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MORE than 2900 people tried to outscare each other at the annual Halloween celebration at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum on Sunday night. Witches, Grim Reapers, skeletons and monsters were among the costumes chosen by the children, teenagers and adults at the spooky event. Children enjoyed trick or treating around the park, bobbing for apples and mastering their fear of snakes. Among those having fun with friends were Yvonne Ritzert, Steph Smalley, Matthew Harrigan, Emily Sayers and Dani Edwards. To be frightened further, turn to page 14.

Pothole plug Roads money not enough By Jane Ross THE State Government must spend more money on the region’s roads, despite a funding announcement last week. Victorian Roads Minister Tim Pallas announced a total of just over $41.5m for improvements to the South Gippsland and Bass highways. But $39.8m of that is for stage seven of the duplication of the Bass Highway. The rest is to patch and repair.

It includes $1.25 million for the Bass Highway between Anderson and Inverloch. And while the funding announcement has

been welcomed, the campaign for more money will continue. “Someone needs to do something before there’s a major accident; the sooner the better. It’s very serious,” declared Peter Stoitse, who has run a trucking business in South Gippsland since the late 1960s. He called once again for a truck bypass for Leongatha and Korumburra. His trucks ply the South Gippsland Highway every day. He said sections of it have sunk, creating hazards for semi trailers and B doubles. Continued on page 3.

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Art attracts hundreds MEENIYAN celebrated another successful art and craft exhibition over the Melbourne Cup weekend.

Best exhibit was won by Anne Todd Foulds of Fish Creek for her depiction of flowers, titled Anemone. The people’s favourite award was to be drawn after the exhibition closed today (Tuesday). The Meeniyan Progress Association-organised event is in its 38th year. Association member Denise Poletti said there was a high standard of work exhibited. “We have had a lot of people through today (Sunday) and sales

have been good,” she said. “There were probably nearly 200 people through yesterday, so it was a good day.” Ms Poletti said it was another good community event from the Meeniyan Progress Association and helpers. The town’s hall was full of paintings, photos, rugs, craft and metal sculptures by South Gippsland residents. The event included a wine and cheese opening night on Friday, a jazz night on Saturday and garden walks on Sunday. Results: best exhibit, Anne Todd Foulds. Painting awards of $100: Judy Jennison, Cynthia Phelan, Robert Poletti, Teagan Hasson, Ju-

lie Lundgren-Coulter, Joanne Hendrie. Photography awards of $100: Peter Boyes, Pam Boyes, Tony Middleton. Photography awards of $50: Peter Boyes, Rachel Dennison. Craft or any medium $100 awards: Andrew Kasper, Diane Wolf, Meg Thornborrow. $50 awards: Marlene Kasper, Genevieve Scholte, Jan Appleton. Youth encouragement (aged 13 to 18) $50 awards: Vanessa Redpath, Genevieve Scholte, Genevieve Scholte, Ella Hendrie. MAG Choice awards: Jocelyn Meyer, Meg Thornborrow, Fiona Green. Highly commended: Julie Lundgren-Coulter.

Art exhibition: Julie Bloch of Meeniyan and Michaela Dempsey of Stony Creek admire a country scene.

Photographs: Jose Shelton of Leongatha was transported a world away by the beauty displayed in these images.

Amazing masks: Julie Brennan-Smith of Dumbalk North admires the face covering handiwork.

Best exhibit: Denise Poletti of Meeniyan and Kerry Spokes of Fish Creek take a look at the best exhibit at the show.

Dumbalk: events hub DUMBALK may only have a population of just over 150, but over the next few months the town will be buzzing with clearing sales, dances,

sales and parties. “It is only a tiny place, but there are a lot of very hard working members that make Dumbalk strong,” said long time local Bev Hanley. “The community gets

behind whatever is happening. There are so many lovely, friendly people here.” Dumbalk Hall, which Bev believes is one of the best in South Gippsland, will be the main host of many of the upcoming events. The Dumbalk Recreation Reserve has had new toilets and showers installed, and will be another key arena during the busy season, with car boot sales, campdrafts, and the Relay for Life next year. “The car boot sale is something a bit different, a bit like the market. Last time we hosted the village market we had over 45 stall holders,” Mrs Hanley said. The town is all set for their Garden Day this Sunday, where residents can walk around the town and admire the pretty landscapes of each house. Other events coming up include Alan Clark’s retirement and thank you session, which will be a chance for everyone to thank Alan for his years of service. The ever popular Christmas Party is not too far away; it will be held on Friday, December 3 in the Memorial Park. “We also have craft days twice a month, and cards every second and fourth Tuesday,” Mrs Hanley said. For more details of any of the events, Bev Hanley is the person to contact on 5664 4344.

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Roads money not enough

Continued from page 1. They’re carrying loads of 70 tonne and the roads are not built either for that weight or the amount of traffic carried. The tracks they carve in the surface of the highway hold water from all the rain that has fallen. In Mr Stoitse’s view, all it would take would be for a car to go through those at 100km/h and “they’d aquaplane”. The Foster North hills are a nightmare, causing trucks to “hop”, risking damage and accidents. So, hearing that Mr Pallas had announced an extra $430,000 to repair parts of the South Gippsland Highway, did not impress him much. Although Mr Stoitse was pleased to hear that $90,000 of that was for Gelliondale, because that’s where the highway has broken up badly. The sum of $270,000 has been allocated for the highway at Bena and $70,000 for Lang Lang. A further $472,000 will help repair the Korumburra-Warragul Road at Korumburra and $457,000 the BoolarraChurchill Road. Mr Pallas said the funding was “to fix potholes and repair roads” affected by heavy rains. Nationals Leader Peter Ryan, said he was pleased to see that community pressure, brought about by the assistance of the (local) media, had resulted in the government making some money available for road repairs. Questioned by The Star, a spokesperson for Mr Pallas denied the funding was a last-minute election pitch. The spokesperson stressed the new money, announced on Friday, was “on top of the usual works”. South Gippsland Mayor Cr Jim Fawcett, said any money for road repairs was welcome. “But we do need more money for roads. They have deteriorated quite dramatically in the past three or four years,” he said. “Some places are definitely dangerous.” So much so, many local people are avoiding them. Cr Fawcett said he, and many people

he knows, “have adopted a defensive position”, with some travelling on the Princes rather than the South Gippsland Highway. Funding to repair the Bass Highway between Anderson and Inverloch was announced following a recent deputation by Bass Coast Council to Mr Pallas. Councillors have been calling for action as the highway has continued to deteriorate. Construction of the desalination plant at Wonthaggi, has resulted in a lot more heavy traffic and council has been trying for many months to draw State Government attention to that. Bass Coast infrastructure director Steve Piasente, joined CEO Allan Bawden and Mayor Cr Peter Paul on the deputation. Cr Paul said Mr Pallas was aware of the impact of the desalination plant, with council photos underscoring the point. Work will start this month and should be finished by Christmas. The $1.25m will rehabilitate a total of 9.5km over the 30km stretch of highway. Mr Piasente said the money would repair the worst sections of the highway, but he expected more would be needed. Asked if there was any guarantee VicRoads would not use faulty material, as had been the case on Bass Highway at the intersection of Turnbull-Woolamai Road, resulting in constant breaking up, Mr Piasente said “no”. “There are never any guarantees with road construction as a number of factors will determine how the road performs over time,” he said. “These factors include the type and volume of traffic, weather conditions and how effectively the road drains.” Council has lodged a formal application for funding assistance to reconstruct South Dudley Road Wonthaggi, which is used by desalination construction trucks. In Mr Piasente’s estimation, 90 per cent of it will need to be rebuilt. It is a council managed road, but Mr Piasente said Mr Pallas was sympathetic to the request for State help. Stage seven of the Bass Highway duplication will start early next year and be finished in 2013.

Men’s shed opens THE new men’s shed in Venus Bay was opened by Eastern Victoria MLC, Johan Scheffer on Saturday. The shed, known as the Men’s Den, was established with the help of a $49,100 State Government grant to help men in Venus Bay and Tarwin Lower connect over projects. “The committee and members held a number of fundraising activities to match the Brumby Government’s contribution, including a dinner dance, raffles and garage sales. I congratulate all of those involved for their efforts,” Mr Scheffer said. Men’s sheds help to reduce social isolation and give men an opportunity

to share their skill, while giving them health information and access to services they are reluctant to seek out. “Having this shed in such close proximity to the Venus Bay Community Centre is a fantastic way to co-locate the support and services local men need,” Mr Scheffer said.

Very pleased: Stony Creek dairy farmer Peter Hanrahan welcomed the Murray Goulburn milk payment step-up.

Dairy prices rise By Ch B Chris i Brown B DAIRY farmers continue to enjoy a bright outlook, with two dairy companies announcing price rises in the past week. Murray Goulburn suppliers will receive a price increase of $0.25/kg protein and $0.10/kg butterfat for milk supplied across the 2010-11 season. Burra Foods announced a step-up of $0.12/kg fat and $0.30/kg protein. The rises come as grain prices increase and farmers hope for continued rain to boost pasture growth for harvest. In a statement to suppliers, MG managing director Stephen O’Rourke said the rise takes the average weighted farmgate price to about $4.92 per kilogram of milk solids, up from the $4.75 opening price. He said the co-operative’s forecast final milk price had been maintained at a range of $5.30 to $5.50 per kilogram of milk solids. Stony Creek dairy farmer Peter Hanrahan was pleased with the stepup. It gives him confidence about producing high levels of milk through summer.

““Murray G lb id there h Goulburn said would be a step-up coming and we knew things were looking positive despite the high dollar,” he said. “We’re still recovering from a tough 18 months. The step-up will help us to plan better for silage, and also the grain and hay harvests are about to take place up north.” South Gippsland VFF/UDV president Max Jelbart said the Murray Goulburn step-up had been foreshadowed earlier in the year. “The seasonal conditions and grain prices mean the step up is very welcome among farmers,” he said. “The high dollar has certainly put some pressure on milk prices.” Mr O’Rourke said world market prices had held reasonably firm during the first quarter of the season and the expectation is that the market should continue to remain solid. “However the major area for concern is the strengthening Australia dollar which some economists suggest may continue to appreciate through $1.10 while others say it is overvalued,” he said. MG’s milk intake has suffered during September and October due to extremely wet conditions. But they anticipate production

iimproving i as the h year progresses. Mr O’Rourke said the relatively wet winter and early spring had led to a very strong spring growth and a very positive outlook for the harvesting of fodder. “Dairy farmers are now harvesting silage and hay, and with replenished water catchments the outlook for feed inputs in the medium term is relatively good for dairy farmers,” he said. Burra Foods chief executive officer Grant Crothers said the company is remaining vigilant, with the high Australian dollar depressing returns. “However global supply and demand of dairy commodities is currently well balanced and this has resulted in some stability in the market in recent weeks,” he said. This equates to an increase of 20 c/kg of milk solids and takes Burra Foods’ average annual price to $4.95 c/kg per kg of milk solids. Fonterra has a bi-monthly pricing review structure in place for their farmers this season. Fonterra will next review prices later this month. Fonterra expects further improvement in farmgate prices this season.

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Director loves challenge By Tessa Hayward ADMITTING to be better off-stage than on, Nathan Eva progressed to directing theatre productions because he wanted the challenge. “I wanted to envision something no one else could, and then put it all together and make it work,” he says. Nathan, aged 22, is currently directing Foster Amateur Music and Drama Association’s (FAMDA) production, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. It is a musical comedy which is thoroughly entertaining and keeps the audience in stitches all the way through. “We are well ahead of schedule, so we get to polish things off really well before the production starts on November 5.” He is overjoyed with the nine characters. “They are an incredibly good cast.” Nathan was 12 when he did his first show, cast in the lead role of Oliver in Oliver! He joined the theatre because he enjoyed acting and singing. He has now done 25 shows. Both his parents were ballroom dancers in their younger years and they are both now involved in Lyric Theatre since Nathan started performing. His father, Mark Eva, is the current president of Leongatha Lyric Theatre. The Geoff Perrett rising star award was given to Nathan in 2005. The award is for young people’s contribution to Leongatha Lyric Theatre. Nathan started directing a couple of years ago

- small Monash plays to start with - and then FAMDA offered him The Spelling Bee this year. Next year, Nathan is directing Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s production of Jekyll and Hyde. “It is a lot bigger than The Spelling Bee, and there will be about 40 cast, compared to my current nine. “It will be one of the biggest projects I will ever take on, it is about the same size as Jesus Christ Superstar.” The challenge of directing Jekyll and Hyde excites Nathan as he likes the challenge. “I will be working with 40 people, it will be difficult, but I’m looking forward to it.” Nathan completed his schooling at Leongatha Secondary College, then went on to Monash University at Caulfield and studied arts/business with honours and is now completing his PhD in the field. He plans to continue acting and singing in shows. “There are a lot of shows I still want to do, singing and acting.” He just finished a dance production, Chorus Line. “My body couldn’t keep up. It was aching afterwards, so I think I’ll just stick to singing and acting.” Nathan has had fantastic support along the way. “I am very lucky to have FAMDA and Leongatha Lyric Theatre. They have been very supportive of me, and you just don’t get that in the city.”

On the job: director Nathan Evan (right) with lighting designer Andrew Oldroyd and production manager Catherine McGlead at rehearsal.

Spellers under pump FOSTER Theatre company, FAMDA, is about to stage a riotously funny musical called The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The hilarious musical comedy was conceived by Rebecca Feldman, with music and lyrics by William Finn and a Tony award winning book by Rachel Sheinkin. The show centres around a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the bee, run by three equally strange grown-ups. An unusual aspect of the show is that four real audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six young characters. Another amusing aspect of the show is that the official pronouncer provides ridiculous examples when asked to use words in a sentence. Although the witty book gives this show a distinct head-start, the talented ensemble is the real star here and FAMDA has assembled a dazzling cast of young adults to play the child spellers. On stage you will see Katelyn Ardley, Jemima Eva, Josh Gardiner, Ivan Koetsveld, Emmi Latham and Gabrielle Vening as the spellers while Nicole Cooper, Paul Smith and Noel Stringer feature as the slightly deranged adults who preside over the spelling bee. Directing this exuberant musical is Nathan Eva who is thrilled to be back at FAMDA where he was first introduced to theatre playing the title role in Oliver! back in 2000. Since then he has been involved in more than 20 productions for Leongatha Lyric and a variety of companies in Melbourne.

With Lyric he has worked extensively both on and off stage in Grease (Kenicke), Jesus Christ Superstar, Kiss Me Kate and Joseph and will return in 2011 to direct Jekyll and Hyde. Since moving to Melbourne, Nathan has continued his work in the theatre, appearing with companies like Whitehorse Music Theatre, Monash University Drama Society, PLOS and Panorama in numerous shows, including A Chorus Line (Bobby), High School Musical (Troy), The Baker’s Wife (Philippe) and Aida. Nathan is thrilled with the calibre of the cast involved in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, all of whom have “grown up” with South Gippsland theatre companies. “They all have a huge amount of stage experience and they have come to the task with enthusiasm, energy and commitment, making it a fun show for the cast as well as for its audience”, he said. “Young and old alike will love the story and the music as the show is truly blessed with William Finn’s bouncy melodies and witty lyrics woven into a Tony award winning book”. FAMDA will be staging The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre from Friday, November 5 to Saturday, November 13. Evening performances are at 8pm on November 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13. Matinée shows are at 2pm on Sunday, November 7 and Saturday, November 13. Tickets are on sale at Main Street Revelations, Foster on 0400 867 872 or Come along and enjoy this warm and wonderful new musical.

At rehearsal: the energetic kids, played by, from front, Katelyn Ardley, Jemima Eva, Josh Gardiner, Ivan Koetsveld, Gabrielle Vening and Emmi Latham, with their staid supervisors, Nicole Cooper and Noel Stringer.

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Plan please: Neil Rankine (left) Greens candidate for Bass, discusses health issues with Barry Teesdale of Inverloch. Mr Rankine is appalled that the South Gippsland sub regional health plan has still not been released to the public. He said the plan was finalised and given to State Health Minister Daniel Andrews “some months ago”. The State Government set the plan in train after announcing that Wonthaggi Hospital would go to sub regional status. The plan was to have been finished in September last year and Mr Rankine is not the only one wondering what has happened to it.

Parties back new hospital By Jane Ross PARTIES fielding candidates in the pending State election are standing firm behind commitments to rebuild the Leongatha Hospital.

The State Labor Government pledged $20 million in the May budget. This will be honoured by the Coalition, should it win government on November 27. Nationals Leader Peter Ryan, who is the Member for Gippsland South which includes Leongatha Hospital, said yesterday: “Yes, I am absolutely committed to rebuilding the Leongatha campus of Gippsland Southern Health Service.” Mr Ryan, in fact, worked long and hard to help draw the State Government’s attention to the urgent need to replace the facility. Much of it was built in the early 1950s and parts are now crumbling. There have been con-

Centennial $300,000 grant THE State Government has come good with $300,000 for Wonthaggi’s Centennial Centre. This is on top of the $1 million recently granted by the Commonwealth. The latest funding means that between them, Bass Coast Council and the Rotary Club of Wonthaggi will only have to find $200,000 to complete the hub. The hub’s design includes a new accredited visitor information centre, multi-purpose community meeting and exhibition space. Construction is due to start next year and the new building will serve as a landmark commemorating Wonthaggi’s centenary. The centre will be on Fincher Reserve, McKenzie Street.

cerns for years about electrical and water supply infrastructure. The $20 million will not be enough, but health service CEO Gary Templeton, has said in the past that the extra that is needed will be provided. Cost estimates vary between $29 and $35 million. Mr Ryan said a lot of work had been done with the hospital through its board of management, and the Department of Health. “We will monitor that closely,” he said. Ensuring the people of Leongatha get the proper facilities they need and deserve numbers high on his list of priorities. Mr Templeton confirmed last week that the planning phase for the new building is well underway. It’s due to be finished

in the middle of next year. “In the next six months, I expect to have working drawings and we will have, or be close to tender documents. “By the middle or the third quarter of next year, that process will be finished.” The next six to eight weeks after that will be taken up with tendering, with a further four weeks needed for tenders to be assessed. After that, Mr Templeton said it will be another one to three months before people are on site and construction begun. While not familiar with the hospital issue per se, Eastern Region Victoria Greens candidate Samantha Dunn said yesterday that health was “an enormous issue” on her party’s agenda.

“Health rates very highly. We have such high rates of hospitalisation in Australia compared with other countries.” Better preventative measures are needed, she suggested. She said she is committed to local communities having access to local services. “We support rural communities.” Ms Dunn said she was well aware of the “huge impost” faced by country people in accessing health services, many of which are not available in rural areas. Government budgetting has allowed $1.5m for 2010-11 for planning and design, $12m for first stage construction in 2011-12 and the rest for stage two in 2012-13.

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Domestic violence takes heavy toll By Jane Ross FOR Victorian women under the age of 45, domestic violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness.

That stark fact came to light during a women’s health discussion at the community house in Leongatha. And a VicHealth report into the matter says violence against women costs the Australian economy more than $8 billion a year. Organised by Interchange (which supports the families of those with a disability) and funded by Uniting Care Gippsland, the half day women’s event was for carers, as part of encouraging them to look after themselves. Alma Ries, a women’s health nurse with Gippsland Women’s Health Service led the session, with a friendly professionalism that quickly put everyone at ease. She distributed a number of statements about various health issues and asked those present to talk about whether they were true or false. The fact that family violence kills more women under 45 than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure drew reactions of disbelief. “It’s an appalling statistic,” said Alma, adding it causes ill health, death, depression and other mental health disorders as well as sexually transmitted infections. She said the violence is not just physical. Financial deprivation, social isolation, sexual, mental and verbal abuse are part of the spectrum. Asked how we, as a society, can help prevent the violence, Alma replied that general education, the education of professionals to ask the right ques-

Taking care: from left, Heidi Kennedy and Cathy Brooker of Interchange, Alma Ries from Gippsland Women’s Health Service, Bonnie Cameron, Kellie Simpson and South Gippsland Shire rural access officer Alisha McDonald at the women’s health discussion. tions and the way we raise our sons are important. Helping a friend living with family violence is best done by letting them know you are there and that your place is available if they need somewhere to go. “Never tell someone to stand up to their partner because the partner will escalate the violence. “Don’t be judgemental. We really encourage women to use the police and

Noise worries residents By Brad Lester YANAKIE residents have called on South Gippsland Shire Council to move a motorcycle track away from their homes. Agitated people urged council to not renew the lease of the Corner Inlet Motorcycle Club, which operates the track. They claimed the track is too close to homes, subjecting residents to noise, dust and polluting fumes. The club’s lease over the land expires in 2014. Residents said they left their homes in search of peace when the club held a major event there recently. Neighbour Matthew Marriott spoke to council at a briefing session last Wednesday. “This really is an onerous imposition. Please use some common sense. It’s a complete obstruction of our amenity,” he said. Council allowed a subdivision at Meikles Road, now home to bed and breakfasts where tourists faced considerable noise on race days, Mr Marriott said. “People come down to the Prom for its clean fresh image and the national park. Motorsport should not be in such a place,” he said. “I don’t want to see the club go out of existence or placed near somebody else. I just want to see it relocated somewhere else.” Another resident, Brian Thuronborrow, lives 500m from the site and first raised his concerns 14 years ago. “No one from council has measured the noise that we have to put up with,” he said. His wife Meg said 410 motorbikes had raced there recently. “We will just have to leave. We can’t put up with noise like this,” she said. Mayor Cr Jim Fawcett said the residents should report their concerns to the Environment Protection Authority, but Mr Marriott said council had a responsibility to protect residents’ amenity. The mayor added: “This is a classic case of having to reconcile competing interests. The site has been there for a long time and everyone knew it was there.” The club’s lease was renewed by council in 2000, despite similar issues being raised. Cr Warren Raabe suggested council be briefed about the issue before a new lease is considered. The site is high with magnificent views and ideal for a home, not a motorcycle track, Mr Marriott said.

get help.” Other health-related statements drew sometimes spirited discussion. Such as: • does vitamin D stop you falling over? ; • if a man and a woman are the same height and weight are they equally affected by the same amount of alcohol? • do women over 40 who break their forearm have osteoporosis?; • is heredity the main risk factor for

breast cancer?; • can bad teeth cause heart disease? Alma said Australia has an epidemic of people with low vitamin D levels, which can contribute to multiple sclerosis, breast and bowel cancer. “We need vitamin D to build bone.” And yes, it does stop you falling over, preventing 22 per cent of sway falls. But she advised against “popping

vitamin D” because it’s fat soluble and you absorb it even if your body doesn’t need it. “Have a blood test first. We want women to have an informed choice, that’s why Gippsland Women’s Health Service employs someone like me.” Alma recommended eating two or three serves of sea fish a week and using small quantities of iodised salt. “Gippsland soil is iodine deficient.” Men and women absorb alcohol differently, with men having a stomach enzyme that breaks down alcohol, that women lack. Alma surprised the gathering by saying that any woman over 40 who breaks her forearm, “has osteoporosis until proven otherwise”. “That’s a really important one; you should be able to fall over without breaking your arm.” Heredity is a risk factor in up to 20 per cent of breast cancers, but Alma drew laughter when she said: “The biggest risk factor is having breasts!” There was some discussion about migraines which, Alma stressed, are not the same as headaches. “There’s a blood vessel change in migraines, but there is no one answer. It is a waste of time trying to work out what causes them. A migraine expert says work out when they’re happening (by using a migraine diary) and treat them.” And, if you’re wondering whether bad teeth can cause heart disease, the answer is “yes”. They can also cause premature labour. “The poisons go straight into your bloodstream.” Alma will be back in Leongatha on November 24, to speak about assertiveness.

Solar rush expected SOLAR panels will be installed across South Gippsland, Bass Coast and Cardinia shires, after a local co-operative received $250,000 from the State Government. Energy Innovation Co-operative has capped its run of successful projects to become one of five solar hubs across regional Victoria. The grant will enable the co-op, working with partners SolarShop Australia, to install around 650 kw of solar panels in households, farms, businesses and community buildings. Each of the three councils, plus South East Councils Climate Change Alliance (SECCA), Electrical Telecommunications and Renewable Energy Contractors Association (ETREC), and other groups, were part of the application. Co-op chair Susan Davies said: “The Brumby Government has committed to renewable energy targets - both for renewable energy generally (20 per cent by 2020) and for solar (five per cent of the renewable mix). This

project will be a part of meeting and hopefully exceeding these vital targets. “I know that more and more people in our region have decided on the need for urgent action to reduce their carbon emissions. We all need to become more efficient with our power usage, and we need to make the transition to the new economy and to renewable power.” The co-op aims to make those decisions easier, more secure, and more affordable for local people. “We won’t just be encouraging people to install solar panels. Part of the co-op’s intention is to work with individuals and groups to ensure their houses, farms and other businesses are as energy efficient as possible, and then if they make the decision to go solar, to work with them through the whole process, including the sometimes difficult business of getting the connection sorted with SP Ausnet and then their power retailer,” Ms Davies said. “The bulk buy we have been putting in place with SolarShop will make the

systems more affordable. We also have local employment and training as part of our focus, encouraging several local electricians to gain the necessary training and accreditation to become installers. “We want locally based, accredited installers, to become so busy they have to take on more apprentices, and as the co-op moves beyond solar to other forms of renewable energy projects, we need to ensure we have the trained and experienced workforce to manage those tasks as well. The Energy Innovation Co-operative was formally established late in 2009, and has been growing through activity days, appearances at local festivals, newsletters and their first broader community project to start shortly, funded by the Victorian Government’s Climate Communities program. A private foundation, through Social Traders, is supporting the co-op with business development planning.

Fifty years of flowers THERE were about 500 entries for the 50th Welshpool Spring Flower Show last week. The town’s hall was bursting with colourful displays of flowers, produce and herbs. A golden theme was prominent to mark the significant anniversary. Welshpool and District Horticultural Society president Elizabeth Robertson said it was a pretty good show. “I think it’s wonderful people are still interested in putting on a show,” she said. “We are producing a sou-

venir booklet of photographs, gardening hints and recipes.” A cake to mark the 50th anniversary was made by Maureen Gilder and decorated by Hilary Height. It was cut by special guest Corner Inlet Citizen of the year Dr David Iser who also opened the flower show. “The show means a lot to the people of this district. It has been talked about for months,” he said. Garden enthusiasts could take home some beauty from the flower show while there was also food available.

Souvenir booklet: book production co-ordinator Kate Crowl, show secretary Fran Grylls, club member Arie Bos and club member Barbara Partridge.

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Highway “disgrace” By Brad Lester THE South Gippsland Highway needs major works to cope with the rising number of trucks. The road was not built to cope with the many large trucks that now use the road and damage the surface, South Gippsland Shire Councillor Jeanette Harding told council last week. The condition of the road has been in steady decline for many years. Now riddled with potholes, the highway is a “disgrace”,” she said. A truck driver has even told

her he risks his life every time he drives on the highway. The region’s major thoroughfare must be improved as the region fast becomes a major food bowl for Australian cities and the world. “Large vehicles and more traffic are using the road but were not planned for by engineers,” Cr Harding said. “A lot of food comes from this area for city use and for export, and we do not have trains. Patch after patch has just been put on by VicRoads and that’s not good enough. The time has come for some serious action.” At least 90 per cent of the region’s school children travel

on the “unsafe” highway daily, she said. “Is there not a better reason (for works) than the safety of our children?” Cr Harding asked. Despite the State Government recently committing more than $7 million to the highway, that was not enough, Cr Harding said. “All that will do is fix a few shoulders and then a B-double will go along and rip over the shoulders,” she said. “We should be talking about billions, not millions (of dollars). If there is going to be any action, then the time has got to be now (with state election ap-

proaching). Patching the highway is a waste of money.” Cr Harding added: “One of the transport drivers from Welshpool told me that when he says goodbye to his wife and kids in the morning, half the time he wonders whether it’s going to be the last time.” Cr Bob Newton raised concerns over the dilapidated state of the Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, also a VicRoads’ responsibility, describing the road as “atrocious”. Driving the road recently with a caravan in tow, Cr Newton said the road was a “safety hazard”. “There are no passing lanes

ECG eyes school site By Chris Brown THE Education Centre Gippsland has expressed an interest in moving to the primary school site in Leongatha. The centre has commenced discussions with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development about the opportunity. Primary school students are scheduled to move to new buildings on Horn Street next year. Education centre southern Gippsland manager David Lane said they would need an answer soon because they are planning for 2011. “In terms of the current site the new Leongatha Secondary Col-

lege will be built on our current site once they are funded for their new school,” he said. “So essentially we’re in the process of finding a suitable location to continue to deliver the services we deliver to the community and we see this as a good option for us into the future.” The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development told The Star last month that no decision would be made about the primary school site until after the primary school moves. The spokesperson said the decision would be made in the Melbourne department office. The Education Gippsland Centre’s Leongatha campus is an adult community education provider. Mr Lane said they deliver a range

of courses, programs and services from certificate one courses through to advanced diplomas specialising in agriculture and horticulture training. Courses in aged care, children’s services and horticulture are the most popular ones at the education centre. Mr Lane said about 30 young people attend Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) at the Leongatha campus. “A lot of them of are disengaged from school and some haven’t been attending school for a few years and some have just left,” he said. VCAL is an equivalent to Year 12 at a secondary college.

Building activity strong CONSTRUCTION levels remain strong in South Gippsland, with $120 million worth of building activity reported in the region last financial year.

That figure was despite the impact of the global financial crisis and a highlight of South Gippsland Shire Council’s annual report, Cr Warren Raabe said at last Wednesday’s council

meeting. Other noteworthy points, according to Cr Raabe were: • visitor information centres were booming with visitors; • 1320 fire protection notices were issued from 400 safety inspections, including for Cr Raabe’s block; • 630 children took part in a road safety program; • 20,000 tonnes of waste was dumped at the Koon-

Fast mover: South Gippsland Shire Council’s chief executive officer, Tim Tamlin – dressed as the Grim Reaper at Halloween at Coal Creek on Sunday – has been praised for his work.

warra landfill. He would like that lowered; • many people were showing interest in developing council’s sustainability strategy; • council’s learner driver program was helping many disadvantaged people; • council’s economic development team was helping bring optic fibre internet to the area; and • 137,000 library visitors. “People ask what they are getting from their rates but you just have to pull out one of our documents,” Cr Raabe said. He also paid tribute to the achievements of new chief executive officer, Tim Tamlin, in his first year at

council. “He came in with full guns blazing and I’m pleased to have him on board,” Cr Raabe said. Among the major changes Mr Tamlin has implemented is a new management structure, which resulted in three managerial positions being made redundant and three new directors appointed. Council has 320 staff and is one of the major employers in the shire. Cr Kieran Kennedy congratulated council’s outdoor staff for a superb job in such jobs as maintaining parks and street sweeping.

School pride: Nancy Cox and Bob Roff cut the cake at the official opening of the new Toora Primary School last Tuesday. Ms Cox attended the school in 1928 and Mr Roff was a school council president in the 1970s. Read more on page 37.

and there is nowhere to pass between Ranceby and Ellinbank,” he said. “You are not game to pull off the side of the road because the holes are that bad and you could a break a spring in your caravan.” Cr Harding, together with Cr John Duscher of Bass Coast Shire Council, represents Victoria on the executive committee of transport lobby group, South East Australian Transport Strategy. She, and council’s economic development co-ordinator Ken Fraser, attended a special meeting of SEATS in Bega, NSW, recently to discuss a new

business plan, emphasising the value of roads to economic development. “I don’t believe you can have economic growth if you don’t have decent transport,” Cr Harding told The Star. The Municipal Association of Victoria State Council recently passed a motion, calling on the State Government to increase the funding for VicRoads Road Maintenance Funding. The MAV also called for a road management plan for these roads to ensure adequate funding for maintenance.

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Big W expands By Jane Ross THE expansion of Wonthaggi’s Big W store should be finished by next April. Big W spokesperson Benedict Brook, told The Star the work will result in a 30 per cent increase in the size of the shop, bringing it to 8000 square metres. That will elevate it to “preferred national store” size. Mr Brook said the increased capacity will allow for the full range of Big W stock. He said since Big W opened in Wonthaggi, it has been “very popular”, serving customers from a wide area. Construction of the extension will

press ahead in isolation from the rest of the building until after Christmas. “After Christmas, we will look at integrating the rest of the store (with the extensions) and give the rest of the store a facelift, bringing it up to current Big W design. “We will be trading the entire time.” The alterations also include the addition of about 100 car parking spaces. Mr Brook said more staff will be needed in the bigger premises and consideration will be given to that in the new year. But, he added, the size of the building is not the sole factor in determining staff numbers.

Downpour boosts rain totals SOUTH Gippsland’s October rainfalls were looking less than average – until the weekend. That’s when between 20 to 40mm was dumped on various towns, lifting the monthly totals to just under or over the monthly average. The rain has boosted water storages back to capacity, with those, including Leongatha’s and Korumburra’s, returning to 100 per cent. If it hadn’t been for the weekend’s rain, Leongatha’s monthly total would’ve been quite low, according to weather recorder Kay Puru. But 38mm was dumped on the town on Saturday and Sunday, taking the tally for October to 78.8mm

over 11 wet days. Last year, the October tally was 93.6mm and in 2008, there was 28.5mm. Leongatha’s year-to-date figure is 682.4mm, a little higher than 2008 and 2009 and a bit lower than 2007. In Fish Creek, 23mm fell over the weekend, giving an October average of 89mm, a tad under the 95mm average. The year’s progressive total is 981mm, more than last year’s 830mm for the same period. It fairly bucketed down in Ruby between 6 and 8pm on Saturday, helping to swell Margery Robson’s rain gauge to 38mm by Sunday morning. “The forecasters were correct in telling us heavy rain was coming

on Saturday.” There were 13 days of rain totalling 119.5mm, giving a cumulative total of 900.5mm. Meeniyan’s 33mm of weekend rain resulted in an October total of 95.8mm which, according to Lindsay Fromhold was “lots more” than 2008 and well above 2006 when there was only 17mm. “This is the wettest October we’ve had for at least six years,” he said. At the catchments, South Gippsland Water recorded the following: Lance Creek (Wonthaggi) 47mm, Coalition Creek (Korumburra) 41mm, Ruby Creek (Leongatha) 36mm, Little Bass (Poowong/Loch/ Nora) 39mm and Battery Creek (Fish Creek) 24mm.

POLICE BRIEFS Woman missing POLICE are concerned for the welfare of a 53-year-old woman who was last seen at her Korumburra home on Thursday. Donne Morgan suffers from a medical condition and requires treatment. She is described as around 165cm tall with a heavy build, glasses and short, curly brown hair.

Double burglaries TWO burglaries in Turner Street, Leongatha on Sunday, October 24 and Monday, October 25 are being investigated by police. A large amount of electrical equipment was taken from the private residences.

Fines issued THREE Mirboo North residents were issued with penalty infringement notices for failing to leave a licensed Leongatha premises when asked by

police last weekend. Police are urging all people to understand that when they are asked to move on they must, at the risk of a substantial fine.

Leongatha accident A SINGLE vehicle accident on Crightons Road, Leongatha is being investigated by Leongatha Police. The car sustained moderate damage and the occupant was checked at the Leongatha hospital before being cleared to go home.

Hassett hassles CONTINUING damage of letterboxes throughout Hassett Street, Leongatha has led to greater police patrols in the area. Offenders have ripped the letterboxes out of the ground, and police are looking for any information anyone may have about the incidents.

Colourful surroundings: Jesse Jarvis, the new owner of Flower Power, has enjoyed a good response to the business so far. The oriental lilies that appeared in last week’s Star have sold well. As well as selling flowers, Jesse is also offering face painting by Camille Thompson.

Thanks teacher By Tessa Hayward TO celebrate World Teacher’s Day last Friday, the Catholic Education Office of the Diocese of Sale organised a morning tea for the teachers at its 34 primary schools and seven secondary colleges. This is the third year they have provided the morning tea for almost 2000 staff in the Catholic schools around Gippsland. St Laurence’s Primary School’s teachers enjoyed a hamper of chocolates, fudge, biscuits and savoury treats. Principal Robyn Halliwell said: “It’s a great way to acknowledge the teachers’ work, as they do such a great job.”

World Teachers’ Day was established by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1994 to draw public attention to the important role of teachers in building a better future for the world’s children. It is celebrated in more than 100 countries. Director of Catholic Education, Peter Ryan, said: “This is just a small gesture to recognise the enormous contribution that teachers make to our society.” Ms Halliwell can’t remember a time when St Laurence’s did not celebrate World Teacher’s Day. To give the teachers of the school inspiration, she put out placemats with inspirational teaching quotes.

Morning tea: Fiona Dunning, Brogan Campbell and Doreen Curtis enjoy the treats provided by the Catholic Education Office.

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Build trails, council told

By Brad Lester

MANY kilometres of new trails and paths could be built around the region, improving safety and attracting more tourists. South Gippsland Shire Council has 90 projects to consider, recommended in the revised Paths and Trails Strategy. That plan advises projects for towns across the shire and was reviewed by consultant Andrew Nixon, a former council officer. In briefing councillors recently, he said little action has come about as a result of the original strategy, undertaken 10 years ago. “If VicRoads upgrades tourist roads and puts in sealed shoulders,

that would encourage people to ride from Cranbourne to Sandy Point,” he said. Linking the Great Southern Rail Trail between Koonwarra and Meeniyan would also return tourism benefits. But the cost would be enormous, with the highway needing to be realigned or three bridges built across the valley, at a cost of $10 million. The project is on VicRoads’ list of works. Mr Nixon suggested more paths and safer intersections to encourage people to walk, and proposed a ‘transit hub’ in Leongatha to allow cyclist commuters to store bicycles. He suggested shoulders on highways and other main roads be widened to encourage more people to cycle, such as between Korumburra

and Leongatha, and also on the Strzelecki Highway. He found few children were cycling to and from school, as they had to carry laptop computers or travel considerable distances, often on narrow, gravel roads. Mr Nixon also mentioned a group in the City of Casey area was pushing for a rail trail between Nyora and Cranbourne, along the former rail line. “I can’t emphasise enough the potential value, recreationally and economically, of that spinal link that could run from the Cranbourne railway station eventually all the way to Yarram,” he said. Mayor Cr Jim Fawcett said: “I just hope that we can do better than 11 per cent of the plan, if we adopt it.”

Walking high: consultant Andrew Nixon and South Gippsland Shire Council’s acting manager of social and economic development, Ian Murphy.

Broadbent spruiks jetty plan MCMILLAN MP Russell Broadbent called for the repair of the Long Jetty and construction of an underwater observatory in federal parliament recently.

“It ticks every box for something we could do on behalf of this nation and allow, for the first time, something wonderful to happen in a tiny area of Gippsland,” he said during constituency statements. Mr Broadbent said it would cost $3 million to save an icon. The Liberal party promised that amount before they lost the election. “It was a big commitment and there is a very good reason behind it. I had hoped it would be taken up in both election campaigns and promised by the Labor Party,” he said. “If we rebuild the jetty and build an underwater observatory, the cold water fish that could be observed from that jetty include species that you would not be able to see anywhere else in the world.” Mr Broadbent said it had great benefits for tourism and disability access. “South Gippsland is an area with one of the most disadvantaged groups of people in country Victoria,” he said. “It is something that we need to do. I call on the government today to go and have a look at this proposal.” Meanwhile a new website provides an exciting glimpse of the sea life below the Long Jetty. It is part of the campaign to have the jetty restored and an underwater observatory constructed on Corner Inlet. A video shows sea horses, crabs, stingrays, sponges, stars and calamaris on the website that went online in mid-October.

Election bouts are on! THE State election period officially begins today. Locally, the Legislative Assembly seats are Gippsland South, held by National Party Leader Peter Ryan, and Bass, whose incumbent is Ken Smith. The Eastern Region Victoria upper house has five members. They are Philip Davis and Edward O’Donohue (Liberal) Matt Viney and Johan Scheffer (Labor) and Peter Hall (National). Peter Hall, who has been a member of the upper house for 22 years, said the ballot would be drawn on the afternoon of Friday November 12. The State Government is now in caretaker mode. The election will take place on Saturday November 27.

Time is now: McMillan MP Russell Broadbent and Paul Macphail of the Welshpool and District Advisory Group are calling for government support for the Long Jetty. Chairperson of the Welshpool and District Advisory Group’s Long Jetty steering group Kerry Pinzone was pleased with the finished website. “We wanted to get across to people what it would actually look like under there; those videos on the website are actually under our jetty,” she said. “People are always asking us what we can do to help, so we put a link on that piece to show them what to do to help.” The website links to the “Friends of Port Welshpool Long Jetty” facebook group. As of last week 656 liked this group, with many of them leaving messages of support.

Videos on youtube are also part of the online campaign for the Long Jetty. The website was created by Yarram resident Joe Dundon of Greyfox Web Design. “He’s donated a lot of his time to putting that website together for us and he’s showing our website maintenance officer how to upkeep it,” Ms Pinzone said. Visit index.htm to watch the action under the Long Jetty. Supporters of the restoration of the jetty and construction of the underwater observatory will promote the project at the Prom Coast Summer Festival.

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HAPPY Birthday to Leongatha’s Murray Fleming, who has grown out of his teenage years. Murray turned 20 last Thursday.

sightings of foxes around town on recent evenings. One cheeky fox even came face-to-face – literally – with a young man! Talk about nerve.

IF you start to see some more hirsute top lips on the men of South Gippsland this month, do not worry. With the beginning of Movember, all men will be encouraged to grow a mo’ in order to raise awareness of men’s health in South Gippsland and Australia wide.

STEP It Up Dance Studio’s third annual concert will be held at the Wonthaggi Arts Centre on Saturday, November 6. At noon there will be a matinee show and the evening show will be held at 6pm. All tickets must be pre-purchased as they will not be sold on the night. For ticket enquiries call Jo on 0409 786 270. Enrolments for 2011 are also welcome.

GOOD luck to all the Year 12, and some Year 11 students who are currently undergoing their exams. Popular subjects such as English, Further Maths have been completed. The exam period will end on November 18.

Finally caught: Matt Driffill rescues an echidna from a flower bed in central Leongatha last week. A LONELY echidna was fortunate enough to be rescued from an untimely end near a busy Leongatha roundabout last week. Korumburra resident Matt Driffill spotted the native creature trying to cross the road below the Bair Street roundabout. He escorted it to the flower bed in the middle of the road where it dug for dear life.

After an hour of effort by Matt, who was wearing gloves, he managed to grab the echidna and transfer it to a waiting box. He has done a wildlife rescue course and was planning to call Wildlife Victoria to find out what to do with the spiky animal. Matt asked motorists to be careful about animals crossing the road.

LOOKING for a delightful gardening experience? Take part in the open gardens day to be run by the Inverloch Uniting Church this Saturday, November 6. Gardens will be open around town. Pick up a map from the church in William Street between 10am and 4pm. THE Leongatha Post Office recently held a display of Wildlife Caring stamps that drew people’s attention to the plight of injured animals. Many people commented on how wonderful the display looked. LEONGATHA author Bert van Bedaf’s book Ghosts and Angels – The Boswachter Miracle and Other Mysteries has been selling like hot cakes from the Leongatha Newsagency. They’re getting more copies in, so if you want one, there should be some there. They’d make a great Christmas gift. LEONGATHA residents are urged to lock up their chooks securely at night as there have been many

A CHANCE to grab a bargain is here. Fish Creek Hall will be hosting a 24 hour Christmas stocktake clearance sale from noon Friday, November 5 until the same time on Saturday, November 6. The items include books, toys, games, jewellery and lots more. THE POOWONG East and Mountain View Community Association Inc (PMCA) will be holding the 75th annual Flower and Craft Show at the Poowong East Public Hall on Sunday, November 7 between 11.30am and 4pm. FOR those who want to join in some early caroling this year, Coal Creek is giving you the chance. They will be holding Carols at the Creek from 6–11pm on Friday, November 13. THE Korumburra Italian Social Club in Korumburra is holding a homemade pasta and pizza night on Saturday November 6, 2010 at 6.30 pm. Entry is $15 for non members and $10 for members. For bookings contact Ross on 5655 1397 or Frank on 5655 1691, no later than November 2. ST MARY’S Anglican Church in Mirboo North

Winner: Ev Fawcett of Leongatha was the winner of the Rotary Art show raffle. She is pictured with Paul Beck, one of the art show coordinators, who presented her with the painting. is hosting an open stage night that invites you to be the star. Visitors are welcome to sing, play an instrument, recite poetry, dance or do anything else that might entertain the crowd. A light supper will follow. For more information call Geoff on 0411 639 363. A STORY in last week’s Star incorrectly mentioned Suzanne Naudi had been in foster care as a child. Her mother Mary De Haan said none of her children had been in care. Mrs Naudi won an award for her work in providing foster care. A WOORAYL Lodge resident lost her orange flag from her motor scooter last Wednesday, and was hoping that somebody might have found it. If anyone has found the flag, could they please return it to Woorayl Lodge. THE KORUMBURRA Buskers Festival will be held on Saturday, November 27. Applications for buskers are now due, and will close on November 15, with song writing applications closed on

November 8. For more information visit MEENIYAN resident Frank Arndt has been visiting Tarwin Valley Primary School and sharing his love and knowledge of bridge with the students. Frank has been teaching the students the different suits, how to bid, honour suits and making contracts. The students were quick to understand how strategic and complex the game is. Bridge is one of many lunchtime activities that are offered and organised for the students by teachers, community members or fellow students. LEONGATHA District Netball Association is now taking names for 2011 debutante balls. Please contact Narelle Polato on 5668 6246 for registrations. Please provide name, age and contact details of yourself and partner. Cut-off date for registration is November 11, 2010. There will be two debutante balls held next year on April 8 and 9. Registra-

tion will be on a first in basis.

A MELBOURNE radio announcer reported that the traffic flow on Monday during peak hour was very reasonable due to the “five-day” long weekend. Since when did people have Friday and Monday off with just Melbourne Cup being a public holiday? It seems that a growing number are at least taking the Monday as an “RDO” and making it a four day weekend.

HALLOWEEN seems to be gaining momentum, with plenty of trick or treaters out and about in Leongatha, Inverloch and even Waratah Bay on Sunday night.

COAL Creek’s Horses for Courses exhibit will be on display from today (Tuesday) until December 7. The Melbourne Cup-inspired exhibit features horses and their history. There will be another special horse racing section. It is sure to be a horse lover’s treat.

Ten puppies on the tenth By Tessa Hayward

TEN border collie puppies were born on 10/10/10, with another nine puppies being born seven days later. This gave Maria Roberts and her family a grand total of 19 puppies to look after. It has been a hard year for the Roberts family, of Mount Eccles. Maria’s mother passed away early October and Maria herself has been battling breast cancer. “We’ve had a hard year, but hopefully these 19 puppies will bring some good luck with them,” Maria said. Maria’s mother’s funeral was held on October 7. “I was worried that the puppies would be born during the service. I thought they were due that day, but luckily I had calculated wrong,” Doggy heaven: Sam Roberts with Abby, Sam and Missy and their Maria said. 19 puppies. The first dog to give birth was

Abby. She had 10 pups. Maria didn’t think anything of it until a friend pointed out the date. “I was too busy looking after the puppies, I didn’t even notice the date.” The second dog to give birth was Missy and she had nine puppies seven days later. “The mothers have been looking after them so far, so it hasn’t been too hard,” Maria said. It is difficult to tell which puppy belongs to which dog, but Maria said: “One lot of puppies are bigger and are starting to walk around with their eyes open.” This is the first time they have bred their dogs, however Maria is planning on starting a breeding program. They are only going to keep one puppy as they already have six dogs. “It will be very hard selling them, but we can’t keep 19 puppies, one will be enough!”

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Train lobby quickens pace THE dream of putting the train back on the tracks to Leongatha and beyond may well become a reality.

That is the opinion of long time campaigner Max Semken of Leongatha who has been pushing for regular train services to be returned to Leongatha for a decade. For Mr Semken, the fight to see train services returned not just to Leongatha, but extended to Yarram, Rosedale and out to Wonthaggi and Lang Lang has been ramped up. When it comes to public transport, South Gippsland and indeed towns in the Bass Coast Shire have been the poor country cousins for far too long. Labor may have forgotten the promises made in 1999 to win government in Victoria, one being the return of the Leongatha train, but Mr Semken has not. The promise was Leongatha train service could be returned in 2004, but with the landslide Labor win these promises seemed to go out the window. As promised the Bairnsdale line was returned and while that was terrific for East Gippslanders, Leongatha got nothing, and the people of South Gippsland are still without a train service and are left feeling the big dollars are being promised to key Labor seats leading up to the November election - at least that is the view of Mr Semken. Mr Semken is sceptical to say the least at State Government costings for certain railway projects and cited the Lynbrook station currently under construction at a cost of some

Push for trains: long time campaigner Max Semken of Leongatha is hopeful a high quality train service will be returned to Leongatha and beyond. $55 million. “I can’t believe this government is spending this amount of money on one station when the Marshall Station on the Geelong line was built five years ago for $5 million,” Mr Semken said. “The only reason I can think of why $50 million more is to be spent on the Lynbrook Station is that it is in minister Tim Holding’s electorate and it sounds like a pretty hefty election sweetener,” he said. “The cost of this one station alone could have paid for a new Leongatha

hospital, or a major state-of-the-artupgrade to the Wonthaggi Hospital, and help fund the re-opening of the Cowes hospital. “Really, the Lynbrook Station could have been built for $10 to $15 million, but $55 million just seems excessive. “I suspect there is a real blow out of funds and I have to question where the government is spending the money and I fear the State Government is incompetent in regards to railway construction costings.” Mr Semken cites costings for the

Melbourne to Brisbane line, some 1730km in length, being an estimated $4.7 billion, or $2.47 million per kilometre. He said for the section between Narromine and Narrabri it is estimated to cost some $757 million or some $2.4 million per kilometre. Going on those figures, Mr Semken questions the costings for the Cranbourne to Cranbourne East line, which he says is a distance of four kilometres and the State Government costing is $200 million for this section.

“Included in that figure is some $37 million for the new station at Cranbourne East and two $50 million bridges,” Mr Semken said. “These figures just don’t add up. In fact, it is unheard of and these figures quoted could even go higher.” Mr Semken said if a new line was constructed properly from Cranbourne to Leongatha, a distance of some 84 kilometres, with the five major passing loops required, it would cost around $600 million, including the $5 million of land that would have to be acquired. Mr Semken’s dream regional train network would include a line from Cranbourne to Leongatha, on to Yarram, an extra line from Yarram to Rosedale, and a new line from Leongatha to Wonthaggi and onto Lang Lang. He estimates it would cost $3.5 billion to $4 billion, but would provide a high quality and much needed service for the region. At the moment he maintains the lack of high quality train services in this region is holding back growth and development in the area. “If we could get this high speed train service, people could commute to Melbourne for work and be in the city in around 50 minutes,” he said. “This is something I have been pushing for for years and I will keep up the fight and don’t worry, we’ll get it.” Mr Semken is meeting with National Senator Bridget McKenzie of Leongatha South this week to discuss this issue and will be asking her to pass on the information to Gippsland South MP Peter Ryan and Member for Eastern Victoria Peter Hall.

Beach deaths continue By Chris Brown REPORTS of wildlife washing up on beaches in the region continued last week. Seals were reported at Inverloch and Phillip Island and short-tailed shearwater (mutton) birds at Cape Paterson and surrounding areas. Marine biologist at Phillip Island Nature Park, Dr Roger Kirkwood said it is the time of the year for seals to wash up. They have received reports of seals on beaches around Phillip Island and at Inverloch. “The ones we are generally getting reports of are yearlings and it is the time of year when their mothers leave,” he said.

“It’s a tough time as they have to learn to fend for themselves, so there’s a high mortality of yearlings at this time of year.” Dead seals arriving on beaches are not related to the recent wash-ups of short-tailed shearwater (mutton) birds. “The shearwaters are reasonable divers but they can’t get down to the depths that seals can,” he said. “Shearwaters are mostly associated with the first few metres for their food.” Last week a Wonthaggi North resident reported numerous dead shorttailed shearwater birds on Baxter’s Beach. A nature park spokesperson said birds had also washed ashore on Phillip Island, south-west

Gippsland and in Port Phillip Bay. They said it was due to natural causes, which were most likely weak birds affected by rough weather. Sandy Point Holiday Park manager Jude Barry said she had not noticed many dead animals on beaches down her way. “I see more carnage on the road than I do on the beach,” she said. “I walk on the beach quite regularly but I haven’t noticed a lot of dead birds.” No one has reported seeing dead wildlife, according to Bernadette Harry at Waratah Bay Caravan Park. At Cape Paterson Caravan Park, owner Bev Wilson said her aunt, who is staying at the park, saw

heaps and heaps of dead birds along the beach. “She said there was one penguin. We do get the odd penguin here anyway, but not that many birds usually,” she said. Joan Stevens, manager of Kilcunda Oceanview Holiday Retreat, said they have not received any reports of dead seals or birds recently. “The beach seems to stay fairly clean. We certainly haven’t had any deaths and people are quick to tell us if they see something that is going to be a bit off,” she said.

Washed up: a bird lying on the beach at Sandy Point last week.

Desal expansion plan By Matt Dunn

Odour priority BURRA Foods continues to address odour issues at its Korumburra factory. Odours emitted from the effluent are being addressed with urgency and are the target of an additional upgrade of the waste water treatment plant scheduled for completion by early next year. CEO Grant Crothers this week acknowledged the commissioning of the new plant has caused some disruption. “Short-term issues such as increased odour and delayed unloading of farm milk tankers are regrettable during this time and we thank both our local community and our suppliers for their patience,” he said.

Consultation with the EPA and local community will continue, and Burra Foods remains committed to worlds best practice operations at the site that lay dormant for 18 years as a casualty of dairy industry rationalisation in the 1970s. This coming season Burra Foods expects to produce more than 18,000 tonnes of specialty high grade milk powder. This new volume is in addition to the core suite of specialty ingredients products that Burra Foods has manufactured for more than 20 years.

A GROUP of Melbourne’s most influential business and community leaders will petition the state government to expand the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant by a quarter of its planned size. The Committee for Melbourne released a report recently that argued that a swelling city population would need more water than was currently available. “Opportunities for supplementing the existing bulk water supply to cater for increased demand need to be identified and investigated,” the authors wrote. “Expansion of the Wonthaggi desalination plant by 50 gigalitres per year (GL/yr) from 150 GL/yr to

200 GL/yr” was floated by the group as part of a solution to Melbourne’s predicted water woes. Committee deputy chief executive officer Gordon Noble, who had edited the report, said there would be “dialogue” with government on what has been proposed for the plant. “This is not about the next election cycle, but our planning and infrastructure for the next 50 years. The idea would be to have a dialogue with government about this. We’ve given them and the Opposition advanced copies, to show them what we’re thinking,” he said. “That’s part of the process. We do have those networks and dialogues with government. Our argument is we should know what to do with the desal plant, so we don’t have to rush things. Are we going to need to secure our water supply? Clearly, yes.

If we become a city of eight million, we’re going to need a lot more water. “And we’re going to need to manage water in a better way, which is what we’re arguing.” Among the Committee for Melbourne’s members is South East Water, which manages water resources from the South East of Melbourne to South Gippsland. Communications advisor for the Victorian Desalination Project, Meeka Bailey, would not say whether there were plans to expand the plant, only that it “has been designed to be expanded to deliver up to 200 billion litres a year if required. “The government will make a decision about expansion when and if it’s appropriate,” she said.

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Still upset FROM someone who wants to get something off their chest, regarding Mossvale Park.


Phone calls pay off THE State Government this week announced $1.7 million to fix potholes in this region. The result is a credit to the people of the region who have lobbied for action, often through the pages of this newspaper – even if a spokesperson for Roads Minister Tim Pallas said the spending spree was not the result of public pressure. While we need more money, it is unlikely to come anytime soon. In the meantime, people should continue to report potholes to VicRoads’ hotline. This newspaper has found that does work, albeit not quickly. The Star reported a series of potholes along the Bass Highway between Leongatha and Inverloch, and also the Korumburra-Inverloch Road, to VicRoads on September 22. Crews took at least two-three weeks to patch most of the potholes and generally did so to a satisfactory standard. Some repairs are still holding but others have crumbled. Yet some holes remain overlooked and new holes have developed. A bump near the 80km/h sign just out of Leongatha remains, catching drivers by surprise. VicRoads acting regional director Harvey Dinelli said VicRoads regularly inspects all Gippsland arterial roads, identifying road faults or issues and undertaking appropriate maintenance. He said VicRoads is unable to undertake major repair works until a period of dry weather arrives, as wet weather results in repairs failing. So keep the calls going to VicRoads’ faults line on 13 11 70.

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People born and bred and others from this area want to keep pieces of our heritage. Some people inside our (South Gippsland Shire) council, who think with disregard and only consultation between themselves, can be removed from their positions by said people. Who would you say has the better knowledge of what a specific timber can and can’t be used for? To say I am disappointed is an understatement. To think that council could and did sell the people’s asset after their submission of tender clearly stated that we wished to use our timber out of our log (we owned it) for our community benefit, our history now and in 100 years plus, it is mind boggling. To Francis Moss – we tried to utilise what you left us but our council would not allow that to happen. As a ratepayer I demand publicly to know how much this shire has sold our commodity for, specifically the timber from Mossvale Park, being the felled trees from the clearance around the river and the historic oak butt. To historical societies, please preserve today’s tomorrow and not allow our history to be sold for the price of scrap metal (or should that be 30 pieces of silver). To shire staff who do not use couth manner when an information request is made from one of their employers. Those who think they can’t be sacked for incompetence, wake up and do your job properly as a public servant. To aborists and tree chippers, I reckon a bit more could be salvaged across the board (no pun intended). Perhaps a central depot so all us woodies might be able to salvage a few bits and pieces for community projects. Grant O’Neill Mirboo North.

Desal shock SHOCK, outrage! There’s a pipe disgorging treated effluent one kilometre away from the desal intake. M. Schinkel wants everyone to fall about in horror. But wasn’t Watershed’s solution to Melbourne’s water problem the recycling of effluent and storm water to potable standard? Storm water can hold various nasties like benzine-type hydrocarbons, while water in Melbourne rainwater tanks is not regarded as potable standard. By the way, don’t all those whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and gulls poo in the sea, or at least on the rocks washed by the waves? And how depressing that a councillor of six years’ standing, Mayor Cr Peter Paul, happily admits to having no idea of the operations of a basic local service. Good to hear that South Gippsland Water has long term plans to do away with the ocean outfalls - when that can be afforded - hopefully after Leongatha’s water supply is made considerably more secure. Wilma Western, Leongatha.

In response I HAVE only just read the letter from Robert Field in your paper dated October 19 (“Backwards Forwards”). Robert says in his letter that he has had no assistance from Ken Smith MLA in regard to bus services to Tarwin Lower. I would suggest that if you had sent a letter as requested detailing your concerns to Mr Smith and have not yet had a response, maybe you have created confusion as to what you desire from him. Ken Smith has always taken time to discuss our community’s attempt to try to get our V/Line bus service to go to Wonthaggi. In fact he sent our petition to Parliament on our behalf. So far we have heard nothing back from the Minister or the Government. Anyway not responding in writ-

VOXPOP! VOX With the warmer weather approaching, The Star set out to ask people what they like most about sunnier days.

I like being able to go down and spend some time at the beach. Jake Mackie Leongatha

Going to the beach. It’s good to enjoy the heat in the water. Jason Tomada Leongatha

I love getting the boat out and going skiing. Sam Marriott Leongatha

Cricket season, and the fact that I know Santa will be coming! Sam Sperling Koonwarra

ing as requested will not get you any meaningful answers. Could you forget all your emails and put together a letter stating all of your concerns clearly and precisely? You may be aware that like yourself, I have been involved in trying to get our community bus back and that has now happened on a limited basis. At least it is a start. Colin West, Tarwin Lower

Prose for nature THE forestry company name changes but the business stays the same. Yes You take a beautiful river valley and you have a place of delight. The same winding river provides the anglers with some respite. Remnant native flora provide our fellow creatures a home. Whilst the human wave of the spectrum may relax and not be alone. The environment friendly public have rightly chosen this place. To slowly blend with the verdant screen, the birds and insects providing grace. The region’s climate too depends upon these trees. The absorption expiration cycle, in balance, providing mostly what it needs. But It is easy to muddy the waters just uproot a million trees. The rains then come and wash away the soil we oh so badly need, then rip up the roots and collect every twig, that way there is no waste. Then let the floods erode the land weaving a moonscape in its place. It is easy to fill the gullies with the nuisance vegetation. Whilst preparing the desert landscape for a monoculture infestation. Expectations People are not so unreasonable, they just do not see the elegance. In such a simplistic forest policy devoid of selective intelligence. Just who is being looked after and who is demanding their due. I thought our natural assets were for all the people not just a few. The special spots in Gippsland should surely now be declared as places of particular value and development measures prepared. The shires should stand up and be counted, the forest policies constrained. The distant unrepresentative government should stop its anti people disdain. Turtons Creek is important as are so many lovely spots. We must rebuild and keep them for the future we have no right to draw casual lots. Note I wrote this rhyming verse in 98 as I fought this partisan game. Our Strzelecki forests were being sold, much to the State Government’s shame. Ron Brown Turtons Creek

Action vital THE CFA volunteers’ association, Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) feels it is important to warn that far too many Victorians

don’t have a Fire Plan, and some don’t even know what a Fire Plan is. The good news is that it’s actually quite easy to have your own Fire Plan – anyone with access to the internet can fill in a simple form at the CFA website, or call 1800 240 667 for a FireReady kit and a printed copy of the form. Your local CFA volunteers are professional, experienced firefighters, so they know what to do in an emergency, and having a Fire Plan is the ordinary Victorian’s way of achieving the same thing – knowing exactly what to do to protect yourself, your family and your home. After all, nobody wants to be the one who’s running around in a big panic when a bushfire arrives, because they didn’t think a bushfire would ever affect them. The Fire Plan form includes a simple checklist of things to do before the fire season, so anyone can start preparing today, not on a hot summer day when they can smell smoke on the wind. For more tips on protecting yourself this bushfire season, visit the CFA website, call the Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 or get the professional advice of your local CFA volunteer firefighters. Allan Monti Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria

Garden praise

CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs Finch and the town of Jumbunna. My wife and I went for a Sunday drive last week and ended up in the little town of Jumbunna, where they were having an open garden day to raise money for a town project. Ten dollars got each of us access to five lovely gardens around the town and nearby area. I read a review of this event in The Star newspaper on Tuesday and while we agree with most of the review, we could not help thinking one of the gardens was highly under reviewed. Mr and Mrs Smith’s garden, garden number five, on three acres, we felt encompassed the description given to all of the other gardens as well. A huge wisteria arch, intimate little paths leading to “tinny treasures” and a “fern gully” with stag, elk, tree and ground ferns under Tasmanian gum trees, large expanses of sweeping curved lawn with a large variety of colourful flowers (and bees) throughout the garden and a large stair case leading from the top of the garden down. The owners were very welcoming and helpful, directing visitors to parking on the property, providing information about the garden and plants, and one even changing a flat tyre for a visitor. The Jumbunna Plant Nursery and Tea rooms were also a pleasant surprise. We must go back there again as well. A truly enjoyable day indeed and a very big thank you to the coordinator Mrs Finch and the people of Jumbunna for providing us with the pleasure of wandering through these five wonderful gardens. We look forward to coming back again next year. Robert Jones, Leongatha.

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Living a far from typical life Homely feel: Cheryl Humphries and her foster son Dallas Ogilvie with Snowie.

By Brad Lester DALLAS Ogilvie has led a life few teenagers have. He has lived with six families since entering foster care at age three and after 11 years with the same family, his life was uprooted again in May this year, when he was forced to move. Every shift requires the ability to readjust his life, to become familiar with new people and strange surrounds. Even when he wishes to spend time with friends, those people must have appropriate police checks. But the carers in his life have made everyday challenges just that little bit easier. Dallas has lived at Inverloch, Leongatha, Melbourne, Meeniyan and Yarram. He now resides with Cheryl Humphries on a farm at Outtrim and is relishing the chance to ride motorbikes, milk cows and learn skills. “It’s been hard (moving around), but you’ve got to lump it,” Dallas said. He moved in with Ms Humphries the day after she received a phone call, asking if she would accept him. She tried to

make him feel at home with a roast tea and his own internet connection. “I’ve had no hassles with him. You have your moments but you just get over it,” Ms Humphries said “He has had to get my trust and I’ve had to get his. I let him do as he wants to do. It’s just to say it’s not all my house.” She is teaching Dallas to drive and he now has 99 hours of experience, plus has two pet budgies, Bill and Justin, a flock of chooks and Snowie, Ms Humphries’ dog. “There’s more freedom here. I get to drive the Commodore and the ute, ride motorbikes and get the cows in and feed the calves. I would like to work on the farm,” Dallas said. Ms Humphries took up the challenge of becoming a carer to help children have a good life. Dallas is her second foster child. “Every kid is different. Dallas is pretty good,” she said. “I treat them as though they are my own. I take Dallas with me everywhere I go: to parties, to movies and even on holiday,” she said.

Rose show with new meaning By Jane Ross THIS year’s Leongatha Rose Show will be particularly poignant for Sue Thompson. She’s been involved one way or another for years and is now part of a committee that has kept the show going. It raises money for Vision Australia and Sue’s beloved dad Alan Hyde has just become one of their clients. Mr Hyde is well known around South Gippsland for his wood working skills. He’s nearly 89 and has recently begun to slow up a bit. He thinks the Vision Australia people are marvellous. “They’ve offered me all sorts of support and will heavily subsidise an assessment of my workshop. “They have magnifying glasses and lights. They really are a help; there are simple things like using

white on your gauges when using machines.” Mr Hyde’s workshop is particularly precious to him. He’s well known for his wood working skills and, having been active all his life, wants to continue. “I’m keen on having a hobby and keeping my brain active.” He has three little great grandsons who are waiting for him to make them a chair each. This will be the 39th rose show, filling the Memorial Hall with glorious blooms and perfume on Friday and Saturday, November 12 and 13. Judging takes place on the Friday morning, so the show won’t be open to the public until noon, closing at 5pm. Saturday’s hours are 9.30am to 4pm. Entry costs $5. Sue wants to encourage those who haven’t shown before, to do so. “If you have lovely roses and you

haven’t entered before and you don’t know the process, just bring them along before 10am on the Friday.” The show includes a plant stall and the Red Cross provides morning and afternoon tea and lunch. Two gardens will be open, one out of town, one in town. Maps showing where the gardens are can be collected from the hall during the show. You can visit one garden for $3, or both for $5. Sue and her band of helpers are keen for newcomers to join them. “We’re very pleased our small committee has been keeping the rose show going, but we could do with some more help, especially from those with computer skills. “We’re a committee of gardeners!” If you can help, ring Sue on 5668 6334.

Family: Sue Thompson and her father Alan Hyde. Sue helps organise the annual Leongatha Rose Show which raises money for Vision Australia. Alan has just become one of their clients – he’ll be at the show too.

Action stations That’s the message from a recent meeting in Inverloch that reviewed the town’s community plan. Drawn up two years ago, the plan has overseen a number of developments in Inverloch such as the new surf life saving club and walking paths. June Laycock has been with the community plan from the beginning. “We have a direct link with Bass Coast (Council); it’s slowly happening; it’s positive; they’re listening.” She said community planning groups were not puppets of the council. The meeting was to revisit the goals of the different sub groups that were part of the community plan.

For example said Ms Laycock, the town identity group’s goals were to promote Inverloch and attend to gardening at The Hub. The latter is yet to happen. The Glade redevelopment was another goal that’s now in progress. The foreshore group was to replant, weed and mulch at Rotary Centenary Park. That has been achieved. So has helping to build the new life saving club. Completion of the bike/walking path from The Glade to The Esplanade is another achievement and discussions are underway with council to make the foreshore path from Abbott to Goroke streets safer, especially in summer.

Centre site clear THE site for the new Sandy Point Community Centre is now clear, after a playground was removed. Children will be able to play in a nearby playground in Beach Parade until a new playground is installed in March next year. The new state of the art design playground suitable for coastal conditions will be created on the existing hall site, funded by the Federal Government. The existing hall will be removed in late February, allowing the community to meet booking commitments until then, said project co-ordinator, Diane

Casbolt. “We have been able to retain the half basketball court and barbecue area. The design of the centre is currently being finalised by South Gippsland Shire Council and GHD consultants, and then tenders will go out for the building of our new centre,” she said. “This community driven project was commenced in the year 2000 when the South Gippsland Shire Council organised facilitators to identify the community expectations, needs and town vision. “We look forward to the next milestone when the building commences.”

Council listening SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will permit audio recording of council meetings, for a six month trial. Cr Mimmie Jackson believed the move would ensure meetings were recorded accurately. Council officers, the public and the press will be able to record meetings with a recording device. Council will spend $3000 upgrading existing equipment to enable recording to occur.

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Loving the fun: witches Rhonda Chapman and Jan Appleton, both from Korumburra.

Colour of fear: all dressed up in black were Tarek Minchin, Patrick Boys and Hamish Boys, all from Korumburra.

Scarecrow field: South Gippslanders Carly Jeffredson, Holly Hodges and Rhiannon Pickersgill among the stuffed men.

Ghosts spook at Coal Creek

Good times: cousins Sebastian Lamers and Raj Lamers of Outtrim at Coal Creek on Sunday.

HALLOWEEN at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum was huge again this year.

More than 2900 children, teenagers and parents were dressed up in their scary season best at the popular Korumburra event. The trick or treating had excited children heading to six locations around the village to receive goodies. Other activities included apple bobbing, snake busters, ghost train, disco and best dressed competition.

Big kids: David Blackman and Tahlia Cole of South Dudley get into the spirit.

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Wishes come true TWO Inverloch organisations will benefit from a major cash boost if the Coalition wins government at the end of November.

Informative talk: Bass MP Ken Smith with 3mFM president Wendy Williams and program manager Kate Lindsay.

Bass MP Ken Smith said the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club and community radio station 3mFM were two of the groups on his ‘wish list’ who had been chosen for funding from a Coalition Government. “As a long-time supporter of the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club I am thrilled to see that the new clubrooms are nearing completion,” he said. “I am very pleased to

announce that the Coalition has promised the club an additional $30,000 towards the project, specifically to cover the cost of building a retaining wall at the rear of the premises which had been an unexpected expense to the project. “The new clubrooms are shaping up really well and it will be a significant milestone for all those who worked so hard for so many years to get.” Mr Smith said Radio 3mFM has been an integral part of the community for more than 23 years. “After a few years of ups and downs, this wonderful community resource

has a great team of volunteers behind it and is now thriving,” he said. “Not only does it offer a great mix of music to suit all ages, but also presents up-to-date news and sports and connects listeners to other services and organisations within the community, including reading for the blind. “And it does all this on a shoe-string budget.

So it is my pleasure to announce that the Coalition has pledged a total of $19,350 to upgrade the station’s transmitters and standby power and outside broadcasting capabilities. “These are both very deserving organisations for some extra assistance and I am very pleased to be able to announce this funding pledge.”


Beach safety: Leanne du Plessis, Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club president Allan Bolton, Bass MP Ken Smith, former club president Phillipe du Plessis, and project co-ordinator Trevor Dando.

Budget time

The analog TV signals will be switched off in areas of regional Victoria on 5 May 2011* N E W S O U T H WA LE S

Do I need to act now? Yes. The move to digital TV is not that far away. The faster you get ready, the sooner you can enjoy the benefits of more channels.

Shepparton Horsham

What do I have to do? You’ll need: • One set top box or a digital TV recorder for each analog TV you use • Or a new TV with a built-in digital tuner er


Albury Wodonga


Ballarat Warrnambool

Traralgon Morwell

Most importantly, you do not have to buy a new TV if you do not want to. Talk to your local electronics retailer about low cost options. Whatever option you choose, you must be digital ready before 5 May 2011 to keep watching your favourite free-to-air shows. Most antennas should work after the digital switchover, but a few may require an upgrade or new cable connections. *Please note: switch off may occur earlier in some towns relying on a self-help transmission tower. Residents in these areas will be contacted directly. See the website for more information.

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LAST week I attended the Municipal Association of Vic (MAV) Annual Conference in Melbourne with Crs Jackson and Kennedy. There was much to be learned from other delegates who deal with similar issues to ours and it’s always good to see democracy in action, although it was thrown askew by a fire that broke out in the hotel and we all had to be evacuated to an alternate venue! We are starting earlier than ever with our planning process for next year’s Council Plan, Long Term Financial Plan, budget and capital works program. This is the most significant process that we do to set out next year’s work program. While the budget is not inflexible, it is more difficult to change later in its development, so we encourage people to participate now so that we can better test and support your ideas. Community consultation dates have been confirmed for: • Wednesday, November 17, 7.30pm, Mirboo North (Old Shire Hall); • Thursday, November 18, 7pm, Korumburra (Italian Club); • Tuesday, November 23, 7pm, Leongatha (Council Chamber); and • Tuesday, November 30, 7pm, Foster (War Memorial Arts Centre). It was great to see the quality of films that our

young people presented at the South Gippsland Youth Film Festival recently. The standard was extremely high and impressed the judges from the Australian Centre for Moving Images (ACMI) and the ABC. This is just one of the many innovative events organised throughout the year by members of the Youth Council in conjunction with our community strengthening officers. Youth Council provides members with opportunities to develop their life skills and it’s wonderful to watch them grow in confidence as the year progresses. I was pleased to attend a ‘thank you’ morning tea in Foster last Wednesday for the Corner Inlet volunteers who support our Meals on Wheels and Community Transport services. We recently centralised the booking service for the Corner Inlet Community Transport, a move which met with some natural caution, and we’re pleased to report the service has transitioned without any disruption. We appreciated the opportunity to personally thank the volunteers for the mammoth job they do to make this all possible. They share not only of their time but of themselves. The result is that so many more of our residents can continue to live independently in their own homes for much longer. Cr Jim Fawcett Mayor

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Market reaches milestone THE South Gippsland Farmers Market at Koonwarra is about to set another milestone with its 10th birthday celebration this Saturday, November 6.

More than 30 stalls will delight patrons with an appetising array of the best of local produce direct from local farmers and specialty producers. Since its inception, this monthly event rapidly developed a reputation for being a friendly community minded gathering of locals and visitors to the region. To celebrate its 10th birthday, the market will have four special draws every 45 minutes from 9.15am onwards, where shoppers have the opportunity to win prizes of gift vouchers worth up to $30 donated by participating stallholders. There is more than $500 in gift produce voucher giveaways. Amongst this month’s new stalls are Prom Country Gourmet Foods, with a great display of pastry items including meat pies, quiches and tarts, all filled with locally sourced produce. There are not many markets where you can buy fresh ocean fish, but fourth generation fisherman Wayne Gripps from Port Franklin will attend, subject to weather conditions. Produce that is not available in supermarkets is always a feature, with many unique items. It is a great bonus for the consumer to be able to talk to the growers and makers of the items on offer. The clucking of live hens from the free range egg stall certainly adds to the atmosphere!

Koonwarra’s monthly farmers market was where it all started; in fact by setting an exceptional standard at its foundation, Koonwarra’s model was to be duplicated around Victoria. Emphasis on local produce and authenticity of producers is of utmost importance. The market does not permit resellers or onsellers and follows the guidelines set by the Victorian Farmers Market Association, This farmers market has a well deserved reputation for connecting and strengthening the community’s economy and wellbeing. The market continues to help stimulate local small specialty food business growth, primary producers, growers, hobby farmers and home gardeners. Going to a farmers market is also good for the principles of a sustainable local environment; organic and chemical free wholesome food production is encouraged. The farmers’ market concept also helps to reduce ‘food miles’ from producer to consumer and provides fresher tasting food. There are more than 75 farmers markets around Victoria and more are opening every year. This has been fuelled by consumers’ concerns about the quality of the food we eat. Customers are increasingly concerned about chemicals in food and GM free status, whilst rejecting much of the mass produced food with its lack of taste. Koonwarra’s farmers market aims to educate the true value of the cost of production of food by rewarding local producers’ expertise with a fair and realistic financial return. Customers frequently express surprise at the reasonable

prices and quality on offer; as a result there are many regular patrons that return to stock up on their favorite products. Every month the market reflects the changing seasons with the diverse range of produce on offer. This farmers market is committed to offering fresh local wholesome produce and artisan specialty products of the highest quality standards. The market also features specialist local plant growers on a seasonal basis and native flowers. Not everyone has the time to bake in the kitchen, look after chooks or manage a vegetable garden, so this is the opportunity to get the best of fresh local produce. Relax, enjoy the atmosphere of Koonwarra’s farmers market and have a picnic in the shade on the chairs and tables provided. You may even spot one of the local koalas in the overhanging trees. Remember to be early - the produce is all eagerly sought after. The South Gippsland Farmers Market Inc is a not for profit operation and is run by dedicated local farmers, growers and specialty food producers. There are now more than 35 seasonal members of the association without any duplication or on-selling of products. Market manager Rod Faudell is always looking for new stallholders with different products to add to the market’s mix. New stallholder enquiries are welcome on 0408 619 182.

Adding colour: Jane Ziebell of Prom Country Flowers is a regular vendor.

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Happy staff: office manager Tania Cripps is one of the many friendly faces at the medical centre.

Great facilities: the examination rooms of the medical centre are a great new addition.

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THE Foster Medical Centre, which will have its official opening this Friday, is perhaps one of the most impressive healthcare buildings in country Victoria. Extended twice since its modest beginnings more than 20 years ago, the centre has been fitted with the best of everything. Practice partner Dr David Iser hopes the building will be a beacon for those interested in practising medicine in the region. “It’s all based on the medical students coming through the practice. We’re involved with Monash University at Churchill. There’s 10 students in the region this year,” he said. “The idea was that to take medical students we needed to increase our facilities, and we didn’t have any room in the old building for any additional people.” The building has been purpose-designed for two reasons – to service the medical needs of an ever-

growing community and to attract new doctors, ensuring the centre’s high medical standards are guaranteed for decades to come. Walking around the centre, it is difficult not to be impressed by the sheer vastness of the space. The building boasts everything a medico could want; but perhaps more importantly, everything a patient could want too. While most people dread a visit to the doctor, even the centre’s patients looked happy to be in such an agreeable building. “We’ve built eight extra rooms, extended the waiting room and done lots of other work too. The consultation rooms are great. They’re modern, a perfect temperature – they’re just great. The idea is that there’ll be students somewhere close by, so we can look in on what they’re doing,” Dr Iser said. The centre will take interns next year from Monash University at Frankston. “We’ve been involved with them for 30 years. I was one of the first registrars to come down

here,” Dr Iser said. He said the construction of the impressive facility was “all about succession planning”. “We’ve got good facilities and student involvement, which really increases your evidence based medicine approach and your quality of medicine,” Dr Iser said. “The best way of recruiting people is word of mouth and it still is. You get the right people by word of mouth and

you get people with the same philosophical values – people who want to work in a rural community and so forth.” He hardly needed to say that everyone “was very positive” about the extension, but Dr Iser is clearly proud. “It’s well designed, I think. It’s all whiz-bang,” he said. It’s impossible to argue with him.

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Positive change: centre manager Maureen Buckley stands proudly at the front of the newly extended and refurbished Foster Medical Centre.

Happy doctor: Dr David Iser is proud of his newly extended medical practice.

MAUREEN Buckley has been at the Foster Medical Centre for the past 12 years and has seen many changes. But for the centre manager, none have been quite as big as the extension and refurbishment of the new building. “It’s very exciting, because I think we can probably offer better services to those who come here on a regular basis,” she said. “Those are the kinds of things we want to do, and working in co-operation with the Community Health Centre, so we’re not duplicating services. “It’s a bit of a community effort really.” Maureen said there were a dozen doctors

working at the centre, as well as specialists and allied health professionals. “We have the space, so they will come,” she said. “Before this new building we only had seven consulting rooms. At times we’ve had to roster GPs off because we’ve had a visiting specialist.” She said there had been testing times during the past year while the building works went on, but “we’re all very excited”. “I think it’s terribly exciting. I love it, the staff love it, the doctors love it, and the patients seem to appreciate it too,” she said. “I think you’re proud when you work in a place like this. This is huge compared to what it was. It’s just fabulous.”

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Teen racers in form A TEAM of students from Mary MacKillop College, Leongatha took part in two of Victoria’s human powered vehicle events: the Maroondah Grand Prix and the South Australia Human Powered Vehicle Super Series. The Maroondah six hour endurance event is intended to give young people the opportunity to work with their team to design, build and test their vehicle, within outlined

specifications. The different aspects of the event, from designing and constructing the vehicle to being part of the race on the day, offer hands-on experience and are great ways to engage students. The South Australia Super Series allows young people to demonstrate innovation, risk taking, collaborative learning, confidence and appreciation. Over the duration of the 24 hour race in South Australia, the team of eight students completed 298 laps

and rode about 600km. This was managed despite the wheel pin breaking after the 23rd hour. The school would like to continue developing the human powered vehicle program and would like the help of people with the right skills and resources, particularly in construction. Enquiries may be made to Judy Stampton on 5662 4255. The school will soon be competing in the RACV Maryborough race on November 18.

Zoom, zoom: Mary MacKillop’s entry negotiates the course during the junior race at Maroondah.

On track: action underway in the senior race at Maroondah.

Fit, fantastic: Mary MacKillop College’s team at Murray Bridge. Back row: Sean Stampton, Ben Patterson, Lachi O’ Connor and Darci O’Connor. Middle: Nathan Hardacre. Front: Tom Stampton.

South Gippsland Shire Council briefs News from last week’s council meeting

Cr David Lewis tabled a petition with 153 signatures, objecting to the development of a quarry proposed for Old Thorpdale Road, Mirboo North. The petition cited concerns about safety to other road users. The petition will lay on the table until the permit application comes before council. ***** Cr Bob Newton submitted a petition calling for more disabled car parking in Commercial Street, Korumburra. About 95 people signed the petition requesting appropriate parking at the lower end of Commercial Street, on the northern side of the road. Councillors will consider an officer’s report on the issue at the November 24 meeting of council. The petitioners cited difficulty accessing businesses and services due to dangers encountered crossing the highway. ***** More than 400 people will come to Korumburra in 2012, when the town hosts a district Lions conference. Cr Bob Newton, himself a Lion, was pleased to announce the news, saying the visitors would spend a lot of money in the district. He hoped council could offer a civic reception to mark the occasion. ***** Cr Kieran Kennedy believes council’s trial meeting structure is working well. A week before the meeting, councillors now receive briefings from the public about matters to be discussed at the meeting. He said councillors now have time to contemplate opinions raised before making a decision. The trial will end later this year. ***** Early into the financial year, Cr Kennedy has spent the most of all councillors from his discretionary fund. He

has $1266 remaining, followed by Cr Mohya Davies ($2000), Cr Newton ($2200), Cr Mimmie Jackson ($2700), Cr Lewis ($2840), Cr James Fawcett ($3130), Cr Jeanette Harding ($3300), Cr Warren Raabe ($3350) and Cr Jennie Deane ($3600). The mayoral fund has $900 outstanding. Between September 3 and October 12, councillors gave money to the Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute, Tarwin River Canoe Club, Korumburra Girl Guide/Scout Hall, Leongatha branch of the Cake Decorators of Victoria, and the Dumbalk North Tennis Club. The tennis club received $500 from Cr Lewis to buy a locality sign after council refused the club’s request for a sign. ***** Phil Stone, council’s new director of development services, attended his first council meeting in just his third day on the job. Fresh from Baw Baw Shire Council, Mr Stone will be responsible for planning, land use, development approvals, building, economic development, tourism and management of Coal Creek Community Park and Museum. ***** The lease of the Venus Bay Community Centre has been extended for a five year term. Council has offered the lease to Venus Bay Community Centre Incorporation, with the option of a further three year term. Cr Kennedy praised director of engineering services, Anthony Seabrook, for his help in finalising arrangements. ***** Port Franklin residents will only have to pay for the sealing, kerbing and channelling of unsealed roads in their town if they initiate a special charge scheme. A community meeting in August declared such a scheme would be a great expense for the community of largely retirees. ***** An unnamed lane in Leongatha will

be known as MacRae Lane in honour of former hospital matron Jean MacRae. The lane runs between Parr Street and Koonwarra Service Road. ***** Lew Wilson has been named council’s emergency resource officer. The role was previously held by Fred Huitema, also council’s infrastructure manager, and he became too busy for the job. Mr Wilson is council’s emergency management manager. Cr Newton thanked Mr Huitema for his outstanding work in the role. ***** Cr Lewis will represent council on a working group comprising 20 councils affected by wind farms. The Municipal Association of Victoria group will advise State Government on guidelines for wind farm development in Victoria. ***** Cr Davies has been appointed council and the community’s representative on the Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee. The committee will bring agencies together to reduce the impact of bushfire. ***** Caravan park proprietors will be required to pay higher registration fees to council, due to changes in the Residential Tenancies Regulations 2010. Councils are now required to set fees for three yearly registrations of caravan parks. Fees will rise by between 12 and 59 per cent. Fees have been fixed for the past 10 years. Council has 13 registered caravan parks with a total of 885 serviced sites. ***** Gippsland Waste Services will continue to manage council’s transfer stations at Koonwarra, Korumburra, Venus Bay, Walkerville, Foster and Mirboo North. The company has held the contract for seven years. *****

South Gippsland stands to benefit from $400,000 worth of funding for Gippsland over the next three years. The Federal Government money will be dedicated to infrastructure, according to Cr Deane, council’s representative on the Regional Development Australia Gippsland Committee. ***** After many years working in large buildings, Mayor Cr Fawcett was evacuated from one due to fire for the first time. He, together with councillors Kennedy and deputy mayor Jackson, were attending the annual conference of the

Municipal Association of Victoria when a fire broke out. More than 1500 people were evacuated. ***** Serial council commentator Paul Norton of Leongatha South questioned the CEO’s use of a common seal to seal documents of legal concern. He claimed council had not used the seal before and wondered whether council had adopted a new policy. Mr Norton requested a written response, although the CEO, Tim Tamlin, offered to give him a verbal reply.

Good time: Rachel Stubbs, Renee Pretty and Joy McKaige.

Fun raises $6000 MORE than 100 parents and friends attended the Big Night Out held by Wonthaggi North Primary School recently. The fundraising event at the Wonthaggi Club was a hoot, collecting just over $6000 for the school gardens and a surprise for the new classroom complex. Local band Mere Mortals entertained.

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30 years of excellence COMPASS Pools Victoria has just received awards for best fibreglass pool over $35,000 and best courtyard pool in the 2010 Swimming Pool and Spa Association awards. In 1977, Ted Martin and his wife Lyn started their business, then known as Martins Pool and Spa. They branched into Melbourne and became Compass Pools Vic in the early 80s. Since then they have received more than seven national awards and 20 state awards. Their philosophy in business is that: “The swimming pool is one of the most exciting purchases a family can make.” Compass Pools Vic has been a family business since the start. Ted Martin and his wife Lyn’s children are now running the business with the same passion and philosophy as themselves. They have two sons and a daughter, who now also have children of their own. “It has been in the one family since it started and it is still going strong,” Ted said. The business has expanded a lot in the past 30 years; there are now display pools and spas all over the state, the nearest being a mini display in Inverloch available by appointment only. There are many employees spread over Victoria and a few full time sub-contractors. “We are the largest established fibreglass pool and spa business in Victoria,” Ted said. More information about Compass Pools and Spas can be found at

Seeing is believing: imagine relaxing on a summer evening in a stylish, superbly built compass pool.

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Picture perfect: this is the photo that won Narellan Pools Gippsland their award for best Atlantis pool.

DAVID and d Vikki ikki Teakk le have an award winning pool.

Their pool, which was bought from Narellan Pools Gippsland, won the award for best Atlantis pool in Australia. And while the owners of the pool were not too concerned, saying the kids would still love it either way, joint Narellan Pools Gippsland owner Marie Haw was thrilled. “It’s our third award, which is pretty good. We won

h rookie ki off the h year awardd the last year, and we took out the Princess and Atlantis awards this year,” said Marie, who jointly owns the business with Steve Donald. David loves the service and product. “They take care of everything once you walk in. All you have to do is pick your pool and pick your spot and it’s done,” he said. Narellan Pools, based in Boolarra, have only been operating for three years but have sold many pools throughout

Gippsland, they Gi l d something hi h aim to continue with. “We serve places in all of Gippsland, from Drouin right through to Mallacoota. We mainly focus on the Valley through to the coast, though,” Marie said. They are currently offering more than 35 different shapes and sizes, and a wide range of colours. And taking just one week to install, now is the perfect time to pop your head in to Narellan Pools Gippsland in Boolarra.

Award winner: Marie Haw with pool owners Vikki and David Teakle and the award.

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Pool cleaning vital THIS time of year is ideal to care for the pool, getting it ready for when you or the kids want to dive in. “The best time to do it is at the end of spring, so it is properly prepared,” Luke Smith of A.W. Smith and Sons, Leongatha, said. “The water is cooler, so the algae won’t grow as quickly. It can grow almost overnight in late October and November.” Luke urges that even if the water looks good, it can be a good time to make sure everything is fine. To ascertain what is needed, it is recommended that pool owners come in and grab a water testing bottle, and return with a sample to Smith’s home and garden centre. There the sample can be tested and information can be obtained as to what is required in the pool. “We find the best results come from people who come in religiously every four to six weeks. There are only minor things they have to do that way,” Luke said. And the team at A.W. Smith and Sons has all the chemicals required to keep the pool in good shape. Spring is a time of preparation, and A.W. Smith and Sons have what it takes to make sure you are prepared.

Happy to help: A.W Smith’s Luke Smith is available to help customers keep their pool healthy this summer.

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Animation wins film gong AN ANIMATED drama was named best film at this year’s South Gippsland Youth Film Festival. Ilbur Wormspleen, produced by Peter Wolswinkel of Kardella, is a story about the issues faced by a young man seen as ‘different’ or ‘disaffected’ in a small town. Olivia Risebey of Mirboo North won the

South Gippsland Youth Council Choice Award with the music story Untitled, featuring her own choreography. A drama by Curtis Hill of Ferntree Gully, entitled Growing Pain, won the South Gippsland Shire Council Choice Award. His film was made around South Gippsland and starred friends from Pound Creek in tale about a young girl and her friend.

The winning films received a $100 prize. The festival, at Stadium 4 Cinema in Leongatha, attracted a large crowd and 12 entries. Films screened were Richard Allen, produced by Matthew Bentvelzen; lbur Wormspleen; Global Warming, produced by Dylan Teuma; Growing Pains; Fox, produced by Lacey Whelan and Lisa Calder; Untitled; and Rom and Jules, produced by Melina Newman. All films screened received a $50 voucher for photographic and film equipment. Judges were South Gippsland Youth Council members Cassie Willcocks, Michael Dixon and Georgina Williamson; Ned Dennis, council’s community strengthening co-ordinator and community strengthening support officer, Sophie Dixon; and Rachael Lucas, ABC open producer, Gippsland; and Gary Simmons, senior lecturer, ACMI.

Award winners: friends of Melina Newman, including Zoe Goldberg, accepted the screening award for Melina. She is with youth council member Michael Dixon; Olivia Riseby, producer of Untitled, and youth council member, Cassie Willcocks. Right: Made it happen: young stars of Growing Pains, Scarlett and Oscar Beaton, with judges Gary Simmons and Rachael Lucas.

Night to remember Mayor’s message AN AMAZING night was held at Mirboo North Secondary College recently. The school organised ‘One Amazing Night’ to demonstrate students’ skills, performances and achievements. Guests were treated to musical performances from the guitar ensemble and local bands Double

Collision and Insignia. Also held in the auditorium were ‘minute to win it’ challenges, fitness tests, woodwork displays and Break Out program information tables. Outside near the John Snell garden, visitors were treated to a display by the Mirboo North CFA. The Learning Centre hosted the music making sessions, science experi-

Good eating: trying sushi were Emily Thomas, Georgia Van der Zalm and chef Samantha Pua, who created the meals.

ments, the German information tables and award winning short film presentation, and the maths interactive games area. The outdoor seed and succulent propagation were a hit, while Sammy Pua showed off her culinary skills to much acclaim in the foyer, demonstrating the fine art of sushi making and black forest cake assembling.

Arty: Jocoba Moore with her art piece, which was on display during the event.

Meals roster (Leongatha) Uniting Church Guild, Christian Revival Crusade, Rotary (Nov 8, 10, 11, 12) and National Bank (Tues 9) will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning November 8, 2010.

Cr Peter Paul

Right decision THERE have been mixed reactions from the community since the unanimous council decision to trial no fireworks in Cowes on New Year’s Eve. Let me begin by saying that this decision was not made lightly. Over the past years, feedback at public meetings, letters to council and media reports have highlighted the increasing frustration of the Cowes community about the behaviour of some over New Year’s Eve. From all reports, the behaviour and problems are worsening, with cases of underage drinking, assaults, hoon behaviour seemingly on the rise. The community has told us that they have had enough. After considered discussion with Victoria Police we have decided a one year, no entertainment trial and will assess the effectiveness of this trial in early 2011. We welcome community input into this review. It should be noted that the Pyramid Rock Festival over New Year’s Eve attracts more than 17,000 people. Many of our Bass Coast youth attend this festival. Mornington Peninsula and Byron Bay have both implemented no entertainment on New Year’s Eve. Both have reported improved community safety and a reduction in incidents. In order to reclaim the fireworks for our community and return them to a family friendly event, they will be held after Carols by the Bay on Tuesday, December 21. The fireworks at Inverloch and Coronet Bay will remain unchanged. There have been few reports of incidents at either of these events and as such will remain. We are endeavouring to make this the safest and most enjoyable Christmas and NYE period we have had in Cowes for a long time. Many other issues are being addressed during the New Year period, such as the overcrowding of houses. Bass Coast Shire Council will be presenting a paper to the National Seachange Conference in April next year, addressing all the issues relating to the Christmas/New Year period. I believe it is time that the State and Federal governments get actively involved in this area. Summer Safety is the hot topic on my radio show this week. I will interview community safety ranger team leader, Kaye Hall who will explain council’s Summer Safety Program. The show runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8.30am and 4.30pm, so there is plenty of opportunity to catch it. To check the frequency in your area, log onto Cr Peter Paul, Mayor Bass Coast Shire Council

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Full of charm

LEONGATHA four bedroom home. See pa page 30.

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Rural living in town T

HIS lifestyle property is set amongst established gardens on a sought after 1.25 acre allotment at Dumbalk. A unique feature of this property is the two dwellings. The main home features three bedrooms with built-in robes, open plan living area with wood fire and

split system air conditioning, double garage and an undercover deck with uninterrupted views of the Dumbalk valley and surrounding hills. The second dwelling is fully self contained with kitchen, lounge, bedroom and en suite, which is ideal for visitors or extra rental income. Outdoors boasts a separate bungalow or office with power, three bay

At a glance Location: 37 Miller Street, Dumbalk. Price: $359,000. Agent: Stockdale and Leggo, Leongatha. Contact: 5662 5800.

shed, three electric fenced paddocks set up for horses with a tack room, horse shelters and the convenience of town water. It is privately located at the end of the street and within short walking distance to the park and shops. If you’re looking for rural, this property will meet your expectations.

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Genuine ’Gatha find I

F you have been waiting for this Leongatha home to come on the market; now is your chance. This stunning period style home is full of charm and style and would suit the family looking to downsize garden maintenance, as the only mowing needed is the front lawn and nature strip. You will not have to compromise on size though, as there is more than enough room, with four bedrooms (or three plus a study). Leadlight windows and doors will greet you on three sides of the home. The open plan design has the dining room off the kitchen and the lounge room

off the dining. Polished floorboards, wood heater with mantle behind and 11 foot pressed metal ceilings are a feature of the kitchen/ dining area, as is the timber door with window inserts leading to the hall and bedroom area. The “Rose Room” has a full length window, 11 foot pressed metal ceiling and plush carpeting, while the main bedroom has two built-in robes surrounding a second window on the north side of the room. The third bedroom comfortably fits two single beds, with a bed lamp mounted on the wall above the pillow area of

each bed. The central bathroom has the classic period features of a pedestal basin and a claw footed iron bath, combined with a toilet and shower and polished timber floorboards. The lounge overlooks a neat courtyard and has reverse cycle split system, builtin book shelf and downlights, and a glass sliding door out to the courtyard. The fourth bedroom (or study) has a built-in cupboard, and large windows allowing loads of sunlight. A large laundry with classic flooring, a full length bench with cupboards underneath, and a linen press, also offers

both a second toilet and shower. A rear private courtyard has brick paving accommodating an enchanting cottage style garden, passionfruit vine that bears an abundance of summer fruit, built-in fish pond, and well established trees. The pathway, double carport and driveway are also brick paved. With verandahs on three sides of the house boasting tranquil views, stunning gardens, secure yard, white picket fence, under house storage and conveniently located close to all schools, this house is more than just a home. Inspect and be impressed.

At a glance Location: 16 Horn Street, Leongatha Price: $369,000 Agent: Alex Scott & Staff, Leongatha. Contact: 5662 0922.

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Prom Country Y N DA PE UR O AT S S I H


Central & Substantial

Queen of the Court

A short stroll to the shops, this substantial home has ample living space, 3 bedrooms, study, 2 bathrooms & big garage + storage. Rural views, manicured gardens, huge allotment & access to Burchell Lane. INSPECT Cancelled - Property SOLD Address 31 Giles Street, MIRBOO NORTH $310,000 - $335,000 $330,000 - $360,000

A fantastic home with family-sized proportions in a scenic court location – that’s what you’ll find here behind the rendered façade. It has all the space and zones of today’s modern floor plans: three completely separate living areas, big hostess kitchen, main bedroom suite with palatial ensuite, two other queen sized bedrooms, a fourth bedroom (or office), and big family laundry and bathroom. Featuring elevated northern orientation, double garage, roomy garden. What a surprise package! INSPECT Saturday @ 12.00 - 12.30pm Address 3 Eveline Court, MIRBOO NORTH N AY PE D O SUN IS TH

Cottage Style – Town Convenience Federation-inspired 3 brm character home on a 650sqm (approx) level block, in heart of Leongatha. Two spacious living zones, 2 bath, kitchen with 5 burner range, carport, shed. Lots of inclusions. INSPECT By Appointment Address 3 Leslie Court, LEONGATHA $265,000 - $285,000


Stunning Coastal Hideaway – 2 plus acres

Town and Country – The House,The Shed and The Position - 2.5 acres

“Tree change” or “Sea change”? What about morning views of the hills and sea views over lunch? Just four years young, this stunning home has been designed to enjoy its idyllic surrounds. Featuring blue gum floors, soaring timber-lined ceilings, and oodles of comfort-glazing, and comprising spacious open plan living zones full of views, 3 bedrooms, study, 2 bathrooms and full length balcony. Original dairy/workshop, lockup garage, circular drive, country garden, 10 mins to Foster.

The elusive combination of country charm, space, beautiful old trees and a thoroughly modern interior is to be found here at the edge of Mirboo North’s township in the Wells Road precinct. The attractive brick homestead, with verandas to 2 sides, features a light filled, family friendly floorplan with 3 bedrooms, study, huge hostess kitchen, 2 separate living areas and 2 modern bathrooms. Purpose built for school buses, the shed is huge, high, and easily accessed via a circular drive.

INSPECT Sunday @ 1.00 - 1.30pm Address 1014 Ameys Track, FOSTER NORTH

INSPECT Sunday @ 12.00 - 12.30pm Address 55 Balook Street, MIRBOO NORTH

$460,000 - $495,000

$450,000 - $485,000




Rustic Contemporary – On 40 Acres

Stand Out Value - Outstanding Appeal

An unapologetic appreciation for classy modern inclusions blends with an earthy love of timbers, trees and sky, resulting in an impeccably appointed, elegantly rustic, country retreat. Features modern, light filled living spaces, stunning views, a meticulous hostess kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 studies, and 2 bathrooms. New shedding, undercover parking, water storage, fenced paddocks and a 40 acre mix of pasture and timbers, round off this substantial rural property, filled with benefits.

Extended, renovated and refined – the result is remarkable. In a quiet, elevated position opposite the rail trail and a walk to shops, you’ll be pressed to find a better value package in this price range. Beautifully presented, featuring light-filled, open plan living, dining and kitchen zones, separate office/ study, three great bedrooms, decked entertaining area overlooking parkland, beautiful gardens with workshop, carport, watering system, BBQ area. Just move in – it’s perfect.

INSPECT Sunday @ 1.30 - 2.00pm Address 970 Boolarra-Mirboo North Road, BOOLARRA

INSPECT Saturday @ 11.00 - 11.30am $490,000 - $540,000 Address 38 Greenwood Parade, LEONGATHA

$240,000 - $260,000



Selling Properties

24/7 Sparkling Sapphire Jewel With Pool! Huge Block

You Know You’ll Love the Life in Yinnar

On a generous1600sqm (approx) garden allotment adjoining small acreage properties and parkland, this walk-to-shops, home lifestyle package offers so much! Elevated rear living spaces and covered timber deck overlook a gorgeous in ground pool, and gardens. The spacious home comprises three bedrooms plus study (main is “king sized”), 2 separate living zones, stunning “as new” kitchen, two bathrooms, and double garage plus space for extra vehicles. Absolutely one with the lot!

This 5 acre approx parcel is a delightful balance of grass, pasture & a smaller zone of native Australian bush. Raise your own animals, or enjoy the locals – koalas, wallabies & echidnas are your nearest neighbours. A triple carport, double garage or shed, & ample water from tank & dam all complement the colonial style home. You’ll find extensive use of timber throughout the expansive living zones, 3 brms, 2 bathrooms & features of an OFP, wood heater, spa bath & soaring ceiling heights.

INSPECT Saturday @ 12.00 - 12.30pm Address 7 Sapphire Court, LEONGATHA

INSPECT By Appointment $370,000 - $395,000 Address 405 Whitelaw’s Track,YINNAR SOUTH N AY P E ND O SU IS TH


$350,000 - $380,000

allen bartlett 0417 274 624


kaz hughes 0417 516 998

Ritchie Rich

Peace-Maker on an Acre

Opportunity at Auction

Here’s a golden opportunity to capitalize on 2 key property ingredients - Location and Originality. The large allotment has rear lane access & if you’re prepared for a full renovation project, this is it. INSPECT By Appointment Address 5 Ritchie Street, LEONGATHA $200,000 - $220,000

In peaceful & private surrounds, pristine home with 3 brms, study, lounge, dining, sunroom, updated kitchen, 2 wc’s, modern bathroom. Entertaining deck, miner’s hut, good shedding, rural outlooks. INSPECT Sunday @ 11.00 - 11.30am Address 49 Wells Road, MIRBOO NORTH $285,000 - $315,000

Could this be your opportunity to enter the property market in Mirboo North? Check out 14 Balding Street & get prepared - have your finance sorted, check you’re comfortable with the structure and other building aspects, & then put your hand up on Auction Day! The 3 Bdm home has a north facing aspect, kitchen, meals, dining room & lounge, & outside, dble garage, well designed gardens, paved pathways & covered pergola. This could be it! Get ready! 10% Deposit - Balance in 60 days

5664 0224

INSPECT Thursday @ 4.00 - 4.30pm, Saturday @ 11.00 - 11.30am AUCTION Saturday 13th November @ 11am Address 14 Balding Street, MIRBOO NORTH

93 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan 84 Ridgway, Mirboo North

lisa williams 0438 133 385

5668 1660

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Old face, new place S

HAUN Cross has joined the real estate team of Landmark.

The experienced agent, long known in the area, is the company’s real estate consultant at its Leongatha office in Yarragon Road. He will work alongside Landmark’s Korumburra real estate specialist, Herb Treacy, in selling rural, commercial, industrial and residential property. Having grown up on a dairy farm, Mr Cross is familiar with the industry. “So I understand what farmers’ needs are and what they are looking for,”

he said. He will cover Leongatha and surrounds, and down to Inverloch and across to Foster, Boolarra and Mirboo North, and is available on 0419 114 535. Clients in the Korumburra, Nyora and Poowong districts are invited to contact Mr Treacy on 0408 551 410.

Ready to serve: Shaun Cross (right) is welcomed to Landmark Leongatha by branch manager Barry Svenson (centre), and flanked by Herb Treacy.

Mirboo North charm T

HE elusive combination of country charm, space, beautiful old trees and a thoroughly modern interior is to be found here within Mirboo North’s township in the Wells Road precinct, just a 900m walk to Ridgway. The attractive brick homestead set on 2.5 acres (approx), features verandahs to two sides, and a light-filled, family-friendly floorplan with north-facing living zones for maximum light and winter sun penetration. Less than 10-years-old, the home embraces the best of traditional styling externally with a traditional facade with a central front door, cream-coloured feature brick detailing and a wide welcoming verandah. Inside, there are two separate living rooms separated by a huge hostess kitchen, which has oodles of cupboards and plenty of benchspace to cater for friends and family. The casual living/dining area adjacent spills onto a wide verandah, perfect for outdoor dining, entertaining and play. There are three bedrooms plus an office (or fourth bedroom), two with built-in robes. The main bedroom has an en suite with At a glance Location: 55 Balook Street, Mirboo North. Price: $450,000 - $485,000. Agent: First National Prom Country. Contact: Lisa Williams 0438 133 385.

a huge spa bath... think votive candles and champagne or simply invigorating jets to soothe tired muscles. Accessed from Wells Road, the property sits on top of a rise in a private, nothrough road setting. Surrounded by established trees, including a gorgeous 100-year-old oak, which were planted when the area was still farming land, the home enjoys an openness usually associated with farmlets, leafy outlooks, and some views to surrounding hills. The gardens, whilst established, are more ‘farm-style’, with areas around the home given over to lawns and trees without high-maintenance garden beds, and outer areas are simply grassed. Here is space for a pony, a few chooks or perhaps a four-legged lawn mower. Purpose-built to house two school buses plus a workshop, the shed is huge, approximately 15m x 10m with door height 4.16m clearance (one side is drive-through), and is easily accessed via a circular drive. This is a great space for a caravan or boat, or perhaps for a restoration project. Finding acreage within town, with a quality character home, plus mature trees, plus extensive shedding is elusive. That’s why this property is unique - it has it all.

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Peaceful village style L

OCATED in the heart of Koonwarra village, this unique home is set on half an acre, offering complete privacy, peace and quiet. Cleverly set back from the road, the Cedar home has loads of character coupled with all the modern day comforts you would expect. Designed and built to complement the slope of the land, the home has three separate levels, with the main living area cleverly located on the highest level with views looking into the large gums and over the permanent native reserve at the rear of the property. The home offers three bedrooms: the master with views over the back garden, direct access onto the lower

balcony, and a walk-in robe. It is located next to the spacious main bathroom, acting as a semi en suite, which boasts a corner spa bath. The large second bedroom is located at the front of the home and could easily be used to conduct a home business. It has spacious built-in robes and an en suite. The third bedroom, located central to the main bathroom on the lower level has built-in robes and would accommodate a double bed if required. The lounge-dining-kitchen area is an unusual octagonal shape with featured lime washed timber ceiling, lovely views and access to the top deck. The kitchen is equipped with all the modern conveniences you would expect, including gas cook top, electric oven, pantry, dishwasher and breakfast bar.

Outside there is a fully lined studio, which would be ideal to conduct a hobby from, or perhaps a second rumpus room or home business; adjoining is a double carport. The half acre has been entirely landscaped with low maintenance established plants. This property offers buyers the opportunity to purchase and move into the well known Koonwarra Village within an affordable price range. It is close to the popular rail trail walk, a short drive to the conveniences of Leongatha, and within 20 minutes drive of Inverloch beaches. Inspection is recommended to fully appreciate this home in sought after Koonwarra. Open for inspection: Saturday, November 6 from 1pm – 1.30pm.

At a glance Location: 11 Koala Drive, Koonwarra. Price: $380,000$400,000. Agent: Elders, Leongatha. Contact: Zel Svenson 0438 636 290.

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13 are welcomed BASS Coast Mayor Cr Peter Paul, has welcomed 13 new citizens. They were given a warm reception at a citizenship ceremony in Wonthaggi. “Congratulations on choosing Australia as your new home,” said Cr Paul to the group which included people from Brazil, China, Italy and England. Each was given a citizenship certificate, Australian native plant and Bass Coast gift bag. The new residents are:

Htay Htay Aung, Ivo Ferreira Do Carmo, Rafaela Alves Do Carmo, Tenilson Oliveira Dos Santos, Gregory Nicholas, Todd Smith, Andrea Spezzigu, Phyo Min Thein, Colin Wiley, Changxu He, Ricardo De Paula Oliveira, Raiane De Silva Oliveira and Ricardo Junior Da Silva Oliveira.

Citizen: Dr Phyo Min Thein of Wonthaggi and Bass Coast Mayor Cr Peter Paul.

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star 30 years ago, November 4, 1980 KORUMBURRA Shire could experience a mass exodus following a rate increase which will collect an extra $200,000 for council. **** KORUMBURRA Artists’ 1980 Show attracted a full house for the official opening on Thursday night. Many people who attended the wine and cheese tasting returned the next day to gain a closer look at the exhibits by the 14 members. 10 years ago, October 31, 2000 THE COMBINATION of youth and alcohol caused the main headache for police at

the grand prix. They arrested 56 people for drink related offences, 44 of them on Saturday night. **** MANY South Gippslanders were shaken from their slumber at 4.30am by an earthquake measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale. Five years ago, November 1, 2005 BASS Coast Regional Health has recorded an operating surplus of just over $1 million for the financial year 2004/05. It is the biggest employer in the area, with almost 500 staff and an annual budget of over $24 million. ****

IT WAS revealed at last Tuesday’s annual general meeting of the Gippsland Southern Health Service that it could cost upwards of $40 million to replace the ageing Leongatha Hospital. One year ago, November 3, 2009 LEONGATHA Police are pleading with drivers to take more care on local roads after a “horrendous and tragic” week, in which three people have died in separate incidents. **** DAIRY farmers could get an extra $28,000 in their pockets in time for Christmas, after two companies announced further price increases last week.

Milpara Community House news Would you like to learn how to create professional presentations and slide shows using digital images and sound? Come along to a Powerpoint course, to be held over two Tuesdays on November 9 and 16 from 1pm to 4pm. Contact Milpara Community House, 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra on 5655 2524 for further enquiries. ****** Our Photo Editing course will help you import photos into your computer and edit them and scan and restore old photographs. Held over three Tuesdays from November 23 from 1pm to 4pm. For further enquiries please contact 5655 2524. ****** Course in Construction (OH&S) Induction will be held at Milpara Community House on Tuesday, November 9 from 3pm to 9pm. This qualification is now mandatory and legally qualifies the holder for entry to building and construction sites. On completion you will receive a certificate from Worksafe. ****** The next Well Women’s Clinic will be held on Wednesday, November 10. This clinic with Evie Harle from Gippsland Southern Health Services provides Pap Smears, blood pressure checks and information on women’s health issues. ****** Are you over 60 and want to learn how to use email or how to shop and bank online? We have vacancies in these Telstra Connected Seniors workshops. Please contact our friendly staff on 5655 2524 for bookings. ****** Are you a renter or a landlord? Would you like to know your rights? Would you like to know what the procedures are for making complaints? Come along to a very informal chat with Chris Childs from Consumer Affairs to have your questions answered. To be held at Milpara Community House, 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra on Wednesday, November 24 from 2pm to 4pm.


Church Times ARIES - March 21 - April 20

New strategies require further development and polish. Nearer the end of the week you could advance toward an important career or romance goal. a colleague may be unnaturally inquisitive. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

Pranksters are in your environment. You may be the target of a hoax or practical joke. A romantic relationship becomes more carefree. You and your partner are able to exchange innermost thoughts. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

Your creative ideas sparkle. You may find yourself designing your next house. Romantic differences are best handled on an intellectual, not emotional level. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

A major career opportunity is within reach. Be forthright but not pushy in pursuing goals. The week also favours taking on a volunteer assignment and helping a friend regain confidence. LEO - July 23 - August 22

A colleague or travel companion is in an easygoing mood - and full of surprises. A change in routine leads to increased productivity. House expenses may soar on the weekend. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

Interpretations of events are not quite right. Avoid jumping to conclusions. A mobile week - you enjoy jaunts to all new locations. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

Diplomacy is the current byword. You may choose to take a tip from a Gemini friend. Travel proves surprisingly hectic and/or costly. In the romance department, your partner could benefit from some cheerful encouragement. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

Avoid the tendency to tackle too much too quickly. The potential for success is high, but only if you pay attention to detail and subtleties and take on one job at a time. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

Problems with a colleague or romantic partner should be resolved by the week’s end, allowing you to enjoy a weekend of delights and comforts. Home improvements are favoured, but avoid cutting corners. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

A moneymaking idea is bright, but think it through before sharing the brainstorm. Be wary of two faced acquaintances and prepare to take a stand at work. Romance shows a sentimental side. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

Work at being more open in the company of seniors and more relaxed among your peers. Life becomes adventurous by the weekend. Avoid snap decisions. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

You may be wearing a new hat, assuming more responsibility at home, in the community or at the workplace. In romance, opt for more spontaneity and greater trust. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

You are becoming increasingly idealistic, thanks to the influence of a new friend who is soon to step into your life. Self improvement is the key. Accent your positive traits (kind, sympathetic and imaginative) and play down the negative ones (overly emotional and unforgiving).

ANGLICAN: Wednesday, November 3: 9.30am Woorayl Lodge HC; 10.15am Koorooman House HC; 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Friday, November 5: 7.30pm St Andrew’s, Dumbalk HC. Sunday, November 7: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Contemporary Worship with HC. Tuesday, November 9: 7pm St Andrew’s, Dumbalk / St David’s, Meeniyan Fellowship. 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. 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. 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 Grain Store, Mirboo North, Sundays: 4-5.10pm Communion, 5.15-6pm Bible Studies for Adults, Youth and Children. Friday evenings: Home Fellowships 7.30pm; Youth Activities. Enquiries: 5668 2226 Bob Stevens. SALVATION ARMY LEONGATHA COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 52 Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) - Sunday: Family Worship at 10am: Kid’s Club - Tuesday, 4 - 5pm; mainly music, Thursday 10am. All welcome. Please contact Captain Claire Emerton or Lieutenant Rachael Collins, 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. 7.30pm service: All Sunday evenings except 1st Sunday of the month, 5pm service. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2527. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, November 7, 9am and 10.45am. Tarwin Lower: 10.30am. Mirboo North: 9.30am. Meeniyan: 10am. Wonthaggi: Sunday 9.30am, Family Service, all welcome. Inverloch: Sunday 11am: Korumburra: Sunday, 9.30am: Rev. Pastors Gavin and Sue Sharp, 5655 1997. Arawata: 11.30am 1st & 3rd Sundays. Kongwak: 11.30am 4th Sunday. BAPTIST CHURCH KORUMBURRA: 39 Mine Rd, Korumburra. Service and Sunday School 10.30am. Pastor Ian Wilkinson. Phone 5658 1366. BAPTIST CHURCH WONTHAGGI: Cnr McBride & Broome Crescent, Wonthaggi. Morning Service & Children’s Activities, Sunday 10am. Weekly activities see www., Pastor Geoff Pegler 5672 4769. MEENIYAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Sunday, 10am: Meeniyan Youth Club Hall. COMBINED CHURCHES WONTHAGGI / INVERLOCH: 4th Sunday each month at 7pm. SCOTS PIONEER CHURCH: Mardan South. Pleasant Sunday Afternoons on the last Sunday of each month at 2pm. See occasional ad in this paper for details. For enquiries phone 9853 6627. FISH CREEK UNION CHURCH: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 9am; 2nd & 4th Sundays, 7pm. Contacts: Fran Grimes 5683 2650, Sue Poletti 5663 6325.

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ACROSS Final (4) Wind instrument (9) Objective (4) Sword (4) Bird (4) Circle (4) Track down (3,2,5) Devilish (10) Tug (4) Pursue (4) Press (4) Asterisk (4) Severe (9) Colour (4)

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DOWN Beer (5) Country (5) Boat (6) Jacket (6) Munch (4) Doubtful (9) Suggest (9) Seize (4) Friend (4) Room (6) Convincing (6) Change (5) Irish county (5) End (4)

CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8246 ACROSS 1. Mean to get in within earshot (4). 7, Be all worried about the spectators and the game (9). 8. Cut me out, in turn, from the test (4). 9. Fired in the picture (4). 10. Would he be sorry about nothing in his dissolute life? (4). 11. Jack is a great help in the kitchen (4). 14. Thinking it’s strange, I race on (10). 16. Not the same quantity as before, but just about (4,2,4). 19. Rent out to some bird (4). 22. Quick way of saying “promiscuous” (4). 24. A “number,” to a singer (4). 25. Just where to go to sell something! (4). 26. The golfer’s curse? (5,4). 27. Where I’ve got to when he takes over (4). DOWN 1. Must have upped the money to trap the man (5). 2. In any circumstances is a little contrary (2,3). 3. Understand it’s a measure of some kind (6). 4. Shut up! The fellow has a gun! (6). 5. Ringing a woman to get information (4). 6. Become unfair! (5,4). 12. It’s a robot car, mum, not to be driven (9). 13. On key, I’ll grant you (4). 15. Upset, he departed from the trial (4). 17. Are muddling the numbers up, you deduce (6). 18. Possessions in an Eastern country (6). 20. Get rid of some character you don’t like? (5). 21. Even standing right inside! The courage! (5). 23. Note the boy is upset by the smack (4).

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Cheque presentation: all of the proceeds went to the Inverloch and Kongwak primary schools. Accepting the cheque from the Masonic Fidelity Association president Ron Webster, was principal of the two schools, Andrea Penrose.

Having a ball: Inverloch residents Joyce Buchanan and Mel Thatcher sang along to the music.

Glad to be here: Thelma Hewson, Myrtle Beecroft and Audree Wyhoon, all from Inverloch, enjoyed the festivities.

Kids wow audience A CONCERT performed by the Inver-

senior crowd.

loch and Kongwak primary schools

The performance, at Warrawee Senior Citizens Centre in Inverloch last Tuesday, was the fourth annual presentation.

proved very entertaining for a 50 strong

Home among the gum trees: Kongwak Primary School sung a few favourites for the crowd.

It was run by the Inverloch Masonic Fidelity Association. Kongwak Primary School organised their act in just two days, after Wonthaggi North Primary

School was forced to give up their place at the concert. But as they say in the classics, the show must go on! And it did, to a very entertained and excited crowd.

Recorders: Kongwak Primary School’s Thomas Rowe, Kyle Turner, Casey Kent, Jacinta Tipping and Katarina Allewey were performing well.

Appeal reaches target

THE $100,000 target for the Wonthaggi Citizens’ Band Centenary Appeal was reached at the annual band concert in Wonthaggi recently.

Wonthaggi businessman Alan Brown, who launched the fundraising appeal at the Band’s Centenary Concert in May, applauded the community’s response in donating $100,000 in six months. “The capacity audience at the band concert, held at the Wonthaggi Union Theatre on Saturday evening, were ‘gob smacked’ when they learnt that the $100,000 had been raised,” he said. All money raised will be invested in the perpetual trust account, which was established six months ago. Each year, the many thousands of dollars earned from the trust account will be available to the band to buy or maintain instruments and uniforms. The appeal was launched in the centenary year of the town of Wonthaggi, which is also the centenary year of the band. “For the past 100 years, our much loved band has always been there, through strikes, depressions and two World Wars,” Mr Brown said. “In the past, following mine disasters in which lives were lost, the band would lead the funeral procession, and they

were at the railway station to welcome home our diggers returning home from the first and second world wars.” Donations ranged from $5 to $10,000. “From a donor’s viewpoint, it is wonderful to know that their generosity will continue to assist future generations of band members, as well as the present,” Mr Brown said. The band has undertaken to add to the trust fund each year, a sum equal to inflation over the previous 12 months. To commemorate the fundraising success, a time capsule is presently being manufactured by well-known locals, Danny Carr and Adrian Cuman. All people and organisations who donated $1000 or more are asked to provide a letter in a sealed envelope to be inserted into the time capsule. The time capsule will be reopened in 2110 for the 200 year anniversary of the band and of the Wonthaggi township. Messages from the Premier of Victoria and the Mayor of the Bass Coast Shire Council will placed into the capsule. Both the Victorian State Government and the Bass Coast Shire Council donated to the appeal. Although the target has been reached, the appeal will remain open until the end of the year.

Donations of any amount can be made through the office of Chris Longstaff, solicitor and band treasurer, at 63 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi. Band president Mike Kershaw was overwhelmed with the appeal’s success. “When Alan Brown put this idea to us at the start of the year, we thought it would be magnificent if it could actually be achieved,” he said. “There were some questions as to whether $100,000 could actually be raised, and we are all blown away with the wonderful response from the public. “We are most grateful for their outstanding support, and on behalf of the present and future Band members, I thank them from the bottom of my heart.” At the concert, the band’s dynamic leader, Craig Marinus, headed a concert ranging from the traditional march Colonel Bogey and hymn Evening Song; through to the 1948 number Twelve Street Rag featuring the cornet section. For someone so young, 17-year-old Josh Hooke provided an unbelievable performance on piano, for which he received a standing ovation. The band’s last number was Part of my heart in Wonthaggi, with the audience singing along.

In sync: Robyn Heesh and Annie Kennedy performing as Tubalicious at the concert. Photo: Foons Photographics.

Team effort: Josh Hooke, Matteo Gatto, Cameron Sanders, Vaimoa Asa Leausa and Mike Kershaw in action on trombones. Photo: Foons Photographics.

TOORA Primary School’s new building was officially opened last Tuesday.

Students have been learning in the impressive facility since the start of the year. Three classrooms, art and library space, toilets, administration area and project space are all under the one roof of the $3.456 million project.

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About 60 people, including past and future Toora students, education department officials and other school principals, attended the opening. Eastern Victoria MP Johan Scheffer had the honour of unveiling the plaque with school captains Khyell Morgan and Bailee Pavlou. Principal Barb Purvis, school council president Danny Jenkins and previous school council president Deb Allott also spoke.

Nancy Cox, who attended the school in 1928, and Bob Roff, who served as school council president for much of the 1970s, cut a cake at the opening. The whole school sang the national anthem and performed an inspirational song. Mr Scheffer said the building process was a phenomenal effort. “Schools really are the heart of our communities and our kids mat-

New learning areas: Michael (Prep) and Blake (Grade 1) in class.

Getting crafty: Kate (Grade 5), Alanna (Grade 5) and Bailee (Grade 6) work on a poster.

School captains: Khyell Morgan and Bailee Pavlou with principal Barb Purvis.

ter to us nearly more than anything,” he said. Mr Jenkins congratulated the children for having such a great facility. “Principal Barb Purvis has done an amazing job to continue to run a school and to still teach classes and do all the work to get the school built,” he said. Mr Jenkins also thanked teachers and parents for helping to transfer to the new building.

The school was built by Leongatha firm, Considine and Johnston. Matthew Johnson Painting of Leongatha and Williams and Burns Contracting were also involved in the process. Now the school community awaits the completion of a multipurpose hall, which is part of the Federal Government’s economic stimulus program.

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Mozzie warning

A Star is born Right: MATILDA Rose Mathieson was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on October 12 to Laura and Jason Mathieson of Wonthaggi. Left: JOSHUA William Wallace was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on October 12 to Courtney and Adam Wallace of Wimbledon Heights.

THE combination of heavy rain and warm weather has prompted Bass Coast Council to issue a warning about mosquitoes.

The council runs a mosquito awareness program every spring and summer. This follows an outbreak several years ago of Ross River Fever, a debilitating condition caused by a bite from an infected mosquito. A number of residents of Phillip Island went down with the fever, leaving them lethargic and ill for weeks. Council’s environmental health team leader Alex Waldron, said mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, but can be out and about all day in coastal areas. His advice is: “cover up, tip it out, clear it out and keep it out”. Stagnant water is a great breeding site and lawns and gardens should be well maintained so they don’t provide shelter for adult mosquitoes. Insect screens will keep the mosquitoes out of the house and rainwater tanks should be fitted with lids or covers. Insect repellent containing Picaridin or DEET as the active ingredient, is recommended.

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Photographer opens inaugural show FORMER Leongatha man Jared Beck recently opened his first solo photographic exhibition. Now living in South Yarra, Jared is working as a photographer and his show features images taken on a recent trip to

Mexico and Cuba. The exhibition was held at Carbon Black Gallery in Prahran. Former teachers from Leongatha Secondary College and PIC College, Hawthorn East attended the exhibition.

First show: photographer Jared Beck with former teacher from Leongatha Secondary College, Paul Satchwell.

Illustrator to visit MARION Wilcocks, the illustrator of the popular book, Lennie’s Ride by Mary Small, will visit Leongatha. The artist, who is visiting Australia from the UK, will make a presentation at 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 11 at the Leongatha and District Historical Society, Mechanics Institute, McCartin Street, Leongatha. Marion will display the original watercolours featured in the book and some will be for sale, along with greeting card miniatures. Historical society members and the public are welcome. On Thursday, November 11, children from Leongatha’s five schools will spend the morning with Marion at the historical society. Mary, from Sydney, launched the book in Leongatha in September. It recounts the story of a young Lennie Gwyther, who at the age of nine, rode from Leongatha to Sydney in 1932 on his horse, Ginger Mick, to fulfil a dream to attend the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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FREE entry with a 3 Parks Pass Churchill Island Heritage Farm

Sunday 7 November 2010 | 10am–5pm

Live entertainment, food, gardening advice and ‘hands on’ farming activities including, cow milking, sheep shearing, animal nursery, blacksmithing, horse and cart rides, working dogs, whip cracking and boomerang throwing.

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Woman on a mission THE story goes that a few years back, on a crowded bus trip, a young woman stood up and announced: “My name is Patrice and I need a job, any job, so pass the word and somebody please give me a go”. She was Patrice Muthaymiles Mahoney of Wonthaggi. Her determined spirit led Patrice to find work, first selling fish and chips at the San Remo Fishermen’s CoOp, then as a shop assistant at an art supplier where she learned to make frames. Her interest in art led Patrice to further studies at TAFE where she was awarded the Indigenous Artist of the Year for the Peninsula area. Her tutors saw not only her talent as an artist, but also recognised her understanding of Aboriginal issues and put her forward for the position of Koori liaison officer. Transferring to Monash University to pursue her education, Patrice again took up employment as the Koori Liaison Officer for the university’s Churchill campus. While juggling her studies, work commitments and a young family, Patrice also works tirelessly for her local indigenous community and has helped to open communication between generations of aboriginal people in this area with initiatives such as YARNZ, a voluntary program which brings people together to talk about issues in a social atmosphere. Art is an important part of Patrice’s life and her paintings tell many stories. In a recently completed series called Woman on a Mission, she uses small colourful canvases to tell the story of the 220 year history of the effects of policies and acts on Aboriginal Australians. These powerful paintings will be on exhibition in the Function Room at Archies on the Creek for the month of November, and the public is invited to attend the opening on Saturday, November 6 from 2 to 4pm. Entry is free with a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival. RSVP to 5678 7787. The exhibition continues until November 28 and can be viewed from 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Inspirational woman: indigenous artist Patrice Muthaymiles Mahoney presents a powerful exhibition at Archies on the Creek.

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Painting with wings EMILY Koenders has always had a great passion for her art, and this is only matched by her passion for nature.

Birds and animals, painted in realistic, minute detail, greet visitors to her gallery. Her latest collection of work, With Wings, will be on show at her major exhibition, on now until Sunday, November 7, open daily (including Melbourne Cup Day), 11am to 5pm. A magnificent range of paintings in all shapes and sizes, at very affordable prices (starting as low as a few hundred dollars) are available, and by buying direct from the artist, you save costly commissions. Emily’s paintings have taken on a new importance and provenance since the discovery that she is related to Vincent Van Gogh. It’s no wonder that art is in her veins. Her beautiful depictions of birds are always a favourite with clients, and this exhibition certainly will not disappoint. Wonderful blue wrens on rustic old fences, tiny finches and colourful rosellas,

are all a delight to the eye. As well as these there are impressive oils of wild animals: an elephant at full charge and a majestic tiger which Emily was inspired to paint after her personal encounter with it. The gallery at Fairbank is beautiful in itself. Set amongst fantastic gardens, which are at their best at this time of year, the views are stunning all the way to Mr Oberon at Wilsons Promontory. Emily has had an extremely busy year, but this latest collection showcases her talent in a really special way. Maybe that extra ‘magic’ we can see in her work is a result of another passion in her life, the man she is about to marry two weeks after her exhibition finishes. The Emily Koenders Art Gallery is on Ruby-Fairbank Road, Fairbank. If you have any enquiries, please phone 5662 5808.

Artist at work: Emily Koenders in her Fairbank studio.

Interstate honour: Ann Parry and her award winning work, Maria Creighton of International Power Hazelwood, and Anton Vardy, director, Gippsland Art Gallery.

Parry wins drawing prize A FOSTER artist has won the major award in the 2010 Biennial arc Yinnar Drawing Prize.

Ann Parry won the $2000 prize with her piece Winter Apparel. The $500 highly commended award was given to Brendan Silby of Sale for his work Answers. Judges Colin Suggett of Venus Bay and Catherine Larkins requested that arc make a public mention of art works which made their decision that much harder: Clara Adolphis’ “Backyard Normanhurst” and Terrance Beer’s “Some Kind of Ventilator” were two pieces that received specific commendations in the speeches at the opening. Selecting the best drawings to receive the awards from such an impressive collection of works was no easy task. The Peoples Choice Award $300 will be decided from votes cast by

visitors to the exhibition over the several weeks it remains on show, and will be announced on November 21. The exhibition is open to the public in Main Street, Yinnar until then, and is hosted by Gallery arc and supported by: International Power Hazelwood; Latrobe Valley Enterprises; Morwell Art

and Framing; Allform Industries and Richard Horseman Solicitors. The 2010 drawing prize attracted entries from across Victoria and interstate. For more information visit the website at www. or contact the arc office on 5163 1310 between 12 to 4 pm Tuesday to Friday.

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Yarding plummets THIS is not the time of year for a big drop in supply, but there was an almost 30 per cent fall in numbers. This in itself sparked stronger demand, but there was also some solid competition from restockers for young cattle and cows. The quality was quite mixed, with a number of good to very good quality bullocks and trade cattle penned. However, there were a lot of poor condition dairy cows sold. Prices across the board were unchanged to 5c/kg dearer. The 36 vealers sold very well, making from 175c to 230c, while most of the 70 yearling heifers made between 158c and 186c/kg. The term trade sale is very loosely used, as there were a number of grown heifers penned that made from 140c to 172c/kg. Prime bullock numbers fell, with only 130 head penned, plus there were 20 heavy yearling steers sold too. Prices were 1c dearer, with prime C3 and C4 bullocks making from 172c to 177.2c and medium weights and steers to 178.6c/kg. Manufacturing bullocks sold quite well, especially Friesians, which made 163c to 165c/kg. Others were anywhere be-

tween 140c and 169c/kg. Only just over 400 cows were penned, and included some very good quality European breed cows, through to some very poor light weight dairy cows. Processors paid between 148c and 165c for good quality beef cows, while a range of poor through to

very good quality larger frame Friesian cows made from 135c to 160c/kg. Poor condition cows made 117c to 147c/kg, which helped along very strong restocker competition among buyers. The carcass weight price average was estimated at 298c/kg.

Wednesday, October 27 BULLOCKS 6 B.P. Dilger, Loch 12 W. & J. Leviston, Yinnar 12 J. Forsyth, Thorpdale 7 I. Pollard, Childers 9 R. Duke, Wonthaggi 10 R.J. & W.M. Grylls, Yanakie STEERS 1 D.A. & K. McCaughan, Pound Creek 2 S.M. Davies, Outtrim 1 A. Sparkes, Wonthaggi 1 P.W. & C.A. Crawford, Yanakie 2 D. Dunbar, Wonthaggi 8 I.F. Purbrick, South Yarra COWS 1 Mareeba Park, Jeetho West 1 S.I. Maure, Phillip Island 2 L. & J. Vale, Toora 1 A. & Y. Morrison, Inverloch 2 A.J.P. & J.M. McCormack, Ranceby 1 A.R. & J.M. Schmidt, Poowong HEIFERS 3 S.M. Davies, Outtrim 1 D.A. & K. McCaughan, Pound Creek 1 A. Sparkes, Wonthaggi 1 W.G. Palmer, Port Albert 4 D. & H. Bassed, Waratah North 1 S.J. Vardy, Jack River BULLS 1 B.V. & G.A. Sibly, Woolamai 1 N. & R. Reynoldi, Tarra Valley 1 D.B. & D.M. Fairbrother, Tarwin Lower 1 Caithness Partners, Koonwarra 1 Elm Valley P/L, Kardella 1 D. & S. Morgan, Foster

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215.0 209.6 199.6 195.0 186.2 185.0

$727 $618 $629 $819 $784 $814

770kg 845kg 1095kg 985kg 850kg 850kg

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$1310 $1436 $1852 $1641 $1402 $1402

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Currently milking 31 Litres 61cc - milked on steep country

Don't miss this opportunity to purchase medium framed, neat uddered dairy cows & heifers that have been AI bred for 25 years. This herd ticks all the boxes. Terms are cash or cheque on day of sale or settlement by your Agent - Letter of Introductions MUST be provided. Andrew Mackie 0419 595 932 Brian Leslie 0418 365 934 Luke Russell 0408 313 815

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


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


Thursday, November 4 Store Sale - 10am Wednesday, November 3 Prime Sale - 8.30am


Monday, November 8 Prime Sale - 8am Tuesday, November 9 Export Sale - 8.30am Thursday, November 11 Store Sale - 10am

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Beating acid mat LEN and Anita Trease opened up their farm to visitors recently, sharing what they had learned in the past three years.

Sponsored by Bass Coast Landcare, the field day was all about showing people how the Wattlebank farmers had broken up the acid mat that had bedevilled their property for so long. Acid mat is a thick mat of partially decomposed organic matter on the soil’s surface that has a number of detrimental effects on pasture production, including poor growth, more weeds and bent grass. Len has been “partly involved” with the Landcare network for a number of years through his son Geoff. “It’s only the last three or fours years that I’ve got mobile. We sold our farm and shifted here to Wattlebank. I’ve had more time to devote to the management of the property,” he said. “I’ve farmed all my life. And when I was growing up there was no testing of soils. The scientific side of it’s taken off

in the past 10 to 15 years.” Today “with modern technology and soil testing” the land has even bigger potential. Fertilisers can have their own detrimental effects and ‘soil management’ is what holds sway. Len completed the Bass Coast Landcare Network’s Best Management Practice course in 2006 and used the knowledge to seriously start tackling the problems on his land. In those first days the Treases broke up the acid mat with a moleboard plough. Shortly after they applied Buchan lime at the rate of 2.5 to three tonnes per hectare. The program has yielded positive results, with acid mat and bent grass banished and a return of healthy soil. Bass Coast Landcare co-ordinator Moragh McKay said the organisation was focusing heavily on the health of soil. “Soil issues have been really exacerbated over the dry period we’ve had from the mid 90s to recently. Soils have been a hot topic for a number of years now,” she said.

Happy family: Len Trease (third from left) with son Geoff and grandchildren Louise and Olivia.

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Clearing sale pulls crowd MORE than 300 buyers registered for the massive clearance sale at Dumbalk on Saturday. Cars, and plenty of four-wheel drive vehicles, lined the road near the recreation reserve as people from across the region came to snap up a bargain. The Dumbalk oval was surrounded with goods. There was everything from posts to bridles and machinery to furniture. Even chooks were up for grabs.

One of the organisers, Ian Hengstberger, said there was a good roll up of people and a good lot of stuff. The Tarwin Valley Campdraft Club ran the event. The club thanks the team from Landmark Leongatha, particularly Brian McCormack and Barry Svenson, and the ladies, for their help, and the community for its support. The club is finalising profits from the day.

Sale talk: Gail Tomlin of Leongatha and Max Savige of Alberton at Dumbalk on Saturday morning.

Having a look: Jessica, Alan and Luke Bolding of Kongwak with some horse equipment.

Posts anyone? Ian Hengstberger helps the large crowd know the items on offer.

Church refurbished By Tessa Hayward THE $440,000 refurbishment of St Laurence’s Church has left the 97-year-old church looking brand new.

Coat of paint: Father Peter Kooloos and Tony Kamphuis admire the freshly painted church.

Sheepdog trials start THE annual sheepdog trials at the Korumburra Showgrounds will be held on the first three days of next week, November 8, 9 and 10. Members of the public are welcome to watch the display of dogs and their handlers rounding up sheep provided by Brian and James Kyle.

Last year’s winner Bruce Lang of Whitton, will be there, as will Joan Visca, one of the top women handlers. Bruce is one of a number of entrants from New South Wales coming to Korumburra for the trials. Joan will take part and is one of the judges too. The trials start at 7.30am and run

Father Peter Kooloos believes “it looks like a million dollars.” The sacristy was refurbished and while being re-stumped, an old marble baptistal font was found beneath. It had not been used for more than 30 years. “It was in several different parts and very dirty, but we put it back together,” Father Kooloos said. It is now sitting at the front of the church. The church renovated the sacristy by matching the roof and walls to be the same as the church; redid the roof and insulated the ceiling; refurbished the Stations of the Cross from inside the church; raised the floor for better visibility in the choir section; laid new carpet and painted the whole church, inside and out. The church also refurbished the pews. “They now have cushioning, so the

seats aren’t so hard,” laughed church member, Tony Kamphuis. Parishioners also installed new lighting and ceiling fans with central heating, new audio and IT systems which include big screens in the foyer and side room, new fences and signs outside. Mr Kamphuis said: “The screens allow for the overflow of people on a big occasion, for then they can still see the service. “If there is a wedding and a relative is overseas, they can stream the service live to them through the internet.” The refurbishment was funded by the parish. Father Kooloos is delighted by the renovations. “It looks like a new church,” he said. At Sunday’s Mass, St Laurence’s had two causes for celebration; one being the sainthood for St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and the other being the refurbishments. The St Laurence’s choir sang beautifully and celebrations continued with a shared lunch afterwards.

for most of the day. They have been held at Korumburra for more than 50 years and are sponsored by Alex Scott and Staff and the Korumburra A and P Ladies’ committee. Morning and afternoon tea and lunch will be available at the showgrounds, courtesy of the Korumburra A and P Society ladies.

Report litterers to EPA IT MAY just be a cigarette butt to some but to EPA Victoria it’s a crime. As part of a new advertising campaign, Witnessed a drive-by, EPA is highlighting the problem of littering from vehicles and encouraging people to report car litterers. The campaign depicts litter in a police crime scene and illustrates that when people throw litter out the car window it’s illegal. EPA director environmental services Chris Webb said EPA’s litter reporting program had been well supported since it started in the mid 1990s, with more than 200,000 fines being issued. “This is a public reporting system, it doesn’t work un-

less the community takes action and clearly they have been,” he said. “We all need to understand that we can’t just throw things out the car window when we have no further use for them. We need to take responsibility for what we do and if you are reported for littering you will be fined. “What we throw on our streets ends up blocking our gutters and finds its way into our creeks, rivers and beaches and rubbish from motor vehicles is a major source of litter.” Anyone who ‘witnesses a drive by’ littering offence should record the details and then visit au to make a report.

Buried under the sacristy: Tony Kamphuis and Father Peter Kooloos with the restored baptistal font.

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SHEEP DOG TRIALS November 8, 9 & 10 7.30am start KORUMBURRA SHOWGROUNDS Luncheon and light refreshments available Admission by donation Enq. Judy Macdonald 5664 3285

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2011 Debutante Balls Please call Narelle Polato on 5668 6246 for registrations. Please provide your name, age and contact details of yourself and partner. Cut off date for registration is 11.11.2010. There will be 2 Debutante Balls held next year - being April 8 - 9. Registration will be on a first in basis.

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Gippy Waste Cleaning • Septic Tanks • Portable Toilets • Water Tanks Phone Stephen

OLD PORT POULTRY FARM are delivering 20 week old laying hens to your area, Saturday, November 6, $17 each. Ph: BH 0438-832535, AH 5183-2515.

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SATURDAY, SATU SA TURD TU RDAY RD AY NO NOVE NOVEMBER VEMB VE MBER MB ER 1 13, 3 2 2010 010 01 0 10am - 4pm 220 Wisdom’s Road, Pound Creek (off Koonwarra-Pound Creek Rd) $5 admission - children free Guided bush walks throughout day Music supplied by South Gippsland Shire Brass Band and The Paperhangers Refreshments & light luncheon available All proceeds to the Pound Creek Fire Brigade Enquiries: Tania 5674 5506, Lorraine 5674 5533

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ALLOW CLEAR ACCESS TO WATER METERS South Gippsland Water reads water meters 3 times a year, in March, July and November. This ensures you receive accurate accounts based on the amount of water you have used over the 4 monthly period between accounts. You can help the meter readers to continue this service by maintaining the area around the water meter, so that it is easy to locate, and easy to read. Clear away shrubs and vegetation around the water meter and make sure it is above the ground. Allow a clear track to the meter so that the meter readers can get close enough without having to side step plants and shrubs or step over garden beds. These simple actions will make the reading of meters quick and easy and help keep your accounts as accurate as possible. For more information contact our Customer Service Staff on 1300 851 636 or 5682 0444

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST SOUGHT ELECTRICIANS ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE CONTRACT South Gippsland Water is seeking expressions of interest from qualified electricians across the South Gippsland Region. The work involves 24 hour electrical maintenance, both scheduled and breakdown repair work. This may also include contract work on new projects. Experience with motor control required and working within a SCADA environment would be preferable. Three areas within the region are available: Area 1: Inverloch, Wonthaggi and Cape Paterson Area 2: Leongatha, Meeniyan, Dumbalk, Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora Area 3: Fish Creek, Foster, Toora, Port Welshpool, Port Albert, Yarram and Devon North Further information contact: South Gippsland Water on 1300 851 636 Expressions, indicating which areas are of interest, should be received at the Foster Office by close of business on November 15, 2010. Expressions should be addressed Electrical Maintenance Contract. South Gippsland Water 14-18 Pioneer Street PO Box 102 FOSTER VIC 3960

FORM B SOUTH GIPPSLAND SHIRE COUNCIL PUBLIC NOTICE APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMIT An Application for Planning Permit has been made which may affect you. The land affected by the application is: L13 & L14 of PS524427Q Parish of Leongatha being 9 & 10 Vale Court, Leongatha 3953. The application is for a permit to: Multi Town House Development and 2 Lot Subdivision. The applicant for the permit is: Prom Country Investments Pty Ltd. The application reference number is: 2010/219. You may look at the application and any documents that support the application at the office of the Responsible Authority. The responsible authority is: South Gippsland Shire Council Private Bag 4 9 Smith Street, Leongatha 3953 Viewing of documents can be done during office hours (8.30am to 5pm) and is free of charge. Any person who may be affected by the granting of the permit may object or make other submissions to the Responsible Authority. An objection must be sent to the Responsible Authority in writing, include the reasons for the objection and state how the objector would be affected. If you object, the Responsible Authority will inform you of its decision. The Responsible Authority will not decide on this application until 14 days after the date of this Notice. Dated: 02/11/2010. * Please be aware that copies of submissions received by Council may be made available to any person for the purpose of consideration as part of the planning process.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK? SOUTH GIPPSLAND WATER CUSTOMER SATISFACTION SURVEY – 2010 South Gippsland Water has received a lot of valuable comments, ideas and feedback from our customers over the years, through our customer satisfaction survey. The survey is in the form of phone interviews carried out by an independent market research company, I-view. The survey will be completely confidential and anonymous, only aggregated information will be returned to South Gippsland Water. The information collected is exclusively for South Gippsland Water and will only be used to help us improve our services to you. If you can take the time to answer the survey it will benefit all our customers, including you.

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Council has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, motivated and suitably experienced person to join the Corporate Services Directorate as an Executive Assistant. You will be responsible for providing executive assistance in the delivery of a range of administration activities including managing and organising appointments and meetings, handling correspondence, responding to requests, managing records and facilitating events and functions. <RXZLOOKDYH<HDUVHFRQGDU\HGXFDWLRQDQGD&HUWLÂżFDWH,9LQEXVLQHVVRU equivalent plus extensive experience in an executive administration role or similar. You will be exceptionally customer focussed and be able to demonstrate your advanced word processing and spreadsheet skills and your strong attention to detail. Your professional approach and ability to communicate effectively at all levels across the organisation will be highly regarded. We welcome direct discussion with Lauren Green, Executive Assistant to the CEO on (03) 5662 9200, regarding this role.

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PHARMACY ASSISTANTS LEONGATHA A unique opportunity exists for Permanent Part Time Pharmacy Assistants within Leongatha. The Leongatha Terry White Chemist is seeking motivated and passionate people to join their team. To be successful in obtaining this position, you must be enthusiastic, have highly developed people skills and be passionate about delivering exceptional customer service to our valued customers. If you feel you have the attributes required to fulfill this position, please contact the Chemist on 5662 2183 to arrange a copy of the position description, prior to sending your resumĂŠ and covering letter to: The Manager, Terry White Chemist 42 Bair Street, Leongatha 3953.



OPENING SOON Fulltime, Part time and Casual Crew member positions available for day, night, weekend and overnight work at the new McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant opening at Bass in December. â&#x20AC;˘ No experience necessary â&#x20AC;˘ Full training provided â&#x20AC;˘ Uniforms provided â&#x20AC;˘ Flexible rosters â&#x20AC;˘ Great career opportunities If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking not for just a job but a fun, flexible and rewarding work environment with great benefits and conditions and would like more information, or to apply, go to: or email for an application form. Call 0412 233 541 if you have any more queries

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FARMHAND - Casual. For beef and lamb property. Shane 0407-805253.


MILKER Part Time, Waratah North, 600 cow farm, 5-6 milkings per week, rotary dairy. Phone Graeme 0427-634233.

Full time/part time or contract position for an experienced spray painter. Contact Greg’s Panels 5672 1576 - 0409 006 673

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MILKING POSITION Korumburra South. Regular milkings, rotary dairy. Ph: 0427-667114. ROOF PLUMBER required, labour only, to fix roof in Koonwarra. Full or Part Time. Glen: 0429-021956.


A position is available on a progressive dairy farm to work as part of our milking team. Applicants should be reliable, honest and self motivated. For more information phone 0417 519 899.

1. Delivery Driver (Plaster) 2. Driver’s Assistant (Plaster)

Café Assistant

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Wonthaggi Store

Customer Service Yard Person A high customer service focus is essential and the successful applicant will have the following attributes: • An approachable and friendly nature • Be team orientated • A current forklift licence will be an advantage • Good computer skills • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of OH & S standards • Knowledge of timber and timber products will be an advantage If you believe you have the qualities we are looking for, you are invited to apply in writing by Friday, November 5, 2010 to: Store Manager, Capeview Mitre 10, Cape Paterson Road, Wonthaggi or by email:

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It’s time to combine your skills into one fulfilling and challenging role. This exciting role will see you doing general administrative duties one minute and identifying sales opportunities the next. The unique opportunity exists in a supportive and friendly team environment. The successful applicant must be highly motivated, have strongly developed people skills and be passionate about delivering exceptional service to our valued customers. • Proven office administration experience • Experience / strong interest in Interior Decoration • Knowledge and experience in Quickbooks advantageous • Exceptional presentation All applications to: The Manager Invisage Interiors & Quality Window Furnishings 22a Cashin Street, Inverloch Vic 3996 or fax 5674 6249 Applications close November 9 Full Time - Award Ages

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x Earn while gaining an accredited qualification on the jo Apprenticeships Group Australia (AGA) in conjunction with Burra Foods are seeking a motivated individual to complete a Food Processing Traineeship. AGA is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping young people gain a qualification and get th career started through apprenticeships and traineeships with host employers, in this case, Burra Foo Burra Foods are a growing Australian based company, which produces a range of premium dairy pr for the domestic & international market. In a new initiative the company is offering the opportunity right person to undertake a Traineeship. You will gain exposure to all aspects of the dairy industry concurrently undertaking studies in a Certificate 2 in Food Processing. A good grasp of science is critical, as is a willingness to continue studies in order to advance to a senior role within the company. Successful completion of Year 11 or 12 with science-based stu preferred. Following completion of the Traineeship it is anticipated that the graduate would be em in a production or technical role within the company. This is a great opportunity for a person who is willing to learn and gain experience in the dairy industry and gain improved qualifications through the support of the company. Excellent career prospects exist. If you are looking for an opportunity to work for a friendly medium-sized business in Korumburra then please visit for an application form and position description. Applications close 12th November.

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(Relief Position 03/01/2011 for four weeks) Qualified and experienced Chef/Cook required to supervise kitchen and staff at Mirboo North ACF for four weeks in January 2011. Must have extensive experience, preferably possess Food Safety for Supervisors certificate with Aged Care competencies or similar and a current National Police Check is required. Please apply to: Amanda Jones, Mirboo North ACF 27 Giles Street, Mirboo North, Vic. 3871 or Alternatively phone 5667 9100 for further information

Company Director on hand November 6, 7 & 8 LOOK - TALK - ENQUIRE re Regent full range of quality vans Further info 5662 2169



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

A’VAN, 2007, excellent condition, solar power, reverse camera, awning, Reg: R94583, $25,500. Ph: 5662-4248, mob. 0438574070.

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Ref. no: 14674 3 x Positions Available Up to 76 Hours per fortnight 1 x Permanent Full Time Position based in Bairnsdale 1 x Permanent Full Time Position based in Korumburra 1 x Fixed Term Position to 30 June 2011 based in Korumburra An opportunity exists for a suitably qualified, experienced, client and family focused health professional to join this dynamic team as a Case Manager. If you enjoy working with individual clients within the context of their own community and contributing to a supportive team, we would like to hear from you. The role of a Case Manager is to provide case management to consumers with a disability and to the frail aged. Case Managers assist older people, people with a disability and their carers to maximise their quality of life. Assisting them to stay connected with the community for as long as possible. As Case Managers, we see our relationship with consumers as a mutual endeavour between active participants in the giving and receiving of support. We believe consumers have the right, capacity and strength to determine and achieve their goals and objectives. We believe in the intrinsic worth and dignity of our consumers, and are committed to the values of acceptance, self-determination and respect of individuality. To ensure all selection criteria is met, a university level qualification in a related discipline is needed. Please Contact Cameron Murdoch on 03 5622 7426 or Jane Baxter on 03 5152 0503 for more information. Closing date for applications is 4:30pm, Monday 8 November 2010. Applications received for the above positions MUST address the stated Selection Criteria on the Position Description. Please visit website for further information and to lodge your electronic application. …Better health, Better lifestyles, Stronger communities…

CARAVAN pop-top, 1993, ex. condition, 13ft 6” easy tow. Rear entrance, twin beds, well equipped kitchen, ample storage. $10,000 ONO. 5684-1363. CARDS, Bibles, giftware available New Beginnings Christian Bookshop, 38 Bair Street, Leongatha, 5662-0999. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175

HAY - small square bales, $6 each. Fully shedded, suitable for horses, never been wet. Quality guaranteed. No weeds. Mardan - 5664-1320, 0428999691. HEN HOUSES, large or small, made locally. Ring Denis 5664-2443.

JAYCO CARAVAN, Poptop, 2 rear bunks, side kitchen, front lounge / double bed, 16½ ft, full oven. Plus annex. VGC, $9,500 ONO. 5668-7202.



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Required for a busy café in Leongatha Monday to Friday


To carry out all repairs and servicing on all makes and models. Experience with 4x4 would be an advantage. PART TIME / FULL TIME FLEXIBLE DAYS/HOURS Above award wages Contact Clint: 5682 1211 or A/H 0427 862 307

WORK WANTED between business hours and maybe weekends. Will do almost anything. Meeniyan area. Phone after 6pm or between 9am-3pm. 0438329578.

Wonthaggi Store

A high customer service focus is essential and the successful applicant will have the following attributes: • An approachable and friendly nature • Be team orientated • A current forklift licence will be an advantage • Must have current Medium Rigid Truck Licence (Truck Licence not essential for driver’s assistant) • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of OH & S standards If you believe you have the qualities we are looking for, you are invited to apply in writing by Friday, November 5, 2010 to: Store Manager, Capeview Mitre 10, Cape Paterson Road, Wonthaggi or by email:


RAMS - Poll Dorset and Border Leicester. Flock registered, brucellosis accredited, well grown, $300 each. Can deliver. 0428-356376 or 56862699.

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Weekly takings $6,500 - $7,500 15kg of coffee a week Open ONLY 5 days Very cheap rent: $416 a week Fantastic location Call Karli 0409 965 540 or Marc 0412 359 907

QUAKER SHED - 6x8 mtr, 5 rooms, int. stairs, lined. Buyer to remove. $10,000. 5638-6007.

REPTILES - Baby Red Phased Bearded Dragons. Specialist breed. Bright yellow and orange colourings. Basic reptile licence required. $90 each. Call 5659-8254.

SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662.

SURPLUS square bales hay, dry, shedded, $5 per bale. Pick up only. Ph: 0409-270500.

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

TREATED pine posts, 100mm x 100mm x 3 metre, $5 per metre. Half price. 0427-641326.

WINTEC SADDLE 500, fully mounted, VG cond. $300. Ph: 5657-3298.

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

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TRACTOR Claas Ares 567 4WD 114 hp 24 spd Pwrshst trans 12 spd creep box Climate control 2500 hours Excellent Condition Reg 61650FJ $68,200 neg. incl GST Phone 0417 990 558 CASE International 8545 centre line high capacity small square baler. Deutz / M 3PL, 3 metre rotary rake. Stihl BT106 motorised post auger. Yamaha TTR50 motorbike. Rider outgrown. Excellent condition. Ph: 0419-476990, 5668-2320.



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

Bass Coast Metal Recyclers 5672 2946 0417 556 593 FORD station wagon, 2005, white, auto, 210,000km, UFM232.$6,500. Ford station wagon, 2001, silver, auto, 174,000km, RJY545. $6,000. Both vehicles in good condition and serviced regularly. Ph: 0418515612. HOLDEN Vectra 2000 sedan, 2.2 lt auto, a/c, p/s, 95,000km, reg. June 2011, EC, $7,250 with RWC. Ph: 5662-3120.

wanted to buy FURNITURE: Parker, Noblett, Tessa, Chiswell, Moran, or any quality brand name used furniture. Phone Wendy on 0409-234482. OLD MOTORBIKES road, trail, motocross, farm, scooters, 4WDs, minis, wrecks or just parts. Cash paid. 5664-8344. OLD CARS and trucks: Holden, Ford, Valiant, Chevrolet, hot rods, abandoned projects, wrecks or parts. Not for scrap. 0488-294894.

lost ONE tandem trailer tailboard, between Koonwarra Saleyards and Mardan. 5664-1292.


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Phone JOHN GOULD 5664 0012


FREE HAY & SILAGE Have your hay and silage done on a share system NO NEED TO SPEND A CENT!!! With the Australian dollar so high Poor milk prices Poor beef prices BEST OF ALL IT WON'T COST YOU A CENT! Why not take advantage of this offer now because it won't last. To beat the Christmas rush and to avoid missing out, phone Peter 5627 5586, mobile 0459 400 168.

livestock ALPACA SALE Certified males, pregnant females, young alpacas. Need to sell, no reasonable offer refused. Ph: 5663-2341.

garage sales

GARAGE SALE 45 Chamberlain Drive LEONGATHA


bereavement thanks

MUNDAY (Boyle) - Mike and Penny welcome with joy a baby boy, Cole Kenneth Munday, a brother for Joshua.

marriage celebrant

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

PAM HERRALD 5662 2553 0438 097 181

(entrance Lapin Crt) Household goods, computer parts, books, magazines, bric-a-brac, Trailer-a-Mate


Saturday & Sunday, November 6 & 7 9am - 4pm



Sunday, November 7 Start 8.30am Bikes, household goods, toys, computer and beds

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message of hope YOU that are righteous, be glad and rejoice because of what the Lord has done. You that obey Him, shout for joy! Psalm 32:11.

meetings Calling all VFF/UDV members in South Gippsland and Bass Coast

A MEETING to work on Water submission At NCDEA Smith Street, Leongatha

At 8pm

November 8, 2010 Contact: Meg 0408 514 048 or

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MALONE - John Patrick (J.P.) Thank you sincerely to all those at Seahaven and Wonthaggi Hospital who provided care and love for Dad over the last 18 months. Maggie and Mary Malone. MURPHY - Bryan John. Thank you to Dr Hugh Chisholm, Mary and Jo Palliative Care Unit and all the nursing staff at the Leongatha Hospital for their support and care of our Dad, Bryan. Jennie and Kae.

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Tender - Audit Services The Catholic Education Office and the thirty-four Primary Schools throughout the Diocese of Sale invite suitably qualified Accounting Firms to tender for the provision of Auditing Services, for the Year Ending December 31, 2010. The Catholic Education Office for the Diocese of Sale is located in Warragul. Closing Date: Friday 19th November 2010 For further information please contact Jo Harris on 5622 6613 or email



WOORAYL GOLF CLUB A.G.M. AT CLUBHOUSE ON November 28 at 4pm All members are urged to attend. Enquiries to Secretary on 5668 5285

A SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING of the Woorayl Golf Club will be held on November 26 (Presentation Night) commencing at 7.30pm Enquiries contact Graeme Winkler on 5662 2231


PUBLIC MEETING To be held at Grandstand Function Rooms on November 22 commencing at 7.30pm The purpose of the meeting is to nominate no less than three (3) or more than twelve (12) persons as the Committee of Management for the Leongatha Agricultural Recreation Reserve for a term of three years. The current committee’s term will expire on January 14, 2011. All positions will be declared open and nominations will be accepted prior to or on the night. Nominations from women are encouraged. Further information, nomination forms and nominee declaration forms may be obtained by contacting your local Department of Sustainability and Environment office or at the meeting. For further enquiries please contact the secretary, Frank Dekker on 5668 5285.

18th Annual General Meeting Members of the public are invited to attend the 18th Annual General Meeting of Gippsland Southern Health Service. The meeting will be held in Leongatha at The Uniting Church in Australia Hall, 16 Peart Street, Leongatha on Thursday, November 25, 2010 commencing at 4pm. The President of the Board of Management, Mr David Harvey, will report on the 18th year of operation of GSHS, and release the Quality of Care Report and Financial Statements for the year ended June 30, 2010. 14 days notice must be given for any resolution to be considered. If you wish to attend, please contact the Executive Assistant on 5667 5504 or email Light refreshments will be available.

in memoriam PAYNE - Edwin Henry (Eddie). 20.3.1922 - 1.11.2009 Your presence we miss, your memory we treasure. Loving you always, forgetting never. Norma, Graeme, Malcolm. YOUNG - Bev and Gordon 4/11/03 “We remember the happy times”. Coral, Colin and families.


Farewell Rob Armstrong The President and members of the Stony Creek Racing Club are saddened to hear of the death of Rob Armstrong last Saturday. Rob Armstrong was a stalwart of the Stony Creek Racing Club for many years. His contribution as treasurer, committee member, planner, advocate and marketeer were of immeasurable benefit to the club. He argued persuasively with a variety of organisations large and small on behalf of the club, especially in his time as Chief Executive Officer, a position he held for several years on an honorary basis. As part of the team (he and his wife Lee) completed so many tasks on behalf of the club, particularly around race meetings, Rob Armstrong instilled confidence that all would be right on the day. This team did whatever had to be done to ensure the club’s progress. This outstanding contribution warranted the awarding of life membership to Rob and Lee Armstrong last year. Our condolences are extended to Lee Armstrong and the Armstrong family. Paul Boag, President and Chairman, Stony Creek Racing Club. HAMILTON (nee Fyffe) Judith. Passed away peacefully at Clare Holland House, Barton ACT after a long illness on Sunday, October 24, 2010. Aged 64 years. Late of Jerrabomberra, formerly of Wodonga, Shepparton and Fish Creek. Beloved wife of Tony, loved mother of Robert and Lucy, Andrew and Carolyn. Dear Nana of Henry and Isobella; Tristan and Hayden. Second daughter of the late Raymond and Linda Fyffe, dearly loved sister and sister-in-law of Isobel and Ian, Sue and Graham. Loving Aunty Judy to Sarah, Peter, Kerry and James; David and Emma, Gary and Emily, Greg and Melissa. Free at last.


MALONE - John (J.P.) Patrick. Passed away peacefully at Seahaven, Inverloch on October 31, 2010. Dearly loved husband of Marjorie Therese (dec.). Much loved and respected father and father-in-law of John and Therese, Eileen and Gus, Katie and Mick, Maggie and Mary. Dearly loved Grandpa of Lucy, Beth, Geordie; David, Matthew and Victoria, and Anthony; Laura and Amanda and great granddaughter Samantha. Mum and Dad reunited. Now rest at peace.

MALONE - John P. The Board of Management and members of Leongatha Golf Club are saddened at the loss of a fellow golfer and mate, J.P. We extend our sympathy to his family at this sad time.

MURPHY - Bryan John. Passed away peacefully at Leongatha Hospital on October 25, 2010. Aged 83 years, late of Leongatha. Beloved husband of Beatrice (dec.). Dearly loved father of Jennie and Mike, Kae and Barry and loving Pa of Lachlan. Much loved. To my Papasun, you fought such a battle but what wonderful memories you have left. Forever in my heart. - Jennie. Dad, a life lived to the full. Many laughs and tales told. Murph, a great mate for a father-in-law. As Pa to Lachlan, you made treasured memories. Forever in our hearts. Jennie, Mike, Kae, Barry and Lachlan.

MURPHY - B.J. Such a special part of our lives and family. We will miss you dearly Murph. Nola, Allen and Rhett.

WRIGHT Mervyn Edward. Peacefully, of Finley NSW, on October 26, 2010. Aged 79. Loved husband of Dorothy. Beloved father of Glenda, Debbie, Lynette, Gary and Trevor, and their families. Loved and respected brother of Dorothy Timmins and brother-in-law of Brae. Perfect peace at last.

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“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - PAGE 51

Race club in shock THE mood was solemn as committee members assembled for the annual general meeting of the Stony Creek Racing Club last Thursday night.

The shock from hearing about the accidental death of life member Rob Armstrong was still reverberating around the room. President and chairman Paul Boag issued a statement to The Star saying “the president and members of the Stony Creek Racing Club are saddened to hear of the death of Rob Armstrong last Saturday.” “Rob Armstrong was a stalwart of the Stony Creek Racing Club for many years. His contribution as treasurer, committee member, planner, advocate and marketeer were of immeasurable benefit to the Club,” Mr Boag said. “He gave unstintingly to the revival of the club’s fortunes by recruiting members and sponsors; he encouraged and guided staff through many developments in the workplace; and he initiated new procedures that increased the service output at Stony Creek. “Rob argued persuasively with a variety of organisations large and small on behalf of the club and he steadfastly pursued his plans for the club, especially in his time as Chief

Executive Officer, a position he held for several years on an honorary basis. “Rob Armstrong was a club member and committee man who ensured his views were strongly presented at all times. “As part of the team (he and his wife Lee) completed so many tasks on behalf of the club, particularly around race meetings. Rob instilled confidence that all would be right on the day. This team helped with the cleaning, drafted the newsletters, organised the temporary and continuing staffing, pacified the excited patrons, counted the money, wrote the letters and organised the committee meetings. “The team was a valuable role model for voluntary, professional work that is the mainstay of so many organisations in regional Victoria. This outstanding contribution warranted the awarding of life memberships to Rob and Lee Armstrong last year. “Our condolences are extended to Lee Armstrong and the Armstrong family,” Mr Boag concluded. The funeral for Mr Armstrong was held last Friday.

Cup tour: the late Rob Armstrong (left) was instrumental in having the Melbourne Cup tour visit Leongatha in November 2008. He is pictured with legendary jockey Roy Higgins and Alex Holness.

GCL Under 16s Stony Creek Racing Club Leongatha Squash THE LDCA team for Island; Nick Moore, THE match of the be holding its annual gen- November 7 at Kee- Town; Jayson Meade, reviews its year week was a great five eral meeting on Tuesday, gan Street Morwell, Korumburra; Nathan STONY CREEK Racing Club reflected on its 2009/10 racing season last Thursday night at the club’s annual general meeting.

Members were stunned by the recent news of the death of one of the club’s life members, Rob Armstrong, as a result of an accident. (See separate story) In other news the president’s report stated that the highlight of the year was the awarding of life memberships to Rob and Lee Armstrong, Barbara Boag, Barbara Fuller, and Kath and Stuart Laing. “I was delighted to present certificates to these splendid members of the Club at a special ceremony during the Easter Sunday meeting,” said president Paul Boag. “Fortuitously, it proved to be possible to include Lee and Rob Armstrong in the ceremony as well. Both Lee and Rob had been awarded life membership in the previous year. The ceremony was a great success, particularly as it was a public occasion

witnessed by many of our members.” Although some of the club’s meets were marred by rain, a few of them were well attended. “Cup Day proved to be a challenge for all involved, with difficult weather conditions all around the region; despite this there was some very competitive racing,” said Mr Boag. “(But) the season opener Ladies Day, was well attended, proving to be popular once again. This meeting was followed by our Christmas Party race day, with pleasant conditions and strong fields, another great day had by all.” The president, who was re-elected into his position for season 2010/11, finished his address by looking into the new season. “Finally, the club looks forward to building the future. Your support is needed, in fact it is essential,” Mr Boag said. “I want to encourage you to continue to support country racing in general and Stony Creek in particular.”

Korumburra domestic basketball Results - October 25 16 Boys: Spurs 43 (B. Dorling 25) d Celtics 16 (B. Cosson 7); Jazz 45 (D. Hansch 14) d Bulls 43 (A. O’Neil 15). 18 Boys: Jeffs 59 (Z. Mayo 10) d Rodwell 38 (B. Wylie 14); Mortimer 55 (T. Goss 15) d Olden 40 (B. Johnson 17). B Women: Miami 37 (C. Herbert 12) d Bunch of Grapes 19 (T. West 6); Blondies 31 (M. Kyle 6) d Hoodies 27 (S. Walker 10). A Women: Bird 44 (K. Bentvelzen 12) d Shamrocks 35 (K. Gow 14); Grovers 43 (T. Robb 16) d Harp 35 (C. Welsh 13). 10 Girls: Dark 22 (S. Walker 6) d Light 4 (S. Trewin 2). 12/14 Girls: Cosson 34 (C. Hogg 14) d Donohue 20 (C. Nestoriwsky 10); Fitzgerald 32 (C. Wylie 8) d Blair 17 (P. Lamb-Hale 9). 16 Girls: Spirit 45 (H. Engel 18) d Rangers 26 (E. Sorrel 18); Capitals 36 (A. Moriarty 15)

d Boomers 23 (K. Bentvelzen 9). Masters: BSC 36 (L. Lamers 8) drew Mixtures 36 (I. Glasscock 17); Doggers 39 (M. Gray 0) d Witches Hats (S. Fox 0); Trav. Gilmores 36 (G. Higgins 0) d Local Blokes 26 (J. Heylen 0). A Men: Molten 80 (A. Snooks 18) d Amberfluids 48 (L. Byrnes 26); Wildcats 56 (J. Rippingale 19) d Bird 44 (S. Edwards 19). 10 Boys: Tigers 11 (C. Alger 4) d Crocs 5 (L. Hall 2); Breakers 14 (R. Tracey 7) d Kings 10 (Z. Olden 8). 12 Boys: Sixers 40 (J. Wyhoon 20) d Blaze 10 (D. Goad 4); Hawks 16 (J. Celebrine 6) d Bullets 10 (N. Wylie 6). 14 Boys: Magic 41 (J. Macri 18) d Lakers 28 (I. Brain 26).

Senior GCL side FOLLOWING is the team for the senior GCL cricket match, round 2 vs Alberton at Alberton West this Sunday, November 7. 1. Jason Wilson (capt) - OMK. 2. Adam Eddy Imperials. 3. Ryan Thomas Workmens. 4. Matt Johnson – Miners. 5. Ryan B. Thomas Miners. 6. Tim Wightman Nerrena. 7. Udara Weerasinghe - Korumburra. 8. Sam Sperling - K/ RSL. 9. Lachie Sperling K/RSL. 10. Mitchell Clark Nerrena. 11. Daniel Jago Town. 12. Andrew Donohue Miners. Meet at Leongatha turf at 8.15am. Contact selectors Clive Salmon 0427 802 928 or Gary Sauvarin 0407 343204 if unavailable. Kristian Gray - Manager 0439 825 168.

set battle between Bob Wong and Di Butterworth.

These two always have a good tough game and this match was no exception. Bob took the first two games with Di coming back and taking the third and fourth games, evening the match. The fifth game was closely contested, with Bob hanging on to take the win and the match. Bob three games 33 points to Di two games 34 points. The Squash Club will

November 23 at the squash courts at 7.30pm. All members are requested to attend this meeting.

Results A Grade

Jelly Beans 4-12-134 d Chicos 0-5-107; Bullets 2-8-107 d Jelly Babies 2-7100; Witcheties 2-9-105 d Bananas.

B Grade Cats 2-8-106 d Swans 2-7-93; Pies 4-12-129 d Hawks 0-4-94; Dogs 2-9123 d Tigers 2-8-94.

Leongatha District Cricket Association Umpire Appointments EVANS PETROLEUM Round 5 - November 6 & 13 Home team Grade A1 Koonwarra-RSL Inverloch as Won Workmens Korumburra Grade A2 Phillip Island an Fish Crk-Tarwin Glen Alvie Foster Grade B1 Won Miners Nerrena Lanyon Imperials Paddy Cummins OMK Grade B2 MDU Kilcunda-Bass Herb Roberts Poowong-Loch Town Grade C1 Inverloch Korumburra Won Workmens Phillip Island Grade C2 Kilcunda-Bass Poowong-Loch MDU Imperials Won Workmens

Away Team

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v Won Miners v Nerrena

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Terry Rogers Brendon Thom-

v Imperials v OMK

W Turf Graham Laird Kor Clive Salmon


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10.15am start. Players to be at ground by 9.30am. Coaches: Darren Scott, Jarryd Scott, Korumburra. If unavailable please contact Geoff Wyatt 5659 8225 by Thursday night. Thomas Wyatt, OMK; Jake Cochrane, OMK; Eli Richards, Phillip Island; Michael Manteit, Phillip

Allen, Korumburra; Cam Harris, MDU; Ryan Olden, MDU; Jacob Dakin, Kil/ Bass; Ben Foon, Miners; Daniel Britton, Fish Creek. Emergencies: Royston McGavin, Imperials; Trent Hamilton, Miners; James Sherrin, Workmens; Max Francis, Phillip Island.

Leongatha indoor netball Draw - Nov 8 Juniors: 6.30 - Junior Vixens v Walawalawinchas; 6.30 - Gunners v Stars; Swifts - bye. Seniors: 7.15 - Mixtures v MJA; 7.15 - Odd Bods v Beta Blockers; 8.00 Divas v The Reps; 8 - LOLS v Rising Stars.

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

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Leongatha DESPITE the wet Saturday, a good number of golfers managed to complete their rounds and some effective scoring was seen. Thirty-nine points was the magic number for both Gordon Morrison (A Grade) and Rob Thurston (B Grade) to secure the prizes. Peter Stivic also notched 39 points but was out on a countback. Dan Malone is becoming the propin champ, winning again, while Ken Gardner won nearest the pin on the 16th hole. Ball winners: P. Stivic 39, R. Davies, P. Richardson, D. Comrie 38; M. Fraser 37, N. Cairns, G. Burt, J. Feddersen 35; K. Finney, I. Barlow, M. Kavanagh 34 Tuesday The greens were very slick and the effect on golfers was evident as down the line balls went to 31 points compared to 36 last week. Ted Bruinewoud and David Vorwerg were locked together on 40 points. David who was processing the cards was generous in handing the winner’s prize to Ted. David also won nearest the pin on the 14th, with Chris Leaver winning on the 16th.

Ball winners: P. Hobson, A. Clemann, P. Waters 37; K. Scott 35, J. Arnott 34, J. Eabry, R. Brown 33, R. Birrell, G. McDonald 32; H. Goodman 31. Thursday Fourball events are requiring better scores to win since the handicap system changed. Four pairs scored 47 points or better and that is unusual for our course. Col and Al Sperling were comfortable in the clubhouse with 48 points until Peter Hartigan and current world-beater John King arrived, also with 48, and ended up winning on a countback. Andy Cairns and Geoff McDonald were the nearest the pin winners and the following pairs won down the line balls: D. Reaby - P. Waters 47, R. Paice - L. Newton 47, K. Scott - P. Horman 46, S. Fisher G. McRitchie 44, K. Castwood - F. Smedley 43. On Saturday the November medal will be decided and also the Star medallist, so all you medal winners since last November, make sure you play. Round two of the Gordon West nine hole teams event is on Sunday and the tournament events begin on

November 11. Ladies IT was just as well the course had dried up so well by last Wednesday, October 27, as the postponed Chris Perrett 27 hole Scratch Foursomes was played on that day. This is a Board event generously sponsored by Chris, and the only 27 hole event we play. Winners were that experienced pair Trish Owen and Maxine Eabry with 136 off the stick. They also won the day’s event, sponsored by Colin Watson Holden with net 104 1/2. Marianne Leaver and Jan Paice, 160 / 109 3/4, were runners-up, which was a great effort from a relatively new golfer, and someone who hasn’t played at Leongatha for a great length of time. Di Williams and Dot Stubbs 112, Wendy Surman and Deb. Miller 114 1/2, Pat Pease and Wendy Brown 115 1/2, and Joc. Howson and Glenyce McRobert 116 1/2 all won balls. Wendy Surman was the winner of the stableford competition on Saturday 30, from Di Williams 37, and Reanna Matthews 36. Wendy was also nearest the pin.

Game of golf: Ron Paice (Inverloch), Jim Arnott (Inverloch), David Vorwerg (Leongatha) and Les Newton (Venus Bay) at Leongatha last week.

Joan Beaumont Plate MEENIYAN Ladies held their annual Joan Beaumont Plate on Friday October 29. There were 72 players and they enjoyed a beautiful day and some fun golf. The Foster branch of the Bendigo Bank sponsored the day once again and was represented by Alan VanKuyk. The club’s best wishes go out to Joan Beaumont who unfortunately broke a leg recently. The winners were Leongatha one Rebecca Thomas, Wendy Brown Sharon Rayson and Carol Sowden with a score of 57 net. The runners-up were Meeniyan two Sheila Constantine, Fay Smallman, Nancy Hammett and Linda Brown with 58.25. Down the line balls to Meeniyan one Dot Christie, Gwen Heppell, Kristen Elliott and Lyn Jennison 58.75, Meeniyan four Sue Hoskin, Veronica Park, Mary Trease and Nereda Scholte 58.875, nearest the pin on the second Dot Elliott, eighth Ann Blundy,


OUR Saturday medal round was sponsored by Kelvin Smith and we played for the October medal. The A Grade winner was Graeme Calder with 66 net, B Grade was won by George Johnson with

Mirboo North RESULTS of the ladies stableford competition held on Wednesday, October 27: The winner was Sandra Hughes (hcp 30) 37 pts. Down the line: Lynne Winderlich 36 pts, Raine Leslie 35, Sandy Taylor 34. Nearest the pin 13th Sandy Taylor. Birdies: Raine Leslie 16th, Lynne Winderlich 16th, Jeanne St Ellen 16th, Sandra Hughes 16th. Thursday, October 28 There were 23 starters for the stableford event on Thursday and the CCR was 69. A Grade winner was Greg Gunn (36) 42. Down the line: Wayne Reynolds (14) 41, Tony Toma-

On the green: Grant McRitchie (Inverloch) and brothers Alan and Colin Sperling (Leongatha) last Thursday.

Dot Christie Meeniyan Ladies President: accepts the sponsorship cheque from Alan Van Kuyk, Bendigo Bank Foster rep. 11th Sharyn Rayson and 17th Veronica Park. Thank you to our wonderful men in the kitchen serving a great lunch and cleaning up for the ladies with help from Chris McLean, also to Denise for the beautiful scones. Wednesday, October 27 Beautiful weather greeted 22 ladies as they

a 65 net, and C Grade and the medal went to Tim Burgess with 64 net. Balls went to D. Dwyer, P. Burgess, R. Goodwin, J. Hassett, T. Jackson, B. Hughes, M. Wood and A. Hills. The nearest the pins went to D. Dwyer (8th) and G. Calder (17th). da (23) 41, Garry Shandley (36) 41. Birdies: Mal Payne (4th), Garry Shandley (13th). Saturday, October 30 There were 19 starters for the stableford event played on Saturday, CCR was 70. There was one grade, 19 players only, and the winner was John Blunsden (24) 42 points. Down the line: Gary Shandley C (35) 40, G. Gunn B (35) 40. Nearest the pin: 4th Ian Evison, 6th G. Gunn, 16th Mal Payne. Pro-pin: 6th G. Gunn, 1st 2nd shot T. Bradshaw. Birdies: 4th Ian Evison, 6th Phil Garlick, 16th Max Fletcher.

played single stableford. The section one winner was Dot Christie with 33 points, section two was won by Linda Brown with 30 points, the best nine went to Janine Redpath with 19 points. Down the line balls to Irene Holm 30, Veronica Park 30, Mary Trease 30 Tanya Thorson 29 and

The day’s putting competition was won by Terry Lund with 26 putts. The Thursday bar voucher went to B. Challis with 42 points and balls to S. Duffield, B. Thomas and B. Fiek. The chook run saw chickens go to R. Hughes and C. Wilson, with balls to T. Burgess, G. Winkler and B. Hogan. Next weekend our club championship starts, so get your name on the start sheet.

Woorayl ladies THE event played was the second round of the championships, with the day’s event sponsored by Nagel’s Amcal Pharmacy. The winners were: A Grade Anne Grist (19) with a score of 72, B Grade Pauline Lancaster (23) 76, C Grade Di O’Connor (32) 70, D Grade Pat Harvey (37) 79. Balls down the line were won by Marlene Rayson, Fay Maynard,

Gwen Heppell 29 points. A big thank you to David Thomson the curator and his many workers who have put in long hours trying to keep up with the spring growth. Your effort is very much appreciated by the members.

Karin McKenzie, Thel Scoble and Sue Wakefield. Nearest the pin on the 8th Di O’Connor, 17th Chris Perrett, 2nd shot on 11th Chris Perrett. Broken handicaps for Marlene Rayson and Di O’Connor. The championship leaders in each grade are: A Grade Karin McKenzie 185, B Grade Pauline Lancaster 197, C Grade Marlene Rayson 207, D Grade Pat Harvey 225. Karin McKenzie and Anne Grist are tied in the lead of both the Dot Forrester 54 hole event and the senior ladies championship. Next week will be the final round of the championships and the November monthly medal, with the daily event sponsored by the Robjant family.

Perfect for golf: Keith MacFarlane (Pound Creek), John Eabry (Inverloch), and son and father Robert (Forest Hill) and Bob Jamieson (Inverloch) before they hit off at Leongatha Golf Club.

Foster SATURDAY October 30 – fourball multiplication Dezzy and Nics Take Away trophy. Winners: Don Cripps (21) and Trevor Jones (31) 82. Runners-up: Jim Parry (13) and Robert Fulton (17) 79. Down the line balls: Phil Harris (14) and Pat McKay (8) 77. Nearest the pin: 6th G Wright, 15th Murdock Menzies. Friday October 29 - twilight stableford. Winner: Bill Fuller (31) 21 points. Down the line balls: M. Parker (36) 18 points, Sheron Cripps (27) 15 points, Trevor Jones (31) 14 points. Thursday October 28 - stableford. Winner: Dave Hutchinson (17) 41 points. Down the line balls: George Draeger (29) 37 points, Lloyd McKenzie (12) 36 points. Nearest the pin: 6th Kevin Witheridge. Wednesday October 27 - second round club championships, Val Williams trophy. A Grade winner: Gale Tyers (13) 80 / 67 net. B Grade winner: Pam Witheridge (31) 111 / 72 net.

Putting: Barbara Warren 26 putts. Down the line balls: Anne Horstra (20) 70 net, Barbara Warren (13) 71 net, Robyn Galloway (11) 72 net, Val Gow (39) 73 net. Nearest the pin: 6th Gale Tyers, 17th Maxine Symmons. Tuesday October 26 – stableford. Winner: Robert Fulton (17) 37 points. Down the line balls: Dave Hutchinson (17) 35 points on countback. Nearest the pin: 13th Robert Fulton. Coming events Tuesday November 2 – Melbourne Cup Day. Men’s and ladies stableford. Wednesday November 3 - third round club championships, Beth Curram trophy. Thursday November 4 - stableford. Friday November 5 - Twilight Stableford. Saturday November 6 - Medal Day. First round club championships, Evan’s Petroleum trophy. Sunday November 7 – second round club championships, Landmark trophy.

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Bairnsdale to join Gippsland League By Isaac McCallum LEONGATHA and Wonthaggi Power Football Netball Clubs will be taking a few long journeys next season.

With Bairnsdale joining the Gippsland League, both clubs will be forced to travel more than 120kms for three of their matches in 2011. Other long trips will include away matches against Sale and Maffra. Seven of the current nine clubs in the Gippsland League voted to allow Bairnsdale into the competition, with only Drouin voting against, as Wonthaggi Power chose to abstain from a vote. “We had a brief discussion within the club, but didn’t feel we had time to make a decision so I abstained from voting,” said Wonthaggi Power president Rob Tesoriero. “The club has had a well documented travel issue, but it’s just another hurdle for Wonthaggi Power to

overcome.” Bairnsdale, who was originally booted from the major league due to travel complaints, will represent the East Gippsland region. They will name a squad of 35 senior footballers, which will be chosen at the start of the year. The players who are not selected for a game on Saturday will return to their nominated club in the Football Netball East Gippsland League. This will mean that the car ride will be avoided by Reserves footballers, as they will be given a bye. “In a perfect world you would hope that all teams would conform to the structures of the league, but it (no Reserves games) does free up time for the juniors to play later on,” said Mr Tesoriero. Rival Leongatha president Glenn Wright encouraged the transfer, saying that the club will be happy to see the Bairnsdale Redlegs in the league next year. “We’ve traditionally supported

them in our league. Now we won’t have the bye, and I think 10 teams in a competition is ideal,” he said. “It won’t be so bad because with no Reserves it means the juniors will start later. It’s only once a year, and normally people like having the weekend away.” Gippsland League General Manager Chris Soumalis also supported the move, stating that the larger teams should be in the major league. “Bairnsdale is a big town that wants to play in the best league. Our league exists to provide clubs with the opportunity to do that,” he said. The newcomers, who have played in nine of the past 11 grand finals for seven premierships in their current league, are looking for a challenge. “It was their players who spoke up and said they wanted to play against stronger competition. There were 11 kids playing on permits from Sale and Maffra that wanted to play better footy,” Mr Soumalis said.

Still got it: Leongatha Croquet Club life member Bee Cramp shows new life member Trevor White and mayor Jim Fawcett the way she plays.

Double celebrations ON SATURDAY afternoon Leongatha Croquet Club ran a thank you day to show appreciation for the help, financially and advisory that people and organisations gave the club when the lawns became unplayable. With this help the club was able to celebrate the 80th birthday of croquet in Leongatha, which started with Mes Mesley in front of the High School in 1930. The club took this day to create a

life membership, with mayor Jim Fawcett visiting. Cr Fawcett spoke of the honour and privilege that comes with becoming a life member. Only one person has received life membership at the Leongatha Croquet Club, Mrs Bee Cramp. The latest recipient, Trevor White, has worked tirelessly for croquet. After some difficulty, Cr Fawcett managed to pin on Trevor’s new badge, before he and other life member Bee Cramp cut the birthday cake.

Lions Club lends a helping hand

Property fares well: the land used on John Boag’s property at Stony Creek held up well despite the weekend rain. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning@

Track not too wet

Daring manoeuvre: Stony Creek’s John Boag loses a clutch from his bike as he tries to come in on the inside of Jason Herbert of Orbost. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning@

DESPITE weekend rain, the track was fine for the staging of the last round of the Victorian Classic Motocross series at Stony Creek on Sunday. Hosting the event this year and for the last 20 years was competitor John Boag. “We were remarkably well looked after with the weather. The heavy rain mostly missed us on Saturday and we just had a few light sprinkles on Sunday,” Mr Boag said. “There were a couple of muddy corners but, apart from the occasional spin-out, everything ran

Mud flies: they’re off in another event of classic motocross. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning @

smoothly.” Out of the six events for the season, four are held in Gippsland at venues including Yanakie, Mirboo North, Allambee South and Stony Creek. Amongst locals to do well were Robin Hall of Welshpool who won the pre-70’s class for the series. This was despite losing on Sunday to Steven Boag of Stony Creek. Lee Whittle of Barry Beach placed third in the 2500cc and over evolution class. John Boag competed well also, with the number 1 plate on his bike. “I have had the number one plate since 1968 and I won’t be giving it up!” John says.

WHEN the Korumburra Motor Cycle Club was having problems getting people to do the marshalling at their events at Outtrim, the Lions Club received a call to ask if they could help out. The Lions agreed to provide six to eight people for their event days, and were paid for the privilege of the noise, the cold, and the really great experience of watching the young and not so young riders roar around the racing track, jostling for first place.

Generous help: Korumburra Motorcycle Club member, Darren Taylor receives a cheque from Leongatha Lion, David Thompson. At their last meeting, the Lions Club decided to donate $500 to the club and Korumburra Mo-

tor Cycle Club member, Darren Taylor received a cheque from Leongatha Lion, David Thompson.

Soccer probe mooted THE growth of soccer in South Gippsland has been given a boost by South Gippsland Shire Council. Councillors last Wednesday voted to support a submission to the State Government for funding to plan for the development of soccer facilities in the region. Council hopes to create a Strategic Soccer Facilities Plan to consider all facilities in the shire that currently cater for soccer or could be suitable in the future. The strategy would also consider future demand for facilities and a 10 year program for developing soccer infrastructure. There are soccer clubs in Leongatha, Korumburra, Mirboo North, Wonthaggi, Foster and Phillip Island, and a

club could be formed at Loch. Deputy mayor Cr Mimmie Jackson, a player with the Leongatha Knights Soccer Club, said: “We all have a good time playing soccer and the appropriate facilities would be of

benefit to the sport.” Council will seek funding from the Department of Planning and Community Development. The total cost is $40,000 and council will contribute $20,000.

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South Coast Athletics meet TWENTY-ONE athletes attended the South Coast Athletics meet at Leongatha Veledrome on Tuesday night.

Aim for the sky: Eleanor Patterson in the high jump.

A number of the younger athletes used the meet as a final tune-up for the Victorian All Schools Championships at Olympic Park on November 5 to 7. If you are one of those people who go to the speedway to watch the car crashes, then the athletic equivalent is the sprint hurdles. The highlight of the night was watching the Open Men’s 110 metre hurdles. These guys did a great job getting over the 10 hurdles which stand 108 centimetres high. Brenton Taber (26.38) got there in the end, just ahead of newcomer Mark Coulter (27.34). Closest race for the night was the U16 Girls 90 metre hurdles where Sandra Plumb (18.04) just held out Rachel O’Loughlin (18.08) and Sadie Plumb (18.28). In the javelin there was some close competition in a couple of age groups. In the U14 Boys Julian Paterson (22.30) and Shane Byrne (22.18) continued their close rivalry from the previous meet where the margin was only 10 centimetres. The Open Men was tight all competition, with the lead changing throw by throw until David Green (28.52) stamped his authority with the last throw of the night, pushing Brenton Taber (26.51) and Mark Coulter (26.51) in to a tie for second. Best performers in the long jump pit were Brenton Taber (4.99) in the Open Men, Alana Green (4.85) in the U20 Women and Kodie Spokes (4.83) for the U18 Men, while Robyn Byrne (4.40) and Rachel O’Loughlin (4.23) kept it close in the U16 Girls.

Wonthaggi Little Athletics SIXTY-EIGHT little athletes turned up on Saturday morning, ignoring the forecast for flooding rains and were rewarded with fine weather for the second competition for the year. We are only two weeks into the season but we are already seeing some terrific rivalries starting to emerge in a number of age groups. The closeness in some of the events on Saturday was quite exhilarating for the spectators and parents alike. The Under 9 boys put on a couple of nail biters with only seven centimetres separating first and fourth in the long jump and only two centimetres separating first and third in the shot put. In the Under 10 boys, less than a second separated first and third in the 400 metres. We had a couple of tumbles in the hurdles due to the slippery track. No personal bests again this week but we had five athletes who won all of their events - Tevuro ThomanaMontgomery (U6G), Dallas Loughridge (U7G), Boyd Robertson (U7B), Melody Notley (U10G) and Ethan Slade (U13B).

Results Under 6: Girls: 70m: T Thomana-Montgomery 15.50, T Wingfield 15.69, O Bramley 20.77. Long jump: T ThomanaMontgomery 1.79, O Bramley 0.97, T Wingfield 0.90. Boys:S Biggs 15.25, J McRae 15.65, J Garnham 16.52. Long jump: J Garnham 1.73, J McRae 1.49, S Biggs 1.36. Under 7: Girls: 70m: D Loughridge 13.03, M Stothart 13.86, J Debson 14.04. Long jump: D Loughridge 2.10, M Stothart 1.95, J Debson 1.87. Boys: 70m: B Robertson 13.58, J Timmermans 15.75, L Bramley 17.54. Long jump: B Robertson 2.29, L Bramley 1.66, J Timmermans 1.57. Under 8: Girls: 100m: N Slade 19.25, C Bramley 19.43, B Grieve 20.27. 400m: C Bramley 1.46.14, B Grieve 1.52.10, M Notley 1.59.68. 60m: C Bramley 14.48, N Slade 15.08, B Grieve 16.17. Discus: C Bramley 12.76, M Notley 6.58. High jump: N Slade 0.85cb, C Bramley 0.85, M Notley and B Grieve 0.65 eq. Boys: 100m: J Garnham 18.34, A Maxwell 18.62, B Mabilia 19.85. 400m: A Maxwell 1.37.76, J Garnham 1.43.00, S Tessari 1.44.04. 60m: J Garnham 14.32, B Mabilia 14.78, A Maxwell 15.13. Discus: J Garnham 13.95, B Mabilia 13.03, S Tessari 12.59. High jump: J Garnham 0.80,

A Maxwell, S Tessari and B Mabilia 0.75 eq. Under 9: Girls: L McKenzie 200m: 45.68, 400m: 1.46.59, Long jump: 2.08, Shot put: 3.16.Boys: 200m: B Wingfield 39.68, J Anderson 41.62, H Hamilton 42.48. 400m: B Wingfield 1.32.84, R Slade 1.38.21, W Speed 1.41.66. 60mH: B Wingfield 12.78, L Stothart 13.01, R Slade 13.47. Long jump: L Stothart 2.48, R Slade 2.46, B Wingfield 2.44. Shot put: L Stothart 4.31, J Anderson 4.30, W Speed 4.29. Under 10: Girls: 100m: M Notley 17.57, C Fallaw 17.85. 400m: M Notley 1.38.93, C Fallaw 1.50.36. 60mH: M Notley 13.60, C Fallaw 15.53. Discus: M Notley 12.59, C Fallaw 8.41. triple jump: M Notley 5.60, C Fallaw 4.37. Boys: 100m: R Sparkes 16.18, M Jorgenson 16.32, S Williams 17.13. 400m: R Sparkes 1.26.66, M Jorgenson 1.27.09, M Sellers 1.27.25. 60mH: R Sparkes 12.50, M Sellers 13.21, S Williams 13.62. Discus: R Sparkes 16.98, M Sellers 12.04, M Jorgenson 11.25. triple jump: M Jorgenson 6.06, R Sparkes 5.90. Under 11: Girls: 100m: C Ryan 15.47, B Lowe 17.94, O Peterson 18.58. 800m: C Ryan 3.25.00, T McDermid 4.19.06, B Lowe C Ryan 13.89, B Lowe 14.29, O Peterson 14.65. High jump: C Ryan 0.95, B Lowe 0.90cb, K Hollins 0.90. Javelin: O Peterson 8.25, C Ryan 6.80, T McDermid 6.30. Boys: 100m: B Anderson 16.31, M Fallaw 16.40, T Taylor-Eagles 16.95. 800m: B Anderson 3.04.33, T Taylor-Eagles 3.20.50, B Taylor 3.26.09. 60mH: B Anderson 12.48, T Taylor-Eagles 13.16, M Fallaw 13.93. High jump: T Taylor-Eagles 1.10cb, M Fallaw 1.10, B Taylor 0.95cb. Javelin: M Fallaw 14.02, T Taylor-Eagles 11.57, B Anderson 10.30. Under 12: Girls: 70m: S Slade 12.45, G Fillipi 13.00, K Maxwell 13.33. 1500m: K Maxwell 7.39.80, A Peterson 8.54.29, S Slade 8.57.87. 60mH: G Fillipi 14.07, S Slade 15.47, A Peterson 15.89. Discus C Teakle 10.57, S Slade 10.39, A Peterson 9.97. Long

jump: S Slade 2.97, G Fillipi 2.59, K Maxwell 2.58. Boys: 70m: M Moje-O’Brien 11.64, B Timmermans 12.14, D Ryan 12.28. 1500m: D Ryan 6.08.02, M Moje-O’Brien 7.14.18, B Timmermans 7.35.78. 300mH: D Ryan 1.02.12. 60mH: m Moje-O’Brien 13.60, B Timmermans 16.48. Discus: D Ryan 17.93, B Timmermans 12.74, M Moje-O’Brien 11.49. Long jump: D Ryan 3.50, M Moje-O’Brien 3.33, B Timmermans 3.28. Under 13: Girls: 200m: I Langford 37.48, J Dalton 38.05, T Lowe 38.22. 1500m: I Langford 6.28.79, L Geyle 7.14.36, N Davis 7.49.82. 300mH: N Davis 1.06.13, J Dalton 1.06.56, I Langford 1.08.60. Shot put: N Davis 7.64, J Dalton 6.12, T Lowe 5.47. triple jump: N Davis 7.65, T Lowe 7.28, J Dalton 7.15. Boys: 200m: E Slade 32.15, C Hollins 48.45. 1500m: E Slade 7.15.86, C Hollins 7.51.23. 300mH: E Slade 58.68, C Hollins 1.13.61. Shot put: E Slade 7.07, C Hollins 4.78. triple jump: E Slade 7.07, C Hollins 5.87. Under 15:Girls: 200m: Sandra Plumb 33.84, Sadie Plumb 34.15, S Davis 42.15. 1500m: Sadie Plumb 6.23.40, Sandra Plumb 6.27.95, S Davis 7.21.56. 300mH: Sadie Plumb 1.02.33, Sandra Plumb 1.05.28, S Davis 1.06.49. Shot put: S Davis 8.83, Sadie Plumb 6.99, Sandra Plumb 6.48. triple jump: S Davis 8.01, Sandra Plumb 7.87, Sadie Plumb 7.81. The move to the Dudley track is progressing slowly. We still have a shed to build, jump pits and throw rings to construct and a track to mark. Anyone able or prepared to help should contact Terra on 5672 4299. Athletes in the U6 to U8 age groups wanting to compete in the Junior Athletics carnival on February 19, 2011 at Joe Carmody Reserve, Moe, need to obtain an entry form from Terra before December 11. Athletes wishing to compete in the Waverley LAC Open Day on Sunday December 5, 2010 need to obtain an entry form from Terra before November 27.

The middle distance runners were a little off the mark on the night. In the 800 metres only Sadie Plumb U16 (2.44.11), Mark Coulter - Open (2.50.42) and Sarah Lewis - Open (2.50.71) were able to break three minutes. The sprinters also struggled, with the grass being a little slippery from the light rain which fell periodically through the night. All races were very close with the best performers being Brenton Taber, Open Men (12.75), Sarah Lewis, Open Women (14.58), Alana Green, U20 (13.34), Kodie Spokes, U18 (12.66), Angela Byrne, U18 (12.85), Mitchell Green, U16 (14.22), Rachel O’Loughlin, U16 (14.42), Shane Byrne, U14 (15.53) and Christine Byrne, U14 (16.22). A special mention goes to Kyla Green (19.71) in the U14 girls who broke 20 seconds for the first time. The club has a number of athletes competing at the All Schools championships at Olympic Park next weekend, with a number of strong medal chances. All Schools is open to all students from both private and state schools. The first two athletes in each event are chosen to represent Victoria at the Australian All School Championships to be held at Doncaster in December. Ten South Coast athletes made the Victorian team last year and we are hoping to beat that this year. The next South Coast meet will be at Wonthaggi Billson Street Primary School on Tuesday November 9. Competition starts at 6pm sharp. Newcomers are most welcome to come along and have a go. Any age, any ability.

Leongatha Little Athletics Results ONE-HUNDRED and ten athletes attended Saturday’s competition meet, breaking 114 personal bests along with four centre records. Well done to Hayden Barnes who achieved five of five personal best performances and Eric Zubcic for persisting and improving his triple jump technique. Both boys are our weekly McDonalds Achievement Award winners.

Centre records Alex Ritchie Under 7 Girls 50m 9.16 seconds; Michael Green Under 16 Boys discus 36.55m; Eddie Colwill Under 6 Boys 200m 46.33 sec; Shannon Kennedy Under 10 Boys vortex 30.35m.

Personal bests Under 6 Boys: H. Herbert - discus, 200m, long jump; E. Colwill - vortex, discus, long jump; H. Barnes - long jump, 50m, discus, vortex, 200m; R. Sturtevant - Vortex. Under 6 Girls: Brielle Tudor - 50m, discus; T. B. Matheson - discus, 50m, vortex, long jump. Under 7 Boys: M. Molloy - 200m, discus; A. Battersby - long jump, 200m, discus; B. Peace - 50m, long jump; L. Marshman - 200m, vortex; T. Bolam - discus, long jump, vortex; J. Couper - discus, vortex. Under 7 Girls: A. Ritchie - 50m, 200m; J. Standfield - 200m, discus; J. Findlay - 50m, 200m long jump; E. Birrell - discus; J. Zubcic 200m, long jump; R. Adkins - discus.

Under 8 Boys: S. Herbert - javelin turbo; M. Matheson - 200m, javelin turbo; K. Brown - javelin turbo; L. Boyle - javelin turbo; Ryan Giliam - 200m; B. Harris - 200m, javelin turbo. Under 8 Girls: C. Geary - discus, long jump, 200m,; M. Giles - javelin turbo; E. BAth - 200m, long jump, discus; S. Parker - 200m, discus, long jump; T. Kelly - javelin turbo. Under 9 Boys: A. Ritchie - 200m, high jump; A. Herbert - 200m; R. Frank - 100m C. Murrell - 100m; O. McLean - 200m. Under 9 Girls: M. Smith - 200m; N. Barnes - 100m; L. Colwill - 100m, 200m. Under 10 Boys: N. Matheson - 100m, triple jump; M. Bentvelzen - triple jump, 100m; S. Kennedy - 100m, triple jump; E. Zubcic - triple jump, 200m, 100m. Under 10 Girls: A. Tudor -0 100m; T. Brown - 100m, high jump, shot put; H. Wight 100m, 200m, shot put; L. Graeme - 100m, shot put, 200m. Under 11 Girls: A. Standfield - 100m, discus, G. McLean - 100m, discus, 300m hurdles; S. Mellings - high jump. Under12 Boys: J. Norton - shot put, 300m hurdles, high jump; E. Parker - shot put, high jump; H. McLean - high jump, 300m hurdles; C. Alexander - shot put. Under 13 Boys: J. Patterson - 300m hurdles. Under 13 Girls: A. Kirkham - long jump. Under 14 Boys: C. McCormack - long jump. Under 15 Girls: A. Kirkham - long jump. Under 15 Girls: O. Cope - long jump; M. Witherow - long jump; Under 16 Boys: M. Green - 300m hurdles, discus, 100m.

Allambee Mirboo and District tennis IN A Grade both teams were a wash-out, with some sets played in each match. Leongatha North and Koonwarra were fairly even but Leongatha were on top of Hallston. Good to see Sam up and accounting for himself in A Grade, well done. Spencer gave everyone a fright at Leongatha on Saturday. Joel came to the rescue and played the next set. A Reserve: Leongatha had a closer game this week against Baromi, winning by six games. Well done to Baromi as Leongatha has been winning well. Sorry Leongatha were left off the ladder last week. Koony won against Berrys Creek. The men had close sets but Koonwarra was stronger in the other sets.

Outtrim and Mardan, the two teams up from B Grade, had a good match, Outtrim the winners. B Grade: Young Ones did well to win the men’s sets against top team Red. The last set was washed out, half points awarded for that set. Blue won a men’s set and a tie-breaker against Koonwarra. Baromi won by nine games against Korumburra. A 7/5 to Korumburra and a tie-breaker to Baromi kept the score close. Outtrim was too strong for Hallston.

Results A Grade: Leongatha North v Koonwarra, Leongatha v Hallston - wash out. A Reserve: Leongatha 5.39, Baromi 4.33; Outtrim 6½, Mardan 2½; Koonwarra 5½, Berrys Creek 3½, Korumburra - bye. B Grade: Outtrim 9.54,

Hallston 0.23; Koonwarra 7.49, Mardan Blue 2.27, Baromi 5.47, Korumburra 4.38; Mardan Red 6½, Young Ones 2½, Foster - bye.

Ladders A Grade Koonwarra ...........................32.0 Hallston ................................26.5 Leongatha North .................25.5 Leongatha ............................24.0 A Reserve Leongatha ............................44.0 Koonwarra ...........................30.0 Baromi ..................................27.5 Korumburra ........................25.5 Outtrim ..................................24.5 Mardan ..................................21.5 Berrys Creek .........................19.5 B Grade Mardan Red.........................40.0 Koonwarra ...........................36.0 Outtrim ................................31.5 Foster....................................28.0 Baromi...................................27.5 Young Ones ...........................26.0 Korumburra ...........................21.0 Mardan Blue..........................17.5 Hallston .................................16.0

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Speedy cold challenge WINTER weather has tempted most people to rug up and stay inside, but not a group of mad windsurfers at Inverloch, who took to the waters of Anderson Inlet in search of the fastest speed on the coldest day.

The Brass Monkeys Speed Challenge was created by the Inverloch Windsurfing Club, as part of a range of activities, which encourage and promote the sport of windsurfing year round. For those not familiar with the sport, speed sailing is a relatively new aspect of sailing that involves windsurfers collecting data about their speeds via GPS. The type of information that is recorded includes the fastest speed for the session, the fastest nautical mile and the longest session. Sailors then upload the data to a website, where they compete with other sailors from all over the world. “There are days when you are the only one on the water,” IWC vice president Mick Green said.

“The water temperature is around nine degrees, the air temp is not much more, and the wind chill is biting.” In order to ensure that anyone could participate, scores were calculated by an interesting method. “We devised a ratio system where competitors submitted their fastest speed for any given day. We then subtracted the air temperature and divided the amount by the wind speed. This encouraged participants to seek out the really cold days,” Mr. Green said. This year’s winner was Simon Chambers, a resident of Blind Bight on Westernport Bay. Simon, or “Moondo” as he is known, obtained a speed of 25.75 knots, on a 12.5 degree day with a 15 knot breeze. Simon’s result did not take into consideration the wind chill, which was estimated at around six to eight degrees on the day that he sailed. “It was particularly chilly…definitely cold enough to freeze; well, you know the saying, hence that’s where we got the name Brass Monkeys from,” Mr Chambers said.

The Inverloch Windsurfing Club was established in 2009 and aims to bring windsurfers of all ages and abilities together through recreational and social activities based around Inverloch, Victoria. The majority of our members are located in

South Gippsland and the southeast suburbs of Melbourne but enjoy the pristine waters of Anderson Inlet. More information: IWC or facebook group: Inverloch Windsurfing Club.

Inverloch Windsurfing Club: established in 2009, it aims to get as many people as possible on the water at Inverloch. Photo courtesy Whitecaps Photography.

Windsurfing president: Doug Hocken treads a fine line between control and chaos during the speed challenge. Photo courtesy Whitecaps Photography. Simon “Moondo” Chambers: winner of The Brass Monkeys Winter Speed Challenge. Photo courtesy Whitecaps Photography.

Black and white welcome HUNDREDS of people welcomed returning Collingwood heroes to Wonthaggi last Monday. Premiership playing Magpies Jarryd Blair, former Wonthaggi player and Brent Macaffer, who played for Kilcunda-Bass, met locals at the Apex Park.

Top left: Black and white excite: Magpie Jarryd Blair (centre) with Bass Coast Shire mayor Peter Paul and corporate services director Danny Luna last week. Left: Collingwood fans: Magpie Brent Macaffer (centre) with Bass Coast Shire mayor Peter Paul and corporate services director Danny Luna last week.

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Wonthaggi players win gold THREE of the five Wonthaggi Table Tennis Association players won gold at the recent National Veterans Championships held in Melbourne. Two other players, Patricia Denier and Bruce Harmer, played brilliantly in the Over 50 events but missed out on medals. Competition was tough, with many previous Open Australian winners competing. Mick Wright won a staggering three gold, two silver and one bronze medal in Over 60 and Over 65 events. Averil Roberts won one gold (team event) and a silver and bronze in Over 60’s doubles and mixed doubles events. Thirteen-year-old Dean Snelling capped off a most successful year to win the Open Junior singles title at the Wonthaggi junior championships held last Thursday. He defeated Jarrod Donohue in a thrilling final. Other semi finalists were Sam Watson and Micah Condron. In a spectacular final seven-year-old, Jesse Condron won the handicap singles event from Sam Watson. Although Jesse had a good start he had to get through three other players to make the final and took advantage of every possible point. He has a very strong game for such a young player and should have a bright

future in the sport. Although Jumbo Ball handicap is a novelty event, it requires a particular skill to adapt to the heavier ball and favours players who can hit the ball hard. Eight-year-old Harrison Burns was a surprise winner along the way. He made it to the semi finals and played like a champion. He missed out on the final by a whisker and should be congratulated for his mammoth effort. In two hard-hitting closely fought A Grade semi finals, Michael Ede and Rod Kimmins (Ours) and Justin Licis and Alex Tilley (Eleven Love) won through to the finals. B Grade semis next week. There will be no semi finals this week because some of the players are at a school camp. Junior coaching will be held at the table tennis centre on Thursday as usual from 6pm to 7pm, and the semi finals will be played next Thursday, November 11 from 7pm to 8pm. Trials for the Gippsland Academy of Sport are on Sunday. A number of Wonthaggi junior players will be participating in the Gippsland Academy of Sport trials at Traralgon this Sunday, November 7. We wish them all the best.

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SGDLBA pennant Results - Round 5 October 28

DIVISION 1 Wonthaggi 90 (51 shots) d Port Welshpool 39 (K. Simpson 25 d M. Reilly 17, I. Donohue 37 d A. Collins 7, L. Milkins 28 d M. McDonald 15). Phillip Island 75 (14 shots) d Meeniyan 61 (R. James 34 d A. Van Wamel 16, P. Francis 23 lt M. Pearson 25, P. Davis 18 lt L. Hanks 20). San Remo 73 (12 shots) d Foster 61 (S. Carvosso 25 d R. Richardson 24, C. Thorn 26 d L. Vignocchi 14, K. Hale 22 lt M. Climas 23). Inverloch 78 (8 shots) d Lang Lang 70 (I. Sheppard 34 d J. Dowson 17, S. Cook 22 drew D. Motton 22, A. Tschiderer 22 lt J. Prowd 31). DIVISION 2 Korumburra 70 (8 shots) d Tarwin 62 (J. McLaren 38 d G. Bright 10, D. Williams 14 lt D. Barnes 27, J. McVeigh 18 lt H. Twite 25). Loch 79 (10 shots) d Inverloch 69 (G. Garry 33 d D.

Gilfillan 14, V. Kennedy 24 d J. Bateman 22, J. Miller 22 lt D. Patterson 33). Fish Creek 70 (4 shots) d Corinella 66 (L. Harper 25 d E. Johnston 24, P. Hazeltine 32 d M. Dillon 12, F. McKenzie 13 lt T. Durbridge 30). Leongatha 76 (19 shots) d Phillip Island 57 (E. McIntyre 28 d A. Green 21, F. Turner 30 d W. Braun 18, T. McCormack 18 drew J. Boyce 18). Wonthaggi - bye (1 pt). DIVISION 3 San Remo 44 (4 shots) d Inverloch 40 (B. De Rooy 28 d V. Muir 16, M. Bates 16 lt L. Dowson 24). Toora 64 (34 shots) d Wonthaggi 30 (B. Curram 32 d D. Yarley 14, K. Barwick 32 d G. Mitford 16). Korumburra 43 (3 shots) d Leongatha 40 (N. Gilbert 26 d G. Emmerson 12, M. Wrench 17 lt M. Jepson 28). Phillip Island 59 (12 shots) d Foster 47 (J. Christie 29 d E. Dudfield 23, J. Cairnduff 30 d M. Freeman 24). Meeniyan 62 (23 shots) d

Buffalo indoor ON Wednesday, October 27, 12 players, on a nice night to bowl saw four teams of three. There was a countback fourth to second. In fourth (LLW) nine ends, 14 shots, skipper Sebastian Terranova, Peter Tiziani and Ian Benson; third (WLL) nine ends, three shots, skipper Rod McConchie, Peter Heldens and Bill Wolswinkle; second (LWL) 13 ends, skipper Graeme Tobias, Andrew Hanks for one game Jim Atkins; first (WWW), skipper Toni Heldens, Glenys Pilkington and Carolyn Benson. The best first game Toni 10-2, second Graeme 15-3, third Sebastian 13-9. We all had a minute silence for Rob Armstrong who was killed on Saturday. Hope to see you all next Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Loch THE Division 2 pennant team playing at home on Tuesday recorded a ten shot win over Inverloch but Saturday’s two pennant teams were washed out before a result was reached. Thursday’s social bowls saw Bev Bowcher win the roving jack while the team of Glenda Hume and Margaret Cochrane won the day. The men ran a triples competition on Friday in warm conditions. The runners-up were Ian Todd’s team from Leongatha. The winners were Ken Mynard’s team from Lang Lang. The second semi final of the ladies championship is to be played on Wednesday with Bev Bowcher having won an exciting first semi from Val Kennedy last Wednesday. A reminder to our Twilight bowlers that their season starts this Wednesday, weather permitting. Both teams are playing at home this Saturday with the girls having a break for The Cup.

Fish Creek

RAIN put a stop to most games, but at Fish Creek in Division 5, Wonthaggi after 40 ends won by 10 shots. Our Division 3 at Phillip Island could only play eight ends. This week Division 3 play Wonthaggi at Fish Creek: L. McKenzie, D. Christie, I. McGannon, J. Lavarde, F. Carter, R. Staley, R. McKenzie, K. Flanders, I. McLean, A. Kerr, R. Grylls (manager), R. Everitt. Division 5 versus Meeniyan at Meeniyan, leave clubrooms at noon: W. Ferbrache, N. Buckland, R. Poletti, T. Taylor, J. Stefani, J. Lindeman, R. Cooper, G. McLaughlin, R. Cozens, A. Atwell, G. Napier, L. Williams, J. Charlton (manager). Next Friday is the usual practice and then casserole evening at 6.30pm.

Tarwin 39 (G. Densley 43 d S. Browne 14, D. Lindhard 19 lt J. Stafferton 25).

Ladders Division 1 Inverloch ..........................+80 10 Wonthaggi ......................+130 8 Phillip Island....................+66 6 Lang Lang ......................... -6 6 San Remo ...........................-13 6 Foster..................................-64 2 Meeniyan............................-64 2 Port Welshpool .................-129 0 Division 2 Leongatha ........................+78 9 Korumburra ....................+20 7 Wonthaggi ........................+22 5 Loch ...................................-15 5 Phillip Island .....................+21 4 Corinella..............................+1 4 Tarwin ................................-37 4 Inverloch ............................-72 4 Fish Creek ..........................-18 3 Division 3 Toora ................................+83 10 Foster................................+15 6 Korumburra ......................+9 6 Phillip Island......................+2 6 Inverloch ...........................+12 4 Leongatha...................................4 San Remo ..............................-3 4 Meeniyan.............................-17 4 Wonthaggi ...........................-27 4 Tarwin .................................-74 2

Korumburra ANOTHER fickle week of weather with the first round of the club’s championships completed on Sunday. The men played their second round in the afternoon. The ladies second round is to be finalised on November 7. Pennant for the ladies was an overall win for both sides with Jan McLaren’s team of Caroline Snooks, Judy Baker and Shirley Martin winning against Gwen Bright’s team our best result in the side’s 12 shot win against Tarwin Lower in Division 2. The Division 3 ladies had a tight struggle against Leongatha for a three shot win, with Nancy Gilbert’s team of Margaret Hams, Joanna Lomagno, Judith Nicholls 14 shot win against Glenice Emmerson’s team our best result. The ladies were back on the greens on Wednesday with a roll-up of 18 ladies playing triples. After two games the winners were Bev Button, Margaret Hams and Cheryl Prinz with 20 ends. It is pleasing to see our newer members on the greens on these days. The men were back on the greens on Thursday. The winners after three games were Mike Banik and Graham Turton with three wins plus 12. Twilight bowls was another successful night for the club with six rinks of pairs and triples. Thanks to all who helped to make these nights such a success. There are no results for the men’s pennant, as the teams abandoned their games on Saturday due to our lovely spring weather. Next week the ladies pennant teams will be home and away. Division 2 to Leongatha, Division 3 home to one of the season’s new sides, San Remo. In men’s pennant next week, Division 1 are home to Inverloch, Division 3 are home to Corinella and Division 4 to Mirboo North. The club extends best wishes to our sickies, Helene Harris and Ken Williams. Dates to remember: November 10 ladies mixed bowls, single entries, names in by 9am or on sheet. This will be a sponsored day. Tea night - Friday November 12. Memorial Day affiliated fours, Sunday November 28, catered lunch, 9.30am start, names on sheet.

Leongatha TUESDAY, October 26 saw our Division 2 ladies travel to Phillip Island and come away with a great win. Division 3 travelled to Korumburra and lost by three shots. The next round for our ladies is not until November 9. Division 2 will be at home to Korumburra, with Division 3 at home to Phillip Island. On Wednesday, October 27 a strong field engaged in the A.F.F. monthly triples at Leongatha. Winner on the day was the Phillip Island team skippered by Kevin Wagner with four wins plus 26 shots, while the runner-up was also a Phillip Island team led by John Newcombe with three wins plus 29. Best last game saw a tie between the team of J. Hedley, K. Perriott and Leongatha’s G. Elliott with plus 11, along with the Leongatha team of Bill Fisher (s), G. Washfold and Peter Bolge, also on plus 11. Sponsors for the day were Birch Ross and Barlow legal firm, and the club sincerely thanks them for their valued support. The ‘come and try’ twilight bowls was again held on the evening of Thursday, October 28 with again eight new bowlers testing their skills under the watchful eyes and support of club members. According to all reports this has been another of the club’s successful ventures into the sport of bowls. The first of the 2010/11 business bowls is almost ready to set sail on Tuesday evenings, so even if you are not involved, what about giving yourself an evening of entertainment by just coming to the club for a ‘look and see’. Saturday, October 30 saw a start to the scheduled pennant games, with Division 1 travelling to Phillip Island, only to be washed out after seven ends, while at Leongatha Division 2 and 4 were washed out after nearly 16 ends. Round 5 in Division 1 sees Leongatha at home to Korumburra, while Division 2 are away to Wonthaggi, and Division 4 also at home to San Remo. Reminders: Kitty Club tea on Friday night, November 5 at 6pm, also will be a farewell night for Ron Cook and Dianne. Please ensure your names for meals are placed on the list in the clubhouse before Thursday, November 4. The lifestyle Regent Caravans mixed triples is scheduled for Sunday, November 7 with a 9.30am start, and on Monday, November 8 the Regent Caravans open pairs tournament, also a 9.30am start. Also to all Leongatha club male members, if you can give some time to assist in the weekly cleaning of our clubhouse, please contact the house chairman, Ted Wigley. Until the next report, good bowling Jackhigh.

Inverloch ladies Tuesday, October 26; Pennant. First division are continuing their winning streak by beating Lang Lang at Lang Lang by eight shots. Second division were not good enough at Loch being beaten by nine shots and third division also were beaten by San Remo going down by four shots. Wednesday, October 27, saw 16 teams play in the monthly triples sponsored by Rigby Homemakers. Winners were Lorraine Milkins, Pam Wintrup and Pam Russell from Wonthaggi. Runners-up were Shirley Cook, Lola Marsh and Veronica Muir. Best last game winners were Lois Luby, Nellie Martin and Carol Waters. Con-

Above: Got a winner: Graham Greenway of Leongatha checks to make sure his bowl is closest. Right: Checking his shot: the Leongatha bowler makes sure of his line before sending it down. Below: Congratulations: Ray Saunders of Leongatha and Chas Blogg of Korumburra shake hands after their match.

gratulations everyone. Raffle winners were Maureen Paynting, Carol Hughes, Pam Sutcliffe, Ivy Sheppard and Lorraine Milkins. A special thank you to Ray Paynting for doing the board. Corporate bowls will be starting on Wednesday, November 3. Please be early to register your team. Game will start at 6pm. Please note that the Lorraine Lea linen party to be held on Monday, November 8 has been cancelled. Who was it lurking around last Sunday night celebrating her birthday? Happy birthday Rhonda. Also happy birthday to Christine Gillman. Don’t forget 100 up begins Wednesday, November 10.

Tarwin Lower LADIES pennant Division 2 played away last week to Korumburra, unfortunately although winning two rinks they went down overall by eight shots. Division 3 played away to Meeniyan, winning one rink, losing overall by 23 shots. Wednesday’s Turkey Triples had five rinks in action with some ladies lending support. Winners for the day were Arthur Newsome, Paul Griffiths and Fred Martin from Tarwin Lower. Runners-up from Port Welshpool were Margaret McDonald, Anne Collins and Jim Nicholson. Best last game went to the Inverloch Team of Less Goss, a Mr McIntosh and Ted O’Boyle. The day’s sponsor was First National Real Estate Venus Bay, whose manager Michael Williams presented the prizes.

Mardan Indoor Bowls A SAD time for all South Gippsland Indoor bowlers with the sudden and tragic passing of Korumburra’s president, Rob Armstrong. In a very short space of time Rob became a much respected and popular figure throughout the association, he will be greatly missed and the Mardan club extends their sincere condolences to Lee and family. Last Wednesday was the last night of social bowls for this season, still some bowling to come with the President’s night this week, and then it will be time for the club’s annual general meeting on November 10, 7.30 start at the Mardan Hall, followed by the summer break. The last night of bowls was certainly a little different. Fifteen bowlers split into three teams of four and one of three, all playing three games, of eight ends. The skippers were changed for each of the three games allowing for several players to step up and show their hidden talents, star of the night being Rotten Ronnie Baker who turned back the clock to produce some stunning shots in his brief role as skip. Not to be outdone, it was Jeannie Baker who made sure Ronnie was kept out of the winner’s circle with a very impressive skip’s display in her team’s last game. Winners on the night were Rob Matthies, Russel Grady, Vito Serafino and Jeannie Baker; runners-up were Theresa Bateman, Ian Bristow, Cliff Smith and Ronnie Baker.

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Cricket frustration

ANOTHER washed out week has meant that the LDCA has completed just two out of a possible four rounds so far in season 2010/11.

Many games were half completed, but none saw enough overs to complete a match. Association president Russell Matthews said that the weekend’s games would not be replayed, yet A Grade would be playing their second round matches on November 28. “We put away one reserve date at the start of the season. It had to be a Sunday at the completion of a two dayer, otherwise they’d be playing a game within a game,” he said. Given that all teams have missed out twice, losing a round of cricket may not sound too bad, but Russell said that it might come back to haunt some teams. “It affects all teams. If you’re a top team and you’ve missed out on playing a lower team you’ve missed out on a win,” he said. The turf wickets availability will be set back another week as well after the rain hammered down over the weekend. There were a few highlights in the overs that did get played; a crushing century to Gavin Britt the highlight. The Wonthaggi Workmens veteran slapped 12 4s and seven 6s as his team chalked up 7/238 in their 40 overs. Walter Taberner compiled a well made 55 before losing his wicket as Inverloch and OMK came closest to completing their match. Clint Wilson played well in A2, taking 4/21 from his eight overs against Town.

A Grade Division 1

WONTHAGGI WORKMENS drew NERRENA Wonthaggi Workmens 1st innings D. Brann c. D. Symmons b. J. Trease.............................30 M. Thomas c. M. Clark b. J. Trease.............................17 R. Hassett c. D. Trotman b. Z. Trease............................31 G. Britt c. D. Trotman b. T. Wightman ...................122 T. Hooper c. C. Rump b. T. Wightman .......................20 R. Thomas b. D. Symmons ........0 G. Bolding c. D. Symmons b. C. Rump ..............................4 C. Harvey n.o. ............................4 J. Sherrin n.o. .............................0 Extras .......................................10 Total ....................................7/238 Bowling: C. Rump 1/29, Z. Trease 1/35, J. Trease 2/55, D. Symmons 1/36, T. Wightman 2/78. KOONWARRA LEONGATHA RSL drew IMPERIALS Imperials 1st innings Total .......................................182 Bowling: J. Peters 0/25, T. Gordon 1/18, S. Sperling 2/24, B. Moscript 0/37, T. Davison 1/21, S. Moore 4/34, C. Wise 0/17. INVERLOCH drew OMK Inverloch 1st innings W. Taberner c. A. Miller b. S.Checkley ........................55 S. Brayley lbw. b. J. Wilson .......6 B. Nicholls b. K. Rothier ...........0 W. Rankin b. K. Rothier ............0 D. Ruffin b. B. Wyatt ...............22 J. Smith c. D. Creed b. K. Rothier..........................36 W. Williams b. P. Dell ................4 N. Cant b. S. Checkley ...............6 M. Anderson n.o.........................1 Extras ....................................... 11 Total ....................................8/141 Bowling: K. Rothier 3/28, J. Wilson 1/10, D. McMeekin 0/12, P. Dell 1/19, B. Nation 0/13, S. Checkley 2/31, B. Wyatt 1/25. OMK 1st innings D. Creed n.o. ............................22

N. Creed b. L. Rankin ................0 J. Wilson n.o. ............................22 Extras .........................................2 Total ......................................1/46 Bowling: N. Cant 0/19, L. Rankin 1/27. WONTHAGGI MINERS drew KORUMBURRA Wonthaggi Miners 1st innings M. Johnson b. D. Scott .............46 M. Donohue c. U. Weerasinghe b. K. Dorman..........................27 A. Donohue c&b. M. Olden .....14 J. O’Reilly b. M. Olden..............2 P. Jordan n.o. ............................19 K. Smith c&b. M. Olden ............3 C. Tait n.o. ................................15 Extras .........................................8 Total ....................................5/134 Bowling: C. M. Olden 3/24, D. Wyhoon 0/33, A. Meade 0/21, U. Weerasinghe 0/16, D. Scott 1/28, K. Dorman 1/7.

A Grade Division 2 POOWONG/LOCH drew FISH CREEK/TARWIN Poowong/Loch 1st innings B. Hancock c. G. Webster b. M. Danckert ......................19 M. Adderley c. M. Danckert b. D. Britton .............................3 R. Greaves c. J. Shaw b. D. Britton ............................4 K. Nestor c. M. Watkins b. J. Danckert ........................ 11 P. Dyer c. S. Rabbitt b. M. Danckert .......................0 C. Knox c. M. Watkins b. J. Flanders ...........................1 M. Holloway c. G. Webster b. S. Rabbitt.............................4 S. Jenkins n.o. .......................... 11 G. Poynton c. N. Wilkins b. S. Rabbitt.............................4 D. Brain r.o. ...............................0 J. Poynton c. J. Shaw b. S. Rabbitt.............................3 Extras .......................................14 Total .........................................74 Bowling: S. Rabbitt 3/16, J. Danckert 1/26, D. Britton 2/13, M. Danckert 2/10, J. Flanders 1/8. GLEN ALVIE drew MDU Glen Alvie 1st innings P. Roberts c. C. Le Page b. R. Olden ............................18 S. Smith c. M. Olden b. C. Harris ............................31 O. Santalucia c. S. Arnup b. S. Browne..........................30 A. Simpson c. C. Harris b. S. Browne..........................13 S. Edwards b. C. Hoober............0 D. Tiziani c. T. Harris b. C. Hoober ............................0 J. Wheeler b. C. Hoober .............7 D. Leach c. M. Olden b. S. Arnup ............................24 B. Ould b. C. Hoober .................1 J. Good n.o. ................................3 K. Simpson n.o...........................1 Extras .......................................13 Total ....................................9/141 Bowling: C. Harris 1/19, T. Harris 0/23, R. Olden 1/13, S. Browne 2/30, S. Arnup 1/29, M. Olden 0/11, C. Hoober 4/15. MDU 1st innings R. Olden n.o. .............................8 C. Le Page n.o. ...........................8 Extras .........................................5 Total ......................................0/21 Bowling: B. Ould 0/10, J. Good 0/9. FOSTER drew KILCUNDA/ BASS Kilcunda/Bass 1st innings Total ....................................3/190 Bowling: B. Coates 0/44, M. Dower 0/27, J. Prain 1/36, J. Richer 0/18, J. Chaseling 0/13, S. Westaway 1/48. Foster 1st innings G. Wagstaff n.o. .......................29 B. Coates n.o. ...........................23 Extras .........................................7 Total ......................................0/59 Bowling: Not available. PHILLIP ISLAND drew TOWN Town 1st innings M. Davies c&b. M. Price .........12 M. Wilson c. A. Manteit b. S. Kirton ............................17 A. Hickey c. C. Wilson b. E. Richards ........................26 G. Paine lbw. b. C. Wilson .......34 M. Smith c. C. Wilson b. T. Hornsby ...........................0 L. Bowman b. C. Wilson ..........33 R. Paine n.o. .............................13 J. Schelling c&b. C. Wilson .......0 N. Johnston c. D. Johnston b. A. Matthews ........................0 D. Jago b. C. Wilson ..................3 M. Borschman n.o. .....................1 Extras .......................................23 Total ....................................9/162 Bowling: A. Matthews 1/27, S. Kirton 1/17, M. Price 1/25, E.

Richards 1/18, T. Hornsby 1/23, C. Wilson 4/21, J. Emery 0/25.

B Grade Division 1 WONTHAGGI WORKMENS drew NERRENA Wonthaggi Workmens 1st innings S. Huitema lbw. b. W. Telfer ....22 D. Britt c. L. Jongebloed b. M. Giliam ............................3 M. McCall c. M. Holloway b. M. Giliam .............................0 L. Sawyer c. J. Renden b. B. Croatto ..........................28 B. Osborne lbw. b. W. Telfer ..............................9 J. Liddle c J. Holloway b. B. Castles ..........................25 J. Wallace r.o. ...........................19 S. Brann n.o..............................10 S. Roche n.o. ..............................0 Extras ....................................... 11 Total ....................................7/127 Bowling: B. Croatto 1/46, M. Giliam 2/7, J Holloway 0/18, W. Telfer 2/26, A. Trotto 0/14, B. Castles 1/13. IMPERIALS drew PHILLIP ISLAND Imperials 1st innings N. Slater c&b. J. Johnston .......68 L. Ballagh b. M. Francis ..........55 D. Connelly lbw. b. M. Francis ..7 T. Jans c&b. J. Johnston ...........23 A. Curnaw c. G. Odgers b. M. Francis ...........................7 M. Adkins n.o...........................40 S. McLennan c. B. Johnston b. P. Colla ..............................13 B. Davidson b. C. Plant............17 C. Roughead n.o.........................2 Extras .......................................14 Total ....................................7/246 Bowling: G. Odgers 0/46, W. Paterson 0/23, G. Excell 0/27, B. Johnston 0/31, J. Johnston 2/35, M. Francis 3/38, P. Colla 1/25, C. Plant 1/9, M. Manteit 0/4. INVERLOCH drew OMK Inverloch 1st innings B. Phillips c. K. Kerr b. T. Wyatt ..............................50 C. Bulter c. P. Harper b. M. Adams ............................3 J. Belli c. M. Walker b. J. Paterson ...........................3 L. Cummins c. K. Kerr b. T. Wyatt .............................20 J. Muir b. P. Kyle .......................4 N. Goodall c. R. White b. T. Wyatt ...............................0 W. Holmes b. K. Kerr ..............31 R. Tegg b. K. Kerr ....................10 D. Pell n.o. .................................2 A. Brayley r.o. ............................0 B. Barron c. P. Harper ................0 Extras .......................................13 Total .......................................136 Bowling: M. Adams 2/23, R. White 0/13, A. Sheedy 0/18, J. Paterson 1/7, M. Hems 0/19, T. Wyatt 3/24, P. Kyle 1/19, K. Kerr 2/7. WONTHAGGI MINERS drew GLEN ALVIE GLEN ALVIE 1st innings M. Hull c. R. Birkett b. P. Cornelis ...........................4 A. Hamilton c. J. Andrighetto b. P. Owen .............................24 R. Matthews c. B. Foon b. D. Beesey ..........................12 R. Bolding b. P. Owen..............33 B. Tiley c. S. Webster b. P. Hammer ...........................0 L. Gennicarro c. D. Beesey b. P. Owen ...............................0 D. Wylie c. P. Cornelis b. R. Todd ..............................12 S. Nippers n.o...........................20 D. Gilbert c. B. Foon b. R. Todd ................................1 A. McBride n.o. .........................2 Extras .......................................18 Total ....................................8/126 Bowling: R. Birkett 0/15, P. Cornelis 1/22, D. Beesey 1/12, P. Hammer 1/23, P. Owen 3/29, R. Todd 2/16.

B Grade Division 2 POOWONG/LOCH drew FISH CREEK/TARWIN Poowong/Loch 1st innings J. Pouw n.o. ..............................23 C. Bawden c. R. McKenzie b. M. Hancock .........................6 M. Bright lbw. b. C. Poynton .....5 L. Pratt c. G. Staindl b. C. Poynton...........................0 G. Buckland n.o. ........................7 Extras .........................................4 Total ......................................3/45 Bowling: C. Poynton 2/13, M. Hancock 1/24, R. McKenzie 0/5. Fish Creek/Tarwin 1st innings S. Dinger c. J. Stefani b. J. Pouw ..............................21

Watching the rain: Lee Ballagh, Jack Ballagh and Nathaniel Slater (Imperials) with Phillip Island’s Josh Excell at East Campus in Leongatha on Saturday. C. Fraser r.o. ...............................6 N. Hancock n.o. .......................41 G. Humphrey r.o. .......................2 T. Singh c&b. T. Stybosh .........16 C. Poynton b. T. Stybosh............0 M. Lambe n.o. ............................9 Extras .......................................22 Total ....................................5/117 Bowling: J. Spokes 0/28, B. Roberts 0/26, J. Pouw 1/14, C. Bawden 0/13, L. Pratt 0/18, T. Stybosh 2/14. KOONWARRA RSL drew MDU MDU 1st innings N. Hill c. N. Grimes b. R. Jeremiah .........................2 T. Zukovskis r.o........................24 B. Spokes c. R. Jeremiah b. E. Charles ..........................20 A. Baillie c. D. Pearce b. R. Jeremiah .........................2 M. Martin c. M. Dooney b. E. Charles ..........................13 S. McRae c. M. Dooney b. B. Thomas .........................42 S. Riely c. R. Jeremiah b. B. Thomas ...........................9 G. Peters n.o. ............................14 Extras .......................................28 Total ....................................7/169 Bowling: S. Turner 0/25, D. Kruse 0/33, R. Jeremiah 2/28, E. Charles 2/33, B. Thomas 2/43. KILCUNDA/BASS drew OMK OMK 1st innings G. Lomagno b. A. Blackney.......1 W. Dowell c. J. Aplin b. R. Duff ................................9 P. Miller c. R. Duff b. A. Blackney .........................3 C. Maguire c. G. Burchell b. T. Aplin..............................40 G. Adams n.o............................38 B. Maguire n.o. ........................34 Extras .........................................9 Total ....................................4/134 Bowling: A. Blackney 2/23, R. Duff 1/20, J. Aplin 0/35, T. Aplin 1/28, J. Dakin 0/15, S. Blake 0/10. KORUMBURRA drew TOWN Korumburra 1st innings A. McKinnon b. S. McCallum ..8 L. Roberts c. J. McMillan b. B. Moore ...........................14 C. Smith c. K. Fleming b. W. Turner...........................20 J. Cook c. W. Turner b. J. Burge ............................40 J. Richards r.o...........................16 H. Wyhoon c. K. Fleming b. J. McMillan .........................8 T. Allen n.o. ..............................37 T. Allen c. S. McCallum b. I. McCallum ........................5 Extras .......................................12 Total ....................................7/160 Bowling: B. Moore 1/28, S. McCallum 1/16, W. Turner 1/22, B. Bery 0/11, J. McMillan 1/39, J. Burge 1/25, I. McCallum 1/13.

C Grade Division 1 WONTHAGGI WORKMENS drew NERRENA Nerrena 1st innings G. Giliam c. M. Chizzoniti b. T. Harley..............................9 G. Wightman lbw. b. M. Sharp............................31

K .Young lbw. b. R. McGuirk ....1 T. Renden b. R. McGuirk ...........0 G. Bolge c. J. Bolding b. C. Rigby ............................27 P. Trease r.o. ............................20 K. Clark c. T. Harley b. J. Turner .............................21 T. Lawrence n.o..........................4 V. Sasikumar n.o. .......................2 Extras .......................................14 Total ....................................7/129 Bowling: M. Sharp 1/17, T. Harley 1/5, R. McGuirk 2/13, L. McLean 0/28, G. Ton 0/19, C. Rigby 1/24, J. Turner 1/21. INVERLOCH drew TOWN Match abandoned. KORUMBURRA drew FOSTER Korumburra 1st innings C. Boyd c&b. A. Angwin .........47 J. Hall b. A. Angwin .................31 B. Codolucci b. L. Kyne .......... 11 G. Barrett b. A. Angwin ...........15 B. Ireland c. A. Youl b. A. Angwin ............................0 K. Miller c. L. Kyne b. A. Angwin ...........................3 D. Isgro b. D. Clearihan-Jervies ..........19 S. Hall n.o. ...............................17 T. Gray n.o. ................................3 Extras .......................................25 Total ....................................7/171 Bowling: P. Jervies 0/24, D. Clearihan-Jervies 1/38, F. Griggs 0/13, A. Angwin 5/26, L. Kyne 1/26, R. Prain 0/24, H. Griggs 0/14. Foster 1st innings A. Youl n.o. ................................5 T. Vanin n.o. ...............................1 Extras .........................................2 Total ........................................0/8 Bowling: S. Hall 0/8, S. Blogg 0/0. WONTHAGGI MINERS drew PHILLIP ISLAND Phillip Island 1st innings P. Francis n.o. ...........................42 C. O’Neill c. B. Pugh b. C. Honeysett........................8 J. Manning lbw. b. T. Walker .............................5 P. Cashman n.o. ........................12 Extras .........................................5 Total ......................................2/72 Bowling: C. Honeysett 1/16, C. Gooch 0/22, J. Kelly 0/15, T. Walker 1/12, R. Jones 0/7.

C Grade Division 2 KOONWARRA RSL drew IMPERIALS Match abandoned. MDU drew TOWN T. Bright c. L. Fleming b. C. Eldred .............................8 G. Jones b. C. Dowling ............17 C. Baillie b. C. Dowling.............8 D. Sinclair c&b. L. Fleming.......1 D. Tuckett b. C. Dowling ...........4 S. Sinclair lbw. c. Prescott .......26 K. Brown b. C. Dowling ............2 B. Coulter c. J. Schelling b. M. O’Loughlin ....................2 J. Opray b. C. Prescott ...............0 J. Witherow n.o. .........................5 D. Hughes c&b. M. O’Loughlin ...............0 Extras .......................................25 Total .........................................98 Bowling: C. Eldred 1/22, C.

Prescott 2/12, L. Fleming 1/24, C. Dowling 4/34, M. Elliott 0/4, M. O’Loughlin 2/0. KILCUNDA/BASS drew PHILLIP ISLAND Match abandoned. WONTHAGGI WORKMENS drew POOWONG/LOCH Match abandoned. OMK drew GLEN ALVIE Match abandoned.

Under 16 East FOSTER drew KOONWARRA RSL Koonwarra RSL 1st innings B. van Rooy c.J. Midwinter b. J. Richer ............................. 11 B. Tomada c. J. Prain b. J. Midwinter ......................27 J. Missen c&b. B. Hateley .........5 B. Moscript n.o. .......................22 C. Moscript n.o. .......................14 Extras .......................................21 Total ....................................5/131 Bowling: J. Prain 0/20, J. Richer 1/26, F. Griggs 1/26, J. Midwinter 1/15, B. Hateley 1/18, T. Fletcher 0/4, L. Dower 1/15. FISH CREEK/TARWIN drew NERRENA Match abandoned. IMPERIALS drew KORUMBURRA Imperials 1st innings K. Miller c. A. Murray b. R. McGavin .......................26 J. Raabe n.o. .............................13 P. Patterson n.o. ..........................0 Extras .........................................8

Total ......................................1/47 Bowling: J. Sorrell 0/9, J. Ginnane 0/12, B. Davidson 0/10, R. McGavin 1/11, B. Wylie 0/0.. Korumburra 1st innings R. McGavin b. .........................49 L. Thwaites r.o. ........................13 B. Davidson c. ...........................1 J. Sorrell b. ..............................12 A. Murray b. ..............................3 B. Wylie c. .................................0 L Wright c. ..............................10 J. Van Dyk stp. ..........................0 J. Ginnane n.o. ...........................0 Extras .........................................5 Total .........................................93 Bowling: P. Patterson 1/35, J. Meade 0/13, N. Allen 1/15, A. O’Neill 1/13, P. Dunlevie 2/4, B. Cosson 0/4, J. Raabe 2/7.

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GLEN ALVIE drew POOWONG/LOCH Match abandoned. INVERLOCH drew PHILLIP ISLAND Match abandoned. KILCUNDA/BASS drew OMK Kilcunda/Bass 1st innings Total ....................................8/114 Bowling: T. Wyatt 2/12, P. Mulherbe 1/11, A. Harrison 1/14, D. Earl 1/20, J. Harris 0/14, J. Clink 0/8, S. Farvis 2/10, J. Terry 1/7, J. Harris 0/5. WONTHAGGI WORKMENS drew WONTHAGGI MINERS Match abandoned.

LDCA ladders A Grade Division 1 Won Workmens .................41.16 Nerrena ..............................39.07 Won Miners .......................38.63 Inverloch ............................26.84 Korumburra .........................24.94 Imperials .............................13.72 OMK ...................................13.50 K’warra L’gatha RSL ..........12.95 A Grade Division 2 Fish Creek/Tarwin ............39.47 Town ...................................39.17 Phillip Island......................38.84 Poowong/Loch ...................37.72 Kilcunda/Bass ....................14.03 MDU ...................................13.28 Glen Alvie ...........................12.05 Foster................................... 11.64 B Grade Division 1 OMK...................................35.49 Nerrena ..............................35.02 Won Miners .......................31.68 GlenAlvie ...........................31.46 Won Workmens ...................31.19 Inverloch .............................29.84 Phillip Island .......................29.41 Imperials .............................19.88 B Grade Division 2 Town ...................................43.73 OMK...................................34.35 Poowong/Loch ...................31.59 Koonwarra RSL ................31.33 MDU ...................................31.23 Fish Creek/Tarwin ...............30.75 Korumburra .........................22.06 Kilcunda/Bass .....................17.04

C Grade Division 1 Won Workmens .................45.00 Won Miners .......................42.76 Korumburra ......................31.22 Nerrena ..............................31.01 Foster...................................30.88 Inverloch .............................27.83 Phillip Island .......................18.52 Town....................................16.04 C Grade Division 2 Phillip Island......................42.33 Koonwrra RSL ..................33.49 OMK...................................33.10 Kilcunda/Bass ....................32.84 Imperials .............................30.30 MDU ...................................30.22 Poowong/Loch ....................29.94 Town....................................22.10 Won Workmens ...................16.93 Glen Alvie ...........................16.53 Under 16 East Fish Creek/Tarwin ............14.64 Town/Nerrena ....................14.55 MDU ...................................13.96 Koonwarra RSL ..................1.92 Foster....................................1.35 Imperials ..............................0.88 Korumburra ........................0.00 Under 16 West Won Workmens .................18.00 Phillip Island......................15.08 OMK...................................14.75 Won Miners .......................13.90 Poowong/Loch ....................12.00 Glen Alvie .............................7.62 Inverloch ...............................2.09 Kilcunda/Bass .......................0.91

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Swim club celebrates By Matt Dunn

THE Leongatha Swimming Club will celebrate 50 years in the pool with an intra-club event this Friday from 6pm at SPLASH.

“This year we thought, we’ll run our intra-club event and use it as an opportunity to celebrate 50 years in the pool. We’re going to run a barbecue. It’s an open invitation for anyone involved in the swimming club in the past to come along and see what’s happening,” long time club member Andrew

Bissett said. “We’ll chew the fat with anyone who wants to come down and talk about what we’re up to.” Prospective members will also be welcome, he said. While the club has a long and proud history, there is no doubt the town’s indoor pool has helped it reach a new level of professionalism. Andrew said training in the early days was “pretty low key”. He is the only adult training in the junior squad at the moment – an admirable achievement, given the super fit swimmers amongst the

Fifty great years: Matilda Bissett is proud to wear the club’s new windcheater.

children and their tough training schedule. “The training has a told-fold purpose. One, it’s good for me. I swam a lot on my own and found I was getting bored. Two, I can keep an eye on what they’re up to. I think it’s good for them to have an adult in the pool,” he said. His children, Hamish and Matilda, are also in the squad. Wife Carolyn is a coach. But the Bissetts are not the only family at the club. In fact, families abound. The Pickersgills are another example. Matt Pickersgill is one of five coaches at the club. His children know the rigours of training, but lap it up. Matt said he kept coaching because there was “nothing more enjoyable than seeing someone give something a red hot go. “It’s probably one

of the toughest sports I know – where you train so much, for seemingly so little reward. But I think that adds to the character of these kids,” he said. “The character and the perseverance of these kids is what gets me back each year. I get more out of it than what they do.” He came to the club five years ago, because his then nine-year-old son Jordan was embarrassed at his poor showing at a school swimming event. “He was a fairly proud kid even at nine years of age. He said, ‘I refuse to swim at the school sports next year if I have to wear floaties.’ We had to devise a plan to get him out of that,” Matt explained. “You see him swim now and you wouldn’t even imagine he started that way. He’s now so close to state and national times, it’s not funny.” Sm02swimclub 01 or 04 Andrew Bissett: the long time swimming club member is doing his best to keep up with a school of young super fish. 02 Hands in the air: Nikaya Wright shows the way during training on Saturday. 03 Fifty great years: Matilda Bissett is proud to wear the club’s new windcheater.

Andrew Bissett: the long time swimming club member is doing his best to keep up with a school of young super fish.

Scrutiny: Ewan Cole of Wonthaggi, is just back from South Korea where he helped train scrutineers for that country’s inaugural formula one grand prix. A retired Wonthaggi Secondary College teacher, Ewan has been involved with Wonthaggi’s Human Powered Grand Prix since it started.

Hands in the air: Nikaya Wright shows the way during training on Saturday.

Under scrutiny By Jane Ross WONTHAGGI’S Ewan Cole is part of an army of volunteers that enables motor racing to go ahead. He’s chief scrutineer at the Australian Grand Prix and has just returned from South Korea’s inaugural formula one grand prix. There, he was one of 122 officials training the Koreans in the art of scrutineering. It’s a skill in which he’s well versed. “I’ve been doing it since 1972! “I was in a car club and I was told there was a scrutineering school. It appealed to me.” Being a scrutineer involves checking racing cars for safety and compliance with the rules. Drivers’ gear has to be compliant too. In his earlier days in the field, Ewan said every car was checked in a few minutes. That regime has now changed to targetted scrutineering, where cars are selected at random and a longer time is spent on them. Up to nine scrutineers are needed at a race meeting, while the Australian Grand Prix calls for 56. During his time in South Korea, Ewan stayed in Mokpo, which is

400kms south of the capital Seoul. “The country is not mountainous; there are low hills and a lot of agriculture on the flat plains. “There’s a huge car industry and ship building – there are two ship building yards in Mokpo.” He and his colleagues spent their first two days training the Korean scrutineers, had a day off, then went back to the circuit for racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “We were teaching the basics of scrutineering,” said Ewan, such as weighing and measuring the car and checking if the drivers were using the right tyres.” This was the beginning of a three-year Korean contract with the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport for whom Ewan volunteers. He’s been to Bahrain and Singapore in a similar capacity. CAMS has the contracts with the racing associations and promoters of the events. Scrutineering is about ensuring safe running of racing and entails sitting in the pit lane during a race. Ewan is also the technical commissioner for the Australian GT Championsips where the Lamborghinis and Aston Martins race. “I have to make sure they comply with the paper work for the cars, it’s different, but it’s still scrutineering.” A retired secondary school teach-

er, Ewan finds his motor racing involvement very satisfying. “It enables me to go overseas and use my experience to help others. “I can walk in and out of team’s garages and the general public can’t do that. “I’ve been at the Australian Grand Prix so often, now teams recognise me when I’m overseas.” What happens if the scrutineers find some breach? “If something’s not right, you inform and give a chance for it to be fixed, with the warning that a charge can be laid for an offence. If an infringement notice is given, a panel of three officials makes a determination which can be a monetary penalty, a suspension or a move to the back of the grid, which is a disadvantage.” Some infringement hearings are held after the race in question and there is an avenue of appeal. Scrutineers are involved in hearings and, if the matter is deferred, the scrutineers follow up to ascertain whether their actions were right or wrong. “In areas of compliance with (car) parts, we’re usually right, but that doesn’t mean in those cases it holds up. “A charge can be dismissed.”

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Racing into the future STONY Creek Racecourse takes safety seriously, having just received a new plastic running rail for the inside of its 2.3km track.

Safety first: inventor Dan Mawby relaxes against his ergonomically designed plastic running rail, now fitted at Stony Creek Racing Club.

The initiative is part of a $2.3 million partnership between Racing Victoria Limited (RVL), Country Racing Victoria (CRV) and the Victorian Government to deliver participants the safest racing environment in Australia. The Mawsafe plastic running rail has now been installed at 23 Victorian racecourses including major metropolitan courses such as Flemington and Caulfield. Designed by Mordialloc plumber Dan Mawby, the Mawsafe plastic running rail has already won acclaim as the Best Design for Workplace Safety at Victoria’s 2009 WorkSafe Awards. In previous announcements the RVL Chief Executive Rob Hines has said “The safety and wellbeing of our participants and horses is of the utmost importance and the installation of the Mawsafe plastic running rails represents an important part of that goal for the Victorian racing industry. “The Mawsafe plastic running rail is far more forgiving than its

steel predecessor and greatly enhances the safety for both horse and rider, as the posts give way upon impact, but the rail remains intact.” “The design and flexibility of the plastic rail also means it can absorb the impact of horses bumping it and will assist to steer them back on track, thus lessening the likelihood of serious incidents or injury for horse and rider.” The rails are designed so that they will give way when a jockey or horse collide with the curved uprights, but will stay intact so that no debris will enter the course. “The plastic rails are also lighter than the steel running rails, making them easier and safer for staff to move and erect,” Mr Hines said. The rails are 100 per cent Australian made, and have been endorsed by Perth Racing and Racing New South Wales. Stony Creek’s new rails have demonstrated support from Racing Victoria, which club CEO Ralph Gallagher says is very encouraging. Mr Gallagher is hoping for a great season from the Stony Creek Racing Club, whose first race meeting kicks off on December 4.


Track season set to start

TRACK season is about to start, this Friday night, and it heralds the start of a new year for the club. Last Friday night the club held a presentation evening at Inverloch to conclude the road season. The winners of the John Sauvarin aggregate trophy for each age group were awarded. These trophies are awarded to the most consistent and best performed rider for the season. The winners were Seniors – Tony Clark, Junior A – Elliot Gin and Junior B – Thomas McFarlane. These riders raced most weekends and were rewarded for their training and support of club racing. The club was fortunate to have Nick Aitken back from his duties with the Australian Under 23 team so we were treated to a run down on the transition from racing at Club level in Australia to racing on the world stage. This can include little things like racing in a bunch of around 60 riders to racing in a bunch

of around 200 riders and the effort needed to be able to stay near the front of such a group. Training for the track season has started – Wednesday night from 6.30pm at the track. We welcome any riders to “ try out” at the track. The club has a range of track bikes should a rider wish to give it a go. Just bring a helmet and a desire to cut a few laps. New riders need to come to a Wednesday night session to learn how to ride safely at the track, be sized to a suitable bike and get some training advice from club coach – Tony Smith. Track racing starts at 8pm this Friday night – fine weather required. Our junior riders are all keen to get going, which is just as well. There are a number of state based events in early November. Any keen cyclists out there need to come and see what the buzz is when whipping down the banks of the velodrome. Take the opportunity of Wednesday nights to come and try.

The right mix: new Wonthaggi coach Leigh McDonald, and president Rob Tesoriero will be aiming to see the club succeed next year, but also to have youngsters come through.

New coach for Power Cycling medals: from left, David McFarlane - second in road championship, Thomas McFarlane - junior road champion, Tony Clark - club aggregate winner, Tom Debenham - club champion, Tony Smith – third, road championship and Matthew Minogue - third in junior road championship.


Club championships soon THE Leongatha Tennis Club will be staging its annual club championships event on Sunday, November 21. The event is open to adult and junior sections of the club and all standards will be catered for. The event will begin at 10am and all members of the Leongatha Tennis Club are urged to participate in what promises to be a wonderful day of high quality tennis.

A barbecue lunch will be available during the course of the day and organisers are anticipating a large group of players, particularly since many wash outs have occurred in the early part of the season. For enquiries regarding the adult event contact Frank Dekker on 5668 5285. For enquiries regarding the junior event contact Michelle Krohn on 5662 2127.

WONTHAGGI’S newest resident will be a key figure in their town next year. Former Churchill resident and footballer Leigh McDonald has arrived to coach the Wonthaggi Power Football Club for season 2011. The 28-year-old has moved with his wife Christine and son Jett, and the family have settled in to the area well. The appointment was made recently, and while the new coach admits he does not know a thing about the club, he says that it may not be such a bad thing. “I think it will be good. We’ll be

able to start fresh with new goals,” he said. And while those goals include winning games, the importance of rearing the young kids has not been lost on the 28-year-old. “Obviously you’d always like to win more (games) than last year, but the club made it clear that the kids’ development is just as important,” he said. Wonthaggi Power are hoping that the younger generation will be well groomed by McDonald, who describes his coaching as more inspirational than technical. “I’m a passionate coach rather than a structural one. I’ve been

coached by players who’ve played AFL so I’ve learnt that structure side of things from them,” he said. “They’ve (Wonthaggi) stepped up into the major leagues, which is a big challenge, and I’m going to aim to improve the professionalism here.” The midfielder will be trying to lift his new club from eighth position last year, where they won just four games. “They finished this year well. Last year’s coach (Paul Brosnan) has a lot of respect here and we’re looking to improve on the work he’s done,” McDonald said.

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Great leap for Julian JULIAN Patterson came home with a gold medal last Monday, October 25, winning the state high jump at the Victorian Primary Schools State Track and Field championships in Bendigo.


Reach for the sky: St Laurence’s Julian Patterson knows a thing or two about reaching great heights, winning the state high jump title with a mammoth leap. Inset, On the podium: Julian Patterson collects his gold medal. Also on the podium are, left, Jack Henry of Geelong who won silver, and, right, Wes Graeme of Mirboo North who won bronze.

New coach for Power

Wet cricket

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Julian, in Grade 6 at St Laurence’s Primary School, Leongatha was the best performer, winning with his 1.60m leap in the 12 -13 boys high jump competition. This is Julian’s personal best by 5cm; a tremendous achievement, given that he is only around 167cm tall. St Laurence’s Principal, Robyn Halliwell, said the whole school was “very excited”. “We’re always this way when one of our students does well in their chosen field,” Robyn said. “Julian trains very hard but goes about his business very quietly.” The school plans to congratulate Julian at its next assembly, on Monday, November 8. There was no assembly yesterday due to a school holiday. Julian will now compete at the Annual School Sport Australia Track and Field Championships being held in Bendigo from November 28 to December 2.

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“We will support Julian in a fundraising effort to help him get to Bendigo,” Robyn added. Georgia Riseley, despite being in Year 7, will be represented in the high jump after being placed second overall in the 12 to 13 years high jump. Whilst Georgia can’t win gold she is allowed to compete due to turning 12 in Year 7. Leongatha has unearthed some other future athletics stars as well. The state track and field meet saw two students bring home medals and four girls come fourth in the relay. Another high jumper, Leongatha Primary School’s Brett Thorson won a bronze medal in the 9 to 10 age group. His schoolmates in the relay came so close to a medal, but unfortunately missed out, coming in fourth. Aliesha Wrigley, Jasmine McJames-Court, Ebony Burns and Chloe Hogg were part of the team. Foster’s Xavier Duursma was equal third, with Brett Thorson, in the high jump. Wes Graeme of Mirboo North placed third in the 12-13 boys high jump but second in the long jump and will also go through to the nationals. Both Julian and Wes are trained by David Green at the Leongatha Little Athletics Club.

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