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Saddle up Stony to host first ever rodeo TOP rodeo riders from around Australia will converge on Stony Creek in the new year and more than 1000 spectators are expected to follow them. In a huge economic and tourism boost for the area, the Stony Creek Football Club has secured a major event on the Australian rodeo circuit that will double as a significant fundraiser for the club. The event could raise $40,000 or more, and will bring rodeo back to the region. Event co-ordinator Neil Cope, president of the football club’s social committee, said it is going to be huge. The sport already has a following locally, with Mirboo North cowgirl Elley Hulls a consistent competitor. She is pictured in action at the Warragul Rodeo this year. Read more on page 9.

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By Brad Lester

SOUTH Gippslanders will face another summer without fire refuges in high fire risk towns. Yet Lew Wilson, South Gippsland Shire Council’s community safety manager, believes residents and tourists have nothing to fear, and would be safest by leaving risky areas on days of high fire danger.

Sandy Point, Waratah Bay, Walkerville and Venus Bay were listed as among the 52 high fire danger towns by the previous Brumby Government in the wake of the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. Inverloch – another town identified in that same list – has a place of last resort: the Inverloch Community Hub. The update comes as the Country Fire Authority warns of an above average risk of grass fires this fire season,

due to favourable growing conditions. Temperatures are forecast to rise above the mid 20s this week. “It is a concern that we have not been able to find something. It would be nice to be able to provide assurance to each of the communities but at the moment there is nothing, so people should be making their own plans,” Mr Wilson said. Council has not been able to find suitable sites for places of last resort in those towns. Suggested sites in Sandy Point

have not met the Country Fire Authority’s criteria surrounding radiant heat. In the other towns, open places with at least 200m clear space – as per requirements – are near impossible to find in the densely vegetated communities. Mr Wilson said the Sandy Point Community Centre – now under construction – could be a possible place of last resort but would not be finished before this summer’s fire season. “We are still going through the pro-

cess of finding a suitable site. We are looking at the potential of using private land but the Fire Services Commissioner was not keen on that. They would rather a place where the community would gather,” he said. While the four communities are on the list, Mr Wilson said they are not of the same risk level as such towns as Marysville and Kinglake that are surrounded by bushland. Continued on page 5.

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Brilliant art dazzles judge LEONGATHA’S Memorial Hall was packed to the rafters with colourful paintings, thoughtful photography and clever sculptures over the weekend. The event was the Arts Prom Country Arts and Photography Show, held by the Rotary Club of Leongatha. Judge Ron Muller was amazed at the standard of the pieces, and had trouble singling out just one to top them all. The best in show award went to Eagle Point’s Jan Long for her Horse Power graphite piece. Mr Muller described the painting as “an outstanding, time consuming, thoughtful piece of art.” San Remo’s John Duncan-Firth received the Richard Pegler Award for his piece, Hazy Morning. Another donated prize is the Pat West Award, which went to Craig Davey for the Rosebud artist’s oil piece. The South Gippsland

Shire award was given to Korumburra’s Linda Keagle, for her piece Brolga. Mrs Keagle was also given the award of best digitally modified photograph for her Wattlebird. The president’s Youth Encouragement Award went to three young artists: Lucinda McCabe of Mirboo North, Josh Nicol of Wild Dog Valley and Kellie Smith of Leongatha. Pam Boyes received the gong for best colour photo, while the best black and white photo went to Poowong’s Jeff Tull. The event featured two local artists, Julie Lundgren-Coulter and Robert Barron. Julie’s oils and pastels complemented Robert’s pottery. Twenty-three of the 422 works sold and profits were similiar to 2010. Quality of entries was higher and 20 per cent more people attened. • More photos in next week’s Star.

Best in show: Rotary president Paul Beck, David Johns and judge Ron Muller with Jan Long’s Horse Power graphite piece.

Plenty on display: Julie Lundgren-Coulter’s featured pieces attracted plenty of attention.

Above: Pottery specialist: Robert Barron was a featured artist. Right: Future winner?: Kasey Sage of Korumburra is congratulated by president Paul Beck for her wonderful artwork. Kasey entered two pieces in the youth section of the show and the Leongatha Rotary Club was proud to display her work.

South Gippsland’s best: Korumburra’s Linda Keagle took out the shire award for her piece Brolga. She was also given the award for the best digitally modified photograph for her Wattlebird.

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Landcare wins state award By Simone Short ALL the hard work behind the South Gippsland Landcare Network was recognised last Saturday night at the 2011 Regional Achievement and Community Awards in Ballarat. The network was awarded the Parks Victoria Environment and Sustainability Award, with the category acknowledging organisations that show a proven passion and dedication to reducing environment impacts in regional and rural areas. The network works with the community to improve the long-term sustainability of farming and the environment in South Gippsland, and was chosen as one of three finalists from the 250 nominations across all 10 categories. Network co-ordinator Belinda Brennan was thrilled to be selected for the award, dedicating it to the farming families involved in Landcare. “For the network to be recognised at a state level is huge,” she said.

“We’re very proud, more so for what our landholders have done. The network receives funding for projects, but it is our farmers on the ground doing the work and making changes.” The network consists of 719 families and 18 different groups in the region, stretching from Welshpool to Loch and Nyora, and Mirboo North, an impressive achievement for small communities. Ms Brennan said the award also recognised the hard work done by Landcare staff and members, as well as both the present and past board members, who are all volunteers. She also thanked the network’s partners who help to fund Landcare projects: West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Port Phillip CMA, Melbourne Water, South Gippsland Water and South Gippsland Shire Council. Ms Brennan said the $2000 prize money would go towards new display materials to help educate and raise community awareness of Landcare’s projects.

Magnificent honour: South Gippsland Landcare Network was thrilled to win the Parks Victoria Environment and Sustainability Award. From left immediate past network chair Mark Uren, Prime presenter and MC for the evening Natalie Forrest, network board member Mark Walters and network co-ordinator Belinda Brennan.

Strike threat worries farmers By Jacob de Kunder and Matt Dunn A STRIKE by workers at Murray Goulburn’s factories – including Leongatha – would be devastating, South Gippsland farmers believe.

Suppliers could lose thousands of dollars if the Leongatha factory shut and milk could not be collected. MG management continues to negotiate with the National Workers Union, and met again yesterday (Monday) in a bid to avoid a strike. Workers have been granted the right to use protected industrial action by Fair Work Australia. Ahead of yesterday’s meeting, a MG spokesperson said suggestions the company’s factory workers were on the verge of striking were incorrect and the negotiations were “progressing positively”. “The union (National Workers Union) has attained a protection action permit, but no notice of industrial action has been served on Murray Goulburn. We’re working through the log of

claims and we’re getting closer to an agreement,” he said. Although there has been talk of a 48 hour strike, The Star believes there is nothing to prevent the workers from striking for a longer period. The union must give 72 hours notice of an intention to take industrial action. NWU lead organiser Chris Calvert said members at Murray Goulburn are after job security. “The workers at Murray Goulburn want secure jobs for rural Victoria, the right for workers to seek the assistance of the independent industrial umpire – Fair Work Australia – to resolve disputes, and ongoing investment in skills from Murray Goulburn,” he said. Some suppliers are disappointed with Murray Goulburn for not informing them of the looming strike that could cost them thousands of dollars, while others said that the co-operative was doing the right thing by not worrying suppliers with news of a strike that may not eventuate. “There could be all sorts of possibilities on all sorts of days and we only need to know things that are going to

happen,” Leongatha South farmer Gary Williams said. “It could be resolved and we could be worrying over nothing, but if a strike goes ahead it will mean some dollars lost.” Dorothy Calder and her husband Bruce have been MG suppliers for many years and were disappointed they were not told about the possibility of a strike. “I dread to think what would happen if they all go on strike, because milk wouldn’t be able to be processed and milk would be tipped down the drain,” she said. Another supplier, Michael Holloway of Nerrena, said: “It’s funny. When we have good times they (MG management) seem to squawk a bit but when things are tough it’s different. “When our price goes

down their wages don’t go down. When we have good times they all seem to be hanging out for more money.” At the time The Star went to print there was no verdict from yesterday’s (Monday) meeting between the union and MG.

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Button up! This hobby is revealing By Brad Lester TO many people, buttons are just a way of keeping shirts and pants secure.

made from bone, ivory and even hand-crocheted and beaded. A Chinese hand-carved button known as cinnabar was made from resin, painted and then carved. Baker-lite buttons are among Sue’s favourite, as the material – an early plastic – produces “gorgeous colours”. Mother of pearl are “old and interesting” too. Sue’s hobby was sparked by a friend in England who collected buttons. “If she had a thousand, she would have had 5000. When I left she gave me some and that’s when I started. “When I starting collecting, buttons were fairly easy to come by and I would go into op shops and collectors shops and they would give them to me. Now it’s become so popular and they are hard to come by and have become more expensive.” Some people in the USA have been known to spend $1000 on a button to complete a collection. “I do not go out looking for particular buttons but I just see something I like and I get it. You can always remember where it came from.” Buttons were found in the Egyptian pyramids, most likely to fasten togas or jackets. “They were probably called fasteners in that time. I’m not sure where the name button came from.” The few men in the button collectors association seek military buttons and

those belonging to wealthy families who had their own buttons made. “It’s easier to collect buttons in England and America because there is more history. I like the old ones but the new ones are going to be a record of today.” The Victorian Button Collectors Association meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Uniting Church hall on the corner of Blackburn Road and Burwood Highway, Burwood. Members discuss and trade buttons.

But to Sue Nelson of Inverloch, buttons are pieces of art, and insights into cultures and times past. She has more than 1000 samples in her collection, accumulated during travels throughout Australia and the world. So passionate is she about buttons, Sue was a founding member of the Victorian Button Collectors Association. “I’ve always been a bit of a collector of small things. “The chase and the hunt of looking for a Up close: the decent button is part of the hobby. Button collecting peculiarities of is the third biggest hobby in the USA after stamps individual buttons and maybe coins.” are sometimes Among the surprises in her stores is a china subtle. button hand-carved into a mouse. A Russian button, bought in Western Australia, is just “divine” with hand painting. A leather button features painted flowers. A button made during the Depression of the 1930s reflects the ingenuity of the people and how people threw nothing away. “During the Depression when times were tough, they used anything they could and made this button from bits of plastic because it was cheap to make. Spirits were low but you still wanted to have something that was nice. There are quite a few individual pieces.” There are large feature buttons ideal for securing cloaks and a series of buttons most likely used for trimmings. Buttons have been fashioned from plastic, ivory, wood, metal, and even tortoise shell and mother of pearl. “You can’t get tortoise shell anymore because the tortoise is endangered. This button,” she said, “looks like it was worn by a woman who has lent forward as it’s been bitten by a child (she was holding) because it has perfect teeth marks in it.” “The French were hugely susceptible to looking good in the days of Louis 14th and they wore buttons made from gold and diamonds to showcase how rich they were, so buttons were a status symbol too.” Couturiers sought custom-made buttons to finish off a garment, and many shops in the 1950s and ’60s had buttons made with their company names stamped in. “Places like Foy and Gibson, Myer, and Buckley and Nunn. That dates the buttons now, because that doesn’t happen that much.” Others were Extensive collection: Sue Nelson with just some of her buttons.

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Towns miss out on internet By Matt Dunn SMALL South Gippsland towns will be denied direct access to the NBN information superhighway, even though the infrastructure will run straight through them.

Richard Powell: the Meeniyan web designer argues that his town would miss out on a vital infrastructure project if it did not get direct connection to the NBN.

NBN Co’s list for towns in South Gippsland Shire and Bass Coast Shire that may receive fibre*:

Bass Coast

South Gippsland

Corinella, Coronet Bay, Cowes, Grantville, Inverloch, Pioneer Bay, San Remo, Wonthaggi, Cape Paterson, Newhaven, Rhyll, Smiths Beach, Surf Beach-Sunderland Bay and Sunset Strip.

Korumburra, Foster, Leongatha, Mirboo North, Toora and Venus Bay.

NBN Co’s list of towns in South

Meeniyan is but one example. But the gap between the NBN haves and have nots may become even more pronounced further south. The Star believes (though the paper is still waiting for an answer from NBN Co Limited) that the network’s fibre cable will not be laid between Toora and Yarram. “The rule of thumb is that a township or city that has over 1000 people will get the fibre. There’s the fibre, which will go to 93 per cent of the country and that’s for places with more than 1000 residents,” general manager external communications at NBN Co Limited Andrew Sholl said. “Then there’s the last seven per cent – the more remote areas, the smaller places, outside Leongatha, the boondocks – that will get fixed wireless or if they’re really remote, outback places, they’ll get satellite. “But even those are better than what most people get today.”

Gippsland Shire and Bass Coast Shire that may receive fixed wireless*: South Gippsland Meeniyan, Nyora, Poowong and Sandy Point.

Bass Coast Dalyston and Kilcunda.

*More remote areas are likely to have access to the satellite network.

No fire refuges yet

Continued from page 1. Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said the Fire Services Commissioner had been working with the CFA and council, to develop appropriate places of last resort – or Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSPs) - within the shire. “Various sites have been assessed, however they have not passed the stringent assessment criteria designated by the CFA,” he said. “The government has a pool of funding, being $13 million available to local councils, to assist in establishing NSPs and the work continues with the South Gippsland Shire to finalise appropriate locations.” Ultimately, people need to take responsibility for their own safety, Mr Wilson said.

“Places of last resort are places people go when everything else has failed. The CFA may come and defend it, but there is no guarantee it will be a safe place to go to,” he said. “The community still sees them as refuges but the community should not be planning to go to them. They should be planning not to be there. Ideally, the message from the CFA is for people to leave the night before. The smartest place is to come to Leongatha and go to the movies.” Council is continuing to try and find appropriate places in Sandy Point, Waratah Bay, Walkerville and Venus Bay, Mr Wilson said. “But in some cases, we will put it to the police that it would be less dangerous

if they could evacuate the towns,” he said. Mr Wilson said council was pleased with the level of government support. “We have done a lot of work with the DSE and Parks Victoria, and the State Government has committed funding if we can find appropriate locations. At this stage we are not thinking that funding is the issue. It’s just getting the right place,” he said. Residents and visitors to fire prone areas are urged to make their own plans and leave the town on Code Red fire danger days, Mr Wilson said. “We are trying to overcome basic human nature of not to worry about it until it’s too late,” he said.

Refuge policy launched

THE provision of fire refuges must be based on a “thorough local risk assessment”, according to the State Government’s new community fire refuge policy, released last week.

“They should be considered in the context of all of the survival options available to a community in a very high bushfire risk area,” the policy read. Deputy Premier and Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan last week launched the policy, a key recommendation of the Bushfires Royal Commission. The policy states: community fire refuges will be considered a priority where other survival strategies are likely to fail; the refuges have risks and are not a guarantee of safety; the refuges must be built according to the relevant provisions of the Victorian Building Regulations 2006 and the Building Code of Australia, and be subject to annual audit and inspection; and municipal

councils must inform the CFA annually of any designated refuges in their shire. Mr Ryan said the policy provided the framework for identifying, establishing, managing and maintaining community fire refuges in areas of very high risk. “Victoria is the only state in Australia to have a fire refuges policy, which has been finalised following extensive research and stakeholder consultation,” Mr Ryan said. He said the Coalition Government had allocated $1.5 million to progress an immediate fire refuges pilot as part of $13 million committed by the Victorian Government to establish Neighbourhood Safer Places and the development of other shelter options. Future funding for refuges will be considered as part of the usual budget process. To download the Community Fire Refuges Policy and the Community Fire Refuges Practices and Procedures document visit

But DCSI owner Mark McKibbin disagrees. “Meeniyan’s going to get a second-rate service, essentially, if they can’t get fibre. But that’s rural Australia,” the internet service provider boss said. “I can’t understand why they won’t do a town. I can understand why they don’t want to do the outlying farms and other places. That’s big money. But the towns where you’ve got a reasonable concentration of people should get fibre.” Lyall Johnson, senior media advisor to Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy, said areas “outside the fibre footprint” would “still be provided with vastly improved broadband services through next-generation wireless or satellite technologies that will deliver speeds of up to 12 megabits per second, many times faster than what is often now delivered in metropolitan areas”. But Mr McKibbin remains sceptical. “There’ll be a lot of people who won’t be able to get wireless either, because it’s just a line-of-sight product. The government’s acting like if they draw a big circle around where they put the antenna, the coverage will get there,” he said. “But it’s just like mobile in the hills. There’ll be places where it doesn’t work.

There’ll be people who’re falling back on satellite, which is pretty ordinary anyway. “The trouble is the government is acting like wireless is just as good, but it cannot supply the sort of video content people want. With fibre you’ll be able to say ‘I want to watch this movie’ and you’ll have it. With wireless you won’t get a big band-width, because it’s a shared pool.” Meeniyan resident and website designer Richard Powell believes the town will receive a better service, but it won’t be as good as it could be. “In the plans Leongatha and Foster get fibre to the home and we get distribution through the wireless network. The main people who may miss out will be the businesses. If you’ve got a business you need high speed communications,” he said. “If you’ve got online retailing, you want to set up a publishing business, or anything like that, it relies on high speed broadband. What small towns are trying to do is attract people to the area. “Communications is part of the infrastructure. If you’ve followed the revolution in online retailing, you’ll know how important that is.” Mr Powell said Meeniyan’s relegation to the wireless network was “not a very satisfactory result”.

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Famous workers reunite for lunch

Long time ago: Mary West, with husband Jack. Mary worked at the store when it first opened.

EMPLOYEES from the former Famous Fashions store in Leongatha got together on Saturday to reminisce about their old jobs.

Around 40 women from many different eras joined for the lunch at the Leongatha RSL. Mavis Hogan, who organised the day, said women had come from as far away as Bairnsdale, with Joyce Milne making the trip from Perth. The old store was opened for some ladies to have a look in the morning before the lunch. “It was great to be able to have a look around. Obviously it’s all different now but the ladies loved it,” Mrs Hogan said.

Feels like yesterday: Cath Burden, Wendy Byrnes, Sherrie Beveridge, Elizabeth Cassetta, Lynne Moyes and Anne Truscio.

Getting together again: Cath Burden, Faye Mitchell, Joy Downs, Betty Softly and Joyce Pickering.

Old workmates: (from left) Betty Plant, Olive Dillon, Joyce Milne, Maureen Lewis and Vera Dowel.

Back to their roots PLENTY of tourists made their way to Leongatha’s Native Flower Show on the weekend. A wide variety of plants were on show, even rainforest specimens. Ian Cornthwaite of Mirboo North grows the wet weather specialists in his garden in

nice, deep soil. Also featured was an array of macadamia plants, which were of high interest for many passers-by. Co-ordinator Coral Hughes said she was happy with the number of visitors that came through.

Look at these: co-ordinator Coral Hughes and Wonthaggi’s Penny McMurray check out some plants.

Check it out: members of South Gippsland’s branch of the Australian Plants Society Rodney Emmerson and Hartley Tobin were all too keen to show off some of the species of plants. Books for sale: Bunurong Environment Centre workers Cheryl Tyler, Del Hanna, Pauline Taylor and Cynthia Hensley were selling books at the flower show.

Gardens bloom for charity AN OPEN garden day raised more than $1500 for the Prom Country Aged Care Building Fund. The Walkerville event showcased four gardens in beautiful surrounds and all looked magnificent. Due to ill-health, Val and Ian Latham’s garden and vintage tractor display was not able to be opened. Many thanks to all those people who helped make the day a success.

Sculpting nature: Tony Landy of Walkerville admires an impressive native plant topiary.

MP rejects carbon tax MCMILLAN MP Russell Broadbent opposed the carbon tax legislation approved by the federal House of Representatives last week.

“It’s not good for our nation because it will make us internationally uncompetitive and Victoria is a producer of cheap power,” he said. Mr Broadbent also opposed the tax on the grounds it would have a negative impact upon dairy farmers. The Victorian Farmers Federation said the tax would reduce farm margins by up to 7.6 per cent, equating to tens of thousands of dollars in lost farm income.

Church gives to couple LOCH is certainly a tight community, as the town’s St Vincent’s Catholic Church proves. After hearing how Loch couple Megan Davis and Adam Fielding narrowly escaped after their house was demolished by a truck in August, the church decided to act. Parishioners from St Vincent’s requested donations of baby items similar to those lost in the accident. The response was overwhelming, with donations from St Vincent’s parishioners, other Loch residents as well as parishioners from St Laurence’s Leongatha and St Joseph’s Korumburra. The proud result was an assortment of beautiful baby items. Megan and Adam were overwhelmed by the generosity of those who provided donations and shared an afternoon tea with the parishioners in Loch. The couple now lives in Frankston where they are preparing for the arrival of their baby in a few weeks.

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Rising seas will devastate PARTS of the South Gippsland Highway will have to be rerouted because of climate change.

That startling fact was just one of many presented at Groundswell Bass Coast’s first public forum last week. About 50 people attended the event held in the Kilcunda Hall. Groundswell member and local environmentalist Chris Hayward said the inundation of the highway at Tooradin and Koo Wee Rup around this time last year, is an “early hint” of what is to come. “The ocean temperature rise that we are already seeing and which will continue to increase, is already causing a local sea level rise. “Farm land bordering Westernport Bay is being eroded, including paddocks being inundated, washing farm fences away.” He said there would be dramatic affect on “massive parcels” of local farm land and roads “into the relatively near future”. Storm surges and “more severe rain events” will compound the problem of sea level rise. Mr Hayward told the gathering humans aren’t the only species that will suffer from the impact of ocean changes. Increasing local ocean

temperatures will change local marine species, allowing the colonisation by pests that “may well wreak havoc on existing ecosystems and fisheries”. Groundswell president Richard Kentwell and John Gemmill of the Bass Coast chapter of the Clean Ocean Foundation, implored those present to take the message of climate change dangers to the wider community. They stressed that we are now in a critical decade in which the human race must make dramatic changes in order to avoid environmental catastrophe. Much of the forum was devoted to ocean acidification. Wonthaggi science teacher David Wingfield involved the gathering in an experiment demonstrating ocean acidification. He explained that the oceans absorb 30 per cent of all new carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere; the experiment highlighting that as carbon dioxide enters water, that water becomes more acidic. Mr Wingfield said the massive amounts of new carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere through the burning of coal, oil and gas is entering the oceans in unprecedented amounts. When carbon dioxide enters the oceans, it forms carbonic acid and, due to this process, the acidity of the oceans has recently shot up by 30 per cent. By

2100, that rate will be 100 per cent. Acidified oceans will dissolve the shells of sea creatures, with “devastating” impacts on eocsystems. “Coral reefs are not expected to survive much longer and the tipping point of the entire Southern Ocean which, due to its cold temperature is particularly susceptible, may be reached by 2030 if carbon dioxide emissions are not dramatically reduced,” Mr Wingfield said. A short film called Acid Test showed both the beauty of the ocean and laid out the stark impacts of climate change. Groundswell member Chris Heislers said land ecosystems cannot survive without a healthy marine environment because the ocean is “the switch of life”. “Reducing marine pollution, closing effluent outfalls, stopping underwater noise build up, improving fisheries’ sustainability and providing more marine protected areas are all vital,” he said “And, of course, we need to stop emitting carbon into the atmosphere which is poisoning the oceans.” Groundswell Bass Coast, which was formed recently by concerned citizens, can be contacted on 0419 330 525.

Surprises in Jan’s car boot A touch arty: Jan Roberts of Meeniyan had plenty of special pieces of art for sale at the South Coast Christian College’s car boot sale on Saturday morning.

Council terminates second contract SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has terminated a contract to build a new cell at the Koonwarra landfill. That contract was held by Gippsland Waste Services, the same company whose contract to operate council transfer stations was cancelled on October 7. Council chief executive officer Tim Tamlin said the company had failed to demonstrate how it would build cell three by the deadline. Councilhadengagedanindependent survey to assess the company’s claim it was running out of airspace at the current landfill. That surveyor found that was not the case. The CEO dismissed the company’s claims in The Star last week that council

was asking the company to build the new cell at the cheaper price it had tendered for, but to new specifications set by the EPA. That would have resulted in a higher cost. “We have always said we would pay the money to them for any changes in EPA requirements,” Mr Tamlin said. As for the dispute leading to the termination of the transfer station contract, Mr Tamlin said Gippsland Waste Service’s tender price was too low and the company had asked council to pay them more. Gippsland Waste Services general manager Greg Petrie said the company was working with council in a bid to reach a resolution. He confirmed the landfill contract had been terminated.

“We are still exploring legal avenues but we are in discussion with council and our hope is that we can find a resolution to avoid any further legal action continuing,” Mr Petrie said. Council and the company are now engaged in legal action. Mr Tamlin said council would attempt to recoup legal costs and also the cost of employing extra staff to operate the transfer stations. “Council believes that there should be no financial implications on ratepayers through this exercise as we have sufficient security money held from the contract,” he said. Council will continue to operate the transfer stations until a new operator is appointed. Council has called for tenders.

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POLICE BRIEFS MotoGP stabbing A MINOR altercation led to a stabbing in the campground of the Phillip Island MotoGP last weekend.

Two men from New South Wales, who were known to each other, got into a fight on Saturday night, which resulted in one man receiving a minor stab wound to the abdomen. He was conveyed to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne for treatment. The offender was arrested and interviewed by police.

Tyres slashed VANDALS punctured tyres on two vehicles parked in a Wonthaggi driveway last month.

The offence occurred between 11pm, September 11 and 7am, September 14, in Parkes Street. Overnight on September 15, tyres were slashed at premises in White Road, Wonthaggi. Further vehicles were damaged while parked in the Safeway car park on September 17. There was another vehicle damaged in Wentworth Road. There may have been as many as seven other unreported incidents in the preceding 24 hours. This continued a series of criminal damages to motor vehicles in Wonthaggi. Police urge anyone with

information to contact the Wonthaggi Criminal Investigation Unit on 5672 1222 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit: www.

Cars vandalised A NUMBER of cars were attacked by vandals at a Leongatha business over the weekend. Sometime during Saturday night or Sunday morning, unknown offenders jumped on the bonnets and smashed windscreens of vehicles in South Gippsland Cheapest Cars, located in the industrial estate. Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Leongatha Police on 5662 2285.

Windows smashed INVERLOCH Primary School was targeted

by vandals sometime during Saturday night or Sunday morning. Two windows in the music room building were smashed and a number of stubbies were smashed and left at the back of the school property. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Inverloch Police on 5674 1202.

Lock your doors A WALLET was stolen from an Inverloch property on October 7. The victim left his Veronica Street property for a short period of time, leaving the front door unlocked. In his absence, the unknown offender entered the house and took a wallet. The incident is a reminder to the community to make sure your house is secure at all times.

Grand prix crowds behave VICTORIA Police has praised general crowd behaviour during the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix event held at Phillip Island last weekend. Around 95,000 motorcycle enthusiasts attended over the three days, with about 43,000 attending Sunday, the final day of the competition. Police maintained a strong presence in and around the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit as well as local licensed premises. Bass Coast Inspector Glenn Weir said it was pleasing to see the crowd behave. “It’s a great event for us to host in the local area and police are really happy that so many people could come along and have a great time safely,” he said.

Class of ’86: Natalie Blinman, Kristy Malcolm, Penny Williams, Tammy Turner, Meagan Allen, Trina Lyons, Paula Llewellyn and Louise Matthews enjoyed catching up at their Leongatha Secondary College 25 year school reunion on Saturday night.

School reunion marks 25 years MUSIC, dancing, laughter and reminiscing marked the 25 year school reunion for former students of the Leongatha Secondary College from 1986 to 1991 on Saturday night. More than 70 people attended the reunion party at the Leongatha Football Club social rooms and enjoyed catching up with old school friends and checking out some of the old class photos on display. See more photos in The Star next week.

New image for Mirboo North MIRBOO Country Development Inc (MCDI) has been working hard over the last 12 months to develop a new look for Mirboo North and district. In 2010, funding was received from the Mirboo

North and District Community Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. “The grants have been used to create a clear identifying brand for Mirboo North and district,” MCDI president Richard Arnold said. “The created content belongs to the community

and can be used to promote ourselves to the rest of Australia and beyond.” Local design firm Tommy Gun was employed to carry out the project. Workshops were held locally, with interested members of the public providing input into the project. An information night will be held at the Mirboo North Shire Hall on Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm to launch the branding concept. To round out the night there will be information about several ideas to promote the town not only to the outside world, but within the community as well. Mirboo North Traders have planned late night shopping in Mirboo North (pre- Christmas) on Thursday, November 17, with a number of fun activities for all the family. There will be entertainment and plenty of shopping specials.

Co-ordinator Paul Jones from Ridgway Country Store would like to hear from any groups or entertainers who would like to be involved. The South Gippsland Shire Council economic development team will be in attendance on October 25. They will be speaking about the development of a live, work and invest prospectus document for Mirboo North. The prospectus will be similar to the ones produced for Leongatha and Korumburra and council is asking for input from the community as to how they would like to use the document to market Mirboo North. If you need more information contact Richard Arnold 0408 681 478, or email if you wish to attend the meeting at the Shire Hall on Tuesday, October 25.

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Stony secures rodeo STONY Creek is bringing the rodeo back to South Gippsland with its first ever event to be staged in the new year.

Set to be a major event on the calendar, the rodeo will attract the top rodeo riders from all around Australia, some 1000 spectators and generate a huge economic and tourism boost for the area. The rodeo will be a major fundraiser for the Stony Creek Football Club and could become an annual event on the region’s calendar. Event co-ordinator Neil Cope, president of the Stony Creek Football Club social committee, said it is going to be huge. He believes if the club attracts 1000 people and charges $25 per entry, plus the food and beverages, they could make some $40,000 or more. The rodeo will provide the local football club with an injection of funds but Mr Cope said there would definitely be spin-offs for the local community. “I remember as a kid going to the Korumburra Rodeo with the family and it was just such a great spectacle. It was always a good day out,” he said. “Korumburra ran the rodeo for

years on Australia Day and I can really relate to how much fun it was for all the family.” The first ever Korumburra Rodeo was run by the local Apex club in the 1950s. It ran for many years and provided great entertainment for years. Mr Cope thought it would be great to offer people that same experience. “We want to give people something different and thought the rodeo would be an exciting event to offer tourists in the Christmas school holidays,” he said. Stony Creek’s rodeo will be staged on January 21 and Mr Cope hopes to attract tourists from Woodside and Yarram to Port Albert, Toora, Foster, Wilsons Promontory, Waratah Bay, Sandy Point, Inverloch, Cape Paterson and Phillip Island, and all towns in the region and beyond. While the rodeo will attract cowboys and cowgirls from near and far, this event will be one for all the family and will kick off around lunchtime and go late into the night, with the main events to be staged under lights from 7.30pm. Stony’s rodeo will offer some thrilling rough riding and timed events including saddle bronc riding, bare-

back bronc riding and bull riding, steer wrestling, rope and tying, and team roping. As well as the high energy action in the rodeo arena, there will be entertainment for the children with a jumping castle. Pony rides could be on the cards and while the action packed events will finish around 11pm, the entertainment will continue with music from the hugely popular Truckin’ with Tim set to play well into the night. Mr Cope has been in contact with Bass Coast and South Gippsland shire councils and said he has received a lot of support and encouragement. “We are still very new to this and really the potential market is still unknown, but one thing is for sure, it will be huge,” he said. “Cranbourne has a rodeo on Australia Day and Lang Lang at Easter, and judging from the people I have talked to, these are always big events.” The rodeo circus complete with arena, riders, cattle, horses and clowns will move from Tallangatta and hit Stony Creek for its premier rodeo on January 21. JJB Contracting and Brown Wigg have been confirmed as sponsors.

Riding high: Stony Creek rodeo committee members Neil Cope, Paul Cummins and Kieran Hoekstra can’t wait for the club event in January next year.

Locals must have say By Jane Ross MEMBERS of Grossard Point Maintain Our Boundaries were among those protesting about planning matters on the steps of the Victorian Parliament last week. The group, which recently worked to have a Ventnor land planning decision overturned, was one of a number rallying against the State Government’s “interventionist” planning approach. Shadow Planning Minister Brian Tee called for the government to set up an independent community forum to “advise on flagged reforms to Victoria’s planning system and restore public confidence”.

Mr Tee described the government’s “humiliating” back down over the Ventnor land issue as contributing to the undermining of the integrity of the planning system. Planning Minister Matthew Guy announced last month that a subdivision at Ventnor would go ahead, despite 10 years of Bass Coast Shire Council and community work that precluded the development. Community and council outrage was backed by a Hollywood starlet and Mr Guy changed his mind. During last week’s protest, which drew representatives of 20 groups worried about planning issues, Mr Tee said Victorians were sick and tired of being sidelined in planning decisions. He said the

protest made that “very clear”. “Mr Guy needs to listen to communities and start making planning decisions that deliver long term community, social and economic benefits – instead of focusing on short term profits for developers. “I call on Mr Guy to set up a community forum made up of planning and resident groups to provide him with expert advice on his planning reforms.” Margaret Hancock of Phillip Island, said she had not attended the Melbourne protest, but wished she had. Ms Hancock said she thought the public had a “fair bit” to say once plans for a development are published, but not about whether a development

was a good idea in the first place. “It’s more at the policy level where you could probably have better input.” She said she’d support an independent community forum, but it would depend who was on it and how the representatives were appointed. Last week’s protest at Parliament House delivered a “manifesto” to Mr Guy, saying planning should be driven by the voices of the community and not the wallets of developers. Bass Coast’s Cr Jane Daly said she’d applaud any steps by any minister or government to listen to community on planning issues before making a decision and taking matters into their own hands.

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THE Inverloch and Kongwak communities will be partying this Saturday night, when the Inverloch-Kongwak Primary School holds its Spring Ball at the Inverloch Community Hub. A raffle will be drawn on the night with great prizes and dancing to the Surf Gods. The event will have a Spring Racing Carnival theme.

A BEGINNER felting workshop will be held at Meeniyan Gallery on Saturday, October 22. The workshop will run from 10am to 4pm. To book a place, phone the gallery on 5664 0101.

THE Korumburra Uniting Church is holding an open garden and family day to raise money for the works of the church. The garden, situated at 68 Whitworths Road, Korumburra South, will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, October 22. Entry is $5 but children under 15 are free. For further enquiries contact Dennis Maxwell on 5655 2310 or Gavin Sharp on 5655 1997. KORUMBURRA Community Development and Action Inc is holding an open garden day on Saturday, October 22. Maurie and Lyn Thiele from the KCDA Inc. are

opening their garden at 53 Hillcrest Way, Korumburra and Mark and Robyn Holmes from Korumburra Rotary are opening theirs at 31 Radovick Street, Korumburra while Don and Betty Earl are opening theirs at 98 Mine Road, Korumburra. For more information phone 5658 1808. THIS week is Carer’s Week and the Foster Carer Support Group is having lunch at the Pause Cafe in Meeniyan tomorrow (Wednesday, October 19) at noon. The group is sponsored by Carers Vic and they partly fund this event. Members of the

group care for friends, spouses and children, across a broad range of issues. We have close links with, and support from Alzheimer’s Victoria and network with many agencies across Gippsland. Contact Helen on 5682 2738 or Suzanne on 0407 825 488 for more information. LEONGATHA U3A spent a lovely morning early in September when they had morning tea at Woorayl Lodge with an old U3A friend Ruth Borthwick. A very happy morning was had by all. Big thanks to Woorayl Lodge for making them welcome.

Smurfs winner: Melinda Gamon and Michael Kirk from Stadium 4 Cinema. CONGRATULATIONS to Melinda Gamon from Mount Martha for winning the Smurfs colouring competition at Stadium 4 Cinema in

Leongatha. The competition was held to celebrate the release of The Smurfs Movie during the school holidays.

Melinda, who was in Leongatha visiting her aunty, took home a prize pack including a poster and Smurf soft toys.

Never too late for Mirboo North men TWO Mirboo North men have decided to encourage men to

stay healthy. Lindsay Oates and Rob Kiddell have started a

Ride on: Lindsay Oates and Rob Kiddell will be keen to take their fitness to a new level as part of Mirboo North’s Mens Fitness Group.

men’s fitness group which will be operating early on Saturday mornings. The initial activity was a ride along the Grand Ridge Rail Trail, which saw four men participate, and the duo is keen to see more men involved. Mr Kiddell admitted the idea is not original, having taken it from the Tally Ho Fitness Group, based in Burwood. “Their group meets every 7am in rain, hail or shine for activities like runs, swimming, weights or riding,” he said. “We’ll be meeting at 7.30am. Obviously we won’t have as many members as them, at least not initially.” Mr Kiddell said all the activities would be non-competitive, to allow

for people of all abilities to have a go. The group will be attempting to have three groups; the can-bes, the wanna-bes and the has-beens, which will see men grouped based on their ability. “We hope this new group will comprise many mature men and engage them in keeping fit through exercising, walking, running or biking at an easy pace,” Mr Kiddell said. “It will be a way of meeting a new circle of blokes with a bit of chit chat thrown in for good measure.” Those interested in joining the group can contact Lindsay Oates (5668 1261) or Rob Kiddell (5668 1419).

International flavour: every month Koorooman House residents get-together for Happy Hour around the World at their Leongatha hostel. Last Tuesday was Dutch Happy Hour where volunteers dressed in traditional Dutch costumes and the residents enjoyed a glass of Heineken. From left: volunteer Leni Bongers, activity co-ordinator Lynette Burton and volunteer Joe Van Rooy, and seated, Jill Douma with her husband Alan Douma, a resident at Koorooman House.

Master of TV remote at 90 AS she approached the age of 90, Leongatha’s Mary White prided herself on still cooking herself 20 meals a week. The twenty-first meal was Friday nights at the RSL. Mrs White, who has lived in Leongatha for almost 40 years, turns 90 today (October 18). A belated open invitation 90th birthday celebration is being organised at the Glengarry Hall in November. Her life began around Maffra and Sale, where she was one of nine siblings. She learned to milk cows from age 10, shared a three-quarter bed with two sisters and would squeal with delight if she got a pie for lunch occasionally. Mrs White met husband

Still spritely: birthday girl Mary White with her grand-daughter Rae Wilson and her great grandchild Roy Riseley. Eric in Sale and went on to have four children – Gary, Roy, Leila and Bruce. She now has 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. During World War Two she worked for the defence effort in Melbourne. Mr and Mrs White moved to Orbost and then to Leongatha where they were heavily involved in the Rotary and later Probus clubs. Mr White was president, secretary and held other committee positions in both Orbost and Leongatha. Mrs White helped her husband, who died in 1990, in their upholstery business, worked in a clothing shop and volunteered at Woorayl

Lodge. Mrs White is currently in respite in Sale to be near family after surgery. She usually lives in the independent living quarters at Woorayl Lodge in Leongatha. She is stronger and happier than ever and has some advice for those who aspire to reach her age. “Always put your own health before anything else as that is the most important thing in life,” she said. “Without good health you are a worry to yourself and anyone else close to you. “Never be selfish, don’t hate anybody. “I have always said ‘Life is too short, enjoy every minute, every day’.

“We must savour the best moments of our family lives because time has a way of running out, sometimes before we have adequately expressed our love or devotion or gratitude in words or deeds.” She is the only one who knows how to use the TV remote at the respite home and now has a mobile phone for the first time in her life, “I think life has changed more in my generation than any other with the advent of electricity, gas and computers, plus medication we have seen the lot,” she said. “But I am sure lots of new inventions will keep arriving, I just can’t imagine what.”

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Vote ‘yes’ to tidy towns – president By Brad Lester A KERBSIDE rubbish collection service in Venus Bay would result in a tidier coastline, a peak business body believes.

The members of the Beach and River Business Association are calling on ratepayers in Venus Bay to support the introduction of a kerbside service. South Gippsland Shire Council has issued about 1800 surveys to ratepayers, asking for their views about the possible introduction of a service. Surveys are due back to council by this Friday. The association posted a letter to Venus Bay ratepayers, particularly absentee ratepayers, saying a collection service would reduce street rubbish and dumping in public places, as well as help elderly people unable to access the Venus Bay transfer station. The town is one of few in Victoria without a kerbside service, and residents and holiday-makers have to take their rubbish to the transfer station. Association president Stuart Donaldson said as the transfer station is open for limited hours, some holidaymakers dump their rubbish in public and private bins in Tarwin Lower on the way home, leaving bins overflowing. Others dispose of rubbish in bushland, polluting the environment. “This is not the sort of place where the wind does not blow, so it ends up everywhere; in the river and in the dunes. It’s a constant problem,” Mr Donaldson said. “Some bins overflow twice a day. There are bins at the shops at Venus Bay, the boat ramps and in Tarwin Lower opposite the general store and across the road from us, and the rubbish just ends up all over the road. “Elderly people find it physically difficult to cart their rubbish to the transfer station.” He believes Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay must be “healthy and clean places to visit”, but with bins overflowing at the entrance to – and in the middle of – both towns, a poor image is conveyed to visitors. “A lot of the properties in Venus Bay are rented to holiday-makers and they would be less concerned about it

because they are only here for a week or so,” Mr Donaldson said. “It’s hard to remember a time when there was not a lot of rubbish. Even last week, I brought our bin in on Monday morning and it even had someone’s rubbish in it and was lying down.” The association believes most permanent Venus Bay residents are in favour of a service, but many absentee owners are not. “There have been concerns from absentees about bins being left out for weeks at a time and being a sign that there is nobody about, but the local community is keen on forming a monitoring group that would help put the bins away in their own roads and a local gardening firm has offered to clean up,” Mr Donaldson said. Not everybody is in favour of the proposal, including Beverley Walker of Venus Bay. “There are about 1500 weekenders in Venus Bay and I’m worried about having to pick their bins up. There would be bins rolling over and rubbish blowing around all over the place. Can you imagine that?” she said. The council survey asks ratepayers if they would support a kerbside garbage and recycling collection service, and if so, whether they wanted a full year service at a cost of about $205, a six month service from November to April for $130 or a three month service from December to February for about $80. An extra weekly recycling service from Christmas Day until the end of January would cost up to $30 extra a year. The survey also asks whether transfer station opening hours at Venus Bay and Walkerville suit their needs. Mayor Cr Warren Raabe said some people mistakenly believed council would close the Venus Bay transfer station if a collection service was introduced. “Council is quite excited about the prospect of the service. There is a real opportunity for the people that live there and would like there to be a rubbish service,” he said.

Our coast at risk RISING seas are threatening coastal communities. A report by The Climate Commission, The Critical Decade: Impacts for Gippsland, Victoria, paints a grim picture for the future of coastal living. Corner Inlet has been highlighted as an area of concern. Climate Commissioner and co-author of The Critical Decade Lesley Hughes, said Gippsland was one of the most vul-

nerable regions in Australia to climate change. “The report shows that Gippsland is vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate. Changes in rainfall patterns pose challenges for water supply and agriculture, while higher temperatures increase the risk of large and intense bushfires,” she said. “The Gippsland Lakes, including Ninety Mile Beach and Corner Inlet, represent one of the most vulnerable coastal areas in Australia.

Within 50 years, parts of the Gippsland coast will be inundated to an extent requiring protection or relocation of houses and buildings. “The risks have never been clearer and the case for action has never been more urgent. This is the critical decade. Decisions that we make in the decade will determine the severity of climate change impacts our children and grandchildren will suffer.”

Action needed: Beach and River Business Association president Stuart Donaldson is hopeful a kerbside collection service would be introduced to Venus Bay to improve the amenity of the town, as well as Tarwin Lower.

Grand prix buoys business By Simone Short ONCE again the Phillip Island MotoGP ensured a busy weekend for Bass Coast businesses. With around 100,000 visitors to Phillip Island during the three day event, tourists in the past have looked to surrounding townships for accommodation, and this year has been no different. The weekend traditionally sees accommodation fully booked, and shops, cafes and restaurants overflowing. Wonthaggi Motel manager Leigh Pinczuk said the grand prix is a fantastic event for the community and local businesses. “All the clients that stay with us enjoy the hospitality and environment in Wonthaggi,” he said. “They love it here and the town really seems to get into it too.” Mr Pinczuk said it was the busiest weekend of the year for the motel. “It just draws people from all over the country and it’s the only event that does that all year,” he said. “People come from as far as Western Australia and the Northern Territory, and even from overseas; it draws a massive crowd.” Receptionist Orla Daly

from Big 4 Holiday Park in Inverloch said the MotoGP is always a busy weekend for the park. “All our cabins are fully booked for the grand prix this year, like every other year,” she said. “We tend to get the same people coming back every year, so they usually book in advance.” Ms Daly said guests tend to stay just for the weekend, usually three to four nights. Samantha Richards from Cape Paterson Caravan Park said they were also heavily booked for the event, with only a few camp sites left over the weekend. “We’re flat out, but that’s something we expect every year,” she said. Ms Richards said the event was a great opportunity for all businesses in the region. “I think that any tourism is good for everyone.” The benefits of the biker influx extend all the way to Tarwin Lower, where 17 people from as far as New South Wales fully booked the Tarwin Riverside Holiday Accommodation from Thursday to yesterday (Monday). Proprietor Stuart Donaldson said while in town, the visitors eat at the Riverview Hotel and shop, benefiting the economy. “They get away from the crowds on Phillip Island

and get a ride in every day too,” he said. With Wilsons Promontory closed for most of this year, business has been quieter, Mr Donaldson said, and the extra trade guaranteed by the GP was welcomed. Bass Coast Shire Council’s events co-ordinator Frank Angarane said the

weekend is one of the busiest for Bass Coast and the community had embraced the grand prix over the years. He said both visitors and riders enjoyed coming to Phillip Island, and always received a warm welcome from the locals, only adding to the success of the event.

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Pick-up rejection TO whom it may concern at the South Gippsland Shire Council. We are writing this letter as we are opposed to paying anything for rubbish collection in Venus Bay. We pay enough in rates every year and all we

get for that is the unsealed road graded in winter, which turns into a quagmire. Why should we pay more just because people (holidaymakers) are too lazy to take their rubbish to the tip. Why not have the tip stay open for longer hours? Okay, I know it’s difficult for the disabled and the elderly,

but for the huge price we pay in rates you could organise rubbish collection for these residents free of charge. This council has to be the worst in Victoria because it never uses consultation. It has tunnel vision and is consumed by greed and we’ll be writing to the Ombudsman about the rates anyway and this just gives me more motivation. Thanks for nothing as per usual. Stacey Rodda and Derek Summers, Middle Tarwin.

Silly idea

E D I T O R I A L Internet decision ignores regions SOMETIMES, decisions seem to be made without logic. The Star this week reveals that towns such as Meeniyan are going to miss out on having access to modern day internet services, even when the necessary infrastructure is running right through town. The reason? The town does not meet the population criteria of 1000 people, according to Andrew Sholl of NBN Co Limited, the company responsible for building the National Broadband Network. While results from this year’s Census are not yet publicly available, the 2006 Census indicated 2345 people lived within Meeniyan’s postcode of 3956, however that postcode also includes Dumbalk, Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay. Given the popularity of Meeniyan in recent years, surely the town’s population has grown since then? With the advent of sewerage, no doubt its population will increase even more. Maybe then the government will see fit to connect the broadband network. Governments of all persuasions and levels continue to spruik the value of rural areas and the need to ease the pressure on Melbourne’s services by encouraging more people to live in the regions. All the advertising money in the world is of little value if in reality, the regions are not adequately serviced. Infrastructure such as the fastest internet possible has to be in place to lure people from the city. If people are unable to work due to a lack of quick internet access, where is the value in moving to the country? At the very least, the people of Meeniyan and residents of other towns in similar plights should have the opportunity to pay for connection. The people of Venus Bay look likely to have access to the new network and good on them. However given Meeniyan is on the infrastructure route, it does seem odd that town will miss out while Venus Bay, “at the end of the line” so to speak, will not. Fixed wireless will hardly fill the void. If businesses in rural areas are going to be competitive, yet alone efficient, they need to be placed on an equal footing with their competitors in other areas and that means having access to the same internet service. Anything else is second best.

Letters guidelines ALL letters should be kept to 400 words or less. The Star reserves the right to edit all letters for length and style. Writer’s details, including full name, address and phone number (not for publication), must be included.

FURTHER on the subject of wire rope barriers, due to a couple of letters in last week’s Star, I thought I’d have my two bob’s worth. I am absolutely appalled at the sheer amount of money being wasted on all the wire rope barrier being installed along our highways. I regard them as an unwarranted waste of public money. They do not even appear to be a good idea. If a truck or heavy vehicle hits these wires at any point, then that whole section is compromised and becomes useless. I have seen sections after having been hit, presumably by a heavy vehicle, and the wires are now hanging limp, or even

broken and now useless and won’t do the job intended. Why is it that VicRoads has all this money and in their wisdom waste it on useless fences, but won’t spend anything fixing the ‘Bass Track’ or the ‘South Gippsland Track’. Maybe the wire fences are to save the trees after we run off the road, while swerving all over the place dodging lakes and potholes. One has to wonder if they are trying to protect the trees, because they’re certainly not trying to protect us by fixing the roads. I also read an article regarding a motorcyclist coming to grief on a wire rope barrier. He did not do well out of it being there. After bouncing off the springy wire rope he was then hit by another vehicle. The poor bloke lost his leg. I think he would have preferred his chances with some scrub. Indeed, among the motorcyclists these dangerous fences are called ‘cheese cutters’ for obvious reasons. I would much rather slide along a rail than be sliced on a wire fence. Another main concern with all this wire fence is that someone coming from the opposite direction is ricocheted into my path after hitting wire rope due to all the pothole dodging. This

can result in double the damage or injury. And of course when it comes to maintenance and repair, VicRoads’ mentality must apply the same line of thought as they do to our roads – once the item is built, there is very little, if any maintenance or repair. All this leaves me to wonder if someone in the wire rope industry has a mate in VicRoads or government. Leigh Eames, Dumbalk.

Health first ENJOYING a healthy lifestyle is important for every Australian and Veterans’ Health Week this month reminds us that simple things can go a long way to helping someone lead a healthier and happier life – from sharing coffee with a friend, to checking up on a neighbour. This year Veterans’ Health Week – October 24 to 30 – is all about mental wellness and encouraging members of the veteran community to continue to build resilience, strengthen friendships and promote leadership. For many members of the veteran community, the effects of war and conflict often remain long after their service ends, so it is important they receive sup-

port to live a healthy and happy life. The week is a great opportunity to celebrate the strengths of our veterans and improve awareness and understanding of health and wellbeing issues. A range of activities and events will be held during Veterans’ Health Week, from sporting events to tours of inspiring places, right through to simple afternoon tea catch-ups among mates for a laugh and a bit of support. Information sessions are an important part of the week and I encourage veterans to get along to learn a few hints and tips on the mental health benefits of exercise, nutrition and staying connected. There will also be more specific sessions dealing with mental health conditions, like depression. Veterans’ Health Week is about supporting our veteran community, providing a pathway to better mental and physical health and ensuring the bonds of mateship forged during their service strengthen with time. To find out more about activities happening in your area visit: The Hon Warren Snowdon MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.

VOXPOP! VOX Ahead of council budget consultation sessions this week, The Star asked: are you interested in how South Gippsland Shire Council spends its money?

I am interested. I think they should spend more money maintaining the major areas of the towns because some of these areas are a disgrace. Norma Payne Leongatha

Yes, I think they do a good job with their money, a lot better than the surrounding councils in my opinion. June Clarke Leongatha

Yeah, I reckon they should expand on things like the skate park (in Leongatha); it was great that they put it in but they should upgrade it when they can. Lynton Gale Leongatha

Yeah, they should spend more money on things for the youth and put more money into making the towns look good. Ash Man Nyora

Nominations for St Joseph’s teachers ST JOSEPH’S Primary Korumburra has two staff members in the running for nation-wide teaching awards. Christy Devlin and Emily Newcome are both finalists in the NEiTA (National Excellence in Teaching Awards) 2011 ASG (Australian Scholarships Group) Inspirational Teaching Awards. “We were nominated for the award by different parents in the school community,” Ms Devlin said. “It really makes the job worthwhile when at the end of the day you get an email saying you’ve been nominated for an award,” Ms Newcome added. The award recognises teachers’ efforts throughout last year and their relationships formed with students and parents. Ms Devlin teaches middle year Great teachers: April Adams, Taleaha Olsen, Cadman Benetti and Chelsea students and Ms Newcome teaches the Molloy love their teachers Christy Devlin and Emily Newcome. early years of school.

“We both really didn’t expect to be receiving a nomination,” Ms Devlin said. “It’s good to see that the parents are seeing the changes in the kids, as well as what we see in the classroom.” The pair is part of a group of 568 finalists chosen from more than 1400 nominees. “Our school community is really tight and we strive to get the best for the kids,” Ms Newcome said. “It feels like everyone should be nominated here.” As nominees they are now eligible to progress through to the next phase - the NEiTA 2011 ASG Inspirational State and Territory Teaching Awards, in which 60 teachers will be announced as recipients in November. Of these, NEiTA will select 10 teachers to receive national awards next year. Teacher award recipients at

the national level will receive national awards commemorated with a specially crafted NEiTA crystal apple award and a professional or project grant of $5000.

Shaky ground KORUMBURRA residents were rocked by a small tremor on Thursday night. The tremor, which originated around 12 kilometres north of the town, had a magnitude of 2.4 and hit around 9pm. Another tremor measuring 2.1 hit Arawata after 10.15pm. Mirboo North residents would have also felt a rumble on Sunday, September 9 with a tremor measuring 2.5 originating from Thorpdale South just 10 kilometres away.

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Police back toll campaign POLICE are getting behind the Talk Down the Toll campaign launched last week to battle road deaths.

Sergeant Jim Baum from the Bass Coast Highway Patrol is fully behind the campaign – a joint partnership between the Transport Accident Commission and Victorian Country Press Association, of which The Star is a member. “I really support what everyone is doing with the campaign,” he said. “We’ve had seven fatalities out of five incidents in South Gippsland, while in Bass Coast we have had one fatality which is too many.” The Star wishes to correct figures in last week’s road toll article. The total number of road deaths in the combined area of Bass Coast and South Gippsland is eight and not 12 as stated in the story. “It’s about creating the awareness. It’s there but people just get complacent,” Sgt Baum said. “You’ve got to be careful in all conditions. Be sure that on a bright sunny day on a dry road that you don’t drop your guard and get relaxed on the road. “People usually back off in the rain and when the weather is a bit off and that may mean minor crashes, but in the dry weather conditions, historically that’s when we have serious or fatal crashes.” In a move to reduce the road toll, police have been running Operation Super Ardent,

targeting speed, distraction, dangerous driving, as well as drug and alcohol affected motorists. Inspector Glenn Weir said police have been running the operation since July with good results. “It’s an ongoing operation and at this stage is going to continue until the end of October,” he said. “It’s just part of our ongoing strategy to drive down road trauma in South Gippsland and Bass Coast.” Insp Weir said the latest statistics are a reflection on earlier in the year, rather than the past month. “We haven’t had a fatality for several months now,” he said. “There was a spike in the middle of the year that was a concern, but we addressed it and haven’t had a fatality since.” The five year average for the area stands at seven fatalities, only one more than the average in 2010. Head of road policing Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe, said police remained highly focused on speed as the major killer on the state’s roads. “Speed is attributed to about one third of all fatal collisions on our roads,” he said. “Everyone can take action on speed. If you are concerned about the driving behaviour of a friend or family member, speak up, talk to them. “It’s these types of conversations that could save someone’s life.”

Street scheme costs less LANDHOLDERS in White Road, Wonthaggi won’t have to pay as much for the street scheme many of them didn’t want. The scheme dragged on for years and ended up in VCAT. The works have been completed and haven’t cost quite as much as was estimated. At their meeting this

Wednesday evening, Bass Coast councillors will be asked to approve refunds to those who have paid in full and reductions in outstanding principal balance for those who haven’t. The work, which has provided drainage and a sealed service road at the White Road entrance to Wonthaggi, ended up costing $2.029 million. Council contributed $1.29m and owners of the 64 properties

along the road were left with the rest. Councillors will be told the final figure to be paid by land owners is 8.13 per cent less than had been levied. The scheme did not include the upgrading of the Bass Highway and Lower Powlett Road made necessary by the Wonthaggi desalination plant construction. That work cost $1.52 m, a figure that was met by the state.

Taking shape: the new administration building at Tarwin Lower Primary School is under construction. The new complex will feature a principal’s office, staff room, sick bay, storage room and bathroom, plus a verandah and solar panels. Principal Sharyne Munday is hoping the complex will be ready by Christmas. Looking forward to the opening are students Juanita Walsh, Tess Rainey, Lexi Palmer and Nikita Rainey.

Pipi action set for Venus Bay AN ACTION plan to address community concerns about excessive harvesting of pipis will be implemented at Venus Bay. The Venus Bay Community Reference Group has developed strategies to improve the experience and expectations of locals and visitors collecting pipis and enjoying other beach activities at Venus Bay. The group has been meeting monthly with the Department of Primary Industries- FisheriesVictoria, the Department of Sustainability and Environment, the South Gippsland Shire Council and Parks Victoria with support from other agencies including Victoria Police and Surf Life Saving Victoria. The reference group undertook a training session with the Victorian Multicultural Commission to learn about the different lifestyle values and travel behaviours of people of the various cultural backgrounds

who visit Venus Bay. Parks Victoria ranger in charge Gerard Delaney said the action plan would also include a fun and interactive educational weekend in January to provide information on a number of topics to visitors. “We have developed some strong connections with South-East Asian community groups and will provide their members and other visitors with information about fishing regulations, safe swimming practices as well as promoting the range of benefits of visiting Venus Bay such as exploring the Cape Liptrap Coastal Park,” Mr Delaney said. DPI has also been proactive in addressing concerns raised by the reference group in relation to the possibility that pipis harvested at Venus Bay are being sold at Melbourne markets. Senior fisheries officer at Yarram, Ian Carroll, said that a number of Melbourne markets have been investigated and that the pipis being

sold there are coming from licensed commercial distributers from Venus Bay in South Australia. “We remind people to call the 24 hour reporting line, 13 FISH (13 3474), if they observe any suspected illegal fishing activity,” he said. Information provided by the public assists Fisheries Victoria in planning patrols and enforcement operations. It would assist us greatly if people provide as much detail as possible, including vehicle and or boat registration, when reporting suspected illegal fishing activities. Mr Carroll urged callers to, as much as possible, be sure that they are reporting an offence rather than legitimate fishing activity. Colin Suggett, a community spokesman and member of the VBCRG, said the experience of working with the government agencies involved in the reference group had been beneficial, and helped provide a greater understanding of the issues raised by the community.

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Inlet fishing “stable” By Jane Ross CORNER Inlet fishing is stable and sustainable in its present form.

Chatting: keen fishermen catch up in the Inverloch Library. They are from left, Craig Beekhuizen, Bob Young and historian Neil Everitt.

Retired inlet fisherman Craig Beekhuizen said that last week. He attended talks at the Inverloch Library on Friday, one of which was delivered by Neil Everitt, author of They Fished in Wooden Boats: A history of Port Franklin. Neil said he agreed with Craig’s assessment of the inlet. The retired fisherman, who lives at Port Welshpool but is moving to Inverloch, attended the library event with local identity Bob Young, himself

a retired fisherman. “I like the history of the fishing industry,” Craig said and although he hadn’t read Neil’s book, said he would do so. Craig retired six years’ ago after a 27-year career as a commercial fisherman. Nine of those were spent fishing Corner Inlet. He held an ocean access licence for Inverloch, Anderson, Corner and Shallow inlets. He said in the early days, he understood there were 90 who fished in Corner Inlet, but by the time he started there, the numbers were down to 31. Licence buy outs and government regulation changes led to the reduction.

“It’s a multi-species fishery and now, you get two shots a day with a net. That’s a significant drop in effort.” But the catch per unit is stable because of conservation undertaken by the fishermen, who have set up their own code of practice. “The catch from Corner Inlet has been stable for 50 years now.” These days, Craig is a recreational fisherman. He belongs to the Angler Diary Program, set up through Fisheries Victoria which collates information on the numbers and size of fish caught. “That gives an idea of fish health.”

Quilts galore mark occasion WHEN Jeannette Clark started creating quilts in her garage at Glen Alvie 20 years ago, she had no idea the heights to which her creations would rise. After flowing on into a spare bedroom, Jeannette started creating quilts in a home she owned on the corner of Graham Street, Wonthaggi, near the medical centre. With interest continually increasing, she bought a shop opposite Safeway and began selling products from inside. But still, much like a quilt, the business grew as people offered to add more. “When I started up there was no-

where to buy supplies closer than Beaconsfield or Bairnsdale,” she said. “I figured something had to be done to change that, and here we are.” Her most recent shop, Patchwork Maze, in the Plaza Walk Arcade, has attracted many customers. Plenty of her quilts, as well as many others, were on display at the Wonthaggi Workmens Club over the weekend to mark the business’ 20th birthday, The show, which was open on Saturday and Sunday, attracted many locals as well as plenty of tourists.

Quilt lover: Jeannette Clark, who started Patchwork Maze in her garage 20 years ago, says time has flown by.

Can you scare the crows? GET the whole family in the Halloween spirit by creating a fabulous scarecrow for the Coal Creek Scarecrow Competition.

Spot on: the winning entry in last year’s scarecrow competition at Coal Creek.

Its appearance and personality is only limited by your imagination and your work of art might just win you the Scarecrow of the Year Award and $100 cash. There are two categories you can enter: traditional and contemporary. The scarecrows will be on display around Coal Creek Community Park from Monday, October 24 until Monday, November 7, when you can take them home to your garden. The winners will be announced at the monster Halloween event on Saturday, October 29, so mark the date on your calendar. To enter, download an entry form from www. , complete and send in or deliver to Coal Creek . Then, when your masterpiece is completed, deliver your scarecrow along with a $5 entry fee to Coal Creek on Sunday, October 23 between 10am and 4pm. For further information about the competition, go to or call 5655 1811.

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All pink: Gippsland Southern Health Service staff from left, Anna Kenny, Linda Fiddelaers, Annie Owen and Jeanette Hill are supporting the mini field of women at Koonwarra this Friday. If you go, please wear something pink.

Empathy wrought from ordeal By Jane Ross ANNIE Owen loves helping to bring laughter and lightness to those having chemotherapy at Leongatha Memorial Hospital.

“We try to make it pleasant and some days we have lots of laughs. We’re all like a big family with them.” But she has a particular empathy with the patients too, for Annie has trodden their path. That’s why she arranges the annual field of daffodils at the hospital and the “mini field of women” which will be at the Koonwarra Store this Friday from 11am. The $10 entry fee includes coffee. Meg Viney who lives in Koonwarra, will speak about her journey with cancer. Annie’s a survivor of breast cancer and knows too well how confronting, traumatic and distressing the illness can be. When her diagnosis came in 1989, it was dire. The intense emotion that she felt remains with her to this day.

Annie said after finding a breast lump, she had a mammogram and ultrasound and three days after a lumpectomy, she had a full mastectomy. “The hardest thing was, I had a four-year-old and 11-year-old and I was told I had two years to live.” Her surgery was followed by six months of chemotherapy. There were no local services then and she had to go to Monash Medical Centre for the treatment. Her husband was working so she often had to drive herself, enduring the side effects of extreme nausea and coming home to her role as a mother to young children. Annie needed a week to recover from each chemotherapy session. “Anti nausea drugs are better now and people don’t seem to have side effects.” Hers were so bad, she had frequent bouts in hospital to try to stem the nausea. After the chemo came radiation, necessitating trips to Melbourne every week day for six weeks. Annie arranged her appointments to fit around her children’s school hours. “It was really difficult.”

She practised a lot of yoga during that time and had massages which she said helped her relax and cope. When her treatment finished, she set about trying to get her life back in order. Having reached the “magical” five years without relapsing, Annie was devastated when a lump on her chest scar tissue turned out to be malignant. That was treated with five years of oral medication. “You never know when it might ignite again. “Coming back into nursing in oncology, I know what patients are going through. I can say I’ve been there myself and it’s a different scenario for them.” Managing cancer has been a challenge for Annie; “sometimes a big challenge” and it has altered how she lives her life. “I never live for tomorrow. We’ve done a lot of travelling and we holiday frequently. I never put off until tomorrow what can be done today. “I have a different outlook on life and priorities because you know tomorrow mightn’t be like it is today.”

New cancer service launched A NEW supportive cancer care nurse position was launched in Bass Coast Shire on Friday. This is a first for the shire and is a timely response to a growing need. According to statistics provided by the Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Services (GRICS) in 2008, there were 500 new cancer diagnoses among people living in Bass Coast. In Gippsland, 1516 new cancers were registered in 2007, an increase from 1128 a decade before. If this trend continues, by 2015, Gippsland will see around 1797 new cancers, the number rocketing to 2343 by 2030. GRICS ran an information day at the Wonthaggi Town Hall on Friday. The morning was devoted to body image and sexuality issues for consumers and the afternoon session, including

Information: Jenny Atkins of Foster (centre) attended a session run by the Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Services in Wonthaggi on Friday. With her are Michelle McKimmie (right) cancer services improvement coordinator and Maria Nethercott. communication skills, was for health professionals. “We work with all health services across the region,” said GRICS cancer services improvement co-ordinator Michelle McKimmie. “We do lots of community education.” She said part of the reason for the increasing incidence of cancers in Bass Coast is the ageing population.

Bass Coast Regional Health and Cancer Council Victoria were also part of the day in Wonthaggi. There was some other good news for cancer sufferers and their families on Friday. The State Government announced a $50,000 grant to Gippsland Rotary Centenary House in Traralgon, to help with improvements. Announcing the fund-

ing, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said, “The facility provides affordable, comfortable and supportive accommodation for families and individuals that need to attend health care away from their own communities for an extended period.” The money will go towards landscaping costing $150,000.

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Fish from our waters fed the gold miners By Jane Ross THE thousands of Chinese on the central Victorian gold fields lived on a staple diet of fish – much of it caught at Port Franklin. It was sent by sail to Port Albert, where other enterprising Chinese had set up a large curing plant. The cured fish was transported to Melbourne and packed on coaches to Ballarat. That and a host of other fascinating details about the development of Port Franklin and Corner Inlet, enthralled a crowd of 60 in the Inverloch Library last Thursday. As part of the 2011 Seniors Festival in Bass Coast Shire, the library’s friends’ group invited local historians Neil Everitt and Liz Rushen to speak. Both have chronicled important parts of Australia’s background. Liz’s area of expertise is the 3000 women who migrated alone to Australia in the years before South Gippsland was opened up. She has written about them she said, because they were pioneering women and “we hear little of them”. Neil, who lives in Inverloch and who has had a passion for fishing since he was a lad, is the author of They Fished in Wooden Boats: A History of Port Franklin. His book has been entered in the Victorian Community History Awards and he has been invited to the presentations at Parliament House this Thursday. His great great grandmother was an Irish famine orphan. Other immigrants Fascinating: Liz Rushen and Neil Everitt had their audience enthralled when were fishermen who found their way they spoke about their respective historical interests during a special event at to Port Franklin. Joseph Cripps, an ex convict drifted from a farming job the Inverloch Library. at Portland to the Ballarat gold fields,

where he set up a fish shop. While catching fish at Queenscliff, he heard about the excellent fishing along the south coast to Port Albert and decided that was the life for him. He took a boat along Stockyard Creek to Foster, where gold had been discovered in 1870, setting up shop selling goods to the thousands of miners panning for gold along the edge of the creek. Neil said Joseph Cripps decided to fish out of Stockyard Creek, then moved to Port Franklin when Foster’s gold mining declined. There were no roads, so the families that were moving to Port Franklin went by sea, some with their own boats. “Port Franklin was a very small place at the turn of the century. In 1900, the population was 120. Today, it’s 120!” Around 19 of the adults have the surname Cripps. “Wayne Cripps has a fresh fish shop on the wharf; there are not too many businesses or farms with the fifth generation.” Port Franklin was very isolated and was peopled by some very good fishermen. The fish were taken by sail to Port Albert where it was put on a steamer to Melbourne. Neil said the only way of preserving it was to wrap it in seaweed, so by the time it reached Melbourne, some of the fish was putrid. The Chinese curing plant at Port Albert offered a better outlet. In 1890, the Victorian Government saw the need for railways in country Victoria. When the rail line was completed, a horse drawn wagon could be loaded with fresh fish and sent to market in Melbourne. “It was still wrapped in seaweed.” Later, butter factories were set up

at Toora and Foster, with their own ice making plants. “That changed the way fish were sent to Melbourne,” Neil explained. In the 1950s, there were nearly 50 fishermen at Port Franklin, hauling in flounder, whiting, garfish and rock flathead from Corner Inlet. But government regulations changed a number of times and now there are 18 licensees fishing the inlet out of Port Franklin, Port Albert and Port Welshpool. According to Neil, they “zoom about” in aluminium boats with two 100hp motors on the back and GPS technology. “Fishing in wooden boats was much more passive.” Neil said the Franklin River will never be the waterway it was. Tin mining saw to that. “In the 1890s, tin was discovered in the hills behind Toora. It was mined by hydraulic sluicing.” Land clearing added to the woes of the small rivers and creeks that flowed into Corner Inlet, taking fertiliser runoff with them. As a consequence, previously productive fishing grounds became unproductive because the inlet’s broad leaf grass and weed where the fish fed, were being killed off. “Then, the Victorian Government put a marine park over one of the best fishing grounds in the inlet.” Neil said his book includes details of ship wrecks. “A couple of boats were lost at sea on Foster Show Day 1951, in one of the worst easterly storms. They were never found.” A shark boat also disappeared in the inlet during the war and there was speculation the RAAF bombed it because they thought it was a submarine. All proceeds from the sale of Neil’s book go to the Foster Historical Society.

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Go bikes! Wonthaggi students cheer on the Barry Sheene ride through town on Thursday.

Bikes roar into region MOTORCYCLE fans turned out to watch 600 motorbike riders zoom through South Gippsland last Thursday, as part of the annual Barry Sheene Memorial Ride. The event honours the late British racing veteran and travels from Bairnsdale to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix track at Phillip Island. Spectators lined McCartin Street in Leongatha, Ridgeway in Mirboo North and the Bass Highway in Inverloch and Wonthaggi to see the bikes drive past. The convoy also travelled through Morwell and stopped in San Remo to be welcomed by Bass Coast Shire Council before heading on to Phillip Island and doing a lap of the grand prix circuit.

Many other motorcycle racing enthusiasts made their way through the region, travelling from all over Australia to the international racing event. Businesses experienced the same boom as riders made their way home after the G r a n d Prix.

Fill her up: Bruce Oakley and Chris Knapek filled up their bikes at Leongatha before heading to Phillip Island on Thursday.

Left and right: the parade passes through Leongatha with a police escort.

To the race: having a break at Henriettas, Leongatha from their big ride were Stefan Roonie, Dan Suosaari, Josh Dawson and Chris Fisher.

All kinds: every type of bike travelled to Phillip Island for the grand prix on Thursday.

Stopping in: Craig Leech, John Marshall and Martin Cmunt stopped for afternoon tea at Gatha Food Store in Leongatha on Thursday.

Ride on: the Barry Sheene Memorial ride comes through the Leongatha roundabout.

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Bell tolls for Bena Primary By Simone Short IF YOU close your eyes for just a moment, you can almost hear the echoes of children’s laughter ringing through the empty classrooms in the old Bena Primary School.

Wandering through the playground, a deserted climbing frame and derelict fort overgrown with blackberries are just two of many reminders the school was once a busy hive for children to learn, grow and play. Dating back to the 1800s, the now deserted site is a historical landmark of the tiny town and no doubt is a place of many cherished memories for past students, teachers and families. Next month however, five years after closing, the school is going up for auction under instructions from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Learning. PBE Real Estate auctioneer Michael Wrigley said the property has generated a great deal of interest since it was advertised just over a week ago. “We’ve been inundated with calls; properties such as this are very rare, yet very popular,” he said, adding he sold a number of former school buildings back in the late-1980s and early ’90s. “We’re expecting a very large crowd on auction day of both potential buyers and community members just interested in having a look around.” Headmaster of the school from 1983 until 1997, Greg Bull remembers Bena

Under the hammer: PBE auctioneer Michael Wrigley said historical school properties, such as the former Bena Primary School, are highly sought after and is expecting a large crowd come auction day. as a small school, with 29 students enrolled when he started and growing to 43 before he left. “It was like a great big extended family,” he said, describing it as a family orientated place. “Lots of the families knew each other or were related and everyone looked out for each other.” Mr Bull said parents at the school were supportive and anytime there was a working bee or parental help was needed for activities in the classroom, there were always plenty there. “On a number of occasions I spoke to staff from bigger schools, and we would have more parents attend work-

ing bees with 20 or 30 students than they would with 300.” It was this kind of community support that first saw the school open on October 23, 1890, after local residents petitioned the government to establish a school. An old coffee palace was used until 1896, when a school building was transferred from Mirboo Central, but by 1921, the single classroom was overcrowded and a new building was completed, parts of which still stand today. A South Gippsland Shire Heritage Study done in 2004 included recollections of children walking several miles to school in all weathers, with or without

shoes, as well as the students allowed the day off to celebrate the arrival of the first train through Bena in 1891. The school certainly provides a tangible link with the history of the small town. Alice Leppin grew up in Bena and graduated from Grade 6 at the school in 2001. Her year level was one of the largest in the time she was there, with nine students enrolled in her Prep class which Miss Leppin describes as “huge”. She said the closure of the school, due to only seven enrolments for the following year, was sad for both the students and the town.

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Dyno back by demand LEONGATHA Panel Improvements are celebrating their first birthday and are inviting car enthusiasts and the like along to share in the celebrations. Matt Hurst and Carly Roughead are holding a family day of showing off and kids’ activities at their shop on Yarragon Road, Leongatha. Last year’s opening celebration brought about 600 car enthusiasts from all over Gippsland and Melbourne’s south east to Leongatha to a show and shine, and for a spin on Mike’s Dyno. Mike’s Dyno Tuning Challenge will be back again by popular demand. “Around 38 people had a go on the dyno last year,” Matt said. “It was pretty popular.” Places are limited for the dyno challenge, so get in quick if you want to test your car’s power and torque, and go up against some of the other great cars in the area. There will also be a show and shine for the slower classy cars. Trophies will be presented in both the dyno and show

and shine. “We want to make the day as family oriented as possible as well,” Carly said. “That’s why we’ve got a jumping castle, face painting and colouring in competitions.” The Leongatha South CFA will be putting on a sausage sizzle. For entry forms in the dyno challenge don’t hesitate to visit Matt and Carly at the shop, or call them on 5662 4858 or 0439 316 206. Entry forms need to be in by October 29 and the cost is $80 per car. Also, don’t hesitate to call if your car needs body repairs. “We do everything from a cut and polish to full bare metal resprays,” Matt said, “as well as everything in between: everything and anything. We’re always willing to have a go at anything a customer will bring in for us to do.” Come along to the first birthday bash on Saturday, November 12, from 8.30 am.

“I loved it there; we spent a lot of time learning outside, working in the vegie garden and building bird boxes,” she said. “It was a fantastic school and these days, in terms of student-centred learning, it was the ultimate. “Because the classes were so small, each person was catered for individually, and students don’t really get that opportunity in bigger schools.” Mr Bull agreed, and said there was a much greater opportunity for teachers to get to know the children better and form a closer relationship, and while the closure of the school was sad, it was inevitable with progress. “In the olden days, hours separated small towns, but with roads and transport improving, you can see the reasoning why lots of little schools have closed,” he said. So what does the future hold for the former school? Mr Bull said having worked at the school for so long, he was responsible for many of the improvements around the grounds and would be disappointed to see it demolished. “As somebody who lives in an old house myself, I think it could be kept as a basis for a holiday house or a business for some reason; I would like to see that happen.” The former school site will be auctioned on November 4 at 2pm. So while the hammer may sound the end of an era, listen carefully; you may just hear the sound of a school bell ringing too.

Cr Warren Raabe THE role of mayor has many facets and each week takes me to a wide variety of activities in the community as well as various council meetings and briefings, and last week was no different. On Monday I dusted off an old skill and demonstrated wood turning at the recently opened Men’s Shed at Coal Creek, while on Tuesday night I attended a Carbon on Farms information evening in Leongatha that attracted more than 70 people and was co-sponsored by council. The respected guest speakers from the Department of Primary Industries and the CSIRO told a cautionary tale for anyone considering selling their carbon credits. On most farms the main game is food or fibre and it was strongly suggested that you explore the implications of such a commitment fully before signing up. I am also on the Korumburra Botanic Park Committee which met last week and each time I attend, I am reminded what a hidden gem this is, and that you really should take the time to explore and enjoy it. A quick drive through its parkland of magnificent trees doesn’t really

do it justice. It’s a great place for a picnic, with plenty of space for the kids and dogs to run, well away from the traffic. Wander along Olsen’s Walk down by the creek, or take the kids next door to the caravan park to enjoy the swings and slides that were installed by Apex members for public use. The week ended with a pleasant evening at the opening of the Leongatha Rotary Art Show on Friday night, so you can see there was plenty of variety! Contractual issues with our waste management contractors recently came to a head and were expediently handled to minimise inconvenience to our customers. The transfer stations were closed on Friday, October 7 and reopened the next day under the supervision of our staff. As a token of appreciation to our customers for their understanding, the transfer station fees were waived over that weekend. Council then took over management of the Koonwarra landfill and responsibility for constructing cell three to increase its capacity the following Tuesday to ensure continuity of services to the community. Many former Gippsland Waste Services staff

members have since been employed by council at these sites. Preliminary concept plans for the Caravan Park Development Plan are now on exhibition for comment on A brief survey is also on the website and we would appreciate your feedback. Copies of the plan and surveys are also available at our libraries, visitor information centres, Korumburra Tourist Park, Long Jetty, Waratah Bay and Yanakie Caravan Parks until November 10. Representatives of Coal Creek will attend the Tidy Towns awards night on October 22 and our best wishes go to them for an exciting outcome. They are finalists in two categories and continue to deliver a medley of successful events. October is a busy month for them, with the first birthday of the farmers’ market and the Literary Festival behind them, and with the Food and Film Festival, the Children’s Week Play Day, Scarecrow Competition and Halloween coming up at the end of the month. Details can be downloaded from www. Cr Warren Raabe, Mayor.

Play to celebrate Children’s Week CHILDREN and families from the 19 South Gippsland play groups are invited to celebrate Children’s Week at Korumburra.

A year on: Matt Hurst and Carly Roughead from Leongatha Panel Improvements are celebrating the company’s first birthday next month.

A Play and Share Day will be held at Coal Creek Community Park on Tuesday, October 25 from 10am until noon. The fun event will feature stories in the schoolhouse and old-fashioned games on the lawns. There will also be face painting, puppet shows, craft and science activities

and a baby play area. Bring a picnic to enjoy by the lake. Entry to Coal Creek is free and there will be train rides for the special price of $3.50 each. “Playgroups are special places for parents/carers and children, where they can play, learn, talk, share and relax. Dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers run playgroups all across the shire, from Nyora to Welshpool, from Mirboo North to Venus Bay,” Sara Janssen, council’s supported playgroups co-ordinator said.

“Any families wanting to find out about playgroups, or wishing to meet members of a playgroup near them, are most welcome to join us.” This is the second Coal Creek Play Day, following a highly successful day last year. Children’s Week is a national program recognising the talents, skills, achievements and rights of young people. It is based on the articles expressed in the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child, highlighting play, wellbeing and protection.

Victorian councils, schools and early childhood services host activities during Children’s Week that focus community attention on the needs and achievements of children and young people as they thrive, learn and grow. The activities are based around the theme of A Caring World Shares. This event is hosted by South Gippsland Shire Council in partnership with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

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Kids spread water word SCHOOLS around South Gippsland have taken part in an annual poster competition to promote the value of water.

South Gippsland Water judged the posters on their ability to convey a water related message, how well it could be reproduced, effective use of art materials, and originality of design or innovative concept. Regional winners in the South Gippsland Water competition were: Prep, Ebony Humphrey, Foster Primary School; Grades 1-2, Emma Chandler, Fish Creek and District Primary School; Grades 3 – 4, Matilda Traill, Foster Primary School; and Grades 5 – 6, Lisa Mildenhall, St Joseph’s Primary School Wonthaggi. The competition was held in the lead up to National Water Week which is from October 16-22 - a time to think about the importance of water, where it comes from and how we use water in everyday life. The theme for Water Week 2011 is Healthy Catchments, Healthy Communities. A 2012 calendar is being produced to showcase 12 of the many entries and these will be available across the region in the near future.

Two in a row: the Hillside Bunnies came out on top for the second year running at the Interlodge Quiz Masters Championships.

Bunnies go back-to-back Final cut: Nikita Rainey of Tarwin Lower Primary School will have a drawing in the South Gippsland Water calendar. Among those to feature will be Nikita Rainey of Tarwin Lower Primary School. She used pastels, pencil, chalk and fineliner to create an image of a waterfall. Water Week has always been a busy week for South Gippsland Water, promoting environmental awareness and efficient water use across the region. This year was no exception, with an open day held at Lance Creek Reservoir and Water Treatment Plant on October 9 and school

visits to showcase the poster competition winners across the region. South Gippsland Water managing director Steve Evans said: “National Water Week is a fantastic way to highlight the need to think about sustainable water use and water quality. Past years have been a huge success and we are looking forward to a busy week this October.” For more information on the program contact Amy Love on 5682 0418.

HILLSIDE Bunnies have taken the title as quizmasters once again. The Interlodge Quiz Masters Championships were held on Tuesday October 11 and were hosted by the 2010 champions the Hillside Bunnies in their new multi-purpose room.

A HANDS-ON learning approach to keep young people engaged and building their skills and experience is shaping up to benefit them and the South Gippsland community.

placements for our students which is a great way for them to try a career field, build confidence and experience and demonstrate their potential to an employer,” she said. Leongatha VCAL student, Todd Brown, is working with Leongatha

Automotive Services for his work placement. A data base of employers wishing to participate has been established and Ms Cornish’s role has been to match students with employers to achieve the best outcomes. For more information

on the program phone Ms Cornish on 5662 6700. For more information on the VCAL program offered at Community College Gippsland phone Ms Loenen on 5662 6700 or 1300 462 324 or visit: www.

Practical mind: Community College Gippsland VCAL student Todd Brown gets hands-on learning from Gordon McPhee at Leongatha Auto Services.

Right now, we’re looking for the very best people to join our team. We’re after applicants who are ready to embark on a career that is highly rewarding, challenging, community-focused and secure. We are especially interested in hearing from applicants from a whole range of backgrounds and those with skills and qualifications that can be utilised within Victoria Police. To find out more about the range of police careers, application requirements and to take a test, visit or call 132 001.


back-to-back and claiming the annual trophy. The day of fun, games and interaction has the residents in all the lodges excited for the physical games early next year. ► More photos in Social Scene, page 41.

Teens benefit on the job

Students undertaking the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) at Community College Gippsland in Leongatha have been working with a range of local employers. Community College Gippsland VCAL coordinator, Kristy Loenen, said the students were working in areas including retail, library services, IT, building and construction, aged care, children’s services and more. “Local employers have generously provided work

Water message: Nikita Rainey’s work that will feature in the calendar.

This annual event with teams from Woorayl Lodge, Rose Lodge, Carinya Lodge and Hillside Lodge is popular for residents. The Carinya Cats came in fourth on 220 points, Woorayl Wallabies third on 260, and there was a tight finish between the Rose Lodge Lions on 306 and the Hillside Bunnies on 314. This had the bunnies going

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Plants that go ‘wow’ THE attraction of some plants is their delicate, subtle and beautiful flowers, like native orchids. Others, on the other hand, are known for their ‘wow’ factor. Peonies with their large blowsy, rose-like, fragrant flowers give a definite wow factor and nowhere has their popularity been as intense as in China, where it has been enshrined as the national flower. Peonies are available in two forms: herbaceous and tree peonies. Herbaceous peonies grow to around half a metre tall and are smaller than tree peonies (which can grow up to two metres). Over winter they die down and send up new shoots each spring, and flower from late spring to summer. Herbaceous peonies like slightly alkaline soil that is well-drained with plenty of added organic matter. Dolomite should be added at planting, the tuber crowns should be planted just below soil surface (two to three centimetres) and take care not to damage the roots or new growth. Herbaceous peonies can be reproduced by division, but as a rule leave undisturbed for at least five years before lifting and dividing clumps. When breaking up clumps each new division should have at least two or three growth buds. Tree peonies come in a wide range of colour, from black-red through to dark yellow – almost every colour represented except for blue. Patience is required to grow these plants. First flowers may not be true to size and colour. Allow one or two seasons to develop.

Once they start to bloom the exotic flower is so rewarding. Care is similar to that of the herbaceous peonies, in that they also need dolomite lime. Dolomite is a very good soil conditioner and the peony must have high calcium magnesium content to grow successfully. Good drainage is absolutely essential. After initial planting dolomite lime can be applied around the plant ev- e r y three years. A good indicator of not enough lime is shoots dying back over the winter and tip buds, brown and rotted. Pruning is minimal; usually it is only necessary to remove dead or broken branches. They should be removed when the growing season starts to make sure there is no life in these branches. The large flowering clematis is another flowering plant that definitely ticks all the boxes when it comes to the wow factor. They come in a huge range of colours and can be used in many situations. Clematis look great when combined with climbing roses. They can be grown through small trees, amongst perennials or even grown on a tripod by themselves. Many of the newer hybrids (such as Pilu, Crystal Fountain, Josephine and Diamentina) are compact and will grow well in pots. To grow good clematis, there are a few points to consider. They do not like a very hot westerly aspect and love a cool root zone, so mulching or a stone is important.

T h e y like to be kept moist (not wet) and love to be kept well fed. Clematis have the same needs as roses; they appreciate a slight trim and a feed after each flush of flowers and give a good prune in winter. Rose food is ideal to use on clematis. The third plant flowering at this time of year that gives a wow factor is the deciduous hybrid azaleas commonly called Mollis azaleas. One moment there is an ugly twiggy bare shrub and then virtually overnight the bush is a splash of colour. The colour range is a glorious one, from soft pastels to riotous red and outrageous orange. Some are fragrant and others have fabulous coloured leaves in autumn. All deciduous azaleas require a lime-free soil to which good quantities of well-rotted organic matter have been added. There are some stunning examples to be seen in gardens in Leongatha so they grow well here and are generally long lived.

Grow top tomatoes IT IS tomato time, or just about. Traditionally Cup day has been synonymous with tomato planting but the weather is warming and even if you are not ready to plant, it pays to get tomatoes now and harden them off. Tomatoes would be the most popular fruit and they are surprisingly easy to grow with a few hints. The hardest decision is what variety to grow. There would have to be more than 50 varieties available – we have not only the traditional red varieties but there are also green, black purple, yellow and pink. Then we have short and tall varieties, large and small tomatoes, pear shaped and truss, early and late but whatever you choose, any home grown tomato will always taste so much better than a bought one. Tomatoes can be grown by seed, or are available in seedling punnets or as single plants. The advantage of buying single plants is that you can have a bigger variety and the plants are more established from the start. Growing tomatoes is like painting a wall. It is all about preparation, preparation, and preparation. Prepare now and reap the rewards later. • do not plant tomatoes in the same spot as the previous year; choose a warm sunny site; • add plenty of organic matter, complete fertiliser and lime to the soil; • after planting do not overfeed; otherwise you will get big leafy plants and poor crops. Tomatoes have a low need for high nitrogen fertilisers; • give each seedling a good pinch of sulphate of potash and water in well. This mineral promotes early flowers, toughens foliage and gives plants more pest and disease resistance. Do not feed again until tomatoes are flowering then feed regularly with a tomato food high in potash; • space tomato plants, especially vigorous varieties, about a metre apart when planting out and stake when planting; • tomatoes can also be grown successfully in large pots with under planting with basil and/or marigolds for companion planting; • water regularly, especially as the plants are growing, and then decrease after the fruit has set. • Do not wet the leaves in the late afternoon, as wet leaves during the cold of night can cause fungal or bacterial problems.

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Teens have time of their lives SETTLING back into normal school life has been hard for Korumburra Secondary College’s Alpine School kids.

Snow living: Julia Boys, Katelin Staben, Jacob Zwersien, Ricky Carvill and Luke Pepperell during their time at the Alpine School.

Probus clubs unite MEMBERS of Probus clubs from across South Gippsland descended on Leongatha last Tuesday for a regional meeting. Woorayl Probus Club hosted the event at the Leongatha RSL, luring 45 Probus members from the Anderson Inlet, Coal Creek/Korumburra Combined, Corinella, Cowes, Foster, Inverloch, Korumburra, Leongatha, Phillip Island, San Remo, Wonthaggi/ Inverloch, Wonthaggi, Woorayl and Yarram clubs.

Representatives from each club presented annual reports about how their clubs provided fellowship, friendship and fun for their members. Among the guests were Pam and Gary Gardner representing the Leongatha Rotary Club, and Victorian Probus representatives Sandra Grove and Shirley Prout. The meeting finished with lunch at the RSL. ► More photos in Social Scene, page 41.

After nine weeks of snow, skiing, expeditions and fun at Dinner Plain the five students, Katelin Staben, Ricky Carvill, Jacob Zwiersen, Luke Pepperell and Julia Boys are back in the classrooms at Korumburra. As part of their Year 9 studies, the group of promising young students put their hand up for the positions earlier in the year. “First of all we had to apply and write a 1000 word essay explaining how we could benefit from the program,” Ricky said. “After that we needed to take part in an interview and after that we got picked.” “We’ve made heaps of great friends and learnt so much,” Katelin said. “We’ve also become a lot closer as a

group, and some of us got close with students from other schools.” With an emphasis on leadership qualities, the group participated in many different activities ranging from first aid and food handling courses to goal setting and socialising via the internet with students in similar programs around the state. “I’ll use the leadership skills that we’ve learnt in things like sport, as well as the extra hands-on skills in a future career,” Ricky said. Although the group was away from their families for nine weeks, they did not get homesick. “We were having so much fun and being kept busy that we didn’t really have time to feel homesick,” Luke said. “Through the process we learnt a lot about ourselves and a lot about interacting and living with people our age,” Julia said. The Year 9 students all agree that it was an experience of a lifetime.

Cooking up a storm FOR those interested in preparing delicious, whole meals in a short amount of time, then the Thermomix is for you. Featuring the very best high-tech German design and engineering, the Thermomix has to be seen to be believed. And those who are interested can do exactly that at a cooking class in Leongatha on Thursday, October 20. At the Back to Basics cooking class, held at 6.45pm, visitors will see how the Thermomix makes a sorbet in one minute, whips up fresh butter, mills grain and kneads bread dough, chops a salad in seconds then

goes on to cook some amazing meals and finishes with a real custard and cake. The class is held in Meeting Room One in Michael Place, Leongatha, upstairs opposite the post office. See how to get real food on the table real quick and save a fortune on your food bills. This cooking class is also a fundraiser for the local CWA, which is perfect, as you will see how the Thermomix can make all your favourite foods from scratch. You don’t even have to be in the kitchen while it cooks your meal.

And the best part, all the food cooked in the class is free to eat, so why not book a seat or two and come and see why this product, which has been around Europe for nearly 50 years, is now taking Australia by storm. Talk to local Thermomix owners who are enjoying all the health benefits, as well as saving time and money. Meet local consultants who have very happy customers and a great home-based business and see the miracle maker in action. To find out more, phone Maria Stuart on 0417 743 281.

Region boasts many writers HISTORIAN Patrick Morgan spoke enthusiastically about the rich writing of Gippsland authors and poets during the recent Coal Creek Literary Festival. Coming together: Pat Allaway, Woorayl Probus president; Gary Gardner of Leongatha Rotary Club; Margot Rodwell, Woorayl secretary; Pam Gardner; and Sandra Grove and Shirley Prout of Probus Association of Victoria.

Mayor’s message Cr Veronica Dowman

‘FOOD security’ means having access to healthy affordable food, from a safe and sustainable source. This week I attended a workshop to discuss how we can improve food security in Bass Coast. Local data tells us that one in 12 households in our community can be food insecure. That unfortunately means too many people don’t have enough food to put on the table. Heart Foundation statistics show there are many people who are vulnerable to food insecurity. Most vulnerable in any community are those from low income or single parent households, people with disabilities, the frail, elderly or those with poor access to

transport. Councillors and council officers from several departments also attended the workshop. This was important because a joint approach across council departments and continued work with key community organisations is required to change these statistics. Council staff who attended the workshop brought expertise in areas of strategic planning, economic development, social planning, sustainability, recreation and open space. At the workshop we mapped out the good work already being done to make healthy food accessible across the Shire. This includes community gardens, community kitchens and edible

street scapes. Many people may not realise that we currently have spring onions thriving in some of our municipal garden beds. Council’s economic development team is also currently examining ways in which people can make a living out of producing and selling food locally. The workshop showed that council is on the right course for improving food security, and raised new ways for us to keep working on the issue. Improving our food security is important because reliable access to healthy food contributes to better health and wellbeing for all of the Bass Coast community. Cr Veronica Dowman, Mayor

Mr Morgan was one of the guest presenters at the festival and will also feature at a writers’ forum in Fish Creek on Saturday, October 29. The historian, himself an author, told those at Coal Creek that Gippsland had a strong record of excellent writers, many of whom lived in South Gippsland; Kardella in particular. They chronicled the area’s beauty and

the difficulties as pioneers cleared land and eked out an existence in isolation. Authors included Hal Porter, who moved to Bairnsdale with his family in 1917 and became a well known novellist, playwright, poet and writer of short stories. His memoir The Watcher on the Cast Iron Balcony is an Australian literary classic. He also wrote South Gippsland and its Towns. Tarlton Rayment was another. An author and naturalist, he lived at Ruby in the early 1900s, before moving to Briagolong, where he devoted his time to research and writing about local native bees. His work A Cluster of Bees gained world acclaim.

Nathan Spielvogel was a relieving school teacher in Korumburra. In 1913, he wrote The Gumsucker at Home, describing the town thus: “The chief products of the ’Burra are coal, dairy produce, ferns and snakes. Things are very dull here now. The principle product at present is snakes.” Mr Morgan said he was very taken with the work of W. W. Johnstone, reading part of Johnstone’s poem called Retrospect: When I first came to Gippsland, no seer could foretell. That the light-tapping axe rang the forests’ deathknell; It spread like an ocean, and rolled like a tide

Veterans to be praised WAR veterans around Corner Inlet will be honoured with the addition of plaques at cenotaphs at Toora and Welshpool. The Toora RSL will receive $2370 from the Federal Government to erect three plaques at each cenotaph, commemorating local servicemen and women who have served in Borneo, Malaya, Korea and Vietnam. The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, announced 113 new projects to receive funding to honour Australian servicemen and women, under the Saluting Their Service program. Mr Snowdon encouraged community and ex-service organisations to apply for funding to support significant anniversaries of wartime events. “Commemorative projects play a

major role in educating all Australians both young and old, about our wartime heritage,” he said. “Saluting Their Service helps fund special events commemorating significant wartime anniversaries. This year it has assisted with funding for the 70th anniversaries of Australian service in Greece and Crete during the Second World War and the 70th anniversary of the commencement of the Siege of Tobruk. “These projects ensure the contribution of our servicemen and women is remembered and their sacrifice is never forgotten.” Local community and ex-service organisations interested in applying for funding should visit au/grants or contact their nearest DVA office on 1800 555 254.

Whenever King Storm on the tree-tops did ride. There are seven more verses. Mr Morgan will share the Fish Creek/Foster Quills Writing Group forum with Alison Shields who will speak about short story writing, Peter Cooke a journalist historian and novellist Ruth Carson. The forum starts at 9.30am and will be held in the Fish Creek Memorial Hall supper room. The fee of $20 includes lunch. To find out more, contact Doug Knez 0408 170 465, Judy Atwell on 5663 2369 or Bianca Stefani, 5683 2377ah.

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Festival promotes sustainable living THE October South Gippsland Food and Film Festival is the next in a line of innovative events that promote sustainable living practices in South Gippsland.

It follows on from the autumn Sustainability Festival and the recent fully subscribed Small Farm Workshop series. Organised by South Gippsland Council’s sustainability team in conjunction with the Local Food Network, the festival runs from October 15 to October 23 and features talks, films, garden tours, demonstrations and celebrations. “The festival has a strong grassroots flavour, that we hope will dem-

onstrate and inspire people to live more simply and healthily,” explained festival organiser and council sustainability officer, Christine Hamilton. “It doesn’t feature gourmet dinners and fine wine as most food festivals do, but simply the amazing flavour and taste of vibrant home produce zinging with life force and freshness that translates into good health for your family and a softer footprint on the planet. “We’ve worked closely with the Local Food Network to bring these events to the community and show how simple actions can result in such rewarding outcomes. “The network links a generous group of people who are already adopting this lifestyle and are happy

to share the wisdom they’ve gained on their journey.” Scratch the surface and you will find that there is a strong movement afoot already. Foster sports the Community Café which uses local produce from the Manna Community Garden, and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden engages children in the garden and kitchen at the local primary school, all of which are featured during the festival. Farmers’ markets thrive across the shire and Cr Jennie Deane will launch the Coal Creek Sustainability Centre in its old cordial factory location on the last day of the festival. The Grow Lightly Food Box System operates from the centre, dis-

tributing boxed local produce to its network of customers and is continually seeking new growers to meet the demand. They too will be talking about their project during the festival. To the south, the Venus Bay Food Culture project brings people together through a weekly program of cooking, growing, gathering and sharing food. “Three thought provoking films will also feature during the festival, tackling issues of food heritage and diversity, organic farming and the oil debate,” Ms Hamilton said. “The festival program can be downloaded from and visitors have a unique opportunity to learn how to

be the change that will make a difference to our future.” Festival highlights include: • October 18: tour of Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden at Foster; • October 20: lunch and films at Community Café at Foster; • October 22: film and talks at Venus Bay Food Culture project; and • October 23: food and films, talks and launch at Coal Creek Community Park, Korumburra. The event reflects council’s commitment to implementing its Sustainability Strategy which was adopted earlier this year. For further information on the festival, Ms Hamilton can be phoned on 5662 9314 or Chris.

Tarwin Lower Red Cross THE last couple of months have been very busy as the number of members at meetings has been less due to sickness and people on

holidays. Our unit was saddened by the passing of one of our dear members, Shirley Mercer. Our feelings go out to Alan and his family. In August the unit sent

$132 that was raised for rural areas in Vietnam for water and sanitation. Lorraine and Ian Park gave a very interesting talk and slide show of their trip to Canada and Alaska. The president Margaret Fisher welcomed two new members, Judy Wise and Penny Walder to the September meeting. They are both very keen to be trained for emergency services. Val Latham was guest speaker for the day, speaking about the wonderful trip Ian and herself did travelling the trains around Australia. She was dressed in her dressing gown and slippers that were given to them on the Sunlander train, travelling from Brisbane to Cairns. Both speakers received a bouquet of flowers in ap-

preciation of their talk. October has seen the catering and serving for two funerals, with Gail Sullivan doing a magnificent floral arrangement, filling the whole of the stage of the Tarwin Lower Hall for one of the funerals. Our next big event is a sausage sizzle on Saturday, October 29 and jumble stall at the Tarwin Lower Market on Monday, October 31. The unit’s Christmas hamper raffle books are also being sold. There will be no Red Cross meeting in November as it falls on Melbourne Cup Day, with the next meeting at 11am on Tuesday, December 6 at Venus Bay Community Centre, followed by Christmas lunch. All members wishing to attend should contact Deb on 5663 5458.

Inverloch CWA LADIES enjoyed a Moroccan Casserole Luncheon during a recent Inverloch CWA event. Marj White hosted the 10 ladies and some stayed to watch the film Cassablanca - a golden oldie. Morocco was formed in the 1600s.

Meals roster (Leongatha) K. Davis & E. Derrick and Leongatha Secondary College (all week), National Bank (Tues), SG Specialist School (Wed) and L. & R. Powney (Mon, Thur, Fri) will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning October 24, 2011.

The annual general meeting was presided over by CWA group president Chris Opray. Members were thanked for good reports and for achievements throughout the year. New office-bearers are presidentDorothyRiddiford, vice-president Joyce Ingle, secretary Heather Owen, treasurer Wendy McBernie, international Hellen Nunn, craft leader Pat Griggs, magazine secretary Joyce Arnold, birthday secretary Marj White, caring lady Joy Pollard, tea hostess Gwen Rees and market stall Mary Williams. Blume’s Fashions will be held in the Anglican Church Hall, Inverloch on November 11 at 2pm. The next craft meeting will be on November 8.

Signed, sealed: Jo Beasley and Jeff Bennett sign the Memorandum of Understanding at Wonthaggi Hospital.

Health teams unite HEALTH services in the Bass Coast have entered into a new era of understanding and co-operation. The board chairs of Bass Coast Regional Health and Bass Coast Community Health Service signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at fostering improved coordination of services. It reinforces a common understanding and commitment for the two health services to work together to deliver community based care within the Bass Coast Shire. The MOU outlines the relationship between the two organisations and their pledge to work together in the future development of primary health care services in the Bass Coast. Importantly, it ensures that both health services will be in a position to support each other to deliver high

quality health care to the Bass Coast community. Both organisations know that improving co-operation and collaboration is in the community’s best interests. The chair of the Board of Bass Coast Community Health Service, Jo Beasley said: “This is a great opportunity for health services in the Bass Coast area to work more closely to improve care in our community.” Jeff Bennett, Bass Coast Regional Health board chair, agreed. “This agreement is an important step towards better service integration as envisaged in the Gippsland South Coast Service Plan,” he said. “We will be working together to plan new services and to avoid doubling up on what we do. We will also look at ways in which services can be shared between the two organisations.”

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star One year ago, October 19, 2010 HUNDREDS of gardening enthusiasts walked away with as many plants as they could from the 22nd annual Native Plant Show at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve on the weekend. **** A MAN who was seen exposing himself to two women with young children in Leongatha is being hunted by police. Five years ago, October 17, 2006 BY 2012 the South Gippsland Shire Council will have poured at least $8 million into Coal Creek Village since it opened in 1974.

**** THE State Government has saved the most significant areas of the Strzelecki Ranges from logging, after announcing a $7 million buy-back of harvesting rights. 10 years ago, October 16, 2001 SOUTH Gippsland will enjoy a competitive advantage over other regions in the state with the construction of a new regional trade waste treatment plant south of Leongatha. **** L E O N G AT H A’ S Lisa Alexander has been named as the Melbourne Phoenix coach for the 2002 Commonwealth

Bank Trophy netball season, filling the big shoes left by Joyce Brown. 30 years ago, October 20, 1981 WOORAYL Shire Council has agreed to an 11 per cent rate increase this year to finance a progressive works program. The increase agreed to at the estimates meetings last Wednesday will push total rate revenue past $2 million for the first time. **** CURLY Salmon knocked up the first A Grade century of the season, with his powerful 105 not out leaving Nerrena in a commanding position over Town.

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Balerno Park up for auction B

ALERNO Park is an outstanding lifestyle property in the highly renowned sough after district of Kardella South, midway between Korumburra and Leongatha, South Gippsland.

Boasting magnificent rural views and picturesque undulating land, Balerno Park is superbly suited to cattle, horses or any other agricultural pursuits. The land is of the highest quality that South Gippsland can provide, with a secure 40+ inch rainfall.

Balerno Park is virtually 100 per cent tractorable, with treed shelter plantations and very attractive shed trees. The property is fenced into seven paddocks. Balerno Park comes with a characteristic four bedroom, two living area weatherboard home, ideal

for renovation or weekend/ permanent living. The property has a large lock-up machinery shed, disused dairy and haysheds. Being only five minutes to Korumburra and 10 minutes to Leongatha, with easy 1km access to the South Gippsland Highway, and only one and a half hours to Melbourne, Balerno Park is situated in an outstanding position.

KARDELLA SOUTH Location: 895 Old Leongatha Rd Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Auction: Saturday November 26 at 11am on site. OFI: Saturday October 29 and Saturday November 12 from 11 to 11.30am Agent: Elders Real Estate, Korumburra Contact: Don Olden on 0417 805 312 or Zel Svenson on 0438 636 290 or 5658 1894

Live the country dream A

RARE 13 acre farmlet is located just five minutes from the Leongatha township. With 270 degree views over the lights of Leongatha and rural surrounds and the peace and quiet of country living, this property ticks all the boxes. The home has three bedrooms plus a study, Tasmanian oak kitchen with a pantry that will impress most cooks, solid fuel heating, a reverse cycle air conditioner, and a sliding glass door to a large covered deck that takes in the morning sun. The surrounds are a credit to the current owners, with beautifully landscaped gardens, a huge vegie patch and two

separate orchards. The land is divided into five main paddocks with a reticulated watering system and a creek. There is also a handy set of stockyards. An inspection will impress.

LEONGATHA Location: 350 Anderson Road Bedrooms: 3 (plus study) Bathrooms: 1 Agent: Stockdale & Leggo, Leongatha Contact: 5662 5800

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Stunning scenes at Tramore I

NDULGE yourself with the stunning panoramic picture perfect coast line views of Bass Strait and Western Port Bay, from every aspect of this meticulously maintained property, situated on five acres, on the crest of the Kilcunda hills. Fastidious attention to detail is on display from the choice of location,

to the classical and timeless design of this light-filled northerly orientated first class passive solar residence. Offering luxurious accommodation and quality appointments throughout, with two expansive living areas, elegant main bedroom, en suite and parent’s retreat, two further generous bedrooms and bathrooms, deluxe kitchen, office/study, country laundry plus integrated double garage. Entertain with the outdoor liv-

ing terrace, while marvelling at the wondrous natural landscape and ambience of the picturesque pond on property. And beyond the title boundaries, a presentation of arguably the best views available in the Bass Coast region. Situated close to pristine beaches it is within 90 minutes of the Melbourne CBD. Inspection by appointment will leave you absolutely awestruck.

KILCUNDA Location: 545 Densley Road Bedrooms: 3 (plus study) Bathrooms: 2 Price: $1,495,000 Agent: Alex Scott & Staff, Inverloch Contact: 5674 1111

Hidden deco delight B

EHIND the shrubbery, you’ll discover this comfortable three bedroom home with art-deco styling including rippled glass double doors to the loungeroom, decorative high ceilings and even a sculpted window pelmet. The home has been well-maintained and a recent refurbishment has resulted in the roof being replaced and ducted vacuum being installed. The open-plan kitchen and meals area has been updated with fresh and bright cream cabinetry and marble-look bench tops, plenty of cupboards, including a good-sized wall pantry, a dishwasher and space for a wide fridge. The bedrooms are well proportioned, and also feature the high decorative ceilings. Flowing from the meals area is a large verandah with laserlite overhead to allow light in, whilst providing a protected area for alfresco breakfasts, barbecues or play. In the past, one side of the verandah was set up with an undercover spa. Mmmmm! On a corner allotment, the home is screened from the street by an attractive ‘hedge’ of exotic and native trees and shrubs, with splashes of colour through the seasons.

The rear garden is secure for children and pets, and includes a lawned area, fruit trees and a garden shed. A new, lock-up garage with concrete floor is sited at the front.

The property is conveniently located within walking distance of the shops, rail trail and recreation reserve. In a very reasonable price range, this property

would be perfect for investors (talk to us about prospective rental returns), plus smaller families and those wishing to downsize. Excellent value for money, and very liveable.

MIRBOO NORTH Location: 5 Murray Street Bedroom: 3 Bathroom:1 Price: $225,000 $250,000 Agent: Prom Country First National Contact: Lisa Williams on 0438 133 385

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It’s a heavenly Harkaway T HOSE familiar with Harkaway Homes will recognise the superior design qualities which give this twin-gabled homestead its grace, classical proportions and stature.

Set in park-like surrounds of just over an acre, the property is all about liveability and lifestyle, with beautiful interior and exterior living spaces plus a huge workshop/garage large enough to house a bus! Custom-designed, the home features 2.7m ceiling heights – with beautiful gutter cornices – which not only creates a sense of airiness, but allows for the verandah outside to be higher than normal, which in turn allows light to penetrate the home. The level of detail and craftsmanship inside is second-to-none, and features such as granite benchtops in the kitchen, secretly-nailed Jarrah timber floors, porcelain tiles in the utility areas and solid brass door handles, plus a tasteful colour palette, all add to the sumptuous ambience. At the centre of the home is the open-plan kitchen/dining/living area which spills onto front and back verandahs (which envelop the house) through French doors. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, a walk-in pantry and wide fridge alcove. There are four bedrooms with

MIRBOO NORTH Location: 30 Wells Road Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Price: $495,000 - $550,000 Agent: Prom Country First National Contact: Lisa Williams on 0438 133 385

built-in robes, and all are queen-size except for the main, which easily fits a king-size bed. In this suite there is also a walk-in robe and en suite. The family bathroom features a claw-foot bath for long, sudsy soaks, and period fittings add to the charm and elegance. In addition to the verandahs, there is a huge, north-facing paved area perfect for get-togethers with family and friends, or for use as a play space for children. The grounds have been lovingly landscaped and feature lawns, retaining walls, native hedging plants and fruit trees. The garage/workshop will house your motor home (if you’re lucky enough to have one) or your full-size bus. The roof is insulated, making it comfy for hours spent on your hobbies or work, and three phase power, storage mezzanine, and bathroom complete the picture. Additional features include grid-interactive solar power, acoustic insulation in internal walls, tank and mains water, and a grey water system to water the garden. This heavenly home is located in the Wells Road precinct of Mirboo North just a couple of minutes’ drive to shops, parks, schools and the rail trail.

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Crystalbrook the new place to be CRYSTALBROOK in Kilcunda is the latest in residential land packages and the perks of the area are endless.

Interested buyers will no doubt be swayed by the locality, views and size of allotments. “It’s a brilliant spot. We chose it because of its location close to Melbourne and within the Bass Coast,” Blair Hodges of South Coast First National in Inverloch said. Mr Hodges said the lifestyle options were endless. “Kilcunda is close to so many things. It’s perfect for all styles of living,” he said. “For retirees, they can live in a beautiful area and they can go on day visits to Melbourne to visit the kids

or grandkids.” Crystalbrook has already attracted plenty of interest from prospective buyers. With 52 lots available on the site, Mr Hodges doesn’t believe it will be long before they are all snapped up. “We’ve had a lot of interest because there’s a lot on offer here. We’ve got good size allotments in a great position,” he said. Some of the lots are still unavailable at this stage, but earlier lots can be purchased and should be prepared by May next year. “People who buy in stage 1a should have their allotment available to build on from mid next year,” Mr Hodges said. The size allotments in stage 1a range from 700sqm to 1141sqm.

Another integral part of the Crystalbrook landscape is its very own Central Park in the middle of the development. The three acre park features an expansive area for children to play, as well as offering a beautiful view. “A huge percentage of the land is dedicated to our main feature, its park. It’s pretty unique for a spot like this,” Mr Hodges said. “Most allotments will have the unique benefit of direct views across the park and to the hills beyond. “For most of them, residents will walk across their private street to the park. It’s great for kids, as they won’t be walking across busy through roads. Its own internal road system limits traffic to residents only.”

Look at that: the bridge at Kilcunda is famous for it views.

Killy Pub: this iconic venue has been a major attraction for many years.

Gentle stroll: the rail trail is a popular site for a stroll for plenty of locals and tourists alike.

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Country life T

HIS 40 acre farmlet ticks all the boxes when it comes to rural living. It has productive rolling pasture lined with established gum trees, a four bedroom brick homestead with large living spaces, and full sized horse arena, all located within 4km of Leongatha. The spacious brick home

has room for all the family and guests, from the lounge, formal dining space, casual dining kitchen area through into the billiard room with polished floorboards and solid fuel combustion heater. The main bedroom is accompanied by an en suite, while the remaining rooms are serviced by the beautifully renovated main bathroom. Rolling acres are subdivided

into four main paddocks, as well as a recently completed, full size horse arena. A productive, income producing property located only minutes from Leongatha, offering the best in country living. The property will be open for inspection over the next two Saturdays, October 22 and 29, between 11am and 12pm.

LEONGATHA Location: 140 Sages and Logans Road Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Land size: 40 acres Price: $720,000 Agent: Alex Scott & Staff, Leongatha Contact: 5662 0922

Panoramic water views U

NDER instructions from the mortgagee we offer this former 4 1/2 star rated bed and breakfast which oozes character and sophistication at every turn.

The property features parquetry floors, cathedral ceilings, and an abundance of light from the northern views extending over Anderson Inlet. Light cosy fires in the formal lounge, read your favourite novel in the library, share good times with the family in the formal dining room or soak up the best views Venus Bay has to offer. The hostess kitchen has all new appliances and a living area with a homely feel which

VENUS BAY Location: 43 – 45 Louis Rd Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Auction: October 29 at 11am on site Agent: Alex Scott & Staff,Venus Bay Contact: 5663 7111

invites you to enjoy family gatherings or the peace and quiet of Venus Bay. The residence sits above the township on a double block, offering privacy, plenty of room to move and views to enjoy forever. Three bedrooms with en suites and main with walk-in robe plus fourth bedroom, three living areas including formal dining, study and library. The property also features multiple outdoor entertaining areas and a large three bay shed. Established gardens and a large fresh water supply, plus of course those views, and the list goes on. Come and see for yourself. An inspection will impress

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - PAGE 37

MIRBOO NORTH Location: 8 Greys Road Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Price: $495,000 Agent: Stockdale & Leggo, Mirboo North Contact: 5668 1300

Rose Ridge in the estate

AKE time to inspect this beautifully appointed heritage weatherboard home set on 3.75 acres, just 4 km from the township of Mirboo North in the popular Darlimurla Estate.

The property at 8 Greys Road offers an experience of rural living second to none. The house is only five years old and features all the modern conveniences, with electric appliances and three reverse cycle air conditioners. The main bedroom has a walk-in robe and en suite. Bedroom two and three are a generous size with built-in robes and feature bay windows. The open plan kitchen/ dining/lounge area offers plenty of natural light and boasts loads of cupboard space. Features of the area also include tiled and timber floating flooring.

All this leads out to a protected, elevated deck which offers a superb view over the property. Three 5000gl water tanks ensure ample water supply to the house. The gardens shout ‘labour of love’, with the perfect balance of native and cottage garden. It captures your attention with a gazebo, several different garden beds, archway, pond and dam featuring its own sheltered seat. The exterior features complete the package, with a huge 9 x 7m Colorbond shed (with power), chicken coup, vegie patch and covered orchard. The three well fenced paddocks are complemented by a dam offering an ideal start for the horse enthusiast. The overall feel of the property lends itself to the peace and tranquillity of country living without sacrificing modern conveniences. Inspect today, you won’t be disappointed.


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Milpara Community House news

MILPARA Community House at 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra is now open and taking enrolments for Term 4. For any enquiries and bookings please call Sandra or Belinda on 5655 2524 between 9.30am and 4.30pm. **** Think F.A.S.T. was the message that the National Stroke Foundation wanted to promote at their information session held at Milpara recently. We learnt how to recognise if someone is having a stroke. ‘F’, check their face; ‘A’, can they lift their arms; ‘S’, is their speech slurred; ‘T’, time is critical. If you see any of these signs call 000 now. **** Computer Basics classes commence on Thursday, October 20. Computers for Beginners will give you confidence and an understanding of the computer operating system. Learn to use the mouse, open and close programs and create files and folders. Internet for Beginners will cover how to access the internet, send and receive email, use browsers, search engines and download information. Word Processing for Beginners will cover how to set out letters and other documents using Microsoft Word. All classes are held on Thursday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Please call Milpara on 5655 2524 to enrol. **** Would you like to help build your confidence and self esteem? Communicate more effectively and manage stress? Life Skills for Women starts on Tuesday, October 17 from 1pm to 3pm for six weeks. This course will help you set your

own goals and you will work in a supportive group. For further information and to enrol, contact Sue Armstrong at Uniting Care Gippsland on 5662 5150, with sessions held at Milpara Community House, 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra. **** Computers Beyond Basics commences on Thursday, October 20. Email and internet includes attachments, file sizes, how to zip files, save and send photos, address book, virus checks, how to make safe internet transactions on banking and buying websites. File Management covers how to create, find, save and move files and folders. Computers Beyond Basics includes the Control Panel, use of right clicking, computer maintenance, desktop icons, printing tips and hints. All classes are held on Thursday afternoons from 1pm to 4pm. Please call Milpara on 5655 2524 to enrol. **** With Christmas around the corner, would you like to impress your family and friends and learn how to create your own decorated Christmas Cake? Using a Lion’s Christmas cake or one of your own, learn decorating techniques with an experienced cake decorator. This course is held over three Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm, starting on October 25. **** Would you like to learn manual book-keeping? This is a great course for those who require this knowledge for employment, their own business or prior to using a computerised system. Course includes cash payments and receipts, bank reconciliation, reports

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

Creative activities are spotlighted. This is a prime time for pursuing artistic activities. In matters involving shared finances, caution is critical. Romantic intuition pays off. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

Your judgement may be clouded when it comes to evaluating your own performance. The opinions of outsiders are worth considering. Community interests dominate your times through the weekend. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

This week sees you examining at least two different issues. Careerwise, review all evidence before making a pronouncement. The romantic picture brightens, thanks to your partner’s sentimentality. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

Your competitors are on their toes and you can’t afford to be offguard. This is the time to crank everything up a notch - anything could happen. LEO - July 23 - August 22

Educational activities increase and travel prospects are bright. A selfindulgent streak may surface, so make a special effort to stick to your diet and stay within the budget. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

Business and travel blend through the week, but romance may have to take a temporary back seat. Avoid impulses when making purchases. The accent should be on quality and value. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

Important contacts may be made after the weekend. Don’t be shy about promoting your special skills. A relative impresses you with a rare display of compassion and generosity. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

The keyword is recycle. Sometimes old ideas are the best - perhaps you could put some of them to good use. Self discipline is strong if planning a commonsense diet. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

Don’t wait too long before making your moves - someone could beat you to the punch. Relationships accent the intellectual side. A bonus may arrive after the weekend. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

Petty jealousies all but disappear from the workplace and harmony returns to the home front too. Assignments become less repetitious. Variety spruces up your personal relationships. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

Business and friendship may blend surprisingly well. Culture and romance mix nicely too. This is a good week for attending concerts or visiting galleries and museums. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

When it comes to relationships or friends, you excel in the role of counsellor. Your objective approach also lets you stand back and plan your career path. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

You are compassionate and sympathetic but you can be too emotional and decisive. A strong positive outside influence could lead you to a career expansion. Poetry and other creative expressions are highlighted.

and GST. The course is held over six Mondays from 9.30am to 3pm starting on October 24. **** Do you have teenagers? Find out how to better deal with changes in behaviour, moodiness, defiance, anger and loss of self esteem which adolescents may experience. Teenage Girl session on Wednesday, October 26 and Teenage Boy session on Wednesday, November 2 from 7pm to 9pm. Supported by the South Gippsland Parenting Network. ****** Is sewing something that interests you? Learn how to confidently use your machine and maintain it. Make a simple garment using basic sewing skills. Improve your sewing skills commences on Wednesday October 26 for four weeks from 10am to 1pm. Call Milpara on 5655 2524 to enrol.

Act fast: Roy and Helen Francis from the National Stroke Foundation and Milpara Community House co-ordinator Sandra Webster urge people to be aware of the signs of stroke.

New path on way Health award

WORK starts this week on a $278,000 shared footpath to complete the foreshore link from Grandview Grove to Cuttriss Street and the Inverloch Angling Club foreshore car park.

The path is 2.5m wide and allows space for pedestrians, bikes, prams and scooters. Bass Coast Shire Council infrastructure director Felicity Sist said construction of this last section of the Inverloch footpath would make several recreational facilities more accessible. When completed by Christmas, the pathway will be nearly 2.4km long. It is being funded by a VicRoads Bike and Pedestrian Program. The project is part of Council’s capital works program and is funded by a VicRoads Bike and Pedestrian Program grant of $278,000.

LATROBE Community Health Service has won the 2011 Victorian Healthcare Association Award for its mobile wound care research project. The award, which recognises an outstanding collaborative project in Victorian public healthcare, was presented at the VHA’s annual conference in Melbourne. The project is a web-based program with a regional wound consultant as the central reference point for clients across Gippsland, including South Gippsland. The consultant, Marianne Cullen, has remote access to every client’s file, enabling her to provide expert wound management across 42,538 square kilometres.

Church Times ANGLICAN: Wednesday, October 19: 9.30am Woorayl Lodge HC; 10.15am Koorooman House HC; 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Friday, October 21: 7.30pm St David’s, Meeniyan HC. Sunday, October 23: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Family Service; 10.30am Union Church, Tarwin Lower MP. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Mirboo North. Phone 5668 1346. Holy Communion 8.30am: Worship and Sunday School 10am. ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Korumburra: Sunday 9.30am and Wednesday 11.30am. Poowong: Second and fourth Sundays, 11am. ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: McBride Av. Wonthaggi. Sunday, 9am Eucharist, 11am Family Service, Wednesday 10am Eucharist. ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION: The Crescent, Inverloch. Sunday 9am Eucharist, Tuesday 10am Eucharist. For details of Community Meal, Youth Group, Bible Studies & Kids Club contact Rev Graeme Peters 5672 4590 or visit ASSEMBLIES OF GOD: Prom Coast Community Church Inc. - Foster Community House, Station Street, 10am: Sunday. Sunday School and Creche operates. Pastor Bill Watson 5686 2248. A.O.G. Inverloch - Cnr Bear and McIntosh Street, Inverloch. Sunday Service 10am. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, Sunday, 10am Worship Service and 5pm Prayer Service. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: 5655 2478. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Leongatha Equip Church - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Ph: 0408 305 880. Sunday services: 10 am. Wonthaggi A.O.G. - Billson Street, 10am: Sunday. Contact: Pastor Barry Smith 5672 3984. CHRISTIAN REVIVAL CRUSADE: 40 Hughes Street, Leongatha. Sunday, Morning Service 10.30 am: Inspirational Service, 6.30pm: Children’s Church 10.30am: Home cells weekly. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455. THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES CREEK: Meeting every Sunday at Archies Creek. Morning Communion Service 11 am: Evening Holy Spirit Revival 6pm: Phone: Ps. Chris Chetland 5674 3867 or 5672 4660. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST:

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

Bent and Turner Streets, Leongatha. Phone Rev. Dr D. Clarnette 0409 236 981 or elder Col Rump 5662 2107. CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH: Reformed Church meeting at the corner of Peart and Brown Streets. Sunday family service at 10.30am. (10am daylight saving time), creche and Sunday School available. Sunday evenings 5pm service. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2527. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, October 23: 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 5664 9306. FISH CREEK UNION CHURCH: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 9am; 2nd & 4th Sundays, 7pm. Contacts: Fran Grimes 5683 2650, Sue Poletti 5663 6325.


1. 6. 8. 9. 10. 11. 13. 15. 17. 19. 22. 23. 24. 25.

ACROSS Complete (8) Cheese (4) Spinster (4) Seat (8) Pier (5) Drug (6) Crowd (6) Confusion (6) Cave (6) Slap (5) Meditate (8) Unfortunately (4) Crooked (4) Reptile (8)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 12. 14. 16. 18. 20. 21.

DOWN Join (5) Dish (7) Snatch (4) Hatchet (8) Anaesthetic (5) Foolish (7) Unaware (8) Hairy (7) Medical complaint (7) Pollute (5) Category (5) Mock (4)

CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8295 ACROSS 1. Means it will take a long time to capture the woman (8). 6. The chief gets a torch to go out (4). 8. Run back to devour (4). 9. The person we’ve all come to see jump and maybe run (4,4). 10. Don’t allow the man to be corny (5). 11. Managed to get the cold I had and it’s really bad (6). 13. The way a mister gets round a miss (6). 15. At one point go off for a walk (6). 17. With skills, put in the brown design (6). 19. Because the man’s name is Eastern (5). 22. Kettle the artist? (8). 23. Always get the name right (4). 24. Paid off half and left half out of work (4). 25. Women’s wear near men’s wear (8). DOWN 2. A stringy female? (5). 3.Stop the music! (7). 4. Shot mum, good gracious! (4). 5. Turning, speaks sharply to the lines of fliers (8). 6. Getting the woman to enter as a man (5). 7. My face is friendly! (7). 12. Open up, love, for the man (8). 14. Found in a bad environment, she is humiliated (7). 16. Ensure the hounds won’t follow going down? (7). 18. A liking for, which makes sense (5). 20. Made less of capturing her (5). 21. Right inside the huge craft (4).

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• Meeniyan parties in tavern • Rotary auction at Korumburra • Arts Prom Country Art and Photography show

Check it out: Ian and Julie Matthews of Korumburra take a look at the art on display at the Arts Prom Country Art and Photography Show in Leongatha.

Rivals delight: despite being rivals, Oakley McKenzieMcHarg lawyers Justin Heffey and Colin McKenzie-McHarg looked to purchase some artwork by Birch Ross and Barlow lawyer Bruce Grainger.

Catch up: the auction night at Korumburra was enjoyed by John Shandley and George Auddino.

Fun night: Wayne and Robyn Nottage, Heather McCaughan and John and Faye Boag enjoyed the tavern night in Meeniyan.

Auction catch up: Wayne Blogg, Maxine Davies and Mark Holmes showed their support for the Korumburra Rotary Club’s annual auction night recently.

President: Korumburra Rotary Club president Charles Huson, Stewart Woods and David Child were thrilled with the success of the auction night.

Auctioneers: Landmark’s Eddie Hams and Brian McCormack volunteered their time and helped sell 100 items during Korumburra Rotary’s auction night.

Music in Meeniyan: Phil Piper, Kate Jackson, John Cocking and Avril Van Wamel enjoyed the musical feast ringing out from the Meeniyan Hall.

Tavern attendees: Kathryn Smith and Michael James had a great night out in Meeniyan at the 27th birthday tavern night.

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• Interlodge quiz at Korumburra • Coal Creek Farmers’ Market birthday • Probus clubs gather in Leongatha

Sharing tales: front, Les and Sandy Ridge of the Corinella Probus Club, and Phillip Island Probus members John Wright and, back, Priscilla Stott and David Pascoe.

Keen participants: Alicia Bowman and Shirley Trease were very involved in the games at the Interlodge Quiz Master Championships at Korumburra.

Market music: Malcolm White from Korumburra and Mark Byrne from Leongatha provided musical entertainment at the Coal Creek Farmers’ Market first birthday.

Something for everyone: Janine Eigenraam and Anthony Krause, with daughters Makayla and Naomi, from Leongatha, at Coal Creek.

Enjoyable time: Sally Hoskins, Jennine Warner and David Vance of Woorayl Probus Club socialised with Marilyn Robinson of Inverloch Probus and Jellie Wyckelsma of Anderson Inlet Probus.

Hello, hello: Judi Brown of the San Remo Probus Club and Gladys Wheeler of the Anderson Inlet Probus Club catch up at the South Gippsland gathering at the Leongatha RSL last Tuesday.

Scones galore: Dawn Wylie and Cheryl Enbom sold homemade scones at the farmers’ market to raise money for the Jumbunna Hall.

Winners: Jean Inglefinger and Betty Barry from Hillside Lodge were winners at the Interlodge Quiz Master Championships.

Butterflies and kittens: Kiah and Ella Beasley from Caldermeade looked gorgeous with their faces painted at Coal Creek.

Flying flag: Harold Verdon and Denise Corless of the Coal Creek Probus Club have served as inaugural president and lady vice-president respectively. They were at the South Gippsland clubs’ gathering at the Leongatha RSL.

Coal Creek Farmers’ Market: Lucy and Mack Tabuteau from Korumburra found some new additions for the garden at the farmers’ market.

Fun day: Rose Lodge residents Ralf Heusserer and Beryl Holland had a great day at the Interlodge Quiz Master Championships at Korumburra last Tuesday.

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Goodwin heads board FORMER Bass Coast Shire mayor Cr Neville Goodwin is the new chair of the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (CMA) board. Neville is one of Bass Coast’s most well known citizens. He was mayor for a record four terms before retiring for health reasons, has been involved with the Rotary Club of Wonthaggi for years and represents the community on the Wonthaggi desalination plant’s liaison committee. Neville is not the only luminary on

the board. Arron Wood has been reappointed for a third term and, by the time he finishes that, he will have belonged for nine years. Arron is the director of Firestarter Pty Ltd, an environmental communication and education consultancy business. In 2007, he was named the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year and last year, was the people’s choice winner in the annual Banksia Environmental Awards. He has been a Clean Up the World Ambassador, a member of the National Council on Education for Sustainability advising the then federal

Environment Minister Peter Garrett and has written a book Inspiring the Next Young Environmental Leader Kids Teaching Kids – Addressing Our Environment Crisis. He told The Star the Port Phillip Westernport CMA’s unique issue was the fact that its catchment has a population of 3.8 million; the most populous of all the state’s CMAs. He said he was unaware that Northern Pacific Seastars have been found in Western Port Bay (at San Remo) describing the news as “very alarming”. He said the CMA works closely with Parks Victoria, port and other

authorities and the CMA board’s role is one of governance. Other Port Phillip and Westernport CMA board members for the coming term are Bill Jaboor, Lance Jennison, Jane Jobe, Jacquelyn Ross, Peter Akers, Kay Spierings and newcomer Laura Mumaw. Angus Hume has been reappointed chair of the West Gippsland CMA. He will serve with four new members – Ian Hill, Warrick Wilson, Mike Haughton and Christine Holland and existing members John Anderson, Alex Arbuthnot, Ian Gibson and Dr Barbara Johnson. Announcing the appointments,

State Water Minister Peter Walsh and Environment and Climate Change Minister Ryan Smith said candidates went through a rigorous selection process. The CMA directors, said the ministers, bring a wealth of experience from a range of relevant backgrounds. “Their local knowledge and independent expertise will provide an invaluable contribution to Victoria’s natural resource management and engagement with community groups, landholders, farmers and businesses.” The directors are accountable to Mr Walsh and Mr Smith.

Touch down for shearwaters THE final siren has sounded on the AFL season, but the real high flyers aren’t the fellas in footy boots – they’ve been upstaged by one of Australia’s most abundant birds.

Helping hands: a Phillip Island Nature Parks’ ranger rescues a shorttailed shearwater that landed on one of Phillip Island’s roads.

About 23 million short-tailed shearwaters have migrated to Australia from the Bering Sea near Alaska, and nearly one million have landed on Phillip Island. The migration takes approximately four weeks and covers 15,000 kilometres. Phillip Island Nature Parks’ education ranger Graeme Burgan said the shearwaters typically touch down on Phillip Island around AFL grand final week and will spend the next six months courting, mating, renovating their burrows and raising a chick. “The shearwaters will first find a burrow to breed in, which is usually in the same location as last year,” he said. “At this time of the year nearly all of the shearwaters are returning

to the breeding colonies every night after feeding close by in Bass Strait. A sure sign that the birds are catching krill is the orange colour in their droppings around their burrows.” After breeding and raising a chick, parents will make the return migration in early April with the aid of strong winds. Chicks will follow approximately two to three weeks later. Phillip Island Nature Parks provides a sanctuary for short-tailed shearwaters. Rangers protect the birds through predator control programs, habitat management and education. Local residents and visitors to Phillip Island can assist the birds by: • remaining on beach access tracks to avoid crushing burrows; • keeping cats inside at night and only walking dogs on designated beaches; and • driving carefully at sunrise and sunset to avoid any birds that may be on roads.

LOGAN James Richards was born at Latrobe Regional Hospital on September 8 to Tammy and Neville Richards of Boolarra. Logan is a brother for Alex and Brendan.

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Wonthaggi scoops GP contest THREE Wonthaggi businesses featured in this year’s grand prix best dressed business competition. Representatives of Bass Coast Shire Council and The Australian Grand Prix Corporation presented the awards in San Remo last week. Mayor Cr Veronica Dowman said the competition was in its 12th year and helped make the grand prix the popular event that it is. She said the business displays “really capture the spirit of the event and show the level of support out in the community for the grand prix”. “Every year, the judges are impressed by the quality of the displays and I think the standard has been lifted again.” Winners received a certificate, a framed 2011 IVECO Australian Grand Prix poster and two three-day grandstand tickets to the grand prix. Runners-up received a certificate and two Sunday general admission tickets. Cr Dowman congratulated the winners and runners-up who are: • Micro business: winner: O’Donnell Optical, Wonthaggi; runner-up: Party and Play Toy Shop, Cowes. • Small business: winner: Phillip Island Motor and Fishing Centre (Shell Service Station) Cowes; runnerup: Westpac Bank, Wonthaggi. • Judges’ choice: winner: Hairport, Wonthaggi; runner-up: Island Surf Shack, Cowes. • Best new display: winner: Mario’s Bayside Bistro at San Remo Hotel, San Remo.

Jazz, gardens, art to delight MELBOURNE Cup weekend is always a big weekend in Meeniyan, and this year will be no different. As well as the 39th Meeniyan Art and Craft Exhibition, the town will hold a jazz performance and open gardens. Jazz Among the Arts returns, with Richard Desmond’s A’Beckett St Jazz Band. Richard will play trumpet plus trombone, reed, piano, drums and bass, offering a traditional line-up covering a range of styles of the 20s, 30s and 40s, ideal for dancing or listening and toe tapping. The event will be held at the Meeniyan Hall on Saturday, October 29, at 8pm sharp. Be sure to be seated early. The cost is still only $18, and bring your own drinks, nibbles and glasses. Free tea and coffee. To book, phone Eric on 5664 7376 or jazzbo@ On the Sunday,

Meeniyan Progress Association’s garden walk co-ordinator, June Metcalf, has organised three gardens this year for the public to enjoy. The tour this year takes visitors to country overlooking the beautiful Nerrena hills, combining old with new. The next garden in town has been viewed a couple of times over the past 10 years, however has now undergone a complete revamp. Many loyal garden walkers will be most interested to see the new look surroundings of one of Meeniyan’s historic houses. The third garden on 12 acres on the rural fringe of Meeniyan was shown when it was rather a young garden, even though its two oak trees are more than 100-years-old. The garden has matured over the past five years – leucadendron, proteas, roses, an archway covered with clematis, and a huge vegie garden is now screened to deter the crows and white cabbage moth

Creativity awaits: visitors to Meeniyan will appreciate the variety of gardens that will be open.

from eating the produce. Walkers are encouraged to visit the Meeniyan cemetery. When the Bed of Roses crew was filming in Meeniyan, they thought it was one of the most beautiful, tranquil

and well kept cemeteries they’d seen. Tickets are available on the day (Sunday) at the Meeniyan Hall from 10am to last ticket sales around 3pm for $10 per person, which includes

entry to the 39th Meeniyan Art and Craft Exhibition. Gardeners can also pick up a bargain at the plant stall, along with yummy home baked goodies from the Red Cross stall; be early though.

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Sale Draw October 19 & 20 1. Alex Scott 2. Rodwells 3. David Phelan & Co 4. Landmark 5. Elders 6. SEJ

Upcoming Sales LEONGATHA Wednesday, October 19 Prime Sale - 8.30am Thursday, October 20 Store Sale - 10am

PAKENHAM Monday, October 24 Prime Sale - 8am Tuesday, October 25 Export Sale - 8.30am Thursday, October 27 Store Sale - 10am

More not always better WHILE the supply of cattle was 10 per cent larger with grown steer and bullock numbers much improved, the quality was not as good.

Despite this there was strong competition for most of the yarding, and prices were up to 8c/kg dearer accordingly. The larger increase was seen in the grown steer and bullock section of the sale, with cows being 2c to 4c/kg dearer, and vealers and yearlings sold at unchanged rates. Only 30 vealers were penned, which made from 192c to 253c/kg. Few yearling heifers were offered, and of the 50 head sold, there was big variation in weight and quality. Prices were between 150c and 198c/kg. There were 120 yearling steers penned, and most were sold in the bullock sale. There was very strong demand, and competition was better with an interstate buyer operating.

The best demand was for steers mouthed 0 to 2 teeth, which made from 202c to 213c/kg, and they weighed from 540kg to over 600kg lwt. Grown steers sold to 210c, and most of the 330 prime C muscle bullocks made from 198c to 209c/ kg. It was only very heavy bullocks over 700kg lwt that sold between 192c and 198c/kg. The 90 manufacturing bullocks sold to the dearer trends with crossbreds making 182c to 194c, and Friesians 165c to 189c/kg. There were 465 cows penned, and while some

beef cows were penned, most of the yarding were dairy cows in varying weight and condition. The better quality beef cows made from 158c to 173c, while larger frame Friesain cows in 2 and 3 score condition sold between 148c and 169c/kg. This only left the lean 1 score cows which made between 115c and 145c/ kg for most sales. The carcass weight price average was estimated to be 311c/kg. Prices for the 40 bulls sold were also dearer, with heavy bulls making from 172c to 193c/kg.

Wednesday, October 12 BULLOCKS 12 Benson Bros, Meeniyan 1 C.J. & K.A. Worthy, Jeetho 14 E.M., K.M. & G.E. Mullens, Thorpdale 13 D.S. McIntosh, Seaview 9 N. Batchelor, Winnindoo

622kg 585kg 589kg 606kg 575kg

212.2 210.0 209.6 208.0 205.6

$1320 $1228 $1235 $1261 $1183

13 A. Siggins, Springvale

620kg 205.0 $1272

STEERS 2 Farm EX P/L, Trafalgar South 1 P. & C. Body, Maryvale 1 J. Nation, Krowera 8 C.J. & K.A. Worthy, Jeetho 1 Nalajule Nominees, Leongatha 1 L. & B. Jones, Fish Creek

307kg 410kg 365kg 498kg 435kg 525kg

250.6 $770 245.0 $1004 216.2 $789 210.0 $1047 210.0 $913 208.0 $1092

COWS 1 S. & K. Hogan, Woodside 1 C. & L. Daley, Leongatha 1 R.S. & J.M. Smith, Woranga 1 D.G. Addison & Anderson, Allambee East 5 Pukenui P/L, Mirboo 2 D. & PM3 Whiteside, Korumburra South

625kg 715kg 695kg 660kg 587kg 642kg

172.6 172.0 172.0 170.6 170.6 169.2

HEIFERS 1 Farm EX P/L, Trafalgar South 1 P. & C. Body, Maryvale 1 Nalajule Nominees, Leongatha 4 D.F. & T.M. Foat, Hunterston 4 Illeac Nominees, Craigieburn 3 JJF Holdings, Glengarry

305kg 420kg 395kg 508kg 475kg 506kg

252.6 $770 225.0 $945 211.6 $835 199.6 $1015 199.6 $948 197.6 $1001

BULLS 1 Nalajule Nominees, Leongatha 1 T. & H. Ohia, Devon 1 A.J. & N. Caithness, Koonwarra 1 M.J. & C.M. Cock, Mardan 1 D.C. & D.C. Wylie, Korumburra 1 D.A. & B.M. Lumby, Loch

885kg 805kg 765kg 840kg 885kg 970kg

192.6 185.0 184.0 183.2 182.0 182.0

$1078 $1229 $1195 $1125 $1001 $1087

$1704 $1489 $1407 $1538 $1610 $1765

Ronalds’ herd sells well LANDMARK hosted a clearing sale for Alan and Tracy Ronalds last Tuesday, selling off their 300 head of dairy cattle. The Ronalds’ herd from Tarwin Lower consisted of 300 Friesian and Friesian cross cows, including 100 March calving cows that had been rejoined. A further 200 had calved in June and had not been rejoined. The sale was held in the rotunda at VLE Leongatha saleyards and attracted around 30 buyers. The average price for each cow hovered around $1500.

Good cattle: the team from Landmark did a fine job selling the cattle on Tuesday.

Survey probes eating habits AUSTRALIAN dairy cows are eating more grain and concentrate supplements despite better pasture conditions, according to a new Dairy Australia report. The average grain/concentrate feeding rate on Australian dairy farms in 2010-11 increased two per cent on the previous year, from 1.58 to 1.66 tonnes per cow per year according to the 2011 Dairy Feeding Update. This continues a long-term trend. Younger farmers fed their cows more grains/concentrates than those aged over 40. On average, larger herds were fed higher rates than smaller herds, although all herd sizes recorded slight increases. Slightly more than half (54 per cent) of farmers nationally chose to graze their herds and feed more than one tonne grain/concentrates in the dairy bail. This resulted in an average 6310 litres and 476kgMS/cow. While farmers using Partial Mixed, Hybrid and Total Mixed Ration feeding systems

represented only 18 per cent of all farmers nationally, they produced 26 per cent of the total annual milk production. The dairy industry’s total feed grain requirement was around 2.5m tonnes per year. Dr Steve Little of Grains2Milk said farmers continued to prefer to spot-buy their grain/ concentrates as required. “However, more farmers with 300 plus cow herds used forward contracts - up to 26 per cent, compared with 15 per cent the previous period. Among extra-large herds (500 plus cows), the proportion was 36 per cent, up from 21 per cent in 2009-10,” he said. More farmers bought grain/concentrates directly from a stockfeed mill and fodder directly from a farmer; fewer bought through a merchant or trader. Nationally, 65 per cent of farmers implemented a transition feeding program precalving. However, only half of these used an approach which might provide cows with all

the nutritional components of an integrated transition diet, and well over half did not feed the transition diet for long enough to gain the full cow health, fertility and milk production benefits. On-farm capital investment in feed systems was unchanged from 2009-10 at 10 per cent of respondents, with the number intending to invest in the next 12 months also similar to last year. The study, prepared by Dairy Australia’s Grains2Milk program, provides an overview of current market conditions and a snapshot of on-farm dairy feeding management practices. It used information from Dairy Australia’s Dairy 2011 Situation and Outlook report and 2011 National Dairy Farmer Survey. Read the free report at

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Soil carbon: risky farming By Jacob de Kunder AS The Emissions Trading Scheme comes closer into play, the topic of soil carbon is something that is intriguing farmers.

Complicated issue: Dr Jeff Baldock, South Gippsland Shire Council sustainability officer Chris Hamilton, DPI’s David Griffin, council’s sustainability advisor Lyndal Peterson and WGCMA regional Landcare facilitator Nick Dudley are passionate about informing farmers about the pros and cons of carbon farming. Guest speaker: David Griffin.

Milking the savings DAIRYING is energy intensive and not just for the hard working farmers. Running a dairy shed requires large amounts of power for, among other things, milking machines, water heating, lighting, milk cooling and pumps. All of this electricity usage hits both the wallet and environment. With that in mind, South Gippsland dairy farmers are invited to an energy audit of Peter and Kerrie Collins’ Fish Creek dairy this Thursday, October 20. Organised by the Young Dairy Development Program and The Future Ready Dairy Systems Program, the event is designed to show farmers how they can reduce their energy output without major investments in new equipment. YDDP and FRDS are funded by GippsDairy and Dairy Australia, with the Federal Agriculture Department and Victorian Department of Primary Industry also supporting the event. Dairy machinery expert Gabriel Hakim will be conducting the energy audit along with DPI’s Darold Klindworth, who has extensive knowledge of cow shed design and energy use in the dairy. YDDP Gippsland co-ordinator Kylie

Barry said the event was a “must” for any dairy farmer who was looking to cut costs without compromising production standards. “Most dairy farmers already look at the most cost effective way to grow pasture, look after cows and maintain their properties,” she said. “Energy reduction is one area where significant savings might still be available to dairy farmers. “We all want to cut costs and reduce our impact on the environment, so this could be a great chance to learn how to do so in the milking shed.” For Peter and Kerrie, who lease their farm, making major infrastructure investments in order to save energy is just not feasible. “Because we are leasing, we are looking at ways of saving money and power, but without spending large amounts to do it,” Kerrie said. Everyone is welcome to attend the free event, which will be held from 11am to 1pm at 1080 Promontory Road, Fish Creek. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP to Kylie at yddpgipps@gippsdairy. or 0428 889 337.

Land slipping? Fix it AN exceptionally wet winter has caused hundreds of land slips across Gippsland. Community College Gippsland, in conjunction with Baw Baw Shire, is holding a free forum and workshop on Thursday, October 20. Property owners and others are invited to attend to help them manage and rehabilitate erosionaffected areas. Guest speakers include Roger Wrigley, an engineer with more than 30 years experience working on

drainage projects, flood mitigation, designing farm tracks, slope stabilisation and drainage solutions. Steve Haughton from Baw Baw Native Plants will talk about tubestock species best suited to land slips, direct seeding techniques and products available to reduce soil movement. Information will also be available on grants for funding to help landholders to repair land affected by landslips. Dan Spencer from Community College Gippsland will talk about sustainable agriculture

and programs to assist landholders. Lunch will be provided. The information session will begin at the McMillan campus at 71 Korumburra Road, Warragul at 9.30am on Thursday, October 20. In the afternoon, a field trip to Athlone to look at a large landslip site and discuss rehabilitation options. Provide your own transport. Bookings for the free landslip Information forum can be made to glennb@ ccg.asn.ay or phone 5622 6000.

The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority in partnership with the South Gippsland Shire Council hosted an information evening on the topic last Tuesday. A healthy turnout of farmers and landholders came together to hear from experts David Griffin from the Department of Primary Industries and Dr Jeff Baldock from the CSIRO on the topic of soil carbon. Mr Griffin, who is the DPI policy manager for natural resources went through an overview of the carbon markets, carbon and emissions in primary production systems and the role of trees in sequestering carbon. Soil carbon trading came about after the Federal Government passed the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) in August and will give farmers the chance to earn and trade carbon credits to add extra assets to their farm. Mr Griffin warned farmers to not rely on carbon soil for profit. “Food and fibre are the main gain for landholders and we need to remember to let carbon just be ‘the icing on the cake’,” he said. “Developing carbon skins is not a riskless exercise; the scheme is complicated and costly, money won’t simply ‘grow on trees’ so to say.” If a farmer opts to be involved in the scheme, they can create carbon sinks to store and maintain carbon in the soil and minimise the content of the atmosphere. These sinks include things like forestry and will be tied to the title of the land. They

will also help the farm earn carbon credits which can be sold on for a price determined by the market. “There are benefits on integrating trees into your farm including creating shelter belts, a source for timber and firewood as well as a carbon store,” Mr Griffin said. “Carbon pricing can be a win-win situation if it fits in or improves productivity within your farm.” Dr Baldock, CSIRO research scientist, discussed the price of soil carbon as well as the positives and negatives of the CFI. “Soil carbon will not be able to offset all of the carbon Australia emits at this rate. It is not the sole answer but it will definitely play a role,” he said. “We know soil can hold carbon. We just need to figure out why and we will be moving carbon storing in the right direction.” Climate variability plays a large role in the different practices that carbon storing uses in Australia, Dr Baldock explained. “Different weather in Townsville than in central South Australia, means different means of growing produce and different avenues of carbon farming,” he said. There are a lot of financial dangers in the new carbon farming system according to both Dr Baldock and Mr Griffin said. “You have to always read the fine print in a deal when selling your credits because you have to be able to store the carbon you’re promising for 100 years,” Mr Griffin said. “If you can’t keep the carbon contained you must buy back the credits at the market price and return them. Although you do have five years after the carbon is released to either store it again or return the credits.”

Carbon credits on your land can be an advantage or a disadvantage. “As the credits stick with a land title, a farm with $100,000 worth of unsold carbon credits can increase its value by that much, while if

a farm has the same amount in carbon credits which have been sold to a company, the property’s value may decrease by that much unless the credits are bought back and come without ties on the title,” Dr Baldock said.

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PHONE 5662 5555 P FAX 5662 4350

OPEN GARDEN & FUN DAY Saturday, October 22 10am - 4pm 68 Whitworth Road Korumburra South

250 roses and native garden, plus scarecrow competition, kids’ activities and sausage sizzle. In aid of Korumburra Uniting Church Phone 5655 2310 or 5655 1997

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LEONGATHA TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION Seeking participants for a 5 week coaching program for all ages STARTING THURSDAY OCTOBER 20 Hours 4pm - 5.30pm $4 each per session or $10 per family LEONGATHA RECREATION RESERVE Yarragon Road More info: Tammy Holwerda 5664 0178

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DUMBALK OPEN GARDEN DAY Sunday, October 30 Start 1pm from CFA Building, Nerrena Rd $10pp - includes entry to five gardens, maps, lucky prizes and afternoon tea Plant stall Enquiries: 5664 4344 or 5664 4460 All proceeds to Dumbalk CFA

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BOAT LICENCE COURSE Jetski endorsement included


SAN REMO Tuesday, Oct 25 6pm - 10.15pm Bookings essential Phone Bob 0417 524 005 Approved MSV course Australian Boating College. Provider No. 3399

28 Reilly Street, INVERLOCH HOURS - Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday by appointment Phone and fax 5674 3666 South Gippsland Chiropractic Services & Adjunctive Therapies P/L

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public notices BEVERLY’S FASHIONS will be at the Dakers Centre, Leongatha, Friday October 21. Fashion parade at 1.30pm. Door prizes. Ph: 0421-062246. LEONGATHA Girl Guides Car Boot Sale. Place: Leongatha Guide Hall Park. Address: A’Beckett Street, Leongatha. Date: Saturday 5th November 2011. Time: 8.30am - 1pm. To book your car boot or a stall phone Rebecca 5662-3265.

Pursuant to section 287Y of the Water Act 1989, the Minister for Water, gives notice that the Minister proposes to issue a model by-law in relation to regulating, restricting or prohibiting the use of water supplied by an Authority anywhere in Victoria. The purposes of the model by-law are to: (a) promote the efficient use and conservation of water; (b) set out four stages of restrictions on the use of water; (c) specify things which must not be done while each stage of restriction persists; (d) specify principles for considering applications for exemptions from particular restrictions; (e) prescribe offences and penalties for the contravention of this By-law, including in respect of contraventions for which an infringement notice may be served; and (f) prescribe classes of persons for the purpose of serving infringement notices. A copy of the Proposed Model Water Restriction By-Law may be inspected by downloading a copy from the Water pages of or or at the following locations free of charge:

Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday By appointment Ph: 5674 8290

Wellington Farm Safety Action Group and Community College Gippsland invite farmers and small landholders, employees and contractors to a free dinner evening to discuss farm safety issues. Guest speakers will discuss topics on: • Quad bike safety • Chemical handling and storage • Manual handling • Chainsaw safety • Rural health issues • Child safety on farms, and more RSVP to Glenn Brooks on 5622 6000 or Jill Tucker on 5145 8211


Mary White

90 18 October 2011 Love and best wishes from all your family and friends. Gary, Roy (dec), Leila, Bruce & families. Xoxoxox Mary is currently at The Domain, 12 Sale Maffra-Road, Sale.


AGM Friday, October 28 7pm at Bairs Hotel Meeting Room All welcome For enquiries phone Kirsty 5662 3304

All submissions must be in writing and must be received by one of the following methods, post or email by 5pm on Monday, 21 November 2011. A proforma to assist with making a submission can be downloaded from the Department’s website or can be obtained by calling the Customer Service Centre on 136 186 and a form will be mailed to you.


Water Efficiency Programs Water Group Department of Sustainability and Environment PO Box 500 EAST MELBOURNE VIC 8002

Classified advertising closes 12 noon Mondays

19 Moonah Street Cape Paterson

Thursday Night October 27 Community College Gippsland McMillan Campus 71 Korumburra Road, Warragul Commencing at 6.30pm

Submissions are invited on the Proposed Model Water Restriction By-law.

AGM mitch44351 Customer Service Centre 136 186

Garry Harrison


Location for viewing or obtaining a copy of the proposed model by-law. Department of Sustainability and Environment – Head Office 8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne Alexandra Mansfield 46 Aitken Street, Alexandra 128 Highett Street, Mansfield Bacchus Marsh Maryborough 219A Main Street, Bacchus Marsh Office 2, 82 Alma Street, Maryborough Bairnsdale Marysville 574 Main Street, Bairnsdale 58 Lyell Street, Marysville Ballarat Mitta Mitta 402 - 406 Mair Street, Ballarat Omeo Highway, Mitta Mitta Beechworth Nathalia Latrobe University Campus, Albert Road, Beechworth 71 Blake Street, Nathalia Benalla Noojee 89 Sydney Rd, Benalla 120 McCarthy Spur Road, Noojee Bendigo Nowa Nowa Cnr. Midland Highway and Taylor Street, Bendigo 5 Forest Road, Nowa Nowa Bendoc Orbost Nichol Street, Bendoc 171-173 Nicholson Street, Orbost Box Hill Ovens 30 Prospect Street, Box Hill 5338 Great Alpine Road, Ovens Broadford Powelltown 37 High Street, Broadford Main Road, Powelltown Cann River Seymour Princes Highway, Cann River 15 Hume and Hovell Road, Seymour Corryong Swifts Creek 8 Jardine Street, Corryong McMillan Avenue, Swifts Creek Daylesford Tallangatta 14 Mineral Water Drive, Daylesford 34 Towong Street, Tallangatta Erica District Toolangi Thomson Valley Road, Parkers Corner Main Road, Toolangi Geelong Traralgon State Government Offices 4th floor, 71 Hotham Street, Traralgon cnr Fenwick & Little Malop Streets, Geelong Gellibrand Wodonga 58 Main Road, Gellibrand 1 McKoy Street, Wodonga Heathcote Wangaratta 28 Herriot Street, Heathcote 62-68 Ovens Street, Wangaratta Heyfield Yarram Licola Road, Heyfield 310 Commercial Road, Yarram Heywood 12 Murray Street, Heywood




Water Act 1989 Notice of Proposed Model Water Restriction By-Law


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

is to be held on

Wednesday, October 26 at 8pm, at the Stony Creek dining room The up and coming race season is nearly upon us again. Please let others know.

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Water Act 1989 Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 Proposed Variation to Permanent Water Saving Plans


The water Authorities listed below are proposing to make variations to their Permanent Water Saving Plans under section 170B of the Water Act 1989 in line with the recommendation of a statewide review of the current Permanent Water Saving Rules in place across Victoria.

Flexible hours 1-3 days per week Inverloch Marine requires an accountant to provide accounting support services. Responsible for reporting to Dealer Principal / Department Heads. The successful application will have the assistance of our existing admin department and training in Revolution Operating System provided. Email resumé to: robyn@inverloch Mail - 2 The Esplanade, Inverloch Vic 3996 Att: Robyn Kewming

Permanent Water Saving Rules (PWSRs) – which are a series of common sense rules that all customers supplied water by Victorian Water Authorities are obliged to follow day to day to ensure water is not wasted. These rules are set out in legislative instruments known as Permanent Water Saving Plans and are in place on a permanent and ongoing basis, even when water restrictions are not required. PWSRs aim to promote efficient and sensible use of water without significantly restricting customer choice and flexibility. They reflect the value that Victorians place on water, and the community view that water is a precious resource that should not be wasted. The proposed variations to Permanent Water Saving Plans will vary the five simple and easy-to-remember permanent water saving rules, which will ensure the efficient use of water and avoid water wastage on a permanent, ongoing basis. These rules will be consistent across all of Victoria. Summary of proposed new permanent water saving rules • A hand held hose must be fitted with a trigger nozzle and can be used to wash your car and water your gardens and lawns at any time.


• Watering systems can only be used to water residential and commercial gardens and lawns between 6 pm – 10 am, any day of the week. • Watering systems can only be used to water public gardens, lawns and playing surfaces between 6 pm – 10 am any day of the week, and only if fitted with a rain or soil moisture sensor. Public gardens, lawns and playing surfaces can also be watered in accordance with an approved Water Use Plan. • Water cannot be used in a fountain or a water feature unless it re-circulates the water. • Hosing down driveways, paths, concrete, timber decking and other paved areas is not permitted except in limited circumstances. Please note: These rules will not apply in the case of an accident, fire, safety hazard or another emergency or in respect to the health of people or animals. A copy of the proposed variations to the existing Permanent Water Saving Plan of each water Authority may be inspected by downloading a copy from the relevant Authority’s website or at the Authority’s listed locations free of charge: Barwon Water PO Box 659, Geelong 3220 Phone: 1300 656 007

Lower Murray Water PO Box 1438, Mildura 3502 Phone: 03 5051 3400

Central Highlands Water PO Box 152, Ballarat 3353 Phone: 03 5320 3111

North East Water PO Box 863, Wodonga 3689 Phone: 1300 361 622

Coliban Water PO Box 2770, Bendigo DC 3554 Phone : 1300 363 200

South Gippsland Water PO Box 102, Foster 3960 Phone: 03 5682 0444

East Gippsland Water PO Box 52, Bairnsdale 3875 Phone: 1300 720 700

Wannon Water PO Box 1158, Warrnambool 3280 Phone: 1300 926 666

Gippsland Water PO Box 348, Traralgon 3844 Phone: 1800 066 401

Western Water PO Box 2371, Sunbury DC 3429 Phone: 1300 650 425

Goulburn Valley Water PO Box 185, Shepparton 3632 Phone: 1300 360 007

Westernport Water 2 Boys Home Rd, Newhaven 3925 Phone: 1300 720 711


Submissions are invited on the proposed variations to the Permanent Water Saving Plans of the Authorities listed above.

A proforma to assist with making a submission can be downloaded from each of the water authorities’ websites or can be obtained by calling your water authority and one will be mailed to you.

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All submissions must be in writing and must be received by your Authority either by post or email by 5pm on Thursday, 17 November 2011.

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As an asset to our salon you will have the current technical skills to maintain a diverse range of clientele, obtained in a salon environment. You will have excellent time management skills and salon business management capabilities. You will be a salon focused professional hairdresser working with a small team. You will be required to work Thursday evenings and Saturdays. Bridal/evening hair and makeup skills an advantage. Remuneration is award plus. To apply for this position please forward your cover letter and CV/Resumé in confidence to ‘Hairdresser’ email: or PO Box 381, Mirboo North 3871






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

5672 3127

BOAT Lacco built Carvel half cabin cruiser, 36hp Perkins diesel, 25ft, 9ft beam, 2ft draft, 12 mths rego. Must sell $10,000 or best offer. Phone Ken Martin, San Remo Marine 5956-6058.

GWMWater PO Box 481, Horsham 3402 Phone: 1300 659 961

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Bass Coast Regional Health is seeking to appoint a part-time (0.5 EFT) Injury Prevention / OH&S / Workcover Manager. The Injury Prevention / OH&S / Workcover Manager is responsible for managing the following aspects of employee wellbeing: • Incident Management • Return to Work Management • Risk Management • OH&S Legislation compliance • Workcover Claims Management In addition, you will attend OH&S meetings, take an active role in developing injury preventative strategies, liaise with parties involved in the rehabilitation or provision of medical services to an injured worker, and in ensuring that all possible avenues are explored in making Bass Coast Regional Health a safe place to work. The successful candidate will have qualifications in OH&S and/or Workcover, or Occupational Therapy Experience in Injury Management / Prevention, Workcover Management and OH&S would be expected. Experience in Occupational Therapy would be advantageous. You will be a strategic as well as detail-minded individual who is able to manage day-to-day operations as well as make recommendations to the Executive on management of current claims. The role is located in Wonthaggi Hospital, on Victoria’s beautiful Bass Coast, a comfortable 90 minute drive south-east of Melbourne, and services a rural population of over 25,000 people. The Bass Coast hosts some of Australia’s most spectacular coastline. The unspoiled beaches, charming coastal villages and thriving rural towns, make the area a wonderful place to live, work and visit. The position offers award-based remuneration, including significant salary packaging opportunities, as well as the opportunity to grow in a multi-faceted role. A copy of the position description for this role is available on our website at Appointment to this position is subject to a satisfactory police check. Written applications close 5pm Friday 28th October 2011 and should be forwarded to the address below (marked ‘private and confidential’) or email to: Trevor West Human Resources Manager Bass Coast Regional Health PO Box 120 Wonthaggi Vic 3995

CAR FRIDGE Traveller 40 ltr, made by Engel, as new $800. Ph: 5664-0037, mob: 0408-314057

CHAINSAW - Stihl, and post digger. Sell lot for $850. Ph: 0402-385692.

D/GARAGE DOOR panel lift, slight damage on 1 panel, 5.2m x 2340, $250 ONO. Ride-on mower, Bolens hydro, runs well, $400 ONO. 5662-5075. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175

HONDA 2005 CRF 70, in as new condition, $2,300. Ph: 0400-573344.

HORSE Friesian Morgan X, registered. Has had some dressage training. Fridge - Fisher & Paykel, 404 ltrs, 5 yrs old. Been serviced, $600. 0409217900.

LAYER PULLETS Quality disease resistant Tas White and Lavender, 320-340 eggs per year. Will deliver. 5668-5161, 0438565721.

MULCH HAY - $5 per bale. Ph: 0419-313483.

RIDE-ON MOWER John Deere LA 145 hydro transmission, 22hp, 42” cut, 3 years old, hours 1024, ex. cond. New $5,000, price $2,250 ONO. 5169-6435.

SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662. TIMBER - kiln dried blackwood, clear pine, silver wattle. Most sizes for furniture and craft. Also builder’s graded structural pine. Phone 5681-2261.

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Saturday, October 22 Doors open 9 - 1pm Broad range of items available Craft activities for kids & sausage sizzle AT DAKERS CENTRE Smith St, Leongatha

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Required for manageable busy kitchen This is a permanent position The successful candidate will need to be punctual and reliable, good team player, with previous hospitality experience. Must be prepared to work holidays and weekends and have a passion for food. Resumés to:

The Royal Standard Hotel - Toora email: Ph: 5686 2475 Fax: 5686 2008

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

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

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

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TRACTOR DRIVER WANTED LEONGATHA AREA Must have experience to drive a hay baler

Phone 5662 4096 BUTCHER Position available for apprentice or shop hand. Local area. Ph: 0427-640133.

EXCAVATOR / BULLDOZER OPERATOR Local Civil Construction Co. seeks an experienced Operator - Mon-Fri

DUMPTRUCK OPERATOR Local Civil Construction Co. seeks an experienced Operator - Mon-Fri

PHONE: 5662 5552 Email:

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Full Time Position EMS / Sustainability Officer South Gippsland Water is a leading and innovative participant in the Water Industry committed to providing and managing quality water supply and wastewater systems in an ecologically sustainable and cost efficient manner. Based at our Wonthaggi Depot and reporting to the Sustainability Co-ordinator, the successful applicant will be required to assist with the planning, development, implementation and maintenance of the Corporation’s Environment Management System. The position will assist to implement the Corporation’s Sustainability Strategy, be active in promoting sustainable initiatives and involved in the Corporation’s Water Storage Surveillance Programs. Salary Banding is commensurate with experience and ranges between: $49,420.00 - $56,138.00. Applicants should possess a relevant tertiary qualification and/or relevant experience. The full position description and information regarding South Gippsland Water can be downloaded from our website To apply send your resumé marked confidential to Paula Smith at South Gippsland Water, P.O. Box 102, Foster. Vic. 3960 Telephone enquiries can be made on (03) 5682 0403 Applications close Friday 28th October 2011

RETAIL SALES The successful candidates will have basic computer skills and a manual driver’s licence. They must be self motivated and dedicated to customer relations and sales activities as well as being well presented and reliable. If you have these skills and attributes then we want to hear from you. Please email your application along with a cover letter and resumé to All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Join our team!

5672 4535

Ph: 5672 1861

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Restaurant Supervisor Required

The Foreshore Bar/Restaurant Rhyll, Phillip Island We are looking for a full time member of staff to assist in the every day running of our restaurant. Previous experience essential. Contact Anthony on 5956 9520

Employment Opportunities: Trafalgar & Thorpdale Kindergartens The YMCA Kindergarten Cluster (YKCM) program operates 35 sites in regional and rural Victoria. YKCM exists to provide support to independent community kindergartens. The following opportunities exist to join our dedicated team of early childhood educators.

EARLY EDUCATION TEACHER Thorpdale & District Kindergarten Part Time 16.5 hours per week Position commences - February 1, 2012. Applicants must hold an Early Childhood Teaching Qualification.

EARLY EDUCATION TEACHER Trafalgar Kindergarten

FULL TIME RETAIL ALL ROUNDER South Coast Decor Centre has fantastic job opportunities available now. We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic sales persons/all rounders to join our team. # Three national franchises # Excellent team, great showroom # Plenty of variety # In-house and ongoing industry specific training Previous sales experience will be highly regarded as will a background in home and decor.

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5672 3215

Part Time 3.5 hours per week Position commences - 1st February 2012. Applicants must hold an Early Childhood Teaching Qualification.

KINDERGARTEN ASSISTANT Trafalgar Kindergarten Part Time 3 hours per week Position commences - February 1, 2012. Applicants must possess Certificate III Childcare or a willingness to train. All positions require current Police Records Check, Level 2 First Aid, Employee Working With Children’s Check and Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management Training. A Position Description and further information is available by emailing or phone 0418 503 413. Applications including cover letter and resumé to Closing date: 5pm October 25, 2011

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Shire Council

CASUAL SHOP STAFF We are looking for a Shop Assistant willing to work on a roster system over the upcoming holiday season. The applicant will be required to work on weekends, (at least one day each weekend), and as required during weekdays. The position will be ongoing throughout the year with reduced hours during winter. We are committed to providing excellent customer service and shop presentation.You will need good communication skills, neat presentation and the ability to be flexible and work as part of our team. Computer literate essential. Email resumé to: robyn@inverloch Mail - 2 The Esplanade, Inverloch Vic 3996 Att: Robyn Kewming

MOTOR MECHANIC Edneys of Leongatha is seeking a qualified motor mechanic to join its expanding Nissan/Hyundai dealership. The successful applicant will be given the latest dealership training throughout their employment while working in a friendly, modern environment. You will also have the opportunity to expand your skills with RACV road service. A 3rd, 4th year apprentice will be considered. Forward handwritten applications to: Edneys Leongatha Attention: Nick McRae PO Box 72, Leongatha 3953

REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE FITTER Riverbank Stockfeeds is a family owned business, manufacturing and delivering exceptional quality feed to farms throughout Gippsland from our mill in Leongatha. We seek a full-time Repairs & Maintenance Fitter to join the mill team. Tasks include: • Preventative maintenance of company plant and equipment to standard • Fixing breakdowns, and • Interacting with various contractors for specialised tasks You will need formal qualifications in a mechanical/ metal working trade. Experience in a similar role will be highly regarded, as will a forklift licence and welding experience. The job requires the ability to work around production hours as required to meet production deadlines, high mechanical aptitude, careful attention to detail, and the ability to manage to budget. Working at heights will be regularly required. The person we are seeking needs to be a good team player with a calm disposition and a strong work ethic. Send applications to: The Mill Manager Riverbank Stockfeeds 6 Cusack Rd Leongatha VIC 3953 or

South Gippsland Shire Council

Payroll Officer • Permanent full time position • $70k total package • Autonomous and diverse • Development opportunities We are seeking an energetic and driven professional to provide exceptional customer service and a passion for system and process improvements. You will be responsible for end to end payroll including system maintenance and salary package building. If you are suitably qualified and experienced and have the desire to be part of a passionate team then we want to hear from you! This position is subject to a satisfactory police check. Enquiries to Sharni Mann, Human Resource Management Coordinator on (03) 5662 9200. All applicants must submit an Employment Application form and address the key selection criteria, by 5pm Wednesday 26 October 2011. Further information and a position description is available from our website.

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

South Gippsland

BUS DRIVERS Latrobe Valley Bus Lines is the local provider of public transport and school bus services. We are seeking to employ full time and casual bus drivers who have excellent communication skills and willing to do shift work including weekends. Applicants must hold a current Victorian Medium Endorsed Licence, Working with Children Certificate and Driver Certification. Written applications including a resumé are to be forwarded to: Human Resources P.O. Box 390 MORWELL 3840 or email: Closing date: Friday 21st October 2011 at 5pm

Dam Surveillance / Water Quality Officer - 6 Month Contract A full time temporary position exists for a Dam Surveillance / Water Quality Officer. This role is responsible for dam surveillance monitoring and water sampling in the Corporation’s drinking water systems located across the South Gippsland Region. The Corporation is committed to staff development and training and provides ample opportunities to gain skills and experience in a wide range of operations. Salary Banding is commensurate with experience and ranges between: $46,974.00 - $49,573.00 per annum inclusive of applicable allowances. The successful applicant will provide assistance with the implementation of quality assurance programs as well as data management. The ability to use computers and a current manual driver’s licence are required. Applicants should read the position description which is available with further information at Applications close on Friday 28th October 2011 Email or post to: HR Co-ordinator South Gippsland Water PO Box 102 Foster Vic 3960

Inverloch OFFICE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT We are currently seeking a friendly, self motivated person who works well in a team environment for our busy Inverloch office. Excellent computer skills are essential. Prior experience in Property Management or Agent representative licence an advantage. Please send all resumés to 2a A’Beckett Street, INVERLOCH,Vic. 3996

Social Planning Officer • Permanent full time • $70K total salary package • Option of 9 day fortnight Are you active in social issues? Do you want to improve and plan for better communities? Join our Strategic Planning team to help assess social planning needs and encourage the community to become active in social issues. You will have Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field such as Sociology, Economics, or Planning and experience in a Social Planning or Community Development role. Enquiries to Paul Stampton, Manager Strategic Planning & Development, on (03) 5662 9200. All applicants must submit an Employment Application form and address the selection criteria, by 5pm Wednesday 2 November. Further information and a position description is available from our website.


used vehicles

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


Phone JOHN GOULD 5664 0012

personal $ 70

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

Bass Coast Metal Recyclers

personal day time special




penthouse make us your 1st stop

9702 4744

7 rimfire dr. hallam


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100 ACRES for lease or agistment, Meeniyan area. Ph: 0427-647219.

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BENA 2 BEDROOM COTTAGE Low rent in return for house cleaning and gardening Phone Stan 0419 506 754

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


5672 2946 0417 556 593

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We are seeking a friendly self motivated person who works well in a team environment, to deal with Honda and Toyota products. Hours 8.30am - 5pm, 5 days a week. Applications in writing to: The Manager 7-13 Hughes Street, Leongatha Email:

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POULTRY and Cage Bird Auction at the Traralgon Showgrounds Poultry Pavilion on Sunday, October 23, starting at 10.30am. Wide variety of poultry, hens, ducks, many breeds, fertile eggs. Open for sellers from 8am. Ph: 5197 7270 or 0438 325 918. ISA BROWN pullets, 17 weeks, fully immunised, not debeaked, $20 each. Taking orders now. Tradeins welcome. Pick up on Friday, November 11 between 3-5pm at the old Korumburra Saleyards. Chook food available on the day. Unwanted animals taken, other animals for sale. Animals From The Farm, call Mark 0419425257 or 5629-9685.

Classified advertising closes 12 noon Mondays



INVITATION TO APPLY FOR FUNDING (ITA 081/1112) SIXTH ROUND The Department of Health and Ageing is calling for applications for funding under the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program (NRRHIP). The Australian Government established the NRRHIP to improve opportunities for partnerships and multidisciplinary approaches to the delivery of health services in rural and remote communities through better access to funding for infrastructure and equipment. The NRRHIP aims to: • improve access to health services by providing funding to rural and remote communities to establish new, or enhance existing, walk-in/walk-out primary health care and medical facilities where the lack of infrastructure (capital works and/or equipment) is a barrier to the delivery of essential health services; • increase the range of, or enhance existing privately insurable health services available to rural and remote Australia; • improve the resources and facilities available to private general practitioners to assist with the training of registrars and medical students; and • improve the viability of small rural private hospitals. Funding of up to $500,000 (GST exclusive) is available to eligible applicants seeking to provide services in rural and remote communities with populations of up to 20,000 people. All applicants must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or an Australian Company Number (ACN) to apply for funding under the NRRHIP. Organisations or individuals interested in applying for funding under the NRRHIP can obtain the Application Form, Eligibility Guidelines, and Assistance Package from the following website: or by telephone: 1800 780 939. Applications must be lodged by 2pm THURSDAY 15 December 2011 Australian Eastern Standard Time. Please note: late, faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted


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marriage celebrant

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

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births LANDRY (Lamers) Congratulations Clare and Mick on the safe arrival of your son, Ryan Michael. A beautiful brother for Lara and Kelsey. Another precious grandchild to love and cherish. Love Nana and Grandad.

bereavement thanks EMBLETON - Nancy. Jack and family would like to thank everyone for the love, support, cards, phone calls, and attendance at the funeral of our dearly loved wife and mother. Special thanks to the clergy and Paul and Margaret Beck. Jack, Susan, David. HAYWARD - John. Joy and family would like to sincerely thank everyone for their kind phone calls, cards, visits, flowers, food, help and chocolates after the sudden passing of John. A special thank you to the paramedics for responding so quickly and with such care and compassion, and to Paul and Margaret Beck for their assistance at such a difficult time. The love of our family and friends has been a fantastic support. Please accept this as our personal thanks. Joy, Wayne, Garry, Darren, Brett, Jodie, and families. MERCER - Allan and family would like to take this opportunity to thank all those wonderful people who have been so helpful and supportive to us during Shirley’s illness and since her passing. The Foster Hospital nursing staff must have a special mention, also the Tarwin Lower Red Cross for the splendid effort they put in. We must also thank the hall committee for kindly making the hall available. Thank you also to the Rev. Denis Simmons for his blessings and prayers and to Rodney Emmerson for the lovely organ music. Thank you too Gail for the floral arrangement in the hall. POLATO - John. Leanne and the Polato and Fincher families wish to thank everyone for their expressions of sympathy, prayers, help, love and support that were conveyed to us in so many ways after the loss of our beloved John. Our sincere thanks and deep appreciation go out to you all.

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HILET (nee Reilly) - Molly Helena. Passed away at Leongatha Hospital on Thursday October 13, 2011 aged 84 years, late of Leongatha. Loved and loving wife of Parker John (dec). Loving mother of Brother John, David and Anita, Brenda and Rod, Kathy and Nik. Loving nanna of Brodie, Abby and Thomas; Tegan and Joel, Grant, Jaslin, Rhett and Hayley, and Fraser; and Madeline. Your long suffering has ended at last, we will love you always. Rest in peace. HILET - Molly. We shared and we cared for each other, in our own way. Give Dad a huge hug from all of us and may you be happy together forever more. We love you and shall miss you. Brenda, Rod, Tegan, Joel, Grant, Jaslin, Rhett, Hayley and Fraser.


HILET We love you and we will miss you every day. Love Kathryn, Nik and Maddie. SYDENHAM - John. Loved husband of Audrey. We have travelled many miles together enjoying your company and seeking our fortunes. Love to my dear friend Audrey. Rest peacefully in your final camping ground John. Lorna Satchwell.

funerals HILET - A Funeral Mass for the repose of the soul of Mrs Molly Helena Hilet will be offered at St Laurence’s Catholic Church, Ogilvy Street, Leongatha on Wednesday October 19, 2011 commencing at 10.30am. Private Family Interment.

Mirboo North visit to Meeniyan: Phil Stimson, Ray Czempinski, Kev Queale and Ian Potter took part in the Affiliated Fours Lawn Bowls competition yesterday (Monday).


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Learning to bowl: Allan Rayson from the Leongatha Bowls Club helped visitors, John Crawford from Korumburra and Don Barrett from Leongatha South, polish up their bowling skills.

Korumburra domestic basketball results October 10 Under 16 Boys: Spurs 44 (D. Wilson 18) d Bulls 35 (J. Patullo 21); Celtics 51 (C. McKenzie 17) d Jazz 38 (I. Brain 10). Under 18 Boys: Olden 72 (B. Cosson 26) d Mortimer 37 (D. Wilson 15); Maskell 52 (K. Materia 10) d Rodwell 39 (L. Auddino 13). B Women: Blondies 36 (S. Dixon 8) d Hoodies 16 (K. Walker 8); Old Cats 41 (B. Maskell 13) d Bunch of Grapes 31 (C. Rodda 10). A Women: Fosy 72 (K.

Angwin 18) d Bird 23 (A. Williams 6; Flames 43 (K. Bentvelzen 19) d Shamrocks 30 (Z. Archer 8). October 12 Under 10 Girls: Fitzgerald 16 (A. McQueen 10) d Donohue 10 (G. Matser 8); Dowel 28 (M. Hillier 10) d Blair 10 (T. Angwin 7). Under 12/14 Girls: Wilson 40 (M. Hillier 16) d Snell 25 (T. Heylen 14); Jackson 22 (J. Roberts 6) d Taylor 17 (A. Kelson 4). Under 16 Girls: Spirit 42

(S. Heylen 12) d Capitals 27 (C. Rodda 12); Rangers 55 (M. Lumby 24) d Boomers 17 (S. Wylie 5). Masters: Witches Hats 35 (M. Collins 8) d Local Blokes 28 (M. Whiteside 8). A Men: Bird 60 (M. Edwards 31) d Wildcats 49 (D. Heylen 16); Molten 46 (A. Sooty 10) d Iron Mongers 35 (T. Sorrell 16); Blood 69 (C. Spokes 16) d Burra Ball Bags 32 (W. Martin 11). October 14 Under 10 Boys: Crocs 12 (B. Walker 4) d Kings 11

(B. Smith 5); Breakers 16 (R. Butler 9) d Tigers 10 (T. Crocker 2). Under 12 Boys: Sixers 26 (T. Hanegraaf 10) d Wizards 24 (T. Whiteside 6); Bullets 16 (J. O’Leary 8) d Hawks 11 (L. Snooks 4). Under 14 Boys: Suns 56 (T. Jones 14) d Lakers 40 (N. Mckenzie 6); Bulls 37 (J. Macri 13) d Pistons 19 (M. Snooks 7). Aussie Hoops for Grades 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 every Thursday 4pm to 5pm, Korumburra basketball 5655 2112.

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Mt Eccles awards their best THE MT Eccles Netball Club had a very successful season this year, with 14 teams playing in the LDNA competition.

This was reflected in the numbers attending their AGM and presentation night in September at the Leongatha Cricket Club rooms. This year the following people were elected as office bearers, chaired by life member Heather Bruce. Co presidents: Sue Ritchie and Nicole Lomas; vice president: Julia Lomas; secretary: Sharon Spencer; treasurer: Stacey Sergeant. Four Mt Eccles Netball club members were awarded LDNA Best and Fairest and runner-up Best and Fairest on grand final day. Those players were: Under 15 - Tanya Derrick - Best and Fairest. B Grade: Kylie Kenzie runner-up Best and Fairest. A Grade: Rebecca Murray Best and Fairest. A Grade: Tegan Brammer runner-up Best and Fairest. Winners of the Mt Eccles netball club Best and Fairest for each section were: Under 11: Players were issued with trophies and team photos. Under 13: Coaches Awards: Josie

Rycks, Breanna Ross, Charlotte Levey; Best and Fairest Awards: Michelle Derrick, Chloe Hogg, Hayley Norton; runner-up Best and Fairest Awards: Brittany Price, Katelyn Gale, Joel Norton, Mikaela Cornelissen. Under 15: Coaches Award: Poppy Trewin; GippsSports Award: Sophie McAlpine; Best and Fairest Award: Tanya Derrick; runner-up Best and Fairest: Charlotte Brew. B Grade: Best and Fairest Awards, Kylie Kenzie, Rachael Frassenei, Melinda Price, Caitlin Goodwin, Carly O’Malley. Runner-up Best and Fairest Awards, Brooke Jones, Jo Callister, Nicole Hayward, Bess Goodwin, Danielle Standeven. A Grade: Best and Fairest Awards: Rebecca Murray, Tegan Brammer; runner-up Best and Fairest Awards: Nicole Lomas and Kristy-lee Jones. The Best Club Person award went to Jo Duffy. We also thank our sponsors, for their generous support for this year’s trophies; Paula Findlay from Williams Edwards and Findlay Certified Practising Accountants, Glenn Gardner from Southern Tech Systems, Mt Eccles Mechanics Institute, the Dekker family and Community College Gippsland.

Under 13: Best and Fairest Hayley Norton, runnerup Best and Fairest Joel Norton, Coaches Award Josie Rycks, runner-up Best and Fairest Katelyn Gale, Best and Fairest Chloe Hogg and runner-up Best and Fairest Brittany Price.

B Grade: runner-up Best and Fairest Brooke Jones and Best and Fairest Melinda Price.

Under 15: Coaches Award Poppy Trewin, GippsSports Award Sophie McAlphine, Best and Fairest Tanya Derrick and runner-up Best and Fairest Charlotte Brew.

TIDES A Grade: A Grade Best and Fairest winner Rebecca Murray and runner-up Nicole Lomas.

Allambee Mirboo & District tennis

LEONGATHA Gold won the tie-breakers, but Koony had the game to take the points in A Grade on Saturday. Korumburra lost the two tie-breakers, Green played well to win the match. Sam and Emily are playing A Grade this season, well done. Leongatha North won well against Baromi, tiebreakers going North’s way. In A Reserve, Koonwarra started the season with two good wins. Mardan have a young team and Grant will help them improve through the season. Outtrim won against Leon-

gatha and fill-ins helped out for both teams. Berrys Creek were just winners against Baromi, one game in an even match. Korumburra men with experience set up a win against Hallston. The mixed sets were close with two tie-breakers and a 7-5. Korumburra were winners on the day. In B Grade, Korumburra defeated Outtrim by six games. Outtrim won five sets but not enough games. Koonwarra won by 11 games against Mardan - new players in these teams too. Baromi go to the top of the lad-

der with the win over Foster. Please note: All players not registered must have names on the back of scoresheets. Points have been deducted from Baromi and Korumburra A Grade. All junior boys playing as a lady please indicate and date of birth (must be under 15 at the beginning of the season). New players please take time to read these few rules. No one wants to lose points and I don’t like deducting points either. Results A Grade: Leongatha

Green 7.67, Korumburra 2.46; Koonwarra 4.62, Leongatha Gold 5.57; Leongatha North 7.66, Baromi 2.45. A Reserve: Outtrim 6.44, Leongatha 3.35; Korumburra 6.52, Hallston 3.37; Koonwarra 8.50, Mardan 1.21; Berrys Creek 5.44, Baromi 4.43. B Grade: Koonwarra 6.42, Mardan 3.31; Korumburra 4.46, Outtrim 5.40; Baromi 8.49, Foster 1.24. Ladders A Grade Leongatha North .............14.5 Leongatha Green ............14.5 Koonwarra .......................13.0

Leongatha Gold...............10.5 Baromi .................................6.5 Korumburra .........................5.0 A Reserve Koonwarra .......................20.0 Korumburra ....................13.5 Baromi ..............................12.0 Outtrim............................. 11.0 Berrys Creek......................10.0 Mardan.................................9.0 Leongatha ............................8.5 Hallston................................4.0 B Grade Baromi ..............................14.0 Koonwarra .......................13.5 Outtrim.............................12.0 Korumburra .................... 11.5 Mardan.................................8.5 Foster ...................................6.5

Big shots: Matt Pocklington (right) and Lucas McMillan (left) played out a tough battle on Saturday, with both players making some great shots.

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

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SGBD South Gippsland pennant bowls Tuesday

Affiliated Fours competition at Meeniyan: members of the Meeniyan Bowling Club, Karl Kappes, president Paul Buckner, Peter Hill and Paul Holmes.

Leongatha Bowling Club

TUESDAY October 11 saw our ladies pennant teams in action. Division Two at home to Wonthaggi won 14 points to two. Division Three, home to San Remo, won 14 points to 0. Next week Division Two are away to Inverloch and Division Three away to Tarwin Lower. Midweek social bowls saw a pairs event. Winners were Russell Trotman and Josephine Runciman. Runners-up were Ray McGannon and Ollie Crough. The second of our try bowls event on Thursday October 13 at 5pm was held with seven new bowlers attending to learn bowling. On Thursday October 20, it’s on again for anyone to try bowling at 5pm, bring a friend and a pair of flat sole shoes or bare feet and join the fun. Saturday October 15 was the second round of men’s pennant with Division One away at Toora, winning 14 points to two with 23 shots up. Division Two was at home to Wonthaggi, and won 16 points to 0 with 32 shots up. Division Four was away to Phillip Island and lost all rinks 0 points to 16. Next week Division One is at home to Wonthaggi, Division Two away to Meeniyan and Division Four home to Inverloch. Entries are still open for the mixed triples on Sunday November 6 at 9.30am. Please ring Jeff Pendergast on 5662 0974 or Glenda Trotman on 5662 3439. Members please arrange a team.

Tarwin Lower Bowling Club

TUESDAY Pennant saw Division Two play despite the weather and come away with a win. Division Three didn’t play owing to the conditions. Wednesday saw triples played with both the winners and runners-up coming from Tarwin Lower. Arthur, Fred and Steve C as well as Paul, Michael and Heather were all four game winners with Arthur, Fred and Steve C winning

the day on shots up. The best last game was taken out by the team led by Ken Webb from Wonthaggi. We are most appreciative of the generous sponsorship of the Venus Bay Caravan Park which was represented by Fenna to present the prizes. Saturday pennant saw the Division Three side win comfortably but unfortunately Division Five lost on every rink.

Korumburra Parlor bowls

ARC Gammaldi this time partnering Lynn McCord, had another night out on Monday, October 10 at bias bowls. Even rotating positions every fourth end did not upset Arc’s bowling rhythm as he and Lynn powered to three wins plus 15 shots. Two teams managed two wins each. With Sebastian Terranova, Mary Tumino and Lee Armstrong declared runners-up, Joyce Occhipinti, George Bentley and Charlie Tumino were third. Parlor bowls was played at the Uniting Church hall in Korumburra on Thursday, October 13. With the best turn-out of club members for this year’s social season, the night proved to be more of catching up with friends than keenness for bowling. But that doesn’t really mean the bowling suffered. The games were still competitive, the ends difficult to win and good-hearted stirring and sportsmanship abounded. The victors, ably skippered by Sally Gammaldi, were Sally, Keith Marshall, Geoff McCord and Lee Armstrong with 3W+15 shots. On a sad note, Club stalwart and life member, Sam Ringeri died on Wednesday night. Our club members were saddened by this news and their thoughts are with Sam’s family especially his son, Joe who also plays parlor bowls and grandson, Adrian who often has a roll as well.

Inverloch Bowling Club Ladies DUE TO the inclement weather both Division 1 and 2 pennant games were abandoned but Division Three had a win at Korumburra. The monthly triples were held on Wednesday with 18 teams participating. Lovely to see teams from as far as Warragul attending. The sponsor was New Dimension Homes. Best last game winner was Barbara Dyke’s team. Runners-up were Carol Hughes, Pam Russell and Nell v Grunsven. Winners on the day were Jan Dyer, Diane Coleman and Marilyn Forrest. Thanks as always to Ray Paynting for doing the board and Marg Flett for the lovely envelopes. It’s time to get those spring hats out again for our Melbourne Cup Day. Brunch will commence at 9.30am and play at 11.30am. Costs are $6 for each. There will be sweeps of course, and a fun day will be had as usual. The next meal will be on Friday November 11.

Loch and District Bowling Club THURSDAY bowls saw reasonable weather and good bowling. The spider was won by Bev Boucher and lucky duck by Jim Garnham. Welcome to Heather Garnham, a new member of our club. Winners on the day were Kath Moss, Jenny Miller, Max Crawford and Thelma Sexton, with runners-up being Gay Garry, Francie Heylen and Jim Garnham. Our Tuesday pennant game was cancelled due to rain. Saturday’s pennant resulted in good wins to our Division Two and Division Five teams. Many of our members concluded the day with a very enjoyable meal at the Poowong Hotel.

Buffalo Bowls ON Wednesday October 12 there were 11 players on a nice night to bowl, which saw four teams, three of three and one of two. We played three games of eight ends, with six bowls, and it was nice to have Col Densley back for a night of bowls. There was a countback third to first. In fourth (LLL) skipper Carolyn Benson, Bill Wolswinkle and Joe Occhipinti; third (LWW) 13 ends five shots, skipper Lee Armstrong, Peter Heldens and Col Densley; second (WWL) 13 ends seven shots, skipper Ian Benson, Joyce Occhipinti and Mary Tumino; first (WLW) 15 ends, skipper Toni Heldens and Charlie Tumino. The best first game Toni 15-6 and Ian 13-4, second Lee 14-4, third Toni 11-2. The maximum six was scored by Toni in the first game, also six was scored by Lee in the third game. We hope to see you all next Wednesday at 7.30pm.

THE SECOND round of the 2011 season was played last Saturday in extremely difficult conditions due to a swinging south-westerly/southerly wind. These conditions played havoc with many bowlers as it was difficult to maintain momentum. This in turn saw three of the away sides in Division One take home the points, and reflected down through the other Divisions where a total of eight away sides won on the day. In Division One, Lang Lang (home) were a little disappointing when they only took one rink off Phillip Island who won by 19 shots. Toora (home) were also expected to do a lot better on their home turf, but again only won one rink off Leongatha, who took the game by 23 shots. Foster (home) gave no real challenge to Inverloch who won by 19 shots, whilst Wonthaggi (home) scraped in by the ‘skin of their teeth’ against Korumburra winning by three shots.

Results Division 1 Lang Lang 2-50 lt Phillip Island 14-69; Toora 2-51 lt Leongatha 14-74: Foster 2-57 lt Inverloch 14-76: Wonthaggi 14-72 d Korumburra 2-69. Division 2 Loch 15-73 d Meeniyan 1-54; Phillip Island 2-58 lt San Remo 14-69: Leongatha 16-76 d Wonthaggi 0-44: Inverloch 2-60 lt Mirboo North 14-69. Division 3 Korumburra Gold 2-67 lt Corinella 14-75: Tarwin Lower 14-76 d Foster 2-53; Fish Creek 2-60 lt Inverloch 14-63; Wonthaggi 7-68 drew Korumburra Maroon 9-68 Division 4 Lang Lang 13-71 d Phillip Island Blue 3-61: Phillip Island White16-85 d Leongatha 0-50: San Remo 12-69 d Wonthaggi 4-66; Inverloch 16-109 d Mirboo North 0-63. Division 5 Loch 14-94 d Meeniyan 2-48; Port Welshpool 16-84 d Tarwin Lower 0-50; Fish Creek 12-71 d Inverloch 4-69. Division 6

Korumburra 14-49 d San Remo 0-41; Toora 14-71 d Corinella 0-32; Meeniyan 12-51 d Wonthaggi 2-49; Phillip Island 2-44 lt Foster 12-52.

Ladders Division 1 Inverloch ................... 68 30 Leongatha .................. 55 28 Phillip Island.............. 34 28 Korumburra .............. 39 18 Wonthaggi .................-12 16 Lang Lang ....................-51 4 Foster............................-61 2 Toora ............................-72 2 Division 2 Mirboo North ............ 35 28 San Remo ................... 17 27 Loch ............................ 13 18 Leongatha ...................-6 18 Wonthaggi .................-15 16 Inverloch ...................... 5 14 Meeniyan......................-33 5 Phillip Island ................-28 2 Division 3 Corinella..................... 65 30 Inverloch ...................... 5 28 Fish Creek .................. 10 18 Tarwin Lower ............ 20 16 Foster............................ 3 15 Korumburra Maroon . 13 9 Wonthaggi .................... 57 7 Korumburra Gold....... 34 4 Division 4 San Remo ................... 18 28 Wonthaggi .................. 22 20 Inverloch .................... 37 18 Phillip Island Blue ......-1 17 Phillip Island White .. 10 16 Leongatha...................... 4 16 Lang Lang ................... 29 13 Mirboo North ...............-61 0 Division 5 Loch .......................... 132 46 Tarwin Lower ............ 25 32 Port Welshpool .......... 29 30 Meeniyan ..................-61 18 Fish Creek .................-53 14 Inverloch ......................-69 4 Division 6 Toora .......................... 63 28 Korumburra .............. 24 26 Wonthaggi .................. 20 14 Foster.........................-14 14 San Remo ....................-1 12 Meeniyan...................-22 12 Phillip Island...............-15 4 Corinella....................... 55 2

Denis Stane’s ‘kiss of death’ tips for next week are: Division 1 - Korumburra (home) will be too good for Toora by 24 shots, Leongatha (home) will be too strong for Wonthaggi by 24 shots, Phillip Island (home) will simply massacre Foster by 45 shots, whilst Inverloch (home) will do the same to Lang Lang by 42 shots. Good luck to all bowlers for the coming season.

Mardan Indoor Bowls LAST week’s bowls started with the final of the 75-up competition, last year’s winner Ann Plowman defending her title against Nic Rutjens. Ann was immediately into her best game while Nic was a little late finding his range and he paid the price with Ann moving to a big early lead. Although Nic was able to produce some excellent bowls late in the match it was Ann who produced a top class display of consistent draw bowling to win the match and retain her title, congratulations to both players on reaching the final. Social bowls was again well attended with 24 players nicely split into six teams of four, all playing three games of eight ends. Only one of those teams could manage to win all three of their games and it was Lorna Roberts, Margaret Campbell, Andy Plowman and Nic Rutjens (skip)

who won the night, Nic having his first win as a skipper and continuing to show some very good form and enjoying excellent support from his team. Runners-up with two wins and 13 winning ends were Dianne Smith, Ian Hasty, Jeanette Grady and Tony Allen-Clay (skip). The other sad feature of the night was some unkind souls searching the record books for some poor Pommie skipper to see if he had managed a record for shots against his team, sometimes bad luck comes in shovel loads. This week we are promised a night with a difference from the selectors and it will be the last night for players to pick up points for this season, then the following week it will be president’s night, followed by the annual general meeting on Wednesday November 2.

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Results - October 11 Division 1

Korumburra 80 (17 shots) d Lang Lang 63 (J. McVeigh 31 d D. Motton 18, B. Button 28 d J. Dowson 20, D. Williams 21 lt V. Harris 25). Wonthaggi 67 (12 shots) d Foster 55 (K. Simpson 21 d L. Vignocchi 18, J. Clarkson 27 d R. Richardson 18, I. Donohue 19 drew M. Climas 19). Meeniyan v San Remo (inclement weather - each side receives 8 pts). Inverloch v Phillip Island (inclement weather each side receives 8 pts). Division 2 Mirboo North v Phillip Island (inclement weather - each side receives 8 pts). Loch v Fish Creek (inclement weather - each side receives 8 pts). Corinella v Inverloch inclement weather - each side receives 8 pts). Tarwin Lower 67 (8 shots) d Port Welshpool 59 (D. Barnes 27 d A. Collins 9, B. De Rooy 21 lt L. McLaine 25, R. Griffiths 19 lt M. McDonald 25). Leongatha 87 (24 shots) d Wonthaggi 63 (E. McIntyre 27 d A. Green 16, T. McCormack 33 d T. Kavanagh 16, L. Cox 27 lt K. Bird 31). Division 3 Inverloch 52 (3 shots) d Korumburra 49 (G. Growse 33 d W. Pepperell 12, S. Phillipson 19 lt B. Waycott 37). Leongatha 63 (24 shots) d San Remo 39 (G. Emmerson 29 d P. Cameron 23, M. Fisher 34 d E. Dwyer 16). Wonthaggi v Toora (inclement weather - each side receives 8 pts). Meeniyan v Tarwin Lower (inclement weather - each side receives 8 pts). Phillip Island v Foster (inclement weather - each side receives 8 pts).

Ladders Division 1 Wonthaggi .......................+25 42 San Remo ........................+27 27 Meeniyan.........................+48 26 Phillip Island...................+17 26 Inverloch .............................-4 26 Foster..................................+1 25 Korumburra .......................-13 18 Lang Lang .......................-101 2 Division 2 Corinella..........................+40 38 Phillip Island...................+34 34 Leongatha .......................+43 30 Tarwin Lower ...................+9 28 Inverloch ..................................26 Loch ..................................-28 22 Port Welshpool ..................-14 20 Wonthaggi .........................-29 18 Fish Creek .........................-40 14 Mirboo North ....................-43 10 Division 3 Leongatha .......................+68 40 Toora ...............................+28 34 Inverloch ............................-4 28 Wonthaggi .......................+25 23 Meeniyan............................+2 23 Foster.................................-11 20 Korumburra .........................-2 16 San Remo .........................+10 15 Phillip Island .....................-51 9 Tarwin Lower ....................-65 8

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Leongatha Golf Club

CONGRATULATIONS to Rob Bride who at the weekend defeated Nick Cairns 3/2 to win this year’s Hyland Cup. Nick had to concede one shot to Rob, but was unable to counter the strong hitting of his opponent in very windy conditions. Well done to both finalists in this demanding event. Saturday brough round one of the Bill McCaughan fourball championship. The day’s winners with a most impressive +10 were John Eabry and David Forbes. Runners-up were Rob Bride and Alan Adcock on +9 and these two have established a useful three stroke lead in the scratch division, carding a score of 74. Pro pin was won by Ken Wardle and Anthony Sparkes was nearest the pin on the 16th. The following pairs won balls: P. Du Plessis, R. Evans +6, R. Williams, B. Attwood +5, E. Kosciuk, J. Cummins +5, T. Goldie, G. Tyson +5, P. Seth, T. Bruinewoud +5, N. Gillin, P. Horman +5, T. Lund, G. Marsham +3, D. Malone, A. Edney +3. Thursday Players had to select just three clubs and their putter for this event and this restriction was no disadvantage to the grade winners.

Nick Cairns took A Grade with a good 38 points off an 11 handicap. B Grade went to Peter Horman who went one better to reach 39 points. Barry Stevens had the right club for the 14th and 16th holes, winning nearest the pins on both of them. Ball winners: K. Godridge, M. Stubbs 35, P. Seth, A. Cairns, C. Sperling 34, B. Stevens, J. King, I. Nunn 33, T. Williams, J. Renwick, M. Street, N. Hughes 32. Kit Boag Day Twenty pairs braved rugged conditions on Sunday to play in the 35th annual Kit Boag Day mixed event. The three leading pairs all won rugs, meticulously crocheted by Kit. They were: Ron and Jean Chaplin 731/8, Peter Rayson and Joy Runge 751/8, Doug Clemann and Gwen Chapman 75½. Five more pairs were awarded down the line balls: D. Hanna, K. Hogan 75¾, S. and D. Miller 77¼, B. Hogan, V. Brydon 785/8, A. Wain, L. Parkinson 791/8, R. And G. McRobert 795/8. Round two of the fourball championship will be contested on Saturday. Entry forms are now available for our November spring tournament from November 10 to 13.

Foster Golf Club THE course is playing well and there are a few broken handicaps after some good scores this week. Thursday October 13 Neil Chandler (22) had a return to form to win with plus four. Down the line balls went to Kevin Flett (nine) and John Mathers (17) with plus three, and P. Cooke (21) with plus one. The nearest the pin went to John Mathers. Friday October 14 was a family affair with Brian Blake beating son Robert on a countback – both with 20 points. Down the line went to A. Hamilton with 18 points. Nearest the pin went to A. Hamilton. Trophies donated by Randy Reusch were played for on Saturday October 15. The A Grade winner was Jim Parry (12) with 41 points. B Grade went to Brian

Robinson (28) with the excellent score of 44 points. Brian even had five points on the seventh where he knocked one in close for a birdie. Down the line balls went to Gary Clavarino (18) 41 points, Geoff Prue (21), Phil Schofield (18), Athol McGrath (16) and Owen Kindellan (23) – all on 38 points, and then Noel Black (7) on 37 points. Nearest the pins went to Gary Clavarino and Noel Black. The money hole went to Lloyd McKenzie. Good to see Robbo back and he collected six balls for an eagle on the fifth where he knocked his second in to three feet. The NAGA went to Terry Parnall (17) with 27 points. Terry was looking good to avoid the NAGA until he hit his ball into his own golf bag on the last, and then he “won”

the countback to beat three others on 27 points. Golf can be a frustrating game, but a sense of humour can overcome all. and Terry certainly has that. Frank McKenzie trophy: Colin Pulham defeated Lloyd McKenzie in the final 3/2. Coming events Tuesday October 18 stableford. Thursday October 20 stableford. Friday October 21 – twilight. Saturday October 22 – stroke – Lefties v Righties day for trophies donated by Kevin and Marilyn Flett. Friday Night Members Draw – Jean Ryan was not there to pick up the $350 cash, so the draw jackpots to $400 this week. You need to be in the clubhouse to collect the cash available in the members draw.

Woorayl Golf Club

LAST Saturday a par event sponsored by Aygee Soft Drinks was played. The highlight of the day was the hole-in-one by Peter Burgess while playing the eighth hole. The A Grade winner was our visitor from Wonthaggi, John Barton. His plus three was too good for the other A graders. B Grade and best score of the day was the plus five of Ty Hogan. C Grade required a countback before John Diaper was declared the winner with plus two. Balls went to J. Howard, Bo Fiek, G. Winkler, J. Redmond, B. Hogan, D. Lim, M. Collins, P. McCaughan and R. Fisher in a six-way countback. The nearest the pins went to Peter Burgess (naturally) and John Maynard (17th). The plus five of Ann Poole was too good for the rest of the ladies, with a ball going to Marg Tuckett. Elsie McBride took out both nearest the pins on Thursday, the 40 points of Rob Gourlay won the day, with balls going to M. Collins and J. Diaper. The 17th nearest the pin went to Bob Beilby.

Next week we will play a stableford event sponsored by G.R. and T. Plastering. Last Friday the club again had a very successful trivia night. Ladies LAST Monday saw a great turnout for our annual Girls Day Out, which was again generously sponsored by Kelvin Johns Retravision. This day also supports the breast cancer appeal. We were lucky with the weather and 64 players, wearing pink, competed in teams of four in an Irish fourball. The winning team from Korumburra, with 101, were Marg Young, Marj Dixon, Chris Rickard and Betty Thompson. Runners-up with 100 points were Marg Higgins, Fay Maynard, Mel Martin and Wendy Surman. Balls down the line went to Lois Young, Dot Jarvis, Veronica Park and Fay LePage and Chris Perrett, Sharon Lagden, Anna de Bondt and Rita de Bondt. Nearest the pin on both the eighth and 11th was Chris Gunn from Mirboo North and on the 17th was Judy Griffen from Phillip

Island. The trivia quiz was taken out by Maxine Eabrey, Marg Tuckett, Sue Wakefield and Fiona Curram. Wednesday was Roses Day, playing a stableford competition, with Sue Wakefield (19) winning A Grade with 36 points, Marg Tuckett (29) taking out B Grade with 32 points and Melinda Martin (37) having 34 points to win C Grade. All three winners were thrilled to receive a beautiful rose bush and we thank Rosemary Wood for her continued support. Balls down the line went to Pauline Lancaster, Shirley Thomas, Marg Higgins and Fay Maynard. Nearest the pin on the eighth was Anne Grist, on the 17th was Marg Tuckett and the best second shot on the 11th was Pauline Lancaster. The B. and S. Thomas stableford aggregate board event has been finalised, with congratulations going to the winners, Sue Wakefield and Fay Maynard. Next week is the first round of our club championships. Good hitting everyone.

Playing a round: Geoff Cecil, Angus Grigg, Harry Sterling and Danny McKeown enjoyed their game of golf last Tuesday.

South Gippsland Veterans Golf DON Chapman, well known golfer and clever wordsmith offered his take on the recent South Gippsland veteran golf day last Tuesday. T’was a dark and stormy morning and I cowered ‘neath the blankets. “Get up” said my better half, “you say you’re a golfer. Go and prove it!” So with much reluctance I leapt from my bed, (well, fell off the edge), performed my ablutions and left. Forty-one of we hardy souls watched the rain fall until 9am when it ceased and blue sky appeared. The stableford competition began. After a pause of 20 minutes the showers commenced again but we soldiered on, returning cold and mud spattered some hours later.

We were fortunate to have several visitors from the West Gippsland to swell our numbers. The winner was Danny McKeown from Morwell playing off 13 who came home with 41 points, beating Rob Bride of Leongatha on a countback. Nearest the pins went to C. Hardy of Warragul on 14 and Mike Fitzmaurice of Phillip Island on 16. While the golf was absorbing and Leongatha a pleasure to play, the weather was well below par, consequently we spread a little Christmas cheer early and gave all contenders a ball in the run down. Now I must address the long suffering wives of our dedicated members. Ladies, on these cold spring nights

when you snuggle into him for some warmth and comfort, do not be distressed if he turns away, sleepily murmuring “not now dear I might get a headache”. You might find he eats without protest his vegetables and salads too. The explanation is that on Thursday November 17 the annual SGVGA championship is to be played at Phillip Island. Frantic efforts are made by all prospective contestants to peak at the right time, some of which I’ve mentioned. Frankly it is all some 40 years too late but this never stops them from trying. Now I must finish, I have a plate of celery to crunch.

Wonthaggi Golf Club ON Saturday we played a two-person ambrose event and all competitors seem to have really enjoyed the challenge. Our major sponsor for the day was Seniors Festival of Golf. A Grade was won by Darren (I am the president) Green and Daniel Van Agtmaal with a 63 net. B Grade was won by Peter Hanley and Lionel Wilson with a 65 net. Balls down the line to 66½ net. Nearest the pin: 2nd I. Gaskin, 8th P. Hanley, 13th D. Paproth, 7th G. Hennequin. Ian ‘Quacka’ McDonald once again had his cart break down. I suggest you employ the services of a decent mechanic Ian, maybe Turns. And a special mention to Phillip ‘Houta’ Studham just for being him. We must complete our singles knockout by the end of the month and I will do a putting knockout draw from the field playing this Saturday. The club has been fortunate enough to secure a major sponsor for our club championships. Thank you to B.G.C. in conjunction with Wonthaggi Plaster for their incredible support and generosity. Great golfing and good luck to those eight gentlemen who are travelling to Tocumwal this weekend. Behave yourselves Scotty and Rusty and don’t do anything that I wouldn’t.

Korumburra Golf Club TUESDAY’S winner was P. Van Agtmaal with 42 points. There were 49 players for the par event on Saturday October 15. Trophies B. & C. Clasby. The CCR was 69. A Grade handicap: R. Spokes +6. Balls: R. Ludenia +4, M. Garnham +3, D. Sorrell +3, S. Osbaldstone +2, L. Sharp +2.

B Grade handicap: N. Ladgrove +6, J. Little +4, J. Stein +4. C Grade 27 handicap: R. Blay +8, M. Giles +5, B. Foote +5, M. Hams +5. Missed out +2: D. Goad, T. Fredricks. Putting: 1st J. Little, 7th S. Webster, 10th Webster, 13th D. Hislop. NAGA A. Worthy -9.

Mirboo North Golf Club THE winner of the ladies monthly President’s Day on Wednesday, October 12 was L. Snell 42 (hcp) 40 pts. Down the line: Maree Thompson 36, Nicole Allen 35, Barb Stimson 34 countback. Nearest the pin: 4th S. Traill, 13th Nicole Allen. There were 25 starters for the par event on Saturday, October 15 and the CCR was 71. A Grade winner was

Terry Bradshaw +4 hcp 7. Down the line: Ray Hoskin +1 countback, P. Chapman +1 countback, I. Evison +1 countback. Pro pin: 2nd shot 1st G. Watson, 4th P. Chapman $15, 6th M. Fletcher. Nearest the pin: 13th P. Chapman, 16th P. Draper. Birdies: Joe Kus 6th, G. Watson 16th, P. Draper 16th. Eagle - Graham Watson 17th, 10 balls.

Just tap it in: Wonthaggi’s Frank Thomas putts at the Leongatha Golf Club on Tuesday afternoon.

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Timing’s right at little aths A STRONG contingent of more than 100 young athletes, including many new members, came together with family, friends and supporters at the velodrome oval last Saturday for Leongatha Little Athletics Club’s second competition meeting for the 2011/12 season.

In windy but warm conditions, athletes found an extra yard of pace with the club’s new electronic timing gates and related equipment now in operation, thanks especially to a $5000 IGA Community Grant. The new timer adds an extra degree of professionalism to track events, and can also

be used by schools in the district for carnivals and special competitions. There were two centre records broken last Saturday, both in the 80m hurdles. Wes Graeme flew across the hurdles to stop the clock at 14.57 seconds in the Under 14 boys class, and Eddie Colwill did likewise in 19.06 seconds in the Under 7 boys. New members are welcome, with anyone interested in joining encouraged to attend this Saturday’s meeting, October 22, starting at 9.30am. More information can be found on the club’s website:; or contact club registrar Helen Patterson on 5662 4797.

Golden girls: Taleaha Olsen crosses through Leongatha Little Aths’ new electronic timer gates just ahead of fellow Under 11 athletes Amy Tudor (centre) and Sophie Allen.

Little aths come and try LAST weekend approximately 80 athletes turned up for the Wonthaggi start of season come and try day.

Budding champ: watch out Sally Pearson, as ‘on track’ athlete Ava Patterson is on her way to becoming another hurdles champion.

The weather was cool and the ground a little soft in places but it didn’t stop any of the young athletes from trying the variety of track and

field events. Competition starts this Saturday October 22 at 9 am at Wonthaggi Secondary College, Dudley Campus. Newcomers are most welcome. Please remember to bring a water bottle and sun protection even if it’s overcast.

Athlete registration will be held on Wednesday October 19 at the Wonthaggi Secondary College, McBride Campus, between 5 and 7 pm. The registration fee of $90 covers insurance, affiliation and local competition fees. For more information contact Terra Plumb on 5672 4299

Nominate a sports hero LOCAL MP and member for Bass, Ken Smith, is encouraging all sport enthusiasts to nominate a local sporting club, a team, an individual sport or club person for the recently announced 2011 Victorian Government’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards.

“These awards acknowledge and celebrate local sporting heroes, the hard work and dedication by individuals behind the scenes of sporting clubs or a team or club right across Victoria which deserves recognition for their outstanding achievements,” he said. “The Victorian Government is committed to acknowledging the people who volunteer their time to contribute to the community and this particular program is a way in which passionate, hardworking sportspeople, often those who are working behind the scenes making a difference week in week out, can be recognised.” There are nine award categories provid-

ing recognition for significant contributions made by clubs, teams and exceptional people involved in sport and recreation in our local communities. If you know of a worthy recipient submit your nomination now. The nine categories are; • Community Sporting Club of the Year · Community Participation Award · Young Sportsperson of the Year · Senior Sportsperson of the Year · Service to Sport Award · Diversity Award · Local Hero of the Year · Community Coach of the Year · Minister’s Award for the Sportsperson of the Year. Nominations close on Monday October 31 and can be made via the internet at www. The awards night will be held at the MCG on Wednesday November 30 and will honour the successful nominees with cash prizes for their contributions to the community.

Twirl-wind of success A LOCAL baton twirler has achieved success at a state and national level. Leongatha South’s Beth Forrester recently competed in a strut event (a basic marching routine) at the national championships, which saw her finish eighth. It came after she placed first across Victoria. Beth’s achievement was highlighted by the fact she only began twirling on a regular basis this year. “She is looking forward to competing in more events next year, including team events in which we need more members,” her coach, Cassandra Roberts said. Cassandra has recently moved to Leongatha and is hoping to start up a baton twirling club in the area. The sport involves twirling, throwing and catching a baton, whilst incorporating dance steps into a routine, blending the body with the baton. Baton Twirling is an international sport, with over 20 countries participating around the world. “There are different levels of competition ranging from tiny tots to adult.” “It helps develop confidence, rhythm and physical fitness. The skills learnt improve hand eye co-ordination and ambidexterity,” Cassandra said. Athletes work towards competing in mini competitions, states and nationals, including travelling to

Beth Forrester: the youngster has taken on baton twirling at the national stage. interstate competitions. “There is also the potential to work towards qualifying for the world team to participate in international competitions,” Cassandra said. Anyone who wants more information can contact Sandra on

Big arm: Jacob O’Reilly throws the javelin at Saturday’s come and try day.

Talented: Melody Notley shows her technique with the discus.

More champions in Leongatha THE Leongatha Table Tennis Association and their participants have had a very successful three weeks of activities. The first week of school holidays had us saying good luck to Michaela Campbell and Brittney Taylor (Wonthaggi) as they prepared to fly to Sydney, NSW. These two young athletes were handpicked to represent Victoria in table tennis. To have any number of participants chosen from their club to represent their state in a national event is an amazing achievement. A very candid Brittney brought her Gold Medal to the A-A Reserve play night in Leongatha. She was so proud of her medal but did not want to brag. Brittney’s gold medal was a result of the girls Under 15 teams grand finals. Michaela was entered in the girls Under13 team. Her team did not celebrate a medallion finish. Michaela however did win many of

her games, giving her team a fighting chance. The Leongatha Table Tennis Association congratulates you both on your achievements. The second week of school holidays produced more champions of a slightly different kind. The association held their club championships evening for all A-A Reserve players for 2011. Results A Grade singles winner - Maurice Valk. Runner-up Mark Dowling. Score: 6-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-8. A Reserve singles winner – Cam Dowling. Runner-up John McCarthy. Score: 5-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8. Women’s A Reserve singles winner – Brittney Taylor. Runner-up Kathy Campbell. Score: 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5. A-A Reserve combined doubles winners – Ian Tuckett / Dean Snelling. Runners-up Michael Holwerda / Bryce Holwerda. Score: 14-12, 8-11, 11-6,

8-11, 11-5. Last week was B Grade’s turn to identify their B Grade club champion for 2011. B Grade singles winner – Steve Santilli. Runner-up Will Collins. Score: 11-5, 11-2, 13-11. B Grade doubles winners – Steve Santilli / Will Collins. Runners-up John Page / Aiden Holwerda. Score: 11-6, 5-11, 11-8, 14-12. Presentations will be made to all of the club championship finalists on the grand final night in November. The weekly results have been equally exciting. A-A Reserve September 28 Fudd 9-27 d Road Runners 2-15, Yosemite Sam 7-27 d Mixtures 4-16, TNT 9-29 d Yogi Bears 2-15, Flintstones 6-19 d Stingrays 5-14, Coyotes 6-20 d Sure Shots 5-18. October 12 Fudd 6-19 d Stingrays 5-13, TNT 7-21 d Coyotes 4-15, Mixtures 7-22 d Sure Shots 4-15, Yosemite Sam 7-18 d Road Runners 4-12,

Flintstones 8-28 d Yogi Bears 3-12. B Grade September 8 Garden Gnomes 5-15 d Smash 0-0, Hot Shots 3-11 d Monkeys 2-8, Young & Old 3-11 d Mad Men 2-9. September 15 Hot Shots 4-12 d Garden Gnomes 1-6, Smash 3-10 dd Mad Men 2-7, Monkeys 3-11 d Young & Old 2-8.

Ladders A-A Reserve TNT ...........................20 83 286 Flintstones .................20 77 254 Yosemite Sam............16 78 265 Fudd .........................14 67 226 Stingrays ...................12 68 225 Mixtures .....................10 63 237 Coyotes .......................10 62 231 Sure Shots ....................8 62 221 Road Runners ...............8 56 205 Yogi Bears ....................2 46 177

B Grade Hot Shots .......................10 2 Monkeys ........................8 20 Garden Gnomes ...........8 20 Young & Old .................8 17 Smash .............................6 13 Mad Men ........................2 13

76 67 65 60 51 49

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Trio flex right muscles THREE IInverloch l h fitness fanatics have starred at the Australian National Bodybuilding State Championships.

Work rewarded: personal trainer Nikki Croft placed second in the tall women’s figure category.

Personal trainer Kallum Fidoe won the intermediate male category and fellow trainer Nikki Croft placed second in the tall women’s figure category. Aqua aerobics instructor Emma Podesta was fourth in the sports model category. The trio work at I Choose Awesome gymnasium at Inverloch, where Fidoe and Croft are directors. All three were overwhelmed by their results. Croft and Fidoe’s results have qualified them for the national competition. Fidoe placed third at last year’s competition in the novice category and after 12 months of solid training, stepped up to the intermediate category. “I was a little apprehensive about the intermediate category as there is no weight limit. I was up against guys who were much bigger than me but the judges thought I had the most complete package,” he said. Croft has competed in four events this season and is now

i at national i l llevel. l competing “By doing these competitions, it has enabled us to learn more about our bodies, and in turn has helped us educate our clients more and offer them more advice, particularly in regards to nutrition,” she said. Podesta sought to gain experience in nutrition and weight loss. “Being on stage was very exciting and nerve racking at the same time, but I loved doing the dance routine in my category. That’s where my passion really lies,” she said. Natural body building is judged on muscularity (size of muscles), symmetry of physique and vascularity (how lean a competitor is). All competitors are compared against each other in compulsory poses and judged on their own posing routine. The trio complete up to four strength training sessions per week year round. Twelve weeks before the event, their training and nutritional plans change. They begin to introduce more cardio exercise, building up to two 30-45 minute sessions twice a day while maintaining their strength training. The nutritional program consists of a slow carb (low

GI) hi h protein i diet di with ih GI), high plenty of green vegetables. “Check-out people often give us funny looks as they scan through piles of broccoli and spinach,” Fidoe laughed. “There is no other sport like physique sculpting. It requires competitors to have a working knowledge of exercise physiology, a thorough understanding of nutrition and bucket loads of will power and determination. It is the ultimate challenge.” I Choose Awesome runs 12 week challenges annually with this year’s challenge in full swing at their gym. The challenges are open to anyone who wants to better their health and fitness and maybe lose body fat along the way. “You don’t need to go to extremes with your diet and exercise to get results. Ask any of our 2011-12 week challengers. Three strength sessions per week and a slow carb, high protein diet will get everyone seeing results. It’s about being consistent and implementing healthy lifestyle habits,” Fidoe said. Anyone interested in registering their interest in next year’s 12 Week Challenge can call I Choose Awesome on 5674 6577. The only thing you have to lose is inches.

Superb shape: Kallum Fidoe and Emma Podesta strike the right poses to best display their figures.

St Laurence presentations ST LAURENCE’S netball club held their AGM and presentation day on Sunday September 11.

The kids participated in gymnastics during the AGM and then all players came together for presentations and afternoon tea. The club enjoyed a great season with A Grade and Under 13 Maroon finishing runners-up. We look forward to welcoming back all our old players next season and any new players who wish to join the club.

Leongatha basketball Results Round 8 Under 12 Boys: Black 27 v Silver 18, Maroon 30 v Red 30, Blue 16 v Light Blue 30. Under 14 Boys: Silver 28 v Red 32, Royal Blue 28 v Maroon 24, Green 22 v Black 16. Under 17 Boys: Maroon 30 v Royal Blue 31, Silver 31 v Green 35, Black - bye. Under 10 Mixed: Silver 12 v Yellow 13, Royal Blue 4 v Green 2, Red 14 v Maroon 20, Light Blue 15 v Black 24. Under 16 Girls: Silver 44 v Gold 12, Purple 18 v Royal Blue 35. Under 12 Girls: Black 14 v Red 18, Yellow 14 v Navy Blue 24.

Ladders Under 12 Boys Black ............................132.000 Light Blue....................114.384 Maroon ........................118.750 Blue ................................73.054 Silver...............................82.911 Red ..................................85.789 Under 14 Boys Red ...............................127.184 Silver ............................118.947 Maroon ..........................94.393 Royal Blue ...................103.211 Black ...............................77.311 Green ..............................85.957 Under 17 Boys Silver ............................116.959 Maroon ........................128.221 Royal Blue ...................100.885 Green .............................90.476 Black ...............................74.779 Under 10 Mixed Black ............................240.984 Yellow...........................127.027 Royal Blue .....................91.667 Maroon ........................120.513 Red ................................109.615 Silver...............................61.446 Light Blue.......................39.823 Green ..............................56.250 Under 16 Girls Royal Blue ...................205.505

22 17 16 15 12 11 20 17 15 13 13 9 20 17 16 16 16 21 20 16 15 15 12 10 7 22

Silver ............................171.304 Gold................................ 59.155 Purple............................. 58.175 Under 12 Girls Navy Blue ....................242.373 Red ...............................112.500 Yellow...........................101.087 Black ..............................31.915

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Under 13s: (back, from left) Best and Fairest winners Sara Riseley (Gold) and Philippa Littlejohn (Maroon), runner-up Best and Fairests Janie Gordon (Maroon) and Jess Anstice (Gold), and front; Coach’s Award winners Renee Mizza (Gold) and Claire Wylie (Maroon).

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Results Round 10 Women: The Powder Puffs 11 v Zappers 59, The Young Ones 17 v Heat 26, Parrots 28 v The A Team 83. Men’s A Grade: Brian Scalabrine 44 v Semi Pro 28, Shake n Bake 36 v NBA Ballers 27, Rollers 79 v Burra 42, Amberfluids - bye. Men’s B Grade: What a Team 24 v I Love Richo 38, Magic 48 v Gatha Tigers 27, Macca Mad Boys 41 v Grain Train 47.

Under 11: Coach’s award winners Madie Kratz (Gold) and Hannah Box (Blue).

Ladders Women The A Team .................288.571 Zappers........................162.083 Parrots .........................150.000 Heat ................................74.659 The Powder Puffs...........38.958 The Young Ones.............35.666 Men’s A Grade Rollers ..........................145.487 Shake n Bake ..............172.251 Amberfluids ................115.000 NBA Ballers ..................92.647 Brian Scalabrine .............96.221 Burra ...............................91.892 Semi Pro .........................47.854 Men’s B Grade Magic ...........................130.739 Grain Train .................116.768 What a Team...............131.804 Macca Mad Boys..........92.575 I Love Richo.................119.725 Gatha Tigers ...................57.069

27 24 17 15 11 9 28 26 24 18 17 17 9 22 19 18 18 15 12

A Grade: equal Best and Fairests Monique Goss and Kaila Bentvelzen, runner-up Best and Fairest Emalie Gordon and B Grade runner-up Best and Fairest Beth Dortmans. Absent is B Grade Best and Fairest Laura Meikle.

Under 17: Best and Fairest Tinotenda Nyamunduru, runner-up Best and Fairest Hannah Engel and Coach’s Award winner Angelique Dunlevie.

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Harvey’s day great all round WONTHAGGI Workers all-rounder Craig Harvey set his team up for a crushing win over Inverloch with both bat and ball on Saturday.

Batting first, Harvey took to the Stingrays bowlers, smashing 97 runs including eight 4s and five 6s. He was well supported by David Turton (55) and Luke Sawyer (52) as the Workers posted 7/248 from their 40 overs. Harvey was also tossed the ball when Inverloch openers Leroy Sharrock and Stephen Brayley (both 48) looked to be settling. He removed both of them, and two others to finish with figures of 4/15 from his seven overs. Wonthaggi Miners v Imperials Miners batsman Clint Honeysett paved the way to victory for his team on Saturday with a score of 77. The middle order bat played a swashbuckling innings that included 11 4s. His side easily accounted for the Imps score of 157 all out. Marty O’Loughlin was the best Imps bowler on the day, taking 3/19. Lee Ballagh had the Imperials off to a good start earlier in the day, notching a fine 52.

But support was not coming from enough of his teammates, which led to his side’s premature exit from the crease. Will Howson was the best Miners bowler, taking 3/10. In other matches, Nerrena were outplayed by OMK, going down by 47 runs thanks to some handy scores from Diggers batsmen Paul Harper (42), David Creed (46) and James Paterson (40). Glen Alvie were well beaten by Phillip Island, especially thanks to two three wicket hauls from Steven Niven (3/8) and Peter Francis (3/23).

B GRADE DIVISION 1 IMPERIALS v WONTHAGGI MINERS 1st innings Imperials L. Ballagh c. G. Shaw b. W. Howson ........................... 52 M. O’Loughlin b. R. Jones .................................. 4 A. Meyer b. A. Zanella ............... 23 N. Eddy c. W. Howson b. C. Waters .............................. 13 M. Adkins c. P. Cornelis b. J. Piasente ............................. 28 Z. Price b. W. Howson .................. 0 R. O’Loughlin b. W. Howson ...... 3 G. Forrester c. R. Jones b. P. Cornelis............................... 5 D. Johnson b. J. Piasente .............. 1 L. Wright b. J. Piasente ................. 0 J. Ginnane n.o................................ 7 Extras ........................................... 21 Total .......................................... 157 Bowling: J. Piasente 3/16, R. Jones 1/35, P. Cornelis 1/13, A. Zanella 1/45, C. Waters 1/28, W. Howson 3/10. 1st innings Wonthaggi Miners G. Kent c. A. Meyer b. G. Forrester........................... 38

J. O’Reilly c. L. Wright b. N. Eddy................................. 28 G. Shaw r.o. ................................... 2 N. Waters c. A. Meyer b. M. Adkins ............................. 11 C. Honeysett c. A. Meyer b. M. O’Loughlin ..................... 77 J. Piasente b. G. Forrester ............. 5 W. Howson c. D. Johnson b. G. Forrester............................. 7 A. Zanella c. M Adkins b M. O’ Loughlin ....................... 1 R. Jones lbw. b. L. Wright ........... 5 P. Cornelis c. M. Adkins b. M. O’Loughlin ..................... 20 C. Waters n.o. ................................ 0 Bowling: R. O’Loughlin 0/36, N. Eddy 1/31, M. Adkins 1/51, G. Forrester 3/28, D. Johnson 0/21, Z. Price 0/14, M. O’Loughlin 3/19, L. Wright 1/0. WONTHAGGI WORKMENS v INVERLOCH 1st innings Wonthaggi Workmens D. Dutchman lbw. b. J. Dalmau ... 3 C. Harvey lbw. b. J. Dalmau....... 97 D. Turton c. J. Griffiths b. N. Goodall ............................ 55 L. Sawyer c. N. Goodall b. M. Billows............................ 52 C. Harvey c. N. Goodall b. J. Dalmau................................ 4 R. Geyer c. B. Phillips b. M. Billows.............................. 0 A. McLean c. L. Sharrock b. M. Billows............................ 10 M. McCall n.o. .............................. 3 S. Williams n.o. ............................. 9 Extras ........................................... 15 Total .......................................7/248 Bowling: J. Dalmau 2/22, J. Griffiths 0/35, M. Billows 3/67, W. Holmes 0/39, N. Goodall 1/44, J. Dalmau 1/34. 1st innings Inverloch S. Brayley c. J. Thomas b. C. Harvey ............................. 48 L. Sharrock c&b. C. Harvey....... 48 N. Goodall c. L. Sawyer

b. C. Harvey ............................... 5 B. Phillips b. L. Sawyer ................ 1 D. Mercer n.o. ............................. 16 M. Billows c&b. C. Harvey.......... 1 W. Holmes b. L. McLean ........... 12 J. Griffiths b. J. Thomas ............... 3 J. Dalmau n.o................................. 4 Extras ............................................. 8 Total .......................................7/146 Bowling: M. McCall 0/22, J. Thomas 1/14, A. McLean 0/30, S. Williams 0/23, C. Harvey 4/15, L Sawyer 1/25, L. McLean 1/13. OMK v NERRENA 1st innings OMK P. Harper b. B. Croatto ............... 42 R. White c. G. Giliam b. J. Hoy.................................... 20 D. Creed b. G. Giliam ................. 46 J. Paterson b. S. Gaddam ............ 40 W. Dowell n.o. .............................. 9 S. Checkley n.o. .......................... 13 Extras ........................................... 12 Total .......................................4/182 Bowling: Z. Trease 0/17, W. Telfer 0/51, B. Croatto 1/18, J. Hoy 1/35, B. Charlton 0/23, S. Gaddam 1/14, G. Gilliam 1/18. 1st innings Nerrena G. Giliam c. T. Knox b. R. Whtie.................................. 6 W. Telfer b. B. Maguire ................ 8 T. Trotman c. P. Harper b. N. Creed .............................. 34 C. Baudinette b. B. Maguire......... 3 A. Harrison c. J. Paterson b. S. Checkley .......................... 17 L. Roberts c. S. Checkley b. J. Paterson............................... 3 Z. Trease lbw. b. R. White .......... 34 S. Gadam n.o. .............................. 14 B. Croatto r.o. ................................ 7 J. Hoy b. A. Meade ....................... 0 B. Charlton n.o. ............................. 0 Extras ............................................. 9 Total .......................................9/135 Bowling: A. Meade 1/17, R. White 2/30, B. Maguire 2/19, J. Paterson 1/28, S. Checkley 1/27, N. Creed 1/10.


Coulter, Warren snare five THE bowlers were the main attraction of the day at Meeniyan as Town took on MDU. The Scorpions’ Michael Warren took 5/37 from his 7.4 over stint as Town kept MDU to 151 runs. ‘Pucker’ skittled the lower order batsmen after starting a slump that saw them go from 3/122 to 9/138. However, his performance with the ball was outshone by Demons youngster Beau Coulter, who took 5/26 from his eight overs. Coulter had the Town batsmen in all sorts of strife. The only batsman he didn’t trouble was his bowling nemesis Warren, who held on to finish not out on 18 as Town fell 32 runs short. Korumburra v Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL A well compiled 69 runs from Korumburra skipper Trevor Allen paved the way for his side’s victory on Saturday afternoon. Allen clubbed eight 4s and looked in good touch before he was caught by Blake Van Rooy off the bowling of Kevin Thorne. Justin Greenwood provided a helping hand for his captain, knocking up 34 valuable runs before he was out to Shane Paterson. Paterson took two wickets and led the way for the Cougar attack. Koony had some batsmen get off to nice starts, but none were able to turn it into a big score. Kevin Thorne produced the best for his side on the day, hitting up a score of 43 not out. In other matches, Kilcunda-Bass beat Poowong/

Loch comfortably, with Jaydan (CORRECT) Tregear the player of the day. Tregear score 54 not out, and backed it up with 4/29 with the ball. OMK were too good in their match with Fish CreekTarwin, scoring 5/140 before bowling them out for 77 in just 20 overs.

B GRADE DIVISION 2 KORUMBURRA v KOONWARRA RSL 1st innings Korumburra B. Kerr b. S. Paterson ................6 K. Miller c. K. Thorne b. D. O’Connor .......................0 J. Greenwood c. C. Moscript b. S. Paterson.........................34 B. Hayes c. S. Paterson b. J. Pickersgill ........................3 T. Allen c. B. van Rooy b. K. Thorne .........................69 J. Oxlee c. R. Gale b. N. Summers.........................9 N. Allen n.o. .............................20 D. Fearnley n.o.........................12 Extras .......................................17 Total ....................................6/170 Bowling: S. Paterson 2/16, D. O’Connor 1/35, J. Pickersgill 1/22, N. Summers 1/32, K. Thorne 1/38, B. Pickersgill 0/22. 1st innings Koonwarra RSL C. Moscript c. N. Arney b. H. James .............................4 L. Enter c. D. Fearnley b. P. Dunlevie ........................23 S. Paterson c. B. Hayes b. N. Allen ............................12 N. Summers b. J. Greenwood ....4 K. Thorne n.o. ..........................43 G. Sperling c. J. Greenwood b. N. Arney ............................27 B. van Rooy c. J. Greenwood b. B. Hayes ............................16 D. O’Connor n.o. ..................... 11 Extras ....................................... 11 Total ....................................6/150 Bowling: H. James 1/14, N. Allen 1/23, D. Fearnley 0/13, P. Dunlevie 1/25, J. Greenwood 1/25, N. Arney 1/22, B. Hayes 1/21, J. Oxlee 0/3. KILCUNDA-BASS v POOWONG-LOCH 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass T. Aplin c. ..................................2 D. Clay b. ..................................1 J. Tregear ret. n.o......................54 H. Grace c. ..............................20 D. Matheson c. ..........................8

T. Stacey-Van Steensel .............32 R. Duff n.o. ................................8 Extras .......................................12 Total ....................................5/137 Bowling: T. Hancock 1/35, S. McKinnon 1/20, T. Carns 0/12, R. McKenzie 1/17, G. Birnie 0/23. 1st innings Poowong-Long G. Birnie c&b. T. Stacey-Van Steensel ............5 T. Hancock c&b. T. Stacey-Van Steensel ............5 S. Magnusson n.o. ....................19 E. Hancock c&b. T. Stacey-Van Steensel ............0 S. Dinger b R. Miller..................0 T. Carns c&b. T. Stacey-Van Steensel ............5 G. Humphrey c&b. J. Tregear ...............................14 R. McKenzie c&b. T. Tregear ..23 P. Carns c. R. Miller b. J. Tregear .............................1 S. McKinnon c&b. T. Aplin ......0 Extras ....................................... 11 Total .........................................82 Bowling: R. Duff 0/2, T. Stacey-Van Steensel 4/10, R. Miller 1/5, S. Blake 0/18, J. Tregear 4/29, D. Clay 1/8. FISH CREEK v OMK 1st innings Fish Creek J. Spokes b. G. Lomagno ..........2 B. Edwards c. G. Lomagno b. G. Adams.............................2 J. Pouw c. C. Walker b. G. Adams.............................2 J. Hibberd c. P. Miller b. C. O’Brien ......................... 11 C. Fisher c. C. Walker b. C. O’Brien .........................27 G. Buckland c. G. Adams b. C. O’Brien ...........................0 M. Bright n.o. ...........................14 T. Stybosh b. N. Grist...............14 Exras ..........................................5 Total .........................................77 Bowling: G. Lomagno 1/18, G. Adams 2/19, A. Harrison 0/15, C. O’Brien 3/7, D. Wylie 0/15, N. Grist 1/3. 1st innings OMK P. Miller c. M. Bright b. T. Stybosh..........................13 G. Lomagno c. C. Fisher b. J. Hibberd ..........................26 C. O’Brien c. M. Bright b. J. Pouw .............................17 G. Knox c. S. Pouw b. C. Fisher ............................28 D. Jeffries c. S. Pouw b. C. Fisher ............................22 M. Walker n.o.............................6 G. Adams n.o............................14

Extras .......................................14 Total ....................................5/140 Bowling: J. Spokes 0/23, J. Pouw 1/11, T. Stybosh 1/14, C. Fisher 2/31, J. Hibberd 1/39, G. Buckland 0/15. MDU v TOWN 1st innings MDU D. Jones r.o...............................38 D. Thoams c. K. Fleming b. L. Ashton .............................4 T. Zukovskis lbw. b. S. Clark ...............................1 W. Prosser lbw. b. L. Ashton ...........................70 T. Harris lbw. b. M. Warren ...........................6 M. Martin c. S. Clark b. L. Ashton .............................0 L. Mercer c. L. Ashton b. M. Warren ...........................4 M. Olden c. G. Goss b. L. Ashton .............................0 S. Riley c. G. Goss b. M. Warren .........................17 B. Coulter c. G. Goss b. M. Warren ...........................0 B. Thomas n.o. ...........................5 Extras .........................................6 Total .......................................151 Bowling:.S. Clark 1/12, L. Ashton 3/26, B. Moore 0/21, D. Goss 0/51, M. Warren 5/37, W. Kuhne 0/2. 1st innings Town M. Craig b. S. Riley ...................4 G. Goss lbw. b. B. Coulter .......34 B. Moore c. M. Olden b. M. Martin ..........................12 J. Hume c. L. Mercer b. B. Coulter ..........................39 W. Kuhne lbw. b. B. Coulter ......0 M. Warren n.o. .........................18 K. Fleming c. D. Thomas b. T. Zukovskis ........................1 L. Ashton c. B. Thomas b. B. Coulter ............................8 D. Goss c. D. Thomas b. B. Coulter ............................0 J. Bolge c. M. Martin b. L. Mercer.............................0 S. Clark n.o. ...............................0 Extras .........................................3 Total ....................................9/119 Bowling: T. Zukovskis 1/15, L. Mercer 1/9, S. Riley 1/16, M Martin 1/23, B. Thomas 0/15, B. Coulter 5/26, M. Olden 0/15.

GLEN ALVIE v PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Glen Alvie G. Chappell c. G. Excell b. M. Francis............................... 2 A. Hamilton lbw. b. S. Niven ....... 1 D. Williams c. J. Sorarti b. S. Niven .................................. 6 J. Wheeler c. B. Johnston b. S. Niven .................................. 5 D. Wylie c. J. Blackwell b. P. Francis .............................. 33 S. Nippers b. R. Cleeland ........... 18 J. Tiziani c. J. Blackwell b. P. Francis ................................ 1 R. Matthews c. M. Cleary

b. P. Francis ................................ 4 A. McBride n.o. ............................ 1 L McRae r.o. .................................. 0 S. Beasley c. B. Johnston b. J. Sorarti.................................. 0 Extras ............................................. 6 Total ............................................ 77 Bowling: S. Niven 3/8, M. Francis 1/12, J. Blackwell 0/10, P. Francis 3/23, J. Sorarti 1/14, R. Cleeland 1/11. 1st innings Phillip Island R. Cleeland b. S. Nippers .......... 40 B. Johnston b. S. Beasley ........... 32 C. Morris c. D. Wylie b. A. McBride ........................... 11

M. Francis c. A. Hamilton ............... b. J. Tiziani ............................... 13 M. Cleary c. J. Wheeler b. J. Tiziani ............................... 18 J. Manning n.o............................. 18 G. Excell c. D. Williams b. J. Tiziani ................................. 0 J. Sorarti n.o................................... 3 Extras ............................................. 9 Total .......................................6/144 Bowling: A. McBride 1/11, S. Beasley 1/14, J. Wheeler 0/33, D. Williams 0/33, S. Nippers 1/25, L. McRae 0/19, J. Tiziani 3/7.

Senior GCL squad

Leg side: Imperials batsman Sam Vagg flicks this one down to fine leg.

Jason Wilson - OMK, Barry Wyatt – OMK, Daniel Lloyd – OMK, Greg Pickles - OMK, Luke Rogers – Imps, Ryan Thomas – Workmens, Gavin Britt – Workmens, Gavin Bolding – Workmens, James Sherrin - Workmens, Matt Johnson – Miners, Tim Wightman – Nerrena, Mitchell Clark Nerrena, Udara Weerasinghe – Korumburra, Anoj Katipearachchi - Korumburra, Ryan B. Thomas - Inverloch, Dylan Clark – Inverloch, Kit Rothier - Inverloch, Steven Oates – Kilcunda/Bass, Shane Murdoch – Phillip Island, Paul Dyer – Poowong/ Loch, Alan Jenkins – Poowong/Loch. Draw: Round 1 (30/10/11) v Bairnsdale at Meerlieu. Round 2 - bye. Round 3 (04/12/11) v Central Gippsland at Maryvale. Round 4 (15/01/12) v Traralgon at Inverloch. Round 5 (22/01/12) v Alberton at Wonthaggi. Squad for Senior GCL matches 2011/12 - contact selectors Clive Salmon 0427 802 928 or Gary Sauvarin 0407 343 204 if unavailable for these games. Kristian Gray – manager 0439 825 168.

C Grade Division 1

C Grade Division 2

Wonthaggi Miners 158 (T. Hamilton 32; M. Luscombe 2/26, Q. Graham 2/24, L. O’Brien 3/41) lt Town 7/177 (J. Schelling 34, G. Young 65; P. Loos 4/23). Korumburra 9/54 (B. Preston 3/13) lt Wonthaggi Workmens 8/144 (S. Osborne 49; G. Barrett 2/34, D. Alger 2/28, B. Rawson 2/19). Nerrena 8/160 (B. Standfield 83; I. Brown 3/14, S. Shelton 2/30) lt Kilcunda-Bass 187 (I. Brown 58; D. Grigg 2/21, C. Dougherty 3/19). Phillip Island 8/73 (J. Courtenay 3/17, W. Hume 3/18, S. Saldanha 2/6) lt Inverloch 5/190 (A. Rigby 118).

MDU Blue 9/128 (S. Opray 30, D. Tuckett 30; D. Gilbert 2/16, T. Tack 3/37, J. Hamilton 2/23) d Glen Alvie 126 (R. Slade 53; D. Tuckett 4/16, K. Robinson 4/31). Phillip Island 6/135 (R. Purcell 32; T. Eustace 2/26) d OMK 91 (K. Houghton n.o. 54; M. Haringsma 2/9, L. McFee 4/14). Kilcunda-Bass 79 (P. Robinson 3/4, T. Sinclair 3/23, J. Brown 2/20) lt MDU Red 5/160 (G. Jones 52, T. Bright 36; L. Petrie 2/21).

Under 16 Koonwarra RSL 4/215 (M. Borschman ret. n.o. 70, B. Moscript ret. n.o. 70), 2nd innings 4/80 (M. Borschman 37, B. Moscript 36; J. Prain 2/13) d Foster 7/39. Fish Creek 143 (J. Buckland n.o. 100; J Van Dyk 3/10). 2nd innings 6/51 (T. Sauvarin 2/5, J. Ginnane 2/5) d Imperials 47 (R. McGannon 2/8, G. Staley 2/1). MDU 52 (B. Gibbs King 3/8, T. Jenkin 2/9, P. Dunlevie 3/3), 2nd innings 8/51 (N. Arney 3/7, P. Dunlevie 3/7) lt Korumburra 133 (M. Olden 2/8, C. Dougherty 2/8, C. Dyke 2/18, K Robinson 2/4). Inverloch 4/184 (N. Brayley ret. 71, B. Barron 66; T. Hancock 4/18) d Poowong-Loch 101 (T. Hancock 38; S. Hayes 2/14, M Woods 6/15). Kilcunda-Bass 8/64 (B. Johnston 3/14, H. Watson 2/0), 2nd innings 0/56 lt Phillip Island 3/127 (B. Johnston 57).

Leongatha District Cricket Association Umpire Appointments EVANS PETROLEUM Round 3 - October 22 Home team Away Team Ground Umpire Grade A1 OMK v Imperials W Turf C. Salmon Glen Alvie v Inverloch GA T. Rogers Nerrena v Won Miners L Turf G. Laird Korumburra v Won Workmens Kor A. Jordon Grade A2 Koonwarra-RSL v Foster Koon J. Lea Kilcunda-Bass v MDU Bass L. White Poowong-Loch v Leon Town Loch M. Heenan Phillip Island v Fish Crk-Tarwin Cowes K. Lester Grade B1 Imperials v OMK EC B. Thomas Inverloch v Phillip Island I Turf S. Lanyon Won Workmens v Glen Alvie MR D. Brown Won Miners v Nerrena WFG A. Roberts Grade B2 OMK v Koonwarra-RSL Outt M. Wishart MDU v Kilcunda-Bass Meen N.A. Leon Town v Poowong-Loch WC 1 N.A. Fish Crk-Tarwin v Korumburra FCT N.A. Grade C1 Kilcunda-Bass v Leon Town Bass 2 A. Stride Inverloch v Korumburra Inv B. Allan Phillip Island v Won WorkmensNew N.A. Nerrena v Won Miners Ner N.A. Grade C2 Imperials v Won WorkmensL Velo N.A. OMK v Kilcunda-Bass KSC N.A. Foster v MDU Blue FGC N.A. Phillip Island v Glen Alvie Rhyll N.A. Koonwarra-RSL v Bye Note: The LDCA as you can see above provides for 25 games each week for local cricket. At present there are usually only 115 umpires available for these games. If any retired or other interested people would like to join the Umpiring Panel please feel free to contact me, Michael Heenan 5672 3391 and I will arrange a game for you.

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Imps home by one run THE Imperials have continued their good start to the season, knocking off the Miners by one run at the Wonthaggi Football Oval on Saturday.

The Imps batted first, and were given a great start thanks to opening batsman Troy Williams. The master batsman notched 83 runs including an incredible five 4s and six 6s. He was ably supported down the order by youngster Mitch Elliott.

The Miners got off to a good start, with Matt Donohue (41) and Josh Andrighetto (38) opening well. The cause was helped by middle order batsmen Peter Jordan (36) and Matt Johnson (32) continuing the chase. And just when all looked good for the Miners the Imps brought on veteran Kristan Gray. ‘Pistol’ took four wickets from his 4.5 overs and swung the game back in his side’s favour. When Ryan Birkett was run out attempting a suicide single to tie the game

the Imps were declared the winners. Nerrena v OMK After a poor start to the season last weekend, Nerrena found themselves back on the winner’s list with a solid team performance. Playing at home this week, the Red Caps won the toss and padded up, a decision which was quickly backed up by a solid opening stint from Mitch Clark (19) and Craig Friebe (22). The real winners with the bat for Nerrena were Damien Symmons (43) and Dave Trotman (38). OMK got off to a comfortable start, English extract Greg Pickles got his side going, scoring 52 runs. But he wasn’t given enough support, and his side went down by seven runs. In the other matches, a three-wicket, 40 run performance from Korumburra captain Udara Weerasinghe saw his side over the line against Glen Alvie, and Inverloch upset the Workers. The Stingray’s 7/170 seemed vulnerable, but Dylan Clark returned bowling figures of 3/18 from eight overs to skittle the Workers’ middle order and ensure his side’s victory. A GRADE DIVISION 1 WONTHAGI MINERS v

Bowling, Daniel: OMK’s Daniel Lloyd bowled well in his turn at the crease. The Englishman took two wickets in his seven over stint.

IMPERIALS 1st innings Miners M. Donohue c. L. Rogers b. A. DeGennaro .....................41 J. Andrighetto b. B. Davidson ...38 A. Donohue c. L. Rogers b. R. Higgins. ..........................17

P. Jordan c. M Elliott b. K. Gray ...............................36 M. Johnson r.o. ..........................32 D. Beesey stp. T. Williams b. K. Gray ................................. 0 C. Thomas c. T. Williams b. B. Davidson .......................... 0 D. Foon c. A. DeGennaro b. K. Gray ................................. 1 P. Burgess lbw. b. K. Gray ................................. 5 R. Birkett r.o. ............................... 0 B. Foon n.o. ................................. 0 Extras ........................................... 9 Total.........................................179 Bowling: L. Rogers 0/6, J. Bloom 0/29, A. DeGennaro 1/19, M. Elliott 0/41, R. Higgins 1/18, B. Davidson 2/35, K. Gray 4/30. 1st innings Imperials G. Sauvarin lbw. b. B. Foon ........ 3 T. Williams c .D. Foon b. P. Burgess ...........................83 S. Vagg c. B. Foon b. M .Johnson .........................17 M. Elliott c. B. Foon b. P. Burgess............................33 L. Rogers c. B. Foon b. P. Burgess............................17 K. Gray n.o. ................................. 1 A. Pellin n.o. ................................ 3 Extras .........................................23 Total......................................5/180 Bowling: P. Burgess 3/47, B. Foon 1/17, R. Birkett 0/30, D. Foon 0/20, A. Donohue 0/31, M. Johnson 1/34. INVERLOCH v WONTHAGGI WORKMENS 1st innings Inverloch W. Taberner b. M. Thomas .......16 T. Thornby b. R. Thomas...........45 J. Smith c. L. McGuirk b. J. Sheerin.............................28 K. Rothier lbw. b. L. McGuirk ..26 D. Clark c. R. Thomas b. G. Britt ................................20 W. Rankin r.o. .............................. 8 J. Dennerley n.o. .......................... 3 N. Cant b. G. Britt ....................... 0 R. Thomas n.o.............................. 4 Extras .........................................20 Total......................................7/170 Bowling: L. McGuirk 1/32, M. Thomas 1/27, G. Bolding 0/26, R. Thomas 1/37, J. Sheerin 1/30, G. Britt 2/15. 1st innings Workmens D. Brann c. W. Rankin b. K. Rothier ...........................31 G. Bolding c. L. Rankin b. N. Cant ................................23 R. Thomas c. R. Thomas

Key figure: Imps batsman Troy Williams scored 83 runs to see his side home by one run at the weekend. He hits a six off this ball to bring up his half century, as Miners keeper Cam Thomas watches on. b. K. Rothier ...........................12 G. Britt c&b. D. Clark ...............13 T. Hooper b. N. Cant .................20 S. Huitema r.o. ............................. 0 D. Britt c&b. N. Cant .................. 2 M. Thomas c. W. Taberner b. D. Clark................................. 0 J. Sheerin c. N .Cant b. A. Hall ................................... 8 J. Liddle c. W. Taberner b. D. Clark................................. 0 L. McGuirk n.o. ........................... 4 Extras ........................................... 4 Total......................................... 117 Bowling: R. Thomas 0/15, N. Cant 3/39, L. Rankin 0/16, K. Rothier 2/25, D. Clark 3/18, A. Hall 1/3. NERRENA v OMK 1st innings Nerrena C. Friebe c. D. McMeekin b. D. Lloyd ..............................22 M. Clark c. G. Pickles b. D. McMeekin......................19 T. Wightman b. J. Cochrane ......14 D. Symmons c. A. Rose b. D. Lloyd ..............................43 D. Trotman n.o...........................38 G. Murphy n.o. .......................... 11 Extras .........................................14 Total......................................4/161 Bowling: P. Dell 0/31, G. Pickles 0/38, D. Lloyd 2/28, D.

McMeekin 1/15, J. Cochrane 1/22, B. Wyatt 0/24. 1st innings OMK D. Lloyd c. C. Friebe b. G. Murphy ..........................10 K. Kerr c. C. Eva b. T. Wightman .......................28 A. Rose b. A. Trotto...................18 G. Pickles c. D. Trotman b. D. Symmons .......................52 T. Wyatt r.o.................................15 B. Wyatt c&b. D. Symmons ...... 11 J. Van Rooye c. D. Symmons b. R. Clark ................................. 4 D. McMeekin n.o......................... 4 P. Dell n.o..................................... 0 Extras .........................................12 Total......................................6/154 Bowling: R. Clark 1/19, C. Eva 0/13, G. Murphy 1/30, A. Trotto 1/30, T. Wightman 1/23, D. Symmons 2/37. GLEN ALVIE v KORUMBURRA 1st innings Glen Alvie S. Smith lbw. b. A. Katipearachchi ................. 3 S. Lowe c. J. Cook b. K. Dorman ..........................44 S. Edwards c. U. Weerasinghe b. I. Osman..............................10 D. Hales c. D. Wyhoon b. D. Scott ...............................41

P. Roberts b. D. Scott................... 8 D. Tiziani c&b. U. Weerasinghe . 4 D. Fletcher r.o. ............................. 0 W. Luke stp. D. Salmon b. U. Weerasinghe..................... 7 B. Ould c. D. Salmon b. U. Weerasinghe...................17 J. Hales r.o.................................... 0 K. Simpson n.o. ........................... 8 Extras .........................................12 Total.........................................154 Bowling: A. Katipearachchi 1/23, D. Wyhoon. 0/19, K. Dorman 1/31, L. Williams 0/18, I. Osman 1/4, U. Weerasinghe 3/37, D. Soctt 2/19. 1st innings Korumburra I. Osman lbw. b. D. Hales ........... 7 K. Rigby c. W. Luke b. B. Ould................................36 A. Katipearachchi c&b. K. Simpson ....................36 D. Salmon c&b. K. Simpson ....26 U. Weerasinghe n.o....................40 K. Dorman lbw. b. D. Fletcher ............................ 9 J. Cook n.o. .................................. 4 Extras .........................................13 Total......................................5/171 Bowling: D. Hales 1/27, J. Hales 0/37, B. Ould 1/24, D Fletcher 1/45, K. Simpson 2/30.


Koony storms home against Island AN INSPIRING batting performance from Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL’s Ben Thomas saw his side home against Phillip Island on Saturday.

The lower-order batsman scored a well crafted 58 not out that helped save his side’s chances. Thomas came to the crease with his team 4/43. Shane Murdoch was the main destroyer with the ball on the day, taking 4/30 from his eight overs. The Cougars passed the Island’s score with a couple of overs to spare, and continued on to go 13 runs past their chasing target. Leongatha Town v MDU A lone hand from Town’s Mark Borschman wasn’t enough to give his side a win on Saturday. Borschman scored 55 runs including three 4s and a 6, and left the crease with his team on 100, but a collapse saw Town all out from their 40 overs. A half century from Borschman’s opposite number and MDU open-

ing bat Cam LePage set up his side to overtake the Scorpions’ target. LePage also played somewhat of a lone hand, with the next best score belonging to Ryan Olden (24). Colin Bruce was the hero with the ball for Town, taking five wickets for just 25 runs from his seven overs. In the other matches, Kilcunda-Bass solidified their hold on top of the ladder with a comfortable win over Poowong-Loch. Fish Creek-Tarwin’s Graeme Watkins (82) and Shane Rabbitt (62) led the way for their team against Foster. A GRADE DIVISION 2 KOONWARRA RSL v PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Koonwarra RSL J. Moore r.o. ...............................7 N. Grimes c. A. Manteit b. S. Kirton .............................1 S. Moore c. M. Manteit b. S. Murdoch..........................6 B. Moscript lbw. b. S. Murdoch .0 B. Anderson b. M Price ...........17 B. Thomas n.o. .........................58 E. Charles c. S. Kirton b. S. Murdoch........................12 J. Hughes c. A. Manteit b. S. Murdoch..........................0 T. Davison n.o. .........................10 Extras .......................................35 Total ....................................7/146 Bowling: S. Kirton 1/18, G.

Odgers 0/18, S. Murdoch 4/30, Z. Brown 0/13, M. Price 1/26, E. Richards 0/24, A. Mantiet 0/12. 1st innings Phillip Island L. Keating c. J. Moore b. B. Moscript .......................14 S. Murdoch c. S. Moore b. T. Davison .........................18 A. Mantiet b. J. Moore .............26 T. Hornsby c. b. Moscript b. J. Moore ..............................0 L. Cleeland c. T. Davison b. B. Moscript .........................3 E. Richards c. J. Hughes b. B. Thomas .........................17 M. Manteit c&b. T. Davison ....14 M. Price n.o. .............................17 G. Odgers lbw. b. T. Davison .....1 S. Kirton n.o. ..............................0 Extras .......................................23 Total ....................................8/133 Bowling: T. Davison 3/12, J. Kennedy 0/34, S Turner 0/16, E. Charles 0/22, J. Moore 2/13, B. Moscript 2/14, B. Thomas 1/18. POOWONG-LOCH v KILCUNDA-BASS 1st innings Poowong Loch C. Knox b. D. Pipicelli ............ 13 A. Jenkins c&b. C. Davidson ... 12 M. Adderley c&b. J. Dakin ........ 1 M. Holloway r.o. ........................ 1 D. Fox c&b. C. Davidson........... 5 C. Fraser c&b. B. Egeberg ....... 15 S. Jenkins n.o. .......................... 32 G. Poynton c&b. M. Long ....... 20 J. Poynton n.o............................. 6 Extras ....................................... 25 Total .................................... 7/130 Bowling: D. Pipicelli 1/8, A. Larcombe 0/36, J. Dakin 1/10, C. Davidson 2/9, M. Hellman 0/16, J. Mahood 0/19, B. Egeberg 1/22, M. Long 1/10. 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass A. Larcombe c&b. A. Jenkins ....8 J. Mahood c. C. Fraser b. D. Brain .............................14 J. Dakin c. M. Adderley

b. C. Knox .............................22 S. Oates c. A. Jenkins b. D. Fox ...............................23 C. Hart b. S. Jenkins...................0 M. Hellman n.o. ...................... 32 D. Pipicelli c. C. Knox b. C. Fraser ............................27 S. Tapscott n.o. ...........................4 Extras .......................................32 Total ....................................6/161 Bowling: A. Jenkins 1/37, J. Poynton 0/15, C. Knox 1/14, D. Brain 1/35, S. Jenkins 1/22, D. Fox 1/9, C. Fraser 1/9, D. Brown 0/11. FOSTER v FISH CREEK 1st innings Foster M. Lynch c. W. Cocksedge b. J. Law ..................................5 J. Toner c. D. Britton b. J. Law ................................53 F. Griggs b. T. Smith .................0 L. Bromley b. J. Law .................3 S. Lanyon c. N .Wilkins b. T. Smith ...............................2 S. Westaway c. G. Watkins b. H. Buckland ......................12 P. Dower c. D. Britton b. H. Buckland ......................33 F. Ravida n.o. ...........................16 J. Prain r.o. .................................1 A. Starret lbw. b. T. Smith..........2 B. Corrie b. D. Britton ...............5 Extras .......................................46 Total .......................................178 Bowling: S. Rabbitt 0/42, D. Britton 1/29, J. Law 3/32, T. Smith 3/35, H. Buckland 2/30. 1st innings Fish Creek G. Watkins b. A. Starret ...........82 J. Law c. M .Lynch b. P. Dower ..............................8 N. Wilkins c. M. Lynch b. B. Corrie............................29 W. Cocksedge lbw b. B. Corrie..............................0 G. Webster c. M .Lynch b. J. Prain ................................2 S. Rabbitt c&b. F. Griggs .........62

Good delivery: MDU’s new recruit Michael Patching sends one down as Town’s Mark Borschman prepares to run. D. Britton n.o. ............................9 T. Smith n.o. ...............................0 Extras .......................................39 Total ....................................6/231 Bowling: B. Corrie 2/34, P. Dower 1/30, J. Prain 1/34, A. Starret 0/43, F. Griggs 1/53, S. Lanyon 0/33. TOWN v MDU 1st innings Town C. Bruce b. M. Johnson .............4 M. Borschman c&b. M. Olden.55 M. Davies c. J. Sinclair b. M. Johnson ..........................6 M. Borschman r.o.......................3 J. Burge c. C. Harris b. S. Arnup ..............................8 J. Schelling c. C. Harris b. M. Olden ...........................10

W. Turner c. C. Hoober b. M. Patching .........................6 B. Graham c&b. M. Johnson ...10 M. Wilson r.o..............................0 D. Jago c. S. Arnup b. M. Johnson ....................... 11 B. Berry n.o. ...............................1 Extras .......................................17 Total .......................................141 Bowling: M. Cantwell 0/19, M. Patching 1/31, M. Johnson 4/25, C. Harris 0/23, S. Arnup 1/28, M. Olden 2/12. 1st innings MDU M. Johnson b. M Davies ............5 C. Le Page c. J. Schelling b. D. Jago ..............................53 C. Hoober c. M. Borschman b. M. Davies ............................8

R. Olden b. C. Bruce ................24 S. Arnup b. C. Bruce ..................9 J. Sinclair c. J. Schelling b. C. Bruce ..............................9 M. Cantwell lbw. b. C. Bruce.....2 M. Olden lbw. b. C. Bruce .........0 M. Patching n.o. .......................18 C. Harris c. M. Borschman b. W. Turner.............................5 K. Sinclair n.o. ...........................1 Extras .......................................25 Total ....................................9/157 Bowling: D. Jago 1/29, M. Davies 2/8, B. Berry 0/23, M. Borschmann 0/23, J. Burge 0/16, C. Bruce 5/25, B. Graham 0/12, W. Turner 1/18.

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Racing: Moto2 riders including Leongatha’s Kris McLaren (11th from front) in action on the Phillip Island track on Sunday.

McLaren spills Stoner thrills WILDCARD Moto2 rider Kris McLaren of Leongatha came to grief after a good start in the final at Phillip Island, while birthday boy Casey Stoner claimed the MotoGP world championship with his fifth consecutive win yesterday. Stoner thrilled the 43,800 fans at the Island track on Sunday, leading from the start to finish ahead of second placed Italian Marco Simoncelli and third placed Italian rider, Andrea Dovizioso. The biggest event in the Bass Coast Shire, the Australian MotoGP attracted some 95,000 enthusiasts to the Island on the weekend, booking out most

of the accommodation in the region and packing into hotels, restaurants and cafes. South Gippsland was abuzz with bikes roaring through town last week and again on Monday, as riders made their way to and from Phillip Island. Leading into the weekend the privateer McLaren, a 2011 Australian Superbike rider and GP first timer was rated as a chance for a top 20. Talking to The Star in the pits on Friday, McLaren said he was looking forward to racing in the Moto2 and wasn’t too concerned about the rankings, but he was concentrating on the lap times and was hoping for a 1:35. McLaren got off to a really good start in the

Moto2, working his way from 32nd on the starting grid to 27th at the time of the crash on his 15th lap of the Island circuit. Alex de Angelis won the Moto2 race for the second year running after a hard fought battle with Stefan Bradl, who regained the championship lead with second place. Marc Márquez rode to a brilliant third place finish after starting from the back of the grid. McLaren was racing a BRP Racing Suter team bike, the chassis alone worth some $120,000 Euros and team owner Ben Reid rated McLaren highly leading into the event. From all reports McLaren escaped serious inju-

ry and has future plans to race in the Spanish Moto2 championship. It was a weekend of highs and lows, but even the best of the best can come to grief in this dangerously fast sport including as it did some of the world’s best MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. Champion Aussie rider Casey Stoner’s second MotoGP title could not have been achieved in more fitting circumstances, after the Repsol Honda rider secured the 2011 crown on the day of his 26th birthday and at his home race, the Iveco Australian Grand Prix.

World champion: Casey Stoner was all smiles on Sunday after winning the MotoGP world championship with his fifth consecutive win at Phillip Island.

Rossi: while the ever popular Valentino Rossi crashed out of his second MotoGP race in succession with his exit from Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, he proved a big hit with fans at the track during the weekend and Helen Bowering from The Star caught up with the world champion in the pits on Friday.

Glamour: the Iveco grid girls added a touch of colour and class to the 2011 Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island on the weekend.

Team McLaren: from left Brooke Hanniver, girlfriend of Moto2 rider Kris McLaren (middle) and Kris’s father Craig supported Leongatha’s local rider during the weekend of racing at the Australian MotoGP on Phillip Island last weekend.

Wildcard: Leongatha’s Kris McLaren does battle with Belgian rider Xavier Simeon in the Moto2 race at the Phillip Island circuit on Sunday.

“THE STAR”, Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - PAGE 63

Stony Creek eyes big year By Isaac McCallum THE Stony Creek Racing Club is planning a big season in 2011/12, with increased prize money aiming to bring more competitors to the venue.

Great nick: despite recent heavy rains, Stony Creek racecourse curator Greg Bancroft has ensured the track will be in perfect condition by the time the season rolls around on December 3.

Woolamai races into another season THE award-winning Woolamai and District Racing Club is all set for another brilliant season of racing, with the first race scheduled for November 26. Boasting a long history of racing in the region, this successful club was awarded the prestigious ‘David Bourke’ Picnic Race Club of the Year for Victoria last season, an award club president Robert Carmichael was proud to accept. Mr Carmichael carries on a family tradition at Woolamai, following in his late father Allan’s footsteps, who was on committee at the club for some 30 years. Mr Carmichael’s connection with the club started at an early age, attending race meetings with the family, and on leaving school he became involved in a more official capacity around 1960 and is now going into his third year as president. A passionate race horse trainer Mr Carmichael is looking forward to the start of the season and seeing his three charges 2009 horse of the year Just Jordy, seven-time Woolamai winner, Destined to Rock and Mr Hawkins jump out of the barriers. Mr Carmichael said the first race meeting

is looking exceptional, with all the pavilions fully booked and only one marquee left. “We get a lot of pre-Christmas functions and get togethers at this race meeting and this year we have a lot of bookings coming from Wonthaggi,” he said. Woolamai has built up a fine reputation for quality racing, entertainment and a good fun day for the family. Woolamai offers six race meetings this year that run right through the Christmas and New Year holiday period, attracting huge summertime crowds who flock to this picturesque course from all parts of Gippsland, around the coast and from Melbourne. A big boost to numbers at the race meetings has been from the bus services that pick up from Korumburra, Inverloch, Cape Paterson, Kilcunda, Dalyston, Wonthaggi and Phillip Island. Mr Carmichael said the buses have proved a huge success for the club, boosting numbers and providing safe transport for racegoers. “Something new this year will be a new bus service for the residents of Grantville and Coronet Bay,” he said. “It is all about providing a safe day

out for people and we have security in place to make sure everyone enjoys their day out. “We have security on all our gates and it is the best thing we have ever done; we do not allow people who are intoxicated into the course. “We provide for families and ensure they have an enjoyable day out and that is what picnic races are about.” Woolamai racing club enjoys great support from the community and has welcomed Parklea as the major sponsor and is thrilled to have the Wonthaggi Citizens Band run the kiosk, the Bass Cricket Club the hall kiosk and the Dalyston Football Club the bar facilities. “The Woolamai races provides a major fundraiser for these local clubs, “ Mr Carmichael said. “I think the Wonthaggi band has been running the kiosk for about 30 years,” he said. As the only picnic race venue in South Gippsland, the Woolamai committee and volunteers work hard to ensure the tradition continues and the club grows from strength to strength.

Ready to race: Woolamai racing club president Robert Carmichael and grounds manager Tom Wilson check out the Woolamai track and facilities in preparation for their first race meeting for the year on November 26.

The club, which has faced financial issues in the past, has declared itself stable and will be aiming at increasing their standing into the future. An extra $10,000 has been poured into one race of each of the five meetings over the season, with $2500 going towards two sets of trophies on each race day. “Hopefully this will encourage more starters. Each race day we’ll have trophies for winning owners, trainers and jockeys,” CEO Ralph Gallagher said. “And it will give sponsors a marvellous opportunity to physically show support for racing by presenting trophies to winning connections.” For the first time in some years, the club has been able to spend money on new equipment to replace the outdated machinery. “We’ll be looking to replace the antiquated equipment as we have enough money in the bank,” Mr Gallagher said. “Some of the equipment is looking more like it should be in the historical registry than in the machinery shed.” And in another boost for their financial status, Racing Victoria has declared the club’s funding for the next three seasons. “Whilst Racing Victoria hasn’t embarrassed us with riches, they’ve at least declared our funding and race meetings for the next three seasons so we’ve got a much better platform for planning,” Mr Gallagher said. “So we know how much we’re going to get this season, next season and the one

after. We think it’s a terrific platform and we’re very grateful for their support.” Membership is also expecting a boost, with more than 300 people expected to sign up this year. “We’re in the middle of rounding up our membership for next season. We’ve been delighted with the response, looking forward to more applications returning within the near future,” Mr Gallagher said. “We’re hoping to get a larger number of corporate members this year.” Corporate memberships allow businesses to buy four memberships at once for a reduced price. The memberships are then transferrable over the season. Mr Gallagher is expecting some great days of racing this season. “The weather owes us this year, after some poor days last year for our events,” he said. “We’re looking forward to our opening event on December 3. We decided to have our Christmas party a little bit earlier so people could enjoy our day before having their own get togethers.” As always, the CEO expects the cup day to be huge, with fashions on the field and a wide array of other events. Race dates for the Stony Creek Racing Club are as follows: • Saturday, December 3 - Christmas party • Friday, December 30 - Family day • Monday, January 9 • Sunday, March 11 – Cup day • Sunday April 8 – Easter Sunday The AGM, to be held on October 25 at the members area of the racecourse, will decide the committee members’ roles for the next season. Mr Gallagher has confirmed he will be staying on for another season as the CEO of the Stony Creek Racing Club.

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Clean bowled Middle stump: after an encouraging Round One win, Phillip Island were brought back to earth as they suffered a loss at the hands of Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL on Saturday. Pictured is the Island’s top scorer for the day, Alex Manteit, being removed by Koony’s Josh Moore, as his father Shane watches on from gully. The wicket sparked a mini collapse which saw Manteit’s side fall 13 runs short of their target. For more details on this match and all the rest see inside today’s sport.

The Great Southern Star  

October 18 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper.

The Great Southern Star  

October 18 edition of South Gippsland's weekly newspaper.