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Power cut A $1.8 MILLION venture at Murray Goulburn’s Leongatha factory will save the company $300,000 in electricity every year. The biogas project will use waste gases to generate electricity and is the only one of its kind in Australia. Matthew Percival, Murray Goulburn’s energy engineer, said the project has been a major milestone for the company. Read more on page five.

Hero son By Brad Lester

THE son of a man run over by a car four times at Venus Bay last Friday has been hailed a hero by police. The son, Glenn Coe, will be nominated for a bravery award by detectives from the Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU).


Mr Coe’s father Ian, 56, was undergoing more than nine hours of surgery at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne yesterday (Monday), where at that time he remained in a critical condition. Glenn, 19, endangered his own life to save his father’s by parking a ute and trailer in the path of the offender as he attempted to drive over Glenn’s father. Detective Senior Constable Rob Brown of Bass Coast CIU said Glenn

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was a hero. “Without his intervention, his father would have died. He would have been highly traumatised by what had happened to his father as he ran from some distance and to place himself in the way of the vehicle to save his father’s life was nothing but heroic,” he said. Detective S/C Brown has not been involved in such a “bizarre” case in more than 14 years in the police force.

“To have no known association with the victim and to have such disregard for human life, it just bizarre,” he said. Travis Pedley, 39, of Venus Bay faced a filing hearing at Melbourne Magistrate’s Court yesterday (Monday), charged with attempted murder and intentionally causing serious injury. He was remanded in custody until January 10, 2011. No application was made

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for bail. Other charges are pending. He was arrested soon after the incident and remanded in custody at Wonthaggi Police Station overnight on Friday and taken to the Melbourne Custody Centre. Police are mystified by the reason for the attack, saying the alleged offender and victim were unknown to each other. Continued on page 5.


Crossed country

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Art show success

ARTS Prom Country is the new name of the Rotary Art Show, but nothing has changed in the event, with the same amount of great works and a large crowd to appreciate them.

The event saw two local artists featured, Mandy Gunn of Tarwin Lower and Fish Creek’s Andrew McPherson. They each brought in some interesting pieces, with Mandy entering in the show and winning the South Gippsland Shire prize for best local talent. The Best in Show award went to Wonthaggi’s Adrian Johnston for his Dune Shadows Bass Coast oil painting. Judge Jeremy Barrett described the painting as “competently oil painted, light and colourful with a freshly layered luminous light.” Korumburra’s Wendy Rahilly received the Richard Pegler Award for her piece, I am I can. Another donated prize is the Pat West Award, which went to Do Noble for the Doveton artist’s oil piece. The Phil Riseley’s People’s Choice Award,

which was voted by everyone who attended, went to Joan Long of Eagle Point. The President’s Youth Encouragement Award, which was actually chosen by Rotary president Col Byatt’s wife Barb, went to Bryley Field of Korumburra.

Gary Lewis of Cranbourne received the gong for best colour photo, while the best black and white photo went to Moe’s Pam Boyes. After the formalities of the evening, guests made their way around the exhibition to observe all the great art

works and had a chance to mingle with featured artists Ms Gunn and Mr McPherson. The raffle winner was Leongatha’s Evelyn Fawcett, who won Warren Curry’s Old Blue Stone Cottage piece.

Gunn artist: Tarwin Lower’s Mandy Gunn with judge of the show Jeremy Barrett.

Best in show: Wonthaggi resident Adrian Johnston’s Dune Shadows Bass Coast was declared as best in show.

Award donors: Pat West and Margaret Pegler of Leongatha donated awards to the show.

Looking around: keeping a close eye on Anne Pinkstone’s highly commended piece was Leongatha’s Mark McCarthy. Keen observers: Faye and Neil Laing enjoyed their night out at Memorial Hall.

Still time to nominate NOW is the time to get cracking to nominate people or events for the South Gippsland Australia Day Awards.

While Australia Day is still some time off, the closing date for nominations is October 31, less than five weeks away. This allows for the judging to take place before Christmas so that preparations for the gala awards ceremony on January 19 can begin. Eight community celebrations are held across the shire on Australia Day, January 26. The categories are: • 2011 South Gippsland Citizen of the Year; • 2011 South Gippsland Young Citizen of the Year; and • 2011 South Gippsland Community Event of the Year. “This is such a lovely way to recognise our outstanding citizens and community groups,” council’s Australia Day co-ordinator, Jeannie Hicks, said. For further information and assistance, please contact Jeannie Hicks on 5662 9221.

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Delays put lives on line By Jane Ross AMBULANCE delays are risking lives in South Gippsland.

That’s the message from the Auditor-General’s report into ambulance response times. But, as Nationals leader Peter Ryan was at pains to point out, it’s not the fault of the paramedics. There just are not enough of them. Such was his concern to bring the matter to public attention, Mr Ryan wrote twice to the AuditorGeneral urging an audit. Mr Ryan told The Star yesterday afternoon, that the AuditorGeneral initially responded with

advice that the audit was not due until 2012/13. Pressed by Mr Ryan’s protestations of urgency, the AuditorGeneral undertook the audit. It showed that in the financial year 2009/10, only 47.4 per cent of Leongatha’s 76 code one ambulance calls were responded to within the target of 15 minutes. Code one cases are listed by Ambulance Victoria as being those involving cardiac arrest or serious accident. Mirboo North’s result was worse, with 45.7 per cent within 15 minutes. Wonthaggi had 40 code one call outs, with a 75 per cent target response time, while Toora had two, neither of which made it

within 15 minutes. Venus Bay had a staggering 655 with a time target rate of 86.1 per cent. Mr Ryan said the Leongatha figures highlighted the commentary of the Auditor-General which said over the past three years, ambulance response times for towns with populations under 7500 have declined. Mr Ryan said the times were the worst they had been for five years “confirming ambulance services are in crisis due to a lack of resources and funding”. He said paramedics are made to feel the brunt of the situation, when, in fact, they perform an “extraordinarily difficult task” in an admirable manner.

“You take your hat off to them.” That they are constantly pressured by under resourcing both in personnel and equipment, is a situation that Mr Ryan said “is not good enough”. He described as cynical a State Government announcement of an injection of $81 million into Ambulance Victoria, two days before the Auditor-General’s report was tabled. The assistant secretary of Ambulance Association Victoria Phil Cavanagh, said people in the country would always suffer prolonged response times, simply because of distance. “But that’s little comfort when you’re lying on the floor waiting

for someone to come to your aid.” He said the ambulance service had no money and was badly in debt. He explained Venus Bay’s high call out figure as code two calls being designated code one so that the ambulance could get there faster. Bass MLA Ken Smith was blunt. He described the whole ambulance/health situation as “an absolute bloody disgrace”. “Paramedic morale is low; these are dedicated people. “The government has starved us of ambulance officers and ambulances for a long period of time.”

Elite lesson: young dancers in Leongatha have won a master class with a leading Australian Ballet dancer. Lisa Pellin Dance Studio in Leongatha has been selected as one of 10 ballet schools around the country to receive a master class. Lynette Wills, former principal artist with The Australian Ballet, will visit the dance school on Friday, November 12. Celebrating the news last week were Lisa Pellin students Lani Turner, Lauren Mitchelson and Madi Funnell.

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Deep piece: Colin Suggett and his work in progress, National Anxiety Index.

Sculptor eyes prize By Brad Lester

VENUS Bay artist Colin Suggett is a finalist in Australia’s most prestigious outdoor sculpture contest. The McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award 2010 carries a winner’s purse of $100,000. Colin placed highly in the competition in 2008 and is one of 34 finalists selected from 188 hopefuls. The winner will be announced on Sunday, November 21. Finalists’ works will be exhibited throughout 16ha of bush and landscape gardens at the Langwarrin gallery. “I’m interested in this whole thing of fear and how fear can be generated.” Colin’s piece is striking. Entitled National Anxiety Index, it will depict a bird-like monster with the head of a reptile and the body of a robot, perched on top of a gauge fictionally measuring Australians’ anxiety levels. The creature represents the populace’s fictional sources of anxiety – particularly “invaders” like boat people - that Colin believes

the media and politicians create for a host of reasons. A red strip on the gauge will rush upwards, into the monster’s mouth, indicative of rocketing anxiety levels. “It’s about the scaremongering that is going on. Life is not as dangerous as what we are made to think. TV does it, documentaries do it, politicians do it. “All of the work I do has some sort of political basis. I can’t help myself. Making sculptures is a bit of a way of having a go at the issues.” Behind the gauge will be a rustic fence and a map of Australia set in rusted steel, a symbol of the Australia of days long gone by when everyone was given a “fair go”. “That’s something that has disappeared in this country.” The entire piece will stand 4.7m and is constructed from fibreglass, steel and aluminium. Colin began creating it in March. “It’s the biggest thing that I have ever made that is free standing. Even as a kid, I used to spend my time making things. You learn a few skills and tricks.”

The sculpture will be displayed behind wire gates, further attending to the refugee detention centre theme. Colin placed highly in the same award in 2008 with a piece depicting Mickey Mouse, clothed in a hood and with electrodes attached to his hands, mimicking the infamous photo of an Iraqi prisoner in a similar dire situation in Abu Graib prison under guard by the American soldiers during the Iraqi war. “If the Americans could do it to another human, they could do it to Mickey Mouse.” The former film-making teacher believes sculpture has the same ability to tell a narrative using metaphors. “A lot of sculpture can be just art about art. I try to make things that you can not just relate to, but you have to look deeper at as to why it’s there.” While Colin admits winning the prize is a “pot shot”, the publicity is valuable to an artist’s career. “It’s a major show and it’s a major gallery, and the exhibition will be on for six months and a lot of people will see your work. Winning is a bonus.”

Region empty handed SOUTH Gippsland’s nominations went home empty handed from the Tidy TownsSustainable Communities awards on Friday night in Beechworth. The region had five nominations vying for prizes. They were Poowong Consultative Committee (community action category), Coal Creek Halloween evening (community action), South Gippsland Historical Network Inc (cultural heritage), Sustainability Festival (environmental innovation) and Young Ambassadors (community government partnership). There were 190 initiatives entered into 10 categories from across Victoria, with 13 award winners being honoured on the night. The Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities awards ceremony is a celebration and acknowledgement of the everyday actions made by all councils and shires, community groups, schools and individuals.

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Power first for MG By Marli Draper

MURRAY Goulburn’s new biogas project at its Leongatha factory will save the company $300,000 in electricity per year.

The project will supply nine per cent of the plant’s power needs. Using waste gases to generate electricity, the project has won this year’s Victoria award for sustainable projects from the Australian Institute of Project Management. MG could win the national award at a presentation ceremony in Darwin today (Tuesday). The $1.8million project is the only one of its type in Australia and has been delivered with the support of Sustainability Victoria. Methane from the waste water treatment plant is trapped and collected and then run through engines that are capable of producing up to 760KW of electricity. This is then fed into the factory via a 440m high voltage underground cable. There is potential for

Turbine time: Jeff Funnell from Hulls Engineering Leongatha and Daniel Annis of Massachusetts, USA working on the steam turbine. future upgrades to enable the factory to supply all its electricity needs. The savings generated give the project a payback period of three years. Matthew Percival, Murray Goulburn’s energy engineer, said installation of the project had been a major milestone for the company. “The waste water treatment plant is the priority, whatever biogas we get is a bonus,” he said. South Gippsland Water

pipes the cleaned water to an outfall at Venus Bay. According to Murray Goulburn’s site development engineer, Craig Turner, South Gippsland Water has installed a new diffuser and will soon remove the trestle on the beach. “The diffuser is a much better mechanism to distribute the waste water rather than a single entry pipe,” Mr Turner said. Another efficiency project at the plant is nearing completion.

The new steam turbine will make the most of the energy to convert it to electricity rather than being lost through pressure reduction. Jeff Funnell from Leongatha’s Hulls Engineering, has been working on the $5 million project. Daniel Annis, representative of the American turbine manufacturer, was in town last week to provide technical assistance.

Optus responds RESIDENTS of Leongatha have just two more days to voice their opinions on the proposed Optus tower to be installed in Canty Lane. Many local business owners have already put forward objections, with fears of safety and visual impairment key aspects of the argument against erecting the 36 metre tall telecommunications tower. But Optus has hit back at the claims that the tower will not be safe, saying that there will be no danger to anyone. “In relation to public health, the measurements of EMR (electromagnetic radiation) from the proposed facility are estimated at less than one per cent of the total amount allowed under Australian standards and legislation,” an Optus spokesperson said. Optus responded to the article published in The Star last week, and argued that the tower would bring more good than bad.

“The new facility would significantly improve indoor and outdoor mobile coverage as well as provide mobile broadband services to the local area and help deliver more choice to consumers and businesses,” said the Optus spokesperson. “We will be happy to address any questions or feedback that the community may have in relation to our proposal.” Leongatha Chamber of Commerce president Darryl McGannon said while the chamber will not be lodging an objection to the tower, he implores those who do object to send one in to the South Gippsland Shire Council. “If there’s anyone who genuinely thinks that it shouldn’t go in, then they should write a letter to the shire,” he said. The address for any written objections is South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha 3953.

Son saves father’s life

Continued from page 1. Ian and Glenn Coe were on rideon mowers in Canterbury Road about 10.30am Friday. Ian was mowing a vacant block when police allege the offender aligned his Holden Commodore sedan with Ian and crashed into him and a nearby bus shelter. Ian was thrown from his mower and as he lay motionless, the offender ran over him twice before Glenn reached his father’s side. He parked his work ute and trailer in the path of the offender to shield his father. While Glenn tried to drag his father out of the way, police said Ian was driven over a fourth time. Glenn was also nearly run over during the ordeal. Glenn took his father to the Venus Bay Community Centre, where a fire meeting was to be held, and police and ambulances were alerted. The offender was intercepted by police between Tarwin Lower and Inverloch. Police said he was not affected by alcohol nor drugs. The incident shocked the Venus Bay community. Kieran Kennedy, a Venus Bay resident and South Gippsland Shire Councillor, arrived on the scene five minutes after the attack and spoke to Mr Coe and his son. Cr Kennedy said the crime had

“really shocked the community to the core”. “It was not something that we would have expected to have seen down here. It was really unprecedented,” he said. “The whole thing has really just made people sick in their stomachs. “It’s just a horrendous incident. Everyone was pretty numb about the fact that something like this could occur in such a quiet coastal hamlet. I have never seen anything of this nature.” One of the first to be alerted of the drama unfolding was the Country Fire Authority’s Gary Burns. He was setting up in the Venus Bay Community Centre for a township protection plan meeting. “A lady came in very upset and asked us if someone could call the police and ambulance,” Mr Burns said. “The manager of the centre rang first and I followed up with a phone call as well. “The injured man was transferred from the scene to just outside the centre for his own protection until an ambulance could arrive. “The CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) arrived first and comforted the man, along with his son.” Mr Coe was treated by CERT

volunteers and paramedics before a Helimed air ambulance helicopter landed in a paddock in nearby Lee Parade. He was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital, suffering chest, pelvis and leg injuries. Police from Inverloch, Wonthaggi and Foster attended the scene. The Coes operate a lawn mowing business and were mowing lawns on opposite sides of the road at the time. Officers from the Crime Scene Squad investigated the scene until 11.30pm Friday. Police have asked for more witnesses to come forward. They are urged to phone Bass Coast CIU on 5672 2761.

Man questioned DETECTIVES have questioned a Leongatha man in relation to the fire at the town’s Westpac bank on September 28. Officers from the Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit are continuing to investigate the blaze, which was largely confined to the manager’s office. Detective Senior Constable Richard Sully confirmed the fire was deliberately lit.

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Author achieves goal By Jane Ross AN envelope containing a thoughtful card was left at The Star office.

It was addressed thus: Bert van Bedaf author and well known journalist. The extent to which that description fitted him so well was evident on Saturday afternoon when Bert

launched his book Ghosts and Angels – The Boswachter Miracle and Other Mysteries during the Literary Festival at Coal Creek Korumburra. His physical self has

been felled by illness. But his mind remains incisive; his humour ever present. Spying fellow author Honey Brown whizzing around the Coal Creek

foyer in her wheelchair, Bert called out from his mobile seat: “Hi Honey, see I’ve joined you!” Friends from the world of arts which Bert and his partner Lerida Watt support and enjoy, were there for the launch. So were proprietors, editors past and present and colleagues from The Star. Gently guided by author, publisher and editor Peter Sharpe, Bert spoke for nearly an hour about his creative writing and the genesis of his latest book. He has long been fascinated by ghost stories and was one day discussing this with a woman at Venus Bay, where Bert

and Lerida have a holiday house. His acquaintance told him she lived with a ghost; indeed had a photograph of it. The journalist in him reacted at once. But so did the creative writer. He had the impetus to start weaving his stories together, writing much of the work at Venus Bay during holiday breaks from The Star. He said he’d rise and start writing at 8 or 8.30, break for lunch and exercise, then write until late afternoon. The discipline reflects the man. When he had completed his novella and short stories, he invited

six friends to critique his work. He brought their annotated copies to the launch in case anyone wanted to see them. Such attention to detail defines Bert too. His penchant for keeping files on everything make him the person to go to when his colleagues want to know anything. “I have it here!” his cry triumphant. After his talk on Saturday, he set his wheelchair, walking stick and illness aside to stand and mingle with friends and colleagues, chatting and signing copies of his book. The effort was Herculean. But the day was his. It was vintage Bert.

Launched: author Bert van Bedaf with his partner Lerida Watt and friend Peter Sharpe (right) at the launch on Saturday of Bert’s book Ghosts and Angels – The Boswachter Miracle and Other Mysteries.

1000 at inaugural market THE FIRST Coal Creek Farmers Market was a huge success, with just under 1000 people attending the Korumburra event on Saturday. There were around 20 stalls and some sold out. With such success, the market will now run on the second Saturday of every month, which will be a big win for the historical venue and the community. It was a day for volunteers, with Lions running the car park, the Scouts behind the sausage sizzle, the Rotary Club cooking bacon and eggs, and the CWA helping

out as well. The market teamed up well with the Literary Festival and the general Coal Creek exhibition, with large numbers coming through due to a beautiful October day. The Literary Festival was a success, with local readers discussing books with their favourite authors, including Honey Brown, Bert van Bedaf, Liz Rushen, Jillian Durance, Yvette Stubbs and Peter Sharpe. Many brought large crowds in, but none more so than local writer Mr van Bedaf, who drew massive interest in his presentation.

Plenty of choices: Rick and Jan Fraser of Mornington mixed and matched their beer choices thanks to some nice sales work from Grand Ridge Brewery’s Michael Bandy.

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Alarm over roads

By Jane Ross

NEVILLE Goodwin is alarmed at the way trucks are chewing up roads in Bass Coast Shire.

A former mayor, he represents the community on the Wonthaggi desalination plant community liaison committee. Construction of the plant at Williamsons Beach has increased heavy traffic to Wonthaggi, some of which has been travelling at break neck speed. Mr Goodwin said: “This is an accident, not waiting to happen, when it happens. And when it does, the damage will have been done.” He retains the view, held since the plant was

announced, that the State Government is treating Bass Coast residents with contempt. “We’re hosting this monster and we’re doing everything to co-operate with you ….” But the State is not returning the courtesy. Bass Coast Council infrastructure director Steve Piasente, is trying to arrange a meeting with State Roads Minister Tim Pallas. At their September gathering, councillors called for the ministerial deputation, citing alarm over the state particularly of South Dudley Road and the Bass Highway. There’s no date yet. That despite the fact that Mr Pallas was in Bass Coast in May last year, promising

to return in six months. The council is still waiting and the roads continue to deteriorate. The Bass Highway for example, is pitted with pot holes, some of which have been patched and patched and patched. There are rough spots and dangerous indentations where new seal meets old. The “new part of the Wonthaggi-bound lane of the Bass Highway at the Turnbull/Woolamai Road t-intersection is a case in point. Mr Piasente has had something of a victory with VicRoads though. He said council has recently applied to the authority to reduce speed limits on a number of roads from 100km/h to 80. Those in question are in

Bass and Grantville. “The roads in these areas are experiencing significant traffic associated with the desalination projects,” Mr Piasente said. “The roads wind through hills and are generally quite narrow.” They are the Turnbull/ Woolamai Road, The Shunt Off, part of Glen Forbes Road at Dalyston, part of Glen Alvie Road in Grantville and part of St Helier Road at The Gurdies. VicRoads has approved the speed reduction in principle. “We now need to provide further details to VicRoads for them to consider approving our request.” But that does not address the question of damage. Mr Piasente has esti-

We’re back: Meg and Alan Steenholdt have now reopened Henriettas. They have been overwhelmed by the community’s support.

Henriettas rises from ashes By Brad Lester

A BELOVED Leongatha business has reopened, four months after fire destroyed its previous home. Henriettas homewares and coffee store now operates on the opposite side of Bair Street, overlooking its former location in the famous Knight’s Garage. Proprietor Meg Steendholdt sees the old site daily. While memories of the larger shop come flooding back, she uses those visions to inspire her to return there by June next year. “If we are meant to be doing this, then it will be but if not, then it won’t,” she said. Mrs Steenholdt and her husband Alan spent a month renovating the former fruit and vegetable shop, and sourced goods from a trader fair in early August, ahead of opening recently. They hope to return to their for-

mer site after by the middle of 2011 when rebuilding is finished, but to raise the necessary funds, the smaller operation must be successful. “We can’t afford to do what you usually have to do for a small business, which is lose money for the first 12 months,” Mrs Steenholdt said. Mr Steenholdt was pleased the business had a new presence in town. “There has been so much support from people who understand that Henriettas can no longer be what it was because the building is gone, but people appreciate that we are back in some way,” he said. “The new store is like our ‘best of’ CD. We have got all of our number one hits here and we have got them all in the one place.” Operating from smaller premises, Henriettas now stocks a limited range of goods that sold well previously. Pandora jewellery, Kitchen Aid mixmasters, Maxwell Williams

crockery and cookware are amongst the items. “But there are a lot of things that we had at the old store that we can access but can’t fit in the current store,” Mrs Steenholdt said. Some staff from the former shop are now working at the new site. Mr Steenholdt was the driver of the café side of the business and although now a real estate agent with Alex Scott and Staff several doors up, he still takes an interest in the venture. “Henriettas was renowned for its coffee. In the old shop, we sold the most coffees of anyone in town, so we decided to put it back in so at least people can get their favourite cup,” he said. “There are other people doing coffee in town but ours just had a different flavour to it.” In the meantime, Mrs Steenholdt has been undertaking emergency teaching and also training with Integrity Business College.

mated that when desalination plant construction is completed, up to 90 per cent of South Dudley Road will have to be remade. It is a council road, but councillors have long been telling the State Government that Bass Coast ratepayers should not have to bear the cost of repairing infrastructure damaged because of a State construction project.

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Boozy weekend LEONGATHA police issued three infringement notices for people who were deemed drunk and disorderly on the weekend. Two Mirboo North and a Leongatha resident received the infringements after they were lodged for drunkenness. Another two youths were issued with infringement notices for using false particulars when identifying themselves to police.

Aftermath: this car was left battered after a woman crashed into an embankment at Berrys Creek.

Berrys Creek crash A WOMAN in her early thirties was injured as she failed to negotiate a turn on Mount Vernon Road, Berrys Creek at 8.50am last Tuesday. Her car crashed into an embankment as she missed the turn, and she was conveyed by ambulance to Leongatha Memorial Hospital. The car was towed away by Burchell’s Panels.

No give way A CRASH that occurred at 10.30am on October 6 was caused by a driver not taking note of a give way sign. The offending driver, who is believed to be an 18 or 19-year-old Mount Martha man, hit a vehicle and was consequently issued with an infringement notice. One of the occupants of the victim’s car was taken to Leongatha Memorial Hospital for observation.

CEO sorry BURRA Foods will address odour issues at its Korumburra factory, after complaints from residents. The company has agreed with an order issued by EPA Victoria. EPA Gippsland regional manager Elizabeth Radcliffe said the company was in the process of commissioning its new milk spray drying plant, which had been dogged by a range of issues. “Commissioning started in June and since then EPA has received 17 reports from Korumburra community members expressing concern about the odour. Six of those have been in the last week,” she said. “We understand the company itself has also received a number of complaints.” Ms Radcliffe said the commissioning was due to be completed Monday, however due to ongoing issues the company had sought a 120 day extension. “This extension has been given to allow the work to continue, however it is not a free pass. The company must still not discharge any offensive odours beyond the boundary of its premises,” she said. “As the current odour issues mean it has breached its licence, the company has been issued with a Pollution Abatement Notice requiring it to undertake works on the wastewater treatment plant to treat odours generated there. “This work must be undertaken while the commissioning work is being completed. Burra Foods must also evaluate the amount of waste being generated in order to minimise the load on the treatment plant..” Burra Foods CEO Grant Crothers said increased throughput, together with some power supply fluctuations, is believed to have been the cause of intermittent odour complaints. “Short-term issues such as increased odour are regrettable during this time and we thank our local community for their patience,” he said yesterday. “We accept the EPA’s notification issued today and will work quickly to rectify these issues.” A deodorising unit is expected to be completed shortly.

Stole abalone TWO men will complete 250 hours of community service after being found guilty in the Wonthaggi Magistrate’s Court of fisheries offences involving abalone. A 45-year-old Burnside Heights man pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking a commercial quantity of abalone and taking fish from a marine sanctuary. A 33-year-old man from Sunshine North pleaded guilty to possessing a commercial quantity of abalone and taking fish from a marine sanctuary. The Burnside Heights man was accused of taking 113 abalone from an inter-tidal zone on January 30-31 this year, in an area between F-Break and Wreck Beach at Cape Paterson. The same man, and the 33-year-old from Sunshine North, were accused of taking an estimated 778 abalone from Bunurong Marine

National Park between Twin Reefs and Shack Bay on March 6-8 this year. Fishing for abalone is either restricted or forbidden in these areas. Fisheries Victoria officers apprehended the men on March 8 with 223 abalone, including 186 which had been shucked or removed from their shells. Under the Fisheries Act 1995 a commercial quantity of abalone is 100 or more abalone and trafficking is defined as processing a priority species. Esso spokesperson Leigh Newman said the company accepted the fine and has transferred containers elsewhere on site. “We have completed a thorough investigation into the cause and have now undertaken action to avoid this happening again, including extra training for employees and contractors, and reviewing our audition processes,” she said.

Esso fined ESSO Australia has been fined $5841 by the Environment Protection Authority. An EPA Victoria compliance inspection in April found the company’s storage of waste posed a risk to Corner Inlet Marine National Park. EPA Gippsland regional manager Elizabeth Radcliffe said two officers inspected the Barry Beach terminal of Esso Australia Pty Ltd and found the site to be in breach of its licence. “Our officers found a number of large containers of drilling mud waste stored in an unbunded area,” she said. “Other containers were also found in an area near an unprotected stormwater drain. One of the containers contained a dark brown liquid that employees were unable to identify.” The site is right on the edge of Corner Inlet Marine National Park.

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Danger towns gear up THE five towns identified as being in the highest fire risk category held town protection meetings last week.

The Country Fire Authority has received helpful information to update their plans from communities as a result of the meetings. Listed in the top 52 greatest risk towns in the state are Sandy Point, Waratah Bay, Walkerville, Venus Bay and Inverloch. Apart from the general public, represented at the meetings were the CFA, police and DSE as well as officers from each community fire brigade plus shire councillors and community leaders. The first meeting was at Sandy Point last Thursday with a good attendance of 45. Town protection planning coordinator with the CFA, Gary Burns, said the biggest concern at Sandy Point continues to be with contacting absentee landowners and people with holiday houses. “We have managed to pick up on obtaining email addresses as well as linking in with the local progress group,” he said.

“A number of residents also raised concerns with the DSE about burn plans.” The next meeting was at Waratah Bay where a small gathering attended. The main issue raised was the unreliability of mobile phone reception, meaning text messaging could not be relied upon. Mr Burns said another issue with the locals was the number of blocks which remained uncleared by absentee landowners. Some of the property owners doing the right thing had houses backing onto thick bush and trees. At the next meeting a great attendance of 45 heard the community was well aware of the risks in that township. “This community is well organised with phone trees set up. They are aware of their dangers,” Mr Burns said. On Friday morning was the meeting at Venus Bay. Despite a late venue change, 10 people still attended. Under discussion with the DSE was upcoming fire breaks. There was also a view that the town should have a fire siren. However it was explained that having a fire siren, unless it had a different sound, could mean a number of things and would not necessarily tell the com-

munity it was bushfire related. A suggestion was made that the local real estate agents could play a part in getting information out to absentee landholders and holiday makers. This was taken on board by the CFA. The last meeting was held at Inverloch with a low attendance of just six people. “I think the lower attendance may indicate that the residents may not see Inverloch as high risk. It didn’t seem high in their thought anyway.” Despite this, the Inverloch Tourism Association is working on a community strategy to contact absentee property owners with a view to also using real estate agents to get the message out. Mr Burns described the meetings as very successful, with all ideas being incorporated into templates in the town protection plans. “This will be reviewed every 12 months. We’ll hold more meetings in these towns as we approach summer with a view to having these updated plans available for the community to view. Some, of course, will not need changing.” It’s Fire Action Week this week and The Star’s feature appears on pages 44-47.

Venus Bay: Colin Suggett, left, president of the Tarwin Lower/Venus Bay Association; pictured with, back, Geoff Pike, DSE; Rob Lawrie, Tarwin Lower CFA captain; and Michael Moore, Tarwin Lower fourth lieutenant. Front, Gary Burns, CFA town protection planning co-ordinator, and Jodie Anderson, secretary/treasurer at Tarwin Lower CFA.

Pilgrims to see history By Chris Brown SOUTH Gippsland Catholics are making a pilgrimage to the other side of the world to be in Rome as Mary MacKillop is recognised as a saint.

Many Leongatha parishioners, and priest Father Peter Kooloos, are going with a Jetset Leongatha tour. Four students and two teachers from Mary MacKillop College in Leongatha will also witness the historic occasion of the canonisation of Australia’s first saint. They are Nicholas Gartland (Year 9), Megan Ryan (Year 11), Kaylee Appleyard (Year 11), Alana Green (Year 12) and food tech assistant Fran Backman. For several of them it will be their first trip overseas. Alana was so keen to attend the canonisation, following a good experience at World Youth Day in 2008, that she is taking time out from her exam preparation. Nicholas was looking forward to being among thousands of people at the canonisation mass. Kaylee said a highlight would be celebrating with different people from other cultures. Megan said it was a once in a lifetime event. “Mary MacKillop is a role model for everyone. She was able to stand up for her beliefs,” she said. The students were nominated to attend the canonisation and, along with the school, have raised money to fund the trip. A live viewing of the canonisation will be available at Mary MacKillop’s college expo on Sunday, October 17. Leongatha priest Father Peter Koolos said he hoped to distribute holy communion at the canonisation

Vatican bound: Mary MacKillop college’s Michael Brennan, Nicholas Gartland, Megan Ryan and Kaylee Appleyard. mass in Rome. The pope will lead this mass and a vigil ceremony is also planned. He is going as a member of the Jetset tour group and it will be the first canonisation he has attended. “There’s a great excitement throughout the church. There’s a real buzz about it,” he said. Father Kooloos said he was joyful as Mary MacKillop will become the first Australian canonised saint of the church. “She’s more Australian than I am. I was born in Holland and came out as a child,” he said. Mary MacKillop, together with Father Julian Tenison Woods, founded the Sisters of St Joseph in South Australia about 150 years ago. Sisters from this order

worked in the education field in Leongatha for 80 years until 1996. “The parishioners have very happy memories of the sisters and that’s one of the main reasons it is creating such excitement, because they feel there is a link locally,” Father Kooloos said. Jetset Leongatha has arranged for 45 pilgrims to visit, mainly from across Gippsland and also Newcastle in New South

Wales and Adelaide. The group will attend the vigil, canonisation and thanksgiving mass, plus Vatican museums, a Christian Rome tour and a half day tour visiting sights significant to Mary MacKillop when she visited Rome while establishing the Order of the Sisters of St Joseph.

Robbery arrest POLICE last week arrested a man in relation to armed robberies at Mirboo North and Meeniyan earlier this year. The 49-year-old from Drouin was released without charge and will continue to assist police with their investigation. The Bendigo Bank at Mirboo North was robbed on March 11 and the Meeniyan Post Office on May 26.

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original Flag. LEONGATHA’S Little Athletics Club season commenced on Saturday at the Leongatha Velodrome Oval. Children aged from five to 16 years are involved. For enrollments or enquiries contact Helen Patterson on 5662 4797 or visit THE Ruby community will meet with South Gippsland Shire Council this Thursday, October 14, to discuss works proposed for Ruby-Arawata Road. The meeting will be held at the Ruby Hall from 4.30pm. All invited.

CONGRATULATIONS to local resident Angus Heazlewood, who got his probationary licence last Monday. Angus put the testing off for a while, but it turned out to be a good move as he cruised through. His car will be up and running in no time and Angus will be on the roads!

A football guernsey, black and white (assume it’s Collingwood) has been found near the Dakers Centre in Leongatha. Call 5662 4059 if it’s yours.

OCTOBER 20 is your last chance to enter a scarecrow for Coal Creek’s 2010 Scarecrow Competition. The scarecrows will be displayed at Coal Creek from Sunday October 24 to Sun November 7. The winners will be announced at Coal Creek’s

Halloween night on October 31. For more info call 5655 1811. SOUTH Gippsland Legacy is holding a charity golf day on October 29. It will be played at the Cowes Golf Club and offers a day of good golf and good fun. There’ll be trophies and prizes. Ring 5956 9590 or 5956 6470. LEONGATHA Primary School will be having a special assembly on Friday, October 15 to recognise and thank the traditional owners of our land – the Kurnai/Gunai people. A number of guests have been invited to the assembly who will address the children and explain the significance of the “Welcome to our Country” message before raising the Australian Ab-

LEONGATHA Swimming Club’s registration evenings will be at SG SPLASH on Tuesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 14 from 5.307pm. If you enjoy your swimming and wish to compete in a positive, encouraging environment, why not join the team. Bring your bathers for an in-pool coach assessment. All enquiries to Emma Harry 0400 366 213.

THERE’S still time for South Gippsland women to lock in their Girls Night In events this October and join the 3000 Victorian women fighting back against women’s cancers. Simply invite the girls over for a night in and donate the money you would have spent going out towards Cancer Council’s work into breast and gynaecological cancers. For more information or to participate in Girls Night In visit www.girlsnightin. or call 1300 65 65 85.

They’re everywhere: the AFL grand final’s over, but there are still black and white flags flying. This one was spotted on a boat moored at the San Remo Jetty. GOVERNMENT House will be having an open day on Australia Day, January 26, of next year. It is free and the public will be able to view the State Apartments, the Private Apartments and the Governer’s Study. Many of these rooms are not normally open to the public. The address is Government House Drive, Melbourne – Melways map reference 2G, A11. For further information contact Alex Hodgson or Wendy Heintz on 9655 4211. THE guest speaker at this week’s monthly meeting of the Leongatha & District Historical Society is wellknown local identity Don Cook, who will share his knowledge and experience of the area and its history. Both members and nonmembers are welcome. The meeting starts at 8

pm on Wednesday October 13 at the Mechanics’ Institute in McCartin Street, Leongatha. FAREWELL Afternoon to Joan Smith. Please join us on Sunday to acknowledge Joan’s contribution to church and community at St Peter’s Church Hall, McCartin St Leongatha, 2pm, Sunday October 17. FOSTER Kindergarten held a trivia night on Saturday night at the Foster Football Club. Over 130 people attended the evening, which included a few raffles as well. All money raised went to the kindergarten. NEWHAVEN College celebrated their 30th anniversary on Saturday from 3-8pm, with a good crowd attending the college. Students provided the music,

with Purple Hen wines supplying the beautiful wine. THE Phillip Island Moto GP is on again this weekend, with the Barry Sheene ride expected to come through Leongatha at about 1pm. So get outside and check out all the riders as they cruise through the town. HAPPY 21st birthday to Casey McMahon of Meeniyan for yesterday (Monday).

THE Star has received a number of reports suggesting that a male streaker was spotted walking near the overhead railway bridge in Leongatha on Sunday. Leongatha police have not at this stage apprehended anyone in relation to the incident.

Million dollar windfall THE Leongatha Tattslotto agency has sold another winning ticket. Someone won $1 million on Saturday night after purchasing a Division One ticket from the Bair Street store. The winner claimed the prize through the Melbourne Tattslotto office and has chosen to remain anonymous. In August another shy individual won a first division prize of $800,000 after purchasing a ticket from Leongatha. Nicole Whiteside said the team at Leongatha newsXpress is very excited. “We’ll be trying for a third one,” she said. It is the 14th first division winner at Leongatha ever and the second since the agency moved into Leongatha newsXpress.

Another Tatts win: Rhia Heys, Deb Watchorn, Nicole Whiteside, Jenny Flynn and Jess Price at Leongatha newsXpress. Gippsland Region Draft Sustainable Water Strategy The Victorian Government has released a Draft Strategy to guide water resource management in Gippsland for the next 50 years. The Draft Strategy includes a series of proposals to help secure Gippsland’s water resources in the face of recurring drought, climate change, population growth and land use changes. The Draft Strategy has been presented at forums in Leongatha, Bairnsdale, Orbost and Traralgon. An additional forum is being held in Maffra at 11am on Thursday 21 October 2010. If you are interested in attending the Maffra forum, please phone Southern Rural Water on 1300 139 510. To contribute to the development of the Final Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy, expected to be released in mid 2011, the Government is seeking responses to the Draft Strategy. Copies of the Draft Strategy are available at Hard copies are available by phoning 136 186, or from your local DSE/DPI Office, water corporation or catchment management authority. Submissions in response to the Draft Strategy are due by Friday 3 December 2010. Submissions can be posted or emailed to: Department of Sustainability and Environment Attention: Sustainable Water Strategies Branch, Office of Water PO Box 500, East Melbourne VIC 3002 Email: (if emailing please supply address details) Customer Service Centre 136 186


First winner: Rosslyn Drysdale is the first prize winner at Michael’s Supa IGA in Leongatha as part of their 15th birthday celebrations. Rosslyn collects her fridge from store manager, Chris O’Leary. To win a prize all you have to do is spend a minimum of $50 at the store and fill out a coupon to go in the draw.

LEONGATHA Community Pre-School’s Beach Ball is on Saturday, October 23 at the Leongatha Memorial Hall. For enquiries call 0418 351 131.

VICTORIAN residents who have registered their donation decision with the Australian Organ Donor Register are being reminded to check their details are upto-date and to talk to their family about their decision. To discover more about organ and tissue donation, what to do when you make the decision to become a donor and suggestions on how to discuss your wishes with your family, visit To register your donation decision on the Donor Register visit or call 1800 777 203. People who have registered a decision can check or update their details at anytime.

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No confusion

E D I T O R I A L Not good enough THE ongoing saga of a shortage of ambulance paramedics in South Gippsland continues this week, with the AuditorGeneral’s report showing paramedics are unable to meet response targets in more than half of cases in Leongatha. While Wonthaggi paramedics boast a generally quicker response time, the figures only strengthen an already solid argument for more paramedics in the region. Heart attacks were the focus of the startling figures, and given this condition tends to affect elderly people more so than younger ones, this means many people in our community – as well as people’s parents and grandparents – are being put in jeopardy. For too long this community, as well as our local members Bass MP Ken Smith and Gippsland South MP Peter Ryan, have been campaigning for improved staffing levels. Wonthaggi will get a mobile intensive care (MICA) unit, but adequate numbers of paramedics are yet to be stationed in this region. With a growing population, the region is going to need better resourcing. When the health of people is at risk, inadequate funding is not an excuse, as governments

are able to find money when needed. After all, the people of South Gippsland are taxpayers and in this instance, could be seen as not getting value for their money. This community needs election promises ahead of the state election and for those promises to be honoured soon after the new government is sworn in. Better yet, how about more paramedics now?

Henriettas returns THE people of Leongatha and broader South Gippsland are pleased to have homewares and coffee store, Henriettas back in business, albeit on a smaller scale. The iconic Leongatha store and its home, the former Knight’s Garage, were destroyed by fire in May, leaving the town without one of its major drawcards of business from out of town. But proprietors Alan and Meg Steenholdt have reopened a smaller store in Bair Street, hoping to eventually return to the garage building once it is rebuilt. The couple has worked long hours to achieve their goal of returning to trade as soon as possible. The return of Henriettas shows confidence in the region’s economy and reinvigorates a central business district where every business counts.

I WOULD like to respond to a letter from Robert Field (“Political points”, The Star, October 5) regarding the V/Line bus service. Despite Mr Field’s assertions, I have no problem in separating the V/ Line service which runs from Venus Bay to Leongatha via Tarwin Lower and the South Gippsland Shire Council’s community bus service. Mr Field must understand that we are talking about two very different services. The community bus provides transport primarily only for Home and Community Care clients, while the V/Line service is available to the general public. It is true that the reinstated community bus service will travel to Wonthaggi, but only once a fortnight and again, the service will only be available to HACC clients. It may also be true that the V/ Line service to Leongatha has not been well patronised, but community members have told me that this is because the service does not extend to Wonthaggi where there are more business, cultural, employment and social activities available. As the Member for Bass, which covers the Wonthaggi area, I was approached by residents from Venus Bay and Tarwin Lower asking me to support a petition to have the V/Line bus service continued and extended to this town. I was happy to do so because in my role as a member of parliament I am charged with representing the people in my electorate and dealing with issues that affect them. Bus services to Wonthaggi fall into this category. Close to 500 people signed this petition – far more than the 20 or so HACC clients who may use the community bus service. Clearly there is support for a V/ Line service which is available to all members of the community to continue. Ken Smith, Member for Bass.

Rights at risk FRENCH profits and government arrogance threaten our human rights. Despite spin to the contrary from Victoria Police, Aquasure and the Brumby Government, any one of us who has exercised a democratic right to question the merits of the water factory appears to have their human and privacy rights open to abuse due to the authorities’ back room deals. The cost of the project (estimated at $18.08 billion over 27.75 years) will be borne by every water user and taxpayers. However the initial funding is from 34 national and international financiers, and without that funding the project does not happen. The funding arrangements depend in part on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Victoria Police, Government (DSE) and Aquasure. That MOU infers the sharing of private information of those of us who legitimately question any aspect of the project between police, government and a private consortium that is dominated by Suez, a massive French company intent on maximising profits from this project. The penalty to that company for not delivering water by its deadline date is in the order of $2 million per day.

With that sort of money at stake, any potential delay such as from legitimate protest or standards being enforced as a result of scrutiny by those that care, will be fought by the consortium. If the consortium has access to private records as inferred in the MOU, the potential consequences to individuals are unthinkable. No doubt that intimidating position is a reason that Aquasure and its financiers sought the MOU in the first place. And the intimidating nature of the MOU suits the Brumby Government too; the potential political cost to them of continued public pressure and delays is massive. The fact that government (DSE) and Victoria Police (including our local station) supported this MOU is disgusting. Government/DSE have an obscene vested interest of course, but why Victoria Police? I can only assume government influence, again. But as the truth is coming out and the facts are unravelling, the authorities are slowly confessing, dodging and hiding. Note Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland’s comments on Melbourne radio recently admitting that the MOU is wrong, and won’t be repeated. But will they undo that wrong and scrap or re-write the contentious part of this MOU? No, and the reason for that has now become obvious with DSE’s admission (private admissions and now as publicly outlined in the Commissioner for Law Enforcement and Data Security, CLEDS, report, 24/9/2010) that if they were to do the right thing by our human rights and the Privacy Act, then the 34 financiers and Aquasure may be able to renegotiate the contract, pull out of the contract, extend their deadline and be paid massive compensation by our Government. That last point is likely why the Labor members of the recent Parliamentary Inquiry into Arrangements for Security Information Gathering forced the inquiry to shut down before it evaluated submissions and came to any conclusions. Labor’s excuse for shutting it down was that the CLEDS report referred to above was not available, and that it was essential to the inquiry. However, the non Labor members of the inquiry stated that the report was not essential to the inquiry. And remarkably, the report was available anyway; three weeks earlier when it was handed to a Labor Minister! Who was lying here, and why? Clearly we don’t live in a fair and honest democratic state. We are living in a state where big business and arrogant irresponsible political process reign over due diligence and human rights. It is simply undemocratic and the wider social consequences for society of these bullying tactics are intolerable. Chris Heislers, Kilcunda.

Recognition warranted SINCE being conscripted to fight in Vietnam aged 20, I have worked hard and long to reconcile the many contradictory political and social issues that our communities and individuals face. At this time I still grieve when I see stories of the tragic return of Australian casualties from our politi-

cally inspired war on terrorism. The casualties return with such expression of gratitude, grief and ceremony that seem to be such a poor substitute for a young life. Our Vietnam casualties were returned to Australia in a shroud of shame and silence that has lasted to this day. Many Vietnam veterans have never been able to reconcile the loss of their mates standing by a grave, share a funeral ceremony or meet their family. Our feelings of loss have never been reconciled. This October I plan to attend our first Delta Company 2 RAR (67/68) for 42 years. A real test to see, share and reconcile how old mates are travelling. Peace has been a long time coming. There are those in our community who talk so much about our right to life in spite of the fact that so much of our human history is written in blood and sacrifice. Tens of thousands of 20-year-olds were conscripted to live or die by the simple roll of a political marble. Those who worked for peace were described as unpatriotic traitors or unchristian. Human beings obviously lead such fearful and contradictory lives. This creates the strange combative, contradictory and political theatre that dominates our political and social debate. I trust that most citizens do their best according to their positive life experience, education and sense of well being. Let us get over the idealogy of winner takes all. Our current political state of play in Canberra seems to be a valuable opportunity for more open and honest debate on so many issues. I feel that often real social change can take over 20 years to realise. Therefore let us seize the moment, to move forward. I believe our politically inspired war on terrorism will foil and the legacy is the cost of the brutalisation on all sides. Debate and goodwill are powerful antedotes to dispute. All power to those with independent thought, conviction and real sense of a fair go, for all. Richard Lester, Leongatha.

Concert praise

I ATTENDED the free Seniors Concert on Friday, October 8 at Korumburra Recreation Centre and thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope there are many more such events in the future. Wendy Stapleton sang superbly, and all the audience seemed to enjoy it, singing along and some even dancing. She sang Doris Day and Dusty Springfield songs that are still as loved by many today, including myself. I was there as a volunteer assisting with residents from Koorooman House, Leongatha. The venue was great and the provided afternoon tea from Hard Loch Cafe was very tasty and I’m sure more than satisfied the audience. I would like to commend all involved in the organising, funding, and running of this event for their great effort. I would’ve gladly paid to attend. Well done everyone. Sue Cashin, Leongatha.

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Get barge off Ramsar site WONTHAGGI desalination plant protestors are appalled that a construction jack up barge has been moored within a Ramsar wetland site. The barge has spent more than a week anchored close to Observation Point at Rhyll. Ironically, Phillip Island Nature Parks officials recently closed the area to public access to protect migratory birds. Conservationist Maurice Schinkel, told The Star that stints, curlews and whimbrels all roost in the vicinity, having completed a migration of many thousands of miles. All are protected species. He said the site was not covered in the desalination plant’s Environment Effects Statement because up until recent weeks, the barge was to have stayed at Geelong until it was ready to be moved to Williamsons Beach, Wonthaggi.

“They’ve ambushed us,” he declared; “they” being construction company Thiess Degremont. “Who knows what the next outrageous thing will be?” asked Mr Schinkel. He said the sheer bulk and presence of the barge in Rhyll waters could be disturbing the birds, not to mention its lighting and the noise and smell of its motors. “People are coming and going on it. “A tug boat, the UOS Discovery was also there for most of a week and the barge is being tended by a boat called Turning Point, which goes backwards and forwards on a daily basis.” Mr Schinkel suggested a bird count be undertaken by an independent identity, so that a comparison can be made later to see what impact the barge might have had. Members of Watershed Victoria protested on the steps of State Parliament recently, to draw attention to the migratory birds and other issues.

Under threat: whimbrels and other migratory birds could be suffering as the result of a desalination plant jack up barge being moored in a Ramsar wetland site.

$2.25m centre starts soon By Jane Ross WONTHAGGI’S new $2.25 million information centre should be ready for use by the summer of 2011.

Ready for Tomorrow is the Victorian Government’s $631 million blueprint to protect and strengthen our regional and rural way of life, now and for future generations. The blueprint includes: $110m for Skills & Young People $99m Backing Jobs & Industry $204m for Regional Infrastructure $158m Supporting the Regional & Rural Way of Life $59m New Planning Partnership And that’s just the beginning. To find out how you, your business and community can benefit, call or visit our website. The future starts now.

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The hub marks the town’s 100th birthday and will be known as the Centennial Centre. An initiative of the Rotary Club of Wonthaggi, the building will be at Fincher Reserve in McKenzie Street. It is being paid for by a federal grant of $1.78m, $300,000 from the state, $150,000 put in by Bass Coast Shire Council and $15,000 from the Rotary Club. Work is expected to start in January and is scheduled for completion next October. It will provide welcome new space for the information centre which is currently crammed into a tiny office near the Wonthaggi Library, out of the way of tourist traffic. Details of the project’s progress were given to Bass Coast councillors at a briefing session at Cowes. The Centennial Centre is a joint initiative between the council and the Rotary club. As well as housing the information hub, it will provide room for meetings, training, displays and exhibitions, functions and official events. Members of the Bass Coast Business and Tourism Partnership will finally have their own “home” and tourism operators will have somewhere to promote their businesses. The Centennial Centre is designed to link Wonthaggi’s rich indigenous and mining heritage with the modern day. The town and the State Coal Mine on which it was founded, have been celebrating their 100th birthdays over the past 18 months.

Kids learn local history STUDENTS from the Korumburra district learnt about local history at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum recently. The 36 Years 6 and 7 students from the Korumburra Schools Cluster recently took part in a Young Ambassador history project and gained experience in research, interviewing and public speaking. The cluster included children from Korumburra Secondary College and Poowong Consolidated, Korumburra, Nyora and Loch primary schools. Coal Creek co-ordinator Rowena Ashley said the project, which is funded by the Education Department and Early Childhood’s Strategic Partnership scheme, provides a sense of

stewardship between young people and their unique community heritage that is so well preserved at Coal Creek. “Importantly, it allows young people to meet and interview senior members of our community, bringing authenticity and personal experience to the stories of our pioneers,” she said. The project culminated in a Young Ambassadors’ Presentation evening at Coal Creek that was attended by 120 students, parents and teachers. “It’s extremely rewarding to see Coal Creek become meaningful to younger generations and they really do become young ambassadors,” Ms Ashley added. ”We are now exploring the possibilities of engaging other South Gippsland schools in the project.”

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Land free at last

NEW residential land capable of accommodating 1700 houses in Wonthaggi, has finally been approved.

State Planning Minister Justin Madden, has given the nod to a planning scheme amendment that will rezone the land from farming to residential. It’s in north and east Wonthaggi, in areas bounded by Fuller and Heslop roads and Oates and McGibbonys roads. Release of the land is expected to provide enough housing for the next few decades. Bass Coast Shire Mayor Cr Peter Paul, said the rezoning recognises Wonthaggi’s growth. He said the rezoning would address the shortage of available resi-

dential land in the town and was significant. “This is also good news for our local building industry,” Cr Paul said. Real estate agent Phil Hanley of Alex Scott and Staff agreed. “Finally Wonthaggi has future direction with its residential development. Councillors and planning staff need to be applauded for this most urgent development. It puts Wonthaggi on an equal basis with other progressive townships,” he said. “Builders will be able to judge and plan for future residential projects.” Cr Paul added the land would also provide for new parks, pedestrian and cycle paths and wetlands. Council has spent 12 months

Tackling menace THE noise and overcrowding that mar holiday spots in Bass Coast, are under the spotlight. Local estate agents, holiday accommodation providers and Bass Coast Council officers have met to discuss ways of tackling the problems. Council’s community and economic development director Patti Wenn, said those who let holiday accommodation recognise they have a role to play in reducing the problem. Creating a culture of respect by tenants, property owners and agents was the main outcome of the meeting. Vetting prospective tenants, regularly monitoring of properties and personally outlining stringent terms and conditions for holiday rental are ways of achieving this. The group will meet regularly.

working with Mr Madden to prepare background material and documents needed for the planning scheme amendment. But the lead up goes a long way further back than that. Cr Paul said the rezoning came at a time when “there is a lot happening” in Wonthaggi, such as an education precinct planned for McKenzie Street, expansion of Big W, the advent of Bunnings and pending sub regional status for Wonthaggi Hospital.

Expansion time: Bass Coast Shire Councillor John Duscher and Mayor, Cr Peter Paul, inspect the site.

Fancy $170,000? SOUTH Gippsland community groups are reminded that funds are still available for projects, development studies and events in round two of Council’s annual Community Grants Program. Applications need to be in by November 30 to claim your stake in the $170,000 pool. South Gippsland Shire Council’s grants officer Penni Ellicott received 77 applications for funding in round one valued at $344, 091. “These have been processed and will go to council for approval on November 24,” she said. “However, if any unsuccessful round one applicants would like to

review and resubmit their applications for consideration in round two, we will allow them an extended closing date to December 10. “Where Round 2 in the past related just to event funding, it is now open for all applications.” Applicants are reminded to read guidelines carefully to ensure their applications meet the criteria for consideration. If you have any questions, please call Ms Ellicott on 5662 9378 for assistance or email au Applications can be downloaded from or obtained from council on 5662 9200.

Playground to be replaced THE Sandy Point children’s playground will be dismantled by South Gippsland Shire Council staff this week to make way for the next exciting development in the popular seaside town. “We are hoping to clear the site prior to the holiday season so that work can start early in the new year on the construction of the Sandy Point Community Centre, which will incorporate a new playground in its design,” said council’s manager engineering, Tony Price. “With the influx of visitors over summer it is imperative that the area is safe and clear for everyone. Fortunately there is another playground in the area closer to the caravan park that is available, so the children won’t be left without play equipment.” After years of lobbying, residents are keenly awaiting the construction of the new centre in the TP Taylor Reserve which will become a major focal point for the town. FROM










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Taking shape: the new Leongatha GippsTAFE building is nearly finished. Campus manager Stuart Cooper and business consultant Sue Brailsford are pictured outside the main entrance and 70-seat training restaurant.

$7m TAFE to open soon By Jane Ross THE new $7 million GippsTAFE building in Leongatha should be ready by mid-November.

It’s slightly behind schedule because of the rain. The building is part of the Leongatha Education Precinct which, when completed, will provide for students from kindergarten through to TAFE. It is being paid for by a $6 million grant from the State Government, with GippsTAFE putting in the rest. Facing north, the new campus is at the far end of the Nerrena Road precinct site. A licensed restaurant for training hospitality staff faces the main entrance, its floor to ceiling windows taking in the bucolic views. Members of the public will be able to eat there at specified times, with the restaurant capacity of 70 people. Campus manager Stuart Cooper, said paperwork for the liquor licence application is all but completed. A large commercial kitchen behind the restaurant has its own delivery area. Michael Bouteloup of Paul Morgan Architects is still negotiating the building’s energy rating. He said he would be presenting it as a case study to this week’s Tertiary Education Facility Managers Association conference. There are many green credentials, including mixed mode air conditioning which comes with its own weather station, alerting those inside to turn off the air conditioning and open the windows. Wind scoops are a new innovation. These employ the mostly east-west wind at the site to help vent the building and

tempered air under the building will keep it cooler in summer and warmer in winter. A black water sewerage system will be used to water garden beds at the site and storm water will be diverted to an adjacent wetland. Rainwater will be harvested and used to flush the toilets. Mr Bouteloup said he is very pleased with the way the building is coming on. The new campus is a far cry from the cramped portables that have served as GippsTAFE’s Leongatha hub. There’s an area especially set up for nursing students and a beauty and hairdressing salon that will also be open to the public. Mr Cooper said it will provide training facilities for hairdressing apprentices from across South Gippsland, who currently have to travel to Dandenong or Melbourne. Hospitality students will love the kitchen, restaurant and student lounge, while staff will revel in having their own lunch room. There’s a special IT room and all classrooms – and the restaurant – will house whizz bang new touch boards that will take either a memory stick, CD or a whiteboard marker. Mr Cooper said that means tutors will no longer have to lug laptops and other bulky paraphernalia around. Because GippsTAFE has many people doing on-line courses, Mr Cooper said it is difficult to assess how many students the campus has altogether. Some enrol for brief courses, others for diplomas. Mr Cooper said the new building will not necessarily provide for a greater range of courses, but it will better accommodate existing students.

Good on you Steve! BASS Coast Council infrastructure director Steve Piasente, is walking around with a metaphorical feather in his cap. He’s doing so courtesy of Cr Ross Smith, who awarded him the feather. The honour was bestowed because Mr Piasente has saved the council $600,000. He’s done so by using sub contractors for road projects, rather than tendering them out. “In reality,” he reported, “these estimated savings have translated into improvements to council’s road network.” Mr Piasente’s report informed councillors that in recent years, council has sometimes found it difficult to obtain competitive costs for the construction of some road projects. “This has been due to a number of factors including market conditions related to availability of contractors due to construction activity, lack of competition and material pricing.” So he devised a strategy whereby council project manages works, rather than tendering out the whole project. Cr Veronica Dowman was impressed. She said apart from the benefit of savings, the change means if residents ring with a query about the road works, “it’s much easier to get an answer”. Following a motion adopted by council at the end of December 2005, council officers are obliged to find savings through the way the council functions.

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Businesses band together

WHEN THE bushfires rolled through Mirboo North in 2009 the effects were horrible.

But the impacts were greater than just burnt homes and forest land, the businesses in town were suffering, too. Plenty of work has been put in place to aid the recovery of the business sector, most namely the Mirboo North Town Centre Partnership. It is a three year program, run by Melbourne company U and I Consulting in conjunction with the South Gippsland Shire Council, and of course the businesses themselves. Eighteen of the 28 retailers jumped on board straight away, with one other joining the group since. “The businesses have accepted that they have the power to make this town great,” said U and I Consulting director Jo Banks. The Star met with Ms Banks,

Mirboo North IGA owner Chris Vettles and South Gippsland Shire Council’s Alicia Stivic. The three bounced ideas and responses off each other, a clear sign the schemes put in place were up for discussion. “This is a living, breathing document,” Ms Banks said, referring to the Town Centre Partnership plan. “It’s going to change over time.” She noted the Strzelecki Highway is the second most travelled on road in Victoria, and said that Mirboo North should get a slice of the tourist pie. “Why should they let the tourist dollars drive down the road when they have a perfectly good town here?” she said. Mr Vettles agreed, but said that the tourists are entitled to their own preferences. “We can’t just tell them to shop locally; we’ve got to give them a reason to,” he said. “We have to make them want to shop in Mirboo North because they want to, not because they

feel guilty.” But Ms Stivic thinks local workers should stay around, too. “People don’t realise that retail is a major employer, so they don’t accept it as a career,” she said. The project is currently in its beginning stages, but it is already starting to pay off. “I’ve already started to see the changes. There’s more awareness by residents of what’s on offer,” Mr Vettles said. And new businesses are gaining interest in the town, and hoping to join up with the town centre partnership. The shire will also be developing a Mirboo North prospectus, entailing what the town has to offer and how shoppers can be served. Creating awareness of Mirboo North will be the main key in the minds of the retailers, but many believe that the secret is already out.

Banding businesses: Mirboo North IGA’s Chris Vettles, South Gippsland Shire Council’s Alicia Stivic, and U and I Consulting director Jo Banks are planning big things in Mirboo North.

Studying to success No site decision

EIGHT young people are realising their dreams of working in the hospitality industry.

The Yooralla clients have been guided by former Coal Creek chef and trainer Bernie Liversidge in completing their Certificate II in Hospitality. Education Centre Gippsland and Melbourne City Institute of Education formed a partnership with Yooralla First Base to train the men and women. All have completed the industry recognised qualification. Among the successful students is Brodie James, who is working towards a career in childcare. “To work in childcare you need two qualifications – one in childcare and one in food handling. Now I have my Certificate II in Hospitality, I am one step closer to achieving my dream,” Brodie said. Brodie will be studying a Certificate II in Childcare next year and is gaining practical experience at an after school care service in Leongatha through Yooralla’s Work Experience Program. Megan Perks is team leader at Yooralla FirstBase Leongatha. “Yooralla’s aim is to support young people in living the life they choose. Our partnership with ECG has provided individuals with an industry recognised qualification and the possibility of secured employ-

By Chris Brown

NO decision has been made about how the Leongatha Primary School site will be used when students move to Nerrena Road next year.

Savouring success: Yooralla students, from left, Dale Olierook, Leonie Macallister, Brodie James, trainer Bernie Liversidge Emily Ardley and Tamara Chumley. Absent were Mitchell Price, Kate Rennie and Amber Betts. ment as a direct result of completing the course,” Megan said. Tamara Chumley has been doing work experience with The Wonthaggi Club since August this year, whilst completing the certificate. “I have really enjoyed working at the club and am excited to have completed the course,” Tamara said. Yooralla also offers its clients, who have an interest in the hospitality industry, the opportunity to be part of its registered catering business, 5a Yooralla Way Catering. This provides those young people

with practical work experience in catering, alongside their Certificate II in Hospitality or Food Handling course. Yooralla First Base Leongatha is an adult day service that supports people with disability across a range of lifestyle areas including daily living and vocational skills, community participation, social inclusion and recreation. Their programs support people with disability and are developed for and by the person with disability.

And no decision will be made until after that move happens. Director of major projects with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Gippsland, Don Paproth, said the decision about what will happen to the current site will be made in Melbourne after the primary school moves. He said there are a range of options available for the site and it will be used in the best interests of all concerned. “It’s the same as with any piece of property anybody owns. It will be dealt with appropriately,” Mr Paproth said. “Our major issue at the moment is getting the primary school settled on a new site.”

The old primary school site will continue to be looked after until a new use for it is found. “There’s a few million dollars of land and infrastructure and it will be maintained. We won’t let it go to rack and ruin,” Mr Paproth said.

Anyone who would like to make their opinion known about the future use of the Leongatha Primary School site should send their thoughts to the regional Department of Education and Early Childhood office in Moe.

School fun: Leongatha Primary School students Jordan and Jessii with their demonstration of a human lung. The future of their current school site remains uncertain.

Making Victoria FireReady: The Department of Sustainability and Environment is preparing Victoria for bushfires. Planned burning in our parks and forests is starting soon. • • • • •

We can reduce fuel loads with planned burning. This can reduce the intensity and severity of future bushfires. We are increasing the amount of burning we do. We’ll be burning whenever the conditions are right. Our priority is protecting communities.

Burning helps to protect people, townships and the environment but it has risks and inconveniences. You may be affected by these planned burns and see burns or smell smoke.

Planned burning starting soon

You can find out what’s happening in your area by visiting the DSE website, calling us and by listening to your local radio station. Victorian Bushfire Information Line:

1800 240 667

THE Nisssan X-TRAIL has been a permanent fixture on Australian roads over the last decade, but it just keeps getting better.

The highly popular SUV is about to become even more attractive with the release of a revised line-up of models all boasting more equipment and a new higher-quality look inside and out. See the range at Edney’s Leongatha. Since 2001, the X-TRAIL has become one of Australia’s most successful four cylinder utility wagons with almost 100,000 units sold nationally. Already highly regarded for its durability, comfort, practicality and many convenience features, the September upgrade will enhance X-TRAIL’s reputation and appeal still further. Now, weight and aerodynamics have been optimised for valuable fuel economy gains. Styling changes deliver a more progressive and “sporty” crossover-like look, accentuated by a definitive “X” theme to the new front facia. The new grille echoes styling cues from larger Nissan 4x4 models, with strong angled struts either side of the Nissan badge cutting down into the bumper. A new, striking headlamp design, incorporating brighter, clearer Xenon lights on Ti (petrol) and TL (diesel) models dominates the front styling. A new LED tail light cluster fitted to all models bears a new profile and emits a distinctive light signature, providing improved visibility.

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Thanks to the new front bumper the new Nissan X-TRAIL is 10mm longer overall, and 10mm wider and higher thanks to the new wheel and tyre specification. The flagship Ti and TL models also gain the Nissan Intelligent Key for keyless engine start/stop, auto lights and rain sensing wipers, factory rear cargo blind and wider tyres for a stronger stance. All models gain a telescopic adjustment for the steering column and a Bluetooth hands-free phone system upgrade, with steering wheel mounted phone controls (now on ST models). All models provide a heated and cooled glove box, one of the more popular features of the original X-TRAIL. The ST model gains a six-stacker CD changer and the ST-L (petrol) and TS (diesel) add the rear cargo cover and new wider double five-spoke design 17 inch alloy wheels. There is a new and easier-to-read instrument cluster on the dashboard, featuring larger dials for the Nissan Vehicle Information Display drive computer (as seen on DUALIS), providing readouts of current fuel consumption, distance to empty, distance to oil change and warning messages, when required. Upgraded seat trims, with new patterns and thicker materials are joined by additional silver highlights inside. Redesigned front seat backs allow an additional 10mm of knee room for rear seat passengers without compromising comfort. Leather seat stitching has a more exclusive appearance.

Sporty: style changes to the new X-TRAIL have led to a sportier look.

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Spare parts and more

BURRA Spare Parts has 100,000 parts in stock at their Korumburra premises.

The parts store is a section of a business that includes D. A. Automotive, Stretchpack and Korumburra Tyre Service, making it a one stop shop that does the lot. David Amor began D. A. Automotive 18 years ago and since then has added the other businesses, with the parts area arriving eight months ago. It gave Korumburra residents and tradespeople a spare part seller following the closure of a business in the main street 12 months ago. There are oil filters, injection cleaners, after market air filters, fan belts and a large range of engine oils available.

D. A. Automotive takes care of all mechanical repairs from grease and oil changes to tune-ups, engine rebuilds, ABS brake grinding and performance brakes and suspensions. Korumburra Tyre Service has more than 250 quality tyres at competitive prices in stock to suit cars, utes and 4WDs. They can order 90 per cent of tyre brands. Stretchpack will do chassis extensions, lengthen F250s, utes and 4WDs and install lazy axles. The businesses are all conveniently located at 20 Sanders Street. Drop in to have a look and for a free quote or the spare parts call 5655 2553, or tyres and mechanics 5655 1003.

Think safe on roads IT’S a sad fact that every year a number of Victorian workers die or are injured on the road whilst performing their work. It is about 30 vehicles Australia

estimated that per cent of all registered in are used for

business purposes and over 50 per cent of all new vehicles are purchased initially for commercial use. Research shows that fleet vehicles have a higher rate of involvement in crashes per 10,000 registered vehicles per year than non-fleet vehicles. The dangers for those

workers using the company car are many, including speed to fatigue, faulty vehicles to using mobile phones while driving. So it’s no surprise that this year Work Safe Week will once again be focusing on what employers with fleet cars can do to make sure that their workers return back to work at the end of the day in one piece. WorkSafe Victoria’s strategic programs director Trevor Martin, said fatigue in particular is a major killer and has been found to contribute to more than 25 per cent of accidents in Victoria. Mr Martin said that Work Safe Week is the easiest and most popular way for Victorian employers, workers and others involved in health and safety to get practical information and solutions to common risks and hazards in their industry. “There is an enormous range of subjects presented by experts to choose from, including manual handling, bullying, stress and return to work,” Mr Martin said.

David Amor: Burra Spare Parts, which along with Korumburra Tyre Service, D. A. Automotive and Stretchpack, provides a one stop shop.

Check before filling up RACV has advised motorists to ensure they use the correct fuel for their vehicle following the release of the new E85 ethanol based fuel. The Bio E-Flex fuel was specifically developed for the VE Series II Commodore flex-fuel vehicle, due to be released next month. The ethanol based fuel will be priced at about 20 cents less per litre than unleaded fuel at selected Caltex fuel sites in Melbourne from October. RACV manager vehicles, Michael Case, said motorists should not be tempted to use the E85 ethanol fuel in their vehicle because it was a cheaper price.

“This fuel has been developed particularly for vehicles designed to operate with this type of fuel and should not be used in other vehicles,” he said. “It is important motorists look beyond the price and read the fuel labels at the fuel pump to ensure they are putting the correct fuel in their vehicle. “Putting the wrong fuel in a vehicle could result in significant damage to the vehicle and prove costly to repair.” The Bio E-Flex fuel – a blend of 85 per cent ethanol and 15 per cent petrol – was the result of an agreement between Caltex and GM Holden to develop more environmentally-

friendly vehicles. “This is a step forward in the automotive industry working to produce more environmentally sustainable cars and working with the fuel industry to ensure the fuel used in these vehicles is also environmentally friendly,” Mr Case said. “RACV is an advocate of environmentally sustainable practices and our members are keen to see environmental improvements to the cars they drive and the fuels available. “It is essential that Caltex and Holden make sure the new fuel can be clearly identified at the fuel pump and that it is clearly explained to motorists what vehicles the new fuels are compatible with.”

Reduce risk - switch off VACC, the peak automotive industry body in Victoria, is urging motorists to switch off their mobile phone when refuelling their vehicle. Any battery operated equipment used at a service station may cause a spark which could ignite fuel vapours emitted from your tank when refuelling. The risk of a fire start-

ing at a service station, as a result of using a mobile phone, may be low, but nevertheless, there is a risk. Static electricity is a common cause of fire and one of the most common generators of static at a service station is movement. Motorists are reminded not to return to the interior of their vehicle during the refuelling process as it is potentially dangerous. Movement also increases

the possibility of a mobile phone being dropped which could create a potentially dangerous spark. If refuelling cans or containers, motorists should make sure the items are removed from the vehicle, or trailer, and placed on the ground before pumping. Service station operators are obliged by law to clearly display signs near the bowser, warning of the risks and health and safety require-

ments when refuelling. Therefore, the operator of a service station is correct to stop customers doing anything deemed unsafe, such as operating a mobile phone, while filling up their vehicle. The operator would, in fact, be contravening the Australian Standards and Codes of Practice if they did not shut down the dispensers when a customer did not comply. Failure by an operator to enforce the standards would be a failure to fulfil their duty of care to maintain a safe work place and a safe site for customers. “We should not forget that a service station is a potentially dangerous place and refuelling is a potentially dangerous activity,” VACC executive director, David Purchase, said. “But some service station owners are reporting that motorists are either ignoring the on-site warning signs or unaware of the risks. It is an issue taken seriously by mobile phone manufacturers and oil companies, and motorists should take it seriously too. “Today’s safety standards at service stations are high for a reason. Motorists are reminded that they should follow service station operating procedures.”

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Schooling options explored KEVIN Williams has found that home schooling worked for his family. He and his wife Christine’s three children were enrolled in a private school. They were happy there but some bullying arose that was not dealt with in a way that satisfied Mr Williams. Like most parents, Mr Williams wants the best for his children and he and his wife had increasing concerns. “I found the education system let too many kids fall through the

cracks,” he said. He began to explore what options were available and home schooling came up. With their own business, the family travelled a lot and home schooling offered the flexibility to fit into their lifestyle. To ensure the children had a good grounding in all areas they hired an experienced teacher as a tutor. This helped ensure there were no gaps in their learning and that it was approached in a professional manner.

“You need a real commitment to their education if you want to take it on,” he said. The testing undertaken as they commenced home schooling graded one of Mr William’s sons lower than his current year level. Now the children have caught up and his daughter has completed Year 10 level a year early. Opportunities for the children are emerging as they choose to work within the family business and find their way in the wider world. Mr Williams urged others to

carefully consider their personal circumstances to work out what was best for their family. “It is a matter of your belief,” he said. He was surprised to find that there are many families with similar views and approaches to his own.

Satisfied: Kevin Williams is happy to have homeschooled his family.

Grants for climate action Hartley Wells reaches 78 A RECENTLY formed co-operative aims to promote energy efficiency.

The trailblazing South Gippsland and Bass Coast Energy Innovation Cooperative has received a $50,000 grant from the first round of the State Government’s Climate Communities Program. The project will work with small communities as transition towns to reduce emissions, build community resilience and trial and promote new ideas to help tackle climate change. The Energy Innovation Co-operative, chaired by former MP Susan Davies, was established last year and has the intention to promote resource alternatives and build capacity within communities to deliver positive change. In awarding the grant, Johan Scheffer, Upper House Member for Eastern Victoria, congratulated the Energy Innovation Cooperative. “I am delighted the coop has received this funding and I congratulate all of those involved on their success,” he said. The South Gippsland and Bass Coast communities have been very active on environment issues and are at the forefront of efforts to tackle climate change. The co-operative is a registered trading co-operative and a social enterprise, set up to help people adapt to the demands of a changing climate. Loch, Foster, Phillip Is-

SOUTH Gippsland institution, Hartley Wells Furniture and Betta Electrical, clocks up 78 years this month. The business is a family dynasty with current owners being Darren and Priscilla Fox. Darren told the Star the business was very much a part of the community, being a massive sponsor of clubs and sporting bodies throughout South Gippsland. This week the store is advertising their celebrations, with plenty hap-

pening over the coming two weeks (see page 63). Darren said the business was continually improving. “We have placed new billboards out the front, giving the whole exterior a facelift. Inside we’ve built new offices,” he said. Darren’s brother Steve established the separate business Hartley’s Carpet Choice and Beaumont Tiles in 1999. In 2005 this business relocated to Koonwarra Road, Leongatha. This allowed Hartley Wells to use

the extra space to incorporate the Betta Electrical division of the business. The Hartley Wells furniture store in Leongatha was originally one of two stores in South Gippsland, the first being in Korumburra. Founded by the late William Hartley Wells and his son, Wallace, the two established a name that would ring through the hills of South Gippsland. Darren’s father Ray is still involved in the business, working full time.

Fire message delivered FIREFIGHTERS delivered a valuable fire safety message to more than 250 primary school students. People power: co-op members visited Ruth Partridge’s 2kw wind turbine on Phillip Island. land, Wonthaggi and Bass communities are all currently involved in working with the co-operative. Individuals can join the co-operative to support and be supported by their endeavours. Workshops will be held to look at ways to reduce energy consumption and save on energy bills. Local food production will also be boosted, including soon to be established community gardens. Community events will be held and information made available to assist people to adapt to the changes on the horizon. The co-operative has further projects in the pipeline, according to Ms

Davies. “We have also submitted an application to work within South Gippsland, Bass Coast and Cardinia Shires as a solar hub,” she said. Bulk purchase of solar panels and the establishment of a demonstration project converting farm vehicles to electric motors are projects that are already underway. The co-operative has been accepted onto the Social Trader’s Crunch program, which includes a $10,000 initial grant, business planning and mentoring, leading to an opportunity of up to $100,000.

Led by community safety presenter Dave Walters, Wonthaggi Urban Fire Brigade members instructed the students on what to do if a fire broke out at home. The key message was to get down low and “go, go, go”. Students had chance to put their learning into practice using the smokehouse to simulate a smoky environment. They crawled through the smokehouse to safety on the Vital information: community safety presenter Dave Walters delivers other side and notified the fire the fire safety message to students of Powlett River Primary School. brigade by calling 000.

Mayor’s message Cr Peter Paul

Think fire THIS week is Fire Action Week, a state-wide initiative to help prepare for the upcoming fire season. The recent wet weather has meant that bushfire preparation has been far from people’s minds, but with summer just around the corner it’s time to get ready and plan now. Council works in partnership with the Victorian Government and our local CFA groups to make our area fire ready. Fire Action Week is your chance to start preparations for the upcoming season. Throughout the year Council, the CFA and community have worked together to address fire prevention issues. Since last summer, Council has invested funds in creating new fire access tracks, creating better access for fire fighting vehicles and increasing fire prevention works around high risk Council managed reserves. There has also been a consider-

able amount of time and effort put into creating a township protection plan for Inverloch, developing and reviewing fire prevention works plans and improving our fire management planning process. Together these plans lead to improved safety and a better working relationship between all agencies. You don’t have to be living in a fire prone area to be affected by fire. It’s important that permanent residents and holiday home owners work together to monitor fire risk in their neighbourhoods. Everyone has a responsibility to check and prepare their properties before summer. Important tips for preparing your home include: • keep your gutters free of leaves and debris; • keep grass less than 10cm high and clear away any dead undergrowth, fallen leaves, twigs and branches; • remove flammable items from around your house. This includes paper, boxes and wood piles; and • if there is a fire plug in your

street, make sure it is accessible for the CFA. Bass Coast Shire Council’s annual green waste amnesty starts on November 1 right through to December 13. During this period, green waste can be deposited at any of our tips and transfer stations for no charge. For more information on preparing your home and developing a bushfire survival plan, contact the Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 to request a fire ready kit. A quick reminder to tune into my radio show. This week I am interviewing Philippa O’Halloran, council’s community safety manager about summer safety and managing the impacts of the busy holiday period. The show runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8.30am and 4.30pm, so there is plenty of opportunity to catch it. To check the frequency in your area, log onto Cr Peter Paul, Mayor Bass Coast Shire Council

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Reservoir centenary celebration THE Wonthaggi district is currently celebrating its centenary year and along with every successful township there is a good water supply.

Lance Creek, the largest reservoir in the South Gippsland area, is also turning 100 during 2011. Lance Creek Reservoir was an innovative example of engineering in the day, constructed in 1911 and originally holding 1929 million litres of water. A 17 metre earthen wall with a concrete core was built across the natural contours of the landscape at Lance Creek. This system supplied the township for many years, with the surface area of the storage up to 50 hectares and fed by a catchment area of 2000 hectares. The organisation that managed water services in the district then was the

Rural Water Commission. Lance Creek Reservoir then supplied Inverloch, Cape Paterson and Wonthaggi and as the region grew, so did the need for water. After much planning the dam was enlarged in 1985, with the wall being lifted four metres, taking total storage capacity up to 4600 million litres, and the surface area, when full, is now 80 hectares. With a secure water supply, water treatment was the next project. South Gippsland Water was formed in 1995 by the merger of five separate water boards across the region, and construction of a Water Treatment plant for Lance Creek began in 1997. The dissolved air flotation filtration system, which removes impurities by raising them to the surface on micro air bubbles, cost $5.95 million and has the capacity to supply 20 million litres of filtered and

disinfected water per day. During 2005, major upgrade works were undertaken to ensure ongoing structural performance of the reservoir met modern design criteria. The National Water Week theme for 2010 is “Many sources, many uses, everyone’s responsibility”. This is a time for us all to think about where our water has come from and how we use it. To celebrate National Water Week, South Gippsland Water is holding an open day at Lance Creek on Sunday, October 17. The public is invited to come along and see the reservoir and treatment process from 10am to 2.30pm. For more information contact Ros Griggs on 5682 0418 or visit www. Momentous occasion: Lance Creek Reservoir spills during 2010.

Gardening, water wise

Think ahead: a little more work now can make maintaining a garden easier in the future.

THE seven secrets of water wise gardening have been developed in consultation with some of Australia’s leading garden experts and they are guaranteed to help cut water consumption and household water bills. 1. Planning and preparation. Careful planning is the key to saving water in the garden. Try to: • group plants with similar water needs in specific areas for more efficient watering; and • set windbreaks to protect delicate species and to reduce water needs. 2. Improve the soil. Soil moisture content is vital to the health of any plant. Most sandy soils have a low organic matter level, which means that water and nutrients pass rapidly through the soil. You can improve the organic matter of your soil by adding manure, compost and/or peat, etc. A high level of organic matter in your soil will improve plant growth, use less water and fertilisers, and promote healthier plants. 3. Grow the right plants. When choosing plants, it’s important to not only consider size, shape, function and appearance, but also the amount of

water they will require. When you choose water efficient plants you are saving money on your water rates as well as helping to create a low maintenance garden. Many plants, particularly some of our Australian native species, grow and flourish on very little water. You can find many popular varieties in our list of drought tolerant plants. 4. Reduce grassed areas. Lawns require more water than other areas of your garden, and therefore offer the best opportunity to help you conserve water and save money. Lawn areas should be designed to be practical and useful and not just used as a fill-in area in your garden. You can reduce your lawn area using paving or by planting ground covers. The type of grass you choose is also important. Some drought resistant grasses include Windsor-green, Santa Anna Bluegrass, Greenlees Park and Wintergreen. Your local nursery can offer valuable advice on water efficient grasses. 5. Water wisely. The ideal watering system is one which will deliver water directly to plant roots in the correct quantities. A lot of water can be saved with an efficient, well-designed watering system. Drippers, tap timers, trigger hoses,

and micro-irrigation systems should be used to deliver water in the most efficient manner. Your local irrigation professional can offer valuable advice. 6. Use more mulch. A layer of good mulch, at least 75mm thick, reduces evaporation from the soil surface by as much as 70 per cent. Mulch also discourages weed growth, prevents erosion and evens out soil temperature variations. Every part of the garden can be mulched. Ensure mulch is kept clear of tree trunks and plant stems to avoid possible fungal problems. Mulches may be of plant origin like peat or woodchips, or inorganic like gravel, crushed brick or blue metal. All can be used to great effect as a landscape feature. 7. Maintenance. The above six secrets will not only lead to a significant reduction in water use but also in the amount of time and effort you spend in your garden. However, a water efficient garden requires regular maintenance to ensure it remains healthy. Your irrigation system should be regularly checked, mulches topped up, and any new planting should be in line with the planned objective of saving water. Courtesy Victorian Government.

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Glory out of red clay By Jane Ross WHEN Christine and David Corbidge bought 10 acres of land in Mount Eccles in 1999, they faced metre high grass and red clay soil.

First of all they built a shed, making sure it didn’t disrupt their view. The shed provided somewhere to stay at weekends as their house was being built and the couple began to work on their garden. Christine designed the layout and selected the plants, and David provided the hard labour and shared the upkeep. The result is so stunning, the property called Mount Eccles Manor, has been accepted into Australia’s

Open Garden Scheme, one of only seven in Gippsland. It will be open between 10am and 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday October 30 and 31, offering the chance to see an amazing array of plants, nooks, crannies and water features. Not to mention the glorious backdrop of rolling green South Gippsland hills. The weekend will also raise money for Woorayl Lodge, with its auxiliary members providing morning and afternoon tea and the Leongatha Lions Club a lunchtime sausage sizzle. Christine said that when she and David were establishing the garden, they started by setting up beds close to the house, including terraces and dry stone walls, one of which was placed piece by piece by David and Christine themselves – all 40 tonne of it.

“Yes,” they chorused, “it was hard work.” Water gardens, edging and tree planting followed. “I designed the sunken water garden and water feature to take advantage of existing depressions in the ground, formed when soldiers dug out gravel for the roads during the area’s early settlement,” said Christine, adding she dug it out herself spadeful by spadeful. Fed by a stream, the feature includes a bridge, a waterfall, mosaic fish made by Christine and bull rush sculptures created by David. Plants were only watered immediately after being put into the ground. That water is pumped from a dam, thus preserving the 100,000 litres of tank water for household use. The tank overflows into a fish pond that provides one of many delightful surprises in the garden. “Mount Eccles can be windy and we chose to plant mostly natives and tougher perennials, including an early planting of lily- pilly hedges as windbreaks,” said Christine. “We waited a couple of years before putting in any exotic plants and we were pleasantly surprised that plants such as the camellias flourished.” Christine planned the garden so that it would be beautiful year-round, by in-

Tranquil: frogs croak in this glorious water feature in the Corbidge’s garden. Christine dug it out by hand. cluding natives and exotics, evergreen and deciduous trees for autumn colour. She said spring and summer flowering irises should be in full glory by the end of this month and the first roses on display. “The garden is a mass of bulbs including daffodils, jonquils, ixias, spraxis, hoop petticoat daffodils and winter gladioli.” Some unusual plants are spiloxene carpensis, grevilleas (including magnifica,

fireworks and mallee dawn) correas, adenathos cueatus or basket flower, ericas, proteas (including purple haze) leucodendrons and continus. Although the garden covers two acres, it has an intimate feel, with its many enclosed pockets and features. There are tranquil spots perfect for relaxing and taking in the views. Meandering pathways lead from one garden “room” to another.

There is a rose arbour and the occasional surprise of one of Christine’s mosaics or sculptures hidden here or there. Features include two parterre gardens; one near the front entrance to the house, with a central copper beech surrounded by roses and hyacinths in spring and another on the eastern side of the house which combines succulents and roses. The drive out to Mount Eccles Manor is appealing,

whether you approach from Warragul or Mirboo North via the spectacular Grand Ridge Road. “We are proud of what we’ve achieved in a little over 10 years and although the garden is now well established, we are constantly adding to it with new plants, features and artworks,” said Christine. “We love our garden and enjoy it every day of the year.”

Good ol’ sing-a-long MORE than 350 seniors turned out at the Korumburra Recreation Centre on Friday afternoon to listen to the tunes of Doris Day and Dusty Springfield. The songs were performed by legendary Australian performer Wendy Stapleton, who called the performance her Dusty Day. The crowd clapped, clicked and cheered away to the songs with many singing the

lyrics. Residents from nursing homes in Leongatha, Korumburra, Mirboo North and all places in between were there, as well as other seniors. The event was run by the South Gippsland Shire Council and has been a success for a long time now. This is the first time the Seniors Festival has been held in Korumburra; usually it takes place at Stony Creek Racecourse or Moss Vale Park.

Doris and Dusty: Wendy Stapleton performed as both Doris Day and Dusty Springfield.

My kind of music: Sam Chessari and Doug Harland enjoyed the performance.

Meals roster (Leongatha) Cath Davies and Pat Molden, John and Joy Gaze and Mr and Mrs Hogan will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning October 18, 2010.

Bopping along: Brian Kellet from Koorooman House was in fine form, dancing to some tunes.

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Help each other OUT of 40 potential patients a doctor may see in a day, approximately 8 to ten patients will require treatment or support for depression or anxiety. This week is Mental Health Week and across the country efforts are underway to educate people about emotional wellbeing and erase any stigmas that linger. Rural life can have its challenges, so if you’re feeling stressed or anxious, consider improving your diet, taking up exercise and talking with friends and family. Most people suffer from depression at some stage in their life, so it’s no shame to seek professional help if you are having difficulty coping. It’s also important to keep an eye out for those around you who may need support. I recently attended a public meeting in Mirboo North regarding the development of a gravel pit nearby along with three other councillors. Approximately 60 residents came to share genuine concerns about safety and the capacity of the road to handle traffic. While council has delegated most planning issues to officers, this was a good example of when it is appropriate for councillors to be involved in bigger issues that stimulate community

concern. With just three weeks left to the close of nominations for South Gippsland’s Australia Day Awards, I’m hoping there are many people beavering away to nominate the worthy citizens in our midst in the three categories of Citizen, Young Citizen and Community Event of the Year. Every club or community group has several folk who can be called on at any time to help, and they do it willingly. We also want to foster civic interest in our young people, so I particularly encourage you to seek out and nominate 16 to 25-yearolds for the Young Citizen of the Year. Nomination forms can be downloaded from www. or obtained by phoning 5662 9200. South Gippsland will host GLGN members at a meeting this month when Gippsland regional priority projects will be presented to local candidates in the State Government elections. A similar option was taken with the federal candidates some months ago and it is a succinct way for us to get our message across to all parties involved. Cr Jim Fawcett Mayor

State honour for health service GIPPSLAND Southern Health Service produces one of the sharpest quality of care reports in Victoria. The service, which operates the Leongatha and Korumburra hospitals, won the Quality of Care Reporting Award for small rural health services at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards held in Melbourne last Wednesday. This award was for the 200809 report and was presented by Fran Thorn, the Department of Health secretary. Guests at the presentation evening included Premier John Brumby and Health Minister, Daniel Andrews. The Quality of Care Report is Gippsland Southern Health Service’s report to the community on the work that is being undertaken by all staff throughout the organisation in relation to safety and quality. Health services send their report to the Department of Health, where they are judged by an independent panel. From these, three finalists are chosen and the winner is announced annually at the awards dinner. Comments from the judges on the 2008/09 report included: “Well written and comprehensive. Well set out and struc-

State honour: Gippsland Southern Health Service attendees at the awards evening, from left: David Harvey, president of board of management, Margaret Kuhne, quality improvement coordinator, and Neil Langstaff, director of nursing. tured….. and attractive and easy to read”; “Descriptive and narrative text is used well to present both quantative and qualitative information”; and “Very balanced and honest about success-

es and failures.” Even though last year’s report has only just received an award, this year’s report is due for release at the health service’s annual general meeting

Church Times ARIES - March 21 - April 20

Express your upbeat mood through your decor or wardrobe. Romantic misunderstandings are cleared up by the end of the week. Professional advisors are more accessible - take advantage of this situation. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

A new viewpoint on an old problem could lead to unexpected success. Travel plans need to be discussed with a professional. A shaky relationship is stabilising at last. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

You tend to be impulsive this week and perhaps overly eager to please. A financial favour is returned now. Reconciliations are likely with an Aries or Leo. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

Your energy is high as the week concludes. The bigger the challenge, the more eager you are to tackle it. An older relative shows their appreciation and uncommon warmth. Don’t hesitate to reciprocate. LEO - July 23 - August 22

The accent is on bartering, not actual buying. Colleagues are more amiable now, but neighbours are demanding. In romance, reconciliations and heart-to-heart talks are spotlighted. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

This is a good week for completing puzzles. Your mind is unusually logical for a Virgo. Weekend travel may undergo last minute changes. A loved one may be less secretive on the weekend. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

Campaigning for a friend or promoting a bright idea is on the week’s agenda. A loved one’s constant attention may start to overwhelm you. New home comforts are featured. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

New business ideas can be promoted to the right people. This is not a week for shyness. It is easy to sign on for new obligations. Caution is essential. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

Artistic pursuits are spotlighted this week. Review short term goals and travel priorities. Money may be tight, but fringe benefits are increasing. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

The accent is on local travel and entertaining out-of-town VIPs. Your wit is sparkling, attracting new friends of the opposite sex. Detours and delays are sprinkled through the weekend. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

The accent is on launching new projects and schemes, but expect delays if concluding existing tasks. Be alert for bargains at auctions, flea markets and garage sales. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

This is the week for bringing people together from different backgrounds. Moderation is important, especially in the areas of diet and recreation. A financial program may undergo revision. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

You are a decade ahead of your time and you adore variety. You are blessed with a gift for conversation and you are notorious for inconsistency. Rebuilding relationships is accented. Your financial status and responsibilities both increase.

ANGLICAN: Tuesday, October 12: 7pm St Andrew’s, Dumbalk / St David’s, Meeniyan Fellowship. Wednesday, October 13: 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Friday, October 15: 7.30pm St David’s, Meeniyan HC. Sunday, October 17: 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: Wonthaggi. Sunday, 10.30am: Holy Communion & Sunday School; Monday, 7.30pm: Holy Communion; Wednesday, 8.45am: Christian prayer & meditation, 10am: Holy Communion. CHURCH OF ASCENSION: Inverloch, Sunday, 9am: Holy Communion & Sunday School; Tuesday, 9am: Christian prayer & meditation; 10am: Holy Communion; Thursday 7.30pm: Holy Communion. 5th Sunday services, alternating at Wonthaggi & Inverloch, contact Rev Bruce Charles for details, 5672 3984. ASSEMBLIES OF GOD: Prom Coast Community Church Inc. - Foster Community House, Station Street, 10am: Sunday. Sunday School and Creche operates. Pastor Bill Watson 5686 2248. A.O.G. Inverloch - Cnr Bear and McIntosh Street, Inverloch. Sunday Service 10am; Imagine Christmas Day Service 9am. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, 10am and 6pm: Sunday. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: Pastor Vic Butera 5655 2478. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Leongatha South Gippsland Liberty Fellowship - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Sunday services: 11 am and 7pm. Office: 5662 3100. Wonthaggi A.O.G. - Billson Street, 10am: Sunday. Contact: Pastor Barry Smith 5672 3984. CHRISTIAN REVIVAL CRUSADE: 40 Hughes Street, Leongatha. Sunday, Morning Service 10.30 am: Inspirational Service, 6.30pm: Children’s Church 10.30am: Home cells weekly. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455. THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES CREEK: Meeting every Sunday at Archies Creek. Morning Communion Service 11 am: Evening

Holy Spirit Revival 6pm: Phone: Ps. Chris Chetland 5674 3867 or 5672 4660. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Saturdays, Church service 10am., Leongatha Sabbath School 11.30am. CATHOLIC: St Laurence’s Parish Leongatha: 5 pm Mass Saturday, 11am Mass Sunday. Tarwin Lower: In St Andrew’s Union Church, 5pm winter, 6pm summer Mass Saturday. Meeniyan: 9.30am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 11am, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Mirboo North: 11am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 9.30am Mass, 2nd and 4th Sundays. St. Joseph’s Parish Korumburra: 9.30am Sunday Mass. Loch: 5pm/6pm Daylight saving Sunday Mass. Wonthaggi: Saturday evening 6.30pm: Evening Mass; Sunday, 10.30am: Mass. Inverloch: Sunday 9 am: Mass. KORUMBURRA’S AGLOW: First Monday every month at Korumburra Day Centre, Korumburra Hospital, Bridge St., Korumburra at 7.45pm. Inquiries phone 5657 2214. GIPPSLAND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Strongly family oriented church meets at the Senior Citizens Centre, Mirboo North, Sundays: 4-5.10pm Communion, 5.15-6pm Bible Studies for Adults, Youth and Children. Friday evenings: Home Fellowships 7.30pm; Youth Activities. Enquiries: 5668 2226 Bob Stevens. SALVATION ARMY LEONGATHA COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 52 Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) - Sunday: Family Worship at 10am: Kid’s Club - Tuesday, 4 - 5pm; mainly music, Thursday 10am. All welcome. Please contact Captain 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. Teaching service at 7.30pm. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2762. Minister: Rev. Ron Nauta. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, October 17, 9am and 10.45am. Mirboo North: 9.30am. Meeniyan: 10am. Wonthaggi: Sunday 9.30am, Family Service, all welcome. Inverloch: Sunday 11am: Korumburra: Sunday, 9.30am: Rev. Pastors Gavin and Sue Sharp, 5655 1997. Arawata: 11.30am 1st & 3rd Sundays. Kongwak: 11.30am 4th Sunday. BAPTIST CHURCH KORUMBURRA: 39 Mine Rd, Korumburra. Service and Sunday School 10.30am. Pastor Ian Wilkinson. Phone 5658 1366. BAPTIST CHURCH WONTHAGGI: Cnr McBride & Broome Crescent, Wonthaggi. Morning Service & Children’s Activities, Sunday 10am. Weekly activities see www., Pastor Geoff Pegler 5672 4769. MEENIYAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Sunday, 10am: Meeniyan Youth Club Hall. COMBINED CHURCHES WONTHAGGI / INVERLOCH: 4th Sunday each month at 7pm. SCOTS PIONEER CHURCH: Mardan South. Pleasant Sunday Afternoons on the last Sunday of each month at 2pm. See occasional ad in this paper for details. For enquiries phone 9853 6627. FISH CREEK UNION CHURCH: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 9am; 2nd & 4th Sundays, 7pm. Contacts: Fran Grimes 5683 2650, Sue Poletti 5663 6325.

which will be held at the Uniting Church Hall, Peart Street, Leongatha on November 25. All interested members of the community are invited to attend.


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DOWN Parent (6) Thrown out (7) Stress (6) Headdress (6) Bright (5) Shape (5) Tavern (3) Earthy (7) Dismal (5) Ridiculous (6) Force (6) Purify (6) Birds (5)

CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8243 ACROSS 6. Certain to have a sign denoting the limits (10). 8. To get out, working about an hour (4). 9. Arrest a whole lot in retreat (4). 10. Think ahead and divert (5). 11. Stood up the girl (4). 12. I am myself going on a diet, anyhow. Now (9). 16. And ice had formed round the vehicle previously (2,7). 20. Certain parties are bringing guns back (4). 22. Can be translated by scholars, the note can (5). 23. In order that the ship may pitch (4). 24. The French will go into business with her (4). 25. Highly promising, no doubt (4,6). DOWN 1. One man by himself providing the rhythm (3-3). 2. Used the camera and broke it (7). 3. To South America (a long way) I journey (6). 4. Old dance I’m dancing to a quaint tune (6). 5. It’s right under the rickety seat in the garden (5). 7. Less? You’re mistaken! (3,2). 13. Head he lost over a woman (3). 14. Mean Kate is forced to have some (7). 15. Walked off with - and walked very quietly (5). 17. The kid aunt tidied up again (6). 18. Depend on the man with the gammy leg (6). 19. Man from a class in which there are fifty (6). 21. The key, dear,is one of a pair (5).

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Student returns to front of class SCIENCE teachers at Leongatha Secondary College continue to advance their skills. The science department takes on student teachers from a variety of tertiary institutions during the year, to give them a chance to gain real classroom experiences. It is also a key factor in encouraging capable new teachers to consider working in rural areas. One such student teacher is exLeongatha Secondary College student Lindsay Bovill. Over recent years he has been studying environmental management and obtaining his honours in palaeontology. He successfully took on the challenges of Years 8 and 9 science and made a positive impression on the students. In his short time at the college, Mr

Bovill taught topics varying from sheep brain dissections and model neurons, to geology sandwiches and an astronomy walk. This was to reinforce the scale of distances in space and investigate conditioning of animal behaviour using both the students and insects as subjects. Reflecting on the experience, Mr Bovill said although the exceptional resources available to the sciences at the college made interacting with the students a rewarding experience, it was the impact on the students that was the most eye-opening. He believes the resources- everything from the school grounds to the extensive laboratory collection-helped students obtain a unique science experience.


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Student teacher: Lindsay Bovill with students at LSC.

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After five years of that, he was sent to boarding school in East Melbourne, but he hated it and returned to the farm. He worked with his father and uncle, growing potatoes and milking for the neighbours. In 1941, Ed joined the Army where he trained as a mechanic. He was sent to North Africa, the Middle East and New Guinea, but not before he had been given four days’ leave to marry. Ed and Hazel were wed at the Camberwell Baptist Church and were thrilled when, 60 years’ later, their union was honoured by messages of congratulation from the Premier John Brumby and Prime Minister John Howard. Ed’s life was detailed in the Meeniyan Uniting Church on August 19, when friends and family gathered to pay their last respects to a man they knew as a devoted patriarch, farmer, gentleman, ballroom dancer, card player and sportsman. Ed died on August 16. He was born in Wonthaggi on October 5, 1920, the eldest of four children, Mon, Bill and Dot. He was the last surviving member of his family. His real name was Edgar Andrew, but everyone knew him as Ed. When World War Two ended, Ed, Hazel and their twins Graeme and Diane, lived in Leongatha, where Ed drove a cream truck for the Leongatha Butter Factory. But he yearned to farm and in 1947, the couple bought land at Stony Creek, Ed replacing the primitive cow shed with no electricity, with one closer to the house. That same year Annette was born. Ed bought 29 cows, driving them by horseback from Hill End, thus beginning more than 30 years of Stony Creek farm and community life. Ed played football for Tarwin Lower, Leongatha and finally Stony Creek, where he was captain and coach, junior coach and general all round club man, contributions that resulted in him being made a life member. Two more children completed the McCaughan family: Garry in 1951 and Jan in 1955. Ed and Hazel played tennis for Stony Creek and golf at Meeniyan, where Ed once scored a hole in one. The couple loved to dance and continued to do so well into their 70s. They trained many deb sets and went to dances nearly every week, all around the district. They also thoroughly enjoyed playing cards and were regulars at the Leongatha Golf Club bingo sessions for many years. The McCaughans moved to Meeniyan in 1979, establishing a beautiful garden. When that became too much for them, they moved to a new unit in Roughead Street, Leongatha, very near where they had lived just after the war. After Hazel died in 2004, Ed moved in to Woorayl Lodge, making many friends there before his health deteriorated and he had to go into Koorooman House. He was buried at Meeniyan Cemetery and is survived by his children, their partners, 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Come see

THE Jumbunna Improvement Group is inviting garden lovers to join them on Sunday, October 24 between 10am and 4pm for a wonderful day of gardens, music and food in Jumbunna Park.

Five beautiful gardens will be open on the day including Jumbunna Cottage, Jumbunna’s first dwelling, previously featured as part of the ABC’s Open Garden Scheme. Entry is $10 per adult and will gain visitors access to all five gardens. Registration and garden details are available at Jumbunna Hall. The group respectfully asks visitors not to bring dogs to the gardens on display.

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Seachange or tree change? both options are here. See page 32.

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Wilkur Creek Farm A

RRIVING at Wilkur Creek Farm, you know you have found a unique and special property. It boasts absolute privacy, peace and quiet along with stunning views, picturesque valley and a creek. You begin to appreciate this 85 acre property as soon as you enter the driveway, lined by gorgeous established native gums. The modern home has been ideally placed to overlook the property and to take in the magnificent rural views. It has been architecturally designed and built by renowned local builders Considine & Johnston.The country style kitchen is spacious and features a slow combustion stove, electric hot top and oven and breakfast bar. Adjoining is the light and bright open style lounge and dining area which has floor to ceiling windows, a solid fuel heater and a split system which allows for easy heating and cooling. There is a separate sitting room that also boasts great views and can be closed off. The three spacious bedrooms each have built-in robes. The master is fitted with a good sized en suite and walk-in robe. Outside the patio area is well sheltered and would be lovely on a summer evening, entertaining. It overlooks the established cottage garden setting, which includes established garden beds, and small amount of grape vines. Under the house there is space to park two cars, with direct entry into the home via the laundry. The land is 85 acres or 34.42 hectares in size and is undulating to hill country in the renowned highly fertile ‘blue gum country’. It has been divided into four main paddocks, water is excellent and includes Wilkur Creek, dams, and troughs. The Wilkur Creek flows through the property and is surrounded by lovely established trees, which create a picturesque park-like setting. There are also other scattered gums and stands of trees throughout the property. Additional features of the property include 40x20’ lockup shed with concrete floor and power and stockyards. The property is located within 1.5 hours of Melbourne and central to the towns of Korumburra, Warragul, and close by to Inverloch beaches, and South Gippsland and Bass Coast tourism. It is a rare find, positioned in the heart of the Strzelecki Ranges.

At a glance Location: 370 Kelly & Currens Road Ranceby via Korumburra Auction: Saturday November 13 on site Agent: Elders Contact: Don Olden 0417 805 312 or Zel Svenson 0438 636 290

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2610 Strzelecki Highway, Mirboo North L

OOKING for a tree change? This superb small acreage farmlet with excellent highway exposure and town water is set on approximately four park-like acres with a mixture of native bush, pasture and established gardens. The home features a light-filled spacious lounge with a solid fuel heater. The roomy kitchen has ample bench space and gas cooking. The adjacent dining area has gas heating available and additional room that could be used as a third bedroom or another living area. Other features include a neat modern bathroom with both separate bath and shower, en suite and two other generous sized bedrooms. A large deck at the rear of the home offers both privacy and an excellent outlook over the property. Separated from the home by a carport is a self contained bungalow, ideal for the children or simply as a guest room. This lifestyle property has a number of attractions being that it is within easy access to bush walking, horse riding and fishing, but most of all the property has a creek plus two dams, providing excellent water. Currently the vendor operates the ‘Clear Creek Valley Herb Farm’ from the premises, with well established markets and generous returns and is prepared to pass this on to the new owners with the equipment needed to operate it. Other features of the property include a variety of fruit trees, steel lock-up garage, circular driveway and hot house. Well located, this farmlet is only 20 minutes to Morwell, Leongatha and the freeway.

At a glance Location: 2620 Strzelecki highway Mirboo North Price: $355, 000 Agent: Stockdale and Leggo Mirboo North Contact: 5668 1300

Prom Country Y N DA PE UR O AT S IS





“Owner Says Sell”

Opposite Rail Trail 1200sqm

Freshly painted, newly carpeted 3 brm home. Wood heater & air con, lots of built-in robes, timber decked front verandah, low maintenance gardens, & carport. Primary school over rear fence. INSPECT Saturday @ 11.00 - 11.30am Address 19 Bastin Street, BOOLARRA $160,000 - $175,000

Part of a charming row of originals and renovations. The shops and eateries are a stroll away. Three bedrooms, sunny north facing lounge, country-style kitchen, huge shed, rain water tank, and fruit trees. INSPECT Sunday @ 12.00 - 12.30pm Address 135 Whitelaw Street, MEENIYAN $240,000 - $260,000



Selling Properties

24/7 Stunning Coastal Hideaway To “tree change” or to “sea change”? What about morning views of the hills and sea views over lunch? Just four years young, this stunning coastal home has been designed and positioned for the utmost livability and enjoyment of its idyllic surrounds set in a glorious country garden. Featuring blue gum floors, soaring timber lined ceilings, and oodles of comfort-glazed glass, and comprising spacious open plan living zones full of views, three bedrooms plus study, 2 bathrooms and full length balcony. Original dairy/workshop, lockup garage, circular drive, less than 10 minutes into Foster. INSPECT Sunday @ 1.00 - 1.30PM Address 1014 Ameys Track, FOSTER NORTH

$460,000 - $495,000

Take a Good, Clean Bath

Farmhouse for the Fastidious

Opposite parkland & pool, & a short stroll to shops & schools, this 3 bedroom home is as neat-as-a-pin. Timber floors, light-filled open plan living & modern kitchen, covered outdoor zone, carport & garage. INSPECT Sunday @ 12.00 - 12.30pm Address 20 Baths Road, MIRBOO NORTH $230,000 - $255,000

A gently undulating 8 acre farmlet with privacy and views. Beautiful 3 BR renovated home with many period features. Immaculate garden, orchard, veggies and farm infrastructure inc. excellent shedding. INSPECT Cancelled. Property Sold Address 200 Old Nicholls Road, MIRBOO NORTH

allen bartlett 0417 274 624




kaz hughes 0417 516 998

Rail Trail and River Lifestyle

Family Home on Half Acre

Cottage Style – Town Convenience

Delightful 4+ acre property with impeccable 3 brm home, ample living space, charming gardens & level lawns, great car, van and machinery storage, permanent creek & farm infrastructure too. INSPECT Cancelled. Property Sold Address 225 Darlimurla Road, MIRBOO NORTH

Located just one street from Baromi Park, is this meticulously-kept BV home in a manicured garden. North-facing living & dining, elevated verandah, dbl carport plus sep. paddock for pets or chooks. INSPECT Sunday @ 1.00 - 1.30pm Address 19-21 Bourke St, MIRBOO NORTH $245,000

Love the convenience of Leongatha but don’t want that “hemmed in” feeling? The solution could be in this really cute, three bedroom home in a quiet laneway, easy walking distance to Leongatha’s CBD. Federation-inspired character complements modern comforts resulting in a very liveable home on a 650sqm (approx) level block. Featuring 2 very spacious living zones, 2 bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen with 5 burner range, carport and garden shed. Lots of inclusions, excellent value.

93 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan ~ 5664 0224

INSPECT Saturday @ 1.00 - 1.30pm Address 3 Leslie Street, LEONGATHA

lisa williams 0438 133 385

$265,000 - $285,000

84 Ridgway, Mirboo North ~ 5668 1660

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Stunning coastal hideaway O tree change or to sea change?

What about morning views of the hills as you awake in the main bedroom suite, that transform into sea views as you head down the hallway towards the kitchen to make coffee? If that was the question, this is the answer. Just four years young, this stunning coastal home has been designed and positioned for the utmost livability and enjoyment of its idyllic surrounds. Perfect either as a luxurious holiday escape, or permanent country home, with every modern comfort provided, it will satisfy all the senses, all year round. In a glorious country garden surround with a profuse mix of mostly native plantings, this property’s farm origins are clear, with the former dairy shedding that is now a sturdy workshop and vehicle storage combo, ancient trees providing summer shade, and chunky fence posts that define the now pony-friendly, chookfriendly yards. A sheltered entrance porch introduces some of the main features of the house – gleaming blue gum floors, warmly elegant décor and plenty of glass to bring the great outdoors inside. The hallway opens up to spacious open plan living areas and soaring gabled timber-lined ceilings, framing southerly outlooks directly over Wilsons Prom. The best of both worlds are able to be enjoyed with additional,

stunning nor-easterly outlooks over hill folds and plantations also from the main living rooms, master bedroom, and full length balcony. A well-positioned and equipped kitchen is flanked on three sides by living spaces, which although open plan, offer a choice of vistas and aspects depending on your mood at the time. A main bedroom suite at one end opens up to a private study, leaving the other two bedrooms free for guests or other family members. There are walk through robes, a petite en suite, and a more substantial sec-

ond bathroom with deep bath and separate shower. There’s the necessary, second toilet. As well as the big farm shed, there’s a single lockup garage under the roofline, and a generous circular drive, to take care of extra visitors, and precious vehicles. Sub-floor and in-wall insulation, two split system air conditioners, plenty of water in tanks, Austar TV and Ipstar Satellite internet/phone, comfort-glazed windows, good fencing to paddocks, and all less than 10 minutes to Foster. Not sure about making the change? This will help you to make up your mind.

At a glance Location: 1014 Ameys Track, Foster North Price: $460,000 - $495,000 Agent: First National Prom Country Contact: Kaz Hughes 0417 516 998

Auction: Sat., Nov. 13 at 11am

Country living, 5 acres

Total privacy

Lance Creek Rd, Lance Creek

369 Fish Creek Rd, Foster

2/63 Genista Street, San Remo

Sealed road frontage, school bus at front gate, well drained rich soils. Building entitlement, fully fenced, power and phone on boundary. Pleasant short drive to the ocean, Phillip Island and Wonthaggi.

Over an acre of total privacy with water views in both directions. Immaculate 'Tiger Devine' built home that features 3 double brs, breakfast nook, separate dining, l o u n g e a n d f a m i l y ro o m s . Wonderful retirement property.

North facing two bedroom brick unit in as new condition. Sunny bay windows, large living room. Entry from garage to hallway, secure back garden. Easy care, low maintenance. Ideal retirement or investment property.

Open Sat 11am-12noon TEL: 03 5678 5878

Asking $249,000. House and land package deal available


Property Consultants WE KNOW REAL ESTATE

Price $430,000

Open Sat 11am-1pm. Oct. 16




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Two well presented Noel Court homes N

UMBER two Noel Court is a locally built four bedroom brick veneer home that still looks as good as the day it was built. In superb condition, this property boasts two large north facing living areas overlooking the backyard. The formal lounge/dining, generous in size, has views over the edge of the Leongatha township. The kitchen is well appointed with electric cooking, dishwasher and an abundance of cupboard space. The master bedroom has a full en suite with walk-in robe and built-in robe. There is a choice of heating with ducted gas, gas bayonet heaters and reverse cycle air conditioning. Outside the presentation continues with beautifully landscaped gardens complete with a fully automatic watering system. Other features include water tanks, single garage and single carport. This property offers something for everyone, close to schools, quiet court location and an easy walk to the main street. Six Noel Court is also a well presented brick veneer home offering three bedrooms, each with built-in robes, two living areas, reverse cycle air conditioning and a large single garage allowing access through to the rear yard. The back yard features a great undercover outdoor entertaining area complete with bar and rural views, lock up shed with power and a variety of fruit trees. Each home has some great attributes to suit a particular budget or need; contact our staff for an inspection.

At a glance Location: 2 and 6 Noel Court, Leongatha Price: $390, 000 and $325,000 Agent: Stockdale and Leggo Contact: 5662 5800

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Planning permits in place 13ac: Nerrena-Meeniyan Road, Nerrena.


RE you looking for your own slice of country


74ac: Hallston

These rural properties of varying acreage all have a planning permit in place. 2.96ac: Located at Welshpool, this lifestyle block comes with a current planning permit to build. The block features an excellent home site, power to the boundary, established native trees, hills and rural views and is located close to the many local attractions and top fishing spots. A most appealing block with sealed road frontage, planning permit and power. Great

value. Priced reduced to $135,000. 13ac: Only 10 minutes from Leongatha, located on the NerrenaMeeniyan road, Nerrena. Ideally suited and set up for horse grazing. This property offers good house sites (STCA), small stables, and a central dam. Priced at $230,000. 9.65ac: Loves Lane Mardan, this block features exceptional rural views. Located on a sealed road frontage the block offers timber entrance fencing, good boundary fencing, a dam, and some native trees. Priced at $250,000. 1ha: Overlooking the township of Leongatha, this block is fully

fenced and comes complete with power and planning permit. It is located only two minutes from town on the top side of Simon’s Lane. Priced at $300,000. 74ac: Located around 15 minutes drive north of Leongatha at Hallston is this 74 acres of hill grazing country with great house sites. It features a small shed, very clean pasture, grey soil hill country and a current planning permit. Sealed and gravel road frontage. Priced at $450,000.

1ha:Simon’s Lane Leongatha. At a glance Location: various small acreages 1-74 acres Price: From $135,000 - $450,000 Agent: Alex Scott & Staff, Leongatha. Contact: 5662 0922.

9.65ac: Loves Lane Mardan

2.96ac: Welshpool

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So much fun! MORE than 3500 Cubs rallied together for a Cuboree at Gillwell Park, Gembrook.

Cubs from Leongatha, Korumburra, Mirboo North, Wonthaggi and Foster joined with Tarwin River Venturers for a week of exciting activities and fun. The six to 10 yearold cubs experienced lots of activities, including a disco, Puffing Billy, cooking and a circus. A thousand leaders, Rovers and Venturers helped, learning more about community service and leadership. The dedication and hard work that went into this event by all leaders and parents was outstanding and could not have been better. The Cubs experienced camping skills by spending four nights in tents. Even though the weather was not perfect and the conditions were muddy, the Cubs had a magnificent time getting

Crafty types: Venturers Erin Baudinette and Brendan Cashin, with Cubs Marcus Burbidge and Teemu Braiser.

Venturers: Taylor Shaw and Brendon Cashin, with Erin Baudinette, leader Donna Tiedemani, Venturers Brittney Tennyenhuis, Elyse Guy, Josh Baker and leader Georgi Phillips. dirty and hanging out with their mates. This Cuboree is the sixth one for Victoria, held every three years. The event also attracts Scouts from other states and countries. The Venturers and Rovers also

had their own fair share of fun, with some time to chill out and enjoy some nightly discos, karaoke, movies and to catch up with old friends. The next big event for most cubs will be the 23rd Australian Jamboree in

Queensland to be held in 2013 and should attract more than 14,000 Scouts. If you would like to get involved in more activities like this one, or Tarwin River Venturers, call Josh Baker on 0432 978 622.

Yum, yum: Cubs enjoy cooking damper.

Golden ray of sunshine SHE’S a ray of sunshine.

Growing peas: Chloe, Breanna, Ebony and Kealee.

Garden delights kids

Herbs: Charlotte and Alyssa in the garden.

GARDENING is proving productive at Welshpool and District Primary School. Currently Grades 3 and 4 students grow vegetables and herbs at the school and cook them, but the program has proved so

successful it will be embraced schoolwide. A plan, with community involvement has been finalised to create a kitchen garden in the future. The school is currently seeking materials for the garden.

That’s how volunteer Rhonda Bateman has been described by colleagues who nominated her for a Bass Electorate Community Service Award. Rhonda joined the Bass Coast Regional Health volunteer program three years ago and started working at Garnham House soon afterwards as an assistant with the planned activity group. This brings socially isolated people together for friendship and activities. Ricardo Alves-Ferreira and Anne Broadway who co-ordinate the group, said Rhonda deserved recognition for her contribution to the community. “Not only is she a ray of sunshine in Garnham House, her selflessness goes

beyond the call of duty, assisting clients in their hour of need,” he said. “This may be taking them to doctors’ appointments, shopping or putting drops in their eyes.” Gail Mann, who co-ordinates volunteers for BCRH, described Rhonda as “a keen worker with a heart of solid gold”. “She has a friendly and caring disposition and lights up any room she walks into.” Bass MLA Ken Smith, who presented Rhonda with her award, said it was people like her who make the world a better place. And the girl herself? “If I can make someone laugh, then it’s made my day,” she said.

Scam warning THERE’S another scam doing the rounds. A Leongatha resident wants to warn others that a chain letter she received with a five cent piece stuck to it, isn’t what it says it is. The letter says the writer has made over $1 million by just sending $10 to a name at the top of an included list. You then make more than 200 copies of the letter and post those off to people whose names you take from a telephone book. Sixty days’ later, bingo, you receive $70,000. Sounds too good to be true? It is.

Well done: Bass MLA Ken Smith congratulates Rhonda Bateman on receiving her community service award.

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Works demand contemplation

COLLAGE and sculpture come together in a unique exhibition at Gecko Studio Gallery at Fish Creek.

The gallery’s November exhibition is by collage artist Jane Power and sculptor Sharon Monk. Jane has previously staged two exhibitions at the gallery and is one of the driving forces behind Prom Coast Arts Council Inc. She is multi-disciplined, being known for her prints, paintings, sculptural works, paper collage and other paper techniques. Jane has the quirky sense of humour that seems to be necessary for the best collage artists, lifting collage above simply gluing together assembled patterned and printed papers into artistic meditative exercises or artistic koans: a fundamental part of the history and lore of Zen Buddhism. A koan is a story, dialogue, question, or statement, the meaning of which cannot be understood by trational thinking but may be accessible through intuition. “The passing of time is embed-

ded in these works, in both the way the mind alters memories; prompting forms and in the time taken to make the work,” Jane said. “Objects and paintings are aligned, each image relating to the history of symbolism and the phenomenon of colour. “This work is also concerned with the display and juxtaposition of materials and objects, investigating the idea of display in both public and personal environments, and through that level of display different kinds of narratives can be read or understood.” Jane’s work will be a curious but fascinating journey. Wire is Sharon’s main medium, opting for fine wire from 0.0176mm to 0.3mm, finer than human hair. “It allows me to have a continuous line, somewhat akin to drawing, but in a three dimensional form,” she said. “The inherent seductive detail that results from using this delicate wire is the best material I have found to draw people right into my work. “Close examination is a necessity when viewing these sculptures. The extreme fineness of the wire governs

the way I approach my work. One needs to be very patient and calm when working with this medium as a sudden jerk or tug will break the thread. “I therefore work on many pieces at the same time so I can move from one to another and keep a sense of freshness and calmness in my approach.” Some pieces also have steel wools, sheet metal, and metal leaf that require different techniques such as hot and cold forging, and hot fusing and slumping, and occasionally casting. “The use of patinas to colour the metal is another element that features strongly in my work. These have been the end result of a lot of experimenting with various substances. “I have also branched out into some non-metallic elements such as casting resin and nylon threads. The approach is very similar to using metal. “The scale of the work is kept to an intimate level as another method of enticing the looker to get ‘close and personal’ with the work.” The artists are passionate about their art and this promises to be an exciting exhibition.

Provoking thought: a collage by Jane Power.

Singers to captivate THE South Gippsland Singers will be presenting their annual spring concert at the Leongatha Dakers Centre at 2pm on Sunday afternoon, October 17. The very special guests for the afternoon will be the talented children from the Poowong Consolidated School, who will sing original works under the direction of their music teacher, Philip Beggs. They will also combine with the South Gippsland Singers for the final number in the concert, Look at the World, a beautiful choral work incorporating a children’s choir. The concert will also include a variety of works sung by the South Gippsland Singers, including selections from

Intrinsically metallic: Sharon Monk’s interpretation of an octopus.

Art mix inspirational Magical sound: the South Gippsland Singers at their best. Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance. Also on the program will be a group of unaccompanied madrigals, some traditional folk songs, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu, and some beautiful songs written by John Rutter. The South Gippsland Singers began in 1981 and has been under the

leadership of musical director Larry Hills for the last 20 years. Its members are drawn from the surrounding district to share and enjoy all types of choral music from folk, classical, spiritual, pop and music from the shows. Fund raising for aged care, senior citizens, CFA, school music groups and other local charities

has been a feature of the choir’s activities. Admission to the concert on Sunday is $12 for adults and children free. The concert will be followed by refreshments. The proceeds from the concert will be shared with the music department of the Poowong Consolidated School.

A FATHER and daughter have teamed with an Argentinian to present an eclectic exhibition at Mushroom Crafts in Leongatha. Craftsman Jim Warren and his artist daughter Rachel Warren are presenting their work with Ricardo Alves-Ferreira, an international sand sculptor in the show The Bold and the Beautiful. Jim offers jewellery after several successful years showing his work at Fine Art Gallery in Inverloch. He constantly finds ideas in everyday shapes and designs, and this is his first official exhibition. Rachel has exhibited widely around Victoria, in both solo and group shows, and continues to teach in South Gippsland.

Her passion is collage and assemblage, and she has also recently turned to jewellery. Such pieces are influenced by her collage work and her pieces are abstract images of her thoughts and feelings. Rachel’s visions are shaped by the recycled papers and wood she collects, as well as objects she encounters. Ricardo, of Dalyston, works in stone and sand, travelling the world taking part in major sand sculpture festivals. His interest originates in the ancient civilisations of Latin America, bringing concepts and stories into abstract forms in metal, stone and wood. He is part of the Australian sand sculpting team. The exhibition runs until October 28.

Joint show: artists Jim Warren, Rachel Warren and Ricardo Alves-Ferreira, with Rachel’s collages.

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Native flora on show

THIS year’s Native Flower Show looks set to be as stunning as ever.

It is on at the exhibition shed at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve this weekend, October 16 and 17. The South Gippsland branch of the Australian Plants Society is once again hosting this annual event. It will feature floral displays as well as plant and book sales and an art exhibition. Show co-ordinator Coral

Hughes said the plant sales are always popular and a great chance to pick up plants that will perform well in our South Gippsland climate. The floral displays provide the botanical name so people can correctly identify specimens they like for prospective purchase. “All the plants are grown between Sandy Point, the Gurdies, Inverloch and Mirboo North,” she said. Committee manager and South

Gippsland Seedbank manager Geoff Trease said the popularity of Australian plants was on the rise. “Australian plants are becoming more mainstream. They’re increasingly becoming valued for doing so well with minimal water and they’re so unique,” he said. Ms Hughes said that with good selection, nurserymen have been improving the quality and range of Australian plants available to the public. The local Australian Plants So-

ciety meets regularly and conducts events and excursions to enjoy and promote the beauty of our flora. There will be membership applications available at the show and the group warmly welcomes new members. It is a great opportunity to gain inspiration for your own garden and maybe pick up a plant or two. Don’t miss the show, on each day this weekend from 10am until 4pm.

Starting them young THE children of Meeniyan were treated to two mornings of art and craft at the Meeniyan Art Gallery during the school holidays. Gaye Hutchinson, who previously taught at Leongatha Secondary College, volunteers her time each holidays to run the art classes. “People know that I hold these sessions so they donate all sorts of things: beads, sequins, paints, pencils and paper. Even boxes, egg cartons, wool and beautiful scraps of cloth,” she said. Although many of the children are already friends from kindergarten and primary school, new friendships have started at these classes. Gaye is delighted to see the children talking and having fun, as they busily paint, colour, glue, thread and create. She is always impressed by the

creativity of the children. As well as creating art in the workshop, Gaye also takes the children into the gallery to see the current exhibitions. They enjoy patting Helen McInnes’ wooden dog sculptures, looking at sparkly glass jewellery and seeing framed artworks up close. Impressed mothers have commented on the classes, and will be excited to see them continue. “My children love going to Gaye’s classes and they love seeing ‘real’ paintings and the sculptures,” one mother said. “This year their favourite artist was Antonia Buckley with her colourful paintings of chickens, a toy clown and butterflies. “We are so lucky to have this art gallery in our town, and to have people like Gaye!”

Getting ready: South Gippsland APS members Geoff Trease and Coral Hughes expect a busy weekend.

Having fun: learning art at Meeniyan recently was Shaelee, who is just one of Gaye Hutchison’s many students.

Painting flair: Hayley Miller pursues her passion.

Officially an artist By Tayla Kershaw

AS long as Hayley Miller can remember she has loved to paint.

Over the past year, her talent has been growing thanks to the help of her supportive tutor, Michelle. Asked by Michelle and inspired by Koori artist, Katie Curley, Hayley created a painting for the Department of Education. She was one of five people requested to present a painting. It will be permanently displayed at the Department of Education Koori office in Leongatha soon. The painting was based on a dreamtime story called The Butterflies. This particular piece was chosen because of Hayley’s love

for butterflies and the story. “Being Koori is something I feel strongly about. It’s a part of me and although I don’t know much about it I’m learning more and more each day,” Hayley said. Next year, Hayley hopes to receive a government art scholarship. Hayley wishes to receive this scholarship so she is able to take art classes and hopefully become known. The scholarship application involved a 200 word essay on her talent, why she was deserving of the scholarship and what she would do with the $1000 grant. Hayley has decided she will use the money to go further in her art and start an airbrushing course with her father.

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Friends’ love nurtures bay THE Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula have celebrated a year of goals achieved and have more projects in the pipeline.

At the group’s annual meeting, the friends noted the completion of a website, salt marsh boardwalk and bird hide, the Venus Bay Indigenous Gardens Management Plan, and revegetation at Beach One. Members continue to monitor the hooded plover, control foxes and bridal creeper, and develop the Venus Bay Indigenous Gardens. The new website - enhances the group’s image and the story of its projects and activities. The previous website address can still be used to access the new website.

From September 2009 to August 2010, 10 monthly pulses of 10 nights each yielded a catch of 47 foxes and a feral cat. Since October 2007, 167 foxes and six feral cats have been caught. The fox control program has had a positive impact on hooded plover breeding success this year, with only one nest of six attacked by a fox. Landholders report reduced predation on native wildlife such as possums, bronze wings and less incidence of the disease sarcoptic mange, transmitted by foxes, in the local wombat population. During the year, the group continued to work with South Gippsland Landcare Network, Tarwin Landcare Group and Parks Victoria to extend the control program along the coast south of Venus Bay to Walkerville and

the farmlands adjoining Cape Liptrap Coastal Park. Four of 10 pairs of hooded plovers on Venus Bay beach produced 16 eggs from six nesting attempts. Two pairs hatched four chicks – the first chicks in three years - with possibly three surviving to fledge. Friends continued to work closely with Birds Australia staff and Parks Victoria rangers to monitor and protect the birds, particularly during the summer when breeding is threatened by holiday crowds and rogue dogs. The bridal creeper control program has seen a marked reduction in seed set across the main 40 hectare control area. The salt marsh board walk and bird hide was completed in mid 2010 and protects the fragile salt marsh verge at Fisherman’s Jetty.

Helping hands: Charlie and Josh McGill, Lina Caneva, Ian McGill, Clyde and Colleen McGill, and Mae Adams replanting degraded wetlands at Fisherman’s Jetty.

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Lions spring into action INVERLOCH Lions have continued their community involvement with a burst of spring activity. Billycart Derby and Fun Run organisers are busy planning for that event on November 14, when kids and adults will zoom down the A’Beckett Street Hill watched by thousands of friends, family and visitors. In sheds and garages around town, families are busy working on their carts, measuring wheels, inventing braking systems and planning race strategies. Students at Inverloch Primary School are revved up as principal Andrea Penrose encourages them to get involved. While the billy-carts are the novelty events of the big day, many seriously athletic families around

town are in training for the fun run events. These races attracted participants from all over the state last year. The number of entrants doubled and more than a hundred people are expected to jog along the foreshore in bright spring weather this year. In response to public requests, the club has added a trial 5km run to the traditional 1.8km and 10km events. There will be music and Zumba dancing in the street this year, as well as a barbecue and helicopter rides. The club received a cheque from the Inverloch Foodworks supermarket towards Lions’ projects and also took part in the fundraising event for Very Special Kids. New member Dilene Hinton was an enthusiastic helper with Ken and Jeannie O’ Neill as they sold nearly 200 sausages during the morning shift. All profits from the barbecue

were directly donated to the Pink Pig campaign. The club has erected a new community noticeboard, offering the community space to advertise events, sale items and notices. To access the board, people should speak to staff in the information office in the Community Hub directly opposite the board in Reilly Street.

Proud Lions: Geoff Cole and Frank McGarvey celebrate the completion of the new Inverloch Lions community noticeboard.

Milpara Community House News

Maxwell Michael Fulham was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on September 23 to Sarah Milnes and Dan Fulham of Wattlebank.

Would you like to grow plants naturally? Our Natural Gardening workshop will be held on Sunday, October 17, this will help you understand how to grow plants and vegetables without chemicals, understand good soil nutrition, no dig gardening and composting. Call our friendly staff on 5655 2524 to make a booking. ****** Level 1 Cross Cut Chainsaw Course will be held on Wednesday, October 27. This course will cover the essential aspects of chainsaw operation and maintenance, it will also cover relevant legislation, and OH and S issues. Bookings are essential. ****** Computers Beyond Basics courses will commence on Thursday, October 21. These cover Email and Internet Beyond Basics, File Management Beyond Basics and Computers Beyond Basics. After completion of these you will understand how to make safe internet transactions, how to zip files, save and send photos, virus checks,

how to create, find, save and move files and folders, what is and how to right click your mouse, computer maintenance, desktop icons, printing tips and hints. Call Sandra or Belinda at Milpara Community House to find out if you qualify for a subsidy. ****** Would you like to learn MYOB? We are running a MYOB course commencing on Monday, October 18 at Milpara Community House, 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra. This course will teach you how to set up your business books, step by step with the MYOB accounting program, including chart of accounts, process sales, purchases, bank reconciliation and GST. Bookings essential. ****** Do you suffer from Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia? Our support group meets on the third Friday of the month between 1pm and 2.30pm, with the next meeting scheduled for Friday October 15. Come and share your experiences with other people in the same situation.

****** Would you like to learn Excel? On completion of the course you will be confident in using Excel spreadsheets, create tables, invoices, budgets and graphs. Held over six Wednesdays commencing on October 20 from 10am to 1pm. ****** Do you know of a new Australian who needs to improve their English? Lyn Drury teaches English as a Second Language for migrants and classes are held on Tuesdays from 10am to noon and Thursday from 2pm to 4pm. ****** Would you like to discover how the internet can play a great part in helping you to stay in touch with friends and family if you are 50 or over? Come along to our Broadband for Seniors program which is funded by the Australian Government. You can book into a course with a volunteer tutor or just come in to use the computers. Please call 5655 2524 for bookings.

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star

Frazer Henry Livingstone was born at Leongatha Memorial Hospital on October 1, another son for Marshall and Marsha of Leongatha and a brother for Hugh, aged four and Angus, two.

30 years ago, October 14, 1980 LEONGATHA’S lighting is deplorable, according to Woorayl’s newest councillor, Bryan Cusack, who took his seat at the monthly meeting last Friday. He told council the approaches to the town, particularly from Melbourne, were a disgrace. **** FORMER Stony Creek girl Bev Maddison represented the Goulburn Valley in the Miss Victoria quest last Monday night. Bev and her family moved to the Echuca area in 1971.

10 years ago, October 10, 2000 SAFEWAY Petrol Plus looks set to come to Leongatha – at last! A planning application for the petrol station was lodged with South Gippsland Shire on September 28, 2000. **** COLDON Constructions will build Wonthaggi’s new $1.2 million TAFE campus. The Wonthaggi based company will spend the next six to seven months working on the Bass Coast campus. Five years ago, October 11, 2005

SPARKS were flying at Wilsons Promontory yesterday when Parks Victoria staff asked members of the park’s traditional owners, the Kurnai people, to leave. **** A LEONGATHA woman has been interviewed in relation to a hit and run accident last Sunday morning, Leongatha Police said. The driver was a 53-yearold resident and was interviewed regarding a range of possible charges. One year ago, October 13, 2009 WONTHAGGI cyclist

Nick Aitken is competing against the world’s best racers this week in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. The 19-year-old is part of the Jayco National Australia team, riding alongside 2007 tour winner Matt Wilson. **** TALENTED young skateboarders had the opportunity to show their best tricks at the end of the school holidays. The Bass Coast Skate Series was held at Cowes, Inverloch and Wonthaggi on the first three days of October.

Is the biosphere worth it? By Jane Ross

THE development of Western Port is the greatest challenge for the northern shores of Bass Coast Shire.

FORMER Leongatha residents Scott and Melissa McKinnon welcomed the arrival of their second child, Charlie Anthony, on August 26 at Nickol Bay Hospital, Karratha, Western Australia. Charlie is a brother for Matilda, aged three.

Mayor Cr Peter Paul, said this when councillors were discussing whether to rejoin the Western Port Biosphere Reserve for the next three years. The then council decided in 2007 to withdraw from membership because of the cost and lack of action.

Cr Veronica Dowman told her colleagues she thought issues then at hand had been addressed. “They’ve committed to a project in Bass Shire.” “No they haven’t,” retorted Cr Gareth Barlow. “They don’t actually do anything other than talk about it. They have not confirmed they’ll do a project in Bass Coast. “Their office is in Hastings and they meet at eight in the morning.” He thought paying $10,000 a year for membership was both inequitable

and a waste. Cr Ross Smith agreed. Cr Phil Wright said: “It’s the sort of organisation I should feel overwhelmingly in favour of. The potential of the Port of Hastings impacting on Phillip Island is massive. I apologise to the ratepayers regarding the $10,000. I hope this organisation pulls a bit of weight.” Cr Paul said: “We as a council have to put together a coherent piece of work regarding what are our linkages to the Port of Hastings. The biosphere is just one organisation.”

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Making Victoria FireReady

9 things you should do right now. Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world. So if you live in a bush, coastal or urban fringe area, or even if you just travel to one on a day trip or holiday, you need to be FireReady. 1 Many homes in high risk bushfire areas are not built to withstand bushfire and survival must be your main priority. To find out if you could defend your house from bushfire, use the CFA’s Household Bushfire Self-Assessment Tool online or book a free CFA site visit at or call 1800 240 667.

Fire Action Week.

2 Start clearing up around your property. Even if you plan to leave well before a fire threatens, you may not be able to. A well-prepared building can shield you from radiant heat, which can kill you. 3 Find out the location of the nearest Neighbourhood Safer Place and how to get there. The CFA website lists Neighbourhood Safer Places. 4 Pack your relocation kit. This should contain, food, water, woollen blankets, mobile phone with charger, a first-aid kit, medication, prescriptions, important contacts, pet food and bedding and anything else you may need away from home. 5 Be aware of your children’s school Bushfire Survival Plan by talking to school staff or visit

6 Prepare a written Bushfire Survival Plan and consider the needs of the elderly, people with special needs, children, pets and/or livestock. Obtain your free FireReady Kit from or call 1800 240 667. 7 Practise your Bushfire Survival Plan – doing so increases your chances of survival in a fire. Make sure you have back-up plans and alternative exit routes in place. Fires are erratic and can arrive at unexpected times. 8 Regularly monitor conditions, know the Fire Danger Rating in your area and keep up-to-date by tuning into ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and SKY NEWS. Fire Danger Ratings are your trigger to act. 9 To be better prepared in your local area, visit for your local Community Fireguard Group and/or attend FireReady Victoria community meetings.

So get involved with Fire Action week and start preparing now. Your survival and the survival of your family could depend on it. For a free FireReady Kit, or for more information on how to prepare, act and survive, visit or call 1800 240 667.

Get involved and get ready for the fire season. Fire Action Week is the time for all Victorians to start preparing for the fire season. Despite our wet winter, we’re facing yet another highly dangerous summer. From October 10 to 17, there will be a range of special Fire Action Week events and activities in communities across the state to help you plan and prepare for the fire season. Make sure you get involved. Your survival, and the survival of your family, could depend on it.

For more information contact:1800 240 667

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Fire lessons learnt VICTORIA is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world.

More than a decade of drought, dry summers and plenty of vegetation after one of the wettest winters on record heighten the need to prepare for the upcoming fire season. Fires can spread as fast as 60km/h in grassland and 40km/h in a forest and flames can reach more than 100m in height. Radiant heat emits heat equivalent to 50,000 radiators and embers can start fires up to 35km ahead of a fire front. But a few simple preparations could save lives, whether you live, work or plan to holiday anywhere near parklands, forests, grassland or scrub. This means clearing up around your home and developing a fire plan, which are the themes for this year’s Fire Action Week. A series of Fire Action Week activities, including fire planning workshops in fire-affected communities, will be held across the state, giving people practical advice, tips and knowledge about how to protect themselves and their families. All communities and people who live, work or plan to holiday in areas of high fire risk need to identify potential fire hazards and clean up around their homes before the summer fire season as part of their fire plan. Fires don’t just pose a threat to people who live in country Victoria. Bush, scrub and grass fires can also place lives and property in jeopardy in urban fringe areas, where the population is increasing. Holiday-makers also need to carefully plan ahead when travelling on hot, dry and windy days. “Planning ahead can save you and your family from being killed by a fire.” said Craig Lapsley, Victorian Fire Services Commissioner. CFA’s Community Fireguard Groups, fire planning workshops and Fire Ready Victoria local meetings, help residents make life-saving decisions when confronted by a fire. CFA strongly advises that people in areas vulnerable to fire develop and practice a Bushfire Survival Plan, which sets out what to do, and where and when to go on days of high fire danger. Leaving at the last minute is incredibly dangerous and life-threatening. Radiant heat, the biggest killer in a fire, smoke and burning embers can kill people and animals and damage properties. “None of us can afford to be complacent,” Mr Lapsley said. “Remember, leaving well before a bushfire arrives in your area is the saf-

Away from house: cut firewood should be stored away from the home. est and lowest risk option. “Get on the front foot with your fire safety. Attend a Fire Ready Victoria meeting or join your local Community Fireguard Group or visit the CFA website for advice about preparing a Bushfire Survival Plan.” Victoria’s firefighters are committed to protecting life, but some fires move too quickly and some conditions are too extreme for people to rely on the fire services for personal protection. There are warning systems in place including Emergency Alert, the telephone emergency warning system. Warnings are broadcast on ABC local radio, commercial radio stations and Sky News TV, and CFA and Department of Sustainability and Environment websites have simultaneous warnings. “If you receive a warning, act immediately on the advice. But you may not receive a warning that a fire is close,” Mr Lapsley said. “We have no way of knowing where a fire might start and this means that everyone is at risk and must be vigilant.” Important changes to the way we prepare and respond to fires are now in force following the Victorian Government’s response to the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission final report recommendations. You can better equip yourself for the upcoming fire season by being aware of how these changes affect you. What’s changed: • more Neighbourhood Safer Places have been identified in areas of high bushfire risk; • planned burning will scale up to 275,000 hectares over the next four years. Its impact and effectiveness

will be reviewed before expanding to 385,000 hectares within the following two years; • new fire mapping technology will provide people with improved community warnings; and • Victoria now has nine Total Fire Ban districts to align with the state’s nine Bureau of Meteorology weather districts. This means Total Fire Bans and Fire Danger Ratings apply to the same districts. What’s stayed the same: • when the Fire Danger Rating is forecast to be Code Red your safest option is to leave areas of high-risk bushfire the night before or early in the day – do not wait and see; if you are not prepared, leaving fire-pone areas early in the day when it is forecast to be Extreme or Severe Fire Danger rating is your safest option. • the higher the Fire Danger Rating, the more dangerous the conditions. The Fire Danger Ratings are one of your triggers to take action. They range from Low-Moderate to Code Red. The higher the fire danger rating, the higher the risk. Children, people over 65, people with illness or disability and animals should be moved away from danger as early as possible; • emergency procedures to close schools and other childcare and assisted accommodation facilities on days when the Fire Danger Rating is Code Red remains the same; and • the 10/30 rule has been extended for another 18 months to allow people to clear vegetation from around your home without a permit in certain areas. Visit the CFA website ( or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 for more detailed information.

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Travelling in the summer holidays? OF THE 173 people who died on Black Saturday, six were tourists caught on unfamiliar roads and three were house-sitting.

If you plan to travel or go on holiday in areas close to bush, coastal areas or parklands in Victoria, you must carefully plan how you will respond when fire threatens. Holiday-makers face the same risk as residents in fire-prone areas across Victoria. But the prospect of a season of high fire risk should not deter you from visiting country Victoria this summer providing you plan ahead and monitor local conditions. You are potentially at risk this fire season if you: • go on a camping trip in fire-prone

areas; • stay at a caravan park; • holiday at a beach house; • visit or house-sit a country property; or • spend a weekend or a day at the beach or in the country. To plan for a safe holiday: • check the Fire Danger Rating daily, which predicts how fire risk is affected by forecast weather conditions. They are forecast up to three days in advance on the CFA website, the media, or by calling the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667; • plan activities carefully on hot, dry and windy days. Avoid bushwalking or picnicking in the bush. Instead, visit a shopping centre or cinema in town, or visit an area of low fire risk. Contact your nearest visitor information centre

for tips on other tourist activities in safer areas such as larger regional cities; • avoid camping or hiking in bushfire-prone areas during days with a Fire Danger Rating of Severe, Extreme or Code Red (Catastrophic). On these days, it’s better to visit safer places such as cities and towns. Certain beaches may also be safer unless they are narrow and have a lot of vegetation close by; • planning and caution will improve your safety and enjoyment of the outdoors. A Code Red (Catastrophic) Fire Danger Rating is your trigger to leave the day before or first thing in the morning. Avoid any non-essential travel during days of high fire danger until the warning period has ended; • if you have booked a holiday that coincides with a day of Code Red (Catastrophic) Fire Danger Rating, delay your

Money for emergency support MICHAELS IGA supermarket has given the Emergency Planning Committee a cheque for $2000. South Gippsland Shire Council has established the committee to deal with emergency issues. Local emergency and health services personnel have been working with South Gippsland Shire Council’s emergency coordinator Lou Wilson to ensure good systems are in place. The money will help start up the campaign to ensure all rural homes clearly display their rural road number so that

they can be readily located in the event of an emergency. Rural road numbers are a universal numbering system recognised by ambulance, police and fire brigades. Prominent display of these numbers helps ensure addresses can be located and lives are not lost. Michael’s IGA donates much needed funds to many community projects and groups in the region.

Community support: Graeme Rome, Jodi Butler, IGA’s Michael Lorenz, Jeannie Hicks and Sheree Duran at the presentation.

trip until the danger period is over; • do not rely on electronic mapping devices like GPS or mobile phones as they may be affected by smoke and local conditions. Keep a hard copy of local maps; • find out if there is a Neighbourhood Safer Place in your area in case bushfire strikes without warning. If there is not one designated for your area, identify a well-prepared property or open space to use in an emergency; and • make sure you have a relocation kit accessible at all times, even on outings. Include protective clothing for all family members, such as long-sleeved cotton tops, pants, sturdy shoes, hats, drinking water, important medications, woollen blankets, mobile phone and charger. If you are outdoors when a fire starts, leave the area immediately if it is safe to

do so. Do not wait until you see smoke and flames. If you cannot leave safely, shelter at a designated Neighbourhood Safer Place of last resort, or an enclosed building while the fire passes. Stay near the exit so you can escape if the building burns. If there is no cover, find a large, open area as far as possible from trees and vegetation, or shelter behind a rocky outcrop or wall or in a large dam or lake. Some people have even sheltered in caves, gullies or large animal burrows. Avoid slopes and hilltops; avoid being above the fire. Move to burnt-out areas as soon as you can. Do not seek refuge in above-ground tanks or swimming pools. Cover exposed skin with dry naturalfibre clothing.

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Get fire ready, says mayor SOUTH Gippslanders have been urged to use Fire Action Week 2010, a state-wide initiative held from October 10-17, to help prepare for the upcoming fire season. Mayor Cr Jim Fawcett said despite recent rain and lush growth, vegetation growth has increased and people need to start planning for the fire season now. “Council is working in partnership with the Victorian Government and the fire agencies to make our municipality fire ready, using Fire Action Week to help people prepare

Water protection: a tank with CFA connectivity is important in bushfire areas.

Tanks for fighting surprise blazes A WATER tank that can be used by firefighters is an important consideration as summer approaches. Eco Waterwise can supply tanks that come with a two inch/50mm fitting the CFA can access and another to connect to the home and sheds. Most normal tanks only have a connection to the house. The tanks can hold 22,500 litres (5000 gallons) and are 2.7 metres by 3.5 metres. They are available in the Colorbond range of colours including heritage green, river gum and slate gray. Eco Waterwise’s Garth Rainsbury said the tanks have proved particularly popular on Gippsland farms in bushfire affected areas.

“On farms and where people have had fires they will put in two or three tanks, and they will run their house from them, but they also have a two-inch adapter on a separate outlet that is allocated to the CFA,” he said. Eco Waterwise manufactures the tanks on Phillip Island meaning you will be buying direct. Tanks are delivered two at a time on a tandem trailer, which can access anywhere, including South Gippsland’s hills. The tanks can then by manoeuvred into position by man. Tanks can be delivered right across the greater Gippsland region including to Bairnsdale and Loch Sport.

Learning fire ratings to save lives FIRE Danger Ratings predict fire behaviour should a fire start, and how difficult it will be to put it out. You need to know the daily Fire Danger Rating in your district to stay safe. The Fire Danger Rating is your trigger to act. The higher the rating, the more dangerous the conditions. Fire Danger Ratings will feature in weather forecasts during the fire season. They will be broadcast on radio and TV, appear in some newspapers and be available on the CFA and Department of Sustainability websites on or or ring the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.

for the upcoming season,” he said. Council recognises the need to plan and prepare to meet local needs, make our communities safer and help protect human life. That’s why council joined with the CFA and DSE to hold public information meetings on Township Protection Plans last week and will hold general fire preparation meetings over the next three months. “We will also hold a Fire Awareness Expo on Saturday, October 30 at Mirboo North and we encourage you to attend and gather ideas for protecting your family and property,” Cr Fawcett said. “Council is

also one of the few in the state that accepts green waste free of charge all year round at all our transfer stations.” Individuals and households have a major role in the fire preparation effort, no matter where they live, by: • taking the time to understand the risks that relate to their specific situation; • know and plan when they will leave, where they will go, and what they will take with them; and • complete fire prevention works around their home or business.

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Speculation boosts yarding AN indication that prices may be, or soon will be getting cheaper, may have been behind a larger yarding. While the yarding was over 20 per cent larger, there

were fewer bullocks penned, but more young cattle and cows were offered. The quality of the yarding was very mixed throughout, and this affected some prices where quality slipped. Bullocks were 3c to 5c/kg cheaper, but most other cattle sold at


Sale Draw October 13 1. Elders 2. David Phelan 3. SEJ 4. Rodwells 5. Alex Scott 6. Landmark


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Thursday, October 14 Store Sale - 10am Monday, October 18 Prime Sale - 8am Tuesday, October 19 Export Sale - 8.30am

JERSEY DISPERSAL SALE Monday 18th October at 11.00am Koonwarra Selling Centre

TARRALYN JERSEYS a/c A & J Appleyard, Mardan Road, Leongatha

141 Superior Quality Jerseys 141 “21 years of Pure Jersey Genetics” Selling: 105 Cows, calved from May & rejoined from 1st July 29 Heifers joined from the 15th June 7 Bulls - 2 3yo, 5 18 months

Selling many dtrs of Brookbi, Jepine, Jace, Comerica, Paramount, Astound, Apache, Berretta, Megastar

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unchanged to slightly dearer trends. All of the regular buyers were in attendance. Around 100 vealers were penned but the quality was mixed. The better quality vealers made from 190c to 225c, with others between 152c and 190c/kg. There were 130 yearling heifers penned, and stronger demand saw these make from 152c to 194c/kg. There was also 130 grown heifers penned of varying quality, and solid competition saw most make from 152c to 175c/kg. There were not the number of good quality prime bullocks penned in the offering totalling 340 head, and this aided the price average to ease 3c to 5c/kg. Better quality C3 and C4 bullocks made between 178c and 190c, with heavy yearling steers to 194c/kg. Manufacturing bullocks sold reasonably well, with Friesians making from 156c to 168c, and others to 178c/kg. The selection of good quality beef cows was poor, and some were overfat. This coupled with weaker demand saw prices ease up to 4c, making from 154c to 166c/kg. Most of the yarding of over 700 cows was a mixture of good through to very poor quality dairy cows. Demand was strong for these, and prices were mostly unchanged,

which saw better quality heavy cows making between 142c and 156c/kg. The balance of the yarding was anywhere between 85c

and 145c/kg, with restockers purchasing a reasonable share of the offering. The carcass weight price average was estimated to be 306c/kg.

Wednesday, October 4 BULLOCKS 15 G.R. & G.J. Hutchinson, Stony Creek 10 Benson Bros, Buffalo 12 W. & J. Leviston, Yinnar 9 B. & A. Hollonds, Sale 7 D. & P. Dempsey, Dumbalk 8 E. & A. Opray, Dumbalk

618kg 652kg 646kg 594kg 656kg 664kg

190.0 189.6 188.6 187.6 187.2 187.0

$1174 $1236 $1218 $1114 $1228 $1241

STEERS 1 B. Schmidt, Meeniyan 1 R.G. Crighton, Leongatha 1 B. & E. Williams, Mirboo North 3 D. James, Yarram 1 G.T. & C. Cummaudo, Mirboo North 1 G. & P. Giardina, Mirboo North

415kg 300kg 300kg 317kg 355kg 380kg

223.6 220.0 220.0 215.2 215.2 215.0

$927 $660 $660 $681 $763 $817

COWS 1 T. & E. Burns, Woodside 2 J.L. & K.F. Clark, Outtrim 6 S.J. & C.A. Carbone, Thorpdale 1 W.G. & C.M. Elliott, Leongatha 1 E. & S. Miles, Leongatha 6 McLeod Partnership, Yarram

525kg 630kg 682kg 640kg 590kg 576kg

165.6 $869 165.0 $1039 160.6 $1094 160.6 $1027 160.0 $944 158.6 $913

HEIFERS 1 G.T. & C. Cummaudo, Mirboo North 2 C. Delbridge, Doomburrim 6 G. & P. Giardina, Mirboo North 1 R.S. & J.M. Smith, Woranga 1 R. Hopkins, Yinnar 1 J. & V. Alicata, Thorpdale

355kg 373kg 306kg 375kg 270kg 390kg

225.0 223.2 220.0 215.2 212.6 210.0

$798 $831 $672 $807 $574 $819

BULLS 1 Vening Pastoral Co, Hedley 1 Rendall W3, Yarram 1 R.J. Findlay & R.H. Nom, Leongatha 1 S.J. & L.E. Berryman, Yarram 1 Melaleuca Pastoral, Meeniyan 1 Doweldar, Kongwak

1005kg 880kg 955kg 950kg 1005kg 750kg

185.6 185.0 180.0 176.6 175.0 170.6

$1865 $1628 $1719 $1677 $1758 $1279

Fox hunt is on FOXES around Corner Inlet will be culled in a joint operation by Parks Victoria, the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, and the Department of Sustainability and Environment. The team approach, in conjunction with West and Corner Inlet Connections (CIC), will plant baits around the inlet Ramsar wetland site starting early next month and continue until June next year. Parks Victoria chief ranger Helen Dixon said the 1080 poison baits are attractive to foxes and it is an efficient, economic and environmentally safe poison. The 1080 poison baits will be buried to a depth of 15 centimetres at bait stations which will be located at one kilometre intervals along vehicle tracks running through the Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park islands, mainland and adjacent state forest. “It is important that we work together

along with private landholders to control and reduce foxes both on public and private lands to stop the unnecessary loss of livestock and native fauna,” Ms Dixon said. “Wading and shore birds are particularly susceptible to fox predation.” Parks Victoria Corner Inlet – Ramsar site Fox program co-ordinator David Farrar said the initial 1080 bait laying would be confined to priority Nooramunga coastal islands where there are current fox populations and mainland areas of Port Welshpool, Gellions Run (public land) to the Ninety Mile Beach Coastal Reserve at McLoughlins Beach; adjacent to Saint Margaret and Dream Island and land south of the South Gippsland Highway. “We are reminding visitors to look for the 1080 poison signs located throughout the baited area, which will feature the baiting trap times and actual locations,” Mr Farrar said. For further information, please contact Parks Victoria on 13 19 63 or visit

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Breed tipped to flourish By Marli Draper

SPECKLE PARK is a breed of cattle not yet well known in this country, but if Wayne Churchill has his way their prominence will increase.

A long time cattle carrier and stud breeder, Mr Churchill farms 130 hectares at Kilcunda with his sister, Jennifer. He has long loved and bred Limousins before he encountered the roan breed at the Calgary Stampede in Canada more

than two years ago. Deeply impressed by some particular animals that achieved interbreed accolades at Agribition, one of the world’s biggest agricultural shows in Saskatchewan,Western Canada, he did his homework. He found the breed originated in that area in the 1930s and the breeding was furthered by a couple who bred cattle and Appaloosa horses and wanted to develop the colouring along the lines of the Appaloosa horse. They are polled and

have British, early maturing, rather than European breeding lines. The coat is roan black to white with black points. They have built themselves a reputation as hardy and heavy milking, with a moderate frame. Wayne decided to import some embryos. Inseminating some of his commercial females, he ended up with 12 calves on the ground. “It’s not a cheap exercise,” Mr Churchill said, referring to the importation process. He has recently imported a further 20 embryos,

Carcass and coat: Wayne Churchill with his Speckle Park cattle.

It’s black and white: Wayne Churchill believes Speckle Park are the way to go.

from the current reserve junior interbreed champion at Agribition. He has also brought in some semen which he plans to use in conjunction with a dairy farmer, to AI his cows and later reclaim the progeny. Currently Mr Churchill is trying to build up his Speckle Park herd, Nunkeeri Park. Whilst there are other Speckle Park cattle in Australia and a newly formed association of which Mr Churchill is a member, they are the first Gippsland bred animals of their type.

Mr Churchill said there had already been a lot of interest in his animals. He will be offering bulls for sale in the next season. The markings are generally dominant when crossbreeding and very suitable for vealer production programs, Mr Churchill believes. According to Mr Churchill, “they handle the cold well,” but he remains most impressed by the carcass attributes, particularly consistency, the breed possesses. He quotes a Canadian butcher from Alberta who “has never seen such consistency and quality grades.” Anticipating the sizable and well marbled eye muscle, Mr Churchill is clearly hooked. When his own cattle go over the hooks, it seems it will be hard to wipe the smile from his face.

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We have a position vacant in our truck wash bay located in Poowong. We are seeking a reliable person who can work unsupervised, responsible for washing our fleet of tankers. Must be available to work nights Please phone Rupert 0409 516 107

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For all patches and fix-ups • Small renovations • Good rates • Free quotes 0488 544 871

HR Professional • Lifestyle and career • Lead an enthusiastic and committed team • Competitive package If you are an experienced HR generalist who wants a challenging role in a growing and fast paced environment then look no further! In this role, you will have the opportunity to apply your skills and experience to all areas of HR across a diverse and dynamic organisation. You will lead the team in providing support on HR and workplace relations issues to managers and staff members while working closely on developing and maintaining a skilled and engaged workforce. Your people management and effective communication skills will be key to your success, along with your passion for making a difference. Ideally you will be tertiary qualied in Human Resource Management or an associated discipline with substantial experience in a similar role within a complex organisation. For a position specication go to our website, or contact us on 1300 BCOAST (226 278). Written applications should be emailed to or posted to Jenny Milkins, Acting Organisation Development Manager, Bass Coast Shire Council, PO Box 118, Wonthaggi Vic 3995. Applications close 5.00pm on Friday, 22 October 2010. Bass Coast Shire Council, 76 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi VIC 3995 | DX 34903 Wonthaggi | PO Box 118, Wonthaggi VIC 3995 | 1300 BCOAST (226 278) for standard call cost | |

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Program Coordinator 4 days per week


FULL TIME Capeview currently has a full time position available which consists of 3 days during the week and Saturday and Sundays. We require someone who has excellent customer service, computer literate, and willing to learn all aspects of the hardware industry. Retail experience would be preferred, but not essential. Please forward resumĂŠs to: Capeview Mitre 10 Attention Ben Davey Lot 2 Cusack Road Leongatha, 3953 Applications close October 15, 2010

Survey Assistant / CAD Draftsperson

ECG is seeking a professional (ideally with sales, marketing or human resources background) to liaise with business, industry and schools to identify and coordinate Workplace Learning opportunities across South Gippsland and Bass Coast.

Environmental OfďŹ cer - Biodiversity Full Time – Ongoing Traralgon

The Coordinator will identify and create new workplace learning opportunities and expand existing work placements to ensure that young people are able to access placements, especially in industries that provide strong vocational outcomes.

The Environmental Officer - Biodiversity role requires you to have a strong understanding of natural resource management, particularly related to catchment management, biodiversity and pest plant and animal issues and processes.

You must be able to develop strong relationships with all stakeholders and actively pursue business and industry engagement.

The remuneration range being offered for the position is at WGCMA Level 4 classification ($63,802 – $75,742), which includes 9% superannuation and a full private use vehicle option. A laptop and mobile phone are offered in addition to your remuneration, along with an encouraging work environment that actively supports personal and professional development.

Position description available on 5662 6700, or Email applications to or post to Private Bag 5, Leongatha 3953.

A Position Description can be obtained via our website or by emailing

This position closes on Friday, October 22

For further information contact Shayne Haywood, Land Team Leader. Applications addressing Key Selection Criteria should be marked; 'Environmental Officer - Biodiversity' c/ HR/Payroll Officer and must be received by 4pm on Wednesday 20th October. Email applications may be sent to

(Full Time)

For company information please visit our website at: Applications should be forwarded to: Beveridge Williams & Co Pty Ltd PO Box 129 WONTHAGGI VIC 3995 Applications close October 22, 2010

Geoff Hocking Chief Executive OfďŹ cer

Administrative Assistant/ Receptionist Gippsland Physiotherapy Group is seeking a friendly, highly motivated individual to provide professional administrative support and assistance on a part-time basis (30 hours) at our Wonthaggi practice. You will have an excellent phone manner, be efficient in handling of administrative tasks, and undertake the use of Word, Excel and our Physiotherapy Program. Previous experience is required and on the job training will be provided. You will hold a current driver’s licence. A detailed position description and selection criteria can be obtained from: A hand written application letter must be included and it is preferable that the selection criteria be addressed. Please forward to: Mrs Tania Eleftheriou, Gippsland Physiotherapy Group PO Box 306, Traralgon, VIC 3844 Applications close 5pm on Thursday, October 28


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

South Gippsland Shire Council in conjunction with GBS Labour Hire is seeking enthusiastic, committed and self-motivated Team Members to join South Gippsland Shire Council’s Infrastructure Department. We are currently seeking staff in the areas of Parks and Gardens and Infrastructure Maintenance.

Parks and Gardens Permanent Full Time Positions Fortnightly Rostered Day Off $45k Total Salary Package

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

Council is seeking to appoint two Parks and Gardens Team Members to assist in the maintenance and development of parks, gardens and reserves within the Shire as well as assisting with general labouring duties. 7REHFRQVLGHUHG\RXZLOOKDYHD&HUWLÂżFDWH,,,LQ+RUWLFXOWXUHRUEHDEOHWR demonstrate relevant experience in a similar role, as well as the required licences DQGFHUWLÂżFDWHV You will also have strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as being an effective and positive team member.

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Carer Support Coordinator Ref. no: 14539 Fixed Term Full Time, 76 Hours per fortnight Based in Sale 2 x Positions Available 1 x Full Time and 1 x Part Time Sale and Morwell/Korumburra Contract until 30 June 2011 Carer Support Coordinators work with people who care for a friend or family member who has dementia, a disability, mental illness, a life limiting illness or is frail and aged. You will help carers to take a break and provide information and support. As well as working with individual carers you will work collaboratively with service providers, become part of a regional team, and work to continually enhance the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre's capacity to deliver respite services in Gippsland. One position will be based at our Sale office and the other will work across our Morwell and Korumburra offices. There may be opportunity to work at other sites. Please have a look at the position description at and note the minimum qualification requirements. Please Contact Alison Skeldon on 03 5152 0510 or Wendy Marshall on 03 5152 0523 for more information. Closing date for applications is 4:30pm, Friday 15 October 2010. Applications received for the above positions MUST address the stated Selection Criteria on the Position Description. Please visit website for further information and to lodge your electronic application. ‌Better health, Better lifestyles, Stronger communities‌

Infrastructure Maintenance Roads Permanent Full Time Positions Fortnightly Rostered Day Off $45k Total Salary Package Council is seeking to appoint a number of Infrastructure Team Members to assist in the maintenance of Council’s roads, streets and drainage infrastructure as well as assisting with general labouring duties. To be considered you will be able to demonstrate relevant experience as well as the UHTXLUHGOLFHQFHVDQGFHUWL¿FDWHV You will also have strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as being an effective and positive team member. All of the above positions required a satisfactory pre-employment medical assessment. Further information and a position description can be obtained by visiting Council’s website at or GBS’s website at or by contacting Rod Gillow at GBS Labour Hire on 5174 2665. Applications addressing the selection criteria for all of the above positions are to be submitted by 5pm Wednesday 27 October 2010 addressed to: Rod Gillow at GBS Labour Hire, PO Box 1633, Traralgon, Victoria 3844 or emailed to


Beveridge Williams is a large company of consulting surveyors, engineers and planners. An opportunity for a Survey Assistant/CAD Draftsperson has arisen within our busy Wonthaggi Office. The role involves assisting surveyors in the field and CAD drafting in the office as required. This is a physically and mentally demanding role that may appeal to those who enjoy both office and field work. Previous experience, whilst advantageous, is not essential. A sound knowledge of English, mathematical aptitude, attention to detail and a driver’s licence are expected.



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CARDS, Bibles, giftware available New Beginnings Christian Bookshop, 38 Bair Street, Leongatha, 5662-0999. FIREWOOD - Redgum, split and delivered. Ph: 0409-218775.

Sales Consultant

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

Wonthaggi Showroom A position exists for a Sales Consultant in our Wonthaggi Showroom. Reporting to the Showroom Manager, you will maintain the showroom and displays, provide information to customers on the range of Capeview products, coordinate the installation of completed orders and assist with the preparation of quotes. You will have outstanding customer service abilities, articulate communication skills and a high standard of personal presentation. You will be a confident communicator with attention to detail. Applicants should have competent computer skills with the ability to learn in-house programs. This position may require some weekend work. Applications close on Friday, October 15, 2010 and should be forwarded to: Peter Sheerin C/- Capeview Building Products PO Box 115, Wonthaggi 3995

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WONTHAGGI SEWING CENTRE 167 Graham Street, Wonthaggi (opp. Ritchies IGA)

5672 3127

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HAY - small square bales, $6 each. Fully shedded, suitable for horses, never been wet. Quality guaranteed. No weeds. Mardan - 5664-1320, 0428999691. HAY - small square bales, VG quality, $7 per bale. Ph: 5662-2074. HAY - lucerne 8x4x3, A1 quality, Rosedale. Ph: 0448-441952. KING CHARLES Cavalier Spaniels, 4 males (1 Ruby male, 3 Blenheim males), 3 months old, wormed, not vet checked or vaccinated, $450 each. Assorted adult colours also available. Looking for a buyer to buy all. Will sell puppies separately. Looking for a buyer to purchase future litters, will sell at bulk rate. Ph: 5687-1225.

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L.G. MICROWAVE oven. Perfect order, $70. 56624047. OVEN - Westinghouse fan forced, 2 years old, $400, as new. CD/DVD timber stand, as new, $70. Washing machine, 4.5kg Simpson, GC, $200. Ph: 0418-574539. QUAKER BARN, 6x8m, 5 room, internal stairs, lined. Buyer to remove. $11,500. Ph: 5638-6007. RECLINERS (x2), EC, 12 months old, paid $800 ea, selling $300 ea. Dining suite, 12 months old, EC, paid $400, selling $175. Ph: 0427-006347. REPTILES - Baby Red Phased Bearded Dragons. Specialist breed. Bright yellow and orange colourings. Basic reptile licence required. $90 each. Call 5659-8254. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662.

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Repairs and services

Phone JOHN GOULD 5664 0012

Casual - $22.85 per hour A rewarding opportunity exists for casual Children’s Crossing Supervisors across the South Gippsland area. Your priorities will include supervising the morning and afternoon use of school crossings throughout school terms, limiting the traffic flows in accordance with VicRoads instructions and promoting a positive community attitude to crossing supervision by motorists and pedestrians. You will also develop good relationships with the children whilst encouraging road safety. A current driver’s licence is essential along with a satisfactory Police and Working with Children Check (WWC). We welcome direct discussion with Ian Nicholas, Acting Manager Environment & Community Safety, on (03) 5662 9200 regarding this role. Applications for the above positions addressing the selection criteria are to be submitted by 5pm Wednesday 20 October 2010 addressed to: Human Resources, South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953 or emailed to Further information and position descriptions are available from Human Resources or visit

OLD MOTORBIKES road, trail, motocross, farm, scooters, 4WDs, minis, wrecks or just parts. Cash paid. 5664-8344.

used vehicles


OLD CARS and trucks: Holden, Ford, Valiant, Chevrolet, hot rods, abandoned projects, wrecks or parts. Not for scrap. 0488-294894.

Will pay up to $300 for complete car Buyers of scrap metal


All machinery Bins provided


Bass Coast Metal Recyclers

HOLDEN V8 Utility see advert on page 7 of this week’s paper.

will be held on

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 10am at Woorayl Golf Club All members welcome


Architectural Draftsperson

Korumburra Motorcycle Club will be holding its Annual General Meeting On Tuesday, October 26 2010 At the Austral Hotel in Korumburra Commencing at 7.30pm Election of Office Bearers and General Committee members will be held. All financial members are invited to attend. Further details from Sue Bailey 0409 196 962

Well established Building Design Company in Wonthaggi (Bass Coast Region) seeks a highly motivated Architectural Design Draftsperson. Applicants must have relevant tertiary qualifications or nearing completion, a solid knowledge of construction, an eye for detail and be competent with AutoCAD and/or Revit. All applicants must have a current driver’s licence and access to a motor vehicle. Expressions of interest including resumés can be forwarded to or P.O. Box 746, Wonthaggi.


Enquiries to Darren Brown on 0418 379 301.

Aged Hostel and Flats


Building a Healthy Community

Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Worker 0.6 EFT Ongoing subject to continued funding BCCHS seeks expressions of interest for the part time employment of an enthusiastic person to provide comprehensive assessment and case summaries of clients with drug and alcohol issues, and to provide support to clients living and participating in the Maremont Supported Accommodation and Recovery Program. Drug & Alcohol working experience highly desirable. Remuneration for this position as per relevant professional qualifications. Enquiries can be directed to Karley Oakley, Coordinator Drug & Alcohol Services.To obtain a position description and employment application form, please telephone reception 5671 3500 or refer to our website: www. Applications close 5 pm Monday, October 18, 2010 and should be addressed to: HR Administrator Bass Coast Community Health Service 1 Back Beach Road, San Remo 3925 Or by email to:

The Annual General Meeting of Contributors to Woorayl Lodge Inc. will be held at Woorayl Lodge, 71-73 McCartin Street, Leongatha, 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 26, 2010. Business: 1. To confirm minutes of the 2009 Annual General Meeting. 2. To receive the President’s Report and Reports under Section 34 of the Retirement Villages Act and Section 96 of the Aged Care Act. 3. To elect six members to the Committee of Management. Persons nominated must be contributors. Dr Joy Linton, Mr Mike Curley, Mr Chris George and Ms Meg Riseley retire in accordance with the rules and are eligible for reelection for a three year period. Mr Jack Edney (2 years) and Mr Glen McPherson (1 year) are retiring early and nominations will be sought for the remainder of their respective terms. 4. To elect an Auditor. 5. To transact business of which at least seven days notice in writing has been given. Nominations on the approved form for positions on the Committee of Management and that of Auditor close with the undersigned not later than noon on Monday, October 18, 2010. Wendy Roughead Manager

personal $ 70

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Children’s Crossing Supervisor

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



Permanent Part Time $22.90 per hour Council is seeking an enthusiastic, customer focussed and team oriented individual to join the Customer Services team to work part time (15 hrs per week) Monday to Friday. You will provide frontline reception and telephone services to residents and visitors to the Shire, assisting with general enquiries, processing payments and providing administrative support to the organisation. You will have completed secondary education or equivalent and have either experience in a customer service or administrative role or a Certificate in Business. You will also possess effective communication and computer skills. We welcome direct discussion with Lorelle Logan, Customer Service Team Leader, on (03) 5662 9200 regarding this role.

COUPLE - looking for a 2-3 bedroom house in Leongatha. Please contact Jess 0448-318819.

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

Permanent Full Time with option of 9 day fortnight $50k total salary package

Customer Service Officer

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

wanted to rent


5672 2946 0417 556 593

Technical Support Officer Council is seeking an enthusiastic, energetic and friendly customer focused individual to join the Information Technology Team. This is a great opportunity to undertake a secondary level IT role in an environment that will facilitate many learning opportunities. Your responsibilities will include: • Providing second level technical support for PC’s, PC peripherals, printers, copiers and faxes • Ensure all backup processes are maintained • Maintain and update the IS Asset Register • Contribute to enhancing Council’s customer service and IT environment • Assistance in the purchasing of equipment and consumables in response to service requests You will have a Certificate IV in Information Technology, or equivalent work experience or be willing to undertake training. In addition to this you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the Microsoft suite of products, including WindowsXP, Office 2003, MS Explorer and MS Exchange. We welcome direct discussion with Iain McDougall, IT Coordinator, on (03) 5662 9200 regarding this role.

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

penthouse make us your 1st stop

9702 4744

7 rimfire dr. hallam

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agistment AGISTMENT or lease, Mirboo North, 105 acres, good grass, water and fences. Call Robert 0419696655. AGISTMENT available, 100 acres, Fish Creek. Dairy heifers preferred. Ph: 5683-2562.

livestock POULTRY and Cage Bird Auction at the Traralgon Showgrounds Poultry Pavillion on Sunday, October 17 starting at 10.30am. Wide variety of poultry, young hens, many breeds, fertile eggs. Open for sellers from 8am. Ph: 5197 7270 or 0438 325 918.

garage sales

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

$25 GARAGE SALE KIT KIT INCLUDES 5cm x S/C advert (valued at $31.90) • 2 x A4 Garage Sale Signs • Marker Pen • 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

Advance Notice


Saturday, October 30 9am ST PETER’S ANGLICAN CHURCH Cnr McCartin & Bruce Sts, Leongatha

thanks I WOULD like to express my sincere thanks to relatives and friends for their visits, flowers and lovely cards sent to me while in Traralgon, Leongatha and Korumburra hospitals. Special thanks to all staff involved. Ivy McInnes. I WOULD like to thank all the people who made my 90th Birthday such a memorable occasion. thanks for the good wishes, gorgeous flowers, plants, gifts, cards and the award, plus a special thank you to the Dumbalk hall ladies for providing the beautiful food for the party. It was truly a wonderful day. Gwen Moore.



PROSSER - Geoffrey 11.10.06 Thoughts go back to bygone days of one we love and miss every day. Mum and Dad, Leon and Beverley.

LEAMON - Happy 80th Birthday to Ted 11.10.10. Have a great day. Love - Marg, Jill, Rob, Jessica, Rebecca and Jarrod.

TURNER - Kerryn Lee. 21.7.61 - 12.10.09 One year has passed and your memory is still strong. Loved and remembered every day. Your loving husband Brad. XXX

births CLAIRE and Brett are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Jack Cassidy Guy on September 30, 7lb 5oz. Many thanks to all the staff at Leongatha hospital for their wonderful care and support. LIZZY and Charlie welcome with love, “Ava Grace”. A beautiful little sister for Mitch, Olivia, Abbie, Molly and Jasper. Very special thanks to Dr Tim Linton, Dr Sewellyn Gale and all of the wonderful staff at the Leongatha Hospital. An extra special heartfelt thanks to Linda; thank you for being so supportive. Thanks also to our families and friends for your support and prayers. “A new baby is like the beginning of all things wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.”

marriage celebrant

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

MERLENE STRATTON Leongatha 5662 2574

engagements GREEN - EDDY Cheryl and Peter, together with Heather and Dave, are happy to announce the engagement of Nikki and Nick on 10.10.10. Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness. All our love to you both. KRUSE - McILWAINE Peter and Deidre, together with Brian and Jenny are delighted to announce the engagement of Laura and Cameron on 5.10.10 at Echuca.

Love Mum, Laurah, Daniel

Mum, Not a day goes by without us thinking about you. We miss you so much. Love Dylan, Lani and Adam. XXX TURNER - Dear Kez. 12.10.09. You are missed and loved every single day. Helga, Jim, Jamie and Melissa. TURNER - Kerryn. Beautiful memories just as you were, you will always be someone special in my memory. Wendy. TURNER - Dear Kerryn, Miss you heaps and always thinking of you. Love Elise and Craig. TURNER (Forrester) Kerryn Lee. Gone 1 year from our lives, but always in our hearts and minds. Our darling daughter and sister, love you always. Peter and Dot (Mum and Dad), Judy, Pauline, Geof, Sue, and families. TURNER - Kerryn. 12.10.2009 Our beautiful daughter-inlaw, sadly missed, never forgotten. Fay and John. XX TURNER - Kerryn. 12.10.09 Our hearts still ache in sadness, Our silent tears still flow, For what it means to lose you Mum, No one will ever know. Our beautiful Mum, you are always in our hearts, never to be forgotten. So dearly loved, so sadly missed. All our love, Rachael, Jodie, Dylan, Lani and Adam. XXXXX


in memoriam DWYER - Shirley. 3.10.2002 Loved, remembered and missed every day. Peter, Terry, Tony, Susan, Mark, and families.

deaths LEES - Gordon. Late of Elmore and Buffalo on October 5. Friend of the Holm family for many years. Will be missed. Val and Ken Caithness, Bev and Don Nicoll. ROBERTS - Joanne. Passed away peacefully at home, aged 70 years. Beloved wife of John (dec.). Dearly loved mother and Mumma to her family. Forever in our hearts. ROBERTS Bernard (Bernie). Our sympathy is extended to Bernie’s family, from all at Meeniyan Bowling Club. A great raconteur and valuable member from 1982 until 2009. VERBOON - Leanne. A wonderful wife to Bill and mother and nanna to your beautiful children. I have watched you grow and I love you as a daughter of my own. I will always remember our laughs, cries, talks and cuppas together during the many highs and lows of your full life. Always remembered. All my love and prayers to Bill and family. Mum and Oma. VERBOON - Leanne. I know for certain that I will never lose the love that I have for Leanne. Leanne a rare jewel will continue to participate in every thought, act and decision I make. Her love, smiles, strength, kindness, courage, resilience and enthusiasm for life have left an indelible imprint in my memory. My life has been enriched by having shared your life. All my love and prayers to Bill and family. Lenie.

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SALMON - Myrtle. Bev, Barry, Heather, George and Morley and families wish to thank everyone for their cards, flowers and phone calls on the passing of their much loved mother and grandmother. Special thanks to Koorooman House for their care of Mum and to Paul and Marg Beck for their caring ways. Please accept this as our personal thanks.

THROUGH Jesus, therefore, left us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise the fruit of lips that confess his name. Hebrews 13:15.

Allambee Mirboo and District tennis HALLSTON had a win this week against Leongatha. Spencer has started the season well, he likes the licorice allsort slice too. Koony won well against Leongatha North and will be hard to stop as all players are playing well. In A Reserve, the Mardan men did well to take two sets from the young Leongatha boys. There was some good hitting in the other sets too. Korumburra won the close one against Outtrim, men’s sets to Korumburra, ladies sets to Outtrim, mixed Korumburra’s way, two games the end result. Koony have an even team and won well against Baromi. The ladies had a tie-breaker. In B Grade, after having to forfeit last week Foster won well against Blue. Hallston and Young Ones had a close match, two tie-breakers Hallston’s way helped their score. Well done to Nick playing well too. Red have started the season with two wins. Make sure all fill-ins sign three times on the sheet. Outtrim were the winners over Korumburra. B Grade looks to be a good competition at this point. Note: All Mardan A Reserve home games are to be played at Nichols Road.

Results A Grade: Koonwarra 7.63, Leongatha North 2.37;

By Jane Ross

bereavement thanks

JOAN HULAND’S family sincerely thank everyone concerned for their cards, flowers and wonderful support before and after Joan’s recent death.

Receiving: Ben Jones keeps his eye on the ball as he aims to return it safely for Leongatha.

Hallston 6.58, Leongatha 3.51. A Reserve: Leongatha 7.49, Mardan 2.36; Korumburra 5.40, Outtrim 4.38; Koonwarra 7.49, Baromi 2.33; Berrys Creek - bye. B Grade: Outtrim 6.42, Korumburra 3.40; Mardan Red 6.50, Baromi 3.29; Foster 7.51, Mardan Blue 2.22; Young Ones 5.43, Hallston 4.39; Koonwarra - bye.

Ladders A Grade Koonwarra ...........................17.0 Leongatha North ................. 11.0

Hallston ................................10.0 Leongatha ..............................6.0 A Reserve Leongatha ............................19.0 Koonwarra ...........................14.5 Korumburra ........................12.0 Baromi ..................................10.0 Mardan ....................................8.0 Outtrim ....................................7.0 Berrys Creek ...........................6.5 B Grade Mardan Red.........................16.0 Young Ones ..........................15.0 Koonwarra ...........................13.5 Baromi ..................................12.0 Outtrim ..................................12.0 Hallston ...................................9.5 Foster.......................................9.0 Korumburra .............................6.0 Mardan Blue............................5.0

Aim, fire: Leongatha’s Steve Boag hits out in their A Reserve match against Hallston at the weekend.

Evans defends water action


HOLT - Gwen and relatives would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts at their sad loss.

message of hope To Matty Happy 21st Birthday

in memoriam

CASEY JANE McMAHON Wishing you all the very best for your 21st on 11.10.2010. Nan, Pop and Jo. Cobden and Moe. (He would be very proud.)


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

CRITICISM of South Gippsland Water’s handling of the Tarwin River has been accepted by the authority. But there are justifiable reasons for its actions, said managing director Steve Evans. A new Auditor-General’s report into the management of aspects of three rivers in-

cludes the Tarwin. The aim of the audit was to assess how effectively environmental flows were managed during times of critical needs. For the Tarwin, that happened during the drought of 2006-07. By mid 2006, Leongatha’s water storages in the Ruby Creek holding were down to 10 per cent. Alarmed residents called a public meeting and 600 turned up.

crossword solutions CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8243 - SOLUTIONS Across - 6, Bound-Aries. 8, T-h-ou. 9, Stop (rev.). 10, Amuse. 11, Rose. 12, I’m-me-diate. 16, In ad-van-ce. 20, Stag (rev.). 22, La-tin. 23, To-SS. 24, C-le-o. 25, Very likely. Down - 1, Tom-tom. 2, Snapped. 3, SA-far-I. 4, Mi-nuet 5, Aste-r. 7, Not so. 13, (He)Ad-a. 14, Par-take. 15, Stole. 17, Natu-re. 18, Dan-gle. 19, Cast-L-e. 21, G-love. QUICK PUZZLE NO. 8243 - SOLUTIONS Across - 6, Conjecture. 8, Avon. 9, Chic. 10, Ebbed. 11, Yale. 12, Arresting. 16, Sanctuary. 20, Flog. 22, Ensue. 23, Daft. 24, Fate. 25, Strychnine. Down - 1, Mother. 2, Ejected. 3, Accent. 4, Turban. 5, Beady. 7, Mould 13, Inn. 14, Mundane. 15, Bleak. 17, Absurd. 18, Coerce. 19, Refine. 21, Geese.

South Gippsland Water was under the pump. As Steve Evans said yesterday, there were also up to 500 jobs at Leongatha’s Murray Goulburn factory to protect. The factory had reduced its water consumption, the town was on stage four water restrictions but further action was needed. Mr Evans applied to the relevant State minister to withdraw from the Tarwin’s environmental flows. That was granted. But the Auditor-General is now critical of the speed with which the authority managed the risk to the river. Mr Evans said it took time because the water crisis had to be dealt with first and there was little baseline data on which to make the assessment. That data now exists. “We make no apology for taking the water.” The report noted no environmental damage or emergency to the river were caused by South Gippsland Water’s actions.

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Central Gippsland Cricket Leongatha TRUenergy Yallourn Cup

Fiddelaers 27, L. Buchanan 2/3, D. Potter 2/15).

Newborough 8/209 (cc) (B. Brincat 67, R. Webber 57, C. Robinson 35, A. DeGennaro 3/21, B. McKean 3/35) d Mirboo North 104 (R. Kelly 4/13, B. Brincat 2/15, S. McConachy 2/37).

3rd Grade

little aths NEW registrations over the past week saw 116 competitors turn out in fine conditions for the Leongatha Little Athletics Club’s second meeting for the season last Saturday, October 9.

Mirboo North 9/147 (cc) (D. Mendis 67, T. Beamish 4/31, T. McKenzie 3/15) d JeeralangBoolarra 51 (J. Brooks 5/12, L. Shaw 3/15, T. Hopcraft 2/7).

2nd Grade

Colts Division

Mirboo North 8/203 (cc) (A. Yarnton 80, J. Giardina 30, J. Landmeter 3/43, S. Milroy 3/44) d Willow Grove 107 (R.

Moe 6/134 (cc) (R. Sim 32, S. Hughes 2/13) d Mirboo North 6/106 (cc) (B. Groen 30, S. Mckenzie 29, D. Bednarski 2/10).

Opening bat: Chris Baugh drives through the offside in Mirboo North A Grade on Saturday.

Shane Peters: shows clean hands in the A Grade outfield, taking a tough catch as Damian Turner looks on.

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

Living the dream: Mirboo North’s Joey ‘Homes’ O’Loughlin has the eye of a tiger and the pace to back it up. All photos courtesy Peter Richardson.

Donohue wins local singles Great effort: Iris Donohue from Wonthaggi club (second from left) won the state singles championship for the South Gippsland District played at Korumburra on Monday, October 11. She is pictured with Joy Hargreaves (president SGDLBA), Debbie Williams (runner-up from Korumburra) and Korumburra lady president Mary Wrench.

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No less than five centre records were broken, including a dead heat in the under 7 girls’ 70m with Merrin Giles and Chelsie Geary both stopping the clock at 11.71 seconds. The two young sprinters took 1.88 seconds off the record Alexandria Macqueen set in 2008/09. Mitchell Bentvelzen also set a new benchmark in the under 10 boys’ 70m with an impressive time of 10.67 seconds, shaving three tenths off the record Shane Byrne set in 2007/08. After setting a new mark in the under 16 boys’ discus last week, Michael Green again featured in the records. This time, Michael broke Mark Coulter’s long-standing record in the 800m with a sterling 2.59.47 min run, while he also completed the 1500m race walk in a record 10.06.58 min. Similarly, Middle Tarwin race walking sensation Olivia Cope

broke a five-year-old record in the under 15 girls’ 1500m walk, hitting the line in 9.24.08 min to beat the previous best mark of 10.07.34 min, set by Dana de Bondt in 2004/05. New members are more than welcome to join the club, which has its third meeting this Saturday, October 16, at the Leongatha velodrome oval. For more information, contact Helen Patterson on 5662 4797. Under 6 to under 9 competitors are encouraged to bring a friend this Saturday, with all members who turn up with a friend receiving a prize. The under 10 onwards ‘bring a friend day’ will be held the following week. Personal Best (PB) times recorded this week are as follows: U6 boys: vortex: H. Barnes 5.34m. U7 boys: vortex: M. Bennett 9.01m. U7 girls: javelin turbo: A. Ritchie 4.16m, F. Burgess 3.58m, J. Standfield 4.45m, J. Zubcic 1.66m. U10 boys: long jump: E. Douglas 2.46m, J. Burgess 3.00m, M. Bentvelzen 3.39m. U13 girls: shot put: G. Riseley 6.59m. U15 Girls: shot put: E. Patterson 7.49m.

South Gippsland Bridge Club results SOUTH Coast Boardriders kicks off the 2010-

Retro surfing day

2011 season this Sunday, October 17 with a retro themed registration surf day at Sandy Point celebrating the flavour of the 1970s surfing era. Starting at 10.30 am in front of the Sandy Point store, they will be signing up new and old members for the summer season. If you are new to the sport, keen to learn, or a seasoned surfer, bring along your old “Retro Surf Craft” for a fun day of surfing. This year we will be holding family learn to surf days, Tuesday evening surf lessons at Sandy Point, and a club weekend away at Wilsons Promontory. The Surfing Victoria calendar kicked off in September with the state team titles at Torquay. South Coast Boardriders put in a strong performance on the day. South Coast Boardriders caters for juniors through to over 40s, boys, girls, men, women and grandparents, so drag out that old board and Hawaiian shirt and we will see you Sunday at Sandy Point.

MEENIYAN – Monday evening: 1st Susan Ruffin, Clive Hope. 2nd Faye Rowlands, Pat West. 3rd Kathryn Smith, Colin Cameron. 4th Marion Francis, June Metcalf. Inverloch – Friday afternoon: north/south: 1st Jack Kuiper, Jean Barbour. 2nd John Farr, Anne Williams. 3rd Phillip Chapman, Hilton Jupp. East/west: 1st Kaye Douglas, John Sutton. 2nd Julie and Ian MacPhee. 3rd. George Geekie, Hannah Martin.

Jessica Wolf: puts in a big effort in the under 9 girls’ shot put.

Leongatha Squash Club A Grade Witchies 2-8-123 d Chicos 2-8-112. Gummi Bears 3-10139 d Jelly Babies 1-7128. Jelly Beans 3-11-139 d Bananas 1-6-118. B Grade Dogs 2-7-95 d Pies 2-6-80. Hawks 4-12-130 d

Cats 0-2-93. All past, present and future players, there will be a general meeting on Tuesday, October 19 at 7pm at the squash courts to discuss the future of the club and competition. If you want to continue playing squash please show your support by attending this meeting.

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Dalyston celebrates winners DALYSTON senior and junior footballers and netballers were recently presented with their awards following the completion of the season.

Seniors: Adam Ridley (Most Improved), Clay Tait (Most Consistent), Dale Brown (Best and Fairest), Blake Carew (Most Determined) and Joe Sibly (Club Award). Absent: Nick Garnham (runner-up Best and Fairest).

Reserves: back: Undies Gennaccaro (Most Improved), Ant Gennaccaro (Most Determined), Shannon Coldabella (Club Award) and Brett Hunter (runner-up Best and Fairest); front: Mark Boyle (Best and Fairest).

Thirds: Bob Beaton (Most Determined), Matt Howell (runner-up Best and Fairest), Adam Ridley (captain), Nick Ridley (Most Improved), Noddy Ware (coach), Jesse Beasley (Club Award), Sam Kuyper (Best and Fairest), Tom Davey (Best Utility) and Tony Gerrard. Absent: Daniel Van Agtmaal (Most Consistent)

15 and Under netball: Abby McNish (Best in Finals), Kirra Smith (Best and Fairest) and Hayley Pupetti (runner-up Best and Fairest).

Fourths football: back: Tim Landells (runner-up Best and Fairest), Harry Wright (equal Best First Year Player), Beau Van Agtmaal (Most Determined), Matt Schreck (Best and Fairest), Joe Ray Angarane (Most Consistent) and Ben Wardle (Most Improved); front: Fred Angarane (coach), Santo Joma (equal Best First Year Player) and Nick Kellow (Club Award).

Special awards: Paul Dunlop (Dalyston Football Club Life Membership) and Caz Thomas (Dalyston Netball Club Life Membership). Absent: Darren Williams (Best Clubperson).

13 and Under netball: Britt Thomas (Best and Fairest) and Maddi Carew (runner-up Best and Fairest). Absent: Hannah McRae (Best in Finals).

17 and Under: Kristie Bryden (runner-up Best and Fairest), Caitlin Vick (Coaches Award) and Chloe McRae (Best and Fairest and Best in Finals).

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Buffalo indoor ON Wednesday, October 6, 10 players, on a warm, wet night to bowl saw four teams, two with three and two of two. We welcome June Douglas to watch and Elise Wilkinson to play. There was a countback fourth to second. In fourth (WLL) 10 ends 15 shots, skipper Graeme Tobias and Peter Heldens; third (LWL) 10 ends 18 shots, skipper Sebastian Terranova, Toni Heldens and Elise Wilkinson; second (LLW) 14 ends, skipper Andrew Hanks, Jim Atkins and Ian Benson; first (WWW), skipper Rod McConchie and Carolyn Benson. The best first game, Graeme 7-4, second Sebastian 12-2, third Andrew 10-2. We hope to see you all next Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Fish Creek FISH CREEK’s Division 3 had a good win over Loch, although only winning one rink, while Division 5 had a big loss to Tarwin Lower. Our ladies lost by five shots last Tuesday and play Leongatha this week. Our men’s teams for Saturday where our Division 3 travel to Korumburra, be ready to leave at 11.45: L. McKenzie, D. Christie, C. McGannon, J. Lavarde; R. McKenzie, R. Staley, F. Carter, K. Flanders; I. McLean, A. Kerr, R. Grylls, R. Everett. Manager R. Grylls. Division 5 travel to Loch, be ready to leave clubrooms at 11.15am: W. Ferbrache, N. Buckland, R. Poletti, R. Cooper; J. Stefani, J. Lindeman, R. Wheeler, I. Taylor; D. Stefani, G. Napier, F. McLaughlin, J. Charlton. Manager J. Charlton.

Loch & District

ALL three pennant teams were able to play this past week, although it was a little fresh out on the greens. Tuesday the Division 2 team won their match at home against Korumburra and on Saturday the Division 5 team, also playing at home, won against Inverloch. In Division 3 the home team of Fish Creek achieved the win. Social bowls on Thursday was abandoned after the heavy rain on Wednesday night. Sunday’s mixed triples was won by Mal, Brian and Neil from Port Welshpool. This week’s Tuesday pennant team has a bye and both teams are to play at home on Saturday.

South Gippsland pennant bowls WHILST the minor divisions began their pennant season last week, the majority of the men’s pennant commenced last Saturday. In a day of little surprises, all home teams in Division 1 were victorious and recorded wins. Last season’s premiers Inverloch scraped home by a mere nine shots over last year’s Division 2 winners Lang Lang. Leongatha also scored a narrow win over Mirboo North, whilst Korumburra had an easy three rink win over Wonthaggi, whilst the easiest win of the round went to Phillip Island by 59 shots over Foster, who seem set to struggle this year. In Division 2, Inverloch White (home) were ruthless against Leongatha, winning by 55 shots, Toora scored a solid 14 shots win over Phillip Island, whilst Meeniyan (home) scored a first draw of the season with 68 shots each, San Remo showed that they will be a force by scoring a 30 shots win over Inverloch Blue, winning two of the three rinks. The results of all matches were: Division 1: Inverloch

14-78 d Lang Lang 2-69; Leongatha 14-69 d Mirboo North 2-63: Korumburra 1690 d Wonthaggi 0-59: Phillip Island 16-106 d Foster 0-47. Division 2: Inverloch White 16-102 d Leongatha 0-47: Toora 14-71 d Phillip Island 2-57: Meeniyan 9-68 drew Wonthaggi 7-68: San Remo 14-80 d Inverloch Blue 2-50. Division 3: Foster 2-65 lt Corinella 14-69: Fish Creek 12-71 d Loch 4-61; Wonthaggi 14-78 d Korumburra 2-59: Phillip Island 2-61 lt Tarwin Lower 14-90: Division 4: Phillip Island 14-68 d San Remo 2-53: Leongatha 2-65 lt Korumburra 14-82: Mirboo North 4-69 lt Inverloch 1270. Division 5: Tarwin Lower 16-81 d Fish Creek 0-58: Lang Lang 12-74 d Port Welshpool 4-65; Wonthaggi 12-78 d Meeniyan 4-57. Division 6: Wonthaggi 14-0 (Bye): San Remo 0-30 lt Phillip Island 14-58; Meeniyan 2-49 lt Toora 1250. Denis Stane’s ‘kiss of death’ tips for next week are, in Division 1, whilst Mirboo North may give a good account of itself at home, it will be no match for last year’s premiers Inverloch. Wonthaggi to bounce

back at home against Leongatha who always seem to struggle at Wonthaggi. Foster at home may win one rink, but Korumburra should prove too good, whilst the upset of the round will see Lang Lang (home) take the points against Phillip Island. I trust that everyone will have a really good season bowling.

Ladders Division 1 Phillip Island ............. 16-59 Korumburra.............. 16-31 Inverloch ..................... 14-9 Leongatha .................... 14-6 Mirboo North................. 2 -6 Lang Lang ..................... 2 -9 Wonthaggi ................... 0 -31 Foster ........................... 0 -59 Division 2 Inverloch White ........ 16-55 San Remo .................. 14-30 Toora ......................... 14 -14 Meeniyan ....................... 9-0 Wonthaggi ...................... 7-0 Phillip Island ............... 2 -14 Inverloch Blue ............. 2 -30 Leongatha ..................... 0-55 Division 3 Tarwin Lower............ 14-29 Wonthaggi ................. 14-19 Corinella ...................... 14-4 Fish Creek ................. 12-10 Loch ............................ 4 -10 Foster ............................. 2 -4 Korumburra ................. 2 -19 Phillip Island ............... 2 -29 Division 4 Korumburra ................ 30-49 Phillip Island .............. 28-60

Concentration: Mirboo North’s Greg Lewis sums up the situation. San Remo ..................... 18-7 Inverloch ................... 14 -24 Mirboo North............... 4 -33 Leongatha .................... 2 -59 Division 5 Tarwin Lower............ 16-23 Loch ............................. 14-9 Wonthaggi ................. 12-21 Lang Lang ................... 12-9 Port Welshpool .............. 4 -9 Meeniyan ..................... 4 -21 Inverloch ...................... 2 –9 Fish Creek ................... 0 -23 Division 6 Phillip Island ............. 26-32 Wonthaggi ................... 26-7 Toora ........................... 14 -6 San Remo ................. 14 -28 Meeniyan ...................... 4 –5

Bowling well: John Turner sends another one down for Leongatha.


Inverloch ladies


THE ladies pennant was played in fine sunny conditions at home. Division 2 playing Fish Creek won by 14 shots. Division 3 were not as lucky, going down by 14 shots to a competitive Leongatha side. Both divisions of the men’s first pennant games were played away, with Division 3 winning two rinks, winning overall by 29 shots and Division 5 played Fish Creek, winning all three rinks with an overall score of 23 shots up. Congratulations to the Tarwin Lower team of Helen Twite, Wilma Coleman and Peter and Pauline Henwood for winning Inverloch’s gala day on Sunday, October 10. Do not forget to get your names in for the first of this season’s dinners on October 23.

TUESDAY, October 4; all divisions played at home and each one was successful. First division won by 22 shots, beating Phillip Island. Second division had a 13 shot win over Corinella and Division 3 won by eight shots over Phillip Island. Wednesday, October 5; the skies looked threatening, but 24 ladies turned up for social bowls. Playing fours after only eight ends the heavens opened and play was abandoned. Winners were Margaret Flett, Cynthia Hensley, Mavis Parks and Joan Clar. Entries for singles, pairs and 100 up are on the board and everyone is urged to participate. The Friday night dinner was attended by 50 people with a lovely meal and was delicious as always. Don’t forget the raffle on alternate Fridays. Lots of fun and happy hour is between 5pm and 6pm. Marg Griffen had a birthday last week and it was a big one. Sad to hear of the passing of a previous member Joan Banbrook. The Friday night dinner will be held on October 22.

TUESDAY, October 5 saw the saw Division 2 ladies with the bye, while Division 3 journeyed to Tarwin Lower and came away victors by 12 shots. October 12 sees our Division 2 ladies away to Fish Creek, and Division 3 at home to Foster. A reminder to Leongatha ladies that the first and second rounds of the club championships are to be played on Sunday, October 17, with names to be on the board by October 14. Saturday, October 9 saw our Division 1 pennant teams at home to Mirboo


SUNDAY last the Korumburra Bowls Club hosted the annual visit of the Dandenong RSL Recreation Bowling Club. In brilliant spring sunshine a most enjoyable social day was had by all. Many thanks to Jan and Lorraine for their work preparing the meals and afternoon teas and the ladies who brought along cooking. The club appreciates your support for these occasions, with Korumburra winning on the day, 192 shots to 103. Many thanks to the rink of Korumburra bowlers who filled in on the day for Dandenong who were four players short. Monday was another busy day for the club, with the men holding their regular triples day. After three games there were three three-game winners. The Inverloch lads, David Roberts, Nick Van Gransden and Alan Easterbrook, with three plus 16 shots, missed out on major prizes, but received a small club memento. Runner-up with three plus 18, the lads from over the hills, Joe Coyle, Ken Brown and Bill Dye (Warragul), with the Wonthaggi lads of Alan McFayden, Ron Snooks and Frank Cumino, with three plus 30, the outright winners. The BLG with nine shots, another trio of Warragul lads, Ken Taylor, Jack Goodridge and Andie Petrie. Many thanks to our sponsor of the day, Korumburra Tourist Park, many thanks Grahame and Josie Brown for your support,

also the ANZ Bank and Robyn Gillies who presented the winners with their prizes. Ladies pennant on Tuesday was a black day for the lasses, with both sides defeated, Division 2 at Loch by 26 shots, with Debbie Williams’ lasses, Bev Button, Grace Seabrook and Margaret Brown’s five shot loss against Jenny Miller’s team our best result. The Division 3 lasses suffered a similar fate when they travelled to Toora, with our best result Mary Wrench’s lasses Marj Williams, Carol Fields and Natalie Opray, 16 shot loss against Karen Barwick’s lasses. With the greens being used for the State Singles on Wednesday, there was no play for the ladies, with four of our ladies entering the state event, with Debbie Williams playing off in the final against Iris Donohue, Wonthaggi. During the two days of these matches there has been excellent bowls played. The lads on Thursday had few numbers on the greens and after three games winners with two and a half wins plus 18 shots were Brian Clough and Hugo Paradiso, with Ray Saunders and Don Mackay holding the lucky drawn card. Friday night’s counter tea was another successful evening for the club, thanks to chefs Debbie, Joanna and Mary. Our next counter tea will be November 12. Dates to remember: Korumburra have a guest day on October 13. Twilight bowls begins on October 14, names in by 5.30pm for 6pm start, with a

sausage sizzle, all welcome, non members, members, children over 12. Bowls available at the club, flat soled shoes must be worn. All welcome to come and try bowls. Pennant for the lads had mixed results on Saturday. Division 1 were home to Wonthaggi, with the lads winning by 31 shots, with Glen Fields’ lads, Keith Button, Andie Robertson and Michael Raman 19 shot win over Rod Beech’s lads. A great start to the season, with the other two sides skippered by first-time skips, with both recording wins. Well done Shane O’Loughlan and Ross Besley, an excellent start to the season. Division 3 went down the hill to take on the Miners, with the lads literally falling down the mine. Our best result was Les Eastman’s lads Brian Clough, Ted Kealy and Peter Goad, seven shot win over David Marsh’s lads. The Division 4 lads went up the hill to take on the neighbours Leongatha, where they had a 17 shot win with Hugh Opray’s crew, David Goodridge, George Savage and Maurie Rielly with an 11 shot win against Eric Thompson our best result. Next week’s pennant sees Division 2 ladies down the hill to Inverloch, while Division 3 girls head down the track to Foster. The lads next week have Division 1 up the hill to Foster, Division 3 are home to Fish Creek and Division 4 are home to Phillip Island.

North in a very close battle, with Leongatha victors by only six shots. Division 2 teams journeyed to Inverloch to do battle against the Inverloch White teams and were defeated by 55 shots. Division 4 were at home to Korumburra and also went down by 17 shots. October 16 sees Division 1 away to Wonthaggi, with Division 2 at home to San Remo and Division 4 travelling to Mirboo North. A mixed social bowls will also take place for bowlers not involved in pennant, commencement of play 1pm.

SGDLBA pennant Results - Round 2 5.10.10 DIVISION 1 Lang Lang 84 (35 shots) d Foster 49 (J. Prowd 26 d M. Climas 14, D. Motton 23 d L. Vignocchi 17, J. Dowson 35 d R. Richardson 14). Wonthaggi 96 (44 shots) d Meeniyan 52 (I. Donohue 42 d L. Hanks 17, L. Milkins 28 d M. Pearson 17, K. Simpson 26 d A. Van Wamel 18). Inverloch 77 (22 shots) d Phillip Island 55 (A. Tschiderer 32 d R. James 14, I. Sheppard 24 d D. Wagner 11, C. Hughes 21 lt P. Francis 30). San Remo 67 (1 shot) d Port Welshpool 66 (K. Hale 22 d L. McLaine 18, C. Thorn 25 d M. McDonald 24, S. Carvosso 20 lt A. Collins 24). DIVISION 2 Loch 76 (26 shots) d Korumburra 50 (V. Kennedy 26 d J. McLaren 15, J. Miller 25 d D. Williams 20, G. Garry 25 d J. McVeigh 15). Wonthaggi 83 (44 shots) d Phillip Island 39 (M. McBain 28 d E. Stephenson 8, E. Thom-

son 33 d W. Braun 18, J. Brusamarello 22 d A. Green 13). Inverloch 77 (13 shots) d Corinella 64 (D. Patterson 30 d M. Dillon 14, S. Phillipson 22 lt E. Johnston 25, E. Miller 25 drew T. Durbridge 25). Tarwin 72 (14 shots) d Fish Creek 58 (H. Twite 23 d N. Van Dyk 14, G. Bright 20 d F. McKenzie 18, D. Barnes 29 d L. Harper 26). Leongatha - bye (1 pt). DIVISION 3 Inverloch 48 (8 shots) d Phillip Island 40 (V. Muir 26 d J. Christie 20, L. Dowson 22 d E. De Vries 20). Wonthaggi 54 (11 shots) d Meeniyan 43 (G. Mitford 32 d D. Lindhard 17, D. Yarley 22 lt G. Densley 26). Toora 64 (35 shots) d Korumburra 29 (B. Curram 32 d N. Gilbert 13, K. Barwick 32 d M. Wrench 18). Leongatha 47 (12 shots) d Tarwin 35 (D. Emmerson 23 d S. Browne 14, M. Jepson 24 d J. Stafferton 21). Foster 52 (12 shots)

d San Remo 40 (E. Dudfield 32 d B. De Rooy 12, F. Riati 20 lt M. Bates 28). Ladders Division 1 Wonthaggi ...........+55 4 Inverloch .............+33 4 Meeniyan ............+13 2 San Remo .............-10 2 Foster ....................-17 2 Lang Lang .............-22 2 Port Welshpool ......-19 0 Phillip Island .........-33 0 Division 2 Inverloch .............+18 4 Leongatha ...........+36 3 Wonthaggi ............-24 2 Corinella ...............+7 2 Phillip Island ...........-3 2 Loch ......................-15 2 Tarwin ...................-22 2 Korumburra ..........-26 1 Fish Creek .............-19 0 Division 3 Toora ...................+38 4 Foster ....................+9 2 Leongatha .............+9 2 Wonthaggi .............+8 2 Inverloch .................-1 2 Phillip Island ...........-5 2 Meeniyan ................-8 2 Tarwin .....................-9 2 Korumburra ..........-26 2 San Remo ..............-15 0

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Inverloch celebrates 50 years THE official celebration of the Inverloch club’s 50th anniversary was held in their clubrooms on Sunday, October 3.

One hundred people gathered to enjoy a fine two-course luncheon provided by Leongatha caterers, Hassle Free Catering. Neil Everitt in his opening remarks introduced the following special guests. Bowls Victoria deputy president, Betty Collins OAM; Bowls Victoria area representatives, Barbara White and David Marsh; South Gippsland Bowls Association president, Alan Hanks; South Gippsland Ladies Bowls Association president, Joy Hargreaves; Bass Coast Shire councillor, Ross Smith and the Inverloch Bowling Club ladies and men’s section presidents, Veronica Muir and John Hedley; also representatives of the association’s kindred clubs. The first speaker for the afternoon was Bowls Victoria deputy president, Betty Collins, who gave a very enlightening summary of the activities of Bowls Victoria during and following the unification of the ladies and men’s sections of the former RVBA. Before the conclusion of her speech Betty presented a 50th anniversary certificate to board president, John Hedley. John thanked Bowls Victoria for their fine gesture, and went on to thank the many people who made this day such a wonderful success, particularly the sub-committee who organised the celebration, giving special praise to the sub-committee’s secretary, Carol Waters for her huge effort, also thanking Marg Flett for producing the excellent invitations, place mats, name tags, the day’s program, and table decorations, just to mention part of her work. John said how he was proud to lead a club who had so many people who were willing to get behind our many club activities. John also thanked Cardell Accountants of Wonthaggi for their generous sponsorship of this great occasion. The keynote speaker for the day was past president, Jack Miller, whose address, Our First 50 Years, gave those present a great insight into our club. It was March 1960 at a meeting convened by the progress association that formed a subcommittee to investigate a suitable site for a bowling green. The preferred site was the one we currently occupy today which was reclaimed land, undulating sand dunes, tea tree and marrum grass. At a further general meeting in August 1960 the Inverloch Bowling Club was formed, with Russell Scott our first president. A lease of the site was granted and they offered 10 pound debentures at 10 per cent, and soon had

Mardan bowls TWENTY bowlers on September 29, most there to see the final of the 75up competition before the social bowls got under way. The final brought together the two form bowlers of the season with club singles champion, Tony Allen-Clay, meeting the multi award winning Vito Serafino. The match produced many excellent bowls from both players, but it was Vito’s ability to consistently draw close that saw him take the final.

Korumburra parlor THE number of active parlor bowlers continues to grow, with 23 bowlers lining up for two games of 24 ends last Thursday.

After some tight bowling throughout the night, there was only one two games winning team, which was led by Michael Mathews and ably supported by Shirley Wyhoon, Laurie Wyhoon, Sally Gammaldi,

60 debentures. In August 1961 a ladies committee was formed, with Mrs J. McKinnon the first president. A massive effort by many in the next 20 months saw those sand dunes converted into a bowling green which was officially opened on November 4, 1961 and by 1964 we had 51 men and 45 lady members. Through that period of time the club used the Inverloch Life Saving Club rooms for catering purposes. In October 1965 a move was made to build clubrooms and tenders were called. In August 1967 the official opening of our new clubrooms by the RVB president occurred. The cost of the building was 1700 pounds. Pennant flags eluded the club until 1974-75 when the ladies Division 2 side won our first flag, soon followed by our Division 1 team in 1978-79. It was not until our Division 3 men’s team won four flags in four years in the period 1984 to 1988. It was not until the 1997-98 season that Division 1 won their first flag, but from that year on they won 10 flags in 13 years, with Ted Bott, Ron Burge and Ron Lawson all playing those premierships. In all, our club has won a total of 38 premierships. Over the years the club has produced many champions at association level, Group 8 level and state level. Those present were given a great insight into the life of our club, many thanks Jack. Cr Ross Smith, Bass Coast Shire councillor, also spoke and during his remarks indicated a meeting on October 22 could give some indication when our building renovations could go ahead. A highlight of the afternoon was cutting the anniversary cake by our four surviving foundation members, John Murray, Jean Cross, Joyce Clayton and Dorothy Metherall, who were joined by Mavis Parks who has been a member for 50 years but did not meet the criteria to be known as a foundation member. This beautiful cake was made by Bev Kurrle and decorated by her niece Colleen de Bondt of Leongatha in our club colours and featuring the club’s emblem. The star attraction of the afternoon was the two 15 minute wonderful entertainment segments given by the club’s reigning singles champion, Ann Tschiderer, who is a very talented lady. In her closing remark ladies president, Veronica Muir presented pot plants to visitors Betty Collins, Carol Waters and Marg Flett, the latter two in appreciation of their wonderful contributions to a very special day in the life of our club.

As usual, the social bowls produced some close competition between the six teams, all playing three games of eight ends. Just one team won all three games, Theresa Bateman, Jeanette Grady and that man again, Vito Serafino (skip) winning the night. Runners-up with two wins and 15 ends were Brian Kilpin, Ann Plowman and Andy Plowman (skip). Last week, October 6, the numbers really swelled, with two visitors from West Australia and six from Korumburra, 26 bowlers in total, again all playing three games of

eight ends. Three teams managed to win all of their games, so it was a count of who won the most ends to find the night’s winners, Brian Kilpin, Mary Tomino and Ian Bristow (skip) all burning up the mats to win 16 ends and the night. Runners-up with 14 ends was the Korumburra combination of Sally Gammaldi, Lee Armstrong, Rob Armstrong and Arc Gammaldi (skip). No bowls at Mardan this week as the club travels to Wonthaggi for their annual visit, a tradition that is now well over the 50 year mark.

Mick Bruzzese and Sebastian Terranova. In bias bowls on the previous Monday night, the winning team with two wins, a draw and 21 shots up was that of Arc Gammaldi and Lyn McCord. In second place, with two wins, a draw and 17 shots up was the team of Lee Armstrong, Joe Occhipinti and John Meyer, and third place went to Rob Mathies and Joyce Occhipinti with two wins and three shots down. In the 75 up singles

competition, Rob Armstrong defeated Charlie Tumino, Lynn McCord and Joyce Occhipinti drew, and Michael Mathews won narrowly from Geoff McCord.

Dumbalk indoor ON Monday, October 4, eight players competed in three games of eight ends. The winners were Robert Burden (skip), Stephen Holmes, Carol Muller and Mary Cook with three wins.

Inverloch lady bowlers: enjoying pre-luncheon drinks Gloria Growse, Yvonne Kee, Bev Kurrle and Joy Brown.

Good effort: Presidents Veronica Muir and John Hedley are presented with a commemorative certificate from OAM deputy president of Bowls Victoria Betty Collins to mark the club’s 50th anniversary.

Former club presidents: fabulous foods await Jack and Elaine Miller of Inverloch.

Meeniyan LADIES pennant began on Tuesday 28 with both Division I and 3 at home. Division 1 had a big win over Lang Lang -104 to 47 with all rinks successful. Division 3 had a close game against San Remo - 46 shots to 43 with one rink successful. Thursday, September 30 was the first of our Division 3 - 6 and bankers triples, which was sponsored by SEJ Leongatha. Winners were locals Graeme Tobias and Jim Murray with David Dunkley (Leongatha). The runnersup were Tim Mclean, Robin Mc Kenzie and Dave Christie (Fish Creek). Saturday, October 2 saw our Division 6 journey to Phillip Island for the start of the pennnat season. They went down 40 shots to 44, one rink got the points. Sunday October 3 was Gordon and Bev Young Memorial Day. In superb conditions the winners

Stalwarts: long serving members of the club, Molly and Ernie Treadwell.

were Rod Jackson, John Cocking and Ron Gloster getting the points from two other teams. We were saddened to hear of the death of Bernie Roberts. Bernie joined Meeniyan in 1982, retiring at 91 in 2009. In week two of ladies pennant, both teams were away to Wonthaggi. Division 1 went down on all three rinks, while Division 3 had a win and a loss but went down by nine shots. this week both divisions are at home to Inverloch. Social bowls on Wednesday, October 6 was won by Ron Gloster and Jim Murray. Ron Thorson won the lucky draw. The busy week continued with Thursday’s monthly triples which was sponsored by Holderhead Stockdale & Leggo. It was a trifecta for Mirboo North, with Ray Czempinski’s team just missing out. Winners were Mick Dillon, Kevin Queale and Peter Williams, with the runnerup award going to Don Birks, Ken

Smith and Brian Harris. Friday, October 8 was ladies Invitation Day hosted by president Kath Brown. Nearly all clubs in the association, plus a team from Yinnar, competed for trophies donated by Handley Funerals (Paul and Margaret Beck). There were six two-game winners, SGLDBA team, Fish Creek, Korumburra and Foster. The top award went to Wonthaggi, runnerup Phillip Island. Pennant on Saturday, October 9 was the first match for Division 2 and 5. It was a case of hard luck all round this week. Division 2 at home to Wonthaggi had two winning rinks but finished with a draw, 68 shots each. Fives were away to Wonthaggi and also had two winning rinks but went down 57 to 78. Division 6 at home to Toora had a win and a loss and went down 49 to 50. Next week Twos are away to Inverloch Blue, fives are home to Lang Lang and sixes are home to San Remo.

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Charity golf day SOUTH Gippsland Legacy is holding a charity golf day.

The event was to have been at the end of August, but was postponed because of the weather. It will now be played on October 29, at the picturesque Cowes Golf Club. It’s a fund raiser for the Legacy group, which assists around 600 widows of ex-servicemen. If it is a success, the golf day will become an annual event. Organisers say good fun is assured and there will be trophies and excellent prizes, which have been donated by businesses in South Gippsland. The entry fee of $25 includes lunch. There will be a four ball best ball for men, the same for women as well as a mixed four ball best ball event. Entries must be in by October 22. Forms are available from The Star office or by ringing Brian Arnold on 5956 9590 or Peter Crothers 5956 6470.

Mirboo North

THERE were 24 starters for the stableford event on Thursday, October 7. The CCR was 70. A Grade winner was Peter Chapman (13) 41. Down the line: Joe Kus (17) 39, Jeff Hughes (18) 37 and John Woodall (7) 36.

Saturday, October 9

A stableford event was played, there were 40 starters and the CCR was 69. A Grade winner was Peter Draper (10) 39, B Grade Adrian Williams (22) 39 (day winner countback). Down the line: Terry Donnison (19) 39, Garry Shandley (36) 39, Mal Payne (11) 38, Bryan Randall (10) 38, Ron Anderson (17) 37 countback. Nearest the pin: 4th Tom Whitelaw, 6th Peter Chapman (pro-pin), 13th Weibe Toet, 16th Chris Bracecamp, 2nd shot 1st hole Wayne Reynolds. Birdies: Bryan Randall, Tom Whitelaw (4th), Rob Clarke, Simon Hill-Smith (6th).

Foster pair wins district mixed THE Welshpool Golf Club was the scene for the South Gippsland District Golf Association’s Mixed Foursomes Championships.

Winners: Harry Mines (B Scratch); Beth Curram and Jim Parry (Mixed Foursomes champions), and Kay Mines (B Scratch) at the mixed foursome championships at Welshpool.

Leongatha SCORES in the October monthly medal could well be a record low, with four players finishing on 64 net, a brilliant effort. Honours were well and truly with the young ones, with Nic Cairns winning A Grade. Nic scored 78-14-64 and he shared the best gross score with C. Geradts, as well as sharing the best putter award with Trevor Rickard, both having 27 putts. B Grade went to Tyler Marotti who scored 87-23-64 and also won the medal after a countback. Tyler is another junior member whose handicap is falling rapidly. John Duscher is still young at heart and he too had a great round. Playing in the same group as Tyler, John scored 91-27-64. Poor old president, Chris Leaver, was another to score 64 and he simply won a down the line ball. Russell Williams won pro-pin,

John Feddersen won nearest the pin, and balls went to the following: C. Leaver 64, C. Indian, I. Watsosn 68; C. Geradts, R. Davies, S. Fisher 69; T. Rickard, I. Murchie 70; D. Clemann, J. Housey 71; P. Walsh 72.

Tuesday The two-ball ambrose resulted in a decisive victory for Ray Burton and Peter Hobson who scored 73-11-62. Other good scores which won down the line balls were: J. Eabry - G. McDonald 65, D. Vorwerg - D. Clemann 65¼, J. King - C. Leaver 66. Joe Lowell (14th) and Kevin Scott (16th) were nearest the pin winners.

Thursday Kevin Castwood was the man to beat, producing an excellent round of 41 points, well clear of his competitors. With Kevin tak-

Woorayl LAST Saturday we played for the September medal and the day was sponsored by Terry Lund Auto Electrics. The A Grade winner was Dale Burge with a net 69, B Grade and the medal went to Bo Fiek with a 68 net, while C Grade was won by Kev Riseley with 71 net. Balls down the line went to T. Lund, M. James, J. Diaper, G. Fennell, R. Goodwin, I. Smith, R. Beilby, N. McKenzie, B. Thomas and M. Wood, both on a countback. The nearest the pins went to Damian Burge (8th) and Terry Charlton (17th). On Thursday the bar voucher went to Bo Fiek with 35 points, with a ball going to Ed Poole. Now that daylight saving is here our chook run started. Chooks went to T. Burgess and C. Wilson, and balls to R. Hughes and M. James. Next Saturday we will play a par event sponsored by Aygee Soft Drinks, and don’t forget our Mulligan’s Day on Sunday, Octo-

Under sunny skies and ideal conditions, 16 pairs faced the starter. The condition of the course could not be faulted, given the excessively wet winter South Gippsland has experienced. At the end of play, there was a tie for scores in both A and B Grades, which necessitated a playoff to find a winner. Long time stalwart of Welshpool Golf Club Jim Parry who is now playing his golf at Foster and Beth Curram were tied with Russell and Marilyn Wiliams of Leongatha.

ing A Grade, Al Sperling won B Grade on 37 points. Ian Watson and Michael Thomas won the nearest the pins. Ball winners: T. Steer, D. McDonald 38; P. Hobson, J. Lowell 37; M. Williams 36, B. Cathie, D. Clemann, C. Leaver, V. Rowlands 35; J. Arnott, D. Hanna, S. Fisher 34. Next Saturday is a stableford event with Magpie Day now being November 20. Kit Boag’s Day is on Sunday and all players should be at the club by 9.30 for a 10am shotgun start.

Ladies HANNAH and Bev Martin were the sponsors for the October monthly medal played on Wednesday, October 6. The worthy winner was Wendy Brown with a lovely 93/26/67. She was also the B Grade winner.

ber 17. It’s a great chance to replay all those bad shots without penalty (except money of course). The event is for both men and ladies.

A great score in A Grade too from Wendy Surman to win 89/21/68. Wendy was the scratch winner. Joc Howson continued her excellent form in C Grade, winning with 98/30/68. Shirley Welsford won the putting with 28 putts. Nearest the pins were Joc Howson and Marianne Leaver. Shirley Welsford 70, Anna de Bondt 72, Pat Pease 72, Maria Bell 73, Coral Gray 73, and Gwen Chapman 75 won balls. Kit Boag was the winner of the nine hole event. Joy Runge was the winner of the stroke competition on Saturday, October 9, with 104/32/72. Marilyn Williams, net 73 and Coral Gray 74 won balls down the line. Rita de Bondt was nearest the pin.

Foster Saturday, October 10 - Ruthless and Toothless, David Knee and Murrey Welsh Trophy. Toothless: Peter Dight (8) 41 points. Ruthless: Scott Rathjen (12) 39 points. Down the line: Gordon Palmer (13) 40 points, Athol McGrath (19) 38 points, Geoff Prue (20) 38 points, David Hutchinson (15) 37 points, Andrew Boyd (27) 35 points c/b. Nearest the pin: 4th Col Pulham, 17th Gordon Palmer. Tuesday, October 5 - par. Winner: Peter Dight (9) +6. Down the line: Larry Giddy (19) +4,

Ladies ON Wednesday, October 6 a stroke, monthly medal, putting 8th round Hays Jewellers Trophy was played. The event was sponsored by Woorayl Golf Club and the AWCR was 72. Medal and A Grade winner was Sue Wakefield 21/66, B Grade P. Harvey 37/69. Putting - A. Poole 26 putts. Nine holes out - M. Higgins. Nearest the pin: 8th C. Perrett, 17th A. Patterson, 2nd shot on the 11th D. Jarvis. Down the line balls: S. Thomas, A. Poole, C. Perrett, I. Gilliam. Monday, October 11: Girls Day Out, sponsored by Kelvin Johns Retravision. October 13: stableford, Roses Day, sponsored by Rosemary Wood, final round S. and B. Thomas stableford aggregate.

In the B Grade division Lloyd and Alayne McKenzie found themselves tied with Harry and Kay Mines of Welshpool. Following a playoff in both divisions, the Chas Hollins Memorial Shield for the Mixed Foursomes Championship was taken out by Jim Parry and Beth Curram, whilst the B Grade event went to Harry and Kay Mines. The results of all events were: 18 hole mixed foursomes championship (Chas Hollins Memorial Shield): J. Parry and B. Curram, 86 (play-off). 18 hole mixed foursomes B Grade scratch: H. Mines and K. Mines (Welshpool), 99 (play-off). 18 hole mixed foursomes handicap A Grade: L. McKenzie and A. McKenzie 64.

Neville Thompson (10) +3. Nearest the pin: 13th Athol McGrath. Thursday, October 7 - stableford. Winner: Neville Thompson (10) 38 points. Down the line: Larry Giddy (19) 37 points, Peter Dight (9) 35 points. Nearest the pin: 17th Doc Menzies. Coming events: Tuesday, October 12 stableford.Wednesday, October 13 - monthly medal, star medallist play-off (Norma Byrnes Trophy). Thursday, October 14 - par. Friday, October 15 - Doreen Black Plate (Foster). Saturday, October 16 stableford (club trophy).

18 hole mixed foursomes handicap B Grade: A. Hayes and J. Swann (Welshpool) 64½. 9 hole mixed foursomes handicap - Out (inc A and B Grades): P. Carroll and G. Watts (Welshpool). 9 hole mixed foursomes handicap - in (inc A and B Grades): R. Williams and M. Williams (Leongatha) 33¾. Nearest the pin - 6th hole (ladies): N. Crothers (Phillip Island). Nearest the pin - 15th hole (men): R. Williams (Leongatha). Balls down the line: 1. A. McKenzie / L. McKenzie 64, 2. A. Hayes / J. Swann 64½, 3. R. Williams / M. Williams 69½, 4. J. Parry / B. Curram 69½, 5. P. Carroll / G. Watts 71½, 6. H. Mines / K. Mines 72½.

Meeniyan ladies golf SEVENTEEN ladies played for the October medal.

The section one winner and the medal went to Irene Holm who had a great day out with a score of 64 net. Section two was won by Jan Roberts with a nice 69 net. The best nine went to Jan Trease with 33 ½ net and the putting went to Irene Holm with 25, down the line balls to Maureen Hams 73, Nancye Hammett 75, Grace Benson 81 and Fay Smallman on 81. The August Foster’s Little Bookshop voucher winner was Jan Roberts and the September winner was Jan Trease. The medal day raffle winners for a voucher from Moos of Meeniyan went to Sue Hoskin and Gwen Heppell. Don’t forget the goods and service auction on Saturday, October 16 at 6.30 pm at the Meeniyan Town Hall. Come along and enjoy a great meal and bid on a large range of luxury and practical lots, catering for all ages and budgets. Ring Denise on 5664 7490 for bookings.

Irene Holm: Meeniyan monthly medal winner.

Wonthaggi Table Tennis club THIS is the last week of matches before the finals for B Grade.

Hippo Crew (Brittney Taylor, Daisy Filippi) will play Mario Brothers (Heitor and Hector Hilberto) in a fight-out for the fourth place on the ladder. Brittney and Daisy are in the best position with a better percentage, but if Heitor and Hector can win the match 4-1 they will get in. Brittney and Daisy just have to win to make it. There will be no B Grade or junior coaching next week. A Grade finishes this

week and the finals will be delayed (no matches next week) because five of Wonthaggi’s A Grade players will be competing in the National Veterans championships at MSAC, commencing next Saturday. This has to be a record for a small country town. They are Bruce Harmer, Michael Ede, Mick Wright, Averil Roberts and Patricia Denier. We wish them all the best of luck. A Reserve has three matches to go before their season ends, with the final four very much still up in the air. Juniors: Numbers - Jesse

Condron (15), Hector Hilberto (17), Ben Beischer (15). Umpire award - Rory McRae.

Ladders A Grade 50s Mixed (bye) ........ 20 Ours ........................... 16 A Team....................... 12 Eleven Love............... 12 Maggies ........................ 8 Combos ........................ 4 The Island..................... 0 A Reserve Kool Bananas............ 20 Odd Angry Shot........ 16 Bejays ........................ 16 Go-Go Girls ................ 8 M & K .......................... 8 Whiskers ...................... 4 B Grade Sprink (bye) .............. 24 Smithereens............... 20 Slugs .......................... 20

15 (68) 14 (73) 16 (81) 15 (68) 10 (51) 10 (50) 10 (46) 19 (65) 18 (66) 17 (60) 14 (51) 11 (44) 11 (28) 20 (26) 25 (56) 22 (45)

Hippo Crew............... 20 B Team ....................... 16 Mario Brothers ........... 16 Choc Monkeys (bye) .... 8 Rainbow Tim Tams ...... 4 J & N ............................ 0

20 (45) 19 (46) 18 (43) 18 (39) 9 (26) 9 (22)

Leading players A Grade: Mick Wright 10 (40), Michael Ede 9 (39), Michael Chan 8 (37), Justin Licis 7 (31), Bruce Harmer 7 (28). A Reserve: Beau Thompson 12 (36), Nancy Pattinson 10 (32), Dean Snelling 9 (31), Jarrod Donohue 7 (24), Michael Veal 6 (20), Sam Watson 6 (19). B Grade: Daniel Chetland 13 (28), Tanya Milnes 12 (25), Brittney Taylor 11 (24), Heitor Hilberto 10 (22), Ed Beischer 10 (20), Micah Condron 9 (21), Ben Beischer 8 (16), Ellen McIntosh 7 (15).

Clinic commences: Meeniyan Golf Club began its four week beginner’s golf clinics on Sunday. Under the direction of Wattle Park professional Trevor Hollingsworth (left) these six ladies enjoyed their session. Later Trevor guided some men through their skills. If you want to join the final three sessions, give Sue Hoskin a call on 0429 932 467.

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Wonthaggi golf fest a big hit CELEBRATING the Seniors Festival last week, Wonthaggi Golf Club attracted some 176 golfers to its annual two day tournament.

Big effort: two of those to put in the hard yards for the tournament were Don Burke and Vin Tuddenham.

Festival sunshine: from left, the sun shone for Wonthaggi’s Seniors Festival Golf on Friday and was enjoyed by Pat Garry, Cowes, David Vorwerg, Leongatha, Ted Bruinewoud, Leongatha and Peter Mitchell-Dawson, Wonthaggi.

All members: playing in Thursday’s event were Wonthaggi golfers, from left, Kevin Wintrup, Graeme Calder, John Barton, and Kevin O’Halloran.

Friday festival: from left, South Gippsland golfers Frank Loughran, Wonthaggi, David Fahey, Lang Lang, Peter Cooke, Lang Lang, and Kevin O’Halloran, Wonthaggi enjoyed the brilliant sunshine and perfect course conditions at the annual Seniors Festival of Golf tournament in Wonthaggi on Friday.

Tournament co-ordinator Don Burke was thrilled with the number of golfers from Gippsland and further afield who competed in the Seniors Festival of Golf event held last Thursday and Friday. Mr Burke said numbers were slightly down on last year and he attributes this to the rain predicted for the two days. “It was great to see so many golfers come out in support on the Thursday, with 80 playing and on the Friday we had 96 competitors,” he said. Even though the heavens opened on the Thursday, players completed the round and come Friday golfers were treated to brilliant sunshine. Course manager Mark Drayton said the course was in perfect shape after such a wet winter. “The Wonthaggi golf course is just looking fabulous at the moment,” he said. Mr Burke agreed and said the course looks a picture, giving full credit to Wonthaggi Golf Club course superintendent Ben Witton for the great job he has done. “We have had many positive comments from the golfers who played in the Festival tournament and we had terrific support from local newspapers, radio and television leading into the event. Seniors Festival manager Chris Reidy did a very professional job in promoting this event,” he said. Mr Burke said they attracted from all round Gippsland from as far away as Sale and through to Heyfield, Foster, Leongatha and Phillip Island and of course Wonthaggi, Pakenham and Lang Lang. “We had players from the Latrobe Valley, Cerberus, Riversdale, Spring Valley, Broadford, Trentham and Kyabram clubs, “he said. “There were a lot of new faces and some competitors coming to Wonthaggi for the first time.” Mr Burke said they have a lot of golfers who return each year. “We always offer great prizes thanks to the support of our sponsors, in particular Eco Smart Hot Water, the main sponsor for the last two years,” he said. Mr Burke said support also came from Red Energy, the State Government, Bass Coast Shire Council, and local businesses have been very generous. On Thursday Inverloch’s Gerry Lonergan, Labor’s candidate for Bass attended and Bass Coast Mayor Peter Paul was called on to present the awards and prizes following play. Thursday night saw a packed house in the clubhouse for presentations and dinners, with executive chef Damien Maddley serving up some 150 dinners. Mr Burke said it was full steam ahead for the kitchen staff, who always do a fabulous job seven days a week offering delicious lunches and dinners. On the Friday Bass MLA, Ken Smith enjoyed competing in the tournament, along with the local Wonthaggi Festival committee members. Victorian Festival delegate Neil Wagland from Sale competed

and nailed a hole in one on the 13th on Thursday. Mr Burke said he is thrilled with another successful Seniors Festival tournament and heaped praise on the sponsors, his fellow tournament committee members Kevin Bayley, Bob Furborough, Alan Anstey, Vin Tuddenham, John Postlethwaite, John Richardson, John Barton and Steve Laing, the Wonthaggi Golf Club staff and the special barrel girls Faye Burke, Avis Anstey and Pat Bayley. There is no rest for Mr Burke and his team, who have already started on plans for next year’s tournament. Meanwhile the Wonthaggi Golf Club is preparing for the Ladies Classic on November 4 and 5 and the Men’s Club Championships on November 6 and 7. Results Thursday October 7, 2010. Played: Singles Stableford. Men A Grade 1st Kevin Bayley 42 points Wonthaggi. 2nd Inoke Buadromo 40 points Wonthaggi. 3rd Kevin O’Halloran 39 points Wonthaggi. Mens B Grade 1st Rod Walker 39 points Wonthaggi. 2nd Keith Finney 37 countback points Leongatha. 3rd Ted Boltong 37 points Riversdale. Mens C Grade 1st John Duscher 37 points Leongatha. 2nd Tom Jacobson 35 points countback Phillip Island. 3rd Aussie Copeland 35 points Wonthaggi. Ladies 1st Margaret O’Halloran 36 points Wonthaggi. 2nd Margaret Johns 34 points countback Sale. 3rd Ivy Ruby 34 points Wonthaggi. Friday 8th 4BBB Men 1st John Barton Wonthaggi / Kevin Bayley Wonthaggi 49 points. 2nd Mick Oliver Leongatha / Fred Debono Leongatha 46 points. 3rd Ray Hender Wonthaggi / Bob Cornelis Wonthaggi 45 points countback. Ladies 1st Dianne Gray Phillip Island /Rosemary Bailey Phillip Island 41 points. 2nd Irine Walsh Wonthaggi / Margaret O’Halloran Wonthaggi 39. 3rd Margaret Higgins Woorayl / Pat Harvey Woorayl 38 points. Hole in one 13th on Thursday by Neil Wagland from Sale.

Cart helps: plenty of golf carts were putting around the course. John Richardson of Wonthaggi parks next to one of the greens.

Visitors: enjoying the Wonthaggi Festival of Golf are Phillip Island’s John Watt and Ian Barnes.

Dapper: Wonthaggi’s Aussie Copeland looked the part at Thursday’s golf tournament.

Ladies day: the ladies were very much a part of the Wonthaggi Golf Club’s festival days, from left, Dot Garry and Ivy Ruby of Wonthaggi Golf Club and Margaret Johns and Robyn Wagland of Sale.

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Wheels still turning By Tony Giles INVERLOCH’S John Lawson turns 70 next week but that didn’t stop him riding 3000 kms from Queensland to his home base in Inverloch.

For six years now John has travelled to Queensland to participate in the Cycle Queensland Bike Ride. This year John took part in the Yeppoon to Bundaberg ride from September 4-12. Not content with this John rode the rest of the way home to Inverloch, finishing up last Friday, October 8. Some of the nights were spent in his tent while other nights he chose the comforts of a caravan park where he could shower. When asked why he does it, John said it was important to keep fit and healthy. “I once heard that the average person only uses 10-15 per cent of their physical effort. I am a person that likes to push the envelope, and step out of the comfort zone. The body can and will adjust to the increased load.” John not only has age working against him but he has also had arthroscopies on hips and knees, the most recent in April (a hip). Rather than hamper his body’s recovery, the ride has served to strengthen it. “I have suffered no soreness at all,” John told The Star. John is a prime example of not using excuses

What a ride: John Lawson (front) arrives in Inverloch after his 3000 kilometre journey. With him are other members of “The Grumpies” riding group, from left, Jeff Lee, Peter Hosking, and Richard Cartmel.

to get out of doing something; he is a real goer. Mr Lawson returned via the New England area in northern New South Wales, then through Coonabarabran, Narrabri and Dubbo and on to Victoria. “It is so enjoyable riding the country rides, hearing the birds, looking at the wattle trees; it all gives me a buzz.” John said it was ex-

tremely cold some mornings when he set out, with the steam still rising out of the dams at often minus degrees celcius. Mr Lawson is a member of “The Grumpies”, a bike group that heads out on a ride every Monday to varying destinations in South Gippsland. Three members of “The Grumpies”, Jeff Lee, Richard Cartmel and Peter Hosking joined John for

the final leg of his journey from Grantville to Inverloch. John had actually ridden over 100 kms that day from Beaconsfield. Other members of his welcoming party in Inverloch’s main street were, Ken and Jeannie O’Neill,Vin and Jan Cross, Rob Stewart and John’s partner, Rosemary. “I feel more alive than ever before,” was John’s last comment.

Welcome home: members of “The Grumpies” welcome John Lawson back home; Ken and Jeannie O’Neill, Vin and Jan Cross, Richard Cartmel, Rob Stewart, Jeff Lee, and Peter Hosking.

Michaela wins bronze A LEONGATHA Primary School student received bronze at the recent table tennis state finals. The Grade 6 student, Michaela Campbell, played at a nine day tournament in Queensland. In the under 13 Girls Victorian team, Michaela along with her team-mates won a bronze medallion. Michaela’s most recent achievements don’t end there. Table Tennis Victoria organised an event that all Victorian schools could enter. In August the preliminary finals were played at the local Leongatha Table Tennis Association club rooms at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve. Michaela was the undefeated victor from her school grade level, securing a finals contention play off. The finals were held last Friday, October 8 at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC). Michaela concluded the day winning herself another bronze medallion. MSAC is a venue that has become a second home to Michaela as she prepared for the Victorian

Well done: Michaela Campbell won bronze in her age group at the Australian table tennis championships. state table tennis team. Since November of 2009 Michaela has been part of the Gippsland Sports Academy – Table Tennis with regular training and tournaments throughout the nine months that have followed, Michaela has developed a level of skill and confidence that could not be ignored by state team selectors.

She continued to find the enthusiasm to keep going even when the training and tournaments became her life for what was a solid two and a half months of daily and weekend scheduled events. If you have renewed enthusiasm or an itch to learn the game of Table Tennis, phone Tammy Holwerda on 5664 0178.

Flying flag in Egypt WARATAH Beach lifesavers George Misson and Janet Kolotelo will officiate at an international lifesaving carnival in Egypt. The couple will attend Rescue 2010 in Alexandria, the first lifesaving carnival held in Egypt since World War Two. Many soldiers that served in the war had a lifesaving background and wanted to compete against each other and so given the chance, held a surf carnival. Rescue 2010 was to be originally held in Cornwall, but due to the economic downturn in the United Kingdom, the financial backing that is needed to run such an event did not eventuate, and so the world titles had to go elsewhere. The Egyptian Diving and Life Saving Federation, with the backing of the Egyptian Government, offered to host the championships. International lifesaving will also be celebrating its 100th birthday at Rescue 2010. The International Life Saving Federation was founded by Raymond Pitet and a general assembly was held in Saint Ouen, a small city near Paris, on March 27, 1910. George and Janet are looking forward to carrying the Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club Pennant flag at both functions.

More than 8000 lifesaving competitors and officials will descend on Mamoura Beach, Alexandria, for 14 days of competition starting October 4. Mamoura Beach is situated on the Mediterranean and is similar to beaches in South Gippsland. George and Janet were among a large number of applicants for the officials’ positions. Both will be working alongside officials from South Africa, Germany and China. Janet will be officiating as a judge and time-keeper in the pool competitions and has been selected along with Barbara Fountain from South Africa to be the first females to ever officiate at the world titles as starters and break judges for the beach events. With these events being run in a matter of seconds, a lot of responsibility of getting the competitors away cleanly will be on the girls’ shoulders. George will be working on the appeals committee, dealing with protests. Knowing how competitive lifesavers can be, George is assured of being kept busy with protests over the 14 days. Five days after they return home, George and Janet will fly to the Gold Coast to officiate at the “Coolangatta Gold”. This event marks the start of the Australian Life Saving 2010-11 summer competitions.

Mixed games success TWO out of the four local athletes that attended the Delhi Commonwealth Games have come home with medals. Kayla McKnight missed out, with the first time Games runner unlucky to be run out in the opening round of the women’s 1500m with her fifth place 4:15:22 time not quick enough. Mirboo North’s Chris Roberts also did not make it, missing qualification for the final of the Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event. But Wonthaggi’s Dale Stevenson won a bronze medal for his efforts in the Men’s Shot Put. Stevenson threw a personal best of 19.99m in the second round. Kardella South’s Linda Ryan and six-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lalita Yauhleuskaya led the women’s 25m pistol pair’s event for all but the final two rounds, with one poor round of firing seeing them demoted to second.

Delighted: John Lawson’s partner Rosemary welcomes him back to Inverloch in one piece!

International competition: George Misson and Janet Kolotelo in Egypt with local memorabilia.

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First ton for season THE Workers’ David Britt had the honour of scoring the first ton of the season when he hit 127 not out for his B2 team against Phillip Island.

Spin king: Michael Warren bowled a tidy spell for Town against Kilcunda-Bass on Saturday.

The Workers batted first and amassed 199 for the loss of just one wicket with David Dutchman scoring 59 not out. The two shared in the best partnership of the round; 192. Workers finished with 121 and defeated the Island 8/77. Imperials made 121 batting first against Nerrena. But this wasn’t enough as the Red Caps made 162, winning mainly due to some rear guard batting from tailenders Castles, 26, and Gilliam 23. Kristian Gray batted well for Imperials with 45 including six 4’s and two 6’s. OMK did enough with the ball to defend their 9/149 batting first. In reply Miners made 125. M Walker was the best of the Diggers bats, making 42 with Dylan McMeekin on 32. James Paterson con-

cluded a good match, hitting 29 for OMK before taking 4/26 with the ball. In the other match Glen Alvie 6/128 beat Inverloch 100. Matt Hull opened and finished unbeaten on 40 for Glen Alvie. IMPERIALS v NERRENA Imperials 1st innings L. Ballagh c. L. Jongebloed b. B. Croatto ........................ 11 N. Slater c. J. Renden b. B. Croatto ........................33 B. Davidson c. L. Jongebloed b. M. Gilliam .........................4 A. Meyer c. B. Castles b. I. Gilliam ...........................0 N. Pye c. L. Jongebloed b. I. Gilliam ...........................2 S. McLennan b. M. Gilliam ......1 R. O’Loughlin b. I. Gilliam .......1 K. Gray lbw. Z. Trease .............45 G. Forrester c. I. Gilliam b. B. Castles ........................13 J. Ginnane c. S. Lester b. B. Castles ..........................1 J. Bloom n.o. ..............................0 Extras .......................................10 Total .......................................121 Bowling: Z. Trease 2/25, B. Croatto 2/32, I. Gilliam 3/16, M. Gilliam 2/8, B. Castles 2/25. Nerrena 1st innings M. Gilliam lbw. J. Bloom.........19 L. Jongebloed c. A. Meyer b. R. O’Loughlin .................13 W. Telfer b. S. McLennan ........30 J. Renden b. J. Bloom ................9 C. Baudinette c. R. O’Loughlin b. S. McLennan .....................8 S. Lester b. L. Ballagh ...............5 A. Harrison c. N. Slater b. L. Ballagh..........................2 B. Castles c. S. McLennan b. R. O’Loughlin .................26 I. Gilliam c. K. Gray

b. N. Pye..............................23 Z. Trease c. B. Davidson b. N. Pye................................6 B. Croatto n.o. ............................2 Extras .......................................19 Total .......................................162 Bowling: R. O’Loughlin 2/36, J. Bloom 2/33, G. Forrester 0/33, L. Ballagh 2/20, S. McLennan 2/19, B. Davidson 0/2, N. Pye 2/6, J. Ginnane 0/10. PHILLIP ISLAND v WON WORKMENS Won Workmens 1st innings S. Huitema c. J. Johnston b. S. Niven.............................2 D. Dutchman n.o. .....................59 D. Britt n.o. ............................127 Extras ....................................... 11 Total .............................(cc) 1/199 Bowling: G. Odgers 0/38, S. Niven 1/22, G. Excell 0/13, M. Francis 0/28, B. Johnston 0/20, J. Johnston 0/38, D. Johnston 0/30. Phillip Island 1st innings J. Johnston b. S. Coldebella .......4 B. Johnston c. B. Osborne b. McLean ...........................22 P. Colla c. A. McLean b. S. Coldebella .....................3 M. Francis c. L. Sawyer b. A. McLean.........................8 A. Finlayson c. S. Huitema b. L. McLean .........................4 M. Manteit c. M. McCall b. L. McLean .........................4 G. Excell n.o. ...........................19 D. Johnston c. S. Huitema b. A. Sartori ...........................6 W. Paterson lbw. L. Sawyer .......0 S. Niven n.o................................2 Extras .........................................5 Total ...............................(cc) 8/77 Bowling: M. McCall 0/10, S. Coldebella 2/22, L. McLean 3/15, A. McLean 1/17, L. Sawyer 1/2, A. Sartori 1/10. OMK v WON MINERS OMK 1st innings

P. Harper c. S. Williams b. P. Cornelis .........................0 W. Dowell c. P. Cornelis b. R. Todd ..............................4 R. White c. L. Jones b. P. Loos ...............................8 D. McMeekin c. P. Cornelis b. P. Loos .............................32 D. Jeffries lbw. P. Loos ..............0 M. Walker c. G. Kent b. P. Owen ...........................42 J. Paterson c. S. Webster b. P. Owen ...........................29 A. Sheedy c. P. Cornelis b. P. Owen .............................2 M. Hems b. R. Todd .................13 B. Nation n.o. .............................5 L. Wilson n.o. .............................2 Extras .......................................12 Total .............................(cc) 9/149 Bowling: P. Cornelis 1/15, R. Todd 2/23, P. Loos 3/38, P. Hammer 0/45, P. Owen 3/25. Won Miners 1st innings R. Todd c. B. Nation b. D. McMeekin ..................13 L. Jones b. D. McMeekin ...........3 P. Hammer c. D. Jeffries b. J. Paterson .........................8 G. Kent c. B. Nation b. J. Paterson .......................29 J. Honeysett c. M. Walker b. J. Paterson .........................0 C. Honeysett c. D. Jeffries b. M. Hems..........................39 S. Williams lbw. J. Paterson .......2 S. Webster c&b. B. Nation .........0 P. Cornelis c&b. M. Hems .......14 P. Owen c. M. Walker b. A. Sheedy ..........................2 P. Loos n.o. .................................2 Extras .......................................13 Total .......................................125 Bowling: D. McMeekin 2/15, R. White 0/16, B. Nation 1/28, J. Paterson 4/26, A. Sheedy 1/18, M. Hems 2/17. GLEN ALVIE v INVERLOCH Glen Alvie 1st innings

M. Hull n.o. ..............................40 R. Bolding c. J. Muir b. J. Dalmau ..........................3 J. Hales c. J. Brosnan b. D. Jones .............................4 J. Wheeler b. J. Muir ................39 R. Ould c. D. Jones b. W. Holmes .........................4 D. Wylie c. J. Brosnan b. J. Jackson ..........................7 R. Matthews b. J. Dalmau ........17 W. Luke n.o. ...............................0 Extras .......................................14 Total .............................(cc) 6/128 Bowling: J. Dalmau 2/16, D. Jones 1/8, J. Jackson 1/33, W. Holmes 1/25, S. Saldanha 0/10, J. Muir 1/20, J. Brosnan 0/10. Inverloch 1st innings J. Muir c. A. McBride b. J. Hales ..............................3 B. Phillips n.o...........................72 J. Brosnan b. W. Luke ................0 D. Jones c. J. Wheeler b. W. Luke .............................3 W. Holmes b. W. Luke ...............1 J. Jackson c. D. Williams b. W. Luke .............................4 J. Dalmau c. A. McBride b. R. Bolding .........................0 C. Bulter b. J. Hales ................. 11 N. Goodall b. J. Hales ................0 S. Saldanha r.o............................1 J. Dalmau b. J. Hales..................0 Extras .........................................5 Total .......................................100 Bowling: J. Hales 4/27, W. Luke 4/11, R. Bolding 1/22, A. McBride 0/17, J. Wheeler 0/10, D. Williams 1/12.


Three games underway

THREE games were completed in B2 with the OMK v. Korumburra game not getting a start due to the ground.

Fish Creek/Tarwin 8/128 opened their account against Koony RSL 8/119. Mick Bright guided the Fishy boys with the bat, scoring 36. MDU 9/125 was too strong for Poowong/ Loch 9/77. Neil Hancock did everything right for Poowong/Loch with 5/11 but Mercer and Martin ripped through the bats for MDU. Brett Spokes hit a fine 50 for United in the win. In the final match new team Killy Bass 77 was no match for Town 8/115. KOONWARRA-RSL v FISH CREEK-TARWIN Koonwarra-RSL 1st innings E. Charles b. J. Flanders .......... 5 B. Thomas b. N. Bergman ..... 17 G. Sperling c. J. Stefani b. C. Pratt ......................... 13 N. Grimes c. J. Pouw b. N. Bergman .................... 2

J. Moore c. J. Flanders b. C. Pratt ........................... 7 D. Pearce c. J. Flanders b. J. Pouw ........................ 27 S. Turner c&b. J. Spokes ......... 5 N. Summers n.o. ..................... 9 B. Tomada c. P. Cardilini b. J. Pouw .......................... 5 T. Davison n.o. ........................ 2 Extras .................................... 27 Total ......................... (cc) 8/119 Bowling: D. Britton 0/14, J. Pouw 2/22, N. Bergman 2/17, J. Flanders 1/13, J. Spokes 1/20, C. Pratt 2/9, T. Stybosh 0/9. Fish Creek-Tarwin 1st innings J. Stefani lbw. T. Davison ........ 3 T. Stybosh c. J. Moore b. T. Davison ...................... 6 W. Cocksedge b. T. Davison .... 5 J. Pouw c. T. Davison b. J. Moore ....................... 17 M. Bright b. E. Charles ......... 36 J. Spokes b. D. O’Connor ........ 0 N. Bergman lbw. B. Thomas . 25 C. Pratt n.o. ............................. 5 D. Britton stp. B. Thomas ....... 2 P. Cardilini ret. ........................ 5 J. Flanders n.o. ........................ 0 Extras .................................... 24 Total ......................... (cc) 8/128 Bowling: S. Turner 0/14, T. Davison 3/28, D. O’Connor 1/33, J. Moore 1/14, E. Charles 1/19, B. Thomas 2/9, N. Summers 0/0. POOWONG-LOCH v MDU MDU 1st innings N. Hill b. N. Owens ................ 3 D. Jones r.o. ............................ 4 B. Spokes c. R. Knox b. C. Fraser ...................... 50 T. Zukovskis b. N. Owens ....... 1

C Grade Division 1 Town 8/88 (J. Bolge b. M. Trotto 27, G. Wightman 4/10)v Nerrena 5/172 (G. Gilliam c. J. Bowman b. N. Hawkins 65, G. Wightman c. G. Goss b. S. Clark 41, S. Clark 2/10). Won Workmens 4/217 (S. Osborne c. D. Jones b. C. Bowen 54, S. Roche c. C. Casey b. C. Bowen 65, J. Wallace c. J. Belli b. M. Haywood 48, C. Bowen 3/47) v Inverloch 65 (J. Belli b. M. Sharp 18, M. Sharp 5/18, S. Mitchelson 2/9). Won Miners 107 (C. Gooch b. P. Jervies, B. Foon c. A. Youl b. S. Westaway 17, J. Chaseling 2/12, S. Westaway

H. Sinclair caught b. N. Hancock .................. 10 G. Peters b. N. Hancock .......... 0 M. Martin caught b. N. Hancock .................... 0 A. Hill b. N. Hancock ............. 2 S. Riley caught b. N. Hancock .................... 0 L. Mercer n.o. ....................... 18 K. Robinson n.o. ................... 11 Extras .................................... 25 Total ......................... (cc) 9/125 Bowling: N. Owens 2/23, R. Knox 0/24, N. Hancock 5/11, M. Hancock 0/23, T. Hooker 0/21, C. Fraser 1/8, C. Poynton 0/7. Poowong-Loch 1st innings S. Dinger lbw. L. Mercer ......... 4 N. Owens b. L. Mercer .......... 11 N. Hancock caught b. L. Mercer ....................... 5 M. Hancock lbw. T. Zukovskis 1 T. Singh caught b. M. Martin ..................... 11 R. Knox stp. S. Riley .............. 3 C. Fraser b. K. Robinson ....... 26 T. Hooker b. M. Martin ........... 4 G. Humphrey stp. S. Riley ...... 1 C. Poynton n.o. ....................... 4 Extras ...................................... 7 Total .................................. 9/77 Bowling: T. Zukovskis 1/16, L. Mercer 3/11, S. Riley 2/16, M. Martin 2/17, H. Sinclair 0/9, K. Robinson 1/4. OMK v KORUMBURRA Match abandoned TOWN v KILCUNDA-BASS Kilcunda-Bass 1st innings T. Aplin caught b. J. Scott ........................... 6 S. Van Steensel r.o................... 2 G. Burchell lbw. W. Turner ..... 0

4/20) v Foster 77 (A. Youl b. A. Cuman 30, T. Hamilton 3/19, A. Cuman 3/8). Korumburra 104 (R. Webster c. C. Procter b. J. Blackwell 22, H. James b. P. Francis 17, P. Francis 3/16) v Phillip island 90 (P. Francis r.o. 21, J. Blackwell b. T. Allen 25, J. Meade 3/18).

C Grade Division 2 Glen Alvie 7/113 (G. Chisholm n.o. 37, K. Brown 2/15, B. Coulter 2/17) v MDU 7/114 (G. Jones c. F. Gheller b. P. Palmer 24, K. Brown n.o. 21, P. Palmer 3/17). Imperials 5/191 (B. Wright b. N. Paterson 59, R. McGavin n.o. 71, N. Pa-

S. Blake b. J. Scott .................. 0 J. Dakin c&b. J. Scott............ 24 R. Duff c. N. Moore b. W. Turner ....................... 4 J. Dakin b. B. Berry ................ 7 B. Egeberg c. L. O’Brien b. M. Warren ...................... 4 S. Dakin r.o. ............................ 7 D. Clay c. B. Berry b. M. Borschman ................ 5 J. Aplin n.o.............................. 4 Extras .................................... 14 Total ..................................... 77 Bowling: J. Scott 2/13, W. Turner 3/8, M. Borschman 1/11, B. Berry 1/12, P. Carter 0/10, N. Moore 0/9, M. Warren 1/4, N. Tuckett 0/2. Town 1st innings M. Warren lbw. R. Duff ......... 16 M. Borschman c&b. R. Duff . 23 N. Moore b. R. Duff ................ 0 W. Turner c. S. Blake b. J. Dakin ........................ 11 S. Fixter lbw. J. Dakin ............. 1 M. Craig r.o........................... 25 N. Tuckett c. J. Dakin b. S. Dakin ......................... 5 L. O’Brien n.o. ...................... 16 J. Scott r.o. .............................. 2 B. Berry n.o. ........................... 7 Extras ...................................... 9 Total ......................... (cc) 8/115 Bowling: J. Aplin 0/11, S. Blake 0/22, R. Duff 3/13, J. Dakin 2/17, S. Dakin 1/14, D. Clay 0/12, B. Egeberg 0/25.

terson 3/30) v OMK 4/210 (K. Houghton n.o. 84, C. Maguire c. Z. Price b. R. Higgins 34, Z. Price 1/8). Phillip Island 7/129 (M. Haringsma c. J. Thomas b. D. Turton 25, G. Marshall c&b. T. Pendlebury 41, S. Knight 2/19) v Won Workmens 100 (M. Chizzoniti n.o. 48, E. Docherty 5/7, C. Johnston 2/6). Town v Koonwarra-RSL - no results. Kilcunda-Bass 8/104 (D. Aurisch c. G. Frandsen b. T. Poynton 42, T. Hancock 3/16, E. Hancock 2/10) v Poowong-Loch 9/99 (L. Green n.o. 18, R. Gardiner 2/22, D. Aurisch 2/3).

Imperials family: three generations played on Saturday, from left, Glenn Wright, grandson Lachie Wright and son, Brad.

Three generations in one team IN what could be a first for Leongatha cricket, three generations of the one family played in a game on Saturday. Imperials players Glenn Wright (grandfather), Brad Wright (son) and Lachie Wright (grandson) lined up for Imperials Cricket Club in C2. Brad made a fine 59 while both Lachie and Glenn bowled in the side. Imperials 5/191 lost to OMK 4/210. Glenn started playing at the age of 12 at Neerim East some 51 years ago. When the family moved to Berrys Creek in 1964 he joined High School Old Boys team and won a premiership

in A Grade. He then played with Koorooman before this team joined to form a new Leongatha High School team. When High School folded Glenn went to Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL to play with sons Brad and Dallas. The boys shifted to Imperials and Glenn followed them across. Glenn has won premierships in A, B and C Grades; winning numerous bowling awards. He has been named in the D Grade LDCA team of the year for the past eight years. He has been turf curator for 20 years and past president of the LDCA (six years in the role).

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Elliott’s hat-trick not enough YOUNG Imperials cricketer Mitch Elliott took a hat-trick at the death of the match against Nerrena on Saturday, but most of the damage was already done.

The 17-year-old spinner showed a sign of things to come for the Imps by removing talented Nerrena coach Tim Wightman, Dave Baldi and Chris Rump in consecutive balls. Nerrena had already posted a score of 244 before the freak bowling display. Tim Wightman and Craig Friebe did most of the damage, scoring 79 and 67 respectively, but were helped by handy scores from Mitch Clark and Damien Symmons. The Imps made 160, but fell a long way short of the target set for them.

Workers still winning

WONTHAGGI Workmens began their premiership defence with a win over Koonwarra Leongatha RSL. A top score of 47 from Gavin Bolding was supported by Ryan Thomas’ 29 and little else as the visitors limped to 9/168 on the Mary Mac oval. But the score was too

much for the Koony boys, who lost Brayden Moscript early after he was bowled in the second over for a duck. Clinton Wise and Lachie Sperling put up a fight, but could not do enough to steal victory from the reigning premiers.

Johnson stars WONTHAGGI Miners won a close game against OMK at Outtrim, scoring 169 and defending ably to secure the points. Matthew Johnson led the way for the Miners, scoring a hard fought 75 that included four 4s and three 6s. He was supported by new captain Andrew Donohue and Jason O’Reilly, who both scored in the 30s. OMK put up a fight, but could not continue on from their starts, with three batsmen scoring 27. Ryan Thomas was the best with the ball for the Miners, taking 3/19 from his eight overs.

Invy too strong INVERLOCH won its match against Korumburra quite convincingly after keeping the home side to just 125 runs. Mark Anderson led the attack for the Stingrays, picking up 4/24 and holding up his end during his spell.

A fighting 29 from Korumburra’s Lachlan Roberts was not enough to keep them from going all out. A 97 run opening stand from Walter Taberner and Stephen Brayley ensured victory for the away side, with the former going on to score a well earned 61. Dale Wyhoon was the best of the Cobra’s bowlers, taking 1/23 including a couple of maidens.

Scores NERRENA v IMPERIALS Nerrena 1st innings C. Friebe c. M. Elliott b. T. Pedlow ........................67 M. Clark c. M. Lafferty b. L. Rogers .........................39 T. Wightman c. A. Eddy b. M. Elliott .........................79 D. Symmons b. A. Eddy...........37 D. Baldi c. L. Rogers b. M. Elliott ...........................3 C. Rump c. S. Vagg b. M. Elliott ...........................0 G. Murphy r.o.............................0 D. Trotman n.o. ..........................0 Extras .......................................19 Total .............................(cc) 7/244 Bowling: A. Eddy 1/27, L. Rogers 1/44, T. Pedlow 1/30, M. Lafferty 0/40, J. Forrester 0/22, N. Eddy 0/58, M. Elliott 3/15. Imperials 1st innings G. Sauvarin c. C. Rump b. G. Murphy .......................33 M. Lafferty c. T. West b. R. Clark .............................2 T. Williams c. T. West b. R. Clark ...........................26 M. Elliott c. C. Friebe b. J. Trease.............................6 L. Rogers c. T. West b. R. Clark ...........................51

N. Eddy lbw. C. Rump .............12 A. Eddy c. M. Clark b. T. Wightman ....................10 A. Pellin c. J. Trease b. C. Rump ............................7 S. Vagg c. T. West b. J. Trease.............................2 T. Pedlow b. T. Wightman ..........0 J. Forrester n.o............................0 Extras ....................................... 11 Total .......................................160 Bowling: C. Rump 2/24, R. Clark 3/29, J. Trease 2/17, T. Wightman 2/27, D. Symmons 0/21, G. Murphy 1/37. WON WORKMENS v KOONWARRA-LEON RSL Won Workmens 1st innings M. Thomas c. L. Sperling b. J. Peters ...........................10 T. Hooper c. L. Sperling b. J. Peters .............................1 R. Thomas b. T. Gordon ...........29 M. Leach b. T. Gordon .............18 R. Hassett c. L. Sperling b. T. Gordon .........................8 G. Bolding c. S. Sperling b. J. Kennedy.......................47 C. Harvey b. S. Sperling ............6 J. Sherrin caught b. T. Gordon ..........................8 R. Geyer b. J. Kennedy ..............6 L. McGuirk n.o. .......................12 S. Williams n.o. ..........................5 Extras .......................................18 Total .............................(cc) 9/168 Bowling: J. Peters 2/12, B. Davison 0/25, B. Moscript 0/26, T. Gordon 4/42, S. Sperling 1/21, J. Kennedy 2/36. Koonwarra-RSL 1st innings C. Wise c. R. Geyer b. J. Sherrin .........................42 B. Moscript b. L. McGuirk ........0 L. Sperling c. L. McGuirk b. G. Bolding .......................24 S. Sperling c. C. Harvey b. G. Bolding .........................9 B. Anderson c. L. McGuirk b. J. Sherrin ...........................6

D. Kruse c. T. Hooper b. G. Bolding .........................4 T. Gordon c. T. Hooper b. J. Sherrin ......................... 11 S. Moore r.o................................8 J. Peters c. L. McGuirk b. R. Thomas .........................5 B. Davison n.o............................3 J. Kennedy n.o............................2 Extras .......................................21 Total .............................(cc) 9/135 Bowling: R. Thomas 1/30, L. McGuirk 1/18, M. Thomas 0/10, S. Williams 0/20, G. Bolding 3/24, J. Sherrin 3/23, C. Harvey 0/4. OMK v WON MINERS Won Miners 1st innings M. Donohue r.o. .........................2 M. Johnson b. K. Rothier .........75 A. Donohue c. A. Miller b. S. Checkley ....................30 J. O’Reilly b. K. Rothier ..........31 P. Jordan n.o. ..............................8 K. Smith n.o. ..............................8 Extras .......................................15 Total .............................(cc) 4/169 Bowling: K. Rothier 2/27, J. Wilson 0/22, J. Cochrane 0/15, S. Checkley 1/34, P. Dell 0/24, B. Wyatt 0/46. OMK 1st innings A. Miller c. J. O’Reilly b. R. Thomas .........................4 K. Kerr c. M. Johnson b. M. Kremmer......................6 A. Rose c. M. Johnson b. R. Birkett .........................27 J. Wilson c. J. O’Reilly b. A. Donohue .....................27 K. Rothier lbw. R. Birkett ..........7 J. Van Rooye c&b. M. Johnson ................24 S. Checkley c. R. Thomas b. A. Donohue .......................2 B. Wyatt b. R. Thomas .............27 T. Wyatt c. P. Jordan b. M. Kremmer......................4 P. Dell b. R. Thomas ..................2 J. Cochrane n.o...........................1 Extras .......................................15

Foster struggles in A2 debut FOSTER have made a poor start to their A Grade campaign, getting knocked over for a lacklustre 34 runs in their clash against Phillip Island at the weekend.

The Island are the grade’s premiership favourites, which may just save some face for the Tigers, who were lifted up from B Grade last year. The details of their innings were not submitted, but The Star has ascertained the figures of the Phillip Island bowlers. Simon Kirton was the main destroyer with the ball, with the former Koonwarra bowler taking 4/2 from his allotted overs, including an impressive seven maidens. Clint Wilson and Scott Boyack both chipped in for a couple of wickets each in the great fielding performance. A remarkable 82 from young gun Alex Manteit was another highlight for the Island, but disaster struck when the knock, which included five 4s and two 6s ended with a run out.

Kilcunda debut too KILCUNDA-BASS also made their A Grade Division Two debut on Saturday, and despite having more success than Foster, still did not record a win. Town skipper Matt Davies won the toss and sent the new side in, which proved to be a good move when the debutants were brought to 5/28. Rhett McLennan was the best with the ball for Town, taking 3/19.

The innings steadied with handy knocks to Ashley Larcombe, 45, and Shaun Tapscott, 27, and the home side reached a respectable 8/157. But a good opening partnership put the match in a good place for Town, with Ash Hickey going on to make a game winning 81 runs. Matt Smith and Matt Davies both contributed with 41.

Alvie struggle GLEN ALVIE had just one batsman score over 20 runs in their match against Fish Creek-Tarwin on the weekend. Some good bowling performances from Norm Wilkins and Shane Rabbitt restricted the scoring of the Alvie batsmen. Fish Creek-Tarwin batted consistently, with good scores to most batsmen, most notably Gary Webster who scored a nice 42 runs that included a couple of 6s. Roberts was the best bowler for Glen Alvie, taking 2/13.

Poowong-Loch takes points POOWONG-LOCH won a close match against MDU on the weekend, defending their score of 6/154 with a bit of breathing space. They made the runs thanks to a handy 56 runs from Kurt Nestor, who was eventually run out. MDU’s response started shakily when they lost Matt Olden to a run out, but was steadied by a partnership between coach Steve Arnup and opener Ryan Olden. Ben Hancock’s 4/23 caused a mini collapse in the Demon camp, and they

were unable to recover.

Scores GLEN ALVIE v FISH CKEEK-TARWIN Fish Creek-Tarwin 1st innings M. Watkins c. S. Edwards b. P. Roberts ........................12 G. Watkins c. S. Edwards b. A. Simpson ......................25 J. Law c. S. Smith b. D. Tiziani.........................25 J. Shaw b. P. Roberts ................ 11 N. Wilkins c. P. Roberts b. B. Ould ............................28 G. Webster r.o...........................42 B. Anderson c. S. Smith b. B. Ould ..............................6 S. Rabbitt n.o..............................3 Extras .......................................24 Total .............................(cc) 7/176 Bowling: B. Ould 2/27, S. Nippers 0/23, A. Simpson 1/47, P. Roberts 2/13, K. Simpson 0/26, D. Tiziani 1/35. Glen Alvie 1st innings P. Roberts c. J. Shaw b. S. Rabbitt...........................0 S. Lowe c. J. Shaw b. M. Danckert ....................12 S. Smith lbw. S. Rabbitt .............2 O. Santalucia c. N. Wilkins b. J. Danckert ........................7 S. Edwards c. M. Watkins b. S. Emmanuel .....................8 A. Simpson b. N. Wilkins ..........2 D. Tiziani c&b. B. Anderson....21 B. Ould n.o. ..............................19 S. Nippers b. N. Wilkins ............8 B. Tiley n.o.................................1 Extras .......................................16 Total ...............................(cc) 8/96 Bowling: S. Rabbitt 2/21, J. Danckert 1/14, M. Danckert 1/12, N. Wilkins 2/14, S. Emmanuel 1/12, B. Anderson 1/23. MDU v POOWONG-LOCH Poowong-Loch 1st innings M. Adderley r.o. .........................2 B. Hancock b. M. Cantwell........1 R. Greaves c. M. Olden b. R. Olden ..........................21 K. Nestor r.o. ............................56 P. Dyer r.o.................................27 C. Knox c. S. Browne b. S. Arnup ..........................13 G. Poynton n.o. ..........................8 M. Holloway n.o. .......................7 Extras .......................................18 Total .............................(cc) 6/154 Bowling: S. Browne 0/9, M. Cantwell 1/31, T. Harris 0/11, C. Hoober 0/18, C. Harris 0/37, S. Arnup 1/24. MDU 1st innings M. Olden r.o. ..............................1

R. Olden c&b. B. Hancock ......25 S. Arnup c. K. Nestor b. B. Hancock......................33 J. Sinclair b. B. Hancock............1 C. Hoober c. G. Poynton b. B. Hancock........................0 W. Prosser c. J. Poynton b. K. Nestor .........................16 T. Harris c. M. Holloway b. C. Knox ...........................10 M. Cantwell b. C. Knox ...........10 G. Logan n.o. .............................7 S. Browne c. J. Poynton b. R. Greaves .........................5 C. Harris c. M. Adderley b. R. Greaves .........................0 Extras .......................................17 Total .......................................125 Bowling: R. Greaves 2/16, J. Poynton 0/27, D. Brain 0/17, B. Hancock 4/23, C. Knox 2/15, K. Nestor 1/24. PHILLIP ISLAND v FOSTER Foster 1st innings Details not submitted Total .........................................34 Bowling: A. Matthews 0/11, S. Kirton 4/2, S. Boyack 2/14, C. Wilson 2/2. Phillip Island 1st innings T. Hornsby b. B. Coates .............0 J. Broomhall lbw. B. Coates.......3 J. Emery lbw. M. Dower ..........50 A. Manteit r.o. ..........................82 E. Richards r.o. ...........................1 M. Price b. M. Dower ..............27 A. Matthews c&b. M. Dower.....0 C. Wilson n.o..............................6 R. Cleeland n.o...........................2 Total .............................(cc) 7/190 Bowling: Not available. TOWN v KILCUNDA-BASS Kilcunda-Bass 1st innings

P. Mohascy b. R. McLennan ......3 C. Davidson c. N. Johnston b. R. McLennan...................10 A. Oats c. A. Hickey b. N. Johnston .......................1 J. Tregear lbw. R. McLennan .....0 A. Larcombe c. J. Schelling b. L. Bowman......................45 J. Mahood c&b. L. Bowman ....12 H. Grace b. D. Jago ....................0 S. Tapscott b. A. Hickey ...........27 D. Pipicelli n.o. ........................12 J. Brown n.o. ..............................9 Extras .......................................38 Total .............................(cc) 8/157 Bowling: D. Jago 1/36, N. Johnston 1/16, R. McLennan 3/19, L. Bowman 2/24, A. Hickey 1/47, C. Bruce 0/9. Town 1st innings A. Hickey b. T. Stacey-Van Steensel ....81 M. Davies c. D. Pipicelli b. J. Mahood........................41 L. Bowman r.o............................0 J. Schelling c. P. Mohascy b. A. Oats...............................0 M. Smith b. C. Davidson .........41 C. Bruce b. T. Stacey-Van Steensel ......8 D. Jago c. D. Pipicelli b. T. Stacey-Van Steensel ......0 N. Johnston c. J. Brown b. T. Stacey-Van Steensel ....16 M. Wilson n.o. ............................7 B. Moore n.o. ...........................13 Extras .......................................21 Total .............................(cc) 8/228 Bowling: C. Davidson 1/45, D. Pipicelli 0/25, J. Brown 0/30, J. Mahood 1/48, A. Oats 1/16, S. Tapscott 0/15, T. Stacey-Van Steensel 4/33, J. Tregear 0/7.


GCL Under 16 THE team for the match on Sunday, October 17 (presently at Bairnsdale). LDCA v Central Gippsland: Eli Richards, Thomas Wyatt, Jake Cochrane, Nathan Allen, Ryan Olden, Cam Harris, Daniel Brittain, Nick Moore, Jacob Dakin, Ben Foon, Michael Manteit, Ja-

son Meade. Emergencies: Rory McGavin, Trent Hamilton, James Sherrin, Max Francis, Brodie Johnson. Coach Darren Scott, asst coach Jarryd Scott. Bus to be confirmed as venue may change. Contact Geoff Wyatt 5659 8225 by Thursday evening if unavailable.

Letting rip: Scott Williams of the Wonthaggi Workmens steams in against Koonwarra RSL on Saturday. Total .......................................146 Bowling: R. Thomas 3/19, M. Kremmer 2/22, M. Johnson 1/30, C. Tait 0/25, R. Birkett 2/17, A. Donohue 2/31. KORUMBURRA v INVERLOCH Korumburra 1st innings M. Olden c. A. Hall b. N. Cant ..............................0 I. Osman lbw. M. Anderson .....16 D. Salmon c. W. Rankin b. N. Cant ............................17 U. Weerasinghe c. W. Williams b. L. Rankin...........................5 B. Hayes c. W. Taberner b. M. Anderson....................21 K. Dorman c. W. Rankin b. M. Anderson......................4 P. Edwards c. W. Taberner b. M. Anderson......................1 L. Roberts c. W. Rankin b. B. Nicholls ......................29 D. Wyhoon b. A. Hall.................0 D. Scott c. S. Brayley b. B. Nicholls ......................25 J. Turnbull n.o. ...........................2

Extras .........................................5 Total .......................................125 Bowling: N. Cant 2/20, M. Anderson 4/24, L. Rankin 1/24, A. Hall 1/37, B. Nicholls 1/20. Inverloch 1st innings W. Taberner c. M. Olden b. D. Scott ...........................61 S. Brayley c. I. Osman b. K. Dorman.......................35 D. Ruffin c. B. Hayes b. D. Wyhoon ........................6 W. Rankin n.o...........................22 M. Anderson c. K. Dorman b. M. Olden ...........................7 N. Cant c. P. Edwards b. D. Scott ...........................14 W. Williams b. U. Weerasinghe ...............15 B. Nicholls n.o. ..........................4 Extras .......................................20 Total .............................(cc) 6/184 Bowling: K. Dorman 1/36, D. Wyhoon 1/23, J. Turnbull 0/22, M. Olden 1/29, U. Weerasinghe 1/49, D. Salmon 0/6, D. Scott 2/12.

Leongatha District Cricket Association Umpire Appointments EVANS PETROLEUM Round 2 - October 16 Home team Grade A1 Imperials Inverloch Won Workmens Won Miners

v v v v

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Away Team

Ground Umpire

OMK Koonwarra-RSL Korumburra Nerrena


Clive Salmon Ken Lester Brendon Thomas Graham Laird / Alan Jordan

Glen Alvie Kilcunda-Bass Poowong-Loch Phillip Island

FGC Meen WC1 Tarwin

John Lea Luke Sullivan Terry Rogers Ken Lester

Imperials Inverloch Won Workmens Won Miners

OMK Cowes GA Nerr

Paddy Cummins Alan Roberts Michael Heenan Les White

OMK MDU Town Fish Crk-Tarwin

Koon Bass Rec Loch Kor

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Foster Inverloch Phillip Island

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Herb Roberts TBA Marian Wishart



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