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COUNTRY Fire Authority stations across the region opened their doors to the community over the weekend as part of CFA Sunday. Wonthaggi Brigade members and Captain Koala take a breather during activities on Sunday in Apex Park. More photos on page 2.

CASH CHASE Shire seeks action on Corner Inlet

TOURISM in the local region is set for a major boost with millions being sought for a major Corner Inlet project.

The South Gippsland Shire Council will vote tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23 on a bold tourism proposal that would see an injection of $1.5 - $2.1 million for the Corner Inlet Tourism Development Project. This major tourism project comprises four already identified priority projects including Port Welshpool’s Long Jetty restoration, the Great Southern Rail Trail extension from Foster to Welshpool, a feasibility study including detailed design of the Port Welshpool Marina development and the dredging of the Toora Channel.

Talking to The Star after a meeting in Melbourne with Regional Development Victoria last Friday former South Gippsland Shire Tourism Coordinator and now Manager Customer Relations Christian Stefani said this new project has created a lot of excitement. “A lot of work has gone into this project over many years and we are all very excited,” Mr Stefani said. “The Council, CEO Tim Tamlin, the Mayor Warren Raabe and community groups have been working hard to see these four priority projects go ahead,” he said. Following the council’s decision on the major funding for the project a Community Consultation meeting will be hosted by Regional Develop-

ment Victoria at Port Welshpool on November 28. Mr Stefani said this meeting would primarily be an update on the work and findings of the Long Jetty Project Control Group, appointed by the Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South, Peter Ryan. The other three major components of the Corner Inlet Project would be addressed and Mr Stefani said there would be some indication of the total costings of the whole project, estimated to run into multi millions of dollars. “The council would be seeking major funding from the Federal and State governments for the Corner Inlet Tourism Development Project,” Mr Stefani said. Continued on page 5.

It’s time: campaigner for the Long Jetty restoration, Paul MacPhail urges the local community to attend the meeting on November 28.

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CFA open days CFA STATIONS across the region opened their doors to the community over

the weekend as part of CFA Sunday. Stations Wonthaggi,

including Leongatha,

Korumburra, Koonwarra and Loch participated in the event. The day was an opportunity for families to have some fun with the CFA and also discuss bushfire safety, preparation, planning and volunteering. A number of groups also put on a sausage sizzle and ran activities. Wonthaggi CFA Lieutenant Jamie Moresco said

they had a large number of people come to visit them in Apex Park, where they had fire trucks on display and a visit from Captain Koala. The Wonthaggi brigade enjoyed the sun, taking children up on fire trucks and demonstrating the benefits volunteer fire fighters bring to the community.

Junior fire fighter: One-year-old Chace O’Connor wasn’t too sure about being so high up in the fire truck with Lieutenant Paul Kennedy from Wonthaggi.

Korumburra CFA: Graham Denney had a fire truck on display at the St Joseph’s Fete in Korumburra.

Support your CFA: Wonthaggi CFA brigade volunteer members Kathryn Sloan, Kevin Else, Andrew McCormick, Ty Donohue and Stuart Zaffarese.

Loch CFA: Brigade members Glen Coster and Trevor Wyhoon stationed themselves in front of St Joseph’s Primary School on Sunday.

CFA Open Day: Leongatha CFA brigade members Tristan Morton, Captain Andy Kay, Jesse Hogan and Shaun O’Keeffe had fire trucks on show last Sunday.

Collector’s heaven

MEENIYAN hosted another successful antiques fair on Saturday with the rain failing to deter visitors. There was a good mix of local and visiting stallholders in attendance.

Something for everyone: Bethany Milkins explored the antique fair on Saturday at Meeniyan with her grandmother, Ann Cridge, both from Leongatha.

Antique tea: Dot Kennedy from Tarwin Lower shows off her collection of antique cups and saucers at Meeniyan’s antique fair on the weekend.

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Flood headache By Jacob de Kunder LEONGATHA Secondary College centenary celebrations have suffered a setback after water damaged memorabilia over the weekend.

During Friday night’s deluge, the ceiling of the old secondary college west campus library (which now lies in the grounds of the primary school) gave way, leaving archives soaked. Leongatha Primary School principal Rob Higgins was first on the scene. “Luckily I was alerted by the alarm system and got the stuff out as soon as we could,” Mr Higgins said. Mr Higgins and his family worked quickly on Friday night and Saturday to separate all the records and photos so they could dry. “We hope we’ve recovered most of the things but there was a fair bit of water damage to the archives,” he said. All of the collected archives from the Leongatha Secondary College, High School and Technical School were situated in the flooded room including old school records, photos, banners and shields among other special items. Centenary committee member Vic Rowlands said that the damage is not yet known. “I don’t know the extent of the damage and I don’t want to be over dramatic but there would certainly have been some damage done,” he said. The centenary committee is meeting tonight to hopefully find a solution to the problem. “We just need to have a look at it and see what can and cannot be recovered,” Mr Rowlands said. “It’s a great shame because we’d moved the records to where we thought they would be temporarily safe until the centenary, and now we’ll have to find another long term home for them as well.” “We hope the displays which the memorabilia would be the basis of, haven’t been compromised, and there hasn’t been too much damage done,” Mr Rowlands said. “We had moved a large amount of stuff from the secondary college to that building which was disused at the time, and we

were just going to put it there until the centenary was finished.” Mr Rowlands extended his gratitude to Mr Higgins for saving the important archives. “We’re very grateful with the work that was put in to rescue all the memorabilia by Rob Higgins and his team.” Other flood trouble The rain caused more trouble around the school and Leongatha with the Performing Arts Centre leaking water similarly to earlier in the year. “It’s just the same as what happened last time but fortunately the carpet is still lifted,” he said. “The real concern is the stage, but there needs to be drainage works done.” The drainage works to fix the recurring problem are set to be funded by the education department but it’s just the matter of having the authorisation to get going with the work. “We’ll have it hopefully fixed before the next downpour,” Mr Higgins said. Leaking lights at Carino’s Cafe and Wine Bar didn’t stop after-work drinks on Friday night. Staff acted quickly putting out towels and buckets. As the rain started the down lights started dripping, yet it didn’t kill the mood and the live music continued. Owner and head chef Ari Kaushik made light of the situation asking patrons if they liked the newly installed water feature. “We’re not sure of the amount of damage just yet, but we’re waiting until it’s a bit warmer to investigate because we don’t want a health and safety issue,”

Above: Drying out: Leongatha Primary School principal Rob Higgins acted fast to save the memorabilia then laid it out to dry.

Gave way: the hole in the ceiling of the old Leongatha Secondary College west campus library which let water onto the archives.

he said. Renee Houghton from Flower Power Leongatha said that water made its way inside the shop on Friday night too. “We had water flow in from the down pipe but there wasn’t a whole lot of damage, just a couple of teddy’s got damaged,”

she said. “Water got on to the carpet as well but hopefully all it’ll take to be right will be a steam clean.” Drivers are warned to also keep an eye out for those damaging potholes after the heavy rain as well. Some small holes in the

road surface have tripled in size after being washed out and have the potential to cause major damage to your car. Hot spots include the South Gippsland, Bass and Strzelecki Highways, as well as many other main roads.

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From Korumburra to Commissioner By Simone Short WHEN Ken Lay was a young boy, he dreamed of one day becoming the Sergeant of the Korumburra Police Station. Unfortunately, he never quite fulfilled that dream, but last week went one better when he was appointed the Victoria Police Chief Commissioner – the highest ranked officer in the state. Mr Lay admits this role was never one he imagined possible when the born and bred South Gippsland boy left Korumburra High School and joined the police cadets at 17 years of age. “When I walked out of school in 1974, it’s not where I expected I’d be,” Mr Lay told The Star. And he soon found himself far from home, with his first placement at a small police station called Bourke Street West in Melbourne. “It was very different from Korumburra and I saw lots of things very quickly that I never imagined I would see in my first six to 12 months of police,” Mr Lay said. “I went off to Prahran and St Kilda and spent a lot of time in and around that area as a detective and moved up to Sergeant rank.” In 1999 Mr Lay was given the chance to return home when he landed the job as Inspector at Wonthaggi Police Station after spending two years overseeing the South Gippsland area from his position in Morwell. “I was really pleased to go back to my local community; I had strong links with South Gippsland, being born and bred in Korumburra, and with my mum born in Wonthaggi,” he said. “It was really nice to go back and police the community that had supported me whilst I grew up.” Glenn Weir, who now fills the role of Inspector at Wonthaggi, worked as a Constable at Prahran with Mr Lay as Sergeant from 1984 to ’87 and speaks very highly of the Chief Commissioner, believing he is just the person to get Victoria Police “back on track”. “He’s always been an impressive, no-fuss leader who has always acted with the utmost integrity,” Insp Weir said. “He’s easy going but has a really focused leadership style and I’m sure it’s a great appointment for Victoria Police.” Insp Weir said Mr Lay’s achievements are an encouragement to all police officers in Bass Coast and South Gippsland. “To have someone who’s been heavily involved in the local community here, in the policing sense, go onto the highest post we have is a great inspiration to all levels of the local police force,” he said. “In fact there’s only one unfortunate thing about him; he barracks for Essendon!” Victorian Police Minister Mr Ryan said he has enjoyed working with Mr Lay as Deputy Commissioner and Acting Commissioner during his 12 months as Minister, and believes he will be a great asset to policing and to the Victorian Community. “He is a wonderful communicator; the members of the force admire and respect him,

likewise, his command group,” Mr Ryan said. “He has already laid out his priorities, particularly around issues of family violence. “He has a very strong history of general policing, with a focus on road safety and he truly is in the right place at the right time.” No stranger to the region himself as the Member for Gippsland South, Mr Ryan said Mr Lay speaks fondly of Korumburra, and maintains his close connection with the area, and that is no exaggeration. Mr Lay still very much considers Korumburra home; he is member of the Korumburra Golf Club and tries to get down to visit his family and friends as often as possible. “I’m still very proud to call myself a South Gippslander,” he said, adding his time in the country taught him values he still carries with him today as Chief Commissioner. “The community in those days understood and taught their kids what was right and what was wrong, and to treat people decently,” he said. “I saw a lot of examples of people who worked hard and were successful and I took those values right through my work in life.” Mr Lay said he was lucky growing up in the carefree lifestyle of rural Victoria, surrounding by a loving family and a supportive community, and wants to create that same security for all Victorians in his new role. “You could go anywhere safely and you always had members of the community looking out for you, whether it was your parents or someone else,” he said.

“When I walked out of school in 1974, it’s not where I expected I’d be,”

Ken takes top job: South Gippsland is proud of Korumburra local, Ken Lay, in his new role as Victoria Police Chief Commissioner. Photo courtesy Bruce Magilton, Herald Sun.

Schoolies asked to behave “Now I’m in this position I can actually make a change; I can make people safer and make lives better. I can make the work force’s lives better too.” Mr Lay said there is lots of opportunity and challenge in his new job, and it’s all “pretty exciting”. “It’s enormously challenging, but the beauty about the Chief Commissioner’s job, and it’s not that different to being an Inspector in Wonthaggi, is that when you’re actually in charge you can make a difference to things that are important to you.” he said. .Mr Lay will be visiting the region this Friday, talking with local government leaders at a workshop run by Bass Coast Council CEO Alan Bawden, and will also attend the official opening of the new Korumburra Police Station in February next year. He is looking forward to the opening and said it will bring back some fond memories, and hopes he may even get the chance to finally fulfil his childhood dream. “Maybe I can be officer in charge while I’m visiting,” Mr Lay laughed. “Tell Clive Smith he’ll have to move out of his chair for the day.”

AS YEAR 12 students close their books and prepare to celebrate finishing their VCE, Bass Coast Shire Council is sending a clear message – Bass Coast is not a party town. With places such as Phillip Island, San Remo and Inverloch popular schoolies destinations for students, the council is working with other agencies to deter any trouble that may accompany the crowds. Council community safety manager, Philippa O’Halloran, said that planning for school leavers has been a coordinated approach with other key agencies. “Our messages to school leavers this year are based on community feedback that said young people coming to Bass Coast should be encouraged to appreciate and enjoy the natural attractions of the

area,” she said. “Our beaches, surf, natural landscapes and visitor attractions are our best attributes and special activities will not be set up to entertain school leavers.” Ms O’Halloran said the focus this year is to promote respect for the local environment and residents, by continuing with the ‘So much to see, so much to do! Enjoy it ... Don’t spoil it!’ message. “We recognise that there will be an increase of 17 to 19-yearolds arriving into Bass Coast, particularly Phillip Island, San Remo and Inverloch, from late November to early December,” she said. “To support the needs of school leavers there is extensive information available to them if they register.” By registering, Ms O’Halloran said young visitors to the area will receive information about making responsible choices while on holi-

day, access to transport and youth workers, and the popular Youth Privilege Card that lists discounts to attractions and local businesses. “Registration provides resources to help young people enjoy the best of what we have to offer, even if they are staying at home in the area during the end of school celebrations,” she said. “Bass Coast Shire Council and other key agencies will also send out coordinated messages about responsible behaviour and access to support services targeted to youth. “Even with this planning, some problems may occur for residents.” If residents have any concerns, they are encouraged to report them to police. For more information or to register as a school leaver, visit http://schoolies.youthcentral.vic.

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Landcare Network does it again By Simone Short SOUTH Gippsland Landcare Network has once again proved it is the best in Victoria, taking out the Citipower and Powercor Landcare Network Award at the state awards last week. The 2011 Victorian Landcare Awards ceremony was held last Wednesday at Government House with Governor Alex Chernov AO QC. SGLN were widely represented, with network coordinator Belinda Brennan also winning the Australian Government Local Landcare Facilitator/Co-ordinator award while Fish Creek Landcare Group received a highly commended for the Toshiba Landcare Community Group Award. Jean Carnell also received a Highly Commended for the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award and Graeme and Rosemary Trease received a Highly Commended in the DPI Sustainable Farming Award for West Gippsland. Ms Brennan said the group were both excited and proud to win and dedicated their win to all the families involved in the network. “We were thrilled, over the moon, pretty damn chuffed; pick your describing term for being very excited,” she said. “This award is for each and every Landcare member who’s doing work on their land and making a difference. “SGLN coordinate things, but it is the members who are doing the work.”

The SGLN consists of 712 Landcare family members representing 18 Landcare Groups. Ms Brennan said it has been a huge year for the network, which last month won the Parks Victoria Environment and Sustainability Award, acknowledging organisations that show a proven passion and dedication to reducing environmental impacts in regional and rural areas. “We can now be referred to as multi-award winning,” she said. “It’s fantastic to recognise the achievements of all our Landcare groups. Although this has been the year for awards for SGLN, Ms Brennan they are a culmination of many years of hard work. “The awards have given them the recognition this year, something more formal than just a local thank you,” she said. “Locally we all know they do a fantastic job; they’ve worked hard for many years and they’ve now been recognised at a state level.” So what set SGLN apart from all the others? Ms Brennan said it was the range of projects the group delivers. “We don’t just do tree planting; there’s a soil health program, we do protection for waterways, we’re looking at erosion and landslips and we have a new landholder program,” she said. “I think the judges were impressed with the sheer breadth of programs the network is delivering and the level of commitment of Landcare members.”

Victoria’s Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith paid tribute to thousands of Landcare volunteers across the state. Mr Smith said the awards celebrated the 25th anniversary of Landcare and the great work done by thousands of volunteers across the state to make a difference in their local environment by supporting and maintaining the great natural assets throughout Victoria. “Landcare is a grass-roots environmental movement that was started by a group of Victorian farmers in the 1980s and what has been achieved since then deserves our praise and ongoing support,” he said. “The winners of the 2011 Victorian Landcare Awards embody the enthusiasm and commitment that has made Landcare in Victoria what it is today and I’d like to congratulate the Highly Commended and all nominees for their solid efforts. “These Victorians give up their time to make a difference in their local areas and the Victorian Landcare Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate and recognise the real difference volunteers can make to the environment and to our community.” Ms Brennan said the SGLN board would decide what to do with the $5000 prize money they received. The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, a partner of SGLN, also won the Australian Government Natural Resource Management Award.

Winners are grinners: South Gippsland Landcare Network and West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority members celebrate their wins at Government House in Melbourne.

Shire seeks action on Corner Inlet continued from page 1. Mr Ryan committed $3 million in funding for the restoration of the Long Jetty before the last State election and Mr Stefani said that offer still stands. Long time Save the Jetty campaigner and Welshpool and District Advisory Group President Paul Macphail said, “The $3 million funding is not quite enough so the shire will be looking to government to secure more funding.” “It is very important that the local community attend the meeting on November 28 and give their opinions about the importance to the region of the Long Jetty,” Mr Macphail said. “We need it fixed, is what the Port Welshpool community needs to say to this meeting,” he said. “The Long Jetty is a lovely old structure and will become a tourist attraction once it has

been restored. Mr Stefani said the Corner Inlet project is significant not just for South Gippsland but for the Wellington Shire and indeed the whole region. “There would be tourism benefits for the whole State,” he said. “We have an overwhelming reliance on natural attractions for tourism in this region and there hasn’t been a lot of tourism infrastructure and this project offers multiple facets and would offer huge benefits for the region. “This is really a bold move by council.” South Gippsland Shire Chief Executive Officer Tim Tamlin said, “Corner Inlet is one of the most pristine beautiful locations in the world, and up until now we haven’t been in a position to capitalise on it.” “Over the past ten years we have carefully managed our financial position back to health,

and this now provides us with a window of opportunity to leverage funds to obtain appropriate grants from the Federal Regional Development Australia Fund (which is currently calling for Expressions of Interest) and the State Government Regional Growth Fund.” “Much work has already been done with local community groups and State Government departments to bring these projects to an ‘investment ready’ stage,” he added. “The Gippsland Regional Plan has a clear focus on Tourism and Development projects, so it is timely that Council takes this synergistic approach and aligns its priorities with those of the State and Federal Governments to capitalise on funding opportunities and build on the advocacy work we have done over the past year.”

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Sewerage connected at Meeniyan MEENIYAN residents have begun connecting to the town’s wastewater treatment plant after nearly three years in the making.

Inspection: works have been completed on the initial three treatment lagoons, and the EPA has approved their use.

Since the start of September, 26 residents have applied to connect to the plant, with many more expected over the coming months. Works have been completed on the initial three treatment lagoons, and the EPA has approved their use. Of the lagoons that make up the wetlands component, construction is complete for lagoon four and work is starting on planting out the lagoon bed with wetland plants. The remaining two wetland lagoons, five and six, still need construction to be finalised before planting can begin. South Gippsland Water has been waiting for the ground to dry out enough to allow

work to continue. Once complete and fully planted out, South Gippsland Water hopes the new public wetlands area will be a great public space, a haven for bird watchers and will allow the provision for water re-use on public assets. “It is great to see the treatment plant complete, I look forward to the completion of the wetlands area and the valuable public asset these wetlands will be to the Meeniyan community,” managing director of South Gippsland Water, Steve Evans, said. Further works will occur this summer to install water re-use pipelines to connect other public assets such as the Stony Creek recreation reserve, Meeniyan recreation reserve and Meeniyan public golf course to the plant and allow for water to be re-used for the benefit of the community.

As customers connect to the Meeniyan Wastewater Treatment Plant, South Gippsland Water is encouraging customers to switch to non phosphorus washing powders. “The lagoon system is designed to naturally treat the wastewater using sun-light and micro-organisms,” Mr Evans said. “However this natural process cannot effectively treat phosphorus, which is commonly found in washing powders and detergents.” “Non phosphorus, washing powders are also beneficial for those people who re-use their grey water on the garden.” For anyone seeking further information regarding connection to the scheme please contact South Gippsland Water’s Customer Service Team on 1300 851 636.

Makeover magic with National Tiles And what about that bathroom – still stuck in the 1980s?

National Tiles in Wonthaggi can help you bring your decor into the 21st century, and with their upcoming sale, at a price everyone can afford. You will not find a bet-

ter deal with up to 60 per cent off both current and discontinued stock. Do you have a few ideas in mind, but can’t quite picture what you’re after? Manager Kim O’Connor and the team at National Tiles are fully equipped to help you find what you are looking for, or even fill in the blanks. “We can generally match tiles with bench tops, carpet choices and laminex colours,” he said. “All you need to do is bring in samples or utilise the samples on hand and we can help match and find the perfect look for your home.” Kim said the sale is the ideal time to buy, even if you’re not quite ready to renovate. “As a franchise of the well established National Tiles, we are directed by Frank Walker to ‘clear the stock’,” he said. “We are a market leading company and we are focused on offering the best possible product and

price to our clients.” Kim said it was a great opportunity to buy fantastic tiles at cheap prices. “We’ve got a huge amount of stock sitting in the warehouse just waiting to be marked down.” And a large amount of stock is no exaggeration; this is not the kind of sale where you’re limited for choice. There is a wide selection of tiles to choose from, ranging in colours, designs and materials, including this season’s popular choices of porcelain tiles in taupes and natural tones. Running for three days only, these kinds of sales only happen a few times a year, so be sure not to miss out! So drop in and see the team in Wonthaggi during their massive sale and breathe some life back into your old home; National Tiles will have it feeling brand new. Refer to the back page for more detail.


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Revamp your home: Sue Crawford, Michael Chizzoniti and Kerry Lawrence at National Tiles in Wonthaggi can help you select the perfect tiles to give your kitchen or bathroom a whole new look.

Sale on warehouse tiles: Wonthaggi’s National Tiles managing director Kim O’Connor with the huge amount of stock to be marked down for their massive three day sale.

Antiques Collectables Saturday and Sunday 26-27 November Kernot Hall (follow signs)

9.30am - 5pm Saturday 9.30am - 1.30pm Sunday

- Gippsland’s largest Annual Collectables Fair - Huge variety of all things collectable - Gemstones, antiques and memorabilia to buy, sell or swap - Displays of old wares and items of historical interest - Light refreshments available - Free antique appraisals ADMISSION: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children U/16 free (Must be accompanied by an adult) HOSTED BY: Gippsland Antique Bottles and Collectable Club Inc. ENQUIRIES: (03) 5122 2590 THANK YOU TO THIS YEARS SPONSORS: PROCON SECURITY


TAKE a glance around your kitchen. Do you like what you see?

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Tourism triumphs for Bass Coast By Tessa Hayward BASS Coast Shire Council celebrated a successful evening on Monday, November 14 at the Victorian Tourism Awards at Crown Palladium due to personal and team achievements for council staff. The award for outstanding contribution by an individual went to tourism manager Ken Hore. Community and Economic Development manager Steven Piasente said this was a significant and well deserved achievement and recognised the contributions Mr Hore had made over many years to the Australian and Victorian tourism industry. “He is a valuable member of our staff and his enthusiasm and passion for tourism has benefited our local tourist industry enormously,” Mr Piasente said. Two Bass Coast businesses, Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm and RACV Inverloch Resort, also picked up awards on the night. The Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm won the Herald Sun award for tourist attractions and the RACV Inverloch Resort won the deluxe accommodation award. Mr Piasente said it was exciting to see five other Bass Coast tourism services named as finalists at the Victorian awards. “Our economic development team work closely with local businesses to support them and help them improve their operations,” Mr Piasente said.

Professional achievement: Bass Coast Shire Council Tourism manager Ken Hore (centre) received the award for outstanding contribution by an individual. Pictured with his wife Di and Victorian Tourism minister Louise Asher.

Cycle success The inaugural Bass Coast Cycle Challenge has been labelled a success despite the worst possible weather on Saturday. More than 280 riders battled the conditions and came home satisfied with the great course layout and organisation. Maybe the event can grow into the next Around the Bay in a Day blockbuster. See report and more pictures page 57.

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Famous faces at the fete: Essendon player and NAB Rising Star for 2011 Dyson Heppell signed autographs at the fete, pictured here with a group of St Joseph’s Primary School students. Right: Perfect day for friends at the fete: Chloe Macri and Kayley Lawrence from Korumburra, Christine Byrne from Leongatha, Alliza Miel and Darcie Lia from Korumburra, Renee Mizza from Kardella and Kate Abbey from Nyora.

All for fun at St Joseph’s fete THE rain held off and Korumburra’s annual St Joe’s Primary School fete was a huge success on Sunday. When setting up on Saturday, rain was falling heavily but there was not one drop on Sunday much to the relief of the Korumburra community. Principal Greg Synan said the fete is a real community event and all Korumburra businesses support it. “The whole community atmosphere and the teamwork between parents, students and the community is one of the highlights of the fete,” he said. Another highlight was when Essendon footballer Dyson Heppell appeared on stage. “He was fantastic, he is an impressive man sharing his time with both the kids and adults, he is very generous,” Mr Synan said. The kids also seemed very excited to meet an

Essendon football player. The amount raised from the fete has not yet been determined but will be going towards school resources. Mr Synan said, “The fete has been running since 1916 and everybody in town knows when the St Joe’s fete is on.” All the rides were able to be packed up dry due

to the dry sky through the day, however the fire truck and the Riseley’s truck being used as a stage both managed to get bogged. “The oval doesn’t look so good today (Monday),” Mr Synan said. The fete was a great success and St Joe’s are very grateful to the community of Korumburra for their support.

Popcorn and fairy floss: Parents Ben and Bec Anthony and Graeme Hercus were kept busy selling treats at the St Joseph’s Primary School fete on Sunday.

Dyson drops in: Bomber fans Dayne and Bohdi Abernethy from Leongatha were excited to meet one of their football idols, Dyson Heppell.

Take that: Emily and Mistee O’Brien from Korumburra have a water fight with some of the CFA apparatus.

Horses and helicopters: St Joseph’s students Sandra and Sharon Sabu from Korumburra holding their handmade piñatas.

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Brave Caysie to climb again By Simone Short WHEN you fall off the horse, the best thing you can do is get right back up on it, and Caysie Clark is doing just that.

In April this year, the 10-year-old suffered terrible injuries including a fractured skull, fractured spine, a collapsed lung, torn ligaments in her neck and broken toes and fingers after falling two metres from a tree near her home in Leongatha. Only eight months later, the lively Grade 5 student is gearing up to face her fears and on November 30, will be launched 40-feet into the air, only to abseil back down a tree. On top of it all, Caysie will be doing it for a good cause; raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where she spent just over a month recovering from her accident. And it is all possible thanks to Mike Coulter from Cheltenham Trees. Mike said he first read about Caysie’s story when she was featured in the Herald Sun in the lead up to the Good Friday Appeal and it really “struck a chord” with him. “There was a photo of her sitting in the hospital bed; it was such a tragic sto-

ry, but she had such a smile in the photo,” he said. “Working with trees everyday and knowing what the dangers are, I wondered what I could do to cheer Caysie up, so I rang the hospital and said I’ve got a bit of a crazy idea to hopefully get her spirits back up.” Mike said while he hopes the experience will help Caysie overcome any fears she may have following her accident, that was not his initial intention. “It was more to give a positive aspect to the whole situation, give her something fun to think about rather than horrendous and painful. And hopefully also teach her there’s a safer way to do those things. On the day, Caysie will do a one hour training session at the Cheltenham Trees depot on how to use a harness and control a safe descent from the tree. Once they’re happy she’s mastered the skills, she will be taken to Cheltenham Primary School and put into a cherry picker to take her up to a hight of approximately 40-feet, which is around 12 metres. “We’ll set up some abseiling lines, clip her in safely and our operations manager James will be on a separate line right next to Caysie, coming down with her and keeping everything safe and under control,” Mike said.

“We’re certainly going to impress on her that the equipment is safety equipment designed for the job, and let all the kids know not to try it at home!” Leongatha Primary School is holding a gold coin donation for the tree climb and donations can also be left at The Star for community members wishing to contribute to the cause. Caysie said she’s scared most about jumping out of the cherry picker, but what is she most excited about? “Jumping out of the cherry picker,” she laughed. “I’m going to ask if I can go as high as I can go, but I might be a little bit scared.” Caysie’s mum Kathy is also excited about the big event, and is amazed at how far her daughter has progressed in the eight months since the accident. “Her body is fantastic; all the breaks are perfect and her spine is great, and she’s got exercises for the next two years just to keep her spine the right shape,” she said. “We’re just waiting for the brain to see how much it will heal. She gets a lot of fatigue still, which is why she only goes to school until lunchtime, but in saying that, she’s got to go every day.” When The Star first spoke to Caysie in May, she

Back in action: Caysie Clark spent over a month in the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne after she fell from a tree outside her Leongatha home, and will raise money for the hospital when she abseils 40-feet down a tree on November 30. Photo courtesy of Bert Di Paolo, The Royal Children’s Hospital. said she was hoping to recover in time for her Grade 5 camp to Melbourne, and we are glad to report she will be joining her classmates when they catch the train down tomorrow (Wednesday). “It’s really cool; she’s come a long way,” Kathy said. And while Caysie hasn’t been climbing any more trees lately, the one from the accident still remains in Hassett Street.

“It’s a council tree, we can’t cut that one down!” Kathy laughed. “But I feel like we should put a sign on that tree saying ‘Caysie’s Tree’”. Caysie is hoping to visit the new Royal Children’s Hospital with her mum to personally deliver the money raised from the event and show some of the doctors and nurses photos from the event, as well as catch up with her favourite nurse Candice.

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MANY thanks go out to the Inverloch branch of the Bendigo Bank for their generous grant of $5000 to the Inverloch Primary School. This grant will be used to build a permaculture garden and has been a great help in buying the materials and plants. The garden will be a wonderful learning space for students and the community. LOCALLY based charity foundation Bryn’s School is holding a fundraiser market this Friday night in Kongwak. The twilight market will be running from 6pm and finishing around 10pm. All the usual stalls at the Kongwak market will be there as well as

food and live music. Come support the local charity this Friday, November 25 at the Kongwak twilight market. A RELAY For Life Fundraising Dinner is to be held at the Rainbow Palace Chinese Restaurant, Korumburra on Sunday December 4 at 6pm. A four course banquet at $40 per person will be served. There will be a raffle and an auction on the night. Please RSVP by the November 25 to Renee on 5655 1582 or 0439 391 108 to book a seat. Relay For Life is an event to raise funds for the Cancer Council. THE



Open days: Pound Creek CFA joined other brigades throughout the state in community open days on Sunday. Merv Mee and grandson Caleb found out how powerful a CFA water hose can be! Pound Creek distributed show bags and information about the coming fire season. If you were lucky you may even have been served scones and cream!

and Crafts Society’s next meeting is to be held at Leongatha Community House on Thursday, November 24, at 10am. New members are always welcome to come along, join in the fun and get involved with the society. KORUMBURRA Secondary College exchange student Joshua is looking for a new host family. He is living in Korumburra, but his host family will only be available to host him until the beginning of February 2012. Southern Cross Cultural Exchange are therefore looking for a family to host Josh from the beginning of term 1 until late April 2012, when his program finishes.

If you have considered hosting, now is the time. Josh is a bright student, and a computer technical expert (he is the one whom his family in Sweden turns to for trouble-shooting any computer woes). He is also into martial art skills and kick-boxing. He loves the outdoors and has camped in Wisconsin, USA. If you are interested in getting more information about Josh, or any of the other nationalities we bring to Australia, please contact Claire Cummins at 1800 500 501 or IF you have something to go into Column 7 please email your photos or article to jacob@thestar.

Australian pride: it was quite fitting to see a koala make his way to Meeniyan’s Remembrance Day ceremony last week. The marsupial made his way along the median strip in the centre of town before climbing a large tree to view the festivities from high above.

New thinking: Rick Rutjens and his artwork at the snAPP! exhibition at Gecko Studio Gallery. GECKO Studio Gallery in Fish Creek opened their exhibition snAPP! of mobile phone camera art on Sunday. The exhibition is a group show featuring Jane Power, Colin Suggett, Warren Reed, Kerry Spokes, Rick Rutjens and Abigail van Rooyen and will be on from November 20 to December 17. The works are varied

in subject matter, approach and narrative. Kerry, Jane and Abi approached the brief in a roughly similar fashion while Col, Rick and Warren went off on very different paths. Kerry has 98 images on the wall, Abigail 40, Jane 20, Col eight and Rick and Warren one each. Rick’s image is a poster print of his 97 images

with both the poster print and the individual images available while Warren’s image is made up of 15 images taken on an iPhone, stitched together and stretching 1.5 metres wide. For the practically minded there is great value in this show and is worth seeing.

MARK Powell and John Smith never knew the other existed, let alone they were related, until they coincidentally met at the recent unveiling of a new miner’s memorial plaque at Coal Creek on Sunday. The men discovered they were distant cousins after attending the ceremony to honour their great-great uncle John Joseph Andrews, who died in a mining accident at Coal Creek in Korumburra in 1896 when he was severely injured by a coal skip. Both Mark and John had plenty to catch up on and family stories to share, and no doubt filled Long lost cousins: Mark Powell from Clunes and in a few missing links in each other’s family trees. John Smith from Langwarrin.

Music camp on again

Supporting the local community

THE highlight in the South Gippsland Schools Music Program (SGSMP) year is fast approaching.

By Tessa Hayward

The SGSMP Annual Music Camp takes 155 students and 35 staff through their musical paces over three days. This year the camp is held at Wonthaggi Secondary College and promises to be a great showcase of musical talent from students across South Gippsland.

The camp runs from December 6 through to 8 and concludes with a block buster concert. To round out the concert comes the massed item which places all 155 students and 35 staff into the one ensemble for an amazing performance. The concert will be held at the Wonthaggi Arts Centre and commences at 7.30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night, until sold out.

KYLIE Dedini is one lucky girl. She received a $9,000 hot pink wheelchair from the CFMEU community support group when she was in need of a new wheelchair as her old one was literally falling apart. The CFMEU community support group have raised half a million dollars since the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant commenced 15 months ago. Secretary of the group Julie Brosnan said membership is $10 per week

per employee which is put back into the community for people in need. “We show local community support by giving schools new computers, helping families who have witnessed tragedies and people like Kylie who needed our help,” she said. The new wheelchair is so much easier and is absolutely amazing according to Moonya support worker Claire Walmsley. Ms Walmsley said, “Loading onto the van is much easier and the chair has a special moulded seat which helps with pos-

ture.” The wheelchair allows Kylie to go many places she could not go before and the colour pink was an extra bonus for her President of the CFMEU community support group Dieter Berber said that a new wheelchair for Kylie is like a new car or a new pair of shoes for someone else. “Her family are very excited and her parents are over the moon,” he said. Mr Berber said the group do not knock many requests back as it is for the local community and the people in need.

Community support: CFMEU community support group secretary Julie Brosnan, Moonya support worker Claire Walmsley, CFMEU community support group president Dieter Berber and Desalination Plant worker Jamie Spencer admired Kylie Dedini’s new pink wheelchair.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - PAGE 11

Business boost needed BUSINESS associations throughout the region are struggling for passionate leaders to keep them active and relevant.

needs a passionate leader to keep it afloat, Bass Coast Shire Council business development officer Margaret Murray believes. A disappointing turn out at the annual general meeting last Tuesday night is cause for concern, with only four people attending despite the association representing over 30 businesses. Ms Murray said the lack in numbers is a trend not only in the Bass Coast, but across all regions at the moment. “These things have ebbs and flows and I think Wonthaggi’s reached a point where it’s down at the bottom and it’s about to move back up again,” she said. “They’ve got members; they’ve just pulled in another ten, but lack of attendance at meetings is the real problem here. People are just time poor.”

Whilst memberships of associations in Wonthaggi, Korumburra and Leongatha are good, there’s almost no-one to step-up to the plate to take on more senior roles. More and more often it is left to too few to handle the everyday running of these organisations, resulting in burnout for those who have put their hand up. Only four people attended Wonthaggi’s meeting last week, Leongatha’s Chamber of Commerce is currently running without a secretary or a treasurer while Korumburra’s Business Association is also appealing for more members to have an input. Wonthaggi Business Association

Ms Murray said when she first began working at the council, member numbers were around 140; that has now dwindled to only 33. The association is “exceptionally important” as a reference point for council, state and federal government, according to Ms Murray. “You hear businesses always saying council should do this and that, but unless they put their hand up to say that’s what they want done, how do they know?” she said. “They need to have a voice to say ‘we’re not happy with this’. They tend to sit there and criticise a lot, without an understanding of the process, and this is why you need a committee.” Ms Murray said the WBA needs a dedicated leader, much like the San Remo Business Association which is driven by a president with a great amount of passion, however no one had put up their hand yet.

“The discussion at the meeting was that it may take a different course in the future; it may not be just an executive that has an awful lot of work to do,” she said. “The representative body will put together a quarterly industry night or breakfast, to come together and talk together,” she said. “That will take pressure of monthly meetings away.” Ms Murray said the next president or chairperson would need to be “somebody that can actually see there is something the group can do for business people in Wonthaggi and sees the big picture”. “Small business owners are so busy operating their business, sometimes they aren’t thinking of the longer term outside influences they can benefit from,” she said. The WBA has agreed to put together a new map of Wonthaggi to

coincide with the opening of the new Information Centre, with all members advertising on the map. “Those members that are on there now, should renew their memberships, and hopefully the number will double in the coming years,” Ms Murray said. The WBA will also be holding an event called ‘The First Day of Christmas’ on Thursday December 1 from 10am until 2pm. The day will include a sidewalk sale in Wonthaggi, Santa arriving on a fire truck at 10am, a performance by Wonthaggi Secondary College band and a visit by Pockets the Clown. The event will coincide with the day the Shire banners go up, and all Wonthaggi businesses are encouraged to have their Christmas decorations up by that day.

David Amor leads KBA DAVID Amor was announced as the Korumburra Business Association president last week at their AGM. David was previously vice president of the association as well as representing businesses in the Korumburra Industrial Estate on various issues. Outgoing president Doug White has taken on the vice president’s position and was happy with the KBA’s work over the past year. “We’ve done some wonderful things this past year from last year’s Christmas through to our Korumburra on Sale promotion,” Mr White said. “We have some strong numbers with 34 members but we need more members to get involved.

“We need a broader number of members who can share ideas and put in some extra time to get ideas up and running.” Mr White said that if the association was to work together with more input then the KBA would be more effective. “It’s hard to turn a buck but maybe when we band together we can all collectively turn a buck and benefit the town,” When Mr Amor took over the position he also agreed. “We need to use the wealth of knowledge that we have between us to come up with some great ideas,” he said. “If we work together great things could happen.” June Ramsay continues as treasurer, Yvonne Hess stayed on as secretary while Gary Baumgartner and Brian Hess were voted in as committee members.

New appointments: from left, June Ramsay (treasurer), Doug White (vice president), Yvonne Hess (secretary), Gary Baumgartner (committee member), David Amor (president), Brian Hess (committee member) and Cr Bob Newton.

Community walking track

POLICE BRIEFS Farm burglary POLICE are desperately seeking any information regarding the theft of thousands of dollars of farm equipment from a Fish Creek property. Sometime between October 25 and 30, unknown offenders have forced the bottom of a tin door to gain entry to a farm shed. Once inside they have stolen a variety of property valued in excess of $5000.00. The main items stolen include a John Deere rideon mower, green in colour, model EZ425, and valued at $3000.00 and a Stihl brand chainsaw, model 660, orange in colour, and valued at $1500.00 Some of the other items stolen include a Sidchrome socket set, jumper leads, Metabo hammer drill, McMillan brand air compressor and a vehicle battery. Police urge anyone with information to contact the Wonthaggi Criminal Investigation Unit on 5672 1222 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.

Tool theft POLICE require the public’s help regarding a burglary on

Dalyston-Glen Forbes Road in Dalyston between October 10 and 21. A 15 hp New Era Stockman, Model 9005F ride-on mower was taken, as well as a standard 6 x 4 steel trailer with a handmade number plate WXH392. The trailer also had a spare wheel on the drawbar with the word ‘Rubin” written across the tread in white paint or crayon. Several tools including red handled pliers and a blue cordless XU1 drill were stolen. Police urge anyone with information to contact Detective Sergeant Rose at Bass Coast CIU on 56722761 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit: www.

Over the limit A DRUNK driver was intercepted driving at almost twice the legal blood alcohol limit over the weekend. The 43-year-old male was caught by police in Korumburra. The driver received a penalty notice for $366 and had his licences suspended for six months. “I don’t know what it takes but the message is well and truly out there,” Sergeant Jim Baum from

the Bass Coast Highway Patrol said. “People are still choosing to drink and drive, so they should expect to be caught and fined.” The driver was intercepted as part of Operation Raid to target drink drivers, which started on Friday.

Knife possession A MAN was found in possession of a knife in McCartin Street, Leongatha on Saturday night. The 25 year old has been given a penalty notice and an on the spot fine of $2000 for possession and control of a weapon.

Unsafe tyres A SINGLE motor vehicle accident on the Strzelecki Highway on Saturday around 10:30 was the result of worn tyres. The accident occurred at the base of Crightons Hill and there was no indication of excessive speed. The car failed to complete the corner and came to rest in a road side paddock. The driver will receive a penalty notice for driving an unsafe vehicle.

By Tessa Hayward ALTHOUGH there was never an official opening of the Welshpool and District Community Trail it is a very popular walking, running and bike track. It was opened to the public about 3 years ago and is in regular use by the community of Welshpool and Port Welshpool. Welshpool’s Rural Transaction Centre manager Kerry Pinzone said the rail trail gets used quite a lot. However, “We have had a bit of trouble with the gates due to vandals stealing them,” she said. Kerry wants people to know that driving on the trail could cause an accident and it is very irresponsible. Volunteer Ena Pettigrove explained how people ride along the trail to get the paper on a Sunday morning. “It is a great thing for the towns as it gets people doing exercise,” she said.

Ena also said that the kids use it to go to the recreation centre just out of Welshpool. It is a fantastic track and a great way to walk or ride to the neighbouring town.

Fitness track: Chloe Macphail and Ena Pettigrove of Welshpool use the Welshpool and District Community Trail on a regular basis.

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Is gas cleaner?

Re Coal Seam Gas briefing last week: A briefing given by DPI’s minerals and extractive industries division, chaired by the Mayor of Bass Coast Shire, went to great lengths to give the impression that gas mining

from underground coal was unlikely in the short term in this area. I wonder if the farmers of QLD and Northern NSW were being given the same message only a handful of years ago. They now have some thousands of wells on their farms and the industry is pushing for 40,000

E D I T O R I A L Tourism future bright THE festive celebrations will get off to an early start in the South Gippsland Shire with the council set to announce millions in tourism funding for the local region. Benefits will be felt across the region with the Shire making a huge push to see major development in the Corner Inlet completed. This exciting new project could finally see the Long Jetty restored, making way for the $5 million underwater observatory, the Great Southern Rail Trail extension from Foster to Welshpool completed, a feasibility study including detailed design of the Port Welshpool Marina development, and the dredging of the Toora Channel. South Gippsland, Wellington and Bass Coast shires will feel the direct impact of this bold plan with thousands of tourists and visitors guaranteed to flock to the region. The new Corner Inlet Tourism Development Project will complement our world class natural attractions, Wilsons Promontory and Tarra Bulga National Parks, Agnes Falls, the Ninety Mile Beach, Andersons Inlet and Phillip Island’s many attractions. Local community groups have been working long and hard to see these Corner Inlet projects complete and the South Gippsland Shire is set to turn these dreams into reality. The shire will make a major funding announcement tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23. This will be followed by a community consultation meeting about the Long Jetty and the Corner Inlet project at the Port Welshpool terminal building on Monday, November 28, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. All members of the public are urged to attend and show their support.

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over the coming five to ten years. The meeting heard a contradictory statement from these same DPI representatives, namely that gas use in Victoria is set to double. This is government policy, both state and federal, to use what the industry touts as a ‘cleaner’ fuel than coal, and one that pays them royalties of course. But how accurate is this ‘cleaner fuel’ claim when related to gas from these unconventional forms of extraction? An Australian, not-for-profit, energy think-tank, Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), commissioned Worley Parsons, the petroleum industry’s favoured researchers to look into these claims. The peak petroleum body in Australia, APPEA, had also commissioned Worley Parsons to do a report on whether gas is ‘cleaner’ than coal. APPEA’s was released recently showing a wide range of outcomes, with the best gas being ‘cleaner’ than the worst coal, but also the reverse with the

worst gas being ‘dirtier’ than the best coal. BZE suspect that fracking and other processes in the coal seam gas wells results in fugitive emissions 8500 times higher than previous estimates, and that this tips the balance firmly against this form of gas. Although Worley Parsons finished BZE’s report two months ago, they refuse to release it to them. Whether this has something to do with the $580 million contracts they have won for the Queensland Curtis LNG gas project we will never know. The fact remains, both ‘clean’ coal and gas are outdated ideas, digging stuff up and burning it is so last century. If it weren’t for the vested interests in both government and industry we wouldn’t even be considering digging up our prime farm lands. Baseload renewable energy is now a reality, and that should be what we transition to, not something that ‘might’ be slightly ‘cleaner’. Neil Rankine Dalyston.

Pool buck-passing I WRITE regarding the concerns of the Shire officers on the lack of compliance with pool fencing. The Shire takes a fee when issuing a permit for a pool and lays down the rules to be obeyed, so one would assume the Shire then takes some responsibility for enforcing that permit. Surely the Shire would be following up on any permit paid for with inspections and if the rules are broken follow up with compliance orders if required. This of course would then be followed up to make sure the permit and orders were complied with....or is it that money is being taken for nothing other than revenue? If the system was working properly why is it that the Shire Council is worried? Maybe I am just a cynic! Graeme Dell, Leongatha.

We do need Australia

IT is very concerning that we need to be alert, to be aware that our very precious Australian foods are slowly but surely being taken over and replaced with insidious, inferior quality foreign products. We are being deceived into purchasing foreign produce under the guise of ‘product of Australia’. We need to support our own Australian farmers and producers before we lose them forever. These products may seem cheaper but we are in danger of sabotaging our health. In being irresponsible, we are not only endangering our Australian workers’ future, but risking our own health in purchasing cheaper, inferior quality produce. We do need to consider our own country Australia first in our life and that of our future generations. Concerned K.L. Pincini Mirboo North

VOXPOP! VOX Would you like to see Port Welshpool’s long jetty fixed? Why?

I own two businesses in town and we would love to see it fixed. There is not much on offer in town, this would be great. Kim Wines, Welshpool

Yes I would like to see it fixed because it is right on top of whiting ground. You can’t access it unless you have a boat. Diane Verzantvoort, Port Welshpool

I would like to see it fixed as my mum saw it when it opened in the 1930s and everybody likes to go down and have a fish. Marlene Plummer, Port Welshpool

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• In the Safeway car park, Smith Street Leongatha Wednesday 23 November, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm Thursday 24 November, 9.00 am to 2.30 pm

We would like to see it open for locals and tourists. Good for businesses, a lot of people keep asking when it will be open. Sandra and Fred Klaassen, Port Welshpool

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - PAGE 13

Busy year for hospital WONTHAGGI Hospital had a “very busy year”.

The words, from Bass Coast Regional Health CEO Lea Pope, were something of an understatement. Ms Pope was speaking at the service’s AGM on Wednesday night November 9 in Wonthaggi, reflecting on a year that again broke records. The 2010/11 year recorded the admission of 7614 acute inpatients, a 10.5 per cent leap in emergency attendances,

and the treatment of 76,000 outpatients (a rise of 4.3 per cent on the previous year). But the biggest boom came in births – with a leap from 142 in 2009/10 to 224 in the last 12 months. “Nobody could have predicted such an increase and many of these babies were born amid the refurbishment in our maternity area,” Ms Pope said. “We are very thankful to all those families who continue to support us and come here in the midst of jackhammers

and other noisy works. It is going to be interesting to see whether these high numbers continue or stabilise. “But based on the first quarter of this current year, it appears the baby boom is continuing.” But Ms Pope said the emergency department was often “bursting at the seams” and the service was looking for a solution that stopped ambulances being diverted away – a cost that was borne by the hospital. While finances were healthy, with an end of

year profit of $2.5 million, Ms Pope believes it will be hard for the hospital to stay in the black in 2011/2012. She said the profit was “impacted by capital funding of $3.9 million received in advance for the future development of our Community Rehabilitation Centre and two additional sub acute beds which had to be recognised in the 2010/11 financial results. “These capital works will be largely undertaken over the next 12 to 18 months, with capital expenditure occurring over time. This will then have

an impact on the 2011/12 financial year and to a lesser extent the 2012/13 result,” she said. Ms Pope said the hospital had an “ongoing financial management improvement plan” in the face of “significant growth in demand and performance”. Juggling finances may have been difficult for a hospital that becomes busier by the day, but the appointment of renowned geriatrician Dr Craig Clarke was a definite boon. Dr Clarke has come to the hospital in a shared arrangement with West Gippsland Health in Warragul. “This is an example of health services working together to attract the best staff,” Ms Pope said.

Top appointment: renowned geriatrician Dr Craig Clarke has joined Wonthaggi Hospital.

Well done: from left, BCRH chair Jeff Bennett, employee of the year Maria Nethercott and CEO Lea Pope.

Team player judged Being judged Bass Coast Regional Health’s employee of the year does not sit easily with her, but she was honoured by the accolade – announced at the service’s AGM recently in Wonthaggi. The co-ordinator of the new Supportive Cancer Care Service said the award was “not just a personal thing”. She was quick to deflect talk of the gong, and did her best to sell the merits of the service. “It means there’s support for our local community. Just about everyone who has cancer has to go

elsewhere to have their treatment. We’re just trying to provide more support for people in the local area for things like allied health – in a case where they may need a speech pathologist because they’ve had radiation treatment on their throat – and many other things,” she said. “A lot of people don’t know they can access services locally. They think they have to go to Melbourne for everything. Nearly all the testing and treatment needs to be done in the city or at Latrobe Regional Health, but a lot of the other supports people need, can be sourced locally. “One of the most important things for us is to help people

live their lives. They get on this merry-go-round of needing tests, appointments with oncologists, chemotherapy – and that seems to be all there is in their lives. They forget about the things that make life worth living.” Ms Nethercott said the new Supportive Cancer Care Service was there to make sure cancer patients “stayed connected with their families, friends and community”. “It’s important people live what life they’ve got, rather than it just being about a maze of medical treatments,” she said. The service can be contacted on 5671 3249.

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Electoral representation review gets underway THE electoral representation review for South Gippsland Shire Council has commenced. The review, conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), will consider the number of councillors for the Shire and its electoral structure. Victorian Electoral Commissioner, Mr Steve Tully, is inviting anyone interested in the review to attend a public information session. The sessions will be held on Monday, 28 November at: • 5.30 pm at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre and Senior Citizens Centre, Main Street, Foster • 7.30 pm at the Korumburra Community Meeting Room (former Shire Office), Commercial Street, Korumburra. The VEC has prepared a Guide for Submissions to explain the review process. ‘The review consid-

ers a range of information, including evidence put forward in public submissions,’ said Mr Tully. Any person or group can make a written submission to the VEC about the review. Submissions are not required to be elaborate documents and should be limited to the scope of the review. Information about the review is being provided through local media and on the VEC website – vec.vic. Key dates for the electoral representation review of South Gippsland Shire Council are: • Monday, 28 November: Public information sessions • Wednesday, 14 December at 5.00pm: Deadline for preliminary submissions. Submissions can be made online at, emailed to, faxed to (03) 9629 8632 or posted to the VEC. • Tuesday, 14 February: The

VEC’s preliminary report will be released containing its preferred options. • Wednesday, 14 March at 5.00pm: Deadline for response submissions about the options in the preliminary report. • Monday, 19 March at 6.30 pm: Public hearing for those who have requested to speak in support of their response submission. • Wednesday, 11 April: The VEC’s final report will be forwarded for consideration by the Minister for Local Government. Any changes to the electoral structure in South Gippsland Shire Council will apply at the next general elections. For more information, call the VEC on 131 VEC (131 832), visit the VEC website ( or email

Traffic stopper: VicRoads traffic controller Jade Cooper has no trouble getting the traffic to stop.

Stopping traffic SUMMER is almost here but you’d be excused for thinking otherwise after the weekend’s deluge.

Where it stands now: this map illustrates the existing structure of South Gippsland Shire Council.

Road maintenance gangs will soon be about trying to seal huge sections which have suffered from our wettest year in some years. But they can’t start until the rain stops! “VicRoads is currently undertaking many road maintenance works across Gippsland because of the warmer weather conditions we’re experiencing,” VicRoads’ regional director Eastern Victoria Patricia Liew told The Star. “From now until around March next year locals will notice a number of

roads undergoing sealing works that are part of VicRoads’ regular maintenance program. There are a number of sites along the South Gippsland Highway, Bass Highway and KorumburraWonthaggi Road that are being worked on at the moment. “There is also a significant amount of grass cutting currently underway ahead of the fire season. VicRoads urges all motorists to obey any temporary conditions that are in place while these works are underway, such as reduced speed limits.” Meanwhile motorists are encouraged to avoid the potholes that have formed again after the weekend’s heavy rain!

Another milestone: Alex Scott and Staff directors and staff recognised another achievement when they gathered in Korumburra for a dinner on Friday night.

Celebrating 125 years ALEX Scott marked its 125 year milestone on Friday night at the Austral Hotel in Korumburra. Company directors and staff from all round Gippsland and further afield gathered for a special dinner and shared memories and stories. From its humble beginnings in 1886 by Alexander Scott, an accomplished stockman and auctioneer, who grew up on the family property, “The Priory” at Poowong, the firm

has grown into a hugely successful business. The company boasts a proud history, documented in two books Alex Scott and Staff Pty Ltd, 18862006, 120 Years – A Cause for Celebration by author Stewart Gibson, a great grandson of Alex Scott, and an earlier edition by Greg Dickson, 100 Years in the Selling Ring. From 1931 the company was managed by the son of Alex Scott, Stewart Scott. Stewart Scott worked

tirelessly for his industry. He loved Gippsland and the people he met in his job. This earned him strong respect from his staff and clients. Stewart remained at the helm and steadily guided and saw the expansion of the company to proudly celebrate its Centenary in 1986. Stewart’s motto, “Success Through Service” has served the company well. In 1950 Bruce Gibson, a grandson of Alex Scott joined the company, to

ultimately assume a greater amount of the responsibility. He became the third generation of the family to have the responsibility of Company Manager on the death of Stewart in 1988. In 1993 Alex Scott & Staff was formed, providing staff the opportunity of acquiring a shareholding and forming a Board of Directors with Bruce Gibson remaining as Chairman. This board of family and staff shareholders has overseen a further

expansion of the company, particularly in relation to the Real Estate division, which combined with the extensive and long established livestock interests provides a most vibrant and well informed agency. With offices in Berwick, Cowes, Cranbourne, Grantville, Inverloch, Korumburra, Lang Lang, Leongatha, Pakenham, Venus Bay, Warragul and Wonthaggi, Alex Scott and Staff is well positioned to continue to serve its clients well into the future.

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Libraries here to stay By Isaac McCallum THE future of libraries is safe according to West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation (WGRLC) CEO John Murrell. He presented some encouraging findings in the corporation’s annual report in front of South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednesday. Despite the rise of reliance on internet technologies, the libraries have retained strong interest. Last year alone, libraries in the West Gippsland area received 520,077 visits, up more than 80,000 from the previous year. Councillor Jeannette Harding took a fondness to the report, after dealing with technologically advanced protests in the past. “I remember 12 years ago we fought like hell to get a library in Leongatha, and everyone said we’d just be on the internet. How wrong they were,” she said. Mr Murrell agreed, but was wary of the impact of new technology. He alluded to future planning, with the possibility of offering downloadable content borrowed through the library system. “People would still need to be a library mem-

ber to make sure they link in with our systems,” he said. “But I believe it’s still much too early for analysis.” “We are experiencing an e-book revolution. But there is still plenty of time before it replaces the book,” Mr Murrell said. The advance in technology has seen many major book stores close down overseas and also in Australia. But the CEO thinks libraries have become even more important to communities. “We recently went on our world tour of libraries, and it was amazing to see many of them actually getting bigger,” he said. “More people are coming into the library, using it for social interactions as well as borrowing books and using internet and computer services.” The WGRLC will be looking to improve their broadband services to comply with demand at every site. Already members of the board are meeting with National Broadband Network liaison officers to decide which approach to consider in gaining the greatest connectivity. Membership The WGRLC is aiming to increase their total membership in all three shires to 40 per cent of the

New leaders: Daniel O’Flaherty and Sarah O’Dwyer have been named as Korumburra Secondary College school captains for 2012.

KSC captains announced KORUMBURRA Secondary College announced their school captains for 2012 last week after a whole school vote. Daniel O’Flaherty and Sarah O’Dwyer took out the top jobs, while Ashleigh Parr and Daniel Longden were named vice captains. Daniel and Sarah are both very excited about the position. “I’m looking forward to being captain,” Daniel said. “We’re going to aim to get students more involved in what happens at the school and give them more of a say in what matters to them.” Sarah agreed. “I want the school to be a place that the kids want to come to and be proud of,” she said. They are also good friends and believe that will help them work as a team to do the best they can for the school and students. The new leaders said that there may be some challenges along the way, but they will only benefit from them.

population by 2015. It currently sits at around 36, with Bass Coast leading the way, with greater than 40 per cent. South Gippsland currently has 38, while the Baw Baw shire is lagging with around 34 per cent. Baby boomers remain the greatest users, but Mr Murrell said a big focus on early year learning may be the key to increasing the figure, and keeping young people interested in books. “Activities such as storytime have seen about 4000 young children attend each week,” he said. “We’ll be looking to

increase that figure within the next few years.” National year of reading INVERLOCH is set to host the conclusion of the 2012 National Year of Reading tour in November next year. The national launch will be in Canberra on Valentine’s Day (February 14), and will conclude with a beach party in Inverloch. William McInnes will be the patron ambassador of the event, with other representatives including Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle, Andy Griffiths and Alison Lester.

Still time to read: South Gippsland Shire’s Cr Mimmie Jackson, Jan Martin and West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation CEO John Murrell aren’t worried about technology taking over their love of books.

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Leadership experience: Renae Littlejohn has taken on the role of program manager of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program.

Renae’s leading the leaders WITH the future of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program secure, Renae Littlejohn is excited for the times ahead. After recently graduating from the program, Renae has been given the role of program manager. “Going through it myself has taught me so much. When the job came up I jumped at the chance,” she said. Renae will now be in charge of organising the program for next year, including activities and speakers. “I’m really excited. I’m looking forward to going on trips to smaller communities,” she said. “I want to give people a chance to talk to all kinds of people and find out their stories.”

She hopes to make the course as influential on next year’s candidates as it was on her. “It was really fascinating; I got so much out of it. I got a chance to look at some other opportunities for myself, and some other skills I never knew I had,” Renae said. “I’ve gone back to uni, studying for a Masters in Arts and Entertainment Management at Deakin. I never thought I’d do that.” But Renae says the life changing program isn’t just for her, and is encouraging anyone else to put up their hand. “It’s a great opportunity to get to know people. It’s a great networking tool. There are so many amazing leaders in the community,” she said. “The commitment isn’t huge, but it is well worth it.”

The course includes nine program days as well as three two-day residentials. Members will travel to all parts of Gippsland to learn about different people, communities and their stories. The closing date for applications for the 2012 program is this week, and Renae is stressing that anyone interested should contact her on 5623 3219. Similarly, if anyone knows of someone in their organisation or workplace who demonstrates exceptional skills, they are encouraged to nominate them to the program by contacting her. Interviews will be conducted late November-early December, with the launch in March 2012.

Foster Primary’s cow collage FOSTER Primary School now has a resident bovine in their hallway.

Squirt the cow was created as part of the Picasso Cows project by Dairy Australia. “Everyone in the school

helped with the look of Squirt,” school captain Will Chester said. “We all drew a design on our own little cow then

Moo-ving artwork: Foster Primary School captain Maxi Park-Deere looks on as fellow school captain Will Chester ‘milks’ Squirt.

stuck them on the big one to create a collage.” Cows with polkadots, stripes, diagrams and milk products cover Squirt and look fantastic. “We also learnt heaps about the dairy industry through projects and guest speakers while designing Squirt,” fellow school captain Maxi Park-Deere said. Foster went up against other primary schools in the area such as Alberton, Yarram, Devon North, Toora and Welshpool in a competition to find the best Picasso Cow. Toora won the competition with their entry, Harriet Elizabeth Agnes Franklin.

Inverloch CWA meeting PRESIDENT Dorothy Riddiford opened the CWA meeting on November 8, 2011 with the National Anthem. Seven members were absent and 10 members attended craft. Craft leader Pat Griggs showed how to decorate an embossed card using a brayer and coloured ink.

Pat also showed how to decorate a candle for Christmas, all very interesting. The president’s lunch is to be held at The Manna Gum Restaurant on November 24 at 11.30am for a 12pm lunch. The Christmas break up is to be held at the RSL hall on December 13, bring a $5 gift to exchange via

Santa. Blume’s Fashions, held on November 10 was a successful day, with everyone enjoying themselves. Best flowers were won by Joyce Ingle and Pat Griggs came second. Thank you for your support, the next one will be a morning show in May at the RSL Hall, more information later.

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SWIMMING pools are not just there for two months of swimming, but with added features such as heating, spas, lights, water features and landscaping, they can be enjoyed for 12 months of the year.

Steve Donald and Marie Haw from Narellan Pools Gippsland have been based locally in the region for over three years. Being in the pool industry for over 10 years, Steve and Marie love the opportunity to bring families’ dreams to life by building swimming pools in their backyards. Narellan Pools Gippsland is also the local licensed MagnaPool dealer, providing the benefits of Mineral Science Therapy with every pool installed with this system. As part of Water Safety Week, Narellan Pools Gippsland is offering a pool safety information pack to The Star readers. Narellan Pools Gippsland is committed to ensuring that every member of the family can enjoy a safe, fun swim in their new pool. Every Narellan Pool comes with a range of safety features such as a child-safety perimeter ledge, non-slip surfaces,

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smooth non-abrasive curves, night-time safety lights and is compliant with all Australian building and safety standards. They also have pools with gradual depth, extensive wading areas and wide steps, so there is a pool to suit every member of the family! Narellan Pools was established in 1971 and is a family-owned business that specialises in manufacturing and installing inground composite fibreglass swimming pools. Servicing over 70 locations around Australia with 14 locations around Victoria, Narellan Pools have over 30 shapes and sizes and a huge selection of colours to choose from. Narellan Pools have won over 100 SPASA Awards nationally as well as a swag of awards for environmental pool builders and the Best Practice Manufacturing Accreditation from Fiberglass International - the premier supplier of resins to the industry. Contact Narellan Pools Gippsland today to receive your information pack or to organise your free onsite consultation to discuss your pool dreams. Phone 5169 6293, E:gippsland@narellanpools. www.narellanpools. Guaranteed fun: Narellan Pools Gippsland is committed to ensuring that every member of the family can enjoy a safe, fun swim in their new pool.

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Invest in a swimming pool WHEN summer hits what better way to have fun, relax and get some exercise than in the backyard swimming pool. A well-maintained pool is an asset for the home, in both investment value and lifestyle. Whatever shape, indoor, outdoor, part spa or heated variety, pools provide entertainment and enjoyment for the family and can add a notable focus to the home’s ambience. Home pool trends are witnessing a current increase in eco-friendly and technologically advanced designs, that are affordable to the home consumer. “The wider range of pumps on the market today demonstrates a more automated technology that processes information to analyse chlorine measurements and needs, with an excellent range of threespeed pumps which operate according to the user’s requirements, while almost running themselves,” Leisure Pools Warragul’s Naomi Reynolds said. “Fibreglass technology has also provided increased options for square and rectangularedged pool shapes which are increasingly popular and versatile in construction trends.” Leisure Pools has now released exclusively to their extensive range of pools and

equipment the most advanced pool technology in the swimming pool industry, the Full Composite Armour pool shell which is the best in the marketplace, along with the exclusive range of smart pool and cleaning equipment to make your new Leisure Pool the most cost effective and efficient to run and maintain, giving you peace of mind knowing that you have purchased the best pool in the marketplace with the lifetime structural warranty and osmosis warranty. www.leisurepools. Transform your pool area into an idyllic haven with comfy furnishings, tropical plantings, paving or decking, then add some soft night lighting, and simply enjoy. As an investment, the pool is a sought after commodity that can increase your family’s lifestyle experiences and significantly improve the sales value of your treasured property. Importantly though, remember that safety barriers/fences are required for in-ground swimming pools, jacuzzis, indoor swimming pools, aboveground swimming pools, spas, hot tubs and inflatable pools (capable of containing a depth of water greater than 300mm). For more information on regulations and specifications refer to

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Toddler safety IT takes just 20 seconds and five centimetres of water for a toddler to drown.

Drowning is the biggest preventable cause of death for Australian children under the age of five. It is a silent killer. More than 70 per cent of child drowning deaths are due to inadequate parental supervision. Constant, close and focused adult supervision is essential - never take your eyes off young children near or in water and always remain within arm’s reach. Top safety tips • Vigilant adult supervision means never letting toddlers out of sight, whether it’s at a pool, beach or during bath time. • Regularly check pool fences and selfclosing gates all year round to ensure they are functional. You can even complete a quick online home pool safety checklist. • Make sure pool fences are clear of nearby furniture or anything a young child can climb to reach the pool. • Safety barriers are required for spas, in-ground, indoor and above-ground swimming pools. This includes inflatable

and other portable pools that can hold more than 30cm of water. Always empty wading pools after each use and store upright. • New swimming pools in Victoria must have a four-sided, isolated pool fence under a new national code. More information is available on the Building Commission website. • Take precautions around your home – always empty bath water, place a cover or mesh over backyard ponds and make sure you empty buckets and anything that contains water. • Only swim at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags and do not rely on beach or pool lifeguards to watch children. • Remember that inflatable vests and flotation devices are not a substitute for adult supervision. • Dams are the most common location for toddler drownings on farms, so restrict access to water with a fenced, child-safe play area. FarmSafe Australia has a range of resources and guides to help you create child-safe play areas

Play it safe on the beach ANY beach can be dangerous. Beach-goers should be careful and always swim between the red and yellow flags, which indicate that the beach is patrolled. When swimming between the red and yellow flags, always look back to the beach to check that you are still between the flags. If you choose to swim outside these flags, you could be moving into a more dangerous location. What is a patrolled beach? Patrolled beaches are identified by red and yellow flags. With 67 of Victoria’s most popular beaches having lifesaving patrols during the summer months, there’s no reason for you not to swim between the flags.

For further information on professional and volunteer patrols check the Life Saving Victoria website. What if a beach is not patrolled? As beaches are not patrolled every day of the year, please remember to: • check it’s okay to swim • never swim alone, • read and obey the water safety signs. What is a rip? A rip is a strong water current running out to sea from a beach. Rips can easily sweep swimmers out to sea from shallow water, sometimes several hundred metres offshore. Rips occur at all beach locations, including bays. Common signs of a rip are: • murky brown water

caused by sand and seaweed being stirred up off the sea bed • foam on the surface extending beyond the break • waves breaking on both sides of the rip but not inside the rip (the rip may seem calm and inviting) • water that appears dark, indicating deeper water • debris floating out to sea. You can survive rip currents by knowing your options: • For assistance stay calm, float and attract attention. • To escape a rip, swim parallel to the beach. • Always conserve your energy, waves can assist you back to the beach.

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Libby Panther the rising star FOR her work both on and off the stage, in particular the work with costuming for last year’s blockbuster Jekyll and Hyde Libby Panther has earned this year’s Geoff Perrett Rising Star award. This was presented at Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s Annual General Meeting last Monday, November 14. It was attended by a small but interested number of members and the committee for the forthcoming term was duly elected. Also in attendance was the manager of the Mirboo North branch of the Bendigo Bank, Mr Alan Bannister. This branch has generously committed support to Lyric Theatre for the next Worthy winner: Libby Panther, left, receives the Geoff Perrett Rising Star five years, for which the company is award with Noel Stringer, Chris and Don Perrett. extremely appreciative and proud to

have such an important sponsorship alliance. During the evening the annual awarding of the Geoff Perrett Rising Star took place. This award was instigated 16 years ago by Don and Chris Perrett in memory of their son who was an integral part of Lyric Theatre. The winner, Libby Panther, a 16 -year-old from Koonwarra came to Lyric as a 12-year-old, her interest stemming from the involvement of her father David, a past president. Libby cut her teeth with Heather Drury in the costume department along with Colin Mitchell, working on the costumes for Grease, but ventured to the stage with a role in A Little Hotel on the Side. In the most recent Lyric musical, Jekyll and Hyde, Libby made a huge impression by taking on the costuming

of this show with the assistance of David. This involved hundreds of hours of research into the fashion and design of the period and supervision of her dedicated team. There were over a 100 costumes for Jekyll and Hyde and it was here that the talent of this young lady shone brilliantly. Plans are well on way for the next play, Habeus Corpus, a comedy. Jack Millar has already cast the play and will direct it to the stage in March 2012. Rehearsals for the next musical, Rent, begin in February for performances in July 2012. Scott Miller will direct and his auditions are coming up in December following the information day at 1pm, December 4 at the Lyric studio, 13 Watsons Road Leongatha. For more information contact Robyn Eva on 0422 894 149.


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Sponsorship recognised: Mark Eva thanks Alan Bannister from the Bendigo Bank Mirboo North branch.

Cabaret up for best production THE Music Theatre Guild of Victoria has just announced nominations and commendations for the Bruce Awards to be presented at Frankston Arts Centre on Saturday, December 10.

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Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s production of Cabaret features prominently, with the show being nominated for Production of the Year. Cabaret is also nominated on many occasions in the Gippsland section of the awards. Congratulations to the many Gippsland performers earning nominations or commendations. MTGV nominations Productions of the year: Kiss of the Spiderwoman, SHooSH! Productions, Avenue Q, Altona City Theatre, Cabaret, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group, West Side Story, Babirra Music Theatre, The Boy from Oz, leading note theatre, Floyd Collins, Octave Theatre, Aspects of Love, CLOC Musical Theatre, Chicago, Williamstown Musical Theatre Company. MTGV Gippsland nominations Production of the year: Cabaret, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. Direction: Colin Mitchell, Cabaret, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. Musical direction: Carmel Slater, Cabaret, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group.

Choreography: Bron Kalos, Cabaret, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. Settings: Colin Mitchell, Cabaret, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group and Colin Mitchell, Jekyll and Hyde, Leongatha Lyric Theatre. Wardrobe: Colin Mitchell, Cabaret, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group and Libby and David Panther, Jekyll and Hyde, Leongatha Lyric Theatre. Technical achievement: Cabaret, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. Male performer in a leading role: Will Hanley, Emcee, Cabaret, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. Female performer in a leading role: Britt Lewis, Sally Bowles, Cabaret, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. Male performer in suppporting role: John Watson, Herr Schultz, Cabaret, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. Female performer in supporting role: Elly Poletti, Fraulein Kost, Cabaret, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. Junior performer in an open production: Callum Mackay, Rolf, The Sound of Music, Latrobe Theatre Company, Britt Lewis, Sally Bowles, Cabaret, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group, Siobhan Barry, Sarah Brown, Guys and Dolls, Warragul Theatre Company. For complete lists of all nominations and commendation in both the open and youth sections, visit

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Practising Prep LEARNING has already begun for the 2012 Prep students at Wonthaggi North Primary School.

A Preparation for Prep program started at the beginning of term four and will continue for the remainder of the year. Students spend three and a half hours every Friday learning literacy and numeracy skills as well as becoming familiar with the school routine, grounds, staff, students and specialist subjects. Prep teachers Jessie Hill and Kristy Geyer are supported by fourth year education student Sarah Murphy and teacher Katrina Slidders, who has previously implemented this program in Melbourne schools. The program aims to provide a smooth transition from kindergarten to

school and to eliminate the familiarisation period at the beginning of the year. Students are already undergoing assessments, learning their ABC and enjoying hands-on maths lessons. They have been ex-

cited about their visits to the gymnasium, science room and the music room already throughout the program. Students have also been introduced to the concepts of homework, with teachers sending home readers, letter trac-

ing activities and alphabet song books to practise. Parents are enjoying the Preparation for Prep program too, with half hour parent sessions offering extra information and ideas to help with the new transition.

Balance between kinder and school: Seth, Connor and Ajay spend time at Wonthaggi North Primary School ahead of starting Prep next year.

Kinder kids playing Preps: Maya, Jessica, Amelia, Katie, Mohamed and Tate enjoy the playground during their primary school visit.

Esso helps Foster community FOSTER and District Community House benefited greatly from some hard work put in by volunteers on Thursday.

Keen gardeners: Lesley Elliott and David Jenkin use their expertise in the garden at Foster Community House.

As part of the Exxon Mobil Day of Caring, five volunteers from the Esso Barry Beach Marine Terminal donned the gardening gloves to do some weeding, mulching and much more. Gavin Price, Mark Duthie, Bee Appleyard, Lesley Elliott and David Jenkins made up the team that tackled various projects around the community house. “We’re clearing out some weeds, re-levelling garden beds, pruning back plants and doing some painting as well,” volunteer and manager of Esso

Love science this summer SCIENCE-MINDED Year 9 and 10 students from across Gippsland are invited to make the most of their summer break by participating in The Science Experience. The three-day program of engaging activities, experiments and field trips is designed to increase

the number of young people studying science, engineering and related fields. Taking place at Monash University Gippsland in mid-January, The Science Experience is a national initiative bringing together likeminded students, giving them access to teaching and research spaces, and providing them with opportunities not usually

available to students in regional areas. Program co-ordinator, Monash University’s Jenny Mosse, said The Science Experience provided an exciting way for students to begin thinking about their options for future study and careers. “During the three-day program, participating students are provided with a unique insight to what it’s

Out, about: participants in 2011’s The Science Experience pictured during a field trip to the Strzelecki Ranges.

like to study at university”, said Ms Mosse. “This includes living in student accommodation, performing experiments in laboratories, meeting senior lecturers and taking part in site visits throughout the surrounding region”. Supported by the Young Scientists of Australia and local Rotary clubs, The Science Experience has been implemented at more than 35 universities and tertiary institutions across the country, with more than 47,000 secondary school students being involved to date. Following the success of this year’s event, Ms Mosse said she expected The Science Experience to fill quickly in 2012, and encouraged interested students to apply by no later than Friday, December 9. Further information is available at www.

Working hard: from left, Gavin Price and Mark Duthie clean up the garden area in front of Foster Community House. Barry Beach Marine Terminal Mark Duthie said. “The Day of Caring provides an opportunity for our employees to help local organisations and it

is one of the many programs we support to promote the importance of volunteering.” Manager of the Foster and District Community

House, Terri Potter said: “We are grateful to the volunteers from ExxonMobil who are giving up their valuable work time to help our organisation.”

Detox your home SOUTH Gippsland residents are encouraged to rid their homes of unwanted household chemicals for free on Saturday, December 3. “Start identifying unwanted chemicals now by checking under your sink, in the garage, medicine cabinet, studio and laundry,” waste management officer Peter Roberts said. “Then simply take them to the South Gippsland Shire Council Depot at 80 Yarragon Road, Leongatha (VicRoads 710 E7) from 8am to 11am on the collection day.” Organised by council in partnership with Sustainability Victoria, the Detox Your Home program helps residents dispose of their old and unwanted chemicals in an environmentally responsible way. Chemicals accepted include: old paints, batteries, gas cylinders (domestic/ barbecue up to 9kg only), insecticides and pesticides, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, brake fluids, fuels and coolants, poisonous household and garden products, solvents, glues, photographic chemicals and fire extinguishers. Materials not accepted include: chemicals used by business for industrial/commercial purposes, ammunition and flares, farm chemicals, motor oil, waste asbestos and containers over 20 litres.

The collected materials will be treated and recycled, or disposed of safely by a specialist team. For further information call Sustainability Victoria’s info line on 1800 35 32 33 or visit resourcesmart.vic. Mr Roberts said household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely. “Storing old chemicals in the shed or under the sink increases the risk of poisoning around the home. Sending chemicals to landfill or even pouring small amounts down stormwater drains can pollute creeks and rivers, harming plants and animals,” he said. The following safety measures should be taken when transporting chemicals to the depot: • ensure lids are tightly fitted; • place liquids on a tray or in a plastic bucket so any spills are contained; • pack powders and solids securely; • keep corrosive chemicals, such as battery acid, away from poisons; • keep oxidising agents, such as peroxide, away from all other materials; • travel with your car windows down if carrying flammable or odorous materials; and • double-wrap old liquid containers in plastic bags to prevent leaking.

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Students’ work in Stockyard Gallery SOME visitors to the Stockyard Gallery in Foster have mistaken the work hanging on the walls to be that of

professional artists. That may not be the case but the quality of the work is just as high. Work from the VCE art and technology students

from South Gippsland Secondary College is on display in the gallery. All different mediums have been used by the students, with bright colour-

Top work: this painting by Milly Sacco was on display at the South Gippsland Secondary College VCE exhibition.

ful mixed media pieces through to fine, detailed pencil sketches. “There’s a really high standard of work produced by the kids,” gallery volunteer Stephanie Deutschbein said. “They are very adventurous with their art work which is great to see.” The pieces on display have been worked on throughout the year by the students and were marked as part of their Year 12 studies. “We’ve had a fair few people come through and admire the artworks,” Mrs Deutschbein said. Woodworking projects from the Design and Technology class were also on display along with the art work. “The furniture is very practical and looks like the kind of quality you could find from a retailer,” Mrs Deutschbein said.

Above: Fine art: volunteer at the Stockyard gallery Stephanie Deutschbein admires Emma Mook’s artwork.

Stepping out: art work on display was a bit out of the ordinary, such as this painting by Ebony Aitken-Thorpe.

There’s a new SPIN in town BEING organised by the ‘Masters of Spin’, the South Gippsland Shire, comes the launch of a new network. SG SPIN (Service Providers Information Network) is a recently established network designed to bring service providers and agencies together to share information and resources. “While participants are essentially service providers, our next event will provide opportunities for the general public to tap into a broad range of relevant information,” explained Barbara Look, Community Strengthening Officer at South Gippsland Shire Council. “On Thursday November 24 the Australian Government Mobile Office Bus will be parked in the Leongatha Safeway car park and SPIN

members will be in the Memorial Hall Meeting Rooms 1 (Council Chamber) and 2 to showcase their services to the public. A range of speakers from Centrelink Financial Services, Medicare, Youth Services and Equal Opportunity Commission will be on hand to address a variety of topics of interest to the community.” The first meeting of SPIN was held at Coal Creek in August and was organised by Milpara Community House with support from Consumer Affairs Victoria. “A speed networking session was held and was so successful that participants were keen for the concept to continue, and Council has undertaken to facilitate the network in much

the same way as we do with the Town Association and Arts networks,” said Barbara. It is envisaged that quarterly meetings will be held at rotating locations around the Shire and active networking and the sharing of information will be encouraged on a day to day or needs basis. “It is likely we will develop an electronic communication link as well to keep people informed as new opportunities and events come to hand,” she said. All organisations that are involved in service provision are welcome to be part of the network. For further information, please call Barbara Look on 5662 9319, or barbaral@

Antique fair in Morwell THE most exciting antique and collectable event of the year in Gippsland will be on soon. More collectables and things of historical interest will be on display than ever before, along with many items for swap and sell. Collectors from all over the country will meet in Morwell on Saturday and Sunday, November 26-27. They will share their interest in their collections with each other and the broader community at the annual 2011 Antique and Collectables Fair. You will find something there for everyone, so come along and discuss your interests with our experts. There are free antique appraisals on offer both days. There are over 125 tables of in-

teresting items for sale plus many speciality displays on show at this event. This is your opportunity to come for the whole weekend or take just enough time to look around at beautiful carnival glass, antique bottles, vintage radios, music memorabilia and old records, ephemera, coins, comics, books, Australian and vintage ceramics, gemstones and fossils, vintage kitchenalia, old prints, clocks, old tools, and much more. Refreshments are also available, so make it an adventure looking into the past. Your hosts are Gippsland Antique Bottles and Collectables. They invite you to join them from 9.30 until 5pm on Saturday 26 and 9.30 until 1.30pm on Sunday November 27.

Big ideas at Foster WHEN the Foster Community Plan was in its earliest stages, the townspeople were asked for their ideas to improve the town. The town plan committee received 465 unique ideas. Committee leader Dawn Allen couldn’t believe her eyes. “It was incredible to see such a wide array of ideas. I guess it’s pretty reflective that we do have quite a lot of interest areas across the board,” she said.

Over 1800 votes were cast on the suggestions. Parking issues were raised, as well as safety crossings and beautification. From the suggestions, eight main criteria were identified as important issues. They include streetscape, town centre, roads, social infrastructure, council, recreation and environment. The streetscape community team has been put together already. The eight-people team will be led by Lloyd Morcom.

Roads pledge Meals DEPUTY Peroster ter Ryan hasPremier vowed to (Leongatha) St Laurence Primary School and South Coast Christian College (all week), Woorayl Lodge Auxiliary (Mon/Tues/Thur/ Fri) and SG Specialist School (Wed) will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning November 28, 2011.

fix the region’s deplorable roads. The Gippsland South MLA said roads were neglected by the previous Labor State Government and would take time to repair. “I understand the frustration about getting the roads to a stage we would all prefer and it is this sen-

timent which underpins the very significant funding initiatives which we brought to government,” he said. “It just takes a while via both VicRoads and local government to literally get the money on the road. “It remains a project for me and for us as a government, and we look forward to ongoing improvements in a position which was neglected for 11 years.”

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Bella is

BEAUTIFUL taste by name and nature is the case with Bella Gusta Restaurant and Cafe. The popular Korumburra restaurant, owned and run by Karen Misale and Jason Kennedy, is a high class eatery. Since opening in February, Bella Gusta has made its mark on Korumburra, being a standout choice when eating out in the town. The menu changes every season at the restaurant, with the new summer menu on its way soon. The summer selections will include a Wagyu steak, lamb cutlets, seared tuna with a sesame crust and mandarin sauce and Atlantic salmon. “Along with our other popular entrees we are introducing mussels in a white wine and butter sauce,” Karen said. “Classic pizzas, pastas and risottos are on the menu all year round. “We’ve begun making all of our own pasta from scratch too.” Bella Gusta can cater for gluten and dairy free diets as well as vegetarians. The restaurant is now fully licensed and stocks many major wines as well as at least one variety from most of the local wineries. Karen runs the kitchen and has hospitality in her blood. She grew up with her parents running various Italian restaurants and take away shops, before making the decision to buy their latest shop and convert it into a restaurant. “We bought the take away business off Mum and Dad as well as the empty building next door, which

was just being used for storage at the time,” Karen said. “After six weeks of renovation we turned that empty building into the main dining area, doing all the work ourselves.” Karen said that the business wouldn’t be the same if her parents weren’t involved. “They were the best asset I bought with the business,” she said. “Dad struggles with the fact that I’m his boss now but I’m really grateful that he and Mum still run the takeaway side.” Karen and Jason pride themselves on customer Fettuccine Carbonara, freshly handmade each satisfaction and are passionate about providing good morning. food. “Sometimes after manically cooking 70 plus meals in the kitchen it makes it worthwhile when I look out into the restaurant and it’s full of happy and satisfied customers,” Karen said. Bella Gusta is not only a restaurant but is also able to hold functions, Christmas parties, corporate FOR high-class Italian cuisine right in Kolunches and small weddings. rumburra, Bella Gusta is your first choice. Keeping work in the town is something Karen Classic pizza, handmade pasta, and risotcares about. tos are joined on the menu by gourmet seasonal “We try and employ lots of locals,” she said. specials which include dishes such as seared “Especially the young kids who are still at school, tuna with a sesame crust and mandarin sauce for it’s important to give them a go.” summer. If you’re looking to take your better half out for a roMatch this with one of the local wines on offer mantic dinner, celebrating a birthday, catching up with and you’ve got a delicious, hearty, local Italian meal. friends or just looking to treat yourself or the family, call to book a table at Bella Gusta in Korumburra for your next night out. The restaurant is located at 33 Bridge Street; for bookings phone 5658 1991.

Top pair: Jason Kennedy and Karen Misale make a great couple and team running Bella Gusta.

Meeniyan Art Gallery costume exhibition. See story page 43.

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LEONGATHA Location: 47 Jeffrey Street Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Price: $525,000 Agent: SEJ Real Estate 5662 4033 Contact: Lyle Miller 0408 515 665 or Barry Redmond 0418 515 666


OT often does the opportunity arise to purchase property in sought after Jeffrey Street, Leongatha.

Set amongst delightful cottage gardens the property is the best of both worlds at number 47. An original circa early 1900s residence has a stunning modern extension completed by highly reputable local builder Mike West approximately seven years ago. Entering the home, the first thing you see is the leadlight windows, followed by high ceilings, polished floor boards and

fret work in the passage. There are two bedrooms which have built-in robes, a large formal lounge with ceiling rose, dado walls and cosy wood heater. A modern bathroom with separate shower services this section, along with a large laundry. A few more steps bring you to the spacious open plan family/dining area. The stunning kitchen includes breakfast bar, marble bench tops, glass splash back, abundance of cupboards and drawers and a large pantry. There is also access to the outdoor patio/entertainment area.

A flight of stairs takes you to the parents’ retreat with a large master bedroom, en suite and study. Other modern comforts are ducted vacuum system, two natural gas heaters, quality carpets and window furnishings. Outside a lovely private rear garden and lawn area with mature trees is just the place to wind down and enjoy the 1121 square metre allotment. A double carport with storage and wide driveway, 1.5 kilowatt solar panels to supplement your power bills complement this outstanding property.

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Brand spanking and sparkling A

T ďŹ rst glance you’ll see that this brand new home has a unique presence, achieved by multiple roof detailing with two dutch gables, low-maintenance Linea Board cladding imparting a classical feel, and an iconic Australian Colorbond roof.

Inside, the home follows the latest directions in design and detailing, with the kitchen a particular case in point. The kitchen has become the hub of the home and is as much a focal point as the living and dining rooms. The look is streamlined and stylish, with discreet appliances, and no overhead cupboards. The large walk-in larder stores not


only the provisions but also the bench top electrical appliances, allowing the kitchen to be clutter-free. The family zone comprises an open-plan dining, kitchen and family area that spills onto a wide, private, north-facing verandah overlooking farmland. A second living room may be used for formal living and entertaining, a rumpus/play room or perhaps a media room. Four bedrooms (all with built-in robes) cater for your slumber needs, one of which is sited at the front of the house, making it perfect also for use as a home ofďŹ ce or guestroom. As you’d expect, there is an en suite in the master suite as well as a family bathroom, both beautifully crisp and well appointed. Other features include split system

comfort, double glazing to the living areas, porcelain oor tiles, excellent storage, and insulation under oor (as well as wall and ceiling), and an energy-saving heat pump hot water service. Being brand new, the gardens are almost a blank canvas, and there is scope to create your own colourful, living work of art. There is a double carport, built to a height and width to accommodate a roller door should you wish to enclose it, and extra space behind it to allow for a caravan or boat. Within easy walking distance of Baromi Park, shops, and the local pool, this property also looks out over farmland to one side and parkland opposite, giving you the best of both worlds, the convenience of in-town living with a semi-rural feel.

Location: 18 Balding Street Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Price: $295,000 - $330,000 Agent: Prom Country First National Contact: Lisa Williams 0438 133 385

Modern, stylish and impressive S

ET in a quiet court and only minutes to the beach, this high quality three bedroom home will have an instant impact from the moment you step foot into the light-ďŹ lled entrance. The 12 foot ceilings, outdoor entertaining area, oor heating, solar power, spacious main bedroom, access to the rear of the property via double garage and established gardens are some of the many features of this property. This immaculate home has to be seen to be appreciated. Inspections will impress.




Location: 7 Bunurong Court Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Price: $685,000 Agent: Stockdale & Leggo, Inverloch Contact: 5674 3977

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INSPECT Sat 10.00 - 10.30am

oo DSOL ercial T m Single Module Let The Sun Shine In Com g n i l This centrally Sel positioned shop in Compass Arcade, Light and bright, elevated brick home where the

INSPECT Sun 11.00 - 11.30am

Corner the Market!

Nest, Rest or Invest Conveniently located near the bowling club & schools, this 3BR brick veneer home has lots to offer inc. privacy, level gardens, dbl garage plus carport for 2, covered BBQ area & 3 garden sheds! 54 Grand Ridge West

offers secure rental income with existing lease expiring 2016. Approx 65sqm. Current return $11,000 pa with CPI adjustments.

rooms are big. Roomy kitchen with pantry, 2 spacious living areas, 2 huge bedrooms and single garage.Walk to shops and bus! A little beauty!

Neat home on a corner block enjoys side street access. Polished boards, open plan, two plus-sized bedrooms, spacious entrance, big bathroom with sep shower. North facing.Vacant possession.

2/16 McCartin Street

69 McKitterick Street

161 Whitelaw Street

$145,000 - $165,000

$250,000 - $265,000

$190,000 - $210,000


$250,000 - $270,000


INSPECT Sun 12.00 - 12.30pm

INSPECT Sun 1.00 - 1.30pm

kaz hughes

0417 516 998

Brand Spanking Sparkler

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ferndale Cottageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; - Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Back!


          gables, Linea Board cladding for a classical feel, and an iconically-Australian Colorbond roof. Following the latest design trends, it has a stylish minimalist kitchen with discreet appliances and huge walk-in larder, two living areas (double glazed), four bedrooms with BIRs, two beautiful bathrooms, and private north-facing verandah. Walk to everything plus enjoy farmland views.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ferndale Cottageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is an original timber cutterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cottage, & has undergone a thoughtful renovation to provide upgraded facilities and a warm, modern dĂŠcor. Set on a delightful landscaped acre, with

         #            country getaway feel perfect for full- or part-time living, and has also operated as a charming selfcater accommodation business within walking distance of parks, cafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and rail trail.

18 Balding Street

12 Old Thorpdale Road

$295,000 - $330,000


$280,000 - $300,000


INSPECT Sat11.00 - 11.30am

INSPECT Sat 12.00 - 12.30pm

allen bartlett

0417 274 624

Trend Setter! Charismatic First Home or Portfolio Addition

Full Frontal Exposure â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the best so far! Shinglers Ridge.

Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a stylish little number thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got the looks, and all the elements for a comfy â&#x20AC;&#x153;just move inâ&#x20AC;? home, a walk to shops and schools. Three separated living areas include a cosy room with a               

     " proportioned bedrooms, separate study, covered pergola, landscaped gardens, single carport, plus small garden shed. Looks great from the street, too good not to look, coz it looks too good to miss.

With a country-fresh façade of weatherboards, verandas and Colourbond roof, this gorgeous new home is now complete. Enjoying full northern frontage to the green belt that passes its boundary, this newest Kohlman house has the now-reknown hallmarks internally: semi vaulted ceilings, stunning %     '     *      

   + fencing.

10 Valley View Crescent

19 Floraston Drive

$280,000 - $310,000


$345,000 - $360,000


INSPECT Sat 12.00 - 12.30pm

lisa williams

0438 133 385

Nearly Half an Acre on 2 Titles, Amazing Views, Beautiful Home


Extremely comfortable three bedroom plus study home. Set amidst attractive, easy care gardens, the house comprises: expansive lounge and dining room, well equipped galley kitchen, adjacent meals area, two enormous childrensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bedrooms, plus stunning parents retreat featuring a study/living room, hotel â&#x20AC;&#x201C; style bedroom with massive spa bath, separate ensuite and walk in robe. Dble LU garage, circular drive, good climate control, walk to General Store, the school bus stop, and the park.

This well presented premise will suit retail or commercial tenant, with outstanding Highway frontage in heart of Meeniyanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shopping precinct. 90 SQM (approx) Shared kitchen facility Own toilet and storage zone Rear yard and side drive access Off street parking area if required

33 Miller Street

93 Whitelaw Street

$335,000 - $355,000


$1,200 per Calender Month


INSPECT Sun 1.00 - 1.30pm

janine pepyat

0409 292 808

Prestige Acre on Town Edge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the House, the Shed, the Land! Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a quality property in true â&#x20AC;&#x153;Australian Homesteadâ&#x20AC;? style. A striking pavilion-style entertainment area with vaulted glass ceiling and a separate â&#x20AC;&#x153;studioâ&#x20AC;? room combine to provide an extended living area thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usable all year round. Black granite kitchen, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, gracious â&#x20AC;&#x153;step downâ&#x20AC;? sitting room and dining area. Expansive lawn areas, huge quality shedding with bus-height doors and service pit. Walk to Leongathaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centre: the convenience factor here is outstanding. 57 Brown Street

Mirboo Nth

$580,000 - $625,000

5668 1660

900 Darlimurla Rd, Boolarra 10-12 Wells Rd, Mirboo North 7 Scott Crt, Mirboo North Mardan Rd, Mardan 220 Martins Rd, Meeniyan 1665 Leongatha-Yarragon Rd, Hallston Mardan-Dumbalk Rd, Mardan Wild Dog Valley Rd, Mt Eccles Prom Country


4.5Acres 1 Acre 5Acres 2.5Acres 2.8Acres 21 Acres 2.5Acres 8Acres

$130,000 - $160,000 $160,000 $180,000 - $200,000 $180,000 - $200,000 $185,000 - $215,000 $195,000 $215,000 - $235,000 $240,000 - $270,000

5662 3100


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Country living, town convenience I

F you dream of getting out on a couple of acres, but can’t quite come to grips with the thought of continually driving in and out of town, this property may be the solution.

Located on approximately 2.5 acres, only two kilometres from Leongatha’s main street, this beautifully maintained weatherboard home has an easy charm that welcomes you in. Large windows allow natural light to fill the house and from the north facing

lounge/living through to the sunroom overlooking the rear garden, this house has a sense of the outdoors never being far away. There are two bedrooms inside plus a large bungalow just out the back door. Plenty of sheds are included as well as a 10x7metre garage, town water, and two kilowatt solar panels to keep your power bills down. There is also plenty of room to run a few head of cattle or some horses. This property has a great little acreage with town convenience.

LEONGATHA Location: 6 Boags Road Bedrooms: 2 (plus bungalow) Bathrooms: 1 Price: $425,000 Agent: Alex Scott and Staff Leongatha Contact: 5662 0922

Garden oasis T

HIS property sits opposite the football ground in Inverloch and is close to all shops, school, kindergarten and the beach. The delightful cottage in an Eng-

lish garden setting is a dream in anyone’s book. Can you imagine enjoying a good book or listening to your favourite tunes in this garden paradise, all within walking distance to Inverloch’s cafe atmosphere.

INVERLOCH Location: 22 Sandymount Avenue Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Price: $460,000 Agent: Alex Scott and Staff Inverloch Contact: 5674 1111

Offering two cute bedrooms, main bathroom and open plan kitchen and living this is a ‘sweetheart’. Double carport, garden shed and ideal sunny orientation make this an attractive beach home. Inspections welcome.

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A perfect location I DEALLY located a short stroll from the Leongatha shops, these two units will not disappoint.

You may be looking for an investment, or perhaps you would like to take advantage of the location and move in yourself. Unit 3 is in excellent condition, offering two spacious bedrooms with built-in robes, the bathroom includes a bath and separate shower, and acts as a semi-en suite to the master bedroom. The kitchen has good storage and includes laminex bench tops and electric stove with ceramic cook top.

Outside is a very neat patio area and the garden leads to the single lock-up garage. Unit 8 is similar in layout, offering two bedrooms, open plan lounge, kitchen area, bathroom with separate bath and shower. The units are heated and cooled by a large reverse cycle split system. Outside there is a single lock-up garage and carport. Both units are tenanted, however they could be sold with vacant possession so you can move in. Be quick, priced to sell.

LEONGATHA Location: 10-12 Bellingham Street Bedrooms: Unit 3 – 2, Unit 8 – 2 Bathrooms: Unit 3 – 1, Unit 8 – 1 Price: Unit 3 - $220,000, Unit 8 - $215,000 Agent: Elders Leongatha Contact: Zel Svenson 0438 636 290

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WE ALL find ourselves at that stage in our urr lives when hitting the dance floor at the pubb and stumbling home at 2am is no longerr appealing. But at the same time, sitting at home watching reruns on a Saturday night almost bores you to tears. Luckily, Carino’s in Leongatha has come up with the perfect solution. Welcome to The Lounge. It’s classy, it’s unique, and it’s guaranteed to be just the night out you are looking for. Beginning Saturday December 3 from 8.30 until around 11pm, you will find yourself in a laid back atmosphere with everything you need for an enjoyable evening. A DJ will set the mood, playing all the latest hits as well as a collection of old school favourites, but you can forget having to yell over the music to be heard. In The Lounge, the music will be just right, giving you the chance to chat among your friends, or even dance for a song or two. As well as the usual beer, wine and spirits, a selection of seven delicious daiquiris will be on offer, all at affordable prices. Do you like Pina Coladas? Or maybe a Malibu Dream? Either way, kick back and relax with a cocktail in hand. And a bar menu will be available with a range of snacks to nibble on. You can enjoy the night both inside and outdoors; with a fully licensed alfresco area, nothing is stopping you taking a drink and good company outside, and enjoying the warm night air. The night will be an over-18s only event, with security present to make sure it all goes off without a hitch. Carino’s owner and head chef, Arrie said he introduced the night for people in their mid-20s and older, who want something fun to do on a Saturday night. “We’re still a family restaurant, so there’ll be no disorderly behaviour; just a night to chill out with friends and have a great time,” he said. “I really wanted to create a place to hang out in Leongatha on the weekend.” And with their Friday night happy hour and live music, you really can’t go past Carino’s when it comes to great food, drinks and entertainment. So get off the couch and make your Saturday night one to look forward to by heading to The Lounge at Carino’s. Be sure to check Carino’s Facebook page for updates on future Lounge nights.

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• St Laurence’s Fete • Korumburra Busker’s Festival • Inverloch Family Fun Festival

Good day: Lilly Akers and Kaili Pritchett were enjoying their time at the St Laurence’s Parish Fete.

Billy cart bandits: Blake Van Rooy and Oakley Kerr were ready for the races at Inverloch.

Testing the carts: Cameron Tuckett and Zac and Tobi Lawghey were checking out the billy carts before the race at the recent Inverloch Family Fun Festival.

Face paint: Katharine Fitzgerald gives Jacob McRae a new look at the St Laurence’s fete recently.

Strings: Murray and Connor Young were putting on a display of stringed skill at the Busker’s Festival in Korumburra.

On your horse: Victoria Tuckett enjoys a pony ride at the fete with the help of Diane McIntosh.

Band leader: Craig Marinus leads the Wonthaggi Citizens Band at the Korumburra Busker’s Festival recently.

Father and daughter: Kaitlynn and Peter Bruton from Lang Lang were busking as a duo.

Fun in the sun: Phillipa and Elsie Steenholdt enjoy the St Laurence’s Parish Fete on Saturday.

Sugar queens: Anna Kenny and Ang Croatto were in charge of the fairy floss at the fete.

Sing along: Emily O’Brien and Mistee Henry from Korumburra were singing and playing on the street at the Busker’s Festival.

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Coast Guard seeks new members PORT Welshpool Coast Guard’s new flotilla commander Rocco Maruzza is on a membership drive.

While seven people have already put up their hand to volunteer – with one a sometimes visitor from Gembrook – more members are needed. Mr Maruzza is being helped along in his quest by new deputy commander Charles Ward and funding section officer David Smith. “Many hands make light work and we need as many people to jump on board as possible. We’re particularly looking for volunteers to man the radio and do some of the

admin work,” he said. “We’ve really been working hard at promoting the coast guard.” Volunteers are needed for weekends and public holidays. Mr Marruza said the admin and radio people were particularly sought so seamen would have more time to patrol. All training can be provided, so people don’t necessarily have to have specialist knowledge – nor even be able to swim, for that matter. “Retired people who would like to work the odd weekend shift would happily be invited. We’re a recognised training authority and can train people in all manner of things,” Mr Marruza said.

Milpara Community House News The Korumburra Playgroup, which meets every Friday of each school term at Milpara, observed a minute’s silence last Friday. It was great to see the young children observing this Australian tradition. Playgroup is a great opportunity for parents and children to make new friends. **** Our second Wildlife Rescue class was held on Monday November 14. This class has proved popular and we will be setting dates for early next year. **** If you would like to learn how to make professional looking cards, letterheads, posters and brochures - a Microsoft Publisher course will commence on Wednesday November 30 for three weeks from 6pm to 9pm. **** Do you have old spectacles lying around? Just drop them

into Milpara to be given to the Lions Club Recycle for Sight project for third world countries. **** Milpara’s Creative Writers will launch their first audio CD on Saturday December 10 at the Korumburra Rotary Art Gallery. This is a collection of short stories and poems for your listening enjoyment and will be available for sale from Milpara Community House at 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra after this date. **** Korumburra Walking Group meets every Tuesday morning from 8.30am at the Richard Street football oval. Starting with easy warm ups, they walk to suit their own levels of fitness, finishing with some gentle exercises and stretching.

“We can train people up as seamen; or toward their radio ticket; or in first aid, including use of defibrillation equipment.” Aside from its recruitment drive, the coast guard is trying to raise funds for a new vessel and base. The group is currently operating from a very modest building. If you’d like to help out, call Mr Maruzza on 0429 726 180.

More volunteers needed: Port Welshpool Coast Guard’s new flotilla commander Rocco Maruzza is on a membership drive.

From m pages pagges past pastt Historical snippets from The Star One year ago, November 23, 2010 LEONGATHA’S Dyson Heppell arrived back in Leongatha on Friday, the morning after being picked up by Essendon in the AFL National Draft on the Gold Coast. **** DILAPIDATED roads, a shortage of doctors and inequitable rates are among the issues for South Gippslanders ahead of the state elections this Saturday. Five years ago, November 21, 2006 THE PREMIER Steve Bracks and two senior state ministers were in Leongatha yesterday to announce a $4 million grant for a water recycling project at Murray Goulburn. **** TWO people have died on the South Gippsland Highway, and a third has perished on a Loch road during one of the worst road fatality periods ever experienced in the district.

10 years ago, November 20, 2001 LEONGATHA Lyric Theatre’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat has been nominated in a swag of categories in the Gippsland Amateur Theatre Awards. **** WONTHAGGI’S new $4.3 million police station was officially opened by Deputy Premier John Thwaites last Wednesday. 30 years ago, November 24, 1981 A BUS carrying around 35 school children crashed in Horn Street, Leongatha last Friday afternoon. In a deluge of rain, the bus hit a parked car, careered across the road and stopped against a fence. Luckily, no one was hurt. **** RECORD entries, a good attendance and some excellent competition made this year’s annual South Eastern Victoria Sheep Dog Trials one of the best in recent years.

Recreational fishing grants R E C R E AT I O N A L fishermen are being encouraged to apply for funding from the 2011/2012 Recreational Fishing Grants Program. The Coalition Government has committed $16.2 million over four years to improve recreational fishing opportunities and build on the investment fishers make through revenue received from recreational fishing licences. Liberal Member for Eastern Victoria Philip Davis, said there are two types of grants available: Small Grants of up to $5000 for small projects to improve recreational fishing, and large grants for projects from $5001 up to $100,000. Applications to the large grants program are being sought in four cate-

gories, although applicants are welcome to propose other types of projects that would provide clear improvements for recreational fishing in Victoria. The four categories are: • recreational fisheries’ sustainability and habitat improvement • recreational fishing access and facilities • recreational fisheriesrelated education, information and training • recreational fisheriesrelated research. “The Small Grants program is open all year round, and applications for the large grants program close on February 29 2012. For further information, guidelines and an application form, visit http:// about-fisheries/fishinggrants-program.

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HARRY Mark Tonkin was born on November 11 at the Leongatha Memorial Hospital. He is the second son for Mark and Stacey of Cape Paterson and a baby brother for 18 month old Max.

JARVIS Alan Glen was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on November 8 to Katie and Kale Glen of Dalyston. Jarvis is a new brother to Jackson 22 months.

ELSIE Lynette Martin was born at Leongatha Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, November 9, a first child for parents Jill and Jonathan Martin of Inverloch.

RYAN Michael Landry was born on October 6 at the Leongatha Memorial Hospital. Ryan is a gorgeous little boy for Clare and Mick Landry of Koonwarra. He has two adoring big sisters Lara (3 years, 10 months) and Kelsey (20 months).

JASPER Northover was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on November 10 to Kim and Christopher Northover of Newhaven.

Colourful story: Prep student Abby is thrilled with the Leah the Ladybug which was made for her by Grade 6 student Sara.

Students’ imaginations run wild By Tessa Hayward MISSING dogs, muddy puddles and pretty princesses were just some of the stories Grade 6 students at St Laurence’s Primary School created with the help of author Cathy Scollo over the past few weeks.

MARLEY Rose Salce was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on November 8 to Genevieve Stewart and Anthony Salce of Kilcunda. Marley is a new sister to Dylan Salce aged 7 years and Jorja Salce aged 4 years.

KIYAH Lee Rundle was born on November 8 at the Leongatha Memorial Hospital. She is the first daughter of Rebecca and Matthew of Leongatha. Big thanks to Colleen, Kirstie, Kaye and the Leongatha midwives.

KATHERINE Amelia Tuckett was born on September 24 at St Vincent’s Private Hospital. She is a beautiful little daughter for former Leongatha residents Sarah and David of Coburg and a new sister for Cameron, 5, and Meagan, 2


Ms Scollo has always had a passion for writing and drawing and wanted to help students delve in and find their creative streak. Grade 6 students Maddy and Breeanna both agreed that writing a story is a lot harder than it looks. “It is hard to think of what to write about as we are usually given set things to write,” Breeanna said. Maddy’s favourite part of creating the book was doing the pictures. Even though doing the pictures might

be the favourite part, they take a lot longer than writing the story. Ms Scollo said it took her three years for the pictures to be completed and “It took me a year before I was happy with the story and having the words I wanted”. After all their hard work, the Grade 6 students presented their original story books to their Prep buddies. The buddy program is a great initiative that allows Prep students to become buddies with a Grade 6 student who will look after them and not be intimidating. Grade 6 teacher Lachie Hughes thinks the buddy program works well both ways. “It brings a caring side to the Grade 6s and they buddy up quite often,” he said. Mr Hughes is also a fan of the story book writing as it gives the students a way to express themselves and have opinions. “It is a lot of work but it is worth it,” he said.

Passion for writing: author Cathy Scollo, middle, was impressed with Grade 6 students Maddy and Breeanna’s story books.

Sharing: Prep student Sebastian and Excellent work: Grade 6 student Ju- Grade 5 student Connor have enjoyed lia reads her story Maddy Puddles to sharing things as buddies through the buddy program. students, teachers and parents.

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Carols in the Bass Coast

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and it’s time to let the fun begin.

From December 4, Bass Coast Shire will be a-carolling, with the first of five carols events in local townships. Council’s events coordinator Frank Angarane said it’s hard to believe that the first carols celebration is just around the corner. “Our Carols by Candlelight season kicks off on December 4 at Grantville Memorial Park, and then the following week there are carols on the San Remo Foreshore,” he said. Mr Angarane said Wonthaggi, Cowes and Inverloch all join the celebrations the following week. “Family entertainment and a fireworks display are part of the Carols by the Bay celebrations at Cowes,” he said. “The fireworks at this event replace the traditional community fireworks at New Year’s Eve at Cowes.” Mr Angarane said the events are for each local community to get into the spirit of Christmas, together with family and friends. “Children get to see Santa at some of the carols events, and they really enjoy the special atmosphere as night falls and candles

light up the crowd. Many people make a night of it by bringing a picnic, and you can also buy food at each event,” he said. “I do want to remind people that these are family celebrations, and are alcohol-free events. We also want people to ‘enjoy it, don’t spoil it’; respect the local environment and dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.” Mr Angarane made a plea that all those going to the carols nights drive safely. “These are popular events and local roads may become congested,” he said. “People need to take care, be patient, obey any special traffic signs, and watch for pedestrians especially when leaving the event.” Make a date for Carols • December 4 at 6pm Grantville Memorial Park • December 15 (time to be announced) - San Remo Foreshore • December 18 at 6.30pm - Wishart Reserve, Wonthaggi • December 20 at 5pm - Cowes Ampitheatre, Erehwon Point • December 21 at 7pm Inverloch Community Hub.

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

Organising functions and celebrations is a current strength this week, but avoid trying to organise anyone else’s life. Cultural events are highlighted. Business and pleasure blend well. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

This is a potentially successful week for hosting a memorable event or planning a celebration. Unexpected travel may present itself. Relative’s concerns need your prompt attention. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

You’re full of steam as you pursue a key personal goal. While your energy level is high, avoid making unrealistic career commitments. A debt may be repaid by the end of the week. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

This is a good time for finalising business deals, for reviewing financial goals and for patching up relationships. Pets figure in the picture. A surprise gift may arrive by Friday. LEO - July 23 - August 22

Thursday - Saturday sees messages being misunderstood and important papers being mislaid. From Monday on, organisation will be your strong point. Diet ideas may be too offbeat for your own good. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

Don’t hesitate to contact people in high places - it pays to go to the top this week. Leftover ideas can be positively recycled. Challenges are highlighted through the weekend. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

This will be a good week for professional development. You may decide to sign on for a career related course. In relationships, friction eases when you finally reveal what’s on your mind. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

This is a good week to simplify your activities and re-sort priorities. Career changes may be on the horizon. Budget reviews can pay off in the long term. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

This is a great week for finding offbeat gifts and engaging in creative pursuits. Your wit sparkles, but avoid sarcasm. Travel ideas may be unrealistic. Your intuition is strong through the weekend. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

This is the time to cement new relationships and experiment with a new hobby. Educational pursuits require extra effort. Your presitge is enhanced and praise arrives from unexpected sources. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

A generally positive week for completing key projects and making decisive moves. Reunions and reconciliations are favoured through the weekend. An arrangement made could become too complicated. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

Avoid a tendency to make impulsive major changes. This is the time to think about a career move, or examining goals - careful consideration are the operative words. Responsibilities increase now. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

You are optimistic, versatile and forever a student. You are known to exaggerate and to make a few more promises than you really should. Personal freedom is important, but relationships take on a special dimension now. The year ahead spotlights professional and personal partnerships.

Knitting with love By Tessa Hayward THE amount of knitted items donated to keep thousands warm in the Mission Without Borders organisation is astonishing. Leongatha is doing all they can to help this great cause. Johanna Haasjes of Koonwarra said donations of knitted items, fabric, sewing/embroidery/craft items, packs of knitting or crochet yarn, new soft toys, school materials and jigsaws are all welcome. “We want to help put kindness, joy and love into people’s lives,” she said. The reason they knit items of clothing is because in the countries they are donating the items, it is very cold and they need to keep warm to survive. Mission Without Borders was founded in 1960 and focuses on helping Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine. “We check, sort and label boxes and send them to a warehouse in Rotterdam, Netherlands so that they do not get pilfered,” Johanna said. The different projects that are happening can contact the warehouse in Rot-

Reaching people: Jane and Katie Stone, Leni Piening, Hillie Hibma, Rosemary Abbey and Johanna Haasjes inspect the knitting which has been donated to Mission Without Borders. terdam to receive goods. Mission Without Borders recognises the individual, strives to help build capacity for self sufficiency and people are served without regard to their religion or ethnic background. A meeting was held on November 11 so that donators could mingle and learn different knitting techniques. “We have had a lot of donations so far, it is fantastic,” Johanna said. Items can be donated at New Beginnings Christian book shop or at the Christian Reformed Church.

Providing kindness: Johanna Haasjes and Jesse Stone were taught how to make bears by Heather Brown.

Church Times ANGLICAN: Wednesday, November 23: 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Sunday, November 27: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Family Service; 10.30am Union Church, Tarwin Lower MP. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Mirboo North. Phone 5668 1346. Holy Communion 8.30am: Worship and Sunday School 10am. ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Korumburra: Sunday 9.30am and Wednesday 11.30am. Poowong: Second and fourth Sundays, 11am. ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: McBride Av. Wonthaggi. Sunday, 9am Eucharist, 11am Family Service, Wednesday 10am Eucharist. ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION: The Crescent, Inverloch. Sunday 9am Eucharist, Tuesday 10am Eucharist. For details of Community Meal, Youth Group, Bible Studies & Kids Club contact Rev Graeme Peters 5672 4590 or visit 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. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, Sunday, 10am Worship Service and 5pm Prayer Service. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: 5655 2478. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Leongatha Equip Church - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Ph: 0408 305 880. Sunday services: 10 am. 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. AGLOW KORUMBURRA: First Monday every month at Korumburra Day Centre, Korumburra Hospital, Bridge St., Korumburra at 7.45pm. Inquiries phone 5657 2214. GIPPSLAND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Meets at Baromi Centre, Mirboo North, Sundays 4pm - 5pm communion, 5pm - 5.30pm refreshments, 5.30pm - 6.15pm Bible studies for adults, teens and children. All enquiries: Bob Stevens 0400 403 765. 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. Sunday evenings 5pm service. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2527. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, November 27: 10am. Mirboo North: 9.30am. Meeniyan: 10am. Wonthaggi: Sunday 9.30am, Family Service, all welcome. Inverloch: Sunday 11am: Korumburra: Sunday, 9.30am: Rev. Pastors Gavin and Sue Sharp, 5655 1997. Arawata: 11.30am 1st & 3rd Sundays. Kongwak: 11.30am 4th Sunday. BAPTIST CHURCH KORUMBURRA: 39 Mine Rd, Korumburra. Service and Sunday School 10.30am. Pastor Ian Wilkinson. Phone 5658 1366. BAPTIST CHURCH WONTHAGGI: Cnr McBride & Broome Crescent, Wonthaggi. Morning Service & Children’s Activities, Sunday 10am. Weekly activities see www., Pastor Geoff Pegler 5672 4769. MEENIYAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Sunday, 10am: Meeniyan Youth Club Hall. COMBINED CHURCHES WONTHAGGI / INVERLOCH: 4th Sunday each month at 7pm. SCOTS PIONEER CHURCH: Mardan South. Pleasant Sunday Afternoons on the last Sunday of each month at 2pm. See occasional ad in this paper for details. For enquiries phone 5664 9306. FISH CREEK UNION CHURCH: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 9am; 2nd & 4th Sundays, 7pm. Contacts: Fran Grimes 5683 2650, Sue Poletti 5663 6325.


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DOWN Fruit (5) Expand (5) Sword (6) Dinner jacket (6) Joint (4) Purpose (9) Foolishness (9) Sign (4) Swirling (4) Season (6) Nerve (6) Avoid (5) Pool (5) Bet (4)

CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8300 ACROSS 1. Don’t stop, you fool! (4). 7, Be good at running the plant (9). 8. Does it fail to keep your hands warm? (4). 9. Try to get a drink (4). 10. Was attractive and used as a model (4). 11. Therefore see alone (4). 14. Not nice cards and writing that’s very hard to read (6,4). 16. Unsuitable wear for the grillroom? (6,4). 19. Regards as characters, we’re told (4). 22. A symbol in Uncle Fred’s book (4). 24. On paper that’s blue (4). 25. Found nothing missing from the store (4). 26. The non-stop sun and nice tans about make a change (9). 27. Trip as you twirl (4). DOWN 1. Giving ,myself, the talk about sports (5). 2. The wrong name for something the butcher sells (5). 3. Result of firing in the air? (6). 4. Determine to live in permanently (6). 5. Was due round the day after (4). 6. Every second change, with a neat flip (9). 12. Unruly when not working (3,2,4). 13. Gold alone one excluded from the test (4). 15. Has little time to go in for sartorial accessories (4). 17. It’s unwise to take the wee girl in something to eat (6). 18. Relax as they take off the bandage? (6). 20. Furnish with an English joke (5). 21. The Irishman: the figure occupying the chair (5). 23. Deliver when not busy (4).

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - PAGE 43

Making the breast of it By Simone B Si Short Sh THEY say every cloud has a silver lining, and you don’t need to tell Kate Gale twice.

From the lowest of lows to exhilarating highs, the 30-year-old author has experienced it all. Born in Sale before moving to Dumbalk at the age of 15 and attending the Leongatha Secondary College, Kate lived the life of any typical teenage girl. She had a job working at Leongatha Lunchworks, before beginning a hairdressing apprenticeship in Wonthaggi, and eventually met and married her husband Bob and gave birth to two beautiful daughters, Breeanna and Gemma. In 2008 however, Kate’s whole world was turned upside down. At the age of 27, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her daughters were only three and one at the time, and Kate Supporting the cause: The Breast Is Yet To Come had no idea how she could beat the dis- author, Kate Gale and fellow breast cancer survivor, ease whilst still being the best mother Raelene Boyle at a recent Breast Cancer Network and wife she could be. Summit. “It sort of kicked me in the guts a bit,” she said. ing done linking hairdressing and breast cancer; in “I am a very outgoing positive person, but this Ballarat, where Kate now resides, eight hairdressers tested my strength like nothing had before.” have all been diagnosed with the disease. During her whole journey, Kate found comfort “We got chatting and I was telling Michelle in writing; she recorded her thoughts and feelings, what I’d been through, and she asked me if I’d writfrom finding a lump and her initial diagnosis, to go- ten any of it down,” Kate said. ing through chemotherapy and finally getting the all “So I sent through what I’d written and she said clear from cancer. she’d like to publish it.” “I wrote pretty much every day; it sounds corny Without Kate knowing, Michelle set about now, but I suppose it was my therapy,” she said. finding someone to sponsor the publication of the “I had to get it off my chest, so I wrote.” book. Kate had no idea her journal was the beginning During the Breast Cancer Summit on the Gold of her first book, The Breast Is Yet To Come, until Coast, Kate received a phone call asking her to she met the owner and founder of the Australian come to Brisbane right away and it was there she Hairdressers Journal, Michelle Sewell, at a hair- met John Cash and Tony and Carmen Rigney from dressing show. NAK, who had agreed to not only publish her book, Michelle had been speaking about research be- but treat her to an opportunity of a lifetime.

““They h surprised i d me with i h an aroundd the world ticket, and sent on the AJH H Educational Trip of a Lifetime,” shee said, adding she was overwhelmed byy the offer. Kate was jetted off around thee world for two weeks, stopping in Los Angeles, New York, London and Paris, meeting and working alongside some of the industry’s best, including Jeremy Knott, Anthony Nader, Antoinette Beenders, Anthony Mascalo, and more. “It was amazing; full on, but amazing,” she said. “I had to keep pinching myself, as I couldn’t believe where I was and what I was doing. It truly was an amazing experience and one I will be forever thankful for.” Once Kate returned home, it was back to the busy world of getting her book printed and also forming the Hairdressers of Australia Crisis Support foundation, which supports hairdressers going through a rough time, whether they are battling an illness like cancer, er, or have been affected by natural disasters suchh floods d or bushfires. “My dreams had just come true, so I made it my mission to make someone else who had suffered misfortune smile too,” she said. Kate also works with the Breast Cancer Network of Australia as a community liaison, and does public speaking to different groups such as the Country Women’s Association and schools. “As well as all of that, I’m a hairdresser and a mum!” she laughed. While Kate “never in a million years” dreamed she’d one day be a published author, she said she feels blessed to have gone through all of her experiences. “I wish I’d never had cancer, but the places it has taken me and the things I’m doing now; it blows my

mind,” she said. “I never thought I’d be doing these kinds of things and it feels good to do it; to find the silver lining and see out the other side.” And if there’s one message Kate can pass on to other women through her book, it is that all women should make sure they get checked for breast cancer before it’s too late. “It doesn’t matter what age you are. I was 27, so it doesn’t matter if you’re old, young or in-between,” she said. “If another breast cancer patient can pick up my book and get that bit of a zing out of it to keep going and keep positive, then it’s all been worth it.” The Breast Is Yet To Come is now available to purchase from Leongatha NewsXpress in Bair Street, or online at

Mayor’s message Cr Warren Raabe

Colourful: Susan Green School of Dance presents Gypsies in 2010.

OPENING this Sunday, Meeniyan Art Gallery presents a delightful costume exhibition, taking in costumes from a number of local theatre companies as well as the Susan Green School of Dance. It is a chance to peek behind the stage of some of our most vibrant performing arts productions. Costumes are stunning; they are part of the magic. Lots of love, time and effort goes into making them. You will be able to see some sketches and costumes by our magician extraordinaire Colin Mitchell; some excerpts from the musings of Heather Drury, wardrobe mistress; some of Neil Warren’s set pieces. You will be able to retrace parts of the creative process and you will find snippets of the rich and varied history of Gippsland performing arts. This is indeed a very talented and creative community. Leongatha Lyric Theatre was born in 1965; the first production was Trial by Jury by Gilbert and Sullivan, performed in Mesley Hall - the venue of choice for most productions staged by Lyric in the last 40 years. How long ago it was you can tell by noting the ticket prices: $1.20 for adults and 40 cents for children. Seasons of the The Wind in the Willows in 1999 and 2000 were staged in the outdoor ven-

ues in Coal Creek, Mossvale Park and Churchill Island. And the Christmas Touring variety show is an institution. It has been estimated that over 3000 people were involved in staging Lyric’s productions in the last 46 years. It’s not surprising the awardwinning Lyric Theatre attracts large audiences. Quite a number had over 3500 people, some coming from as far as Melbourne. FAMDA is an award-winning, community theatre and singing company that has inspired and enriched the life of South Gippslanders since 1953. FAMDA attracted some very talented people working behind the scenes – Geoff Davey has won numerous awards for set design and scenic art, Bruce Crowl has incredible expertise in set building and he is also a brilliant director, Andrew Oldroyd and Rob Ellis are extremely creative when it comes to lighting and sound design so FAMDA productions are always extremely well crafted. In addition to Lyric and FAMDA, you will be able to see some wonderful costumes by Gwen Derrick from Wonthaggi Theatrical Group and whimsical creations from the Susan Green School of Dance from Foster. Teatro Magico opens on Sunday November 27 at 2 pm in the Meeniyan Art Gallery, 84 Whitelaw St, Meeniyan. The exhibition is on until December 22.

What detail: Colin Mitchell’s Me and My Girl costume design.

THREE community groups were beneficiaries of the Gardiner Foundation’s generous philanthropy at Buffalo last week. The Meeniyan Recreation Reserve will receive up to $10,000 to seal the road within the Reserve, the Venus Bay Men’s Shed will receive $5000 to install solar panels and the Riverside Community Retirement Villas will receive $10,000 toward securing land and progressing plans. We are extremely appreciative of the outstanding commitment of the Gardiner Foundation to its partnership with Council, supporting the dairying communities of the Lower Tarwin Valley. I am pleased with the swift resolution of the waste issues with our former contractor, with no financial detriment to Council and minimal disruption to our customers. CEO Tim Tamlin and his team are to be congratulated on their expertise in negotiating this successful outcome. New contractors are expected to be announced before Christmas. A Detox your home chemical collection will be held at the Council Depot at 80 Yarragon Rd, Leongatha on Saturday December 3 from 8am – 11am. These collections are only held every two years, so be sure to take the opportunity to get rid of toxic items around the home that might be lethal to curious toddlers and generally dangerous to the environment. A list of what you can and can’t drop off can be viewed in the Council Noticeboard ad in this paper. Our congratulations go to the new Victoria Police Commissioner Ken Lay, a highly experienced police officer who hails from Korumburra. It is a highly challenging role and we wish him the greatest success. Council will this week consider an innovative and proactive Corner Inlet tourism project for a significant budget allocation that will help to secure appropriate funding from State and Federal Government to develop the region. Spectacular as it is, Corner Inlet lacks employment opportunities and it requires more than a piecemeal approach to revitalise its economy. The project seeks to progress extensions to the Rail Trail to Welshpool, the development of a marina at Port Welshpool, the dredging of the Toora Channel and the restoration of the Long Jetty. It’s a big project that could significantly shape Corner Inlet as a world class tourism destination. As Kevin Costner said in the Field of Dreams movie: ‘Build it and they will come!’ Cr Warren Raabe Mayor

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Market sees large lift in bullocks THERE was a large lift in supply, and most of this was seen in the bullock section of the sale. Selling to all of the current regular buyers, demand was steady for young cattle, but it was softer for most grown cattle penned. While young cattle generally sold at unchanged rates, the quality was better, and lower prices of 2c to 6c/kg for grown cattle was driven in part by excessive weight and at times, fat cover. Only a small number of 30 vealers were penned, which made from 180c to 256c/kg. Yearling heifers were very mixed in weight, and prices varied accordingly. Lighter weight heifers of better quality sold from 180c to 198c, with others between 158c and 185c/kg. Of the 250 yearlings penned, only a few lighter weight steers were sold, which made from 192c to 210c/kg. Most of the yearling steers were heavy, and sold in the grown section of the sale. Prices were 4c

cheaper, with most making between 186c and 197c/kg. Of the larger penning of 900 bullocks a lot were extra heavy 700kg to near 900kg lwt. Most of these were five score bullocks and prices were reduced by up to 6c/kg because of this. The prime C muscle bullocks 600kg to 750kg lwt made from 184c to 196c, but only averaged 189.5c/kg lwt. Extra heavy bullocks sold from 167c to 188c, and Friesians between 160c and 177c/kg. Over 500 cows were penned, and included several pens of beef cows, and several of good quality, but heavy Friesians. These better quality cows sold from 137c to 164c, with few making over 155c/kg. Lighter and very lean cows sold between 105c and 140c/kg for most sales, and the carcass weight price average was estimated to be 303c/kg. A large penning of 660 bulls included some excellent quality heavy bulls, and these plus all others sold to dearer trends of 3c to 6c/kg. The best heavy bulls made from 178c to 200c with others between 138c and 174c/kg.

Wednesday, November 16 BULLOCKS 13 P.G. & M.E. McPherson, Leongatha 12 B.F. & D.M. Summers, Fish Creek 9 J. Moore & K. McRae, Leongatha 1 Shellcot Partnership, Foster 12 Wiruna, Leongatha 4 J.B. & S.L. Hobbs, Mirboo

635kg 640kg 551kg 560kg 627kg 567kg

198.0 197.0 196.6 196.6 195.2 195.0

$1258 $1260 $1083 $1100 $1224 $1106

STEERS 2 G. & J. Schepers, Won Wron 2 A.R. & E.G. Trenery, Foster 1 Helen Lockie, Mirboo 8 Shellcot Partnership, Foster 1 M. Phelan, Binginwarri 2 K. Brennan, Yarram

357kg 332kg 400kg 506kg 535kg 470kg

249.6 $892 239.6 $796 237.2 $948 196.6 $996 195.0 $1043 195.0 $916

COWS 2 N.D. & J. Buckland, Fish Creek 9 N. & G. Stollery, Yarram 2 Warrigal Creek Nom, Darriman 1 R.L. & P.J. Olsen, Poowong 1 D.D. & K.L. Belcher, Woodside 2 L.C. & G.L. Anthony, Meeniyan

712kg 618kg 477kg 595kg 800kg 740kg

164.0 163.0 161.6 160.0 160.0 160.0

$1168 $1007 $771 $952 $1280 $1184

HEIFERS 2 A.R. & E.G. Trenery, Foster 1 Dean J3, Rosedale 2 G. & J. Schepers, Won Wron 1 B.J. & T.L. McCormack, Mirboo 2 S. Paragreen, Foster 8 W. Thorley, Tarwin Lower

337kg 360kg 340kg 280kg 350kg 380kg

220.0 215.0 215.0 215.0 205.6 197.6

$742 $774 $731 $602 $716 $752

970kg 940kg 1050kg 1035kg 925kg 835kg

200.0 198.6 198.0 196.6 195.0 190.0

$1940 $1866 $2079 $2034 $1803 $1586

BULLS 1 Orrong Park, Strzelecki 1 P.G. & B.K. Anderson 1 J.D. & K.A. Campbell, Wonga Wonga 1 Rendall W3, Yarram 1 P.A. & L.J. Taylor, Toora 1 B.F., A.F. & B.D. Brinker, Alberton

VLE store sale Thursday, November 17


Sale Draw November 23 1. David Phelan & Co 2. SEJ 3. Alex Scott 4. Elders 5. Rodwells 6. Landmark

Upcoming Sales LEONGATHA Wednesday, November 23 Prime Sale - 8.30am Thursday, December 1 Store Sale - 10am Friday, December 2 Sheep Sale - 11am PAKENHAM Thursday, November 24 Store Sale - 10am Monday, November 28 Prime Sale - 8am Tuesday, November 29 Export Sale - 8.30am

Busy day: lots of buyers were putting in a bid for cattle at the large sale on Thursday.

Keen buyer: Glen Richards from Glen Alvie was checking out what was on offer at the VLE Koonwarra Store Sale.

Total yarding: 2319. Steers: G.A. Morrison, Flinders Island, 16 x $1185; F.M. & M.M. Lawless, Driffield, 13 x $1135; Adval P/L, Anderson, 12 x $1105; K.R. Hendrick, Kirrak, 11 x $1040; C.L. & M. Agars, Woorarra, 1 x $1035; M.J. & H.G. Wise, Leongatha, 7 x $1035. Heifers: A. Thiele, Allambee, 1 x $994; C. Schellekens, Bass, 19 x $985; Burrabardoo, Tarwin, 10 x $975; G. & D. Bullen, Leongatha, 2 x $965; Adval P/L, Anderson, 15 x $860; G.W. Byrne, Hazelwood, 1 x $860. Cows and calves: G.W. Byrne, Hazelwood, 1 x $1920; J. & S. Hullick, Meeniyan, 1 x $1460; J.D. & K.A. Campbell, Wonga Wonga, 1 x $1410; R.J. Grylls, Welshpool, 1 x $1375; A. Mancarella, Mirboo North, 2 x $1370; G.F. & R.J. Scanlon, Leongatha, 3 x $1340.

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Haystacks a fire risk in wet and hot weather CFA is warning the community about the risk of haystack fires this summer with the combination of wet and hot weather.

Nhill hayshed fire: where more than two thousand bales were lost with an estimated 1.5 million dollar damage bill.

Driving the passion for Natural Beef A SMALL group of Gippsland beef producers continues to drive the paddock to plate concept for quality grass-fed cattle, and building on solid foundations is looking to other like-minded producers to get aboard. Gippsland Natural Meats (GNM) director and Fish Creek beef producer, Paul Crock explained since taking over the Gippsland Natural Beef and Enviromeat brands two years ago, the company has established a sound customer base and significantly lifted the numbers of cattle being processed. “We are a producer owned company that through the Enviromeat and Gippsland Natural Beef brands provide Gippsland beef producers a marketing channel for high quality grass-finished cattle.” “Enviromeat is sourced from farms with an Environmental

Management System compliant with ISO 14001, while Gippsland Natural Beef is sourced from likeminded producers who have not adopted the rigorous EMS certification.” Importantly, GNM utilise the Meat Standards Australia grading system to provide customers with a tenderness guarantee and to ensure they can deliver on their brands’ promise of excellent eating quality and a greater yield of grilling and roasting cuts from each carcass. “Our carcasses must achieve MSA Boning Group 6 or better, to be considered under either brand.” “Our average sits at MSA Boning Group 4, which means in simple terms - given minimal ageing - our ‘sweet cuts’ will perform into the MSA4 star eating quality suitable for use in high-end restaurants,” Mr Crock said. Getting Involved To help producers learn more about Gippsland Natural Meats, how to can get involved, and to

provide a better understanding of what the MSA requirements are at a farm level, GNM and MLA are hosting two half-day producer sessions. For East Gippsland producers, a session will be held at the Bairnsdale Race Course, Thursday 24th while others further west are invited to the Leongatha Rec Reserve on Friday 25th November. The sessions kick off at 9.30 and will finish with lunch at 1.00pm “The focus of the days will be to bring producers up to speed with marketing options and what is happening with the brands, and to provide an update of exciting developments with the MSA grading system.” “We also include an artisan butchery presentation and attendees will finish with a great Gippsland Natural steak on the BBQ,” Mr Crock said. To RSVP please contact Paul Crock on 0418 377 264 or email or visit

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said with the amount of rain the state has seen this year, coupled with some hot and humid weather, haystacks in sheds and outside could self-ignite. “In the past five days we have experienced two large haystack fires – one of those in Nhill where more than two thousand bales were lost with an estimated 1.5 million dollar damage bill,” Mr Ferguson said. “We suspect both of these haystack fires in separate parts of the state spontaneously combusted so the threat is very real. “Spontaneous combustion is the leading cause of haystack fires in Victoria. Stacks become dangerous when heating approaches about 70 degrees Celsius and can rapidly reach ignition point. “At high temperatures, farmers should seriously consider pulling stacks apart to avoid spontaneous combustion. “Farmers should alert CFA prior to starting this work and take care as bales can suddenly ignite when pulled apart - especially large rectangular bales - due to an influx of oxygen. “Farmers should also be careful not to walk across the top of severely

heated stacks as they could collapse inwards due to unseen charring in the middle.” CFA Gippsland Regional Commander Michael Owen said farmers who have had the bottom layer of their haystacks or rows of bales stored in paddocks inundated by recent rain could find the stacks may start heating, leading to mouldy hay which poses a real danger of spontaneous combustion. “Haystack fires also pose a great risk to properties because they can spread quickly into the surrounding area and often result in thousands of dollars worth of damage,” Mr Owen said. To help prevent haystack fires, farmers: Should carefully and regularly monitor haystacks affected by recent rain (in sheds or outside) to see if they are approaching 70 degrees in one of two ways. Place a crowbar or pitchfork deep into a bale for 2 hours. On removal, if the end that was in the bale is too hot

to comfortably touch it would be nearing 70 degrees. The crowbar method is limited by the depth it can reach. To get a more accurate indicator of heat further into the stack, use a pipe of 2.5 to 3 metres in length and about 20 millimetres in diameter. Flatten one end and drill two to three millimetre diameter holes about 75 millimetres above the flattened end. Drive the flattened end into the stack and lower a small thermometer to the end of the probe using light wire as string may burn or break. Retrieve thermometer after about 15 minutes. For further information please follow the link to Hay and Fire Safety or visit If you would like a free copy of our ‘On the Land’ booklet (agricultural fire management guidelines), please call the Victorian Bushfire Information line on 1800 240 667.

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Fox hunt wins prestige PHILLIP Island Nature Parks has won a prize in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prestigious environmental awards. The organisation won the Land and Biodiversity â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Preserving Our Ecosystems category in the Banksia Awards. The entry, Fox Free Phillip Island, detailed the compelling story of the urgent need to eradicate foxes from the island to ensure the little penguinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ongoing survival as well as the successes achieved â&#x20AC;&#x201C; no little penguins have been killed in the colony for two years running. Phillip Island Nature Parks CEO Matthew Jackson accepted the award at the Sydney ceremony and said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;To win this renowned Banksia Award is a proud moment for our rangers and researchers and demonstrates the nature parksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; continuing environmental excellence and commitment to conservation.â&#x20AC;? Since the introduction of foxes to

Phillip Island in the 1900s, nine out of 10 little penguin colonies have been lost. The compelling story of the dedicated effort to protect the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last remaining penguin colony impressed the elite judging panel made up of experts from around the nation. The fox eradication strategy, implemented in 2007, has signiďŹ cantly reduced the threat foxes pose to the remaining Summerland Peninsula penguin colony and other species on Phillip Island, including hooded plovers and short-tailed shearwaters. The Banksia Environmental Awards are regarded as the most prestigious environmental awards in Australia. In 2002, Phillip Island Nature Parks won top honours, the Gold Banksia Award, for protecting little penguins on the Summerland Peninsula.

Hunting pack: Phillip Island Nature Parks rangers patrol for foxes.

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Koala killing cows FARMERS should be aware about the damage their cows can do to the iconic Australia koala. After a recent incident in Mirboo North where cows trampled a koala leaving its ďŹ ve-month-old offspring an orphan, farmers are being warned about this peculiar and violent behaviour in their cattle. Amy Amato from Wildlife Victoria said that farmers should be aware of cows behaving in an odd manner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If farmers see a bit of odd behaviour in their animals they should investigate a little bit more and then go out and intervene,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They may ďŹ nd out that it maybe a koala theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re circling and about to kill.â&#x20AC;?

The bovines attack within ďŹ ve minutes of circling the koalas. Koalas are usually attacked when they move between trees, which isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t often. Cows attack the marsupial as a maternal instinct to protect their calves and try to perform similar attacks on other intruders into their paddocks. Colleen Wood from the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter said that koalas donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think to run away until it is too late. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a strong ďŹ ght or ďŹ&#x201A;ight instinct whereas a kangaroo or wombat would make a run for it,â&#x20AC;? she said. The Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter which is located in Rawson is the

closest wildlife centre to the South Gippsland area dealing with koalas. Ms Amato said that farmers shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t attempt to move the koalas from near their cattle or property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a matter of being aware that we share the space with local wildlife,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about learning to live with the wildlife rather than trying to get them out of there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We certainly donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want any farmers to moving any of the koalas.â&#x20AC;? Farmers are encouraged to call the Wildlife Victoria 24 hour emergency line on 1300 094 535 if they ďŹ nd an injured koala.


A life of family commitment A CELEBRATION of the funeral mass for the repose of the soul of Beverley Mary Pyle was conducted at St. Joseph`s Church Warragul on Thursday, November 10 by Celebrants Fr. Herman Hengel and Fr. Tom O`Connell. Beverley Mary Pyle was born in Bairnsdale; the only daughter of Mabel and Jack Shanahan, Bev had one brother Bryan. Her primary education was at Lardner before boarding at Our Lady of Sion Convent Warragul. Beverley worked as a legal secretary to J.T.Strachan from the time she left school until her marriage to Bill Pyle on May 18, 1957. They were blessed with

seven children and eighteen grandchildren, all of whom contributed to her eulogy. This obituary is created with excerpts from their eulogy. The symbols of Bevâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life which were placed beside her casket in the church by grandchildren were a glowing tribute to her life as a loving Granny, Mum and wife. Rosary Beads and Missal, Bev was always praying for her family: Knitting Needles, Bev began knitting as a teenager, an unďŹ nished baby jacket on the needles is where she stopped a few weeks ago: Self Raising Flour, Mum was an excellent cook making the best scones, lamingtons, fruit cakes, jelly cakes, apple pies, plum puddings and roast dinners: Milk Cartons, Bev managed and ran the dairy farm with great skills, Bevâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts were

symbolised through the Big M and Rev Brands of milk, that were introduced to the market during Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signiďŹ cant involvement in the dairy industry. As the congregation gathered to share our memories, a common thread evolved of a gentle woman who loved, supported and nurtured. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Behind every great man there is a great womanâ&#x20AC;? This was certainly the case with Beverley. Commitment to family was paramount too - she gave up so much and expected nothing in return. While Bill was ďŹ ghting to get dairy farmers a better deal, Beverley was running the dairy farm and raising seven children. She was Bill`s rock, she was always strong and reliable â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whether to bounce an idea off, test out a speech or remind him of the punch line of a joke. But having babies is where she excelled and her greatest joys were to raise seven children and to help raise eighteen grandchildren. Beverley devoted much of her life to having babies in the 50`s, 60`s and 70`s which led to her driving kids to the Cloverlea Primary School for 25 years and accepting the role of Secretary of the Mothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Club for some years. Beverley always had time to take the children to sporting and school commitments. She would start Saturday morning at Ellinbank for the ďŹ rst football and netball matches and ďŹ nish in the evening with the last. She would sit in the car and knit as she watched us play. Both parents always taught their children that they could be anything; no matter what; you belonged. Each of them has become very successful and that is thanks to their parents. When Beverley married Bill she had lots of shoes, after the marriage they share farmed, then leased and ďŹ nally put a deposit on Gainsborough, which meant the shoe collection ceased to grow, as any money they had was used on improving the herd and pasture. Hap-

pily her shopping gene has been passed on to many of her children. Everyone was welcome at our home, there was always room for one more at the dinner table or on the lounge ďŹ&#x201A;oor, Beverley could take anything in her stride you always knew she would have a smile on her face no matter who or what you brought home. She has achieved many things in her life, but her greatest achievement is her loving family. Over the course of their life together Beverley and Bill became involved with many things, in particular the dairy industry. Over the years, through the good and the bad, the popular and the unpopular, Beverley was always there steadfast in her support. So while Bill was â&#x20AC;&#x153;out the frontâ&#x20AC;?, the farm ran smoothly, the cows got in calf and the children were raised properly. Without her support and willingness to sacriďŹ ce and work hard for the good of the community, Bill could not have achieved half of what he did. So even though it is Bill who was awarded a member of the Order of Australia, the family knows the award will always be equally shared between them. Bev was made a life member of the United Dairy Farmers of Victoria in 1984. Beverley was always committed to the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education, always wanting them to give their best and to have the opportunity to ďŹ nd good careers. To this end she could be found at 9.00 mass on the morning of any signiďŹ cant exam being undertaken by any one of them. She is survived by six of her children (Kerrie died of leukaemia 1988) and her eighteen grandchildren they are her great legacy; her lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s achievement. Beverley Mary â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most patient and loving wife a man could have, a Marvellous Mum and Super Grannyâ&#x20AC;? was laid to rest at the Warragul Lawn Cemetery.

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Raising refugee awareness By Tessa Hayward SIX Year 9 students from Leongatha Secondary College gave a presentation on raising awareness about refugees on Tuesday, November 8 after participating in the Alpine School Program. They presented to Mary MacKillop CRC, Korumburra Secondary College and Leongatha Secondary College students. The Alpine School Campus is a school for leadership and allows students to explore and learn about the local environment and cultures. During the nine week stay the six Leongatha Secondary College students made great friendships and learnt more about teamwork and leadership

with up to 44 of their peers. Year 9 student Anna McCracken said the program was so much fun. “It was the best thing I have ever done,” she said. Anna would definitely recommend the program to anyone who was interested. Leongatha Secondary College principal Brett Windsor and junior school leader Tony Clarke went and viewed a presentation at the Alpine school. “We were blown away by the presentation and all the work they put into it,” Mr Windsor said. He also hopes to continue sending students as it is a great program. Leongatha Secondary College’s community learning project at the Alpine school was to raise awareness about refugees. The students spent a lot of time on this project and put a lot

of effort into the presentation for the other local schools. A guest speaker from Deakin University’s centre for citizenship and globalisation, Professor Fethi Mansouri, came and gave a talk about refugees. He explained that seven million refugees have come to Australia so far and he clarified the difference between refugees and asylum seekers. “Refugees have been forced to leave their country because they have been persecuted and for asylum seekers it is either impractical or impossible to go first to a neighbouring country, so they may try to go directly to a country like Australia to seek protection,” Prof Mansouri said. The presentation was a fantastic way to raise awareness about refugees and the students Excellent presentation: Leongatha Secondary College’s Alpine students Tom Rycks, Anna listened intently. McCracken, Megan Fraser, Michael Craven, Amye Tebbutt and Dean Peterson presented a It also promoted the Alpine fantastic report to students from local schools. program as a great success.

Harriet proves top cow TOORA Primary School walked away with the top prize in Dairy Australia’s Picasso Cow competition.

Winning cow: Toora Primary School celebrate taking out the top award in the Picasso Cow competition following Tuesday’s awards ceremony held at the Yarram Country Club with their cow Harriet Elizabeth Agnes Franklin.

Better footpaths on the way RESIDENTS can look forward to improved footpaths as South Gippsland Shire Council continues the rollout of its 2011-2012 spring capital works program. Works began this week for: • footpath renewal along River Drive, Tarwin Lower (cost: $20,685); • footpath extension Long Street, Leongatha (cost: $40,000); and will be followed by: • footpath extension Grand Ridge East, Mirboo North (cost: $20,674); and • footpath extension Victoria Street,

Korumburra (cost: $22,000). Engineering co-ordinator Paul Challis said the works should be completed by Christmas and there may be some minor disruption to traffic during construction. “These new path works will create safer walking surfaces which we hope will encourage residents to leave their cars at home more often to walk to the shops or friends’ places, or simply to exercise,” he said. The works are being carried out by council’s construction teams in conjunction with contractors.

The six local schools competing provided stiff competition but Toora’s Harriet Elizabeth Agnes Franklin was the winner on the day. Named after Harriet Street where the Toora school is located, Elizabeth (Lizzie) after pioneer dairy farmer Elizabeth Macarthur, Agnes and Franklin, after the two local rivers this beautiful black and white Friesan proved a hit with judges. Alberton, Yarram, Devon North, Toora, Welshpool and Foster primary schools have been working on their Picasso Cows, supplied by Dairy Australia for the past few months and the results were breathtaking. Each school named their cow, designed and painted their cow and learnt about all things dairying along the way. All schools had done a remarkable job with their cows. The winner was announced at a special judging day recently at the Yarram Country Club.

Burra’s step up BURRA Foods recently announced its first step up for the 2011/12 season.

News of the $0.10 kg fat and $0.25 kg was delivered to suppliers via a letter from company CEO Grant Crothers this week. “Despite the Australian dollar continuing to remain at high levels and the economic uncertainty that continues to bring volatility to global financial markets, we remain optimistic in the price outlook for this current season.” Mr Crothers said. This equates to an increase of 17 c/kg of milk solids and increases Burra

Foods’ average annual price to $4.87 c/kg per kg of milk solids. Milk intake at the Korumburra site has now exceeded 1.1M litres per day during the spring peak and milk supply for the season is on target for an increase of over 15% on last season. Mr Crothers said operational performance had significantly improved, following the changes made to the plant during a scheduled shutdown in May. Plant operations are now fully stabilised and the Gippsland-based company processes about 5.5 tonnes of skim milk powder

and six tonnes of whole milk powder an hour for upwards of 21.5 hours in any 24 hour period. “The dryer is running much better than it did during last years’ commissioning phase putting significantly less load on the Waste Water Treatment Plant. This results in not only lower operating costs but also compliance with all aspects of EPA license, including odour,” he said. “I am pleased we are now able to realise the full processing and production capabilities of the plant, while at the same time, significantly decreasing our environmental impact.”

Winning cow: Toora Primary School Principle Barb Purvis and students Aron and Cody with their winning Picasso Cow Harriet Elizabeth Agnes Franklin.

Working on milk: Toora Primary School students Cody, Seth,Aron, and Morgan work on a milk project during Dairy Australia judging Picasso Cow day held at the Yarram Country Club on Tuesday.

Mayor’s message Cr Veronica Dowman WE are at the second stage of consultation for our Rural Land Use Strategy, and it is important that any person with an interest in rural land use in Bass Coast registers now to have a say. The purpose of this strategy is to fine-tune Rural Zones in Bass Coast following the application of zones by the Minister of Planning in July 2006. There are hundreds of rural land owners and agricultural operators in Bass Coast and planning for appropriate changes in rural land use is of particular interest to these members of the community.

In the first stage of the project council received valuable feedback from 100 registered people who responded to our detailed survey. A majority of these people were land owners and people in the farming industry. Some of the most important aspects of rural land use for all survey respondents were maintaining rural amenity and pursuing sustainable agricultural practices. Council has used this information to understand the key issues for people related to land use, and to inform this second phase of the project. As part of the second

phase we have three questions on our survey we would like people to answer. The questions are: What is important to you in rural land use planning? What areas for improvements are there in rural land use planning in Bass Coast? What do you see are the emerging rural use issues? There is more information about the Rural Land Use Strategy on Council’s website. This includes background material on how our work fits within the Gippsland Integrated Land Use Plan and how we are involving the community in all stages

of the project. The survey for Phase Two is open for comment up to 14 December. Council will also continue to take comment on any issues of concern. If you are interested in participating and haven’t yet registered, then please do get involved. The survey is available at http://consult.basscoast. or by contacting Jeff Nottle, Bass Coast Shire Council’s Planning Engagement Facilitator on 1300 BCOAST (226 278). Cr Veronica Dowman, Mayor Bass Coast Shire Council

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Scots Pioneer Church

Garry Harrison 19 Moonah Street Cape Paterson Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday By appointment Ph: 5674 8290

Mirboo North Playgroup is proud to present

CHOO CHOO BABY & KIDS MARKET Mirboo North Shire Hall Saturday 26th November 9am - 2pm Stalls with new, handcrafted & pre-loved goods for babies & kids (plus parents in need of pampering). Kids’ corner, face-painting, raffles, hot & cold food & drinks. Free door prize. Gold coin entry

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

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Mardan South Pleasant Sunday Afternoon ECUMENICAL

CHEF/COOK REQUIRED 27 November 2011 - 2pm Christmas Theme and Music by Sue Coad, with Barbara Jeffrey, Tracey Withall, Pat West & Rev. Alan Dyall Children and adults will love it FINAL FOR THE YEAR RESUMING 25TH MARCH 2012

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Twilight Meeting/Xmas Breakup

Chef/Cook required to work in our busy modern bistro, experience on fry pans and grill is required. This is a full time position for the right person, with great opportunities and pay. The successful applicant will need to be: • Experienced • Passionate • Committed Experience in bistro would be an advantage. There will be a lot of opportunities for you to express your own flair and develop your organisation skills. This position will involve weekends and nights. Salary is negotiable depending on experience. Apply in writing to Head Chef Inverloch Esplanade Hotel 1 A’Beckett Street, Inverloch Email:

6pm November 30, 2011 Upstairs meeting room Leongatha RSL New members most welcome to join us Also November 24: Stall in the Memorial Hall foyer For further information Glad 5662 2126 Denise 5659 8239 Noreen 5662 2976

CROWN LAND (RESERVES) ACT 1978 Notice is hereby given that the Koonwarra Village School has applied to the Department of Sustainability and Environment for a lease for a private school pursuant to Section 17D of the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 for a term of no less than 15 years in respect of Crown allotment 19B, Section 2 in the Township of Koonwarra, containing approx 1.5 hectares. Ref 2007716 Further information can be obtained by contacting Pat Lambert, Manager Property Services on (03) 51722153 within 14 days.

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UnitingCare Gippsland operates a number of education and care programs including Mirboo North (St Andrew’s Child Care Centre). These services are child focused, professionally informed, family and community driven. We currently have the following vacancy

QUALIFIED Early Childhood Educators (Child Care) Diploma in Children’s Services 15-38 hours per week Based in Mirboo North For further information on the above positions please telephone Rebecca Ford on 5668 2450 Application forms and position descriptions are available at or call Kirstie on 5152 9600 to have copies emailed/sent to you. Applications close 5pm December 2, 2011 and are to be sent to: Kirstie Pearce HR Co-ordinator UnitingCare Gippsland PO Box 454 Bairnsdale Vic 3875 UnitingCare Gippsland interviews in the interests of safety and wellbeing of children and young people

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IN WONTHAGGI AREA Contact Peter 5662 5123 Mob: 0422 403 912

HOSPITALITY Experienced floor and kitchen staff needed for busy Inverloch cafe. Must be enthusiastic, motivated and willing to commit over peak summer season. Full and part time positions available. Friendly staff and great environment. Call Cate on 0400 498 804 or (BH) 5674 3264

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

K O R U M B U R R A Secondary College requires 0.5 Textiles Teacher 6 month contract and Teacher / Librarian 6 month contract. Enquiries Darren Parker 5655-1566. Applications close November 28 at noon.

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DAIRY HAND An additional person is required for safe, modern and well maintained dairy with the opportunity to join an experienced team and learn the industry’s best practice. No special qualifications are required but must be adaptable, willing to learn and physically fit. Paid weekly by the hour. Koonwarra area. Punctual habits and own reliable transport are essential. Contact Pauline 0438 745 593

Community Support Workers Bass Coast Australian Home Care (AHC) is owned by Multiple Sclerosis Limited and is the largest private provider of in-home care, personal and domestic services to people with a disability and the frail aged in Victoria and NSW. The Role: Our clients in Cowes, Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Leongatha and surrounding Towns require caring Support Workers who have a passion for assisting others to maintain their independence. All aspects of Personal and Home Care are required; duties may include Personal Hygiene, Use of Hoist, Shopping, Cleaning, Meal Preparation, Toileting, Bowel Care and Respite. Experience with challenging behaviours would be advantageous for some clients. A variety of shifts are available Monday to Sunday allowing you to achieve a work – life balance. We offer: Penalty rates for weekend shifts. We provide ongoing training including short courses; in a professional and supportive team environment. Salary Packaging and traineeships are also available. Requirements: Certificate in Disability or Aged Care (preferred), a current driver’s licence, reliable vehicle and a current National Police Check (issued within the last 12 months) or willing to obtain; Working with Children Check for some clients. To apply: Please send your resumé and cover letter to Further enquiries phone: 8581 1702 AHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

STORE MANAGER Cowes, Phillip Island

• Retail & Trade based business • Great team and company culture • Attractive salary, plus super, plus company vehicle As the store manager you will deliver and lead, through a loyal and dedicated retail and trade team, excellent customer service in the provision of hardware and building products. You will have extensive retail and trade sales experience, strong communication skills, proven leadership skills and at least 5 years experience in a similar role. To be successful you will have proven skills in meeting company objectives and maximising store revenues. With a passion to succeed, you will be able to motivate and encourage your store team with gusto and enthusiasm, with a desire to grow the business. Key responsibilities include: • Drive store budgets, monitor results and lead actions for a successful outcome • Provide exemplary customer service and satisfaction • Plan and prepare staff rosters ensuring adequate coverage • Provide problem solving skills • Manage inventory and merchandise to company expectations • Comply with, and adhere to, O,H&S standards • Provide effective leadership, coaching and direction to your team If you have the desire, and the passion, to succeed within this highly successful organisation then you are encouraged to apply immediately. You are invited to apply in writing, inclusive of your resumé, by Friday 2nd December 2011 to: The General Manager Hardware, Capeview Mitre 10, Cape Paterson Road, Wonthaggi Vic 3995, or by email to The General Manager Hardware, Capeview Mitre 10 Only applicants successful in making it through to the next recruitment stage will be contacted.

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MORRISON JEFFERIS & ASSOCIATES Certified Practising Accountants

CPA Accountant Our Dynamic accounting firm is seeking a qualified CPA or similar experienced accountant with a desire to work in our progressive public accounting practice, preferably with 3 + years experience however all applications will be considered on merit. Duties primarily involve Accounting, GST & Superannuation and Income Tax for our SME business and primary producer client base. The successful applicant will be an ambitious individual with a friendly but confident personality and excellent computer skills who will adapt to a team environment. MYOB and Quickbooks experience is preferred. Excellent advancement opportunities exist for a self motivated person who has the ambition to achieve. Please apply in own hand writing with resume. Confidential and discrete enquiry can be made to Tim Kemp on 0438 623 183. Applications close on December 10, 2011 and should be addressed to: MORRISON JEFFERIS & ASSOCIATES CPA Accountants 16 McCartin Street LEONGATHA VIC 3953


Full Time Position ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT Inverloch A position exists as an Administration Assistant in our Inverloch store. This position requires a very high customer service focus both internally and externally. The successful applicant will have the following attributes: • Proven administration skills • Excellent computer literacy • Excellent numeracy skills • Excellent communication skills • Highly organised and efficient • Able to work with little supervision • Adaptable and flexible • Be team orientated • Dispatch/Inwards goods experience would be an advantage If you believe you have the qualities we are looking for, you are invited to apply in writing by Friday 25th November 2011 to: The Store Manager, Capeview Mitre10 - Inverloch Bass Highway Inverloch, Vic 3996 Or by email:

AGM Sunday, November 27 At 4pm

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

RELIEF MILKER Experienced and reliable in the Koonwarra / Stony Creek / Dumbalk area. Contact Di on 0400731294.

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Disability Client Services Manager Building a Healthy Community BCCHS seeks expressions of interest from a suitably qualified person to join our busy nursing team.

Nursing Services Co-ordinator Full time 12-month contract with potential for extension

The successful candidate will be required to co-ordinate a premium nursing service for clients of Bass Coast Community Health Service and will be required to have a current RN Division 1 registration with Nurses Board of Victoria. A post graduate qualification in management or community nursing would be advantageous. Remuneration as per award. Enquiries can be directed to Rae Davies, Manager Client Services. To obtain a position description and an employment application form, please telephone reception on 5671 9200 or refer to our website: Applications close 5 pm, 5 December 2011 and should be addressed to: Bass Coast Community Health Service HR Administrator 1 Back Beach Road San Remo Vic 3925 or by email to:


FINANCIAL PLANNER Williams, Edwards & Findlay are one of the largest locally owned Certified Practising Accountancy businesses in South Gippsland. Williams, Edwards & Findlay have offices situated in Korumburra and Wonthaggi that service a clientele base throughout Victoria and Interstate. The successful candidate will not only provide advice to pre-existing clients of the long established accountancy practice, but also have the business acumen to build both internal and external referral networks to grow the client base. Relevant business tertiary qualifications are essential along with previous experience in a financial planning role. Financial planning experience within an accountancy firm would be looked upon favourably. The applicant should have experience in preparing, reviewing and modeling plans using financial planning software, possess proficient time management and organisational skills and have excellent written and oral communication skills. The ideal candidate will have a client focus and the ability to work both autonomously and in a team environment. Working hours are negotiable and remuneration will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications, skill and ability. Send your written applications attention to: Greg Edwards, C/- Williams, Edwards & Findlay 19 Commercial Street, Korumburra, 3950 or email: Applications Close: Monday 5th December, 2011

Disability Client Services Manager Disability Services Gippsland Work Location:Morwell Ongoing/Full time $93,704 - $125,443 p.a.(+ Superannuation). This exciting role leads the Disability Client Services team which is a part of the Disability Services program in the Gippsland region. The role has responsibility for the management of a team of professional workers who provide case management, individualised planning, intake and related specialist services to people with a disability in the region. The position works in collaboration with other Disability Services and regional programs to implement Government policy objectives. The role requires a person capable of managing in a complex and demanding environment, with commitment to positive outcomes for people with a disability. If this position appeals to you please view the position description via the web site below. For further information contact Judy Budge on (03) 5177 2568 Please quote position no DHS/GIP/149336. Closing date for applications is Thursday 15 December 2011 Police Checks form part of the Department of Human Services recruitment process. Aboriginal Australians are encouraged to apply. For information and support contact 1300 092 406 or

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Disability Development and Support Officer Level 2A Re-advertised Disability Accommodation Services (DAS) Initial Work Location: Leongatha, Gippsland Ongoing / Part Time (62.5 hrs per fortnight) DDSO-2A $46,063 p.a. to $62,186 p.a. (pro-rata) +Superannuation * * DDSO-2 $48,288 p.a. to $50,331 p.a. (pro-rata) +Superannuation This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to work as a senior member in a team supporting people with a disability. This support involves encouraging developmental opportunities and client choice, enabling maximum integration with the community and a lifestyle that emulates the general community. Some people with a disability require support day and night, every day of the week in all aspects of personal care. To provide this service you will be required to work rostered shifts that may include weekend, morning, night and sleepovers. Mandatory Qualifications: • Advanced Diploma of Disability Work or other qualifications recognised within Departmental guidelines as being equivalent. • Working with Children Check • A current Level 2 First Aid Certificate • Current CPR Certificate * * Applicants without the Advanced Diploma of Disability Work, who are studying or willing to undertake and complete the qualification within an agreed time frame and have a Certificate IV in Disability may apply. If appointed the applicant would be remunerated at the DDSO-2 level until satisfactory completion of the Mandatory qualification. If this opportunity appeals to you please view the position description via the web site below. For further information contact Rae Cloak on 5177 2514 Please quote the reference number VG/DHS/ GIP/123103. Closing date for applications is Sunday, 4 December 2011. Police Checks form part of the Department of Human Services recruitment process. Aboriginal Australians are encouraged to apply. For information and support contact 1300 092 406 or To apply online and view the job description, visit For other Victorian Government opportunities, please visit

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HC DRIVER - Full Time position Working for a local Stockfeed company delivering locally and throughout Victoria. Truck is based in Korumburra, some weekend work is required. Must be an experienced driver with clean history, have good presentation, can do attitude and at times be prepared to be away from home. Above award wages apply.

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2012 TRAINEESHIP OUTDOOR EDUCATION Commencing January 2012 Please contact Gabe Windsor for role description on 5662 4333. Forward resumé and letter of application to: Leongatha Secondary College Private Bag 1 Leongatha 3953 Applications close 05/12/2011

Phone Tim 0428 350 856 Email: Fax: 5682 1955

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3rd year - Qualified Motor Bike Mechanic An opportunity exisits to join our team in a full time or part time capacity in the role of a 3rd year or qualified mechanic. This modern, multi franchise motor vehicle dealership is seeking a person with a good work ethic, honesty and who is prepared to work as part of a dedicated team. The salary will be commensurate with experience. Please apply in writing, via email or inquire by phone to: Mr. Bradley Westaway 7-13 Hughes Street, Leongatha Phone: 5662 2302 Email:

for sale


situations vacant

for sale

We currently have a permanent part time position available Tuesday - Thursday, in our retail hardware division. We require someone who has excellent customer service, is computer literate, and willing to learn all aspects of the hardware industry. Some rostered weekend and public holiday work will be required at times. Please forward applications to: Capeview Mitre10, Attention Ben Davey Lot 2 Cusack Road, Leongatha or email Applications close November 29, 2011

JAYCO SWAN CAMPER TRAILER (2006) In very good condition and used just a few times. Great family van, sleeps up to six, easy towing, microwave, gas cook top with one electric plate, brand new Winegard antenna, complete with full annexe. Reg. till July 2012. $18,500 ONO. Phone 5664 2240 ROOSTERS, purebred Sussex and Australorp, $20 each. Ph: 5686-2423. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662.

Phillip Island Coastal Discovery Camp is a group accommodation and recreation facility located on the beach on Phillip Island, and is managed by the Victorian YMCA. We are seeking an experienced person to lead our catering team.

Catering Co-ordinator/Head Chef Casual or Part Time Permanent Position The Catering Co-ordinator’s position requires an organised and energetic person who can effectively manage our busy kitchen, delivering a range of meals to our diverse client groups. In this hands-on role, the successful applicant will undertake duties required to ensure all catering functions are carried out effectively and efficiently. This position is a leadership role. You will have the responsibility for supervising, directing and training our kitchen and catering staff as well as working directly in the kitchen. Experience in catering/cooking or related areas is essential with qualifications preferred. For a copy of the position description or for a general enquiry call Greg Phillips on 5952 2467 or email To apply please forward your CV to the email address below. Applications close Friday 2nd December 2011 Att: The YMCA is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes diversity.

Water Treatment Plant Operator South Gippsland Water invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of Water Treatment Plant Operator. The role is based in South Gippsland Water’s Central Western area and involves carrying out all aspects of water treatment plant operations. The Corporation is committed to staff development and there are ample opportunities to gain skills and experience in a wide range of operations. Salary banding is dependent on applicants experience and ranges between; band $46,482.28 - $60,689.72.

SUZUKI GSXR 600, 1997, reg. GE761, 36,500km. Ex condition $5,200. 0419343568.

Applications are invited for an apprenticeship in our Wonthaggi Factory. We offer a high level of skilled training in the production of kitchens, staircases and all associated products. Candidates who are interested in entering this industry and have completed Year 11 need apply. Apply in writing attention to: Peter Sheerin Capeview Building Products PO Box 115, Wonthaggi 3995 Applications close on Wednesday November 30, 2011

MARINE/AUTO TECHNICIAN QUALIFIED A position has become available at Inverloch Marine for a Marine Technician. The position includes a variety of Marine Work including servicing and repair of both Outboards and PWCs. Also includes new boat fit outs. Would suit qualified Marine technician or Auto technician looking for career change. If you are looking to join a friendly team environment in a rapidly growing coastal town this is the perfect time for a change. Training provided. 3RD OR 4TH year Apprentice considered. All Applications will be treated as confidential. Apply in writing or phone Shane 5674 1502 2 The Esplanade INVERLOCH 3996 Email –

personal $ 70

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Applicants should read the position description relevant to their experience located at Applications close on Friday 9th December Email or post to: Human Resources Coordinator South Gippsland Water PO Box 102 Foster Vic 3960

STANDING HAY or silage, 30 to 40 acres, Meeniyan area. Mob: 0427-647219.


Commuter use of a vehicle is provided. The successful applicant will need to be available to work outside of ordinary hours, and require a current manual driver’s licence. Recent plant experience and the ability to use computers are advantages.


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




The availability is for a part-time / casual position including evening and weekend work

The role is for immediate start so please feel free to call Corals Fish and Chips on 03 5662 3368, ask to speak to Arthur or Jim Matsoukas for a confidential chat.

for lease LAND FOR LEASE or grass for sale. 60 acres in Buffalo area. Enq: 56841594 or 0400-841599.

Phone JOHN GOULD 5664 0012

has experienced rapid growth and we need a fun, energetic and committed individual to join our team

We require an individual that is: • Friendly & energetic • Customer focused • Able to work at a fast pace during lunch and dinner service • Reliable The role is varied and includes high focus on customer service / counter work, food preparation, cooking, and cleaning duties. Experience is preferred, but not essential. We will provide training for the successful person

for hire BULLS for hire, Angus, Friesian, Hereford, Limo and Jerseys. All tested. Ph: 0447-331762.

penthouse make us your 1st stop

9702 4744

7 rimfire dr. hallam

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




167 Graham Street Wonthaggi

5672 3127

BREADCRUMB FEED $86 per tonne in Dandenong, 13.5% ME, 15% CP, 65% DM. Phone Ed Bread 0402212222. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175 HORN sewing machine cabinet, $125 ONO. Ph: 5662-4647. LG REFRIGERATOR 442lt, 7 mths old. Original price $1,300, sell for $800 ONO. Ph: 0448-480232. MOBILITY SCOOTER electric - Pride Celebrity X four wheel. Excellent condition, swivel chair and canvas carrybag, $2,000. Contact Lance 0409426042.

MIDDLE aged professional man is seeking clean, basic self-contained midweek accommodation in Leongatha. Please phone Douglas on 0431-380089 or 5662-3712. (Wendy please phone.)

for rent INVERLOCH holiday house, beach frontage, water views. Two storey beach front home with inlet and ocean views. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 living areas, lock-up garage. Sleeps 8. Great outdoor entertainment area with water views. Walking distance to shops / restaurants. Available end of December through to end of January. Permanent rental welcome from Feb. Enquiries to phone 0427313813. VENUS BAY - house, short stroll to beach and shops, sleeps 7. Permanent rental also available. Contact: 0408-320001.

room to let FULLY FURNISHED house in Parr Street, Leongatha. Must be over 30 years of age and employed. Sharing with one male, $120 p.w. and share expenses. Ph: A/h 5662-3799.

WHITE DORPER SALE & OPEN WEEKEND November 26 & 27 10am - 4pm Baaramu White Dorpers 64 Finlay Road Mardan Phone 5668 1324 or 5664 1303 Email:

DEXTER BULL, yearling, well bred, $600. Ph: 56623746. ISA BROWN pullets, 17 weeks, fully immunised, not debeaked, $20 each. Taking orders now. Tradeins welcome. Pick up on Friday, December 9 between 3-5pm at the old Korumburra Saleyards. Chook food available on the day. Unwanted animals taken, other animals for sale. Animals From The Farm, call Mark 0419425257 or 5629-9685.

used vehicles

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

Bass Coast Metal Recyclers 5672 2946 0417 556 593 ALFA ROMEO 2002, 5 door hatchback, RWC, reg. XCE490 to June 12. Leather interior, VG condition $7,000 ONO. Ph: 0425-817479.

garage sales

LEONGATHA: 13 Parr Street, Saturday 26th, 8am - 2pm. No early birds.


92 Ogilvy Street Leongatha Sunday November 27 8am Kids, toddler and baby toys, baby equipment and baby boy’s clothes in very good condition. Household furniture and books.

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garage sales

marriage celebrant


Jenny Milkins

45 Shingler Street LEONGATHA Saturday & Sunday November 26 & 27 8am - 3pm Variety of goods NO EARLY BIRDS

Garage Sale Saturday 26th 8am to 3.30pm 4 Jepson Court MIRBOO NORTH Books - fiction & non fiction, CDs - jazz, blues & classical; antique dining setting, bedding, furniture and household items, mulcher, fridge, freezer No early birds


2305 Fish CreekPromontory Road Fish Creek SUNDAY NOVEMBER 27 9am - 1pm King single swags pink or blue, brand new tent, wall units, Russell Hobbs coffee machine, ipods, DS console & games, My Little Pony, Barbie, clothes/shoes, DVDs & much more....

Garage Sale 3 HOUSE LOTS 6 Warragul Road Korumburra Saturday November 26 9am - 2pm


in memoriam

Supporting families: Inverloch Art Show Committee secretary Olwyn Beadle was selling raffle tickets outside FoodWorks to support the Bass Coast Regional Health’s Family Resource Centre.

All areas - 5672 3123

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

PAM HERRALD 5662 2553 0438 097 181

WENDY STAYNER 0409 259 195 03 9785 9186

deaths SMITH - Rodney William (Rod). Passed away peacefully at Leongatha Hospital on November 18, 2011. Aged 61 years. Formerly of Mirboo North and Leongatha. Cherished husband of Kirsty. Loving father of Gillian and Paul, father-in-law of Wes. Much loved grandad of Jamie, Riley and Charlie. Think of me as you pass by, As you are now so once was I, As I am now so you will be, Prepare yourself to follow me. SMITH - Rodney William. 22.11.1949 - 18.11.2011 Leongatha, formerly of Mirboo North. Loved son of Jim (dec) and Marj (White) and friend of Norm (dec). Loved big brother of Laurie, Jenny and Peter, Marlene and Rob, Heather and Brandon, Bronwyn and Peter. Loving uncle to many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. ‘To the world he was but one, to us he was the world.’ No words can describe the loss we feel now, you will be sadly missed by all of us. Goodbye Big Boy.


Thomas Saverino Cafarella 8.1.29 - 23.11.2001

Ten years have passed but you are constantly in our hearts and thoughts. Your loving wife Connie and family

message of hope JEHOVAH - jineh, the Lord will provide. Genesis 22:14.

funerals MAXWELL - Elizabeth Agnes (Betty). Interment of ashes, Leongatha Cemetery, Friday November 25 at 11am. SMITH - The Funeral Service for the late Mr Rodney William (Rod) Smith will be held at St Mary's Anglican Church, Mirboo North on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 commencing at 1pm. The Funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Mirboo North Cemetery. No flowers by request. In lieu donations may be made to Gippsland Southern Health Service, Leongatha or Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Envelopes will be available at the service.

Helping families in need By Tessa Hayward

RAFFLE tickets are being sold outside FoodWorks by the Inverloch Art Show Committee to support the Bass Coast Regional Health’s Family Resource Centre until December 16. All proceeds from the raffle, annual art show and donations are going towards the project. Inverloch Art Show Committee

secretary Olwyn Beadle was selling raffle tickets last Thursday. “It is good to be able to do something for families who need help,” she said. The Family Resource Centre provides food parcels for local families experiencing short-term financial difficulties. “The food packages are worth $42 and we have 10 all ready to go,” Ms Beadle said. The Art Show Committee used to support the Save the Children ap-


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

Classified advertising closes 12 noon Mondays

engagements CAPLE - KOSTER Greg and Wendy together with Clem and Justine are thrilled to congratulate Melanie and Jordan on their engagement. Love and happiness to you both always!

peal, but because of restructuring this charity is no longer involved in local programs. The winner of the raffle will receive a painting by Marie McDonald of Inverloch and second prize is a bottle of champagne. Raffle tickets are available to purchase outside FoodWorks on Thursdays 10.30am to 4.30pm and Saturdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm up until December 16 when the raffle will be drawn by local councillor, Ross Smith.

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

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Wonthaggi Hospital Fete: Hospital Ladies Auxiliary members Dawn Murphy and Silvia Mattock.

Braving the wet: Colin Robinson and Wonthaggi Hospital Ladies Auxiliary member Julie Kilgour, both from Wonthaggi, try and stay dry whilst selling plants at the hospital fete.

Proposed plant open for opinion MOST of Nyora is looking forward to the new treatment plant which will service the town and those in the surrounding area. The new plant which is planned to be built at a site on Hills Road in Nyora, will service Nyora, Loch and Poowong. Managing director of South Gippsland Water, Steve Evans said that people will have time to voice their opinions on the proposed site soon. “Obviously people in the town are quite happy no matter where it is and people in the local vicinity want to be made aware. That’s fair enough and they should know that there’s a process that’s open for them to voice their concerns,” he said. Mr Evans said that SG Water has carefully chosen this site and thinks it would be the best for the plant. “We’ve gone through a concept design stage through which we’ve had public meetings and received

feedback on certain things and we have now, as a board, made our decision on what we call a preferred site,” he said. “That included the process of looking at all factors from cultural heritage, environment, geographical location, all the technical geo-earth studies on many sites and then we’ve come down to this site. We’re at a point now that the site is up for approval.” SG Water has made a strategic purchase of the site but the proposal still needs to be passed by the Casey City and South Gippsland Shire Councils through zoning and planning, as well as EPA works approval. “It’s up to anyone making comment in those processes on whether it’s appropriate or not,” Mr Evans said. Vice president of the Nyora and District Development Association, Dennis Casey said that it will be great for the town. “I think the treatment plant will go very well actually,” he said.

“Most of the town, as well as Loch and Poowong are very happy about the whole thing.” Dennis was part of the contingent of locals who viewed the proposed site and a similar set up of the water treatment plant in Cape Paterson. “After going on the bus trip it seems to be all quite good,” he said. “I think it will work quite well, most of the people around town seem happy with it and they just want to see it moving and get it going. “There are some people who live down near the site that are a little bit worried about smell and that sort of thing.” Mr Evan can’t put a time line on that completion of the plant, but hopes the planning stage will go through without any hiccups. “It’s very difficult to say when it will be up and running, as it has to go through this (planning) process which can run here or there,” he said. “We hope that sometime next year we’ll get all that out of the way and continue on.”

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Forgotten miners honoured THE COAL Creek community, friends and visitors acknowledged previously forgotten miners last Sunday when a new plaque was unveiled in the church grounds.

The original plaque, established in 1981, contains the names of 29 workers tragically killed in mines around the area, however the Korumburra and District Historical Society dug deeper into history to discover more. “The problem with many of the mines around Korumburra, Jumbunna and Outtrim is that they were privately owned,” researcher and curator, Doug Boston said. “Few employees kept records, and through old newspapers and documents, 19 additional names have been discovered. Now they will not be forgotten.” Mr Boston said 1800 miners worked in the local mines throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, Remembering the forgotten: Cr Bob Newton, Korumburra and District Historical Society member Doug Boston, Allan with his own grandfather, Joseph Dyall and guest speaker Brian Blake with the new plaque, honouring an additional 19 miners who died whilst working Boston, killed whilst working in in the mines in the early 1900s. the mines in Jumbunna.

A number of family members of workers killed in the mines attended the ceremony. Former proprietor of the Sentinel-Times, Brian Blake, was guest speaker for the day, and acknowledged the late Bill Wright for researching the original names on the plaque. “The late Bill Wright, a former miner, took on the task of seeking out the names of those who had died,” he said. “There was no internet then to aid his research; he came up with 29 names from newspaper cuttings, personal recall and visiting local cemeteries. Councillor Bob Newton officially unveiled the plaque, and a prayer was read for the men by Allan Dyall. To conclude the ceremony, Doug Kane from Korumburra presented Coal Creek with an original, hand drawn map of the Strzelecki mine, which was actually located in Korumburra, from 1930, which he recently purchased at an auction in Melbourne.


Brian Malone – policeman, mate, reader, gentleman SOUTH Gippsland is now the poorer after the passing of one of the district’s most respected and community-minded characters, the old-fashioned country policeman, Brian Malone, at the age of 73.

Surrounded by his immediate family, Brian was buried in the Foster Cemetery on November 8, 2011 in accordance with his

wishes to be laid to rest in within sight of the Prom and the sea, and to be near old friends, too. Victorian Deputy Premier, Police Minister and Gippsland South MLA, Peter Ryan, said, “Brian Maloney was a true country copper, who knew his patch from back to front. “He saw trouble coming before it arrived and headed it off, and he also knew after the event who had caused trouble, then took steps to fix it, “ Mr Ryan said.

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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“Brian was a wonderful communicator, with a delightful sense of humour, and was community to the core,” he said. “This is a tragic loss of a great contributor who will be remembered with a smile.” Victoria Police Chief Commissioner and fellow Gippsland policeman, Ken Lay, said, “Brian was a deeply committed man, to both his family, his workers at Foster, and the broader police organisation. “He was a wise man who always seemed to find a practical answer to difficult issues, particularly when people from his local community were concerned. He was quick-witted and always upbeat, even when the going got tough,” he said. “I will remember Brian as a gentleman, a great policeman, a good boss, and a friend of those in need. An era has passed and we will miss the big fella!” Brian Lawrence Malone was born in Echuca on February 17, 1938, the eldest in the family of four sons born to Martin and Kathlene Malone, along with Alan, Graham and Barry. Brian attended a tech-

nical school, which didn’t really suit him, being more an academic thinker rather than a hands-on kind of a student, one who loved reading and history. An excellent sportsman from a very young age, Brian played cricket and football, going on to play with distinction in the Bendigo league and then to train with the North Melbourne Football Club, but not to actually ever pull on the Kangaroos’ guernsey. Brian was also a madkeen Essendon supporter and one of his most cherished possessions was a book signed by Bombers’ coach Kevin Sheedy. Brian joined the Victorian Police in 1962, and after graduating from the Police Academy started his career at Russell Street Police Headquarters before going on to other metropolitan stations at Richmond South and Elsternwick. During this period Brian met a Port Franklin girl, Helen Petterson, at a pub in Melbourne, with both feeling an instant attraction that resulted in their marrying in 1969. The newlyweds lived in a flat in Glenhuntly,

and then Brian received his first rural posting to Camperdown. The Malones were not sad to leave the city, as they both were country bornand-bred, and their happiness only increased with the arrival of their first child, Paul, soon after. Brian’s next posting brought the Malone family to Yarram in 1971, which is where Brian’s love affair with Gippsland really grew, especially having married a girl from the district. The couple’s daughter Karen was born at this time, making their circle complete. The Malones always made sure they took their young family away on regular holidays, with Merimbula and the Gold Coast being two of their favourite destinations. Later in 1977 Brian was appointed to the one-officer station at Boolarra, before going on to become the station supervisor at Maffra in 1980, and then the officerin-charge of Churchill Police Station later that same year. Brian always related well to locals whenever he arrived in a new area, and in a short space of time he became one himself, identifying himself with the needs and the aims of the locale. Sport was always a wonderful ice-breaker and a guaranteed topic of interest and conversation with nearly everyone he met. For the not-so-sportingminded, Brian could always discourse with erudition on books, from classic novels right through to the latest best-selling thrillers. While at Churchill Brian organised a boxing club for the local lads, with the idea of giving them some direction and something positive to do, as well as learning self-discipline. This was typical of the Malone way; to encourage something good and worth-

while to come out of a notso-good situation. Brian always liked to get to know his way around when he arrived in a new place and to get to know the local community as soon as he could, and there’s no doubt that his style of policing got results. Police colleagues have been heard to say that they remember Brian with a certain awe and respect and perhaps at times envy for the way he achieved his goals. In 1988 Brian was transferred to Foster as the officer-in-charge, and in effect he brought Helen home to her family and friends. He also found the place where he really wanted to be, too. For the next decade, Sergeant Brian Malone, or “Sarge”, as he was universally known to local people of all ages, policed the Foster district with wisdom, equanimity, wit and resourcefulness. He served on the committee of the Foster Football Club, and worked alongside the Foster Country Fire Authority Brigade and the Foster State Emergency Service Unit, as well as with other community organisations such as the Freemasons. Then, as things began to change with older ways being eclipsed by newer ideas that didn’t always quite sit right with Brian, it was time to say goodbye to police life after a satisfying and fulfilling career spanning almost 36 years. Brian rarely spoke about the various events that occurred and the whole spectrum of human behaviours that he witnessed as a police officer, preferring to maintain a discreet silence both out of respect for those innocently involved and perhaps for his own selfpreservation. However it was during his time at Yarram that Brian was one of a team of police officers that captured the

convicted Faraday school kidnapper and prison escapee Edwin Eastwood after he had kidnapped the Wooreen State School teacher and her nine pupils, along with some other members of the public, in February 1977. Brian was subsequently awarded the Australian Police Medal in 1997 for his leading role in the incident. Brian was also presented with the Police National Medal and First and Second Clasp, the Chief Commissioner’s Certificate and the Police Service Medal. In January 1998 Brian received the Corner Inlet Community Citizen of the Year Award in recognition of his service to the local district in a variety of capacities, and not just as a cop. Brian retired from the Victoria Police in August 1998, but did not retire from living, including continuing his connection with Wilsons Prom and making regular deliveries to the Tidal River store. In time Brian and Helen moved from Foster to Cowes on Phillip Island, where they enjoyed their privacy, occasionally going to the RSL Club to play the pokies, walking to the shops and strolling along the beach. Throughout his years of public life and his service to his fellow man, experience had taught Brian to protect and carefully guard time spent with his family. Celebrant Gavin Grosser described Brian as, “a good man – an enforcer of the law, where discretion, initiative, caring and flexibility played a part” as well as a “people person – able to mix well at any level and not compromise his standards.” Brian is now where he asked to be; looking out at his beloved Prom and in good company. His years spent in Foster mean that those who are there around him - he knew.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - PAGE 53

At sea: Captain Timothy Hungerford-Morgan in his element.

Gippsland Ports appoints new harbour master CAPTAIN Timothy HungerfordMorgan has been appointed Gippsland Ports’ new harbour master.

The position became vacant following the retirement in July 2011 of Captain Bruce Green, who served in the position for three years and who sadly passed away in late October while still serving Gippsland Ports as harbour master, pending a new appointment to the position. Gippsland Ports’ chief executive officer Nick Murray said Captain Hungerford-Morgan has worked in the maritime industry for 30 years, most recently as a master unlimited, and accordingly admirably qualified to satisfy the requirements for appointment as a licensed harbour master under the Marine Safety Act. Captain Hungerford-Morgan has extensive experience as master of numerous vessels in both Australia and New Zealand, including the Cook Strait Inter-Island Ferry for seven years, oil and gas industry service vessels AHTS Sea Ranger and AHTS Yarrabah operating out of Corner Inlet and more recently, the MT Zemira in the ports of Melbourne and Geelong. In 1982, prior to becoming a master, Mr Hungerford-Morgan was awarded the Queens Commendation for Bravery medal for the successful rescue of personnel from the hold of the MV Fetu Moana while berthed in the Port of

Auckland. The harbour master is a statutory position with a licence issued by the director, maritime safety within the Victorian Department of Transport. The harbour master has responsibility and statutory powers for the control and direction of vessels entering and leaving the ports, the direction of navigation and other movements of vessels within the port waters and the control of where vessels anchor or are secured in the port. He also has responsibility to control and direct the securing, removal or relocation of vessels in port waters for the purpose of ensuring the safety of people and vessels when operating and for minimising the effect of vessel operations on the environment. Captain Hungerford-Morgan will be based at Port Welshpool and will operate across all of the five local ports and two waterways under the management of Gippsland Ports and in doing so, will work closely with industry and the public to ensure Gippsland Ports continues to meet the navigational and operational safety needs of the maritime community and the maintenance of environmental values. Gippsland Ports is the designated waterway manager of 1,431 sq km of some of the largest and most beautiful waterways in Australia, along the south-eastern coastline of Victoria from Anderson Inlet to Mallacoota.

Beware of scams BASS MLA Ken Smith is warning of a new scam doing the rounds. “This time they are preying on time-starved people and those with a limited knowledge of the internet, luring consumers into buying a service to gain a copy of their birth, death or marriage certificate or other official documents,” he said. “Some companies claim they are an authorised provider. They charge a fee on top of the official fee for the document, request all your personal details and then don’t provide the certificate, which you could have obtained for a minimal fee from the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages yourself, without providing your personal details to an unknown opportunist. “What becomes of your personal details is left to the imagination. “It is very important that everyone remain vigilant and if unsure if anyone they are dealing with is genuine or not, take the time to ask

for assistance from either my office or the office of Consumer Affairs.” Mr Smith urged people to tell the scammers you will call them back and ask for their contact details. “If they decline to give you a contact name and number, this could alert you that they may not be genuine,” Mr Smith said. The official fee for a birth, death or marriage certificate from the Victorian Registry is $27.80. No further cost is required. Do not give your credit card details to anyone you do not know. You may be paying for a nonexistent service along with giving away your personal details and the consequences may be regrettable.” Anyone with enquiries about applying for a certificate can contact the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages on 1300 369 367 or visit For further information about scams and other fair trading issues, visit www.consumer. or call 1300 55 81 81.

Poppies at Wonthaggi North Primary School: Crystal Wilson, Chad Emery, Kallie-Ann Apasai and Jack Brewer hold handmade poppies at a solemn Remembrance Day ceremony held in the school gymnasium recently. Students learnt about the significance of poppies, listened to poems and listened to the last post played by guest performer Mr Fred Heesh.

Funding win: the Kilcunda-Bass Football Club recently secured a $60,000 grant from Sports and Recreation Victoria’s Country Football Netball Program towards the installation of a drainage system at the Bass Recreation Reserve. Together to celebrate the announcement were (from left) Bass Coast Shire Council’s Recreation and Leisure Planner, Ella Angarane with president of the Kilcunda-Bass Football Club Luke Hill, Bass Coast Shire’s Parks Coordinator Mark Hill, Shire’s Parks and Gardens Darren Green and outgoing secretary Kilcunda-Bass Football Club Janine Milton.


Bench Warmers make the finals IN the last match of the A Reserve Spring competition Bench Warmers (Dean Snelling, Zach Anstey, Jenny Thompson, Jayden Mendola) made it into the finals. Two other teams finished on equal points (Turbo Charged and GMT), but Bench Warmers had the percentage lead to take them into the finals. The semi finals will be played this week as follows: WSC (Wayne Pitts, Sam

Chetland, Caitlyn Taylor) v Bench Warmers. Young Guns (Daniel Chetland, Luke Anstey, Heitor Hilberto) v Thor (Jo Taylor, Kyle Cester, Donald Milnes). Dean Snelling was undefeated throughout the season. B Grade grand final to Spinners. Jayden Mendola and Zach Anstey sneaked over the line last Thursday to win the B Grade grand final. They played the team that finished top of the ladder, As If (Hector Hilberto, Angus Brown). The deciding set between Hector and Zach was excep-

tionally close with both players displaying skills learned over the season. Congratulations to seven Wonthaggi junior players who participated very successfully in a tournament at Kilsyth international stadium recently. They were Dean Snelling, Brittney Taylor, Tanya Milnes, Donald Milnes, Caitlyn Taylor, Heitor and Hector Hilberto. The barbecue and presentation night will be at Wonthaggi Table Tennis Centre on Friday December 2, 6pm to 8.30 pm.

Final A Reserve

Ladder WSC ....................... 24 Young Guns........... 20 Thor ....................... 20 Bench Warmers ..... 16 GMT ....................... 16 Turbo Charged ....... 16 Ping Pong Dudes .... 12 KGM ...................... 12 Team Awesome ......... 8

41 39 34 37 33 32 28 27 24

(140) (148) (131) (127) (119) (103) (96) (99) (105)

Leading Players Dean Snelling ...................16 Heitor Hilberto .................13 Wayne Pitts ......................13 Jarrod Donohue ................12 Nancy Pattinson ...............12 Brittney Taylor .................11 Grenville M ......................10 Michael Mao .................... 9 Zach Anstey ..................... 9 Caitlyn Taylor .................. 9

(48) (42) (42) (38) (36) (40) (32) (34) (33) (32)

Midweek ladies tennis WE have come to the end of another season. Could all home teams please either ring scores in to Di Harrison on 5664 5467 or email scores to bdharrison@ and also send scoresheets. Teams will only be contacted if there is a change after this ladder, otherwise all remains the same.

Don’t forget, teams not in the finals must umpire their relevant sections. Section 1 and 2 will play at Leongatha, Section 3 at Inverloch, Section 4 at Phillip Island and Section 5 at Wonthaggi. Good luck to all teams in finals.

Ladders Week ending Nov 15 Section 1 Westernport .........................77.5

Inverloch Silver ...................67.5 Inverloch Gold................... 117.5 Wonthaggi ............................46.0 Leongatha..............................42.0 Section 2 Phillip Island........................69.0 Foster Yellow........................66.0 Wonthaggi Swans ................59.0 Wonthaggi Ducks ................51.0 Inverloch Madfish .................46.0 Foster Black ..........................39.0 Section 3 Wonthaggi ............................72.0 Korumburra Red ................67.0 Inverloch Blue .......... 117.7 55.0

Korumburra White ... 114.5 55.0 Phillip Island .........................53.0 Inverloch Pink .......................26.0 Section 4 Phillip Island........................76.0 Grantville .............................61.0 Nyora ....................................50.0 Wonthaggi ............................48.0 Inverloch ...............................42.0 Section 5 Fish Creek ............................67.0 Wonthaggi ............................61.0 Phillip Island........................54.0 Leongatha ............................53.0 Korumburra ...........................39.0

Boys of black and white: Jack Cummins and Col Sperling from Leongatha get ready to tee off with former Collingwood players Jeff Pitts (1966-1969) and Graeme Jenkin (1964-1973).

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Bowling in the wet: The rain didn’t deter Peter Kennedy from Leongatha, Harry Rybalka and Mick Bowman, both from Inverloch and Ollie Crouch, from Leongatha, who still took to the green on Saturday.

Korumburra parlor bowls

A GOOD roll-up of players at Outtrim bias bowls on Monday, November 14 provided six teams with a competitive standard of bowling. No team had three straight losses and, again, no team scored three wins. However, Charlie Tumino and Ashley van Duffelen bowled accurately to score two wins and a draw thus winning the night’s bowling. Joe Occhipinti, Lance Waller and Lynn McCord were second with two wins and a loss. Geoff McCord and George Bentley were third with one win, one draw and one loss. The remaining three teams only had one win apiece but only five shots sepa-

rated them. Parlor bowls, on Thursday, November 17 had five teams evenly balanced but the sixth team of Joyce Occhipinti, Lee Armstrong and new bowler, Andy Marshall, combined well to outbowl their opponents and score three wins. The social bowler season for parlor bowls finishes with the final round on Thursday, November 24. A bowls dinner will be enjoyed on Thursday, December 1 with bowlers, family and friends welcome. For details, phone club president, Keith Marshall 56573365. On Sunday, November 20 the Korumburra bowlers hosted a social afternoon for visitors from Gembrook. Everyone enjoyed lunch and an afternoon of bowls. Teams were well mixed with two members from each club in each

team, and this resulted in final scores being well mixed too. Two teams had three wins each. Unfortunately, this also meant two teams vied for the encouragement award. Lee, Joe George and Mary from Gembrook took the dubious honors with a run-away -22 shots. Arc and Geoff with Don and Gail from Gembrook missed out on this prize, much to their relief. But the runners-up on the day with steady bowling and three wins +9 shots were Tony, Alan, Gay (all Gembrook players) and Connie (Korumburra). Sally and Mary (Korumburra) teamed with father and son, John and Paul (Gembrook) to take overall honors with 3W +13 shots. Congratulations to all players for the way in which each game was played.


Annual tournament

Sixteen players from as far away as Horsham, Geelong, Bendigo, Mornington and our local region competed in four sections. The lawns were an absolute credit to the hard work of the greens committee and all members worked very hard to make the event the success it was. All players commented on the excellent hospitality and beautiful weather. Section 1: Bob Roycroft Geelong; runner-up Tom Brown (Horsham). Section 2: Bill Humphreys (Golden Square Bendigo); runner-up Sandra Birch (Leongatha). Section 3: Deidre Lebbon (Sale); runner-up Tom Kudelka (Melbourne).

Section 4: Elvie Olden (Leongatha); runner-up Jennie Milligan (Leongatha). The winner of the raffle was Aileen Clark of Leongatha. Pennant will resume next Wednesday. A Golf Croquet Fun Day will be held on the Saturday, December 3. Merry Dyson-Holland and Ann Shandley won a third in the golf croquet tournament at Warragul. Ann also competed in the singles tournament at Bairnsdale and won a couple of games. The club is urgently requiring new members, so any person interested is welcome to come and learn the game on Wednesday (10 am), Friday (10 am) or Saturday afternoon from 1 pm. Contact Thelma on 5657 3372 or Ann on 0427 343 375.

Haugen (sk) lost 14-19. W. Parks (ld), J. Hancock (2nd), T. O’Boyle (3rd), D. Muir (sk) lost 13-22. Division 3 - Inverloch 87 d Foster 63: D. Watt (ld), K. Perrett (2nd), J. Miller (3rd), J. Hedley (sk) won 43-18. K. Cousins (ld), R. Brevitt (2nd), J. Turner (3rd), B. Hensley (sk) lost 21-25. R. Kee (ld), R. Paynting (2nd), R. Howard (3rd), T. Scott (sk) won 23-20. Division 4 - Inverloch 32 lt San Remo 45: H. Nation (ld), R. Pritchard (2nd), M. Cargill (3rd), N. Van Grunsven (sk) lost 6-20. E. Leskiewicz (ld), R. Rees (2nd), B. Growse (3rd), S. Drew (sk) won 18-6. G. Dunlop (ld), B. Humphris (2nd), M. Scott (3rd), B. Delahoy (sk) lost 8-19. Division 5 - no result, wash-out: H. Dunn (ld), K. Peterson (2nd), A. Johnstone (3rd), W. Muir (sk) 14-11. R. Dowling (ld), B. Griffin (2nd), P. Sutcliffe (3rd), J. Gilfillan (sk) 20-7. D. Pease (ld), D. Oates (2nd), F. Fryer (3rd), C. Hughes (sk) 10-10. Our November triples last Thursday had a field of 28 teams. This day had Coldon Homes as our sponsors and our grateful thanks go to them.

Four games of 12 ends of two bowl triples were played and at the end of play there were three four-game winners - all Wonthaggi teams. Taking first prize was F. Cumino (ld), R. Snooks (2nd) and A. McFayden (sk) with 69 points. Runners-up with 68 points were K. Webb (ld), R. Spooner (2nd) and G. Clarkson (sk). The drawn card prize went to L. Caile, P. Skinner and K. Wagner. This season’s business bowls is well under way, with the third round played last Wednesday evening and 30 teams competing. The winners were team Rollarama with 24 shots up. Runners-up with 16 shots up were Sure Constructions. The ladder after three weeks shows Sure Constructions with three wins, also on three wins Steve Miller’s team and Manna Gum, followed by Rollarama. Our Division 3 team were pleasantly surprised when they entered Foster’s clubrooms for their mid game break last Saturday, to be served a lovely afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes by the ladies of the Foster club. One of our players, John Turner on behalf of his teammates suitably thanked the ladies.

LEONGATHA Club held their annual association croquet tournament last week.

Big day out: Tom Kudelka (Melbourne Croquet Club) runner-up Section 2, and Deidre Leddon (Sale) winner Section 2.


DESPITE last Saturday’s rain, pennant matches in Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4, all games played enough ends to have their matches declared concluded and points awarded to the teams leading after play was cancelled. The results for us saw Division 1 and 3 winners of their matches, while Division 2 and 4 were trailing when play stopped. Division 5’s matches did not have sufficient ends played and their games were declared a wash-out. Division 1 travelled to Leongatha and gained the points, with a good performance with an 11 shot lead at the end of play. They had two winning rinks and one draw, which was a good result against ladder leaders. Division 2 were also at Leongatha, and when play was called off they were trailing by 23 shots. Division 3 played at Foster and got their 75 ends played, but the last half of the game was played in misty rain. Their good win was in no small way due to John Hedley’s rink with a good team effort scoring a 43-18 win. The other two rinks got away to good starts, but their opponents came back in the

last half. Trevor Scott’s rink held on to win by three shots, but Bryan Hensley’s rink could not hold on to their good lead and went down by four shots. Division 4 were home to San Remo and despite another good performance by Stan Drew’s rink taking their game by 12 shots, it was not enough to cover the deficits of the other two rinks. Division 5’s games were declared wash-outs and all games shared the points, but our side home to Fish Creek had a moral victory, leading by 16 shots at the end of play, with Jim Gilfillan’s rink leading the way with a lead of 13 shots. Match results Division 1 - Inverloch 55 d Leongatha 46: N. West (ld), G. Pope (2nd), C. Buccilli (3rd), R. Burge (sk) tied 19-19. G. Butler (ld), H. Rybalka (2nd), P. Shaw (3rd), M. Bowman (sk) lost 17-19. D. Roberts (ld), N. Hughes (2nd), K. Gardiner (3rd), M. Coram (sk) won 19-8. Division 2 - Inverloch 41 lt Leongatha 64: B. Bain (ld), N. Everitt (2nd), M. Yates (3rd), R. Lawson (sk) lost 14-23. R. Gostling (ld), J. Sutcliffe (2nd), C. Coram (3rd), R.

TUESDAY November 15 saw our Division 2 ladies at home to Corinella and come out very convincing winners, while our Division 3 travelled to Phillip Island and could not manage to find the winning edge. The next round on November 22 sees Division 2 ladies at home to Fish Creek, with Division 3 ladies also at home this time to Korumburra. Tuesday evening saw the second round of the business bowls in action, with the winners being NAB, The Tradies, A.W. Smith (A), A.W. Smith (B), Birch Ross and Barlow, Sports First, Prom Country 1st National, Murphys, Tennis Club, Mini Skips Gold, and Leongatha Used Building Materials. Round three will be on Tuesday evening November 22. Wednesday November 16 saw the

Tarwin Lower TUESDAY Pennant saw both teams unfortunately lose. Division Two by only one shot and Division Three by a much greater margin. Tuesday night saw the second week of barefoot bowls for this season, with all eight rinks on the green filled. There are now five teams that remain

midweek social bowls in action, with the winners being J. Kuiper, Peter Bolge and Gary Van Sinderen with two wins plus 23. Runners-up were the pair of Pat Fleming and Tas Haywood, two wins plus nine. Saturday November 19 saw all divisions of men’s pennant at home, with weather conditions not favourable. Division 1 were at home to Inverloch and could not manage to gain a win, while Division 2 also at home to Inverloch but did secure a win, however Division 4 at home to Wonthaggi were unable to gain an overall win. The next round on November 26 sees Division 1 and 4 away to Lang Lang, with Division 2 at home to Mirboo North. Until next report, good bowling. Jackhigh.

undefeated, Prestige, CFA, W D Kankles. Sharks and CERT. Six teams now have one win each whilst the other five teams in the competition are yet to register a win. Saturday Pennant saw Division Three go down by one shot whilst Division Five shared the points after the game was abandoned at the half way point due to the inclement weather.

SGBD Tuesday pennant bowls Results - November 15 Division 1 Phillip Island 71 (5 shots) d San Remo 66 (P. Francis 22 d S. Carvosso 18, P. Davis 34 d K. Hale 12, W. Braun 15 lt J. Allen-Dayle 36). Foster 87 (32 shots) d Korumburra 55 R. Richardson 28 d D. Williams 25, M. Climas 30 d J. McVeigh 15, R. Speers 29 d B. Button 15). Wonthaggi 92 (48 shots) d Meeniyan 44 (K. Simpson 34 d A. Van Wamel 15, J. Burns 20 d M. Pearson 18, J. Clarkson 38 d B. Dyke 11). Inverloch 96 (53 shots) d Lang Lang 43 (R. Dennis 40 d V. Harris 10, I. Sheppard 34 d J. Prowd 12, A. Tschiderer 22 d J. Dowson 21). Division 2 Port Welshpool 88 (55 shots) d Inverloch 33 (A. Holland 24 d N. Martin 11, M. McDonald 33 d J. Arnold 12, A. Collins 31 d P. Lawson 10). Loch 88 (42 shots) d Phillip Island 46 (J. Miller 37 d B. Bartlett 9, G. Garry 27

d J. Boyce 20, V. Kennedy 24 d J. Farmer 17). Leongatha 105 (55 shots) d Corinella 50 (E. McIntyre 46 d P. Scammel 9, T. McCormack 37 d B. O’Keefe 20, F. Turner 22 d T. Durbridge 21). Fish Creek 76 (12 shots) d Wonthaggi 64 (P. Hazeltine 27 d T. Kavanagh 24, D. Buckland 26 d A. Green 24, N. Van Dyk 23 d M. Eurell 16). Mirboo North 81 (1 shot) d Tarwin Lower 80 (R. Spark 33 d D. Barnes 18, L. Roberts 32 d G. Bright 27, P. Reynolds 16 lt B. De Rooy 35). Division 3 Toora 57 (18 shots) d Foster 39 (K. Barwick 35 d M. Freeman 14, B. Curram 22 lt J. Bohn 25). Korumburra 48 drew Meeniyan 48 (W. Pepperell 27 d K. Brown 16, B. Waycott 21 lt D. Lindhart 32) (7 pts each). Wonthaggi 80 (54 shots) d Tarwin Lower 26 (V. Griffiths 42 d S. Browne 14, E. Coram 38 d J. Stafferton 12). Phillip Island 45 (9 shots) d Leongatha 36 (M. Puncher 23 d M. Rayson 17, M. Rog-

Loch TUESDAY pennant saw our ladies have a good win over Phillip Island. Wednesday night twilight bowls was well attended with 24 players taking to the green. Winning team on the night was Julie Kuyer, Bep Mandermaker, Kim Kuyer and Tony Nettle. Saturday pennant was cancelled after 20mm of rain fell during the night and early

Buffalo indoor ON Wednesday November 16 there were eight players on a nice night to bowl, which saw four teams of two. We played three games of eight ends, with six

ON Monday November 14 there were 10 players, which saw two teams of three and one game of twos. We played two games of 10 ends. The winners on the night were Toni

Inverloch ladies Divisions One and three had wins at pennant on Tuesday, however Division Two lost. Wednesday the monthly triples was again a success with 16 teams playing three games of 12 ends. The winners were Lois Luby, Wilma Coleman and Carol Waters. Runners-up were Ann

Ladders Division 1 Wonthaggi .....................+116 Inverloch .........................+57 Phillip Island.....................+2 Korumburra ....................-10 Foster..................................+7 Meeniyan............................+2 San Remo ............................-9 Lang Lang .......................-165 Division 2 Leongatha .....................+135 Fish Creek .........................+1 Loch ...................................+1 Corinella...........................-56 Phillip Island .......................-2 Wonthaggi ........................+20 Tarwin Lower ......................-2 Port Welshpool .................+44 Mirboo North ....................-64 Inverloch ...........................-79 Division 3 Toora ...............................+93 Wonthaggi .....................+116 Leongatha .......................+72 Phillip Island......................-2 Inverloch .............................-5 Korumburra ........................+1 Foster.................................-52 Meeniyan...........................-64 Tarwin Lower ..................-133 San Remo ..........................-36

93 67 64 54 53 50 41 26 83 64 62 60 59 55 55 50 36 36 82 73 62 59 50 47 42 40 28 23

morning . Sunday’s invitation fours was won by Brenton Hackett, John Tuckfield and Greg Hodge. Runners-up were John Williams, Ken Mynard, Graham Cobbett and Shane Holmes. Max Crawford, Gavin Hackett, John Kennedy and George Fairweather won the best last game. A big thank you to the ladies who provided the delicious meal.

bowls. In fourth (DLL), skipper Peter Heldens, Mary Tumino; third (LWL), skipper Toni Heldens, Joe Occhipinti; second (WLW), skipper Charlie Tumino, Joyce Occhipinti; first (DWW), skipper Rod McConchie,

Dumbalk indoor

ers 22 d G. Emmerson 19). Inverloch 51 (14 shots) d San Remo 37 (G. Growse 25 d P. Cameron 14, C. Waters 26 d E. Dwyer 23).

Lee Armstrong. The best first game Charlie 11-5, second Toni 13-2, third Charlie 11-3. Coming up on December 14 is our Christmas breakup, all welcome. We hope to see you all next Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Heldens, Coral Muller, Morrie Parry, team win 10-3 x 8-7. We will be having eight or nine CFA young children coming to take part in our game of bowls next Monday night which should be fun. Hope to see you there.

Green, Pam Winthrup and Pam Russell. The raffle winners were Cynthia Hensley, Pam Winthrup, Rhonda Davies, Jill Bateman and Rita Everitt. Best last winners were Pam Lawson, Rita Everitt and Lorraine Dowson. Sponsor of the day was Wonthaggi Removals and Elaine Miller presented the prizes.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - PAGE 55

Tim O’Neill claims district golf title THE Korumburra Golf Club hosted the 2011 South Gippsland District Golf Championships on Sunday.

Following the rain the previous day, the course was in remarkably good condition. A strong field faced the starter, and the scores from the morning round showed that. Korumburra local Tim O’Neill led the field at lunch with a very creditable one over the card 71 to lead Michael Thomas

by two strokes and a further two strokes back were Brett McKnight (Meeniyan) and Chris Clements (Korumburra). The afternoon round saw the 2009 champion Michael Thomas better his morning round by one stroke, whilst Tim O’Neill faded a little to return a still very creditable 74. This left the scores tied after 36 holes, and this forced a playoff over three holes aggregate stroke play. Following the first two holes scores were still tied,

and it was the third playoff hole, the 18th which is a par five up hill, which saw Tim O’Neill card a very solid par, whilst Michael Thomas could only manage a bogey. The Junior Championship also saw a playoff between local juniors Tyler Marotti and Travis Jones, with Tyler Marotti victorious over the three hole playoff. Congratulation must go to all players who competed in the playoffs which were played in a very sportsman-like

Doug Adams is veteran champion SWINGS grooved to perfection as 101 of the district’s veteran golfers took to the fairways of Phillip Island Golf Club for the annual championships.

were 70 years or more. was Bill Fennell of WontTrophies were awarded in haggi with 89. Runner-up each grade for the scratch, was Gary Phelan of Foster (‘off the stick’), results and with 96. also the handicap results. C Grade handicap winThe A Grade scratch ner was Tom Jacobson winner with 81 was Doug (31) of Phillip Island with Adams of Phillip Island 70 nett. Runner-up was GC. Doug is now the cur- Frank Thomas (30) Wontrent SGVGA Champion haggi with 73 nett. The weather was per- for 2011/2012. The Run70 and Over winner fect, the course was beau- ner-up was Jon Smith of was Aussie Copeland (27) tifully prepared and the Leongatha GC with 83. of Wonthaggi with a nett golf was as it should be on A Grade handicap win- 72. Runner-up was Geoff such an occasion. ner was Kevin Bayley Cecil (30) of Lang Lang The meal after- (16) of Wonthaggi with 72 72 nett. Aussie won on a wards provided thanks nett. Runner-up was Colin count back. to the Cowes RSL, was James of Woorayl with 74 Nearest the pins went excellent. nett. to Mick Bourke on five, The course asked the B Grade scratch win- John Diaper on seven, players to dig deep and ner was Michael Bourke Graham Wetherall on 10 coupled with pin positions (18) of Wonthaggi with 93. and Peter Crothers with a which needed careful ap- Runner-up was Bo Fiek of fine second shot on 13. proaching the scores re- Woorayl with 94. Sincerest congratulaflected the effort needed to B Grade handicap win- tions to you all. succeed. ner was Craig Hall (22) of Christmas at WonthagThe championships Woorayl with 73. Runner- gi Golf Club on December were played in three up was Geoff Barns (21) 8 is fully booked. It is a grades plus an additional from Lang Lang with 74. shotgun start at 9 am. Be competition for those who C Grade scratch winner there by 8.30 am. Horman worked well together to manuLeongatha HEAVY rain on Saturday played havoc facture a very good +9 round. Next best with Magpie Day although a patient group was the pairing of Ian Sutherland and Merv Stubbs on +7. got some golf in at midday. Gordon Morrison (14th) and Ron Tuesday’s stableford was sponsored by Lyre Bird Hill Winery and the club Paice (16th) were nearest the pin winextends its thanks. Ed Poole took the hon- ners. Pairs to win balls: M. Williams - K. ours with a healthy 39 points, narrowly Gardner +6, R. Paice - T. McCarthy +5, beating Hugh Goodman on 38. G. Maher - L. Newton +5, J. Eabry - K. Nearest the pin winners were B. Ste- Macfarlane +5, J. Lowell - I. Nunn +4. vens and A. Howell, while the following This Thursday’s stableford will be won balls: B. Stevens, P. Hartigan 37; L. sponsored by Mark Edwards who was the Newton 36, D. Clemann, P. Waters, G. ‘father’ of the Thursday comp, which beSpruzen 35; J. Cummins, N. Hughes 34. gan in November 1989. Thursday Saturday’s event is stableford and will Good friends, Ray Davies and Peter be sponsored by the ‘House of Golf’.

Meeniyan SATURDAY was Star medal playoff but due to the weather the day’s event had to be cancelled, the Star medal playoff has now been transferred to Saturday the 3rd of December which is also a medal day. The annual Wilson day that was listed to be played on Sunday December 4 has been cancelled. The super 66 draw started this week and the two winners were Heather Poletti and Ian Trease. To all members please remember the AGM is on Thursday night so if you can attend, please do. The winner of Tuesday’s single stableford event was Alan Kuhne with 34 points on a count back from Col Stewart with 34 points.

Best nine was Reg Hannay with 21 points. Nearest the pin on the 11th was John Dumont. Thursday was Farm Trade Day with a four ball ambrose event with a good field of 60 players. The winners for the day were Alan Kuhne, John Dumont, Frank Piele and Phil Nightingale with a net 54 and a quarter. Second prize was Gav Gilliam, Henk Zuidema, Rob Sheilds and Dale Thomas with a net 54 and a half. Third prize was Chris Wight, Tim Calder, Craig Hoober and Brett McKnight with a net 57 and a quarter. Fourth prize was Andrew Wood, Malcom Garnham, Wayne Prosser and Cam Snell with a net 58 and a quarter. Men’s nearest the pins

were Wayne Prosser on the eighth and Scott Browne on the 14th. Ladies’ nearest the pins were Sue Traill on the eighth and the 14th was not won. The busy golfers award was won by Sue Traill, Tracey Higginbottom, Lynne Winderlich and Jeanne Stellen. Ladies THIRTEEN ladies played stableford on Tuesday November 15. The winner was Kristen Elliott with 39 points. Runner-up was Jan Trease with 28 points. Best nine was Nereda Scholte with 15 points on a count back to Jan Roberts. Down the line balls went to Nancy Hammet with 27, Jan Roberts with 27 points and Lyn Jennison with 27 points.

manner. The results of all events were: South Gippsland district champion - 36 holes (C. Evans Shield): Tim O’Neill (Korumburra) on play-off from Michael Thomas. South Gippsland district junior champion - 36 holes (C. Mc Lean Shield): Tyler Marotti (Korumburra) 80-84 = 164 (on play-off). South Gippsland minor champion - 27 holes scratch (10+) (R. Carruthers Memorial Shield): Rob Bride (Leongatha) 78

– 45 = 123. 27 holes scratch C Grade: Peter Van Agtmaal 86 – 42 = 128 (on playoff). 36 holes handicap A Grade: Chris Clements (Korumburra) 70 – 69 = 139. 27 holes handicap B Grade: Travis Jones (Korumburra) 70 – 36 = 106. 27 holes handicap (am) C Grade: Tim Fowles (Korumburra) 67 – 34 = 101. 18 holes handicap (am) A Grade: Darren O’Neill (Korumburra) 69.

18 holes handicap (am) B Grade: Tyler Marotti (Korumburra) 69. 18 holes handicap (am) C Grade: John Dalton (Leongatha) 71. 18 holes handicap (pm) A Grade: Michael Thomas (Leongatha) 71. 9 holes handicap (pm) B Grade: Peter Rayson (Leongatha) 34½. 9 holes handicap (pm) C Grade: Bill Hessels (Korumburra) 33 ½ Nearest the Pin – 1st hole (am): John Ruddy (Lang Lang). Nearest the Pin - 7th

hole (am): Tim Fowles (Korumburra). Nearest the Pin - 10th hole (am): Bill Hessels (Korumburra). Nearest the Pin - 13th hole (am): Bill Hessels (Korumburra). Balls down the line 18 holes (am): R. Bride 67, T. Fowles 67,T. O’Neill 68, S. Osboldstone 69, T. Marotti 69, D. O’Neill 69, R. Van Agtmaal 70, T. Jones 70, C. Clements 70, J. Dalton 71, G. Jones 72, M. Thomas 72, R. Spokes 72, J. Martella 72, R. McKnight 72.

Mirboo North

RESULTS of the ladies Grannies Day competition held on Wednesday November 16. The winners were: Grannies scratch Sue Traill 93-19, handicap (36) Raelene Millsom 70 net. Non granny Lynne Winderlich 70 net. Nearest the pin: 6th Nicole Allen, 13th Rhonda Evans. Birdie 4th Chris Gunn. There were 20 starters for the midweek competition on Thursday November 17. CCR was 71. The winner was John McFarland 38 pts (12). Nine holes with former Magpies: Peter Horman from Leongatha, ColDown the line: R. Beilby 37 lingwood Player Welfare Secretary from 1975 to 2000, Marcus Fox, Da- pts, M. Fletcher 36 pts, N. Whitevid Vorwerg from Leongatha and Collingwood footballer from 1967 to law 35 pts countback. 1978, Ross Dunne. Birdie 6th Gordon Graeme. was going to clear .

Foster THE course was in good condition during the week before another dump on Friday and Saturday left it a bit damp again. New C Grade champion, fabulous Phil Nightingall (20) continued his great form to street the field and win with 41 points. Down the line balls went to John Mathers (17) on 37 points, and Dave Hutchinson (15) on 36 points. The nearest the pin went to Dave Hutchinson Thursday saw Denham Grierson (28) make a long awaited return to form to win with 38 points and balls down the line went to Trevor Jones (30) with 32 points . On Friday Rhys Ireland came back to golf to win with 20 points, with down the line balls to Gary Clavarino on 17 and Geoff Eddy on 16. Unfortunately rain washed out play. I think the fact the President’s Cup was on the TV had a fair bit to do with the decision by those who turned up that “it was too wet” even though I correctly told them that it

Woorayl THIS weekend we played a stableford event sponsored by Taranto Glass. The wet conditions and the coring and sanding of the greens did not seem to affect the scoring. A Grade went to our captain Geoff McKinnon with 40 points, B Grade was won by Brian Hogan with 41 points and C Grade and best score of the day went to Ted Martin with 42 points. Down the line balls went to M. Grist, G. Challis, G. Fennell, B. Wilson and J. Hickey. The nearest the pins went to Pat Wallace 8th and Jason Redmond 17th. The ball raffle went to

Presentation night There was a good crowd present on Saturday night to congratulate those who have won major awards over the year. A couple of awards that were run in conjunction with daily events over the year and only announced at presentation night are as follows: RJ Carruthers Trophy - won by Jim Freeman. Eclectic over Championship - won by Fred Tyers. It was good to see Thommo there to collect an armful of trophies, and everyone wishes him well for his upcoming operation . A highlight was also the communal shaving of Kiwi’s beard and head which raised $400 for Movember. It did seem to bring out the sadistic streak in some members. Well done to Bill Symmons who made the executive decision that all his hair should go as well as the beard. Not sure that the new look is an improvement though. We did all agree that while Kiwi may not be a

the ‘No Luck’ syndicate. Things to remember this week: Friday November 25 is our presentation night. Come along regardless of whether you have a trophy to pick up. Our annual general meeting is on Sunday November 27 after our mixed medley event. Next Saturday we will play for our monthly medal sponsored by Kate and Craig Gourlay.

Ladies ON Wednesday, November 9, Evans Petroleum sponsored our annual Guys and Dolls day and we played a mixed stableford ambrose in teams of four. This was a most en-

great golfer, he is certainly a good sport. The men extend a big thank you to all the ladies that help out with the board and in other ways on big days during the year. Well done also to Maxine who does a great job on the notes. Peter Miles was not there to collect the $300 cash at Friday night’s members draw, so the cash available goes to $350 next week. You need to be in the clubhouse between 7 and 8pm to collect the cash in the members draw. The work to vertidrain and top dress the greens has been deferred from November 21 to November 28, so normal events continue this week. Coming events: Tuesday November 22 - stableford; Thursday November 24 - stableford; Friday November 25 - twilight; Saturday November 26 - two ball Ambrose for trophies donated by Dave Hutchinson . There will be a draw for partners at 10.30am, so please be there by then or phone to put your name in.

joyable day and the winning team with 101 points was Michael Herrald, Sue Wakefield, Graeme Calder and Janet Thompson. Balls down the line went to Dot Jarvis, Cliff Jarvis, Neville McKenzie and Marg Tuckett with 100 points and Ann Poole, Ed Poole, Craig Poole and Lois Young with 99 points. Nearest the pin on the eighth were Barb James and Bo Fiek, while the 17th was taken out by Lois Young and Nev McKenzie. Wednesday November 16 was our Star Medal playoff and we played a stroke round, generously sponsored by Pomegran-

ate Clothing. The winner of A Grade was Marg Higgins with 73, B Grade was won by Min Dwyer with 78 and the C Grade winner was Anne Patterson, also with 73. Balls down the line went to Fay Maynard, Sue Wakefield, Heather Sullivan and Thel Scoble. Nearest the pin on the eighth was Marlene Rayson,on the 11th was Karin McKenzie and on the 17th was Min Dwyer. We congratulate the Star Medallist for 2011, Fay Maynard, who has had a very successful year. Next week is our annual social day with the Meeniyan ladies, which this year is to be played at Meeniyan.

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Laps aplenty for Leongatha Primary

THE Leongatha Primary School held their annual lap-a-thon on a warm Tuesday afternoon last week.

The half-hour session saw students, and some of the more willing teachers running, jogging and walking laps around the school ovals. Plenty of children were resorting to drink bottles to ensure they stayed cool during the session.

Above Cooling off: Leongatha Primary School’s Caleb Murphy, Josh White, Courtney Daniel and Shontelle Malloy take matters into their own hands to keep themselves cool during the school’s lap-a-thon.

Joining in the fun: Leongatha Primary School teacher Jack Hughes paced his way around the track on Tuesday.

• LEONGATHA CYCLING CLUB Left Enjoying their day: Olivia Trease, Brooke Materia and Evie Dekker gave the lap-athon a big thumbs up.

Dry track for go-karts THE November club race day at the Stony Creek Go Karts was run in dry conditions for the first time a quite a few months. This encouraged a full field of enthusiastic racers to race five heats in each class, with the track becoming progressively faster as the day progressed, as rubber was laid down on the track. Nine drivers contested the 125cc class, the 100cc class attracted a field of 15 and the four-stroke class had seven competitors in the races. “The races today had some of the closest racing we have seen this year, making it exciting for the spectators watching,” Stony Creek Go Karts owner Graeme McCaughan said. Competitors in the 100cc class were encouraged when points leader Mike Vella had a spectacular engine failure, as he is so far ahead in the championship. He was able to change his motor for the next heat, but finished outside the

overall placings. December 11 will be the last race meeting for the year.


100cc class: 1st Tammy Van de Lustgraaf 2429 points; 2nd Marcus McGinley - 2023 points; 3rd James Humphrey 1897 points.

125cc class: 1st Tony Kimmer - 2480 points; 2nd Michael Sword 2150 points; 3rd Jack Gorman - 2138 points. 4 Stroke class: 1st

Dave Bradshore - 2680 points; 2nd Kevin Teasdale - 1813 points; 3rd Trevor Reeves - 1760 points.

Tough weekend for cyclists FRIDAY night saw the storm hit and prevent any racing at the velodrome. Saturday morning the rain was still around as a number of members took part in the inaugural Bass Coast challenge bike ride. The result was some very wet riders and helpers. However Sunday was a great day for a ride. Track training will be on again on Wednesday evening from 6.15pm onwards. The club would welcome any new starters – boys or girls. There are several riders who would have made a racing debut on Friday night who will get the benefit of another night’s training. The club has a number of bikes so should be able to provide any new riders with a bike. A reminder to members that the AGM will be held after Wednesday night’s training.

Summer pool Results Round 4 Gladiators 5 d Otago 4, Gunners 7 d Grizzlys 2, Bairs 8 d Gingers 1, Titans 6 d Meeniyan 3. Draw: Tuesday - Titans v Grizzlys, Gunners v Bairs; Wednesday Meeniyan v Otago, Gladi-

ators v Gingers.

Ladder Games % Pts Titans .............................. 26.10 260.0 16 Gladiators ...................... 20.16 125.0 16 Gunners...........................25.11 227.2 12 Grizzlys .......................... 18.18 100.0 8 Bairs .................................19.17 111.7 4 Meeniyan......................... 15.21 71.4 4 Gingers ............................ 10.26 38.4 4 Otago ................................11.25 44.0 0

Allambee Mirboo & District tennis WASH-OUT again. Only Outtrim and Korumburra in B Grade played.

Fast paced: drivers fly around the corners at the Stony Creek go-kart track recently.

Outtrim were the winners in that match. No report on Korumburra versus Leongatha Green, A Grade, Mardan v Hallston, A Reserve and Foster v Baromi B Grade. Saturday night, please do not presume I know, as a match in B Grade was played. All matches should be reported by the home team if called off because of wet weather.

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THE Bass Coast Cycle Challenge Charity event was a huge success, even the heavy rain did not keep the 280 cyclists away. Event announcer Angus Hume kept the crowds along with event ambassador and professional cyclist David McKenzie. McKenzie said he could not believe the atmosphere even though it was rain-

ing. Every cyclist that crossed the line was given sponsors’ gifts. The word is that the steep Visionstream Mt Misery was a big hit with all the cyclists. Feedback from the cyclists also said that the cycle routes were very well marked out and easy to follow, and traffic management was fantastic.

Above: Wheely good win: Event organiser Gavin Slavin with Joel Fanning from the Strzelecki Ranges, who won a pair of G-Star bicycle wheels at the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge.

Left: Event sponsors: Karen Lee, Rosemary Swart and Stacey Chumbley from Thiess Degrémont.

Bass Coast Cycle Challenge: the rain held off just in time for the final group of cyclists to get a start of the 40km ride.

Off they go: Colin Boyd leads this group of riders downhill.

A wet ride: Former Korumburra resident Jacquie Johnston and Michelle Cameron, both from Point Lonsdale, and Caitlin and Felicity Castellan from Foster prepare for the 40km ride.

Cycling ambassador: Gavin Slavin with ambassador for the Cycle Challenge, former Australian professional cyclist David McKenzie. Left: Devil in disguise: the Mount Misery devil was giving cyclists hell all day.

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Over 250 riders take on ’Burra show jumping A HUGE crowd of riders arrived on the Friday night to camp with their horses ready for the 8am start to the Barastoc Kormumburra Show Jumping Classic on Saturday. Although the rain pelted down many still rode and camped until Sunday.

Ring 2 was moved up to the pony club sand arena on the Sunday to try and stop further damage to the oval. Everyone was smiling on Sunday because the sun shone all day long with blue skies. All the championship classes were held on the Sunday with woollen embroidered rugs given to first placegetters.

The local riders proved fierce competition for other riders by taking out the major prizes in many classes. Many thanks must go to all the sponsors for the events because without their continued support the Korumburra Agricultural Society would not be able to offer such wonderful prizes to our riders who travel from afar to stay at such a top quality facility.

Barastoc Korumburra Show Jumping Classic: Emily Hill from Loch and her horse Matilda warm up for the first round of the Junior Championships.

Ready to ride: Bronwyn Shortt, Savanna Hopkinson, Maddie Haugh and Kasha Nettlefold travelled from Somerville on the Mornington Peninsula to compete in the classic, representing riding school and sponsor of the event, David Lever Equine.

Dedicated riders: Greg and Michelle Cochrane from Cora Lynn with their horse True Spirit, are great supporters of the show, having participated for 30 and 15 years respectively.

Women in high places: Cindy Morrison on her Results of show horse Figaro, and mother Yvonne Morrison on her horse Silver, both from Officer, sponsored the jumping competition Herb and Ada Shandley Ladies Jump, in honour of 1.35m Taranto Glass Open Yvonne’s parents. Championship: 1st Wes Joyce Thanks for the help: Penciller Tiffany Joyce, event organiser Trish Joyce, both from Jumbunna, and judge Ellen Wilson from Berry’s Creek, volunteered their time to help the event run smoothly.

Clearing the rails: Lorraine Pop from Yarra Valley riding her horse Chestnut, competing in the 95cm Championship on Sunday.

No horsing around: Wes Joyce from Jumbunna riding LH Beckham took out the 1.35m Taranto Glass Open Championship at the show.

riding LH Beckham (Jumbunna); 2nd Greg Stephens riding Shady Creek Finn (Shady Creek); 3rd Clyde Shera Jones riding Easy Dash (Yarra Valley); 4th Ben Conway riding Jubilee Minuet (Sale). (A Class for the lady riders only, of any age) Herb and Ada Shandley Ladies Jump (sponsored by the Morrison family from Inverloch): 1st Molly Barry riding Jumping Jack (Korumburra); 2nd Melissa Robertson riding Amaroo Vee Bee (Berwick); 3rd Ellie Kennet riding Buzzare (Kilmore). D Grade Championship sponsored by Skye Park Rugs: 1st Emily Aitkenhead riding Little Wood Lane; 2nd Lorraine Pope riding Renate; 3rd Jemima Wilson riding Caio Bella Jaguar (Leongatha); 4th Sally Lee riding Matsercraft (Sale). David Lever Equine Junior Championship: 1st Molly Barry riding Jumping Jack (Korumburra); 2nd Grace McClean riding Aunty Edna (Korumburra); 3rd Vivienne Carfrae riding Bob Conroy (Kardella South);

4th Ashleigh Dunks riding Joey’s Folly (Korumburra). Livestock Transport Debenham Junior: 1st Vivienne Carfrae riding Bob Conroy (Kardella South); 2nd Molly Barry riding Jumping Jack (Korumburra); 3rd Holly Webb riding McGuivar (Stratford). 4th Ashleigh Dunks riding Jossies Folly (Korumburra). The entertainment class: the Bareback Bundy Jump is always a crowd pleaser even in the rain and wet. The riders do their round as fast as they can at the height of 80cm without a saddle. This year the winner was a local Stephanie Carfrae riding Bob Conroy. The bottle of rum is donated by David Joyce of Outtrim. Inspiration Hair Design Maiden D Championship: 1st Kasha Nettleford riding Fairgaze Sydney; 2nd Vicki McCathie riding Taco Greig (Buffalo); 3rd Bronwyn Shortt riding St Verdiea Num (Somerville); 4th Brodie Evans riding Henryhansdome Pants. T-Tyres 95cm Championship: 1st Grace McClean riding Aunty Edna (Korumburra); 2nd Vivienne Carfrae riding Bob Conroy (Kardella South); 3rd Cindy Morrison riding Figaro (Officer); 4th Taylor Brown riding Somalia (Moe).

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AFL clubs to hear league revamp proposal THE Alberton Football League (AFL) could look to a new system in upcoming seasons to help stop the increasing inequality between clubs.

AFL vice-president Jimmy Harry has drawn up the idea, which he is currently calling the JH Method. And while it has not yet been officially marketed, Mr Harry has spoken to a few clubs about the idea. The proposal would see a Division One and Two grand final played out in every grade of football and netball each year. The JH Method would see each club play against every team once in the first 13 rounds of the year, before being split into Divisions One and Two. The top seven teams would compile the top group, and the bottom six would be the second. The final six games of the year are only played as intra-divisional matches. Each year the divisions are refreshed, which will see all 13 teams with a chance to win the top prize as always. Grand finals are played out in each division, with 20 premiers crowned across the 10 grades of football and netball. Jimmy Harry has put years of thought into the scheme, coming up with the fairest, most rewarding system. “I’ve been looking at it for years. People have been talking about the competition and the draw for quite some time,” he said. “Young kids are thinking they don’t want to play in the thirds be-

concept, straight away.” Yarram, who were threatening to leave the league not long ago, will be the next club to sit down and discuss the idea. And Mr Harry believes it won’t just be the weaker clubs jumping on board with this decision. “I couldn’t see why (the stronger clubs) wouldn’t jump on board. Every year every club has the right to win a Division One senior premiership,” he said. “It’s fair, and everyone gets a fresh start the next year. If you played away one year you get that one home the next year. It’s a really fair setup. It won’t affect the top clubs anyway.” “If you’ve got a team who never win anything but they’ve got five or six decent kids, they might finish eighth on the ladder but at least they’re playing off in a division two grand final.”

Big thrashing: the quarter time score line from a DWWWW v MDU match in 2010. Thrashings like these have brought Alberton Football League vice-president Jimmy Harry to draw up a proposal for a new league structure. cause they think they’re going to get smashed.” “In the end it takes away from Senior football because they move away. They have no incentive to stay. There’s nothing more demoralising than continually getting flogged.” Mr Harry said matches late in the season have seen a drop in attendance, as well as the standard. “By about Round 18 they (the lower placed clubs) are dragging their heels waiting for the season to finish. If they’re playing against oth-

er teams in the bottom six, whether or not they have to travel a big distance, at least they’ve got a chance of winning a game,” he said. “As far as supporter base goes it’s going to help them, they want to see their team win. At least they’ll get to watch an evenly matched game.” Mr Harry says he has already sparked interest with battling club the Allies. “The Allies have had the proposal put to them properly, and they have already unanimously voted on the

• Teams play each other once in the first 13 rounds. • The top seven teams are then made into Division 1. The bottom six is Division 2. • The final six games of the year are played only amongst teams in the same division. • Teams will then play finals and vie for a spot in either a Division 1 or 2 grand final. • There are four grand finalists and two premiership teams in each grade of football and netball. • The divisions are then cleared and every team starts the next season as equals.

Top in the state

Thrills and spills

CHRISTINE Byrne is following in her family’s fast footsteps after winning two gold medals at the recent School Sport Victoria Athletics Championships.

LEONGATHA Primary School is on track to blitz the competition when it competes at the Maryborough Human Powered Vehicle challenge later this month.

The Grade 6 students have been training hard and were at the Stony Creek go kart track last week, with more than a few racers finding it difficult to keep their HPV’s on four wheels.

On track: Sam Hanrahan and Hayden Funnell take a breather between training sessions at Stony Creek last week.

The JH Method at a glance

Tight corner: HPV racer Tom Barker was keen to get around the track as quickly as possible, even if it meant taking a slightly unorthodox approach.

Christine recently took out the 100m and 200m races at the championships in Albert Park. She ran the 100m in 13.47 seconds and the 200m in 27.67 seconds, her personal best in the 100m. “I’ve been running competitively since Under 8s Little Aths,” Christine said. “I train two times a week with my sister Angela at the Glen Huntly Athletics Club.” “We do all kinds of training like blocks starts,

Speedster: Christine Byrne is the state champion in the 100m and 200m. bends and much more.” The Leongatha girl loves running and wants to keep going as long as she can. “I tried out for the national trials earlier in the year but missed out by one

place,” Christine said. “I’m going to try out again next year hopefully and see how I go.” As a grade 6 student Christine will next year move into the secondary school division in athletics.

AFL board set to be instated THE Alberton Football League will hold their annual AGM tomorrow (Wednesday) night, with the members expected to vote on a new board of management. The proposal, which would see an end to the league’s delegate system and create five new positions, has already been backed by the clubs. It has been a work-in-progress for three years, and will now see the Alberton Netball Association join with the AFL.

League vice-president Jimmy Harry supported the idea, saying it is best for the league as a whole. “I think it’s going to be really good as far as the league moving forward in new directions,” he said. “Decisions will be made by the board, which will mean a bit tighter management of the league.” “In the past league delegates went back to their clubs before being able to make decisions on even the smallest proposals.” Mr Harry said all the clubs had already put a motion forward to ac-

cept the board of managemet. “They (the clubs) have all said they would, so I don’t see them going back on that,” he said. The five new positions created under the new board of management are set to include: • President • Director of Finance and Sponsorship • Director of Football and Netball Operations • Director of Special Events and Publicity • Director of Junior Football and Netball.

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November 22 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper.