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Peddle power SOME 4000 riders on the Great Victorian Bike Ride will cycle into Mirboo North this Friday, providing a huge economic boost to the region. After an overnight stay in Mirboo North riders will travel through Dumbalk, Meeniyan, Koonwara and Inverloch to San Remo on Saturday and Phillip Island the next day. Bicycle Network Victoria Event Manager, Mr Darren Allen said, “Bike riders love Gippsland and it’s going to be an amazing adventure for the 4000 riders as well as 350 volunteers and 150 support staff who help create what will be a week in another world”. See story pages 15 and 71.

Ticked off Teachers’ industrial action backfires

By Jacob de Kunder PARENTS at the Inverloch/Kongwak Primary School are so outraged their children will not receive written reports this year, one family has already pulled their students out of the school.

The parent, who didn’t wish to be identified, has enrolled her children at another school be-

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cause of the stance taken by the teachers. The latest action by the Australian Education Union is part of the current dispute with the State Government over reaching an enterprise margining agreement. The ban involves staff not working beyond the required 38 hour week which includes writing reports and organising and attending camps and excursions for 2013. A group of parents from Inverloch/Kongwak Primary School spoke to The Star after receiving notification their school was not issuing

comments with reports. “I’m insulted that our children are being used as political pawns,” Caroline Allen said. “There is a huge community base with this school but this has put a lot of parents offside with the teachers.” Instead of comments, students will receive the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) progression point achievement data which shows where the student is sitting in relation to students at the same level. Ms Allen and many other parents said this

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system is not clear enough and does not give parents the right information. “Comments are more important than the dots (VELS progression points),” she said. “The dots work on an average and don’t show if my child is falling behind in a certain area.” Fellow parent Janelle Bertacco said the system is confusing. “I need something in writing to gauge where my kids are at with school,” she said. Continued on page 4.

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Family fun at SES open day By Sarah Vella

on Saturday.

THE Victorian State Emergency Service Leongatha unit held its annual open day

Members of the crew were on hand to answer any questions and to demonstrate all aspects of SES work to interested community members.

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Leongatha unit controller, Tony Lindhard said the open day is important as the emergency services need to be transparent, and have to show that anyone can come along and say hello. “People need to know what the SES really does so they feel comfortable with us and so they can see what our funding goes towards,” Mr Lindhard said. “We are all volunteers, so it would also be great

to get a few new members out of it. This unit has about 32 members currently, which sounds like a lot, but it isn’t. “People have their private lives and things always happen at the most inopportune time, so it is great to have a decent pool to access crews from.” Mr Lindhard said for the SES, as with other emergency services, people are often unaware of what they do until they need help themselves.

“These open days are great, because it helps people to get to know us, which we are really happy about,” he said. Visitors to the open day got to witness a rescue equipment demonstration, a crashed vehicle rescue demonstration and a rope work demonstration. The kids were kept busy with a jumping castle, fairy floss, popcorn and a colouring competition, as well as a visit from Paddy the Platypus.


Here to help: Leongatha SES unit controller, Tony Lindhard was really happy with how the open day went on Saturday.

Tools of the trade: Lance Waller, Rosemary Parker, Brad Allen and Ricky Marvin show off some of the tools of their trade, used mainly for road rescue scenarios.

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Colour in: Tessa Boyd had a great morning at the SES open day on Saturday, after getting her face painted, she entered the colouring competition.

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President David Edwards said he could not reveal the specifics of the allegations, but they were subject to extensive investigation. “There were several different people making a complaint, but only one perpetrator,” Mr Edwards told The Star. Mr Edwards said the accused was still a member of the Leongatha sub-branch, but “no longer holds office”. “At this point I can’t say too much, because it’s still sub judice, because there’s disciplinary action in train. I can’t say too much, because I don’t want to ruin the




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process of the investigation,” he said. Mr Edwards said there had been two investigations into the bullying claims, with a HR firm initially contracted. Through that investigation, further allegations emerged. A subsequent investigation has been handed over to another independent investigator. “The current investigation is looking into wider issues of management and corporate governance. The investigation is being completed, a report is to hand and the committee is managing its way through. Not all the 14 allegations were substantiated, but we’ve got a fair bit of work in front of us to fix it up,” Mr Edwards said. Asked what the most serious allegations entailed, Mr Edwards said there were “a number of lines of action still being pursued”.




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VCAT to decide CFA site By Jane Ross THE VCAT hearing into the Country Fire Authority’s wish to build a multi-million dollar new fire station in Bair Street, Leongatha will be heard on January 21 and 22. The hearings will be at VCAT’s King Street offices in Melbourne. That doesn’t please some Leongatha business owners who would prefer a local setting. A VCAT spokesperson said the hearing has been listed for Melbourne due to an earlier date being available there. But she said any party to a proceeding could write to the tribunal and request a change of venue.

The CFA has taken the matter to VCAT after South Gippsland Shire Council refused a planning permit in May, on the grounds the new station would be better sited away from the central business district. Council is interested in pursuing the idea of an emergency services precinct for Leongatha. The planning application was lodged in December 2010 and came before a council meeting in late March this year. A decision was deferred twice to allow talks between the council and the CFA. The authority wants to build on land it owns next to the BP Service Station. Council’s manager of strategic planning and development Paul Stampton told The Star council

would have legal representation at the VCAT hearing and a number of council officers would also attend. CFA district 9 acting operations manager David Chugg said the authority’s building and property staff were coordinating the case and would be part of the CFA team at the VCAT hearing. District 9 will be represented by its operations manager Mark Jones. Asked if the CFA has a history of winning at VCAT, Mr Chugg said Beechworth CFA had taken a matter to VCAT in July 2011 and the finding was in their favour. A number of Leongatha business owners have lodged submissions with VCAT and plan to attend the hearing. All stress they are very

grateful for the work done by CFA volunteers but hold strong views that Bair Street is not the setting for a new fire station. The CFA begs to differ. Shirleyanne Wright who owns Shan’s Lingerie and Leisure in Bair Street, lodged a submission with VCAT. She is unhappy the hearing is in Melbourne, but will nevertheless attend the two days. “I very definitely will go,” she said. “I can’t fight this all the way and not continue. “My basic objection is that (Bair Street) is prime real estate. “Who knows in 10 or 20 years what retail will be like? I can’t see the sense in taking up prime retail space for an essential service.”

down in May 2010. Complications resulted in the chamber’s submission to VCAT being turned down because it was late. But the VCAT spokesperson said the VCAT tribunal may “grant leave for persons to be joined as a party under section 60 of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 or to be heard without being joined as a party”.

“and left without hearing our point of view”. Alan Steenholdt of Henriettas echoed that sentiment. He spoke at council on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and expects to do so again at the VCAT hearing. “No one is anti CFA,” he stressed, “they do an incredible task.” Mr Steenholdt knows that better than most; the original Henriettas burnt

Mrs Wright cited as an example Wonthaggi CFA’s new station which will be built in White Road outside the CBD. She sees the CFA’s insistence on Bair Street as “city people telling country people what they can do”. That view was underscored, she said, when CFA representatives from Melbourne stated their case at a council meeting

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design and build very nice houses,” he said. “You don’t realise until you drive around and look. Our tour emphasised the variety and scope of design in our area and was fantastic for people interested in exploring design and architecture.” Guests also enjoyed an “incredible lunch” at the Waratah Hills Winery, which was sponsoring the tour. Mr Moore said many of the participants, who travelled together in a mini bus for the day, expressed keen interest in taking part again next year.

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Lounging around at Woorayl By Sarah Vella THE new lounge at Woorayl Lodge in Leongatha was officially opened last Wednesday. The lounge was recently completed and furnished with the help of a donation from Leongatha Rotary. The area used to be an open verandah and has been enclosed to provide a nice space for residents to relax or watch television. Lodge manager Jo White said the area was formerly wasted space. “Work was completed on the new lounge around two months ago, so today is a little celebration to thank those involved and to officially open the room,” she said. “The residents use it quite a lot. It provides an area for them to see what is going on and a place to wait for the dining hall to open. “It is a really useable, practical space.” Rotary president Nick Dudley said the club was proud of its ongoing support of the lodge, and the donation of the lounge chairs was no exception. “We donated $4800 for the purchase of eight purpose built lounge chairs. We are happy to be able to provide something for the lodge that is both useful and helpful,” he said. “Rotary’s association with Woorayl Lodge goes as far back as 1956 and we look forward to continuing this association into the future.” Ms White officially thanked Rotary for its donation. “Leongatha Rotary continues to look after the lodge in a real and practical way. Our residents will get a lot of pleasure out of their donation,” she said. President of the Ladies Auxiliary, Kaye Warren, said the money the auxiliary raises is used to make areas around the lodge feel more inviting, including the new lounge. “We purchase things like televisions, blinds and curtains, and the little extra touches that make the place feel a bit more like home,” she said. “We also interact a lot with the residents, and spend some really nice afternoons with them, just having fun.”

New lounge: from left, Kerry Pritchard, Graeme Evans, Keith Marshman, Kaye Warren, Jo White, resident Val Holt (seated), Nick Dudley and resident Joyce Calder in the new lounge which was officially opened at Woorayl Lodge last Wednesday.

Teachers’ industrial action backfires


Continued from page 1. “The dots system is terrible and without comments it is very unclear.” Parents from the school received a letter home with their children on Friday to inform them of the action which Ms Allen described as ‘waiting until the 11th hour’. “It was too late for us to do anything,” she said. “I’m saddened that this has occurred and lessened the relationship between the community and the school.” Fellow parent Kate Dwyer was equally disappointed. “Preparing and delivering relevant and engaging lessons and reporting student progress are critical tasks for all teachers,” she said. “I am shocked that these tasks can be so flippantly disregarded. It is hard to imagine the response employees in other industries would receive if they decided they were not going to perform one of their annual key duties.” Ms Dwyer, like the other parents that spoke to The Star backed the teachers in their fight for better working conditions but this has changed that stance. “I am disappointed and saddened by this action, and no longer feel sympathetic to the teachers’ cause,” she said. Inverloch/Kongwak Primary principal Wendy Caple said AEU members at the school had voted to implement the ban. “The union have a lot of bans and this is just one aspect of the staff not working beyond their 38 hour week,” she said. “Reports take a lot of time to do, because they need to be written, collated and proof read. “This can take up to 40 hours of a teacher’s own time for just one grade of children.” Ms Caple said notifying parents was kept until the last minute because the negotiations may have been resolved last week. Jeff Gray, AEU Gippsland regional organiser said he would hate to think the ban was breaking up school communities. When told parents were thinking of removing their children from the public school system, he was disappointed.

Not happy: Caroline Allen and Janelle Bertacco, like many parents, won’t be receiving comments about their children in upcoming end of year school reports.

“We would hate to see parents react like that,” Mr Gray said. “We’re concerned about that but we would think parents would be reasonable given the circumstances. “Rather than complain about the AEU what they could do is ring their local Liberal MP and complain to them about the length of time the campaign is taking.” Mr Gray said parents will still get the VELS information and teachers will still assess students. “Parents can contact the school and have interviews with the teachers and talk with them over the phone and talk about the progress,” he said. “What else can we do, we have stop work days which parents don’t like because of the difficulty it causes to them. “We’re trying very hard to make a point but the government is dragging their heels and refusing to negotiate. I hope that the parents would look beyond the disappointment.”

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Forget the net, shop locally By Simone Short

support the local retailers, within five years, towns will have minimal retail presence,” he said. “Look at the town; we’ve already lost two music stores in the last 12 months because of people buying online. We all look online, but people have got to realise cheap isn’t always the best.” Mr Lafferty also believes face-to-face service beats the internet any day, and said while people may believe they’re getting a bargain online, often

LOCAL businesses may start to disappear along with employment opportunities as Christmas shoppers turn to the internet. With only a month left to buy gifts, Leongatha traders are asking people to support the businesses that support the community this year, rather than shopping online. Business owners and operators believe if people stop supporting local businesses, they will not be the only ones to suffer, with staff members potentially losing jobs, and local clubs and charities also losing important sponsorship opportunities. Mark Lafferty, who owns Sports First stores in both Leongatha and Korumburra, said by helping local businesses, people are essentially helping themselves and the greater community. “People come in and ask for sponsorship for particular clubs, so if the money’s coming through, it goes back into the local sporting clubs and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t,” he said. “Rebel Sport may supply someone with a cricket bag, but it won’t give anything to the cricket club.” Tim Marriott from Marriotts agrees with Mr Laf-


Shop locally this Christmas: Tim Marriott from Marriotts and Mark Lafferty from SportsFirst encourage people to support the businesses that support the community. ferty and said businesses in regional towns are “certainly important for peoples’ kids’ jobs and their own jobs” as well as the future of the whole region. “If money is going out of the town and out of the country, it’s not helping anyone at all; you don’t get the flow and effect of the sale either,” he said. “Essentially it’s not doing anyone any good. It isn’t a lot cheaper when you consider the freight, and you can’t take it back easily and can’t test it before you buy it. You can’t get after sale service on anything you buy either.” When asked what will

happen to Leongatha businesses if people continue to shop online and send their money overseas, he responded: “I guess they’re going to disappear”. “The services are going to go and people won’t be able to afford to exist to stock spare parts and service the individuals,” he said. “Essentially the service network will break down and the whole local community breaks down also. Who sponsors all the local sporting clubs? You don’t see too many ‘dot com’ companies sponsoring them.” Leading Edge Computers manager Wayne Sanders said a lot of people don’t

support local retailers. “Our philosophy is basically, we’re a local business, we employ locals, support local charities and we support locals by providing part time work for their students, plus work experience,” he said. Having been told by their accountant that for every dollar spent at the door, it goes around the community eight times, Mr Sanders asked why people wouldn’t support businesses in their own town. He also argued customers are getting better service when they shop locally, compared to online. “We’re here to provide

a full service instead of just a box delivery,” he said. “We’re not hiding anything; yes, you can buy a similar product cheaper online, but it’s the additional service that you get here. We give warranty support with anything we sell; if you buy online, you might buy from someone in China and if you have a warranty problem, it’s difficult to go back to them.” Like Mr Marriott, Mr Sanders believes if people continue to shop online, the retail opportunities in Leongatha will decline. “It’s an issue in all regional towns, not just Leongatha. If people don’t

freight costs mean they can pay even more for their purchases. “Some people sometimes get trapped with the price when it doesn’t include a freight charge, and that goes on top of any purchase generally,” he said. “People get caught out when they try to get it cheaper, because for example, bigger items like a trampoline can cost up to $150 in freight, and you wouldn’t pay that in a shop.”




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Railway station marks centenary By Sarah Vella THE Wonthaggi railway station celebrated 100 years in style on Saturday, at the Apex Park complex in Wonthaggi. The celebrations were also used to launch the book Memories of Wonthaggi: The Town That Refused To Die!

Book launch: councillor Neil Rankine with Lyn Chambers, who officially launched the book, Memories of Wonthaggi, The Town That Refused to Die! at the 100th birthday celebrations of the Wonthaggi Railway Station on Saturday.

Jenny Churchill, arts and leisure manager at Bass Coast Shire Council said the ‘I Remember’ project started as a Wonthaggi Centenary Planning Committee project. “The stories for the book were collected through personal interviews, written stories using the ‘I Remember’ template and existing stories held by the Wonthaggi and District Historical Society,” Ms Churchill said. “When all of the stories were finally collected, and thanks to Barbara Moyle, typed and put together, it became clear this project was too big for just one person. “An editing group was formed, including Irene Williams, Carolyn Landon, Barbara Moyle and Terri Allen.” Susie Fitch of Fitch designs had the task of putting the book together with the photographs and coming up with a layout the editing committee was happy with. “Susie’s patience with our comments and the changes each time the draft came back was appreciated,” Ms Churchill said. “I am so proud of this book, which I see as a legacy of the centenary celebrations for generations to come. “I owe the idea for the book to Lyn and Joe Chambers and it was because of their unending work that our early history was not lost. “It was a fitting tribute that Lyn Chambers was asked to have the honour of launching the book.” Other activities that were held on the day included the cutting of a birthday cake, by Maurie Rielly, who was the last station master at the Wonthaggi railway station. There was also a model railway display and art exhibition, the Harvest Centre and Men’s Shed were open, and there was also a vintage car display courtesy of the Bass Coast Historical Auto Club.

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Piece of history: Wonthaggi Men’s Shed members from left, Kevin O’Brien, Brian Conroy, Ernie O’Connell, Brian Vaughan and Phil Hargreaves have all had a part in restoring the old governess cart. The cart, which was donated by Phil Hargreaves, originally belonged to Jock Wardle, of Pommytown, who owned a knackery and used the cart to deliver meat to the racing dog owners. It was made by the Coffey Brothers in Richmond. Train guys: Geoff Newman, John Smith and Jack Sheppard from the Phillip Island and District Railway Modellers Inc group, with their kid’s layout. This display is designed to show what can be done with a very simple table-top layout, and gives kids a chance to play around with the trains.

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Secrets not welcome By Brad Lester TOWERS up to 50m high will soon be erected across South Gippsland and no one seemed to know, until now. South Gippsland Shire councillors were last Wednesday briefed about the network of 16 wireless internet towers to be built across the shire. Of those, 13 will be standalone towers and two – at Ruby and Korumburra – will be co-located on existing towers. Another tower at Fish Creek could be built on an existing site. The companies behind the project, Ericsson and Visionstream, have been urged to inform the community now to save angst. The towers are part of the rollout of the National Broadband Network, and will provide high speed internet to residents and businesses to communities of less than 1000 people from late 2013. Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks urged the companies to work with the community from the outset when determining tower locations, rather than wait and inform them when the towers’ positions were finalised. That, he said, would “save a lot of heartache”. Cr Hutchinson-Brooks asked whether the Dumbalk community had been consulted and was told “No”. “I was at a Dumbalk community meeting recently and they had got wind of it and they were concerned that no one had spoken to them,” he said. “I would have thought it was the first thing you would do, because you have no idea of how much information you can get out of the local community.” Council officers will speak at the next meeting of the Dumbalk Progress Association. Poor mobile phone reception has long been an issue at Dumbalk and council will contact Telstra regarding the possibility of adding a mobile phone antenna to the pole too, to improve services.

Up to date: South Gippsland Shire Councillor Lorraine Brunt (centre) discusses the rollout of the National Broadband Network with Alison Milner (left) of Ericsson and Katie Hill of Visionstream. Cr Jeanette Harding echoed Cr Hutchinson-Brooks’ sentiment. “It’s when they (communities) find out after the event that they start asking for someone to explain,” she said. Mayor Cr Kieran Kennedy said the new council was “driven by community engagement”. Cr Lorraine Brunt wondered about coverage in the Nyora and Poowong areas, but the company representatives were unsure. The companies have lodged planning permit applications for many towers with council. A new tower was mooted for Waratah Bay but due to the likelihood of community concerns, environmental impacts and a low customer base, that tower will not proceed. Cr Mohya Davies said many people at Sandy Point and Waratah Bay split their time between there and Melbourne, operating online businesses that required an appropriate broadband service. She believed there should be some colocation of towers with existing towers at Foster North. Cr Hutchinson-Brooks said many farmers have internet access in their dairies and wondered if they would need a second antenna on their dairies. The company representatives will supply information about this to council. The companies have guaranteed the signals emitted by the towers will comply with Australian standards and won’t affect people’s health. The towers must be built as close as possible to the properties they service, with a direct line of sight from the towers to receivers on customers’ premises.

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Bena: 30m monopole on farming land, west of South Gippsland Highway, near intersection with Bena-Kongwak Road. Dumbalk. 40m monopole on farming land at Meeniyan-Mirboo North Road, 200m north-east of Dumbalk. Foster Northeast: 40m monopole on scrap metal yard at Ameys Track. To be confirmed, subject to transmission testing to ensure adequate coverage. Kongwak. 35m monopole among trees on land at Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, south-west of Kongwak. Koonwarra. 50m lattice tower on farming land at Koonwarra-Inverloch Road, 1km south-west of Koonwarra. Highest tower requiring lattice construction for strength. Korumburra. To be determined. Leongatha South. On hold, with prospective site near Leongatha Memorial Hospital being rezoned. Meeniyan. 40m monopole within Meeniyan cemetery. Port Franklin. 40m monopole on farming land at Mattsons Road. Port Welshpool. 30m monopole on council controlled land within the Long Jetty Caravan Park. Ruby. To be determined. Toora. 35m monopole on farming land at Beale Road, south of township. Welshpool. 30m monopole on Slades Hill Road, north-west of township. Existing 30m Optus tower nearby was not high enough to co-locate. Yanakie. 30m monopole on farming land east of Yanakie, north of Shellcott Road. Yanakie North. 35m monopole on a council reserve on MeeniyanPromontory Road, opposite motorcycle track.

Poowong ready for pool goers POOWONG and district residents are getting the pool ready for the summer season. They have been working alongside the YMCA, who have responsibility for running the pool for South Gippsland Shire Council, to make sure everything is in place for the opening. There have been a number of groups working with Council officers on different aspects of the pool, including working bees, publicity, marketing and events. Adrian Tilling, one of the ‘Poolyard Blitz’ team, said: “We’ve given the grounds and change rooms a facelift – it’s all looking good and we’re very excited to announce that hot water is due to be installed in the change rooms and kiosk.” Karyn Hill, one of the event team members is excited about the season opening on December 1. “Maurice the inflatable will

be there, we’ve got a free sausage sizzle from 1pm and loads of fun activities for all ages,” she said. “We also have a Santa’s Pool Party on December 23 which will be a huge event. “Anyone who has purchased a membership to the pool before December 23 will be in the running for the membership draw prize, a Nintendo Wii.” Heather Newcombe said: “The opening hours have been reviewed to fit in a little better with our community’s needs. “During December, the pool will be open from 12-6pm daily, and watch out for posters and brochures with new times for 2013. There will also be an after school program which will be run by the schools.” Councillor Lorraine Brunt said that the working group demonstrated how important the pool was to the community. “The aim of the working group

is to build the number of pool patrons this year to ensure the future of the Poowong Pool,” she said. “We need to demonstrate how valuable the pool is to the community; one way is people using the pool. Another is how the community has come together to make sure that the pool is ready for summer and that there are fun events happening. “One of the great things we’ve been able to organise this year is that people can purchase their season membership at the local primary schools as well as at the pool.” Membership is $68 for singles and $135 for a family, so come along and make your feet count at the Poowong pool. For more information on open times, events and the latest news about the Poowong Swimming Pool on Facebook or at Council’s website www.southgippslandshire.vic. or by phone 5662 9200.

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POLICE BRIEFS AN ILLEGAL camp fire in Dudley South caused a grass and scrub fire in the early hours of last Wednesday morning.

At around 4.30am, fire brigades from Wonthaggi, Kilcunda, Inverloch and Dalyston were required to extinguish a fire in parkland at the rear of the Wonthaggi Pony Club in Station Street. Wonthaggi brigade captain, Kim O’Connor, was first on the scene before calling for assistance, with eight vehicles attending the fire. It took fire fighters 30 minutes to bring the fire under control, which is believed to have been caused by a camp fire that wasn’t extinguished properly. Police also attended the scene. Wonthaggi first lieutenant Jamie Moresco said incidents like this could easily be avoided. “We need to remind the public that the grass for this time of the year is growing rapidly,” he said. “We need to be vigilant at burning off, even if the fire danger period has not been announced.”

Death investigated THE death of a Korumburra man after he was struck by a car driven by his partner is being investigated by the Victorian Coroners Court this week. The court heard 48-year-old Giovanni Veltri died from injuries sustained after being hit by a car driven by his partner, Deborah Cumberland, on April 16 last year.

The two had been arguing prior to Mr Veltri’s death. No one has been charged for his death, with the court told Ms Cumberland was driving under 20 kilometres per hour when Mr Veltri was struck, before his body was dragged underneath the car for almost 10 metres. He died at the scene. The inquest is being held at the Latrobe Magistrates Court.

Counterfeit warning COUNTERFEIT money has been making its way around wallets and cash registers in Leongatha. Leongatha Police have asked members of the public and shopkeepers to be aware. Senior Constable Rohan Michaels said one $50 note had been handed into the police and described it as a “pretty good attempt”. “On close inspection it’s obvious it’s a fake as it’s printed on paper, but it was most likely given in with other notes so the shopkeeper hasn’t picked up on it until later on when they were going through the tills,” he said. “The Criminal Investigation Unit at Wonthaggi said it is that time of the year when they see more of it.” S/C Michaels asked anyone who came across fake money to inform police and hand the notes to the Leongatha station.

sion with a bicycle on October 10. The accident occurred at about 9.30am on the corner of Billson and Hagelthorn streets in Wonthaggi. He’s also keen to talk to any witnesses. Acting Sergeant Kennedy said the cyclist sustained some injuries but the driver of the ute stopped at the scene, so it’s not a hit-and-run issue. He said he’d like the driver and any witnesses to contact him at the Wonthaggi Police station. Alternatively, witnesses can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or

Lucky save POLICE believe a man would have drowned if not for the aid of a nearby fisherman last weekend. Around 4.45am last Sunday, police said a 27-year-old Pakenham man attempted to “walk across” the San Remo Channel between Newhaven and San Remo at low tide whilst intoxicated. He was rescued in the middle of the channel by a 63-year-old San Remo man who was heading out fishing. “The man was extremely lucky that the fisherman found him as he would have certainly drowned if he hasn’t been rescued,” Senior Sergeant Trevor Teer said.

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ANOTHER holiday house was targeted by thieves in Cowes last week.

Overnight last Thursday, offenders forced open a front window to the house in Justice Road with a jemmy or similar tool. They then stole household electrical items and alcohol. Anyone with information about this incident can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

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A VANDAL and thief caused damage and stole from the Korumburra Railway Station last Tuesday.

Between 9am and 5pm, the offender kicked in the panel of a door of the station before taking $7 in silver coins from the cash till. Anyone with information about this incident can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

Doctor named chief By Jane Ross WONTHAGGI medico Nola Maxfield chairs the new Gippsland Medicare Local.

Gippsland whereby doctors in a number of towns work together on a shared roster. Ensuring the provision of mental health services is another task. Dr Maxfield said Medicare Locals don’t just cover doctor services; the work of allied health practitioners including private ones and medical practice nurses are also part of the responsibility.

The board meets once a month and will move around the area so that GPs, nurses and allied health professionals have the chance to introduce themselves and raise any issues. Dr Maxfield is no stranger to leadership roles. She is a past national president of the Australian Rural Doctors Association.

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Tool theft MACHINERY and other tools were stolen from a winery in Loch between Sunday, November 18 and last Sunday.

last Saturday. They then stole a small safe; however the safe didn’t contain any cash or drugs. The alarm was activated and the offenders ran off. Anyone with information about this incident can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

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12.30pm on Saturday, offenders stole fishing rods, reels and a tackle box from an open car port and bedroom under the house in Island View Road. Police believe the theft possibly occurred at 5am, when the victim heard a loud car leaving the street and a dog bark. Anyone with information about this incident can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

She was elected by her eight fellow board members at their inaugural meeting recently. Dr Maxfield said she is the only clinician on the board, which replaces the three former divisions of general practice in the region. The Gippsland Medicare Local has a herculean task and Dr Maxfield said the challenge will be to see if the Federal Government funds it adequately. “The work is enormous!” Attending the 102nd annual general meeting of Bass Coast Regional Health with her husband Cr Neil Rankine, who had just been elected Bass Coast Shire Council’s deputy mayor, Dr Maxfield told The Star the Medicare Local will look at ways of addressing general practice service gaps. She said a pilot trial is underway in East


Noticeboard COUNCIL PUBLIC SESSIONS Council Chambers, Leongatha Public attendance welcome Wed, 28 November 2012 ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 2pm (10.00am - Public Presentations - Ph: 5662 9222 to book a speaking time). 1. Organisational quarterly performance report 2. Councillor expenditure report - 30 Sept 2012 3. Report on assembly of councillors - Oct 2012 4. Documents sealed - Oct 2012 5. Planning Scheme Amendment C77 - Eastern District 6. Formalise the new road name for unnamed road off Mine Rd, Korumburra 7. Formalise road opening of section, as continuation off Sheens Rd, Mirboo North 8. Formalise opening of Cornishs Rd, Nyora 9. Road discontinuance and sale of land: part of Dale Drive, Leongatha 10.Closed items - six contractual matters 11.Closed item - personnel matter REOPENING OF LEONGATHA PUBLIC TOILETS Public toilets at the rear of the Memorial Hall Complex have been reopened following their recent refurbishment. The All Access toilet in Michael Place, which remained opened during this period, is now closed for a fortnight for its refurbishment. Council thanks the community for its patience during these works. DECEMBER IMMUNISATION PROGRAM FISH CREEK, RSL Hall, Meeniyan-Promontory Road Tue 4 Dec: 9am-9.30am FOSTER, WMA Centre, Main Street Tue 4 Dec: 10am-10.30am LEONGATHA, Uniting Church Hall, Peart Street Tue 4 Dec:12.30pm-1.30pm MIRBOO NORTH, M & CH Centre, Brennan Street Wed 5 Dec: 9am-9.30am KORUMBURRA, Community Room, Commercial Street - Wed 5 Dec: 11.30am-12pm Enquiries: Ph 5662 9361 COUNCIL WORKS THIS WEEK Area Works Grand Ridge West, Mirboo North Footpath extension Hallston/Mirboo North to Leongatha North area Road maintenance Shingler Street, Leongatha Footpath extension Walkerville/Middle Tarwin to Meeniyan area Road maintenance

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Bass Coast Shire Council is participating in the 10th Annual Christmas Giving Tree Program and is calling on the community to generously donate gifts to help disadvantaged families. Christmas Giving Trees are currently on display in all council Customer service centres and will be accepting gifts until Friday, December 14. The program is organised by the Combined Welfare Group and will benefit families in need across Bass Coast this year. While all donations are valued, this year the organisation has specifically requested gifts for children aged 0 to 12-years-old, which will be included in hampers distributed to families.

This is the seventh year council has worked with the Combined Welfare Group to promote the Christmas Giving Tree. The group consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, Davey House and churches from Wonthaggi and Inverloch. The Christmas Giving Tree program helps ensure Christmas is a special day for all Bass Coast community members. Anne Tennyman, project coordinator, helped found the Christmas Giving Tree Program 10 years ago and works with volunteers throughout the year to organise this program. “It is exciting and inspirational to work with all the different welfare agencies, service clubs, Council, YMCA, Aldi and members of the public,” she said. “Everyone puts aside their differences to work for the greater good of those in need in our community.”

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Supporting Sophie BELONGING to a small community comes hand-in-hand with its ups and downs.

The greatest aspect however, is without doubt the way a community rallies around each other in times of need. The Harris family from Leongatha have learnt firsthand how incredible this support can be and would like the opportunity to say thank you. In August this year, the family was living in Argentina when their daughter Sophie discovered a lump on her upper arm. “It initially presented itself as a muscle contraction or a bit of tension in the arm, but after about four weeks of massage and physiotherapy it didn’t go away and seemed to have got worse,” Sophie’s father Tim said. “At that point we realised it was something foreign to the muscle.” In Argentina, Sophie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma; a bone cancer that causes the uncontrollable growth of bone cells, and a condition prevalent in adolescents as they go through a large growth spurt. In Sophie’s case, the primary tumour was in the arm, and there had been a spread of secondary tumours to the lungs, which Tim said is fairly common. After a diagnosis in Argentina, Tim and his wife Ana were faced with the decision to stay overseas for Sophie’s treatment, or come home to Australia. “We were told they could have treated her over there, and we have family in Argentina, but most of our life has been lived in Australia and our broader base of support is here,” Tim said. “Also the support of the medical system here is far better.” And so the Harris family came home.

Thanking the community: Leongatha’s Sophie Harris is grateful for all the support she’s received after being diagnosed with a form of bone cancer in August this year. Tim said within five days, they got on a plane and flew back to Australia, travelling directly from the airport to the emergency department at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

“Within 48 hours, the medical team there had a pretty good handle on what Sophie had and straight away were moving in a pro-active direction,” Tim said, using one word to describe the hospital, its staff and the other patients: “phenomenal”. “We’ve just been blown away by the way they manage the hospital, the staff and the facility; it is unbelievable,” he said. “When you’re in oncology, you’re around all these young kids that have cancer and they are all unbelievable. They just get on with it and it’s quite an enlightening experience.” Sophie went through her third phase of chemotherapy last week, and Tim said his daughter had generally remained in really good spirits and was very grateful for everybody’s support and thoughts. “She’s still a 15-year-old and it’s a different role for her because it’s thrown her into the public light a little,” Tim said. “She’s very grateful for everyone’s attention albeit she’s still getting used to it. As much as she knows what her diagnosis is, you have to balance that out because you don’t want her to be too overwhelmed and wondering why she’s the centre of everybody’s attention; she knows the diagnosis, she’s well aware of what the doctors have told her, which is good because it helps her to keep her feet.” In a way to not only raise much needed funds to help Sophie and her family on the road to recovery, but to also give the Harris’s a chance to thank the local community, a family lunch for Sophie will be held at the Inverloch Inlet Hotel this Sunday. Tim said they see the get together as a good opportunity to thank people for all of their support so far. “There has been a lot of support; even just the little things, like people cooking meals for you – the small insignificant details of life that are sometimes forgotten and become very challenging when you’ve got a lot going on,

and you’re trying to keep a clear mind to make good decisions for your daughter,” he said. “It’s a nice chance for us to have everyone together to be able to thank them. Their support, even if it’s prayer, I’m sure is really worthwhile and powerful. It’s not something we can quantify or say thank you to every person individually, but we believe it makes a difference. “Regardless of whether you can make the lunch, we appreciate everyone’s support we’ve received.” The lunch will run this Sunday, December 2 from 12pm until 2pm. The cost for adults is $30 and $10 for children, with all proceeds going towards helping Sophie and her family during this very difficult time. All bookings and enquiries can be made by contacting ‘Hoots’ at the hotel on 5674 1481.

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Probus members spoilt A CATERING group from Yooralla served Leongatha Probus members some top nosh last week. Probus members were also treated to an engaging talk by Leading Senior Constable Brett Godden. The monthly meeting of Probus members is always a great affair, but attendees say the catering has now reached new heights. De Lune Vineyard on Saturday, November 17. This celebrated another successful year for the committee, which organised its fifth annual literary festival and resulted in more participation by the public and writers. The committee meets again in February next year to begin planning for the sixth annual festival, and new committee members will be most welcome. Contact Rowena at Coal Creek if you are interested. YOU don’t have to spend Christmas Day on your own. For the ninth successive year, Meeniyan Uniting Church will be running a Christmas lunch for those who face Christmas Day without company. Organisers decorate the church hall with festive cheer, Christmas carols are sung and the menu covers all festive fare. Bookings are essential. Ring Bill on 5683 2482 or Mary, 5664 7228. THE spring firewood collection season closes at midnight this Friday (November 30). The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) reminds South Gippslanders that anyone collecting firewood in state forests or parks after this time will face heavy penalties.

The next opportunity to collect firewood from public land, for personal use only, will be the commencement of the autumn firewood collection season on March 1. Information about the location of firewood collection areas and the rules governing firewood collection can be obtained from the DSE website, www.dse.vic., or from the DSE Customer Service Centre on 136 186. PACK away your fake Christmas tree and support the CFA by buying a real tree this year. The Koonwarra, Leongatha South and Ruby Fire Brigades will once again be selling Christmas trees at the Leongatha Fire Station this Saturday and Sunday and on Saturday, December 8 from 8.30am until 4pm. Any leftover trees will also be sold on Sunday, December, 9. The money raised by selling these trees will go towards station upgrades, the purchase of specialised breathing equipment to help fire fighters enter smoke filled buildings, and the installation of training props to help train new volunteers. Trees will be of the high standard they have been selling over the past few years, and will cost $45 each.

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Allister Dowling is finally about to get rid of his hideous red hair. If you want to see it all shaved clean be at the Leongatha RSL this Friday night at 8.30pm when Eliza Charlton performs the “shave off”. The tin will be rattled one last time, with proceeds to Ride Hard to Breathe Easy for the Lung Foundation. Well done Allister and friends!

Inspiring women: Pat Bowman, Sue Toohill, Senator Bridget McKenzie and Rev Janet Wallis at the Sweet As event.

Simply sweet ANOTHER exciting Sweet As event for the women of South Gippsland was held at St Peter’s church in Leongatha recently. More than 50 women enjoyed a delicious breakfast while listening to several speakers. The keynote speaker was Senator Bridget McKenzie whose topic was “A day in the life of a Senator”. Senator McKenzie was elected to the senate for Victoria in 2010 and her term began in mid 2011. She is a born and bred country girl, who is passionate about regional Victoria. She said: “We are all citizens of Australia and there is no reason why country people should be disadvantaged in terms of resources, skilled labour and amenities.” She has a special interest in country issues facing farmers, small businesses and rural education. Speaking on the topic, Senator McKenzie explained that her day usually starts early to read the papers, check her diary for the day’s commitments for which she needs to prepare, rehearse and research. She highlighted many examples of

her public life including TV interviews, speaking engagements and meeting notable people. Senator McKenzie captivated the audience with her interesting and humorous description of meeting both Queen Elizabeth and President Obama in her first year as Senator. “It is important, as a Senator, to remember why you are there and what your focus is! There are huge opportunities to make a difference,” she said. “I don’t like self promotion but want to promote the role of the senate.” Senator McKenzie has been very pleased to be part of the enquiry into forced adoptions in Australia and counted it a privilege to be present in the Victorian Parliament when the state’s official apology was made. She is also part of the taskforce looking at Cyber Safety, and on the environment and communication committees. Just hearing about one day in the Senator’s life made the audience feel exhausted. A Senator’s life is indeed fast paced, demanding and not for the faint hearted. Many expressed they had a new appreciation of the Senate’s role.

Woorayl fete big hit THE Woorayl Lodge annual fete was held on Saturday, which is the main fundraiser of the Woorayl Lodge Ladies Auxiliary for the year. Marilyn Lewis, secretary of the auxiliary wanted to thank the people who supported them by either attending the fete or by suppling goods to be sold. “It was a beautiful day, and we were quite tickled pink with the amount we raised,” Ms Lewis said. “It was very well attended, possibly in part due to the wonderful weather. All of the residents enjoyed themselves, most of them were able to come out and have a look around.” Woorayl Lodge manager, Jo White was in charge of the sausage sizzle and according to Ms Lewis, she did a very good job. “The cake stall always sells out really quickly and they always raise an impressive amount for the auxiliary,” Ms Lewis said. Money raised by the fete is used for something for the residents; usu-

Cute gifts: Kaye Warren, Ladies Auxiliary president and member Carol Harry with some of the cute handmade wares on offer as part of the Woorayl Lodge Fete held on Saturday. ally items to make areas around the lodge feel more inviting and homely. The raffle winners included a hamper of goods

for first prize, which went to Cherry Anderson of Mirboo North and second prize went to Pat Higgins, who won a dressed doll.

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Mow or face $1408 fine By Brad Lester PEOPLE face fines of $1408 for failing to mow grass and tidy their properties before the summer fire season. The Country Fire Authority has increased the fine from $248 in a bid to reduce the risk of fire. Officers from South Gippsland and Bass Coast shire councils are now inspecting properties for long grass and debris.

South Gippsland Shire Council has issued 1300 fire prevention notices and those who fail to comply will be billed the cost of council hiring a contractor to do so, plus the increased fine. Second round inspections will start on Monday, December 10. Last year, council billed 41 property owners who ignored demands to act, from a total of 1298 notices issued. The risk of grass fires could be higher this season due to a wet winter and

the prospect of vegetation growth. Council’s manager of regulatory services, Matthew Patterson, said forthcoming weather would determine the extent of the risk. “It has been a wet winter and could now mean a lot more growth, but the ground is still quite wet and it’s not like we have had a long period of dry weather and the ground is tinder dry,” he said. “If we have a similar wet summer to what we’ve had in the last couple of

their homes, as well as residents in the vegetated towns of Inverloch, Harmers Haven, Grantville, The Gurdies and Silverleaves, where fire danger is greater. Council and the CFA have issued community information guides to people in these towns for some years, and will develop guides for Cape Paterson and Cape Woolamai. A fire prevention officer will inspect rural prop-

years, the (fire) risk will be lower.” Bass Coast Shire Council requires grass to be kept below 30cm, said acting emergency management coordinator Rose Thomas. “We want landowners to be responsible and make sure they have got their property maintenance under control,” she said. Council is urging holiday house owners to tidy

transfer stations for free until December 16. Weeds and items that cannot be composted, such as palm fronds, cannot be accepted. The CFA will hold a fire safety meeting for absentee landholders in the Melbourne suburb of Clayton on December 4. The meeting is by invitation only and will be held at the Clayton Hall, 264 Clayton Road.

erties for fire hazards. “He is looking for over growth of trees and fallen limbs, anything that is likely to cause a fire,” Ms Thomas said. Council’s environment team will also inspect coastal and other reserves for fire risks. Ms Thomas urged people to take advantage of council’s green waste amnesty that allows green waste to be disposed of at

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OPEN DAY 2012 Under a new management team Great heights: CFA members, Captain Koala and curious community members with the huge Bronto Skylift from Dandenong, which can lift fire fighters 43 metres in the air.

Wonthaggi CFA goes to new heights THE Wonthaggi CFA was at Apex Park in Wonthaggi on Sunday as part of the annual CFA Sunday, held across Victoria on the weekend. One feature of the open day was the Bronto ladder platform, which was on loan from Dandenong Fire Brigade for the open day. The ladder platform, which can take fire fighters 43 metres above a burning structure loomed above Apex Park and caused many visitors to crane their necks skywards as local CFA members experi-

enced the dizzying height. First lieutenant of the Wonthaggi CFA, Jamie Moresco said the open day gave the community a chance to learn about their local brigade and its vehicles and community fire safety. “It also provides us with an opportunity to recruit new members,” Mr Moresco said. Members of the local community were able to spend the morning chatting to their local CFA members, sit in trucks and try on some fire fighting clothing. Kids were also able to try their hand at manning a fire hose or have a cuddle with Captain Koala.

Cuddly koala: Ryan Stebbing, Captain Koala and Dave Milnes with Max and Kaitlyn Pugh, who had a great time checking out all of the trucks and equipment on show at the Wonthaggi CFA open day on Sunday.

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Tree woes AS A resident of Grand Ridge West, Mirboo North, I am wondering who is finally going to take responsibility of these very old and very hazardous gum trees on this residential area of the Strzelecki Highway. I would like to point out that apart from the continuous miss on a daily basis, now they are becoming dangerous. A fortnight ago in windy conditions a sizeable twig came through our lounge window, and a child had another twig come down on her head and scratched her face. It is becoming a health hazard just going to the letterbox. I just wonder whoever is responsible for the maintaining of these trees? Where is your duty of care to residents living in this area? I suppose it will take a branch coming down on a car driving on the highway, or our houses, or a pedestrian walking on the footpath. As there are a lot of elderly people living in the area opposite these trees, it is becoming too difficult and quite expensive to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We are sick and tired of sweeping, raking and picking up twigs and branches from our

properties and the highway. Not to mention the added cost of paying someone to clean our gutters every month, and tip fees. Please start sorting out who is responsible and do something about it, for our safety. Geraldine Green, Mirboo North.

NBN on the way ABOUT February 2010, Federal Minister for Communications, Senator Conroy rolled out the NBN high speed broadband. In this timeframe I have tried to get a handle on ‘it’. I believe there has only been one report to council (as agenda) in this timeframe. The press will now be able to inform the wider community as to how in fact the high speed broadband will be available to the community. They may now also be aware of the towers that are in Farming Zones, some of which require permits. Maybe it will not be possible to also place antennas on these towers for community members whom seemingly want coverage for their mobile phones. Hopefully Mr Tamlin’s staff and Mr Ryan may also assist

them as to their concerns regarding mobile phone coverage. Paul Norton, Leongatha South.

Thank you ON BEHALF of Ronald McDonald House Charities(RMHC), I would like to thank the local community for their support of McHappy Day on Saturday, November 10. The event, which took place

at McDonald’s restaurants across the country, has raised in excess of $3 million nationally. The 14 Ronald McDonald Houses across Australia alone have provided more than 85,000 families with a home-awayfrom-home while their child undergoes treatment for serious illness at a nearby hospital. While the houses currently provide accommodation for nearly300 families every night, sadly, many families have to be

turned away because Houses are at capacity. The money raised will allow us to continue to provide this service for families and children in need in the local area, and will assist to expand our service to accommodate even more families. In order to meet this growing need, RMHC is aiming to build or extend five houses, open 17 more family rooms and extend and develop other programs

such as the Ronald McDonald Learning Program over the next few years. None of this would be possible without the support of the local community who generously continue to donate both their time and money to this valuable cause. Thank you. Malcolm Coutts OAM, CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities.

VOXPOP! VOX Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

I don’t do any Christmas shopping, so I don’t have to start. I only go bargain shopping. Frances Morosoli, Walkerville

No I haven’t thought about it yet, it is too early. Busy people have a tendency to do their shopping as a last minute rush. David Turnbull, Leongatha

No I haven’t started shopping yet, but I have started to look around for some ideas. Mary Brewis, Leongatha

No I haven’t started yet, but I probably should think about it soon. Nick Jeremiah, Meeniyan

totaling $77,347 announced E D I T O R I A L Grants EIGHT new community projects

Prevent fires, push the mower LONG grass? Clean it up. It’s not that hard really.

Yet it seems the message is not getting through to negligent property-owners, despite the obvious fire risk, and that’s why the Country Fire Authority increased fines by a whopping 568 per cent. People who disobey council requests to mow their grass and tidy their properties face a fine of $1408, up from $249, plus the costs councils incur in hiring a contractor to undertake the works. The change was part of the State Government’s Emergency Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2011, in response to the Bushfires Royal Commission recommendations. It’s simply unfortunate that councils have to spend time touring the shire inspecting properties, sending letters to noncomplying property-owners and then ensuring the works have been undertaken. Such policing comes at significant costs to ratepayers, but then again one could rightly argue the cost of a fire involving long grass or debris could be far greater. People should simply respect their neighbours’ and broader community amenity and peace of mind by keeping properties tidy at all times, especially in forested townships where the risk of bushfire is far greater. The danger posed by long grass should not be underestimated as grass dries quicker than timber and grass fires travel surprisingly fast. Often holiday houses are neglected, as the owners live in Melbourne or beyond and do not visit frequently enough to undertake their own maintenance or pay a local contractor to do so. The higher fine is necessary to reinforce the fire risk to country regions such as South Gippsland, and unfortunately often the only way to convey a message successfully is by hitting the old hip pocket. We may have had a wet winter, but recent dry weather and the weekend’s warmer temperatures signify the bushfire season is on our doorstep. Let’s not become complacent about fire safety this summer.

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valued at $77, 347 will soon be up and running, thanks to the support of the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation. Successful applicants to the foundation’s third grants round were announced at an awards ceremony last night (Monday) at Mirboo North’s Walter J Tuck Recreation Reserve. The foundation is particularly pleased to have increased their annual grant offering for 2012 by 50 per cent to $77,347, with a 100 per cent increase in the maximum individual grant available to $20,000. That will enabled grant seekers to consider applying for longer term more strategic projects. Foundation chairman Norman Walker said that “he and his colleagues were delighted with the number and quality of applications”. “The application value was more than twice the amount allocated for this third round of grants from the foundation,” he said. Successful applicants are:

• Mirboo North Primary School: $13,600 for the School Healthy Kids Healthy Community program. That will provide a running track for the primary and secondary schools; and an extension of the primary school’s kitchen garden with a herb and indigenous food section; • Dumbalk Hall Committee: $5000 for the update of the Dumbalk Hall kitchen. This will enable the hall to meet the requirements for food registration; • South Coast Primary Care Partnership: $18,214 to develop a Debunking Mental Health program at the Mirboo North Secondary College and Primary School with a proactive approach to helping students and parents’ understanding and improving mental health issues; • Narracan Primary School: $8688 for a Community Pizza Oven and Kitchen Garden to provide a focal point for the community to meet; • Mirboo North Energy Hub: $20,000 to develop a business case to determine if an energy hub is a feasible proposition for Mirboo North. The potential long term

benefits are reductions in energy costs, increased local employment and improved environmental outcomes; • Fiddlehead Festival at Yinnar: $6040 for an acoustic youth workshop at the 2013 Fiddlehead Festival on February 16; • Mirboo North Community Shed: $1785 for a program of health and wellbeing events to assist the community to better understand and manage their health and wellbeing; and • Boolarra and District Youth Theatre Coy: $5000 for the production and staging of the Trinominal Theatre 2013. This program will provide a place for youth where they can develop their potential in the arts and an opportunity to boost their confidence. Mr Walker said:“It’s an immense privilege for us to be in a position to support the community in this way and in particular for a number of grants being made to the district towns such as Dumbalk, Narracan and Yinnar. “We are confident that the projects we are supporting tonight will make a significant and meaningful difference to the lives of many people in our community.”

Fluoridation to be switched on SOUTH Gippsland Water has recently completed an up-grade of the Lance Creek Water Treatment Plant computer operating system, which runs the plant. As part of the upgrade, a new computer control system was installed, which now has greater programmability and allows the plant to have upgraded operational security for peak demand periods. The new controller also addresses some additional improved communication requirements for plant operations and has allowed South Gippsland Water to progress with fluoridation of the Lance Creek Water Supply. South Gippsland Water’s Managing Director, Philippe du Plessis said “The completion of this project has allowed the Corporation to fluoridate the Lance Creek Water Supply System, a directive from the

Department of Health. “This brings the Lance Creek Water Supply into line with water supplies for Melbourne and other major regional centres across the state which have had fluoridation for many years”. The previous computer controller operating Lance Creek had been in operation for some 14 years and was no longer compatible with new equipment and technology needing to communicate with it. As a result of the completion of this work, South Gippsland Water expects to gain greater reliability, flexibility and functionality of the system now and into the future. Philippe du Plessis went on to say that, “the increased functionality of the computer operating system allows South Gippsland Water to activate the fluoridation system with confidence in the dosing and management of the system, ensuring that modern technology is being used”.

With the new controller now installed at the Lance Creek Water Treatment Plant, South Gippsland Water can fully activate the fluoridation dosing system which was completed earlier this year. From Monday December 3, South Gippsland Water expects to be providing the residents of Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Cape Paterson with a fluoridated water supply. South Gippsland Water has held off on introducing fluoride to the water supply until such time as the new controller could be installed with an appropriate operation system. For further information on South Gippsland Water, please contact South Gippsland Water’s Customer Service Team on 1300 851 636. For specific queries regarding fluoridation and public health, please contact the Department of Health toll free fluoridation information line 1800 651 723.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - PAGE 13

Hooray: from left staff members, Tim Marriott, owner, Jim Welsh, sales manager and Pauline Graewe, spare parts of Marriotts Motorcycles and Power Equipment in Leongatha are thrilled to be offering storewide savings during their Super Saturday sale day on December 1.

Marriotts soups up Super Saturday CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and if you are after some great buys and big savings then you don’t want to miss the Stihl Super Saturday on December 1 at Marriotts Motorcycles and Power Equipment in Leongatha.

This is your chance to score big savings on STIHL powered garden tools and you can get extra Bonus Bucks to buy STIHL accessories and the chance to share in $10,000 cash. Marriotts has also gone one step further on their Super Saturday with storewide savings on all their fabulous range of products, and that means big savings on all the Stihl range of products including garden equipment, grass trimmers, brush

cutters, blowers, hedge trimmers, compost shredders as well as pumps, mowers and ride-ons, mini bikes, motorcycles, the wide range of gear and accessories and CD Jet Skis. Owner Tim Marriott said leading into Christmas it is the perfect time to call in and get great savings on all mini bikes as there are some great offers right now. Established 58 years ago in Leongatha, Marriotts has grown its local business and moved to an impressive new home on the corner of Allison Street and the South Gippsland Highway eight years ago. Marriotts employs 22 local staff who offer friendly and professional service and great back up for all their valued customers. They stock a wide range of quality products and offer competitive

prices so you don’t have to shop out of town and Tim encourages people to support their local town this Christmas. He said Leongatha is a great place to live and shop and there is so much on offer in the stores. Marriotts supports Leongatha and will be expanding the local business in the near future to offer a great range of products and even better service. Tim said they are literally bursting at the seams in their present location and they just need more space and are happy to invest in their future in Leongatha. Super Saturday, December 1 kicks off at Marriotts at 9am and runs through until 3 pm and there will be a lunchtime sausage sizzle and plenty of bargains storewide for this super one day only sale.

Super store: Jim Welsh, sales manager at Marriotts Motorcycles and Power Equipment in Leongatha urges customers to come along to Super Saturday and take advantage of the brilliant pre Christmas storewide savings on a whole range of products on Saturday, December 1.

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Early warnings at CFA Sunday By Sarah Vella THE Leongatha Fire Brigade opened its doors to the public on the weekend, as part of CFA Sunday to discuss fire safety-related issues and volunteering with the CFA.

Fire truck fun: from left, Toby Gale from Leongatha, Leongatha captain Tristan Morton-Pederson, Ieisha and Ayanna Cashmore, Amanda Bowden with Phoenix Cashmore and Scott Wilkinson from the Leongatha CFA at the CFA Sunday open day at the weekend.

Captain, Tristan Morton-Pederson said they enjoyed a steady stream of visitors throughout the day, including families, as well as potential new recruits. “We have probably had at least 20 to 30 people wander through, which is an improvement on last year. We did some advertising on Facebook this year, which seems to be working,” Mr Morton-Pederson said. “We will be having a few information sessions over the next few weeks on Wednesdays starting tomorrow, so interested people can come along and find out what being in the CFA is all about.” Mr Morton-Pederson said in this region, we probably have a higher grass fire risk this year, than we have had at least in the last four years. “We encourage anyone who is going to be burning off to inform us and we have been very conscious about checking

the weather on planned burning days,” he said. “There were a few fires in the district on Saturday, which were burn offs that got out of control. “We do tend to get a bit complacent in South Gippsland, but we will definitely be presented with a genuine grass fire risk this season.” As a brigade, the Leongatha members are trained depending on the upcoming season and they work closely with other brigades in the area, such as Ruby, Leongatha South, Koonwarra and Nerrena. “We train together on a regular basis and we also get good support from the local group management,” Mr MortonPederson said. Mr Morton-Pederson said the major message they want to get out to local residents is to encourage anyone planning a burn off to inform the station. “It is also a good idea for members of the community to monitor the fire ready alert levels, not only at home, but also for their destination if they are travelling,” he said. “This year, with the increased grass fire danger, we encourage people to have bushfire plans, even in town and to know how to prepare their own properties for the fire season.”

Inverloch’s market attracts thousands By Sarah Vella

ment support.

THE first Inverloch Community Farmers’ Market was opened on Sunday by Member for Bass, Ken Smith MP, following $9200 in Victorian Coalition Govern-

Representing Deputy Premier Peter Ryan, Ken Smith said the Inverloch community had been working together to establish a community operated and managed accredited farmers’ market, with yesterday’s opening being the culmination of much hard work. “The Inverloch Farm-

ers’ Market will focus on local producers and their high-quality products, as well as working with local schools and traders, community organisations and artists to showcase their skills,” Mr Smith said. Inverloch Community Farmers’ Market Committee chairperson, Kate Edwards was blown away

by the success of the first market. “For a soft opening, it has been a massive success. Today was just supposed to be a trial run, but it has been phenomenal,” Ms Edwards said. “We have had so many locals saying thank-you and telling us that it is so great to meet so many tru-

ly local producers.” Ms Edwards said from 7.30am the market was alive with people and estimated thousands of interested locals and visitors came to check out the fresh produce. “I think curiosity got the better of everyone, even those who aren’t normally market people. They wanted to see what their very own community market is all about,” she said. “Every stall holder here is a South Gippsland producer; it is actually our community market.

“It is a great way to bring community groups together and to promote what they do, which is one of our aims.” The market naturally featured fresh, local produce, but also live music and a petting zoo for the kids, which proved to be incredibly popular. Ms Edwards said the feedback she received throughout the day had been very positive. “We are hoping that by our next market, we will be accredited with the Victorian Farmers’ Market

Association,” she said. “Being accredited is what we want to move towards, as it gives us authenticity and credibility. “We also aim to support the smaller producers, as we respect that markets like these are their livelihoods. “This is just the start for us. For what was meant to be a soft opening, we have gone in pretty hard.” The Inverloch Community Farmers’ Market is held at The Glade in Inverloch on the last Sunday of each month.

Gippy Rideshare - Information Forums The combined councils of Baw Baw, Bass Coast, South Gippsland, Latrobe, Wellington and East Gippsland are currently developing an exciting new web-based Ride Share and Carpool program. “Gippy Ride Share” provides an alternative transport option for our region servicing the regional and rural communities who are experiencing transport difficulties in getting to work, training, education and social activities. Through ride sharing, organisations and employers can achieve substantial benefit to their goods and services delivery through: • Broader client/marketing catchment area. • Reduced travel costs for employees/clients to access your goods and services. • Reduced onsite carpark demand. • Easier for students/apprentices to access your business.

You are invited to come along to a local forum and hear how Car Pooling/Rideshare works, and can benefit your organisation/business by championing this great program.

Great start: from left, chairperson Kate Edwards, committee members Phil Westwood and Jan McGannon and market manager, Tennille Hall had a ball at the first Inverloch Community Farmers’ Market on Sunday.

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Further inquiries, contact your local council Transport Connections Coordinator: • Baw Baw : Stephen Pykett ph. 5624 2490 • Bass Coast: Sue Whyte ph. 1300 226 278 • South Gippsland: Fred Boreham ph. 5662 9324 • Latrobe: Jill Hanley ph. 5128 5429 • Wellington: Sheryl McHugh ph. 5142 3478 • East Gippsland: Rhonda James ph. 5153 9441


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French twist: Louis Paxton of Inverloch is pleased with his garlic purchase from Nick Sibly and Robbie Groom of Archies Creek Garlic.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - PAGE 15

RACV, winery win tourism awards TWO South Gippsland businesses have won at the 2012 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards. They are RACV Inverloch Resort and Waratah Hills Vineyard in Fish Creek. The awards were presented during a glittering night at Crown Palladium Melbourne, in front of more than 1000 industry representatives. Waratah Hills won the Minister’s Encouragement Award and the RACV Resort the Deluxe Accommodation Award, giving the businesses the opportunity of representing Victoria at the national awards in Hobart next February. This is the second successive year the RACV Inverloch Resort has won the Deluxe Accommodation Award. Phillip Island and Bass Coast Visitor Centre was a finalist in the Victorian Visitor Information Services category and Grantville’s Maru Koala and Animal Park a finalist in the Tourist Attractions bracket. State Tourism and Events Minister Louise Asher said the awards promoted professionalism, innovation and creativity in the tourism industry.

The chief executive officer of Destination Gippsland, Terry Robinson, said the region had strong representation in the finals, highlighting the quality of Gippsland’s tourism and the high standard of tourism businesses. He said Destination Gippsland had been a strong supporter of the Victorian Tourism Awards and offered a mentoring service to the region’s first-time entrants. RACV Inverloch Resort manager Caillin Flint said the award recognised the quality of the accommodation and experience at the Inverloch resort and acknowledged “the team’s focus on providing the best customer service”. Mr Flint said the 32 hectare resort on the Inverloch beachfront boasted a striking design featuring a variety of accommodation options, striking views, a wetland, a wildlife haven, recreation facilities and dining options “which once again all rated highly with the judging panel”.

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Finalists: representatives of Gippsland businesses that were finalists in the 2012 Victorian Tourism Awards.

AS 4000 Great Victorian Bike Ride riders descend on Mirboo North on Friday, locals will pull out all stops to make them welcome and comfortable and to entertain them with a wide variety of activities and services centred in Baromi Park and around the town. Riders, who started in Lakes Entrance on Saturday will have already travelled over 440km by the time they get to Mirboo North. “While riders may be weary, our CWA members will tempt tastebuds with authentic country cooking, the Rotary Club Epicure Tent will showcase local food and wine, and a shuttle bus will take interested visitors to tour the nearby Café Escargot and Farm,” said Danielle Todaro, South Gippsland Shire Council’s Tourism Development Officer. “The pool will open a day early for riders to enjoy a dip, and barefoot bowls will also be offered for a change of pace.” An information marquee, displays and internet access will also be available and musical entertainment is planned to run all afternoon. In the evening Spanish gypsy music


Ready for riders


will be played by Karavana Flamenca at the RSL from 7.30pm, with a cover charge of $10. “We’d love the community to come and welcome the riders, but ask that everyone take care with the changed traffic conditions,” reiterated Danielle. “Public safety is vital and there may be delays and irregularities as cyclists trickle in to town after a long ride. “This is fantastic exposure for South Gippsland and we hope to encourage the riders to return at a later date and explore all that the region has to offer, with its fabulous riding trails and nature based attractions.” Riders will come off the Grand Ridge Road and onto Strzelecki Highway to enter Mirboo North. Their lunch stop is in Baromi Park, and residents of Couper Street need to be aware that the riders will be travelling down their street to get to the lunch stop on Friday. On Saturday the riders will travel down Loves Lane to Dumbalk and Meeniyan, and then to Koonwarra where they will rest before travelling on to Inverloch for lunch. After this they will continue on via Cape Paterson to San Remo for their final night then on to Phillip Island, finishing at the Penguin Parade.

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No silence on violence By Simone Short WHITE Ribbon Day, held last Sunday, is a day to make a personal pledge to not commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and children. But while it is important to make a stand one day of the year, the Family Violence Outreach Support team at GippsCare wants the community, especially men, to make a stand every day. Team members, Paul and Helen, run the Men’s Behaviour Change Program to provide men who use violent, abusive, controlling behaviour with an opportunity to change by taking part in a 20-week support and education program. The key, however, is recognising the early signs in men, which can often be hidden in social situations, according to Helen.

“It’s about asking men to raise their level of action rather than sitting back,” she said. “The purpose of White Ribbon Day is for men to speak out and say ‘We don’t want to be a part of violence towards women and children’.” Helen said helping to change attitudes towards women that can essentially lead to family violence may be as small as challenging a comment from a friend. “If you hear your mate at a barbecue say something derogatory about women, or make a crude joke, you need to say ‘If someone said this about your wife or daughter, how would you feel then?’”, she said. “It’s about bringing it back to a more personal level, rather than just a bunch of statistics.” When you do look at the statistics surrounding family violence however, they are shocking. One in three Australian women will

experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime and in Victoria, family violence continues to be the leading contributor to death, disability and illness in women aged 15 to 44, costing the state around $3.4 billion annually. While the Salvation Army GippsCare receives around 300 referrals for victims and 300 for perpetrators of family violence each year through the police, the justice system, counsellors and others, they are only funded to work with 78 women and 52 men. In order to cut down the number of people requiring assistance, Paul believes potential offenders need to be educated before it’s too late. “Forty years of learnt behaviour is difficult to change in 20 weeks,” he said. “It’s a safe place for them to talk about their behaviour, good or bad, and hear from the other men, but the male stereotype issues are a big deal for some

of them. “They think their role in life is to work hard and provide for their family, rather than be a partner and be around and understanding; they think they’re doing the right thing, and can’t understand when their partner decides to leave.” Paul said some men are also surprised when they do an exercise about what actually constitutes abuse in the family home. “It can be everything from social isolation to withholding money for their wife to do the grocery shopping with,” he said. “When they’re brought out in conversation, a lot of the men haven’t recognised them in their life as abuse, whether it is social, religious, financial or emotional.” Helen agreed younger people require more focus when it comes to preventing family violence, with many young boys turning from being abused, to the abus-

ers themselves. In fact, a mother and child’s experience of family violence was reported as being the most significant determinant of adolescent violence in the home and towards mothers in particular. “By the time men get to the level of being noticed in the community and being perpetrators and come to us, a lot of damage has already been done,” Helen said. “Their self-esteem suffers, and once they start talking about it, it’s very evident they’ve been abused themselves. “Early intervention is needed; the problem is you can’t fund it because you can’t predict the outcome, but it’s the way we need to go.” Anyone experiencing or using family violence can request assistance by contacting the Salvation Army GippsCare on 5662 4502 or 1800 221 200.

Make someone smile CHRISTMAS morning without presents under the tree is a sad reality facing many families. Through Operation Santa, people can spread Christmas joy to people who may have otherwise gone without by donating gifts at Target and Target Country stores. Each year Target and UnitingCare call on the community to join forces for Operation Santa to give a gift to children, teenagers and

older people. Thousands of people request support services each day from UnitingCare agencies and this demand always spikes around Christmas. “Operation Santa is a great way for local people to help those in our community who are struggling for a variety of reasons,” UnitingCare local coordinator Wendy McEachern said. “While we may not know them personally, there are many people

who need our help.” Spot the large red Operation Santa tree at any Target or Target Country store, take a gift tag from the tree and donate a gift for someone in need. You can also purchase gift cards from any Target checkout. UnitingCare representatives will distribute the gifts to South Gippslanders in need for Christmas morning. Operation Santa runs from now until Sunday, December 23.

Ambo’s ‘plea for help’ By Matt Dunn AN email from a local paramedic to Opposition Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Mental Health Wade Noonan has been labelled a “plea for help”.

Donate a gift this Christmas: UnitingCare local coordinator Wendy McEachern, Leongatha Target manager Kate Wilson and Target staff member Bec Charlton with the Operation Santa Christmas tree.

The paramedic believes the Wonthaggi, Leongatha and Korumburra hospitals should be held to account for poor patient outcomes, since they were often unable to accept admissions at critical times. Instead, patients are invariably transported to metropolitan-based emergency departments like Casey Hospital in Berwick or regional hospitals like Traralgon. The situation, the paramedic believes, was leading to a blow-out in response times and the likelihood that patients’ lives could be put at risk. Further, the paramedic complained that the Wonthaggi Hospital was on more or less permanent bypass and Korumburra often did not have doctors for anything other than time critical patients.

“This is a direct plea for help to the Victorian Health Minister, David Davis and the Baillieu Government,” Mr Noonan said. “Ambulance bypass is the net outcome of an overcrowded and stressed emergency department. It is usually pre-empted by extended delays in emergency department patients accessing inpatient beds. “Across the state what we’re seeing is response times growing longer, whilst ambulances are parked up outside emergency departments”. Mr Noonan said the situation was of “particular concern because when Wonthaggi, Korumburra and Leongatha hospitals are all on bypass, ambulances are forced to travel out of the area, which means there are less available to respond to other life-threatening call-outs.” “What this demonstrates is a Victorian health system in gridlock,” he said. The claims have been rejected by the State Government, with Health Minister David Davis blaming problems with the service on the previous Labor government.

“The Baillieu Government is investing $151 million to recruit 340 additional ambulance staff, including 210 paramedics in regional Victoria,” he said. “This also includes $16 million to build more ambulance stations. “Labor mismanaged ambulance services over the previous 11 years, including the merger of three previous ambulance services and it will take time to turn around Labor’s mismanagement.” But Mr Davis refused to answer specific questions put to him by The Star. The paper asked: Is anything being done in South Gippsland to alleviate the problem of Wonthaggi, Korumburra and Leongatha Hospitals’ inability to cope with workloads? Are patients’ lives being put at risk? Are the state’s hospitals responsible for adding to ambulance response times? Is the Victorian health system “in gridlock”? Ambulance Victoria South Coast group manager Eddy Wright said the service was facing a number of challenges.

Council fights pokies gamble By Simone Short THE decision to allow the addition of 10 gaming machines to the Wonthaggi Club is now in the hands of the Victorian Gaming and Liquor Regulator after opposition from the Bass Coast Shire Council.

The council’s opposition lies on the basis more gaming machines in the region would be detrimental to the community, according to community and economic director Steven Piasente. The Wonthaggi Club is seeking from

the commission one of two approvals required to increase its machine capacity to 68, taking the shire’s total to its mandated cap of 216, with both club management and the council presenting evidence for and against the change. Mr Piasente said the council had argued the machine increase would have a harmful social and economic impact on the region. “Wonthaggi and surrounds has a lower socio-economic index than other areas and council believes there is a connection between this and problem gambling,” he said. “Council opposes gaming machines in localities where there’s likely to be an im-

pact on the community, and is working towards a reduction in gaming machines.” Mr Piasente said the region has a higher than average expenditure on gaming machines per head of population, which is double the state average. Currently, the expenditure per adult in the Bass Coast is 106 per cent greater than the rural average, with $724 per adult spent every year on gaming machines, compared to the rural average of $351. Mr Piasente said while tourism was a factor in that expenditure, it was still “too high” compared to the rural average. “Council wants to work to reduce that,” he said. “The main factors council considered

in this application was its policy to reduce the number of machines, and the socioeconomic disadvantage. That’s the position we put forward to the commission.” Manager of the Wonthaggi Club, Steven Curtis, argued an additional 10 machines would benefit the wider community. “We want to maintain the current cap and we’ve shown the gaming commission that we can do some positive things in the community, and we put forward evidence to that fact,” he said. “We’re waiting on the gaming commission to decide on the matter. We’re not trying to increase the cap on machines in the shire; we’re just installing 10 of the ones that aren’t in use.”

Mr Curtis said one of the major benefits to the community would be the sustainability of the Wonthaggi Golf Club. “It has faced multiple years of financial difficulty and we’re currently leasing their building, which enabled them to make a profit for the year just finished. Now they’re looking good for the next 10 years,” he said. “The test that the gaming commission decides is net community benefit and we’re confident that we have proved a net community benefit for the application.” The commission is expected to announce its decision today (Tuesday), and publish its reasons for a decision before Christmas.

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New Coles to open THE wait is almost over for Wonthaggi residents, with a new Coles to open next week.

The supermarket will be part of the new Wonthaggi Plaza shopping centre development on Biggs Drive. Coles will officially open the doors to its latest look supermarket on Wednesday, December 5, bringing more than 60 jobs to the local community. With a fresh new look, modern interior and exciting new features, customers will love the store’s new market-style layout, which will emphasise convenience and value, offering an exceptional shopping experience, spanning over 4000 square metres. Store manager David Siutryk, who has been with Coles for 16 years, is looking forward to opening day when local shoppers can come in and experience the brand new store’s fresh offerings and great service. “Our shoppers have told us what they look for in a shopping experience and we think they’ll love the results. I’m sure we will have the whole town talking about our new store,” David said. “We’ll be displaying fresh produce on ice, ensuring shoppers take home the highest quality fruit and vegetables every time they shop. “We will provide an entirely new shopping experience with a marketstyle layout, in store butchers and bakers, and a range of other exciting features designed to make shopping a breeze. “Customers will also be able to pick up fresh grab and go curries, alongside our big range of fresh fish

Local, not foreign By Matt Dunn A SPOKESMAN for the company that has taken over the former Bonlac milk factory at Toora said locals would be employed in preference to overseas workers.

Grand unveiling: Coles Wonthaggi store manager David Siutryk is expecting a successful opening next week. and seafood, as well as a specialty cheese range. Plus our team of four bakers will be baking fresh bread, rolls, cakes and pastries in store every day.” David says the new supermarket will be “something really special for our customers, giving them a new shopping option in Wonthaggi”. “The store team is really excited

about the store and we’re counting down the days until the opening,” he said. “I hope that our South Gippsland shoppers are just as keen to see the new store when it’s unveiled next week.” Coles Wonthaggi will be located in the Wonthaggi Plaza Shopping Centre, 2 Biggs Drive, Wonthaggi.

Fears have been rising that the company, Funton Holdings, could import cheap overseas labour and lock locals out of employment opportunities. GHD’s manager for Gippsland region Jon McNaught, who speaks on behalf of Vi-plus Dairy and its parent company Funton Holdings, said: “I doubt that would be an issue. Regardless of what they want to do, government requires local workers to have visas. If you want a comment, the intention will be to use locals.” But Mr McNaught said the employment of workers at the factory would not come to fruition for some time. The eventual figure has been set at 150. “Nothing will happen at the site until the new year, at the earliest. There’s still a long way to go, to be honest. That announcement (which featured in The Star on Tuesday, October 2) is great. I think we have to be realistic about timing,” he said. “Peter Ryan (Deputy Premier) was keen to get an announcement happening, which was good, but we need to get permits and contracts signed.” South Gippsland Shire Council director of development services Phil

Stone said there were “some challenges around the approvals process”. “They haven’t applied for approval yet and there’s going to be some significant issues around water, but I don’t think they’re insurmountable. We need to get water there and have it disposed of appropriately,” he said. “From what the proponent’s told me, he’s created an Australian company and he’s keen to get an Australian workforce. He’s been in Australia for many years.” Mr Stone said council, along with the State Government and South Gippsland Water, had had initial discussions with the company. “We have a project team working on some of the issues. It’s difficult for them to apply just yet, because you try and nut out all the preliminary challenges. We’ve been working on that for about a month or so. But this announcement was from the proponent,” he said. “We certainly didn’t push it at all. We’re expecting an application from them in the next week. The application will be in two stages. One for a factory that will bring in milk and can it for baby formula. The second part will be for a milk drying facility, which is a more difficult one.” Mr Stone said Dajian Li, who was the driving force behind the plans to revamp the factory, has a “genuine need and a market” for his products, which will be exported to Asia. “He really has a desire to be at the helm of a good local company,” Mr Stone said.



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Countdown to plaza opening By Simone Short WITH only a week until the big opening, The Star was taken on a tour of the Wonthaggi Plaza Shopping Centre as it nears completion.

With the final interior construction almost finished, a number of stores have already moved in and are stocking shelves in preparation for the December 5 opening. Polaris Property development manager, Fabio Mandarano, said the final stages of the plaza were progressing well. “Despite a few hold ups with wet weather earlier in the development, everything is coming along well,” he said. “Before now, the closest shopping centres were Cranbourne or Traralgon and Moe; I think the Wonthaggi Plaza is a real novelity for the area.” While the plaza is light and bright in its brand new state, Mr Mandarano said shoppers can expect the fresh feeling of the centre to last. “In a mall environment,

you expect things will be maintained,” he said. “When things require refurbishment, a high standard will be met at the Wonthaggi Plaza.” With only three shops remaining vacant, a few new businesses have joined the centre, including Sunoom Massage and Michel’s Patisserie. Mr Mandarano said Michel’s Patisserie would include an outdoor eating area, which would “add a nice touch” to the centre. The two biggest shops, Tar-

get and Coles, have already begun filling with stock. New stores have also offered increased employment opportunities to people in the region. “We’ve recently added 53 team members to our store, and all our current Target Country staff are excited to come across to the new store,” Target store manager Xavier Leyland said. “It’s a diverse team of staff, with ages of staff ranging from 15 to 60, who are focused on a fantastic customer

service attitude.” Mr Leyland said staff were currently busy stocking shelves in the new store, which will offer customers a greater range of products than the current Target Country. “We’re thrilled to be bringing a bigger and refreshed Target store to Wonthaggi,” he said. Coles will also expand on the current store, with the full line store coming to the plaza. Mr Mandarano said customers will be able to shop from

Getting ready: Tiffany Burchell, Jeannie Archibald and Angel Horvath are busy stocking shelves for Christmas shoppers at the new Target store at the Wonthaggi Plaza.

Jobs claim rejected By Matt Dunn DEPUTY Premier Peter Ryan said claims by the state opposition that the country was bleeding jobs was “nothing more than State Labor talking country Victoria down”.

Shadow Minister for Employment Tim Pallas said nearly 30,000 full-time jobs had been lost in regional Victoria since the Coalition government took office. He cited Australian Bureau of Statistics for July 2012, saying: “The statistics are further evidence the Baillieu-Ryan Government continues to treat regional and rural Victoria as the toenails of the state. “Month after month the statistics show Victoria’s economy going backwards under the Baillieu-Ryan Government with regional Victoria hit the hardest,” Mr Pallas said. “Mr Baillieu and Minister for Regional Victoria Peter Ryan have sat on their hands for nearly two years and watched 29,500 full-time jobs drop out of regional Victoria’s economy. “Liberal and National Party members are doing nothing to help grow jobs in regional Victoria. Mr Ryan is quite happy to gloat in parliament about his government when the reality is regional Victoria is going backwards and these job statistics add weight to that.” Mr Pallas said the government had driven “massive jobs cuts in the public service across regional Victoria and savagely cut hundreds of millions of dollars in funding from education and training.”

But Mr Ryan said the ABS figures were “extremely misleading, and typical of Labor’s irresponsible scaremongering”. “The facts are, that total employment in regional Victoria has actually increased since November 2010 by more than 16,000,” he said. “Between November 2010 and July 2012, full time employment fell by 12,800 but total employment - full time and part time - increased by 16,300. The ALP has chosen to compare full time employment in December 2010 with July 2012. The last state election was held in November 2010 not December. “Employment numbers are very seasonal. Employment often peaks in December and hence this month was chosen by the ALP because it best suits their argument. Technically it is not appropriate to compare December, or November, employment numbers with July figures.” Mr Ryan said the more appropriate comparison is “like with like”. “That is July 2010 with July 2012. A comparison on this basis shows that full time employment in regional Victoria decreased marginally - by 300 - but total employment increased by 32,500,” he said. “If Labor was really concerned about jobs in regional Victoria, particularly in Gippsland, it would join forces with the Victorian Coalition Government in rejecting Federal Labor’s disastrous carbon tax. “This outrageous new Labor tax is hurting regional and rural businesses and devastating entire industries, at a time of existing significant financial pressure.”

Coles’ biggest store (without apparel), which includes Liquorland, a bakery, and an extensive deli including individual fish, poultry, red meat and cheese counters. The opening is set to be a big event in town, with plenty of activi-

ties and specials organised. Target will be fun for the whole family, with Cookie Monster and Santa visiting on the day, as well as a jazz band, a coffee cart, free Christmas gift wrapping, face painting and balloon art.

Almost finished: Polaris Property development manager Fabio Mandarano, Dam Damian Iapossuto from TRG architects and Stevens’ Construction dir director Jason Lewis show off the new sign recently erected at the Wont Wonthaggi Plaza Shopping Centre ahead of its opening.

Bass Coast Council briefs Event permit still muddy DESPITE high ticket sales and less than two months until the event, Tough Mudder is yet to receive an approved permit from the Bass Coast Shire Council. During community question time last Wednesday, a member of the gallery asked whether a permit had been approved for the famous obstacle course event. Council’s planning and environment director Hannah Duncan-Jones said the organisers were in the process of getting a permit and their application was currently being assessed. Councillor Brad Drew said according to the organisers, the event was going ahead, but asked where council would sit should the event run without a permit. Council’s community and economic director Steven Piasente said the risk of having a permit denied was the responsibility of the organiser and council would not be at fault.

Time for attendance BASS Coast councillors may be given time to speak about their attendance at community events during meetings. In response to a question from a gallery member on whether or not councillors

would be given an assigned i d time to speak about their recent attendances, CEO Alan Bawden said they are already invited to do so during acknowledgements. “If the councillors feel it is appropriate, they can add time to the meetings to do so,” he said. Cr Phil Wright said as council meetings already tend to last for a number of hours, extra time would only cause them to drag on longer. “I think it’s better to be efficient and it is a good suggestion, but I won’t be voting for it,” he said.

Aquatic centre on hold CAPITAL works money for the design of the new Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre has been put on hold until further notice. A project brief has been developed for the expression of interest for the design of the centre and will be presented to council for approval prior to tender. When asked about the status of the centre last Wednesday night, Cr Jordan Crugnale said plans had been put on hold until March next year while council waited for a full briefing from council staff. “We are waiting to look at a feasibility study that will bring us up to speed on where the

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To good use THE use of land bought by Bass Coast Shire Council for recreational purposes recently needs to be considered carefully, according to Councillor Phil Wright. Cr Wright said while the purchase of land in Ventnor Road on Phillip Island had been finalised, he hadn’t yet seen any progress in the community. “We need to try and work out what the best use for that land is,” he said, suggesting a register be set-up for the community to make suggestions. “The block is larger than all of the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve and there is sufficient room on that site for an aquatic centre. It needs to be developed as part of a master plan.”

Have your say BASS Coast Shire Council aims to develop a council plan with input from the community. Councillor Neil Rankine said the council wanted to develop the plan over the next four years. He encouraged the community to get involved and tell them what they would like to see in the region, whether it be improvements to the Bay Beach car park or the First Surf Beach toilet

b sewered. box d “Everyone should have a think about having some input on council planning,” he said.

Solution needed TRAFFIC around the Murray Street and Biggs Drive intersection in Wonthaggi is already busy. Councillor Neil Rankine therefore asked for a temporary solution while waiting for the Wonthaggi CBD traffic management improvements study to begin. Council has dedicated $550,000 towards the project, and Cr Rankine believed council needed to look at the situation around Biggs Drive. “The intersection at Safeway and the medical clinic is very tight,” he said. “We have to wait until the traffic settles when the new centre opens, but is it possible to prepare a report on temporary management of that area?” Council’s community and economic director Steven Piasente said council had been looking at some possible solutions for the problem intersection and had also been talking to VicRoads. Cr Rankine asked Mr Piasente for a report on the different types of ideas council was looking at doing there.

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The marina is an initiative of South Gippsland Shire Council, as part of the Corner Inlet Tourism Development project, featuring $14 million worth of tourism infrastructure projects in the Corner Inlet area. There are five individual projects including the restoration of the Port Welshpool Long Jetty, the extension of the Great Southern Rail trail from Foster to Welshpool and the dredging of the Toora channel. The project also includes an Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve master plan. Marina project manager Paul Stampton said it is proposed to use part of the existing car park near the former ferry terminal on land managed by council, as well as land and water managed by Gippsland Ports and the Department of Sustainability and the Environment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The proposed marina provides an opportunity for a major new tourism development project for the shire that would allow a range of other complimentary businesses to enter the market,â&#x20AC;? Mr Stampton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This could include boat servicing, accommodation, food, retail and other tourism enterprises. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The marina would be a significant attractor of visitors in its own right, but could also be the catalyst for a range of other projects in the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The economic and design assessment of the proposed marina is the first step towards potential development.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Currently, tenders have been let for experienced marine consultants to undertake the assessment and are currently under consideration.â&#x20AC;? The assessment is expected to cost $200,000, but only has $90,000 put aside from council at this stage. The Port Welshpool Long Jetty restoration project, expected to cost around $11 million, has not begun due to the project lacking funding. The project moved a step closer recently, when it was announced it would progress to the detailed design stage to be undertaken by Gippsland Ports immediately, with the works expected to be completed in early 2013. The rail trail extension is expected to be completed by 2015. The design is complete and contracts have been let by council for vegetation clearance and gravel supply. A tender for the design and construction of the new bridges has been advertised. This project is worth $2.9 million; $2 million has come from the State Government and the remainder from council. The dredging of the Toora channel is not currently funded, however designs and costs for the project are being updated. All studies for wildlife impact have been completed and a submission to the Federal Government on spoil disposal is underway. The final project is the master plan for the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This project seeks to present a clear future vision and commitment to tourism improvement to Agnes Falls, including improved walking tracks, additional viewing platforms and improved toilets and picnic facilities,â&#x20AC;? said project manager

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Teens move ahead STUDENTS at Korumburra Secondary College are already planning ahead for 2013 with head start classes underway. Year 11 students are getting a head start on next year’s curriculum while the Year 10 group is already tackling VCE studies. This program gives the teachers a chance to get some core skills down pat before assigning students with holiday homework for the summer. Acting principal John Wilson said the program was vital for effective learning. “Having students comfortable in their

surroundings is a vital component of effective learning,” he said. “At the start of each year, students are faced with the challenges of new classmates, new teachers, new subjects and new content. “Out head start program allows our students to get settled into these new surroundings at the end of this year, meaning they can hit the ground running next year.” Year 7 to 9 students are all getting used to their 2013 classmates as well, after moving into their new form groups for the upcoming year and starting new course work.

Coal Creek ideas pursued Head start: Helena Brown and Beth O’Brien are getting a head start on their Year 12 Math Methods work for next year thanks to teacher Neil Cockburn.



Homemade gifts of food make lovely Christmas presents (with the recipe attached to jar as a nice addition). We tend to vary each year, according to what is plentiful or perhaps a new discovery. Many years ago I came across a book called 'Creating Gourmet Gifts', which features starters, preserved fruit and vegetables (chutneys, pickles, jams), herbs and spices, main courses (pates, terrines, sausages, picnic foods), bread biscuits and cakes, desserts, drinks, sweets and even how to create your own boxes. The Spicy Tomato Sauce is a favourite, and goes over cottage pie, pasties – well, lots of things. This makes quite a good quantity. You can use diced, tinned tomatoes, but if you have that wondrous piece of equipment, a Passata machine, it is just so easy to use fresh tomatoes in season at the moment. If you are looking for a gift for a cook, go online and search – about $40 and one of the best things I have ever bought for the kitchen.

SPICY TOMATO SAUCE 2½kg tomatoes peeled and chopped 2 cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped 400gm onions, peeled and thinly sliced 4 cloves of garlic, crushed with a teaspoon each of salt and sugar cup chopped ginger 1 cup sugar 2½ cups white wine vinegar 1 bay leaf 2 chillies, chopped (optional) 1 teaspoon each of celery seeds, mustard seeds and white pepper Put the tomatoes, apples, onions, garlic and ginger into a large pot and simmer for 3 hours. Leave overnight. Blend the mixture in a food processor, in batches, then return to the pot and add the white pepper, sugar and vinegar. Tie the chillies, celery seeds, mustard seeds and bay leaf in a muslin bag and add to the pot. Bring to the boil and simmer for an hour or more, until the sauce is thick and smooth. Check for seasoning. Ladle into warm sterilized bottles and seal with a cork. Allow to mature for a month. Label and date your jars. To wash and sterilize jars – wash in warm soapy water, rinse then place in a 100 C oven for 10 minutes. Remove and place on a tea towel to cool a little.

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s plan to introduce business in Creek is going well. to Coal Cree

attended.” Mr Stone said more public consultation is on the way, as well as a newsletter to inform the public of developments. “We are coordinating that over the next few weeks and we should have a feasibility business plan by the end of the year,” he said. “This is on top of further rounds of community consultation.” In the coming weeks, the winner of the public idea competition will be announced, as well as information newsletters via The Star and other local newspapers.

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Although still sti only in the early stages, council’s director direct of development services Phil Stone is excited about the possible outcomes. conducted to date are “What we have h some surveys and a a competition to seek very well represented ideas, which were w and were great, great as well as a number of workshops,” he said. “We had a workshop based on the public’s ideas and we’ve been having other workshops that were reasonably well

OVER 50 men got together at Nyora Recreation Reserve recently, representing six men’s sheds across South Gippsland and two men’s sheds in Bass Coast.

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They came by bus, by car and by motorbike from around the region. The Southern Gippsland Cluster of Men’s Sheds was an informal gathering, getting the guys together to share notes and resources, and to talk about activities at each shed. There are six sheds in South Gippsland – the host shed at Nyora – and also Corner Inlet, Korumburra, Leongatha, Mirboo North and Venus Bay. There were also representatives on the day from Wonthaggi and Phillip Island RSL Sheds, and apologies from Corinella. Every shed has a different set-up and activities, and they all share information and learn from each other. Members listened to Brendan Horrocks from Victoria Police, presenting a VicRoads presentation ‘Looking after our mates’ which covered safe driving, drinks and drugs, and much more. Brendan kept the whole room involved, and the men came up with some curly and interesting questions for him. There are many men across the men’s shed cluster, who also volunteer as driver-mentors for the L2P program – a learner driver program that matches volunteer driver mentors with local young people who need to work with a licensed driver to build up their 120 hours of supervised driving to work towards their licences. The Nyora men then cooked up a storm and fed everyone a lovely lunch, before offering a tour of their new shed, recently constructed with funds raised through successful grant applications and their own efforts at fundraising with barbecues. It was a great session, enjoyed by everyone. For more information on any of the men’s sheds, please call Barbara Look at South Gippsland Shire Council on 5662 9319.

WORK on designing and costing the new Korumburra Children’s Hub is underway. South Gippsland Shire Council is pursuing the Mair Crescent site, as confirmed at the June meeting of council. The hub could house childcare and kindergarten services. Korumburra resident David Amor raised his concerns about the suitability of the site at last Wednesday’s public presentation session. The unsuccessful council candidate in the recent election also urged the new council to enhance the former Korumburra saleyards site, now a “massive mess”. Mr Amor also called for improvements at the top of Commercial Street to improve safety, given the restricted driving space there. “My biggest problem is what is going to happen in Korumburra. How can we get something up and happening?” he said. “We have lots of things in the wind but no ticks in the boxes.”

Mr Amor also raised concerns about the state of Loch-Poowong Road, reopened after significant roadworks following a landslip. “A fortnight ago, I was driving there and there were tree branches in the gutter and there was water running across the road, and that’s what caused the landslip last time,” he said. Cr Lorraine Brunt said white posts on the inside lane of the road were too close to the road, forcing motorists to drive too far from the edge. Anthony Seabrook, council’s engineering services director, said the road would be inspected and the positioning of the posts was to encourage drivers away from the edge. Mr Amor said the “honeymoon” period for the new councillors was now over and they should now get on with their own jobs. He urged them to focus on improving communication, infrastructure planning and to be involved, as well as filling potholes.

Meals roster (Leongatha) Rd 1: Christian Revival Crusade (Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri), Yooralla (Tues); Rd 2: S. Birch (Mon, Thur, Fri), National Bank (Tues), SG Specialist School (Wed); Rd 3: Leongatha Primary School (all week) will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning December 3, 2012.

Here you go: Fish Creek Primary School students really enjoyed a visit by the Royal Flying Doctor Service simulator recently. Teacher Ashleigh Jordan and service presenter Tom Ryan load Kirra into the simulator, much to the concern of her schoolmates.

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Christmas is coming to KORUMBURRA

Christmas cheer on way The Korumburra Business Association is looking forward to the second Family Christmas Day. Association president David Amor said new things are being introduced to the day. “Last year was our first attempt at this kind of thing and this year we are making a lot more stuff free for the kids,” he said. “We’ve got a bungy cord run where you can put your strength and

legs against the bungy cord and see how far you can run out before it pulls you back. We’ve also got a little nine hole golf course for people to try their skill as well. “We’ve still got the trolley rides, jumping castle, fairy floss, and most importantly we’ve got the man himself, Santa Claus coming.” The event will be on from 10am to 3pm with the big man in red there from noon for all the kids. “We have got 100 show bags for sale from the KBA, which are great value and what is

Santa’s coming: excited about the Christmas in Korumburra Family Day are Korumburra Business Association members, from left, Brian Hess, Gary Baumgartner, David Amor, Sean Linehan and Yvonne Hess.

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in them is incredible,” he said. “We’ve boy and girl lucky dips as well.” Mr Amor said there is a big surprise on the day that everyone in Korumburra must see. The whole day will be based above the Post Office/Kelly’s Bakery car park of Commercial

Street. “A lot of the shop owners will be keeping their shops open for families that want to have a look, pick up some good buys at the shops and have a lot of fun,” Mr Amor said. “Come to Korumburra, enjoy the atmosphere and let your kids get involved.”



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Hidden cost to changing your electricity retailer By Jane Ross EVERY time someone changes their electricity retailer, it costs us all $200. That’s a result of the competitive energy market. Alan Pears, a professor at RMIT, made that alarming statement on Wednesday evening. He was one of three speakers at a climate change forum organised by Groundswell Bass Coast. He is also a director of Sustainable Solutions Pty Ltd. Highlighting areas of the local coast, he said much of it will be regularly inundated or

under water in the next few decades “if we don’t act fast” to mitigate the effects of climate change. “Our children will have many more problems than we will face. “This is a serious time.” Professor Pears said we should be grateful for the recent cyclone that hit New York because “it may mean something will be done about climate change”. Since 1970, our hot years have been getting hotter and the cold years have been getting hotter too. “You can choose to cherry pick the data and pretend nothing is happening but there are

10 climate indicators and they are all heading in the wrong direction.” These include average humidity, snow cover and the heat content of the ocean. “Extreme events are more extreme, frequent and expensive. “The International Energy Agency is increasingly concerned regarding climate change saying we can’t afford to burn the fossil fuel we know we have. “The amount of coal and gas we export produces more greenhouse gas than we do here.” But as far as energy efficiency is concerned Australia “is in a black hole and we’ve really got to get moving”.

Speakers: Professor Alan Pears, Liza Price and Gil Freeman with Gil’s electric car. The three were guest speakers at a Groundswell Bass Coast climate change forum.

Solar revolution By Jane Ross THERE has been a huge explosion in the number of solar panels locally, amounting to a revolution.

Gil Freeman is a director of the district’s Energy Innovation Cooperative which works on ways to make homes more energy efficient. Through its Southern Solar Hubs program, he said the cooperative has installed more than 600 kilowatts of solar ray on local homes. Speaking at a Groundswell Bass Coast climate change forum in Wonthaggi last week, Gil paid tribute to Susan Davies, a “stalwart of the cooperative”. “The three years of the cooperative’s activity have been extraordinary.” He said its vision is for the southern Gippsland community to become one of zero carbon emissions and energy self reliance. “We work with the community at all levels, with households and we’re building expertise with small and medium businesses. “We have 800 friends on our lists, run a website and a regular newsletter.” The cooperative has run household renewable energy advice workshops and hopes to do more next year. “We are always looking for new opportunities for doing things that are different.” One involves the search for four sites in Gippsland to install a wind generator as a demonstration “so people

can look and see if it is a possibility for them”. Gil said there are “huge amounts of money” available from the carbon tax to run energy efficiency information sessions, and he and his fellow directors have determined to apply for some. One of the biggest challenges for country people wanting to live sustainably is in getting about. “Transport for country people is terribly energy intensive.” Gil drives an electric car. He said he had come in the vehicle from the other side of Korumburra to Wonthaggi “with practically zero emissions” and was planning to go back the same way. He plugged his car into a Wonthaggi Town Hall socket, drawing on its green power. Gil is an avid promoter of Grow Lightly South Gippsland. This began because of concern about reducing food miles – that is, the distance our food travels before we eat it. The project involves the payment of a set amount four weeks in advance for a weekly or fortnightly box of fruit, vegetables, nuts, herbs and eggs produced in South Gippsland. The contents of the box are organic, but there is no system of ordering; you are given what is available. The boxes are available for pick up from local depots including Korumburra, Leongatha, Fish Creek and Inverloch. “You join for $15 a year,” Gil told the forum. “Clean, fresh food is a very big issue.”

Professor Pears said energy makes up two thirds of Australia’s emissions and agriculture is the other “big one”. There are those trying to tackle the latter but without visible outcomes yet. The professor said methane is an active greenhouse gas and that’s why there is so much concern about methane from coal seams. He said the dream we have that humans can lift climate change action above pettiness and politics “is not happening”. “The whole global negotiation is a deeply political, pragmatic game.” Professor Pears said China is undergoing rapid growth in renewable energy, shutting down old polluting power stations and becoming a leading supplier of renewable energy technology. Addressing the topic of Australia’s carbon price, the professor said he thinks it is influencing investment activity and the victim mentality reaction has been of an hysterical nature. “The problem is in people’s heads. The big 250 companies (that have to pay the tax) are saving over $800 million a year in energy efficiency.” Asked how that sat with Murray Goulburn’s complaint that the carbon tax would cost the cooperative $15 million a year, Professor Pears said the company had done a lot of good work on its energy bills and “they should be saving a lot more than $15 million”. “I’d be surprised if they’re not well ahead already.” Professor Pears suggested if we managed our food better and threw less out, “we could save more greenhouse gases”. The carbon tax, he added, was designed to make us think about what we’re doing and be smarter. “Money from the carbon price flows back through the economy. There are a few winners and a few losers and the losers can make changes. “If you drive innovation you can dramatically reduce the future carbon price.”

On yer bike councillor! By Jane Ross BASS Coast Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Neil Rankine is thinking about buying an electric bicycle so he can ride to council meetings instead of driving. He said it’s more than an idle thought because he’s looked at a number of such vehicles. With solar panels on the shed and roof of his Wonthaggi home, he’d have no qualms about plugging the bike in to provide power. Cr Rankine is a founding member of Groundswell Bass Coast which has been holding public meetings to raise awareness of climate change issues. A forum was held in the Wonthaggi Town Hall last Wednesday evening, with council’s acting environment manager Liza Price one of the speakers. She was asked why council staff didn’t ride bicycles in the course of their duties, instead of driving cars or trucks. She replied consideration is being given to those who move between council offices in McBride Avenue and the information centre in McKenzie Street, doing so by bicycle. But Ms Price pointed out there are occupational health and safety issues, as well as others involving the cartage of material. The council civic offices and depot provide a shower for employees who wish to ride and while there is no bike rack, there is a secure area where bikes can be left. A number of staff regularly ride to work. Environment director Hannah Duncan-Jones impressed her colleagues and new councillors by riding in from Tarwin Lower to attend a recent councillor induction day. Ms Duncan-Jones took part in one leg of the Bass Coast Challenge and fellow shire director Steve Piasente has ridden in the Great Victorian Bike Ride. Council also has a bike strategy and a lot of work has been done on cycling paths around the shire. Ms Price told the forum sea level rise and storm surges will threaten the shire’s

valuable tourism industry, while heatwaves would impact on rural industry and health. She gave Pioneer Bay as an example. By 2050, seas will be one metre above the current high water mark and by 2100, it will be two metres. “Local government is required to plan for climate change and local councils have an important role in helping communities understand climate change. We must plan for sea level rise, tides and storm surges.” Such events have to be factored in to planning and decision making. Ms Price said as part of council’s Home and Community Care services, advice is given on reducing energy use and keeping housing cool. She said landfill and street lighting are the council’s two major emitters of greenhouse gases, with landfill the worst. Work is underway with the community to reduce waste to landfill because over 50 per cent of refuse is food or green waste. Federal funding has been given to change 260 street lights to low energy globes, saving up to $100,000 a year on the council’s power bill. “We are trying to improve the capacity of the environment to absorb carbon by planting over 170,000 trees a year through Landcare.” Ms Price said council is part of the South East Coastal Alliance which, in concert with Monash University, is looking at what should be done when sea levels rise and public and private infrastructure is damaged. And work is to begin soon with the Department of Sustainability and Environment to undertake a coastal assessment. The council has funding for a two-year project to study the future of infrastructure such as beach access, boat ramps and jetties. Ms Price mentioned council’s vision of the shire becoming a food bowl but she was challenged at the end of the meeting by AileenVening of Wonthaggi, who said that was contradicted by urban sprawl.

Real threat: bushfires alongside roads can trap motorists.

Slashing fire risk

BASS Coast Shire Council has started its roadside slashing program to help reduce the risk of bushfire during the fire danger period.

Council’s acting infrastructure director Jamie Sutherland said all roadside slashing would be complete by the middle of December. “Our staff and contractors are working together to make sure the program is completed,” he said. “Our slashing program has been designed with input from the Municipal Fire Prevention Committee to minimise risks to residents and visitors. “We have two cuts scheduled with time for a third if needed. “Our team also deals with customer feedback to improve sight distance for traffic.” Roadside slashing would be done by December 20. To report any concerns please contact the infrastructure maintenance team on 1300 226 278.

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Nice stamps: Lindsay Fromhold has thousands of stamps in his extensive collection, including some very old, rare and valuable specimens.

Stocking up: Shirleyanne Wright of Shan’s Lingerie with Wilma Fryer and Leila Bell, both of Inverloch, who were on the hunt for a bargain at the preChristmas sale held at Memorial Hall in Leongatha last week. Shirt shopping: Jessie Spencer (left) from Panther’s Mensland with Denise Lees from Leongatha, who was having a look around Memorial Hall last week, when the hall was full of preChristmas bargains.

Good access is good business A NEW free guide to help local businesses attract more customers and improve access for all is now available in Bass Coast.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s community and economic development director Steven Piasente said the Good Access is Good Business Guide aims to help business owners understand their business may be missing out on up to 35 per cent of the population. “Almost 20 per cent of Australians have a disability,” he said. “If you include people with temporary disabilities, such as illness or injury, this figure almost doubles to 35 per cent.” Mr Piasente said it makes good business sense to learn what you can do to make your business more accessible to people with a disability. “Providing easy access to your business will not only benefit people with a range of permanent and temporary disabilities, but also older people, delivery people and parents or carers of young children, particularly those with

prams,” he said. “People with a disability and older people contribute to the richness of our diverse community. “The more you can reflect this diversity in your customer base the more successful your business will be.” Ten local organisations secured funding from the Department of Human Services to improve access to their organisations for people with a disability.

The funding was used to improve physical access such as providing ramps and handrails, mobility aids and to improve customer service such as attending disability awareness training. To pick up your free copy of the guide, visit the Accessability page on the Bass Coast Shire Council website. For a bound copy of the guide, contact administration officer Lisa Pet-

tinella on 1300 226 278 or you can get one via the National Relay Service on 13 36 77 (for people with communication difficulties) or email ruralaccess@ The Department of Human Services Community Building Programs Rural Access and Deaf Access created the guide in conjunction with Bass Coast Shire Council and the five other Gippsland councils.

Fond of philately By Sarah Vella LINDSAY Fromhold from Meeniyan is mad about stamps, so much so that 17 years ago, he and his wife Linda bought the Meeniyan Post Office. Mr Fromhold admits stamp collecting and an interest in philatelics is not as popular as it once was, as for young people these days there is a lot of competition. “People collect stamps because they want to have the satisfaction of completing something, such as a collection or set of stamps,” Mr Fromhold said. “There are a lot of different aspects to what people can collect and their collection can be very personalised.” People often collect along a theme, and others may collect for financial gain, similar to someone collecting and trading antiques. “The better stamps do appreciate in value, so there is money to be made.” Mr Fromhold’s collection, made up of what Linda said could quite possibly be one million stamps, started when he was quite young. “My family collected stamps. As a young bloke I can remember going to the post office. I still have some of the first day covers from the Olympics in 1968,” he said. “Now my collection is mainly focused on kangaroo stamps and King George V stamps. I look for colour shades, printing errors and local postmarks, which can be quite a challenge to find. “I do really enjoy hunting out the rarer stamps, especially finding them in good condition. With my collection, I am continually trying to improve it,

looking for better copies of things.” Mr Fromhold is a member of four stamp collecting clubs in Gippsland, including Inverloch, Foster, Warragul and Morwell. “Being a member of a stamp collecting club is like being a member of a sporting club. It is a good mix of people who have similar interests,” he said. “It can also be a good social experience and gives members opportunities to learn new things and can be a good place to give or receive help and advice.” Mr Fromhold gives two talks a year at each of the clubs where he tries to “mix it up a bit” and talk about different aspects of collecting and philately each year. As well as talks, Mr Fromhold also attends stamp trade fairs, where he buys and sells stamps to enhance his collection. “I often buy entire collections of stamps and there is only about 10 to 15 percent I want to keep for myself. I tend to sell the remainder,” he said. “I came home with an entire car full of stamps last year. I am still trying to sort through those.” The best stamp in Mr Fromhold’s collection is a 6d blue kangaroo stamp. It has a defect, referred to as a bite out of the kangaroo’s left leg. “It was well spotted actually. I had been researching faults and just happened upon it. That is part of the fun, trying to find the special stamps.” Mr Fromhold said he figured running a post office would be a good way of helping his collection. “Linda thinks I keep too many and don’t sell enough though. I’ll keep collecting for a while yet. Old habits die hard,” he said.

Fundraising far from a disaster ENERGY was saved and money raised by a community project at Inverloch. Smartswitches were sold around the town, raising funds for Inverloch Kongwak Primary School. The school joined with the Inverloch and District Community Bank and the Rotary Club of Inverloch to sell the switches, which reduce energy usage by shutting down TV and computer equipment, rather than leaving the devices on standby. Jackie Laurie, branch manager of the bank, said: “The result in Inverloch was 96 installations which raised $1632 for the nominated recipient, the Inverloch Kongwak Primary School.” The school used funds from the project, together with monies raised from other activities such as an out of uniform day, to get

Rotary’s Disaster involved in Rotary’ ’s Di D isaster Aid Program. Inverloch Rotary president Gerry Lonergan said Disaster Aid Australia is committed to rebuilding shattered lives by delivering shelter, water and light solu soluvital emergency shelter tions to those who have lost everything in a natural or other disaster. School principal Wendy Caple said getting her school children involved in the Disaster Aid program was a great learning experience. “One of the best features is that the children can follow the movement of the box that was funded from its source through to the delivery to the suffering families,” she said. “This results in high interest among the children.” Each Disaster Aid box costs $800 and, according to Peter Faulkner, director of Disaster Aid Australia, includes such items as a tent, water filtration, cooking utensils and soap.

Local action: celebrating the success of the energy saving, money raising effort were: Jackie Laurie, branch manager of Bendigo Bank; Gerry Lonergan, president of Inverloch Rotary; Inverloch Kongwak Primary School principal Wendy Caple; and Peter Faulkner, director of Disaster Aid Australia.

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Youth Support Programs Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS) Drug Treatment Service (DTS) has two programs which offer support and assistance for young people. The Youth Withdrawal program assists Aboriginal and NonAboriginal young people with supervised reduction and/or withdrawal from substances in a safe and comfortable environment. Manager Drug Treatment Services Ann Hamden says the program offers support either in the young persons home or through a residential rehabilitation service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We conduct a series of individual consultations over a short period, followed by ongoing counselling and support to help complete the withdrawal. Pre and post withdrawal support, referrals and education are provided to the young person and help can also be

Change of days Fast Forward Clinic

provided for familiesâ&#x20AC;? said Ms Hamden. The Youth Alcohol and Drug Outreach Service provides assessment and support to young people with alcohol and drug problems in their own environment. The service also supports other agencies that work with young people, through information, education and training. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The program targets young people where use of alcohol and illicit drugs causes signiďŹ cant physical, psychological and social harmâ&#x20AC;? said Ms Hamden. Both programs provide services in Latrobe, Baw Baw and Wellington areas and are targeted toward young people between the ages of 12 and 21

Latrobe Community Health Service has walk-in Fast Forward drug treatment clinics in Moe, Morwell, Warragul and Sale.

LCHS Youth support workers Renae Grabham and Belinda Whitmore.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our staff also deliver educational sessions at schools and community events where information is provided through fun activities about drug and alcohol prevention, as well as harm minimisation strategies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We aim to reduce the incidents of young people experimenting

with alcohol and drugs through this early intervention model of health,â&#x20AC;? said Ms Hamden. For further information and referrals contact Drug Treatment Services on 1800 242 696 or visit

Family Violence Services Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS) is committed to providing services for those impacted by family violence. Family violence is a signiďŹ cant issue in our local community with more than 800 incidents of violence referred to LCHS by police in the past year, said acting Manager Counselling Services Lisa Brock. LCHS provides a number of conďŹ dential support services delivered by trained and experienced staff.

Â&#x201E; Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behaviour change and CHOICES programs The Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behaviour change program is for men who have been violent and controlling towards a current or previous partner. The program is for men to be supported and educated, by changing their attitudes and violent, aggressive behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. The CHOICES program is a culturally appropriate menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behaviour change program.

Â&#x201E; Case management for indigenous men who use violence This program provides comprehensive case management services for Aboriginal men who are at risk of homelessness due to family violence. LCHS also works in partnership with a range of services to provide an integrated response to family violence. This includes working with other specialist family violence services, police and justice services to provide a better service to victims of family violence.

If you are in immediate danger phone the police on 000. For more information or to egister for any of these services phone 1800 242 696.

A clinic planned to commence in Traralgon in early 2013 will offer extended hours. The clinics provide easy access for anyone who requires services relating to alcohol and other drugs and mental health issues. Manager Drug Treatment Services, Ann Hamden, said new clients can easily access the services they need by simply turning up to a Fast Forward clinic on one of the days they operate. No appointment is needed. Fast Forward clinics are open at LCHS sites on the following days: Morwell 81 - 87 Buckley Street Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-2pm Sale 52 McArthur Street Tuesday 10am- 2pm New Clinic days from 13 November 2012 Moe 42 - 44 Fowler Street Wednesday 10am- 2pm Warragul 122 Albert Street Tuesday 10am- 2pm For more information on the Fast Forward clinics, phone LCHS on 1800 242 696.

A Year of Achievements at LCHS LCHS is proud to report many achievements and initiatives in 2011/12: s0ROVIDEDSERVICESTOOVER CLIENTSFROM eight sites across Gippsland; 18,686 referrals received and 80,385 phone enquiries handled. s2ECEIVEDMILLIONINCAPITALFUNDINGTO redevelop our Moe site and improve primary health care for the community. s)MPLEMENTEDACOMPREHENSIVECOMMUNICATION and marketing strategy across Gippsland heavily promoting our services via television, radio, newspaper, website, cinemas, public transport, and LCHS sites. Client information has also been translated into up to 15 different languages. s2E VAMPEDOUR,#(3WEBSITE INCORPORATING input from clients and staff to be more userfriendly to the community. s/PENEDA7OUND#LINICATOUR-ORWELLAND Moe sites in response to client feedback.

s!WARDEDORGANISATIONALTHREEYEAR accreditation from the Quality Improvement and Community Services Accreditation (QICSA) until March 2015.

s#ELEBRATED.ATIONAL6OLUNTEER7EEKIN-AY 2012 to thank our wonderful volunteers and recognise their extraordinary commitment to our organisation and the community.

s!WARDEDARATINGOF@EXCEEDIN3TANDARD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Governance, with the QICSA review team commending our Board for their commitment and contribution to their Governance role.

s%XCEEDEDTHEPUBLICHEALTHSERVICETARGETS of Koorie employment by 170%. The set target is 1% of the workforce; we currently have a workforce comprising 2.7% Koorie employees.

s7ONTHE6ICTORIAN(EALTHCARE Association Award for leading the innovative 'IPPSLAND2EGION-OBILE7OUND#ARE 2ESEARCH0ROJECT s4AILOREDINDIVIDUALCAREWITHINITIATIVESSUCHAS THE&AST&ORWARD@NOWAITINGDRUGTREATMENT clinicsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; linking over 100 clients per month to referral services without waiting times. s%STABLISHINGA'0#LINICATOUR-ORWELLSITE due to the increasing need for medical services IN,ATROBE6ALLEY

s0ROVIDEDNEWPROGRAMSFORNEWARRIVALS including Sudanese Dental Clinic, Driver Education and Counselling Services. s)MPLEMENTEDA"ETTER(EALTH3ELF Management program for people living with a long term health condition, with 100% of participants reporting an increase in knowledge and self-efďŹ cacy for self management. s)NCREASEDOURVOLUNTEERNUMBERSBY

For a copy of the Quality of Care Report visit or visit you nearest LCHS facility.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - PAGE 27

On deck: Doug Prescott spends three mornings a week in the foyer of the Wonthaggi Police Station providing the services of a JP to anyone who wants them. He’s always up for a chat too.

Lots to learn: people explore the Sustainability Festival at Coal Creek this year.

Festival starts now A SUCCESSFUL event takes months of planning.

Doug keeps peace By Jane Ross WALK into the Wonthaggi Police Station after eight o’clock on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday morning and you’ll see the cheery face of Doug Prescott.

A Justice of the Peace, he’s set up in the foyer with a notice saying who he is, the requisite stamps for the documents he can witness and sign, and a container of Biros with “Doug” written on it. He loves his work, which is all voluntary. Doug does statutory declarations, affidavits and will certify copies of marriage, birth and death certificates. He said he likes to be able to do that because the police are often called on for the purpose and if he can do it instead, it saves the police time. He said he once certified a document that ran to 216 pages and he had to stamp and sign each one of them. “It took me an hour and 10 minutes!” The JP will also provide the application forms for police checks and help people fill them in if necessary. “You need a police check for everything these days, even if you want a job washing dishes in a hospital.” Doug is a youth justice too, helping children who find themselves in trouble with the law.

“I meet a lot of nice people. Some pop in just to say hello and have a chat.” Sometimes, those facing court next door, will sit with Doug beforehand, asking him what they should do. They’re invariably nervous. “I try to put them at ease and tell them to be themselves.” When they come back later to thank him, he knows he’s said the right words. Doug feels his life experience has placed him in a good position to have rapport with the public. A former truck driver, he was involved in a terrible road accident in Drouin and he’s lucky to be alive. He spent two years in hospital and is a double amputee. But that hasn’t stopped him enjoying life. “I still drive, I’m quite independent and I push the trolley around the supermarket for my wife.” His vehicle is a van that opens at the back with a ramp. He heads up that in his wheelchair, clambers into the driver’s seat that swivels to face the right direction and off he goes. Doug said he finds the able bodied often don’t know how to relate to the disabled, so he makes a joke of himself. “That lightens everything up. “Life is to enjoy, that’s why I took this job as a JP.”

That is why South Gippsland Shire Council’s sustainability team is already seeking expressions of interest from potential sponsors and stallholders for its April Sustainability Festival at Coal Creek Community Park, Korumburra. “This is the fourth year of this very successful festival, and with the growing crowds we will run it on a different day to the farmers market this year to reduce the parking constraints,” explained Christine Hamilton, council’s sustainability officer and festival organiser. “The market alliance was a great support in the early years because both events attracted a crowd with common interests, but the festival has come of age and can now stand

on its own.” The Sustainability Festival will be held on Sunday, April 7 from 9am–1pm and entry is free. It is in the school holidays, making it an attractive option for families, to explore both the festival and the many facets that Coal Creek itself has to offer. “With a growing demand from consumers for earth friendly products and services, the festival is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to show the community their marketing edge,” Ms Hamilton said. “Products can be demonstrated and relationships built with potential customers through information and advice. “Your organisation can also gain valuable prestige as a good corporate citizen by providing sponsorship for

the event.” Ms Hamilton looks forward to hearing from exhibitors and sponsors with new ideas for activities and displays as well. ‘The last festival featured volunteers repairing small appliances and household goods, as well as mending and revamping old clothes, all forms of recycling,” she said. “There is always great interest in learning ways to conserve energy and water, condition soil, grow vegetables and incorporate sustainable design features when building or renovating.” If you are interested in having an exhibit or would like to sponsor the festival or a specific event, please contact Ms Hamilton on 5662 9200 or christineh@southgippsland.vic.

New look website A NEW look tourism website has been unveiled for South Gippsland. The website features a new design, fresh navigation and the incorporation of social media. The site, administered by Prom Country Regional Tourism (PCRT) is the official promotional website for the South Gippsland region. “We hope that the new-look

website will provide locals and visitors with a comprehensive guide of things to see and do in Prom Country,” said PCRT executive officer, Christine Legg. “We will be adding more information to the site in the coming weeks as we are keen to showcase just what our region has to offer.” Recognising the importance of mobile technology, the website has been optimised for use on smartphones and tablet devices.

“Mobile friendly technologies are becoming increasingly important,” Ms Legg said. “The mobile version of the site will also complement the new Prom Country iPhone application which is due for release early next year.” A listing on the new-look website forms part of membership to Prom Country Regional Tourism. Retail, tourism and community memberships are available.

Abalone open MacKillop on show days announced Fisheries Victoria has announced the 60 nominated open days for the recreational take of abalone from central Victorian marine waters for the 2012-13 season.

This region extends from the most northwestern part of Arch Rock near Cape Liptrap to east of the mouth of the Aire River, including Port Phillip and Western Port bays. The 60 nominated days for 2012-13 are: November 24-25; December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, and December 22-January 2; January 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 2628; February 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24; March 2-3, 16-17, 9-11, 23-24, March 29-April 1; April 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 25-28;

Fisheries Victoria executive director Anthony Hurst said: “Most open days are on weekends and public holidays including 12 consecutive days over Christmas and four over Easter.” Divers are reminded the statewide abalone bag limit is five, of which no more than two can be greenlip. The limit applies in, on or adjacent to Victorian waters. However, greenlip abalone cannot be taken from Port Phillip Bay. A possession limit of a total of 10 abalone applies anywhere in Victoria. The minimum size limit for blacklip abalone is 11cm from Lorne to Lakes Entrance (excluding Port Phillip Bay which is 10cm). Abalone divers are reminded they must carry

a measuring device and only use a blunt lever with rounded ends to harvest abalone. “The 60 nominated open days in central waters are listed on a water-resistant pocket card to help recreational divers better plan their trips,” Mr Hurst said. “The free pocket cards and abalone measures are available by ringing the DPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186.” Taking abalone from the intertidal zone (waters less than 2m deep) is prohibited along the entire Victorian coast. Fisheries Victoria plans to review the effectiveness of the open days arrangements as a continuing means of preventing illegal fishing.

PEOPLE of all denominations and backgrounds are welcome to attend the expo at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College this Thursday.

World’s a Stage play, Fairly Fractured Fairytales, showing at 6.30pm in the College Dance/Drama room. The expo is being held at the college on Thursday, November 29. It starts at 6pm and runs through until 8.30pm.

The college is holding a learning expo to celebrate student outcomes, for students to present their work, and there’s an invitation for the whole school and wider community to share in the college. The expo, an annual event which has been run for many years, looks to be yet again an experience not to be missed. Visitors will be able to peruse static displays of work, attend a variety of performances, dabble in ‘hands on’ learning, and taste the delights of the ever-popular Expo Café. Of special interest will be the performance of All the

Eye on ocean

Help community THE Mirboo North and District Community Foundation is now seeking applications from people keen to join its Community Advisory Committee. The foundation is a philanthropic not-for-profit organisation that works with the community. Foundation executive officer Derrick Ehmke said: “The Community Advisory Group will enable us to tap in to the tremendous knowledge and wisdom that exists in our district.” For further details or queries and an expression of interest form or the Community Advisory Committee terms of reference, contact Mr Ehmke on info@ mirboodistrictfoundation. or 0418 301 092. Applications close January 31.

CLEAN Ocean Foundation will provide an “eagle eye on pollution” along Bass Coast when it begins its independent community based monitoring program of the marine environment in January-February 2013. With the help of research vessel SV Pelican, scuba divers from SEAL Diving and community volunteers under the direction of respected marine scientists, the program will use robust scientific methods. Among those will be GPS synchronised underwater photosurveys and accredited testing laboratories to monitor the effect of pollution on the Bass Coast marine environment over time. Particular attention will be paid to the effect of outfalls, ocean acidification, climate change, plastic pollution and desalination on the Bass Coast. The foundation has already begun consultation with Aquasure, operator of the Victorian desalination project, and will be contacting relevant State Government authorities to ensure the operation proceeds smoothly. The foundation hopes that ongoing sharing of scientific data with these stakeholders will occur to the benefit of both the community and the marine environment.

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Paralympian chooses to live By Brad Lester

“My first ride was two kilometres to St Kilda. Stuart then represented Australia at two world The psychologist said Stuart’s first step was to get fit: lose weight, quit smoking and reduce his It was this feeling of momentum that appealed to championships, but the Paralympics remains his me.” ultimate competition so far. Still, he remains STUART Tripp was facing two op- drinking. A personal trainer friend arranged for him hungry for success, riding up to 500km and “Through that I learnt about the relationship tions: ending his life or making the between exercise and mental health.” to compete in the New York Marathon. Stuart exercising at a gym three times a week. most of his tragic situation. “From now on, it’s just hard work, hard work, After initially swimming, he discovered hand was exhausted after the first mile: a climb up a The fun loving man’s life was cycling through a friend. His first thought was to bridge spanning two miles, but finished 26th in a hard work. That’s what the next four years look transformed by a car accident at age 24. He go hard, to exude as much anger and aggression field of 80 hand cyclists and was on his way to like.” lost a leg and fell into a spiral of emotional as possible. representing Australia. ► more photos in Social Scene, page 42. turmoil for five years. Now aged 42, he represented Australia in hand cycling at this year’s Paralympics in London. Stuart shared his experience at the final breakfast held by the Bass Coast/ South Gippsland Business Alliance at GippsTAFE’s Wildflower restaurant at Leongatha last Thursday. People from across the shires were inspired by his journey, told before he met a friend at Korumburra and climbed Mount Misery at Outtrim. The former Traralgon man now aims to drop four kilograms by December and then focus on the 2016 Paralympics, in Brazil. “I’m now more committed than ever to being a professional athlete and I know that within four years, I’m a good chance to come home with a medal.” His result in the London Paralympic time trial was initially deflating: ninth in a field of 10, with the 10th competitor a “ring in”. “I had given all in that race,” Stuart said, noting his average heart rate was 176 beats a minute. Two days later, he placed eighth in the 64km road race, not far behind the winner. The first three were professional athletes. Stuart trained in Europe for months leading up to the Paralympics and despite his own achievements, admired his fellow athletes. “Seeing people stride through the Paralympic Village with two prosthetic legs was just amazing.” He had come a long way even before travelling to London. After seven months in hospital and another two in rehabilitation, Stuart said he “hit life hard”. He enrolled in an environmental science degree at university but left after a month, travelling overseas, then returning to Australia to study at uni again, this time studying adult learning and development. Struggling with his life and purpose, Riding forward: Paralympic cyclist Stuart Tripp (centre) with sponsor representatives Dr Peter Whitley of GippsTAFE, Ros Jenzen of Bass Stuart consulted a psychologist. “I told him if you can’t help, I don’t Coast Shire Council, Loretta Willaton of Telstra Countrywide, Stuart Cooper of South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network, and Rob Francis of Bendigo Bank. know what the next step is going to be.”



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Great ride awaits

TEN Newhaven College students have been training for weeks in preparation for the 591km Great Victorian Bike Ride.

Two teachers and six volunteers will be joining them. The longest the team has ridden is the 85km Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and they’re hoping the tough hills that were

part of that will stand them in good stead. The longest leg of the Great Victorian Bike Ride is the 108km stretch from Mirboo North to San Remo on December 1. Apart from the bike ride, the students will also have to meet the challenge of setting up their own tents each night, being away from their families and completing long distance rides day after day.

Year 7 student, Alyse Brusamarello is most looking forward to crossing the San Remo Bridge on the last day. “When I see the bridge I’ll be really excited because I’ll know I’m almost at the finish and it will look awesome to see thousands of bikes riding across the bridge to Phillip Island,” she said.

All set: Lauren Robertson, Luke Bolding, Alyse Brusamarello and Erin Gin are kitted out in their new jerseys ahead of taking part in the Great Victorian Bike Ride. They’ll cover a distance of 591kms.

Amanda named worker of year By Jane Ross AMANDA Martin has been named Bass Coast Regional Health Service (BCRH) employee of the year. She was presented with a certificate at the health service’s annual general meeting recently. Amanda works at Griffiths Point Lodge Hostel in San Remo. Dr Ron Murley, who has retired after six years of general and obstetric surgical work at Wonthaggi Hospital, was given a certificate recognising his service. BCRH CEO Lea Pope said he had a played a key role and his support of the community was enormous. Dr Murley said, “I was just doing my job.” Five staff were honoured for their respective 25 years of employment. They were Anne Kerr, Helen Papadopoulos, Georgi Phillips, Sylvia Ar-

thur and Trish Scanlon. Guest speaker, diabetes educator Gayle Stroop said more than 2000 people in Bass Coast Shire were registered as suffering type one diabetes, a 7.8 per cent higher prevalence than average. Speaking coincidentally on World Diabetes Day, Ms Stroop said although not all doctors would agree with her, type one diabetes can be triggered by the environment and stress, including starting school, puberty and VCE exam time. She said the old glass syringes used 30 years ago for insulin injections had now been replaced by insulin pens and the relatively new insulin pumps. Glucose testing is much faster and data can now be checked onto an iPhone and emailed to a GP. There are also new meters that can calculate how much insulin patients need to give themselves, making their lives much easier. Ms Stroop said type two diabetes is much more

common and tends to strike after the age of 40, although some children and young adults have it. Type two is generally known as a lifestyle disease. Family history is a strong indicator, as is weight on your waist. “The treatment is healthy food choices, regular exercise and testing of blood glucose.” Ms Stroop showed a cartoon of a person with “type eight” diabetes, that is, someone “with type two and many excuses”! One aid she uses with patients is a portion plate. Non starchy vegetables should take up half the plate, starch another quarter and protein the remaining quarter. Less alcohol, less salt and less sugar are also recommended. A cure has not been found but there is a trial with a nasal spray to prevent type one diabetes and hormone from the spit of a monster lizard found in the USA and Mexico may help.

She’s tops: Bass Coast Regional Health CEO Lea Pope congratulates Amanda Martin on being the health service’s employee of the year. Amanda works at Griffiths Point Lodge Hostel.

Service: Anne Kerr and Georgi Phillips with Bass Coast Regional Health CEO Lea Pope. Anne and Georgi are two of five staff recognised for their 25 years of employment.

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Minister relives war

VETERANS Affairs Minister Hugh Delahunty toured the National Vietnam Veteran’s Museum at Newhaven while visiting the Bass electorate last Wednesday.

Museum president Gary Parker started the tour in front of the mural depicting soldiers in action walking through a plantation - a very moving account of the Vietnam war. The minister read the story of one man’s account of the war in pictures and words created after the war while he battled with his demons. Mr Parker showed the marble system used to recruit 20-year-old men, with a marble bearing a date. Men with that birth date could be conscripted. The men viewed a movie giving an overview of the war, as they sat in a camouflaged area of the museum in which light and sound played out the story of the war. Ken Anderson, the museum historian gave a running commentary giving an account of firsthand experience of the circumstances and conditions soldiers faced, and the tragic loss of 520 lives and how many thousands more lives have been affected. Mr Anderson AM presented the minister with a signed copy of his book Soldiers Are Persons, and both MPs signed the guest book. The tour finished with a sumptuous light lunch of sandwiches and small pastries in the cafe. The museum is a not-for-profit organisation managed and operated by volunteers. It is open every day from 10am to 5pm except Christmas Day and Good Friday and only costs $12 entry, less with a concession. School tours are catered for. Further information can be found on the museum’s website:

Still relevant: Minister for Veterans Affairs, Hugh Delahunty, with president of the Vietnam Veteran’s Museum, Gary Parker, Bass MLA Ken Smith, and Vietnam Veteran’s Museum historian Ken Anderson AM discuss the ongoing pressures facing veterans.

Poster winners STUDENTS from Inverloch Primary School recently took part in a competition to produce posters related to pollution and the marine environment.

Styles at J.A.C.K.L.S. Lane is very excited about her first summer in Foster, and has decided to open on Sundays as from November 25 to accommodate all who live in and visit our beautiful town. Mauzie has put her hand up, and has seen this as an added opportunity to start showing her Melange of 2nd Time Around, Designer, Vintage, Retro and simply-pretty fashions. Her small collection (only available at the weekends) includes labels such as: Perri Cutton, Anthea Crawford, Eve Hunter, Geoff Bade, Linda Britten and Harry WHO, along with an eclectic mix of accessories and Italian scarves. Sharon Lysk (Style’s owner) is looking forward to this extra dimension to complement her ever-changing boutique, and promises there is more to come!?


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Placegetters: with competition organiser John Gemmill are, front Obi Bowler, Caleb Cousins, Chloe Fox, Charlie Igoe, Valentin Wigishoff, Caleb Cousins and Abbey Dwyer. Back: Blake Richards and George Burgess.

Glade works underway COMMUNITY events at Inverloch foreshore’s The Glade will receive a boost from planned upgrades to the area.

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The competition was run by Clean Ocean Foundation and the South Gippsland Conservation Society, and posters are now on show at the Bunurong Coast Education Centre, Inverloch.

Bass Coast Shire Council is working with the Lions Club of Inverloch to install an elevated grass stage which will host performances as part of the Inverloch Jazz Festival and other community concerts. Council’s planning and environment director Hannah Duncan-Jones

said works were also being completed to re-grade embankments to make the area more suitable for audience seating. “Other works include installing power and water and constructing a barbecue shelter,” she said. “These works were identified as part of The Glade Masterplan and are funded by the Lions Club and Council. The works cost $80,000.” Lions Club president Geoff Cole

said the club was pleased to be partnering council in the re-development of The Glade. “This is a way for Lions to put money back into the community and will result in a much better amenity of the area, which is widely used by both locals and visitors to Inverloch,” he said. Works will be completed in time for the 2013 Inverloch Jazz Festival in March.

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Dead subjects, lively art IT’S a quirky subject for an artist, but dead birds worked for Martin King. The subjects for his artworks died as a result of flying into windows or glass doors, but have resulted in the exhibition a little melencolia at Gecko Studio Gallery, Fish Creek. Opening recently, the exhibition features a whole wall papered with 110 sheets from the melencolia work – charcoal on drafting paper that are part of 550 sheets that went into the creation of an animation running on a DVD monitor fixed in the middle. Then there is the work titled unusual

places to die, spanning a metre high by 2.7 metres long. Martin’s artist talk was insightful and amusing, spanning his shows, residencies and work being represented in collections around the world. Yet he describes his work practice as going to the studio to muck about. Sometimes an artwork comes into being as a result, at which point Martin steps back to look at it and thinks “Wow, did I create that!?” In Zen practice, it is described as ‘beginners mind’; that is, approach everything as if for the first time without assumptions.

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1. In what year did Sydney host the Summer Olympic Games? 2. Which Australian cricketer finished his test career with a batting average of 99.94? 3. Who was Australia's first female Prime Minister? 4. What is the maximum term limit for The Australian Parliament?

Birdlife in focus: Kerry Spokes in front of the melencolia artwork and an animation running on the screen.

Emerging artists demand attention

The event is the much anticipated exhibition of final year students from Monash University’s Gippsland Centre for Art and Design. One of the most popular annual events at Monash University Gippsland’s Switchback Gallery, FIN:2012 is a graduate exhibition showcasing the achievements of students completing their studies in the Visual and Media Arts degree. Among the artists are South Gippslanders. Featuring 29 works from 13 final year students, FIN:2012 spans a wide range of mediums, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, digital media and printmaking, with subjects ranging from hauntingly intimate portraits to bold, brazen abstracts, and almost everything in between. Head of Monash University Gippsland’s Centre for Art and Design, Rodney Forbes, said FIN:2012 was an engaging exhibition that showed the effort of this year’s graduating students. “As always, it’s inspiring to see the

breadth of understanding among our graduates, and the creativity they bring in both exploring and presenting the themes in their work,” he said. Mr Forbes said standout works in FIN:2012 include Yvette Atkins’ White Goods, a 1.5m high installation made from polystyrene and halogen lights; Dianne Shaw’s Cold Comfort and Sign of the Times, in which the artist uses discarded items as her canvas; and Jesse Kidd’s Bonzo, a pen and ink piece in the classic style of 1960s underground cartoons. Beyond demonstrating

the creativity of this year’s graduates, Mr Forbes said FIN: 2012 provided an example of the wider capabilities they had gained through their studies. “Completing a visual arts course at university is no easy task. We often forget that students are required to go beyond the creative aspects of producing their art to also question, analyse and assess the environments and subjects they choose to present,” he said. “Through their studies, and the work they submit for FIN:2012, our students have shown they have

gained the skills and understanding to achieve success across diverse roles in the arts, education, communication, entertainment and media industries. “Our graduates can be found working in jobs as varied as gallery curators, tattooists, secondary and university teachers – as well as artists working in a range of different mediums.” FIN:2012 continues until Monday, February 14. Monash University Gippsland’s Switchback Gallery is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

7. Which Australian glam rock band of the 70's did Red Symonds play guitar for?

Light in focus: Yvette Atkins of Mirboo North with her work, part of the Monash exhibition.

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8. Who was Australia's first Prime Minister? 9. To which country did Australia lose the 1996 cricket World Cup to? 10. Which Australian city was almost destroyed by a cyclone over the Christmas period in 1974? 1. 2000 2. Sir Donald Bradman 3. Julia Gillard 4. 3 years 5. Kathy Freeman 6. Darryl Somers 7. Sky Hooks 8. Sir Edmund Barton 9. Sri Lanka 10. Darwin

Offering insight: Martin King delivers the story behind his work to guests at Gecko Studio Gallery.

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‘Ellimatta’ - harmony living ‘E

LLIMATTA’, meaning ‘meeting place’ is a peaceful and natural bush setting of 11


This significant property with a prestigious country style home of 34squares has so much to offer. Entering the property you immediately leave the rest of the world behind. Internally the residence is a three bedroom home, containing master with en suite and spa looking out onto the fernery. One of the feature designs of the house is the two matching bay windows orientating north providing separate formal lounge with central solid wood heater, through to the solid timber kitchen/dining and then another lounge rumpus room. A fitted out office/computer room plus all bedrooms have built-in robes, spacious in size and the home is positioned to take in the views of the garden and the Darlimurla forest. The home is built on a concrete slab and constructed of brick veneer, has a nu-steel frame, aluminium windows and all carpets, underlay and curtains that are installed are allergy free. Nothing has been spared with the quality of the fit out and appliances, including gas ducted heating and ducted vacuum system. Moving outdoors there is an abundance of space, a double garage plus a four bay 18 x 28m all steel fully enclosed shed with two roller doors plus an open ended two bay shed attached. All together there is the facility to house undercover nine cars to ensure that machinery and tools are well catered for. There is ample water with two 50,000 litre tanks together with a dam that pumps up to a 5000 litre tank for the gardens. For the outside dining experience a gazebo which is fully enclosed and designed as a replica of the house provides the perfect place for the barbecue. The rest of the property comprises approximately two and a half acres of natural bush land with a diverse range of Australian native vegetation and wildlife, four horse paddocks all with water troughs, a very special fully enclosed chook house with orchard for our feathered friends, not to forget the raised and covered vegie garden. ‘Ellimatta’ is a very special lifestyle property being offered for sale just 4.4km from Mirboo North township. The property is zoned rural living and has the potential to be subdivided into two acre lots (STCA).

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MIRBOO NORTH Location: 3 Cuthbertson Court Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Price: $695,000 Agent: SEJ Real Estate Contact: 5662 4033

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Absolute waterfront living at Phillip Island’s best address. Contact Greg Price on 5952 5711 or email for more details. While best endeavours have been used to provide information in this publication that is true and accurate all entities accept no responsibility and disclaim all liability in respect to any errors or inaccuracies it may contain. Prospective purchasers should make their own inquiries to verify the information contained herein.

Alex Scott and Staff - Cowes 113a Thompson Ave Cowes 3922

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - PAGE 39

Servicing South Gippsland with our 4 office network - Leongatha, Mirboo North, Korumburra and Inverloch


OPEN FOR INSPECTION Sunday, Dec 2, 1pm-1.30pm

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Beautifully presented home, conveniently located to all the schools. The owner's pride in this property is easy to see with the manicured gardens and spotless presentation throughout. Boasting 2 sep. & spacious living areas with expansive glass creating light filled rooms. The kitchen has huge bench space with breakfast bar, WI pantry &dishwasher. The master bedroom has a generous ensuite and WIR. A sliding door leads to covered decking which overlooks the gazebo and sheltered BBQ area.


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3 yr old home offers as-new condition, with the benefits of a few years of establishment & is sure to appeal to growing families. Short distance to the shops, day care & kinder facilities, 4bdrms + study, smart tiled bathroom with corner spa, BIR's, ensuite & WIR to the master bedroom, open plan kitchen, living & dining area, good storage, R/C air con, 2nd living area overlooking the yard plus 9 x 5.6m covered outdoor entertaining area. Landscaped yard, off street trailer parking

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31 Koonwarra Road Leongatha Complete makeover

8985 South Gippsland Hwy Leongatha 4.4 acre lifestyle gem

58 Chamberlain Drive Leongatha Modern contemporary

52 Koonwarra Road, Leongatha Loads of appeal

Tastefully renovated 3bed home with new kitchen, bathroom and laundry, beautifully polished boards, new carpets and painted throughout. Outside has been rendered and a new decking added.

On a picturesque 4.4 acres ideally situated between Korumburra and Leongatha. This neat home has recently been renovated with a new kitchen and SFH installed, and inside has been tastefully repainted. 5 Paddocks, good water & cattle crush.

Unique 3 brm home with study set on a huge 1495m2 block well located to the Primary & Secondary Schools. Spacious split level living area with a northerly facing.

Faultless 3 bdrm home with huge street appeal, well maintained inside & out. Good paintwork, spacious lounge, R/C air con, light & bright kitchen & meals area, BIR's, colonial windows,big back yard, shed & carport.


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OPEN FOR INSPECTION Sunday, DEC 2, 12pm - 12.30pm

101 Whitelaw Street Meeniyan Affordable freehold building

5 Eden Crescent Leongatha They don’t come any neater

2 + 3 Year lease until 4/9/2016, currently operating as a Hardware & Plant Nursery, modern 175m2 showroom, & large 425m2 yard with rear access, tenant pays outgoings, Rent $14,000 p.a + GST.

Approx. 7 years old, on 1188m2 block with 2 living areas, R/C air con, deck overlooking nature reserve, galley kitchen, WIR in master bedroom, BIR's, direct access from garage via laundry. Built by quality local builder.

$240,000 Sole agent


395 Andersons Road Leongatha All reasonable offers considered




18 Allison Street Leongatha Popular Location

13 acres. Renovated kitchen. Dining area & open plan living room with RC/AC and SFH, covered entertaining area. Double garage, Tank water, bore water to troughs, machinery shed, 4-bay shed with power & stockyards.

New price $490,000-$535,000



Close walking distance to the town, kinder and child care centres. Part brick, spacious lounge, R/C Air Con, open plan kitchen/dining, office/dining area, secure yard, carport, invest or move in. 2

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under contract 7 Couper Street Mirboo North Modern Elegance

27 Roughead Street Leongatha Entertain in style

2 Balding Street Mirboo North Size does matter

Walking distance to shops & recreational facilities, re-stumped, re-painted & rewired, renovated bathroom, ducted nat. gas heating & R/C a/c, enclosed deck with 8 person spa, SFH, two lock- up sheds with rear lane access.

Perfect family home situated on lge cnr block with close proximity to town amenities. 2 living areas, study, BIR, master with ensuite & walk in robe. Dbl carport, garage, separate workshop

Renovated period home with original features of Baltic pined floors, high ceilings & ornate fire places. Open plan kitchen / dining, open lounge, stainless steel appliances, split system, color bond garage, gabled carport & fully fenced.

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7 Wells Road Mirboo North Home amongst the gum trees Modern Curved roof home on half an acre. Open planned living / dining / kitchen with electric cook top, oven & dishwasher, sep lounge, BIRs, master with WIR & ensuite, split system, SFH & entertaining deck. 2

$280,000 Sole agent


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5662 5800 15 Bair Street, Leongatha

Michael Hanily Jason Harris 0417 640 079 0417 311 756

Christie Bowler 0407 812 904

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Falls in love with a forty acre paradise! P

OSITIONED to take full advantage of magnificent outlooks across rolling green countryside, is this characterfilled property, with great house, great shedding and great fencing.

FOSTER NORTH FO Lo Location: 65 Falls Road Bedrooms: 3 (plus study) Be Bathrooms: 1 Ba Price: $390,000 - $420,000 Pr Agent: Prom Country Ag First National Contact: Kaz Hughes on Co 0417 516 998

Just a short distance off the South Gippsland Highway on the way to Foster, the property is beautifully situated for proximity to the townships and beaches of this area, and is on the doorstep to Wilsons Promontory. The spacious house features an abundance of casual living spaces, and is well suited to relaxed family living, whether that be for permanent living or fabulous weekender lifestyle. Enter the country way – via a mud-room-cum-laundry – through to open and airy central living zones. A brand new kitchen features stainless steel appliances, and dou-

ble door pantry. The adjoining meals area will fit a family-sized table, and overlooks the informal lounge, with wood fired heater and a split system airconditioner. A separate, massive rumpus room leads directly onto a big entertainment or viewing deck, which in turn steps down to a brick paved barbecue zone for extended outdoor living. There are three generous bedrooms, plus a study that could also be a fourth bedroom. The main bedroom looks out through the gum trees and across the gullies and hills – a wonderful way to wake up each day. One of the remaining bedrooms also has direct access to the extended deck, making it a great option for a further living room or alternate main bedroom. It, too, enjoys wonderful outlooks. A generous family bathroom and yet another sitting room or computer zone complete the indoor picture.

Lifestyle facilities include: a new 10m x 20m (approx) three-bay Colorbond shed; six-pen shed for dogs or stock rearing; wood/hay shed, and further utility shed; 75,000 gallon tank water storage capacity; stock yard; well fenced paddocks and lanes designed for cattle and presently used for horses. Approximately 75 per cent of the land is easily traversable via a gentle network of laneways, giving easy access to all paddocks and the three dams. The remainder is either gully or hill, well maintained and with the gullies planted and the hills easily liveable for stock. In all, this 40 acre holding is a great mix of all that South Gippsland is about, with its world-class views, world-class tourist destinations nearby and character home: a gorgeous property with much to offer – close to Foster.

Permanent home or lifestyle retreat O

VERLOOKING beautiful treed Wilkur Creek, this seven acre (approximately) th property offers a variety of lifepr style options for purchasers. sty It is a comfortable permanent family home as is, is suitable for horse lovers or as a weekend retreat for those wanting an escape from the hustle and wa bustle of urban life. You couldn’t get a bu more private location, hidden in such a mo picturesque valley. pic The home has been built to take advantage of the views from all windows va and is well sheltered. an Wrap around verandahs to two sides and a third smaller section provide plenty an of choices for relaxing and entertaining. Main entry is into the kitchen meals area, are ea which flows through in an openplan pla an design to the lounge.

Views from the kitchen sink would make washing up a pleasure! A solid-fuel heater and reverse-cycle air conditioner are used for heating and cooling purposes. A glass sliding door provides easy access from the lounge out to the verandahs. Currently there are three rooms used as bedrooms, another room as a study plus one as a music room. Flexibility of the floor-plan would enable these to be used as additional bedrooms, or second small living room/ playrooms. The two main bedrooms both have large en suites (there is an additional bathroom and separate toilet.) Outside, the house is surrounded by colourful cottage style gardens, numerous fruit trees, shady old oak, and plenty of sunny spots suitable for vegie patches. Stables are a bonus for horse lovers.

There is also a good sized doublebay garage/machinery shed for storage, plus a small workshop/garden shed and two chook sheds. Two spring fed dams provide water all year round. In a private no through road location, on acres and just 15 minutes from Leongatha, affordable places like this don’t often come up for sale.

WILD DOG VALLEY Location: Contact agent Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Car spaces: 2 Internet ID: 7493383 Land size: 7 acres (approx.) Price: $360,000 Agent: Insight Real Estate Contact: 5662 2220

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - PAGE 41

with Melinda Meade

7 Mistakes in the gym

BUYING a gym membership and going each week is half the battle won, but what happens when goals are not being met and egos become deflated because progress has come to a grinding halt? cylinders, something to complement your training. Just like when I take a spin bike class, my playlist reflects the ride we are doing. If it's a sprint track the music is super fast. If it's a hill climb I may choose something with a loud bass. Imagine sprinting flat out to the sound of Gotye. It would never work. 6. Machines and free weights: machines are great for beginners as they promote good technique and safe execution. They also give you more chance of lifting heavier weights when you first start out.You should be moving onto free weights pretty quick though before you get too strong and discover that benching 100kg on a machine does not equate to 50kg dumb bells in each hand when you finally convert. Free weights can cause new stress to the body and help with the extra size you may be wanting. Leg press, extensions and leg curls might be great in the beginning, but have you considered bigger free weight movements such as squats, lunges and deadlifts. Stop using the lat pull down as your primary back exercise and start grabbing some free weights instead. 7. Diet. The issue has been addressed more than once and that's because it's so important. Whether it's to do with protein and muscle growth or carbohydrates and energy, you have to realise that with an exercise goal comes a nutritional plan. If you haven't eaten in five hours or consumed a bowl of spaghetti bolognaise and garlic bread right before a boxing class you may be in for a rude awakening. Have you ever thought that your performance or lack of it has anything to do with what you are eating or not eating? Look into it! 8. Seeking a six pack. We all want it but some are going the wrong way about it. No amount of abdominal crunches under a layer or two of body fat are ever going to show through unless you are some kind a circus freak. I still believe ab work is great for strengthening your mid section and helping with posture, as is core conditioning, but you will have to think treadmill over ab machine to think six pack. Genetics are another consideration. I remember years ago in a lecture someone commenting that genetics played a 60 per cent role and the other 40 per cent was what you made of it. That thought has stuck with me and I believe you can't blame your parents for everything you are not happy about, unless it's your hairline of course.


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SOUTH Gippsland’s brightest stars will be on show next month when Lisa Pellin Dancers holds its end of year performance.


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Ready to perform: Tiny Tots were busy trying on their costumes for the end of year performance recently. Back from left: Lola, Oscar, Hattie, Tara, Tilly, Angel and Jem. Front from left: Imogen, Holly, Bree and Ruby.

The Leongatha School will perform in two concerts on Sunday, December 16 at the Wonthaggi Arts Centre, with the first starting at 2.30pm and the second starting at 7.30pm. Dancers aged from four-years-old through to 18 will grace the stage, dancing a number of different genres including jazz, tap, ballet and contemporary. Dance teacher Lisa Pellin said the performances would be the perfect end to another successful year. “I think every student in the school has had some sort of personal achievement and feels great about the year itself,” she said. “The concert is always a good way to end.” The performances will be not only a great day of entertainment, but good value for money. “There’s an amazing amount of talent in Leongatha and Foster,” Lisa said. Tickets are currently available to purchase from Nagel’s Amcal Pharmacy or can be purchased at the door. The concerts will signal the end of classes for the year, but they will resume once again in February 2013. Enrolments will be held at Foster on Janu-

ary 31 from 4pm until 5pm, and in Leongatha on February 1 from 4pm until 5pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and take part, with classes held for recreational students and beginners all the way through to advanced dancers.

present Wonthaggi Arts Centre

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 2 SHOWS: 2.30pm and 7.30pm Tickets from Nagel’s Pharmacy 10-14 Bair Street LEONGATHA

Adults: $24 Children/Pensioners/Concession: $19


What happens when your once enthusiastic self is now in struggle town and the raging fire in your belly is all but fizzled out? How do you get out of the rut you've placed yourself in? Maybe it's your own sabotaging and a few quick changes will help lift that fighting spirit you once had. 1. Repetitiveness. How long have you been doing that same routine? Have you upped your weights at all and do you still consider it to be as hard as when you first started. We have a habit of doing the things we are good at. I too have my own obsessions with particular exercises and certain routines because I know I can perform them well. Embrace change, get off the roundabout and find new direction. You could be in for some seriously smokin' results. 2. Losing focus. You think by simply getting on the bike magic happens.Well yes it does when you have the right revs up or a good amount of tension to push against, but talking or texting on your phone is just a distraction you don't need. 3.At the rate you are going you will be at the 1km mark in say half an hour. Socialising is one thing also but if you start your next set after three minutes has passed, then you may want to start all over again because those guns you're trying to manufacture are not going to build themselves. 4. Planning. I know that when I randomly just hit the floor for a workout and make it up as I go, it is usually one of my worst performances. How easy is it to finish up early and not do very much because you had no benchmark to hit? Planning is crucial to success so I suggest writing everything down yourself or getting a program written up by a trainer. Who goes in blind folded and just does bits and pieces and comes away thinking it was their best workout to date? Not very often I'm sure. 5. Music. One of the best motivational tools you can have when exercising. If the beat is right then you may be about to pull off a stellar workout. Though I try to keep the gym pumping to the sounds of upbeat music it is not always to everyone’s liking. We tend to play more club music during the peak hour of evenings because even those who would not normally listen to it at home like the atmosphere it creates, but that doesn't mean everyone is happy. This is where your iPod comes in to save the day. I suggest you get a butt kicking playlist that will fire you up on all

r o f h c n u l y l i Fam s i r r a H e i h p o S EVERYONE is invited! A Fundraiser to support local girl, Sophie Harris Sophie Harris is a local girl who has just had her 15th birthday. She and her family have recently returned home from Argentina. Sophie is fighting bone cancer in her left arm and lungs. The aim of this lunch is to raise much needed funds to help Sophie and her family on the road to recovery.

Where: Inverloch INLET Hotel When: Sunday, December 2, 2012 Time: 12noon to 2pm Cost: Adults $30 & kids $10 (1 course with pasta salad & garlic bread)

Bookings and enquiries: Please contact “Hoots” at the Inlet Hotel on 5674 1481

All proceeds of the lunch will go towards helping Sophie and her family during this very difficult time


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• Wonthaggi Fire Brigade Rock’n’Roll Dance • Barb Byatt’s 60th birthday, Leongatha • Bass Coast/South Gippsland Business Alliance breakfast, Leongatha

Back in fashion: Rodney Sellings, Bree Bramfit, Tracy Luke and Andrew McCormick, all from Wonthaggi, took inspiration from the styles of the ’50s and ’60s for the dance. Dressed for the occasion: Mark Holding and Judy Laurens from Wonthaggi were the perfect pair at the fire brigade’s ’50s rock’n’roll dance.

Wonthaggi Fire Brigade dance: Nicole and Jamie Moresco and Kathryn Sloan, all from Wonthaggi, were kept busy at the door as guests arrived.

Dancing duo: Dave and Sue Walters from Wonthaggi took to the dance floor at the rock’n’roll event.

Getting into character: Emily Sloan and Steve Bell, both from Korumburra, were the Danny and Sandy lookalikes from the movie Grease at the CFA dance.

Bringing back the ’50s: Stuart Zaffarese and Ty Donohue, both from Wonthaggi, were looking cool with a vintage hot rod.

Arriving in style: Wonthaggi Fire Brigade’s first lieutenant, Jamie Moresco, and captain, Kim O’Connor got their hands on the Brylcreem just in time for their rock’n’roll dance.

Turning back time: sisters, Chris Dunstan from Wonthaggi and Gwen McColl from Williamstown, reminisced about the original dances in the town hall when they were younger.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - PAGE 43

Life milestone: Leanne Taranto, Barb Byatt, Kerrie Baker and Chris Malone enjoy Barb’s 60th birthday party at Lucinda Estate Winery, Leongatha.

Hello sister: party girl Barb Byatt (right) with her sister Sue Hanily from Meeniyan.

Social networkers: Chris Trotman of Latrobe Community Health chats with Sue Fleming, and Leanne and Kevin Taranto of Taranto Windows and Glass at the business breakfast, GippsTAFE Leongatha last Thursday. The day was also Sue’s birthday.

Morning chat: Judith Edwards of Waratah Lodge at Fish Creek chats with Allison Drury of Foster Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank and Jess McAuliffe of Oakley McKenzie-McHarg, at the breakfast.

Coming together: Col Byatt, Greg Byatt, Hannah Byatt, Barb Byatt, and Angela and Sam Byatt celebrate Barb’s 60th birthday.

Meeting new people: Kaye Bourke of GippsTAFE met Emilie Cutler of Bass Coast Shire Council and David Edtmaier of Waratah Lodge, Fish Creek, at the business breakfast.

Fun lovers: Sophie Maxwell, Billy Blundy and June Marshman at Lu- Party time: Leonnie McCluskey, Joy Salmon, and Jill Carmody congratulate birthday girl Barb (second cinda Estate Winery for Barb Byatt’s birthday. from right).

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Think Christmas, think plants By Karen Haw, The Town Centre Nursery THE year has flown and Christmas is just around the corner.

Plants can make a wonderful gift and with a little imagination can also be useful and original. There is still time to make up displays of colourful petunias in decorative pots or encourage the children or use your artistic talents to decorate plastic or terracotta pots with paint or even mosaic. Cacti and succulents are also popular and these can be planted in bonsai planters, or use the imagination and look in opportunity shops for any interesting containers. Other useful gifts are pots of mixed lettuce or herbs and for a rustic look use cane baskets or wooden planters. Poinsettias have for a long time been a Christmas favourite but a lot of people would prefer a plant

that they can put into their gardens after Christmas. As a result, hydrangeas and Christmas lilies have surpassed the poinsettias as a popular Christmas gift. Hydrangeas look fabulous at this time of year and the colours range from brilliant reds and blues to purples to subtle pinks and mauves. They are very easy and rewarding to grow and have many desirable features including good showing ability, lots of colour, toughness and unlike most shrubs, tolerate shade and moist conditions. Hydrangeas are a tried and true plant that form colourful garden borders with rhododendrons and other woodland shrubs. They also make an excellent cut flower, fresh or dried. The colour of the flowers of the hydrangeas varies with the pH of the soil. Acid soils cause the flowers to turn to blue shades and lime soils enhance the reds and pinks. The white cultivars remain white regardless of the



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soil pH but if you want to change the colour of the other cultivars, lime the soil for pink flowers or add aluminium sulphate for blue flowers. The soil pH must be altered before flower buds form if you want to change or enhance flower colour, so treat the soil regularly from August. Hydrangeas tend to get sunburnt when in full sun as indicated by a browning of the flowers and/or Present in mind: Jessica Gunia has chosen a retro tea cup plantfoliage. They hate er with big red geranium for her north winds but mum for Christmas. thrive in dapin garden beds or in large pled shade or de of the containers. on the south side What Garvinea lacks eas don’t house. Hydrangeas like to dry out too much in flower size compared to hen they other gerberas is more than and will wilt when need watering. made up for by the quantity A bucket of water a of flowers, plants capable week should be enough to of yielding well over 70 keep them going in warm blooms per year. weather. Feed them in June They provide continuwith complete fertiliser. ous colour from spring right They have fibrous roots through summer to the end close to the soil surface so of autumn. Garvinea are mulch is recommended. winter hardy and survive Prune in winter after the where temperatures may flowers have finished. drop to -5°C. Come spring Another tried and true the flowers will start popplant that has made a big ping up for another long comeback is the geranium season. Being pest and and recent breeding has disease tolerant means that produced some exceptionGarvinea are much easier al varieties. to grow than most other Big Red geranium is Australia’s first true deep gerberas. At this time of year red geranium, with exthere are plenty of colourtremely large flowers and a rich velvet red colour, ful plants to choose when dark green foliage and a looking for presents, but semi-trailing yet mound- another favourite is giving ing habit make this zonal something that produces cross-ivy geranium perfect food and dwarf fruit trees for an eye catching dis- are ideal for this. Dwarf peach, nectarplay in landscapes, pots or ines and citrus make ideal hanging baskets. With exceptional heat gifts and can be grown in and drought tolerance this the garden or pots. But vigorous growing plant is for something a bit differsuitable for full sun or part ent you can also consider shade. blueberries, feijoas, tea caGerberas have been a mellias, tamarillos or even favourite cut flower for pepinos. many years now but have Pepinos are easy to sometimes proven to be a grow and produce small bit tricky to keep growing. satin-like fruit streaked Last year we saw the in- with purple stripes and troduction of the Garvinea varying in colour from gerbera. golden yellow to apricot. Garvinea is a revoluThe pale yellowishtionary new gerbera with a green flesh has a juicy melunique combination of fea- on-like texture. It is a delitures. Using genetics from cious subtle flavoured fruit wild South African plants, similar to a honeydew or breeders have managed to rockmelon. Fruit contains come up with a colour palgood levels of vitamin C ette of strong, prolific, free and fairly good levels of flowering gerberas which have cold tolerance and Vitamin A and folate. This plant would be superior pest and disease ideal in a container on the resistance. Garvinea are happy in deck where it will flower full sun to part shade and and fruit heavily, and alterwith their brightly coloured natively can be planted in flowers in pinks, orange, the garden in frost free situred, white and yellow hues ations sheltered from strong look gorgeous mass planted winds. Pepinos are easily propagated by cuttings.

Party 25 years in making THE Bass Coast Landcare Network commemorated 25 years of serving the community recently. Former Victorian premier Joan Kirner AM was guest of honour at the official opening at the Bass Community Hall.

She opened the weekend art and sculpture exhibition, and marked the occasion with 150 past and present members in attendance. The Star was there to record the event in photos.

Inspiring: local poet and Landcare member Mike Cleeland’s poem, The Landcare Seedling, and a focus on nature and sustainability provided inspiration for artists entering the 25 year anniversary art exhibition at the Bass Community Hall.

Cute piggy: from left, Geoff Trease, Kardella checks out the Wessex Saddleback pig held by chairman of the Australia Landcare International, Rob Youl of South Melbourne. The pig is owned by Korumburra Landcare junior member Dylan Verboon of Wattlebank.

All together: Three Creeks Landcare member and BCLN board member Lorraine Murray, Korumburra Landcare president and BCLN board member Brian Enbom, and Phillip Island Landcare member and BCLN celebration committee member Anne Davies enjoyed the family day at the Bass Community Hall.

Blooming success: from left, Mike and Ollie Wellings of Inverloch offered a wonderful array of native flowers at the family day at the Bass hall. They were checked out by BCLN member Carolyn Charles of Wonthaggi, and Kellie Hibbert of the BCLN and her son Oliver,6.

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Recent plans backfire but speedy thinking brings a successful alternative solution. Your willpower is strong now and it is a perfect week for all the resolutions you ever wanted to set forth. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

Added work requirements interfere with social butterflying, but be sure you know your priorities. Household problems may require professional expertise. An old friend gets in touch. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

Keep rivalries on a professional level, not a personal one. A romantic question seems to defy a solution. The answer is much more obvious than you think. Intuition is generally strong. LEO - July 23 - August 22

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Clear up small misunderstandings before they get quite out of hand. Discussion groups provide a venue for meeting new people. In legal affairs, read all the fine print. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

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You present a glamourous image, attracting wealthy and/or witty admirers. Don’t put off visits, appointments or correspondence. Overseas news offers encouragement. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

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Church Times ANGLICAN: Wednesday, November 28: 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Sunday, December 2: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Contemporary Worship with HC. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Mirboo North. Phone 5668 1346. Holy Communion 8.30am: Worship and Sunday School 10am. ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Korumburra: Sunday 9.30am and Wednesday 11.30am. Poowong: Second and fourth Sundays, 11am. ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi. Sunday, 9.30am Eucharist, 11am Family Service, Wednesday 10am Eucharist. Anglican Church of the Ascension: The Crescent, Inverloch. Sunday 9am Eucharist, Tuesday 10am Eucharist. For details of Community Meal, Youth Group, Bible Studies & Kids Club, contact Rev. Graeme Peters 5672 4590 or visit www. AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (AOG): Prom Coast Community Church Inc. - Foster Community House, Station Street, 10am: Sunday. Sunday School and Creche operates. Pastor Bill Watson 5686 2248. A.O.G. Inverloch - Cnr Bear and McIntosh Street, Inverloch. Sunday Service 10am; Imagine Christmas Day Service 9am. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, 10am: Sunday. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: Pastor Rob Davey 5625 3226. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Equip Church - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Sunday service 10am. Contact: John 0408 305 880. Wonthaggi A.O.G. - Billson Street, 10am: Sunday. Contact: Pastor Barry Smith 5672 3984. CHRISTIAN REVIVAL CRUSADE: 40 Hughes Street, Leongatha. Sunday, Morning Service 10.30 am: Inspirational Service, 6.30pm: Children’s Church 10.30am: Home cells weekly. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455. THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES CREEK: Every Sunday 11am Worship, 6pm Faith Forum; 1st Sunday of each month simultaneous service for singles to age 25. Tea/coffee and lunch provided. Phone: Ps. Chris Chetland 5678 7692, 0447 724 989. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Saturdays, Church service 10am., Leongatha Sabbath School - 11.30am. CATHOLIC:

St Laurence’s Parish Leongatha: 5 pm Mass Saturday, 11am Mass Sunday. Tarwin Lower: In St Andrew’s Union Church, 5pm winter, 6pm summer Mass Saturday. Meeniyan: 9.30am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 11am, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Mirboo North: 11am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 9.30am Mass, 2nd and 4th Sundays. St. Joseph’s Parish Korumburra: 9.30am Sunday Mass. Loch: 5pm/6pm Daylight saving Sunday Mass. Wonthaggi: Saturday evening 6.30pm: Evening Mass; Sunday, 10.30am: Mass. Inverloch: Sunday 9 am: Mass. KORUMBURRA’S AGLOW: First Monday every month at Korumburra Day Centre, Korumburra Hospital, Bridge St., Korumburra at 7.45pm. Inquiries phone 5657 2214. GIPPSLAND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: meets at the Baromi Centre Mirboo North, Sunday 4-5pm Family Communion, 5-530pm refreshments, 5.306.15pm Bible Studies for adults, teens and children. Friday-Home Fellowships. More info: Bob Stevens 0400 403 765 or www. SALVATION ARMY LEONGATHA COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 52 Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) - Sunday: Family Worship at 10am: Sagala Tuesday, 4 - 5.30pm; mainly music, Thursday 10am. All welcome. Please contact Captain Martyn and Heather Scrimshaw, ph. 5662 5122. SALVATION ARMY WONTHAGGI COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 149 McKenzie Street every Sunday at 11am for Family Worship. Kids' Club - every Tuesday at 4 pm, Women's Group - Wednesday at 1.30pm, and Playgroup - Friday 9.30am. Evening Ladies' Fellowship - First Monday each month and Youth Groups held monthly. All welcome. Please contact Lt. Robyn and Max Lean. Ph. 5672 1228. PRESBYTERIAN: Sunday Service 10am, corner Bent and Turner Streets, Leongatha. Moderator Rev. Mark Smith 5625 4112. CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH: Reformed Church

meeting at the corner of Peart and Brown Streets. Sunday family service at 10.30am. (10am daylight saving time), creche and Sunday School available. All Sunday evening services at 5pm. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2527. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, December 2, 10am. Tarwin Lower: 10.30am HC). 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. B A P T I S T C H U R C H 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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CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8353 ACROSS 7. Good gracious, the angels are superior to us! (7,5). 8. Bent on making something for the baby (6). 9. Be in no hurry to put the fish back again (6). 10. Give the bus pass in, mate! (7). 12.See it’s not just a pretty face! (5). 15. The bird, male, has been given a name (5). 16. Isn’t wrong at all to put it in (7). 18. Outshone, being one of our best players (6). 20. On appearing in the nude, stupidly, is ruined (6). 22. What the motorist should always have - or the AA? (9,3). DOWN 1. Reels out, drunk but determined (8). 2. All square or with the girl one point behind (4). 3. The tins crush the little creature in a flash (7). 4. There’s an exchange of several shots at the meeting (5). 5. How the prisoner hurled into the dungeon feels? (8). 6. There is no T in “present”! (4). 11. Drat! Something being smoked in the tube! (8). 13. A fellow passenger disembarking from the vessel (8). 14. Does such a figure have it’s points? (7). 17. Grant will be the doorman (5). 19. Notices a number inside and puts it with the others (4). 21. Portrayed, was alluring (4).

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Milpara (Korumburra) Community House news ONE-ON-ONE tutoring in reading, writing and numeracy is available for adults every Monday. Gain literacy and/or numeracy confidence in relaxed and unpressured sessions with a qualified teacher. English for Migrants on Thursdays from 2-4pm and English as a Second Language on Tuesdays from 9.3011.30am are also held at Milpara with a qualified teacher. If you are interested, vacancies currently exist in all three programs for an immediate start.

Please contact coordinator Sandra Webster on 5655 2524 if you are able to help with this program.

Milpara is on the hunt for volunteer tutors to teach our internet training for over 50s. If you have good internet skills and would like to share your knowledge, the hourand-a-half classes are held once a week for four weeks.

Have you a skill or activity that you would like to share or learn? Milpara is planning for term one, 2013 so if you have a suggestion for the new year’s program, give Sandra a call on 5655 2524 or email

Inverloch CWA

JAHVA Henare was born at Tweed Heads Hospital on October 25 to Sach and Eric.

THE National Anthem was followed by the Collect, before Dorothy Riddiford welcomed everyone to the November meeting.

Happy Birthday was sung to Wendy McBurnie. International report was given by Joyce Ingle, who told us a little more on Cambodia about the population. The older population often lacks education, particularly in the countryside, which suffers from lack of basic infrastructure. Fear of renewed political instability and corruption within the government discourages foreign investment and delays foreign aid, although there has been significant help from bilateral and multilateral donors. Donors pledged $504 million to the country in 2004, while the Asian Development Bank alone has provided $850 million in loans, grants and technical assistance. Next year we are going to study New Zealand, so that should be interesting. We are having a president’s luncheon at the Chinese restaurant at the end of November. Blooms winner was, first, Phyllis O’Dea; second, Dorothy Riddiford. Door prize winner was Dorothy again. We are having our Christmas break up next month at the RSL. Bring food or money for charity. We finished with The Motto followed by a lovely afternoon tea.

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IMOGEN Louise Robins was born at the Leongatha Memorial Hospital on November 10. Imogen is the first child for parents Harley Robins and Zoe Brannaghan from Dumbalk.

AT the October Meeting, preparations were made for catering at the Rose Show and members have been

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star 30 years ago November 30, 1982 THE SEC has embarked on their regular tree cutting program, but local residents have been shocked by how far the trees under or close to power poles have been cut. Many trees have been reduced to stumps and may never regenerate.

10 years ago November 26, 2002 WITH upwards of 10 AFL players in the coaching mix, former Sydney Swans’ captain Andrew Dunkley has emerged as the new coach of Leongatha for 2003. Dunkley agreed to lead the Parrots as playing coach on Friday, just weeks after turning down the coaching position.

5 years ago November 27, 2007 STAFF were evacuated and customers redirected to Korumburra after a fire scare in Leongatha’s National Australia Bank closed the branch for the afternoon last Thursday. A Leongatha fire fighting unit was swiftly on the scene. *******


1 year ago November 29, 2011 YOUTHS in Leongatha are calling for the town’s skate park to be updated, saying the bowl is too old, too rough and too boring. The 20-year-old skating arena has received a mountain of complaints in recent times, and youngsters have decided to make a stand. *******

******* THE season of fun and hilarity has begun and Lyric Theatre’s annual Christmas play, A Night In The Tropics opened at the Korumburra Football Clubrooms on Monday night to a full house. It has been written and directed by Colin Mitchell and is full of local content and topical issues.

RIDERS from Korumburra, Tarwin Lower and Meeniyan pony clubs recently gathered for a riding experience that was something different. The riders were guests of the Melbourne Hunt Club at Boggabri, the Tarwin Lower property of Mr and Mrs Lloyd Jelbart.

THE Wonthaggi Power Football Club could be back in the Alberton Football League for the 2008 season. But the club would “definitely” be given its marching orders in 2009, AFL president Graham Laird said.

LEONGATHA’S new hospital was the focus of this year’s Gippsland Southern Health Service AGM. President David Harvey was pleased with the busy year and is prepared for a hectic 2012. Mr Harvey said the construction of the new hospital may be an inconvenience in the short-term, but will be well worth the wait.

involved in selling raffle tickets over the past month. The group enjoyed a successful cake stall over the two days of the rose show and together with the proceeds of the luncheon and raffle, $3378 was raised. Of that, $1060 has been allotted to the Syrian Appeal. Many thanks to those who supported the stall and lunch, and special thanks to Peter Kerr for his donation of a wheelbarrow that we filled with plants and other garden items. This raffle was won by Avril Holderhead, who was excited with her win. A cake stall was held in the foyer of Leongatha Memorial Hall last Thursday in conjunction with the hall sale. Several members attended the recent meeting of Region 26, the last meeting before the amalgamation. Presentations were made to chairman Helene Hayes and secretary Claire Caughey in appreciation of their work. The final meeting of Leongatha unit for the year is on Thursday, November 29 at 10.30am at Leongatha RSL after which members will join together for Christmas lunch. All welcome.

Food Safety Level 1, Food Safety Supervisors and the Responsible Service of Alcohol courses are proving popular and are due to run Tuesday December 4. Discounts apply to school leavers. This is your last chance to get qualified for a summer holiday job. If interested, contact Milpara for more information.

Mayor’s message Cr Kieran Kennedy EXTRA vigilance will be required on the roads around the shire this weekend as some 4000 cyclists in the annual Great Victorian Bike Ride make their way from Bairnsdale to Mirboo North for an overnight stay on Friday. Then it’s down through Dumbalk and Meeniyan, resting at Koonwarra before continuing to San Remo, their final overnight stay, and the finish line at Cowes on Sunday. The Mirboo North community has been busy planning for the visit for some months to capitalise on the high level media coverage of this prestigious event, and to ensure that visitors enjoy their stay and are inspired to return. Lots of entertainment and activities are planned, with plenty of scope for the community to join in the fun as well. The Mirboo North Pool will open a day ahead of schedule to allow the riders to cool off and relax in its beautiful setting, always a popular regional destination in the warmer months. SPLASH and Toora pools are already open and the rest will open on Saturday, December 1, the official start to summer. Most kids love the water, but are they water ready? It’s a timely reminder that pools, both private and public, can be a death trap for children who cannot swim and/or are unsupervised. It only takes a few moments for a toddler to drown - in a public or private pool, a bathtub, a pond or even a bucket of water! Supervision means constant visual contact (never take your eyes off), and swimming lessons at an early age are a priceless investment in your child’s safety and your own peace of mind. Council officers are currently conducting audits of swimming pools and spas to ensure property owners are complying with their obligations, so check your environment with an objective eye. The most common problems are gates that are not self closing and self latching, and items like outdoor furniture or barbecues left in the vicinity that children can use as footholds to climb over the pool fence. Never underestimate the tenacity of a determined child. It is no great challenge for them to pull a plastic chair over to the fence! If you are unsure that your barrier is compliant and would like council to inspect it, please call the Building Department on 5662 9212. Work is progressing well on the footpath that will link the six kilometre walking trail from Tarwin Lower to the centre of Venus Bay. Weather permitting, it will be ready in time for the visitor influx at Christmas when its real benefit will be felt. New footpaths (in Anderson Street near McDonalds in Leongatha, and at Baths Road, Mirboo North) have recently been constructed. Paths in Millicent and Jeffery streets Leongatha should also be completed by Christmas, all part of this year’s capital works program to improve your access and recreation facilities. Council was pleased to hear news that South Gippsland is one of the next regions to receive the National Broadband rollout next year. It is imperative that we can offer competitive telecommunications if we want to attract new businesses and residents to the area as well as supporting the established community. I look forward to chairing my first council meeting this week and working with the diverse skills and experience of our new council. And so, the journey continues!

Cr Kieran Kennedy, mayor.

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FReeZA committee members: Eden Ward, Nick Jeremiah, Alysia Clark, Stephen Loftus, Bec Dowthwaite and Dean Eddy organise events for young people in South Gippsland.

Events by youth, for youth By Simone Short WHILE there are plenty of events for both young and old held around South Gippsland, what often seems to be missing is the ones for those stuck in the middle – teenagers to be exact.

FReeZA, a committee of young people from around the region, works to change that by holding events specifically for 12 to 25-year-olds throughout the year. The group of six youths meets once a week when planning an event and holds two events of their own every year, as well as assisting with other youth focused events such as Raw Vibes and Battle of the Bands. Committee member Bec Dowthwaite said FReeZA events offer a safe, social setting for young people. “Apart from FReeZA, all young people have here is a disco once a year,” she said. “We offer an alternative; a safe place with a different focus. “We also showcase local talent and local bands, which gives them an opportunity to perform and get their name out there, which is something they don’t often get to

do here.” The next FReeZA event is right around the corner, with a dance party with the theme School’s Out Flashback being held on December 14, giving young people a chance to celebrate the end of the school year. Described as disco house, pop and punk, trio Have You Seen This Boy will be headlining the night; a big name for the Leongatha event. They will be supported by Melbourne pop rock band Summerset Avenue and DJ Cara from Korumburra. The event will be held at the Dakers Centre from 7pm until 10pm, and will not only be drugs, alcohol and smoke free, but free entry as well. Founding member of the committee, Dean Eddy, said events like School’s Out Flashback is what FReeZA is all about. “This is something we really need for teenagers; there’s not a lot out there in the community,” he said. “We’re also interested in asking the community what they want by setting up a survey to target young people.” The FReeZA committee meets once a week and anyone between the ages of 12 and 25 is welcome to come along and join. While the meetings do involve getting

events up and running, there’s also a chance to have fun and meet other likeminded people from around the region. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to give back to the community and get some hands on experience working in event management and similar fields, with the committee already working with high profile musicians, including Triple J unearthed high winners Stonefield and Australian hip hop producer M-Phazes. The committee said they are always looking for members, and also new bands to perform at events. Anyone interested in finding out more about FReeZA can contact UnitingCare Gippsland youth development worker Michelle Merange on 5662 5150. You can also visit for more information. FReeZA is also looking for donations from local businesses for prizes for its upcoming event, and any sponsors will be acknowledged at the event and on the flyer with sufficient notice. Any businesses who want to get on board and support the youth event can also contact Michelle.

Summer working bee at Agnes THE summer tourist season is fast approaching and the newly formed Friends of Agnes Falls group is planning another working bee to tidy up at Agnes Falls on Saturday, December 1. Following the original set up meeting for the friends group in September at the Parks Victoria office in Foster, a full committee was elected, and the first working bee and another were held. The group plans to become incorporated in the near future, which will enable it to apply for grants for future improved amenities at the reserve. Under the auspices of Parks Victoria’s Foster office, the group’s working bee and barbecue will start at 11am at the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve and Picnic Ground.

The event will involve a general tidy up of the grounds and all tools will be provided by Parks Victoria, as well as a delicious lunch. Everyone is welcome to join in and find out what the benefits are in having such a friends group, working with, and under the auspices of, Parks Victoria, to further improve the reserve and increase the promotion of this wonderful scenic tourist attraction in our area. Just bring along your own refreshments and children are welcome. New memberships will be taken at a cost of $10 for adults for annual subscription and in time it is planned to also have junior memberships available. For more information please contact Kathy on 5688 1400 or Gerard Delaney, Parks Victoria, Foster, on 5683 9013.

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Farm sales tipped to rise By Brad Lester FARM sales are gaining pace despite low commodity prices and the high Australian dollar casting an air of caution over buyers.

Real estate agents reported some sales in recent months but predominantly little enquiry from buyers. Vendors have reduced prices compared to 18 months ago just to secure sales. Elders is expecting to sell three 100 acre lots at Kilcunda, despite an unsuccessful auction recently. Don Olden of Elders Korumburra remained optimistic that farmers wanting to sell would do so, particularly as the warmer months inspire buying activity. “There is renewed interest in dairy farms and we’re starting to get enquiries into grazing properties,” he said. “We have a few things lined up and properties

coming onto the market that I believe we will be able to sell.” Vendors just had to ensure their asking prices were realistic, Mr Olden believed. “From where prices were 18 months ago, they (vendors) have had to drop prices by 10 per cent to effect a sale,” he said. Alex Scott and Staff Leongatha has sold two dairy farms in the past eight weeks: a 380 acre dairy property at Mardan and a 320 acre dairy farm at Welshpool. Both were bought by locals. Other properties sold by Alex Scott in recent months include: a 71 acre beef farm at Mirboo North, 150 acre beef property at Berrys Creek and a 50 acre beef farm at Foster. The agency’s Andrew Newton said while there was not significant demand for farms, enquiry was stronger than the first half of the year. “Rural sales are certainly not back to the level of two years ago, however the market is starting to gain confidence and momentum,” he said.

Low milk prices have been a factor in less interest earlier in 2012. “I don’t think it (milk price) has improved as much as it needs to,” Mr Newton said. He said asking prices were a little higher compared to eventual selling prices that were “reasonable” and at “market value”. “I think it’s better than in some other areas because we’re a foodbowl and have the highest rainfall in Victoria, along with the Western District,” Mr Newton said. “But the rural job across the country is in the same state. When the rural job picks up, it picks up first in places like South Gippsland.” Barry Redmond of SEJ Real Estate said the market was generally slack. “The market is pretty tough. It’s been pretty tough throughout the winter. The rural job’s been quiet in general,” he said. Mr Redmond attributed the quieter sales to a combination of wet weather and the high

Australian dollar lowering commodity returns. “The rural job would like to see the dollar come back to around 80 cents because that is affecting the export market,” he said. “We are just hoping that coming into summer, we will see a change to the market.” The last major rural property SEJ sold was Scadden’s Run at Meeniyan. “We have plenty of properties for sale but no one is buying,” Mr Redmond said. “The interest has not been there like it has been.” Mr Olden also believed a wet winter contributed to less interest from buyers, particularly compared to previous winters.

Vendors are predominantly Baby Boomers looking to leave farming and young farmers seeking to upgrade, while buyers are a mix of locals and newcomers. “We had three reasonably sized beef farms sell and two of them sold to non-locals,” Mr Newton said. “They’re usually from south eastern Melbourne and looking at buying and then building.” Few young farmers are among the buyers given the major financial barriers they face when starting out. “The costs they have to get in are enormous. There is not a lot of movement among the share farmers. Most of them are staying where they are,” Mr Newton said.

In conjunction: auctioneer Peter Hawkins of Pat Rice & Hawkins and Barry Redmond of SEJ Leongatha at the auction of Berryvale.

Bystanders: those watching the auction of Berryvale recently included rural real estate doyen Peter Dwyer (centre).

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“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - PAGE 51

Harvest 2012

Be ready for Asian challenge By Jane Ross GIPPSLAND must be investment ready to meet the challenges of Asian opportunity. Agribusiness Gippsland chairman Alex Arbuthnot said this when delivering his annual report recently. He said the recent Australian Government white paper called Australia in the Asian Century “is a roadmap for Australia to be part of the Asian opportunity – it sets productive targets and how we must change in the way we do business”. Mr Arbuthnot suggested Gippsland could be as innovative by harmonising local government rules in the region, identifying needs for training and skilling, attracting capital investment from domestic or international sources and increasing productivity across all sectors “and include unions in that mix”. Mr Arbuthnot said the region needs people to live here, for tourism and jobs, adding good planning “will manage urbanisation”. While some see coal and gas mining as a threat, Mr Arbuthnot believes they can bring benefits to agribusiness, includ-

ing coal products such as fertiliser, roads and ports infrastructure and overseas investors bringing tourists and markets for Gippsland products. Mr Arbuthnot said Agribusiness Gippsland helps shape the future of “growing an exciting productive Gippsland food and fibre industry”. “Victorian Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh has thrown the state a challenge

to double Victoria’s regional production by 2030. Surely an area that is so rich in resources can meet and beat that challenge. “What we undertake will need to secure long term investment in agribusiness – from producer to processor – Gippsland must have a 20 to 30 year pathway for agribusiness.” The Gippsland Integrated Land Use Plan due

out early next year and the Gippsland Food Plan are building blocks already underway. “Gippsland must be brave enough to exclusively zone productive agricultural land,” Mr Arbuthnot said. “The Gippsland Food Plan being developed must be forward looking and aware of markets and investors internationally.” Vision for Gippsland’s

growing future includes support for a centre for sustainable technologies, a new irrigation dam in the region “to support the growing intensification of agriculture” and water recycled from Melbourne’s Eastern Treatment Plant to the “Bunyip Food Belt”. Mr Arbuthnot thanked Agribusiness Gippsland’s local government partners and others who have supported the group, vol-

unteer board members and executive officer Sue Webster. In her annual report, Ms Webster said Agribusiness Gippsland had increased its numbers from 6000 to 8000; the year finished in the black and “we will enter 2013 with a renewed focus on externally funded projects undertaken in conjunction with other community groups”.

“We believe we have again proven Agribusiness Gippsland to be the state’s foremost group within the network of the Victorian Agribusiness Committee.” Ms Webster commended the “doggedness” of Mr Arbuthnot “who is the engine-room for everything this group achieves”.

Worthy honour: Agribusiness chair Alex Arbuthnot from Nambrok presented a certificate of excellence to Agribusiness Gippsland director Courtney Ferguson.

Inspirational talk: speaker and Nuffield scholar Rowan Paulet with Agribusiness Gippsland treasurer Chris Shearer of Paynesville.

Ensure hay is quality By Frank Mickan, pasture and fodder conservation specialist, DPI Ellinbank THE quality of hay can range from very good to very poor.

Hay quality is directly related to the stage of growth at cutting, the amount of leaf retention, diligent use of the right equipment at the right time and avoiding bad weather. Obviously cutting as early as possible in the season, weather permitting, will gain us the most in producing higher quality hay. However, some quality is lost during the curing and harvesting of hay. So what can we do about this aspect of improving hay? Growing plants contain approximately 75-80 per cent water at the time of harvest. When the plant is cut, it continues to respire or ‘breathe’ until water content is reduced to about 40 per cent that is 60 per cent dry matter (DM). This represents some loss of dry matter and quality. Below 40 per cent moisture, leaves dry at a much faster rate than

stems because they are very thin and have a large surface area to mass ratio compared to stems. Because of the cell make up and surface wax layer of stems, drying occurs quite slowly. By the time the stem reaches proper moisture content for baling, the leaves may be too dry and thereby easily shattered. We need to speed up the drying of the entire crop, particularly the stems, to reduce losses and to avoid the increased risk of rain damage. What can we do? 1. Wait for any dew to lift before mowing. There could be one to three tonnes of moisture trapped between the plants if mown with dew on them, moisture which must be dried off before the plants start to dry off and cure. Mowing in the rain would have a similar effect. 2. Use a mower-conditioner or conditioner. The most common method of enhancing stem drying is by mechanical conditioning which uses a set of intermeshing, counter-rotating rollers. These are designed to crush, bend or break stems allowing moisture to escape more easily.

Conditioners also result in reduced leaf shatter during raking and baling because the leaves tend to dry at about the same rate as stems. Proper roller clearance adjustment is important, especially for roller-type conditioners. Don’t have them set too wide. The roller spacings used for the thick stemmed crops are often not adequate for the finer stemmed crops. The flail or tyned-type of mower conditioners are more suited to pastures than the roller type. They do a better job of the crimping, abrading, etc. and tend to leave the

windrows more ‘fluffy’, which is more conducive to quicker drying. In both cases leaving the swath boards out as wide as possible to leave wider windrows will also greatly increase the drying rate. 3. Tedding straight after mowing. Although this technique is recommended for silage, tedding (spreading) will reduce the curing time of hay by about 30–40 per cent, if used within a few short hours after mowing. Some farmers use the tedder the day after mowing, but the curing rate would benefit greatly if done soon after mowing.

Some farmers worry about bleaching by the use of these machines. The tedding will allow far more even and quicker drying so bleaching should be minimal. In any case, bleaching itself does not greatly affect hay quality but it does reduce the carotene level where bleached. Also the reduced risk of rain and its effect of reduced quality is reason enough to consider using a tedder. 4. Raking. Raking is used to enhance uniform drying. The most common type of rake rolls and fluffs the windrow, bringing the bottom

Worthwhile: tedding straight after mowing will increase the curing time of hay by up to 40 per cent.

layer to the top. The rolling action exposes more of the stems while protecting the leafy portion of the plant. Hay should be raked at moisture content above 30 per cent to minimise leaf shatter. Leaf loss can be further reduced by raking during the early morning or late evening after the leaves absorb moisture from the air. As much as 15 per cent dry matter can be lost if legumes such as lucerne are raked at the wrong time. Pastures losses would be less than this. 5. When to bale. Optimum moisture

content for baling hay for conserved feed depends on bale size and density. For small rectangular bales, the moisture content should be no higher than about 18 - 20 per cent. The upper limit for large round bales should be about 14–18 per cent and large square (actually rectangular) bales 12–14 per cent. Over 80 per cent of fires have been in the large square bales which have often been baled at the correct moisture content but their high density allows for no breathing. That is, there is no room for error with these large very densely packed bales.

& Making hay while sun shines

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By Matt Dunn THE early wet months of 2012 have led to a silage shortfall.

The hay season also remains uncertain, with predictions that a dearth could lead to higher prices across the board. “It got awfully wet through the winter time and then all of sudden it went dry. Now, we’ve got the crusty soil on top and nothing wants to grow,” Meeniyan hay and silage contractor Jack Thorson said. On the day Mr Thorson spoke to The Star he was baling hay on a property in Dumbalk. He said that although the paddock he was working on would produce a number of bales, it was nowhere near as many as last year. “We need a bit of rain now to moisten the top again. There is plenty of moisture in the ground, but none on top. Of course, that gives you light crops, like this one,” he said. “There’s not much


grass in the paddock. Normally it would be producing double the rows we have here. That’s only half as much as should be there.” Mr Thorson said there was talk from some local farmers about buying hay from northern Victoria. “If it stays like this there’s not going to be much growth around here, but there’s not a lot of growth in the north either,” he said. “If we can just get that rain, we’ll have plenty of hay later on. The silage crops are going to be down though.” Mr Thorson believes the shortage could lead to higher prices for hay. “They know people are going to be chasing it then,” he said. Mr Thorson said he could finish baling hay by the middle of December if rain fails to fall. If wetter weather does come, the season would stretch well into January 2013. GippsDairy executive officer Dr Danielle Auldist also said the wet start to the year was being


felt in a spring silage shortfall. “Yields are definitely down and that’s because pasture density is lower due to it being too wet to renovate pasture last autumn,” she said. “The key profit driver for Gippsland farms is good quality pasture, so having low yield and low quality will have an impact on dairy farm profits.” Dr Auldist said the late end to winter meant that many paddocks were too wet for farmers to get machinery on, meaning pasture was being cut later than was ideal. “Pasture is becoming mature, which is adding to the lower quality and lower yield,” she said. The good news for many farmers is that the bumper silage hauls of recent years have left reserve supplies on hand. “At least a lot of dairy farmers still have silage available to get them through if they came up short on this year’s harvest,” Dr Auldist said.


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Jack Thorson: the Meeniyan hay and silage contractor said production was low due to a wet winter.

The plastic will be shipped to Melbourne for recycling using a newly commissioned baler. The Australian made Hydrapac baler was funded by Sustainability Victoria to assist with the Plasback product stewardship scheme. Plasback is an initiative from Tapex, a leading Australian distributor of crop protection plastics. Tapex has the plastic collected recycled back into useful products such as Tuffboard, a durable, waterproof plywood replacement product used for stables, flood gates and milking sheds. The baler is mounted on a tandem trailer with its own independent power source, which enables easy movement between collection points, such

as council transfer stations. The baler compresses around 10 Plasback liner bags of silage wrap into one bale to facilitate economical transport to a plastics recycling plant. Tapex’s Plasback product stewardship scheme provides an environmentally responsible recycling solution for farmers to dispose of used silage plastics. A twine recycling bag has also been introduced to enable recycling of baling twine – a different type of plastic (polypropylene) to that of silage wrap (linear low density polyethylene). The bags of twine are also baled for transport to a plastics recycler. The Plasback recycling scheme has been developed over the past three years with the assistance of 27 Victorian councils, dairy companies, farmer and Landcare groups. In Gippsland the scheme has been supported by the Gippsland Regional

Waste Management Group, working with Bass Coast, South Gippsland, Latrobe and Baw Baw councils. The Plasback scheme offers farmers an alternative to landfilling or, more importantly, illegally burning the plastic material. The importance of the recycling project is highlighted by an industry estimate that over 5000 tonnes of used silage film and pit covers are discarded every year. Recycling enables this farm waste product to be made into a new resource using less oil, energy, water and generating less pollution than if made from virgin materials. Plasback silage and twine recycling liners can be purchased at Murray Goulburn, Elders, AIRR, CRT and Brown Wigg stores. For more information on the program and your nearest drop site, go to www.

& Tom knows farmers’ needs

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - PAGE 53


COMING from a dairying background, Chapman Machinery’s newest salesman Tom Peters knows exactly what farmers are looking for when they walk through the door.

Originally from a dairy farm in Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island before spending five years on a farm in Yanakie, Tom said he’s been around dairying and machinery pretty much all his life. Around 18 months ago, however, he made the move into selling machinery, joining the team at Chapman’s in Leongatha, located in the industrial estate. “I was a dairy farmer for about


10 years and I wanted to find a new challenge,” he said. Having stuck with only one brand of tractor (green) for most of his farming years, Tom said he was surprised at the quality of the machinery available at Chapman’s. “We’ve got the world’s most efficient tractor, the Fendt, and most toughest and solid tractor, the Valtra,” Tom said. “Kubota is cheaper, but high quality. “We’ve also got Iseki, which is a really robust machine, as well as Massey Ferguson, one of the biggest brands.” Tom said he was also impressed by the quality of the Krone hay tools Chapman’s offers. “The biggest thing when buy-


ing machinery is quality and service,” Tom said. “I think since I was a farmer, I know how important the quality is of course, but service is the most important thing; Chapman Machinery offers both of those things.” Chapman Machinery also offers on-farm servicing to guarantee your machinery is always running. Unlike most retailers, Chapman’s stocks five different brands, with something to suit every individual need. “We’re a bit different from most machinery dealers because we’ve got five manufacturers,” Tom said. “This allows customers to find the right tractor that’s going to suit

their application. “Some people may want a light tractor in the hills, while others may want a heavier tractor for front end loader work – we’ve got it all covered.” Chapman’s price range is also very diverse, with both low range and high range available to choose from. When it comes to helping a farmer choose their machinery, Tom said his

farming background is definitely an advantage.

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From farming to Chapman’s: Tom Peters from Chapman Machinery in Leongatha understands exactly what a farmer needs, having spent a decade working as a farmer himself.

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& Exports lucrative, yet risky

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spent all of my life on,” he said. “I just want to constructively use and work the farm.” Moving into the export market was a gradual move for Noel. “It was a progression from what a lot of dairy farmers do now; raise a few more calves and then that’s their extra pocket money and income,” he said. “Then I gave up milking and thought well, what’s the most profitable but one construc-

By Jacob de Kunder CALF exporting can be risky but profitable and Noel Gregg is benefiting from the market.

The Poowong North farmer is making the most of his 96 acres, exporting more than 300 calves to China in the last year. After giving up milking when he reached the age of retirement around six years ago, Noel wanted to keep the farm active. “I have been a dairy farmer all my life, and this is the farm I have

Noel Gregg: the Poowong North farmer raises calves that are exported to China.

tive way I can manage my farm, and it’s worked very well.” Noel buys his calves direct from local farmers, allowing him to pick up those suitable for exporting. Around two years ago, new equipment was required to keep the farm productive. “I realised that I would need to get some better equipment if I was going to continue to do this so I bought an Urban Automatic Calf Feeder,” Noel said. “This year I have

been able to do more calves than I have ever done before.” The feeder automatically provides calves with a mixture of milk powders and makes sure that each calf gets a certain amount of food each day. The system is vital to the upbringing of Noel’s calves. Exporting to China requires each calf to have paperwork and breeding history, as well as some more quirky requirements. “The Chinese have

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tion devices (CPDs) to quad bikes, arguing it should be voluntary. “The VFF has always argued that until the scientific evidence is in, it’s up to farmers to assess the risks and make their own decision on fitting these roll-over protection structures to quad bikes,” VFF president Peter Tuohey said. “That doesn’t mean we support quad bike manufacturers, who’ve campaigned against CPDs in the past. It simply comes down to it being a matter of choice.” Various politicians, safety groups and unionists are demanding the mandatory fitting of CPDs to quad bikes. “But the VFF does not want to see farmers once again wearing the regulatory cost of yet another

bureaucratic initiative,” Mr Tuohey said. “If Federal or State governments want CPDs fitted to quad bikes, then they should pay the full cost of buying and fitting them.” There are about 220,000 quad bikes in Australia, with up to 50,000 in Victoria. That means fitting CPDs and other roll over structures, worth about $500 each, to the nation’s quad bikes would cost quad bike riders $110 million. “The reality is we need decent research to determine once and for all the value of crush protection and other roll-over protection structures on quad bikes, plus a decent national strategy on the issue,” Mr Tuohey said. “I understand the NSW Government has initiated such research.”



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All about service

GENDORE has built its business and its reputation on customer service.

The formula has worked well since the company was founded in 1948. Gendore manager Tim Burgess has worked hard to ensure that focus is still to the fore, gathering a good team around him to help. Among them at Gendore Leongatha are Adam Durston and Bronwen Russell who are young, enthusiastic and know how to mix their roles with an ability to enjoy rapport with farmers. As Bronwen said, friendly human interaction helps bring customer loyalty and makes the day pleasant for staff too. She’s the new parts manager at Gendore, while Adam is the service manager. He came from his native New Zealand two years ago looking for a better lifestyle in Australia. He was drawn to South Gippsland because the countryside reminds

him of home and his eight years of experience in an dealership agricultural made him a good fit for Gendore. Adam joined the staff two years ago, had a short break but is now back and thriving on the busy hay season. He knows it’s a hectic time for farmers and responding to calls for his expertise at all hours is just part of his job. “To me, if there are no customers, there’s no company,” he said. “Our business is not just about selling the tractor, it’s about selling the service. “Customer service is how you grow the business and word of mouth travels quickly.” Adam enjoys the word-of-mouth feedback because it’s confirmation “you’re doing the right thing”. Tim added, “We have a good reputation that when people ring, we have a quick response.” Adam is particularly valuable to farmers – and his employer – because he has service experience on a broad range of tractors

and machinery. Bronwen is stepping into the parts manager role because Graeme Dell is retiring. He’s not leaviing until til early l nextt year, but Tim thought it prudent to make the management changeover now. Bronwen’s is the cheery face you see behind the counter when you walk in the door of Gendore inYarragon Road. She, too, has been in the agricultural industry for eight years. With her dairy farming background, she understands farming and machinery so can decipher farmers’ descriptions of the parts they need. Her focus is on service too. It’s a long-standing Gendore tradition to always have parts in stock and Bronwen is enjoying building relationships with customers “We get to know our customers on a personal basis,” Tim said, “and we’ve got the right team together to offer personalised service.”

New team: Gendore manager Tim Burgess with service manager Adam Durston and parts manager Bronwen Russell.

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NOTICE VLE - LEONGATHA CHRISTMAS MARKETS PRIME MARKET Wednesday, December 19, 2012 @ 8am Normal Market Wednesday, December 26, 2012 No Market Wednesday, January 2, 2013 No Market Wednesday, January 9, 2013 @ 8.30am Normal Market Then weekly

STORE SALES Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 10am Normal Market Thursday, December 27, 2012 No Market Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 10am Normal Market Then Fortnightly


Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 11am Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 11am Wednesday, January 9, 2013 @ 1pm

ANNUAL HEIFER SALE Monday, February 4, 2013 Any changes to be advised.


Then weekly until notified


CLEARING SALE Farm Machinery, Hay, Silage, Sundries. on the property

A/c A. & J.M. Hendrie 6295 South Gippsland Highway, WELSHPOOL (Property Sold)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2012 at 10.30am Items for sale include: M/F 6245 tractor & Burder front end loader 3120 hours, Old Fordson farm major tractor, Claas 3mtr mower, PZ 360 tedder rake, Citrex Vee-Rake 12 wheel, “Hulls” round bale feeder, M/F round bale feeder, Hay forks, 2 x hay rings, “Silo Cut” silage block cutter', Howard silage grab, Lily forage harvester, 12' silage cart, 2 ton crump spreader, 8' Berends grader blade, 6' Howard E.H. slasher, 20 plate Connor-Shea Hydr. Trailing discs, 7 tyne John Shearer chisel plough, Quick hitch, Hydr. Tip trailer 12'x8', Farm trailer 17' x 8' checker plate floor, 10' x 6' tandem trailer & stock crate, Suzuki 4x4 Eiger quad runner, A.T.V. trailer 5'x3', 14' grain line auger, 2 ton trailing grain feeder & auger, Trailing pellet feeder, Calf feeders, Workshop sip compressor 420/55F, 200 ltr diesel fuel tank for ute, Gantry & block & tackle, 5 ½ K.V.A generator, 300 ltr spray unit with B. & S. 8 H.P. motor on 6'x4' trailer, 600 ltr spray tank & 7' boom, 60 ltr bike spray unit, Solar elec fence unit, Large quant. elec. fence posts & reels, Quant. concrete culverts, 2x4' round concrete troughs, Quant. S – 78 Reo. Mesh, 7'x30' steel shed trusses, Quant. metal pipes, Cable slings, Assorted lengths farm gates, Poly pipe spinner, Large quant. poly pipe fittings, Drag chains, Vet supplies, Quant. treated timber 6”x2”, Quant. treated posts, Large log splitter, 2x wheel barrows, Approx 100 bales of last seasons silage, Approx 90 round bales of shedded hay, Plus numerous sundry items. A/c G.G. & J. Parker (Property Sold) Iseki 4.W.D. T.E. 4370 tractor 5,142 hours very good order, Silvan ½ ton spreader, Victa 4 stroke quatto 40 lawn mower excellent condition, Ozito uni-jaws as new, Scorpion nail gun with nails, still in case, Drag chains, Hand tools, Husqvarna chain saw 455 rancher with all the extras, “Ferroni” high pressure pump, Knapsack. A/c A. Pollock (Property Sold) Honda Big Red TRX300 4x4 & 70 ltr spray tank, 5,880km, bike loading ramps, Greenfield Mulcher KAW FJ180V motor. Terms: Cash or cheque day of sale, G.S.T. applicable, buyer must register – I.D. required, light refreshments available, viewing day of sale. Directions: Property situated 3km east of Welshpool on the South Gippsland Highway. Signs erected.

Korumburra Simon Henderson 0428 740 750 Greg Spargo 0409 860 344

Tree planting: Geoff Trease of the South Gippsland Seed Bank is ready to scatter the understorey tree seeds into the Rippa Seeder prepared areas.

Direct seeding ideal for hills THE South Gippsland Landcare Network, together with the Gippsland Agroforestry Network, held a successful direct seeding field day recently. Around 25 people gathered at the Loch property of SGLN member Mark Walters to see demonstrations of several ways to revegetate a property using direct seeding. Mr Walters’ farm was an excellent venue for the field day as he has used direct seeding to plant trees over the last few years. Visitors inspected a two-yearold planting, last season’s planting, plus the area that had been planted this year. Although Mark had been promised rain as a direct result of hosting a field day, the weather stayed fine so walking across paddocks to view the steep site chosen for

direct seeding was delightful. Works crew leader from the Bass Coast Landcare Network, Sam Dakin, and Geoff Trease from the South Gippsland Seed Bank in Leongatha explained how the pre-treated seed mixes were sown. The site was first sprayed with herbicide and Landcare works crews then chipped a small depression in the sprayed area with a mattock. This has two benefits: the small depression holds the seed/ potting mix mixture and the weed seed bearing part of the soil is removed. Two seed mixtures, one for the tall over-understorey plants and one for the storey, were used throughout the site to give the most natural result possible. This technique is great for steep slopes not suitable for seeding by tractor. Although all the seeding is

done by hand, the costs and time benefits compared to planting out the same area with tube stock are considerable. It was noted that some species are not suitable for direct seeding and these species will have to be introduced to a planting via tubestock if required. After some well earned morning tea, Belinda Brennan from the South Gippsland Landcare Network outlined the network’s Bunurong erosion control project and how direct seeding is an appropriate way of revegetation for landslip rehabilitation. The demonstration crew then attached the seed bank’s Rippa Seeder to Mark’s tractor and direct seeding using this machine was demonstrated. People saw how the machine performed the task of scalping the area to remove the weed seed rich top layer of soil and then created a

furrow for the seeds. Mr Trease showed how the seeds were mixed with sawdust to allow even spreading over the ploughed area. The area was seeded with a similar species mix to the steep site planting, with the understorey and the tall species sown separately. All the attendees expressed interest in monitoring the site over the next few years to see what grows. South Gippsland Seed Bank hires the Rippa Seeder and also supplies locally collected seed for revegetation projects. Phone 5662 2453 on Thursdays only or email: South Gippsland Landcare Network can be contacted on 5662 5759 and online at au for information about the right plants to use for a revegetation project.


Dry drives demand THERE were approximately 150 trade and 900 grown cattle penned. The usual buying group was present for a variable market, both in price trend and quality. Many drafts required further fattening, however producers across much of Gippsland face a rapidly closing feed window as the ground very quickly turns from mud to concrete. The majority of the trade run was secondary yearling grass heifers which were 7c/kg stronger on the heavy weights. Grown steers were firm, bullocks were 3c to 5c easier and the heavy weight bullocks were back by 12c/kg. Grown empty heifers sold to a stronger trend while the Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers were 7c to 14c/kg cheaper. Cows

and bulls were firm to a few cents dearer. The best trade cattle sold to 200c, with the secondary D3 grass heifer portion selling from 139c to 162c/kg. Grown steers sold from 175c to 188c/kg. Four score bullocks made from 166c to 180c, with the secondary three score lines from 159c to 178c/kg. Heavy weight bullocks sold between 144c and 170c/kg. Plainer D muscle straight bred grown steers and bullocks made between 155c and 168c/kg. Most grown empty heifers sold from 135c to 163c/kg. Friesian manufacturing steers made mostly between 139c and 143c/kg. Crossbred manufacturing

steers made from 142c to 165c/kg on most sales. Plain condition one score and light weight dairy cows sold from 75c to 123c/kg. Good condition two and three score heavy weight dairy cows sold between 116c and 135c/kg. Plain condition one and two score and light weight beef cows made from 103c to 130c/kg. Good condition three and four score heavy weight beef cows sold between 122c and 144c/kg. Heavy weight bulls sold from 133c to 149c/kg. This week’s sale draw - November 28, 29 & 30: 1. Landmark, 2. David Phelan, 3. Elders, 4. Alex Scott, 5. Rodwells, 6. SEJ.

Wednesday, November 21 BULLOCKS 9 R.M. Agostino, Nambrok 4 P. & D. Skinner, Bass

565kg 183.6 $1037 593kg 180.0 $1068

11 E.M., K.M. & G.E. Mullen, Thorpdale 13 Burrendah Pastoral, Yanakie 11 S. Conway, Nyora 2 N.D. & J. Buckland, Fish Creek STEERS 1 D. Campbell, Kernot 8 R.M. Agostino, Nambrok 1 G.E. & L.J. Simmons, Woodside 1 P. Hillard & R. Bowen, Strzelecki 4 Strathbrae Equity, Inverloch 5 F. & B. Stahl, Leongatha COWS 1 M. Morrison, Allambee East 2 Strathbrae Equity, Inverloch 2 B. Gilpin, Woodleigh 3 N. Albutt/Strzelecki Yinnar South 1 Vuillerman Past, Yanakie 9 Melaleuca Past, Meeniyan HEIFERS 1 D. & D. McKnight, Buffalo 1 C.M.T. Kofoed, Hazelwood 1 D. Wilkin, Turtons Creek 1 S.J. Vardy, Jack River 2 I. & E. Snell, Dumbalk 2 N. Albutt/Strzelecki, Yinnar South BULLS 1 I. & E. Snell, Dumbalk 1 F. & L. Dal Pozzo, Koonwarra 1 D. & D. McKnight, Buffalo 1 B.W., R. & D.B. Knee, Toora 1 T.K. Wilson, Yannathan 1 B. & M. Hall, Budgeree

684kg 648kg 665kg 612kg

179.6 177.6 176.6 176.6

$1229 $1152 $1176 $1081

335kg 541kg 480kg 485kg 511kg 512kg

200.0 183.6 182.0 180.0 180.0 179.6

$670 $993 $873 $873 $920 $919

635kg 630kg 447kg 656kg 710kg 577kg

143.6 140.0 139.6 138.6 138.6 138.0

$911 $882 $624 $910 $984 $796

380kg 440kg 280kg 390kg 367kg 427kg

190.0 180.0 170.0 167.6 162.0 157.2

$722 $792 $476 $653 $595 $672

525kg 1215kg 760kg 735kg 715kg 510kg

154.6 148.6 148.0 147.2 146.6 145.0

$811 $1805 $1124 $1081 $1048 $739

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - PAGE 57

WITH its wide pickup, large diameter feed rotor, rapid belt speed and continuously-adjustable baling pressure, Claas Variant variable chamber round balers take productivity and efficiency to new levels. Anthony Blackshaw from Claas Harvest Centre South Gippsland says the top-of-the-line Variant 385 RC Pro model is loaded with innovations that maximise its performance in all conditions. “Everything about this baler is designed to feed and compress fodder more effectively and efficiently than ever before,” he says. “The rollers pre-compress the crop and maximise the pick-up’s effectiveness while preparing the fodder for presentation to the rotor. “The four-star spiral rotor then feeds the crop into the chamber, where the high belt speed forms an immediate bale start.” Underneath its stylish, easy-access panels, Variant features heavy-duty drivelines that incorporate heavier gearboxes, drive chains, chopping rotor and knife banks to ensure top performance under the toughest conditions. Baling pressure is controlled via three hydraulic cylinders and dual tensioning arms. “Variant gives you complete control over bale density and size, regardless of crop conditions,” Anthony says. “With a belt speed of 3.0 m/sec, it turns faster and compresses more fodder in less time. “You can choose a rock-hard core for dry straw. “Alternatively, if the crop is moist, you can reduce the baling pressure so that the bales are not overpressed. “The bottom line is that you can operate this machine to its full capacity in a wider range of crop conditions and still turn out perfect bales, all day long.” Variant variable chamber balers are available in a range of five and six foot chamber sizes with optional Roto Chop and Pro hydraulically-lowerable chamber floor. “The 14-blade knife bank on the optional Roto Chop version chops crop as it passes through the rotor,” Anthony says. “In the Pro models, the chamber floor can flex up to 30 mm, with sensors advising the operator that the baler is working to its full capacity. “If a blockage does occur, the operator can lower the front-opening floor even further to allow the

rotor to process the blockage, before continuing on with the job without leaving the cab.” Once the desired diameter has been reached, the adjustable precision tying system secures the bale tightly with either net wrapping or double twine, producing solid bales that hold their shape. All functions, including core density, baling

pressure, bale size, net and twine tying and pressure release, can be controlled from the cab via the dedicated medium terminal or the Isobus-compatible Communicator system. The Communicator system also incorporates job functions that log work hours, total bale number and amount of netting used for up to 20 jobs, making it ideal for contractors.

Claas is recognised as a global leader in fodder harvesting technology, manufacturing an integrated line of forage harvesters, mowers, conditioners, rakes, balers and feed wagons.

Standing hay Up to 200 acres Prefer Leongatha/ Korumburra areas

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WANTED 50 Friesian cows. Cows to be AI, high production and calving in Autumn 50 Friesian and Friesian cross cows. Cows to be medium production and Autumn calving. Friesian cross heifers calving August and still with bulls

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1500 CATTLE 1500 Thursday, Nov 29, 2012, Starting at 10am STEERS & HEIFERS ANNUAL DRAFT A/C JT SIBLY PASTORAL, ARCHIES CREEK 70 Angus Steer Weaners, 9-10 months 30 Angus Heifer Weaners, 9-10 months. Fernleigh & Te Mania Blood. (ELDERS)

A/C STRATHBRAE EQUITY, INVERLOCH 160 Angus Steers, 10 months Extremely well bred By “Banquet” Stud Bull 30 Char/Angus x mixed sex, 10 months By “Violet Hill” Stud Bull. (ALEX SCOTT) A/C MAITLAND DOWNS 60 Fries Steers, 2 years 70 Hfd Steers, 18-20 months. (LANDMARK) A/C GEMBOST P/L, TARWIN LOWER 60 Hfd Steers, 12-14 months Yarram Park Blood, yard weaned Forward Store condition, very quiet Vacc, 7 in 1, B12 &Sel, Copper, Vit A, D, E&Cydectin Pour On. (LANDMARK) A/C GIPPSGRAZE, INVERLOCH 60 Angus Steers, 14-15 months. (LANDMARK) A/C B & L CUMMINS, STONY CREEK 45 Angus Weaners 15 Char/Angus x Weaners Very Quiet. (LANDMARK) A/C “DAVMAR” PARK, L & J MOLLICA (BREEDER) 30 Angus Steers & Heifers, 9-10 months Sired by “Battersby” Stud Angus Bull 30 Limo/Angus x Steers & Heifers, 10-12 months. (ELDERS) A/C D CAMPBELL, KERNOT (BREEDER) 25 Sim/Red Angus x Steers & Heifers, 10-12 months. (ELDERS) A/C R & E EVANS, BASS (BREEDER) 20 Limo/Angus x Heifers, 9 months Weaned & in Forward Condition. (ELDERS) A/C J & C BRENNAN, CAPE LIPTRAP 30 Angus Steers, 9-10 months 15 Angus Heifers, 9-10 months Amberely Park Blood. (ELDERS) A/C MALABAR FARMS, TARWIN LOWER 20 Angus/Hfd x Steers, 13-14 months 20 Red Comp/Hfd x Steers, 13-14 months 20 Poll Hfd Steers, 13-14 months Tops of the drop, top quality. (ELDERS) A/C ANDERSTONY, KILCUNDA 30 Angus Steers, 12 months. (ALEX SCOTT) A/C M & L STERLING, ELLINBANK 10 x Bred Steers, 2 years old 15 B/Baldy & Santa x Steers, 18 months 10 Hfd& B/Baldy Steers, 12 months. (ELDERS) A/C PEARSON BEEF 15 Blue Roan Steers, 12-14 months 25 Angus & Angus/Hfd X Steers, 12-14 months.(SEJ) A/C BJ O'LOUGHLIN, MIRBOO NORTH 27 Angus Steers, 12-13 months Innisdale Blood Sel Block grazed, very quiet. (LANDMARK) A/C DB & DM FAIRBROTHER, KINGS FLAT 25 Polled Hfd Steers, 13-14 months Yard weaned, by Mt Difficult Polled Hfd Bulls, quiet. (LANDMARK) A/C EST WT & RA FAIRBROTHER, LOCH (BREEDER) 25 Angus x Steers, 2 years old In Forward Condition. (ELDERS) A/C OWNER 22 Angus Steers, 14 months. (LANDMARK) A/C D & K CLARK, NERRENA 20 Angus/Char x Steers, 13 months By AvabundyCharolais Bulls Drenched & B12 &Sel 20/10/12, excellent quality. (LANDMARK) A/C R AGOSTINO, NAMBROK 20 Hfd/Angus Steers, 20-24 months East Gippsland bred. (LANDMARK) A/C NR & KD HANSFORD, YINNAR 18 Poll Hdf Steers, 14-16 months, quiet. (LANDMARK) A/C F AUDDINO, KORUMBURRA (BREEDER) 15 B/Baldy Steers & Heifers, 14-16 months. (ELDERS) A/C BULLEONDURA, MIRBOO NORTH 15 Hfd Steers, 12-14 months. Marawarra Blood. (LANDMARK) A/C S & R CAMERON, BENA 15 Fries Steers, 2 years old. (ELDERS) A/C B & M FULTON, TOONGABBIE 13 Angus Steers, 18 months. (LANDMARK) A/C LUKE SULLIVAN, LEONGATHA 12 mixed sex, 8-10 months. (LANDMARK) A/C JOE CHESSARI, KORUMBURRA (BREEDER) 10 B/Baldy Steers, 2 years old 6 Belgian Blue x Steers, 18 months. (ELDERS) COWS & CALVES A/C W & G BENNETT, CHURCHILL 50 x/bred Cows with Limo x Calves at foot 1-3 months Re-Dept to Black Limo Bulls 2 Black Limo Bulls, 2 years old. (LANDMARK) A/C AW & B BUCKLAND, FISH CREEK 26 Angus/Fries x Cows, mixed ages, with Char calves to 6 weeks old Not rejoined. (LANDMARK) DISPERSAL COMMERCIAL ANGUS HERD A/C TEMPANY PARK ANGUS, NERRENA st th 30 x 30 1 -4 Calvers, Spring drop calves at foot Calves by Son of Coneally Thunder, not rejoined 10 Angus Heifers, 12-14 months, unjoined 3 Angus bulls, rising 2 year old 2 Red Angus Bulls, rising 2 year old.(LANDMARK)

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Huge appetite for fodder WANTED


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TOTAL VALUE OF ITEMS PER ADVERT MUST NOT EXCEED $50 DOLL ACCESSORIES. Bath, Pram (pink) with capsule, sleeping bag, change mat and nappy bag. All in very good condition. $45. Ph. 0421 097 451. PORTA-COT. Excellent condition. $30. Ph. 5662 3597. BED FRAME & MATTRESS. Single. White metal. very good condition. $50. Ph. 0418 574 539. FUTON LOUNGE. Ex. Cond. $50. Ph. 0427 878 572. AB FITNESS CHAIR. $40. Ph. 0427 878 572. DUCK EGGS. Fertile Khaki Campbell eggs. Five dozen @ $10 per dozen. Ph. 5664 1215. WOODHEATER. Inbuilt with fan. Works well. $40. Ph. 0418 179 977. BABY BJORN CARRIER. Faded black. $25. Ph. 0438 597 204. DINING SUITE. Extends to seat 8. Six chairs. $40. Ph. 0468 354 145. DOUBLE BED & BASE. Iron frame. $50. Ph. 5664 8275. TV CABINET and DVD storage unit. Timber, 2m high. Glass doors. $50. Ph. 5664 8275. HARDWOOD PARQUETRY. 1sq. metre $10 per box. Ph. 5169 6626. PORTACOT. Steelcraft. Blue, in excellent cond. $35. Ph. 0407 343 341. BOUNCINETTE. Pink with music box and toy mobile. Exc. cond. $20. Ph. 0407 343 341. TONKA TIP TRUCK. In original used condition. Collectable. $50. Ph. 0429 803 440. PORTA-COT. Weekender 3 in 1. Steelcraft. Excellent condition. $50. Ph. 5668 1571. PORTA-COT. Excellent condition. $30. Ph. 5662 3597. 100 OLD BRICKS. Can deliver. $50. Ph. 5657 3291. PICNIC TABLE. Treated pine, 1 piece with bench seats. $50. Ph. 5657 3291. MATTRESS. Queen size, hardly used. Very clean. Suit slat base. $40. Ph. 5657 2308. SOFA BED. Innerspring double mattress. Makes good couch. In good cond. $30. Ph. 5657 2308. “ANNE” sheer continuous curtaining. Drop 122cm x 10.7m. $30. Ph. 5664 4292. CYCLONE FENCING. 2.4m high x 10m. $50. Ph. 0419 301 463. MONITOR, speakers, keyboard and mouse (Optima), Canon printer Ip3300. $50 the lot. Ph. 0419 301 463. LAUNDRY BASKET. Round. Cane. With handles. Calico lining. Also has lid. $15. Ph. 5664 4292. SLOW COOKER. Breville. Very good condition. $20. Ph. 5662 0838. PRINTER. Colour. Dell. With spare black ink. $25. Ph. 5662 0838. WARDROBE DOORS. Painted. Good condition. 2330x615. 8 for $50. Ph. 5662 2207. CHILDS PUSHER. Steelcraft Jogger. 3 wheel. $40. Ph. 0429 686 297.

DINING TABLE. Pine. Rosewood stained. 1800x900. 6 chairs. Pine and brown leather. $50. Ph. 5655 2277. HOMY PED SHOES. Classic court shoe. 5cm block heel. Size 9-9½. $30. Ph. 5674 2859 BACKPACK. Leather. $30. Ph. 5674 2859. SCHOOL UNIFORMS. Mary MacKillop. 3x boys white shirts. Size 18. Good condition. $40 the lot. Ph. 5664 4471. PORTABLE TOILET. Suitable for camping. $15. Ph. 5674 1658. CAMP SHOWER. Hot water from solar water bag. Includes shower tent. $25. Ph. 5674 1658. MICROWAVE TROLLEY. 2 cupboards below hutch. 42cm w x 60cm L x 87cm H. White. Good condition. $25. Ph. 5658 1191. FERTILE EGGS. Double Lace Barnevelder. 12 eggs. $35. Plus postage. Ph. 0433 776 369. POLY RURAL COMPRESSION FITTINGS. Black. New. Assorted sizes. Ph. 5658 1443. STUDENT DESKS. x2. World map. Shelving. Four draws. $10 each. Ph. 5668 5250. PATIO LAWN MOWER. Push type. Ideal for small lawns. Hardly used. Very good condition. $50. Ph. 5662 4285. TELEVISION CABINET. Walnut. Room for sound system & video. Very good condition. 130cm wide x80cm high. $50. Ph. 5662 4285. FRIDGE. Family size. Good condition. $50. Ph. 0447 019 882. OLD BISCUIT TIN. Carrs of Carlisle Ltd England. Net WT 1lb 3ozs. Good condition. $20. Ph. 5681 1050. OLD BISCUIT TIN. William Arnott PTY Ltd. 2lb 10ozs. Good condition. $20. Ph. 5658 1050. TELEVISION. 2 Available. 34cm. Remote. one is 240/12v other is 240v. Good condition. $1. Ph. 0433 733 937. SOFA BED. Double bed with inner spring mattress. Makes good couch. In fair condition. $40. Ph. 5657 2308 MATTRESS. Queen size. Inner spring. Will suit slat base. Hardly used. Very clean. $40. Ph. 5657 2308. SCHOOL POLO SHIRTS. New. Leongatha Secondary College. x2. Medium. $45 for both. Ph. 5662 5141. TYRE. Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ, LT 26575-16. 70% tread. $50. Ph. 0427 648 325. INNER SPRING MATTRESS. Queen size. $50. Ph. 0400 640 019. NYLON TARP. 03 Trail. 5.9 x 3.6 metres, used once. $50 ono. Ph. 0466 897 709 after 5pm. MOUNTAIN BIKE TYRES. One Maxiss slick/nobby; one Kenda nobby. $40 ono. Ph. 0466 897 709 after 5 pm. SPA. Standard bath size. Juliet. with pump. Good condition. $50. Ph. 0407 863 356 PUNCHING BAG. Excellent condition. $50. Ph. 5689 1326. TENTS. Vintage WWII. $1each. Ph. 5664 4397. COFFEE TABLE. Beautiful white. wrought iron. glass top. 95cm2. 16cm high. $50. Ph. 5662 2903.

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Meeniyan Preschool Inc.


Clinical Hypnotherapist Group & Private Sessions

Caring for children from Buffalo, Dumbalk, Leongatha, Koonwarra, Middle Tarwin, Meeniyan, Stony Creek, Tarwin Lower, Venus Bay & surrounding areas 95 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan Phone: 5664 7316

Garry Harrison

Wonthaggi - Thur Dec 6th Leongatha - Fri Dec 7th

19 Moonah Street Cape Paterson

Bookings: 5333 1565 or 1800 110 660

Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday

South Gippsland Field & Game

“OPEN DAY” WEDNESDAY 5TH DECEMBER 2012 9am - 11am Places are available in 3 Year Old Playtime and 4 Year Old Preschool for 2013. This is an opportunity to see the facilities and meet the teachers. Modern purpose built facility Shaded playground equipment Registered Childcare Provider For enquiries please contact Janine Harrison-Hewitt on 5664 7316 between 8am – 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or 9am – 12pm Fridays.

By appointment Ph: 5674 8290



Sunday December 2


situations vacant APPOINTMENTS TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF GIPPSLAND SOUTHERN HEALTH SERVICE BOARD The Minister for Health, the Hon David Davis MP, is pleased to invite applications for part time board positions of public health services, rural public hospitals (including multi purpose services), Health Purchasing Victoria and Ambulance Victoria Boards with terms of office commencing from 1 July 2013. These positions provide an exciting opportunity for suitably qualified and experienced persons to contribute and provide high level advice on the delivery of public health care to the Victorian community. Guidelines for applicants, application documents and terms and conditions of appointment are available for downloading from The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that government boards and committees reflect the composition of the Victorian community. This includes appropriate representation of women, indigenous Victorians, young Victorians and Victoria’s culturally diverse community and Victorians living with a disability. Applications close at 5pm Friday 11 January 2013. Applicants for rural hospitals (including multi purpose services) Applicants for rural public hospitals and multi purpose services are required to submit their completed application documents, personal resumé and cover letter to the Chair, Selection Panel, of the relevant hospital or MPS of choice. A list of rural hospitals can be accessed at For further information, contact Dianna Mollica at Gippsland Southern Health Service on telephone: 5667 5504, or contact the relevant Department of Health regional office. DH Region Contact Phone no. Barwon South-Western Jessie Suomalainen (03) 5226 4544 Gippsland John Worters (03) 5177 2527 Grampians Warren Anderson (03) 5333 6052 Hume Fallon Eyers (02) 6055 7889 Loddon Mallee Liz Cleary (03) 5434 5589

10.30am start Shotgun raffle tickets sold and drawn only on the day Enquiries 0428 592 248

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WEEKEND MILKER required, 300 cows. Phone Mark 0427-643241.

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milpara community house ASSISTANT CO-ORDINATOR (Part-time 4 days per week)

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated person for this community development position. Duties include administration, program development, promotional work and attending to the community’s social and educational needs. This position is designed for a person seeking long term employment. A background in community services or adult education is an advantage. For job description telephone 5655 2524 or email Applications close 3rd December 2012 and must be made in writing and include a statement addressing the key selection criteria and current resumé, marked confidential and sent to: The President Milpara Community House PO Box 136 Korumburra 3950

Our clinic is expanding to new locations LEONGATHA / INVERLOCH A leading dental practice in Gippsland requires Qualified or Trainee Dental Nurses. Those who are interested in starting a great career in the dental profession should contact our office without delay. The successful candidate will have exceptional communication skills, ability to foster great customer relationships, strong organisational skills and initiative, be friendly and reliable and have a real interest in caring for customers. The position is full time Monday to Friday. To apply, email your resumé to: Catena Raffaele at Catena Raffaele on 0418 171 240

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Time fraction: Full time Employment type: Fixed Term Location: South Gippsland Start date: 29 January 2013 ROL Vacancy number: 812794 A fantastic opportunity exists for an enthusiastic and highly motivated, qualified Speech Pathologist to join the energetic, professional and friendly Student Support Services team in DEECD South Gippsland. For further information regarding this position, please contact Donna Riseley - Ph: 5662 5838 or Mobile: 0409 182 932

HORTICULTURE APPRENTICE needed for busy local horticulture facility

The successful applicant needs to be fit, have the ability to work in a team environment and looking for a career in an exciting area of Production Horticulture. Own transport required as no public transport is available. Please apply in writing to: Freshzest Pty Ltd, Attn Farm Manager, 670 Koonwarra Pound Creek Road, Pound Creek 3996 or email application to Applications close Tuesday 11th December. Phone 5674 5575

A full position description and key selection criteria is available for download at Recruitment Online (ROL): vacancy number: 812794

Newhaven College Phillip Island Australia

Apprentice - Turf Management

Two Positions available

Youth Connections is a Federally funded program that assists young people who are most at risk of not making a successful transition through school and from school, by keeping them engaged or reengaging them with education, training or employment. Young people are case managed to assist them to work through barriers affecting their engagement with school or transition into alternative education or employment.

Youth Connections Team Leader Maternity leave position We are seeking a motivated and passionate person to join our team. The successful applicant will continue to deliver the program throughout the South Gippsland and Bass Coast region working closely with the Youth Connections team, the community, LLEN, alternative learning centres, family and participants. Applications are invited for the position of Team Leader to work in the Youth Connections program across South Gippsland and Bass Coast.

Youth Connections Youth Worker Maternity leave position We are seeking a motivated and passionate person to join our team. The successful applicant will continue to deliver case management and build a good knowledge base of support services and education providers in the local area to strengthen the supports and goals of participants within the program. Applications are invited for the position of Youth Worker to work in the Youth Connections program across South Gippsland and Bass Coast. Position description available via email on, or call PH: 5662 6700 Email applications to or post to Private Bag 5 Leongatha 3953 Closing date: 14/12/12

A casual position will become available due to a retirement of a long standing employee. 2½ - 3 days a week Above award wages for the right person Starting date negotiable Please send application/resumé to: G. Wilkie PO Box 105 Korumburra 3950, or ring for further information on 5655 1026

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EXPERIENCED TRUCK DRIVER wanted Preferably B Double Licence Call Tom 0408 515 243 Cummaudo Farms

Information Officer • Tidal River • Fixed term full time 18 month contract • Salary $42,305pa plus 9% Super The successful applicant will provide high level visitor service and information at the Wilsons Promontory Visitor Centre and Park Entrance Office, as well as assisting with the operation and management of the reservations for accommodation, camping and other related services at Wilsons Promontory National Park.

All applicants are requested to address the key selection criteria and submit their application through Recruitment Online (ROL).

Flexible EFT arrangements .6 EFT and 1.0 EFT

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Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Speech Pathologist

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Earn as you learn the turf management (horticulture) trade under the supervision of a qualified instructor. Attend on and off-the-job training to complete the requirements for a turf apprenticeship qualification. For a position description please visit Applications close Friday, December 7

To succeed in this role you will have: • Work experience in a similar role, preferably within the hospitality or nature-based tourism industry • Sound knowledge and commitment to customer service • Computer literacy, especially Microsoft systems and booking/accommodation systems • A current manual Drivers Licence To find out more about this position, please obtain a copy of the position description by visiting our website under ‘employment’. For further information please contact Brent Moran by calling Parks Victoria on 13 1963. To apply, please email your application, addressing the selection criteria including a resume to Applications close Friday 7 December 2012. Parks Victoria is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a commitment to merit, equity and diversity in the workplace. More information Phone 13 1963 ZO221782

REGISTERED NURSE / MIDWIFE Full time / Part time / Casual GRADE 2

Applications are invited for the position of Registered Nurse / Registered Midwife. The successful applicant will need to provide all facets of care, while working as part of a team in our midwifery and acute area. You will possess the following: Essential: • Current registration from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency • Current Police Check • Successful completion of Graduate Year / Transition program including beginning development of: * Good interpersonal skills * Organisational and problem solving skills * Time management and decision making skills • Evidence of ongoing self development • Understanding of ANCI competencies and Codes of Ethics / Professional conduct • Practices and promotes commitment to Australian College of Midwives incorporated Competency Standards (Midwives) Desirable: • Current clinical experience in Midwifery The successful applicant will have proven clinical and midwifery experience and be enthusiastic for a challenge whilst working within a team environment. GSHS offers a comprehensive orientation program on commencement of employment. All staff have access to excellent staff mentoring, education and support programs. Salary Packaging is available to all permanent staff. If you are interested in joining a supportive and progressive team, please contact the Executive Assistant, Dianna Mollica on 5667 5504 to obtain an application kit or visit our website Applicants are also encouraged to contact Neil Langstaff on 5667 5504 to discuss the employment opportunities at GSHS. Completed application kits can be forwarded by Friday, 30th November 2012 to: Neil Langstaff Director of Nursing Inpatient/Residential Care Gippsland Southern Health Service Private Bag 13 LEONGATHA 3953

Communications and Engagement Project Officer Traralgon or Leongatha Full time – Ongoing (Part time – Job Share option available) This is an exciting opportunity to join West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority’s progressive Partnerships and Engagement Team as Communications and Engagement Project Officer. WGCMA offers an encouraging work environment that actively supports personal and professional development. This position will directly support the Partnerships and Engagement Team Leader to plan, design and coordinate WGCMA’s communications, marketing, public relations and engagement activities. Specifically, the position will coordinate the development and implementation of the WGCMA Annual Communications Plan, provide communication/engagement advice to internal projects, development/design of key WGCMA publications, ie, Annual Report, undertake ongoing media/public relations activities and coordinate the Community Advisory Groups. The remuneration range is at WGCMA Level 3 classification ($54,473 – $69,546) which includes superannuation (pro-rata part time). A Position Description can be obtained via our website or by emailing the HR Coordinator For further information about the role please contact Kylie Debono, Manager Planning and Delivery on 1300 094 262. Applications addressing the Key Selection Criteria should be marked; “Communications and Engagement Project Officer,” c/ HR Coordinator and must be received by 4pm on 21st December 2012. Please state on your application if you wish to apply for the position as a full time or job share position. Email applications may be sent to Martin Fuller Chief Executive Officer

Correspondence PO Box 1374, Traralgon VIC 3844 Telephone 1300 094 262 Facsimile (03) 5175 7899 Email Web


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ADMINISTRATION OFFICER (Permanent Full-Time role)

Fresh Produce Assistant Manager (2IC) Location: Michael’s SUPA IGA Korumburra Reporting to: Department Manager - Store Manager Availability: Alternating Rosters (Every 2nd Saturday and some public holidays) Successful applicants will have a proven track record of: • Fresh Produce experience (preferred) • Delivering excellent quality and service standards • Working well in a team environment • Achieving sales and wage control targets • Controlling shrinkage and completing monthly stock takes • Assisting Fresh Produce manager in day to day operations • Maintaining Department invoicing and clerical procedures • Controlling ordering and stock to an acceptable level relevant to department sales • Maintaining a work schedule and rostering that reflects the customer’s needs and at the same time meeting the wage budgets • Main store pricing and ticketing

We are seeking a suitably qualified, enthusiastic, self motivated administration officer to join our expanding vegetation management business. The successful applicant will be required to assist the Project Manager and team in the day to day running of the office based in Leongatha which includes: Job Duties • Assisting with a wide range of administrative activities including, preparing correspondence, maintaining and updating procedures and databases • Assist the team in the design, implementation and monitoring of OH&S Management systems • Ensure the efficient and effective dealing of customer enquiries Selection Criteria • Previous office experience preferred but not essential in an administrative role • Computer literate in Microsoft Office applications and experience using databases is desired • Excellent communication and organisational skills • Attention to detail and the ability to prioritise workload Applications addressing the selection criteria are to be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 4th December 2012 to: The Manager, PO Box 456, Leongatha, 3953

Applications close on 07/12/2012 and can be sent to the below details: Domenic D’Agostino Aeroten Pty Ltd PO Box 200, Moorabbin Victoria 3189



South Gippsland Shire Council

Client Services Team Leader Permanent part time – 2 positions 4 days per week working 8am – 5pm 2 days per week working 8.30am – 5pm We are seeking two Client Services Team Leaders to join our Aged and Disability team, this role requires you to provide service coordination within the Aged & Disability Services department, reporting directly to the Manager Aged & Disability Services. You will be responsible for providing direct supervision, support and encouragement to Community Support Workers in relation to the provision of service to clients. A large proportion of this role is developing, updating and distributing rosters, along with associated administrative tasks. A community services (preferably Aged Care or Disability) qualification is desirable and/or demonstrated experience in service coordination. You will bring your knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. It is desirable for you to have an understanding or willingness to learn Sharikat Khoo. This position is subject to a satisfactory Police Check and a current driver’s license, is essential. Enquiries to Louise Brydon, Manager Aged & Disability Services on 5662 9200.

Café Attendant Permanent part time 15 hours per week $25.51 per hour Do you enjoy providing Customer Service?

room to let

for sale

CAPE PATERSON, 2 bedrooms available for rent. Cosy home, very close to spectacular coastline, $125 per week for each room. Share in bills. Call Kel on 0408-149411.

Part Time

Applications are invited from interested persons for the above position. We are seeking a person with the ability to analyse complex payroll scenarios, with a high level of interpersonal skills, a strong customer service focus and the ability to meet strict deadlines. Candidates must have an experience in payroll, be able to interpret and maintain award provisions and understand taxation and superannuation legislation. Previous experience with SAP and Kronos systems, while not essential, will be considered favourably. GSHS offers a comprehensive staff support program including education and mentoring support, orientation program and employee assistant programs. Salary packaging is also available to all permanent staff including our rural and remote housing benefit. The successful applicant will be required to provide a current satisfactory police record check. For more information on this position please contact Janet Arrott-Watt on 5667 5503. Contact Jodie Duckworth on 5667 5664 to obtain the application kit and position description or visit our website at Applications should address the selection criteria listed in the position description. Applications close Thursday 29th November, 2012 and should be addressed to: Janet Arrott-Watt Personnel Manager Gippsland Southern Health Service Private Bag 13 LEONGATHA 3953

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ANGUS Hereford and Charolais calves. Mixed sex from $350 each. 0439743528. BRAHMAN HEIFERS (5), $450. Ph: 0438-595712. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175. HAY RAKE Vicon finger wheel rake in working order, $275. Ph: 5169-6241. HD 2006 XL 1200C, as new black and chrome pipes cissy bar, low kms, rego ES077, $13,500. Ph: 5682-1362. HEN HOUSES made. Large / small. Inspection invited. Koonwarra. 56642443.

WANTED hydraulic 3 point linkage ROLL-KING suitable hay or silage, also Friesian mop-up BULLS. Peter 0428-827877. SILAGE 75 rolls, and 120 rolls of this season’s hay. Price on application. Mirboo North area. Phone Joe 0428-585954. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662.

STANDING GRASS approximately 6 acres, suitable for silage or hay, in the Korumburra area. 0407-344781. TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 56812261. TRACTOR 1994 Massey Ferguson 362, FWA, 62hp, 3,000 engine hrs, 12 forward and 12 reverse synchro trans, cab, 1000 - 540 PTO, dual remotes. VGC $15,000 plus GST. 0408-649251.


of the week

A Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate along with a satisfactory Police and Working with Children Check is essential. Enquiries to Rowena Ashley, Coal Creek Coordinator, on 5655 1811. All applicants must submit an Employment Application form and address the selection criteria outlined in the position description, by 5pm Wednesday 5 December 2012. Further information and position descriptions are available on our website.

118 McIlwaine Street | MEENIYAN “3 bedroom home on 3 acres” This 3 bedroom home is located on the outskirts of Meeniyan. Features include 3 bedrooms, open plan living, electric heating, BIR's, double carport, double lock up garage with solid fuel heater, situated on 3 acres split into 4 paddocks, one with a dam, excellent stock yards, horse stable, hay shed & more! Available Now. Rental Per Week: $300.00 Date Available: Now Bond: $1300.00 For further information, please contact Carly at Alex Scott & Staff Leongatha on 5662 0922.

We stock the largest range of new and used mowers in South Gippsland, including Honda, Victa, Rover, Masport, Flymo, Supa Swift, Viking, Greenfield, Murray, Deutscher, Husqvarna

From $149


You will be required to work part time Thursday to Monday. Your responsibilities will be to provide quick, friendly service to customers, including sandwich making and the operation of coffee machines and all other facets of food and beverage services.


167 Graham Street, Wonthaggi (opp. Ritchies IGA)

5672 3127


BULLS FOR HIRE OR SALE Friesian, Jersey, Angus, Hereford and Limo All tested Phone 0447 331 762 15 ANGUS X STEERS, vaccinated 7 in 1, drenched, very quiet to handle, 18-20 mths. $650 average. Will separate. Heyfield 0407361295 .

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

Professional repair & service to all makes of mowers. We also have a large range of secondhand mowers available


Phone 5662 2028

L.M.C.T. 2714

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

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

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

Garage Sale 24 Horn Street Leongatha Saturday, December 1 8am start Super bargains Including camping gear and a great variety of household goods etc.

FARM GARAGE SALE Old wares, collectables, furniture, baby goods, farm sundries

STANDING HAY Kardella, 12 acres flat paddock, $10 per roll. Ph: 0427-643221.

Do you love working with food? This is an ideal opportunity to bring your customer service experience to our friendly team at Coal Creek Community Park & Museum located in Korumburra.



NH 7 DISC MOWER modular cutterbar, one owner, very good order. $3,500 ONO.



for sale

garage sales

TOYOTA HILUX DUAL CAB- 2003 Ln diesel 3.0 ltr engine, central locking, two driving lights, bullbar, snorkel, 15” Goodyear Wrangler tyres, after market flares, tub liner, heavy duty towbar, sidesteps Runs excellent $17,900 ONO ROADWORTHY NEGOTIABLE Phone 0417 530 662

10km towards Boolarra South

MEENIYAN 16 Whitelaw Street, 8am onwards. Moving house sale. December 1st and 2nd.

marriage celebrant

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123


wanted STANDING wanted, for 961377.

Saturday December 1 10am - 4pm 1028 Grandridge Road MIRBOO NORTH

GRASS hay. 0438-

wanted to buy ANY OLD FARM four wheelers, ag bikes, machinery, to do up. Call and let me know what you have. Will pay cash. Phone Matt 0401-194601. MINI PINSCHER - black and tan. Prefer female. Good home assured. Ph: 5664-3216.

work wanted EFFLUENT SPREADING, stirrer available. 0408634239. FULLY Qualified Painter. No job too small. Good rates. Call Drew on 56624238 or 0418-517443.

Leongatha 5662 4191

in memoriam

CAFARELLA - Thomas Saverino. 8.1.29 - 23.11.2001 Forever in our thoughts and hearts. Ripose in pace. Your loving wife Connie and family. REILLY - Michael. 1.12.1975 Forever remembered, always loved and so sadly missed. Your loving family.

message of hope

SING to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Psalm 96:2.

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

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deaths McAINCH (Dessent) Sheila Catherine. 11.10.1923 - 22.11.2012 Late of Yanakie. Peacefully passed away. Devoted wife of Norm (dec). Loving and caring mother of Gary, Carole, Nolene, Sheryn, Maree, Elaine, John and Darren. Motherin-law of Rita (dec), Jill, Peter, Richard, Danny, Rob, Neil and Karen. A beautiful and loving nana of her 26 grandchildren and 45 great grandchildren. Resting peacefully alongside Norm. Always in our hearts. Your loving family. McAINCH Sheila Catherine. Passed quietly in her sleep on 22.11.2012. Loved mother of Carole and Peter. Much loved nana to Scott, Gabrielle, Mark, Helen, David, Greg, Rachel, Dale and Sandra. Beloved great nana to Sophie, Sonia, Nathan, Zac, Alison, Hannah, Alena, Penelope and Xavier. Memories are ours to keep and cherish. May you now rest in peace with your adored Norm.


deaths McAINCH Sheila Catherine. 11.10.1923 - 22.11.2012 Late of Yanakie. Dearly loved Mother and Nana of Elaine and Neil, Michael, Taryn and Kaylee Comben. Your life was like a painting of bright colours. Every brush stroke filled with laughter, love and memories that will be cherished and continue to touch our lives. A wonderful, caring Mother and Nana who will be sadly missed, but we are happy that you and Dad are together once more. Mangoes will be bittersweet and your wit will be remembered forever in our hearts.

Platypus pal: Cody McLardy, Max McLardy, Madeline Roberts, Oskar McLardy, Dylan McLardy and Tayla Roberts give Paddy Platypus a cuddle at the SES Leongatha open day at the weekend. See story on page 2.

funerals McAINCH - The funeral of Mrs Sheila Catherine McAinch will leave St Joseph’s Catholic Church, O’Connell Road, Foster following prayers commencing at 11am on Thursday, November 29, 2012 for the Foster Lawn Cemetery.


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

Leongatha squash

Midweek ladies tennis

THE Leongatha Squash Club Monday and Wednesday competitions are gearing up for the upcoming finals.

ONLY one more round to go and we have been really lucky with the weather.

Although there are eight teams, the top six are realistically the only contenders. Match of the week saw Tom Traill versus Kevin Smith. Tom loves to volley where possible and uses the angles very well. With Kevin it’s all about touch and change of pace. Smithy had a good start winning the first game, but dropped the second and third with Tom taking charge, cutting off Kev’s defensive drives. Tom had Smith on the back foot, but all in A Grade know Kev is a tough competitor. A change of pace and a different strategy had him back in the game.

Delicate boasts and drives made it too hard for Tom to attack with Kev winning the fifth 9-7 and the match Kev three games 34, Tom two games 30. This coming weekend there are a number of players competing in two different tournaments. Several players will take part in the annual Ballarat singles while an A team will compete in the 34th annual Moe teams event. This year’s grand final will be held on Friday November 30. We welcome your attendance and would like to invite players for our next comp to leave their name and number or contact us at

Ladder Athens......................................69 Montreal..................................65 Sydney .....................................60 Mexico .....................................56 London .....................................51 Beijing ......................................51 Tokyo .......................................41 Moscow ....................................34

crossword solutions CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8353 - SOLUTIONS Across - 7, Heaven’s above. 8, Bonnet (anag). 9, Ling-er. 10, H-usb-and. 12, Watch. 15, He-Ron. 16, Inst-all. 18, Capped. 20, Und-on-e. 22, Duplicate key. Down - 1, Resolute (anag). 2, Eve-N . 3, Inst-ant. 4, Rally. 5, Down-cast. 6, (T)Here. 11, Blow-pipe. 13, Co-lander. 14, Angular. 17, Admit. 19, Ad-D-s. 21, Drew.

Results Round 17 A Grade: Golliwogs d Champions (3:0) 25:17, 25:13, 25:11; Bugs drew Warriors (1:1) 24:26, 25:23, 9:8; Pirates d Giants (3:0) 25:16, 25:19, 25:18. B Grade: Chargers d M.G. Holy Cows (2:1) 27:25, 21:25, 25:23; Why d HELP (3:) 25:21, 26:24, 25:18; Plastered d Shark Bait (2:1) 16:25, 25:20, 25:20.

Next week Show Court 1: 7.30 Golliwogs v Giants. 1st ref T.B.C., 2nd ref Bugs; 1 scorer and 1 linesperson Bugs, 1

scorer and 1 linesperson Pirates. Not before 8.30 Pirates v Bugs. 1st ref T.B.C., 2nd ref Golliwogs; 1 scorer and 1 linesperson Giants, 1 scorer and 1 linesperson Golliwogs. Show Court 2: 7.30 HELP v Plastered. 1st ref Tom, 2nd ref Why; 1 scorer and 1 linesperson Panthers, 1 scorer and 1 linesperson Why. Not before 8.30 Panthers v Why. 1st ref Tom, 2nd ref HELP; 1 scorer and 1 linesperson Plastered, 1 scorer and 1 linesperson HELP.

Ladders Section 1 Leongatha .......................... 73 Inverloch Silver ................. 72

South Gippsland Bridge Results Meeniyan – Monday evening: 1st June Metcalf, Colin Cameron and Susan Ruffin, Clive Hope and Faye Rowlands, Frank Arndt. Tarwin Lower – Tuesday afternoon: North/South: 1st Jack Kuiper, John Sutton. 2nd Jean Barbour, Greg Nicholson. 3rd Hannah Martin, Leila Bell. East/West: 1st Pat West, Faye Rowlands. 2nd Frank Arndt, Clive Hope. 3rd Norma Hannay, Marj Freeman. Inverloch – Friday afternoon: North/South: 1st Margaret and Noel Smith. 2nd Hannah Martin, Ruth Stevenson. 3rd Anne and Bruce Gibson. 4th Jack Kuiper, Jean Barbour. East/West: 1st Kaye Douglas, John Sutton. 2nd Anne Williams, John Farr. 3rd Mary McCaughan, Marj Freeman. 4th Greg Nicholson, Dina Drury.

THE junior tennis competition has been in full swing now since the middle of October, with some terrific matches being played around the district.

All children involved seem to be thoroughly enjoying the games being played with the weather being kind this season and most matches being played. Thank you to all the parents and family who attend, score and support the kids. It is great to see so many families involved and supporting our up and coming tennis stars. The ladder for A Grade till 24/11/12: Leongatha Novak, Fish Creek, Baromi Panthers, Mardan, Leongatha North. Ladder for B Grade till 10/11/12: Leongatha Roger, Leongatha Andy, Leongatha Rafa, Fish Creek White, Hallston, Mardan. Equal points Baromi Pumas and Leopards. Ladder for C Grade till 17/11/12: Baromi Lions, Fish Creek. Equal points Leongatha Serena and Baromi Tigers, Leongatha North, Leongatha Stouser, Hallston, Mardan.

Allambee Mirboo & District Tennis KOONY and Leongatha North always have close matches.

QUICK PUZZLE NO. 8353 - SOLUTIONS Across - 7, Apprehensive. 8, Elapse. 9, Viewer. 10, Special. 12, March. 15, Teeny. 16, Javelin. 18, Assume. 20, Nether. 22, Group Captain. Down - 1, Apple-pie. 2, Prop. 3, Cheetah. 4, Knave. 5, Airdale. 6, Mere. 11, Conjuror. 13, Criteria. 14, Gainsay. 17, Tempt. 19, Sage. 21, Tote.

Korumburra volleyball

Hopefully it will hold out for the finals. Please email me your score sheets for the last round or take a photo with your phone and text it to me. My number is 0414 359 502 or kaz.egan@hotmail. com. Please make sure your teams for next season are in on grand final day, December 11 as we will possibly pick the teams that week.

Wonthaggi .......................... 59 Foster .................................. 46 Inverloch Gold .................... 46 Section 2 Phillip Island ...................... 85 Bena .................................... 73 Wonthaggi Herons ............. 71 Wonthaggi Swans .............. 60 Korumburra ......................... 43 Foster ................................... 24 Section 3 Inverloch Pink ................... 92 Fish Creek .......................... 64 Inverloch Blue ................... 64 Grantville ........................... 47 Nyora ................................... 42 Phillip Island ....................... 41 Section 4 Inverloch ............................ 89 Wonthaggi .......................... 85 Leongatha .......................... 74 Korumburra Purple .......... 53 Phillip Island ....................... 42 Korumburra Belles ................ 9

Mirboo North and District Junior Tennis

Winners: Sandra Birch, Ken Wooward and Maryann Kinnish,

Leongatha croquet LEONGATHA held its annual tournament on November 19 and 20. The weather was very kind and our lawns looked and played a treat. Players came from Mornington, Monash and Traralgon. The winners were Maryanne Kinnish (Leongatha), Ken Woodward (Frankston) and Sandra Birch (Leongatha). Thelma Arnup as president thanked the members for all their hard work, and Bakers Delight for the yummy scones. We were all saddened by the loss of a member, Noelle Zeuschner. Noelle has been a member for many years. Our condolences to her family. Wednesday sees us starting twilight croquet, starting at 3pm. Come and have fun with us. All members are looking forward to welcoming Rotary on Monday, December 3.

Leongatha North won the three tie-breakers but Koony had enough games to win by three games. Leongatha North won five sets. Korumburra did well, winning four sets against Aces, only losing by 11 games. Baromi won by 12 games against Lucky Strings. Most teams had fill-ins. Well done to all teams. In A Reserve, Gold had another win and is the team to beat in this grade. Maroon failed to bother the scorer this week. Well done fielding a team, as they had four fill-ins. Baromi the winners, and keep second place. Koony the winners against Berrys Creek. A tie-breaker and 7/5 both to Koony helped their score. Hallston had a win over Korumburra and hold fourth

position. The men won well, Hallston ladies won the sets, but were more closely contested. In B Grade Leongatha North, a team of juniors, won a set against Baromi, a more experienced team. Leongatha North have done well to get a team together for this grade. Leongatha won the match against Mardan. A tie-breaker Leongatha’s way, Mardan won two men’s sets and a mixed. Let’s hope other clubs can get a team for next season to keep this grade going. Have you thought about club championships at Leongatha next Sunday, December 2. The club is hoping for a good roll-up.

Results A Grade: Koonwarra 4.58 d Leongatha North 5.55; Smokin Aces 5.59 d Korumburra 4.48; Baromi 6.59 d Lucky Strings 3.47.

A Reserve: Koonwarra 7.45 d Berrys Creek 2.33; Baromi 9.57 d Outtrim Maroon 0.25; Hallston 8.52 d Korumburra 1.27; Outtrim Gold 6.47 d Leongatha 3.34, Mardan - bye. B Grade: Baromi 8.51 d Leongatha North 1.17; Leongatha 6.47 d Mardan 3.33.

Ladders A Grade Smokin Aces.........................70.5 Baromi. .................................55.5 Leongatha North. ................47.5 Koonwarra ...........................46.5 Lucky Strings ........................31.5 Korumburra ...........................12.5 A Reserve Outtrim Gold .......................62.0 Baromi ..................................56.5 Koonwarra ...........................53.5 Hallston ................................52.0 Leongatha..............................42.0 Mardan ..................................41.0 Outtrim Maroon ....................30.0 Berrys Creek .........................29.0 Korumburra ...........................26.0 B Grade Baromi ..................................60.5 Leongatha ............................49.5 Mardan.................................32.5 Leongatha North ................. 11.5

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Weather brings Leongatha success at regional relay athletes

EIGHTY athletes attended this week and endured our first truly hot morning of the season.

Several athletes walked into the record books with Lanni Pryor (U11 Girls), Blythe Page (U12 Boys) and Andre Toussaint (U14 Boys) smashing club records in the 1500 m walk event. Matthew Nicholson broke the U9 Boys 1100m walk record and Tevuro Ihomana Montgomery added almost two metres to the U8 Girls discus record. Maddison Stone (U9 Girls), Cooper Wagner (U12 Boys) and Blythe Page (U12 Boys) all achieved an outstanding five personal bests for the morning. Congratulations to our athletes who travelled to the relay event last week. The Under 10 Girls team came second in the medley event and placed fourth in their other two races. The Under 12 Girls had an identical result. A reminder to those athletes wishing to enter the Regional Championships and the Junior Carnival, that entries need to be conducted online. Committee members are available for assistance if this is problematic. Ath-

letes are restricted to a maximum of four events each. Results U6 Boy: 100m sprint Sonny McMillan 20.29. Discus Hayden Schmidt 5.54. U16 Girl: 100m sprint Eva Garnham 23.32; discus Eva Garnham 4.48. U7 Boy: 100m sprint Xavier Lindsay 18.63; discus Aiden Hooper 10.41. U7 Girl: 100m sprint Sarah Stone 20.00; discus Olivia Bramley 5.68. U8 Boy: 200m sprint Jai Williamson 37.20; 400m Archie O’Neill 1:24.5; 70m sprint Archie O’Neill 11.80; discus Jai Williamson 14.55; high jump Archie O’Neill 0.88. U8 Girl: 200m sprint Tevuro Ihomana-Montgomery 41.30; 400m Bella Schmidt 1:41.3; 70m sprint Tevuro Ihomana-Montgomery 12.32; discus Tevuro IhomanaMontgomery 16.20; high jump Tevuro IhomanaMontgomery 0.75. U9 Boy: 1100m walk Matthew Nicholson 8:09.9; 200m sprint Jacob Timmermans 36.84; 70m sprint Matthew Nicholson 12.31; discus Silas O’Halloran 12.91; triple jump Mallachy O’Flynn 6.42. U9 Girl: 1100m walk

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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Imogen Bradford 8:01.4; 200m sprint Jordon Dobson 40.35; 70m sprint Jordon Dobson 12.69; discus Maddison Stone 14.14; triple jump Maddison Stone 5.58. U10 Boy: 100m sprint Balin Delievergini 16.28; 1100m walk Balin Delievergini 8:01.6; 200m sprint Balin Delievergini 35.74; long jump Jenson Garnham 3.15; shot put Jenson Garnham 6.44. U10 Girl: 100m sprint Chloe Bramley 17.29; 1100m walk Chloe Bramley 7:43.5; 200m sprint Chloe Bramley 37.46; long jump Nicola Slade 2.85; shot put Chloe Bramley 5.22. U11 Boy: 100m sprint Rohan Slade 17.49; 1500m walk Jarrod Anderson 12.30; 800m Jarrod Anderson 3:20.4; high jump Rohan Slade 1.13; shot put Rohan Slade 6.77. U11 Girl: 100m sprint Lanni Pryor 16.10; 1500m walk Lanni Pryor 10:11; 800m Lanni Pryor 2:57.3; high jump Emma Graham 1.13; shot put Lanni Pryor 6.83. U12 Boy: 1500m walk Blythe Page 10:01; 70m sprint Luke Nicholson 10.96; 800m Luke Nicholson 2:49.0; discus Cooper Wagner 19.50; long jump Cooper Wagner 3.49. U12 Girl: 1500m walk Cassie Fallaw 13:59; 70m sprint Cassie Fallaw 11.37; 800m Cassie Fallaw 4:03.1; discus Cassie Fallaw 12.55; long jump Cassie Fallaw 2.49. U13 Boy: 100m sprint Brodie Anderson 15.01; 1500m walk Billy Taylor 10:37; 400m Brodie Anderson 1:06.2; javelin Mitchell Fallaw 17.53; triple jump Mitchell Fallaw 7.96. U13 Girl: 100m sprint Bridget Lowe 16.13; 1500m walk Tamara Brewer 12:05; 400m Bridget Lowe 1:22.4; javelin Bridget Lowe 9.74; triple jump Tamara Brewer 7.42. U14 Boy: 1500m walk Andrew Toussaint 9:51.8; 200m sprint Andre Toussaint 1:19.9; discus Andrew Toussaint 31.53; high jump Andre Toussaint 1.38. U14 Girl: 1500m walk Daisy Filippi 10:46; 200m sprint Stephanie Slade 35.29; 400m Renee Dunbar 1:23.0; discus Daisy Filippi 13.77; high jump Georgia Filippi 1.20. U15 Boy: 1500m walk Ethan Slade 11:52; 200m sprint Ethan Slade 26.13; 400m Ethan Slade 1:07.0; discus Ethan Slade 17.46. U15 Girl: 1500m walk Lily Geyle 9:17.6; 200m sprint Jade Dalton 32.38; 400m Jade Dalton 1:24.0; discus Nicole Davis 26.25; high jump Tegan Lowe 1.30.

LEONGATHA Little Athletics Club entered 14 teams in the Gippsland Region Relay Championships at Cranbourne on November 18, with the young athletes putting in fine performances against teams from across the region. Parents and officials all remarked on the outstanding support the Leongatha athletes provided their fellow team members, and the spirit of friendly competition shown throughout the day. Pre-competition training under coach Margie Matheson and help-

ers also paid dividends, with not one baton dropped during the many races. Two teams – the Under 11 Mixed Sex 4x100m and Under 10 Girls 4x200m – qualified for the state relay championships. Thanks to all club officials, supporters and parent helpers, as well as athletes who stepped up at the last minute to fill places in the team, including Chloe Caithness and Billy Soumilas. Special thanks to Mike Shone (team manager), Helen Patterson (assistant team manager), Barry Standfield (starter) and Sue Ritchie (chief timekeeper). Also an honourable mention for

the hastily prepared Parents Relay team comprising Mike Shone, Melody Martin, Nena Caithness and a barefooted Ben Cruickshank.

Results 4 x 100m – Under 8 Boys: third; Under 9 Girls: third; Under 10 Girls: third; Under 11 Mixed Sex: second; Under 13 Girls: third. 4 x 200m – Under 9 Girls: third; Under 10 Girls: second; Under 11 Mixed Sex: third; Under 13 Girls: second. Medley (2 x 100m, 1 x 200m and 1 x 400m) – Under 9 Girls: third; Under 10 Girls: third; Under 11 Girls: second; Under 13 Girls: third.


Martin breaks club record AFTER eight weeks of fabulous performances from competitors across all age groups at Leongatha Little Athletics, a club record was finally broken at the velodrome oval last Saturday when Ruby Martin set a new benchmark in the Under 12 Girls 60m hurdles. Bursting through the electronic timing gates in 11.77 seconds, Ruby took almost two tenths off the record set by Kaila Bentvelzen in the 2008/09 season. Another week of competition and warm conditions also produced another big collection of personal best efforts, including four PBs each from 14 athletes: Xavier Bolge, Jude Fixter, Taylah Kenzie, Erika Allen, Nicolette Wight, Tyler Richards, Mitchell Bath, Bree-anna Roy, Maddie Birrell, Kiara McJames-Court, Sophie Allen, Ruby Martin, Aleisha Wrigley and Sara Riseley. More than 200 PBs were recorded on the day as follows: Under 6 Boys: C. Richards 60m hurdles, vortex, 100m. Under 7 Boys: T. Taylor-Wilton high jump; X. Bolge vortex, 60m hurdles, high jump; C. Carew 60m hurdles, 100m; T. Roberts vortex; F. Dunn high jump, vortex; J. Fixter 60m hurdles, vortex, high jump; N. Occhipinti 60m hurdles. Under 7 Girls: S. Cruickshank 60m hurdles, 100m; T. Kenzie 100m, 60m hurdles, vortex, high jump; E. Allen 60m hurdles, high jump, 100m, vortex; P. Barry vortex, 60m hurdles; N. Wight high jump, vortex, 60m hurdles; E. O’Neill high jump, 60m hurdles; S. Munro vortex; P. Thompson vortex, high jump. Under 8 Boys: E. Colwill 400m, discus; H. Herbert 400m, discus; R. Reardon 60m hurdles, discus, long jump; T. Richards discus, 60m hurdles, long jump, 400m; D. Abernethy 100m, 60m hurdles, 400m; H. Barnes 400m, 60m hurdles, 100m; M. Bath 100m, long jump, 400m, 60m hurdles. Under 8 Girls: M. Kenzie long jump, 400m; L. Bevis 100m, 400m; J. Bevis discus, 400m; N. Crimp 100m, long jump; C. Nesci 60m hurdles, 400m; C. Caithness discus, long jump; E. Snell long jump, 100m; T. Matheson long jump, 400m. Under 9 Boys: M. Molloy 400m, 60m hurdles, triple jump; D. Johnson discus, 400m, 60m hurdles; M. Mancarella 60m hurdles, 400m, triple jump; H. Sheedy 60m hurdles, triple jump, 400m; L. Vanderzalm 60m hurdles, triple jump, 400m. Under 9 Girls: B. Fisher discus, 60m hurdles; A. Ritchie 400m, discus; B. Roy 60m hurdles, 400m, discus, high jump; L. Caithness 400m, discus, 60m hurdles; E. Birrell 60m hurdles, discus; G. Vanderydt discus, 60m hurdles, high jump; M. Stothart 400m, 60m hurdles, discus; E. Trease 60m hurdles. Under 10 Boys: S. Herbert triple jump, 100m; C. Riseley triple jump, 400m, 100m; R. Giliam triple jump; J. Wrigley 100m, 60m hurdles, triple jump; N. Fixter 100m; B. Fennell triple jump, 400m, 100m. Under 10 Girls: C. Allen triple jump; A. Crimp javelin, 60m hurdles, 100m; B. Drury javelin, 60m hurdles; M. Giles 60m hurdles; B. Dyer 100m, triple jump, 60m hurdles; J. Woods 400m, triple jump; E. Bath 60m hurdles, javelin. Under 11 Boys: A. Herbert 60m hurdles, 400m; A. Ritchie 60m hurdles; H. Vanderzalm 60m hurdles, long jump, 100m; A. Trease javelin; R. Patterson 400m, 60m hurdles; S. Cross 60m hurdles. Under 11 Girls: M. Cruickshank long jump; E. Lyons long jump; C. Standfield javelin, 60m hurdles, 100m; M.

Birrell 60m hurdles, 400m, long jump, 100m; C. Martin long jump, 100m, 400m; K. McJames-Court long jump, javelin, 400m, 60m hurdles. Under 12 Boys: M. Matheson 100m, 400m; D. Mancarella long jump, 60m hurdles, 400m; A. Hendrikse 100m, long jump, javelin; A. Box long jump, 100m, javelin. Under 12 Girls : S. Falkingham 400m, 100m, 60m hurdles; S. Allen 400m, 60m hurdles, high jump, shotput; R. Martin shotput, 100m, high jump, 60m hurdles; H. Wight 100m, shotput; J. Caithness 60m hurdles; K. Thorson shotput, 60m hurdles; P. Hendrikse 400m, 60m hurdles, high jump. Under 13 Boys: C. White discus; B. Thorson 60m hurdles. Under 13 Girls: A. Wrigley 100m, 400m, long jump, discus; S. Riseley 100m, long jump, 400m, discus. Under 14 Boys: J. Norton discus. Under 15 Girls: G. Martin long jump, discus.

Prepare for landing: Sara Riseley in mid-flight at the long jump pit.

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Fish Creek

TUESDAY, November 20 saw our Division 1 ladies at home to San Remo and went down to the San Remo ladies by just five shots. T. McCormack (s) won 25 to 20, J. Todd (s) lost 16 to 20, E. McIntyre (s) lost 18 to 24. Division 3 were also at home to Inverloch and lost to Inverloch 32 to 59 shots. B. Thompson (s) lost 19 to 31 and G. Emmerson (s) lost 13 to 28. Round seven sees Division 1 away to Wonthaggi and Division 3 away to Meeniyan. Tuesday evening saw round two of the business bowls in action with 22 teams on the greens. The ladder after round one sees the top 10 as follows: McDonald / Roberts followed by Mini Skips, Bi-Rite, Silver, Tennis Club, Gold, Tradies, The Chalkies, NAB and Edneys. Round three will take place on Tuesday evening, November 27. Wednesday, November 21 midweek mixed social bowls winners were F. Filomeno (s) and R. Symmons with three wins plus 16, runners-up B. Turner (s) and M. Carnell on two wins plus 11. Saturday, November 24 saw a glimmer of hope for the club in men’s pennant, with all three divisions scoring wins. Division 1 travelled to Toora and won overall by 11 shots, with R. Trotman’s (s) team having a draw against their Toora opposition, while J. Kuiper’s (s) team won by six shots and J. Hall (s) won by five shots. Division 2 were at home to Corinella and were able to win 74 to 66 shots. A. Rayson (s) won 27 to 20, B. Davidson (s) won 27 to 18 and C. Richardson lost 20 to 28. Division 4 at home to Lang Lang were able to bring up a win, 75 shots to 48. J. Pendergast (s) won 27 to 14, R. Young (s) with a good win over their opposition 29 to 13, and J. Embleton lost by the narrow margin of two shots 19 to 21. The next round sees Division 1 teams away to Wonthaggi, and Division 2 and 4 at home to Wonthaggi. Let’s hope the club can maintain the form displayed last Saturday. Wednesday, November 28 will see the Leongatha monthly triples in action, 9.30am start and sponsors for the day Bendigo Bank. Before closing this report, it was good to see our fellow club member and bowler Fred Sauvarin among the spectators watching the games being played in men’s pennant on Saturday. Fred has been missing from active bowling because of ill health, so it was good to see he is on the road to recovery. Until the next report, good bowling - Jackhigh.

Division 1: Toora 1-56 lt Leongatha 15-67; Phillip Island 16-94 d Korumburra 0-67; Inverloch 16-107 d Lang Lang 0-53; Mirboo North 2-61 lt Wonthaggi 14-66. Division 2: Loch 14-75 d Inverloch 2-65; Wonthaggi 0-64 lt San Remo 16-88: Leongatha 14-74 d Corinella 2-66; Meeniyan 12-74 d Phillip Island 4-65. Division 3: Fish Creek 14-85 d Foster 2-57; Phillip Island 2-59 lt Korumburra Maroon 14-71; Inverloch 2-55 lt Tarwin Lower 1472; Korumburra Gold 1681 d Wonthaggi 0-58. Division 4: Toora 2-62 lt Inverloch 14-77; Wonthaggi 4-71 lt Meeniyan 12-74; Leongatha 14-75 d Lang Lang 2-48; San Remo 14-54 d Phillip Island 2-71. Division 5: Mirboo North 16-0 (bye); Fish Creek 12-84 d Phillip Island 4-68; Tarwin Lower 7-63 drew Corinella 9-63; Port Welshpool 14-77 d Foster 2-50; Phillip Island 12-74 d Tarwin 4-64.

Ladders Division 1 Phillip Island............ +188 Wonthaggi .................. +24 Korumburra .............. +65 Inverloch .................... +96 Lang Lang .................... -61 Mirboo North ............... -84 Leongatha..................... -95 Toora .......................... -133 Division 2 Phillip Island.............. +28 Meeniyan.................... +72

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Corinella..................... +34 Inverloch .................... -0.5 Loch ............................... -9 Wonthaggi ................... +19 San Remo .................... -5.5 Leongatha................... -162 Division 3 Fish Creek ................ +193 Foster ........................... +0 Tarwin Lower .............. +5 Korumburra Gold..... +15 Phillip Island .................. -4 Wonthaggi .................... -51 Korumburra Maroon .... -96 Inverloch ...................... -72 Division 4 Meeniyan.................. +116 San Remo ................... +47 Wonthaggi ................ +103 Toora .......................... +64 Phillip Island ................ -49 Leongatha................... -117 Inverloch ...................... -33 Lang Lang .................. -131 Division 5 Port Welshpool ........ +157 Loch ............................ +62 Mirboo North ............ +69 Foster.......................... +39 San Remo .................... +13 Fish Creek .................... -49 Tarwin Lower ............... -81 Phillip Island ................ -62 Corinella..................... -148

wood, R. Grylls( Manager), A. Kerr. Division 5 home to Tarwin Lower. D. Stefani (S), N. Buckland, R. Poletti, R. Constantine. J. Lindeman (S), K. Flanders, J. Lavarda, B. O’Keefe. A. Atwell (S) (Manager), C. Bell, R. Barham, R. McKenzie. The match committee would like you to check the boards for club games and get them played as soon as possible. Our Christmas party is Friday, December 7. The ladies will provide salads and sweets and everyone else is requested to pay $10. Please let Tim McLean have your names if you are attending.

Buffalo indoor WEDNESDAY November 21: It was another busy week of bowls this week with an enjoyable social night at Outtrim on Tuesday. Everyone’s skills were tested with bowling using the opposite hand, bowling with eyes shut and bowling to circle - great fun and lots of surprising results. Thanks Lee and Korumburra bowlers! At Buffalo on Wednesday, four teams of triples were selected for three games with mixed results. Rod McConchie (S), Ian Benson and Joyce Occhipinti combined well for three close wins 10/7, 6/4 and 5/4 from Joe Occhipinti (S), Carolyn Benson and Mary Tumino (wll) 14/0, 4/13, 4/5. If Rod’s bowl on the 7th end had taken kitty off instead of rebounding kitty back up the mat to his other bowl, Joe’s team would have won the night. Other results: Charlie Tumino (S), Glenys Pilkinton and Peter Heldens (llw) 10 ends, and Toni Heldens (S), Lee Armstrong and Andrew Hanks (lwl) eight ends. Best 1st game: Joe 14-0. Best 2nd game: Toni 13-4. Best 3rd game: Charlie 10-2. With the year drawing to a close there are only three more bowling nights at Buffalo before a recess until January 9 2013. A special Christmas breakup will be held on Decmeber 12 with all clubs invited to send representatives for a fun night of bowls and goodwill. See you there.



ON Tuesday pennant resulted in a 71 to 65 win for Division 1 who hosted Phillip Island. The win puts them in second place. Division three were away to Tarwin Lower going down 35 to 43 with neither rink successful. This week ones were away to San Remo and threes were home to Leongatha. Winners of Tuesday evening corporate bowls pairs were again MacAttack with Meeniayn Gentlemen’s Club runners-up. Saturday pennant was played in ideal conditions. Hosting Phillip Island Division 2 took the game with 74 shots to 65; one rink being successful and the other just two down. They are currently in second place. Division 4 were away to Wonthaggi on their very fast grass green. The result was not decided until the last bowl of the day. With the first rink scoring an eight on the last end and putting Meeniyan one up the result hinged on the third rink who scored a two. Result 74 shots to 71 with one rink getting the points and thus retaining top spot. Next week is the beginning of the second round with Division 2 away to Loch (changed venue form round one) and Division 4 travels to Lang Lang.

GOOD news again as Second and Third Pennant Divisions won last Tuesday. Division One’s turn will be soon. On Wednesday 16 ladies enjoyed a sunny day with Veronica Muir, Rhonda Davies, Gail Burge and Phil Peterson coming in as winners and runners-up were Joyce Arnold, Dorothy Gilfillan, Edith Perrett and Chris Gillman. The winners of the raffle were Gloria Growse, Joyce Arnold and Veronica Muir. Great to see Phil back. Next Wednesday morning at 9.30 Ivy Sheppard, Maureen Paynting and Lorraine Dowson will be playing in the final of the State Triples at home. It will be a great game to watch, so come along and support them. Then social bowls at 12.30. To celebrate the club’s success in being selected to host a Broadband for Seniors kiosk, we would like all members to come along and join us on Monday, December 3 at 2pm to be part of the official launch of the kiosk. This will be an informal introduction to what the kiosk can offer you. Perhaps you would like to learn in a friendly environment how to keep in touch with family and friends via email, discover what is so great about the World Wide Web. Afternoon tea provided. Mark your diary and become part of the fun of discovery. Friday night meals are the first and third Fridays of the month. Starting at 6.30pm, names on the chalkboard by midday on the day. Bowling Belles Ladies Luncheon is to be held on a Monday at the Esplanade Hotel. At last Twilight Bowls commenced on Friday night with a warm sunny start. The winners for the night were Graham Pope, Harry Dunn and Nell Van Grunsven and runners-up Rhonda Davies, Wayne Parks and Yvonne Kee. Encouragement Awards go to Pat Stoneham, Elaine Miller, J. Parker, Jack Miller, Garry Hardy and John Penn. A very enjoyable night was had by all.

State pairs move on STATE over 60s pairs for men and women were played at Mirboo North recently. Representing the West Gippsland Bowls District were Ian Kirkup and Ian Hilsley of Morwell for the men and Denise Hamilton and Maureen Leighton of Drouin for the ladies. For South Gippsland were Rod Beech and Roy Smith of Wonthaggi for the men and Joy Brown and Robyn Dennis of San Remo for the ladies.

Two hard fought matches saw SGBD as the winners. Congratulations to Rod, Roy, Joy and Robyn who go on to play State Finals at Warrnambool on December 12. Novice singles saw us back at Mirboo North on the following Sunday. Kaz Hughes, Meeniyan SGBD played against Shirley Melson, Warragul WGBD who went on to win and will play at Clayton in January. Allan Bartlett, Meeniyan won the Mens Novice on a walk over from Russell Meehan, Neerim and will also play at Clayton.

South Gippsland Tuesday pennant

South Gippsland pennant bowls Results

NO good news for our ladies who were again defeated in pennant on Tuesday. However, the weather was lovely and the company very good so we all enjoyed the day. Last Thursday we had a full green for our monthly triples, with the winners being Peter Henwood’s team from Tarwin Lower and the runners-up Jeff Prendergast’s team from Leongatha. Congratulations to both our men’s divisions who had wins in pennant at home on Saturday. Teams for Saturday, December 1, as follows: Division 3 away to Korumburra leaving at 11.30am. R. Mortlock (S), L. McKenzie, F. Carter, R. Wheeler. D. Christie (S), R. Knight, R. Staley, W. Ferbrache. T. McLean (S), M. Hey-

65 50 48 44 38 34 104 70 59 56 53 44 36 26 98 77 66 58 42 42 37 28 100 80 75 61 66 53 42 40 33

My Kiss of Death tips for Round 8 (Division 1) are Mirboo North (home) will be too strong for bottom of the table Toora. In the match of the round Inverloch (home) will be no match for the rampaging Phillip Island who should win all three rinks; Lang Lang (home) may just give Korumburra a big surprise and take the match by a narrow margin; while Wonthaggi (home) will easily account for lowly Leongatha winning by 18 shots. Good bowling to all during the pennant season.

Round 6 - November 20 Division 1: Wonthaggi 80 (31 shots) d Korumburra 49 (J. Clarkson 19 d D. Williams 18, I. Donohue 32 d J. McVeigh 10, K. Simpson 29 d M. Goad 21). Meeniyan 71 (6 shots) d Phillip Island 65 (A. Maruzza 28 d P. Davis 20, M. Pearson 26 d H. Crewdson 17, A. Van Wamel 17 lt R. James 28). Foster 65 (4 shots) d Inverloch 61 (R. Speers 31 d I. Sheppard 16, M. Climas 20 lt C. Hughes 28, G. Tyers 14 lt L. Luby 17). San Remo 64 (5 shots) d Leongatha 59 (R. Dennis 24 d E. McIntyre 18, S. Carvosso 20 d J. Todd 16, J. Allen-Dayle 20 lt T. McCormack 25). Division 2: Lang Lang 74 (1 shot) d Phillip Island 73 (J. Prowd 39 d J. Dyer 16, B. Button 16 lt G. Caile 18, D. Motton 19 lt J. Boyce 39). Toora 75 (5 shots) d Loch & Dist 70 (K. Barwick 29 d A. Miller 25, B. Curram 27 d K. Moss 17, R. Richardson 19 lt J. Miller 28). Tarwin Lower 83 (35 shots) d Fish Creek 48 (H. Twite 26 d D. Buckland 16, B. De Rooy 36 d N. Van Dyk 12, R. Griffiths 21 d P. Hazeltine 20). Inverloch 74 (13 shots) d Corinella 61 (P. Stoneham 22 d B. O’Keefe 18, N. Martin 33 d E. Johnston 21, V. Muir 19 lt T. Durbridge 22). Port Welshpool 82 (28 shots) d Wonthaggi 54 (M. McDonald 24 d A. Green 21, A. Collins 27 d K. Bird 19, L. Greaves 31 d D. Yarley 14). Division 3: Korumburra 48 drew Foster 48 (M. Wrench

29 d J.Miles 15, M. Hams 19 lt J. Bohn 33). San Remo 43 (7 shots) d Phillip Island 36 (M. Bates 26 d E. Stephenson 16, W. Brunsden 17 lt M. Rogers 20). Mirboo North 75 (46 shots) d Wonthaggi 29 (A. Plowman 29 d G. Mitford 13, D. McFarland 46 d G. Wilson 16). Tarwin Lower 43 (8 shots) d Meeniyan 35 (S. Browne 24 d I. Hill 17, M. Emmett 19 d B. Grant 18). Inverloch 59 (27 shots) d Leongatha 32 (E. Perrett 28 d G. Emmerson 13, S. Nation 31 d B. Thompson 19).

Ladies challenge: Denise Hamilton and Maureen Leighton (runners-up) and Robyn Dennis and Joy Brown (winners).

Ladders Division 1 Wonthaggi .....................+100 Meeniyan.........................+30 San Remo ........................+14 Phillip Island...................+69 Foster.................................-24 Inverloch ...........................-14 Korumburra .....................-124 Leongatha..........................-51 Division 2 Lang Lang .....................+136 Inverloch .........................+44 Wonthaggi .......................+71 Loch & District.................+6 Phillip Island .....................-13 Toora .................................-47 Port Welshpool ............+87.25 Tarwin Lower ...................+42 Corinella............................-85 Fish Creek ..................-241.25 Division 3 Inverloch .........................+62 Mirboo North .................+86 Wonthaggi .......................+39 Korumburra ....................-13 Leongatha..........................-14 San Remo ..........................-16 Meeniyan...........................-16 Phillip Island ......................+4 Tarwin Lower ..................-105 Foster.................................-27

76 70 61 53 37 35 30 22

Top in the mens: (centre) Roy Smith and Rod Beech (winners) and Ian Hilsley and Ian Kirkup (runners-up).

74 71 61 58 50 48 40 40 34 4 58 56 56 45 42 40 40 32 28 23

Singles: Kaz Hughes (runner-up), Mal Grant, president of the WGBD and Shirley Melson (winner).

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On course: (from left) Di Williams and Marg Berry (runners-up) and Anne Gibson and Shirley Welsford (winners) of the inaugural Anne and Bruce Gibson American Foursomes Board event.

Leongatha ladies FORTY-SIX players competed in the inaugural Anne and Bruce Gibson American Foursomes Board event on Wednesday. The winners, with 38 points, were Shirley Welsford, and her partner, the sponsor of the event, Anne Gibson. Runners-up were Marg Berry and Di Williams with 34 points. Down the line balls went to Julie Howard and Debbie Miller, Val Brydon and Marea

Maher and Nancy Sperling and Toni West, all on 33 points and Carol Sowdon and Maria Bell and Trish Owen and Pat Pease with 32 points. Nearest the pins were won by Toni West (14th) and Wendy Parker (16th). Hannah Martin won the nine hole event with 22 points and Julie Macphee won the down the line ball with 15 points.

Korumburra ladies

LAST Wednesday 14 pairs competed to have their names inscribed on a new trophy, the Richie Beecroft Memorial 4BBB stroke. In A Grade (combined handicap up to 53) Judy Webb (20) and Lee Clements (13) won the scratch with 83 gross, and Betty Yann (23) and Lyn McIvor (25) were the handicap winners with 62 net. In B Grade Kath Welsh (25) and Beryl Brown (28) had a terrific score of 87 gross and 59 net to take out both events. The handicapper was kept very busy considering these and other good scores on the day. Nearest the pins were 1st - Betty Yann and 13th - Lee Clements. Three girls played nine holes; their scores were taken forward

to next week. In the twilight competition 27 pairs enjoyed seven holes of golf, the field was divided between two tees. Pauline Howe and Geoff Measom were the winners on the front course with 17 points and Corrie George and Travis Jones were the winners on the back course (on a countback from Bill and Pam Eyers) with 16 points. On Saturday Deb Wrigley and Marj Dixon were generous sponsors for the day’s par round. Eight girls played and Lee Clements (13) was the winner with +1 and Lyn McIvor (24) was the runner-up with -1. Nearest the pins were: 1st Lee Clements, 10th Lyn McIvor and 13th Virginia Wagner.

Korumburra ON November 24, 53 players competed in a par competition. Neil Spargo won with a CCR of 70. A Grade (13 hcp): C Best +4. Balls down the line T. O’Neill +1, J. Brayshaw +1, R. Johnson square, S. Rose Square. B Grade (14 hcp): N. Ladgrove +5, A. Brocklebank +4, D. Cow +1, B. Hessels square, J. Stein square, D. Sorrell square,

I. Dixon square. C Grade (35 hcp): T. Fredericks +2, P. Hosking square, P. Broady square. Nearest the pin: 1st J. Brayshaw, 7th A. Brocklebank, 10th S. Bromby, 13th T. Marotti. NAGA: T. Fowles -10. Tuesday’s winner: A. Brocklebank 41 points. Thursday’s winner: L. Sharp 35 points.

ON Saturday we had a stroke event and it was the second round of our club championships. A Grade winner: C. Hennequin 67 net. B Grade winner D. Vanagtmaal 66 net. C Grade winner L. Strasser 69 net. Balls down the line: R. Sheean 67. Nearest the pins: G. Rogers 2nd, S. Chaplin 8th, P. Harvey 13th, L. Strasser 17th. Eagle: C. Jeeves 1st. On Sunday we had the semi finals of our club championships. Ian Baker played near perfect golf to beat Michael Scott while Darren Green was far too strong for Danny Crellin. In A Minor Coby Jeeves, who was six down after the morning round, beat J. French on the 36th hole. Great comeback Coby. In the other semi final, Rick Sheehan and Julia Wintle had a great contest with the experience of Sheehan just coming through. In B Grade Daniel Vanagtmaal beat Ross Yann and Norm Burne was too strong for Scott Chaplin. In C Grade J. Burke had a walk over and B. Howard defeated P. Magnussen.

Woorayl LAST Saturday we held our monthly medal. The medal winner and also A Grade was Greg Fennell with 69, B Grade went to Graham Challis and C Grade was won by John Hassett. The ball distribution was T. Burgess, J. Sullivan, G. Winkler, D. Vandervorm, R. Warren, B. Beilby and G. Fixter. The nearest the pins went to Craig Gourlay and Graeme Winkler. Our Thursday competition was won by Rob Gourlay with 42 points, with balls to Rod Brown and Bo Fiek. Our champions for 2012 are Brett Stubbs, B Grade Tom Ryan, C Grade George Johnson and D Grade Bob Beilby.

Meeniyan ladies ON November 21, 26 ladies played Canadian Foursomes in lovely conditions. The winners were, Faye Le Page (22) and Jan Roberts (32) with a score of 75 3/4. Faye continued her winning ways coming off victories at Phillip Island and at Leongatha South where she won with her mother.

Runners-up: Nancy Hammet (31) and Marilyn McGeary (41) with 79. Down the line: Sue Hoskin (23) Marg Roe (45) with 79 1/2. Nerada Scholte (31) and Verna McIlwaine (18) with 79 5/10. Dot Christie (9) and Chris McLean (45) with 79 6/8. Everyone had a great day.

Bride veteran champion THE moment South Gippsland veteran golfers had been waiting for arrived on November 20 with the annual district championships.

Eighty of our finest players muttered their last pleas to Saint Andrew and gave battle from a shotgun start in a stroke competition. The conditions put all players at a disadvantage. For the first time in about six months it was not raining and with warm sunshine the course was dry and firm. Bitter experience has shown that in these circumstances the ball obligingly rolls into the tree line or the densest rough instead of halting somewhere near the fairway. A Grade Gross Champion, (and District Champion for 2012), is Leongatha’s Rob Bride who went round in 79.

B Grade was won by Mick Bourke, (85), while C Grade went to his fellow club mate, Wonthaggi’s Peter Magnusson with 96. The net champions were Kevin Flett, (Foster), playing off 7 with a net 75 in A Grade. Rod Walker, (Wonthaggi), playing off 18 won B Grade with a net 70 and John Roberts, (Lang Lang), playing off 26 won C Grade with a net 71. Nearest the pins went to Rob Bride on the 4th, Wonthaggi’s Bob Millar on 8, Ian Warman from Meeniyan on 13 and Leongatha’s Ian Murchie on 17. Ball run down went to 79. A Player of the Year competition was initiated last December and ended with this competition. Depending on where you finished in each monthly competition you were awarded a number of points. To be eligible to win, a player had to play in at least eight of the monthly

In D Grade J. Richardson defeated J. Leslie and T. Kennedy beat F. Huber. Thank you to all supporters and caddies who supported the players on Sunday, and I urge everyone to attend this Sunday to witness the finals, which promise to provide some fierce competition and some great golf. This Sunday at 9am the open final will be played between Darren Green and Ian Baker. At 9.10am the A Minor final will be between Coby Jeeves and Rick Sheean. At 11am the B Grade final will be between Daniel Van Agtmaal and Norma Burne. At 11.10am the C Grade final will be contested by J. Burke and B. Howard. At 11.20am the D Grade final will be contested by J. Richardson and T. Kennedy. Presentations will be in the clubhouse from 4pm with some fine trophies proudly sponsored by Wonthaggi Plaster, the major sponsor. I hope to see some great support for our 2012 finalists and look forward to a great day ahead.

games and the winner was the player with the most points, taking into account their best eight results. The winner for 2011/12 was Wonthaggi’s Kevin Bayley who was so far ahead that all he had to do in the championships was come back alive in which he succeeded admirably, bringing in a net 76 as well. Congratulations to all the winners and better luck next time to the rest. Our final game for the year is the Christmas break up at Leongatha on Tuesday, December 4. This is also a shotgun start so you need to book a place in advance if possible. To do so ring 5664 3314 or email Register by 8.30am for a 9am start. After presentations the AGM will be held and all members are invited to attend.

Tim Burgess was again our junior champion and George Johnson won the senior championship. Next week we will start our summer competition for men and ladies. The 2011 winners were Ann Poole and John Hickey. The men’s event is sponsored by A.W. Smith and Sons and the ladies’ event is sponsored by J.S.L. Light Engines. We start the competition with a stableford event sponsored by Cleanaway. On Sunday we held our annual general meeting, the main positions going to Graeme Winkler as president, Peter Burgess as captain, John Maynard as secretary and Dennis Lim as treasurer.

Woorayl ladies LAST Wednesday a stroke round was played, with the year’s monthly medal winners competing in the Star Medallist play off. Congratulations to our 2012 Star Medallist, Ros Blew (30) who had 73 net. In the day’s event, A Grade winner was Marlene Rayson (22) with 71 net, B Grade was won by Marg Tuckett (27) with 74 net and C Grade winner was Janet Thompson (43) with a very good 69 net. Balls down the line went to Shirley Thomas, Ros Blew, Fay Maynard and Ann Poole. Nearest the pin on the 11th was Ann Poole and on the 17th was Iris McLeod. Next week will be Heather’s Alstroemeria Day playing American foursomes.

2012 Star Medallist: Ros Blew.

Leongatha MAGPIE DAY was held in hot but excellent course conditions. The field consisted of 70 of our members plus nine former Collingwood players and one from Melbourne Football Club. The guests found the course challenging, with Errol Hutchesson doing best on 32 points. After being warned about Merv’s snake, Robert Dean went very pale when he stepped on a blue-tongued lizard. Many thanks to the Magpie supporters for sponsorship of the day. Ben Challis from Coomealla Golf Club won A Grade with a super round of golf, scoring 39 points off a handicap of four. A Grade runner-up on 38 was Russell Williams. In B Grade, Fred de Bondt was the winner on 38 from Gordon Morrison on 35. C Grade winner Jeff White had the day’s best score of 40, with Ian Watson next best with 38. Nearest the pin winners were Trevor Steer and Ben Challis. Balls went to: P. Hart, F. Debono, M. Pugh 37; M. Street, G. McRitchie, D. Clemann 36; I. Kent, R. Davies 35; T. Rickard, G. McDonald, T. Bruinewoud 34; D. Garth, P. Hobson, P. Seth 33; J. Feddersen, A. Sparkes, D. Vorwerg 32.

Tuesday Moderate scoring saw Tom Williamson and Arthur Barbara the two grade winners, both returning 35 point cards. John Gale, a visitor won nearest the pin on the 14th, while Tony Brown was successful on the 16th. Ball winners: P. Wilcock, J. Rees, K. Gardner 34; M. Street, I. Purbrick, G. Spruzen, M. Wrigley 33; F. Smedley, R. Nelson, P. Waters, W. Norden 32.

Thursday Mark Edwards established the Thursday competition 23 years ago and he generously sponsored the day’s event. A Grade winner was Peter Seth (38 points) from Joe Lowell (37). In G Grade, Ian Nunn (38) finished ahead of Geoff Maher (36). Frank Smedley (38) took C Grade from Peter Horman (35). Frank Smedley and Portia Williamson were nearest the pin winners and balls were won by the following: N. Mackenzie 36, C. Leaver, G. McRitchie, K. Castwood, F. de Bondt, B. Cathie, F. Debono 33; A. Edney, D. Clemann, T. Steer, P. Brownlie, B. Attwood, R. Martin, D. Vorwerg. Thank you Mark for your foresight and sponsorship. The December monthly medal will be contested this Saturday and round three of the Gordon West teams event on Sunday. There will not be a members’ comp next Tuesday, with the SG Veterans having their end of year event and Christmas lunch. Remember to get involved in Monday morning nine hole golf and Friday twilight events.

Foster THE course is in excellent condition – in fact we really do need some rain again. It’s amazing how quickly things change. Fred Tyers continues to amaze and must be on steroids as he is winning everything at the moment. It may be that the only way to stop him would be to revert to a weight for age handicap system the same as for the horses. On Tuesday Fred Tyers (15) won in a canter with 41 pts, from G. Burridge (32) with 35 pts and T. Hole (31) on 33 pts. Fred Tyers (15) had another run again on Thursday won by four pts from John Stone (23) on 36 pts and next was Gary Clavarino (16) on 34 pts. The nearest the pin went to Peter Dight. Ian Eddy (13) made a rare appearance and showed he had lost none of his old touch to take home the chook with 19 pts. Down the line balls went to Ross MacKenzie and Peter Dight on 18 pts and Geoff Nott on 17 pts (a good effort with his handicap reduced by 10 for winning the last two chooks). The nearest the pins were won by Geoff Nott and Peter Dight. It was good to see Russell McCallion having a hit after a long absence away from the game. Thanks to trophy donors John and Barbara Warren on Saturday. A Grade winner was Lloyd McKenzie (7) on 38 pts, while B Grade winner was Kane Esler (19) who continued his good form with 39 pts. Down the line ball winners were Kevin Witheridge (13) and Fred Tyers (14) both on 38 pts, and Peter Dight (6) and John Mathers (14) both on 37 pts. The nearest the pins went to Fred Tyers, Neil Chandler, John Mathers, Kane Esler and Lloyd McKenzie. The encouragement award was won by Ray Prain with 29 pts. I had a lovely day playing with John Warren and it was a joy to again see those low slicey punch shots and diagonal divots. John was going quite well till he broke his putter on the 14th – but I must say it did not owe him much as he has had it for about 45 years. I would ask all players to double check their cards before handing them in – especially if your score is even half reasonable (and you may get a down the line ball). It takes only a minute or two and saves much heartache. David Knee had a great round of 44 pts and would have won easily, but did not sign his card. This has happened a few times in recent months. Barb Britten (34) continued her hot streak to have the best score with 39 pts. Pam Mathers was present to collect the $400 in the members cash draw. The draw will revert back to $250 next Friday. You need to be in the clubhouse between 7pm and 8 pm when the draw is made to be eligible to win the cash.

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Table tennis completes big year IT was a classic match to finish off a bumper year for Leongatha Table Tennis, with excitement from start to finish.

Bass boost: Hugh Delahunty and Ken Smith join Wonthaggi Croquet Club to celebrate the uniform funding announcement.

Bass Coast clubs share uniform funding THE Wonthaggi Croquet Club is among six Bass Coast sporting clubs set to start their seasons in top gear bolstered by a share of funding from the latest round of the Victorian Government’s Sporting Uniform Grants Program. Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty today joined Member for Bass Ken Smith while visiting the club last week in Wonthaggi to announce up to $1000 towards new sporting uniforms for each of the successful clubs. “Team uniforms are more than just colours, they represent local sporting traditions and community pride,” Mr Delahunty said. “These grants will assist sporting and recreation clubs to invest in new uniform clothing and footwear, so they can represent their team with pride. “This will attract and accommodate new members, helping to increase partici-

pation in sport, as well as nurture talent,” Mr Delahunty said. The six Bass Coast clubs to receive funding of $1000 each are: • Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club; • Phillip Island Football Club; • Cora Lyn Football Club; • South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club; • Wonthaggi Croquet Club; and • Wonthaggi Little Athletics Centre. “Although these are minor grants they will be of great assistance to each club, providing uniforms where they may not have been able to do so from their own funds,” Mr Smith said. “This is our way to assist local clubs and enable members to feel they are a part of the team. Fundraising is difficult at times and to be able to afford new uniform items without the hard work of fundraising for them is a bonus.” For more information about the Sporting Uniform Grants Program visit www.

The BDM team started full of running and led by four rubbers to two after the first six matches. The two team leaders, Maurice Valk for MDN and Michael Chang for BDM had a tremendous battle which went the full five games and in which Maurice led 2 – 1 after the first three, but Michael got the shovel out and dug very deep to win the next two games to clinch the rubber. Maurice then played Brittney in the next match and his experience was too much for the young rising star. In the doubles Maurice and the in form Dean Snelling faced off against Michael and Brittney. Dean was the star in this match, dispatching balls at great speed to all corners and proving too classy for his opponents.

The score was now four rubbers each, with three singles to go. The first of these singles was between Dean and Michael, youth versus experience, and whoever won this match would set their team up for victory. Both players showed their absolute brilliance at all aspects of the game with classic hitting and defence and at nine points all in the first game it was Dean, showing great steadiness under pressure, to clinch it. Michael stormed back to win the second game 11 – 6 and was looking good. This was soon put to rest as Dean, with great defence and controlled attack shots won the next two games 11 – 6, 11 – 4, to give his side a five rubbers to four lead. The remaining two rubbers went as expected with one each way, giving MDN victory 6 – 5. Girl power in reserve Jan Jonas and Kathy Campbell, fresh from their ladies doubles win at Bairnsdale and full of

A Grade premiers: Neil Smith, Dean Snelling and Maurice Valk.

Bright bowlers: Allan Rayson, Graeme Drury, George Witherow and Brian Turner were playing against Corinella in the division 2 Saturday Pennant at the Leongatha Bowls Club. For more bowls action turn to page 63.

A Reserve winners: Tanya Milnes, Kathy Campbell and Jan Jonas.

Come and try at Korumburra KORUMBURRA Motorcycle Club is inviting riders of all ages to come along and try out the Outtrim track. The club is opening up its home track, to anyone who wants to ride it. It’s a fantastic opportunity to ride the track with riders of all abilities welcome. Every age and skill level will be catered for on this fun filled day. Make sure you have suitable safety gear including helmet, boots, gloves, goggles and a long sleeved jersey or top. It is also vital for safety that all bikes that take to the track are in good and safe condition. The track will be in top

condition, with club officials making sure everyone is safe on the track and that everyone is having fun. A second hand sale with heaps of cheap motorbike gear on offer will be held in conjunction with the come and try day. Tyres and much more will be for sale at the track side hall. This is a perfect opportunity for someone who is looking to get into the sport of motocross. Sign in is from 8:30am on December 9 with a rider’s briefing at 10am before taking to the track. For more information contact club president Graham Bird on 0417 588 768.

confidence, and with a top junior Tanya to help out, “Hopefuls” led by the wily Jan, took on “Hitmen” led by Neil Smith plus Bob Calder and Jo Taylor to battle for the A Reserve premiership. It was a very tight match with four of the first seven rubbers going the full distance of five very tight games. It was in these four rubbers that the eventual winner was decided. Hopefuls were able to scramble three wins out of the four, with up and coming junior Tanya defeating Jo 11 – 5 in the fifth game. Tanya then produced the same score line in the fifth game to defeat Neil and Jan followed up with an 11 – 8 fifth game win over Jo. This set hopefuls up with a four rubbers to two lead. Bob regained some hope for the Hitmen when he defeated Kathy 11 -7 in the fifth game of their match but this hope disappeared when Tanya and Kathy combined brilliant-

ly in the second doubles to clearly defeat Neil and Jo. Only one more rubber was required for victory and the inform Tanya played Bob in the last set of three singles matches, which she won in three games straight, it was all over for the Hitmen.

Best club person: Michael Holwerda.

B Grade award winners: Joe Howard, Jack and Ben Hannon.

A Grade Aggregate winner: Michael Grist.

A Reserve Aggregate winner: Ian Jonas.


COME & TRY DAY SUNDAY, DEC 9 Sign in from 8.30am Riders briefing @ 10.00am Members FREE Non member $10 Family $15 KOR1860021

Top track: the Outtrim Motocross track is highly regarded in Gippsland and is opening to all riders on December 9.

For more information contact Graham Bird: 0417 588 768 or Jarrod Martin: 0401 098 652

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SPORT | Leongatha Senior GCL representative side ROUND 3 match v Bairnsdale at Leongatha turf on Sunday, December 2: Tim Wightman - Nerrena, Gavin Britt - Workmens, Ryan Thomas - Workmens, Jason Wilson - OMK (capt), Alan Jenkins - OMK, Barry Wyatt - OMK, Kit Rotthier - Inverloch, Walter Taberner - Inverloch, Dylan Clark - Inverloch, Ryan B. Thomas - Inverloch Shane Murdoch - Phillip Island, VRS Kedarnath - Fish Creek-Tarwin. Meet at Leongatha football ground at 9.15 am. If unavailable, contact Gary Sauvarin 0407 343 204 or Kristian Gray 0439 825 168. C Grade, Division 1 NERRENA lt PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Phillip Island Total ....................................... 111 1st innings Nerrena Total ......................................9/75 2nd innings Phillip Island C Muscat c M Trotto b B Standfield...................... 11 R Good no ..............................102 J Cox c M Trotto b B Standfield........................0 R Jenkin c.................................39 D Kenter c ................................33 G Odgers lbw ...........................23 S Cox..........................................6 Extras .......................................17 Total .......................... 5/232 (dec) Bowling: B Standfield 2/34, D Grigg 0/23, D Trotman 0/28, D Campbell 0/30, C Dougherty 1/34, G Wightman 1/29, S Gaddam 0/21, M Trotto 1/31. 2nd innings Nerrena S Shambrook b W Paterson .....20 D Trotman no ...........................77 B Standfield c R Jenkin b S Cox.................................8 S Gaddam b J Keating................4 D Campbell ro ............................4 G Wightman c C Muscat b J Keating ............................0

D Grigg no .................................1 Extras .......................................14 Total ....................................5/128 TOWN lt IMPERIALS 1st innings Town Total .......................................130 1st innings Imperials B Casbolt ro ............................13 R Murray c M O’Loughlin b A Vankuyk ........................26 J Bourke b M O’Loughlin ........25 P McGavin b L O’Brien ...........21 D Ginnane b L O’Brien ..............0 D Pellin ro ................................18 T Cashin lbw b M O’Loughlin ..................16 N Hodges c C Dowling b K Fleming ........................21 T Shanahan b K Fleming ...........0 G Wright no.............................. 11 Extras .......................................18 Total .......................................169 Bowling: A Vankuyk 1/43, M O’Loughlin 2/35, C Dowling 0/17, G Fleming 0/29, L O’Brien 2/26, K Fleming 2/16. 2nd innings Town K Fleming c D Pellin b D Ginnane ........................52 D Pell c D Ginnane b D Pellin ............................78 G Fleming c R Murray b T Cashin ...........................22

M O’Loughlin c G Price b D Pellin ............................20 C Dowling no ...........................14 M Craig no .................................2 Extras ....................................... 11 Total ....................................4/199 Bowling: P McGavin 0/26, G Wright 0/27, G Price 0/34, D Ginnane 1/21, T Cashin 1/28, T Shanahan 0/46, D Pellin 2/13. KILCUNDA/BASS lt INVERLOCH 1st innings Kilcunda/Bass Total .......................................148 1st innings Inverloch I Smith b D O’Neill....................1 P Johnson lbw b B Jones .............................25 J Jackson c K Condick b J Smith .............................51 L Anderson b A Newsome .......20 B Phillips c & b J Smith...........99

C Grade, Division 2 FOSTER d WONTHAGGI WORKMEN’S 1st innings Foster Total ....................................9/263 1st innings Wonthaggi Workmen’s M Cadwallender c S Chaseling .. 31 S Knight c b P Jervies ................................. 1 B Jeffries c T Byrnes b P Jervies ................................. 0 L Gennaccaro b P Jervies.............. 7 M Dobbie c S Chaseling b J Chaseling .......................... 17 C Casey b J Chaseling .................. 8 A Busana ....................................... 0 J Licis lbw ..................................... 0 C Hill c b H Griggs ................................ 4 A Ray c b H Griggs ................................ 1 S Liddle no .................................... 1 Extras .......................................27 Total .........................................97 Bowling: P Jervies 3/35, D Clearihan-Jervies 0/24, R Johnston 3/18, J Chaseling 2/18, H Griggs 2/1.

Under 16

Top players: Christian Bennett (Phillip Island) Junior Championship; Mark Boulton (Phillip Island) District Champion and Rob Davison (Phillip Island) Minor Champion.

Boulton takes district title THE Phillip Island Golf Club hosted the 2012 South Gippsland District Golf Championships on Sunday.

Following a relatively dry November, the course was in excellent condition. A strong field faced the starter, and the scores from the morning round showed that. Phillip Island local Mark Boulton playing off plus one led the field at lunch with a scorching three under the

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card 69 to lead by seven strokes from Mark Ritterman, with Tony Goldie (Leongatha) a further stroke back on 77. Whilst Mark Boulton faded a little in the second round, he still returned a very creditable 74 to return a 36 hole score of one under the card 143, to win the C. Evans Shield by nine strokes from Mark Ritterman. The Junior Championship was taken out by Christian Bennett (Phillip Island) with a 79 – 75 = 154. The results of all events were: South Gippsland District Champion - 36 Holes C. Evans Shield: Mark Boulton (Phillip Island) 6974=143. South Gippsland District Junior Champion - 36 Holes (C. Mc Lean Shield): Christian Bennett (Phillip Island) 79-75 = 154. South Gippsland Mi-

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nor Champion - 27 Holes Scratch (10+) (R. Carruthers Memorial Shield): Rob Davison (Phillip Island) 83-43 = 126. 36 Holes Handicap (0 9): Mark Ritterman (Aussie Golf) 75-75 = 150 On C/B From T. Goldie. 27 Holes Handicap (10 18): Greg Hyndman (Phillip Island) 73 – 33 ½ = 106 ½ . 27 Holes Handicap (A.M.) (19 - 27): Jason King (Phillip Island) 70 – 40 = 110. 18 Holes Handicap (A.M.) (0 - 9) Tony Goldie (Leongatha) 73. 18 Holes Handicap (A.M.) (10 - 18): James Mason (Phillip Island) 72. 18 Holes Handicap (A.M.) (19 - 27): Trevor Jones (Foster) 72. 18 Holes Handicap (P.M.) (0 - 9): Christian Bennett (Phillip Island) 74. 9 Holes Handicap (P.M.) (10 - 18): Keith Stockdale (Lang Lang) 35 ½ . 9 Holes Handicap (P.M.) (19 - 27): Anthony Clemann (Woorayl) 38. Nearest the pin 5th hole (A.M.): Mark Boulton. Nearest the pin 7th Hole (A.M.): Ray Bird. Nearest the pin 10th Hole (A.M.): Tony Goldie. Nearest The Pin 17th Hole (A.M.): Rob Bride. Balls down the line 18 Holes (A.M.): M. Boulton 70, J. King 70, J. Mason 72, T. Jones 72, M. Ritterman 73, T. Goldie 73, R. Davison 73, G. Hyndman 73, I. Cash 74, K. Esler 74, S. Jackson 74, R. Bride 75.

FISH CREEK TARWIN d POOWONG LOCH 1st innings Fish Creek Tarwin Total .............................4/234 (cc) 1st innings Poowong Loch Extras .......................................17 Total .........................................46 Bowling: R McGannon 1/2, L Edgelow 1/3, G Park 1/2, L Buckland 1/4, M McGannon 0/7, H Griggs 1/4, K Jacobson 2/9, A Watkins 0/0, T Redpath 0/5, O Brennan 1/3. 2nd innings Poowong Loch Extras .........................................7 Total ......................................3/13 Bowling: R McGannon 1/0, L Buckland 0/3, H Griggs 0/0, A Watkins 1/1, T Redpath 0/1, O Brennan 1/1. IMPERIALS d PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Phillip Island Total .........................................84 1st innings Imperials B Pickersgill c A Duyker b J Taylor ...............................9 T Sauvarin c b J Taylor ..............................6 L Bourke lbw b T Officer .............................0 J Ginnane c J Taylor b B Insall .............................29 K McGavin no..........................51

J Belli c B Jones b K Henry..............................8 J Welch b K Henry .....................6 H Dubberley lbw b K Henry..............................2 W Williams c A Blackney b C Brown ..........................43 M Goldsmith c K Condick b A Blackney .......................13 C Bulter no .................................0 Extras .......................................25 Total .......................................293 Bowling: A Blackney 1/52, D O’Neill 1/0, B Jones 1/47, K Condick 0/45, J Smith 2/35, K Henry 3/59, A Newsome 1/22, C Brown 1/21. WONTHAGGI MINERS lt POOWONG LOCH 1st innings Poowong Loch Total ....................................... 118 1st innings Wonthaggi Miners

Total .......................................134 2nd innings Poowong Loch S Magnusson b J Membry........31 S Dinger c L Hamilton b T Hamilton .......................15 N Hancock c b J Membry ........................30 G Knox no ................................25 S Head c b T Hamilton .......................14 M Hancock c bn R Bettess ........................22 R Brown c b T Hamilton .........................2 B Murphy no ..............................0 Extras .......................................21 Total .......................... 6/160 (dec) Bowling: J Membry 2/37,T Hamilton 3/37, M Cornbridge 0/19, R Bettess 1/48, J Waters 0/16. 2nd innings Wonthaggi Miners

J Waters b S Head ......................0 J Reid lbw b R Brown .............................7 R Bettess c M Hancock b N Hancock ........................6 T Hamilton c S Dinger b G Knox .............................15 J Membry c b N Hancock .........................3 D Van Agt maal lbw b M Hancock .........................0 M Cornbridge c R Brown b S McKinnon .....................12 J Ray-Angarane no .....................4 L Hamilton c & b S Head...........4 Extras .........................................3 Total .........................................54 Bowling: S Head 2/9, N Hancock 3/6, R Brown 1/15, G Knox 0/16, S McKinnon 1/6, B Murphy 0/1.

2nd innings Wonthaggi Workmen’s B Jeffries c T Byrnes................... 27 S Knight no.................................. 13 C Casey b H Griggs ...................... 2 L Gennaccaro ................................ 1 M Cadwallender no..................... 21 Extras .......................................24 Total ......................................3/88 Bowling: P Jervies 0/24, D Clearihan-Jervies 0/15, H Griggs 1/14, R Johnston 2/8, S Chaseling 0/12, S Davies 0/5, B Cripps 0/7. PHILLIP ISLAND d KORUMBURRA 1st innings Phillip Island Total .............................8/287 (cc) 1st innings Korumburra M Fernley c b J Taylor .................................. 0 R Webster lbw b T Cleeland ........................... 35 D Fearnley st b J Taylor .................................. 5 T Jenkin c b M Taylor ................................ 3 J Scott ro ........................................ 8 C Mileto c b J Taylor ................................ 20

C Boyd c b J Johnston .............................. 3 T Boyd c b J Johnston ............................ 20 S Jenkins lbw b J Johnston .............................. 3 L Miller b J Johnston .................... 0 S Blogg no ..................................... 7 Extras .......................................15 Total .......................................120 Bowling: J Taylor 3/45, M Taylor 1/25, S Taylor 0/7, G Taylor 0/13, T Cleeland 1/7, C O’Neill 0/6, J Johnston 4/15. OUTTRIM MOYARRA KONGWAK d MEENIYAN DUMBALK UNITED BLUE 1st innings MDU Blue Total .......................................120 1st innings OMK G Adams ret............................... 104 D Wylie b K Sinclair................. 105 K Houghton c M Darmanin b C Olden ............................... 90 N Wylie no .................................. 20 J Whiteside no ............................... 2 Extras .......................................20 Total ....................................2/341

Bowling: K Brown 0/66, K Sinclair 1/65, L Harrington 0/53, J Brown 0/49, C Dyke 0/32, M Darmanin 0/21, C Olden 1/37, C Olden 0/10. GLEN ALVIE lt MEENIYAN DUMBALK UNITED RED 1st innings Glen Alvie Total .......................................143 1st innings MDU Red N Hill no .................................... 128 T Sinclair lbw b J Hales ................................... 8 P Robinson c J Dempsey b R Matthews ........................ 48 J Riley c I Johnson b B Glover ................................ 2 S Opray c G Chisholm b B Glover ................................ 1 G Peters no .................................. 32 Extras .......................................20 Total .............................4/239 (cc) Bowling: J Hales 1/27, M Huitson 0/33, H Kad 0/27, P Palmer 0/35, R Matthews 1/38, G Chisholm 0/25, B Glover 2/16, F Gheller 0/17, I Johnson 0/10, J Dempsey 0/4.

L Wright ret ..............................62 L Riseley b T Officer................16 Z Fiddelaers ro ...........................1 C Moscript no ............................9 Extras .......................................30 Total ....................................6/213 Bowling: T Officer 2/30, J Taylor 2/38, J Keating 0/21, H Watson 0/28, B Insall 1/47, A Duyker 0/37. INVERLOCH d WONTHAGGI MINERS 1st innings Inverloch Total .............................7/154 (cc) 1st innings Wonthaggi Miners J Honeysett c & b J Van Zanen ..............26 D Tiziani lbw b N Brayley ...........................4 C Waters lbw b J Van Zanen ........................5 D Brosnan b N Brayley ..............2 F Brosnan c J Ritchie b J Van Zanen ........................0 H Forsyth c L Anderson b F McKittrick.......................0 E Cargill lbw b J Ritchie .............................1 J Beesey c M Woods b F McKittrick.......................1 S Watson no................................1 L Hamilton b F McKittrick ........0 A Honeysett c b J Ritchie .............................0 Extras .......................................27

Total .........................................67 Bowling: J Dalmau 0/9, L Anderson 0/3, S Hayes 0/14, N Brayley 2/7, J Van Zanen 3/10, M Woods 1/2, F McKittrick 3/2, J Ritchie 1/2, D Lawson 0/5. MEENIYAN DUMBALK UNITED d KORUMBURRA 1st innings MDU Total .............................6/138 (cc) 1st innings Korumburra T Jenkin c T Sinclair b J Riley ................................7 P Dunlevie c & b K Newton ....14 L Miller c C Dyke b K Newton ...........................9 J Arestia c T Sinclair b K Newton ...........................1 H McNeill b M Trotto ................3 J Beckwith no.............................3 M Allen c & b L Harrington..... 11 G Allen b C Dougherty ..............0 A Ringer b C Dougherty ............0 Extras .......................................18 Total .........................................66 Bowling: J Riley 1/13, M Olden 0/8, K Newton 3/13, M Trotto 1/7, R Harrington 0/9, C Dyke 0/8, C Dougherty 2/1, L Harrington 1/2. 2nd innings MDU M Trotto no ..............................24 R Harrington ro ..........................0 A Brown b P Dunlevie ...............3 M Darmanin b P Dunlevie .........0

K Newton c b P Dunlevie ..........................8 C Dyke no ..................................2 Extras .........................................6 Total ...............................4/43 (cc) Bowling: P Dunlevie 3/28, T Jenkin 0/11. KILCUNDA/BASS lt WONTHAGGI WORKMEN’S 1st innings Kilcunda/Bass Total ...............................9/65 (cc) 1st innings Wonthaggi Workmen’s D Turton ret ..............................71 M Davey c L May b K Condick ........................25 J Thomas c K Condick b J Bastwrous ......................45 Z Macdermid c B Pipicelli b J Bastwrous ........................0 B Bayne ret ..............................17 K Brann c b L May ...............................29 A Busana no .............................18 B Cocks no .................................0 Extras .......................................19 Total .......................... 4/224 (dec) Bowling: K Condick 1/38, T Smith 0/28, E Garratt 0/23, E Luke 0/34, J Bastwrous 2/27, B Caile 0/13, B Pipicelli 0/9, D Ferguson 0/25, R Taylor 0/5, L May 1/14.

Close ball: Jake Burge escapes a close catch by a Fish Creek fielder on Saturday in A Grade, Division 2.

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Harvey smashes 197 WONTHAGGI Workmens batsman Craig Harvey has helped his team bury arch rivals Miners, with a superb 197 run stance.

Uh-oh: Shane Moore edges one up which turns out to be an easy catch for Imperials keeper Jack Ginnane. Photo by Mark Drury. • B GRADE DIVISION 2

Bruce hits 131 TOWN’S Colin Bruce hit an unrivalled 131, to ensure victory against Fish Creek Tarwin.

Town’s other batsmen were also solid and the game was never really in doubt, despite a solid bowling performance by Hayden Buckland (5/90). OMK did enough to get over the line against Kilcunda Bass, with Harper leading the way with 84 not out. On the other side of the ledger, Killy Bass’s Egeberg put in a superb bowling performance, claiming 4/46. The Koonwarra Leongatha RSL/Imperials match was a

clash of families, with Koony father and son, Shane and Josh Moore taking on Imps’ Geoff and James Forrester. In the end the Moores did more, and so did their team. Josh was brilliant with 66 not out, while dad hit 68, before being caught by young gun Jack Ginnane off the bowling of another young gun Tim Sauvarin. Sauvarin would finish his spell with 4/31. In the second innings Lee Balagh shone, hitting his way to 40, while Josh Forrester was great with 44. Koony bowler Nick Arnup was in top form, with 4/15. A big-hitting Wonthaggi Workmens outfit gave Korumburra little chance of victory. With Brann (93),

Leongatha District Cricket Association Umpire Appointments EVANS PETROLEUM Round 7 - December 1 & 8 Home team Grade A1 Phillip Island Inverloch Imperials Won Workmens Grade A2 Fish Ck-Tarwin Kilcunda-Bass Foster Glen Alvie Grade B1 Nerrena Won Miners OMK MDU Grade B2 Imperials Korumburra Won Workmens Town Grade C1 Inverloch Imperials Poowong-Loch Phillip Island Grade C2 Won Workmens OMK MDU Blue Koonwarra-RSL Glen Alvie

Away Team



v v v v

Nerrena Won Miners Korumburra OMK

Cowes I Turf L Turf Butch W

L. White K. Lester M. Heenan T. Rogers

v v v v

MDU Koonwarra-RSL Poowong-Loch Town

FC Turf Newh C FGC Glen A

A. Jordan B. Bek S. Lanyon G. Laird

v v v v

Phillip Island Inverloch Won Workmens Glen Alvie

Nerr Won Rec Outt Meen

I. Thomas M. Wishart A. Roberts A. Stride

v v v v

Fish Ck-Tarwin Kilcunda-Bass Koonwarra-RSL OMK

East C Kor Rec McM Res WC 1

TBA TBA TBA C. Salmon P. Absolom

v v v v

Nerrena Won Miners Kilcunda-Bass Town

Inv L Velo Loch Newh


v v v v v

MDU Red Foster Phillip Island Korumburra Bye

Won Nth TBA KSC TBA Dumbalk TBA Koon TBA

Huitema (79 not out) and Smith (90) all in top form, the Wonthaggi boys rarely looked in trouble. In the second innings Korumburra’s Dunlevie (28 not out) and Newton (31 not out) were in fine touch, but were too late to change the result.

B Grade, Division 2 FISH

CREEK TARWIN lt TOWN 1st innings Fish Creek Tarwin Total .......................................128 1st innings Town C Bruce c G Webster b H Buckland ....................131 G Goss c D Stevenson b H Buckland .......................25 L Ashton lbw b L Buckland .......................16 M Broschman c G Webster b M Van Boven ...................26 D Burge c M Bright b H Buckland ......................31 J Schelling b M Bright .............51 J Bolge c H Buckland b G Webster .........................10 S Clark no ................................23 S Fixter c N Bergman b H Buckland .....................37 M Warren c G Webster b H Buckland ........................0 D Goss b G Webster ...................6 Extras .......................................40 Total .......................................396 Bowling: J Pouw 61, M Van Boven 1/76, N Bergman 0/6, H Buckland 5/90, L Buckland 1/70, G Webster 2/38, M Bright 1/24, D Stevenson 0/13. OUTTRIM MOYARRA KONGWAK d KILCUNDA/BASS 1st innings Kilcunda Bass Total .............................9/190 (cc) 1st innings OMK P Miller b R Duff .....................21 G Lomagno b R Duff .................0 J Greenwood c H Grace b S Tapscott ..........................27 P Harper no ..............................84 N Creed b B Egeberg ...............28 B Maguire b B Egeberg .............0 C Walker b B Egeberg................9 D Van Rooye b B Egeberg .........0 B Nation b S Blake ....................1 W Hayes no ..............................17 Extras .......................................13 Total .............................8/200 (cc) Bowling: B Egeberg 4/46, R Duff 2/48, S Tapscott 0/25, H Grace 0/25, S Blake 1/46, D Halliday 0/7, R Duff 0/2. KOONWARRA LRSL d IMPERIALS 1st innings Imperials Total .......................................155 1st innings Koonwarra LRSL L Enter c J Ginnane b R O’Loughlin .....................5 C Moscript st J Ginnane b G Forrester .......................39 J Moore no ...............................66 S Moore c J Ginnane b T Sauvarin ........................68 B Pickersgill c R Higgins

b T Sauvarin ..........................1 N Arnup st J Ginnane b T Sauvarin ..........................1 S Turner c J Ginnane b T Sauvarin ..........................6 Extras ......................................30 Total .......................... 6/216 (dec) Bowling: R O’Loughlin 1/26, K McGavin 0/29, B Maskell 0/22, G Forrester 1/59, Z Price 0/17, S McLennan 0/5, R Higgins 0/12, J Forrester 0/13, T Sauvarin 4/31. 2nd innings Imperials N Slater c M Clarke b N Arnup..............................5 R Higgins c J Moore b N Arnup..............................1 L Ballagh c M Clarke b N Arnup............................40 S McLennan c N Toms b N Arnup..............................0 B Maskell b S Turner .................1 J Forrester c N Arnup b S Turner............................44 K McGavin no .........................14 G Forrester no ............................0 Extras ......................................15 Total ....................................6/120 Bowling: S Turner 2/22, N Arnup 4/15, S Paterson 0/13, M Clarke 0/20, S Moore 0/26, J Pickersgill 0/18. KORUMBURRA lt WONTHAGGI WORKMEN’S 1st innings Korumburra Total .......................................203 1st innings Wonthaggi Workmen’s S Brann c B Grabham b I Riddell ...........................93 S Huitema ret ...........................79 B Evans c J Richards b J Gilroy...............................7 C Smith c A McKinnon b P Dunlevie ........................90 S Morison c J Gilroy b N Allen .............................19 M Davey c J Richards b S Hall .................................5 K Brann c J Gilroy b T Allen.............................. 11 B Bayne b N Allen .....................0 C Rigby c N Allen b P Dunlevie ...........................8 W McCall no ............................17 M Smallwood b N Allen ............0 Extras ......................................22 Total .......................................351 Bowling: N Allen 3/64, B Gibbs King 0/29, J Gilroy 1/72, J Oxlee 0/24, P Dunlevie 2/39, T Allen 1/32, S Hall 1/40, I Riddell 1/40. 2nd innings Korumburra A McKinnon c M Smallwood b W McCall ...........................4 P Dunlevie no ...........................28 T Allen c B Evans b C Rigby ............................22 S Newton no.............................31 Extras ......................................20 Total ....................................2/105 Bowling: W McCall 1/15, B Bayne 0/22, M Smallwood 0/7, C Rigby 1/13, S Roche 0/44.

He was not alone in his batting prowess, however, with Geyer (95) and all rounder Allan McLean (58), also showing flair. Nerrena’s Tom Davison has spearheaded a fierce bowling attack, snaring 5/15 against a hapless MDU. Making just 120 in its first innings, the Demons were even more out of their depth in the second innings under the Davison assault, finishing the day’s play at 7/39. Inverloch all rounder Wally Hume crippled Glen Alvie with a fabulous 5/27, following on from hitting his way to 45 not out in his team’s first innings. Glen Alvie, chasing 186, were all at sea and made just 112 in reply. In the second innings Inverloch made 111 for the loss of two wickets. Declaring the innings, it invited Glen Alvie to try its hand. Tegg was good, hitting his way to 53, but few others could keep up the pace. Inverloch’s Hayes was creative with the ball, snaring 3/13. OMK was in devastatingly good batting form, smashing its way to victory against Phillip Island. While the Island made a first innings total of 125, it was easily surpassed by White (90), Dowel (53) and the superb Adam Miller (114 not out).

B Grade, Division 1 MEENIYAN DUMBALK UNITED lt NERRENA 1st innings MDU Total .......................................120 1st innings Nerrena T Clark c B Davey b M Olden ............................31

W Telfer c R Olden b S Arnup ............................37 J Renden c M Olden b S Browne............................1 A Harrison c M Olden b L Mercer ...........................34 C Salmon c S Browne b S Arnup ............................19 T Renden c T Zukovskis b S Arnup ..............................4 Z Trease c & b S McRae ............1 J Trease c R Eddy b S Arnup .............................9 T Davison c S Riley b S McRae .............................4 A Trotto c T Zukovskis b S Arnup ..............................5 J Hoy no .....................................0 Extras .......................................18 Total .......................................163 Bowling: S McRae 1/33, L Mercer 1/17, S Browne 1/30, S Riley 0/7, S Arnup 5/40, M Olden 0/21, R Eddy 0/8. 2nd innings MDU S Arnup c b T Davison ...........................8 D Thomas b T Davison ..............2 T Zukovskis c J Renden b Z Trease............................10 S Browne b T Davison ...............1 M Olden c b J Trease...............................0 S McRae lbw b T Davison ...........................0 R Olden no ............................... 11 B Davey b T Davison .................1 S Riley no...................................5 Extras .........................................1 Total ......................................7/39 Bowling: Z Trease 1/10, T Davison 5/15, J Trease 1/14. INVERLOCH d GLEN ALVIE 1st innings Inverloch Total .......................................186 1st innings Glen Alvie R Bolding ................................. 25 R Slade lbw b B Sword ..............................4 B Andrighetto b J Dalmau ..........................21 J Tiziani c L Sharrock b W Hume .............................4 M Hull b J Ritchie ....................28 J Hamilton b W Hume ...............0 M Greenway c R Tegg b W Hume .............................9 D Gilbert c L Sharrock b W Hume .............................0 B Davidson c L Sharrock b R Tegg ................................0 D Holden c L Sharrock b W Hume .............................7 C Hull no ....................................1 Extras .......................................13 Total ....................................... 112 Bowling: J Dalmau 1/14, B Sword 1/16, W Hume 5/27, J Dalmau 0/12, W Rankin 0/8, J Ritchie 1/10, R Tegg 1/24. 2nd innings Inverloch L Sharrock c J Hamilton b R Bolding .........................61 S Brayley c D Holden b B Andrighetto .....................3 A Brayley c J Hamilton b B Davidson......................16 R Tegg no ...................................6 W Hume no ................................7

Extras .......................................19 Total ...........................2/111 (dec) Bowling: B Andrighetto 1/18, M Greenway 0/11, J Hamilton 0/33, B Davidson 1/23, M Hull 0/14. 2nd innings Glen Alvie R Slade lbw b S Hayes ..............................5 B Andrighetto c S Brayley b R Tegg ..............................53 M Hull no .................................10 J Hamilton b S Hayes.................0 J Tiziani no .................................3 D Gilbert b R Tegg .....................0 M Greenway lbw b S Hayes ...............................0 Extras .......................................10 Total ...............................5/80 (cc) Bowling: J Dalmau 0/20, B Sword 0/18, S Hayes 3/13, R Tegg 2/10, L Keily 0/11, J Ritchie 0/5, J Dalmau 0/0. PHILLIP ISLAND lt OUTTRIM MOYARRA KONGWAK 1st innings Phillip Island Total .......................................125 1st innings OMK R White b S Boyack .................90 W Dowel c P Francis b M Haringsma ...................53 A Miller no ............................. 114 J Cochrane no.............................9 Extras ......................................41 Total ....................................2/307 Bowling: T Officer 0/29, B Young 0/19, M Haringsma 1/25, D Johnston 0/10, A Thomas 0/28, P Francis 0/31, S Boyack 1/50, A Tolley 0/21, J Broomhall 0/18, J Manning 0/28, G Marshall 0/25. WONTHAGGI WORKMEN’S d WONTHAGGI MINERS 1st innings Wonthaggi Miners Extras .......................................21 Total .......................................173 1st innings Wonthaggi Workmen’s D Dutchman lbw b D Beesey ...........................12 R Geyer c J O’Reilly b P Owen .............................95 I Barnes b D Beesey ...................1 L Gennicarro c D Beesey b P Owen ...............................4 J Sheerin lbw b P Loos ..............................33 C Harvey c P Owen b L Jones ...........................197 L Sawyer lbw b R Jones .............................20 L McLean no ............................38 A McLean c b L Jones .............................58 L McGuirk b P Loos...................0 Z Macdermid b P Loos...............0 Extras .......................................23 Total .......................................481 Bowling: D Beesey 2/12, R Jones 1/97, P Owen 2/133, L Jones 2/96, P Loos 3/98, T Walker 0/25.

One away: Brayden Pickersgill gets a hit off for Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL on Saturday. Photo by Mark Drury.

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OMK out-bats Island

Could go anywhere: Leongatha Town batsman Jake Burge and Fish Creek/Tarwin wicket keeper Paddy Watkins keep an eye on the ball as it hurtles towards the wickets. • A GRADE DIVISION 2

Ratnayake’s 129 guides Town to victory TOWN was far too good for an underperforming Fish Creek Tarwin. Chasing 154, the Town boys easily amassed the target, finally hitting on to 305. Amila Ratnayake was the standout batsman, smashing his way to 129. Jake Burge made a respectable 42. Clayton Fisher was the best of the Fishy bowlers, claiming 4/36. Kilcunda Bass had all the answers for Glen Alvie, and hit its way to a first innings total of 5/352. Then Glen Alvie batsmen did not disgrace themselves, with Glen (61) and Arestia (44) leading the charge. But they still fell well short. Play finished with Killy Bass making a good start on its second innings (1/92). Foster did much better in its second innings against MDU, but still fell well short of the runs needed to claim victory. While MDU made a total of 250 in its first innings, Foster made just 54 in reply, with a string of ducks and single figure totals blackening the scorecard. The next time Foster fared better, with Jeffery (56) and Prain (36) helping their team to 163 by the end of play. OMK’s Tim Harris did most of the damage with the ball, taking 4/33. Poowong Loch fell to Koonwarra Leongatha RSL, after a disastrous first innings collapse. Chasing just 70 runs, Koony declared its innings at 5/144. If not for Poowong Loch’s Nathan Findlay hitting his way to 67, the second innings would have followed the same trajectory. As it was, the

Poowong Loch boys managed 142.

A Grade, Division 2 TOWN d FISH CREEK TARWIN 1st innings Fish Creek Tarwin Total ..................................10/154 1st innings Town J O’Loughlin c G Watkins b J Danckert ........................10 B Moore c G Watkins b S Rabbit..............................3 M Davies lbw b J Flanders .........................14 M Weerasinghe Silva c J Buckland b A Straw ..............................29 A Ratnayake c J Buckland b C Fisher............................129 J Burge c M Watkins b S Rabbitt ............................42 J Withers st G Watkins b C Fisher..............................13 M Borschman no ......................... 6 N Johnston c J Law b C Fisher ............................17 J Hume c S Rabbitt b A Straw ...............................7 A Hickey c J Law b C Fisher ............................26 Extras .........................................9 Total ..................................10/305 Bowling: S Rabbitt 2/69, J Flanders 1/61, J Danckert 1/10, V Kedamath 0/47, A Straw 2/44, C Bawden 0/33, C Fisher 4/36. KILCUNDA BASS d GLEN ALVIE 1st innings Kilcunda/Bass Total ....................................5/352 1st innings Glen Alvie S Smith c b P Matthews .........................8 S Lowe c b P Matthews .......................10 S Coppell c P Palmer ...............23 D Tiziani st S Oates b P Palmer ..........................26 J Glen c D Hunt b P Matthews .......................61 D Tiziani b P Matthews ..............0 R Arestia c D Hunt b J Mahood..........................44 P Roberts c P Palmer b J Dakin ...............................5 N George c D Hunt b J Mahood..........................10 A Hamilton c J Tregear b S Shelton ............................2 L McRae no ................................0 Extras .......................................14 Total .......................................204 2nd innings Kilcunda/Bass Extras .........................................6 Total ......................................1/92 MEENIYAN DUMBALK UNITED d FOSTER 1st innings MDU Total .......................................250 1st innings Foster S Jeffery c M Cantwell b T Harris ..............................0 M Lynch c W Prosser b M Patching ........................5 G Tanner b M Le Page ...............9

P Dower b M Cantwell...............0 J Toner c M Le Page b M Cantwell.......................17 M Dower c W Prosser b M Le Page ........................ 11 B Doran c J Sinclair b M Le Page ..........................0 R Dower b M Le Page ...............1 S Lanyon b M Cantwell ............1 F Griggs no ................................0 J Prain b M Le Page ...................3 Extras .........................................7 Total .........................................54 Bowling: T Harris 1/2, M Patching 1/8, M Cantwell 3/26, M Le Page 5/11. 2nd innings Foster S Jeffery c M Olden b J Sinclair...........................56 M Lynch c W Prosser b T Harris ..............................4 J Toner c & b C Harris ............14 B Doran b T Harris.................. 18 G Tanner c T Harris b M Cantwell ........................2 J Prain c M Patching b T Harris ............................36 P Dower no...............................17 M Dower c M Martin b T Harris ..............................8 R Dower no ................................0 Extras .........................................8 Total ....................................7/163 Bowling: T Harris 4/33, M Patching 0/8, C Harris 1/45, M Cantwell 1/14, C Hoober 0/22, M Le Page 0/10, J Sinclair 1/25. POOWONG LOCH lt KOONWARRA LRSL 1st innings Poowong Loch Total .........................................70 1st innings Koonwarra LRSL Total .......................... 5/144 (dec) 2nd innings Poowong Loch C Knox ro.................................15 G Birnie b J Kennedy...............10 R North b J Kennedy..................0 J Foster lbw b S Hughes ..........................14 N Findlay st b B Moscript .......................67 S Jenkins c b J Hughes ...........................10 R Knox c b C Wise ................................0 R Carvill c b B Moscript .........................9 G Humphrey c b B Moscript .........................4 T Hancock no .............................1 M Adderley c b J Kennedy...........................1 Extras ....................................... 11 Total .......................................142 Bowling: J Foster 0/27, N Findlay 1/31, S Jenkins 0/9, G Birnie 0/5.

LDCA ladders A Grade Division 1 Won Workmen’s ................86.06 OMK...................................77.23 Inverloch ............................62.84 Korumburra ......................60.85 Imperials .............................59.34 Phillip Island .......................45.78 Nerrena ................................36.60 Won Miners .........................21.71 A Grade Division 2 Town ...................................96.03 Koonwarra LRSL..............92.70 Fish Creek Tarwin.............60.52 MDU ...................................59.56 Kilcunda/Bass .....................59.13 Glen Alvie ...........................56.28 Poowong Loch ....................20.92 Foster...................................18.50 B Grade Division 1 Won Workmen’s .............. 110.85 OMK...................................68.37 Phillip Island......................52.94 Wonthaggi Miners.............52.51 Nerrena ................................50.52 Inverloch .............................43.64 MDU ...................................41.96 Glen Alvie ...........................24.53 B Grade Division 2 Town ...................................81.09 Won Workmen’s ................65.26 OMK...................................59.74 Kilcunda/Bass ....................59.53 Koonwarra LRSL ................50.53 Fish Creek Tarwin ...............41.81 Imperials .............................34.94 Korumburra .........................34.36 C Grade Division 1 Inverloch ............................81.37 Nerrena ..............................74.02 Phillip Island......................66.79 Imperials ............................63.03 Poowong Loch ....................51.64 Town....................................46.34 Won Miners .........................25.08 Kilcunda/Bass .....................21.93 C Grade Division 2 Foster..................................68.75 OMK...................................63.19 Won Workmen’s ................55.87 MDU Red ...........................45.93 Koonwarra LRSL..............43.28 MDU Blue...........................34.81 Korumburra .........................30.35 Phillip Island .......................28.87 Glen Alvie ........................... 18.11 Under 16 Won Workmen’s ................47.93 Imperials ............................47.16 MDU ...................................46.45 Inverloch ............................35.12 Fish Creek Tarwin.............24.79 Korumburra .........................19.96 Phillip Island .......................18.92 Kilcunda/Bass .....................18.64 Won Miners ...........................6.79 Poowong Loch ......................2.28

OMK had a convincing win over Phillip Island, hitting two sizable totals compared to one dismal one.

6/180. Opener Gavin Bolding showed flair, hitting a valuable 63, while Aaron Yann was a great contributor, with 43 not out.

OMK got the jump on their opposition, with 254 in the first innings. Phillip Island notched up just 91 in reply, with OMK bowling trio Jenkins (3/18), Greaves (3/29) and the super economical Dell (3/8) making the run chase tough. In the second innings the OMK batsmen seemed keen to throw the game away, with Finnigan helping to take the first three wickets (catching one and bowling two) for just five runs. Fortunately for OMK, Jesse Van Rooye (83 not out) was ready to bat, along with the indefatigable Thomas Wyatt (102). Nerrena was unable to succeed against Korumburra, after posting a first innings total of 172. Korumburra made 201 in reply, guided by the steady hand of Dorman (62). In the second innings Nerrena’s batting performance was patchy, and they ended the day at 3/53. Korumburra’s Luke Williams was the standout bowler, claiming 2/20. Imperials batted their way to victory against Inverloch. Chasing an impressive 292, the Lions were kept in the race by three standout batting performances: Rogers (78), Williams (75) and Lafferty (72 not out). Inverloch bowler Lewis Rankin was at his economical best, taking 2/27. Wonthaggi Workmens gave cross town rivals Miners too big a total to chase, amassing 3/344 (declared) in the first innings. Miners were 200 runs short of that total the first time around. Workmens were less impressive in the second innings, but still managed to hit their way to

NERRENA lt KORUMBURRA 1st innings Nerrena Total ........................................172 1st innings Korumburra K Rigby c C Eva b T Wightman ........................3 J Cook b M Clark......................16 D Salmon ro ..............................42 U Weerasinghe b C Eva ............13 B Schmidt c & b T Wightman ............... 11 I Osman c & b C Eva..........................28 K Dorman c G Murphy b T Wightman ......................62 K Miller no................................12 D Scott b C Eva ..........................0 A Meade b T Wightman..............5 L Williams c P Matheson b S Helms ...............................1 Extras ..........................................8 Total ........................................201 Bowling: C Eva 3/46, T Wightman 4/46, J Hoy 0/19, M Clark 1/19, G Murphy 0/32, S Helms 1/14, R Clark 0/19, D Symmons 0/0. 2nd innings Nerrena T Trotman c B Schmidt b K Rigby .............................17 M Clark c I Osman b L Williams.........................12 G Murphy lbw b L Williams...........................0 L Roberts no..............................13 S Helms no ..................................8 Extras ..........................................3 Total .......................................3/53 Bowling: L Williams 2/20, K Dorman 0/11, J Cook 0/11, K Rigby 1/3, D Scott 0/6. IMPERIALS d INVERLOCH 1st innings Inverloch Total ............................. 8/292 (cc) 1st innings Imperials G Sauvarin ro ............................28 A Meyer b L Rankin .................12 L Rogers b L Rankin .................78 N Eddy ro .................................. 11 T Williams c D Ruffin b D Clark..............................75 B Davidson b K Rothier .............0 M Lafferty no ............................72 K Gray no....................................1 Extras ........................................27 Total .....................................6/304 Bowling: R Thomas 0/12, K Rothier 1/80, L Rankin 2/27, N Cant 0/30, D Clark 1/68, B Debono 0/32, J Smith 0/45.

A Grade, Division 1

OUTTRIM MOYARRA KONGWAK d PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings OMK Total ........................................254 1st innings Phillip Island L Keating c J Van Rooye ..........27 E Richards b R Greaves ..............1 T Hornsby c P Dyer b R Greaves..........................15 J Finnigan b A Jenkins ................0 S Murdoch c J Van Rooye b A Jenkins ...........................35

B Johnston c P Dyer b A Jenkins .............................5 J Taylor st P Dyer b P Dell ..................................0 C Viljoen c K Kerr b P Dell .................................1 S Kirton no ..................................1 Z Brown c J Wilson b P Dell ..................................0 Extras ..........................................6 Total ..........................................91 Bowling: A Jenkins 3/18, R Greaves 3/29, J Wilson 0/12, B Wyatt 0/22, P Dell 3/8. 2nd innings OMK K Kerr c B Johnston b J Finnigan............................0 D Creed c J Finnigan b S Murdoch ..........................5 R Greaves c L Keating b J Finnigan............................0 J Van Rooye no .........................83 T Wyatt c C Viljoen b S Murdoch .......................102 Extras ..........................................1 Total .....................................4/191 Bowling: J Finnigan 2/36, S Murdoch 2/60, Z Brown 0/8, T Hornsby 0/40, E Richards 0/9, J Taylor 0/37.

WONTHAGGI MINERS lt WONTHAGGI WORKMEN’S 1st innings Wonthaggi Workmen’s Total ........................... 3/344 (dec) 1st innings Wonthaggi Miners R Birkett b J Thomas ..................7 C Thomas b J Thomas ................4 A Donohue c J Liddle b J Thomas .............................4 A Warren c b R Thomas ..........................36 M Johnson c D Turton b R Thomas ..........................30 B Foon ro ..................................10 J Honeysett no...........................20 C Honeysett c D Turton b G Golding .........................29 G Peters c R Thomas b G Bolding............................0 J Armstrong lbw b L Borne ...............................0 J Piasente ret ...............................0 Extras ..........................................4 Total ........................................144 Bowling: J Thomas 3/20, R Thomas 2/46, L Borne 1/15, A Lang 0/24, G Britt 0/14, G Bolding 2/24. 2nd innings Wonthaggi Workmen’s G Bolding c C Thomas b G Peters .............................63 R Thomas b B Foon ....................0 D Turton c C Honeysett b G Peters .............................27 A Yann no..................................43 A Lang c A Donohue b J Armstrong.........................7 M McCall c A Warren b R Birkett............................13 J Thomas b R Brikett ..................9 T Hooper no ................................4 Extras ........................................14 Total .....................................6/180 Bowling: B Foon 1/15, R Birkett 2/28, J Armstrong 1/65, A Donohue 0/17, J Honysett 0/19, G Peters 2/23.

Got him?: Sam Turner celebrates prematurely as Neville Toms juggles a catch to send Shane McLennan from the crease. Phot by Mark Drury.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - PAGE 69


Busy time for cyclists IT was a busy weekend for club members.

Firstly there was track racing on Friday night, followed by a road race club combine with Warragul on Saturday whilst other members had the start of The Great Vic Bike ride and track racing at the indoor velodrome at Northcote for some as well. The racing on Friday night was conducted in mild and calm conditions so most riders managed a personal best for the first up one lap race against the clock. Best time for the night went to Chris Rowe in 32.82 seconds. Liam McCall, riding a slightly bigger gear this week rode a 34.87 sec whilst Kevin Feely rode 35.78 sec. In the junior ranks it was Matt Minogue in 36.35 sec just ahead of Austin Timmins 36.37 sec.

Aaron Fraser having his first race night for the season stopped the clock at 37.49 seconds, which was a great time. Hamish Bissett rode 38.07 sec, Alex Bennett 43.03 sec and Fleur Timmins a 46.36 was also a personal best. In the A Grade race over eight laps, the pace was kept pretty steady until the last lap when riders started jostling for position. Chris Rowe was not tempted and cleared out to score an easy win from Liam and Kevin. The third event for the night was handicaps. For the A Grade it was over two laps. Chris Rowe (10) was on fire as he scorched off the mark and bridged the gap to Liam (40m) in around 120m to set up the race. Kevin (70) was caught with 200m to race and Chris scored another

Fast work: Chris Rowe, Kevin Feely and Liam McCall during the eight lap scratch race.

easy win from Liam and Kevin. The juniors raced a one lap dash first up and the limit markers felt the distance was to their liking. Alex Bennett (70) caught Fleur (85) in the run to the line but not without a great effort from Fleur. The A Grade riders were given a sprint match race and Chris again was too slick for the others winning from Kevin and Liam. The juniors were given an Olympic sprint – two teams of three riders racing over 1.5 laps. This was a new event and not tried at training. In a closely contested race it was the team of Austin, Hamish and Alex that claimed the win. The handicapper followed this up with a team pursuit event involving mixed teams of A Grade riders and junior riders racing over four laps. Again this was a new event and riders will need to work on their tactics and team riding over coming weeks. The winning team was Chris Rowe, Matt Minogue, Austin Timmins and Alex Bennett. Another round of short sprints was held. For the A Grade it was another win to Chris. Alex Bennett had a great battle with Fleur to get his win whilst Matt Minogue was slow winding up but flashed home to grab the win in his heat. The last events for the night were a junior elimination. Matt Minogue controlled the race to claim the win from Austin and Hamish. In the A Grade race over nine laps,

Chris Rowe thought he had enough left to take the win but a very determined Liam McCall stormed up the straight to grab the win. On Saturday at the road combine raced at Poowong, Stuart Smith and Brett Franklin dominated the A Grade race and claimed first (Stuart) and third (Brett). Several other members raced but a puncture to Kevin Feely in the last part of the race when a placing was offing put paid to his chances. Thomas McFarlane was racing the country titles at the Melbourne indoor venue. Thomas was racing as a first year rider in the Under 17 division. He qualified well in the pursuit and eventually finished fourth. In the time trial he finished third but found his time racing on the larger gear was not as quick as his time last year. Thomas also qualified in the top ranks for the sprint series. A further round of good performances in the State titles will see Thomas in with a great chance of representing Victoria at the Nationals. If he can pull this off in his first year in this division and on a short preparation, that will be a spectacular effort. Track training on Wednesday night once again saw new riders trying out the track. There are some others keen to start so boys and girls, come and check out the fun of going fast at the track. Racing is on again on Friday night.

Sun shines for golf day A TOTAL of 160 players took to Woorayl and Leongatha golf courses to raise money for Beau Vernon. The weather turned it on for golfers with fantastic sunshine washing over the courses. Organiser Mark Lafferty was pleased with the day.

“It was a really good day,” he said. “There were no issues and the weather was great.” Beau made an appearance on the course as well, and cruised around in a buggy catching up with mates from Leongatha. The whole day raised around $30,000 for the Beau Vernon Fund.

Golfing group: from left, Luke Jones, Brad Rooney, Daniel Langstaff, Daryl Wright and Nathan Grylls were having a good time at the Leongatha Golf Course on Sunday for the Beau Vernon Charity Golf Day.

Holden Showjumping Classic results Ring 1

Class 1: Maiden D Grade: 1st Mia McNaught riding Sunbury Lodge Rio, 2nd Toni Scattergood riding Contessa, 3rd Cathy Wilson riding Fraarzy, 4th Pip Sampson riding Silver Fern Captain Courageous. Class 2: D Grade: 1st A. Rooney riding Valuara, 2nd B Short riding St Verdi, 3rd A. Benson riding W.A.T Sward, 4th R. Johnstone riding Zinex. Class 2a: Herb and Ada Shandley Memoral Ladies Jump: 1st Jamima Wilson riding PK Outlaw. Class 2b: Holden Special Colorado Men’s Jump: 1st R. Trigg riding Kiewa. Class 3: Open 1.30m: 1st R. Johnstone riding Carlo, 2nd J. Wells riding Poets Corner, 3rd B. Conway riding Jubilee Minunet, 4th K. Weir riding Belcam Codak. Class 4: Open 1.20m Speed Class: 1st G. Stephens riding Shady Creek Fin, 2nd B. Conway riding

Snowy River High Country, 3rd J. Wells riding Little William, 4th A. Taranto riding Prince Maverick. Ring 2

Class 5: Open 75cm Class: 1st A. Smithe riding Haberfield Sweet William, 2nd L. Browning riding Impulsive Jet, 3rd S. Rigby riding Bruce, 4th T. Waugh riding Austin. Class 6: Open 85cm Class: 1st Z. Archer riding Ace, 2nd A. Smithe Riding Haberfield Sweet William, 3rd T. Brown riding Symalia, 4th M. Wilds riding Witchery. Class 7: Open 95cm Class: 1st Z. Archer riding Ace, 2nd C. Zwar riding Envigorate, 3rd F. Fraid riding Hat Trick, 4th R. Morrison Riding Sundance. Class 8: Open 1m Class: 1st S. Mackenzie riding Silver Mist, 2nd R. Vivian riding Sowring, 3rd R. Johnstone riding VPS Garnson, 4th J. Baldier riding Poseidon. Class 9a: One Round

Stakes: 1st: Stephanie Carfrae riding Bob Conroy, 2nd Zoe Archer riding Ace, 3rd Taylah Waugh riding Austin, 4th Shayla Rigby Riding Bob. Class 9b: David Joyce Bundy bareback winner: 1st Stephanie Carfrae riding Bob Conroy.

Sunday results Class 10: Debenham Livestock Transport Junior Championship: 1st C. Bailey riding Monahan Harrison, 2nd E. Hair riding Jet Settler 3, 3rd J. Dennison riding Fosbury Flop, 4th J. Dennison riding Bubble & Squeak. Class 11: Bruce Smith Saddler D Grade Championship: 1st A. Benson riding Captain Jack. 2nd J. Dennison riding Bubble & Squeak, 3rd K. Weir riding BP Striking Centago, 4th A. Rooney riding Valuard. Class 12: Taranto’s Window and Glass Open 1.35m Championship: 1st R. Johnstone riding Carlo, 2nd B. Conway riding Ju-

bilee Minunet, 3rd K. Weir riding Belcam Codak. Class 13: Skye Park Rugs 1.20m 50 points and under: 1st S. Barclay riding Tulara Balouf, 2nd K. Weir riding Belcam Codak, 3rd Z. Bolton riding Coolart Farm Short Torque, 4th N. McFee riding Shady Creek Flamboyant. Class 14: Open 85cm: 1st A. Dunks riding Royal Image, 2nd Y. Morrison riding Josie, 3rd L. Neesham riding Teddy, 4th T. Brown riding Symalia. Class 15: Open 95cm: 1st Y. Morrison riding Ludo, 2nd A. Molnar riding Sailonby 3rd C. Beecroft riding WonderFlash, 4th C. Zwar Envigerate. Class 16: T for Tyres Maiden D Grade Championship: 1st G. Stephens riding Shady Creek Blue Fire, 2nd R. Johnstone riding VPS Garnson, 3rd M. Smith riding Daniyera Park Mon Juan, 4th A. Molnar riding Sailonby.

Course crew: from left Ryan McKnight, Robert Eddy, Damien ‘Pigman’ Burge and Stuart Eddy hit the green on Sunday to raise funds for injured football player Beau Vernon.

Buggy buddies: from left Chris Rump, Daniel Connelly, Cameron Brown and Matt Davies rolled around the Leongatha Golf Course in their golf buggies on Sunday, playing in the Beau Vernon Charity Golf Day.

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Race cancellation at Stony By Matt Dunn

Training up: some of the South Gippsland Secondary College students who now have their Bronze Medallion include Darby Walker (back), Sharna Cumming and Kim Shaw who is doing a patient assessment on Shannon Danckert.

Students train to save lives TWENTY-ONE students from South Gippsland Secondary College will become qualified lifesavers this week after completing their Bronze Medallion at the Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Since 2007 the club has been holding special Bronze camps, with more than 100 students receiving the qualification. Rob O’Brien, chief instructor at the club, says the new lifesavers offer a great service to the local community. “It’s so fantastic to have local members coming through and training to become lifesavers, as they are an invaluable asset to the community during emergencies.” Throughout the five days of training, students from Year 9 will learn rescue procedures, first aid skills and teamwork. “The students learn how to be safe in the surf, how to rescue people with

boards and tubes and then on land, skills like resuscitation and radio communication,” said Rob. Darby Walker, a Year 9 student at South Gippsland Secondary College said he is really enjoying the opportunity to gain some new skills, despite the early morning starts. “We started this morning at 6.45am with a fitness run and then some beach flags before practising jumping through the waves and going for a swim. “We’ve also done a lot of theory about first aid, CPR and learning how to communicate effectively with radios. “It’s been really interesting and now if I see someone in trouble on the beach I’m going to have the skills that I need to help them out,” said Darby. The Waratah Beach Surf Lifesaving Club has been training lifesavers since 1963 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary over the Australia Day long weekend, January 25 - 27 2013 at Sandy Point.

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The course has been undergoing extensive drainage works, and under Racing Victoria rules, should to be signed off by stewards and the Victorian Jockeys’ Association (VJA), two weeks prior to a race meeting. The trials have been rescheduled to Tuesday, December 11 ahead of the club’s new return race meeting on Saturday, December 29. Stony Creek Racing Club chief executive Ralph Gallagher said he was disappointed by the cancellation

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meeting was unfortunate for the club, ensuring the integrity of the track was vital to horse and rider safety. “Once official trials have been held and the track has been signed off as safe for racing by stewards and riders, we look forward to welcoming the return of racing to Stony Creek which is an important club within the Gippsland region,” he said. Mr Gallagher said the club’s December 29 meeting would be one for all the family, with fun activities provided by Camp Australia, a speciality events organiser. “It’s tourist time and we think the December 29 meeting is going to be a real hit,” he said. “Camp Australia will come along with all their goodies for children. I think it’s going to be absolutely wonderful.”

Fast pair: father daughter combo Peta and Ian Speight are avid hill climb racers in their 1971 Ford Capri 3000GT.

Quick dad and daughter duo IAN and Peta Speight know about speed, and when they are strapped into their 1971 Ford Capri there’s no stopping them. The father and daughter racing pair are part of the Gippsland Car Club and love to push it to the limit in the hill climb events held both locally and around the state. The pair both hail from South Gippsland and along



THE upcoming Saturday, December 8 Stony Creek race meeting has been put on ice, after insufficient nominations were made to trial at the course last Wednesday.

of the meeting, but accepted the enforcement of the RV rules. “It’s the rules of racing and RV has an ironclad policy when it comes to returning a track to racing. Most of our work was pre-emptive, making sure that the track would be okay for years to come,” he said. “All of it meant that we needed to put horses over the track after we had repaired, re-grassed and re-fertilised. RV’s commitment to OHS, which is no less than ours, means we have to make sure the track is safe for jockeys and horses. “While some people might say the process is a little elaborate, it’s fairly critical when you think about horses thundering down the track being guided by jockeys.” RV general manager for racing, Greg Carpenter, said while the cancellation of the December 8 race

with a few others in the region, love the sport. “I started back in 2005 and it was just a good chance to get out and see what the car could do,” Ian said. Peta joined her father on the track at the end of 2010 and hasn’t turned back. “I’ve always been around the sport since dad has been involved and I just thought, why not give it a go.” Their 200bhp Capri

3000GT is middle of the road when it comes to cars racing in hill climbing, with those eligible varying from everyday road cars to purpose-built 500bhp open wheeler race cars. Ian and Peta race in the Historic Touring Class and are ranked first and second respectively in the class, while Ian sits second overall in the competition. If you want to catch the pair on the track and help a good cause, get to Vryant Park on Bill Schultz Road

in Newborough to help raise awareness against family violence with White Ribbon Day. The day is free and the club will be raising money for the charity with merchandise. All drivers will have white ribbons on their cars to show support. Take the drive over to Newborough on Saturday, December 8 and see what hill climbing is all about while also raising money for a fantastic organisation.

Surf stars on their way THE 2012 Play it Safe by the Water Surfing for Girls, presented by Oakley and Ghanda is hitting local beaches this weekend at Ocean Grove. This will be the fifth year of the program that aims to develop the skills of girls in the water to improve their surfing ability and their water safety skills. Special guest and current world tour surfer Bec Woods (Copacabana) will be joining the tour again, alongside India Payne (Phillip Island) and Jess Laing (Phillip Island).

Payne and Laing are both highly accomplished junior surfers who have represented the state numerous times. They have also starred in the female surf movie, First Love, alongside current World Junior Champion Nikki Van Dijk (Phillip Island). The program will move around the state, stopping at nine locations including Phillip Island (November 30), Inverloch (December 1) and Sandy Point (December 6). It gives girls throughout the whole state the chance to get in the water and meet one of the best female surfers in the country.

Surfing Victoria CEO, Max Wells, is looking forward to the upcoming two weeks. “This is a great opportunity for all girls to get involved in some female specific events and have some fun. “Having Bec, India and Jess on board is such a great opportunity for young girls to see what is possible for females in the surfing industry and learn from their wealth of surfing and water safety knowledge”. For more information on the Play it Safe by the Water Surfing for Girls got to: http://www.surfingaustralia. com/vic/news-details.php?id=2962

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - PAGE 71


Rodeo is about community GET ready to ride, because the Stony Creek Rodeo is on its way.

Tricky: an avid motocross rider, Chase Hansford has designed a unique cycle for his stint in the Great Victorian Bike Ride and was giving shoppers at Michael’s IGA in Leongatha a fine display of his skills in the car park last Thursday.

This will be the second year for the now annual event coordinated by the Stony Creek Football Netball Club. “It's not just about the footy club though,” organiser Neil Cope said. “It's about the area and the community and getting people into our district. “Other groups can benefit from the event.” This year will be bigger and better, with plenty of afternoon entertainment. “In the afternoon we will be hosting Paul Macphail of the Beloka Kelpie Stud running a dog high jump and sheep and duck dog trials as well,” he said. “Roy Beaumont will be running a sheaf tossing competition which will add some laughter and entertainment for the patrons coming in early.” Australian whip cracking champion Wayne Campbell is joining the entertainment as well. “He's a bit of a freak apparently on the whips,” Neil said. Of course all the regular rodeo action will kick off at 7pm and finish under lights. “We've upped our prize money so we should get some high class riders and we've been getting a lot of enquiries about our event,” Neil said. “We've been promoting state wide with posters and also Storr Transport have come on board and have signage on the back of

At it again: competitors will be back at it again for this year's Stony Creek Football Netball Club Rodeo. Photo courtesy Gerard their trucks going Gippsland and state wide. “All our sponsors have been fantastic, coming on board again along with some new ones.” To extend the rodeo a special Friday night event will be held at the Meeniyan Hotel on that weekend. “We'll have the bucking bull in there and Truckin' with Tim to try and make a bit of a weekend of it,” he said. “We will be giving away prizes and entry tickets throughout the night.” This night at the Meeniyan

Hotel is encouraging the event to be bigger and to incorporate the businesses in Meeniyan as well. “We're encouraging all the shops to be open in the town which will help draw crowds and also their business,” Neil said. Camping is available on the site with toilets and showers on both Friday and Saturday. “There's no need to book for camping, there's plenty of room, we just ask for a $10 fee on each campsite,” Neil said. The rodeo will be on Saturday, January 19 so book it in your diary for a great weekend of fun.

Chase is STONY CREEK riding high Chase and his mate Travis Moule will join some 4000 cyclists on the annual bike ride that rolls out of Lakes Entrance on November 24 and passes through Rosedale, Latrobe Valley, Yarragon, Mirboo North and San Remo and finishes on Phillip Island on December 2. Chase and his creative friend Sam Xeureb put the finishing touches to his eye catching, high rise bike last Wednesday night and gave it a test ride in Leongatha during his lunch break from his job at the Leongatha hospital on Thursday.

Eye catching: Leongatha hospital staff member Chase Hansford of Yinnar is looking forward to test riding his homemade, high rise bicycle in his first ever Great Victorian Bike Ride on November 24.

“Sam only picked up the bike from Morwell on Monday and worked on it for three days to get it ready for the bike ride,” Chase said. Chase said Sam is into different looking machines and is well known for his amazing monster trucks and jeeps that he proudly shows. While Chase grabbed a bite to eat at Michael’s IGA Supermarket in Leongatha he was quite amused his rather interesting bike had generated so much interest from the local SES volunteers cooking their fundraising barbecue and interested shoppers. Enjoying the attention, Chase gave the delighted onlookers a demonstration of his skills on his new machine in the IGA carpark. A member of the Blue Rock Motocross Club at Newborough, Chase has had a passion for bike riding his whole life and has been competing locally at Corner Inlet, Maffra, Outtrim, Traralgon, Yarram and Wonthaggi, and Victoria wide. Chase and Travis decided they both wanted to do the Great Victorian Bike Ride once in their lives. “I wanted to do the ride but didn’t want to do it on an ordinary bike,” said Chase. Chase will definitely have the best views along the way, sitting so high in the saddle and while he said it is comfortable his only concern, yet to be tested, is how the cycle will handle any strong winds. Not at all phased with the challenge ahead and having to cover some 591 kilometres, Chase said he will be fine and is looking forward to a great fun adventure. The Star invites all local riders on The Great Victorian Bike Ride to email photos and comments to or paste photos on The Star Facebook during your journey.




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SWAPPING leathers for lycra, Yinnar motocross rider Chase Hansford has designed a unique cycle for his first ever stint in the Great Victorian Bike Ride.

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