford at ADHIS 8621 4240 or email

Monday 24th May at 11.00am Maffra a/c Shane & Toria Pattern and Family


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Holstein Cows. Aut, Winter & Spring calving Holstein Heifers due Winter-Spring to Wallacedale Jersey Bull Exciting Unjoined Heifers Incredible Pick of Flushes - due soon Tremendous Embryo Packages Bulls - rising 2yo dams Include 2009 Royal Melbourne Supreme Champion Cows. Prod to 15,300 456kgs Protein 473kgs Fat Holstein-Jerseyx heifer calves by Wallacedale Sire • Selling 5 Class EX • Cows prod to 15,300 litres 456kgs Protein 473kgs Fat • Selling C.C All Australasian Aged Cow Winner • Selling Senior Champion All Breeds Cow Melbourne Royal 09 • Many Imported USA/Canadian Pedigrees • Selling several Red Holsteins

Absolutely one of the very best catalogues seen in Victoria! No Known JD - EBL Negative - Low BMCC Property Sold Directions - Ryanna is on Falls Lane off Maffra Sale Road. Watch for DLS Sale signs Catalogues Available Please contact DLS Office 03 9338 9259 Vendors - Shane & Toria Patten 0351 471653 or 0427 451486 Declan Patten 0438 512720 Terms are cash or cheque on day of Sale or settlement by your Agent - Letter of Introductions MUST be provided Brian Leslie 0418 365 934 Andrew Mackie 0419 595 932 Luke Russell 0408 313 815

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

New skills: Nerrena dairy farmer Ash Harrison learning from speaker Michelle Axford.

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Grasslands meeting ONE of Australia’s leading soil experts will help graziers and farmers in the Gippsland region learn new ways to achieve ideal soil management as part of an upcoming Grassland Society of Southern Australia event.

The society’s Gippsland branch will hold its annual general meeting in Leongatha on May 24 where Jim Kelly, from ARRIS Consulting, Waite University, South Australia, will give tips to help landowners improve their understanding of soil and land management and its role in economic production. Mr Kelly will explain the function of soil and what constitutes an ‘ideal’ soil. His address will also cover on-farm soil evaluation and self assessment of soil pH, salinity and sodicity and he will outline the role and limitation of soil analysis and how farmers should undertake a farm trial and evaluate the results.

Branch secretarytreasurer Robert Bugge said the AGM/dinner meeting would be a great opportunity for farmers to learn more about their land and become involved in the branch. The Grassland Society’s state president MaryAnne Holt will also attend the meeting at Bairs Otago Hotel Leongatha from 6.30pm. It is expected that new office bearers will be elected at the AGM. Participants can

bring a soil sample to be eligible to win free entry to the Grassland Society’s Annual Conference at Wangaratta starting on August 10, or a complete soil analysis to be performed by ARRIS. Bookings for the dinner are essential and close on May 21. Phone Robert Bugge 0429 954 829 or robert., or Grasslands office 5480 3305 office@grasslands.

Time for an effluent service WITH winter approaching, it’s a good time to empty out your effluent ponds. The idea is to create maximum storage capacity for effluent and rainfall run-off. If you are operating a direct application

system where there is no storage pond, then it is important that you service the pump and clean the sump and pipes now. It is also important that the intended application area during winter is well distanced from waterways and main drainage lines on the farm. Choose an area which has lower soil

fertility to minimise excessive nutrient build up. Regular soil testing every two to four years is recommended to help in targeting future effluent and fertiliser applications. For more information, contact the Gippsland Nutrient Extension Team at DPI Ellinbank on 5624 2222.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD PLAYTIME TEACHER / CO-ORDINATOR Leongatha Community Pre School Centres Inc. Hassett Street Pre School

If this opportunity appeals to you please view the position description via the web site below. For further information please contact Carmel Hennessy on 5136 2431 or David Baillie on 5136 2504. Please quote the relevant reference number. Closing date for applications is Sunday, 30 May 2010 Safety Screening requirements including Police checks apply to DHS recruitment practices. Applicants need to be committed to the DHS Values - DHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values Diversity To apply online and view the job description, visit For other Victorian Government opportunities, please visit

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In this position you will be a vital part of the Case Management team. You will be expected to have sound knowledge of the needs and issues of persons with a disability, and be able to advise these persons and their families regarding service provision - both specialist and generic. Being confident and competent in a variety of practical approaches to the co-ordination of service delivery and through collaborative practice you will assist those with a disability to bring their plans to life. You will share the vision whereby through person directed planning and implementation, people with a disability are assisted to be participating members of their communities and responsible for decisions that affect the quality of their own lives. Mandatory Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability) or other tertiary Qualification appropriate to public welfare practice.

Due to retirement, an opportunity exists for a motivated and dedicated teacher / co-ordinator to teach 1 playtime session at Hassett Street Pre School. This position is part time commencing July 12, 2010 and is 5.75 hours per week. Session time is Friday 9am to 12 noon. Applicants must meet the following criteria: • Diploma or Bachelor of Early Childhood Education or equivalent • Current National Police Certificate • Current approved First Aid / Anaphylaxis qualifications • Work within the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework • Possess a working knowledge of the Children's Services Act and Regulations Applications should be submitted to: Playtime Teacher, PO Box 211, Leongatha Vic. 3953 Closing date: May 28, 2010 For further information and a copy of the Job Description contact Jodie 5662 2326 or email

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KITCHEN PRODUCTION CLERICAL ASSISTANT An opportunity exists for a suitably qualified person to join our Kitchens Production team. You will be responsible for organising the delivery and installation of kitchens, scheduling of works as well as overseeing the joinery timekeeping system. The successful applicant will have excellent communication skills, punctuality, reliability and be able to work in a busy team environment. Applicants should have competent computer skills with the ability to learn in-house programs. Capeview is committed to providing you with ongoing training and support to ensure your success. Applications close on Friday, May 21 and should be forwarded to: Peter Sheerin C/- Capeview Building Products PO Box 115 WONTHAGGI 3995

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DIESEL MECHANIC An experienced Plant/Diesel Mechanic with earthmoving field and workshop experience is required to service the company’s fleet of heavy vehicles. Ph: 5662 5552 Email

We work with Australia’s biggest letterbox delivery company, and right now we need reliable people to deliver catalogues in the Leongatha / Korumburra area. You’ll get out and about, with flexible hours. You’ll earn extra money and be paid regularly. No experience necessary Car and phone essential To find out more, please contact Dane on

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TAXI DRIVERS NEEDED Day shift taxi drivers required to work various shifts including weekend day shift We are in urgent need of day shift drivers to fill our growing requirements. To apply please contact Gary Daniels on 5662 4241 for all the information regarding the positions available and shifts that are needed to be filled. A Victorian Taxi Driver’s Licence is the only requirement needed for employment and all possible assistance will be given to obtain this licence. On the job training will be done in and around LEONGATHA and the KORUMBURRA areas.

Student Support Stream Leader – Social Work Early Childhood and Youth Services Gippsland Fixed Term Full-time, AH4 Salary Range: $74,018 - $89,556 (+ superannuation) This is an excellent opportunity to use your skills and develop your career. The position is a full-time position for 2 years which is responsible for providing leadership to Social Workers employed throughout Gippsland. The position will also be required to lead regional project teams that support the continuous improvement of student support services to students, their families and schools. To succeed in this role you will need to be professionally highly competent in planning and implementing a wide range of allied health services in accordance with the service delivery model specific to Social Workers. The successful applicant will become a member of the region’s Student Support Services Leadership team. A key priority for the student services team is to implement the Strengthening Student Services ‘The way forward’ and the school improvement agenda. Current drivers licence and access to a comprehensive insured car is required when a fleet vehicle is unavailable. If the challenges and opportunities presented by this job appeals to you, contact Ms Donna Riseley, South Gippsland Network Co-ordinator on ph: 5662 5838, mob: 0458 330 861, email:

A full position description including the key selection criteria and details on how to apply is available from In the Reference field on the Jobs Board page, enter the position reference number GIP111. Closing date for applications is Tuesday, 1 June 2010.

An opportunity exists for a permanent part time position in sales at our Outdoor Living and Garden Centre in Roughead Street To be the successful applicant you must be able to work weekends. Experience in retail/nursery would be an advantage, but not essential. Applications and resumés can be forwarded to: The Manager, 13 Roughead Street, Leongatha 3953 Applications close May 24, 2010


Learner Driver Program Project Coordinator Temporary Part Time to June 2011 - 0.8 EFT South Gippsland Shire Council has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Community Development professional to join our team and assist young people across South Gippsland to gain their drivers licence.

POSITION VACANT The Salvation Army South East Services Network seeks applicants for the following position

Project Officer - SESN Quality Improvement 4 days part-time (30.4 hrs) The Salvation Army South East Services Network provides a wide range of support services for individuals, families and young people in the Eastern Victorian Division. A new and exciting opportunity exists for an enthusiastic and highly motivated professional to assist with Quality Improvement Systems. A knowledge of and experience with Quality Systems is essential. Experience and knowledge of homelessness and Placement and Support programs is desirable. The position will assist with the preparation of documents for reviews and the implementation of Quality Work Plans. The position will primarily be based at the SESNGippsCare Office in Leongatha but travel to the SESN head office in Frankston will be an expectation. The following criteria is applicable to this position: • Applicants must be willing to work within the mission and values of The Salvation Army. • A current driver’s licence is essential. • A satisfactory police check is essential. • A Working With Children Check is essential. • Proof of eligibility to work in Australia is essential. • All applicants are required to cite the names of three (3) referees. • Applications are to be received no later than close of business, Monday, May 24, 2010. For further information contact: Celia Irwin, SESN Senior Manager GippsCare, Doveton Community Support Services and Quality Improvement 5662 4502. A Position Description can be obtained by contacting: Debbie Gillin Email: South East Services Network is a Child Safe Organisation

You will be responsible for implementing this valuable and exciting program across South Gippsland. Your role includes recruiting volunteer mentor drivers and supporting young people seeking their licence. You will undertake project promotion; manage the project vehicles and undertake project reporting and data management. You will be assisted by a diverse Steering Committee, and will work with the Council’s Community Strengthening team.

• Tidal River • Full time ongoing role • Salary $42,305pa plus 9% Super Parks Victoria is committed to maintaining the health of the natural environment of our parks and reserves while providing a range of excellent visitor services - so that all Victorians can visit them to relax or exercise their bodies and minds - Healthy Parks Healthy People.

You will have a practical understanding of project management and experience in working with young people aged between 15 and 25, and experience in working with adult volunteers. You are autonomous, have a good understanding of the issues facing rural communities and are interested in having a positive, long-term impact on our region. Well developed written and verbal presentation skills including the ability to prepare regular reports are essential.

The Information Officers are to provide high level visitor service at the Wilsons Promontory Visitor Centre and park entrance office through the delivery of high quality services and information to visitors. As well as assisting with the efficient operation and management of the reservations and bookings process for accommodation/ camping and other related services at Wilsons Promontory National Park.

This role is initially a one year appointment with the potential for an extension of a further 2 years. We welcome direct discussion with Peter Sharpe regarding this role.

Children’s Crossing Supervisor Casual - $22.85 per hour

The successful applicants will have: • Work experience in a similar role, preferably within the hospitality or nature tourism industry. • Sound knowledge and commitment to customer service and customer satisfaction. • Sound knowledge and understanding of nature tourism. • Good computer literacy, especially Microsoft systems and booking/accommodation systems. • Proven record of achievement and self management. • Must be well presented and possess highly developed written and verbal communication skills. • Ability to work as a member of a team and to prioritise duties to meet deadlines. • A current manual Drivers Licence is essential.

A rewarding opportunity exists for casual Children’s Crossing Supervisors across the South Gippsland area. Your priorities will include supervising the morning and afternoon use of school crossings throughout school terms, limiting the traffic flows in accordance with VicRoads instructions and promoting a positive community attitude to crossing supervision by motorists and pedestrians. You will also develop good relationships with the children whilst encouraging road safety. A current driver’s licence is essential along with a satisfactory Police and Working with Children Check (WWC). We also welcome direct discussion with Ian Nicholas regarding this role.

To find out more about these positions, please obtain a copy of the position description by visiting under ‘employment’.

Applications for the above positions addressing the selection criteria are to be submitted by 5pm Wednesday 2nd June addressed to: Human Resources, South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953 or emailed to Further information and position descriptions are available from Human Resources on (03) 5662 9200 or visit our website.

For further information please contact Lucy Nicholson by calling Parks Victoria on 13 1963. To apply, please e-mail your application, addressing the selection criteria including a resume to Applications close Friday 28 May 2010. Parks Victoria is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a commitment to merit, equity and diversity in the workplace.



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POSITIONS VACANT Administrative Officer - Communications Limited Tenure - 12 months 32 hours per fortnight Applications are invited from interested persons for the above position. Applicants must be available to work on any given day between Monday and Friday. The successful applicant shall have an understanding of communications, publicity and media relations. Other responsibilities include community consultation and participation in health promotion activities. Applicants are to be proficient in the use of Microsoft products and a high level of customer service skills is essential. The successful applicant must provide a satisfactory current police record check. Position descriptions can be obtained by downloading from the GSHS website www. or contacting the Administrative Assistant on 5667 5664. Applications are required to be received at the office of Gippsland Southern by 5pm Friday, May 28, 2010 and mailed to: Janet Arrott-Watt, Gippsland Southern Health Service, Private Bag 13, Leongatha VIC 3953

Nurse Unit Manager - Grade 4 Full Time/1 EFT Acute Ward - Leongatha Campus Gippsland Southern Health Service is located 1½ hours from Melbourne - within reach of the south eastern suburbs and a short drive from Wilsons Prom, Phillip Island, and the Bunurong Coastal Reserve. This is a very exciting time at Gippsland Southern as we undertake the rebuilding of our Acute services. As a manager/leader you will need to be dynamic, have a proven record in change management and have excellent communication, organisational and team building skills. Ideally applicants should have a well developed knowledge and a clinical skills base to manage the range of services provided or be willing to expand/develop their knowledge and skills in these areas if required. This is a position for a Registered Nurse - Division 1 to manage and lead a dedicated team. The ward/unit provides a wide range of services including Medical, Surgical, Chemotherapy, Midwifery and OPD Services. If you are looking for the opportunity to expand your career and be involved in the exciting new developments at Leongatha, then this could be the position for you. Application kits and position descriptions are available by contacting the Executive Assistant on 5667 5504. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory current police check. Enquiries should be made to Neil Langstaff on 5667 5507. Applications should be forwarded by June 18, 2010 to: Mr Neil Langstaff, Director of Nursing, Gippsland Southern Health Service, Private Bag 13, Leongatha VIC 3953

Radiographer / Sonographer Full time / Part time / Casual EFT negotiable This is a very exciting time at Gippsland Southern as we undertake the rebuilding of our Acute services at Leongatha. Gippsland Southern Health Service is located just 1½ hours from Melbourne - situated withibn easy reach of the south eastern suburbs and just a short drive from Wilsons Prom, Phillip Island and the Bunurong Coastal Reserve. Gippsland Southern Health Service is a dual-campus health service, with radiology services located at both Korumburra and Leongatha. Preference will be given to candidates with skills in general radiography and sonography including obstetrics, muscular skeletal, vascular and general; however applicants are invited from qualified clinicians in any of these areas. The candidate will be expected to participate in the on-call roster. Remuneration is dependent on experience and qualifications and is in line with current award provisions. GSHS offers a comprehensive orientation program on commencement of employment. All staff have access to excellent staff mentoring, education, salary packaging and support programs. If you are interested in joining a supportive and progressive team please contact the Executive Assistant on 5667 5504 to obtain an application kit and position description, or download from our website The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory current police check. Applicants are also encouraged to contact Neil Langstaff on 5667 5507 to discuss the employment opportunities at GSHS. Completed application kits can be forwarded by Friday, June 18 to: Mr Neil Langstaff, Director of Nursing Inpatient/Residential Care, Gippsland Southern Health Service, Private Bag 13, Leongatha VIC 3953.

Clerical Support / Ward Clerk 0.8 EFT (64 hrs per fortnight) Permanent Part-time This is an exciting time to join Gippsland Southern Health Service as we begin the process of rebuilding the hospital at Leongatha. The successful applicant will provide support to the clinical staff in the busy Leongatha ward areas. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively at all levels, be competent in the use of Microsoft Office software, able to manage time effectively including working without direct supervision and exercise discretion and confidentiality. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory current police check. For further enquiries or for a position description and application kit, please contact the Executive Assistant on 5667 5504 or visit our website at Applications close Friday, June 18, 2010 and are to be addressed to: Mr Neil Langstaff, Director of Nursing Inpatient/Residential Care, Gippsland Southern Health Service, Private Bag 13, Leongatha VIC 3953.

is looking for suitably experienced computer tutors with a passion for sharing their skills, knowledge and experience, tutoring in Microsoft XP operating systems and application programs in Word, Publisher, Excel plus Internet/Email, Digital Photography and MYOB. Tutors will need to have the following qualities: Assist students and assess their needs, complete a curriculum document provided (A-Frame), work without supervision, good written and oral communication skills, patience, creativity and versatility, a sense of humour and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment would be an advantage. For further information and a position description please contact Terri Potter, Monday - Thursday, 10am - 3pm on 5682 1101. Applications close Thursday, June 10

Apprentice Opportunity

Motor Vehicle Mechanic An opportunity exists to join this modern multifranchise motor vehicle dealership commencing a career as a motor mechanic apprentice. Applicants should have a good work ethic and be prepared to work on a trial basis to evaluate suitability for apprenticeship. Year 10 education preferred but not essential. Only those genuinely interested in this career path should apply. Applications close May 24, 2010. Please apply in writing, via email or enquire by phone to: Michael Westaway, Westaway Ford, 1 Hughes Street, Leongatha 3953 Phone 5662 4144 Email:

Licensed Estate Agent or Agents Representative Landmark is a leading Australian agribusiness with a national network of over 400 branches. Throughout South Gippsland Landmark has brand prominence and a long history of successful real estate sales. We are actively looking to recruit experienced estate agents or agents representatives to work within the Landmark network. The successful applicants will work from either Leongatha or Foster branches and will have available the full resources of our existing networks. These positions allow the opportunity to blend together both a career and great country lifestyle. If you have passion, integrity and a burning desire to succeed in real estate sales we need to speak further. Please call Branch Managers, Barry Svenson - 0428 339 080 or Chris Geisler - 0400 157 850 for an initial confidential discussion or further information. Applications should be mailed to: Branch Manager, Barry Svenson, 86 Yarragon Road, Leongatha 3953 or email and should be received no later than COB Friday, May 28.

Farm Assistant Our client runs a highly productive 550 cow dairy farm near Yanakie, South Gippsland, Victoria, only 2 hours from Melbourne Airport, close to the coast and Wilsons Promontory. We have a part time position available for the next 6 to 8 weeks to assist the Manager and other staff with general farm duties including milkings. Ideally you: • Have experience working within a dairy operation with a good understanding of all aspects of dairy farming including a sound knowledge of animal health and husbandry requirements • Are able to operate all farm equipment and machinery • Are a quick learner with a high level of efficiency, working independently as well as part of the team. For more information, including a job description, contact Tom Peters on 0432 526 010 or (03) 5687 1154. Please send your resumé to 90 Foley Road, Yanakie, VIC, 3960 or email (in Word or PDF format) to:

AUSTRALIAN Energy Efficiency Pty Ltd. Supply and install floor, wall, ceiling insulation (for builders and individuals). House Energy Ratings. Phone Ben 0439206925.

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FREE to good home 3yo male boxer, vacc., chipped and desexed. Friendly and social, ideal for family. Ph: 5674-3908.

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

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

Live music from 11am It's fun, come! Kongwak Market is a smoke free event

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EMBROIDERY EXHIBITION May 19 - May 31, 2010 THE LEONGATHA GALLERY Cnr McCartin Street & Michael Place, Leongatha Hours: 10am - 4pm Monday - Friday 10am - 2pm Saturday Closed Sunday

ENTRY - Free Phone 5674 8172, 5674 2254

COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE Diverse Community Views Sought Bass Coast Regional Health is setting up a Community Advisory Committee. The purpose of the committee will be to bring the voices of the community and consumers into decision making processes of Bass Coast Regional Health. We are seeking interested and motivated members of the community to join our newly established Committee. The committee will aim to provide a community perspective and advice to the Bass Coast Regional Health Board of Management on issues relating to health service provision and patient care. Bass Coast Regional Health encourages people from a range of backgrounds and experiences to apply. If you are interested in contributing to your local public health service, we are keen to hear from you. For enquiries, further information or an application kit, please contact Ms Lea Pope, Chief Executive Officer on 56713209. Applications close Friday, June 11, 2010 Registered health practitioners and people currently employed or engaged in the provision of health services in the area are ineligible for membership

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business opportunities Concrete Edging Be your own Boss High profit Business

Trailer with all equipment and machinery, ready to tow away and start work today. (Training available if required)

$22,000 + Stock Edging on display at local nursery Call Steve for details: 0417 507 531

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KIOSK FOR SALE 5 x 4 Rolls CAFÉ Pasture Hay

20 unit B & B motel with 3 B/R residence in busy Wonthaggi High turnover & excellent nett profit. Figures and details available to genuine purchasers. 5672 2922

CLOSING DOWN Last day May 30 Everything must go

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

(Net wrapped) $35 + GST

Phone Deb 0419 743 611


agistment HORSE agistment. Small paddocks available close to Leongatha. Ph: 5662-3270.

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Damien 0427 507 369 CABLEVEY feed system, 19 a-side (38 units), fully operational, Leongatha North. $2,500. Ph: 0408333041.

To ensure the best possible management for the Crown land known as the Port Franklin Public Purposes & Recreation Reserve Inc, the Minister for Environment & Climate Change is seeking persons willing to nominate for a three-year appointment to the Committee. Expressions are sought from people with specialist skills and/or experience in the following areas: • Tourism / Marketing • Legal / Secretarial / Administration • Facilities / Project Management • Environmental / Coastal Biodiversity Conservation • Business / Financial Planning • Gippsland indigenous values and cultural heritage Applications will be assessed by a panel appointed by the Department who will recommend appointment to the Minister. ‘Expression of Interest’ forms and further information on the role and responsibilities of the Committee of Management are available from Lauren Beckett at the Department of Sustainability and Environment in Traralgon Phone: (03) 5172 2581 Expressions of Interest should be marked EOI-1510205 and lodged at the Gippsland Regional Office at 71 Hotham Street, Traralgon 3844. Expressions of Interest close 5pm Friday 28 May 2010. Customer Service Centre 136 186


COOL-ROOMS (2), Mirboo North. Approx. sizes 3.8 x 4.4 and 3.5 x 3.2m. Both approx. 3m high. Enquiries 5668-1205 or 0408140953.

Appointment to the Walkerville Foreshore Committee of Management Inc. To ensure the best possible management for the Crown land known as the Walkerville Foreshore Reserve, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change is seeking persons willing to nominate for a three year appointment to the Committee. Expressions are sought from people with specialist skills and/or experience in the following areas: • • • • • • •

Tourism/Marketing Legal/Secretarial/Administration Facilities/Project Management Environmental/Coastal Biodiversity Conservation Coastal Management Business/Financial Planning Gippsland Indigenous values and Cultural Heritage

8am - 4pm 115 Jupiter Blvd VENUS BAY Furniture, children’s books and toys, Queen size beds

HUGE GARAGE SALE Saturday, May 22 8am 8 Blackmore Avenue Leongatha Antiques, old lamps and cupboard, clock, old dolls, bric-a-brac, 3 wheel walking frame, plants, orchids, blood lily and red and white, good dresses, black, large sizes, shoes, books, radiogram 2, lawn mower 2 HOUSE LOTS

HAY - small square bales, $7 each. Fully shedded, suitable for horses, never been wet. Quality guaranteed. Mardan 5664-1320. HAY, 4ft x 5ft net wrapped, $40 plus GST. Ph: 0417563033. HONDA 4x2 Fourtrax motorbike, 4 yrs old, 22,000km, $4,900. 56685250.

RIDE-ON MOWER, Cub Cadet, 19hp, 42” cut, hydrostatic drive, VGC, done 88 hrs, $2,500. Ph: 5662-5075. SILAGE: Knifed, inoc, clover and rye, excellent quality, $66 inc.

Applications will be assessed by a panel appointed by the Department who will recommend appointment to the Minister.

HAY: 5x4 from $38.50 inc.

‘Expression of Interest’ forms and further information on the role and responsibilities of the Committee of Management are available from Will Hoban at the Department of Sustainability and Environment in Traralgon. Phone: (03) 5172 2110. Expressions of Interest should be marked EOI: 1510207 and lodged at the Gippsland Regional Office, 71 Hotham Street, Traralgon 3844. Expressions of Interest close 5pm Friday 28 May 2010. Customer Service Centre 136 186

Sunday May 23

HAY - small square bales, VG quality, $7 per bale plus GST. Ph: 5662-2074.

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


SMALL SQUARES: From $7.70 inc. Delivery available. Contact 0417532262. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662.

Jim & Dawn Cope


HAY - 4x5, 200 bales, $50 + GST, Buffalo. Ph: 0428535582.

Sanyo upright vacuum cleaner with on-board tools, $80. 5662-2605.



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

wanted to buy CHAFF CUTTER, P.T.O. driven. Ph: 5662-2074. FRIESIAN heifer calves. Ph: 0447-398822.

used motorcycles SUZUKI GS500F, ‘09 model, reg. Sept 10, 213km. Reluctant sale $7,300 ONO. Ph: 0431-306188 or 0418-316303.

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


used vehicles

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

Bass Coast Metal Recyclers 5672 2946 0417 556 593


50th Wedding Anniversary

Antiques, collectables, chaff-cutter, gates, drag-saw, engine transport wheels etc., leadlights, household goods

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

room to let

SHARE accom Leongatha, 5 mins to school/shops, 1 working male to share 3BR house with 2 others, $100pw plus util. $200 bond, rent by direct deposit. 0411-711117.

garage sales

87-91 Brown Street LEONGATHA 8am (no early birds) until 4.30pm

HOUSEHOLD - Two Moran armchairs, re-upholstered, floral pattern, $150 each ONO.

Expressions of Interest

TOYOTA Echo, 1999, one owner, EC, automatic, 63,000km, 6 mths reg, 2 door hatch, PWG319. $8,500 ONO. Ph: 0419317541.

Saturday, May 22

DRUM KIT, DXP, suit beginner, $275. Ph: 56625579.

Expressions of Interest Appointment to the Port Franklin Public Purposes & Recreation Reserve Inc.

used vehicles HOLDEN Jackeroo, 1998, white, dual fuel, VGC, Reg. WNU692. $7,300 Ph: 56623769.

Meeniyan Take Off Weight Naturally Club


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


Please join us for a special afternoon tea to help celebrate.

Sunday, May 30 1.30pm Stony Creek Football Rooms NO PRESENTS PLEASE

marriage celebrant

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

PAM HERRALD 5662 2553 0438 097 181

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

MERLENE STRATTON Leongatha 5662 2574


ATKINSON - LOVIE Carol and Bill, along with Debbie and Steve wish Alicia and Nathan every happiness for a long and loving future together.

McKENZIE-McHARG RICHMOND Colin and Chris McKenzieMcHarg, together with John and Elizabeth Richmond of Ballarat are delighted to announce the engagement of Cameron and Kate on May 7, 2010.

POWNEY - BLAKE Lindsay and Robyn, along with Dave and Jo of Foster, are delighted to announce the engagement of Daniel and Tess. Wishing them all the best for the future.

bereavement thanks SLANEY - Iris Wal and family would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts, flowers, cards, visits, phone calls and condolences on the passing of our dear wife and mum Iris. We would like to thank the district nurses and all hospital and medical staff for their special care and constant ongoing support. Please accept this as our personal thanks.

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Korumburra City Soccer Club KORUMBURRA seniors won a thriller against Mirboo North.

The first half was played at a terrific pace. The two keepers were only tested a couple of times and the game was dominated by the midfield. The second half was played at the same pace with neither team giving an inch. In the last 20 minutes Korumburra looked fitter and finally broke the dead-

lock when Glenn Odgers skilfully headed the ball into the back of the net from a corner kick. Final score 1-0. The women’s team played a great game of soccer against Mirboo North on a small pitch. Chloe Rodda scored the first goal. Mirboo North’s Kathryn Phillips played a fantastic game in goal, warding off many attempts. Second half saw Korumburra score three more times. Final score 4-1 to Korumburra.

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bereavement thanks McFARLANE - The family of Stuart McFarlane would like to thank Paul and Margaret Beck for all the help they gave us, also the doctors and nursing staff for their care and help, the domestic staff for their kindness, the girls at pathology, also the girls at the clinic. We appreciate all the care you gave Stuart during his illness. Thank you to all those who passed on their good wishes and culinary treats. Thank you to all.

in memoriam HERRALD-VERDON Ally. ONE YEAR I’ve missed you every day for the past year, you were and still are my best friend. A happy bubbly person who no matter what, was there for me through everything. Not one day has gone by that I haven’t thought of you. Love you and miss you Ally. Love Jess Davies. HERRALD-VERDON - Allyson Jayde (Ally). 17.5.2009. In loving memory of our beautiful “ALLYMAY”. Missing and loving you every day. Forever in our hearts. Nana Sue and Jim. HERRALD - Ally. 8.7.90 - 17.5.09. Ally my angel in heaven, my world is a cold place without you. Miss and love you every day and forever. Love hugs and kisses Mum. xxxxx It’s been one year since we saw your beautiful face, we miss you every day and will love you forever. Love Dad and Ash. xox. HERRALD-VERDON Allyson. 8.7.1990 - 17.5.2009. 12 months have gone by. Miss the good times with you Ally. You will always be remembered. Your friend Natalie xoxo.

deaths DIETRICH Nick (Royston). Gone yet not forgotten. Good mate to Lewy, Gin, Dave and Sal. R.I.P. FRANK - Arthur Godfrey. Passed away at Koorooman House, Leongatha on May 10, 2010 in his 106th year. Loved husband of Jean (dec.). Loving father of John and Marion, Ron and Robyn. Loved Pop Pop of Greg and Tania, Jodie and Phil and Dean; Heather and Chris, Ben and Louise. Great grandfather of Ryan; Riley, Gabriel, Sam, Dylan and Noah. Now at peace. Reunited with mum. WRAY-McCANN - Teresa Agnes. Passed away at Leongatha Hospital on May 14, 2010. Born Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland on September 6, 1930. Late of Leongatha. Loving wife of Jim (dec.). Loved mother of Paul, Neil, Keith, Mark, Maria and Eileen. Loved motherin-law. Loved Gran of Olivia, Scarlett; Jesse, Rose, Georgie; Madeline, Samantha, Mia; Isabella, Xavier, Amelia; Anastasia, Tomas, Eamon; Harrison, Christian and Gabriel. Our heart felt thanks to the Leongatha Hospital staff for their wonderful care of our mother. A private family funeral has been arranged. In memory of Teresa a donation could be made to the Australian Kidney Foundation.

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Goalkickers for Korumburra: Chloe Rodda (2), Bree Allen (1) and Rebecca Knight (1). U15s had a good game early with a few opportunities missed before Keanu Miller scored and put Korumburra on the scoreboard. Two quick goals followed for Jarrah Raabe and one for Lockie Taylor. The second half saw Travis Hudson working hard up front and rewarded with two goals. Daniel Longden also played well and scored two long shots at goal. A fantastic win to Korumburra with the final score 8-0. In U13s Kaleb Peattie kicked the only goal of the match. Final score Korumburra 1-0. U11s had a great game. Korumburra won 5-0. Goalkickers were Jack Boston (2), Aiden Richards (2) and Fraser Boys (1). Korumburra’s small sided kids had a great game against Mirboo North.

South Gippsland Soccer Reps U14 girls played Churchill United at Mirboo North and had a loss. The girls started the game in different position to normal and after a furious 15 minutes the South Gippsland girls lost belief in themselves and with a flood from Churchill two goals were scored. In the second half Jacinta Reeves and Chloe Rodda tried to lift South Gippsland but to no avail and Churchill scored another two goals. Final score 4-0. The first home game for South Gippsland U14 boys saw the teams equalling each other with play going end to end. South Gippsland soon got going with a number of shots at the goal by the attack team of Ryan, Izaak, and Fergus, with the help of the midfielders Kaleb, Thomas and Liam. Late in the first half a shot at goal from Ryan was pushed back into play by the keeper where Kaleb was able to retrieve it and score. The defence team of Aiden, Phillip, Max, Hayden and goalie James worked well together. The second half was as the first with South Gippsland having shots at goal, but were unable to convert. Fulltime sealed South Gippsland’s first win for the season 1-0. U16 boys played league leaders Monash with players on both sides evenly matched with end to end attacking and some great defending. With new boys Thomas Morgan and Ricky Marvin bolstering the team, South Gippsland went into half time two goals down. In the second half the team played great soccer, defending off many attacks at goal by Monash. South Gippsland went down 4-1 after being awarded a penalty taken by Keanu Miller. With the absence of three players South Gippsland played great game of soccer to hold Monash to only four goals.

Tight tussle: Mirboo North lost to Korumburra on Sunday.

Leongatha Cycling Club report WITH great autumn weather, 26 riders turned up at Tarwin Lower on Saturday afternoon for club racing. Light southerly winds meant the ride to the Cape Liptrap intersection had a head wind and tail wind on the return run.

The 22 seniors were split over five bunches with limit at 13 minutes and three riders. They were followed by five riders on 10 minutes, a solo rider at six minutes, four riders at three minutes, five riders at two minutes whilst scratch consisted of four riders. The race out to the turn passes over the low rise at around 12km before tackling

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

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22 SAT

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1.45 0.26 1.68 0.65

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1.44 0.30 1.64 0.62

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1.43 0.36 1.59 0.59

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1.38 0.57 1.49

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the 2km climb up to the turn. The 10 minute bunch riders caught the limit bunch up the climb and it was Liam McCall and Rod Cheyne leading the field back. They were followed by Tony Giles, Ken Barnes and Mark Dixon, then Lindsay Love and Rod McCall. Rod was having his first ride and was going well, but tired on the run back. Meanwhile the two minute and three minute bunch had got together and was making a charge back to the finish. With a bunch of seven working well the remaining three scratch riders were in danger of losing time. The big bunch motored back to Tarwin Lower, picking up five riders, but

On the way: Peter Hollins leads Clem Fries and Elliott Gin on the way down past the Cape Liptrap turn-off. Photo courtesy Lynton Clay.

Saturday’s placegetters: Liam McCall (second), Rod Cheyne (winner) and Eamon Feely (third).

out front it was Rod Cheyne powering home on his own who claimed the win followed by Liam McCall finishing just ahead of the bunch. The bunch sprint was won by Eamon Feely in third place followed by Phil Camenzuli, Neil White, Elliot Gin, Lindsay Love, Peter Hollins, Mark Dixon and Tony Clark rounding out the top 10. The scratch bunch was led home by Tom Debenham who claimed the fastest time in 59.05 sec by one second from Phil Camenzuli. In the junior event over 10km new rider Mat Minogue riding his mountain bike made the most of his handicap to claim the win. He finished just ahead of the other riders with the

handicapper doing a great job as Mitch Gin just managed to push ahead of James Scott before the finish to claim the minor places. Not far behind with another good ride in fastest time was Tom McFarlane. Next week the club will race from Korrine and not Kernot as the Gippsland Veterans are running a combine from that venue. Last week the club members joined with Caulfield Carnegie Club at the Phillip Island race circuit. The riders enjoyed the change and extra competition, but missed on the major placings. A club meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night at the Love residence.

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Last Friday, fine weather saw the running of house cross country events for Leongatha Primary School, Mary MacKillop, South Coast Christian College, St Laurence’s and St Joseph’s Korumburra.

Just in front: Leongatha Primary School’s Olivia Trease is holding off challenger Caysie Clark.

Strong start: Mary Mac girls head off.

St Joe’s students: Patrick (Grade 3), Kelsyn (Grade 4), Zane (Grade 5) and Thomas (Grade 3).

The start: the boys begin at Mary Mac.

Through the trees: Mary Mac student Brayden Krohn and St Laurence’s students Elysha and Luca are almost finished.

Can’t catch me: Maddy Birrell strides away from Chey Tuckett, both from Leongatha Primary School.

SCCC: Justin, Caleb and Louis from the Christian school after their race.

Ready, set, go: Leongatha Primary School’s Merlin Gammon, Mason McGannon, Connor Krohn, Bailey Bacon, Zayn Clark and Brett Thorson get ready to take off.

Grade 3s: Eliza, Lily, Rubi, Alexia and Mitchell from St Laurence’s.

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Jumping to a win MARY Mac was celebrating athletic success last week.

Four of the college’s students were age group champions at the Gippsland Independent Schools athletics earlier this month. Kaila Bentvelzen (U13 female), Eleanor Patterson (U14 female), Rachel O’Loughlin (U15 female) and Megan Ryan (U17 female) all won against students from Gippsland’s finest schools. Impressively Eleanor came first in the 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump and triple jump. The Leongatha Catholic school also had several students break records. Eleanor Patterson broke long jump and triple jump records for U14 females. Rachel O’Loughlin broke the U15 females long jump record while Alana Green broke the U21 long jump record. Ben Thomas broke the U15 male high jump record. The college finished sixth on the day.

GIS champs: Mary Mac students Megan Ryan, Rachel O’Loughlin (who also broke the female U15 long jump record), Kaila Bentvelzen and Eleanor Patterson (who also broke the female U14 long jump and triple jump records).

Aths at Wonthaggi North WONTHAGGI North Primary School recently held their house athletic sports. Students participated in eight track and field events throughout the day. Students from Grades 3 to 6 took part on the day with Blue house taking first place in the overall results. Yellow house were runners-up. Congratulations to all who participated and a special mention to the following age group champions:

School champs: 12/13; Jim Legione and Imogen Kaye-Helmot, 11U; Mark Crutchfield and Alyse Brusamarello, 10U; Kyle Wright and Ally Kershaw, and 9U; Matthew Kent and Kaileigh Allworth at Wonthaggi North Primary School.

Leongatha bowls WEDNESDAY May 12 saw a very small field of only eight bowlers take to the greens in a social pairs event. Winners on the day were Alan Rayson (s) and Ollie Crouch, with two wins plus seven with no runners-up. The sponsor for the day was Leongatha Bowls Club. Saturday May 15 saw a slightly increased field with 18 bowlers taking part in a triples two games / 10 ends social event. Winners were George Johnson (s), Jeff Pendergast and Elaine White with two wins plus six and the runners-up were Graeme Greenway (s), Bob Young and George Witherow with one win and one draw. Good to see some of our newer bowlers on the rinks and enjoying their

Buffalo indoor bowls

WEDNESDAY, May 12 saw 18 players on a cold, wet night to bowl, with six teams of three there was a countback sixth to second. In sixth (WLL) 13 ends, 13 shots, skipper Rod McConchie, Bill Wolswinkle and Gemma Poletti. Fifth (LWL), skipper Sebastian Terranova, Charlie Tumino and Peter Heldens, which also had 13 ends but had eight shots. Fourth

bowls, particularly as some of our bowlers have headed north for their annual migration, leaving the club a little short in numbers. Also, again congratulations to Col Watt and Russell Trotman on their achievement winning the over 60s South Gippsland Bowls Association event. The grapevine has it that these two do not look a day over 21 and may have to undertake an over 60s age test. To Col Watt, also well done on winning the South Gippsland Bowls Association ‘Skip Of The Year’. Well done again to you both. You have done the club proud. Another reminder to bowlers that now we are in the winter season, unless otherwise specified, bowls events start at 12.30pm with names to be in by 11.30am and dress in mufti. (LLW) 14 ends, skipper Karl Kappes, Lee Armstrong and Ron Gloster. Third (WLL) 16 ends, skipper Graeme Tobias, Glenys Pilkington and Mary Tumino. Second (LWW), skipper Andrew Hanks, Joyce Occhipinti and Carolyn Benson. First (WWW), skipper Toni Heldens, Rob Armstrong and Joe Occhipinti. Best first game Toni 17-3, second Sebastian 12-7 and third Toni 14-4. We hope to see you all next Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Korumburra parlor bowls RESULTS of teams games played on Thursday, May 13: VRI 25 defeated Battlers 19. Pretenders 24 defeated The Burra 17. Sicilians 22 defeated Kardella 19. Kookaburras – bye. Results of bias bowls games played on Monday, May 10: First team: Charlie Tumino, Jeanette Grady and Val Rudd with three wins and 17 shots up. Second: Arc Gammaldi, Michael Mathews and Lynn McCord with three wins and four shots up. Third: Russell Grady and Sally Gammaldi with two wins and 11 shots up. The club was well

represented by nine bowlers who attended the Foster club`s season opening night on Saturday, May 8 where Rob and Lee Armstrong were successful skippers of the first and second placed composite teams respectively. Korumburra also fielded a team in the first of Mid Gippsland`s tournaments for the season at Yallourn North last Sunday, and winners in the late morning division of some 56 bowlers, were Rob Armstrong (skipper), Charlie Tumino, Lee Armstrong and Mary Tumino with three wins and 53 points from a maximum of 60 points available for the day. Their next outing in Mid Gippsland is likely to be in the Drouin club sponsored Uncle Bob`s Day charity event on Sunday, May 30.

Mardan indoor bowls DESPITE the cold and wet weather, there were fourteen members who attended this week. The club singles competition continues and this week’s winners were Tony Allen-Clay and Cliff Smith who go through to the next round. The social bowls had some mixed results and with only four teams, two games of 10 ends were played, resulting in the team of Bev Greenwood, Brian Kilpin, Nick Rutjens and Vito Serafino (skip) being outright winners with two games on the night. Runners-up were Jeanne Baker, Mal Andrews, Jeanette Grady and Andy Plowman (skip).

Dumbalk indoor bowls ON Monday, May 10, nine players competed in three games of eight ends. The winners were Paul Holmes (skipper), Ann Plowman, Carol Muller and Morrie Parry/Joyce Fuller with two wins. The runners-up were Andy Plowman (skipper), Stephen Holmes, Lindsay Richards and Mary Cook with one win.

Leongatha badminton IN an unusual occurrence for badminton, heavy rain caused a leaking roof which deemed one court too slippery for play. Other arrangements were made and play resumed on another court. This seemed to work to Nerrena’s advantage and they recorded a huge win over Korumburra by seven sets to one. Leonie Degman was in scintillating form as were her team-mates. Outtrim recorded another victory. Steve Johnson won his three sets in style and he was well supported by Kerrie Rayson, winning her singles 15 - 0. Their opponents, Berrys Creek were held together by Jason Richards and the new star on the horizon, Amrit Gill. Hallston produced a comfortable win over a gallant Tarwin side. Aaron Degennaro was in hot form all night, winning his three sets with relative ease. Josh Almond also had a top night filling in. For Tarwin, Arthur Grabham and Bev Porter were top contributors, winning many of their sets. Arthur is certainly enjoying an excellent season to this point. B Grade action witnessed early premiership favourites Pepsi soundly defeat Coke to move to top position on the ladder. The B Grade ladder is extremely close with only a few points between top and bottom. Paris Buckley was in hot form as were his team-mates Tracey Ryan and Tash Maskell but it was the doubles set led by J. T. Newton and Sharna Cafarella that created Pepsi’s strong win.

Raspberry got the chocolates over Sprite. Davis Loo was the star of this match and Fanta produced a fantastic win over Creamy Soda. Kelly Simpson went really well and new player Alun Hashim showed organisers he is capable of some A Grade badminton. A note from our treasurer that all subscriptions need to be paid now and that mini lotto will start next week so this also needs to be attended to. Well done to club president Alan McEachern who organised the re-naming of the main honour board. It certainly has come up well. Results A Grade: Outtrim 4/122 d Berrys Creek 4/101; Hallston 5/111 d Tarwin 3/104; Nerrena 7/142 d Koonwarra 1/108. B Grade: Pepsi 6/132 d Coke 2/93; Raspberry 4/122 d Sprite 4/101; Fanta 5/113 d Creamy Soda 3/101. Ladders A Grade Outtrim ............ 129.00 Berrys Creek ...... 103.3 Hallston............... 113.5 Nerrena ................. 94.8 Tarwin .................... 97.1 Korumburra ........... 85.1 Koonwarra ............. 88.6 B Grade Pepsi .................... 101.7 Creamy Soda ........ 99.7 Solo ..................... 108.6 Raspberry ........... 100.8 Coke .................... 100.0 Fanta ...................... 88.6

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Great effort: Korumburra Bowling Club ladies Bev Button (left), Mae Harris (centre left) and Debbie Williams (centre right) are presented with their trophy by Swan Hill lady president Marie Shannon at the 44th Annual Autumn Carnival in Swan Hill earlier this month.

Meeniyan bowls MONDAY, May 3 was the first week of our regular winter triples. Sponsors were Birch, Ross and Barlow, with Colin Coolidge attending to present the awards. Winners were locals Doug Kuhne, Andrew Hanks and Trevor Bidwell, with runners-up Kevin Queale, Peter Williams and Rob Steer (Mirboo North). Monday, May 10 was also sponsored by Birch, Ross and Barlow, with the awards going to two local teams of Dave Morgan, Avril Van Wamel and Col Densley. Runners-up were Col Hair, Bob Graeme and Jim Milligan. Our regular Wednesday social bowls continues with an 11am start on May 5. Fifteen hardy souls played,

with the win going to Ron Gloster, Irene Hill and Sam Thorson. Wednesday, May 12 winners were Dudley Harrison and Trevor Bidwell. Thirty people attended our annual general meeting on Wednesday, May 5. Paul Buckner takes over the reins as president, John Cocking continues as secretary, Max Brown as treasurer, and Keith Pocklington as tournament secretary. The new ladies president is Kath Brown, with Marj Pearson continuing as secretary and Barb Scott as tournament secretary. Members are reminded that fees are now due (as for last season) and should be paid to the treasurer by June 30.

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Meeniyan ladies

THE May medal day was played in wet conditions. Section 1 winner with 80 net was Sue Hoskin who also won the medal for the second month in a row. Section 2 winner Nereda Scholte had 82 net, the best nine went to Mary Trease with 38 ½. Down the line balls: Veronica Park 82 and Robyn Griffin 87. The putting went to Eileen Dorling and Sue Hoskin with 34. Sue Hoskin also took out the Foster Little Bookshop voucher for April, many thanks to Jan Bull for her ongoing support. On Wednesday, May 12 we played the Doris

South Gippsland pennant golf THE South Gippsland District Pennant Golf resumed last Sunday following the Mother’s Day weekend break. Division 1 was played at Woorayl Golf Club. The early game saw Phillip Island 5 def Wonthaggi 2. D. Adams def J. Sartori 1up; W. Morris def J. Cicala 2/1; B. White lt M. Stanes 4/3; R. Smith lt D. Green 5/4; P. Wagner def J. Foon 5/4; T. Duff def E. Van Agtmaal 2/1; M. Boulton def D. Crellin 2/1. With Phillip Island last year’s pennant winners down on strength due to Melbourne pennant commitments by some


ON Saturday we played a four man ambrose for handicap players and teams with beginners in them. This event was sponsored by Hay’s Jewellers. The handicap section was won by D. Dwyer, D. Burge, G. Maisey and M. Wilson. They won from the team of I. Balfour, B. Stubbs, A. Peters and I. Smith. The longest drive on the first went to Damien Symmons, on the 5th Frank Dekker, and on the 13th Geoff Marshman. The straightest drive on the 2nd went to Brett Stubbs, and on the 11th hole Brendan Robjant. The nearest the pins produced the highlight of the day, with Graeme Calder taking the putting pressure off his team by holing out on the 8th hole, it of course was also an eagle, the 17th hole was won by Brian Wilson. The teams with beginners went to T. Hogan, R. Warren, I. Rutherford and K. Riseley, they won from A. McEachern, F. Dekker, J. Davidson and G. Marshman. Thanks to Brian Hogan all players won down the line balls. The guys who went to the

South Gippsland Bridge Club MEENIYAN – Monday evening: 1st Peter and Winsome Richards. 2nd Bluey Aeschlimann, John Cocking. 3rd Susan Ruffin, Clive Hope. 4th Faye Rowlands, Frank Arndt. 5th Margaret Munro, Ellie McIntyre. Tarwin Lower – Tuesday: 1st Jack Kuiper, Alan Johnston. 2nd Colin Cameron, Kathryn Smith. 3rd Anne Gibson, Phil-

Chambers Foursomes. Veronica Park and Sue Hoskin combined well to win with 33 points from Jan Trease and Eileen Dorling with 29 points. Down the line balls to Fay Smallman and Dot Elliott 29, Jan Roberts and Marilyn McGeary 26 points. Congratulations to Irene Holm, Veronica Park and Lynn Jennison who won the Ruby Stephens Memorial Ambrose event at Korumburra on Friday, May 14.

Leongatha golf

Ruby Stephens Memorial Ambrose: winners: Veronica Park, Lynn Jennison and Irene Holm at Meeniyan Golf Club. players, the team will again be hard to beat for this year’s pennant as the team will be strengthened next week with the return of the awesome trio of Scott Fullarton, James Blair and Luke Hickman. Lang Lang 6 who also look to be a finals contender easily accounted for Meeniyan 1. S. Whitehead def J. Buckland 7/5; G. Austin def C. Buckland at 19th; P. Sellers def C. Lines 5/4; B. Harris lt G. Hoskin at 19th; C. Casey def T. Miller 5/4; S. Milnes def D. Lines 8/6 and A. Villinger def D. Apostola 8/6. The final match saw Korumburra 4 account for Leongatha 3. K. Wardle lt R. Spokes 2/1; D. Prior def N. Perks 1up; B. Hutton lt C. Clements 3/1; A. Phipps Turassic Classic were pleased that Brian Wilson and his partner, Michael Johnson from Gerringong won the 54 hole classic. Brian has been going to the event since its inception 18 years ago, and it was his first win. There was no Thursday comp because the South Gippsland veterans used our course. Next week we will play a single stableford event sponsored by Bendigo Bank.

Woorayl ladies ON Wednesday, May 12 a 4BBB stableford event, RWH qualifying round was played, sponsored by Hartley Wells. The AWCR was 72. The winners were A. Poole 22 and I. Giliam 37, 43 points. Runners-up on countback K. McKenzie 17, C. Perrett 18, 43 points. RW Hospital qualifiers were K. McKenzie 17, C. Perrett 18, 43 points. Nearest the pin: 8th E. McBride, 17th A. Poole, 2nd shot on the 11th M. Higgins. Down the line balls: L. Young and M. Martin, S. Wakefield and J. Riseley. Next week, May 19, is the first round Perrett family foursomes, sponsored by Pomegranate Clothing. lip Chapman. 4th Frank Arndt, Clive Hope. 5th Dawn Jolly, Bluey Aeschlimann. 6th George Geekie, Mavis Parks. Inverloch – Friday afternoon: Grand National pairs – week two:1st Jack Kuiper, Dina Drury. 2nd Yvonne Mears, Kaye Douglas. 3rd John Farr, Anne Williams. 4th Althea Drew, Alan Johnston. 5th Don and Trish SUden. 6th Marj Freeman, Norma Hannay. 7th Phillip Chapman, Hilton Jupp. 8th Bluey Aeschlimann, Dawn Jolly.

lt M. Wrigley 4/3; B. Matthews def T. O’ Neill 1up and M. Thomas def C. Clasby 6/5. Woorayl had a ‘bye’. Division 3 (at Wonthaggi) saw Leongatha maintain their position at the top of the ladder with a narrow four matches to three win over Foster. Lang Lang also had a narrow four matches to three win over Korumburra, whilst Woorayl easily accounted for Phillip Island five matches to two. In Division 4, (played at the Aussie Golf Ranch) Korumburra six defeated Meeniyan one; Lang Lang just got over the line from Woorayl four matches to three, whilst Wonthaggi had a walkover from Welshpool. Division 2 commences next Sunday. Denis Stanes’ kiss of death tips for next week’s

Division 1 games (at Lang Lang) are: Phillip Island to defeat Korumburra 5/2; Leongatha will easily account for Woorayl 7/0 and Wonthaggi to get back on the winner’s list with a 6/1 win over Meeniyan. Lang Lang will have a bye.

Pennant Division 1 (at Woorayl Golf Club). Phillip Island 5 d Wonthaggi 2; Korumburra 4 d Leongatha 3; Lang Lang 6 d Meeniyan 1. Division 2 commences May 23. Division 3 (at Wonthaggi Golf Clu)b. Leongatha 4 d Foster 3; Lang Lang 4 d Korumburra 3; Woorayl 5 d Phillip Island 2; Wonthaggi - bye. Division 4 (at Aussie Golf Ranch). Korumburra 6 d

Foster Saturday, May 15 - stableford (Tony Vanin trophy). A Grade: Bruce Knee (15) 42 points. B Grade: Elias Haddad (24) 43 points. Down the line: Paul Robertson (8) 41 points, Athol McGrath (17) 39 points, Scott Rathjen (12) 38 points, David Knee (21) 38 points. Nearest the pin: 4th David Knee, 6th George Draeger, 13th Athol McGrath, 15th Kevin Flett, 17th Athol McGrath. Money: Paul Robertson. Friday, May 14 - twilight stableford. Winner: John Mathers (14) 18 points. Down the line: Denham Grierson (23) 17 points, Bill Fuller (31) 17 points. Nearest the pin: 13th Lloyd McKenzie, 17th Steve Reid. Thursday, May 13 - par Winner: George Draeger (26) + 5. Down the line: Elias Haddad (24) + 3, Peter Dight (8) + 2.

Mirboo North golf THERE were 21 starters for a stableford event on Thursday, May 13 and the CCR was 72. A Grade was won by Martin Sullivan (22) 37. Down the line balls: Doug Taylor (23) 36, Adrian Williams (31) 34 and Tom Traill (9) 34. Birdie - Ray Matthews 16th. Saturday, May 15

THURSDAY, May 13 saw 49 veteran golfers venture upon the hills and dales of Woorayl Golf Club. The weather slowly improved throughout the day from showers to long sunny periods. The game of Canadian Foursomes saw many pairs hitting hither and yon though it was noticeable that after nine holes some of the hitherers were trying yon and vice versa. The winning team were left handers Graeme Calder and Craig Hall from Woorayl. They took one look at the rain affected

Ladders (** denotes on percentage)

Division 1 Lang Lang .................... 2 11 Phillip Island ................... 2 9 Korumburra ..................... 1 7 Wonthaggi ....................... 1 6 Meeniyan ......................... 1 4 Leongatha......................... 0 6 Woorayl............................. 0 2

Division 2 Leongatha ....................... 2 Foster............................... 1 Woorayl............................ 1 Wonthaggi ....................... 1 Lang Lang ...................... 1 Phillip Island ................** 0 Korumburra ...................... 0

9 8 7 6 4 4 4

Division 1 Lang Lang ....................... 2 Woorayl............................ 1 Aussie Golf ..................** 1 Wonthaggi ....................... 1 Korumburra ..................... 1 Meeniyan .......................... 0 Welshpool ......................... 0

8 9 7 7 7 4 0

Nearest the pin 6th: Lloyd McKenzie. Wednesday, May 12 - stroke (L’Oreal Day and medal day - International bowl). Medal: Frances McGlead (31) 69 net. A Grade: Jenny Mountford (18) 74 net. B Grade: Frances McGlead (31) 69 net. A Grade scratch: Jenny Mountford (18) 92. B Grade scratch: Shirley Cook (33) 100 on countback. Putting: Jenny Mountford 31 putts on countback. Down the line: Joy O’Sullivan (34) 74 net, Rae Knee (21) 75 net. Nearest the pin 17th: Ray Knee. Coming events: Tuesday, May 18 stableford. Wednesday, May 19 - R.W.H. 4BBB qualifying round - choose partners (Val Gow trophy). Thursday, May 20 - stableford. Friday, May 21 – twilight stableford. Saturday, May 22 - 4BBB guest day (A.P. Business Services Pty Ltd trophy). Ladies Saturday, May 22 – par or 4BBB guest day.

On Saturday a par, 2nd round Captain’s Trophy was played. There were 28 starters, and the CCR was 69. Captain’s Trophy: Joe Taylor d Neil Rutledge 19th, Terry Bradshaw d John Woodall 5 and 3, Ian Evison d Rob Clarke 2 up, Lenny Chila d Nigel Bracecamp 2 up. A Grade winner was Terry Bradshaw, with a score of (7) +3 up; B Grade Lenny Chila (23) +7 up.

South Gippsland Veteran’s Golf

Meeniyan 1; Lang Lang 4 d Woorayl 3; Wonthaggi 77 walkover Welshpool 0; Aussie Golf Ranch - bye.

Down the line: Russell Pentland (17) +3 up, Ian Evison (8) +1 up, Nigel Bracecamp (20) +1 up, Andy Van Zuylen (19) +1 up. Nearest the pin: 4th Stan Evison, 6th Tom Whitelaw (pro-pin), 13th Tom Traill, 16th Terry Bradshaw, 1st hole 2nd shot Terry Bradshaw. Birdies: Tom Whitelaw 6th, Ray Matthews 4th, Tom Traill 13th.

conditions and proceeded to hit arrow straight 230 metre drives consistently before peppering the greens with excellent approaches. In the course of their round they also collected the nearest the pins on the eighth and 17th holes. Graeme and Craig finished with a net 66 while the runners-up, on 69, were Ted Jackson and Vic Haasjes also from Woorayl. Balls in the run down went to 76 net and were distributed among players from the district’s clubs. Next game is a stableford event at Wonthaggi Golf Club on June 10.

THE ‘Bay 13’ Ambrose is a popular event and 27 teams competed for the generous prizes put up by the sponsors. I wonder whether this is the first Ambrose at our club to be won by four members of the one family. Michael, Rebecca, Lachie and Ryan Thomas claimed the winners’ prize with a great 65-103/8-545/8. Keeping things in the family, Bec’s parents Wendy and Rod Brown were in the runners-up team along with Peter Rayson and Rob Gourlay. Their score was 64-83/8-555/8. The third placed team also won prizes - Peter Hartigan, Peter Stivic, Chris Leaver and John King with 557/8. The best team made up of ladies only was L. Shannon, M. Berry, A. Gibson and G. Mitchell with 625/8. Nearest the pin winners were Toni West and Neil Gillon, while Paul Schultz won the pro-pin. Teams to win down the line balls were: S. Fisher, D. McDonald, B. Hutton, N. Lafferty 573/8; N. Speak, D. McMeekin, A. Sperling, C. Sperling 57½; W. Surman, R. Chaplin, C. Gray, J. Chaplin 58; B. Fairweather, N. Cairns, A. and A. Wright 58¼; P. Schultz, S. O’Connell, C. Reynolds, E. Boek 58¼.

Thursday The heavy rain prevented any play on Tuesday, but keen competition was evident in Thursday’s Irish fourball. The winning group were Mick Oliver, Bruce Cathie, Norm Hughes and Geoff McDonald who finished on 118. Runners-up on 116 were Kevin Scott, Chris Leaver, Peter Hartigan and John King. Bruce Gibson and Fred de Bono were nearest the pin winners. Groups to win balls were: B. Jamieson, T. Moss, K. Gardner, M. Harvey 114; K. Castwood, G. Sharrock, F. Smedley, J. Gilder 113. Pennant results saw two very close results. Division 1 lost 4-3 to Korumburra at Woorayl, with Michael Thomas, Ben Matthews and Daryl Prior our winners. Division 3 continued their good start to the season with a 4-3 win against Foster at Wonthaggi. Alan Monahan, Nic Cairns, Steve Hansen and Ken Castwood were the successful golfers. Division 2 begin their season this Sunday. The A.E. Edney 4BBB par event will be played on Saturday, with the top four pairs qualifying for match play finals. Twenty eight pairs played in the 4BBB sta-

bleford event on May 8. Winners were Barry Stevens and Peter Waters with 43 points followed by Gerry Carcour and Fred deBondt on 42. ProPin to Nick Lafferty and nearest the pin on the 16th to Dan Malone. Down the line balls to R. Davies/N. Gillan 42, G. Sharrock/J. Duscher 42, K. Wardle/D. Prior 41, B. Hutton/N. Wardle 41, M. Stubbs/N. Johnson 41, J. Eabry/H. Sedelies 41 and N. Lafferty/D. McDonald 40. Geoff McDonald won A Grade on May 4 with 41 points. Keith Finney won B Grade with 36. Jim Arnott and Peter Hartigan were the nearest the pin winners. Down the line balls to B. Stevens 38, P. Hartigan, D. Clemann 37, N. Hughes 36, R. Davies, P. Wilson, K. McFarlane, G. Hines 35, E. Poole 34 and P. Hobson 33 The weather bureau radar was popular in the morning and found to have correctly shown that the overnight and early morning rain had moved on. Thus the field of 41 was untroubled by the weather although some greens were heavy. On May 6 Doug Clemann returned 37 points for the second time in 3 days in A Grade. Dan Malone with 38 points took B Grade on a count back from Fred Debono. Ian Watson and Tim McCarthy won nearest the pin. Ball winners were F. Debono 38, R. Martin, J. Eabry 37, K. MacFarlane 36, T. McCarthy 36, G. Maher, G. McDonald, J. Smith 35, J. Lowell, N. Hughes 34.

Ladies It was Julie Howard’s day on Wednesday, May 12, as she won the May Monthly Medal. After a week of rain the course was surprisingly good. Julie was the winner of B Grade too, with 97-24-73. In A Grade it was the consistent Wendy Surman who won with 9420-74. Noreen Williams won C Grade with 11034-76. Robyn Dennis had the best scratch score of 87, and also won nearest the pin on the 16th. Rita de Bondt 74, Marea Maher 76, Toni West 76, Marg Berry 76, Coral Gray 77, Shirley Welsford 79 and Pat Pease 80, won down the line balls.

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Korumburra domestic basketball Results - May 10 16 Boys: Wildcats 57 (D. Hansch 26) d Bulls 29 (A. Simmons 1); Jazz 37 (B. Dorling 20) d Spurs 32 (A. O’Neill 15). 18 Boys: Caporale 36 (B. Johnson 12) d Mortimer 30 (T. Goss 13); Jeffs 71 (M. Edwards 23) d Rodwell 30 (G. Haliday 13). Women: Poowong 43 (C. Attenborough 15) d Golden Girls 20 (B. Appleton 8); Shamrocks 72 (A. White 35) d Blondies 22 (B. Maskell 13); Harp 79 (A. Williams 26) d Bunch of Grapes 37 (K. Clarke 18). 12 Girls: Taylor 20 (C. Whylie 8) d Jackson 8 (E. Evans 4); Harrower 12 (E. Holmes 4) d Snell 6 (S. Trewin 2). 14 Girls: Hillberg 30 (A. Kennewell 13) d Fitzgerald 27 (A. Field 14); Blair 28 (S. Heylen 12) d Jeffs 25 (C. Nestorwisky 15). 16 Girls: Fire 53 (A. Moriarty 22) d Flames 29 (C. McRae 8); Capitals 36 (E. Sorrell 18) d Spirit 28 (T. Mantell 8). Masters: Trav. Gilmores 36 (T. Ginnane 0) d Doggers 32 (M. Gray 0); Mixtures 49 (A. Riseley 14) d BSC 39 (J. Kennedy 24); Witches Hats 36 (M. Olden 12) d Local Blokes 32 (J. Heylen 5). A Men: Wildcats 61 (J. Winderlich 13) d Blood 37 (D. Rodwell 23); Amberfluids 85 (M. Malloy 27) d Molten 54 (J. Smith 25). 12 Boys: Dragons 24 (T. Benaldo 4) d Hawks 23 (N. Wylie 6); Bullets 21 (J. Wyhoon 9) d Sixers 14 (A. Walker 6). 14 Boys: Magic 38 (K. Materia 14) d Sonics 21 (M. Moriarty 10); Lakers 60 (J. Patullo 18) d Dragons 23 (H. Suckling 15).

Leongatha squash

Fury 2-10-139 d Jets 2-9-126. Phoenix 3-9-118 d Mariners 1-7-100. Glory 3-11-117 d United 1-6-102. Victory 3-9-102 d Roar 1-6-101. Match of the Week was between Shane Collier and John Jones. With Shane winning the first game, John scrambled back into the match 10-8 in the second and went on to win the third. The two were trading drives and volleying to all corners of the court with Shane squaring the match to two all. It was game on for the fifth, with Shane taking the lead and outmanoeuvring John who rallied well, but couldn’t win the rallies. Shane led to eight, but being the hardest point to win John steadied to eight all and as is more often the case won the match. John Jones 3 games 37 points to Shane Collier 2 games 27 points.

Central Gippsland junior footy WITH perfect playing conditions Leongatha’s Under 12s played Newborough Blues in a hard contested game. A two goal to nil lead in the first quarter saw the Parrots start well, with hard chasing from Anthony Argento, close support from Ethan Stephenson and Riley Smith. Hard tackling and shepherding saw goals to Jarrod Hoy and Branson Amato. Blues came out strong in the second quarter, kicking a goal and conceding a rushed behind and with all the play staying in centre it could have been the Blue’s quarter. But strong marking from Thomas McFarlane and running down of his opponent by Jackson Smith kept the score in favour of the Parrots.

With no scores being added in the third quarter the pace of the game stepped up and the Parrots back line held firm. Quick hands from Aidan Roberts saw Dillon Hofman kicking out to the mid field denied any scoring opportunities, leaving the score line at Parrots 2.1.13 to Blues 1.1.7. Coach Geoff Stephenson’s words at three quarter time where run hard, and that’s exactly what they did. The run came from everywhere. Sarin Barnard, Tully Bernaldo and Brodie Chadwick were putting in the hard yards, and three shots at goal with only one going through the middle put the game out of reach for the Blues. Final score: Leongatha 3.3.21 to Blues 1.1.7.

UNDER 14 LADDER N’borough Blues.. 199.29 N’borough Reds... 269.17 Yallourn North ...... 239.67 Yinnar ................... 179.68 Leongatha ............ 128.57 Mirboo North.......... 108.54 Moe Saints............... 86.42 Trafalgar ................... 85.45 Youth Club ............... 82.07 Moe Lions ................ 79.21 Morwell Tigers ......... 21.67 Hill End & Grove Rovers ......... 19.58

20 16 16 16 12 8 8 8 8 8 0 0


Under 12s: on their way to a win.

Left: Under 10s: the Parrots are second on the ladder. UNDER 14 Mirboo North 12.7.79 d Youth Club 3.4.22. UNDER 12 Youth Club 9.6.60 d Mirboo North 2.0.12.

UNDER 10 Mirboo North 4.2.26 Youth Club 0.0.0.


UNDER 14 Newborough Blues 7.10.52 d Leongatha 4.6.30. UNDER 12 Leongatha 3.3.21 d Newborough Blues 1.1.7. Leongatha best: R. Smith, S. Forrester, A. Argento, T. McFarlane, T. Sauvarin, J. Patterson. Goals: J. Hoy 1, O. Maclean 1, B. Amato 1.

UNDER 10 Leongatha 2.1.13 d Newborough Blues 1.3.9. Leongatha best: B. Bacon, J. Lamers, J. McFarlane, J. Hastings, L. O’Neill, M. McGannon. Goals: B. Bacon 1, J. Lamers 1.

Trafalgar ............... 405.17 Leongatha ............ 335.85 Youth Club ............ 365.33 N’borough Blues.. 242.31 Moe Saints.............. 94.29 Yinnar .................... 103.91 N’borough Reds....... 78.45 Mirboo North............ 69.46 Yallourn North .......... 47.16 Moe Lions ................ 45.37 Morwell Tigers ......... 32.90 Hill End & Grove Rovers........... 20.25

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UNDER 10 LADDER Trafalgar ............. 1212.50 Leongatha ............ 278.57 N’borough Reds... 413.51 N’borough Blues.. 261.54 Morwell Tigers ...... 186.21 Hill End & Grove Rovers ....... 179.03 Mirboo North ........ 151.43 Moe Lions ............. 136.49 Yinnar ..................... 44.59 Moe Saints................ 7.43 Youth Club ................ 0.58 Yallourn North .......... 0.50

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Alberton junior football league Alberton Football League juniors UNDER 13 Wonthaggi 5.4.34 d Korumburra-Bena 2.3.15 Phillip Island 9.8.62 d Inverloch-Kongwak 6.9.45 Leongatha Jnr 12.11.83 d Kilcunda Bass 1.0.6

UNDER 11 Corner Inlet 7.1.43 d Dalyston 3.1.19 Korumburra-Bena 5.6.36 d Wonthaggi 3.6.24 Inverloch-Kongwak 5.8.38 d Phillip Island 1.2.8 Leongatha Jnr 12.9.81 d Kilcunda Bass 1.0.6

THE Leongatha Parrots Under 11s have continued on their winning way, with an emphatic win over Kilcunda-Bass. The boys were never troubled against a much smaller opponent. Clay Alexander was flying high early on, with

Zac Caughey continuing his super form from previous weeks. Jordi Geary was hard at the ball. Thomas Martin snagged a great goal, with Caughey following up soon after. Goal sneak Tom Brew snaffled a goal after a long bomb from Caughey.

Will Sciberras continued to present well across the forward line and would score one late in the term. In the second quarter the Parrots were peppering the goals as Killy-Bass attempted to flood. The nimble Jack Stockdale kicked a goal, with Brew chiming in for another. Caughey kicked a monster on the run, with Michael McKinnon

doing the team thing and shepherding the ball through. In the third quarter Nathan Trotto gave the Parrots drive out of the middle. Tom Evans was leaping into every contest and Ben Perry was flying. Nathan Trotto kicked the ball sweetly for a goal. Zac Van Delft followed suit. The last quarter was much the same,

FOOTY DRAWS THIS WEEKEND ALBERTON Round 8 - May 22 Inv-Kongwak v MDU Dalyston v Phillip Island Tarwin v Toora Kor-Bena v Kilcunda-Bass Stony Creek v Fish Creek Foster v DWWWW Yarram - bye

Zac Caughey: the young Parrot is having a standout season and continues to score heavily.





230.37 157.22 147.40 143.50 161.36 120.65 33.15 18.92

16 16 12 12 8 8 4 0

GOALKICKERS M. Homer (Kil-B) ................. (0) J. Bulbulian (Won) ............... (1) B. Atherton (Won) ............... (0) N. Anderson (I-K) ................ (0) B. Moscript (Leon Jnr) ........ (2) L. Dyball (Won) ................... (0) T. Hamilton (Won) ............... (1) J. Magro (Daly) ................... (0) C. Trewin (Kor-B) ................. (0) J. Bell (Kor-B)...................... (1) H. Suckling (Kor-B) ............. (0) M. Burton (I-K) .................... (2) J. Teakle (I-K) ...................... (2)

9 7 7 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5

Won Power ......4 L’gatha Jnr .......4 Phillip Island ...3 Inver-K’wak......3 Dalyston............2 Kor-Bena...........2 Kil-Bass ............1 MDU .................0

1 1 2 2 2 3 4 4

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Worksafe Championships May 22



Kor-Bena..........5 0 0 L’gatha Jnr .......5 0 0 Corner Inlet .....4 1 0 Dalyston ..........2 3 0 Inver-K’wak .......2 3 0 Won Power .......2 3 0 Phillip Island .....0 5 0 Kil-Bass ...........0 5 0

Round 7 - May 22 Yarragon v Yinnar Newborough v Thorpdale Mirboo North v Trafalgar Hill end v Morwell East Boolarra v Yall-Yall North

ELLINBANK Round 7 - May 22 Buln Buln v Garfield Catani v Nyora Cora Lynn v Warragul Ind. Koo Wee Rup v Bunyip Lang Lang v Nilma Darnum Neerim South v Longwarry Poowong v Nar Nar Goon Ellinbank - bye

with Caughey continuing to dominate play. He kicked another goal, with Jordi Geary doing the same. Killy-Bass kicked its first goal late in the game. Parrots by 75 points. Final score: Parrots 12.9.81 to Kilcunda-Bass 1.0.6.

Nathan Trotto: the fierce onballer likes to run and carry the ball. Left: Cool in crisis: that man Zac Caughey again.



392.86 20 360.24 20 290.38 16 174.39 8 91.84 8 46.67 8 30.81 0 7.41 0

GOALKICKERS Z. Caughey (Leon Jnr) ........ (3) 10 J. Dunn (Leon Jnr) .............. (0) 8 L. Legione (Daly) ................ (0) 7 C. Loughridge (Daly)........... (1) 6 Z. Van Delft (Leon Jnr) ........ (1) 5 M. Dyball (Won) .................. (2) 5 B. Rogers (Cnr In)............... (2) 5 B. Patterson (Kor-B) ............ (0) 4 H. McInnes (I-K).................. (2) 4 N. Trotto (Leon Jnr) ............. (1) 4

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - PAGE 55

Parrots netball

Alberton netball Results - Round 7 April 17

A Grade: KorumburraBena 62 d MDU 35; Inverloch-Kongwak 49 d Phillip Island 30; Dalyston 78 d Toora 37; Yarram 46 d Tarwin 30; Foster 73 d Fish Creek 37; Stony Creek - bye; DWWWW - bye. B Grade: KorumburraBena 64 d MDU 60; Phillip Island 38 d Inverloch-Kongwak 36; Dalyston 69 d Toora 26; Yarram 33 d Tarwin 23; Foster 69 d Fish Creek 36; Stony Creek 55 d KilcundaBass 48; DWWWW - bye. C Grade: MDU 44 d Korumburra-Bena 36; InverlochKongwak 33 d Phillip Island 30; Dalyston 65 d Toora 23; Yarram 32 d Tarwin 21; Foster 31 d Fish Creek 16; Stony Creek 24 d Kilcunda-Bass 17; DWWWW - bye. 17 & Under: Korumburra-Bena 54 d MDU 23; Phillip Island 41 d Inverloch-Kongwak 14; Dalyston 47 d Toora 20; Foster 49 d Fish Creek 23;

Stony Creek 46 d KilcundaBass 19; Yarram - bye; DWWWW - bye. 15 & Under: Korumburra-Bena 31 d MDU 22; Phillip Island 28 d InverlochKongwak 22; Dalyston 30 d Toora 13; Tarwin 27 d Yarram 8; Fish Creek 36 d Foster 10; Stony Creek 30 d KilcundaBass 10; DWWWW - bye. 13 & Under: MDU 21 d Korumburra-Bena 20; Inverloch-Kongwak 13 d Phillip Island 7; Dalyston 37 d Toora 10; Yarram 17 d Tarwin 15; Foster 39 d Fish Creek 12; Kilcunda-Bass 25 d Stony Creek 17; DWWWW - bye.

Ladders A Grade Foster............................230.0 Korumburra-Bena ......221.9 Dalyston .......................176.9 Stony Creek .................143.8 Fish Creek ....................106.8 Inverloch-Kongwak ....126.3 MDU ...............................82.0 Phillip Island ...................81.1 Yarram .............................69.8 DWWWW.......................66.0 Tarwin .............................42.6 Toora ...............................39.4

28 28 24 24 24 16 12 12 12 12 8 4

B Grade Foster............................319.7 28 Korumburra-Bena ......180.7 28 Dalyston .......................160.5 24 Stony Creek .................122.7 24 MDU .............................151.7 20 Inverloch-Kongwak ....151.6 16 Phillip Island ................. 111.8 16 Fish Creek .......................87.1 16 DWWWW.......................51.8 12 Tarwin .............................57.2 8 Yarram ..............................46.0 8 Kilcunda-Bass .................48.1 4 Toora ...............................34.6 4 C Grade Dalyston .......................186.2 28 Foster............................246.3 24 MDU .............................230.2 24 Korumburra-Bena ......184.1 20 Inverloch-Kongwak ....139.4 20 Fish Creek ......................97.0 18 Yarram ........................... 112.4 16 Stony Creek.....................86.8 16 Phillip Island ...................98.1 14 Kilcunda-Bass .................47.4 8 Tarwin .............................40.4 8 DWWWW.......................39.6 8 Toora ...............................27.5 4 17 & Under Korumburra-Bena ......350.6 24 Foster............................244.9 20 Yarram .........................214.3 20 MDU .............................184.9 20 Phillip Island................149.1 16 Fish Creek ....................127.3 16 Dalyston ..........................63.0 16

Stony Creek.....................61.3 12 Toora ...............................47.1 10 Inverloch-Kongwak ........30.1 10 Kilcunda-Bass .................27.0 6 DWWWW.......................22.7 2 15 & Under Korumburra-Bena ......261.8 28 Fish Creek ....................215.2 28 Dalyston .......................207.6 24 Stony Creek .................142.7 20 MDU .............................108.5 20 Tarwin ..........................102.2 20 Phillip Island ...................83.6 16 DWWWW.....................101.3 12 Inverloch-Kongwak ........78.1 12 Foster...............................65.7 12 Toora .................................47.3 8 Yarram ...............................55.2 4 Kilcunda-Bass ...................49.4 4 13 & Under Dalyston .......................253.6 28 MDU .............................140.2 24 Foster............................202.4 20 Yarram .........................133.8 20 Korumburra-Bena ......160.2 16 Tarwin ..........................104.6 16 Philli Island .....................94.2 16 Inverloch-Kongwak ........93.9 16 Fish Creek .......................79.5 16 Toora ...............................73.6 12 DWWWW.......................57.7 12 Kilcunda-Bass ...................51.4 8 Stony Creek.......................31.4 4

A Grade Leongatha 52 Traralgon 36. Awards: Ebony Best (Leongatha Skin Therapy) and Kate Govers (Henriettas). Auction player: Ebony Best. An excellent strong game by all players resulted in a convincing win for our girls. Great team effort.

B Grade Traralgon 42 d Leongatha 38. Awards: Amelia McCarthy (L.C Excessorise) and Amy Lester (Evans). Auction player: Amy Lester. A good even game with Traralgon provided just a little more pressure to make us winners of the game. A great team effort with all eight players proving their worth. Bye next week, then socks up for Maffra, a battle of the birds.

C Grade B Grade: MDU’s Brianna Wilson and her KorBena opponent.

Traralgon 43 d Leongatha 20. Awards: Michelle Street (Leongatha Skin Therapy) and Jess Sutherland (L.C Excessorise). Auction player: Jane Harrison. Bad luck girls. Up against a very strong Traralgon side who played the better netball on the day.

Under 17

High intensity: Kor-Bena’s Emma Grabham and her opponent in B Grade.

Goal shooter: Fish Creek’s Kristie Cocksedge passes.

Leongatha & District netball Results - Saturday, May 15 11/Under: Town Green 7 d St Laurence Gold 5, Town Tangerine 19 d South Gippsland 5, Mirboo North 5 d Mt Eccles White 4, St Laurence Blue 9 drew Mt Eccles Aqua 9, Town Blue - bye. 13/Under: South Gippsland 9 d Mt Eccles Pink 5, Town Green 14 d Town Black 5, Town Tangerine 30 d St Laurence

4, Mirboo North 7 d Mt Eccles Purple 3. 15/Under: St Laurence 28 d Mirboo North 18, Mt Eccles Navy 22 d Town Yellow 5, Town Green bye. B / B Reserve: St Laurence Gold 41 d Mt Eccles Navy 24, Town Black 45 d South Gippsland 27, Mt Eccles Aqua 58 d St Laurence Blue 17, Mt Eccles Pink 48 d Mt Eccles White 36, Town Green - bye. A Grade: Mt Eccles

Aqua 57 d Mt Eccles White 51, St Laurence 39 d Town Black 21, Town Green - bye.

Ladders 13/Under Town Tangerine ...........530.77 South Gippsland ..........347.06 St Laurence ....................66.67 Mt Eccles Pink .............139.13 Town Green ...................100.00 Mirboo North ..................43.40 Town Black .....................34.04 Mt Eccles Purple .............29.55 15/Under Mt Eccles Navy ............148.08 St Laurence ..................108.57 Mirboo North ................83.02

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West Gippsland netball Results - Round 6 A Grade: Drouin 81 d Sale 30; Maffra 63 d Warragul 27; Traralgon 36 lt Leongatha 52; Moe 27 lt Morwell 54; Wonthaggi - bye. B Grade: Drouin 47 d Sale 35; Maffra 54 d Warragul 20; Traralgon 42 d Leongatha 38; Moe 20 d Morwell 88; Wonthaggi - bye. C Grade: Drouin 43 d Sale 21; Maffra 67 d Warragul 19; Traralgon 43 d Leongatha 20; Moe 20 lt Morwell 50; Wonthaggi - bye. 17 & Under: Drouin 22 lt Sale 53; Maffra 45 d Warragul 25; Traralgon 35 d Leongatha 27; Moe 23 lt Morwell 46; Wonthaggi - bye. 15 & Under: Drouin 20 lt Sale 29; Maffra 41 d Warragul 10; Traralgon 48 d Leongatha 17; Moe 14 lt Morwell 34; Wonthaggi - bye. 13 & Under: Drouin 11 lt Sale 30; Maffra 22 d Warragul 7; Traralgon 19 lt Leongatha 31; Moe 20 d Morwell 16; Wonthaggi - bye.

Ladders A Grade Drouin ..........................181.1 20 Maffra ..........................142.8 20 Leongatha ....................167.2 16 Traralgon .....................120.6 16 Wonthaggi .................... 115.7 8 Morwell ...........................90.1 8 Waragul ...........................63.3 4 Sale..................................57.6 4 Moe .................................41.8 0 B Grade Morwell ........................21.59 24 Traralgon .....................129.0 20 Leongatha ....................129.8 12 Maffra ..........................127.4 12 Drouin ..........................123.7 12 Wonthaggi ....................... 115.8 8 Sale....................................95.4 8 Warragul ............................33.8 0 Moe ...................................31.5 0 C Grade Traralgon .....................195.5 24 Morwell ........................163.2 20 Maffra ..........................205.4 16 Drouin ..........................135.0 16 Leongatha ....................109.6 12 Wonthaggi .......................92.7 4 Sale..................................63.7 4 Moe .................................32.0 0

Traralgon 35 d Leongatha 28. Awards: Jodie Chisholm (Leongatha Skin Therapy) and Molly Bourke (Nagels). Strong, physical game. Some of the passing was rushed and indecisive. Better luck next week – well played.

Warragul ..........................25.5 0 17 & Under Traralgon .....................210.1 24 Maffra ..........................186.3 24 Leongatha ....................131.8 16 Wonthaggi .................... 111.9 8 Sale .................................96.8 8 Morwell ...........................82.4 8 Drouin .............................83.1 4 Warragul ...........................65.1 4 Moe .................................24.7 0 15 & Under Maffra ..........................300.0 24 Traralgon .....................269.0 24 Sale ...............................139.3 12 Drouin ..........................138.8 12 Leongatha ....................100.0 12 Morwell ...........................84.2 8 Wonthaggi .......................49.7 4 Warragul ..........................40.5 0 Moe .................................24.7 0 13 & Under Wonthaggi ....................275.0 20 Sale ...............................232.9 20 Leongatha ....................142.0 12 Drouin ..........................105.6 12 Traralgon .....................109.7 10 Maffra................................93.7 8 Morwell .............................64.7 8 Moe ...................................49.0 6 Warragul ............................22.6 0

Town Yellow ...................71.43 Town Green .....................80.77 B / B Reserve Mt Eccles Aqua............305.41 Mt Eccles Pink .............174.12 Town Black .................. 114.00 Mt Eccles White .......... 111.70 Town Green .....................89.74 St Laurence Blue .............78.31 St Laurence Gold ............83.19 Mt Eccles Navy ...............60.91 South Gippsland ..............48.98 A Grade Town Green..................196.49 Mt Eccles White .......... 118.75 Mt Eccles Aqua..............67.23 St Laurence ....................96.52 Town Black .....................60.00

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Mirboo North netball A Grade Mirboo North 35 d Morwell East 33. Mirboo North best: C. Chila, R. Vansittart. B Grade Morwell East 41 d Mirboo North 29. Mirboo North best: D. Hilliar, A. Pratt. C Grade Morwell East 45 d Mirboo North 27. Mirboo North best: M. Robins, M. Roberts. D Grade Morwell East 45 d MN 29. Mirboo North best: C. Davidson, A. Nicholls. 17 and Under Mirboo North 37 d Morwell East 33. Mirboo North best: A. Pratt, H. Rogers. 15 and Under Mirboo North 26 drew with Morwell East 26. Mirboo North best: L. Rogers, K. Rogers, G. O’Loughlin.

Under 15 Fish Creek: centre Tarni Maszinkas in C Grade.

LDNA umpires FOR Saturday, May 22: 11am: J. Allen, J. Gourlay, J. Grant, Town, M. Evison, Town, T. Newton, A. Gourlay. 12 noon: M. Mitchem, K. Clarke, A. Smith, K. Norton, A. Mitchem, J. Sing, K. Lawrence, M. Price, P. Kunhe, K. Bentvelzen. 1pm: M. Price, K. Lawrence, J. Sing, K. Gourlay, P. Smith, B. Challis. 2.15pm: J. Allen, M. Price, K. Lawrence, A. Gourlay, A. Funnell, J. Sing. If there are any umpires available we are short at the 12 noon time slot. Please contact Jo on 0438 487 053 if you are interested in umpiring.

Traralgon 48 d Leongatha 17. Awards: Georgia Higgins (Serafinos) and Georgia Higgins (Influence Clothing). Lack of confidence at the start caused the team to lose the flow of passing. A great game by Georgia in defence.

Under 13 Leongatha 31 d Traralgon 19. Awards: Taylar Kerr (Nagels) and Jess Clark (L.C Excessorise). A great game girls. Started out strongly and continued through the game with some great turnovers in defence.

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Two new Fishy legends TWO Fish Creek Football Club stalwarts were inducted as club legends on Sunday. Jack Charlton and the late Cliff Gallpen were recognised at the Fish Creek Hotel. Creekers secretary Lindsay Williams said there was a good crowd there with many taking the opportunity to praise the contribution of these two men to the club. Mr Charlton is notable for his support of junior football at Fish Creek and across the South Gippsland region. As he was photographed by The Star on Saturday at Terrill Park, it was obvious that support still remains. He commented that the Fourths had won, but the Thirds were losing. “I don’t know who this kid is, but he hasn’t been playing too bad,” he said of a Fish Creek Under 18s player who neared his position on the boundary. Mr Charlton said the club hasn’t changed a hell of a lot through the years of his involvement. He is now in his 80s and is the ground level scoreboard attendant and interchange steward for all home ground games. He selects the legends to be honoured and prepares their club history, and then contacts their relatives. Mr Charlton also organises and pays for pie nights following Fourths training. He played for Stony Creek from 1946 to 1954 in the South Gippsland Football League before joining Fish Creek in 1955 in the Alberton league where he won a premiership. He returned to Stony Creek and coached premierships there in 1956

and 1957. Mr Charlton was part of Fish Creek premierships in 1958, 1959 and 1960. He formed the Alberton league Thirds competition in 1958 with Bill Tibballs. Then he coached the Fish Creek Thirds to premierships in 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1964. In 1967 Mr Charlton formed the Fourths with Don McKnight. He was involved in junior football as president of the South Gippsland schoolboys football team for six years and as secretary of the Alberton Junior Football League for 25 years (19671991). Mr Charlton was president of Fish Creek in 1971 and 1972, and has been a committee member and selector for many years. Mr Gallpen left the army at the end of 1945 and returned to his Fish Creek farm with brother Eric. Mr Gallpen would have been one of the fittest in the old South Gippsland Football League for the 1946 season when the team went undefeated with Bert Hart as coach. He was a tenacious player who never gave his opponent any leeway as he played in the half-back flank. He played up to 1958 at Fish Creek, except for a year at Leongatha. He was Fish Creek president in 1953 after breaking his leg the previous year and missing the disputed 1952 grand final against Meeniyan. Mr Gallpen played three premierships in the South Gippsland League and three in the Alberton League.

Cliff Gallpen

Jack Charlton: the Fish Creek legend at Terrill Park on Saturday.

Parrots’ shock win Continued from back. The pressure not only lifted, it rose tenfold as older players Paul LePage and Jack Hughes came into their element, smashing bodies and hurting opposition players at will. As a result the Parrots were able to achieve 13 scoring shots for the quarter to Traralgon’s

Leongatha 13.24.102 d Traralgon 11.12.7. Leongatha best: H. Browne, J. Sutherland, C. Sanbrook, J. Hughes, M. Truscio, T. Marriott. Goals: D. Holt 3, A. Govers 3, H. Browne 2, T. Marriott 2, C. Johnston 1, S. Kilsby 1, M. Truscio 1. Traralgon best: J. Mowat, M. Jones, N. Freitag, D. McKenna, J. Hall, T. Aitken Goals: T. Aitken 5, D. McKenna 3, M. Jones 1, M. Geary 1, S. Hazelman 1 RESERVES

Traralgon 25.6.156 d Leongatha 4.1.25 Top goalkicker: G. Barnes 7 (Traralgon). Traralgon best: N. Quenault, G. Barnes, B. Hough, S. Hammer, D. Crawford, K. Gooding. Leongatha best: T. Mackie, T.

three. Unfortunately 10 of their scoring shots were minor scores, and the Maroons were able to stay in touch at the major break. In a great quarter of footy, the Parrots took a 10 point deficit and turned it into a 10 point lead, which gave them

Shorter, P. Williams, B. Brewster, R. Surace, A. Leith. UNDER 18s

Traralgon 15.12.102 d Leongatha 4.3.27 Top goalkicker: A. Slottje 3 (Traralgon). Traralgon best: E. Coughlan, J. Power, B. Graham, D. Brunt, J. Sleswick, R. Wilkie. Leongatha best: L. Dumont, N. Phelan, P. Kindellan, R. Kelly, D. Westaway, J. Kennedy. UNDER 16s

Traralgon 25.9.159 d Leongatha 6.1.37 Top goalkicker: N. Graham 6 (Traralgon). Traralgon best: M. Northe, N. Graham, D. McGrath, T. Membrey, B. Northover, R. Hildebrand. Leongatha best: A. Heppell, B. Graham, B. Tomada, J. McMillan, W. Curtis, M. Borschman.

confidence to come out in the second half and continue on. An animated Campbell asked the question of his side at half time, applauding their efforts so far, but demanding more. “They’re going to keep coming and coming, we can’t let up,” he said. And come they did. The Maroons mounted the challenge in the third term, but they were met by even harder hits and more persistent pressure. Leongatha won the quarter by two points, adding another five minors to their already bulging behinds tally. Justin Sutherland was having a field day in the ruck, winning the hit outs all game and giving his players first use. This was going to be a large advantage in the last term, as it had for the first three. The last quarter was scrappy, which suited the

visitors as they were able to continue on with the pressure they’d applied all day. Hayden Browne kicked the first goal of the quarter after a fantastic grab from Matt Willcocks, and the players all surrounded him to celebrate. Both sides looked tired, but they kept persisting in the hope of stealing a victory. Every time the Parrots looked to kick clear, the home team challenged back with a goal. Ironically, it was Dwayne Holt who sealed the match for the Parrots in the last five minutes. Holt’s day was marred by inaccurate kicking, and he missed the chance of kicking a big bag of goals. Instead he took home three, and the winner, to finish with a good day. When the siren sounded the scoreboard read Leongatha winners by two goals, 12 behinds, a

potential flogging had they kicked straight. The unlikely win sparked huge emotion on the ground, with the coaches and in the crowd, and Traralgon’s faithful looked dumbfounded. Adrian Campbell was the least shocked man at the ground, and told his players that he believed in them, and that he knew they could win. “This is just the start, we work forward from here. We’ve announced ourselves in this competition and we know we can take on anyone now,” Campbell said. The biggest positive to come out of the game was Leongatha’s willingness to fight when it counted, when the pressure was on, and when the odds were against them. Next week the Parrots have a bye, before taking on Maffra at home, in what will be another challenge for the inspired Leongatha team.

Parrot profiles Kristian Gray

Gippsland League Round 6 UNDER 18




Maffra ...............5 Traralgon .........5 Drouin ..............3 Sale ..................3 Morwell ............3 Moe ..................2 Leongatha .......2 Won Power ......1 Warragul ..........0

1 1 2 2 3 3 3 4 5

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

20 20 12 12 12 8 8 4 0

Traralgon .........6 0 0 398.94 24 Maffra ...............6 0 0 292.79 24 Leongatha .......4 1 0 175.79 16 Sale ..................2 3 0 85.11 8 Moe ..................2 3 0 83.24 8 Drouin ..............2 3 0 70.00 8 Won Power ......1 4 0 56.80 4 Warragul ..........1 4 0 54.04 4 Morwell ...........0 6 0 27.00 0

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N. Nagel (L’gatha) ............... (1) J. Johnstone (Maffra) .......... (1) J. Tait (Maffra) ..................... (6) B. Graham (Trar) ................. (0) J. McIntyre (Sale) ................ (5) S. Sperling (L’gatha)............ (0) B. May (Maffra) .................. (2) E. Coughlan (Trar) .............. (2) D. Brunt (Trar) ..................... (2) L. Castagna (L’gatha) .......... (1)


Do you have any pre-match superstitions? Hot dog with sauce. Favourite AFL club? Saints. Favourite food? Mexican. Favourite movie? Bourne. Favourite band? Vampire Weekend. What was your first car? Nissan Patrol Who is your sporting hero? Nick Riewoldt. What is your main ambition in football? LFC premiership.

Clinton Johnston

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363.86 259.24 119.58 139.23 113.08 91.45 48.34 44.41 16.70

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Do you have any pre-match superstitions? No. Favourite AFL club? Hawthorn. Favourite food? Tacos. Favourite movie? Pirates. Favourite band? Pearl Jam. What was your first car? Subaru wagon. Who is your sporting hero? Luke Hodge. What is your main ambition in football? A senior game, 300 club games and more flags.


192.36 147.13 129.24 114.87 110.36 91.23 80.38 46.68 37.11


0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0



T. Aitken (Trar)..................... (5) D. Stubbe (Maffra)............... (8) L. Dowling (Morwell) ........... (3) B. Martin (Sale) ................... (1) T. Kneebone (Drouin).......... (6) S. Mills (Morwell ................. (3) B. Carmody (Drouin) ........... (3) M. Forys (Moe) ................... (3) G. Jones (Maffra) ................ (4)

Traralgon ........6 0 Maffra ...............5 1 Morwell ............3 2 Sale ..................3 2 Won Power ......3 2 Drouin ..............2 2 Leongatha .......1 4 Moe ..................0 5 Warragul ..........0 5



N. Quenault (Trar) ............... (6) 12 G. Barnes (Trar) .................. (7) 12 J. Langshaw (Maffra) .......... (7) 11 L.Henderson (Sale) ............. (0) 9 B. Hough (Trar) ..................... (4) 9 N. Horsford (Maffra) .............. (3) 7 T. Hendricken (Trar) .............. (0) 7 D. Murphy (Morwell) .............. (2) 7


Maffra ............6 Traralgon .......6 Drouin ............3 Sale ................3 Leongatha .....2 Warragul ........2 Morwell ..........1 Won Power ....1 Moe ................0

0 0 2 2 3 3 5 4 5



0 1298.33 24 0 790.18 24 0 103.12 12 0 84.76 12 0 125.00 8 0 62.97 8 0 37.50 4 0 11.48 4 0 21.32 0

GOALKICKERS A. Castagna (L’gatha) ......... (0) D. Prout (Maffra) ................. (5) J. Cunico (Trar) ................... (1) A. Carr (Maffra) ................... (3) J. Kiss (Maffra) .................... (6) B. Northover (Trar) .............. (4) N. Graham (Trar) ................. (6) J. McMillan (L’gatha) ........... (3) S. Christensen (Trar) ........... (0)

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Other matches Drouin 13.8.86 d Sale 8.16.64 Maffra 33.16.214 d Warragul 4.6.30. Moe 14.15.99 d Morwell 12.12.84.

RESERVES Sale 12.10.82 d Drouin 9.13.67. Maffra 17.8.110 d Warragul 2.5.17. Morwell 7.7.49 d Moe 6.5.41.

UNDER 18s Sale 14.15.99 d Drouin 6.5.41. Maffra 13.21.99 d Warragul 2.3.15. Moe 12.13.85 d Morwell 5.7.37.

UNDER 16s Sale 12.7.79 d Drouin 4.8.32. Maffra 19.15.129 d Waragul 2.4.16. Morwell 10.13.73 d Moe 4.6.30.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - PAGE 57

Mirboo North by five By Rover

UNDEFEATED Mirboo North continued its 2010 winning run with an exciting last-gasp five-point victory over thirdplaced Morwell East at Ronald Reserve, Morwell East, last Saturday.

Mirboo North’s sensational win now sets up a top-of-the-table clash with unbeaten reigning Mid Gippsland premier, Trafalgar, at Tigerland this Saturday. Morwell East was first to score when Steven Tobin Senior kicked truly from 35 metres after a solid mark on a well-timed lead. Mirboo North quickly answered when Jacob Nash, Andrew Soplakow and Peter Mongta combined for Mongta to send a glorious 50-metre long bomb right through the high-diddlediddle. Another Mirboo North goal soon followed and the Tigers were spreading the load, working as a team and looking good. When Tiger veteran, Brent Harriage hobbled off with a strained hamstring, it freed up Hawks’ sharpshooter, Jason Shields, who slotted a near-impossible 25-metre “Daicos-like”

bouncing grubber through heavy traffic from the boundary. “A masterful stroke of genius,” chortled one seasoned spectator. Scores were locked together at quarter-time at 3.2.20 and after an engrossing second term, the Tigers found themselves seven points up at the long break. Jacob Nash, Shane Peters, Damien Turner, Byron Dalliston, Matt Holland and Anthony Bence were unsettling the Hawks with their blistering pace and quality possessions. The Tigers were far quicker than the Hawks and were often able to clear the contested ball away from the packs and run it successfully through the midfield when it hit the deck. At times, the Tigers were so fast, not even surveillance cameras could pick them up, much less some of the lumbering Hawks. This was an extremely tight battle where structured defence mechanisms ruled and mistakes preyed on the unprepared; it was a contest where kicking goals was a necessity, not an indulgence. Mirboo North extended its lead in the third term when Peters ran and bounced the ball 45 metres, passed it perfectly to Josh Taylor, who then found Joe Brooks for the Tigers’ eighth goal. Kallum Nash, Peter

Taylor and Drew Gardener held the Tigers’ backline together as the Hawks kept pushing forward. Two of Kallum Nash’s marks stood out in this period. One was a screamer where he went into orbit and stood on his opponent’s shoulders and the other, a perfectly judged running grab behind a pack. The Hawks finally broke through and mustered two unanswered majors, which brought them within one point of the Tigers at three-quarter time. The last term was a see-

Mirboo North 11.8.74 d

Morwell East 10.9.69.

sawing helter-skelter affair with desperation shown from both teams and the lead changing hands six times. Morwell East attacked hard for two minors, one of them from Shields just missing the big opening. Mongta then delivered beautifully to Brooks, who registered his second and Mirboo North’s ninth, before Anthony Caile marked a kick-in following another Shields point and replied for Morwell East from outside 50. Don Webb was controlling the ruck and

Tangusso, D. Furphy, Windsor, B. McKean.



Mirboo North best: K. Nash, S. Peters, J. Nash, D. Turner, D. Webb, P. Mongta. Goals: A. Soplakow 3, J. Taylor 3, A. Bence 2, J. Brooks 2, P. Mongta 1. Morwell East best: A. Caile, A. Frood, E. Lithgow, C. Smogavec, M. Higgins, H. Aarons. Goals: J. Shields 3, C. Smogavec 2, R. Pepper 1, M. Van Dyke 1, A. Caile 1, W. Amalos 1, S. Tobin (Snr) 1.



Mirboo North 14.11.95 d Morwell East 5.2.32. Top goalkickers: C. Irwin 3 (Mirboo North). Mirboo North best: L. Smit, D. O’Keefe, N. Gervasi, C. Irwin, B. Bradshaw, J. Battersby. Morwell East best: D. Van Den Brand, N. Nikodemski, E. Semmler, B. Mills, T. Scott, C. Cowen.

Morwell East 16.13.109 d Mirboo North 4.6.30. Top goalkicker: D. Oldham 4 (Morwell East). Morwell East best: M. Smogavec, A. Duncan, B. Draper, R. Henry, T. Lock, M. Lawrence. Mirboo North best: A. McCarthy, M. Briscoe, A.

Bence was having an influence up forward for the Tigers with clean marking and clever ball-use under pressure. Josh Taylor scored again for Mirboo North off the pack, to snatch the lead back and then the irrepressible Shields marked brilliantly in the goal-square, to bring up his third and the Hawks’ 10th to put them a point in front. The resultant centrecircle ball-up saw the 201cm Webb thump the footy to Peters who found Soplakow who let fly from 50 metres, to give the Tigers a fivepoint lead. With only seconds left and the game in the balance,

Mirboo North 15.8.98 d Morwell East 7.3.45. Top goalkicker: P. Taylor 4 (Mirboo North). Mirboo North best: B. Hopcraft, D. Ross, J. Gostling, J. Farrington, P. Taylor, P. Sandall. Morwell East best: K. Bloomfield, D. Roulston, T. Jones, A. Chessum, J. Swanson, J. Cook.


Trafalgar 13.10.88 d Yarragon 8.6.54. Newborough 12.7.79 d Yinnar 9.5.59. Hill End 12.9.81 d Yall Yall North 4.11.35. RESERVES Trafalgar 20.11.131 d Yarragon 2.3.15. Newborough 9.13.67 d Yinnar 6.5.41. Yall Yall North 6.11.47 d Hill End 6.6.42. THIRDS Newborough 16.11.107 d Yinnar 11.4.70. FOURTHS Yarragon 7.4.46 d Trafalgar 5.3.33. Newborough 6.13.49 d Yinnar 4.3.27. Hill End 12.6.78 d Yall Yall North 1.5.11.

Kallum Nash marked Morwell East’s final forward sortie, passed to Mongta on the members’ wing and the siren sounded for a meritorious Mirboo North victory.

Thorpdale 9.13.67 d Boolarra 6.4.40. Thorpdale best: S. Lee, M. Shannon, R. Pickering, H. Mullen, D. Hammond, D. Grima. Goals: R. Pickering 3, J. James 2, M. Mullen 2, D. Millar 2. Boolarra best: M. Powers, V. Corbett, J. Holmes, D. Wilson, S. Fox, D. McLaughlin. Goals: D. McLaughlin 2, M. Powers 1, D. Leys 1, C. Riseley 1, J. O’Keefe 1.

RESERVES Boolarra 9.7.61 d Thorpdale 5.4.34. Top goalkicker: B. Wilson 3 (Boolarra). Boolarra best: M. Allison, L. Hanly, J. Kelly, S. Colbert, P. Howard, D. McGlade. Thorpdale best: B. Mackie, B. Pisa, M. Dyke, C. Hillbrick, Z. O’Connell, J. Asmussen.

FOURTHS Thorpdale 8.5.53 d Boolarra 6.9.45. Top goalkicker: M. Bone 3 (Thorpdale). Thorpdale best: D. Atkinson, B. Bailey, B. Mynard, S. Sultana, T. Jenkinson, M. Bone. Boolarra best: J. Giardina, J. Anderson, J. Hussey, J. McLennan, T. Dowe.

Mid Gippsland League SENIORS LADDER Trafalgar ............... 202.27 Mirboo North ........ 139.31 Morwell East......... 133.10 Yarragon ............... 140.65 Thorpdale ............. 114.10 Newborough ........... 85.48 Boolarra .................. 80.13 Yinnar ..................... 73.31 Hill End ................... 56.49 Yall Yall North ......... 55.08

24 24 16 12 12 8 8 8 4 4

RESERVES LADDER Morwell East......... 334.81 24 Mirboo North ........ 188.08 20 Trafalgar ............... 198.51 16 Boolarra ................ 159.45 16 Newborough ......... 114.95 16 Thorpdale ............. 103.05 12 Yall Yall North ........... 70.9 8 Hill End .................... 80.47 4 Yinnar ...................... 36.19 4 Yarragon .................. 15.10 0

THIRDS LADDER Mirboo North ........ 170.45 Newborough ......... 142.31 Thorpdale ............. 119.90 Yinnar ..................... 84.82 Hill End ................... 59.80 Trafalgar ................. 89.95 Morwell East........... 77.78

20 20 18 16 16 14 8

FOURTHS LADDER Yarragon ............... 256.93 Mirboo North ........ 253.01 Trafalgar ............... 241.15 Newborough ......... 187.73 Yinnar ................... 223.19 Hill End ................... 98.73 Thorpdale ............... 71.39 Morwell East........... 31.63 Boolarra .................. 29.13 Yall Yall North ......... 28.40

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Dyson’s draft dream Continued from page 60. “We see it as a team environment, and nobody in the team looks to get drafted, we just want to play well as a team and see Gippsland succeed,” he said. Finding that he is treated no differently where he attends school at Leongatha Secondary College, the laid back student said that he enjoyed being just another kid. Heppell has also found that juggling school with football is no issue, as he has plenty of time to organise his studies. His family have not put any pressure on the young gun, and have offered their full support behind his pursuit of an AFL career. “They’re wary of my school work getting done, but I’m usually pretty good with it,” says a bashful Heppell, the recipient of the Mike Fitzpatrick

Scholarship last year. The scholarship is awarded to assist young players with their dream of an AFL career, whilst maintaining high academic standards. The determined student has said if he doesn’t make the cut as a league footballer, he will always want to stay in sport. “If the AFL doesn’t work out I’d like to study Human Movement at university,” said Heppell. But being accepted at one of the league’s 17 clubs does look likely, with some clubs already eyeing off Heppell, keen to secure his services. It hasn’t been all football during the draft hopeful’s life. Up until a couple of years ago basketball was another sport to which Heppell could have claimed fame. “I played basketball for Vic Country up until a few years ago, but in the end I decided to go with

footy, which I don’t regret” he says. Gippsland Power coach Damien Carroll was very pleased with this decision, and says Dyson is a pleasure to coach. “He really is a role model around the club, and the younger guys really look up to him,” Carroll said. The Power coach said that while there was still a lot of footy to be played, his skipper has what it takes to go all the way. “He’s been in our best in five of the six games so far, and I expect him to continue that on in the rest of the season,” he said. Carroll also noted that Heppell’s most impressive traits were his professional attitude and his determination to work on weaknesses in his game. Sunday sport program “TAC cup Future Stars”

panellist Kevin Sheehan has labelled the Gippsland Power captain as one of his five players to watch in this year’s competition. Sheehan said that Heppell has shown all the signs of a future star, and that his foot skills and decision-making were his best assets. Gippsland Power has a rich tradition of players making it into the AFL, such as former Leongatha junior and number two draft pick Jarryd Roughead. Roughead has played over 100 games for the Hawthorn Football Club since making his debut in 2005, as well as playing a key part in the Hawks’ premiership in 2008. Heppell is a player capable of similar success, but for the moment he is just enjoying playing footy with the Gippsland Power, hoping to confirm a spot in the top eight come season’s end.

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Tight win to ’Burra By Callum Hutcheson



Foster...............6 0 0 324.43 Stony Creek.....6 0 0 180.83 Phillip Island ...4 3 0 167.62 Tarwin ..............4 1 0 134.24 Kor-Bena..........4 3 0 104.84 Yarram .............3 4 0 109.39 Inver-K’wak .......3 3 0 95.07 Fish Creek ........3 2 0 85.78 Kil-Bass ............2 4 0 106.78 MDU .................2 4 0 97.09 Dalyston............1 4 0 79.42 Toora ................1 5 0 43.97 DWWWW ........0 6 0 20.90 GOALKICKERS T. Bartholomew (Fos).......... (0) A. Russell (Tar) ................... (4) J. Best (Fos)........................ (0) J. Swift (Yar) ........................ (3) J. Wells (Kil-B)..................... (2) L. Reddie (I-K) .................... (3) L. McMillan (SC) ................. (4) D. Adkins (MDU) ................. (1) A. Huggins (SC) .................. (3) C. Sutherland (Yar) ............. (1)


24 24 16 16 16 12 12 12 8 8 4 4 0 27 26 23 21 19 18 16 14 13 12




656.88 283.11 235.71 225.33 221.52 174.92 82.60 87.63 73.39 47.90 22.97 23.78 13.32

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

GOALKICKERS B. Mitchell (FC) ................... (4) J. Jackson (I-K) ................... (0) J. Dowie (I-K) ...................... (3) D. Wright (Kil-B) .................. (3) D. Smith (Fos) ..................... (4) R. Durkin (Yar) .................... (6) M. Cantwell (MDU) ............. (0) S. Mills (Fos) ....................... (0) K. Taylor (PI) ....................... (1) B. Hann (Fos)...................... (1)

21 19 18 14 14 14 12 12 12 12

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

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

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


Phillip Island ...7 Kor-Bena......... 6 Foster...............5 MDU .................4 Toora ...............4 Dalyston ..........3 Kil-Bass ............3 Yarram ..............3 Stony Creek ......1 DWWWW..........1 Inver-K’wak .......1 Tarwin ...............1 Fish Creek ........0

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

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



261.48 269.71 289.89 142.31 110.06 148.39 90.49 87.73 69.05 54.47 45.55 44.75 17.81

28 24 20 16 16 12 12 12 4 4 4 4 0

GOALKICKERS I. Osman (Kor-B) ................. (0) T. Sorrell (Kor-B) ................. (3) D. Johnston (PI) .................. (0) J. Prowd (Fos)..................... (5) M. Edwards (Kor-B) ............ (4) D. Williams (Fos) ................. (5) M. Green (Fos) ................... (3) O. Milton (Kil-B)................... (3) R. Coulthard (Yar) ............... (2) M. Howell (Fos) ................... (0)

22 18 15 14 13 13 12 12 12 12


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

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



0 1923.08 24 0 612.20 24 0 1336.11 20 0 123.79 20 0 315.09 16 0 166.19 12 0 106.05 8 0 70.50 8 0 39.07 8 0 67.11 4 0 27.80 4 0 13.18 4 0 3.09 0

GOALKICKERS J. Hopkins (Kor-B)............... (2) T. Bone (Kil-B)..................... (5) J. Read (Kil-B) .................... (2) J. Thomas (Daly) ................. (3) T. Smith (FC)....................... (4) T. Sandbach (PI) ................. (0) C. Smith (Kil-B) ................... (1) A. Officer (PI) ...................... (1) B. Doran (Toora) ................. (0) B. Cosson (Kor-B) ............... (0) J. Turner (Kil-B) ................... (1) D. Blackney (Kil-B) .............. (4)

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K OR UMB UR R ABENA managed to hold off a late last quarter surge from MDU on Saturday at Meeniyan to get over the line by 10 points. It was the Dees’ third disappointing loss in a row and what was a must-win game. Burra leapt out of the blocks firing, the first clearance of the game resulting in six points for the away side. The Bulldogs were running in packs with the only thing standing in their way early Johnson’s rebounding presence at half back. Braithwaite nailed one on the run from 45 for the Dogs before Adkins got on the end of the home side’s first as a result of hard running through the midfield. The Demons were starting to get their hands on the footy but failed to convert very kickable goals. Big man Donny Epa was stamping his authority on the game, using his size and strength to great advantage in the ruck. Linking handballs and unselfish play from the backline saw Charlton kick MDU’s second. Both teams went into the quarter time huddle with room for improvement after an evenly matched first quarter. Quarter time score: MDU 3.2 to Korumburra-Bena 3.4. MDU coach Leigh

Wilson told his players they were too busy spectating and needed to start helping each other out. The Dees hit the lead early on in the term when Whiteman, who fought hard all day, found himself alone inside 50. Their fight in defence was a credit to the Demons, however the inability to capitalise up forward didn’t inspire confidence. Korumburra started emerging with the ball around most stoppages and ran in numbers as MDU seemed to drop in intensity. A spectacular mark 20 out from home by Epa and the finish put the Dees back on track, but a slight momentum shift was soon obliterated by the half time siren. Half time score: MDU 5.5 to KorumburraBena 5.8. Still not satisfied with his side’s performance, Wilson encouraged them to step up and concentrate on the basics. “We haven’t played good footy and we’re only three points down”, he said. The beginning of the third quarter saw a string of goals for both teams. The home side slotted two six-pointers in as many minutes before Burra did the same. Once Langley got on the end of a few solid passages of play the Dogs started to pull away. A holding the ball decision against MDU resulted in a Burra goal and they had started to

Bulldogs win: Scott Braithwaite has the ball for Kor-Bena with MDU’s Roy Mullens and KorBena’s Tom Mayo also pictured.

take a stranglehold on the game. Three-quarter time score: MDU 7.5 to Korumburra-Bena 11.10. Appalled with the brand of football they were playing, Wilson delivered some home truths to each of his men at the last break. The Bulldogs continued where they left off, getting the upper hand and slamming on the first major. MDU managed to answer not long after

through Gowers working hard to find space inside 50. Goals through Wirihani and Tohiariki put the Dees back within touching distance. Play was rarely out of the Demon forward line, however opportunities to square things up went begging. MDU had left their run too late and Korumburra went away happy 10 point winners. Final score: MDU 11.10 to Korumburra -Bena 12.14.

Island all the way PHILLIP Island scored an all the way win against Inverloch-Kongwak on Saturday. The Bulldogs faced Inverloch-Kongwak in a local derby at the Cowes oval this week on a perfect day for football. The match started with both teams letting themselves down with simple skill errors, and this resulted in a low scoring first quarter. The Bulldogs managed to put on some scoreboard pressure with a hard earned goal to Riordan, followed by a strong mark and goal by Hale, who made a successful return to the Senior side. The likes of Terlich and Richardson were on top in the midfield, while B.Vernon back from injury showed his class from the beginning. The home side held a slight lead at quarter time, but general play throughout the quarter was quite

even. The second quarter started in a flurry for the Island, peppering the goals but to no avail with inaccurate kicking for goal. Robinson steadied, running into goal to extend the lead, before I-K fought back to kick their first goal of the day. Oke was having an impact around the stoppages, feeding the ball to Riky and the other onballers who were starting to get on top. B.Vernon was in everything and pushed forward to goal, before Invy pushed back hard the other way and kicked a goal of their own. The Island kicked two goals for the remainder of the quarter, as did the opposition. If not for inaccurate kicking, the Island could have built on the 17 point advantage they took into the long break. After half time, the Bulldogs took control of the match and went all out

in attack. Riky had the ball on a string, controlling play in the midfield and driving the ball forward where Riordan was lively, kicking two goals for the quarter. I-K kept fighting to get the ball into their forward line, but solid work from the ever reliable defence of Mann, J. Docherty and Z. Vernon halted any forward attacks. They kicked two goals to stay in touch, but a long Phillip Island18.17. 125 d Inverloch - Kongwak7.4.46 Phillip Island best: M. Riky, J. Dykes, T. Oke, S. Riordan, Z. Vernon, J. Mann Phillip Island Goals: J. Robinson 3, J. Dykes 3, S. Riordan 3, B. Hale 2, S. Murdoch 2, S. Docherty 1, C. Terlich 1, M. Riky 1, B. Vernon 1, J. Youle 1 I-K Goals: L. Reddie 3, J. Martin 1, D. Clark 1, D. Kilpatrick 1, W. Jeffs 1 I-K best: B. Kniese, W. Jeffs, J. Martin, D. Houston, J. Boyd, M. Billows RESERVES

I-K 7.5.47 d Phillip Island 5.10.40 Top Goalkicker: J.Dowie 3 (I-K) I-K best: S. Buxton, T. Phillips, M. Miller, J. Dowie, J. Griffiths, N. Cant Phillip Island best: K. Murphy, T.

goal to S. Docherty sealed the win for the Island. J. Dykes kicked another to put the result beyond doubt and the Island went into the three-quarter time break full of confidence. Invy came out in the final term and kicked a quick goal but this would be the last hurrah for the away team, with the Island dominating play for the rest of the game. Winder, J. Sunderland, T. Daff, M. Blakemore, J. Guilmartin UNDER 18s

Phillip Island 13.12.90 d I-K 4.6.30 Top Goalkickers: M. Price, M. Guy 3 (Phillip Island) I-K best: T. Miller , C. Casey , R. Johnson , B. Fisher Phillip Island best: T. Cole, M. Guy, C. Procter, M. Justice, M. Wright, A. Redmond UNDER 15s

I-K v Phillip Island (Score not supplied) Top Goalkicker: Jarrod Black 4 (Phillip Island) I-K best: J.McCarthy, M.Mackay, X. Phyland, J. Whitford, L. Johnson, S. Worthy Phillip Island best: E. Richards, J. Black, A.Myers, M.Manteit, M. Francis, A. Cook

Korumburra Bena 12.14.86 d M.D.U. 11.10.76 Kor-Bena best: B.Arnold, C. Langley, R. Staples, I. Osman, S. Paterson, R. Nunziato Goals: I. Osman 4, C. Langley 3, R. Staples 2, B. Fitzpatrick 1, S. Braithwaite 1, J. Hopkins 1 M.D.U. best: K. Gowers, R. Harris, D. Epa, D. Aldridge, T. Wightman Goals: S. Wirihana 2, K. Gowers 2, D. Epa 2, S. Charlton 1, T. Tohiariki 1, T. Wightman 1, T. Trotman 1, D. Adkins 1 RESERVES

Kor-Bena 15.13.103 d M.D.U. 3.2.20 Top Goalkicker: L. Allot 5 (KorBena) Kor-Bena best: J. Kyle, L. Allott, M. Walker, P. Edwards, J. Myors, S. Edwards M.D.U best: B. Pedlow, C. Ricardo,

T. Harris, M. Lafferty, M. Semken, M. Smit UNDER 18s

Kor-Bena 10.5.65 d M.D.U 2.3.15 Top Goalkicker: M. Edwards 4 (Kor-Bena) Kor-Bena best: A. Snooks, J. Smith, K. Rigby, C. Kyle, K. Arestia, M. Wight M.D.U best: J. Sinclair, M. Harris, B. Savage, B. Davison, T. Harris UNDER 15s

Kor-Bena 3.11.29 d M.D.U. 1.7.13 Top Goalkicker: J. Hopkins 2 (KorBena) Kor-Bena best: C. Hansen, N. Allen, A. O’’Neill, S. Lacy, K. Cosson, Z. Walker M.D.U. best: A. Trotto, B. Thomas (Jnr), J. Forrester, R. Hanks, D. Campbell, J. Van Dyk

Stony still STONY Creek stormed to an emphatic 66 point win over Kilcunda-Bass in their Alberton Football League clash at Bass on Saturday. The win leaves the Lions undefeated so far this year, sitting second only by percentage to Foster on the ladder. In a match that was theirs from start to finish, Stony Creek outscored their opponents in the first three quarters before fatigue set in. Lucas McMillan was the star up forward, kicking four goals, with Shields and Hutchison doing the damage in the midfield. It was a great first quarter from the visitors who sent them on their way, kicking five goals to none in a dominant display. But they weren’t content with their efforts, and the team planned to come out even harder

in the second quarter to build a bigger lead and run away with the game. Inaccurate kicking was the only setback in a four goal quarter for Stony, as shots on goal went begging, and so did a chance to really humiliate the home side. Chris Verboon was an undisputed best on ground, playing a brilliant match at centre half back. At half time, and with a 43 point lead to Stony Creek, the match seemed as though it was over before it had begun. Kilcunda-Bass tried their best to change things in the third term, but couldn’t muster enough to hold back the likes of Chris Verboon and young gun Julian Stone. Again it was a poor conversion rate that hurt the Lions in the third term, as they kicked four goals, eight behinds, but still built on their large lead. In a slow last quarter, Kilcunda kicked four goals to three, and

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - PAGE 59

Sharks overpower Yarram

Foster was too good for Fishy FISH Creek took on a top of the table Foster on Saturday at Fish Creek, and went down by 86 points.

Winning day: Rob Houston with the ball for Tarwin. Photo courtesy Wendy Watts.

AFTER a fast paced, even first half between two evenly matched sides, Tarwin pulled away in the second half to run out 20 point winners against Yarram on Saturday. Yarram started well, with Lukas Jenkins winning the taps in the middle to give the Demon midfield first use. Chris Bruns and Jarryd Swift were sending the ball forward for the Demons with Corbin Sutherland providing a good target across half forward. However it was Josh Swift who got the Demons on the board with a clever snap and when Welles

Jenkins converted soon after, the Demons had the first break with a two goal lead. However Tarwin’s midfield lifted and through some good lead up work from coach Jamie Cann and Robert Houston, Albert Russell converted to put the Sharks back in touch. Yarram were quick to respond however, with Josh Swift hacking the ball out of the air and kicking another clever goal. The two sides went goal for goal for the rest of the term, with Yarram going into quarter time with a handy 13 point buffer. The second term was just as fast as the first as the two midfields traded blows, with neither side

undefeated outscored their opposition for the first time for the day. The Panthers lifted their intensity where the Lions’ dropped and took advantage to take something out of the game The match was won by Stony Creek’s big men across the ground, who outsized their opponents all day. Wasteful kicking was the only negative in a great match for Stony, Stony Creek 16.18.114 d Kilcunda Bass7.6.48 Stony Creek best: C. Verboon, J. Shields, B. Hutchinson, L. McMillan, J. Stone, J. Byrnes Goals: L. McMillan 4, A. Huggins 3, K. Van Der Pluym 2, J. Schelling 2, J. Shields 1, M. Linke 1, L. Horsburgh 1, B. Hutchinson 1, D. Zuidema 1 Kilcunda Bass best: B. Hender, C. Wells, J. Attenborough, J. Evans, C. Endres, D. Shepherd Goals: D. Holmes 2, J. Wells 2, S. Clark 1, L. Woolford 1, P. Lange 1 RESERVES

Stony Creek 15.15.105 d Kilcunda Bass 8.2.50 Top Goalkicker: D. Burge 4 (Stony Creek) Stony Creek best: B. McKnight, S. Hughes, D. Burge, W. Fleming, D. Gilliatte

who will host Fishy next week in the battle of the Creeks. Stony Creek join Foster two games clear from any challengers, which will make for a great clash in a few weeks, a possible Grand Final preview. Kilcunda-Bass will come up against Korumburra-Bena in a must win for the club if they hope to see finals action. K-B best: C. Eden, J. Tregear, J. Goewie, G. Plier, B. Varker, R. Churchill UNDER 18

K-B 9.7.61 d Stony Creek 4.8.32 Top Goalkicker: O. Milton 3 (K-B) K-B best: D. Clarke, D. Crawford, T. Charles, K. Salama, D. McIntyre Stony Creek best: T. Pate, D. Potter, J. Chalmers, T. Fleming, M. Dundas, J. Densley UNDER 15

K-B 21.16.142 d Stony Creek 1.0.6 Top Goalkicker: T. Bone 5 (K-B) K-B best: D. Clay, J. Read, J. Dakin, N. Arney, J. Turner, J. Homer Stony Creek best: E. Taylor, j. wilson, J. Stuart, D. Enter, J. Brown, T. Stone

really able to get on top. Cann and Houston continued to be the prime movers for the Sharks with Russell continuing to be a headache for the Demons defence as Tarwin kicked five goals for the term to snatch a narrow four point lead at the long break. The two sides continued to trade blows in the third term, with the ball spending a lot of time between the 50 metre arcs. Tom Harley and Tom Williamson provided rebound from defence for the Sharks. Jamie Cann and Kael Bergels kicked goals for the Sharks to extend their lead. Luke Borne earned a free kick for his attack on the ball late in the term but his shot swung to the

left. However the Demons were still in touch at the last change. The Demons just wouldn’t go away, but six behinds for the quarter re-

ally hurt as Tarwin steadied late, with the McMicking brothers lifting when needed and Russell converting to put the game out of the Demons’ reach.

The match was Foster’s from early on, as they burst out of the blocks, kicking four goals to none in the opening term. It was very much a team effort, with the Tigers’ 15 goals being shared between 11 goal kickers. Bradley Rooney had the most with three, with Tom Bartholomew and Jordan Staley the only other multiple scorers. At quarter time the lead was 21, but by half time the Tigers had blown it out to a 51 point deficit. Only poor kicking cost Foster, as they kicked five goals and eight behinds in the second term. The Kangaroos were led by youngster Lachie Park, who was their best player, but it wasn’t enough to fire up his side. The home side just couldn’t find an avenue to goal as great pressure from the Tigers was applied all day. Fish Creek held Foster reasonably well in the last term, only allowing them two goals, but the match was well and truly over by then. Only managing two points themselves, Fish Creek finished the match with only two goals, which was a disappointing result. Foster’s win keeps them atop the table, and they’re looming as premiership favourites a third of the way into the year. With cellar dwellers the Allies next week, the Tigers’ run looks set to continue, whilst Fish Creek takes on Stony Creek in another challenging match for them.

Tarwin 12.11.83 d Yarram 8.15.63

J. Shill UNDER 18

Foster 15.16.106 d Fish Creek 2.8.20

Tarwin best: R. Houston, T. Williamson, T. Harley, J. McMicking, J. Cann, A. Russell Goals: A. Russell 4, K. Bergles 3, J. Cann 2, S. McMicking 1, D. Wilson 1, J. Dowling 1 Yarram best: C. Bruns, C. Sutherland, B. Dyke, L. Jenkins, J. Swift, R. Jamieson Goals: J. Swift 3, N. Lynch 1, J. Anderson 1, W. Jenkins 1, C. Sutherland 1, J. Swift 1 RESERVES

Tarwin 11.8.74 d Yarram 7.11.53

Foster best: T. King, S. Everington, B. Rooney, N. Grylls, B. Angwin, C. Van Dyke Goals: B. Rooney 3, T. Bartholomew 2, J. Staley 2, T.King, J. Best, B. Western, S. Hawking, D. Granger, B. Angwin, N. Grylls, R. Johnson Fish Creek best: L. Park, R. Staley, R. Smith, J. Rouda, B. Anderson, L. McIlroy Goals: T. Manne 1, C. Brown 1 RESERVES

Yarram 15.4.94 d Tarwin 6.8.44 Top Goalkicker: R. Durkin 6 (Yarram) Yarram best: T. Bland, B. McMahon, M. O’Connor, M. Leggett, R. Durkin, D. Quigley Tarwin best: C. Gerretzen, M. Kreutzberger, M. Carter, L. Talgi,

Dalyston’s second term burst

AN eight goal to one second quarter burst sealed Toora’s fate against Dalyston. It was another brilliant day for football, cool but sunny and no wind – the Toora ground as usual in perfect condition. A good contest was expected from two teams low on the ladder. Toora was missing a couple of their best defenders which was not expected to help their cause. The game got underway with a pretty even first quarter – Toora was first on the board with a goal to Cat Grant who was one of Toora’s better players all day. Dalyston took a while to get going but then goals to Carew and one off the ground got them off the mark. A free to Donohue saw him goal after the siren to make the scores at quarter time Dalyston 3.5 Toora 1.2. Dalyston took control of the game in the second quarter, kicking 8.2 while restricting Toora to a single goal. Nick Garnham was a focal point up front for Dalyston and he was too good for his Toora opponent, taking many strong marks on the lead and finishing off with some lovely long goals. Burchell and Donohue were active around the ground and were delivering the ball well to their forwards who did not let them down. Nick Green stood out for Toora in defence but he was a bit of a lone hand. The second half of the game was a far more even affair, with Toora scoring 5.4 to Dalyston’s 6.0 with Toora playing much better football but unable to peg the visitors back at all, the game effectively over at half time. The umpiring was excellent all day and the evenness of the teams for much of the day made for an entertaining afternoon’s football. Dalyston hosts the Island next week and will have to improve to trouble them, while Toora travels to Tarwin and on current form may find the journey home a long one.

Top Goalkickers: N. Browne 3, J. Whiley 3, J. Stewart 3 (Tarwin) Tarwin best:W. Lomax, N. Browne, J. Stewart, S. Ennis, J. Whiley, O. Cumming Yarram best: M. Clavarino, S. Rendell, D. Borgia, D. Coulthard, R. Coulthard, D. Hay UNDER 15

Yarram 15.17.107 d Tarwin 3.4.22 Top Goalkicker: R. Baxter 3 (Yarram) Yarram best: T. Holt, R. Baxter, A. Caygill, L. Turner, P. Baltruschaitis, J. Gale Tarwin best: L. Keily, H. Keily, C. Ginkel, N. Lomax, T. Nye, B. Nicols

Fish Creek 12.6.78 d Foster 11.5.71 Top Goalkickers: D. Jenkins 4, B. Mitchell 4 (Fish Creek), D. Smith (Foster) Fish Creek best: M. Watkins, C. Bawden, S. McNaughton, B. Mitchell, S. Ellicott, D. Jenkins Foster best: S. Zachariassen, M. Andrews, M. Lothian, K. Lawrence,

A. Heal UNDER 18 Foster 25.16.166 d Fish Creek 1.1.7 Top Goalkickers: D. Williams 5, J. Prowd 5 (Foster) Foster best: D. Vandyke, D. Williams, J. Prowd, S. Lyon, J. Lowe, J. Chaseling Fish Creek best: S. Buckland, R. Morrison, T. Smith, M. Francis, C. Moon, T. McGannon UNDER 15

Fish Creek 15.9.99 d Foster 1.2.8 Top Goalkicker: T. Smith 4 (Fish Creek) Fish Creek best: L. Edgelow, B. Harfield/Park, J. Flanders, T. Wilson, E. Park, T. Smith Foster best: T. Hamilton, J. Richer, L. Coffey, B. Hateley, M. Prowd, G. Rerden

Dalyston 17.9.111 d Toora 7.7.49 Dalyston best: N. Burchell, A. Donohue, T. Osbaldeston, B. Carew, W. Howson, N. Garnham Goals: N. Garnham 5, T. Osbaldeston 3, B. Carew 2, M. Chumbley 1, N. Burchell 1, W. Luke 1, A. Donohue 1, M. Rosendale 1, A. Williams 1, M. Garnham 1 Toora best: N. Green, P. Grant, T. Kirwan, S. Kohlman, L. Dyson, M. Brown Goals: S. Kohlman 4, P. Grant 2, A. Ditta 1 RESERVES

Dalyston 16.18.114 d Toora 5.3.3 Top Goalkicker: S. Ramsey 4 (Dalyston) Dalyston best: P. Dunlop, A. Gennaccaro, M. Boyle, S. Ramsey, B. Gheller, S. Poole Toora best: L. Green, D. Brett, C. Johnston, H. Hanratty, B. McGrath, C. Teuma UNDER 18s

Toora 10.10.70 d Dalyston 10.3.63 Top Goalkicker: B. Gheller 3 (Toora) Dalyston best: R. Beaton, S. Kuyper, A. Jerrard, T. Davey, R. Davey, B. Gheller Toora best: S. Whatley, B. Scammell, M. Brown, J. Toner, Z. Clavarino, J. McGrath UNDER 15s

Dalyston 14.20.104 d Toora 0.0.0 Top Goalkicker: B. Van Agtmaal 5 (Dalyston) Dalyston best: J. Ray-Angarane, M. Schreck, B. Van Agtmaal, T. Landells, J. Thomas, M. Ware Toora best: B. Doran, V. Ditta, B. East, S. Bishop, S. Fischer, J. Clifton

Mark: Sean Ellicott for Fish Creek in the Reserves.

PAGE 60 - “THE STAR”, Tuesday, May 18, 2010

No juggling act: draft hopeful Dyson Heppell still finds time for school work amidst a busy football schedule. By Isaac McCallum DURING the school week Dyson Heppell is just another Year 12 student busily working towards exams come November. But it is another week in November that will decide his future – the 2010 AFL draft. Despite this, a modest Heppell was quick to point out that the draft was not yet on his mind. “At the moment I’m just concentrating on playing good footy for Gippsland, and hopefully Vic Country,” Heppell said. The Vic Country squad will feature the Leongatha star and at least a few others from the Power side. “It’ll be great to be in the team alongside some of the good mates I’ve made at Gippsland,” Heppell said. So far in his short lived career, he has been voted as best player in last year’s finals series by coach Damien Carroll, and also been announced as team captain this year. Heppell said he was initially nervous about the captaincy, but assured that it was “a great honour”, and something he holds dearly. “My goal is really to help the younger kids along, and just get them settled into the game,” he said. The captaincy is sure to improve his game, and bolster an already tantalising CV for would be selectors. But the budding star was quite reserved about his own future, preferring instead to talk about the team, and how it was working towards its goal of finals. Continued on page 57.

Parrots’ shock win Proud Parrots: Victorious Parrots Sam Sperling, Paul LePage, Col Sanbrook and Jason Casey belt out the club song after the upset win over Traralgon.

LEONGATHA Parrots have announced themselves as a force in the Gippsland League, defeating ladder leader Traralgon by 24 points on Saturday in the biggest boilover so far this season. The home side was undefeated until they faced the Parrots on Saturday, and with their opponents having only won one game, Traralgon looked set for a walkover win. No-one, not even a fired-up visiting side, could have expected the result given the Maroons’ start to the year. Coach Adrian Campbell said after the game that the win could

mean anything for the young team, if they continued on playing the way they did on Saturday. “There was not one weak link today, not one. If you guys come to play with this attitude every week you’ve shown we can beat anyone,” Campbell said. In the first quarter, Traralgon looked as though they’d come out slowly, despite kicking two more goals, and having similar possession time to Leongatha. But at a closer view, it was the

Parrots causing the Maroons to look flat footed and confused as they were being pressed and pressured at every turn. Leongatha’s forwards were wasteful early, and the trend continued on for the day, even threatening to cost them the match later on. At the first change, and with a 10 point deficit, Campbell told his side that they shouldn’t be content as there were still three quarters to play. “The tackle pressure is good, but it can lift another cog, so let’s not rest until we’ve won this game,” Campbell said. Continued on page 56.

The Great Southern star  

Weekly newspaper from South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

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