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Gnarly? No way! ENTHUSIASTIC skaters Jake McDonald, and Sam and Josh Bracken are calling for the Leongatha skate park to be updated. Complaints about the bowl have been circling for a few years, with skaters saying the bowl surface is too rough. They believe South Gippsland Shire Council should look to designs in Wonthaggi and Inverloch for inspiration for a new park in Leongatha. Josh (above) is one of a talented group of Leongatha skaters who feel the local skate park is holding them back. Josh believes a new park is needed to accommodate for a greater range of skill levels, as well as other talents such as bike and scooter riding. Read more on page 3.

Parking pain By Tony Giles ON the eve of the busy Christmas period, Leongatha traders are furious that five full-time parking spaces have been removed without consultation. The five parking spaces on railway land behind Great Southern Out-

doors, near Apex Park, were removed sometime last week according to the owner of Shan’s Lingerie, Shirleyanne Wright.

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World cheese win

Mrs Wright took The Star to the location last week and showed this paper where “no standing” signs had been erected. “This always used to be an area for five spaces. The shire changed it to two parallel spaces for some reason and now has removed the places all together,” Mrs Wright said. “Apparently one of the new parking officers decided it was a good idea.

There was absolutely no consultation with any businesses or the chamber of commerce as far as I know.” What makes Mrs Wright all the more concerned, is she believed there was no need to remove the five places. “A bit of a prune of the trees and bushes at the back of the park and a slight realignment and we would have our parks back,” she said. Continued on page 7.

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Wonthaggi fun

If you think Leongatha and other towns in South Gippsland and Bass Coast have parking problems, please contact The Star on 5662 2294 or

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Police move station

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Cheese wins world acclaim

A SOUTH Gippsland cheese-maker has won an international competition for the second time. Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese won a gold medal from The Guild of Fine Foods in Birmingham, England, with its Mossvale Blue cheese. The cheese scored so highly that it then out ranked all other Australian cheeses to gain an additional major winner

prize of the show. The Oak Blue was also recognised, being awarded a bronze medal, following on from the gold medal performance of the Tarwin Blue cheese in 2009. The scale of this event is truly enormous, being the largest of its kind in the world - 200 judges sample cheese from 30 countries with more than 2500 entries world-wide. The fact that Berrys Creek has not only repeated its gold medal

International reputation: Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese’s Barry Charlton and Cheryl Hulls are celebrating their second world gold medal in two years. Photo courtesy: Laura Ferguson. win but extended its award tally is an outstanding achievement. Barry Charlton, their highly talented cheesemaker, said: “The win is absolutely thrilling. By continuing to receive this type of recognition not only within Australia but

also internationally, we are forging a reputation of quality and unique flavours. We have been awarded by the best in the world and I am very proud of the achievements of such a small company.” Over the past year alone, Berrys Creek has

been awarded more than 10 gold and silver medals. “With any gourmet product, the production is labour intensive and as each vat of milk is a natural product, it can vary in its characteristics,” Mr Charlton said. “The cheese-maker

must read these signs and adapt the technique accordingly. The general public would be interested to know that each wheel of blue cheese produced takes around two months before being released for sale. “Each wheel is salted twice and turned every

second day by hand until it is packed off for more time to develop its flavours. “The whole process is intensively achieved by hand and the patience of a cheese-maker and a supportive team.” Mr Charlton paid tribute to his staff and partner Cheryl Hulls. “Her support has been absolutely incredible. Our small team of Laura, Heather and Amanda are also invaluable, as is our families’ support,” he said. “Our new source of milk is further enhancing our products and we heartily thank Les, Marg, Owen and Clare Hutchinson for producing such quality milk. “Thanks also to the many people who support us at the farmers’ markets we attend, and at the retail outlets. We do appreciate your supportive feedback”. For details of where Berrys Creek cheese is available, please go to: www.berryscreekcheese. com

Chamber’s Christmas present LEONGATHA Chamber of Commerce will

this week launch its annual Christmas promo-

tion with one shopper to win a Christmas tree full of business vouchers for $50.

Look out for posters on the windows or in store, and fill out a coupon when you purchase some goods or a service from the store. More than 50 traders and businesses are expected to be involved in the promotion. One lucky winner will be drawn out Christmas Eve. The Chamber is soon to market extended trading hours for Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18 with most businesses expected to stay open until 3pm. There will be music and carols in the street and a visit from Father Christmas. It will be a big day in Leongatha with Carols in the Drome on that evening. Look for the special promotion information in next week’s Star for all the details.

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Fix our skate park: Leongatha’s contingent of skaters is asking for an improvement to their skate park.

Skaters call for park update By Isaac McCallum YOUTHS in Leongatha are calling for the town’s skate park to be updated, saying the bowl is too rough, too old 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 Star spoke with around 15 skating enthusiasts at the bowl last week. The skaters believe a new park would be the least South Gippsland Shire Council could do to support their interests. “We’re not all footballers or basketballers. A lot of us don’t like that stuff. I think it’s only fair we have some sort of outlet as well,” Josh Bracken said. Eighteen-year-old skater Jake McDonald helped design the Nyora and Loch skate parks and believes he, along with other interested kids, can create a design worth banking on. Jake hasn’t suggested

any outrageous plans, but would like to see a steeper drop inside the bowl, allowing for more speed, as well as grind bars and fun boxes to allow skaters to perform a greater array of tricks. “The bowl we have here is pretty outdated. The design of skate parks have changed a lot in terms of safety and catering for different skills,” he said. “We’re not looking to change the whole thing. Some small changes would make it much better.” Safety has been an issue for the skaters, with the rough surface of the bowl causing many more grazes and cuts than normally associated with the sport. The skaters have also found that scooters and BMX are coming back into popularity. “There’s been a resurgence of bike riding and scooting, so the bowl needs to provide for these types as well,” Josh said. Aware of the finance required to fund their plans, the guys have started brainstorming ideas. “We could contact

Park fix: Jake McDonald, Sam Bracken and Josh Bracken are hoping to see an improvement to the town’s skate park.

Wonthaggi or Inverloch to see if we could hold a competition there to raise some money,” Jake said. “We’re happy to do it. We know we might have to raise dollar for dollar to get a state grant.” Marg Tattersall, whose children were part of the driving force to get the bowl built in 1990, said the committee needed to raise $12,500 to get the initial project of the ground. Mrs Tattersall hopes the skaters of today’s generation are willing to work to continue her children’s successes. “It wasn’t an easy thing to get going. We held market stalls, raffles and all those sorts of things,” she said. “It wasn’t a gift from God and it certainly didn’t happen overnight.”

Lyric’s fitting finale Festive hurrah: Leongatha Lyric Theatre staged its last Christmas show for 2011 with a fitting finale at Dumbalk Hall on Friday night. Pictured on the final night are, from right, MC extraordinaire and anchorman Terry Lay, with Rhonda Melhuish and Tim Gesell (obscured), Lindy Waldron, Ivan Koetsveld, director Greta Rendell and Brad Beach. More pictures on page 58.

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Feeding the hordes with pride By Tessa Hayward WOMEN like Fran Backman do not come around very often.

Perfect job: Fran Backman loves her job as food technology assistant at Mary MacKillop College as it suits her perfectly.

Mayor’s message Cr Veronica Dowman The façade of the new Cowes supermarket is a good example of how a developer can contribute to a streetscape through the use of good design that incorporates public art. Councillors recently discussed the qualities of this artwork at a council meeting and congratulated the architect for a design that gives back to the local environment and shoppers. Bass Coast is fortunate to have several public art pieces that are well sited, have artistic appeal and enhance the experience of a place for all. Council allocates a lump sum each year to public art along with a percentage contribution from capital works projects. We are also fortunate to have a Public Art Reference Committee, whose members provide aesthetic advice and recommendations for public art projects. An example of a council project that incorporates public art is the new Wonthaggi Centennial Centre, which opens in December. The building will feature a sculpture that brings an artist’s view of our mining heritage. This artwork will be an attractive part of the overall centre design and will interest the local community and anyone who visits. Council is distributing a new brochure, Public Art in Bass Coast, a guide for Developers, to local planners and people in the building industry, to explain our approach to public art and development. Council recommends that developers make a contribution to public art on developments over $1 million. The brochure also explains that council planners will work with developers to either include art in their development or support public art in Bass Coast with a financial contribution. Bass Coast is proud to support public art, and this supermarket in Cowes shows us that well planned and executed public art work is an investment in good design and in our community. Cr Veronica Dowman, Mayor

Not only is she dedicated to her job as food technology assistant at Mary MacKillop College in Leongatha, she also runs the canteen and is loved by the school community. Since starting at Mary MacKillop in May 1999 when her family stopped share farming, Mrs Backman has experienced funny stories and a life changing experience, joining a school contingent to go to Rome for the canonisation of Mary MacKillop. “Everywhere I looked there was something fabulous. It was brilliant, the most amazing thing I have ever been to,” she said. Another teacher, Mary Barrance nominated Mrs Backman for the trip. A panel discussed all the nominees and chose the best representatives. “It was a life changing experi-

ence. Everyone should travel, as it is so great,” she said. Mrs Backman has also witnessed numerous funny stories during her 12 years at the school. “There have been many humorous stories of students having trouble lighting the gas ovens in the food room,” she laughed. Mrs Backman enjoys watching the students grow up and see them develop their skills and grow into adults. Working in the canteen every day, Mrs Backman is helped by parent volunteers and student helpers. A group of Year 11 girls has helped Mrs Backman this year when the canteen was extremely busy. Mrs Backman is a stickler for manners and has been known to close the canteen when students have been too rude. On the other hand, some can be very polite but have no money to spend. “I had a boy come to me once

and ask for a slushie. Unfortunately he had no money but he was so nice and polite that I gave him one anyway,” she said. Mrs Backman has loved her time at Mary MacKillop and has no plans to finish up just yet. A few special moments have occurred for Mrs Backman on the Year 12s last days of school over the past few years. “One year the Year 12s wrote on my car ‘Goodbye Mrs Backman’ and in 2009 all the Year 12s gave me an apron with all their signatures on it,” she said. “They were nice little sentiments and were lovely to get, however I did not expect to get them.” Very modest, Mrs Backman does not see what is so special about her and why the school community loves her. The school community’s answer was that she is an amazing woman, a hard worker and dedicated to everything she does.

Volunteers act to save pool By Isaac McCallum THE Mirboo North Swimming Pool Committee has decided to take matters into their own hands in anticipating council’s aquatic strategy. The group is proposing to develop a master plan of their own for their much beloved pool. With a $5000 commitment from the Mirboo North and District Bendigo Community Bank, the committee has asked council for a $10,000 to help with future repairs. Spokesperson Judy Potter said it was important for the committee to ride the wave of interested created by the aquatic strategy, which saw around 500 people pack the Mirboo North hall for a public meeting. “We had around 30 people at a working bee last week, including a few teenagers.

They all gave up their Sunday to help clean around the pool site,” she said. Community bank employee Geoff Williamson added: “Our hope is by representing the community we can show council that we can put our money where our mouth is. “We’re willing to take responsibility, not just in recognising costs but helping achieve our goal.” But mayor Cr Warren Raabe raised concerns over pre-empting council’s strategy. “I’m a bit nervous about the timing of this at this stage,” he said. “We’ll be deciding upon the aquatic strategy in December, so I don’t think it will do you any harm in waiting for a couple of months. “If we have another look at the February meeting, we can see the summer figures and decide from there.”

Any help? Geoff Williamson, Mary Baker, Judy Potter and Karen Anton are looking for council support for the Mirboo North pool.

Top job: from left, champion Pia Westaway, Kelsey Page (Newborough PS) highest word score, runner-up Yasmin Bohn and third place-getter Melissa Vanin.

Pia wins Scrabble title

FOSTER Primary School recently hosted 34 word savvy students for the Gippsland Primary Schools Scrabble Championships.

Foster Primary Grade 5 student Pia Westaway came out as champion, while her school mates Yasmin Bohn and Melissa Vanin were placed second and third. The schools represented were Bona Vista, Newborough, Tarwin Valley, Toora, Wonthaggi North, Foster and Yarragon primary schools. The children were divided into two sections, and all played three games of Scrabble, and it was good to see the enthusiasm displayed by all participants. The event was not only an opportunity for improving numeracy and literary skills, but also a wonderful social experience with new friendships forming quickly across the Scrabble boards.

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Lifeline for business group By Tony Giles L E O N G AT H A Chamber of Commerce and Industry filled the positions of secretary and treasurer at its regular meeting at the Leongatha RSL Club last Tuesday night.

Saved: Leongatha business-owners Sandra Fleming (left) and Kathy Smith will jointly share the roles of treasurer and secretary of the chamber.

Tourist boost granted By Isaac McCallum CORNER Inlet’s million dollar project was approved by South Gippsland Shire Council at last Wednesday’s council meeting. Council voted unanimously to support the Corner Inlet Tourism Development Project, allocating funds of around $1.52.1 million to assist in securing identified grant opportunities. The four projects are: restoring Port Welshpool’s Long Jetty, the Great Southern Rail Trail extension from Foster to Welshpool, a feasibility study of the Port Welshpool Marina development and the dredging of the Toora Channel. The Long Jetty has been a subject of discussion within council and the greater community for a long time, with Cr Mohya Davies believing it has held back the area’s tourism prospects. “I’ve been frustrated in the past by

Tourism Victoria’s campaigns on the Grampians and Great Ocean Road. This might be our chance to get something,” she said. “We’re all aware on this area’s dependence on Wilsons Promontory, but this proposal, if successful, will reduce that dependency. “The eastern end of the shire has struggled to hold on to people in the past, but this will certainly be key factor in changing that.” The plan is expected to create quite a multiplier effect, with council believing it would receive plenty in return for its dollar input. “This is going to be a huge boost for the economies of the surrounding districts,” Cr Kieran Kennedy said. “The people of the Corner Inlet area will no doubt be rejoicing.” Cr Jeanette Harding was absent from the meeting, but her efforts were acknowledged by other councillors.

Burglars strike twice ROBBERS stole nearly $30,000 worth of property during two burglaries in the past week. Detectives are investigating the theft of $28,000 worth of goods, including electrical

equipment and tools, from a house at Poowong North. Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit officers are seeking information about the burglary at a Drouin Road home. Overnight on Saturday, a television and batteries

for a cordless drill were stolen from the back of a house in Leongatha. The goods, valued at $1400, were taken from an entertainment area at the Ogilvy Street address. Korumburra and Leongatha police are investigating.

Sandra Fleming and Kathy Smith have saved the business lobby group, and will jointly share the roles. Sandra is the proprietor of hairdressing business Hair Bairs while Kathy, along with her family, runs Kelvin Johns Retravision and Kelvins Bedding. Ms Smith was encouraged by her daughter Emma to take on the role while Ms Fleming said she was too passionate about Leongatha to let the business group fold. Last Tuesday’s meeting was seen as a last ditch effort to save the chamber, which may have folded without someone to fill the positions. Both women said they were excited about sharing the roles and had a number of promotional ideas for the town. “It was great to see

we had a really good turnout at last Tuesday’s meeting - the most we’ve had for a while,” Ms Fleming said. “We must remain positive as a town and push our strengths.” Chamber president Darryl McGannon was delighted that the positions were filled. “It is vital we have a functioning business group for Leongatha,” he said. “It’s great to have Sandra and Kathy on board. They will assist with our various promotions throughout the year. It certainly brings a bit of life back to our group. “And it’s not just running promotions. We have to liaise with the shire on a lot of matters throughout the year and other things that crop up.” Mr McGannon said the chamber is not about what’s good for individual businesses, but what’s good for the town as a whole – a fact he believes not everyone always grasps. He thanked former secretary/treasurer Barbara Carpenter for helping at last Tuesday’s meeting and for her work over the last few years.

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New Lion joins the pack THE Leongatha Lions Club has inducted Don Barrett as their newest member at a recent meeting.

Caring bunch: from left, Jason Harris (Stockdale and Leggo), Tracey Gibson (Uniting Care Gippsland), Col Byatt (Leongatha Rural Supplies), Mel Pressnell (AW Smith and Sons), Wendy McEachern (Uniting Care Gippsland) and Phillip Morton (Leongatha Rotary).

President Allister Dowling inducted him, and all members warmly welcomed him into the club. Don has been a charter member of Healesville Apex and a member of Trafalgar Apex so he is well used to the community work the Lions clubs carry out. He has already been busy helping out as a marshall at the Outtrim Motocross, and with the setting up and dismantling for the Rose Show. The club welcomes Don and hope he has an enjoyable time as a Lion.

The club recently took a bus down to the museum to see the Tutankhamen exhibition. After a leisurely morning stroll around Southbank, Lions took the tram to the museum, then back to a pub in Cranbourne for dinner. They all had a great day and although they are coming into the busiest time, still managed to enjoy themselves. Their Christmas party this year is on December 14, and they would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very safe and happy Christmas. Don’t forget to pick up your Lions Christmas cake available in many shops around Leongatha now.

Lending a helping hand LEONGATHA businesses are doing their bit to help the less fortunate. Stockdale and Leggo, Leongatha Rural Supplies and AW Smith and Sons are all hosting a tree under which gifts for strug-

gling families with children can go. Uniting Care Gippsland is calling for the generosity of the community to place a toy or gift underneath one of these trees to make sure every child can have a gift this Christmas.

It is best to give before December 12 so that gifts can be collected and distributed in time for the big day. Nothing is too small for under the tree, as every gift can put a smile on a child’s face on Christmas morning.

Leongatha hosts street party LIVE music, performers, dancing and an art display will all be part of the celebrations at a colourful Street Party to be held in Smith Street, Leongatha this Friday, December 2

to mark International Day of People with Disability. As well, Yooralla First Base catering team will supply a fabulous free barbecue for everyone at the event which will be held outside council’s offices from 11am until 2.00pm.

“The theme of the day is ‘capability not disability’ and anyone who has attended in previous years will attest to this creed,” says South Gippsland Shire Council’s Rural Access Officer Alisha McDonald. “It is such a positive occasion, showcasing the talents and

contributions made by people of all abilities, and the benefit and richness that this diversity brings to our community.” So finish your shopping, turn off your computer and come on out for some infectious fun in the sun!

We’re roaring: membership Chairman Geoff Robb (right) hands Don Barrett his certificate of membership at his recent induction.

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Korumburra to advance By Isaac McCallum KORUMBURRA’S updated town structure plan has been given the green light by South Gippsland Shire Council. Council will request that Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy authorise the preparation of a planning scheme amendment to implement the update version, which was turned down in 2010. Areas for improvement in the town included in the report include improving the retail on offer, the function and appearance of the town centre, responding to traffic management problems and the redevelopment of the former Korumburra saleyards site. A major sticking point of councillors’ discussion at last week’s meeting surrounded the saleyards, and whether or not a retail outlet would suit the site. The idea has been knocked back, with the State Government preferring instead to have a large shopping centre built in town.

Cr Jennie Deane agreed with the idea that a shopping centre should be in the town’s main strip. “There is evidence to prove that a retail centre should be in town,” she said. “We want to see a vibrant centre. It’s important to increase the town’s density more so than the length.” A traffic study for the Korumburra Town Centre will be needed to inform the large retail investigation work. VicRoads has confirmed support and has contributed some funding to the project to allow a comprehensive review of the traffic movements and controls. Cr Bob Newton raised concerns about dogleg at the top of Commercial Street becoming an increased hazard for traffic. “It’s going to create chaos if a shopping centre was there,” Cr Newton said. He was supported by Cr David Lewis: “A supermarket in the main street is not economically feasible. It brings extra costs into the equation.” But despite the heated discussion about the issue, councillors unanimously voted to adopt the structure plan.

Five down: Leongatha business-woman Shirleyanne Wright wants to know where the five carparks are going to be replaced.

Parking pain

Continued from page 1. “As far as I know there have been no accidents or concerns for any cars that use this area and the five parks that we’ve lost.” Mrs Wright would like to see the places reinstated in time for the busy rush period. South Gippsland Shire Council’s local laws co-ordinator Ian Nicholas said the car-parks had not been lost as they were not parking spaces to begin with. “There have never been parking bays there. People have been parking illegally there,” Mr Nicholas said. “Our engineering department advised us that those shouldn’t be designated parks for reasons of maneuverability. “We said to engineering that the only way to enforce it was to put ‘no parking’ signs up so that is what was done.” When The Star put it to Mrs Wright that there were never car-parks in that area, she said “that’s absolute garbage”. “I have been parking in that area for 12 years and there’s always been parking there. You can still faintly see the paint marks on the parking bays; they just haven’t gone over it,” she said. “If people entering the car-park can’t see someone backing out of those places, they shouldn’t be driving. The situation in the Safeway and IGA carparks is a lot more congested.” Two roads enter the railway parking area from McCartin/Roughead streets and one could be an entry point and the other an exit if necessary, Mrs Wright said. A number of other traders rang The Star last week to express similar concerns. Mrs Wright believed council should put more thought into a strategy to not only retain all day parking spaces, but to improve on it. A motion was moved by the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry to write a “please explain” letter about the decision. Another area of concern to Leongatha

businesses is the car-park at the back of Colliers Carpets, bordering Young Street. Brian Collier, proprietor of Colliers Carpets, said he was concerned that regular bus trips cause some 20-30 car spaces to be lost each month, with those taking the coach trip parking in the all day areas. “Why can’t the bus pick up from the recreation reserve? If those taking the trip need to drive to the coach anyway, they may as well park at the rec. where there’s plenty of room,” he said. “On days when these trips take place you cannot get a park here, and there are cars everywhere. “A lot of these places are not just for workers but local shoppers use these spaces also. “The shire needs to get pro-active and start looking after us. The retailers are having a struggle and don’t need this coming into Christmas, generally our busiest time.” The Star rang Wayne Harley of Harley’s Bus Lines in Korumburra and he said he was acting on instructions from the groups concerned, believed to be the Woorayl and Leongatha Probus clubs. “When I do trips, about six a year, for the Leongatha Horticultural Society we leave from the Leongatha Recreation Reserve,” Mr Harley said. “We do some of our own private trips out of Leongatha and have an arrangement to use the Masonic Hall carpark.” Mr Harley said there was no reason he couldn’t use the recreation reserve for the Probus clubs, but that was really an issue for them to discuss. Phil Carter from the Leongatha Probus Club told The Star he would discuss the situation with members at their next meeting. “It is really up to the members to decide where it is most convenient to pick up. I know of a few that don’t own cars, who walk to the bus in Young Street. We don’t have that many excursions in a year,” he said.

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Vandals attack cars VANDALS damaged 17 vehicles at a Leongatha car dealership between Friday night and Saturday morning. Side mirrors were kicked off the new and used vehicles at Knights Toyota in Hughes Street, causing up to $8000 damage. Staff got to work Saturday morning and discovered the vandalism. “It was not a good way to start the morning,” staff member Ian Mackay said. Police are now investigating surveillance videos to try and identify the culprits. “Our spare parts staff have ordered replacement mirrors, but we are not sure when they are coming in. Even when they do, it will take us a lengthy amount of time to fit them all,” Mr Mackay said. Anyone with information about the vandalism can contact Leongatha Police on 5662 2285.

Damaged vehicles: Knights Toyota’s Ian Mackay was outraged by the larrikins who kicked off the side mirrors of 17 vehicles.

Smashed mirrors: vandals smashed the side mirror and bent the aerial on this ute, much to the anger of Knights Toyota Leongatha’s Ian Mackay.

POLICE BRIEFS Drink drivers shock POLICE are alarmed at the number of people drink driving on the region’s roads, especially in the lead-up to the Christmas-New Year party season. Bass Coast Highway Patrol officers charged four people with drink driving offences over the past week, with one driver caught behind the wheel with a blood alcohol reading of more than three times the legal limit. Sergeant Jim Baum could not believe that drivers continue to risk their own lives and those of others by driving under the influence of alcohol. “I do not know why people are still running with it, with all the messages out there. It’s just astounding. Until these people are affected by it or see what the emergency service people see, they just do not get the message,” he said. Sgt Baum said many of the drivers charged recently were surprised their alcohol readings were so high after stopping drinking the previous night. “This would suggest that people are having some pretty big nights. It’s certainly not worth the risk, especially when one of them had a child in the car,” he said. At 11.30am Sunday, a man blew 0.105 at Tarwin Lower. He received a $519 fine and his licence was cancelled for 10 months, effective immediately. In Leongatha at 9.30am, a 45-year-old man was caught drink driving at a random breath testing station outside the police station, on South Gippsland Highway. He blew 0.158. A 46-year-old Leongatha man blew 0.073 at 8.30am in Leongatha. He was fined $366 and lost his licence for six months. A 58-year-old Rhyll man lost his licence for six months after blowing 0.078 at 6.30pm on Friday. The charges were laid as part of Operation RAID (Remove All Impaired Drivers). Police are setting up random breath testing stations across the region at all hours of the day in a bid to catch drink drivers. More than 5000 people have been tested so far and nine drivers have been found with blood alcohol readings of 0.05 or above. The operation will continue across South Gippsland and Bass Coast until into January. “With the Christmas period coming up, people need to start thinking about making arrangements to get a taxi or designated driver,” Sgt Baum said. “Enjoy yourself, but you need to get a ride home to ensure the safety of yourself and other road users.”

Car impounded A DROUIN man lost his car for 30 days after he was caught speeding and drink driving in Inverloch on Tuesday night. Police allege that the driver was travelling at 167km/h in a 100km/h section of Venus Bay Road around 7.30pm. The driver also returned an evidential breath test reading of 0.052 and his Ford Falcon sedan was impounded immediately. The 23-year-old man is expected to be charged on summons with traffic related offences at a later date.

Cars roll TWO cars rolled after an accident on the Inverloch-Venus Bay Road near Tarwin Lower at 4.30pm Tuesday, November 22. Both drivers were trapped; one male in his 50s and one female in her mid 60s. They were both airlifted to the Alfred Hospital with possible chest injuries, but in stable conditions. The accident is still under investigation, and any witnesses should contact Wonthaggi police on 5672 1222.

Schoolies praised FOSTER Police have congratulated schoolleavers holidaying around the Prom Coast for their good behaviour. Schoolies at Tidal River and Waratah Bay were celebrating without interrupting other holiday-makers, Leading Senior Constable Tim Smith said.

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New hospital the focus By Jacob de Kunder 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. “This year has been a busy one and we’re now up to the difficult tender process with the Leongatha hospital,” he said. “It’s going to be just as busy, if not more so next year as well. “A big thanks to the architect Michael Vincent for the hard work he has done and the amount of time he has spent in Leongatha consulting with staff.” Mr Harvey said construction of the hospital may be an inconvenience in the short-term but will be well worth the wait.

“I am sure the expected outcome will more than compensate for the short-term inconvenience to patients, staff and other users,” he said. CEO Gary Templeton took those in attendance on a virtual tour of the new hospital, showing architectural plans. The fly-through tour showed all of the hospital’s outside features and explored the interior. New features of the hospital include a 350 square metre emergency area and 1200 square metre theatre area. The ward will house 27 beds, two of which are doubles and each room in the ward will have a view. “In each room there will be a TV and entertainment options, some kind of view and an area for nurses,” Mr Templeton said. These stations include a sink and soap for sanitation purposes, as well as a small supply of medical equipment including a lockable drawer for medicine.

“This new facility should last us longer than 50 years,” Mr Templeton said. Financially GSHS is continuing soundly, with a good performance in 2010-11. The organisation achieved a net surplus before capital and specific items of $1.37 million. Also at the AGM, Ron Stanley and Les Eastman were recognised for their hard work and commitment to the board of management. Mr Stanley was on the board from 2000 through to this year and held the position of treasurer since 2002. He was thanked by CEO Gary Templeton and president David Harvey on behalf of the health service. Mr Eastman joined the board after fighting to save the Korumburra Hospital from closure in the late ’90s. He was thanked by Gary Templeton and senior vice president Mark Holmes.

Long service: CEO Gary Templeton and president, David Harvey thanked Ron Stanley for his effort.

Landcare funding boost A GRANT of $11,000 has been awarded to the Bass Coast Landcare Network to invest in a sustainable agriculture project.

Strong voice: Les Eastman (centre) was thanked for his commitment to the health service by CEO Gary Templeton and senior vice president Mark Holmes.

This grant is one of 17 awarded across the country as part of a round that provided $150,000 of funding to help farming groups develop or implement sustainable farming practices. Bass Coast Landcare Network will put the funding towards a project that will identify the impact of climate change on farming management practices and identify areas where changes can be made through training and trials. Kellie Nichols of the Bass Coast Landcare Network believed the funding would

help the organisation support farmers in adopting technology or practices that would ultimately improve the carbon footprint of their operations. “This grant will help greatly with the passing on of knowledge and training to local farmers, so they can learn more about ways of reducing farm greenhouse emissions from real life case studies in their locality,” she said. The grant was made available as part of the Woolworths Fresh Food Future program, run in conjunction with Landcare Australia. Further information about the Woolworths Fresh Food Future program and the other recently funded projects can be found on

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CONGRATULATIONS to Monique Collins of Tarwin Lower on winning the ďŹ rst Australian best lamington competition at the Yarram Agricultural Show last week. LEONGATHA Red Cross is looking for new members and is holding a twilight meeting at 6pm on Wednesday, November 30 at the Leongatha RSL (upstairs). They would welcome any potential new members who would like to attend. HAPPY birthday to Murray Fleming, who reigned in his 21st birthday with

a surprise celebration at Bairs Hotel in Leongatha on Friday night. Murray celebrated the event with around 40 friends. The surprise was heightened due to the fact that Murray’s birthday was a month ago, October 28! INVERLOCH Primary School is celebrating the ofďŹ cial opening of its new buildings, and its 125th anniversary on December 14. If you have any history of the school, school leaders would love to borrow it to have on display on the

day. If you know of anyone no longer connected to the school who might like to come, please let them know. Contact the school on 5674 1253 if so. CONGRATULATIONS to the 42 Leongatha Secondary College Students who entered this year’s Australian Mathematics Competition. This year two students achieved distinctions – Jake Bayer (Year 10) and Gemma Martin (Year 7). Jake scored in the top 11 per cent of students across the state and he

Long time members: from left, Carol Cashin, Evelyn Harris, Jill Price, Lorraine Smith, president Tania Frank and Jacquie Rock.

receives the school’s perpetual shield. Gemma wasn’t far behind, as she was in the top 13 per cent of students. The rest of the team acquired 13 credits, eight proďŹ ciencies and 19 participation certiďŹ cates. THE results of the Woorayl Lodge Christmas Rafe are in. Karen McKenzie was won ďŹ rst prize and second was Isabel Benson. Congratulations ladies. IF you have something to go into Column 7 please email your photos or article to jacob@thestar.

ON November 17, 1986 the Pound Creek CFA Ladies Auxiliary was formed. The original committee members were Lorraine Smith, Jill Price, Carol Cashin, Evelyn Harris, Audrey Fraser and Jackie Rock. These ladies were the driving force in raising funds to assist in the building of the new ďŹ re station at its present location. Lorraine Smith and Jill Price were president and secretary/treasurer for 24 years, retiring from ofďŹ ce last year to enjoy a well earned rest. On November 17, the current ladies auxiliary celebrated with a dinner at Manna Gum restaurant in Inverloch. During the evening, Pound Creek ďŹ re captain Peter Vanzuyden presented the original committee members with long service certiďŹ cates followed by owers from president Tania Frank.

Winner drawn: to celebrate 25 years of Leongatha’s Mushroom Crafts, all customers went in a draw to win $250 to spend in store. Marg Tattersall drew the winner’s name on November 20 and the lucky winner was Mitchell Francis of Mirboo North. He didn’t think he had a chance to win and was surprised when he got the call. Mitchell will spend the money on stretchers and piercings.

Surprise, surprise: Rhys Fisher got more than he bargained for when he bought a bottle of Jim Beam at Michael’s IGA Highway Liquor in Leongatha on Saturday night. He meet the girls from the Jim Beam Party Crew, who visited the store.

Mayor seeks second term SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Warren Raabe will again nominate for the role when mayoral elections are held tomorrow (Wednesday). Cr Raabe told The Star he enjoyed his ďŹ rst term as mayor and would be offering his services again. He was not sure if any other councillors would nominate.





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Annual event: the Commando Association has conducted a memorial service at the cairn in November of each year since 1964 and this year marks the 70th Anniversary of the formation of the Commandos.

New honour roll at Tidal River FORMER and current serving members of Australia’s elite Commando Regiments, friends and family gathered on Sunday, November 20 to remember over 600 fallen mates at the unveiling of the new Honour Roll at the Commando Memorial Cairn at Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory.

Liberal Member for Eastern Victoria, Philip Davis, son of one of the originals of the 1st Independent Commando Company, represented the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Hugh Delahunty, officially unveiling the Honour Roll on the cairn which lists the names of Commandos who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service during World War II and in more recent conflicts, including nine Australian Commandos who have died in Afghanistan since 2002. The Commando Association has conducted a memorial service at the cairn in November of each year since 1964 and this year marks the 70th Anniversary of the formation of the Commandos, which was the foundation for today’s Special Forces. “The isolated and rugged terrain of Wilson’s Promontory was considered to be ideally suited for training troops who might fight anywhere from the Libyan deserts to the jungles of New Guinea, and since 1941, when the first of the men who volunteered for Australia’s new elite Commando Units were brought to Tidal River for special training, this area has become sacred ground for the Commandos,” Mr Davis said. “The Honour Roll serves as a dedication to those fallen mates who lost their lives often in horrendous circumstances. From the islands of the South West Pacific in WWII to the deserts of the Middle

East today, many Commandos operated within isolated small units or on their own against an unknown enemy,” he said. Mr Davis said some named on the roll failed to return from service with their resting place still unknown and the roll also pays tribute to those who lost their lives on home soil during the difficult training regime to become an elite Australian Commando. “By honouring them, here at Tidal River, we are not only continuing the long standing traditions of Australia’s elite Commando Units, we’re providing all Australians with the opportunity to remember these unsung heroes. “Members of the Australian Defence Forces, whether as conscripts or regulars, serving on the front lines or in support roles, our servicemen and women carried and continue to carry out their duties courageously in extremely difficult conditions and under tremendous strain,” Mr Davis said. Mr Davis said that’s why the Victorian Government is proud to have contributed from the Restoring War Memorials Community Grants Program towards the project. “The program provides essential funds to help maintain, upgrade or develop new memorials, cenotaphs and avenues of honour,” Mr Davis said. “It reflects our overall commitment to work with key ex-service organisations like the 1st Commando Regiment Association,/ local government and community groups to ensure the sacrifice of our veterans is never forgotten. “Working together we can ensure the legacy of our veterans is honoured, remembered and passed on to a whole new generation,” he said.

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Need hard rubbish collection

E D I T O R I A L Parking solutions needed now IF ANY TIME there is a test of a town’s parking capacity, then it is the lead-up to Christmas. Shoppers ock into major towns on a scale typically unseen throughout the year in the chase for presents and goodies for the Christmas dinner table. Parking inspectors from South Gippsland and Bass Coast shire councils will no doubt be even more vigilant over the next month in a bid to ensure shoppers do not exceed parking limits. That action, while welcomed in a bid to make towns more attractive to shoppers, can only go so far. Ultimately the supply of car-parking spaces will determine whether people can ďŹ nd a park close by or are forced to walk some distance. That factor alone – especially among frail or disabled people – can dissuade people from shopping in a town, especially if they have another shopping option nearby. South Gippsland and Bass Coast shire council ofďŹ cers have available to them the opportunity to talk to retailers about speciďŹ c problems in their towns. Retailers work hard to increase the variety and quality of goods they offer, and that is a drawcard for shoppers to any town, especially in Leongatha which has a reputation for a boutique shopping experience. Nothing, however, turns people away quicker than being faced with the prospect of driving around the streets looking for a car-park, dodging trafďŹ c with children screaming in the back during what is already a stressful time of year. The revelation that ďŹ ve parking spaces have been removed in Leongatha is a concern and a reason for council, retailers and the broader public to talk about the issue with the view to action.

It has been a few years since I spoke to the late Bert Van Bedaf about the lack of this service by the Shire of South Gippsland. Bert did an excellent article and many rate payers commented. For the past few months I have driven through the shires of Casey, Cardinia, and Bass Coast all of which had hard rubbish collection, allowing the residents placing their unwanted goods on the curbs. I suggest that we organise a petition with the shire’s rate payers to once again press on our shire the need for such a service. The shire did not respond to our initial request except commenting that it was a hazard!! How are single people, pensioners, people without trailers etc, able to clean up their homes and gardens without such a service? If it was to become a regular service i.e. 5 yearly it should not be a problem? Would you kindly consider promoting a petition to once again bring this to the attention of the public and the shire? Anna de Bondt, Leongatha.

Saleyards solution?

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In reading The Star news, for Radio 80s 87.6 fm, I have become very interested in the need for a children’s hub to house all of the necessary fa-

cilities together to provide for the welfare of our children. My suggestion is that maybe the Rossi group could build a purpose built children’s hub on the saleyard site in co-operation with the South Gippsland Shire Council. This would enable the site to be cleaned up, the council to provide all the necessary services for children in one spot. In return, the Rossi group could still rent the ofďŹ ces and building to the groups involved or sell parts of the building to the groups involved. As once it is built, it will be an investment not only in our children’s future but also for all parties concerned. If the South Gippsland Shire Council were to purchase land to build a children’s hub there the cost could be more than the government funding for the project. Additionally if they purchase property with existing infrastructure, they would then be up for the costing of the necessary renovations to house the children’s hub. This idea could bring together all the parties involved and help them all reach solutions to their problems. For the Rossi Group it would also enable them to put back into the community and ďŹ nally provide a much more attractive entry point to Korumburra, especially with the signage reading ‘Have you thought of living in Korumburra’ currently situated in front of the eyesore which

greets all visitors to our lovely town. Wouldn’t it be great if the solution could be this easy? Sindy Van Eede, Korumburra.

Dairy Australia levy poll It is extremely disappointing to read the negative comments by various critics of Dairy Australia (DA). Contrary to some views the Poll is not rigged – The options were decided by an independent industry panel; not Dairy Australia. At a recent Australian Dairyfarmers Board meeting that I attended there was unanimous support for the options being no levy (mandated by Govt.), a 10% and 15% increase. DA is not sustainable with the current levy to address the many challenges before it now and in the next 5 years. The last rise was in 1997 whilst CPI has risen 36% in that time. DA recommended ‘no change’ in 2007 at the last poll based on the drought and ďŹ nan-

cial conditions on farms at that time. The status quo is not an option for a strong DA and a vibrant dairy industry. A 10% rise will only maintain the status quo. Since the mid 80’s and the advent of the Kieran Plan, the industry has grown from 5.8 million litres pa to 9+m litres this year with a decade of drought in the mix. DA and its predecessor DRDC, played a signiďŹ cant role in the research and extension that enabled this to happen, not to mention the signiďŹ cant improvement environmental stewardship and animal welfare. The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) of which DA is a part is the envy of farmers internationally. The Australian dairy industry needs a viable, properly funded R&D body to support this most vibrant of Australian agricultural pursuits. My vote will be for 15% and it will cost me more than most. Max Jelbart, Leongatha South

VOXPOP! VOX What have you got planned now you have ďŹ nished Year 12? Fine frocks: Diane Paragreen ofďŹ cially opens the collection, anked by exhibits.

Theatre magic in Meeniyan TEATRO Magico, the exhibition of costumes from some of Gippsland’s performing arts organisations, was ofďŹ cially opened on Sunday. WE celebrated our Year 12 formal on Friday, November 18 and now I’m going to Schoolies on Surfer’s Paradise. Hannah West, Leongatha Secondary College

I PLAN on moving away and starting university, but for now I’m celebrating by going to the Gold Coast for Schoolies. Alex Turner, Newhaven College


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I AM going to relax, catch up with all my friends and work lots. I am also going to the Philippines in December. Emalie Gordon, Mary MacKillop College

I WILL hopefully get into university at Monash Clayton, but for now I am just working and having a bit of fun. Sam Synan, Mary MacKillop College

Diane Paragreen, life member of FAMDA (Foster Amateur Music and Drama Association), performed the honour at the Meeniyan Art Gallery. The exhibition was put together by gallery manager Sacha Lamont and displays stunning costumes from the

wardrobes of Leongatha Lyric Theatre, FAMDA, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group and the Susan Green School of Dance. Visitors to the gallery will see costumes worn in The Producers, Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat, and Into The Woods, together with design sketches for costumes, photographs, and historical backgrounds of the companies. The exhibition is open until December 22 from 10am to 4pm on weekdays and 11am to 5pm on weekends (closed Tuesdays).


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“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - PAGE 13

New chief tours stations

NEWLY appointed Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay hasn’t wasted any time checking out local stations with a tour

last week of Lakes Entrance, Sale, Yarram, Foster, Wonthaggi, Cowes and San Remo stations. Talking to the Star on Thursday at the San

Remo Police Station Mr Lay said he has enjoyed touching base with officers in the Gippsland region. Mr Lay said he spent many years working in Gippsland and makes

Mayor’s message Cr Warren Raabe

LAST week we had the pleasurable duty of approving $186,650 worth of community grants in the first round for the current financial year, covering General Grants, Major Events, Major projects, Planning Development Studies and Celebrations, Festivals and Events. Sixty nine applications were received, representing a concerted effort from dedicated volunteers from all parts of the Shire. A presentation night will be held on 7 December for the successful applicants, and unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to reapply for the second round of grants which close on 29 February… a successful application may simply be dependent on more supporting information. Council last week voted to allocate funds for the Corner Inlet Tourism Development Project, and took the opportunity to explain its vision at the public meeting on Monday night hosted by Regional Development Victoria to update the community on the Long Jetty Control Group’s progress. Deputy Premier and local member, the Hon Peter Ryan, attended and was extremely encouraging of Council’s commitment to the development of Corner Inlet. The project will also be discussed, among other items, at a Community Meeting at Toora this Wednesday night. A vacancy has a risen on Council’s Audit Committee and suitably qualified community members are invited to apply. You would have several years of ex-

perience at senior level in one or several of the following - business, corporate governance, risk management, financial management/reporting, and be conversant with financial and other reporting requirements. The Committee meets quarterly to monitor Council’s performance and adherence to good governance practices. Details can be found in the Council Noticeboard ad in this paper. Congratulations to South Gippsland Landcare members for capturing the prestigious award for best Landcare Network in the state, and to Belinda Brennan who was named the State’s Landcare Coordinator of the Year. One only needs to drive around our hills and valleys to see evidence of the commitment and hard work of over 700 South Gippsland member families: hillsides, pastures and streams recovering, weeds under control and vast tracts of revegetation and corridors for wild life. Wind the window down and the cacophony of birdsong is guaranteed to lift your spirits! Their success has been anchored in strong community spirit and support, with communal plantings, shared knowledge, experience and friendship. Well done! This is the last week of my term as Mayor, with Mayoral elections to be held next week. I’d like to thank my fellow Councillors, the CEO and staff for their outstanding support during my term. It has been a very rewarding experience, a steep learning curve and a wonderful opportunity to meet so many South Gippslanders who care about our communities. I thank you all. Cr Warren Raabe Mayor

regular trips back to visit his father in Korumburra and has his sights set on retiring to Inverloch one day. “Touring around the country I have been very pleased with the positive approach members have, and the staffing levels are good. Of course we can always improve in this area and there will be three new officers appointed to the Bass Coast in March 2012,” he said. “By November 14 next year we will have 1700 extra officers and we need to look at where they are most needed.” Mr Lay said he is sure police numbers will be increased in South Gippsland and the Bass Coast shires. Asked what he saw as the major problems to tackle in the country and Mr Lay said the increase in assaults in the country and the city were of concern. He said 30 per cent of these assaults occurred in the home and numbers were on the increase. “The fact we have better reporting could be a factor but we want to hold people to account and will not tolerate men assaulting women or children in the home,” Mr Lay said. “We are encouraging people not to accept this and we are getting a greater response. It is hard to get a grasp on the size of the problem, but there needs to be a lot more work done in this area,” he said. Looking at the road toll and the amount of alarming P-plate driver deaths, Mr Lay said they are working hard to see

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very challenging position Mr Lay said, “The positive response from the broader community has been overwhelming and I am really looking forward to the next five years.” Mr Lay addressed a national conference for

local government leaders at the Silverwater Resort on Phillip Island on Friday morning, and talked about the challenges faced by police in uncertain times in the last 12 months.

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A regional partnership with the TAC and the Victorian Government.

SES: the orange army

THE State Emergency Service plays an important role in the all-agency response to traffic accidents.

It is called to the scenes of road accidents along with the police, CFA and ambulances. “The primary role of all SES units is to provide an emergency response to floods, severe storms and earthquakes,” Leongatha unit controller Tony Lindhard said. “At Leongatha we also provide an emergency road accident rescue service, search and rescue functions and we have a number of people trained for high angle and vertical rescue from cliffs and rooftops.” The orange army are all volunteers, but are trained to tackle rescue situations. “We train and have a meeting every Wednesday night and make sure all our members are kept fresh with the procedures,” Mr Lindhard said. At road accidents, the SES is responsible for rescuing victims from vehicles or making the area suitable

for ambulance officers to treat the patient. This can involve removing doors, roofs, windscreens and other parts of the car. “People can be very distressed when we are rescuing them,” Mr Lindhard said. “They don’t want to get hurt by the machines, which they never would, and sometimes they even worry about us wrecking their car, which is inevitable.” The main Leongatha SES response vehicle is Rescue One, an Isuzu truck with custom body fitted out to carry a vast array of tools and equipment. This equipment includes everything from first aid through to the ‘jaws of life’. This is matched with two support/ response vehicles: a Nissan Patrol four-wheel-drive (Leongatha 2) and a Nissan Navarra four-wheel-drive (Leongatha 3) plus equipment trailers. “We also have a mobile lighting unit which we use to supply light at all night time incidents,” Mr Lindhard said. Some of the members have been to

confronting road accident scenes. “I’ve seen some horrible things,” Mr Lindhard said. “But I look at it as a task, do my job, and then once we’re finished we cope with the emotions.” The SES, as a national organisation, has a good program for its members to cope with the psychological stress of road trauma. “We always have a good debrief after an incident,” Mr Lindhard. “And for anyone who wants some extra help after that, we can offer that too.” The Leongatha SES crew is a tight team with three members close to a milestone of 35 years in the service. “We are open for any new members who want to come down and help out though,” Mr Lindhard said. “Not all of us go out and about either; we have associate members who do a lot of hard work at the station here. “Those guys also bring us food and drinks if we have been out at a job for a long time.”

How it’s done: Shane Chadwick demonstrating to other SES volunteers how to safely remove a windscreen.

Breaks save lives DRIVER Reviver sites manned by the SES aim to lower the road toll. The Leongatha team sets up its station on the Friday afternoon of long weekends and goes through to about the same time on Saturday. “We set up across the road from the police station on Anderson Street in the way side stop. It’s the perfect spot,” Leongatha unit controller Tony Lindhard said. “It’s got enough room for people with trailers and caravans to park safely, have a walk around and grab a drink.” The initiative started as Operation Coffee Break more than 25 years ago to battle fatigue in drivers and is still going strong. Tea bags are provided by Bushels, bis-

cuits from Arnott’s and milk from Murray Goulburn. Currently there is no safe spot for the team to set up to attract drivers when they are heading towards Melbourne. “We would like to set up a site somewhere, but safety is paramount,” Mr Lindhard said. “We don’t want to be causing accidents when people are moving, pulling in and out of an unsafe spot though.” When you’re on the road and heading far away, be sure to stop every two hours or swap drivers. The driver reviver sites are perfect for these pit stops and you can have a cuppa and chat with the volunteers while you’re at it.

Safe driving is vital PREMIER Ted Baillieu last week launched the Transport Accident Commission’s Christmas campaign on the steps of Parliament House. He called on Victorian drivers to harness their grief over recent tragic multiple fatalities by committing to safe driving. “The past few weeks of tragedies have further highlighted the importance of making every journey a safe one, especially in the lead-up to Christmas,” Mr Baillieu said. “With several tragic multiple fatality crashes on our minds, now is the time to talk to loved ones about the dangers of risky driving and the importance of road safety. “Holiday periods produce high volumes of traffic on Victoria’s major high-

ways and arterial roads, often involving a change in travel patterns and use of unfamiliar roads. “It’s up to every road user to take responsibility for safety on our roads. I urge you to have a conversation with your family and friends about reducing their risk on the roads, so we can all have a safe holiday period.” Historically, the last 12 days of the year has resulted in the highest number of road fatalities per day. The TAC Signs campaign will support the boost in police activity, warning drivers there will be extra police attention on the roads in the lead-up to the holiday season. The Premier was joined by Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe and TAC senior manager road safety and marketing John Thompson at the launch.

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Victoria Police will be running Operation Summer Stay which includes breathtesting thousands of drivers and patrols on major and minor roads across the state. Police will be backed by the TAC campaign targeting speeding and drink and drug driving and reminding drivers “Don’t Risk It”. “Today marks the start of a busy summer for the TAC, with a number of initiatives being rolled out to keep the road toll down,” Mr Thompson said. “A new drink drive campaign is in production for launch before the peak Christmas party season. The TAC’s big party bus, Vanessa, is also visiting music festivals across the state, social media campaigns are continuing to engage young people, and breath-testing at country races are just some of the other activities rolling out over summer, Mr Thompson said.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - PAGE 15

Fun racers: the Grade 3/4 class from St Josephs Korumburra love their billy carts that they’ve built.

The science of billy carts LEARNING about science and billy cart racing don’t usually go together, but that’s exactly the case at St Josephs Primary School in Korumburra. For this project the Grade 3/4 stu-

dents were split into groups of three and were asked to invite an ‘expert’ along to help with the build. The expert could be anyone from a dad, uncle, older brother, grandfather or the like. Carts were to be made from scratch

out of all recycled materials that the students brought along, such as wheels, handles and parts to make the all important brakes. Teams and their experts have come together once already to build the carts, and will be getting together again to add

the decorations before having a testing day in the next couple of weeks. Teacher Christine Devlin said that it was a great way to get more parents involved with their child’s learning. “It was great to see all the dads, pops and uncles helping out with build-

ing the billy carts,” she said. “This is also a fantastic way for the kids to learn some hands on skills in building and science.” All of the students are very proud of their creations and raring to test them out in the coming weeks.

Superb Sydney shows QANTAS and the team at Jetset Leongatha have some special deals for a short holiday in Sydney.

Flights from Melbourne to Sydney return, a night of accommodation and reserve tickets to a wonderful musical or opera are on offer. Annie the Musical or La Traviata could be the highlight of your trip to the harbour city. These Qantas holiday packages include one night of accommodation but with the help of the Jetset team you can extend this to take in all of the sites Sydney has to offer. You could continue your stay in The Rocks and Circular Quay or the popular Darling Harbour or in the heart of the city itself. There are plenty of wonderful sites to see around Sydney on a short break and with these packages, the show can be the highlight.

The shows which are on offer are stand out productions. Annie the Musical is playing at the Lyric Theatre, Star City in Sydney from January and is set to blow your socks off. The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “It’s a Hard-Knock Life”, “Easy Street”, “N.Y.C.” and the ever-optimistic “Tomorrow”, Annie is one of the most awarded and loved musicals of all time. One of the most well known operas, La Traviata is playing on the Sydney Harbour. For three weeks only beginning in March 2012, one of the greatest operas ever written is presented for the first time on a purpose-built shimmering stage on the waters of Sydney Harbour.

Extravagant and devastatingly romantic, La Traviata is perfect for firsttime opera-goers. This monumental production features a forty piece orchestra, magnificent sets, beautiful costumes, dazzling effects and a nine metre chandelier suspended above the purpose built stage. The Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and city skyline provide the spectacular backdrop. These holidays are a perfect Christmas gift for your partner or family member. We all know that we can end up with mountains of unwanted gifts at Christmas, so why not give your partner something that you can both enjoy together and indulge in. For travel dates, terms and conditions and any more information, contact the team at Jetset Leongatha but hurry, because the offers end December 2.

Spectacular show: an artist’s impression of what La Traviata over Sydney Harbour may look like.

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Nashos honoured in Wonthaggi “IT’S about time.”

About time: the committee members responsible for erecting the National Servicemen’s plaque are, from left; Liz Van Vliet-Hays, Brian Robinson, Christine Robinson, Betty Earle, Don Earle, Reverend Elwyn Sparks, Bass Coast Shire mayor Cr Veronica Dowman, Terry Hays and Gwyneth Grubb.

A big thank you: Bass Coast Shire Council arts and leisure co-ordinator Jenny Churchill and mayor Cr Veronica Dowman were presented with certificates of appreciation for their efforts. They are with president of the National Servicemen’s Association, South Gippsland sub-branch, Don Earle.


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That was the quote from Bass Coast Shire Council Arts and Leisure co-ordinator Jenny Churchill. She was referring to the commemorative plaque placed on Wonthaggi’s cenotaph last Thursday, November 24 recognising the military service of Australia’s National Servicemen, 60 years after their official service from 1952-71. The National Servicemen, or Nashos, were young Australians called up to serve in the armed forces between 1951 and 1972. Jenny’s views were backed by an emotional Don Earle, president of the National Servicemen’s Association, South Gippsland sub-branch, and by Bass

Coast mayor Cr Veronica Dowman. “We’re here today to correct the oversight of the previous government. To recognise the 280,000 young Australians who served in the National Service,” she said. Mr Earle added: “Current generations will never forget your contribution.” “Today we will honour all our loved ones. Around about 75 people turned out to the event, whether Nashos themselves or representing loved ones. As Mr Earle made his way around the crowd before and after the event, he was met with smiles, hugs and laughs. “It’s all about mateship,” he said. “It’s the cornerstone of any good battalion, and of any good country.”

Remember when: Ron Motherwell, Don Thomson, and Livio Coldebella of Wonthaggi, and John Yeomen of Newhaven.

Lending institutions must provide home loan fact sheets from 1 January 2012 Home loan fact sheets provide a standardised layout for information on a loan you are considering Because lenders must provide information in the same way, it will be easier to shop around and compare loans

Good times: Doncaster’s Brendan and Gerard Stafford with Brian Patching of Korumburra.

Lenders must provide them on request Home loan fact sheets will allow you to compare loans side by side so you can clearly see the differences between loans The layout is standardised so you can compare apples with apples

Catching up: Bob Frood of Baxter and Inverloch’s Emmett Richardson share a story or two.

Important information will be highlighted, such as the total amount to be paid back over the life of the loan

The Australian Government is making changes to the banking system to make it fairer and more competitive. So talk to your lending institution – you have plenty of choices.

For more information on the reforms visit: DOTBR4/C8

Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra

Old mates: Korumburra’s Gary Best and Inverloch’s Ted Cross at the National Servicemen’s Association afternoon tea.

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Foster Primary leads the way ADDITIONAL support will be available to students and families of Devon North and Foster Primary Schools following the announcement that they will be among the first in the state to receive funding to appoint a Primary Welfare Officer (PWO). Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South, Peter Ryan said almost 300 schools would

benefit under the Coalition Government’s plan to help stamp out bullying and provide additional support. “The expansion of the Primary Welfare Officer (PWO) initiative will deliver on the Coalition Government’s election promise of an additional 150 welfare officers over the next four years to assist primary school students across the state,” Mr Ryan said. “The funding boost, announced in this year’s State Budget, will see welfare officers working in two out of

three government primary, P-12 and special schools. “Under the Coalition’s plan, every Victorian primary school will eventually have access to a Primary Welfare Officer.” Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government had listened to the positive feedback from principals about the program. Mr Ryan said the PWOs initiative would be supported by other measures to help teachers identify, prevent and manage bullying and behavioural issues.

MACKYE Ian Buchanan was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on November 20 to Sarah Featherby and Scot Buchanan of Inverloch. Mackye is a new brother to Jacob aged 8yrs, Brianna aged 5yrs and Cody aged 3yrs.

Forthcoming Vacancies on the Gippsland Lakes and Coast Regional Coastal Board The Minister for Environment and Climate Change is seeking expressions of interest for nine positions including the Chairperson, on the Gippsland Lakes and Coast Regional Coastal Board from 1 July 2012. The Chairperson of the Board will be appointed to the Victorian Coastal Council (VCC).

FLYNN Stuart Gary Nation was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on November 11 to Lauren Nation and Shane Watt of Wonthaggi.

The Board is established under the Coastal Management Act 1995, and is accountable to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Ryan Smith MP. The Board ensures co-ordination, planning, and management of the coast and marine environment for long term sustainability in Victoria’s coastal regions. Likewise, the role of the VCC is to provide strategic direction and improve the coordination of coastal planning and management in Victoria. Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of substantial expertise in one or more of the following areas: conservation, tourism, business, recreation, commerce, issues relating to Indigenous people, community affairs, town planning, local government, and coastal engineering. Skills and experience in public sector governance and corporate planning will also be highly regarded. Members are appointed for terms of up to three years. Candidates other than executive level public sector employees may be entitled to receive remuneration for their service. The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring the diversity of our boards represents the diversity of our communities. Women, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, young people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Expressions of Interest close 5pm Wednesday 14 December 2011. Customer Service Centre 136 186


Application forms can be obtained via the Department of Sustainability and Environment’s website: or by contacting Vaughn Brandenburg, Governance Project Officer on Ph: (03) 9637 8685.

SAM Riley Sheppard was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on November 15, to Jodie and Bryan Sheppard of Inverloch.

IZAACH Wayne Hansch was born on November 16 at the Leongatha Memorial Hospital. Proud parents are Jarryd and Toni-lee from Korumburra.

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New space, new toys By Tessa Hayward TARWIN playgroup has dreamed of having a room they can call their own and it has finally happened. Now located in a room at the Tarwin Lower Primary School, the Tarwin playgroup no longer has to pack up and move all its toys every time it meets. “Our last location was at the Ve-

Southern Women’s Business Network: Sue Fleming, Councillor Jeannie Deane, Dianne Osborne, Anne Marie Barrow and President Kaz Hughes. Right: Slow speed networking: Guest speaker Michelle Anderson and South Gippsland Shire Councillor Jeannie Deane.

nus Bay Community Centre and we had to pack up the toys every time. It is great we now have a room to call our own,” mum Vikki Robins said. The South Gippsland Shire Council agreed to the new location three years ago, but it was put on hold because the school was being re-built. Tarwin Lower Primary School is also paying the memberships for the young kids to go to the playgroup. “All people need to bring is a gold coin donation and some fruit,”

Vikki said. “We have been anticipating this new location for a long time. It is great we finally have it and we have a lot of new toys for kids to enjoy.” “It is also a great transition for the kids, although they do have separate play times to the school,” mum Kylie Laing said. For more information on dates and times of the playgroup, contact Tarwin Lower Primary School on 5663 5263.

New space, new toys: Kylie Laing was overjoyed with the new space they have for the Tarwin playgroup. Here she is with her two boys Tyler and Brodie.

New space: Brodie Laing, Lenny Robins and Charlie, Erica and Karen Deery love the new room they have at Tarwin Lower Primary School for their playgroup once a week.

Left: More kids please: Charlie, Karen and Erica Deery and Vikki Robins want more people to come to the Tarwin playgroup.

New toys: Vikki Robins and Erica Deery enjoyed using all the new toys they have at the Tarwin playgroup.

What a way to network SOUTHERN Business Women’s Network members and guests enjoyed an especially good social night out at the Gilded Lily restaurant in Loch for their monthly meeting. The theme of the evening ‘Slow Speed Networking’, featuring guest speaker Michelle Anderson, the regional manager for Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry, based in Traralgon. Over 40 women participated in networking activities, including two minute rotations introducing themselves and talking about their businesses to other attendees. The activities proved very popular, with a loud buzz of conversation filling the room and many eager to continue chatting past the two minute mark. Although Michelle said networking is “not always for everyone”, this was not the case for the SWBN meeting – it’s safe to say everyone walked away with a least a few new contacts and also some new friends.\ President Kaz Hughes said she has been asked about the SWBN membership criteria, and said the network is for all working women,

regardless of whether they own a business or not. “We have women from all walks of life coming to our events, and we all have great stories to tell,” she said. “We can learn from each other – about business, health, and more!” The next SWBN event will be their Christmas Party, held at Hard Loch Cafe in Loch on December 7 starting at 6.30pm. Kaz has extended an invitation to all working women to come along and enjoy a fun and relaxed evening. “We have planned an easy ‘lead generation’ activity, as well as a focus on relaxing and chatting and building on the new relationships we have all been able to get started over the past couple of lively networking evenings,” she said. “It will be an opportunity to officially welcome all of our new members who have joined over the past two or three months, as well as announce our program for 2012.” In the Christmas spirit, the event will also include a Kris Kringle, with everyone encouraged to bring along a pink themed gift with a maximum price of $7.

Bookings are essential, as places are strictly limited, and a bus will be running from Mirboo North and Leongatha so guests can enjoy a glass of wine or two. Kaz said the party will be a fun event to come along to and see what the network has been up to over the past few months, and to find out what’s coming up. “It is important to check us out, because our membership is growing, and it won’t be long before we will have to limit spaces for non-guest participants in 2012 – to give our members the RSVP priority they deserve,” she said. “Membership is only $25, so it is certainly worth taking up, and joining us for a very productive and enjoyable ride through 2012!” Any bookings or enquiries can be made by contacting Kaz on 0417 516 998 or by emailing The upcoming year is guaranteed to be a busy one for the SWBN, so to stay updated on dinners, workshops and any other events, be sure to ‘like’ their Facebook page.

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Getting the community onboard: CFA volunteers taught community members about fire safety and volunteering for the fire brigade down at Apex Park in Wonthaggi on CFA Sunday.

Breaking down disability barriers A DISABILITY doesn’t always relate to the inability a person has to complete everyday tasks.

Sometimes, it is the perception and barriers other people put in front of them, preventing them from achieving their goals. Moonya Community Services CEO Barney Hanily explained it simply. “If you have a wheelchair bound person and a house with stairs, there is a disability,” he said. “If you replace those stairs with ramps, in a way, the disability no longer exists.” This is the message Moonya is trying to get out into the Bass Coast and South Gippsland communities, under the banner ‘overcoming barriers of perception’, and are holding a business breakfast in honour of the cause on December 14. Terry Earl from Moonya Printworkz first came up with the idea after attending an expo at the South Gippsland Specialist School in Leongatha, informing parents and students of the services available to them in the community. Mr Earl said a video of a young man who worked towards gaining as many qualifications as he could to open up more opportunities for himself, before getting a job at Big W, reminded him of a similar story in Leongatha. “Around eight years ago, Leongatha Rural

Business breakfast at Moonya: Collingwood player Jarryd Blair will be a guest speaker at the breakfast, speaking about his own difficulties and helping to break down the barriers of perception within the community. Supplies had a 15-year-old boy with learning difficulties, Brendan, apply for work experience with them,” “He was very shy at first, but they gave him the opportunity and he now works two and a half days a week with them greeting customers, and he’s studied a Certificate II in Transport and

Distribution.” Mr Earl said Brendan now gets along wonderfully with everyone in the workplace and has made not only an impact on the lives of his co-workers, but has made the workplace a better place. “There is a perception out there that people with disabilities can’t achieve these sorts of things,

and that’s what we want to change,” he said. “We want to send a message to employers that next time someone asks about work experience or work placement to think twice about it because with the right mix, it can be a really good experience.” Moonya are now working with Brendan to create their own video about his experiences in the work place to show at the breakfast. Collingwood Magpies premiership player and Wonthaggi local Jarryd Blair will be a guest speaker at the event, and Mr Earl said the young footballer has faced many challenges of his own in life. “Jarryd’s faced his own difficulties, with people always telling him he’s too small to play football,” he said. “I would be great to think everyone would be prepared to give someone the opportunity to have a go.” The breakfast will be held at the Moonya Centre in Wonthaggi, beginning at 7am, and Mr Hanily encourages anyone interested in helping the cause to come along. “Anybody who is in a position to influence the community about barriers is very welcome to attend,” he said. Anyone interested in attending the event can contact Terry Earl on 5672 4877.

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DON’T be alarmed if you can’t find the guys from Wonthaggi Motorcycles and Power Equipment hanging around their usual spot in Murray Street.

The store has moved to a brand new location and building on 48-52 Inverloch Road, Wonthaggi in the Industrial Estate, and you can be guaranteed it is bigger and better than ever. An enormous new showroom will contain a greater variety of stock, featuring all your favourite brands, such as Stihl, Kawasaki, Walker and Bob-Cat. Not only commercial mowers are available, but a domestic range from Rover and Victa. But the expansive showroom isn’t the only fantastic addition in the business’ new residence. A brand new workshop, combined with

the skills of four mechanics, is available to service and repair your motorbike, lawn mower and more. Store co-owner Alister Scott said they are able to service everything they sell. “We have spare parts for everything we stock in the store,” he said. “We’re also not limited to servicing only equipment bought in our store; we can service all makes and models.” Alister said they’re stoked to be in their new position, which is easier to access than their former site, and has plenty of parking for easy access. So drop in and see the guys from Wonthaggi Motorcycles and Power Equipment at their brand new store and check out all the new stock available. Keep an ear out for any upcoming promotions and open days once they’re all settled in.

Bigger and better: Co-owners of Wonthaggi Motorcycles and Power Equipment, Dougal Scott and Marcus Ellt, show off the brand new showroom at their new location on Inverloch Road, Wonthaggi.

Operation Raid

Look out: the Bass Coast Highway Patrol was out in force last Wednesday, breath testing motorists driving along McKenzie Street in Wonthaggi. The blitz is part of Operation Raid, which focuses on drink driving. Bass Coast and South Gippsland Police Service Area Inspector Glenn Weir said police will be conducting random breath tests at a range of locations, including both main roads and back streets, at all times of the day.

THIS Christmas, why not treat yourself and your home by paying a visit to Rigby Homemakers Furniture in Wonthaggi. With a wide range of lounge suites, dining settings, bedroom packages and the only La-z-Boy gallery in all of South Gippsland, Rigby’s has everything you need to give your decor a festive makeover. Your family will be the picture of perfection tucking into a delicious Christmas lunch on a brand new dining table, complemented by matching chairs and buffet bar. With bellies full and a drink or two under your belt, every good Aussie Christmas involves a siesta, and why not enjoy it on your brand new bedroom setting, carefully selected from Rigby’s Sleepzone. Finally, retire to the lounge room and relax on a stylish lounge suite or kick back in a cruisy recliner from the La-z-Boy gallery just in time to put on the new flick Santa left in your stocking, or cheer on the Aussies in the Boxing Day Test. Rigby’s understands Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year, but there’s no need to wait months for your new additions to arrive. Their Pre-Christmas Delivery Sale will ensure you have everything you need before the big event. See something you like

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in-store? Manager Glenn Rigby said there’ll be no need to be kept waiting for your purchase. “At other stores, you may wait up to four months for your furniture,” he said. “At Rigby’s, if you see something on the floor and want it, we will deliver it to you before Christmas.” Not only will you have your new decor in time for all the celebrations, you won’t break the budget either, guaranteeing there’ll still be plenty of gifts under the tree. Glenn said there are plenty of savings across the store, such as the Kimberly rustic timber dining set only $999 – that’s a huge $200 off. And don’t think you’ll be spending all those savings on delivery, as it is free to the local area. Make this Christmas the most comfortable one yet and enjoy a visit from the jolly old man bearing gifts before Christmas – and no, we’re not talking about Santa! Drop in and see Glenn and the team at Rigby Home Makers Furniture in Wonthaggi and treat yourself this season.

Crazy Christmas bargains: Rigby Homemakers Furniture manager Glenn Rigby shows off the Kimberly dining table on sale as part of the Pre-Christmas Delivery Sale.

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New Barina goes beyond EVERYTHING about the new Holden Barina will make you stand out from the crowd. The sporty, yet sophisticated stance of the all-new Barina is an exciting expression of European styling and is available now from Wonthaggi Holden. Fresh and modern from every angle, it showcases slick alloy wheels, eye-catching exposed headlights and uniquely designed hidden rear door handles. The Barina welcomes you with an invitingly spacious interior and every aspect has been designed to enhance your comfort, whether you’re a driver or passenger. Long journeys are a pleasure with roomy seats that embrace you. Intelligently designed storage spaces ensure all your belongings are within easy reach and adjustable rear split folding seats provide flexibility to adapt to your needs. Throughout the Barina, you’ll discover space, comfort and convenience to suit your lifestyle. The athletic performance of a car always makes driving a thrill, and the Barina’s advanced 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engine, paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, means ample power is

Brand new Barina at Wonthaggi Holden: Sales consultant James Chetcuti shows off the all-new Holden Barina, with all new features and guaranteed to impress. available, any time, for effortless acceleration. Even if you choose the superbly smooth 6-speed automatic, Active Select puts you in charge of the gear

changes with the push of a button – perfect for times when you want complete control. And when it comes to handling, the Barina is intuitive and agile; it all makes

for a truly spirited drive. Want to see this all for yourself? Drop in and see James Chetcuti at Wonthaggi Holden and take a test drive of the new Barina today. The all-new model sets new standards for style and comfort. Unmistakably modern, it takes design cues from exciting new sources, with cockpit style seats and a motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster with ice blue illumination featured throughout the cabin. There’s also a reassuring feeling of quality about the finish that goes beyond expectations. From the chrome and metallic-silver detailing to the integrated centre stack, attention has been paid to every detail. It’s designed with one idea in mind; your total enjoyment. The dazzling array of technology that comes standard in the featurepacked Barina is nothing short of astounding. Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, USB input with iPod connectivity, cruise control and 4-speaker stereo system are all standard. What’s more, steering wheel mounted controls put all of these advanced functions conveniently at your fingertips.

THINK K Yaris Y i andd you think thi k clever. Think new Yaris hatch and you think of a car that takes clever to a whole new level. This is Australia’s first light car to bring you Toyota’s Entertainment Communications Hub as standard in the YRX and ZR hatch models, as is available now from Wonthaggi Toyota. Interiors are striking, attention to detail is second to none and you’ll find more storage than you’d think possible in a car this size.

Taking clever to a whole new level: Star journalist Simone Short checks out all the impressive features the brand new Toyota Yaris has to offer.

Yaris’ Y i ’ looks l k match t h its it brains b i with ith European lines setting it apart from light car sameness. It’s also exceptionally strong. And as for safety, Yaris hatch has you covered with seven SRS airbags just for starters. Cruise control is great when you’re out of the city and so is the fact that Yaris’ chassis and suspension has been specifically tuned for Australian conditions. And no matter where you go, you’ll never be far away with an audio/communication system linking you to your friends, phone and music

Most importantly, the Barina proves a smaller car doesn’t have to be small on safety. An array of active and passive safety systems as well as structural reinforcements have earned it the highest possibly 5-Star ANCAP safety-rating. Intelligent features like Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control System work together with leading brake technologies, including Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist to help you avoid an accident. Should a collision occur, active safety systems immediately come into play. Six airbags – front, side impact and side curtain – protect occupants, both front and rear. With the all-new Barina you can be sure they’ve made no compromise on safety, so when it comes to choosing your next car, there’s no need for you to compromise either. With meticulous attention to detail and an array of exceptional design features, the Barina appeals to those who aspire for more. For more information or to test drive the new Holden Barina, see James Chetcuti at Wonthaggi Holden. You’ll be amazed at what you see.

th i l voice i commands d on throughh simple your new Yaris hatch. As for fuel consumption, the new Yaris hatch delivers figures of as low as 5.7L/100km based on a combination of highway and urban driving. That’s a 5 per cent improvement over the previous hatch model. For those who need a little more room than the hatch, Yaris sedan is lower and longer, providing even more leg room and a more spacious boot. To check out the newest Toyota Yaris now and book in for a test drive, drop into Wonthaggi Toyota today.

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Now that’s dedication JOHN Duscher is a dedicated man, to say the least.

He recently received a Certificate of Outstanding Service recognising his 25 years as a councillor for the Bass Coast Shire Council. While Cr Duscher said when he first became a councillor, he didn’t expect to last more than three years. He is however, no stranger to the long haul, having also sat on the Wonthaggi Power Football Club committee for 22 years. Cr Duscher said the greatest reward from working as a councillor is the people he’s met and the appreciation he’s gained for the level

of volunteer work that goes into the community. “I guess 25 years is significant, but when you get the opportunity to work with the community and network with other municipalities, development friendships and ideas to go forward in your own community, you get something out of it,” he said. “I’d also like to thank the support I’ve received from family and employer.” Cr Duscher said he has seen an endless number of changes in the council and the community during his time. “Today we’ve got something

like a $70 million budget to work with; I remember when we didn’t even have $1 million,” he said. “Some decisions have seemed very difficult at the time, but when you look back, you see they were easy compared to others we’ve had to make.” Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Veronica Dowman congratulated Cr Duscher on his milestone, describing those who complete a quarter of a decade of service as a “rare breed”. “I’ve only been on the council for six years, and that feels like a long time,” she said. “So 25 years on the council is a tremendous effort.”

Getting ready to ride: Grace, Clay and Harrison have been taking part in Wonthaggi Primary School’s bike education program during terms three and four. The program teaches students about bike skills and safety, preparing them for the Bike Ed Challenge next year. It also prepares the Grade 5 students for their upcoming camp in December, when they will ride from Wonthaggi to Inverloch, via Cape Paterson.

Quarter of a century in council: Bass Coast Shire Council CEO Alan Bawden, and Mayor, Cr Veronica Dowman, congratulate Cr John Duscher (centre) on his Certificate of Oustanding Service, acknowledging his 25 years as a councillor.

Local guys ‘flooring’ the way: Neil Warburton and Michael Lindsay are the new owners of Wonthaggi Floorworld. Together, the duo has over 40 years’ experience in flooring, and are both local in the community. When it comes to your flooring needs, you won’t find anyone better for the job.

Friendly folk of Wonthaggi: there’s no need to stress if you find yourself with a flat battery in Wonthaggi! The Star crew found assistance in the guys from Bass Coast Refrigeration.

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Project “veggie”garden By Tessa Hayward The general consensus of the students at Welshpool and District Primary School is that it is fun to work in the veggie garden. Initiated about six years ago, the kitchen garden has gone from strength to strength. Principal Geoff Cooling said it helps teach the students how to cook. “We have a teacher who comes in once a week to teach them to cook with the vegetables from the garden,” he said. The students have really enjoyed working on the garden through the years. Teresa Gordon said, “I like how we grow it ourselves,” and Josh Albrecht said, “I like cooking with the vegetables.” The other students agreed and also mentioned that they like getting free food and it keeps them healthy.

They also all said that it is a lot of fun working in the garden planting vegetables. Mr Cooling said the kitchen garden helps put nutrition and balance into their lives. “It gives them responsibilities and it is very sustainable,” he said.

Stay healthy: students from Welshpool and District Primary School grow their own vegetables to cook and eat. Back, from left, Chloe Macphail, Phoenix Milner and Sean Levrington. Front, from left, Jacob Albrecht, Josh Albrecht, Teresa Gordon, Brayden Capes, Dylan Albrecht and Brandon Lawrence.

Shark taggers to come

Mr Stannard could not estimate how many sharks there were in the Corner Inlet region, but it seems the waters offer perfect conditions for breeding. “What we’ve found as well as that, Corner Inlet is a renowned breeding about 95 per cent of those sharks don’t go ground for the species, with a rich and fertile any further west than Wilsons Prom. It’s alstock of fish. most like it’s a demarcation line,” he said. The operation is sponsored by the Morn“Yet we know there are other sharks in ington Peninsula-based White Tag shark reBass Strait. It looks like there could be an search group. White Tag founder Kent Staneast and west coast population stemming nard said the organisation would be working out of Victoria.” with the CSIRO to “see what we can find”. White Tag is planning to investigate and It’s a partnership that has worked well tag sharks in other areas, such as Western though the Tag For Life program, which Port Bay and areas around Portland (Portfunctions as an information delivery mechaland Bay). nism for white shark research in both AustraMr Stannard said the distance the sharks lian and international waters. travel up the coast from Corner Inlet to the “I live on the coast in Blairgowrie and I waters off Port Stephens is “thousands of love surfing. I actually met these two scien- In the cradle: a shark gets tagged during the Tag kilometres”. tists from the CSIRO, Barry Bruce and Rus- for Life program. Researchers are hoping the data “They follow environmental cues. With sell Bradford, about 10 years ago. Having a collected from the creatures will shed light on their the juveniles it seems the Port Stephens vested interest as a surfer, I found out how migratory habits. area is a real hot spot,” he said. difficult it was for these researchers to get But others have chosen a different route Corner Inlet – and an area in NSW, where we’ve to travel, with one tagged shark spending three money for their projects,” Mr Stannard said. been tagging juvenile white sharks, up around months outside Corner Inlet, making a beeline to “That’s how it came about really.” An interest in the ocean was one small part Port Stephens (north of Sydney),” he said. Tasmania, then moving to the Pacific Ocean and “From the results of the tagged sharks it’s back up the east coast of Australia. She then reof Mr Stannard’s founding of the not-for-profit organisation. He was also wants a safer environ- starting to appear as though Corner Inlet and that turned to the sanctuary of Corner Inlet. ment for the board riding, swimming, diving and eastern side of the Prom is the point of origin of And why do they come back to Corner Inlet? fishing communities. a population. “We don’t know. That’s the purpose of our in“We’ve actually identified a link between “It looks as though the eastern seaboard pop- vestigation. To find out,” Mr Stannard said. southern Victoria – in particular that area around ulation of sharks actually stems from that area.”

MARINE researchers will descend on Corner Inlet in the coming weeks to tag Great White sharks with hightech tracking devices.

Walking man on a mission CONRAD McKee, formerly of Mirboo, is on a fundraising walk across Australia to raise youth suicide awareness.

Son of Allan and Dianna McKee who farmed in the Mirboo area for many years Conrad worked some years as a B Double truck driver for Murray Goulburn in Leongatha after which time he worked at the Wallangarra Youth Group Camp at Licola then headed to Western Australia. Conrad, 35, started on his long journey in June from Steep Point, WA heading to Byron Bay via Ayres Rock, the western most point to the eastern most point. Pushing a specially made trolley Conrad is hoping to raise $11,270.00 that equates to $2 per kilometre, and by last month Conrad had already raised $5470. “The original idea grew when I was about 18, I wanted to do this trip on my motorbike but that never happened, Conrad said.

“While on a road construction job near the end of last year in the Great Victoria Desert I got a stirring to the idea but this time decided I would walk it first,” he said. “In 2009 I spent 12 months as a leader at Wollangarra, an outdoor education camp in Victoria. My involvement there goes back to 1991 where as a young person I took part in many hikes in the Alpine National Park. “Working and living there opened my eyes and taught me a lot about myself and what the next generation of young people face today. The people Conrad met there over the years inspired him to undertake this fundraising, awareness walk. “During the walk I hope to raise the awareness of Youth Suicide in Australia,” Conrad said. “The annual rate of suicide amongst men and women in the 14 to 25 year age group is equal to or higher than the loss of life in car accidents making it

number one,” he said. “Many people are unaware of this, as it is a subject rarely brought up but it affects so many. “With help from Beyond Blue and Inspire Foundation who have kindly supplied me with an endless supply of information fact sheets and wrist bands, I hope to raise the awareness and getting people to “Just Talk”. Conrad is fundraiser for the Inspire Foundation, that “helps young people lead happier lives”.

Meals roster (Leongatha) Leongatha Secondary College & Leongatha Primary School (all week), S. Birch (Mon, Thur, Fri), National Bank (Tue), SG Specialist School (Wed) will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning December 5, 2011.

Awareness walk: well known in the Mirboo area Conrad McKee is in the middle of a massive trek to raise awareness and funds for youth suicide in Australia.

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Need Help with Care? Gippsland Regional Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) ACAS is a service that can provide assistance for people who want to remain in their own home but need help with daily tasks. ACAS is provided through Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS). The aim of ACAS is to identify the needs of frail older people and help them to get the right type of care.

This may include home based services such as assisting with personal care or domestic tasks. It may also include respite for a carer to allow them to take a break, or it may be out of home care in a residential aged care facility. ACAS can assist any person over the age of 65 who may need help to continue living in their own home and community. The assessment includes a home visit. The assessment may also consider the option of care outside of their home. In some cases younger people with a disability may also be eligible to be visited. To contact ACAS call LCHS on 1800 242 696 or visit \RXUORFDO/&+6RIÂżFH For more information, please visit the Latrobe Community Health Service website at: All visits are arranged depending on how quickly ACAS help is needed.

Mental Health Respite Support is available through Latrobe Community Health Service for carers and family members of someone with a mental illness. If you provide help and support for someone who has a mental illness you are probably a carer. There are many families and carers whose lives are affected by those they care for with a severe mental illness. Talk to us about how we can help you to take a break. You can do something that will recharge your batteries, rest or do the things you like or need to do. Examples of how we can assist include arranging for short breaks for you or the person you care for (this can be a few hours a week or overnight), linking you with carer support courses and mental health education programs, or helping with extra jobs at home while the person is unwell. Sometimes we offer carer retreat, pamper days and holiday activities. While you are having a break, we can arrange care for your family member or friend too if they need it. Let us give you hand. Call Carer Services on 1800 242 696.

LCHS Fee Increase Effective from 1 October 2011, in line with the fee levels set by the Department of Health, LCHS fees have increased by between 10 and 30 cents per visit. Total fees for one month of service for low and medium income clients shall not exceed $98 for the month. Please check the LCHS website for a full update or ask at LCHS Reception for the current fee.

Veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Home Care getting in and out of bed and moving about the house. Â&#x2021; 6DIHW\UHODWHGKRPHDQGJDUGHQ PDLQWHQDQFH â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this may include tasks such as replacing light bulbs â&#x20AC;&#x153;VHC can provide limited support and and tap washers or other jobs aimed services to veterans and war widows/ at keeping your home safe by widowers who are keen to continue minimising hazards. living at home, but need a bit of extra Â&#x2021; 5HVSLWHFDUHâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; this involves help,â&#x20AC;? explains Denise Bromiley, providing a temporary break for Acting Manager Aged and Veterans a carer of a veteran or war Assessment Services at Latrobe widow/widower. Community Health Service (LCHS). If you are a veteran or war widow/ widower looking for some assistance at home, Veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Home Care (VHC) may be able to help.

Veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Home Care can provide limited support and services to veterans and war widows/widowers who are keen to continue living at home, but need a bit of extra help.

Services VHC provide include: Â&#x2021; +HOSDURXQGWKHKRXVH â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this can include help with cleaning, clothes washing and dishwashing. Â&#x2021; 3HUVRQDOFDUH â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including help with daily tasks like bathing, grooming,

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services will best meet your needs,â&#x20AC;? says Ms Bromiley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We then work together to develop a care plan and can arrange other referrals if needed.â&#x20AC;? Regular reviews are also carried out to make sure your care plan still meets your needs. You can be referred for an assessment for VHC by your doctor or other health professional or you can ring directly on 1300 550 450. Veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Home Care is an Australian Government program that is delivered by LCHS throughout Gippsland. For more information, please visit or call VHC on 1300 550 450.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - PAGE 29

THE South Gippsland giant earthworm is set to become the focus of a theatre documentary.

Sydney based writer Melita Rowston is planning to create a piece about the earthworm and the Karmai festival in Korumburra. “The story of Hugh Hendry and Francis Mayson-Smith and those people in the late 70s who realised they had this great phenomenon and banded together to create this float and get it on in Moomba and have so much success,” she said. “It was just such a compelling local story.” Melita is very intrigued with what the Karmai festival meant for the town and the great benefits it brought to the town. The young writer was keen to learn more about the festival and do extra research for her piece, so Melita and documenter Narda Shanley met up with a large range of locals over the weekend. “The weekend was packed out with meeting people, when at first I thought we’d struggle to fill up our days,” she said. “I’m also documenting the research process as part of the piece as well. “It just gets more interesting as I go.” Melita is also astounded by the impact the earthworm had on the town and where it originated. “I just think it is awesome how over time more than 1000 school children have been part of Karmai the giant earthworm,” she said. A major player in the creation of Karmai, ex Coal Creek co-ordinator Hugh Hendry said the story of the worm is very interesting. “It was basically something to promote Coal Creek and South Gippsland at

first,” he said. “I watched the Moomba parade one year and being interested in marketing, I saw all the people watching the floats and thought if we could get a float into Moomba it would be the beginning and end of selling Coal Creek.” To turn the idea into a reality Hugh teamed up with the Korumburra Primary School art teacher at the time Francis (Frank) Mayson-Smith. “I spoke with Frank about the brilliant idea and he said ‘I know the exact people that can come up with the idea of the float and do the job we want to do: grade 5 primary students’. He knew they were the experts with the ideas,” Hugh said. “One student came up with the idea of a worm, so that’s how the worm started. “We wanted a different float to what was already at Moomba because all those were usually on the back of trucks or prime movers, but we wanted something to be alive.” Karmai really put Korumburra, Coal Creek and South Gippsland on the map and was great for tourism in the area with the festival drawing a crowd of 10,000 to Korumburra and the worm being broadcast around the country in Moomba. Melita loves the whole concept of the earthworm and Karmai, and is planning to get her theatre piece off the ground as soon as possible. “I’m not sure when it will be ready but hopefully in the new year,” she said. “If all goes to plan I will definitely be making the trip down to Korumburra to perform it and show everyone that’s helped me where all the research has gone.”

Keen writer: Melita Rowston is loving learning about the Karmai Festival and the history of the work in Korumburra.

Out of the mine: the Karmai float making its very first appearance in the town after emerging out of the Coal Creek mine.

Karmai: the giant earthworm float making its way down the street at the Moomba Parade in the 70s.

Beautiful open gardens draw crowds AMAZING weather made the open gardens in Fish Creek even more spectacular on Saturday, November 12. There were three gardens on display, Maria and Bob Miles at 45 Boys Road, Beryl and Les Jones at the corner of Boys and Carnegies Road and Nadia and Frank Stefani at 140 Carnegies Road. The three gardens in close proximity to each other were all very different and unique.

A $10 entry fee included afternoon tea at the Stefani garden which was put on by the CWL ladies. The afternoon tea along with a raffle and door prizes, plant sale and entry raised over $2,000 for the new Prom Country Aged Care Facility that is being built in Foster. All support was greatly appreciated by the facility. Corinna Stefani on behalf of Nadia Stefani said, “The amazing weather made for a very successful event with over 130 people attending.”

Bass Highway lanes opened The afternoon tea held at Nadia and Frank Stefani’s garden was enjoyed by all those who came to admire the gardens.

Councillors’ pay rise SOUTH Gippsland Shire Councillors will receive a 2.5 per cent increase in pay, effective from December 1 this year. As it stands, councillors will earn up to $21,859 and the mayor will earn up to $67,634. With council elections in a year’s time, Cr David Lewis said the increase could attract new people from the community. “If we can make the councillor’s job an attractive one for people who need to spend 25-30 hours, then it may entice people to put their hand up,” he said. “The community needs a wide choice of people.” Councillors Bob Newton and Kieran Kennedy opposed the decision, saying their pay was already adequate. “We’ve got all the things that are necessary to carry out our roles,” Cr Kennedy said. “I acknowledge that councillors do work hard, but I’m happy with what we already receive.”

Plants galore: a very happy customer was about to purchase a lot of plants.

“NOW, at long last, motorists are able to travel on the recently completed southbound lanes of the Bass Highway between Acton Road and Woolmer Road at Bass” said Ken Smith, Member for Bass. “I have worked long and hard to get the roadworks on this section of the Bass Highway completed. “The well overdue completion means the highway now has two lanes in each direction all the way from Lang Lang to Woolmer Road at Bass” Mr Smith said. “The construction bollards, equipment and detour signage here been removed providing clear vision and removing the driver confusion created by the works, making this section of the highway

safer and more efficient in moving the increased amount of traffic coming and going to our area – just in time for the holiday season” said Ken Smith. The project has experienced some significant challenges including the replacement of the original contractor for the project as well as the wet weather experienced throughout the region over the last 18 months. Ken Smith continued “These works mean the duplication of the Bass Highway between King Road and Woolmer Road is complete, with only some minor works on roadsides left to be done”. “The community will notice there are temporary reduced speed limits in place on the recently opened section of Bass Highway between Acton Road and Woolmer Road. These reductions will stay in place for only a few

days while the new road surface material settles and compacts”. “This section of the highway duplication project has also included the construction of a new bridge over Bass River and safety upgrades to intersections” said Ken Smith. “Works are also well underway on the final stage of the duplication project, which includes continued duplication works along the highway to the Coast Road intersection, and the construction of a new link road between the highway and Phillip Island Road. Ken Smith concluded “I would like to thank to the community for its patience with the disruption caused by the roadworks over this extended period. We have all been incredibly patient and understanding and I look forward to smoother travel throughout this region”.

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Growth demand: owner Paul Spencer, manager Rowan Smith and Derren Cary are focusing on providing great service to their customers at their new location.

AFTER being open at their new location for only three weeks HBB Victoria (Hydraulics, Bolts and Bearings) are already rushed off their feet. Previously operating out of Spencer Diesel and Electrical in Horn Street, HBB Victoria now has its own building right near the corner of Yarragon and Watson Roads in Leongatha’s Industrial Estate. Manager Rowan Smith said the business is growing so fast because of the good service they are offering. “The town has been crying out for this, so we are delivering it along with great service,” he said. The business supplies bolts, bearings, vee-belts, air fittings and industrial supplies.

Stock is growing rapidly due to demand and hard to get products like agricultural bolts are also being supplied. Part of HBB Victoria’s service is outside delivery and manufacturing fittings. “We have the biggest crimper in South Gippsland, so we can crimp any size hose and we also have an onsite truck with a hydraulic crimper,” Rowan said. They have had several large jobs around the local community including work for Murray Goulburn and local quarries. “It has been a very productive move and hopefully profitable in the future,” Rowan said. The team at HBB Victoria includes owner Paul Spencer whose

Bolts and bearings: Derren Cary and manager Rowan Smith working on a tractor at their new location in Leongatha’s Industrial Estate.

work is well respected, manager Rowan Smith who has been in the bearing and industrial trade for six years and Derren Cary who is a fitter and turner by trade and a welder for the past nine and a half years. Rowan said they all love anything hydraulic and are very price and time competitive. “We actually love our jobs which makes us a step above the rest,” he said. “We have a lot of knowledge to give to people when they come in, we know what we are talking about and we want to discuss it with others.” Go and visit the team at HBB Victoria to discuss your hydraulic, bolt and bearing needs at their new location.

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LEONGATHA Location: 126 McCartin Street Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Price: $286,000 Agent: Stockdale &Leggo Contact: 5662 5800

gatha’s main street. A superb renovation included full repaint inside and out, new carpet and vinyl flooring throughout, new renovated bathroom and laundry plus new light switches and electrical outlets. The efficient design invites warmth all around in this stunning blackwood timber kitchen which overlooks the spacious

dining/living area. It boasts a large pantry with brand new stainless steel appliances including dishwasher, electric oven and electric cook top with range hood. With a big undercover entertaining deck overlooking low maintenance gardens, you really must see the inside of this home to truly appreciate the quality of the finish.

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LEONGATHA Location: 19 Floraston Drive Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Price: $345,000 $360,000 Agent: Prom Country First National Contact: Kaz Hughes 0417 516 998

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ITH a country fresh facade of weatherboards, verandas and Colorbond roof, this gorgeous new home is now complete. Set on a ‘just right’ sized block, with garden spaces, and uninterrupted northerly frontage to the walking track and green belt beyond, this home will suit those with a ‘minimal maintenance’ criteria seeking a quality home. Trademark features that are now established in the Kohlmans’ builds, are expanses of gleaming hardwood floors, wide hallways, and semi-vaulted tongue and groove ceilings finished in Antique White USA. Quality, hand-picked vanities, fixtures and fittings make each of their offerings unique. Deep skirting boards and casement windows are more examples of the extra luxuries to be found. The floor plans are individual, designed for each block and orientation. This particular new home has a versatile three bedrooms, two living areas, floor plan. Here, a stand-out is the second bedroom. It feels bigger than the norm, with a box bay window opening things up, providing an easy, separate living room (or home office) alternative, just inside the front door. The main open plan living zone, central and full of light, incorporates a gorgeous kitchen with the prerequisite five burner stainless steel oven and cook top. The kitchen area, in light, neutral tones blends with the remaining living space, to effortlessly house the dining and lounge furniture. A second living space, linked but separate, allows individual use without having to hide away in a spare bedroom at the back of the house. Two bathrooms, decent laundry and a double lock up garage with direct internal access provide the utilities needed. Heating and cooling is the economical split system variety, and natural gas ducted heating is already installed. Positioned with park-land outlooks, on the burgeoning Shingler’s Ridge estate, this gorgeous home is now the ‘pick of the bunch’. New home purchases in regional areas are still attracting excellent Government incentives for first home buyers… be sure to explore.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - PAGE 37

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ERNDALE Cottage is an original timber cutter’s cottage, and has been renovated to provide upgraded facilities and a warm ambience. Set on a delightful landscaped acre, with a perfect balance of mature deciduous trees, colourful shrubs, and flowing lawns, the cottage has a tranquil country getaway feel, but is within walking distance of Mirboo North’s facilities and attractions. The cottage retains many original features including interior timber lining boards and high ceilings, and has a cosy sitting room with an open fireplace and split system. The timber kitchen features ample storage and a stainless steel range, and the adjoining dining area has access to an expansive paved patio. There is an elegant main bedroom, second single bedroom and a sparkling bathroom. The rear timber deck further extends entertaining to outdoors in an idyllic, private environment, overlooking the grounds and beyond to rural land. Ferndale Cottage is perfect for full or parttime living, and has also

MIRBOO NORTH Location: 12 Old Thorpdale Road Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Price: $280,000 - $300,000 Agent: First National Prom Country Contact: Allen Bartlett 0417 274 624 operated as a charming self-cater accommodation business. In the heart of the picturesque Strzelecki Ranges, the cottage is within

walking distance of shops and cafes, Baromi Park, the country-style pool, Mirboo North’s boutique brewery and the 13km Grand Ridge Rail Trail.

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Theatre awards gala night The Gippsland Associated Theatre Awards night is on this Saturday, December 3. All of our theatre companies, Leongatha Lyric Theatre, FAMDA and Wonthaggi Theatrical Group figure prominently in the nominations. The GAT awards ceremony will be held at Trafalgar Public Hall, Contingent Street, Trafalgar starting at 7.30pm. This year there is a festive yuletide theme – semiformal to formal dress, with a touch of Christmas. Contact your local company if you wish to attend. 2010 Gippsland Associated Theatre Awards Musical Theatre Most Outstanding Lead Actor - Male: Andrea Carcassi as Jekyll/Hyde in Jekyll & Hyde (LLT); Michael Donohue as Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret (WTG); Will Hanley as Emcee in Cabaret (WTG); John Watson as Herr Schultz in Cabaret (WTG). Most Outstanding Lead Actor - Female: Brodie Dorling as Lucy Harris in Jekyll & Hyde (LLT).

Most Outstanding Support Actor - Male: John Black as Sir Danvers Carew in Jekyll & Hyde (LLT); Josh Gardiner as Bobby in Cabaret (WTG); Charles Gruen as Ernst Ludwig in Cabaret (WTG). Most Outstanding Support Actor - Female: Elizabeth Barry as Emma Carew in Jekyll & Hyde (LLT); Elly Poletti as Fraulein Kost in Cabaret (WTG). Most Outstanding Musical Director: Cheryl Connor/ Colin Chandler, Jekyll & Hyde (LLT); Carmel Slater, Cabaret (WTG). Most Outstanding Choreographer: Monique Goss, Jekyll & Hyde (LLT); Bron Kalos, Cabaret (WTG). Most Outstanding Director: Nathan Eva, Jekyll & Hyde (LLT); Colin Mitchell, Cabaret (WTG). Most Outstanding Production: Cabaret (WTG), Jekyll & Hyde (LLT). Drama/Comedy Most Outstanding Lead Actor - Male: Bruce Grainger as Henry in Heroes (FAMDA); Max Hastings as Philippe in Heroes (FAMDA); Murray Maclean as Gustave in Heroes (FAMDA). Most Outstanding Support Actor - Female: Kelly Foster as Eve in Minefields & Miniskirts (WTG); Michelle

Prominent: Lyric’s Jekyll & Hyde has picked up a load of nominations.

Big hit: Cabaret was a big hit for the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. Dal Masetto as Ruth in Minefields & Miniskirts (WTG). Most Outstanding Director: Sophie Cuttriss, Minefields & Miniskirts (WTG); Andrew Oldroyd, Heroes (FAMDA). Most Outstanding Production: Heroes (FAMDA); Minefields & Miniskirts (WTG). Gippsland Theatre Most Outstanding Cameo Performance: Leanne Horne as Anna in Jekyll & Hyde (LLT); Emmi Latham as Grace in Jekyll & Hyde (LLT); Scott Millar as Spider in Jekyll & Hyde (LLT); Christine Skicko as Nellie in Jekyll & Hyde (LLT). Most Outstanding En-

semble: Jekyll & Hyde Ensemble in Jekyll & Hyde (LLT); Kit Kat Girls & Boys, Cabaret (WTG). Most Outstanding Set Design: John Cuttriss, Minefields & Miniskirts (WTG); Geoff Davey, Heroes (FAMDA); Colin Mitchell, Cabaret (WTG); Colin Mitchell, Jekyll & Hyde (LLT). Most Outstanding Costume Design: Colin Mitchell, Cabaret (WTG); Libby & David Panther, Jekyll & Hyde (LLT). Most Outstanding Makeup and Hair Design: Sharon Cheeseman / Maria Arestia / Jane Trease, Jekyll & Hyde (LLT); Darren George Talbot / Jessica McCurdy, Cabaret

(WTG). Most Outstanding Lighting Design: Ewan Cole, Cabaret (WTG); Ewan Cole / John Cuttriss, Minefields & Miniskirts (WTG); Matt Saario, Jekyll & Hyde (LLT). Most Outstanding Technical Achievement: Cabaret (WTG); Jekyll & Hyde (LLT). Most Outstanding Program: Jodie Dalton / Quirky Graphics, Cabaret (WTG): Mercia Eva, Jekyll & Hyde (LLT); Jennifer Paragreen, Heroes (FAMDA). Key: FAMDA (FAMDA), LLT (Leongatha Lyric Theatre), WTG (Wonthaggi Theatrical Group).

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Korumburra has industrial clout THE Korumburra Industrial Estate is the beating heart of the town’s economy. This estate has been the home to many of the town’s most well known and trusted businesses over the years, and hosts almost all trade services that Korumburra and surrounds need. Steve Blogg Industries

have all plumbing, insulation, pumps and natural gas appliance needs covered, while Kevin and the team at Kevin Taranto Glass have a showroom full of ideas for anything glass, as well as providing installation and repairs. Any car trouble can be solved by the guys at T&G Mechanical Repairs, Korumburra Exhaust Centre,

South Gippsland Engine Reconditioning, Korumburra Tyre Service, Burra Spare Parts and DA Automotive Repairs. And TTT Crash repairs can have your car looking good as new with panel beating, detailing and restoration work available. Korumburra Light Engines has sales and service of chainsaws, mowers, brushcutters, pumps and motorbikes. Landmark has all your livestock, real estate and merchandise needs covered, and Jumbunna Engineering has skilled workers in their field is are also located in the estate. These businesses and more are located in the Korumburra Industrial Estate, so if you’ve got a broken window, damaged pipes or your car needs some TLC, head down to the Melbourne end of Korumburra and pay the hard working locals a visit.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - PAGE 41

Festive time: Korumburra Business Association treasurer June Ramsay is pumped for the Family Fun Day this Saturday.

Korumburra’s Korumburra’s Christmas treat treat Christmas SANTA is coming to town, Korumburra that is. Korumburra Business Association is holding a Christmas in Korumburra – Family Fun Day this Saturday, December 3 to celebrate the upcoming festive season. The fun will be happening behind Commercial Street near the Korumburra Railway Station. There are free photos with big, happy, bearded Mr Clause between 9 and 12 so make sure you get down early to secure your spot. From 9am until 2.30pm there will be games galore for the kids as well as some for the parents as well.

After 12 o’clock live music from local groups such as Beggs2Differ, Psycho Wombat and the Wonthaggi Citizens Band will start as the fun continues. Once the kids complete all the games they get the chance to do a lucky dip for a prize. Korumburra’s own Radio80s will be doing a live broadcast throughout the day and the South Gippsland Tourist Railway will be holding trolley rides and demonstrations. Make sure you come down to Korumburra on Saturday, December 3, for some great family fun, get a photo with Santa and welcome the festive season.

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Justices hold annual meeting Milpara Community

On Saturday, November 12 the local branch of the Royal Victorian Society of Honorary Justices met for their AGM and annual dinner. Gary Runge, our local liason officer, and immediate past president of the Victorian association, presented Bob Leslie JP and Ron Stanley JP with Centenary Awards following their nomination by the local branch for services as Justices of the Peace and to the community. During the year Ron had received a 40 year service award, and John Campbell JP received one for 35 years of service to the association. A new committee was elected with Peter Paul JP the incoming Chairperson, Lindsay Powney JP, ViceChair, Wendy Caple JP Secretary/Treasurer, and Lorelle Logan JP, Mary O’Connor JP and Ron Hateley JP as committee members. Following the meeting, members and their partners listened to an informative talk given by representatives of Thiess Degremont. If you are a Justice of the Peace and would like to join the local branch please contact Wendy Caple at Inverloch Primary School on 5674 1253.

House News

Top awards: Ron Stanley JP (on the left) and Bob Leslie JP (on the right) receive their Centenary Awards from Gary Runge JP (centre).

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star 30 years ago, December 1, 1981 I N T E R N AT I O N ALLY renowned violinist Spiros Santos was the special guest leader of the highly praised Messiah Orchestra which performed in the Leongatha Memorial Hall last Saturday night. **** THE year 1981 will go down in the history of Leongatha as the year when local commerce started towards a major expanded pace of development. 10 years ago, November 27, 2001 SEVEN hundred and

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You are a good source of profit-making ideas but don’t make any investments until you have checked out all the angles. Romantic differences should be totally handled on an intellectual level. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

You may be in a mood to expand your friendship circle, but don’t forget old acquaintances either. Your independent streak surfaces this week. Financial news should improve on the weekend. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

A major career or educational goal is within your reach. Idealistic ideas win you admirers and may lead to a challenge. Travel may prove unexpectedly complicated. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

You are careful and ambitious, but sometimes pessimistic. It’s important to spend time with upbeat personalities. Communications improve noticeably through the next six months and there can be major improvements in relationships with older and younger people. Financial gains are possible.

fifty students at Mirboo North’s two estate schools were evacuated and sent home with their parents yesterday morning, November 26, after the discovery of a live detonator at the school. **** LEONGATHA Lyric Theatre launched their latest theatrical production last Friday night when they opened their new Boggs Variety Show. Five years ago, November 28, 2006 INVERLOCH’S Ian Turnbull has made his 100th blood donation at the Red Cross blood mobile at

the Dakers Centre in Leongatha. **** THE fate of the Wonthaggi Football Club has been decided after an extra week of deliberations by the Victorian Country Football League. One year ago, November 30, 2010 MILLIONS of dollars will flow into South Gippsland following the Coalition’s landslide win in Saturday’s election. **** GIPPSLAND Southern Health Service has ended with an operating surplus of $1.277 million.

Brendan Horrocks, the Youth Liaison Officer from Victoria Police, presented a very informative session on Facebook and Cybersafety at the Korumburra Secondary College on Monday November 21. This was a session for parents, guardians, grandparents and young people on how to keep safe using the internet and to give young people and understanding of how their futures could be affected by internet postings. **** Construction Induction (formerly White Card) course will be held on Monday December 5 from 3.30pm to 9.30pm. This qualification is now mandatory and legally qualifies the holder for entry to building and construction sites. Please contact Milpara on 5655 2524 to book your place. **** Food Safety Level 1 course will be held on Tuesday December 6 from 1.30 to 5.30pm at Milpara Community House, 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra. This course is for people in hospitality, health & food processing industries and is an accredited course which covers new food laws, safe food preparation, handling and storage. Please contact Milpara to book your place. **** Food Safety Level 2 course is for the nominated food safety supervisor of each organisation. They are required to do a food safety plan, which is covered by this accredited unit. Course will be held at Milpara Community House


Church Times ANGLICAN: Wednesday, November 30: 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Friday, December 2: 7.30pm St Andrew’s, Dumbalk HC. Sunday, December 4: 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 Av. Wonthaggi. Sunday, 9am Eucharist, 11am Family Service, Wednesday 10am Eucharist. ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION: The Crescent, Inverloch. Sunday 9am Eucharist, Tuesday 10am Eucharist. For details of Community Meal, Youth Group, Bible Studies & Kids Club contact Rev Graeme Peters 5672 4590 or visit ASSEMBLIES OF GOD: Prom Coast Community Church Inc. - Foster Community House, Station Street, 10am: Sunday. Sunday School and Creche operates. Pastor Bill Watson 5686 2248. A.O.G. Inverloch - Cnr Bear and McIntosh Street, Inverloch. Sunday Service 10am. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, Sunday, 10am Worship Service and 5pm Prayer Service. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: 5655 2478. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Leongatha Equip Church - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Ph: 0408 305 880. Sunday services: 10 am. Wonthaggi A.O.G. - Billson Street, 10am: Sunday. Contact: Pastor Barry Smith 5672 3984. CHRISTIAN REVIVAL CRUSADE: 40 Hughes Street, Leongatha. Sunday, Morning Service 10.30 am: Inspirational Service, 6.30pm: Children’s Church 10.30am: Home cells weekly. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455. THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES CREEK: Meeting every Sunday at Archies Creek. Morning Communion Service 11 am: Evening Holy Spirit Revival 6pm: Phone: Ps. Chris Chetland 5674 3867 or 5672 4660. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Saturdays, Church service 10am., Leongatha Sabbath School -

11.30am. CATHOLIC: St Laurence’s Parish Leongatha: 5 pm Mass Saturday, 11am Mass Sunday. Tarwin Lower: In St Andrew’s Union Church, 5pm winter, 6pm summer Mass Saturday. Meeniyan: 9.30am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 11am, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Mirboo North: 11am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 9.30am Mass, 2nd and 4th Sundays. St. Joseph’s Parish Korumburra: 9.30am Sunday Mass. Loch: 5pm/6pm Daylight saving Sunday Mass. Wonthaggi: Saturday evening 6.30pm: Evening Mass; Sunday, 10.30am: Mass. Inverloch: Sunday 9 am: Mass. AGLOW KORUMBURRA: First Monday every month at Korumburra Day Centre, Korumburra Hospital, Bridge St., Korumburra at 7.45pm. Inquiries phone 5657 2214. GIPPSLAND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Meets at Baromi Centre, Mirboo North, Sundays 4pm - 5pm communion, 5pm - 5.30pm refreshments, 5.30pm - 6.15pm Bible studies for adults, teens and children. All enquiries: Bob Stevens 0400 403 765. SALVATION ARMY LEONGATHA COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 52 Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) - Sunday: Family Worship at 10am: Kid’s Club - Tuesday, 4 - 5pm; mainly music, Thursday 10am. All welcome. Please contact Captain Claire Emerton or Lieutenant Rachael Collins, ph. 5662 5122. SALVATION ARMY WONTHAGGI COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 149 McKenzie Street every Sunday at 11am for Family Worship. Kids' Club - every Tuesday at 4 pm, Women's Group - Wednesday at 1.30pm, and Playgroup - Friday 9.30am. Evening Ladies' Fellowship - First Monday each month and Youth Groups held monthly. All welcome. Please contact Lt. Robyn and Max Lean. Ph. 5672 1228. PRESBYTERIAN: Weekly Worship Service 10am Sunday, corner Bent and Turner Streets, Leongatha. Phone Rev. Dr D. Clarnette 0409 236 981 or elder Col Rump

5662 2107. CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH: Reformed Church meeting at the corner of Peart and Brown Streets. Sunday family service at 10.30am. (10am daylight saving time), creche and Sunday School available. Sunday evenings 5pm service. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2527. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, December 4: 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. BAPTIST CHURCH KORUMBURRA: 39 Mine Rd, Korumburra. Service and Sunday School 10.30am. Pastor Ian Wilkinson. Phone 5658 1366. BAPTIST CHURCH WONTHAGGI: Cnr McBride & Broome Crescent, Wonthaggi. Morning Service & Children’s Activities, Sunday 10am. Weekly activities see www., Pastor Geoff Pegler 5672 4769. MEENIYAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Sunday, 10am: Meeniyan Youth Club Hall. COMBINED CHURCHES WONTHAGGI / INVERLOCH: 4th Sunday each month at 7pm. SCOTS PIONEER CHURCH: Mardan South. Pleasant Sunday Afternoons on the last Sunday of each month at 2pm. See occasional ad in this paper for details. For enquiries phone 5664 9306. FISH CREEK UNION CHURCH: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 9am; 2nd & 4th Sundays, 7pm. Contacts: Fran Grimes 5683 2650, Sue Poletti 5663 6325.

on Tuesday December 6 from 6pm to 10pm. **** Responsible Service of Alcohol course meets the requirements for bar & hospitality staff. People handling packaged liquor or planning on being the Licensee will need an LLVRSA certificate and must attend a class. This class will be held at the Korumburra Community Meeting Rooms on Tuesday December 6 from 9am to 1pm. Bookings are essential and must be made prior to the day by contacting Milpara Community House on 5655 2524. **** Do you have a skill you would like to share? We would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in being a volunteer tutor. Please contact the co-ordinators, Sandra or Belinda at Milpara Community House at 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra on 5655 2524 or via email on milpara@dcsi. **** Milpara’s Creative Writers’ will launch their first audio CD on Saturday December 10 at the Korumburra Rotary Art Gallery. This is a collection of short stories and poems for your listening enjoyment and will be available for sale from Milpara Community House at 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra after this date. **** Do you have old spectacles lying around? Just drop them into Milpara to be given to the Lions Club Recycle for Sight project for third world countries.

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CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8301 ACROSS 1. Perhaps he can go in last, when it’s heightened (8). 6. Where you may see an earring or many a decoration (4). 8. Again the article is returned and there’s a row (4). 9. Settled for “Was reduced” (4,4). 10. Want to take on the young and poor (5). 11. Before being admitted, the American man was scornful (6). 13. In Italy, dear me, most tourists are equipped with one! (6). 15. Straight home after an hour (6). 17. The rain in the country may make walking impossible (6). 19. Perhaps painting the room (5). 22. Capable of being skipped by the efficient young lady? (8). 23. Inside, everybody turned round to see her (4). 24. Do better than, on the daily round (4). 25. Worries and calls attention to (8). DOWN 2. Clamour, first, to be given quarters (5). 3. Shorten a part of the nose (7). 4. Bird on the hay-field (4). 5. A bottle and a half, the man has (8). 6. A house that will remain in your memory? (5). 7. They deliver the hats (7). 12. Is capable of catching, and is after, the dope (8). 14. Tell one it’s a very gentle gradient (7). 16. Annoys the man, the tent collapsing over him (7). 18. Plus a second TV? (5). 20. Fish for and deliver one right away (5). 21. Animals in the grass, standing (4).

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• Venus Bay Men’s Shed Christmas lunch. • St Joseph’s Fete • CFA Open Days

Festive season: Christmas is a time to celebrate and that is what Roger Watkin, John Abbott and Isaiah were doing at the Venus Bay Community Centre.

Musical show: Michele and George Gabriel, Carmen and Anthony Colakigis, Stan and Margaret Christodoulou and Frances and Horst Proeger enjoyed meeting and listening to the musically talented George Gabriel who sang a variety of Elvis songs.

Celebratory lunch: the Christmas festivities for the Venus Bay Men’s Shed were enjoyed by all especially Marion and Kevin Wayland of Venus Bay.

Fun times: Wendy Don and Colin West had a fantastic time at the Venus Bay Men’s Shed Christmas Lunch as did everybody else. Jovial meal: Doreen Kershaw, Connie Janssen, Judith Huby, Matthew Huby, Joe Janssen, Shirley West, Pamela Tutin and Gail Young had a fantastic time celebrating Christmas early at the Venus Bay Men’s Shed Christmas lunch.

When I grow up: Josha Krishnapillai, who loves pretending to be a fire fighter, and little sister Anika, stopped in on their way from Melbourne to Wilsons Promontory to explore a fire truck at Leongatha’s CFA Open Day.

Musical morning: Ambrose, Cilla and Reuben Strentz from Korumburra sit and enjoy the music at the recent St Joseph’s fete in Korumburra.

Community outing: Men’s Shed president Don Kennedy gave a cheerful speech about how this lunch gets people out of their homes and socialising with other community members.

Musically talented: George Gabriel had the crowd up and dancing throughout the Men’s Shed lunch which went until late afternoon. His Elvis songs were the main attraction.

Fire fighting gear: Tristan Morton shows Josha Krishnapillai the type of breathing apparatus fire fighters wear during structural fires.

A wild ride: Edward Kratz and Kadence Rawson, both from Korumburra, take a ride on the merry-goround at the fete.

Rides at the fete: Rowan Hercus and Daniel Biro from Korumburra, and Will Whiteside from Leongatha get ready to swing on one of the rides.

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State’s top cop to open station NEWLY appointed Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay is set to officially open the new station in February. Mr Lay is very excited about the opening as he grew up in Korumburra. When asked if he was coming to the opening, he had no hesitation in saying, “yes, definitely”. At the start of his career he had set his

sights on being Sergeant at Korumburra. He didn’t become Sergeant in his local town but is now in the forces top job. In a recent interview with The Star Mr Lay joked about taking on the position for the day. “Maybe I can be officer in charge while I’m visiting,” he laughed. “Tell Clive Smith he’ll have to move out of his chair for the day.”

Coming home: Korumburra boy and Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay will be officially opening the new Korumburra Police Station in February. Photo courtesy of Bruce Magilton, Herald Sun.

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Korumburra’s police move in KORUMBURRA’S police force is overwhelmed with its new station.

This purpose built station was designed with the Korumburra team in mind and is a great improvement on its last base. The building project started in November 2010 and after a year of works was finally ready to move in this week. The new station is at least two and a half times bigger than the old location and provides the team with a much better working environment. The building has the potential to house more members too if the need arises. It currently holds a sergeant, administration officer and six leading senior constables, but there is room for a senior sergeant, two senior sergeants, and 15 other police members in the new station. Sergeant Clive Smith heads the team at Korumburra and is very happy with the new set up. “It gives us exactly what we need,” he said. “It’s a great improvement on what we had beforehand and what we’ve been in during the interim.” Layout features of the new station are in keeping with a 16-hour police station generic floor plan and including a custodial suite to cater for court and police requirements as well. The building includes a large foyer with seats for the public, a public meeting room, open office space for the police team, other individual offices, safe room and secure storage areas for firearms and equipment, a kitchen and outdoor area, staff gymnasium as well multiple storage and amenities areas for the officers. There are two secure holding cells with

a meeting room in between, two interview rooms, a consulting window for prisoners and a reinforced secure garage in the rear of the station. “We have doors leading straight to the secure area from the garage so that if we have someone in the back of the divisional van we can safely get them straight into a cell if need be,” Sgt Smith said. This series of doors is in the secure area at the rear of the station and is separated from the office section. “We also have a passage way straight to and from the court.” The police station is situated next door to the Korumburra Magistrates Court. Funding of $2.5 million for the new station came out of the 2009/2010 state budget. All of the team agreed that it was a great improvement and will be an excellent environment to work in. “It’s so much better than what we were in before,” LSC Mark Burns said as the rest of the group agreed. The police team is still questioning the appearance of the building but are happy with the overall result. “We’re still not sure what the architect was thinking with a few things and why that colour brick was chosen but we are still very happy with the station,” Sgt Smith said. A need for the new station arose when the previous one fell below standards. “The former station was in poor condition and did not adequately support modern police operations,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said. “The old building was constructed in the 1960s and fell short of current standards for

new buildings as established by the Victoria Police Design Guideline.” This station is the last to be upgraded in the Bass Coast Police Service Area which incorporates other stations in the South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires. “Cowes was the first to get upgrades and that was back in the 80’s, so they’re next on the list for some upgrades I’d think,” Sgt Smith said. “A lot of our furniture that is being upgraded is heading off to Cowes to replace some of their older stuff as well.” The front foyer contains a display of various photos showing some of the early days of Korumburra. “Our team really wanted these photos on the glass,” Sgt Smith said. “The photo of the first coal train load shows how Korumburra started, and is an important part of the history of the town. “It’s also interesting for visitors to the station.” The station is very environmentally conscious and has been fitted with a photovoltaic solar energy system as well rain water harvesting tanks to cater for toilet flushing and landscape irrigation. “The sky lights are great and really light up the corridors during the day,” Sgt Smith said. “Using the recycled water for the toilets and what not lets us save the planet where we can.” The building is both modern and up to date with the latest policing technology and safety standards and should house the team at Korumburra for at least the next 50 years.

The team: from left, LSC Brett Guy, LSC Wendy Smith, LSC Mark Burns, administration officer Bill Studham, Sgt Clive Smith, LSC Carl Baido, LSC Jim Brannaghan and LSC Fleur Bevis.

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Lock up: one the state-of-the-art cells in the new Korumburra Police Station.

Happy customer: Sergeant Clive Smith thanks Ross Considine from Considine & Johnston for the great work done by the company and their contractors.

Taking it all in their stride WHEN building a police station one would think there would be many different building challenges involving security and specialist set ups, but in the case of the Korumburra station it was the weather. Ross Considine, director of building company Considine & Johnston, spoke to The Star about the building on behalf of project supervisor Gary Bullen. “The fact that the year was so wet did make the job a bit of a challenge,” Mr Considine said. “We had a rather soggy site to start with and with the excessive rain we didn’t get off to the best start, but once we got off the ground all went according to plan.” “It’s quite a sophisticated building and should do the police team for quite a long time.” There were odd differences in regards to this project being a police sta-

Keeping fit: officers will have no excuses for not being fit with their new gym. tion. These included the large cells which sit at the back of the station. “We had to have the cells craned in when the slab was poured, because they have to be a complete section on their own,” he said. “We were very fortunate that the local crane was just big enough to be able to manage the job.

“It was a bit of an ordeal with the weather, and getting in that close to lift it in was a challenge, but we got there anyway.” The high-tech security systems and telecommunication systems were very involved and a standout in the project. “The wiring for the intensive computer system and electrics were quite

involved because of security,” Ross said. “The police also had to have an area where they can hold someone where they won’t be able to do any damage to anyone else or themselves” Ross said that all of the 17 contractors worked well together and had a good relationship with the police as well. “They were more than co-operative, we had a good working relationship with the staff and everyone worked well together to make it happen.” The job came out on time despite a few drawbacks and wet weather. “There were a number of variations as the police themselves changed a few things due to upgrade in technology, which did put it back a little bit but it is basically on time and what we anticipated.” The full job of course is not yet finished, with minor work continuing on the inside and the car park and driveway set to be finished.

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Much better: LSC Mark Burns thinks the new station is a thousand times better than what they had previously.

Demolition: the temporary station which was housing the Korumburra police team will be cleared in the next couple of weeks.

Out with the old WHAT will be done with the old temporary station you may think? The brown, crumbling eyesore that sits beside the brand new Korumburra Police Station is soon to cease to exist after the next stage of the project. In the coming weeks the building will be flattened to make way for a driveway, a car park for the

public, and gardens. The driveway will provide access to the back of the station for police members. “It’ll be much better once the old building is gone,” LSC Mark Burns said. “The front entrance will make more sense then and it will really finish the job off.” Ross Considine, director of

building company Considine & Johnston, said an assessment needs to be done, then the building will be removed. “We’ve just got to assess the existing building and make sure everything is right to go and then we’ll start in on that,” he said. “After we finish the driveway and car park it will be practically all done.”

In with the new WEDNESDAY was the much anticipated moving day for the Korumburra police team. The team had the hard task of moving all of their office gear from their temporary station into the brand new building. Everyone pitched in to clean out the station with extra unwanted furniture not being wasted and being sent off to the Cowes station. Tradesman from the local contractors worked hard to get phone lines and security systems in place for the police team to start that evening and got it all together on time. “We did most of the moving on the Wednesday,” LSC Mark Burns said. “But we still just have to sort out all the things we’ve moved and find them a home in the new station.” Sergeant Clive Smith said that it will take some time to settle into the new building, but that shouldn’t take too long.

Moving in: LSC Fleur Bevis and administration officer Bill Studham were helping out during the big move.

History: the officers at the Korumburra station were adamant they wanted some of the town’s history included in the foyer.

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Offering assistance to rural communities By Tessa Hayward PEOPLE in rural communities deserve the best possible access to government payments and services. That is why the Australian Government has two Mobile Offices that travel extensively throughout rural Australia. One of these buses was located in Leongatha last Wednesday and Thursday and will be in Foster, Grantville and Cowes this week. Manager Noel Burton said the program offers Centrelink and Medicare services to regional communities. “We have full access to Centrelink

and Medicare services and have face to face service, as it is sometimes difficult for people to travel to their local office,” Mr Burton said. Quite a lot of people visited the Mobile Office in Leongatha last week and got great information from it. “We have been to Leongatha twice before, and we really want to encourage people to come along,” Mr Burton said. They offer a wide range of services to meet the changing needs of rural communities from new claims for a wide range of Centrelink payments to social support work and referrals. The buses are also used for disasters.

“They were at the bushfires, floods and Cyclone Yasi,” Mr Burton explained. There are normally about eight people travelling and working with the buses, but it depends on the situation. The program has been going for five years and is a great investment in the local community. The Mobile Office will be in Foster today from 10.45am to 3.45pm opposite the visitor information centre, Grantville on Wednesday, November 30 near the shire offices from 1pm to 4pm and in Cowes on Thursday December 1 and Friday December 2 outside the shire offices from 9am to 4.30pm.

Great assistance: manager Noel Burton and customer service advisors Wendy Cumming and Donna Murdoch want to encourage people to come down and take advantage of the Mobile Office.

Walkers take on Baw Baw THE South Gippsland Walking and Adventure Club spent a most enjoyable weekend at Mount Baw Baw recently when they joined with clubs from South Gippsland to socialise and partake in walks of varying interest together.

Computers donated to school A welcome gift: South Coast Christian College primary students Georgia Burns, Vanessa Erbs and Thomas Griffiths with teacher Mrs Noah, check out one of the computers recently received as a kind donation. The 17 computers came from David Rees and Hannah Sowdon at the Herbert Geer Information Technology Department, Melbourne.

Staying at a lodge made for much comfort and companionship. A couple of backpacking walks have been held with one to Lake Tarli Karn on cup weekend and another to the Avon River. Base camps have also proven popular, with these catering for those members who wish to camp but do not carry a heavy back. Cycling continues. A recent cycle was

from Yanakie to Tidal River. The weather was excellent with a bit of a head wind returning, and the hills into Tidal River testing riders. This was so good it will be repeated. There is a pannier ride in the Ballarat area and another long ride from Ararat to Warrnambool on forthcoming events. Day rides are held regularly on a Monday and Thursday. Day walks are very popular, with weekend and Tuesday walking to local areas. A sunrise walk to Punchbowl and Kilcunda return, Lowry’s Road to Foster and a French Island ramble are all planned. With the better weather now, paddlers are out on the local rivers. Paddling and camping at Lake Tyers and a paddle on the

On the walk: South Gippsland Walking and Adventure Club members at Mount Baw Baw recently. They are, from left; Ros, Linda, Kerry, Marg, Sue and Val. Bass River are upcoming events. The club meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Leongatha

Community House at 8pm. New members will be made most welcome. President Ros can be contacted on 56642358

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Sustaining relationships through grants By Tessa Hayward

TWELVE new community projects valued at more than $50,000 were presented on Monday, November 21 thanks to the support of the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation.

The amount of applications was double the number of received last year, and the application value was more than twice the amount allocated in 2010. The recipients of the grants felt very privileged and grateful to be able to further specific and innovative projects. Foundation chairman Norman Walker said it was also a privilege for the foundation to support the community in this way. “We are confident that the projects we are supporting will make a significant and meaningful difference to the lives of many people in our community,” Mr Walker said. The first grant of $10,000 went to the Boolarra and District Youth Theatre Company for an arts based youth education program culminating in the production and staging of Boolarra in the Park. “It will give a stimulating environment for young people with skills development and creative arts workshops,” foundation board member Jeanette White said.

The second grant of $3,000 went to the Act, Commit, Belong program. The campaign encourages and promotes good mental health in adolescents, as Ms White explained it is just as important to keep mentally healthy as it is to keep physically healthy. The third grant of $5,000 went to Uniting Care Gippsland for their program ‘Celebrating youth through community arts and activities’ at the Mirboo North grainstore. Ms White explained that it is as a very innovative program for youths to work alongside artists and exhibit skate decks. The fourth grant of $4,000 is going towards the Mirboo North Arty Gras Festival and Art Show to enable the development and implementation of a joint media and publicity campaign. They want to attract more visitors and enhance the social and economic outcomes for the district. The fifth grant of $3,200 was awarded to the Dumbalk and District Progress Association for the purchase and installation of a community visual and audio system to assist the community to run training and other events. The sixth grant of $1,400 went to the Mirboo and District Historical Society to relocate and preserve the old police lock-up. “We want it in a prominent position for tourists, visitors and the community to enjoy,” Ms White said. The seventh grant of $5,000 is going to the Mirboo North Walter J Tuck Re-

serve for an audio and sound system. Ms White said the audio and sound system would improve facilities for training and events for the public. “We play, learn and socialise together, and the reserve is an important community hub,” she said. The eighth grant of $2,145 is going to the Mirboo North RSL for a new electronic step for the community bus. The electronic step will assist physically challenged users of the service. The ninth and tenth grant of $5,000 each was presented to Mirboo North Secondary College’s Year 8 and Year 9 programs. The Year 9 community break out program strengthens the bond between students and community and groups. The Year 8 get real personal development program is an, “Investment in our future,” according to Ms White. Mirboo North Secondary College principal Karen Lanyon was honoured and grateful for receiving two grants. “We would like to thank everyone for recognising what the school does,” she said. The eleventh grant of $5,000 went to the Mirboo Recreation Reserve for the construction and installation of a much needed children’s playground. The last grant of $1,620 went to the Ridge Writers to deliver a program of workshops for community members to encourage self-expression, personal development, self discovery and empowerment. A total of $50,365 was granted to the local community.

Supporting local projects: Mirboo North and District Community Foundation board members Norman Walker and Jeanette White and Cr Warren Raabe were very pleased with the amount of grants they were able to give to the community.

Theatrical production: Jeanette White of the Mirboo North and District community foundation presented the first grant of the night of $10,000 to the Boolarra and District Youth Theatre Company who then performed three delightful songs for the audience.

Staying connected: Mirboo North Senior Citizens Centre secretary Margaret Peters shared a laugh with the foundation’s Jeanette White after receiving the $1,000 grant for free transport.

Personal development: Mirboo North’s Trudy Brunton presented $1,620 to Ridge Writers’ Leandra Taylor to deliver a program of workshops for community members.

School community: Mirboo North’s Historical Society’s secretary, Sue Kerr presented Mirboo North Secondary College’s principal Karen Lanyon with two grants worth $5,000 each to help with school programs.

Emily Hughes back in town KOONWARRA’S Emily Hughes is back in the country after spending the last four years working for P and O Cruises, in Australia and the UK.

Emily worked in a house performance troupe on cruises run by the company. She is an aerialist, specializing in trapeze, cloud swing and tissue routines. “I have had a great time, getting to see the world and meeting some amazing people in 43 countries,” she said. Emily now works for Showtech Australia, a company which supplies rigging and artists for corporate events. Just recently Emily performed at a President’s Cup function at Crown Palladium Ballroom for guests who included Tiger Woods and Greg Norman. Emily completed her Bachelor in Circus Arts at NICA in Melbourne in 2007. On weekends Emily returns to Leongatha to help train with Lisa Pellin Dancers. She instructs in acrobatics, strengthening and flexibility. Don’t miss Lisa Pellins big concert Out of this World at Wonthaggi on Sunday, December 11. Tick- Flexibility: Emily Hughes ets from Nagel’s Pharmacy Chloe Adkins in a routine.


Willing and able: members of Lisa Pellin Dancers with coach Emily Hughes (centre); from left Chloe Adkins, Morgan Bolam, Claudia Bolam, Jonti Westaway, and Tessa Zuidema.

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Bullock numbers down in latest market

AFTER early indications of cheaper prices, a small yarding of 165 young cattle, and 1100 grown cattle was penned, with the big decline seen in the bullock section.

The quality was again very mixed, although a lot were of good to very good quality. All of the regular buyers were present, but not all made purchases, and coupled with weaker demand, prices were nearly all cheaper. The penning of 30 veal-

ers was of mixed quality and weight, and the lighter weight vealers sold at unchanged rates, making to 246c/kg, most made from 190c to 225c/kg. These, and yearling heifers were mostly 4c to 8c/kg cheaper, which saw most heifers sell from 168c to 194c/kg. Isolated sales of light yearling steers were up to 204c/kg. There were not as many extra heavy bullocks penned in the offering of 500 head, but there were

a number of manufacturing bullocks sold, including dairy and dairy crosses weighing from 580kg to over 700kg lwt. Demand was weaker and prices were 5c to 13c/ kg cheaper. The best quality prime bullocks sold between 172c to 185c, while grown steers sold to 188c/ kg. Manufacturing grades sold anywhere from 145c to 177c/kg. A slightly larger penning of 550 cows includ-

ed more very good quality beef cows, and a lot of larger frame Friesain cows of mixed quality. Demand was weaker for the beef cows, and prices were 4c cheaper, but the leaner cows sold to better competition and were unchanged to 3c/kg dearer. There was strong restocker competition to assist in

this outcome. The better quality beef cows sold from 138c for very fat cows to 158c/ kg. Larger frame Friesians made 146c to 156c for heavy two and three scores, one scores sold between 135c and 147c/ kg. Light and poor condition cows made 106c to 138c, but restockers paid

up to 163c/kg. The carcass weight price average was estimated to be 302c/kg. Another very large penning of 60 bulls sold to much weaker demand for the good quality heavy bulls, and were 12c to 20c cheaper, making 152c to 182c/kg. Lighter weight bulls were least affected, making from 140c to 175c/kg.

Wednesday, November 23 BULLOCKS 12 A.M. & M.M. Enbom, Korumburra 606kg 192.0 $1164 12 P.C. Waite, Glengarry 566kg 191.6 $1085 3 B. Olsen, Poowong East 565kg 189.2 $1068 10 M. & J. Forrester, Koorooman 576kg 189.2 $1089 10 B.R. & T.M. Pepperell, Jumbunna East 630kg 188.0 $1185 1 L.C. & S.E. Marriott, Tarwin Lower 575kg 188.0 $1081 STEERS 1 Aurora Racing & Stud, Lang Lang 335kg 245.6 $822 1 Traselasons P/L, Loch 320kg 210.0 $672 2 T. & E. Bruns, Woodside 357kg 210.0 $750 3 N.G. Hanks, Mirboo North 463kg 204.6 $947 1 R.J. & J.G. Newton, Mirboo North 445kg 200.6 $892 1 Dowling Partners, Koorooman 475kg 200.0 $950 COWS 3 P.G. & M.D. Lamers, Leongatha South 526kg 163.2 $859 9 A.J., P.J. & J.G. Car, Powlett River 385kg 159.6 $615 5 T. & J. McRae, Buffalo 633kg 158.0 $1000 2 C. Kelly Livestock, Leongatha 612kg 158.0 $967 2 Pearson Beef, Meeniyan 595kg 158.0 $940 1 Dixon B2, Mirboo North 575kg 158.0 $908 HEIFERS 1 Traselasons P/L, Loch 315kg 244.6 $770 1 Aurora Racing & Stud, Lang Lang 375kg 232.6 $872 1 D.A. Bateman & Connelly, Loch 245kg 220.0 $539 2 Z. & M. Spehar, Yinnar 260kg 220.0 $572 1 T. & E. Bruns, Woodside 390kg 200.0 $780 1 R.J. & J.G. Newton, Mirboo North 450kg 191.6 $862 BULLS 1 D.B. & D.M. Fairbrother, Tarwin Lower 1025kg 182.0 $1865 1 C.A. & J.R. Moore, Yarram 995kg 180.0 $1791 1 Bischof & Morgan, Yanakie 900kg 180.0 $1620 1 I.G. & G. Balbo, Yarram 905kg 180.0 $1629 1 G. Best, Mirboo 930kg 179.6 $1670 1 Donchi K2, Dumbalk 930kg 178.0 $1655

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COMPLETE MILKING HERD DISPERSAL MOUNT GAMBIER Wednesday 14th December at 10.30am SA Time On farm Princess Highway, Tantanoola a/c NVSE Pty Ltd, T/as PJ Edmonds. Lease terminated

430 Medium/Large 430 Framed Young Holsteins & odd xbred cows in Fantastic Condition Comprising: 300 Cows calved from 1st Sep to 1st Dec 2011, Averaging 34 litres, currently being rejoined to AI sires McCormick, Garrison, Dictator. 130 Cows due from 8th Feb to 15th April 2012 joined to Diabolical, Nokia, Contender, Logon then Holsteins, February calvers dry cow treated, averaging 22 litres, cell count 190, herd test figures available. Note: 80 young registered AI bred Holsteins were purchased from Linden View dispersal July 2011 A great opportunity to purchase from a large herd of young cows displaying exceptionally neat udders, capacious cows in wonderful condition. Don't miss the opportunity! Directions from Mt Gambier on Princess Highway continue 35km North West towards Millicent, farm on left signs will be erected. Catalogues available - Please contact DLS Office 03 9338 9259 Terms are cash or cheque on day of Sale or settlement by your Agent – Letter of Introductions MUST be provided. Lee Hamilton 0418 352 366 Mark Collins 0438 394 110 Brian Leslie 0418 365 934

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

Smaller yarding: a smaller quantity of cattle were yarded leading to nearly all cheaper prices.

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Sale Draw November 30 and December 1 & 2 1. Alex Scott 2. Landmark 3. Elders 4. SEJ 5. David Phelan & Co 6. Rodwells

Upcoming Sales LEONGATHA Wednesday, November 30 Prime Sale - 8.30am Thursday, December 1 Store Sale - 10am Friday, December 2 Sheep Sale - 11am PAKENHAM Monday, December 5 Prime Sale - 8am Tuesday, December 6 Export Sale - 8.30am Thursday, December 8 Store Sale - 10am

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Bound for dairy heartland AGNES dairy farmer Allen Van Kuyk is packing his bags and heading off to America. But he will not visit Disneyland or any of the US’s other famous tourist sites. Instead, he will be investigating what makes the American dairy industry tick, then bringing his knowledge back to Australia. The tour of the dairy farming ‘heartland’ of Wisconsin is courtesy of a successful study tour nomination from the Rotary Club of Foster. Allen will be in America from April 7 and returns in early May. “It’s in April, so it’s a quiet time for the farm. I was happy enough to have a go at it. It’s a great opportunity,” he said. Allen said the selection process was “fairly intensive”. “There’ll be four people on the tour with different vocations. There’s myself as a farmer, there’s

US bound: Agnes dairy farmer Allen Van Kuyk is packing his bags and heading off to America.

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a teacher and a couple of speech therapists. It’s tailored to every person’s individual vocation. Then there’s the team leader, who’s a Rotarian. He’s involved in manufacturing steel parts for housing,” he said. While the Australian contingent will be working hard to learn as much as they can from the US experience, just as many Americans will come here to do the same. The tour speaks volumes for the power of Rotary’s global network and its expressed desire to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 33,976 clubs and over 1.22 million members worldwide. Allen is a walking example of the group’s motto, ‘Service above Self’ and sees the tour as a

way of offering something to Australia and host nation, America. “I’ll do some presentations on the dairy industry locally and what Rotary does locally. Then there’ll be vocational visits to areas of interest. I might go to a university or a farm,” he said. Allen said Wisconsin was “traditionally the biggest dairy industry” in America, but has been usurped in recent times by California. “It’s got a very strong dairy history and is regarded as the US’s dairy heartland. It’s an area that’s really applicable to my vocation,” he said. “My focus will be to come away with some pertinent information. There’s some areas of interest that are becoming very important in the local dairy industry, such as an animal fertility and the like. It’s really come to the fore as we use more US genetics in our herds.” Allen said the US was “probably

more down the track of having difficulties in those areas”. “I really wanted to find out how they were dealing with that, and whether, for instance, there’s a plan to go back to cross-breeding. Or whether they have new technologies to address these issues,” he said. Allen has an interest in breeding, but says his allegiance is very much with the dairy farming industry. “The core business is always going to be about selling milk. But if I can’t get enough cows in calf I can’t get enough milk for a future. It’s a major issue right throughout the dairy industry,” he said. Allen will be doing plenty of talking to various groups when he is in America, and probably even more when he gets back. The chairman of the Toora community bank is no stranger to public speaking, although he said “you never lose that slight nerve”.

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INTERSTATE & LOCAL TRUCK DRIVER Ryan’s Transport has a position available for a full time interstate driver with some local work. MUST have MC licence, minimum 2 years’ experience and a good driving record. Excellent rates and conditions for the right applicant. Call Tom on 0409 613 664 or send your resumé to: PO Box 128, Leongatha 3953


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

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MORRISON JEFFERIS & ASSOCIATES Certified Practising Accountants

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

Boilermaker / Welder Burra Sheetmetal Pty Ltd, a part of the world leading air movement specialists Elta Group Asia Pacific, requires the services of a Boilermaker / Welder in our busy and expanding Korumburra workshop. This position, to commence early in the new year, is a supervisory / team leader position and the successful applicant will have the ability to work unsupervised, be able to read shop drawings and have the knowledge and confidence to lead a small team of welders. This is a hands on position, but the successful candidate will also have some management duties. These additional duties include, but are not limited to, assigning duties to staff, helping to schedule work order priorities, addressing maintenance issues and adhering to OH&S requirements. Excellent working conditions and remuneration are being offered and overtime is offered when available. This will be an exciting and rewarding career opportunity for the right applicant. Written applications close 14/12/11 Burra Sheetmetal Pty Ltd Ph: 5658 1030 PO Box 111 Korumburra 3950

Latrobe Community Health Service is one of the largest community health providers in Victoria. We provide professional and career development, salary packaging, an employee assistance program, work life balance and much more. We are currently offering the following career opportunity:

Marketing and Communication Officer – 16213

Building a Healthy Community

76 Hours per fortnight, full-time permanent, Morwell Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS) is a leading provider of primary health services in Gippsland, Victoria. It is seeking to appoint an experienced person to a multifaceted marketing role. The role entails liaison with internal and external stakeholders to provide assistance in all aspects of marketing and communication. This is a hands-on role. Key Tasks will include: • Participate in developing marketing plans for various LCHS programs • Develop and introduce marketing and information materials • Content development for newsletters • Develop and maintain content on the intranet and website • Advertising and media releases

Tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience in marketing, journalism, communications or a related area are essential.

Applications close 4:30pm Monday 5 December 2011


To achieve this the successful candidate will require a broad understanding of marketing and communication, excellent writing skills and a sound grasp of design principles. Experience with the web and social media will be well regarded.

• For further information and copies of each position description visit our careers page • Applicants must address the Selection Criteria and lodge their application online. • No late or hard copy applications will be accepted.

BCCHS seeks expressions of interest from a suitably qualified person to join our busy nursing team.

Nursing Services Co-ordinator Full time 12-month contract with potential for extension The successful candidate will be required to co-ordinate a premium nursing service for clients of Bass Coast Community Health Service and will be required to have a current RN Division 1 registration with Nurses Board of Victoria. A post graduate qualification in management or community nursing would be advantageous. Remuneration as per award. Enquiries can be directed to Rae Davies, Manager Client Services. To obtain a position description and an employment application form, please telephone reception on 5671 9200 or refer to our website: Applications close 5 pm, 5 December 2011 and should be addressed to: Bass Coast Community Health Service HR Administrator 1 Back Beach Road San Remo Vic 3925 or by email to:

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Relief Milker

School Bus Driver We have a vacancy for a driver in our company. Please forward details of relevant experience and expressions of interest. Full confidentiality is guaranteed. BERRYMAN’S BUS LINES PO Box 14 Fish Creek 3959

situations vacant WANTED


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

FISH CREEK AREA 180 cows 20 swing over herringbone Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights / full time starting April 20 (for one month) Contact Craig 0438 891 278

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DELIVERY DRIVERS required. Mr Pizza Leongatha is currently employing delivery drivers. Must have licence, own car and be available weekends. Hourly rates apply. Submit resumé to store at 24 McCartin Street. WEEKEND MILKER every second weekend for a rotary dairy, 600 cows. Phone Geoff 0407-385219.


Phone Tim 0428 350 856 Email: Fax: 5682 1955

G.J. Gardner. HOMES

New home consultant TEACHER LIBRARIAN Part-time (0.6 FTE) Can you demonstrate an active commitment to the ethos of a Catholic school? Do you have strong ICT skills and an interest in eLearning? Then why not visit for a detailed role description to find out if you might help to take our College forward in this role. Written applications, including the names of three referees, should be submitted to the Principal as soon as possible but no later than Wednesday 7 December 2011.

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


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST FULL-TIME (38 hours per week) Commencing 27th January 2012 Applications are invited for suitably qualified persons for the above position. Duties may include General OT, Rehabilitation and Aged Care. Terms and conditions of employment according to experience. Salary Packaging available. For information regarding Bass Coast Regional Health visit our website Enquiries to Sally Grinham, Chief Occupational Therapist (5671 3343). Written applications with CV and two referees to: Kaye Beaton Director of Community Services Bass Coast Regional Health PO Box 120 Wonthaggi 3995 Applications close 16th December 2011


BUSINESS MANAGER Korumburra SC is seeking a suitably qualified and/or experienced person to lead its Finance/Administration team for Term 1 in 2012. Applications close: Monday 5/12/2011 (4pm) For further information please contact Darren Parker - Acting Principal (5655 1566)

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


Casual Sheetmetal Assembler Burra Sheetmetal Pty Ltd, a part of the world leading air movement specialists Elta Group Asia Pacific, requires the services of a Casual Sheetmetal Worker/ Assembler in our busy and expanding Korumburra workshop. Sheetmetal trade qualifications and/or experience whilst not essential would be an advantage as the successful applicant will need to have the ability to work unsupervised and in a team, and be able to read shop drawings to manufacture a large and varied quantity of parts. Above award wages will be offered and overtime is offered when available. This will be a pathway to an exciting and rewarding career opportunity for the right applicant. Written applications close 14/12/11 Burra Sheetmetal Pty Ltd Ph: 5658 1030 PO Box 111 Korumburra 3950

Newhaven College is currently seeking qualified and committed staff for the following positions:

• Maintenance Manager Please visit for further information.

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

TIMBER YARD POSITION TARWIN LOWER STORE A full time position, including weekend work exists in our timber yard. You will be required to offer exceptional customer service and have practical experience in forklift operation and truck driving. To be successful in this position you must: • Have an approachable and friendly nature • Have strong customer focus • Be team orientated • Be computer literate • Current forklift ticket • Current HR endorsed driver licence Knowledge of timber and timber products will be an advantage. If you believe you have the qualities we are looking for, you are invited to apply in writing by Wednesday December 7 to: Store Manager, Capeview Mitre10 31 River Drive, Tarwin Lower Or by email

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

Immediate start working through to February. Farm located in Middle Tarwin. Phone after 6pm 5663 4248

COOKS KITCHEN HANDS WAITER BAR STAFF & 1ST YEAR APPRENTICE For newly opening Venus Bay Restaurant / Café PHONE 0432 257 874

Most photos that appear in The Star can be purchased by calling 5662 2294. public notices CHIROPRACTOR NORMAN G. VRADENBURG “NON-FORCE PRACTITIONER” 28 Reilly Street, INVERLOCH HOURS - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Phone and fax 5674 3666 South Gippsland Chiropractic Services & Adjunctive Therapies P/L

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

To assist on dairy farm with milking and general farm duties


• Food Technology Assistant

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

Want a long term career in sales and possess the following skill set: l Have a strong work ethic l Are passionate about building meaningful business and client relationships l Have advanced computer skills l A good understanding of the building industry l You should be driven, hard working and self disciplined Send your applications to: Office: 1/219 Settlement Road, Cowes. Phone: 5952 2150 or 0423 374 733.

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Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College South Gippsland


penthouse make us your 1st stop

9702 4744

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AT THE STUDIO 13 Watson’s Road Leongatha Meet the Director, Scott Miller

1pm December 4 More information on 0422 894 149

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

Berries You Pick HERBERT HILL BERRY FARM in Leongatha 5 Sawyer Street SATURDAY & SUNDAY Open all day MONDAY - FRIDAY by appointment Phone 5662 4801

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for sale CHILD’S PEDAL CAR “Locomotive style”, as new, $325. Ph: 5662-3278. ELECTRIC 4 wheel Broadway scooter medium, 5 years old, fully enclosed, silver, good condition $2,000. Ph: 56741687, 0488-724449.


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

17ft x 7ft 6in EXCELLENT CONDITION “Always kept undercover” FIRST TO SEE WILL BUY Only done (3) small trips Microwave, 3-way fridge, factory air con, double bed with innerspring mattress, 3-burner stove plus hotplate and grill, full annex. Heavy duty Hayman Reece towbar with stabilisers, extra jockey wheel, 2 new spare tyres and wheels. Caravan tyres as new. Reg until May 2012. $21,500 ONO Ph: 5664 0286 Mob: 0409 103 302







BOARD OF MANAGEMENT APPOINTMENTS Applications are invited from people who have a commitment to excellence in public healthcare and the skills and expertise to contribute to the governance of a major regional healthcare organisation, to apply for appointment to the Board of Management of Bass Coast Regional Health. The Board of Management is responsible for setting the strategic directions of the Health Service and ensuring that it is efficiently managed, providing high quality care and service delivery, meeting its financial and nonfinancial performance targets, and meeting the healthcare needs of the Bass Coast community. There are four vacancies occurring on the Board of Management of the Health Service on 30th June 2012 due to the effluxion of time with the retiring members eligible for re-appointment. These positions are honorary appointments for a maximum period of three years. The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring there is strong governance and accountability of Board members and will be ensuring that Boards of Management have the right mix of relevant skills, knowledge, attributes and expertise to be effective and achieve the Health Service’s objectives. To ensure the correct balance is achieved, the following will be taken into account when considering applications: • Skills and expertise relevant to the governance of health services including corporate management, finance/audit, law, human resources, capital management, strategic information technology, risk management and clinical governance; • The capacity to reflect the views of the community and users of the service; • Continuing high levels of performance in their fields of endeavour, integrity and a high standing in the community; • An understanding of the broader policy context of the delivery and planning of public health services; • A good working knowledge and understanding of accountability, relationships and corporate governance; • Demonstrated strategic thinking, planning and leadership skills; and • Experience in effective consultation and collaboration with stakeholders. It is Government policy that appointments to Government bodies have records of personal, professional and commercial integrity. In light of this, Government requires short listed applicants to provide a declaration of private interest and to undergo formal probity checks including a Victorian Police criminal records check, an Australian Securities and Investments Commission disqualification register check and a National Personal insolvency index check. Further background information on these honorary positions together with an application form and information kit can be obtained from the Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Andrew Lowe – telephone 5671 3209. Applications close with the Chief Executive Officer, Bass Coast Regional Health, Graham Street, Wonthaggi at 5pm Friday, December 16, 2011. Visit Bass Coast Regional Health on the Web

167 Graham Street, Wonthaggi (opp. Ritchies IGA)

5672 3127

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HAY - Rye and clover, rounds behind baler, $44 inc. GST, Glengarry. Phone Jason 0417-058319. Inspection welcome.

BREADCRUMB FEED $86 per tonne in Dandenong, 13.5% ME, 15% CP, 65% DM. Phone Ed Bread 0402212222. CARAVAN Walkabout, 23ft, airbag susp, shower / toilet, solar with inverter sat., TV, washing machine, a/c, diesel heater. Many extras, ex. cond. $70,000 ONO. Ph: 0419-343307.

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SEWER UPGRADE WORKS FOR FOSTER, KORUMBURRA & INVERLOCH As part of South Gippsland Water’s (SGW’s) ongoing program of waste water system improvements, SGW is pleased to advise that works will commence on the rehabilitation / relining of the sewer mains in Foster, Korumburra and Inverloch. Works will be conducted in the road reserve and in designated sewer easements. This may require the contractor to enter your property in order to carry out the required works. The sewer relining method of construction will reduce disturbed areas to residents’ properties and keep property and environmental disturbance to a minimum. Any disturbed areas will be restored and reinstated to a satisfactory pre-existing condition. The works are scheduled to commence in the last week of November 2011 and conclude in the last week of March 2012. For further information contact the Project Supervisor, Dean DeMenech on 5682 0438.

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for sale SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662. SUZUKI GSXR 600, 1997, reg. GE761, 36,500km. Ex condition $5,200. 0419343568. TIMBER - kiln dried blackwood, clear pine, silver wattle. Most sizes for furniture and craft. Also builder’s graded structural pine. Phone 5681-2261.

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

JAYCO camper trailer, 1982, in good condition, sleeps six, four-burner stove and oven, three-way fridge, full annexe, reg till Feb 2012, $8,500 ONO. Ph: 5662-3748.

Phone JOHN GOULD 5664 0012

LG REFRIGERATOR 442lt, 7 mths old. Original price $1,300, sell for $600 ONO. Ph: 0448-480232. LOUNGE SUITE 3 piece brown velvet, good condition $200. Ph: 56624327 a/h. MOBILITY SCOOTER electric - Pride Celebrity X four wheel. Excellent condition, swivel chair and canvas carrybag, $2,000. Contact Lance 0409426042. PULLETS for sale $13.50 each. Ph: 5658-1941. PUPPIES (5), 7 weeks old, Jack Russell x Chihuahua / Papillon. Vaccinated, vet checked, wormed and vet cards, $250 each. Ph: 0432199937 Mirboo North.

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HAY - small square bales, new season’s, $6 each. Fully shedded, suitable for horses, never been wet. Quality guaranteed. Mardan - 5664-1320, 0428999691.

KITCHEN SUITE 2yrs old, round table expands to seat six, 4 chairs microsuede bone colour, ex. cond. $400. 0427-657857. BEDROOM SUITE Queen, hardwood, pine colour, dressing table, 2 side tables, 2 yrs old, ex. cond. $900. 0427-657857. TV UNIT corner, pine colour with 4 glass doors, $200. 0427-657857. LOUNGE SUITE microfibre, mocha colour, 2 recliner chairs and 2 recliners with bar in couch, 2 yrs old, $850. 0427657857.

for hire

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


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

lost DOG - CKC Spaniel / Pug, black and brown male, desexed, chipped and tagged. Lost 27/11 at 5.15pm from Mason Street, Korumburra. Name - Charlie. Reward. Ph: 5655-1800.

used machinery MOWER CONDITIONER Vicon 8 disc training 3 mtr cut, new cutter bar, ex. condition, $13,200 ONO. Ph: 0419-343307.

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

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

house to share HOUSE to share in Meeniyan, $150 week, includes electricity and internet. 0427-694302.

for rent 3 BEDROOM 2 bathroom house in Leongatha, $280 per week. Elders 56623523. VENUS BAY - house, short stroll to beach and shops, sleeps 7. Permanent rental also available. Contact: 0408-320001.

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 Saturday December 3 9 Brumley Street LEONGATHA Start 9am Carb-Tec dust extraction collector, portable air conditioner, some electrics, fish smoker, pre-loved Gopher 3 wheel electric wheelchair, some new costume jewellery, and a variety of other things

Garage Sale Saturday December 3 9am - 5pm 145 Peters Lane MIRBOO NORTH (From Mirboo North follow signs to Dumbalk on to Mardan Road, we are the first gravel road on the right)

Books, CDs, videos, toys, beautiful clothes, shoes, antique porcelain, antique cot and children’s desk, nick nacks and much more

GARAGE SALE Avery, old collectables, garden implements small & large, tools, cream cans, galvanised iron, windmill head, old tins, cast bed ends, PTO welder, compressor, tiller, self-propelled slasher/mower. Too many items to list - everything to go

Saturday & Sunday December 3 & 4 9am - 3pm 3486 South Gippsland Highway, Foster Enquiries 0419 591 534

marriage celebrant WENDY STAYNER 0409 259 195 03 9785 9186

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

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Fabulous ’40s concert in Loch THE fabulous ’40s were celebrated in a special Wartime Tribute concert presented by the Loch Arts Council on Saturday, November 12. This was an innovative musical evening that brought together Loch Primary School students, older residents and ballroom dancing in a nostalgic re-creation of village life in war time. Combining the power of storytelling with a love of music and dancing, the first part of the evening was held in the Loch Masonic Hall, where children and adults portrayed life as it was during World War Two. Marie Ludenia was on hand to show slides of wartime life and control the many sound effects while stories were being told. Then it was off to Loch Public Hall to dance to the fabulous Rathdowne Street Big Band. The saxophonist who provided music on Victoria Road and a plane fly-over added to the nostalgia as the audience moved between the two venues. Ann Larkins sang several ’40s hits accompanied by the band, and the Loch Public Hall was decorated with conifer as it would have been back in the ’40s, thanks to Kate Strong and Gill Heal. The evening’s entertainment was arranged by Ann Larkins who was assisted by many other creative and talented people. Loch Arts Council’s next event will be Loch Village Christmas Carols at Sunnyside Park in Loch on Saturday, December 17 at 6.30pm.



MASON (Frank) - To Phil and Jodie, a son, John Henry, born 7.11.11.

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STRONG - Donald Howard (Don). Passed away peacefully at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton on November 27, 2011. Aged 81 years, late of Leongatha. Dearly loved husband of Betty. Loved father and father-in-law of Jeanne and John, Graeme and Belinda, Martin and Kathryn, Ian and Carol, and Neil. Much loved Pop of Lucinda, Ashley and Trent. Forever in our hearts. Please see later Herald Sun for funeral details.


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Students perform: Loch Primary School students entertained the audience during Loch’s fabulous ’40s concert.

Big band: the Rathdowne Street Big Band had people dancing the night away during Loch’s celebration of the ’40s concert at the Loch hall.

Towns plan to survive COMMUNITIES wishing to become fully sustainable will have an opportunity this week to learn from the small Gippsland community of Heyfield that became the first town in Australia to be recognised as a sustainable smart town. Visiting presenter Judy Doolan from the Heyfield Community Centre will speak about the Smart Town three stage program that led to Heyfield’s success. Forums will be held in Meeni-

yan and Venus Bay on Wednesday, November 30, and Mirboo North and Korumburra on Thursday, December 1. Winners of the United Nations World Environment Day Awards 2011(Education Category) for their Sustainable Smart Town Program, Heyfield residents worked together to prepare for ‘a lifestyle with affordability, safety, disability access and a healthier sustainable environment as we live longer.’

Register now for beach festival THE Inverloch Beach Festival will celebrate International Day of People with Disability. Inverloch Beach Festival is almost here, so if you want to be a part of the action, register by Thursday, 1 December. Bass Coast Shire Council is a member of the South Coast Access Alliance (SCAA), which is organising the festival on Saturday, December 3. Bass Coast Shire Council community facilitator – RuralAccess, Kathryn Pryor, said everyone was invited to celebrate International Day of People with Disability at this event. The festival runs from 10am-3pm at various beachside locations along the Inverloch Foreshore, and the day is shaping up to be very popular, she said. “We have planned a range of free, inclusive and accessible come ‘n’ try beach activities at various locations along the Inverloch foreshore, with kiting, Dinosaur Discovery and fishing, proving to be the most popular activities so far, closely followed by surfing, sand sculpting and sail-ability,” Ms Pryor said. “We already have 34 people from all over Gippsland registered for beach activities and six people who have volunteered to help, though we are still looking for more people to join in. “Seven beach wheelchairs will also be available on the day, to assist people with limited mobility to access beach activities being held on the sand and in the water.” Ms Pryor explained a key feature of the day will be the presentation of this year’s welcoming and inclusive club of the year award winner. This award recognises local clubs who are committed to involving people with a disability in the life of their club. “To keep everyone’s energy levels up, a picnic lunch will be held at the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club from 12-1pm, and there will be some catering and live music for everyone to enjoy,” Ms Pryor said. International Day of People with Disability aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and wellbeing. The day also seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of integrating people with disability into every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The Inverloch Beach Festival is an alcohol free event. For more information contact Lisa Pettinella on 1300 BCOAST (226 278). Access information via the National Relay Service on 133 677 (for people with communication difficulties) or email ruralaccess@

South Gippsland Shire Council’s community strengthening officers Barbara Look and Marzia Maurilli have combined forces with sustainability officer Christine Hamilton, Landcare, the Sustainability Network and the Lower Tarwin Valley Project to present these forums in response to community interest. The forums are free but booking is essential. • Venus Bay Community Centre, 11am-1pm, Wednesday, No-

vember 30; and • Meeniyan Golf Club, 7-9pm, Wednesday, November 30. Bookings to Marzia Maurilli on 5662 9805. Also: • Mirboo North Community Shed, Thursday, December 1, 11am-1pm; and • Korumburra Meeting Rooms, Thursday, December 1, 6-8pm. Bookings to Barbara Look on 5662 9319.

Bask in the Light Fantastic TWO artists will exhibit once again at Mushroom Crafts Art Gallery following their successful exhibition there last November Entitled Light Fantastic, the exhibition is a collection of illusory and visionary recent art works by Irma van der Steenon and Bianca Biesuz-Stefani. The art show will open on Friday, December 2 at 2pm. The show will be officially opened by Cr Mohya Davies. Members of the general public are welcome to attend.

Opening Friday: Irma van der Steenon (left) and Bianca Biesuz-Stefani with two of the paintings they will show at Mushroom Crafts Art Gallery in Leongatha.

Helping each other out: Moonya Community Services has been fortunate enough lately to receive three very generous donations from community organisations. The Lions Club and Plumbers Union at the desalination plant donated $13,000 towards the centre, to go towards installing natural gas, while the Wonthaggi, Phillip Island and San Remo Rotary clubs donated $10,000 to be put towards a new computer server, with the current one being more than 10 years old. Pictured are Wonthaggi Lions Club president John Fleming, Karen Lee from Thiess Degremont, Moonya Community Services CEO Barney Hanily and George Bird from Wonthaggi Lions Club.

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Lyric back again for Christmas show LEONGATHA Lyric Theatre’s latest touring show titled ‘Our Town’ received a rousing welcome back after a year’s absence doing the ‘club circuit’. This year’s show concluded at Dumbalk Hall on Friday night after touring venues including Kongwak, Bena, Fish Creek, Arawata, Nyora, and Meeniyan. It’s no mean feat moving stage, scenery, props, cast and crew around the countryside, but judging by the response of the 100 patrons at the Dumbalk Hall, the enormous effort was most appreciated. The show was directed by Greta Rendell with MC

Terry Lay anchoring an array of musical numbers, sparkling songs, and skits, mostly on the ‘Our Town’ theme. Versatile cast members who interchanged roles included Ivan Koetsveld, Brad Beach, Lindy Waldron, Tim Gesell and Rhonda Melhuish with musical duo Geoff Heide (drums) and Barb Fleming (piano) teaming up once again. As usual Barb’s solo was one of the highlights. Backstage and support crew make the whole thing possible. All eyes are on this Saturday’s Gippsland Associated Theatre Awards to see if Lyric can bring home some winners!

Stage presence: Tim Gesell, Greta Rendell, Ivan Koestveld, Lindy Waldron, Rhonda Melhuish, singing get into the groove. Taking a break: Geoff Heidi, Barb Fleming with director Greta Rendell have a chat during a break.

Above: Hamming it up: Rhonda Melhuish and Tim Gesell present one of the comedy skits.

Above: Big group: Marg Pegler brought a big group out from Leongatha and district to enjoy a top show.

We are Geelong: the cast plus audience volunteers Alison McIntyre and Daniel Hansen discuss all matters football.

Benita wins Lions Youth of the Year THE Lions Club of Inverloch and District held its club judging of the Lions ‘Youth of the Year’ for 2011 on Monday, November

21. The three contestants, Aimee Burns and Benita Eygenraam of Leongatha Secondary College and Brianna Delaney of Mary MacKillop CRC faced several different topics and sec-

tions. Contestants spent several hours with judges who interviewed them on a range of subjects and matters of general knowledge. When the students were introduced to the audience,

Tough competition: Benita Eygenraam, Aimee Burns and Brianna Delaney competed against each other in the Lions ‘Youth of the Year’ contest.

they each responded to two impromptu questions, followed by a five minute speech on a topic of their choice. All three contestants presented well and the judges were faced with the task of deciding the overall winner. The judges decided Benita was the overall winner with the public speaking award won by Aimee. Benita will now go on to compete at the zone/regional final to be held at a later date. The winner of that will proceed to the district final which will then lead to the state final. The Lions Club of Inverloch would like to thank the judges, participating students and their schools for supporting the ‘Youth of the Year’ as well as Linda Aly who did a great job in organising the event.

Talented: Joyce Calder with her art pieces, which she was selling at the Lodge fete.

Fete goes ahead in rain GRIM weather didn’t stop the Woorayl Lodge fete from going ahead on Saturday, with plenty of passers-by opting to pop their head in and have a look.

A highlight of the fete was resident Joyce Calder, who was selling art pieces. Joyce’s specialty is pencil drawn flowers, and she was giving 30 per cent of her earnings to the Woorayl Lodge.

Working hard: manning the barbecue at the Woorayl Lodge fete was Cas Bongers, Jo White and Gary Burns.

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Leongatha Golf Club presentation night Leongatha Golf Club held its presentation night on Friday, November 19 at its recently renovated clubhouse.

Allambee Mirboo & District tennis Results

Some 70 members enjoyed a delightful dinner catered for by ‘The Gilded Lily’ of Loch.

ANOTHER disappointing week. Matches were started in most cases, but the rain came. This is a refresh of the ladders after two weeks of wash-outs. A Grade Leongatha North .................48.5 Koonwarra ...........................48.0 Leongatha Green .................46.5 Leongatha Gold ...................42.5 Baromi...................................40.5 Korumburra ...........................36.0

A Reserve Koonwarra ...........................53.0 Baromi ..................................48.0 Berrys Creek........................48.0 Outtrim ................................47.0 Leongatha..............................44.5 Kormburra .............................42.5 Mardan ..................................39.0 Hallston .................................30.0 B Grade Outtrim ................................54.5 Korumburra ........................46.0 Baromi ..................................45.0 Foster....................................40.5 Koonwarra.............................40.5 Mardan ..................................37.5 Let’s look forward to better weather next week.

• LEONGATHA TENNIS CLUB Big collect: Nick Cairns displays all the trophies he won on the night with Men’s Captain Barry Stevens. The trophies included Junior Champion.

Championships this Sunday THE Leongatha Tennis Club will be holding its much anticipated club championship event this Sunday, December 4, commencing at 10am.

Best ball winners: Toni West and Loris Clark with the 4BBB winners, mother and daughter Wendy Brown and Rebecca Thomas.

Well deserved: lady captain Toni West presents her prize to the Woman’s C Grade Champion Debbie Miller.

Juniors and seniors will both be catered for in a range of grades and singles, doubles and mixed events will be held in all grades. Organisers are looking forward to bumper entries due to some inclement weather on recent weekends. Tennis players will be keen to have a good hit out on championship day. A barbecue lunch will be available and entry per event is $4 with a small discount to players entering in multiple events. For further details contact Michelle Krohn for the junior section of the event on 5662 2127 and for the senior section contact Frank Dekker on 5668 5285. We are looking forward to a great day’s tennis.

Summer pool results

West Trophy: was won by Toni West and Rod Brown. Pat West (right) presented the trophy to Wendy Brown, receiving it on her husband’s behalf. The competition was played for the first time as a mixed Canadian pairs without the restriction of a family tie between the pairs.

Matchplay champion: lady captain, Toni West and lady president Loris Clark presents the Cashin Trophy to Julie Howard for being the Match Play Champion for 2011.

Results Round 5

Meeniyan, Bairs v Titans.

Grizzlys 5 d Titans 4, Bairs 5 d Gunners 4, Otago 8 d Meeniyan 1, Gladiators 5 d Gingers 4. Draw round 6: Tuesday - Gunners v Gladiators, Otago v Grizzlys; Wednesday - Gingers v

Ladder Games Gladiators .................... 25.20 Titans ............................ 30.15 Gunners........................ 29.16 Grizzlys ........................ 23.22 Bairs ...............................24.21 Otago ............................. 19.26 Meeniyan....................... 16.29 Gingers .......................... 14.31

% Pts 125.00 20 200.00 16 181.25 12 104.50 12 114.20 8 73.00 4 55.10 4 45.10 4

Success for Yooralla hospitality team A PARTNERSHIP with Yooralla First Base Leongatha and Community College Gippsland has enabled a group of intellectually disabled adults to achieve a training milestone. In a pilot project, seven participants have been undertaking Certificate III level training in Hospitality at Coal Creek’s Pig & Whistle Café. Yooralla First Base Leongatha’s Megan Perks said it was a fantastic initiative. “The team had to coordinate the day, set the menus, tables, and prepare and serve food and drinks to guests. “Despite their learning barriers, they have taken on the challenge of accredited training and grown in leaps and bounds.” The project provided tailored training to meet the learning needs of the adults under the guidance of Community College Gippsland trainer and chef Bernard Liversidge. A special luncheon function for invited guests provided an opportunity for the group to put their learning into practice, preparing a three course meal at the Pig & Whistle Café with all the trimmings. Community College Gippsland manager South Gippsland, Alex Todorovski,

said the project showed what people with special needs can achieve with tailored training. “The students successfully completed a Certificate II in Hospitality at the College last year. Now they have taken the next step to extend their skills and the outcomes are excellent.” Part time or casual jobs at the Wonthaggi Club, Gatha Foods and McDonalds Leongatha have been obtained by three of the students. Some are working with 5A Yooralla Way catering team, which is a not for profit catering business for private and business functions. Others are working in voluntary community roles. Ms Perks said with the progress they are making, and additional funding being sought through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal – Seeds of Renewal initiative, there is every indication that by the end of next year they will have completed a full Certificate III. “This will be a significant achievement for them.” For more information on Yooralla First Base programs please contact 5662 3344 or for more information on Community College Gippsland phone 1300 462 324 or visit

Training milestone: front, from left, First Base Leongatha Megan Perks, Hospitality students Dale Oilerook, Amber Betts, CCG manager South Gippsland campus Alex Todorovski, Employment Innovations Alisha Twite, Coal Creek coordinator Rowena Ashley, and Yooralla area manager Gippsland Tim Hampson. Back, from left, students Emily Ardley, Mitch Price, Brodie James and Kate Rennie.

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Golf for the tradesmen THE Considine & Johnston tradesmen golf day was held on Friday, November 25 at the Leongatha Golf Club. Although rain was forecast in the morning, it held off until after the golf finished.

About 80 attended, with Jason Kennedy, Troy Scoble, Adam Martin and Andy Guymer representing the carpet laying section, taking out first prize. The main sponsors of the day were Ryan’s Build Pro, Tradelink, Don Perrett Accountants and South Gippsland Mini Skips.

Golf buggy: Peter Garth and Zac Lay used the speedier option of getting around the golf course.

Old friends: Gary Garth and Rod King enjoyed walking around the course with mates.

Golf tournament: in matching shirts and caps Mark Byrne, Chris Kostos, Tom Ryan and Jim Newton were very serious about their game.

Fun times: Gavin Maisey and Joel Bacon had a great time strolling Leongatha’s golf course during Considine & Johnston’s annual tradesman tournament. Hopeful winners: David Kelly, Greg Thompson, Don Norton and Ian and Chris Murray really wanted to win the trophy.

Young guns: back, from left, Cam Thomas, Jake Mackie and Antony Mercieca. Front, from left, Reece Hansch, Zac Trease and Pete Kiely.

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

At Port Phillip Heads

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height (metres)

Add one hour for daylight saving

30 WED







0328 0857 1512 2110

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1.57 0.43 1.34 0.36

0531 1115 1745 2319

1.50 0.43 1.29 0.46

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1.43 0.43 1.24

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0.57 1.36 0.44 1.22

0047 0730 1334 2055

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All times shown in 24 hour clock 0001 - 1200..................AM 1201 - 2400..................PM

Great shot: Jeff McKay, Iain Riddell and Maria and Ray Evison talked strategies.

Tradesman day: John Pellicano, Gary Young, Adam Orgill and Peter English enjoyed a beer or two on the course.

Meeniyan Golf Club SATURDAY was a single stableford event with the sponsor being SG Hire which is much appreciated. The A Grade winner was Brett Spokes with 38 points on a count back from Will Bullock, also with 38 points. The B grade winner, who must have played a different course to anyone else, was Peter Riddle with 46 points. B grade runner up was Col Stewart with 34 points on a count back. Balls down the line went to Jeff Wilson 36 points, Ian Trease 34 points, Peter Gornall 34 points and Lloyd Hemphill 34 points. Nearest the pin on the 11th was won by Jeff Wilson and the pro pin on the second was won by Will Bullock. Raffle winners were Butch Kuhne and Brett Spokes. The members’ draw was won by Sam Wilson who was not there, so it jackpots to next week. This week’s super 66 draw winners were Faye LePage and Eileen Dorling. Next week is monthly medal and star medallist playoff. The winner of Tuesday’s single stroke event was Paul Vandermeer with a nett 70. Balls down the line

went to Reg Hannay with a net 71 on a count back. Four ball aggregate winners were Paul Vandermeer and Jim Cusack with 142. Best nine was O. Vandervorm with 31½. Nearest the pin on the 14th was Brian Dewar. The winner of Thursday’s single stableford event was John Mortensen with 34 points. Balls down the line were Frank Peile with 33 points. Best nine was won by Lloyd Hemphill with 16 points. Nearest the pin on the second was not won. Ladies

Wednesday November 23 was the Woorayl/ Meeniyan Invitational. This year 16 Meeniyan ladies welcomed 12 Woorayl members to play 4BB. Winners Fay Maynard and Sue Hoskin 45 points. Runners-up: Melinda Martin and Veronica Park 44 points on a count back to Jo Fennell and Kristen Elliott. Nearest the pin 14th Lyn Jennison, second Chris Perrett. Down the line Jo Fennell and Kristen Elliott 44 points, Karin McKenzie and Marilyn McGeary 39 points, Chris Perrett and Nereda Scholte 39 points. We hope a good time was had by all.

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Korumburra golf tournament

Max lost for words over life membership


Holding off: from left, Gerald Cosgrove, Alan Twite, Gary Best and Don Hislop were taking part in the Korumburra Golf Club’s Annual Tournament last week.

Wet golfers: from left, Roger Hamill, Bill Robins, Pat Tranter and Darren Bronserma played through the wet weather at the Korumburra Golf Club tournament last week.

On the green: Don Hislop lining up for a shot during the tournament in Korumburra last week.

Close putt: Pat Tranter putting the ball in with a close putt.

Foster Golf Club

THE course returned to great condition with even a bit of run around during the week. As has been the pattern, more rain arrived on the weekend to soften things up again, however the course is still playing well. Robert Fulton (16) returned to form with a great round to have 43 points and win comfortably on Tuesday. Down the line balls went to Athol McGrath (16) on 36 points. Thursday specialist Denham Grierson (28) continued his resurgence to win again with 38 points. Balls down the line went to George Draegar (27) on 37 points, and Kevin Witheridge (12) and John Mathers(17) both on 36 points . The nearest the pin was won by George Draegar. Gayle Reid had an excellent 22 points to win the chook and beat all the men easily on Friday. Balls down the line went to Denham Grierson, Gary Phelan and Steve Reid – all on 19 points. The nearest the pins went to Gary Phelan and Matt Brown. A two-ball Ambrose was played for trophies provided by Dave Hutchinson. The winners were Norm Cooper and Don Cripps with 62¼. Down the line balls went to Steve Reid and Phil Schofield on 64¼ and Clarke Gray and Robert Fulton on 65¾. The encouragement award was won decisively by Owen Kindellan

and John Stone who had 78 ½. Nearest the pins went to Norm Cooper (two holes ) and Fred Tyers (two holes ). The association has responded to calls for change in the timing of pennant. In 2012 the first game will be played on March 18, with the last game being on May 6, and the final being played on May 20. Pennant should thus be played in much better weather and course conditions, and with the benefit of daylight saving . Lloyd McKenzie was on hand to gleefully collect the $350 cash, so the draw will go back to $250 next week . You need to be in the clubhouse between 7pm and 8 pm to collect the cash in the members draw. Congratulations to Will and Corey and all the staff for the excellent food they provide in the restaurant, and for the great friendly service. I hear only good comments from everyone I speak to. The works to Vertidrain and top dress the greens were to be done on Monday November 29, but events nevertheless continue as normal. Coming events Tuesday November 29 - stableford. Thursday December 1 stableford. Friday December 2 – twilight. Saturday December 3 monthly medal day for trophies provided by Geoff and Suzanne Anderson.

18 holes - scratch: winner - Peter and Nola Brothers 80 gross, play off Chris and Lee (Phillip Island). 18 holes - A handicap: John and Norrie Little 39 points; 18 holes - B handicap: O. Govaars and J. Mitchell (Garfield) 37 points. Nine holes out - A: Leigh Sharp and Marg Young 18 points; Nine holes in: - A: Chris and Lee Clements c/b I. O’Neill, J. Peters 18 points; Nine holes out - B: Noel and Barb Walker 20 points; Nine holes in - B: Alan Sarjant and Barb Wood 19 points. 18 holes - visitors: R. Disj and R. Leake 32 on countback. Nearest the pins - mens: 1st L. Sharp, 7th S. Keirnen, 10th John Huddle. Ladies: 1st C. Johnson, 10th Toni West, 13th C. Rickard. Balls: T. O’Neill, J. Peters P. and C. Johnson, R. Spokes and D. Wrigley, W. and B. Thomson, S. McKiernan and D. Grist, R. Hamill and L. Bronserma, D. Kingma and L. Mitchell, D. and V. Enbom. 27 holes scratch - Steve Bromby, 111 gross; 27 holes - A handicap: Ian Balfour (Woorayl) 107 net; 27 holes - B scratch: Ricky Johnson 128 gross; 27 holes - B handicap: Bill Hessels 114½; 27 holes - C scratch Bob Newton 130 gross; C handicap: Don Hislop 112 net; 18 holes - A handicap: Les Guilfoyle 70 net; 18 holes - B handicap: John Solly 69 net.; 18 holes - C handicap: Peter Broady 68 net. Nine holes - A handicap: Chad Clasby 37 net; nine holes - B handicap: W. Haack 38 net; nine holes - C handicap: Michael Giles 34 net. Nearest the pins: 1st L. Guilfoyle, 7th B. Maskell, 10th R. Luidenia, 13th J. Solly. Balls: Jim O’Neill, Matt Wrigley, Alan Sarjant, L. Sharp, M. Garnham, D. Enbom, A. Blight, N. Alger. 18 holes - scratch: Gary Johnson, Matt Wrigley play off C. Clements and A. Balfour 69; 18 holes - A: Rod Spokes, Bill Hessels 61 net; 18 holes - B: Gary Best, Gerald Cosgriff 59 net. Nine out - A: David Austin, John Solly 29 net; nine in - A: Peter Johnson, Alan Sarjant on countback D. and J. Enbom 30 net.; nine out - B: Jim Watts, Noel Zunneberg 29 net; nine in - B: Les Guilfoyle, Theo Fredericks 28 net. Nearest the pins: 1st Les Guilfoyle, 7th Neil Spargo, 10th David Enbom, 13th Brian Robertson (Devil Bend). Balls: W. Hopkins and A. Worthy, R. Hamill and B. Robbin, B. Beilby and E. Poole, P. Johnson and A. Sarjant, D. and J. Enbom, I. Cash and R. Newton.

Mirboo North NINETEEN starters attended the stableford event on Saturday November 26 with a CCR of 71. A Grade was won by P. Draper (8) 41 points ($30 voucher). Down the line balls: T. Donnison 40 points, G. Shandley 38 points, J. Kus 37 points on countback. Nearest the pin: 6th, 13th and 2nd shot on the 1st R. Matthews, 16th J. Kus. Pro pin: P. Draper ($17). Birdies: 4th P. Draper, N. Bracecamp. Midweek on Thursday November 24 was played by 17 starters and the CCR was 71. The day’s winner was Mike Higginbottom (27) 35 points on countback. Down the line balls: Tom Traill and Warren Warner each 35 points on countback.

Well deserved: Max Wood (left) gets his life membership from club president Graeme Winkler.

Junior golf tournament THE South Gippsland Junior Golf Committee, will hold a Junior Tournament next Sunday December 4 at Phillip Island Golf Club. The tournament is open to junior boys and girls (under 21 years). Hit off commences at 9 am and concludes at 10am. Entry fee is $5 for all players. There is also an event for those play-

Leongatha ANOTHER wet Saturday to contend with, and some were lucky enough to avoid the drenching. Ray Davies who doesn’t care what the conditions are like, scored a solid win in A Grade with 37 points. Ron Chaplin gave no one else a chance by smashing his 19 handicap with a super 43 points to take B Grade. Rod Brown won pro-pin and Rob Bride won nearest the pin. Ball winners: G. Burt, M. Stubbs, T. Brown 37; B. Collinson 35, N. Johnson 34, P. Varan, J. Cummins, T. Lund, R. Thurston 33; I. Murchie 32. Tuesday Many thanks to Lyrebird Hill Winery for being our sponsor. Geoff Maher took the major prize with an outstanding 42 points. The battle for runner-up was an epic - Ted Bruinewoud and Jon Smith both had 41 points and incredibly, both had 24 points on the back nine. Jon Smith got the nod in the countback. Nearest the pin on the 16th went to G. Wetherall, a visitor from Phillip Island, and Andrew Smith won on the 16th. Down the line balls: T. Bruinewoud 41, J. Arnott, A. Smith 38; M. Stubbs, R. Thurston, T. Moss 37; D. Webster, K. Godridge 35. Thursday There was a marvellous turn-up of 76 players for the event sponsored by Mark Edwards who began the Thursday comp more than 20 years ago. A Grade went to Keith Godridge on 40 points, the day’s best score, with Barry Stevens runner-up on 38. Peter Hartigan (30 points) beat Craig Hall on countback in B Grade. Ian Watson’s 38 points gained him C Grade ahead of Bruce Cathie on 37. D Grade went to Ken Gardner with 37 from John King on 34. Keith Godridge and R. Bourke were nearest the pin winners. Down the line balls: G. McDonald, R. Davies, A. Cairns 37; R. Paice, R. Brown, A. Hawkins 36; A. Edney, A. Nilsson, P. Walsh, D. Vorwerg, J. Cummins 35; P. Hartigan, F. Debono, J. King, M. Stubbs, G. Morrison, I. Purbrick, B. Gibson 34. Saturday’s event is monthly medal, and round three of the Gordon West teams competition will be played on Sunday.

FOR the first time ever, Max Woods was lost for words as he was surprised with a life membership of the Woorayl Golf Club at Sunday’s annual general meeting. “I’m usually not backwards in saying a few words, but on this occasion I was shocked,” Max told The Star. “It’s an honour to be thought of in this light by the club.” Since moving to Leongatha from Welshpool in 1989, Max has been a member of the club, some 22 years. He has served 12 years as a handicapper, three years as vice-captain, and three years as captain of the club. He has been involved in most things going at the club

ers without a handicap. The ‘Calloway’ system of handicapping will be used for the players competing without a handicap. A separate competition will be held for any parent of a child wishing to play. Entry forms are available at all South Gippsland golf clubs or via the District website at www.southgippslandgolf@ then click on the junior

Ladies WEDNESDAY November 16 - 36 ladies played a stroke event sponsored by Lyrebird Hill Winery. Star Medallist qualifiers, Di Williams, Libby Seebeck, Maxine Eabry, Bev Martin, Gwen Chapman, Evelyn Indian, Dot Stubbs and Anne Gibson played in the Star Medal play-off which was won by Di Williams. Daily event winners were: A Grade Di Williams 88-2167, B Grade Coral Gray 9627-69, C Grade Marg Danks 116-37-79. Nearest the pin: 14th Gwen Chapman, 16th Debbie Miller. Down the line balls: Debbie Miller 71, Helen Mackenzie 71, Elaine Dempsey 72, Gwen Chapman 73, Val Brydon 74, Anne Gibson 75, Loris Clark 75, Julie Howard 75, Maxine Eabry 75 countback. Saturday November 19 no comp due to wet weather. Club presentation night Saturday November 19 Cashin Trophy - matchplay knockout: sponsor Mavis Zenner family, winner Julie Howard. Lois Cameron Memorial Canadian foursomes: sponsor Rod Cameron, winners Rebecca Thomas and Wendy Brown. Nancy Sperling 4BBB par: sponsor Nancy Sperling, winners Toni West and Maria Bell. Chris Perrett 18 hole scratch foursomes: sponsor Chris Perrett, winners Toni West and Nancy Sperling. McMicking Plate: sponsor Nancy McMicking, winner Toni West. Star Medallist: sponsor Elsa O’Brien, winner Di Williams. Match play champions: sponsor Brian Hogan, Hays Jewellers, winner A Grade Rebecca Thomas; B Grade Di Williams, C Grade Debbie Miller. Senior handicap (net): sponsor Toni West, winner Nancy Sperling. Senior champion (scratch): sponsor Leongatha Golf Club, winner Marg Berry. Club champions: sponsor Leongatha Golf Club, club champion Rebecca Thomas; B Grade Wendy Surman, C Grade Evelyn Indian. Wednesday November 23 - 9 hole stableford was played by 41 ladies prior to the ladies presentation day. Winner front nine Pam Christensen 20 pts countback,

whether it be the Thursday night raffles or working bees. “I don’t do this looking for any rewards, just for the enjoyment.” Max’s other claims to fame are that he won a gold putter for scoring a hole-in-one at the club in the early ‘90’s; he plays off a 22 handicap (used to be as low as 13) and he barracks for the Bulldogs. The fact the club was able to keep it a secret from Max was amazing; “my wife Rosemary didn’t even tell me”, he said. In other news Woorayl concluded another fine season when the club held its presentation night on Friday night with a very good roll-up.

golf link. Entries can then be forwarded to Phillip Island Golf Club P.O. Box 853, Cowes, 3922. Telephone 5952 1121 (Pro shop). Clubs and Junior Liaison Officers are encouraged to get as many juniors to play in these type of events, as this is where junior golfers gain valuable experience in playing competition golf.

The highlight of the Leongatha Golf Club’s presentation night on Friday, November 19 was the presentation of the Champions trophies to the 2011 Lady and Men’s Champions, Rebecca Thomas, Michael Thomas. They are pictured with their children Ryan and Lachlan. The Bob Pattinson Memorial Shield for the Junior Golfer of the Year was won by Nick Cairns (pictured right). Seventy members attended the evening. More presentaion photos on page 59. back nine Shirley Welsford 21 pts countback. Nearest the pin: 14th Shirley Welsford, 2nd shot 4th Wendy Surman. Down the line balls: front nine - Jan Bissett 20 pts, Maxine Eabry 20 pts, Joan Scott 18 pts, Helen Mackenzie 18 pts; back nine - Marg Griffiths 21 pts, Coral Gray 20 pts, Di Williams 20 pts, Carol Sowden 19 pts. Trophies were presented for the following events: Summer Eclectic: A Grade net - sponsor Joan Scott, winner Anna de Bondt; B Grade net - sponsor Jill Steer, winner Anne Gibson. Saturday Eclectic: Gross sponsor Mary Brewis & Carol Sowden, winner Toni West; net - sponsor Marg Griffiths, winner Toni West. Wednesday Eclectic: A Grade gross - sponsor Loris Clark, winner Toni West; A Grade net - sponsor Bev Martin, winner Marg Berry; B Grade gross - sponsor Noreen Webster, winner Debbie Miller; B Grade net - sponsor Noreen Williams, winner Debbie Miller. Threes: A Grade - sponsor Pat Pease, winner Toni West; B Grade - sponsor Marg Danks, winner Evelyn Indian. Gobblers: sponsor Ann Debenham, winner Marg Berry. Putting: A Grade - sponsor Val Canobie, winner Toni West; B Grade - sponsor Noreen Webster, winner Marion Bellingham. Nine hole competition: sponsor Rowina Kelly, winner

Kit Boag. Most Consistent in C Grade: sponsor Pat West, winner Marianne Leaver. Grandmother’s Trophy: sponsor Ann Blundy, winner Kerry Hogan. Runner-up Cashin Trophy: sponsor Gwen Chapman, winner Marg Griffiths. Best gross: A Grade sponsor Jan Birrell, winner Rebecca Thomas; B Grade - sponsor Coral Gray, winner Gwen Chapman. Best net: sponsor Denis Hawkins, A Grade winner Dot Stubbs, B Grade Evelyn Indian. Silver Spoon: sponsor Golf Victoria, winner Di Williams. D.M. Stubbs Trophy: sponsor Dot Stubbs, winner Wendy Surman. Champions runners-up: A Grade - sponsor Julie Howard, winner Mary Brewis; B Grade - sponsor Val Brydon, winner Di Williams; C Grade - sponsor Dot Stubbs, winner Debbie Miller. Saturday November 23 - stableford, nine players: Winner Anne Gibson 37 pts countback. Down the line balls: Anna de Bondt 37 pts, Wendy Surman 30 pts. The next round of the Gordon West summer nine hole comp is on Sunday December 4, and the R & M Hodges mixed 4BBB stableford is on Sunday December 11. Please book at the clubhouse phone 5664 3314 for the R & M Hodges event.

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LDCA team announced THE Leongatha Senior GCL representative side has been announced for the Round 3 match against Central Gippsland at Maryvale on Sunday December 4. Jason Wilson - OMK

(captain); Tim Wightman - Nerrena; Daniel Lloyd OMK; Barry Wyatt - OMK; Greg Pickles - OMK; Luke Rogers - Imperials; Alan Jenkins - PoowongLoch; Ryan Thomas Workmens; Dylan Clark - Inverloch; Udara Weerasinghe - Korumburra; Matt Johnson - Wonthaggi

Miners; Ryan B. Thomas Inverloch. Players are to meet at Leongatha Football ground. The bus will be leaving at 8.30am. If players are unavailable they are to contact Gary Sauvarin 0407 343204 or Kristian Gray 0439 825168.

Junior GCL teams LDCA junior teams for GCL this week, December 4.

Gotcha: Daniel Hales makes the lonely walk back to the pavilion while his OMK opponents celebrate.

Under 16s v Central Gippsland at Yallourn North. 10.15am start, players to be at the ground at 9.30am. Team to be selected from; Matt Borschman (captain) - Town; Keanu Miller - Korumburra; Michael Manteit Philip Island; Brok Davidson - Imperials; James Honeysett - Wonthaggi Miners; Jake Buckland - Fish Creek Tarwin; Jack Flanders - Fish Creek Tarwin; Daniel Turton - Won Workmens; Brad Jeffries - Won Workmens; Jakeb Thomas - Won Workmens; Lochie McLean - Wonthaggi Workmens; Jai Prain - Foster; Royston McGavin - Imperials. Coach is Craig Harvey, assistant coach Peter Dell and manager Michael Turton. If any player is unavailable, please

Partying on: locals Molly Hocking, Dale Owen, Billy Parker, Alyce Cuman, Stacey Manners, Brendan Manners, Darlene Cuman and Adrian Cuman didn’t let the rain stop them enjoying themselves at Woolamai on Saturday

No race for Woolamai FOR the second consecutive year Woolamai has been forced to abandon races at its opening meet, with not one race going ahead on Saturday. Despite five millilitres of rain on Friday night the stewards deemed the track safe enough to race on early on Saturday morning. But a last minute deluge thwarted any chance of the action going

ahead. “The stewards were down there from 8.30am. Everything was OK until the horses were saddled up and ready to go,” club spokesperson Bev Carmichael said. “This is terrible for country racing. Picnic racing is off to a bad start everywhere. It’s getting frustrating for people wanting to race their horses.” “We’ve turned the horses here out for a week because there’s just

nothing to race them on.” “It’s just too bad. Luckily we’re in quite a good position financially, we can handle this.” Despite the poor weather, some guests stayed until 5pm, when the gates officially closed. Woolamai’s next race meeting will be on January 8. Stony Creek Racing Club is holding its annual Christmas race meeting this weekend, Saturday December 3.

Big shot: Jed Pearce gets this one away, as wicketkeeper Ethan Lamers watches on.

Cheating the weather What do you do when it rains on the weekend? You play on Wednesday. The OMK and Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL Under 12s played their game on Wednesday afternoon, after the scheduled Friday match was washed out. In bright sunshine at the picturesque Outtrim ground, the Cougar Cubs came out on top. Well done to all players on both teams.

Braving the rain: Tyrone Hunter, Mark Walter, Marcus Carey, Michael Waterston and Justin Wathen dressed up more for necessity than fashion at the Woolamai Races on Saturday.

Bending his back: Lachie Thomas sends one down.

contact Craig Harvey 0419 544 994 or Michael Turton on 0438 354 013 by Wednesday evening.

Under 18s

Round 4 LDCA v Central Gippsland at Leongatha 10.15am. Be at ground at 9.30am. (Ground to be confirmed). Team: Alex Manteit (captain), - Philip Island; Alex Pellin - Imperials; Ben Foon - Wonthaggi Miners; Eli Richards - Phillip Island; Jacob Dakin - Kilcunda Bass; Thomas Wyatt - OMK; Jake Cochrane OMK; Ryan Olden - MDU; Cam Harris - MDU; Tim Harris - MDU; Jake Burge - Town; Adam Trotto - Nerrena; Josh Toner - Foster; If you require transport or are unavailable please advise Brad Parker 0425 763218 or Geoff Wyatt 56598225.

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Provincial challenge for LDCA LEONGATHA and District Cricket Association (LDCA) representative side is shaping up for its biggest seasons of late, stepping up to the Provincial Division of Country Week.

Ready to step up: LDCA cricketers Thomas Wyatt (Under 18s) and Tim Wightman (Seniors) with sponsors Sam Vagg (Landmark), and Mark Lafferty (Sportfirst). B GRADE DIVISION 1

OMK v PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings OMK R. White n.o. ............................63 P. Harper c&b. M. Francis .........9 A. Rose c. M. Francis b. J. Blackwell .......................10 W. Dowell r.o. ............................0 D. McMeekin b. P. Francis.........1 T. Miller c. J. Emery b. P. Francis ...........................14 M. Walker c. J. Blackwell b. Z. Brown .............................1 B. Maguire n.o. ..........................9 Extras .......................................13 Total ....................................6/120 Bowling: J. Emery 0/16, M. Francis 1/16, Z. Brown 1/24, J. Blackwell 1/26, P. Francis 2/16, B. Young 0/18. 1st innings Phillip Island P. Colla b. B. Maguire ................1 M. Francis lbw. b. R. White ..... 11 L. Keating c. A. Rose b. R. White ..............................8 J. Emery lbw. b. B. Maguire ......7 J. Manning b. W. Dowell ...........1 J. Blackwell c. D. McMeekin

b. W. Dowell .........................51 P. Francis c. W. Dowell b. C. O’Brien ...........................7 G. Excell n.o. ...........................24 M. Cleary n.o. ..........................13 Extras .........................................8 Total ....................................7/131 Bowling: R. White 2/14, B. Maguire 2/18, W. Dowell 2/30, C. O’Brien 1/39, D. McMeekin 0/27.

B GRADE DIVISION 2 TOWN v FISH CREEK 1st innings Town B. Moore b. A. Law .................52 T. Willcocks lbw. A. Law .........31 M. Davies c. M. Bright b. A. Law ...............................41 W. Turner n.o. ..........................18 S. Fixter stp. M. Bright b. L. Buckland .......................10 J. Bolge n.o. ...............................0 Extras .......................................24 Total ....................................4/176 Bowling: J. Pouw 0/27, J. Hibberd 0/33, G. Buckland 0/27, B. Edwards 0/10, C. Fisher 0/42,

Leongatha District Cricket Association Umpire Appointments EVANS PETROLEUM Round 7 - December 3 and 10 Home team Grade A1 Won Miners Nerrena Imperials OMK Grade A2 MDU Kilcunda-Bass Poowong-Loch Town Grade B1 Phillip Island erts Inverloch Brown Won Workmens Glen Alvie Grade B2 Korumburra Fish Ck-Tarwin Koonwarra-RSL as OMK Grade C1 Won Miners Nerrena Town Kilcunda-Bass Grade C2 OMK Phillip Island Glen Alvie Koonwarra-RSL MDU Blue Foster

Away Team

Ground Umpire

v Glen Alvie WFG v Inverloch L Turf v Won Workmens EC LSC v Korumburra W Turf

K. Lester T. Rogers Les White G. Laird

v Phillip Island v Fish Ck-Tarwin v Koonwarra-RSL v Foster

Meen Bass 1 Loch WC LSC

C. Salmon A. Jordan M. Heenan John Lea

v Won Miners


Alan Rob-

v Nerrena

I Turf

D a r y l

v Imperials v OMK

McM Res S. Lanyon GA P. Absolom

v MDU Kor A. Stride v Kilcunda-Bass FC Turf Ben Bek v Poowong-Loch Koon Bill Thomv Town



v Inverloch T.B.A v Korumburra Nerr v Won Workmens WC LSC v Phillip island Bass 2

Bob Allan N.A. N.A. M. Wishart

v MDU Red KSC v Won Workmens New v Poowong-Loch Dalys v Imperials Mary Mc v Kilcunda-Bass Dumbalk v Bye

N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.

A. Law 3/22, L. Buckland 1/5. 1st innings Fish Creek B. Edwards c. J. Bolge b. D. Goss..............................16 J. Hibberd b. W. Turner ..............4 J. Pouw n.o. ..............................66 W. Cocksedge c. ...................... 11 C. Fisher c. J. Bolge b. S. Fixter .............................19 Extras .......................................12 Total ....................................4/128 Bowling: W. Turner 1/13, S. Clark 0/24, D. Goss 1/14, M. Davies 1/26, J. Bolge 0/32, S. Fixter 1/13. MDU v OMK 1st innings MDU D. Jones r.o...............................36 D. Thomas b. C. Paterson .......19 T. Zukovskis c. P. Kyle b. C. Paterson ..........................2 W. Prosser b. G. Adams ...........24 T. Harris lbw. b. G. Knox ...........2 M. Martin c. C. Paterson b. G. Lomagno ......................12 B. Thomas c. C. Truscott b. G. Knox ...............................1 S. Riley b. G. Lomagno ...........12 K. Sinclair b. G. Lomagno ........0 L. Mercer n.o..............................2 B. Coulter n.o. ............................2 Total ....................................9/130 Bowling: P. Green 0/21, G. Adams 1/23, G. Lomagno 3/13, C. Truscott 0/11, C. Paterson 2/20, N. Audino 0/9, G. Knox 2/21. 1st innings OMK G. Lomagno r.o. .........................7 C. Walker r.o. .............................7 P. Kyle b. K. Sinclair..................5 G. Adams c. W. Prosser b. L. Mercer.............................3 C. Truscott c. T. Harris b. M. Martin .......................... 11 N. Audino b. K .Sinclair.............0 G. Knox n.o. .............................12 C. Paterson n.o. ........................33 Extras .......................................20 Total ......................................6/98 Bowling: T. Zukovskis 0/8, L. Mercer 1/16, T. Harris 0/19, K. Sinclair 2/12, B. Coulter 0/13, M. Martin 1/16, S. Riley 0/12.

LDCA ladders A Grade Division 1 Inverloch ................73.04 Korumburra ..........72.03 Won Workmens .....62.87 Nerrena ..................53.24 Imperials .................49.42 Won Miners .............48.84 OMK .......................34.21 Glen Alvie ...............18.57 A Grade Division 2 MDU .......................73.15 Phillip Island..........64.49 Kil-Bass ..................62.75 Fish Creek Tarwin.59.41 Koonwarra RSL ......59.21 Poowong-Loch ........49.10 Town .......................24.32 Foster.......................19.01 B Grade Division 1 Won Workmens .....72.15 Inverloch ................64.40 Won Miners ...........59.27

A GRADE DIVISION 1 FISH CREEK v TOWN 1st innings Fish Creek G. Watkins b. A. Hickey.............0 N. Wilkins c. J. Hume b. M. Smith ...........................38 C. Bawden c&b. M. Borschman ................3 G. Webster n.o. .........................56 M. Watkins c&b. M. Smith ...... 11 S. Rabbit c. C. Bruce b. M. Smith ........................... 11 D. Britton n.o. ............................3 Extras .......................................28 Total ....................................5/151 Bowling: A. Hickey 2/24, M. Borschman 1/11, J. Burge 0/40, C. Bruce 0/33, M. Smith 2/37. 1st innings Town M. Borschman b. S. Rabbit..............................0 M. Borschman c. G. Watkins b. S. Rabbitt ............................0 C. Bruce c&b. N. Wilkins ........18 J. Burge c. G. G. Watkins b. D. Britton ............................8 A. Hickey c. S. Rabbitt b. N. Wilkins ...........................0 M. Smith b. H. Buckland ...........4 J. Hume c. G. Watkins b. H. Buckland ........................2 J. Withers c. T. Smith b. S. Rabbitt.............................2 M. Livingstone b. S. Rabbitt ......7 J. Schelling n.o. ..........................3 I. Hanks lbw. b. S. Rabbitt .........1 Extras .......................................41 Total .........................................85 Bowling: S. Rabbitt 5/22, J. Flanders 0/15, D. Britton 1/20, N. Wilkins 2/11, H. Buckland 2/10, M. Watkins 0/5, T. Smith 0/0. KOONWARRA - ‘GATHA RSL v KILCUNDA-BASS 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass A. Larcombe c. S. Sperling b. N. Arnup..............................1 C. Davidson c. B. Moscript b. J. Moore ..............................7 J. Dakin b. E. Charles...............28 S. Oates c. N. Arnup b. B. Moscript .........................5 A. Shackelford b. Moore ............5 C. Hart c N. Grimes b. E. Charles ..........................18 D. Pipicelli c. S. Sperling b. E. Charles ..........................24 S. Tapscott n.o. ...........................7

Phillip Island..........58.32 OMK .......................54.45 Nerrena ....................46.95 Glen Alvie ...............32.61 Imperials .................23.04 B Grade Division 2 Korumburra ..........84.10 OMK.......................76.06 MDU .......................70.63 Kil-Bass ..................53.57 Town .......................34.32 Fish Creek Tarwin ...32.12 Poowong-Loch ........25.76 C Grade Division 1 Won Workmens .....70.08 Won Miners ...........62.57 Kil-Bass ..................52.36 Inverloch ................51.49 Town .......................48.15 Nerrena ....................40.42 Korumburra .............34.87 Phillip Island ...........22.49 C Grade Division 2 Imperials ................71.13

It has been a long time coming for the league’s best team, which hasn’t competed at the top level since the early 1990s. Despite concerns over player numbers in lower and junior grades, the league believes it has its strongest representative side in years. Manager of the GCL and Country Week teams Kristian Gray, said the team would be very competitive come February. “We’re pretty happy with the team we’ve got at the moment,” he said. “We’re hoping that everyone we want to play puts their hand up.” “I’m not saying we’re going to win it, but we can certainly be competitive.” LDCA will come up against Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Murray Valley, MornJ. Mahood r.o..............................4 Extras .......................................32 Total ....................................9/131 Bowling: J. Kennedy 0/8, N. Arnup 1/15, J. Moore 1.17, B. Moscript 1/27, E. Charles 2/36, S. Turner 0/18, S. Moore 1/5. 1st innings Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL J. Moore r.o. ...............................5 N. Grimes c. A. Larcombe b. A. Shackelford......................3 B. Moscript b. R. Duff .............20 S. Sperling c. C. Hart b. R. Duff ................................4 S. Moore c. R Duff b. C. Davidson.......................16 B. Anderson c. A. Shackelford C. Davidson........................... 11 E. Charles b. C. Davidson ..........0 J. Hughes r.o.............................18 N. Arnup lbw. b. J. Mahood .......5 J. Kennedy b. J. Mahood............2 S. Turner n.o...............................6 Extras .......................................28 Total ....................................... 118 Bowling: D. Pipicelli 0/16, A. Shackelford 1/24, R. Duff 2/31, C. Davidson 3/16, J. Dakin 0/15, J. Mahood 2/9. FOSTER v MDU 1st innings Foster M. Lynch c. J. Sinclair b. M. Patching .........................6 J. Toner b. M. Cantwell ..............0 S. Westaway b. M. Patching.......3 T. Garvey lbw. b. M. Cantwell ...1 J. Prain c. M .Cantwell b. C. Harris ............................27 P. Dower c. C. Le Page b. S. Arnup ............................23 S. Chaseling c. M. Le Page b. M. Cantwell.......................12 S. Dobson c. R. Olden b. S Arnup ...............................3 J. Chaseling n.o. .........................1 F. Griggs b. M. Cantwell ............0 R. Prain c. C. Le Page b. S. Arnup ..............................0 Extras .......................................19 Total .........................................95 Bowling: M. Cantwell 4/9, M. Patching 2/14, S. McRae 0/9, M. Olden 0/11, M. Le Page 0/15, S. Arnup 3/10, C. Harris 1/21. 1st innings MDU C. Le Page c. P. Dower b. S. Chaseling ......................53

OMK.......................69.32 MDU Red ...............67.31 Phillip Island..........66.75 Koonwarra RSL ......57.65 Foster.......................54.39 MDU Blue...............40.04 Glen Alvie ...............34.18 Won Workmens .......33.83 Kil-Bass...................25.69 Poowong-Loch ..........1.50 Town .........................0.00

Under 16 East Fish Creek Tarwin.........45.12 Koonwarra RSL/Town40.45 Korumburra ..................38.43 Imperials ...........................32.12 MDU...................................18.95 Foster...................................17.88 Under 16 West Phillip Island..........58.68 Won Workmens .....31.49 Inverloch ................30.67 Poowong Loch/GA 30.32 Kilcunda-Bass........16.14

ington Peninsula, Sale-Maffra and Traralgon. Geelong will be the team to beat, with the reigning champs looking strong again. But Gray says LDCA are going to be led by some top quality players. “We’ve got two of the best spinners you’re likely to see in Tim Wightman and Udara Weerasinghe, plus Gav Britt is as good a bat as any in country Victoria,” he said. Gray also believes the LDCA Under 18 team will be one to watch in the GCL competition, with some young guns making their way through the grades. Alex Manteit has been named as captain of the LDCA team, as well as Gippsland’s representative side for the Dowling Shield competition. He will be accompanied in that team by Phillip Island teammate Eli Richards, Wonthaggi Miners player Ben Foon, and OMK’s Thomas Wyatt. Landmark and Sportfirst are the major sponsors of the LDCA Country Week and GCL competitions.

M. Le Page c. S. Dobson b. S. Chaseling ......................25 C. Hoober b. P. Dower .............32 R. Olden c. M. Lynch b. S. Chaseling ........................0 J. Sinclair c. J. Chaseling b. J. Toner ..............................14 M. Olden b. J. Toner ................30 C. Harris b. J. Toner .................20

S. McRae n.o. .............................6 M. Patching n.o. .........................3 Extras .......................................24 Total ....................................7/207 Bowling: P. Dower 1/33, J. Prain 0/28, F. Griggs 0/28, S. Chaseling 3/41, R. Prain 0/15, J. Toner 3/30, S. Westaway 0/11, S. Dobson 0/14, J. Chaseling 0/6.

Quick delivery: OMK youngster Barry Wyatt sends down another one on Saturday. C GRADE DIVISION 2 PHILLIP ISLAND v MDU RED 1st innings Phillip Island Total ....................................6/141 Bowling: M. Olden 1/31, K. Robinson 0/13, J. Riley 2/20, H. Sinclair 0/14, T. Sinclair 0/22, P. Robinson 1/19, N. Hill 2/19. 1st innings MDU Red G. Jones r.o.................................1 T. Bright b. M. Haringsma .......24 N. Hill c. M. Haringsma b. D. Kenter ...........................55

P. Robinson c. M. Haringsma b. D. Kenter ...........................27 M. Olden b. G. Marshall ............9 H. Sinclair n.o. .........................10 T. Sinclair c. M. Haringsma b. D. Kenter .............................2 J. Riley c. P. Cashman b. G. Marshall .........................0 K. Robinson b. G. Marshall .......0 J. Brown n.o. ..............................1 Extras .......................................16 Total ....................................8/145 Bowling: Not available.

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Leongatha basketball grand finals

A Grade men premiers: Rollers, back from left; Clint Hulshof, Dexter Rodwell, Jacob Byrnes, Cody Hulshof, front; Callum McCaughan, Keiren Hoekstra, Morgan Fisher. Rollers won by 16 points over Shake’n’Bake.

One man show: Season MVP, Matt Malloy takes on a few opponents in an attempt to score.

Lay up: Jacob Byrnes lays it up and in.

Junior results

Drive to the hole: Callum McCaughan drives to the basket.

Under 14 boys champions: Sam Hanrahan, Jackson Smith, Clay Alexander, Gareth Park, coach Veronica Park, (front) Jack Ballagh, Caleb Webb and Zac Caughey.

Under 10 mixed Maroon 20 def Black 14 Under 12 boys Black 27 def Maroon 24 Under 12 girls Yellow 17 def Navy Blue 6 Under 14 boys Silver 38 def Red 28 Under 16 girls Silver 32 def Royal Blue 10 Under 17 boys Silver 28 def Green 24

Under 16 girls champions: Silver - (back) Jorja Markley, Shae Carratello, Katherine Fitzgerald, Ebony Cannata, Coach – Mel Cannata. (front) Bernadette Fitzgerald, Dorothea Mununggurr.

Above: B grade men premiers: Grain Train, (back, from left) Johnny Martin Chris Brown, Dylan McMeekin, Tim McGrath; front Adam Martin, Russ White, Ben Grabham and Ken Debenham.

Right: Most valuable players: A Mens season MVP, Shake n Bake’s Matt Malloy (right), with the grand final MVP Clint Hulshoff.

B Grade: Season MVP, Nathan Johnston.

Womens champions: the A Team, back from left; Abbey Nash, Vanessa Busuttil, Jess Hilliar, Tameka Bullen, Kaitlyn Christy, Elise Korteman and Danielle Hilliar, with ‘coach’ Miki.

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LAST Saturday’s round of pennant matches again was affected by rain. Division 1’s game at Toora was cancelled before our players left Inverloch, while Division 3 travelled to Tarwin Lower and got their game underway on time, but only played four ends on each rink before a very heavy downpour caused the match to be called off. Our other three divisions, all drawn to play at Inverloch, were able to play and all games were completed despite the rain. At the time of writing this report I did not know the final outcome of these games regarding the allocating of points. Division 2 played Meeniyan and started very well and held the lead after about 20 ends, but as the game wore on the visitors forged ahead to finally take the match by 30 shots. Division 4 at home to Phillip Island Blue put in a good performance on two

Inverloch ladies DIVISIONS 1 and 3 had wins at pennant, but once again Division 2 had a loss. Good to see Division 3 doing so well. Wednesday was the annual guest day with 14 teams participating. It was a beautiful day filled with laughter. The sponsor of the day was Earth Art studio. Winners were Jaye AllanDale, Debbie Williams, Dorothy Gilfillan and Marj Pearson. Runners-up were Carol Hughes, Joy Todd, Greta Wilson and Glenda Trotman. A large vase was the prize for the raffle which was won by Eira Thompson. Other winners were Marj Pearson, Gail Burge, Sue Nation, Helen Twite, Carol Hughes, Lois Luby and Wilma Coleman who all won money. Don’t forget December 3 is the Christmas dinner and the monthly triples are on December 14.

Tarwin Lower TUESDAY pennant saw Division 2 have a well earned win away whilst, unfortunately, Division 3 lost at home. Wednesday triples was sponsored by Tarwin Fuel Supply. Best last game went to Les Goss’s team from Inverloch. The winners were the team of John Howard, also from Inverloch whilst the runners-up were Tarwin Lower players Garrick Russell, Graham Cridge and Eric Gallop. Unfortunately both the Saturday pennant divisions games were washed out.

South Gippsland pennant

rinks winning their matches, with Nic Van Grunsven’s rink doubling their opponents’ score, but as so often happened this year the other rink failed with a rather big loss to see them lose narrowly by seven shots. Division 5 played Port Welshpool and it was pleasing to see Lew Caile make a return to pennant after his forced lay-off of more than a year, and skipped his team to a two shot victory. Veronica Muir’s rink had a good win to see the division have a two shot victory.

Match results Division 2 - Inverloch 57 lt Meeniyan 87. Division 4 - Inverloch 61 lt Phillip Island Blue 68. Division 5 - Inverloch 70 d Port Welshpool 68. Last Thursday we had a field of 40 players playing social bowls, among those numbers were 11 visitors which included

Buffalo indoor ON Wednesday November 23 there were 11 players on a nice night to bowl, which saw four teams, three of three and one of two. We played three games of eight ends, with six bowls and it was nice to see Col Densley back. In fourth (LLD), skipper Toni Heldens, Joyce Occhipinti and Col Densley; third (WLL), skipper Charlie Tumino and Glenys Pilkington; second (LWW), skipper Lee Armstrong, Joe Occhipinti and Bill Wolswinkle; first (WW), skipper Graeme Tobias, Peter Heldens and Mary Tumino. The best first game Charlie 10-6, second Lee 13-1, third Lee 8-4. We hope to see you all next Wednesday at 7.30pm.

six East Burwood Probus members who were spending the week in Inverloch, as well as other visitors from Mornington and Newborough. We played fours and after two games of 12 ends there were three two-game winners. The first prize went to T. McHugh (ld) - visitor, M. Marshall (2nd), P. Sherman (3rd) - visitor and M. Cargill (sk) with 37 points. Runners-up with 34 points were R. Kee (ld), T. Seaward (2nd) - visitor, M. Scott (3rd), R. Delahoy (sk). The other two games winner was D. Roberts (ld), J. Roberts (2nd) - visitor, B. Pyne (3rd) - visitor, and J. Miller (sk). Last Wednesday’s business bowls had 30 teams playing 12 ends. At the end of play the two leading teams had scores of 11 shots up, but taking first place on percentage were White’s Carpets team, with the runners-up being Espy 1.

Korumburra parlor AFTER bowling on Sunday, November 20, the expected turnout for the following Monday night’s club bowls was low but that wasn’t the case as 15 keen, enthusiastic bowlers arrived at Outtrim. The bowling was more social than competitive with Charlie Tumino, Connie Occhipinti and Ashley van Duffelen winning three games with plus 23 shots. Lee Armstrong and Geoff McCord had 2W 1D plus 13 shots. The best of each round went to Charlie’s team; 15-5, 12-4, 12-7. Thursday, November 24 was the last the parlor bowls night for the 2011 season. Arc and Sally Gammaldi, together with Shirley Wyhoon and Michael Matthews, finished their year as they began, with a win in all rounds. Arc and Sally have had a stunning bowls year as they both play parlor bowls and bias bowls each week, changing from one style to the other with ease and skill. Let’s hope they can maintain their form throughout 2012. Thirty-one parlor bowlers had been in winning teams over the 14 week social season. The best of the bowlers was Sally Gammaldi (five wins), then Lee Armstrong and Joyce Occhipinti with four wins, followed by Arc Gammmaldi, Beth Dyall and Joe Ringeri on three. Club president, Keith Marshall, summed up the evening by congratulating all the bowlers for their support, enthusiastic participation, obvious enjoyment and for the good-natured sporting rivalry shown each week. A club dinner is to be held on Thursday, December 1; details are available from Keith 56573365. All members, families and friends are welcome.

Meeniyan MONDAY was Invitation Fours sponsored by Leongatha RSL. The days winners were George Kirk, Phil and Gwen Facey and Noeline McGlead (Foster) with Trevor Fink’s Yarram team as runners-up. Thank you to Peter Shaw for his drawn card prize which went to a local Meeniyan team. Tuesday pennant on November 15th saw both teams losing. On November 22 Division One away to Lang Lang went down by one shot with two teams getting the points. Division Three had a win against Wonthaggi with one rink winning. This week ones are home to Inverloch and threes are away to Inverloch. Social bowls over the past two weeks have resulted in wins for Doreen Meikle, Don Paterson, Kevin McMillan and Jim Murray. Our corporate bowls pairs competition has completed the third of its six week program.

Cootamundra remains undefeated (12 points) followed by Meeniyan Gentlemen’s Club (10), Bill and Ben, Kev and Kim, Dumbalk North and Moos all on eight points. Wet weather has played havoc with the last two weeks of pennant. Division Six played away to Corinella on November 19 in heavy conditions and lost while the other two divisions were washed out. Last Saturday Division Two away to Inverloch had a 3 rink 30 shot win against Inverloch while divsion five and six were washed out at home. This week twos are home to Loch, fives are home to Inverloch and sixes are away to Wonthaggi. Lists are up for President’s handicap, hundred up and B grade championship also for our Christmas break-up on Thursday December 15.

Results Division 1 Lang Lang 8-0 drew Leongatha 8-0 (washout); Wonthaggi 14-69 d Phillip Island 2-67; Foster 2-68 lt Korumburra 14-70; Toora 8-0 drew Inverloch 8-0 (washout). Division 2 Loch 8-0 drew San Remo 8-0 (washout); Inverloch 0-57 lt Meeniyan 16-87: Leongatha 12-80 d Mirboo North 4-78: Phillip Island 8-0 drew Wonthaggi 8-0. Division 3 Korumburra Gold 13-82 d Foster 3-61: Wonthaggi 0-56 lt Corinella 16-65; Fish Creek 13-79 d Korumburra Maroon 3-61; Tarwin Lower 8-0 drew Inverloch 8-0 (washout) Division 4 Lang Lang 8-0 drew Leongatha 8-0 (washout): Inverloch 8-0 drew Phillip Island Blue 8-0 (wahsout): Phillip Island White 8-0 drew Wonthaggi 8-0 (washout); San Remo 8-0 drew Mirboo North 8-0 (washout); Division 5 Loch 8-0 drew Fish Creek 8-0; Tarwin Lower 8-0 drew Meeniyan 8-0 (washout); Inverloch 8-0 drew Port Welshpool 8-0. Division 6 Korumburra 14-66 d Corinella 0-28; San Remo 8-0 drew Phillip Island 8-0; Wonthaggi 14-64 d Foster 0-38;

Toora 8-0 drew Meeniyan 8-0 (washout).

Ladders Division 1 Inverloch ............................136 99 Leongatha...........................126 99 Phillip Island .....................104 86 Korumburra ........................ 76 69 Wonthaggi ...........................-67 50 Foster ..................................-102 45 Toora ...................................-140 39 Lang Lang ..........................-133 26 Division 2 Mirboo North ...................... 63 84 Leongatha..............................-4 80 San Remo ............................... 0 79 Phillip Island........................ 66 66 Loch ....................................... 14 64 Meeniyan ..............................-12 61 Wonthaggi ............................-24 54 Inverloch..............................-103 24 Division 3 Inverloch .............................. 87 96 Corinella .............................106 93 Korumburra Gold .............. 40 79 Fish Creek ............................ 14 76 Tarwin Lower ........................ 12 48 Korumburra Maroon............-78 43 Wonthaggi ............................ 93 38 Foster ....................................-88 37 Division 4 San Remo ......................... 118 107 Phillip Island Blue............... 91 89 Wonthaggi ............................ 57 76 Phillip Island White ...........-36 61 Lang Lang ............................-39 61 Leongatha .............................-21 57 Inverloch...............................-53 36 Mirboo North .....................-117 25 Division 5 Loch ..................................158 104 Tarwin Lower ...................... 15 79 Fish Creek ...........................-24 78 Port Welshpool .................... 13 67

Meeniyan ..............................-48 Inverloch.............................-114 Division 6 Toora ..................................... 83 Foster .................................... 58 Korumburra ........................ 55 Phillip Island........................ 40 Corinella ...............................-53 Wonthaggi ............................-13 San Remo .............................-26 Meeniyan ............................-124

66 38 87 78 69 57 56 44 35 22

It would be appreciated if side managers could pay much closer attention to the completion of their pennant check sheets: mis-spelt names; what their side number as this is how a player is recorded for the purposes of qualification for finals, what division, and of course the name of their team. Please remember the pennant recorder has enough to do without having to complete a club’s pennant sheet. Now that I have got that off my chest, my ‘Kiss of death’ tips for next week’s round are: Division 1 - Phillip Island (home) will inflict a massacre on Lang Lang by 45 shots. Leongatha (home) will do the same to Toora and win by 38 shots. Inverloch (home) will get back on the winning side of the ledger and win against Foster by 32 shots. Korumburra (home) should just about put an end to Wonthaggi’s chances of making the finals and win by five shots.

Leongatha TUESDAY November 22 saw our Division 2 ladies at home to Fish Creek and winning 102 shots to 49, while Division 3, also at home, were winners against Korumburra winning 59 shots to 38. The next round on November 29 sees our Division 2 ladies away to Tarwin Lower, with Division 3 away to Wonthaggi. Tuesday evening saw round three of the business bowls in action, with the winners being Retravision, A.W. Smith (B), Sports First, Prom Country 1st National, The Chalkies, Murphys, Edneys, Murray Goulburn, Leongatha Used Building Materials, Dysons, and Gold. The current ladder shows Gold in top position followed by Leongatha Used Building Materials, Prom Country 1st National, Murphys, A.W. Smith (B), Chalkies, Birch Ross and Barlow, NAB, with in ninth place Mini Skips, and making the top 10 is the Sports First team. Round four will be held on Tuesday evening, November 29. Wednesday November 23 saw the monthly affiliated two bowls triples in action, and again very well supported by the South Gippsland Bowls district clubs. Winner on the day was the Korumburra team of C. Hams, R. Snooks and R. Besley, with four wins plus 29. Runner-up was the Fish Creek team of A. Kerr, Kelvin Flanders and J. Lindeman, with four wins plus 28, while the best last game on plus 17 went to another Korumburra team of R. Williams, J. Fisher and R. Hutton. Sponsors for the day were Bendigo Bank,

and Leongatha manager Mr Ken Lester made the presentations. The club sincerely thanks Bendigo Bank for its valued support. The John O’Connor Wines was won by the Inverloch team of R. Howard, D. Roberts and J. Sutcliffe, and the club also is very grateful to John for his monthly presentation to the event. In the men’s pennant on Saturday November 26, Divisions 1 and 4 travelled to Lang Lang only to have the heavens open up, so creating a wash-out. However Division 2 were able to play Mirboo North at home, and although they looked to be in trouble early in the game, did manage to scrape home by the narrow margin of two shots over Mirboo North. The next round of men’s pennant, December 3, sees Division 1 at home to Toora, with Division 2 away to Wonthaggi and Division 4 teams home to Phillip Island White. Reminders: Sunday December 4 will see the next four person medley event in action, with a 10am start, BYO lunch and afternoon tea provided. If you have not put a team entry in, or even if you would like to play in a four team medley, then please contact Jeff Pendergast 5662 0774 or David Bee on 5662 2605. This event is open to other clubs to participate in, and there is still room for team entries. To Leongatha members, don’t forget if you wish to attend the club’s Christmas get-together at the RSL on December 14, then please make sure you have put your names on the list in the clubrooms. Until next report, good bowling - Jackhigh.

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Akermanis kick starts racing on Island COLOURFUL AFL star Jason Akermanis will launch his first serious bike racing effort at the Phillip Island 8 Hour Enduro, entering a Honda CBR 600 in the Superstock class at the inaugural race.

With backing from Honda Motorcycles, 34 year old Akermanis has assembled a talented team of five riders for the enduro – backed by the Caulfield Park Community school. “To be honest, the island’s 8 Hour is my first serious bike race,” said the 2001 Brownlow Medallist who has been riding bikes since l999, but never in a racing capacity. “But I have been riding for years, and have done lots of ride days at the island. My best time round there is a 1.48 on a Supersport 600, and while I will have a go, I sometimes come unstuck,” said Akermanis, who crashed in testing at the island Tuesday and is feeling the pain with a bruised body and damaged knuckles. “I was pushing it pretty hard and I went up through Lukey Heights, hit the front brake, the bike got light and

I was still going too quick, so I hit the brake again and ended up lowsiding it. The only good news is I’m not quick enough to highside!” “I’m a bit sore, but I’ll be on the bike next Sunday. “My uncle Pete used to ride solos back when I was a kid, and it seemed like we used to go and watch him race most weekends. I think he inspired my passion for bikes,” said Akermanis. The Akermanis race team is a unique project. Caulfield Park’s students struggle to fit into the conventional teaching system so attend the alternative school. The project has been developed to allow them to see behind the scenes of a race team, be involved in bike preparation and expose the pupils to the real world conditions of motor racing and mechanics. Work began several months ago with the students designing the fairings of the Honda CBR600RR as well as learning about the mechanics of the bike to ensure it is competitive come race day. Akermanis’s on-track team mates also show potential. Wattleglen’s Aron Burgess won the 2011 Victo-

rian Superstock 1000 title and Ferntree Gully’s Dean Oughtred boasts success in the Victorian titles, having scored first place in 2008 in the superbike category and winning the 2011 Victorian Supersport crown. Andrew Kenrick from Canungra joins the team, and his partner, motorcycle instructor and mother of one, Erin Talbot, is also trackside. Akermanis is a triple premiership AFL player who played for the Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs, and hopes to convert his talent for anything sporting to the racetrack.

About the Phillip Island 8 Hour The inaugural Phillip Island 8 Hour Australian Endurance Championship will be held Friday, December 2 to Sunday December 4. The 8 Hour will kick off at 9.30am Sunday morning and the 25 plus teams, with a minimum of three riders per squad, will race for 8 hours and an estimated 285 laps and 1250 kilometres of energy sapping racing. Tickets are $45 for the three days; or $25 for Sunday only, and are available at the gate. Concession and child (aged 5-15) rates available. Children 4 and under free.

Three cyclists debut

Leongatha squash Results

Cloudy skies and riders at the HPV challenge and the Great Vic Bike ride, resulted in a small number of riders for Friday night racing following a great turn out of riders at Wednesday night training.

The racing on Friday night saw three riders have their first night of racing following some training nights. With further new riders attending training, the club is hoping for a large turn out after riders away on the Vic ride return. First event for the night was the one lap time trial. Ron Purtle on his first outing managed the best time with an impressive 32.29 sec, just ahead of Thomas McFarlane 32.49. Next was Will Lumby at 37.17 secs and struggling to find the power to drive his new age group gear. His time was just ahead of the other new riders – Josh Chiavaroli 37.30 and Tim Francis at 38.60 sec. The handicapper then put these riders into a one lap handicap and Will Lumby (60m) was able to make use of his good start to get round Josh (70) and Tim (80), whilst the back markers flashed home just out of the placings. A second handicap over two laps saw the back markers bridge to the leaders in the last 100m, and Tom McFarlane (10m) grab the win ahead of Ron Purtle (Scr) and Will Lumby third (80). The riders were given some sprint match races. The first riders were Ron versus Tom. Ron led the sprint out and managed to hold off the late run from Tom. In the other event, Josh was leading from Will and Tim and was given a lesson in sprint racing, as Will executed a well timed jump to gain a break and the win, plus plenty of school bragging rights. There were calls for a re-run so that scores could be evened up. Tom McFarlane with a lead out, was able to hold off a tiring Ron Purtle in his sprint. For the others, Will Lumby again made the move, but this time before the bell, and again cruised to the line a winner. The last race was a new venture for some of the riders – an elimination race where after a few starting laps, the race begins in earnest when the last rider over the line is eliminated

Enduro race: AFL football celebrity Jason Akermanis caught up with Fergus Cameron, managing director of Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, in the pits on Monday morning before the inaugural Phillip Island 8 Hour Australian Endurance Championship that kicks off this Friday.

A Grade Twirl have gone straight into the grand final with a 2-9-105 win over Mars 2-687; Flake took the win 2-9138 over Picnic 2-9-118. Flake will now meet Mars in the preliminary final on Monday night.

B Grade

Where there’s a will: Will Lumby wins the handicap race from Josh Chiavaroli and Tim Francis. each lap. This resulted in the riders needing to sprint each lap to secure their on-going participation. At the end it was Ron Purtle winning from Tom and Will. Tom had state titles to race at Northcote Disc on Sunday so was glad to end the night, however there was some debate from Will, Josh and Tim on the need to resolve the sprinting challenges. However that will need to wait a week. This may be compounded by extra riders on deck after another week’s training at the track. Anyone wanting to try track cycling is invited to come along and check it out on a Wednesday night from just after 6pm. Jason and Gus did that this past Wednesday night and Harley is looking to go again after missing 12 months. Be part of the fun – give it a go.

Top team Daffodils took on Dandylions and went straight through to the grand final 2-7-87 to 1-4-52. Roses won the right to play off in the preliminary final beating Tulips 2-7-95 to 1-6-84. Preliminary finals will be played this Monday November 28 with the grand finals being played on Friday December 2. Please come along and support your fellow players. Prior to the preliminary finals on Monday night we will be holding our Annual General Meeting at 7pm at the squash courts. All members are asked to attend. A summer competition will be starting on Wednesday nights, commencing December 7. If you are interested in playing please ring Chady on 0418 998 222 to register your interest.

Table tennis grand finals

THE A Reserve grand final will be played this week between Bench Warmers (Dean Snelling, Zach Anstey, Jayden Mendola) and Young Guns (Daniel Chetland, Luke Anstey, Heitor Hilberto).

Jenny Thompson previously played for Bench Warmers but has had to reluctantly withdraw from the team due to injury. Jayden has been able to fill in recently. It is the first time in the long (55 year) history of the association that the A Reserve grand final has been contested by 100 per cent of players being school age (12-15). The semi finals last week were thrillers, with many of the sets going through to the fifth game. This week’s matches are also expected to be very close. A break-up barbecue and presentation night is scheduled this week – on Friday night at the Table Tennis Centre, 6-8.30 pm. Cost $3 per person. Wonthaggi A Grade players Bruce Harmer and Mick Wright, will be playing a demonstration match, commencing at 7.30pm. Both players have represented Victoria and Bruce is the current junior coach of the Wonthaggi Association. Mick has also played in international competitions. Wonthaggi has a huge following of junior players, and it is hoped that they will all stay for the demonstration match, which can show these promising young people the standard they have to aim for to be at the top of their game. A number of local juniors are now playing in Wonthaggi and Leongatha, being trained in the Gippsland Sports Academy, and competing in Melbourne tournaments and around Victoria. However many others do not get to see top competition. It should be a good night. Table Tennis will conclude on Friday until school resumes in 2012. Junior coaching recommences on the first Thursday in February, at the Table Tennis Centre, 6pm to 7pm.

Board takes over THE Alberton Football Netball League (AFNL) board of management was voted in at last week’s annual AGM and special general meeting.

In control: the Alberton Football League’s new board of management, from left; Director of Special Events and Publicity Gary Adams, Director of Finance and Sponsorship Neil Comben, Director of Junior Football and Netball Sindy Boyd, president John Schelling and secretary Lynn Whelan. Absent was Director of Football and Netball Operations Gary Bullen.

Delegates from every club voted unanimously on scrapping the executive system to make way for the board of management. President John Schelling, who retained his position as head honcho of the league, described the night as a momentous occasion in the league history. The AFNL was agreed as the title, and four new roles were created for board members. Sindy Boyd and Garry Adams step on as new members, while Neil Comben and Gary Bullen have retained their positions.

Last year’s league vice-president Jimmy Harry was not given a position, and was thanked by the crowd for his efforts as a league executive during the past five years. The new positions are as follows: • President – John Schelling • Director of Finance and Sponsorship – Neil Comben • Director of Football and Netball Operations – Gary Bullen • Director of Special Events and Publicity – Garry Adams • Director of Junior Football and Netball – Sindy Boyd.

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Brett Hayward is star of the month The VBSLSC is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a cocktail party being held on December 3 at the club house and family barbeque the following day. “We’re looking for any former members to come along and be part of the

celebration as well,” club president Ken Schell said. “It should be a great night and a great chance to catch up with lots of past members and hear stories about how the club used to be.” If you are a past member or are after any further information about the celebrations please contact club president Ken Schell on 0425 858 834.

KOONWARRA’S Brett Hayward has been named the Senior Gippstar winner for November, recognising his outstanding achievements in hill climb racing. Brett has been hillclimbing for the last 10 years and all his hard work and commitment came to fruition in November when he was crowned the 2011 Australian Champion at Yallourn’s Bryant Park.

In addition to this outstanding result, Brett travelled interstate this year and also dominated the competition. Brett is the current Victorian, South Australian and Queensland champion. These championships were all won in a car that Brett built himself. His plans for next year are to defend his titles and develop and fabricate a new race car. November also saw Lisa Alexander, formerly of Leongatha, being named Gippsland champion.

The head coach of the Australian Netball Diamonds was nominated after the team moved back into the world number one position following a recent test series against New Zealand. Annual winners are selected from the monthly winners, and will be announced at the annual awards evening in 2012. Nomination information for the Gippstar Awards is available on the Gippsland Sports Academy website.

On patrol: Gali Schell and Paige Price patrolling at Venus Bay last season. Racing king: Brett Hayward has been named the Senior Gippstar winner for November.

Oscar keeps on winning LEONGATHA’S Oscar Harry has dominated a recent country swimming competition, winning five events. Oscar won the 50m butterfly, freestyle and backstroke and his 10 year old freestyle and medley relay teams also won. The youngster, who was captain of the Gippsland team, also swam personal best times in his three individual races. Oscar helped his team to their 12th title in a row. The Gippsland team competed against teams from the rest of country Victoria at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, (MSAC). The team was made up of representatives from all Gippsland clubs including Traralgon, East Gippsland Water Dragons, Moe, Sale, Warragul and South Gippsland Bass. The Gippsland team competed against teams from the rest of country Victoria at Gippsland winners: Oscar Harry, captain of the Gippsland swimming MSAC. team, lifts the shield.

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We’ve got the power LEONGATHA Primary Pi School battled hard last weekend in Maryborough, when they took up the RACV Energy Breakthrough Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. Bulletproof, Coyote and Road Runner all did well. But the kids had a big support network too, with teachers and parents pitching in to make sure the LPS competitors were fed, massaged, stretched and focused. The gruelling team event was a test of body and mind. LPS principal Rob Higgins, a HPV veteran, said it was the best team he had ever taken away. “You’ve ridden 300km in 14 hours. That’s like going from Leongatha to Melbourne and back again. Well done!” Mr Higgins told the students at the end of the event. “This is the biggest group of Carry her home: the A-team carries Bulletproof back to the pits after the gruelling event. From left are, Ally Martin, Sam Hanrahan, Clay Alexander and parents I’ve ever had. It’s been fantastic for us.” Amy Robertson.

The Great Southern Star  

November 29 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper.

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